G33 2016-17: LIGHTNING AT OILERS

Saturday’s are magic in the land of ice and snow. If you are Canadian, you can recognize the sound of marching through snow-covered ground on a bitter winter morning just by the crispness of the crunch. There is a certainty to it—this is the real stuff, don’t be pissing around—and the scene creates a sense of urgency. There are many miles to go before spring, but the sound of this season has real clarity. March with a purpose—this is important.

GOING TO TAMPA, 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: 3-2-3, goal differential E
  • Oilers after 32, 2015: 14-16-2, goal differential -11
  • Oilers after 32, 2016: 15-12-5, goal differential +7

Edmonton has nine points in eight December games, which is a good not great recovery from the 12 point (in 15 games) November. As you may remember, I argued that the first nine games (14 points) allowed the Oilers to go a point-per-game the rest of the way (73 games total) and land just shy (87 points) of 90 for the year. After October, Edmonton has 21 points in 23 games—almost, but no cigar.

G33 a year ago was a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, as Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews dominated Edmonton. A victory tonight and the Oilers are more than halfway to last season’s win total (31) by game 33. That would be a fine development, and gives hope to the idea the town team could hit 40 wins by the end of the season.

OILERS FORWARDS OFFENSE, 2016-17

  • Connor McDavid is an even-strength demon. Although I have 24 points posted above (via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com), his overall even-strength total is 26 points in 32 games. Leads the league.
  • McDavid is on pace for 67 even-strength points, just a little shy of the 69 points Patrick Kane produced in 2015-16.
  • Tyler Pitlick appears to have won an NHL job, as a regular. His 5×5 points per 60 is over 2.00 and that is a terrific total. No idea what his final number will be, but the demotion of Anton Slepyshev suggests to me Pitlick is going to be a regular until further notice.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi remains in Edmonton, still lots of chatter about his being unable to post offense without McDavid. Although Puljujarvi’s McDavid 5×5/60 is terrific (3.07), the Finn winger is 1.71/60 with Leon Draisaitl.
  • Leon Draisaitl is on pace for 33 5×5 points this season, I think that should be considered a major step forward (should it happen). Hehad 38 5×5 points one year ago, but 34 of them came while playing with Taylor Hall. Leon’s most successful arrangement with a portsider this season? Benoit Pouliot. Draisaitl is 3.17/60 at 5×5.
  • Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Drake Caggiula are all shy 5×5, but each man has been productive on the 5×4. I think Nuge is about to come around at evens.

OILERS BLUE OFFENSE, 2016-17

  • Oscar Klefbom is on pace for 21 5×5 points and is on pace for 82gp, 13-18-31. Among Oilers defenders, he has the biggest and brightest future in my opinion.
  • Andrej Sekera is having the best season in this group, taking in all considerations. One of my favorite moments watching Edmonton comes in overtime when this fellow is on the ice.
  • Adam Larsson is starting to take some shots from fans, but I think he is going to be fine. Larsson is over 50 percent at 5×5, is helping a little on the offense and playing a lot of big minutes. I would like to see him passing the puck smartly out of the zone, those lob passes to nowhere result in sorties the other way 110 percent of the time.
  • Matt Benning is doing so many good things the mind boggles. I mentioned to Darcy the other day on the Lowdown that he, unlike the other blue, rarely stands behind his net waiting for the setup. Benning gains speed while carrying the puck behind the net, allowing him to beat the forechecker by pass or carry. Good brain on Benning.
  • Benning has the top Corsi for 5×5/60 and Corsi Rel. I get the qual comp, but let’s take a moment to look at just how marvelous this number is, relative to the rest of the team. In fact, young Mr. Benning ranks No. 3 in the NHL in 5×5 Corsi Rel, giving some of us a case of deja vu. Brandon Davidson finished No. 22 last season.

LIGHTNING LINEUP UPDATE

It looks like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat will all be out of the lineup again tonight. The Oilers should never enter an NHL game over confident, but surely that makes the chore less difficult tonight.

PLATZER!

Photo by Mark Williams

Kyle Platzer scored his first goal of the AHL season last night, Anton Slepyshev had an assist and Lander continues to roll. If Jesse Puljujarvi does spend time on the farm (chatted with Jason Gregor on his show yesterday, he seems convinced), I hope he gets Anton Lander and Ryan Hamilton/Jujhar Khaira as linemates. Important for him to play with skill in Bakersfield.

CORSICA INDIVIDUAL SCORING CHANCES PER 60

For me, the top stat for forwards is 5×5/60. If you can post 2.00/60 at 5×5 in the NHL (for an entire season), there is a future for you. One of the unreported stories this season is Tyler Pitlick’s offense, something I have been intrigued with since he scored over 20 at evens in Medicine Hat back in the WHL days. One other camera angle for offense is individual scoring chances. Here they are.

  1. Connor McDavid 4.59
  2. Patrick Maroon 4.09
  3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 4.00
  4. Zack Kassian 3.77
  5. Milan Lucic 3.35
  6. Tyler Pitlick 3.27
  7. Leon Draisaitl 3.07
  8. Jordan Eberle 2.99
  9. Jesse Puljujarvi 2.70
  10. Matt Hendricks 1.67
  11. Mark Letestu 1.63
  12. Benoit Pouliot 1.45
  13. Anton Slepyshev 1.09
  14. Anton Lander 1.02
  15. Drake Caggiula 0.76

Some interesting numbers in there, hello Patrick Maroon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Pitlick number is good, remember he has been playing a little with McDavid and is on fire with Mark Letestu. There are 110 NHL forwards over 3.00, meaning Edmonton has way more than average (3.7 would be average for each NHL team). My initial argument would be McDavid floats all boats, your mileage may vary.

Looks like the No. 1 line from the season opening series is back, Eberle getting a push here and he is clearly pleased with this development.

  • Jordan Eberle: “He’s (McDavid) a fun player to play with. I think we’re just trying to find some chemistry again. I think we started off the season pretty well and we’ve played a lot together. We know each other’s tendencies and it should be good.” Source

When this line was going well, Eberle was aggressive and going to the net (I am thinking of a PP goal in Calgary, G2, where he hung in there and got stick to puck for a tally). No. 14 isn’t a classic sniper, but he is the best option available.

This is a massive chance for Pitlick, who will (apparently) play with Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. If the trio can develop chem, that would solve some major issues on the roster. Taylor Beck is also in the equation, although a slow plane kept him from practice and could conceivably keep him out of tonight’s lineup.

Benson is coming on strong now, the Vancouver Giants are finding a little more offense these days. He currently sits at 28gp, 9-24-33 and remains healthy and productive. A spike in offense should be expected as the season continues, Benson didn’t get a full offseason of training but should be caught up by now.

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  1. StixMalone says:

    Debrusk is much better than Remenda…

  2. Lowetide says:

    Second power play was much better, despite the PK breakaway.

  3. razor says:

    Great play by Sekera there to knock Killorn off balance with no stick.

  4. Chachi says:

    Great attempted ass punch by Sekera.

  5. flyfish1168 says:

    IS the PP going to be the difference? Refs going to be calling the next one on us

  6. Lowetide says:

    Tyler Benson 1-1-2 early in his game tonight now 29gp, 10-25-35.

  7. JDï™ says:

    razor:
    Great play by Sekera there to knock Killorn off balance with no stick.

    I guess you can’t be called for cross checking when you don’t have a stick.

  8. StixMalone says:

    Lowetide:
    Tyler Benson 1-1-2 early in his game tonight now 29gp, 10-25-35.

    Look forward to seeing him…sometime in the future.

  9. JDï™ says:

    There was more of a hook on Hendricks when he was set up by Kassian.

  10. russ99 says:

    I go cuckoo for Slater Koekkoek.

    Need a better PK than rhe last few games.

  11. Ice Sage says:

    TBL rocking the D 2 D passes – they are doomed

  12. Lowetide says:

    StixMalone: Look forward to seeing him…sometime in the future.

    I think he spends a year in the AHL, but no more. A really good second rounder, very rare (Petry the last).

  13. JDï™ says:

    Ice Sage,

    2 wins in their last 10.

  14. flyfish1168 says:

    russ99:
    I go cuckoo for Slater Koekkoek.

    Need a better PK than rhe last few games.

    Just like cheechoo , Johnathan

  15. StixMalone says:

    Lowetide: I think he spends a year in the AHL, but no more. A really good second rounder, very rare (Petry the last).

    Yeah for sure. Will see him though at training camp next year….

  16. JDï™ says:

    St. Vital with a better team name than Las Vegas.

    Chill.

  17. Centre of attention says:

    I dunno what people want from Eberle.

    Its been 1 period back with 97.

    I think Todd needs to stop blending the lines every damn night. I know its important to try things but I also think its important to give the players an honest chance to develop chem.

    Just my opinion.

  18. Gret99zky says:

    JDï™:
    St. Vital with a better team name than Las Vegas.

    Chill.

    the Vegas Golden Snow

  19. JDï™ says:

    Not sure why everyone wanted Hall traded for OEL when Hedman could have been compelted.

  20. Gret99zky says:

    Centre of attention,

    Agreed.

    Keep the lines consistent and the players will hold themselves accountable.

  21. JDï™ says:

    Gret99zky: the Vegas Golden Snow

    Watch out where the huskies go…

  22. digger50 says:

    Hockey night in Canada – always easy to take a shot at theOilers. Get stuffed Nick K.

  23. OilClog says:

    When Ebs carrying it in off the boards over the line while Mcdavid watches is the wrong way lol

  24. JimmyV1965 says:

    I think Ebs is about two points out of the top 30, yet he still gets crapped on by HNC, this time for his lack of offence. Some guys just get labelled bad and there’s very little they can do to change it.

  25. JDï™ says:

    digger50: Get stuffed Nick K.

    He’s got another thing Cummins.

  26. jzed says:

    Maroon digging that nasal nitro….

  27. Lowetide says:

    9-12 Corsi for 5×5 for the first, Edmonton had the edge to my eye but the club did not push like they should.

  28. flyfish1168 says:

    Jordan has the slowest developing shot

  29. Centre of attention says:

    Looooooooch

  30. jzed says:

    Loooooch!!!

  31. JDï™ says:

    LOOCH!!!

  32. Ice Sage says:

    Crazy sequence. Nice outcome. Lucic has a deceptive low shot.

  33. Centre of attention says:

    Cross check the kid who has no helmet.

    Great idea. Good job. Good effort.

  34. Jaxon says:

    Are the concussion spotters going to send Benning off? He took a stick to the face and then got his head bounced off the ice without a helmet. Rough shift.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Matt Hendricks is on the wrong side of his man more often than he was a year ago.

  36. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Matt Hendricks is on the wrong side of his man more often than he was a year ago.

    IDK if Point just kinda fell there or not but that wasn’t much of a shove IMO.

    Hendricks does look slow and IDK how much he’s helping. Puljujarvi can provide a lot more.

  37. kinger_OIL says:

    – Our coach, who many here thinks is mediocre or sucks, he just played:

    Beck-RNH-Pitlick
    Davidson-Benning

    – That shift didn’t suck. Look at that line. Reflect on it. They acquitted themselves fine

    – For all you that think TMCL sucks: shut your a-hole

  38. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide:
    Matt Hendricks is on the wrong side of his man more often than he was a year ago.

    Yeah, but the Oilers will ‘outleadership’ the other team when he’s in the lineup.

  39. Pescador says:

    Lowetide: I think he spends a year in the AHL, but no more. A really good second rounder, very rare (Petry the last).

    Nobody ever remembers Marincin’s name.

  40. jzed says:

    2 minutes for knocking the guy with the puck down

  41. Centre of attention says:

    Andrew Ference ‏@Ferknuckle 4m4 minutes ago
    Shooooot! Shoot the damn puck!

    Lmao.

  42. JDï™ says:

    Pescador: Nobody ever remembers Marincin’s name.

    Marvin?

  43. Gret99zky says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – Our coach, who many here thinks is mediocre or sucks, he just played:

    Beck-RNH-Pitlick
    Davidson-Benning

    – That shift didn’t suck.Look at that line.Reflect on it.They acquitted themselves fine

    – For all you that think TMCL sucks: shut your a-hole

    No Eberle.

    Smart.

    *runs for cover*

  44. Lowetide says:

    Lightning played last night, this game should be tilting in the other direction.

  45. Pescador says:

    JDï™: Marvin?

    He was Marvellous

  46. SK Oiler Fan says:

    B Point looks good. Fast

  47. Feelin Saad says:

    I am loving the play and smarts of Kassian. If only he had a little more finish. At this rate, he’s an elite 4th liner, very good 3rd liner and maybe decent/poor 2nd liner (not much opportunity there to evaluate though). For him, it seems the situations the Oiler’s are putting him in, is a position to succeed. He really needs to capitalize a bit more, but the eye-test likes what it sees.

  48. russ99 says:

    Hendricks may be a step slow, but he’s still a tough ornery bastard.

  49. russ99 says:

    They’re not giving up much space defensively,

  50. kinger_OIL says:

    Gret99zky: No Eberle.

    Smart.

    *runs for cover*

    – If RNH can break in guys like Pitlick and Beck and be break-even, seriously f@ck Eberle *ducks more than Gret99ZKY, right behind him so he gets hit first*

  51. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Lightning played last night, this game should be tilting in the other direction.

    Oilers getting tons of zone time and I know this sounds cliche’ but they need to SHOOOOOOT!!

    🙂

  52. jzed says:

    Tampa Bay Light sure are good at hooking, so good it’s called hassling by color man…

  53. sliderule says:

    Every time I see Maroon in his own end I get nervous

  54. Centre of attention says:

    AHL all-star with a bone headed penalty.

  55. Centre of attention says:

    At this point if Tampa scores you can’t get mad at the penalty killers or Talbot.

    Too many penalties.

  56. nelson88 says:

    Pissed that Poo is scratched but no matter as Beck has his stupid penalty quotient covered

  57. flyfish1168 says:

    Poo should be in. Beck could benefit seeing the game from above.

  58. jzed says:

    Boyle slashes stick out of D’s hand, expert hassling

  59. russ99 says:

    Man you could see that coming a mile away. We are so poor on noticing the weak side pressure.

  60. Ryan says:

    flyfish1168:
    Poo should be in. Beck could benefit seeing the game from above.

    You’ll feel better if you don’t expect a point from this game.

  61. Lowetide says:

    That should have been a penalty on Boyle there.

  62. LadiesloveSmid says:

    If this is a 1-goal loss, I just don’t know what to say on that play. Wake up ref

  63. russ99 says:

    We’re leaning on that point shot a little too much, need to cycle better and find a gap in their system.

  64. jzed says:

    Tampa Bay Light are quality NHL team, not a penalty, just quality hassling

  65. Gret99zky says:

    Lowetide: I think he spends a year in the AHL, but no more. A really good second rounder, very rare (Petry the last).

    “Every minute a player spends in the AHL hurts their development.” – Oilers Management

  66. Lowetide says:

    28-29 Corsi for 5×5 after two, McDavid line starting to push the river at 15-9. Leons line is at 2-9 and Nuge is 2-4, so this isn’t exactly a three scoring lines attack.

  67. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    That should have been a penalty on Boyle there.

    Ha. He’s playing the Oilers therefore it’s fair game.

  68. jzed says:

    Nick Kyprios just nailed it, why do they take any time away from Elliot?

  69. Gret99zky says:

    Where’s our Kunitz???

  70. Gordies Elbow says:

    Ref’s make poor calls, but most of their calls don’t show in the highlights.

    The look on Davidson, arms outstreched, was a good one. Hard to defend when your stick is slashed out of your hands.

    Hopefully, the refs hear/watch what happened. Hopefully.

  71. russ99 says:

    Gret99zky,

    Draisaitl.

    It’s no coincidence that we get our best scoring chances when McDavid and Draisaitl are in the ice together.

  72. Gret99zky says:

    Christ.

    Did RNH spend the summer breaking mirrors?

  73. Centre of attention says:

    Edmonton needs to keep pushing. Some nice shifts in the second. They need to string those shifts into complete periods though.

    Losing focus and taking stupid penalties isn’t helping. *stares directly at replacement level players*

  74. Pescador says:

    jzed:
    Tampa Bay Light are quality NHL team, not a penalty, just quality hassling

    3rd game in 4 nights.
    Quality, tired hassling.
    Sadly that is a defensive system these Oilers have not been able to unlock

  75. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    28-29 Corsi for 5×5 after two, McDavid line starting to push the river at 15-9. Leons line is at 2-9 and Nuge is 2-4, so this isn’t exactly a three scoring lines attack.

    its coming to a point where they need to load up that second line. Get Nuge and Drai going together at even strength.

    Seriously.

  76. OilClog says:

    Who knew Nuge missed Horcoff so much he’d just become him.

  77. Zelepukin says:

    This game is ours for the taking and the Lightning are doing a good job leaning on their few players of any skill and then not asking much of anything from the rest of their substitutes.

    Beck in for Poo is still weird. Either Poo is labouring an injurry or are they doing this to motivate him from anger?

    Kassian has made some good plays, especially on that PK drive.
    Russell has been doing some good by-eye-russell plays.

    We’ve gotten possession in their zone almost every shift and usually get it back to the D but those point shots are not amounting to much yet. Need to start converting on those with better scoring opportunities.

  78. russ99 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Edmonton needs to keep pushing. Some nice shifts in the second. They need to string those shifts into complete periods though.

    Losing focus and taking stupid penalties isn’t helping. *stares directly at replacement level players*

    The only problem is when we get clear shots, we miss the net.

    Lol! Gzowski’s book says something a bit different about that shaving thing, Wayne.

  79. Ryan says:

    3-1 bolts. Book it.

  80. flyfish1168 says:

    Ryan: You’ll feel better if you don’t expect a point from this game.

    Hahaha. I’ve been an Oiler fan for to long.

  81. Lowetide says:

    While I am watching a tired Lightning team dominate the Oilers in the opening minutes of the third period, wanted to do a quick update on Filip Berglund. He is 25gp, 0-4-4 in the SHL. That tells us one thing, he is playing in a good pro league before his 20th birthday in May.

    Also, his NHLE is 10 points—and he is averaging 8:43 per game.

  82. Gret99zky says:

    Brutal defense there.

  83. Feelin Saad says:

    Poor play by Russell, will it be mentioned?

  84. russ99 says:

    That sucks.

  85. StixMalone says:

    Why oh why does this team struggle so much at home!…

  86. Ryan says:

    russ99:
    That sucks.

    Relax. There are no points for us in this game. Sit back and enjoy the show.

  87. jzed says:

    So much for the rest

  88. russ99 says:

    We’re getting totally outworked on the boards in both ends of the ice,

  89. Gret99zky says:

    “We weren’t rested. We were rusty.”

  90. hags9k says:

    So which team is playing B2B and which is rested?

    Asking for a friend.

  91. Centre of attention says:

    A playoff team would score on this powerplay.

  92. Feelin Saad says:

    russ99: The only problem is when we get clear shots, we miss the net.

    Lol! Gzowski’s book says something a bit different about that shaving thing, Wayne.

    Poor Tik

  93. russ99 says:

    Our only offensive play after the rush, to the points, this is getting old.

    Powerplay!

  94. Soup Fascist says:

    Matt Hendricks may be a great guy but he has the foot speed of a geranium.

  95. Centre of attention says:

    Brenden Ullrich ‏@BrendenUllrich 39s40 seconds ago
    McLellan goes to RNH with Leon and they almost tie the game. End up drawing a penalty.

    FINALLY!

  96. jzed says:

    2 PP goals in a home game??? Maybe a bridge too far

  97. Centre of attention says:

    Centre of attention:
    A playoff team would score on this powerplay.

    Ohhhh baby.

  98. JDï™ says:

    Sedins owed a dollar each for that goal.

  99. russ99 says:

    Leon + McDavid = goal

  100. StixMalone says:

    Now let’s smarten up and get a regulation win……..

  101. jzed says:

    Will wonders ever cease? Please, no

  102. Ryan says:

    russ99:
    Leon + McDavid = goal

    Under promise and over deliver.

  103. jzed says:

    Nice to see Davy back

  104. JDï™ says:

    Lucic has had a 230 lb Boyle on his ass all night.

  105. Gret99zky says:

    Oilers protecting the 2-2 tie.

  106. jzed says:

    Draped all over= quality hassling

  107. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™:
    Sedins owed a dollar each for that goal.

    IDK

    McDavid and Drai have used that play for quite some time now. Very successful.

  108. Bag of Pucks says:

    Initial review of the Gretzky Red Cask. Smooth but characterless with a lucid buzz. If whiskey was a singer, it would be Buble. Shame, was hoping for a Sinatra.

  109. jzed says:

    The D to D pass behind the net ill advised

  110. Gret99zky says:

    Rope a dope?

  111. Zelepukin says:

    The Lucic – Ebs – McD experiment might need to end. They haven’t been terrible but this is one of those games where McD has barely touched the puck 5v5 with that line. Lucic and Ebs become the bottleneck along the boards and both be need to better. Ebs is soft and Lucic has Horcoff hands.

  112. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention,

    The Sedins have feasted on that play for over a decade.

  113. jzed says:

    The refs will call a penalty on oil right before OT

  114. Bag of Pucks says:

    Have to keep reminding myself that Lucic is the battering ram that’s built for the playoffs. The no hit regular season? Not so much.

  115. BONE207 says:

    Hi Gang…

    Did anyone see the Pittsburgh game? That Gusto type poke check by Fleury. The Monster could be a starter after all.

    This game is very lethargic. Somebody give it to Connor

  116. JDï™ says:

    Davey looking better tonight.

  117. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™:
    Centre of attention,

    The Sedins have feasted on that play for over a decade.

    Hey, if you don’t look at what works and copy it / modify it to find success you’re doing something wrong.

  118. jzed says:

    If you throw it at net, THROW IT ON NET

  119. Gret99zky says:

    McDavid take the wheel.

  120. D says:

    3rd period, Tampa should be tired, yet most of the period has been in the Oilers zone.

  121. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™:
    Davey looking better tonight.

    5 shots on goal so far.

  122. BONE207 says:

    After 10 years of shit, now I get scared in the final minutes of a tie game. #noconfidence

  123. jzed says:

    Too many 2 foot passes to guys 3 feet away

  124. BONE207 says:

    jzed:
    Too many 2 foot passes to guys 3 feet away

    I can see that playing into my sphincter tightening

  125. Lowetide says:

    This is an extra point the Oilers do not deserve.

  126. BONE207 says:

    On a 3 on 2 would someone please shoot

  127. Gret99zky says:

    God bless Gary Bettman.

  128. jzed says:

    Would be nice to get 2 undeserved points

  129. JDï™ says:

    3 – 3 should favor the rested team? Or at least the team that boasts McDavid?

  130. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    This is an extra point the Oilers do not deserve.

    They have lost a few where they deserved better, though.

    It all evens out in the end IMO.

  131. BONE207 says:

    Please Baby Jesus…arrive a week early and give us a win.

  132. jzed says:

    Klefbomb should gave backed out and retained possessing

  133. russ99 says:

    Shoot the damn puck.

  134. Centre of attention says:

    Point did a casual button hook and gained a 20 foot gap on Russel in the offensive zone.

    Russel is not good 1on1 that is for sure.

  135. jzed says:

    What the hell was that?

  136. OmJo says:

    Quinn confused Russell for Sekera. Sorry Andrej.

  137. BONE207 says:

    Hendricks Letestu and Ebs for the shoot out…?

  138. OmJo says:

    Why have Letestu out there if you won’t let him do the faceoff? Idk.

  139. JDï™ says:

    Taking a penalty late in OT bears no consequence.

  140. jzed says:

    If Chicago had that, puck would never have gotten above hash marks

  141. russ99 says:

    Shootout. Go high boys.

  142. Gret99zky says:

    Letestu

    Hendricks

    Beck

  143. Younger Oil says:

    Unpopular opinion:

    Penalties in the last 30 seconds of OT should be automatic penalty shots.

  144. OmJo says:

    Please save Hendo and Letestu for after the first three.

    Please.

    I know they have good percentages but….

    Nevermind.

  145. JDï™ says:

    Letstestyou.

  146. D says:

    We need Linus Omark here for this Tampa shootout.

  147. McTerry says:

    4 point night for Tyler Benson… 1G, 3A. An assist on the game winning goal in OT!

  148. OmJo says:

    OmJo:
    Please save Hendo and Letestu for after the first three.

    Please.

    I know they have good percentages but….

    Nevermind.

    Hand me my plate o’ crow.

    I’m hungry.

  149. russ99 says:

    Nice stop Talbot.

  150. Centre of attention says:

    Drai should try getting some speed and do the Forsberg thing.

    He’s got that long reach.

  151. russ99 says:

    D:
    We need Linus Omark here for this Tampa shootout.

    Hahaha!!

    Yes we do.

  152. OmJo says:

    McDavid doing McDavid things.

    Damn.

  153. jzed says:

    Get it up

  154. Ice Sage says:

    Younger Oil:
    Unpopular opinion:

    Penalties in the last 30 seconds of OT should be automatic penalty shots.

    That’s a great idea.
    McDavid – that’s more like it

  155. Gret99zky says:

    Easy win.

  156. Centre of attention says:

    Oh my Connor.

  157. BONE207 says:

    Connor show!!!!

  158. Ryan says:

    Talbot. Bitches.

  159. jzed says:

    Very undeserved, feels goood

  160. russ99 says:

    Nice. Hope that gets Connor his shooting mojo back.

  161. StixMalone says:

    2 points the hard way!…

  162. Centre of attention says:

    Draisaitl leads the NHL in power play goals. (tied with others)

  163. D says:

    Wow. Talk about pulling one out of the fire. This feels great though.

  164. Gerta Rauss says:

    Boy we needed that

    whew

  165. Ice Sage says:

    TB might have the best D Corps in the league.
    Good win.

    edit – OK, one guy accounts for 1/2 of that excellence

  166. Gordies Elbow says:

    Game was terrible.

    2 points.

    I’ll take it.

  167. D says:

    russ99: Hahaha!!

    Yes we do.

    McDavid did his best Omark impression with that last goal there.

  168. russ99 says:

    I’ll take it.

    We hung tough with them, so I’m not thinking it as totally undeserved.

  169. OmJo says:

    Only saw the game from the last three minutes of the third. Two points on the board, if we can finish this year 5-2 I think we will have a real shot at making the playoffs.

  170. Confused says:

    Terrible performance.

    Great to see Connor back in the top 3 and no hendo

    Need to get better fast, let’s go!

  171. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Oilers pick up 2 points.
    Was there ever any doubt?

  172. Gordies Elbow says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Oilers pick up 2 points.
    Was there ever any doubt?

    Love this site. 🙂

  173. BONE207 says:

    Now I can perform my own shootout. 3 shots of CR back to back to back…Woohoo.

  174. Centre of attention says:

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 20s20 seconds ago
    Oilers have gone 2-1-1 in their last 4 despite Connor McDavid registering just one point

    I’ll leave this here with no comment.

  175. Ice Sage says:

    BONE207:
    Now I can perform my own shootout. 3 shots of CR back to back to back…Woohoo.

    Don’t shoot wide!

  176. BONE207 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer20s20 seconds ago
    Oilers have gone 2-1-1 in their last 4 despite Connor McDavid registering just one point

    I’ll leave this here with no comment.

    Is that what some people say: Growth??

  177. BONE207 says:

    Ice Sage: Don’t shoot wide!

    Whatever…at least there will be no dusting off. One timers and bar down.

  178. Pescador says:

    OmJo: Hand me my plate o’ crow.

    I’m hungry.

    Plate is empty, Ryan ate the whole bird

  179. digger50 says:

    Thanks to Debrusk for saving us from Remenda and providing a more enjoyable game.

  180. Professor Q says:

    Confused:
    Terrible performance.

    Great to see Connor back in the top3 and no hendo

    Need to get better fast, let’s go!

    Wait, what? McLellan was playing McDavid on the fourth line?!

  181. Gordies Elbow says:

    Davidson’s stick was clearly slashed out of his hands on a power play goal by Tampa. The lack of a call could have determined the outcome of the game.

    That said, Edmonton came away with 2 points. If I were a GM in Tampa’s division, I would be pissed. Edmonton got 2 points, but Tampa ended with 1, with a number of poor calls giving them that point. From the video, really poor reffing tonight.

  182. Centre of attention says:

    Professor Q: Wait, what? McLellan was playing McDavid on the fourth line?!

    I think he meant top 3 line up of the shoot out. He put Hendricks in the first 3 of the rotation last shoot out.

  183. jm363561 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer20s20 seconds ago
    Oilers have gone 2-1-1 in their last 4 despite Connor McDavid registering just one point

    I’ll leave this here with no comment.
    =====
    Not sure if the wider team are getting better or McD is being dragged down to their level.

    Poor performance against a tired and broken team. As instructed by Kinger I will make no comment on the coaching.

  184. JDï™ says:

    jm363561: As instructed by Kinger I will make no comment on the coaching.

    If you choose not to decide

    You still have made a choice

  185. Rocknrolla says:

    Feels good to gut one out!!

    Also I agree above, should there not be a rule for an auto penalty shot if you take a penalty late in OT? Seems like everyone would have free riegn to whack a mole if there’s no repercussion?

  186. Bos8 says:

    Hey come on, TMac is coaching the hell out of this team. I’ve seen more exciting slot hockey. Between shortening the bench and the blender, there aren’t many options left. My favorite is the cycle, don’t try anything – just cycle in slo-mo.

    Man, this is boring, shit hockey. Coach by numbers, control freak. What the hell happened to our coach?

  187. Dino says:

    Can someone tell coach to ice his best possible lineup next game? Thanks.

  188. Pescador says:

    Dino:
    Can someone tell coach to ice his best possible lineup next game? Thanks.

    Sure, anything else?
    He calls

  189. JDï™ says:

    Pescador: Sure, anything else?
    He calls

    Hendricks no more.

  190. Android says:

    Dino,

    I have a friend who works at sport central in Edmonton, and loves to tell people that he knows “Todd”.
    I’ll make sure he passes it along. 😉

  191. GMB3 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Have to keep reminding myself that Lucic is the battering ram that’s built for the playoffs. The no hit regular season? Not so much.

    He’s top 20 in the NHL for hits so wherever your gettin your info from its wrong

  192. spoiler says:

    I thought Hendricks played his heart out tonight; his best game this year. I enjoyed every minute of the warrior battling, the gamesman plying his trade.

    But I am ready to capitulate on the venerable soldier. His absolute best is just good enough, but no one performs at that level game in and game out, and he has to absolutely strive to have a positive impact.

    Sadly. I think other teams see this too, and despite his sheer will to do what it takes to keep playing, I don’t see the Oilers getting the trade they want. Maybe at the deadline. Maybe Vegas saves his career for a year or two, but his playing time here needs to go to others.

  193. spoiler says:

    I would tell Hendricks that he gets through NYE to show his stuff to other teams. We have to consider that in an enclosed league like the NHL, relationships are important, and they’re not going to screw him over. But there has to be a deadline.

  194. spoiler says:

    Remember when this team would quail at the thought of going over .500?

    They seem to be playing themselves so much less. They still are, don’t get me wrong it’s a young team, but there are steps forward here.

  195. spoiler says:

    By .500, I mean when wins and losses are the same…

    y’know, McCurdy .500.

    😉

  196. jake70 says:

    Nice to get the 2 points. The games played gap is narrowing a bit in the west, Oilers still in the hunt. Draisaitl has really improved his skating from the first year, his agility side to side for a big man is improving nicely. 97 I thought should have dished to 55 on that last play in OT – 55 was perfectly positioned for a one-timer, but 97 with a decisive no BS approach in the shootout, fantastic shot.

  197. Woodguy says:

    Georges,

    I haven’t looked at expected GF% closely other than what I said earlier about shot metrics and scoring chance metrics. Won’t comment on any argument based on those numbers. I posted on the team performance with McDavid and Hall in the lineup. Also about where Klefbom is career-wise right now. And thoughts on Demers.

    You need to break out how Hall and McDavid played away from each other last year to show how they did independently.

    Showing how the team did is useless and leads to blaming the best players for bad team performance.

    LT posted a link to the Michael Lewis article on Daryl Morey earlier this week. The article talks about the endowment effect:
    The mere fact that they owned Kyle Lowry appeared to have distorted their judgment about him.
    Not sure whether it applies. The Oilers have lost for a long time. The Senators lost for a long time. They had a failed build and then a rebuild. They got great players but they never won a cup. Only one finals appearance. The great players went away. No guarantees. Saying we were going to be a dynasty if we played our cards right is understandable pie in the skying once you have an ace like McDavid. But saying you’d be disappointed if we win just one cup is diminishing the very real need for winning in this city. Every win is like water. Every loss is like the lash. Just win, Oilers.

    I actually DM’d LT that piece because I thought he’d enjoy it and he posted the link the next day.

    I think the Oiler’s probability of winning even one Cup dropped when they traded Hall.

    I just want them to win too.

  198. frjohnk says:

    I know I have not seen Hendricks good since the end of last year.
    But he played his heart out last night. Was very good in the dot and made some plays.

    We iced probably our slowest lineup last night and it showed against Tampa.

    Imagine Tampa not playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and having their 3 best forwards back from injury playing us.

    “Fast and skilled” is looking like it is trumping “big, heavy and skilled”

  199. flyfish1168 says:

    Woodguy:
    Georges,

    I haven’t looked at expected GF% closely other than what I said earlier about shot metrics and scoring chance metrics. Won’t comment on any argument based on those numbers. I posted on the team performance with McDavid and Hall in the lineup. Also about where Klefbom is career-wise right now. And thoughts on Demers.

    You need to break out how Hall and McDavid played away from each other last year to show how they did independently.

    Showing how the team did is useless and leads to blaming the best players for bad team performance.


    LT posted a link to the Michael Lewis article on Daryl Morey earlier this week. The article talks about the endowment effect:
    The mere fact that they owned Kyle Lowry appeared to have distorted their judgment about him.
    Not sure whether it applies. The Oilers have lost for a long time. The Senators lost for a long time. They had a failed build and then a rebuild. They got great players but they never won a cup. Only one finals appearance. The great players went away. No guarantees. Saying we were going to be a dynasty if we played our cards right is understandable pie in the skying once you have an ace like McDavid. But saying you’d be disappointed if we win just one cup is diminishing the very real need for winning in this city. Every win is like water. Every loss is like the lash. Just win, Oilers.

    I actually DM’d LT that piece because I thought he’d enjoy it and he posted the link the next day.

    I think the Oiler’s probability of winning even one Cup dropped when they traded Hall.

    I just want them to win too.

    I agree with you about taking a hit by trading Hall. I’m feeling positive about Leon and I’m cheering for JP to come into his own to make up for it. I’m thinking with Connor and the new building UFA signing for a skilled RHC and RHD will come our way. I still see Jordan and RNH being trading chips over the next 2 years to shore up our needs. Here is hoping. JMHO

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