G71 2015-16: COYOTES AT OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers welcome back Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight, and it offers us all kinds of opportunities to speculate. Possible lines, possible trades, possible destinations—some of these subjects are more palatable than others.

THAT COYOTE, THAT COYOTE, 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: 4-5-2
  • Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1
  • Oilers in February 2016: 4-8-2
  • Oilers in March 2015: 5-6-3
  • Oilers in March 2016: 4-2-0
  • Oilers after 70 in 2014-15: 19-39-12, 50 points (-74 GD)
  • Oilers after 70 in 2015-16: 27-36-7, 61 points (-36 GD)

Oilers lost in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets one year ago, and we were talking about a Nail spike and the 2015 draft.

DEFENSE 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Brandon Davidson and Oscar Klefbom are injured, but both men are signed for next season and this graph suggests they could represent 33 percent of a quality top 6D—if they can stay healthy. When does a manager decide he can no longer count on a player to stay in the lineup? Oscar has collected a few maladies along the way, Davidson has been less prone to injury but has a story to tell in the health department. Great stories, with uneasy rising.
  • Adam Pardy has looked good to my eye, early days but you can tell he is a veteran and he does things with a veteran’s confidence. Is he a better 7D than Eric Gryba? It may come down to that, I would probably go with the righty. Adam Clendening could give them a different look at 7D, if the Oilers choose to go that way.
  • Andrej Sekera and Mark Fayne would be two of the veterans I would bring back next season, maybe run with eight blue. The pairing might be an effective second pairing if the first duo is dynamic enough—but I wonder if the team wants to run with Fayne next year.
  • Darnell Nurse had a nice early run after callup this season, but should have been sent back down. Is it too late? After 10 games with Edmonton, Nurse was 1-4-5 with a possession number of 49.3 and a SCA/60 5×5 total of 23.89. Those are good numbers.  I think he can be a good NHL defenseman, but the Oilers should not devote too many spots to young blue next season. Perhaps Nurse is the only one who should make it.
  • Jordan Oesterle and Griffin Reinhart are auditioning for next season, and the college kid is winning the race to my eye. Of greater concern: Oesterle is not a high bar. That trade is beginning to look like ‘the rights to David Rundblad have been traded to Ottawa’ and one wonders if the other part of the trade ends up being an impact player. GR needs to do what Leon Draisaitl did last summer, and he may need another year in the AHL. I am all for waiting five years after a draft to see what the player really is: This is year four.
  • Dillon Simpson is 1-4-5 +6 in his last six games. I wrote about him over at ON recently, it is interesting to see a little spike in his game with others up in Edmonton. Small item, but worthy of a line or two.

Every once in awhile, someone (like G Money recently) will post information here, and if it has value people will start drilling down and asking questions, making suggestions. That’s exactly how it happened on blogs like IOF and mc79hockey, and should continue with Sunil, G, Darcy and the other men and women who post on the web. I agree with what Dellow said in the Cullen quote, that is the test. If you can convince the really smart people who frequent the various blogs and online communities (twitter is becoming a very strong option), then it probably has extreme value. I recommend starting your own blog and developing a community that way, and of course if you email me I promise to listen (have a meeting on Monday with someone who has some ideas). The general idea is to get good information out there, and over the years this blog has helped a little. So, if you have an idea or have produced something of note, please share with the class.

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CENTERS, 2015-16

OILERS CENTERS OVER SEASON1

  • Connor McDavid is posting an outstanding season (33, 14-21-35) as a rookie, he should be even better in year two—and healthy. We are almost through the schedule and stats are wild with this guy. One item that is fascinating: one minute and 58 seconds at 5×5 with the Nuge.
  • Leon Draisaitl is a nice option for the non-McDavid line, now we just have to figure out if it is as a center or wing. I look at him (ideally) as a player who could (along with the Nuge) slide up and surprise (like a ukulele) opposition defenses with different looks during the game. 60, 17-29-46 in his real rookie season.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is back! I am thrilled, love this player. A tad worried about his future as an Oiler, we could be watching his final dozen games. 46, 8-22-30 this year, if they trade Dave Keon this summer get ready for a major sulk from this blog.
  • Anton Lander and Mark Letestu are both signed for next season. Let that sink in.

LEFT WINGERS, THIS SEASON

OILERS LW OVER SEASON

  • Patrick Maroon will cool down. Pretty sure.
  • Taylor Hall’s rocket season, the one that could have seen him exceed 80 points, has been sputtering for some time. I hope he can hit 70. Still, enormous talent, fine year. 70, 22-35-57 so far this year.
  • Benoit Pouliot went 55, 14-22-36 before losing his season to injury. The numbers above tell us he had a very effective season.
  • Jujhar Khaira is 6-8-14 in his past 13 AHL games. He might make this team in the fall.
  • Lauri Korpikoski is 59, 9-9-18 but the numbers above tell us he is not helping. Somewhere between waiving Fayne and putting the Finn on a line with McDavid, I became convinced Todd McLellan is not following the analytics in some areas. Or he is not reading them correctly, but that seems unlikely. Suspect he values Korpikoski for his speed, veteran presence and secondary scoring. It isn’t enough, so Peter Chiarelli must trade or buy out the Finn. Seriously.
  • Matt Hendricks has had an unusual year, I like him everywhere but center. 57, 3-6-9.

RIGHT WINGERS, THIS SEASON

OILERS RW OVER SEASON

  • Jordan Eberle (57, 20-20-40) has been averaging 27.77 goals per 82 NHL games, that has real value. Slow lately, think he will cash in bunches if they keep him with McDavid.
  • Nail Yakupov had some nice 5×5/60 totals not so long ago, his offense has cratered under the strain of intense Letestu. 48, 6-10-16 this year.
  • Zack Kassian (24, 3-4-7) would be a great No. 8 hitter, a replacement level No. 7 hitter and a poor No. 6 hitter. I think Maroon might eat his lunch on the skill line job for next season, at least at times.
  • Iiro Pakarinen (53, 4-4-8) hasn’t posted much offense lately, one point since January 21. His Oilers career may not last longer than Korpikoski’s. Todd McLellan is playing him too much, in my opinion.
  • Andrew Miller was loaned to the Charlotte Checkers, that can’t be good for his Oilers future.

AHL SCORING, LAST FIVE GAMES

I am unsure the Condors make the playoffs, so this might be the home stretch for prospects to show well. With all of the trades and recalls, there is often a re-set this time of year. It is reflected in the numbers below: offense in the past five games (including last night).

  1. Anton Slepyshev 5, 2-3-5
  2. Jujhar Khaira 5, 2-2-4
  3. Josh Winquist 5, 0-4-4
  4. Brad Hunt 5, 1-3-4
  5. Tyler Pitlick 5, 1-2-3
  6. Matt Ford 5, 1-2-3
  7. Dillon Simpson 5, 0-3-3
  8. Ryan Hamilton 5, 2-0-2
  9. Rob Klinkhammer 5, 1-1-2
  10. Josh Currie 5, 0-2-2
  11. Bogdan Yakimov 4, 0-2-2
  12. Mitchell Moroz 4, 1-1-2
  13. David Musil 5, 0-1-1
  14. Jordan Oesterle 3, 1-0-1 (NHL)
  15. Phil McRae 2, 1-0-1
  16. Ben Betker 2, 0-1-1
  17. Marco Roy 1, 1-0-1
  18. Kyle Platzer 1, 0-1-1

Young and hopefully emerging prospects in italics, it is good to see Slepyshev, Khaira and Winquist at the top of recent scoring. The Oilers trading of Andrew Miller, combined with what looks like lesser roles for some of the veterans, is allowing the kids to perform—and they are posting offense. The playoffs seem far away, though.

INJURIES

  • Todd McLellan: “The magnitude has gone from role players who don’t play very much to dominant players. It’s affected us and I believe it’s affected our record somewhat.” Source

A solid article on the subject by Rob Tychkowski and definitely worth a read. I find the entire thing very frustrating, partly because there is at least a chance Peter Chiarelli will arrive in summer without seeing RNH in his best light. Something similar may have happened last summer, as I believe there was a non-zero chance Oilers brass blamed Taylor Hall (and his injury-riddled season) for the team’s failure. Small sample sizes makes asses of all of us, in hockey or in life. I hope Chiarelli knows what he is doing in regard to the Nuge.

I’LL HAVE A SHOT, AND THEN ANOTHER

  • Shots for-per-60 2014-15 (all situations): 26.2 (No. 26 overall)
  • Shots for per game 2015-16 (all situations): 28.5 (No. 23 overall)
  • Shots against per game 2014-15 (all situations): 27.7 (No. 20 overall)
  • Shots against per game 2015-16 (all situations): 31.0 (No. 28 overall)

Last year’s shot differential was -1.7, this year (so far) it is -2.5 and some of that is probably injury. Fair? I have zero idea how to quantify it, so will leave it here. McLellan’s teams in San Jose seemed to have a lot of success in getting shots to the net, perhaps we will see a spike in hear two. While I am here, thought it might be an idea to look at 5×5:

  • Shots for-per-60 2014-15 (5×5): 27.2 (No. 26 overall)
  • Shots for per game 2015-16 (5×5): 28.4 (No. 18 overall)
  • Shots against per game 2014-15 (5×5): 29.6 (No. 21 overall)
  • Shots against per game 2015-16 (5×5): 30.2 (No. 25 overall)

At 5×5, the Oilers finished at -2.4/60 5×5 in shot differential, and this season that number is -1.8/60. Slight improvement, but I think we can all agree more was anticipated and should be delivered. How much of that is because of injury? The only way to measure these things is with the information available. I would suggest this team will be better next season even with better health, but it is also true the team itself will make improvements to help these numbers.

WHERE TO PLAY THE NUGE?

I have a few ideas about it, looking forward to seeing how Todd McLellan handles him this evening (if he plays). There are several options, including the Hall—Nuge—Eberle throwback look and Hall—Nuge—Draisaitl, an effective trio earlier in the year. If McLellan runs his top two lines exactly as he did in the Minnesota game, the top 9F tonight might look like this:

  • Hall—McDavid—Kassian
  • Maroon—Draisaitl—Eberle
  • Korpikoski—Nuge—Letestu

I strongly dislike that outcome, for two reasons. Edmonton doesn’t have enough wingers for three centers, and, incredibly, this configuration gets Yakupov to the fourth line! I suspect we will see a lot of shuffling tonight and through the end of the season. Perhaps Nuge and McDavid will even see each other on a line before G82.

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  1. Johnny Larue says:

    Coyotes score on about their only chance of the period. The Oilers completely outplay them and still end up down. This is why I will never go to a coyote game . They now will try to sit on their 1 goal lead and try to bore everyone to death

  2. geowal says:

    That McDavid fella, he’s pretty fast.
    1/3 of first played 4 on 4

  3. Lowetide says:

    13-6 in possession 5×5 that period. Oilers unlucky to be down but a good team comes back like gangbusters in the second and puts this game away.

  4. khildahl says:

    Oh, HNIC… Oilers/Coyotes intermission. Let’s spend it talking about Nashville!

    Ahh, they’re airing both games.

  5. flyfish1168 says:

    Mike Smith hasn’t had a win since Nov 27th against Calgary.

  6. Woodguy says:

    Centre of attention: Huberdeau and Barkov really are something aren’t they?

    Some people raised their eye brows at those selections, its clear Talon saw something in both players though.

    I can’t remember anyone raising an eyebrow at Barkov.

  7. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    13-6 in possession 5×5 that period. Oilers unlucky to be down but a good team comes back like gangbusters in the second and puts this game away.

    Are you trying to imply the Oilers are a good team? 😛

  8. Big Dan says:

    Good period for most of the Oilers.

    Nuge and Yakupov looked good together so far. Darned crossbar!

    McDavid is on fire – he should get a couple points tonight. Coyotes are a hard working, frustrating bunch to play against but they didn’t have an answer for him in the first.

    I’m really liking Clendening and Reinhart so far. Calm feet, nice passing (it’s painful watching how bad the Oilers are at passing). Still, the Oilers were cycling it nicely for much of the period.

    Draisaitl and Hall having some entertaining moments. Eberle with a nice play at the end after being totally invisible before that. Maroon and Kassian with nice hits.

    For the ugly. Sekera seems to be fighting it so far. Nikitin with a lazy icing for no reason. Maroon coughing it up a couple times. The refs suck. That call on Kassian was a joke – I liked how Mcdavid didn’t react or whine at a blatant non-call. Oilers are going to have to somehow win back their favour.

    Rieder, Connauton, and Plotnikov look dangerous for the Coyotes. And Mike Smith, thanks for coming back after 40 games – you bugger. This could be similar to that night Pavelec won it for the Jets after an extended absence. Argh.

    I’ll stick with my prediction. 4-3 Oilers in OT.

  9. Paulie352 says:

    Long time reader… first time poster.

    I don’t recall people mentioning this, but Yakupov seems to be an excellent forechecker. He’s having a rough season but that is a positive.

  10. flyfish1168 says:

    Letestu still on the PP. Give your head a shake

  11. JDï™ says:

    LTU is still on the PP?

  12. Centre of attention says:

    A one-timer from the blue line! Miracles!

  13. JDï™ says:

    flyfish1168,

    Jinx.

  14. flyfish1168 says:

    JDï™:
    flyfish1168,

    Jinx.

    great minds think alike

  15. OilClog says:

    How the hell was Nuge not named to team north.. Guy is so polished, so smooth, crazy decision.

  16. lynn says:

    Condors score again, 3-0. Pitlick from Khaira.

  17. OilClog says:

    Yea Hall and McDavid are just terrible together… LMAO

  18. JDï™ says:

    flyfish1168: great minds think alike

    Us too!

  19. Centre of attention says:

    Letestu is f*cking pissing me off on the power play.

    Get him out of there. Lets the puck go right past him back door. For F*ck sakes.

  20. Lowetide says:

    Oilers need a shot from the point so badly. I know there are a lot of people down on McLellan for the PP, and that is fair. The Oilers need a shooter.

  21. Lowetide says:

    Pitlick from Khaira and it is 3-0 for the Condors.

  22. frjohnk says:

    Looks like it’s one if those games

    See if they fight back

  23. khildahl says:

    Okay. Time for some of that profanity.

  24. Halfwise says:

    FFS.

  25. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: Oilers need a shooter.

    Lee Harvey Oesterle.

  26. Wolfie says:

    Jesus this team is frustrating.

  27. Johnny skid says:

    I’m looking forward to the day todd decides to play both letestu and korpikowski together on the power-play.

  28. OilClog says:

    Johnny skid:
    I’mlooking forward to the day todd decides to play both letestu and korpikowski together on the power-play.

    Better be for nothing less then the full 2 either.

  29. Centre of attention says:

    Johnny skid,

    Korpikoski is on one unit, Letestu on the other. They are both on the power play. Because Oilers.

    In fairness Pouliot if healthy would probably take Korpi’s spot.

    Letestu is supposed to win a face off then go to the net. The problem is he is terrible around the net.

  30. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers need a shot from the point so badly. I know there are a lot of people down on McLellan for the PP, and that is fair. The Oilers need a shooter.

    McLellan’s robust repudiation of the stats on Korps this afternoon has me doubtful. The PP problems I will give him a pass on until he has 1/2 a defense core.

  31. Cahoon says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers need a shot from the point so badly. I know there are a lot of people down on McLellan for the PP, and that is fair. The Oilers need a shooter.

    It’s funny cause just before their injuries, we were starting to see both Klefbom and Davidson really getting the point shot going… then they get injured.

  32. OilClog says:

    Watching Nikita is hilarious, he’s a linesman in a players uniform ?

  33. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers need a shot from the point so badly. I know there are a lot of people down on McLellan for the PP, and that is fair. The Oilers need a shooter.

    We are also missing a winger like Jari

  34. frjohnk says:

    Maybe Cracknell should go on the PP.

    Looks like he can shoot.

    Took a penalty to prove it.

  35. Centre of attention says:

    Oh boy.

  36. tapper says:

    If that is a hold, every time McD rushes there should be a penalty. NHL=WWF.

  37. khildahl says:

    tapper:
    If that is a hold, every time McD rushes there should be a penalty. NHL=WWF.

    Steve Kozari is Earl Hebner.

  38. Johnny skid says:

    Centre of attention:
    Johnny skid,

    Korpikoski is on one unit, Letestu on the other. They are both on the power play. Because Oilers.

    In fairness Pouliot if healthy would probably take Korpi’s spot.

    Letestu is supposed to win a face off then go to the net. The problem is he is terrible around the net.

    those two fourth liners would not play on any other nhl teams power-play.

  39. khildahl says:

    Can we just set the clocks ahead early and skip the next hour?

  40. Oil2Oilers says:

    This was a schedule win night, everyone schedules a win against the Oilers for the last decade.

  41. OilClog says:

    the fourth line! Woooooo

    I dunno if these horses are being ran properly

    Whole lotta skill left on the bench for two mins plus

  42. JDï™ says:

    Fuck you Woogije!

  43. Johnny Larue says:

    Talbot has not been good first goal no chance but the next two you have to make a save 3 goals on 13 shots

  44. LadiesloveSmid says:

    games like these I don’t give a damn who they trade in the summer, so frustrating to see caving against bottom feeder teams time and time again. just dismal

  45. Rondo says:

    Why can’t the coach see Hall and McDavid does not work , McDavid defers to Hall saps all his creativity .
    McDavid needs to carry the puck and so does Hall split them up.

  46. Mustard Tiger says:

    Pathetic shot on a breakaway for cracknell

  47. BAUCE says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    games like these I don’t give a damn who they trade in the summer, so frustrating to see caving against bottom feeder teams time and time again. just dismal

    There is a bottom feeder team on the ice, yes.

  48. OilClog says:

    Rondo:
    Why can’t the coach see Hall and McDavid does not work , McDaviddefers to Hall saps all his creativity .
    McDavid needs to carry the puck and so does Hall split them up.

    Drai carried the puck a lot with Hall, have you not seen the passes these two are making to eachother? Am I seriously the only one seeing these two hook ridiculous passes between eachother, they’re surprising themselves ffs!

  49. OilClog says:

    Mustard Tiger:
    Pathetic shot on a breakaway for cracknell

    Yea where was the forsberg move, bum.

  50. Cahoon says:

    I think MacDavid and Hall are like Toews and Kane in the sense that the benefits of playing them on separate lines outweighs the benefits of having them together.

  51. Johnny Larue says:

    God. I hate the coyotes

  52. Feelin Saad says:

    Love Remada laughing “that’s not a penalty?” at then end of the 2nd.

  53. sliderule says:

    The oilers are making a statement.

    We own that first overall pick.

  54. Bills to Pay says:

    As others have no doubt already stated, it is ridiculous to have McDavid and Hall on the same line. McDavid is one of the fastest skaters in the league, is a superb stick handler and is a very good playmaker. Why the hell does the Toddler not set up McDavid to succeed.

    Hall is a me first player so you know he will carry the puck a lot. So what are you expecting McDavid to do while this is going on? In the last few games it seems like McDavid has all but disappeared. When he played with Eberle, Eberle was carrying the puck. Now he is playing with Hall and Hall is carrying the puck. Newsflash! Get the puck to McDavid while he is coming out of the D zone or ging through the neutral zone with speed. Strangely enough, Yakupov seems to get it better than most others.

  55. frjohnk says:

    Score is flattering the Yotes.

    Oilers out shooting and out chancing them.

  56. flyfish1168 says:

    sliderule:
    The oilers are making a statement.

    We own that first overall pick.

    Keeping pace with the phlegms and the briefs

  57. Johnny skid says:

    Bills to Pay:
    As others have no doubt already stated, it is ridiculous to have McDavid and Hall on the same line. McDavid is one of the fastest skaters in the league, is a superb stick handler and is a very good playmaker. Why the hell does the Toddler not set up McDavid to succeed.

    Hall is a me first player so you know he will carry the puck a lot. So what are you expecting McDavid to do while this is going on? In the last few games it seems like McDavid has all but disappeared. When he played with Eberle, Eberle was carrying the puck. Now he is playing with Hall and Hall is carrying the puck. Newsflash! Get the puck to McDavid while he is coming out of the D zone or ging through the neutral zone with speed. Strangely enough, Yakupov seems to get it better than most others.

    i wish the coach would pay attention to this post..

  58. godot10 says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers need a shot from the point so badly. I know there are a lot of people down on McLellan for the PP, and that is fair. The Oilers need a shooter.

    Krueger ** and Nelson didn’t have a “shooter”.

    **except for Yakupov in the Ovechkin position.

    #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach is not very good at recognizing and deploying available talent effectively.

  59. frjohnk says:

    McDavid and Hall have not scored a bunch of goals but they have had good zone time

    They are the Oilers two best offensive forwards. I’d give it more than just a couple of games.

    They will break out and it will be awesome.

  60. Johnny Larue says:

    frjohnk:
    Score is flattering the Yotes.

    Oilers out shooting and out chancing them.

    Unfortunately not out scoring them. It is so frustrating that we have so much offensive talent and we can’t score. TMac is pissing me off with sticking with Hall and McDavid when it is obvious it is not working. The Coyotes have horseshoes up their ass when it comes to the Oilers. I just don’t know if I can watch it anymore as I just feel like punching someone. That’s why I don’t go to the game I might be arrested.

  61. Feelin Saad says:

    that’s twice with two fast whistles by the ref’s in the PHX zone when the puck was free (first was Cracknell’s breakaway)

  62. frjohnk says:

    godot10: Krueger ** and Nelson didn’t have a “shooter”.

    **except for Yakupov in the Ovechkin position.

    #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach is not very good at recognizing and deploying available talent effectively.

    Needs Ganger

  63. Kiltymcbagpipes says:

    Trade Hall, Hopkins and Yakupov for Seguin, Landeskog and Galchenyuk and this team is miles ahead of where there are now. Fuck Sam Bennett.

  64. Halfwise says:

    An NHL ad about global warming? “The ice will disappear?” Give me a break. Solve your own problems re boring hockey, concussions, officiating and affordability.

    Sanctimonious buttheads.

  65. Henry says:

    They have to play the Nuge with Leon. Keep pressing.

  66. AsiaOil says:

    Ya know I’m starting to agree with you – getting less and less impressed by coach’s deployment over time. Painful to watch – but waiting for a flight – so even this is better than staring a peeling white paint. Not seeing Oesterle good at all tonight – he can certainly skate – but seems to be just dumping the puck blindly tonight. Nikitin is junk as expected but defense is AHL quality. Really close to just tuning out until the draft.

    godot10: Krueger ** and Nelson didn’t have a “shooter”.

    **except for Yakupov in the Ovechkin position.

    #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach is not very good at recognizing and deploying available talent effectively.

  67. godot10 says:

    #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach and #JayBoyWonderCroft like their fancy systems more than trying to use their available talent effectively.

  68. JDï™ says:

    Decline!

  69. Centre of attention says:

    Hall-McDavid-Eberle making another moonlight appearance.

    Todd is getting desperate.

  70. Centre of attention says:

    This power play is bad and the Oilers should feel bad.

  71. Johnny skid says:

    korpikoski is doing all the little things that a coach likes on the power-play! i just can’t understand why this power-play is 29 in the league.

  72. Henry says:

    MacT gifts one again.

  73. frjohnk says:

    I was waiting for a tape to tape pass from Nikitin to a Yote in the slot but that attempted clearing and a resulting Yote goal will do.

  74. Lowetide says:

    Nikitin just cannot get to plays. It must be maddening for him. I mean, the $9 million spends the same, but seriously this is a terrible way to end his NHL career.

  75. Johnny Larue says:

    When you put letesku and Korpse on the power play their is something wrong with the coaches Jay Woodcrofts power play is brutal.

  76. godot10 says:

    Lowetide:
    Nikitin just cannot get to plays. It must bemaddening for him. I mean, the $9 million spends the same, but seriously this is a terrible way to end his NHL career.

    MacT is still employed by the Oilers.

  77. fifthcartel says:

    I like Oesterle a lot.

    I don’t think Reinhart does much of anything well.

  78. Johnny Larue says:

    Fuck the refs

  79. Henry says:

    fifthcartel:
    I like Oesterle a lot.

    Reinhart, I don’t think does much of anything good.

    Oesterle looks pretty nice. I’ve got some time for Reinhart. He looks pretty ok tonight.

  80. Feelin Saad says:

    I think Yakupov was allowed to have a shift. I noticed it.

  81. frjohnk says:

    Great rush by Yak

  82. Lowetide says:

    Nice rush by Nail there.

  83. flyfish1168 says:

    Feelin Saad:
    I think Yakupov was allowed to have a shift.I noticed it.

    Maybe next game even some PP

  84. Johnny skid says:

    Feelin Saad:
    I think Yakupov was allowed to have a shift.I noticed it.

    he’s cutting into the good players ice time.

  85. frjohnk says:

    44 shots
    3 posts

    But of course 1st game back for goalie in months, so oilers have 0 goals.

    Sounds about right.

  86. Yak Efron says:

    With how the refs have called Oilers games this year, there would be nothing more fitting than for the Oilers to win the Auston Matthews lottery.

    Just curious, why wasn’t there a penalty shot on the Taylor Hall breakaway?

  87. JDï™ says:

    Stan – y’know – Grossman.

  88. Henry says:

    frjohnk:
    42 shots
    3 posts

    But of course 1st game back for goalie in months, so oilers have 0 goals.

    Sounds about right.

    Well, baseball starts in three weeks.

  89. Gerta Rauss says:

    The Coyotes take our lunch money every time

    Man

  90. Centre of attention says:

    4/50 last 19 games for the power play.

    I’m looking at you Wood croft.

  91. Feelin Saad says:

    Yak Efron,

    Quick whistle maybe? Was the story of the night.

  92. frjohnk says:

    Centre of attention:
    4/50 last 19 games for the power play.

    I’m looking at you Wood croft.

    Oilers need a shooter from the point.

    Seekers and Clendenning are not that.

  93. Johnny Larue says:

    Our power play is just horrendous. It’s just not working but the answer is to put the Korpse on the first unit. I just don’t get the reasoning.

  94. Bank Shot says:

    Johnny Larue:
    Our power play is just horrendous. It’s just not working but the answer is to put the Korpse on the first unit. I just don’t get the reasoning.

    It might be more about browbeating a few of the wonder kids into working harder than rewarding Korpse. We’ve got about 5 talented forwards that only give a shit when they are doodling around trying to score.

    28th in league scoring. Maybe the talent just isn’t as talented as we thought it would be when this rebuild started

    They might need to swap some out with guys that care about the other two thirds of the ice.11

  95. geowal says:

    So long, Northlands Coliseum.

  96. who says:

    Oilers deserved better tonight. Really liked the first two periods, especially the forwards. Don’t know why they felt the need to change up the lines for the third. Thought Hall and MacDavid struggled in the first but came on later. MacDavid is fighting the puck a bit. Still think Hall trys to do too much at times but you got to love the effort. Thought Osterle and Reinhart looked good. Reinhart had a good first period, looked a lot more assertive. Unfortunately he faded badly in the third. See some hope for three scoring lines for the rest of the year but someone is going to have to go for a dman in the summer.

  97. Lowetide says:

    geowal:
    So long, Northlands Coliseum.

    I thought of you, beginning of the third. Thought to myself, at least give the guy a goal for all his efforts. Nope. Safe trip, Geowal.

  98. AsiaOil says:

    Well as another shitty season winds down I continue to have confidence in the GM – coaching – not so much. The bizarre love for scrubs like Letestu and Korpse, deployment of Yak, lack of any expectations or consequences for the some of the golden children etc etc etc etc. GM has made some weak moves (they all do) but seems to be slowly addressing the holes. But the coach has made less of this lineup than the material he had to work with. Deployment and PP futility especially bad in the 2nd half of the season. But winning the lottery would be sweet revenge on the league given the officiating. It really is turning into WWF on ice and it’s boring as hell to watch. Fuck the NHL…..really.

    If you think building up the middle (goal, defense, center) is the way to create a winner then this rebuild really started with the drafting of Klef and Drai, and then adding CMD, Davidson, Sekera and Talbot last summer. If you can add Lucic for dollars – you do it – then trade Ebs and Hall for defense (say a signed Shattenkirk and Hamonic)

    Lucic CMD Yak
    Pou RNH Drai
    Maroon xx Kassian

    Klef Shats
    Sekera Hamonic
    Nurse GR

    My running point totals for the golden kids – zeros straight across again tonight – not looking good.

    Last 18 games Hall is 4-3-7
    Last 15 games Eberle is 2-6-8 (zero points in last 5 games)

    With primo minutes and best linemates it’s not near good enough – looks like they have pretty much given up. So I’ve added Taylor Hall to my move list over the summer. This is CMD’s team going forward and you move out the older failed leadership group. RNH as a center, complimentary piece, and guy without much of an ego can stay for now. But complimentary and $6 million per year do not last for long. Blood will flow this summer.

  99. pocession charge says:

    AsiaOil,

    Just substitute Davidson for GR.

  100. AsiaOil says:

    True enough – whoops….

    pocession charge,

  101. Gerta Rauss says:

    McLellan post game audio

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=54434

    -I would tell you the smarter team won the game, hands down

    -formula for failure. It’s been going on,it’s proven here, over the years, it’s a formula for
    failure. And we just proved it again tonight

    -they walked away with a 4 nothing win. Good for them. They deserved it.They were the smarter team.

    -if you’re a player and you’re responsilbe only part time, whether you’re a forward, a D man
    or a goaltender, you’re in trouble. You fail more than you succeed. It’s as simple as that

  102. pocession charge says:

    AsiaOil,

    And upgrade Kassian with a veteran who can still play….like a Brouwer or similar. Other than that, I like your lineup.

  103. StixMalone says:

    Lowetide:
    Mark Scheig ‏@THWMark 23s24 seconds ago

    Former #CBJ GM and current Oilers SVP of Hockey Ops Scott Howson spending this lovely Saturday in Erie on a scouting trip.

    That is probably DeBrincat and Raddysh.

    This will not help us! This man is a con artist! How he remains here is a mystery. The old saying ” it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is my only answer? This man knows absolutely nothing about scouting.
    MacT: hey guys we need a defencemen
    How: this guy Nikitin is pretty good
    MacT: what do you know of him?
    How: well I watched him play, we can sign him to a good expensive contract, I like him he will work out!
    MacT: good enough for me I will throw some money at him. Thanks Howson keep up the great work!

    I pray that Chia pet sees through this BS and conman.
    Here’s the question: Does Chiarelli have the authority to get rid of this clown with that ridiculous job title? SVP of hockey ops? Holy hell! He’s scouting? Call him what he really is. RGAK : Really Good Ass Kisser……….I still can’t see the light at the end of this 10 km tunnel.
    I am gonna perform a lobotomy on myself to ease this pain.
    Nothing Oilers makes sense to me anymore.
    Oh crap have to set my clock ahead tonight. Wish I could set it further ahead to when this team becomes a contender…….

  104. PunjabiOil says:

    My running point totals for the golden kids – zeros straight across again tonight – not looking good.

    Last 18 games Hall is 4-3-7
    Last 15 games Eberle is 2-6-8 (zero points in last 5 games)

    With primo minutes and best linemates it’s not near good enough – looks like they have pretty much given up. So I’ve added Taylor Hall to my move list over the summer. .

    Trading Hall would be silly.

    Here’s a guy who is 3rd in EV/60 the past 3 seasons, and is (or at least was a few days ago), 2nd in the league in EV scoring this season.

    The issue is the powerplay for this team.

    That’s not on Hall, and the mere thought of trading Hall should be discarded.

    That’s how you end up in a perpetual rebuild.

  105. Bruce McCurdy says:

    whiskeytangoeberle:
    Bruce McCurdy,

    Hi Bruce, the picture you used in today’s “Cult of Hockey” article looks like a dad teaching his young son to skate for the first time.

    Keep up the good work.

    I loved that pic too. Except the young son is 2½ years older than the dad!

    Thanks.

  106. Professor Q says:

    OilClog:
    How the hell was Nuge not named to team north.. Guy is so polished, so smooth, crazy decision.

    He was injured?

  107. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Pitlick from Khaira and it is 3-0 for the Condors.

    Khaira has been doing really well, eh?

  108. AsiaOil says:

    I said if you can get Lucic for only dollars – and you can get a top pair dman for Hall – then you make that trade and the team is better for it. Didn’t say trade Hall for anything you can get. Other issue is that this is CMD’s team starting next year – or it should be – and Hall is unlikely to quietly step into the background. I’d deal both Hall and Ebs to change team chemistry and then draft Laine if we end up that high. Hall has 7 points in the last 18 games and that is almost 25% of the season. He was great up until the end of January but has been a non-factor many nights since then. Time to quit hoping these players will be something that they are not, they are not kids anymore, and they may very well have reached their ceiling as players.

    PunjabiOil:
    My running point totals for the golden kids – zeros straight across again tonight – not looking good.


    Last 18 games Hall is 4-3-7
    Last 15 games Eberle is 2-6-8 (zero points in last 5 games)

    With primo minutes and best linemates it’s not near good enough – looks like they have pretty much given up. So I’ve added Taylor Hall to my move list over the summer. .

    Trading Hall would be silly.

    Here’s a guy who is 3rd in EV/60 the past 3 seasons, and is (or at least was a few days ago), 2nd in the league in EV scoring this season.

    The issue is the powerplay for this team.

    That’s not on Hall, and the mere thought of trading Hall should be discarded.

    That’s how you end up in a perpetual rebuild.

  109. kinger_OIL says:

    – I’m starting a crowd sourcing campaign: “Free Yak” No PP, less minutes than Pak

    – Will be interesting to see how he does on another team. Seguin is a recent example of a #1 pick that excelled with a change of scenery. Trying to think of other examples.

    – Are they optimizing Yak, or the team’s success, as he’s currently deployed? Oil must believe so.

  110. Oilspill says:

    Fancy stats give an indication of possession but they don’t tell you anything about smarts and finish. Smarts (making the right play, finding a seam etc) and finish ( ability to get body position for a quick release and score from a high percentage area) are infinity more important than shots. Taking stupid 50 ft wristers from a 45 degree angle high to the glove side is fn stupid yet ” it’s a shot”. It just gave away you opportunity to keep the puck. Low % giveaway shots should count as a negative or not count at all.

    sliderule,

  111. PhrankLee says:

    A lot of very ineffective cheating for offence got them shut out by Arizona.

    They never learn, damn it.

  112. Johnny skid says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – I’m starting a crowd sourcing campaign: “Free Yak”No PP, less minutes than Pak

    – Will be interesting to see how he does on another team.Seguin is a recent example of a #1 pick that excelled with a change of scenery.Trying to think of other examples.

    – Are they optimizing Yak, or the team’s success, as he’s currently deployed?Oil must believe so.

    just give it time…they just need to devalue yak just a little bit more.

  113. square_wheels says:

    Wow am I ever glad I didn’t drop $800 on tickets and another $500 on hotel and meals for the entire family to catch one last game at Northlands. I even turned down the opportunity to attend morning skate and have the kids get photos with McD……

    Katz can have my portion of the Rogers contract but he may never see me pay a nickel to watch this gong show live.

  114. Woodguy says:

    Oilspill:
    Fancy stats give an indication of possession but they don’t tell you anything about smarts and finish. Smarts (making the right play, findinga seam etc) and finish ( ability to get body position for a quick release and score from a high percentage area) are infinity more important than shots. Taking stupid 50 ft wristers from a 45 degree angle high to the glove side is fn stupid yet ” it’s a shot”. It just gave away you opportunity to keep the puck. Low % giveaway shots should count as a negative or not count at all.

    sliderule,

    Posts from 2011

  115. square_wheels says:

    PhrankLee,

    And this is why we are going to have short term anger with Chia’s moves this summer. Listening to Tmac comment in many post games, you can sense him and his staff are frustrated by the personnel. Yes, of course there have been injuries, but there will be every year.

    Cheating, whether it’s for offence or not, is a sign the players no longer care. This summer is going to be ugly, only Drai and Connor are untouchable.

  116. Caramel Batman says:

    I came by to see if Oiler fan is still stupid,blaming the wrong players.

    Not disappointed.

  117. Big Dan says:

    I am glad I went to bed after the 2nd period. That game felt like one of those days at work. You know the ones. You’re doing your best but nothing is going right.

    I am not mad at the Oil. Like the 3-0 loss against San Jose, I thought they actually played pretty good compared to the ugly score.

    One thing that drove me crazy was the fancy back passes Nuge and McDavid kept doing in the 2nd. If you have a shooting lane, take the bloody shot! I thought Yakupov was forechecking well, and Draisaitl and Maroon had a good 2nd period too. I’m reading about a crappy PP? The one I saw was pretty good but I didn’t watch the 3rd. The plucky Coyotes did a good job of clogging up shooting lanes and tying up sticks. You know, little things… like the Oilers in the 2006 Cup run. I like that Connor Murphy kid.

    The Oil needed Talbot to steal this one. Their forwards can generate as many scoring chances as you want. The fact was Smith was on. And 5 of Edmonton’s top 7 D are (Klefbom, Davidson, Gryba, Fayne, Nurse) are out. Don’t blame injuries! ARE YOU CRAZY? F-I-V-E FRIGGIN D. You’re going to get 2-on-1’s against.

    I’m not mad at Edmonton playing hard and fighting the uphill battle. I feel the same way at work right now. They did their best but the Gods hate them. (sigh)

    Chiarelli should have called up Musil not Oesterle.

  118. hags9k says:

    I shut it down after the first, thinking I’ll probably miss some great Connor highlights and a big Oiler 3rd period. But I see this morning it turned out like always.

    How can a team expect to have success when you average 3 rookies on D for an entire season? It’s beyond crazy.

    If we don’t see LT’s balance pic before next year’s season opener, I’m out. The NHL is not a development league.

  119. PhrankLee says:

    hags9k:
    I shut it down after the first, thinking I’ll probably miss some great Connor highlights and a big Oiler 3rd period.But I see this morning it turned out like always.

    How can a team expect to have success when you average 3 rookies on D for an entire season?It’s beyond crazy.

    If we don’t see LT’s balance pic before next year’s season opener, I’m out.The NHL is not a development league.

    I think there will be a lot of work this summer but it won’t be until next year at the trade deadline that I expect that picture of LT’s to hit the internet.

  120. Frank the dog says:

    I suspect LT may be too distraught to post this morning. C’mon LT you can do it! 🙂

  121. Oilspill says:

    Woodguy,

    From a guy whose view of a game comes from the intracasies of stat sheet. LOL

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