LGD: The Leafs are bad, but the Oilers are worse

Connor McDavid is finally going to be forced to do the one thing he’s been avoiding for his entire life; facing the Toronto Maple Leafs. I feel for the kid, really; he clearly wanted to be here, to the point where his clavicle acted in his best interests to get him out of the last matchup between these two teams.

But now, the gloves are off, and the Leafs need a loss. Tonight, even in Blue and Orange, he is Toronto’s saviour, not Edmonton’s, as the Leafs push for a huge zero points. Let’s get right to it.

The Lines


If you combined these two teams together, would they make the playoffs? Furthermore, would anybody in the bottom two defensive pairings on the Oilers make the Leafs? Who the hell is Iiro Pakarinen? McDavid is on the second line, has he already busted? Are Jared Cowen and Colin Greening alive?

No wonder these teams are in the basement. As much as it pains me to say, though, the Oilers have a worse roster, weaker coaching staff, and are the Oilers, so they’ll probably come out ahead with the loss tonight.

Starting Goalies

Jonathan Bernier is in net for the Leafs. He’s had a really tough go at it this season, putting up a much below league average 0.900 save percentage over 23 games, including losses in his last three appearances. With that said, the last time the Leafs faced the Oilers, a guy who played in the ECHL last night picked up a shutout in his first NHL game. This might be the night he needs to get a confidence boost.

Starting in goal for the Oilers is Cam Talbot. Daily Faceoff’s full bio of him is as follows: “Cam Talbot is currently first on the Edmonton Oilers depth chart.” I presume that’s like being the thinnest kid at fat camp. He’s a 0.912 this year, which is also below league average, but probably makes him the best goalie in Oilers history.

Never Forget

  • FlareKnight

    It is kind of fun seeing Oilers fans whining and complaining. You’d think a fanbase that has gotten that many high picks would be a bit more upbeat.

    In reality I think both teams will be fine in the long term. Mostly since McDavid will drag the Oilers out of the muck and Shanahan’s plan will direct the Leafs to making a good and long-lasting run of success.

    I’m not going to worry about some Oiler fans being defensive. Understandable. The management out there doesn’t seem to have a clue and despite all this talent they are still bottom 5 in the league. That is uncomfortable. But McDavid is good and so long as he stays there, they should at least find ways to turn things around.

  • STAN

    Reading oiler fans coming here to chirp the leafs makes me sad to be an oiler fan. Both teams suck, we fell backwards into a pot of luck and got McDavid. That doesn’t make me proud to be an oiler fan.

    Little advice leaf fans. I’m a little nervous about your rebuild. It sounds like you guys are stocking up on wingers. That doesn’t work. I think you guys shoulda took Hanifin and started building from the back end.

    Good luck guys l, hope your rebuild isn’t a 10 year process with no end in sight like ours has been

    • FlareKnight

      I appreciate the concern. I don’t think anyone wants their rebuild to take forever or have setbacks. But, I don’t think it’s too big of an issue.

      The Leafs draft strategy is stocking up on talent. Wherever, whatever the position. The only way that doesn’t work out is if they aren’t willing to trade guys for what they need. When you have excess you just turn it into a need.

      I don’t think it was a bad move to go with Marner. You need elite talent at the top of the roster to move ahead. Do they need a top pairing guy to go with Rielly? Yeah. But they can find that guy. At the very least I think it will be fine. Shanahan and company seem to know what they want and need to do.

      Honestly I do hope the Oilers find their way out of this pit. I can’t imagine the mixture of excitement for top draft guys and also frustration of not having turned the corner. I hope the guys at the top come up with a good plan and make the tough decisions needed.

  • Gary Empey

    Wow. This game day blob err troll blog. I haven’t seen a troll blog this strong since the heyday of hockey buzz.

    Jeffler err Richard cloutier is that you

  • Benjamin

    I’m wondering why Oiler and Leaf fans are crapping all over each other….frankly we should all be drinking together and sharing misery like World War vets, these two teams have been so badly mishandled it’s not even funny