2017 PLAYOFFS (G7): G1 OILERS AT DUCKS

The game of hockey is woven into the fabric of Edmonton, as sure as I’m sitting here. Your parents and their parents and their parents too carved a life in the land of the ice and snow, working harder every day than I can possibly imagine. If you know your family history, then you know stories of isolation, tragedy, lost children and two damned wars. You know stories of incredible risk, great faith, and entire lives lived working fingers to the bone. We come from hearty stock, we live a life made easier by the men and women in our collective past.

In Edmonton, 90 years ago, the cityfolk cheered for their first hockey hero. He came from Cupar, just north of the Qu’Appelle valley—a spot that might be the most beautiful on the entire prairie. He became known as the Edmonton Express, and he was tough and talented and ruthless and reflected from whence he came. He lived in a time we cannot comprehend, and represents the first hockey hero this city embraced, on the way to a storied history far beyond its station. The Edmonton hockey team is providing a new generation of heroes to cheer for in the remains of the day, just like Eddie Shore in 1926. This is us, and it is beautiful.

After the 1992 playoffs, the Oilers missed their first NHL playoff spring in 1993. The club also missed in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and changed coaches most every year. By the time Edmonton made it back again, the coach was Ron Low, the goalie was Curtis Joseph, and the heart of the order contained Jason Arnott, Ryan Smyth and several former NY Rangers draft picks (Dougie Weight, Todd Marchant).

In terms of fun, this team had it all, including a wonderful Russian (Bo Mironov) and the toughest man on the planet (Mike Grier). Old timey Oilers included Kevin Lowe (back from NYC and in his final full season) and Kelly (take ’em wide!) Buchberger.

1997 PLAYOFFS

  • Won opening round series 4-3 over Dallas (this was the Marchant OT series. An entire generation of Oilers fans sprouted on the night of Tuesday, April 29, 1997).
  • Lost second round to Colorado 4-1.
  • Source

If this year’s Oilers are about Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Oscar Klefbom and Cam Talbot, that 1997 team was about Doug Weight, Ryan Smyth, Boris Mironov and Curtis Joseph. Zack Kassian is the Todd Marchant so far, but miles of script to write this spring.

THE LINEUPS (EDMONTON OILERS)

Edmonton’s numbers against Anaheim during the regular season are here, look for that top line to be back together tonight. A key to success this series? Finding a third line that can score, and I wonder if Anton Slepyshev or Benoit Pouliot get a boost to the Letestu line (or the Desharnais line finds success).

THE LINEUPS (ANAHEIM DUCKS)

Anaheim’s lines move around a lot, but these are the latest I have seen so we’ll go with them. The pairings are listed as I remember them, injuries have impacted recent lineups but I don’t trust Randy Carlyle and I bet we see most or all of this bunch tonight. Edmonton did a fine job against these Ducks during the year, and you can see (compared to the Oilers) the third line stands out offensively. I think third lines are going to have a big impact on this series. Third lines and third pairings.

Massive opportunity for Puljujarvi, getting to play with Aho and Filppula on a feature line at the WHC’s. A strong offensive finish at the tournament would bode well for a strong start this fall in Oilers training camp. I think we’ll see the giant Finn in the NHL for 82 next year.

I was the third person in this house to find out Oscar Klefbom is fine, the two womenfolk mysteriously paying closer attention to this Oiler than the others (complete mystery). I’m thrilled to see Oscar doing so well, this is a wonderful result from one of the (many) down moments in previous seasons.

When the Oilers dealt Dustin Penner to the coast, I wrote an item that received the most pure acid in this blog’s history. I ended up deleting the comments (although one comedian has since posted), simply too much vitriol and personal attacks to let it stand. Looking back, I think the actual post is pretty close.

  • If you’ve read this far you are entitled to my opinion. I do not feel a complete rebuild was required and would have preferred they keep Penner or deal him for more immediate help. The Oilers under owner Daryl Katz–and make no mistake this drawn out process is his vision–have decided that Edmonton fans will not see a contending team in Rexall Place. You can make up your own mind as to the reasons, but my belief is that the owner and hockey men are convinced this is the proper journey to winning the 6th Stanley.
  • With that as a caveat, I’m satisfied with the return. Understanding that the organization has decided to rebuild with Taylor Hall as the “franchise” then the organization must acquire both picks and prospects in that general age group. When Hall explodes as a player, the team can cash picks and prospects in an effort to add depth to the batting order, but it isn’t going to happen this or next season.
  • I remain convinced the team could have added some elements in the summer and contended for a playoff spot. The management group went another way, and acquired a bet in Teubert that may or may not come through. Teubert can be added to the list that includes Peckham, Petry, Chorney, Plante at the pro level and Marincin, Blain, Davidson and others in junior.
  • This is a build around Taylor Hall. Are you up for a rebuild? Next stop: dealing Ales Hemsky and securing a new arena. After that, a contender.
  • Source

CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS?

  • Ryan Kesler: “People think I try to go out and frustrate my opponent. I just play my game. If that frustrates them, that’s their problem.” Source

I think the McDavid-Kesler matchup is going to be fascinating, but the Oilers should win if the referees call the game straight up. Edmonton’s PP versus Anaheim’s PK should be advantage Oil. One other thing: Because the assembled media is full of ex-goalies who got fed by previous incarnations of the Oilers, expect issue framing all series long. It is important then to have facts at our disposal, facts like McDavid outscored Kesler 3-1 and had a Corsi for 5×5 of 56.98 during the regular season against him.

On the note of negative coverage of the Oilers, I would like you to do me a favor. Remember. Remember the names of all broadcasters and media who have delighted in Edmonton’s torture over the last decade, and who will be barely able to contain glee if the upstart Oilers cannot climb this hill, this spring. There will be other springs, and it is important to know who is offering you the real information, and who has an axe to grind due to loyalty placed in Vancouver, Toronto or Calgary. Remember, and do not forgive. Eddie Shore will be disappointed in you if your forget.

STAN FREAKING WEIR!

-Photo courtesy Reg, with my thanks-

  • Stan Weir threw a grenade and killed 50 people—then it exploded!
  • M.C. Hammer learned the hard way that Stan Weir can touch this.
  •  Stan Weir once bowled a perfect game. With a marble.
  • Stan Weir puts the “laughter” in “manslaughter”.
  • Stan Weir can drown a fish.
  • Stan Weir has already read this.
  • Stan Weir was once bitten by a cobra. After seven days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
  • When Stan Weir turned 18, his parents moved out.
  • Stan Weir can delete the recycling bin.
  • Stan Weir can kill two stones with one bird.
  • Stan Weir doesn’t sleep—he waits.
  • Stan Weir once played 18 holes of golf using a 12 inch strip of rebar and a sun dried tomato. He shot a 54.
  • Stan Weir doesn’t like ducks, they bring rainy weather and he thinks it is a damn stupid thing to call a hockey team. Stan doesn’t like the jerseys either, he thinks they are an insult to Eddie Shore.
  • Stan Weir will bring us money and shapely, adventurous women with bad eyesight.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Weir!

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. What to expect from the Oilers-Ducks, and who emerges as the hero in this one?
  • Brayden Sullivan, Draft Geek Hockey, dub network and Dobber Prospects. I have been trying for years to get someone on the show who can talk WHL bantam draft, and Sullivan has his own draft guide coming out Monday! Eureka! We’ll talk about the draft (about 10 days away) and talent available.
  • Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report. NFL draft just days away!
  • Alex Thomas, The Oilers Rig. Oilers begin their second series in California.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk in 90 minutes!

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  1. tcho says:

    I really do think the Ducks are my most hated team. Hope we sweep them.

  2. Yak Efron says:

    McDavid is just pacing himself because he knows there’s still 2 rounds to play.

  3. Soup Fascist says:

    Hmmm. W in the column with McD and Talbot having substandard nights. This bodes well.

  4. Younger Oil says:

    Really good win. Very impressive. Winning one for Talbot instead of him winning it for us for the first time this postseason.

    Important to remember that the Ducks had a week off, which as we saw in the regular season, makes the first game back very difficult. Next game will be much tougher.

    Granted, it gave time for their D to recover from injuries, but that first game back is still tough.

  5. Pescador says:

    LMHF#1: Depends what you want to do. Either Lucic or Nurse on the same ice as Kesler if you want to catch him on the tracks. Kassian if you want talking, face washes and stickwork.

    I want him on the tracks.

    Yeah, except No One laid begged hits last series then Kass.

  6. Pescador says:

    Nuclear leak:
    If Taylor Hall has the score app, he was just notified he can watch Larsson go end to end for the game winning goal.

    Ouch baby

  7. GMB3 says:

    LMHF#1: You serious?

    He’s standing there, out of position, doing nothing.

    And who gives a damn if he’s an Oiler?

    There is no point arguing with him about Kris Russell, they share a name. Clueless.. That and the flex of Drake Caggiula’s stick.

  8. jp says:

    Lucinius,

    Love the worst case scenario. I’m a big proponent of that myself.

    Feeling slightly more optimistic right now though.

  9. Lucinius says:

    Didn’t see these earlier, but…

    Ray Ferraro‏Verified account @rayferrarotsn 2h2 hours ago
    More
    1) people saying that more penalties should be called in Oilers gm..that’s what happens when you “let the players play” dumbs the game down!

    Ray Ferraro‏Verified account @rayferrarotsn 2h2 hours ago
    More
    2) this is why they need to call rule book

    I agree. I have zero problems if the refs call stuff. What bothers me is when they pick and choose what will be called. Even in the regular season they do this. The NHL does not have a rule book. It has a guide book.

  10. theDjdj says:

    We can cheer without belittling Hall I think.

  11. Pescador says:

    dangilitis:
    Larssony –

    Somewhere Gene Principe must be fuming that he hadn’t thought of that one first…

    Who do you think texted it to Maclean?

  12. Wolfie says:

    LMHF#1,

    With Kassian on McDavid’s wing I’m picturing some sort of pick play where Kesler is reaching to check McDavid who swerves at the last second with Kassian coming the other way… prepared and ready to obliterate Kesler’s spine… I can imagine the yardsale now… Kinda like when Kariya got Stevensed

    To be clear i wish no permanent damage on Kesler i just want him to gain some clarity.

  13. jake70 says:

    Wolfie:
    LMHF#1,

    To be clear i wish no permanent damage on Kesler i just want him to gain some clarity.

    ha…nice…

  14. Pescador says:

    theDjdj,

    You are right sir,

  15. GMB3 says:

    I don’t think we can let Anaheim dominate us physically like that and win the series though. I get that they want to stay out of the box, but I think it makes us more effective on the forecheck and helps creates turnovers later in games.

    You could see it with Edmonton in their own end several times later in the game. Few guys trying to avoid the incoming hit while making a play and it resulted in some ugly break out attempts

  16. Wolfie says:

    Lucinius,

    100% agree. Which gives them the power to dictate how they want things to go. I thought the Oilers force the Officials hands tonight. They did a good job of playing through the obstruction. The refs still let tons go but Anaheim depends on that game a little more.

  17. frjohnk says:

    I woke up one of the kids by yelling when Larsson scored the end to end goal.

    I was hoping to get at least 1 win in Anaheim in the first 2 games.
    Now Im greedy, I want the Oilers to take both games.

    I have no doubt that Draisaitl can drive a line, just not sure McDavid can 🙂

  18. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lost in the win, drai’s 4 point night and Adam larssony, Nuge got his first ever Playoff point!!!

  19. The Hermit says:

    Congratulations to the Edmonton Oilers and their fans.

    The Oil are 31.25% complete on their path to the cup.

  20. striatic says:

    http://www.naturalstattrick.com/game.php?season=20162017&game=30241

    Oilers lose Corsi battle 40% to 60% and win the game in the third despite losing the Corsi battle from the start of the third onward, even before they took the lead and score effects would kick in.

    The Oilers won despite a flawed game, but there might have been an element of the Ducks getting frustrated by a relatively even game and overextending themselves a bit to try to close the game out.

  21. --hudson-- says:

    The refs did a much better job from the second period onward. Cannot believe they called the Duck going in on the breakaway, it seemed like it was going to be a penalty shot or Klefbom penalty.

    When’s the last time we got a call like that?

  22. striatic says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Lost in the win, drai’s 4 point night and Adam larssony, Nuge got his first ever Playoff point!!!

    He’s going to sprout 4 more whiskers tonight.

  23. frjohnk says:

    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup. Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

  24. Caller Zen says:

    Draisaitl was 83% on the dot tonight. Big League.

  25. theDjdj says:

    frjohnk:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup.Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

    It’s nice to get one back. Recent history seems to be full of revisionism that favours us poorly. Sure glad to see one work out. Slow playing prospects. It’s a thing.

  26. Pescador says:

    TheGreatMutato:
    Beats by Drai

    This post needed some love

  27. Chachi says:

    frjohnk:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup.Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

    He is almost as good as Joe Colborne.

  28. GMB3 says:

    They talked about Ryan Getzlafs ability to slow the game down during the broadcast and almost immediately after Draisaitl turns an offensive zone entry into slow-mo and hits Larsson beautifully. Magic.

    Also, I feel like Sleppy may have his warts in his game, but he’s shown flashes of high end skill. The question is, can Sleppy and the coaching staff work together to maximize his potential or will he be one of many fringe NHL players who can’t play with the necessary level of consistency He blew by Shea Theodore who can really skate. That’s high end

  29. dangilitis says:

    frjohnk:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup.Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

    When do you give credit to MacT and co. for getting that one right? It wasn’t a slam dunk #3 selection, and switching him for Bennett (#3) would have been a big loss…

  30. Pescador says:

    frjohnk:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup.Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

    we should trade Rienhart for his brother

  31. Pescador says:

    dangilitis: When do you give credit to MacT and co. for getting that one right? It wasn’t a slam dunk #3 selection, and switching him for Bennett (#3) would have been a big loss…

    How about now?

  32. Sanderson says:

    I bought a bottle of Glendronach 18 with an oath that I would only open it on the next Oiler win. My God what a velvety sweet cap on tonight’s win. Hard fought victory. Huge props to Draisaitl, Larsson, Letestu, Slepyshev, and Nurse. These guys are warriors!

    GO OILERS!!!

  33. delooper says:

    Caller Zen:
    Draisaitl was 83% on the dot tonight.Big League.

    We say **bigly** now.

  34. OF17 says:

    My goodness how great does it feel to see Klefbom-Larsson on the ice in a playoff game. It’s 22 minutes of calm interspersed in the highest pressure, when single events are of singular importance. Not to hate on Russell, but find Sekera an equal partner, and that Zen time would top 40 minutes. With Nurse-Benning as the “wobbly” pairing.

    For much of the season, I thought trading Nuge, moving Draisaitl to 2C, and acquiring a substantial 3C was the way to go. I’m not sure I can sign off on that anymore. Nuge and Larsson are very similar in that they can check top opposition but have enough skill to keep others on their toes. I can’t imagine wanting to part with either from this playoff roster.

  35. Rake 2.0 says:

    russ99: Yeah, Sekera abandoning his man had nothing to do with it,

    So fed up with this garbage, He’s an Oiler, stop looking for things to blame him on.

    Fuck.

    Take your own advice and try not ripping on RNH for a day or two.

  36. steveb12344 says:

    frjohnk:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup.Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

    Drai is a budding superstar. Noone in thier right mind would trade Leon for Bennett and Reinhart right now. Maybe if they throw in Ekblad too. lol

  37. Nuclear leak says:

    If a team wants Nuge, top pairing RHD and a prospect with control.

    If a team wants Ebs, whoever will take the whole salary.

  38. Zelepukin says:

    frjohnk:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account @JasonGregor 30m30 minutes ago
    Winning McDavid lottery was massive for #Oilers, but #Sabres passing on Draisaitl at #2 in 2014 was almost as lucky.

    Yup.Draisaitl this year showed his best player from his class.

    And this is thing, everyone is so concerned about McD and every move he makes, that the prophecy of the great physician of rythymic bass, does ring true. Oh right, that guy, the one who is big, fast, can win draws and is probably one of the top 5 passers in the whole league.

    Sure he can probably push his own river, but when McD attracts multiple players from the opponents top line and parts the sea, there is no one better I’d have strolling down main street with the puck than Drai.

  39. Bos8 says:

    Larson coming up ice is a mostly new development.

    More growth, what the hey!

  40. hags9k says:

    Great win!! Hope Connor is not knicked too bad. What a team this year.

  41. oilinthepeg says:

    Wow. What a feeling to be sitting here in the Pacific Division Championship with a win in the opponents’ barn to start it off. Pretty unreal.
    As a relatively young fan who was only really around for the ’06 run and someone who has followed the team closely since Ebs and Hall took the ice that first night against the Phlegms, this is a remarkable feeling. Emotional, even.

    Sure, we can nitpick the decisions that have been made, complain about this, that, or the other thing, but as a proud member of Oilersnation tonight is a very good night. Time to take a pause, even. Some posters have said that if this is as far as we go this year, then this will be a successful year. It has the feeling of magic as if it will not be the end, but I agree that the rest is, as they say, gravy.

    First, a shout-out to our fearless leader. LT, you are magic. What you do is create community and give a whole lot of really smart folks (and some others like me) a place to hang out, to speculate, to make each other laugh, to argue, to share in the pain and now, the joy, of everything that is the Oilers. Your writing always has a captivating running narrative and following along for the past few years has been unbelievable. Just a true joy. To you and all of the other posters, thank you so very dearly. Amazing what has been created here.

    I find it interesting that there is still an attempt to be hard on the 2line for their lack of production. I mean, I am no expert, but these guys are playing some amazing hockey. The current success of this team is built on role playing. Every line, every person has a role and they are working hard to fill it.
    It is interesting to me to hear ‘but Eberle needs to find the back of the net, that is what he is here to do’. I’m not convinced. He is here to help win hockey games. I have seen (at least by eye… I know, I know, weak…) a major transformation in this player’s play. Jordan Eberle is playing like he has purpose and has a role to play in the success of this team. He is a cerebral player who, despite his shortcomings (man, he just couldn’t get the puck to settle down to make a play tonight!) can see the ice pretty well. I have found that he has been backchecking like I have not seen from him before and ensuring the success of his line.
    Nuge to me is the MVP. He is the rock on the line and brings all that is needed (minus the scoring at this point, but we know it will come). He is a constant threat to create something offensively and is sneaky consistent in his ability to neutralize the opponents’ best. This is an extremely valuable role player. Drai’s game tonight may bump him up into the team MVP conversation, but from where I am standing this team’s current success is a lot of Nuge.
    Lucic has been a force when he has needed to be. I complained about his speed a lot this year and felt there were certainly plays where he felt like a boat anchor, and I groaned even more when I thought about the long term deal. Lucic has been full value to close out the season and has been a steady force this playoffs. The sign Demers and keep Hall theory is a strong one. Those who follow the maths know just how elite Hallsy is. I think there are a lot of factors to consider, but tonight we just have to deal with what happened and be able to move on. Larsson is a great player and has steadied the blue since the moment he put on the uniform. This has extreme value. The risk was the offense missing out on that additional elite talent. To say it hasn’t been missed is incorrect. And thinking about Lucic’s contract in even 2 years is scary, but right now, we are winning hockey games and that is all that matters.
    McDavid looked very tentative this evening. It’s a scary thing to see. Hoping the opposition doesn’t catch on if he IS hurt or sick or whatever, because the greatest thing about McDavid is how he just makes the whole team better simply by being a distraction for the other team. As long as McDavid is on the ice, the focus will be on him and therefor the other players will have the opportunity of more open space. He will draw a tough matchup, leaving the other lines more clean air to work with. The hard-matching on McDavid is tough when the reffing is terrible and the clutch and grab is rampant, but the truth is, it works to the advantage of the team for the most part.
    When I saw Drai live this year down in Phoenix I was so impressed by the way he was quarterbacking. He is a serious guy and very tuned into what is going on. Hard working and looks like a true leader. Just really love this player. He is a force and seems to see the ice so well. Tonight was a nice treat where things went well for him. Other nights they don’t 100%, but he is a legitimate elite forward. What a fun guy to watch.
    The defense looks pretty solid and they are getting away from a thing that I feel like I spent a lot of time over the past few years yelling at my television about. They are not forcing the puck up ice into the neutral zone when they do not have a good opportunity to maintain possession. (Yes, I say this after a night where they were actually not doing this very well and creating a LOT of icing calls in the process). But it seems like someone explained to them how possession works and why it is so important to keep it. They seem to circle back and reset, rather than hurriedly dump the puck in and give up possession, betting on a low percentage chance that they might recover the puck in the opponents end or in the neutral zone. I think the biggest issue is Russell. Say what you will about his defensive abilities, the guy really struggles to make a pass. This is an issue, but he is being propped up by good play in other areas and by a team around him that is just strong enough to not make it such a huge issue. Darnell looks incredible out there and this experience will be huge for his development. Nice looking player. Benning has been fine. He would have to be pretty bad to warrant putting Grybes back in. No thank you. Let’s stick with what is working, please. As for Klef/Larsson. I have just loved watching this pair. So much steady. I have loved Klef’s intensity and emotion shown. You can see the passion in this guy – the first round goals were so fun to watch. How can you not root for this guy!? Larsson is the rock. Just a focused, determined individual. Such a professional. Loved the post-game tonight where he says… yeah, got some lucky bounces, doesn’t matter, on to the next one. Love the attitude and generally just want him and Klef on the ice at all times. Find myself at the end of close games counting down the seconds of non-Klef-Larsson time… like… hmm… Todd gonna throw Darnell out there for another shift? Hmm… 2 minutes left – wonder if Klef-Lars and just ride this one out to the horn? haha. But seriously, man. this D has a different complexion. I’m hoping to head to a T-Birds game since I am in Seattle to catch a glimpse of an emerging prospect who seems to be having a pretty nice little run. Future seems ok. Still chasing that elusive RHD for next year, I guess… but another year of experience for Benning will be good. I like him as a #3. Terrified at how much money may be paid to Russell. Don’t mind paying the player for the role he can play, but would prefer if he could bump down and would prefer if he was paid 5-7D money. We’ll see.
    The 3 and 4 lines have looked pretty good. I haven’t been much of a fan of Maroon in the past few games. He looks completely ineffective out there. Slow, not making much happen. Wonder what is up. He seemed to have more speed and vision earlier in the season. Tired? Kass has been amazing. Lots of great heads-up plays and being really smart about pretty much everything he is doing on the ice. Have liked Pou’s game quite a bit. He has such good speed and reach. It would be nice to see him cash on a chance or two, but he is moving the puck in the right direction, and I actually think he has drawn more penalties than he has taken (ok, maybe not, but… I don’t think he has taken a stupid one since game 3 in SJ). DD has looked at least ok since his big OT winner. He was looking awful and slow before that. Hopefully that helped wake him up. He has been relatively solid since. Sleppy is coming along! Love the speed and skill we have managed on all four lines. It’s really amazing. So important that have a player like Sleps who can get up ice like that. I have liked Cags quite a bit, too. I think based on Maroon’s play lately he should probably be given the top line shot. Get him some sandpaper for his twig and maybe he’ll be ok. He does most things well and is usually involved in the play in a good way and is pushing the puck in the right direction. The Testtube is one of my favourites. I really believe this player helps this team win. Not a glam player (though tonight he got a little bit of spotlight with the timely goals) but does he ever do a lot of little things right. Detail oriented and focused. He’s pretty slow and his skill is not elite, but he is the kind of guy you know will show up for every shift and be tapped into the game. Really like the player.
    Not too much needs to be said about Talbs. When he is on he can be our best player and one of the steadiest in the league. When he is off he is still pretty alright, and we usually have enough to make up for it (tonight, for example). Just an extremely important element of our success. Let’s hope he can remain mentally strong enough for the coming tests ahead and that he can keep playing his solid and steady game.

    All this said, I think that the Oilers had a pretty poor game this evening. They’ll have to tighten up a lot of things. Still, we all wished we would have held on to steal that first one against the Sharks despite a poor showing, but that didn’t happen. Thankfully here, the Ducks had an equally lackluster game. The story was Leon being solid and our PP clicking just enough to get the job done.
    I hope the Oil can stay disciplined. Let the Ducks goonery wash over you and just beat them on the scoresheet. The end of the game was pretty ridiculous. I think it’s fine that Kass was being a bit chippy there… it definitely drew out some retaliation. I liked how he and others handled it by just being content to take the win and leave it at that. There will be more pushing and shoving, but we start to lose when we stoop to their level. Play a smart game and force them to take penalties if they want to stir up the garbage. Pretty simple. I thought we did a good job tonight, but holding composure through the series will be tough.

    Well… I know it isn’t maths or the useful stuff, but this is just one fan’s account who has been glued to every second of every game.Gosh this is a fun ride.

    GOILERS!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOT!

  42. spoiler says:

    Looked to me like there was more than just McDavid suffering from the flu tonight. Ducks might be suffering too, who knows, but it’s sure nice to collect wins while the bug makes its way through the dressing room.

    Well done, Oil, for gutting one out tonight.

  43. judgedrude says:

    LadiesloveSmid:

    What a punchable face Getzlaf has, weird that I’ve never hated him before

    The Germans have a word for that.

    Backpfeifengesicht

  44. Pouzar says:

    GMB3:
    They talked about Ryan Getzlafs ability to slow the game down during the broadcast and almost immediately after Draisaitl turns an offensive zone entry into slow-mo and hits Larsson beautifully. Magic.

    Also, I feel like Sleppy may have his warts in his game, but he’s shown flashes of high end skill. The question is, can Sleppy and the coaching staff work together to maximize his potential or will he be one of many fringe NHL players who can’t play with the necessary level of consistency He blew by Shea Theodore who can really skate. That’s high end

    You have to get the chance. It’s that simple. Either way he is a very useful player up and down the lineup and I hope he remains an Oiler b/c there is more there imo.

  45. sliderule says:

    dangilitis: When do you give credit to MacT and co. for getting that one right? It wasn’t a slam dunk #3 selection, and switching him for Bennett (#3) would have been a big loss…

    Don’t forget the criticism of Mact for watching one period of Klefbom and announcing “that was all he needed to see” in order to know he was a good player.
    Lots to criticize Mact for as gm but he could tell players

  46. season not played says:

    sliderule: Don’t forget the criticism of Mact for watching one period of Klefbom and announcing “that was all he needed to see” in order to know he was a good player.
    Lots to criticize Mact for as gm buthe could tell players

    Funny thing is, Justin Schultz might even get some norris votes this year.

  47. adamjames says:

    sliderule: Don’t forget the criticism of Mact for watching one period of Klefbom and announcing “that was all he needed to see” in order to know he was a good player.
    Lots to criticize Mact for as gm buthe could tell players

    Nikki Nicotine. Wearsglasses musta forgot his glasses when he watched a period of his play.

    Gawwwd it feels good to laugh about this now doesn’t it?

  48. Pouzar says:

    So that Larsson guy is pretty offensive for a “defensive defenceman”.

    Some people are rich.

  49. Chachi says:

    Pouzar:
    So that Larsson guy is pretty offensive for a “defensive defenceman”.

    Some people are rich.

    Scott Cullen is tripling down on the “passenger” thing. It is funny.

  50. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Fantastic game. I thought the Fowl played a better game overall, more controlled play and passing. But the Oilers hung in there and Talbot overall was solid, and sometimes with timely goals – or 2 Larsson you beauty – it comes together.

    For the forwards at evens I saw Leon, Nuge, Slepy and Kassian good. The D were good overall, Sekera had a wobbly game.

    Getzlaf is a great player, but his attempt to bully Sekera has him with Kelser Perry and Bieksa in my eyes. That was a prize winning display of asshattery. Being the tough guy with a far smaller player who doesn’t fight is a coward’s move. Grab Kassian Maroon or Lucic if you want to send a message other than I’m a goof like those other goofs on my team. Boo.

    I hope Connor is just sick. Leon has to stay with him if he’s not able to scoot and drive the line. Hopefully some more guys step up and play better Friday.

  51. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – The Oil need to play .500 hockey for the next 3 weeks, and they are in the Cup: think about that.

  52. Rondo says:

    At times last night the refs look like they worked for WWF wrestling.

  53. Mr. D. says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Fantastic game. I thought the Fowl played a better game overall, more controlled play and passing. But the Oilers hung in there and Talbot overall was solid, and sometimes with timely goals – or 2 Larsson you beauty – it comes together.

    For the forwards at evens I saw Leon, Nuge, Slepy and Kassian good. The D were good overall, Sekera had a wobbly game.

    Getzlaf is a great player, but his attempt to bully Sekera has him with Kelser Perry and Bieksa in my eyes. That was a prize winning display of asshattery. Being the tough guy with a far smaller player who doesn’t fight is a coward’s move. Grab Kassian Maroon or Lucic if you want to send a message other than I’m a goof like those other goofs on my team. Boo.

    I hope Connor is just sick. Leon has to stay with him if he’s not able to scoot and drive the line. Hopefully some more guys step up and play better Friday.

    My money is McDavid got a bruised hip front the crisscheck vs San Jose.
    Time to bring Gryba back in. The Getzlaf BS needs to be dealt with with the increase in physical play.

  54. khildahl says:

    Rondo:
    At times last night the refs look like they worked for WWF wrestling.

    I honestly feel like the league wouldn’t look much different if Vince McMahon were running it.

  55. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Mr. D.: My money is McDavid got a bruised hip front the crisscheck vs San Jose.
    Time to bring Gryba back in. The Getzlaf BS needs to be dealt with with the increase in physical play.

    I think there is enough beef in the lineup to handle that stuff. Lucic, Maroon, Kassian, Nurse and Larsson know how to hit hard, and I doubt Gryba would see much ice against Getzlaf, or at least I hope not.

  56. Scungilli Slushy says:

    For me last night showed the value of defense that can skate, break up sorties and move the puck. Benning for a rookie was good. In the quest for 2RD I don’t want to see a player that can’t play well in the D zone. Larsson, Klefbom, Benning and Nurse all have enough skill, they don’t need a one way overpayed offensive type.

    Also, Sekera needs a bigger partner. A big issue for Sekera Russell even when they are both on their game is getting pushed around and breaking cycles.

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