G41 2016-17: OILERS AT DEVILS

We had no money really, she worked at the bank and I at the radio station in Red Deer. We both worked overtime to afford the little extra’s, and on this day, the one I am about to tell you of, both things came into play. I did a remote from 10am-4pm on the Saturday in summer, those dollars would make my paycheque enough for us to take our first vacation. I rushed back from the remote (conveniently located at the Olds Auction Mart) and flew back to the radio station to drop off the equipment, hang the keys to the van on the wall, and start my vacation.

We had a 1976 Dodge Colt, it was white with a denim hardtop roof. We had to get gas, so hit the Mohawk (by the Tastee Freez, over by Bower Mall) on the way out of Red Deer. We had been married one year and a little bit, I took a picture of her walking out of the Mohawk with two Cokes and some cheezies. Still have that photo, still remember the promise in that moment. This is us.

When we grow attached to dreams, the really good ones, it hurts to let them go. We, Oilers Nation, had a dream, it included Taylor Hall, front and center and part of the bad times and surely part of the good days that lay ahead.

That was the promise, that was the hope. That dream is gone now, today. We are left to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again. We will do so in our own time, individually. Dreams, the really good ones, die hard, as they should. This is us.

ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE JERSEY SIDE, 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: 1-1-0, goal differential -1
  • Oilers after 40, 2015-16: 16-21-3, goal differential -24
  • Oilers after 40, 2016-17: 20-13-7, goal differential +9

Game 41 a year ago saw Andrej Sekera score a beauty in overtime. That win, No. 17 on the year, would be followed during January by two more victories, five more losses, and two more ties. That kind of record this season could see the Oilers slide right out of the playoffs—meaning this game and every other one needs to bring points to Edmonton.

FACING THE OLD TEAM

  • Taylor Hall: “It’s going to be weird, but to be honest, it was really nice to have a game [Friday] against a different team. I guess now I start thinking about it. I’m just trying to stay focused on helping my team and trying to get two points for us. It’s definitely going to be weird and I’m not going to downplay that. It’s going to be a super strange atmosphere for me, but the quicker I put that aside and just focus on playing hockey and focus on my contribution to the team, I think that’s the best way to go.” Source

Sometimes it works the other way, where the team plays poorly against their former mate, so I don’t think it wise to believe either team has an edge. I also believe it will be weird for Oilers fans too, because Taylor Hall as enemy is going to take some time.

CURRENT STANDINGS

Everyone but Anaheim plays tonight, Edmonton cannot be caught from behind this evening thanks to a valiant effort by the Vancouver Canucks. They broke Calgary’s heart last night, just a wildly unfair result for the red team. Edmonton must push this evening, zero points would be a harsh result.

PAC-7 LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Vancouver Canucks 7-2-1, 15 points
  2. Edmonton Oilers 6-2-2, 14 points
  3. San Jose Sharks 6-3-1, 13 points
  4. Anaheim Ducks 5-2-3, 13 points
  5. Calgary Flames 5-5-0, 10 points
  6. Los Angeles Kings 4-4-2, 10 points
  7. Arizona Coyotes 1-8-1, 10 points

If the Oilers stay in that cluster with Vancouver and SJS plus ANA, they will make the postseason. Too many 10 point runs over 10 games and they will find themselves slipping away. We agreed (well, actually, we didn’t agree at all) that, barring injury, Edmonton should be able to post 17 points this month, in 14 games.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY

  • On the road to: Columbus, Boston, New Jersey, Ottawa (Expected Result: 2-1-1) (Current: 1-1-0)
  • At home to: San Jose, New Jersey, Calgary, Arizona, Florida, Nashville (Expected Result: 3-1-2)
  • On the road to: Calgary, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected Result: 2-1-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota (Expected Result: 0-1-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-4-3, 17 points in 14 games

Oilers cannot win a playoff spot this month, but they can certainly lose one. These two games against the Devils and Senators could vault the team into first place by Sunday night, or put them in a hole they can’t dig out of for the entire month. Huge weekend.

OILERS FORWARDS, 5X5 YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Connor McDavid is getting little air this season, teams are really clamping down on open ice around him. Still, his 5×5 number is a handsome total.
  • Patrick Maroon’s big evening in Boston has vaulted him into a very nice range.
  • Leon Draisaitl is off from last season, and Edmonton needs him at 2.00, but he is among the top performers on the team as we approach the halfway point of the season.
  • Nugent-Hopkins isn’t that far off last season, but he had a horrible year in 2015-16. Not good, although RNH is 5-4-9 in 16 games since December 1. Not great, but better.
  • Milan Lucic and Benoit Pouliot are in the ditch year over year, one assumes regression will catch them up in the second half. I am uncertain BP is here much longer.

There are all kinds of wonderful players on this Avalanche roster, including Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie (who is having a terrible year). Among UFAs who could be on the move, Jarome Iginla gets a lot of attention. He can still shoot the puck, but cannot get to places. Only five goals in the first half may not be enough for even the famous to find a new home for the playoff run. I think Rene Bourque, Dr. Evil, might be a more attractive option for Peter Chiarelli. Still owns speed, has nine goals, and is a highly aggressive player. Oilers fans would need to take a moment to come to grips with this result.

TAKE ‘EM WIDE, BUCKY!

The Bakersfield Condors outdoor game goes tonight, and last night the Oilers and Kings alumni played a riotous game from all reports. Kelly Buchberger had a hatty, Semenko scored but alas it was not enough (maybe they needed ALAS), but who cares it looks like everyone had a lot of fun.

The game goes at 7 our time tonight (at Memorial Stadium) in Bakersfield, I will update as the game rolls along. The Condors twitter is an excellent follow.

MY EXPANSION DRAFT PROTECTED LIST

  • Goal: Cam Talbot
  • Defense: Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson
  • Center: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Mark Letestu
  • Left Wing: Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon
  • Right Wing: Jordan Eberle, Zack Kassian
  • Ineligible for Selection: G Nick Ellis, D Darnell Nurse, D Matt Benning, C Connor McDavid, R Jesse Puljujarvi, C Drake Caggiula, R Anton Slepyshev.
  • Available: D Brandon Davidson, D Griffin Reinhart, R Tyler Pitlick, L Benoit Pouliot, C Jujhar Khaira.

That is my current list. What is yours?

ADAM LARSSON

Tonight is the first time Adam Larsson will play against his old team, not a lot of publicity out there that I have seen. Larsson leads Oilers defenders in 5×5 minutes, ranks No. 1 in terms of total minutes against elites (through 39 games, I have not updated since the road trip began) and has helped in defense of the Oilers net. No arguing the trade, I said at the time and say today it was a terrible deal. I do hope we can reach a point, down the line, when we can discuss Adam Larsson as a player who has helped the Edmonton defense in their efforts to make the playoffs. Adding Larsson has reduced the chaos a great deal, and one hopes he begins to look more comfortable with the puck on his stick as time goes by.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Oiler forwards have brought some Dapper Dan tonight, that should cost a goal against at some point.

  2. Gret99zky says:

    God, the passing is awful.

  3. OilClog says:

    They’ll score, Mcdavid ha too much mojo tonight to be refused

  4. jake70 says:

    LT, with ya on the shut out feeling. Was following the updates last night and noticed they pulled Schneider early enough he would get the start and have a chip on his shoulder today.

  5. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Alright…. me thinks we are going to lose like Calgary did last night…
    Hockey gods bouncing the puck against us…

  6. square_wheels says:

    Do we need to buy a goal ? Like actually pay Schneider to just let one in from the blue line.

    Fuckaduck.

  7. Gret99zky says:

    “Playing goal for New Jersey tonight: Jesus Fucking Christ.”

  8. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    wow, wish Benning was out there instead of gryba that shift…

  9. pocession charge says:

    verite:
    pocession charge,

    Chiarelli is an abject incompetent. THIS GAME WILL PROVE IT.

    So this one game that the Oilers are dominating is going to prove your point. Got it.

  10. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers left their lucky charms in Boston, methinks.
    Given the ineptitude of NJD power play, they could take a few more crease-area liberties…

  11. Lowetide says:

    jake70:
    LT, with ya on the shut out feeling.Was following the updates last night and noticed they pulled Schneider early enough he would get the start and have a chip on his shoulder today.

    Yeah, it does feel that way. I am enjoying the game, though. There is a lot of actual talent on both sides of the puck. Fun game!

  12. Gret99zky says:

    Gryba. Le sigh.

  13. pocession charge says:

    Gryba’s puck moving ability is a real weakness. The guy needs to learn off the glass and out.

  14. Ice Sage says:

    The Oilers are playing some pretty hockey

  15. Gret99zky says:

    hahaha. The Oilers have zero chance of winning this game. Zero.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Markus Niemlainen scored tonight, his first of the season. Is it a full moon?

  17. jake70 says:

    McDavid seems to play most of the time on the R side of the ice in O zone, the team needs a bunch of R shooters on the ice with him. If Russel was a righty shot, might be tied.

  18. square_wheels says:

    OK Schneider killed a goat. Fuck.

  19. Lowetide says:

    McDavid with an insane play in his own crease. My goodness that was nice.

  20. pocession charge says:

    Paul Romaniuk has no idea who plays for the Oilers.

  21. kooler says:

    Schneider making up for last night.

  22. jake70 says:

    pocession charge:
    Paul Romaniuk has no idea who plays for the Oilers.

    Pouliot is Gryba, Lander is Letestu

  23. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    Markus Niemlainen scored tonight, his first of the season. Is it a full moon?

    That’s a good sign, right?

    Or did he steal a goal from the Oilers tonight?

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

    Need to get traffic in front.

    Schneider is coughing up rebounds left and right but the Oilers are sitting off to the side.

    They crash the net they score

  25. square_wheels says:

    If anyone else is watching but listening to something else, the Strombo HIP30 show is great.

  26. russ99 says:

    Frustrating game so far, we’d have put 3 past most other goalies at this point.

    Hope we can sneak one past in the third and get the Bettman, since Gustavsson is going tomorrow, and we don’t know which Gustavsson we’re going to get, the decent one or the flailing one,

  27. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously, f$&@ you shnieder… shit the bed against Toronto, then literally become a wall against us…
    Gryba not looking good this game… AT ALL

  28. Lowetide says:

    Shots are 30-13, Corsi for 44-19 for Edmonton. McDavid has six shots and is flying. This is why all coaches have grey hair on top of grey hair. 🙂

  29. hunter1909 says:

    I wonder if today’s uber-wonderful goalies would be so uber-wonderful playing with horsehair stuffed goalie pads.

  30. The Hermit says:

    Schneider going into the third period with a shutout.

    ✨ JINX ⚡️

  31. russ99 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    This has been a complaint of mine for a while. Nobody sets up for either close shots or rebounds, it’s all about getting it back to take another low percentage shot.

  32. hunter1909 says:

    Ah wtf it’s only 1 game.

    They will bounce back next time lol.

  33. Lowetide says:

    jp: That’s a good sign, right?

    Or did he steal a goal from the Oilers tonight?

    Haha. I will let you know. 🙂

  34. jake70 says:

    So on that PP, puck comes right out to 29 just off the slot, he tries to pass it back to 97 in front of net, geez, one time the thing and let 97 get a posslble rebound.

  35. Zelepukin says:

    russ99:
    Frustrating game so far, we’d have put 3 past most other goalies at this point.

    Hope we can sneak one past in the third and get the Bettman, since Gustavsson is going tomorrow, and we don’t know which Gustavsson we’re going to get, the decent one or the flailing one,

    Oh its going to be the Quantum Leap’d Gusto, you can guarantee that.

    They are down to 5 D so we need to keep hammering them down low and shovelling the puck towards the net.

  36. Lowetide says:

    The Devils will win this and not allow a goal! Book it! (How is that, The Hermit?) 🙂

  37. hunter1909 says:

    @Verite:

    There must be grandparents who were born since the last time Toronto won the cup.

  38. Ice Sage says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Need to get traffic in front.

    Schneider is coughing up rebounds left and right but the Oilers are sitting off to the side.

    They crash the net they score

    Easy to say – NJ is collapsing 3 guys in the key which is why the Oilers are looking good cycling.
    20 minutes to pop the bubble

  39. spoiler says:

    Apparently Stan Fischler is going to compare a young Sid with a young Connor during the intermistic times.

    By the way has anyone noticed that Schneider has a SHUTOUT going?

    A SHUTOUT! Wow. Just one period a way if he keeps up the good work… one period and he’ll have a SHUTOUT!

  40. ashley says:

    Who are these guys? This has got to be one of the their best games of the year.

    They are absolutely dominating. They should cash. It’s only a matter of time.

    On the road too. Wow.

  41. spoiler says:

    The Hermit:
    Schneider going into the third period with a shutout.

    JINX

    Lowetide:
    The Devils will win this and not allow a goal! Book it! (How is that, The Hermit?)

    Ha! Beat me to it!

  42. hunter1909 says:

    spoiler: By the way has anyone noticed that Schneider has a SHUTOUT going?
    A SHUTOUT! Wow. Just one period a way if he keeps up the good work… one period and he’ll have a SHUTOUT!

    Great, isn’t it?

    I have to stop paying so much attention to Taylor Hall.

  43. hunter1909 says:

    ashley:
    Who are these guys?This has got to be one of the their best games of the year.

    They are absolutely dominating.They should cash.It’s only a matter of time.

    On the road too.Wow.

    Finally. Someone else who gets it.

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

    Lowetide,

    NJD is down to 5 dmen and played last night.

    Scheinder is playing well but once that D gets more tired and if they Oilers start crashing the paint they can beat him

  45. The Hermit says:

    Lowetide: The Devils will win this and not allow a goal! Book it! (How is that, The Hermit?) 🙂

    Just trying to invoke the Gords. 😊

  46. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Not sure if the SHUTOUT jynx works if you (SHUTOUT) are saying it on purpose…

    …SHUUUUTOUUUUT!!!

    Think that will do it?

  47. JimmyV1965 says:

    Hope Ebs scores tonight. He’s had a great game.

  48. Ice Sage says:

    Gonna grill up some of these, cuz goalies are voodoo
    http://www.schneiders.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/500x500_bj_redhots.png

  49. russ99 says:

    Come on boys, keep up the pressure.

  50. Lowetide says:

    Matt Benning scored.

  51. kooler says:

    Finally

  52. Professor Q says:

    Why can’t they cash?! Schneider is giving HUMONGOUS rebounds while far outside his crease.

  53. jp says:

    Oh hell yeah!!!

    Tertiary scoring!!!

    And Benning’s first!!!

    Huge goal!!

  54. square_wheels says:

    Garbage goal and I will take it !!!!!!!!

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

    Traffic in front!

  56. spoiler says:

    HEMMMMMMSSSSSKKKKYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. pocession charge says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Not sure if the SHUTOUT jynx works if you (SHUTOUT) are saying it on purpose…

    …SHUUUUTOUUUUT!!!

    Think that will do it?

    Well done!

  58. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Benning > Werenski

  59. russ99 says:

    That goal was like an ice cold beer on a hot summer day.

  60. jake70 says:

    Great net presence there by 23 and 55 on the goal.

  61. OilClog says:

    Wooooo Lander willed that for everyone

  62. square_wheels says:

    Klefbom can’t make that play, forcing your way through traffic when your overloaded to one side.

  63. D says:

    russ99:
    That goal was like an ice cold beer in a hot summer day.

    Or a warm coffee on an icy day.

  64. Professor Q says:

    russ99:
    That goal was like an ice cold beer on a hot summer day.

    Or mulled wine on a cold Winter’s night.

  65. The Hermit says:

    Pressures off. 🎶

  66. Zelepukin says:

    What kind of weird breakout strategy? Just have mcd come back and pick it up or fake it and have Drai.

  67. pocession charge says:

    jake70: Pouliot is Gryba,Lander is Letestu

    Lander is Hendricks now.

  68. jp says:

    Jersey Crew: “even though they’re getting outplayed a tad in their own zone”

  69. Gret99zky says:

    Poor Romanuk. Absolutely lost. Even with replay.

  70. russ99 says:

    Professor Q: Or mulled wine on a cold Winter’s night.

    Ooh that’s nice. Pretty chilly here, may have to partake.

  71. Ice Sage says:

    russ99:
    That goal was like an ice cold beer on a hot summer day.

    Or a fine Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape bathed in a Provencale sunset

  72. kgo says:

    Gryba saves a goal with a strong defensive play there…won’t show up in any fancy stat

  73. jp says:

    McDavid needs to take that shot more. Good chance, and gives a different look.

  74. pocession charge says:

    Great back pressure by Eberle.

  75. Lowetide says:

    Nice back check by Eberle there.

  76. D says:

    Now I know we’re in the Twilight Zone with Eberle back checking the way he did there.

  77. spoiler says:

    Great backcheck by 14

  78. Klima's_Bucket says:

    It’s official.
    Eberle just back checked.
    Somewhere a baby goat was sacrificed.

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

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    That was funny hahaha

  80. Lowetide says:

    Haha. Anyone catch Eberle back checking???

  81. flyfish1168 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    It’s official.
    Eberle just back checked.
    Somewhere a baby goat was sacrificed.

    Playing 3rd line now so he better learn to do that more.

  82. pocession charge says:

    The Devils are standing around and watching right now.

  83. Zelepukin says:

    pocession charge:
    The Devils are standing around and watching right now.

    And that’s the type of shift where they are gassed and happy to give up a bomb from the point but we have no one there to deliver it.

  84. Lowetide says:

    Goal is now Benning (1), from Sekera (14) and Lander (3).

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

    That last little sortie with Lucic from the point was excellent. Great net front pressure by Kassian

  86. Lowetide says:

    Man that was a strong shift for the McDavid line. Holy crow.

  87. pocession charge says:

    Zelepukin: And that’s the type of shift where they are gassed and happy to give up a bomb from the point but we have no one there to deliver it.

    No kidding. Need the big shot. This Ozone pocession is crazy!

  88. square_wheels says:

    Been a long time since I’ve seen a line dominate every shift like that.

  89. russ99 says:

    Great shift.

  90. jp says:

    Lucky not to take a penalty there Lucic. Damn good thing it was on Hall.

  91. russ99 says:

    Looch got away with one there.

  92. Lowetide says:

    A little loose there on a late shift, but this is the second third period (there is a difficult statement) where the Oilers have pushed.

  93. spoiler says:

    Lucic thought he was playing for the 1997 Dallas Stars there

  94. Gret99zky says:

    Talbot saves the day against the usual brutal coverage.

  95. jake70 says:

    pocession charge:
    Great back pressure by Eberle.

    I had this vision of a statue of Eberle on that back check, like the Orr winner years ago. lol

  96. Lowetide says:

    russ99:
    Looch got away with one there.

    Yep.

  97. pocession charge says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    That last little sortie with Lucic from the point was excellent. Great net front pressure by Kassian

    Looch can’t take a pass but he can fire the puck.

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

    square_wheels,

    Dominant yes, but perfection would have had the forwards spell off one at a time 😉

  99. Gret99zky says:

    McDavid can’t get any space out there but the Devils are given an acre each.

  100. jonrmcleod says:

    Are the Corsis close to triple digits? What do we win if it gets to 100?

  101. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    but this is the second third period (there is a difficult statement) where the Oilers have pushed.

    Really great to see.

  102. jake70 says:

    russ99:
    Looch got away with one there.

    Conspiracy, refs against the US based team. 😉

  103. Ice Sage says:

    I like the Oil’s chances in OT

  104. russ99 says:

    Lowetide:
    A little loose there on a late shift, but this is the second third period (there is a difficult statement) where the Oilers have pushed.

    Yeah, and we came out with a great start too.

    If we can get some players going on the scoresheet, this team could go on a run.

  105. Zelepukin says:

    That’s why i love Lucic. Just naturally skates over to Nuge’s after the whistle tussle and gives Lovejoy the straight arm.

  106. Lowetide says:

    A big point for Edmonton on the road. A hot goalie can kill you. Now, do they get two???

  107. jp says:

    Great to get the 1st point, but I want another.

    Real nice game so far.

  108. Lowetide says:

    jonrmcleod:
    Are the Corsis close to triple digits? What do we win if it gets to 100?

    I think they get to stop at BP!

  109. russ99 says:

    Sweet got the Bettman point against the some of the best goaltending we’ve seen all year.

    Now go for the extra. Sekera – Drai – McDavid

  110. Professor Q says:

    Nuge is doing really well right now.

  111. OmJo says:

    Home just in time for OT

    Hall vs McDavid

  112. D says:

    Always a fan of the one point, no matter which way the game goes.

  113. Klima's_Bucket says:

    A wise man once said that a 2011 poor man’s Krejci line could be duplicated if the Oilers ran a line of:

    Nuge-Lucic-Kassian
    or is it,
    Lucic-Nuge-Kassian

    either way, I’m happy to see that line on the new Oilers.

  114. spoiler says:

    I can watch Sekera play 3 on 3 all day long. What a peach.

  115. spoiler says:

    The old stuke play back to Ebs,they should use that more. Andy-Mess were masters at it.

  116. OmJo says:

    I feel so bad for Hall 😔

  117. russ99 says:

    Caggiula looked really good there.

    Powerplay! Great play, hit on Hall, Draisaitl pass, McDavid almost scoring and drawing the penalty.

  118. OmJo says:

    spoiler:
    I can watch Sekera play 3 on 3 all day long.What a peach.

    He Nuge and Ebs had great chemistry last season

  119. russ99 says:

    OmJo:
    I feel so bad for Hall 😔

    I don’t, we played well enough tonight to get both points,

  120. Lowetide says:

    Oilers win.

  121. OmJo says:

    What a shot!

  122. jp says:

    Nice win!!!

    Letestu keeps being useful!!

  123. square_wheels says:

    Bonnyville Pontiac motherfuckers !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  124. pocession charge says:

    Great win! Strong performance!

    In your face Verite!!!

  125. jake70 says:

    Well, a one timer from a right shot….woohoo.

  126. D says:

    Well. Deserved. WIN!

  127. russ99 says:

    Goal!!!!

  128. OilClog says:

    Wooooooooo

  129. The Hermit says:

    Fun game very entertaining plus a win!

  130. spoiler says:

    KBomb with his 4 billtionth shot of the game and then Test tube gets the point we deserved.

  131. Gret99zky says:

    S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y hey, hey!

  132. delooper says:

    41 games, 21 wins. . .

  133. The Trade Guy says:

    Letestu has a big league bomb.

  134. jp says:

    Lowetide: I think they get to stop at BP!

    Not sure if they made it to 100 or not, but I think they deserve BP anyway!

  135. The Trade Guy says:

    Sorry on edit he has a bigly bomb

  136. Professor Q says:

    Feed comes back on just in time to hear that Letestu had scored. Shame I missed it, gagh!

  137. Philosophil says:

    phew. that was far more dramatic than necessary. Good on the Oil for seeing it through. I couldn’t take another shootout against a hot goalie this week.

  138. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I’m glad we all “jinxed” that shutout bid by shneider…

    Now THAT was an “Imposing your will” kind of win!!!

    LETESTUUUUU!!!!!

  139. Zelepukin says:

    spoiler:
    KBomb with his 4 billtionth shot of the game and then Test tube gets the point we deserved.

    Haha totally. That was an all-around great game. Sure, Gryba got caught on a couple mistakes but usually those things happen multiple times by multiple people.

    Ebs had a great game.

    Hall, sorry bro. I know it’s a back-to-back but it looks like you’re on the 2012 Edmonton Oilers right now.

  140. nelson88 says:

    Most entertaining Oilers game I’ve seen in forever.

    Well done boys!

    how long do “flu like symptoms” last as that was a totally different team tonight.

  141. flyfish1168 says:

    Letestu with a one timer. Dingle dangle Eberle should take lessons from Coach Letestu

  142. ashley says:

    I could not take my eyes off that game. The score really flattered NJ.

    It was like a 65 minute long powerplay. What a game.

    I hope it was something more than just a tired, poor NJ team.

  143. Philosophil says:

    delooper,

    i follow the thread but missed that one – background?

  144. square_wheels says:

    And the Leafs should lose. Might be a 3 fingers of whiskey night gents.

  145. Professor Q says:

    jp,

    My BP is ~134 I think.

  146. square_wheels says:

    Holy shit Price !

  147. OmJo says:

    The Leafs seem to think they have plenty of time to score 2 goals.

  148. kgo says:

    Hall sure didn’t get much respect out there…he got knocked hard on his ass at least 5 times with clean hits…Larsson crunched him hard twice in the first few minutes before Gryba destroyed him…nobody stood up for him, nobody responded….damn it feels good to cheer for a bunch of bullies for once.

  149. jonrmcleod says:

    All situations shot attempts: Oilers 77 Devils 34.

  150. pocession charge says:

    kgo:
    Hall sure didn’t get much respect out there…he got knocked hard on his ass at least 5 times with clean hits…Larsson crunched him hard twice in the first few minutes before Gryba destroyed him…nobody stood up for him, nobody responded….damn it feels good to cheer for a bunch of bullies for once.

    That’s the book on Hall. Play the body and he hits the ice.

  151. pocession charge says:

    square_wheels:
    And the Leafs should lose. Might be a 3 fingers of whiskey night gents.

    Gonna pour one now. Cheers!

  152. jake70 says:

    That’s the key, Saturday games broadcast nationally should only be at 8pm eastern, no other time.

  153. spoiler says:

    Half way. If they can put up 49 points in the 2nd half, they’ll be in the playoffs,

  154. jake70 says:

    jake70:
    That’s the key, Saturday games broadcast nationally should only be at 8pm eastern, no other time.

    Oops, 7pm eastern, 8pm my time….

  155. Ice Sage says:

    New Jersey is a bad hockey team with an all-world goalie, missing their best D and captain and they knew it – just parked the bus and hoped for the best…
    Result flattered them. No wonder they made that trade – T Hall would be the only reason I’d take my kid to see that team.

    On to the Senators. No grief-stricken goalie to contend with, Karlsson vs McD, trading chances. The Oil-train keeps rolling.

  156. jm363561 says:

    Schneider and Wood second and third stars. Wood?

  157. frjohnk says:

    jonrmcleod:
    All situations shot attempts: Oilers 77 Devils 34.

    Wow. So that is what Domination feels like on the winning side.

    McDavid and Klefbom might have had a couple of those shot attempts 🙂

  158. Lowetide says:

    jm363561:
    Schneider and Wood second and third stars. Wood?

    Yeah, I would have gone Schneider, McDavid and Klefbom.

  159. hodgkins says:

    Watching the Devils reminded me of many nights for the Oilers the past 10 years. Feels weird being on the other side of it.

  160. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Speaking of “party” (hall party, pool party, toga party)…

    here’s what I will be doing come game time after I brought back a stash with me from Japan!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyN-aHtAVzs

    Bump. Score flattered Jersey. Now do the same in Ottawa por favor. Speaking of pour…. 🙂

  161. New Improved Darkness says:

    Woooot!

  162. frjohnk says:

    spoiler:
    Half way.If they can put up 49 points in the 2nd half, they’ll be in the playoffs,

    Playoffs.

    We are gonna make it.

  163. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Speaking of Wood, anyone remember Dody Wood???

  164. jake70 says:

    jake70: Oops, 7pm eastern, 8pm my time….

    And the Ottawa game, usually a guaranteed win for Sens in afternoon games, is an evening game. 2 more points tomorrow men.

  165. Ice Sage says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Speaking of Wood, anyone remember Dody Wood???

    I’m a getting’ old, I don’t remember much wood at all…
    maybe Natalie – now that wuz one hot tomato

  166. Skeeziks says:

    The Oilers were full value for their victory tonight. Their level of focus and intensity was so much higher than during the recent game against the CBJs.

    Again tonight, Talbot made some huge saves. He gave us a chance to win against a hot goaltender. Well done.

  167. oscarmike says:

    kgo:
    Hall sure didn’t get much respect out there…he got knocked hard on his ass at least 5 times with clean hits…Larsson crunched him hard twice in the first few minutes before Gryba destroyed him…nobody stood up for him, nobody responded….damn it feels good to cheer for a bunch of bullies for once.

    kgo,

    Did Hall die??

  168. Younger Oil says:

    Currently there are only FOUR teams in the league that are considered “below 500”.

    Only 14 teams have won more games than they have lost.

    Weird, weird league.

  169. pocession charge says:

    Lowetide: Yeah, I would have gone Schneider, McDavid and Klefbom.

    That’s how I saw it, too.

  170. oscarmike says:

    Its like broke back mountain listening to the Calgary Flames anthem singer.

  171. Zelepukin says:

    Ice Sage:
    New Jersey is a bad hockey team with an all-world goalie, missing their best D and captain and they knew it – just parked the bus and hoped for the best…
    Result flattered them.No wonder they made that trade – T Hall would be the only reason I’d take my kid to see that team.

    On to the Senators.No grief-stricken goalie to contend with, Karlsson vs McD, trading chances.The Oil-train keeps rolling.

    So true. Hey kids, how would you like to go watch some grown men cycle the puck around the boards and wait for the other team to make a mistake on clearing a rebound or bumbling a pass, so we can win 1-0? Exciting right?!?1

  172. flyfish1168 says:

    phlegms have one UGLY jersey

  173. Mr. D. says:

    How man times did McD go around their defence and the haday a full head of backward steam. That happens on tight gap defense.

    Zelepukin: Haha totally. That was an all-around great game. Sure, Gryba got caught on a couple mistakes but usually those things happen multiple times by multiple people.

    Ebs had a great game.

    Hall, sorry bro. I know it’s a back-to-back but it looks like you’re on the 2012 Edmonton Oilers right now.

  174. Ice Sage says:

    flyfish1168:
    phlegms have one UGLY jersey

    I expect them all to have soup-strainer moustaches

  175. jp says:

    hodgkins:
    Watching the Devils reminded me of many nights for the Oilers the past 10 years.Feels weird being on the other side of it.

    I actually do feel kinda bad for Hall now.

  176. The Hermit says:

    New Improved Darkness: Woooot

    Woooot – The sum of everything. 😌

  177. Zelepukin says:

    Mr. D.:
    How man times did McD go around their defence and the haday a full head of backward steam. That happens on tight gap defense.

    The thing is with those plays where McD busts wide at mach 1, no NHL D is use to that so it’s foreign territory in how to react. Usually tight gap control will force the forward handling the puck to reduce their speed because it creates unconcertainty in puck control. This does not happen with McD. If anything, he welcomes it.
    McD’s biggest problem is that he usually runs out of space, especially when he is coming down the off wing. You could see it tonight where he literally made the same offensive decision 3 times coming down the right wing, beating the D-man wide but running out of space so he was only left with the quick, inside under the stick shot on net. The good thing is that he is starting to do more of his wrap-around play. He did this all the time in Junior and scored a ton on them.

  178. jp says:

    Wow, 8 goals for Eberle in the 1st half. On pace to match his career low (from the lockout year).

    Hope he can get back on track going forward. He’s only shooting 7.7%, hasn’t dropped below 12% since his rookie year, and over 13% in each of the past 3 yrs. There is hope!

  179. Muletrain97 says:

    At the Outdoor game, raining off and on. Stopped the 1st period with about 4 and a half to. Intermission then will make up the time in 2nd. No score, Khaira throwing his weight around as is Allen

  180. Woodguy says:

    Just finished on the PVR.

    Well that was something eh?

    Unicorns with frickin lasers!

    Team 68% CF

    55’s line with a 83%
    97 with 73%
    36 with a 70%
    91 with a 57% (checking the toughs don’t chaknow)

    NJD is not a good team. At all.

    No D.

    Poor Taylor.

    *clap,clap*

  181. Zelepukin says:

    jp: I actually do feel kinda bad for Hall now.

    Same. I watched the entire NJ broadcast and they really don’t have much to talk about other than Hall. If Wood didn’t score on a play that showed off his speed, they would have been left with what I guess is a nightly highlight, the goaltending.

    Fans like entertainment. You pay to be entertained. Sure you might win games by being boring but it’s still a question of, would you rather go to the theatre or just watch the movie on Netflix in a month.

  182. Woodguy says:

    Younger Oil:
    Currently there are only FOUR teams in the league that are considered “below 500”.

    Only 14 teams have won more games than they have lost.

    Weird, weird league.

    .565 is the new .500

    (league average pts%)

  183. Woodguy says:

    jm363561:
    Schneider and Wood second and third stars. Wood?

    Yes, Wood.

    Wood is the answer.

  184. Muletrain97 says:

    Raining steady at the Outdoor game, really messing with the surface. Reign up 1-0

  185. Ice Sage says:

    Woodguy: Yes, Wood.

    Wood is the answer.

    So she said…

  186. The Hermit says:

    Woodguy: Wood is the answer.

    Hardwood comes in handy.

  187. godot10 says:

    Muletrain97:
    Raining steady at the Outdoor game, really messing with the surface. Reign up 1-0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pyC7WnvLT4

  188. gogliano says:

    spoiler:
    Half way.If they can put up 49 points in the 2nd half, they’ll be in the playoffs,

    Close to a lock with 44 points or better. Even .500 hockey will give them a decent shot depending how things break.

    23 home games remaining, 18 on the road.

    Hard to see them missing it at this point.

  189. Zelepukin says:

    gogliano: Close to a lock with 44 points or better.Even .500 hockey will give them a decent shot depending how things break.

    23 home games remaining, 18 on the road.

    Hard to see them missing it at this point.

    It’s called Talbot getting injured.

  190. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Like I said against Boston, I was looking forward to the follow up performance to that dud. Glad they got the 2 points in a night they actually deserved it. Didn’t catch most of the first or third but saw all of the 2nd and OT, thought Klefbom had one of his strongest and most involved nights of recent. Eberle was clocked in, probably could’ve had 1 or 2 with better placed shots (and if that early hook hadn’t happened). Maroon-McD-Drai was dominant, sucks that the rest of the forwards need one of 97 and 29 to score whatsoever.

  191. Muletrain97 says:

    Reign up 2-0 after two at the Outdoor Classic. Rain has stopped, hopefully can finish the game without more of the wet stuff.

  192. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Tom Gazzola ‏@TomGazzola 31m31 minutes ago
    Griffin Reinhart just attempted a shot from the point. Water went flying 20 feet into the air. The puck a couple feet forward.

    Just another example of how bad of a deal that Reinhart trade was.
    Oh well, it’s water under the bridge.

  193. Loose Human Head says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    Yup. Baby faced cowboy could really chuck em.

  194. gogliano says:

    Zelepukin: It’s called Talbot getting injured.

    I’d hope they’d make a deal if Talbot goes down.

    McDavid getting injured is the one I worry about more.

    Either unaddressed could get them sub .500 without much trouble. But there is no real way to address a McDavid injury.

  195. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Klefbom had 9 SOG!!

  196. jp says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Tom Gazzola ‏@TomGazzola31m31 minutes ago
    Griffin Reinhart just attempted a shot from the point. Water went flying 20 feet into the air. The puck a couple feet forward.

    Just another example of how bad of a deal that Reinhart trade was.
    Oh well, it’s water under the bridge.

    Looks like Reinhart figured things out – it appears he scored the OT winner this evening.

  197. Muletrain97 says:

    Condors win!!! They tie it up with about 2min to in 3rd, and of all people Reinhert with the partial breakaway winner in OT! Khaira played strong and heavy two-way hockey, as did Scott Allen Taylor Beck, and Anton Slepy. Brossoit settled down and was solid in net. D-wise, Osterle can fly in this league and is very noticeable. Tried to get an interview with Khaira but got kicked out of area just before it ended!! All in all, a great time in Bakersfield at the Outdoor Classic! Peace ✌️

  198. Lowetide says:

    Griffin Reinhart wins it in overtime. Full moon?

  199. Lowetide says:

    Muletrain97:
    Condors win!!! They tie it up with about 2min to in 3rd, and of all people Reinhert with the partial breakaway winner in OT! Khaira played strong and heavy two-way hockey, as did Scott Allen Taylor Beck, and Anton Slepy. Brossoit settled down and was solid in net. D-wise, Osterle can fly in this league and is very noticeable. Tried to get an interview with Khaira but got kicked out of area just before it ended!! All in all, a great time in Bakersfield at the Outdoor Classic! Peace ✌️

    Awesome, and thanks!

  200. spoiler says:

    And on that note Frolik frolicks.

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