WING AND A PRAYER

Edmonton is a great city, with all kinds of things to recommend it. Fresh air, stunning river valley, fantastic restaurants, great educational options, four million shoe stores, easy access from north to south, airport to anywhere, a population that works and plays hard. Oh. And about one million opinions on how the Oilers should be run. All of that has to make Todd McLellan glad he is here—except, maybe that last one. McLellan shuffled the lines yesterday, and the throng spent the rest of the day questioning the changes. What a beautiful dance!

THE LINES AT PRACTICE

  • Maroon—McDavid—Eberle
  • Lucic—Draisaitl—Slepyshev
  • Caggiula—Nuge—Kassian
  • Hendricks—Letestu—Pouliot

There are things I really like about these lines, including the Lucic—Leon combo that seemed to show promise early in the year. Eberle back with McDavid is interesting, and Anton Slepyshev gets a push. So, do these men play well with each other? Here is the 5×5:

MAROON—MCDAVID—EBERLE

  • Connor McDavid—3-16-19 (2.95/60), 55.8 Corsi with Maroon; 2-6-8 (1.40/60) and 52.8 with Eberle.
  • Patrick Maroon—10-4-14 (2.18/60), 55.8 Corsi with McDavid; 4-2-6 (1.55/60) and 58.1 with Eberle.
  • Jordan Eberle—3-6-9 (1.58/60), 52.8 with McDavid; 2-6-8 (2.07/60) and 58.1 with Maroon.

This should work, and McLellan can get this line some good matchups in the next two home games. The key will be unlocking Eberle, because McDavid-Maroon works like a charm. Connor McDavid is going to make a lot of wingers rich, but the guy the Oilers are already paying $6M a season needs to cash some of those lovely passes. The fact McLellan has hit shuffle and Maroon remains portside is a tell—about Maroon, and Milan Lucic.

LUCIC—DRAISAITL—SLEPYSHEV

  • Leon Draisaitl—1-3-4 (1.54/60), 55.7 with Lucic. Draisaitl is 0-4-4 (3.51), 49.6 with AS in 68 minutes.
  • Milan Lucic—2-2-4 (1.53/60), 55.7 with Draisaitl. Lucic is 0-1-1 (0.61), 45.2 with AS in 98 minutes.
  • Anton Slepyshev—2-1-3 (2.63/60), 49.6 with LD (68 minutes). 1-1-2 (1.22/60), 45.2 with ML in 98 minutes.

Some encouraging numbers here, Slepyshev and Draisaitl have performed well together. Leon and Lucic have also looked good by eye, and we have to remember Lucic’s 5×5 number here represents a monster increase over his overall 5×5/60 number. Interesting set of boxcars. Low sample size reflects experimental nature of Slepy’s push. The big LW hasn’t looked himself all year, hopefully Leon to the rescue.

CAGGIULA—NUGE—KASSIAN

  • Nuge—1-1-2 (10.0/60), 44.4 in 12 minutes with Caggiula; 1-4-5 (1.74/60), 47.5 with Kassian.
  • Caggiula—1-0-1 (4.8/60), 44.4 with Nuge; 1-0-1 (1.43/60), 33.3 in 42 minutes with Kassian.
  • Kassian—1-1-2 (0.70/60), 47.5 in 172 minutes with Nuge; 0-1-1 (1.43/60) with Caggiula.

First thing I noticed? Caggiula hasn’t played a lot with real skill, and Kassian might be getting a chance I thought he would receive after the Pitlick injury. We will see how this goes, but if TM runs this as a soft minutes line, perhaps the Nuge gets untracked. You could view this as a slight to RNH, but I see it as a chance to maybe get away from the toughest minutes of the game. Could he flourish with better linemates? Against lesser competition, Nuge should have more than enough talent to drive the line.

HENDRICKS—LETESTU—POULIOT

  • Hendricks—2-1-3 (1.05/60), 48.3 with Letestu; 0-0-0, 40.0 in 11 minutes with Pouliot.
  • Letestu—2-2-4 (1.40/60), 48.3 with Hendricks; 0-0-0, 37.5 in 53 minutes with Pouliot.
  • Pouliot—1-0-1 (1.12/60), 37.5 with Letestu; 0-0-0, 40 with Hendricks.

Well ladies, there is no fifth line in the NHL, so Benoit is at the last chance Texaco. I am uncertain what BP can do with Hendricks (who has slowed in the last 12 months), but maybe Letestu can help. For those of you who don’t want Russell signed, you should probably thank Pouliot. Playing the big man on the fourth line is equal to giving up on trading him. See you at training camp, Benoit!

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

I think Todd McLellan may have had some changes in mind for after the break, and went with established lines after the layoff because familiarity. Now, with a couple of days practice, the club can play around with various ideas. It could be back in place by the beginning of the second period, but TM has Arizona on the calendar and that should mean opportunity—if Edmonton gets the first goal.

I like the idea of trying Eberle on top again, he is the best option for scoring RW when Leon is isn’t in the conversation. Nuge gets shuffled onto a makeshift line, but the organization has to find some offense and my favorite player hasn’t been one of the top two center options on this team all year long.

If the struggles of Nuge, Lucic, Eberle  and Pouliot continue, it is reasonable to expect a sledgehammer summer.

TYLER BENSON UPDATE

  • Jim Matheson, EJ: WHL sources are speculating it’s a hernia concern. Source

If I may impose on you, please click the link to Matty’s story. His update on Benson is more detailed and offers nuance. Lots of good information outside the Benson item there, and I am cheating on my 24-hour rule, so please click on Mr. Matheson’s link. Tyler Benson was a brilliant selection if healthy, a great risk if not. The Oilers must be risk averse, they simply do not have the depth to afford this kind of thing. Seriously. This is a big damned deal.

BRIAN BOYLE, OILER?

My guess is that Brandon Davidson will be the price, helluva deal for Tampa Bay and a much needed value deal for Steve Yzerman. Boyle feels like more of a 4C than 3C at this point in his career, but he absolutely fits the Chiarelli model. I think this deal could get done if Davidson is the bait. Speculation today the price might be a first-round pick, which is insane. The Oilers first-round selection in 2017 is No. 22 right now, but this season isn’t over. I wonder if PC grabs Boyle and Halak at the deadline.

IIRO PAKARINEN

He has been recalled, and I think Pakarinen gets into the lineup as soon as ready. Why? He is faster than Matt Hendricks and speed is a problem for this roster. Can you believe how much this team misses Tyler Pitlick? Lordy.

JORDAN OESTERLE

Among the really fine bloggers out there is WheatnOil. He goes about his business with little fanfare, but opens up some impressive truths you cannot find elsewhere. His work has been trumpeting Jordan Oesterle whenever Wheels is in the show, and the recent update rings the bell one more time. Oesterle is a fascinating player.

LOWDOWN

No Lowdown for me today, but Dave Jamieson will be sitting in for me through Wednesday. Dave is a great guy, has a terrific sense of humor, and for some reason all the trades break when he is on the air. As you know, Dave hosts noon to 2, and you will get the same excellence from him this morning. If you haven’t heard Dave, give him a listen, he is an outstanding broadcaster.

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91 Responses to "WING AND A PRAYER"

  1. Pouzar says:

    Oesterle eh.

    Tyler Max on Twitter quoting Friedman: “A lot of activity around Brian Boyle…” lists EDM and TOR as being among the many teams in on him.

  2. kinger_OIL says:

    – Great post LT! You talked about potential Hammer being dropped on some players: You and McL share the same view: ““In the past, we’ve had players with good point totals and good goal totals but it wasn’t playoff hockey. It was the back-end of a year where the team wasn’t in (the playoffs).”

    – Hi RNH, Ebs and Pou… (or is it bye?)

    – If they don’t turn it around its $18MM of production easily improved upon for less IMO.

    – You can’t afford RNH as 3rd line C @ $6MM if he can’t score IMO…

  3. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    I like the idea of trying Eberle on top again, he is the best option for scoring RW when Leon is isn’t in the conversation.

    There is a reasonable argument to be made that 14 and 29 are pretty interchangeable with 19-97:

    19-97-29
    250 min together
    3.60 GF/60
    65.2% GF
    57% CF

    19-97-14
    96 minutes together
    3.74 GF/60
    60% GF
    55.7% CF

    As I was droning on for the last few days, the key is separating 27 and 14 to maximize scoring. They are like oil and water and the goals die when they are on the ice together.

    Lucic and Drai have 91 minutes together so far this year when they are not with McDavid or RNH.

    2.30 GF/60
    37.5% GF
    51.3% CF

    GF% should come up to meet the CF or close.

    Hopefully they get to 2.5+ GF/60.

  4. npanciroli says:

    Really happy they are running 3C deep again.

    Curious what the D looks like. I would give them another shot like they were last game.

  5. BONE207 says:

    LT…north/south in this city is the worst with all the funneling.

    I hope TMac runs these lines for the duration of the Arizona game. It feels like there is a lot of experimentation that’s going to happen for the next few weeks to see who can be boosted and who will eventually get dealt either at the deadline or in the off season. Trying times ahead for us 3rd tier fans.

  6. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    BONE207:
    LT…north/south in this city is the worst with all the funneling.

    I hope TMac runs these lines for the duration of the Arizona game. It feels like there is a lot of experimentation that’s going to happen for the next few weeks to see who can be boosted and who will eventually get dealt either at the deadline or in the off season. Trying times ahead for us 3rd tier fans.

    Agreed.

    East/West is easier with the Whitemud, Yellowhead and now Henday on both the North side and South side.

    Going North/South is a real bitch and can only be done quickly on the Henday and not in the middle of the city.

  7. npanciroli says:

    I live in the south side and Downtown is easily the hardest to get to.

    Going anywhere on the Northend through the Henday is easier.

  8. Dominoiler says:

    Thanks for linking to WheatnOils article, LT.. interesting read, nice to get another look at the D, particularly at the zone exits..

  9. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    WC standings this morning using games. 8th place set to 0. Ties broken with games in hand (pts%)

    MIN 20
    CHI 13
    SJS 11
    ANA 6
    EDM 5
    STL 2
    NSH 1
    LAK 0
    ———————-
    CGY -2
    VAN -5
    DAL -8
    WPG -9
    ARI -15
    COL -26

    EDM still risks slipping down into the fight for the last 3 spots (which would be 4 if they slip) They need to finish Feb with 1pt/gm.

    Winning the next two games vs ARI and PHI would get them back 1pt/gm this month.

    Pretty sure DAL and WPG have joined ARI and COL in the “done” pile.

    I want VAN to keep winning enough to keep irrational hope alive and so Benning trades picks for rentals at the deadline. Ha!

    WC games tonight:

    ARI @ CGY

    ARI can do EDM a big favour by beating CGY in regulation and getting so tired they shit the bed tomorrow night.

    GOYOTES!!

    *clap,clap*

  10. Jaxon says:

    I’d like to see Pouliot and Caggiula switch lines. I’d also like to see Caggiula sent down as soon as Pakarinen is ready. In all honesty, I’d like to see Pouliot get an extended look with McDavid, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I love seeing Slepyshev get the push.

    Oilers
    Maroon / McDavid / Eberle
    Lucic / Draisaitl / Slepyshev
    Pouliot / Nugent-Hopkins / Kassian
    Hendricks / Letestu / Caggiula (Pakarinen) – send Caggiula down once Iiro is ready

    Condors top 2 lines
    Caggiula / Lander / Puljujarvi – give them all the ice time they can handle
    LaLeggia / Khaira / Beck

    Then possibly bring both Puljujarvi and Caggiula back up after the deadline.

    Post-Deadline (3 scoring lines like this would be hard to line match and defend)
    Pouliot / McDavid / Puljujarvi – speed
    Maroon / Draisaitl / Slepyshev – big bodies
    Lucic / Nugent-Hopkins / Eberle – some skill with Lucic
    Caggiula / Letestu / Kassian – fiesty line
    Pakarinen in press box. Will they have a new forward like Vrbata, Vanek, Gionta, Hanzal or Boyle?

  11. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Dominoiler:
    Thanks for linking to WheatnOils article, LT.. interesting read, nice to get another look at the D, particularly at the zone exits..

    Agreed.

    Great stuff in there.

    Thanks for the link LT.

  12. Snowman says:

    I really need Duchene to get traded. Thinking about Duchene as an Oiler is taking up waaaaaaay too much of my time.

    I need closure.

  13. npanciroli says:

    Snowman,

    haha, I think this was me with Subban last year.

  14. jm363561 says:

    I have never got why a LW college player was catapulted straight in at 3C. I like Caggiula but he was never in a position to succeed, and didn’t. Playing in his natural position, and the most expensive 3C in the league (ever) centring him, what can possibly go wrong?

  15. Timeisnow says:

    If a 3C is acquired have to think RNH is gone this summer. There is no way they can have 6M #3C.
    Boyle is older now wonder if he has 2-3 good, useful years left.

    Was happy to see RNH have that fight, he knows he’s in a major battle to stay on this team. Might be to little too late kind of scenario. He hasn’t played very good for 2 years now, hope he can regain some value. RNH for Barrie in the summer sounds about right.

  16. N64 says:

    Hope the Oil staff are getting the best medical advise on how to overcome this. The trajectory of pubis injuries is so complicated. For anyone who missed this on “sports hernia” last month:

    http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/dr-william-meyers-gets-right-to-the-core-of-athletes-injuries-120215

    “We saw that the anatomy down there in the pelvis was a lot different from the way we’d been taught, and there was a lot more to it,” Meyers said, detailing one particular experiment where his team discovered that the rectus abdominus muscle (abs) and adductor muscles (inner thigh) are connected via the pubic bone, which essentially acted as a joint.

    …”It’s your transmission, and that’s what helps keeps the pressure off your arms and legs,” Meyers said. “It’s really key to how your extremities work, and when you analyze it more, the muscles that attach to the pubic bone are sort of your harness, your bridle, your reins. Your athleticism comes from shifting from one side to the other, and the way you move is directly connected to that mechanism. That’s where you harness your power from all the big muscles, so there’s a lot to it.”

  17. Durag says:

    A friend of mine ended up drinking at the Rose and Crown with Pakarinen’s godfather, who is in from Finland to see him play. #insidescoop

  18. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Ultrafun SuperHappy Gogogo EC standings this morning via games. 8th place set to 0, ties broken with games in hand (pts%)

    WSH 22
    CBJ 15
    PIT 15
    NYR 12 – 1st wild card spot
    MTL 6
    OTT 5
    TOR 1
    NYI 0
    ——————–
    BOS 0
    PHI -1
    FLA -2
    CAR -4
    TBY -5
    NJD -5
    BUF -6
    DET -8

    BOS taking the new coach bounce into a tie for last spot.

    MTL’s melt down continues. After staring 13-1-1- and the Eastern media giving Price the Vezina, Weber the Norris, Shaw the Selke, Therrien the Adams while shitting on PK Subban, the Habs have gone 18-17-7 since and the media is questioning the coach and the “culture” of the team.

    Delicious. Simply delicious.

    OTT defies gravity and I’m waiting from them to drop too.

    TOR is 2-4-2 in their last 8 and the incomplete and young Dcorps is costing them games.

    BOS might just have to hold on the rail while MTL, OTT and TOR fall down the stairs to win the division?

    BOS has their bye-week now and might actually move up in the standings (if you properly use games/pts% and not straight points)

    Computer Boys are still not out of it either.

    If the Pacific this year is a shitty version of the Smythe, then the Atlantic is the Norris back when only 1 team was above .500 (real .500 btw) and 4 teams made the playoffs.

    What a fun race to watch.

  19. Lowetide says:

    I worked in sales for almost 20 years, north to south is a breeze. 99th to rover valley, and then up via your choice from southside, 97st from YHD north side. Have you folks driven around Vancouver? Even Calgary seems simple, but their flyaways take you out to the hinterlands.

  20. Lloyd B. says:

    I just read an article on SN that is saying Therrien could be in trouble in Montreal.

    As a long time Bruins fan I’m not sure there could be anything more sickening than the Canadiens sacking Therrien and picking up Julien for the rest of the year.

  21. Soup Fascist says:

    Durag:
    A friend of mine ended up drinking at the Rose and Crown with Pakarinen’s godfather, who is in from Finland to see him play. #insidescoop

    The two certainties I have arrived at in my many years on this planet:

    1) Never pause to consider, when asked “do these pants make my ass look big”.

    2) Never EVER try to keep up with a Finn drinking Vodka at the Rose and Crown (or anywhere on Earth for that matter).

  22. Woogie63 says:

    I am going to be in Edmonton on Thursday and I am planning to go the Flyers game. I went onto Ticketmaster for a simple search for one tickets and then compared the Oiler/Flyers prices vs. the Flames/Flyers prices;

    Sort – Lowest to High (one page)

    Edmonton $96.60 -$128.80
    Calgary $29.00 – $31.00

    Sort Highest to Lowest (one page)

    Edmonton $1,537.55 -$462.30
    Calgary $332.35 – $293.25

    The games are sold out and the building is new, and the team is better, but at these prices is there a question on the value?

  23. Oil2Oilers says:

    To suggest that Edmonton has more shoe shops than opinions about how the Oilers should be run is a galling statement even in these post fact times. How dare you good Sir. 😉

  24. Thorin says:

    Lowetide:
    I worked in sales for almost 20 years, north to south is a breeze. 99th to rover valley, and then up via your choice from southside, 97st from YHD north side. Have you folks driven around Vancouver? Even Calgary seems simple, but their flyaways take you out to the hinterlands.

    I used to do same-day parcel delivery, hotshot-style (aka courier, but not on bicycle). The paths you describe all have low max speeds, lots of lights, and potholes big enough to host an NHL game in.

    The best-paying priority calls from downtown were anything to the west end, because the west end businesses were kinda clustered between 170th and 178th streets north of Stony Plain Road, and you’d just take 107th ave to get out there (yeah, that was always faster than Stony).

    The best-paying priority calls from anywhere to anywhere were west end to south side, thanks to the Whitemud. Even the Yellowhead had a bunch of lights and some serious roadway damage.

    If I was still in the game now, I’d be taking the Henday for anything going from one side of the city to the far side, it’s smooth and quick. But anything into downtown, anything at all, you’re always gonna face a ton of traffic lights… And they’re going to _all_ be red, one after another, but only if you’re in a giant rush and really need to get there quick.

  25. Eastern Oil says:

    Lloyd B.:
    Ijust read an article on SN that is saying Therrien could be in trouble in Montreal.

    As a long time Bruins fan I’m not sure there could be anything more sickening than the Canadiens sacking Therrien and picking up Julien for the rest of the year.

    And then beating them in the first round of the playoffs somehow!

  26. Scungilli says:

    My wife and I were discussing deep things, namely The Six Million Dollar Man, and I explained ‘The Steve Austins’ to her.

    Her comment was ‘oh, 666’ ha ha.

    Why didn’t I think of that?! No wonder it didn’t work out.

  27. GXL says:

    Lowetide:
    Have you folks driven around Vancouver? …

    A true test of patience any day of the week unless it’s between 4-6am in the morning. Every time I come back to Vancouver after a visit to Edmonton I get jealous of how nice the roads work. The Henday is only pipedream for the west coast but would solve so many problems Vancouver has with it’s infrastructure. Edmontonians should appreciate what they have with the road system, I sure envy it.

    I like Caggiula as he represents lots of promise but he looks in over his head. He really should spend time in the AHL. Lander should be in the lineup at 4C/3C and keep Slepyshev with a skilled centre for more than 1-2 games. He needs time with Draisaitl,Nuge or McDavid.

    GXL

  28. kinger_OIL says:

    Scungilli:
    My wife and I were discussing deep things, namely The Six Million Dollar Man, and I explained ‘The Steve Austins’ to her.

    Her comment was ‘oh, 666’ ha ha.

    Why didn’t I think of that?! No wonder it didn’t work out.

    – To think that was just starring us in the face! Your wife is too clever for us!

    – Techincally we still have 3 Steve Austins: Ebs RNH and Lucic, but not the same…

    *at least you talk about the blog with your wife: my wife looks at me blankly when I explain I’m on this Blog called Lowetide, about the Oilers, with my friends who I have never met, when I’m typing away some useless comment!

  29. rickithebear says:

    All this argument of what predicts goals.

    1. the puck is released at the net during Corsi:
    the x,y value of the puck in the o-zone plane is established.
    the first portion of the scoring potential of the puck created by the forward is at this point.

    2. the puck follows a path to an elevation in the net.
    the x,y value of the puck in the net goal line plane is established.
    the second portion of scoring potential of the puck created by the forward is at this point.
    It is at this point a whole collection of data can be eliminated.
    A. hits the goalie 0% chance of goal. (closed)
    B. hits an open area of net in Elevation. (open) the only pertinate data relating to score potential.

    In between Puck release(Corsi x,y) and (open shot x,y)

    There are other event factors:
    1. We look at our own forwards individual Giveaways, Blocked shots; Missede shots with resulting Corsi against affect.
    Corsi Against is largely dictated by the failings of our own forwards and Offensive d that abandon the defence of HD area.
    Forwards have a (CA/60)/(Pos/60) ratio.

    2. Dmen have a shot Supression Affect:
    A. Corsi x,y value by situation.
    B. A blocks ratio (FA/60)/(CA/60)
    C. A misses ratio (SA/60)/(FA/60)
    D. Open hole shot ratio (OHSA/60)/(SA/60)

    The OHSA must be modified by the standard Hit goalie affect based on Goalie Size and Height

    3. Goalie OHSA Save%
    E. (GA/60)/(OHSA/60)

    So lets look at our D pairs:
    F. (GA/60)/ (XGA/60)

    Sekera/Russel
    544.88 EVTOI 2.70 xGA; 1.32 GA/60
    54.69 CA/60; 40.86 FA/60; 29.91 SA/60
    B. 40.86/54.69 = .747
    C. 29.91/40.86 = .732
    F. 1.32/2.70 = .489

    Russel/Larsson
    143.24; 2.40 xGA; 1.68 GA/60
    56.97; 43.98; 28.90
    B. 43.98/56.97 = .772
    C. 28.90/43.98 = .657
    F. 1.68/2.40 = .700

    Sekera/Benning
    196.36; 2.09 xGA; 2.14 GA
    46.45; 33.92; 25.67
    B. 33.92/46.45 = .730
    C. 25.67/33.92 = .757
    F. 2.14/2.09 = 1.02

    the most critical part of differentiating D and Goalie affect is

    Defence:
    (OHSA/60)/(CA/60)
    and
    Goalie:
    (GA/60)/(OHSA/60)

  30. teddyturnbuckle says:

    “In the past, we’ve had players with good point totals and good goal totals but it wasn’t playoff hockey. It was the back-end of a year where the team wasn’t in (the playoffs).” TMac head coach Journal

    Ouch, here comes the hammer. Ebs being showcased? Oilers will have to eat a lot of his salary to move him. The fact that the GM is looking for another center who can win a draw is a major testament to where RNH fits in. Once my favorite player, Nuge is bringing nothing to the table. Poo Poo will be bought out in the summer.

  31. Lowetide says:

    Mark Bowie ‏@bowiepuck 6m6 minutes ago

    #mnwild waive 6’5″ right-shot C Tyler Graovac. 6 goals in 45 NHL games this season. Cleared waivers in Oct, will he again? 48% on the dot

    I would have to dig a little, but his Corsi for 5×5 is under 40 percent and he is scoring less than Milan Lucic at 5×5/60.

  32. HugThePost says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    “In the past, we’ve had players with good point totals and good goal totals but it wasn’t playoff hockey. It was the back-end of a year where the team wasn’t in (the playoffs).”TMac head coach

    Ouch, here comes the hammer. Ebs being showcased? Oilers will have to eat a lot of his salary to move him. The fact that the GM is looking for another center who can win a draw is a major testament to where RNH fits in. Once my favorite player,Nuge is bringing nothing to the table.Poo Poo will be bought out in the summer.

    I agree–14 is being showcased. He’s been given chance after chance but this whole season has been a putrid failure for him. I would count Nuge as being in the failures this year too. Scary to think that at their young ages, they have already peaked and the game has passed them by already. Nuge is awesome at 3C, but not at that price. I fear the price they will have to pay for Boyle who is old and for his size, buttery soft. I think all of the reported interest Chia has in Boyle is a potential tell about how much they have given up on Nugey at this point. I’m still hoping that Chia will make an out of the box move and acquire someone who nobody is even mentioning at this point.

  33. Oddspell says:

    teddyturnbuckle,

    Eberle seemed to do well enough under Krueger, when we were in the running until almost the end, and Nuge is 7 assists and a gaol back of his totals last year under TMac. Can’t help but feel like TMac is deflecting on this one.

    Seems like a mistake to ship out a guy like Eberle after 2/3 of a crappy year (assuming that’s the logic, and they’re not just unhappy with his whole resume.)

  34. fifthcartel says:

    Lowetide:
    Mark Bowie ‏@bowiepuck 6m6 minutes ago

    #mnwild waive 6’5″ right-shot C Tyler Graovac. 6 goals in 45 NHL games this season. Cleared waivers in Oct, will he again? 48% on the dot

    I would have to dig a little, but his Corsi for 5×5 is under 40 percent and he is scoring less than Milan Lucic at 5×5/60.

    So they’re definitely claiming him.

  35. Durag says:

    Lowetide:

    I would have to dig a little, but his Corsi for 5×5 is under 40 percent and he is scoring less than Milan Lucic at 5×5/60.

    Nice to see we’re at the point where Lucic’s scoring numbers are being compared to guys who are on waivers.

  36. npanciroli says:

    I’d rather take a shot on a guy like Graovac if that means we don’t spend a first or Davidson on Boyle.

  37. Snowman says:

    HugThePost: Iagree–14 is being showcased.He’s been given chance after chance but this whole season has been a putrid failure for him.I would count Nuge as being in the failures this year too.Scary to think that at their young ages, they have already peaked and the game has passed them by already.Nuge is awesome at 3C, but not at that price.I fear the price they will have to pay for Boyle who is old and for his size, buttery soft.I think all of the reported interest Chia has in Boyle is a potential tell about how much they have given up on Nugey at this point.I’m still hoping that Chia will make an out of the box move and acquire someone who nobody is even mentioning at this point.

    I disagree with a lot of this. I think Nuge’s tough year(s) is as a result of him not having a skill set that will allow him to succeed in Maclellan’s systems. Maclellan like the “chip and chase” and Nuge I think struggles with this. He’s not big enough to win the battles and he’s not so fast that he can get there first every time. So he’s being told to play a way that he struggles to be successful at and because he’s a smart coachable player he is listening to instructions and executing on the ice. I don’t see it as a Nuge can’t play anymore problem. I see it as a Nuge struggles with how Maclellan is telling him to play problem.

    Add to that he’s been playing with Eberle and Lucic lately who are essentially terrible together and voila you have Nuge struggling.

    Eberle I don’t know what the hell is going on but I expect him to score with Maroon and McDavid.

    The other thing I think is worth remembering is that Chiarelli plays his cards very close to the vest. There hasn’t been one trade I can remember during Chia’s tenure in Edmonton where it was leaked out ahead of time which makes me skeptical as to the Boyle trade. Everyone is talking about the Oilers wanting Boyle which is very un-Chiarelli.

    Having said that, I think they probably are at least looking at Boyle.

  38. PunjabiOil says:

    I worked in sales for almost 20 years, north to south is a breeze. 99th to rover valley, and then up via your choice from southside, 97st from YHD north side. Have you folks driven around Vancouver? Even Calgary seems simple, but their flyaways take you out to the hinterlands.

    I think this depends on the time of the day.

    I live in the South. At peak times, it makes me more time to drive downtown than it does if i take a bus and lrt.

    I agree with your opening paragraph though. It’s both a honour and privilege to live in the 780.

  39. Lowetide says:

    more on Boyle interest:
    http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/02/13/report-oilers-interested-in-acquiring-brian-boyle/

    If it is a pick, I hope the deal is wider, and Edmonton gets back a pick or prospect in return.

  40. digger50 says:

    HugThePost: Iagree–14 is being showcased.He’s been given chance after chance but this whole season has been a putrid failure for him.I would count Nuge as being in the failures this year too.Scary to think that at their young ages, they have already peaked and the game has passed them by already.Nuge is awesome at 3C, but not at that price.I fear the price they will have to pay for Boyle who is old and for his size, buttery soft.I think all of the reported interest Chia has in Boyle is a potential tell about how much they have given up on Nugey at this point.I’m still hoping that Chia will make an out of the box move and acquire someone who nobody is even mentioning at this point.

    I’m not sure putrid failure and game has passed them by are the correct words. If Edmonton was not trying to keep them here a few years back and did not offer them 6M each, how would they be doing now?

    Change the expectation of that 6M and they are doing just fine.

    But I get it, they are costing a lot against the cap, but I think we are wrong to jump on them. They are fine NHL players who will find thier way on an NHL roster.

    For myself I wonder why we never learn and are again so quick to ditch veterans and bet heavy on the new kids. Need the balance.

  41. delooper says:

    New Asian Village just opened a restaurant in prime real-estate, here in Victoria. Looks like they’re aiming for the high end of this not-very-high-end-town. I remember when they opened in Edmonton. Took my girlfriend (was at the U of A at the time) and we had to dig all the change out of our pockets and backpacks to pay the bill. Neither of us had a credit card back then. Ah. . .

  42. In the Grease says:

    Hi LT & gang… I very rarely post, and apologies for no segue, but thought I’d mention I was at the Devils game yesterday (I’m working on a project with the NHL) and had a chance to speak with former Devils captain Bryce Salvador for a while. Conversation eventually turned to the Hall trade, and I told him it’s obviously still – and will continue to be – a divisive issue for Oilers fans (I live in NY but originally from Edmonton, over 25 years ago)… he totally got it, but having played with Larson was definitely speaking highly of his character and feels he’s still growing as a defender. He said he is really missed. He still works with the Devils and clearly likes Hall a lot (it was Taylor Hall bobble head day btw..lol) and really more or less confirmed chemistry was a big consideration. The fact that Edmonton had no real leaders to show the younger players the way, and not enough playoff experienced vets to set the tone is absolutely detrimental to a team, according to him. He said a lot of it is locker room chemistry. None of this is a revelation, I realize, like I said more just confirmation and he repeated the same thing that has been said many times that Edmonton was technically going to lose the trade on paper but thinks that Edmonton improved their team overall with Larson and the Devils have loved having Hall. Lots of Hall jerseys at Prudential Center (I forgot he had to take 9, Scott Stevens #4 is hanging from the rafters) Nice guy, very diplomatic, just thought I’d share. (The Sharks owned the Devils yesterday too unfortunately…. were outshot 26-7 at one point in the second period, Hall picked up an assist but couldn’t get much done to change the complexion of the game. )

  43. In the Grease says:

    Sorry I probably could have done with some separate paragraphs there….

  44. russ99 says:

    Has there been any update on Russell’s injury?

    I haven’t seen one. Not sure if I really trust the Corsi crew back there for the tough games to follow.

    As for Nuge on the third line, I don’t see this as soft minutes, since Todd doesn’t really line match.

    I see it as if you’re not going to show effort on offense, than at least you can share the load on D.

    Back to a role similar to the World Cup where he was excellent.

  45. digger50 says:

    Lowetide:
    more on Boyle interest:
    http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/02/13/report-oilers-interested-in-acquiring-brian-boyle/

    If it is a pick, I hope the deal is wider, and Edmonton gets back a pick or prospect in return.

    My excitement on a Boyle pick up is only so-so. Like him if he is short term while coach is floating dria around trying to pick up offence.

    Not too keen on him if he is looked at as a Nuge replacement. He will be a 4C in a year plus We need speed in that third line center position.

  46. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    delooper:
    New Asian Village just opened a restaurant in prime real-estate, here in Victoria.Looks like they’re aiming for the high end of this not-very-high-end-town. I remember when they opened in Edmonton.Took my girlfriend (was at the U of A at the time) and we had to dig all the change out of our pockets and backpacks to pay the bill.Neither of us had a credit card back then. Ah. . .

    I lived two apartment buildings from NAV on Saskatchewan drive for years.

    This was back when they only did the buffet on Wednesday nights.

    Our girfriends would empty their purses and line them with giant ziploc bags and we’d smuggle pounds of buttered chicken, lamb curry and spicy fish.

    Coat pockets filled with nan of course too.

    We could eat for 3 days.

  47. Bag of Pucks says:

    Snowman: I disagree with a lot of this. I think Nuge’s tough year(s) is as a result of him not having a skill set that will allow him to succeed in Maclellan’s systems. Maclellan like the “chip and chase” and Nuge I think struggles with this. He’s not big enough to win the battles and he’s not so fast that he can get there first every time. So he’s being told to play a way that he struggles to be successful at and because he’s a smart coachable player he is listening to instructions and executing on the ice. I don’t see it as a Nuge can’t play anymore problem. I see it as a Nuge struggles with how Maclellan is telling him to play problem.

    Add to that he’s been playing with Eberle and Lucic lately who are essentially terrible together and voila you have Nuge struggling.

    Eberle I don’t know what the hell is going on but I expect him to score with Maroon and McDavid.

    The other thing I think is worth remembering is that Chiarelli plays his cards very close to the vest. There hasn’t been one trade I can remember during Chia’s tenure in Edmonton where it was leaked out ahead of time which makes me skeptical as to the Boyle trade. Everyone is talking about the Oilers wanting Boyle which is very un-Chiarelli.

    Having said that, I think they probably are at least looking at Boyle.

    It may be TMac’s preference to play place & chase more often than not, but hockey has always been a sport where teams will either A) clog the neutral zone and force you to dump it in to take away the rush, or B) cede the rush and collapse to the middle to force the attack to the walls. For defending against a player like McDavid, the second option is not only the preferred option, it’s a survival skill.

    This issue that RNH and Eberle have always had is the opposition has always been inclined to force them to dump it in as they know, as well as we, this pair doesn’t make its living on the wall and in the corners. That issue is magnified now because under previous Oil HCs, some teams who fancied their chances with it would willingly trade chances against the Oilers in a more rush-centric game. Those wide open contests suited the pair and they produced points accordingly.

    But TMac has instilled discipline in this team now and they don’t as readily fall prey to those ‘trading chances’ style of games. With MacLellan, you have to play on the right side of the puck regardless. It’s a very very good development that will serve this team well down the stretch as the games tighten up even more. But it’s reduced the wide open quality chances for RNH and Eberle, and worse, when the games do open up on occasion, they simply haven’t buried their chances with any consistency.

    I don’t believe TMac is foolish enough to stifle the RNH line, or any line for that matter, if they can gain the zone on the rush. Which is why you see them dumping it in when the entry isn’t there or skating it in when it is. By me eye, there’s no massive disparity in favour of one approach over the other. But the opposition will certainly stifle zone entries every chance they get, particularly with more perimeter-ish players like Nuge and Ebs.

    The price they’re paying now isn’t cos of their inability to adapt to the HC’s system imo. It’s the price they’ve always paid for being one-dimensional offensive players who can’t thrive in a forecheck/cycle situation. Imo, this was going to bite them in the ass eventually. Rush centric players are almost always forced to adapt in the playoffs when the checking increases considerably. In fact, it was one of the biggest things the Boys in the Bus struggled with in the early years. They feasted on the rush in the regular season, so much so, they were reluctant to dump it in when teams like Calgary and the NYI forced them too. It was only after Sather (and Muckler) convinced them to take the dump-in when it was the better percentage option that they finally started to beat the Islanders when it counted.

  48. Side says:

    Could it be that both Eberle and Nuge are just having an off year and not:

    A) too old to learn how to adapt – the game is passing them by;

    B) hated and hamstrung by McLellan; and

    C) peaked and will only degrade going forward.

    People sure do like to push the panic button a lot.

    My guess is if (when) the Oilers make the playoffs, Eberle and Nuge will come to life and most people will forget about their poor season.

  49. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Reid Wilkins ‏@ReidWilkins 2h2 hours ago
    Pouliot not on the ice. Pakarinen and Khaira rotating in with Letestu and Hendricks.

    Reid Wilkins ‏@ReidWilkins 20m20 minutes ago
    Pouliot still feeling the effects of crashing into the boards during a drill yesterday. Will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

    So there’s that.

  50. Craig Zonit says:

    Love the picture choice this morning, LT, it’s iconic. Let’s hope the lines click, we get a fortunate trade or two and we don’t have to see it any more this season.

  51. npanciroli says:

    Side,

    As long as it doesn’t cost us the playoffs then I’m okay with them coming alive then.

  52. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Side:
    Could it be that both Eberle and Nuge are just having an off year and not:

    A) too old to learn how to adapt – the game is passing them by;

    B) hated and hamstrung by McLellan; and

    C) peaked and will only degrade going forward.

    People sure do like to push the panic button a lot.

    My guess is if (when) the Oilers make the playoffs, Eberle and Nuge will come to life and most people will forget about their poor season.

    The rule of most hockey fandom and MSM writing :

    1) Nothing happens without a reason.

    2) Most of the reasons have to do with want, desire and character.

    3) Variance doesn’t exist

  53. vinotintazo says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I lived two apartment buildings from NAV on Saskatchewan drive for years.

    This was back when they only did the buffet on Wednesday nights.

    Our girfriends would empty their purses and line them with giant ziploc bags and we’d smuggle pounds of buttered chicken, lamb curry and spicy fish.

    Coat pockets filled with nan of course too.

    We could eat for 3 days.

    Awesome hahaha

  54. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    russ99:
    Has there been any update on Russell’s injury?

    I haven’t seen one. Not sure if I really trust the Corsi crew back there for the tough games to follow.

    As for Nuge on the third line, I don’t see this as soft minutes, since Todd doesn’t really line match.

    I see it as if you’re not going to show effort on offense, than at least you can share the load on D.

    Back to a role similar to the World Cup where he was excellent.

    I read that “Russell is still out nursing a groin injury” forget where and can’t find it.

    In an effort to find the source I used the search function on twitter and found all of these:

    Mike HeikaVerified account ‏@MikeHeika 29 Feb 2016
    More
    Kris Russell just said on Hockey Central that he is over his groin injury and could play soon. Stars are at Nashville Tuesday.

    Aaron Portzline ‏@Aportzline 29 Dec 2011
    RT @jprutherford: D Kris Russell out 3 wks with groin injury. #stlblues

    ColumbusBlueJackets ‏@Col_BlueJackets 29 Oct 2010
    Kris Russell / Kris Russell (groin) ended up playing on Thursday after all.

    Apparently he has a history of groin injuries.

  55. Bag of Pucks says:

    Q. Did Pavel Datsyuk ever have a season where he was -12 on a team with a +11 goal differential?
    A. Ah hell no!

    Dave Keon? More like Dave Keystone Light.

  56. ashley says:

    Woogie63:
    I am going to be in Edmonton on Thursday and I am planning to go the Flyers game.I went onto Ticketmaster for a simple search for one tickets and then compared the Oiler/Flyers prices vs. the Flames/Flyers prices;

    Sort – Lowest to High (one page)

    Edmonton $96.60 -$128.80
    Calgary $29.00 –$31.00

    Sort Highest to Lowest (one page)

    Edmonton $1,537.55 -$462.30
    Calgary $332.35 – $293.25

    The games are sold out and the building is new, and the team is better, but at these prices is there a question on the value?

    We were just talking about this on Saturday night at a function attended by some of the Flames management/brass. It’s not well known in Calgary, but the Flames haven’t been selling out games regularly for a couple of years and have been far from sellout quite a few times this season.

    This after a long multi-year stretch of continuous sellouts prior to 2015. They haven’t had to advertise too much since 2005, but are now back to significant advertising and are looking at all options to increase sales including ticket prices. The economy is taking its toll in Cowtown.

    It’s good to see Edmonton so resilient to the downturn and supporting the team despite those sky-high prices. Hopefully it’s that and not people “writing cheques that won’t cash”.

  57. PunjabiOil says:

    I lived two apartment buildings from NAV on Saskatchewan drive for years.

    1. The Sask. drive location closed a year ago I believe. I believe they have one in the west-end and one in the south left. Either way, not a huge fan.

    There aren’t really too many good east indian restaurants in the city.

    Guru is probably the best. Little India 2nd. Most of the other ones hardly noteworthy IMO. A high corsi (volume), but low high-danger.

    A city like Saskatoon has better east indian restaurants despite a EI population that is 1/20th of that of Edmonton’s.

    It’s quite sad, actually.

    2. Iiro Pakarinen – interesting case. He only needs 8 more games (and a contract into next year) for him to meet the expansion criteria. Mind you, Letestu, Kassian, and Pouliot – all players comfortable exposing.

    3. Boyle has appeal but I wouldn’t give up any more than a 3rd on a 1 for 1 deal. Can he carry a 3rd line himself? Next year? Perhaps – you can also recover that pick at next year’s deadline if necessary.

    Overpaying at deadlines isn’t a recipe for success. There were plenty of cost-effective options in the summer for C and RW (Versteeg for example) that the Oilers failed to take advantage of. They also put the cart before the horse (Drake, Jesse) and now have to pay the price for fill the holes that were evident back in July.

    Quite concerning.

    Shame on Peter Chiarelli.

  58. godot10 says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I read that “Russell is still out nursing a groin injury”forget where and can’t find it.

    In an effort to find the source I used the search function on twitter and found all of these:

    Mike HeikaVerified account ‏@MikeHeika29 Feb 2016
    MoreKris Russell just said on Hockey Central that he is over his groin injury and could play soon. Stars are at Nashville Tuesday.


    Aaron Portzline ‏@Aportzline29 Dec 2011RT @jprutherford: D Kris Russell out 3 wks with groin injury. #stlblues

    ColumbusBlueJackets ‏@Col_BlueJackets29 Oct 2010Kris Russell /Kris Russell (groin) ended up playing on Thursday after all.

    Apparently he has a history of groin injuries.

    4 years and $16 million dollars for Russell’s 30-year old groin, just like the 4 years for Ference’s 32-year old hip.

  59. PunjabiOil says:

    4 years and $16 million dollars for Russell’s 30-year old groin, just like the 4 years for Ference’s 32-year old hip.

    Russell wouldn’t be a total liability like Ference, but he would still be one. Quite concerning when Stauffer throws out numbers, argues (via management I suspect) that the players love playing with a guy like him, competitiveness, good in dressing room, etc.

    Friedman also indicated Oilers have interest in an extension.

    It’s a deal they will regret, and we will all be worse off because of it.

  60. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    PunjabiOil:
    I lived two apartment buildings from NAV on Saskatchewan drive for years.

    1.The Sask. drive location closed a year ago I believe.I believe they have one in the west-end and one in the south left.Either way, not a huge fan.

    There aren’t really too many good east indian restaurants in the city.

    Guru is probably the best.Little India 2nd.Most of the other ones hardly noteworthy IMO.A high corsi (volume), but low high-danger.

    A city like Saskatoon has better east indian restaurants despite a EI population that is 1/20th of that of Edmonton’s.

    It’s quite sad, actually.

    2.Iiro Pakarinen – interesting case.He only needs 8 more games (and a contract into next year) for him to meet the expansioncriteria.Mind you, Letestu, Kassian, and Pouliot – all players comfortable exposing.

    3.Boyle has appeal but I wouldn’t give up any more than a 3rd on a 1 for 1 deal.Can he carry a 3rd line himself?Next year?Perhaps – you can also recover that pick at next year’s deadline if necessary.

    Overpaying at deadlines isn’t a recipe for success.There were plenty of cost-effective options in the summer for C and RW (Versteeg for example) that the Oilers failed to take advantage of.They also put the cart before the horse (Drake, Jesse) and now have to pay the price for fill the holes that were evident back in July.

    Quite concerning.

    Shame on Peter Chiarelli.

    I like Guru a lot.

    NAV used to be much better when it was only the Sask. Drive location.

    I also like Zaika Bistro, Khazana, and the venerable Haweli.

  61. oscarmike says:

    PunjabiOil,

    I don’t think Chiarelli is feeling any shame taking the worst team in hockey and in one year turning them into a playoff contender. Also, he brought in a new coach and fired a bunch of scouts.

  62. Lowetide says:

    In the Grease:
    Hi LT & gang… I very rarely post, and apologies for no segue, but thought I’d mention I was at the Devils game yesterday (I’m working on a project with the NHL) and had a chance to speak with former Devils captain Bryce Salvador for a while. Conversation eventually turned to the Hall trade, and I told him it’s obviously still – and will continue to be – a divisive issue for Oilers fans (I live in NY but originally from Edmonton, over 25 years ago)… he totally got it, but having played with Larson was definitely speaking highly of his character and feels he’s still growing as a defender. He said he is really missed. He still works with the Devils and clearly likes Hall a lot (it was Taylor Hall bobble head day btw..lol) and really more or less confirmed chemistry was a big consideration. The fact that Edmonton had no real leaders to show the younger players the way, and not enough playoff experienced vets to set the tone is absolutely detrimental to a team, according to him. He said a lot of it is locker room chemistry. None of this is a revelation, I realize, like I said more just confirmation and he repeated the same thing that has been said many times that Edmonton was technically going to lose the trade on paper but thinks that Edmonton improved their team overall with Larson and the Devils have loved having Hall. Lots of Hall jerseys at Prudential Center (I forgot he had to take 9, Scott Stevens #4 is hanging from the rafters) Nice guy, very diplomatic, just thought I’d share.(The Sharks owned the Devils yesterday too unfortunately…. were outshot 26-7 at one point in the second period, Hall picked up an assist but couldn’t get much done to change the complexion of the game. )

    Thanks for this, ITG!

  63. Lowetide says:

    Side:
    Could it be that both Eberle and Nuge are just having an off year and not:

    A) too old to learn how to adapt – the game is passing them by;

    B) hated and hamstrung by McLellan; and

    C) peaked and will only degrade going forward.

    People sure do like to push the panic button a lot.

    My guess is if (when) the Oilers make the playoffs, Eberle and Nuge will come to life and most people will forget about their poor season.

    Of course. However, human nature is to look for an injury, a villain or, failing that, something to kick.

  64. Lowetide says:

    PunjabiOil:
    I lived two apartment buildings from NAV on Saskatchewan drive for years.

    1.The Sask. drive location closed a year ago I believe.

    I blame Woodguy.

  65. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    I know the Oilers were not taking him, but Barzal scored 15pts (1g,14a) in 4 games last week for Seattle.

    Good Gord!

    Exhibit #2345235423 that the NHLPA should push to kill the CHL/NHL agreement on 19 year olds having to play in the CHL.

    He’s not learning anything there if he can do that.

  66. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide: I blame Woodguy.

    Usually an astute move.

  67. New Improved Darkness says:

    Vancouverism

    Vancouver is not a city designed through the availability bias of sitting at a red traffic light. Compare LA, where every journey long or short is twenty minutes by car—that was the original formulation—but merely getting to the other side of a nearby highway on foot can take you an hour—if you’re brave enough to even try this. By the time a city is “friendly” to traffic, nothing remains in walking distance.

    The following is an fascinating sheaf of wonk drywall for anyone interested in applied Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software.

    Highway 1 McKenzie Interchange Traffic Analysis Final Report

    A common challenge in traffic engineering is capturing the true demand in areas of severe congestion. Most conventional method of data collection involve either manual counts, 24-hr hose counts, or traffic signal controller downloads. The problem however in relying on these methods alone to quantify traffic demand is that in congested conditions traffic flow is restricted, and any demand that exceeds the capacity of the network develops as vehicle queuing. In networks where vehicle queuing is extensive due to a lack of capacity, simplistic traffic counts can underestimate actual demand substantially. Demand that is not serviced is commonly referred to as latent demand.

    In order to capture this latent demand, traffic capacity simulation models must be calibrated. The most common method of model calibration is through either a comparison of travel times, or queue lengths between model output and field observations. This involves an iterative process where traffic volume inputs to the model are adjusted (typically upwards) to a point where queuing or travel time output matches observation from the field.

    True, also, in the blue paint.

    What’s behind Ford’s $1 billion on artificial intelligence
    Ford And Baidu Lead New $150 Million Investment In Lidar-Maker Velodyne

    In the early years of autonomous vehicle development, most of the companies involved have been using Velodyne’s sensors which initially cost $80,000 to $100,000 or more. However, the company’s latest generation sensor which is about the size of two hockey pucks stacked up is now down to $8,000. Before the technology can be widely deployed in production the cost will have to come down to no more than a few hundred dollars.

    Another Silicon Valley startup, Quanergy Systems is currently seen as a leader in development of solid state lidar and expects to have a production sensor for $250 in the 2018-19 time frame although that is not a 360-degree sensor. Four or more such sensors will be needed to provide a full surround view.

    What this doesn’t talk about is how the requisite vision compute module, as of not long ago, consumes about 3000 W. This will put a serious crimp on self-driving courier bicycles.

    Gains in semiconductor power efficiency have been stuck in a school zone for the last decade now. Nor is there much low-hanging fruit remaining in GPU architecture. With the robustness requirements in the meat meets metal space, I doubt the vision algorithms get any easier, either.

    Car-to-Car Communication

    GM has committed to using car-to-car communication in a 2017-model Cadillac. Those first Cadillacs will have few cars to talk to, and that will limit the value of the technology.

    Don’t expect uplift in delivery drones for years, says Gartner

    On the personal drones side, Gartner describes the tech as an “affordable extension of consumers’ smartphones for taking photographs, selfies and for other entertainment options”.

    Moral of the story: if you can’t hype a technology for B2B or B2C, there’s always the C2selfie market.

    Even with these challenges ahead, the era of autonomous transportation is almost upon us. Goodbye urban planning. Hello urban re-planning.

  68. New Improved Darkness says:

    I have a link-riddled post in the moderation queue concerning all shifting things of urban planning.

  69. russ99 says:

    Bag of Pucks: It may be TMac’s preference to play place & chase more often than not, but hockey has always been a sport where teams will either A) clog the neutral zone and force you to dump it in to take away the rush, or B)cede the rush and collapse to the middle to force the attack to the walls. For defending against a player like McDavid, the second option is not only the preferred option, it’s a survival skill.

    This issue that RNH and Eberle have always had is the opposition has always been inclined to force them to dump it in as they know, as well as we, this pair doesn’t make its living on the wall and in the corners. That issue is magnified now because under previous Oil HCs, some teams who fancied their chances with it would willingly trade chances against the Oilers in a more rush-centric game. Those wide open contests suited the pair and they produced points accordingly.

    But TMac has instilled discipline in this team now and they don’t as readily fall prey to those ‘trading chances’ style of games. With MacLellan, you have to play on the right side of the puck regardless. It’s a very very good development that will serve this team well down the stretch as the games tighten up even more. But it’s reduced the wide open quality chances for RNH and Eberle, and worse, when the games do open up on occasion, they simply haven’t buried their chances with any consistency.

    I don’t believe TMac is foolish enough to stifle the RNH line, or any line for that matter, if they can gain the zone on the rush. Which is why you see them dumping it in when the entry isn’t there or skating it in when it is. By me eye, there’s no massive disparity in favour of one approach over the other. But the opposition will certainly stifle zone entries every chance they get, particularly with more perimeter-ish players like Nuge and Ebs.

    The price they’re paying now isn’t cos of their inability to adapt to the HC’s system imo. It’s the price they’ve always paid for being one-dimensional offensive players who can’t thrive in a forecheck/cycle situation. Imo, this was going to bite them in the ass eventually. Rush centric players are almost always forced to adapt in the playoffs when the checking increases considerably. In fact, it was one of the biggest things the Boys in the Bus struggled with in the early years. They feasted on the rush in the regular season, so much so, they were reluctant to dump it in when teams like Calgary and the NYI forced them too. It was only after Sather (and Muckler) convinced them to take the dump-in when it was the better percentage option that they finally started to beat the Islanders when it counted.

    Fantastic post.

    I can’t find it now (my biggest issue with social media and the web in general) but early on McLellan was quoted as leaning on his veterans to lead by example on and off the ice, and especially on those with the “A”.

    I think this has played a part, coaching expecting more, and over time, failing this can grind a player down.

    But I do agree, there’s some put up or shut up going on with Eberle, RNH and Pouliot, and you can bet that McLellan and Chiarelli haven’t stopped evaluating who belongs on the roster as we start a Cup run.

  70. verite says:

    PunjabiOil,

    An abject incompetent

  71. Side says:

    godot10: 4 years and $16 million dollars for Russell’s 30-year old groin

    What a quote to read out of context.

  72. magneto says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Q. Did Pavel Datsyuk ever have a season where he was -12 on a team with a +11 goal differential?
    A. Ah hell no!

    Dave Keon? More like Dave Keystone Light.

    Well he was -2 on a team with a +66 goal differential.
    Kindo seems like an arbitrary thing to bring up

  73. magneto says:

    Dater says that Faulk is available and Colorado is looking at him.

    That is something for Chiarelli to interject in

  74. Alpine says:

    Is Faulk still Barrie East, in terms of being overrated, or has he been better this season?

    I have my own hang ups with Dater being much of an insider these days anyways.

  75. JDï™ says:

    In the Grease:
    Sorry I probably could have done with some separate paragraphs there….

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  76. magneto says:

    Alpine,

    Agree on Dater, Faulk is getting killed in terms of GF%, like bottom 15 in the league.
    I think it would be buying low, with Carolina’s young D looking so damn good. Pesce would be a better get

    Don’t think anything would happen unless they are for sure out at the deadline. They need to stay in the hunt for the revenue or cut salary.

  77. McSorley33 says:

    Brian Boyle turns 33 later in the year…..

    Are we really trading assets this to make a run this year?

  78. spoiler says:

    JDï™,

    So what you’re saying is…

    Black Spaces Matter?

    /nonpc

  79. Professor Q says:

    magneto:
    Dater says that Faulk is available and Colorado is looking at him.

    That is something for Chiarelli to interject in

    I wouldn’t Faulk him for trying.

  80. magneto says:

    Professor Q: I wouldn’t Faulk him for trying.

    Valentine’s Day is coming up, he should try to Faulk somebody

    Wait…

  81. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    magneto:
    Dater says that Faulk is available and Colorado is looking at him.

    That is something for Chiarelli to interject in

    Faulk is a lot like Jultz.

    Good on the offense, not so much defending the scoring areas.

    Pass

  82. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Alpine:
    Is Faulk still Barrie East, in terms of being overrated, or has he been better this season?

    I have my own hang ups with Dater being much of an insider these days anyways.

    Good comp.

    Barrie, Faulk and Jultz all move the puck very well, have great offensive instincts, and shouldn’t be relied upon to defend against the best in the NHL.

  83. npanciroli says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    I don’t trust McLellan to protect him from good competition well enough.

  84. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    npanciroli:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    I don’t trust McLellan to protect him from good competition well enough.

    When you pay a Dman 4MM+ they shouldn’t be sheltered.

    Issue is paying those Dmen that much.

    See: T,Mac w/ Ultz,J

  85. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Although at some point we need to address the lack of a pp qb and I don’t see a 40 to 50 point three zone defenseman falling out of the sky any time soon

  86. Timeisnow says:

    Bag of Pucks: It may be TMac’s preference to play place & chase more often than not, but hockey has always been a sport where teams will either A) clog the neutral zone and force you to dump it in to take away the rush, or B)cede the rush and collapse to the middle to force the attack to the walls. For defending against a player like McDavid, the second option is not only the preferred option, it’s a survival skill.

    This issue that RNH and Eberle have always had is the opposition has always been inclined to force them to dump it in as they know, as well as we, this pair doesn’t make its living on the wall and in the corners. That issue is magnified now because under previous Oil HCs, some teams who fancied their chances with it would willingly trade chances against the Oilers in a more rush-centric game. Those wide open contests suited the pair and they produced points accordingly.

    But TMac has instilled discipline in this team now and they don’t as readily fall prey to those ‘trading chances’ style of games. With MacLellan, you have to play on the right side of the puck regardless. It’s a very very good development that will serve this team well down the stretch as the games tighten up even more. But it’s reduced the wide open quality chances for RNH and Eberle, and worse, when the games do open up on occasion, they simply haven’t buried their chances with any consistency.

    I don’t believe TMac is foolish enough to stifle the RNH line, or any line for that matter, if they can gain the zone on the rush. Which is why you see them dumping it in when the entry isn’t there or skating it in when it is. By me eye, there’s no massive disparity in favour of one approach over the other. But the opposition will certainly stifle zone entries every chance they get, particularly with more perimeter-ish players like Nuge and Ebs.

    The price they’re paying now isn’t cos of their inability to adapt to the HC’s system imo. It’s the price they’ve always paid for being one-dimensional offensive players who can’t thrive in a forecheck/cycle situation. Imo, this was going to bite them in the ass eventually. Rush centric players are almost always forced to adapt in the playoffs when the checking increases considerably. In fact, it was one of the biggest things the Boys in the Bus struggled with in the early years. They feasted on the rush in the regular season, so much so, they were reluctant to dump it in when teams like Calgary and the NYI forced them too. It was only after Sather (and Muckler) convinced them to take the dump-in when it was the better percentage option that they finally started to beat the Islanders when it counted.

    Excellent post, like all coaches he doesn’t want the team to turn the puck over at the blue. It is as simple as that. Gain the zone on the rush if it’s there, dump it in and get in on the forecheck if it isn’t.

  87. TsuDhoNimh says:

    Hey LT, did you see this article on Talbot? Interesting argument for Talbot being the best goalie in the league.

    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/what-we-learned-getting-a-better-look-at-the-best-goalies-in-the-nhl-145629487.html

  88. Professor Q says:

    Bobby Ryan moved to the 3rd Line. I know he hasn’t been doing well, but could he have potential with Draisaitl, Nuge, or McDavid?

  89. wheatnoil says:

    Thanks for the shoutout LT! Appreciate it.

    As for East Indian food, I’m also partial to Guru, but I’m biased on account of being related to the owner. In Saskatoon, whenever I have Indian food out, it’s usually at Spicy Bite.

  90. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Although at some point we need to address the lack of a pp qb and I don’t see a 40 to 50 point three zone defenseman falling out of the sky any time soon

    The Oilers do have a good PPQB.

    McDavid.

    Seriously, the best PP’s run 1D, 4F and the best ones get most of the goals within 20ft of the goal.

    Poor PP’s, like SJS these days, rely on shots from the point.

    The PP that rely on shots from the point are the worst ones in the NHL

  91. Mini Sticks says:

    test

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