G71 2016-17: CANUCKS AT OILERS

We already have most of the players for the rest of this decade, and in some cases beyond. Connor McDavid, Leon Drisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and Matt Benning are at the young edge of the cluster, and maybe Drake Caggiula, Jujhar Khaira and Anton Slepyshev will join in and become part of the group. A quick note about this matter and what history tells us: Not everyone makes it. I know we have our favorites (I certainly do) but the truth is there are contract pressures and trade pressures and we all thought Brandon Davidson would be here a lot longer. Right? Remember when we spent days and days discussing Davidson’s contract, and how it might have been better to pay a little more for a longer deal? Turns out, it didn’t matter at all. That is a lesson for us, and that truth (not all young players will emerge as long-term answers) is going to become a common theme as time rolls along. Why? Edmonton badly needs inexpensive players who are useful and will pay for them in trade if they do not develop in the system.

 GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, 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: 3-2-1, goal differential +4
  • Oilers after 70, 2015-16: 27-36-7, goal differential -38
  • Oilers after 70, 2016-17: 37-24-9, goal differential +20

G71 last season was a 3-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, Mike Smith stopping 44 shots for the shutout. For this season, we are now into the final lap and with 12 games left 40+ wins and 90+ points should be the expectation. The turn north began early, and the season has produced many positives and a few disappointments along the way. For me, this is a better hockey club than the night the train left the station, and I would mention that game against the Penguins as confirmation that this team is a contender to win a round, and maybe a little more than that. The Oilers may exit the playoffs in a quick hurry, but that is not a slam dunk (and I think it was in the fall).

 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 2-0-0)
  • 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: 3-2-1, 7 points in 6 games

It is tempting to add up all of the winnable games and project the end of the month, but the importance of each game can and will change as we arrive at each game day. For instance, the Monday game against the Kings is a giant story on the horizon, and from this vantage point the road game to LAK later in the month would seem to have similar probable impact. The truth is that the road game in California is very likely to be either far more or far less important than the Monday game. We’ll know when we know.

CENTERS, WOODMONEY

  • Connor McDavid leads the league in points, is No. 2 in 5×5/60, has a fantastic possession number against elite competition, and he plays 36 percent of his 5×5 time against the toughest opposition. Anything else, bitches?
  • I feel like we are close to the “Horcoff is climbing Everest” defense of the Nuge, who spends 41 percent of his time against giants. RNH needs to deliver more offense, but the severity of his playing state needs to be recognized. It is reasonable to contemplate acquiring a less expensive (and less potentially offensive) option for this job next season, especially if the plan is to put Leon back at C.
  • David Desharnais reminds me of Derek Roy so far, magic in the offensive zone but not so much in the defensive zone.
  • Mark Letestu is work the money, full stop. I do think the Oilers are better off using him on special teams and fading his EV time.

LEFT WINGERS, WOODMONEY

  • Patrick Maroon is a helluva story. He has delivered superior performance on the McDavid line for a reasonable dollar. Honestly, if the NHL had a ‘Value Contract of the Year’, Maroon would be a very strong candidate.
  • Milan Lucic has the best boxcars in the group, owing mostly to a newfound power-play ability after all these years. He has improved in recent weeks, and a strong playoff could redeem the early struggles.
  • Benoit Pouliot has had a difficult season, but he isn’t 50 and he hasn’t slowed his step and he is healthy now. His recent upswing hasn’t moved the needle much yet, but I hope the rest of this season and playoffs gives him a chance to change the script.
  • Anton Slepyshev can play either wing and showed really well in the Boston game. He could be an important part of next year’s team, and one of the few inexpensive forwards on the roster in 2017-18.
  • Drake Caggiula has a weird 5×5 versus 5×4 number set. I don’t honestly know if he brings offense in enough quantity to be considered a top 9F option. Suspect we will find out, but the 5×5 number says no and the 5×4 number says giddyup.

RIGHT WINGERS, WOODMONEY

  • Leon Draisaitl is posting an outstanding season, he has an outside chance at 70 points. Leon’s 5×4/60 scoring has been fantastic, and his passing ability is a big part of his line’s offence.
  • Jordan Eberle’s boxcars are beginning to resemble previous totals, although time is running out for the normal 25-30-55 Eberle year. He has performed well in possession against elites, despite much time with from Nuge during a difficult season for the center.
  • Zack Kassian is going to get a raise and he has earned it. I have been very impressed with his abilities while in possession of the puck. His 5×5/60 number is slightly ahead of Leon’s, and Kassian doesn’t play with 97. Kassian’s change in focus may be revealing a new player on the ice, meaning the Oilers might be looking at a more substantial player. Note: He has had a few goals called back, so that 5×5 scoring number could be even higher.
  • Tyler Pitlick and Jesse Puljujarvi are not on the roster, but will have a story to tell in the fall (if Pitlick signs).

ROLE PLAYING FORWARDS, WOODMONEY

  • Jujhar Khaira and Anton Lander (still) are trying to establish themselves, while veteran Matt Hendricks is posting a strong year in possession and scoring a little, too. Have to give him credit.

DEFENSE, WOODMONEY

  • Darnell Nurse is posting a solid sophomore season, a quality step up from his rookie campaign. The Oilers have handled him well (he is playing just 24 percent of his TOI 5×5 against elites), and like Eric Gryba (the other pure third pairing defender) there is a capable duo every night.
  • Matt Benning has a good line in every column, and is a perfect fit for this team. Unlike Nurse and Gryba, he has been spending substantial time against elites, and sawing off the competition at around 50 percent. Solid scoring in both disciplines, mobile and effective. He has been less impactful since the concussion but that’s understandable.
  • Andrej Sekera is posting a very strong season, nice numbers across the board. At one point in the season, it was easy for me to identify him as the best defender on the roster. Not as easy now but Sekera is quality.
  • Kris Russell performs well in WoodMoney relative to team, no doubt about it. What’s more, he and Sekera play against the elites most often (compared to their own time-on-ice totals). His ability to defend makes him effective and he is going to get a big raise in the summer. I wonder if Edmonton can afford him.
  • Adam Larsson has surprised in some ways (rugged) while being an effective defender and providing the team with an edge. He took a little time to settle in, but is part of a solid top  4D and is young enough to fill that role for years to come.
  • Oscar Klefbom’s offense has been very helpful for the Oilers. The young man is also growing into his role with Larsson as top pairing and showing flashes of what will come as he matures. Still takes too many risks, but his range of skills and growing confidence with the puck has me pretty pumped about his future.

STANDINGS

This week keeps getting better for the Oilers. Anaheim grabbed just one point from Buffalo last night, so if Edmonton beats Vancouver tonight they will be in second place in the Pacific Division by midnight. Music!

WILLIAM LAGESSON

It is very difficult to track Oilers prospects in the NCAA, mostly because Canadian coverage of the various divisions is basically nonexistent at this time. SB Nation does an annual Top 100 college players each year, and they are counting down as we speak. Among Oilers prospects, William Lagesson shows up at No. 69.

  • Lagesson is a bright spot on a UMass team that is consistently out-manned and out-played in a deep Hockey East conference. He’s a tough defensive defenseman capable of laying out big hits. He hasn’t shown a lot of progression in his offensive game from his first to second year in college hockey, which could potentially limit his upside in the pro game, but he definitely has potential as a shutdown defender at the NHL level. Source

CRYSTAL BALL

At the beginning of the 1980 training camp, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey were all 19 years old. Jari Kurri and Andy Moog were 20, Kevin Lowe 21. During 1980-81, players under 23 (and not established as NHL players) were Charlie Huddy, Tom Roulston and Roy Sommer. The 1980-81 Wichita Wind (Edmonton’s minor league team) housed Don Ashby, Walt Poddubny, Huddy, Cal Roadhouse, Mike Toal, Mike Forbes, Roulston, Sommer, George Pesut, Paul Messier, Guy Lash, Blair Barnes, Ken Berry, Jim Crosson, Gord Garbutt.

If you and I found a time machine and went back to Wichita (people train runs through Stubbville), would we be able to identify Huddy and Poddubny as the future quality NHL players? No. Some of those young men left us early, others had terrible injuries that ended careers. The future isn’t known to us, so in any conversation involving future success of Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira and Drake Caggiula, words like guarantee should not be part of the conversation. We don’t know what we don’t know.

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  1. speeds says:

    who,

    If they were moving out Pouliot in the same deal, they would only be using an additional 0.5M in cap space.

  2. Pescador says:

    who: I am not advocating trading Eberle but if the oilers need cap space he would be the obvious choice to go. I think Kassian JP, Slepyshev, Pitlick and Pakarinen would be decent depth at the nhl level. Maybe they sign a cheaper vet as well

    No worries Mr Who, I didn’t mean to suggest that you were.
    I hope they can find the cap savings elsewhere, Cheaper versions of Pouliot, Hendricks, Russell(new contract) and flush Fayne. Or does Fayne’s contract expire?
    Will that be enough to sign Leon & keep Eberle?

  3. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    who: You think the oilers can afford Demers salary and term?

    That’s the rub.

    Having 77-6 under 5 and long helps.

    Benning is cheap.

    Nurse’s next contract isn’t expensive either.

    It’s close and would be a slam dunk if it only had 3 years to run instead of 4 imo (Nurse and Benning raises)

  4. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Chachi: Anything is possible I suppose. I am fine with Chiarelli trading the 1st rounder, but I would aim higher than Demers and getting rid of Pouliot.

    Well, the question was specially about that deal and its known that Chia would love be rid of Pou’s $4MM for the next two years.

    So the marginal cost of Demers is only $0.5MM to the cap + Pou replacement so maybe $2.5MM at the high end and you fill two spots.

    Also, I know we value Demers differently.

    I’d prefer Pysyk due to age and salary, but that wasn’t the question.

  5. Chachi says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Well, the question was specially about that deal and its known that Chia would love be rid of Pou’s $4MM for the next two years.

    So the marginal cost of Demers is only $0.5MM to the cap + Pou replacement so maybe $2.5MM at the high endand you fill two spots.

    Also, I know we value Demers differently.

    I’d prefer Pysyk due to age and salary, but that wasn’t the question.

    Yep, my answer to the deal in question was hell no, you have Chiarelli jumping at the opportunity. It does come down to how we value Demers.

  6. Admiral Ackbar says:

    For 7 years I lived in Van and listened to their ignorant fans beaking every team in the league during the Sedins prime. I’m happy I don’t live in that pretentious garbage city anymore but I sure wish I was in town tonight!! 🙂

    GOILERS!

  7. treevojo says:

    Tonight Connor will put up a hatty

    Vancouver blows

    Bet woodguy’s condo on it!

  8. Lowetide says:

    John Marino with an assist for Harvahd.

  9. PhrankLee says:

    106 and 106,

    In my mind it’s 1000+ min 5×5 within the top 30

  10. Professor Q says:

    McDavid wasn’t a fan of that fan.

  11. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Trading a ~20th overall pick in a “weak” draft for an Actual NHL Top 4 Dman while shipping out a slightly expensive LW whom you do not like is not expensive.

    It’s a helluva deal.

    For you. I value Pouliot. And the 1st.

  12. Professor Q says:

    I think they’re definitely playing a bit better than Vancouver at the moment, but just need to tighten up a bit more.

  13. Lowetide says:

    Great chance for Leon.

  14. Professor Q says:

    Damn it. I hate those misses.

  15. Centre of attention says:

    Goals in 4 straight for Jaedon Descheneau 1-0 Condors

  16. Lowetide says:

    Jaedon Descheneau scored again, from Scott Allen and Patrick Russell. That line has been heating up.

  17. theDjdj says:

    Larsson has such old man strength. Just bullying the Nucks forward there

  18. GMB3 says:

    Yawn. Ugly hockey so far

  19. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Hmmm…weak call…

  20. Centre of attention says:

    Shots on goal are 2-1 Edmonton

    Who was it who bet the over tonight on 5?

    🙂

    Who knows maybe after somebody breaks the ice it blows right open and there’s goals everywhere.

  21. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Nm… call is legit

  22. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Annoying how Randorph has to spend the entire game not talking about the Oilers.

    Boy they look sluggish tonight. There are no easy wins in the NHL boys! Get it going!

  23. kgo says:

    Puck is bouncing everywhere….worst ice in the NHL?

  24. spoiler says:

    Admiral Ackbar: Annoying how Randorph has to spend the entire game not talking about the Oilers.

    Every single time they play on HNIC, But we have Louie in our corner.

  25. Professor Q says:

    I think Edmonton should employ a practice technique of using tennis balls, like the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers.

  26. kgo says:

    Beauty backcheck by Lil D

  27. Professor Q says:

    St. Louis winning right now; Edmonton can’t afford to lose!

    They also won’t score any time soon…yes…

  28. Centre of attention says:

    Oilers need to skate with the puck and start applying up ice pressure in their zone.

    They seem way to passive tonight when Canucks have possession.

  29. spoiler says:

    We get told about Bachman’s amazing saves long before whoever might have shot the puck for the Oilers.

  30. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Not getting a good vibe on this game tonight…

  31. Centre of attention says:

    Kassian is a beauty

  32. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow… where did thursdays Oilers go??

  33. GMB3 says:

    This guy loves talking about the Canucks…

  34. Admiral Ackbar says:

    What a lazy period. I hope TMac blasts them for it.

  35. spoiler says:

    I’m going to go with The Long Walk for that period.

    Certainly was no Joyland.

  36. Centre of attention says:

    Oilers played awful and they still could have been up a goal off Draisaitls missed tap in.

    I think they’ll be ok as long as they get one on the powerplay

  37. Lowetide says:

    0-0 after 1, 8-7 Canucks in shots, 14-14 Corsi. McDavid line seems betwixt and between

  38. Professor Q says:

    Really odd OT non-offside call on Panarin.

    I really wish the NHL and officials were more consistent on such issues.

  39. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    That first period was complete horseshit.

  40. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    0-0 after 1, 8-7 Canucks in shots, 14-14 Corsi. McDavid line seems betwixt and between

    Literal bad bounces abound!

  41. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler: For you.I value Pouliot. And the 1st.

    No, the question was “would Chiarelli”

    He brought Demers to EDM for a look see when he didn’t have the Hall-Larsson thing done.

    He doesn’t like Pou.

    He has stated his preference for “Lefty-Righty”

    I was answering the question posed by Speeds.

  42. OilSafety says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    That first period was complete horseshit.

    Seconded

  43. Pouzar says:

    Professor Q:
    Really odd OT non-offside call on Panarin.

    I really wish the NHL and officials were more consistent on such issues.

    (NOTE) A player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side.”

  44. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Chachi: Yep, my answer to the deal in question was hell no, you have Chiarelli jumping at the opportunity. It does come down to how we value Demers.

    I think it comes down to how Peter values Demers and Pou.

    As I mentioned to Spolier, Peter arranged to fly Demers here for a visit before the Hall trade went down.

    He’d love to get Pou off the books.

  45. OilSafety says:

    They need to start playing the motivational videos they show in the arena in the dressing room.

  46. Chachi says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I think it comes down to how Peter values Demers and Pou.

    As I mentioned to Spolier, Peter arranged to fly Demers here for a visit before the Hall trade went down.

    He’d love to get Pou off the books.

    I think Peter kicked the tires on Demers, didn’t like the cost and moved on. I doubt he goes back to a player he was happy to move on from.

  47. Professor Q says:

    Pouzar: (NOTE) A player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side.”

    The debate is on whether he had control or not, as he was in the process of passing it.

    And the refs have definitely not been consistent on ruling according to that ink word for word. You can bet if it was an Edmonton player the goal would have been overturned.

  48. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I think it comes down to how Peter values Demers and Pou.

    Precisely what I was saying when you disagreed with me.

    SMH

  49. Lowetide says:

    That was an absolutely horrible shift by the McDavid line.

  50. delooper says:

    Yeah, sequence of passes to nowhere. People not looking where they pass, or where the puck is.

  51. spoiler says:

    If you have children watching this game you may want to cover their eyes.

    #badhabits

  52. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Playing lazily. TMac! Smack some heads!

  53. hags9k says:

    Oscar’s shot has been quietly improving and is becoming a real weapon.

  54. spoiler says:

    We had the puck. It was our puck.

  55. Pouzar says:

    Professor Q: The debate is on whether he had control or not, as he was in the process of passing it.

    And the refs have definitely not been consistent on ruling according to that ink word for word. You can bet if it was an Edmonton player the goal would have been overturned.

    I saw it. Thought it was the right call. *shrug*

  56. jake70 says:

    Lazy icing by Maroon….can’t do that in playoffs…get their draw weight down…

  57. spoiler says:

    Pouzar: I saw it. Thought it was the right call. *shrug*

    Pretty easily the right call, no? Not sure why it was in dispute

  58. jake70 says:

    Lowetide:
    That was an absolutely horrible shift by the McDavid line.

    Still think they need a right shot on that line….all 3 are left…..

  59. Admiral Ackbar says:

    You’d think Bachman was the next Carey Price the way they keep talking about him……

    Every goalie hasn’t let in a goal until they let in a goal. Is he actually the only positive in the Canucks lineup? They’ve avoided Oiler positives so much that they’re pumping the tires of backup goalies!

  60. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man… the Sedin sisters are eating our lunch tonight…

  61. Pouzar says:

    Man Nuge has no clue what to do with the puck offensively anymore.

  62. delooper says:

    Is it against NHL rules to have a stick with two curves? I’m thinking it would be like a normal stick near the heel, but at the toe it would be a bit thicker. So you could have a curve on your forhand, and a more natural/flat stick for your backhand.

  63. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Place and chase not working tmac… change it up!!

  64. Pouzar says:

    spoiler: Pretty easily the right call, no? Not sure why it was in dispute

    I thought it was an easy call yeah.

  65. Professor Q says:

    Pouzar: I saw it. Thought it was the right call. *shrug*

    Of course you did.

    *shrug*

  66. Lowetide says:

    Nuge is skating well tonight.

  67. Professor Q says:

    spoiler: Pretty easily the right call, no? Not sure why it was in dispute

    Just questioned in media etc. I don’t think it was questioned much on the ice.

    But don’t start being arrogant. You know damned well that those calls have been tight lately. Don’t pretend that it’s easy and plain and clear just because it was I who brought it up. You’ve all commented and lamented when Edmonton has been called offside or had a few goals called off on similar goals.

  68. Admiral Ackbar says:

    delooper,

    Go to bed! You’re drunk! 😉

  69. leadfarmer says:

    GMB3:
    This guy loves talking about the Canucks…

    I’m probably in the minority but I’m actually kind of curious where the hell the Canucks found their lineup.

  70. treevojo says:

    delooper:
    Is it against NHL rules to have a stick with two curves?I’m thinking it would be like a normal stick near the heel, but at the toe it would be a bit thicker.So you could have a curve on your forhand, and a more natural/flat stick for your backhand.

    Your right.

    This game is little on the boring side.

  71. Jon K says:

    This is not a great game for execution or entertainment.

  72. spoiler says:

    Professor Q: Just questioned in media etc.

    But don’t start being arrogant. You know damned well that those calls have been tight lately. Don’t pretend that it’s easy and plain and clear.

    WTF?

  73. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors‏Verified account @Condors 28s28 seconds ago
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    Oesterle with 19 points in 23 games. Lander with 44 points in 31 games. LaLeggia with 20 points in last 28 games. 2-2 with 8 min. left.

  74. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ok guys… let’s swing the momentum in our favor!!!

  75. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Classic game of playing down to their competition.

  76. Professor Q says:

    delooper,

    It could also be curved in perpendicular directions, right?

  77. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler: Precisely what I was saying when you disagreed with me.

    SMH

    No, you precisely said “for you”

    You should shake your head again and clear out the cobwebs.

  78. Surly says:

    Cramarossa? Was he on the Apprentice?

  79. Professor Q says:

    They’ve started playing terribly now.

  80. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0: No, you precisely said “for you”

    You should shake your head again and clear out the cobwebs.

    Wow is it nuts in here tonight.

  81. norm_klassen says:

    Oilers playing with pre-season level effort

  82. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ffs the Oil can’t make passes to save their lives tonight…

  83. Admiral Ackbar says:

    These clowns are obviously hungover!!!!!! Not good enough TMac. Rally your troops!!

    I can’t show up to work hungover, why can these kids!?

  84. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    F$&@ing FINALLY!!!

  85. treevojo says:

    Only 2 more to go and I gotta condo.

  86. jp says:

    Gorgeous goal!

    Waking everyone from a slumber hopefully.

  87. spoiler says:

    CEEE EMMM DEEE!!!!!!!

  88. Professor Q says:

    Instant change in mood, I’ll admit it.

    Still think they should change the goal song, however.

  89. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler: Wow is it nuts in here tonight.

    I just re-read all your responses to me on this subject.

    You’re wrong on how you characterized your responses.

    I was also having a pleasant exchange with you until your last response which included the juvenile “smh” thing.

    You may want to look in the mirror on the “nuts” thing

  90. Admiral Ackbar says:

    ALL is forgiven!

  91. Pouzar says:

    Professor Q: Of course you did.

    *shrug*

    Is this one of those joke thingys????

  92. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    He shoots instead of passing from the slot… Goal!!!
    Shoot like that more often kid… you have the skill…

  93. Pouzar says:

    spoiler: Wow is it nuts in here tonight.

    LOL…my joke meter is off too….tough sledding.

  94. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Looks like the bookies had the o/u right.

    Glad I didn’t hit it hard.

  95. Lowetide says:

    The Oilers are up by a goal because of 97 and whatever number Talbot wears.

  96. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    This started with you commenting on my responses to Speeds. Perhaps you should start there.

    And smh isn’t juvenile, it’s a short expression for disbelief, which was honest on my part.

    ______

    Edit:

    BRING BACK 1.000000000000!!!

    Lol

  97. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Thank god talbot is on tonight… Canucks seem to know exactly where to be when we’re trying to pass it out… I don’t like it… but at least we’re up by one…

  98. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    The Oilers are up by a goal because of 97 and whatever number Talbot wears.

    This feels like the Habs game. I don’t like that feeling. *drinks*

  99. Jon K says:

    Bad icing by Nurse after a long shift. Great scoring chance against that could have easily been a goal. Grumble.

  100. OilSafety says:

    Lowetide:
    Nuge is skating well tonight.

    Definitely got some hustle

  101. treevojo says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Looks like the bookies had the o/u right.

    Glad I didn’t hit it hard.

    Don’t worry

    Connor has another two in him.

    I bet it heavy.

    Big condo!

  102. digger50 says:

    I joined the game at the 18min mark in the second just as Benning gave the puck away. Period did not look good, Benning and Nurse getting worked. Hope to see Gryba next game.

  103. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Pouzar,

    This…

  104. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Pouzar,

    Definitely a hangover, lazy day. They’re going to sit on this bloody lead…. I can smell it.

  105. spoiler says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    ALL is forgiven!

    Having a McDeity makes this possible.

  106. JDï™ says:

    Pouzar: tough sledding.

    What do you have against sleds?

  107. Jon K says:

    Aside from a bad shift at the end of the period, the 2nd line has looked the best so far tonight. Not seeing much from the rest of the lineup save for McDavid’s nice goal.

  108. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    treevojo,

    I gotta know… a condo?

  109. OilSafety says:

    I’m doing the best I can from the upper decks boys but I’m going hoarse. Maybe if they let me in the dressing room…..

  110. sliderule says:

    The oilers are playing horseshit

    Why all those blind bad passes that are nearly always turnovers

    Draisaitl used to be the only one doing it but it’s become infectious.

    Speaking of Leon he has to be injured

    The last few games he has had several awkward looking stumbles and falls.

  111. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar: That depends…have you gotten your tetanus shot?

    Yes but I’ve sterilized the pitchfork if that’s your first choice. What’s with your lawn anyway?

  112. spoiler says:

    I actually like that point by Kypreos and I can’t remember the last time I thought that.

  113. Pouzar says:

    JDï™: What do you have against sleds?

    You now? Can I have 1 night?

  114. jzed says:

    TMac needs to air out his lungs this intermission. Lots of swishing and stick checks. Jesus, they need this game, every one knows it , and it’s THE ONE and our goalie making the difference. Kassian et al need to ramp it up and they need to dominate this period.

  115. JDï™ says:

    Pouzar,

    Sorry I’m late – dance recital ran long. On the bright side, my plies rocked.

  116. Gret99zky says:

    If they try to sit on this lead, with their iffy defensive game and poor coverage…

    gonna…lose…it….

  117. Pouzar says:

    JDï™:
    Pouzar,

    Sorry I’m late – dance recital ran long. On the bright side, my plies rocked.

    Jazzercise rules!

  118. digger50 says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    These clowns are obviously hungover!!!!!! Not good enough TMac. Rally your troops!!

    I can’t show up to work hungover, why can these kids!?

    Did I miss something? Was there talk of a party or something?

  119. Professor Q says:

    Pouzar,

    Still arrogant.

  120. Lowetide says:

    1-0 Oilers 19-16 VAN in shots, 31-38 Canucks 5×5 Corsi for after two.

  121. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    Pouzar,

    Sorry I’m late – dance recital ran long. On the bright side, my plies rocked.

    Coulda so went with “jeters” there. 😉

  122. Pouzar says:

    Professor Q:
    Pouzar,

    Still arrogant.

    wow.

  123. treevojo says:

    digger50: Did I miss something? Was there talk of a party or something?

    They were out with the Blackhawks last night.

    Recipe for winning by only one.

  124. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler: For you. I value Pouliot. And the 1st.

    I was responding to your direct responses to me, which were:

    For you. I value Pouliot. And the 1st.

    When I was answering what I thought Peter would do.

    Also,

    SMH is very dismissive.

    Also,

    This whole thing is fucking dumb and I agree to end it.

  125. jzed says:

    TMac needs to play a little game with the boys, “so the fish is actually a crown, get it , a freaking crown….

  126. Professor Q says:

    Pouzar: wow.

    “Wow” indeed.

    You and Spoiler need to save your heads and go to sleep.

    I’m done for the night.

  127. Lowetide says:

    Terrible first shift by the Oilers to start the third.

  128. Pouzar says:

    Professor Q: “Wow” indeed.

    Shave your head and go to sleep.

    I will refrain commenting on anything related to anything and stick to my specialty of “4th line construction”.

  129. BONE207 says:

    JDï™:
    Pouzar,

    Sorry I’m late – dance recital ran long. On the bright side, my plies rocked.

    As long as you keep your toes pointed. They like that in ballet.

  130. BeerMe says:

    Is it just my addled attention span or is this game a snoozer?

  131. Pouzar says:

    BeerMe:
    Is it just my addled attention span or is this game a snoozer?

    *shrug*

  132. digger50 says:

    Lowetide:
    Terrible first shift by the Oilers to start the third.

    Yes,

    Play the forth line, play simple, exit the zone

  133. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously terrible passing….

  134. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Terrible first shift by the Oilers to start the third.

    This is starting to look like the Habs game.

  135. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Which was a response to an earlier response you had already made to me. And missed a subsequent post made by me. It’s something you frequently do to all of us in your “hot take” serial responses. You go fast sometimes and miss stuff.

    And how you can get dismissive out of that smh is beyond me. I was commenting on the fact we were essentially agreeing despite you disagreeing. Why would I be dismissive?

    And you’re right we should drop this. Agreed and done.

  136. treevojo says:

    BeerMe:
    Is it just my addled attention span or is this game a snoozer?

    The comment section has far more bite to it.

  137. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    BONE207: This is starting to look like the Habs game.

    Yep…

  138. JDï™ says:

    Milk that one goal lead!

  139. BONE207 says:

    treevojo: The comment section has far more bite to it.

    Did Hall get traded again?

  140. Surly says:

    Linesman looked like he was already at Diamonds for his night-cap the way he signalled that tipped-shot by the Oil over the glass

  141. gogliano says:

    BONE207: This is starting to look like the Habs game.

    Except the ‘Nucks look likely less likely to solve Talbot.

  142. BONE207 says:

    Another call our way. Nice to not be the league door mat.

  143. Jon K says:

    BeerMe:
    Is it just my addled attention span or is this game a snoozer?

    Personally I find myself perking up for the commercial breaks.

  144. JDï™ says:

    gogliano,

    Never underestimate piss cutters.

  145. BONE207 says:

    gogliano: Except the ‘Nucks look likely less likely to solve Talbot.

    True but their scoring opportunities are superior

  146. spoiler says:

    BONE207:
    Another call our way. Nice to not be the league door mat.

    Had me holding my breath.

  147. Pouzar says:

    So what is the story on the idiot who cheapshot Ryan Smyth? Has he moved yet?

  148. spoiler says:

    Keep hoping Gretz is our secret playoff weapon.

  149. JDï™ says:

    Dys playing like they have an AHL goalie back there.

  150. Gret99zky says:

    Canucks look like they’ve been on a PP the entire third period thus far.

  151. jzed says:

    Watching stationary players slap at the puck, call a freakin time out, call them out, this is bulldhit.

  152. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar:
    So what is the story on the idiot who cheapshot Ryan Smyth? Has he moved yet?

    He got 4 games without pay & an in person hearing with the mayor

  153. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    This is probably one of the WORST games we’ve played all year… McDavid and Talbot only reason we’re in it at all…

  154. Pouzar says:

    Score Effects.

  155. spoiler says:

    I cannot stand one bounce changes the result games

  156. delooper says:

    I can imagine some ex-NHL players would be super-frustrating to play against. If Smyth continued to do the kinds of things he did in the NHL at the beer-league level, he’s pretty much begging for that kind of thing.

    In the beer leagues here in Victoria I’d come home with ruptured blood vessels in my legs. Took a month for the blood clots to clear out. Older Canadians are some of the meanest pieces of garbage you’ve ever seen on a hockey rink.

    Oregon was sooooo much more fun to play adult beer-league hockey. I felt like a superstar.

  157. norm_klassen says:

    oilers are playing like shapoo

  158. Lowetide says:

    Oilers are not playing well. At all.

  159. treevojo says:

    BONE207: Did Hall get traded again?

    Not yet.

    Florida hasn’t made demers available for trade.

  160. BONE207 says:

    delooper:
    I can imagine some ex-NHL players would be super-frustrating to play against. If Smyth continued to do the kinds of things he did in the NHL at the beer-league level, he’s pretty much begging for that kind of thing.

    In the beer leagues here in Victoria I’d come home with ruptured blood vessels in my legs.Took a month for the blood clots to clear out.Older Canadians are some of the meanest pieces of garbage you’ve ever seen on a hockey rink.

    Oregon was sooooo much more fun to play adult beer-league hockey.I felt like a superstar.

    Japan is the place for you.

  161. admiralmark says:

    What the hell is up with this team and HNC?! Losing to this lineup is appalling.

  162. delooper says:

    BONE207: Japan is the place for you.

    In France, you shake hands with the other team **before** the hockey game starts.

    I recall thinking “does this mean I’m not supposed to hurt you?”

  163. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously!? Tmac family made scrabble?!

  164. jzed says:

    Talbot eyeing the clock , then the inevitable penalty. We are not so far removed from numbingly stupid efforts to have forgotten the sinking feeling as you watch the shit show unravel before your eyes. C’mon guys

  165. Professor Q says:

    Should not have gone for the pass there.

  166. spoiler says:

    AAARRRGGHHHHH!!!!

  167. BeerMe says:

    That was a sick play, too bad

  168. BONE207 says:

    Randorf just jinxed us. No power play goals by Van in some time. Oilers hate droughts.

  169. norm_klassen says:

    I know they cant go all out every game. but oilers brought there C game against canucks A game

  170. Jon K says:

    admiralmark:
    What the hell is up with this team and HNC?! Losing to this lineup is appalling.

    I don’t think this game has anything to do with HNC. This game looks more like a team relaxing mentally based on the opponent after an intense game against Boston.

  171. JDï™ says:

    Need a third line goal.

  172. spoiler says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    That was an incredible piece of trivia.

  173. GMB3 says:

    That shorty would have ended it.
    Do you guys think McDavid scores 30 this year? I could see him heating up down the stretch

  174. spoiler says:

    I think Lieutenant Milan has got a new set o’ legs.

  175. Diablo says:

    Nothing rhymes tonight (except McDavid’s wrist shot). Just like the Habs game – can’t string together 2 clean passes to get any kind of transition going. Credit the Dys though, they’ve been hustling to take away the Oiler’s space. Plus every damn time the puck bounces it seems to end up in the Canucks favour.

  176. BONE207 says:

    Little better since the penalty. Maybe the alarm went off

  177. norm_klassen says:

    GMB3i think 30 goals 97 points was my guess to start the year

  178. jzed says:

    Officially sitting on the lead, replay on the short handed try, he had to shoot, could have skated the puck into the net, be calm, settle down….

  179. Lowetide says:

    Letestu scored.

  180. BONE207 says:

    Testube!!!!

  181. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    MARK LETESTU!!!

  182. spoiler says:

    Finally, whew.

  183. BeerMe says:

    Beautiful

  184. Diablo says:

    Nice PP

  185. The Trade Guy says:

    That was a sick pass

  186. BeerMe says:

    I was holding my breath that entire PP

  187. BONE207 says:

    They fumbled around in the dark but found the switch

  188. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    EMPTY NET!!! Get the puck to McDavid!!!

  189. Gret99zky says:

    Test Tube, Baby!!!

  190. jzed says:

    Put Maroon out there, no doubt he’s had a few practice reps after the last game

  191. delooper says:

    Vancouver really has a player named Shamu? Really??!?!?

  192. BeerMe says:

    Gret99zky:
    Test Tube, Baby!!!

    There’s a fertility joke somewhere in here

  193. BONE207 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    EMPTY NET!!! Get the puck to McDavid!!!

    Have the canucks load up their ahl ers & turn em loose.

  194. spoiler says:

    Professor Q:
    Should not have gone for the pass there.

    I’m glad you didn’t leave. Really, there’s nothing in it.

  195. BONE207 says:

    Granlund is not going to sleep well.

  196. BONE207 says:

    Sphincter clenching end

  197. Pouzar says:

    Fuhr and those DR pads

  198. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously… I call bs…

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