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. LostBoy 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.

    I’ll take 6-5.

    In regulation.

    Like last time.

  2. Centre of attention says:

    I almost hope Gustavsson gets torched even more during the third so that Peter realizes his mistake.

  3. StixMalone 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.

    I believe I don’t have a fine orange drinking glass although I do like to look through rose coloured glasses once in a while….

  4. Zelepukin 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.

    Maroon score & win. Pots 3 more, Gusta’s wife wins the million bucks on the purchase of a Compliments Cheese Cake, they decide to move back to Sweden and use their winnings on opening a nice bed & breakfast in his hometown of Danderyd.

  5. LostBoy says:

    aaaand it’s Gustavsson. So who knows.

  6. BeerMe says:

    Centre of attention:
    I almost hope Gustavsson gets torched even more during the third so that Peter realizes his mistake.

    Oh boy if he actually stays in and the Oilers do lose, I hope they lose 10-3.

  7. marty62 says:

    Centre of attention,

    If Chia hasn’t realized his mistake after watching Gustavsson fail in every single one of his appearances, we might be in more trouble than we thought…..

  8. BeerMe says:

    LostBoy:
    aaaand it’s Gustavsson.So who knows.

    Wtf

  9. BONE207 says:

    From watching that period I think I see the problem with Gusto. He was facing the play on all 4 shots. Sure we should be thankful that he blocked 2 of them but hopefully they get him turned around for the 3rd.

  10. Ice Sage says:

    marty62:
    Centre of attention,

    If Chia hasn’t realized his mistake after watching Gustavsson fail in every single one of his appearances, we might be in more trouble than we thought…..

    What should be done?

  11. Lowetide says:

    Eberle is beyone snake bitten.

  12. square_wheels says:

    Ebs can’t buy one.

  13. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Eberle is beyone snake bitten.

    What’s this with Ebs & Beyonce?

  14. marty62 says:

    Ice Sage,

    Chia has to get rid of his error asap. Waive Gustuvsson and bury him in the minors and either bring Broissoit up or find another bac up

  15. square_wheels says:

    Looks like we’re back to shitty neutral zone/no outlets

  16. BONE207 says:

    Cripes…they play keep away then can’t shoot it in

  17. Younger Oil says:

    Where’s Marc-Andre Bergeron when you need him?

  18. spoiler says:

    How did THAT not go in?

  19. delooper says:

    Younger Oil:
    Where’s Marc-Andre Bergeron when you need him?

    Zuerich, apparently.

  20. marty62 says:

    Younger Oil:
    Where’s Marc-Andre Bergeron when you need him?

    Wins thread…… hahaha

  21. voxwah says:

    Dirty German… that was nice

  22. BONE207 says:

    Ottawa looks tired. Leon & Connor need to bury these in tight chances

  23. Lowetide says:

    Man that McDavid line is going to be frightening if they leave it alone for a month. Holy shyte.

  24. pocession charge says:

    Absolute top drawer pass by Drai on that last play. Wow!

  25. Hockey Project says:

    You have got to be FUCKING kidding me. What a pass by Leon…

  26. delooper says:

    I have no idea how Leon would anticipate a behind-the-legs pass like that. A smidge bizarre. Wankel engines, who would have thought of that!

  27. BONE207 says:

    Is there an emoticon for the Bronx Cheer. I’d like to use it for every Gusto save.

  28. square_wheels says:

    Nuge is not sharp. Where is our Nugey ??

  29. marty62 says:

    BONE207:
    Is there an emoticon for the Bronx Cheer. I’d like to use it for every Gusto save.

    Just use that curly turd emoticon

  30. BONE207 says:

    How does Connor do that?

  31. BONE207 says:

    I like these power plays

  32. BONE207 says:

    How about another Hatty Patty?

  33. Seismic Source says:

    call a timeout..get mcdavids line out again

  34. The Trade Guy says:

    The Oilers deserve a goal.

  35. Klima's_Bucket says:

    So a hook on the hands in the neutral zone is a penalty on Ebs.
    But a hook on the hands negating a scoring chance right in front of the net isn’t in the 3rd.
    Makes sense.

  36. npanciroli says:

    Enjoying this years Oilers.

  37. BONE207 says:

    With play like this we may have solved the backup goalie situation. Gusto will retire with 1000 sv%

  38. Side says:

    LT, please include a gif of Draisaitl’s through the leg pass to McDavid in tomorrow’s article if possible please.

    Thanks.

  39. BONE207 says:

    This Letestu kid shoots from anywhere. Bright future

  40. Jaxon says:

    Beautiful pass by Benning to Draisaitl.

  41. Lowetide says:

    Matt Benning is having another very nice game.

  42. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Matt Benning is having another very nice game.

    He looks like he could take on the entire Senate right now

  43. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Never saw what happened with Puljajarvi. He still on roster or get sent down?

  44. Hockey Project says:

    They lost this game on July 1.

  45. square_wheels says:

    Hockey Gords cashed in their road trip “fuck me in the goat ass” card tonight.

  46. jake70 says:

    Did I just hear they pulled the G without possession?

  47. BONE207 says:

    Is this Gord telling us we shouldn’t have beat Boston?

  48. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Nice dump to nobody by Russell with the goalie out.

  49. npanciroli says:

    This game and the NJ game were the best games they played this year. Super encouraging.

  50. JAG-041 says:

    BONE207: He looks like he could take on the entire Senate right now

    Dack Benning

  51. Zelepukin says:

    that has to be one of the most disheartening losses of the year. Played their minds out that 3rd. Lose to one of the worst sv% through 60 on the year.

  52. Professor Q says:

    I’m getting mixed signals on how the game is going, from here. 😂

  53. Kirby says:

    Jonas cost us this game. Simple as that.

  54. linkfromhyrule says:

    Hendricks letestu lander out to finish the game down by a couple. I have no words. Gus lost us that game. Frustrating

  55. Dicky94 says:

    Thanks Gusto. Better luck in Bakersfield!

  56. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well that’s too bad

    A win tonight would have brought them home in great shape and set up the rest of the month

    I think it’s time for Chia to fill in a few of the deficiencies with this roster

  57. BONE207 says:

    Talbot would have gotten more rest in the crease than on the bench tonight

  58. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    This team needs a backup.

  59. ashley says:

    Nice adjustment by Ottawa in the second intermission. They recognized that they were outmatched, but lucky to have the lead and managed the game pretty well in the third.

    Though we did have a few good chances. I thought the Draisaitl drive to the net was the best with Condon down and out, reaching way to barely get his stick on it, but Bob Cole didn’t even call it as it happened (he was talking about something else) and the crew produced no replay. It’s like it didn’t even happen. Great chance, great save.

  60. Gret99zky says:

    shots 38 vs. 18? OMFG

  61. npanciroli says:

    Go back to Klefbom – Larsson, Sekera – Benning, Russell Gryba and swap Kassian and Eberle. Run that for the rest of the year and you make the playoffs.

    Also, Talbot has to play every game.

  62. russ99 says:

    Well that sucks, but we had our chances.

    Pretty obvious we need to acquire a goalie. If Talbot misses any significant time, we’re done for.

  63. Seismic Source says:

    I made fun of all my Flames fan friends when they lost to Vancouver the other night after outshooting them 100 -1….I think I’ll stay off twitter tonight.

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

    TMAc with a very very odd choice at the end. Sent the McDavid line out with 2:00 left, they came off right as Gus left. Bad bench management there IMO

    On the plus side Gus should be done now

    Not getting a W sucks but that was two absolutely dominant games in a row

    Excellent hockey overall

  65. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Woodguy: Its not that they are riding the PDO pony (.9973), but like CGY when they last made the playoffs, they’ve had unreal goaltending when they couldn’t score and outscored poor goaltending when they’ve needed it.

    Woodguy called it.
    Blame him.
    Or better yet, blame his left shot phone.

  66. JAG-041 says:

    Oilers allowed what? 5 shots? 6 shots through the last two periods? And Ottawa scored 2 goals?

  67. BONE207 says:

    This is why I drink…Sunday no less

  68. square_wheels says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Good chance Gusto is waived this week, there’s no way Tmac is willing to play him during the final stretch.

    Good news is he’s cheap.

  69. Chamucks says:

    This game is going to make the impending Bobby Ryan trade even more difficult to swallow.

    Ryan was 14 minutes and -2 tonight as well.

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

    ashley,

    Ottawa had 7 shots after the 15 minute mark of the first.

    They didn’t manage a thing they got speedbagged

  71. JAG-041 says:

    ashley:
    Nice adjustment by Ottawa in the second intermission.They recognized that they were outmatched, but lucky to have the lead and managed the game pretty well in the third.

    Though we did have a few good chances.I thought the Draisaitl drive to the net was the best with Condon down and out, reaching way to barely get his stick on it, but Bob Cole didn’t even call it as it happened (he was talking about something else) and the crew produced no replay.It’s like it didn’t even happen.Great chance, great save.

    Love ole Bob Cole, but he has no idea what’s going on anymore. Called Pouliot McDavid once, called Klef Lucic… I’ll bet he had the names wrong around half the time.

  72. norm_klassen says:

    Gussys done he isnt even replacement level anymore. Where is scrivens when w3 need him:)

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

    square_wheels,

    Yup agreed, head over to Europe Monstie, your done here.

    Two good games from Pouliot in a row and Eberle had his chances tonight

    Benning looked beautiful out there tonight.

    McDavid-Drai-Maroon are gonna go supernova

    Can’t be too mad at the team after this, it’s an L but they come back to Rogers playing some decent hockey.

  74. Seismic Source says:

    And it won’t cost us anything to find an improvement. There’s so many better out there.

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

    Good chance Gusto is waived this week, there’s no way Tmac is willing to play him during the final stretch.

    Good news is he’s cheap.

  75. Seismic Source says:

    What did he do to get benched? How do you move that contract?

    Chamucks:
    This game is going to make the impending Bobby Ryan trade even more difficult to swallow.

    Ryan was 14 minutes and -2 tonight as well.

  76. JDï™ says:

    JAG-041: Called Pouliot McDavid once,

    That’s a mistake I’ve heard a lot of PbP people make, and I think the 83 yr old Cole did a better job in that regard than Galley – who kept calling Chris Wideman Dennis.

  77. Woodguy says:

    The Oilers lost the hockey game.

    This is what the spreadsheet guys will never understand about hockey.

    Shot attempts, shot attempts!

    They lost on the scoreboard and that’s all that counts.

    Their goalie had a bad game and they didn’t bail him out!!

    They didn’t want it more when it counted and where it counted, in front of the net.

    Spreadsheet boys can’t measure heart and the Oilers had none or else they would have put their goalie on their back and won it for him.

    Goals is what matters.

    Wins is the only stat that count.

    You get goals and wins with effort and heart.

    Who cares about the shots?

    Just the computer boys, not the men who bleed for the game and their team mates.

  78. Gerta Rauss says:

    JDï™: That’s a mistake I’ve heard a lot of PbP people make, and I think the 83 yr old Cole did a better job in that regard than Galley – who kept calling Chris Wideman Dennis.

    And idiot posters online calling him Greg Millen..!!

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

    Woodguy,

    Condon made five or six big saves in the 3rd all from less than 10ft out

    Saw it live, it was a buzz saw, Sens looked a hair above New Jersey

    McDavid owned Karlsson’s soul

    Gus sucked and it cost them

    No need to slag the team

    I’m curious to see if OilersNerdAlert matches up with what the eye test saw

    I’m guessing it will and that marks two games in a row of very strong play

    Benning Sekera is a thing

    Defense activated again

    (Need to save points for my “Some Thoughts” post tomorrow morning)

  80. oscarmike says:

    Jonas did the same thing in Philly. Just couldn’t make key saves
    Stupid call on Todd when he pulled the goalie
    Eberle still can’t score

    Awesome goal by Drai,That line is unbelievable.
    Maroon with the deuce.
    Benning fighting

  81. Chamucks says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Benning-Sekera is actually really great to watch. Very strong rookie season for Benning continues.

  82. flyfish1168 says:

    Sens blocked 17 of our shots. We need to get around the block better.

  83. geowal says:

    I’m just glad Talbot is well rested now….

  84. Professor Q says:

    JDï™: That’s a mistake I’ve heard a lot of PbP people make, and I think the 83 yr old Cole did a better job in that regard than Galley – who kept calling Chris Wideman Dennis.

    There was one who kept calling Nuge some other name. McDavid or Draisaitl or Letestu or something?

  85. frjohnk says:

    Woodguy:
    The Oilers lost the hockey game.

    This is what the spreadsheet guys will never understand about hockey.

    Shot attempts, shot attempts!

    They lost on the scoreboard and that’s all that counts.

    Their goalie had a bad game and they didn’t bail him out!!

    They didn’t want it more when it counted and where it counted, in front of the net.

    Spreadsheet boys can’t measure heart and the Oilers had none or else they would have put their goalie on their back and won it for him.

    Goals is what matters.

    Wins is the only stat that count.

    You get goals and wins with effort and heart.

    Who cares about the shots?

    Just the computer boys, not the men who bleed for the game and their team mates.

    Smarten up you “eyes guy”

  86. JDï™ says:

    Gerta Rauss: And idiot posters online calling him Greg Millen..!!

    That’s who I thought it was at first too – they have similar voices in my opinion.

  87. pocession charge says:

    JDï™: That’s who I thought it was at first too – they have similar voices in my opinion.

    Me, too.

  88. pocession charge says:

    Bob Cole got the players wrong as often as Paul Romaniuk did last night. Bob also forgot to call the goals and scoring chances for the Oilers at times. Sportsnet production needs a reset.

  89. pocession charge says:

    Okay no more complaints. Let’s talk about that Draisaitl through-the-legs pass that he made. I mean, c’mon! That was incredible.

  90. ASkoreyko says:

    I really think the top 9 lines are pretty solid from what I have seen. I think each line has a nice balance and was playing pretty good hockey.

    I would be happy with the 4th line when they swap Hendricks for Khaira.

    Benning with another monster game, this kid was found money and now gives the Oilers the appearance of Dman depth!

  91. vangolf says:

    Woodguy:
    The Oilers lost the hockey game.

    This is what the spreadsheet guys will never understand about hockey.

    Shot attempts, shot attempts!

    They lost on the scoreboard and that’s all that counts.

    Their goalie had a bad game and they didn’t bail him out!!

    They didn’t want it more when it counted and where it counted, in front of the net.

    Spreadsheet boys can’t measure heart and the Oilers had none or else they would have put their goalie on their back and won it for him.

    Goals is what matters.

    Wins is the only stat that count.

    You get goals and wins with effort and heart.

    Who cares about the shots?

    Just the computer boys, not the men who bleed for the game and their team mates.

    I have no idea why someone would call you condescending.

  92. jp says:

    That really is it for Gustavsson, no?

    A full month between games, and a 0-2-0 5.05 .792 line in those 2 games. Coach absolutely doesn’t trust him, and he’s done nothing but reinforce that lack of trust.

    LB might get the call, but has just a 3.11 GAA and .887 SV% in his last 10.

    Who’s out there that could be had, and is worth having?

  93. Pescador says:

    vangolf: I have no idea why someone would call you condescending.

    Or sarcastic for that matter

  94. Jaxon says:

    Gustavsson, WTF!?! Terrible. Oddly, in Chiarelli’s defence, many of the alternatives to Gustavsson that all of us armchair GMs wanted are having just as bad a season as Gustavsson. It was a tough summer for acquiring a successful goalie. At least we didn’t pick up Enroth!

    Unsuccessful UFA signings:
    Peters 3GP .900
    Gustavsson 6GP .893
    Hutton 14GP .890
    Khudobin 8GP .885
    Zatkoff 10GP .884
    Enroth 6GP .872

    Unsuccessful Traded Goalies:
    Elliott 20GP .889
    Campbell (Not in NHL)
    Bernier 16GP .897

    Successfull UFA signings:
    Johnson 23GP .922
    Reimer 17GP .916
    Montoya 12GP .911

    Successful Waiver Claims:
    Condon 20GP .919 (waivers)

    Successful Traded Goalies:
    Nilsson 13GP .926

    Another common blog backup goalie favourite:
    Neuvirth 10GP .867

  95. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy:
    The Oilers lost the hockey game.

    This is what the spreadsheet guys will never understand about hockey.

    Shot attempts, shot attempts!

    They lost on the scoreboard and that’s all that counts.

    Their goalie had a bad game and they didn’t bail him out!!

    They didn’t want it more when it counted and where it counted, in front of the net.

    Spreadsheet boys can’t measure heart and the Oilers had none or else they would have put their goalie on their back and won it for him.

    Goals is what matters.

    Wins is the only stat that count.

    You get goals and wins with effort and heart.

    Who cares about the shots?

    Just the computer boys, not the men who bleed for the game and their team mates.

    I don’t get the purpose of your comment but the eyes and stats guys were in agreement that Gustavsson was a headscratching decision

  96. Zelepukin says:

    pocession charge:
    Okay no more complaints.Let’s talk about that Draisaitl through-the-legs pass that he made.I mean, c’mon!That was incredible.

    At least ANA lost. Tuesday, massive game.

  97. Bruce Wayne says:

    ASkoreyko:
    I really think the top 9 lines are pretty solid from what I have seen. I think each line has a nice balance and was playing pretty good hockey.

    I would be happy with the 4th line when they swap Hendricks for Khaira.

    Benning with another monster game, this kid was found money and now gives the Oilers the appearance of Dman depth!

    Well, the first line is dominant, but the second line is being dragged down by Lucic’ general terribleness, and while Eberle and Pouliot are excellent, Caggiula is just along for the ride.

    Is there a person alive who thinks Lucic has played well this year? We just have to face the fact that the Oilers are playing with six million less than every other team, because Lucic brings adds absolutely nothing. For all the debate about Larsson and Russell, they at least are actual NHL players.

  98. Woodguy says:

    vangolf: I have no idea why someone would call you condescending.

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

  99. Genjutsu says:

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

    Yup agreed, head over to Europe Monstie, your done here.

    Two good games from Pouliot in a row and Eberle had his chances tonight

    Benning looked beautiful out there tonight.

    McDavid-Drai-Maroon are gonna go supernova

    Can’t be too mad at the team after this, it’s an L but they come back to Rogers playing some decent hockey.

    CRL format: this just makes more sense to me.

    Listing by order of positional importance.

    I vote this becomes the new standard everywhere.

  100. vangolf says:

    Woodguy,

    #doubledown

  101. Georges says:

    The number of times CMD strips their guys of the puck in the offensive zone and gets it back to our guys with time and space. Wowza.

    The Oilers are a really good team when they’re behind. They’re the fourth best on CF% and best on GF% at 5v5 when trailing.

    I wish we had a goalie whisperer.

    CMD-Maroon-Drai may be one of the best lines in the league. Can the rest of the forwards play well enough to keep them together? Nuge-Lucic-Kassian at -2 (-3 with the empty net) probably means the end of Nuge-Lucic-Kassian.

    I wish we had the 2016-17 Anders Nilsson.

  102. Woodguy says:

    leadfarmer: I don’t get the purpose of your comment but the eyes and stats guys were in agreement that Gustavsson was a headscratching decision

    I’ve been told repeated by multiple posters on this site that shots don’t matter, just wins.

    They’ve converted me.

    Just win baby.

  103. Professor Q says:

    Genjutsu: CRL format: this just makes more sense to me.

    Listing by order of positional importance.

    I vote this becomes the new standard everywhere.

    Please. No more. We’ve only recently converted Lowetide to the proper positional-relational layout.

    No more need for household cleaning products.

  104. VOR says:

    Woodguy,

    My NewYear’s resolution, well one of them, is to avoid the use of rhetorical tricks. I got the idea from re-reading Bertrand Russell’s brilliant “Sceptical Essays”. In a book of such precise thinking and sparkling prose that it still resonates today many decades after it was published Russell makes the point that every time we use a rhetorical device we lose the opportunity to communicate. We trade sharing information and influencing opinion for scoring points in a rhetorical joust of no importance. I realized I needed to change my own focus on debating for a focus on communicating.

    My other resolution was to stop swearing in front of the dogs. Or more accurately at the dogs. Today that resolution got sorely tested when my Pittie, who I am training to herd, stopped responding to commands and started chasing my 8 bulls around their winter pasture. It gave me no choice but to follow him, mercifully I had my racing snowshoes on. It took me an hour to get close enough to attach his long line. Then another hour using one of the Blue Heelers to round the Bulls up and bring them back to the hip barn so I could check they were all fine. All the time the weather was getting colder and colder.

    I am sure my attempts to disavow rhetorical tricks will get challenged as much if not more than my ban on swearing as the year rolls on but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what is a heaven for.

  105. Chachi says:

    con·de·scend·ing
    ˌkändəˈsendiNG/
    adjective
    having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.

  106. flea says:

    Gotta think Gustavsson will get sent down after that game. He should never start another game. The positives, Oilers were the far superior team tonight. Keep it rolling Oilers!

  107. Pescador says:

    Chachi:
    con·de·scend·ing
    ˌkändəˈsendiNG/
    adjective
    having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.

    Holy fuck that guy made that comment Before 10:35 am.
    Lowetide.ca: minimum 12 hours of schtick for any misrepresentation. Haha

  108. Lowetide says:

    Pescador: Holy fuck that guy made that comment Before 10:35 am.
    Lowetide.ca: minimum 12 hours of schtick for any misrepresentation. Haha

    Well, sometimes the Webster’s is in the other room!

  109. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: I’ve been told repeated by multiple posters on this site that shots don’t matter, just wins.

    They’ve converted me.

    Just win baby.

    If you learn the secret handshake, you will come running back!

  110. Chachi says:

    Lowetide: Well, sometimes the Webster’s is in the other room!

    Well there seemed to be some dispute about what it meant and I actually prefer the Oxford dictionary.

  111. Gret99zky says:

    Woodguy:
    The Oilers lost the hockey game.

    This is what the spreadsheet guys will never understand about hockey.

    Shot attempts, shot attempts!

    They lost on the scoreboard and that’s all that counts.

    Their goalie had a bad game and they didn’t bail him out!!

    They didn’t want it more when it counted and where it counted, in front of the net.

    Spreadsheet boys can’t measure heart and the Oilers had none or else they would have put their goalie on their back and won it for him.

    Goals is what matters.

    Wins is the only stat that count.

    You get goals and wins with effort and heart.

    Who cares about the shots?

    Just the computer boys, not the men who bleed for the game and their team mates.

    Unsustainable!

  112. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: If you learn the secret handshake, you will come running back!

    Is it a right-handed secret shake or a left?

  113. Woodguy says:

    Chachi:
    con·de·scend·ing
    ˌkändəˈsendiNG/
    adjective
    having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.

    Exactly.

    I don’t think I’m patronizing at all.

    I get called out for being an abrupt asshole because I’m not patronizing.

  114. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy: I’ve been told repeated by multiple posters on this site that shots don’t matter, just wins.

    They’ve converted me.

    Just win baby.

    There’s plenty of clueless eyes people and stats people both.

  115. russ99 says:

    LOL.

    Hockey can be an unpredictable sport.

    Sometimes you win all the numbers battles and still lose, and sometimes you get crushed by the numbers, your goalie stands on his head and you sneak in a few goals and you win.

    The crux is this: numbers have much to tell us, as do the eyes when you look at what makes teams successful, but to assume one is only valid and dismiss the other is foolhardy.

    No team wins every game, so I’m happy with this trip after the jitters of the Blue Jackets game. We continue to play like this overall we’ll be celebrating playoff dates in April.

    The schedule is favorable for us now, as long as we start getting consistent results at home, which has been a bit of an issue.

    February looks a bit rougher, other than the many days off, March looks favorable. The last three weeks against the Pacific look to be the gauntlet we need to run to keep our playoff spot.

  116. Professor Q says:

    VOR,

    I use puns all the time. I don’t find they hinder communication at all…

  117. Woodguy says:

    leadfarmer: There’s plenty of clueless eyes people and stats people both.

    I’m now both!!

  118. Truth says:

    Woodguy:

    Shot attempts, shot attempts!

    In fairness to both groups, when the Oilers play their goalie that allows 4 more goals per 100 shots than their starting goalie (and the opposing goalie) I don’t think it’s shot attempts or heart we should be concerned about.

    Signing Gustavsson is #3 on my list of poor decisions made by this management team to date.

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