CAPITALS AT OILERS G7 2014-15

hall ps captureAfter the thrilling victory on Monday, Edmonton will be a fun city today. I spent 15 years driving around Edmonton during winning and losing streaks and it’s so much better when the W’s are fresh. The win against the Lightning had real appeal, quality goals, great stops, and an opponent who not only could have won but probably lost because of bad luck. Man it felt good to see it happen to the other guy.

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ESTIMATED LINEUPS

  • Hall—Nuge—Eberle
  • Purcell—Draisaitl—Perron
  • Pouliot—Arcobello—Yakupov
  • Hendricks—Gordon—Joensuu
  • Marincin—Fayne
  • Ference—Petry
  • Nikitin—Schultz
  • Scrivens (Bachman)

Dallas Eakins may want to give the Nuge line some of those cherry ZS’s he’s been giving out to Leon’s line, but beyond that I can’t complain about the roster or the deployment. Sweet Jesus Mark Fayne is beautiful, he’s like the Scarlett Johansson of shutdown defensemen (this is the third highest compliment available on this blog). It also confirms that Eakins/Ramsay/Acton/Thompson/Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young have the courage of their convictions:

  • Eakins about TBay win: “I think for the group, it was more like everything we’ve put in place here will work, there’s no need to change anything. That was the one thing we were really hammering home as a staff: We’re not changing anything. We know this is the way to go with this group. It’s going to work.” Source

That’s good thinking. I will say that the organizations ‘logical next step’ is to find a soft landing spot for Leon Draisaitl for this season and maybe next; then acquire a veteran center for a pick or prospect to fill his current role. Imagine Derek Roy or Olli Jokinen with a 76.7% ZS alongside Pouliot and Purcell. That’s going to make an enormous difference over 75 games.

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EBERLE TRADE RUMORS

I can’t see it happening. No way, no how. It isn’t the vision put forward by management, and there’s really no reason to change course now. Craig MacTavish and Dallas Eakins have to show improvement, but there’s no real pressure to make the postseason and go on a run. Oilers fans have (and I’m not insulting Oilers fans) the faith of a child, which is in fact the number one blessing this organization has been bestowed with over time. If last year’s No. 28 spot is improved upon (say No. 20) there will be a sense of progress. “I know it’s only 20th but there’s some real movement here, next year playoffs!” will be the mantra.

The Oilers have to finish around No. 10 in their conference, the rest will take care of itself.

There’s no need to trade Jordan Eberle. Craig MacTavish said it: He needs to find out if Nuge and Eberle are like Hall—impact players who can push the river.  There’s no need to trade him today, unless someone backs the Brinks truck up to his door.

Next subject: Signing Jeff Petry.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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At 10 this morning, it’s the Lowdown on TSN 1260. Joining me today:

  • 10:05 Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Looking ahead to tonight’s game with a pinch of the Tampa game and a dash of the Carolina game thrown in. We might talk about Leon’s replacement and signing Petry if we get time.
  • 10:25 Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report. We know a lot about Connor McDavid, but what about Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifan? Kirk’s been watching those two kids since they were 13, and has the inside scoop.
  • 11:00 Jesse Spector, The Sporting News. We’ll discuss G1 of the WS and I’ll ask if the Cinderella story in Kansas City has struck midnight.
  • 11:40 Dave Jamieson, TSN 1260. I’m awaiting a Washington Capitals guest for 11:25, if that doesn’t appear we’ll open the phone lines.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide_ on twitter.

As I’m writing this, news from Ottawa about a soldier down on Parliament Hill and shots fired. Our prayers are with the soldier and the people in Ottawa this morning.

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  1. OilClog says:

    trade them both?

    Who keeps putting Healy on TV? Is this a running joke within the industry? Terrible

  2. Bling says:

    And Yakupov is one tick away from boom goes the dynamite.

  3. Zeabs93 says:

    Trade both, seriously? Healy is such an idiot, why would you trade both? Makes no sense.

  4. Captain's Log says:

    spoiler,

    Wow doesn’t feel that way to me.

    Now if we could only stop giving it away at the blue lines.

  5. G Money says:

    Thank Gord for Friedman, his Hockey IQ is higher than the rest of them put together.

  6. delooper says:

    Everyone likes talking dogs.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Sportsnet has told me:

    1. We’ve seen three years of Yakupov we know what he is
    2. Dallas Eakins has been trying for two years to get this system in place.

    Good job, good effort.

  8. AZOIL says:

    nycoil:
    This sportsnet intermission panel is the reason why I always tune into the US feed if it is available. Horrible.

    Your telling me, I just finally spent the money and got game center and these guys are a joke. It’s nauseating just listening to them.

  9. delooper says:

    Lowetide:
    Sportsnet has told me:

    1. We’ve seen three years of Yakupov we know what he is
    2. Dallas Eakins has been trying for two years to get this system in place.

    Good job, good effort.

    I remember back in the 80’s when Eakins tried to implement a left wing lock and Messier rebelled against him. I’m surprised Eakins survived!

  10. Hazwasted says:

    Did the panel at the end of the second intermission actually just say nice things about the Oilers? Maybe they are a team that plays in the NHL after all.

  11. Halfwise says:

    Elliotte F, and a table of morons.

  12. Suntory Hanzo says:

    This Jim Rome intermission is pretty sweet.

    It only misses the wonder of Milbury.

  13. khildahl says:

    OilClog:
    trade them both?

    Who keeps putting Healy on TV? Is this a running joke within the industry? Terrible

    Sadly, no. Keep in mind this network also employs John Garrett and Mark Spector.

  14. OilClog says:

    Lowetide:
    Sportsnet has told me:

    1. We’ve seen three years of Yakupov we know what he is
    2. Dallas Eakins has been trying for two years to get this system in place.

    Good job, good effort.

    3. Trading Eberle and Yakupov… BAAM Stanley cup.

  15. []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[] says:

    Pronger in charge of player safety.

    Hall teaching Ference defense.

    Oilers possibly winning two in a row.

    Bizarro.

  16. G Money says:

    Petry not having a good game. Oilers need to push.

  17. book¡je says:

    Ok, just watching now. What the hell is with the Orange lighting at the faceoff. Is that superimposed by TSN or actual lighting (I see shadows). I saw you guys commenting about it but I never imagined it was so annoying.

    Who approved that?

  18. VanOil says:

    Ference with the take or make a pass fail on a pass from Yak

  19. OilClog says:

    khildahl: Sadly, no.Keep in mind this network also employs John Garrett and Mark Spector.

    Two goalies with career GAA as thick as Spectors “I know body language” glasses. Perfect

  20. spoiler says:

    And all of a sudden passing has become Astrophysics.

  21. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I’m guessing Ference’s favorite Sir Mix a lot song is ” Put em on the Glass”.

  22. Lowetide says:

    I’m not liking this third period at all. Ovie exposes Schultz, Petry looks poor.

  23. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Holy F! Petry and Ference! Just Holy F!

  24. OilClog says:

    Ovechkin on a break and I’m hearing Greg Zaun? I think. Ahhhhhhh

  25. LMHF#1 says:

    book¡je:
    Ok, just watching now.What the hell is with the Orange lighting at the faceoff.Is that superimposed by TSN or actual lighting (I see shadows).I saw you guys commenting about it but I never imagined it was so annoying.

    Who approved that?

    They’re doing it in the building. It is terrible. Has to be distracting.

  26. Hazwasted says:

    Scrivens holding the fort!

  27. spoiler says:

    I have it at 2 completed passes in the first 5 minutes.

  28. nycoil says:

    Ference/Petry pairing is having a shocker of a game.

  29. VanOil says:

    Note to Eakins, play Marincin-Fayne for the next 15 minutes, you would do it to Nuge

  30. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    I’m not liking this third period at all. Ovie exposes Schultz, Petry looks poor.

    Perry’s having a rough game with the puck. This is why he will always have a small contingent that really don’t like his game.

  31. G Money says:

    Love Yak’s passing but he needs to shoot more.

  32. Zeabs93 says:

    What a play by Drai there, wow!

  33. nycoil says:

    This is not a repost. Ference/Petry WTF!

  34. striatic says:

    At some point Ference has to see a cut in ice time, right?

  35. LMHF#1 says:

    Ference pinches 2x with Ovechkin out there.

    Jesus. Cut that loser.

  36. Lucinius says:

    Horrible, horrible period so far.

    Oilers need to wake up.

  37. Pouzar says:

    Ference. Just wow.

  38. G Money says:

    Oiles have the lead in the third and have backed off to 98% aka Schultz Intensity. They did this a lot last year. Not good.

    Sixty minutes.

    The math is not hard.

  39. Lowetide says:

    Now 20-41 at EV and 33%. They won’t win this if order isn’t restored.

  40. SK Oiler Fan says:

    What the F are they doing? What did Eakins tell them after the 2nd! Jesus this is the worst 5 min of the year!

  41. delooper says:

    We’re in the rope-a-dope phase of holding a lead.

  42. icecastles says:

    G Money,

    Maybe they count the intermissions as part of the 60…

  43. Halfwise says:

    Good time for a commercial. Right the damn ship.

  44. BeerMe says:

    Ference goes for the big hit and gives up an odd man rush at a crucial point in the game… Captaincy material right there boys.

  45. G Money says:

    Part of the problem is the faceoffs have also gone in the toilet, which is also reflective of lowered intensity.

  46. Klima's_Bucket says:

    How about the Capitals wasting Kuznetsov playing him between Latta and Obrien.
    Oilers need some centre help.
    Kuznetsov would look more in place between Pouliot and Yakupov.

  47. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Scrivens standing on his head! I have no idea how he stopped that deflection.

  48. AZOIL says:

    Scrivens is looking much better the last two games, that has really helped!

  49. B S says:

    LMHF#1: They’re doing it in the building. It is terrible. Has to be distracting.

    Seriously I thought it was some puck-tracker broadcast crap. If they’re doing that in Rexall then people need to tell them to stop immediately. Particularly any tier-1 season ticket holders. There are five more home games after this.

  50. nycoil says:

    Corsi this period must be about 5-95

  51. striatic says:

    Ference “almost gets caught”. HA.

  52. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Good luck Scrivens. You’re on your own from here on in. Call a timeout or something

  53. WeirsBeard says:

    Maybe Ference should focus on being in terrible shape. He’ll be too tired to go wandering, and will have to make the safe play.

    Seems to work for that Marincin guy.

  54. nycoil says:

    Ference another weak play. Lucky that was offside.

  55. G Money says:

    Petry and Ference both with giveaways.

    This must be what the Petry-haters perceive every game to be.

  56. BeerMe says:

    Oilers look completely lost!

  57. WeirsBeard says:

    “4th” line only one to have any good zone time this period.

  58. Zelepukin says:

    The amount of regression in playing smart hockey this period is astounding.

  59. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Just not digging Draisaitl. Floats a lot, doesn’t skate well, seems unsure of what to do in either zone. Supposedly on forecheck but won’t dive in after the puck because he lacks speed.

  60. gretzkytolemieux says:

    Complete and utter disarray…

  61. nycoil says:

    Ference leads all Oilers except Nuge in ice time tonight. Ha ha.

  62. G Money says:

    The Oilers look like the Flames did in the first game. If that script holds true, the Oilers should score two goals in the next minute…

  63. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’ve never been so happy for a TV timeout

  64. Lucinius says:

    This is the definition of Charlie Brown hockey.

  65. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Oilers have been outscored 10 – 4 in 3rd periods so far this season.
    Clearly they need to work on their conditioning…

  66. BeerMe says:

    nycoil:
    Ference leads all Oilers except Nuge in ice time tonight. Ha ha.

    You’ve got to be shitting me.

  67. spoiler says:

    Two passes in a row seems about max capability right now.

  68. striatic says:

    nycoil:
    Ference leads all Oilers except Nuge in ice time tonight. Ha ha.

    Maybe it only looks like he’s making so many mistakes because he’s playing so many minutes, and that any other d-man playing that many minutes would be making a similar number of mistakes!

    Or maybe his poor play is leading to defensive breakdowns preventing him from getting off the ice, driving up his totals! Not Eakins’ fault then!

  69. G Money says:

    Did Petry and Schultz switch jerseys?

  70. spoiler says:

    Shots on net at 13-2 for the period.

  71. nycoil says:

    In 5 v 5 TOI, Ference is #1 on the entire team.

  72. G Money says:

    nycoil:
    Ference leads all Oilers except Nuge in ice time tonight. Ha ha.

    OMFG!

    As in Old Man Ference is Gruesome out there…

  73. OilClog says:

    I really want Perron with Yak and Arc, Pouliot isn’t a fit, Purcell seems to be solid with anyone. MacT has to find something for up the middle, it would be a real full fledge professional team in the NHL

  74. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Why is Julius Honka allowed to go to the AHL?
    Why can’t Leon Draisaitl go to the AHL?

  75. striatic says:

    spoiler:
    Shots on net at 13-2 for the period.

    The hilarious thing is that it could be worse. Caps have whiffed on ore than a couple chances in that span.

  76. VanOil says:

    Ference’s ice time tonight is a mystery. Is possible he has been hemmed in his own zone so long he can’t get off?

  77. Lowetide says:

    Now at 25-52, 32%. Scrivens is improving his SP incredibly over the last three games. He was what, .800?

  78. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Anyone missing Sam being Sam?

  79. Lucinius says:

    Marincin better not be hurt…

  80. G Money says:

    See? “Defended nicely by Justin Schultz”. That’s not the first time, he had a beauty takeaway on Ovie a few minutes ago. I’m more convinced than ever that Petry and Schultz have switched jerseys. Or brains.

  81. B S says:

    dump and chase

    dump and chase

    dump and chase

    The Oilers seem to refuse to carry the puck into the zone, or make tape-to-tape passes when they get it back.

  82. spoiler says:

    striatic: The hilarious thing is that it could be worse. Caps have whiffed onore than a couple chances in that span.

    And the Oil have whiffed on a gazillion passes. It’s like playing on a basketball court.

  83. Hazwasted says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    Sam who?

  84. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I think the biggest difference this year over the previous few is the “active stick”. Attackers are always having to defend the puck against pokes and slashes and such.

  85. WeirsBeard says:

    They are giving up a lot of shots, but they are mostly from the outside and not Ricki’s kill box. That said, giving up shots at this rate is a good way to make accidents happen.

  86. B S says:

    finally starting a shift in the other teams end.

  87. gr8one says:

    Man those yellow dots are stupid.

    If they made them orange oil drops or even just orange dots they’d at least ~sort of~ make sense.

  88. VanOil says:

    Fayne-Petry???

  89. commonfan14 says:

    I badly want an ENG.

  90. spoiler says:

    Do not take a penalty here boys.

  91. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers giving it a Flambes-type effort tonite

  92. striatic says:

    They might be able to hang on playing like this until the goalie is pulled, but they will be overrun against an extra attacker.

  93. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Man Eberle isn’t right. Hope he gets it turned around soon

  94. Hazwasted says:

    Payback for the Calgary game…..

  95. Bling says:

    Holy crap don’t play 3rd periods like that.

  96. G Money says:

    STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPIDLY long shift to finish it off.

  97. spoiler says:

    The Wikipedia entry for “hanging on for dear life” should contain video of this entire 3rd period.

  98. nycoil says:

    That. folks, is called “rope-a-dope.” The hockey gods have canceled out the Calgary loss now. No more complaining about that game. Boyd Gordon is amazing.

  99. Bling says:

    I saw Eberle REAL bad today.

    Man he was a possession killer out there.

  100. Ice Sage says:

    gutsy. trotz has a good team there – could come outta the east this year

  101. commonfan14 says:

    It really is a 3-2 league.

  102. Pouzar says:

    WE’RE GOIN STREAKIN!!!!

  103. G Money says:

    Hazwasted,

    For Scrivens and Karma, both.

  104. delooper says:

    The Oilers played good-enough. Just enough extra-effort by a few players, and not too many disasters.

  105. D says:

    It’s been a long time since the Oil have hung on to win a game like that.

  106. book¡je says:

    Sometimes you need the goalie to win for you. That happens on good teams.

  107. WeirsBeard says:

    Two in a row!

  108. OilClog says:

    shutting down Stamkos then Ovi.. Well done Oilers

  109. striatic says:

    Yak deserves so much credit for his late game forecheck, keeping the goalie in the net that extra 30 seconds and buying his team time to organize for the end game defence.

  110. Marcus Oilerius says:

    If that game gets a “the system is working” comment, I’m going to want whatever Eakins is drinking.

  111. delooper says:

    OilClog:
    shutting down Stamkos then Ovi.. Well done Oilers

    East-coast poofters, all of ’em.

  112. G Money says:

    Yak had another terrific game, hope he breaks out soon.

  113. Ryan says:

    Lowetide,
    all I know is that this guy is owning stan weir’s soul.

    http://i.imgur.com/h4WEF.gif

  114. WeirsBeard says:

    Boyd Gordon is Andy Dufresne.

  115. LMHF#1 says:

    Yakupov with the only chance late. PLAY THE MAN!!!

  116. VanOil says:

    striatic:
    Yak deserves so much credit for his late game forecheck, keeping the goalie in the net that extra 30 seconds and buying his team time to organize for the end game defence.

    QFT

  117. One-Timer says:

    Ference out there defending the one-goal lead for the final minute. Man.

    Hockey Gords smiling upon the Oilers today. Of course we don’t win this one without Scrivens bringing his A-game.

  118. WeirsBeard says:

    Marcus Oilerius:
    If that game gets a “the system is working” comment, I’m going to want whatever Eakins is drinking.

    Catalina wine?

  119. OilClog says:

    Watching Eberle it kinda looked like he was shaking his right hand at the end of several shifts as he was leaving the ice. He doesn’t appear to have the handles he typically does.. Just speculation.

  120. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well,look, the 3rd period was a shit show, but I thought they played OK for the first 2 periods despite what the corgis had to say.

    Scrivens played great in the 3rd period and that might be the biggest take away from this game.

    This win kind of makes up for the loss to Calgary in the karma column

    Another winnable game against CAR on Friday

    Go Oilers

  121. Bling says:

    Schultz made some nice defensive plays, good on him.

    Holy moly Ference and Petry.

    Petry had some lazy, lazy moments, and Ference out-ferenced himself this game.

    Yikes.

  122. wheatnoil says:

    The Oilers needed the two points but they can’t win too many more games like that. Every team gets a few every year. The Oilers used up one tonight and they needed it. For what it’s worth, up until the 3rd period, I thought this team looked like a real NHL team despite being outshot.

  123. oliveoilers says:

    gr8one:
    Man those yellow dots are stupid.

    If they made them orange oil drops or even just orange dots they’d at least ~sort of~ make sense.

    I tuned in late and thought I was watching Close Encounters by mistake.

  124. B S says:

    Eberle is not Eberle this season, Whatever you might think of him he was not playing his usual game. Lots of picking up the puck then sitting there until someone takes it from him. no spins or board play. if he’s injured (it certainly looks like he is, possibly a concussion) sit him, move up Yakupov, pick up a placeholder 2C (i.e. cheap 2-3C on a 1-2 year contract) and move Drai to the wing.

  125. Lucinius says:

    Hall really needed to change at the end there, and had the opportunity to and didn’t.

    Scrivens may have (helped) cost us two games early, but he clearly took one back tonight.

    But WHY couldn’t they get the ENG? I had them to win by two goals, damnit!

  126. Halfwise says:

    This is the proper fan experience: win some, lose some, have hope and a reason to cheer.

  127. BeerMe says:

    WeirsBeard: Catalina wine?

    More like v8 juice.

  128. wheatnoil says:

    One-Timer:
    Ference out there defending the one-goal lead for the final minute.Man.

    Hockey Gords smiling upon the Oilers today.Of course we don’t win this one without Scrivens bringing his A-game.

    I thought that was Fayne and Petry, no?

  129. Pouzar says:

    Meaningful games in October!

  130. VanOil says:

    Big questions going into the year about RNH and Yak being worthy of 1st over all picks. I feel confident even with a 2-4-1 record to answer yes. Both have been money this season. It will be 3 more years before the Eastern press figure it out and a life time for the Healy’s of the world.

  131. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Shutdown Stamkos ✔
    Shutdown OV ✔
    Here’s hoping Jiri Tlusty can be shutdown Friday…

  132. oliveoilers says:

    Bling:
    Schultz made some nice defensive plays, good on him.

    Holy moly Ference and Petry.

    Petry had some lazy, lazy moments, and Ference out-ferenced himself this game.

    Yikes.

    Nothing says “we love you, but we’re not IN love with you” more than being paired with Andrew ‘The Rock’ Ference.

  133. Lowetide says:

    That was an atrocious win. This team scares tire fires.

  134. flyfish1168 says:

    Yak 0 shots but at least he had net presence on PP goal and 4 hits to boot. Unfortunate he he didn’t get a goal on his last shift

  135. gretzkytolemieux says:

    Not the time for Drai to play a little better…..he needs to convince the powers that be that he is NOT ready for the show yet!

  136. nycoil says:

    Blue line time on ice. Someone please supply the Corsi, etc.:

    Ference 20:44 TOT, 19:37 EV,
    Fayne 19:07 TOT, 16:54 EV
    Marincin 18:04 TOT, 16:06 EV
    Nikitin: 20:04 TOT, 17:48 EV
    Petry: 20:27 TOT, 19:20 EV
    Jultz: 18:52 TOT, 18:11 EV

    Note Jultz only had 41 seconds of PP time tonight. Nikitin had 2:01. Interesting.

  137. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Not a good sign. As soon as Wash increased the pace they were frozen with indecisiveness. As they say in Major League: “They’re still shitty”
    Hah, Colin Mcdonald on waivers

  138. Zelepukin says:

    Bling:
    I saw Eberle REAL bad today.

    Man he was a possession killer out there.

    Ya something is definitely not right. He has not really posed a threat to the opposition in any game so far this season. Every shift he looks like his only job is to get Nuge or Hall the puck.

  139. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    That was an atrocious win. This team scares tire fires.

    Is it good to be lucky or lucky to be good.

  140. One-Timer says:

    VanOil:
    Big questions going into the year about RNH and Yak being worthy of 1st over all picks. I feel confident even with a 2-4-1 record to answer yes. Both have been money this season. It will 3 more years before the Eastern press figure it out and a life time for the Healy’s of the world.

    Speaking of Healy. That 2nd intermission debate thing was a shit show, and needs to be shelved last week.

  141. Lucinius says:

    nycoil,

    Part of that was shift luck. Schultz had a shift right before a powerplay, along with the Hall line, so Eakins started with the second unit and they were out there for awhile.

    Even strength.. ugh. Ference should not have been that high. Nor should have Petry, tonight.

  142. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    That was an atrocious win. This team scares tire fires.

    We need many more atrocious wins.

  143. Younger Oil says:

    My observations on tonight’s game:

    1. That fourth line is a godsend. No idea if it’s sustainable, but right now it is incredible.
    2. The ice looked worse than it ever has. Puck was like a tennis ball in the third period. The new arena can’t come soon enough.
    3. The only players I saw real bad were Pouliot and Eberle. Both were fighting the puck the whole night it seemed. Don’t know if Eberle is injured, out of shape, or disinterested, but as of now just looks like a shadow of what he has been in the past.
    4. Draisaitl just might have played himself onto the team, especially if he keeps that pace up for the next two games. Still should go back to junior, but as of now is one of our four best centers.
    5. Scrivens looks like he is back to his normal self which is good to see.
    6. Yak seemed to get more ice time tonight, and deserved it. Would like to see him on the top line for a game or two.
    7. The music in Rexall seems to have improved, but the lighting is god awful before faceoffs. Looks like a roller disco.

  144. OilClog says:

    Scrivens, Bernier, or Reimer?

    I’m glad the leafs exist lol

  145. oliveoilers says:

    As I was watching, the commentator opined that we had kept Ovechkin to zero shots through an extended period of the game. Then it dawned on me that in the past the narrative would have written itself and OV would have scored on his only shot of the game to break our hearts. Then I had another beer, scratched my arse, said goodnight to the Mrs. and watched the rest of the game. The end.

  146. cadooo says:

    Game Corsi @ EV
    Player SF SA Corsi
    JESSE JOENSUU 10 15 58.3
    ANDREW FERENCE 12 15 46.2
    LEON DRAISAITL 11 7 45.5
    MARK ARCOBELLO 4 11 42.9
    JUSTIN SCHULTZ 11 22 42.9
    NIKITA NIKITIN 11 21 42.9
    DAVID PERRON 11 9 38.5
    NAIL YAKUPOV 3 11 37.5
    TEDDY PURCELL 10 8 36.4
    JEFF PETRY 10 17 36.4
    TEAM 30 60 35.3
    TAYLOR HALL 9 22 35.3
    BENOIT POULIOT 3 11 33.3
    BOYD GORDON 8 19 31.3
    MATT HENDRICKS 7 18 30.8
    RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 7 23 29.4
    MARK FAYNE 8 25 22.2
    MARTIN MARINCIN 8 20 22.2
    JORDAN EBERLE 7 26 21.1

    Player P1 P2 P3 SF SA Corsi
    JESSE JOENSUU 83.3 33.3 23.1 10 15 58.3
    ANDREW FERENCE 50 42.9 42.9 12 15 46.2
    LEON DRAISAITL 66.7 20 85.7 11 7 45.5
    MARK ARCOBELLO 66.7 25 12.5 4 11 42.9
    JUSTIN SCHULTZ 63.6 20 16.7 11 22 42.9
    NIKITA NIKITIN 60 27.3 18.2 11 21 42.9
    DAVID PERRON 66.7 14.3 85.7 11 9 38.5
    NAIL YAKUPOV 50 25 0 3 11 37.5
    TEDDY PURCELL 50 20 85.7 10 8 36.4
    JEFF PETRY 25 42.9 37.5 10 17 36.4
    TEAM 47.8 25 30.8 30 60 35.3
    TAYLOR HALL 50 27.3 21.4 9 22 35.3
    BENOIT POULIOT 66.7 16.7 0 3 11 33.3
    BOYD GORDON 37.5 25 27.3 8 19 31.3
    MATT HENDRICKS 28.6 33.3 25 7 18 30.8
    RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 33.3 27.3 15.4 7 23 29.4
    MARK FAYNE 37.5 10 26.7 8 25 22.2
    MARTIN MARINCIN 28.6 18.2 40 8 20 22.2
    JORDAN EBERLE 12.5 27.3 21.4 7 26 21.1

  147. G Money says:

    flyfish1168,

    In an individual game, better to be lucky than good.

    Luck has a tendency not to stick around, leaving you with only your inherent Halliness or Ferenciness to see you up or down.

  148. delooper says:

    oliveoilers:
    As I was watching, the commentator opined that we had kept Ovechkin to zero shots through an extended period of the game.Then it dawned on me that in the past the narrative would have written itself and OV would have scored on his only shot of the game to break our hearts.Then I had another beer, scratched my arse, said goodnight to the Mrs. and watched the rest of the game.The end.

    I was scratching my ass all the way through the game. And I’m drinking mead.

  149. striatic says:

    The Oilers did not deserve to win this game.

    Hopefully Eakins understands this and makes the changes he can.

    At least there was enough good, especially in the first half of the game, that there are strengths to work from.

  150. Lowetide says:

    B S:
    Eberle is not Eberle this season, Whatever you might think of him he was not playing his usual game. Lots of picking up the puck then sitting there until someone takes it from him. no spins or board play. if he’s injured (it certainly looks like he is, possibly a concussion) sit him, move up Yakupov, pick up a placeholder 2C (i.e. cheap 2-3C on a 1-2 year contract) and move Drai to the wing.

    He’s hurt. I’d bet bookje’s house on it, even though it is in Ireland, Yemen.

  151. Bling says:

    Petry had one of those games that makes you pause about giving him big money and term.

    Just one game, but man he was not part of the solution out there at all.

    Lollygagging on puck retrieval, and a few really bad attempts at moving the puck.

  152. TeeVee says:

    One-Timer: Speaking of Healy.That 2nd intermission debate thing was a shit show, and needs to be shelved last week.

    I thought the same. What a fuckin side-show circus.

  153. oliveoilers says:

    striatic:
    The Oilers did not deserve to win this game.

    Hopefully Eakins understands this and makes the changes he can.

    At least there was enough good, especially in the first half of the game, that there are strengths to work from.

    They did deserve to win the game, as they scored more goals than the Capitals. The NHL rules are very strict about this.

  154. Hammers says:

    Scrivens brings home the points . Eakins cuts Schultz’s time by 4-5 minutes and the “D” is starting to get fairly equal time . Starting to think Petry benefited more from Marincin than the other way around . Still think Purcell should get some time with RNH & Hall . 2 more great points and this is one of those when we got totally outplayed in the 3rd . Bit of a payback for the Canucks game .

  155. SK Oiler Fan says:

    The sportsnet in game presentation has been surprisingly good, but man, as soon as they’re in the studio the tire fire starts.

  156. nycoil says:

    I’m amazed Ference’s Corsi was actually among the best. It just looked like of the events against while he was on the ice he directly contributed to most.

    FWIW, the official stat keepers had Petry with 6 giveaways tonight and Ference with 3.

    I still believe I watched that pairing have a really rough game tonight.

  157. Lowetide says:

    Hammers:
    Scrivens brings home the points . Eakins cuts Schultz’s time by 4-5 minutes and the “D” is starting to get fairly equal time . Starting to think Petry benefited more from Marincin than the other way around .Still think Purcell should get some time with RNH & Hall .2 more great points and this is one of those when we got totally outplayed in the 3rd . Bit of a payback for the Canucks game .

    Yep all true. Eberle is hurt. They’re going to have to IR him imo.

  158. Gerta Rauss says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XolvOedf4c

    live post game show via the Oilers website…Trotz is on now, Eakins is on deck

  159. Rebilled says:

    Commissioner Gordon and The Professor were the best characters tonight.

  160. Younger Oil says:

    Honestly, I don’t think the Oilers were THAT bad tonight. Possession wise it was brutal, I’ll give you that, and if that happens every game it’s going to be a rough year, but to me it seemed like we didn’t have nearly as many coverage errors in previous games, and didn’t allow many 5 alarm scoring chances (compared to previous games).

    It definitely wasn’t their best game, but it was sure better than the first four games. Scrivens being as good as he was is probably skewing my view a bit though.

  161. OilLeak says:

    Bling:
    Petry had one of those games that makes you pause about giving him big money and term.

    Just one game, but man he was not part of the solution out there at all.

    Lollygagging on puck retrieval, and a few really bad attempts at moving the puck.

    I saw Petry really bad too, he had been excellent up until this point so I’ll give him a pass.

    Eberle shouldn’t be playing(he’s obviously hurt) or at least not on the top line, he was a possession black hole tonight, and hasn’t looked good all season.

  162. Marcus Oilerius says:

    Lowetide: Yep all true. Eberle is hurt. They’re going to have to IR him imo.

    With the recent Renney comments, I wonder how much pressure Eberle is under to play.

  163. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide: He’s hurt. I’d bet bookje’s house on it, even though it is in Ireland, Yemen.

    He didn’t create anything and the puck died on his stick quite a few times. Definitely hurt.

  164. oliveoilers says:

    Guys, let’s turn the freaking out down a notch. We had one good period, one where it was pretty even and one where we sucked. But we won where we could just as easily have lost. I wouldn’t look too deep into it, I think the coaches are aware and unhappy with that 3rd period just as the Caps will be miserable that their lapses lets us into the game. I think we saw some score effects (Capitals NEEDED to chase the game, the Oilers are not good defensively) coupled with the Oilers lack of ability to close out a game if their granny’s life depended on it.

  165. Pouzar says:

    nycoil:
    I’m amazed Ference’s Corsi was actually among the best. It just looked like of the events against while he was on the ice he directly contributed to most.

    FWIW, the official stat keepers had Petry with 6 giveaways tonight and Ference with 3.

    I still believe I watched that pairing have a really rough game tonight.

    That’s how I saw it. But Petry was worse.

  166. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Ebs is either hurt or he’s trying to get Eakins fired…
    (I can’t even type that and keep a straight face)

  167. nycoil says:

    Lowetide: Yep all true. Eberle is hurt. They’re going to have to IR him imo.

    I think I saw him favoring his right arm there in the 3rd on the forecheck. I’m just speculating, though.

  168. B S says:

    Lowetide,

    It’s probably his shoulder. last time he had a breakaway (~5 periods ago, possibly the last time he had a shot too) he went forehand five-hole. Against an eastern conference goalie (who therefore hasn’t seen his tricks before) he normally goes toe-drag into a high blocker-side backhand. I don’t think he has the power or lift to pull it off right now. Also he’s an Oiler, so that also makes it a shoulder injury too.

  169. Woodguy says:

    Saw Jultz much better than Nikitin, Petry and Ference.

    Time for MacT to airlift in Klefbom and rotate Nikitin and Ference as HS.

    Saw Yak good and Purcell is just so bloody solid. Rarely makes the wrong play with the puck.

    Arco isn’t good enough, they need a Real NHL C for Yak.

  170. Pouzar says:

    oliveoilers,

    I think a lot of people here are just taking stock of what we are at this point.
    The win is great. But we have holes. Big ones. But we are moving in the right direction.

  171. Gerta Rauss says:

    “I will say that’s not how we want to play in the third period, we started backing up and we don’t want to do that as a group, we’ll get better at that for sure”

    -Eakins

  172. Bling says:

    One thing I noticed was that the Oilers D was not actively rushing the puck in the 3rd.

    This made the zone entries extremely predictable, with the centre or winger left to make either a) an impossible pass to the other winger, who had no speed whatsoever going through the neutral zone, or b) a weak dump with no one there on the receiving end.

    If you get that D-man leading the rush, you can have two wingers attacking with a ton of speed. That makes the dump-in more effective and forces the other team to deviate from clogging up the middle, making a full possession zone entry — with an outlet to the C — a more realistic possibility.

    Trotz definitely changed something in that 3rd period, because the Oiler zone entries weren’t so bad by eye the first two periods.

  173. book¡je says:

    I think this was an awesome win! This team needed a game like this.

    Say what?

    Yep, honestly, I think that a win like this does wonders for the team’s attitude. “Wow, we can make the odd mistake and take the odd chance and sometimes just flat out suck and still win a game”.

    Clearly, the team can’t play like this often, but I think they are less likely to play like this when they are less tentative about leading a game.

    So, while they don’t need many games like this, I think this was perfect. Now, I look forward to the team returning to the discipline that they showed in the TB game.

  174. G Money says:

    I buy as strongly into the evidence for the predictive power of fancystats as anyone, but I’d way rather fret about a poor Corsi after a win than take cold comfort in a good Corsi after a loss.

  175. []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[] says:

    One-Timer: Speaking of Healy.That 2nd intermission debate thing was a shit show, and needs to be shelved last week.

    That’s a great pairing – Kipper and Healy.

    I’m sure I’m remembering it incorrectly, but was the name of their segment, ‘What’s the Point’?

  176. commonfan14 says:

    Younger Oil: That fourth line is a godsend.

    At what point do you start limiting their TOI a little if they continue to not score at all though?

    Like anyone else, they’re ultimately a liability If they can’t help put the puck in the net.

  177. Suntory Hanzo says:

    So today was “jersey day” as part of Spirit week at the hi school I teach theatre and film at in Abbotsford. 2 days ago on “Pajama Day”, I wore the Oilers pants, a basic Oil T, and when got home put on my Hall Jersey and drank (like an LT Saturday) from an Oiler glass.

    I wore the Hall Jersey today. LT told me to pick randomly, and it was the first in the “hall” closet. Drank out of the same cup. The wife picked me up after “early dismissal” for parents to come meet teachers, but none came. I had an hour and a half rehearsal for the fall play, then messaged home. My car pool ride was tutoring, so I got picked up. The missus says”it’s game day” meaning we need to stop at the liquor store to restock.

    There, the clerk asks me if the Oil are playing today. I say yes, the Caps are in town. The guy behind me in line says ” Your guys will be killing the elite teams in a few years”. I say I’m happy that we have won one in a row.

    Whilst leaving, the guy says ,” well at least you have won two cups!” I respond by correcting him that it was five.

    Bonus, I am doing scene work with my acting 12s where they do scenes from “Heat” and “Rear Window”. The latter with my favorite Grace Kelly film.

    So… I reckon this win is on me. Just sayin’

    It was a good day.

  178. nycoil says:

    commonfan14: At what point do you start limiting their TOI a little if they continue to not score at all though?

    Like anyone else, they’re ultimately a liability If they can’t help put the puck in the net.

    If they keep driving play the way they are doing, some goals will come. I don’t think their current level of play is sustainable but they have been, collectively, team MVP. You can’t cut back their ice time right now. The name of the game is outperformance and they are doing that. In spades.

  179. G Money says:

    Just watching the edited replay game, to compare the first period more directly with the third period.

    Two noticeable differences: the Oilers were more aggressive in the o zone, especially with a willingness to go to the net without the puck, and considerably more composed in the d zone.

    I don’t think this was score effects exactly, I’m thinking this was more a team not used to winning and not used to having the lead and not used to the possibility of a winning streak, gripping their sticks tighter and tighter as the game stayed close and got late.

  180. nycoil says:

    G Money,

    Rope-a-dope 3rd period.

  181. Younger Oil says:

    commonfan14: At what point do you start limiting their TOI a little if they continue to not score at all though?

    Like anyone else, they’re ultimately a liability If they can’t help put the puck in the net.

    So far they have 2 out of the 12 goals that forwards have scored so far, without any PP time. I’d say that’s pretty good production for a 4th line, on pace for about 20-25 goals between the three of them this year. They’ve also generated a good amount of offense, probably 2 or 3 quality scoring chances between them tonight, which is just as much as the other lines, especially with essentially no offensive zone starts.

  182. Zangetsu says:

    While I am happy with how this team has played most games this year, we need points now. The november cutoff is looming, and we aren’t out of the woods yet. Most teams around us have played 2-3 less games. Once games are equal, we are probably 6-7 points back of 8. Remember 8 back bye bye Stanley. We need some good luck to counteract the bad. If we win two of the next three, we might at least be in contention in December!!!!

  183. nycoil says:

    So, prior to the home stand, if you said the Oilers would beat Vancouver, lose to Tampa, beat Washington, everyone here would have taken that result. The vanquished teams are different, but the worst is behind us. They need to go 2-2 now to hit 8 pts, 3-1 to hit the Wooguy 10.

    Let’s go Oilers, *CLAP *CLAP

    P.S. Premature speculation on my part, but IF Eberle is indeed hurt for a while, I’d like MacT to move our 4th rounder to STL to free Paajarvi and put him in Yak’s or Purcell’s slot while moving Yak up to the 1 line.

  184. Lowetide says:

    Suntory: Great story. I went to Thornhill School up in Whonnock, Grades 1 and 2. It’s probably a park by now.

  185. RexLibris says:

    nycoil:
    So, prior to the home stand, if you said the Oilers would beat Vancouver, lose to Tampa, beat Washington, everyone here would have taken that result. The vanquished teams are different, but the worst is behind us. They need to go 2-2 now to hit 8 pts, 3-1 to hit the Wooguy 10.

    Let’s go Oilers, *CLAP *CLAP

    P.S. Premature speculation on my part, but IF Eberle is indeed hurt for a while, I’d like MacT to move our 4th rounder to STL to free Paajarvi and put him in Yak’s or Purcell’s slot while moving Yak up to the 1 line.

    Getting Paajarvi back for a 4th would be…interesting.

    “I’m putting the band back together!”

    Final deal would be Perron for a 2nd and a 4th.

    I’d be surprised if he could be had for so little, but hey, you never know unless you ask.

    I’m pretty sure Paajarvi would be an Eakins’ dreamboat – big, fast-skating defensive winger. Think what he’d look like in Joensuu’s spot.

  186. rickithebear says:

    Box shots last few games:
    Edm 10 of 20
    WSH 14 of 34

    EDM 12 of 23
    TMP 13 of 24

    EDM 15 of 28
    VCR 14 of 30

    EDM 17 of 27
    ARZ 17 of 30

    EDM 11 of 32
    LAK 15 of 26

    EDN 15 of 40
    CGY 15 of 26 10 in third 5 in first 2

  187. nycoil says:

    RexLibris,

    He’s been a healthy scratch all season. Blues are still a cap team. There’s been some murmurs he’d be moved for a pick. It’s nice to dream.

  188. nycoil says:

    rickithebear,

    Thanks, Ricki. Hope your family is okay.

  189. Hazwasted says:

    G Money:
    I buy as strongly into the evidence for the predictive power of fancystats as anyone, but I’d way rather fret about a poor Corsi after a win than take cold comfort in a good Corsi after a loss.

    This! So this is what it feels like for a 2014 Flames fan……..

  190. bendelson says:

    RexLibris: Getting Paajarvi back for a 4th would be…interesting.

    Final deal would be Perron for a 2nd and a 4th.

    Taking the move one step further, the final deal would become Anisimov* for Barbashev and a 4th.

    *still possible

  191. rickithebear says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    So today was “jersey day” as part of Spirit week at the hi school I teach theatre and film at in Abbotsford.2 days ago on “Pajama Day”, I wore the Oilers pants, a basic Oil T, and when got home put on my Hall Jersey and drank (like an LT Saturday) from an Oiler glass.

    I wore the Hall Jersey today. LT told me to pick randomly, and it was the first in the “hall” closet. Drank out of the same cup. The wife picked me up after “early dismissal” for parents to come meet teachers, but none came. I had an hour and a half rehearsal for the fall play, then messaged home. My car pool ride was tutoring, so I got picked up.The missus says”it’s game day” meaning we need to stop at the liquor store to restock.

    There, the clerk asks me if the Oil are playing today.I say yes, the Caps are in town.The guy behind me in line says ” Your guys will be killing the elite teams in a few years”.I say I’m happy that we have won one in a row.

    Whilst leaving, the guy says ,” well at least you have won two cups!”I respond by correcting him that it was five.

    Bonus, I am doing scene work with my acting 12s where they do scenes from “Heat” and “Rear Window”.The latter with my favorite Grace Kelly film.

    So… I reckon this win is on me. Just sayin’

    It was a good day.

    oldest boy’s
    half sister does not have Cancer.
    Suspect Auto imune ……
    More tests for her.
    they are putting trips on hold for 1 yr min.

    Summers for me!
    My oldest is 10 now
    the last 3 years.
    intense desire to be director.
    He’s done 2 photography camps, cinematography, live action, stop animation, silent.
    1 basic acting camp.
    NYU has a limited 2 week summer camp for transition into digital.
    Can you recommend anything similar in the Vancouver area.
    Regional Knowledge?

  192. VanOil says:

    nycoil: Premature speculation on my part, but IF Eberle is indeed hurt for a while, I’d like MacT to move our 4th rounder to STL to free Paajarvi and put him in Yak’s or Purcell’s slot while moving Yak up to the 1 line

    Not opposed to your suggestion but we all know Gadzook will be the player filling in for Eberle. How many broken fingers would Eberle have to have to be a worse player than a fully healed Gadzook?

  193. Suntory Hanzo says:

    rickithebear,

    Gulf island film school (gifts) has a pretty good week/or more school. Where they are taught the basics then put it into action. Most of the others for filmmaking are geared to older ages. Even at my school, tv/film is only in grades 11 and 12. I touch on it in grade 10 as a stepping stone so kids have informed choices going into the next grade. That way they can do both acting and film, either or neither.

    If you have more questions, please contact me. bbillo@gmail.com

  194. Hammers says:

    Concerned everyone takes the Carolina game as a win when I still see weaknesses . Move Purcell to RNH line , rest Eberle , Give Acton or Gazdic his game but in Purcells place . Eakins must leave the 4th as is while they play this well . . Leave Fayne / Marincin ; Schultz / Nikitin ; Give Hunt another game and rest Ference ( Won’t happen ) as I think this maybe the best game to give the Extras a game . If Hunt can’t handle it then Klefbom needs to come up if Nelson thinks his ready . You may say leave it because we are winning but the coach needs to make some decisions especially if Ebs is injured .

  195. russ99 says:

    It would be great if we could move to the Eastern Conference.

    I’m glad of the improvement and the wins the last two games but cautiously pessimstic that it could all fall apart again on the road and vs. the West.

  196. lawrenharris says:

    book¡je:
    Ok, Assuming LT isn’t changing things as it goes, it has to be this.

    Grace Kelly
    Natalie Wood
    Scarlett

    Sorry to be late to this party, but I just don’t understand how cute, insubstantial dollies like Natalie Wood and for that matter Diane Lane are getting play when artillery of the calibre of Rita Hayworth and Julie Christie get nary a mention.

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