VANTAGE POINT

Last night, despite playing well, it was not to be for the Oilers. Edmonton played a strong road game against the Washington Capitals, I think credit is due for a pretty impressive effort. The club didn’t get one break from the zebra’s and couldn’t generate enough offense to grab a point on the road. One true thing: If they play like that every game, this season is going to end very late in the spring.

The game also included a fascinating goal, in that all who saw it had a strong opinion—but were divided about why the puck went in. Some thought it was a perfect shot, others thought Talbot played it poorly. There is usually more agreement on a goal, but this one appears to have slipped through the cracks. My opinion: It was a terrific shot, and Cam Talbot was not in a good position when it came off Williams’ stick (too far back, slow to react). Really good goalies let in these types of goals, it is part of the game. It would have been cool if the skaters could have gotten it back for their goalie (who has been their rock time and again), but the Oilers popgun offense failed them and the Capitals are an excellent team. Edmonton had no answer after the tally, and you are not going to win games with one goal in today’s NHL.

A FOOT IN COLD WATER, 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: 5-5-0, goal differential -2
  • Oilers after 62, 2015-16: 22-34-6, goal differential -40
  • Oilers after 62, 2016-17: 33-21-8, goal differential +16
The loss last night (and the win by Calgary in Sunrise) has Edmonton just six points ahead with 20 games to play. The odds favor a cooling by the Flames and a better run for the northern town, but this race is heating up and should be fun. Increasingly, it appears the Los Angeles Kings do not have the horses this year. Good for all!

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) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • On the road to: Chicago, Tampa Bay, Florida, Washington, Nashville, St. Louis (Expected: 2-3-1) (Actual: 2-2-0)
  • Overall expected result: 4-5-3, 11 points in 12 games
  • Overall current results: 5-5-0, 10 points in 10 games

That is a nice month, really good. Edmonton has two more games in February, and if they can grab a point in the next two games this will be a successful month.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Davidson—Gryba went 17-8 in 14:49. Went 8-4 against Johansson—Kuznetsov—Williams, that was a helluva shot by Williams. Went 5-0 against Ovechkin—Backstrom—Connolly in two minutes of 5×5 play.
  • Sekera—Russell went 20-16 in 18:12. I thought Sekera was the best defender on the team last night, Russell played well, too. Went 1-4 against the Ovechkin—Backstrom—Connolly line, 6-8 against Johansson—Kuznetsov—Williams. Russell is much stronger with Sekera as his partner, although it is often expressed vice versa by msm.
  • Klefbom—Benning went 15-17 in 18:55, I love the mobility and the scrambling is something young defenders do against really good players—we saw it from this pairing last evening. Went 11-7 against the Ovechkin—Backstrom—Connolly line, but only 2-7 against Johansson—Kuznetsov—Williams.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 24 of 26, .923. He made one save in the first period that was all world, was unready (I think) on the GWG. Helluva shot.
  • Numbers via HockeyStats.ca, NaturalStatTrick and NHL. com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Khaira—Hendricks—Pakarinen went 14-7 together, lots of good things came from the line—including nine shots total from the trio. Khaira got a jump to the McDavid line (0-2). Went 5-3 against the Ovechkin—Backstrom—Connolly line, 3-2 against Johansson—Kuznetsov—Williams.
  • Lucic—Nuge—Eberle went 11-6 together on the night, six shots and a few sorties that included sustained pressure. Went 9-5 against Ovechkin—Backstrom—Connolly, seems this trio is showing some signs of progress. My guess is the deadline will change up the mix.
  • Caggiula—Letestu—Kassian were 13-5 on the night, four shots on goal. Again there were moments of real chemistry, I was specifically impressed (again) with the intelligence shown by Kassian. Went 10-3 against Barber—Eller—Stanford, could have cashed.
  • Maroon—McDavid—Draisaitl got the goal, but were chasing the puck much of the night. Trio went 12-18 together, and Todd McLellan eventually tried Eberle (2-2 in 1:40), Khaira (0-2 in 49 seconds) and Lucic (2-1 in 1:25). We might see a shuffle for Sunday, cannot have McDavid in his own end 60 percent of the game. Went 8-14 against Johansson—Kuznetsov—Williams. Even in a loss in which he gets one point and is predominantly without the puck, Connor McDavid is ridiculous. Young 97 leads the league in 5×5 first assists (22) and is five ahead of the closest competitors (Zetterberg and Minnesota Granlund).

JP BUSTS A MOVE

There is so much natural talent in this young man, I think the Oilers may end by giving him a call simply because they cannot find enough magic on a 2line. JP is 4-5-9 in his last 11 games. If Peter Chiarelli is quiet at the deadline, suspect we see the big Finn in Edmonton before the Ides of March.

TRADE DEADLINE

  • Pierre Lebrun on Peter Chiarelli’s options: Look for him to try to add a bottom-six center or winger. Pending UFA center Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning would be a good fit, but only at the right price. The Oilers don’t have a 2016 second-round pick. Pending UFA center John Mitchell of the Colorado Avalanche would be another option, among several, for the Oilers. Source

John Mitchell is not a burner, so the faceoffs (54.1) must be the thing. Personally, I hope PC aims higher, because Edmonton can cover Mitchell with their current roster. If there is no real C option, the play is to grab a winger and then move Leon to center. Last night was another reminder that this team cannot go far with one scoring line.

A year ago on the Saturday before trade deadline, Peter Chiarelli dealt both Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz. Will he make a trade today? I think it is possible. Edmonton is on the road today, have a need and are (imo) likely to make more than one move. Today could see a Reto Berra acquired to backup Cam Talbot, or a John Mitchell for the 4C job.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS

  1. Arizona Coyotes: C Martin Hanzal is a perfect fit.
  2. Arizona Coyotes: R Radim Vrbata is also a rental, might be a perfect fit—except for that bonus.
  3. Buffalo Sabres: G Anders Nilsson. Rock solid season.
  4. Colorado Avalanche: C Matt Duchene is a special player.
  5. Colorado Avalanche: R Jarome Iginla may have some left.
  6. Dallas Stars: R Patrick Sharp shoots a lot and that is a good thing.
  7. Dallas Stars: R Patrick Eaves has more than 20 goals and a very nice expiring contract.
  8. Detroit Red Wings: L Thomas Vanek would be a grand solution, but an expensive one.
  9. Detroit Red Wings: RD Mike Green.
  10. Florida Panthers: G Reto Berra could be acquired tonight after the game.
  11. New Jersey Devils: LHD Yohann Auvitu. It’s the right thing to do.
  12. Philadelphia Flyers: G Michal Neuvirth. Most of his January-February outings have been great.
  13. St. Louis Blues: RD Kevin Shattenkirk. I like him, but the price is steep.
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning: C Brian Boyle has what PC is looking for.
  15. Tampa Bay Lightning: C Tyler Johnson, although why they would trade him is beyond me.
  16. Vancouver Canucks: R Jannik Hansen. He is an under the radar solution who makes sense.
  17. Vancouver Canucks: R Alex Burrows may be able to help.

POSSIBLE ASSETS OUT

  1. Jordan Eberle—Frank Seravalli told me yesterday it feels more like a summer deal, but you never know.
  2. Brandon Davidson—I am uncertain as to his value, but if healthy BD can play an effective top 6D role.
  3. 2017 first-round pick—No. 23 or so this year. Appears to be enough talent to get a good prospect there.
  4. 2018 first-round pick—No. 26? Seems like a reasonable estimate.
  5. Benoit Pouliot—Also uncertain what he would bring back in a package.
  6. 2018 second-round pick—No. 57?
  7. Caleb Jones—He has good speed, some offense, and is one of Edmonton’s more famous prospects.
  8. Jujhar Khaira—I think NHL teams would like his size and future contract.
  9. Ethan Bear—RH defender with a big shot from the point.
  10. Anton Slepyshev—He may have a future in Edmonton, but plans change.
  11. Griffin Reinhart—Famous prospect with high draft pedigree, play is improving.
  12. 2017 third-round pick (No. 85)—No idea if the draft stretches this deep.
  13. Matt Hendricks—Edmonton has replacement players available if PC finds some interest.
  14. Anton Lander—He has an interesting skill set that might be of interest to a team looking for depth.
  15. William Lagesson—A talented defensive prospect but is a lefty.
  16. Bogdan Yakimov—Hey, they traded Teemu Hartikainen.
  17. David Musil—It’s the right thing to do.

CURRENT STANDINGS

You will see a lot of verbal about Calgary getting within six points of Edmonton this morning, and honestly the Flames are on an impressive run. There are 20 games left, and six points is significant but credit where due the club has closed much of the gap.

The bigger—and for now overlooked—story surrounds the Los Angeles Kings. LAK are five points back with 22 to play, and as luck would have it play the Flames four more times. Edmonton merely has to win their share of games and should be home and dry long before G82. There are no guarantees, but things are looking good as we prepare for the trade deadline.

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123 Responses to "VANTAGE POINT"

  1. leadfarmer says:

    There is no advanced stat that described the game last night. Other than one big mistake that Leon cashed the team generated very little in terms of real scoring chances. They were happy enough to whack pucks into corners and hold on for dear life. They play for the Bettman point but there is no Bettman point in the playoffs.

  2. Acumen says:

    If we maintain our current pace, with the bump in wins and especially the god damns, McLellan has to be the favorite for the Jack Adams, right?

    We should have horses in the Hart and Vezina race as well, and may have the Art Ross at seasons end too. Simply amazing.

    Too bad the Norris trophy winner will be in Pittsburgh his year 😉

  3. DBO says:

    It’s funnybthtvpdoplemtalk about adding a solid face off, PK guy who scored in the minors and just needs a bigger shot. We have that guy already. Lander! If they plan on running Draisatl at wing, I think the best lineup would add. Both lander and Puljujarvi at deadline and let them run with maybe Caggulia, with Lander playing the defensive conscience of the kids with speed and skill. Then run Khaira with Letestu and Kassian.

    Maroon. McDavid. Draisatl
    Lucic. Nuge. Eberle
    Caggulia. Lander. Puljujarvi
    Khaira. Letestu. Kassian
    Hendricks. Pakarinen

    Give lander offensive players and he has shown he can produce. That line has skill, speed, some size in the rookie and a defensively responsible baby sitter ala Horcoff.

  4. Jethro Tull says:

    Acumen:
    If we maintain our current pace, with the bump in wins and especially the god damns, McLellan has to be the favorite for the Jack Adams, right?

    We should have horses in the Hart and Vezina race as well, and may have the Art Ross at seasons end too. Simply amazing.

    Too bad the Norris trophy winner will be in Pittsburgh his year

    I have a $10 bet that Ovechkin wins them all. Or Austin Matthews

  5. Mr. D. says:

    The Oiler should watch the video of the game to see the graceful east west movement of the Caps and how they use it to create openings, especially in the neutral zone to break the trap.They are smooth!

  6. razor says:

    I have a lot of time for Jannik Hansen. One of those greasy middle six guys who would always score goals on the oilers. Like him better than Burrows and would be cheap asset cost.

  7. Bruce McCurdy says:

    razor,

    “Like him better than Burrows” isn’t setting the bar low, it’s digging a six foot hole & putting the bar at the bottom of it.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Mr. D.:
    The Oiler should watch the video of the game to see the graceful east west movement of the Caps and how they use it to create openings, especially in the neutral zone to break the trap.They are smooth!

    They are also more veteran and deeper. The Capitals have three excellent lines and a fourth line that is solid to good. They actually kept Oshie and Niskanen out of the lineup last night. Very talented team.

  9. Woogie63 says:

    PP2 is another problem we should solve

    Hopkins, Maroon, Eberle, Caggiula and Sekera have 10 PPG

    Draisaitl has 10 PPG by himself

  10. deankb says:

    Lowetide,

    It’s one thing to compare teams, it’s another to look at where the Caps are in comparison to the Oilers. One team has had a decade of regular season dominance, the other….

    Oilers will get there, just not all in one year. I thought they hung tough against a tough team on a major role. The biggest take-away for me last night is it’s obvious the Caps respect the Oilers, they have everyones attention now. That game was locked down tight, Caps did not want to play loose.

  11. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    WC standing this morning using points percentage. Shown as “games over .500” so its easy to see spreads. 8th place set to 0 games.

    MIN 19
    CHI 14
    SJS 11
    EDM 6
    ANA 6
    STL 1
    NSH 1
    CGY 0
    —————–
    LAK -4
    WPG -7
    VAN -8
    DAL -9
    ARI -17
    COL -30

    CGY’s run is certainly separating them from LAK. 3 distinct groups in the playoffs.

    Missed the game last night, but sounds like good hockey was played by most Oiler lines and that’s good to hear.

  12. Lowetide says:

    deankb:
    Lowetide,

    It’s one thing to compare teams, it’s another to look at where the Caps are in comparison to the Oilers. One team has had a decade of regular season dominance, the other….

    Oilers will get there, just not all in one year. I thought they hung tough against a tough team on a major role. The biggest take-away for me last night is it’s obvious the Caps respect the Oilers, they have everyones attention now. That game was locked down tight, Caps did not want to play loose.

    Edmonton is still auditioning a lot of players, and that is a big difference. WAS had Chorney as a fringe guy, Edmonton had a much larger number.

  13. Mr. D. says:

    Lowetide: They are also more veteran and deeper. The Capitals have three excellent lines and a fourth line that is solid to good. They actually kept Oshie and Niskanen out of the lineup last night. Very talented team.

    The point is we attack just about fully north south. East west movement makes the defense slow down so attacking forwards can catch them flat footed and open up more odd man situations. Really tough to gap up when you can’t adjust your backward speed. D need to play deeper.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Mr. D.: The point is we attack just about fully north south. East westmovement makes the defense slow down so attacking forwards can catch them flat footed and open up more odd man situations. Really tough to gap up when you can’t adjust your backward speed. D need to play deeper.

    McLellan has a button-down style and it is unlikely to change.

  15. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    WC standing this morning using points percentage. Shown as “games over .500” so its easy to see spreads. 8th place set to 0 games.

    MIN19
    CHI14
    SJS11
    EDM6
    ANA6
    STL1
    NSH1
    CGY0
    —————–
    LAK-4
    WPG-7
    VAN-8
    DAL-9
    ARI-17
    COL-30

    CGY’s run is certainly separating them from LAK.3 distinct groups in the playoffs.

    Missed the game last night, but sounds like good hockey was played by most Oiler lines and that’s good to hear.

    Watching with growing concern as Edmonton’s number dwindles from +10 to +6. Too many regulation losses lately, not enough gaming the cockamamie points system.

    Fortunately “0” is still in the playoffs, so the critical line is set not at #8 but at #9. The 10-game bulge over the team that would knock them out of the playoffs is the key. Good to see the King sinking like a stone for more reasons than one.

  16. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Nooooo! It was not. Good Corsi hockey was played. Other then Drai cashing on a moment of weakness from the Caps they could have played for 12 periods Oil were not going to score again. They whacked the puck in the corners and held on for dear life at the oncoming onslaught. The Corsi and score sheet showed a very different game then the one that occurred. Caps should have won 4-1. Most of our shots were unscreened dump ins on goal that don’t phase a good goalie.

  17. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Btw, thanks to several posters for your kind words about my Louis Levasseur post the other day. I never did return to that thread until the next day, but did read your comments & they are appreciated. Louis was a beauty, & such stories deserve to be told occasionally.

    One thing I forgot to mention was that while he never had a speaking role in Slapshot, that the character of Denis Lemieux was derived in part from the real Louis Levasseur who had of course played in Johnstown before and during the time of the movie & was something of a comical figure.

  18. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    If you were to watch the US feed for the game towards the end of the first period when the Oil had a lead in shots they had a very telling stat. Scoring chances 8-1 Caps.

  19. Bruce McCurdy says:

    leadfarmer:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Nooooo! It was not.Good Corsi hockey was played. Other then Drai cashing on a moment of weakness from the Caps they could have played for 12 periods Oil were not going to score again.They whacked the puck in the corners and held on for dear life at the oncoming onslaught.The Corsi and score sheet showed a very different game then the one that occurred.Caps should have won 4-1.Most of our shots were unscreened dump ins on goal that don’t phase a good goalie.

    If Caggiula could hit the damn net it might be a different story. Oilers had some good process at times, but attacking the kill zone wasn’t really a part of that. Staples had the scoring chances at 16-5 Washington, & while I think he might have missed a couple (EBERLE!) the Caps had a decided advantage in this dept and managed to cash a couple of them.

  20. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Nooooo! It was not.Good Corsi hockey was played. Other then Drai cashing on a moment of weakness from the Caps they could have played for 12 periods Oil were not going to score again.They whacked the puck in the corners and held on for dear life at the oncoming onslaught.The Corsi and score sheet showed a very different game then the one that occurred.Caps should have won 4-1.Most of our shots were unscreened dump ins on goal that don’t phase a good goalie.

    Some very anti-corsi people wrote that they played well (Cult of Hockey)

    Some people who use corsi wrote that they played well (here and other places)

    That’s enough for me.

  21. Lowetide says:

    Bob StaufferVerified account‏@Bob_Stauffer 57s57 seconds ago

    Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson is on the ice for practice this morning

  22. Dino says:

    A decent game was played I think. Everyone put forth a solid effort and that’s something to be pleased about. Makes you almost wonder why this kind of effort isn’t put forth every game? But oh well this is a young team, youngest in the NHL, inconsistencies are bound to happen. I was impressed that they didn’t get blown out.

    I hope Chia was sitting up there taking notes because THAT is how you build a team. No weakness anywhere, no rookies in key positions, no freebie roster spots given to anyone, if you’re on that WSH team it’s because you’re good enough to be.

  23. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    I guess if you like the whack the puck into corners brand of hockey that might have been a game for you. If you like crisp passing, well designed and executed plays then woof that was ugly. They should just save money and play with croquet mallets. They had no answer for KUznetsov who made the d look plain silly.

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    Larsson on the ice for practice this morning – good stuff!

  25. Chachi says:

    leadfarmer:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    I guess if you like the whack the puck into corners brand of hockey that might have been a game for you.If you like crisp passing, well designed and executed plays then woof that was ugly.They should just save money and play with croquet mallets.They had no answer for KUznetsov who made the d look plain silly.

    They played a great road game and kept up just fine with the best team in the NHL. If they had been deemed worthy of a power play or two we might be talking about an overtime loss or win today. No one has an answer for Kuznetsov as he is one of the best players in the game. Your expectations are way out of whack with reality. If you didn’t like the game last night, boy are you going to hate the playoffs.

  26. PhrankLee says:

    Ryan Whitney in his podcast with guest Taylor Hall.

    http://www.podcastone.com/spittin-chiclets

  27. Rake 2.0 says:

    leadfarmer,

    I thought the McDavid line played poorly. Drai seemed to be making poor decisions with the puck. The rest of the team played the caps to a draw. If the top line was on, that game would have looked much differently.

  28. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Some very anti-corsi people wrote that they played well (Cult of Hockey)

    Some people who use corsi wrote that they played well (here and other places)

    That’s enough for me.

    Hey I did the CoH game grades & for the record I’m not anti-Corsi. In fact I frequently cite it in my comments e.g. my Brandon Davidson rating last night. I think it’s fairer to say there is a range of opinion, as befits a site with multiple writers.

  29. Derek says:

    PunjabiOil:
    http://www.barstoolsports.com/boston/new-jersey-devils-star-taylor-hall-joins-spittin-chiclets-for-first-ever-facebook-live-podcast/

    candid Hall interview

    PhrankLee:
    Ryan Whitney in his podcast with guest Taylor Hall.

    http://www.podcastone.com/spittin-chiclets

    This has got some pretty interesting stuff in it, but man does Ryan Whitney love the sound of his own voice.

  30. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    My personal observations:

    The Oilers tried to play a very disciplined road game against the League’s best. I think that they almost succeeded in securing a point. I really do think they were playing not to lose.

    Most shots they took were from the outside and Holtby does a great job stopping what he is ready for. Leon’s goal came off a broken play.

    The refs gave the Caps a second power play, which was not warranted, but Gryba was back after before Williams scored. No excuses. Cam could have pushed forward another foot, but that was a one-in-twenty, perfect far top corner one-timer from a guy more known for his deadly wrister. I do not blame Talbot for that one bit. He kept the Oilers in the game when it could have easily been 0-3 after the first. Yes, the Oilers outshot them 17-11 but the High Danger stuff was equally skewed the other way in the Caps’ favour.

    The role players had a terrific night.

    Kassian- he was all over the ice. Hustle, discipline, focus and was generating chances.

    Khaira- best I have seen him play. TMac rewarded him with a shift or two on the top line. Good for him. He looked fast and motivated. I would like to see perhaps what he and Kassian could do for Nuge on the 3rd line in terms of opening up space. They have enough skill to keep up while their size is terrific.

    Russell- He had an excellent game last night. As LT says, when he is with Sekera he does well. Blocking shots by being in the shooting lane a lot and got the puck moving quickly the other way when he got it.

    Seen not good:
    Klefbom- riverboat gambling is a part of his game at this stage but he made several poor reads. Worse yet has been his reads in his own zone. Got caught watching the puck as he got dangled several times instead of taking the body, also missing the centering pass into the slot right past him, leading to high danger chances against. He did that against Florida the other night, too, directly leading to two goals against. You get this with young blue but every time someone here says he is already a number one D. Well, not yet. He looks great with the puck and has got his shot dialed in, but he is still young and green on the back end. Hope he is getting a chance to look at tape with the D coach. Hurry back Larsson.

    Lucic- he is just too far behind the play. Worse yet, he is doing the glide bys in the D-zone. Watch him in isolation next game. He needs to stop squeezing the stick, cheating for offense and get physically engaged in the game in his own end first. Kassian has been doing that and then translating that to the transition and attack. Lucic is not bringing his A game right now and this team needs him. February is a brutal month.

    Drai, Nuge, Ebs etc.- ineffective game. Drai made a couple of cute plays in the D-zone with touch passes to no one in the middle of the ice. He was Johnny on the Spot for the goal but otherwise did not generate a lot. I think we really need to get a second scoring line going so I would move him away from McDavid, who was good early but became far less visible as they started spending way more time in their own zone. Nuge and Ebs: same old same old. Yeah they are sawing it off but in the end we need a goal from the second line most nights to take that next step. Last night they didn’t even come close more than once or twice. That isn’t good enough.

    Right now the Oilers look like a 5 games and out kind of team for the first round. Why? Anaheim will focus entirely on shutting down the McDavid line. Playoff hockey is like last night. The refs are going to put their whistles away and allow teams to wear down skill. While the Oilers were never out of the game, they never looked to take control, either.

    The absolute key is unlocking at least a second scoring line. Forget unicorns, there is no hope of that now but they have to split up 29 and 97 if those two are the only drivers. In the regular season against some mid-pack opposition they can win if McDavid has a 2 point night or the D contributes offense like in Florida, but playoffs are a different story. McLellan needs to find the right mix to get Line 2 scoring. Otherwise Oil will lose 2-1 and 3-2 on their way to a quick playoff exit when the refs “let them play.”

    Now I say this all having seen the Oilers play last night and thinking they played well. But after a night to sleep on it I realized they played well enough not to lose but never really threatened to win. Caps played a tight game, too.

    Oil are a good team but still too much a one line team. I think everyone can probably acknowledge that.

  31. Bruce Wayne says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Some very anti-corsi people wrote that they played well (Cult of Hockey)

    Some people who use corsi wrote that they played well (here and other places)

    That’s enough for me.

    I didn’t watch the game live, but I did watch the six minute version on dtmts.com, where they show pretty much every scoring chance, and which usually gives a good sense of the flow of the game. I’m not sure I saw Washington’s goalie make a save.

  32. --hudson-- says:

    I forgot who did the study, but the bang-bang play from behind the goal line to Williams is one of the most dangerous for a goalie who would be blind to the positioning of the attackers before the pass. If I recall, the study showed the Sedins led the league in generating those type of chances last year. No shame in giving up that goal, wish the Oilers scored like that more often.

  33. Bruce McCurdy says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    When you put your two best attackers on one line & they muster one shot each I don’t like your chances.

    Agree that the bottom six had an effective night but the top guys didn’t generate near enough. Given Washington was missing Orpik & Niskanen I would have expected a little more penetration by the Oilers’ skill guys.

    I am growing increasingly frustrated with McDavid’s unwillingness to shoot from the slot. That extra pass works occasionally, but rebounds work too. So do shots that go straight into the net. It’s not like he’s catching opponents off guard by passing it off, it’s a clear tendency at this point.

  34. leadfarmer says:

    Chachi,

    I liked the game from the Caps POV. When you limit a playoff team with the best player to 3 real scoring chances, Draisatl chance, Caggula chance, Eberle cut in with back hand to the crest chance you are feeling really good about yourself considering you iced a depleted roster. Taylor Chorney played 18 1/2 minutes. Riley Barber played 10 min in his first ever game without getting even a practice in with the big squad. If that’s not a gift and then a chance missed I don’t know what is.

  35. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    The way to beat the OIlers right now seems to be to go best on v.s. the McDavid line. If you have a top line that can attack and keep them in their own zone, where they aren’t as dynamic without the puck, and then have a mobile, shut-down top pair D for when they do get into the attacking zone, you can limit them, probably to a goal a game, maybe two.

    And if there is no secondary scoring threat then you can beat Edmonton 2-1 or 3-2 in a tight game if you are disciplined and take few penalties (or none like last night).

  36. Dominoiler says:

    I thought the oil did a decent job generating offensive zone pressure in the second period, but didn’t get a ton of good looks.. caps took over in the third.. pretty good game tho, against a tough team.. these caps are not the same as 5 years ago (soft n dainty, prancing unicorns)..

    Wrt trade deadline, i think BD is an off season move if at all.. for me, Russell is more the question mark.. if winning a series or two plus is the goal, keep him, you’ll need the depth.. if the long view, next season plus, is the primary focus then i think you test that market..

    Wrt vanek.. does he still have the wheels to keep up w McD?.. i haven’t seen him play in a couple years, so have no idea..

    For me, RW is the need, Sharp / Hanzel (drai can stay at RW) are the two big tickets I’d be focused on.. hansen also seems like a solid depth move that could help longer term..

  37. Derek says:

    leadfarmer:
    Chachi,

    I liked the game from the Caps POV.When you limit a playoff team with the best player to 3 real scoring chances, Draisatl chance, Caggula chance, Eberle cut in with back hand to the crest chance you are feeling really good about yourself considering you iced a depleted roster.Taylor Chorney played 18 1/2 minutes.Riley Barber played 10 min in his first ever game without getting even a practice in with the big squad. If that’s not a gift and then a chance missed I don’t know what is.

    Third game in 4 nights, in three different cities on the road against the best team in the league.

    I personally expected the game to be a lot uglier than it was and was quite pleased to see them in it to the end.

  38. Diablo says:

    PunjabiOil:
    http://www.barstoolsports.com/boston/new-jersey-devils-star-taylor-hall-joins-spittin-chiclets-for-first-ever-facebook-live-podcast/

    candid Hall interview

    Listened to the whole thing – thanks for the link.
    Love Ryan Whitney – I want more of him on Sportsnet – he’s candid without being a douche bag.

  39. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Beware the Saturday off night in Nashville. So much to do to not get a good night’s sleep.

  40. Diablo says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    When you put your two best attackers on one line & they muster one shot each I don’t like your chances.

    Agree that the bottom six had an effective night but the top guys didn’t generate near enough. Given Washington was missing Orpik & Niskanen I would have expected a little more penetration by the Oilers’ skill guys.

    I am growing increasingly frustrated with McDavid’s unwillingness to shoot from the slot. That extra pass works occasionally, but rebounds work too. So do shots that go straight into the net. It’s not like he’s catching opponents off guard by passing it off, it’s a clear tendency at this point.

    You and me both – someone needs to make a $10K bet that Connor can’t score 50 – maybe we can get Whitney to take that one too.

  41. Chachi says:

    leadfarmer:
    Chachi,

    I liked the game from the Caps POV.When you limit a playoff team with the best player to 3 real scoring chances, Draisatl chance, Caggula chance, Eberle cut in with back hand to the crest chance you are feeling really good about yourself considering you iced a depleted roster.Taylor Chorney played 18 1/2 minutes.Riley Barber played 10 min in his first ever game without getting even a practice in with the big squad. If that’s not a gift and then a chance missed I don’t know what is.

    Holtby left 4 or 5 fat juicy rebounds that could have been shovelled in for goals that both Eberle and Lucic just missed on. The Oilers had way more zone time that I thought they would against a true powerhouse team (likely because of the players out of the Washington lineup.) The Oilers did not get one powerplay in the entire game and they were still in it to the end.

  42. Bag of Pucks says:

    PerryK: That was an excellent candid talk.

    Hall was fantastic and very classy.

    Man, wish you could say the same for Whitney. That Glenn Anderson story was cringe worthy.

    Hall’s done well to move on but you can tell a big part of him misses the ‘fishbowl.’

  43. tcho says:

    I’m not worried about Calgary. They’re in that middle/muddle of teams that can go on a bit of a hot streak, but not make it last. They will not continue this pace for the next 20 games.

  44. Bruce Wayne says:

    Classic Glenn Anderson story in the Hall-Whitney podcast with about 44 minutes left (16 minute mark or so).

  45. Bruce McCurdy says:

    So was the Glenn Anderson story “classic” or “cringe-worthy”? Not in a position to listen just now.

  46. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    I felt a little bad for Hall in that interview. Could tell Whitney was trying to get a strong reaction or negative comment from him on the Oilers and Hall never took the bait. Personally I have always known him to be a bit of a shy, awkward guy who probably tried really hard to fit in with the cool kids throughout life. For guys like Whitney they can be jokers and smooth-talkers and be the life of the party. Taylor was just a regular guy who was really good at hockey and sometimes tried too hard to be cool. Pretty much aligned with my anecdotes of the guy. I know others have different opinions/stories and I can understand that.

    It’s too bad he couldn’t have been around for the team’s success, but Larsson is here and that’s hockey and that’s life. Good luck in Jersey, Taylor, and yeah definitely watch Sopranos, but maybe stay away from “the Bing.”

  47. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    So was the Glenn Anderson story “classic” or “cringe-worthy”? Not in a position to listen just now.

    It was a little cringe-worthy. Paints a picture of a former star hanging on to past glory and the bottle too much. Did not need to be brought up by Whitney.

  48. Bruce Wayne says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    So was the Glenn Anderson story “classic” or “cringe-worthy”? Not in a position to listen just now.

    Both, but yeah Anderson comes off looking pretty bad, while Hall comes off quick witted, funny, and not one to defer too much to his “betters.”

    The whole thing is really candid and interesting behind the scenes view. It also doesn’t make it seem like Hall was unpopular with his teammates at all, as is often rumoured.

  49. Bag of Pucks says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    I felt a little bad for Hall in that interview. Could tell Whitney was trying to get a strong reaction or negative comment from him on the Oilers and Hall never took the bait. Personally I have always known him to be a bit of a shy, awkward guy who probably tried really hard to fit in with the cool kids throughout life. For guys like Whitney they can be jokers and smooth-talkers and be the life of the party. Taylor was just a regular guy who was really good at hockey and sometimes tried too hard to be cool. Pretty much aligned with my anecdotes of the guy. I know others have different opinions/stories and I can understand that.

    It’s too bad he couldn’t have been around for the team’s success, but Larsson is here and that’s hockey and that’s life. Good luck in Jersey, Taylor, and yeah definitely watch Sopranos, but maybe stay away from “the Bing.”

    Thought it was pretty revealing when Taylor mentioned that at 21, he was way more mature than a 28 year old Whitney.

    Whitney seems pretty stereotypical Bah-ston frat boy. Sounds like he had fun partying with Hall and Ebs when they first came in the league. Probably wasn’t the best influence for the young lads, but that’s the league.

    Unlike a lot of fans who expect these lads to live and train like robots, I don’t begrudge these boys having fun in the bars in season. You only live once.

  50. Melman says:

    I think Hansen would be an excellent pick up for the right price. 3rd this year & 2nd next? Oesterle + a 3rd? He has great wheels, good defensively and has played 1RW with skill in the past. As an added bonus you can expose him to LVK and he may have real value to an expansion team as he can be flipped at next year’s deadline for assets. He’s agreed to waive his NTC and has given Matt’s uncle a list of 8 teams – 7 in the playoffs & 1 currently out (LA?). Has 3 young kids so suspect close to west coast or best cup shot is most if not all the list (maybe NYR b/c AV?). Verbal here is he expects to get traded and exposed in June draft.

    Group ques: why do the nuckleheads get referred to as the “Dys” here?

  51. Melman says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Beware the Saturday off night in Nashville. So much to do to not get a good night’s sleep.

    Never been, but I hear from all who have gone it is a crazy fun town. Vegas without the gambling kind of fun

  52. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Melman:
    I think Hansen would be an excellent pick up for the right price.3rd this year & 2nd next?Oesterle + a 3rd?He has great wheels, good defensively and has played 1RW with skill in the past. As an added bonus you can expose him to LVK and he may have real value to an expansion team as he can be flipped at next year’s deadline for assets.He’s agreed to waive his NTC and has given Matt’s uncle a list of 8 teams – 7 in the playoffs & 1 currently out (LA?).Has 3 young kids so suspect close to west coast or best cup shot is most if not all the list (maybe NYR b/c AV?).Verbal here is he expects to get traded and exposed in June draft.

    Group ques:why do the nuckleheads get referred to as the “Dys” here?

    “Dys” – short for the “Dynasties” with all the Cups they were going to win.

  53. JDï™ says:

    tcho: They will not continue this pace for the next 20 games.

    If they do continue their pace of the last 10 games, they’ll finish with 92 points. They’re 7-2-1 in that time.

  54. Chachi says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: It was a little cringe-worthy. Paints a picture of a former star hanging on to past glory and the bottle too much. Did not need to be brought up by Whitney.

    If anyone should know about a formerly good player trying to hang on to the good ol’ days its Barbaro.

  55. Gordies Elbow says:

    tcho:
    I’m not worried about Calgary. They’re in that middle/muddle of teams that can go on a bit of a hot streak, but not make it last. They will not continue this pace for the next 20 games.

    If they catch Edmonton, they deserve it.

    Edmonton has: Penguins, Sharks x 2, Canadiens, Ducks x 2, Predators, Kings x 3, Bruins, Blues, Islanders, Red Wings, Canucks x 3, Stars, and Avalanche x 2 left (7 road, 13 home)

    Calgary has: Capitals, Penguins, Sharks x 2, Canadiens, Ducks x 2, Predators, Kings x 4, Bruins, Hurricanes, Blues, Islanders, Jets, Red Wings, Stars and Avalanche (8 road, 12 home)

    If Edmonton goes 9-9-2 from here, they’re at 94 points (I expect more, but .500 to be conservative.) To be ahead of Edmonton (due to ROW and points earned between the teams) they would need to go 12-5-3 over the remaining games.

    I’m ciricling all of the Flames-Kings games on the calendar. Lots of good hockey ahead.

  56. mit167 says:

    My boy came home from Uni for reading week and we were talking Oilers and the trade deadline. He asked me a would you do it question.

    The question Daniel and Henrik Sedin for Nuge Pou (if healthy) and 2018 first Rd. I answered no but t the. Yes and and then Flopped no again and now i can’t stop thinking about it. Would Van do it

    Maroon McD Drai
    Sedin Sedin Ebs
    Lucic Cags Kassian
    JJ Letestu Paki
    Hendy Slepy

  57. Chachi says:

    mit167:
    My boy came home from Uni for reading week and we were talking Oilers and the trade deadline.He asked me a would you do it question.

    The question Daniel and Henrik Sedin for Nuge Pou (if healthy) and 2018 first Rd.I answered no but t the. Yes and and then Flopped no again and now i can’t stop thinking about it.Would Van do it

    Maroon McD Drai
    Sedin Sedin Ebs
    Lucic Cags Kassian
    JJ Letestu Paki
    Hendy Slepy

    The Sedins were great players, but Gord no, hell no, just no.

  58. Diablo says:

    Bruce Wayne: Both, but yeah Anderson comes off looking pretty bad, while Hall comes off quick witted, funny, and not one to defer too much to his “betters.”

    The whole thing is really candid and interesting behind the scenes view.It also doesn’t make it seem like Hall was unpopular with his teammates at all, as is often rumoured.

    Hall pretty accurately framed the issue – the Oilers did not build from the blue line out – there is only so much a forward can do to impact the transition game when your D can’t make or take a pass. But it also points to the under appreciated value that guys like Larsson have – that’s why I have never felt that Larsson-Hall was a lopsided trade.

    Lol – “Poker face”. Interesting tidbit from Whiney at the end of that – Lowe told Anderson to tone it down and stay away from the kids. While KL has made a lot of mistakes, he’s also done a lot of good for the city and team.

    The Crosby stories were good as well – “superstar grinder” – he would have destroyed the 80’s.

    I loved the part when they asked Whitney about the biggest changes that players experience when they retire – I can see why the loss of that camaraderie can lead to serious depression – as a physician I found that to be an interesting peak into their psyche.

    Interesting the speculation about Ovie taking a run at Wayne’s goal scoring record – if #8 averages 30 goals a year for the next 10 or 40 for the next 7, he could get in range – guys with his talent are playing well into their late 30’s. There’s probably a good chance he ends up at least 2nd all time.

    Hall’s a good kid – the “vets” that were brought in to “improve the culture” were the problem – Hallsy is just too classy and mature to fire back.

  59. trencan says:

    mit167:
    My boy came home from Uni for reading week and we were talking Oilers and the trade deadline.He asked me a would you do it question.

    The question Daniel and Henrik Sedin for Nuge Pou (if healthy) and 2018 first Rd.I answered no but t the. Yes and and then Flopped no again and now i can’t stop thinking about it.Would Van do it

    Maroon McD Drai
    Sedin Sedin Ebs
    Lucic Cags Kassian
    JJ Letestu Paki
    Hendy Slepy

    I wouldnt be surprised if Chia makes another controversy (lost) trade during offseason. Something like Klingberg for RNH+Davidson+1st 2017and Eberle for Strome straight. Klingberg is young offensive minded RHD with fantastic contract. Strome can play RW with Connor or 3C. Its only example but I am not sure whether some fans are ready for this 🙂

  60. JDï™ says:

    Bruce McCurdy: “classic” or “cringe-worthy”

    A little sad. I liked the ‘DJ Buzzkill’ story better.

  61. mit167 says:

    Lol that was my first reaction but then then the boy said wouldn’t the cycle with the Sedins and Ebs be sick and didn’t Kassian used to play with them

  62. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    trencan: I wouldnt be surprised if Chia makes another controversy (lost) trade during offseason.Something like Klingberg for RNH+Davidson+1st 2017and Eberle for Strome straight. Klingberg is young offensive minded RHD with fantastic contract. Strome can play RW with Connor or 3C. Its only example but I am not sure whether some fans are ready for this

    Fans would rightly not be ready for RNH + Davidson + 1st for Klingberg because that would be a terrible trade.

  63. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    mit167:
    Lol that was my first reaction but then then the boy said wouldn’t the cycle with the Sedins and Ebs be sick and didn’t Kassian used to play with them

    The Cup window would then be this season and next, then shut for good.

    Also, no, Sedin-Sedin-Eberle would not be a “sick” cycle in 2017. Maybe in 2011.

  64. delooper says:

    I scanned through the interview, and skipped over most Ryan Whitney moments. Not much was left! But Hall’s stories seemed pretty earnest and honest. Pretty much what we’ve always heard from him, but in one consistent narrative.

    Whitney is a good “talk radio shock jock” style person, but that style of talking wears thin on me in about 5-10 seconds.

  65. verite says:

    Last night’s game was an abomination.
    Oilers showed how gutless and heartless they are.
    To give up goals to Williams and Wilson on simple wrist shots is disgusting.
    But worse is the basic no show of the entire collection of forwards,
    To be humiliated by Taylor Chorney says it all. An utter disgrace
    But this team, asap.
    It would also be salutary if the idiotic coaching staff actually came out publicly to criticize the bias in the officials. Grind on that endlessly, Impune thier integrity. its obvious that the call to hold back the Oilers.
    And as for Chiarelli is the doofus taking the weekend off? Nothing happening while Calgary blows past his team and Anaheim addresses needs while giving utterly nothing.
    Draft choices mean nothing.
    The Oilers are doomed.

  66. verite says:

    Moderation is censorship.

  67. Georges says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Hey I did the CoH game grades & for the record I’m not anti-Corsi. In fact I frequently cite it in my comments e.g. my Brandon Davidson rating last night. I think it’s fairer to say there is a range of opinion, as befits a site with multiple writers.

    Hi Bruce.

    I downloaded the COH grade summary from the 60 game mark and had a look. Did this pretty quickly so handle with care.

    1. You’ve graded more losses than wins. Proportionally, Kurt has graded more wins than David. Your average grades are understandably lower than David’s and Kurt’s.

    2. In terms of relative value to the team, the three of you seem to disagree the most on:

    JP
    Talbot
    Kass
    Pitlick
    Gryba

    3. Here are the players with the largest spread between their average grade in wins and losses:

    Hendricks
    Russell
    Klefbom
    Talbot
    Letestu

    The variance in how you grade these players seems to be related to whether the Oilers win or lose which suggests that, in your eyes, the quality of their play matters most to winning and losing.

    Interesting group.

    4. Top and Bottom 3 overall:

    Top
    CMD
    Talbot
    Drai

    Bottom
    Lucic
    Pouliot
    Hendricks

    5. Each judge has an overall average grade. The difference between the average grade that a judge gives a player and the judge’s overall average grade is a measure of the judge’s assessment of the relative value of each player. The discrepancy between the rankings of relative player value tells us where each judge’s opinion differs from the group.

    Relatively Higher Ranked Players

    Bruce
    Lucic
    Pitlick

    David
    Kassian
    Gryba

    Kurt
    JP
    Klefbom

    Relatively Lower Ranked Players

    Bruce
    Russell
    Nurse

    David
    Eberle
    Benning

    Kurt
    Pitlick
    RNH

    That’s what I get from the data. Am I completely out to lunch?

  68. trencan says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Fans would rightly not be ready for RNH + Davidson + 1st for Klingberg because that would be a terrible trade.

    The idea was more about loosing another big trade another season than this mentioned example. But thanks for the answer and your opinion.

  69. PerryK says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    My personal observations:

    The Oilers tried to play a very disciplined road game against the League’s best. I think that they almost succeeded in securing a point. I really do think they were playing not to lose.

    Most shots they took were from the outside and Holtby does a great job stopping what he is ready for. Leon’s goal came off a broken play.

    The refs gave the Caps a second power play, which was not warranted, but Gryba was back after before Williams scored. No excuses. Cam could have pushed forward another foot, but that was a one-in-twenty, perfect far top corner one-timer from a guy more known for his deadly wrister. I do not blame Talbot for that one bit. He kept the Oilers in the game when it could have easily been 0-3 after the first. Yes, the Oilers outshot them 17-11 but the High Danger stuff was equally skewed the other way in the Caps’ favour.

    The role players had a terrific night.

    Kassian- he was all over the ice. Hustle, discipline, focus and was generating chances.

    Khaira- best I have seen him play. TMac rewarded him with a shift or two on the top line. Good for him. He looked fast and motivated. I would like to see perhaps what he and Kassian could do for Nuge on the 3rd line in terms of opening up space. They have enough skill to keep up while their size is terrific.

    Russell- He had an excellent game last night. As LT says, when he is with Sekera he does well. Blocking shots by being in the shooting lane a lot and got the puck moving quickly the other way when he got it.

    Seen not good:
    Klefbom- riverboat gambling is a part of his game at this stage but he made several poor reads. Worse yet has been his reads in his own zone. Got caught watching the puck as he got dangled several times instead of taking the body, also missing the centering pass into the slot right past him, leading to high danger chances against. He did that against Florida the other night, too, directly leading to two goals against. You get this with young blue but every time someone here says he is already a number one D. Well, not yet. He looks great with the puck and has got his shot dialed in, but he is still young and green on the back end. Hope he is getting a chance to look at tape with the D coach. Hurry back Larsson.

    Lucic- he is just too far behind the play. Worse yet, he is doing the glide bys in the D-zone. Watch him in isolation next game. He needs to stop squeezing the stick, cheating for offense and get physically engaged in the game in his own end first. Kassian has been doing that and then translating that to the transition and attack. Lucic is not bringing his A game right now and this team needs him. February is a brutal month.

    Drai, Nuge, Ebs etc.- ineffective game. Drai made a couple of cute plays in the D-zone with touch passes to no one in the middle of the ice. He was Johnny on the Spot for the goal but otherwise did not generate a lot. I think we really need to get a second scoring line going so I would move him away from McDavid, who was good early but became far less visible as they started spending way more time in their own zone. Nuge and Ebs: same old same old. Yeah they are sawing it off but in the end we need a goal from the second line most nights to take that next step. Last night they didn’t even come close more than once or twice. That isn’t good enough.

    Right now the Oilers look like a 5 games and out kind of team for the first round. Why? Anaheim will focus entirely on shutting down the McDavid line. Playoff hockey is like last night. The refs are going to put their whistles away and allow teams to wear down skill. While the Oilers were never out of the game, they never looked to take control, either.

    The absolute key is unlocking at least a second scoring line. Forget unicorns, there is no hope of that now but they have to split up 29 and 97 if those two are the only drivers. In the regular season against some mid-pack opposition they can win if McDavid has a 2 point night or the D contributes offense like in Florida, but playoffs are a different story. McLellan needs to find the right mix to get Line 2 scoring. Otherwise Oil will lose 2-1 and 3-2 on their way to a quick playoff exit when the refs “let them play.”

    Now I say this all having seen the Oilers play last night and thinking they played well. But after a night to sleep on it I realized they played well enough not to lose but never really threatened to win. Caps played a tight game, too.

    Oil are a good team but still too much a one line team. I think everyone can probably acknowledge that.

    Excellent analysis. 1RW is the key to unlocking this team! Vanek as a stop gap works well for me. Vrbata might also work. However, if we could acquire Strome we would be set for lot longer. Maybe, for Eberle? That would help with the cap as well.

  70. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    trencan,

    It’s possible Chia “loses” another trade in the name of balance but the example you gave would probably result in rioting in front of the arena. Klingberg is a nice, young offensive D but 3 major pieces is too much.

  71. Aron_S says:

    I loved the Hall-Whitney interview. Saw it on Twitter last night and watched it at the time. Agree with most here that I’m surprised at the Anderson story being shared, but appreciated Hall saying that Kevin Lowe reached out to him after that and asked him not hang around the young players anymore.

    DJ Buzzkill was great, the Gossip Girl comment was hilarious, and I loved how Hall admitted he tended to chirp guys when he was just getting started. Whitney playing three minutes a night in the Olympics comment was great.

    Also the spaceship comment was great. My buddies and I basically made that exact comment to Hemmer, Stoll, Greene, Lupul and Winchester once when they arrived at Funky Buddha late on a Sunday night after playing Minnesota earlier in the day.

    In sad news, some horrible optics for the ski sporting world in Canada. I’d bet the Oilers are glad to be out of the business with Patrick Laforge now:

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/02/25/ski-federation-muzzled-ski-coachs-alleged-victim.html

  72. spoiler says:

    Am I the only one who finds it weird that some people will make stupid statements like

    There is no advanced stat that described the game last night.

    …And then use advanced stats (scoring chances) to describe the game?

    And find it weird that people who hate math come to blogs that celebrate the use of math?

    Is Life so long and boring that trolling maybe isn’t a waste of time?

  73. OilClog says:

    Khaira and Slepy are both better right now then Drake, 36 needs to be shipped down.

  74. OilClog says:

    By refs letting them play, is it meant the Oilers coming away with zero power plays while spending 10-12 minutes down a man.. if that’s the case yea it’s a 5 game playoff lap.

  75. digger50 says:

    trencan: I wouldnt be surprised if Chia makes another controversy (lost) trade during offseason.Something like Klingberg for RNH+Davidson+1st 2017and Eberle for Strome straight. Klingberg is young offensive minded RHD with fantastic contract. Strome can play RW with Connor or 3C. Its only example but I am not sure whether some fans are ready for this

    I understand your point and no, I am definitely not ready for a poor trade. Presently I’m not convinced Chiarrelli is concentrating on a Stanley Cup. I feel he is happy where the team sits right now and enjoying the success. Meanwhile he is focused on rebuilding so many other parts of the organization. It is contrarian I know and I want to be proven wrong.

  76. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    OilClog,

    As in, they aren’t going to call anything on teams slowing down McDavid. They will only call blatant trips, etc., and let most hooking, holding go…and yeah, I think there is a culture of refs being biased against “up and coming teams.” Like how Michael Jordan always got free throws even when it was questionable.

    So Oilers need to find a way to get a second line scoring away from McDavid, too, because there will be far less power plays to help.

  77. Melvis says:

    I was working the stats on wordcounts. Whitney’s and the Backpacker. They’re not entirely dissimilar. lol

  78. GMB3 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    I felt a little bad for Hall in that interview. Could tell Whitney was trying to get a strong reaction or negative comment from him on the Oilers and Hall never took the bait. Personally I have always known him to be a bit of a shy, awkward guy who probably tried really hard to fit in with the cool kids throughout life. For guys like Whitney they can be jokers and smooth-talkers and be the life of the party. Taylor was just a regular guy who was really good at hockey and sometimes tried too hard to be cool. Pretty much aligned with my anecdotes of the guy. I know others have different opinions/stories and I can understand that.

    It’s too bad he couldn’t have been around for the team’s success, but Larsson is here and that’s hockey and that’s life. Good luck in Jersey, Taylor, and yeah definitely watch Sopranos, but maybe stay away from “the Bing.”

    How did you paint this narrative in your head? Honest question.

    It’s pretty far from the truth.

  79. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Georges,

    Thanks for that, Georges. I used to break down our average grades & such but haven’t done so for awhile, other than the average grade for each of us in the current segment. I know that I’ve covered more than my share of losses, a particular kick in the nuts this year after six years of grading a perennial loser.

    No doubt we each have our own things (& player types) that we value. Some of it at least is performance related, ie there was an identifiable stretch earlier where “as goes Oscar so go the Oilers” where Klef would be way more likely to grade as a 2-3 or a 7-8 than the more usual 4-5-6, & the quality of his performance often had a bearing on the outcome of the game. Am not surprised at all that he is among the group that shows the most range between wins & losses in that it is cause & effect to some extent.

    Bottom line: it’s not an exact science, & I make a point of occasionally cautioning readers to pay more attention to the observation- & stats-based comments than to the one-digit Opinion that summarizes them.

  80. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Melvis,

    Haha. I assure you I do not have a Bahston accent.

  81. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    GMB3,

    If you say so. I make no claims to truth. Only my own opinion, through mutual acquaintances we have. I even said it likely will be a very different opinion than others’ on him. So again I make no claims to a narrtive or any sort of “truth.” It’s just my personal opinion, and I stated that in my comment.

  82. Melvis says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    Sorry man;) Just teasing a bit, if it didn’t come across that way. I still love you.

  83. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Melvis,

    haha. all good! taken as a justified ribbing.

  84. OF17 says:

    In Nashville right now. Very fun city. Will keep an eye out for Russell, Davidson, and Letestu at the honky tonks 🙂

  85. trencan says:

    digger50: I understand your point and no, I am definitely not ready for a poor trade. Presently I’m not convinced Chiarrelli is concentrating on a Stanley Cup. I feel he is happy where the team sits right now and enjoying the success. Meanwhile he is focused on rebuilding so many other parts of the organization. It is contrarian I know and I want to be proven wrong.

    Yes, everyone is happy with current standing. So am I. But my question is whether the position in table really reflefts actual strenght of the team. Are we oveachievers of the season? Can we finish higher next season and continue in this trend? Is the year to year progress really so huge?

  86. JDï™ says:

    OF17: Very fun city.

    I think the drinking age is 21 there, so we can count on a good game from Connor tomorrow.

  87. GMB3 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    GMB3,

    If you say so. I make no claims to truth. Only my own opinion, through mutual acquaintances we have. I even said it likely will be a very different opinion than others’ on him. So again I make no claims to a narrtive or any sort of “truth.” It’s just my personal opinion, and I stated that in my comment.

    Haha the first minute he starts talking he’s talking about chirping Whitney as a rookie.

    Great interview though. Very classy.

  88. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    GMB3,

    I never called him “classy.” That was someone else’s words. I described him as “trying too hard to fit in.” In other words, a flaw, not a compliment.

    If you are going to ascribe certain alleged falsehoods to me, I would appreciate if those also had some basis in truth.

  89. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Anyway, it was just my opinion on the interview. Nothing more, nothing less. I thought Whitney tried to get Hall to comment negatively on the Oilers a few times but Hall would not do it.

    Nothing groundbreaking in that interview except an admission Hall did in fact hope the Bruins would win the lottery and that he was surprised he was traded.

    We have Larsson now. Would like to cheer him on and welcome him back to the team ASAP. Klef misses him.

  90. PunjabiOil says:

    Was in Nashville early February and coincidentally stayed at the same hotel as the Oilers. Connor a stand up guy. Also chatted with Todd Mclellan.

    Every Oiler signed autographs for the 10 or so fans in front of the hotel except Leon. He just walked away. Talbot, RNH, Eberle and Davidson engaged with the fans the most.

    Connor and Sekera only players who took a bus to the game – rest of them walked to the arena.

    Would recommend Nashville for sure – city full of culture and good food.

  91. GMB3 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    GMB3,

    I never called him “classy.” That was someone else’s words. I described him as “trying too hard to fit in.” In other words, a flaw, not a compliment.

    If you are going to ascribe certain alleged falsehoods to me, I would appreciate if those also had some basis in truth.

    Easy tiger. Haha I was saying it was a classy interview. I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I liked the interview, I just didn’t agree with your opinion that he was a “shy, trying to fit in””guy during his time in Edmonton and I think you could glean that from his comments in the interview, and from people I know who’ve known him since he was in Windsor, he wasn’t real shy there either.

  92. GMB3 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    I’m posting from my phone and I maybe cut that comment shorter than. I intended too. I didn’t even mean it as an indictment on his character by saying he wasn’t shy.

  93. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    GMB3,

    Opinions are like a**holes, as they say. Everyone’s got one. Ha.

    In my original.post I said it was my opinion and I expected other people to differ on it.

    I know people from his Windsor days, too, so fully expected divided opinion. Hall himself claims to have been an awkward nerd who couldn’t even bring himself to talk to girls in high school. He was 100 percent focused on hockey. Fame would change us all. I know he was no angel, either, and did not insinuate as much.

    In the interview he also came across as a student of the game who had watched a lot of old footage. Seemed much more educated than Whitney on the history of hockey.

    I think Taylor Hall is pretty misunderstood by a lot of people. But I don’t think there was anything terribly enlightening in that interview as far as why he was traded. I still think it was a trade made to address a need, moreso than address a culture, but that’s just my a**hole, er, opinion talking.

    Edit- I got defensive because you said I was “pretty far from the truth” with my “narrative” when I said it was opinion and made no claim to facts or “truth.” If I misunderstood your comment as an accusation of bending the truth or lying when you weren’t accusing me of such, I apologize, but it sure came across that way.

  94. OilClog says:

    San Jose pp per game 3.12 PK 2.53
    Anahiem pp 3.06 PK 3.47
    Edm Pp 2.90 pk 2.82
    Calgary pp 3.26 PK 3.58
    La pp 2.83 PK 3.05
    Van pp 2.98 PK 2.68
    phx pp 3.02 PK 3.33

    Wash pp 2.97 PK 3.33
    Flo pp 3.32 PK 3.07
    Tb pp 3.47 PK 3.32

    Nash Pp 3.18 pk 3.08
    St.l Pp 2.97 PK 3.37

  95. Woogie63 says:

    Can confirm there are no Oilers at Rogers Place this afternoon and the bathroom line up is as bad a hockey game😌

  96. leadfarmer says:

    trencan,

    Klingberg is like Dallas only dman

  97. leadfarmer says:

    trencan: I wouldnt be surprised if Chia makes another controversy (lost) trade during offseason.Something like Klingberg for RNH+Davidson+1st 2017and Eberle for Strome straight. Klingberg is young offensive minded RHD with fantastic contract. Strome can play RW with Connor or 3C. Its only example but I am not sure whether some fans are ready for this

    Curious given Chias history of good trades and bad trades why you think he only has bad trades in his future?

  98. leadfarmer says:

    It amazes me the narrative some people have formed. Boston trades Chia Hamilton, people would give him the keys to the city, Boston didn’t want to see Chia succeed so they traded him to his rival. Now he’s stuck losing every trade until eternity, just ignore Maroon cause that was an accident and Talbot trade which even if you believe MacT set the groundwork for the trade it was in the end Chias decision, but ignore those cause they don’t fit the narrative

  99. Bruce Wayne says:

    I only had time for the first half of the interview, but other than the Anderson story, the most interesting part was when Hall said he was surprised to be traded because in the year end exit interview Chiarelli didn’t say anything about possibly being traded, but he did tell other guys than they might be traded.

  100. JDï™ says:

    NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker",

    C’mon man – acrylic, watercolor, pastel… oil? Was it oil?

  101. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    JDï™:
    NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker",

    C’mon man – acrylic, watercolor, pastel… oil? Was it oil?

    I tell you it was no Picasso!
    Which reminds me of when MacT gave a postgame interview one time and said that. I thought, odd choice, Picasso’s cubist work was not exactly traditionally beautiful so it would be odd to aspire to that over, say, a Rembrandt.

  102. JDï™ says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: MacT

    Well we know there was precious little realism in his pressers.

  103. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    JDï™: Well we know there was precious little realism in his pressers.

    Haha. Dali would have been a good choice to describe his painting of the Nikitin-Ference led D-corps.

  104. JDï™ says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Nikitin-Ference

    That pairing would be the only thing slower than a melting clock.

  105. trencan says:

    leadfarmer: Curious given Chias history of good trades and bad trades why you think he only has bad trades in his future?

    I didnt say he has only bad trades. The trades he won are mostly “smaller” types of trades, if he plays with bigger assets, he mostly lost the trade. So if he wants to trade RNH or Eberle, he can lose again because of team balance, salary cap…

  106. Chachi says:

    watching Nashville and Washington play right now. Ovechkin just got a penalty for something that various Capitals did approximately 50 times to the Oilers last night. Interesting. Also Washington has dominated play despite having finished playing the Oilers about 18 hours ago. Washington is a hell of a team. Kuznetsov has also made the likes of Josi, Subban, Ellis and Ekholm look awful. Maybe it is him?

  107. JDï™ says:

    Jack MichaelsVerified account‏@EdmontonJack 5h5 hours ago

    Pouliot won’t play tomorrow. Larsson and Nurse will be game-time decisions.

  108. Professor Q says:

    Diablo,

    I think the only people I’ve seen who have larger legs than Crosby are runners and speed skaters. So much lower body strength.

  109. rickithebear says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Watching with growing concern as Edmonton’s number dwindles from +10 to +6. Too many regulation losses lately, not enough gaming the cockamamie points system.

    Fortunately “0” is still in the playoffs, so the critical line is set not at #8 but at #9. The 10-game bulge over the team that would knock them out of the playoffs is the key. Good to see the King sinking like a stone for more reasons than one.

    i have been posting #9 needed record for a .500 oilers for rest of season.

    we look at first 3/4 of season in segments.
    oct 12 to nov 23
    21gm 12-8-1; 25pt .595 win%
    Nov 25 to Jan 8
    21gm 9 – 6 – 6; 24pt .572 Win%
    Jan 10 to Feb 24
    20gm 12-7-1 25pt .625 win%

    A .572 win% gets 11-8-1 in last 20gm ith a season final total of 97 points.

    Records needed by the nearest conf teams to achieve 97 pt.
    6. STL 15-7-0 30/44 possible pt; .682 win%
    7. NSH 15-7-0 30/44 .682 win%
    8. CGY 14-5-1 29/40 .725 win%
    ———————————————-
    9. LAK 17-4-1 35/44 .796 win%

  110. square_wheels says:

    Chachi,

    Hell of a shift by Forsberg that resulted in the Josi goal.

  111. Chachi says:

    square_wheels:
    Chachi,

    Hell of a shift by Forsberg that resulted in the Josi goal.

    Forsberg is real good. Washington is running out of legs fast. Also must be incredibly frustrating as an NHL player to figure out what the hell will be called a penalty from one game to the next.

  112. rickithebear says:

    Georges:
    Most great gm’s look for repeatability of play.
    and
    trended growth.

    Sports fans are
    a short attention span
    look at the flash fools.

    they are imprinted by a bad play.
    .
    elite Gm’s will take the god awful single play if it has a low frequency.
    Especially if the above average to elite play occurs at a high frequency.

    With a high per game repeatability.
    the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, shifts are quite similiar.

    That is why it is important to identify the repeatabilty stndard ogf a player.

    For Dmen:
    Comp faced
    teamates
    zone start
    Corsi against yeilded by offensive players.

    to measure
    Corsi x,y LD, HD
    blocks/corsi
    misses/corsi
    closed shots/corsi
    open hole shots/corsi

    to get a players situtional repeatability.
    Sekera no 1st comp ever!
    top 10 HD D 2nd comp or lower!

    All those who concentrate on the single bad play.

    You are the anti Belichek

  113. square_wheels says:

    Chachi,

    Obstruction from pick plays or just good old fashion clutch/grab seems to have made a fierce comeback. Washington is like the eastern Kings…….they’re so consistent with their picks that it’s now routinely ignored.

    Orlov penalty was legit though.

  114. The Trade Guy says:

    Man Hallsy was good in that interview. I could listen all day.

    I don’t really think much about players and what they are like as people, but he comes across well composed. He’s got shit together. I think it finally hit me that I miss him on the Oil.

    Don’t ever let Connor go Katz.

  115. OF17 says:

    PunjabiOil:
    Was in Nashville early February and coincidentally stayed at the same hotel as the Oilers.Connor a stand up guy.Also chatted with Todd Mclellan.

    Every Oiler signed autographs for the 10 or so fans in front of the hotel except Leon.He just walked away.Talbot, RNH, Eberle and Davidson engaged with the fans the most.

    Connor and Sekera only players who took a bus to the game – rest of them walked to the arena.

    Would recommend Nashville for sure – city full of culture and good food.

    What hotel was that?

  116. PunjabiOil says:

    OF17: What hotel was that?

    Westin Nashville. They left about 3.5 hours before game time.

    Suspect they’re staying there again (most likely) as most NHL teams stay in that hotel in Nashville. The giveaway would be a bus waiting to pick them up.

    Also i highly encourage you to go to Hattie B’s. Nashville hot chicken. Mouth frothing thinking about it tbh.

  117. New Improved Darkness says:

    Yesterday, I wound a minced chicken-liver metaphor around divulging my lingering loyalty lull concerning Chia’s current roster construction.

    Messy.

    On reflection, I dropped a stitch.

    It’s actually not that easy to procure raw chicken livers in the fine grocery stores where I usually shop. I wound up purchasing a full 1 lb tub of frozen chicken livers at a specialty butcher shop (to amass this quantity no doubt involved a small chicken Gallipoli).

    How then to blend 4-ounces of raw chicken liver with anchovies and marmite to make the secret meat enhancer? Without extraneous freeze-thaw cycles?

    In the end, I just quadrupled the batch size, and froze three little pouches of Kenji Alt’s patented Sleek and Slithery sled-dog supplement (fine print: may also enhance meat-lover’s lasagna).

    With a full pound of raw chicken liver in my small food processor, plus anchovies and marmite, when I finally pressed “frappe”, I really was showcased with a Soprano chicken-liver total eclipse. After the first shuriken pulse, as the blade-spool blur ebbed, little flecks of pink liver slid down a brown slurry curtain that coated the walls of the polycarbonate carafe from stem to stern. I made an honest-to-god “yuck” face. After a sufficient drip-down cycle (this, too, was documentary) I hit frappe again. I might even have repeated this a third time, which my suspended breathing failed to record.

    Then I had to scraper all the precious sludge out, and—using a small gram scale—divide down into four equal portions, three of which were immediately triple-bagged, labelled in duplicate, and recused into the darkest rear crevice of the bottommost freezer drawer.

    ———

    So much for my career as Quincy, M.D. I can just see Quincy guesting on the Galloping Gourmet as the intrepid duo prepares Gremlin
    Gazpacho—in the traditional Gorky Park adaptation with five times as much sour cream.

    Quincy: Even I was getting a bit green there.

    GG: Next time, may I suggest securely seating the lid?

    GG pauses to take a giant swig of what appears to be chunky Irish-clover absinthe, served up in a bottomless snifter bowl.

    ———

    Another undercurrent: me and my lemon tree are having dark dreams of scalpels and chainsaws lately. As of last week, we have an official date for what is now formally designated as a “left nephrectomy”. (We kind of had a small pool going over left vs. right.) No lie. I found the puréed chicken liver personally evocative.

    I don’t know if anyone noticed, but my phrases “cotton mouth” (also a venomous snake, and a symbol of fear) and “elevating rails” (also found on a luge sled) were serving double duty as a surgical gurney metaphor.

    What I wrote yesterday is about as close as I can get to rendering the air-traffic control situation in Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11 into metaphorical word salsa (this being the hardtack component of what was formally known as Operation Yellow Ribbon; I recalled Gander as getting the worst of this, but in terms of actual aircraft volume, it was Halifax by a neck).

    A double-bladed minced-metaphor metaphor of mixed feelings.

    ———

    Everything I write is directly affected by whatever I’ve been reading most recently. Sometimes I make this obvious, other times it lurks in the background as an invisible hand.

    The invisible hand inside my lasagna weave yesterday was The Daily Show: An Oral History (2016), elicited and assembled by Chris Smith.

    This book is a bit of a slog to read. It consists of one passage after another obtained from anyone ever associated with the show with anywhere from two to six different voices showing up on every page. Stewart, of course, shows up the most; followed by his battle-hardened correspondents of yore; but curiously, so, too, do many of Stewart’s most infamous victims and fallings-out.

    It was also hard because I’ve never in my adult life had a cable television feed. What I know about The Daily Show was from a few chance encounters wherever televisions roam free (hotel rooms, airport lobbies, the family gathering refuge of mute mixed company) and the various famous excepts uploaded to YouTube.

    ———

    Anthony Weiner

    As the time has gone on, and more people have said to me, “Boy, your friend Jon can’t be much of a friend, he was really killing you,” you know, my view is, with everyone—reporters, colleagues, donors—you know, that I brought all this on myself. … I mean, can you imagine a comedian not making fun of a guy named Weiner, who took pictures?

    At one point Jon told me, “You can’t confuse what we’re making of you and what you really are,” or something like that. “We have a piñata that we’re whacking, but don’t think it’s you.” That’s easy to say, except that I’m inside that piñata. I think that’s how he gets through this. If you know someone who you’re beating up on, I guess you have to objectify them rather than personify them.

    Jon Stewart

    I told him, “We have created a character of Anthony Weiner and that’s who’s being dragged through the process, and while I’m sure you cannot take any solace in that separation, the level of vitriol and jokes is not necessarily commensurate with what happened, and for that I’m sorry.”

    Jason Ross

    Jon was conscientious about his willingness to destroy the life of practically anybody who really deserved it. He knew, to his credit, that he couldn’t possibly go easy on Weiner.

    Lauren Sarver Means

    I think the most valuable thing that Jon instilled in everyone on the staff was, “If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s not necessarily an impediment to what you’re trying to say.”

    So if we were working on a piece where we were confused about something, Jon would say, “Write that confusion into this piece. If you’re upset about this, fall into whatever is keeping you from writing this.”

    Jon Stewart

    That’s part of the challenge that keeps it exciting—making yourself uncomfortable.

    ———

    Many of the features that made this book challenging are evident there. There’s the Rashomonesque juxtaposition of Weiner’s and Stewart’s somewhat different recall of the same conversion. (The putative author, Chris Smith—who is less than an author but more than an editor—probably collected the fragments separately without seeking any form of mutual corroboration.) There’s the exalted blade of satirical fair play. There’s Public Enemy Number One-Eye wedged in there with his winking “I’m a big boy” soupçon of self-defense. And worse—this is a but quick snapshot in time, as is any given page in the entirety of this book, and Weiner will make both a further appearance (disgracing himself again after Stewart went on record with some version of “give the guy another chance”, which made Stewart positively mental) and a further earth-shattering non-appearance, as the e-mail nail in the Rodham coffin came up just as this book went to press.

    All of this is interwoven with a complex internal culture behind the camera—an internal culture itself in constant evolution, flux, and turmoil over the years.

    And then there’s those little morsels of vitamin-rich chicken liver injected here and there where you least expect them:

    “If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s not necessarily an impediment to what you’re trying to say.”

    ———

    Chew on that.

    ———

    You’re not done.

    ———

    No, keep chewing, you’re still not done.

    ———

    Certainly—around here—the Hall trade is an uncomfortable topic.

    For a while, MacT was an uncomfortable topic, but eventually he ascended to Weiner Heaven 1.0 of stock punch lines. (Tagline of the book read previously—Just Mercy—no-one is “just” the worst thing he or she has ever done, which pretty much sums up the difference between the person inside and the toasty, deep-fried piñata crust of public outrage.)

    [*] If I were to someday bump into Jon on a public street, maybe I’d go “hey, Jon, piñata is a fried food” and he’d go “WTF, do I know you?” and he’d be left wracking his brains for the next hour to recover some old, inside joke involving some forgotten collaborateur.

    [**] “racking his brains” is apparently also correct, though rarely used by wine makers

    Of course, another time-honoured dispatch of discomfort is to simply beat the puck square.

    ———

    Apparently (so I’ve read) the driving force of genre fiction is heroism, intransigence (sheer force of character vs. object lesson of the ages), and envy (this last ingredient to be supplied by the reader). I’ve never had the least capacity to envy superheroes. But I did feel something akin to envy while I read The Today Show.

    Jordan Klepper

    Then “Born to Run” kicks in, as it did before every taping started. But Jon comes over to me before he goes behind the desk and says, “Hey, if you don’t absolutely destroy it tonight, we’ll leave you in a fucking ditch. Have a good show!” and walks back out. I felt like tears started in my toes and built up. I was like, “Oh my God. This is a big moment for me right now. But I could destroy it.”

    Elliot Kalan

    Jordan, that was urine. Those were not tears.

    Jordan Klepper

    That was a big night for me. The bit went well. I felt like a million bucks. I had friends who’d been on SNL, where you do a show and then you go party with Paul McCartney. So I walked offstage and turned to people, saying, “Where do we go out? What do we do?” People are turning off the lights and they say, “Well, you do it again tomorrow.” The Daily Show, you do a show and then you wake up at seven o’clock and you read the newspapers and you come up with something again.

    ———

    You think it’s a whole lot of making funny shit up (it is), but it’s also a whole lot of balls to the wall—lather, rinse, retract, repeat. Eventually you get a thick enough skin that you can skip one of those steps.

    It’s also Phil’s Most Semi-Excellent Adventure, where, a decade later—after forgetting Andie MacDowell’s birthday for the second straight year—Phil winds up stuck in Groundhog Time once again, only this time sharing his perpetual dorm room with Sacha Baron Cohen, and he’s already wearing the drapes.

    Stephen Colbert

    What drove Jon was being funny, but also being honest. Everything else came from that. The only benefit of fame is that it allows you to work more.

    ———

    Apparently, I’m not a hard worker. So my slack-jawed envy tells me so.

  118. meanashell11 says:

    New Improved Darkness:
    Yesterday, I wound a minced chicken-liver metaphor around divulging my lingering loyalty lull concerning Chia’s current roster construction.

    Messy.

    On reflection, I dropped a stitch.

    It’s actually not that easy to procure raw chicken livers in the fine grocery stores where I usually shop.I wound up purchasing a full 1 lb tub of frozen chicken livers at a specialty butcher shop (to amass this quantity no doubt involved a small chicken Gallipoli).

    How then to blend 4-ounces of raw chicken liver with anchovies and marmite to make the secret meat enhancer?Without extraneous freeze-thaw cycles?

    In the end, I just quadrupled the batch size, and froze three little pouches of Kenji Alt’s patented Sleek and Slithery sled-dog supplement (fine print: may also enhance meat-lover’s lasagna).

    With a full pound of raw chicken liver in my small food processor, plus anchovies and marmite, when I finally pressed “frappe”, I really was showcased with a Soprano chicken-liver total eclipse.After the first shuriken pulse, as the blade-spool blur ebbed, little flecks of pink liver slid down a brown slurry curtain that coated the walls of the polycarbonate carafe from stem to stern.I made an honest-to-god “yuck” face.After a sufficient drip-down cycle (this, too, was documentary) I hit frappe again. I might even have repeated this a third time, which my suspended breathing failed to record.

    Then I had to scraper all the precious sludge out, and—using a small gram scale—divide down into four equal portions, three of which were immediately triple-bagged, labelled in duplicate, and recused into the darkest rear crevice of the bottommost freezer drawer.

    ———

    So much for my career as Quincy, M.D.I can just see Quincy guesting on the Galloping Gourmet as the intrepid duo prepares Gremlin
    Gazpacho—in the traditional Gorky Park adaptation with five times as much sour cream.

    Quincy: Even I was getting a bit green there.

    GG: Next time, may I suggest securely seating the lid?

    GG pauses to take a giant swig of what appears to be chunky Irish-clover absinthe, served up in a bottomless snifter bowl.

    ———

    Another undercurrent: me and my lemon tree are having dark dreams of scalpels and chainsaws lately.As of last week, we have an official date for what is now formally designated as a “left nephrectomy”.(We kind of had a small pool going over left vs. right.)No lie.I found the puréed chicken liver personally evocative.

    I don’t know if anyone noticed, but my phrases “cotton mouth” (also a venomous snake, and a symbol of fear) and “elevating rails” (also found on a luge sled) were serving double duty as a surgical gurney metaphor.

    What I wrote yesterday is about as close as I can get to rendering the air-traffic control situation in Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11 into metaphorical word salsa (this being the hardtack component of what was formally known as Operation Yellow Ribbon; I recalled Gander as getting the worst of this, but in terms of actual aircraft volume, it was Halifax by a neck).

    A double-bladed minced-metaphor metaphor of mixed feelings.

    ———

    Everything I write is directly affected by whatever I’ve been reading most recently.Sometimes I make this obvious, other times it lurks in the background as an invisible hand.

    The invisible hand inside my lasagna weave yesterday was The Daily Show: An Oral History (2016), elicited and assembled by Chris Smith.

    This book is a bit of a slog to read.It consists of one passage after another obtained from anyone ever associated with the show with anywhere from two to six different voices showing up on every page.Stewart, of course, shows up the most; followed by his battle-hardened correspondents of yore; but curiously, so, too, do many of Stewart’s most infamous victims and fallings-out.

    It was also hard because I’ve never in my adult life had a cable television feed.What I know about The Daily Show was from a few chance encounters wherever televisions roam free (hotel rooms, airport lobbies, the family gathering refuge of mute mixed company) and the various famous excepts uploaded to YouTube.

    ———

    Anthony Weiner

    As the time has gone on, and more people have said to me, “Boy, your friend Jon can’t be much of a friend, he was really killing you,” you know, my view is, with everyone—reporters, colleagues, donors—you know, that I brought all this on myself. … I mean, can you imagine a comedian not making fun of a guy named Weiner, who took pictures?

    At one point Jon told me, “You can’t confuse what we’re making of you and what you really are,” or something like that.“We have a piñata that we’re whacking, but don’t think it’s you.”That’s easy to say, except that I’m inside that piñata.I think that’s how he gets through this. If you know someone who you’re beating up on, I guess you have to objectify them rather than personify them.

    Jon Stewart

    I told him, “We have created a character of Anthony Weiner and that’s who’s being dragged through the process, and while I’m sure you cannot take any solace in that separation, the level of vitriol and jokes is not necessarily commensurate with what happened, and for that I’m sorry.”

    Jason Ross

    Jon was conscientious about his willingness to destroy the life of practically anybody who really deserved it.He knew, to his credit, that he couldn’t possibly go easy on Weiner.

    Lauren Sarver Means

    I think the most valuable thing that Jon instilled in everyone on the staff was, “If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s not necessarily an impediment to what you’re trying to say.”

    So if we were working on a piece where we were confused about something, Jon would say, “Write that confusion into this piece.If you’re upset about this, fall into whatever is keeping you from writing this.”

    Jon Stewart

    That’s part of the challenge that keeps it exciting—making yourself uncomfortable.

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    Many of the features that made this book challenging are evident there.There’s the Rashomonesque juxtaposition of Weiner’s and Stewart’s somewhat different recall of the same conversion.(The putative author, Chris Smith—who is less than an author but more than an editor—probably collected the fragments separately without seeking any form of mutual corroboration.)There’s the exalted blade of satirical fair play.There’s Public Enemy Number One-Eye wedged in there with his winking “I’m a big boy” soupçon of self-defense.And worse—this is a but quick snapshot in time, as is any given page in the entirety of this book, and Weiner will make both a further appearance (disgracing himself again after Stewart went on record with some version of “give the guy another chance”, which made Stewart positively mental) and a further earth-shattering non-appearance, as the e-mail nail in the Rodham coffin came up just as this book went to press.

    All of this is interwoven with a complex internal culture behind the camera—an internal culture itself in constant evolution, flux, and turmoil over the years.

    And then there’s those little morsels of vitamin-rich chicken liver injected here and there where you least expect them:

    “If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s not necessarily an impediment to what you’re trying to say.”

    ———

    Chew on that.

    ———

    You’re not done.

    ———

    No, keep chewing, you’re still not done.

    ———

    Certainly—around here—the Hall trade is an uncomfortable topic.

    For a while, MacT was an uncomfortable topic, but eventually he ascended to Weiner Heaven 1.0 of stock punch lines.(Tagline of the book read previously—Just Mercy—no-one is “just” the worst thing he or she has ever done, which pretty much sums up the difference between the person inside and the toasty, deep-fried piñata crust of public outrage.)

    [*] If I were to someday bump into Jon on a public street, maybe I’d go “hey, Jon, piñata is a fried food” and he’d go “WTF, do I know you?” and he’d be left wracking his brains for the next hour to recover some old, inside joke involving some forgotten collaborateur.

    [**] “racking his brains” is apparently also correct, though rarely used by wine makers

    Of course, another time-honoured dispatch of discomfort is to simply beat the puck square.

    ———

    Apparently (so I’ve read) the driving force of genre fiction is heroism, intransigence (sheer force of character vs. object lesson of the ages), and envy (this last ingredient to be supplied by the reader).I’ve never had the least capacity to envy superheroes.But I did feel something akin to envy while I read The Today Show.

    Jordan Klepper

    Then “Born to Run” kicks in, as it did before every taping started.But Jon comes over to me before he goes behind the desk and says, “Hey, if you don’t absolutely destroy it tonight, we’ll leave you in a fucking ditch.Have a good show!” and walks back out.I felt like tears started in my toes and built up.I was like, “Oh my God.This is a big moment for me right now.But I could destroy it.”

    Elliot Kalan

    Jordan, that was urine.Those were not tears.

    Jordan Klepper

    That was a big night for me.The bit went well.I felt like a million bucks.I had friends who’d been on SNL, where you do a show and then you go party with Paul McCartney.So I walked offstage and turned to people, saying, “Where do we go out? What do we do?”People are turning off the lights and they say, “Well, you do it again tomorrow.”The Daily Show, you do a show and then you wake up at seven o’clock and you read the newspapers and you come up with something again.

    ———

    You think it’s a whole lot of making funny shit up (it is), but it’s also a whole lot of balls to the wall—lather, rinse, retract, repeat.Eventually you get a thick enough skin that you can skip one of those steps.

    It’s also Phil’s Most Semi-Excellent Adventure, where, a decade later—after forgetting Andie MacDowell’s birthday for the second straight year—Phil winds up stuck in Groundhog Time once again, only this time sharing his perpetual dorm room with Sacha Baron Cohen, and he’s already wearing the drapes.

    Stephen Colbert

    What drove Jon was being funny, but also being honest.Everything else came from that. The only benefit of fame is that it allows you to work more.

    ———

    Apparently, I’m not a hard worker.So my slack-jawed envy tells me so.

    I’m thinking stream of consciousness, bad acid or wrong blog?? Maybe all three??

  119. Jaxon says:

    I really like Justin Bailey and Nick Baptiste and they are actually both right-handed right wingers. They are both big. I think Bailey is the faster of the two and has the better shot based on scouting reports. Baptiste, on the other hand, played with McDavid on the Otters and had the 2nd most goals on the team behind McDavid during their last playoff run together. Bailey played with Nurse on the Greyhounds. Both were also traded that season to help a contender. Apparently, Bailey would like to stay in Buffalo as he was born there and his dad played for the Bills.

    Lazar is also an interesting case, as his terrible season could easily be the result of a mishandled mono sickness. Chronic fatigue is a real issue after mono and some sources I’ve read say an athlete may not be ready to come back for up to 6 months. Rushing them back only makes it worse. And looking at when it was reported that he had mono and when he was playing in the AHL, it looks like they only gave him a couple weeks, if that. After a summer of rest and some strengthening/endurance rehab, he may be back on track.

    I would love to see Chiarelli try to pry one of Julius Bergman (SJS), Ryan Pulock (NYI), Madison Bowey (WAS), or Kyle Wood (ARI) from their teams at the deadline or over the summer. All big, young, offensive, Right-hand D with decent scouting reports.

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