G30 2016-17 OILERS AT WILD

The Edmonton Oilers lost another regulation game just before overtime last night, about they only way to screw yourself over in the Bettman League. They are burning daylight and the climb through December is steep. There are roster issues all over hell’s half acre, and the flames are getting higher. You wanted a playoff chase? You got one. This is going to be a strange brew. HDSC: 6-4.

In truth, there is only one real thing to worry about this morning. I will tell you at the very end, just in case you don’t already know.

First, please calm down. You are getting upset over a team that simply doesn’t have the horses. I picked the Edmonton Oilers for 82 points, fifth in the Pacific Division, eleventh in the conference and twenty-third overall. The Oilers, right now, are miles ahead of where I suggested they would be at the end of the season (on pace for 90 points). Why did I pick Edmonton to finish so low? Balance. Have to have it folks. Have to. You know the list. It is a problem, has been since 2006 spring. The last Oilers general manager to ice a balanced roster? Kevin Lowe. Seriously. You could look it up.

One more thing: There is real progress here. The team Corsi for 5×5 percentage is 51.8, No. 10 in the NHL. Edmonton is getting 51.4 percent of the 5×5 goals, and 51.4 percent of the shot shares. Fenwick is 52.30, 5×5 save percentage is .923 (ranks No. 17). Source

The Oilers are going in the right direction, just not fast enough for you. I get it. It has been a long haul. But believe me when I tell you this team was not balanced enough to be a playoff team from the start. The only way to get into the second season is McDavid winning the scoring title and Cam Talbot playing out of his mind. And you know what? That combination has worked pretty damn well to this point in the season.

CALM YOUR TITS, 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: 2-1-2, goal differential +1
  • Oilers after 29, 2015: 12-15-2, goal differential -12
  • Oilers after 29, 2016: 14-11-4, goal differential +8

Edmonton won G30 a year ago, 7-5 over the New York Rangers. This was the high life a year ago—in fact, the good run wasn’t over yet, one year ago. This season, the club has flipped the script, but (musical flourish here) there’s still time. All aboard the pain train, we are on to Minnesota. And out of balance.

There is still time. Edmonton has 14 December games, and our line in the sand is 14 points. So far, five games in, the Oilers have six points. There is still time. If Edmonton finishes with 90 points? That would represent a 20-point climb. Folks, you can get as mad as you want, a 20-point increase is a very strong turn north.

If the Edmonton Oilers had all of their cannons pointed in the right direction (hello, France!), their backup goalie would have been a better one last night. This is a fact.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

defense-dec-8

  • Jonas Gustavsson had a poor game. Edmonton should consider calling up Laurent Brossoit or making a deal before the backup needs to play again. Backup goalie is an important position.
  • Sekera—Russell played very well together, by eye and number. In 16:22, they went 15-14, including a dandy 3:31 (5-1) with McDavid and a credible 6:21 with RNH (5-4). In the ditch a little (3-7) in 4:28 with Leon, though. They were 2-6 against Giroux, but 7-5 against Schenn. I liked the pairing, gotta say. Sekera scored a nice goal, they were +1 each and were not close to the reason Edmonton lost the game. Sekera ranks as one of PCs best free-agent signings.
  • Simpson—Benning were 7-9 in 7:43. Simpson did some nice things, had some wobble (which should be expected) and went 4-5 against the Schenn line. It was nice to see his parents in the crowd, hope they enjoyed seeing their son. I will cry at whatever my kids invite me to, it has been that way since the Christmas concerts. It’s a thing, I have come to accept it. Simpson was +1 in his debut.
  • Benning also went 3-2 with Oscar Klefbom in 1:46.
  • Klefbom—Larsson went 12-19 in 14:04 together, including a dastardly 4-9 in 5:31 with Nuge (they were 5-5 with 97). They were 5-10 in 7:03 against Giroux and 2-3 in 2:51 against Schenn. Oscar scored a goal, was minus four and had five blocked shots. He looked like his dog just died on the Raffl goal, and that was not good. Still, the goaler man could have been the hero, but did not defend the play well at all. Larsson had an assist, was minus two and I thought he played well.
  • Klefbom is struggling, the way young defensemen have struggled since the dawn of time. He remains a top drawer young blue with all kinds of good things in his arsenal. Bury him at your own peril. What you say about Oscar Klefbom today  tells me more about you than it does about Oscar Klefbom. Kicking a young player while he is down is a silly damned thing to do. Same with Nuge, while I am at it.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT forwards-dec-8

  • Lucic—McDavid—Caggiula scored 1-3-4 and won the possession and HDSC game. Always interesting to see how a line is attacked, and Hakstol threw a curve—the Bellamare line. Edmonton went 13-8, but Bellamare scored at even strength. The Giroux and Schenn lines were free to roam the earth, and Giroux pummeled 93.
  • Maroon—Nuge—Eberle had a weird night. They were -6, but Eberle made some nice moves, got an assist and dished Nuge a couple of nice feeds. Nuge was awful, and I love Nuge. Is he hurt? Giroux was 11-7 against him. Lacking confidence? This is serious stuff, Edmonton cannot trade him for 10 cents on the dollar and their wheels won’t turn without him. Damn that was awful. He cannot win a faceoff, nor a battle, seems winded on breakouts and his passes are erratic at times. Whatever is wrong, Edmonton needs to fix it. Schnell!
  • Hendricks—Letestu—Kassian didn’t get a lot done, I like this line with Maroon but they don’t have enough going without him. They were 1-4 against Giroux. Letestu picked up a power-play assist.
  • Pouliot—Leon—Puljujarvi had a beyond weird night. Got caved in possession, but their collective boxcars were 2-3-5 and the visual on Leon was impressive. Crazy man crazy. I don’t think this line has a future. Leon was 5-12 against Schenn, 2-5 against Giroux. Nice to see Pouliot score.
  • Sources include Hockeystats.ca, NHL.com and NaturalStatTrick.

THE CLUSTER

I think Peter Chiarelli made a bet on the day he traded Taylor Hall (June 29, 2016). He had just drafted Jesse Puljujarvi, he had Connor McDavid, and may have felt there was enough (Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Benoit Pouliot, Patrick Maroon) to cover the loss of Taylor Hall by moving in Milan Lucic.

It has not been close, as of now. I will never agree to the idea that the trade was a good one (it was a terrible trade—now and forever), but NHL general managers can lose a battle while winning a war. The bet, as I see it, surrounded key players Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Nuge with Eberle seemed a reasonable bet to me. Put Benoit Pouliot on that line and you should have somewhere near a 2.00/60 5×5 line. Fair? Not close. As of this morning, here are the top nine forward totals in this category:

  1. C Connor McDavid 3.14
  2. C Leon Draisaitl 1.91
  3. R Jesse Puljujarvi 1.77
  4. R Tyler Pitlick 1.68
  5. R Jordan Eberle 1.63
  6. L Patrick Maroon 1.60
  7. R Anton Slepyshev 1.51
  8. L Milan Lucic 1.46
  9. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.45
  10. Source

Leon Draisaitl is pushing towards 2.00 and has been on a dandy run. The rest of the group, including 97’s linemates, have to improve in this area. This is important stuff. One year ago, four men were over 2.00 (McDavid, Hall, Leon, Pouliot) and Eberle was 1.85. This team needs a consistent scoring line beyond McDavid, and they need it right damned now.

BEING A FAN, ACROSS TIME

Every morning, I get up and take the dog out. The dog, Ziggy, is as much a part of my family as I am—in fact, if the dog runs away tomorrow there would be bedlam and chaos, whereas if I ran away Mrs. Lowetide would know I would be back as soon as I got hungry.

When I get back in the house, I smell coffee brewing (my wife spoils me, brings me coffee nowadays too, because I write this blog 6:30-8:30 every morning) and head down stairs to work. The first thing I do, after turning on the computer, is go to the Connor McDavid page on hockeydb. Why? I check his career GP and points, which this morning stand at 74 and 86, respectively. I would have done this last season, but the Philadelphia Flyers robbed me of that joy. I have been waiting for about 18 months now for the GP number to click over at 82—and only then will I know the real joy of the cumulative second number. It is the same feeling I had as a child, staring at my Bobby Orr hockey card. Numbers mean nothing unless you know the enormous story behind them, and I am blessed to know. No matter what you feel about this team this morning, I encourage you to head to hockeydb and join the party. This is special, hold it close, hang onto it in the mind’s eye. The 82GP number will be magic. Soon we will know.

As I write this, I am reminded of a passage by the best sports writer God ever invented, Roger Angell. He wrote about some rabid Detroit Tigers fans decades ago, and immortalized one man with the following lines:

  • Bert. A little after nine-thirty on a Monday morning in June, Bert walks into his ground-floor office in Oak Park, Michigan, which is a suburb on the north side of Detroit. His name on the door: Bert Gordon, Realty. He says good morning to his secretary and his assistant, Barbara Rosenthal, and goes on into his office, which looks out on a parking strip, and beyond that, onto Greenfield Road.
  • He sits down at his desk, leans forward and takes off his shoes, and slides his feet into a pair of faded blue espadrilles. Then he swings his swivel chair to the right, so that he is facing a desk-model calculator on a side table, and punches in 2922 and 1596. The first number is the total number of days of President Nixon’s two terms in the White House; the second is the number of days the President has served to date. He hits another button, and the answer slot at the top of the machine offers up 54.62 in illuminated green numbers.
  • Bert is a member of the Michigan Democratic State Central committee, and he has just figured (as he does every weekday morning) the expired percentage of President Nixon’s two terms in office.
  • Now Bert clears the machine and punches out the numbers 9345 and 2806.
  • Since Friday morning, the first number has gone up by seven and the second number has gone up by one. Al Kaline, the veteran star outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, hit one single in seven official times at bat against the Minnesota Twins over the weekend.
  • The machine silently presents another set of green numbers. Today, Kaline’s lifetime major-league batting average stands at .3000267. Bert sighs, erases the figure, and picks up his telephone. He is ready to start his day.
  • Source

I can understand Bert, hell I am Bert. I understand how he felt that day about Al Kaline, and in fact care as much about McDavid’s 82-game point total as Bert did about Mr. Kaline. No. 97 is on pace for 95 points, but if he can find a way to push it? Well, I don’t want to rush the story, and won’t be disappointed no matter the number. It is, at some level, a representation of what being a fan is all about. We keep score, in all kinds of ways. This is mine. Oh. By the way. Al Kaline finished his career holding on to a .297 batting average. I bet Bert loved Al Kaline even after he slipped below .300.

THE ONE THING TO WORRY OVER

You have read (or will) all manner of things about the Oilers today: Fire Chiarelli, fire McLellan, shoot the goalie out of a cannon, et cetera. As I mentioned at the top, Edmonton management is slow playing the McDavid early years and there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Why are they doing it? No idea, beyond that has been the mantra for several years now.

The one thing to worry over today is this: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. There is something wrong here. He is not the same player, by many miles, that we have come to know. I would say disinterested, but that doesn’t fall in line with the detail oriented career he has put forth until now.

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 16-17 (15-16)

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.45 (1.36 last year)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 3.76 (4.84 last year)
  • Corsi for % 5×5:  52.1 (47.9)
  • Qual Comp: toughest (same as last year)
  • Corsi Rel: 0.6 (-0.5)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 79/5.1 (108/11.1)
  • Boxcars: 29, 4-9-13 .448 (55, 12-22-34 .618)

Up until this point, I have been focused on two things in regard to Nuge. First, he remains a strong PP option, but Connor McDavid duplicates his skills so there is going to be less power-play time. Second, his shooting percentage is in the dumper, so he is not getting the goals his shots have earned. Nuge should have eight goals based on his shot total and he has half of it.

That said, I am officially worried about him. He has a giant brain but we see less creativity. Is he ill? Injured? I have no answer, and don’t think it is especially productive for me to point fingers at him, the coach, or the flu. It is a concern, this is not the player we have come to know. The Oilers are dead in the water without him.

I am not burying Nuge, I am worried about him. Something isn’t right.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Oilers falling, Flames rising, and Toronto about to lose its mind over a soccer team.
  • Guy Flaming, The Pipeline Show. World Juniors just around the corner, is Canada good enough to medal? Win the gold?
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Should Peter Chiarelli bring in a new backup goalie? Should he pull the trigger on a trade today in order to improve playoff chances?
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. A look at last night’s game and ahead to this evening.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Note: I didn’t mention Brandon Manning in this post, mostly because this is a one day story and unlikely to impact anything. I will talk about it on the show today, however. I like to see 97 engage in this way, Oilers need to win these games to really put their stamp on the league. Someday soon, they should be the team that comes into your town, grabs two points, insults your architecture and steals your gold. Someday soon.

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  1. gogliano says:

    Gordies Elbow:
    So far, Edmonton’s improved it’s goal differential by 20 year over year from last season.

    At their current goals against pace, they’re looking to improve by 19, allowing 226. This, while having a number of defenders out for extended injuries (Davidson, Nurse, Gryba, Fayne, Russell) and while playing rookies (Benning, now with 20 games.) 226 against would be 18th in the NHL in 2015-2016, so not great, but up from 26th in the NHL.

    At their current goals for pace, they’re looking to improve by 45, scoring 248. This would put them 4th in the NHL last season (which is where they currently are in goals for.)

    They have 2 players in the top 15 in the NHL in scoring, McDavid leads by 9 over Crosby, and Draisaitl sits 15th.

    Personally, I don’t think that they’re playing well, and some of that is on the coach, and some of that is on the players, and yet they’re achieving the results above. Bring back the Davidson’s and Nurse’s, and the goals against should improve.

    They’re a much better team this year than last.

    Seriously folks, this is a surprisingly better team than last.

    How many teams improve by 50+ goal differential year over year?

  2. OmJo says:

    Did the ice turn yellow for a second there or do I need to get a new TV?

  3. theres oil in virginia says:

    Has Nuge lost the game yet?

  4. OmJo says:

    Remenda is saying that shot blocking is overrated.

    Remember this when Russell blocks a shot tonight.

  5. JDï™ says:

    Simpson, eh?

  6. Lowetide says:

    That was a promising sortie.

  7. Professor Q says:

    Ribs:
    I think of the Hall trade and I wonder… What if they had instead kept Jeff Petry around? Would they be any better off? Worse? How about if they kept Petry and still made the Hall trade? How would that look?

    *sigh*

    They wouldn’t have had McDavid. So, they’d be worse.

  8. OmJo says:

    Okay no more Russell and Simpson experiments. Thank God the Wild can’t hit the net…

  9. OmJo says:

    Very happy for Dubnyk. When he left here I think many of us thought he’d never be in the NHL again, and now he’s a Vezina contender.

  10. spoiler says:

    Well, he’s shooting more…

  11. JDï™ says:

    McDavid is the SON – Something Outta Nothing.

  12. OmJo says:

    You know the Safeway thing where if a player scores 5 goals in a game *insert Gagner troll face here* they’ll give somebody $1 000 000. Well…

    If any Oiler scores 5 or more goals in a game I’ll donate $1 000 000 x 10^-4 to the blog.

  13. OmJo says:

    Nice goal by Draisaitl right there. Needed that too, the Wild were starting to take control of this one.

  14. spoiler says:

    lol!

    Drai Heat does it again

  15. OmJo says:

    Did he pronounce Draisaitl as ‘Dritzle”?

  16. Lowetide says:

    Leon from Pouliot and Pitlick. Oilers get the early lead.

  17. JDï™ says:

    Going in Drai!

  18. Lowetide says:

    Oilers 11-6 in shots, 18-15 Corsi.

  19. Rebilled says:

    Great play from 67 and 29

  20. OmJo says:

    Not the best looking period ever but we walk into the second with the lead so can’t complain. We just can’t give the lead up late in the game which I’m afraid of since it’s back to back.

  21. Gret99zky says:

    Sweet!

    Preserving this lead should be no problem.

    2 points in the bank.

  22. norm_klassen says:

    Its hard being a fan be ause the oilers are better so you expect more from them. Like children where you see growth but could let you down in a moments notice. Who needs that stress in there lives;) jk

  23. OmJo says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers 11-6 in shots, 18-15 Corsi.

    What’s the Wilds’ shooting percentage in that period?

  24. OmJo says:

    OMG CONNOR SAID WORDS NO WAY LETS TALK ABOUT IT FOR AN ENTIRE DAY NOW!

    How about we talk about Price pounding on the back of Palmieri last night? You know, something that should actually be looked at by the league?

  25. JDï™ says:

    Hunt with an assist so far tonight.

  26. McSorley33 says:

    RexLibris,

    Thanks…..

  27. kinger_OIL says:

    – This year (well untill tradeline), with no playoff expectations: we might look back and say it was special: injuries have allowed Benning and now Simpson to play. On forward, injuries meant same for Pitlick. Wish they’d give more look see to Sleppy. Caggulia isn’t complete rubbish

    – If we don’t have to go out and get the Gryba’s and Letetsu’s, Hendys, over pay them for 3/4rth lines because we have home-grown cheaper, younger more upside solutions: massive!

    – Have to be pretty pleased that inexperienced oilers from within organization that aren’t expected to be game changers aren’t bed sh$tters. That’s a huge positive step forward for this organization.

  28. JDï™ says:

    kinger_OIL,

    So far, the depth players in the org have been a breath of fresh air, compared to seasons previous. Some great adds by Chia, and some great hold-overs from the previous regime.

    Now, do we have to hire Tonya Harding’s boyfriend to fix the Hendricks situation for us?

  29. OmJo says:

    Hall and Brad Hunt with assists in their game. Yakupov a healthy scratch again tonight.

  30. OmJo says:

    JDï™:
    Hunt with an assist so far tonight.

    I should have refreshed before posting 😛

  31. OmJo says:

    Sounded like he said “get the new XBox one ass”

  32. Lowetide says:

    Some jump to begin the second period shift length and icings are going to be a worry.

  33. Lowetide says:

    OmJo:
    Sounded like he said “get the new XBox one ass”

    I think they were talking to you. 🙂

  34. OmJo says:

    Wrister from the blue line.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Dumba ties the game, nice bit of work by the Niederreiter line against the Nuge line.

  36. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    JDï™:
    Simpson, eh?

    I said it in burns voice.

  37. OmJo says:

    Remember when Garth Snow traded Neideriter for Clutterbuck?

  38. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide,

    Wow. My stream is so far behind, acid wash jeans are still a thing.

  39. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Lowetide:
    Dumba ties the game, nice bit of work by the Niederreiter line against the Nuge line.

    Nuge for dumba!

    I kid

  40. Offside says:

    a) Nuge is used to being the go-to centre his entire hockey career. Right now, he is #3. This has got to be a hard personal and professional adjustment for him.
    b) You think balance is hard now? Wait until we need to bring in a dump truck full of money to pay McDavid; Drai will cost a fortune too
    c) if this team is firing on all cylinders, no one is talking about the Hall trade. That’s not on Chia
    d) This team needs a win even more than us fans do

  41. dangilitis says:

    There’s talbot again, letting a team into the game when they had no business being there.
    Starting to feel a bit like the beginning of the 2005-06 season, when the team had to outplay the opponent handily in order to win

  42. OmJo says:

    Talbot didn’t actually have the puck. Ref incompetence FTW 🙂

  43. Lowetide says:

    Oscar getting walked again.

  44. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    dangilitis:
    There’s talbot again, letting a team into the game when they had no business being there.
    Starting to feel a bit like the beginning of the 2005-06 season, when the team had to outplay the opponent handily in order to win

    Wait so you’re saying we’re going to sneak into the playoffs and then go all the way to the cup final?

  45. OmJo says:

    Offside,

    a) He had an exceptionally bad game yesterday. Defensively he’s been solid all season. Offensively he’s had to create something with no real help until Eberle was moved down. I think he’s going to be alright but yeah there’s definitely some adjustment going on.

    b) Let’s not think that far ahead. I’m worried Russell be a quarter through his contract extension by then.

    c) With Hall here we wouldn’t have much trouble scoring on all cylinders 😉

    d) I think so too.

  46. OmJo says:

    Please score on this PP

  47. Offside says:

    OmJo,

    Preferably Nuge 🙂

  48. OmJo says:

    We really have the #1 road PP? O.o

  49. dangilitis says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Wait so you’re saying we’re going to sneak into the playoffs and then go all the way to the cup final?

    That’s the hope! To be fair talbot reminds me of a more youthful Dubie, we all know he can play he just needs to not crack at the first sign of pressure and be more consistent game to game

  50. Lowetide says:

    Looks like Nuge is off the power play, and Nuge got hit by friendly fire. Hoo boy.

  51. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Looks like Nuge is off the power play, and Nuge got hit by friendly fire. Hoo boy.

    But Burns no longer plays for Minnesota?

  52. Lowetide says:

    McDavid deked four of their guys and two of ours. Man he is good.

  53. Offside says:

    Lowetide,

    This could go off the rails if TMac isn’t careful

  54. OmJo says:

    Lowetide,

    They said it was Drai who took the Sekera shot?

  55. Professor Q says:

    You have got to be joking.

  56. Professor Q says:

    Totally embellishment.

  57. spoiler says:

    Couldn’t they call that penalty on just about every zone entry?

  58. JDï™ says:

    This Rayovac guy is killing us.

  59. Lowetide says:

    Matt Hendricks, looking for a trade. That was effective PK work.

  60. spoiler says:

    Helluva shift for the old warrior

  61. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    This Rayovac guy is killing us.

    That isn’t up to your usual standards for word play.

  62. Gret99zky says:

    That “interference” will happen a dozen times against McDavid tonight and there will be no call.

  63. JDï™ says:

    spoiler,

    I blame Woodguy’s phone, and Kevin Quinn.

  64. jake70 says:

    That was a penalty???

  65. kinger_OIL says:

    – Justin Schultz is 3-10-13 through 27 games, with a league-best plus 16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span….

  66. nafnikufesin says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Amazing what happens when a player is used properly.

  67. JDï™ says:

    kinger_OIL: Justin Schultz is 3-10-13 through 27 games, with a league-best plus 16 rating.

    Still a long way from Norris consideration though.

  68. nafnikufesin says:

    Thanks for the ongoing updates, everyone. Currently on my fourth bottle of wine at 34000 feet somewhere between Dubai and Cape Town. The $1 Wi-Fi gets me access to this site so I can “virtually”watch with you guys.

  69. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    spoiler,

    I blame Woodguy’s phone, and Keven Quinn.

    Right.

    Or is that left?

  70. Zelepukin says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – Justin Schultz is 3-10-13 through 27 games, with a league-best plus 16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span….

    No he’s not. He’s tied for 3 with 4 guys.

  71. OmJo says:

    “Is it a message to his opposition, is it a message to his teammates, or is it a message to the league?”

    *starts counting on fingers*

    “I think it’s a message to his teammates, I think it’s a message to the opposition, and I think it’s a message to the league.”

    I know he had time to kill but really?

  72. Lowetide says:

    36-29 Corsi 5×5 after two, shots 20-16.

  73. kinger_OIL says:

    nafnikufesin:
    kinger_OIL,

    Amazing what happens when a player is used properly.

    – LT could find my posts where I was advocating Shultz on 3rd pairing, on a cheap and cheerful contract, when it was apparant he was going to get punted.

  74. OmJo says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – Justin Schultz is 3-10-13 through 27 games, with a league-best plus 16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span….

    Dubnyk leading the league in SV%, Schultz leading the league in +/, Next season Yakupov will lead the league in goals?

  75. OmJo says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – Justin Schultz is 3-10-13 through 27 games, with a league-best plus 16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span….

    Gagner now has 18pts in 24 games.

  76. kinger_OIL says:

    Zelepukin: No he’s not. He’s tied for 3 with 4 guys.

    – So he’s in the lead with 3 or 4 others. That’s what the lead means: at the top.

    – Or are you making another point?

    – In any event that was from 1 day ago: he is no longer in the lead

  77. OmJo says:

    So Gene Principe just said that Lance Pitlick must be proud of ‘Lance’ Pitlick. I don’t think we are ready for that yet, Gene!

  78. Lowetide says:

    McDavid gives the puck away. Well, that is new. 1-2

  79. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Well that’s it boys Minny is gonna shut er down

  80. OmJo says:

    I was going to say that was a horrible pass 2-on-1… But nope. Well, it was.

  81. D says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid gives the puck away. Well, that is new. 1-2

    Bet he responds with a great third period for the rest of this game.

  82. jake70 says:

    OmJo: Dubnyk leading the league in SV%, Schultz leading the league in +/, Next season Yakupov will lead the league in goals?

    Don’t forget little Samwise…..comming in at 10-7-17 +2 at a nice 0.6M cap hit.

  83. Gret99zky says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – Justin Schultz is 3-10-13 through 27 games, with a league-best plus 16 rating. He’s scored at least one point in five straight starts, collecting 10 points over that span….

    Doug Weight won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes.

  84. OmJo says:

    How could that be interpreted as a high stick? It was literally not a high stick, in fact if it was a high stick it probably wouldn’t have happened.

  85. OmJo says:

    jake70,

    Yup, mentioned him shortly after. He has another assist tonight.

  86. Zelepukin says:

    kinger_OIL: – So he’s in the lead with 3 or 4 others.That’s what the lead means: at the top.

    –Or are you making another point?

    – In any event that was from 1 day ago: he is no longer in the lead

    There was no ‘point’, it was correction on your false information. League leading doesn’t mean top 7. It means leading the league.

  87. Frank the dog says:

    Don’t be too hard on the boys. Look how many of our D is injured! I suppose they all hurt themselves, nothing to do with ignored infractions of course.

    Right at the beginning of this year I did say that my main concern wasn’t the team it was the refereeing and from that, excessive injuries.
    I don’t see any end to this.

  88. Zelepukin says:

    Drai, making something happen every shift. Keep that line together.

  89. nafnikufesin says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid gives the puck away. Well, that is new. 1-2

    Chia better trade the bum while we can still get a decent draft pick for him.

  90. OmJo says:

    “In the name of the father, son, and holy McDavid” well then.

  91. kinger_OIL says:

    Zelepukin: There was no ‘point’, it was correction on your false information. League leading doesn’t mean top 7. It means leading the league.

    – Great : we agree, he was in the lead!

  92. JOFA says:

    Now this is good hockey. Love the trap. Can’t wait to get me some Arizona/Minnie tickets;)

  93. Zelepukin says:

    kinger_OIL: – Great : we agree, he was in the lead!

    Never not trolling.

  94. Lowetide says:

    Ryan Hamilton, from Beck. 1-0 Bakersfield.

  95. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    JOFA:
    Now this is good hockey. Love the trap. Can’t wait to get me some Arizona/Minnie tickets;)

    You know what – I understand that it’s boring but Minny is a lock for the playoffs – and that’s all that matters.

  96. OmJo says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: You know what – I understand that it’s boring but Minny is a lock for the playoffs – and that’s all that matters.

    Very true. It’s more frustrating to play against than watch.

  97. OmJo says:

    PP going to cost us another game? Prove me wrong.

  98. Lowetide says:

    Nuge scores. Review?

  99. OmJo says:

    Offside:
    OmJo,

    Preferably Nuge

    This guy ^

  100. OilClog says:

    This be a strange feeling, Oilers never score there.

  101. Gret99zky says:

    The Nuge!

  102. spoiler says:

    Nuge needed that badly

  103. OmJo says:

    Maroon didn’t do anything.

  104. spoiler says:

    Full credit to Maroon.

  105. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Good for the nuge. He needed that

  106. D says:

    Good for the Nuge. That goal had to be a huge weight off his shoulder.

  107. Rebilled says:

    NUUUGE!

  108. OmJo says:

    Nuge has an underrated shot. Hope this sparks him to use it more often, too.

  109. BeerMe says:

    If that doesn’t count i’ll flip a table

  110. JDï™ says:

    Note to Todd: The Wild don’t have a timeout.

  111. McSorley33 says:

    Is it just me or does Maroon not get love for screening from his teammates?

  112. Gret99zky says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: You know what – I understand that it’s boring but Minny is a lock for the playoffs – and that’s all that matters.

    Seems to me MacTavish used the trap all through the 2006 playoffs. (For those who were alive the last time the Oilers appeared in the post season.)

  113. D says:

    Bettman Point (at least)!

  114. OmJo says:

    We closed a game out. Sort of.

    I think we have a chance at winning this in OT.

  115. Lowetide says:

    McSorley33:
    Is it just me or does Maroon not get love for screening from his teammates?

    I bet his teammates love it, no way on earth that is a goal without him.

  116. Gret99zky says:

    OT Letestu, Hendricks and …

  117. OmJo says:

    Damn.

  118. Gret99zky says:

    Minny uses the timeout they don’t have.

  119. BeerMe says:

    TRADE MCDAVID

  120. spoiler says:

    All strength by Koivu on that face off against Nuge.

  121. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Minny is an example of a team that rarely makes a mistake.

  122. Gret99zky says:

    Clearing the zone is totally over-rated.

  123. OmJo says:

    If the Monster was in net this game is either over or I’m having a heart attack after every Wild shot.

  124. striatic says:

    McDavid on a mission. wow.

  125. OmJo says:

    I wish OT was more than five minutes. This is so much better than shootouts.

  126. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Talbot or bust

  127. OmJo says:

    Cam fuckng Talbot. ‘Nuff said.

  128. striatic says:

    Oilers fell for that little pick play last time they lost to the Wild in OT. Lucky they missed the open net.

  129. spoiler says:

    Sekera wow what a heroic shift. Nuge too.

  130. Lowetide says:

    Whatever else happens, the Edmonton Oilers put in a gutsy effort tonight.

  131. OmJo says:

    Is Dubnyk still bad at shootouts?

  132. OmJo says:

    What the fuck TMac!!!!!!

  133. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    OmJo:
    Is Dubnyk still bad at shootouts?

    He’s not bad at anything anymore

  134. BeerMe says:

    Please tell me he doesn’t put hendricks in

  135. OmJo says:

    I swear to God if Hendricks is the-

  136. OilClog says:

    Really Letestu then Hendricks..

  137. OmJo says:

    Let me guess, Russell is next shooter?

  138. Gret99zky says:

    hahahahaha fucking Hendricks. That’s Todd’s choice.

  139. unca miltie says:

    No matter what. I call this game a success

  140. BeerMe says:

    OilClog:
    Really Letestu then Hendricks..

    What the fuuuuuuuuuuuck

  141. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    See now I’m questioning the coach here…. Do you want to win?

  142. OmJo says:

    If we win this is in spite of McLellan tbh

  143. OmJo says:

    If Korpse was on this team he’d be up right now to shoot here.

  144. BeerMe says:

    Alright, I’m officially on the #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach bandwagon.

  145. Lowetide says:

    Hendricks is excellent in the shootout btw.

  146. unca miltie says:

    How is Eberle fifth?

  147. OmJo says:

    That was dirt. Pure dirt.

  148. D says:

    Yep. Pretty good game by the Oil regardless.

  149. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Same as always.

  150. jake70 says:

    I put Ebs before 97….

  151. spoiler says:

    And that’s why Nuge’s shot isn’t over-rated… zero accuracy.

  152. OmJo says:

    Lowetide,

    I get that but should those two shouldn’t be your first shooters.

  153. spoiler says:

    Not to blame 93 for the loss… he had a bounceback game tonight. Probably had the flu or something in Philly.

  154. LadiesloveSmid says:

    gotta do better than 50%

    oil drop 4 straight. Flames could pass them tomorrow, and 2017 draft profiles may be new years

  155. Professor Q says:

    Where was Linus?

  156. JOFA says:

    9 games and couting. “Moral victory” 😉

  157. BeerMe says:

    JOFA:
    9 games and couting. “Moral victory”

    I’ve had enough moral victories to last a lifetime, thank you.

  158. LostBoy says:

    No point second guessing, I suppose, but Hendricks’s shootout prowess is likely mostly in the rear view mirror. He was ofer as an Oiler until McLellan took the reins (0-7). The paralyzer worked twice last year (2-5). 40% is 40% so I can see going back to the well, though I think he scored them early then came up empty later last year (I could be wrong). But you have to go back to 2011-2012 to when he was rocking (5 of 6 that year; since then he’s 3 of 16).

  159. OF17 says:

    Shootouts are one area we just need to trust the coach. They see way more of that stuff in practice than we ever will, so when McLellan puts Hendricks in, we just need to trust him.

    Kind of like how everyone was jumping on the Letestu pick before he scored.

  160. russ99 says:

    I’ll take the road point in Minnesota, a tough place to get that.

    And glad to see the PK deliver in the extra time.

    Progress.

    But McLellan needs to put us in the best possible position to win, and he’s not doing that.

  161. Gret99zky says:

    Moral victory.

    They will learn from these losses. 7 losses in last 10 games.

    488 losses in the last 10 years.

    Lots and lots of learning.

  162. who says:

    Pretty solid game tonight considering the circumstances. Oilers really need to get a Dman back soon. They basically played the back to back with 5 dmen. Doubt if Simpson got to 10 minutes tonight and looked a little shaky when he was out there.

  163. Gret99zky says:

    Lowetide:
    Whatever else happens, the Edmonton Oilers put in a gutsy effort this season.

    FTFY

  164. LostBoy says:

    Shootouts are basically bingo (I hate Bettman points and I hate shootouts), but for what it’s worth, Todd McLellan’s career record is 54-43. He’s 5-5 with the Oil and he was 49-38 with a generally regular season dominant Sharks team. It has so little connection to hockey I wouldn’t read much into it.

  165. Genjutsu says:

    I’m really not sure why there is so much negativity around this team.

    There’s really not much to be upset with now 87.1% to make the playoffs:

    http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html

    2RD is the only major hole that doesn’t appear to have an internal solution that has a real chance to be ready by the spring.

    I wouldn’t trade center depth with any team in the league, big mean LW depth chart that can play with skill. If the rookies on RW can step up this season this team could look like a contender this spring with one major deadline addition.

    I haven’t felt that way about an Oiler team mid December since Messier left.

  166. Gordies Elbow says:

    Genjutsu,

    Yep, I can’t understand it. They’re a much better team this season, and improving.

    Love the Benning, Cagguila, and Ellis signings. Team depth is to the point where NHL players feel their jobs are at risk, and the team depth is such that they can withstand 4 NHL defenders out, and lose on the road, after a back-to-back, in the skills competition.

    I posted earlier on the teams roster 25 and under. Many key players on that list, and they’re providing real impact at the NHL level. Good times.

  167. Genjutsu says:

    Lowe said when the 2010 d plan was announced it would take 7 years; trade deadline this spring puts us at 7, no?

    We are here.

  168. Aron_S says:

    Genjutsu,

    I’ve been following this as well. I too get super frustrated by this team’s inability to closeout games, but it seems like as long as they stay on track for 90 points, the math suggests they’re in the playoffs. And for the record, I can’t believe they tied it up 2-2 to get to OT.

    Now we just need the SJ-ANA game to avoid becoming a three point game as well, although it doesn’t look good.

  169. treevojo says:

    Genjutsu:
    I’m really not sure why there is so much negativity around this team.

    There’s really not much to be upset with now 87.1% to make the playoffs:

    http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html

    2RD is the only major hole that doesn’t appear to have an internal solution that has a real chance to be ready by the spring.

    I wouldn’t trade center depth with any team in the league, big mean LW depth chart that can play with skill. If the rookies on RW can step up this season this team could look like a contender this spring with one major deadline addition.

    I haven’t felt that way about an Oiler team mid December since Messier left.

    Woah!

    The oilers just lost.

    This is no place for positivity.

    You will soon be ridiculed by the cool cats.

  170. prairieschooner says:

    Nuge was the Oilers best Face Off player at 50%
    And a goal

    For whom do we have the pitchforks out now?

  171. Offside says:

    I agree we should be enjoying the Oilers, and especially McDavids play this year so far; and I think more people would if we were at our present point with everyone contributing close to realistic expectations. However the concerns about Pouliot, Ebs and our beloved Nuge can’t help but make people frustrated that we aren’t doing better. The bright side is that there’s still lots of room for improved results without looking for outside help

  172. leadfarmer says:

    FYI people complaining about Hendricks and Latestube in shootouts let their true hockey knowledge shine. They would much rather watch McDavid stick handle into Dubnyks pads

  173. BONE207 says:

    prairieschooner:
    Nuge was the Oilers best Face Off player at 50%
    And a goal

    For whom do we have the pitchforks out now?

    How about that Simpson kid. I heard he was shaky. Never saw the game but I’ll take the point. Shocking though when Hendricks has first crack at a shootout over Connor. I was stunned.

  174. prairieschooner says:

    Simpson kid has 2 syllables in his name
    We should work through easier names first
    we are only pitchforkers

  175. Gordies Elbow says:

    BONE207,

    The Paralyzer is a real thing.

    Seriously, with Letestu and Hendricks history in the shootout, you have to wonder who on the roster could be a Brayden Point? There are some that you would expect, but Ondrej Kase having 2 shootout goals (matching Mark Letestu) is not a name I would have expected.

  176. Roughneck says:

    Franky Seravalli reminding us that he is a Flyers shill was one of the more disappointing parts of the day in sports.

    And the fact that Texas A&M yarded in a mere 192 million in sports revenue this year. #amateur

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