G69 2016-17: STARS AT OILERS

One of the things we could see over the next three weeks is a recall of first-round pick Jesse Puljujarvi. The Big Finn has been performing well in Bakersfield and the big club could use a boost. A down arrow for the potential move is that the Oilers are not firing on all pistons. If JP is recalled, and struggles, it  might wear on his confidence and undo some good Condors work.

SHE NEVER SPOKE SPANISH TO ME, 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: 1-2-1, goal differential -5
  • Oilers after 68, 2015-16: 26-35-7, goal differential -36
  • Oilers after 68, 2016-17: 35-24-9, goal differential +11

G69 one year ago was a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks, Logan Couture got loose twice and James Reimer got the shutout. Edmonton would finish (including tonight) 5-8-1 to run their final record to 31-43-8, 70 points. If the Oilers end this season the same way, the club’s final record would be 40-32-10, 90 points. I think they will do better than that, and it goes without saying this is a very big week.

 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Detroit, NY Islanders, Pittsburgh, Montreal (Expected: 2-2-0) (Actual 1-2-1)
  • 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: 1-2-1, 3 points in 4 games

A win this evening and we are back on track for the month, and the playoffs get that much closer. Remember, teams winning who are behind Edmonton actually lose ground because they are burning daylight. Edmonton could do themselves a giant favor by winning all three games this week in front of the Monday game against LAK.

JESSE PULJUJARVI IN BAKERSFIELD

Eric Rodgers is well known to readers who were here during the OKC days, he along with Patricia Teter, Neal Livingston and Rob Ferguson gave us a real flavor of the Barons in their seasons in Oklahoma. Eric does a lot of good work on the Condors in terms of TOI and generously shares it with me a few times each season. I will spend a little more time on this tomorrow for the 5pm (looking at all estimates for prospects) but wanted to drill down on the Puljujarvi numbers. All TOI and GF numbers below are via Eric, and the boxcars are AHL.com.

  • Boxcars: 25gp, 9-11-20
  • Evens: 25, 6-8-14
  • Power Play: 25, 3-3-6
  • Total GF-GA On Ice: 34-17
  • Total EV GF-GA On Ice: 21-17
  • Estimated Total Time on ice (all situations): 20:47
  • Estimated points-per-60 (all situations): 2.31

I think Eric’s estimates are very strong, and if true, tell us a couple of things. First, coach Gerry Fleming is playing the Finn a lot more now than he did earlier in his time with Bakersfield. Second, JP is scoring well overall and coming on. I think a recall may come, but keeping the young man in the AHL has its benefits.

STANDINGS

This is shaping up as a gigantic week in the Western Conference, and the LAK stumbled out of the gate. The club is seven points back of Edmonton with 14 to play, and that is a difficult mountain to climb. The Oilers have to post some wins this week, and let’s be honest here they could end up as the No. 8 seed pretty easily, but making the postseason looks a bit more certain today.

WOODMONEY CENTERS

I wanted to talk about the centers today, if that’s okay. At some point Leon may be coming back, but for now let’s concentrate on these fellows. Back on February 20, I posted the percentage of minutes against elite for the centers. At that time Connor McDavid was playing 36 percent of his minutes against elites, Nuge 42 percent. We have some anecdotal evidence (Woodguy mentioned it on the Lowdown, it makes sense visually based on what we are seeing) that Edmonton is running 97 even harder and trying to find clean air for the Nuge.

The problem is that the 1line appears to be tiring, specifically Leon Draisaitl. You would like to see a third line that could take on  more of the load.

  • Maroon-McDavid-Eberle
  • Lucic-Draisaitl-Kassian
  • Pouliot-Nuge-Letestu
  • Lander-Desharnais-Slepyshev

The Oilers get a terrific third line (Letestu can take right side faceoffs) that should be able to take on a bigger load, and hopefully that second line can bull its way through on sorties. Eberle should be able to cash some of those McDavid passes and the fourth line houses interesting replacement options should someone get hurt.

COLLEGE FREE AGENTS

Here is my list of possibles, this is about the fourth time I have published, but there are some who have signed or will return to school, so are deleted. I have also cut out the defensemen.

  • 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.
  • G Parker Cahagen, Army. He has a .933SP 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-C Spencer Foo, Union. Edmontonian posting a strong season (36gp, 24-35-59), Foo brings a combination of speed, aggression and skill to the game. Like Vecchione, you could make a case for him being the best available.

RYAN LAMBERT TALKS ASTON-REESE

  • The thing you have to keep in mind about Aston-Reese is that even beyond all the scoring — he had 10 games in which he scored at least three points and was only held off the scoresheet eight times — he’s also the most NHL-ready undrafted free agent in college hockey today. He’s going to sign with an NHL team the second Northeastern’s season is over and go play not because he negotiated to have a year burned off his ELC, but because his game is extremely close to complete. Source

Bob McKenzie reported that Aston-Reese will make his decision soon, maybe even today. If the Oilers grab him, it will be interesting to see where he lands for the rest of this season, and in the fall. Peter Chiarelli earned a lot of credit by grabbing Matt Benning, Drake Caggiula, Patrick Russell and Nick Ellis a year ago, can he add one or two forwards this spring? It is very important to stock the prospect cupboard, and the truth is Aston-Reese (or Vecchione, or Foo) would be arriving at a time when the depth chart is not overwhelming. Interesting days ahead.

TONIGHT

I think it is ridiculous to panic, but it is also true that the Oilers need to pile up some wins this week. Tonight they face a team in the Dallas Stars that has goaltending and penalty-killing issues. We should look for an aggressive start and hopefully two points. This isn’t over, but Edmonton remains in control of its own destiny.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun show this morning. Begins at 10, TSN 1260:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. Calm words from the north? We will see!
  • Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report: Aston-Reese and these other college men.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Flames, Oilers, Leafs, what a fantastic finish!

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

 

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  1. MrEd says:

    I spent some time on the Rogers Ice last weekend. It was a 75min. slot.
    Facility security, dressing rooms, provisions… all first class.

    Skating on the ice?
    After the Zamboni left the ice, it was tart. Slow.
    Once the guys got skating there was a part of the slot where my skates related to the old Northlands Ice. Late in the slot? The ice was sloppy. Really not cool.

    I imagined 17000 people in the rink and was perplexed. Slow for sure.

    Put your sweaters on Edmontonians. Rogers needs to be cool.

  2. treevojo says:

    Finally caught up on all the comments.

    Got back home from old man soccer after the first.

    Have to say this is one of the better threads I have read from start to finish.

    I still want Calgary first round.

    I hope Anaheim starts to shit the bed.

    Be nice for mcdavid ro put up 3 points in the third to create some separation.

    He deserves it!

  3. Android says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    How does one get such a feed?
    Asking for a friend.

  4. Bag of Pucks says:

    Kane takes the scoring lead. Big third for Connor?

  5. russ99 says:

    Wow, Crawford got absolutely labeled.

  6. russ99 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Kane takes the scoring lead. Big third for Connor?

    Hope so. He needs to get going.

  7. Pouzar says:

    GMB3: I like you

    Yer goin places son!

  8. kinger_OIL says:

    leadfarmer: I hope he cherishes it when he’s scratched the next 8 games.

    – Your sense of humour is the best!

  9. Pescador says:

    GMB3: What happened? Damn school work getting in the way of my love of Slepy

    He is the Armchair GM darling of this fine establishment

  10. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide: Slepyshev, man.

    Hopefully someone in EDM notices before he is playing for the Flames.

  11. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I think Remenda is Grima Wormtongue.

  12. GMB3 says:

    Pescador: He is the Armchair GM darling of this fine establishment

    I’ve known this, and felt this way about him since we drafted him. His last year in the KHL he put up similar numbers to some pretty good offensive players in the NHL at the same age. He’s definitely my obscure fringe player I have a man crush on, first Oiler in a few years.

  13. OilSafety says:

    Lowetide,

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him next to Mc David for a try

  14. Android says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    Nah, he’s The Mouth of Sauron. 😉

  15. Diablo says:

    Good game so far for our heroes in blue – making nice stick to stick passes tonight – the ice must be better? Beauty effort by Maroon. Slepyshev looks very good tonight.

    Glad to hear Klef is OK. Nice to see Darnell get one – hopefully he gets some confidence off that one – we need his mobility and playing making down the stretch.

    Dallas is a terrible team though – their D and goaltending is brutal this year. Nill should get the boot this offseason – letting Goligoski go so he could keep paying Niemi/Lehtonen 10 million combined is just dumb.

  16. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Android,

    Reddit NHL streams. Make your choice.

  17. Pouzar says:

    Pescador: He is the Armchair GM darling of this fine establishment

    I will find you.

  18. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Android,

    Nah. At least Sauron makes his side known. Remenda is like like the Nikita Nikitin of commentary.

  19. Pouzar says:

    Diablo:
    Good game so far for our heroes in blue – making nice stick to stick passes tonight – the ice must be better? Beauty effort by Maroon. Slepyshev looks very good tonight.

    Glad to hear Klef is OK. Nice to see Darnell get one – hopefully he gets some confidence off that one – we need his mobility and playing making down the stretch.

    Dallas is a terrible team though – their D and goaltending is brutal this year. Nill should get the boot this offseason – letting Goligoski go so he could keep paying Niemi/Lehtonen 10 million combined is just dumb.

    I have a Diablo 3 wood.

    You and that club are awesome.

  20. GMB3 says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Android,

    Reddit NHL streams. Make your choice.

    Caststreams is always gold for me. I use google chrome as my browser. You don’t actually need to set up an account or anything, just click log in

  21. BONE207 says:

    Has anyone see Slepy fan/mis-hit/flutter/scooch the puck? I have it from good sources that Puck is scared of Slepy. ” He hurts my vulcanized parts”. (Spoken in a Mickey Mouse voice)

  22. spoiler says:

    Nice to see Sleppy pull up his socks after spending a couple of games not dressing at all.

    He’s got the worst possession stats on the Oil amongst players with +200 minutes so most people can understand why he’s not a full-time line-up player. And it’s dangerous to judge on one game or just a couple of plays, but I’d say he’s earned himself another start.

  23. Professor Q says:

    Damn it, Draisaitl. 🙁

  24. Android says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Android,

    Reddit NHL streams. Make your choice.

    GMB3: Caststreams is always gold for me. I use google chrome as my browser. You don’t actually need to set up an account or anything, just click log in

    Thanks for the help, I’ll definitely take a look.

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Android,

    Nah. At least Sauron makes his side known. Remenda is like like the Nikita Nikitin of commentary.

    Hard to argue with that assessment.

  25. HT Joe says:

    treevojo:
    I still want Calgary first round.

    I’m scared of facing the Flames in the first, because I’m GD tired of my Flames fan friends shoving the Oilers failures down my throat.

    Serious question for the group: What would be worse?
    – The Oilers and Flames face off in round 1, and Flames win the series 4-0.
    – The Oilers miss the playoffs, and Flames exit the playoffs getting swept in the first round.

  26. Pouzar says:

    Android,

    onhockey.tv any of the “zoomtv” streams rock!

  27. BONE207 says:

    HT Joe: I’m scared of facing the Flames in the first, because I’m GD tired of my Flames fan friends shoving the Oilers failures down my throat.

    Serious question for the group:What would be worse?
    – The Oilers and Flames face off in round 1, and Flames win the series 4-0.
    – The Oilers miss the playoffs, and Flames exit the playoffs getting swept in the first round.

    I’ll take playoffs all day. Thats what we’ve dreamed of last summer. Also the BOA next year might become epic. Especially when Tkachuk is still on crutches😈

  28. HT Joe says:

    BONE207: I’ll take playoffs all day. Thats what we’ve dreamed of last summer. Also the BOA next year might become epic. Especially when Tkachuk is still on crutches

    Thanks for the honest answer… I still literally cannot decide which scenario is worse…

  29. Android says:

    Pouzar,

    Thanks!

  30. spoiler says:

    At this rate, McDavid gonna end the night in second place for the Art Ross.

  31. BONE207 says:

    HT Joe: Thanks for the honest answer… I still literally cannot decide which scenario is worse…

    What’s worse is that the fLames won 10 in a row & passed about 5 teams like a cow on the side of the road. Can’t somebody pound them?

  32. treevojo says:

    HT Joe: I’m scared of facing the Flames in the first, because I’m GD tired of my Flames fan friends shoving the Oilers failures down my throat.

    Serious question for the group:What would be worse?
    – The Oilers and Flames face off in round 1, and Flames win the series 4-0.
    – The Oilers miss the playoffs, and Flames exit the playoffs getting swept in the first round.

    Answer

    Don’t fear the flames.

    Oilers will run their show.

    Larsson will break gudro.

    Nurse will grab upchuck and rag doll him like a rookie.

    Your friends will be quiet.

    Book it!

  33. Diablo says:

    Pouzar,

    lol thanks

  34. JDï™ says:

    Dicky94:
    JDï™,

    Craig “Shin Pads” Ludwig.

    Also, “Drills holes in his skates because his feet sweat so much.”

    spits

  35. treevojo says:

    That was all lucic

  36. Lowetide says:

    It went in, but Nuges skate was pointof entry.

  37. Diablo says:

    Lucic has been skating better lately.

  38. Professor Q says:

    spoiler:
    At this rate, McDavid gonna end the night in second place for the Art Ross.

    And to that bastard Kane, to boot…

  39. Android says:

    npanciroli:
    Android,

    Haha, man that second line can’t score to save their lives.

    It took a while this time, but I say it still counts! 😉
    Now mention McDavid!

  40. Pouzar says:

    That pass by Eberle to Lucic then Cheech corralling puck to Nuge was a big league play. Man this line.

  41. GMB3 says:

    Looch finally learned L3 is speed burst.

  42. treevojo says:

    Fuck ya

  43. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  44. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Awwwwwe yeahhhhh!!!!

  45. spoiler says:

    spoiler,

    And they’re tied!

  46. digger50 says:

    Time to give Drai and Marroon a rest. See if Connor can pick up a point with Kassian and….

    Never mind, Connor scores

  47. GMB3 says:

    Wow. When it rains it pours.

  48. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    WE WANT TEN!!! WE WANT TEN!!!

  49. Professor Q says:

    Nice assist by Maroon.

  50. Pouzar says:

    Maroon eh?

  51. npanciroli says:

    Love pumping lesser teams

  52. BONE207 says:

    I like games like this. My DATE is commanded to give me a big wet one for each goal. Win win stuation.

  53. spoiler says:

    I was jealous of the Florida Panthers earlier tonight… now, not so much.

  54. Jaxon says:

    Nice shuffle and shot off the rush by Slepyshev.

  55. Dicky94 says:

    Slepy can’t score. Better try Pak next game.

  56. LMHF#1 says:

    Slepyshev just needs one shift on the powerplay. Just one.

    That shot will kill.

  57. GMB3 says:

    It’s funny how sports work. I thought we had some pretty bad puck luck last couple games, and just about everything has bounced our way tonight.

  58. GMB3 says:

    LMHF#1:
    Slepyshev just needs one shift on the powerplay. Just one.

    That shot will kill.

    +1

  59. HT Joe says:

    treevojo: Answer

    Don’t fear the flames.

    Oilers will run their show.

    Larsson will break gudro.

    Nurse will grab upchuck and rag doll him like a rookie.

    Your friends will be quiet.

    Book it!

    I like the cut of your jib!

  60. Diablo says:

    LMHF#1:
    Slepyshev just needs one shift on the powerplay. Just one.

    That shot will kill.

    He’s looked dangerous all night for sure – I don’t get TMac reluctance to play him higher up the lineup.

  61. treevojo says:

    Dallas is the poster child for why you can’t be successful in this nhl with shit d and shit goaltending.

    Elite offensive players can’t cover for the mistakes.

  62. Pajamah says:

    HT Joe: I like the cut of your jib!

    What’s a jib?

  63. BONE207 says:

    treevojo:
    Dallas is the poster child for why you can’t be successful in this nhl with shit d and shit goaltending.

    Elite offensive players can’t cover for the mistakes.

    Not bad for a first timer but can they do it for 10 years like the previous poster child???

  64. LMHF#1 says:

    Pajamah: What’s a jib?

    Dental Plan!

  65. HT Joe says:

    Pajamah: What’s a jib?

    Long may your big jib draw? Bueller? Bueller?

    (despite some dictionaries, liking the cut of someone’s jib is reference to a sail on a boat, and not the projecting arm on a crane)

    *EDIT* Sorry… my answer is unintelligibly literal… liking the cut of someone’s jib means you like their style. 😀

  66. BONE207 says:

    HT Joe: Long may your big jib draw?Bueller? Bueller?

    (despite some dictionaries, liking the cut of someone’s jib is reference to a sail on a boat, and not the projecting arm on a crane)

    Around my place we have a jib jar!!!

  67. HT Joe says:

    LMHF#1: Dental Plan!

    Lisa needs braces!

  68. Android says:

    Pajamah,

    It’s a type of sail. I believe that the way the sail is cut affects how the boat performs, (more speed, more stability) hence the saying.
    EDIT: Joe beat me to it.

  69. treevojo says:

    BONE207: Not bad for a first timer but can they do it for 10 years like the previous poster child???

    Lol

    Dallas actually has elite offensive players.

  70. Pouzar says:

    WE WON ON TUESDAY!!!!

  71. Gret99zky says:

    Love it. Great response from the team.

  72. HT Joe says:

    BONE207: Around my place we have a jib jar!!!

    Oh buddy, you have me stumped there… i searched “jib jar” on google, and closed the tab more confused than before.

  73. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update:

    Oilers win. With the win, Oilers now rise up to a 96 point season pace. The geniuses who predicted a 96 point season ending finish are:

    Frank the Dog
    Inner City Smytty
    Waffle Fries
    StevieG_8
    The Boo Bird
    Pink Socks
    Punk In Drublic
    Reneh
    Jaxon

  74. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar:
    WE WON ON TUESDAY!!!!

    Tell LT to book McCurdy tomorrow

  75. spoiler says:

    Pouzar:
    WE WON ON TUESDAY!!!!

    Lol… not so loud, voices carry.

  76. Pouzar says:

    spoiler: Lol… not so loud, voices carry.

    I’ll keep it down now. 🙂

  77. DenverOilFan says:

    Doan just misses at one end and effin’ Toffoli scores at the other. Kings 1-0 midway thru 2nd.

  78. BONE207 says:

    HT Joe: Oh buddy, you have me stumped there… i searched “jib jar” on google, and closed the tab more confused than before.

    You’re confused. I don’t even want to touch it.

  79. Gret99zky says:

    So happy for #67 BP. LT, say some nice things about him tomorrow. 🙂

  80. JDï™ says:

    Struggling to remember any play where Hendy was with it. Anyone?

  81. spoiler says:

    Pouzar,

    Ha! I wasn’t sure if you were old enough to get the reference.

  82. OF17 says:

    JDï™:
    Struggling to remember any play where Hendy was with it. Anyone?

    There was the play at the end where he boarded himself. That was entertaining.

  83. JDï™ says:

    Crazy 7s, but of all those goals, only one assist on the team?

    Nevermind – I saw a Spurtznet summary that only showed one assist, but that’s got to be out to lunch.

  84. Dicky94 says:

    OF17,

    Tripped himself in front of the Dallas net and Remenda wondered why there was no penalty.

  85. BONE207 says:

    JDï™:
    Struggling to remember any play where Hendy was with it. Anyone?

    I remember him congratulating Talbot at the end of the game

  86. Pouzar says:

    spoiler:
    Pouzar,

    Ha! I wasn’t sure if you were old enough to get the reference.

    hee hee…I was waiting for my next 80’s earworm!

    Buh bye Mr. Vannelli.

  87. Gret99zky says:

    OF17: There was the play at the end where he boarded himself. That was entertaining.

    And promptly dropped an F-Bomb that could be heard in Red Deer. LOL.

  88. Pajamah says:

    I love this place. Split replies on my Simpsons reference with more Simpsons, other half some sailing talk. I’m never leaving.

  89. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Great game! Now let’s keep the momentum going boys!!

    GO OILERS GO!!!

  90. GMB3 says:

    Kassian had a really nice assist on that first goal.

    Also… #LOLorado with the -91 GD on the season. That’s putrid.

  91. OF17 says:

    Dicky94:
    OF17,

    Tripped himself in front of the Dallas net and Remenda wondered why there was no penalty.

    Watched the Dallas feed tonight. MUCH more enjoyable. It was a legitimately good broadcast. Remenda ruins the Oilers feed for me.

  92. npanciroli says:

    Stauffer: Peter Chiarelli has said in the past we have to build a team that can win in the West.

    ’14-’16: 23-59-18
    ’16-’17: 23-9-6

    I didn’t realize we that good within conference.

  93. HT Joe says:

    npanciroli:
    Stauffer: Peter Chiarelli has said in the past we have to build a team that can win in the West.

    ’14-’16: 23-59-18
    ’16-’17: 23-9-6

    I didn’t realize we that good within conference.

    Yeah, but the West is really weak this year.
    (I nailed that Chachi, right?) 😉

    #RepetitiveVisionOfGloomAndDoomAfterVictory

  94. Diablo says:

    treevojo:
    Dallas is the poster child for why you can’t be successful in this nhl with shit d and shit goaltending.

    Elite offensive players can’t cover for the mistakes.

    I guess that’s why Chia pulled the trigger on Hall for Larsson. As great as Hall was on offence for us, none of it matters if your D gives it all back. What a difference a year makes – Larsson, Klef, Benning and Nurse – our D is set for the next 5 years at least.

    Great game tonight by our boys – all of Draisaitl, Lucic, Maroon and RNH looked great tonight – Slepy was dynamite.

    I owe Tmac an apology – his decision to trust his guys to figure things out was the right call.

    But Hendo still looks finished – both Khaira and Caggiula would offer more speed in that spot.
    Tmac’s clearly no dummy – he probably sees the same things we do – in fact, he probably sees much more than we do – so I doubt that he’s in the lineup solely because he’s “good in the room.” I would be genuinely interested to hear TMac’s rationale on this.

  95. Chachi says:

    HT Joe: Yeah, but the West is really weak this year.
    (I nailed that Chachi, right?) 😉

    #RepetitiveVisionOfGloomAndDoomAfterVictory

    Nailed it!

  96. Chachi says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    While DAL has some goaltending issues, there is some interesting numbers inside of it.

    Now watch the Oilers get 5 5v5 goals.

    GOILERS!!

    *clap,clap*

    Just bringing this by because I know Woodguy doesn’t like to toot his own horn. Toot, toot.

  97. Scungilli says:

    Diablo: I guess that’s why Chia pulled the trigger on Hall for Larsson. As great as Hall was on offence for us, none of it matters if your D gives it all back. What a difference a year makes – Larsson, Klef, Benning and Nurse – our D is set for the next 5 years at least.

    Great game tonight by our boys – all of Draisaitl, Lucic, Maroon and RNH looked great tonight – Slepy was dynamite.

    I owe Tmac an apology – his decision to trust his guys to figure things out was the right call.

    But Hendo still looks finished – both Khaira and Caggiula would offer more speed in that spot.
    Tmac’s clearly no dummy – he probably sees the same things we do – in fact, he probably sees much more than we do – so I doubt that he’s in the lineup solely because he’s “good in the room.” I would be genuinely interested to hear TMac’s rationale on this.

    His contract is up and he has been a positive force for good starting back in the unglory days.

    I think showing respect in a year they know they aren’t likely to win is changing and setting a precedent of consideration for people. If things go all 2006 expect Hendy to play less unless he can bring it.

    I am good with it at this point. It doesn’t really matter and may be his last few games.

  98. Scungilli says:

    I am far more concerned with who they ice in the playoffs and next season. Connor won’t be happy if there is very much incompetence. He is way too fiery.

  99. Professor Q says:

    What a goal by Couture.

  100. Surly says:

    Anyone watching Kings/Coyotes? I’m just following online and noticed a Kings PP given with <3min left that led to the PP goal and 2-1 lead.

    *Old man yells at cloud*

  101. Gerta Rauss says:

    hahaha…suck it LA

    ARZ scores with 20 seconds left to tie it

  102. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Surly:
    Anyone watching Kings/Coyotes?I’m just following online and noticed a Kings PP given with <3min left that led to the PP goal and 2-1 lead.

    *Old man yells at cloud*

    Yeah,I went to go look st the score and somehow the yotes tied it at 2-2?!

  103. Georges says:

    stevezie:
    Georges,

    You make a decent argument (that losing Larsson has hurt the Devils more than getting Hall has helped), but, respectfully of course, I think it’s a bit myopic.

    You’re just looking at this season compared to last. You need to compare this season to the imaginary season in which the trade was not made.

    Either the Devils were fucked because they couldn’t score (and their defence still wasn’t very good), or they were fucked because they had no defence (and they still couldn’t score very well). Neither version of the team was going to be any good at all.

    So, if you were Shero, would you rather be at the helm of a bad team whose most desperate need is an elite scoring forward, or a bad team who is missing a strong defensive defenceman?

    I think Hall is the rarer jewel.

    That said, you could argue his scoring forwards tend to drop a little at his age and he hasn’t had elite bocars since 2014, while Larsson can probably maintain his current level for the forseeable. Maybe even learn to score a little!

    Also everything that WG said.

    The Devils invented winning without scoring. Before the Kings, they had the two lowest scoring (regular season) championship teams going back who knows how far. New Jersey compensates for its scoring suckiness by flat out not allowing the other team to score. It’s the Devils way.

    If Shero felt that his fanbase was becoming disinterested in trapping, grind-it-out hockey, then he made a business decision.

    The hockey decision he made was to tear out the foundation so he could have a Ferrari. Oh look, no house. Good thing we got the Ferrari. Larsson was their 1D. He wouldn’t have been Chicago’s 1D or L.A.’s 1D. Those teams could make that trade. They’d be trading a surplus commodity. How NJD’s analytics team made that trade… it’s an indictment against analytics. You don’t trade your 1D for a 1LW. Your 1D is a rarer jewel than someone else’s 1LW. That’s the only lesson I’m seeing.

    But you’re right. It’s just one season. Luck, good and bad, plays a big part in the short term. Maybe I’m overstating the problem they face. Maybe a Larsson replacement is just around the corner for them. We can pick through WG’s analysis of the NJD defense. Or Schneider covers everything up again. Then they can all get back to knowing what they’re doing.

    Meanwhile, we get to watch Larsson make, as Hunter said, cool defensive plays like, hey, there’s something on your sternum… my fist will take care of that for you…

  104. Chachi says:

    LOL LA

  105. Gerta Rauss says:

    11 rounds needed in the shootout

    ARZ wins LA gets 1 point

  106. Surly says:

    Found a feed…what a marathon…screw you Kings! Especially you D Brown!

  107. Soup Fascist says:

    Wow. 11 rounds. I thought we might have had to call up Morris Lukowich and Sheldon Kannegiesser if it went any longer! Way to go ‘Yotes!!

  108. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    {in Homer Simpson voice} : WOOHOO!!! The Yotes steal the extra point in the 11th shootout round…

  109. Chachi says:

    So Lindy Ruff gets fed a shit sandwich by the Oilers and LA loses to Arizona. Not a bad night.

  110. Lowetide says:

    That loss by the Kings is a major kick by a strong man square in the nuts. They are probably hoping for sweet mercy from God in heaven right now.

  111. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    That loss by the Kings is a major kick by a strong man square in the nuts. They are probably hoping for sweet mercy from God in heaven right now.

    It’s all going to come down to our 4 games against LA. 9 of their last 16 are against us, CGY and ANA.

  112. treevojo says:

    Zelepukin: It’s all going to come down to our 4 games against LA. 9 of their last 16 are against us, CGY and ANA.

    We only have 3 games vs LA

  113. Centre of attention says:

    I just woke up, haven’t checked twitter or the score again yet

    Did last night actually happen?

    *checks* Woooooot!

    Wait McDavid only got 1 point out of 7 goals scored?! Depth scoring?!

    *faints and falls back asleep, misses work*

  114. Pouzar says:

    That was a very nice game from Mr. Nurse.
    Led all skaters in ice time and CF%.

  115. npanciroli says:

    Pouzar,

    One of the overlooked things is the defensive depth Chia added to let guys develop properly even through injuries.

    Larsson and Russell pushes Benning and Nurse down to good spots.

  116. treevojo says:

    Pouzar:
    That was a very nice game from Mr. Nurse.
    Led all skaters in ice time and CF%.

    Better trade him while his value has peaked.

  117. Pouzar says:

    treevojo: Better trade him while his value has peaked.

    Agreed!

  118. Pouzar says:

    Dallas had 109 pts last year and won a ridiculously tough Central division.
    What a difference a year makes indeed.

  119. Chachi says:

    Pouzar:
    Dallas had 109 pts last year and won a ridiculously tough Central division.
    What a difference a year makes indeed.

    They really miss Kris Russell.

  120. N64 says:

    Chachi: They really miss Kris Russell.

    ~ Proof positive that Oil were smart to send Seguin to Dallas for Russell. Woodguy just can’t see that da proof is da proof ~ 😉

  121. Chachi says:

    N64: ~ Proof positive that Oil were smart to send Seguin to Dallas for Russell. Woodguy just can’t see that da proof is da proof~ 😉

    He’s elite! At what, I don’t know, but he’s elite!

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