G7 2015-16: RED WINGS AT OILERS

Connor McDavid is six games into his NHL career and he’s already made life better in Edmonton. For most of today, the good citizens of river city will go about their daily chores with a skip in their step and a song in their heart. It’s ridiculous, silly really. Men in their 50s (I can confirm) are not immune to the pure joy of anticipation, and tonight another ’60 minutes with Connor’ is on the evening schedule. Connor McDavid? He’s all that.

MCDAVID 2015-16 (SO FAR)

  • 5×5 points per 60: 2.18 (2nd among regular Oilers forwards—Nail No. 1)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 6.91 (1st among regular Oilers forward)
  • Corsi For 5×5 %: 49.3 (4th among regular Oilers forwards)
  • Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards (second-line opp)
  • Qual Team: 6th best teammates among regular forwards (second line)
  • Corsi Rel: 12.1 (4th best among regular forwards)
  • Zone Start: 63.3%
  • Zone Finish: 66.7%
  • Faceoff Percentage: 26.6%
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 12/25%
  • Boxcars: 6GP, 3-2-5

Connor McDavid fights crime by forced tuning. Next stop: World domination. Bring on the Detroit wheels.

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MY KINDGOM FOR A FULL YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT

It looks like the Oilers are unable to get playing time for the prospects on their own team! Below are the current stats for the Bakersfield Condors, with minor-league veterans getting the strikethrough treatment:

  1. LD Brad Hunt 4GP, 0-6-6 (2GP, 0-6-6 this week)
  2. R Matt Ford 4GP, 3-1-4 (2GP, 3-1-4 this week)
  3. R Iiro Pakarinen 4GP, 1-2-3 (2GP, 1-1-2 this week)
  4. C-R Andrew Miller 4GP, 1-2-3 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  5. C Jujhar Khaira 4GP, 0-2-2 (2GP, 0-2-2 this week)
  6. L Ryan Hamilton 3GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  7. C Phil McRae 4GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  8. L Mitch Moroz 4GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  9. C Bogdan Yakimov 4GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 1-0-1 this week)
  10. L Braden Christoffer 4GP, 1-0-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  11. C Leon Draisaitl 4GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  12. RD Jordan Oesterle 4GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  13. C Kyle Platzer 4GP, 0-1-1 (2GP, 0-1-1 this week)
  14. RD Joey Laleggia 2GP, 0-0-0 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  15. LD David Musil 2GP, 0-0-0 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  16. LD Darnell Nurse 2GP, 0-0-0 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  17. RD Nick Pageau 2GP, 0-0-0 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  18. L Kale Kessy 2GP, 0-0-0 (2GP, 0-0-0 this week)
  19. R Tyler Pitlick 2GP, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  20. L Josh Winquist 1GP, 0-0-0 (DNP this week)
  21. G Laurent Brossoit 3GP, 3.24 .910 (1GP, 4.62 .875 this week)
  22. G Eetu Laurikainen 1GP, 4.02 .818 (1GP, 4.02 .818 this week)

Peter Chiarelli, the man who kept David Krejci in the minors for the entire season age 20, at least made sure the kid had enough playing time to lead the team in scoring. The Bakersfield Condors (so far) are a major disappointment in my opinion. What in the hell does Brad Hunt or Matt Ford have to do with the future of the Edmonton Oilers?  I’m not worried about Darnell or Leon, hell it’s pretty obvious they’re doing extremely well, but not playing kids on entry-level deals a substantial amount is killing their development.

Since they folded the Edmonton Roadrunners, this organization hasn’t been able to wrestle back their own minor league team. Where is the disconnect? WHY are they playing Brad Hunt and Matt Ford like they have an NHL future? A few years ago, Mark Arcobello used his ECHL time to pass a bunch of prospects. How? The man was playing a lot and had a chance to develop skills and learn to play the pro game. Same with Josh Winquist a year ago, who sailed past other prospects.

The worst thing that can happen to an Oilers prospect? Get drafted high and get sent to the minors. Why? Some 25-year old veteran is going to eat your lunch because of course he can. This is NOT the Detroit model. Many blame the drafting, but the development side lacks at-bats. Fix this, Oilers. Now.

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INJURY UPDATES

I waited a day because Jim Matheson did all the work finding out all about this (it is here):

  • Ben Scrivens will play one of the weekend games for the Condors.
  • Nikita Nikitin is practicing with the team, sounds like it may be a little while (work visa)
  • Martin Gernat, the forgotten bad, bad Slovak, is cleared for contact.
  • Dillon Simpson is on the way to Bakersfield and should be available soon.

TIME ON ICE, OUT OF THE BLUE

EVENS (PER GAME)

  1. Justin Schultz 18:05
  2. Griffin Reinhart 17:11
  3. Oscar Klefbom 17:02
  4. Eric Gryba 16:58
  5. Brandon Davidson 16:11
  6. Andrej Sekera 15:25
  7. Andrew Ference 14:24
  8. Mark Fayne 13:39

PENALTY KILL (PER GAME)

  1. Oscar Klefbom 2:21
  2. Andrej Sekera 2:05
  3. Mark Fayne 2:02
  4. Justin Schultz 2:00
  5. Eric Gryba 1:13
  6. Griffin Reinhart 0:53
  7. Andrew Ference 0:48
  8. Brandon Davidson 0:48

POWER PLAY (PER GAME)

  1. Justin Schultz 3:20
  2. Andrej Sekera 2:04
  3. Oscar Klefbom 1:05
  4. Eric Gryba 0:02
  5. Griffin Reinhart 0:01

OVERALL (PER GAME)

  1. Justin Schultz 23:34
  2. Oscar Klefbom 20:29
  3. Andrej Sekera 19:35
  4. Eric Gryba 18:21
  5. Griffin Reinhart 18:06
  6. Brandon Davidson 16:51
  7. Mark Fayne 15:44
  8. Andrew Ference 15:12

Some fascinating information here, beginning with the fact Reinhart—Gryba has passed Mark Fayne at even strength and overall. Based on the actual TOI numbers, Edmonton’s LH depth chart is Klefbom, Sekera and Reinhart; on the RH side it’s Schultz, Gryba and Fayne. I don’t think Mark Fayne is going to be here a long time. Reinhart couldn’t make it for practice yesterday (banged up), and it looks like Andrew Ference will draw in if the rookie can’t go. Andrew Miller was getting time on the Nuge line, so that’s another change to look for this evening. While I’m at it, Edmonton is facing a team that doesn’t get a lot of shots—just 21.4 per game so far, many fewer than Edmonton at 26.8. If Z doesn’t go all Modano on their ass, the Oilers can win this game.

If I had to guess, my bet would be (based on above) we’ll see Klefbom, Schultz, Sekera, Gryba and Reinhart on this team opening night next year. Plus Nurse up from the farm and the impact defender they’re bringing in.

As the graph below shows, the Reinhart rookie season starts with the easy minutes and that makes sense. The one thing I can’t figure out is the Gryba—does McLellan truly like him this much, could we see Gryba with Sekera at some point, if and when Fayne is sent away? Don’t know.

war on ice defense

McLellan is finding a way for Justin Schultz to be productive in difficult circumstances (based on the evidence above). This isn’t 50 % with easy ZS’s, it’s 47.2% with tough ones and (according to this graph, I await Woodguy’s retort) he’s playing tougher opposition/difficult minutes. The downside? He hasn’t pissed a drop offensively, and I think McLellan will find this season that JS isn’t going to be worth the ask from his agent next summer. I’m sure many will disagree, and I’m trying to be very respectful here, but for me the money that Schultz is going to need isn’t worth the results—even the ones we’re seeing above. Too much evidence that his decision making and execution aren’t sponge-worthy.

This probably all changes with Torts on the scene, but if the Oilers planned to pump and dump Schultz now would be the time. Fayne may be of more interest now that they’re bringing the crazy out of Ohio full bore. Either way, I remain convinced the better plan TODAY is putting Klefbom and Sekera together as the top pairing. Big game tonight!

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A crazy busy morning on the radio, we start at 10, TSN1260.

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers early days, McLellan’s approach, Hall’s stunning last two games and that kid what’s-his-name.
  • Mike Ringrose, Associate Coach of the Spruce Grove Saints and Director of Operations for Vimy Hockey. We’ll talk about the need for speed, and how to improve it.
  • George Malik, The Malik Report via Kukla’s Korner. The Red Wings without Babcock, Z leading the way.
  • Valérie Létourneau, on the eve of her UFC 193 title shot.
  • James Duthie, TSN. His new book ‘The Guy on the Left’ covers some fascinating moments in hockey history.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. khildahl says:

    Not used to being on this side of score effects. Made me think of this:
    http://dilbert.com/strip/1992-04-07

  2. Derek says:

    Lowetide:
    The Edmonton Oilers are 3-4-0 on the season.

    -2 Goal differential, 2 home games:5 away, played 6 games against playoff teams, so on and so forth.

  3. G Money says:

    Lowetide,

    Three straight wins. Did the Oilers even achieve a single run of 3 last year?

  4. dustrock says:

    striatic:
    What is the preferred timeline on offering Talbot a contract?

    Don’t believe they can until January 1st?

  5. Pajamah says:

    Lowetide:
    The Edmonton Oilers are 3-4-0 on the season.

    I’m happy that in 2 seasons, 3-4-0 is going to be a catastrophe.

    This year however, I’ll take a 71 pt pace after playing 6 of 7 games against playoff teams from last season.

  6. hunter1909 says:

    Detroit Wing Bullies couldn’t believe it was the schoolyard sissy Oilers after taking all those summertime Kung Fu Classes.

  7. Centre of attention says:

    NHL.com headline for tonights game [not kidding]: “Con Artist” and a snap shot of McDavid skating away from his goal, Mrazeks jockstrap still dangling from the cross bar.

    I can dig.

  8. Zelepukin says:

    man, you replace Ference with a D that is money on the breakout, slot in Ebs on the top line, get rid of Purcell once Hendricks is back and we’ll win these games more often than not.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    G Money:
    Lowetide,

    Three straight wins.Did the Oilers even achieve a single run of 3 last year?

    If you include losses, then yes.

  10. RexLibris says:

    McDavid 7gp, 4-2-6. Just under a ppg.

  11. Магия 10 says:

    flyfish1168: A smart one.

    Well at least they challenged Yak to 2 years instead of 1. Diverse opinions last year on what last year said about 10. The only truly crazy opinion in the spring would have been thinking Chia would move him without seeing for himself what TMac could do with him.

  12. dustrock says:

    Klefbom at 57% EV Corsi with 33% ZS on a night we were heavily out-Corgied.

  13. hunter1909 says:

    Fantastic game if it’s anyone’s first game of seeing NHL hockey.

  14. striatic says:

    RexLibris:
    McDavid 7gp, 4-2-6. Just under a ppg.

    7 NHL gp ..

    7!

    Granted he’s shooting at 25%

  15. Pajamah says:

    hunter1909: If you include losses, then yes.

    The Edmonton Oilers had 2, yes 2, separate 11 game losing streaks last season.

    I just do not see that in this years team. I’m going out on a limb and saying I don’t even see 1 x 11 game losing streak this season.

  16. Lucinius says:

    RexLibris:
    McDavid 7gp, 4-2-6. Just under a ppg.

    And Yak at 7gp, 2-4-6. Just under a ppg.

    Yak on pace for a very nice career year. Hope he can keep it up; and if he stays with McDavid.. it might be hard not to.

  17. RexLibris says:

    In case anyone missed it…recall the tweet either yesterday or today about Engelland/Kulak being the Flames’ best defenders recently?

    The Flames today assigned Kulak to the AHL and recalled Jakub Nakladal.

    Oilers aren’t getting any blood out of that team’s desperation, but it is going to be a very interesting group to watch, just as it will be with Columbus – a team from whom I think the Oilers could get a nice player.

  18. BeerMe says:

    Letestu’s interview responses were actually a little interesting. Not the typical canned crap

  19. Johnny skid says:

    so this is what its like having goaltending! oh please don’t stop this feels so good.

  20. Woodguy says:

    Watching the oilers youtube channel for the post game interviews.

    So far the reporters are all over Yak (in a good way) about his improved defensive play and specifically his play on the boards that started the McDavid goal.

    That’s great to see.

  21. RexLibris says:

    Lucinius: And Yak at 7gp, 2-4-6. Just under a ppg.

    Yak on pace for a very nice career year. Hope he can keep it up; and if he stays with McDavid.. it might be hard not to.

    Could you imagine Yak posting a 70-pt season? Man wouldn’t that be a nice thing for him.

    I’d love to see Cherry’s face when he interviews McDavid and he speaks glowingly about his Russian linemate who loves hockey like any good Canadian kid.

  22. RexLibris says:

    Matt Henderson ‏@Archaeologuy 3m3 minutes ago

    No big deal. Jaromir Jagr was just tweeting cute animal pics about McDavid goals.

    *dies*

  23. JDï™ says:

    Zetterburg: They’re playing with a lot more structure.

  24. RexLibris says:

    38/32 final CF% for Det.

    Det also had 10 blocked shots and 10 missed shots. Faceoff wins were 19/16 Det, which isn’t as bad as I had expected.

    All per WoI – http://war-on-ice.com/game2.html?seasongcode=2015201620090

  25. Woodguy says:

    Zetterburg post game: “The Oilers have always been skilled and always been fast but now they believe in a system and are playing the right way”

  26. Магия 10 says:

    Woodguy: That’s great to see

    .

    their memories would not hold over from day to day, and so they compromised things by making up a saying, “What the Bandar-log think now the jungle will think later,”

  27. Centre of attention says:

    RexLibris: Could you imagine Yak posting a 70-pt season? Man wouldn’t that be a nice thing for him.

    I’d love to see Cherry’s face when he interviews McDavid and he speaks glowingly about his Russian linemate who loves hockey like any good Canadian kid.

    Yak posting a SIXTY point season would be amazing. I’d be so happy…until they trade him. I don’t want Yak traded, but I have this gross feeling that every time he gets a point its just “upping his trade value”

    Maybe Chiarelli won’t. But maybe he will. 97-10 will be a fun pair while it lasts, no doubt.

  28. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy:
    Zetterburg post game: “The Oilers have always been skilled and always been fast but now they believe in a system and are playing the right way”

    That’s all well and good, but what does Lars Eller think?

  29. Магия 10 says:

    Centre of attention: Yak posting a SIXTY point season would be amazing. I’d be so happy…until they trade him. I don’t want Yak traded, but I have this gross feeling that every time he gets a point its just “upping his trade value”

    Maybe Chiarelli won’t. But maybe he will. 97-10 will be a fun pair while it lasts, no doubt.

    There will be a lot more oilers peppering and rushing the net before he’ll even think once about it

  30. Woodguy says:

    “He’s responsible and I feel good putting him on the ice in all situations. That line is playing well, not just as individuals”

    -McLellan on Yak

  31. Магия 10 says:

    RexLibris: That’s all well and good, but what does Lars Eller think?

    not keeping 97 until yzermen weighs in.

  32. G Money says:

    Post-game data summary is up. I know I’m biased, but it’s worth a look – the distance data is something else.

    https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/g7-2015-10-21-oilers-vs-red-wings-shot-and-distance-data/

  33. RexLibris says:

    Just had to mention McDavid’s goal.

    He rides Richards, a seasoned veteran, with a bit of a pick and to slow himself down to stay onside, before breaking away from the admittedly slower older player, and depositing an incredible shot.

    That’s kind of a sneaky/nasty play.

    His boarding shot on Oduya the other day was nasty as well, and he should have been called.

    This kid has more nasty in him right now than Hall had at the same age.

    And he has the wherewithall to deploy it appropriately when he knows he can get away with it.

    woot

  34. Woodguy says:

    Corgis

    Benoit Pouliot 63.64
    Taylor Hall 54.17
    Connor McDavid 53.85
    Nail Yakupov 52.38
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 52.17
    Mark Letestu 47.06
    Rob Klinkhammer 41.67
    Anton Slepyshev 40
    Lauri Korpikoski 35
    Andrew Miller 33.33
    Anton Lander 28.57
    Teddy Purcell 26.09

    Oscar Klefbom 57.14
    Andrew Ference 46.15
    Mark Fayne 45.16
    Eric Gryba 43.33
    Justin Schultz 40
    Andrej Sekera 39.29

    Thought it was weird that Klef was first and Jultz was basically tied for last given they were partners.

    The difference was that Jutlz played 1:36 w/ Gryba and went 0-3 in corgis

    Klef played 0:43 with Fayne and went 3-0 in Corgis

    Klef is so dreamy.

  35. Ronald Chevalier says:

    Lowetide,

    three things…
    1) if this was last year I would have been worried when we had a 3-1 lead with 12 minutes left….. quite a nice feeling not to have that panic feeling in your gut when leading in the third
    2) loooove Yak
    3) looooove baby Nuge!
    4) I know I said three, but I loooove Mcdavid!

  36. John Chambers says:

    We had a 4-4-1 record after 9 games last season

  37. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy:
    “He’s responsible and I feel good putting him on the ice in all situations.That line is playing well, not just as individuals”

    -McLellan on Yak

    Can we get that on a billboard outside every MSM’s office?

  38. Woodguy says:

    G Money:
    Post-game data summary is up.I know I’m biased, but it’s worth a look – the distance data is something else.

    https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/g7-2015-10-21-oilers-vs-red-wings-shot-and-distance-data/

    Awesome.

    Dreamy is so fucking Dreamy.

    62% Score Adjusted Corsi

    Fantastic!

  39. dustrock says:

    RexLibris,

    Not only that, but Richards was moving in to cut off Pouliot and McDavid just subtly opened up space for him.

    I have to say ….worried is a little strong, but I worried about McDavids shot and whether the Oilers would actually be able to get him the puck in transition, where he’s most effective.

    Watching I juniors, I didn’t get just how smart he is. It’s how he thinks the game along with his speed that makes him generational. You don’t see 18 year olds make plays like this.

    Enjoy the journey, everyone. There has been an awakening,

  40. J-Bo says:

    Wow! Over 600 comments! Oilers Nation is buzzing today!! What is the record for comments?

  41. Woodguy says:

    G Money,

    Naturalstattrick has Dreamy-Gryba going 0-0 in 0:42

    You have them 0-1 in 0:48.

    Do you include 4v4 time?

  42. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris: Can we get that on a billboard outside every MSM’s office?

    The local MSM sounded like a fan club at Yak’s stall after the game.

    Just a giant love in with Yak’s giant grin.

  43. Halfwise says:

    J-Bo:
    Wow! Over 600 comments! Oilers Nation is buzzing today!! What is the record for comments?

    On Lowetide or ON?

  44. Магия 10 says:

    1 pt from wild card cutoff with 2 games out of hand. Also 1 pt from division 3rd with 1 game of hand

  45. G Money says:

    Woodguy,

    It’s *supposed* to be 5v5, but when it comes to players on ice, the pbp can get a bit dicey sometimes. It’s also all new code deployed, so I’m expecting to catch bugs. As long as I”m within a few seconds and a Corsi or two, I consider it … “OK for now”.

    Thanks for the tweet-out!

  46. Lowetide says:

    J-Bo:
    Wow! Over 600 comments! Oilers Nation is buzzing today!! What is the record for comments?

    Over 1,000.

  47. dustrock says:

    G Money:
    Woodguy,

    It’s *supposed* to be 5v5, but when it comes to players on ice, the pbp can get a bit dicey sometimes.It’s also all new code deployed, so I’m expecting to catch bugs.As long as I”m within a few seconds anda Corsi or two, I consider it … “OK for now”.

    Thanks for the tweet-out!

    Regardless, Dreamy is Dreamy.

  48. Woodguy says:

    Cam Cole ‏@rcamcole
    This McDavid kid. I’d keep an eye on him. #hottake

    Troy Carlson @troytcarlson
    @rcamcole would you trade him today, for Stamkos?

    Cam Cole ‏@rcamcole
    Not for Stamkos and three No. 1s.

  49. Woodguy says:

    G Money:
    Woodguy,

    It’s *supposed* to be 5v5, but when it comes to players on ice, the pbp can get a bit dicey sometimes.It’s also all new code deployed, so I’m expecting to catch bugs.As long as I”m within a few seconds anda Corsi or two, I consider it … “OK for now”.

    Thanks for the tweet-out!

    You might be right and NST wrong as well.

  50. dangilitis says:

    striatic: 7 NHL gp ..

    7!

    Granted he’s shooting at 25%

    If he keeps getting left alone in front of the net I don’t see that changing 🙂

  51. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: The local MSM sounded like a fan club at Yak’s stall after the game.

    Just a giant love in with Yak’s giant grin.

    I guess the hypocrisy is what gets to me.

    Not saying they need to ignore his improved play, but there was so much thrown at him night after night when it was fairly obvious that it wasn’t entirely his fault.

  52. J-Bo says:

    Lowetide,

    Wow! Quite a community!!

  53. Магия 10 says:

    dangilitis: If he keeps getting left alone in front of the net I don’t see that changing

    His shot isn’t great yet. So he’s kind of into emptying the net before shooting.

  54. Zelepukin says:

    dustrock: I have to say ….worried is a little strong, but I worried about McDavids shot and whether the Oilers would actually be able to get him the puck in transition, where he’s most effective.

    The best part is that it’s only been 7 games. October isn’t even over and already he is getting late minutes in tight games, PK shifts starting tonight and tough faceoffs. By December McD will be double shifted and used in all situations.

  55. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris: I guess the hypocrisy is what gets to me.

    Not saying they need to ignore his improved play, but there was so much thrown at him night after night when it was fairly obvious that it wasn’t entirely his fault.

    True, but I love witnessing the worm turn from a “MSM narrative” to the truth.

    Happened with Petry (too late) too.

    Never happened with Hesmky, but you know he’s only 8th all time in Oiler franchise in points.

  56. RexLibris says:

    J-Bo:
    Lowetide,

    Wow! Quite a community!!

    You should see the yard-sales!

  57. speeds says:

    First game I’ve seen McDavid live, and yeah, he’s a good skater.

    I thought Ference had a better game than I was expecting.

  58. TeeVee says:

    Our good friend Comrade Yakupov is +1 after 7 games. He seems to get it.

  59. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: True, but I love witnessing the worm turn from a “MSM narrative” to the truth.

    Happened with Petry (too late) too.

    Never happened with Hesmky, but you know he’s only 8th all time in Oiler franchise in points.

    Fair enough.

    That it is happening to Petry in a media circus like Montreal actually makes me happier because it means all his detractors here, MSM, fans and management, have no choice but to hear about it.

    Only thing better would be if it were in Toronto. Be pretty funny hearing TSN guys out West complain about Eastern media bias.

  60. RexLibris says:

    Matt Henderson Retweeted
    Chris Wescott ‏@TheChrisWescott 4m4 minutes ago

    “You can tell (Yakupov is) starting to step up in a leadership role, as far as leading the team offensively.” – #Oilers Mark Letestu

    HELL YEAH!

  61. Halfwise says:

    JDï™: http://lowetide.ca/2014/10/14/oilers-at-kings-g3-2014-15/comment-page-1/#comments

    1088 when Petry was scratched.

    A Lowe point in the franchise history, eking out another self inflicted loss.

  62. Woodguy says:

    Last one.

    TOI against Zetterburg for everyone over 2min against him. Then Corsi For – Corsi Against

    Oscar Klefbom 9:37 10-7
    Justin Schultz 9:31 7-7
    Taylor Hall 8:38 8-6
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 8:22 8-6
    Andrew Miller 4:34 0-1
    Connor McDavid 3:48 3-4
    Eric Gryba 3:20 1-3
    Mark Fayne 3:03 5-2
    Rob Klinkhammer 2:58 4-3
    Nail Yakupov 2:56 2-4
    Teddy Purcell 2:56 1-3
    Benoit Pouliot 2:52 3-3
    Anton Lander 2:47 1-3
    Andrej Sekera 2:43 2-2
    Mark Letestu 2:32 6-1 (!!)
    Andrew Ference 2:23 1-3
    Lauri Korpikoski 2:19 2-1

    I set it at 2 min because after RNH’s line and Dreamy-Jultz he really spread it out.

  63. G Money says:

    Can you believe Yak only played 12 mins tonight?? Tough zone starts, and he puts up 2 points and positive Corsi. And he wasn’t a passenger. Man, I’m so happy for him.

    YAK CITY B*TCH!!!

  64. Woodguy says:

    speeds,

    I thought Ference had a better game than I was expecting.

    I didn’t notice him bad and for him that’s a good thing.

    Maybe a little humility put some jam back in his game.

  65. Woodguy says:

    J-Bo:
    Lowetide,

    Wow! Quite a community!!

    We used to have bridge tournaments until LT kept throwing the cards when he lost.

  66. Магия 10 says:

    RexLibris: I guess the hypocrisy is what gets to me.

    Not saying they need to ignore his improved play, but there was so much thrown at him night after night when it was fairly obvious that it wasn’t entirely his fault.

    From listening to them you’d think he was on ice with Khan and defrosted to play with 97. It wasn’t Roy. It wasn’t Lander. Or even 97 It was soaking up and using any chance and any structure. Lots he’s late to learn but he gets more out of structure than most and if more would pepper and rush the net like him 97 could use them too.

  67. JDï™ says:

    Woodguy,

    Halfwise,

    Yet here we are.

  68. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy:
    Last one.

    TOI against Zetterburg for everyone over 2min against him.Then Corsi For – Corsi Against

    Oscar Klefbom 9:37 10-7
    Justin Schultz 9:31 7-7
    Taylor Hall 8:38 8-6
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 8:22 8-6
    Andrew Miller 4:34 0-1
    Connor McDavid 3:48 3-4
    Eric Gryba 3:20 1-3
    Mark Fayne 3:03 5-2
    Rob Klinkhammer 2:58 4-3
    Nail Yakupov2:56 2-4
    Teddy Purcell 2:56 1-3
    Benoit Pouliot 2:52 3-3
    Anton Lander 2:47 1-3
    Andrej Sekera 2:43 2-2
    Mark Letestu 2:32 6-1 (!!)
    Andrew Ference 2:23 1-3
    Lauri Korpikoski 2:19 2-1

    I set it at 2 min because after RNH’s line and Dreamy-Jultz he really spread it out.

    That CF/CA line is incredible.

    Zetterberg has been a possession darling for some time now.

    Suspect the wings missed Datsyuk more than we are giving credit for.

    All that aside, I’ll take the win and move on to the Capitals.

    Two days to rest and practice.

    Hope they send down Slepyshev either before or immediately after. He needs to play.

  69. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: We used to have bridge tournaments until LT kept throwing the cards when he lost.

    Crokinole with him was no picnic either.

  70. Магия 10 says:

    Woodguy: We used to have bridge tournaments until LT kept throwing the cards when he lost.

    Remember when Woodguy added a 0 to the Monopoly ten dollar bills and tried to pass them off as 100s. We called them Woodguys.

    Good times.

  71. G Money says:

    JDï™:
    Woodguy,

    Halfwise,

    Yet here we are.

    I posted this in that thread so long ago:

    G Money: See, this is the problem.

    For their STUPID FUCKING DECISIONS, either Eakins or MacT or both deserve a 20-0 loss or worse tonight.

    Rub their faces raw in their own titanic stupidity.

    But Taylor Hall does not deserve that.Neither does Perron, Yak1, Hendricks, Gordon, Fasth, or Scrivens.It sure as hell wasn’t what Pouliot, Fayne, Nikitin, etc. signed up for.

    And no matter how much we hate their on-ice play, even Ference and Jultz and Hunt don’t deserve it.

    And it sure as hell isn’t what some of the most loyal and knowledgeable hockey fans in the entire fucking world deserve.

    And it’s true. That’s why we’re here, and why we’re talking hockey and stats and other cool shit.

    Because we are some of the most loyal and knowledgeable hockey fans in the entire fucking world.

    And maybe, just maybe, the light at the end of this tunnel is not a train.

  72. Washingtron says:

    Just a rules question. On Nuge’s clearing near empty net goal went through the crease. I thought that erased the icing. No?

  73. Johnny skid says:

    Woodguy: We used to have bridge tournaments until LT kept throwing the cards when he lost.

    thats not bridge thats called 52 pickup

  74. Lowetide says:

    RexLibris: Crokinole with him was no picnic either.

    Keep your head up. That rule originated in crokinole.

  75. "Steve Smith" says:

    hunter1909: If you include losses, then yes.

    Slow clap

    Pajamah: The Edmonton Oilers had 2, yes 2, separate 11 game losing streaks last season.

    I just do not see that in this years team. I’m going out on a limb and saying I don’t even see 1 x 11 game losing streak this season.

    “This year’s team is so good that I doubt it loses eleven straight all season!” is the most Oilers fan quote of all-time.

  76. SwedishPoster says:

    BeerMe:
    Letestu’s interview responses were actually a little interesting. Not the typical canned crap

    Guess he learned a thing or two from being in those lord of the ring movies.

  77. Магия 10 says:

    “Steve Smith”: Slow clap

    “This year’s team is so good that I doubt it loses eleven straight all season!” is the most Oilers fan quote of all-time.

    Only an Oil fan would use last year’s calendar to track progress.

    3rd conference win last year? Jan. 9 2015.

  78. Gerta Rauss says:

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=52371

    TMac postgame audio

    “still need to work on game management”..”that comes with experience”

    “Purcell played a hell of a game tonight”-TMac then commented that he needs to be smarter in late game situations referring to that late penalty

  79. Gerta Rauss says:

    Washingtron:
    Just a rules question. On Nuge’s clearing near empty net goal went through the crease.I thought that erased the icing.No?

    Yeah, I questioned the same call-the puck hit the post iirc, I didn’t think it should have been icing but I must be overlooking something

  80. striker says:

    RexLibris: Hope they send down Slepyshev either before or immediately after. He needs to play.

    Agree, Sleppy down to Cali to get his minutes and bring Pakirainen up.

  81. TeeVee says:

    G Money: I posted this in that thread so long ago:

    And it’s true.That’s why we’re here, and why we’re talking hockey and stats and other cool shit.

    Because we are some of the most loyal and knowledgeable hockey fans in the entire fucking world.

    And maybe, just maybe, the light at the end of this tunnel is not a train.

    Boozie

  82. TeeVee says:

    SwedishPoster: Guess he learned a thing or two from being in those lord of the ring movies.

    Winner!

  83. SwedishPoster says:

    Tonights puckgains:

    Sekera: 2
    Fayne: 3
    Klef: 5
    Schultz: 5
    Ference: 3
    Gryba:3

    A lot of special teams so a slightly lower total tonight.
    Klefbom was very good tonight. Schultz too, he’s clearly focused on the defensive side which hurts his offense but I think it’s the right end to start in.
    Ference was surprisingly solid.

    Yak! McDavid! Good goalie! WOOOT!

  84. böök¡je says:

    Washingtron:
    Just a rules question. On Nuge’s clearing near empty net goal went through the crease.I thought that erased the icing.No?

    No

    (I just went and checked the rule book)

  85. striker says:

    Rookie Scoring Race

    Player Game G A P
    Duclair 6 5 2 7
    Domi 6 3 4 7
    Panarin 6 2 5 7
    McDavid 7 4 2 6
    Larkin 6 2 4 6

  86. Yeti says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=52371

    TMac postgame audio

    “still need to work on game management”..”that comes with experience”

    “Purcell played a hell of a game tonight”-TMac then commented that he needs to be smarter in late game situations referring to that late penalty

    Talking him up for the big trade 😉

  87. SwedishPoster says:

    striker:
    Rookie Scoring Race

    Player Game G A P
    Duclair 65 27
    Domi63 4 7
    Panarin625 7
    McDavid 742 6
    Larkin6 24 6

    Behind a third rounder, the son of a facepuncher and a lazy russian. Should we be worried?

  88. böök¡je says:

    Not sure if this has been posted here yet, but this is really worth a click – its awesome

    http://gonestreaking.ca/

    It’s not brilliant, but it is awesome.

  89. böök¡je says:

    Was at the game tonight. Conner Magic looks even more impressive in real life. Wow are we in for something in this city.

  90. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide: Keep your head up. That rule originated in crokinole.

    You are the only man I’ve ever known who drew up rules for full-contact Gin/Rummy.

    Just saying, that hooch you drink sure brings out the angry.

  91. striker says:

    As per War on Ice – sample size very small but…

    Oilers 5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 46.4% (Ranked 25th) – PDO 99.3

    Need more games to pile up before raising any alarms but that Oilers CF% is not encouraging.

    Next 2 opponents

    Wsh 5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 55.5% (Ranked 4th) – PDO 103.3
    LA 5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 59.3% (Ranked 1st) – PDO 92.8

    On the bright side

    Cgy 5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 42.4% (Ranked 29th) – PDO 94.1

  92. böök¡je says:

    After that thing with the cat and the vacuum, I don’t get invited to play bridge anymore.

    I always preferred crib anyway.

  93. böök¡je says:

    TeeVee: Boozie

    Yes?

    Oh, sorry, that’s not me.

  94. striker says:

    SwedishPoster: Behind a third rounder, the son of a facepuncher and a lazy russian. Should we be worried?

    The third rounder, the son of a facepuncher and the lazy russian are the ones who are worried…McDavid is chasing them down like Usain Bolt running down the home stretch and they can hear his breathing right behind them.

  95. TeeVee says:

    striker:
    As per War on Ice – sample size very small but…

    Oilers 5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 46.4% (Ranked 25th) – PDO 99.3

    Need more games to pile up before raising any alarms but that Oilers CF% is not encouraging.

    Next 2 opponents

    Wsh5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 55.5% (Ranked 4th) – PDO 103.3
    LA5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 59.3% (Ranked 1st) – PDO 92.8

    On the bright side

    Cgy5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 42.4% (Ranked 29th) – PDO 94.1

    Obviously you have not heard that “TMc the Impaler” has never heard of Corsi, Fenwick and other stats of the devil.

  96. striker says:

    TeeVee: Obviously you have not heard that “TMc the Impaler” has never heard of Corsi, Fenwick and other stats of the devil.

    Oh right, I forgot, it’s all about “shot volume”

    Well back to the website böök¡je suggested that I’ll be visiting after every Oilers win

    http://gonestreaking.ca/

    I disagree, it’s brilliant.

  97. LadiesloveSmid says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Tonights puckgains:

    Sekera: 2
    Fayne: 3
    Klef: 5
    Schultz: 5
    Ference: 3
    Gryba:3

    A lot of special teams so a slightly lower total tonight.
    Klefbom was very good tonight. Schultz too, he’s clearly focused on the defensive side which hurts his offense but I think it’s the right end to start in.
    Ference was surprisingly solid.

    Yak! McDavid! Good goalie! WOOOT!

    RNH, Sekera, Schultz, McDavid all top 20 in takeaways in the league

    http://www.nhl.com/stats/player?reportType=season&report=realtime&season=20152016&gameType=2&aggregate=0&pos=S

  98. Zelepukin says:

    LadiesloveSmid: RNH, Sekera, Schultz, McDavid all top 20 in takeaways in the league

    Which in Nuge’s instance, is incredibly impressive because he is facing first line opposition on a nightly basis.

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  100. stevezie says:

    That was the best game i have every seen Yakupov play.

    The bad news for Bruce is i completely agree with him as to Ference as well (He was good).

    Yak and TCAF are two of the funnest people to cheer for and this was a fun game to watch.

    It was really fun to have the goalie not give it away.

  101. theres oil in virginia says:

    Wait a minute, 3 wins in a row!?!?! I’m not sure how to handle this. Has this ever happened before?

    And here a few days ago I thought everything was on track for a normal Oilers season. You know, go ahead and get your first 11 game losing streak out of the way right up front and then take it from there. And now this.

    All this uncertainty is unsettling.

    Oh yeah, also ‘WOOT!’

  102. PhrankLee says:

    Woodguy: We used to have bridge tournaments until LT kept throwing the cards when he lost.

    And putting his cigar out in your face just for kicks and his bedroom window is made out of bricks..

  103. oilswell says:

    striker: The third rounder, the son of a facepuncher and the lazy russian are the ones who are worried…McDavid is chasing them down like Usain Bolt running down the home stretch and they can hear his breathing right behind them.

    Panarin has a pretty nice track record and Larkin is in a great place because the Wings seem like they’re going to use him in offensive situations a LOT this season.

  104. Ryan says:

    striker:
    As per War on Ice – sample size very small but…

    Oilers 5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 46.4% (Ranked 25th) – PDO 99.3

    Need more games to pile up before raising any alarms but that Oilers CF% is not encouraging.

    Next 2 opponents

    Wsh5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 55.5% (Ranked 4th) – PDO 103.3
    LA5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 59.3% (Ranked 1st) – PDO 92.8

    On the bright side

    Cgy5v5 Score Adjusted CF% 42.4% (Ranked 29th) – PDO 94.1

    Let’s hope that the results are skewed by the Dallas game and small sample size.

    It would be a great feature if we could select which games we wanted to include instead of just date ranges.

  105. Ryan says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=52371

    TMac postgame audio

    “still need to work on game management”..”that comes with experience”

    “Purcell played a hell of a game tonight”-TMac then commented that he needs to be smarter in late game situations referring to that late penalty

    That’s one thing I like about Mclellan.

    Here we have a veteran player with warts that many of us would like to fire into the sun or send down to the minors, yet Mclellan tries to just get the most out of what he has in front of him.

  106. frjohnk says:

    Ryan: Let’s hope that the results are skewed by the Dallas game and small sample size.

    It would be a great feature if we could select which games we wanted to include instead of just date ranges.

    Take out the Dallas game and it rises to 48.6%

    This is how it looks so far.

    DET 50.1
    VAN 43
    CGY 59.6
    STL 38.9
    DAL 35.9
    NSH 51.9
    STL 48.9

  107. Bruce McCurdy says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Tonights puckgains:

    Sekera: 2
    Fayne: 3
    Klef: 5
    Schultz: 5
    Ference: 3
    Gryba:3

    Klefbom was very good tonight. Schultz too, he’s clearly focused on the defensive side which hurts his offense but I think it’s the right end to start in.
    Ference was surprisingly solid.

    Glad to know I have some company over here in this alternate universe. 🙂

  108. stevezie says:

    PhrankLee,

    Well played

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