G73 2014-16: BLUES AT OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers are less a hockey team at this point than 23 potential assets, and for fans that can be no fun at all. In season 10 of losing, it is hard to care about a lot—but we do, incredibly. Last night I wrote an item about the Nuge and received plenty of pushback. Basically, you said it might happen but we don’t want to hurry tomorrow. So, we won’t. We will talk about today.

BREAKING NEWS, 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: 4-3-0
  • Oilers after 71 in 2014-15: 19-39-13, 51 points (-74 GD)
  • Oilers after 71 in 2015-16: 27-37-7, 61 points (-40 GD)

In G72, the Winnipeg Jets won 4-1 and the Oilers lost their 40th game of the season—for the fifth (non-shortened) time in a row. Edmonton will make it six later this month. By the way, Edmonton’s compressed schedule is very obvious when looking at G72 a year ago being played March 23—a full week later than this season. The NHL schedule for the Oilers was a killer this year, shame on the man or woman who signed off on it.

DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Andrej Sekera is 49.3 percent with Mark Fayne this season, both have taken hits in the comments section of this blog. I understand the idea of having wall-to-wall puck movers, but defending remains a big part of the game. Sekera is not a grand power play option, but his 5×4 pr 60 ranks No. 1 among the blue who did it a lot this year. He even did pretty well against the SC and HDSC compared to group. I think only Sekera returns.
  • Darnell Nurse seems a lock for the roster next year. His possession numbers and 5×5 offense are on par with Ladislav Smid in his rookie season. I believe Nurse is a more dynamic player offensively, but not giving him a season in the AHL at 20 may have long-term impact on this player. We wait.
  • Brandon Davidson and Oscar Klefbom are surely a big part of the solution for next year. Both men were over 50 percent in possession, and this is early in their careers. I know this is darkness, the season over and the Oilers destined for No. 30 overall, but this is your silver lining.
  • Jordan Oesterle has performed well in these early days and I wonder if he starts next season above Griffin Reinhart as first callup.
  • Man Games Lost had an enormous impact on this team. I will not argue it, but will leave it here.

CENTERS, 2015-16

OILERS CENTERS OVER SEASON1

  • Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could easily be one-third of a championship 9F before the end of this decade. Seriously.

WINGERS, 2015-16

OILERS LW OVER SEASON

OILERS RW OVER SEASON

  • If you could protect only three wingers for an expansion draft, the choices are clear: Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle.
  • If the rules allowed you to protect one other winger, who would it be? My choice would be Nail Yakupov. Patrick Maroon is making it interesting, but I go for potential until we know who the young Russian is, and we are in year four. Who is your fourth winger?
  • Zack Kassian has faded badly, to the point where bringing him back is no longer a sure thing. For me, I think his issue is the same one as has impacted Yakupov: The lack of a quality center for his line has made Kassian a loose cannon on a ship headed for the rocks. He is 0.67/60 at 5×5 with Mark Letestu, 3.10/60 at 5×5 with Leon Draisaitl. Evidence is here.
  • Nail Yakupov of course is the poster boy for this kind of split. With Mark Letestu? 0.28/60 at 5×5, but with Connor McDavid, he is 2.41/60 at 5×5. That evidence is here.
  • Jordan Eberle is the current RW for McDavid. Is he beating that Yakupov number? Eberle is 2.74/60 with McDavid, 2.25/60 with the Nuge. Evidence is here.
  • Why isn’t Eberle with the Nuge, while Yakupov plays with McDavid? Don’t know.

marincin and lander ferguson 1415

WAITING FIVE YEARS

Martin Marincin had a great evening in Toronto, those of us who value the advanced stats could have told you a year ago (and even before) about his ability. In fact, we were pretty convinced of this fellow by November 2010.

Here’s something else this blog believes: Wait five years. The Oilers sent Marincin away last summer, five years after his draft. It was a mistake, we talked about it at the time. The 2010 draft has been slammed forever, but these years later Taylor Hall, Martin Marincin and Brandon Davidson appear to be on the way to productive careers of varying length. Wait five years. You may not like Anton Slepyshev today, but hold back your water until 2018 summer. Seriously.

HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPING

  • Todd McLellan:  “In talking to Pete (Chiarelli), the character assessment from now till whenever we’re done will be huge. It will really come into play in some of the decisions we make moving forward.” Source

I don’t like these kinds of assessments, because body language varies and who knows when someone is looking. Would you rather have the guy who looks alert and ready at all times, or the guy who can bash in the brain of the opposition at 5×5? Martin Marincin not following the nutrition/workout plan got him to Toronto, God knows where Taylor Hall’s resting face (he is sulking!) gets him. What a way to run a railroad.

sad dog

A BRIEF CHAT ABOUT 30

Based on twitter last night and today, there is going to be a lot of shaming headed toward Oilers fans because of the Toronto win last night. I understand how people feel, it is a damned shame that Edmonton management has been unable to get it together for so long. That said, the rules are the same for all teams and until they create one that says the Oilers cannot draft first overall (and that may come today!) then all is fair in love and war.

I think, for everyone’s mental health, it is important for us to separate the team’s failure from that of the fan base. As fans, we cheer like hell for our team (Oilers fans have the faith of a child, that is one of our best features) and deal with the wreckage each spring. The team should be ashamed, the players should be frustrated by management’s addled decisions, but the fans? Last I checked, no fan decided to pass on buying out Nikita Nikitin last summer, and someone inside the Thinking Room must have said he would have a better year in 2015-16.

So, take heart. You cannot control the Oilers, the standings, the lottery, the sunshine or the rain. You control your own behavior, and your own opinion of yourself. Walk tall, Oiler fan. You are the best thing about this team. Full stop.

nuge hall ebs

BREAKING US IN TWO

The times they are a-changin’. I mentioned yesterday morning that we are likely going to see some exits, and last night’s article got a lot of reaction in a negative way. So, while I want to continue writing those articles, I will present them in a Hard Target Search format and we will talk about possible acquisitions as opposed to who is leaving. However, before we leave this area, I thought it might be an idea for all of us to post our list of assets we think will be heading out of town. Here is my list:

  • Jordan Eberle or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (depending on the ask)
  • Nail Yakupov
  • Mark Fayne
  • Griffin Reinhart
  • First-round pick

lucic

CAP PROJECTION

Frank Seravalli reports that NHL teams will be looking for a range for next year’s cap, and for Oilers fans that may be massive. If the cap is flat—or goes lower—we may see some very attractive deals shake loose for only money. Peter Chiarelli has some room here before free agency, and I think it could be a very active June. As difficult as it is to swallow this morning, Edmonton winning the draft lottery would be a beautiful noise. I am not asking you to actively cheer for a lottery win, but do request you think about the possibilities should it happen. Seravalli item.

oilers lottery

CHANGING DRAFT RULES

We may also hear about a new Oiler rule as it impacts the draft, but for Edmonton fans it is less about their team and more about the teams who follow. Closing the barn door after all of the horses are out may be the human reaction to a stampede, but in actual fact there is very little use in it. Connor McDavid is an Edmonton Oilers player, the rest is strictly B-side.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show today, 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. The Oilers have very few games left, is there anything they can get out of them that will aid next season?
  • Josh Martin, Bleacher Report. NCAA Tournament gets underway with play-in games tonight, go Michigan! Go Holy Cross? We will get it all sorted out with Mr. Martin.
  • Andrew Bucholtz, 55-Yard Line. The CFL Combine this past weekend uncovered some legit talent. Who are these guys?

I am also working on a St. Louis Blues guest, jiving times is a monster this morning. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter. See you on the radio!

 

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  1. Adam Wu says:

    stevezie:
    mustang,

    However, the reality is that we’re not good, and if we were playing Marincin instead of Nurse or Reinhart we would be closer to good than we are now. Rearranging the deck chairs might upgrade the Titanic to the Lusitania, if you will.

    I find this metaphor interesting. Are we closer to being the Titanic, which met with disaster due to the arrogance and incompetence of those in charge (ie the OBC), or the Lusitania, which was but sunk by malevolent eternal forces outside of her control? (ie injuries and the refs)

  2. Gordies Elbow says:

    Hey LT, thanks for letting me know. Chris Nichols twitter is excellent:

    Chris Nichols
    ‏@NicholsOnHockey
    Cheveldayoff on 1290: “It’s our understanding that first and second-year pros would be exempt (from expansion draft,)…” 1/2

    Chris Nichols ‏@NicholsOnHockey 2h2 hours ago
    Cheveldayoff: “… as would players who were drafted and in your organization for two years as well, on the unsigned.” 2/2

    Chris Nichols ‏@NicholsOnHockey 2h2 hours ago
    Cheveldayoff: Bettman/ Daly impress that no decisions have been made on expansion draft parameters.

    I didn’t follow Chris Nichols before today, added him, thanks!

  3. Mr DeBakey says:

    Big Dan: Nurse and Reinhart will be 100 times better a couple years from now

    Oh yeah!
    They could even be Norris candidates!

  4. Gordies Elbow says:

    One other thing, the proposed expansion draft apparently requires that each team expose 25% of the previous year’s payroll. For Edmonton, this would be $$17m.

    Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Lauri Korpikoski, Matt Hendricks, Mark Letestu, Anton Lander is $18m.

    Does Edmonton not buy out Ference in this case?

  5. Adam Wu says:

    stevezie:
    http://whartonmagazine.com/blogs/why-the-hockey-analytics-revolution-may-be-its-own-undoing/

    This is a pretty interesting article on Reflexivity and the hockey-analytics revolution.

    To make a long story short, there is a case to be made that awareness of fancy stats is changing the way teams play, and thus changing the relevance of those very fancy stats. Since there widespread adoption of analytics the correlation between SAT% and winning has dropped.

    I am no expert here, so I’m curious what the hardcores think of this.

    The author himself clarifies this is just something to watch, not the basis for any conclusions.

    A couple of things to consider here:

    1) We have to consider the impact of arms races on this. It isn’t just that some teams might be “gaming” Corsi, but there is also the possibility that other teams, anticipating that the competition is starting to pay attention to Corsi events, may try to design systems to exploit this – systems specifically designed to be successful against other systems that generate positive corsi ratios, and if these counter-systems are effective, their existence will blunt to correlation between corsi and success.

    2) The hypothesis underlying corsi and the other fancy stats is that possession correlates to success. Corsi is just a proxy measure for possession, which so far cannot be measured reliably. Thus we should ask ourselves – is the weakening of the correlation between SAT% and winning that we observe the result of a weakening of the correlation between possession and winning, or is it a weakening of the RELIABILITY of SAT% as a proxy measure for possession, with the underlying correlation between possession and winning still intact?

    3) And finally, the change in the observed correlation itself may be a random fluctuation that will even itself out given another 10 years of observation.

  6. hunter1909 says:

    Just replayed the Lottery Simulator.

    Oilers won.

    This feels great. Just in time for the upcoming Blues beatdown, lol.

  7. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    snipped……. “…You are the best thing about this team. Full stop…”

    Sir, that is possibly the most accurate description of an Oilers fan I have read this year.

    Thank you. Full stop.

  8. Cahoon says:

    Gordies Elbow,

    I have a feeling with the surgery that the Oilers will find a way to LTIR Ference for all of next season too, which would be preferential to buying him out if they can do it.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Marincin finally playing more than 13 minutes a night in TOR and he’s taken off or what? A lot of talk of LHD-RHD, and I’d take Klef-Sekera-Davidson all over him; Nurse long-term. Maybe not Reinhart, I hope they can get something for him in the summer.

    For the record, I was always a big Marincin fan.

    The Leafs are currently tanking, so now might not be the very best time to evaluate their roster.

  10. hunter1909 says:

    Cahoon:
    Gordies Elbow,

    I have a feeling with the surgery that the Oilers will find a way to LTIR Ference for all of next season too, which would be preferential to buying him out if they can do it.

    I was shocked to discover Ference has another year to go on MacT’s contract.

    Remember when Lowe/MacT were whining about how the NHL isn’t a development league…all the time cheating the good fans of Edmonton out of fifteen years of their sports watching lives because they didn’t have a clue?

    For me re Lowe+MacT, it’s always going to be their behaviour at both the 2003(2 bad players for 1 good one) and 2007(mind boggling incompetence with their first 4 picks) drafts.

    And Jesse Ninniimaki

    And Rob Schremp

    And recently, Nail Yakupov, Jeff Petry and Martin Marincin

  11. 31saves says:

    Gordies Elbow,

    the difficulty with this scenario is Ference still has a NMC if i remember correctly

  12. leadfarmer says:

    How on earth did Bettman convince someone to pony up 500 mil to put another hockey team in the desert. I couldn’t imagine spending 500 mil to even put a team in Seattle. Many established hockey franchises values aren’t even close to that number let alone trying to build a team with other teams scraps and the last draft picks in the draft, I would at least demand to be in the non playoff team pool for draft picks with a lotto chance.

  13. Loyal2theoil says:

    Question for the draft folk:

    McKenzie said he believes the Yotes will not sign Connor Bleakely, and will defer to take a 2nd round pick instead.

    This being said, is Bleackely an interesting player enough to sign, should he not get picked up this upcoming draft? Would he be worth a spot on the 50 man? Or would some of y’all prefer an AHL only contract?

  14. OilSafety says:

    So, take heart. You cannot control the Oilers, the standings, the lottery, the sunshine or the rain. You control your own behavior, and your own opinion of yourself. Walk tall, Oiler fan. You are the best thing about this team. Full stop.

    So true Lowetide. That’s the joy of being a fan, your team is your team, regardless of frustrations when they hit the ice, you cheer. Sports Fandom is all about hope.

    I tried to say as much on twitter Monday suggesting a ‘CHEER LIKE HELL’ playoff mentality from the fans in honor of the last few games at Rexall. I will be in my seats Friday for my final oilers game at rexall and I will control that which I can control. I will be cheering for my team.

  15. spoiler says:

    Adam Wu: I find this metaphor interesting. Are we closer to being the Titanic, which met with disaster due to the arrogance and incompetence of those in charge (ie the OBC), or the Lusitania, which was but sunk by malevolent eternal forces outside of her control? (ie injuries and the refs)

    The SS Edmund Fitzgerald… the Lusitania sounds too high-falutin to be an Oiler ship. The Titanic equivalent would be the Exxon Valdez…

  16. Hockey Buddha says:

    Glad the NHL opted against changes to the draft lottery!!! I’m a little P.O.ed that this rule change was proposed in the first place. Now for the sake of irony, I’d love for the Oilers to win the lottery again. That said, I’m glad the GM’s stayed classy and voted against the rule change.

    Haven’t read much about the UFA market for defensemen this summer; I know it’s early to be considering but I’m wondering if Edmonton will look attractive to any upcoming UFA defenseman. Not even sure who is set to become a UFA.

    Finally, if it were my choice, the Oilers’ theme song next season would be The Doors “Been Down So Long.” That song has been running through my head a lot this entire season. I can’t think of a more fitting tune. I cannot wait for this team’s upswing!

  17. flyfish1168 says:

    I bite my tongue. But it is only fitting for MPS to score tonight. I cheered for him at one time.

  18. OilSafety says:

    flyfish1168,

    Thought the same thing.

  19. frjohnk says:

    flyfish1168:
    I bite my tongue. But it is only fitting for MPS to score tonight. I cheered for him at one time.

    Met him at the mall a few years ago.

    Him and Hartikinen were playing with remote control helicopters.
    Very shy but very nice kid. Had a nice conversation with him.

    Always hoped he would do well.

  20. Lowetide says:

    McDavid is so fast.

  21. vinotintazo says:

    Just ran lotto Sim for the first time, oil won lol

  22. Lowetide says:

    Nuge scored.

  23. OilSafety says:

    Nuuuuuuuggggeee

  24. flyfish1168 says:

    frjohnk: Met him at the mall a few years ago.

    Him and Hartikinen were playing with remote control helicopters.
    Very shy but very nice kid. Had a nice conversation with him.

    Always hoped he would do well.

    Nice to hear.I still cheer for him too

  25. Younger Oil says:

    How on earth is that not a hook/slash on McDavid?

    I am so confused, will need to see the replay.

  26. Oil2Oilers says:

    McDavid is going to haunt Hitchcock’s dreams

  27. stevezie says:

    Adam Wu,

    Excellent way to put it. This year I lean towards malevolent outside forces, but you can only hit so many torpedoes before people start to wonder if you’re steering into them.

    To steal an old punchline, ” You’re not in this for the hunting, are you?”

    As far as the article goes, I know the company line is shots are a proxy for possession, but this isn’t entirely true. Possession without shots is of limited use, and I wonder if when we eventually get the tracker technology shots still turn out to be better predictors of winning.

    If reflexivity doesn’t ruin it.

  28. frjohnk says:

    A Dmans worst nightmare: trying to keep a bouncing puck in at the opposing blue line and it gets past you and McDavid skates by you.

  29. Henry says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    McDavid is going to haunt Hitchcock’s dreams

    And a lot of defensemen. #41 had 15 feet to get going earlier and got burned in three strides.

    And goalies.

    That was a good pokecheck.

  30. Younger Oil says:

    Liking the pressure/forecheck this game.

  31. frjohnk says:

    Hendricks terrible play leads to a goal

  32. Younger Oil says:

    We just can’t make it easy on ourselves, can we?

  33. frjohnk says:

    Younger Oil:
    We just can’t make it easy on ourselves, can we?

    Nope

  34. Centre of attention says:

    That come back thing has to be a fluke doesn’t it? Like how often does that happen to other teams? Score a goal and it comes right back?

  35. SK Oiler Fan says:

    A guy like Hendricks might get 1 breakaway in his entire career. Mcdavid is clocking at 2 per period. Incredible. I don’t know how he doesn’t end up in row 8 of the end zone at that speed
    Speaking of Hendricks, that was an incredible giveaway

  36. Oil2Oilers says:

    Nuge & Yak are becoming more simpatico.

  37. Henry says:

    Nice pass Yak.

  38. Halfwise says:

    Stromboli adds no value, once again, to a Sportsnet broadcast.

  39. frjohnk says:

    GMon… I mean mark Spector making sense. Why does Draisaitl get a slashing penalty (hits opponents stick) nowhere near the puck while Pietrangelo slashes McDavid on a breakaway but no penalty.

  40. Lowetide says:

    A good first period against a strong team. 2-1 Oilers, Nuge and Hall score and the 5×5 corgis are 13-11. And a PP goal. Keep it going, men!

  41. flyfish1168 says:

    frjohnk:
    GMon… I mean mark Spectormaking sense. Why does Draisaitl get a slashing penalty (hits opponents stick) nowhere near the puck while Pietrangelo slashes McDavid on a breakaway but no penalty.

    I was wondering how Hall doesn’t get more calls going his way after seeing Leon’s little tap. Call against Leon is what drives home crowd and hockey fans crazy.

  42. Centre of attention says:

    And you thought the calls were bad before?

  43. steveb12344 says:

    Centre of attention:
    And you thought the calls were bad before?

    Letestu better not send any texts tonight.

  44. Lowetide says:

    2-2 now, Blues are pushing back as you would expect. I do not like the Oilers laying back a little this period, need to win some of the possession game this period.

  45. Lowetide says:

    Letestu scores.

  46. Halfwise says:

    One pachinko goal at each end. Funny what happens from point shots that get through.

  47. Younger Oil says:

    They should call this team the Edmonton Bipoilers.

  48. Halfwise says:

    No, that’s not a penalty, for some reason. Why, ref? Kassian’s dental hygiene?

  49. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Letestu scores.

    Great, now he gets MORE power play time.

  50. rich says:

    So like where did this PP come from?

  51. Centre of attention says:

    Centre of attention: Great, now he gets MORE power play time.

    Which turned out to be a good thing.

    Draisaitl.

  52. Cahoon says:

    Offside challenge. I don’t think it will count, it looked offside to me.

  53. Cahoon says:

    Right from the zone entry I thought to myself, could they challenge if the Oilers score here?

  54. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Glad the Oilers invited Oprah to the game.you get a PPG, and you get a PPG… Everyone is getting a power play goal.

  55. Centre of attention says:

    It was for sure off side. Oh well. Do it agian! More practice!

  56. The Trade Guy says:

    This new instant replay thing they have sucks and is garbage and the nhl is garbage.

  57. Lowetide says:

    Draisaitl scored.

  58. Ryan says:

    That’s cooking with gas.

  59. vinotintazo says:

    Hahahaha!! Awesome

  60. Cahoon says:

    powerplay goal anyway!

  61. Centre of attention says:

    Leon for sure this time. Beauty tip!

  62. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Instant karma’s gonna get ya!

  63. Younger Oil says:

    Nice to see the PP reverting to the meat.

  64. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Letestu is a power play witch!

  65. Centre of attention says:

    Reid Wilkins ‏@ReidWilkins 17s18 seconds ago
    Oilers power play 3/4 tonight. One-timers, pucks through, quick passes, net presence.

    MUSIC!!!!!

  66. hunter1909 says:

    Finally a game worth finishing.

    Oilers in a win win situation tonight.

    Blues can’t intimidate them, wtf has McLellan done?

    Of course there’s nothing to play for, but…

  67. Cahoon says:

    The Trade Guy:
    This new instant replay thing they have sucks and is garbage and the nhl is garbage.

    It may not be popular opinion but I don’t mind it. I would have been livid on that call if I was a Blues fan with no coaches challenge. Even me with my biased eyes, I was shocked that the offside didn’t get called initially.

  68. Lowetide says:

    Haha. Nail is a menace, in a good way.

  69. hunter1909 says:

    Centre of attention: MUSIC!!!!!

    Yeah man.

  70. Centre of attention says:

    Sekera is looking deadly from the point tonight.

  71. Norman Greenbaum says:

    Sokath! His eyes uncovered!

  72. Lowetide says:

    David Backes name should be David Backeshole.

  73. hunter1909 says:

    Yaks included in hugs.

    Please Chiarelli, keep Yaks for us hard core fans, just one more year.

  74. rich says:

    The Oilers PP, you can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it.

  75. Pretendergast says:

    As any Oiler fan would tell the Blues, its the goalie stupid!

  76. delooper says:

    What the heck is going on!?!?!?

  77. Centre of attention says:

    Nuge is a wizard on the power play. That is all.

  78. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide:
    David Backes name should be David Backeshole.

    Sounds like you’re describing Glenn Anderson, a player known for his on ice charity work.

  79. frjohnk says:

    Who are these guys and what have they done with the PP?

  80. hunter1909 says:

    delooper:
    What the heck is going on!?!?!?

    10 games left in a meaningless season?

  81. Cahoon says:

    4 of 5 on the powerplay, this is the Oilers I am watching?

  82. delooper says:

    Centre of attention:
    Nuge is a wizard on the power play. That is all.

    Its starting to look like he’s got his witchcraft back.

  83. commonfan14 says:

    EDIT: from the December 23rd “Trading the Nuge” thread:

    commonfan14: At about 9:15 MST on March 16th, as the three Oiler scoring lines are coming at the Blues in waves and putting the game out of reach, somebody will post the following comment on the GDT:
    “Hey, remember when people were talking about trading Nuge? Seems like a different world.”

    I didn’t ask for these powers…

  84. Centre of attention says:

    Kassian should not be smiling on the bench after smoking that ref.

    Zebras remember everything.

  85. Halfwise says:

    Lowetide:
    David Backes name should be David Backeshole.

    If he were a mechanical component, he’d be a Lower Ring Seal.

  86. Lowetide says:

    21-28 corsi after two, of course with the 1971 Bruins power play the point is moot.

  87. tcho says:

    Oilers playing with the Blues, and outshooting them 22-15 after 2.

    Oilers ahead in goals against the Blues 5-2 after 2.

    Zebras calling penalties AGAINST the team the Oilers are playing…

    Have we entered ouʍopǝpᴉsdn world.?

  88. Cahoon says:

    commonfan14,

    What inspired you to be so specific back in December? tell me the lotto numbers for this Friday’s Lotto Max!

  89. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    David Backes name should be David Backeshole.

    I chortled.

  90. Oil2Oilers says:

    hunter1909:
    Yaks included in hugs.

    Please Chiarelli, keep Yaks for us hard core fans, just one more year.

    One year, with a competent Center if we are being greedy.

  91. tcho says:

    Oilers still getting schooled on the dot. Okay. Vertigo subsiding somewhat.

  92. hunter1909 says:

    It’s nice of the 6 million dollar babies to actually turn up and play an NHL level game tonight.

  93. Snowman says:

    hunter1909,

    Your dog die today or something?

  94. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    21-28 corsi after two, of course with the 1971 Bruins power play the point is moot.

    tcho:
    Oilers playing with the Blues, and outshooting them 22-15 after 2.

    Is it possible for shots to outpace corsi?

  95. Lowetide says:

    Clendening getting scorched at evens, I don’t think he is going to be able to make this happen. I thought when he arrived that he might be able to have a Gary Lariviere-level Oilers career (92 games), but 14 games in things do not look fabulous. Keep going, young man!!!

  96. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide,

    He needs to calm down. he doesn’t skate fast but he tries too which is a problem. He’s always off balance.

  97. Lowetide says:

    jp:
    Is it possible for shots to outpace corsi?

    My numbers are 5×5, sorry for not posting that.

  98. Professor Q says:

    Wow. I take a break from my meteorite and tune in to this. Impressive.

  99. Snowman says:

    Having Nuge back and watching him (goals aside) it should be pretty clear the value he has. Easy to forget when he’s not in the lineup but he is a wonderful player. Lucky to have him.

  100. Centre of attention says:

    Lost in the celebrations, Yak has 2 assists tonight. Good for him. Good for the team.

  101. AZOIL says:

    Coyotes are likely going to build a joint arena in Tempe with the ASU div 1 mens hockey team says the local media, in case anyone cares!

    Good for hockey down here to have an arena more centrally located and closer to my house!

  102. Lowetide says:

    AZOIL:
    Coyotes are likely going to build a joint arena in Tempe with the ASU div 1 mens hockey team says the local media, in case anyone cares!

    Good for hockey down here to have an arena more centrally located and closer to my house!

    I kind of know where that is, a little. I have stayed in Chandler a few times, not far from there, right?

  103. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers are fortunate to catch the Blues in playoff mode tonight.

    Bwahahahahahahaha

  104. hunter1909 says:

    Draisaitl is terrifying to the opposition, the way he floats around.

    RNH has proven beyond all shadow of a doubt the team 100% needs him next season.

    Finally, the Oilers have two excellent centres.

    I hope they keep both, as well as the other one they have.

  105. AZOIL says:

    Yes, Tempe is kind of tucked in the south east corner of Phoenix near downtown and connects Phoenix to chandler and Mesa. College town mostly, but centrally located unlike Glendale and closer to the wealthier suburbs like Scottsdale, chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and fountain hills! Good for hockey here if it happens!

    All I care about is that I can watch the oilers play here hopefully for years to come!

  106. Lowetide says:

    We have a game now, 5-4.Oilers are running around now. Le sigh.

  107. tcho says:

    Boys! We can still lose this thing!

  108. Centre of attention says:

    Yak needed to get that partial break on net. Yikes.

  109. Halfwise says:

    Here come the Blues, man they possess the puck when the mood strikes.

  110. hunter1909 says:

    I predict a fight coming up.

  111. Centre of attention says:

    If Yak got it on net, that would of been a whistle instead he zips around turns it over and -1

  112. delooper says:

    Backes looks like Eberle and Kassian combined.

  113. hunter1909 says:

    This is the most Oilers game of the season.

  114. Lowetide says:

    AZOIL:
    Yes, Tempe is kind of tucked in the south east corner of Phoenix near downtown and connect Phoenix to chandler and Mesa. College town mostly, but centrally located unlike Glendale and closer to the wealthier suburbs like Scottsdale, chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and fountain hills! Good for hockey here if it happens!

    All I care about is that I can watch the oilers play here hopefully for years to come!

    I remember years ago, 80s, we were driving down the road somewhere around there, and in the middle of nowhere was this bar. I mean nothing around. We went in (four of us) and it was a country bar, maybe 10 people in it, big damn building. Everyone a regular but us. We sat down, waitress came over, we ordered, drank our beer and no one was saying a damn thing. First 10 minutes were really uncomfortable, we ended up closing the joint. Great time.

  115. Centre of attention says:

    I think Griffen blew a hammy on the play before the penalties

  116. Suntory Hanzo says:

    The ghost of thecaptainethanmoreau lives again!

  117. Little Poteet says:

    Centre of attention,

    Nah, Fabrizio hit him with a slash to the calf

  118. Centre of attention says:

    Is Oesterle OK? He just got crushed by about 300 pounds of St Louis blue forechecker

    I don’t know how that wasn’t boarding. Maybe Oesterle turned into the boards a bit? He’ll learn.

  119. AZOIL says:

    Lowetide: I remember years ago, 80s, we were driving down the road somewhere around there, and in the middle of nowhere was this bar. I mean nothing around. We went in (four of us) and it was a country bar, maybe 10 people in it, big damn building. Everyone a regular but us. We sat down, waitress came over, we ordered, drank our beer and no one was saying a damn thing. First 10 minutes were really uncomfortable, we ended up closing the joint. Great time.

    Nice, ya it has grown a lot from what I am told. I have only been here 10 years since I married my wife from down here, I am from Lethbridge originally. It was 10 years ago I found this blog to deal with my hockey withdrawals I was dealing with!

  120. flyfish1168 says:

    Matt looks like he is playing hurt. Interesting how they won’t play Anton in his place

  121. Halfwise says:

    Random Acts of Yak’s, there.

  122. Lowetide says:

    Lander isn’t coming back, folks. Pakarinen on the other hand would be a lock imo, based on how the coach is using him.

  123. Klima's_Bucket says:

    flyfish1168,

    Lander has a bad case of the sideburns.

  124. Suntory Hanzo says:

    The loyal fan in me tells me another PPG is coming.

    Laura Pronger tells me a shorty is coming.

    I really don’t like these St. Louis commentators.

  125. Centre of attention says:

    He pinned Hendricks head to the boards and for sure gave him a concussion.

    Maybe a bit of a make up call, but I really hope Hendricks can play another game in the NHL.

    Is he still on bench?

  126. Lowetide says:

    Great play by Letestu there. Fabulous.

  127. Centre of attention says:

    Hockey gods intervened on that 2-on-1.

    Hockey gods want Oilers to win, only explanation.

  128. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Totally legal hit by Brouwer according to Blues commentary. But rules state of cut it has to be a major, so it was out of refs hands.

  129. Centre of attention says:

    Hall doesn’t like playing with McDavid. Stuffed a wonderful chance.

  130. Lowetide says:

    I never had a doubt.

  131. Halfwise says:

    Take that.

  132. tcho says:

    If the Oilers were going to beat the Blues, you had to know it was going to be kind of like that.

  133. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Kassian with nice hands there.

  134. Yeti says:

    Oesterle with an assist!

  135. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Whew!

  136. striatic says:

    That Kassian play. Damn.

  137. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    I never had a doubt.

    Me neither

  138. Centre of attention says:

    kassian has great hands for a big body. he can skate too.

    if he can just put it together…

    I can see why Peter picked him up for pennies on the dollar though. Potential.

  139. frjohnk says:

    Nice win boys.

  140. striatic says:

    Centre of attention:
    kassian has great hands for a big body. he can skate too.

    if he can just put it together…

    I can see why Peter picked him up for pennies on the dollar though. Potential.

    Same with Maroon. Chia seems to know which of these big guys to pick, small sample size of course but it bodes well.

  141. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Halfwise:
    Take that.

    Not sure if LT wants to use them for his next RE series

  142. Centre of attention says:

    Oesterle is making it hard not to have him around next year. He is playing right side without a major drop in performance too.

  143. Centre of attention says:

    Oesterle gets smoked sometimes being a smaller guy, but he makes the play first. He can make passes under pressure knowing he might get destroyed the next second. Impressive.

  144. Centre of attention says:

    striatic: Same with Maroon. Chia seems to know which of these big guys to pick, small sample size of course but it bodes well.

    Maroon is better in tight, but Kassian can skate much better than Maroon. Once Kassian pulls the big rig out on the open highway, he can really move. The same as Draisatil kind of.

  145. Halfwise says:

    Suntory Hanzo: Not sure if LT wants to use them for his next RE series

    Gord forbid.

  146. vinotintazo says:

    Centre of attention,

    He played leftside today.

  147. Centre of attention says:

    vinotintazo:
    Centre of attention,

    He played leftside today.

    Sure, but I saw him right side with Davidson and it was wonderful. He will be on the farm next year but IMO Rienhart has serious competition, not just Nurse.

    Griffin looked fine tonight too, for what it matters.

  148. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Ypu know what really psses me off? I see an ad for Pizza73 on the Oilers page when looking up the post game interviews.

    I worked at the Sherwood Park location in High School – 1989ish – so I am feeling nostalgic as I live in BC now. So’s I click on the link to look at the deals. The first thing I notive is that the sizes gave changed… when I worked there the sizes were Regular or Bigger.

    Then I notice the Johnny Fucking Hockey Hat trick combo! I wanted to go Phranklee on those guys.

    It’s the small things that hurt the most. I should have left the past in the past.

    Like when I rewatched MegaForce.

  149. The Trade Guy says:

    I talked to my wife and played with the kids and then watched this game. It was a fun game to watch. I wouldn’t even mind if the Oilers lost 6-4 games because offense is fun.

    But you can still blow it up Pete.

  150. Centre of attention says:

    So me and Lowetide were bashing Letestu in DM’s before the game so of course he goes out and gets 3 points.

    Love it.

  151. G Money says:

    Since you guys goaded me into posting today, I’m going to retaliate by pasting a link to my game summary:

    https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/g73-2016-03-16-oilers-give-st-louis-the-blues/

  152. stush18 says:

    So I really think we need to talk about Reinhart being on the team next year.

    Cuz other than his first game back, he has been playing very well. I see him making almost every pass tape to tape, he’s separating the body, and he’s always had an active stick and good positioning

    If oesterle is can still move through waivers next year, I can see

    Klef-xxx
    sekera-xxx
    Reinhart-Davidson
    Gryba

    With nurse and oesterle first call ups.

    Seriously, when he was called up after the all star break, he killed it. He was then sent down, and was playing very good hockey by all reports. He has since been called back up, and been playing good hockey again, with another good rookie.

    Maybe we only trade for hamonic?

    Klef-sekera
    Davidson-hamonic
    Reinhart-nurse?

    Not sure, but and I’m not trying to move one of these guys out… But klef and sekera are not going anywhere. Davidson is under sworn protection from Bruce. And Reinhart is Chias guy. Interesting summer coming up.

  153. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lots of excitement tonight-nice game

  154. Gerta Rauss says:

    McKenzie post game audio
    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=54485

    -I thought Nuge had a hell of a game

    When asked about the 3C

    -we may go,at some point in the next 10, where we maybe move Leon over and bump Nuge up, because we’ve to figure some things out and answer some questions as these next 9 games go by

    -kind words about Reinhart

  155. Gerta Rauss says:

    jonrmcleod,

    lol

    I’ve seen some creative spelling of the coach’s name online and I’ve been amusing myself
    with equally creative spelling when adding the post game comments to the blog

  156. kevin says:

    stush18: So I really think we need to talk about Reinhart being on the team next year.
    Cuz other than his first game back, he has been playing very well. I see him making almost every pass tape to tape, he’s separating the body, and he’s always had an active stick and good positioning

    I agree. Reinhart is looking very good. That trade can still pan out.

  157. wheatnoil says:

    vinotintazo:
    Centre of attention,

    He played leftside today.

    He and Reinhart switched sides multiple times this game. Generally Oesterle’s been on the right.

  158. Lowetide says:

    G Money:
    Since you guys goaded me into posting today, I’m going to retaliate by pasting a link to my game summary:

    https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/g73-2016-03-16-oilers-give-st-louis-the-blues/

    Music!

  159. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Lowetide,

    What a great site. He also should be on the payroll. (after you, of course, LT)

  160. Genjutsu says:

    G Money:
    Since you guys goaded me into posting today, I’m going to retaliate by pasting a link to my game summary:

    https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/g73-2016-03-16-oilers-give-st-louis-the-blues/

    Fine work as usual sir!

    I really appreciate what you’ve got going, your work is a must see after all Oiler games.

    Just great stuff.

  161. spoiler says:

    Gerta Rauss: -kind words about Reinhart

    Almost reminds me of a coach called Babcock and a dman by the name of Marincin… but you know, narratives gotta narrate.

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