G1 2016-17: FLAMES AT OILERS

One year ago, we were so excited for the start of the season even adults had ants in their pants all day. Connor McDavid—Oiler!—would make his NHL debut in game 1 and this city was rocking like mad. In that game, against the Blues in St. Louis, McDavid played 18:07, had two shots and finished -1 in a 3-1 loss. Do you remember that game? Do you recall how you felt during the contest? I missed that game (had an MC job for a wonderful cause) but when I got home did a breakneck rundown in the comments sections. Here it is.

  • Early shift, Oilers having a terrible time getting puck out (two chances and nothing then Tarasenko with a great chance).
  • Another bad shift, this time Reinhart and Gryba. McDavid finally makes a play at the blue to get it out. 2 minutes in and all I see is no breakouts.
  • Sekera finally makes a breakout pass, 2.5 minutes it. To Gazdic.
  • 15:24 left in first, textbook breakout Reinhart to Gryba to Nuge. Music!
  • Reinhart is going to have to be harder, more physical. He’s a big man and doesn’t delay the winger in any way.
  • Effective shift featuring Hall with the kids, they get a bit of a look and then Gryba fires a hopeless shot from the point. Good shift by Hall line at about 8 minute mark, niftty pass hall to Slepy
  • Fabulous effort by Nuge ends up with an impressive shot from Schultz as he moves to the center. Nuge is using the McLellan shot and retrieval method more effectively than Hall. He places it better. Nuge. Big brain.
  • Fabulous defensive play Reinhart. McDavid with an edge but Gunnarson closes him out. Blues are stifling. Holy crap they’re a tough checking team.
  • Letestu line with a FANTASTIC shift at 12+ minute mark of P! and then Yakupov dances and they get a chance. I’m liking this game men.
  • The Oilers score! Holy crap! Where was THAT G7 SCF?
  • Sekera Fayne isn’t working boys. Early second period, the McDavid line with a nice chance, there was a hook there (wasn’t called) and that could have been a big point in the game.
  • Scrambly now, we’re back to not winning faceoffs and the breakouts are getting sloppy. We’re five mintues from Staios to Lupul here.
  • Okay, I don’t think McDavid Hall like the chip and chase. It isn’t their style. We’re going to have to watch how they enter. God Hall just folded like a cheap suit.
  • Gryba fight on a hit from behind. I think Gryba won but no real idea. Gryba a ginger? Filthy hit by a Blue on Letestu.
  • The third line ran what looked like a set piece, Sekera long pass to maybe Hendricks, who chips it back to Letestu. Interesting. A monster stretch pass and it worked.
  • Lander quiet until this point, he and Nail work well and Yak passes nicely to Reinhart for a shot. Gazdic with a nice power move, haven’t seen that. Purcell is Cory Cross slow. Yak seems to close on things, playing with Slepy now.
  • Gazdic had the best shift as an Oiler with Pouliot and Nuge. Lordy. Hammering people. Lehtera is going to need a new bumper.
  • Gryba with a nice sequence, really good defending. Travis Yost said he could do it and he’s right. Cam Talbot is the best Oiler in the game. Korpikoski is trying my devotion to the Finns with his SWIM moves. That rookie tandem in St. Louis are going to be good, someone needs to trade for the St. Albert kid.
  • Getting a bit choppy now, were 17 minutes in. Yakupov is a tank, just crazy hammering and he keeps going. SCHULTZ nice defensive play. Lander invisible. Gazdic back out with Nuge and Poo! Sekera with Gryba! What the hell McLellan.
  • Faceoffs are silly bad I bet, Hendricks working hard, Hall looks confused, he’s kind of chasing the puck everywhere like we all did as kids. Maybe they’ve filled him with too much information?
  • McDavid getting no space this game, agree with whoever said this was a bad team for him to debut. Fayne battled Ott, really nice work there. I think Sekera is better without Fayne. OH MCDAVID! Close.
  • Nail made a poor decision and a turnover results in Brodziak iron. Why did we trade him again? Bad sideburns? Reinhart hits a guy and he’s down. The young man needs to do more of it. Blues are pricks.

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Tonight, it looks like Jesse Puljujarvi will draw in and play his first NHL game. We should not expect 18:07 in TOI—the top two lines are going to get much the big minutes—and we should not expect him to get noticed a ton. I am seeing a lot of negative verbal about Puljujarvi staying and the impact of it. My RE had the Finn at 65 games, seems to me some are projecting the past onto this player. If he does poorly in the NHL, they will send him down—and I do think that is very possible.

Wondering what you would consider a good night. A point? 15 minutes? No giveaways? I think there is a chance he gets less than 14 minutes. Why? Suspect the Oilers are going to ride the McDavid and Nuge lines in a big way for the Rogers debut. I also think that no matter what he does, Thursday will see a lot more criticism of the young man and the decision to keep him in Edmonton. This does represent news, as in the past Oilers fans wait to see the player before burying him. Progress!

Once again, the games I saw him in during the preseason showed a big winger with speed, an ability to mark his man and a willingness to battle. Suspect that is why he is still here, but he has to score goals and this will be (imo) the challenge. This is going to be an interesting season.

 23-MAN ROSTER

oilers-opening-night-projected

These do not represent the lines (I think Leon plays RW tonight) but this is the opening night roster. Drake Caggiula will be 3C when healthy and that should be soon, but Anton Lander could slide in tonight between Maroon and Puljujarvi. Opportunity knocks early for Lander? Maybe.

oilers mcdavid tsn

PROBABLE LINEUP

  • Lucic—McDavid—Eberle (20 minutes)
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Draisaitl (20 minutes)
  • Maroon—Lander—Puljujarvi (10 minutes)
  • Pitlick—Letestu—Kassian (10 minutes)
  • Klefbom—Larsson (26 minutes)
  • Sekera—Russell (17 minutes)
  • Nurse—Davidson (17 minutes)
  • Talbot, Gustavsson

That list of six (in photo capture) is from the days after the lottery and the watershed win by the Oilers (McDavid). One year on, the team continues to be built around 97 and tonight Edmonton needs him to be magic. The Flames have the look of a playoff team, and this Oilers group has two substantial forward lines, one rock solid pairing and a good No. 1 goalie. The rest of Edmonton’s team is going to get exposed, and I do question the wisdom of having Mark Fayne in the pressbox. Can the Oilers win tonight? Yes. How do they do it? The top two lines have to account for 40 of the 60 minutes and must be productive, and the Swedes must never leave the ice.

Note: Among the 20 names playing tonight, 11 men arrived after Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager. Jordan Eberle, Benoit Pouliot, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander, Tyler Pitlick, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse and Brandon Davidson are the holdovers.

MATTI HAGMAN

Matti Hagman passed away, he was 61. As is the case with so many players over the years, Hagman played for my two favorite teams, the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. As a Bruin, he was a utility player who filled in ably as required. Boston was loaded at center in those years (Jean Ratelle, Peter McNab and the brilliant Gregg Sheppard) so Hagman moved around and played some good minutes in a secondary role.

As an Edmonton Oiler a few years later, he served as mentor to several emerging talents, including fellow Finn Jari Kurri.

  • Kurri: “Matti passed and I one-timed it from the high slot. It went in and out, play went on, but the referee (veteran Ron Wicks) saw that it was in.” Source

Along with Risto Siltanen, Jari Kurri, Esa Tikkanen and Reijo Ruotsalainen, Matti Hagman helped the Edmonton Oilers grow into the team they became during the 1980s and I am saddened by the news of his passing. RIP, Matti Hagman.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Today on the show, 10 this morning on TSN1260:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Opening night Oilers! The roster, good and bad, and expectations of the season. Bruce saw Tyler Benson last night, so we will also discuss.
  • Don Landry, CFL.ca. Eskimos on a roll and the West has four teams who appear superior to the rest of the league.
  • Tom Lynn, Veritas Hockey. What a crazy time for players—and their agents!
  • Jared Book, Bluebird Banter. Jays through to the ALCS, Cleveland is the nut. Good matchup?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio! PS, start time is 8:45 pm, so for the older set, we need to pace ourselves.

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  1. jake70 says:

    Thought Nuge really misplayed his guy on the sidewall just before the goal.

  2. Fog of Warts says:

    My phone keeps correcting “fragile lead” into “fragile leaf”. I was trying to observe that Gretzky is presently being escorted out of the building to protect our fragile lead.

  3. Hall of Shame says:

    Russ99 with the 1000th.

  4. Oilspill says:

    Sure can tell Elliot had one of the best teams in front of him last year.

  5. Lowetide says:

    6-4. Would be nice to see the Oilers give up no more from here.

  6. doritogrande says:

    Why are people slogging Talbot?

    He let in one goal that he should have (maybe) had.

    Goal 2? Breakaway

    Goal 3? All on Lucic

    Goal 4? Tipped on the PP

    Off.The.Ledge.Gents.

  7. StixMalone says:

    They can’t play like this against a better club. These are the Flames for crying out loud! What happens when a good team comes in ? Lots of stuff to improve on none more needed then the PP

  8. Bling says:

    jake70,

    I saw Nuge and Nurse bad on that PP goal.

  9. jp says:

    I wonder if Versteeg has an out clause in his contract if he misses a shift on the 1st line?

  10. russ99 says:

    Looch should have scored, nice pass Connor.

  11. Gerta Rauss says:

    A win in regulation would be swell

    4 more minutes please and thanks

  12. Rocknrolla says:

    Is there a chance Woodcroft gets shifted out? These special teams have not been good for a while….even them up to league average and its 8-2 Oil….

    Great release JP!

  13. SumOil says:

    doritogrande,

    I agree. It’s a decent first game. He has not looked settled but the goals are not on him

  14. Pouzar says:

    doritogrande: Why are people slogging Talbot?

    If you think he’s looked good tonight then I don’t know what to tell you.

  15. Ice Sage says:

    Time to see if these new Oilers can grind it out

  16. Side says:

    doritogrande:
    Why are people slogging Talbot?

    He let in one goal that he should have (maybe) had.

    Goal 2? Breakaway

    Goal 3? All on Lucic

    Goal 4? Tipped on the PP

    Off.The.Ledge.Gents.

    Because goalies aren’t allowed to have decent games. Especially when it’s the first game of the regular season.

  17. Lowetide says:

    Eberle scored.

  18. Pouzar says:

    That’s 1 Chachi. 🙂

    Center cut.

  19. thurmtim says:

    We want ten!

  20. Ice Sage says:

    Ebs overdue

  21. Frank the dog says:

    Calgary has a good team here. For the first time I’m seeing strength on our side in depth except for the PP. For once we were able to beat them strength on strength.

  22. StixMalone says:

    Hope Davidson injury isn’t serious….

  23. Clay says:

    Meh meh meh meh.

    Suckit, fLames.

  24. StixMalone says:

    7-4 win is just like 80’s hockey….

  25. Pouzar says:

    Frank the dog:
    Calgary has a good team here. For the first time I’m seeing strength on our side in depth except for the PP. For once we were able to beat them strength on strength.

    Yeah I think we out chanced them 5 on 5 but dem special teams…

  26. OmJo says:

    Was Eberle just compared to Kurri and Anderson?

    Ugh.

  27. russ99 says:

    Good win.

    Still lots to work on, especially special teams, but good efffort on both sides of the ice,

    3. Russell
    2. Maroon
    1. McDavid

  28. dangilitis says:

    7 pts from D, I don’t think they have achieved that feat in recent memory

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lots of fun

    Lots and lots of room for improvement

    Lots

    7-4 final with an empty netter

  30. Chachi says:

    Pouzar:
    That’s 1 Chachi.

    Center cut.

    29 (or more) to go.

  31. striatic says:

    At least Talbot ended the game strong. Hopefully any issues on his part were opening night jitters.

  32. "Steve Smith" says:

    Nugent-Hopkins 18% in the faceoff circle. That’s only marginally better than I do in my ball hockey league.

  33. Bling says:

    Best Oiler game in years.

  34. OmJo says:

    7-4, I’ll take this win over Calgary any day of the week.

    That said, Elliott lost the fLames this game. We need to fix the PP, and I think that means letting Woodcroft go. He’s had plenty of time and talent to make it work, and it just isn’t working.

  35. "Steve Smith" says:

    Bling:
    Best Oiler game in years.

    Not even close.

  36. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I dunno guys Russell looked good, just sayin

  37. Little Poteet says:

    dangilitis,

    they nearly didnt acheive that all last season

  38. Jethro Tull says:

    Just going to count up Jonny Hockey’s points for this evening before bed….

  39. Bulging Twine says:

    Brodie side steps Maroon to meet Kassian

  40. treevojo says:

    russ99:
    treevojo,

    Larsson moved over to cover the crease because Nurse left the box,

    Just a little bit of sarcasm Russ!

    Read earlier comments

  41. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Question for those in attendance: fans sounded really, really quiet on TV. Was it quiet in the rink or I wonder if TV mics were muted?

  42. omega4 says:

    russ99,

    Hunter, could you put me down for 120 points.
    Thanks.

  43. thurmtim says:

    Erase those SH goof ups and it was 7-2, maybe 8-2. Clean up the PP/PK and we might see north!!

  44. StixMalone says:

    Tkachuk isn’t gonna survive the season with his bullshit…..

  45. dangilitis says:

    Lowetide:
    Eberle scored.

    It’s not a backhanded compliment here, but as Jim Rutherford recently stated in the players tribune, the hardest thing to do in hockey is put the puck in the net. Kessel was such an undervalued player. I firmly believe Eberle is another. That shot at that time was exactly what was needed to take the wind out of calgarys sails

  46. Lloyd B. says:

    82 games + 5 goals a game =410

    It seems insane but I had the privilege of seeing that every time I went to a game.in the 80s.

    Tonight 7 goals. So 7 x 82 = 574. REALLY? GIDDY UP!!

  47. Hall of Shame says:

    42 comments away from single post record

  48. Picturesque says:

    Anyone else notice what Talbot has on his mask? It looks like an angry Thomas the Tank Engine. That’s pretty badass.

  49. "Steve Smith" says:

    Hall of Shame:
    About 50 comments away from single post record

    Sure, but only because Elliott’s comment-blocking has been so atrocious.

  50. jzed says:

    Oilers were nervous, but doing OK, Until their putrid weakness play hit the ice and gave up 2 short handed goals, then Calgary realized Oil were still fragile, and prone to inexplicable brain farts. Started to throw their weight around, and now Davy’s out for who knows how long.
    Thank goodness we have the next best player in the world. Lots of sudden instances of panic and glimpses of despair . Yes, thank you CMD.

    Next game will be tougher, just run regular lines for “power plays” so we at least don’t give up goals.

  51. OmJo says:

    Sorry Shannon, but this is our building. lol.

  52. StixMalone says:

    Picturesque:
    Anyone else notice what Talbot has on his mask? It looks like an angry Thomas the Tank Engine. That’s pretty badass.

    And the ghostbusters

  53. striatic says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    I dunno guys Russell looked good, just sayin

    I want to know *why* his fancies are bad, or at least have been. What are the specific things he is doing or not doing on the ice that lead to his poor advanced stats. He does look good by eye, so either we learn something that can help us put the stats into context, or figure out what is wrong with the eye test in this case.

  54. russ99 says:

    thurmtim:
    Erase those SH goof ups and it was 7-2, maybe 8-2. Clean up the PP/PK and we might see north!!

    I saw plenty of north tonight.

    Other than a shaky period in the second, we played a solid systems game.

    PP and PK need work. PK was short handed due to Pakarinen/Hendricks out and Davidson missed the thirrd.

    McLellan needs to take the cycle reins off the PP and we need better entries to retain the puck.

  55. Yakupov me says:

    Hard to believe that our D had 1 shot (Russell) compared to 17 from the Phlems. With 6 power plays, that’s pretty bad.

  56. Crakupov says:

    Russell had a really good game and I am glad the Oilers picked him up. Sekera Russell is a better combination that Sekera Fayne.

  57. Side says:

    Feeling a lot better that we got Russell especially with the Davidson injury.

  58. Little Poteet says:

    Picturesque,

    He’s got Ghostbusters!

  59. jake70 says:

    Geez I thought McDavid could have easily had a 6 or 7 point night if not for a couple of bounces and good saves.

  60. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    I dunno guys Russell looked good, just sayin

    Not bad for a guy who shoots wrong handed. Second star to boot.

  61. thurmtim says:

    Any word on Davey? Thought he was playing a solid game today. Sekera good , Larson ok, Klef awesome, Russel ok on defence. Any thoughts on thus?

  62. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I don’t expect Elliot to be that bad again this year. Friday is going to be a tough game.

  63. MrEd says:

    The Maroon-Leon-Kassian line was fun to watch in the 3rd.

  64. Picturesque says:

    StixMalone: And the ghostbusters

    Was that on the other side? I missed that …is it all 4 Ghostbusters?

  65. Android says:

    StixMalone,

    Slew foot, Elbow to the head, he might not survive the next game.

  66. Pescador says:

    Versteeg was the difference tonight.
    Fucking cry babies

  67. Pouzar says:

    WheatNOil ‏@WheatNOil 2m2 minutes ago
    Zone Defence
    Times Targeted / Controlled Entry %
    Klef 7 / 57%
    Larsson 20 / 35%
    Russell 8 / 88%
    Sekera 9 / 67%
    Nurse 10 / 30%
    Davidson 2 / 0%

    Zone Exits
    Total / % Controlled
    Klefbom 9 / 67%
    Larsson 8 / 38%
    Russell 4 / 75%
    Sekera 7 / 86%
    Nurse 5 / 60%
    Davidson 0 / –

    WheatNOil ‏@WheatNOil 1m1 minute ago
    D-Zone passes
    Total / Successful
    Klefbom 12 / 67%
    Larsson 12 / 83%
    Russell 10 / 70%
    Sekera 6 / 83%
    Nurse 5 / 100%
    Davidson 2 / 100%

  68. OmJo says:

    “If you don’t like us shoving Auston Matthews down your throat, you either don’t like hockey or don’t have a soul.”

    Who writes this shit?

    Okay, maybe I paraphrased this a bit.

  69. Bling says:

    Lots to like.

    Bottom pairing and special teams are still trash, but progress is being made in other areas.

    Wonder if Russell can keep this up, that would certainly be interesting.

  70. Bulging Twine says:

    was Larsson hurt at the end there?

  71. Ice Sage says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    I don’t expect Elliot to be that bad again this year. Friday is going to be a tough game.

    if he plays

  72. striatic says:

    jake70,

    The defensive soundness of his game is striking when compared to Gudreau’s “cheating”. Gaudreau is a tremendously skilled player but it always seems like if he doesn’t cash on his opportunity, the puck is either iced, picked off and going back the other way with speed before he gets it, or after he shoots and misses the puck is going back the other way almost instantaneously with little zone time for his team.

  73. Android says:

    Picturesque,

    I believe that it’s the Stay-puft marshmallow man.

  74. Bulging Twine says:

    Android:
    StixMalone,

    Slew foot, Elbow to the head, he might not survive the next game.

    What a dirtbag

  75. admiralmark says:

    Bulging Twine:
    was Larsson hurt at the end there?

    Sure looked like it to me. The dreaded shoulder injury?! 🙁 Hope im wrong.

  76. russ99 says:

    Picturesque:
    Anyone else notice what Talbot has on his mask? It looks like an angry Thomas the Tank Engine. That’s pretty badass.

    It’s a Ghostbusters mask, Stay Puft marshmallow man.

  77. thurmtim says:

    Goodnight ladies and gents. I’m goons enjoy this season, it was a looooong ten years.

  78. Bulging Twine says:

    McDavid just seems like a winner, know what I mean?

  79. Android says:

    Bulging Twine,

    I think he was pissed and broke his stick, hence why he threw it away.

  80. Ice Sage says:

    Android:
    Picturesque,

    I believe that it’s the Stay-puft marshmallow man.

    I’m sure Talbot is shouting to his D “don’t cross the lanes”

  81. Ice Sage says:

    Bulging Twine:
    McDavid just seems like a winner, know what I mean?

    well, he’s OK but no Auston Matthews, amiright?

  82. "Steve Smith" says:

    thurmtim:
    Goodnight ladies and gents. I’m goons enjoy this season, it was a looooongten years.

    I’ll put a Woodguy against the Oilers making the playoffs this year to the first taker – we’re nowhere near out of the woods.

    At this point, I’m prepared to believe that the Oilers may never make the playoffs again.

  83. russ99 says:

    Ice Sage: I’m sure Talbot is shouting to his D “don’t cross the lanes”

    Don’t let any marshmallow goals in.

  84. OmJo says:

    This is legitimately cringey.

  85. StixMalone says:

    admiralmark: Sure looked like it to me. The dreaded shoulder injury?! Hope im wrong.

    He threw his stick in anger. Not sure what happened….

  86. Acumen says:

    I already hate Tkachuk with a passion. He could single handedly reignite my hatred for the Flames. Fuck that guy.

    Only caught the second half but the team looked great. Lucic had some really good passes and Russell was very solid. And how about Puljujarvi? That release!

  87. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Ice Sage: if he plays

    Ha fair enough.

  88. Hall of Shame says:

    Comment 1089. New record

  89. Chachi says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    I don’t expect Elliot to be that bad again this year. Friday is going to be a tough game.

    He’s had as many below average to awful seasons in the nhl as he has had good ones. He looked like he was back playing in Ottawa tonight.

  90. Jordan says:

    JDï™:
    https://streamable.com/74wn

    Slewfoot.

    Yup, that’s a slewfoot.

    I will not advocate revenge. I will wait for Karma, and be thankful for the karmic tool that brings about balance.

  91. theDjdj says:

    LT, I wonder if Pitlick could be your 2016-17 Davidson candidate. He had a good game today. God knows he deserves a bit of luck.

    Hope the real Davidson isn’t injured too badly. Tkachuk is in for a bad time if he thinks he can carry on like a jerk for too long.

  92. Ice Sage says:

    “Steve Smith”: I’ll put a Woodguy against the Oilers making the playoffs this year to the first taker – we’re nowhere near out of the woods.

    At this point, I’m prepared to believe that the Oilers may never make the playoffs again.

    Yes, chancellor, they’re gonna need to tighten up, special teams in particular.

  93. Pouzar says:

    Bling:
    Lots to like.

    Bottom pairing and special teams are still trash, but progress is being made in other areas.

    Wonder if Russell can keep this up, that would certainly be interesting.

    WheatNOil ‏@WheatNOil 30s31 seconds ago

    Larsson had a strong game playing 47% of his TOI against Gaudreau.
    Nurse did well in 3rd pair.
    Russell lit up at blue line allowing entries

  94. admiralmark says:

    I’m gonna take this night to savour the win. But if I hear tomorrow Davidson and Larsson have significant injuries I might start throwing stuff.

  95. Bulging Twine says:

    Need to see a little more from Draisattl and Slepyshev was lost a couple times.
    What a bitch I am.
    Big win!!! McDavid!! Kassian, Pitlick with good games.

  96. digger50 says:

    I thought Thachuk looked NHL ready, more so than JP. But then what does it take to stand in front of the net and be a general dickhead whenever possible. Think we are looking at a royal pain in the ass for years to come.

    As expected, Nurse has him marked.

  97. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Chachi: He’s had as many below average to awful seasons in the nhl as he has had good ones. He looked like he was back playing in Ottawa tonight.

    I hope so!

  98. Bulging Twine says:

    Pouzar: WheatNOil ‏@WheatNOil30s31 seconds ago

    Larsson had a strong game playing 47% of his TOI against Gaudreau.
    Nurse did well in 3rd pair.
    Russell lit up at blue line allowing entries

    Larsson had Gaudreau frustrated tonight.

  99. russ99 says:

    Bling,

    I thought Nurse had a pretty good game overall, despite a few mistakes. Better decision making than last year and he’s not shying away from contact. Made some nice plays moving the puck up too.

    Davidson saved our bacon on that PK,

    Not the best third pairing game, but could be a lot worse, better than in preseason.

  100. Chachi says:

    “Steve Smith”: I’ll put a Woodguy against the Oilers making the playoffs this year to the first taker – we’re nowhere near out of the woods.

    At this point, I’m prepared to believe that the Oilers may never make the playoffs again.

    Can’t let people enjoy even one fun night eh? We get it. All is lost, the blanket is permanently wet.

  101. Little Poteet says:

    Wayne is loaded in this interview with Gene. He’s had a good time in the VIP boxes tonight

  102. Centre of attention says:

    Bulging Twine: Larsson had Gaudreau frustrated tonight.

    Larsson lit Gaudreau up behind the net too, it was a good one.

  103. Acumen says:

    Jordan,

    Dirty, vicious, dangerous.

    He’s an asshole and I wish bad things upon him.

  104. Younger Oil says:

    JDï™:
    https://streamable.com/74wn

    Slewfoot.

    What a festering piece of shit.

    Definitely a slew foot after the whistle.

    Then intentionally puts all of his body weight on Davidson’s head and shoves down after he comes back from a concussion. I bet that’s what made him miss the rest of the game

    I have seen him play three games, two in the rookie tournament and one here, and each one he has done something absolutely disgusting that shows he has absolutely no respect for the well being of other players.

    Fuck him. Couldn’t be gladder we didn’t draft him.

  105. "Steve Smith" says:

    Chachi: Can’t let people enjoy even one fun night eh? We get it. All is lost, the blanket is permanently wet.

    Oh, hell, I had a fun night…7-4 wins are inherently fun. But when people start talking about how it’s been a long ten years, as if the troubles are somehow over…well, yeah, I go into realist mode.

  106. digger50 says:

    On Connors breakaway where he’s hooked:

    He is actually skating the other way at the redline and has to turn. Wideman is heading straight back to his net, yet Connor makes the turn and still beats him!

    Great speed yes, but god was Wideman rediculously slooowww.

  107. Android says:

    Younger Oil,

    Plus he threw an elbow into Larsson’s head with 30ish seconds left in the game.

  108. Ice Sage says:

    Limited release – savour while it lasts:
    Oilers leading the league.
    https://www.nhl.com/standings

    …feeling a Costanza moment coming on

  109. Younger Oil says:

    Android:
    Younger Oil,

    Plus he threw an elbow into Larsson’s head with 30ish seconds left in the game.

    Honestly, McClellan should call this out publicly. Bring some attention to it. He should not be left off the hook by the league just because the play by play announcers barely commented on it.

  110. Hilmar says:

    “Steve Smith”: Oh, hell, I had a fun night…7-4 wins are inherently fun.But when people start talking about how it’s been a long ten years, as if the troubles are somehow over…well, yeah, I go into realist mode.

    Oilers officially leads the league, plan the parade!

    edit: Ice Sage beat me to it. :/

  111. Chachi says:

    “Steve Smith”: Oh, hell, I had a fun night…7-4 wins are inherently fun.But when people start talking about how it’s been a long ten years, as if the troubles are somehow over…well, yeah, I go into realist mode.

    It seems like most of twitter and the oilogosphere is in realist mode all the time. In fact a lot of it has crossed over into giant cynical asshole mode. Unfortunately the realists always seem to be right, but they really seem to take pleasure in making sure every silver lining has a dark cloud.

  112. Bling says:

    Pouzar,

    Russell has to stand up a bit more at the blue line to deny entries, no question, but it’s a tough thing to do on your off-hand and his history suggests that he’s terrible at it even when playing the left.

    Saw those WheatOil numbers on Nurse, he did very well on denying zone entries and moved the puck well. I was too hard on him. My eyes were wrong, and that’s what the stats are for.

    I will say that the Davidson/Nurse pairing was on for 4 HDSCA in the first period, as per WG’s twitter. Not ideal from your 3rd pairing at home.

  113. TeeVee says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Katz looks like a coked out Willy wonka.

    You sir have achieved the victory. Well done!!!

  114. Pouzar says:

    Bling:
    Pouzar,

    Russell has to stand up a bit more at the blue line to deny entries, no question, but it’s a tough thing to do on your off-hand and his history suggests that he’s terrible at it even when playing the left.

    Saw those WheatOil numbers on Nurse, he did very well on denying zone entries and moved the puck well. I was too hard on him. My eyes were wrong, and that’s what the stats are for.

    I will say that the Davidson/Nurse pairing was on for 4 HDSCA in the first period, as per WG’s twitter. Not ideal from your 3rd pairing at home.

    Watch em put Fayne with Nurse next game.

  115. Bling says:

    russ99,

    Agreed, I was being a bit tough on Nurse/Davidson.

  116. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    “Steve Smith”: Oh, hell, I had a fun night…7-4 wins are inherently fun.But when people start talking about how it’s been a long ten years, as if the troubles are somehow over…well, yeah, I go into realist mode.

    Hey I’m sure the fancies give the game to the flames so…

  117. Bling says:

    Pouzar: Watch em put Fayne with Nurse next game.

    lol

  118. Acumen says:

    Younger Oil,

    It’s what we all loved about Gator in his prime. Someone who tried to Tkachuk it up with us would be put down with a violent but measured, and entirely intimidating, response. Maybe Nurse gets there one day.

    Maybe it’s Friday.

    I’ll be at the game with my brother, so I certainly hope so. First time seeing McDavid in the flesh!

  119. Pescador says:

    Little Poteet:
    Wayne is loaded in this interview with Gene. He’s had a good time in the VIP boxes tonight

    I would suggest he is exhausted from answering 1000’s of stupid questions from endless media piss ants.
    Mean Gene gets a pass

  120. Centre of attention says:

    Edmonton OilersVerified account
    ‏@EdmontonOilers
    “He was Connor. He was our leader. He had fire in his eyes.” Coach McLellan on @cmcdavid97 with two goals, including the penalty shot GWG

  121. StixMalone says:

    Saw the ticker tape and the Oil put Gryba on waivers….isn’t this old news?

  122. Evilas says:

    1980’s hockey tonight. Lots of room for improvement.

    I wonder how long it will take until a PP QB is brought into stabilize the brootull PP.

    I wish I could say I enjoyed this fully, but it is W and I will take it every time!

  123. digger50 says:

    Younger Oil,

    Disgusting, I just watched the clip

    the boys will be pissed when they review the game. His shit won’t fly for long around the league. He is a fool to start his career with this reputation.

  124. Bling says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Someone did a post on Oilers Corsi on a rolling 20 game basis last year. The numbers suggested that the team took a definite step forward halfway through the year. By year-end, the Corsi close was hovering around 48%. There were a few playoff teams (e.g. Florida) that weren’t much further ahead of the Oilers in that department.

    All this is to say that there is legitimate reason for optimism.

  125. Android says:

    It did warm the heart to see all of the Oilers paying tribute to Yak on the PP today. 😉

  126. theDjdj says:

    McDavid’s impact here can not be understated. I’ve watched this team for to long. History shows that when we let in two soft goals and lose the lead we crumble. Talk about how we “looked good” “moral victory” “work to be done on 60 min game”.

    McDavid has none of it. Scores two and wins us the game. That’s why he’s captain.

    Tomorrow we can dissect with realism. Tonight I get drunk on optimism.

    Welcome back hockey

  127. Hilmar says:

    Have to say I enjoyed watching Kassian with Maroon and Draisaitl, biggest positive surprise of the night for me. Will be interesting to see the line combinations after Christmas, I have a feeling some players will play their way off their lines.

  128. striatic says:

    As much as Lucic doesn’t seem to be playing up to his contract, after one game, it is a relief that after years of hunting for and playing coke machines beyond their depth, Kassian, Maroon, Draisaitl and Lucic are four big players that can actually play hockey.

  129. theDjdj says:

    StixMalone:
    Saw the ticker tape and the Oil put Gryba on waivers….isn’t this old news?

    Yeah we waived him when we signed him. Basically signed him as a backup

  130. StixMalone says:

    A former flame announced he is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. Sasha Lakovic is his name . Article up on CBC site…..

  131. Picturesque says:

    russ99: It’s a Ghostbusters mask, Stay Puft marshmallow man.

    Thanks for the clarification! I only got a quick glance of his mask, hence why I thought it was some angry version of Thomas the Tank Engine – I thought maybe Talbot was getting really excited about fatherhood. Hah!

  132. Younger Oil says:

    Adam Larsson ‏@AdamLarsson3 3m3 minutes ago

    First regular season game in the Oilers jersey couldn’t end any better. What a night!

    Guessing he is not injured then? Hopefully not sarcasm?

  133. striatic says:

    Hilmar:
    Have to say I enjoyed watching Kassian with Maroon and Draisaitl, biggest positive surprise of the night for me. Will be interesting to see the line combinations after Christmas, I have a feeling some players will play their way off their lines.

    That line is going to be a fan favourite if it sticks. Curious to see how Drake Caggiula fits into this lineup.

  134. dangilitis says:

    russ99:
    dangilitis,

    The difference is Taylor needed the wall for that, McDavid doesn’t.

    Another crappy shorty,

    Pull Talbot?

    I actually see Hall as one of biggest threats to Connors bid for Art Ross, depending on how they let him wheel in Jersey

  135. Little Poteet says:

    Ice Sage,

    Well the powerplay sure looked like an attempt at opposite George and we won tonight, so good arrows for opposite Oilers, right?

  136. Lowetide says:

    The power play has to get better, unpossible to look worse. Interesting hockey game, lots of strengths and positives and lots to work on.

  137. Pescador says:

    striatic: That line is going to be a fan favourite if it sticks. Curious to see how Drake Caggiula fits into this lineup.

    Me too, probably an easy call; Slepyshev out- Cagguila in

  138. dangilitis says:

    Dress 7 D next game. 1 is Gryba, have him high hit tkachuk. I’m dead serious. You want to send a message to people, don’t have lucic fight engelland. That kind of trade works out for Calgary. Davidsons out, show the NHL that the slaps on the wrist are not enough of a deterrent so the oilers will take manners into their own hands.

  139. Ice Sage says:

    Little Poteet:
    Ice Sage,

    Well the powerplay sure looked like an attempt at opposite George and we won tonight, so good arrows for opposite Oilers, right?

    It’ll be the Winter of George!!!!!

  140. Pescador says:

    Younger Oil:
    Adam Larsson ‏@AdamLarsson3 3m3 minutes ago

    First regular season game in the Oilers jersey couldn’t end any better. What a night!

    Guessing he is not injured then? Hopefully not sarcasm?

    Swedish people don’t do sarcasm, too beautiful

  141. Professor Q says:

    dangilitis: I actually see Hall as one of biggest threats to Connors bid for Art Ross, depending on how they let him wheel in Jersey

    Hall and Henrique together again! ❤

  142. Bulging Twine says:

    dangilitis:
    Dress 7 D next game. 1 is Gryba, have him high hit tkachuk. I’m dead serious. You want to send a message to people, don’t have lucic fight engelland. That kind of trade works out for Calgary. Davidsons out, show the NHL that the slaps on the wrist are not enough of a deterrent so the oilers will take manners into their own hands.

    Sounds like Pat Quinn, “to me you fight dirt with dirt” and Sean Connery, “they put one of ours in the hospital, we put one of theirs in the morgue” (love the way he said morgue with that accent.
    Who was it that got hurt by Iginla and Souray fought him then Quinn said that?
    But Tkachuk definitely can’t be running around like that. That was unbelievable actually.

  143. Little Poteet says:

    So, I’ll just point out that Lowetide, the man who sees the future, called that Puljujarvi would score on the PP on opening night and he would be cemented in the line up for the rest of the season. Id love to wish the young man the best of luck. I hope for his sake McDavid offers that kind of cover to the 3rd line every night so JP isn’t hung out to dry.

  144. Younger Oil says:

    That’s the second time this month Tkachuk follows up a highly illegal, dangerous play AWAY FROM THE PUCK by directly targeting the head and neck of the downed injured player.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGxNs-bLoqg

    Check out 18:15-19:05 of the video above.

    Absolutely pathetic. Fucking coward scum.

    I hope someone knocks his head off of his shoulders on his 10th NHL game. He deserves it.

  145. Soup Fascist says:

    Wow. The elbow Tkafuck threw at Larsson’s earhole while he was pinned along the boards was an absolute act of cowardice. Don’t get me started on the slewfoot.

    I would give my left nut to see Nurse string him out and lay the little puke out on Friday. Take a 3 game suspension – no problem.

    Whoever used the word dirtbag. That is it. There is aggressive and then flat out cheap.

    Kassian played a very strong, physical game. Outmuscled a ton of Flames d-men and especially owned Grossman. Nicely done.

  146. Clay says:

    Sekera was asked in his post-game about Russell. Big smile across his face, and he says “he makes my life easy”.

    I think after the babysitting / mentoring he had to put up with last year, he’s enjoying having a partner who is an actual NHL player.

  147. dangilitis says:

    Bulging Twine: Sounds like Pat Quinn, “to me you fight dirt with dirt” and Sean Connery, “they put one of ours in the hospital, we put one of theirs in the morgue”(love the way he said morgue with that accent.
    Who was it that got hurt by Iginla and Souray fought him then Quinn said that?
    But Tkachuk definitely can’t be running around like that.That was unbelievable actually.

    I don’t usually condone this but “wishing bad things” or “karmic justice” has never worked for Edmonton. The only case that had ever settled in such a way, one could argue, was Kassian. He now works for us and had a tough road to get back there, but even then, Gagner never got his career back on track and I still blame him for that.

    Point is, the guy won’t face league discipline and if he does it will be laughable. An insignificant player injuring a key role player on another team cannot go unpunished, the quality of players suffers, and the victimized team should not suffer more. There is a pattern, it is usually a better player relative to the perpetrator that loses out.

  148. Shizuka says:

    Lowetide:
    The power play has to get better, unpossible to look worse. Interesting hockey game, lots of strengths and positives and lots to work on.

    I agree with you, Ralph Wiggum, I agree.

    Tkachuk really is a punk, f*** that slewfoot on Davidson and the cheapshot elbow on Larsson at the end as well. Whatever karmic kismet exists in this universe, may it visit that kid with a fury.

    We were killed in the faceoff tonight too, at least it seemed to me that seemingly every 2 of 3 draws we lost.

  149. pocession charge says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Question for those in attendance: fans sounded really, really quiet on TV. Was it quiet in the rink or I wonder if TV mics were muted?

    Welcome back George. I just got home from the game. What a great night! This team is worth getting excited about. There’s still a lot to clean up (special teams, Dzone board play by the wingers, ugly giveaways, shaky goaltending) but I believe that’s all fixable. There’s a lot to like on this team.

    The crowd definitely sounded quiet to me. Strange because everyone was in a happy mood there. Perhaps it is the acoustics in the building that make it sound quiet but the crowd wasn’t very loud either. Chalk it up to the PTSD that the fan base is dealing with I suppose. Also, fans that drop $300 or more per seat tend to be more reserved. I did my best to yell, clap, and cheer.

    Fantastic opening ceremony with a great light show, video of Alberta mountains and Edmonton, and native dancers; all set to a synthesized native drum beat. The crowd received bracelets that were timed to light up in different colours all night long (damn thing is still going off on the counter!). We also got a Oilers shirt and a commemorative silver opening night ‘ticket’ in a box. Nice vibe in the rink. I think people will cheer loudly when this team makes the playoffs.

  150. pocession charge says:

    Soup Fascist:
    Wow. The elbow Tkafuck threw at Larsson’s earhole while he was pinned along the boards was an absolute act of cowardice. Don’t get me started on the slewfoot.

    I would give my left nut to see Nurse string him out and lay the little puke out on Friday. Take a 3 game suspension – no problem.

    Whoever used the word dirtbag. That is it. There is aggressive and then flat out cheap.

    Kassian played a very strong, physical game. Outmuscled a ton of Flames d-men and especially owned Grossman. Nicely done.

    This. Larsson was so mad that it wasn’t called that he threw his stick down in disgust. Cheap shotting mother fucker is going to get it back in spades.

  151. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    pocession charge,

    Thank you. Sounds like a great night for you; I am glad. I was curious about the atmosphere because I expected more energy overall (after the 3-1 lead mark it seemed so very quiet the rest of the way bar the penalty shot) and was wondering if that was the broadcast or if it was actually like that in the rink. When MSG had its big renovation the crowd definitely became quieter because the seats became more expensive and they put more corporate boxes in the lower bowl. The old rinks like Northlands and Uniondale were definitely loud in part due to less corporate boxes but also due to bad acoustics.

  152. striker says:

    Ice Sage: Limited release – savour while it lasts:
    Oilers leading the league.
    https://www.nhl.com/standings
    …feeling a Costanza moment coming on

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaaZZN9VYs

  153. pocession charge says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    pocession charge,

    Thank you. Sounds like a great night for you; I am glad. I was curious about the atmosphere because I expected more energy overall (after the 3-1 lead mark it seemed so very quiet the rest of the way bar the penalty shot) and was wondering if that was the broadcast or if it was actually like that in the rink. When MSG had its big renovation the crowd definitely became quieter because the seats became more expensive and they put more corporate boxes in the lower bowl. The old rinks like Northlands and Uniondale were definitely loud in part due to less corporate boxes but also due to bad acoustics.

    It’s too bad that it has to be that way. The most vocal portion of the fan base are priced out of the rink at the moment. I think that the team could do a better job of encouraging a louder environment. More mascots (not scary ones like Hunter!) leading cheering sections, a designated rally section like they have in Nashville, make up some crowd chants like they do in British football. Hell, get a Superfan and arm him with a trumpet and some drums. There are ways to make it noisier.

  154. smellyglove says:

    STL hammered Chicago last night.

    Yak got 10 minutes and a shot on goal.

  155. SwedishPoster says:

    In all honesty not a very wellplayed hockey game last night but hell of entertaining. Lots of sloppy, lots of miss assignments and lots of bad passing. Talbot wasn’t great but his outperforming Elliot won us the game.
    That and McDavid being amazing, what’s most impressive was him putting up three points and having a dominant performance with a ton of chances despite his two wingers both playing terribly AND his PP unit being hot garbage. Just insane.
    Outside McDavid the biggest wow moment was Pitlick crashing into the boards and not leaving the game with a fractured clavicle/fractured pelvis/broken leg/ruptured spleen/pneumothorax/concussion/syfilis/the common flu/avian flu/MERS/jaundice/shoulder injury/a massive hickey/sportshernia/old age/until now unknown disease called morbus Pitlick/hematoma or urinary tract infection.
    I also liked RNH, Kassian and Maroon among the forwards. Drai was all over the place both good and bad, could be nerves ofc but Pulju don’t look quite NHL ready, my oh my that release though, Slepy struggled but had some promising moments, Pouliot was solid and one of very few players playing with some structure to his game, Letestu wasn’t very good , imo he’s a bit of what we back home used to call an “alibi player” defensively, he’s there looking busy but not really accomplishing much of substance.

    Larsson was good but not as good as he can be, Klefbom was exceptional, Russell played well and from watching him in this one game he shows an ability to make succesful desperation plays that might explain why his fancies and his GA don’t match, he’s clearly a flawed player, he’s not strong in board battles and his gap control is lacking but he can make big plays to solve a problem and that is useful, the most obvious play was when he saved Larsson’s butt with the play that lead to Pitlicks goal but he had other less blatant plays in the same mold. Sekera solid and looked the part as a second pairing anchor. Nurse started out real shaky but got better as the game went on, Davidson similar but sadly got injured at a time when he started to really find his game.
    Tkachuk plays a completely disrespectful game and I doubt he’ll play this season without getting himself seriously injured if it continues, hopefully he won’t hurt too many players before either getting reigned in or injured from another team paying him back. Long time since I saw a player playing with that kind of blatant disregard for his colleagues health, we see dirty plays all the time in the heat of the game but rarely so many plays with an obivous intent to injure from one player in one game.

    Still unbeaten! On to the next one.

  156. Zelepukin says:

    smellyglove:
    STL hammered Chicago last night.

    Yak got 10 minutes and a shot on goal.

    The Puj goal reminded of how infrequently Yaks actually got shots off like that. One game means nothing but I’m excited to see Puj put up numbers that we always wished Yaks would have.

  157. john says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    ya man, altho as a tier 1 fan I’ve always been disappointed in how quiet the arena is.. the Library may have moved but it’ll always be chill!

    mcdavid completes me.. wow. plz let’s not see davidson out too long

  158. spoiler says:

    The story of this game, to me, is 97’s reaction after the Flaming shorties.

    It’s one thing to name him Captain.
    It’s another to get buy-in from the team.

    Game 1,.. Giving the team back the two goal lead after the assholes tie it up… I don’t see how that buy-in isn’t there.

    This is massive. Lowe wasn’t wrong when he was in the booth… this is a team that in past years was searching for identity.

    Last night the Oil became Team Connor.

  159. spoiler says:

    Klefbom was unbelievable last night too. I thought he and McDeity were the two best Oilers tonight (don’t get me wrong, Russell had a decent game and the 4th line was a joy, for a change).

    Even dreamier than I remember. I think having Larsson cruisin beside him might be huge for our young stud, coz he looks archetypal. He was always guilty of trying to do a little too much before…

  160. theres oil in virginia says:

    SwedishPoster: Outside McDavid the biggest wow moment was Pitlick crashing into the boards and not leaving the game with a fractured clavicle/fractured pelvis/broken leg/ruptured spleen/pneumothorax/concussion/syfilis/the common flu/avian flu/MERS/jaundice/shoulder injury/a massive hickey/sportshernia/old age/until now unknown disease called morbus Pitlick/hematoma or urinary tract infection.

    This is hilarious. Only thing is, I was expecting there to be an “and” at the end, not an “or”.

  161. Professor Q says:

    Younger Oil:
    That’s the second time this month Tkachuk follows up a highly illegal, dangerous play AWAY FROM THE PUCK by directly targeting the head and neck of the downed injured player.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGxNs-bLoqg

    Check out 18:15-19:05 of the video above.

    Absolutely pathetic. Fucking coward scum.

    I hope someone knocks his head off of his shoulders on his 10th NHL game. He deserves it.

    How was that not called as a headshot, elbow, roughing, crosscheck, etc. nor lead to a suspension?

    The NHL needs to actually get serious on this stuff if they’re going to say they will.

    He was an idiot many, many, many times last night, too.

    I can’t believe I liked him on London. He’ll be another Perry-Torres for me.

  162. böök¡je says:

    “Steve Smith”: Oh, hell, I had a fun night…7-4 wins are inherently fun.But when people start talking about how it’s been a long ten years, as if the troubles are somehow over…well, yeah, I go into realist mode.

    Me too, I saw a lot of weaknesses on that team and am not convinced that the team has improved from 2 years ago other than winning McDavid.

    I worry when a coach who failed on special teams last year has a power play that looks worse than last year.

    Success can’t be solely built on McDavid.

    I think 10 years of horrible management has me soured on rebuild #4.

  163. theres oil in virginia says:

    böök¡je: Me too, I saw a lot of weaknesses on that team and am not convinced that the team has improved from 2 years ago other than winning McDavid.

    I worry when a coach who failed on special teams last year has a power play that looks worse than last year.

    Success can’t be solely built on McDavid.

    I think 10 years of horrible management has me soured on rebuild #4.

    Just watched the highlights. Elliott sucked…bad. I hope this young team doesn’t get too high on that game, ’cause it looks like there’s still a ways to go. Still, better to get a sloppy win to start the season than a sloppy loss.

  164. tapper says:

    Transition game definitely looks sharper. I am a Russell fan, at least when he has the puck, no matter what the stats say. He’s poised and patient, waits for lanes to open, draws the forecheck before moving the puck and generally doesn’t seem to throw it away.

    PP though, ugh. It cost them 5-10 pts last year. It will cost them the playoffs this year if they don’t fix it. Needs to be top-half of the league. Plus that should reduce any McDavid mugging, thereby reducing injury probability.

    I don’t know why Darnell is on the PK. His reads are still too slow.

  165. magneto says:

    Younger Oil,

    On the last play he broke his stick. After the buzzer he skated out, picked it up and threw it into the bench and joined the celebration

  166. admiralmark says:

    theres oil in virginia: Just watched the highlights.Elliott sucked…bad.I hope this young team doesn’t get too high on that game, ’cause it looks like there’s still a ways to go.Still, better to get a sloppy win to start the season than a sloppy loss.

    I agree on Elliott but at the same time Talbot could be a lot better too. If both goalies had played up to their abilities the Oilers still would of won this game.

  167. theres oil in virginia says:

    admiralmark: I agree on Elliott but at the same time Talbot could be a lot better too. If both goalies had played up to their abilities the Oilers still would of won this game.

    That’s good to hear, I guess I’m just suggesting that winning might skew their mindset. Both teams (and probably all teams at this point in the season) need to clean up the sloppiness. Winning sometimes (especially with a young team) makes you think you’ve gotten to where you need to be. Everybody else improves while you coast. Don’t be surprised to see some of that, but if we don’t see that, it’s a sign of the team (finally!) maturing.

  168. hunter1909 says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Okay, Hunter, 82 points. I’d be less surprised by an under than by an over.

    Incredibly, you’re all alone at 82.

    Still scrolling through this final few hours of the Death March™ just reached the iconic 300 number.

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