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. Centre of attention says:

    Is Caggulia still alive? Dude just ran face first into a wall.

    Hope he’s ok.

  2. Todd Macallan says:

    Larsson singlehandedly ending a 4 on 2, creating an odd man rush the other way. Just another day as a defensive dman.

  3. 99266in87 says:

    Good, muzzin off. The kings and their picks and interferences can suck it.

  4. spoiler says:

    jake70,

    They are definitely hockeying tonight.

  5. OilClog says:

    LA runs interference every single sortie

  6. JDï™ says:

    Pouzar:
    Hendricks? No Slepy? Fer F6ck sakes is this real life?

    Get good players, keep good players, play good players.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Lucic scored.

  8. jp says:

    Whoops!

    Good breaks for these Oilers these days!!

    Edit: My bad, I thought that was a funky deflection in, missed Lucic putting in the rebound.

  9. spoiler says:

    Looched!

  10. Centre of attention says:

    Wow the Oilers are playing some fantastic hockey tonight, 4th line LW decisions be damned.

  11. fishman says:

    Wow entertaining hockey! I will always be T Hall fan but man you have to love what Larsson brings! Mans a mean beast and he is ours!

  12. Spengler says:

    Prescient banner picture! Lucic!

  13. jake70 says:

    spoiler:
    jake70,

    They are definitely hockeying tonight.

    Yeah, and it’s on them, not on what the other team is giving them. Dictating play.

  14. Younger Oil says:

    It’s weird seeing the other team struggling to get the puck out of their own end after the past 10 years.

  15. spoiler says:

    Once a pun a time…

  16. jake70 says:

    C’mon Mr. Sutter, let your horses run, you’re down 2, I dare ya.

  17. flyfish1168 says:

    Lucic scores against both his former teams this week

  18. russ99 says:

    Damn, we’re flying!

  19. JDï™ says:

    Younger Oil,

    And how many times in the past 10 years have we seen the Oilers get a line change while in the O zone?

  20. Centre of attention says:

    The Oilers are outright dominating, its wave after wave.

    Being able to change with possession in the offensive zone is the mark of a good team IMO.

  21. Pouzar says:

    JDï™: Get good players, keep good players, play good players.

    sigh

  22. GMB3 says:

    That third line is a nice improvement. Chia might have made the right move trading Davey for lil Davey

  23. treevojo says:

    LA getting their show run.

    Put a fork in them.

  24. russ99 says:

    Holy crap!!!

    This is Pens like from Connor.

  25. jp says:

    JDï™:
    Younger Oil,

    And how many times in the past 10 years have we seen the Oilers get a line change while in the O zone?

    I’d like to see the O zone line change +/- for the last 10 years.

    And wonderful chance by McDavid.

  26. GMB3 says:

    Holy McDavid could have four points already. What a save

  27. Acumen says:

    The lads are looking just fantastic tonight.

  28. LMHF#1 says:

    He just did that to Doughty.

    Jeebus

  29. Centre of attention says:

    Was that puck in?

  30. JDï™ says:

    Quick is going to tear a groin if McDavid keeps this up.

  31. Lowetide says:

    McDavid seems to be on another another level.

  32. spoiler says:

    McDavid went full Linda Ronstadt on Doughty. Doughty. Love those replays.

  33. jake70 says:

    He just blew by Doughty….lol…..he’s a freak…..man

  34. Centre of attention says:

    Watched that play again

    97 busted doughty’s ankles lol

  35. Yak Efron says:

    What cheat code is McDavid using?

  36. flyfish1168 says:

    Jerome needs to hang’em up

  37. russ99 says:

    Who ever that forward was that hustled back on the break and tied up the shooter’s stick is my hero.

    How many many times have we seen that the last 10 years.

  38. theDjdj says:

    Connor McDavid is on a mission. This is playoff McDavid. Reminds me of that episode of DragonBall Z where Cell enters his final stage and the Dragon Ball team have no answer for it. I’m excited for next week’s episode.

  39. Jon K says:

    That period was the exact opposite of the last game in every way. LA is a diminished team.

  40. Centre of attention says:

    Kings broadcast reviewing McDavid deke on Doughty:

    -incredibly awestruck tone- “It’s not Doughtys fault here, its just not”

  41. Lowetide says:

    Score 2-0 Oilers, shots 15-7 Oilers and Corsi 5×5 25-19 Oilers. MIGHT be the best period McDavid has ever played. Jesus.

  42. geowal says:

    Fun period. Connor flying and back on top scoring race. Tkachuk 2 games. All is well.

  43. kinger_OIL says:

    – NYC: I really liked your story about your Dad. True deserved admiration for one’s father reflects well. There have been a lot of quality stories shared on this blog: LT it’s a real special place you’ve nurtured.

    – I find often that passages in this place often serve as reminders through the stories shared of how important it is to conduct ourselves in life.

    – How ’bout those Oilers! A scary team to be sure.

    – As for Ebs and RNH: should Chia pull off more Maroon’s and Kassians: instead of $12MM for the Steve Austins: in the right moves you can improve team for half the price: that’s for certain.

  44. striatic says:

    flyfish1168:
    Jerome needs to hang’em up

    It’s sad that he gets both himself and Maroon taken to the box, and LA is probably happy with the exchange of players.

  45. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Score 2-0 Oilers, shots 15-7 Oilers and Corsi 5×5 25-19 Oilers. MIGHT be the best period McDavid has ever played. Jesus.

    He is the Pee Wee House league player who has chest hair. #notsurewhatthatmeans

  46. Seismic Source says:

    Oh this is the free game of the week on game center? Did I miss the first for nothing?

  47. McSorley33 says:

    Centre of attention,

    Love that…

  48. geowal says:

    russ99:
    Who ever that forward was that hustled back on the break and tied up the shooter’s stick is my hero.

    How many many times have we seen that the last 10 years.

    Sekera. He was below the goal line.

  49. jake70 says:

    Lowetide:
    Score 2-0 Oilers, shots 15-7 Oilers and Corsi 5×5 25-19 Oilers. MIGHT be the best period McDavid has ever played. Jesus.

    I agree. I’m out east and I keep telling fans of Eastern teams out here they have to stay up and watch McDavid, They see the hilites next morning but I try to explain how much they are missing during the game. Unreal.

  50. Jethro Tull says:

    Darmok! McDavid, when the Norris failed!

  51. Oil2Oilers says:

    There have been many a night over the last decade where ‘we hope for the best but it turned out like always’ was the best we could hope for a Oilers fans.

    Now there nights like tonight where McDavid is exploring the limits of his ability. Win, loose or draw tonight: Magic is on display.

    Who was it that brought the Russian? Proverb above into Lowetides world?

  52. speeds says:

    Bonus-watch: Pending other games, Draisaitl 1 assist away from t-10th among F’s in assists, 1 point away from t-10th in pts.

  53. Pouzar says:

    9-1 High Danger Scoring Chances for Oil

  54. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Larsson singlehandedly ending a 4 on 2, creating an odd man rush the other way. Just another day as a defensive dman.

    That was a world class play.

    Incredible.

    Klef was still in the ozone, so part of the 2 was a forward.

  55. Todd Macallan says:

    jake70,

    Agreed. Also out east, almost midnight here and just can’t tear myself away, even though I have an early morning coming up.

  56. Admiral Ackbar says:

    He made Doughty, a Norris trophy winner, look like a pee wee! Oh my gord. Give this kid the puck.

  57. jonrmcleod says:

    Pouzar: He is the Pee Wee House league player who has chest hair. #notsurewhatthatmeans

    McDavid is the Atom player who skates with the puck from the center line to behind his own net so he can then stick handle through the entire opposing team and score a goal.

  58. geowal says:

    Amazing McDavid clip montage sequence thing on intermission with Spector and deBrusk if you’ve walked away but have the ability to rewind your PVR.

  59. Pouzar says:

    jonrmcleod: McDavid is the Atom player who skates with the puck from the center line to behind his own net so he can then stick handle through the entire opposing team and score a goal.

    #AustonsBetter

  60. russ99 says:

    geowal: Sekera. He was below the goal line.

    I don’t think so unless we had 3 D on the ice.

    I’m talking about the Carter break, Klef tried to check him and slow him down at the wall, and Larsson took Carter, and someone tied up the shooter on the other side of the net with a wide open net in front of him.

  61. russ99 says:

    Damn, Maroon!

    Good fight!

  62. Lowetide says:

    Maroon is goingto have to cut back on these fights. Seriously.

  63. geowal says:

    Maroon really wants that Gordie Howe hat trick

  64. 99266in87 says:

    Inginla classy with a butt pat at the end

  65. spoiler says:

    Iggy was tired, wanted a break.

  66. Diablo says:

    Hell of a fight.

  67. jake70 says:

    Geez, the old geezer Iginla, give him credit at that age.

  68. Oil2Oilers says:

    If Slepyshev was playing instead of Hendricks he could move up to McDavids wing while Paddy sits

  69. treevojo says:

    Todd Macallan:
    jake70,

    Agreed. Also out east, almost midnight here and just can’t tear myself away, even though I have an early morning coming up.

    Where the hell are you?

    Sable island?

  70. geowal says:

    russ99,

    Yep different play, It was Nuge.

  71. Todd Macallan says:

    treevojo,

    Haha close, St. John’s. Home of Gushue.

  72. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Lowetide,

    I was worried about him there. He had some pretty soft hands in that first period. Carrying the puck calmly, navigating the play well. Last thing we need is a hand injury.

  73. Pouzar says:

    Remember when Drai was tired?

  74. GMB3 says:

    I wish Slepy was here to take Maroons place while he’s in the box because that line is sexy and real

  75. geowal says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    If Slepyshev was playing instead of Hendricks he could move up to McDavids wing while Paddy sits

    Instead the Marching and Chowder society gets a Pouliot shift with McDavid, Cags moves to 3rd

  76. Lowetide says:

    Larsson caved some LAK there. Man.

  77. Lowetide says:

    Amazing defensive play by Lucic there.Oh my.

  78. Pouzar says:

    7th round defensive play.

  79. Younger Oil says:

    Good recovery by Lucic after some poor coverage.

  80. Centre of attention says:

    Nice back check by Looch

    Literally.

  81. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lucic awesome strength…

  82. russ99 says:

    Tough play, Nice job Looch.

  83. GMB3 says:

    Pouzar:
    7th round defensive play.

    +1

  84. Todd Macallan says:

    Lowetide:
    Larsson caved some LAK there. Man.

    Believe it was Doughty. Tough couple nights if true.

  85. Pouzar says:

    GMB3:
    I wish Slepy was here to take Maroons place while he’s in the box because that line is sexy and real

    Sideburns down to da ankles bro.

  86. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    Larsson caved some LAK there. Man.

    Ended that play with authority

  87. Oil2Oilers says:

    geowal: Instead the Marching and Chowder society gets a Pouliot shift with McDavid, Cags moves to 3rd

    Same marchers, different Chowder. One has Vodka in it.

  88. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Maroon is goingto have to cut back on these fights. Seriously.

    I’ve been tweeting about this for awhile, interesting I recieved a lot of push back.

    I thought the reason we dressed grit guys like Hendricks and Kassian was so they can take the fight instead of our leading goal scorer?

    I understand Maroon isn’t a coward, but he needs to realize he’s a goal scorer now. Turn the cheek. Maybe Iggy takes a roughing penalty and it’s a powerplay and 3-0 Oilers.

    Instead our top goal scorer is in the box for 5

  89. jake70 says:

    Pouzar:
    Remember when Drai was tired?

    Was thinking of this. Both he and Maroon seemed to be labouring for a few games…..strange.

  90. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Pou draws an offensive zone penalty??!???!?!??!?!?

  91. Pouzar says:

    Kassian be like “I see you beyotch!”

  92. theDjdj says:

    Weak penalty there but Benoit is such a pest. I hope we don’t send him out.

  93. JDï™ says:

    3rd line draws a penalty on the cycle.

    swoons

  94. Pouzar says:

    Nice work by PP2.

  95. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™:
    3rd line draws a penalty on the cycle.

    swoons


    1st unit can’t get set up

    *fart noises*

  96. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Do they need a new shooting coach? Those are some grade A chances. Sekera has to get that one on net.

  97. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar:
    Nice work by PP2.

    Did Woodcroft Finally get Eberle back on his offwing during the powerplay?

  98. Ice Sage says:

    theDjdj:
    Weak penalty there but Benoit is such a pest. I hope we don’t send him out.

    He’s been good since returning.

    LA is so hot and cold.
    I’m not calling them a dynasty, no way, Hawks are the only 20-teen dynasty.

    Oilers looking so confident now

  99. Pouzar says:

    What pass by Ebs there to Looch.

  100. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Loving the possession game the Oil have been playing!
    Against the Possession monsters no less!!!

    Edit: of course LA responds to my comment by cycling the Oil zone for 2min straight…

  101. theDjdj says:

    I like Gryba but he needs to play smarter. That was an awful option after an extended cycls

  102. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention,

    Kings are the best PK on the road, and that was 1/10th of a period that the Oilers didn’t have to worry about anything.

  103. treevojo says:

    Nurse is getting better by the period.

    Can’t wait to see him ramp it up for the playoffs.

  104. russ99 says:

    Adam Larsson is a bad, bad man.

  105. Pouzar says:

    Centre of attention: Did Woodcroft Finally get Eberle back on his offwing during the powerplay?

    Don’t think so

  106. Craig Zonit says:

    Gryba’s off the glass and (not) out gives me flashbacks to previous iterations of the D corps(e)

  107. leadfarmer says:

    Kings broadcast with high praise for Larsson.

  108. Centre of attention says:

    Kings getting away with the usual garbage now.

    Shockingly, the play has tilted in their favor.

    Time for the Oilers to get greasy too, and see if they can get away with some stuff.

  109. theDjdj says:

    Ice Sage: He’s been good since returning.

    LA is so hot and cold.
    I’m not calling them a dynasty, no way, Hawks are the only 20-teen dynasty.

    Oilers looking so confident now

    A few moments this game where I’ve confused 67 with 97. And not because the numbers are similar

  110. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar: Don’t think so

    *rolls eyes so hard they fall out of head*

  111. Pouzar says:

    Ebs finds Looch again. What a change for these 2 in the chemistry dept.

  112. OilClog says:

    Quinn so far has called the Kings Lucic team, called Eberle.. Jeberle lol.. and now icing against the Oilers.. when in reality it was against the kings.

    Need some Bob Cole

  113. Pouzar says:

    OilClog:
    Quinn so far has called the Kings Lucic team, called Eberle.. Jeberle lol.. and now icing against the Oilers.. when in reality it was against the kings.

    Need some Bob Cole

    And Ty Foley.

  114. Pouzar says:

    sigh

  115. Ice Sage says:

    Jeff Carter might be the perfect RW for McDavid.
    I hope the Olympics happen for NHL’ers.

  116. Younger Oil says:

    Yeah, don’t call that blatant high stick.

  117. Centre of attention says:

    Benning wouldn’t have taken that penalty.

  118. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Think I’ve seen enough of Gryba this year to be honest.

    Sign Franson or something this summer, play Benning full time

  119. jzed says:

    Game management …. sigh

  120. Acumen says:

    Nuge could have a hat trick by now.

  121. StixMalone says:

    Not a fan of Drai’s icing play there…

  122. theDjdj says:

    How are the HDSC against for the Oilers that period? Broadcast talking about pushback but aside from that extended cycle in our zone the Kings to my eye have been shooting from the outside. I score that period even.

  123. Professor Q says:

    theDjdj:
    Connor McDavid is on a mission. This is playoff McDavid. Reminds me of that episode of DragonBall Z where Cell enters his final stage and the Dragon Ball team have no answer for it. I’m excited for next week’s episode.

    Awesome reference.

    I wonder which defenceman would be Tien, trying to contain Cell just long enough so Vegeta can arrive, but fails?

  124. Pouzar says:

    theDjdj:
    How are the HDSC against for the Oilers that period? Broadcast talking about pushback but aside from that extended cycle in our zone the Kings to my eye have been shooting from the outside. I score that period even.

    4-3 Kings

  125. npanciroli says:

    I get having Gryba and Hendricks as depth by my God playing them purposefully over Slepyshev and Benning is a travesty. Great game by Oilers regardless.

  126. square_wheels says:

    Why is Hendricks killing important penalties ? Oh wait, he’s in the lineup so he has to play somewhere…..like a critical PK.

    And is it me, or did I see Pearson hit and then pin Russell against the boards With the puck 20ft from him ?

    LA can rot in hell, enjoy Quicks groin for 6 more years and Brown buried in the minors with Gaborik. I’m still disgusted with Lombardi’s treatment of Richards and Voynov.

  127. sliderule says:

    For those that were not there for oilers in glory days that first period was what we saw night after night.

    If the oilers can maintain that pace in playoffs it could get interesting

  128. Pouzar says:

    I listened to the first 6 words from Colby ShitHead and turned it off.

  129. JDï™ says:

    Cheese McCheesehead lobbying for a one game suspension for Tkacooke.

    Spurtznet

  130. theDjdj says:

    Professor Q: Awesome reference.

    I wonder which defenceman would be Tien, trying to contain Cell just long enough so Vegeta can arrive, but fails?

    Based on that highlight play, Doherty.

  131. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels: Why is Hendricks killing important penalties ? Oh wait, he’s in the lineup so he has to play somewhere…..like a critical PK.

    He didn’t look good doing it either. I am worried about Testtube/Hendricks on PK1 in Playoffs.

  132. Lowetide says:

    2-0 Oilers after 2, 26-25 Kings have the edge in shots, Corsi for 5×5 47-40 LAK.

  133. jzed says:

    Would be nice to see that pace in the third so they can close this one out without giving us ulcers..

  134. digger50 says:

    npanciroli:
    I get having Gryba and Hendricks as depth by my God playing them purposefully over Slepyshev and Benning is a travesty. Great game by Oilers regardless.

    Putting Gryba in is the right call for this game.

  135. theDjdj says:

    Pouzar: 4-3 Kings

    Bout what I reckoned. That PK at the end of the second was extremely important.

  136. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    MUTE ! Until Lowetide sets up his audio companion !!

  137. OilClog says:

    If we’re talking Anime.. Mcdavid is one punch man.

  138. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels:
    Pouzar,

    MUTE ! Until Lowetide sets up his audio companion !!

    I can hear LT talking us off the ledge in between periods with ice cubes clinking in the background.

  139. Professor Q says:

    Hamilton negotiating with Kaepernick and RGIII.

    Seems like there will be plenty of former NFLers in the CFL this upcoming season!

  140. JDï™ says:

    Hey Spec. Why didn’t Jerome go after Tkacooke last night?

  141. Professor Q says:

    Iginla wearing #88 just seems weird.

  142. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    Hey Spec. Why didn’t Jerome go after Tkacooke last night?

    Hey Spec, wasn’t Tkachuk clotheslined seconds later?

  143. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    Khaira and Sleppy must be put back in, Hendo’s wheels are absolutely gone.

  144. Centre of attention says:

    Via Bruce McCurdy on Twitter

    McDavid & Drai played on 45 seconds of the first ~6 and a half minutes of that second period.

    Maroon was in the box during that time.

    Looks like Todd doesn’t like anyone else on that LW.

    Slepy looked great there the other night when maroon fought, in fact he scored a goal against the Bruins. Oh wait. He’s scratched

    And I know they’re winning right now. But Still. I’m righteously indignant. LOL.

  145. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels:
    Pouzar,

    Khaira and Sleppy must be put back in, Hendo’s wheels are absolutely gone.

    I love Hendricks. Defended the guy when he was traded here. He is done now.

  146. --hudson-- says:

    square_wheels:
    Why is Hendricks killing important penalties ? Oh wait, he’s in the lineup so he has to play somewhere…..like a critical PK.

    And is it me, or did I see Pearson hit and then pin Russell against the boards With the puck 20ft from him ?

    LA can rot in hell, enjoy Quicks groin for 6 more years and Brown buried in the minors with Gaborik. I’m still disgusted with Lombardi’s treatment of Richards and Voynov.

    Just curious… what’s wrong with the way Lombardi handled Richards and Voynov?

  147. treevojo says:

    If Dallas can hold on.

    San Jose going cold at the right time.

    1st in the pacific can still happen.

  148. sliderule says:

    Tkachuk is one dirty player.

    However I remember Doughty treating oilers like his bitch for many years.

    That makes me ok with the sneaky elbow

  149. Professor Q says:

    Why did they refer to this line as the “70s Line”?

  150. marty62 says:

    sliderule:
    Tkachuk is one dirty player.

    However I remember Doughty treating oilers like his bitch for many years.

    That makes me ok with the sneaky elbow

    i will never say anything about elbows like that, I watched Messier do that his whole career and loved every minute of it

  151. marty62 says:

    Professor Q:
    Why did they refer to this line as the “70s Line”?

    All their jersey numbers are in the 70’s 77 etc

  152. Professor Q says:

    Hendricks was actually pretty quick there, prior to his shot on Quick.

  153. Professor Q says:

    marty62: All their jersey numbers are in the 70’s 77etc

    But McDavid and Lucic were on!

  154. russ99 says:

    Come on Oilers! We could use another goal.

  155. theDjdj says:

    marty62: i will never say anything about elbows like that, I watched Messier do that his whole career and loved every minute of it

    Yeah I know he’s super unpopular here – and for good reason – but all i can think of is Howe and Messier

  156. Lowetide says:

    Oilers five minutes into the third period and the Corsi 5×5 is 2-3 but they are sitting back. Need to push.

  157. marty62 says:

    Professor Q: But McDavid and Lucic were on!

    That 70’s line is referring to Carter Toffoli and the other guy with a 70 jersey, not an Oilers line

  158. JDï™ says:

    I would sleep well seeing Brown hit into next Tuesday.

    #makeitso

  159. Professor Q says:

    marty62: That 70’s line is referring to Carter Toffoli and the other guy witha 70 jersey, not an Oilers line

    Haha! 😂😓 Thank you! That makes more sense.

    I guess with many Oilers ending numbers in 7 I was confused.

  160. marty62 says:

    theDjdj: Yeah I know he’s super unpopular here – and for good reason – but all i can think of is Howe and Messier

    Both Messier and Howe had a lot of room to work , no one wanted to get anywhere near those elbows…….

  161. Professor Q says:

    JDï™:
    I would sleep well seeing Brown hit into next Tuesday.

    #makeitso

    Experiencing a Brown out of the game?

  162. marty62 says:

    Professor Q: Haha! Thank you! That makes more sense.

    I guess with many Oilers ending numbers in 7 I was confused.

    Easy to happen listening to Quinn he keeps calling Kings players Oilers and vice versa…..

  163. Side says:

    Professor Q: But McDavid and Lucic were on!

    Maybe Quinn was trying to trick Remenda into using math again.

    Quinn: “Cam Talbot has played 65 games, the next most played goalie has played 59 games. That is a difference of….”

    Remenda: “……………”

    Guy in Remenda’s ear: “6!! 6!! The answer is six!!”

    Remenda: “uhhhh… 6! Thanks, partner!”

  164. spoiler says:

    JDï™,

    See you next Tuesday Brown?

    😉

  165. square_wheels says:

    Professor Q,

    Must have a pro cycling Dr on standby ? Motorized skates ???

  166. treevojo says:

    Nurse just manhandled somebody.

  167. GMB3 says:

    Sloppy period so far

  168. Todd Macallan says:

    treevojo,

    Iggy. What a time to be alive.

  169. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Hmmmm… Oilers going into cruise control… LA pressing…
    Come on boys!! Don’t let up!! Go for the jugular!!!

  170. ASkoreyko says:

    treevojo:
    Nurse just manhandled somebody.

    Not really sure how that wasn’t a penalty for Nurse on Iginla there but I will gladly take it. Would be nice if we start having the bullies with other team’s fans freaking out on the Internet finally.

  171. theDjdj says:

    Darnell Nurse reminds me so much of Brett Burns.

  172. hags9k says:

    MIGHT be the best period McDavid has ever played. Jesus.

    After the 1st I said the same exact thing to the wife. That was really something. This is the best hockey player I have ever seen. Full stop and all that.

  173. square_wheels says:

    –hudson–,

    Don’t want to turn this thread into a rehash of LA mngt, but they offered their entire legal team to a 25 yr old player who beat his wife…..and threw a declining veteran with a known addiction issue directly under a bus when he was caught with unprescribed prescription drugs.

  174. marty62 says:

    theDjdj:
    Darnell Nurse reminds me so much of Brett Burns.

    except with less beard…..

  175. Lowetide says:

    Talbot with a big time save there, not because it was brilliant but because the men in front of him were bagged.

  176. OilClog says:

    Klef better not be the glass man, just bruise Klef just a bruise

  177. square_wheels says:

    Where did LA find this Ledeau kid ? Not a bad player, not bad at all.

  178. Ice Sage says:

    Lowetide:
    Talbot with a big time save there, not because it was brilliant but because the men in front of him were bagged.

    I think Talbot is the best goalie in the game right now. (this week)
    tonight I’ve seen him do high-level tendy things like the long stretch pass and directing traffic.
    We are lucky, yet confidence is fleeting, so I enjoy the moment

  179. Zelepukin says:

    Thank you Dallas.

  180. treevojo says:

    Fuck I love larsson.

  181. square_wheels says:

    Adam Larrson folks. Beauty.

  182. square_wheels says:

    treevojo,

    He’s Gator with better wheels and less board ringers !

  183. Zelepukin says:

    treevojo:
    Fuck I love larsson.

  184. spoiler says:

    treevojo:
    Fuck I love larsson.

    All Larsson that shift.

  185. theDjdj says:

    marty62: except with less beard…..

    For now. But playoffs approach…

  186. Professor Q says:

    Oh boy that got me out of my seat.

    But McDavid alone vs. 5 guys can’t get it done every time.

  187. Ice Sage says:

    marty62: except with less beard…..

    And less offence… hmmm…

  188. marty62 says:

    treevojo:
    Fuck I love larsson.

    His style of play has been lacking on the Oilers blueline for a long. long time.. ice to watch our nasty dman destroy people for a change

  189. JDï™ says:

    square_wheels:
    Adam Larrson folks. Beauty.

    I think you meant beast.

  190. treevojo says:

    square_wheels:
    treevojo,

    He’s Gator with better wheels and less board ringers !

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

    I like my defenders mean.

  191. theDjdj says:

    Linesmen way too keen to blow icings

  192. marty62 says:

    Ice Sage: And less offence… hmmm…

    hahah yes but hes learning maybe someday that will come too

  193. square_wheels says:

    Pouliot skating as well as ever, need him for this run.

  194. theDjdj says:

    Ice Sage: And less offence… hmmm…

    Burns blossomed a little later in his career too.

  195. Ice Sage says:

    marty62: hahahyesbut hes learning maybe someday that will come too

    Someone, quick, hide his razor LOL

  196. geowal says:

    The D aren’t following the rush At All so every rush is one and done

  197. Pouzar says:

    Nuge looks weird carrying the puck in the zone. WTF happened?

  198. square_wheels says:

    Worst call in the game. It used to be an obvious delay. That was not.

  199. Professor Q says:

    What an odd call. Right after the botched icing, too.

  200. theDjdj says:

    Need to get McDavid in here

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