G27 2016-17: WILD AT OILERS

Drake Caggiula scored a gorgeous goal last night, the first of his NHL career. Oilers fans are adopting new players at a rapid clip these days, but some of them won’t see April. This youngster, Caggiula, could hang around for a long time. Skilled men like Caggiula are always in style, and the Oilers—finally—have enough size to allow for a smaller player in the lineup. Peter Chiarelli entered spring with no one to sign from the 2014 draft, so he added Caggiula, Matt Benning and Nick Ellis. Helluva trifecta, so far. HDSC: 9-4.

HALLELUJAH, 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, goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2016: 5-8-2 goal differential -3
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1, goal differential -9
  • Oilers in December 2016: 2-0-0, goal differential +4
  • Oilers after 26, 2015: 9-15-2, goal differential -16
  • Oilers after 26, 2016: 14-10-2, goal differential +11

Cam Talbot and Connor McDavid are the main stories, but there are other interesting developments along this season. Can you feel it? I wish I could share all of the flashbacks, because the patterns now resemble the patterns long ago—there is a weird, comfortable deja vu. Have you read the Gzowski book? If you do, keep track of some of the secondary names, and remember when reading it some now familiar names were fringe types at the time. You know, Tom Roulston was an excellent player, Marc Habscheid too. On the other side, Charlie Huddy was not a high draft pick and he found a way.

There are some names on this train that aren’t bound for glory, and part of the fun is finding out along the way. I hope you enjoy these games, sometimes when I read the comments it seems there isn’t a lot of joy and wonder. Maybe we will see it in the days to come.

In G27 last season, Edmonton won again, 2-1 in overtime against the Dallas Stars. The Oilers had a strong December, hopefully a harbinger of things to come.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

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  • Stats via NHL.com, HockeyStats.ca and NaturalStatTrick.
  • The TOI: I could write a book. It would be called Who on the What, now?
  • Sekera—Benning were 26-13 in 18:24 together, Holy Hannibal that is a lot of 5×5 ice time for one pairing. Went 9-5 in 8:35 with McDavid, 11-5 in 5:39 with Letestu. Went 9-9 in 11:46 against Getzlaf, 9-3 in 7:45 against Kesler. Sekera had a brilliant assist on the winning goal and four takeaways, Benning had four shots and four shot blocks. Huh.
  • Klefbom—Fayne went 11-10 together in 12:01. Went 4-2 against Kesler, 2-3 against Getzlaf, 4-7 against Vermette. I didn’t see them much in the big parts of the game. Oscar had an assist and five blocked shots, Fayne had his usual quiet evening reading a book.
  • Russell—Larsson played catch a fire all night long. They went 8-23 in 17:43, and 1-10 with the Nuge line. Angelo Dundee threw in the towel, but no one noticed. They went 4-8 in 6:10 with Connor McDavid. Went 4-13 against Getzlaf in 8:52, 2-5 in 5:19 against Kesler and 6-8 in 5:01 against Vermette. Russell blocked six shots, Larsson two. Neither man took a minus. I think we should call this pairing the Matrix. Larsson was bigly in overtime.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

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  • Maroon—Letestu—Kassian had a fantastic night, we can’t call them a 4line with numbers like this. Look at the HDs! Kassian had six shots, Maroon got an assist. Good freaking line. They were 5-6 against Getzlaf, 5-2 against Shaw, 4-2 against Vermette and 3-1 against Kesler.
  • Lucic—McDavid—Draisatil had eight shots, Leon got the goal and went 63 percent in the dot. McDavid had a slow first period but picked it up and could have cashed a couple of times. Went 8-11 against Kesler, 7-3 in 3:33 against Getzlaf. It was a weird night.
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle had four points, a goal for the Nuge and three assists for Eberle. Pouliot had no points, but was very aggressive with and without the puck, looked good from here. I am liking this line a lot now, need to win more faceoffs. Went 1-8 against Getzlaf, 5-0 against Kesler. I don’t understand when this line dominated Kesler, and the McDavid line did the same to Getzlaf, but that wasn’t the matchup. Huh. Maybe Todd McLellan checks the numbers today and we see a switch next time.
  • Pitlick—Caggiula—Slepyshev had an interesting night. Caggiula scored his first NHL goal on the power play, the line had six shots on net and had some promising sorties. Went 4-7 against the Vermette line, 1-4 against Getzlaf.

LUCIC INTERVIEW

I do not tell you what to do, but would highly recommend the Milan Lucic interview on After Hours last night. Mrs. Lowetide and I watched it together and were amazed by Lucic and his story, composure and humanity. Honestly, player interviews are often surface items, but that segment was revealing and touching. Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk did an amazing job of creating a comfortable environment for a difficult chat, and I was stunned to my shoes over Lucic’s story.

NURSE

This is actually good news, it could have been worse. The Oilers had a nice run going with Nurse—Benning and are fortunate to have Mark Fayne as No. 7, but the depth is not so great that the team can afford another loss. Brandon Davidson is apparently on the way back (certainly before Christmas according to whispers) and Nurse could be around the New Year. It is a credit to Nurse that this injury is considered a real loss—he has made progress this season.

That Bakersfield bunch had a big weekend. Laurent Brossoit back to back shutouts, Anton Lander posted a hatty and Jujhar Khaira with the shorthanded marker. The team had a slow start but Lander, Taylor Beck and Ryan Hamilton are a formidable AHL line.

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  1. GMB3 says:

    I thought we had played a very solid period up until that point.

  2. OilClog says:

    Nino gets to jump into his hits? Ok then

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

    Brutal way to end that period.

    Connor didn’t pickup Coyle at all.

    OilClog,

    Pure bullshit but it’s not going to change sadly so here we are

  4. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s too bad, but a decent period of hockey imo

  5. Centre of attention says:

    Remember this is a back to back and pretty much a scheduled loss. If we can squeeze an OT point out of this one I’ll be happy.

  6. sliderule says:

    Connor has to pick up Coyle.

    He was looking right at him.

    Kid looks out of sorts tonite

  7. treevojo says:

    Linesman should be instructed anything that looks even close should be let go.

    That’s what they brought in the coach’s challenge for.

    League needs all the offence it can get. Can’t afford to be taking away legit scoring opportunities.

  8. Centre of attention says:

    sliderule:
    Connor has to pick up Coyle.

    He was looking right at him.

    Kid looks out of sorts tonite

    Tired. He’s among the league leaders in ice time for forwards. Second game of a back to back. Still only 19.

  9. OilClog says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Might take an Old school coach tactic of stick javelin from the bench. Tmac may need to bare a chest this season, bring his own home plate to kick dust upon.

  10. OmJo says:

    Centre of attention: Tired. He’s among the league leaders in ice time for forwards. Second game of a back to back. Still only 19.

    This.

  11. jm363561 says:

    Lucinius: Actually, he’s on pace for 6 points in 9 games this season, given how many games he’s missed that affects his projected games played.

    Hmmmm. Good morning from downtown Tokyo where I am streaming on my phone using the fastest internet connection I have ever used. Went to the corporate statistics department and with much sign language and bowing we computed 2 points in 2 minutes + 1 game + 2.56 minutes = 151.8 points / season. He has fallen off rapidly in the last 17.04 minutes though. Will double check with the abacus.

  12. OilClog says:

    Preferably sacrifice his dear assistant

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

    OmJo,

    Something tells me EBERLE wouldn’t get that kind of leeway on a similar play haha

  14. Gerta Rauss says:

    treevojo:
    Linesman should be instructed anything that looks even close should be let go.

    That’s what they brought in the coach’s challenge for.

    League needs all the offence it can get. Can’t afford to be taking away legit scoring opportunities.

    Agree 100% with this

    I think the default for referees has been it’s offside if it’s close-been that way since forever

  15. OmJo says:

    Have the habs played the Preds yet?

  16. OmJo says:

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

    Something tells me EBERLE wouldn’t get that kind of leeway on a similar play haha

    At 19 years old he probably would lol 😉

  17. OmJo says:

    Wow that whole segment there was awkward af

  18. Centre of attention says:

    Gene and Spector are tipsy. lmao.

  19. OmJo says:

    I want Fayne to stick on this club so LTs support doesn’t go to waste. Plus he’s a real RHD.

  20. OmJo says:

    Centre of attention:
    Gene and Spector are tipsy. lmao.

    Must be lol

    That was just so bad to watch haha…

  21. Zelepukin says:

    lovin’ this 4th line. Grit, speed and smarts.

  22. sliderule says:

    Gerta Rauss: Agree 100% with this

    I think the default for referees has been it’s offside if it’s close-been that way since forever

    You would think NHL would try to encourage allowing the close ones .

    It might help pathetic scoring totals

  23. OmJo says:

    I was one of Dubnyks last supporters. I knew he was still good at the hockey.

  24. OmJo says:

    Good D play by Fayne on a chance against he caused lol

  25. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers play hockey like drunk drivers drive cars.

  26. OmJo says:

    Rogers Place is asleep tonight. Feels like we’re playing in Minny.

  27. spoiler says:

    Dominik Hasek’s 3rd cousin taught him I swear to Gord.

  28. Zelepukin says:

    holy tire fires goin’ on. All started with Fayne’s meat hands.

  29. OmJo says:

    OmJo,

    Nevermind that was McDavid who made the D play not Fayne.

  30. spoiler says:

    Good shift for the Nuge line, although I have no idea how they were all able to stay onside for the zone entry.

  31. OmJo says:

    Derp

  32. spoiler says:

    Remenda mystified by variance in small sample sizes.

  33. OilClog says:

    These refs are hilarious

  34. OmJo says:

    Aggressive PKing ftw

  35. OmJo says:

    What are the odds we extend Russell?

  36. spoiler says:

    That’s two weird hops at the same spot behind that net in back-to-back games.

  37. OilClog says:

    What did anyone do to deserve Drew? Lou’s in Calgary?! Damn you sportsnet

  38. OmJo says:

    Wild power play looking good rn

  39. Lowetide says:

    Russell_Larsson must have some appeal to McLellan, but I would love to see a shift in the pairings.

  40. OmJo says:

    Cringe.

  41. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    Russell_Larsson must have some appeal to McLellan, but I would love to see a shift in the pairings.

    I don’t hate the pairing but I don’t like Fayne on the ice with McD. His meat hands hurt that line at both ends of the rink.

  42. OmJo says:

    Drew has baby skin? I don’t even know what to say to this.

  43. OmJo says:

    Staal v Cagguila in an Ozone faceoff. Guess who won?

  44. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Goddam ebs why? Just get the puck on net

  45. treevojo says:

    Fuck remenda is like a dog with a bone. Just won’t let it go.

  46. OmJo says:

    He should be okay. Right?

  47. JDï™ says:

    That’s a quiet room requirement?

  48. spoiler says:

    Oilers without a shot on the last PP? Does Lucic driving it into the goalie’s pads no longer count? SN’s stats guy screwing up there methinks.

  49. Lucinius says:

    Someone has to shoot the puck eventually, right?

  50. OmJo says:

    Hey Tmac, you have 3 Cs on the first PP unit and 1 on the second. Instead of creating situations where Cag has to take offensive zone faceoffs during a PP, what if you split up those 3 Cs? Crazy, I know.

  51. Oil2Oilers says:

    please please at least attempt a shot on the power play

  52. Lucinius says:

    With the amount of passing the Oilers do on the powerplay they should have the best passers in the league; it’s all they do.

  53. treevojo says:

    I think the oilers must have tired out Anaheim last night.

  54. Zelepukin says:

    Lucinius:
    With the amount of passing the Oilers do on the powerplay they should have the best passers in the league; it’s all they do.

    The problem is neither half boards player even fakes like they are going to shoot with their body positioning, which is crazy given we play 2-2-1.

  55. flyfish1168 says:

    phlegms 5 goals in 6 minutes. I wish the hockey gods was as nice to us

  56. voxwah says:

    The drop off from Debrusk to Remenda is real and it’s spectacular…

  57. OilClog says:

    If the PP had a bomb on the point, all that passing would open up the lanes.

  58. Lucinius says:

    flyfish1168:
    phlegms 5 goals in 6 minutes. I wish the hockey gods was as nice to us

    I’ve always said the Flames have horse-shoes up their asses to be so lucky.

    Pacific division went from a joke early in the season to increasingly competitive as the games rolled by; in large part because no team has stepped forward to run away with things.

  59. Woogie63 says:

    Surprised Kesler was not pulled last night for concussion protocol

  60. Lucinius says:

    Woogie63:
    Surprised Kesler was not pulled last night for concussion protocol

    Spotter was probably hoping he would do himself more harm — he could be that disliked. I mean, it is Kesler after all.

    Also, the McDavid chin hitting the ice looked worse than it was.

  61. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The flames have 6 goals on 20 shots. It appears the ducks don’t have a backup either.

  62. frjohnk says:

    Lucinius: Spotter was probably hoping he would do himself more harm — he could be that disliked. I mean, it is Kesler after all.

    Also, the McDavid chin hitting the ice looked worse than it was.

    I’d say that punch Kassian that hit that Wild Mans face probably had more impact. He should be going off for concussion protocol.

  63. Lowetide says:

    39-33 after two periods, McDavid 8-16 before he left. Oilers are 1-1 and this is the third game in four nights. Can they grab a point in the final period?

  64. Lowetide says:

    Zelepukin: I don’t hate the pairing but I don’t like Fayne on the ice with McD. His meat hands hurt that line at both ends of the rink.

    Fayne is certainly not ideal with high skill, but paired with Sekera—who is an excellent passer—Fayne had success a year ago.

  65. The Trade Guy says:

    Lowetide:
    39-33 after two periods, McDavid 8-16 before he left. Oilers are 1-1 and this is the third game in four nights. Can they grab a point in the final period?

    Minnesota is the worst so probably not?

  66. who says:

    5 on 3 for 8 seconds. Offensive zone face off. Nuge then cags for the draw?

  67. Zelepukin says:

    Wait, so is McD done for the night? I refuse to watch Remenda so I haven’t heard it mentioned on the Minnie broadcast.

  68. Lucinius says:

    Zelepukin:
    Wait, so is McD done for the night? I refuse to watch Remenda so I haven’t heard it mentioned on the Minnie broadcast.

    He’s only done for the night if diagnosed with a concussion. Otherwise he just had to sit for awhile (15 minutes?).

  69. Greg says:

    Oh thank Connor.

  70. khildahl says:

    McDavid is on the ice.

  71. Lowetide says:

    Zelepukin:
    Wait, so is McD done for the night? I refuse to watch Remenda so I haven’t heard it mentioned on the Minnie broadcast.

    McDavid is on the ice now, so I think he may play. Not sure, mind you, but that is a good sign.

  72. Lowetide says:

    Tentative start to this third period, Corsis early are the same, but I feel Minnesota is controlling play more often. Shorten the bench?

  73. razor says:

    Watching this game, I’m think RNH for Dumba might have been fair value. Dumba is a good young dynamic RHD. PP specialist too.

  74. razor says:

    Instead, we are watching Fayne RHD

    razor:
    Watching this game, I’m think RNH for Dumba might have been fair value. Dumba is a good young dynamic RHD. PP specialist too.

  75. BONE207 says:

    Hi Gang…just tuning in. Let’s all hold hands and pray Gusto has a good rest of the game and Connor deflects a goal off his enlarged chin.

  76. BONE207 says:

    Ok…next goal wins. Right off this faceoff I hope

  77. Lowetide says:

    razor:
    Instead, we are watching Fayne RHD

    Quoting yourself? Really?

  78. Lowetide says:

    Lowetide: Quoting yourself? Really?

    Yes. Relax. Fayne is awesome.

  79. Lucinius says:

    Wild just skating around us at will now. Back to back really starting to show.

    The no-shoot powerplays really coming back to haunt us.

  80. BONE207 says:

    Why does Gusto always seem he has to have his back to the play on every save??. Is he a showboat??

  81. BONE207 says:

    Gord damn…that was scary. Big PK and a boost for the end of the game. 2-1 Oilers…please.

  82. Lucinius says:

    Lander would come in real handy right now (good at face offs and PKing). Crucial kill right now.

  83. Jordan says:

    Lowetide: Yes. Relax. Fayne has good defensive awareness and skills, but his poor footspeed put him and his partners in bad situations when he makes bad decisions.

    FTFY

    Also, this team is weaker without Nurse. Did not expect I would be saying this now back in September. Young man’s progression has been impressive

  84. treevojo says:

    Lowetide: Yes. Relax. Fayne is awesome.

    Sometimes you really make me giggle mr. Lowetide

  85. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Fair to say that the wild have the best active sticks in hockey?

  86. Lucinius says:

    Good kill.

    Both teams can’t do shit on the powerplay.

  87. BONE207 says:

    I was that close to being right. Damn

  88. razor says:

    Lowetide: Quoting yourself? Really?

    Dramatic effect 🙂

  89. treevojo says:

    I think it is a pretty good sign that I hardly even get nervous anymore when the oilers take a penalty.

  90. Lowetide says:

    Larsson just had an excellent shift there, two grand plays defensively.

  91. hunter1909 says:

    This team needs a Bobby Orr. So much.

  92. Lucinius says:

    Got a point, which is very important to keep pace in the division.

    McDavid looks off tonight; meaning he doesn’t look like the Avatar of Hockey Gods gracing us with his presence.. merely a very good hockey player.

  93. OilClog says:

    Did that guy on the home broadcast really just refer to the wild players as the heroes if they scored on the mad scramble.. Brutal.

  94. Lucinius says:

    I know they’re good, but god damn. Shoot.

  95. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Oilers pass it around for a minute straight and then the wild come down and take it right to the net.

  96. sliderule says:

    Tmac having Lucic on three on three is just plain stupid

  97. Jaxon says:

    I hate Lucic being out there for 3-on-3.

  98. Lucinius says:

    Flames beat the Ducks.. 8-3. Bloody hell.

  99. BONE207 says:

    Jaxon:
    I hate Lucic being out there for 3-on-3.

    But I could watch Connor play this for hours

  100. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Terrible.

  101. Jaxon says:

    And Letestu had multiple chances to get off for a better player. Arrggh!

  102. Lowetide says:

    Gustavsson with a gorgeous poke check in the seconds before the winner.

  103. Gerta Rauss says:

    Shitty

  104. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The wild came in and played their game.

  105. Lucinius says:

    Oilers get schooled in OT.

    We had a great possession sequence earlier and decided to do absolutely nothing with it (which is, imo, entirely on McDavid and Drai — great players, but that becomes irrelevent if you’re not going to shoot the bloody puck at least once).

    Trying to pass it into the net cost us the game, imo; those powerplays and OT shift.

    Also, Wild made us look extremely tired and slow in OT and in the third. Routinely skated around our guys like they weren’t even moving.

  106. LMHF#1 says:

    Letestu + stupid system that encourages crossing over = loss.

    They’re really not getting flat out beat much this year. Just beating themselves a lot.

  107. pitlickdinner says:

    I’ll take the point. That poke check made me smile ear to ear.

  108. fifthcartel says:

    Letestu on 3-on-3 is not ideal.

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

    Well picked up a point. To be honest you could see that everyone was dead tonight. After the first period it was pretty ropey dopey, everything to the outside, nothing was rhyming. Lots of hockey lately so

    Letestu had a brutal shift but on that play (defensive zone face off) and with Drai just coming off, there wasn’t a better option for centre. Too bad he shit the bed.

    All that being said I wasn’t impressed with Gus’s 2nd attempted poke check there, he had him cutting to the weak side and took the shot away. Didn’t need to be so aggressive and I think he knew that after the fact.

    Oh well, 5/6 potential points to start the month, not too shabby.

    Next up Sabres, should be a fun game now that Eichel and Kane are back in the lineup.

  110. JAG-041 says:

    OilClog:
    Did that guy on the home broadcast really just refer to the wild players as the heroes if they scored on the mad scramble.. Brutal.

    Was that guy Drew Remenda?
    Then yes…

  111. McSorley33 says:

    Yeah, one player really stood out on the OT…..

    Well done coach….

    Own goal.

  112. BONE207 says:

    Ok…I’ll take the blame. Went to the kitchen to make another drink. Bad Timing is all…

  113. McSorley33 says:

    Did Todd know OT was 3 on 3.

  114. tcho says:

    Not the prettiest OT for Letestube.

  115. Centre of attention says:

    I’ll take that point. They team was dead tired and I don’t blame Todd for trying Letestu. Oilers were getting murdered in the faceoff circle and faceoffs are very important in overtime.

    Yeah he missed his coverage but that happens sometimes.

    On to the next team.

  116. Lowetide says:

    McLellan used Letestu and Lucic in OT, and the goalie was the cat who cost him. Jmo.

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

    Lowetide,

    Agreed!

  118. tcho says:

    Lowetide,

    You’re blaming Gustavsson for that OT goal? (Not being aggressive, just confused)

  119. Centre of attention says:

    tcho:
    Lowetide,

    You’re blaming Gustavsson for that OT goal? (Not being aggressive, just confused)

    Crazy pokecheck attempt on the game winner. It worked seconds before but a second attempt was asking for trouble. Especially because he was reaching way early the second time.

  120. OilClog says:

    That was not the goalies fault.

  121. Lucinius says:

    Gustavsson looked shaky all game, imo. Didn’t have good fundamentals, basically. Almost ‘jumpy’ in net, in that he was constantly moving, sometimes to the point of turning around in his crease for no real reason. Looked very nervous and unsettled.

    The poke check was great, but he followed it up with a poor decision on the game winner.

    That said.. in the end I still believe the ultimate blame lies on the powerplay and the McDavid/Drai OT shift that got absolutely nothing done despite great possession.

    I’ve never been a member of the “SHOOOOOOT!” crowd in the past, but tonight it was as accurate as it could be. You can’t score if you don’t try to put the black disc into the net.

    Reminds me of a few times in the ’80s when Slats would get pissed at the Oilers for trying to pass the puck into the net and the next practice he would drop scores of pucks onto the ice and slowly go through the premise of hockey being the puck actually has to enter the net for someone to win, and as such, they should try to put it there instead of playing keep away and passing to each other.

  122. dsr29 says:

    As an ex goaler the poke check made me laugh. In that I might have done the same thing. When you aren’t confident in your ability,desperation seems like the best answer. Not sure I could have tried it a second time! So maybe he was confident.

  123. OilClog says:

    If he stayed in the crease and got beat because the player with the puck was completely unmanned.. Would that be his fault?

  124. Centre of attention says:

    McLellan says Gus will get at least 1 more start on the road trip.

    *tugs collar* he looked fine tonight, right guys? Only 2 goals against and 30+ saves?

  125. jm363561 says:

    Gustavson SV% 93.9. Give the guy a break.

    Back to back OTs; third game in four nights; five points earned. They did okay.

  126. gogliano says:

    3rd game in 4 nights and second half of a back to back with your backup goalie in net.

    I’ll take the point against a solid Minnesota team.

    They looked tired.

  127. Aron_S says:

    So after the Leafs 3rd period and this game, I think we’ve gotten a better sense of how Gus plays. It might be a small sample size, but I ‘d venture to say not well. He’s pretty slow laterally and I cannot stand how he’s always spinning around in his net! I don’t think I’ve seen a particularly bad goal go in on him yet, but wow, he’s got weird style. I’d guess if he has a few bad outings in a row, which could happen, Brossoit is up.

    Also can we finish up with Russell Larsson yet? That pairing was brutal by eye and I feel like 4 was just dragging 6 down with him for most of the game.

  128. Lowetide says:

    tcho:
    Lowetide,

    You’re blaming Gustavsson for that OT goal? (Not being aggressive, just confused)

    Yeah. That is my opinion, but I understand that others may not agree. Letestu got wind burn on the cross over but the ship and crew weren’t lost until Gustavsson went fishing. Hey, he was a hero seconds before.

  129. LostBoy says:

    I’m not really down on this result.

    The OIl got away with murder for most of the night because Gustavsson was Mr. Bouncy yet the Wild couldn’t get numbers to the net to capitalize. I don’t even blame Gustavsson – lots and lots of goalies take a while to settle in with their rebound control after a long period of inactivity. It’s understandable to go with Talbot whenever possible, but it’s not reasonable to expect solid form from a backup who so far has played once a month. I thought he played well other than the obvious inability to absorb pucks. Blame Chiarelli for not getting someone McLellan trusts.

    I’ll take the point.

  130. Lowetide says:

    LostBoy:
    I’m not really down on this result.

    The OIl got away with murder for most of the night because Gustavssonwas Mr. Bouncy yet the Wild couldn’t get numbers to the net to capitalize.I don’t even blame Gustavsson – lots and lots of goalies take a while to settle in with their rebound control after a long period of inactivity.It’s understandable to go with Talbot whenever possible, but it’s not reasonable to expect solid form from a backup who so far has played once a month.I thought he played well other than the obvious inability to absorb pucks.Blame Chiarelli for not getting someone McLellantrusts.

    I’ll take the point.

    Yeah, that is all really well put.

  131. Younger Oil says:

    The Oilers only score one goal in 65 minutes, and on the OT winner Koivu is allowed to skate through the entire slot untouched to take on the goalie one on one, and yet we’re blaming the Gustavsson?

    A goalie can only stop so many one on one breakaways on a single shift.

    Sure, he looked shaky at times, but he only let in one puck in 60 regulation minutes, and that should be more than enough to win a hockey game.

  132. Chachi says:

    Cannot get mad at the result today and admire Gustavsson’s “battle” out there, but he is most definitely not a confidence inspiring goalie.

  133. GMB3 says:

    Yeah I don’t think it’s fair to blame the loss on Gus. Although he can sure give the crowd a heart attack 3-4 times a game. It’s apparent why Tmac doesn’t have much faith in him.

    Minny plays hard and plays well positionally, they do not give up much. Pretty mobile defence corps too. Charlie Coyle is a nice player. As is Zucker.

    They have an interesting mix of players, even though they may lack the top tier talent, it seemed like everyone can play.

  134. Confused says:

    Just back……crappy performance.

    Charlie Could only player worth watching.

    Out of gas,……need a spark from some where

  135. GMB3 says:

    If the Oilers sign Russell long term, I’m going to be chapped. He is a good stop gap measure, but I’d prefer we aim a little higher for a second pairing RHD.

    I’ve read a lot about RNH/Poo/Ebs having a strong run of games a few years back. Was that with Nelson at the helm?

  136. hunter1909 says:

    GMB3: Minny plays hard and plays well positionally, they do not give up much. Pretty mobile defence corps too. Charlie Coyle is a nice player. As is Zucker.
    They have an interesting mix of players, even though they may lack the top tier talent, it seemed like everyone can play.

    They look solid.

  137. hunter1909 says:

    Chachi:
    Cannot get mad at the result today and admire Gustavsson’s “battle” out there, but he is most definitely not a confidence inspiring goalie.

    He reminds me of that big, kind of podgy looking goalie who Lowe+MacT spent 10 years developing…before cutting him loose.

    Because they know best.

  138. Zelepukin says:

    GMB3: If the Oilers sign Russell long term, I’m going to be chapped. He is a good stop gap measure, but I’d prefer we aim a little higher for a second pairing RHD.

    Secretly I hope we do sign Russell but don’t overpay, ala Fayne and only after we make the playoffs and he wins the fans over with some classic Jason Smith-esque shot-blocking with his face.

  139. spoiler says:

    Monster took a 1-1 game into OT. That pretty much makes him a game star. I do agree too with the comment above that the look that was coming to Koivu was going to be pretty much unstoppable either way.

    But at the end of the day Gus lost the matchup on style points too.

    Gord, I hate that phrase. “At the end of the day…”

    Surely there’s a gun around here somewhere.

    ________

    –The lack of practice days this month is not helpful and should be kept in mind whither we go. Pujo’s future should also be affected by this scheduling twist. If he’s not going to get regular minutes and practices are non-existent, get him out of Dodge and on a train to Bakersfield cee ayy… andale andale!

    –Who comes out when Davidson goes in? Fayne made some decent plays tonight. Russell’s skating is so much better though… but then someone’s playing upside-backwards. Holds them all accountable though, when the coach has options, and that’s not a bad thing.

    –I can’t get over how apropos it is that we have a Lowetidian named Woodguy as the Champion for which side someone’s _stick_ goes.

    Personally, I’m floored. (a couple of beers away from being laminated in fact).

    😉 love you guys

  140. frjohnk says:

    Interesting when you look at Russell’s corsi and then look at his teammates corsi without him, you will see that every players corsi is better without Russell all the way down to Lander.

    Thats 13 linemates in order of TOI, until you find someone who has a better corsi with Russell compared to when the two are separated.

    Thats incredible.

    http://naturalstattrick.com/playerreport.php?season=20162017&playerid=8471729&sit=5v5&stype=2

  141. sliderule says:

    Quite a contrast between way Wild defended three on three and oilers.

    Wild played tight zone and let the oilers circle around them and shoot from outside.With no traffic three on three pretty good strategy.

    The oilers play a man defence and all you have to do is beat one defender and your in.That is just what happened on winning goal.😂

  142. Scungilli says:

    spoiler: I hate that phrase. “At the end of the day…”

    For me it’s ‘back in the day’ which doesn’t even mean anything.

  143. Scungilli says:

    sliderule:
    Quite a contrast between way Wild defendedthree on three and oilers.

    Wild played tight zone and let the oilers circle around them and shoot from outside.With no traffic three on three pretty good strategy.

    The oilers play a man defence and all you have to do is beat one defender and your in.That is just what happened on winning goal.

    I think they are playing by instinct more than thinking at this point. Mature players attack what is given and defend danger first. I see some strategy especially by Leon and Maroon in knowing where he has to go, a young team for sure. Connor is so dynamic he scores no matter what overall. I can’t wait to see what his matured game is like.

  144. Scungilli says:

    GMB3: If the Oilers sign Russell long term, I’m going to be chapped. He is a good stop gap measure, but I’d prefer we aim a little higher for a second pairing RHD.

    I think Benning is going to pass him soon, it would be a mistake long term. I didn’t see him good last night. I think the analysis of good guy team warrior is on the money, he is a likeable guy but I don’t see a top four defenceman in today’s game their. Fayne was pretty soft on zone entries as well. The main thing the Wild have on Edmonton is the back end and experience at centre. The Oilers would be pretty deadly with a another solid right hander to push Benning down and a hard minutes centre.

  145. JDï™ says:

    Scungilli: For me it’s ‘back in the day’ which doesn’t even mean anything.

    You mean it doesn’t mean ‘a long time ago’ or ‘when I was younger’?

    Because it used to – back in the day.

  146. russ99 says:

    We need to come up with a plan B when we’re playing the tougher teams that trap us and take away scoring chances on the rush.

    Seems our only play then is the cycle the puck round the outside (Eminem offense) and take ineffective shots from the point.

    Someone needs to get the puck into tough areas and do something with it to create space and better quality shots.

    The Oilers to a man seem to wilt in any kind of defensive pressure away from the wall, Lucic could really help by setting an example here.

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