2017 PLAYOFFS G2: SHARKS AT OILERS

The love rollercoaster of playoff hockey hit “who the hell picked this team to win?” around midnight on Wednesday. Since then, Edmonton has been walking around a half bubble off plumb. Oh sure, things are fine, and no matter what happens this has been a great season. Still, the heart wants what it wants, and since old man winter is still wearing Stanfield’s and we all have shovels in our hands, can’t we make this hockey season last a little while? Tonight’s the night!

THE 1988 STANLEY

  • Names on the CupKeith Acton, Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Geoff Courtnall, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Wayne Gretzky CAPTAIN, Dave Hannan, Charlie Huddy, Mike Krushelnyski, Jari Kurri, Normand Lacombe, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Kevin McClelland, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Craig Muni, Bill Ranford, Craig Simpson, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen Peter Pocklington Owner, Glen Sather General Manager and Coach.
  • Craig Simpson and Dave Hannan came over from Pittsburgh in the giant Paul Coffey trade in November; Keith Acton came over from Minnesota in January for Moe Mantha; Geoff Courtnall came over from Boston (with Billy Ranford) in March in the Andy Moog deal; Norm Lacombe came over the previous March in that Fogolin/Napier deal, but didn’t catch on until the following year. If you ever get a chance to ask him about the ‘crossing over’ move that Messier and Anderson perfected, you won’t regret it. Funny damned story.
  • First round: Beat the Jets (of course) in five games.
  • Second round: Swept the Flames in a clear case of sweet justice.
  • Third round: Beat the Red Wings in five games.
  • Stanley Cup Final: Oilers sweep Bruins in four games (although it took five).
  • Source
  • Quoting Steve Lansky from the canceled game summary: Game stopped at 16:37 (2131 h et) of second pd due to total power failure at Boston Garden. All statistics from this game are counted in players’ Stanley Cup totals.
  • Wayne Gretzky recorded his final point as an Edmonton Oiler in the second period of the final game of the 1988 season. It was May 25,  Wayne Gretzky 12 (Esa Tikkanen, Steve Smith) 9:44 PPG GWG. 99 would win the Conn Smythe, same evening.

SUMMER 2017

These playoffs, and all of the playoffs that have gone before, do a brilliant job of exposing weakness. Even Stanley Cup winners need fixing over the summer, as you can see the glory Oilers tweaked every year. Many of the 1980s moves (Coffey, Moog in the season above) involved money and I think we’re going to see a money deal (or two) this summer.

  • Graduating from the Farm: Jesse Puljujarvi, Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira and Griffin Reinhart. Laurent Brossoit can also be included in this category.
  • Needs: My list (goalie out) is backup goalie, second-pairing RHD, 3C, Scoring RW, cap relief.
  • Internal solutions: G (Brossoit): RHD (None); 3C (None); Scoring RW (Puljujarvi).
  • Cap Relief: One of the Steve Austins, Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne.

I think there are two reasonable internal solutions (Laurent Brossoit, Jesse Puljujarvi) and several interesting free-agents (Martin Hanzal, Cody Franson). Why Franson? The Woodmoney has him at 50.5% DFF against elites (DFF Rel: 4.8%) and his CorsiRel (Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com) ranks No. 5 among all NHL defensemen (750 or more minutes). Could the Oilers acquire Franson and remain under the cap?

Now, there’s still $1M from the Lauri Korpikoski buyout and Mark Fayne’s $2.675M deal is part of the scenario. There’s also the overage from the McDavid/Leon/others bonuses, so the number I have placed here is probably too much (Oilers will need more room).

I keep reading about Pouliot deals and Fayne going in the expansion draft, and maybe LV does Peter Chiarelli a favor. I think it more likely we see a Steve Austin dealt for a less expensive version.

WHICH ONE WILL IT BE?

A year ago, Peter Chiarelli dealt his most valuable trade piece in order to acquire Adam Larsson. Among the attributes valued in Larsson as a return? The contract. For that reason, I think Nuge makes more sense as the likely trade piece leaving this summer. Ideally a RHD or RHC, probably need to shave $2M in salary.

Yesterday, I mentioned this as an option (vaguely) and received some pushback about dealing RNH. Make no mistake, he’s my favorite Oilers player (non-McDavid division) and I absolutely hope he stays. I hoped the same for Hall, did no good. Nuge has the most value, he’ll be the ask.

Dylan Wells entered his draft year as a highly touted prospect, but struggled to find consistency for the wildly inconsistent Peterborough Petes. This season has been a revelation, and the young man followed up a fine regular year (.916SP) with a stellar playoffs so far (.944SP). Last night, he even scored a goal, and not one of those cheap ‘last guy to touch the puck’ ones either. If they did a re-draft, Wells would not be the tenth goalie chosen in 2016. This is a bona fide NHL prospect.

GAME 1, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU

  • Oilers Corsi for 5×5 with Connor McDavid: 14-14, 50.0%
  • Oilers Corsi for 5×5 without Connor McDavid: 17-40 29.8%

The Oilers were 14-9 Corsi for 5×5 and up 2-0 after one period, and from there went 17-45 over two periods. Give San Jose credit, they pressured the defensemen and created more turnovers than Pillsbury. I expect we will see a far better effort from all involved, and the Sharks have some issues of their own (Martin Jones, health). That said, tonight is a massive game and the Sharks are a quality NHL team. Godspeed, Edmonton Oilers, rip their lungs out!

 

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260’s ALL DAY PREGAME continues with the Lowdown. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Oilers in the playoffs, Steve will give his review of Game 1 (are you ready for this?) and preview Game 2.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. Well known Sharks blogger predicted an Oilers series win and now he’s jinxed them!
  • Alex Thomas, The Oilers Rig. What do the Oilers need to do tonight to even the series?
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. We’ll talk defense and lineup changes.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. spoiler says:

    Nice to see our lads give another team *Tire Fire* for a change.

  2. delooper says:

    BeerMe:
    Was that a record for the longest ozone time on a powerplay?

    I imagine there’s plenty of 2 minute o-zone powerplays out there. No way to set a new record unless you get to serial powerplays. . .

  3. jp says:

    hags9k:
    Maybe Sekera moves up and Fayne gets the call!

    Chowder and marching tomorrow.But not too early.

    Too many RHD now. Davidson might come in handy on Sunday.

  4. OmJo says:

    Didn’t score but killed off the entire 2 minutes in the Sharks end and got even more momentum to end the game.

    Gotta learn to defend 2-goal leads in the playoffs. That’s one way.

  5. Lucinius says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a power-play last an entire two minutesin the offence of zone without a whistle… DAMN!!

    It happens.

    Pretty damn rare in the playoffs though!

    Needed to score, but damn.. hard to complain when they did so well on that powerplay. Not scoring was the only thing missing. Was a fantastic effort.

  6. OmJo says:

    delooper: I imagine there’s plenty of 2 minute o-zone powerplays out there.No way to set a new record unless you get to serial powerplays. . .

    A 4 minute major would work.

  7. striatic says:

    Jon K:
    The beauty of that McDavid goal: his slight fake to the inside just before juking to the outside, so he would get just enough separation from the defender to get the shot off undeflected.

    .. and that the fake works because defenders know he has the speed and ability to beat them inside, because he routinely goes for it and often enough succeeds.

  8. digger50 says:

    The tuft is out.

  9. pitlickdinner says:

    Lloyd B.,

    Larsson can cover for pretty much whoever, and you want him with a puck mover but Nurse can’t handle 20+ min a game (yet).

  10. delooper says:

    No OK news?

  11. Zelepukin says:

    Sekera is going to need to step up now. He’ll take Klef minutes, with Benning moving up maybe?

  12. Gerta Rauss says:

    jp: Davidson might come in handy on Sunday

    hehe

    HEY!!!

  13. BONE207 says:

    russ99:
    That was our best power play all year. Shame not to score.

    What??? And ruin our pk streak.

  14. Zelepukin says:

    Man I love Cags. Just a beauty player.

  15. admiralmark says:

    Let’s call a spade a garden tool. As much as SHarks dominated the last 2 periods of Game 1, the Oilers have dominated this entire game start to finish.

  16. Gerta Rauss says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a power-play last an entire two minutesin the offensive zone without a whistle… DAMN!!

    The Sedins and Strudwick come to mind

  17. Lucinius says:

    Russel just doesn’t look as good out there with Larsson as Klef did…

    Sigh. Best wishes to Klef.. team needs him back soon, but if it is as bad as it looked? Need him healthy for next year just as much.

  18. delooper says:

    Where on his ankle was his “skin condition”?

  19. BONE207 says:

    Bad giveaway

  20. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    EMPTY NET!!!

  21. admiralmark says:

    Think I’d rather see Sekera with Larsson. No?

  22. BONE207 says:

    Larsson with the cross-check to Wards neck

  23. Lloyd B. says:

    pitlickdinner:
    Lloyd B.,

    Larsson can cover for pretty much whoever, and you want him with a puck mover but Nurse can’t handle 20+ min a game (yet).

    Agreed, but who else?

    We are a tad thin on replacements.

    Move Russel over and ??Fayne??

  24. jp says:

    Yeah that cross-check by Larsson was pretty brutal.

  25. Lowetide says:

    Bakersfield loses and are out. Could see an airlift tomorrow, Puljujarvi, Reinhart, Fayne, et cetera.

  26. Zelepukin says:

    delooper:
    Where on his ankle was his “skin condition”?

    Top of the foot I think. Like the lace bite area. I could be wrong.

  27. OmJo says:

    admiralmark:
    Think I’d rather see Sekera with Larsson. No?

    Yup.

  28. square_wheels says:

    How drunk is the Oilers fan behind the Sharks bench ? He hasn’t moved at all, even Conor’s goal he’s just sitting there. Beauty.

  29. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Larson crosscheck to hertls face. He’s not fun to play against

  30. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lowetide:
    Bakersfield loses and are out. Could see an airlift tomorrow, Puljujarvi, Reinhart, Fayne, et cetera.

    They’d just take an Uber to SJ no…?

  31. delooper says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Larson crosscheck to hertls face. He’s not fun to play against

    If you’re going to do that kind of cross-check, that’s about the best time to do it.

  32. BONE207 says:

    Bearded bastard!!! Go to box…feel shame!!!

  33. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    AWWWW!!!! No empty netter…

  34. square_wheels says:

    The shitty ice with the call on Burns !

  35. Lucinius says:

    I think Maroon used all his shooting percentage mojo in the regular season, but good second effort to get the powerplay.

  36. hags9k says:

    jp: Too many RHD now. Davidson might come in handy on Sunday.

    Would Russel maybe move over to LD?

  37. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Bakersfield loses and are out. Could see an airlift tomorrow, Puljujarvi, Reinhart, Fayne, et cetera.

    Couldn’t they just take the bus???

  38. delooper says:

    BONE207: Couldn’t they just take the bus???

    Taxi.

  39. Ice Sage says:

    oNE MORE home GamEEEEE

  40. hags9k says:

    Great effort great game!

    Whooooo!!

  41. digger50 says:

    I will give the Sharks some credit in that they are a gentleman like team.

    Though maybe they just don’t talk back for fear of getting run over…

    But seriously they play decent, not like facing the Ducks or Kings.

  42. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Classic gift call to make the pp opps look more even. These guys have been awful

  43. T0ML says:

    LETS GO OILERS LETS GO!!

    LETS GO OILERS LETS GO!!

    LETS GO OILERS LETS GO!!

    LETS GO OILERS LETS GO!!

    LETS GO OILERS LETS GO!!

    FIRST WIN IN EDMONTON IN THE PLAYOFFS SINCE JUNE 17, 2006.

    WE BROUGHT THE HIGH ENERGY LIKE I KNEW WOULD!!!

    THE BOYS FED OFF THE ENERGY OF THE CROWD!!!!

    (now where is my damn water bottle)

  44. jp says:

    Lloyd B.: Agreed, but who else?

    We are a tad thin on replacements.

    Personally I’d move Benning up with Sekera, they had some success earlier in the year.

    Russell-Larsson
    Seeker-Benning
    Nurse-Gryba

    You also know what you’re going to get with the 3rd pairing.

  45. Spengler says:

    Lowetide:
    Bakersfield loses and are out. Could see an airlift tomorrow, Puljujarvi, Reinhart, Fayne, et cetera.

    If Klefbom is out, a Fayne call up and Russell move to his proper side makes sense.

  46. Pajamah says:

    So good we just guaranteed another here in Edmonton. Can’t wait to have this much fun again Thursday

  47. Lloyd B. says:

    Great game! Going to be a great series.

  48. The Trade Guy says:

    Great game. Too many penalties but I guess they needed them to score.

  49. Oilanderp says:

    ßhutout!

  50. OmJo says:

    What a game. What a win.

    Waited over 10 years for this win. Well done boys, well done.

  51. The Hermit says:

    Congratulations to the Edmonton Oilers and their fans on their first playoff game win in a long time.

    The Oilers are now 6.25% on the way to the Stanley cup.

  52. jp says:

    Well damn, that was one absolute hell of a game. Wow. Only negative is the Klefbom injury. But that was a huge statement to counter the game 1 win by the Sharks.

    Gotta clean up those penalties going forward. They can’t keep killing them all off.

  53. Gerta Rauss says:

    Pretty solid effort

    Lots to like

    They need to tighten up the penalties-I think Thornton will play on Sunday even if he has to use a walker and he’ll help their PP

  54. T0ML says:

    DADBOT with the SHUTOUT

  55. Lucinius says:

    It was indeed a clinic. Oilers went so far as to give a clinic on how to generate powerplays for the opposition and then kill them with perfection.

    God damn.. at least 5 games in this series. Need to split it on the road now to bring it back to Edmonton 2-2 and put the screws to the Sharks and take it in 6.

    Just need to clamp down the penalties taken and find a voodoo witch doctor to transfer Klef’s problem to Burns.

  56. russ99 says:

    Beautiful win!!

    Hope Klef is ok.

  57. ashley says:

    Is it too late to trade for a veteran defender for the playoffs?

  58. Zelepukin says:

    That game was impressive. At no point were they a threat. Not even on the PP. There was not even a shift where I thought, oh shit Marleau, Couture, Pav or Burns is controlling the play.

  59. Zelepukin says:

    Big credit to the 2nd line. Put in the toughs and pushed back.

  60. BONE207 says:

    Klefbom with a deep bruise to his foot .
    All good…wooohooo

  61. npanciroli says:

    Larsson so damn good. Kassian could probably play top 6.

  62. OmJo says:

    “When he didn’t have the puck he was banging guys.” – McDavid on Kassian

    Well then.

  63. Lucinius says:

    Wow; just saw what Calvert did to #34 of the Pens. Guy should get the book thrown at him and shoved up his ass for that.

  64. striatic says:

    Klefbom physically out, balanced by Couture mentally out?

    Worried about Klef for sure though.

  65. Lucinius says:

    OmJo:
    “When he didn’t have the puck he was banging guys.” – McDavid on Kassian

    Well then.

    We don’t judge up here.

  66. jp says:

    hags9k,
    That’d be my guess, but obviously they could also move Nurse up and put Reinhart in with Russell staying on the right.

  67. striatic says:

    BONE207:
    Klefbom with a deep bruise to his foot .
    All good…wooohooo

    Hopefully that isn’t playoff code for “we’ll have to amputate.”

  68. spoiler says:

    That game was crucial to getting some confidence, some belief in themselves…

    Now they know what they’re capable of.

  69. BONE207 says:

    striatic: Hopefully that isn’t playoff code for “we’ll have to amputate.”

    We can turn him into Robobom.

  70. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    This CF% list is ridiculous

    Player CF%
    Matthew Benning 91.67
    Leon Draisaitl 86.36
    Connor McDavid 83.33
    Patrick Maroon 82.61
    Darnell Nurse 82.14
    Oscar Klefbom 72.22
    Adam Larsson 68.18
    Milan Lucic 66.67
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 66.67
    Zack Kassian 65.22
    Drake Caggiula 63.64
    Mark Letestu 63.64
    Jordan Eberle 61.11
    Kris Russell 46.15
    Andrej Sekera 45.83
    Anton Slepyshev 37.5
    Benoit Pouliot 37.5
    David Desharnais 28.57

  71. Jethro Tull says:

    Burns bonus of some sweet rims for his trans-am on his front lawn up on cinder blocks disappearing is making him choke up.

  72. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Does Burns have the German Eagle Tattoo on his arm? Sweet!

  73. Spengler says:

    Woooot! Just woot.

  74. Pouzar says:

    jp: Russell-Larsson
    Seeker-Benning
    Nurse-Gryba

    Sekera-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Russell-Gryba

  75. Spengler says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    This CF% list is ridiculous

    PlayerCF%
    Matthew Benning91.67
    Leon Draisaitl86.36
    Connor McDavid83.33
    Patrick Maroon82.61
    Darnell Nurse82.14
    Oscar Klefbom72.22
    Adam Larsson68.18
    Milan Lucic66.67
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins66.67
    Zack Kassian65.22
    Drake Caggiula63.64
    Mark Letestu63.64
    Jordan Eberle61.11
    Kris Russell46.15
    Andrej Sekera45.83
    Anton Slepyshev37.5
    Benoit Pouliot37.5
    David Desharnais28.57

    Woot again.

  76. jp says:

    That collapse by Bakersfield was extremely disappointing. They really choked badly down the stretch.

    They were tied with Stockton with 6 games left, but had a much easier schedule. 1 game against a team ahead of them and 3 vs non-playoff teams before the Bak-Stockton game tonight. Stockton clinched tonight after 4 games against teams well ahead of them. Really ugly performance overall.

  77. Jethro Tull says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Does Burns have the German Eagle Tattoo on his arm?Sweet!

    Bite the curb.

  78. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Nuge’s CF% vs SJS top line and Burns/Martin pair:

    Player CF% With
    Logan Couture 75.0
    Joe Pavelski 83.3
    Melker Karlsson 75.0
    Brent Burns 66.7
    Paul Martin 75.0

    Little Nuge is all grown up and owning souls.

  79. norm_klassen says:

    I loved all the physical penalties. elbows amd high sticking are gonna wear the sharks down. excellent game

  80. MrEd says:

    delooper,

    OK.
    Best.

  81. Lloyd B. says:

    Pouzar: Sekera-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Russell-Gryba

    YIKES !!

  82. npanciroli says:

    Glad McLellan got rewarded for icing a better lineup.

  83. Pouzar says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Nuge’s CF% vs SJS top line and Burns/Martin pair:

    PlayerCF% With
    Logan Couture75.0
    Joe Pavelski83.3
    Melker Karlsson75.0
    Brent Burns66.7
    Paul Martin75.0

    Little Nuge is all grown up and owning souls.

    So playoff Nuge eh.

  84. Zelepukin says:

    jp:
    That collapse by Bakersfield was extremely disappointing. They really choked badly down the stretch.

    They were tied with Stockton with 6 games left, but had a much easier schedule. 1 game against a team ahead of them and 3 vs non-playoff teams before the Bak-Stockton game tonight. Stockton clinched tonight after 4 games against teams well ahead of them. Really ugly performance overall.

    And I don’t see the benefit of bringing anyone up. The level of intensity is so dramatically larger that we’re just getting our young NHL guys into it, let alone hoping an AHLer is going to be able to cope.

  85. npanciroli says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Russell Larsson but the problem is Sekera and Benning works.

    I’d almost go:
    Nurse Larsson
    Sekera Benning
    Russell Gryba

  86. T0ML says:

    First time since 1984 the oilers have two shorties in a game….WOW!

  87. Pouzar says:

    Lloyd B.: YIKES !!

    Not confident it will happen but a Russell/Larsson top pairing scares the shit outta me.

  88. Pouzar says:

    StatsCentre‏ @StatsCentre 32m32 minutes ago
    More
    Connor McDavid: 6th player in the last 30 yrs to score his 1st career playoff goal when shorthanded (2nd on EDM after Todd Marchant in 1997)

  89. spoiler says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    That’s three lines and two pairs winning the battle. One line got crucified*, but I can live with it if the other three look like that.

    *too soon?

  90. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Oilanderp:
    Couture sounds like 3lbs of shit stuffed into a 2lb bag.

    well played. He looked defeated…and leading a series 1-0 and only being down by one in the game.

  91. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar: Notconfident it will happen but a Russell/Larsson top pairing scares the shit outta me.

    But what a reset we’ll have

  92. StixMalone says:

    Lucinius:
    Wow; just saw what Calvert did to #34 of the Pens. Guy should get the book thrown at him and shoved up his ass for that.

    Yeah suspension coming up…..

  93. jp says:

    Pouzar:
    Sekera-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Russell-Gryba

    Could be, I just don’t see coach playing Russell 3rd pairing minutes. And Gryba playing 2nd pair is at least as concerning to me as Russell playing 1st!

  94. Lloyd B. says:

    Pouzar: Notconfident it will happen but a Russell/Larsson top pairing scares the shit outta me.

    I like our top 4 but without them all….

  95. tcho says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Fun fact: I bought a Nuge jersey today.

  96. spoiler says:

    Pouzar: Sekera-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Russell-Gryba

    The other alternative is we see Oesterle called up and inserted.

  97. Pouzar says:

    jp: Could be, I just don’t see coach playing Russell 3rd pairing minutes

    I agree. My thoughts are that Sek/Lars absolutely has to be the top pair(what analysis!) and Nurse/Benning were real good tonight.

  98. BONE207 says:

    Cam Talbot with a .950 save%.
    #whatbreak

  99. Pouzar says:

    spoiler: The other alternative is we see Oesterle called up and inserted.

    Are you mocking me? 😛

    EDIT: Klef says he’s OK as per TMc

  100. flyfish1168 says:

    TMac during Post game interview just said Klef is ok.

  101. Jethro Tull says:

    TMac says Klef says he’s good, so that’s good.

  102. delooper says:

    OK is Ok, or so it seems.

  103. jp says:

    Zelepukin: And I don’t see the benefit of bringing anyone up. The level of intensity is so dramatically larger that we’re just getting our young NHL guys into it, let alone hoping an AHLer is going to be able to cope.

    You bring the important guys up to have them around the playoff atmosphere, to feel the intensity and to incorporate more with the team.

    I agree with you about playing them though. I wouldn’t be putting any of those guys in the lineup unless it’s necessary down the road a bit.

  104. Jethro Tull says:

    Talbot credited with 16 saves. Will look forward to WGs breakdown with HDSC.

  105. spoiler says:

    (@EdmontonOilers)

    “He blocked a shot, I went & saw him, he said he’s OK.” Coach McLellan on @Klefbom93 leaving the game in the 3rd period

  106. DBO says:

    So how much better would our fourth be if it was Pouliot. Lander. Puljujarvi? Would love those two in the lineup over Desharnais and our other 4RW.

  107. T0ML says:

    Last Oilershutout in the Playoffs …. Game 6, 2006 SCF …. Foreshadowing?

    And Pouzer beat me to it (SN just got to the Tmac presser for me…) … Klef should be A-OK!

  108. Gerta Rauss says:

    spoiler:
    (@EdmontonOilers)

    “He blocked a shot, I went & saw him, he said he’s OK.” Coach McLellan on @Klefbom93 leaving the game in the 3rd period

    whew

  109. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    That’s three lines and two pairs winning the battle.One line got crucified*, but I can live with it if the other three look like that.

    *too soon?

    Haha!

  110. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    DBO:
    So how much better would our fourth be if it was Pouliot. Lander. Puljujarvi? Would love those two in the lineup over Desharnais and our other 4RW.

    Me too

  111. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: Bite the curb.

    And close your eyes

  112. Pouzar says:

    Edmonton Oilers‏Verified account @EdmontonOilers 22m22 minutes ago
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    “I was just trying to stay onside.” @zkassian9 quips on his beauty shorthanded goal that ended up being tonight’s game-winner

  113. Zelepukin says:

    Gerta Rauss: whew

    I think we can officially retire the #becauseoilers hashtag. The Hockey Gords have granted us access.

  114. Lloyd B. says:

    Pouzar: Are you mocking me?

    EDIT: Klef says he’s OK as per TMc

    Well that is great to hear. This isn’t the same as the internet is it?

    Where every thing you hear and read is true?

  115. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar: Sekera-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Russell-Gryba

    With Oscar ready to go it make you a chicken little. Maybe martinis next game???

  116. jp says:

    Pouzar: I agree. My thoughts are that Sek/Lars absolutely has to be the top pair(what analysis!) and Nurse/Benning were real good tonight.

    Yeah, none of the alternatives are ideal! So good to hear OK should be OK!!!!

  117. striatic says:

    Man these Sharks interviews .. Couture at intermission and now Burns post game .. they sound irrationally deflated given the 1-1 split.

    This game must have taken a lot out of them.

  118. Bulging Twine says:

    Seemed to me that Kassian’s big hit on Dillon changed the game.

  119. Pescador says:

    Best game of Kassian career?
    Can we protect that talent?
    I’m feeling an emotional attachment atm

  120. spoiler says:

    striatic,

    I’ve only seen the intermission one thus far, but they sound hurt. And Couture sounds like he has no legs.

    Why is he the one doing interviews anyways?

  121. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    McDavid’s TOI vs opponent much, much better tonight:

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic D 8:28
    Justin Braun D 7:55
    Joonas Donskoi R 5:15
    Patrick Marleau C 4:46
    Joel Ward R 4:43
    Jannik Hansen R 3:22
    Tomas Hertl C 3:00
    Joe Pavelski C 2:43
    Brenden Dillon D 2:34
    Timo Meier R 2:28
    Mikkel Boedker L 2:22
    Logan Couture C 2:19
    Melker Karlsson C 2:15
    Chris Tierney C 2:13
    David Schlemko D 2:07
    Brent Burns D 1:51
    Paul Martin D 1:37
    Marcus Sorensen L 1:19

    You aren’t going to avoid Vlasic/Braun entirely, but that’s 3 minutes less than last game.

    Most common forward opponents was SJS’s 3rd line, not the first like last time.

    Then a mix of SJS’s 4th (saw a couple shifts w/ 67/42) and then SJS’s 1st and 2nd lines.

    Much, much better.

    Oilers were shorthanded 6 times just like last game so the “penalties affected the matchups” excuse is gone.

    Good job by McLellan tonight on the match ups.

    Here’s McDavid’s CF% against everyone (owned all souls)

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic 78.57
    Justin Braun 83.33
    Joonas Donskoi 62.5
    Patrick Marleau 71.43
    Joel Ward 71.43
    Jannik Hansen 100
    Tomas Hertl 100
    Joe Pavelski 87.5
    Brenden Dillon 100
    Timo Meier –
    Mikkel Boedker 100
    Logan Couture 83.33
    Melker Karlsson 100
    Chris Tierney 100
    David Schlemko 100
    Brent Burns 100
    Paul Martin 75
    Marcus Sorensen –

  122. N64 says:

    Zelepukin: I think we can officially retire the #becauseoilers hashtag. The Hockey Gords have granted us access.

    You want to make Woodguy homeless?

  123. Pouzar says:

    Imagine Kesler-Kassian on the same line…………..nm.

  124. oilersfan says:

    Stan Weir once robbed a gun store with a knife.

    Talking about him also wins oilers playoff games

  125. spoiler says:

    Oilers site finally getting the post-game up.

  126. jp says:

    striatic:
    Man these Sharks interviews .. Couture at intermission and now Burns post game .. they sound irrationally deflated given the 1-1 split.

    This game must have taken a lot out of them.

    Keep in mind that team has been struggling for some time. Went 4-9-0 to end the regular season (tied for 27th in the league with NJ). And they just got physically dominated as well as badly outplayed, despite the PP advantage.

    All the same, deflated is great to see 🙂

  127. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    RNH’s TOI vs opponent:

    Logan Couture 8:55
    Joe Pavelski 8:31
    Melker Karlsson 7:40
    Brent Burns 6:19
    Paul Martin 6:15
    Brenden Dillon 4:25
    David Schlemko 3:28
    Justin Braun 2:19
    Tomas Hertl 2:13
    Mikkel Boedker 1:46
    Jannik Hansen 1:33
    Patrick Marleau 1:01
    Joel Ward 0:51
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic 0:49
    Joonas Donskoi 0:49
    Chris Tierney 0:36
    Marcus Sorensen 0:27
    Timo Meier 0:19

    Heavy first line, then a bit of 2nd line and a smattering of 3 and 4.

    Last game was heavy vs 3rd. (Ward-Marleau-Donskoi)

    That’s almost perfect deployment of your tough minute center.

    Good job by McLellan

  128. Admiral Ackbar says:

    That was a complete game.

    Haven’t seen that good a performance by an Oiler team since 2006 SCF game 6.

  129. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    RNH’s CF vs opponents: Many souls owned:

    Logan Couture 75
    Joe Pavelski 83.33
    Melker Karlsson 75
    Brent Burns 66.67
    Paul Martin 75
    Brenden Dillon 62.5
    David Schlemko 57.14
    Justin Braun 75
    Tomas Hertl 50
    Mikkel Boedker 0
    Jannik Hansen 50
    Patrick Marleau 50
    Joel Ward 66.67
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic –
    Joonas Donskoi 50
    Chris Tierney 50
    Marcus Sorensen 50
    Timo Meier 0

  130. spoiler says:

    jp,

    They played late last year and then had a lot of players at the Worlds. They’re older too. They’re probably worn out and banged up. This is not a style of series they’re going to enjoy, the way it’s going. They’re still proud and dangerous, but if we keep playing the same way, I don’t think they can win.

  131. The Original JDI says:

    delooper:
    OK is Ok, or so it seems.

    The difference being if he’s okay, or OK.

  132. Pouzar says:

    So Benning/Nurse were good.

  133. MrEd says:

    Kassian bends wood.

  134. Spengler says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Proper deployment lead to better results. Such a pleasing thing to see.

    I felt good about most shifts tonight just using the eye test. Knowing the “fancies” matched the “eyes” is wonderful.

    Thanks for posting these.

    Bloody hell, what a night.

  135. spoiler says:

    Pouzar: Are you mocking me?

    TMac says Oesterle’s a go, but he gets to put Hendo in.

  136. spoiler says:

    The Original JDI,

    Oh. Kay…

  137. Pouzar says:

    spoiler: TMac says Oesterle’s a go, but he gets to put Hendo in.

    That’s kewl. Oesterle makes Hendricks faster!

  138. Dominoiler says:

    Woot! Woot!..

    Kassian, what a game!!..

  139. Ice Sage says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    That was a complete game.

    Haven’t seen that good a performance by an Oiler team since 2006 SCF game 6.

    Funny that…
    Both versus teams that seemingly couldn’t wait to get back home and regroup.

    The Oilers weren’t as bad as Wednesday nor as good as they looked tonight. Advantage is still with the Sharks but at least it ain’t gonna be a sweep.

  140. dimestore saint says:

    Death once had a near Zack Kassian experience

  141. MrEd says:

    Good radio.

  142. Dominoiler says:

    Shades ot Torres.. am sure someone must have mentioned it earlier in the thread, those kassian hits were sensational.. drai’s was full power too.. wow, that second period, took over the game..

  143. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Spengler,

    You’re welcome.

    Best night of hockey in 11 years

  144. Pouzar says:

    Travis Yost‏Verified account
    @travisyost

    So is the league reviewing the Kassian hit?

  145. Chachi says:

    Pouzar:
    Travis Yost‏Verified account
    @travisyost

    So is the league reviewing the Kassian hit?

    LOL. That is almost as bad as his food takes.

  146. npanciroli says:

    Yost is salty after that Larsson performance.

  147. MrEd says:

    Hm. Oilers crossed at least a couple of lines.

  148. Chachi says:

    npanciroli:
    Yost is salty after that Larsson performance.

    He is embarrassing himself.

  149. jp says:

    spoiler:
    jp,

    They played late last year and then had a lot of players at the Worlds.They’re older too. They’re probably worn out and banged up. This is not a style of series they’re going to enjoy, the way it’s going.They’re still proud and dangerous, but if we keep playing the same way, I don’t think they can win.

    Yes, all true. Plus they just saw the Oilers A game, and it didn’t go that well.

  150. Lucinius says:

    Darren Dreger‏Verified account @DarrenDreger 28m28 minutes ago
    More
    Darren Dreger Retweeted Travis Yost
    You know the drill, all questionable hits are reviewed and put through a process. I’m led to believe the hit on Dillon is viewed as clean.

  151. Chachi says:

    Lucinius:
    Darren Dreger‏Verified account @DarrenDreger28m28 minutes ago
    More
    Darren Dreger Retweeted Travis Yost
    You know the drill, all questionable hits are reviewed and put through a process. I’m led to believe the hit on Dillon is viewed as clean.

    Because it was.

  152. Lucinius says:

    Chachi,

    I could see it being viewed as dirty because it was an Oiler that did it.

  153. Chachi says:

    Lucinius:
    Chachi,

    I could see it being viewed as dirty because it was an Oiler that did it.

    That is literally the only reason people are calling that hit dirty. If Kassian takes a hit that looks anything like his hit on cagey rat face or Dillon in the next game there will be no uproar or calls for the hits to be reviewed. Of course no Sharks will try to hit Kassian because if the the third period of tonight’s game proved anything it is that the Sharks are scared shitless of Kassian. There was a sequence where he dumped the puck in and two Sharks completely bailed on the play because they did not want to take a hit. That was in the third period of a game in which they were only down by 2 goals.

    I get that people hate Kassian for past sins, both real and imagined, but they are embarrassing themselves tonight.

    One last thing. How do I know that neither of Kassian’s hits were dirty? 10 freaking years of seeing Oilers players get hit on plays just like that with zero penalty calls or suspensions even if it left the Oiler player hurt. That’s how I know.

  154. GMB3 says:

    I honestly had no idea that Zack Kassian could skate so fast prior to this season. He flys out there. It just makes him that much more intimidating on the forecheck. He looked like a borderline elite player at times tonight.

  155. Washingtron says:

    The Kass hits were both just over the edge to my eye. First one was shoulder to head, head as principal point of contact. Second one he left his feet before contact. I mean, he’s doing exactly what you want him to do but with the league supposedly cracking down, particularly with respect to head hits, I actually am worried they suspend him. Plus he does have a questionable history unfortunately.

    The Larsson crosscheck though, that actually shouldn’t be at risk of suspension because the cross check was to the arm and rode up the arm to the face. That wasn’t intentional.

    I’m pretty proud of the complete sentences I’m writing considering the varieties of alcohol I’ve poured down my gullet.

    WHAT A GAME!!!!!!

  156. Younger Oil says:

    People were more upset with the hit on Couture than the one on Dillon it seems.

    Many are viewing it as a charge and leaving his feet.

  157. Zelepukin says:

    Chachi: That is literally the only reason people are calling that hit dirty.

    Younger Oil: People were more upset with the hit on Couture than the one on Dillon it seems.

    Who are these people?

  158. cabbiesmacker says:

    Pouzar: That’s kewl.

    Kewl? Gap Jr shopper?

  159. oilinthepeg says:

    About to board flight from Seattle to SFO for a day of sight-seeing with a lovely lady and then a PLAYOFF HOCKEY GAME on Sunday! Any others attending??! Should be a good one!
    GOILERS!!!! WOOOOOOOOT!

  160. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    John Shannon‏
    @JSportsnet

    With AHL Bakersfield out of the playoffs, look for the likes of Griffen Reinhart, Jesse Puljujarvi to join the Oilers in SJ.

    I’d like to see a 42-54-98 4th line given a whirl.

  161. 99266in87 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    John Shannon‏
    @JSportsnet


    With AHL Bakersfield out of the playoffs, look for the likes of Griffen Reinhart, Jesse Puljujarvi to join the Oilers in SJ.

    Me too. Unheralded rookie line line in ’90

    I’d like to see a 42-54-98 4th line given a whirl.

  162. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    99266in87:

    Murphy-Graves-Gelinas in the 90’s playoffs was one of my favorite lines of all time.

  163. Genjutsu says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Murphy-Graves-Gelinas in the 90’s playoffs was one of my favorite lines of all time.

    THE kid line. Nice to have some options out there.

    Actual depth, I can’t remember the last time this team had anything close.

    Man I really like this team. After a decade of darkness: actual sunshine.

  164. Johnny skid says:

    Chachi: That is literally the only reason people are calling that hit dirty. If Kassian takes a hit that looks anything like his hit on cagey rat face or Dillon in the next game there will be no uproar or calls for the hits to be reviewed. Of course no Sharks will try to hit Kassian because if the the third period of tonight’s game proved anything it is that the Sharks are scared shitless of Kassian. There was a sequence where he dumped the puck in and two Sharks completely bailed on the play because they did not want to take a hit. That was in the third period of a game in which they were only down by 2 goals.
    i enjoyed this comment and especially the “cagey rat face” reference.

    I get that people hate Kassian for past sins, both real and imagined, but they are embarrassing themselves tonight.

    One last thing. How do I know that neither of Kassian’s hits were dirty? 10 freaking years of seeing Oilers players get hit on plays just like that with zero penalty calls or suspensions even if it left the Oiler player hurt. That’s how I know.

    i agree with this comment and enjoyed the “cagey rat face” reference.
    /blockquote>

  165. Pouzar says:

    cabbiesmacker: Kewl? Gap Jr shopper?

    GFY

  166. The Hermit says:

    cabbiesmacker,

    Great example of being a dick.

  167. Pouzar says:

    The Hermit:
    cabbiesmacker,

    Great example of being a dick.

    His “Eberle has always sucked” shtick has ran dry and that was the best he could come with.

  168. Professor Q says:

    Pouzar:
    Imagine Kesler-Kassian on the same line…………..nm.

    With Perry?

  169. Jon K says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    RNH’s TOI vs opponent:

    Logan Couture8:55
    Joe Pavelski8:31
    Melker Karlsson7:40
    Brent Burns6:19
    Paul Martin6:15
    Brenden Dillon4:25
    David Schlemko3:28
    Justin Braun2:19
    Tomas Hertl2:13
    Mikkel Boedker1:46
    Jannik Hansen1:33
    Patrick Marleau1:01
    Joel Ward0:51
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic0:49
    Joonas Donskoi0:49
    Chris Tierney0:36
    Marcus Sorensen0:27
    Timo Meier0:19

    Heavy first line, then a bit of 2nd line and a smattering of 3 and 4.

    Last game was heavy vs 3rd. (Ward-Marleau-Donskoi)

    That’s almost perfect deployment of your tough minute center.

    Good job by McLellan

    The difference was stark. Glad to see McLellan assessed the first game results and changed things up. It will be really interesting to see what happens on the road, but it’s an up arrow for McLellan in terms of his game management.

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