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. Ryan says:

    McDavid bitches!

  2. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  3. khildahl says:

    doritogrande:
    Neither 2nd period goal on Talbot. That was absolutely on Lucic,

    100% agreed.

    CONNOR!

  4. striatic says:

    Thank Gord.

  5. Bulging Twine says:

    I didn’t realize Larsson has some nasty to his game

  6. Picturesque says:

    Captain Connor!

  7. russ99 says:

    Nice goal McDavid to stop the bleeding.

    Those boards are going to be a factor.

  8. Empty Netter says:

    Thank God, we got McDavid!

  9. Derek says:

    Mcyeezy will save us all from these abominable special teams.

  10. TheGreatMutato says:

    And now I can stop drinking in anger yet keep drinking. Thanks CFMD.

  11. Bulging Twine says:

    When McDavid went off, pretty sure it was with TJ whatever his name is the trainer, not the equipment guy.

  12. khildahl says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    And now I can stop drinking in anger yet keep drinking. Thanks CFMD.

    Remove the stone of shame!

    Attach the stone of triumph!

  13. SumOil says:

    Just refuse to take a power play

  14. doritogrande says:

    I didn’t realize Larsson has some nasty to his game

    On a night where we’ve seen almost every former Oilers captain of note, Larsson is channeling #21.

    And I love it.

  15. Picturesque says:

    Bulging Twine:
    I didn’t realize Larsson has some nasty to his game

    Agreed – way more sandpaper than I was expecting.

  16. dangilitis says:

    PP obviously was shit (it really is mind boggling how the roster and coaching can turn over but the futility continues) but I honestly think Lucic being in the box for 5 minutes made it hard for the McDavid line to get going early in 2nd and Calgary took over. The SH goals were a culmination of all that pressure. Thank you for McDavid

  17. OmJo says:

    Davidson looks hurt…

    Nvm.

  18. razor says:

    Slepy is off the NUGE line. Maybe we should kept our RW depth? Just askin. Versteeg would have looked great on that line.

  19. khildahl says:

    OmJo:
    Davidson looks hurt…

    Saw that. Looked like he was holding his arm.

  20. russ99 says:

    Nice axehandle there, Kass.

  21. StixMalone says:

    Kassian rubbing Tkachuk lol

  22. Pescador says:

    Captain McDavid.
    Show some respect

  23. OmJo says:

    Flames gotta be pissed about that call lol

  24. thurmtim says:

    Wow Sonny McD! Speed kills…

  25. Oil2Oilers says:

    McDaivd overtaking Wideman was inevitable.

  26. doritogrande says:

    Fuck Auston Matthews. Fuck him.

  27. Ice Sage says:

    Auston who?

  28. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The guys a surgeon.

  29. Pouzar says:

    Wow.

  30. jp says:

    Better than Gretzky!!!!!

    (on penalty shots 🙂 )

  31. Ryan says:

    Hey, you heard of McDavid bitches?

  32. Little Poteet says:

    WWOOOOOOOOTTTT!!!!!

  33. russ99 says:

    McDavid, unbelievable. How did he do that.

  34. khildahl says:

    Completely froze Elliot.

  35. Pouzar says:

    Wayne. Classic.

  36. Empty Netter says:

    That’s our captain!

  37. striatic says:

    Gretzky shaking his head in amazement.

  38. thurmtim says:

    So far we’ve shown enough to be proud of our game and enough to be humble at the same time.

  39. JDï™ says:

    Sick

  40. TheGreatMutato says:

    HOLY SHIT CONNOR MCDAVID IS AN OILER

  41. Picturesque says:

    Incredible hands on that deke.. Just wow.

  42. OmJo says:

    The refs haven’t forgiven Wideman, I think.

  43. delooper says:

    This is what it’s like to enjoy watching hockey, isn’t it?

  44. Pouzar says:

    Man I thought they weren’t gonna call that hook

  45. Yak Efron says:

    Urge to kill…fading….

  46. StixMalone says:

    Had to show his goal n slo mo cos I couldn’t see it in real time….wow

  47. Jethro Tull says:

    Oh Captain, my Captain…..

  48. Frank the dog says:

    razor:
    Slepy is off the NUGE line. Maybe we should kept our RW depth? Just askin. Versteeg would have looked great on that line.

    Ffs man, Versteeg was offered a contract, which he declined after the waiver cutoff.

  49. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored..

  50. striatic says:

    jp:
    Better than Gretzky!!!!!

    (on penalty shots )

    He was probably thinking about how many more goals he could have padded his career totals with using penalty shot skills like that.

  51. dangilitis says:

    Holy shit! Ghosts of Oilers from rexall center made an appearance for the first 10 mins of this period and then McDavid essentially said “not this year” and decided to take over the hockey game. That’s what McDavid can do as a captain that Ference, Moreau, etc couldn’t despite their age

  52. Ice Sage says:

    Am loving it but refs are giving Oilers the calls.
    JDI – I think your Vegas theory might hold water (but I didn’t really mean that if a lawyer asks)

  53. Pescador says:

    I just fainted

  54. russ99 says:

    Gonna be fun seeing Connor do the impossible multiple times a game.

  55. OmJo says:

    Frank the dog,

    He was offered a contract as a 13/14 forward and not promised a regular spot in the lineup. Probably the only reason he didn’t sign.

  56. JDï™ says:

    OmJo:
    Flames gotta be pissed about that call lol

    looks for violin

    Oh yeah, I don’t play the violin.

  57. Jethro Tull says:

    Goddamn it, just turn down the penalty!

  58. "Steve Smith" says:

    Ice Sage:
    JDI – I think your Vegastheory might hold water

    Did you really mean that?

  59. OmJo says:

    I’m sorry but Lucic should not be on the first PP unit…

  60. delooper says:

    Somebody else is going to say it before me but Lucic does not help on the PP.

  61. Spengler says:

    Whew, not an Oilers power play.

  62. khildahl says:

    Stajan blatantly grabbed Sekera’s stick and tucked it under his arm there.

  63. striatic says:

    PP trying the same stupid things that led to the SHGs, just doing a slightly better job covering for those mistakes. ugh.

  64. Little Poteet says:

    so its a hooking penalty on the other guy if I grab his stick and hold it in my ribs?

  65. Derek says:

    The second period isn’t over yet, its almost 10:30 and I’m considerably buzzed. Is this what East Coast fandom feels like?

  66. StixMalone says:

    OmJo:
    I’m sorry but Lucic should not be on the first PP unit…

    Agreed.

  67. dangilitis says:

    We really need a shot option from the point on the PP, or am I crazy

  68. Ice Sage says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    eyes shifting side to side, trying to wipe away oddshark.com app from phone…
    ‘errr, no’

    (20:1 and rising)

  69. Pouzar says:

    dangilitis:
    We really need a shot option from the PP, or am I crazy

    Yer not. It’s embarrassing already.

  70. Frank the dog says:

    OmJo:
    Frank the dog,

    He was offered a contract as a 13/14 forward and not promised a regular spot in the lineup. Probably the only reason he didn’t sign.

    He was offered a contract. Are you saying Chia should have guaranteed him top 6 ice time?

  71. OmJo says:

    Camera guy: Get a shot of Gretzky, they’re talking about McDavid.

    *captures Gretzky yawning*

    “Okay shit, go back to McLellan, quickly quickly!”

  72. Little Poteet says:

    I love the Nuge

  73. Clay says:

    Even Wideman doesn’t like Tkachuk.

  74. Lowetide says:

    Nuge is Keon, swear to God.

  75. jp says:

    Derek:
    The second period isn’t over yet, its almost 10:30 and I’m considerably buzzed.Is this what East Coast fandom feels like?

    Yes.

  76. StixMalone says:

    Nuge is such a cerebral assassin…..

  77. delooper says:

    Don’t they all have great sticks? Bloody expensive they are.

    Maybe they should talk about hand-eye coordination.

  78. Clay says:

    Lowetide:
    Nuge is Keon, swear to God.

    See him collide with Wideman there? Wideman lost the collision. Nuge is developing some old-man strength

  79. Gerta Rauss says:

    Some wobbly bits in the middle but lots of fun and a 2 goal lead going into the 3rd

  80. russ99 says:

    Well, McLellan has a different idea abiout the powerplay.

    4 forwards, 1-2 of which are cycle players doesn’t allow for point shooters.

    I’d love to see Lucic try to screen and cash rebounds than just try to reacqure the puck.

  81. Derek says:

    The shot totals are a bit alarming. I really hope that’s just because Edmontons special teams coach lives in a van down by the river.

  82. Ryan says:

    delooper:
    Don’t they all have great sticks?Bloody expensive they are.

    Maybe they should talk about hand-eye coordination.

    Who’s this Conner McDavid guy?

  83. OmJo says:

    Frank the dog: He was offered a contract. Are you saying Chia should have guaranteed him top 6 ice time?

    Sure, he offered him a contract.

    Top six? No. But surely Versteeg is more than a part-time NHLer at this point of his career.

    “Hey Versteeg, so look… I’ll give you $900 000 to sign here. But we’re going to use you as a 13 forward. Because we really like Puljujarvi and Draisaitl as our top nine right-wings. So even though you’re trying to save your career at this point, what do you say being a part-time NHLer at 30 years old?”

    Now why on Earth would he not accept an offer like that?

  84. Gerta Rauss says:

    Terry Jones has got to be pissed-he’s been after that Katz interview since day 1 and John Shannon gets the exclusive

  85. Bling says:

    What I don’t like about the Nurse/Davidson pairing is that because Nurse is on his right side, Davidson ends up deferring to him to move the puck.

    Nurse is not so good at that. Couple bad outlet passes already, and then he had a rush where he turned the puck over.

  86. JDï™ says:

    Ice Sage: (but I didn’t really mean that if a lawyer asks)

    Your only hope is Rocco Galati. It’s your constitutional right to suspect a Colin Campbell conspiracy is true.

  87. Clay says:

    Hughson and Simpson need to shut their whine-holes about the “favourable call” bullshit. If it was reversed, and CGY was the beneficiary of the call, they wouldn’t be making a fuss over it.

  88. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    OmJo: Sure, he offered him a contract.

    Top six? No. But surely Versteeg is more than a part-time NHLer at this point of his career.

    “Hey Versteeg, so look… I’ll give you $900 000 to sign here. But we’re going to use you as a 13 forward. Because we really like Puljujarvi and Draisaitl as our top nine right-wings. So even though you’re trying to save your career at this point, what do you say being a part-time NHLer at 30 years old?”

    Now why on Earth would he not accept an offer like that?

    Ego.

  89. OmJo says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Terry Jones has got to be pissed-he’s been after that Katz interview since day 1 and John Shannon gets the exclusive

    Shannon looks/sounds scared lol…

  90. pitlickdinner says:

    Did anyone see Davidson on the ice after the thing behind the net?

  91. thurmtim says:

    880 comments at second intermission. We should break 1100 by end of third maybe 1300-1350 by end of night. What’s the record LT?

  92. The Trade Guy says:

    I actually want to go back to not hearing Katz. And his weird head tilt is disconcerting.

  93. Jethro Tull says:

    Katz looks like a coked out Willy wonka.

  94. Little Poteet says:

    Davy gone for the night. The guy can’t catch a break

  95. khildahl says:

    pitlickdinner:
    Did anyone see Davidson on the ice after the thing behind the net?

    Didn’t notice him, but the whole rest of the period was special teams.

  96. Pouzar says:

    pitlickdinner:
    Did anyone see Davidson on the ice after the thing behind the net?

    And it begins

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 1m1 minute ago
    #Oilers d-man Brandon Davidson will not return tonight. #CGYvsEDM

  97. Hall of Shame says:

    thurmtim:
    880 comments at second intermission. We should break 1100 by end of third maybe 1300-1350 by end of night. What’s the record LT?

    Single post 1088

    http://lowetide.ca/2014/10/14/oilers-at-kings-g3-2014-15/comment-page-5/#comment-343253

  98. Derek says:

    pitlickdinner:
    Did anyone see Davidson on the ice after the thing behind the net?

    Yea he looked injured while Tkachuk was holding him down, but it really hasn’t been mentioned past the scrum. That and it was mostly special teams play after that point so we wouldn’t have seen him on the ice in the regular even strength rotation.

  99. Lowetide says:

    26-26 Corsi 5×5 according to hockeystats.ca. Wonder period by McDavid and Nuge. Davidson will not return.

  100. Pescador says:

    If we don’t draw anymore penalties, we might just win this bitch ass peace

  101. TheGreatMutato says:

    Katz seems drunk, haha

  102. Bulging Twine says:

    Tkachuk with the slew foot dirty bugger. (i know i’m behind).

  103. Madtown Oil says:

    Adam L has made a few bad decisions in my viewing of the game. Like his physical play though.

  104. russ99 says:

    Little Poteet,

    That really sucks. Who’s going to have to pull a second shift on his off hand? Sekera?

    Hope he’s not out long, needs to save us from Nurse – Fayne ugliness,

  105. Pescador says:

    Lowetide:
    26-26 Corsi 5×5 according to hockeystats.ca. Wonder period by McDavid and Nuge. Davidson will not return.

    Of course. It’s almost heartbreaking

  106. razor says:

    OmJo:
    Frank the dog,

    He was offered a contract as a 13/14 forward and not promised a regular spot in the lineup. Probably the only reason he didn’t sign.

    Like I was implying, would he have turn down a top six role on Nuge’s wing?

  107. Ice Sage says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    Katz seems drunk, haha

    I would hope he’s got some better shit

  108. Bling says:

    Did Davidson’s head hit the ice while Tkachuk was mugging him?

    They have to get that stuff out of the game.

  109. Derek says:

    Darryl Katz – “Nobody believed I could build this arena in Edmonton, without spending a dime of my own money.

  110. russ99 says:

    Bling,

    Didn’t looks like that, he was having trouble skating.

    Didn’t see a Tkachuk slew foot, will have to go back and check.

  111. MrEd says:

    Matthews looks a lot like Jack White.

  112. Little Poteet says:

    TheGreatMutato,

    when you are a billionaire, i’m pretty sure you drink enough for your blood to actually be sangria

  113. Pouzar says:

    Bling:
    Did Davidson’s head hit the ice while Tkachuk was mugging him?

    They have to get that stuff out of the game.

    Mark Spector ‏@SportsnetSpec 48s48 seconds ago
    Davidson is not returning to the game. Drilled by Tkachuk. COuld be concussion issue?

  114. Frank the dog says:

    OmJo: Sure, he offered him a contract.

    Top six? No. But surely Versteeg is more than a part-time NHLer at this point of his career.

    “Hey Versteeg, so look… I’ll give you $900 000 to sign here. But we’re going to use you as a 13 forward. Because we really like Puljujarvi and Draisaitl as our top nine right-wings. So even though you’re trying to save your career at this point, what do you say being a part-time NHLer at 30 years old?”

    Now why on Earth would he not accept an offer like that?

    So Chia should have lied to him? Or hobble himself with promises that were typical of the old oilers?

  115. Yak Efron says:

    I think it was just beer goggles,but coulda swore Tkachuk was bashing Daveys head while he was down.

  116. Fog of Warts says:

    I’ve got a growler going of Category 12’s Zombie Repellant Ale.

    This 6.9% Belgian red ale features Zythos hops, CaraRed malt, Azacca hops and distinct aromas of licorice and sweet orange …

    I don’t find the aroma “distinct” in any dimension, but it’s nicely balanced, if a tiny bit hoppier than my preference … this is well into the lower reaches of the West Coast hops stratosphere. However, the slight edge is far from repellent.

    More, please.

  117. Pouzar says:

    Tkachuk slewfoot on Davy.

    You can’t make this shit up.

  118. treevojo says:

    Man…… It must suck to be one of those people that decided that this year was the year they were no longer going to be fans of the oilers.

    After a decade of incompetence to give up on Connor mcdavid in his prime is mind boggling.

    I would be asking for a mulligan.

    He is everything a fan could ever ask for.

  119. Bulging Twine says:

    jp:
    So who is going to score the first goal?

    I’ve got a hunch on Maroon.

    well done, what other hunches you got?

  120. khildahl says:

    Went back and rewatched the play where Davidson went down. Didn’t see him hit his head, but he went down really awkwardly and may have hurt his leg or arm. Also possible Tkachuk landed on the back of his head afterward.

  121. Empty Netter says:

    https://twitter.com/TrententTye/status/786424793910251520

    F***king bastard. Glad we didn’t draft him.

  122. Pescador says:

    Fog of Warts:
    I’ve got a growler going of Category 12’s Zombie Repellant Ale.

    I don’t find the aroma “distinct” in any dimension, but it’s nicely balanced, if a tiny bit hoppier than my preference … this is well into the lower reaches of the West Coast hops stratosphere.However, the slight edge is far from repellent.

    More, please.

    Where can I get some?
    I’ve got a zombie problem at my house

  123. dangilitis says:

    Pouzar:
    Tkachuk slewfoot on Davy.

    You can’t make this shit up.

    Our “heavy” players should seek retribution and welcome him to the NHL with his dad in attendance

  124. khildahl says:

    Empty Netter,

    Ooof. Pretty damning.

  125. Jethro Tull says:

    MrEd:
    Matthews looks a lot like Jack White.

    I was thinking the same thing. Though Austin is to Jack what Zoolander’s son is to Zoolander.

  126. russ99 says:

    Empty Netter,

    That wasn’t his first cheap shot either,

    Somebody run that dirty bastard into a stanchion.

  127. Little Poteet says:

    that penalty is wideman for being wideman. Poor guy

  128. dangilitis says:

    How is wideman surprised about that penalty? Is he really that stupid?

  129. Derek says:

    Wideman gets another questionable penalty. Weird. Who could’ve possibly seen this coming?

  130. "Steve Smith" says:

    Jack Michaels just said “…this Atco Energy Power Play, which has just been dreadful tonight…”

    I feel like the sponsor may want to insert a few more clauses in that contract.

  131. OmJo says:

    Dammit…. Davidson out for the game. Hopefully just a precaution.

  132. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    If the oil really want to take the next step this year the pp has to improve. It’s flaccid.

  133. Pouzar says:

    Dreadful

  134. StixMalone says:

    Gawd awful powerplay….all this talent and a shitty powerplay coach…..

  135. MrEd says:

    What a pass.

  136. russ99 says:

    I get it, but sometimes you have to leave the cycle for 5×5. We do have an extra man out there..

  137. doritogrande says:

    There’s the Lucic pass.

    Awesome chance.

  138. khildahl says:

    Wideman with a huge save there.

  139. Derek says:

    Christ. LT was right. Look at that Lucic pass.

  140. delooper says:

    Pitlick is having a nice game.

  141. Derek says:

    Has Kassian replaced Slepy as the regular winger on the Nuge line?

  142. delooper says:

    Time for Oilers to start turning Calgary into processed food.

  143. russ99 says:

    Derek,

    Looks like it.

  144. Bulging Twine says:

    “Davidson injured on this collision with Matthew Tkachuk”
    you mean slew foot.
    get him in player safety books in first game

  145. Pouzar says:

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 7m7 minutes ago
    Darren Dreger Retweeted Jason Gregor
    Never like seeing guys get hurt, but that looks more like a shove than anything else to me.

  146. dangilitis says:

    delooper:
    Pitlick is having a nice game.

    Definitely, can’t even blame him for that pass to no one because a teammate should have made it to the slot by that point, that was some great stickwork and determination 1 against 5

  147. khildahl says:

    Pouzar:
    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger7m7 minutes ago
    Darren Dreger Retweeted Jason Gregor
    Never like seeing guys get hurt, but that looks more like a shove than anything else to me.

    Sure… A shove in one direction, with a foot sweeping the legs in the other.

  148. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I have seasons tickets to the Oilers right beside the sports net crew. Saw the 3 stars for the game.

    3 – from Edm Connor McDavid

    2 – from Cgy The Oilers Power Play

    1st star – Austin Matthews.

    Seemed a weird assortment.

  149. Lloyd B. says:

    Lowetide:
    Nuge is Keon, swear to God.

    A few years ago, or forty, you would get “marbles” of players in Alpha Bit cereal. I had Keon Ullman, and Ellis. No idea where the marbles are now but they would probably worth a loonie or two today.

    .

  150. StixMalone says:

    Conner needs the hat trick….

  151. jp says:

    Yak Efron:
    I think it was just beer goggles,but coulda swore Tkachuk was bashing Daveys head while he was down.

    I saw that too. Though he could have been hurt already.

  152. Pouzar says:

    Ha Ha………..now Decline it.

  153. Gerta Rauss says:

    A PP goal here and all is forgiven

  154. jp says:

    Bulging Twine: well done, what other hunches you got?

    Oilers. Playoffs. 2017.

    I don’t wanna get fancy.

  155. khildahl says:

    Jesse!

  156. jp says:

    Puuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!

  157. doritogrande says:

    Nice debut kid.

  158. Pouzar says:

    Jesse!

  159. russ99 says:

    Jesus, blatant high stick to the face.

  160. Ice Sage says:

    JP = Juicy Powerplay

  161. unca miltie says:

    Let’s have a pool party

  162. Yak Efron says:

    THAT SMILE!!

  163. Lowetide says:

    Puljujarvi should be scoring in the AHL.

  164. russ99 says:

    Alright Jesse!!

  165. "Steve Smith" says:

    I wanted him in the AHL, but that’s nice to see.

    If he manages six more tonight, he might quiet the media’s discussion of Austin Matthews’ debut.

  166. Derek says:

    The Joker!

  167. Ice Sage says:

    3 more Jesse!

  168. JDï™ says:

    : ]

  169. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Quick release!!

  170. dangilitis says:

    Haha! Jesse – I don’t know why we are having so much problems on PP. In Finland we used to shoot the puck at the net, I’m going to try it

  171. MrEd says:

    JesseP is hilarious.

  172. OmJo says:

    Beating the fLames 6-3, fortunately the first BoA in the new arena has been much better than the last BoA in Rexall.

    I still insist on JP spending some time in the AHL.

  173. Fog of Warts says:

    Pescador: Where can I get some?
    I’ve got a zombie problem at my house

    http://category12beer.com/
    2200 Keating Cross Road, Victoria BC

    Locals would call this Saanichton.

    Small premise, tap in the wall deal, semi-industrial backwater.

  174. Bling says:

    Whoa POOLPARTY!

  175. JonyPro says:

    Puljujarvi’s smile is bigger than Yaks…..better player right there!

  176. Empty Netter says:

    Everyone getting points!
    So happy for Puljujärvi.

    FAST & UP !!

  177. russ99 says:

    Ok, replace Slepy or Lander with a vet 2-way forward and we’re set.

    Puljujarvi and Pitlick have been good tonight, even without the goals.

  178. Dicky94 says:

    DIVE!!

  179. Bling says:

    Missed this earlier, but don’t get the Bennett over Draisaitl love.

    Bennett is a nice player, but Drai is sublime, Forsberg-esque.

  180. SumOil says:

    dangilitis:
    Haha! Jesse – I don’t know why we are having so much problems on PP. In Finland we used to shoot the puck at the net, I’m going to try it

    Haha niice

  181. Pouzar says:

    No pressure Laine.

  182. StixMalone says:

    Is it just me or is Elliot wearing the new smaller blocker?

  183. Ice Sage says:

    Fog of Warts: http://category12beer.com/
    2200 Keating Cross Road, Victoria BC

    Locals would call this Saanichton.

    Small premise, tap in the wall deal, semi-industrial backwater.

    Shortest FOW / Bootstrap post ever
    …do they serve snacks?

  184. doritogrande says:

    I don’t know why we are having so much problems on PP. In Finland we used to shoot the puck at the net, I’m going to try it

    I lol’d

  185. Picturesque says:

    Fog of Warts: http://category12beer.com/
    2200 Keating Cross Road, Victoria BC

    Locals would call this Saanichton.

    Small premise, tap in the wall deal, semi-industrial backwater.

    If you got a growler, does this mean you also live on the Island?

  186. Pescador says:

    I wonder if Elliot starts on Friday,
    Haha

  187. treevojo says:

    Pretty sure versteeg would have had a hatty by now if he were wearing the oil drop.

    Fuckin stupid chia!

  188. Clay says:

    Lowetide:
    Puljujarvi should be scoring in the AHL.

    I don’t know if you’re allowed to troll your own blog.

  189. Ice Sage says:

    Pescador:
    I wonder if Elliot starts on Friday,
    Haha

    I wonder if Talbot starts

  190. khildahl says:

    These teams are going to cover the Over twice tonight.

  191. russ99 says:

    Stay in the box, Nurse.

  192. razor says:

    Wow does the Calgary PP looks WAY better than ours. Why can’t our PP look like this?

  193. treevojo says:

    Where was Russell to block that one?

  194. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Special teams have to improve.

  195. Oilspill says:

    Nurse threw it away blindly.

  196. jp says:

    Empty Netter:
    https://twitter.com/TrententTye/status/786424793910251520

    F***king bastard. Glad we didn’t draft him.

    That’s ugly.

    The head bashing came AFTER the slew footing.

    Fuck the flames.

  197. Pescador says:

    Picturesque: If you got a growler, does this mean you also live on the Island?

    It means you had Taco Bell

  198. Bulging Twine says:

    ho hoooo Puljujarvi what a shot!!! And the smile!
    Elliot looks over at him, defeated.
    This is so good to be beating Elliott like this in his first game with the Flames. He had an amazing year last year in STL. Anything to ding that confidence a little. Maybe it was the STL D people will be saying with a few more stinkers like this. Yes

  199. russ99 says:

    treevojo,

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

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