OILERS AT RANGERS G15 2014-15

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The Edmonton Oilers are past the midway point of the CFR road trip and sit 1-2. With a little luck they might have an extra point or two from the trip, but as they hit Manhattan today there is good and bad in their season. Good includes a stronger (5-8-1 as opposed of 3-9-2) record than a year ago, a definite step forward from RNH, and better complementary scoring from the group of forwards behind the 1line. Bad includes chaos on the blue from veterans and youngsters alike, and that’s something that needs to tighten in a quick hurry.

  • Dallas Eakins on the Buffalo win: “Sometimes these things don’t set up very well. You’ve lost a few in a row and you’re coming in to play a team that’s struggling and you’re playing back-to-back. But I thought our guys were excellent [Friday]. I thought that not only did they play well, they had great energy on the bench when we got down. They all took a deep breath and got back to work.” 

THE GOODS (F)

PLAYER BOXCARS CORSI FOR % OZ STARTS 5X5 PER 60 EV TOI
DAVID PERRON 14gp, 1-6-7 56.0 75.9 1.60 13:33
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 12gp, 4-4-8 54.1 66.7 1.89 16:04
TEDDY PURCELL 14gp, 1-6-7 53.8 73.9 1.43 12:02
TAYLOR HALL 11gp, 6-4-10 53.3 66.7 2.59 15:09
JORDAN EBERLE 13gp, 3-6-9 53.3 62.9 2.31 16:08
LEON DRAISAITL 14gp, 1-3-4 51.2 82.8 1.22 10:35
BENOIT POULIOT 14gp, 1-3-4 50.2 68.5 1.48 11:41
JESSE JOENSUU 14gp, 2-1-3 49.6 14.4 1.04 10:34
MARK ARCOBELLO 14gp, 4-2-6 49.5 74.1 1.28 13:34
BOYD GORDON 14gp, 2-2-4 48.7 12.6 1.19 10:48
MATT HENDRICKS 14gp, 2-1-3 47.7 14.4 1.19 10:48
NAIL YAKUPOV 14gp, 2-4-6 46.5 77.5 1.81 11:58
IIRO PAKARINEN 2gp, 1-0-1 51.6 100 4.44 6:45

The Corsi For % 5×5 has improved since Hall’s injury for most of these men, but the 5×5/60 is down pretty much across the board (my nickname for Hall, Chance, is based on his ability to create offense). Players who have tepped forward since Hall’s injury? Mark Arcobello, Edward Purcell, Nail Yakupov. Small sample size, but encouraging to see those three join the party a little more on the road trip.

If you’re looking for areas of strength for Dallas Eakins, check out those zone starts. That’s ideal.

WAR-ON-ICE SLEDGEHAMMER, FORWARDS

forwards corsi comp

This is hilarious compared to some of the Vollman’s seen over the last few seasons. It’s really hard to argue usage by Eakins on any of these guys, he’s managed to get four players (including a veteran winger) into the easiest quadrant AND give them 70% ZS. Lots of Corsi blue there too, good days. We’re too soon to measure results really, but we can measure deployment right now and this is strong, strong strong.

 THE GOODS (D)

PLAYER BOXCARS CORSI FOR % OZ STARTS 5X5 PER 60 EV TOI
JEFF PETRY 13gp, 0-1-1 53.3 45.1 0.27 17:12
ANDREW FERENCE 11gp, 0-1-1 51.3 37.5 0.32 17:06
JUSTIN SCHULTZ 14gp, 2-4-6 51.3 64.8 0.96 18:10
NIKITA NIKITIN 11gp, 1-2-3 51.2 65.5 0.65 16:50
BRAD HUNT 6gp, 1-0-1 50.3 57.4 0.00 16:41
MARK FAYNE 14gp, 1-3-4 48.2 50.3 0.87 14:57
MARTIN MARINCIN 9gp, 0-1-1 44.7 48.5 0.43 15:49
OSCAR KLEFBOM 2gp, 0-0-0 52.1 50.0 0.00 17:21
KEITH AULIE 2gp, 0-0-0 68.7 57.9 0.00 14:52

The Buffalo game (like the Calgary game) impacts everything but these are good numbers. Corsi’s are pretty maids all in a row, these gents aren’t going to deliver a lot of offense but credit Eakins with settling down the TOI to manageable minutes for Justin Schultz. Mark Fayne seems to be settling in, with a few notable exceptions, but Niki Nikitin is a train wreck.

Oilers are going with Nikitin-Petry, Ference-Schultz and Aulie-Fayne today, which seems reasonable. It means Marincin and Klefbom sit, but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. With even the veterans off the rails, it makes sense for the coach to go with experience until things are settled and then bring in a younger player. Frankly, Aulie has looked pretty good to my eye, Nikitin is the one who should be sitting among the veterans.

One thing I believe to be true: IF the Oilers are looking for an upgrade on blue (as has been rumored) then I suspect one of the kids would be part of the deal. The team has so many defensemen emerging that playing them on one team is impossible. The question is: When do you cash one in?

 

WAR-ON-ICE SLEDGEHAMMER,DEFENSEdefense corsi comp

This graph shows that the handling of Martin Marincin is quite different than you’d imagine for a young blue, but he got the same treatment a year ago and performed better in the role. The Oilers (imo) are still finding their way here, with Petry getting tough zone starts, Fayne tougher competition but for me both of those men should be in the upper left quadrant. They are the best shutdown options on the team, hell I’d pair them together.

If I was another NHL team, say the Islanders, I’d ask after Marincin. He might come at an acceptable price and flourish in a difficult role.

BARONS WIN!

Rockford vs. Barons 2-28-14

Todd Nelson has those OKC Barons driving like a fast car these days. The club pulled out another win last night, with Curtis Hamilton scoring in overtime. He scored 1-1-2 in the game and is off to a nice start to the season. I wanted to touch base on Mitch Moroz and his season so far, and discuss it within the context of MacT’s verbal about first-year AHL players getting lots of playing time.

It’s tough to do, and even more difficult to put them in feature roles. Here’s the scoring chart for Barons’ LW’s so far this year:

PLAYER BOXCARS ESTIMATED TOI
RYAN HAMILTON 8GP, 5-3-8 22:23
CURTIS HAMILTON 7GP, 2-2-4 10:09
KALE KESSY 8GP, 2-2-4 15:17
MITCH MOROZ 7GP, 0-0-0 15:59

The TOI estimates are from Eric Rodgers at Tend the Farm (here) and are a pain in the ass to do, so please click through and read. That’s from eight games in, so things will change (Curtis Hamilton likely played way more than 10 minutes last night) but I wanted to show it to you because it speaks to coaching and playing time. Mitch Moroz, by Eric’s estimate, is getting damn near 16 minutes a night in OKC when he plays. I believe Eric’s estimated time on ice comes from scoring events, as in an even-strength goal is scored every 4.2 minutes so if you were on for three in a game Eric would estimate 13 minutes of icetime that game.

Through the years these kinds of estimates have been shown to be accurate (when compared to a league that does track the time) so I think we can safely use this as a proxy for the rest of the season (I’ll be talking to Eric tomorrow on the Lowdown about it).

Back to Moroz. Nelson has spoken on this issue many times, about the adjustment period between junior and the AHL, and we know from our own experience watching and reading about these men it’s a helluva jump. Every year, the new hires arrive, the college kids surge, and the junior players’ struggle. Giving them more icetime is a fine idea, but at what point are you showing up the kid by sending him out there to fail (by not impacting the game at all offensively)?

Curtis Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick had a very similar experience in the fall of 2011. Todd Nelson eased them in, and for some that’s one of the reasons they struggled in their careers. I would argue injuries are the main culprit and this is why we wait five years before making a judgement on a player. Curtis Hamilton is in his fifth year after the draft, and should be getting a lot of playing time—if he earns it.

Just like Mitchell Moroz. It has always been thus. My complete RE for Oklahoma City is here.

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  1. TemujinBC says:

    A well deserved win tonight. The final forty minutes…. music

  2. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    TemujinBC:
    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    One minute they were cheering “Lets Go Rangers” and the next “BOOOOOOOOOO”

    Who was that Oiler Dman that just fell down while skating backwards

    Ever since the billion dollar renovations, the crowd at MSG has become more corporate and so those chants are more half-hearted most nights. Sundays are actually good because the suits are home in Connecticut and those who are there usually actually care.

    Weeknights in MSG in the lower bowl are suits and blackberries and leaving after the 2nd period so they can take their town car home before the crowd.

    That’s why I was happy to be in the Upper Bowl for my seats. 🙂

  3. su_dhillon says:

    I don’t know who these guys are but it was fun watching them. Nuge best player on ice again and Yak is just on verge of busting out in big way, he’s been terrific this trip.

  4. Pouzar says:

    TemujinBC:
    A well deserved win tonight.The final forty minutes…. music

    And I missed the first 20 mins.

    also, I second guessed myself and bet on the Oil (+170)

  5. TemujinBC says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    soooooooooooo a lot like Vancouver then….

  6. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    MSG feed:
    “2nd period Oilers dominated play, start of 3rd period Oilers dominated play. Lundqvist was by far the Rangers’ best player.”

    “Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is everything we’ve read about and talked about. One fine young player.”

  7. TemujinBC says:

    Pouzar,

    Ha! Great stuff

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

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”: You’re joking, right? Do you think the NYC crowd would put up with 8 years of suck before throwing a jersey on the ice? Edmonton is an EASY crowd by comparison.

    No, I’m asking a serious question. They went 54 years without a cup, didn’t they? No jerseys hit the ice in that interval, as far as I know.

    Jersey throwing originated in Edmonton, and I think that shows how difficult the crowd can be in Oil Country.

  9. Pouzar says:

    A win now against NSH would be sweet redemption since that’s when the slide started the last time they played.

  10. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    TemujinBC,

    Vancouver is much worse. That rink has zero atmosphere, in my opinion. Awful.

  11. Lowetide says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    MSG feed:
    “2nd period Oilers dominated play, start of 3rd period Oilers dominated play. Lundqvist was by far the Rangers’ best player.”

    “Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is everything we’ve read about and talked about. One fine young player.”

    Music!

  12. leadfarmer says:

    This game is starting to make sense for Yakupov.

  13. sliderule says:

    Watched on Rangers feed.

    The broadcasters were raving about Nuge.

    Nice to see.

  14. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[],

    Ok… I don’t define one act by one fan as a tough crowd. What part of that singular action implies “crowd” to you?

    I think most Oiler fans know their hockey very well and try to be supportive of the team. The Ranger fans spend 80% of the game b*tching and moaning about their own players or the refs or anything else, unless they do something good.

  15. Zelepukin says:

    leadfarmer:
    This game is starting to make sense for Yakupov.

    He was on a run there of 3 or 4 takeaways in a row.

    If Pouliot and Eberle can show up like that every game, we might just have something here.

  16. jp says:

    sliderule:
    Watched on Rangers feed.

    The broadcasters were raving about Nuge.

    Nice to see.

    Yeah, all night.

  17. John Chambers says:

    For whatever reason the Oilers can never win in Boston. Meanwhile I’d wager they’ve been above .500 at MSG over the past 20 years.

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

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[],

    Ok… I don’t define one act by one fan as a tough crowd. What part of that singular action implies “crowd” to you?

    I think most Oiler fans know their hockey very well and try to be supportive of the team. The Ranger fans spend 80% of the game b*tching and moaning about their own players or the refs or anything else, unless they do something good.

    More than one jersey has hit Rexall ice, if I recall. And I’ve heard quite a lot of booing during telecasts as well. So that implies ‘crowd’.

    But okay, the NYC crowd is harder to play in front of than Edmonton’s (twitter accounts closed not withstanding).

  19. TemujinBC says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”,

    I’ve been to ~15 games in my life there. The last few have been just as you say: brutal.

    I think people just don’t want to bother their neighbors or something, because it’s not all corporate suits (definitely not in the upper levels).

    I went to a 4-3 Canucks win in OT against the Wings with a buddy of mine a few years back. Ryan Kesler tied the game in the final minutes and Pavol Demitra (RIP) set up Sami Salo for the GWG.

    That was probably the best memory I have of a live Canucks game (beer-clouded and hazy as it was).

  20. steveb12344 says:

    []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[]:

    Jersey throwing originated in Edmonton

    Nah, Flames fan did it like 3 years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ4_6QV2nhQ

  21. Gordies Elbow says:

    nelson88:
    Taking my eldest son to his first Oilers/hockey game this evening. He’ll proudly be wearing the Oil drop hat his aunt and uncle sent him for his birthday.

    Make is a good one boys. clap! clap!

    You got a good game – here’s to more in the future!

    Hope you and your son had a great time!

  22. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    TemujinBC,

    I’ve been to quite a few (lived there 10 years as well). But was never impressed. Pacific Coliseum crowd was great. And Vancouver is less corporate for sure. But it is a quieter crowd in the expensive seats. I think that generally applies to most arenas around the game.

  23. icecastles says:

    []JUST[]KEEP[]CALM[]AND[]CORSI[]ON[]: Have you ever seen a jersey thrown on the ice?

    Really? One team was in the SCF final 8 months ago. One was there 8 years ago and has been a lottery team for much of the time since. If that were New York, the jerseys would be set aflame before being tossed and they’d be thrown by the last five remaining fans.

    Edmonton fans have gotten unforgiving, but it was a LONG road to get them there.

  24. Gordies Elbow says:

    steveb12344: Nah, Flames fan did it like 3 years ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ4_6QV2nhQ

    Good point – thanks for bringing this up.

  25. Bling says:

    Man, that was a great game beginning to end for the Oilers, as complete an effort as you could possibly ask for.

    Lundqvist made this way closer than it should’ve been.

    GMoney: Systems play was amazing today. Breakouts were excellent. Forecheck was excellent.

    What impressed me was the battle in the neutral zone! They were making it real tough on the Rangers to get organized on the zone entries. I think this is what Eakins had in mind when he talked about the swarm.

    Aulie made a real nice play late in the game to breakup a sortie for the Rangers. Just knelt down and blocked a cross ice pass.

    Pouliot/Nuge/Ebs were incredible. If they can keep that up, you can start thinking about Hall/Arco/Yak or some variation thereof.

    Incredible stuff!

  26. Gordies Elbow says:

    sliderule:
    Watched on Rangers feed.

    The broadcasters were raving about Nuge.

    Nice to see.

    Best player on the ice, by far. Glad he’s on our side….

  27. Woodguy says:

    Jonathan Willis:
    Woodguy,

    Tough opposition follows Taylor Hall. I don’t think it’s wise to ask the duo of Yakupov and Arcobello to handle that.

    But then RNH’s line is free to make hay.

    That’s the beauty of it.

    Play Petry behind Hall and it’s all good.

  28. Zelepukin says:

    “It takes time to build a program, understand a program and get better. Our guys are getting it.” – Eakins.

    You mean like not doing stupid plays?

  29. flyfish1168 says:

    I counted 3 times where Yak intercepted a NYR pass. Are they not counted as take aways? Not your why on ESPN box scores stats Yak got zero.

  30. Jonathan Willis says:

    Woodguy,

    Woodguy: But then RNH’s line is free to make hay.

    That’s the beauty of it.

    Play Petry behind Hall and it’s all good.

    Lots of teams have two good lines. If the opposition L2 can hold RNH in check, than Hall, Arco and Yak run the risk of getting caved in by their top dogs.

  31. boxman says:

    Jonathan Willis,

    so….. your saying there is hope.. right Jonathon

  32. icecastles says:

    sliderule:
    Watched on Rangers feed.
    The broadcasters were raving about Nuge.
    Nice to see.

    Comented to a friend during the game (we were stuck with the Rangers feed too) that the MSG broadcast team are among the 4 or 5 worst duos in the NHL for being homers – you’re often lucky to hear an opposing player even named during the play by play. But from the outset, they couldn’t stop enthusing about RNH.

    We’ve been seeing him quietly progress and noted how his underlying numbers have strengthened over the last two seasons while some folks have lamented how he’s “no Taylor Hall” as if there’s only one way to be an impact player.

    It feels pretty good to finally start to get some acknowledgment around the league (behind the “bright future” rhetoric that felt increasingly patronizing over the last 4 years) when the broadcast teams even out east are aware of and impressed by our guys. It’s not so long ago that we’d admire our stars like Hemsky while in other cities, people didn’t even seem to know their names, let alone give them any credit.

  33. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Just like I didn’t get too down about some of the recent losses, I’m not going to get too high about these two wins.

    But surely even the most “tough crowd” -Sorry, couldn’t resist– Oiler fans must see some improvement over last year? It’s still a mediocre team, but the improvement is massive. Way less occasion where I just turn the game off in disgust. The Oilers compete a lot more. Yeah, there are problems for sure, but I’m still waiting for goaltending and PDO to stabilize, and when they do, we should see a team battling for .500 as a base line.

  34. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    icecastles,

    Nuge is criminally underrated. Fact.

  35. icecastles says:

    Bling: GMoney: Systems play was amazing today. Breakouts were excellent. Forecheck was excellent.

    We played against a team coached by a guy who’s taken two NHL clubs to the SCF. And the Oilers, at least on this night, were the better coached team.

    Furthermore, even though the losses, we’ve seen genuine pushback from the team for the longest stretch of games in as long as I can remember. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

    Even if we lose the next four games, maybe we can finally put to rest this ridiculous narrative about Eakins having lost the room and guys playing to get the coach fired.

  36. Lowetide says:

    Well we’re not going to see any changes in Nashville, meaning the two rookie defenders are sitting. I’d like to see one of them sent down, bring up an extra forward. Likely Klefbom, but you never know. I’d start Fasth, too btw.

  37. Lowetide says:

    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl 1m1 minute ago

    Vigneault on Rangers performance tonight: “If you say disappointing it would be the understatement of the week.”

    Lovely. Lovely.

  38. icecastles says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    icecastles,

    Nuge is criminally underrated. Fact.

    So true. But I think it’s beginning to change. He’s not just good, he’s good enough that if you’re a media person providing narrative to the game, you simply can’t ignore him without looking like you’ve missed the game.

    We’ve spent countless words and years prefacing our praise of various Oilers (Hemsky, Gilbert, Gagner, Cogliano, DD, Smid…) with “once they take the next step”. We finally have at least two who actually have. Once this happens with a few more (and there’s no reason to believe they won’t), this could actually become the team we thought/hoped/believed it could.

  39. Lowetide says:

    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl 14s14 seconds ago

    Eakins on RNH: “Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, this kid is coming like gangbusters right now, and that’s important.”

  40. Lowetide says:

    Dan Rosen @drosennhl · 1m 1 minute ago

    Eakins on Oilers performance tonight: “I thought our team played a real good, good road game.”

  41. icecastles says:

    Lowetide: Vigneault on Rangers performance tonight: “If you say disappointing it would be the understatement of the week.”
    Lovely. Lovely.

    New York colour guy commented more than once that it’s “embarrassing” being so dominated by “a team like the Oilers.”

    Grimy, backhanded compliments all, but I’l take them. 🙂

  42. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl 14s14 seconds ago

    Eakins on RNH: “Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, this kid is coming like gangbusters right now, and that’s important.”

    I saved you all a seat on the bandwagon, right at the back where the cool kids are.

    😉

  43. Pouzar says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I was never worried for one second about what RNH would be and that’s a really good f’n player. I feel the same way about Drai. There is no doubt in my mind he is going to be special. Now go get Pronger circa 2006 and we’re in business!

  44. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris: I saved you all a seat on the bandwagon, right at the back where the cool kids are.

    ;)

    Never lost faith in the Nuge, but his EV offense was always a concern. That shot of his, with his new shoulder, seems to be wicked hahd.

  45. Bling says:

    icecastles: We played against a team coached by a guy who’s taken two NHL clubs to the SCF. And the Oilers, at least on this night, were the better coached team.

    Furthermore, even though the losses, we’ve seen genuine pushback from the team for the longest stretch of games in as long as I can remember. Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

    Even if we lose the next four games, maybe we can finally put to rest this ridiculous narrative about Eakins having lost the room and guys playing to get the coach fired.

    I heart Dallas Eakins.

    This is absolutely the best I’ve seen an Oiler team play with a lead since 06/07.

    Aggressive, tenacious on the forecheck, possession driven hockey.

    Look at the havoc Yakupov was creating out there, he is really turning into a complete player.

    Bravo, Mr. Eakins, bravo.

  46. G Money says:

    Bling: GMoney: Systems play was amazing today. Breakouts were excellent. Forecheck was excellent.

    Good to hear. Hope they keep it up and make me eat my words. You’ll forgive me if I hold my enthusiasm until they can do it against good Western opposition, and not a team that lost to the Leafs the night before!

    EDIT: Hell, even a decent game against Nsh would be a good start.

    EDIT 2: Just to be clear, I am not Godot (who hates Eakins and finds any excuse to trash him). I feel the Oilers have not improved enough, and would be better served with an experienced coach with a track record of success in the NHL; that’s a far cry from “everything sucks” or “fire him at all costs”.

    I am also not dee ess eff, whose hatred of the Oilers forces him to twist any and every stat he can find to support his contention that anything Oiler-related is bad.

    I want them to win, but based on a so-far repeated ability to turn a close-Corsi game into a loss and a dominant Corsi game into a narrow win at best, I remain skeptical that this team will be even as good as I predicted them to be (which for the record is and was much the same as LT’s 10th and 20th).

  47. Gordies Elbow says:

    RexLibris: I saved you all a seat on the bandwagon, right at the back where the cool kids are.

    Thanks, Rex. I appreciate it. 🙂

  48. Marcus Oilerius says:

    icecastles: Comented to a friend during the game (we were stuck with the Rangers feed too) that the MSG broadcast team are among the 4 or 5 worst duos in the NHL for being homers – you’re often lucky to hear an opposing player even named during the play by play. But from the outset, they couldn’t stop enthusing about RNH.

    Nuge to the Rangers! Commence the mongering of the rumors!

  49. Pouzar says:

    Bling: I heart Dallas Eakins.

    This is absolutely the best I’ve seen an Oiler team play with a lead since 06/07.

    Aggressive, tenacious on the forecheck, possession driven hockey.

    Look at the havoc Yakupov was creating out there, he is really turning into a complete player.

    Bravo, Mr. Eakins, bravo.

    I was really worried we were never going to see this type of effort from this group under Eakins. Boy this was fun to watch.

  50. Pouzar says:

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 2m2 minutes ago
    Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov haven’t been rewarded but we’re going all night.

    Sometimes we can have nice things co-existing.

  51. icecastles says:

    Marcus Oilerius: Nuge to the Rangers! Commence the mongering of the rumors!

    Die you bastard.

  52. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Wooguy, saw your post about betting with Dee Ess Eff.

    Damn Flame fans are a sketchy bunch. So I’m on the hook for Rangers tix vs. Flames v. Oil in Calgary if the Flames.

    He’s been taking pot shots at the Oil of late and worshipping at the altar of JG. I’ve been trying to get him to double down but then he just wimps out. Even with the current odds well in his favour.

  53. nelson88 says:

    Most complete game I have seen from the Oilers since 2006. Rangers were playing back to back but credit where due. Solid effort.

    The line with Nuge, Pouliout and Eberle owned the Rangers. When Hall comes back I would be tempted to run him with Leon for at least a few games.

    Yak had a nice game and wasn’t rewarded.

    Nitkinin scares me more than Jultz and that’s saying something.

    The Rangers faithful were getting plenty frustrated by the latter part of the 3rd. Lots of cat calls about how they were playing the lowly Oilers and not the Blackhawks 😉

    Fair amount of Oiler jerseys in the house including a guy with Klima on it.

    Messier was showing the proper allegiance by sitting in the Oilers box. Stauffer came out of the broadcast booth at the intermission, spotted the Oilers shirt and my son’s hat from the catwalk and gave a nice nod and smile.

    $1bn or so buys a nice renovation but still wouldn’t put MSG in my top 3 to see a hockey game.

  54. icecastles says:

    nelson88: $1bn or so buys a nice renovation but still wouldn’t put MSG in my top 3 to see a hockey game.

    Why is that?

    I’ve only seen games in 2 NHL rinks, but always thought MSG would be a really cool place to see a game.

    Time machine permitting, the old Montreal Forum would always be my number one to see a game in though.

  55. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    nelson88,

    Sounds like a nice time for you and your son. Agree for the most part on MSG. It’s never going to be the best crowd there for a game vs. the Oilers though, unfortunately. It’s quite a bit better vs. Islanders or Flyers, etc., but as I wrote above, it isn’t the same since tix got even more expensive.

    Nassau has a great atmosphere, but is such a pain in the butt to get to. Hopefully that atmosphere remains good when they move to Barclays, even though the sight lines are awful there from many places.

    Oh, and it definitely ramps up a lot once football is done.

    Best part about MSG is walking out the 7th avenue side steps and seeing the Empire State Building right in front of you and the taxis and the honking and the neon and the humanity of it all. I loved the fact I could walk home from there, too, but still be in a beautiful, quiet, cobblestone neighborhood (quiet in NY terms). And more bars and restaurants than you could ever ask for.

  56. icecastles says:

    The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL": Best part about MSG is walking out the 7th avenue side steps and seeing the Empire State Building right in front of you and the taxis and the honking and the neon and the humanity of it all. I loved the fact I could walk home from there, too, but still be in a beautiful, quiet, cobblestone neighborhood (quiet in NY terms). And more bars and restaurants than you could ever ask for.

    Why the fuck did I move to a small town. :/

  57. nelson88 says:

    I find the sight lines are very odd. Crowd is pretty good and they have their traditions like yeling “Potvin sucks”; no matter who they are playing and pretty knowledgeable. As with most venues the atmosphere kicks it up a notch when they are playing rivals.

    Saw the Rags vs. Islanders game at Yankee stadium in February. That was definitely an experience given how cold it was and the fan rivalry was in full entertainment mode.

    Don’t get me wrong, it is still a good venue but not in the class of Chicago or Montreal in my opinion.

  58. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: Never lost faith in the Nuge, but his EV offense was always a concern. That shot of his, with his new shoulder, seems to be wicked hahd.

    I don’t know what Steve Austin is doing now without a shoulder, but I’d wager its being put to better use.

    When you think about their contracts, Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle, I’m kind of surprised “Steve Austin” hasn’t been used as a nickname, when taken alongside the shoulder surgeries.

  59. RexLibris says:

    Pouzar:
    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer2m2 minutes ago
    Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov haven’t been rewarded but we’re going all night.

    Sometimes we can have nice things co-existing.

    I only caught the last half of the game, but Yakupov looked like a man already damned and looking to spread hell. He looked like a Rangers’ nightmare out there on both forecheck and backcheck.

  60. nelson88 says:

    The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL",

    Thanks.

    Yes, we had a good time at the game and in the city in general. My son is 4 1/2 and if you ask him his favourite place in the world he will quite energetically tell you “New York City!”.

  61. PerryK says:

    It is criminal how the NHL keeps some of their stats! As relayed earlier in this set of posts (sorry can’t remember by who), Yak had 0 Takeaways in the official stats!

    Without actually counting, I remember 3 off the top of my head!

    His hand-eye coordination is absolutely phenomenal. Very impressive game for him.

  62. Bling says:

    Pouliot’s nick name is Poolie?

    Good grief.

    lol.

  63. oliveoilers says:

    That, I believe, was Eakins’ best game as coach. Impeccable line matching, tactical adjustment in real time – seemed like everything came together. Now the true test, and the stat guys will agree, is repeatability.

  64. RexLibris says:

    Scanning the standings this evening and I hadn’t realized that Dallas has lost 7 straight games.

    After adding Nill, Spezza, Seguin and Hemsky, if this were the Oilers we’d be losing our collective minds.

    Maybe they should have traded for Hamilton instead of Seguin. Kidding, but that defense needs help.

  65. theres oil in virginia says:

    flyfish1168:
    I counted 3 times where Yak intercepted a NYR pass. Are they not counted as take aways? Not your why on ESPN box scores stats Yak got zero.

    Hence the stupidity of that stat. Giveaways too. Yak was playing sneaky on the forecheck. Really good awareness of what the opponent was going to do, and also really good job of disguising what he (Yak) was going to do. He surprised them a few times and created some chances. Good sneaky/60 for Yak.

  66. RexLibris says:

    I only counted one Conklin/60 on that pass across the slot by Petry. Not sure though if it was on Petry for the pass or Nikitin for letting the forward take inside position on the lane.

    Maybe that should count as two Conklin/60 events?

  67. theres oil in virginia says:

    RexLibris:
    I only counted one Conklin/60 on that pass across the slot by Petry. Not sure though if it was on Petry for the pass or Nikitin for letting the forward take inside position on the lane.

    Maybe that should count as two Conklin/60 events?

    At least two. I think Nikitin was moving back expecting a move backward and maybe an eventual behind the net bank pass. Not sure though. Nikitin recovered well though. The shame of it is that Petry had been stellar moving the puck prior to that, both passing and skating.

  68. Numenius says:

    I think war-on-ice is broken. It says Schultz led the team in Corsi at +20.

  69. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Yes, this did seem like a well coached 60 minute game. Let’s see how we do against Nashville and then talk. Beat Nashville on the road by any margin and THAT will be a up arrow.

  70. godot10 says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Godot10 in 1999: Jason Smith has a history and track record. I trust Jacques Lemaire’s and Lou Lamoriello’s and Pat Quinn’s assessment of Jason Smith.

    This is not Smith’s first rodeo.

    The trade from New Jersey to Toronto was a hockey trade. Smith also was traded from Toronto to Edmonton. Aulie has mostly moved by free agency.

    Smith also played over 2.5 consecutive seasons in the NHL continuously before he arrived in Edmonton.

    Aulie has never managed steady NHL employment.

  71. Woodguy says:

    Jonathan Willis:
    Woodguy,

    Lots of teams have two good lines. If the opposition L2 can hold RNH in check, than Hall, Arco and Yak run the risk of getting caved in by their top dogs.

    I think you over rate what other teams’ lines can do compared to the Oilers.

    EDM is right in there with ability and I don’t think that team X’s L2 can hold RNH while L1 holds Hall.

    I doubt very much there are more than 4 teams in the NHL where you can look at their lines and think “we don’t match up well”

    Especially with Gordon’s line taking all the dzone draws.

    Oilers can be a match up nightmare for teams.

    Good teams.

  72. Woodguy says:

    The Artist formerly known as “NYCOIL”:
    Wooguy, saw your post about betting with Dee Ess Eff.

    Damn Flame fans are a sketchy bunch. So I’m on the hook for Rangers tix vs. Flames v. Oil in Calgary if the Flames.

    He’s been taking pot shots at the Oil of late and worshipping at the altar of JG. I’ve been trying to get him to double down but then he just wimps out. Even with the current odds well in his favour.

    Keep pressing.

    If he won’t put his money where his mouth is, let me know.

  73. Woodguy says:

    All,

    I did not see Aulie bad today.

    See, I can be nice.

    Also,

    It was 90F with no wind here today and I started drinking about 3pm MST.

  74. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris:
    Scanning the standings this evening and I hadn’t realized that Dallas has lost 7 straight games.

    After adding Nill, Spezza, Seguin and Hemsky, if this were the Oilers we’d be losing our collective minds.

    Maybe they should have traded for Hamilton instead of Seguin. Kidding, but that defense needs help.

    I own some Stars in my keeper pool.

    Their D is awful.

    Just putrid.

  75. Woodguy says:

    Klein and Staal on the ice for both Oiler goals 5v5 non empty net.

    I like Staal but trying to hang with RNH and having Klein as his side-kick just isn’t fair.

  76. Woodguy says:

    Oilers TOI vs. Nash (defacto Rags 1st line):

    Justin Schultz 07:56:00
    Andrew Ference 07:37:00
    Jordan Eberle 05:12:00
    Nikita Nikitin 05:05:00
    David Perron 05:03:00
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 04:53:00
    Jeff Petry 04:47:00
    Teddy Purcell 04:30:00
    Nail Yakupov 04:21:00
    Benoit Pouliot 04:05:00
    Leon Draisaitl 04:03:00
    Mark Arcobello 03:53:00
    Matt Hendricks 03:44:00
    Boyd Gordon 02:59:00
    Jesse Joensuu 02:46:00
    Mark Fayne 02:45:00
    Keith Aulie 02:42:00
    Iiro Pakarinen 02:39:00

    Impressive that Vigneault chased Jultz-Ference and they were up to it.

    Very impressive.

  77. Woodguy says:

    5v5 Fenwick (all score situations)

    Justin.Schultz 73.08
    Andrew.Ference 66.67
    Nikita.Nikitin 50
    Jeff.Petry 42.11
    Mark.Fayne 37.5
    Keith.Aulie 37.5

    Mark.Arcobello 78.57
    Iiro.Pakarinen 66.67
    Nail.Yakupov 62.5
    David.Perron 62.5
    Jordan.Eberle 61.9
    Benoit.Pouliot 59.09
    Ryan.Nugent-Hopkins 57.14
    Viktor.Fasth 54.1
    Leon.Draisaitl 50
    Teddy.Purcell 50
    Jesse.Joensuu 37.5
    Matt.Hendricks 35.29
    Boyd.Gordon 35.29

    OZS%

    Mark.Arcobello 100
    Nail.Yakupov 100
    David.Perron 100
    Iiro.Pakarinen 83.33
    Leon.Draisaitl 83.33
    Ryan.Nugent-Hopkins 72.73
    Jordan.Eberle 70
    Benoit.Pouliot 70
    Teddy.Purcell 62.5
    Matt.Hendricks 0
    Jesse.Joensuu 0
    Boyd.Gordon 0

    Justin.Schultz 61.11
    Andrew.Ference 61.11
    Nikita.Nikitin 53.33
    Jeff.Petry 53.33
    Viktor.Fasth 51.28
    Mark.Fayne 16.67
    Keith.Aulie 16.67

    I simply love Eakins dedication to the OZS%.

    Nice to see the guys getting the push respond with results.

    Fayne-Aulie were ok vis a vi starts as well.

    Gordon’s line were as well.

    That’s good coaching.

  78. Dicky94 says:

    Woodguy,

    Was just looking at that ,and it definately explains their record. And wow Hemsky. The draft picks we got for him look pretty reasonable now.

  79. Zelepukin says:

    Hemsky, on pace for 6 pts.

  80. Woodguy says:

    Dicky94:
    Woodguy,

    Was just looking at that ,and it definately explains their record. And wow Hemsky. The draft picks we got for him look pretty reasonable now.

    Hemsky’s been playing with dregs since Nickushkin went down.

    Dallas has also sucked the hind tit since.

    Ruff also put Hemsky back with Spezza last game.

    I also saw a Cole-Horcoff-Hemsky line for a few shifts last game.

    Ahhh memories.

    Lindy Ruff know best I guess. Benched Hall when he was leading Canada in pts/60 but didn’t look good doing it I guess.

    Haha!

    Fuck Ruff.

    Asshole.

    This looks good on him.

    Talent falling out the ass and a 7 game losing streak.

    Asshole.

  81. Woodguy says:

    Oilers 56.8% Fenclose tonight

    54.1 overall.

    Very nice road game.

  82. Dicky94 says:

    It would be nice to pluck Oleksiak off them and Myers from Buffalo. They would have to raise the Oil Derrick for them at the start of home games.

  83. PDO says:

    Ryan Nugent Hopkins is a man.

    Pouliot meshing with that line gives all kinds of options to Eakins when Hall comes back.

    NYR was in a tough spot – missing several D due to injury/suspension, and tough travel… but they also started Lundqvist for guaranteed win night, so fuck ’em.

    I think Fasth is the best goalie on the roster.

    The Oilers are ahead of Colorado and Dallas and tied with Arizona.

    Bitches.

  84. Genjutsu says:

    Woodguy: Hemsky’s been playing with dregs since Nickushkin went down.

    Dallas has also sucked the hind tit since.

    Ruff also put Hemsky back with Spezza last game.

    I also saw a Cole-Horcoff-Hemsky line for a few shifts last game.

    Ahhh memories.

    Lindy Ruff know best I guess.Benched Hall when he was leading Canada in pts/60 but didn’t look good doing it I guess.

    Haha!

    Fuck Ruff.

    Asshole.

    This looks good on him.

    Talent falling out the ass and a 7 game losing streak.

    Asshole.

    ^This.

  85. Bling says:

    Woodguy,

    What’s interesting about Eakins’ deployment is that I’m not sure it’s being done anywhere else in the league.

    Draisatl, for instance, has the most extreme zone starts in the NHL, and the remainder of the top 15 is littered with Oilers.

    Bleeding edge coaching, guys! Jump on the bandwagon! 🙂

  86. stevezie says:

    RexLibris: I only caught the last half of the game, but Yakupov looked like a man already damned and looking to spread hell. He looked like a Rangers’ nightmare out there on both forecheck and backcheck.

    I thought it was a lot of guys’ best game of the year, none more so than Yak. His forecheck is getting pretty damn useful.

  87. Woodguy says:

    Bling:
    Woodguy,

    What’s interesting about Eakins’ deployment is that I’m not sure it’s being done anywhere else in the league.

    Draisatl, for instance, has the most extreme zone starts in the NHL, and the remainder of the top 15 is littered with Oilers.

    Bleeding edge coaching, guys! Jump on the bandwagon!

    CHI does it, as does NSH and SJS.

    CHI just finishes a shift in their own zone so rarely that their Gordon players are in the 40% range, then the rest of the team is 65%+ (forwards only)

  88. spoiler says:

    Looking ahead, the schedule becomes a cruel taskmaster. The Oil end the month with 6 games in 9 nights, divided into two stretches of 3 games in four nights. Of the two back-to-backs contained therein, we get the Hawks and the Blues on the second nights. The first 3 in 4 are on the road, the second set is at home.

    The Flaming Horseshoes on the other hand play one back-to-back the entire month, compared to our three, and play no 3 in 4 night stretches.

    I suppose if you look at Chi and St. L as guaranteed losses then getting them on a guaranteed loss night is saving a loss but I’d rather the kids get a chance to test their mettle in a fair fight and see where they stand.

  89. jake70 says:

    Please baby jesus, let this new level of play from RNH be his baseline for years and years to come.

    The goal he scored was just sweet, not the shot necessarily but the give and go with Eberle, no gliding toward the net but full out strides and bam, goal. In fact I would remove the carry water ..chop wood thingy and put “give and go” all over the damn place.

  90. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Woodguy:
    5v5 Fenwick (all score situations)

    Justin.Schultz73.08
    Andrew.Ference66.67
    Nikita.Nikitin50
    Jeff.Petry42.11
    Mark.Fayne37.5
    Keith.Aulie37.5

    Mark.Arcobello78.57
    Iiro.Pakarinen66.67
    Nail.Yakupov62.5
    David.Perron62.5
    Jordan.Eberle61.9
    Benoit.Pouliot59.09
    Ryan.Nugent-Hopkins57.14
    Viktor.Fasth54.1
    Leon.Draisaitl50
    Teddy.Purcell50
    Jesse.Joensuu37.5
    Matt.Hendricks35.29
    Boyd.Gordon35.29

    OZS%

    Mark.Arcobello100
    Nail.Yakupov100
    David.Perron100
    Iiro.Pakarinen83.33
    Leon.Draisaitl83.33
    Ryan.Nugent-Hopkins72.73
    Jordan.Eberle70
    Benoit.Pouliot70
    Teddy.Purcell62.5
    Matt.Hendricks0
    Jesse.Joensuu0
    Boyd.Gordon0

    Justin.Schultz61.11
    Andrew.Ference61.11
    Nikita.Nikitin53.33
    Jeff.Petry53.33
    Viktor.Fasth51.28
    Mark.Fayne16.67
    Keith.Aulie16.67

    I simply love Eakins dedication to the OZS%.

    Nice to see the guys getting the push respond with results.

    Fayne-Aulie were ok vis a vi starts as well.

    Gordon’s line were as well.

    That’s good coaching.

    In all fairness I have to agree that is a good element of Eakins’ coaching right now. I’m hoping this continues like everyone else. Hoping but not expecting an absence of inexplicable lineups an robotic players.
    Maybe they are getting his program and maybe that program isn’t so bad after all. Maybe.

  91. Pouzar says:

    Does anyone else here feel that RNH needs to have the puck on his stick more and to be the “driver” of his own line? I think with Hall on the top line RNH defers to him and plays a more of a puck support role for that line. It’s why I would like to see Hall on line 2 with Yak and Arco. If we have 2 definitive “drivers” on lines 1 and 2 it will be huge.

    And Yak looks fantastic I might add.

  92. Jonathan Willis says:

    Woodguy: I think you over rate what other teams’ lines can do compared to the Oilers.

    EDM is right in there with ability and I don’t think that team X’s L2 can hold RNH while L1 holds Hall.

    I doubt very much there are more than 4 teams in the NHL where you can look at their lines and think “we don’t match up well”

    Especially with Gordon’s line taking all the dzone draws.

    Oilers can be a match up nightmare for teams.

    Good teams.

    Lines 1-4, I tend to agree.

    Lines 1-2? They’re okay, but not ‘throw Arocbello and Yakupov out there with Hall’ okay.

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