G55 2016-17: OILERS AT CANADIENS

The Edmonton Oilers are about to head out on another break (all week!) and today’s game is important in the standings and for the club’s mindset. Losing all four games between the AS break and the week off is close at hand, and is a most distasteful thought. Edmonton does not play well in Sunday early games, are facing a good team in the Canadiens, and about to play their third game in four (not quite) nights. How many passengers today?

DRAGONFLY, 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: 9-4-1, goal differential +8
  • Oilers in February 2016: 3-8-2, goal differential -18
  • Oilers in February 2017: 0-2-0, goal differential -3
  • Oilers after 54, 2015-16: 21-28-5, goal differential -29
  • Oilers after 54, 2016-17: 28-18-8, goal differential +15

The dragonflies were out a year ago, as Edmonton lost 2-1 to the NJD. If the Oilers maintain their current pace, the club will finish the season at 82gp, 43-28-11, 97 points. That would be a handsome increase over their 2015-16 season (82gp, 31-43-8, 70 points), and enough to get them into the playoffs. In the end, that is all that matters—finding the postseason. There was a time not so long ago when it appeared the Oilers could breeze into a top three spot in the Pacific, and we may see those days again in March. This month is a bear, we knew it would be, and so far Edmonton has no points to show the new calendar.

OILERS FORWARDS, 5X5 SCORING 2016-17

  • Connor McDavid.

OILERS DEFENSE 5X5 SCORING, 2016-17

  • In the last 10 games, Adam Larsson has more points at 5×5 (five) than Leon, Nuge, Eberle, Lucic, Pouliot.
  • Andrej Sekera is having a fine season.
  • Oscar Klefbom is blossoming into a complete defenseman. I don’t know that he will be a top pairing blue, but his range of skills is on display. He can wheel, and is getting comfortable with carrying the puck and making decisions. His passing is terrific.
  • The Oilers will miss Matt Benning until he returns.
  • Griffin Reinhart, Jordan Oesterle and Eric Gryba are the options to replace Benning today (and possibly Kris Russell, depending on his health).

BRANDON MAN, OUT IN THE COLD

  • Elliotte Friemdan:“The Oilers don’t want to lose [Davidson] for nothing. I think there’s some interest in him,” Friedman said Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada. “And especially since they have to sign the likes of McDavid, Draisaitl and Russell in the next little while. Source

A couple of things I would like to discuss here. First, the idea of signing Kris Russell isn’t new, and I think we can probably agree it is going to happen. I will guess the deal will be three years with a $4 million cap hit. Russell does not outperform any of his defensive mates in the disciplines I have adopted, but that and a toonie will get you a good cup of coffee. Todd McLellan is comfortable with this player and the internal metrics the team trusts have him in a good spot. I can chase you down the street with Corsi, but it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. The Edmonton Oilers evaluate defensemen based on things other than possession, and they will pursue those things with fervor. We should not be surprised by Mr. Friedman’s words.

The value Davidson will return is an interesting subject. I feel the Oilers should pursue a RH defender like Mark Pysyk, with an idea to achieving balance lefty-righty. If there is a Davidson+ for Mark Pysyk and Reto Berra deal available, Peter Chiarelli needs to consider it in my opinion. Although it will change the projection for the expansion draft (possibly), getting actual NHL players is the best idea. Failing that, I imagine Davidson will fetch a draft pick, it is a bit of a mystery about his value and we will see.

REINHART, OESTERLE OR GRYBA

Against a team like Montreal, I would run Jordan Oesterle today. Speed is more important against the Habs than physical play, and perhaps Oesterle can contribute on the 5×4. I am not certain how long these two men stay with the Oilers, with a week off I expect one or both to be sent back until later in the week.

MATT BENNING

His impact as a rookie is pretty impressive, and I think we have a keeper in Benning. Hopefully he returns soon, his ability to move the puck is vital to Edmonton’s success. He won’t get any Calder votes, but he has been the best rookie defenseman in this city since Oscar Klefbom.

BRUCE GARRIOCH

  • Garrioch: The Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Devils and Sharks all need help on defence. At this point, it may make sense for Shattenkirk to wait until July 1 to sign anywhere because he’s the top blueliner available. Source

Kevin Shattenkirk. It has to be. Could Peter Chiarelli trade Brandon Davidson and a conditional first-round pick to St. Louis for a Shattenkirk rental? Condition being he signs with Edmonton in the summer, if not the pick becomes a second-round selection in 2018. Is that enough? I don’t think so, but Shattenkirk is the one to pursue based on what we know. Peter Chiarelli may in fact decide to break on through to the other side in year two of the McDavid entry-level deal.

 

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  1. pocession charge says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Oilers sure like passing. haha. so frustrating to watch.

    Looks like a soccer game on the Simpsons.

  2. jzed says:

    Rest Connor so he can play the entire OT

  3. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well, let’s just get the fuckin’ Bettman and we’ll go from there

  4. jake70 says:

    The tendency/obsession to pass to 97 every time is not helping….sometimes the better option is not to go to 97.

  5. spoiler says:

    Nice pitchfork behind the Oiler net… no way we get that call in Montreal.

  6. pocession charge says:

    Looch’s passing has been nice and crisp this afternoon.

  7. russ99 says:

    pocession charge: Looks like a soccer game on the Simpsons.

    Arriaga!! Arriaga II! Barriaga!! Pizzoza!!

  8. pocession charge says:

    Shaw is just awful. He’s dirty because he can’t play.

  9. geowal says:

    Well Bettman is keeping us in the mix regardless

  10. npanciroli says:

    I accept the point. Montreal has so many uncalled penalties.

  11. Rich M says:

    Well at least we get a point.

    Be nice to make it 2.

  12. Lowetide says:

    Oilers get their first point of the month, and now need 10 more to reach my line in the sand. It would be grand to get the second point today.

  13. Wolfie says:

    Back to getting a point. That’s a positive. Now get the 2nd!

  14. russ99 says:

    The Bettman in Montreal is a good result, especially in a matinee.

    The win could do us wonders mentally going into the bye week.

  15. spoiler says:

    Montoya has a SHUTOUT going.

  16. Pretendergast says:

    i remember when I booed a 20 year old every time he touched a puck.

  17. russ99 says:

    Is this a contest to see how long we can go with the puck without a shot?

  18. geowal says:

    I’m no patriots fan, but there’s definitely part of me that wants Brady to stick it to that A-hole Goodell. That said, the Pats have won more than their share, no need to “secure legacies” and Atlanta never wins a damn thing. As a fan of another NFC south team, (Panthers) I’d ordinarily be inclined to cheer against for spite, but just never really developed that hate with this rivalry like I did with Brees and the Saints. So, casually, go Falcons!

    And let’s pot one in this OT!

  19. geowal says:

    Montoya, man.

  20. Wolfie says:

    Too many men!!!

  21. russ99 says:

    geowal,
    Connor couldn’t get the puck flat on that one,

  22. npanciroli says:

    Puck was rolling on McDavid too bad.

  23. pocession charge says:

    Nice setup by CMD. Oilers are snakebit.

  24. geowal says:

    russ99:
    geowal,
    Connor couldn’t get the puck flat on that one,

    Yeah it was more a patience save than anything else.

  25. npanciroli says:

    So unlucky this OT

  26. russ99 says:

    Draisaitl is snakebit

  27. russ99 says:

    So, is this going to 10+ shooters for each team in the shootout?

  28. npanciroli says:

    Shootouts are dumb.

  29. The Trade Guy says:

    0-0 hockey game? Gross.

  30. Lowetide says:

    McDavid with another goal after the game clock runs out. He might have five now.

  31. Lowetide says:

    Folks, this is a brilliant Sunday performance by Edmonton. Have you SEEN them on Sunday afternoons?

  32. The Trade Guy says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid with another goal after the game clock runs out. He might have five now.

    If he finds his finish when there is time on the clock. Look out.

  33. geowal says:

    Watch the goalies just melt now. Maybe.

  34. spoiler says:

    Who are they going to pass to in the shootout?

  35. jake70 says:

    The Trade Guy: If he finds his finish when there is time on the clock. Look out.

    this

  36. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    spoiler:
    Who are they going to pass to in the shootout?

    LOL

  37. geowal says:

    Lowetide:
    Folks, this is a brilliant Sunday performance by Edmonton. Have you SEEN them on Sunday afternoons?

    For sure. I mostly had the CHED feed, but sounded pretty one-sided

  38. russ99 says:

    Lowetide:
    Folks, this is a brilliant Sunday performance by Edmonton. Have you SEEN them on Sunday afternoons?

    Yeah, win or shootout loss, this was a nice step up from the last 3.

  39. Gerta Rauss says:

    atta boy Leon!!

  40. Soup Fascist says:

    Thank God TMac can’t go with Hendricks today.

  41. geowal says:

    Draisaitl. Almost rope a doped, seemed to lose it.

  42. npanciroli says:

    Fuck, come on Talbot win this.

  43. The Trade Guy says:

    Drai made that look so easy like he was saying “That was what I was trying to do all day.”

  44. pocession charge says:

    Ice isn’t any better than Rogers Place.

  45. npanciroli says:

    YES

  46. Soup Fascist says:

    Soup Fascist:
    Thank God TMac can’t go withHendricks today.

    Checks rule book to make sure he can’t.

  47. Gerta Rauss says:

    fuckin’ eh…

  48. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Ha. Dr. Drai lulls goalie to sleep with the bobble…then cooly fires it home.

  49. The Trade Guy says:

    Atta boy Cam.

  50. russ99 says:

    T-bot is so money, hope he enjoys the time off,

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s a big, big win for this club

    *edit-and the fanbase

  52. geowal says:

    Attaboy Talbot!

  53. spoiler says:

    Ladies and Gentleman, CAM TALBOT!

  54. sliderule says:

    Speaking of ice.

    Did you see puck jumping around in shootout

    Big win

  55. jake70 says:

    Much needed 2 points. They dont’ ask how..

  56. Wolfie says:

    Yes! Talbot stellar!

  57. Oil2Oilers says:

    I hope the Oilers score a goal in February, so far it looks like it will never happen.

  58. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    That’s a big, big win for this club

    Yup. Nice to get a week off on a good note. It’s like Friday into the weekend when you had a great day at work. Much better than when you have an awful day (e.g. lost a lot of money trading).

  59. JDï™ says:

    I was hoping Patch would score, so that Connor could win it in the third round.

  60. Chachi says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    fuckin’ eh…

    Yup yup yup.

  61. jzed says:

    I think ChiaPet just got his answer, get ready for the wheeling and dealin

  62. Soup Fascist says:

    An Oiler loss would have caused a run on Xanax by the fan base.

    Big shootout win in a terrible game.

  63. geowal says:

    I’m thinking LTs “so far in February” will be a lot more positive next 5 days following this, though undoubtedly full of caution and realism 🙂

  64. Jethro Tull says:

    My crystal balls predict Vanek on the way.

  65. spoiler says:

    Gerta Rauss: *edit-and the fanbase

    It’s YUUUUGGGE!!

  66. striatic says:

    Now, time to watch the Flames lose.

  67. pocession charge says:

    I like Larsson a lot because he’s durable. With Benning down I can’t imagine our right side defence without AL.

  68. SwedishPoster says:

    Drai tried the backhand pass to McDavid in the shootout but the puck bobbled on him so he decided to fire it casually on net instead.

  69. spoiler says:

    Gonna be curious to see GMon’s shot charts. We had a ton of possession this game and dominated till the second half of the 3rd, but actual scoring chances seemed on the meager side considering.

  70. Chachi says:

    Lowetide:
    Folks, this is a brilliant Sunday performance by Edmonton. Have you SEEN them on Sunday afternoons?

    Normally I feel like slumdog millionaireing my eyes out after an Oilers Sunday afternoon game. This was a Michelangelo painting of an early 90’s Annabella Sciorra in comparison.

  71. who says:

    Anybody who thinks Bob Cole was EVER a good play by play guy obviously never listened to Danny Gallivan or Foster Hewitt. Or Gord Miller for that matter.
    Bob Cole couldn’t get the players right 30 years ago and now that he is pretty much senile he can’t even string a sentence together. If he had any pride at all he’d quit cause he’s embarrassing himself and has been for a long time..
    Should make us appreciate Kevin Quinn a little more after listening to this guy drool out the side of his mouth for the last three hours.
    Sorry if this sounds harsh but C’MON ALREADY.

  72. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Grabner with his 22nd even strength goal of the year. Wow. Puts NYR in front of CGY. Let’s go Rangers!

  73. JDï™ says:

    Jethro Tull:
    My crystal balls predict Vanek on the way.

    The $49M question is, for what?

  74. stephen sheps says:

    geowal: As a fan of another NFC south team, (Panthers)

    wait, what? there’s another Panthers fan here? That’s awesome.

    I tuned in just in time for OT and the shootout.

    Will happily take the two points, even if it doesn’t help that ROW column very much. A win is a win. Good for Talbot.

    But yeah, will this team ever score (in regulation) again?

  75. Pouzar says:

    spoiler:
    Good call there. Sleepy has had his feet moving all game.

    Bustin his ass. Let’s not reward him.

  76. spoiler says:

    To paraphrase Tychkowski

    Since the AS game, 12 periods of hockey… 3 goals.

    JT might be right on Vanek.

  77. spoiler says:

    Pouzar: Bustin his ass. Let’s not reward him.

    He has been getting his head kicked in by the Corgis. Would love to see the game splits though, I think he’s improved since the beginning of the year. Nor does playing with Caggiula help in this regard.

  78. Gerta Rauss says:

    I still believe the biggest need for this team right now is a backup goalie. Leaving yourself exposed in a position that is (relatively) easy to fill is unacceptable as far as I’m concerned.

    Vanek? Shattenkirk? a 3C…?…sure, all would help this club. But this entire season is resting on Talbot’s health.

    This is serious business now

  79. JDï™ says:

    spoiler: Gonna be curious to see GMon’s shot charts.


    Oilers Nerd Alert ‏@OilersNerdAlert now16 seconds ago

    Today’s stats have a very weird configuration. Oilers ahead on most, except way behind on the danger stats.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C37iN3nUcAAVYWq.jpg

    Yikes.

  80. spoiler says:

    As I (and I’m sure most) surmised:

    Oilers Nerd Alert ‏@OilersNerdAlert · 1m1 minute ago

    Today’s stats have a very weird configuration. Oilers ahead on most, except way behind on the danger stats.

  81. treevojo says:

    Rob fabbri gone for the season.

    Maybe yak will get his minutes and earn chia a 2nd.

    Or St. Louis backs off on their demands for shatter Kirk and accepts their rebuilding fate.

  82. jzed says:

    To hell with Vanek, we need a right shot power play D man, Davidson and provisional first for Shattenkirk, then feed him a steady diet of McDavid until he signs, saw that and made perfect sense to me

  83. Diablo says:

    pocession charge:
    I like Larsson a lot because he’s durable.With Benning down I can’t imagine our right side defence without AL.

    It can not be underestimated how important that is. Along with his outstanding contract and age. And the guy is just plain mean (though not dirty) – he seems to relish putting guys through the boards.
    While I miss Taylor’s speed, his litany of injuries reminds me too much Wendel Clark’s career, or Ales Hemsky for that matter – the kind of player that finds himself on the wrong side of hitters like Larsson or Regehr. I know people here really loved Hall, but if NJ called today and asked for a do-over, I’d never give them back Larsson.

  84. spoiler says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I still believe the biggest need for this team right now is a backup goalie. Leaving yourself exposed in a position that is (relatively) easy to fill is unacceptable as far as I’m concerned.

    Vanek? Shattenkirk? a 3C…?…sure, all would help this club. But this entire season is resting on Talbot’s health.

    This is serious business now

    Agreed, but it doesn’t look like it’s as easy to fill–at least with quality–this year. I also think they might want to get Broissoit into one or two more before making the move.

  85. Westchester Oil says:

    who:
    Anybody who thinks Bob Cole was EVER a good play by play guy obviously never listened to Danny Gallivanor Foster Hewitt. Or Gord Miller for that matter.
    Bob Cole couldn’t get the players right 30 years ago and now that he is pretty much senile he can’t even string a sentence together. If he had any pride at all he’d quit cause he’s embarrassing himself and has been for a long time..
    Should make us appreciate Kevin Quinn a little more after listening to this guy drool out the side of his mouth for the last three hours.
    Sorry if this sounds harsh but C’MON ALREADY.

    I’m with you. When will Cole retire? He is an embarrassment.

    By the way, did you notice his complete lack of enthusiasm when Drai scored in the shootout?

  86. spoiler says:

    JDï™: Yikes.

    Yup.

  87. treevojo says:

    Looking like a good day to be an oilers fan.

  88. Gerta Rauss says:

    spoiler: Agreed, but it doesn’t look like it’s as easy to fill–at least with quality–this year.I also think they might want to get Broissoit into one or two more before making the move.

    Fair enough, but it’s risky business

    I like LB as a prospect, but now isn’t the time for development. I think Chia has been fortunate, in that the success of the club has bought him time, and hasn’t forced his hand

    I’m a member of the Fayne fan club (I bump into LT occasionally at the meetings) but I’d consider Fayne for Halak. Both players/contracts are just sitting in the minors, and I think Fayne is persona non grata with this organization.

    Halak with an expiring contract might be appealing to Vegas as well, if not, he might be movable in the summer (less so with Fayne in both cases)

  89. Gerta Rauss says:

    treevojo:
    Looking like a good day to be an oilers fan.

    45cm of snow in the last 36 hours in Squamish, I’ve got to go shovel my car out of the driveway

    Good day indeed..!

  90. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    4-2 Rangers. That is the dagger. Nice.

    D’oh! Jinx

  91. blainer says:

    Diablo: It can not be underestimated how important that is. Along with his outstanding contract and age. And the guy is just plain mean (though not dirty) – he seems to relish putting guys through the boards.
    While I miss Taylor’s speed, his litany of injuries reminds me too much Wendel Clark’s career, or Ales Hemsky for that matter – the kind of player that finds himself on the wrong side of hitters like Larsson or Regehr. I know people here really loved Hall, but if NJ called today and asked for a do-over, I’d never give them back Larsson.

    I am really liking Larsson lately too. He is making the trade look better lately.

    A good way to go yet but I am liking the trade way more after today and looking forward to seeing his ice time increased to 25 mins a night. Bet he only gets better with more ice.

    Larsson will show his value in the playoffs for sure IMO.

    It woulda been great if we had both.

    Very happy we won but watching that game was like pulling teeth. Bring back the 80’s.

  92. spoiler says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    It saves the Isles a bundle, and I suspect they could use the actual $s,

    Little tougher on us if we have to carry Halak for a year if he really has lost it.

    Still, I would do that deal.

  93. spoiler says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    4-2 Rangers. That is the dagger. Nice.

    And just to make it “interesting”…

  94. treevojo says:

    Gerta Rauss: 45cm of snow in the last 36 hours in Squamish, I’ve got to go shovel my car out of the driveway

    Good day indeed..!

    You must be out of 🍻.

    OILERS game then Super bowl.

    No other reason to leave the house today!

  95. LadiesloveSmid says:

    5 day break then Chicago on their tail end to a back-to-back, Arizona on the tail end of a back-to-back, and Philly on the tail end of a back-to-back.

    Pretty necessary 4 or 5 points there imo

  96. Jethro Tull says:

    JDï™: The $49M question is, for what?

    My crystal balls didn’t say. They just ouija’d Vanek’s name. Strangely silent on the minutiae.

  97. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Talbot is like 250+ minutes up on the next goalie, I think you gotta give Brossoit the Arizona game

  98. Jethro Tull says:

    We need someone to cash in on McDavid. Just when one of them seems to have him figured, so does the other team, so McDavid adapts and there isn’t anyone who can adapt quick enough. We need a borg. Or a pic of seven of nine. Where’s Giant Squid Overlord?

  99. npanciroli says:

    Suck it Calgary

  100. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    EDM gets 2 points.

    LAK loses.

    CGY loses.

    All without the Oilers scoring a goal.

    McDavid is Magic.

    Also,

    Watched without sound again because while Cole is a legend, he detracts from the game these days.

    Saw the Oilers Dcorps pretty good.

    Moved the puck quickly and didn’t let MTL create a forecheck on most sorties against. Not a whole lot of “hold the puck and re-set” even when the forwards were changing. Nice to see. (or not see)

    Going to read Wheat’s Dman data with particular interest for this game.

    They still don’t stop in front of the net on the rush.

    Lost count of open rebounds with OIler forwards beside or behind the net, but none in front.

    McDavid and the Alternates should introduce a team fine for flying by the net to help them stop it.

    Talbot didn’t need to be good, but he was.

    Yay Oilers!

    *clap,clap*

  101. Lowetide says:

    That puck was bouncing today. Oilers are in a slump for sure, but normal ice brings at least a couple of goals today imo.

  102. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Saw the Oilers Dcorps pretty good.
    Moved the puck quickly and didn’t let MTL create a forecheck on most sorties against. Not a whole lot of “hold the puck and re-set” even when the forwards were changing. Nice to see. (or not see)

    Gryba-Davidson looked much more effective than I expected them to be.

  103. spoiler says:

    New Nerd Up:

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  104. npanciroli says:

    spoiler,

    Could be wrong but Davidson Gryba formed a solid pair last year I thought.

  105. cabbiesmacker says:

    who:

    Should make us appreciate Kevin Quinn a little more

    Look at McDavid go. Connor McDavid. The captain. Look at him go. The captain Connor McDavid.

    Cole is more in the Gene Principe leagues. An embarrassment. “So Sydney. How do you like playing Connor? Do you think he’s good? Do you like the Oilers? How would you rank playing the Oilers and Connor McDavid against winning two Stanley Cups? What’s it like playing in Rogers Place? Do you like it? Do you like Connor? Do you think he’s good? ”

    “Ok thanks Syd. I’ll let you get back to your team. Down the new hallway at the new Rogers Arena past Connor and the really good Oilers dressing room”.

  106. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Since today’s games are over……..Updated WC standings via games. 8th place set to 0. TIes broken with pts% (games in hand)

    MIN 19
    SJS 13
    CHI 12
    ANA 9
    EDM 8
    NSH 3
    LAK 2
    STL 0
    ———————
    CGY -1
    VAN -3
    WPG -4
    DAL -4
    ARI -14
    COL -22

  107. blainer says:

    I know the coach has to be patient with ebs but I would like to see Sleppy in Ebs spot on the PP for a while.

    He can really skate and is physical. I really believe if put on that top line he will put up numbers.

  108. geowal says:

    stephen sheps: wait, what? there’s another Panthers fan here? That’s awesome.

    Was in Charleston for a field trip years ago. Afterwards 5 of us rented a car and drove to Savanah, Myrtle Beach, and Charlotte to take in a game against the cowboys. As a previously uncommitted. casual NFL fan, I was hooked on the Panthers. Last year was sure fun!

  109. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler: Gryba-Davidson looked much more effective than I expected them to be.

    Really impressed with Oesterle too. Good and fast decisions.

    Still weak close to the net, but his pluses are good.

  110. spoiler says:

    Looking at the TOI, TMac ran his top six horses hard today, like the team don’t play for a week or sumthin.

  111. kgo says:

    Oy! Quit slagging Bob Cole, guy is a fucking legend.

  112. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Really impressed with Oesterle too.Good and fast decisions.

    Still weak close to the net, but his pluses are good.

    Got to like his mobility. Thought he had Seksy a little more anxious-aware than he usually plays. But overall no complaints. And the comfort level will come.

  113. Jethro Tull says:

    Why is Bob Cole an embarrassment?

    Getting caught at a Hello Kitty convention when you told everyone you’re on a rugby tour is an embarrassment. Or so my friend said.

    Personally, I blame the people who keep telling him he’s great and keep putting him out there.

  114. spoiler says:

    kgo:
    Oy! Quit slagging Bob Cole, guy is a fucking legend.

    Absolutely! Guinness World.. Record holder… for longest sentence… he’s a national… treasure!

  115. JDï™ says:

    kgo:
    Oy! Quit slagging Bob Cole, guy is a fucking legend.

    Slag if you wish, that’s their internet right, but I can list a lot of PbP guys who I’d rather not listen to. In fact, that list is longer than the guys I prefer over Cole.

  116. JDï™ says:

    Jethro Tull: Or so my friend said.

    Reminds me of a game I heard that the Kids In The Hall guys played on each other. I’ll omit the details, but the game was called ‘It’s Not What It Looks Like!’

  117. fifthcartel says:

    Oesterle impressed me.

  118. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    The #Oilers have assigned d-men Jordan Oesterle & Griffin Reinhart plus forward Anton Lander to @TheAHL’s Bakersfield @Condors.

    As per @Edmontonoilers

  119. Lowetide says:

    The #Oilers have assigned d-men Jordan Oesterle & Griffin Reinhart plus forward Anton Lander to @TheAHL’s Bakersfield @Condors.

  120. stephen sheps says:

    geowal,

    I went to my first game in Charlotte this past October with my younger brother, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise very dark year for Panthers fans. They pummelled the Cardinals. But more than that, the fan experience was remarkable. The sight lines in that stadium are excellent. Tailgate as good as any I’d ever experienced. I’d go back in a heartbeat, and likely will since my brother is a pretty hardcore fan.

  121. Confused says:

    5 day break coming up mid season, time to tell if we are winners.

    Winner use the 5 days proactively to fix things going wrong in their individual games.

    Others take five days off.

  122. lynn says:

    Lowetide:
    The #Oilers have assigned d-men Jordan Oesterle & Griffin Reinhart plus forward Anton Lander to @TheAHL’s Bakersfield @Condors.

    Does this mean Jujhar Khaira is ready to come off the IR?

  123. Chachi says:

    lynn: Does this mean Jujhar Khaira is ready to come off the IR?

    Salary cap management/give the Condors some help move.

  124. theres oil in virginia says:

    I don’t usually get too worked up over an Oilers win, but this one feels big.

  125. Frank the dog says:

    This win is huge. Another statement game.
    After the last 3 I could not bear to watch a descent into the abyss. I decided that the year was already a success with how well they had done, and that I wasn’t going to get pissed off at them for slipping out of the playoffs.
    But they played a character game, in a hostile stadium, against home team and home town refereeing, and left with 2 points.
    Cant complain too much about 2 points out of a scheduled loss.

  126. Lowetide says:

    lynn: Does this mean Jujhar Khaira is ready to come off the IR?

    I think it mostly means the Oilers are off until Saturday. Suspect we will see someone recalled unless Benning/Khaira are ready.

  127. rickithebear says:

    I like my annoucers to be acurate and correct!
    Always hated him!
    Loved meeker!

    Some like coles’s tone!

    Some on here look at

    Four plus three equals eight

    The cole fans say it is spelled correct!

    Anti cole will say his math is as expected!

    😉

  128. russ99 says:

    Have we heard anything about Benning’s injuries yet?

    I suspect shield cut and broken nose at the very least, but depending on the severity of his concussion, he could be back in a week or two or out for a while.

    I thought Cole was a nice break from our crew.

    Nice to hear positive things about the Oilers, instead of how great the opposition is and how we do everything wrong.

  129. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Lowetide: I think it mostly means the Oilers are off until Saturday. Suspect we will see someone recalled unless Benning/Khaira are ready.

    I thought originally there was some reward factor in there for Oesterle to draw an NHL paycheque for a week but the Reinhart thing is a bit odd then. Maybe leery of bonuses, cap, etc. and so there will be a lot of paper transactions between now and the deadline. Do we even know if GR got on a plane?

  130. Jethro Tull says:

    rickithebear:
    I like my annoucers to be acurate and correct!
    Always hated him!
    Loved meeker!

    Some like coles’s tone!

    Some on herelook at

    Fourplus three equals eight

    The cole fans say it is spelled correct!

    Anti cole will say his math is as expected!

    Just like some like their grammar, sir.

  131. Psyche says:

    I enjoyed and appreciated Bob Cole working today’s game. Yeah, he makes mistakes but that doesn’t really bother me. I’ve been listening to Mr. Cole my entire life and he is an icon in the game. Hearing his voice calling out names takes me back to my youth. Plus it was a nice to have different, but familiar, voice calling an Oilers game.

    Has anyone come across any more info on the Davidson trade rumours that Friedman mentioned yesterday?

  132. geowal says:

    stephen sheps,

    Ah yes, the tailgate! 10 bucks, all I could eat and drink. So many interesting wing flavours.Amazing for an out of towner.

  133. Bruce McCurdy says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: I thought originally there was some reward factor in there for Oesterle to draw an NHL paycheque for a week but the Reinhart thing is a bit odd then. Maybe leery of bonuses, cap, etc. and so there will be a lot of paper transactions between now and the deadline. Do we even know if GR got on a plane?

    Pretty sure he was there in Montreal in case somebody else came up lame (eg Davidson who took a bad knock last game). There would be zero point whatsoever to naming him & then not putting him on the plane.

    Oftentimes there’s a pecking order as to who gets in, based on who’s sat in the press box the most. Which would be 1) Gryba & 2) Oesterle in previous recalls. Some figured Oesterle as the better choice vs this particular opponent & he did play pretty well.

    The multiple return to Bako after the game was a no brainer. No CBA mandated break for minor leaguers, might as well get those contracts off the payroll & playing/practicing in the AHL.

  134. Zelepukin says:

    Psyche: I enjoyed and appreciated Bob Cole working today’s game. Yeah, he makes mistakes but that doesn’t really bother me. I’ve been listening to Mr. Cole my entire life and he is an icon in the game. Hearing his voice calling out names takes me back to my youth. Plus it was a nice to have different, but familiar, voice calling an Oilers game.

    I also like a Cole Oilers game every once in awhile. It’s got that, ‘oh grandpa! You’re so old and funny, amusement to it.’ Every game would be nerve racking though. Imagine Remenda and Cole together. That would be true Oilering.

  135. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Thanks, Bruce. Was trying to recall if the NHL was one of those leagues where players had to get on the plane. I think at least one of the Leagues makes it so you can’t just do a paper transaction.

    Agree it makes sense to get them off the books ASAP.

    Hey, free trip to Montreal! Hope he got to enjoy a nice jazz bar or something at least

  136. jake70 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Bruce McCurdy,

    Hey, free trip to Montreal! Hope he got to enjoy a nice jazz bar or something at least

    “or something” Kassian may know a place or two 😉

  137. Psyche says:

    Zelepukin,

    Ha! Cole and Remenda would be a treat for the ears. I wonder if they’ve ever worked a game together. Out of curiosity I’d want to hear that duo once…and possibly only once.

  138. JDï™ says:

    Jethro Tull: Just like some like their grammar, sir.

    I like my grammer and my gramper.

  139. spoiler says:

    Bruce McCurdy: The multiple return to Bako after the game was a no brainer. No CBA mandated break for minor leaguers, might as well get those contracts off the payroll & playing/practicing in the AHL.

    Does it actually get them off the books? I’m asking because I thought the cap was counted on a per game basis rather than a per day.

  140. Southern Oil says:

    Thrilled the OIl won today. Must admit didn’t see much of the game. Couldn’t concentrate with the Falcons in the Superbowl. Now half time and 21-3. F’ Brady and the Patriots (spits). 2 more quarters boys! Falcons!!!!!

  141. JDï™ says:

    I see that I tuned into the stupor bowel just in time.

  142. geowal says:

    Well this is a dud.

  143. Lowetide says:

    Super Bowl is hit and miss, I find.

  144. pocession charge says:

    geowal:
    Well this is a dud.

    Not so fast. This isn’t over yet…..

  145. pocession charge says:

    Just a crazy catch by Julien Edelman. Unreal.

  146. spoiler says:

    geowal:
    Well this is a dud.

    lol

  147. pocession charge says:

    What a comeback!

  148. spoiler says:

    Falcons D in disarray.

  149. pocession charge says:

    Crazy Super Bowl. Well done Patriots. That was an epic comeback. Now for Brady to take the Lombardi Trophy from Gooddell and spit on the ground.

  150. spoiler says:

    Unbelievable ending. Up there with the no-Marshawn.

  151. spoiler says:

    I’m a huge Montana fan, but there’s no doubt in my mind after this game that Brady is the best of all-time.

  152. pocession charge says:

    spoiler:
    Unbelievable ending. Up there with the no-Marshawn.

    Some amazing performances on both sides. The game turned when the Pats offensive line started to give Brady the time to pass.

  153. pocession charge says:

    spoiler:
    I’m a huge Montana fan, but there’s no doubt in my mind after this game that Brady is the best of all-time.

    Me, too, but I totally agree with you. Brady is the GOAT.

  154. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Lowetide:
    Super Bowl is hit and miss, I find.

    I’ll play. Hit!

  155. Confused says:

    Bill B does it again, can we please hire him:-)

  156. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    pocession charge: Some amazing performances on both sides.The game turned when the Pats offensive line started to give Brady the time to pass.

    Matt Ryan dropping back to pass on 2nd and 10, inside field goal range with 4 minutes left was one of the dumbest play calls ever. That sack then holding penalty cost them the game. Never should have been passing there. No yards better than losing 13. Should have run the ball.

  157. pocession charge says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Matt Ryan dropping back to pass on 2nd and 10, inside field goal range with 4 minutes left was one of the dumbest play calls ever. That sack then holding penalty cost them the game. Never should have been passing there. No yards better than losing 13. Should have run the ball.

    Yep. I’m sure the whole team is going to be sick over this for a loooong time.

    But that catch by Edelman….I mean, c’mon. Who makes those plays?

  158. spoiler says:

    pocession charge: But that catch by Edelman….I mean, c’mon. Who makes those plays?

    Franco Harris.

  159. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    pocession charge: Yep.I’m sure the whole team is going to be sick over this for a loooong time.

    But that catch by Edelman….I mean, c’mon.Who makes those plays?

    Yeah. Ridiculous catch.

  160. pocession charge says:

    What a shitty trophy. Not quite the Stanley Cup.

  161. N64 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Matt Ryan dropping back to pass on 2nd and 10, inside field goal range with 4 minutes left was one of the dumbest play calls ever. That sack then holding penalty cost them the game. Never should have been passing there. No yards better than losing 13. Should have run the ball.

    From 22 back to 45 on those downs.

  162. pocession charge says:

    spoiler: Franco Harris.

    The one by David Tyree was better, too. Had Rodney Harrison mauling him and still pinned it to his head.

  163. pocession charge says:

    Gooddell getting the Bettman treatment.

  164. spoiler says:

    pocession charge,

    lol. I was being a tad facetious. Tyree was pretty damn good too, agreed.

  165. N64 says:

    pocession charge: Now for Brady to take the Lombardi Trophy from Gooddell and spit on the ground

    Kraft spat out some comments aimed at Goodell.

  166. pocession charge says:

    spoiler:
    pocession charge,

    lol. I was being a tad facetious.Tyree was pretty damn good too, agreed.

    Ha ha. I didn’t know who Franco Harris was!

  167. geowal says:

    geowal:
    Well this is a dud.

    I was saying…oy what a quarter and change. I think I posted this right before the comeback.

  168. spoiler says:

    Lol, and apparently Twitter is calling it the new “Immaculate Reception”.

  169. Scungilli says:

    I’m a CFL fan first, glad to see the NFL approaching CFL entertainment levels. There’s hope for the Superbowl!

  170. Scungilli says:

    pocession charge: Yep.I’m sure the whole team is going to be sick over this for a loooong time.

    But that catch by Edelman….I mean, c’mon.Who makes those plays?

    The good who are lucky. George McGowan for Esk fans.

  171. Frank the dog says:

    Did anyone else notice that Trump predicted a 6point victory in his 2pm interview on the Fox Superbowl show?

  172. N64 says:

    No matter who you were rooting for early or late hope this kills the stupid OT format. Lose the toss. QB might never get on the field. And that’s the improved version.Thanks Goodell.

  173. Frank the dog says:

    Oops just replayed the pvr he said 8 points.

  174. The Duke of Hafford says:

    Little late to the discuss, but Stauffer has been mentioning that Colorado has been scouting Oiler games add that to Friedman making talking about interest in Davidson. The reported ask for Duchene is a young defenseman, a first round pick and a prospect. Could Davidson, 2017 first and Caleb Jones get the conversation started? If they picked up Duchene, could the Oilers look at making a deal with Vegas to expose Eberle in exchange for Vegas trading to the Oilers either Petrovic or Pysyk (which ever player they pick up from Florida) and a second?

  175. gogliano says:

    N64:
    No matter who you were rooting for early or late hope this kills the stupid OT format. Lose the toss. QB might never get on the field. And that’s the improved version.Thanks Goodell.

    Nothing more exciting than College Football OT. And it’s a whole lot fairer.

  176. kinger_OIL says:

    Lowetide:
    Super Bowl is hit and miss, I find.

    A few things, now that I have some beer in me:

    – a lot of you are very mean on Cole: yeah he makes mistakes, but that shoot-out play by play: sorry, that’s why he his still one of the best:I loved it

    – This is a playoff team: in the last 10 years I feel they lose this game in this situation every time

    – Davidson is a 26 year old 3rd line pairing who in a pinch for a bit, on selected bias, if you don’t need offence might be top-4 in a perfect scenario: he’s the epitome of expansion draft selection

    – I love Davidson and his story, and the proof that we are not idiots when drafting and developing, but expansion is zero sum game: every team loses a “Davidson” + Thats the point of expansion

    – Tom Brady : greatest winner all-time, by any measure? Just wow,, Patriots and system: wow…

  177. OF17 says:

    The Duke of Hafford:
    Little late to the discuss, but Stauffer has been mentioning that Colorado has been scouting Oiler games add that to Friedman making talking about interest in Davidson.The reported ask for Duchene is a young defenseman, a first round pick and a prospect.Could Davidson, 2017 first and Caleb Jones get the conversation started?If they picked up Duchene, could the Oilers look at making a deal with Vegas to expose Eberle in exchange for Vegas trading to the Oilers either Petrovic or Pysyk (which ever player they pick up from Florida) and a second?

    Can’t see that being enough for Duchene. Davidson and Jones, good as they are, aren’t the calibre of player that Colorado would be looking for.

    Davidson will be 26 next season and has yet to establish himself outside of the bottom pair. Jones is a 4th round pick that’s progressed nicely but is still far from a sure thing. The 1st will likely be ~20th. There isn’t a lot there for Colorado to sink its teeth into, certainly not when they’d be trading their best asset.

  178. Frank the dog says:

    OF17: Can’t see that being enough for Duchene. Davidson and Jones, good as they are, aren’t the calibre of player that Colorado would be looking for.

    Davidson will be 26 next season and has yet to establish himself outside of the bottom pair. Jones is a 4th round pick that’s progressed nicely but is still far from a sure thing. The 1st will likely be ~20th. There isn’t a lot there for Colorado to sink its teeth into, certainly not when they’d be trading their best asset.

    At what point do we start thinking about what the targeted player is worth to us rather than what it would take to get the targeted player?

  179. GMB3 says:

    OF17: Can’t see that being enough for Duchene. Davidson and Jones, good as they are, aren’t the calibre of player that Colorado would be looking for.

    Davidson will be 26 next season and has yet to establish himself outside of the bottom pair. Jones is a 4th round pick that’s progressed nicely but is still far from a sure thing. The 1st will likely be ~20th. There isn’t a lot there for Colorado to sink its teeth into, certainly not when they’d be trading their best asset.

    Replacing Davidson’s name with Klefbom probably would get the discussion going

  180. GMB3 says:

    The Edmonton Oiler’s trade a very good/elite offensive talent to shore up their leaky group of defenseman.

    Realize that they are a one line team without Taylor Hall.

    Trade a young, high ceiling D, for a very good//elite offensive talent to provide more scoring depth.

    Where are we now? Better or worse? Or the same?

    What if the ask is Nurse? Do we still make that trade as we’ve been fairly successful without him and there is no guarantee he returns to form after what seems to be a serious ankle injury.

  181. OF17 says:

    Frank the dog: At what point do we start thinking about what the targeted player is worth to us rather than what it would take to get the targeted player?

    When did I imply we shouldn’t think about both? Myself, I’d rather get a “Duchene” at RD, but figuring out the price is the first step in deciding if something is worth it. Duchene would be a huge boost to our hockey club if we could get him without gutting things, which likely won’t happen.

    GMB3: Replacing Davidson’s name with Klefbom probably would get the discussion going

    Yeah, probably. I bet it gets it done actually. But that’s too rich for my blood.

  182. PhrankLee says:

    5 Days off?!

    Worst. Timing. Ever.

  183. theres oil in virginia says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Matt Ryan dropping back to pass on 2nd and 10, inside field goal range with 4 minutes left was one of the dumbest play calls ever. That sack then holding penalty cost them the game. Never should have been passing there. No yards better than losing 13. Should have run the ball.

    I think if the question was “What one thing could the Falcons have done differently to win the game?”, then this is the answer.

  184. russ99 says:

    PhrankLee:
    5 Days off?!

    Worst. Timing. Ever.

    Maybe not. There seems to be a timidness and anxiousness about our offense in general, so maybe 4.5 days of unplugging will help.

  185. russ99 says:

    theres oil in virginia: I think if the question was “What one thing could the Falcons have done differently to win the game?”, then this is the answer.

    Also more screen passes to defuse the rush, make them play more honest.

  186. theres oil in virginia says:

    russ99: Also more screen passes to defuse the rush, make them play more honest.

    I was extremely tired, and had a couple of beers during the game, but I thought I noticed that both Freeman and Coleman got hurt?

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