G68 2016-17: CANADIENS AT OILERS

Are we having fun yet? The Montreal Canadiens of my youth were probably the most famous athletes in Canada at the time. The 1970-71 team featured an iconic old guard , led by Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, newly acquired Frank Mahovlich and John Ferguson; a stunning prime group that included Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Jacques Laperriere, Serge Savard and Rogie Vachon; and an emerging group that included Peter Mahovlich, Guy Lapointe, Marc Tardif and Rejean Houle. Oh, and they called up Ken Dryden with six games to go in the regular season.

I can still see them in my mind’s eye, as they were in that season, youth designed to replace age in perfect time, and the roster quality so tight no one player was forced to take on more than he could handle. One of the key items for Montreal that season was Houle, a young two-way player of outstanding quality. John Ferguson, a warrior similar to Milan Lucic, was no longer able to handle the checking role that was entrusted to him. The young rookie, in his first playoff, was the reliable man on the line, and the club won Stanley. As painful as it was to watch these Habs crush my Bruins and all who stood in their way, it was also impressive to see a team so well prepared.

Those Montreal Canadiens teams of my youth were towering rosters, made to win Stanley every spring. And you know what? They damned near did. I will admit there are times I think about digging up Sam Pollock so I can yell at him in person, but even I can admit he created a work art those long years ago.

WHAT THE HELL I GOT, 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: 1-1-1, goal differential -2
  • Oilers after 67, 2015-16: 25-35-7, goal differential -37
  • Oilers after 67, 2016-17: 35-23-9, goal differential +14

G68 a year ago saw the Oilers win a tight one over the Winnipeg Jets, as Cam Talbot stopped 39 of 40 shots. Every Mother’s son will talk all day about the Oilers choking, but the truth is the Edmonton Oilers haven’t had a bad month since November, and even then it wasn’t a disaster. Sometimes you have to give the other man his due, and we are at that moment today.

 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Detroit, NY Islanders, Pittsburgh, Montreal (Expected: 2-2-0) (Actual 1-1-1)
  • 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
  • Current results: 1-1-1, 3 points in 3 games

Tonight is a tough game, but it will be followed by what should be an easier week for the Oilers. There are still some fans who are worrying about the playoffs, but for me this Edmonton team has shown a lot no matter the outcome. That Penguins game was a watershed moment for me. The Oilers are being challenged, do they have a response?

HYPHEN MADNESS

Elliotte Friedman reports the Oilers are one of the teams chasing another free player, and now that they have proven able to grab these really good college free agents, we best pay attention. NHLE is 82gp, 26-26-52 and I imagine he is NHL-ready or close.

  • Kirk Luedeke:“He’s a smart 200-foot kind of a guy. He doesn’t have a ton of size, but he plays bigger. He’s heavy on pucks, he’s responsible, he’s diligent, he works hard along the walls and he goes to the dirty areas and he’s got some jam. The offense has really come up in the last couple of seasons, especially this season, that’s what’s getting a lot of people’s attentions, but the foundation is there.”
  • Source

GOD’S FLASHLIGHT

  • No. 4: Connor McDavid 2.61
  • No. 81: Patrick Maroon 1.70
  • No. 84: Leon Draisaitl 1.69
  • No. 111: Jordan Eberle 1.55
  • No. 149: RNH 1.30
  • No. 161: Milan Lucic 1.09
  • Source

This is 750 or more minutes, 5×5 points-per-60. I call this God’s flashlight because there is no way to hide. If you are a top 6F, and better than average, then you must be inside the Top 90 (or so) for the season. Some nice recovery for that 2line, but they waited so very late and are still well back. Jordan Eberle looks like he is the one second line player  who is going to recover his season.

STANDINGS 

Based on dm’s and email verbal you have sent to me, the latest standings are not wildly popular in good old our town. What’s more, my efforts to calm the waters and suggest this is an excellent challenge for an emerging team seem to have enraged you. So, let’s stick with the facts and hopefully we can all find some peace in the valley.

Edmonton remains in a very good place, despite the historic run from Calgary and the performance spike by the Los Angeles Kings. Let’s run the records for the teams in question over the last 10 games:

  1. Calgary Flames 9-0-1, 19 points
  2. Los Angeles Kings 5-3-2, 12 points
  3. Edmonton Oilers 5-4-1, 11 points
  4. Anaheim Ducks 5-5-0, 10 points
  5. St. Louis Blues 5-5-0, 10 points

There is exactly one surging team (CGY) and the rest are basically running a typical record for a Bettman-era NHL team. The Oilers had some tough road games during their last 10, and are about to head into the easier part of the March campaign. Miles to go, and I understand the difficulty in watching the Flames pass Edmonton. However, they are full value for their record, recovering beautifully from a terrible start. Calgary could win the division, and push deep into the playoffs. Their team is more mature and balanced, while Edmonton has a ways to go. This is going to be a terrific run to the end of the season, I can’t wait to see how this team responds.

  • Oilers next 5: Montreal, Dallas, Boston, Vancouver, Los Angeles
  • Flames next 5: Pittsburgh, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, @Washington
  • Kings next 5: St. Louis, Arizona, Buffalo, @Calgary, @Edmonton

LAST 10 GAMES

  1. C Connor McDavid 10, 5-7-12
  2. R Jordan Eberle 10, 3-4-7
  3. R Leon Draisaitl 10, 2-4-6
  4. L Milan Lucic 10, 3-3-6
  5. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10, 2-4-6
  6. LD Oscar Klefbom 10, 2-3-5
  7. RC Mark Letestu 10, 2-3-5
  8. R Zack Kassian 10, 2-2-4
  9. L Patrick Maroon 10, 1-3-4
  10. RD Adam Larsson  8, 1-2-3
  11. RD Matt Benning 9, 1-2-3
  12. LC David Desharnais 3, 1-1-2
  13. RD Eric Gryba 7,0-2-2
  14. LD Kris Russell 6, 1-1-2
  15. R Iiro Pakarinen 8, 1-1-2
  16. L Matt Hendricks 10, 1-1-2
  17. LD Andrej Sekera 10, 0-2-2
  18. LC Drake Caggiula 8, 0-1-1
  19. G Cam Talbot 9, 2.56 .914
  20. G Laurent Brossoit 1, 3.09 .889

Five forwards have been scoring at good to great levels over the last 10, with Patrick Maroon the only slumping member of the top 6F at this time. Oscar Klefbom, Mark Letestu and Zack Kassian have also scored well during this period, and David Desharnais has had early offensive success.

WHY AREN’T YOU IN FULL PANIC MODE, LT?

If you are enraged by the standings, upset at the recent performance of this Edmonton team, tweeting out verbal that suggests the current situation has long-term impact and meaning, I would like to suggest two things to you:

  1. There are going to be times like this over the next few seasons. You will get used to it.
  2. I think we have reached the point where I believe in this team more than you do.

I have always felt the Oilers, as currently set, lacked enough balance to push through into the playoffs and a first-round win. I picked the club to finish with 84 points, for heaven sake that is not a ringing endorsement. Over the season, this Edmonton Oilers team has shown me a lot, and not just Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot.

Is it possible that you no longer believe in this team just as I start to believe they can push into the postseason, even with their flaws? At the very least, we should see how this thing plays out. I will tell you that, for me, this Oilers team has already shown a tremendous amount over 2016-17. I believe in this Edmonton Oilers team, and even missing the playoffs won’t change that opinion.

So, I guess I owe you a debt of thanks. Your outrage at this team performing well in the face of an historic nine games by the Calgary Flames helped cement my view of this team as a contender.

I hope you can join me soon.

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  1. Yeti says:

    Go Rochelle!

  2. spoiler says:

    That was an unPrice-like rebound.

  3. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    Radulov walked Russell from me to you. Lordy.

    Ya that was weird. At first I was like, yes Russell is closing the gap for once.

  4. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Lowetide:
    Radulov walked Russell from me to you. Lordy.

    Oh yeah.

    Plus things I never thought I would hear in a hockey broadcast: “Radulov is so hard working” – Bob Cole.

  5. hags9k says:

    It was 5-hole Bob but we still love ya.

  6. hunter1909 says:

    This is the sloppiest NHL game from so-called playoff teams I’ve ever seen.

  7. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Pouliot with the old Taylor Hall special shot from the boards, goalie catch, no rebound. Who needs Hall when we have Poo for 2/3 the price?

  8. Soup Fascist says:

    Drai on the 4th line?

  9. hunter1909 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Pouliot with the old Taylor Hall special shot from the boards, goalie catch, no rebound. Who needs Hall when we have Poo for 2/3 the price?

    Do you mean Taylor “lottery team” Hall?

  10. JDï™ says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Plus things I never thought I would hear in a hockey broadcast: “Radulov is so hard working” – Bob Cole.

    Add to that, “Drink the pink.”

  11. russ99 says:

    Double minor! Refs get it right for once. Tough guy Hendricks.

  12. speeds says:

    Fair to say that play by Hendricks right after the Lucic goal is probably not what the coach wants after scoring a goal?

  13. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    hunter1909: Do you mean Taylor “lottery team” Hall?

    Good news for him is that he may finally get to play with a high end C in Nolan Patrick next year! 😉

  14. russ99 says:

    Great 4 minutes of throwing it back to the point.

  15. Soup Fascist says:

    Please explain how that was not a hook on Pouliot?

  16. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    29 very casual with the puck lately. Needs a bit more crispness on his passes. He is usually good about that.

  17. Professor Q says:

    For some reason “Drink the Pink” doesn’t seem as witty of a slogan as the advertising department thought.

  18. JDï™ says:

    Professor Q,

    But hearing an 83 yr old man say it, lends something to it.

  19. OilClog says:

    Mcdavid has worn his wings out

  20. hunter1909 says:

    This is not the 1971 Boston Bruins power play.

  21. StixMalone says:

    What an awful power play! So many errors….

  22. hunter1909 says:

    The good news is: Chances are the Habs don’t score during the power play.

  23. Lowetide says:

    Oilers did not get close on the PP, looks like some line shuffling now.

  24. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Does anyone else think Radulov looks like a werewolf in his avatar pick in the Oilers/NHL app?

  25. russ99 says:

    For a younger learning team, we can’t realistically expect them to play like they did vs. the Pens every night.

    But we shouldn’t be playing like we did against the Islanders so much either.

  26. hunter1909 says:

    Modern training methods be damned: I’ll trade almost any of the current Oilers defence for a 1971 version of Bobby Orr.

  27. Professor Q says:

    Shaw Shot Redemption.

  28. JDï™ says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Oilers/NHL app

    Get. Off. My. Lawn.

    😉

  29. Jon K says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    29 very casual with the puck lately. Needs a bit more crispness on his passes. He is usually good about that.

    He’s been flat out awful this game, but he’s been having a few subpar games.

  30. hunter1909 says:

    This is literally the first time in my life the Flames have gotten into my head.

    Stupid bastards and their 362 game winning streak.

  31. hunter1909 says:

    I hate it when the team wearing the white jerseys raise their arms in the air for some reason.

  32. square_wheels says:

    speeds,

    How Tmac comes back with the Hendricks line after every goal is about as Ass-Backwards as it gets.

    Anyone else seeing the ice as awful ?

  33. StixMalone says:

    hunter1909:
    Modern training methods be damned: I’ll trade almost any of the current Oilers defence for a 1971 version of Bobby Orr.

    Exactly! Someone to skate the puck in and back up the defenders. This dump and chase is shit for a power play ….

  34. sliderule says:

    You are going to see more line mixing

    Connor has a helicopter line

  35. Zelepukin says:

    Jon K: He’s been flat out awful this game, but he’s been having a few subpar games.

    Ya he has this real casual demeanor some times. It’s like down-low when protecting the puck, is the right time for it, but he’ll then play that way all over the ice.

    Hendricks brutally gave the puck away at the blue-line, lead to that whole last minute of pressure.

  36. JDï™ says:

    Professor Q:
    Shaw Shot Redemption.

    Too bad he didn’t shank it.

  37. hunter1909 says:

    Don’t – let- them- score- in- the – last- minute.

  38. Lowetide says:

    1-0 EDM , 26-16 shots for Montreal, 30-38 Corsi for 5×5. without Hendricks, Corsi for 5×5 is 28-30.

  39. sliderule says:

    More tackling by Habs than at Esks game

  40. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Not a great game by any means, but we are leading going into the 3rd.
    Aren’t the Oil something like 16-1-1 when leading a game after 40 min?

  41. square_wheels says:

    sliderule,

    Emelin on that last shift mauled Ebs like a Stortini fight.

  42. russ99 says:

    hunter1909:
    This is literally the first time in my life the Flames have gotten into my head.

    Stupid bastards and their 362 game winning streak.

    Phaneuf intent to injure Hemsky, Kiprusoff single handledly winning games, Rob Ramage, Jamie Macoun, Lanny freaking McDonald.

    Hardly.

    We’ll weather their streak, and it has to end sometimes, and when it does often, losing follows.

  43. BONE207 says:

    This game, while not overly exciting is made worse by ole Bob. It’s like soccer.

  44. russ99 says:

    square_wheels:
    speeds,

    How Tmac comes back with the Hendricks line after every goal is about as Ass-Backwards as it gets.

    Anyone else seeing the ice as awful ?

    Yes really awful ice. When are those new fans being installed again?

  45. russ99 says:

    BONE207:
    This game, while not overly exciting is made worse by ole Bob.It’s like soccer.

    I’ll take Ole Bob over Remenda any day.

    Had a bit of glee when I saw this was a national game on the old gamecenter.

  46. JDï™ says:

    square_wheels,

    I laughed harder than Lapierre.

  47. Ford Prefect says:

    Playoff game 5 in Norwegian GET liga: Storhammar vs Sparta

    The game has lasted so long that the cube restarted In the arena Shots total: 83-85

    World record for longest hockey game.

    Here is the Reddit thread:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/hockey/comments/5z19x8/playoff_game_5_in_norwegian_get_liga_storhammar/

  48. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    russ99: I’ll take Ole Bob over Remenda any day.

    Had a bit of glee when I saw this was a national game on the old gamecenter.

    on gamecenter? why don’t you click the opposing team option? I do, every time. Alas no such option today.

  49. square_wheels says:

    russ99,

    Don’t get me started on poor HVAC systems !!!

  50. russ99 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: on gamecenter? why don’t you click the opposing team option? I do, every time. Alas no such option today.

    Yeah, I don’t like the away feed, especially for teams I don’t like, like Montreal.

    As a US-based Oilers fan, there’s an allure to the Oilers broadcasts, despite Remenda.

  51. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    russ99: Yes really awful ice. When are those new fans being installed again?

    Apparently March 20th is when they plan on servicing /replacing them.
    But they also said that the exhaust fan issues do not have any connection with the ice surface…
    Yeah… I know…

  52. HiddenDarts says:

    I know folks hate Bob, but he isn’t gonna be there forever. Even at his age, he’s top 10 in the league from where I can see it.

    Those dulcet tones, baby.

  53. BONE207 says:

    russ99: I’ll take Ole Bob over Remenda any day.

    Had a bit of glee when I saw this was a national game on the old gamecenter.

    The thing Remenda only gets to chime in. BOB is constantly droning.. I think he needs a nap. Damn time change

  54. spoiler says:

    Nice that Tara is there to smile and listen…

  55. hunter1909 says:

    Speaking as a Tier 3 fan…

  56. russ99 says:

    BONE207: The thing Remenda only gets to chime in. BOB is constantly droning.. Ithink he needs a nap. Damn time change

    Lol! True.

  57. OilClog says:

    Bob and Drew should never be compared, one is a legend, one probably reads this blog with Thornton on FaceTime having a good old laugh.

  58. JDï™ says:

    BONE207: worse by ole Bob.

    Dis. A. Gree.

    Listen to this stream instead.

    http://player.630ched.com/#/

  59. russ99 says:

    Price is giving up some juicy rebounds tonight, we need to capitalize.

  60. square_wheels says:

    You can see the players struggle with weighting the puck, flubbed passes, bobbles.

    This ice is as bad as I’ve ever seen in the modern NHL.

  61. speeds says:

    If the coach isn’t happy with Draisaitl’s performance, maybe they do mix things up and give Puljujarvi a recall relatively soon?

  62. BONE207 says:

    JDï™: Dis. A. Gree.

    Listen to this stream instead.

    http://player.630ched.com/#/

    Ok ok…Jack is no Rod.

  63. JDï™ says:

    square_wheels,

    $604M for a state of the art, multi-use venue. Would have been $606M for one with good ice.

    #itsshapedlikeanoildrop

  64. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    HiddenDarts:
    I know folks hate Bob, but he isn’t gonna be there forever. Even at his age, he’s top 10 in the league from where I can see it.

    Those dulcet tones, baby.

    He has a greaf voice, is an absolute legend and icon. Love him. But he can’t keep up with the play much any more. That makes it hard to listen. You feel conflicted.

    I gripe but will miss him when he retires ar last.

    Remenda is a colour guy, not PBP and I really can’t stand him. Agree that he is not in the same conversation as Cole. Does not belong.

  65. russ99 says:

    speeds:
    If the coach isn’t happy with Draisaitl’s performance, maybe they do mix things up and give Puljujarvi a recall relatively soon?

    No, we should keep him in Bakersfield, this year’s annoying line combinations at times is no reason to stop his development into a more complete player for next season.

  66. Jaxon says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Foo is the same height as A-R and 20lbs lighter.

    George likes his chicken spicy and Peter likes his wingers heavy.

    I guess it depends on which source you use. Elite prospects has them at the same height (6’0″), with Zach Aston-Reese at 190 lbs, and Spencer Foo at 185 lbs. 5 lbs is not a big difference. But you may be right, I have seen Zach listed as high as 204 lbs and Spencer listed as low as 180 lbs for a possible difference somewhere between 5 and 24 lbs.

  67. square_wheels says:

    JDï™,

    like most projects executed in this province it probably was greenlit for 300M

    cough-NWupgrader-cough

  68. Lowetide says:

    HiddenDarts:
    I know folks hate Bob, but he isn’t gonna be there forever. Even at his age, he’s top 10 in the league from where I can see it.

    Those dulcet tones, baby.

    I don’t think anyone hates Bob Cole. Seriously.

  69. OilClog says:

    Bob and Louie could do something special, complaining about Bob when Kevin has zero idea who’s even playing when he’s on the mic.

  70. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Oilers benefiting from the awful ice there.

  71. speeds says:

    russ99: No, we should keep him in Bakersfield, this year’s annoying line combinations at times is no reason to stop his development into a more complete player for next season.

    How sure should we be that his development would now be stunted?

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    A 2nd goal would be swell right about now

    *edit-for the good guys of course

  73. Gret99zky says:

    What. A. Save.

  74. square_wheels says:

    If Gallagher is ever available, Chia better sell the farm.

  75. Lowetide says:

    That would have been so very nice.

  76. JDï™ says:

    Dandy save right there. Yes indeed, Bob.

  77. russ99 says:

    Nice play in our crease. Maroon should have scored,

  78. hunter1909 says:

    Actually, this game is 1000x better with the sound turned off.

  79. Lowetide says:

    Hard working third period by the home team.

  80. striatic says:

    JDï™: $604M for a state of the art, multi-use venue. Would have been $606M for one with good ice.

    The building seemingly has a lot stacked against it in terms of having good ice. All those large banks of windows, combined with the Silver LEED certification might put some constraints on what they are able to do with the ice plant and climate control.

    I’m not an engineer or an ice expert, but would love to talk with one about the building and why it is struggling with maintaining quality ice.

  81. PhrankLee says:

    That save. Wow.

  82. russ99 says:

    striatic: The building seemingly has a lot stacked against it in terms of having good ice. All those large banks of windows, combined with the Silver LEED certification might put some constraints on what they are able to do with the ice plant and climate control.

    I’m not an engineer or an ice expert, but would love to talk with one about the building and why it is struggling with maintaining quality ice.

    I have to wonder if this is something they rushed this year to get the arena open on time, and will rectify when they have time to do so in the summer.

  83. JDï™ says:

    hunter1909,

    I like to crank the games up to about 90 dBa (peak), so that I get the rink sounds nice and loud.

  84. Diablo says:

    Oilers are going to have nightmares about Carey Price’s glove hand tonight

  85. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    russ99: I have to wonder if this is something they rushed this year to get the arena open on time, and will rectify when they have time to do so in the summer.

    Hey Darryl, I am signing an offer sheet next summer if you don’t fix the ice this summer. xoxo- Connor

    Anyone have Katz’ cell number?

  86. Ford Prefect says:

    here is the live stream of the 11th period that has just started:

    https://www.facebook.com/cato.busch/videos/10211071370434734/

  87. Oil2Oilers says:

    Nuge is shooting like a good boy who is listening to his coach. Long may it continue. Any one but Price and he would have a couple goals tonight

  88. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Wow. What a sloppy game.

  89. JDï™ says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: I am signing an offer sheet next summer

    Five first-rounders it is, then.

  90. Gret99zky says:

    Oilers in full protect the lead mode now and they score.

  91. JDï™ says:

    These Habs fans can go piss up a rope.

  92. BONE207 says:

    Who jinxed the thread with talk of Gallagher???

  93. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Boooo

  94. russ99 says:

    Ugh. Chasing again, nobody in the crease.

    Still we knew 1 wasn’t going to win this one.

  95. hunter1909 says:

    FFS

  96. The Trade Guy says:

    Damn I only stuck with this borefest for the happy ending. Hope I still get it.

  97. JDï™ says:

    I propose a ticket ban on all people wearing rouge, blanc and bleu.

  98. Diablo says:

    It was only a matter of time before the Haps got one – Oilers have been completely flat the whole game long. Too many players coasting out there. McDavid hasn’t touched the puck this period.

  99. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ok… fuck this…

  100. Gret99zky says:

    LOL. Of course.

  101. jp says:

    Wow, well that’s a shit turn.

  102. BONE207 says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Damn I only stuck with this borefest for the happy ending. Hope I still get it.

    Not sure about this…

  103. LMHF#1 says:

    This team really is going to choke away an 8 game homestand in freaking March, aren’t they?

    Wow is that ever bad.

  104. russ99 says:

    Three of our men behind the goal line, recipe for disaster.

    And here’s the fluky second goal. Shit!

  105. Gret99zky says:

    nothing to protect now. no lead. no bettman point.

  106. jake70 says:

    Now watch them get desperate now that the lead is gone…

  107. russ99 says:

    LMHF#1:
    This team really is going to choke away an 8 game homestand in freaking March, aren’t they.

    Wow is that ever bad.

    8 Game homestand isn’t the problem, all those Pacific games at the end are, we better up our game, especially at home.

  108. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    97 deep in CP’s crease…

  109. PhrankLee says:

    Holy. They are still playing like it’s 1 zip!!

  110. square_wheels says:

    67 shows up !

  111. StixMalone says:

    All that can go wrong will go wrong. Just shouldn’t be happening at this time of year…..

  112. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    This is what happens when you try and protect a lead instead of finishing then off.

  113. russ99 says:

    4×4, better for us, despite Pouliot penalty again.

  114. LMHF#1 says:

    russ99: 8 Game homestand isn’t the problem, all those Pacific games at the end are, we better up our game, especially at home.

    They’ve already blown it though.

    A team as good as the one that started the year the way they did should win 6 of these.

    I’m really struggling with the wasted opportunities they’ve had this year. First, blowing the start and falling back to the field. Now, a free pass to second place and maybe first being flushed down the crapper.

  115. BONE207 says:

    On that 2nd goal…why would Talbot even chase the orinal shot which looked like it was headed to the corner???

  116. Gret99zky says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    This is what happens when you try and protect a lead instead of finishing then off.

    totally

  117. russ99 says:

    Where’s the Drai of the first half of the season?

  118. jake70 says:

    russ99:
    4×4, better for us, despite Pouliot penalty again.

    Pouliot trips a guy at center ice face-off down 2-1 late in game. He is thanking Radulov for being just as dumb on his penalty.

  119. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Shifty move by 67, going to come in handy come playoffs if he gets away with more than he gives up…

  120. russ99 says:

    LMHF#1,

    Young team, needs to learn how to win consistently, and the Habs are a tough out. I had a bigger problem with the Islanders game,

  121. Gret99zky says:

    this game is…what’s the opposite of watershed?

  122. LMHF#1 says:

    russ99:
    LMHF#1,

    Young team, needs to learn how to win consistently, and the Habs are a tough out. I had a bigger problem with the Islanders game,

    They don’t finish, and McLellan doesn’t change his strategy – ever.

    They’re so much more talented than games like this.

  123. Zelepukin says:

    Ugh.

  124. StixMalone says:

    Can’t wait for them to go back on the road. This home ice sucks…..

  125. BONE207 says:

    Gret99zky:
    this game is…what’s the opposite of watershed?

    Rusty shed???

  126. LMHF#1 says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me……..

  127. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    You can bet Calgary will steamroll the pens tomorrow who are playing their 4th in 6 days.

    Fucking terrible outcome tonight.

    Panic is advised.

  128. russ99 says:

    LMHF#1: They don’t finish, and McLellan doesn’t change his strategy – ever.

    They’re so much more talented than games like this.

    I’m with you on McLellan. Finishing has been a problem all year except the first line, and even them sometimes.

  129. Professor Q says:

    I’m trying really hard not to get deflated.

  130. magisterrex says:

    Is it OK to panic yet?

  131. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Man… it wasn’t the worst game or a bad effort.

    However, this time of year, these stakes, it wasn’t good enough. Especially when they teased everyone with the other night.

    Tabernac!

  132. russ99 says:

    StixMalone:
    Can’t wait for them to go back on the road. This home ice sucks…..

    We only have 5 road games the rest of the way, need to figure out how to play at home.

  133. LMHF#1 says:

    Professor Q:
    I’m trying really hard not to get deflated.

    Can’t see why you wouldn’t be.

    This is quickly going from a team that could and should make some noise in the playoffs to a 4-game exit in the making.

  134. StixMalone says:

    This Oilers team looks defeated playing this shit style employed by the coach…..

  135. Gret99zky says:

    4-1

    How’s that protect the lead strategy working there TMac?

    What a waste.

  136. Diablo says:

    Time for a bag skate.- just a terrible effort – Habs beat them to every puck tonight.
    Feel bad for the fans who shelled out their hard earned money for that steaming pile of shit tonight.

  137. LMHF#1 says:

    Diablo:
    Time for a bag skate.- just a terrible effort – Habs beat them to every puck tonight.
    Feel bad for the fans who shelled out their hard earned money for that steaming pile of shit tonight.

    You’re joking, right?

    If anyone should be out there doing laps it’s the damn coach. This gameplan won’t win them anything.

  138. russ99 says:

    Gret99zky:
    4-1

    How’s that protect the lead strategy working there TMac?

    What a waste.

    I don’t think he intended to protect the lead, it’s the same old story, nobody going to the tough areas, making plays under pressure. All soft clearances to the outside, and the point.

  139. BONE207 says:

    I guess LT will compile the corgis & tell us to be happy. I’m not currently capable.

  140. digger50 says:

    Honestly looked like Edmonton earned that loss with thier third period strategy of just trying to play defence and hold the one goal lead. Poor strategy in my opinion.

  141. commonfan14 says:

    LA gets to within 5 tomorrow…

  142. hags9k says:

    You knew it was over at 1-1. They had been pushing but snakebit and we were hanging on too much.

    Have to make it 2-0 somewhere in there but Price…

  143. Dicky94 says:

    We should keep playing Hendricks over JJ.

  144. LMHF#1 says:

    And Koe lost too. What a brutal sports day that had so much promise.

  145. dsr29 says:

    Top line was not engaged in that game. Mcdavid included.

  146. npanciroli says:

    So sick of McLellan

  147. Soup Fascist says:

    Let’s be real here. Someone has to answer for this horseshit PP. The game should have been over if they score in the 4 min power play. It has been brutal forever with zero changes.

    Earn your effing money coaches!

    Not to mention the Nancies half assing it all over the ice. The team got what they deserved.

  148. Professor Q says:

    No tripping call on Pacioretty. Yikes.

  149. Mr. D. says:

    Wow Russel didn’t do squat in the D zone.

  150. russ99 says:

    Even Looch’s goal was from outside the HDSA.

  151. Alpine says:

    Great job to the season ticket holders who sold their tickets to Habs fans. So much for fucking home ice advantage.

  152. Dicky94 says:

    russ99,

    They need to split that line up.

  153. Pouzar says:

    Not good enough Edm. The whole evening I was like “one goal is not gonna cut it.”

  154. commonfan14 says:

    commonfan14: LA gets to within 5 tomorrow…

    You can bet it’ll be an OT win against the Blues too.

  155. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Alpine,

    This.

  156. Dino says:

    Can’t blame the ice if the other team can still make plays, complete passes and score goals. They’re playing on the same ice as them.

    And Drai is what we call Mr. October. He shows up in the first 3 months and disappears the rest of the season. That’s two seasons in a row now.

    Starting to panic.

  157. russ99 says:

    What makes this doubly frustrating is they have it in them, against the Pens. Seemed like a typical Sunday early game, phone it in.

  158. Diablo says:

    StixMalone:
    This Oilers team looks defeated playing this shit style employed by the coach…..

    Bullshit. The Oilers sucked – plain and simple. They got outworked in every zone tonight. They had a 4 minute power play and showed no urgency. They couldn’t connect with simple 5 foot passes all game. That’s not on the coaching staff – the players played like crap tonight while the Habs were playing like a team that desperately wanted a win tonight.

  159. Alpine says:

    They’re trending in the wrong direction even if there’s still some daylight between them and LA. I want to believe this team won’t throw it away, but they still are the Oilers. If they miss, fire them all to be safe.

  160. Pouzar says:

    I turned it off after 2-1. Unfuckin real how we can never ever fucking tie it late.

  161. hunter1909 says:

    commonfan14:
    LA gets to within 5 tomorrow…

    Of course. They’ve got the core of a championship team.

  162. hags9k says:

    Mr. D.:
    Wow Russel didn’t do squat in the D zone.

    I was NOT a fan of Russel on the 4 x 4 late in the game.

  163. russ99 says:

    Dicky94,

    Yeah, but with who? And don’t say RNH.

    I’d keep the second line intact, they put in a decent effort, even Ebs checked down a Hab away from the play.

    But then who’s left? Caggiula?

  164. BONE207 says:

    Cow showing & discussion was more thrilling than the game. I may have found my new calling.

  165. Soup Fascist says:

    Alpine:
    Great job to the season ticket holders who sold their tickets to Habs fans. So much for fucking home ice advantage.

    Not sure the folks who cough up $20k supporting the team financially, are this group’s biggest issue.

  166. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update:

    Oilers lose another stinker and drop to a 95 point season pace.

    14 players tied for 1st place.

  167. Diablo says:

    LMHF#1: You’re joking, right?

    If anyone should be out there doing laps it’s the damn coach. This gameplan won’t win them anything.

    What game plan is that exactly – coast around at half speed while the Habs are skating at full tilt. I doubt that was the gameplan.

  168. Alpine says:

    Soup Fascist: Not sure the folks who cough up $20k supporting the team financially, are this group’s biggest issue.

    Sorry, I just can’t stand Habs fans. Whatever.

  169. hags9k says:

    The worry now is that maybe the last 10 years gets between the ears.

  170. hunter1909 says:

    Maybe if they had a freaking defense that could carry the puck past the blue line…

  171. Gerta Rauss says:

    I expect more angry DMs and emails coming your way tonight LT-godspeed

  172. Soup Fascist says:

    Alpine,

    On that we agree.

  173. Zelepukin says:

    The 4min PP really killed us. The lack of a shooting threat makes our PP incredibly easy to defend against.

    Missed assignment on their first and a lucky bounce on the second. Price came up big on a couple saves. Even that no-mans-land pass from Russell to McD, McD still got off a crazy tip shot that Price just happened to save.

    This trajectory has us fighting it out with LA.

  174. jake70 says:

    LMHF#1:
    And Koe lost too. What a brutal sports day that had so much promise.

    Adam Hadwin gutted out his first PGA win today…..blew a lead, focused and pulled out the win on 18th hole…..too bad the Oil couldn’t do that tonight….

  175. LMHF#1 says:

    Diablo: What game plan is that exactly – coast around at half speed while the Habs are skating at full tilt. I doubt that was the gameplan.

    Chopping the puck all over the ice, intentionally forfeiting possession and not attacking the middle of the ice.

    Not to mention playing the wrong lineup, never changing strategy and deploying the wrong people on the powerplay.

  176. LMHF#1 says:

    jake70: Adam Hadwin gutted out his first PGA win today…..blew a lead, focused and pulled out the win on 18th hole…..too bad the Oil couldn’t do that tonight….

    Yep, caught that. Lone bright spot. That bomb on 13 was outstanding.

  177. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    How much you want to bet that After the kings and sharks win tonight, Calgary beats Pittsburgh tomorrow to continue their PDO fueled winning streak, and the kings win in OT…
    #becauseoilers

  178. StixMalone says:

    Diablo: Bullshit. The Oilers sucked – plain and simple. They got outworked in every zone tonight. They had a 4 minute power play and showed no urgency. They couldn’t connect with simple 5 foot passes all game. That’s not on the coaching staff – the players played like crap tonight while the Habs were playing like a team that desperately wanted a win tonight.

    So coach isn’t at fault for changing game plan when things aren’t working? All he does is change line combos. Dump and chase does not work on power plays. Check out Washingtons play. You will see a big difference. This team reads like a book you’ve read 6 times. You know what happens all the time. Change up the power play! Oh wait I guess the players don’t need coaches for that…….

  179. Soup Fascist says:

    hunter1909:
    Maybe if they had a freaking defense that could carry the puck past the blue line…

    I would argue Benning may be the best passer out of our zone among the D. But we pull him away from Sekera and into the press box to play Russell because of his “defensive awareness”.

    * Replays PVR of go ahead goal and curls up in fetal position.

  180. jake70 says:

    hunter1909:
    Maybe if they had a freaking defense that could carry the puck past the blue line…

    You don’t like the long 100 foot passes to nowhere near the red line leading to loss of puck?? Cmon man….

  181. frjohnk says:

    commonfan14:
    LA gets to within 5 tomorrow…

    They play St Loius. So of course it wil be a 3 point game.

    Not time to panic….but if Oilers do not start winning, LA will be aiming for a Calgary like streak to pass us.

    If we do not make the playoffs, I’ll be sicker about this team than anything in the last decade.

    I believe this team makes the playoffs but until LA is done I’m gonna have some doubt.

  182. BONE207 says:

    Why does the image of a fLaming C remind me of an un flushed toilet???

  183. Gerta Rauss says:

    jake70: Adam Hadwin gutted out his first PGA win today…..blew a lead, focused and pulled out the win on 18th hole…..too bad the Oil couldn’t do that tonight….

    Yes- couple of nice up and downs to finish it off. A bit of wobble after spraying that tee shot on 16 into the water but a solid finish and a well deserved invite to the Masters

    Congrats Adam

  184. Diablo says:

    LMHF#1: Chopping the puck all over the ice, intentionally forfeiting possession and not attacking the middle of the ice.

    Not to mention playing the wrong lineup, never changing strategy and deploying the wrong people on the powerplay.

    I don’t disagree with the lineup issues – wtf is Hendricks still doing in the lineup?

    But the Habs outplayed the Oilers the entire game – not just in the third period. There’s not much the coaching staff can do when your team gets outworked by the other side. Habs totally deserved to win tonight.

  185. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    hags9k:
    The worry now is that maybe the last 10 years gets between the ears.

    Do you mean the fans or players because for the former it’s already happening.

  186. Professor Q says:

    BONE207:
    Why does the image of a fLaming C remind me of an un flushed toilet???

    Too much Taco Bell in years past?

  187. Ryan says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Do you mean the fans or players because for the former it’s already happening.

    Relax guys, we’ll make the playoffs next year… Right??? 🙁

  188. BONE207 says:

    Well I guess it’s death row stories for a little pick me up.

  189. StixMalone says:

    Penguins better kick ass tomorrow…..

  190. ashley says:

    Is everyone still really confident with the playoff berth? Clubsportstats gave us 99.5% just a couple of weeks ago. Those guys really know how this works.

    They gotta win to stay in. LA is coming hard and this is going to the wire.

    I don’t even think it will be between LA and EDM. It will be STL and EDM battling it out in games 81&82 with LA passing us like we are a house on the side of the road.

  191. Dicky94 says:

    russ99,

    Pouliot McDavid Kassian
    Lucic Drai Eberle
    Maroon Nuge DD
    JJ Letestu Slepy

  192. Johnny skid says:

    Zelepukin: The 4min PP really killed us. The lack of a shooting threat makes our PP incredibly easy to defend against.

    the legend tobby letestu plays the shooter on the power play.

  193. Diablo says:

    StixMalone,

    Yeah I’d like to see McLellan change things up a bit – but not while you’re trying to hold on to a lead. I’ve never thought that the line blender actually works. And none of the lines or D-pairings were clicking tonight. Hard to change strategy midway when your whole team is misfiring.

    That being said, I agree – the lines have gotten stale. Draisaitl really needs to come off the McDavid line – he’s not handling the tougher competition that teams are throwing at that line right now.

    I’d really like to see RNH out there with McDavid – I can’t understand why this hasn’t been tried yet.

    Hendricks needs to go to the pressbox and stay there – he’s this year’s Korpikoski. He just doesn’t have the wheels anymore.

    And I’m really sick of watching our D-men stand behind the net when both teams are changing – I agree they need to push the pace in those situations.

  194. --hudson-- says:

    One positive out of this: I can’t imagine Chia signing a Mark Fraser or a Gustavson again.

    This is still great experience for the players, they will be better next season because of this.

  195. jake70 says:

    Dicky94:
    russ99,

    Poulieot McDavidKassian
    Lucic Drai Eberle
    Maroon Nuge DD
    JJLetestuSlepy

    I wonder if Maroon and Draisaitl are just out of gas generally, they’ve had to skate miles and miles this season at high speed to keep up with 97.

  196. unca miltie says:

    I still believe. unfortunately, the oil left their A game in the penguins game.
    Flames will fall back. Anaheim in the first round. Of course I picked 93 points in the hunter pool.

  197. Dicky94 says:

    jake70,

    Ya they look drained. Kassian is flying right now and Pouliot has speed also.

  198. Professor Q says:

    So, I wonder how this will affect Aston-Reese’s decision?

  199. StixMalone says:

    Diablo:
    StixMalone,

    Yeah I’d like to see McLellan change things up a bit – but not while you’re trying to hold on to a lead. I’ve never thought that the line blender actually works. And none of the lines or D-pairings were clicking tonight. Hard to change strategy midway when your whole team is misfiring.

    That being said, I agree – the lines have gotten stale. Draisaitl really needs to come off the McDavid line – he’s not handling the tougher competition that teams are throwing at that line right now.

    I’d really like to see RNH out there with McDavid – I can’t understand why this hasn’t been tried yet.

    Hendricks needs to go to the pressbox and stay there – he’s this year’s Korpikoski. He just doesn’t have the wheels anymore.

    And I’m really sick of watching our D-men stand behind the net when both teams are changing – I agree they need to push the pace in those situations.

    Diablo:
    StixMalone,

    Yeah I’d like to see McLellan change things up a bit – but not while you’re trying to hold on to a lead. I’ve never thought that the line blender actually works. And none of the lines or D-pairings were clicking tonight. Hard to change strategy midway when your whole team is misfiring.

    That being said, I agree – the lines have gotten stale. Draisaitl really needs to come off the McDavid line – he’s not handling the tougher competition that teams are throwing at that line right now.

    I’d really like to see RNH out there with McDavid – I can’t understand why this hasn’t been tried yet.

    Hendricks needs to go to the pressbox and stay there – he’s this year’s Korpikoski. He just doesn’t have the wheels anymore.

    And I’m really sick of watching our D-men stand behind the net when both teams are changing – I agree they need to push the pace in those situations.

    Yes for Nuge up as a change. I do feel that Drai is nursing some kinda injury. He hasn’t been the same the last week. Too bad the team weren’t on the same page tonight. I really thought something was coming after the Penguins game. I was wrong. Someday this team can go on a winning streak. I don’t feel this will happen with the dump and chase game or the d-men clearing the puck out to centre ice when only the other team picks it right back up. If possession is a big deal in today’s league why do we always give it up? I’m not a coach but watching game tape should tell you what’s wrong with this picture no? I feel they don’t really think this is a big deal cause it hasn’t changed since day one.End of rant.

  200. admiralmark says:

    I think i’ve figured it out. They need to dump and chase more. 90% of the time is just not cutting it.

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