SHARKS AT OILERS G27, 2014-15

We’re at that weird point in the season where predictable things become less trustworthy. San Jose played last night, barely won the game and Edmonton’s team has enjoyed days of rest and preparation. You would think the Oilers have the advantage tonight, but…..

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There is much that can be salvaged this season, but the coach and players will not be getting any help to turn this thing around. It’s fairly obvious (verbal from players, the fact the Oilers didn’t fire the coach) Eakins still has the room but the team needs wins to save his job. These young Oilers often play up (or down) to the level of their competition, but will need much better coverage defensively to win tonight and this week. What are the odds the club comes out with four points against San Jose (times 2) and Anaheim (times 2)? Their best chance for a win is tonight, and one hopes we see more of Fayne and Petry and less of Schultz and Nikitin. For Eakins, this isn’t about development, it’s about wins. As December reaches the midway point, with four more losses, we may see trades and OKC airlifts. I believe it’s that close to happening. I also believe this team can win hockey games if their goaltending and coverage gives them a chance. Call me crazy.

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  • Bruce Garrioch: Six teams (possibly Montreal, Ottawa, Columbus, Florida, Anaheim and Boston) have shown interest in forward David Perron. Source

This trade might become easier with the change in the weather (cloudy, with a 90% chance of McDavid/Eichel). If the Oilers are willing to take a package that includes a draft pick as part of the return and (especially) a dead contract, the procurement department (whoever that may be) may be happy with the deal. Disappointed to see him in these trade rumors, David Perron is a fine, fine Oiler. Damn shame.

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  • Steve Simmons: If Todd McLellan doesn’t make it to next season as coach of the San Jose Sharks, don’t be surprised if he ends up coaching the Edmonton Oilers. Source

That’s the kind of coach Edmonton would no doubt pursue, a veteran with solid-to-great credentials. McLellan is in a weird spot with the Sharks but has them winning now so this could be much ado about nothing.

Sidney Crosby QMJHL 62GP, 66-102-168 (2.71 points-per-game); Connor McDavid OHL 18GP, 16-35-51 (2.83 points-per-game)

Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

  • Steve Simmons: I have to be honest: I’m cheering against the Oilers on the road to McDavid or Eichel. They have tripped over themselves so often that I really would like to see McDavid or Eichel somewhere where not having a clue isn’t a prerequisite to a management position. If I could a place for McDavid it would be Columbus: A McDavid-Ryan Johansen combination going forward reminds me of Tim Duncan and David Robinson in San Antonio. One bad year meant more than a decade of great seasons. This Edmonton bunch isn’t deserving of anything that great. Source

He’s right, they aren’t deserving and maybe the NHL offices are loading the dice in an effort to Ewing the process (I don’t believe that by the way). I would argue the long-suffering fans of this franchise are deserving though. I don’t think Craig MacTavish can walk to the podium and make the pick, they’ll have to get Nicholson or the next Stu MacGregor to do it. New face, new result and all that jazz.

McDavid’s NHLE is 82gp, 22-48-70. He’s incredible. A top line of Hall—McDavid—Eberle could shoot the moon, and a second line of Pouliot—Nuge—Perron might just be the second unit this team has been waiting for since 2006. We’ll see, sounds like Perron is gone, but that’s a nice 6.

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CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

As this season winds down, it’s probably time to discuss Jeff Petry and Nail Yakupov. I wrote about Petry’s one-year deal back in the summer:

  • Who do you blame? Craig MacTavish is the GM, buck stops there. Shameful contract, no defending it.
  • Oilers seem to do that a lot. ALWAYS!!! The Oilers haven’t had a balanced defense since 2006!!! As soon as Gilbert resembled an NHL defenseman they couldn’t wait to cash him in for Nick Schultz—who closely matches the traditional Oilers version of an effective veteran. The problem is that the position has changed, and mobile, quick thinking defenders who can win battles but may not knock people’s heads off are the preferred skill set.

That’s kind of where we sit with Petry, can’t imagine he’ll return. The additional problem is what the Oilers will get back—it’ll be a draft pick or a mid-level prospect—and the difficult depth chart (Fayne, Petry RH side) facing the new management/coach. Losing Petry for a distant bell is absolutely noxious, and that’s on Craig MacTavish. He was left with a difficult negotiation because Steve Tambellini fiddled but it didn’t have to end this way.

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The Oilers are going to need some finishers if their ‘up the middle’ center depth chart is Nuge—McDavid—Draisaitl and that could mean room for Nail Yakupov. The brilliant Russian has not adjusted to the Oilers way (perhaps an endorsement of the young man) but remains a legit talent. If the Yak side insists on big money then he’ll be down the line but there’s a better chance (imo) Yakupov stays than Petry does.

  • Hall—McDavid—Eberle
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Yakupov

How’s that look?

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  1. BeerMe says:

    VanOil:
    Debrusk also drinking the Delirium choosing Jultz as his player of the game.

    He might be the player of the game. In a bad way.

  2. G Money says:

    Woodguy: See my next post.

    I found 3 teams in the two years that I looked at.

    It can’t be that rare.

    The fact that you were able to find some teams is impressive and perhaps encouraging.

    Missing points:

    – Were they truly outliers >2 SD as the Oilers were, or just part of a year with high PDO variability? I’ve looked at this years PDO distribution, it is fairly normal and with a high kurtosis. That makes the Oiler PDO number TRULY an outlier.

    You found those fast, pls send your source of data and I’ll see if I have time to dig in when I get home.

    – W.r.t. personnel changes, you listed trades. What about injuries?

    Not sure about NYI, but your Ott and TB examples are a bit ‘funny’ as comparables to the Oilers for PDO reversion because both were powerhouses those years (I recall both teams finishing first or near first in their divisions, unless I”m confusing it with another year), VERY unlike the Oilers.

    Not to move the bar, but I can’t write much at a time, I am on my iPhone, at a Hitmen game @ Saddledome.

  3. Bag of Pucks says:

    If you’re at all inclined to feel sorry for the mgmt or coaches of this team, keep in mind they can easily silence all of their critics by simply winning.

    The fact that they can’t for the life of them figure out how to do that is precisely why they don’t deserve our pity.

  4. Clay says:

    I am unable to watch but have the scoreboard running on my laptop. Is it really 11 minutes gone in the 1st, with the Sharks still not registering a shot? Is it Oilers good play, or Sharks looking like they played last night?

  5. BeerMe says:

    This is some good hockey.

  6. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Oilers are going to win tonight..

  7. Lowetide says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    If you’re at all inclined to feel sorry for the mgmt or coaches of this team, keep in mind they can easily silence all of their critics by simply winning.

    The fact that they can’t for the life of them figure out how to do that is precisely why they don’t deserve our pity.

    Feeling sorry for grown men is a nonstarter, agreed.

  8. BeerMe says:

    Fayne with a bonehead play, nearly cost them a goal

  9. frjohnk says:

    Surprised pitlick got up. Wow. He got destroyed on that hit.

  10. frjohnk says:

    That play right after the faceoff on the PP usually goes in if it’s oilers defending

  11. Klima's_Bucket says:

    frjohnk: Surprised pitlick got up. Wow. He got destroyed on that hit.

    Nice to see that there was no response for that hit by the Oilers.
    Why every other team thinks a fight needs to follow a hard clean check is beyond me.

    Oh well Spector will have something to write about.

  12. icecastles says:

    Is Justin Schultz… hitting?

  13. frjohnk says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Nice to see that there was no response for that hit by the Oilers.
    Why every other team thinks a fight needs to follow a hard clean check is beyond me.

    Oh well Spector will have something to write about.

    Totally agree. If it’s a clean hit. Let it go.
    But if it isn’t. There has to be a response. Has to be.

  14. Captain's Log says:

    Did Eakins smuggle in someone else in Schultz’s 19 jersey? Throwing some body…I don’t believe my eyes.

    I swear I’m only 1 beer in too

  15. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Captain’s Log: Did Eakins smuggle in someone else in Schultz’s 19 jersey? Throwing some body…I don’t believe my eyes.

    Captain’s Log has the #MacTface

  16. LostBoy says:

    Great period, didn’t cash.

    I’d be very happy to be wrong, but it felt like they needed a lead out of that.

  17. Lowetide says:

    I liked that period for the Oilers. Lots of looks, Hall had a nice chance and Leon would have buried one if he hadn’t been held. Pitlick physical, took a big hit and got right up. Keep it going, kid. Nuge has wheels tonight, too.

  18. Derek says:

    I’m pretty sure Edmonton has never Outshot a California team 11-2 in a period in a decade, whether they were on the second game of a b2b or not.

  19. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide,

    Eberle is looking better too. Layoff may have helped heal a bit more.

  20. Woodguy says:

    G Money: The fact that you were able to find some teams is impressive and perhaps encouraging.

    Missing points:

    – Were they truly outliers >2 SD as the Oilers were, or just part of ayear with high PDO variability?I’ve looked at this years PDO distribution, it is fairly normal and with a high kurtosis.That makes the Oiler PDO number TRULY an outlier.

    You found those fast, pls send your source of data and I’ll see if I have time to dig in when I get home.

    – W.r.t. personnel changes, you listed trades.What about injuries?

    Not sure about NYI, but your Ott and TB examples are a bit ‘funny’ as comparables to the Oilers for PDO reversion because both were powerhouses those years (I recall both teams finishing first or near first in their divisions, unless I”m confusing it with another year), VERY unlike the Oilers.

    Not to move the bar, but I can’t write much at a time, I am on my iPhone, at a Hitmen game @ Saddledome.

    Waronice.com —-> team stats —–>date ranges

    Good point about injuries.

  21. Woodguy says:

    Yakupov’s zone exits on the left side >>>> zone exits on right side

    Saw at least 2 excellent passes over the blue line and he skated it out once.

    On the right side it was back handing the puck out blindly every time.

    I bet his corsi jumps because of it.

  22. CurtisS says:

    Eakins putting Pitlick on the 1st line reminds me of Mact putting Liam Reddox on the 1st line…………….

  23. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Eric Staal left the rink on crutches tonight.
    Now going to have to battle Carolina and Buffalo for McDavid.
    Hope the Oilers can up their “compete” level.

  24. icecastles says:

    CurtisS: Eakins putting Pitlick on the 1st line reminds me of Mact putting Liam Reddox on the 1st line…………….

    Or Quinn with JF Jaques?

  25. LostBoy says:

    Woodguy:
    Yakupov’s zone exits on the left side >>>> zone exits on right side

    Saw at least 2 excellent passes over the blue line and he skated it out once.

    On the right side it was back handing the puck out blindly every time.

    I bet his corsi jumps because of it.

    Yes, but if you looked only at the o-zone time, you could be forgiven for thinking he and Eberle were playing reversed wings. In earlier attempts at this, Yak usually ends up missing an assignment to cover the point, sometimes catastrophically. Looking good tonight, though.

  26. Bag of Pucks says:

    Easy to root for Pitlick. Lots of try in the lad’s game.

  27. Lowetide says:

    CLOWNS!

  28. Lowetide says:

    Pinizzotto and Gazdic on a two-on-one is the most Oiler thing this season.

  29. gr8one says:

    CurtisS,

    Reminds me more of Pat Quinn(RIP) putting Jacques on the first line.

    /edit

    (What icecastles said)

  30. Bag of Pucks says:

    Don’t know where this team suddenly found a collective edge in their game but it’s a welcome sight.

  31. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Schultz has 3 hits tonight. He has 7 all season.
    What if Aulie is the answer to who is burdened with playing with Norris?

  32. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lowetide:
    Pinizzotto and Gazdic on a two-on-one is the most Oiler thing this season.

    C’mon LT. Pinni made a helluva shot there. Nice save by Stalock.

  33. Klima's_Bucket says:

    WTF is Yakupov doing on the PP?

  34. Lowetide says:

    THE MIGHTY YAK!

  35. frjohnk says:

    Good for you yak

    He needed that

  36. BeerMe says:

    YAK!!!!!!!!!!

  37. VanOil says:

    May Yakupov stand in that very spot and score for the next 15 years.

  38. Lowetide says:

    Bag of Pucks: C’mon LT. Pinni made a helluva shot there. Nice save by Stalock.

    That’s not a dream two on one, BoP.

  39. BeerMe says:

    Scrivens is a wizard

  40. Bag of Pucks says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Schultz has 3 hits tonight. He has 7 all season.
    What if Aulie is the answer to who is burdened with playing with Norris?

    Wimp + Goon? It works in the movies.

  41. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lowetide: That’s not a dream two on one, BoP.

    True dat

  42. Lowetide says:

    Justin Schultz man there? I think it was.

  43. BlacqueJacque says:

    Yes, YES, YES !!! They’re finally fucking getting it! The primadonnas are playing hard and the team is with them! They’ve always had the talent and now they’re learning what it takes to win!!!

    #ForgedInFire baby! And fuck PDO. They’re going to turn it around but it’s not because a stupid number evens itself out on its own. It’s because they’re playing fucking hockey, not shinny.

  44. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide:
    Justin Schultz man there? I think it was.

    Or draisaitl

  45. VanOil says:

    At this point I am willing to call that Ference and Schultz should never be on the ice together even if they are the only two defenders left standing.

  46. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Yak gets time on the PP and buries it !!
    Then Schultz…
    Oilers gonna Oilers…

  47. LostBoy says:

    Schultz pinches. Yakupov watches. Doesn’t even move his feet as he watches McGinn go up-ice free as a bird.

  48. icecastles says:

    BeerMe: Scrivens is a wizard

    Thanks for jinxing it, jerk!

  49. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lowetide:
    Justin Schultz man there? I think it was.

    Yep. Ference goes to cover Schultz’s side coz he’s not there and Justina can’t even cover the slot to help.

    Eakins should’ve stapled Norris to the bench until Aulie’s out of the box.

  50. icecastles says:

    Jesus Christ. If your job is to talk for a living, you should know it’s called “espresso,” not “expresso.”

  51. dsr29 says:

    Lowetide,

    Draisaitl at fault there. Bad play at blue line then doesn’t pick up anyone on way back.

  52. Derek says:

    Draisaitl benched….?

  53. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Arco out in Draisaitl’s spot after that goal and blown coverage…

  54. Derek says:

    Arco gotten next shift with 10 and 14 after the goal against.

  55. Lowetide says:

    Leon is really improving, and as he does, it leaves our man Arco as the weak link. I’m never going to be against him having a career, but when the Oilers are any good he’ll be an extra man.

  56. Lowetide says:

    Very nice recovery by Oscar there. VERY nice.

  57. Lowetide says:

    icecastles:
    Jesus Christ. If your job is to talk for a living, you should know it’s called “espresso,” not “expresso.”

    Haha.

  58. frjohnk says:

    Klefbom with great speed to negate that pass on the 2 on 1.

    For a second I thought it was hall, because he was fast

  59. oilspillcali says:

    Good to see hall and nuge flying

  60. flyfish1168 says:

    Oscar here to stay with plays like that

  61. VanOil says:

    Rexall is broken time for a new barn

  62. Bag of Pucks says:

    Schultz on D is like that stoner paperboy that puts it on the roof, over the hedge, in the puddle. Anywhere but the friggin’ front step.

  63. Lowetide says:

    NICE backchecking by Hall there.

  64. Captain's Log says:

    Have to say on that goal by Yak how much it helps having a hard shot from the point by Petry. Stalock can only really block it and hence the chaos. Good on Eberle getting in front and getting the rebound too.

    If Petry can keep doing that getting smooth passes from Schultz I hope they keep those two on the PP for a while.

    Meanwhile in the defensive ice time watch, Petry over 14 minutes, Ference at almost 15 (what?) and schultz only 9:35. That’s better IMO.

    And finally can Scrivens just focus on stopping the puck when he gets behind the net? Anytime he tries to do more he’s overshooting his D-men or handcuffing them with the puck.

  65. Captain's Log says:

    Umm Gene…no it’s not. Have you been watching the games at Rexall in the last 5 years? Ice has been awful.

  66. Lowetide says:

    GREAT backcheck by Nuge.

  67. Klima's_Bucket says:

    “Expresso started as a misspelling of espresso, which came to English from Italian and refers to a strong, pressure-brewed coffee. But because expresso has so often appeared in place of espresso, we can perhaps consider it a variant. And indeed, some dictionaries now list it as such. This doesn’t change the fact that many English speakers consider expresso wrong, however, and some will no doubt continue to do so no matter how common it becomes. So if you don’t want anyone to think you’re wrong, espresso is the safer choice.

    It’s also worth noting that expresso is the French word for the pressure-brewed coffee, and this perhaps has had some small influence on English usage.”

  68. Pouzar says:

    Gawd does any team bitch and moan for flags like the Pats? Jezzuz.

  69. Lowetide says:

    ONCE AGAIN when the French get involved, we have anarchy.

  70. Bag of Pucks says:

    Pouzar:
    Gawd does any team bitch and moan for flags like the Pats? Jezzuz.

    They may but Brady’s release on a 5 step drop is poetry in motion.

  71. pocession charge says:

    Lowetide:
    Very nice recovery by Oscar there. VERY nice.

    Klefbom sure looks like the real deal. His reads have improved dramatically to go along with his skating, heavy shot, and fantastic outlet passing. Looks like we can close up our briefcase and go home.

  72. icecastles says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Expresso started as a misspelling of espresso, which came to English from Italian and refers to a strong, pressure-brewed coffee. But because expresso has so often appeared in place of espresso, we can perhaps consider it a variant.

    And “teh” is also now accepted as a variant of “the”. Because lots of people type it that way.

    Also, “their”, “there” and “they’re” are now considered interchangeable.

  73. pocession charge says:

    icecastles: And “teh” is also now accepted as a variant of “the”. Because lots of people type it that way.

    Also, “their”, “there” and “they’re” are now considered interchangeable.

    Don’t forget lose and loose.

  74. Clay says:

    icecastles: And “teh” is also now accepted as a variant of “the”. Because lots of people type it that way.

    Also, “their”, “there” and “they’re” are now considered interchangeable.

    This can’t be right, can it? I mean how long until the English language is simply aas;ldkjf;am;jowejvna;sdkn?

  75. icecastles says:

    pocession charge: Don’t forget lose and loose.

    If the Oilers can keep lose in the 3rd, maybe they won’t loose this game.

    Clay: This can’t be right, can it? I mean how long until the English language is simply aas;ldkjf;am;jowejvna;sdkn?

    I must be an Oilers fan… first thing I noticed in the middle portion of the gobbledgook was how close you came to spelling “lowe”

  76. Clay says:

    icecastles: If the Oilers can keep lose in the 3rd, maybe they won’t loose this game.

    I must be an Oilers fan… first thing I noticed in the middle portion of the gobbledgook was how close you came to spelling “lowe”

    An infinite amount of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters…

  77. Ray says:

    Captain’s Log,

    The ice has been awful since Dan Craig left…

  78. icecastles says:

    Scrivens has been playing much better of late, but he still has that incredibly worrying tendency to stretch out and drop to his belly more quickly than I’d like. Great if he can get control of the puck, but if it’s out of his reach or gets picked off by an opposing player, he’s pretty much removed himself from the play and opened the upper 2/3 of the net.

    I’ve only noticed in this year but didn’t have the most opportunity to watch for it before.

    JDD, DD, and Scrivens have all had the same weakness of (to my uneducated eye) dropping down too early and thus overcommitting to the anticipated initial shot. I wonder if this is common among goalies who learned their trade in the butterfly era, or if this may somewhat be on Freddie Chabot.

    What I wouldn’t give to be able to hear from Nashville’s goalie coach exactly what bad habits he had noted about Dubnyk that inspired his famous comment.

  79. icecastles says:

    Clay: An infinite amount of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters…

    Will eventually convince themselves they’re fine at centre?

  80. El Duderino says:

    icecastles: And “teh” is also now accepted as a variant of “the”. Because lots of people type it that way.

    Also, “their”, “there” and “they’re” are now considered interchangeable.

    Also “then” and “than” r da same thing and instead of “have” or “of” just substitute “uv” because there’s no difference.

  81. Lowetide says:

    Yes!

  82. Pouzar says:

    PDHo!

  83. Lowetide says:

    Perron 4 (Purcell)

  84. flyfish1168 says:

    Perrons is value is not measurable

  85. pocession charge says:

    icecastles: Will eventually convince themselves they’re fine at centre?

    Brilliant!

  86. Ice Sage says:

    Am not saying anything. Just saying

  87. Clay says:

    icecastles: Will eventually convince themselves they’re fine at centre?

    Beauty!

  88. Derek says:

    Aulie kind of looks like Harry of Harry and the Hendersons fame.

  89. Lowetide says:

    That’s the play Hall needs to get out of his game. He’s a great player now, but he can be better.

  90. Derek says:

    Commenting on your phone sucks, those of you that do it on the regular are out of your minds.

  91. Ray says:

    Derek,

    Works just fine on my BlackBerry

  92. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Goodnight Gordon.
    You fought through a ton.
    Thanks for hanging in there.

  93. delooper says:

    Holy moly. 5 minutes left and the Oilers have a chance.

  94. icecastles says:

    Lowetide: That’s the play Hall needs to get out of his game. He’s a great player now, but he can be better.

    Completely. But it’s kind of thrilling in a way too, looking at Hall and realizing it’s completely reasonable to think he can (and probably will) become an even better player. Some of the holes in his game seem to have been there since he was a rookie, but he’s also dedicated enough to his craft that I think he works on them and does become something more of a complete player

  95. TemujinBC says:

    Aggressive forechecking by Purcell, nice work there

  96. Surly says:

    What a composed play by Klefbom at about 2:20. Loose puck, in traffic, lots of Sharks, makes a confident back and forth move to get to open space and makes the smart pass to the free man on the wall for an easy out.

  97. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Hopefully Gordon isn’t out for long.

  98. TemujinBC says:

    Oh Eberle, why ice that :-/

  99. hags9k says:

    I hope Yak stays for a decade. And I hope his teammates start to pass him the puck when he has speed. He seems to get “looked off” a lot.

    Treble Klef looking good.

    Twenty seconds! cmon!

  100. TemujinBC says:

    Huge FO win by Arcobello. Another icing though…. yergh

  101. Clay says:

    delooper:
    Holy moly.5 minutes left and the Oilers have a chance.

    Jinxes, Schminxes…

  102. hags9k says:

    W!

  103. icecastles says:

    Eakins’ unbreakable calm is showing cracks. I like it.

  104. Pretendergast says:

    Pdo must have soared on that perron goal

  105. Ice Sage says:

    points come in twos? Binge, away, Oilers

  106. Derek says:

    20 seconds left, protecting a one goal lead after a timeout and their choice of dman is a rookie in klefbom.

  107. flyfish1168 says:

    Lots of streaks end with this win. Best of all we beat a western conference team.

  108. icecastles says:

    It must suck being a fan of a good team. They’ll never know how fucking good it feels to win a regular season game.

  109. Pouzar says:

    I like Hanifin just fine.

  110. TemujinBC says:

    So, I think the narrative tonight should be “Oilers had three chances at open net, failed to capitalize”

    #FireEakins
    #FreeMarincin
    #RareWin

  111. frjohnk says:

    Derek:
    20 seconds left, protecting a one goal lead after a timeout and their choice of dman is a rookie in klefbom.

    He is a beauty

  112. Lowetide says:

    Man. THAT was painful. A WIN!!! SWEET SWEET SWEET MUSIC!

  113. LostBoy says:

    I think I forget what winning feels like.

  114. Clay says:

    Derek:
    20 seconds left, protecting a one goal lead after a timeout and their choice of dman is a rookie in klefbom.

    Well, so far this year it would’ve likely been Jultzy. Klefbom is an upgrade on that…

  115. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Derek:
    20 seconds left, protecting a one goal lead after a timeout and their choice of dman is a rookie in klefbom.

    Apparently a somewhat talented rookie.

  116. Pouzar says:

    And a Defenceman was born. Hope he makes the team next year.

  117. Bag of Pucks says:

    Cue the Natalie Cole.

    “At last….!”

  118. Minister D- says:

    Danced a jig, cracked a beer, kissed the cat, startled the wife, woke the child, …then had to sit down for a bit.

  119. book¡je says:

    icecastles:
    It must suck being a fan of a good team. They’ll never know how fucking good it feels to win a regular season game.

    Yeah, those guys are loosers!

  120. Bobbin Roundlee says:

    Whyte Avenue anyone? 🙂

  121. Dicky94 says:

    Enjoy the win everyone! Probably be some new Oiler fans nine months from now. Lol.

  122. Zelepukin says:

    take one for the team Nikitin, go on IR.

  123. TemujinBC says:

    Bobbin Roundlee,

    And on the lords day….

  124. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I had a bottle of Melipal Malbec Rose tonight before the game.
    Left me feeling lose.
    If you go back and check the comments I predicted the Oilers would win.
    I knew there was no way the Oil could loose tonight.
    I should drink a bottle of wine before every game…

  125. LostBoy says:

    If we could find a way to play only one of Schultz or Nikitin on any given night things might go a lot better. (Yes, Schultz had a much better game tonight; Oilers management, please let Niki rest until he’s healthy.)

    Klefbom showed what he could be.

    Please don’t flush Perron for cents on the dollar.

  126. Dominoiler says:

    Hey!!.. Positive Results!..

    Big step up in terms of physicality / commitment.. to take on the sharks physically, that could be an important building block for the team (so they know they can, road trippin in the west and all).. Still gotta a long way to go, like that monster double miscoverage GA (will be a good learning tool, ouch), but good signs.. Now, Consistency, key word..

    Scrivens, good interview

    Nice to see Klef getting good minutes and Petry leading the D.. Shultz is a project, but have to say it was good to see him actually engage physically..

  127. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    I had a bottle of Melipal Malbec Rose tonight before the game.
    Left me feeling lose.
    If you go back and check the comments I predicted the Oilers would win.
    I knew there was no way the Oil could loose tonight.
    I should drink a bottle of wine before every game…

    I was worried that you had jinxed them. Funny for a person who doesn’t believe much in the concept of luck!

  128. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Petry 24:50
    Fayne 23:16
    Schultz 13:14

    Unicorns!!
    Music!!

  129. Woodguy says:

    RHD 5v5 TOI:

    Petry 21.6 min

    Fayne 18.5 min

    Schultz 12.3 min

    Eakins is not being told how to deploy the Dmen anymore.

  130. book¡je says:

    Glad that ended before Christmas

  131. Woodguy says:

    Well pretty much everything I said earlier came true.

    Huh.

  132. BeerMe says:

    Woodguy:
    RHD 5v5 TOI:

    Petry 21.6 min

    Fayne 18.5 min

    Schultz 12.3 min

    Eakins is not being told how to deploy the Dmen anymore.

    This is more beautiful than the win

  133. book¡je says:

    Woodguy:
    RHD 5v5 TOI:

    Petry 21.6 min

    Fayne 18.5 min

    Schultz 12.3 min

    Eakins is not being told how to deploy the Dmen anymore.

    Perhaps he retook the helm from his assistant?

  134. gr8one says:

    Woodguy:
    RHD 5v5 TOI:

    Petry 21.6 min

    Fayne 18.5 min

    Schultz 12.3 min

    Eakins is not being told how to deploy the Dmen anymore.

    Yeah but, free Marincin?

  135. icecastles says:

    “Frank The Dog”: I was worried that you had jinxed them. Funny for a person who doesn’t believe much in the concept of luck!

    My girlfriend is EXTREMELY superstitious and believes in luck, energies, curses, the whole deal (she’s from the Old Country: not her fault). So we routinely debate her magical worldview versus my extremely rationalist one. I’m glad she doesn’t see how we fret over luck and jinxes and the hockey gords on here. I’d be sewered.

  136. LostBoy says:

    book¡je: Perhaps he retook the helm from his assistant?

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that what formula one calls “team orders” were relaxed.

    That, or I guess Dallas finally “saw fit”.

  137. Lowetide says:

    Now the trick is to do this again. Absolutely full measure for the win, but this was the second of a btb for San Jose. Man it feels good to watch your team win.

  138. pocession charge says:

    Zelepukin:
    take one for the team Nikitin, go on IR.

    Is IR a one way flight to Russia?

  139. icecastles says:

    I swear to gord Stauffer just said the Oilers eleven-game loosing streak is over. Yes, “loosing”.

    That HAD to be a subtle shout-out to the LT crowd.

  140. Lowetide says:

    Is Gordon hurt (I mean more than he was)?

  141. Klima's_Bucket says:

    With Gordon out, who do the Oilers call up, Lander or Yakimov?

  142. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Is Gordon hurt (I mean more than he was)?

    Free Lander!

  143. Klima's_Bucket says:

    icecastles: I swear to gord Stauffer just said the Oilers eleven-game loosing streak is over. Yes, “loosing”.

    Maybe Stauffer was just lose with his lips…

  144. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide:
    Is Gordon hurt (I mean more than he was)?

    Wasn’t out at the end.

    Time to call Lander.

  145. Adam Wu says:

    Lowetide:
    Now the trick is to do this again. Absolutely full measure for the win, but this was the second of a btb for San Jose. Man it feels good to watch your team win.

    The Sharks will of course be mad as hell next game. It will surely be quite the test….

  146. LMHF#1 says:

    Saw MacTavish as I was leaving…he was with Moore’s and had this bloody smirk on his face. The urge to yell obscenities was high.

    This team has me so damn bitter…

  147. Woodguy says:

    gr8one:
    Klima’s_Bucket,

    Williams.

    Remember when everyone was excited to see Giroux called up after he was tearing the AHL a new one and he couldn’t keep up?

    By all accounts Williams is slower.

    Lander.

  148. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I saw Gordon after the Winnipeg game where he blocked a shot with his foot late but didn’t miss a shift.
    He took a couple days off to be able to play tonight.
    I would assume this is a different injury and probably more serious.
    Gordon isn’t one to miss a shift.

  149. Woodguy says:

    book¡je: Perhaps he retook the helm from his assistant?

    Or the GM backed off on the Jultz push.

  150. icecastles says:

    LMHF#1: Saw MacTavish as I was leaving…he was with Moore’s and had this bloody smirk on his face. The urge to yell obscenities was high.
    This team has me so damn bitter…

    You paid to go to the game.

    The Oilers played well and won.

    You wanted to yell obscenities and are bitter.

    I’m a bit confused as to why you went.

  151. icecastles says:

    Woodguy: Or the GM backed off on the Jultz push.

    This is a shitty year to not have Oil Change. There would be some very interesting insights.

  152. Woodguy says:

    Pronman posted some WOWY for Strome and McJesus:

    https://twitter.com/coreypronman/status/541768229879042048

    He might not be a top 10 talent in this draft.

    1.45 pts/gm is a fine total, but there are many good C’s in this draft.

  153. Woodguy says:

    icecastles: This is a shitty year to not have Oil Change. There would be some very interesting insights.

    They usually let a few things slip each year.

  154. book¡je says:

    Woodguy: Or the GM backed off on the Jultz push.

    I think that’s most likely and also the main narrative, but I think its just speculation. I wish I knew (fly on the wall…). Maybe as part of the forensic audit somebody put up their hand and said “Before you fire everyone, why don’t you try deploying your defence a little differently?”. I am thinking it was the janitor or the pizza delivery guy or something.

    The reason I say this is that I would think Eakins would have already shifted gears on deployment a few weeks ago when his job looked tenuous, particularly for key faceoffs near the end of the game. Even if the GM told you play him 20+minutes, you would think that survival and self interest would keep him off the ice to start overtime?

    I am wondering if Eakins is the blind spot on how he has used the defence and that somebody has made him aware of his failings in that regard?

  155. icecastles says:

    Woodguy:
    Pronman posted some WOWY for Stromeand McJesus:
    https://twitter.com/coreypronman/status/541768229879042048
    He might not be a top 10 talent in this draft.
    1.45 pts/gm is a fine total, but there are many good C’s in this draft.

    I’m thinking of Gagner/Kane; Pouliot/Crosby.

  156. Adam Wu says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Don’t know where this team suddenly found a collective edge in their game but it’s a welcome sight.

    The last little while of abuse by, well, everyone, everywhere, ought to put an ornery streak into ANYBODY….

  157. LMHF#1 says:

    icecastles: You paid to go to the game.

    The Oilers played well and won.

    You wanted to yell obscenities and are bitter.

    I’m a bit confused as to why you went.

    You do get the sadness in my comment, right?

    Hard to even enjoy a win and the boss is smirking like his PC worked. Sad.

  158. Minister D- says:

    Nikitin out; Schultz’s ice time severely limited; 1 GA. Whoda thunk?

  159. Hammers says:

    Glass half full. Last 5 games 1 W , 1 L & 3 OTL . Can LT start to get everyone to think positive . We got 5 points out of our last 5 games and prey to god Eakins leaves Yak / Leon / Ebs together and that means the other lines as well . One other thing Bring MM back .

  160. Woodguy says:

    icecastles: I’m thinking of Gagner/Kane; Pouliot/Crosby.

    Pouliot was drafted the year BEFORE Crosby joined the team.

    This is known.

    Gagner/Kane is more apt.

    1.45pts/gm is nothing to sneeze at, but I’m not sure its top 10 in this draft.

  161. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Woodguy: Pouliot was drafted the year BEFORE Crosby joined the team.

    Perhaps IceCastles was simply trying to point out that Crosby’s numbers were inflated due to playing alongside Pouliot…

  162. icecastles says:

    Woodguy: Pouliot was drafted the year BEFORE Crosby joined the team.

    I thought Crosby and Pou played on the same line in Pou’s last junior year (Pou taking wing with Crosby at centre). Though now that I think of it, that might have been after he was already drafted.

    (Just looked it up and yeah he played two more seasons of junior after being drafted. So playing with Crosby couldn’t have affected his draft position)

  163. icecastles says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Perhaps IceCastles was simply trying to point out that Crosby’s numbers were inflated due to playing alongside Pouliot…

    Thatwas my main point, but I’d also been thinking his draft ranking was higher from it. Had my timelines crossed.

  164. stevezie says:

    Yes, we played Schultz less and the D looked better, but am I the only one who thought Schultz himself looked better too?

    I saw him throw three body checks. Three! And he only got hilariously knocked over on the first one!

    I also love Arcobello as a utility forward. He can kill penalties, centre an uninspiring 4th line, and has enough offense to play up in the line-up come injuries/benchings. Sadly Gordon’s injury might mean we see more of poor Marco as an overmatched 2C.

  165. Zangetsu says:

    Oil Change:We forgot to put the filter on.

  166. Woodguy says:

    stevezie:
    Yes, we played Schultz less and the D looked better, but am I the only one who thought Schultz himself looked better too?

    I saw him throw three body checks. Three! And he only got hilariously knocked over on the first one!

    I also love Arcobello as a utility forward. He can kill penalties, centre an uninspiring 4th line, and has enough offense to play up in the line-up come injuries/benchings. Sadly Gordon’s injury might mean we see more of poor Marco as an overmatched 2C.

    Saw Jultz eat the puck and keep it safe instead of weakly chipping it up the boards.

    1st time in 3 years.

  167. RexLibris says:

    Nothing from LT for awhile now.

    The question becomes, is he having the beer or is he having another?

    I think Schrodinger had an experiment for that.

  168. RexLibris says:

    stevezie:
    Yes, we played Schultz less and the D looked better, but am I the only one who thought Schultz himself looked better too?

    I saw him throw three body checks. Three! And he only got hilariously knocked over on the first one!

    I also love Arcobello as a utility forward. He can kill penalties, centre an uninspiring 4th line, and has enough offense to play up in the line-up come injuries/benchings. Sadly Gordon’s injury might mean we see more of poor Marco as an overmatched 2C.

    I think Draisaitl is starting to come into his own. And if Gordon is injured you recall Lander (as WG has mentioned).

    If he can spell of Gordon, good. Ideally he takes Arcobello’s place this year and Gordon gets healthy, thereby single-handedly redeeming the entire 2009 draft class (I kid).

    They need Lander to beat out Arcobello. If he can’t then we’re looking at an advanced timeline for Yakimov and shakier backup for Draisaitl for the remainder of the season.

  169. stevezie says:

    Woodguy,

    He wouldn’t be the first young player to benefit from having his role reduced.

    Plus it means we get more Fayne. Progress.

  170. icecastles says:

    Woodguy: Saw Jultz eat the puck and keep it safe instead of weakly chipping it up the boards.
    1st time in 3 years.

    He’ll probably never be the player we hoped he’d be when he arrived, but there’s hope.

    I’m sure I’ll be crucified for saying it, but it would be lovely if Schultz, Drai and – dare I say it – Yakupov can become the rebuttal to those who say Eakins can’t develop players. His ‘develop a complete player’ approach is much slower than Kreuger’s ‘keep doing what you’re already good at’ approach, but I think when you chart it over a longer period, it will produce better hockey players.

    It’s a chapter that’s very far from being written yet, but I choose to be hopeful.

  171. stevezie says:

    RexLibris,

    Lander’s skating*, penalty killing, and AHL offense add up to an NHL player. He hasn’t been one yet, but it still feels like it should happen. Despite past failures, I think he remains a decent bet.

    Still, I am not sure the club needs him to beat Arco. Is your thinking Lander has a higher ceiling as a checking forward? This may be true as Arco is hardly a specialist, but I love his utility. He can do anything competently, though nothing especially well. I think this makes him an ideal 4th liner as he can fill in for anyone above him, no matter their role. (Except Gazdic).

    Granted a team like the Oilers might be better off with a 4th liner that provides some of the size/eye glow the top forwards lack, but I’m not sure Lander addresses that either.

    Agreed on Drai, though I would still like to see him sent to the jrs. I doubt MacT agrees with me.

    *Not saying his skating is great, just that he can keep up. If you can think and keep up you should be able to play.

  172. fifthcartel says:

    Klefbom’s performance lately is very encouraging, well, not for Marincin, but good for Oscar.

  173. "Frank The Dog" says:

    I don’t care why Eakins played Schultz less, or whether it was Eakins taking over from Ramsay, Ramsay taking over from Eakins or none of the above. I’m just glad that common sense at last prevailed on the line and special teams deployment, and that this team finally seemed to come together and perhaps even start pushing each other.

    Very cautiously optimistic to see how they do from here.

  174. icecastles says:

    stevezie: Agreed on Drai, though I would still like to see him sent to the jrs. I doubt MacT agrees with me.

    Why is that? I know far too little about these things but from it seems that he is progressing well on the big team. Is it primarily a ‘burning a UFA year’ issue, or do you think he’d be better able to develop his game in junior?

    Again, I know pretty much nothing on this topic so it’s a genuine question, not a snarky disagreement.

  175. stevezie says:

    icecastles,

    I am far from certain on the issue either, but I like the move because:

    a) While Drai has been coming along lately, he is still playing limited minutes. It might be good for him to be given a feature role.

    b) It might be good for him to succeed a little, you know? He should be a really good junior player at this point, right? Success fuels success, in my experience.

    A fine counter argument to b) might be that Zee Germans are going to be the Oilers of the tournament, so what’s the point? Well, I think it would be good for the big fella to be reminded that he can dominate.

    Again, I am not passionate on the matter. Just my two cents.

  176. TheGreatMutato says:

    Was at the game tonight.

    Saw Klefbom good. He’s so dreamy.

  177. Diesel says:

    I’m watching a Dr. Phil episode that I PVR’d. (Don’t judge me – I grew up with two sisters)

    During the opening sequence of every episode they play an audio clip where Dr. Phil says:

    “This is a safe place to talk about hard things.”

    and

    “I’m trying to be an emotional compass and point you in the right direction.”

    LT, thanks for being our Dr. Phil.

  178. PhrankLee says:

    Woodguy: Saw Jultz eat the puck and keep it safe instead of weakly chipping it up the boards.
    1st time in 3 years.

    I saw him throw an actual hit!! And he pinned a guy to the boards at one point too! I did see him arguing with Leon, however, about who should be covering the guy Scrivens was pointing at!! lol

  179. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris:
    Nothing from LT for awhile now.

    The question becomes, is he having the beer or is he having another?

    I think Schrodinger had an experiment for that.

    He’s both drinking a beer and another until you look.

    Then you find out he’s drinking a whiskey.

  180. PhrankLee says:

    Watched Bobby Fabri this weekend. I really think this kid is incredible. It is the biggest upside of living in the GTA. There are so many places to watch good hockey within 1.5 hrs of here. Every direction! OHL, CHL, AHL, NHL.

  181. sliderule says:

    Woodguy,

    I could be wrong on this but I understood Strome was playing with two rookie wingers when Connor was healthy..
    Strome is a center and very good at face offs so I would think he would not be on wing.
    Power play would be a different story.

  182. Pouzar says:

    Woodguy: Remember when everyone was excited to see Giroux called up after he was tearing the AHL a new one and he couldn’t keep up?By all accounts Williams is slower.Lander.

    I have seen both. And there is no way Williams is as slow as Giroux. In fact, I have watched a lot of OKC games and Williams being slow is not something that even remotely came to mind. The guy could definitely play soft minutes up here and help the PP.

  183. Woodguy says:

    Pouzar: I have seen both. And there is no way Williams is as slow as Giroux. In fact, I have watched a lot of OKC games and Williams being slow is not something that remotely even came to mind. The guy could definitely play soft minutes up here and help the PP.

    Good to hear the reports on his footspeed may be incorrect.

    They don’t need a soft minute PP player.

    They need a checker to take harder minutes and probably have to drag Gazdic and Pinizzotto around.

    They Oilers are overflowing with soft minute PP options.

    A key problem with the Oilers is the abundance of soft minute PP option players and the ones that can saw off 5v5 are few.

  184. Woodguy says:

    sliderule:
    Woodguy,

    I could be wrong on this but I understood Strome was playing with two rookie wingers when Connor was healthy..
    Strome is a center and very good at face offs so I would think he would notbe on wing.
    Power play would be a different story.

    Strome was playing with McJesus afaik until Mc hurt his hand.

  185. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: Strome was playing with McJesus afaik until Mc hurt his hand.

    They played together on the PP. Strome was with two rookies at evens until Jesus was hurt.

  186. Pouzar says:

    RexLibris: I think Draisaitl is starting to come into his own. And if Gordon is injured you recall Lander (as WG has mentioned). If he can spell of Gordon, good. Ideally he takes Arcobello’s place this year and Gordon gets healthy, thereby single-handedly redeeming the entire 2009 draft class (I kid). They need Lander to beat out Arcobello. If he can’t then we’re looking at an advanced timeline for Yakimov and shakier backup for Draisaitl for the remainder of the season.

    Agreed. Lander is the call up if Gordon is out. Would love for Yak2 to play a ton of AHL minutes and have him busting at the seams to get out. After a slow start you can see things starting to slow down for him and it’s showing in the boxcars as well. Very nice prospect. Khaira is interesting as well. Doesn’t have the offensive chops of Yak2 but he has improved his straight ahead speed big time. Looks a lot faster out there and plays with an edge.

  187. Pouzar says:

    Woodguy: Good to hear the reports on his footspeed may be incorrect.They don’t need a soft minute PP player.They need a checker to take harder minutes and probably have to drag Gazdic and Pinizzotto around.They Oilers are overflowing with soft minute PP options.A key problem with the Oilers is the abundance of soft minute PP option players and the ones that can saw off 5v5 are few.

    Granted at age 34 he is going to lose half a step but I think Ray Shero (2011) nails it here:

    “He’s still a pretty dynamic player. Looking at what we’re trying to do – which is improve our power play – he’s a guy that can potentially help us there. He’s a right-hand shot that plays the off side and can play up high as well. He’s got really good speed and is a very smart player. He can play with good players as well.”

  188. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: They played together on the PP. Strome was with two rookies at evens until Jesus was hurt.

    So all of the WOWY is PP time?

  189. russ99 says:

    “Frank The Dog”,

    Meh. Both goals were quite greasy, feeding into the usual possession narritive.

    All this does is stall the inevitable.

    Tonight gave us a vision of the future of what this club looks like if Eakins gets his way, and I for one don’t like it.

    Do we want to grind out 2-1 wins or progress as a hockey club? I prefer #2.

  190. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: They played together on the PP. Strome was with two rookies at evens until Jesus was hurt.

    I sit corrected

  191. Woodguy says:

    russ99:
    “Frank The Dog”,

    Meh. Both goals were quite greasy, feeding into the usual possession narritive.

    All this does is stall the inevitable.

    Tonight gave us a vision of the future of what this club looks likeif Eakins gets his way, and I for one don’t like it.

    Do we want to grind out 2-1 wins or progress as a hockey club? I prefer #2.

    What’s number #2?

    Losing 4-2?

  192. Woodguy says:

    russ99:
    “Frank The Dog”,

    Meh. Both goals were quite greasy, feeding into the usual possession narritive.

    All this does is stall the inevitable.

    Tonight gave us a vision of the future of what this club looks likeif Eakins gets his way, and I for one don’t like it.

    Do we want to grind out 2-1 wins or progress as a hockey club? I prefer #2.

    Its bizarre that you don’t equate a 2-1 win as progress as a hockey club.

    That’s the kind of wins the Oilers haven’t been able to get for eons.

  193. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: So all of the WOWY is PP time?

    Based on what Brock Otten told me, yes.

  194. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    That Pronman WOWY chart looks like it is just “games played” not “on-ice” numbers.

    The closest we are going to get to a proper WOWY to account for the Gagner/Kane effect is scouting reports about their line combos (5×5 and 5×4) and an analysis of each player’s point contribution to the other’s goals.

    Last year this was done with Ehlers and Druin and found that they were rarely on the ice at the same time.

  195. VanOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    That Pronman WOWY chart looks like it is just “games played” not “on-ice” numbers.

    The closest we are going to get to a proper WOWY to account for the Gagner/Kane effect is scouting reports about their line combos (5×5 and 5×4) and an analysis of each player’s point contribution to the other’s goals.

    Last year this was done with Ehlers and Druin and found that they were rarely on the ice at the same time.

    Adding to that, it is safe to assume the quality of comp changes with McJebus out of the line up. Strome is way more likely to play against the Nurse’s of the league when he is the most dangerous guy in the line up.

  196. "Frank The Dog" says:

    russ99:
    “Frank The Dog”,

    Meh. Both goals were quite greasy, feeding into the usual possession narritive.

    All this does is stall the inevitable.

    Tonight gave us a vision of the future of what this club looks likeif Eakins gets his way, and I for one don’t like it.

    Do we want to grind out 2-1 wins or progress as a hockey club? I prefer #2.

    Winning big > Grinding out wins > Bettman points > 1 Point losses > Blowouts.

    I’d see a ground out win as progression from the prior results.

    It all starts with Common Sense. Get your basics right, put the best available players from your roster on the ice, apportion playing time to who’s hot and who’s not.

  197. "Frank The Dog" says:

    Woodguy: Its bizarre that you don’t equate a 2-1 win as progress as a hockey club.

    That’s the kind of wins the Oilers haven’t been able to get for eons.

    This.

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