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. npanciroli says:

    Watching Toronto crash and burn would be the second best thing that could happen this year next to Oilers in playoffs.

  2. Ice Sage says:

    Centre of attention:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Terry Jones‏Verified account @sunterryjones3m3 minutes ago
    MoreThe ice better be a LOT better tonight. It is FREEZING in here.

    Oilers attempting to maximize the effectiveness of their powerplay by cooling the place off.

    They’ve been cooling off all right

  3. JDï™ says:

    Hey – nice anthem. Better than the new guy, by a long shot.

  4. Mr. D. says:

    Factors for a win.
    50% + in face off circle.
    Control corners in both zones.
    Score 3+ goals
    Shoot and drive.
    We’ve been 0 for 4 in many games.

  5. npanciroli says:

    No less than 5 McDavid pts please.

  6. theDjdj says:

    LT, those Lucic short passes you wer having issues with at the start of the season seem to be clicking. Is Milan settling in?

  7. Scungilli says:

    Woodguy v2.0: corsica—–skaters—–custom query

    also,

    the established pts/60 rates for lines has been:

    2/60 1st
    1.75/60 2nd
    1.5/60 3rd
    1.25/60 4th

    It seems this season a lot of guys are off everywhere so given we are well through I looked at how things shake this season against the league.

    I did try Corsica custom thanks for sharing, Guess I messed up the date/game function.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Nice stick by Nurse there, good play in the defensive zone. Russell also made a dandy early in the game.

  9. Yeti says:

    theDjdj:
    LT, those Lucic short passes you wer having issues with at the start of the season seem to be clicking. Is Milan settling in?

    I hope so. Would love to see another goal from Rochelle, Rochelle tonight.

  10. Lowetide says:

    theDjdj:
    LT, those Lucic short passes you wer having issues with at the start of the season seem to be clicking. Is Milan settling in?

    Yes, I think so. He has been making more of them lately for sure.

  11. Centre of attention says:

    I think cooling the building down did help.

    The Ice looks really fast, soft chips appear to fly miles on this ice. Oilers passing will have to adjust

  12. JDï™ says:

    Just another torpid Tuesday

    Ohhh ah ohhh

    Wish it were Wednesday…

  13. Bag of Pucks says:

    Lowetide: I think Nuge fits there, certainly more than Leon. At some point LD may be able to carry a line, but for now RNH would need to be the man in the middle on the responsible line. As for devaluing, well, he is in the Horcoff role now based on Woodmoney usage (defensive zone starts aside). A tough spot for anyone, but he is best able to handle it. At least another year, OR the Oilers trade him and find a less expensive option. And that could happen.

    Good points all, but I would add that one of the key reasons RNH plays the toughs so often is the quality of his current linemates. Throw him on a line with Letestu and Pouliot and now you have a true checking line and doubtful the opposition matches its top line against that when they have last change.

    Drai is playing tough mins now as a W, so he may be closer to ready to play them as a C than we think, particularly with the right linemates.

    I just loathe giving up on RNH as a scorer. Particularly given his weakness on the dot, I’d rather they try and cast him as a scoring winger first. Getting a Top 6 W from a 1OV pick is a better result than a 3C checking C, no?

  14. Centre of attention says:

    I don’t understand how Eberle can’t bury those chances.

  15. Pescador says:

    Mr. D.:
    Factors for a win.
    50% + in face off circle.
    Control corners in both zones.
    Score 3+ goals
    Shoot and drive.
    We’ve been 0 for 4 in many games.

    Plus score 1st.
    Preferably on the PP
    Preferably right now

  16. Lowetide says:

    Terrible pass by Klefbom, great block by Larsson. Team seems tight, maybe it is just me.

  17. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: Team seems tight

    Cotton uniforms? Too cold in the rink?

  18. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Terrible pass by Klefbom, great block by Larsson. Team seems tight, maybe it is just me.

    No I see it too. Eberle had to reach back on that shot but Niemi was down and out.

    You need to bury that.

    A playoff team buries that chance.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Pouliot scored.

  20. JDï™ says:

    Was just going to say that Pou is feeling the puck tonight, and…

  21. jp says:

    Yay Pouliot!!!!!

  22. Centre of attention says:

    POU!@!!!!

  23. spoiler says:

    Be knowing it!

  24. npanciroli says:

    Huzzah

  25. Pescador says:

    Nice pass kass

  26. npanciroli says:

    Kassian pass was really good.

  27. Centre of attention says:

    Thats one small step for Pouliot, and one giant step for the Benoit Pouliot marching & chowder society!

  28. Lowetide says:

    Another fine defensive play by Larsson at the opposition blue line.

  29. Pajamah says:

    Lowetide:
    Pouliot scored.

    LT, I know you mentioned that this morning, a 30 year old vet shouldn’t, or maybe, doesn’t typically suffer from confidence issues the same way younger players do, but you have to think that puts a pep back in Pou’s step.

    Huge damn goal

  30. JDï™ says:

    Pouliot skipped the morning skate and, well, I think Torts is right.

  31. theDjdj says:

    Klefbom off the Larsson line. Injured or benched?

  32. Bag of Pucks says:

    Habs line showing chem.

  33. Centre of attention says:

    Seriously I’m not even drunk yet just listen to me for a sec…

    Put Benoit on McDavids line

    🙂

  34. npanciroli says:

    Centre of attention,

    I thought it might be smart last game.

  35. JDï™ says:

    Pajamah: a 30 year old vet shouldn’t

    In one of Friedmann’s 30 thoughts, he discussed the Eric Staal resurgence this season, and Eric mentioned how confidence can’t be overstated.

  36. Lowetide says:

    Nice defensive play by EBerle covering for the RHD.

  37. theDjdj says:

    Gene is a national treasure. “Hippest” team in the league. Dear me.

  38. npanciroli says:

    Have to cheat to stop McDavid

  39. spoiler says:

    No penalty shot, unbelievable.

  40. Pajamah says:

    JDï™: In one of Friedmann’s 30 thoughts, he discussed the Eric Staal resurgence this season, and Eric mentioned how confidence can’t be understated.

    And my apologies to LT if I’m putting words in his mouth, but when there is a change in what is asked of the player (role change), I can see how it can get into someone’s head.

    Hopefully this goal helps Pou find what has been missing in his game.

  41. Lowetide says:

    Klefbom scored.

  42. JDï™ says:

    npanciroli: Have to cheat

    What would Belichick do? Cheat!

    Oskore!

  43. Pajamah says:

    theDjdj:
    Gene is a national treasure. “Hippest” team in the league. Dear me.

    National treasure? Not sure he wants to “shoulder” the load of that title.

  44. Oil2Oilers says:

    Klefbom, klefbom, klefbom

  45. spoiler says:

    KBomb brings the nuke!

  46. Centre of attention says:

    Oscar you sexy swedish stalwart

  47. OilClog says:

    Approximately 9th time that’s happened in the last decade.. woooooo

  48. npanciroli says:

    Beauty

  49. JDï™ says:

    Honorary assist to McDavid for drawing the penalty!

  50. Bag of Pucks says:

    KBom does a great job keeping those point shots low. Goalie nightmare.

  51. Bag of Pucks says:

    Oil look good against shitty teams. Let’s do more of those.

  52. Lowetide says:

    After one: 2-0 Oilers, 13-6 EDM in shots and 17-14 Oilers Corsi for 5×5.

  53. hunter1909 says:

    I thought Dallas were supposed to be a good team?

    They’re abysmal.

  54. JDï™ says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Pouzar says:

    Centre of attention:
    Oscar you sexy swedish stalwart

    I think it moved.

  56. theres oil in virginia says:

    I sure hope McCurdy’s not scheduled to be on LT’s show tomorrow.

    🙂

  57. JDï™ says:

    hunter1909: They’re abysmal.

    I have it on good authority that Jim Nill is an excellent GM.

  58. JDï™ says:

    Pouzar,

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  59. spoiler says:

    Bettman the Socialist going full salesman.

    Or is that backpatting?

  60. russ99 says:

    Ugh, Bettman.

    I want those 10 minutes back from that nothing press conference today.

    Pou and Klef are out of my doghouse for now.

    Nice to see Ales back on the ice again.

  61. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar: I think it moved.

    Man, seeing a D-man wind up for a slap shot and actually pound it clean threw a goalie is SO satisfying. Especially on the PP.

    Giggity.

  62. theDjdj says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t despise Bettman. He’s not ideal. But he could be far worse. And he’s very happy to be blamed for anything that goes wrong in the league which is admirable.

  63. JDï™ says:

    Did Bettman just say that a facility like Rogers place improves the quality of life for Edmontonians?

    Did he mean Edmontonians named Daryl Katz?

  64. JDï™ says:

    theDjdj: who doesn’t despise Bettman.

    Yes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  65. spoiler says:

    theDjdj,

    He’s everything an owner could ever hope for in a Commish, and its his job to be, so full kudos to him.

    But still got to call it when he’s not acting in the fans–or taxpayers–interest.

  66. Dicky94 says:

    Gary Bettman looks like he would be really fun to party with. A real hoot!

  67. Professor Q says:

    theDjdj:
    Am I the only one who doesn’t despise Bettman. He’s not ideal. But he could be far worse. And he’s very happy to be blamed for anything that goes wrong in the league which is admirable.

    The email and concussion debacle show that this is not the case. As well as all the relocation projects and failures and mishaps. He definitely avoids blame as much as possible.

  68. Pouzar says:

    JDï™:
    Pouzar,

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Of course not……

  69. hunter1909 says:

    Dicky94:
    Gary Bettman looks like he would be really fun to party with. A real hoot!

    Gary would supply the gear.

  70. spoiler says:

    Just looking up St. Patrick for Pub Quiz tomorrow night and it turns out that Wikipedia lists Steve Irwin as the patron saint of Australia. I shit thee not.

    I guess… Stingrays are the new snakes.

  71. Bag of Pucks says:

    theDjdj:
    Am I the only one who doesn’t despise Bettman. He’s not ideal. But he could be far worse. And he’s very happy to be blamed for anything that goes wrong in the league which is admirable.

    Ironically, he’s become more tolerable since he embraced the villain role. I think he realizes Canadians will never fully embrace him. The league’s never been more profitable and stable.

  72. JDï™ says:

    hunter1909: Gary would supply the gear.

    By ‘gear’, do you mean cheese pizza?

  73. russ99 says:

    At least they hit him with a good Arizona viability question in the presser today. He reminded me of that old sketch in SNL of Martin Short as the flop sweat drenched lawyer.

    Nobody asked him about Quebec City or the Expansion Draft delay debacle, unfortunately.

  74. JDï™ says:

    Goal for 67, goal for 77 – can 97 be far behind?

  75. Pouzar says:

    Louie is the Slepyshev of color guys.

  76. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar:
    Louie is the Slepyshev of color guys.

    under appreciated and often scratched so worse options can play.

  77. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    npanciroli:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    But facts are difficult and Larsson has such a good moustache.

    The mustache is heavily in his favour.

  78. Ice Sage says:

    JDï™:
    Goal for 67, goal for 77 – can 97 be far behind?

    I’ll go 27

  79. theDjdj says:

    spoiler,

    spoiler:
    Just looking up St. Patrick for Pub Quiz tomorrow night and it turns out that Wikipedia lists Steve Irwin as the patron saint of Australia.I shit thee not.

    I guess… Stingrays are the new snakes.

    St Mary Mackillop is our only canonised saint. There’s your real trivia for you. I think somebody is having a laugh on the old Wikipedia.

  80. Pescador says:

    Fucking Poutine burger?
    What is this world coming to?
    And how do I get one?

  81. Android says:

    JDï™,

    It drives me nuts when people promote these kind of narratives to justify stadiums.

    Ask St. Louis/Seatlle/Quebec/All of Brazil/anyone who’s hosted the Olympics or FIFA about the problems of stadiums.

  82. Lowetide says:

    Good gracious the Oilers are playing loose early in this period.

  83. Zelepukin says:

    nice one Hendricks.

  84. Centre of attention says:

    pardon me while I clean my undies

  85. russ99 says:

    Yikes. Almost #17

  86. Lowetide says:

    Nurse scored.

  87. JDï™ says:

    2 + 5 = 7

    !!!!!!!

  88. Professor Q says:

    Pescador:
    Fucking Poutine burger?
    What is this world coming to?
    And how do I get one?

    Have you never done one yourself? I mix fries and burgers all the time! That and various chips, whether Ketchup, S&V, etc.

  89. spoiler says:

    theDjdj,

    Lol… That’s why I went with “according to.”

    Thx for chiming in and setting the record straight. Was hoping someone would.

  90. treevojo says:

    Have I mentioned I love me some nurse!!!!

  91. npanciroli says:

    Games a bit too fast for Hendricks at this point.

  92. spoiler says:

    Just what the doctor ordered!

  93. russ99 says:

    Oh man. Darnell, what a shot.

    He’s so smooth on offense.

  94. npanciroli says:

    Sportsnet online must be behind. Nurse!

  95. Centre of attention says:

    Woah where did Nurse learn to shoot like that

    Oh Niemi is in net

  96. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Not sure if it’s in the thread, but Niemi starts.

    On paper that’s a good thing.

    So far it’s a good thing on the ice too.

  97. Jon K says:

    Benning seems to give up coverage like that at least once a game. Wonder how that affects McLellan’s trust in him come playoffs.

  98. Dicky94 says:

    Looks like we won’t be rioting tonight.

  99. Bag of Pucks says:

    This must be the part where Pikes Peak levels off into a pleasant bike path for a spell?

  100. Ice Sage says:

    treevojo:
    Have I mentioned I love me some nurse!!!!

    Try being married to one

  101. Ice Sage says:

    Dicky94:
    Looks like we won’t be rioting tonight.

    LOL it’s verrrrry early

  102. russ99 says:

    Sounds like Klef took a puck to the throat, is in the dressing room.

    Hope he’s OK.

  103. McSorley33 says:

    Nurse goal hides another 5 alarm play by Hendricks…..

  104. OilClog says:

    What else can Dallas attack with Remenda?

  105. JDï™ says:

    Klefbom down. Not good.

  106. Lowetide says:

    Klefbom appeared to take a hit to the shoulder, according to Bob Stauffer. Oh that isn’t good.

  107. spoiler says:

    russ99,

    Hopefully he\s not Charlie Hoarse.

  108. Pescador says:

    Professor Q: Have you never done one yourself? I mix fries and burgers all the time! That and various chips, whether Ketchup, S&V, etc.

    Do you put gravy & cheese curds on?
    You magnificent bastard!

  109. Centre of attention says:

    welp

    Klefbom hurt

    Stars score

    Back to sky is falling

  110. russ99 says:

    Oh Todd’s pissed. Nobody covered the third guy.

  111. marty62 says:

    crap, now where did I put that panic button/……….

  112. GMB3 says:

    Pouzar:
    Louie is the Slepyshev of color guys.

    I like you

  113. Bag of Pucks says:

    If I’m Principe, I find a way to work in, “Ales doesn’t play here anymore.”

  114. npanciroli says:

    I know that the Oilers are up 3-1, but time to break up that top line.

  115. Centre of attention says:

    Looks like Klefbom took puck to neck / collar bone / shoulder area.

    Wasn’t from a body check

    Hopefully nothing is broken, but the shoulder soft tissue should be ok.

  116. Pescador says:

    Dicky94:
    Looks like we won’t be rioting tonight.

    Possibly tomorrow

  117. theDjdj says:

    spoiler:
    theDjdj,

    Lol… That’s why I went with “according to.”

    Thx for chiming in and setting the record straight.Was hoping someone would.

    The more you know 😉

    We also have a awful Cardinal who obfuscates justice against child molestation in the Church. That one might be a bit dark for trivia though

  118. russ99 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    If I’m Principe, I find a way to work in, “Ales doesn’t play here anymore.”

    Lol! Hope so.

  119. Zelepukin says:

    npanciroli:
    I know that the Oilers are up 3-1, but time to break up that top line.

    Especially if McD wants to get back on top.

  120. Lowetide says:

    Desharnais scored.

  121. spoiler says:

    Double D and the Booty Jam

  122. Pouzar says:

    ALL SLEPY ALL DAY BITCHES!!!!

  123. Pescador says:

    I also like that Shootyshev guy

  124. npanciroli says:

    Slepyyyyyshevvv

  125. Centre of attention says:

    DD buries a rebound off shot from Slepyshev

    Gotta think he bounced that off the glass on purpose to drop the puck in front.

  126. russ99 says:

    Do that 5 times a game, Slepy,

    Nice goal.

  127. theDjdj says:

    I’m going to have to learn how to spell Desharnais’s name

  128. Ice Sage says:

    LOL Klingberg didn’t even see DD below him.
    Nice acquisition

  129. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: Klefbom took puck to neck

    Hopefully the defense corps won’t be short staphed very long.

  130. Professor Q says:

    Pescador: Do you put gravy & cheese curds on?
    You magnificent bastard!

    It’s SCIENCE!

  131. Lowetide says:

    Patrick Maroon scored.

  132. OilClog says:

    Chia’s small role player trades are beginning to have a slats success rate

  133. spoiler says:

    Maroon at the OK Corral

  134. Receptor Antagonist says:

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think Desharnais looks kinda hobbity?

  135. Professor Q says:

    JDï™: Hopefully the defense corps won’t be short staphed very long.

    I am in love with word play, but I do worry about joking about such a thing…I don’t wish to jynx anything!

    Wait…Was that the opposite of a jynx, now that they scored?

  136. russ99 says:

    Whoo hoo!! Rout is on!

    We needed this, but save some for Boston.

  137. npanciroli says:

    Maroon needed that good for him.

  138. Pajamah says:

    13 times they’ve changed goalies this season in Dallas. Now there is a record I want to see broken. Don’t even know if that’s the record?

  139. Android says:

    npanciroli,

    Quick, keep mentioning things we need to change in order to score!

  140. Pescador says:

    Ruff waving the whiteboard, no flag around

  141. spoiler says:

    Another great observation by Remenda on CMD there.

  142. Ice Sage says:

    Mercy!

  143. Professor Q says:

    Of course Ruff will look at this.

    Any goal involved with McDavid or Kassian have a high percentage chance of being overturned.

  144. russ99 says:

    Niemi says, sure why not.

  145. theDjdj says:

    No assist for McDavid on that goal?

    Edit: meant Draisaitl

  146. marty62 says:

    k now its lehtonen s turn to let in 5……….

  147. JDï™ says:

    Professor Q: word play

    It’s infectious.

  148. npanciroli says:

    Android,

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

  149. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    JDï™: Hopefully the defense corps won’t be short staphed very long.

    oooo…. that’s just… oooo….

  150. hunter1909 says:

    Stars look shell shocked.

  151. Admiral Ackbar says:

    This is nice. I am pleased.

  152. JDï™ says:

    This game is doing nothing for my Death March chances, and I don’t even remember what my guess was.

  153. Pescador says:

    Receptor Antagonist:
    Is it just me,or does anyone else think Desarnais looks kinda hobbity?

    Samwise looks like a hobbit, DD is more like a scoring Gremlin

  154. marty62 says:

    still no 77 hope he is o k

  155. Professor Q says:

    Pescador: Samwise looks like a hobbit, DD is more like a scoring Gremlin

    Don’t feed him after Midnight nor bathe him?

  156. Pajamah says:

    Pescador: Samwise looks like a hobbit, DD is more like a scoring Gremlin

    So Kassian is an Uruk?

  157. Lowetide says:

    Cam Talbot is so good.

  158. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dude….did dd just deke through kassians skates!?

  159. Professor Q says:

    How was that not tripping?

  160. Ice Sage says:

    That double 4 on 1 was fun

  161. Lowetide says:

    Pajamah: So Kassian is an Uruk?

    Poor Uruk, I know him well.

  162. spoiler says:

    Pescador: Samwise looks like a hobbit, DD is more like a scoring Gremlin

    AMC or Warner Brothers?

  163. russ99 says:

    Klef back on ice during TV timeout to test skate.

    Yes, I’ve been constantly and worryingly checking Twitter.

  164. hunter1909 says:

    This Dallas announcer is sensational. Only talks about what’s going on in the game, makes fast technical observations, wtf.

  165. Centre of attention says:

    Jack Michaels‏Verified account @EdmontonJack 3s3 seconds ago
    More
    Jack Michaels Retweeted Jimmy Riarh
    Appears to be ok. Just took a twirl at the time-out.

    RE: Klefbom

  166. Ice Sage says:

    Pajamah: So Kassian is an Uruk?

    And Looch the cave troll

  167. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Did I just witness a massive hook on that 4 on?

  168. marty62 says:

    Bomb is bac!!!

  169. Admiral Ackbar says:

    I know this may be blasphemy: Listening to Drew Ramenda behind the scenes. Somehow got a feed that doesn’t play commercials and you can hear Quinn and Ramenda bantering between whistles. Ramenda seems to be pretty into his work and a decent guy.

    Makes me dislike him less….

  170. JDï™ says:

    Oskore with a welt on the neck, and jivin’ on the bench.

    swoons…

  171. Jon K says:

    Kassian is turning into a smart effective player. He pretty consistently makes good decisions with the puck, seems to read plays fairly well and when to turn back on defense. His skating helps with recovery when plays turn quickly. He just might be a very good checking winger. Hated his guts after Gagner, but hard to not cheer for a guy who beats that demon alcohol.

  172. MadLurker70 says:

    enjoying this so far, hopefully klef’s injury isn’t too serious….

  173. Bag of Pucks says:

    This Stars team seems easier to play against without Zubov, Sydor, Hatcher, Matvichuk.

    Gord I hated that team, so yeah, let’s put up 10!

  174. Ice Sage says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Did I just witness a massive hook on that 4 on?

    Yeah, on hendricks though so I don’t think it negated a scoring chance 😉

  175. russ99 says:

    Got a nasty welt on his neck, jeez.

  176. MadLurker70 says:

    And as soon as I type that, he comes back… lol

  177. russ99 says:

    Talbot has stopped three sure goals tonight, I think the media can stop that whole running him into the ground drama.

  178. Pajamah says:

    Ice Sage: And Looch the cave troll

    I’m sure most people here could easily LotR the entire team.

    Klef is Legolas, as he is gorgeous and deadly
    McDavid is Aragorn, heir to the throne.

    And no one will forget the power play wizard, Ryan Nugent-Gandalf

  179. HT Joe says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    This Stars team seems easier to play against without Zubov, Sydor, Hatcher, Matvichuk.

    Gord I hated that team, so yeah, let’s put up 10!

    Some guy named Modano caused us grief too 🙁

  180. Lowetide says:

    Slepyshev, man. That guy is a player.

  181. JDï™ says:

    Slepyshot!

  182. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    McDavid not gelling with wingers… need a switch…
    Hoping he still gets a point tonight…

  183. Professor Q says:

    JDï™:
    Oskore with a welt on the neck, and jivin’ on the bench.

    swoons…


    He must be feeling Osore…

  184. russ99 says:

    Need more of that, hard, accurate shot under pressure.

    Slepy having a good game tonight.

  185. Centre of attention says:

    Slepyshev just busted Lehtonens mask after running over Dallas player

  186. Pouzar says:

    How do you watch that play by Slepy and……nm.

  187. JDï™ says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Aaaaaaand Modano, Hull, Niewie, Lehtinen, Langenbrunner, Keane, Morrow…

    spits

  188. Bag of Pucks says:

    HT Joe: Some guy named Modano caused us grief too🙁

    True dat. Helluva player.

  189. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lowetide:
    Slepyshev, man. That guy is a player.

    Hopefully he stays in the lineup for the rest of the season… he’s having a hell of a game…

  190. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Slepyshev, man. That guy is a player.

    I have him as one of the three stars tonight for sure

  191. GMB3 says:

    Lowetide:
    Slepyshev, man. That guy is a player.

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

  192. Ice Sage says:

    HT Joe: Some guy named Modano caused us grief too🙁

    Bag of Pucks:
    This Stars team seems easier to play against without Zubov, Sydor, Hatcher, Matvichuk.

    Gord I hated that team, so yeah, let’s put up 10!

    Eff those bastages!
    I never felt such hate for Grant Ledyard though

  193. HT Joe says:

    Pajamah: I’m sure most people here could easily LotR the entire team.

    Klef is Legolas, as he is gorgeous and deadly
    McDavid is Aragorn, heir to the throne.

    And no one will forget the power play wizard, Ryan Nugent-Gandalf

    Now I’m imagining MacTavish as Grima Wormtongue, telling Chia to sign Gustavsson last offseason:
    “Oh, but this signing does not come from me. It comes from the GM. He signed Gustavsson this morning.”

  194. JDï™ says:

    GMB3,

    Heavy shots, leading to chances.

  195. GMB3 says:

    I wonder where Kris Russell sits in the league for time with the puck in his possession. It has to be close to the top of the league with the Russell reset.

  196. Bag of Pucks says:

    hunter1909:
    This Dallas announcer is sensational. Only talks about what’s going on in the game, makes fast technical observations, wtf.

    Isn’t ex Oiler Darryl Reaugh the Stars colour guy? Always thought he was a good broadcaster.

  197. Lowetide says:

    5-1 Oilers after two, 23-17 EDM in shots and Corsi for 5×5 is 33-41 Dallas.

  198. Pajamah says:

    HT Joe: Now I’m imagining MacTavish as Grima Wormtongue, telling Chia to sign Gustavsson last offseason:
    “Oh, but this signing does not come from me. It comes from the GM. He signed Gustavsson this morning.”

    “Too long have you watched over this team. Too long your decisions have haunted fans”

  199. Dicky94 says:

    JDï™,

    Craig “Shin Pads” Ludwig.

  200. leadfarmer says:

    Oil2Oilers: I have him a one of the three stars tonight for sure

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

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