At this point in the season, the struggling Edmonton Oilers could certainly use a break or two, but lady luck was not on their side Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.
Trailing by one with six minutes to play, the Oilers appeared to score the game-tying goal late in the third period. Unfortunately for Edmonton, the goal was eventually wiped out after an offside review, which drew the ire of superstar captain Connor McDavid after the game.
“I ultimately feel they should just take the rule out,” said McDavid, according to the Edmonton Suns’ Rob Tychkowski. “The number of calls that are a millimeter offside 45 seconds before the play don’t have much of an effect on the goal itself. I think the fans want to see offense.”
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 10, 2018
Edmonton gained the offensive zone with a close call at the blue line, but the Oilers’ Jujhar Khaira didn’t initially appear to be offside. Even the linesman standing right next to Khaira had ruled the play onside, but upon video review Khaira’s left skate had been lifted by a few measly millimeters just before the puck had crossed the blue line.
It was a frustrating result for an Oilers team that has now lost seven of its last eight games.
“We battled back hard and found a way to tie up the game and the guy’s an arm hair offside and they call it back,” said McDavid, according to Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com. “It’s obviously hard to agree with the rule and the video challenge but it didn’t go our way, but if it’s on your side you love the rule.”
They say football is a game of inches, but we’ve seen enough successful offside reviews this season to apply the same logic to the game of hockey. The much-maligned offside review is likely to be a hot topic when the annual GM meetings begin in March.
Just chatted with NHL Hockey Ops VP Colin Campbell who says he intends to bring this up again (skate in the air over blue-line) as a point of discussion at March GMs meetings. Will have a column on it for @TheAthleticNHL later today https://t.co/imO3Kb61Qq
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 10, 2018
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