Such a bizarre series, seems I say every game is the biggest. Still, with a shocking 2-0 lead this morning, a win tonight hammers home the final result for both teams. I suspect we get Anaheim’s best effort tonight and we could go extra innings. I am beginning to wonder about Carlyle’s deployment, and the defensive depth of the Ducks. I have been told that the Getzlaf-Perry era is beginning to fade in Anaheim, but I don’t believe that for one damned minute.
OILERS DEPTH CHART AND PLAYOFF SCORING
- Five of Edmonton’s 21 goals come via the blue, with some gigantic goals from the trio of Klefbom, Larsson and Sekera.
- The most impressive number is Cam Talbot’s save percentage, that’s a rocket.
- We’re all waiting for Connor McDavid to break out and post a gigantic crooked number, and he had the jet boots on ’11’ on Friday night. Wingers gotta cash. It’s a tribute to 97 that we all agree his impact game is a matter of when and not if it happens.
- Drake Caggiula has zero points but he’s getting closer. One of those line drives is going to fall in someday soon. Looks like he will play tonight.
- The Nuge line skilled for the winning goal on Friday night, RNH and Eberle made good plays to get it done. Maroon found a way.
- Zack Kassian has more goals called back in one season than anyone in my lifetime. Seems to be taking it in stride, though.
I asked Ilya to reach out to one of the EMHL’s players, idea being giving you an idea about the experience. Lyndon Anderson plays for the Resistance, here’s what he told us:
- I’ve been playing in the EMHL now for 10 years. I started out as a beginner in the coed league with no previous organized hockey experience. After 5 seasons I decided to start my own club in the EMHL men’s league as well as the coed league. My involvement in the EMHL has been very rewarding. Not only do I get to play with my brothers but I’ve learned a lot about the game of hockey as well as how to manage a club and keep things organized on and off the ice. The task can be stressful at times but I find it’s worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves and having fun.
Click on the ad above if you are interested in joining a summer men’s or co-ed league, Ilya says if we get enough registrants he may turn it into a Lowetide team. I told him my team needed to lead the league in Corsi, after that it’s all good.
The fantastically talented Puckalytics is running with or without you numbers during the playoffs and it’s a blast. Small sample size for sure, but fun all the same. If you want to spend several hours playing with it, check out the SuperWowy setup here. Here are some numbers to think about this morning.
- Connor McDavid is 35.3 percent Corsi for 5×5 against Hampus Lindholm so far in the Anaheim series. He is 52.9 against the rest of the Ducks during this series. We are talking just 15:31, and score effects are part of the story, but interesting all the same.
- Connor McDavid is 47.2 Corsi for percentage against Ryan Kesler, in 16:36, 40.6 percent without Kesler. Early days, important not to overrate these numbers but they are interesting.
- Connor McDavid is 33.3 Corsi for percentage against Ryan Getzlaf, in 9:24, and 50 percent without Getzlaf.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 25.0 Corsi for percentage against Getzlaf, in 16:23, and 37.5 percent without Getzlaf.
The Anaheim Ducks recalled Nicolas Kerdiles and Ondrej Kase, perhaps there is an injury or Randy Carlyle isn’t getting what he wants from specific players. Or it could be a matter of giving young prospects a taste of NHL playoff hockey. The Ducks constantly uncover useful and fun hockey players, their draft record is quality.
Hockey-Reference’s player season finder is a dandy tool, and now that we are through the year we can begin to examine comparables. Drake Caggiula was a rookie at 22 and his comparables are players we mostly associate with being two-way types. It is a fine list, and if he ends up being Tobias Rieder we should celebrate, but unless Caggiula plays a lot on Connor McDavid’s line, the early numbers imply a mid-level offensive talent.
This is a more promising group than I thought we would see, the eye ponders the Seguin comparable and the heart leaps. We need to factor in linemates (97) but sure, since JP is a year younger as a rookie we can contemplate. Before we proceed as if this is a reasonable comparable, I need to see Puljujarvi as a shooter (something Seguin delivered on as a rookie).
Jesse Puljujarvi totaled 7.81 shots-per-60 in all situations as a rookie, and Seguin’s total was 8.70 per 60. JP is a year younger, does that impact our decision? Puljujarvi has all kinds of gifts, but if he can emerge as a 30-goal scorer then Peter Chiarelli’s heavy work is far closer to being complete.
My top 5 (subject to change after playoffs): 1-Makar 2-Heiskanen 3-Hischier 4-Tippett 5-Thomas. Thomas will be picked 20-30, but underrated.
— Simon Boisvert (@simonsnake70) April 30, 2017
Boisvert is a very interesting follow on twitter, I have had him on my show to discuss Oilers prospects several times (and will again). I find his takes on the entry draft fascinating, because they are informed and non-traditional. WHY does he have Makar at No. 1? My system suggests Makar is in fact one of the 10 best prospects in the draft, but No. 1? And Heiskanen? Fantastic and fascinating. I’ll have to have him on in the coming days.
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The great mystery for me, in hockey terms, is goaltending. It’s like the final frontier (outer space times the deep blue sea) and even after all of these years my analysis of goalies ranges from ‘what a save!’ to ‘why didn’t he make the save?’ and I doubt there is much progression to come.
I can say, without hesitation, that in 50+ years of watching the hockey, every great playoff run included a goalie doing exactly what Cam Talbot is doing currently for the Edmonton Oilers. That isn’t really analysis, but it is what I can bring to you. Cherish this experience, and credit Talbot with an enormous amount of this growing story. Goalies. Man.