G19 2016-17: OILERS AT STARS

I have spent a lifetime watching young players on NHL entry, and folks I can tell you it is an ugly business. Moms and Dads send their kids to NHL cities in hopes of glory, and the folks back home cheer like hell and prepare their ‘I knew him when’ stories. Most of the time, the dreams end up slammed against the cold cold ground of a Canadian winter—but when it hits, music! Will this be the case with Jesse Puljujarvi?

DALLAS ALICE, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in November 2016: 2-6-1 goal differential -11
  • Oilers after 18, 2015: 6-12-0, goal differential -11
  • Oilers after 18, 2016: 9-8-1, goal differential -1

Edmonton lost G19 in overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 a year ago, Leon and Hall and Purcell were humming along at this point in the year. If Edmonton wins today, the week completes at 1-2-0 and the schedule next week is a little easier (CHI, COL and then ARI times two). I think it reasonable to expect all three of the centers (and their lines) to spike before the end of the month. In their last three losses, Edmonton has fallen behind 2-0, 3-0 and 2-0. We hear Matt Hendricks and Kriss Russell could return, and we find out about Anton Lander at 10 Edmonton time this morning.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

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  • I prefer the CorsiRel, so things are sorted in that way. Edmonton has some nice things on defense, but badly need Andrej Sekera—SOMEBODY to be a strong second pairing. It sets up the rotation and offers cover for both the top pairing and the third duo. You will hear plenty of arguments about Kris Russell not being able, and the CorsiRel suggests that is true. All I can tell you is that the Edmonton Oilers need Rej to play in the bigger parts of the game, and the choices are Russell and Brandon Davidson.
  • Klefbom—Larsson look good in possession, but you will find (and I am sure you read a lot) evidence of high-danger scoring chances against this tandem—on the highest. NaturalStatTrick tells us this pairing ranks No. 2 (Larsson) and No. 8 (Klefbom) in total HDSCs allowed in the entire NHL. The only thing saving them? They rank No. 2 (Larsson) and No. 4 among defenders in HDSCs for so far this year. When we are talking about these things, it is always important to put them into perspective. Is this pairing too high event? Yes! But I would keep them together despite the wobble defensively, and I sure as hell would have them out there when McDavid is on the ice. Give the A train every chance to make a difference.
  • I list the offensive-defensive ZSs this way because we had a rumble last season about this measure, so if we can’t agree on the way to express a measure I just list the actual number and you are free to roam about the earth. Interesting that Eric Gryba and Adam Larsson are the only two men who have had more defensive ZSs than offensive this year.
  • Matt Benning is an interesting player. We don’t have enough track and I doubt we get 50 games from the rookie this year (in the NHL), but Jason Gregor asked an interesting question yesterday when I was on his show. Do you pull Benning or Gryba from the lineup when Russell is ready? I said Gryba. What is your answer? Based on the numbers, the right answer could be Benning.

FORWARDS, THIS YEAR

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  • Connor McDavid is so damned good it is incredible. After a pretty substantial ‘slump’ over the last 10 (just seven points!) he maintains a ridiculous player card.
  • Tyler Pitlick has some nice things, including 5×5/60 and shots per 60 at evens. He didn’t get much playing time the other night, not sure why. I mean, if they bring in a veteran RW sure, but Pitlick is a righty with a decent shot. The absence of alternatives clears the mind, or at least that is the phrase.
  • Jordan Eberle may get run out of town for a player card that looks pretty much like all of his other player cards. In fact, his numbers here are a little better than last season. Losing brings anger and rage, and Eberle is the whipping boy of choice for many this season. I have to say it makes little sense to me. I acknowledge freely the player has his faults, many of you have verbally chastised me for being critical of him in the past. I am suggesting that Eberle is what he is, and that Edmonton can ill afford to move him any time soon. Jari Kurri is not here.
  • Patrick Maroon has a nice line, he has been a Godsend on LW during the struggling period of Lucic and Pouliot. Seems to me every line he plays on improves, making him the modern Reggie Smith.
  • Mark Letestu is a fascinating player, he (as shown above) faces tough zone starts and faces the music with men like Anton Lander and Tyler Pitlick. NaturalStatTrick tells us some of the names he has been facing this season: Mats Zuccarello, Dylan Larkin, Derek Stepan, Michael Ferland, Mikael Backlund, Frans Nielsen, Rick Nash. Now, I am not suggesting Letestu has been facing tough opposition every night, but there is some evidence that Todd McLellan is at least somewhat comfortable with Letestu facing middle of the order opponents. So, when we look at that possession number—and the offense—seems to me there is a story here beyond 4C with bad Corsi.
  • Zack Kassian has a good player card for his established level of ability, a little offensive uptick and the possession number is good. If the Oilers are a playoff team, he is 4R—and he has not been 4R for much of this season. Not his fault, I like his year so far.
  • Anton Lander has been pretty good to my eye, even posting some offense (no one gives him credit for it btw, all you read about is his poor offense). Good on the PK, he could be a Red Wing by the time I finish this coffee.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been flagging offensively this year. The totals aren’t awful (18, 2-6-8) but you want him to grab a couple of points in the next two games to clean up the boxcars. He is facing the toughs and I think he might need a change in wingers, but there aren’t a lot of options until everyone gets healthy.
  • Benoit Pouliot is having a tough run, which is unfortunate because he is such a fun player when things are going right. No idea what happens here, but he and Nuge look good everywhere but the scoreboard, so patience might be the plan. I suspect that is not the plan. He played well with McDavid last season, wonder if the Oilers might try that route?
  • Leon Draisaitl has shown a pulse (no idea why he is listed way down here) in recent days and really showed that speed/size combo on the Nurse goal in California. If he could do that four times a game we would see him in the All-Star game. Fun player, seems distracted to my eye, but that might be the mist from the smoke of a distant fire hall.
  • Milan Lucic is going to score some goals (he is 18gp, 5-4-9 so far) but the bigger issue at this point is to find him some chem. I don’t buy the idea that Lucic can’t play with 97 because of speed (Mike Grier and Todd Marchant were dandy) but I think McDavid may need a guy who can transition better—like Pouliot a year ago.
  • Anton Slepyshev shoots a helluva lot, and looks like he is getting good things done, but nothing is happening a lot.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi makes stuff happen all the time, honestly he is impossible to ignore. Even when he falls it is a grand gesture, and I am pretty sure he changes from first to fourth gear and back quite a lot. Just all size and neurons, he reminds me most of Ellis Valentine. That is a compliment.

WAIVERS

Anton Lander is on waivers again. If we took Edmonton’s first and second rounders from 2007-11, how many haven’t passed through waivers? Not too damned many. Will Lander be picked up? You never know, some team might feel he can help—hell Calgary has three wingers total so maybe they grab him. Anyhoo, all the best Anton here or there. I always cheered for you, hope you find a good place out there among the English.

KRIS RUSSELL

He is apparently back tonight, and it will be interesting to see where he plays and what kind of impact Russell has on the team. Edmonton won with him in the lineup and the numbers were lovely, but at some point those same numbers became cloudy and then stormy. Did injury cause it? History suggests playing him 22+ minutes a night is not a good idea, what about 18? We are about to find out. If he is overly successful, do the Oilers sign him? That is not that same as asking if they should.

JESSE PULJUJARVI

We are hearing JP will line up with 97 and Milan Lucic tonight, I like this line in theory but Todd McLellan can’t be burning daylight with the crown jewels. McDavid’s line has to score goals, and it is vital for the coach to find a second scoring line for the opposition to worry over. The Stars have Cody Eakin back and that helps them, we could see Leon on the move at some point over the next seven days (center to wing).

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  1. Soup Fascist says:

    When did Tim Horton start playing for the Oilers. Nice hip check.

  2. sliderule says:

    That was a very nice play by Leon looked off defence and made a good shot.

    Connor could do more of that

  3. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil:
    Larsson is one of the most effective physical players I have ever seen, I love it.

    I enjoy his hits, they are old timey.

  4. admiralmark says:

    At what point does someone above players say something about the reffing… it’s absolute f$&ckin BS the way they call games against the Oilers.

  5. JDï™ says:

    Budweiser Prohibition?

    Bernaysian.

  6. Lowetide says:

    12-18 Corgis after one, 3-4 in the HDSC

  7. Pouzar says:

    Zelepukin:
    Slepy made up for that icing with a great clear. He has been great so far. Some noticeably smart, physical plays along the boards.

    Love the player.

  8. JDï™ says:

    Yeah you never know Don…

  9. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide: I enjoy his hits, they are old timey.

    Definitely. He made that one check on the puck carrier about midway in the period, around our blue line. Was a beauty play that very few D-man can make.

    Drake, better than Lander in everyway. Just very smart in his positioning, a good speed bump and great hands.

    Sleps, man he has improved in so many great ways. I think he stripped Benn of the puck a couple times and to get that from a 4th liner is huge.

    Every line has been pushing the offence which we have not seen in a long time. Ebs and Nuge actually driving the net, Drai shooting the puck.

    Russell too, man we’ve missed his calm feet and heads up passing.

  10. Younger Oil says:

    “Put some cocoa butter on it and it will clear right up!”

    As much as Don is out of touch, once in a while he strikes gold.

  11. Pouzar says:

    When Ebs and Nuge are together they make more decisive plays with the puck.
    or
    I could be drunk.

  12. JDï™ says:

    As Stauffer said, they’re expecting an impact move with getting Caggs back.

    It’s possible that they held him back until others returned.

    BTW – how many blocks does Rslmania have? Feel I’m falling behind.

  13. pitlickdinner says:

    Robby Fabric.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar:
    When Ebs and Nuge are together they make more decisive plays with the puck.
    or
    I could be drunk.

    Agreed. On both. 🙂

  15. Lowetide says:

    JDï™:
    As Stauffer said, they’re expecting an impact move with getting Caggs back.

    It’s possible that they held him back until others returned.

    BTW – how many blocks does Rslmania have? Feel I’m falling behind.

    My chart says eleventy.

  16. Melvis says:

    The reffing regarding every one of 30 teams and the attendant horseshit – change when the owners and their investments in bionic men out for weeks or monfths due to cheap shots make it so….and not before. Gaudreau a significant case in point. Just one example. There are many others.

  17. OmJo says:

    Stuck at work so no game for me.

    But Cagguila has an assist already, and we’re up 2-0? Crow tastes good.

  18. Younger Oil says:

    Are all goalies playing in Finnish leagues nearsighted?

    That’s the only way I can justify Puljujarvi’s shot selection.

  19. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: My chart says eleventy.

    Oh. Thought I was behind…

  20. JDï™ says:

    Screaming for offense.

  21. Lowetide says:

    Klefbom scored.

  22. Younger Oil says:

    Hell of a play by Slepyshev to drive the defenders back.

  23. Frank the dog says:

    admiralmark:
    At what point does someone above players say something about the reffing… it’s absolute f$&ckin BS the way they call games against the Oilers.

    This. All day long.

  24. Ryan says:

    PDO regression to the meat?

  25. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  26. Younger Oil says:

    This is really weird.

  27. Todd Macallan says:

    Subtle pass from Puju there, almost Larsson-esque.

  28. Klima's_Bucket says:

    good things happen when you go to the net.
    Thanks Kassian.

  29. Lucinius says:

    admiralmark:
    At what point does someone above players say something about the reffing… it’s absolute f$&ckin BS the way they call games against the Oilers.

    I’ve said it before, but the only way reffing will change is if; the media (both the networks and big time blogs) harp on it constantly, across the board, and/or when the fans have enough and stop watching games and buying merchandise.

    As is there is no reason for the NHL to change things; rating are good, fans are watching and are buying merchandise.

  30. pocession charge says:

    Ryan:
    PDO regression to the meat?

    Dead cat.

  31. JDï™ says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    good things happen when you go to the net.
    Thanks Kassian.

    Unofficial assist.

  32. pocession charge says:

    Younger Oil:
    Hell of a play by Slepyshev to drive the defenders back.

    He’s played a strong game to my eye.

  33. Oil2Oilers says:

    I hope Dallas decides to open it up and chase the game now

  34. JDï™ says:

    pocession charge: Dead cat.

    Best slow cooked.

  35. Younger Oil says:

    The most impressive part about this game is I would be perfectly happy with each line playing 15 minutes.

  36. JDï™ says:

    Love to see Nurse’s jersey start to flap like that.

  37. norm_klassen says:

    So tbis is what rolling 4 lines and 3 d pairs is like:)

  38. Captain's Log says:

    Slephyshev may not be a tree trunk but he uses his size to win puck battles well.

  39. Lowetide says:

    McLellan is really watching the minutes for his third pairing, less than 8 minutes while the top two pairing are well over 10. Very good!

  40. Ryan says:

    Maroon Nuge Eberle is a thing.

  41. Matt_FM says:

    Well this is coming from a Dallas fan who might be a tad bit pissed at how tonight’s action is going, but I thought I would offer my perspective on the Taylor Hall trade.

    The fact that the Stars have went from a top 3 team in the league by any measure to this pile of trash speaks very favourably on behalf of the Oilers making that deal. The Stars let their only two competent two way defenceman walk for nothing, and the change has been drastic.

  42. Frank the dog says:

    Lucinius: I’ve said it before, but the only way reffing will change is if; the media (both the networks and big time blogs) harp on it constantly, across the board, and/or when the fans have enough and stop watching games and buying merchandise.

    As is there is no reason for the NHL to change things; rating are good, fans are watching and are buying merchandise.

    And American teams own the Stanley Cup since Bettman. What’s not to like, Donald?

  43. JDï™ says:

    Captain’s Log,

    He’s somewhere around 220 lbs.

  44. Younger Oil says:

    Is it just me, or does Lucic not crack the top half of “physical” players in this lineup?

    Pitlick, Hendricks, Maroon, Kassian, Slepyshev, Larsson, Benning, Nurse, and Russell all use their bodies better to my eye.

  45. Wolfie says:

    Does anybody get the feeling Pouliot has played his last game for the Oilers? Or close to it…

  46. pocession charge says:

    Great cycle shift by 23-36-15. Wow. Dallas playing the role of the ’10-’15 Oilers.

  47. pocession charge says:

    Matt_FM:
    Well this is coming from a Dallas fan who might be a tad bit pissed at how tonight’s action is going, but I thought I would offer my perspective on the Taylor Hall trade.

    The fact that the Stars have went from a top 3 team in the league by any measure to this pile of trash speaks very favourably on behalf of the Oilers making that deal. The Stars let their only two competent two way defenceman walk for nothing, and the change has been drastic.

    We have it on good authority that Jim Nill is amazing and never makes mistakes.

  48. Captain's Log says:
  49. Lowetide says:

    Fabulous save by Cam Talbot there. Lordy.

  50. Wolfie says:

    Yeeeooooooowwwww!!!! Cam is on tonight!

  51. Centre of attention says:

    Talbot having a fantastic game by the way.

  52. pocession charge says:

    JDï™: Best slow cooked.

    Makes sense. What approach would you use for Patrick Eaves’ beard?

  53. Younger Oil says:

    Fucking dive, jesus christ.

  54. Wolfie says:

    We all know it’s going to be a parade to the box now until Dallas ties it right?!?

  55. Younger Oil says:

    Refs are doing their best to get the Stars back into this game.

    What a joke.

  56. Centre of attention says:

    These Refs are garbage…

  57. Lowetide says:

    Oilers take adouble minor, and Dallas scores to make it 4-1.

  58. ASkoreyko says:

    Man I can’t stand drew. He is just awful.

  59. JDï™ says:

    pocession charge: Makes sense.What approach would you use for Patrick Eaves’ beard?

    Slashed.

  60. Centre of attention says:

    The Refs are trash. Absolutely disgusting.

  61. Younger Oil says:

    Why the fuck is Caggiula on the first unit PK?

    Come on McLellan.

  62. Hockey Project says:

    The “Fuck you!” over the shoulder by Kassian was a bit too much. Both penalty calls were fair, imo.

  63. sliderule says:

    It’s all good Tmac you wouldn’t want to complain about officiating and get a fine

  64. sliderule says:

    The oiler players know their getting fucked and so they complain and get the extra penalty..

    The coach thinks it’s all good.

  65. admiralmark says:

    So how many penalties have been called on Dallas so far? Asking for a friend.

  66. Centre of attention says:

    Younger Oil:
    Why the fuck is Caggiula on the first unit PK?

    Come on McLellan.

    He was fine until that moment. IDK if he was really culpable there.

  67. sliderule says:

    Hockey Project:
    The “Fuck you!” over the shoulder by Kassian was a bit too much. Both penalty calls were fair, imo.

    Bullcrap

  68. Lowetide says:

    If the Oilers lose this game, Zack Kassian is going to be a bit unpopular.

  69. Lucinius says:

    No Lander and our PK seems to have started to struggle the past two games, imo.

  70. Younger Oil says:

    So elbow to Talbot’s head is fine too.

    Good to know.

  71. Centre of attention says:

    High stick. No goal.

    But the refs are going to fuck us.

  72. Wolfie says:

    That’s a good goal. Not unlike the one that was waved off the other night by Drai…

  73. Derek says:

    They don’t even review that goal huh? Mmmk

  74. Centre of attention says:

    Bullshit high stick goal UNBELIEVABLE. I’m absolutely disgusted.

  75. Younger Oil says:

    Lowetide:
    If the Oilers lose this game, Zack Kassian is going to be a bit unpopular.

    Nah, the refs. Clear dive, and if saying “Fuck you” warrants two minutes, every single player in the NHL would be permanently in the penalty box.

    Probable goalie interference AND high stick on the goal, and they don’t even review it.

    Disgusting.

  76. Alpine says:

    sliderule:
    The oiler players know their getting fucked and so they complain and get the extra penalty..

    The coach thinks it’s all good.

    They literally just showed McLellan angrily talking to the ref.

  77. pocession charge says:

    Hockey Project:
    The “Fuck you!” over the shoulder by Kassian was a bit too much. Both penalty calls were fair, imo.

    They tell the ref to fuck off all the time. Why call Kassian now?

  78. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil: Nah, the refs. Clear dive, and if saying “Fuck you” warrants two minutes, every single player in the NHL would be permanently in the penalty box.

    We’ll see. I think fans will be very upset.

  79. Hockey Project says:

    sliderule: Bullcrap

    Hell, I thought Kassian deserved his hooking call, what can I say? He thought there was a dive, and it would have probably been fair if that hadn’t been called, too. After, he ran his mouth and found out who has the whistle in his mouth.

    I guess we can disagree, though.

  80. sliderule says:

    Wolfie:
    We all know it’s going to be a parade to the box now until Dallas ties it right?!?

    Pretty much until they win.

  81. Wolfie says:

    Thank God the Too Many Men penalty can get called by everyone in the building… Kinda hard to ignore. Hooking, slashing, holding though…

  82. jake70 says:

    That play on PK #2 – Sekera does a great job circling back into the D zone, over to Russel who shoots it downice, only to be called back in Oilers zone because someone was offside….the Oil never got it out after that, leading to goal 2. How can you be offside on a PK? Just a stupid brainfart.

  83. GMB3 says:

    The pp still sucks

  84. Ryan says:

    Wolfie:
    We all know it’s going to be a parade to the box now until Dallas ties it right?!?

    This.

    Dallas 5 Edmonton 4.

  85. Confused says:

    Gone from relaxed evening to OMG!

    Hopefully we can close this down.

    Come on Cam you can do it!

  86. Lowetide says:

    35-34 Corgis after two.

  87. Pouzar says:

    Ryan: This.

    Dallas 5 Edmonton 4.

    Oh come on now.

    Chill out everyone.

    At 4-0 that was a very boring game.

  88. MrEd says:

    Rob Brown is a gem on the radio. The man knows.

  89. Ryan says:

    Pouzar: Oh come on now.

    Chill out everyone.

    At 4-0 that was a very boring game.

    Maroon gets tripped blatantly which leads to a rush against… no call.
    Slepy gets tackled…. no call.
    McDavid is hacked, slashed, mauled… no call.
    These refs suck.

  90. Lowetide says:

    Massive save by Talbot there. Wow.

  91. Younger Oil says:

    Nice little headshot by Benn on Maroon there.

  92. admiralmark says:

    I guarantee that’s the last penalty called on the Stars.. better make the most of this one.

  93. Lowetide says:

    Leon drilled the post there, would have been nice to have that insurance.

  94. MrEd says:

    JP is going to be a player. He’s unflappable. And coachable.

  95. Younger Oil says:

    Matt Benning is going to be a player it seems.

  96. Lowetide says:

    Slepyshev has had a very nice game tonight maybe his best.

  97. Lowetide says:

    McDavid gets his hatty.

  98. Ice Sage says:

    Younger Oil:
    Matt Benning is going to be a player it seems.

    JP is going to be a player. He’s unflappable. And coachable.

    Man, someday, the Oilers will have players
    Funny I’ve never heard this about McDavid – he’s always been a player

  99. Younger Oil says:

    I hope Slepyshev gets an assist on that one.

  100. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is it too soon to put McDavid with guys like Pitlick, Slepy, JP and other flawed wingers and load up the other lines?

  101. sliderule says:

    Fuckin A
    The refs are not going to beat us

  102. MrEd says:

    Younger Oil,

    I really like how physical his is. The kid steps up and makes hard checks.

  103. Oil2Oilers says:

    Puljujarvi with the sarcastic smile

  104. Derek says:

    Man, Remenda just latches onto a point and beats the horse into absolute paste, doesn’t he?

  105. Younger Oil says:

    Doesn’t what Puljujarvi did happen 100 times a game?

    Am I crazy?

  106. Lowetide says:

    Connor McDavid is so good it hurts.

  107. Lowetide says:

    Younger Oil:
    Doesn’t what Puljujarvi did happen 100 times a game?

    Am I crazy?

    That was an awful call, no doubt.

  108. Todd Macallan says:

    Jesse looks good tonight in the Pou role on 97’s line, and I don’t mean the penalty he just took.

  109. Centre of attention says:

    Oh my god this team…

  110. Younger Oil says:

    To be fair, we’re probably more likely to score 4v4 than 5v4.

    Smart, heads up play by Klefbom.

  111. Wolfie says:

    3 for the price of 2

  112. Captain's Log says:

    Moments after I’m thinking “well the PP may suck but at least they’ll waste 2 minutes of game clock” they get called for too many men.

  113. OmJo says:

    Hat trick McDavid!!

  114. sliderule says:

    I don’t mind the calls against oilers .

    Just call the ones against the other team.

    It doesn’t seem to happen in Bettman hockey.

    Or is it just me

  115. OmJo says:

    Ignore the late reaction.

  116. Centre of attention says:

    Drai and Nuge on the penalty kill <3

  117. OilClog says:

    Not a good look for 67 that he’s not being missed, nor 55.

    Can’t help but to just miss lander though, something about his greasy grit is enjoyable to watch.

  118. Wolfie says:

    The Kid is dancing tonight!

  119. fuzzy muppet says:

    Well the oilers just need to let the other team get more shots than them and they win.

  120. Younger Oil says:

    Oilers-2
    Stars-2

    McDavid-3

  121. OmJo says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    The Russell effect.

    /Troll

  122. Pescador says:

    Pescador:

    GDP; Connor scores tonight, Oilers win!
    You can thank me after.

    Posted this morning at 10am.
    Please send your appreciation in the form of a donation to this fine blog!!!
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  123. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OmJo:
    fuzzy muppet,

    The Russell effect.

    I know right? It can’t be a coincidence…
    Maybe caggula and Hendricks?

    Either way, great game! Nice Hatty for McDavid!! GO OILERS!!!

  124. Lowetide says:

    48-46 in the Corgis.

  125. Pouzar says:

    Suck it Stars.

  126. OmJo says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    I think it was the McD Effect.

    He was due for a big game, as was the team. Fortunately they both happened at the same time.

  127. MrEd says:

    Really big win.
    That 97 cashed tonight matters. He’s the C.
    Talbot held the fort.

    I really enjoy the youngsters.
    The Drake assist was great.
    JP.
    Aanton.
    Pitlick.

  128. Zelepukin says:

    Did not miss Lander one bit. Drake came in and held his own, even on the PK which is not easy against a team like Dallas. Hendricks is kind of useless when compare him to what guys like Pitlick and Sleps are capable of. Faster, hit more, have hands and can make plays down low. All while being able to play up if needed.

  129. Oilspill says:

    Good win but where the fk is Lucic/Eberle/RNH in the scoring. To have any kind of success these guys need to step it up about six notches. Can’t count on one guy. The one guy went on a slump and we lose 8 of 10.
    Good thing Dallas played like shut for 45 min.

  130. GMB3 says:

    Saw Eberle make a few nice defensive plays on the backcheck. The types of plays that don’t get noticed until they don’t happen and it leads to a goal and 3/4’s of a fanbase calling for your head, lol.

    Good to see Slepy and JP produce a few points, hopefully this gets things rolling in the right direction.

  131. Woodguy says:

    Watched the DAL feed and they mentioned Slepy as one of the better Oilers tonight.

    Agreed.

    2nd star behind the hat-trick guy.

  132. Woodguy says:

    Oilspill:
    Good win but where the fk is Lucic/Eberle/RNH in the scoring. To have any kind of success these guys need to step it up about six notches. Can’t count on one guy. The one guy went on a slump and we lose 8 of 10.
    Good thing Dallas played like shut for 45 min.

    Hot take McScoop!

  133. GMB3 says:

    Zelepukin:
    Did not miss Lander one bit. Drake came in and held his own, even on the PK which is not easy against a team like Dallas. Hendricks is kind of useless when compare him to what guys like Pitlick and Sleps are capable of. Faster, hit more, have hands and can make plays down low. All while being able to play up if needed.

    Agreed.

  134. Woodguy says:

    OilClog:
    Not a good look for 67 that he’s not being missed, nor 55.

    Can’t help but to just miss lander though, something about his greasy grit is enjoyable to watch.

    55?

    Eager hasn’t played here for a while.

  135. Woodguy says:

    Pouzar:
    Suck it Stars.

    Fuck them and people who look like them.

  136. Oilspill says:

    What Hendricks loses in speed he makes up with grit and smarts.

    GMB3: Agreed.

  137. Wolfie says:

    Oilspill,

    I saw the Nuge line good tonight. They seemed to generate a bunch of chances and we’re unfortunate not to get one tonight. Lucic was better as well. McDavid was magic. Can’t complain too much about a 5-2 win in Dallas…

  138. Pouzar says:

    Woodguy:
    Watched the DAL feed and they mentioned Slepy as one of the better Oilers tonight.

    Agreed.

    2nd star behind the hat-trick guy.

    +1

  139. Zelepukin says:

    Wolfie:
    Oilspill,

    I saw the Nuge line good tonight.They seemed to generate a bunch of chances and we’re unfortunate not to get one tonight.Lucic was better as well.McDavid was magic.Can’t complain too much about a 5-2 win in Dallas…

    Agreed. Nuge line had a lot of good looks. A couple posts and several shifts with sustained possession.

    Drai had a lot of looks as well.

  140. Pouzar says:

    Oilers move up to 7th in SVA CF%.

  141. Oilspill says:

    Games are won and lost on goals. We have 18+ mill in those 3 guys. In order to CONSISTENTLY succeed we need production. They played better because Dallas played like shit. A good win but our biggies need to produce on a regular basis.

    Wolfie:
    Oilspill,

    I saw the Nuge line good tonight.They seemed to generate a bunch of chances and we’re unfortunate not to get one tonight.Lucic was better as well.McDavid was magic.Can’t complain too much about a 5-2 win in Dallas…

  142. jonrmcleod says:

    I’ve been in a state of a Oilers depression and haven’t stopped by here for about a week. Nice to get that win!

  143. Alpine says:

    Pouzar:
    Oilers move up to 7th in SVA CF%.

    Wow. We might be ‘good’.

  144. Pouzar says:

    jonrmcleod:
    I’ve been in a state of a Oilers depression and haven’t stopped by here for about a week. Nice to get that win!

    As we all have.

  145. Pouzar says:

    Alpine: Wow. We might be ‘good’.

    We are exemplary with Orr back in the lineup.

  146. Woodguy says:

    OmJo:
    fuzzy muppet,

    The Russell effect.

    /Troll

    not much of a troll

    Sekera moved up, Nurse moved down and Gryba moved off the roster.

    That’s a big effect.

  147. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar: We are exemplary with Orr back in the lineup.

    Oh God. Tell me that isn’t a thing.

  148. Professor Q says:

    I love the instant change of narrative.

    Band Wagon-esque all the same, but still positive.

  149. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide: Oh God. Tell me that isn’t a thing.

    It’s trending.

  150. Pouzar says:

    Drake said he was “looking shot” on that 2 on 1….I love him.

  151. Professor Q says:

    I did unfortunately miss the game, but the narrative that I’m getting is that the refs once again piled onto Edmonton, but McDavid prevailed in the end.

    Yet will that stop the refs or encourage them?

  152. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Lowetide,

    Time to bring Sakic back!

  153. Soup Fascist says:

    Pouzar: It’s trending.

    That’s kind of like calling Wilf Paiment, Wayne Gretzky.

  154. flyfish1168 says:

    I feel for Dubnyk. During the 2nd and 3rd period the panel talked about how he is leading the league in shut outs and is heading for another one.

  155. Pouzar says:

    Betker’s skating looks fantastic.

  156. Pouzar says:

    Chase 5 shots tonight…2nd unit PP.

  157. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar:
    Chase 5 shots tonight…2nd unit PP.

    He had a three-shot night the other game too, seems as though he is getting a bit of a push. Condors dont have much offense though.

  158. prairieschooner says:

    Hadn’t jumped off the bandwagon so still have my seat

  159. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide: He had a three-shot night the other game too, seems as though he is getting a bit of a push. Condors dont have much offense though.

    Nope. They are a hard team to follow.

  160. --hudson-- says:

    William Carrier with his first NHL goal tipping a Taylor Fedun shot

  161. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Soooo…
    Vancouver up 3-0 on Chicago…. And They even got one goal short-handed…
    Hawks gonna come in to Edmonton pretty angry if the lowly nucks pull off the win…

    Edit: kinda weird calling another team “lowly” after 10 years of suck… makes me feel all fuzzy inside…

  162. stush18 says:

    I know Bennington takes a lot of flack, and rightly so for ignoring the inevitable rebuild, but they’re building something nice on defense there.

    Gudbranson, Hutton, tryamkin, stecher, are all young, with joulevi and subban looking like more good dmen. Elder and tanev are solid vets.

    If they could somehow sell of the Sedins and eriksson they could go full rebuild and have a solid defense in place

  163. who says:

    Zelepukin:
    Did not miss Lander one bit. Drake came in and held his own, even on the PK which is not easy against a team like Dallas. Hendricks is kind of useless when compare him to what guys like Pitlick and Sleps are capable of. Faster, hit more, have hands and can make plays down low. All while being able to play up if needed.

    Funny I thought Hendricks had good jump tonight. He is noticeably quicker than lander. Thought he had a solid game.
    It would be a more entertaining league if they called all obstruction penalties but the constant whining about some great bettman conspiracy against the oilers is getting real tiring.
    Overall I thought they had another solid game, just had a lot more puck luck than the previous 6 or 8.

  164. OmJo says:

    Where do you guys watch AHL games?

  165. Todd Macallan says:

    Nucks blow 3-0 lead in the 3rd and lose to the Hawks in OT. Neat.

    Well my night is done, night all.

  166. Frank the dog says:

    sliderule:
    I don’t mind the calls against oilers .

    Just call the ones against the other team.

    It doesn’t seem to happen in Bettman hockey.

    Or is it just me

    It’s not just you.

  167. Frank the dog says:

    The Oilers were so much better than Dallas tonight, they beat the refs as well.

  168. OmJo says:

    stush18:
    I know Bennington takes a lot of flack, and rightly so for ignoring the inevitable rebuild, but they’re building something nice on defense there.

    Gudbranson, Hutton, tryamkin, stecher, are all young, with joulevi and subban looking like more good dmen. Elder and tanev are solid vets.

    If they could somehow sell of the Sedins and eriksson they could go full rebuild and have a solid defense in place

    Bennington. Heh.

    They do have a nice group of D. They really need to do what we did with drafting now, and get some high quality forward prospects. They have Virtanen and Horvat, but I can’t think of any other notable young forwards on this club. Baerstchi? Meh. Granlund? Meh.

    But with Benning I don’t see them getting much better. Even if he unloads the Sedins, the man makes stupid trades. They got less for Kesler than we got for Penner. So we as Oilers fans don’t have to worry about a powerhouse Canucks team in a few years.

  169. Professor Q says:

    stush18:
    I know Bennington takes a lot of flack, and rightly so for ignoring the inevitable rebuild, but they’re building something nice on defense there.

    Gudbranson, Hutton, tryamkin, stecher, are all young, with joulevi and subban looking like more good dmen. Elder and tanev are solid vets.

    If they could somehow sell of the Sedins and eriksson they could go full rebuild and have a solid defense in place

    Horvat is looking at a very nice future, too.

  170. Wolfie says:

    Oilspill:
    Games are won and lost on goals. We have 18+ mill in those 3 guys. In order to CONSISTENTLY succeed we need production. They played better because Dallas played like shit. A good win but our biggies need to produce on a regular basis.

    This game reminded me of the Pittsburgh game. I don’t think Dallas was shitty at all. Talbot had to make plenty of big saves to keep the Oilers up early. The Oilers got two fortunate bounces but the win didn’t feel secure until after McDavid got the 🎩.

    Dallas is a dangerous offensive team. The Oilers never beat Dallas in Dallas…

    There are lots of positives to take from that game.

  171. OilHub says:

    Great win tonight, anyone here use Kodi tv?

  172. Bank Shot says:

    Professor Q:
    I did unfortunately miss the game, but the narrative that I’m getting is that the refs once again piled onto Edmonton, but McDavid prevailed in the end.

    Yet will that stop the refs or encourage them?

    Mcdavid is an absolute beauty.

    I’m not sure why people constantly complain about the reffing though…

    Oilers are 19th in penalties taken and 23rd in PP opportunities.

    Seems fairly even???

  173. marchmentsknee says:

    OilHub:
    Great win tonight, anyone here use Kodi tv?

    I do

  174. Wolfie says:

    Bank Shot,

    There are ways to call penalties to give one team an advantage then even up the score sheet when it’s out of hand. It’s not a stretch to say McDavid gets fouled on nearly every rush. It’s not just the Oilers getting the shaft. Calgary and Winnipeg are in the same boat. I haven’t watched many Sens games or the Canucks but I imagine they’re in a similar position.

  175. gogliano says:

    Bank Shot: Mcdavid is an absolute beauty.

    I’m not sure why people constantly complain about the reffing though…

    Oilers are 19th in penalties taken and 23rd in PP opportunities.

    Seems fairly even???

    Part of the problem is that with McDavid the penalties shouldn’t be even. The refs are allowing a whole lot of illegal contact on McDavid (hooks, holds, interference) that is almost McDavid specific because of how fast and difficult he is to play against. But here we sit 23rd in PP opportunities.

  176. stephen sheps says:

    stephen sheps:
    Lowetide,

    I’m still not so sure about the speed issue – is Drake really that much faster than 55? The other issue is with Gryba and Letestu both out, the number of right shot players in the lineup is reduced by 1/3 on a team that lacks RH players both up front and on the back end.

    Pou isn’t exactly slow, either…

    Very curious choices today, but 5 game losing streaks tend to make coaches take risks to generate a spark. I hope it works.

    I said this before the game started and I humbly stand corrected. Curious as the decisions were, they clearly worked. I like it when being wrong feels so right.

  177. Lowetide says:

    Stephen: Enjoyed the piece you published the other day, very interesting view.

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