NILSSON SCHMILSSON

Nilsson Schmilsson, man what a game! The Oilers and the Bruins facing off is never an easy item for me, because my roots with both franchises go back decades. This was a fine result, just like a year ago when I saw the Bruins-Oilers with my daughter, a newer and very loud hockey fan at the time. I will remember that game forever, this one won’t have the same sustain, but it feels good this morning.

ME AND MY ARROW, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 1-0-0
  • Oilers after 26 in 2014-15: 6-15-5, 17 points (-37 GD)
  • Oilers after 26 in 2015-16: 9-15-2, 20 points (-15 GD)

The goal differential is far better, and a lot of that has to do with the goaltending. Last night was encouraging because of Nilsson, but also because secondary scoring got the Oilers points.

standings

I do NOT think the Oilers should spend any assets on the team currently, but there is a small, small crack open here. I wonder if Anaheim doesn’t catch fire and San Jose fall back, leaving that last playoff spot wide open. Don’t go planning for your playoff tickets, but there is still time. Now, last night.

WITHOUT YOU

Anders Nilsson is up to .915 SP now and we are looking at a possible solution to one of the goalie options. Nilsson has some issues, but has settled in and seems to be taking over the No. 1 job. His EV SP is up to .921, and that ranks him No. 29 in the NHL among goalies with 10 or more starts. Small victories are big steps.

Cam Talbot has to get another game here soon, but the Buffalo and San Jose games are important in the coming days, so maybe he gets Dallas.

DEFENSEMEN, LAST NIGHT

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  • Klefbom-Fayne had a solid night. Fayne made a tremendous desperation play on a four-on-one, likely saving a goal, and one hopes he gets some credit but that seems like a train that has long left the station. I think his number above is fair, some chaos there, too. This pairing had Chara out for much of their shifts (Klefbom 8:08 v Chara) and that cannot be fun.
  • Klefbom was very good by eye and number, and had shifts with pretty much everyone. In 16 seconds at evens with Schultz, their Corsi was 2-0. Prepare yourselves, people! It is coming!! I am kidding, but only a little. Terrific night for the young Swede and he was rewarded with some OT time, skated miles against some of the better NHL men.
  • Schultz-Gryba had their moments, and I do not think we will see them together long. Schultz made some unforced wobbly plays but also skated miles and the strongest criticism I can muster is that you would like to see him do more against softer competition. His slapshot needs a sight, badly. Gryba made a ghastly play late, passed the damn puck right to a Bruin. Lordy. Gryba played 2:11 with Nurse, perhaps suggesting a future pairing.
  • Nurse-Sekera had a tough evening and I do think we might see the rookie slide at some point. Sekera couldn’t get the puck out of harms way in the moments before the Chara goal and Nurse checked down to stop an open look because Nuge was following Eriksson. Nurse made the right choice but was neither fish nor fowl on the play, couldn’t get it right, that is a tough spot for a rookie. He may need a less difficult string of games here. At least a couple of times Nurse put Sekera in a tough spot, including (to my eye) the Krug goal.

EVERBODY’S TALKIN’

  • Todd McLellan: ”I can see Darnell standing up before his name is called- that’s a sign of a guy that is confident and is ready to go. He wants to be on the ice. Whereas, some guys that aren’t real sure of themselves kind of wait for their name to be called, he’s already half way up and his ass isn’t on the bench any more, he’s playing like that..good for him.”
  • I love the fact Nurse is playing this high on the depth chart, but the Oilers have to at least think about moving him down, at least for a time. Davidson-Sekera, Klefbom-Fayne, Nurse-Schultz? I dont know.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

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  • Pakarinen-Nuge-Purcell faced an uphill climb because that isn’t really a two line and they were facing Bergeron and his trio. Nuge spent much of the evening in prevent mode and (I feel) did a credible job. He continues to take a sound beating in the verbal department in several areas, suspect the fan base will eventually turn on him. He’s 22. Purcell is now trolling the fans who don’t like him, that was a sound game with brilliant takeaways, fantastic puck placement and generally exceptional play. Pakarinen is a player I have liked from early days and continue to see him good, the question is the offense and there is only one way to find the answer: Play the man.
  • Gazdic-Lander-Khaira had their moments, Khaira appears to be grabbing a foothold on a depth role. He’s big, strong and can skate, we don’t know his offense but his resume suggests we should assume ‘Brad Winchester’ offense. Lander is in a very low role, he has too much talent for this but maybe he can gather some momentum through this kind of work. He looks slow compared to last season, wonder about injury. Gazdic is going to have a 55% Corsi at the end of the year in less than 150 minutes if this keeps up.
  • Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle had a good night to my eye, Hall is an impact NHL player and if he could score on breakaways he’d be even better. He skated miles, impacted most of his shifts and the one offensive sortie gave Eberle a golden chance but Rask made a fantastic save. Leon didn’t score but don’t you worry, he is getting good looks, working hard and using that big body well. If you’re critical of this line, I ask you to consider Chara v. Hall was 10:22 of the 60 minutes. Hall-Leon is a formidable combination.
  • Korpikoski-Letestu-Hendricks trolled the world last night, getting fed by the Spooner line and scoring twice. The shortie was terrific, the second goal even better and timely. I imagine we’ll see this line again but if they play a dozen minutes against Dallas at evens don’t expect two GF.

JUMP INTO THE FIRE

I think trading Nuge is madness, have expressed it over a few days and will not bore you again with my charts and numbers. I do think the Oilers have started to make decisions and if they want to keep Nuge and improve the size of the skill, that means bigger wingers and defensemen.

What does that look like? I will guess that Jordan Eberle, Teddy Purcell, Anton Lander, Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne are vulnerable. I suspect Milan Lucic, Dustin Byfuglien  and any number of big wingers in the AHL are on the radar. Chiarelli’s Bruins had a bunch of 6.04, 220 wingers and Chiarelli’s Oilers will be the same, in time.

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  1. jimmers2 says:

    vishcosity,

    Sheesh – had trouble finding the cancer virus (?) article amidst headlines like “San Bernardino shooting has all the signs of a staged government operation or ISIS terror attack ” and “Facebook Shutting 1,000’s of Truthers Down & What Was Seen In Their Office Will Shock You”.

    Me, I trust our new alien overlords.

  2. GCW_69 says:

    rich: Absolute foolishness to think of trading him.

    Really? What if the return were Doughty? Hedman? It’s not foolish to think of trading him. It’s only foolish to think of trading him for a poor return.

  3. rich says:

    GCW_69,

    You’re playing in hypothetical’s and I don’t think it’s realistic to think that offer exists.

    But let’s play something that we do know is out there. Would you think Harmonic for Nuge is a good deal? If not, would else would have to be on the table?

  4. Магия 10 says:

    AsiaOil: (and I believe TMac comments were warranted) and foolish criticism like the junk Nicholson and Spector spewed out.

    fixed.

    Agree with Bruce. Spector’s shtick is click bait. Even if it makes him sound like Doug MacLean it pays the rent. Spector tried the soft RNH line with Stauffer first and backpedalled. Then he got a fantastic answer on how great RNH is when he baited TMac. Wasn’t good enough for him so he upped his click bait game some more.

    BTW your own take is fair. See it a little differently but nothing wrong with your view.

  5. vishcosity says:

    jimmers2,

    So you’re a truth-seeker huh?

    On a board allegedly devoted to reason and logic, I would think that rational dialogue could be had about any subject, even, say, vaccines, but instead generally the questioner is insulted, or, some random poster comes up with some kind of government sanctioned bullshit like its their turn to justify imperialism.

    But I want to believe that here in this group I have found people who are predominantly both rational and honest.

    honest question:

    If “Muslims” really wanted to target “America”, wouldn’t they go after the ones responsible for imperialism rather than random civilians? Guys like Dick Cheney take virtually no precaution against snipers, and effectively they are never hit.

    Why are all these irate “muslims” never targeting the leaders of imperialism?

  6. Bank Shot says:

    vishcosity:
    jimmers2,

    If “Muslims” really wanted to target “America”, wouldn’t they go after the ones responsible for imperialism rather than random civilians?Guys like Dick Cheney take virtually no precaution against snipers, and effectively they are never hit.

    Why are all these irate “muslims” never targeting the leaders of imperialism?

    Well they flew a plane into the pentagon…..

    I would think the reason is that leaders have security and irregular schedules, and muslim extremists generally aren’t well enough organized to pull off something like that.

  7. sliderule says:

    RexLibris,

    Well they sure got it done last night.

    You have to respect that.

  8. vishcosity says:

    Bank Shot: Well they flew a plane into the pentagon…..

    I would think the reason is that leaders have security and irregular schedules, and muslim extremists generally aren’t well enough organized to pull off something like that.

    So they were organized enough to seize four planes, but cannot figure out how to hit a restaurant on fifth avenue?

  9. AsiaOil says:

    Not sure if are being sarcastic or not but if not – but might want to consider the extreme piloting skills required to fly that jet into that building at that speed and angle by a guy who demonstrably could not pilot a Cessna. Ever seen a single picture of an airplane part at that site? A 767 leaves some pretty big pieces laying around. Air to air defenses unused and every fighter in the NE absent on hijack drills. Individually these issues can be considered coincidental – cumulatively – the story as told is beyond belief. Deducing reality in our current “house of mirrors” is a bit tricky to say the least.

    Bank Shot: Well they flew a plane into the pentagon…..

    I would think the reason is that leaders have security and irregular schedules, and muslim extremists generally aren’t well enough organized to pull off something like that.

  10. dangilitis says:

    Woodguy: Would the Hawks ever consider trading Toews because he had a bad road trip?
    WhIch one is Toews, which one is RNH?
    Player A
    3.7 RelCor
    1.31 5v5 pts/60
    28.9 Shots For On/60
    Player B
    3.1 RelCor
    1.26 5v5 pts/60
    26.7 Shots For On/60
    Both play the toughest comp.
    One can do no wrong and the other is soft and should be traded for a #3 Dman according to Rishaug and Spector.

    … and Hodge and virtually every other moron in prime time.

  11. dangilitis says:

    Lowetide: And yet teams continue to play these guys. Why? Because if a proven scorer isnt scoring after an injury, history suggests playing him. And when he breaks out, people will be talking about his extreme value. Why? Scoring goals has extreme value.

    The fact of the matter is that Eberle’s track record is 0.78 ppg over 369 GP playing on the worst team in the league and only 25. Add that to his junior legendary performances and shootout prowess (which clearly has value in the shootout era), and he is unmistakably valuable to any team. There aren’t many players in this league who provide that kind of track record at this age.

    You don’t trade these players when they slump because they bust out of these slumps (especially when McDavid-Yak-Pouliot reunited and match-ups become more favourable). Trading now is foolish because you sell low. If he rebounds, trading at that point is usually foolish because he’s returned to his usual form, at which point he provides significant value that you don’t want to lose unless a similar value is received in return and addresses team weakness.

    To put it another way, if this is indeed the end of Jordan Eberle’s NHL career as an upper eschelon forward at the old age of 25, then nothing ventured, nothing lost if you hold on to him as opposed to trading him for babkas.

  12. BONE207 says:

    vishcosity,

    That’s what I like about this site. Intelligent people who like to drink. Rad Muzzies aren’t generally intelligent. They have been brainwashed or mentally unstable. Going after high value targets would be beyond their capabilities.

  13. BONE207 says:

    Bank Shot,

    There was no plane wreckage at the Pentagon. That was a missile. No wheels, wings or seats strewn about. Miraculous day that was…2 vanished planes….

  14. Bank Shot says:

    BONE207:
    Bank Shot,

    There was no plane wreckage at the Pentagon. That was a missile. No wheels, wings or seats strewn about. Miraculous day that was…2 vanished planes….

    There are pictures of plane wreckage at the pentagon. Of course, people that don’t believe in the plane claim they were planted.

    Dozens of people saw the plane crash into the pentagon. They must have all been in on it?

    And what happened to all the victims on the plane? Did the US government kill them all and crash the plane into the ocean?

    Why wouldn’t they have just crashed the plane into the pentagon themselves and eliminate all the extra logistics of making a plane disappear, and also launching a missile into the building.

    It doesn’t add up to me.

  15. "Steve Smith" says:

    Oh Christ.

  16. Dr. Taboggan says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Oh Christ.

    What ever do you mean?

  17. vishcosity says:

    If the plane was actually was a passenger plane, where is all the luggage? Images of the wreck don’t show any luggage strewn about. And the wheels were clearly from a drone.

    “Steve Smith”:
    Oh Christ.

    Another drive by statist with no material support.

    Rational thought = 0.
    Emotional subjugation = 1000.

    Hey team bank! Steve wants to be your boy!

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