G35 2016-17: OILERS AT COYOTES

There are dozens of little things that bind Oilers fans together, and I understand most of them. The searing memory of Fernando Pisani damn near scoring third period G7 SCF 2006, the night the city won the lottery, the baffled moment we learned Jesse Niinimaki was going to be the first round pick, challenging Jeff Petry to be better in another town, sucking hind banana on any national game—especially Saturday night.

I understand you, I get you, I am you—save for one thing. I do not understand why Oilers fans are so damned angry about losing to the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are made to frustrate like a Jacques Lemaire comb over, and they do it well. If you are looking forward to a work of art tonight, well, that’s on you. If you are insisting on an Oilers win, what part of history don’t you understand? The Edmonton Oilers will make more mistakes than the Arizona Coyotes tonight. We should be lighting candles and praying to the God of luck—who is probably Dave Tippett.

ROB THE GLENDALE TRAIN, 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: 5-2-3, goal differential +1
  • Oilers after 34, 2015: 14-18-2, goal differential -19
  • Oilers after 34, 2016: 17-12-5, goal differential +8

G34 one year ago was a victory, a 3-1 final against the Winnipeg Jets, courtesy big efforts from Taylor Hall, Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz. It would be the final victory of the calendar year for the 2015 Oilers.

There are 14 December games, and our line in the sand from those games (14 points) is certainly in range. That said, things can turn in a hurry, so having 13 points in 10 games (with four games to go) means this month has the potential to be very good.

  • Number 7, Paul Coffey, is, along with Mark Messier, the most obviously changed of the Oilers. He has finally confessed that at the beginning of the year, when he was playing ineffectually and sitting out as many games as he was in, he was in constant terror of being sent back to Kitchener to play Junior A; because of his youth, he could have been.
  • ”And if I’d gone down there, I don’t know if I would have ever made it back up.”
  • Peter Gzowski, The Game of Our Lives, Page 228.

A lot can change from September to April. The Oilers have three young players of note finding their way as flat out rookie pro’s. They are different personalities (we don’t really know them because there are no Gzowski chronicles in the fast new world), they have different abilities and expectations.

Puljujarvi, the mannish boy, is being handled in a very specific way. He is likely headed for Bakersfield to spend much (or all) of the second half in the AHL. Why? More in a minute, I just want to make a point about his season compared to the other 2016 top picks.

5×5 60 2016 FIRST ROUND

  1. Matt Tkachuk 2.08
  2. Patrik Laine 1.97
  3. Auston Matthews 1.86
  4. Jesse Pulujarvi 1.70
  5. Source

You may say well he is playing with McDavid and Leon as his centers, and that is true. However, none of these rookies is playing on Kentucky Avenue, this is all Boardwalk and Park Place. One more point this season for JP puts him on par with Laine. The real difference here is in playing time (Laine has played 488 minutes to 246 for Puljujarvi, coming up on double).

I think Peter Chiarelli is going to go the ‘Leon route’ with Puljujarvi, sending him down after Christmas and then recalling the Finn later in the season. The magic number is 40, if JP spends 40 games here then he burns an RFA season. Tonight is G34. The only thing that could change it? The Pitlick injury. We wait.

MCDAVID 5X5 WITH VARIOUS WINGERS

We talk at length about who scores well with McDavid 5×5, but what about the other way around? Who does McDavid score well with? We know from our conversations lately that Benoit Pouliot is rock solid in this area, but let’s look at this season only, to see what we can find.

  • McDavid with Puljujarvi 5×5: 5-3-8 in 78 minutes (5.77)
  • McDavid with Maroon 5×5: 0-6-6 in 122 minutes (2.96)
  • McDavid with Lucic 5×5: 8-7-15 in 346 minutes (2.60)
  • McDavid with Draisaitl 5×5: 1-2-3 in 84 minutes (2.15)
  • McDavid with Eberle 5×5: 2-6-8 in 254 minutes (1.89)

Everyone else is under one hour, we can’t really take much from those totals, and we have to be careful about all but Lucic and Eberle (imo). I have to say the Puljujarvi number is fascinating—why would you stay away from that? Huh.

SLEPYSHEV RECALL?

Anton Slepyshev scored a goal and added an assist last night (3gp, 1-2-3 now) and is probably the top recall option once Tyler Pitlick is placed on IR. In his three Condors games this season, Slepyshev is a different player. He has 14 shots on goal, as a for instance, that kind of activity is a tell about his ability to play at that level (helps having Lander pass him the puck).

I sincerely believe there are three forwards in Bakersfield who can play NHL hockey tonight: Anton Lander, Anton Slepyshev and Jujhar Khaira. That is improved depth, haven’t seen it for some time.

BEST PAIRINGS 2016-17

Corsica is brilliant, but like the Bible, I understand very little of it. One thing I do understand, is that their pairings section offers great insight into what is working. Here are the most effective pairings so far this season, by Corsi for 5×5 percentage:

  1. Sekera—Benning 59.68 (136 minutes)
  2. Nurse—Benning 54.63 (113 minutes)
  3. Nurse—Gryba 53.64 (182 minutes)
  4. Klefbom—Larsson 51.13 (429 minutes)
  5. Sekera—Russell 47.04 (347 minutes)
  6. Source

There are some interesting pairings in there, and credit to the Swedes who are above 50 percent in spite of some tough sorties. Benning and Nurse show up well here, Sekera and Russell are not a strong tandem in possession but Todd McLellan clearly likes the results.

PROGRESS

Each day online, millions of words are written about the Oilers, and many of those words focus on the Oilers’ failures, shortcomings and ghastly transactions. All fair, but I thought it might be nice to take a look at some 5×5 numbers year over year, just to see how much impact these failures, shortcomings and ghastly transactions are having on the season in front of us. To be clear, progress this season does not reflect on Taylor Hall’s exit, on Tyler Dellow’s leaving, on Teddy Purcell’s nifty passes being unavailable. This is not framing the issue in any way, this is just stating the facts presented to us by Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com. This year (last year), all 5×5.

  • Goals For Percentage: 50.4 (44.3)
  • Goals For Per 60: 2.27 (2.04)
  • Goals Against Per 60: 2.24 (2.56)
  • Shots For Percentage: 51.2 (48.5)
  • Shots For Per 60: 30.9 (28.4)
  • Shots Against Per 60: 29.5 (30.2)
  • Fenwick: 51.5 (48.3)
  • Corsi: 51.3 (48.8)
  • Shooting Percentage: 7.35 (7.17)
  • Save Percentage: 92.42 (91.53)
  • PDO: 99.8 (98.7)

My question for you is this: Why aren’t we talking about these numbers more? Why, every day, do we see so much written about these damnable Oilers and their damnable losing?

I think it is Hall. I think we all have to come to grips with the dream being dead, the perfect storm, balls out, full throttle, sex and drugs and rock and roll utopia, snapped off in one quiet tweet. One for one, Hall for Larsson. Six words pierced the silence and landed as a full force hammer shot. We are fractured. I don’t think we are ever going to get back. All that is left is a nod, a heel turn, and then the long walk across the plains, roll credits and fin. Maybe we will meet again, maybe Stanley brings us together. The ties that bound us, this group that met in the days after the Marchant goal, in the time of HFboards and oilfans and the early blogs, have finally chosen two very different roads. We are talking past each other, even math has lost its meaning. Not even Connor McDavid can bring Oilers nation back together again. What might have been.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, a rocking show. TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers in the desert tonight, will there be a peaceful easy feeling?
  • Chris Peters, United States of Hockey. Caleb Jones and Team USA: Can they win Gold at the WJs?
  • Kent Simpson, former Oil Kings color man and former pro hockey player. Kent played at the Spengler Cup, and his memories of the event, and the town, remain  strong. We will chat about a truly unique Christmas event.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Haha. This is a crazy game.

    The refs are making it crazy.

  2. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OilClog:
    Gretzky at the podium ripping the league a new one would be a swell use of assets

    Would LOVE to see that…

  3. blackadder says:

    Ok, watching the game with my 14 year old son. After the last penalty, he suddenly yells out, that the refs must’ve been born out of his mom’s asshole, that he fell into a toilet and the first thing he saw was his mom’s asshole, and then called him a shit baby.

    Not sure if I should be proud or send him to his room

  4. hags9k says:

    I hate to bring up the trade again, but for me, Lucic in the Semenko role was a part of their plan and reasoning in making the trade.

    It helped me get over the loss of Hall by knowing that nobody would be able to breathe on Connor without consequences.

    When I see Murphy etc rag doll Connor and give the whacks and the cross checks and we don’t respond, it really angers me.

    We traded Hall!! Punch some faces!

  5. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    When remenda is siding with the oilers non-calls… you know it’s bad…

  6. Diablo says:

    Bit of a tire fire right now

  7. Zelepukin says:

    ARI is just a team of meathead assholes.

  8. Diablo says:

    blackadder,

    LOL, your kids a beauty!

  9. JDï™ says:

    blackadder: Not sure if I should be proud or send him to his room

    Give him a pat on the back, and then tell him that his mom heard him and he has to go to his room.

  10. Lucinius says:

    Oilers need to settle shit down. They’re screwing up left, right and centre in their own zone.

  11. square_wheels says:

    Somebody score the EN please than immediately slash Doan in the face.

  12. Surly says:

    Maroon has been making some weak plays on the puck in the 3rd (effect of that injury?). Long 2:53 coming up…bring it home OIL!

  13. treevojo says:

    blackadder:
    Ok, watching the game with my 14 year old son.After the last penalty, he suddenly yells out, that the refs must’ve been born out of his mom’s asshole, that he fell into a toilet and the first thing he saw was his mom’s asshole, and then called him a shit baby.

    Not sure if I should be proud or send him to his room

    Not even sure if this was funny.

    But it made me giggle.

  14. square_wheels says:

    Hendricks is too slow for this time in the game. Lordy Tmac.

  15. Diablo says:

    Seems like the Oilers have lost every face-off in their own zone in this period

  16. Diablo says:

    Fuck ya Kassian. Finally!

  17. JDï™ says:

    This is what bad reffing brings.

  18. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Are you happy refs?

  19. treevojo says:

    Nice turn behind the net by Davidson.

  20. square_wheels says:

    I love Kassian.

    Bought damn time

  21. russ99 says:

    Line brawl!!

  22. marty62 says:

    OEL should be getting 5 for that dangerous hit

  23. Lucinius says:

    And this is on the refs. 100%

  24. dangilitis says:

    Thank you kassian for showing the refs what happens when you don’t call penalties against the opponents

  25. ASkoreyko says:

    I have a large man crush on Kassian tonight. God bless him.

  26. Lucinius says:

    Diablo:
    Seems like the Oilers have lost every face-off in their own zone in this period

    Lander would be useful at times like this.

  27. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Also fuck you oel

  28. fuzzy muppet says:

    I have no problem with that kassian penalty. None whatsoever

  29. Frank the dog says:

    Bloody good show. This team just grew balls.

  30. square_wheels says:

    Wow Jesus grew a goatee and is a Coyotes fan. Weird.

  31. hags9k says:

    Kassian to the top line please.

  32. JDï™ says:

    OEL goes down like he’s JFK, but really that cross check wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked.

  33. treevojo says:

    Love that the oilers are happy to be in this kind of game.

    Been way too long.

  34. flyfish1168 says:

    This game is on the league and the most pathetic reffing

  35. jake69 says:

    44 is becoming a favorite

  36. adamjames says:

    Dreaming of Todd and Tippett scrapping. Knock that trappin bastard out

    Fighting is bad and we shouldn’t like it. But dammit I like it.

  37. dangilitis says:

    Doan should not be able to talk to the refs he should be in the fucking box. As should OEL

  38. Zelepukin says:

    KASSIAN IS A BEAUTY

  39. Frank the dog says:

    If these refs could just award goals instead of penalties they would.

  40. square_wheels says:

    treevojo,

    He’s so wildly under rated, just a really good D man.

  41. Zelepukin says:

    jake69:
    44 is becoming a favorite

    He was always a favourite. You haven’t been watching much if you thought otherwise.

  42. marty62 says:

    Oilers are going to be down 5 on 3 cause that’s the way the refs saw it

  43. Edmonton_fan says:

    Kassian earned his paycheck tonight with that payback hit.

  44. fuzzy muppet says:

    Win the damn game though

  45. Diablo says:

    Not impressed with the way OEL turtled there.
    Hendricks found his wheels on that play.

  46. GMB3 says:

    OEL with the blantant interference

  47. frjohnk says:

    jake69:
    44 is becoming a favorite

    Yup

  48. hags9k says:

    I now forgive Kassian for Gagner. That was awesome.

  49. Hockey Project says:

    -I try to reserve complaining about the refs to the cases which I think are particularly bad. This is one of those nights.
    -Tyson Nash has me chuckling tonight. I expect some rooting for the home team, and am generally quite fine with it, but he’s off the page.

  50. Diablo says:

    Intent to injure? Fuck off refs, OEL took a dive there.

  51. treevojo says:

    And Bettman smiles

  52. sliderule says:

    Horse shit hockey game

    Horse shit reffing

    Horseshit coaching by both sides.

  53. Centre of attention says:

    Goal by Zebra 1 assisted by Zebra 2 and Zebra 3

  54. Diablo says:

    Coaches challenge!

  55. Lucinius says:

    Of fucking course.

    Won’t matter, but of course they score.

  56. russ99 says:

    Do it! Screw these damn refs.

  57. marty62 says:

    Somebody fukin shoot Remenda

  58. JDï™ says:

    You never want to see someone on the other team injured… until now.

  59. Centre of attention says:

    Give them a goal. Put a couple more seconds on the board…

    I’m speechless.

  60. Ducey says:

    Appalling.

  61. fuzzy muppet says:

    Enjoy your loss ya jerks

  62. JDï™ says:

    6 seconds left. May as well use the review now.

  63. flyfish1168 says:

    I don’t see how OEL did not get a boarding call there

  64. russ99 says:

    Pay the fine Todd. This horseshit cannot stand.

  65. MrEd says:

    Chalenge. So dumb.

  66. Lucinius says:

    That was a good goal.

    It shouldn’t have been a powerplay, however.

  67. JDï™ says:

    flyfish1168:
    I don’t see how OEL did not get a boarding call there

    Clearly you’re not qualified to be an NHL referee.

  68. squeezboks says:

    Carey Price had it right. The league isn’t protecting goalies. Horseshit.

  69. Surly says:

    If Hendricks and OEL reverse roles on that play, Hendricks gets 5 and a game for the hit on the defenceless D man trying to play the puck. Unbelievable. Good on the oil for standing up and still banking the 2 points.

  70. Gerta Rauss says:

    Seeing Doan turned away a couple of times in that period makes this extra sweet

    I really hate Mike Smith

  71. marty62 says:

    flyfish1168:
    I don’t see how OEL did not get a boarding call there

    Totally that’s a classic hit from behind. retarded Refs were the worst I have seen

  72. square_wheels says:

    FUCK YOU NHL
    FUCK YOU PHOENIX
    FUCK YOU LEE/MACISSAC

  73. Centre of attention says:

    That was the worst game I’ve watched in quite awhile.

    Not entertaining.

    I feel ripped off even though they won.

    Disgusting officiating.

  74. striatic says:

    Home team gets their goal in the dying seconds to “entertain” the home fans. Good job officials. Mission Accomplished. Operation “Throw the Coyotes a Bone” successful.

  75. frjohnk says:

    Intense game.

    4th line were dynamite in more ways than 1.

    Playoffs baby

    Playoffs

  76. Elkhorn Boy says:

    Can someone please tell me what the refs could have done more to give the yokes the game. That was brutal even for us .

  77. Ducey says:

    The astounding thing is that it is their job to be a ref. Like they do nothing else in their life. Terrible. Terrible. Fing Terrible.

  78. Frank the dog says:

    I have absolutely no respect for these NHL referees.

  79. Zelepukin says:

    Centre of attention:
    That was the worst game I’ve watched in quite awhile.

    Not entertaining.

    I feel ripped off even though they won.

    Disgusting officiating.

    Now imagine living there where every single game is like that. Absolutely the worst team to watch in the entire league.

  80. marty62 says:

    There was a good flow to the early part of that game and then the refs took over and destroyed any entertainment value

  81. Lucinius says:

    Elkhorn Boy:
    Can someone please tell me what the refs could have done more to give the yokesthe game.That was brutal even for us .

    Plenty.

    I’m dead serious.

    They could have thrown Lucic out for abuse of official (he said a few choice things to them when he was on the bench and the ref came over to explain the line of bullshit), as one example. Wouldn’t have even been that out of place for that 3rd period.

  82. MrEd says:

    “Depth”, ‘”Gamesmanship”.

    Huh?

  83. LMHF#1 says:

    I guess next time Kassian should go for the neck. Eff this. If no one is going to protect your guys, it’s the only way. I just wish he would have gotten Doan with the stick too.

    They should have gone after Larsson at the horn. Not joking. Hack the bone. Next game? Stick between the ankles for the Iginla on Souray special. F*** that guy.

    The guy who should have got the initial penalty is on the ice to score? Are you F***ING KIDDING ME?!?!?

    McLellan needs to get fined. This horseshit needs to end.

  84. treevojo says:

    Centre of attention:
    That was the worst game I’ve watched in quite awhile.

    Not entertaining.

    I feel ripped off even though they won.

    Disgusting officiating.

    Come on.

  85. Centre of attention says:

    Zelepukin: Now imagine living there where every single game is like that. Absolutely the worst team to watch in the entire league.

    60% of the crowd there were Oiler fans who had flown in to get 25$ front row tickets and a free meal lol.

    I heard more than one “lets go Oilers” chant going.

  86. dangilitis says:

    This game should have legitimately been 5-0. 2 pp goals to the bad guys that shouldn’t have happened. Kassians no goal, and then another ppg that the oilers would have scored if half he calls went their way.

  87. Diablo says:

    Oilers gonna use this as motivation – despite absolutely horseshit officiating they managed to prevail.
    Intent to injure – seriously f%ck off – I’ve never seen that called in a game before. What utter, total, complete garbage. Intent to injure happens almost every night against every star player in the league. Just disgusted by how the refs tried to get the Yotes back in this game. Such a joke.

    I’m so happy we finally beat those f%&ckers, in spite of the refs very clearly biased officiating.

  88. Ducey says:

    Elkhorn Boy:
    Can someone please tell me what the refs could have done more to give the yokesthe game.That was brutal even for us .

    I was expecting the ref to just pick up the puck, toss it in the Oilers net, call it a goal, then rule it inconclusive after a 20 minute video review.

  89. Lucinius says:

    Now, watch the mainstream media not really mention the officiating tonight. They won’t do it. Fans won’t rage online or vote with their wallets. Won’t happen. And the league will be proven right once more that such officiating is just fine.

  90. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    i feel the the coyotes don’t play this hard against every team…do they have something extra against the oilers or am i just “seeing red”?

  91. Chachi says:

    Dave Tippet, Shane Doan and the Refs can all fuck themselves.

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

    Bahahahahahahahaha yes!

    Despite shitty reffing they still won!

    Two points bitches!

    Letestu what a damn machine. Buy that man a beer.

    Bullshit call on Gryba, OEL dropped like a sack of potatoes only to not leave the ice for the rest of the game. Good for Kassian.

    Going into the Xmas break with a chance to take over first in the division (games in hand apply) on a four game win streak. Fuck yes!

    Go Oilers

  93. square_wheels says:

    CARLY SHOULDERS MAKES IT ALL BETTER !!!!!!!!!

  94. treevojo says:

    Centre of attention:
    That was the worst game I’ve watched in quite awhile.

    Not entertaining.

    I feel ripped off even though they won.

    Disgusting officiating.

    Refs were horrible.

    But that was an entertaining game.

  95. Centre of attention says:

    treevojo: Come on.

    Really and honestly, that’s the worst officiating I have seen in recent memory.

    And there’s been some doozey’s this year.

  96. Diablo says:

    Ducey,

    post of the night

  97. LMHF#1 says:

    Loved the way Kassian just dummied Duclair away.

    Would have gotten some in on Doan if the refs hadn’t been in the way.

  98. Centre of attention says:

    treevojo: Refs were horrible.

    But that was an entertaining game.

    It had no flow. Constant whistles. Refs taking orders from Toronto for 10 minute stretches.

    Drop the puck and play FFS.

  99. jake70 says:

    Doan, you’ll never see your name on Stanley’s mug. Don’t forget your flip flops on your way out tonight.

  100. Scungilli says:

    Fog of Warts,

    Rich aroma, lovely finish

  101. Gret99zky says:

    Despite shouting at clouds and wearing an onion on his belt, Don Cherry is the only one ballsy enough to say something about the terrible reffing that is rampant in the NHL.

    Hopefully he says something about it on Saturday night.

    These referees, in particular, should be ashamed of themselves tonight.

    Ashamed.

  102. treevojo says:

    Centre of attention: It had no flow. Constant whistles. Refs taking orders from Toronto for 10 minute stretches.

    Drop the puck and play FFS.

    I don’t know what to say.

    Agree to disagree.

    I was entertained.

  103. Pescador says:

    That left that Kassian popped Duclair with was hilarious, stiff arm with the right left cross to the attic. Duclair just skated away. I’m still chuckling.
    This group is starting to gel, this team will only get better from here.

  104. LadiesloveSmid says:

    That game deserves some looking into from the league. Not on Gryba or Kassian but that atrocious reffing. Murphy rag dolling McDavid without the puck should be Bettman’s desktop background. Mickey mouse work.

  105. Lucinius says:

    Gret99zky:
    Despite shouting at clouds and wearing an onion on his belt, Don Cherry is the only one ballsy enough to say something about the terrible reffing that is rampant in the NHL.

    Hopefully he says something about it on Saturday night.

    These referees, in particular, should be ashamed of themselves tonight.

    Ashamed.

    Roenick would. He gave zero shits. Used to go off on the NHL and their shit all the time. Is he still around on NBC sports (or wherever it was) anymore?

  106. stush18 says:

    treevojo: I don’t know what to say.

    Agree to disagree.

    I was entertained.

    Agree. Although that may be a bit of recency bias?

  107. Zelepukin says:

    treevojo: I don’t know what to say.

    Agree to disagree.

    I was entertained.

    Was worth it just for Kass standing up for Hendy and then showing Duclair to GTFO of here with that crosscheck. Would have been icing on the cake if he could have had a legit go at Doan but the refs ruined that too.

  108. hags9k says:

    Santa I might want to wear a hoodie and some layers under my Kassian jersey in cooler weather….XL please.

  109. Centre of attention says:

    McLellan called out the officials.

    I’ll chip in 20$ for the fine.

  110. treevojo says:

    Edm

    13-4-3 vs west

    Drink that in.

  111. N64 says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Murphy rag dolling McDavid without the puck should be Bettman’s desktop background

    McDavid being rag dolled is always Bettman’s screen saver.

  112. Frank the dog says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    i feel the the coyotes don’t play this hard against every team…do they have something extra against the oilers or am i just “seeing red”?

    We broke the rules by beating the team and the refs.

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

    treevojo,

    And tied for first in the Pacific

    And the highest scoring team in the West

  114. BONVIE says:

    Surly: Reply)

    I agree! Terribly biased officiating right from the start to the finish, basically we beat the Coyotes the NHL’ s team and there own officials. I mean not even considering the terrible calls on Gryba and Kassian, but what about the 15 plus non calls on McDavid that they chose not to call sometimes there is 3 or 4 on one shift. Reminds me of what they were allowed to do to Lemieux in his last few years before he took an early retirement and told the NHL to clean up their act.

  115. StixMalone says:

    Like most of you I feel everything was thrown in the coyotes favour. Reffiing was effing terrible( I think a peewee ref would not been as stupid). But then I forget that Arizona is Gary’s team. All things have been given to this franchise to try to make them survive the “Gary experiment”. Throw the dogs their bones……pathetic. On a brighter note we’ll take the 2 points. IN REGULATION TIME! Woohoo

  116. MrEd says:

    Kassian. Gryba.

  117. MrEd says:

    Playing.

  118. Scungilli says:

    Looked like a team bonding game to me. Kassian did earn his pay tonight – played good hockey and did what needed to be done without going ape-shit.

    I don’t like that they have to, but I liked that they were taking no crap and I saw a completely different look on the faces of that Oiler team than in games like that over the last years.

    They enjoyed it, didn’t faze them at all. They won with confidence.

    Perfect.

  119. MrEd says:

    Kass and Eric got phoned home before they got serious.

  120. Frank the dog says:

    Scungilli:
    Looked like a team bonding game to me. Kassian did earn his pay tonight – played good hockey and did what needed to be done without going ape-shit.

    I don’t like that they have to, but I liked that they were taking no crap and I saw a completely different look on the faces of that Oiler team than in games like that over the last years.

    They enjoyed it, didn’t faze them at all. They won with confidence.

    Perfect.

    As I said earlier in this stream, this team grew balls tonight.

  121. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    treevojo:

    I was entertained.

    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

    *drops sword*

  122. Spengler says:

    Just back from a lengthy, and long overdue vacation. That was quite the game to come back for.

    I was entertained, frustrated, confused and thankful in somewhat equal measures throughout.

    Thank you for a rather brilliant thread today as well. There were some tremendous high points, in amongst the entirely understandable expressions of exasperation.

    Well done Lowetiders! (Lowetidians? Lowetidese?)

  123. MrEd says:

    I said 7-0 btw.

  124. B S says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    That game deserves some looking into from the league. Not on Gryba or Kassian but that atrocious reffing. Murphy rag dolling McDavid without the puck should be Bettman’s desktop background. Mickey mouse work.

    Does anyone have a Gif of that play (or a movie, seemed to go on for a little longer than a gif could hold), just as long as it catches the ref skating up to McDavid and looking him straight in the eyes while Murphy is bear rugged on him. Unbe@#$&ingleavable. We need to post it on every NHL board we can, with the caption “no call”, especially NHL.com. See how well the officials hide from it then.

    I complain about officiating, because I think the “game managing” approach is bullshit and ruining the sport, causing injuries and taking away speeding and scoring. But I understand that refs are people too and can make mistakes so I try to take a longer view after the game, when the blood has cooled. On the otherhand that play is the most blatant example of an intentional non-call I have ever seen. It is insane, like the dad reffing the game, and letting his kid run over the other kids, then waiting for the others to retaliate so he can penalize them.

  125. Pescador says:

    treevojo,

    treevojo:
    Edm

    13-4-3 vs west

    Drink that in.

    Tastes incredible

  126. square_wheels says:

    Spengler,

    I prefer – Juggalowe’s

  127. Lloyd B. says:

    Scungilli:
    Looked like a team bonding game to me. Kassian did earn his pay tonight – played good hockey and did what needed to be done without going ape-shit.

    I don’t like that they have to, but I liked that they were taking no crap and I saw a completely different look on the faces of that Oiler team than in games like that over the last years.

    They enjoyed it, didn’t faze them at all. They won with confidence.

    Perfect.

    Great post. They won an old time hockey game tonight. One more different way they have won a game this year. We are watching a group of players become a team. Pay attention folks…this is going to be something. I reckon sooner rather than later.

    Quit bitchin’ about the officiating. Over the course of the season it evens out. May even tips our way once we earn it.

  128. MrEd says:

    A good win,

  129. Centre of attention says:

    https://streamable.com/5cfug

    Can someone fluent with NHL rules explain this to me?

  130. hankster says:

    I’m disappointed with our coach for not only reacting to the shitshow, but where’s lucic in all of this. He needs to do more than trying to score. If OEL is their best player then lucic needs to give OEL a real crosscheck the next game. We know the Kassiancrosscheck didn’t hurt at all. There are some investment penalties you need to take. Heck what’s the difference when you play the coyotes you already know calls will be made in favour. Make damn sure it’s worth it.

  131. SK Oiler Fan says:

    B S: Does anyone have a Gif of that play (or a movie, seemed to go on for a little longer than a gif could hold), just as long as it catches the ref skating up to McDavid and looking him straight in the eyes while Murphy is bear rugged on him. Unbe@#$&ingleavable. We need to post it on every NHL board we can, with the caption “no call”, especially NHL.com. See how well the officials hide from it then.

    I complain about officiating, because I think the “game managing” approach is bullshit and ruining the sport, causing injuries and taking away speeding and scoring. But I understand that refs are people too and can make mistakes so I try to take a longer view after the game, when the blood has cooled. On the otherhand that play is the most blatant example of an intentional non-call I have ever seen. It is insane, like the dad reffing the game, and letting his kid run over the other kids, then waiting for the others to retaliate so he can penalize them.

    This “in game management” is the refs crutch to not have one of the Teams pissed off at them at the end of the game.B.S. The scoreboard, venue, or penalty history should not matter. Call the game by the rule book. It’s a rampant problem at all levels. This even out the situation is what is being taught and accepted as good in game management for officials. It’s not right and needs to be corrected. Call what you see at that moment. Done. It will take some time to be accepted, but it’s time to correct this at all levels

  132. Centre of attention says:

    hankster:
    If OEL is their best player then lucic needs to give OEL a real crosscheck the next game. We know the Kassian cross check didn’t hurt at all.

    There are some investment penalties you need to take. Heck what’s the difference when you play the coyotes you already know calls will be made in favour. Make damn sure it’s worth it.

    1st off, Kassian absolutely destroyed OEL and that absolutely hurt a whole bunch.

    2nd of all there is no way to make up for two game misconducts. Those are possible suspensions and this team is going to be missing two top 9 forwards potentially.

    Speaking of that, does Slepy get a game before Christmas if Kassian gets suspended?

  133. kgo says:

    Centre of attention,

    When was the last time anyone got suspended for a crosscheck? (not to the neck or head)

  134. B S says:

    Ford Prefect,

    thank you.

    Lloyd B.,

    Except the officiating doesn’t even out. Some teams are built to take penalties and play rough, but the Oilers haven’t until this year, yet consistently Oilers get the short end of the penalty stick.

    Last six seasons, only twice have we had more powerplays than the other team, and one of those is this season, when we’re finally in playoff position. I don’t think it’s a specific hate-on for the Oil, I think it’s a combination of bias against rookies, and small market non-playoff teams.

    PP PK

    262 296
    161 175
    271 280
    232 219
    237 254
    112 107

    I also think there’s a problem with officials calling retaliations rather than the initials, which would be understandable on some of the sneakier plays, but it happens on blatant missed calls. What does anyone want to bet that if McDavid had two-handed Murphy he would have gone straight to the penalty box, despite the ref watching the whole damned thing.

  135. B S says:

    SK Oiler Fan: This “in game management” is the refs crutch to not have one of the Teams pissed off at them at the end of the game.B.S. The scoreboard, venue,or penalty history should not matter. Call the game by the rule book. It’s a rampant problem at all levels. This even out the situation is what is being taught and accepted as good in game management for officials. It’s not right and needs to be corrected. Call what you see at that moment. Done. It will take some time to be accepted, but it’s time to correct this at all levels

    that’s how they try to call it in international hockey, and guess what, it’s faster and often more entertaining, despite the occasional bad or missed call, because the players no that if they’re seen breaking the rules they’ll be penalized. So they do it less often and wait for better chances.

    I don’t mind gamesmanship (Rolly’s mask is a great example, getting sharp tap in behind the play, or facewashing), but bearhugging a player for 10 seconds with the puck nowhere nearby, right in front of the official isn’t gamesmanship.

  136. Professor Q says:

    kgo:
    Centre of attention,

    When was the last time anyone got suspended for a crosscheck? (not to the neck or head)

    You’re going to laugh, or not, but it was Kadri. Last year, April 2, 2016. Luke Glendening.

  137. spoiler says:

    N64: McDavid being rag dolled is always Bettman’s screen saver.

    Either that…

    or Pierre Maguire’s.

  138. Professor Q says:

    Holy heck. I just saw two, TWO .GIFs of McDavid being interfered blatantly with, with the ref STARING at it happening and doing nothing. What is wrong with this league when it refuses to protect its players?

  139. kgo says:

    Professor Q,

    “Directly into the head” I said not to the head or neck

  140. Professor Q says:

    B S: Does anyone have a Gif of that play (or a movie, seemed to go on for a little longer than a gif could hold), just as long as it catches the ref skating up to McDavid and looking him straight in the eyes while Murphy is bear rugged on him. Unbe@#$&ingleavable. We need to post it on every NHL board we can, with the caption “no call”, especially NHL.com. See how well the officials hide from it then.

    I complain about officiating, because I think the “game managing” approach is bullshit and ruining the sport, causing injuries and taking away speeding and scoring. But I understand that refs are people too and can make mistakes so I try to take a longer view after the game, when the blood has cooled. On the otherhand that play is the most blatant example of an intentional non-call I have ever seen. It is insane, like the dad reffing the game, and letting his kid run over the other kids, then waiting for the others to retaliate so he can penalize them.

    Look at Woodguy and Jeanshorts’ Twitters. They both had different instances of the same thing happening. I wish I had seen the game…That’s ridiculous.

  141. Professor Q says:

    kgo:
    Professor Q,

    “Directly into the head” I said not to the head or neck

    Missed that, sorry.

  142. kgo says:

    Professor Q,

    Unnecessary apology accepted, I wrote the caveat after recalling Simon’s crosscheck on Holloweg. Edit (more of a slash than crosscheck)

  143. kooler says:

    This happened.

    Letestu with the Gordy Howe hat trick?

  144. meanashell11 says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, remember where you were tonight because this is the start of the turn north. This team just came together for each other led by none other than Zach Kassian. When he nailed OEL then turned and threw off his gloves ready to take on whatever was about to come out of the tunnel (I love Gladiator theme!), right then I knew.

    This team learned tonight that to win, sometimes you need to be nasty, dirty, and mean. Booyah!!!!!!

  145. PhrankLee says:

    Lucky win.

    Badly outshot. Praise Cam.

    Terrible 3rd period.

    I was happy to see Klefbom getting shots through.

    When was the last time an Oiler 4th line took over 2 games in a row?!

    Kas is already making the gif highlights with his “ohhh now this shit is ON” crosscheck, gloves off and slap down of Duclair, lol

  146. sliderule says:

    There are 29 general managers and coaches who agree with the referees not calling interference and obstruction on Mcdavid.
    Unless the MSM gets on it these Luddites will continue to control the game to force the 1-0 finishes they really like

  147. DBO says:

    Statement game. Love it.

    Bring up Lander and Slepeshev. Send down Caggulia and Puljajarvi. Let the kids play big minutes in feature role. Don’t burn an rfa year. Gives us solid 4th line of

    Pouliot-Lander-Slepyshev

    That line can play two way heavy hockey. And still score and play in own zone.

  148. Jethro Tull says:

    Jethro Tull: I’m falling asleep just thinking about it.It’s sad, but the score will be 2-1 for whoever and the highlights will be the missed calls on McDavid as he tries to spring the trap.

    I’m sure that no NHL executive ever watches a game.They just read the scores and look at the standings.“2-1! that was a close game.Must have been a real nail biter! Parity!” Fuck.

    *POSTURBATION ALERT!*

    So, i posted this yesterday. The crystal balls were in the zone.

  149. JDï™ says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/will-any-additional-discipline-be-handed-out-to-oilers-and-coyotes~1021503

    Is it me? Can Button be more wrong, while not even addressing the maulings that go uncalled?

  150. Dustylegnd says:

    Button is wrong, ya Button OEL did engage Hendricks….errrrrr….ran him into the boards before he ever touched the puck…blatant dangerous interference….

    Kassian 100% responded how he should have…..drilled OEL…dropped the gloves smacked Duclaire like a little bitch…then the linesman grabbed Kassian before Dirty Old Bastard ever arrives on the scene to help his bitch slapped sophomore…

    Kassian showed respect to a) linesman b) DOB…if he wanted to he could have beat that old prick to a pulp too but he backed off…..

    Button needs to wake up…that was an idiot play by OEL and he got tagged…..did you see the look of astonishment on his grill when he got up?…he will think twice next time…you bet your ass Kassian galvanized this team last nigh….F#K Tippet and his band of tools that are helping to kill the entertainment value of this game

  151. Professor Q says:

    While I disagree with Button’s assessment of Kassian and that whole segment, I actually *do* agree with him about the Gryba hit, now that I’ve looked at it again.

    Chychrun was already being engaged by another Oilers player. No reason to double check him, especially not by turning backwards as he’s falling down from the first check. You *know* you have a high chance of hitting his head,and you know he’s already been taken out of the play, so why do it?

  152. Professor Q says:

    Dustylegnd,

    Yeah, Button mocking Kassian about not engaging a third Coyote (really? You think Kassian is afraid of Doan?) was not only gradeschool childish, but also incorrect. The ref had already tried to prevent Kassian from fighting back against Duclaire. So Kassian was already disadvantaged before Doan came along.

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