2017 PLAYOFFS G3: OILERS AT SHARKS

The great baseball manager Earl Weaver said a lot of very insightful things during his career. Earl was an acquired taste—he could be vulgar, had a terrible temper and was often naked—but they wrote down what he said and it made a lot of sense.

  • Earl Weaver: Until you’re the person other people fall back on, until you’re the one that’s leaned on, not the person doing the leaning, you’re not an adult.

Some people learn to lead as they grow into their future while others lean every day of their waking life. That’s a fact. A bona fide leader at 20? Just once, in a very blue moon. Tonight, in San Jose, Connor McDavid will lead the Oilers into a vital playoff game. If the Sharks can keep McDavid off the score sheet, the chances of winning rise exponentially. Good luck, Sharks, you’ll need it.

Gelinas was a helluva player, part of a fabulous Kid Line that spring with  Adam Graves and Joe Murphy. He was very good on the power play and he was just getting started. I think that might be the most amazing thing about Connor McDavid: Just getting started. Lordy.

1989

The Los Angeles Kings beat the 1989 Oilers in the first round. Seven games. It was beyond weird watching Wayne Gretzky on the enemy’s side, joined by Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley. Just a hateful turn, and that’s all I have to say about that. New Oilers of note included Jimmy Carson, Tomas Jonsson, Doug Halward and Dave Brown, each with a story to tell and none destined to stay in town long enough to buy. I can tell you that the idea of playing for the Stanley Cup was no longer considered a likely event by 1989 summer.

PENALTIES

The Oilers penalty kill is doing very well right now, but the overall lack of discipline is likely to cost them the series. Folks, you can’t do this, taking multiple penalties every game is insanity. The Darnell Nurse penalty on Brent Burns? Justified. The Maroon elbow or the Lucic stick? No sir. If Edmonton is going to win this series, the unnecessary penalties have to fade from the game.

OSCAR!

It sounds like Oscar Klefbom will be in the lineup tonight, but a verbal counter-trey is not unheard of at this time of year. A possible massive story, I checked around and asked a few folks about how they would handle the pairings if this comes to pass. No one seems to have an answer they are comfortable with, and that is a tell. Oscar Klefbom has arrived as a bona fide NHL defenseman of quality. Light a candle, say a prayer.

Foo would be an impressive addition based on scouting reports and his NHLE (82gp, 13-18-31) suggests intriguing offense. Although his equivalency is shy of Drake Caggiula’s  (82gp, 22-22-44) on the day he signed.

  • Dave Starman, College Hockey Analyst for CBS and ESPN: “He’s greasy. He just does a lot of little things that are fun to watch. He’s got electric speed, hands, guts. He’s not afraid to try something difficult. He’s been good. He’s just fun to watch and he plays with an edge.” Source

There are several Chiarelli action words in that scouting report, suspect the Oilers have a high level of interest. As Mr. Dreger mentions above, Foo was at Game 2 watching, that experience had to be a positive. I’m absolutely impressed with PC’s college procurement plan (Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning, Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell, Joe Gambardella) and Foo would be a welcome addition.

 BAKERSFIELD NHLE

Bakersfield’s season is over, so we will begin to have a long look at the most promising prospects from the Condors. This is the Vollman NHLE (younger players get a push) and shows what I think we know for sure: Jesse Puljujarvi is the most promising player on the farm. Jujhar Khaira, Jordan Oesterle and the promising progress of Joey Laleggia and Josh Currie (AHL contract) are worthy of note. Nick Ellis finished with a .918 SP, impressive number.

HAPPY EASTER!

We are fine. It has been a hectic winter and early spring, but the kids are making progress and finding their way, while Mrs. Lowetide is working on 2,000 piece puzzles and swearing like a trucker. Ziggy wants you to know I scared the hell out of her on the McDavid shorty, and I want you to know I’m sorry. Happy Easter, I hope you are with the ones you love, feeling warm, content and in a good place. All we have is each other, and I am thankful for you. God bless.

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  1. JDI Хоккей says:

    Kris11: Get past your midlife crisis.

    I’ve gotta ask – why would you want to?

  2. JDI Хоккей says:

    commonfan14: I’ve got two tickets to watch at Rogers tonight that I won’t be using.

    Dang. Even my ‘straight line speed’ Camaro won’t get me up the QE2 in time.

  3. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    stephen sheps,

    No worries on the delay, I’ve had a busy day resupplying the farm myself.

    That all makes sense. Basically the kind of breakdown I was hoping for regarding Knoblauch. Thank you.

    Is anyone aware of any other candidates available for next season who fit the mould of draft and develop?

  4. Nuclear leak says:

    Professor Q: Comfortable intercourse?

    T-top solves that problem

  5. JDI Хоккей says:

    Nuclear leak: T-top solves that problem

    I fail to see how a tube top helps anything.

  6. Professor Q says:

    Nuclear leak: T-top solves that problem

    I do love Trans Ams…

  7. Pescador says:

    JDI Хоккей: I fail to see how a tube top helps anything.

    Easy access
    rookies

  8. Skook says:

    My kid thinks McDavid should win the “Hart Ross.” Couldn’t agree more!

  9. Zelepukin says:

    is it just me or are the Eastern Conference games real sloppy and lots of loose coverage compared to the Western Conference series?

  10. Lowetide says:

    Skook:
    My kid thinks McDavid should win the “Hart Ross.” Couldn’t agree more!

    Haha. Fabulous!

  11. Pescador says:

    Todd Macallan: I think it’s pronounced “convertible intercourse”

    Convertible Comfortable
    What does it matter if your the only one there?

  12. Pescador says:

    Wow, Crosby Crosbying
    Wonder if Tort’s throw’s his players unders the bus in the post game. Doubt the can help himself

  13. McSorley33 says:

    Well, my Wild, Columbus predictions don’t look great…..

    I mean, quite a few injuries on the Pens.

    Schultz, Hainsey and Daley……

  14. Zelepukin says:

    McSorley33:
    Well, my Wild, Columbus predictions don’t look great…..

    I mean, quite a few injuries on the Pens.

    Schultz, Hainsey and Daley……

    Pens PP is deadly and Columbus just doesn’t play the body much to slow them down. It’s like they are fine trading bad turn-overs and odd man rushes.

  15. oilersfan says:

    Stan Weir can make a happy meal cry

  16. Pescador says:

    Stan Weir once dated the entire Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader squad

  17. spoiler says:

    JDI Хоккей: Is there anything you can’t do in a Camaro?

    Catch Connor.

  18. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    @mike_p_johnson
    FWIW, Joe Thornton pushing harder in warmup then we have seen him all week, taking line rushes as the #1 C between Pavelski and Karlsson

    Game on.

  19. Lowetide says:

    Dave Randorf‏Verified account @DaveRandorf 6m6 minutes ago
    More
    Joe Thornton taking #1 line rushes with Pavelski and Karlsson #Oilers #Sharks

  20. spoiler says:

    Michelangelo sculpted his McDavid from one of Stan Weir’s toe nail clippings.

  21. JDI Хоккей says:

    spoiler: Catch Connor.

    Ding ding ding ding ding!

    that’s one ding better than I’ve awarded so far

  22. JDI Хоккей says:

    Lowetide: Joe Thornton taking #1 line rushes with Pavelski and Karlsson

    “Rushes” – and don’t get me started on Milker Karlsson.

  23. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar: To me a good starting point is ‘the golden rule”.

    Are we talking about usury?

  24. Centre of attention says:

    Sharks crew moaning about Haley not dressing. Saying its up to Hansen to set the tone physically.

    Lucic is shaking in his boots I’m sure haha.

  25. Professor Q says:

    JDI Хоккей: “Rushes” – and don’t get me started on Milker Karlsson.

    Milker? I hardly know her!

  26. Soup Fascist says:

    Lowetide:
    Dave Randorf‏Verified account @DaveRandorf6m6 minutes ago
    MoreJoe Thornton taking #1 line rushes with Pavelski and Karlsson #Oilers #Sharks

    Mr. Kassian, your mission, should you choose to accept it ..,.

  27. JDI Хоккей says:

    Centre of attention: Sharks crew moaning about Haley not dressing. Saying its up to Hansen to set the tone physically.

    Even Haley is 5′ 11″, and was not very successful against Lucic the last time he played.

    About the only real playoff insight that the Sharts broadcast team has, is in beards.

  28. oilersfan says:

    Stan Weir tells Simon what to do

  29. jp says:

    JDI Хоккей:

    About the only real playoff insight that the Sharts broadcast team has, is in beards.

    They were saying last game that Connor WILL win the Hart. Only peripherally related to the playoffs, but…

  30. Zelepukin says:

    Soup Fascist: Mr. Kassian, your mission, should you choose to accept it ..,.

    Keeping the physical play up is going to be crucial. Not just from Kassian but everyone. Couture and Thornton are going to feel it on every contact, regardless of how small or minor that might be.

  31. JDI Хоккей says:

    jp: They were saying last game that Connor WILL win the Hart.

    Still, they probably docked him for not having as beard that would hold a half liter of soup.

  32. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Pisani.

  33. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Pisani.

    His picture was in the post last game.

    He needed to be mentioned.

  34. norm_klassen says:

    both teams seek and destroy really?

  35. Zelepukin says:

    norm_klassen:
    both teams seek and destroy really?

    Ya that’s kinda funny.

  36. JDI Хоккей says:

    Woodguy v2.0: He needed to be mentioned.

    Kassani.

  37. Pouzar says:

    Boedker out. Wow.

  38. JDI Хоккей says:

    norm_klassen:
    both teams seek and destroy really?

    Must be CBC using it.

    I like!

  39. Pouzar says:

    JDI Хоккей: Are we talking about usury?

    Who’s the new guy?

  40. fuzzy muppet says:

    Let’s go Oilers

    *clap clap*

  41. Zelepukin says:

    Pouzar:
    Boedker out. Wow.

    And if we lay the body on Thornton, I can’t see him taking a regular shift.

  42. Pescador says:

    Stan Weir drives a Camareo

  43. JDI Хоккей says:

    I’d give the anthems 2.5 stars. Out of 50.

  44. quade says:

    Does anyone have a good link? I’m blocked out on game centre!

  45. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar: Who’s the new guy?

    Same as the old guy. Well not old old, I mean, that is to say…

  46. Professor Q says:

    Pescador:
    Stan Weir drives a Camareo

    He’s made a cameo or two in one before, indeed.

  47. delooper says:

    If this series was decided on how crusty the players **look**, San Jose would win in a walk.

  48. Todd Macallan says:

    quade,

    onhockey.tv is always great

  49. JDI Хоккей says:

    quade:
    Does anyone have a good link?I’m blocked out on game centre!

    onhockey.tv should have one.

    Hat tip to Pouz.

  50. Professor Q says:

    JDI Хоккей: Are we talking about usury?

    Which is, unfortunately discovered the hard way by Brother Adams, quite different than Ursury.

    Bear the cross, indeed…

  51. JDI Хоккей says:
  52. JDI Хоккей says:

    Professor Q: Ursury

    I can’t believe that you knew I was slurring my urs…

  53. Professor Q says:

    What the heck? Blacked out?!

    I paid for this! AND Rogers is my ISP…

  54. The Hermit says:

    Oilers not looking good defensively so far.

  55. norm_klassen says:

    sharks running our show

  56. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Oil gotta play like shit again so that they can have a statement game on tuesday

  57. leadfarmer says:

    Sharks going all in in the first half of the first

  58. Todd Macallan says:

    Weathered the expected storm, time for some pushback.

  59. Gerta Rauss says:

    We knew they were gonna come hard

    We just have to hang on for the first 10

  60. Lowetide says:

    Cam Talbot is having a good start to the game.

  61. Jon K says:

    That shift was what we call “The Kris Russell Experience”.

  62. BeerMe says:

    This game is gonna be a treat.

  63. Professor Q says:

    They might take themselves out of plays with negative results if they keep trying to finish ghost checks.

  64. russ99 says:

    Weathered the initial push, need to push back now.

    Professor Q:
    What the heck? Blacked out?!

    I paid for this! AND Rogers is my ISP…

    I know, it sucks. NHL doesn’t want to kill off the cable rights golden goose.

    Thank goodness I have all the cable channels the Oilers will be on here in the US on Sling TV.

    Maybe try VPN and an overseas IP.

  65. JDI Хоккей says:

    Professor Q,

    onhockey.tv

    reddit.com/r/nhlstreams

  66. LadiesloveSmid says:

    don’t really know what to say about that start

  67. JDI Хоккей says:

    russ99: Maybe try VPN and an overseas IP.

    Watch out for the free location spoofer plugins though. They have been known to use your IP for undesirable uses.

  68. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Jumbo Joe at 70% is better than the oilers roster this period

  69. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seems like sharks are getting their matchups…

  70. StixMalone says:

    Rope a dope start

  71. JDI Хоккей says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Seems like sharks are getting their matchups…

    Kind of like most of game 1.

  72. Todd Macallan says:

    That hesitation by Kelf in the neutral zone was a thing of beauty.

  73. JDI Хоккей says:

    #givethepucktoconnor

  74. unca miltie says:

    This is playoff hockey.

  75. Pouzar says:

    JDI Хоккей:
    #givethepucktoconnor

    New Old Guy is wise!

  76. Centre of attention says:

    Oilers starting to find their feet. Game going back and forth a bit now. Need more McDavid.

  77. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Seen Klef and Talbot good. Think that about sums it up

  78. russ99 says:

    We knew it would be tough in their building. Just got to play our game, chances will come.

  79. flyfish1168 says:

    Desharnais and Russell should never be out there together

  80. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar,

    Takes one to know one.

  81. Lowetide says:

    I am liking Anton Slepyshev so far tonight.

  82. Lloyd B. says:

    Benning just got a 2fer!

  83. JDI Хоккей says:

    That’s about 10 minutes of game time later than I expected, for the first penalty against.

  84. Lowetide says:

    That was a poor play be Pouliot. Selfish.

  85. BeerMe says:

    What a shit penalty to take, come on.

  86. Todd Macallan says:

    WOW Klef

  87. JDI Хоккей says:

    I love how McDavid gets a lot of respect from the defenders on the power play.

  88. Lloyd B. says:

    Thank Gord Klef is not injured. That was a great breakup.

  89. Sanderson says:

    Lloyd B.,

    I also am glad Klefbom is healthy. So very very glad.

  90. The Hermit says:

    Happy that period is over. Lucky to still be 0-0.

  91. Zelepukin says:

    I’m happy with how we got out of that period. Gave them way too many looks but the PK helped change the momentum.

  92. Lowetide says:

    0-0 after 1, SJS have the edge in shots 13-6 and they dominated Corsi for 5×5 26-12.

    —-

    Oilers have weathered the storm, now they need to push back. Nothing has been decided yet.

  93. npanciroli says:

    Maroon and Draisaitl not bringing anything, I’d be tempted to move Cagguila and Kassian up.

  94. norm_klassen says:

    Thats our rope a dope! lull them into a false sense of security!

  95. Zelepukin says:

    npanciroli:
    Maroon and Draisaitl not bringing anything, I’d be tempted to move Cagguila and Kassian up.

    We do not need to pull out the blender right now.

  96. Lloyd B. says:

    npanciroli:
    Maroon and Draisaitl not bringing anything, I’d be tempted to move Cagguila and Kassian up.

    You want to break one of the top lines in the NHL this year?

    After one period in the oppositions building?

    The Sharks would love it.

    Patience grasshopper.

  97. pitlickdinner says:

    Slepyshev is good at getting to the slot and getting it on net but I don’t think he’s timing his shots right yet. Hard to be picky about HDSCs but he either shoots as soon as he gets to the circle or muscles his way to the goal line and dishes it on goal. Never misses the net but the goalies know it’s coming.

    EDIT: Worries aside, he’s playing a good game.

  98. Pescador says:

    Zelepukin: We do not need to pull out the blender right now.

    Todd needs to pull out the ass kick boot

  99. Pescador says:

    Lowetide:
    I am liking Anton Slepyshev so far tonight.

    He is the same player every night, hard to notice him in the press box

  100. Southern Oil says:

    Am I the only one that didn’t hate the period. We knew they were going to come out like this given the beat down last game and Thornton now in the line up. We bent but didn’t break. 2nd period should be better knowing this club. If we get to 10min in and nothing has changed then I’ll start to worry.
    b

  101. Professor Q says:

    Zelepukin: We do not need to pull out the blender right now.

    I might make a smoothie, though, so I’ll have to…

  102. Glass says:

    npanciroli,

    I’d like to see Todd play with the idea of running McDavid/Nuge/Draisaitl on separate lines, and go to McDavid/Drai when necessary.

  103. Southern Oil says:

    Bet they answer physically too,

  104. ashley says:

    That was an ok road period. A few bumps. Russel terrible to start, better in the second half. Does Larsson ever make a bad play? Slepyshev can really fly.

    Overall, the Oilers looked conservative. I suspect that was in the pregame speech. They aren’t taking any chances. Making the easy play. Nothing fancy.

  105. Zelepukin says:

    That’s soft coverage Letestu.

  106. The Hermit says:

    I feel calm watching Talbot. He looks relaxed and confident.

  107. OmJo says:

    Missed the first period.

    Is 32 hits a typo?

  108. OmJo says:

    Just as I say that a few nice checks by Benning. Ha.

  109. JDI Хоккей says:

    OmJo: Is 32 hits a typo?

    Home team clerks, but there has been a distinct advantage.

  110. The Hermit says:

    OmJo: Is 32 hits a typo?

    Nope. The Sharks took it to the Oil in the first.

  111. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Really looking forward to the oilers turning on the jets. When this game is even, it’ll be so much more exciting.

  112. Lucinius says:

    Not thrilled with how the Oilers are playing. Soft, sloppy, and tentative.

  113. JDI Хоккей says:

    4th line with McDavid.

    sits and waits

  114. OmJo says:

    JDI Хоккей,

    The Hermit,

    I guess after getting their asses handed to them last game they had to respond like that.

  115. Caller Zen says:

    Oilers need to get one 5×5 tonight, since I don’t see the refs calling anything against the Sharks. I’d be surprised if we got another PP in the next 35 minutes.

  116. JDI Хоккей says:

    Boarding. Yeah.

  117. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Cagguila… 2 for finishing a check…

  118. ashley says:

    GOT to hit the net on a shorthanded rush. Very lucky that SJ was changing there.

  119. Lowetide says:

    Pouliot with a dandy chance there from 97.

  120. Pouzar says:

    Shoot the frickin thing Pou.

  121. The Hermit says:

    OmJo:
    JDI Хоккей,

    The Hermit,

    I guess after getting their asses handed to them last game they had to respond like that.

    For sure.

  122. Professor Q says:

    They need to keep it out of their end.

  123. BONE207 says:

    Hi gang…the good guys seem to be coming around. Wish Pou would have shot though. I would have scored…ha

  124. Pouzar says:

    Slepy Line 1???? Somebody pinch me!

  125. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Poo skated to wrong side…

  126. admiralmark says:

    Sleppy should never come out of the lineup again.

  127. Lloyd B. says:

    Double shifting McDavid for Desharnais.

    Leon also had a go.

    Hopefully it wakes Desharnais up.

  128. Glass says:

    Seems to help a lot when the crowd is on your side. When you are laying hit after hit and the crowd is erupting for it, have to think that gives you extra motivation. Oilers looked like they were finding their legs, and maybe lost sight of what got them the win in game 2.

  129. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar:
    Slepy Line 1???? Somebody pinch me!

    Pinch

  130. Centre of attention says:

    Slepyshev hasn’t looked out of place on 97 line.

  131. Gret99zky says:

    Such a treat having Pouliot on the team. #pleasetakehimVegas

  132. DBO says:

    3 lines! Sleepy up to 1st. Drai with Kassian and Cagguila

  133. delooper says:

    Benning seems unusually capable with the hitting thing.

  134. The Hermit says:

    What a steal by the Nuge, nice chance!

  135. delooper says:

    Or everyone dives when he’s near.

  136. Professor Q says:

    Centre of attention:
    Slepyshev hasn’t looked out of place on 97 line.

    Caggiula and Slephyshev possibility?

  137. ashley says:

    Larsson. Awesome.

  138. Professor Q says:

    delooper:
    Benning seems unusually capable with the hitting thing.

    Especially for a smaller guy.

  139. DBO says:

    Is this now as balanced as can be? 4th line 3 vets.

  140. BONE207 says:

    Saw Larsson do an interesting play. Sticking his stick shaft under a guy’s ass & lifting him off the ice. Swedish innovation

  141. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Maybe I’ve lost the script in my old age but after all the era of hearing about “tough playoff hockey” and how the Oilers needed to toughen up for the difficult second season I’m a bit confused on about 80% of the calls against the Oilers so far this post season.

    I know I’m biased here but the Maroon calls last game and both penalties this game are all “questionable” in the regular season, nevermind the repeated muggings clowns like Doan, Kessler, Perry, Regher and all those other gentlemen got away with for a decade.

    Long story short, folks need to back off the “playoff hockey” toughness bullshit. If you’re gonna call weak sauce crap like that Cagguila penalty or the Maroon cross checks to Vlasic last game, the term loses its meaning. Bluntly, what Oilers fans took as “toughness” was more like a decade of “push that joke franchise around” mentality by both teams and refs. It never had anything to do with toughness.

  142. ashley says:

    The play is evening up. Let’s get one boys.

  143. Zelepukin says:

    Drai is the master of finding the trailer pass.

  144. admiralmark says:

    It’s strange what’s happened to Poo. I mean Pou. I think he needs a sports psychologist and a change of scenery… for the 6 th time.

  145. JDI Хоккей says:

    Professor Q: Especially for a smaller guy.

    6′ 1″, 195 lbs. I guess we’ll have to sort out what ‘smaller’ means.

  146. Centre of attention says:

    Oilers crawling back into this game

  147. Lloyd B. says:

    Eberle with a crushing hit. Pinch me!

  148. Todd Macallan says:

    I LOVE playoff Ebs.

  149. JDI Хоккей says:

    admiralmark: for the 6 th time.

    I blame this: 💩

  150. Professor Q says:

    JDI Хоккей: 6′ 1″, 195 lbs. I guess we’ll have to sort out what ‘smaller’ means.

    Yes, I was completely wrong there. He’s actually 6’3″ and 220 lbs.

    He just looks smaller for some reason, but isn’t at all.

  151. spoiler says:

    This ice is putrid.

  152. Zelepukin says:

    Omg get off the ice Letestu. Horrible.

  153. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    DAMMIT MAROON!!!

  154. ashley says:

    Back up Maroon! Three times tonight, too tight.

  155. sliderule says:

    Maroon has lost his hands

  156. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nice push this 2nd period

  157. unca miltie says:

    Don’t want to get too excited. But feels like the tide is turning.

  158. Professor Q says:

    You have got to be kidding me. What a miss.

  159. Zelepukin says:

    McD really hasn’t attempted that many of his wraps in the show. He scored a ton of them in junior.

  160. Lowetide says:

    McDavid has had a few shifts with Maroon and Slepy, they are starting to find the range. Shots sofar this period 9-4 EDM and Corsi for 5×5 is 19-9 EDM

  161. ashley says:

    BONE207:
    Saw Larsson do an interesting play. Sticking his stick shaft under a guy’s ass & lifting him off the ice. Swedish innovation

    The Larsson Lift.

  162. striatic says:

    McDavid is starting to find some space.

  163. Pouzar says:

    Nurse needed to reverse the puck and get a line change when Line 4 was out there against Jumbo Joe.

  164. JDI Хоккей says:

    Professor Q: Yes, I was completely wrong there. He’s actually 6’3″ and 220 lbs.

    He just looks smaller for some reason, but isn’t at all.

    He’s bigger than Ryan Ellis, Matt Dumba and Kris Russell.

    Again – does that really constitute the ‘smaller’ tag?

  165. Professor Q says:

    JDI Хоккей: He’s bigger than Ryan Ellis, Matt Dumba and Kris Russell.

    Again – does that really constitute the ‘smaller’ tag?

    I just admitted that I was wrong, and that 6’3 220 is actually quite a fair size…I was not arguing.

  166. ashley says:

    ozone shift change?

  167. Lloyd B. says:

    This is great hockey!

    The Oilers weathered the storm. Talbot held them in.

    Game on!!

  168. JDI Хоккей says:

    Seems like the Toddler has moved Drai back to center, as some idiot commenter has suggested for road games.

  169. Lowetide says:

    Leon hit his head there.

  170. JDI Хоккей says:

    Professor Q: I was not arguing.

    You have a different way of agreeing. That’s not bad, just strange.

  171. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Sharks dump it in and gain possession every single time, why is this such a different oiler team than Friday

  172. Gerta Rauss says:

    Tie game with the momentum going into the 3rd period

    I’ll take that

  173. The Hermit says:

    A better period by the Oil.

    I’m good with being tied going into the third period.

  174. Pouzar says:

    I am liking these lines.

  175. Zelepukin says:

    The Hermit:
    A better period by the Oil.

    I’m good with being tied going into the third period.

    Definitely. Everyone seems to be settling in and making smarter plays, other than Letestu who by my eye was doing some dumb things in our own zone.

  176. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar:
    I am liking these lines.

    Are you keeping track?

    Can you list the current lines?

  177. Pouzar says:

    JDI Хоккей: Are you keeping track?

    Can you list the current lines?

    I only see 42.

  178. Lloyd B. says:

    Pouzar:
    I am liking these lines.

    I didn’t take you for a coke head. 🙂

  179. Pouzar says:

    JDI Хоккей: Are you keeping track?

    Can you list the current lines?

    Maroon-McDavid-Slepy
    Looch-Nuge-Ebs
    Caggs-Drai-Logan
    Pou-DD-Testube

  180. Lowetide says:

    After 1: 0-0 score, SJS had the edge in shots 13-6 and they dominated Corsi for 5×5 26-12.
    After 2: 0-0 score, EDM had the edge in shots 12-4 and Oilers dominated Corsi for 5×5 23-10.

    Total: 0-0 score, EDM has the edge in shots 18-17 and Sharks have a slight edge Corsi for 5×5 36-35.

  181. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Nice recovery after a rocky start, had me worried.

    Missed and a few beauties, need to cash a few .

  182. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar: Caggs-Drai-Logan

    Well that is quite the coup.

  183. Pouzar says:

    JDI Хоккей: Well that is quite the coup.

    Nice 1st intermission trade by Chia to acquire that 3rd line Center.

  184. spoiler says:

    Have the Oilers given an interview between periods?

  185. npanciroli says:

    Pouzar,

    I hope these new lines cash because I think it’s better long term.

  186. JDI Хоккей says:

    Pouzar,

    I still hate him.

  187. Scungilli Slushy says:

    JDI Хоккей: 6′ 1″, 195 lbs. I guess we’ll have to sort out what ‘smaller’ means.

    How bout for an NHL defenceman? That is actually below average for a forward let alone a D. Fight in the dog and all that, and there are more smaller guys now, but the fact that they are good doesn’t disappear the fact they are smaller than average.

  188. Pouzar says:

    npanciroli:
    Pouzar,

    I hope these new lines cash because I think it’s better long term.

    Agree. But I must warn you, I can’t have nice things.

  189. npanciroli says:

    Pouzar,

    You and me both haha.

  190. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    spoiler:
    This ice is putrid.

    But somehow still better than Rogers place

  191. blainer says:

    Nice coaching. Coach didn’t like the flow of the game so mixed up the lines on the road for a tougher matchup. Gotta like it !!

    Four capable centers on the road. It’s the correct move. Spreads out the ice time as this could be a long night.

    Would prefer the coach try to keep Benning and Nurse out there with CMD and Larsson Klef out there with DD who is having a good game so far.

  192. JDI Хоккей says:

    Scungilli Slushy: How bout for an NHL defenceman?

    Closer to average for D-men. Look it up.

  193. Lucinius says:

    The feel I get from this game is that the first team to score is going to win this one.

  194. blainer says:

    Lucinius:
    The feel I get from this game is that the first team to score is going to win this one.

    Yup. I agree 1-0 wins this game. I should be in bed but this game is making me thirsty!!

  195. JDI Хоккей says:

    Through 160 minutes, it would seem 5v5 scoring is still a concern.

  196. oilersfan says:

    If you count the overtime in game one the oilers haven’t scored 5×5 or on the pp in 8 straight periods. San Jose hasn’t scored at all in 5.

    I find this game quite boring to be honest

  197. BONE207 says:

    Nuge scores tonight…book it. He’s getting good looks

  198. Lloyd B. says:

    The Western Conference champs and Stanley Cup finalists from last year cranking it up.

    Another growth opportunity.

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