OILERS AT SHARKS, G33 2014-15

Why can’t the Oilers score goals? A few reasons: The power play is daft, the top line isn’t together and injuries have impacted most of the top end of the roster. The loss of Benoit Pouliot robbed the team of badly needed speed among the forward group (this isn’t Steve Kelly’s Oilers) and of course they simply don’t have enough centermen to cover all these good wingers (Edmonton has a few of them).

OILERS SCORING LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10, 3-3-6
  2. Taylor Hall 10, 0-5-5
  3. David Perron 10, 3-2-5
  4. Teddy Purcell 10, 1-4-5
  5. Jordan Eberle 10, 2-1-3
  6. Jeff Petry 10, 2-1-3
  7. Leon Draisaitl 10, 0-2-2
  8. Justin Schultz 9, 0-2-2
  9. Nail Yakupov 10, 1-0-1
  10. Mark Arcobello 10, 1-0-1
  11. Mark Fayne 10, 0-1-1
  12. Tyler Pitlick 8, 1-0-1
  13. Boyd Gordon 5, 0-1-1
  14. Brad Hunt 1, 0-1-1
  15. Jesse Joensuu 1, 0-1-1

Fifteen goals in 10 games? Lordy. No goals from Hall in 10—that will change, I’ve no doubt of it. In the last 10 games, Edmonton’s centers have four goals, three from the Nuge. Man they’re awful right now.

OILERS GOALIES LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Ben Scrivens 7GP, 2.36 .913
  2. Viktor Fasth 4GP, 3.23 .884

Ben seems to be settling down, that’s going to be important moving forward. It would be nice if Fasth could increase his value for the annual cattle drive.

LINEUPS!

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  • Joanne Ireland: Pitlick will play with Leon Draisaitl and Nail Yakupov against the Sharks, while Perron moves up to play with Mark Arcobello and Eberle in yet another attempt to ignite someone. Source

The Arco line looks like the 2line and with Gordon back in blue (and orange) it looks like a 4line decision will be between Luke Gazdic and Steve Pinizzotto (with Matt Hendricks and Gordon forming 2/3’s of the fourth line). At some point, they’re going to need offense, so my guess is we see Hall—Nuge—Eberle tonight.

BARONS SCORING, LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Anton Lander 9, 3-9-12
  2. Jason Williams 9, 3-7-10
  3. Curtis Hamilton 10, 1-7-8
  4. Matt Ford 9, 4-3-7
  5. Brad Hunt 9, 3-4-7
  6. Ryan Hamilton 9, 3-4-7
  7. Andrew Miller 10, 3-2-5
  8. Jordan Oesterle 10, 1-4-5
  9. Iiro Pakarinen 10, 3-1-4
  10. Bogdan Yakimov 10, 0-4-4
  11. Dillon Simpson 8, 1-1-2
  12. Martin Marincin 7, 0-1-1
  13. Brandon Davidson 6, 1-0-1
  14. Josh Winquist 4, 0-1-1
  15. Tyler Pitlick 3, 1-0-1
  16. Kellen Jones 2, 1-0-1

28 goals in 10 games, that’s a much nicer neigborhood. Anton Lander should be in Edmonton now (well, San Jose) and I think Curtis Hamilton is pushing for his first NHL recall at some point this year.

BARONS GOALIES LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Richard Bachman 6, 2.04 .938
  2. Laurent Brossoit 6, 2.27 .923

Lordy that goaltending tandem is kicking ass. Can you imagine the kind of season we’d be enjoying in Edmonton with those totals? No reason to believe either goalie will be recalled, in fact Bachman was hurt the other night and Tyler Bunz has been recalled to backup LB.

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TRADE FREEZE

There’s a chance someone comes calling in the next several hours in search of some help. David Perron’s name has been out there awhile, and Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and others may be available. I don’t think Jordan Eberle moves now—that’s a summer trade because cap—but a David Perron deal might be something that could get done in short order. I hope the Oilers try Anton Lander at center before making a trade and hope they recall Martin Marincin to have a long look before dealing him.

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THE NUGE

There aren’t many positives in a lost highway season, but baby Nuge growing up is something we can all cling to in these lonely hours. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is doing some fine work this year.

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 13-14 (14-15)

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.57 (2.05) That’s a nice step forward on a team that can’t shoot straight.
  • 5×4 points per 60: 4.49 (1.44) It’s been incredible.
  • Corsi for % 5×5: 44.9  (51.4) A nice recovery for the entire team, Nuge included.
  • Boxcars: 80, 19-37-56 .700 (30, 8-12-20 .667) A strong season in a difficult situation.

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BABWATCH*

As God is my witness I hear “Mike Babcock to the Oilers” rumors a few times a year and it’s been going on for most of a decade. Seriously. The most famous time (for me) came when I dropped by the butcher for steaks (steaks from a butcher are the Lowetide family version of living the life—don’t judge me) and was informed that a friend told a friend who knew a guy who talked to Katz about Babcock and his future.

I want to tell you this is a pretty famous rumor. It’s right up there with Comrie-Salo (please don’t ask) or Moreau and the family running all around the owners lounge (again, no ask) or any number of infamous events since 1980 (WHAT did I JUST say!). Anyway, Terry Jones has the latest and maybe the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker are right. For me, Mike Babcock leaving Detroit for the Oilers is akin to Carey Grant leaving the dining car (and Eva-Marie Saint) to jump onto the Runaway Train with Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay. WHO does that?

That said, Mike Babcock would be a dream and he loves fishing. How long does it take to fly from Edmonton to Meadow Lake?

*The title Babwatch is taken from Elliote Friedman’s 30 thoughts last week. It struck me as clever because my actual last name (Babcook) has been used and misused over the years to hilarious extremes. I’ve been called “Bab-ook” and “Bapco” and “Babchuck” and of course “Babcock” thousands of times. When I was newly married, my wife and I stayed at the Marriott in Calgary (it was called I think the “Skyline” at the time) and we arrived early, checked our bags and went for lunch. After arriving back, there was a massive lineup and the concierge asked if we could wait for a few minutes and he’d call our name when ready.

“BAT-POLE” came ringing across the crowded room a few minutes later. I stood up, knowing that was me. My wife, poor girl, remained sitting, at first wondering what was happening and then in slowly increasing depths of horror realized exactly what she’d married into. Mrs. Batpole remains a trooper.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Today at 10, TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Dennis King will help us get the Todd Nelson era underway with great frivolity.
  • John Matisz, Toronto Sun. We’ll talk World Juniors roster and expectation.
  • James Mirtle, TSN analytics and the Globe and Mail. WHAT are the Leafs doing right? Can it be duplicated?
  • Derek from Fear the Fin. The only thing cooler than Sharks’ uniforms are their bloggers. We have a gem.

10-1260 text @Lowetide_ on twitter. Talk soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. sliderule says:

    Woodguy,

    Ii couldn’t tell whether Krueger was a good coach or a bad coach.

    I could see that all the players played with confidence and less panic in their game.This was with a roster that should have had a lot of panic.

    You now see Hall ,Yak Eberle shooting in panic and putting it right into the pads.

    If Nelson /Mact can get them to take the extra half a second to pick an open spot they might start scoring again.

  2. Woodguy says:

    sliderule,

    I could see that all the players played with confidence and less panic in their game.This was with a roster that should have had a lot of panic.

    If you go back and look at the GDT that year you’d see that is not what we were seeing at all on most nights.

  3. Woodguy says:

    Caribbeerman:
    I’m telling you man – this ship is slowly turning around and last night I saw some good signs that encourage me about this team. I really think that the team was under-performing to their potential and last night there were playing (for large spurts) closer to it. Not perfect from goalie or Shultz and while I’m at it….can someone please put out a SOS for Taylor Hall (the real one)…

    This game reminded me of the NAS game.

    This has been coming for a while and got derailed when Gordon went down. Because Two NHL Centers

  4. godot10 says:

    Woodguy:
    sliderule,

    I could see that all the players played with confidence and less panic in their game.This was with a roster that should have had a lot of panic.

    If you go back and look at the GDT that year you’d see that is not what we were seeing at all on most nights.

    Hall was a dominant ice-tilting player under Krueger.

    Two years of Eakins’ jackboot to his throat, and the player who tilted the ice has vanished. Eakins probably did the most damage to Hall as a player. It was somewhat masked last year because of the unsustainable percentage of contribution to goals when he was on the ice (i.e. 100%ish). But Dellow’s damning analysis of the destruction of Taylor Hall by Eakins documented it.

    It will take longer for Hall to recover from all the bad things he learned from Eakins.

  5. PhrankLee says:

    godot10: It will take longer for Hall to recover from all the bad things he learned from Eakins.

    I think he’s banged up. Sore ribs or maybe his elbow.

    The guy has been our very best player. He gets a game or two from me.

    Nobody deserves it more or earned it more.

  6. Woodguy says:

    godot10: Hall was a dominant ice-tilting player under Krueger.

    Two years of Eakins’ jackboot to his throat, and the player who tilted the ice has vanished. Eakins probably did the most damage to Hall as a player.It was somewhat masked last year because of the unsustainable percentage of contribution to goals when he was on the ice (i.e. 100%ish).But Dellow’s damning analysis of the destruction of Taylor Hall by Eakins documented it.

    It will take longer for Hall to recover from all the bad things he learned from Eakins.

    I know!!

    Like when Hall finished 7th in the entire NHL in scoring last year under Eakins with only 75gp!!!

    Can you believe that jack booted thug held him back so much!!??!?!?

    He should have been 5th in the entire NHL by Eakins choked the lift out of him!!!

    How will poor Tyler recover????!!?!??!

    Won’t anyone think of the children!?!??!?!!?!?!

  7. Lowetide says:

    New post is up.

  8. j says:

    godot10: Hall was a dominant ice-tilting player under Krueger.

    Two years of Eakins’ jackboot to his throat, and the player who tilted the ice has vanished. Eakins probably did the most damage to Hall as a player.It was somewhat masked last year because of the unsustainable percentage of contribution to goals when he was on the ice (i.e. 100%ish).But Dellow’s damning analysis of the destruction of Taylor Hall by Eakins documented it.

    It will take longer for Hall to recover from all the bad things he learned from Eakins.

    You may be right although I still have a hard time blaming Eakins for all that is wrong with individual players. Eakins was forced to deploy players in certain ways because he didn’t have the balance/complete roster that other coaches have. Eakins needed Hall to become a more responsible player because the first line was going to be relied upon in all sorts of situations. If you look at the Sedins, they get 90% o-zone starts. Why? Because the team has all sorts of secondary scoring and defensive structure. They can let the Sedins be the Sedins. If the Oil had more balance and structure, we could let Hall be Hall. But we don’t so we are trying to convert a King into a Jack of all trades. (PS – insert Yak here as well).

  9. Woodguy says:

    j: You may be right although I still have a hard time blaming Eakins for all that is wrong with individual players.Eakins was forced to deploy players in certain ways because he didn’t have the balance/complete roster that other coaches have.Eakins needed Hall to become a more responsible player because the first line was going to be relied upon in all sorts of situations.If you look at the Sedins, they get 90% o-zone starts.Why?Because the team has all sorts of secondary scoring and defensive structure.They can let the Sedins be the Sedins.If the Oil had more balance and structure, we could let Hall be Hall.But we don’t so we are trying to convert a King into a Jack of all trades.(PS – insert Yak here as well).

    No he’s not fucking right.

    Hall was 7th in the entire NHL in scoring last year and 6th in points per game.

    How the hell is that considered bad?

  10. godot10 says:

    Woodguy: I know!!

    Like when Hall finished 7th in the entire NHL in scoring last year under Eakins with only 75gp!!!

    Can you believe that jack booted thug held him back so much!!??!?!?

    He should have been 5th in the entire NHL by Eakins choked the lift out of him!!!

    How will poor Tyler recover????!!?!??!

    Won’t anyone think of the children!?!??!?!!?!?!

    The boxcars were because of the unsustainable on-ice scoring percentage of getting points on 100%ish of the goals scored while he was on the ice.

    You are rather selective about unsustainable results. You claim Krueger was luck. Well Taylor Hall’s points last year were luck also. The 100%ish number of points on goals scored while he was on the ice totally masked the destruction of Taylor Hall’s game by Eakins, which Dellow noted, and which could be seen the the collapse of his Corsi metrics.

  11. godot10 says:

    j: You may be right although I still have a hard time blaming Eakins for all that is wrong with individual players.Eakins was forced to deploy players in certain ways because he didn’t have the balance/complete roster that other coaches have.Eakins needed Hall to become a more responsible player because the first line was going to be relied upon in all sorts of situations.If you look at the Sedins, they get 90% o-zone starts.Why?Because the team has all sorts of secondary scoring and defensive structure.They can let the Sedins be the Sedins.If the Oil had more balance and structure, we could let Hall be Hall.But we don’t so we are trying to convert a King into a Jack of all trades.(PS – insert Yak here as well).

    Krueger let Hall be Hall. Let him tilt the ice. The Oiler got to 24th place. There was nothing wrong with Taylor Hall. MacT’s analysis that Hall was the problem and needed the jackboot to the throat treatment from his new wondercoach was WRONG.

    Eakins broke Taylor Hall, and the Oilers fell to 28th, and to 50-point season pace this year, worse than Quinn’s pace.

  12. frjohnk says:

    godot10: The boxcars were because of the unsustainable on-ice scoring percentage of getting points on 100%ish of the goals scored while he was on the ice.

    You are rather selective about unsustainable results.You claim Krueger was luck.Well Taylor Hall’s points last year were luck also.The 100%ish number of points on goals scored while he was on the ice totally masked the destruction of Taylor Hall’s game by Eakins, which Dellow noted, and which could be seen the the collapse of his Corsi metrics.

    Taylor Hall 5 on 5 2012-13 IPP 94.3
    Taylor Hall 5 on 4 2012-13 IPP 81.2
    Taylor Hall 5 on 5 2013-14 IPP 98.1
    Taylor Hall 5 on 4 2013-14 IPP 57.1

    The unsustainable on ice scoring percentage happened in both those years 5 on 5.

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