G42 2016-17: OILERS AT SENATORS

The Edmonton Oilers ran up against a hot goalie last night, and it took a long time to solve him and win the day. As has been the case for much of this year, the emerging team found a way to overcome obstacles that would have cost them dearly just one year ago. Up next: Capital City!

MY WAY, 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: 2-1-0, goal differential 0
  • Oilers after 41, 2015-16: 17-21-3, goal differential -23
  • Oilers after 41, 2016-17: 21-13-7, goal differential +10

This team is +33 in the goals, +12 in the points and times are good. G42 one year ago was a loss, 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning who scored three in the final frame for the win.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • On a night like last one, if the stats run like this and the team wins we can forget about the rest, the rest being Eric Gryba’s wobble on the Wood goal. Holy crap he got walked.
  • Russell—Larsson were 17-5 in 17:52, including a cool 8-0 with the McDavid line (6:10) and 5-3 in 4:19 with the effective Nugent-Hopkins trio. Went 4-3 in 4:13 against Hall—Zajac—Parenteau, 7-2 in 6:18 facing Cammalleri—Henrique—Palmieri. It was just a good damned night, folks.
  • Sekera—Benning went 20-11 in 16:42, and Benning the Good scored his first NHL goal. They were 6-0 in about two minutes with the Letestu line, but also 6-4 in 5:37 with the Nuge and 8-5 in 6:13 with McDavid. This pairing went 4-3 in 4:55 facing Hall—Zajac—Parenteau, 9-5 in 6:51 against Cammalleri—Henrique—Palmieri.
  • Klefbom—Gryba went 17-9 in 12:13, this is the de facto third pairing. A cool 10-4 with McDavid in 6:10, also 7-4 in 2:58 with the Caggiula line. They were 4-5 in 5:22 against Hall—Zajac—Parenteau, meaning this duo faced Hall most often. Went 6-3 against Cammalleri—Henrique—Palmieri and that is a good line.
  • Cam Talbot was solid in the win, stopping 19 of 20, .950.
  • Stats via NHL.com, NaturalStatTrick and HockeyStats.ca.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Hendricks—Letestu—Lander played a lot, important on an evening that ends with a flight and a game the following evening. Played most with the Russell—Larsson pairing, went 8-1 against the Sergey Kalinin line. McLellan used Hendricks and Letestu on the PK, but not 51. I do not understand this, perhaps you can explain.
  • Maroon—McDavid—Draisaitl has that Cashman-Esposito-Hodge look to it, there were shifts last night where the NJD defense looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger on Mars without the helmet. My goodness this trio can play. Went 7-4 against Zajac and 13-5 against Henrique, 5-0 against poor Kalinin.
  • Pouliot—Caggiula—Eberle showed signs of chem, going 14-6 together. Played equally with the three pairings, and faced the Zacha line (9-5 in 7:06) most of all.
  • Lucic—Nuge—Kassian line also played well, I would actually suggest this was the second best line on the night (behind 97). Faced Zajac (5-6 in 7:07) and Henrique (3-3 in 4:04) most of the night, I thought they were solid to excellent.
  • Hall with Cammalleri and Palmieri went 9-8 together. Hall went 3-5 against McDavid, 6-6 against the Nuge. No. 9 has no help, he has been banished to the second division. Neil Young’s Helpless should have played on a loop for he and the goalie.
  • Mark Letestu is 8-10-18 at the halfway point of the season. Can you name the last fourth-line center who posted 40 points for the Oilers? I cannot. Now, he isn’t technically a fourth liner, but Letestu’s offense this season is one of the best stories of the year.

MATTHEW CAIRNS

I am unable to find much on Matthew Cairns move from the Fargo Force (17gp, 0-4-4 in the first half) of the USHL to Powell River Kings (2gp, 0-1-1) of the BCJHL, but it did happen over Christmastime and we are here. This does happen (the BC team had to make a deal with his former tier two team, the Georgetown Raiders) in hockey, and often involves usage and playing time. As far as I know, Cairns remains committed to Cornell University, and this transaction does nothing to derail that goal.

STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD

It sounds like last night was a fantastic event, and that a darn good hockey game happened after the rains ended (!!!). I am delighted to re-post a report from the game that was kindly dropped in the comments section:

  • 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 appreciated Mr. Train. Griffin Reinhart is an interesting player as we approach the expansion draft. Most fans are down on his potential, but I have spoken to various hockey people who believe there is a chance that the Vegas Golden Knights grab him in the draft. Why? George McPhee is drafting a team in one weekend, and needs to grab a few players who have a lot of track left in his career. Let’s say GR is a No. 5 defenseman his entire career—for Vegas, solving problems with longer term answers has appeal. It is going to be interesting.

TRADE CHATTER

  • Bruce Garrioch: If anyone is looking to move a defenceman give Bruins GM Don Sweeney a call in the next couple of days. The word is he wouldn’t mind making a deal for a blueliner as well and the name of forward Ryan Spooner as possible trade bait is still out there. Unfortunately for Sweeney, there’s several teams looking for help on the back end. Source
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Oilers are looking around for some depth at forward. The club is without Darnell Nurse for an extended period and Tyler Pitlick is gone for the season. Source

The Oilers have defensive depth, and if everyone was healthy one could at least discuss a Brandon Davidson for Ryan Spooner deal. Right now? I don’t see it as reasonable, simply because there isn’t enough depth on the club. Darnell Nurse is still weeks away, but maybe things change by the deadline.

OH THOSE BOXCARS!

After last night, we are at the midway point of the season. It is a fun time for boxcars, because we can double them and think about the impact of these seasons. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Connor McDavid 82gp, 28-64-92
  • Leon Draisaitl 82gp, 28-40-68
  • Milan Lucic 82gp, 20-32-52
  • Patrick Maroon 82gp, 28-14-42
  • Mark Letestu 76gp, 16-20-36
  • Andrej Sekera 78gp, 8-28-36
  • Oscar Klefbom 82gp, 12-16-28
  • Matt Benning 70gp, 2-17-19
  • Cam Talbot 74gp, 40 wins, 2.44 and .920

Means nothing of course, but fun to dream. Edmonton plays a huge game tonight, do they use Jonas Gustavsson in net? A win this evening would really set them up nicely for the rest of January.

 

 

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  1. Chachi says:

    Lowetide: Well, this is a home run. Haha, damn. Read all together the power is impressive. 🙂

    Ain’t that the truth.

  2. Centre of attention says:

    This kids got a voice.

  3. spoiler says:

    Does anyone remember our backup’s name?

  4. OilClog says:

    Pescador:
    Chiarelli is an abject incompetent
    Tonight or Ives it
    A wretched performance against a wretched team
    But the Oilers love to play garbage
    What gas RNH done, for example?
    And no goaltending
    Disgusting
    Watch thus meltdown over the rest of the month.
    Hey Vertool,here is a copy & paste of everything you have ever contributed.
    Maybe I should wait until the game starts, that way it’ll sting way more.
    No more Moderation!! , Leafs are the best, TMac is hot garbage.
    Lowetide is a censorist
    Did I forget anything?

    A match

  5. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    Does anyone remember our backup’s name?

    Fern. Fern Rivard.

  6. Woodguy says:

    Marc: Yeah but who doesn’t miss Jonesie?

    #ComeBackRyan

    #AllIsForgiven

    Jones was RW.

    How can I take your critisism seriously when you can’t even get handedness right?

  7. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    I once saw Woodguy buying lino. Like 400 miles of it.

    Quoted for awesomeness.

  8. russ99 says:

    Come on Monster, give us a good outing.

  9. square_wheels says:

    So Ottawa’s left D hits Lander square in the #’s and we get to hear about

  10. Lowetide says:

    What in hell was Gustavsson doing there?

  11. jp says:

    Wow, was that ever a tire fire. Hard to count all the different mistakes leading up to that goal.

  12. haters says:

    Woodguy:
    haters,

    People that follow possession stats say Russell spends a lot of time in his own end, I’ve been watching closely last few games and he takes his time getting out of his zone. If he doesn’t like the way the break out looks he pretty much scowles and makes everyone reset till he sees a play he likes. Might could be why possession stats dislike him so much but the eyes love him. Intelligent calm and under control plays all night long.

    If what you say is true, then Russell should have less shots for (CF/60) and Against (CA/60)

    (using all shot attempts as “shots” here.If they are on goal, then they are “shots on goal”)

    Let’s see if that’s true:

    CF/60
    DAVIDSON, BRANDON63.45
    BENNING, MATTHEW60.23
    NURSE, DARNELL59.26
    GRYBA, ERIC58.59
    KLEFBOM, OSCAR56.08
    LARSSON, ADAM53.63
    SEKERA, ANDREJ53.09
    RUSSELL, KRIS48.25

    So far you theory holds.The Oilers get the least volume of Shots For when Russell is on the ice

    Let’s check shots against (CA/60)
    DAVIDSON, BRANDON49.2
    BENNING, MATTHEW49.72
    GRYBA, ERIC51.6
    NURSE, DARNELL52.13
    LARSSON, ADAM52.81
    SEKERA, ANDREJ54.13
    RUSSELL, KRIS57.03
    KLEFBOM, OSCAR59.06

    Nope.Theory falls down here as Russell gets the 2nd most Shots Against volume among Oilers Dmen.

    Let’s have a look at total shots for/against volume for all the Dmen:
    KLEFBOM, OSCAR115.14
    DAVIDSON, BRANDON112.65
    NURSE, DARNELL111.39
    GRYBA, ERIC110.19
    BENNING, MATTHEW109.95
    SEKERA, ANDREJ107.22
    LARSSON, ADAM106.44
    RUSSELL, KRIS105.28

    Well certainly Russell has the least amount of total shots for/against among Oiler Dmen, so your eyes didn’t lie.

    However it seems that most of that is concentrated on the “shots for” and he’s on for the most shots against so I don’t think the theory quite holds water.

    Interesting exercise though.

    He doesn’t force plays by my eye. He certainly makes his share of mistakes but the line out of Chia saying that he’s in the top of the league at controlled zone exits seems to ring true. Thanks for running the raw data on my theory though. I think defenseman need a different set of fancys for performance. Jmho

  13. square_wheels says:

    russ99,

    Nope. Not likely. See the last play.

  14. jake70 says:

    Nuge wasn’t exactly stellar on that sequence.

  15. russ99 says:

    square_wheels,

    He didn’t do as badly as he got hung out to dry.

  16. OilClog says:

    Monster with 1991 Ranford slide 😖

  17. Woodguy says:

    Marc: I love Woodguy as both a commenter and Twitter follow, but when I saw his tweet comparing Lucic and Hall’s corsi REL from last night, my first thought was that corsi REL is pretty much the worst possible comparator to use from that game – it’s actively misleading.

    Lucic’s line went head to head with Hall’s line for much of night and was almost even.Much of the rest of the night they were against NJ’s second best line and were even as well. That’s a good nights work on the road in my book, and just about any other stat – raw corsi or fenwick, scoring chances, even +/- – would have captured that.

    Corsi REL has its uses, but comparing players in a game in which player A and player B go head to head and fight to a draw, whilst the rest of player A’s team destroys the rest of player B’s team is not one of them IMO.

    There’s lots of truth to this.

    The tweet was about two things:

    1) Hall drives play. On a godawful NJD he still drives play and while I like Lucic, he’s not a driver, but a good complementary player.

    The rel’s painted this quite starkly. Unfair? Yeah, a bit, but drives the point home with a stake.

    2) Sometimes I just like to watch things burn. In this case it was my twitter timeline.

  18. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    Baby deer on ice !

  19. Seismic Source says:

    Gustavson was out of position during that entire sequence. Gonna be a long night.

  20. pocession charge says:

    spoiler:
    pocession charge,

    He makes no play for the puck whatsoever.Gryba’s going for the stick and the hands all the way.He correctly realized he has no chance to catch him in a foot race and made his play when he had the chance.

    The puck is on the other side of Wood’s body and he’d need to be Mr. Fantastic to reach it.

    One thing Gryba does not want to do is give up the center of the ice.As Wood is making his move to go around him, Gryba is pretty much standing right on the centre dot, and he makes the play to force him wider there.If instead of the two back-up strides he had previously taken, he had turned to angle off in the hope that Wood has only one thought, drive wide, Wood just swerves into the vacated middle as soon as Gryba commits to the footwork and likely leaves Eric on his ass in the neutral zone as he flails to recover.

    Wood is fast, he beats most everybody there with half the ice to work with, and it probably takes a high risk gamble like a lunging poke check to break it up.

    Gonna have to disagree completely with your assessment on this one Spoiler. Wood made a nice play but it was quite preventable.

  21. pocession charge says:

    Seismic Source:
    Gustavson was out of position during that entire sequence. Gonna be a long night.

    Swedish Sport Goofy doesn’t care for positional hockey.

  22. Centre of attention says:

    This is probably going to be a loss isn’t it?

  23. square_wheels says:

    Hoffman can play. Nice player.

    More interference on Lander.

  24. Gret99zky says:

    Seismic Source:
    Gonna be a long night.

    This.

    Gus is not good at goalery.

  25. square_wheels says:

    pocession charge,

    Sports Goofy !!!!!!

    For the win !

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

    Nuge line have their feet buried in concrete to tart this one

  27. square_wheels says:

    The Oilers need to elbow a Sens Dman to end this “heavy hockey” bullshit.

  28. OilClog says:

    Weird to think Ottawa might be doing the Oilers a much needed favour by pressing some physicality, kind of game you would think this roster responds well to, weird thoughts after a decade of darkness

  29. square_wheels says:

    That last sequence where Benning had 3 Sens between him and the Oilers forwards…….

    This is what costs us games.

  30. Gret99zky says:

    Maybe Chia can trade for that account executive that backs up Florida.

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

    Watching live my eye test is saying this is all self-induced.

    Defense need to wake up and move the puck quicker. Way too much lollygagging

  32. Lowetide says:

    We are back to something resembling a hockey game, Oilers had the same nap they took in Boston at the beginning of the game. Now, can they get that next goal?

  33. Ryan says:

    Poor play by Russell.

  34. Lowetide says:

    Never mind. 2-0. I do not like our goalie.

  35. square_wheels says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    They need someplace to move it to that isn’t through several red jerseys.

    Horrible puck support on breakouts, just terrible.

    Hoffman goal was coming a mile away.

  36. kooler says:

    McDroon line not clicking.

    And can Gustavson get up off his knees any faster…..my kids get out of bed faster.

  37. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    That was a minor league attempt at a cross crease stop.

  38. Gret99zky says:

    That was on Russells terrible pass up the boards. Just boneheaded shit.

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

    The penalty kill is the definition of passive

    I don’t like it one bit and have been calling it out for four weeks now

  40. geowal says:

    Seems like a good time to replace “actively watching” to leaving the tv on as I putt around the house doing chores and such

  41. Kirby says:

    He should be pulled. Regardless of Talbot needing rest, we can’t be throwing points away. We need PC to trade for a better backup from here on out.

  42. Ryan says:

    square_wheels:
    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    They need someplace to move it to that isn’t through several red jerseys.

    Horrible puck support on breakouts, just terrible.

    Hoffman goal was coming a mile away.

    Russell had possession behind the net and he just put a very weak shot around the boards that turned the puck over. He had no pressure on him.

  43. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Gustavsson swimming around but Russell had all day to get that puck out and a weak “around the boards” was a pathetic effort there that led to the whole sequence.

    P.S. Waive Gustavsson. Anyone would be better.

  44. jake70 says:

    Russel with the feeble attempt behind his net. And there are many posters on this blog who could better coach their breakout than what is happening, I am sure of it.

  45. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Ryan: Russell had possession behind the net and he just put a very weak shot around the boards that turned the puck over. He had no pressure on him.

    LOL!

  46. BeerMe says:

    Gustavson is complete trash.

  47. Centre of attention says:

    I mean he went bar down I don’t know what ya want from Gus. It was a perfect cross crease pass.

    PK needs to take the lane away. Ottawa had a broken stick and nobody could pressure the puck carrier? Come on.

    Gustavsson is not good but hard to blame either goal on him.

  48. haters says:

    Gus plays to deep in his net, and yes I saw Russel bad that kill. I think defenseman play a lot more panicky when they have little confidence in the goalie.

    Need this period to end

  49. Seismic Source says:

    All I see is a ton of open net watching our goalie.

  50. OilClog says:

    Monsters not even a AHL goalie anymore, this guy is done.

    Sir starts a lot needs to start the second

  51. Zelepukin says:

    Kirby:
    He should be pulled. Regardless of Talbot needing rest, we can’t be throwing points away.We need PC to trade for a better backup from here on out.

    Ya, he is laughably bad… and not in a, oh lets strap the pads on one of D for practise and laugh at his flailing technique, kind of way.

  52. LostBoy says:

    I don’t want to pile on, because Gustavsson is what he is.

    But what, exactly, is the thinking? McLellan will only play him on back to backs, which means he’s always coming in rusty, a role some guys can manage but not one Gustavsson has ever really had to deal with. And he’s not much good to begin with.

    Why? Why not address it?

  53. Ryan says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Gustavsson swimming around but Russell had all day to get that puck out and a weak “around the boards” was a pathetic effort there that led to the whole sequence.

    P.S. Waive Gustavsson. Anyone would be better.

    Lol!!!

  54. Younger Oil says:

    Don’t blame Gustaffson, blame Chiarelli.

  55. Soup Fascist says:

    The only thing “Monstrous” about this guy is his inability to put himself in position to stop a puck. Please just call up Fuhrsie to strap them on next time you want to give Talbot a break. .

    If this guy plays again for the Oilers it is clear they do not want to win.

    Just stop.

  56. Offside says:

    If the math guys never told me that Gustavsson sucks, my eye test never would have believed it 🙄

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

    Centre of attention,

    Eberle backchecked last night so a new goat is needed lol

  58. Ice Sage says:

    Dreary game.
    Oilers just not quick nor sharp.
    Sens hooking and clutching like it’s 1996

  59. delooper says:

    Oilers losing 2-0 and they’re still fun to watch. I couldn’t say that last year.

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

    I could have strangled Benning and Russell in that last minute.

    Stop standing still for Christ sakes!

    Move your feet show initiative

    On the plus side, Ottawa is not sharp or good, I’m not worried at all yet

  61. russ99 says:

    Man we’re flat today.

    Can’t tell if it’s back-to-back, or little confidence due to bad backup goalie.

    Either way we need more effort next period.

  62. Centre of attention says:

    Sens player Harpooned Draisaitl and 2 refs were looking right at it. No call.

  63. OilClog says:

    Not sure how Ebs gets a hooking minor, when the sens main defensive tactic is hooking, and if that fails trip the bastard.

  64. square_wheels says:

    To close out the period we seen the reason for the Russel Reset.

  65. Lowetide says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    I could have strangled Benning and Russell in that last minute.

    Stop standing still for Christ sakes!

    Move your feet show initiative

    On the plus side, Ottawa is not sharp or good, I’m not worried at all yet

    Not me. I trust Benning already. If he doesn’t see an attractive outlet, make those forwards come back. Russell did not have a good period, after having had a pretty strong game to my eye last night.

  66. linkfromhyrule says:

    Gus is an adventure but the officiating has been pretty terrible. Sens obstructing and hooking but we get the phantom call that leads to a goal.

    Every time an oiler player has the puck in the neutral zone a sens player rushes straight at the puck carrier. Could be an ugly connection if anyone doesnt have their heads up.

    Ugly period. Russell, gus, and the officials all bad.

  67. JAG-041 says:

    Not blaming Gustavsson for those goals… But as soon as there is any lateral puck movement he seems to lose the puck… Not good

  68. JAG-041 says:

    Also,… Didn’t chime in earlier… How wasn’t that a hook on Drai?!

  69. Lowetide says:

    Centre of attention:
    I mean he went bar down I don’t know what ya want from Gus. It was a perfect cross crease pass.

    PK needs to take the lane away. Ottawa had a broken stick and nobody could pressure the puck carrier? Come on.

    Gustavsson is not good but hard to blame either goal on him.

    That first goal required him to at least make himself big, it looked to me as though someone told him to be a tree. The PK GA should not have happened, Russell needed to get the puck out. Still, some part of the net being covered would help.

  70. square_wheels says:

    Centre of attention,

    The 2nd goal, Hoffman put it square in the middle of the net. Where a 6’55” goalie should be.

    Yes, I’m being picky and they got in at 2am, this wasn’t a game we should have planned 2pts.

  71. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide: That first goal required him to at least make himself big, it looked to me as though someone told him to be a tree. The PK GA should not have happened, Russell needed to get the puck out. Still, some part of the net being covered would help.

    Ya, the worst part about that period is that it’s 2-0 and not 3-0. If it were 3, at least we could get on Todd for not pulling him of if he did pull him, we could get back to playing with some confidence.

    Need a big McD second, maybe a Drai PPG. Russell is going to have to block every shot.

  72. OilClog says:

    A whiff and a miss is a lot different then a last blink sink with cement shoes on.

  73. square_wheels says:

    Tiger Williams just stopped playing on my cousins rec team a couple years back.

    Even in his late 50’s he had the hardest wrist shot I’ve ever seen.

    If the opposing team was short players, he’d always swap teams just so he could wrip lasers at the cousin to hurt him.

  74. Woodguy says:

    Younger Oil:
    Don’t blame Gustaffson, blame Chiarelli.

    Exactly.

    Gustavsson is who he is.

    The fact that Chiarelli signed him is the biggest issue.

    Pretty sure I had January as when they’d swap him out.

  75. Centre of attention says:

    Everyone crapping on Gustavsson but I seen 10 reasons on each goal against that its not really his fault.

    Second goal was bar down too. Even if Gustavsson was there that was labeled for the back of the net.

    One does not let Hoffman unload a one timer from that close.

    The Sens had a broken stick and the Oilers PK was so passive they couldn’t take advantage. The PK has been an issue for quite some time.

    *edit* I’m not saying Gustavsson was perfect in either situation, just saying the Oilers are not giving him much help.

  76. square_wheels says:

    linkfromhyrule,

    We hired Looch for games where this happens. Elbows up boys, 2 can play that game.

  77. OilClog says:

    Who decides on the back up with the current stable.. the GM or the coach?

  78. ashley says:

    The power play goal was tipped by Russell. It was heading right into Gus’s glove, but instead deflected to the bottom of the crossbar and in. An absent minded play by Russell. Or maybe he thought his goalie was down and out.

    Not the goalie’s fault. The first goal on the other hand…..

  79. OilClog says:

    Centre of attention,

    Tender has to be the best player on the PK, he was #5 on that list, #1 being the best, 5 players total.

  80. Gerta Rauss says:

    That was one ugly baby

    I’d start Talbot in the 2nd, but I doubt they do that

    2 more periods, maybe we can salvage something out of this

  81. Centre of attention says:

    Lets just say this 2-0 deficit was a team effort. Goalie is part of the team.

    I refuse to let the other skaters get a pass on either goal against. The first one Nuge had a pretty bad sequence, Russel awful too.

    Second shot may have been tipped by #4 and that pass should never get threw a solid PK unit.

    If you can tap that pass from the back post to the bottom of the circle threw the box, that’s a goal 50% of the time unless you have Carey Price or someone in net. Very dangerous pass.

    Gustavsson is a terrible back up but there have been some skaters joining him in my personal dog house.

  82. Zelepukin says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    That was one ugly baby

    I’d start Talbot in the 2nd, but I doubt they do that

    2 more periods, maybe we can salvage something out of this

    TBH I feel like that’s just going to keep Gusta around. We need a couple Dubya-esque shots from centre ice to go in so that the MSM can throw Chia in the fire for not finding an adequate replacement.

  83. JimmyV1965 says:

    I think Larsson and a couple others on this team must have went drinking last night. LOL

  84. Ryan says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    That was one ugly baby

    I’d start Talbot in the 2nd, but I doubt they do that

    2 more periods, maybe we can salvage something out of this

    At this point, I’d be on the phone recalling Nick Ellis.

    He can’t be much worse.

  85. Zelepukin says:

    JimmyV1965:
    I think Larsson and a couple others on this team must have went drinking last night.LOL

    After arriving at 2am? I don’t think they needed to.

  86. jm363561 says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Sometimes I wonder if Oilers won a game 10-0 & outshot the other guys 50-10 if people would still find something to piss & moan about.

    Good morning from Manila. Just catching up on (my) last night’s thread during the intermission, which has been the best part of the game so far. Re pissing / moaning scenario – 10 goals on 50 shots + shutout = PDO 120. Unsustainable Bruce. We are bound to regress.

  87. Lowetide says:

    Oilers have a power play. This would be a great spot to show some skill.

  88. Seismic Source says:

    McDavid with multiple poor passing decisions that PP

  89. spoiler says:

    such nice patience

  90. Gret99zky says:

    Fuck the pass. I’m a goal scorer. – Patrick Maroon

  91. square_wheels says:

    Maroon’s next contract is gonna be a beauty. Good for him.

  92. OilClog says:

    What a beauty

  93. square_wheels says:

    Maroon you witch !

  94. kooler says:

    Maroooooooooon

  95. Gret99zky says:

    Fuck it. I’ll pass.- Patrick Maroon

  96. Lowetide says:

    This never happened fall 2006 through tonight. Holy lord.

  97. OilClog says:

    Maroooooooooon

  98. geowal says:

    Maroon for Mayor

  99. Seismic Source says:

    wow fucking wow

  100. ASkoreyko says:

    I really like this Benning kid. Great instincts and he is still a rookie.

    I really think Chia deserves FULL credit for this kid. Looks like he really found a beauty. Edmonton kid to boot!

  101. spoiler says:

    New hockey game as Castaway plays it off driftwood.

  102. Zelepukin says:

    man this team. Confidence drives everything.

  103. Lowetide says:

    Good Christ, Benning can fight too!

  104. jm363561 says:

    Shots 7 – 0 in second period. Doesn’t really matter who is in the net. Excellent strategy.

  105. linkfromhyrule says:

    I <3 Matt Benning

  106. Seismic Source says:

    good shift by RNH line

  107. square_wheels says:

    That’s 3 plays where he’s hit Lander in the #’s.

    Benning is quickly becoming a beauty.

  108. OilClog says:

    Benning is Mr. Everything

  109. haters says:

    Benning goes beast mode defending Lander. Hello beautiful welcome to my list of keepers!

  110. russ99 says:

    Benning tattooed him. 🙂

  111. treevojo says:

    How can you not love that Benning kid?

    What a beaut!

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

    So I retract my previous statement about Matt Benning

    Beast

    Maroon, beast

    McDavid got as loud of a cheer on his assist as Hoffman got on his goal here in Ottawa.

  113. delooper says:

    Why was Wideman so agitated? I must have missed something.

  114. Seismic Source says:

    Does Wideman get an extra 2? He should

  115. Gerta Rauss says:

    I didn’t know Dennis Wideman played for Ottawa~

  116. square_wheels says:

    Dennis Wideman ?

  117. Rebilled says:

    Limited Edition Maroon coloured jerseys please.

  118. delooper says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I didn’t know Dennis Wideman played for Ottawa

    I was barely aware Wideman is an NHL player.

  119. BeerMe says:

    Unfortunately we still have a monster in the net. We probably need to score 5+ this game to have a chance

  120. haters says:

    The bad news is Gus is still in net

  121. Lowetide says:

    delooper:
    Why was Wideman so agitated? I must have missed something.

    Lander is a needler and a stick man, and that is a good thing.

  122. kinger_OIL says:

    – The whole: “man the monster sucks”, is really being overblown IMO.

    – How about: “man the monster only plays 1gm/month, on the 2nd of b2’bs: no wonder he looks rusty”

    – He is not being put in a position to suceed. The next goaie will be better, larger by virtue of the fact that he won’t be getting spot duty, exclusively on b2b’s

    – Does he suck becasue he has only played 6 games (I think all of them 2nd of b2b’s) or becasue he just sucks?

    – All the “good” back-ups, play a lot: and at least part of it is casue and effect….

  123. delooper says:

    Wideman used to play for the team called the “Calgary Flames” and my understanding is Calgary is in Canada, somewhere. Montana north is what it is sometimes called.

  124. jake70 says:

    Boy if McDavid could shake the Hall breakaway blues, he’d have a few more goals this year.

  125. OilClog says:

    Lander straight buttended the heavy hitter in the first square in the nuts.

    He’s wickedly good

  126. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Off topic:

    How do you pronounce Huawei?

  127. npanciroli says:

    If I’m not mistaken, Maroon would be tied for goals on the Ducks right now.

  128. Gerta Rauss says:

    delooper,

    I believe it’s Chris Wideman playing tonight, but nobody told Greg Millen

  129. Zelepukin says:

    Maroon leading the NHL in 5v5 goals? wow.

  130. Side says:

    Chiarelli looking totally incompetent (who can’t tie his shoes apparently) with that Maroon acquisition.

  131. kooler says:

    Just keep Maroon on…….Maroon 5 Ottawa 2

  132. BeerMe says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Off topic:

    How do you pronounce Huawei?

    Hwa Way

  133. Younger Oil says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Off topic:

    How do you pronounce Huawei?

    Asked a guy at Bell this last week trying to find a phone case for a relative, apparently “Whaa-whay”

  134. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide: Lander is a needler and a stick man, and that is a good thing.

    And he is ours and draws penalties against, love it 🙂

    Great to see our players sticking up for one another.

  135. Lowetide says:

    That fucking Gustavsson can’t stop a thing!

  136. nelson88 says:

    – Love when teams try and trade chances with the Oil

    – Glad to see the Swedes now get well deserved assists on the 1st goal

    – Condon is going to give up a freebie with that puck handling

    -Bob Cole is a gentleman and voice of my youth but i am getting old and he needs to retire

    WE SCORE!!!

  137. The Trade Guy says:

    Love Drai’s stanky face after that goal.

  138. OilClog says:

    Wooooooooo

  139. Younger Oil says:

    If we could sign Maroon and Draisaitl together for $9-10M, that would be incredible.

  140. Ryan says:

    Zelepukin:
    Maroon leading the NHL in 5v5 goals? wow.

    Hat Trick Maroon?

  141. Seismic Source says:

    Drai meant that..lol..look at that grin!

  142. spoiler says:

    Greassssssyyyy

  143. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Can someone GIF Leon’s reaction to that goal?

  144. Gerta Rauss says:

    oh boy

    game on

  145. geowal says:

    Alright alright, I’ll watch

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

    Ok Gus needs to go

  147. OilClog says:

    Pitlick still 3rd on the team with 8.. Ridiculous

  148. The Trade Guy says:

    Kassian coasting on that one.

  149. kooler says:

    Was that the first shot in net this period?

  150. square_wheels says:

    Has anyone pulled a goalie when they have taken a lead ?

    A 6’6″ goalie with his Mike Liut impression.

    Fucking hopeless.

  151. Gret99zky says:

    “Gus me with a spoon.”

  152. spoiler says:

    Real pitching battle tonight between these two big hosses.

  153. StixMalone says:

    First shot on net for Ottawa and its a goal. Geez just when I thought the hockey girds were on our side….

  154. Centre of attention says:

    K that one was all gus.

  155. Centre of attention says:

    I would pull Gustavsson at the second intermission if we make it there tied.

    Either that or the next goal against. But I would like to see talbot for the third at minimum.

  156. BeerMe says:

    He literally couldn’t stop a fucking beach ball. Pathetic. WHY HAS HE NOT BEEN PULLED? TMac clearly content to throw away points.

  157. Younger Oil says:

    Todd, put Talbot in now.

    Chia, stop watching the game and get a damn backup.

  158. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    I’m going to stay positive and trust Monday am he’s waived.

    That last goal was horrible. He’s playing like a 5’10” converted forward.

  159. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Lowetide: That fucking Gustavsson can’t stop a thing!

    You called it!

  160. LostBoy says:

    Difficult to put Talbot in. SJS Tuesday night kicks off a 7 games in 12 nights stretch. First 6 are a long homestand, but still.

  161. jake70 says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Kassian coasting on that one.

    Agreed, but Nuge with the weak chip down the boards in O zone that started that play for Ottawa.

  162. Kirby says:

    Can we please pull him? Please?

  163. Gerta Rauss says:

    last goal wins

  164. The Trade Guy says:

    man alive that one stinks.

  165. Acumen says:

    Is Jonas drunk?

  166. square_wheels says:

    Fucking fuck fuck

  167. Gret99zky says:

    The Russ & Gus shit show.

  168. pocession charge says:

    Talbot needs to start the third if they want to win.

  169. LadiesloveSmid says:

    While it should’ve been long ago, this game will be the end of Gustavsson’s career

  170. npanciroli says:

    Honestly just pull him. Don’t care how fucking tired Talbot is.

  171. Rich M says:

    Can Broissoit get here for the 3rd period?

  172. Rebilled says:

    Jesus Jonas.

  173. oscarmike says:

    Talbot to start the 3rd.

  174. J-Bo says:

    Good news! This will be Gustavsson’s last game as an Oiler.

  175. Thorin says:

    Thorin:
    Gustavsson is not composed and steady, he’s very active and constantly scrambling.This means he’s out of position more often, and therefore there’s more opportunity for a shot to go in.That said, I think he’s going to have a great game by the numbers tonight, buoyed by the fact that he knows it’s his turn to shine and that the team needs him to go all-out.

    The question is, will the skaters be able to outscore his misses?

    Boy was I wrong on this call.

  176. Centre of attention says:

    Dude right in front was wide open. Hard to blame gus on that one.

    But save something, damnit.

  177. J-Bo says:

    Actual good news. Larsson’s passing has been on point tonight! Maybe his best game of the year moving the puck.

  178. square_wheels says:

    4 shots – 2 goals.

    That’s a wrap Monster

  179. Derek says:

    Ottawa shooting 50 percent in that period. Unsustainable.

  180. spoiler says:

    Who wouldn’t look forward to an intermission special that features a Leaf? They’ve played well this game.

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

    So despite the score that period should be very lopsided when you look at the fancies.

    The Sens cannot handle the speed or physicality down low.

    Talbot should start the 3rd

    Still not worried in the least yet

  182. Seismic Source says:

    4 shots…….

  183. BeerMe says:

    .733

  184. Zelepukin says:

    Didn’t someone say that Gusta has never been above the league average for save percentage?

    You’d think that would be the first thing you’d ask in someone’s job interview. So uhh, I phoned your references and they all said you were bad at your job. You sound perfect! You’re hired!

  185. Younger Oil says:

    Fuck Chiarelli.

    He’s done loads of good stuff, but the fucking easiest thing, the backup goaltender, he makes an incomprehensible, unjustifiable decision, and it is costing us points.

    Damn stupid way to run an organization. Absolutely ridiculous. Having the best season in a decade and it could have been so much better with one or two common sense, easy to execute decisions.

    We’re going to miss the playoffs by a point due to these decisions, I can feel it.

  186. oscarmike says:

    I thought Todd was going to put in Talbot after the Oilers got up 3-2

  187. StixMalone says:

    As much as we all are ranting on Gus being a shit goalie, nothing will be done about it because Oilers…..

  188. Hockey Project says:

    They really can’t keep Gustavsson around after this. I’m not a GM or a hockey man, but it seemed like a pretty poor signing that day. We’re talking about a guy who has never posted even average numbers, and has a career Quality Start Perc. of 40.4%

    Ugh.

  189. Rich M says:

    Derek:
    Ottawa shooting 50 percent in that period.Unsustainable.

    Is that a promise?

  190. OilClog says:

    Maybe in practice he has solid positioning

  191. LostBoy says:

    This feels like the Philly game all over again. Two points there for the taking, getting pissed away.

    Gustavsson rocking a .714 save percentage tonight, following an .806 vs Philly when two two goal leads were gassed, even a point blown with 1.29 left.

    I feel for the guy on a human level, but this can’t be happening. Chiarelli signed an objectively poor backup who the coach will only play when he absolutely has to. Hilarity ensues.

    They pretty much have to put Talbot in if anything’s going to be salvaged. Next back to back is Calgary on HNIC after the end of the homestand in two weekends. I don’t see how they can stand pat now.

  192. Diablo says:

    Oilers #1 need?

    Nope, not that studly #1 RHD…..

    Nope, not a RH RW to wheel with McDavid ….

    Nope, not a RH C ….

    Everyone on this blog called it the moment we signed Gustavsson – our backup G was going to cost us games and we’d have to play Talbot till he drops. Chia FFS get this team a legitimate backup please.

  193. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    Who wouldn’t look forward to an intermission special that features a Leaf?They’ve played well this game.

    Haha. Oh my God I am laughing at this post. It is so true, we just sit here as Oilers fans and watch the Leafs features and wait for the intermission to end. Incredible inability to know the audience.

  194. Diablo says:

    Derek,

    Unless Gustavsson stays in net for the 3rd period.

  195. Soup Fascist says:

    OilClog:
    Benning is Mr. Everything

    Can he strap on the pads and play goal one out of every 10 games?

  196. Lowetide says:

    Oilers could win this game, though. McDavid could score three, or Eberle could score and Nuge could score. I bet you a fine orange drinking glass from Wal-Mart it does not end 4-3.

  197. Mr. D. says:

    Russel can’t win a board battle or cover anyone in front…his achilles heel.

  198. BeerMe says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers could win this game, though. McDavid could score three, or Eberle could score and Nuge could score. I bet you a fine orange drinking glass from Wal-Mart it does not end 4-3.

    Tmac should pull Gus for an extra attacker at the start of the 3rd if Talbot really is too tired.

  199. frjohnk says:

    If Talbot is “mediocre”

    What in the name of fuck is Gus?

    This guy is fucking junk.

    Like fucking fucking fucking junk.

    I have not sworn this much since it had my kidney stone attack.

    Playoffs are within reach but this backup may fuck it all up.

  200. Mattaklap says:

    Don’t blame Gustavsson, blame the colony of biting gnats inside his equipment.

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