G56 2016-17: BLACKHAWKS AT OILERS

The Chicago Blackhawks of my youth were formidable. Bobby Hull was Paul Bunyan on skates, fast and strong and possessing a shot that could break bones. When he was done with you, Stan Mikita would come on the ice with his wizardry and spin the opposition defense into a sweaty ball of anemia. They had a defenseman named Pat Stapleton, who had a pure blonde flat-top and could pass the puck on a line forever, and another one named Keith Magnuson who had the heart of a lion. He was so willing to throw himself into danger, the viewer would often stop watching the actual game and begin spending time worrying about No. 3. Keith Magnuson bled, a lot, and Chicago loved him for it. The guy I liked was Bill White. Tall, gangly, awkward like one of those goofy birds at the zoo, Bill White looked like some pro team left their basketball player behind and he accidentally dressed for a hockey game. He had incredible range, played an intelligent game and could headman pass extremely well. The Blackhawks are in town, it is Saturday. Welcome home, Oilers.

LAKE SHORE DRIVE, 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: 1-2-0, goal differential -3
  • Oilers after 55, 2015-16: 21-29-5, goal differential -30
  • Oilers after 55, 2016-17: 29-18-8, goal differential +15

It seems like years since we’ve been here, but the Oilers are back after their off week and the record remains impressive. G56 a year ago saw Edmonton win 5-2 over Toronto. The line of Connor McDavid (2-3-5), Benoit Pouliot (0-4-4) and Jordan Eberle (3-1-4) absolutely hammered the Leafs, in one of the best games of the year.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: Nashville, Carolina, Montreal (Expected: 1-1-1) (Actual 1-2-0)
  • At home to: Chicago, Arizona, Philadelphia (Expected: 1-1-1)
  • On the road to: Chicago, Tampa Bay, Florida, Washington, Nashville, St. Louis (2-3-1)
  • Overall expected result: 4-5-3, 11 points in 12 games

We will know a lot more a week from midnight tonight, with four games rolling out over the next several days. If Edmonton can average a point a game this week, the club should be in third place in the Pacific Division next Sunday morning. The road trip that follows will be a major hurdle, but the sunshine of March (work with me here) edges ever closer.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

  • The two defensemen who are closest to ‘complete’ are now pushing some real offense. Both men are likely to pass 10 goals, something that has happened exactly once since 2010 (Justin Schultz, 11, 2013-14).
  • Sekera is on pace for 38 points, the most since three blue posted big numbers in 2008-09 (53 by Sheldon Souray, 45 by Tom Gilbert and 39 by Denis Grebeshkov). The Oilers aren’t there yet, but this is clearly a group of defensemen who can post some offense.
  • Matt Benning is such a key element for this team, even though the offense has fallen off over the last 10 games. I think Todd McLellan might be wise to put the rookie back on the Sekera pairing (you remember they have been successful together) in order to unlock more (badly needed) offense.
  • Darnell Nurse skated yesterday and Ryan Rishaug tweeted out some good news.
  • Brandon Davidson is coming on now, moving the puck with more confidence. Good sign.
  • Oilers defensemen have matched year’s total of 24 goals, with 27 games left to go.

FORWARDS, 2016-17

  • Connor McDavid remains the No. 1 scorer in the NHL, but he has company now in Sidney Crosby. This is shaping up to be a terrific race to the finish. McDavid winning the Art Ross would be the first major award in a very long time for an Oilers player.
  • Leon has 20 goals, suspect he will be joined shortly by CMD and Patrick Maroon. Anyone else?
  • Entering this season, Jordan Eberle averaged 28 goals per 82 NHL games. He needs 17 in the final 27 to reach his average, and that is not going to happen. He can still salvage his season, and help the Oilers, if he can get to 20 before the final buzzer.
  • Milan Lucic is on pace for 16 goals. That would be his lowest total in a full, healthy and non-lockout season since he was a rookie.
  • Anton Slepyshev is coming on now, he might move his name from pencil to pen for 2017-18 with a strong finish to this year. There is some daylight farther up the RW depth chart, maybe he can grab some higher ground.

NEXT YEAR COUNTRY

  • Peter Chiarelli on Condors 2017-18:“Obviously, we’re going to have to fill in some forward spots down here. We look at college free agents, free agents in the AHL, free agents in the NHL and through trades. We’re a little heavy on D coming in, and we’re certainly going to address the forward situation.” Source

The hope is that PC can cash some of those defenders for useful prospects, and not have to fill in with Matt Fords. We don’t have the entire interview, but I would love to know what the organization thinks of men like Kyle Platzer and Greg Chase. These men are not seeing their playing time increase, that is a bad sign. Failing any encouraging verbal, we can probably assume these prospects will be cast aside at the end of their entry-level deals.

AMATEUR FREE AGENT OPTIONS, FORWARDS

  • L Bobby MacIntyre, SSM Greyhounds. Undersized winger has blossomed this season (47, 21-43-64) and will no doubt get plenty of attention.
  • C-R Zack Aston-Reese, Northeastern University. He is 6.0, 190 and plays a heavy game. Certainly a Chiarelli—McLellan type and has skill.
  • C Mike Vecchione, Union. Complete center who may be the most valuable player on this list. He is in his senior year and ripping it up.
  • R Tyler Kelleher, New Hampshire. A 5.06 senior is only a prospect if he is leading the world in points. Kelleher has 50 points in 29 games and someone will sign him.
  • L Ryan Graham, Swift Current Broncos. Fast winger with a terrific shot, Oilers need a bunch of these guys, maybe one will cash.
  • RC Austin Glover, Red Deer Rebels. He has good size and speed, enough skill to project to the pro level if he can stay healthy.
  • L Dawson Leedahl, Regina Pats. Big winger, good speed, skill and plays a responsible game. 69 points in 51 games.
  • L Dominic Zwerger, Spokane Chiefs. Fast and skilled winger blossomed this season.
  • R Zach Zborosky, Lethbridge Hurricanes. He might be eligible for the 2017 draft (October 15, 1996) so I may have him in the wrong spot. Impressive offense two years in a row, has good speed and has blossomed offensively the last two seasons.
  • L Scott Eansor, Seattle Thunderbirds. Small (5.09) two-way forward who has progressed through his junior career.
  • L Evan Polei, Red Deer Rebels. Big winger with skill and a very good shot. I bet the Oilers rate him. 52, 25-22-47.

LINES AND CHEM

Todd McLellan brought the team back with the same lines we saw at the break, and that makes sense. However, if the drought after the CMD line continues, a shuffle seems likely. Here (via Corsica) are the top 5×5 Goals For Percentage lines (over 50 minutes) this season:

  • Maroon—Draisaitl—Puljujarvi 63.62 (in 70.58 mins)
  • Maroon—McDavid—Draisaitl 58.26 (in 241 minutes)
  • Maroon—McDavid—Eberle 55.31 (in 96.17 minutes)
  • Maroon—Nuge—Eberle 55.19 (in 120.72 minutes)
  • Lucic—McDavid—Eberle 50.66 (in 210.73 minutes)
  • Hendricks—Letestu—Kassian 49.03 (in 126.57 minutes)
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Eberle 48.38 (in 141.70 minutes)
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Kassian 45.83 (in 101.02 minutes)
  • Lucic—Caggiula—Slepyshev 37.38 (in 77.52 minutes)
  • Source

Since McDavid carves with anyone, I think it prudent to find the best unit without him and work from there. JP is in the minors, but he had success with Leon (and McDavid). Caution here, that was early in the season and the sample size is not strong. The next best option is moving Maroon down to Nuge-Eberle, and I like Lucic-Draisaitl and have been waiting most of the season anticipating it. Most of the strong ideas involve breaking up CMD and Leon, that is probably the next step.

Thoughts? I would fill Puljujarvi with as much confidence as possible and get him back here at the deadline—or trade for Patrick Sharp/similar if the young man is not ready. In the meantime (and in-between time), I would run Slepyshev up the depth chart until the end of the month. If the $6M men can’t score, try the rookies! Scott Darling is apparently the starter tonight, that may or may not be a break (Oilers and backups: It’s a thing).

TRADE DEADLINE

  • Bob McKenzie: “I think it could be a little bit of anything to be honest. Could they use a backup goaltender? Sure. Could they use a little more depth on the blue line? Sure. Could they use another shooter up front? Sure. I don’t think they terribly want to pull their team apart in any way, shape or form.” Source

I am always hesitant to believe one damn thing close to the deadline, but there does seem to be a sense of ‘team’ with the current Oilers. Peter Chiarelli may be tempted to run this crew (with a tweak or two) and then figure out what to do after the season. Trading Brandon Davidson for a pick can be done before the expansion draft (and after the season), he may be here after the deadline. Peter Chiarelli was in Tampa Bay last night, it would be interesting to know who he had as a target.

 

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  1. treevojo says:

    Kassian is looking fast tonight.

    Absolutely love that Larson hit on panarin at the end. The guy is mean.

  2. Gret99zky says:

    Tack the bye week onto the All star break so the shit show can be over and done with.

  3. who says:

    Bad period for nuge. Lost his man on the first goal and took a dumb penalty on the second. Seems like his brain has vapor locked at times this year.

  4. square_wheels says:

    What the hell is Kypreos trying to say ?

  5. Gret99zky says:

    AAMOF, Fuck the bye week.

    Seriously, fuck that week!

  6. square_wheels says:

    who,

    Bad period, bad 2017, meh 2016……trending the wrong way for a player making 6M for a while.

  7. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Adam Oates is tossing barbs Chiarelli’s way for not having a competent backup.

  8. square_wheels says:

    Elliot Friedman is way too nice. Oates just ejecting some verbal diarrhea and poor Elliot just trying to find toilet paper

  9. Professor Q says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Adam Oates is tossing barbs Chiarelli’s way for not having a competent backup.

    As well as McLellan’s way for playing Talbot.

  10. who says:

    square_wheels:
    who,

    Bad period, bad 2017, meh 2016……trending the wrong way for a player making 6M for a while.

    Yeah still like the player but it hasn’t been a good stretch
    Normally responsible defensively at least but he’s had a few too many brain farts this year.

  11. oscarmike says:

    Seriously who care if Talbot got delayed from a flight.
    Anybody who travels lots understand that
    sh*t happens. He’s working hard, playing a lot of games
    and is also a father. He needs to relax. Why should he
    stress about taking into account delay flights.
    Besides that second goal was a total screen.
    I would not apologize for missing work because of
    a delay flight.
    Try and travel out of Smithers BC in fall. The fog is
    so intense you can be grounded for days.

  12. Bruce McCurdy says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Just catching up. I submit “Red Light Racicot” as the best nickname a goalie could have.

    Your mileage may vary. A lot.

    Goilers!

    Unless he’s Your goalie, in which case it’s pretty much the worst.

  13. Bruce McCurdy says:

    treevojo:
    Kassian is looking fast tonight.

    Absolutely love that Larson hit on panarin at the end. The guy is mean.

    That was great. Those guys were skating rings around Oilers to that point.

  14. hunter1909 says:

    Since when did Eberle and RNH decide to morph into Horcoff and Marchant? It’s like guaranteed no goals coming when they’re on the ice.

  15. Oil2Oilers says:

    Eberle and Lucic have played a lot together. The results have not been good for either of them or the team.

  16. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Give Panarin credit, he took a healthy run at Larsson to open the second. Got him, too

  17. Zelepukin says:

    McD just covered half the ice in catching Kane on the back-check.

  18. treevojo says:

    Nice turn by davy

  19. hunter1909 says:

    Super Hawks feed. Thank you Gary Bettman.

    Hilariously, Western NHL teams have terrible online feeds for 3rd rate fans. Montreal+Toronto have far superior feeds. Sad, considering Katz promised a “world class” Oilers organisation.

  20. hunter1909 says:

    Hawks look excellent. My pick to get out of the West. They might end up being a dynasty yet.

  21. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I still can’t decide if I should be laughing or swearing that a grown ass goal scorer like Eberle has no one-timer and apparently not much of a desire to acquire one.

  22. Zelepukin says:

    treevojo:
    Nice turn by davy

    Ya we need more of that.

    My biggest pet peeve is this slight passiveness we have in closing the gaps or moving the puck with urgency against Chicago. It’s not a blatantly obvious thing, but Chicago is the type of team that being physical and getting on top of, limits their quick one-timers.

  23. hunter1909 says:

    Time to spill oil on the Hawk’s feathers, lol.

  24. Professor Q says:

    For some reason, Nuge is excellent in the D Zone and at breaking out, but stops skating as soon as he passes it up to Lucic or Eberle.

  25. hunter1909 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    I still can’t decide if I should be laughing or swearing that a grown ass goal scorer like Eberle has no one-timer and apparently not much of a desire to acquire one.

    Eberle’s in his “Sunset Boulevard” phase as an NHLer.

  26. Professor Q says:

    hunter1909:
    Time to spill oil on the Hawk’s feathers, lol.

    Are you suggesting to turn them… Black?

  27. hunter1909 says:

    Professor Q:
    For some reason, Nuge is excellent in the D Zone and at breaking out, but stops skating as soon as he passes it up to Lucic or Eberle.

    Nuge is brain dead past the blue line. There. I said it.

    3-1 Ouch.

  28. treevojo says:

    Great defensive play by Larson. Not so much for klefbom

  29. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers REALLY need to score on this pp.

    Seriously.

  30. oscarmike says:

    Klef bo bo

  31. spoiler says:

    A rare Draisaitl end-to-end rush…

  32. russ99 says:

    Man we’re flat this period.

    We look like the team on the back to back.

  33. hunter1909 says:

    Put Lander with RNH and Eberle.

    They’ve all earned it.

  34. hunter1909 says:

    spoiler:
    A rare Draisaitl end-to-end rush…

    He’s been reading his press clippings for the past 2-3 games, for sure.

  35. Gret99zky says:

    Just. Not. Sharp..

  36. Zelepukin says:

    It would be great to have more than one line that knows how to play hockey. Remember when we would talk about unicorns?

  37. spoiler says:

    This period might take only 18 minutes of actual time to elapse.

  38. JDï™ says:

    Okay, there’s reason to Panik.

  39. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is it LB time yet?

  40. hunter1909 says:

    Tonight is the Hawk’s cup final.

  41. russ99 says:

    Nuge’s patented waffle from behind the circle. Why would skating with McDavid make any diffference?

    Seeing Davidson bad tonight. Benning isn’t much better. lol

  42. spoiler says:

    I see For Honor’s Beta in my very near future.

  43. Gret99zky says:

    FFS, go back on vacation.

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

    This was a gutless period of hockey.

    Too bad, they came out of the gate flying but dropped dead after the powerplay goal against in the 1st.

    Lucic is useless

  45. hunter1909 says:

    I’m confident that the Oilers can rest during the 2nd period intermission, and emerge ready and able to bite Chicago’s ankles for the rest of the night.

  46. OilClog says:

    the Hawks are still elite, you’re sipping on the bad tea if you believe otherwise.

  47. jake70 says:

    Nuge doesn’t hit the net and it effectively is the start of the Hawks breakout…..and they score. He hits the net and at the very least there is a faceoff in Hawks zone. Frustrating.

  48. hunter1909 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: Everyone but McDavid is useless

    Fixed.

  49. texmex says:

    Oil have lost (soon to be) 4 of 5. Scored zero goals in their lone win. Hmmmmm

  50. JDï™ says:

    OilClog,

    Six rookies made the team out of camp, and they’re still among the league leaders. Yup, that’s elite.

  51. hunter1909 says:

    I’ll cheerfully wager that the Hawks come out of the West.

  52. Professor Q says:

    Well there goes the game.

  53. russ99 says:

    So yeah, where’s all that CF% we were supposed to have with these defensemen?

  54. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Zelepukin:
    It would be great to have more than one line that knows how to play hockey. Remember when we would talk about unicorns?

    Yeah, it’s not fair to expect the Letestu line to do it all on their own

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

    hunter1909,

    This reminds me of the Buffalo and or the Philly game. Both started well but they could’t get out of their own way.

    The 2-1 is lucky but a serious brainfart by defenders that had their heads down.

    The 3-1 goal is a brutal play by Klefbom. Like Pouliot in Boston level bad.

    4-1 is the same as 2-1 but less lucky more “why the hell do they use a PK setup that always has them outnumbered and more importantly out-positioned down low?????”

    Sad game, hopefully they can win the 3rd and establish a bit of a decent platform to build on.

  56. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s a disappointing 2nd period

  57. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Second home game in a row the rested Oilers have come out & laid a big ol’ steamer down at centre ice.

    If I was a paying fan I’d be pretty pissed.

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

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Lander has had a good game. Lots of good plays but I’ve also seen him a step behind on any offensive play.

    I’m really hoping there is a 42 game minimum in Cagguila’s contract because we are 4 games out from that total now and he’s largely been ineffective. Needs to go down and play with JP.

    Lucic is not good at all right now.

  59. OilClog says:

    JDï™:
    OilClog,

    Six rookies made the team out of camp, and they’re still among the league leaders. Yup, that’s elite.

    The Quenneville stare turns rookies into men.

    20 seasons as head coach. 17 playoff appearances, .607 winning %, 3 cups. 87pts his lowest season total, still making the playoffs.

  60. Gret99zky says:

    Hopefully they can remember what Hockey is before Arizona & Philly roll into town.

  61. russ99 says:

    And we have to play damn thorn in our side Phoenix next. We better figure it out quick.

  62. oscarmike says:

    See don’t ever count CHI out. They’re a well establish hockey club that kept their core for years. I will never put it pass CHI. Every year they have the potential to win the Stanley Cup.

  63. OilClog says:

    Lucic digs the puck off the boards, sends it to Eberle, watches Eberle stand still and get beat.

    Defeating.

  64. Zelepukin says:

    So I’m assuming we’ll see the blender in the 3rd? Because that always works.

  65. treevojo says:

    If tmac wants to send a message kassian would be starting the 3rd period with mcdavid. Seems to be the only forward with a jump in his game.

  66. HT Joe says:

    I generally like Nuge, but this season has been more than painful.

    I went to the CapFriendly website to try to better understand how Nuge is stacking up with other centres (I know this is not perfect but I wanted to gauge his season, points wise for all situations).

    CapFriendly lists 15 centres across the NHL with a cap hit between $5.5 and $6.5 million. RNH is 10th in goals and 14th in assists.

    By expanding the salary range to $4.0 and $6.5 (please note I simply lowered the cap, since I didn’t think it was fair to compare him to centres earning over $6.5), there are then 36 centres listed. RNH is 22nd in goals and 26th in assists.

    Does RNH need a change of scenery? Can he simply not stand living in the shadow of McDavid (and to be honest Draisatl as well)?

  67. who says:

    I think everyone can see that Klefbom has the physical tools to be a top pairing Dman but he’s not really close to that level mentally. Way to many of those unforced giveaways this year. Still a work in progress, just like most of this team. Looking forward to the new lines in the third.

  68. BONE207 says:

    Laurent with a shut out in the 3rd. Team ties because LT says they are good at playing from behind. Or I drank too much in periods 1 & 2.

  69. BONE207 says:

    Is it me or are the Oilers sullying the aura of these orange jerseys? Maybe another color would be needed.

  70. hunter1909 says:

    You can’t win them all.

    Oilers looked good for about 5-10 minutes.

  71. OilClog says:

    14 should be benched

  72. JDï™ says:

    Rust never sleeps.

  73. Professor Q says:

    I’ve also noticed that the Oilers seem to have a Drop-Pass Fetish. It gets them into trouble more often than not because they are so uncoordinated that they never expect it (similar to the Spanish Inquisition).

    They don’t even look. When you’re an Oiler, they just let you do it.

  74. JDï™ says:

    Good shift by Maroon Drai Slepy.

  75. OilClog says:

    Lost in all this is how pleasant it is to how Louie back between the benches, duck you Remenda you quack.

  76. BONE207 says:

    Slepy looks good this period. Can’t buy a goal. This team…

  77. JDï™ says:

    Oest never rests.

  78. Klima's_Bucket says:

    OilClog,

    He hasn’t ever been benched in his time with the Oilers.
    Why start now?

  79. Professor Q says:

    And now Eberle is injured?

  80. OilClog says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    To further diminish his already poor trade value duh

  81. BONE207 says:

    I see Connor giving lots of instruction on the bench this game. Maybe he went to hockey school last week.. #commitment

  82. Professor Q says:

    On the bright side, Puljüjarvi got a goal tonight, even if they lost in OT.

  83. BONE207 says:

    Pou…you fly around the missing checks, missing shots & throwing pucks around willy nilly. He needs to reset somewhere

  84. Oil2Oilers says:

    Nuge had the angry tequila on his days off

  85. BONE207 says:

    NUUUGE…’em are fighting whiskers. Fighting lessons during his time off.

  86. Gret99zky says:

    Well there goes the GD.

  87. oscarmike says:

    Yes Nuge. Finally he grows a pair.

  88. pocession charge says:

    BONE207:
    Pou…you fly around the missing checks, missing shots & throwing pucks around willy nilly. He needs to reset somewhere

    He’s so frustrating to watch out there. I’ve tried to be patient but tonight is the first night I want him gone. He’s an anchor out there for his line mates.

  89. russ99 says:

    That was one of the worst Oiler fights ever.

    I like the show of emotion, but not where you get hurt.

  90. VanIsleOil says:

    Looch can’t even make a simple pass tonight

  91. russ99 says:

    Jesus, if your in the HDSC area shoot!!

  92. BONE207 says:

    pocession charge: He’s so frustrating to watch out there.I’ve tried to be patient but tonight is the first night I want him gone.He’s an anchor out there for his line mates.

    I know…makes me crazy with his abilities but mindless approach.

  93. pocession charge says:

    That was not encouraging. They need to go home upset and show up to practice tomorrow refocused.

  94. BONE207 says:

    I’ve been watching Nurse Jackie for the raw dialog & coarse language. I used much of what I learned in my viewing of this game.

  95. who says:

    I thought nuge and drais lines had a pretty good third. Didn’t think McDavid’s new line did much. Seems like right now Eberle, and especially Lucic, can suck the life out of anyone’s line. McDavid needs wingers who can win puck races and battles and neither one of these players is doing this right now.

  96. Professor Q says:

    How was that not high sticking by Anisimov on his goal? He basically almost took Sekera out first.

  97. pocession charge says:

    We talk about ‘fast hockey’ and the Hawks played that way. The Oilers spent the first two periods in a fog. Chiarelli needs to tweak the roster.

  98. Professor Q says:

    Holy crap. Just saw the fight. The refs were pushing and shoving Davidson and Kassian, quite angrily.

    I guess we know who they’re rooting for.

  99. russ99 says:

    pocession charge,

    Not necessarily, we played fast too, until the game got out of reach, just kept trying to pass the puck in the net and playing keep away on the outside with little effort to get to the tough areas.

    The Hawks did, that was the big difference.

  100. npanciroli says:

    Didn’t get to watch, how were Sekera Benning?

  101. russ99 says:

    npanciroli:
    Didn’t get to watch, how were Sekera Benning?

    So-so.

    Good clearing the puck, not great down low.. Benning got faked out by Kane a few times, one of which led to a penalty. Too many goal mouth scrambles in general.

    Also, Klef had a major gaffe on a goal against, and Davidson look shell shocked at times.

    Larsson and Oesterle were solid.

  102. npanciroli says:

    russ99,

    Thanks!

  103. pocession charge says:

    russ99:
    pocession charge,

    Not necessarily, we played fast too, until the game got out of reach, just kept trying to pass the puck in the net and playing keep away on the outside with little effort to get to the tough areas.

    The Hawks did, that was thre big difference.

    I didn’t see the sharp, quick puck movement in the first two. When the Hawks put on pressure, the Oilers play became scrambly. The result being poor passes and ugly turnovers

  104. treevojo says:

    npanciroli:
    Didn’t get to watch, how were Sekera Benning?

    I think it’s safe to say Russell isn’t worried about losing his spot in the lineup after the defense’s work in that game.

  105. Professor Q says:

    npanciroli:
    Didn’t get to watch, how were Sekera Benning?

    It ended up being Benning-Larsson by the end.

  106. who says:

    russ99: So-so.

    Good clearing the puck, not great down low.. Benning got faked out by Kane a few times, one of which led to a penalty. Too many goal mouth scrambles in general.

    Also, Klef had a major gaffe on a goal against, and Davidson look shell shocked at times.

    Larsson and Oesterle were solid.

    Oesterle looked solid in the offensive zone but was a tire fire in the dzone. The oilers had to break him and Davidson up after the first because they were getting fed. Panarin had him turned inside out on a rush in the first. Oesterle was lucky to get a piece of the puck but he looked bad on the play. This guy looks like a 7th dman at best to me. Just not physically strong enough to defend in his own end.

  107. digger50 says:

    Chicago owned the Front of the Oilers net and all the puck moving, stick checking defencemenin the world were not getting them out.

    This was a night they missed a Nurse Gryba pairing.

  108. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Eberle should not be wearing an A at this point.

  109. Suntory Hanzo says:

    spoiler,

    THats where I was going. Pretty fun even tho I suck. Like BF1

  110. Zelepukin says:

    who:
    I thought nuge and drais lines had a pretty good third. Didn’t think McDavid’s new line did much. Seems like right now Eberle,and especially Lucic,can suck the life out of anyone’s line. McDavid needs wingers who can win puck races and battles and neither one of these players is doing this right now.

    I was just thinking about how off Nuge has been this year and then that was the moment I realised, well he is playing with Ebs AND Lucic.

  111. McSorley33 says:

    I can’t believe Eberle is on TSN’s trade bait list……..

    Said no one.

  112. pocession charge says:

    Kevin Quinn, if you read this, you butcher Hjalmarsson’s name. I cringe every time you say Charmelson.

  113. treevojo says:

    So many inspirational stories in the nhl.

    Patty maroon is one of them.

    Good interview.

  114. spoiler says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    spoiler,

    THats where I was going. Pretty fun even tho I suck. Like BF1

    I suck too. But really enjoying it. I highly recommend it to one and all. Kind of like Overwatch done Medieval.

    https://www.ubisoft.com/en-US/game/for-honor/

  115. MrEd says:

    Leon and McDavid need to be on separate lines.
    Drivers.

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