G47 2016-17 PANTHERS AT OILERS

My Dad used to say things happen for a reason. He would usually say that after some catastrophic event (my Uncle Mark once drove over my Tonka Volkswagen with a real Volkswagen) but Dad held it to be true no matter which way the wind blew. We may have a case of things happening for a reason, right here, right now—or it could be a giant waste of time. That said, dreaming is free.

SCHADENFREUDE, 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: 5-3-0, goal differential -1
  • Oilers after 46, 2015-16: 18-23-5, goal differential -27
  • Oilers after 46, 2016-17: 24-15-7, goal differential +9

G47 one year ago was a win, Edmonton over Florida 4-2. Taylor Hall was the big star, and Edmonton—at that point in the season—looked like a club that might be able to push toward something resembling .500.

MONEY QUOTE

  • Bob McKenzie quote: “We do know this, the Oilers and Shattenkirk talked last summer. The word was at the time he didn’t look favorably at Edmonton. But because how things have changed there, and because the Blues maybe aren’t as good, maybe he looks at things differently.” Source

This is a fascinating quote, with real nuance. If you write a hockey rumors site, notice the specificity of the verbal. Things have changed to the point where there may be a window of opportunity. It may also benefit Edmonton, because if St. Louis pulls the chute, the price tag now could be far less than in summer. It probably costs a young defenseman and a conditional pick (second rounder if they don’t sign, first round if they do). The question then surrounds the quality of the young player, and Brandon Davidson would be my guess (you may feel that is a terrible idea).

FORWARDS, 2016-17

  • Connor McDavid is posting a grand season, just so enjoyable to watch. One of my favorite things about watching teams emerge is finding out who gets to play wing with the superstar. The Philadelphia Flyers won a Stanley Cup before finally landing Reggie Leach for the Bobby Clarke line. They played together with the Flin Flon Bombers and when Leach arrived they won it all again—with the Riverton Rilfe’s goal total rising from 22 to 45 to 61 in what was a harbinger of the roaring 80s.
  • I don’t know for sure, but Leon Draisaitl may end up as a RW forever. You know, chemistry is the damndest thing, once you find it there is a very good chance you will come back to it. I know you hate the idea, but the depth chart next season may look something like this on the top two lines: Maroon—McDavid—Draisaitl; Lucic—Nuge—Puljujarvi. A new center, preferably righty, moves in for the 3C job. Thoughts? Don’t tell me you all love it at once.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

If Edmonton were to acquire Kevin Shattenkirk, where would you put him? Alongside Andrej Sekera? Oscar Klefbom? Kris Russell? Brandon Davidson?

  • Todd McLellan about Andrej Sekera: “He blocked a shot but he should be fine for tomorrow. We’re counting on him.” 

Sounds about right. If the Oilers are going to acquire Kevin Shattenkirk, and I do believe this story has legs, then surely there is at least a chance the Blues’ defender signs for a season or two in Edmonton. Here is my ideal set of blue should this happen:

  • Sekera—Shattenkirk
  • Klefbom—Larsson
  • Nurse—Benning

I know the third pairing is young, but the duo has played over 115 minutes together with a 54 percent possession number. This assumes Davidson is part of the package, and of course it would make sense to sign Shattenkirk after the expansion draft. Dealing Davidson, and I am still uncertain it is wise (good young player), would make the expansion list far easier:

  • G Cam Talbot
  • D Adam Larsson, Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera
  • F Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle, Patrick Maroon, Benoit Pouliot, Mark Letestu.

Note: I would protect Benoit Pouliot, but suspect Edmonton will not, perhaps Jujhar Khaira or Tyler Pitlick wins that spot.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

A wonderful dream. St. Louis is extremely likely to keep Kevin Shattenkirk for its own playoff drive, but if Brandon Davidson and a conditional pick could get it done, would you do it? If the conditional pick was a first rounder, and it was 2018, conditional on Shattenkirk signing, would you do? And further, if that deal fell through, would you send a similar package to Arizona for Martin Hanzal?

Central Scouting does a lot of things I don’t understand (four lists, they get stubborn on falling players and it ends up hurting these kids because they fall like anvils from the sky on draft day), but this mid-season list is important. We get to see the entire scope of the draft. Some quick notes on this year’s list:

  • RD Cale Makar is No. 10 NA. I had hoped he would be ranked lower, suspect he may be gone by the time Edmonton drafts.
  • RC Robert Thomas is No. 28 NA. He is a really good prospect, Edmonton might be wise to trade into the 31-40 range and grab him.
  • RD Will Warm of the Edmonton Oil Kings is No. 154 NA, while teammate LD Brayden Gorda is No. 210. That is a surprise to me, but Warm has had a good season.
  • G Michael DiPietro is the No. 7 NA goalie. That is insane.
  • LC Elias Pettersen is No. 2 EURO skater. He numbers in the Allsvenskan are damned bloody interesting, and he might be a more substantial player than most of us are guessing. His rank is higher than I would have thought, perhaps suggesting the scouts have seen a spike in performance.
  • RD Timothy Liljegren is ranked No. 7 EURO, in a shocker. I wonder why he is ranked so low, most lists have him much higher overall. His offense is pretty good for 10 minutes a night in a man’s league, will be interested to see where he lands on the final list.

I will have a new list out for the 2017 draft at the end of the month, my latest look is here.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Wednesdays are always fun for me, I get to talk to my friend Bruce McCurdy. Today, it is extra special. Scheduled to appear, beginning at 10 this morning, TSN1260.

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. We get to discuss an Oilers win! Plus preview tonight’s game and talk about the Shattenkirk rumors.
  • Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst. We will chat about the new CBS list, and players who have spiked since the beginning of the year.
  • Warren Cromartie, Montreal Expos. The man, the myth, the legend. On the occasion of what may be Tim Raines Hall of Fame induction day, we talk to a former teammate. We will also chat Expos return in my lifetime.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. OilClog says:

    Remenda is your nutty Aunt’s new boyfriend at thanksgiving dinner, unfortunately for Oiler fans that about 67 years of trekking through it piled into one.

  2. Centre of attention says:

    Oilers not looking good.

    Couple guys on each line probably sick.

  3. Centre of attention says:

    Good shift by Nuge line.

  4. Centre of attention says:

    Another good shift, this time by the Maroon-McDavid connection

  5. Centre of attention says:

    Great move by Klefbom to get entry, damn it doesn’t stay in.

  6. Lowetide says:

    McDavid to Kassian and it is 1-0. We do NOT deserve him.

  7. jp says:

    Oh my Lord! That was lovely!!!

    And a gorilla off of Kassian’s back as well.

  8. Centre of attention says:

    WOOOO!

    KASSIAN!

  9. treevojo says:

    Love that celebration

  10. Pescador says:

    Yes ZakAttak!!
    McDavid did ok too, I guess

  11. Klima's_Bucket says:

    McIlrath/Yandle up against Pou/Nuge/Ebs.

    If they are going to break out.
    Those 2 D are ripe for the picking.

  12. Centre of attention says:

    Well a slump was broken tonight by a right winger, I was in the ball park with my Eberle prediction! Ha!

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Oilers have found their sea legs after a wobbly first few shifts.

    Khaira damn near cashed another one there.

  14. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers have them on the ropes already.

    Panthers look defeated.

  15. marconiuse says:

    I love how psyched McDavid is for Kassian!

  16. JDï™ says:

    marconiuse:
    I love how psyched McDavid is for Kassian!

    I thought he was going to kiss him on the mouth – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  17. open ice says:

    Lowetide,

    Does anyone?

  18. Lowetide says:

    A nice bit of back checking by Caggiula there, coaching staffs love that stuff.

  19. Lowetide says:

    open ice:
    Lowetide,

    Does anyone?

    No.

  20. Gret99zky says:

    Ice still behaving like shit. Drop the temp in the building. It’s northern Alberta for Christ sake. Tank tops be damned!

  21. jp says:

    Letestu. The man can play. And the other guy too.

  22. Oil2Oilers says:

    McDavidn decided he is just going to bounce pucks of people for goals tonight. Get Eberle beside him for a shift.

  23. treevojo says:

    Mcdavid is too good!

  24. Pre-Mix says:

    McDavid to Kassian and it is 1-0. We do NOT deserve him.

    “Deserves got nothing to do with it.”

  25. open ice says:

    JJ looked like he got hurt in the corner there.

  26. OilClog says:

    It’s a shoulder

  27. hunter1909 says:

    That’s not fair. Letestu used his skate.

    Memo to Lowetide: Letestu = Pisani

  28. hunter1909 says:

    Another good game. Oilers are bound to win and probably rack up the score to go with tonight’s general vibe.

  29. Lowetide says:

    Nice shot by Trochek, 2-1 Oilers.

  30. GMB3 says:

    hunter1909:
    Another good game. Oilers are bound to win and probably rack up the score to go with tonight’sgeneral vibe.

    😑

  31. khildahl says:

    That was a hell of a shot.

  32. treevojo says:

    I don’t normally complain about mcdavid not shooting enough.

    But I’m going to tonight.

    I need him to outshoot ekblad to win my proline.

    So don’t mind me if I become one of those guys that yells shoot all the time.

  33. Oil2Oilers says:

    The ice looks bad for even Rogers place standards

  34. Centre of attention says:

    Great shot by the fancy cat.

    Oilers need to stop giving up goals in the last few minutes of periods.

    Its a thing recently.

  35. Lucinius says:

    Haven’t been able to watch a game in awhile (a lot of stuff happening; father passed away right and the end of 2016 — what a year for deaths, eh?, and work has been crazy with offers with the Trump presidency barrelling towards us all like the executioner’s bullet).. finally get some time to sit down and watch a game; see we’re up 2-0 and… wham, 2-1 within 20 seconds of turning it on.

    Figures.

    And Lander isn’t even playing!

  36. treevojo says:

    Nice pass by lucic

  37. khildahl says:

    Apparently sitting on opposing players is a good hockey play.

  38. GMB3 says:

    The last half of that period was ugly

  39. Centre of attention says:

    jeez that period couldn’t end fast enough.

  40. flyfish1168 says:

    We are not playing our best game. To lose in the neutral and defensive zones.

  41. oscarmike says:

    Pou-Nuge-Ebes 0

    FLA 1

  42. Lowetide says:

    2-1 Oilers after 1, Edmonton also leads in the 5×5 Corsis 23-18. Shots? 15-13 Florida. This is a good Panthers team, doubt they lose 2-1. Going to be some goals.

  43. McSorley33 says:

    oscarmike,

    That line almost got scored on at the end of the period….

  44. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide:
    2-1 Oilers after 1, Edmonton also leads in the 5×5 Corsis 23-18. Shots? 15-13 Florida. This is a good Panthers team, doubt they lose 2-1. Going to be some goals.

    Panthers look decent but heartless.

    What happened was the Oilers started admiring themselves a little too much after going up 2-0.

  45. treevojo says:

    Lowetide:
    2-1 Oilers after 1, Edmonton also leads in the 5×5 Corsis 23-18. Shots? 15-13 Florida. This is a good Panthers team, doubt they lose 2-1. Going to be some goals.

    Too bad mcdavid on the corsi or pts over ekblad wasn’t an option tonight for my proline

  46. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I hate to say it but Nuge had an awful turnover at the blue line which led to the 3 on 2 Trocheck goal against.

  47. OilClog says:

    Louie is doing the jets game!? Why can’t Manitoba feel the joy that is Remenda and give us our stuff back. Jerks

  48. Pretendergast says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    Blame the ice on that one, it was hopping everywhere.

    Hell of a shot too, way she goes.

  49. --hudson-- says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    I hate to say it but Nuge had an awful turnover at the blue line which led to the 3 on 2 Trocheck goal against.

    Yeah looked like he was trying to tip the puck to Eberle. He had another weak zone clearing on the next shift. I bet he doesn’t do it again (this game anyway)

  50. JDï™ says:

    OilClog: Why can’t Manitoba feel the joy that is Remenda and give us our stuff back. Jerks

    They’re friendly, but…

  51. Melvis says:

    “It was cooler when players were dropping acid.”

    I had Dr. Timothy Leary over for dinner once. If it was’t for the adjacent guests propping him at the table, he would have been face down in the veal. No need for the side vegetable. He was completely incoherent.

  52. Derek says:

    The broadcast crew realizes in game 47 of the season that RNH lines up against the oppositions top scorers and now brings it up as a topic of conversation every time he hits the ice.

    Better late than never I suppose.

  53. treevojo says:

    Melvis:
    “It was cooler when players were dropping acid.”

    I had Dr. Timothy Leary over for dinner once. If it was’t for the adjacent guests propping him at the table, he would have been face down in the veal. No need for the side vegetable. He was completely incoherent.

    Some of your stories are unbelievable.

    You sound like you have lived a pretty crazy life.

  54. treevojo says:

    Shoot

  55. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dammit shoot the puck McDavid!!!

  56. Lowetide says:

    This is an awful power play.

  57. Pretendergast says:

    no creativity on that PP, so obvious what they were trying to do

  58. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Also… stop drop passing so much!!! Florida knows how to play it

  59. Derek says:

    Edmonton has looked awful since they scored their second goal. Can’t make two consecutive passes, really dumb decisions. If Florida comes into this game well rested they’re probably winning by now. This looks like the type of game Edmonton loses in the last 5 minutes of regulation.

  60. Pretendergast says:

    Gryba forgot how to gap

  61. treevojo says:

    treevojo:
    Shoot

    I hate agreeing with Remenda.

    Only for one night!

  62. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Annnnd momentum swings back to Florida again…

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

    I think one might have to stick a fork in Gryba at the end of this year. When you get turnstiled by a 44 year old that isn’t a good thing

  64. Lucinius says:

    It is a little weird how many grade A shooting opportunities a player of McDavid’s ability and hockey sense passes up. Just baffling.

  65. Gret99zky says:

    Terrible, terrible ice. But hey, the fans can comfortably wear t-shirts.

  66. Lucinius says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    I think one might have to stick a fork in Gryba at the end of this year. When you get turnstiled by a 44 year old that isn’t a good thing

    To be fair, that 44 year old is Jagr; one of the best players ever, and one of the fittest 44 year old athletes you’ll find.

  67. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Back in the 80s when I was in junior and senior high out in Sherwood Park, my friend had a green space beside his house on Garland Crescent. We used to play hockey in the summer there on the grass with a tennis ball. Made for great hand eye co ordinations, but in hindsite, not ideal hockey.

    Looks like the ice makers at Rogers must have been the Sherwood Park hamlet groundskeepers back in the day.

  68. fuzzy muppet says:

    This whole period has been very poor from Edmonton. Cant let a tired out-manned team take it to you like this.

  69. kooler says:

    The ole rope a dope….they are waiting for the 3rd.

  70. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    THATS BULLSHIT!!!

  71. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Gryba wasn’t aware of the rookie #44 Wood’s speed.
    Now he’s can’t even keep up with a 44 year old.
    What next?
    Lupus. Is it Lupus?

  72. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    God dammit pouliot…

  73. oscarmike says:

    Not impress Poupy Pant pouliot

  74. Klima's_Bucket says:

    At first I thought that was bogus.
    Then saw the replay where Pouliot was clearly holding Mathesons stick.
    Will he ever learn?
    No.

  75. Gret99zky says:

    puke

  76. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    F$&@ing refs

  77. Pretendergast says:

    Are refs really this dumb?

    Starting waving the white flag todd

  78. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Doesn’t matter where the faceoff was the oil have sucked this period.

  79. jzed says:

    Poo with a dumb play at the blue line on an easy clear, then a dumb penalty in the other end when he’s tired and not even expected to get to it……dumb , dumb, dumb, and then the 4 blind mice strike again….Jesus

  80. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Utter bullshit

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

    The Oilers have played like shit since they scored the second.

  82. Melvis says:

    treevojo,

    It’s coming back to me now. At least it isn’t a flashback and the window treatments aren’t moving of their own volition;-) I keed.

    I stayed off the interstates and stuck to the blue highways, and a few rutted out ancient wagon tracks along the way. Makes for a more interesting life road trip. Imho, anyway.

  83. fuzzy muppet says:

    The b-team from Florida is taking it to them.

    Unacceptable

  84. Lucinius says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    F$&@ing refs

    Why?

    It was the right call. Pouliot held the guy’s stick for a clear advantage. It was actually a very good call. Pouliot with a shitty offensive zone penalty just hurt his team. Not his year; he isn’t producing enough to cover for his deficiencies.

  85. OilClog says:

    Mcdavids clearing attempt hit the panthers player stick then the glass, holy fuck

  86. Hockey Project says:

    Lucinius: Why?

    It was the right call. Pouliot held the guy’s stick for a clear advantage. It was actually a very good call. Pouliot with a shitty offensive zone penalty just hurt his team. Not his year; he isn’t producing enough to cover for his deficiencies.

    He may be talking about the faceoff in the defensive zone.

  87. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lucinius,

    I was referring to the botched zone face off call…

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

    Dogs breakfast of a period right there. Absolute yuck.

    I’m not seeing Pouliot, Sekera or the Lucic line good at all tonight

    Shots are 26-19 Florida which is unacceptable

    Really hope they come out with some drive in the 3rd

  89. Gret99zky says:

    hooking McDavid in the hands, no call. same as it ever was.

  90. Klima's_Bucket says:

    It almost seems as if the Oilers spent the day discussing Shattenkirk and the playoffs instead of figuring out how to beat a team that is playing their backup and missing 2 of its top 3 centres.
    Hopefully the 3rd is better.

  91. verite says:

    Can we get back to firing the incompetent Chiarelli?
    The team he has assembled is garbage, tonight is proof of that.
    What team would ever play Gryba?

  92. jzed says:

    Home cooking or hearing from your family and friends about how good you are, possible reasons for lack of compete since 2-0, ….time for another extended road trip maybe

  93. Lucinius says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Lucinius,

    I was referring to the botched zone face off call…

    Ah, sorry.

    Still, not sure it was the wrong call there, either. Puck hit a Panther on the bench, sure, but didn’t the puck come from the Oiler zone? Seems a fair toss-up as to where that should go. Either way, the pk wasn’t great on the goal against.

  94. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    It almost seems as if the Oilers spent the day discussing Shattenkirk and the playoffs instead of figuring out how to beat a team that is playing their backup and missing 2 of its top 3 centres.
    Hopefully the 3rd is better.

    It better be… this is unacceptable…

  95. Lowetide says:

    Well, we can blame the refs and the glass, but I suggest Edmonton does not deserve to win this game. Past Talbot and 97, plus a couple of others, this has been a mess. 29-37 Florida in the Corsis after two, 26-19 Florida in the shots, and 2-2 on the scoreboard. Another period like that? 5-2 final.

  96. Gret99zky says:

    Frustration is watching Calgary destroy this FLA team last night and the Oilers lay this egg. This is must win game here. Get it done men!

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

    Lucinius,

    Puck went off a Panthers stick and never actually left the ice nor did it hit Luongo.

    Faceoff should have been at centre

  98. oscarmike says:

    Pouppy pants gets moved off the 2nd

  99. sliderule says:

    This is another game were half the team looks like they don’t give a shit.

    Ice is bad but most of passes are in skates or behind them

    Tmac better get a better effort at home if he wants the playoffs.

  100. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lucinius: Ah, sorry.

    Still, not sure it was the wrong call there, either. Puck hit a Panther on the bench, sure, but didn’t the puck come from the Oiler zone? Seems a fair toss-up as to where that should go. Either way, the pk wasn’t great on the goal against.

    Actually, it showed on the replay that it was just off the glass and out of the zone.. didn’t even come close to his glove…

  101. jzed says:

    97 needs to shoot once in a while, that open look on the PP surely left a few SHOOT screams rattling around the ceiling

  102. Confused says:

    Can we stop playing Eric!

    One walk per night.

    Good grief!

  103. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    jzed:
    97 needs to shoot once in a while, that open look on the PP surely left a few SHOOT screams rattling around the ceiling

    I’ve said it before, but I seriously fear they McDavid may end up becoming the next Hemsky… albeit an all-star generational version…

  104. jzed says:

    Paul looks like he’s kept in shape……..

  105. treevojo says:

    jzed:
    97 needs to shoot once in a while, that open look on the PP surely left a few SHOOT screams rattling around the ceiling

    Imagine the guy at home that needs him to outshoot Ekblad.

    3-1 in favor of Ekblad going into the third.

    Guess I need 3 mcdavid breakaways in the third

  106. verite says:

    Chiarelli is an abject incompetent
    Let the truth ring out

  107. oscarmike says:

    Centre of attention:
    Oilers not looking good.

    Couple guys on each line probably sick.

    Probably sick in the head.

  108. JDï™ says:

    Confused: Can we stop playing Eric!

    Benning was a last minute scratch. Just how capable does the 7th defender have to be?

  109. who says:

    Ducey: Thanks for the compliment – I think.

    The fact they went for it in ’06 certainly a factor in their demise. Youdon’t think Lucic and Lewis might have helped later?

    Now there were certainly a ton of other problems. including a dysfunctional ownership group, the rebuild, Pendergast, Yak, etc.

    And anyone can win, but list of teams loaded with young players, and that have little playoff experience is pretty short. Many of the Oilers key players have less than 200 games played.Young teams usually have to “learn” in their first year.

    You bet on percentages. And the Oilers with Shattenkirk are only a marginally better bet to win the Cup, than they are without him – which is to say massive underdogs.

    Right on the money

  110. jzed says:

    Sgarboza’ s 1st NHL goal…of course.

  111. N64 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: seriously

    The way you used that word literally made me jump out of my skin 🙂

  112. treevojo says:

    Fuck off ekblad

  113. Lowetide says:

    Nice touch pass in tight quarters by Lucic there, Nuge got a little daylight from it.

  114. Suntory Hanzo says:

    It’s like this game was sponsored by United Cycle.

  115. StixMalone says:

    Did Florida play last night? They sure look like they are well rested and skating better than us…..

  116. Lowetide says:

    Corsi events 11-5 for Edmonton so far this period, so they are playing better. However, I still can’t say they deserve to win this one based on execution, save Talbot, 97 and a couple of others.

  117. fuzzy muppet says:

    And this ends eric grybas stay with the oilers.

  118. Acumen says:

    Woooooof Gryba, that’s just awful.

  119. Lowetide says:

    McDavid needed to shoot that.

  120. Lowetide says:

    EBERLE SCORES!

  121. khildahl says:

    I yelled so loud for that goal that two cats are STILL hiding from me.

  122. treevojo says:

    Eberle broke the Internet

  123. hags9k says:

    Big, clutch goal for Ebs. Yes!!

  124. Lowetide says:

    Russell has been solid in this OT.

  125. Pretendergast says:

    HOLY MAN!

  126. Lucinius says:

    Should count, won’t count.

  127. Lucinius says:

    Or, you know.. it will count.

    What do I know?

  128. Ryan says:

    All McDavid… all day long… all your points are belong to us… bitches!

  129. Lowetide says:

    Connor McDavid, Another World.

  130. Yak Efron says:

    McYesssss!!

  131. Melvis says:

    Fuckin eh. I yelled so loud, the Damncat bit me.

    Tim Raines. Jordan Eberle. Connor McD.

    All is well in this small world today.

  132. treevojo says:

    I forgot to tell mcdavid he needed to win in regulation as well.

    6-4 he outshot Ekblad.

    I deserved that!

  133. striatic says:

    Connor McDavid is arguably the best player of Hockey but that was a hell of a heads up play and long range pass from Draisaitl. Chemistry. Electric.

  134. treevojo says:

    You really need to have a talk with your provider Lt.

    It is obvious that they can’t handle oilers success.

  135. dangilitis says:

    Its funny because I felt that McDavid was gassed and floating too much on that shift until he broke out like a demon.

    After the game, when all the kittens were crying, McDavid went over to talk to the refs. At first I thought he was being polite but then you could see him talking to Trocheck and he looked like he had some choice words for him, as he sarcastically waved them good bye. I think he didn’t like that they were hanging around on the ice while his teammates were celebrating their hard earned win. Love this guy!

  136. N64 says:

    Nice things from a mixed night.

    Kassian and Eberle off the shneid.

    And 97 off the buzzer challenge shneid (Kings and Yotes)

  137. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    that was a long outage and we are back. Treevojo I would like to save this thread for celebrating so will reply to you in the last thread.

  138. Diablo says:

    Eberle broke the site when he scored.

  139. Lowetide says:

    I do have to talk to my provider, craziness. I can confirm we blew up real good on the Eberle goal. 🙂

  140. N64 says:

    treevojo:
    You really need to have a talk with your provider Lt.

    It is obvious that they can’t handle oilers success.

    True Oil fans then.

  141. Yak Efron says:

    By tomorrow morning not a single NHL goalie will have see through mesh in their gloves.

  142. Johnny says:

    Yak Efron:
    By tomorrow morning not a single NHL goalie will have see through mesh in their gloves.

    I can’t believe Reimer had see through mesh on his glove…the rules have been around for a while…

  143. N64 says:

    Yak Efron:
    By tomorrow morning not a single NHL goalie will have see through mesh in their gloves.

    Call on the ice was the determinent. Just like the Quick buzzer beater where the call on the ice would have stood either way.

  144. Philosophil says:

    Diablo,

    thank the gord. i thought LT blocked me out. The only regret was not going out swinging 🙂

    McDavid and Leon when the walls fell. Beauty play after a 2 minute OT shift.

  145. Seismic Source says:

    Do we have the longest winning streak in the league now? I think we do. Even if it’s only 4 games, when is the last time that’s happened this late in the year?

  146. spoiler says:

    N64: Lots of great quotes and numbers in this article on the big jump way past 75. Dawson other HOF contemporaries, sabermetrics, and younger writers all played a part.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18461421/after-slow-burn-tim-raines-blazes-way-hall-fame

    Over the seven seasons from 1981 to 1987, Raines led the National League in singles, doubles, triples and walks. In other words, he was so good at reaching base, he led his league in pretty much every way it’s possible to “reach base.”

    And what seals it for many voters is the list of slam-dunk Hall of Famers who got on base fewer times than Raines did: Lou Brock, Roberto Clemente, Roberto Alomar, Ernie Banks, Mike Schmidt and Tony Gwynn. Just to name a half-dozen.

    If you noticed the name of Gwynn on that list, so did lots of voters. They made a point of mentioning it to us. Raines and Gwynn played in the same generation and had careers of nearly the same length. But even though Gwynn got 536 more hits and beat Raines in batting average by 44 points, Raines’ ability to draw walks made their OBPs almost identical (.388 for Gwynn, .385 for Raines) — and Raines’ baserunning brilliance enabled him to reach scoring position so often, he scored almost 200 more runs than Gwynn.

    So Raines’ election is the best example yet of how differently all players are looked at now. Gwynn was a first-ballot lock. Raines had to sweat it out for 10 years to get elected. But he was rescued by an evolution in thinking — an evolution that said: The value of these two great players was a lot closer than Gwynn’s “magic numbers” once made us believe.

    This is an awesome post.

  147. Gino says:

    JDï™: Benning was a last minute scratch. Just how capable does the 7th defender have to be?

    We do have someone and his name is Fayne but for some reason this guy just gets no respect.

  148. kinger_OIL says:

    Gino: We do have someone and his name is Fayne but for some reason this guy just gets no respect.

    -Our NHL “depth” is a thing. We forget about Fayne. All these guys have played games in NHL, last 12 months, none of them brutal: al la: Hunt, Nikitin, Ferrence, etc
    1) Sek
    2) Larsson
    3) Klef
    4) Russell
    5) Davidson
    6) Nurse
    7) Gryba
    8) Fayne
    9) Griff

  149. jake70 says:

    Congrats to Tim Raines! Next up – Doug Flynn for LT…..I’ll take Argenis “Angel” Salazar. 😉

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