G40 2016-17: OILERS AT BRUINS

The Edmonton Oilers are still in a good spot currently, but there are dark clouds in the distance. The team has real roster issues, and the coach is having trouble dealing with them. Every hour is marked by the chime of the clock, and for Edmonton we are reaching a troubling point in the season: Casting about for badly needed help, and finding none available, the chosen path appears to be inertia. Losing Tyler Pitlick should not be such a major issue, there are wingers with speed and some offense available routinely.

PISS IN THE LIFTS, 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: 7-2-5, goal differential +3
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in January 2017: 0-1-0, goal differential -2
  • Oilers after 39, 2015-16: 15-21-3, goal differential -24
  • Oilers after 39, 2016-17: 19-13-7, goal differential +8

G40 a year ago was the first one of the new year, and Edmonton won 4-3 in a shootout with the Arizona Coyotes. The Oilers had two lines going (Hall—Leon—Purcell and Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle), something Todd McLellan badly needs right now. Where is Teddy Purcell nowadays, anyway?

DEFENSE, 2016-17

  • This is mostly WoodMoney, and as I get my head around this there is real value here in my opinion. I will let the giant brains drill down to middle earth, but I am really liking the format and the reality of these numbers. The only thing that isn’t WoodMoney is 5×5/60, I ran them off Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com.
  • First column: 5×5 minutes. The Woodmoney is slightly different than Stats.HockeyAnalysis, but not enough to make you worry. Seconds here and there. Adam Larsson leads the team by miles in straight 5×5 TOI, with his partner Oscar the dreamy coming in second place.
  • Second column: 5×5/60. Simple. I think Oscar and Andrej are the most legit offensive players, but defense is tough to measure in this 5×5 offense area. For instance, Darnell Nurse is 0.47/60, but I miss his transporting ability—that gave a different look to the opposition. Anyway, Matt Benning is going to save the world so don’t worry.
  • Third Column: Elite minutes against plus percentage of overall. Dynamite stuff from WoodMoney, this is the good stuff (sledge      hammer). Andrej Sekera spends 39 percent of his overall 5×5 TOI against the elite, but three other men are not far behind (Russell, Larsson, Klefbom, in order). And, look here, Matt Benning is also at 30 percent. Edmonton has no real top pairing, but the third pairing is much better than the past. Example: Sekera—Benning, which we could see tonight.
  • Fourth Column: DFF. This is Dangerous Fenwick For, expressed in a percentage. So, Benning the Younger leads the pack with a 54.7 percent DFF. Fabulistick!
  • Fifth Column: The Rel. Many of you won’t see this as being extremely valuable, but for me, this column—combined with the percentage of total minutes against elite—is going to be a giant help in discovering blue. Folks, Matt Benning is the real thing if Woodmoney have this straight (and I believe they do). I loved Brandon Davidson as a rookie, this guy might be better! Music!!

FORWARDS, 2016-17

  • First column: 5×5 minutes. There are five forwards over 500 minutes, and a sixth (Nuge) close enough for jimmy jazz. That is your top 6F, led by Connor McDavid—turns 20 in eight days—and then a big, big fall in minutes to the de facto 3line (Pouliot—Letestu—Kassian). And now, coach Todd McLellan has lost some trust (based on usage) in Jordan Eberle and is even less trusting of Benoit Pouliot. Can you do me a favor? Tell me which of the men listed here, who have played less than 300 minutes at 5×5, who you would run instead of Jordan Eberle? Instead of Benoit Pouliot? Please and thanks.
  • Second column: 5×5/60. The second column for forwards is alarming. Why? Back on November 27, Connor McDavid was at 3.22/60 at 5×5. He was 22gp, 8-11-19 on that day. Since then, he is 17gp, 2-5-7. That, my friends, is a problem. Coach Todd McLellan is moving Leon Draisaitl back on to the 97 line tonight, in an effort to re-start the fire. Does he have any dry kindling? We wait.
  • Third Column: Elite minutes against plus percentage of overall. Three men are over 200 minutes (Nuge, Eberle, McDavid) and RNH has the highest percentage of minutes against the elites. I think McLellan has been trying to get 97 away from the elites, and the overall percentage seems to be lower than the last time I looked in. That said, it would be nice to have a RW to share the land with Jordan Eberle (as is kind of the case on LW with Lucic, Maroon and even Pouliot).
  • Fourth Column: DFF. Dangerous Fenwick, and, despite his struggles over the last 17 games, McDavid remains a killer against the elites.
  • Fifth Column: The Rel. The most striking number is probably Caggiula. Todd McLellan is moving up Zack Kassian based on yesterday’s practice, and the rel suggests that is wise.

WOODMONEY

I like to digest new ideas and statistics over time, idea being the more time I have to mull the better chance I can understand it and allow my imagination to incorporate it. WoodMoney, in theory, is a fairly easy concept—create more slices of the pie in order to hone in on the vital game states—but we all take our own due time to arrive at our conclusions. I want to publicly thank both G and WG for sharing their work, and you for listening to me ramble. This is adult education in action! Exciting, or what?

MILT SCHMIDT

I learned about Milt Schmidt during my formative years as a Bruins fan. He was the general manager during the build toward the 1970 Stanley Cup, and then remained in the chair for the 1972 Stanley. Schmidt is one of only three Bruins GMs to win a Stanley (Art Ross, Schmidt, Peter Chiarelli) and I have forgiven him for not protecting Bernie Parent in the 1967 draft and then failing to protect Daniel Bouchard in 1972.

The best part of the Schmidt story is as a player, winner of the 1939 and 1941 Stanleys as a Bruin—but much more. Schmidt played on the Kraut line with Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer, so named because all three men grew up in the city of Kitchener, Ontario, a heavily German community in our country.

  • John Bishop, Boston Bruins.com: Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer led the Black & Gold to the 1940-41 Stanley Cup final win over the Detroit Red Wings — and were poised to do so again. They returned to Boston from Kitchener in the autumn of 1941 expecting to continue their dominance but the Japanese attack on December 7th, changed their world, and THE world, forever. The Kraut line and goalie Frank “Mr. Zero” Brimsek, a future hockey Hall of Famer himself, would exchange their jerseys for military issued fatigues. Dumart, Bauer and Schmidt, all Canadians, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and Brimsek, an American from Minnesota, would eventually find himself in the South Pacific. Source

That generation of men and women lived in difficult and trying times, and answered a call my generation never had to—thanks to them. That whole generation is passing now, and it is the job of their children to remind the world of their sacrifice. Your family and mine were touched by the two great wars, we should pray to any God who will listen that our children and their children won’t have to answer that call. Milt Schmidt passed away yesterday, one of the last of a generation who sacrificed so much in the name of God and country, did it willingly and with brave hearts. RIP.

This is probably about Brandon Davidson, who is having a difficult season. Interesting that it is Oesterle this time, Edmonton’s recall rotation is difficult to suss out this winter.

Fascinating shakeup there, Jordan Eberle gets a clear demotion and the Nuge line could be right out of the 2008-15 Bruins. I will tell you this: If you make a list of RWs in the NHL today who resemble Nathan Horton in his prime, you probably have at least one list on Peter Chiarelli’s laptop. I am not at all surprised that Zack Kassian gets the push tonight.

The defense (via Jack Michaels) tonight may be Sekera—Benning, Klefbom—Larsson and Russell—Gryba. We may also see Matt Hendricks in the Pouliot slot on the 3line according to Mr. Michaels.

TYLER BENSON

Tyler Benson was held out of last night’s game against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Disappointing to say the least, I had planned on heading down to the rink (ended up watching Canada-Sweden instead). He went in the shootout of the previous game played by the Vancouver Giants, so we will see if there is an alternate ending to this (trade, etc).

WAIVERS

I think the game is afoot. Matt Nieto probably gets claimed by a team behind Edmonton in the standings, but the Oesterle recall suggests to me there is another shoe to drop. As of this morning, with Oesterle recalled as above, we are here:

  • Goalie (2): Cam Talbot, Jonas Gustavsson
  • Defense (8): Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Kris Russell, Matt Benning, Brandon Davidson, Eric Gryba, Jordan Oesterle.
  • Center (6): Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mark Letestu, Anton Lander, Drake Caggiula.
  • Left Wing (4): Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Benoit Pouliot, Matt Hendricks.
  • Right Wing: (3): Jordan Eberle, Zack Kassian, Jesse Puljujarvi.

I think we may see some activity today. Edmonton needs a forward, schnell.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

This morning at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. Connor McDavid in a funk, or just learning to deal with hooks and slashes and what is the new normal? Plus Sekera—Benning and the possibilities.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. If Nieto ends up being claimed, we will talk about his new home. If not, we will discuss the Sharks and the system that allows them to be big, slower, yet remain effective.
  • Corey Graham, TSN1260 Oil Kings PBP. The OK and the Giants played last night, without Aaron Irving and Tyler Benson. We will investigate.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. The major stories of the season are coming into view, and the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are two of them.

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

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  1. Centre of attention says:

    Bergeron should probably have a hat trick tonight with how many chances / posts he’s hit.

  2. Gret99zky says:

    Remember, back in the day, when lines had nicknames?

    “The French Connection”
    “The Triple Crown”
    “The Trio Grande”
    “Legion of Doom”

    Now it just “Blender”.

    I’d like Todd to let the players gel and work it out for themselves. Hold each other more accountable. Keep the damn lines together for more than one freaking game.

  3. russ99 says:

    Gret99zky,

    I’ll take one period at this point,

  4. Seismic Source says:

    I was wondering what Lucic was trying to do with the puck and then you see Kassian coming back from another time zone.
    Lowetide,

    Lowetide:
    Kassian is cheating more than any role player since Robert Nilsson tonight. Good lord man.

  5. Bag of Pucks says:

    spoiler:
    Lowetide,

    Somebody should probably send a note to their crack corporate branding team.

    So called because they smoke crack?

  6. theres oil in virginia says:

    verite: Verite is truth

    I thought maybe it was a corn chip.

  7. russ99 says:

    Caps up 5-0 now.

  8. Seismic Source says:

    russ99:
    Caps up 5-0 now.

    The Billy Beans lost 6 – 0 when their streak ended in 2002. They are usually anticlimactic when they end.

  9. Bag of Pucks says:

    No offence to the hometown team but their entertainment value can’t compare to the junior lads tonight.

    Clicker getting a workout.

  10. Centre of attention says:

    MAROOOOON

    HATTYY!!!!!

  11. Lowetide says:

    Maroon scored…

  12. Bag of Pucks says:

    Hattie for Patty!

  13. russ99 says:

    Hat trick!!!

  14. Seismic Source says:

    Man, Kassian has some Ryan Jones in him tonight.

  15. D says:

    Hat. Trick!

  16. spoiler says:

    All alone on a dessert island…

  17. Lowetide says:

    Bruins will challenge. Shiza.

  18. LadiesloveSmid says:

    PATTY HATTY

  19. dcsj says:

    Man, I’m really liking Maroon! What a great game, great year for him!

  20. Centre of attention says:

    Ughhhhhh

    Probably off side.

  21. Seismic Source says:

    That’s the beasts angle they can show I us?

  22. russ99 says:

    I hate these offsides challenges.

    I’m sure the refs do too.

  23. OilClog says:

    magic hands Maroon

  24. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Every day you gotta see the stupidest play in the rulebook used. It’s not off the rush!!

  25. Centre of attention says:

    Woot we got the call!

    Wait we got the call?!!

  26. pocession charge says:

    The challenge is awful.

  27. LMHF#1 says:

    We need to have a chat about the evolution of Patrick Maroon.

    He’s really come a long way. With consistency he is just an excellent hockey player.

  28. dcsj says:

    Yes!

  29. D says:

    Suck it Bruins. And they really need to get rid of the offside review.

  30. JDï™ says:

    They’re saying Mar-ROOOOOOOOOON!

  31. Zelepukin says:

    haha suck it Boston! Welcome to #becausebruins (previously known as #becauseoilers).

  32. stevezie says:

    Centre of attention:
    Maroon has 21 goals in 56 games as an Oiler.

    4th round pick and Gernat. Lol.

    Yeah, but doesn’t that lead you to wonder if we really HAD to clear the roster for Lucic and offer him THAT contract?

    Am i taking a page out of JonrMcleod’s handbook? Yes i am.

    EDIT: Did Maroon scoring as i type this lend some real weight to a mostly joke argument? Yes it did.

  33. pocession charge says:

    Irrevertable = irrefutable

  34. JDï™ says:

    Patty is going to make signing an extension very problematic.

  35. Bag of Pucks says:

    A portion of tonight’s hat-trick was paid for by the Anaheim Ducks.

  36. pocession charge says:

    Seismic Source:
    Man, Kassian has some Ryan Jones in him tonight.

    Falling all over the ice?

  37. russ99 says:

    Julien giving the refs rhe goggles gesture after the review was hilarious.

  38. Seismic Source says:

    So how frustrating will it be when we see Lucic back with McDavid? Maroon is a better Lucic than Lucic. I hope this game cements it.

  39. nelson88 says:

    Love seeing a guy like Maroon having success. Absolute steal by Chia. Too bad he will likely never be able to resign him due to his Lucic signing.

  40. OilClog says:

    Maroon gets offered Pouliot contract, most likely gets it done.

  41. pocession charge says:

    JDï™:
    Patty is going to make signing an extension very problematic.

    Yep. Would love to keep him but it’s gotta be $3 point something.

  42. Bag of Pucks says:

    God forbid we have more than one power forward on the team.

  43. DaveWatchesHockey says:

    I guess we are protecting maroon 🙂

    Dave

  44. stevezie says:

    Fuck this fan hating league. I’m glad it’s a goal, but that a rule is even on the books which stops goals AND incentivizes linesman to blow the whistle on close plays…

  45. Lowetide says:

    My goodness what a defensive play by Matt Benning.

  46. Centre of attention says:

    Benning with 2 fantastic stick plays.

    Would have been a bruins goal for sure.

  47. stevezie says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Heh heh heh the chum is in the water…

  48. russ99 says:

    DaveWatchesHockey,

    We were already. 🙂

  49. Centre of attention says:

    Marchand will see that missed chance in his nightmares for months, maybe years.

  50. Zelepukin says:

    …meanwhile Lucic continues to show off his Horcoff hands.

  51. JDï™ says:

    pocession charge: Yep.Would love to keep him but it’s gotta be $3 point something.

    And Maroon’s agent looks at the other big, physical LW on the roster, and starts talking in bigger numbers.

    Would the Blues love to have a home-town boy like Maroon? Would they let go of an Edmonton home-town boy to get him?

  52. kinger_OIL says:

    – ou est le pool-party. Et son ami Lander

  53. Oil2Oilers says:

    Out of the country, missing the game.Sounds like Lucic is being missed on McDavid’s port side!

  54. pocession charge says:

    JDï™: And Maroon’s agent look at the other big, physical LW on the roster, and starts talking in bigger numbers.

    Would the Blues love to have a home-town boy like Maroon? Would they let go of an Edmonton home-town boy to get him?

    Maroon and a 7th for Parayko? They might have to add.

  55. Zelepukin says:

    JDï™: And Maroon’s agent look at the other big, physical LW on the roster, and starts talking in bigger numbers.

    And that’s only logical. Nothing Lucic does that Maroon can’t and both have had equal opportunity playing along side McD.

  56. pocession charge says:

    DaveWatchesHockey:
    I guess we are protecting maroon

    Dave

    No it’s Patrick.

  57. Rocknrolla says:

    Hey LT, is Patty Maroon our Nathan Horton? Not a lot of history, but some similarities definitely in the hands and size. Seems like a real team player too…noticing a lot of his after play looks and smiles…seems like he fits in well.

  58. Lowetide says:

    Was that a penalty? Kneeing?

  59. Centre of attention says:

    Dumb move by Gryba. Dumb dumb dumb.

  60. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Looks like Pasternak got what he wanted finally.

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

    I’m sorry Gryba just body checked him.

    Bad all

  62. spoiler says:

    Horrible call

  63. Centre of attention says:

    Pouliot needs to go and think about his life…

  64. Lowetide says:

    Good Christ Benoit Pouliot. I cannot believe he did it.

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

    What a idiot…

    Enjoy the waiver wire, you’ve earned

  66. Bag of Pucks says:

    Eberle wearing his Cloak of Invisibility tonight.

  67. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Good Christ Benoit Pouliot. I cannot believe he did it.

    Hey, he’s having the “pete rose” down year right?

    Ugh.

  68. OilClog says:

    2mins for hitting

  69. Ice Sage says:

    spoiler:
    Horrible call

    Agreed. Pouliot is not good but that was a fluke ‘penalty’, if anything it’s on Kassian for pushing him off balance. Anyhow, Oil can work hard now – oops

  70. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Pouliot is gone at the first opportunity.

  71. OilClog says:

    That’s Pouliots last shift in Oiler silks

  72. marty62 says:

    I don’t now why we sat Hendricks but not Pouliot as well. He should sit for the rest of the road trip

  73. LMHF#1 says:

    Thanks Benoit.

    Idiot…

  74. StixMalone says:

    Thanks Pou….

  75. Jaxon says:

    That was a weak call against Pouliot, or a dive. He turned around and the Bruin skated into his stick as he tried to pull it away from a potential trip. That one isn’t on BP.

  76. Zelepukin says:

    Jaxon:
    That was a weak call against Pouliot, or a dive. He turned around and the Bruin skated into his stick as he tried to pull it away from a potential trip. That one isn’t on BP.

    Was also a bad decision by Kassian to run into him.

  77. Jaxon says:

    2 shite calls in a row gave them that goal. Brutal.

  78. Bag of Pucks says:

    Playing goal for the Oil is a bit like being a non smoker at the River Cree.

  79. spoiler says:

    Ice Sage: Agreed.Pouliot is not good but that was a fluke ‘penalty’, if anything it’s on Kassian for pushing him off balance.Anyhow, Oil can work hard now

    I was commenting on the Gryba but agreed there was a little bad luck on Pou… he was turning and Bergeron was in his blind spot… likely had no idea he would be tripping someone when he began his turn.

    On a distantly related note, I would like to take this moment to thank the NHL and all associated officials for the gift of parity.

  80. StixMalone says:

    Can we get a win in reg?

  81. spoiler says:

    Keep icing it, Bru’s.

  82. pocession charge says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Playing goal for the Oil is a bit like being a non smoker at the River Cree.

    What’s even more comical is their ‘No Smoking’ section on the casino floor.

  83. JDï™ says:

    JynxMalone:
    Can we get a win in reg?

    ?

  84. Ice Sage says:

    StixMalone:
    Can we get a win in reg?

    Yeah, don’t like the Oil’s chances if this goes to OT

  85. pocession charge says:

    StixMalone:
    Can we get a win in reg?

    A neutral site game at the Agridome?

  86. marty62 says:

    better get pouliott out there to tie it up for the Bruins

  87. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man pouliot is bad…

  88. StixMalone says:

    JDï™: ?

    No jinx just a statement…

  89. Ice Sage says:

    Chiarelli and Lucic must be feeling veritably good

  90. Zelepukin says:

    Nice to see someone win us a game not named McDavid or Talbot.

  91. Centre of attention says:

    I need a drink.

    I don’t think I sat down for the last 5 minutes of this game.

    Holy man why does this damn team stress me out so much? Why do I care so damn much?!

    They won. They won. Just gotta keep saying it and eventually my heart rate will decrease I swear. Lol.

  92. Seismic Source says:

    wow great goal by joseph

  93. russ99 says:

    Always good to beat Boston in the road.

    Man, Cam Talbot should get hazard pay for the last two nights. Hope he gets a rest against Ottawa.

  94. Bag of Pucks says:

    Patty with the luck of the Irish in Boston tonight.

    https://youtu.be/QVI7PW1Ylbo

  95. digger50 says:

    Sorry Boston, that was a game the Oil were destined to win regardless of your best efforts. Lots of posts for Boston. Good bounces for the Oil.

  96. Bag of Pucks says:

    Fack. US ties.

  97. StixMalone says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Fack. US ties.

    Come back twice from a 2 goal deficit to boot….

  98. Seismic Source says:

    Barzal with the giveaway to let the U.S tie it up. Could have been our prospect to complain about.

  99. marty62 says:

    LT I know you love cheering for your Pouliots but I don’t believe this version deserves your admiration and support……

  100. Centre of attention says:

    Puljujarvi played less than 4 minutes tonight.

    Unacceptable.

    They need to get him playing. Somewhere.

  101. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Drai has more assists than RNH has points, and tied for team lead in goals.

  102. Centre of attention says:

    Also, they burned a year of Puljujarvi RFA just to play him 3 to 8 minutes a night.

    Pathetic player management.

  103. Bag of Pucks says:

    Seismic Source:
    Barzal with the giveaway to let the U.S tie it up. Could have been our prospect to complain about.

    Try to imagine the player they would’ve drafted playing like Yakupov. I find it helps.

  104. marty62 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Puljujarvi played less than 4 minutes tonight.

    Unacceptable.

    They need to get him playing. Somewhere.

    Let him play in AHL for awhile get Sleppy up for awhile

  105. pocession charge says:

    Centre of attention:
    Also, they burned a year of Puljujarvi RFA just to play him 3 to 8 minutes a night.

    Pathetic player management.

    It is so aggravating on multiple levels.

  106. Centre of attention says:

    McLellan could have murdered Pouliot in the post-game.

    Didn’t even say a word.

    I would probably be more scared because of that, if I were Benoit.

  107. Bag of Pucks says:

    pocession charge: It is so aggravating on multiple levels.

    Meanwhile the #3 OV pick, Dubois, plays big mins in a leadership role at the WJC.

    But you can’t put a price on daily video sessions with TMac. That’s worth its weight in gold…or cotton candy.

  108. JDï™ says:

    Bag of Pucks: Meanwhile the #3 OV pick, Dubois, plays big mins in a leadership role at the WJC.

    But he’s been criticized early as not playing up to his potential, and was demoted earlier in the tourney. Thanks for cherry picking though. Anything to make the Oilers look worse.

  109. Ice Sage says:

    Bag of Pucks: Meanwhile the #3 OV pick, Dubois, plays big mins in a leadership role at the WJC.

    But you can’t put a price on daily video sessions with TMac. That’s worth its weight in gold…or cotton candy.

    But JP is Finnish… that would have been a regressive situation to play in

  110. Bag of Pucks says:

    Gold medal game goes to OT. Hoops tighten across Canada.

  111. Bag of Pucks says:

    JDï™: But he’s been criticized early as not playing up to his potential, and was demoted earlier in the tourney. Thanks for cherry picking though. Anything to make the Oilers look worse.

    JPs development plan speaks for itself. They don’t need my help to look worse.

  112. doritogrande says:

    Meanwhile the #3 OV pick, Dubois, plays big mins in a leadership role at the WJC.

    You should probably watch hockey sometime.

  113. Professor Q says:

    But the question is, why? Why haven’t they even talked seriously about Puljujärvi and the benefits of sending him down and saving a year while aiding in development over giving him the Fourth Line Yakupov Treatment™?

    No critical thought, self-reflection, nor awareness of what is being talked about elsewhere? No clue about how other players have been treated in terms of development across the league?

    It’s baffling and I seriously worry about Puljujärvi. They don’t seem to care. They won’t even get him properly fitting equipment not attempt to pronounce his name properly (or attempt to learn how to do so).

  114. Bag of Pucks says:

    Ice Sage: But JP is Finnish… that would have been a regressive situation to play in

    He would likely have been the Captain of that team, playing massive minutes against elite competition in a pressure cooker environment. You think that’s a worse development opportunity than 3 mins against the Bruins’ dregs?

  115. Bag of Pucks says:

    doritogrande:
    Meanwhile the #3 OV pick, Dubois, plays big mins in a leadership role at the WJC.

    You should probably watch hockey sometime.

    Just cos he fanned on an open net doesn’t mean he isn’t playing.

  116. Ice Sage says:

    Bag of Pucks: He would likely have been the Captain of that team, playing massive minutes against elite competition in a pressure cooker environment. You think that’s a worse development opportunity than 3 mins against the Bruins’ dregs?

    you could be right but that’s a tough call one month ago. I don’t think he’s lost anything by not attending and the Finnish squad was a gongshow

  117. jonrmcleod says:

    Professor Q,

    Puljujarvi has the Olli Jokinen head. Not possible to make a helmet that fits him.

  118. flyfish1168 says:

    Did not see the Oiler game. Lander only played 6:29 and only took 3 draws?

    I’m surprised JP 3:27 for his 40 game wow

  119. VOR says:

    I can think of a possible reason the Oilers are treating Jesse Puljujarvi the way they are. They discovered, maybe during training camp physicals, that he is still growing. They don’t want him playing big minutes anywhere because of risk of injury. They didn’t want him not playing at all. So the safest place for him is actually playing limited games and limited minutes in the NHL. Plus, they can watch over his transition to North American culture and in learning English.

    That would mean the Oilers are a smart team that puts player health and long term development ahead of short term success or cap considerations. Talk about turning north!

  120. jp says:

    Went to the game tonight. Nice to see them pull out a win on the road!

    The arena pre-game made a point of mentioning that the Oilers hadn’t won a regulation game in Boston in over 20 yrs (even though they won in OT on a Sekera goal just last year). Good to see them break the streak anyway, and send the faithful home unhappy.

    The first was just terrible after the early goal. So so so many NZ turnovers – just a mess. They were able to clean that up in the 2nd and 3rd luckily.

    Lucic has got to cut out those giveaways. 2 really ugly ones in the first. A lot of others would be (or have been) skinned for those types of plays, and it keeps happening.

    Really solid game by Talbot. Huge saves in the first especially to keep them in it.

    Great game by Maroon. A few real nice defensive plays in addition to the goals. 5 hats (I believe) hit the ice after his 3rd.

    Also, Chara really does not like Maroon.

    Impressive 3rd period. They didn’t let the Bruins take it to them until the Pouliot penalty. Then it was hold on for your lives.

    For the first 2.5 periods I was thinking, Pouliot has really lost his mojo. He just can’t seem to settle the puck on O or D, nothing rhymes. Then Wow, was that ever a poorly timed penalty. He’s not long for this team. That’s not news, but the penalty (and that ugly pass against Columbus) puts a nice exclamation point on things. What a shame to see a player who scored at a 82-26-30-56 rate in his first 2 yrs in Edmonton (and with an actually positive CF%) fall like this. Hope he scores 30 for Vegas.

    Puljujarvi didn’t do much much in his limited minutes, but why have him up if you’re not going to play him?

    As someone noted, Eberle was indeed invisible.

    Brad Marchand is a dirtbag.

    And on that note, I have lots of time for Anton Lander. He didn’t have a big impact tonight, but he deserves to be in the NHL and was being generally annoying for most of the night.

    All in all a fun game, and great to see the 2 points!

  121. Bag of Pucks says:

    VOR:
    I can think of a possible reason the Oilers are treating Jesse Puljujarvi the way they are. They discovered, maybe during training camp physicals, that he is still growing. They don’t want him playing big minutes anywhere because of risk of injury. They didn’t want him not playing at all. So the safest place for him is actually playing limited games and limited minutes in the NHL. Plus, they can watch over his transition to North American culture and in learning English.

    That would mean the Oilers are a smart team that puts player health and long term development ahead of short term success or cap considerations. Talk about turning north!

    It’s a theory.

  122. Professor Q says:

    jonrmcleod,

    Joffa needs a comeback.

  123. Professor Q says:

    The U. S. might just win.

  124. LMHF#1 says:

    I hate shootouts so much.

    But never lose on your backhand. Get it on your forehand.and make your best effort.

  125. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Shootouts in the regular season NHL are one thing, but in an elimination game they really suck. Still, that was terrific hockey. Both teams should be proud. Good job, Canada. Nothing to feel shame about.

  126. Seismic Source says:

    A soccer ending. That’s a shame. Just feels wrong.

    Such a great game. Players on both sides and all the fans watching deserved to see more of that game.

  127. Rondo says:

    PLD will never live this down.

  128. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    For all the griping about coaching, a suboptimal lineup, the GM, etc.

    The road record stands at 11-6-5.
    6-2-2 in the last 10.

    Those are good signs.

    The home record is weak, but that seems less of an issue to fix than a bad road record. I don’t think the Oilers will win home ice this year, so being a good road team will be helpful come April.

  129. Bag of Pucks says:

    Nice experience for Caleb Jones.

  130. Seismic Source says:

    I thought it took balls. He nearly had him.

    LMHF#1:
    I hate shootouts so much.

    But never lose on your backhand. Get it on your forehand.and make your best effort.

  131. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Seismic Source:
    I thought it took balls. He nearly had him.

    Yup. I do, too. Both goalies were locked in. He made a great move and if he had not lost the puck there, had him beat.

  132. frjohnk says:

    flyfish1168: I’m surprised JP 3:27 for his 40 game wow

    He needs to be on the ice more.

    I suggest they should at least get JP on the ice during tv timeouts.

    He could do some laps. Its possible he could even bring a puck on the ice for the first commercial.

    Maybe do some stick handling. One or two shots.

    Then grab the puck and get off the ice before the 90 seconds is up.

    This way, there would be some consistency of ice time for him.

    If the league wont let him go on the ice during the TV timeouts, Id suggest the Oilers get some kids with some ministicks and get them to play in the hallway just by the Oilers bench and let JP join in.

    This would be another way he could get some playing time.

    Heck, Oilers could even let him play in the 3rd period of the ministick game until LAST GOAL WINS

  133. treevojo says:

    On a positive note at least Connor Mcdavid isn’t being blamed for not scoring in a 19 yr old tournament after regeristering 2 assists in a NHL game.

  134. --hudson-- says:

    Without considering they have years to improve, I’m not upset Oilers passed on Barzal and missed out on Dubois. The former is clearly highly skilled but he’s slow in moving the puck, slow decisions won’t work in the NHL. Reminds me of Scott Gomez. Dubois has nice size and hands, will be interesting to see him next year.

    Wasn’t 2010 a 4 on 4 ten minute OT? I remember Pieterangelo making a questionable read before Carlson scored. Wonder why they abandoned the format if my memory holds up.

  135. LMHF#1 says:

    Seismic Source:
    I thought it took balls. He nearly had him.

    At least 3 of them went backhand. No good.

  136. OilersDynasty says:

    Caleb Jones played the most minutes for team USA Today- 36:01
    Very impressive.

  137. Bruce Wayne says:

    Chiarelli has commited four offenses, each of which on their own he deserves to be fired for.

    1) Reinhart trade. Unconscionably and obviously bad at the time, that turned out even worse.
    2) Larsson trade. Unconsionably and obviously bad at the time, that is turning out even worse.
    3) Lucic signing. There are no words for how horrific signing this was, not simply long term, but right now.
    4) Puljujarvi development plan.

    I don’t care how many games the team wins this year, Chiarelli is awful. He can’t even do simple, obvious, no brainer, moves like not waste an entire year of a supposedly blue chip prospect. There aren’t two sides to this, the sooner he is fired into the sun, the better. Worst general manager in the world.

  138. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Edmonton
    vs. West:14-4-5
    vs. Pacific: 6-3-3
    vs. Central: 8-1-2

    Just have to get in the dance!

  139. JimmyV1965 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Puljujarvi played less than 4 minutes tonight.

    Unacceptable.

    They need to get him playing. Somewhere.

    WTF. Who does this? How can anyone think this is a good thing for the team or player? Imagine the outrage if it was the old regime doing this.

  140. VOR says:

    I am going to say this a different way. Jesse Puljujarvi is being developed and deployed the way he is for a reason.

    I think we can all agree there is a pattern to the way Puljujarvi’s rookie season is unfolding. It is clearly based on conscious decisions by Oilers management. It is puzzling and looks like just about the worst way you can develop a player. So to all of us, myself included, the entire scenario screams incompetence.

    It is exactly how odd the situation is, and how terrible the optics are, that leads me to feel pretty confident in saying there is something we don’t know that would make this behaviour (JP’s development plan) far less puzzling.

  141. who says:

    VOR:
    I am going to say this a different way. Jesse Puljujarvi is being developed and deployed the way he is for a reason.

    I think we can all agree there is a pattern to the way Puljujarvi’s rookie season is unfolding. It is clearly based on conscious decisions by Oilers management. It is puzzling and looks like just about the worst way you can develop a player. So to all of us, myself included, the entire scenario screams incompetence.

    It is exactly how odd the situation is, and how terrible the optics are, that leads me to feel pretty confident in saying there is something we don’t know that would make this behaviour (JP’s development plan) far less puzzling.

    Yeah I’m with you on this. The whole thing is so bizarre you almost have to think there are reasons we don’t know about. NHL managers and coaches can’t bungle a players development this badly, can they?

  142. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    VOR,

    Agree.

    Option A: They have no idea what they are doing.
    The problem is you develop a past. With the Oilers it is easy to believe this to be the case.

    Option B: They do not trust Bakersfield to develop prospects properly.
    Also something that is believable with the Oilers organization of the past.

    Option C: With the transfer agreement, they promised Puljujarvi that they would burn a year of his ELC for him and ensure that he would not go back to Europe. They did not want him to get hurt in this Game 40 that put him over the threshold. They are trying to make the player and agent happy before sending him down to the AHL.

    Option D: There is a trade in the works and they are keeping that in mind.

    Easy to default to Option A or B. Option C is possible. Option D unlikely.

    But there is more to it than “bah Chia is incompetent.” He mentioned Pastrnak specifically in a presser in the summer. He knows his options.

    I am guessing Option C might be in play.

  143. jp says:

    VOR:
    I am going to say this a different way. Jesse Puljujarvi is being developed and deployed the way he is for a reason.

    I think we can all agree there is a pattern to the way Puljujarvi’s rookie season is unfolding. It is clearly based on conscious decisions by Oilers management. It is puzzling and looks like just about the worst way you can develop a player. So to all of us, myself included, the entire scenario screams incompetence.

    It is exactly how odd the situation is, and how terrible the optics are, that leads me to feel pretty confident in saying there is something we don’t know that would make this behaviour (JP’s development plan) far less puzzling.

    Is Olczyk still on the staff? Maybe they send JP to Bakersfield tomorrow.

  144. Snowman says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Edmonton
    vs. West:14-4-5
    vs. Pacific: 6-3-3
    vs. Central: 8-1-2

    Just have to get in the dance!

    Bingo!

    This season has had some disappointments and frustrations but you can’t lose sight of the big picture:

    This team wins games against the West.

    Could make some noise if they can get into the second season.

  145. J-Bo says:

    More and more evidence piling up as to why it is important to protect 7-3-1 in the expansion draft. It would stink to lose Davidson, but he is truly easier to replace than Maroon.

  146. stevezie says:

    VOR: I am going to say this a different way. Jesse Puljujarvi is being developed and deployed the way he is for a reason.

    I fully agree with this. I have my issues with Chia, but I don’t think he is lazy, crazy, or brain damaged.

    The reason I feel so comfortable criticising the Hall trade is the thinking was obvious. I have no idea what they’re thinking here.

    Even your hypotheticals don’t really gel with me. Why would the player going to Europe for a year be so terrible that it was worth burning a year and not letting him play? What leverage did JP have to demand an NHL salary? Why would they have so little faith in their own minor league program? Just what the hell is going on here?

  147. Professor Q says:

    stevezie,

    Especially if there’s a second expansion in the near future and Puljujärvi would have to be protected now.

  148. JimmyV1965 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    VOR,

    Agree.

    Option A: They have no idea what they are doing.
    The problem is you develop a past. With the Oilers it is easy to believe this to be the case.

    Option B: They do not trust Bakersfield to develop prospects properly.
    Also something that is believable with the Oilers organization of the past.

    Option C: With the transfer agreement, they promised Puljujarvi that they would burn a year of his ELC for him and ensure that he would not go back to Europe. They did not want him to get hurt in this Game 40 that put him over the threshold. They are trying to make the player and agent happy before sending him down to the AHL.

    Option D: There is a trade in the works and they are keeping that in mind.

    Easy to default to Option A or B. Option C is possible. Option D unlikely.

    But there is more to it than “bah Chia is incompetent.” He mentioned Pastrnak specifically in a presser in the summer. He knows his options.

    I am guessing Option C might be in play.

    I think it has to be A. Chia has run the team for 18 months so he must be comfortable the crew in the minors so it can’t be B. I don’t understand how a trade would impact things so I don’t think it’s D. It could possibly be C, but I just don’t see how an 18 year old has any bargaining power. There might be some other unknown reason.

  149. Georges says:

    Woodguy:
    Georges,

    On your correlations page that you linked me to the other day, how many times did your run the regression to get the correlations for each metric in each year?

    I checked the correlation of one column of numbers from the first part of a season with another column of numbers from the remainder of the season. I just used the Excel correl function. All data from corsica. No regressions. No repetitions.

  150. Georges says:

    Woodguy:
    Georges,

    I know you are not my answer monkey sir, but could you run correlations for Dmen ONSH% year over year for a 5 year sample?

    I was told about some results of something similar but did not see the data.

    I was told there was essentially no correlation.

    If Dmen cannot drive SH%, then they can only drive offense by driving shot attempts.

    Good question. I’ll take a look and let you know. I arrived at the defensemen generally don’t drive on-ice sh% another way (using TOI). This would be a good second check.

  151. JimmyV1965 says:

    stevezie: I fully agree with this. I have my issues with Chia, but I don’t think he is lazy, crazy, or brain damaged.

    The reason I feel so comfortable criticising the Hall trade is the thinking was obvious. I have no idea what they’re thinking here.

    Even your hypotheticals don’t really gel with me. Why would the player going to Europe for a year be so terrible that it was worth burning a year and not letting him play? What leverage did JP have to demand an NHL salary? Why would they have so little faith in their own minor league program? Just what the hell is going on here?

    This is exactly how I feel. It’s such a bizarre way to develop a player there must be something we don’t know. Yet I don’t buy any of the hypotheticals I’ve heard so far. At some point though, you would think JP or his agent or his parents would demand change. This is clearly not good for the player.

  152. Georges says:

    Lowetide:
    I heard Georges is WGs answer monkey, pass it on!

    Ha! I’m anyone’s answer monkey if the question is worthwhile. Pass it on.

  153. JDï™ says:

    Rondo:
    PLD will never live this down.

    He paints a mean garage door though, so his future is solid – either way.

  154. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    JimmyV1965,

    I prefer to see where the dust settles before I jump to conclusions. Would I like to see JP play more? Yes. Do I think they have no idea what they are doing? No.

    P.S. for protection purposes in a future expansion draft the 39 game mark was not the key. We passed that one a while ago with the 9 game mark.

  155. kgo says:

    Can we all agree on something regarding JP’s development? For this argument: Let’s assume that JP has to stay in the NHL….can we agree that it’s better for him to have a sheltered role and play limited minutes and watch from the rafters every third game vs being thrown to the wolves playing first line, 20 mins a night for 82 games (+28 more perhaps) against the league’s toughest comp? I thought so…

    Now that we’ve agreed on that, the question is why has the team decided he must stay in the NHL?

    My guess is language barrier, culture shock, team chemistry, off ice reasons etc…

    If they sent him back to Europe or the KHL, he won’t learn a lick of english, and his english seems extremely limited, my two year old daughter might have a better comprehension of the language.

    There’s also the physical aspect to consider, perhaps the risk of injury is too great for JP to be playing 20 mins a night in any league….perhaps he is better off practicing his ass off in a low risk environment and playing limited competitive minutes. Who ever said that 20 mins a night was an absolute requirement for progress…sometimes simply maturing will improve a player’s abilities…look at Klefbom who missed multiple seasons to injury and still magically improved every year despite missing games and practices by the dozen.

    There’s also the aspect of development in the dressing room where JP’s NHL exposure towers over what he might receive in the AHL ie: working out with the best trainers and learning to eat and act like a professional with the best nutritionists and publicists…

    I know Chia and TMac are way better at developing NHL players than 99.9% of humans, certainly better than all the naysayers on the blogosphere…While there is no clear right answer I trust their judgement.

    it sure feels good to have faith in Oil Mgmt again after all these years.

    P.S. So pumped for Patty Maroon….guy is a grizzly bear on skates…ass hair personified…can’t believe the NHL almost robbed him and the fans of that hat trick

  156. Georges says:

    stevezie:
    Woodguy,
    Georges,
    Bruce Wayne,

    This sounds like the perfect place to apply WG’s distinction between scoring (blueline in) and offence (driving possession). Am I remembering that right? I always liked it.

    Sounds like you don’t think Dmen can influence scoring much, even if they can help drive offence. Okay, the Dmen can’t make the forwards better shooters, but they can influence the number/quality of shots the forwards take. If a D-man is good at this, the coach will put him with the good forwards, who will get more/better shots, which will mean more scoring, which will mean more points for the defenceman. So it sounds like while a lack of points might not be damning evidence against a Dman’s offence, an excess of them is still a meaningful positive.

    You can get bad lucked out of points, but the worst you can say about someone who has them is he is good at taking what’s available/setting up skill forwards. That Scott Neidermayer never broke scoring records is not an argument against him, but Erik Karlsson is definitely doing something right.

    Of course, everyone knows Dmen do most of their scoring on the powerplay. Maybe players like Burns might be such outliers it’s barely worth discussing them?

    1. Equating offense to possession/Corsi is old school when you look at the 5v5 team numbers for this year. Offense is scoring (GF60). And GF60 is mostly about percentages, a lot less about shot rates.

    2. Good analysis of defensemen contribution. I’m still wondering what they do myself. I know they skate backward. I know they play closer to their net than the forwards. I know they contribute less to offense than forwards. I don’t know if they contribute more to defense though.

    3. I checked the scoring for the top 100 defensemen by ice time in 2015-16 on nhl.com. They scored 3056 points, 967 of them on the power play if I did that right. Defensemen score nearly 2/3 of their points at even strength.

  157. Georges says:

    Woodguy:
    Georges,

    I’m not dying on the hill, but it think it’s crucial to player evaluation, especially in “what to pay them”

    Points get Dmen paid, and I’m not sure that’s even close to being correct or efficient.

    Good observation. What defensemen do and how to value them is still a work in progress for me.

    The team (other 4 players) must get more goals with you than without you in order to drive offense.

    Sussing that out of the data with any amount of confidence is the key and I’m not sure I can do that, but GF/60 WOWY seems to be the easiest way to figure it out.

    How about your share of the points or primary points (G and A1) awarded for goals scored while you were on the ice? You always say Hall is a driver. By this metric, I think he gets a ridiculously high percentage of the points available, just like Connor.

    Accounting for QoC and QoT inside of that which is what drives me nuts.

    I think global looks at each Dman’sWOWY with the centers is a good place to start.

    Even then GF/60 is inferior to CF/60 due to goal variance so maybe basic CF/60 is fine?

    The argument for using CF60 to evaluate individuals is that the stat correlates to what we care about (GF60) and it is reproducible over seasons while what we care about (GF60) is less reproducible. I’d like to get into that, but it’s late and I’m tired. I don’t agree with using CF60 to evaluate individuals. You don’t trade for good Corsi guys on Corsi alone!

    Edit:Re: points vs GF/60

    I think a player “owns” both, but my point is “which one matters more?”

    Example (assume GA/60 is equal):

    Player X gets 1pts/60 (big for a Dman)

    Player Y gets 0.50pts/60

    When Player X is on the ice the team gets 2.19 GF/60

    When Player Y is on the ice with the same players in the same ratios, the team gets 2.63 GF/60.

    Which player is more valuable?

    We know player X makes over 5MM/yr and player Y probably makes under 4MM/yr.

    Which one is actually more valuable to the team?

    The red pill or the blue pill. I would take a close look at guys who get a high percentage of the points available for the goals scored while they were on the ice. i.e., a high P60/GF60 ratio. Maybe also a high P160/GF60 ratio. Then I’d compare their results with peers that get similar ice times because ice times reflect coaches’ estimates of player value. The guys at the top in different ice time categories would be my offensive drivers. Of course, I’d worry about do I have enough data and what does the future hold? But as of right now, I’m not on the hook to pay anybody. My future is I’m going to bed.

  158. stevezie says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    Just because there has to be a plan that we can’t see from here does not mean it has to be a good plan.

    But Chia did not win either his job or law degree in a raffle. So I dunno.

  159. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    stevezie:
    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    Just because there has to be a plan that we can’t see from here does not mean it has to be a good plan.

    But Chia did not win either his job or law degree in a raffle. So I dunno.

    I don’t believe I said it was a good plan…just that there was more likely to be a plan to this than not.

  160. frjohnk says:

    With JP’s development they are basically fast tracking it.

    Up with the big club, he gets to train, practice, play but mostly watch, with and against NHL players.

    He also gets to experience the travel and schedule of an NHL team.

    Oilers may believe if he experiences these things for the first time as an 18 yearold, his 19 yearold season will be easier.

    There is also the language barrier for JP to overcome and the Oilers may feel that having JP with them, that they can watch over him mentally and emotionally. Kid is only 18, half way around the world from his home. Im sure he has experienced periods of being homesick, missing family.

    I dont know if this is the best way to development him, but if turns out to be a guy that peaks as a mid six forward, most people will blame the Oilers on how they used him in his first season.

  161. Woodguy says:

    VOR:
    I can think of a possible reason the Oilers are treating Jesse Puljujarvi the way they are. They discovered, maybe during training camp physicals, that he is still growing. They don’t want him playing big minutes anywhere because of risk of injury. They didn’t want him not playing at all. So the safest place for him is actually playing limited games and limited minutes in the NHL. Plus, they can watch over his transition to North American culture and in learning English.

    That would mean the Oilers are a smart team that puts player health and long term development ahead of short term success or cap considerations. Talk about turning north!

    I buy that fully.

  162. Woodguy says:

    Georges,

    The argument for using CF60 to evaluate individuals is that the stat correlates to what we care about (GF60) and it is reproducible over seasons while what we care about (GF60) is less reproducible. I’d like to get into that, but it’s late and I’m tired. I don’t agree with using CF60 to evaluate individuals. You don’t trade for good Corsi guys on Corsi alone!

    When it comes to Dmen, you *might* be best to concentrate on good corsi guys.

    I’m not advocating using a Dman’s CF/60 as an evaluation metric, but rather their effect on their team mates CF/60.

    The poster boy for this was Stralman when Sather gave Girardi $5.5MM x 6 and let Stralman walk.

    Stralman was a corsi demi-god for the Rags and they missed it.

    TBY picked him up and he’s played top pair with Hedman since.

    I love Hedman and think he’s probably the best Dman in the NHL, but there is no question that his results improved when Stralman came to town.

  163. Professor Q says:

    Woodguy:
    Georges,

    The argument for using CF60 to evaluate individuals is that the stat correlates to what we care about (GF60) and it is reproducible over seasons while what we care about (GF60) is less reproducible. I’d like to get into that, but it’s late and I’m tired. I don’t agree with using CF60 to evaluate individuals. You don’t trade for good Corsi guys on Corsi alone!

    When it comes to Dmen, you *might* be best to concentrate on good corsi guys.

    I’m not advocating using a Dman’s CF/60 as an evaluation metric, but rather their effect on their team mates CF/60.

    The poster boy for this was Stralman when Sather gave Girardi $5.5MM x 6 and let Stralman walk.

    Stralman was a corsi demi-god for the Rags and they missed it.

    TBY picked him up and he’s played top pair with Hedman since.

    I love Hedman and think he’s probably the best Dman in the NHL, but there is no question that his results improved when Stralman came to town.

    That’s just a Stralman argument though.

  164. rickithebear says:

    Centre of attention:
    Bergeron should probably have a hat trick tonight with how many chances / posts he’s hit.

    Posts are misses!

    That is still bad targeting!

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