G66 2016-17: ISLANDERS AT OILERS

The glory Islanders were one of the best teams I have ever seen. The goalies were a HHOFer and a guy you could build a marginal case for, the defense was led by the tough and frightening Denis Potvin, and the forwards boasted a perfect center in Bryan Trottier and possibly the greatest sniper in history of the game (Mike Bossy). Yeah.

The 1983 SCF was actually closer than you might think for a four-game sweep. Edmonton beat Calgary in the Smythe Division Final (in five games) by outscoring the Flames 35-13, that was domination. Oilers swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the Campbell Conference Final, outscoring them 25-11 in four games. In the four games of the final in 1983, the Oilers were in games 1, 3 and 4 into the third period. Source

The moment I devoted my Oilers fandom to beating the Islanders came after the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals. In an article called ‘On the Contrary’ Stan Fischler compared the Islanders victory over Edmonton in 1983 to the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Midway, with the Islanders representing Churchill and America, respectively.

  • Fischler: There are those who believe that someday the Oilers will win the Stanley Cup. Do not believe it. As long as Glen Sather runs the Oilers, they can be stopped. Wayne Gretzky is Ted Williams–a winner but not a champion. That’s an important distinction. Williams has no World Series ring and Gretzky–with all of his style and grace–may never have a Stanley Cup ring.

I had just witnessed the Oilers rip through their part of the NHL, and show pretty well against a superior team (the Islanders won 19 straight rounds from 1980 to 1984). If you had seen the series in real time, the storyline would have been great team wins their fourth in a row and team on the rise learned a lot in losing. I still have that copy of The Hockey News these years later. Fischler’s words were piercing and memorable, if incorrect. The following season, Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers would win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. I had a drink to salute Mr. Fischler, and then I had another one.

WHEATFIELD SOUL, 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: 6-6-0, goal differential -2
  • Oilers in March 2016: 8-8-0, goal differential +5
  • Oilers in March 2017: 1-0-0, goal differential +1
  • Oilers after 65, 2015-16: 24-34-7, goal differential -38
  • Oilers after 65, 2016-17: 35-22-8, goal differential +17

G66 saw Edmonton put the boots to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0, Cam Talbot stopping 35 shots. From G66 forward, last year’s Oilers finished 7-9-1 to finish 31-43-8, 70 points. If the Oilers finish the same way, their final record will be 42-31-9, 93 points. That will get the playoffs, but maybe not top 3 in the Pacific Division.

 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Detroit, NY Islanders, Pittsburgh, Montreal (Expected: 2-2-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: Dallas, Boston, Vancouver, Los Angeles (Expected: 3-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Anaheim, Colorado (Expected: 1-1-0) (Actual: 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual: 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-5-1, 15 points in 13 games
  • Overall current results: 1-0-0, 2 points in one game 

The Islanders were awful in Calgary on Sunday, suspect we will see a far better effort tonight at Rogers Place. The Oilers should be able to grab another win from this week, and if they grab victory tonight, perhaps we will see an even stronger beginning to the month.

CURRENT STANDINGS

Edmonton has their fate in their own hands, and can help the cause with a win tonight. Calgary looks really good currently, but are unlikely to win 16 in a row to end the season. If the Oilers win tonight, they will be four up on the Flames with 16 to play. It is going to be fun to see this race over the next 30 days.

One area where the southern men have a recent advantage: Goal. In the last 10 Oilers games, Cam Talbot has played nine. He is 6-3-0 with a .907 SP in those games. In the last 10 Flames games, Brian Elliott has played nine. He is 7-0-1 with a .932 SP in those games.

CENTERS

If we can agree that McDavid is the best 1C bet in the land moving forward, and that Letestu should return for 4C, then it comes down to Nuge at 2C and Desharnais at 3C, or vice versa. Could Edmonton sign DD for under $3 million? Would that be a good investment? Would you rather a RHC? Maybe Caggiula will be more capable of winning that job in the fall? I will vote McDavid-Nuge-Desharnais-Letestu unless they can get a righty like Derek Ryan who they think can score 15 goals in the 3C slot. McDavid is getting famous. A brilliant SI article is here.

One area of overlap I see is PP centers. McDavid is going to be 1PP forever, Nuge belongs on a 1PP but there is no room at the Inn. Desharnais duplicates those skills, and if he was a righty it would fit the 5×4 better. Something to consider.

LEFT WINGERS

Milan Lucic and Patrick Maroon have been among the top 9Fs all season, but Benoit Pouliot has been outside the top three lines, and injured to boot. I am wondering if we see him soon, and also wonder if they might be holding him back to make sure he is in peak form. A healthy and effective BP would be a Godsend. Laugh if you wish, this guy was a good hockey player until injury about one year ago. Slepyshev, Khaira and Caggiula are fighting for something, and Caggiula is winning, for now. Pouliot can put this to rest if he returns playing his usual game.

Anton Slepyshev may be a player. It will be difficult for him to push through the competition (Pouliot, Caggiula) but the job is there and his offense this year (over 82gp it would work out to 7-13-20) is encouraging for a rookie on support lines. Khaira seems set to take over 4L duties in the fall.

RIGHT WINGERS

A depth chart next fall of Draisaitl-Eberle-Puljujarvi-Kassian is probably dreaming, and Pitlick may get signed and push his way into the conversation. My preference would be Puljujarvi-Eberle-Pitlick-Kassian but that might be asking too much of JP. I want to mention Slepyshev here too, his name may emerge at this position. Pretty sure the first-round pick will be a winger, but doubt he will be pushing for a job this fall.

DEFENSE (WITH WOODMONEY)

I am really liking the WM numbers for what they bring, and that is a lot. For me, the minutes/game against elites is a tell. There are five men playing five or more minutes a night against elites, and one of them is a rookie. That is a major deal. The only man who faces elite competition more than six minutes a night is Kris Russell. I think Todd McLellan likes Russell on the ice to defend against top opponents, falling back into the age old idea that defending is the most important thing.

  • Darryl Sutter: “The big thing in today’s game is you have to be able forecheck and backcheck, and you have to have the puck. You can’t give the puck up. We don’t play in our zone, so there’s not much defending.  I’ve coached in three decades now and this stuff where they said Marian had to play in Jacques’s system is a bunch of bull-crap. The game’s changed. They think there’s defending in today’s game. Nah, it’s how much you have the puck. Teams that play around in their own zone think they’re defending but they’re generally getting scored on or taking face-offs and they need a goalie to stand on his head if that’s the way they play.”

It’s how much you have the puck. Edmonton has been sliding a little in possession over recent weeks, because they are getting away from that one true thing: It’s how much you have the puck. Many folks think Todd McLellan is a poor coach, I don’t agree. I do think we all have biases, and Mr. McLellan likes defensemen who can defend well and has trusted Kris Russell a lot this season. Russell’s numbers (based on WM) aren’t horrible, and I can see a scenario where Edmonton signs the veteran. One thing that may keep the Oilers from a long-term deal with Russell? The McDavid deal. Matt Benning is walking on sunshine, Darnell Nurse doing well on the third pairing. Oilers have 30 goals from the defense, had 24 all last season. Can Oscar finish with 15?

Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved

SAIL ON, JIHLAVA DUKLA

David Musil came to the Edmonton Oilers in an era of fog an confusion. On the day he was drafted, Musil (and Oscar Klefbom) were looking up at names like Ryan Whitney, Ladislav Smid, Theo Peckham,, Taylor Chorney and then after free agency Andy Sutton and Cam Barker among LHD. Musil didn’t pass any of them.

The fall he turned pro, Musil was behind (on the left side) Ladislav Smid, Andrew Ference, Nick Schultz, Anton Belov, Denis Grebeshkov, Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom, Brad Hunt, Brandon Davidson. Source

Musil was an excellent defensive player in junior, his intelligence obvious on every sortie defended. Over his time in the AHL, he once again did the mental math in order to become an effective defender despite having average wheels. I think he has earned a chance with another team, and that is what we are seeing. Hat tip to Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers, this was the right thing to do. Sail on, David Musil, I hope you find your place in the sun.

COLLEGE FREE-AGENT SEASON

A month ago I wrote about some possible free-agent signings from CHL and college teams. It is here and includes Ryan Mantha and a few other defensemen as options. I suspect the Oilers are close to their maximum on defense, although a RHD wouldn’t go amiss and Musil’s exit will make room for another blue. Here is a re-print of my list of college and CHL players who might be interest from my January look.

  • C-R Zack Aston-Reese, Northeastern University. He is 6.0, 190 and plays a heavy game. Certainly a Chiarelli—McLellan type and has skill. Note: Has emerged as a top FA option now.
  • LD Daniel Brickley, Minnesota State-Mankato. Oilers have been mentioned in regard to Brickley in the past, and he would certainly merit a roster spot. Can he break through the Leftorium?
  • LD Gavin Bayreuther, St. Lawrence University. He has been a player of interest for some time and was having a strong season year (more than a point per game) before his injury. Should have a lot of interest.
  • G Parker Cahagen, Army. He has a .936SP and was .937 a year ago.
  • C Mike Vecchione, Union. Complete center who may be the most valuable player on this list. He is in his senior year and ripping it up.
  • R Tyler Kelleher, New Hampshire. A 5.06 senior is only a prospect if he is leading the world in points. Kelleher has 40 points in 22 games and someone will sign him.
  • RD Ryan Mantha, Niagra IceDogs. He was drafted by the NY Rangers, but they chose not to sign him. Mantha has performed very well as an overager (1996) and someone will sign him.
  • RD Aaron Irving, Everett Silvertips. It may be just an AHL deal, but I believe he can play pro and he addresses an extreme area of need for the organization.
  • L Ryan Graham, Swift Current Broncos. Fast winger with a terrific shot, Oilers need a bunch of these guys, maybe one will cash.
  • RD Darren Raddysh, Erie Otters. Former teammate of Connor McDavid, he is a steady defender with two-way ability. Nothing flashy, but he can play.
  • RC Austin Glover, Red Deer Rebels. He has good size and speed, enough skill to project to the pro level if he can stay healthy.
  • L Dawson Leedahl, Regina Pats. Big winger, good speed, skill and plays a responsible game.
  • L Dominic Zwerger, Spokane Chiefs. Fast and skilled winger blossomed this season.
  • R Zach Zborosky, Lethbridge Hurricanes. He might be eligible for the 2017 draft (October 15, 1996) so I may have him in the wrong spot. Impressive offense two years in a row, has good speed and has blossomed offensively the last two seasons.
  • L Scott Eansor, Seattle Thunderbirds. Small (5.09) two-way forward who has progressed through his junior career.
  • L Evan Polei, Red Deer Rebels. Big winger with skill and a very good shot. I bet the Oilers rate him.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN 1260. A lot to get to, and we have the men who can do it. Scheduled to  appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Cult of Hockey. McDavid’s contract, can they afford to sign Russell, is Calgary going to run the Oilers show?
  • Ryan Holt, Condors PBP. An exciting run for Bakersfield, they are flying down the highway, tearing up the blacktop.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. How many Canadian teams make the playoffs? What in hell has gotten into the Ottawa Senators? Is McDavid fast? I think he is fast.

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

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  1. spoiler says:

    Thx, Remenda. Please turn off the mic on my Samsung laptop there, ya spook.

  2. Pouzar says:

    Jezzuz Maroon…shoot there.

  3. Lowetide says:

    1-0 after one, Oilers had the edge 12-8 in shots and 20-14 in Corsi for 5×5.

  4. Ice Sage says:

    Looking like #66 of olde

  5. Pouzar says:

    spoiler:
    Thx, Remenda. Please turn off the mic on my Samsung laptop there, ya spook.

    Like.

  6. jzed says:

    Someone should keep track of how many times Connor passes the D man on the way to touching the puck first when he hears the whistle from the lineman with his head up his ass.

  7. Rebilled says:

    The Drake with the bad offside. Bad.

  8. JDï™ says:

    Ice Sage:
    Looking like #66 of olde

    Not quite like Mario’s first goal:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGrUfHpzQAg

  9. Ice Sage says:

    Islanders not even forechecking. Oilers have seen this before and can adapt.

  10. spoiler says:

    Rebilled:
    The Drake with the bad offside. Bad.

    When I say “woah”, I mean… Dragons is soo-o stupid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yobj1Zv91KA

  11. treevojo says:

    Saweeet

  12. square_wheels says:

    you can call a penalty now Refs, had about 6 opportunities

    atta boy Kass

  13. spoiler says:

    Desharnais’s progress was in no way impeded there.

  14. JDï™ says:

    Working man goal!

  15. spoiler says:

    Mama Kass sings a beaut.

  16. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Nice play by Caggiula there

  17. square_wheels says:

    spoiler,

    jesus, that was something that’s called 99/100

  18. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Desharnais with the 3rd assist, kept the play alive

  19. Lowetide says:

    Kassian from Benning and Caggiula. I thought it was Desharnais to be honest.

  20. Gerta Rauss says:

    spoiler:
    Mama Kass sings a beaut.

    He’s California Dreamin’

    Love that he likes to shoot and go to the net

  21. Ryan says:

    Man. Was watching the previous play on PVR.

    Ho Sang was waterskiing off Desharnais prior to tackling him on the rush. No call.

  22. square_wheels says:

    There’s Klef drifting in again and an Isle player up high behind him. Stop it Oscar.

  23. spoiler says:

    Muldoomed!

  24. Oil2Oilers says:

    Counter point to the chemistry theory;

    DD is better at hockey than Cagulia so the line has improved with him at centre. Line will get even better when Pouliot replaces Cagulia.

  25. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    Mama Kass sings a beaut.

    Oh, that is good.

  26. jzed says:

    Maroon owes Connor 2 points

  27. JDï™ says:

    Gerta Rauss: He’s California Dreamin’

    Love that he likes to shoot and go to the net

    Just no sandwiches in bed, please.

  28. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Kassian from Benning and Caggiula. I thought it was Desharnais to be honest.

    Def Caggs…DD with the down low feed to Caggs in high slot.

  29. square_wheels says:

    why is Hendricks out vs Tavares ?

  30. treevojo says:

    Mcdavid is soooo good!

  31. treevojo says:

    Connor should have 5 pts already

  32. square_wheels says:

    another Hamonic play where he drapes himself off an Oiler

  33. jzed says:

    Cluster*uck needs to get run into the boards next time he starts running around, feint going low on him and his Hall flashbacks should slow him down a tad. Odd man rushes need the ‘shoot and clean up the rebound ‘ treatment

  34. Lowetide says:

    Every line seems to be humming a little, but cannot cash. On the other end, nice goal by Lee.

  35. Ice Sage says:

    Looking like one of those nights

  36. jzed says:

    Oscar’s having a shitty game

  37. Pescador says:

    Oscar still finding his ceiling offensively and defensively

  38. JDï™ says:

    jzed,

    He needs an Ulf knee.

  39. square_wheels says:

    Greiss has been pretty good

  40. Gerta Rauss says:

    We’re facing Terry Sawchuk again tonight

  41. jp says:

    That 2nd line really is starting to look solid.

  42. spoiler says:

    That was well-played all the way from the Larsson takeout of Tavares to the Nuge moonshot. Lucic, Eberle with nice touches along the way.

  43. Pouzar says:

    jp:
    That 2nd line really is starting to look solid.

    Yup.

  44. Pescador says:

    JDï™:
    jzed,

    He needs an Ulf knee.

    And a Pronger crosscheck

  45. GMB3 says:

    Line 2 looks like a second line, finally

  46. jzed says:

    Oilers getting nothing on their odd man rushes, always going to come back and bite you in the rear

  47. spoiler says:

    I think Hamonic leaves the ice from time to time, but I’m not sure.

  48. Oil2Oilers says:

    Pescador: And a Pronger crosscheck

    Interestingly David Musil has a Pronger cross check, too bad about the skating

  49. spoiler says:

    Linesman thinks McDavid lost a race. Fool.

  50. jzed says:

    Blatant hook on Benning, “automatic when the stick gets parallel ” my ass

  51. GMB3 says:

    To be completely honest I’m probably jumping the gun, but it appears to me that DD adds more to this team than Davidson did.

  52. Professor Q says:

    NHL bias against Edmonton needs to end.

  53. Ice Sage says:

    Islanders checking well. Oilers hitting ’em hard. Gonna be a good third.

  54. JDï™ says:

    What do you say after a Beyoncé concert in an NHL arena?

    Ho Sang.

  55. Pouzar says:

    Line 4 is not going to get it done in the playoffs.

  56. Ice Sage says:

    Professor Q:
    NHL bias against Edmonton needs to end.

    Nahhh. Teams are always on their ‘best behaviour’ when playing the Oil. Whatta joke

  57. spoiler says:

    JDï™,

    Careful, I’m a supporter!

    /chachi

  58. jzed says:

    Run the D , big time, “hey Lee, if you don’t like the cross checks, drop your gloves, Mr Lee… ??” Guess he didn’t mind it that much

  59. treevojo says:

    GMB3:
    To be completely honest I’m probably jumping the gun, but it appears to me that DD adds more to this team than Davidson did.

    Barring injury, he certainly will be in the lineup more then Davidson would have.

  60. JDï™ says:

    spoiler,

    mkultra

  61. Chachi says:

    spoiler:
    JDï™,

    Careful, I’m a supporter!

    /chachi

    Easy!

  62. Lowetide says:

    2-1 NYI, Oilers have the edge 19-18 in shots, 32-30 Corsi for 5×5. Islanders had the edge that period, and have the lead. Oilers lacked puck luck and I see three lines going here, each of them could have cashed tonight.

  63. Jon K says:

    The Oilers need a Tom Gilbert or Jeff Petry in the worst way. Their breakout and transition is absolutely putrid and has been all season. The real shame is that the team would be so much better if they could make more than one in four successful passes on the breakout. Frustrating.

  64. jzed says:

    Connor blames himself for not finishing, Captain doing what Captains do

  65. Pescador says:

    JDï™:
    What do you say after a Beyoncé concert in an NHL arena?

    Ho Sang.

    That & how do I get into her dressing room, miss I’m in charge of washing all your delicates and unmentionables

  66. treevojo says:

    Connor looked pissed.

    3pt 3rd period coming up.

    Book it!

  67. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    spoiler,

    mkultra

    Goat Lab.

    Although they were de-bleated.

  68. spoiler says:

    Chachi,

    Ha! Look at what I found lurkin in the tiger lilies!

    #spygame #honeypot

  69. Professor Q says:

    McDavid seems pissed off and determined.

  70. JDï™ says:

    spoiler: Goat Lab.

    goatporn.org

  71. Lowetide says:

    Kassian four shots tonight, and a goal. They changed his goal the other night back to Larsson as per Jack Michaels.

  72. Professor Q says:

    jzed:
    Run the D , big time, “hey Lee, if you don’t like the cross checks, drop your gloves, Mr Lee… ??”Guess he didn’t mind it that much

    I wonder if he had a nickname like Captain Serious.

    Captain Serious Lee.

  73. Pouzar says:

    JDï™:
    What do you say after a Beyoncé concert in an NHL arena?

    Ho Sang.

    As long as it’s not Jay Z sayin it

  74. Lowetide says:

    First shift of the third showed some determination. Refs have put the whistles away.

  75. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    Kassian four shots tonight, and a goal. They changed his goal the other night back to Larsson as per Jack Michaels.

    The Gord giveth and the Gord taketh away.

  76. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I don’t post often, and rant even less.

    But this redding is atrocious. Nuge was completely mugged there.

  77. spoiler says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    I don’t post often, and rant even less.

    But this redding is atrocious. Nuge was completely mugged there.

    Agreed. And the Reffing sux too.

  78. spoiler says:

    KBomb was reviewing Ray Bourque video over the weekend

    #shoot

  79. Ice Sage says:

    One of those games.

  80. Gerta Rauss says:

    It’s uphill from here

  81. spoiler says:

    Getting rope a doped

  82. Professor Q says:

    How fun.

  83. digger50 says:

    Second goal where David D watching nobody in the slot.

  84. skidplate says:

    Was that not offside? He skated in the zone backwards

  85. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers got nothin’ – Isles giving a glimpse of playoff defense.

  86. skidplate says:

    Never mind. He had control of the puck.

  87. Chachi says:

    What an awful period. I hope the Oilers don’t have any more breaks of 2 or more days off again for the rest of the season. Checks schedule. Shit.

  88. Pouzar says:

    Good night folks. I’ll be on the Samsung if you need me JDI.

  89. jzed says:

    Oilers too stubborn in the offensive zone, bounce it at the net and go the blue paint with murderous iintent

  90. Gerta Rauss says:

    skidplate:
    Was that not offside? He skated in the zone backwards

    I think that’s allowed provided the puck carrier has the puck under control

    *edit-never mind..:)

  91. Lowetide says:

    My theory on this game is that, for one of the few times this season, the Islanders were able to get the Oilers off their game. Looks like that to me. I understand the frustration of not cashing chances, but Edmonton has been a far better third period team this season than they are showing tonight.

  92. McSorley33 says:

    Very effective PK by Klefbom and Larsson last shift……..oh, wait.

  93. npanciroli says:

    This feels like a game determined by the bounces going one way.

  94. LMHF#1 says:

    Sekera has been horrid, which isn’t helping.

  95. jzed says:

    Connor has provided the chances, no finishing

  96. npanciroli says:

    I wouldn’t mind so much if Calgary wasn’t the hottest team in the league. This puts pressure on Toronto.

  97. Zelepukin says:

    Chachi:
    What an awful period. I hope the Oilers don’t have anymore breaks of 2 or more days off again for the rest of the season. Checks schedule. Shit.

    Seems like in every instance it’s 2-3 days of locker room interviews talking about everything we need to do to succeed and then first game back we don’t do any of it.

  98. Centre of attention says:

    Can you remember where you were when Zack Kassian scored the last and final goal in Oilers franchise history?

  99. Rebilled says:

    Thought Andrej Fassbender had it there.

  100. GMB3 says:

    npanciroli:
    This feels like a game determined by the bounces going one way.

    Agreed. If Maroon has some luck this is a whole different game. The Oilers are a bit sloppy though, some horrid passing.

  101. spoiler says:

    Sekera robbed.

  102. Ice Sage says:

    Just not the Oilers day.

  103. treevojo says:

    Thought this was one of the best games lucic has played all year

  104. LMHF#1 says:

    GMB3: Agreed. If Maroon has some luck this is a whole different game. The Oilers are a bit sloppy though, some horrid passing.

    Or,.you know, actually executes.

    Sekera ‘s flubbed his last 2 shots. Still almost scored.

  105. npanciroli says:

    I really wish the league would get rid of all the obstruction in the game nowadays. Really kills the flow and scoring.

  106. Gret99zky says:

    Remenda making everyone feel much better about this loss. Thanks Drew!

  107. jzed says:

    See if we can score one with the goalie pulled at least

  108. npanciroli says:

    Greiss outplayed Talbot IMO

  109. jzed says:

    Nope

  110. Centre of attention says:

    Centre of attention:
    Can you remember where you were when Zack Kassian scored the last and final goal in Oilers franchise history?

    bump

  111. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lots of try tonight, just no finish

  112. spoiler says:

    They Call Me Bruce… never liked that movie.

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

    Meh lost the script coming into the 3rd but weren’t sharp at all despite the chances. Too much time off in between games right now me thinks.

    Hopefully they bounce back on Friday.

  114. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers have won a few against the grain this year, so this evens things out.
    The way the ice is there, I’m starting to think it would be best for this speedy team to open the playoffs on the road.

  115. Gerta Rauss says:

    npanciroli:
    Greiss outplayed Talbot IMO

    Yup

    Not sayin’ Talbot was bad, just that Greiss was better

  116. jzed says:

    Needed a better game tonight, Pit will be tough and that’s 2 losses in a row

  117. spoiler says:

    Quinn literally paints himself into a corner in his throw to the main desk.

  118. jzed says:

    Ho Sang with a shout out to his former team mate

  119. jzed says:

    Maroon will have a nightmare tonight about having scored on even 1/2 of his Connor dishes and signing a big 4 year contract

  120. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Every line seems to be humming a little, but cannot cash. On the other end, nice goal by Lee.

    This observation by LT perfectly sums up the entire game.

    Oilers buzzing with extended zone time, oh jeeze its in our net somehow.

    Things to learn from for sure, but I wouldn’t do major surgery with to lineup beyond perhaps giving Hendo a rest. He’s starting to look tired again.

    I’m sure we’ll see Russell next game, I wouldn’t scratch Benning though so one would think Nurse but I just don’t see McLellan doing that.

    You have to think McLellan values Nurse’s physical play and figures Bennings skating is duplicated with Russell so he will sit Benning to get Russell back with Sekera. It’s flawed thinking because I like Benning better with Sekera but it’s just too easy to see the Coaches thought process as I’ve explained.

  121. digger50 says:

    Goalie pulled and all the Oilers stand in the corner along the boards. This dead end cycle they do is frustrating, lots of puck possession but no dangerous outlet.

    I don’t have the answer, however I watch other teams get out of the corner and get open for an outlet pass. Oilers seem content to cycle and just stay on the outside.

  122. jzed says:

    Nurse and Benning were both outplayed on the Ladd killer goal….

  123. stevezie says:

    leadfarmer,

    VOR,

    That Datsyuk story is great, but I still feel (especially in today’s game) it’s more of an exception than a rule.

    Even scouts who are better than central scouting aren’t better by that much. No, I can’t quantify this, but I do know the same team that drafted Pavel and Henrik does not have an especially strong record since then.

    I’m not out to bury scouts, more the idea that drafting 17 year olds is a reliable practise. For every Pavel Dasyuk there’s a Nail Yakupov.

    (And before you point out Oiler scouts saw him coming, the guy they wanted instead was Griffin Reinhart, who is also a bust.)

  124. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update:

    Oilers lose and drop to a 96.9 season pace. Congrats to the 12 players who have accurately predicted 97 points. Death March players who predicted a 97 point finish are:

    Soup Fascist
    Oil 2 Oilers
    Water fire
    Yak Efron
    Ozzie Oiler
    PTS2PNDR
    Genjutsu
    Book;je
    Kashirat
    Lodog
    Say it ain’t so Gretz, Say it ain’t so!
    Countrgirl

  125. sliderule says:

    The isles are the number one team in the NHL in blocked shots

    One of the ways the accomplish this is by collapsing to net front

    The oilers on the power play fired shot after shot from point that was blocked

    What happened to the play were they shot passed for a deflection that Leon was so very effective at.

    T Mac has to be aware of opposition tendencies and get his coaches to devise strategies to defeat the blockers particularly on the power play.

  126. PhrankLee says:

    PhrankLee’s notes to the game

    1). Hit the fucking net.
    2). See #1.

    I am happy that the collective panic we usually expressed after a loss earlier in the year is gone!

    But the devil stained Flames are making me nervous.

    St Louis SV% and GAA both elite since Hitchcock firing. Moved from man to man to zone coverage.

  127. Pouzar says:

    Letestu and Hendricks were on for 1 Shot attempt each 5 on 5. That 4th line is an abomination.
    Outside of that I have no complaints from last night. I felt Oilers were the better team but good goalering happens.

  128. russ99 says:

    Getting quality shots on net from high scoring areas after the rush has been a problem all season, and the good teams take away the rush, which will also happen in the playoffs.

    We make the goalie’s life much easier only shooting from behind the circles.

    We need to cycle in front, not just to the edges, and this is as much a coaching failure as a player failure. McLellan relies too much on his shoot constantly from everywhere edict.

    Someone needs to do the tough work in traffic, and so far only a few players are doing so, Maroon as the most effective.

  129. russ99 says:

    Centre of attention: This observation by LT perfectly sums up the entire game.

    Oilers buzzing with extended zone time, oh jeeze its in our net somehow.

    Things to learn from for sure, but I wouldn’t do major surgery with to lineup beyond perhaps giving Hendo a rest. He’s starting to look tired again.

    I’m sure we’ll see Russell next game, I wouldn’t scratch Benning though so one would think Nurse but I just don’t see McLellan doing that.

    You have to think McLellan values Nurse’s physical play and figures Bennings skating is duplicated with Russell so he will sit Benning to get Russell back with Sekera. It’s flawed thinking because I like Benning better with Sekera but it’s just too easy to see the Coaches thought process as I’ve explained.

    I think Russell-Sekera is best at high danger scoring chance prevention, which is why McLellan prefers that pairing.

    Benning has been pretty good defensively, and good when we have the puck as well. But they likely are giving Benning rest since he’s eclipsed his NCAA games played from last year, and they don’t want a burnout like Draisaitl last year.

    I’d prefer to take Gryba and his hand grenade own zone passes out, but then we’ll need someone to cover for Nurse as he comes back from injury, and Benning may not be the best guy.

  130. Bruce McCurdy says:

    spoiler:
    They Call Me Bruce… never liked that movie.

    Hey!!

    Though Bruce Almighty was better

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