G36 2015-16: OILERS AT CANUCKS

The Edmonton Oilers badly need Oscar Klefbom and Brandon Davidson tonight, but we have not been assured of their presence on the ice in Vancouver. In a season where this team has been trying to make things rhyme, the absence of these two men could mean an unwelcome losing streak against the Pacific Division, and losing touch with the final playoff spot. After years of being out of the race before December, is this team doomed starting January? The hockey Gods are lowdown and trifling this season, the Oilers need the Swede and Davidson the hurdler for G36 in the land of moss and mushrooms. I do not believe it will happen, and if this is true, it is an ill wind she blows this morning. Really blows.

TCB, 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: 7-3-0
  • Oilers after 35 in 2014-15: 7-21-7, 21 points (-51 GD)
  • Oilers after 35 in 2015-16: 15-18-2, 32 points (-15 GD)

Game 36 last season was a 4-1 loss to the Godless Flames, Johnny Gaudreau was outstanding and the Oilers were not outstanding. These two games, tonight and tomorrow night, are insanely important, but with no Klefbom and no Davidson this does not look promising on the blue. Dammit! Just when they are close! What a time to get bitten in the ass by a country song.

OILERS DEFENSE, 2015-16 IN A BOX

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

As you may recall, last game Todd McLellan started the game with Sekera—Fayne and Nurse—Schultz, but the coach doesn’t trust Fayne (this is an issue, people) and soon went back to Nurse—Sekera. Neither man climbed past 33 percent Corsi events 5×5 on the evening. This is not good. On the road, where Todd McLellan is less likely to get the matchup he wants, perhaps Fayne and Sekera will be given another try.

Andrej Sekera is rolling now, he isn’t yet receiving the kind of credit he deserves, but part of that is facing top opposition while playing with rookie Darnell Nurse. Tonight might see an easier matchup for him (the Canucks have one line, the Sedins, and one suspects they will want to tackle the soft underbelly of Edmonton’s blue) so the Corsi number should spike.

I don’t know what metric the Oilers are using to grade defensemen, but if we use Scoring Chances against 5×5 then Todd McLellan is aware his top pairing is bleeding. His response so far? Keep playing them, as the lack of alternatives clears the mind. That (imo) puts the pressure back on the GM—this defense was never good enough—because the crew have kept this team in the race but need help. If the IR offers nothing but a breeze, where can Edmonton look for help?

reinhart capture dec

At this point, I am open to a recall of Griffin Reinhart. According to the Condors game summaries, he last played December 16th—meaning he missed games on December 19 and 20, and was listed as injured on the Bakersfield game summary on the 20th. If he is healthy, does Edmonton recall Reinhart, this morning? Or is Klefbom or Davidson ready to go tonight? That is a big part of the conversation today and tonight, into tomorrow.

POSSIBLE PAIRINGS FOR TONIGHT

I would suggest this alignment:

  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Nikitin—Schultz
  • Nurse—Gryba

Fayne was 4-15 Corsi events 5×5 in 8:02 with Justin Schultz last game. That is death, can’t see that happening again. God what a mess.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

The Oilers have received 25 goals from their centermen so far this season, I projected 75 in total in the RE series (they are on track for 60 goals). Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl should play more in the second half than the first, so the projection would seem to remain reasonable. Some help from Lander and Letestu wouldn’t go amiss, although Letestu does have three goals on the year.

Interesting to see the centers flourish on the 5×4 in a big way, these are four of the highest performers in the discipline on the roster. I like this center depth chart, suspect Leon moves to RW but getting six wingers for these three centers seems possible. Keeping the scoring wingers once they establish themselves will be the issue. God, three scoring lines? Not yet, but you can see it from here. Unicorns in the distance, clowns in the past—your Edmonton Oilers! Is it too much to suggest Leon, Nuge and McDavid could all finish with more than 20 goals this season? Could happen.

One of the big stories of this season is Connor McDavid and the next chapter is his return. Having this marvelous gift so close and yet so far is nothing but a heartbreak. If they announced he was playing tonight the Boxing Day sales would probably quadruple just from the adrenaline rush that would erupt in this town. I cannot wait to see this young man back in an Oilers uniform in an NHL game.

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

I projected 128 goals for the wingers this season, 35 games in this bunch has delivered 51 goals (on track for 119). As with the centermen, I think the goal remains reasonable. My summer projections are here, Hall and Purcell are over 2.00/60 at 5×5 and streaking. If they can get the Nuge line firing, this group could have a tremendous run to the end of the season.

INJURED RESERVE AND ROSTER PRESSURE

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One thing we will have to start talking about? What on earth happens when the injured return. Edmonton (by my count) has 22-man on their roster now, so Klefbom can step right onto the roster (Davidson is not on IR).

  • Connor McDavid: One of the depth wingers will head to Bakersfield. Based on recent handling, I will suggest Jujhar Khaira is sent down.
  • Nail Yakupov: This may be difficult. I believe Iiro Pakarinen has earned an NHL job, so if it isn’t Khaira (Yak may come off IR before McDavid) it could be Luke Gazdic.
  • Rob Klinkhammer: I have no idea who might be going down when Klinkhammer comes off the IR. After Khaira and Gazdic, I would think the next guy on the bubble is Anton Lander. Seriously. I think Lander has more value than the winger.

Based on how this season has been going (Peter Chiarelli doesn’t give a rat’s ass who he sends down), I think JJ Khaira, Luke Gazdic and Rob Klinkhammer are vulnerable.

THE COMING DAYS

standings

These next five games are vital, and if we look at the Pacific standings it is very clear. Edmonton has one game in hand on Vancouver (tomorrow night) and could be within one point of the playoffs with a regulation win this evening. Check out the schedule this week:

  • At Vancouver tonight
  • At Calgary tomorrow night
  • At home to Los Angeles Tuesday
  • At home to Anaheim Thursday
  • At home to Arizona next Saturday afternoon

Massive, massive week. It has been ages since we could dream of a playoff run (how many deadline additions have we seen? And I am not talking about the bizarre Tambellini deal for Ales Kotalik) and most of us would list Kevin Lowe’s 2006 deadline as the last real one. A decade, folks. That is why this defensive issue is so frustrating. Sekera will need to play 30 clean minutes tonight.

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  1. One-Timer says:

    Drai makes good things happen.

    Although, Oiler pp might not qualify…

  2. fuzzy muppet says:

    this is esstentially as “must win” a game as the OIlers have played in years and 2/3 of their second line refuse to engage the entire game.

  3. square_wheels says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    I’ve really started to notice Ebs’ foot speed severely limiting him. Conditioning may not be there or injury and habits catching up ?

  4. Oil2Oilers says:

    Ebs on his ass is better than Schultz on his feet at holding the point

  5. square_wheels says:

    Wow Teddy P really good tonight on holding the puck and ensuring it gets deep.

    Eb’s days are numbered if Chia follows through on his plan for a harder team.

  6. Picturesque says:

    Sure would be nice to get an Oilers win in regulation…4 point game on the line.

  7. Ryan says:

    The Nuge line us getting its soul owned by the Nucks.

    RNH has a 23.8 cf%

    Eberle and Pouliot aren’t right at all.

  8. Tire Fire says:

    Centre of attention: I could see them holding on until overtime and winning.
    Because Oilers.

    jp: I don’t think “because Oilers” means what you think it means.

    Wow. Housed in two layers of inside jokes and still works perfectly. Well done sir.

  9. Lucinius says:

    Decline!

    Decline!

  10. square_wheels says:

    Bury this fucking Nucks team on this PP.

    Dammit anyways.

  11. Ryan says:

    Back to Jultz.

    It hasn’t worked so far, let’s try it again.

  12. rich says:

    Should we decline the penalty?

  13. Lucinius says:

    Ryan:
    Back to Jultz.

    It hasn’t worked so far, let’s try it again.

    I miss Nelson.

    Nelson was the only coach we’ve had in a long time that didn’t fit the definition of insane.

    ‘Hrm. It’s not working. Let’s try this again. And again. And again. And again. And again…”

  14. Lowetide says:

    Canucks have more Cracknells than anyone in human history.

  15. square_wheels says:

    There was ZERO puck support for Sekera, Pou was just frozen in a strange spot and of course turnover.

  16. One-Timer says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    this is esstentially as “must win” a game as the OIlers have played in years and 2/3 of their second line refuseto engage the entire game.

    It’s also a “must not give the other team a point” game, yet the mental error are non-stop.

    It’s like every time the oil have a chance to clear the zone or get it deep, at the last moment someone gets cute and makes a half-assed pass attempt and the puck is going the other way.

  17. Professor Q says:

    Well, certainly debatable…but seemingly dirty.

  18. Centre of attention says:

    Cracknell needs to go to the box for that one.

  19. One-Timer says:

    Pou was miles out of position.

  20. Lucinius says:

    No way should Talbot still be playing. Should have been taken off as a precaution.

    But this is the NHL where only lip service is paid to player safety.

  21. godot10 says:

    stevezie:
    godot10,

    To be clear on 2 things: 1) I agree disagreeing with someone s not censorship or PC gone wild*, and 2) I don’t like the term Sedin Sisters.

    But if you want to convince other people of these things, labelling them misogynists (and,thus, bad people) is not an effective way to go about it. At all. You’re starting a fight, not a conversation. Do you want to be right, or do you want to be effective?

    He labelled himself. If it waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is a duck.

    I asserted a simple commonly accepted idea. Degrading jokes about women constitute misogyny, in public or private. A person who engages in such behaviour is a misogynist.

    He can do what he wants with that information. My obligation is to inform him, and not, as you are suggesting, be “politically-correct-in-reverse” and try to be nice…to make it a “safe space” for him to learn about his lack of understanding of the term “misogyny”.

  22. square_wheels says:

    When the Sedins score on the make-up call PP I’m going to…..fuck, am I in some sort of nightmare ?

  23. Lowetide says:

    Platzer from Oesterle and Gernat, EN and 5-3 with a buck 13 left.

  24. Магия 10 says:

    Rule 48.1 declares an illegal check to the head as “a hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable”

    They claim to be serious about protecting goalers and this?

  25. Ryan says:

    Maybe we hang on to a loser point this game, but that’s it.

    Our PP is abject garbage.

    There really isn’t anything positive to say about the play tonight.

  26. Professor Q says:

    Although with all these goalie runs continuing on the “accident” part is becoming less and less believable.

  27. Lowetide says:

    Gryba can defend. Seriously.

  28. One-Timer says:

    Hansen just got Gryba’d.

    2/3 of the top Van line is out, at least for a time.
    Use it, boys!

  29. fuzzy muppet says:

    Pity point :/

  30. square_wheels says:

    Hey we didn’t lose in regulation on the road, progress.

  31. Lowetide says:

    Oilers got a point. Did not think it would happen.

  32. Ryan says:

    Well there’s the loser point secured.

    Now a concussed Talbot will likely have to play the shootout…

  33. Магия 10 says:

    Professor Q:
    Although with all these goalie runs continuing on the “accident” part is becoming less and less believable.

    The new standard is supposed to be about avoidable not intent.

  34. Gret99zky says:

    Nuge with the winner. He’s due.

  35. Halfwise says:

    Professor Q:
    Although with all these goalie runs continuing on the “accident” part is becoming less and less believable.

    NFL zero tolerance of head contact would be a good model.

  36. stevezie says:

    Drai can skate afterall

  37. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Talbot ouch

  38. Lucinius says:

    Lost.

    Imo, the powerplay is to blame. Again. A good powerplay can cover a lot of issues. A bad powerplay exacerbates them.

  39. Professor Q says:

    Магия 10: The new standard is supposed to be about avoidable not intent.

    Both hits on Talbot were avoidable and seemed to have intent, though.

  40. Lowetide says:

    1-2 and Hansen does it again. Justin Schultz had the game on his stick, could not hit Hall. Damndest thing. I think Talbot needed that save, based on where it came from.

  41. fuzzy muppet says:

    they 100% deserved this loss.

    what a terrible effort.

    This team can’t spell north.

  42. Centre of attention says:

    oh well, back at it tomorrow.

    I thought Hansen was dead?

  43. D says:

    Talbot should have stopped that shot.

  44. square_wheels says:

    That’s a bullet shot, Talbot kept them in this game when we were asleep most of the night.

    Shut your hipster mouth Strombo, a slap shot from the hash marks isn’t an easy save.

  45. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Horrible hockey game from start to finish and that’s been about six in a row.

    Coaching staff need to pull their fucking heads out of their asses when it comes to the power play. Fuck that is frustrating.

    Terrible game by the defensemen Nuge/Eberle/Pouliot have been very bad in the last five games and ouch terrible loss by Talbot

  46. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    1-2 and Hansen does it again. Justin Schultz had the game on his stick, could not hit Hall. Damndest thing. I think Talbot needed that save, based on where it came from.

    If only Draisaitl had passed to the slot when Hall was wide open earlier on in OT…

  47. stevezie says:

    godot10,

    You give me a lot to respond to, but I’ll keep it brief.

    1) Just because someone use outdated terminology does not necessarily make someone a misogynist. I suppose we can disagree about this (even if we agree about the terminology).

    2) The advice some of us were trying to give you-so that you could use this safe space to learn how to better present and persuade people of your ideas- is that even if someone is being a misogynist (or a racist, or just an idiot), it doesn’t help to call them that. It tends to put people on the defensive. It’s better to challenge ideas rather than people.

    I’ll leave it for tonight as I’m sure people are tired of reading us. Perhaps again in the future!

    P.S If you found my tone condescending on point 2 and felt that made you less inclined to consider my point, please note I was quoting you.

  48. Gret99zky says:

    No turkey sandwiches allowed. Beat the Flames and keep Johnny Hickey off the scoresheet.

  49. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    square_wheels,

    No that’s a clean shot from the top of the circle. You get millions of dollars, that shot can’t go in. Bad goal (so was the first actually) but he did play well overall.

  50. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    Can we just focus on Schultz sucking instead ? 27:12 leading the team in ice time…..man do we need Klef and Davi back.

    Pou and Ebs were invisible, enough is enough.

  51. Gret99zky says:

    Kassian would have scored in OT .

    Too soon?

  52. JAG-041 says:

    Man, this team is a tire fire without Klefbom and Davidson… Pretty obvious at this point that Nikitin and Schultz are at best number 7 defensemen.
    Don’t know why we keep putting Schultz on the power play…
    I just feel like McLellan’s hands must be tied with the injuries… What do you do?

  53. tcho says:

    Saw the Nuge-Ebs line bad. Saw Nikitin bad. Saw the 2nd period bad…

  54. fuzzy muppet says:

    Friedman is the smartest man in the room.

    He’s 100% right. This team doesn’t get it.

    If accountability meant anything then Eberle and Pouliot are on the 4th line in Calgary

  55. square_wheels says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    I’m less concerned with him stopping that shot, then I am with our “best” Dman can’t pass the puck to save his fucking life.

    Kyprios admitting to pulling a long string out of his head. Possibly brain matter ?

  56. stevezie says:

    Lucinius,

    I agree. Why this team cannot has been so consistently bad on the powerplay…

    Based on last year I wouldn’t mind seeing Lander on unit 2. I know, I know, but he can win draws and has been an effective net presence.

    Are their really so few NHL players with an “NHL caliber” slapshot that the Oil can’t find one? Maybe Davidson, someday…

    Maybe Nikitin, yesterday…

  57. Zelepukin says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Horrible hockey game from start to finish and that’s been about six in a row.

    Coaching staff need to pull their fucking heads out of their asses when it comes to the power play. Fuck that is frustrating.

    This. WOW what a horrible showing. Vancouver is terrible too.

    Nikki-Gryba is easily the slowest pairing in the NHL. It’s not even close.
    No one hates playing in the NHL more than Jultz.
    Hendricks is horrific along the boards and getting the puck out.
    Nuge-Ebs-Poo are playing some of their most disinterested hockey ever.

    Terrible game by the defensemen Nuge/Eberle/Pouliot have been very bad in the last five games and ouch terrible loss by Talbot

  58. square_wheels says:

    Gret99zky,

    No perfectly timed.

  59. Woodguy says:

    What an awful fucking hockey game.

  60. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    1-2 and Hansen does it again. Justin Schultz had the game on his stick, could not hit Hall. Damndest thing. I think Talbot needed that save, based on where it came from.

    He is a horrible passer. Casual fans on in the internet can see it, why can’t the coaching staff?

  61. rickithebear says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    square_wheels,

    No that’s a clean shot from the top of the circle. You get millions of dollars, that shot can’t go in. Bad goal (so was the first actually) but he did play well overall.

    There are closed hole shots
    and
    open hole shots.

    perfect open hole shots are
    -above pads and below blocker.
    -Under armpit outside chest protector and inside blocker side arm
    -top corner blocker side
    -top corner glove side
    ——————————-
    -above pad glove side under glove but free of stick restriction in areas movement.
    -under armpit outside sheet protector and inside glove arm but free of stick restrictions areas of movement.

    Knock Knock!
    who is there?
    no clue!
    no clue who?
    Someone identifying quality open hole shots as bad has No clue!

  62. fuzzy muppet says:

    If they play like that again tomorrow, the season is over. This stretch of games is their chance and they absolutely stunk (outside of about 5 guys) in this one.

    Make a move for a defender already.

  63. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Brutal double standrd from Hughson & Simpson all game, but never more apparent than in the two goal mouth plays. Talbot hit was a total accodent apparently & all they could talk about was how he shoudld go to the quiet room. No mention that Cracknell could have avoided contact, no mention that first point of contact was the head. Talbot did it to himself apparently.

    Hansen faceplants on the cross bar & the two of them repeat four or five times how he was “driven in” to the bar & nary a mention about his early return from the quiet room. No sirrree, Jannik is our hero!

    Just horrible coverage & outrageously biased. Hughson sounded like Joe Thornton after his fourth goal when Vancouver won it.

  64. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woodguy:
    What an awful fucking hockey game.

    This. The whole game sucked.

  65. Oil2Oilers says:

    Woodguy:
    What an awful fucking hockey game.

    Qft

  66. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    square_wheels,

    I agree 100% with Schultz that missed pass in OT is a great summary of his entire career. There are glimpses of skill, a break in the clouds and them bam Hurricane Katrina is upon us. I wish him well but the quicker he can be moved or scratched or whatever the quicker his contract dollars can be used for someone else.

    I shouldn’t have been so rough on Talbot that was a pretty good shot to the head that he took earlier and the team didn’t deserve a point tonight so props for getting it as far as he did.

    Ooof that was ugly hockey, really need Klefbom and Davidson back in the lineup. If Chia is chasing Kassian he’ll instantly go into my shit books for a while. That guy is half a step above Alex Burrows when it comes to terrible humans in the NHL. I get the agitator role and I agree that it’s important but there are ways to go about it and those two are just mean people. That jackass broke Gagners jaw with a cross check to the face and then mocked him (while gags was on the bench) in the next game, garbage human, waste of skin. I don’t want to see him near that dressing room.

  67. Woodguy says:

    67-93-14’s most common match up using RNH as the proxy:

    Yannick Weber 11:34 20%
    Ben Hutton 8:05 27%
    Bo Horvat 5:44 30%
    Sven Baertschi 5:04 18%
    Radim Vrbata 4:48 20%

    Just.

    Fucking.

    Abysmal.

    $16MM of sweet fuck all.

  68. square_wheels says:

    rickithebear,

    Thank you Ricki. Perfect shot, every goalie in the league has those get by occasionally.

  69. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Lowetide:
    1-2 and Hansen does it again. Justin Schultz had the game on his stick, could not hit Hall. Damndest thing. I think Talbot needed that save, based on where it came from.

    Sekera had the game on his stick & whiffed twice.

  70. Professor Q says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Brutal double standrd from Hughson & Simpson all game, but never more apparent than in the two goal mouth plays. Talbot hit was a total accodent apparently & all they could talk about was how he shoudld go to the quiet room. No mention that Cracknell could have avmoided contact, no mention that forst point of contact was the head. Talbot did it to himself apparently.

    Hansen faceplants on the cross bar & the two of them repeat four or five times how he was “driven in” to the bar & nary a mention about his early return from the wuiet room. No sirrree, Jannik is our hero!

    Just horrible coverage & outrageously biased. Hughson sounded like Joe Thornton after his fourthgoal when Vancouver won it.

    Plus, Cracknell followed up the stick to the head with a hip to the head, and Hansen wasn’t even “driven” into Talbot.

    He saw the outstretched leg, accelerated, and misjudged his own head position and got some backfire.

  71. square_wheels says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    That’s my concern, not Kassians ability, his off-ice antics are anything but impressive either.

    Schultz seems forever trapped in rookie mode, it’s all mental.

  72. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Woodguy,

    I spent all week trying to convince my family that trading Nuge was a bad idea and then he comes out and lays an egg like this.

    I really wanna know what’s going on with those three. Lingering injury issues me thinks but damn. Pouliot has been completely invisible since he came back. Not good not good we need more than three guys scoring goals.

  73. square_wheels says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    I don’t think there is a snowballs chance in hell we come out of Calgary with 2pts. Healthy Klef and Davi in the lineup, possibly, but not after what I seen tonight.

  74. PunjabiOil says:

    Can’t be too upset. I mean, look at that depleted defense.

    We’re nearly mid-season and still haven’t iced a full healthy line-up.

    They will need to go on another run shortly. Klefbom is vital and his absence shows. Of course the MSM with not one valuable update on the injured players and their timeline.

    It’s frustrating because the Oilers had an opportunity to be aggressive this summer and take advantage of a weak division. They didn’t, and that”s on Chia.

    When one of Letestu/Korp are bought out or buried in the minors, that will fall on Chia. Kind of wish we had Boyd Gordon to be honest.

  75. square_wheels says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    I switched to Omni, those Punjabi guys are awesome !

  76. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Hughson has always been a clown and Simpson sings whatever song his corporate masters tell him to.

    I tried to defend Rogers but their coverage is just shit. It’s so so bad and they (much like the Oilers) they don’t seem to learn from their mistakes (Strombo being the worst with Kyp and Maclean a close second). I’m kind of enjoying reading the headlines pointing out ratings dropping across the board. The corporate arrogance of Rogers and Bell is just sickening, for some reason we just sit here and take it but every now and then you can see subtle revolt. Gives me hope

  77. Lowetide says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Sekera had the game on his stick & whiffed twice.

    How he missed the open chance is beyond me. Christ we suck on Saturday night.

  78. AsiaOil says:

    Was about to write exactly the same. The utter and complete fail of the 2nd line to do anything against mediocre competition over the past few weeks has been brutal. It’s like they are pouting because they are not being treated like gods little gifts to hockey. Hall, a rookie and a vet on the back end of a career are actually taking on the toughs and doing alright – but they are getting less than zero support from the 2nd line. Even the Letestu put up a goal in support tonight – but against a terrible VAN team – the Nuge line lays a horrible egg. RNH looked like he was trying but Ebs and Pou were horrific. After CMD gets back we have 2 options – RNH between Drai/Hall – or RNH on the 3rd line to try make some kind of defensively responsible unit that can play against tougher opposition at home. In either case it’s without Eberle as the guy really looks to being playing his last games as an Oiler.

    Woodguy:
    67-93-14’s most common match up using RNH as the proxy:

    Yannick Weber 11:34 20%
    Ben Hutton 8:05 27%
    Bo Horvat 5:44 30%
    Sven Baertschi 5:04 18%
    Radim Vrbata 4:48 20%

    Just.

    Fucking.

    Abysmal.

    $16MM of sweet fuck all.

  79. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    Too many Saturdays end like this, me wishing i had left the house and had a vasectomy without anaesthetic instead of watching an Oilers game.

  80. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Pouliot’s stat line: 14:35 0 shots 0 shot attempts 0 hits 0 takeaways 0 blocked shots 1 giveaway.

    I like the player in theory but he was paid $50,000 to play that hockey game & earned about 50 cents.

  81. Zelepukin says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Pouliot’s stat line: 14:35 0 shots 0 shot attempts 0 hits 0 takeaways 0 blocked shots 1 giveaway.

    I like the player in theory but he was paid $50,000 to play that hockey game & earned about 50 cents.

    So true and this is what is really gut-wrenching. I can’t think of a time where even Nuge has looked as ineffective as the last stretch of games. Almost the entire last season, Nuge was a reason to watch. You’d keep watch of his every shift because he would do something impressive, even if it was a play away from the puck. This line has been the ‘Jultz’ of the forwards since Poo came back.

  82. Lowetide says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Pouliot’s stat line: 14:35 0 shots 0 shot attempts 0 hits 0 takeaways 0 blocked shots 1 giveaway.

    I like the player in theory but he was paid $50,000 to play that hockey game & earned about 50 cents.

    McLellan played Hendricks and Korpikoski more at evens, dont think anyone can bitch about it. If the coach had better options from the 4line, he might have played half that total.

  83. Gret99zky says:

    Kind of lucky to get out of Van with a point, TBH. How many shots did the Dys have that missed the net? A lot by my eye.

    Hopefully the Flames take us lightly and get down a couple early.

    Their PK is as bad as our PP.

  84. Ice Sage says:

    Was with some Canuck fans in Vancouver tonight – FWIW they were upset the Oilers got a point.
    This is RNH’s home turf, too… something’s wrong with that player.

  85. Lowetide says:

    Hockeystats.ca has three forwards under 50 percent Corsi at 5×5 on the night. Incredible.

  86. godot10 says:

    Grand Rapids now has a fifteen game winning streak, after hellish PDO start to the season.

    #GoNelly

  87. AsiaOil says:

    If you need more abuse – go to the shot location chart section look at the black hole in the quadrant where our RH dmen should contribute – an almost clean slate.

    Lowetide:
    Hockeystats.ca has three forwards under 50 percent Corsi at 5×5 on the night. Incredible.

  88. edoil1 says:

    My wife left to visit her mom in another city and told me to drink responsively while she was away.Well that all fell apart in the second period.Although there has been some improvement this year this team can still not get the puck out of its zone, even routine plays.It boogles the mind. Jim Houston should take off his Canuck jersey when he makes comments like the Oilers should take advantage because Burrows and Hamhuis are out with hardly a mention about the Oilers missing Mcdavid/Yakupov/Klefbom/Davidson as if we had some sort of injury advantage.Hope tomorrow we get some lucky horseshoe bounces that the Flames always seem to get and gut out points.

  89. Zelepukin says:

    Another thought, to what benefit is it that we have Gazdic dressed instead of JJ? Seriously? When was the last time you said, out loud for that matter, great play Gaz! And I’m asking in context of his entire career.

    I’m confident in assuming that at no moment was there a Canuck player who thought during this game, oh shit, I want to slash the hell out of Hall right now after the whistle but Gazdc might confront me at some point, so I’m going to contain my emotions for another time.

  90. Zelepukin says:

    My point being, that we are actually happy with ourselves when we see Gazdic control the puck down low and not instantly loose a puck battle. That is the measurement of success for our fourth line. If he gets a shot on net it’s like he just Bobby Orr’d an overtime winner.

  91. AsiaOil says:

    Coach suggests 5 or so guys were in his words “anchors”. Numbers suggest Ebs, Pou, RNH, Shultz and Nurse all got slapped around. The rookie gets a walk – but the rest – wow. I’m really at a loss to understand how the first 4 guys were so against bad what can only be described as mediocre competition. That was a horrible game against a bad team.

  92. cabbiesmacker says:

    edoil1:
    My wife left to visit her momin another city and told me to drink responsively while she was away.

    This might be the funniest thing I’ve ever read on this blog.

  93. cabbiesmacker says:

    godot10:
    Grand Rapids now has a fifteen game winning streak, after hellish PDO start to the season.

    #GoNelly

    In other breaking news Schultz, Lander, Eberle, and Nugent Hopkins have asked to be traded there so they can revive their careers.

    Oh Oilers. golf clap

  94. cabbiesmacker says:

    AsiaOil:
    In either case it’s without Eberle as the guy really looks to being playing his last games as an Oiler.

    Pretty horrific thought when you consider the other RW options on this team.

  95. cabbiesmacker says:

    Lucinius: I miss Nelson.

    Nelson was the only coach we’ve had in a long time that didn’t fit the definition of insane.

    ‘Hrm. It’s not working. Let’s try this again. And again. And again. And again. And again…”

    One really has to wonder how he’d do with the current lineup, a training camp, and his own asst coaches vs the chumps he inherited.

    I’m betting better than his replacement but hey, it’s the Edmonton Oilers.

  96. Zelepukin says:

    cabbiesmacker: One really has to wonder how he’d do with the current lineup, a training camp, and his own asst coaches vs the chumps he inherited.

    I’m betting better than his replacement but hey, it’s the Edmonton Oilers.

    In all fairness, McL doesn’t have a lot to work with. Granted, there has been no signs of improvement or even experimentation with the PP. He continues to think Jultz is a PP quarterback.

  97. AsiaOil says:

    Drai and Yak sound fine to me in the top 6…..

    cabbiesmacker: Pretty horrific thought when you consider the other RW options on this team.

  98. SwedishPoster says:

    When watching the games right now there’s a constant loop going “hang in there, hang in there, hang in there”. The sense is that if they can stay in it until we get the injured players back we got an actual chance but the odds of the team actually managing to stay playoff relevant are terrible so every game feels like the last sign of life.
    Biggest BoA in years tonight. Another battle against the odds.

    The Nucks game felt like a wasted opportunity with half their blue line and just one and a half Sedin but at the same time every gathered point with this lineup AND RNH, Ebs completely off is a victory in itself.

  99. Walter Sobchak says:

    Had to wake up at 05:00 and still watched that shit show last night!

    A couple thoughts.

    By eye, Yakupov has been everything Eberle hasn’t this year, Yak hit’s, is engaged, was scoring well and responsible (as Yak can be) defensively.

    Can’t believe It but I’ll say, I can’t wait for him to get back.

    RNH was a lone ranger out there last night, when 2 out of 3 players are a no show then that one player also looks bad.

    Aghh, Justin Schultz…….this player is pure shit. Nuff said.

    N.N is not an option on defense, bring up Rienhart.

  100. Really? says:

    For some time now I have been hoping against hope that Mr. Schultz will somehow turn his game around and become a solid member of the D corps. Last night put an end to that fantasy.

    Schultz is paid $3.9 million per year to play hockey. He is supposed to be a puck moving D man.

    When he missed Hall by 6 feet with a stretch pass up the middle I could hardly believe my eyes. That was totally brutal. It is a play he simply has to make 8 times out of 10.

    Looking forward to seeing what, if anything, Chiarelli can get for him between now and the trade deadline.

  101. PhrankLee says:

    That was a scary game on several levels.

    But holy point from a patchwork line up!

    Excelllennnt…It’s following my plan perfectly..(hands making spider pushups on a mirror, eyebrows also arched)

    Happy as hell for the point but I have to agree with the true hockey connoisseurs claim that we watched an ugly, ugly hour of hockey.

    That point, where our road record suggests we will fly out of there with none, could prove massively important.

    I need to point out that we got a point.

  102. Pouzar says:

    AsiaOil: It’s like they are pouting because they are not being treated like gods little gifts to hockey.

    Yeah that’s what they are doing.

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