Even during the four game losing streak, Todd McLellan’s media avails lacked the tension of one year ago. McLellan speaks a universal language of hockey and because of it avoids all number of conflicts. Consider this answer today about getting shots on net:
- Todd McLellan: “Volume shooting, I don’t know what that does to Corsi or Fenwick because I don’t even know what those things are, but volume shooting is important. I think it breaks down defensive zone coverages, gets players out of position, taxes the opposition, makes them play more minutes in their zone.”
Fantastic answer. Todd McLellan avoids the ‘rage of Corsi’ by saying he’s never heard of it, and then proceeds to tell the gathered throngs about the importance of shot differential. Sweet Jesus the guy is smooth, if this were America he’d be one of those southern lawyers with the hayseed drawl that has you giggling right up until the six minutes he pierces the air with perfect words and reason while sending you to the electric chair.
The man from Saskatchewan is nobody’s fool. Today’s lesson? Corsi is a liar, a false God. Have you met my friend shot volume? We get enough volume shooting and it won’t matter what that other fella does! Honestly, it’s brilliant.
IS IT TRUE?
Not yet. Todd McLellan’s team (folks, this is early days):
- Shots for per game 2014-15: 28.4 (No. 26 overall)
- Shots for per game 2015-16: 26.8 (No. 25 overall)
- Shots against per game 2014-15: 30.0 (No. 20 overall)
- Shots against per game 2015-16: 32.7 (No. 25 overall)
The Oilers were -1.6 shots-per-game a year ago and are -5.9 so far this season—provided NHL.com’s numbers are correct. Edmonton has had some tough games during these six contests, suspect the number improves under McLellan. Shot volume. It’s the right thing to do.
Coach McLellan says @GriffinReinhart is "a little banged up" and his status should be considered day-to-day.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 20, 2015
Looks like Andrew Ference draws in and it’s probably on the third pairing. One thing we’ll do for tomorrow morning’s GDT is run TOI totals for all six regular blue. Suspect that third pairing will take a haircut in TOI tomorrow night. I wonder if they consider moving up Eric Gryba, he’s been playing more than Mark Fayne of late.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) October 20, 2015
Mark Fayne for a gritty winger? Is Rene Bourque available? I kid. Probably. The Oilers have also been connected in the past to David Clarkson, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout and Boone Jenner. Fedor Tyutin is apparently off his previous levels, Jack Johnson gets mentioned in media often. Interesting times.