G20 2016-17: BLACKHAWKS AT OILERS

We are at the season’s quarter pole and Oilers fans have now divided into three factions. There are the fans who thoroughly enjoy the wins but remain worried about the season getting derailed. There are the fans who are enjoying the wins but wondering how good this could look if the Hall had not been moved. There are those who have decided that wins mean nothing, because the team is doomed to be less than what could have been. I have no quarrel with any faction, but hope you can enjoy Connor McDavid. Surely his brilliance and artistry can bring us together for a few hours each week.

BLACKHAWK DOWN, 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: 3-6-1 goal differential -8
  • Oilers after 19, 2015: 6-12-1, goal differential -12
  • Oilers after 19, 2016: 10-8-1, goal differential +2

The Oilers won G20 by a 5-1 score over the NJ Devils, Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl both going 1-2-3 on the evening. If Edmonton wins tonight, they will be solo first place, but no matter the result this evening the first 20 games will represent the kind of start we all wanted every year since forever (and received maybe once). The key now is to go 10-10-0 or better in the second 20 game set. Can this team get 23 points from Connor McDavid and 10 quality starts from Cam Talbot in games 21-40?

DEFENSE, 2016-17

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  • Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom are the youngsters playing in the top 6D this season, both men have had some wobble. Klefbom could use some help on that top pairing, we have seen some Sekera—Larsson time (27 minutes, 55.9) and could see more as the season rolls along.
  • Nurse is over 50 percent with both Gryba and Matt Benning, the key there being third-pairing minutes. He is also getting some even-strength points, good to see.
  • Adam Larsson is 52 percent in possession with Oscar, I think that is a solid number—as is their Rel. These men are facing tough opposition and are winning the battle. The HDs (59-56) are high for and agin with OK, but I think most agree Larsson has been a solid addition to the team.
  • Andrej Sekera gets dumped on a lot, but he is a game rooster and plays in some tough spots on this roster. He is 54 percent Corsi for 5×5 without Kris Russell, 45 percent with him.
  • Kris Russell is driving people mad with his poor possession number, but there are people who point to his HDSC totals (31-42, 43 percent, damn near top dead perfect with Corsi) as a positive. I looked through Natural Stat Trick, and here are the Russell positives: HDGF-GA is 6-4, and he is 46.3 Fenwick (which is better than his Corsi).
  • If we take bias, faith, fandom and everything else out of this, we are left with one conclusion: Russell is riding luck. His 44.8 Corsi for 5×5 should not result in a 60 percent high-danger goals for 5×5 and at some point a giant anvil will fall from the sky and change this bit of math in a real way. He is +6. If all of these other dice keep bouncing around but the possession number stays the same, there are going to be some hard times ahead. Fair?
  • One thing I keep wondering about? If Russell ends up at 45 percent Corsi playing his off side, do we give him any credit? I mean, he didn’t insist on playing RHD, these are the cards dealt to him. If this study is correct, and the governor is 7 percent/60 over a season, is Russell actually performing well at 44.8? I am asking because I do not know.
  • NaturalStatTrick
  • Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com

FORWARDS, 2016-17

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  • Connor McDavid’s player card is just incredible. Leads the league in points, in 5×5 points, he is No. 17 in 5×5/60. He is on pace for 82gp, 35-60-95—the last Oilers player to score 95 points in a season was Doug Weight, who scored 104 points in 1995-96.
  • Tyler Pitlick remains out of focus after all these years, he is scoring goals despite not having a strong pro resume (mostly because he could never cobble together a full AHL season). In looking back on some of my posts on him, you could arrange the events in his pro career to suggest his skill has been obscured. The injuries sure, but even the lockout in 2012-13 hurt him. Consider the words of Todd Nelson entering that fall. Coach Todd Nelson, pre-season on Pitlick: He has to play in a top-six role, that’s where we have him slotted. He might play in a line with Josh Green. We’re just kind of looking at things. To go through our whole lineup you can go through multiple combinations and I don’t think that we’d miss a beat. We’re very deep at forward and having Justin Schultz come help us out on defence is certainly a bonus. Tyler Pitlick, we feel that he’s a top-six guy and he’s going to get an opportunity to prove that and play in that role.
  • The lockout mean NHL kids in OKC. Pitlick scored 10 points that year and the top RW was Jordan Eberle. I am not suggesting that these things form a rational thread, but they are worth discussion and consideration. His career path had some major detours and rest stops.
  • Jordan Eberle has 10 EV points (this is overall, not as above), he posted 32 last season. I know many fans feel he is eating ice cream on every shift, but the RW is on pace for 40 EV points this year and that is a fine total—would have been top 50 a year ago. I know he isn’t Jari Kurri, but who is?
  • Patrick Maroon is 35gp, 14-9-23 as an Edmonton Oilers player. Part of it is shooting percentage—16.9—that is not sustainable. However, if the Oilers can get 20 goals from Maroon this season, that was a helluva trade.
  • Anton Slepyshev is a little like Tyler Pitlick in that his offense in the before time showed promise but he sunk like a freaking stone in the AHL. I am going to give Todd McLellan credit here, he seems to like what the Russian brings. I am not going to say his offense (1.80) above is a true reflection of what he will bring, but this is a promising turn.
  • Leon Draisaitl is coming along now, the possession number is over 50 percent and the offense is coming around as well. He looked like Frank Mahovlich a couple of times last week, including the Nurse goal, and so maybe we are looking at a hot streak.
  • Mark Letestu was missed (by me) the other night, he can win faceoffs and kill penalties and has posted some 4line offense. He gets maligned quite a bit, but I like this player.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi is going to be a fine player, the only question I have left is how much offense will he bring. Last week was heartening, he good some good looks and finally delivered a couple of assists in Dallas. These are early days but if he could reach 30 points in 60 games (like an Ales Hemsky rookie year) I would feel better about his future. If he plays with McDavid a lot, those numbers probably move north.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has rounded up the Corgis and the 5×5 is coming along. He needs to score on a few of these even-strength shots on goal (43 shots 5×5, no goals, holy Lord) and now that 14 is alongside I believe he will. This is RNH’s season to emerge as the Keon, while McDavid plays the Ullman (well, Ullman squared but you get the idea). His wingers are better than Garry Monahan and Guy Trottier, but the workload is a monster.
  • Zack Kassian took a costly penalty the other night, but Todd McLellan seems to be the guy who dishes out punishment and then moves on. Long way of saying I expect Kassian in the lineup tonight—although the kid wingers are doing a nice job right now.
  • Benoit Pouliot may not have a friend in Edmonton media right now, but I’ll stand by him. He has not been effective in big parts of the game this year, but his possession number is fine and we are still dealing in small sample sizes. For example, if he had two more 5×5 points, Pouliot would sit in the same spot occupied by Leon this morning. Early days, ladies and men, we know BP can do a lot of things. When talking about a Pisani, for me Pouliot is as close as anyone on the roster when he is going.
  • Milan Lucic has a scary 5×5/60, and it seems he is destined to play on CMDs line without getting points. Crazy crazy. His actual even-strength totals are 19, 3-3-6—meaning he is on track for just 12 goals in the discipline—but his PP totals are better than his history.
  • Matt Hendricks picked up an assist on his return, good to see him back. I suspect we are in the final months of his Oilers career, he has been a fun player to watch the entire time.
  • Drake Caggiula made an impressive debut, with a saucer pass worthy of Doug Weight on one of his first NHL shifts. He is a fast, small player, and Edmonton probably has room for another because of all the tall trees. Todd McLellan has him on the 4line, but don’t be surprised if he moves up soon—if you saw Caggiula and Eberle in a track meet today, how much would Caggiula win by?

The Brandon Davidson MASH story continues, this young man has more bad luck than Carter has liver pills. We hope for his return soon, he could solidify the second or third pairing when healthy. It goes to show how quickly expansion protected lists can change—if he misses most of the season, it is doubtful LV would draft him—and of course opens up doors of opportunities for others. Davidson is almost three years older than Matt Benning, this is Davidson’s time, but injuries are derailing him. Credit to Benning, he is building on this opportunity now and has good numbers in his first 10 NHL games.

I go back to the spring, when Peter Chiarelli was staring that 2014 draft right in the face and realizing there was no one to sign. He grabbed college men Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning and Nick Ellis, I imagine with the idea of improving Bakersfield for next season and the Oilers down the line. In the case of Benning, and possibly Caggiula, the Oilers fast track is in play.

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The Oilers are in with the California three now, the race for No. 1 in the division has been plodding so far but my guess is one of the left coast teams is going to lock and load here right away. For the Oilers, it is important to bounce back from the difficult losing streak, and despite Chicago’s presence on the schedule tonight, the rest of the week (COL, ARI x2) is inviting. The recipe has been McDavid multiple points and Talbot stone cold, but it would be hellanice to have a game won by a Nuge hatty, a Lucic pas to daylight or a pair from Eberle. The highly paid veterans on this team could start having a positive impact any time now.

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Back in the old hippie days, you knew the lines and pairings for every NHL club for all the games. A team like Chicago back in 1971 would have maybe one or two rookie regulars—and that was it, sure as hell. Chicago had a bunch of college guys, that’s what I remember making them different. Cliff Koroll, Keith Magnuson, Gerry Pinder, Jim Wiste—most or all came from U. Denver, but Pinder and Magnuson would have been Chicago property because they were Saskatoon kids under the old sponsorship setup. Anyway, when I see Jonathan Toews line up for Chicago, it reminds me of the Blackhawks early devotion to college men—Tony Esposito was another, although he entered the NHL via the Habs. Funny what the memory brings you in the hours before daylight.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We are packed with guests and verbal today, there may not be time to breathe! 10 this morning, TSN1260 and scheduled to appear:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. American Thanksgiving is upon us and the Edmonton Oilers are in a playoff spot! Plus the Rangers are looking very strong, but injuries are beginning to impact.
  • Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report. NFL weekend brings us the idea of a Dallas-New England Super Bowl, and tells us the Eagles are who we thought they were.
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Eskimos never did get untracked and lost to Hank. Le sigh. Plus Oilers have a big week ahead.
  • Matt Scianitti, TSN. The Grey Cup is set, we will visit Matt and make sure he got through the Eastern Final okay.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. Zelepukin says:

    admiralmark:
    What the hell.. Remenda is an ass.. bottom line.

    This is why you buy Game Center.

  2. Professor Q says:

    Younger Oil: I didn’t see those comments, what did he say?

    Please and thanks.

    He said on Friday that he thinks they aren’t calling penalties on things that happen to McDavid, but there’s nothing he can do about it.

  3. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    How many one timers has Eberle attempted this season?

    -1

  4. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Nugey badly needed that fringe ES assist

  5. Wolfie says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    In fairness the whistle had blown and Maroon was way late. If he had gotten a bigger piece I think he would have gotten 2.

  6. JDï™ says:

    Ryan: I like the Drake.

    Want a Pez?

  7. Derek says:

    I slag Remenda all day long but he makes a good point there. Typically on an Oilers pp when a shot is taken, whether they hit or miss the net they always get beaten to the loose puck. They were able to fire off repeated attempts because they kept retrieving the puck immediately. Some of that is luck but it’s also getting your feet moving instead of watching the play. A good, successful PP.

  8. StixMalone says:

    I can’t believe Remenda thought Maroon was gonna get a penalty. Then says I gues you can’t get 2 for intent? What a buffoon……

  9. Younger Oil says:

    Lucic is much weaker in front of the net than I thought he’d be.

    Maroon is fantastic.

  10. Lucinius says:

    Professor Q: He wouldn’t have to if,

    A) Players didn’t try that shyte on him

    B) Refs did their damned job without bias

    I don’t disagree. Just saying.. refs be reffing.

    It is what it is; until fans or the media lose their shit over it nothing will change so it is on McDavid to adapt, as unfair as it is.

    Besides, it isn’t like the Oilers are the only team getting shat upon from a great height by refs. It’s a league-wide issue.

  11. Professor Q says:

    Who is this Remenda fellow everyone talks about? I can’t remember him for some reason, haha.

    Sounds like an arse I guess. Intentionally playing the Heel on your own team?

  12. Frank the dog says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    I know we’re winning and all so I shouldn’t complain much…
    But seriously… F$&@ you refs! Will you never call an obvious penalty on McDavid???

    That one was pretty obvious. I mean, how can a competent ref honestly ignore a trip like that?

  13. Lowetide says:

    25-40 after two, Cam Talbot is having a good night.

  14. kinger_OIL says:

    stevezie:
    kinger_OIL,

    Kinger my friend, i see your point, i think it’s a good and fair point, but i don’t think it is enough to change my answer. I mean we’re not talking Gaborik* here. And once you factor age and contract?
    And good and fair point, but too thin, Kinger, too thin.

    *The poster child for “brilliant but delicate” looks like a good bet to hit a thousand games and four hundred goals.

    – See that’s a nice way to disagree!

    – This year Lucic > Hall (assuming no injury to Lucic)

    – By year 5, Lucic < Hall

    – Suspect the wheels fall off Hall hard though once his speed erodes by time/injury

    – There is no doubt that in the last few years Hall is a "better" player than Lucic when healthy

    – I imagine Lucic evolving into an effective 3rd liner later in career: Hall more on the Russ Courtnall trajectory: scored a lot, then bounced around when he couldn’t score much anymore.

    – Kind of a side-bar: Lucic in his prime dominated games and impacted his team's sucess over seasons far more than Hall ever has (or likely ever will)

    – Hall’s fancy stats/60 point mostly (except possession) to a player that has more impact to team than Lucic. In the last 7 years though, Hall was more impactful to his team over the whole season twice: that glorious 2013 season when he had 80 points in 75 games, and last year.

    – Injuries have negatively effected the value of Taylor Hall, while Lucic's health enhances his

  15. hunter1909 says:

    Lucinius: I think Eberle has a one-timer I could match.

    Still, Eberle’s the kind of player you usually regret trading. See Nashville with it’s perpetual super defences, and Ribeiro, lol.

  16. Wolfie says:

    Anybody catch that doofus Brown from TBay running around and hurting people?

  17. Younger Oil says:

    On Remenda on Maroon, I for one definitely thought Maroon was going to get two for charging on that play when I first saw it.

    Definitely not after the replay though, but if he got the contact he wanted to, I think it would have been called.

    Good on Maroon to stick up for Eberle on the slew foot though.

  18. Derek says:

    Ryan:
    Not gonna lie.

    I like the Drake.

    The Drake’s got mad skills. He’s an NHL player. You heard it hear first.

    Agreed, but I think he should be learning the game on Drai or Nuges wing, while Testtube centers the fourth line.

    This Sportsnet Intermission where Marek and Armstrong have no audio is probably the best Rogers has come up with since they bought the NHL rights.

  19. Derek says:

    Lowetide:
    25-40 after two, Cam Talbot is having a good night.

    The third is going to be a fire drill anytime Mcdavid isn’t on the ice.

  20. hunter1909 says:

    kinger_OIL: I can imagine Lucic evolving into an effective 3rd liner later in his career: Hall more on the Russ Courtnall trajectory: scored a lot, then just bounced around when he couldn’t score much anymore.

    I’ll happily agree with the first point; the second one just sounds mean.

  21. namflashback says:

    Thank you Sekera and good goal Oilers. I was yelling fuck you at the Blackhawks and their friends the Referees tonight.

  22. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I’m liking this game! Refs being refs, but oil still winning.
    Now just have to continue the solid play and not let the hawks back in it like they did against Calgary and Vancouver…

  23. GMB3 says:

    Is there any way a guy can watch a replay of the game online after the fact

  24. hunter1909 says:

    Younger Oil: Lucic is much weaker in front of the net than I thought he’d be.

    Lucic you will see at his best if they ever make the playoffs.

    In the meantime, he’s keeping the enemy from taking liberties with McDavid.

  25. Lowetide says:

    Derek: The third is going to be a fire drill anytime Mcdavid isn’t on the ice.

    Funny, but they are -15 5×5 and -13 with Caggiula on the ice. That 4line is getting fed, I will be interested to see what McLellan does with them in the third period. Bet he wishes Pouliot was dressed, or maybe he doesn’t

  26. Derek says:

    GMB3:
    Is there any way a guy can watch a replay of the game online after the fact

    Check the Reddit threads of streams, there’s often a youtube stream thats replayable for a few days.

  27. hunter1909 says:

    This is as good a game as I’ve seen the Oilers play since 2006.

    They’re beating the freaking 3x Cup winners, who aren’t exactly rolling over tonight.

  28. Lucinius says:

    hunter1909: Still, Eberle’s the kind of player you usually regret trading. See Nashville with it’s perpetual super defences, and Ribeiro, lol.

    Oh, no doubt. Trading Eberle would be akin to trading Hall; the absolute best you can hope for is it helps address a glaring weak point on the team level because you will lose the trade in terms of player verse player.

    Just saying.. the one timer is weak and the man should be embarrassed. The thing about Eberle is.. he’s just so damn frustrating because we all know exactly how good he can be.. he just isn’t consistent, which grates on you, even when it isn’t always warranted.

    And then you see his weak one timer and shake your head because it isn’t hard to improve; it’s a clear case of where science and practice can easily improve your game, yet despite supposedly practising on it over the summer.. it remains what it is.

  29. russ99 says:

    Derek: The third is going to be a fire drill anytime Mcdavid isn’t on the ice.

    Yeah, we need to take away that fast pass to the point in their zone. But it’s encouraging we’ve been able to hang with them in our zone.

  30. hunter1909 says:

    Has anyone else noticed how Russell effectively gives the Oilers defence a certain necessary level of NHL ability, then, without Russell they instantly revert to the usually incompetent style of former management?

  31. go_oil says:

    Dadbot rocking the Blackhawks to sleep.

    Great net front presence by Lucuc and Maroon on the PP goals.

    And before Rej’s goal, I like how Caggiula popped out to find some ice for a one-timer in the high slot. I don’t think the Oilers have executed that on the PP much.

  32. Professor Q says:

    Regarding expansion: I think we’ll all consider ourselves spoiled through Round 1.

    In a few years when Québec is approved and we need to protect McDavid, that’s when it’ll test the team’s depth.

  33. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:
    Has anyone else noticed how Russell effectively gives the Oilers defence a certain necessary level of NHL ability, then, without Russell they instantly revert to the usually incompetent style of former management?

    I think they give cover to both the top and bottom pairings. It isn’t so much that they move the puck up, but they Sekera-Russell pairing seems to bend not break. G put out the scoring chances/danger numbers on twitter, and the Corsi is a mess, HDSC not so much.

  34. Lucinius says:

    Was hoping to see the Devils do us a favour and beat the Sharks tonight, but.. don’t think that’s going to happen, especially with Hall out. 2-0 Sharks with 6 or so minutes left in the first. C’mon Devils..

    Addendum; watching the standings and not feeling angry about it feels weird.

  35. Feelin Saad says:

    hunter1909:
    This is as good a game as I’ve seen the Oilers play since 2006.

    They’re beating the freaking 3x Cup winners, who aren’t exactly rolling over tonight.

    20 mins to go. Talbot needs to maintain being stellar this period.

  36. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide:
    25-40 after two, Cam Talbot is having a good night.

    Score effects at play somewhat here.

    But if the Oilers were to have a chance, Talbot had to be elite.

    So far. So good.

  37. JDï™ says:

    GMB3:
    Is there any way a guy can watch a replay of the game online after the fact

    Has been gangbusters so far:

    http://nhlreplays.com/

  38. russ99 says:

    hunter1909:
    Has anyone else noticed how Russell effectively gives the Oilers defence a certain necessary level of NHL ability, then, without Russell they instantly revert to the usually incompetent style of former management?

    Defense is a team concept.

    But yeah, he solidifies things where some players play better knowing they have support since they know he can either block or contest the shot and clean up the rebound.

    Keep it up boys,

  39. Alpine says:

    hunter1909:
    Has anyone else noticed how Russell effectively gives the Oilers defence a certain necessary level of NHL ability, then, without Russell they instantly revert to the usually incompetent style of former management?

    They’ve had good games without russell and bad games with him. His effect on our defence core has become riddled with confirmation bias. He’s competent. End of.

  40. hunter1909 says:

    Lucinius: Oh, no doubt. Trading Eberle would be akin to trading Hall; the absolute best you can hope for is it helps address a glaring weak point on the team level because you will lose the trade in terms of player verse player.

    Just saying.. the one timer is weak and the man should be embarrassed. The thing about Eberle is.. he’s just so damn frustrating because we all know exactly how good he can be.. he just isn’t consistent, which grates on you, even when it isn’t always warranted.

    And then you see his weak one timer and shake your head because it isn’t hard to improve; it’s a clear case of where science and practice can easily improve your game, yet despite supposedly practising on it over the summer.. it remains what it is.

    Totally agree. Still, as an Oilers fan I have a brand new Finnish rookie who I’m imagining has already beaten Eberle to the top line for the rest of the Trump Presidency. This keeps me from worrying about Eberle, who in fairness hasn’t played a second of playoff hockey and he’s getting on in age as a hockey player not to have that on his resume.

    Come to think of it, with Gagner in Ohio, and Hall in New Jersey it will be cool to watch the east for a change.

  41. JDï™ says:

    Professor Q: when Québec is approved

    The Quebec sports media tells me that the Canes are moving there. Honest.

  42. russ99 says:

    JDï™,

    It’s possible given the situation in Carolina with the owner and his sons but Bettman would do anything to keep it from happening.

  43. Derek says:

    Lowetide: Funny, but they are -15 5×5 and -13 with Caggiula on the ice. That 4line is getting fed, I will be interested to see what McLellan does with them in the third period. Bet he wishes Pouliot was dressed, or maybe he doesn’t

    Well that’s not bad at all for leading all game long. Drake should be playing on someones wing though.

  44. JDï™ says:

    That puck was as well dusted as Gagner’s Movember upper lip.

  45. Feelin Saad says:

    If Kassian could finish… I love that he’s getting chances though. He’s got offensive instincts for sure.

  46. russ99 says:

    Good tough D this period so far.

  47. Professor Q says:

    JDï™: The Quebec sports media tells me that the Canes are moving there. Honest.

    I’d be highly conflicted about that, haha. The whole ’06 thing…

    But yeah that would be better for Québec anyway as they wouldn’t have to pay as much. They were so close to being approved though that I’m sure Bettman was counting his money in advance…

  48. russ99 says:

    Pat Foley uncorked a gem:

    Eberle needs a center named Ivory,

  49. Feelin Saad says:

    THERE YOU GO!!! SLEPPPY!

  50. Lowetide says:

    Slepyshev scored.

  51. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Slip Slap Slepy!!!!!!!

  52. russ99 says:

    Sleppy from a tough angle!

  53. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    Slepyshev scored.

    When does Pouliot play again?

  54. Ice Sage says:

    We want 10

  55. Professor Q says:

    That was pretty good.

    “We need to get Eberle a centre named Ivory.”

  56. Lucinius says:

    Not calling a penalty? Fine!

    We’ll just score anyways.

  57. hunter1909 says:

    That’s a great goal.

  58. flyfish1168 says:

    Nice to see some secondary scoring

  59. namflashback says:

    Ha!!! FU dirty blackhawks.

  60. JDï™ says:

    Quite the release for Slepy. He had a shot last game that looked to really fly off the stick, and created a good rebound.

  61. dangilitis says:

    Who would have thought Slepyshev was the Russian player to make it against the 2 yaks. Getting rewarded for good play, should have drawn another penalty there at minimum, hard to knock off puck. This is going to be wide open from here, I suspect

  62. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lucinius:
    Not calling a penalty? Fine!

    We’ll just score anyways.

    lol…Awesome 😆👍

  63. hunter1909 says:

    Baby lions vs antelope time lol

  64. russ99 says:

    Puljiu all over Toews. Man this kid is going to be good.

  65. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Pulju get an assist with his face there?

    Campbell has still got it, so damn smart with the puck and those wheels!

  66. Lucinius says:

    Yes, announcer.. Talbot has helped. A little.

    Haha.

    Understatement there.

  67. geowal says:

    Solid neutral zone checking right now

  68. Woogie63 says:

    Slepyshev needs a hockey number and he should sign a lease on his apartment.

  69. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Sooo… what are the oilers gonna do with testube and poo?
    since the team doesn’t seem to be missing them much…

  70. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Mark Pysyk had 12 blocks for the Panthers the other night.
    Maybe he’s the right handed Russell the Oilers have been missing.
    Russell is the all time leader with 15 in a game.

  71. dangilitis says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Pulju get an assist with his face there?

    Campbell has still got it, so damn smart with the puck and those wheels!

    One day the oilers will get players like Campbell to sign for bargain basement prices for a chance for glory. At least that’s the hope

    Kane -2, Toews -1 and a lot of oilers with +1 suggests a good team effort thus far, fatigue effects aside

  72. Lucinius says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Sooo… what are the oilers gonna do with testube and poo?
    since the team doesn’t seem to be missing them much…

    Nothing.

    This is the Oilers; injuries will happen.

  73. russ99 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Sooo… what are the oilers gonna do with testube and poo?
    since the team doesn’t seem to be missing them much…

    Long season, we’ll need em.

  74. JDï™ says:

    Ryan: When does Pouliot play again?

    Soon as he clears waivers?

  75. Ice Sage says:

    russ99:
    Pat Foley uncorked a gem:

    Eberle needs a center named Ivory,

    Ouch!
    RNH is rather pale…

  76. Woogie63 says:

    Lucinius: Nothing.

    This is the Oilers; injuries will happen.

    +1

  77. admiralmark says:

    I’m not gonna say the word but hopefully the team can get Tal-bot the cherry 🍒 on top… he deserves it for this game.

  78. Lucinius says:

    admiralmark:
    I’m not gonna say the word but hopefully the team can get Tal-bot the cherry on top… he deserves it for this game.

    If something happens I want it known it will be your fault.

    Your fault!

  79. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Pouliot is a good player who’s had a rough start. I probably want him with McDavid-Pulju to be honest.

  80. jp says:

    Man oh man, Talbot has been strong tonight!

  81. Klima's_Bucket says:

    russ99: Eberle needs a center named Ivory,

    Okay, the list of things Eberle needs is getting crazy.

    1. One timer
    2. Strong back checking
    3. Ability to win puck battles
    4. Ability to defend in own zone

    We know he has his flaws.
    And now he needs a centre named Ivory.
    Good grief.

  82. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Wow

  83. flyfish1168 says:

    Eberle is more than snake biten

  84. Pretendergast says:

    ONE TIME IT haha he knows it too

  85. Lucinius says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Okay, the list of things Eberle needs is getting crazy.

    1. One timer
    2. Strong back checking
    3. Ability to win puck battles
    4. Ability to defend in own zone

    We know he has his flaws.
    And now he needs a centre named Ivory.
    Good grief.

    Add another; puck luck.

  86. kinger_OIL says:

    admiralmark:
    I’m not gonna say the word but hopefully the team can get Tal-bot the cherry on top… he deserves it for this game.

    – how you do that thingy with the cherry? Never seen that!

    – I can’t remember the poster who used do do the “pictures” with the symbols: he’s make christmas trees and stuff: who was that poster?

  87. russ99 says:

    This game is almost as dominant as the Detroit one. The difference being a road game and holding a 1 goal lead.

  88. flyfish1168 says:

    Lucinius: Add another; puck luck.

    New stick

  89. Lucinius says:

    Only one penalty taken by the Oilers tonight; four power plays.

    Say what you will about the refs, but.. we got away with a few things ourselves tonight that I don’t think we’d normally have gotten away with. Wonder if it’s due to NBC covering the game?

  90. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    flyfish1168:
    Eberle is more than snake biten

    I’m thinking Ebs needs a new stick… he’s not taking passes very well and when he does, his shots are more than off target

    Edit: dammit flyfish… stop reading my mind!!!

  91. dangilitis says:

    Isn’t Eberle working with a skills coach this year?

    Early payoff clearly hasn’t been there. Maybe he he should go to Oates. Or maybe he’s overthinking this. He has the same flaws as Kane, btw, but he hasn’t shown the same offensive prowess. Maybe he needs to blank out a bit more like Kane claims to do when he works his magic!

  92. Ice Sage says:

    kinger_OIL: – how you do that thingy with the cherry?Never seen that!

    – I can’t remember the poster who used do do the “pictures” with the symbols: he’s make christmas trees and suh: who was that poster?

    I knew a girl who could tie a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue
    … among other things

  93. Professor Q says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: I’m thinking Ebs needs a new stick… he’s not taking passes very well and when he does, his shots are more than off target

    He did say that he changed his length and curve during the Summer.

  94. Lowetide says:

    Leon scored.

  95. dangilitis says:

    The oilers are only capable of beating the Hawks by lopsided scores

  96. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’m lovin’ this

    When it rains it pours

  97. admiralmark says:

    Lucinius: If something happens I want it known it will be your fault.

    Your fault!

    I didn’t say the word?! 😬

  98. admiralmark says:

    Ice Sage: I knew a girl who could tie a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue
    … among other things

    I’m doing this on my IPad? Seems to work.

  99. Ice Sage says:

    Professor Q: He did say that he changed his length and curve during the Summer.

    Yeah, but he should also
    Revisit his hockey stick 😊

  100. flyfish1168 says:

    Hawks are luck Gagner isn’t playing for the Oilers tonight

  101. hunter1909 says:

    Everyone knows what Nurse did to that Ottawa player lol.

  102. Derek says:

    This is probably the most complete game an Edmonton team has played in a decade.

  103. russ99 says:

    Whooo Hoo! Nice win!

    Trash talk all around ar the office full of Hawks fans tomorrow.

  104. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Thiat…was a GREAT game… and PP came alive too! Who knew it took the Mighty Blackhawks to bring it to life!

  105. hunter1909 says:

    flyfish1168:
    Oilers are lucky Gagner isn’t playing for the Oilers tonight

    Fixed.

  106. Lowetide says:

    That was a fun game, enjoyed it very much.

  107. jp says:

    Cool. That was fun.

  108. Gerta Rauss says:

    A lot of nice things tonight

    Tal-bot

    Nice win

  109. Frank the dog says:

    When since 2006 have we ever seen such calm dominance over a top tier team?

  110. Lucinius says:

    admiralmark: I didn’t say the word?!

    Good thing, apparently. You are off the hook.

    Good shut out for Talbot; overall a pretty good game by the Oilers, and much needed. Need to win 3 of the next 4, imo, and we’ll be sitting where we need to be for a solid shot at the playoff drive.

    Game helped out the goal differential count a bit as well.

  111. Acumen says:

    Well. Everything about that was just delightful.

  112. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    That was a fun game, enjoyed it very much.

    D was solid all around, especially against a tough cycling team.

    4th line got rolled a couple shifts but overall everyone did good things.

  113. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Very good game. Gave CHI some rope in the 2nd but didn’t roll over with a 3-0 lead heading into the 3rd.

    Talbot, great. McDavid, retro McDavid.

  114. striatic says:

    kinger_OIL,

    It is an emoji. Easy to enter on a mobile device but there are emoji entry methods on most operating systems these days.

    🏒

  115. hunter1909 says:

    23 points compared to 21 is collossal when it comes to months ahead in the season – not that anyone knows what that’s like anymore.

  116. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Drai with a quiet 3P night. No primary points at ES. A guy that needed that, too.

  117. Ryan says:

    Gg boys.

    How we gonna move that $6m RNH contract?

  118. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    That was a fun game, enjoyed it very much.

    Its been years since have had lots to cheer about. What makes this even better is that team down south is losing

  119. hags9k says:

    The Hawks came to town…

    We out skated them, out worked them, were more physical, and our goalering was much better.

    5-0. I’m not sure what to do with my hands…

  120. striatic says:

    http://www.naturalstattrick.com/game.php?season=20162017&game=20281

    Brutal Fancies for the Oilers tonight, although some score effects more than likely in play.

  121. N64 says:

    striatic:
    kinger_OIL,

    It is an emoji. Easy to enter on a mobile device but there are emoji entry methods on most operating systems these days.

    🌟🌟🌟

    https://codex.wordpress.org/Emoji

  122. flea says:

    With a string of winnable games coming up, wouldn’t be suprised to see the Oilers end Nov with 14 or 15 wins. Crazy! Let’s hope they keep converting on these winnable games.

  123. frjohnk says:

    Seems like it’s either feast or famine with this team.

    I’m loving the feast. This would be a nice time to bank a bunch of points again. Even if we use them up by Christmas.

  124. Diablo says:

    Start to finish an absolutely great game by the Oilers. The boys were full marks for this victory.
    Really loving the contributions by the unsung guys on the roster – Caggs, Slepy, Pitlick, Benning.
    Klefbom really looked like a number 1 tonight. Talbot was strong in net.
    Our big guys – Lucic, Maroon and Kassian were a load in front of the net all game long.
    Need to play like this against the teams we should be beat. This team can beat the good teams in the West, but they need to demonstrate consistency now. Then we will know that this team is for real.

  125. Zelepukin says:

    hunter1909:
    23 points compared to 21 is collossal when it comes to months ahead in the season – not that anyone knows what that’s like anymore.

    making ground on anyone in the west is huge.

  126. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    20 games in and the Oilers lead the Pacific Division and Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring.

    Tonight is a good night for Oilers fans

  127. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Three things that stood out to me on Slepyshev’s goal.

    1. I was thinking, come on Slepy just slide it over to Drai he’s wide open.
    2. Holy F%^& !! What a laser shot!!
    3. Kassian just walks down main street and shoots the puck into the net again. Like a boss.

    Bonus Thought.

    Seeing Puljujarvi fall down and then scoop his lid up off the ice just prior to Slepy’s beauty I wondered,
    Shit does JP have a big head. Or is it a small helmet??

  128. Diablo says:

    Forgot to mention Draisaitl – showed he can drive a line on his own tonight. Again, consistency is the issue now.

  129. Lucinius says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    20 games in and the Oilers lead the Pacific Division and Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring.

    Tonight is a good night for Oilers fans

    Don’t forget; Flames lost and the Oilers are 6 points ahead of them with a game in hand. Gravy.

  130. striatic says:

    Lucinius: Don’t forget; Flames lost and the Oilers are 6 points ahead of them with a game in hand. Gravy.

    Oilers Goal Differential is +8

    Flames Goal Differential? -20

    Pride goeth before the fall and all, but those respective numerical values are quite satisfying.

  131. JimmyV1965 says:

    Holy crap Ebs is snakebit. Feel bad for the guy. Just needs to get a couple lucky ones and things will turn around.

  132. OmJo says:

    Welcome back Mr. Draisaitl.

  133. spoiler says:

    Special KBomb had a great game, but I dunno how you give him the first star over Talbot.

  134. dustrock says:

    Feels good man. John Goodman.

  135. Ryan says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Holy crap Ebs is snakebit.Feel bad for the guy.Just needs to get a couple lucky ones and things will turn around.

    If Ebs is snakebit, what’s Nuge? $6m in dead cap space?

  136. Lucinius says:

    striatic: Oilers Goal Differential is +8

    Flames Goal Differential? -20

    Pride goeth before the fall and all, but those respective numerical values are quite satisfying.

    Indubitably.

    Watching the Flames, well, Flame out is cathartic — especially when the Oilers aren’t a joke.

    Still, a pity the California teams got their shit together. Need the Hawks and Isles to do well against tthem.

  137. B S says:

    Ryan,

    Nuge is the guy leaving Toews holding his jockstrap tonight. I know he hasn’t produced much lately, but except for a couple of games this season he’s been murder on the other teams’ top forwards. It’s how McDavid does what he does, and why Oiler’s 4th line has been scoring lately. Hopefully giving him Eberle for a few games will get his offense going again, but as others have pointed out, he’s only a little behind his career numbers anyway.

  138. Zelepukin says:

    B S:
    Ryan,

    Nuge is the guy leaving Toews holding his jockstrap tonight. I know he hasn’t produced much lately, but except for a couple of games this season he’s been murder on the other teams’ top forwards. It’s how McDavid does what he does, and why Oiler’s 4th line has been scoring lately. Hopefully giving him Eberle for a few games will get his offense going again, but as others have pointed out, he’s only a little behind his career numbers anyway.

    Nuge is like the oldest son who had to quit school at 16 and get a job to support his siblings. Now that everyone is old enough to support themselves, he has to reclaim his youth and learn to score again.

  139. Centre of attention says:

    Zelepukin: Nuge is like the oldest son who had to quit school at 16 and get a job to support his siblings. Now that everyone is old enough to support themselves, he has to reclaim his youth and learn to score again.

    +1

  140. Kaptain Vikarious says:

    hags9k:
    The Hawks came to town…

    We out skated them, out worked them, were more physical, and our goalering was much better.

    5-0.I’m not sure what to do with my hands…

    excite your tits

  141. prairieschooner says:

    Hey guys, fighting over the order of the 3 Oilers stars is a bit …….something?

  142. stush18 says:

    admiralmark: I’m doing this on my IPad? Seems to work.

    Tying cherries and other things with your tongue?

    Cmon there’s children in here!

  143. OmJo says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    And our next three games should be easy enough to win. Responding to a 5-game L streak with a 5-game W streak isn’t a horrible thing.

  144. stush18 says:

    frjohnk:
    Seems like it’s either feast or famine with this team.

    I’m loving the feast. This would be a nice time to bank a bunch of points again. Even if we use them up by Christmas.

    We need to keep winning to keep fans from tearing this place apart.

    Can you imagine how off kilter this place will be when the oilers finally make the playoffs? Be worse than when the oilers traded away that Tyler hill guy or whatever husband name was.

  145. stush18 says:

    OmJo:
    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    And our next three games should be easy enough to win. Responding to a 5-game L streak with a 5-game W streak isn’t a horrible thing.

    Great. You just guaranteed us three losses.

    Hockey gods are a cruel mistress

  146. striatic says:

    B S:
    Ryan,

    Nuge is the guy leaving Toews holding his jockstrap tonight.

    Tonight, the Oilers were out-chanced 60/40 by the Blackhawks. Nuge had a CF% of 59.

    Nuge absolutely shutdown Toews and dramatically out-performed the Oilers’ team possession numbers. 6m might seem like a lot to pay a shutdown guy .. but if you look at the extreme quality of the players he’s shutting down, the dollars work out fine. 6m guy shutting down an 8m guy seems like a pretty good deal to me, even if he isn’t scoring much at the moment.

    RNH might not be Bergeron or Toews when it comes to putting up points, but he’s playing a similar defensive role for 2m less.

  147. JDï™ says:

    striatic,

    Toews’ cap hit is $10.5M. Salary this season is $13.8M.

  148. JimmyV1965 says:

    russ99:
    JDï™,

    It’s possible given the situation in Carolina with the owner and his sons but Bettman would do anything to keep it from happening.

    Watch a Canes game and the number of empty seats is staggering. And when you watch their feed, they actually have freebie ads for Doctors Without Borders. How can they possibly survive? On the upside, we’re going to watch the oil play there this year and tickets will be cheap and plenty.

  149. B S says:

    JimmyV1965,

    Ha, same. Looking forward to buying my way up to be a 3rd tier fan. I could never afford to go to a game in Edmonton, and haven’t lived anywhere close to a cheap NHL team before.

  150. Zelepukin says:

    Hopefully they can build on this PP and keep it effective. McD really is the key in scaring off dangerous pressure, opening up the D option and then collapsing on the net. The moment they’ve got someone other than McD or Nuge on the halfwall, it goes to shit.

  151. JimmyV1965 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Sooo… what are the oilers gonna do with testube and poo?
    since the team doesn’t seem to be missing them much…

    We absolutely need Poo and he needs to play next game. It’s wishful thinking to believe that Caggs is better right now.

  152. striatic says:

    JDï™:
    striatic,

    Toews’ cap hit is $10.5M. Salary this season is $13.8M.

    My fault. I meant to be more generic at that point. Not every team has 10.5 million dollar players but most have an elite player between 6m and 10m cap hit. If you have a player that can shut down those “8m dollar players” for 6m dollars, they are worth the cap space.

  153. N64 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    20 games in and the Oilers lead the Pacific Division and Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring.

    Tonight is a good night for Oilers fans

    And their’s Grabner tied for the goal lead. Doing his first year with a New York team thing again. The Devils should pick him up next time he’s available.

  154. N64 says:

    striatic: My fault. I meant to be more generic at that point. Not every team has 10.5 million dollar players but most have an elite player between 6m and 10m cap hit. If you have a player that can shut down those “8m dollar players” for 6m dollars, it is worth the cap space.

    He’ll be worth it if he ever gets to 50 points 😉

  155. dangilitis says:

    striatic: Tonight, the Oilers were out-chanced 60/40 by the Blackhawks. Nuge had a CF% of 59.

    Nuge absolutely shutdown Toews and dramatically out-performed the Oilers’ team possession numbers. 6m might seem like a lot to pay a shutdown guy .. but if you look at the extreme quality of the players he’s shutting down, the dollars work out fine. 6m guy shutting down an 8m guy seems like a pretty good deal to me, even if he isn’t scoring much at the moment.

    RNH might not be Bergeron or Toews when it comes to putting up points, but he’s playing a similar defensive role for 2m less.

    To be fair, the Hawks were playing 3rd game in 4 nights, so I am not going to conclude that RNH is a cheaper, similar version of Toews based on one night’s play.

    Truth is, RNH will have to put up more points. Same could be said for a lot of the richest players on this team, though…
    18 million for RNH, Lucic, Eberle, combined for 33 pts in the first 20 games is probably 12 shy of what the team should be expecting from the trio.
    Another 6 million for Hendricks and Pouliot, with very little return.

  156. JimmyV1965 says:

    striatic:
    http://www.naturalstattrick.com/game.php?season=20162017&game=20281

    Brutal Fancies for the Oilers tonight, although some score effects more than likely in play.

    I don’t know for sure but the Hawks must have got 10 of their shots on their PP and the five minutes afterwards. That must scew the stats somewhat. Other than that, I thought it was a close game.

  157. geowal says:

    dangilitis: To be fair, the Hawks were playing 3rd game in 4 nights, so I am not going to conclude that RNH is a cheaper, similar version of Toews based on one night’s play.

    Truth is, RNH will have to put up more points. Same could be said for a lot of the richest players on this team, though…
    18 million for RNH, Lucic, Eberle, combined for 33 pts in the first 20 games is probably 12 shy of what the team should be expecting from the trio.
    Another 6 million for Hendricks and Pouliot, with very little return.

    It seems like an odd game to be having the discussion about Nuge-Lucic-Eberle ineffectiveness given they all got points tonight

  158. JimmyV1965 says:

    OmJo:
    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    And our next three games should be easy enough to win. Responding to a 5-game L streak with a 5-game W streak isn’t a horrible thing.

    Except we only have 2 wins. Wouldn’t be counting those chickens just yet.

  159. GMB3 says:

    http://m.imgur.com/QD5fN5v

    How Kris Russell feels about the fancies

  160. JimmyV1965 says:

    striatic: Tonight, the Oilers were out-chanced 60/40 by the Blackhawks. Nuge had a CF% of 59.

    Nuge absolutely shutdown Toews and dramatically out-performed the Oilers’ team possession numbers. 6m might seem like a lot to pay a shutdown guy .. but if you look at the extreme quality of the players he’s shutting down, the dollars work out fine. 6m guy shutting down an 8m guy seems like a pretty good deal to me, even if he isn’t scoring much at the moment.

    RNH might not be Bergeron or Toews when it comes to putting up points, but he’s playing a similar defensive role for 2m less.

    Well said. Unless the entire team implodes the points will come. You can see it with his speed and creativity. The finish will come.

  161. JimmyV1965 says:

    B S:
    JimmyV1965,

    Ha, same. Looking forward to buying my way up to be a 3rd tier fan. I could never afford to go to a game in Edmonton, and haven’t lived anywhere close to a cheap NHL team before.

    I’m thinking $30 gets us lower bowl centre line seats. Lol.

  162. ohhell says:

    Lowetide: Fenwick is used partly as a way to view a player like Russell more fairly, and in fact gives him a bit of a push. I also believe people forget that he is playing his offside, and that has its own impact. Mostly, I think that people who don’t believe in any of this stuff are irritated by what the Corsi numbers suggest about what we may see later in the season.

    All of which is perfectly understandable.

  163. Zelepukin says:

    JimmyV1965: We absolutely need Poo and he needs to play next game. It’s wishful thinking to believe that Caggs is better right now.

    This is a tricky one, unless someone is banged up. I wouldn’t take Slepy out based off his play and you just beat the 3rd best team in the NHL 5-0.

  164. Lowetide says:

    Zelepukin: This is a tricky one, unless someone is banged up. I wouldn’t take Slepy out based off his play and you just beat the 3rd best team in the NHL 5-0.

    The road trip changes the ability to protect that 4line, who got fed by every Chicago line they faced.

  165. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide: The road trip changes the ability to protect that 4line, who got fed by every Chicago line they faced.

    Col is no Chicago either, especially without Landeskog. Not to say that they won’t switch the 4th line, I just can’t see Poo playing there.

  166. Little-G says:

    http://m.imgur.com/QD5fN5v?r

    I don’t know anything about advanced stats. I had a good laugh at this though…

  167. Little-G says:

    GMB3,

    Damn… beat me to it lol

  168. dangilitis says:

    geowal: It seems like an odd game to be having the discussion about Nuge-Lucic-Eberle ineffectiveness given they all got points tonight

    Why, you’d rather me kick them when they’re down?

    Even with the 3 pts between them tonight, I stand by my belief that they need to produce better than their current output, particularly an issue for Lucic and RNH.

  169. marchmentsknee says:

    JimmyV1965: I’m thinking $30 gets us lower bowl centre line seats.Lol.

    My family is planning on attending the same game. I think we’ll try to hit the Nashville game too.

  170. striker says:

    56-54 Chi when the Corsi is score adjusted (all situations 5v5 5v4 etc). Also, I feel G’s super duper fancy stats provide a little more support AND a little illumination to show how the Oil played better than one would suspect just by looking at those raw numbers quoted earlier. Oilers Nerd Alert is a must visit after game destination for me nowadays. DangerFen FTW!!

    Also, I’ll go out on a limb and guess that Eberle goes on a scoring streak starting next game. I’ll inch even a little farther onto the skinny side of the branch and say that all the talk about Ebs needing to change his stick and wear two socks on his left foot will fade like a thin overnight fog on a warm summer morn.

  171. Bank Shot says:

    I agree with the fancies this game. This is a game thar easily could have went the other way if not for goaltending.

    Talbot was a golden god and Crawford probably would have stopped the first four Oilers goals on a good night.

    I won’t complain though. That was a fun game to be at!

    Russell’s hit was massive.

    The gdt thread on hfboards was pretty great. All the Oilers photoshopped as wrestlers.it’s worth a look IMO.

  172. JDï™ says:

    Bank Shot: All the Oilers photoshopped as wrestlers.it’s worth a look IMO.

    And the players were matched well with the wrestlers – Lucic and Maroon were fantastic.

  173. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Bank Shot,

    I’ve come to the realization that until the wins start flowing like cheap beer at a high school party every win over a good team will come with an asterisk and a qualification along the lines of “glad we got the win but…” I’m ok with that, its important to look for improvements in every aspect of the game.

    That 3rd period was the definition of shutdown though. Yes the 3 in 4 nights helped but 3 shots in the final frame against the Hawks, theres more than luck going into it when you do that.

    Drake is the goods but he should be moved to the wing and Letestu should probably draw back in or send him to Bakersfield for a week or two. I feel like he’s just a half step off right now. Excellent player but a quick stint would be great.

    For what its worth I’m loving the competition at forward right now. When was the last time the Oilers had 9 guys fighting for 6 spots in the lineup and all 9 can be considered actual NHL players?

  174. PhrankLee says:

    GMB3: http://m.imgur.com/QD5fN5v
    How Kris Russell feels about the fancies

    Ha ha. That made me laugh.

    What a hit. This guy has been missing from the line up for several years.

    Impacting the game in several productive ways.

    Setting the pace on the back end and generating respect for the Oil.

  175. theres oil in virginia says:

    The NHL game recap starts off with “In a battle of 1st place teams, the Blackhawks and the Oilers met…” I laugh every time I hear Oilers and 1st place in the same sentence.

    I noticed on a rush when Toews came in on the right wing side and fired a near side shot on Talbot that Nurse did not peel off of his man coming up the middle and try to cover Toews, even though the man in the middle was covered by another defender. Is this a mistake by Nurse or is that purposeful? My instinct was that he should have peeled off.

  176. B S says:

    theres oil in virginia,

    It might be purposeful if Talbot is tracking the shooter. Nurse peeling off opens up passing options for Toews. Toews is dangerous enough with a clean shot, he’s a lot worse with a shot and a pass available. I didn’t catch that play so I can’t say whether it would have been the correct call either.

  177. kinger_OIL says:

    N64:

    https://codex.wordpress.org/Emoji

    – yeah but that cherry had colour… kind of put the cherry on top of the night!

    – I love that Nurse is playing the least amount of minutes, on the third pairing: that’s what good NHL teams do when breaking in rookies: 60 more games like last night please Nurse.

  178. PhrankLee says:

    kinger_OIL: – I love that Nurse is playing the least amount of minutes, on the third pairing: that’s what good NHL teams do when breaking in rookies: 60 more games like last night please Nurse.

    If he keeps this up he will leapfrog Klef eventually. 3 maybe 2 years!

    Imagine a big, mean (feared, even).. fast-enough-to-skate-the-puck-out-of-trouble, offence generating, headman-passing, PP and PK staple,1st pairing D-man drafted and developed by the Oilers….

  179. JDï™ says:

    PhrankLee: drafted and developed by the Oilers….

    Ya lost me there.

  180. theres oil in virginia says:

    B S:
    theres oil in virginia,

    It might be purposeful if Talbot is tracking the shooter. Nurse peeling off opens up passing options for Toews. Toews is dangerous enough with a clean shot, he’s a lot worse with a shot and a pass available. I didn’t catch that play so I can’t say whether it would have been the correct call either.

    Nurse looked pretty intent, so you’re probably right. Of course, if Toews scores there, that play looks a lot different. It’s on the nhl.com game recap video if you want to check it out.

  181. frjohnk says:

    Hendricks looked done last year.

    Might be because he is coming back from injury but this year he looks a step slower.

    Unless he finds another gear, he wont play much moving forward.

  182. PhrankLee says:

    JDï™,

    I know, right?

    mind=blown over what kind of improvement year over year that Nurse is showing.

    Equally stunned that the Oilers as an organization breaking him in slowly this year. Building his season.

  183. theres oil in virginia says:

    frjohnk:
    Hendricks looked done last year.

    Might be because he is coming back from injury but this year he looks a step slower.

    Unless he finds another gear, he wont play much moving forward.

    I thought he had good stretches last year, but too many games wore him down. He’s a fill-in…at best.

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