G72 2016-17: KINGS AT OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings have played some huge games over the last four decades, and met often in the playoffs during the 80’s glory days for Edmonton.  The last time LAK-EDM played in the postseason, the rosters were overundersidewaysdown. The Kings deployed Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Charlie Huddy and Marty McSorley. Edmonton? Bernie Nicholls led both teams in scoring during the 1992 matchup, which is the last time these two clubs met in the second season. The teams have met seven times in the postseason, Edmonton winning five and losing in 1982 and 1989. Tonight could go a long way to making sure the two  teams don’t see each other in the playoffs this spring.

 PIKES PEAK, 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: 4-2-1, goal differential +6
  • Oilers after 71, 2015-16: 27-37-7, goal differential -41
  • Oilers after 71, 2016-17: 38-24-9, goal differential +22
G72 a year ago was a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators James Neal. Year over year the Oilers are +63 in goal differential and have 24 more standings points. Music! Miles to go and we are heading for another summer of change (imo) but the team is better by a lot based on the standings.

 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 3-0-0)
  • 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: 4-2-1, 9 points in 7 games

If the Oilers win tonight, the month of March sets up very well. Two games against Colorado coming up, along with 11 points in the first eight games, should mean 15 points (or more) await us at the end of the month. Climbing Pikes Peak has been easier than anticipated so far, but there are traps and hazards to the right and left.

50-MAN LIST

I thought it might be an idea to go over each of these names and project the summer line by line, or, more to the point, contract by contract.

  • UFA’s (10): I don’t think the Oilers will have enough to sign Kris Russell, unless a more reasonable number will satisfy his demands. Even then, the length of the deal is likely to rich for Edmonton. David Desharnais is showing well offensively in these early days, but we can probably agree it is too early to offer any kind of opinion. Andrew Ference, Matt Hendricks and Jonas Gustavsson are unlikely to return, and Eric Gryba would  likely be a training camp invite (again) or a late summer value signing. Jordan Oesterle (listed incorrectly on this graph as an RFA) and Tyler Pitlick are two of the more likely signings from Edmonton’s group. Mark Fraser and Justin Fontaine are later items, say August, but Fontaine probably fits the Oilers needs pretty well on a two-way deal.
  • RFA’s (14): Leon Draisaitl is the top priority and I think we have talked ourselves into a bridge. This will be the free agent contract of summer for Oilers fans. Zack Kassian’s deal is also important, and I’m not saying it writes itself, but we should be able to get it surrounded by saying two years times something reasonable. A bunch of no-brainers: Griffin Reinhart, Jujhar Khaira, Joey Laleggia, Dillon Simpson, are followed by an even longer list of players who are likely to ease on down the road: Anton Lander, Bogdan Yakimov, Henrik Samuelsson, Jere Sallinen, Zach Pochiro, David Musil, Eetu Laurikainen. I will tell you, the only difficult decision for me is Iiro Pakarinen, and only because Todd McLellan appears to value him. Then again, maybe the call is to move him along because the coach relies on him.
  • Signed but in junior for one more year (1): Tyler Benson remains a substantial prospect if he can stay healthy, but he is already losing precious development time due to injury ala Marc Pouliot.
  • New Hires (3): Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, Ryan Mantha all begin their pro careers in the fall and each of them should be considered bona fide prospects. We learned a long time ago, during the Jeff Petry-Taylor Chorney-Cody Wild era, that when three arrive at the station chances are only one will ride it to the end of the line. I do think this is a very promising group.
  • Matriculating from way back in pro (5): Braden Christoffer, Kyle Platzer, Greg Chase, Patrick Russell, Ben Betker. I’m not saying these five men are doomed to fail, only that their pro resumes don’t resemble those of previous NHL players during their development years. We haven’t seen them emerge as strong and productive AHL players on a consistent basis.
  • Signed Players Maybe Probably Leaving (2): Mark Fayne is probably going to get bought out, and I think Peter Chiarelli will try to move Benoit Pouliot. That is not the same as me saying it is a good idea, but BP will go if they can find a way imo.
  • Leaving if Necessary (2): Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle may have to go in order to re-set the cap. Based on rumors and discussion, Nuge to Carolina for Justin Faulk seems to be the kind of move we could see. Eberle? Maybe to Brooklyn for Hamonic? Maybe it’s a bigger deal and Strome comes over, too? We wait, and of course the playoffs could change everything.
  • Pushing for bigger roles (5): Drake Caggiula, Jesse Puljujarvi, Anton Slepyshev,Laurent Brossoit, Nick Ellis.
  • Heart of the Order (10): Connor McDavid is going to sign a contract with many numbers and several commas. He will be worth more than the contract. The other nine men in the heart of the order look like this: Patrick Maroon, Milan Lucic, Mark Letestu, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson, Andrej Sekera, Darnell Nurse, Cam Talbot, Matt Benning.

POSSIBLE 50-MAN AFTER THE CULLS, BEFORE THE PROCUREMENT

  • If Peter Chiarelli sandpapers the 50-man down to 34 (one slide rule: Tyler Benson) that should give him plenty of room to wheel.
  • I think the Oilers are going to count on Jesse Puljujarvi for a second-line role, but also have plenty of backup in Tyler Pitlick, Anton Slepyshev and even Zack Kassian. For this reason, I think Eberle is the less likely of the Steve Austin’s to be moved this summer.
  • The Edmonton Oilers have a criminal lack of depth in terms of scoring wingers. It’s really a concern. I think we will see a substantial number of CHL and NCAA free-agent forwards signed (like three or four if you include AHL deals).
  • If they can afford to move Leon back to center, and keep Nuge, that is the best center depth chart east of Pittsburgh, in my opinion.
  • I kept Benoit Pouliot because there is no obvious replacement for him. Seriously. If Benson had drilled the WHL for 92 points (that was his pace), or Drake Caggiula had scored 15 goals, or Jujhar Khaira had a little more offense, we could talk. The one guy on the roster who may have the chops to do it? Anton Slepyshev, but we still don’t have him surrounded offensively.
  • Zack Kassian may have more offense in him than previously shown. His 5×5/60 numbers over his career suggest a full 82-game schedule with skill might bring out a 15-goal man at evens. That has value. With scoring wingers at a premium, I think Kassian and Pitlick are signed and make the team in the fall.
  • In looking at this list, one thing Peter Chiarelli has been doing from day one of arrival: Build up the middle.
  • The Cam Talbot trade was filthy.

Eric’s statement is going to be a key element for the 2017-18 season. The Oilers will have fewer bonus contracts (Leon, Reinhart) to deal with, so JP can run free and of course he has an additional year of experience. If the Oilers can replace this year’s RW skill lines depth chart (Leon-Eberle) with Eberle-Puljujarvi and get 45-50 goals, that will go a long way to solving the scoring riddle on this team. That’s one reason why the theme on this blog through spring and early summer is going to be Nuge as more vulnerable to trade than Eberle.

STANDINGS

I haven’t talked about it much this morning, because it is so obvious. The loss in Calgary last night was devastating for the Kings, and a loss in regulation tonight probably brings out the death rattle. Are the Oilers a team that can close? We see the Flames put that game away impressively last night, let’s see if Edmonton can do the same.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

It’s Monday, rise and shine! Spring too, people! We hit the air running at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Scott Burnside, ESPN. The Art Ross and Hart race are on fire! Plus, we are getting closer to knowing who makes the playoffs, but matchups are still a blur.
  • Kent Wilson, Flames Nation. Calgary looks very, very good.
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Brady jerseys, NCAA brackets, Oilers-Kings.
  • Sunil Agnihotri, Copper & Blue plus The SuperFan. What to expect from this week.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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  1. gogliano says:

    treevojo:
    If Dallas can hold on.

    San Jose going cold at the right time.

    1st in the pacific can still happen.

    2 games left between the two squads too.

  2. Professor Q says:

    Edmonton will never score another empty net goal this season.

  3. square_wheels says:

    Fuck ya Talbot is the man !

  4. marty62 says:

    nice!!

  5. spoiler says:

    Talbot back-to-back shutouts… probably tired.

  6. russ99 says:

    Shutout!!

  7. jp says:

    Back to back shutouts, wow. This team is a lot of fun these days!

  8. Gerta Rauss says:

    Outstanding win

    Biggest game for this franchise since the ’06 run imo

  9. The Trade Guy says:

    Oilers are legit and they helped eliminate one of my least favourite teams.

  10. speeds says:

    12 points up with 10 games to go? Even if you were expecting a turn around, were you expecting that?

  11. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Annnnd we’re back in front of the fLames! As it should be…

  12. StixMalone says:

    Wonder if LA implodes the team and if Sutter will be gone….

  13. square_wheels says:

    Carly Agro !!!!!!! Love me some Carly Shoulders !!!!

  14. Ice Sage says:

    russ99:
    Shutout!!

    Now it can be said!

    At the beginning of the year, McDavid was a known game changer.

    Talbot is now in that category. Best G (barring playoff Roli) since Ranford. Feels so good.

  15. Gerta Rauss says:

    I think we’ll see (more of) LB down the stretch here

    I believe we summited Pike’s Peak tonight-still some work to do in the final 10 but tonight gets us into the playoffs

  16. The Trade Guy says:

    Ice Sage: Now it can be said!

    At the beginning of the year, McDavid was a known game changer.

    Talbot is now in that category.Best G (barring playoff Roli) since Ranford.Feels so good.

    uh Cujo was like one of the best I ever saw.

  17. Suntory Hanzo says:

    A few thoughts:

    1) 97. Never take him for granted. He’s a god damned sorcerer.

    2) 6. Absolutely badass. Sitting on my couch, my back started feeling like Craig Simpsons the way he unleashed those cross checks to dudes behind the net.

    3). 27 played well in all situations.

    4) I want Sleppy and Benning back, but understand the opponent at times calls for a different dynamic

    5) I live in BC with Canuck, Habs Jets fans as friends. For the first time in years I feel unafraid of any team in the league.

    6) glad ktaxhuxk got some games. At least now he has a record.

    7) fuck the Flames.

  18. spoiler says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    I’ve had the first COL pencilled on the calendar for awhile, but dunno if we’ll see him other than that.

  19. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update:

    After laying a beat down on the corpse of the LA Kings, Oilers back on track for a 99 point finish. The jolly Death Marchers returning with 99 point final Oilers season predictions are:

    Gordies Elbow
    Shane
    Cahoon
    Oil Hub
    Zelepukin
    Mr Sakich
    Stush 18
    Judged Rude
    Nate 780

  20. Suntory Hanzo says:

    The Trade Guy,

    I was going to say this. I remember taking down Dallas and Colorado in 96 and 97. He was insane.

  21. jm363561 says:

    Nice, solid win for the Oil. I see Looch as finally clicking into gear. The team looks, dare I say it, balanced and has reasonable depth (other than G). Things could get interesting in April.

    Really don’t get Caggiula.Really, really don’t get Caggiula over Sleps.

  22. jonrmcleod says:

    Don’t look now, but first place in the Pacific is now within reach. Only 4 points behind the Sharks with 10 games to go.

  23. Scungilli says:

    Doughty crosschecked Eberle into the boards and onto his face. My 7 year old says ‘if I’m in the NHL somehow and Doughty is still there, I’m going to check him through the boards. Not the glass Dad, through the boards”.

    I’m not sure what to think about that. But I like it.

    Fantastic run here, this is completely in their hands now. Great improvement in team play and tempo through the season. Larsson is freakin’ brilliant to me. Talk about calm ice. Talbot might be a keeper.

  24. npanciroli says:

    Larsson has completely dominated this year, he just wears guys down and makes it easier for everyone else. MVP after McDavid and Talbot for me.

  25. Zelepukin says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I think we’ll see (more of) LB down the stretch here

    I believe we summited Pike’s Peak tonight-still some work to do in the final 10 but tonight gets us into the playoffs

    Ya first COL is obvious, 2nd COL probably not as there is 2 days rest before LAK, but you never know. Then give him the last 2 at VAN maybe. It’s tough cause you want Talbot on top of his game for the playoffs but you want to be ready to go as far as possible and no goalie in the league will have played as much as Talbo.

  26. jp says:

    Ice Sage: And less offence… hmmm…

    Not true actually. Larsson is already ahead in terms of offense. Gator was a beauty, but he topped out at 20 pts in his best season. Larsson already has a 24 point season under his belt (14-15), and might make it again this year..

  27. GMB3 says:

    Edmonton wins games by scores of 7-1, 7-4, and then decide that it’s time to tighten up the defense and win two 2-0 games in a row.

    This is a team of many flavours. Most of them are pretty good.

  28. Zelepukin says:

    jonrmcleod:
    Don’t look now, but first place in the Pacific is now within reach. Only 4 points behind the Sharks with 10 games to go.

    And 2 games against them. Totally achievable.

  29. GMB3 says:

    Minnesota has lost 5 in a row heading into the game against San Jose, odds are they come out pretty strong.

  30. spoiler says:

    Scungilli: Talbot might be a keeper.

    Nice one, lol.

  31. dustrock says:

    Kings are getting older, have some nasty contracts and no real prospect depth.

    Carter $5.27m for 5 more years.

    Doughty $7m 2 more years.

    Richards $1.32m 3 more years.

    Gaborik $4.875m 4 more years.

    Kopitar $10m for 7 more years (!!!)

    Quick $5.8m for 6 more years.

    Brown $5.875m for 5 more years.

  32. GMB3 says:

    dustrock:
    Kings are getting older, have some nasty contracts and no real prospect depth.

    Carter $5.27m for 5 more years.

    Doughty $7m 2 more years.

    Richards $1.32m 3 more years.

    Gaborik $4.875m 4 more years.

    Kopitar $10m for 7 more years (!!!)

    Quick $5.8m for 6 more years.

    Brown $5.875m for 5 more years.

    I wonder what happens with Doughty when his contract ends.

    Too bad Carter wasn’t becoming a UFA before 37. Could you imagine signing him on a cheap deal so he had one more chance at a cup? He would be electric with McDavid

  33. Scungilli says:

    spoiler: Nice one, lol.

    Ha

  34. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    jonrmcleod:
    Don’t look now, but first place in the Pacific is now within reach. Only 4 points behind the Sharks with 10 games to go.

    And we still play them twice… Playoff seeding fate in the Oilers hands…

  35. Ice Sage says:

    The Trade Guy: uh Cujo was like one of the best I ever saw.

    Yes, you are right. I blanked on CuJo – Talbot has to steal a series (or 2) to reach that level… but it’s looking promising!

  36. Professor Q says:

    jp: Not true actually. Larsson is already ahead in terms of offense. Gator was a beauty, but he topped out at 20 pts in his best season. Larsson already has a 24 point season under his belt (14-15), and might make it again this year..

    I think they were referring to Nurse and Burns comparison.

  37. Ice Sage says:

    jp: Not true actually. Larsson is already ahead in terms of offense. Gator was a beauty, but he topped out at 20 pts in his best season. Larsson already has a 24 point season under his belt (14-15), and might make it again this year..

    ??? I thought the original thread was about Nurse!
    Either way, the Oilers have a bevy of good young D (that was hard to type)
    Edit – Prof beat me to it

  38. Scungilli says:

    Look at Connor’s demeanor the last few weeks and see if you know what he’s thinking.

  39. N64 says:

    Scungilli: I’m not sure what to think about that. But I like it

    Notice served, Dad. Be kind to your son. 😉

  40. N64 says:

    Scungilli:
    Look at Connor’s demeanor the last few weeks and see if you know what he’s thinking.

    He’s thinking Toews is a bit flighty

  41. Dino says:

    Very impressed by this win, wasn’t expecting it but they deserved to win.

    Talbot, Mcdavid, Drai, Maroon, Lucic, Pouliot, Larsson and Klefbom really stole the show for me tonight. All brought their A game and controlled the game pretty nicely.

    Put Benning and Slepy back in next game.

  42. treevojo says:

    Chachi: Every part of this post was trash.

    Oh I don’t know.

    I thought the part when Chiarelli is running his team like the mafia to be quite interesting.

  43. spoiler says:

    Chachi: Every part of this post was trash.

    Agreed. The OP should consider deleting it.

  44. The Trade Guy says:

    Ice Sage: Yes, you are right.I blanked on CuJo – Talbot has to steal a series (or 2) to reach that level… but it’s looking promising!

    I figured you blanked on him or you didn’t follow the team. If Talbot can do to someone like Chicago what Cujo did to Dallas I’ll kiss him full on the mouth!

  45. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Leon has 65P in 72GP. I was expecting close to 45P this year without Hall.

    Really hurts to imagine if he and Hall were on a 2nd line together.

    Playoffs nonetheless. Big win. Saw KlefLar very good. Saw Gryba and Sek-Russell poor.

  46. Gerta Rauss says:

    spoiler,

    The B2B is a no brainer for sure

    I think McLellan will surprise us in the final 10

    I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to see what LB has with a little bit of pressure on his shoulders

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see him play 2, even 3 of the remaining 10

  47. frjohnk says:

    Only 3 Oilers had a corsi % of 50% or more.

    But there was not 1 Oiler who got out attempted from the slot.

    Oilers D and forwards did a fantastic job of boxing out the Kings.

    Oilers are ready for the playoffs.

    So are we.

  48. Pescador says:

    square_wheels:
    Carly Agro !!!!!!! Love me some Carly Shoulders !!!!

    Yes, if only Patrick Ewing had long hair and supple breasts

  49. Centre of attention says:

    spoiler: Agreed.The OP should consider deleting it.

    Nah, I’ll back my post up.

    Slepy should play.

    Caggulia should have been in the minors awhile ago.

    Care to present a counter argument or just satisfied with calling my opinion trash?

  50. who says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Leon has 65P in 72GP. I was expecting close to 45P this year without Hall.

    Really hurts to imagine if he and Hall were on a 2nd line together.

    Playoffs nonetheless. Big win. Saw KlefLar very good. Saw Gryba and Sek-Russell poor.

    Other than his giveaway, which resulted in a penalty, I thought Gryba had a good game. Made some nice little plays under pressure and was his usual physical self. Thought he was a good choice against the Kings.

  51. GMB3 says:

    When Sidney Crosby won the Art Ross trophy in his sophomore season he won it with 120 points, 6 more than Joe Thornton. He had 61 of his 120 points on the powerplay.

    120-61=59 (someone check my maths here)

    Connor McDavid, in 72 GP, has 82 points, with 22 of them being of the powerplay variety.

    82-22=60.

    With ten games remaining in the season (I believe Crosby only played 79 that year), it’s clear that sophomore McDavid is a better point producer at EV than Crosby was in his second season.

    Therefore, McDavid>Crosby

    #procrastinatingschool

  52. Ice Sage says:

    Hey that’s a pretty good homestand.

  53. Pescador says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Oilers are legit and they helped eliminate one of my least favourite teams.

    Love the idea that tonight may have been the final nail in the coffin for the Kings season and who knows what else. Love that it was us.
    McDavid ate Doughty’s lunch all night, seriously fuck that guy

  54. Centre of attention says:

    GMB3:
    When Sidney Crosby won the Art Ross trophy in his sophomore season he won it with 120 points,6 more than Joe Thornton. He had 61 of his 120 points on the powerplay.

    120-61=59 (someone check my maths here)

    Connor McDavid, in 72 GP, has 82 points, with 22 of them being of the powerplay variety.

    82-22=60.

    With ten games remaining in the season (I believe Crosby only played 79 that year), it’s clear that sophomore McDavid is a better point producer at EV than Crosby was in his second season.

    Therefore, McDavid>Crosby

    #procrastinatingschool

    this comment is awesome and you should feel awesome.

  55. LuckyRoseCity says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    Oh my gosh, I cannot believe that even after the monumental turnaround we’ve seen this season and a win that all but completely destroys all hope for the blasted LA Kings, who have owned us since forever, the first thing some people still comment about is how much better it would all be with Taylor freaking Hall. Good Lord, time to dispense with the mourning and sackcloth and ashes, and enjoy the present! Buzz Killington!

  56. LadiesloveSmid says:

    LuckyRoseCity,

    I’m ecstatic that they’re ending the drought, but some of the joy was held waiting for Hall to get what he deserved in Edmonton. Never got to see him reach any team success in his time here, off to the playoffs while his devils struggle to put together 2 wins in a month.

  57. Centre of attention says:

    Darnell was awesome tonight.

    Strong in front, boxing dudes out and lifting sticks. Not only that, but he then got possesion of the puck and made good passes as well as skating the puck out of danger with confidence.

    Stoked to see this player begin to realize his obvious potential.

    Not going to lie, I was worried about him for awhile before this season but when healthy he’s putting a lot of the worry at ease now.

  58. LMHF#1 says:

    LA in the first was the slowest hockey I’ve seen in a long time. Wow they looked like they were stuck in the mud.

  59. Diesel says:

    Larsson… my goodness.

    Not a sexy player, unless you find it sexy when a player is physically punishing, smart, calm, and reasonably mobile.

    Alright, he’s a sexy player.

  60. spoiler says:

    Centre of attention,

    I would prefer to not even reference it.

  61. Centre of attention says:

    Diesel:
    Larsson… my goodness.

    Not a sexy player, unless you find it sexy when a player is physically punishing, smart, calm, reasonably mobile.

    Alright, he’s a sexy player.

    Seeing Larsson pummel opposition forwards to the ice while still making smart decisions with regards to the puck and where its heading warms my soul.

    Adam is the second sexy Swedish stalwart, next to Oscar the first. #swoon

  62. GMB3 says:

    Diesel:
    Larsson… my goodness.

    Not a sexy player, unless you find it sexy when a player is physically punishing, smart, calm, reasonably mobile.

    Alright, he’s a sexy player.

    50 Shades of Adam Larsson kinda sexy

  63. LuckyRoseCity says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    I can appreciate that, I guess I misinterpreted your comment. I’m sure it sticks in his craw as well more than he would ever want to admit!
    Cheers to a good win!

  64. Centre of attention says:

    spoiler:
    Centre of attention,

    I would prefer to not even reference it.

    Alright that’s fine.

    I hope we can agree to disagree and move on?

    Really, the 4th line left wing or right wing makes little impact. So its nothing to get super worked up about. I’m sorry if my comment upset anyone.

    I was completely tongue in cheek using that Chiarelli quote from development camp.

    PS:

    I’m still team #FreeSleppy though. 🙂 Heheh.

  65. Diesel says:

    http://www.630ched.com/2017/03/20/exhaust-fan-replacement-at-rogers-place-causes-road-closures-around-ice-district/

    “We found that since opening the building and since commissioning the mechanical system at Rogers Place we’ve seen some component failures,” Tim Shipton with the Oilers Entertainment Group confirmed to 630 CHED News. “Not in all nine exhaust fans but there have been enough failures that the project team determined that it was the right course of action to replace these roof exhaust fans.”

  66. npanciroli says:

    Centre of attention,

    I actually agree with your post.

  67. Pescador says:

    treevojo: Nurse has been my favourite ever since he pulped polak but man is larsson ever pushing hard.

    I like my defenders mean.

    Little crazy is nice too!

  68. Pescador says:

    GMB3: 50 Shades of Adam Larsson kinda sexy

    2 shades, Black & Blue. haha

  69. spoiler says:

    Centre of attention,

    You actually say “Seriously” in your post.

    It doesn’t look good. If it’s meant in humour, understood, but accusing people of racism isn’t really very funny, and this doesn’t look a lot like humour the way it’s written. My advice above was to delete it. Or edit it. We are after all guests in LT’s home. JMHO and maybe I’m out to lunch. You may of course do what you think is best.

  70. npanciroli says:

    spoiler,

    I didn’t get racism from that post?

  71. jp says:

    Professor Q,

    Ice Sage,

    Yeah, whoops! There were some Larssen/Smith comps in the comments around yours and got my wires crossed!

  72. unca miltie says:

    Just got home from the game, first time seeing McDavid live. Wow. He is a very special player. I am an old guy, watched LaFleur in his prime in the Forum, saw Hull, Howe, watched Gretz get 5 against Minny. IMO the closest to him would have been LaFleur who could skate and hit.
    Every shift in the first period was magic. We are so lucky to have him,.

  73. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Diesel:
    Larsson… my goodness.

    Not a sexy player, unless you find it sexy when a player is physically punishing, smart, calm, and reasonably mobile.

    Alright, he’s a sexy player.

    It’s not the moustache?
    Good to see the team pull a couple of shutouts together and a 4 game win streak to follow up the tough stretch.

  74. bill needle says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Leon has 65P in 72GP. I was expecting close to 45P this year without Hall.

    Really hurts to imagine if he and Hall were on a 2nd line together.

    Playoffs nonetheless. Big win. Saw KlefLar very good. Saw Gryba and Sek-Russell poor.

    Who’s Hall?

  75. stevezie says:

    I heard a theory tonight. I’m floating here not to see if it makes sense, more to check if anyone else has heard it. Maybe it’s famous and I’m the last to know.

    Rather than being a mistake, the Oilers deliberately burned the first year of Drai and JP’s ELCs. The idea being that if you have a player you know will be good, the sooner you get out of the ELC and sign him for long term the better.

    I don’t know how much water it holds, but you could argue it worked out well with Drai. Imagine last year was his rookie year. We could probably sign him for 6×6 this summer? If he goes out and is as good or slightly better next year, how much more expensive is that second contract? One million? One and a half?

    The idea that was not not incompetence but strategy interested me.

  76. GMB3 says:

    stevezie,

    With regards to Drai it could have meen the previous regime learning from the error of their ways with RNH and Ebs? Although RNH was still performing at a high level in Drai’s rookie year.

  77. Zelepukin says:

    Centre of attention:
    Darnell was awesome tonight.

    Strong in front, boxing dudes out and lifting sticks. Not only that, but he then got possesion of the puck and made good passes as well as skating the puck out of danger with confidence.

    Stoked to see this player begin to realize his obvious potential.

    Not going to lie, I was worried about him for awhile before this season but when healthy he’s putting a lot of the worry at ease now.

    I also wonder how much of watching Lars is rubbing off on him. He is a quiet master of body positioning down low and beating the crap out of people from in tight.

    As long as we make the playoffs I’ll be chuffed and placing top 3 will be excellent in of itself, but winning the Pacific? I only want that to really happen to shut up all Chia and TMac haters.

  78. Professor Q says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: It’s not the moustache?
    Good to see the team pull a couple of shutouts together and a 4 game win streak to follow up the tough stretch.

    Maybe the ginger moustache is a new tactic for him.

    He’s going to be tormenting the Flames, as a sort of anti-Lanny McDonald.

  79. GMB3 says:

    Another interesting case study of guys who spent a season in the AHL for the sake of a JP comparison, Filip Forsberg had 34 points in 47 games for Milwaukee in his draft +2, and he also put up pretty pedestrian numbers in his draft year, although in Sweden which I imagine is a somewhat better league. So

  80. Soup Fascist says:

    One week ago:

    “My God, we still HAVE to play the Sharks two more times!!!”

    Today:

    “My God, we still GET to play the Sharks two more times!!!”

    CONFIDENCE. It is a fickle mistress, my friends.

  81. Pouzar says:

    Soup Fascist:
    One week ago:

    “My God, we still HAVE to play the Sharks two more times!!!”

    Today:

    “My God, we still GET to play the Sharks two more times!!!”

    CONFIDENCE.It is a fickle mistress, my friends.

    QFT

  82. Pouzar says:

    RE: Puljujarvi Benching

    My apologies if this was already posted.

    http://www.bakersfield.com/sports/condors-burnt-by-heat/article_f313ea99-e37f-52f4-93fd-399c775db0be.html

    ” Stockton tied the game at 9:41 when Linden Vey scored on a deflection.

    By that time, highly-touted rookie forward Jesse Puljujarvi was cooling his heels on the bench. He left the ice with about seven minutes gone and Fleming left him on the bench the rest of the period.

    “He was turning the puck over too much,” Fleming said. “He’s done it for the last three games and we talked about it before, we showed him video. He’s got a big body, a big frame. In the NHL game if you can’t protect the puck and you expose the puck and turn the puck over you’re not going to be up there for very long.

    “It’s important for him to understand and learn he’s got to protect the puck. It’s a big part of the game. If you don’t have the puck you’re chasing the puck. It was to send him a message. He played a little bit better (in the second and third) but there’s still a lot of growth in hs game he needs to work on.” “

  83. Pouzar says:

    Stole this from HF Boards….hopefully we have an in house Finnish poster to verify.

    http://yle.fi/urheilu/3-9521178

    New Finnish article about Pulju. I’ll translate some of the main things he’s saying;

    “This hasn’t been easy. Before this I’ve always been allowed to play without worrying whether i’m playing tomorrow or not. I’ve lived in a hotel for three months now, which isn’t exactly amazing. I’ve gone through quite a process”.

    Commenting on his play in the AHL:

    “I’ve played OK, but playing my own, relaxed game has been difficult. There hasn’t been much of it”.

    “My shot is pretty bad and i also have to learn to protect the puck. I also have to learn to skate faster. I believe that i’ll be a lot ready next season, after all I’ve gone through.”

    Commenting English language:

    “It’s a lot better already. I have no trouble in the practice, I can already communicate with the guys. In the meetings i don’t exactly understand everything, but most of it anyways”.

  84. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Pouzar: QFT

    Ok, I gotta know… what is “QFT” short for? I must have missed that one…

  85. treevojo says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Ok, I gotta know… what is “QFT” short for? I must have missed that one…

    Quoted for truth

  86. JustWatt says:

    Pouzar,

    Love the insights here. Thanks for sharing.

  87. season not played says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Leon has 65P in 72GP. I was expecting close to 45P this year without Hall.

    Really hurts to imagine if he and Hall were on a 2nd line together.

    Playoffs nonetheless. Big win. Saw KlefLar very good. Saw Gryba and Sek-Russell poor.

    yup, just imagine.

    toe drags and turnovers galore

    no lucic

    no Larsson

    the odd fancy looking point night when the stars line up

    glory days hockey

    this winning games in multiple ways crap is for the birds

  88. Pouzar says:

    JustWatt:
    Pouzar,

    Love the insights here. Thanks for sharing.

    No prob!

  89. Yeti says:

    treevojo: Quoted for truth

    And I always thought it meant ‘quite fucking true’.
    Learn something everyday…

  90. Professor Q says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Ok, I gotta know… what is “QFT” short for? I must have missed that one…

    Queen’s Fair Tush.

    An expression of surprise.

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