G43 2016-17: SHARKS AT OILERS

The San Jose Sharks are one of my favorite teams, and a club the Oilers will have to catch and pass eventually—but not this season. If there is a team that appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals in your division, beating that team might be considered a proper goal, right? Fair? Edmonton gets a chance tonight, and there are some good things going for this team.

SUNSHINE TO SUNDOGS, 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: 2-2-0, goal differential -2
  • Oilers after 42, 2015-16: 17-22-3, goal differential -24
  • Oilers after 42, 2016-17: 21-14-7, goal differential +8

Oilers lost G43 to the Florida Panthers 2-1, Jaromir Jagr scored early and Matt Hendricks took a bunch of penalties (and eventually a suspension) in reaction to a dangerous hit on Taylor Hall. January hasn’t established itself yet, it could be very good like October or December, or perhaps it will be a struggle like November. I think February will be very difficult and March may be a breeze, but this month is a huge test. The Oilers can’t secure a playoff spot this month, but they can lose one and that is for sure.

DEFENSE VIA WOODMONEY, 2016-17

  • All of this save 5×5/60 is WoodMoney, the scoring totals are Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com.
  • I am just getting used to thesse numbers and am surprised by the amount of movement in some categories. Kris Russell has enjoyed a strong surge up the Dangerous Fenwick since we looked last at this table, and Matt Benning has increased what I think we can call dominance in the Fenwick columns.
  • Matt Benning is approaching Oscar Klefbom in terms of percentage of overall time spent facing Elites—and that is a trend based on my viewing of this material. The fact that Benning is so dominant in DFF makes the move logical, but it is very surprising considering our views on these two players just short months ago.

FORWARDS VIA WOODMONEY, 2016-17

  • Connor McDavid belongs in a higher league, these are exceptional numbers. Now, consider he isn’t yet 20 and those numbers become even more impressive. McDavid is still growing, getting faster, but I think he is also adjusting to the rigors of the NHL and picking his spots more.
  • Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Maroon are the floating boats with McDavid these days, but there is evidence this trio has some real chem and could be around awhile.
  • Milan Lucic, RNH and Jordan Eberle have been playing the toughest opposition a lot this season and two of the men are staying above water against elites. A key element to second half success must be to find offensive success at 5×5 for these men. We know they have the ability, so chem and luck have to change.
  • Some of this would be solved with a veteran shooter who can play RW. There simply aren’t many of those types available, as too few teams have fallen out of contention.

BAD BET

Lots of hammering about Jonas Gustavsson today, fans and media suggesting it was a terrible bet. It was. In April, when we looked at the free agents available, I listed four reasonable bets—none of whom were Jonas Gustavsson. Some of my bets haven’t worked out either, but the Gustavsson bet was poor from day one and had little chance (based on what we know) to work. It isn’t a matter of picking on Peter Chiarelli, this was a wayward bet that had no easy explanation. That is not a good thing.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE

  • Jake Sundstrom: It’s hard to figure out exactly what the best lines are for Edmonton because Todd McLellan likes to blend lines in Alberta just as much as he did in San Jose. Maroon has spend time with Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle and Leon Draisaitl — sometimes with two of the aforementioned three. And Edmonton can’t resist sending Milan Lucic out on the top line with McDavid, despite his skillset being better suited to a third-line role.
  • Jake Sundstrom: That gives San Jose an advantage, of course. McDavid took the Sharks’ lunch money in their last meeting by embarrassing Joe Thornton and company with his speed, but keeping a hit-first player like Lucic out there helps mitigate the damage. That might change with Timo Meier on the ice, but McDavid is going to be the best player in the NHL before his career is over, so expect the Sharks to take the L while he’s on the ice.
  • Source

KEN HODGE

The first dominant line I remember well was the Wayne Cashman—Phil Esposito—Ken Hodge line of the late 1960s through early 1970s. Cashman was basically Ryan Smyth without the mullet, Phil Esposito is unique in human history (picture a giant rock in the slot, with good hands) and Hodge was the guy who combined a lot of skill elements. He was a bigger guy, not overly physical, but a sharp passer and he had a very good shot.

McDavid and Esposito are as far apart as one can get in terms of actual style, but their impact on the game is somewhat similar—of course Esposito had Orr back there to help. Hodge complemented this line by being able to do multiple things, and for McDavid that man may be Leon.

Draisaitl can transport the puck, he can shoot, he is a sublime passer. Folks, I know some of you will hate me, but the search may be over and it may be Leon. The number of posters who want LD at C is myriad, but I think he has found a higher calling. The McDavid line.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. The power of the McDavid line, Benning as Calder candidate, the week past and the one to come.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. We will chat about the best team in the Pacific and what is working and what is not working.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. We will go around as many Canadian NHL cities as we can and check in on the current situations.

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

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  1. oscarmike says:

    Good goal for Drake.
    Pouloit been having a good game so far.
    That’s the kind of game Oilers need form him

  2. npanciroli says:

    Centre of attention,

    Thornton straight up called that penalty himself.

  3. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    Makes sense, wasn’t clear on the aggregate games.

    Just wish we had him in the lineup, even in the RHD role Gryba fills

  4. hunter1909 says:

    1-1 I like very much. Sharks starting to sense they’re getting it tonight.

  5. square_wheels says:

    there is no need to take that penalty

  6. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    square_wheels:
    there is no need to take that penalty

    There was no penalty.

  7. square_wheels says:

    Pou feeling it tonight, just don’t take a penalty Tmac will bench him for

  8. GMB3 says:

    oscarmike:
    Good goal for Drake.
    Pouloit been having a good game so far.
    That’s the kind of game Oilers need form him

    Agreed. He is the difference between that line being a non-factor or not

  9. square_wheels says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Maroon clearly had his stick in his hands, take a close look, it was there

  10. Centre of attention says:

    ughhhhh

  11. square_wheels says:

    of fucking course he scores

    that had to have gone through 4 pairs of skates

  12. npanciroli says:

    Talbot needs that.

  13. hunter1909 says:

    That’s the last goal they score tonight.

  14. LadiesloveSmid says:

    this reeks of a game I regret watching once 2.5 hours has come and gone, hope they look 100% better in the 2nd

  15. npanciroli says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    Me too.

  16. Professor Q says:

    Kassian seems to be limping.

  17. oscarmike says:

    Stupid penalties lead to stupid goals

  18. Lowetide says:

    I don’t think Talbot saw that shot, Burns was moving laterally as he shot, plus Pavelski screen.

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

    Tough goal at the end but Talbot/Russell made a few five alarm saves earlier

    Good push back at the end

    Keep the pressure up and it’ll even out

  20. Lowetide says:

    Corsi 15-17 after one, 2-1 SJS and they outshot Edmonton 12-7. The whole team will have to be better to win this one.

  21. Centre of attention says:

    IDK about you guys but IMO the Refs are always trash during Pacific division games, specifically the ones against California teams.

    Nothing too major tonight, but the Oilers are probably owed a call or two in the second period to even things up.

  22. LMHF#1 says:

    Burns is such a fine hockey player. Not sure how people avoid giving him his due.

    Also still improving. Impressive stuff.

  23. stevezie says:

    How rare is it for a defenseman to lead the league in shots? I don’t remember having seen it happen before, but then it has never been something I was watching for.

  24. Wolfie says:

    The PK has to be better period. They have been leaking goals against at an alarming rate lately.

  25. treevojo says:

    Mcdavid looks like he has his legs.

    He is good for at least one breakaway.

    He is due for a goal.

  26. Lowetide says:

    Well, that was just awful. 3-1 Sharks.

  27. kooler says:

    Joe Thortons beard must be older than Mcdavid.

  28. square_wheels says:

    this fucking team ,jeebus

    thank god for Netflix

  29. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Oilers’ breakouts = 80 foot passes up the middle to jailbreaking forwards with no one back for support. San Jose breakouts = 20 foot passes from middle to boards to middle.
    Cleanly breaks the Oil defense and creates a brief 2-on-1 down low with no effort at all. Ding, shot off the post.

  30. Lowetide says:

    Pouliot will feel shame.

  31. Derek says:

    Well Pouliot looked like a real NHL player for 20 minutes or so again before reverting back to shitshow Pouliot. Progress I suppose.

  32. hunter1909 says:

    Maybe I got it backwards; 7-2 Sharks.

    Go Sharks!

  33. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:
    Maybe I got it backwards; 7-2 Sharks.

    Go Sharks!

    Haha. It does feel like that kind of a night so far. Come on, you Oilers!

  34. hunter1909 says:

    I admit it: I’ve found something better to do instead of suffering through this game:

    Youtube: 1987 Edmonton Hurricane footage.

  35. flyfish1168 says:

    I believe BP did this same play Sunday against the sens. Again tonight with the same results.

  36. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Getting very tired of the careless 200 foot icing play when you have all day. Still like this team overall but they are not in SJ’s class.

  37. Derek says:

    Gosh I hope this PP gets the SHARKS back in the game.

  38. Aron_S says:

    Remenda. *puke*

  39. Lowetide says:

    Oilers need to cash on some of these chances.

  40. Wolfie says:

    Jones is seeing the puck well tonight.

  41. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Someone needs to shake Jones he is absolutely dialed in.

  42. Lowetide says:

    JP wearing No. 9 for the Condors.

  43. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    That was a much more fluid PP. Best I have seen in a while. Need to give credit where it is due.

  44. Professor Q says:

    hunter1909:
    I admit it: I’ve found something better to do instead of suffering through this game:

    Youtube: 1987 Edmonton Hurricane footage.

    I’m watching Bones and breaking in my new Oilers themed crock pot on the side..

  45. Diablo says:

    Eberle should have shot that – he’s got no confidence right now.

  46. VOR says:

    Stevezie,

    I don’t think it is very common at all for dmen to lead the league in shots. The last one I can remember is the great Ray Borque in the short season, 94-95? I am guessing before that it was Borque in probably 86-87. Prior to that maybe Orr in 70-71. So not common. But the all time leader in shots ion goal s a defenceman. Guess who? Raymond Borque.

  47. Lowetide says:

    Laleggia scores his fourth from JJ Khaira. Patrick Russell was the RW on the line at the time.

  48. Wolfie says:

    Is it just me or do the Oilers fly through the scoring area without stopping all the time. There never seems to be anyone in the slot area for rebounds or deflected shots.

  49. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    LOL we are done.

  50. Centre of attention says:

    Wow this is just not the Oilers night.

  51. Diablo says:

    And this game is over.

  52. JDï™ says:

    hunter1909: 1987 Edmonton Hurricane footage.

    I was huddled in the old Oyen hotel during a storm that was part of that system. Windows were being blown in, and the place was creaking like it was going to burst into a billion splinters any second.

    Speaking of getting blown out…

  53. Ryan says:

    lol Talbot lays an egg.

    2nd best goaler by a mile tonight.

  54. jake70 says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers need to cash on some of these chances.

    goals matter 😉

  55. Centre of attention says:

    Gryba had his stick hooking Boedker but he still tipped it. Need to make that hook a little more towards the stick than the body, Eric.

  56. Ryan says:

    Talbot thinks he’s a monster tonight.

  57. Wolfie says:

    That’s a hook right in front of the ref on McDavid in the corner. I thought every time the stick gets in the hands that’s automatic?

  58. JDï™ says:

    Professor Q: I’m watching Bones

    I should maybe play my guitar for a while, before I sell it.

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

    Centre of attention,

    Three rough games in a row for Gryba by eye

    The 4th line is useless tonight.

    Had one decent shift in the first otherwise getting beat up

    Sigh it had been a while since an egg like this one happened

  60. Diablo says:

    Sharks are a better team – no doubt about it – still a ways to go before the Oilers are able to compete against the best.

  61. Wolfie says:

    This game is far from over. Just need to start with one. McDavid is due, Eberle, Nuge, Lucic etc…

  62. Dicky94 says:

    Oilers need to dial up the intensity or playoffs will not happen. Very flat tonight.

  63. Centre of attention says:

    Sharks have 3 shots this period

    have scored on 2 of them

  64. jake70 says:

    Sloppy break out.

  65. Centre of attention says:

    Sekera-Klefbom pairing sighted.

  66. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Dicky94:
    Oilers need to dial up the intensity or playoffs will not happen. Very flat tonight.

    Agreed. This game is a measuring stick and they are getting their asses handed to them.

    And now what? Score 3 on Jones who looks unbeatable?

    The game is over.

  67. kooler says:

    JJ Khaira is a bull….JP skating hard.

  68. Klima's_Bucket says:

    JDï™,

    How were the strippers that night?

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

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Single events can have large impacts.

    Pouliot making a pass up the middle that a 10 year old knows not to make isn’t getting your ass handed to you, It’s one specific player making a very dumb play.

    Gryba should see the press box next game though

  70. Lowetide says:

    Josh Currie from Descheneau and Scott Allen. 2-0 Condors.

  71. Wolfie says:

    So Drai gets dumped in front no call…. Jeebus

  72. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Single events can have large impacts.

    Pouliot making a pass up the middle that a 10 year old knows not to make isn’t getting your ass handed to you, It’s one specific player making a very dumb play.

    Gryba should see the press box next game though

    You’re right I was wrong to dispair – but I’m an emotional guy.

  73. JDï™ says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    Any port in a storm.

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

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    I’m getting tired of Pouliot.

    Penalties in the ozone were one thing.

    Now point blank giveaways are his thing.

    Not cool, not cool

  75. Wolfie says:

    Aside from a couple of brain cramps the Oilers outplayed the Sharks in that period. Score effects… maybe. But the Oilers have been doing that pretty consistently. The difference tonight as it was against Ottawa is goaltending.

    Talbot has not been good tonight. Jones made at least 3 humongous saves that period.

    The lack of an offensive d-man who is able to walk the line and change the angle of the shot hurts the Oilers ability to get pucks through to the net. Almost everything from the point is blocked.

    McDavid is a treat…. He kinda telegraphed the pass to Maroon though even though it was a beauty.

  76. treevojo says:

    Thought the oilers had a strong period.

    Extremely unlucky.

    San Jose taking advantage of stupid plays by the oil.

    All there offence has come from the blue line on scrambles.

    Not our night.

  77. Lowetide says:

    Corsi 33-30 Edmonton after two, but all score effects. I thought Edmonton might have had a chance in this game, and they have had some poor luck, but expected a better effort gotta say.

  78. Klima's_Bucket says:

    JDï™,

    Haha, didn’t that old bar burn down a few years ago?

  79. jake70 says:

    Lucic, Ebs, Nuge, Pouliot – 22M for this production rate – not gonna cut it.

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

    Lowetide,

    It was 3-1 on the power play and the few shifts after Jones made some great saves to keep it that way

    Dunno if that was score effects or just a hot goalie making some big stops

  81. JDï™ says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    I hope so, although I wish nobody any harm.

  82. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    jake70:
    Lucic, Ebs, Nuge, Pouliot – 22M for this production rate – not gonna cut it.

    I’d say two of those names are not on the roster next year.

  83. treevojo says:

    Anybody watching the condors game?

    Just wondering what line Jesse is playing on and how he looks tonight?

  84. Ryan says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: I’d say two of those names are not on the roster next year.

    Which two?

  85. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Maybe Eberle would like to join his pal Hall in NJ.
    And Severson + comes back.

  86. Wolfie says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: I’d say two of those names are not on the roster next year.

    If it were up to me it would be 3…. Lucic has not been good at all. I hope he’s a proud guy because from here he looks like he’s just cashing his retirement cheques.

  87. JDï™ says:

    Four score and seven beers ago…

  88. Centre of attention says:

    That was a beautiful goal.

    atta’ boy.

  89. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Ha good start

  90. Wolfie says:

    There we go!!! Atta Boy Matty!

  91. Wolfie says:

    Nice pass Milan!

  92. spoiler says:

    Hemsky is shooting more this year

  93. Lowetide says:

    Benning from Lucic. 4-2. Need another.

  94. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Lowetide,

    Just one?

  95. Wolfie says:

    I like Pouliot back with Ebs and Nuge.

  96. Centre of attention says:

    KLEFBOM!!!!

  97. Dicky94 says:

    Here we go boys!!

  98. Pretendergast says:

    Klef-bommmmmmmmb

  99. JDï™ says:

    Oscore!

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

    Well that is a swing of events

  101. Wolfie says:

    Hey, Hey!

  102. Lowetide says:

    Oscar scored.

  103. jp says:

    Huh. This is getting interesting.

  104. spoiler says:

    Could get interesting….

  105. Wolfie says:

    On your toes boys!

  106. treevojo says:

    This ain’t the same oilers

  107. flyfish1168 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Maybe Eberle would like to join his pal Hall in NJ.
    And Severson + comes back.

    I’m sure Shero would get PC to pony up

  108. spoiler says:

    TMac was clearly outmatched in engineering the FO win that led to the goal.
    😀

  109. Centre of attention says:

    Well then.

    Lucky a new back up is on his way.

  110. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Sharks down to 5 D.
    Keep the foot on the gas.

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

    Fucking hell

  112. Wolfie says:

    just touch the puck. man that drives me up the wall.

  113. Pretendergast says:

    buy a lotto ticket logan

  114. Dicky94 says:

    Lots of time yet.

  115. Zelepukin says:

    Thanks Remenda for pointing out that not only is it a goal but it should have also been a penalty. Very helpful. Much Oilering.

  116. Ryan says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Fucking hell

    What’s Roloson up to these days?

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

    Ryan,

    Back to back eggs by the goalies

    Nowhere near as bad as Gus but common Cam they need a save!

  118. Ryan says:

    What am I missing?

    Why do these refs keep waiving off the (Sharks) icing?

  119. digger50 says:

    The last couple games the commentators were questionable. But I will take them all day over Remenda. Not only does is he obviously worried Sharks may lose a goal, he also wants to give them a penalty shot!

  120. JDï™ says:

    whew…

  121. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I guess the difference is going to end up being goalering tonight…

  122. Wolfie says:

    Why the fuck does the NHL even employ Refs?

  123. Pretendergast says:

    Bear in mind Jones is the only reason the Sharks won any games against the speedy Pens.

    Ridiculous tonight

  124. Dicky94 says:

    Where the hell was this Oiler team 40 minutes ago. Keep it coming!

  125. Diablo says:

    Jones has been very good tonight. Would be nice if Ebs or Nuge could piss a drop on offence.

  126. Bag of Pucks says:

    Will never happen, but Benning should get some Calder votes.

    He’s playing like year 3, not year 1.

    Dmen don’t get enough love for that trophy.

  127. Feelin Saad says:

    What channel is the Oiler’s feed? I’ve been watching sportsnet but the only thing on was a couple minutes talking about Joe Thornton and his beard and coming off the ice last or something.

  128. JDï™ says:

    Do Thornton and Burns travel in a chartreuse micro bus?

  129. JDï™ says:

    Bag of Pucks: Benning should get some Calder votes.

    At this point, I’m wondering if he can play RW.

  130. Bag of Pucks says:

    Remenda is to Sharks as brown is to nose.

  131. Klima's_Bucket says:

    JDï™,

    At the point, I’m wondering if he can take Sekera’s spot on the PP and unload that bomb.

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

    Remenda is a goon haha

    Not happy with the score but I like the pushback a lot

    Talbot stood all early but has been an adventure since the Burns goal

    If he’s his normal self this game is 3-2 or something similar

    Sharks started off hot but since the Oilers clawed back in it’s been even, these things didn’t happen a few years ago

    Like the effort, hate the boneheaded mistakes and here we are likely out a couple of points

  133. JDï™ says:

    Oilers Jonesin’ for a goal for the last 10 minutes.

  134. Centre of attention says:

    Pulju gets his first point in his first game. Assist on condors 4-1 goal

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

    Bah

    Same shit followed them back to edmonton from Ottawa

    They better come out pissed off on Thursday

    Hendricks and Gryba should sit for a while

    Both were liabilities out there tonight

    Pouliot Pouliot Pouliot… I just don’t know what to think or do about this player I tells ya

  136. Bag of Pucks says:

    SJ is the cream of the division. Call me crazy, but you put a healthy Nurse and Pitlick in this lineup and I think the Oil can compete with them.

    We need that $6mil per 2nd line to be better…stronger….faster. Where’s Oscar Goldman when you need him?

  137. treevojo says:

    Remenda finally gets to have his orgasm smoke.

    The whole game he spent building up talking about the sharks only to have the oilers ruin it with goals.

    Finally the sharks let him finish with the win.

    At least one person gets to go home happy tonight.

  138. Colieo87 says:

    2006 oilers had top quarter back d man chris pronger 2016 oilers no quarter back dmen for those timely goals especially comes to the play off push and play offs, even if we make it say wild card spot or dog fighting from 4 to 8 i don’t think the oil will win a round in the play offs. We need that quarter back shot from the point its lagging bad.

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

    Bag of Pucks,

    I thought Eberle has a good game. Tenacious on the forechecking and backcheck, good down low, snake bitten something furious though.

    Lucic was a drag and a half tonight.

    Really not impressed with the giveaways.

    I expect Talbot to bounce back Thursday

  140. Dicky94 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Ship Pou out and let Caggs play on the wing with Eberle and Nuge. Bring up JJ to centre Lucic and Kassian.

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

    Colieo87,

    Klefbom and Benning scored tonight…

  142. oscarmike says:

    What do you want?
    SJS is a better team
    Cry a river
    6-0 the next 6 games

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

    Dicky94,

    I’d rather keep Pouliot (I hate the giveaways but good luck trading him right now) send Cagguilla down and bring up JJ.

    Yanking Hendricks at this point is addition from subtraction and that is my #1 priority

  144. Colieo87 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    I only caught the last 6 mins but really we still need it thought for that push to tie the game. How did benning and klefbomb score, was it from the point?

  145. digger50 says:

    Bounces certainly didn’t go Tabots way tonight. Even so, this team just showed us they have the horsepower to play with this contender. They can absolutely dominating when they turn it on. Things are coming along, I think we will surprise come playoffs. I’m still a Charlie Brown.

  146. Bag of Pucks says:

    On this night at least, Jones outplayed Talbot.

    Score 1 for All Star selectors.

  147. jake70 says:

    Hmmmm…I turn the game off to watch Leah Remini’s scientologty series episode, come back and they scored 2 more. That Benning goal was a beauty, any Oiler forwards who can score like that – please stand up.

  148. treevojo says:

    Call me a homer.

    But after the first 15 mins of that game I thought we outplayed and outchanced San Jose.

    They got some huge saves.

    We did not.

  149. LMHF#1 says:

    Got to change up the mix outside the top line. This mix of skillsets isn’t working.

  150. JDï™ says:

    jake70,

    What’s your OT level?

  151. JDï™ says:

    treevojo,

    Homer.

  152. Ryan says:

    treevojo:
    Call me a homer.

    But after the first 15 mins of that game I thought we outplayed and outchanced San Jose.

    They got some huge saves.

    We did not.

    Blame Woodguy. Iirc he originally chose Talbot over a Jones. 🙂

  153. treevojo says:

    Ryan,

    Obviously Woodguys metrics are limited to only picking above average goaltenders and not bonifide allstars.

  154. treevojo says:

    JDï™:
    treevojo,

    Homer.

    I did pick the oilers to get 101pts this season in the hunter pool so I do have some stake in the game.

  155. Professor Q says:

    What an interesting goal by Hamilton.

    I’ve been missing Puljüjarvi out there but at least he’s had a few chances.

  156. GMB3 says:

    Professor Q:
    What an interesting goal by Hamilton.

    I’ve been missing Puljüjarvi out there but at least he’s had a few chances.

    How are you watching the game?

  157. stevezie says:

    VOR,

    Fascinating, thanks.

    I’m open to the arguments on how important it is, but Burns accomplishment (to date) certainly does seem interesting.

  158. Bruce Wayne says:

    The third period was the most exciting Oiler team I’ve seen this year. That’s the setup you want with this team.

    All three lines were creating chances.

    It was the first period all season I didn’t hate Lucic. He’s found his niche as a third line winger, made a nice pass to Benning, and was skating and hitting for the first time in months. With his contract he’s still not worth a seventh round pick, but at least he played better than waiver fodder. Playing him on the third line also has the bonus of replacing him with Pouliot, who is a better player, to give a boost to RNH and Eberle.

  159. BeerMe says:

    LT you really need to do something aout that garish color scheme on the wood money charts, it’s making our eyes bleed!

  160. Diablo says:

    Bruce Wayne:
    The third period was the most exciting Oiler team I’ve seen this year.That’s the setup you want with this team.

    All three lines were creating chances.

    It was the first period all season I didn’t hate Lucic.He’s found his niche as a third line winger, made a nice pass to Benning, and was skating and hitting for the first time in months.With his contract he’s still not worth a seventh round pick, but at least he played better than waiver fodder.Playing him on the third line also has the bonus of replacing him with Pouliot, who is a better player, to give a boost to RNH and Eberle.

    I think you have 67 and 27 mixed up there Dark Knight. You probably mean to say that Pouliot is not worth a 7th. In no season, ever, has Pouliot been a better player than Lucic … including this one. In the past two games alone, Pouliot has coughed the puck up to an opposition forward, which directly led to a goal the other way. No other forward on our team has made such poor decisions with the puck as Pouliot in our own zone this year. No matter what he gives you in offence (not much this season as it turns out), he takes it all back through poor decisions.

    Nuge and Ebs have to start taking the puck hard to the net to create offence. Instead of getting stronger and more assertive with age, injuries have made both of them become more tentative, preferring to try to create offence from the periphery along the boards, rather than attacking the net and potentially risking injury. There are very few players in the league who can create offence from the spots that they are choosing to attack from. Watch Maroon last night – he created a ton of chances last night by taking the puck and crashing the net.

    Ebs is gone as soon as Chia can find a deal to his liking. He doesn’t create his own offence anymore, and unlike Lucic,he can’t maintain possession on the cycle. We’re going to need some cap space to re-up Maroon.

  161. meanashell11 says:

    Bruce Wayne:
    The third period was the most exciting Oiler team I’ve seen this year.That’s the setup you want with this team.

    All three lines were creating chances.

    It was the first period all season I didn’t hate Lucic.He’s found his niche as a third line winger, made a nice pass to Benning, and was skating and hitting for the first time in months.With his contract he’s still not worth a seventh round pick, but at least he played better than waiver fodder.Playing him on the third line also has the bonus of replacing him with Pouliot, who is a better player, to give a boost to RNH and Eberle.

    Wow, talk about passive/agressive! I really like the way you made this sound positive while really throwing gas on the fire! Bravo. Very good.

  162. Gino says:

    Please Sleepy in Hendricks out. Just for you Lowtide bring Fayne back and sit Gryba who is even slower than Fayne.

  163. meanashell11 says:

    What is the deal with Davidson? I must have missed something.

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

    Diablo,

    Couple Points

    1) Nuge-Ebs and Hall all played along the periphery. Begging them to score Smyth style goals, while a great sport, is trying to reinvent the wheel here. They don’t play that kind of game necessarily and until the wheels fell off offensively they got by because they are skilled enough to hold hold hold and find the guy who has now gotten open. They’ve always played this way and actually I thought they were pretty good last night, my eye test saw Eberle really well on the forecheck and if the defence could have gotten a few more shots through they results could have been different for that line. The line combo with Nuge-Poo-Eberle looked decent last night, I’d leave it together for a few games.

    2) I agree wholeheartedly with the Pouliot comments at the beginning, spot on.

    3) He likely will get traded I agree but there needs to be a suitable replacement coming back if thats the case. Despite the general theory consistent guys don’t grow on trees and even the best can have down seasons. Overall I think Eberle has been playing better since the Holiday break. I notice him more good than bad in all around aspects of the game. Can’t piss a drop offensively at the moment which is a shame.

  165. russ99 says:

    Too many of our shots that make the goalie work are coming on the rush from the wings or from the point.

    If McLellan doesn’t change up the offense against the tougher west teams, those last 12 division games in March and April will drop us down the standings and maybe even out of the playoffs.

    We also need to be a lot better at the start of games at home. Maybe it’s time for the old home hotel trick.

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