G48 2015-16: OILERS AT LIGHTNING

The Edmonton Oilers won on the road, and both of their scoring lines cashed. That is the good news. The bad news? Injuries continue to plague this team, as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has a broken bone in his hand and is out long term. Shiza. If this team ever gets healthy, maybe they can push the river? I don’t think we will know this season.

BAD MOON RISING, 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: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-2-2
  • Oilers after 47 in 2014-15: 12-26-9, 33 points (-51 GD)
  • Oilers after 47 in 2015-16: 19-23-5, 43 points (-21 GD)

Edmonton has another game tonight—schedule loss—and the Oilers of a year ago also lose G48 to the Minnesota Wild. The 2-1 score saw Viktor Fasth stop 27 of 29 in a solid outing. This Oilers team is on a 75-point pace, and are 19-19-5 since that horrible opening road trip. Edmonton is 11-8-3 since December 1, and has been involved in several one-goal games recently.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

oilers blue nov 30

  • Nurse—Gryba had a good night, still too much rambling by the rookie but their size allowed them to win some battles and those quick, short passes found the right jersey more often than usual. The big item for Nurse: he faced the Trochek line. Better result.
  • Davidson—Schultz ended up as top pair in terms of even-strength time, and they faced the top forward group most often. Davidson has a big damned brain, he sizes up the situation and makes a good decision—even if it is standing, waiting with the puck, for the forecheckers to fade. A fantastic addition to this team. Schultz is playing his best hockey in a couple of years, maybe back to Ralph.
  • Sekera—Fayne had a good night, except for Sekera’s many brain cramps. Man he made some boners out there last night. Fayne is settling in now, Todd McLellan mentioned it post-game and I was thrilled to hear it. And the coach is right, he is more aggressive and it is helping.
  • Florida held a 7-6 edge in high-danger scoring chances, and some of the numbers above have score effects attached. I thought this was among the best road games of the last two seasons by the defense.

CENTERS, LAST NIGHT

oil c nov 30

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was having a great night, including an assist and effective play at evens and on the penalty kill. Absolutely crappy news about the injury, and the Oilers are in a spot of bother at the position. I think this is going to be a large mountain, but it will be interesting to see how they deal with it.
  • Mark Letestu stepped up in terms of playing time, led the centers in even-strength minutes. I like him especially below the goal line on offense and defense, he knows his way around. Doesn’t have enough offense to replace the Nuge, but he is going to play more now for sure.
  • Leon Draisaitl and his line were a key element in the win last night. There are plays you will remember a long while, and recognize it when they happen. Last night’s streak down the ice to get the puck, ward off the blue, find a passing lane and drive to the net for the resulting Hall goal (to make it 3-0) is such a moment. Plenty of chances during the play for him to break off, give up, lose concentration, chip it to the corner. The big man said screw that, and the result was another cash. Beautiful.
  • Matt Hendricks did a little of everything last night, including a fight the entire world knew would happen. I was more impressed with his play beyond that one, including a nice little kick pass in the faceoff circle for a good Eberle opportunity.
  • No Oilers center had a high-danger scoring chance, joining the blue in getting shut out last night.

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

oilers f nov 30

  • Nail Yakupov is becoming the second Chance Machine. Seriously. He didn’t cash and he is not the best puck getter-outer out there, but he is going to score a lot of goals in this league.
  • Benoit Pouliot took a couple of poor penalties but he also posted an assist and moved the play forward many times.
  • Jordan Eberle scored a nice goal, man that guy has hands. If he can keep up his speed past 30, he should be able to post an impressive career number in that category.
  • Zack Kassian may not have much for legs tonight in TBay but I thought he kept up pretty well in Miami. Mystery to me how he gets more minutes than all wingers but Eberle and Hall, though. I do not think he is a better player than Pouliot.
  • Taylor Hall is a wonder, and he is adding elements to his game under Todd McLellan. He is involved far more in the game now, battling for pucks and making smart plays. I still love him best when he is driving to the net like a bat out of hell. What a player.
  • Iiro Pakarinen did a lot of hard work, he is 36 games into his Oilers career. He will have to work like a bugger to stay here but I like him.
  • Teddy Purcell is a gem, an absolute gem. If you cut up any of his games right now, it is a long series of great passes, terrific reads, solid positioning and scoring chances. 1-5 against Jagr, they held on though, and that line is going to get their looks. Much credit to Cam Talbot on the night with those two lines on the ice.
  • Individual High-Danger scoring chances: Yakupov (2); Eberle (1); Kassian (1); Hall (1); Purcell (1).

talbot capture 2

Cam Talbot really is something else these days. In his last three games (2-0-1), his SPs are .973, .969 and last night .939. If this team performs a miracle this season—and I know, I know—remember these days or miracle and wonder.

Craptastic! Good grief. Some speculation by Matty about Connor McDavid coming online, but I believe he is thinking about the old Oilers. One thing we never really did receive was an explanation about why McDavid’s recovery was so long. A lot about bones, but nothing specific. If he plays tonight, it is a sure sign Edmonton has not given up on the season (Edmonton has not given up on the season).

What would this look like? Defense. I think Chiarelli will try to make a deal that sets the defense up as a more balanced six. What will it look like? Hell if I know. RH defender who can play, so that is Kevin Shattenkirk, Travis Hamonic and Sami Vatanen.

Music! Losing the Nuge is a big damn deal, but they do have McDavid coming back and that will help. Klefbom back in the lineup makes Edmonton’s defense far stronger and it looks to me as though our man Sekera may be wearing under the strain. Godspeed, Oscar!

I have to believe this means someone is heading out of town, probably Justin Schultz, Mark Fayne or Eric Gryba. Sekera, Klefbom, Davidson and Nurse would seem to be guaranteed spots after the trade deadline, so adding Reinhart means someone has to go. My guess is Schultz, but this is becoming an interesting contest. My guess for top 6D after the deadline?

  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Nurse—Klefbom
  • Reinhart—Davidson
  • Gryba

I think they do find a market for Schultz, but do not find a market for Fayne or Gryba (or at least prefer to sign Gryba). They could also send Nurse back, but again last night, the TOI told a story.

Oilers do seem to be in good positions these days, but a lot of the points are coming off the back of terrific goaltending performances by Cam Talbot. WG nailed it, this guy was a great bet. Long distance to travel, but credit where due and Peter Chiarelli stepped up in this area to deliver improvement (at starter and backup, imo).

This will not get better of course, with the Nuge down for many weeks.

Yeah, suspect we should wait on a hard target date for return. Must be talking significant injury to the hand. Dammit.

  • Oilers Nerd Alert: Note that the Score Adjusted Corsi is still above 50%. In other words, given the big lead the Oilers had, the degree to which they were outshot is actually well explained by score effects – normal or better than normal for the NHL.

This team has battled through a lot, and honestly they looked pretty damn good after losing Nuge last night. I think the smart play here is to sit Gazdic, bring back Lander and run the following:

  • Hall—Draisaitl—Purcell
  • Pouliot—Hendricks—Eberle
  • Kassian—Letestu—Yakupov
  • Korpikoski—Lander—Pakarinen

However, I don’t know if Korpikoski will play tonight (McLellan sounded like Dallas was more likely). If the Oilers can grab a cheap center, it might be an idea. I am also open to the idea of giving Anton Lander a bigger offensive role, center or wing.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun morning on the Lowdown, 10 o’clock TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Cult of Hockey. Last night, the Nuge, what the hell is it with injuries?
  • Scott Zerr, Oilers Nation. Condors won yesterday, who is playing well?
  • Corey Pronman, ESPN. Your draft questions, I want to know who is the best D in this year’s draft.

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

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  1. Younger Oil says:

    It’s almost as if the NHL WANTS us to get another 1st overall pick.

  2. Centre of attention says:

    Younger Oil:
    It’s almost as if the NHL WANTS us to get another 1st overall pick.

    They would rather see us finish last and pick 4th.

    Chycrun it is!

  3. Professor Q says:

    Younger Oil:
    It’s almost as if the NHL WANTS us to get another 1st overall pick.

    That way, they’ll be able to set precedence about draft rules.

  4. JDï™ says:

    oliveoilers:
    The puck was touched below the bar, but he had to lift his stick OVER the bar to get it.

    What the fuck.

    So, bad touch?

  5. G Money says:

    I want to see LB given a fair shot at the backup role next year, but I’m saying right now, I want either Enroth or Khudobin signed as the backup backup.

  6. JDï™ says:

    At least the water bottle didn’t come in to play.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Leon scores 3-4.

  8. Oil2Oilers says:

    A hall-draisaitl 2 on 1 is money

  9. G Money says:

    Guess that chat was effective.

  10. Kitchener says:

    By the time they crossed the blue line you could tell it was going in.

  11. JDï™ says:

    Mama Kass going after Stammer hard on that last shift.

  12. Lowetide says:

    Pakarinen. Like the kid.

  13. G Money says:

    Wow. Woulda thunk?

  14. Kitchener says:

    Pak Attack.

  15. Visually better says:

    Love me some Pak

  16. jake70 says:

    Hey, I thought those types of goals only get scored ON the Oilers. Nice.

  17. Visually better says:

    And yes that is Korean for “he shoots, he scores”

  18. Zelepukin says:

    Yak one-timer PP goal. Let’s do this.

  19. Ice Sage says:

    Acumen:
    Woof. Nurse with the Jultz.

    Love it – a Nursltz – like E. Coli, they seem to increase exponentially

  20. JDï™ says:

    Pakarinen Pakarinen

    Pakarinen

    Pakarinen Pakarinen

    Pakarinen

    Pakarinen Pakarinen

    Ohhhhhhhh

    Pakarinen

  21. G Money says:

    Oh Hunt. What a silly bunt.

  22. Halfwise says:

    See ya later Brad Hunt.

  23. Visually better says:

    Oilers power play strikes again

  24. JDï™ says:

    Oils well.

  25. Pouzar says:

    F^ck Off Nilsson

  26. Lowetide says:

    My God, this team.

  27. jake70 says:

    Ohhhh dear….LOL.

  28. fuzzy muppet says:

    I wont be surprised if this is nilsson last game.

  29. Ice Sage says:

    Bienvenue, Laurent Brossoit!

  30. Zelepukin says:

    hey, no one can say that a Jultz slapshot never resulted in a goal.

  31. Visually better says:

    Didn’t even know Sekera was playing tonight

  32. Kitchener says:

    For a moment, it felt like 2010-14 all over again.

  33. B S says:

    I know we’re all crapping on Nilsson on that one, but Yak was literally the only Oiler in picture on that one.

  34. Oil2Oilers says:

    Agent Carter is back on the tele and I fancy the lead actress maybe she will make me forget about the Oilers powerless play

  35. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Anders a double agent?

  36. flyfish1168 says:

    B S:
    I know we’re all crapping on Nilsson on that one, but Yak was literally the only Oiler in picture on that one.

    Looks like he was on one leg

  37. G Money says:

    B S,

    Now we know who Remenda is.

  38. Centre of attention says:

    I wonder when/where Nilsson will get his next start?

  39. jake70 says:

    Man, Yak completely lost on that last rush.

  40. Quinlan says:

    At no point was that a good idea…

    That’s what Tmac has been referring to as game awareness

  41. Pouzar says:

    Ice Sage:
    Bienvenue, Laurent Brossoit!

    Being a backup is bad for his development.

  42. oliveoilers says:

    JDï™: So, bad touch?

    Not bad. Inappropriate more like.

  43. Ice Sage says:

    It’s an entertaining game, at least!
    I’m liking the Oilers’ close puck support and resilience.

  44. LadiesloveSmid says:

    is Nilsson waiver eligible? swap him and Brossoit for a dozen games, his last like 6 outings have been terrible

  45. B S says:

    flyfish1168,

    he could have had both legs working, it wouldn’t have made a difference, the problem is that no-one else was heading back there to intercept Boyle.

  46. Halfwise says:

    Fayne looks reborn lately, but as a whole the roster lacks lustre tonight. Also lacks whelm and combobulation.

    Edit. Drai & Hall excepted, in the o zone.

  47. Zelepukin says:

    jake70:
    Man, Yak completely lost on that last rush.

    Letestu refused to head man the puck or even get it deep.

  48. Centre of attention says:

    I stopped watching the game to make some supper, they tied it up.

    I flick it back on and I immediately regret my decision.

  49. Aron_S says:

    Since we’re watching an Oilers/Lightning game and giving Yak grief, has there been any discussion over how ridiculous it is that half the league is drooling over Drouin?

    I see so many parallels to Yak that I find this odd. One dimensional player, high draft pick, runs into grief with his coach, there’s talk of being chased out of town, threats of a request for trade are made (although with Yak it seemed to be the agent discussing his unhappiness with Yak’s situation).

    And yet apparently the Oilers couldn’t give Yakupov away when he was struggling in years two and three and Drouin has a number of teams offering up quality players to pry him out of the AHL? Am I the only one who thinks this is nuts? I feel like a conspiracy theorist/oilpologist, but come on!

    *Rant over* Goilers.

  50. JDï™ says:

    Fuck ‘The Brick’.

    This period brought to you by Leon!

  51. jake70 says:

    Zelepukin: Letestu refused to head man the puck or even get it deep.

    Yeah, not sure who was supposed to do what there but Yak skates right into his lane.

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

    If you leave the net you have to win the race.

    Brian Boyle coming down taking a wide angle to the net with Yak on a back check.

    If he stayed in net its probably not even that difficult of a save.

    Stupid play

  53. G Money says:

    Wow, J Mackinnon, Curtis Stock, and Joanne Ireland ALL out at the Journal.

  54. Zelepukin says:

    Drai has several good looks. Needs to cash those great takeaways from Hall.

  55. B S says:

    G Money,

    I just mean, why wasn’t anyone else back checking, you can’t tell me there wasn’t an Oiler with two working legs closer to Boyle than Yak when that started.

  56. Centre of attention says:

    The Oilers are trying their damn hardest to make a game of this.

  57. jake70 says:

    Great sequence there.

  58. GCW_69 says:

    Pouzar: Being a backup is bad for his development.

    So platoon him with Talbot. This season is lost, so why not find out what LB can do?

  59. G Money says:

    B S,

    I watched the replay a few times, and the way that play set up there really wasn’t. Yak and Schultz were the point men (note to TMc: BAD IDEA. If Yak’s your shooter, set him up on the half wall).

    Yak does wear a tiny amount of that goal, if he’d recognized it sooner he might have been closer to Boyle and then Nilsson might have stayed in his net. But that’s a big if.

    But naturally there’s a pile of Yak Blaming on the twitters.

    Apologies if I misread you as one of those.

  60. Ice Sage says:

    Centre of attention:
    The Oilers are trying there damn hardest to make a game of this.

    Yes. This is a very good effort against a decent team, on 2nd game of a back to back on the road with a tier 2 goalie and a sh!tload of major injuries… am not chuffed.

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

    Tampa Bay is not a great defensive team

  62. Professor Q says:

    Just got my Internet signal working again; the game is back on for me.

    5-4. I missed a lot, it seems!

  63. Oil2Oilers says:

    Could we try Davidson on the PP? It can not get worse.

  64. B S says:

    what the hell was that whistle for? no way in hell that was offside.

  65. leadfarmer says:

    This has been the worst game I’ve seen Yak play all year.

  66. Lowetide says:

    Helluva comeback tonight, no matter the final. Good lord they had a lot of crazy plays in this game.

  67. Pouzar says:

    GCW_69: So platoon him with Talbot.This season is lost, so why not find out what LB can do?

    Platoon? I love LB too but man.

  68. Professor Q says:

    Wait – why was the play called dead? There was no offside!

  69. Pouzar says:

    We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo due for a goal in this sitch.

  70. Professor Q says:

    Of course no Oilers are on the 3 Stars list.

  71. Zelepukin says:

    jake70: Yeah, not sure who was supposed to do what there but Yak skates right into his lane.

    Chip it deep. Zak was along side them too. He reversed and then didn’t get it deep, again. Hockey 101.

  72. B S says:

    G Money,

    No I’m just saying there aren’t even any other “also in photo” cases, not even the goalie, just Yak, don’t know how you pin that one on Yak, Schultz for a bad shot maybe, Nilsson for a boneheaded excursion from the net, definitely, but not the one guy trying to stop the goal.

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

    Goaltending cost them a point again. Say what you want about Yak but that was on Nilsson

  74. oliveoilers says:

    Don’t mind the loss so much as the 5 or 6 unpressured shots from close in that didn’t hit the net.

  75. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Scored 4 in a road back to back. Looked sluggish as one would expect. Better goalering would’ve helped

  76. leadfarmer says:

    I still don’t get why Nillson went for that puck. It was going to be an easy save.

  77. Zelepukin says:

    leadfarmer:
    I still don’t get why Nillson went for that puck.It was going to be an easy save.

    He wanted to find a new way to let in a horrible goal.

  78. Pouzar says:

    That go ahead goal was disgusting. F^ck

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

    Dammit that makes me mad.

    Ya ya ya scheduled loss whatever.

    This was a Talbot vs Flames level of bedshitting by Nilsson

  80. G Money says:

    Three games in four nights.

    California to Edmonton to Florida.

    No Nuge.

  81. striker says:

    First time in many games the Oil have been <50% in the score adjusted 5v5 Corsi

  82. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer:
    I still don’t get why Nillson went for that puck.It was going to be an easy save.

    The heart wants what it wants.

  83. Zelepukin says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: This was a Talbot vs Flames level of bedshitting by Nilsson

    Along with some of the worst defensive coverage by the forwards. Basic shit.

  84. flyfish1168 says:

    Interesting stat Davidson +3 tonight.

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

    G Money,

    You forgot “And a goalie who is hellbent on playing his way off the team”

  86. GCW_69 says:

    Pouzar: Platoon? I love LB too but man.

    If you want to see if LB is ready, you can’t bring him up and staple his ass to the bench. You have to bring him up a play him, probably at least 4 out of 10 games and maybe 5 out of 10.

    The Oilers are NOT going to make the playoffs this season, and we know Talbot is the starter, so what exactly is the cost of seeing if LB is ready? If he isn’t you send him back and know you have to get a back up in the summer.

  87. G Money says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    G Money,

    You forgot “And a goalie who is hellbent on playing his way off the team”

    I guess what I’d say in that context is that it’s actually somewhat miraculous that, with all that stacked against them, lousy goaltending is what cost them the game!

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

    To rub salt in the wound both Calgary and Vancouver lost in regulation tonight.

    Could have made up some points but then the goaler decided to take a skate

  89. G Money says:

    Miraculous in the most Oilery way possible.

  90. striker says:

    Edm needs a good PP quarterback with a bomb in the worst way

  91. G Money says:

    The game flow: http://i.imgur.com/1L9VlH8.png

    I’d call that a correction rather than a bear market!

  92. JDï™ says:

    striker: good PP quarterback

    The hunt is on!

  93. Pouzar says:

    GCW_69: If you want to see if LB is ready, you can’t bring him up and staple his ass to the bench. You have to bring him up a play him, probably at least 4 out of 10 games and maybe 5 out of 10.

    While I think he is capable, they just signed their guy. LB is the backup for the next 3 years potentially. May as well see if he’s suited for it now.

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

    My mistake the Canucks lost in Overtime.

    Since I’m a bit hot after that loss I would like to point out just how futile the Canucks have been this season if you actually count their wins and losses. However, if you look at it from a “they are incredibly proficient at securing Loser points” I could see how one would still cheer for them.

    I wonder what the amount of rest vs practice time is going to be for the team’s extended All-Star break. On one hand I want them relaxed and rested because the March schedule is a game every second day for the whole month. On the other hand they need to get the power play out of the death lurch that it is currently situated.

    All that being said

    It’s officially less than two weeks until Connor returns!!!!

  95. Centre of attention says:

    Iiro the Hero ate Yaks lunch AND supper tonight.

    Yak is the most frustrating player. Hes so damn close to getting it for a time, and then he just has nights like tonight.

  96. MrEd says:

    Have I said this already? Rob Brown provides so much perspective on this team.
    Radio is pretty cool.

  97. GCW_69 says:

    Pouzar: While I think he is capable, they just signed their guy. LB is the backup for the next 3 years potentially. May as well see if he’s suited for it now.

    I think that’s the point. You can only tell if he is ready to be a back up in the NHL by playing him in the NHL and giving him enough games to be confident he is ready to handle it.

  98. Pouzar says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 1m1 minute ago
    “Misplay or not (on GWG), at the end of the day that’s too many (goals against).” Coach McLellan, adding #Oilers were “too loose” on D

  99. Pouzar says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 9s10 seconds ago
    “His ability to power his way through & play physical is important… It’s nice to see him get rewarded.” Coach McLellan on @zkassian9

  100. Pouzar says:

    GCW_69: I think that’s the point.You can only tell if he is ready to be a back up in the NHL by playing him in the NHL and giving him enough games to be confident he is ready to handle it.

    I would be happy with rewarding the kid with one start and see what happens.

  101. Pouzar says:

    Even the TB announcer mentioned the crazy travel schedule and 3 in 4 nights.
    They were good tonight.

  102. Pouzar says:

    Gene Principe ‏@GenePrincipe 9m9 minutes ago
    “Most definitely that was a slew foot. No hard feelings but he crossed the line.” Z.Kassian on S.Stamkos

  103. Pouzar says:

    Kassian with 3rd Star.

  104. tcho says:

    I’m fairly happy with that game, actually. 2nd game of a back-to-back on the road, missing their best overall C (and some McDonald kid?), and they were close, dammit! I’m betting that the HSCF were actually pretty even (but war-on-ice isn’t updating the game so I can’t check).

  105. G Money says:

    tcho,

    Shot data will be up in a moment.

    My Dangerous Fenwicks had it:
    EV: 23.1 to 31.1
    All: 30.7 to 33.1

    So it’s doubly unsettling that the Power Play went -1.

  106. AsiaOil says:

    With Talbot being solid I see no reason not to bring LB up and see how he’s doing. No way you do that with both NHL guys struggling – but with Talbot solid – it gives the kid cover and reasonable expectations. The Swede has been junk for month now so send him down to get his head together.

  107. tcho says:

    G Money,

    Thanks G! Not as close as I thought in high danger.

  108. flyfish1168 says:

    I counted to slew foot tonight against the Oil.
    Coburn on Yak and Stamkos on Kassian. I love how the ref doesn’t call either. We should send a video to head office. Getting ridiculous.

  109. RexLibris says:

    On the bright side…I found a great shot for the next time the Oilers play in New York!

    http://imgur.com/gallery/LIVzsgk

    You’re welcome!

  110. RexLibris says:

    Centre of attention:
    Iiro the Hero ate Yaks lunch AND supper tonight.

    Yak is the most frustrating player. Hes so damn close to getting it for a time, and then he just has nights like tonight.

    You mean nights where he gets hauled down, injures himself but comes back out to finish the game on a bad leg?

    Pakarinen does a lot of nice things and I love what brings to the roster, but I’d say having him in on the roster complements Yakupov’s skill rather than replaces it.

  111. Centre of attention says:

    http://downloads.oilers.nhl.com/2015-16/20160119_post_mclellan3.mp3

    I think this might be the first game Todd has been upset with Taylor. I really enjoy Todd’s post-game comments. Neat tid bits here and there.

    And Hall wasn’t even that bad

  112. B S says:

    To those piling on Yak, Hall wasn’t a glowing example of poise tonight either, he had an assist and was still -3. Yes Yak made stupid decisions, Hall made more. Drai was about as ineffective as well. Lots of tired players making stupid decisions out there, but yes lets pick on the Russian kid who was leading the team in Corsi the last couple of games.

  113. CalVag says:

    Every once in a while I’ll hit up the Flames GDTs over at HF Boards because it seriously makes my day better.

    I’m not a mean person (most days) but holy shit are those fans ever ridiculous…

    “Chiarelli has a terrible trading history and he is already showing it with Griffin “bust” Reinhardt”

    “Ugh we played awful tonight. Oh well at least we might get Matthews, who scouts are saying is better than McDavid”

    “We played such a good game tonight. I loved Ferland’s energy. He’s going to be the next Lucic”

  114. B S says:

    Also, someone else pointed it out earlier, but as a bright spot Davidson was fantastic tonight, what a Dman.

  115. Centre of attention says:

    RexLibris: You mean nights where he gets hauled down, injures himself but comes back out to finish the game on a bad leg?

    Pakarinen does a lot of nice things and I love what brings to the roster, but I’d say having him in on the roster complements Yakupov’s skill rather than replaces it.

    It was an individual night. He seemed to be skating alright, he was just making some tough decisions. He has been great until tonight, and it might be a one off.

  116. kooler says:

    Pouzar,

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/m_news.htm?id=743536

    Garbutt slew-foot cost him 3 games.

  117. Gordies Elbow says:

    B S,

    Is Brandon Davidson a top pairing defender?

    Should he be on the powerplay?

    Interested parties want to know.

  118. StevieG_8 says:

    kooler:
    Pouzar,

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/m_news.htm?id=743536

    Garbutt slew-foot cost him 3 games.

    But then again we’re talking about Stamkos though and the victim is just an Oiler player and to a lesser extent, Kassian. I think NHL will pass.

  119. AsiaOil says:

    Yeah exactly – no need for any time to get back up to game speed for Yak – the filthy russian needs to be 110% the minute he hits the ice unlike other guy coming back form injury. Use your head people – the kid was splaying on pure adrenaline the last two games and he’s gassed. A crappy game should not be surprising playing this many games in so few days right after an injury.

    RexLibris: You mean nights where he gets hauled down, injures himself but comes back out to finish the game on a bad leg?

    Pakarinen does a lot of nice things and I love what brings to the roster, but I’d say having him in on the roster complements Yakupov’s skill rather than replaces it.

  120. StevieG_8 says:

    AsiaOil,

    I wonder what Connor’s game would be like coming back from injury.

  121. AsiaOil says:

    A lot of nights I catch the home town play by play crew for Oiler games and they are surprisingly good for the most part – intelligent, objective and calling a pretty entertaining game. But man alive the Florida crew was bad. Nothing but a handful of worn out cliches and total homerism. Think Ryan Smyth as color man bad.

  122. AsiaOil says:

    Kid is a freak – and it’s as much mental as physical – he’ll be a bit tentative for a game or so then business as usual. Still can’t believe how mature he is. Saw him talking about his injury and the interviewer asked if he thought the guy did it intentionally. His reply – no comment – with a solid undertone that he’s going to take the guys head off next time around. Never seen that kind of intensity in an 18 year old rookie before – not even close. There is a bit of Glen Anderson in that kid and he’ll make people wary of taking liberties in short order.

    StevieG_8:
    AsiaOil,

    I wonder what Connor’s game would be like coming back from injury.

  123. hunter1909 says:

    AsiaOil:
    Kid is a freak – and it’s as much mental as physical – he’ll be a bit tentative for a game or so then business as usual. Still can’t believe how mature he is. Saw him talking about his injury and the interviewer asked if he thought the guy did it intentionally. His reply – no comment – with a solid undertone that he’s going to take the guys head off next time around. Never seen that kind of intensity in an 18 year old rookie before – not even close. There is a bit of Glen Anderson in that kid and he’ll make people wary of taking liberties in short order.

    McDavid’s a natural born fighter too. His OHL fight was a study in how to pummel someone into submission.

    Put Kassian and Yaks on his wings and they’ll be a top NHL line instantly.

  124. stevezie says:

    Good point. Shame he broke his hand, but he whupped that other fella.

    Gretz sure couldn’t say that.

  125. Professor Q says:

    Todd seemed trying to calm the press’ qualms about Nilsson, with the great saves and the slump with bad plays included, but also seemed to show frustration/impatience alongside the patience…if that makes sense.

    Just with the whole, “yeah, well, he needs to get the mental aspect back if he’s going to do it. Let’s get it and go.”

  126. theres oil in virginia says:

    AsiaOil:
    A lot of nights I catch the home town play by play crew for Oiler games and they are surprisingly good for the most part – intelligent, objective and calling a pretty entertaining game. But man alive the Florida crew was bad. Nothing but a handful of worn out cliches and total homerism. Think Ryan Smyth as color man bad.

    The good thing about the other broadcast crews is that you don’t see them over and over again. I think part of the problem with Sportsnuts is just familiarity. What drives me the most crazy about the Oilers broadcasts are the 10-second, in-game commercials that pop up no matter what’s going on in the “background”.

  127. JDï™ says:

    Lebrun with a better take on the Nugeuation:

    http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/lebrun-oilers-were-not-shopping-nugent-hopkins/

    Now, I don’t think Edmonton – in fact I know – they were not shopping him. I don’t think that was a priority for them, was to trade Nugent-Hopkins. But it doesn’t prevent other teams from checking in, because he’s a young center.

  128. Oilspill says:

    How many were missed coverage? He wasn’t even close to the reason we lost.

    fuzzy muppet:
    I wont be surprised if this is nilsson last game.

  129. PhrankLee says:

    A lovely little piece by LeBrun to calm my worst fear.

    I am on record often about wanting the management to stick to it’s claim that it wants to get bigger and stronger. Keep your “moar bigggar” comments to yourself if you think I mean bigger and stronger without skill. I do not. What idiot would? How revealing is it to cast that particular aspersion about?
    In fact feeling it is necessary to include this disclaimer is frustrating in and of itself.

    I am also on record about trading C depth to address D. I do not like it, Not one bit.

    If we are going to trade for help on D it has to come from the wing and picks/prospects.

    I believe we have one shot at it and the guy who takes over on 1RW better be able to cover the bet. If Yak was scoring 40-50 Eberle would have been gone a while ago.

    My trust in the GM has increased because by the sounds of it he was in on the talks and when he had to make the call he decided that brilliant talent and depth at C next year was worth way more than rolling the dice on Jones.

    Now if you were trading Karlsson or Josi we are going to have to consider it.

    But until something like that becomes available we sit on the best C core in hockey beginning on the 4th. (Cause I’m going to that game, that’s why)

  130. JDï™ says:

    http://oilersnation.com/2016/1/20/condors-midseason-report-card

    Good marks for LB and JJ, but not so much for GR.

  131. kinger_OIL says:

    JDï™:
    http://oilersnation.com/2016/1/20/condors-midseason-report-card

    Good marks for LB and JJ, but not so much for GR.

    If this Scott Zerr is right, this alone is a fireable offense for Chia, and/or those who scouted and pushed for this. Imagine if Griff is a bust: that’s a big gap in development for this roster:

    Griffin Reinhart – not once has he had a game where you’d be convinced he’s ready for consistent NHL work. His lack of dominance at this level is very unnerving. If he doesn’t put something together after the all-star break, more in-depth concerns will immerge.

  132. PhrankLee says:

    Kmart99:
    PhrankLee,

    March 4?

    February. Because McDavid. But I get it, Nuge is down.

    On paper, then if it makes you happy.

    In my mind. In my heart of hearts.

    Next year is already happening!! Ha ha.

  133. PhrankLee says:

    kinger_OIL: If this Scott Zerr is right, this alone is a fireable offense for Chia, and/or those who scouted and pushed for this.Imagine if Griff is a bust: that’s a big gap in development for this roster:

    Griffin Reinhart – not once has he had a game where you’d be convinced he’s ready for consistent NHL work. His lack of dominance at this level is very unnerving. If he doesn’t put something together after the all-star break, more in-depth concerns will immerge.

    I have read a lot of articles on how Chia “failed” to get Jones.

    I think we passed on trading a proven 22 yr old NHL C for a highly valued prospect who has 2D potential. If not 1D potential.

    It’s like selling someone apple seeds and telling them they are buying a pie.

  134. Nate780 says:

    Oilspill,

    every single goal/scoring chance ever is because of missed coverage. If there was never any missed coverage we wouldn’t even need goaltenders. Their job is to stop those chances, and he did horrible at his job.

  135. Nate780 says:

    kinger_OIL,

    fireable offense? really? good grief

  136. rickithebear says:

    Nate780:
    kinger_OIL,

    fireable offense? really? good grief

    Green:
    GR: #16 (barzal) + #33 (Stephens)
    ———————————————-
    other scouts:
    #117 Jones USHL
    #124 Bear WHL
    #154 Marino USHL
    #209 Paigin Europe

    MacT/Stu:
    #91 2014 Lagesson Europe
    #7 2013 Nurse 41gm OHL
    #158 2013 Betker WHL

    Tambo/Stu:

    #93 2012 Gustaffson 16gm Europe
    #123 2012 Laleggia COL
    #19 2011 Klefbom 107gm Europe
    #31 2011 Musil Family WHL
    #92 2011 Simpson Family Col
    #122 2011 Gernat Europe
    #46 2010 Marincin 116gm Europe
    # 91 2010 Blain Q
    #162 2010 Davidson 45gm WHL

    Green:
    GR
    Moroz
    Pelss Import for Oil king
    Musil Family and Green’s viewing who brought him in.

    I like our d DRAFTING

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