HEART ATTACK CENTRAL

Today, we’re going to talk about respect. The Edmonton Oilers haven’t had a lot of it since Brent Burns arrived in the NHL, since Joe Thornton hit the left coast. Games like last night are going to help this team’s reputation, because the loss at Rogers Place hurt those San Jose veterans badly. An NHL player, even a great one, only gets so many chances at Stanley. For a man like Joe Thornton, the thought of losing one of his 20 bullets to the Edmonton Oilers must be pure battery acid to the soul. Make no mistake: Last night hurt. Respect. Hard earned and not easily given.

THE NUMBERS BY PERIOD

  • First Period: 2-1 SJS, shots 16-13 again favoring San Jose. Corsi for 5×5 is 33-23 Edmonton.
  • Second Period:1-1 tie, shots 13-5 Edmonton and Corsi for is 18-9 Oilers.
  • Third Period: 1-0 Edmonton, shots 8-7 EDM and Corsi for 5×5 17-15 favored the Oilers.
  • Overtime: 1-0 Edmonton, 14-2 Oilers and Corsi for 5×5 27-7 favored the Oilers.
  • Overall: 4-3 Edmonton, Oilers led in shots 48-30 and in Corsi for 5×5 95-54

The Oilers were quality throught three periods, and completely dominated the overtime. No matter the result, we would be talking about mostly good on-ice results today. Of course, the win is the only thing that really mattered. The crowd was wild. Not enough coffee in the world to get me back to do this morning. Don’t care. This is so good.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Larsson went 24-14 in 18:37 together, and 15-10 with the Nuge line. Pairing went 23-11 against the Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski line, that’s some major league dominance. Oscar’s shot was a pure rocket, this guy is going to have a helluva career. Steady play by Larsson, the pairing kept the puck moving effectively. Larsson made a strange line change on the second goal against, I went back and looked because it was a weird play. He should have had time there, but the puck kept bouncing. Larsson the culprit or bad luck? Was also in photo on the first GA, I choose to focus on the turnover as the demon, your mileage may vary.
  • Sekera-Russell went 31-16 in 18:55 together, and 7-4 with McDavid’s line. Impressive. Russell spent a few minutes doing that re-set thing, but he also got the puck to Sekera often for the breakout and that’s a good deal. Went 17-4 against Karlsson-Hertl-Meier.
  • Nurse-Benning went 20-17 together including 8-1 with Desharnais. The pairing struggled with the McDavid line, plenty of false starts and chasing the cycle in their own end. Nurse iced the puck during OT when he didn’t have to, that’s a reflection of a young player who is under stress. It’s a learning process for both men, Benning has been the better recently. Two posts for Nurse, two assists for Benning, and both men can wheel and were using that skill in last night’s game. Darnell made a nice defensive play against Marleau net front in OT. Pairing went 10-3 against Jansen-Couture-Ward.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 30, .900SP on the evening. The goals were great chances that cashed, I counted three stellar saves early on in the game that could have counted.
  • Numbers via NHL.com, Natural Stat Trick and Hockey Stats.ca.

MCDAVID LINE

  • McDavid had several brilliant chances and dished to linemates who couldn’t get it done (Caggiula slot as an example). Although the boxscore says just one assist, 97 was in and around the action all night long. He is the best player on planet earth, he and Leon are magic.
  • The line went 33-18 against Vlasic in 21:10, McDavid playing 80 percent of the game against that top SJS pairing. Lots of talk about getting 97 away from Vlasic, but DeBoer did a good job of getting that matchup even on the road.
  • The line had 12 shots on goal, that’s excellent production.
  • Leon Draisaitl’s pass for the winner was Dougie Weight splendid, just a gorgeous bit of creativity and execution. His PP pass to Letestu was exactly the same. Big night for Leon.He is going to get paid this summer, and I think he is going to play the heart of his Oilers career at RW on McDavid’s line (and taking faceoffs) for at least one more year.
  • Caggiula had five shots on goal, he was inside on a lot of plays. Especially effective in extra time, where the Oilers speed was absolutely devastating to the mature Sharks. I’m not sure he stays on this line, and remain uncertain of his actual offensive outer marker, but he can scoot and win pucks.

NUGE LINE

  • Nuge was fantastic last night to my eye, he was all over the ice and interescting with the play. This line isn’t scoring but are doing a fine job defensively and getting looks. He had a brilliant chance in overtime, the Hockey Gods must be saving his first goal for a really big moment.
  • Line went 13-7 against Martin-Burns and 6-1 against Vlasic-Braun.
  • Lucic was a freight train, couldn’t corral the puck on GA No. 2 but I saw him good otherwise.
  • Eberle is playing the best two-way hockey of his life in my opinion. Timely.
  • The line had 9 shots on goal.

LETESTU LINE

  • Two vital goals came from this line, Maroon doorstep and Letestu on the power play.
  • Went 3-7 against Martin-Burns, 6-2 against Dillon-Schlemko.
  • This line had 7 shots on goal, great production for a 3line.
  • Letestu scored a goal later, but sent a hand grenade to Kassian (who didn’t play it well) for the first San Jose goal.
  • Kassian was an excellent screen on the Klefbom goal, as pointed out by Louie DeBrusk who is having a fine series. Louie has managed (imo) to point out important things on the ice and explain them in real time, tough thing for a broadcaster to do consistently.
  • Maroon scored a Maroon goal, but didn’t get the memo on penalties 5,000 feet from your own net. I suspect he’ll be back on the big line soon.

DESHARNAIS LINE

  • Holy hell David Desharnais! He came on with a better effort in recent games, but was the one man in the lineup most vulnerable to a HS in my opinion. Credit to Todd McLellan for keeping him in, and credit to the veteran for staying with it through the struggles.
  • The assist was a nice one, he set the table for the Klef bomb nicely. The goal was great execution, but also strong offensive instincts. Lordy.
  • Sports is a lot about memories. You and I will share the Desharnais OT winner forever, it’s written in time. Just as the Roloson save or the Marchant goal or the Tikkanen overtime goal are a part of us forever, so too the Desharnais marker.
  • The possession numbers for this line are ridiculous.
  • Line went 9-4 against Martin-Burns.

The Oilers were thunder and lightning against the Sharks in overtime. Very few sequences in Edmonton’s end and offensively they came in waves and put the puck in good places. I watched the overtime again this morning, that period of hockey represents the best this team has offered us all year long. Devastating hockey.

PLAYOFF STATS

Cam Talbot has a .920SP and a 2.24 GAA, Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu are 5gp, 1-2-3 to lead the team and Oscar Klefbom plus Zack Kassian have two goals to lead the club. Lucic is 1-1-2 and Leon got his first two points of the series last night, two stunning assists. We wait for Nuge and Eberle, perhaps Saturday.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

All guests of the Lowdown are running on little sleep, so this should be as loose as Neil Young at the Fillmore! 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Oilers win in overtime and take a 3-2 series lead. Can they close on Saturday?
  • Andy McNamara, TSN. The NFL draft is just around the corner, are there clues about how the top of the draft will roll out?
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Should the Oilers stay with Caggiula on the top unit or bring back Maroon?
  • Paul Almerica, SSE. How far can these Oilers go?

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

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  1. Younger Oil says:

    I realized something today that made the past decade seem a bit better:

    The Oilers have won as many playoff series since the lockout as both the Blues and the Stars.

  2. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    npanciroli:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Not without Larsson’s moustache!

    I agree that’s a hell of a mustache.

  3. Frank the dog says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    I just popped out during a commercial break. No line at all.
    When I went at the start of an intermission there were long lines in both direction to the door but they moved fast enough that it was only a couple of minutes to get in.
    That stadium is a ridiculously positive experience from start to finish.

  4. Bag of Pucks says:

    Frank the dog:
    Bag of Pucks,

    I just popped out during a commercial break. No line at all.
    When I went at the start of an intermission there were long lines in both direction to the door but they moved fast enough that it was only a couple of minutes to get in.
    That stadium is a ridiculously positive experience from start to finish.

    Frank, I think it depends where you sit. I’ve attended games this season in a suite, on loge level, and with my buddy’s tickets on the upper concourse. The lineups for the latter were excessive imo as was the congestion in the concourse btw periods.

  5. Caller Zen says:

    After watching it first thing this morning, I’m still loving this gif of a DeBoer!
    https://mobile.twitter.com/PeteBlackburn/status/855294584062005248/photo/1

  6. Bag of Pucks says:

    russ99: As a non-Edmontonian, I don’t have the perspective that you guys do, but in my years of reading about the subject, it seems to me Northlands was one of the all time classic grifts.

    Here there’s no lack of transparency and the city gets a decent cut of the profits, not a “non-profit” using altruistic means to squeeze a fortune and making sure the city fathers are part of the club so they can keep the racket going.

    You’re right, there’s been systemic graft in the concert biz in Edmonton for years. It really makes you wonder why municipalities aren’t more effective in self monetizing these venues. Possibly something in their charter that prevents them from being fully hands on?

  7. Bag of Pucks says:

    A’bunadh: Each individual city resident probably paid 0.000000000001% of the cost of the buiilding and receive access to probably 75% of it.

    Entire arena project cost $604.5 million. Katz kicked in $130M. CoE has a taxable population of 812,000 and change.

    So, 0.000000000001%? Probably not the most accurate math we’ve seen on this site.

  8. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I agree that’s a hell of mustache.

    Moustaches!!!

    https://youtu.be/bBeSi-ODfJk

  9. Statsman says:

    Professor Q:
    Burns, Karlsson, or Hedman for the Norris?

    What! No Justin Schultz?????

  10. Spengler says:

    Bag of Pucks: Entire arena project cost $604.5 million. Katz kicked in $130M. CoE has a taxable population of 812,000 and change.

    So, 0.000000000001%? Probably not the most accurate math we’ve seen on this site.

    Back of envelope math puts it at 0.0000004994% per edmonton taxpayer. Once one factors out the $125 million ticket surcharge which is only paid by those buying tickets, and not favoring in the $1.5 million per year that surcharge pays back to the city.

    Not arguing for or against the deal. Just running the numbers.

  11. dustrock says:

    Bag of Pucks: I said further up the thread that the resultant commercial development from the Katz Group has been equitable return for the public funding of the arena.

    But at the end of the day, this building was largely funded by taxpayer dollars with no taxpayer input in the design. Katz did what billionaire’s do. He built his pleasure palace with other people’s money and we signed over both the majority of the construction funds AND the longterm building revenues. If that’s an amazing deal for the taxpayer in your eyes, I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on that point.

    The one question that never gets asked is why it was equitable for Katz to leverage the hockey team to extract the gate revenues for concerts and live events in perpetuity? Quite frankly, the 3 card monte that Katz played on Northlands was one of the all time classic grifts. They should teach it in business schools for the rest of the century. They could call it “How to turn one of the busiest concert venues in North America into a parking lot.”

    ehhh I’ll edit out all the arena debate stuff. It’s dead, although I’ll never forgive Katz for the Seattle stuff.

    Anyway, the problems with lines at the bathrooms have been reported ever since the preseason and first concerts. They are obvious, there is no long-term solution, and it’s pretty pathetic, given how much schmaltz we had to wade through about how “we looked at all the great buildings in the history of mankind: the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, the Hagia Sophia. This will top them all.”

    In conclusion, it’s sure fun to have nothing to complain about with the team! 😀

  12. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Moustaches!!!

    https://youtu.be/bBeSi-ODfJk

    Well that’s just goddam fantastic!

  13. Nuclear leak says:

    The fact there isn’t a hose you can attach to your fly while in your seat is completely unacceptable

  14. Nuclear leak says:

    https://youtu.be/t0ofhhiVB14

    If we’re pushing moustaches

  15. Professor Q says:

    Nuclear leak:
    The fact there isn’t a hose you can attach to your fly while in your seat is completely unacceptable

    Like spacesuit vacuums?

  16. Nuclear leak says:

    Professor Q: Like spacesuit vacuums?

    You would figure the most glorious building in the world would have such simple seat necessities

  17. Ducey says:

    Bag of Pucks: Entire arena project cost $604.5 million. Katz kicked in $130M. CoE has a taxable population of 812,000 and change.

    So, 0.000000000001%? Probably not the most accurate math we’ve seen on this site.

    There is a ticket surcharge of $125 million, and the CRL is already triple what the original estimates were just based on Katz’s projects alone. This doesn’t even count all the ancillary benefits, condo’s etc. The arena was a great investment and will return all the money paid by the poor taxpayers, and then some. It has been, and will be a major boost to the downtown.

    There are very cities anywhere that have $3+ billion in construction going on in their downtown core. This is not being paid for by the City, but will boost the tax base significantly.

    Even Paula Simons got off her May Day float long enough to admit she was wrong in opposing the arena.

    So give it up already.

    I find it bizarre that we can spend $88 million on an art gallery with an ongoing cost of $3 million a year that no one goes to, or $200 million in a overpass that fills up in a year, but if the City builds an arena that will pay for itself in all possible ways, people have to bitch about it.

  18. Lucinius says:

    The return of Nazem Kadri the dirty.

    Brutal hit on Ovie. Went down so low and got Ovie in the knee. Only two minutes is fairly criminal; especially with Ovie looking very hurt (the guy does not go down easy). Could be real bad for the Caps, even though the scored on the two minute powerplay (tripping call; real joke).

  19. T0ML says:

    If its not that, people will be bitching about other things. Take into account the remainder Katz has paid in the surrounding areas as well, so not paying for the Arena in its entirety, but is bankrolling a substantial amount of the surrounding area if I am not mistaken?

    Ducey: There is a ticket surcharge of $125 million, and the CRL is already triple what the original estimates were just based on Katz’s projects alone. This doesn’t even count all the ancillary benefits, condo’s etc. The arena was a great investment and will return all the money paid by the poor taxpayers, and then some. It has been, and will be a major boost to the downtown.

    There are very cities anywhere that have $3+ billion in construction going on in their downtown core.This is not being paid for by the City, but will boost the tax base significantly.

    Even Paula Simons got off her May Day float long enough to admit she was wrong in opposing the arena.

    So give it up already.

    I find it bizarre that we can spend $88 million on an art gallery with an ongoing cost of $3 million a year that no one goes to, or $200 million in a overpass that fills up in a year, but if the City builds an arena that will pay for itself in all possible ways, people have to bitch about it.

  20. Frank the dog says:

    Bag of Pucks: Frank, I think it depends where you sit. I’ve attended games this season in a suite, on loge level, and with my buddy’s tickets on the upper concourse. The lineups for the latter were excessive imo as was the congestion in the concourse btw periods.

    I’m not saying you are wrong, I was on the upper concourse and didn’t have that problem when I was there. Maybe they did something to help. Did you see notices asking people to use the toilet stalls to ease congestion, or the stars on the floor telling them where to wait for empty stalls, or the instruction signs? Maybe that made a difference. I was pleasantly surprised.

  21. fanaddict says:

    Spengler,

    Often forgotten is the redistribution of municipal and education property taxes over 20 years.
    https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/PDF/SIGNED_BYLAW_16521_Reduced.pdf
    The municipal portion of the medium estimate of 941M is roughly 3/4s of 941M and the education property taxes are the rest. The incremental assessment growth in which municipal and education property taxes would normally be requisitioned can only be reinvested into the CRL area over the course of 20 years. The tax payers in the rest of Edmonton do not see a benefit of this growth for spending directly in their community. The education property tax portion of revenues are redistributed across the rest of Alberta’s taxable assessment base. It is difficult to accurately calculate what this cost would be. However, if the Oilers win the cup, who cares. 😉

  22. Spengler says:

    fanaddict,

    I love this place!

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