Game Two 2017-18: Oilers at Canucks

Saturdays in October ranged from chilly to beyond severe winter. We lived 17 miles north of Maidstone in an old school house. You drove to the Allan Store from Maidstone—past Silver Lake—and turned left at the store, drove to the first crossing on the north road. That was us. One summer, riding my bike to Allan Store from the house, I encountered hundreds of “bertha armyworms” and they killed a lot of crops around my house.  Dad told me to run over as many as I could with my bike, so I did. Don’t think it helped much, though.

In winter, say 1970, I used to get up early on Saturday mornings. My Dad went to work at Husky about 5, and I would watch the headlights fade before quietly putting on my boots and coat to head outside. We had this incredible outside light, must have been 10 trillion watts, it lit up the night and gave the entire a yard an impressive look. I would take one of my Dad’s saw horses, which was about the size of a net, and put 10 gallon buckets in front to represent the goalie. I was always the Bruins (when my brother would play with me, he got to be the Bruins and I had to be the Habs or Leafs. I went Leafs) and would play for a long time before the sun would come up or Mom would call me in for breakfast.

I can still remember the cool air in my lungs—it can be hard to breathe when the air is that cold—and playing road hockey all alone. Keith Schwartz, our neighbor, would drive by about 7am and yell “he scores” but that was okay because I liked him fine. HNIC was 11 hours away and there was a full day to go. Me? I was running through the lines in my brain and beating the Habs in the SCF. I could tell you what year it was based on Orr’s partner, although Dallas Smith had the job for a few years there. Me, a puck, Sher-wood or Victoriaville stick, and an imagination forged by love of the game, isolation and the fact it was 5am and my feet were frozen. Damned fool if you want the truth. I loved every minute of it.

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in October 2017: 1-0-0, goal differential +3

One of the key elements to last season’s success was a quick start for Edmonton. By the end of October there was a sense the formula had a chance to work. The stated goal was playoffs and it should be again. Looking past making the postseason would be a ridiculous thing to do.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OCTOBER

  • At home to: Calgary (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver  (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Winnipeg, Ottawa, Carolina (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual: 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Dallas, Washington (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-3-2, 12 points in  10 games 
  • Current results: 1-0-0, 2 points after one game

CURRENT STANDINGS

The Oilers are on top and that’s a good thing but the major item is Vegas, baby! James Neal scored twice last night, driving up the eventual price for Edmonton to acquire him at the trade deadline. That was a fun win for the expansion kids, they could be more entertaining than the 1974-75 Washington Capitals.

TONIGHT’S PROJECTED LINEUP

  • Patrick Maroon—Connor McDavid—Leon Draisaitl
  • Milan Lucic—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Kailer Yamamoto/Zack Kassian
  • Drake Caggiula—Ryan Strome—Jussi Jokinen
  • Jujhar Khaira—Mark Letestu—Zack Kassian/Iiro Pakarinen
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • Darnell Nurse—Eric Gryba
  • Cam Talbot (Laurent Brossoit)

Based on practice yesterday (Bob verbal) we could see Iiro Pakarinen drawing in and Kailer Yamamoto sitting, but that’s a guess and we’ll know more later in the day. The team will want to see Yamamoto settle in and perhaps running him out there again is the best plan, with Kassian able to slide up from the 4R slot as required.

OILERS FORWARDS 2017-18

  • This is the format I plan to use this season. Boxcar numbers are 5×5, I do include 5×4/60 but not the power-play numbers. Corsi For (I’m abandoning Matt Fenwick, again) and Corsi Rel explains itself. I’m using NaturalStatTrick’s high-danger chance number but there was some wobble a year ago so may not continue or could replace.
  • Not much to say early days, beyond McDavid’s insane scoring number and the pure dominance of his line.
  • That McDavid line had 11 high-danger chances according to NST, seems about right.

OILERS DEFENSE 2017-18

  • Same format as above.
  • The Klefbom-Larsson pairing was fantastic, Nurse-Gryba did well.
  • Russell-Benning’s numbers did not shine but I liked their game. Oilers Nerd Alert explained it in a brilliant tweet yesterday.
  • I might delete the final column and run something else there. We’ll see.

The Bakersfield Condors outshot the Stockton Heat by a bunch and still lost 4-1. The highlight was Ethan Bear’s first pro goal, assists to Jesse Puljujari and Caleb Jones. The Condors twitter feed is outstanding, and Ryan Holt (pbp guy) offers excellent insight as well. Condors were zero for five on the power play, plenty of talent but the centermen lack offensive acumen as a group. It’s going to be an issue. Finally, that Stockton team is very good. There are a few guys at the NHL level with less talent than men like Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane. Flames are doing curious things.

PROSPECTS MAKING NEWS

  • Stuart Skinner is having a nice start for Lethbridge, 33 stops last night in a 4-1 win. He sits at 5gp, 2.82 .919 this morning.
  • Ostap Safin had another big night for the Saint-John Sea Dogs. He is now 7gp, 3-5-8 on the year.
  • Kirill Maksimov is under suspension currently for the Niagara Ice Dogs but is 5gp, 3-4-7 so far.
  • Filip Berglund is 6gp, 1-3-4 early in his SHL season. His NHLE (early days alert) is 31.7. His team is in action currently and he has one shot on goal.
  • Dylan Wells is 6gp, 3.12 .918 for Peterborough Petes.
  • Bogdan Yakimov is 18gp, 2-2-4 for Neftekhimik (KHL).

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  1. LookingforKovi says:

    Kassian for 1st non-McD goal.

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Ostap Safin with an assist in an 8-1 loss for Saint-John in QMJHL action tonight.

    Damn – I thought they weren’ playing so didn’t check in.

    He was even with 4 shots (2 high danger) – decent stat line for an 8-1 loss.

  3. Pescador says:

    Oscar looks glorious & they haven’t dropped the puck yet

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pouzar:
    A “Must” follow.
    EDM Prospect Watch‏ @EDProspectWatch

    A “Must” subscribe. Lots of Oiler prospect highlights.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvvHvXmQ786LaR1SeJoLfZQ/videos

    It is my favorite twitter follow – amazing content.

  5. russ99 says:

    Let’s go Oil!!

  6. The Concept JDî says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Two out of two Pouzars agree.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Russell scored.

  8. Pouzar says:

    OMG.

  9. The Concept JDî says:

    The Rustle Hustle! Nobody guessed THAT!

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    I love Kris Russell on the left side.

  11. Gerta Rauss says:

    Would never have guessed Russell…wow

  12. russ99 says:

    Hahahaha! It’s Russell. 🙂

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice to see Lucic with some even strength production.

  14. Pouzar says:

    Russell says “stick yer contest!”

  15. Pouzar says:

    Kassian is good Hockeyer

  16. russ99 says:

    We need to do better on the wall in our zone, too much wing it around and hope the next guy gets it.

  17. Lucinius says:

    Missed the goal.

    I guessed Pak would score the first non-McDavid goal, but had seriously considered picking Russel as a troll pick. Figures, eh?

  18. Pouzar says:

    NHL will make that review-able by next week.

  19. russ99 says:

    Nice job Caggs to make it obvious,

  20. StixMalone says:

    That was not a good call but we’ll take it

  21. Lucinius says:

    Not thrilled with the powerplay there.

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    Shitty PP then some weak plays in our own zone for no reason (no pressure) and it leads to an Oiler penalty.

    That was just lack of effort there in our own zone (Russell).

  23. russ99 says:

    Come on guys, don’t get cute with the puck.

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Would never have guessed Russell…wow

    He does have a couple 30 point seasons on his resume playing the left side (and PP I think).

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    What a goal by Horvat.

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Benning having a tough first period.

    Numerous weak plays.

  27. StixMalone says:

    Benning got burnt…

  28. Pouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Benning having a tough first period.

    Numerous weak plays.

    That was a weak play.

  29. LMHF#1 says:

    And Russell has 2.

    He’s scoring on all the nets!

  30. Lucinius says:

    Benning making Horvat look like McDavid there. Very weak there; he was way too slow on making a decision on how to play him.

  31. StixMalone says:

    Here comes the Oilers rope a dope…

  32. ashley says:

    Witness Benning reverting to the mean from his dream fancy stats season….in real time.

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ugh – Russell.

  34. Lowetide says:

    These are the Oilers we know and love.

  35. Pouzar says:

    More Nurse please.

  36. Gerta Rauss says:

    whoops

  37. LMHF#1 says:

    And an assist. The man is on fire!

  38. LookingforKovi says:

    Russell give the, and Russell taketh away …

  39. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Good lord Russell

  40. Lucinius says:

    Well.

    This is one way to let Vancouver look good.

  41. ashley says:

    Strome has got to hit the net on that powerplay. Very bad decision to try to go top corner with everyone going to the net and traffic in front. He won’t be on the PP for long with that kind of decision making.

  42. LadiesloveSmid says:

    It’s early but this game should not be an L

  43. ashley says:

    Bar down!

  44. The Concept JDî says:

    The HNIC curse is upon us.

  45. Pouzar says:

    Nurse and Larsson?

  46. LMHF#1 says:

    Typical cheap little guy crap from Dorsett. Led with his helmet.

    Nurse needs to beat the hell out of that guy.

  47. StixMalone says:

    There goes the game plan…

  48. N64 says:

    LMHF#1:
    And an assist. The man is on fire!

    Awesome tip pass.

  49. Sanderson says:

    This is a good early reminder for the Oil. There are NOT any easy games in this league. They need to focus up here, and quick.

  50. The Concept JDî says:

    The Concept JDî:
    The HNIC curse is upon us.

    Somebody burn a Huawei phone!

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    We need to kill this PP

  52. Pescador says:

    Thank you Oilers for reminding me about the dangers of being over confident.

  53. N64 says:

    I like Russell better when he *suppresses* offence at both ends.

  54. Lowetide says:

    Adam Larsson draws a penalty. Well done, after a flurry or poor play by Edmonton.

  55. hunter1909 says:

    Now that the Sky is falling as Oilers drop 2 goals to the Canucks…

    Hunter1909’s Oilers Death March is back for the 2017-18 season!

    Here’s how you play: Pick the exact number of points you think the Oilers will have at the end of the season.

    Then, after the usual training camp hypejobs stop and the real NHL starts, Oilers usually lose 2-3 defencemen and spent the rest of the season chasing/debating the lottery. And what better way is there to enjoy those pointless, meaningless games than The Hunter1909 Official Oilers Death March(TM)?

    Hundreds of players from last season agree.

    Don’t Delay. Get Your Entry in Now.

  56. flyfish1168 says:

    Is Sam going to score on us tonight?

  57. Pouzar says:

    Kassian has been good tonight. Lovin this 2nd line with him up there.

  58. The Concept JDî says:

    Pouzar: Kassian

    +1

  59. LadiesloveSmid says:

    These oilers miss Sekera

    (and Colin Miller)

  60. Lucinius says:

    Bad slash there by Nurse. Can’t do that this year.

    Canucks still running the show, with only a few exceptions.

  61. Pouzar says:

    Lucinius: Bad slash there by Nurse. Can’t do that this year.

    His partner got beat like a rented mule. I’d say the timing was decent there.

  62. dessert1111 says:

    So far this year Benning looking like a 3rd pairing guy asked to play second pairing.

    He can make plays and if he can be consistent he has a high ceiling. No consistency yet though.

    A few more games like this and I bet Chia grabs a D.

  63. Mr. D. says:

    Lucinius,

    Get used to it. They are trying to increase scoring in the league. The holding and slashing penalties basically give free passage to the net.

  64. Mr. D. says:

    dessert1111,

    I’ll take your bet even odds in next 10 games.

  65. Lowetide says:

    First Period
    2-1 VAN. Corsi for 5×5 16-5 EDM, shots 13-6 Edmonton.

  66. russ99 says:

    Bad period.

    Todd will reinforce during the break, I expect a better effort in the 2nd.

  67. flyfish1168 says:

    We need to start winning more faceoffs.

  68. Pescador says:

    dessert1111:
    So far this Period Benning has looking like a 3rd pairing guy asked to play second pairing.

    Fixed

  69. Lowetide says:

    I think the Oilers played fine, two pucks went in their net. I’d like to see more from the Strome line, and wonder if we see a little line shuffling in period two.

  70. StixMalone says:

    Oil getting schooled….

  71. Lowetide says:

    Weak goal against Talbot there, he needs to stop that. 3-1 VAN.

  72. russ99 says:

    We’re getting killed behind our net. Can’t win a game if you lose the puck battles.

  73. OmJo says:

    That’s a goal.

    Maybe I shouldn’t watch anymore Oilers game this season…

  74. jp says:

    The good thing is that the McDavid Oilers can score goals.

    They’re the better team, now time to show it!

  75. snfu says:

    Frig

  76. StixMalone says:

    Todd agrees

  77. fishman says:

    Thought watching Oilers was going to be fun this year????

  78. OmJo says:

    No pressure LB!

  79. OmJo says:

    fishman,

    It’s game 2 lol.

  80. BONE207 says:

    fishman:
    Thought watching Oilers was going to be fun this year????

    Fun & interesting apparently

  81. russ99 says:

    Jesus, our defense is a clusterfuck.

    Good save Brossoit.

  82. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period
    2-1 VAN. Corsi for 5×5 16-5 EDM, shots 13-6 Edmonton.

    is that possible? 5 corsi events and 6 shots?

  83. BONE207 says:

    The arena broke. Time to switch Rogers rinks

  84. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Really hoped the new period would jumpstart the team. Ice looks tilted and they’re playing a bottom 3 team. Eek

  85. Lowetide says:

    LadiesloveSmid: is that possible? 5 corsi events and 6 shots?

    Sure. One (Corsi) is 5×5 and another (shots) is all events.

  86. BONE207 says:

    Holy…Dodgers up 6-2

  87. russ99 says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    Just cause Calgary sucks is no reason to not work and stop making smart plays with the puck.

  88. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lots of time left to right the ship

    C’mon boys!

  89. Pouzar says:

    Is that what that crap logo was? A skate? Jezzuz H.

  90. fishman says:

    OmJo:
    fishman,

    It’s game 2 lol.

    Well I guess my expectations were a little high after the Calgary game !

  91. The Concept JDî says:

    LadiesloveSmid: they’re playing a bottom 3 team.

    How exactly did you come to that conclusion?

  92. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Lowetide: Sure. One (Corsi) is 5×5 and another (shots) is all events.

    Ah, thought you meant 5v5 shots. My bad.

  93. dessert1111 says:

    Mr. D.:
    dessert1111,

    I’ll take your bet even odds in next 10 games.

    Sure, but we’d have to settle on a common understanding of what Benning playing badly looks like – if he straightens out I don’t think a move is made

  94. BONE207 says:

    Is that Darryl Katz behind TMac? Slumming it tonight?

  95. LadiesloveSmid says:

    The Concept JDî: How exactly did you come to that conclusion?

    29th place finish 6 months ago

  96. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Oil have gotta stay out of the box, come on

  97. dessert1111 says:

    Pescador: Fixed

    He had shaky moments in the preseason too if that counts

  98. Lowetide says:

    Jokinen takes a dumb penalty. Oilers aren’t going to like watching the game tape here. Clearly the better team but making silly mistakes.

  99. The Concept JDî says:

    LadiesloveSmid: 29th place finish 6 months ago

    Well this isn’t that team, and it behooves you to check out WG’s Nuck assessment from earlier today.

  100. Pescador says:

    LB changing a lot of poopy diapers atm

  101. BONE207 says:

    If you’re going to skate all the way to the other net then you should always score

  102. fishman says:

    Game getting physical. Maybe that wakes the guys up?

  103. Ice Sage says:

    Lowetide:
    Jokinen takes a dumb penalty. Oilers aren’t going to like watching the game tape here. Clearly the better team but making silly mistakes.

    Better team except in the most important position?

  104. russ99 says:

    Laurent standing tall.

    If we can get one back, could be a different game despite being outworked the first half of the game.

  105. LadiesloveSmid says:

    On the plus side the oilers are doubling the canucks in hits

  106. Pescador says:

    Rusty with another tape to skate pass

  107. BONE207 says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    On the plus side the oilers are doubling the canucks in hits

    Give aways too

  108. fishman says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    On the plus side the oilers are doubling the canucks in hits

    Unfortunately canucks tripling us in goals!

  109. Lowetide says:

    Ice Sage: Better team except in the most important position?

    That will happen from time to time. Cam Talbot can’t let in that third goal, but after all he’s done since arrival. The entire game comes down to about three weird and poor plays by Edmonton.

  110. ashley says:

    We’re getting some good chances here. Can’t cash. 3v1 should have produced a better chance.

    Gagner is everywhere tonight. Kassian too. Those two meet again, but have now traded jerseys.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7iBrFWVXsE

    I’m not sure it was intentional, but it sure was careless.

  111. The Concept JDî says:

    LB!

  112. BONE207 says:

    Brossoit looking super anyway.

  113. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Burn the gametape kind of night

  114. The Concept JDî says:

    Lowetide: That will happen from time to time.

    Price and Henrik pulled this evening. It’s a tough league.

  115. fishman says:

    Bad call????

  116. OmJo says:

    I’ve hated Dorsett ever since he broke Halls ankle.

  117. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Holy F the D are shite tonight. Just a horrible effort by Larson there

  118. The Concept JDî says:

    Gags going for the knees. Good for him!

  119. russ99 says:

    If we can trust Brossoit a little more and spell Talbot a few more times, this won’t be all for naught.

  120. Nailer Yakumoto says:

    Spicey!!

  121. OmJo says:

    Damn seeing Gagner and Kassian on opposite teams is just weird.

  122. russ99 says:

    Jeez. Brossoit saving our bacon.

  123. Pouzar says:

    Hate Russell 4 on 4. Like really hate it.

  124. OmJo says:

    russ99,

    Would be a good thing, especially if we’re planning another lengthy playoff run.

  125. ashley says:

    Gotta call that hook in Nuge’s hands there. It’s illegal and becomes a 2v1 the other way because of a turnover at the blueline. How do you call ticky tacky slashes and not that where a significant advantage is gained by VAN?

  126. OmJo says:

    That “kid” Dorsett is 30 years old, FYI

  127. The Concept JDî says:

    Nurse has been green-lighted, it would seem.

  128. The Concept JDî says:

    Drai should have hammered that one.

  129. BONE207 says:

    Drai needs to fire that!!!

  130. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Looks like the book on the oilers D has been released early. Pucks below the goal line and passes hitting wingers with speed up the middle.

  131. Lucinius says:

    Meanwhile, Calgary has come back from being down 3-1 to hold a 4-3 lead.

    And Vegas wins in OT.

  132. ashley says:

    Hit the net!

  133. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Awful game for the oiler defence, good Gord

  134. russ99 says:

    What the hell is up with these dipsy-dos with the puck?

  135. OmJo says:

    Well, Eberle doesn’t do that.

    Not a bad bout either.

  136. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Didn’t realize strome was playing tonight

  137. SK Oiler Fan says:

    FFS. Move your feet D men. Lazy

  138. Sanderson says:

    What’s the opposite of consistency? Momentum?

    Always like to see a guy like Strome drop the gloves tho!

  139. Pouzar says:

    There ya go Benning. He went to school.

  140. BONE207 says:

    Lucinius:
    Meanwhile, Calgary has come back from being down 3-1 to hold a 4-3 lead.

    And Vegas wins in OT.

    Meaning you never underestimate the power of a full moon

  141. The Concept JDî says:

    Really hoping that someone starts the lawnmower on Dorsie.

  142. godot10 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Didn’t realize strome was playing tonight

    Get used to Strome not playing tonight. He has been not playing for several seasons now.

  143. godot10 says:

    Sanderson:
    What’s the opposite of consistency? Momentum?

    Always like to see a guy like Strome drop the gloves tho!

    Dropping his gloves against a midget and being held to a draw.

  144. fishman says:

    Nice period for LB. He was hung out to dry on numerous occasions. Not sure what happened to our D? Gone AWOL

  145. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I’ve had a few but it seems like the oilers are getting shots but no second chances. Van doing a good job of taking those away.

  146. Pouzar says:

    godot10: Dropping his gloves against a midget and being held to a draw.

    Little Person.

  147. Pouzar says:

    VAN with the shit sticks tonight.

  148. OmJo says:

    That commercial makes me afraid to fly Air France.

  149. Oil2Oilers says:

    Obstructing McDavid mid ice when he does not have the puck not only appears to be the game plan but perfectly legal as well.

  150. OmJo says:

    godot10: Get used to Strome not playing tonight.He has been not playing for several seasons now.

    Strome has been underwhelming. But I didn’t expect much. Season’s still young though, so who knows.

    But an Eberle replacement he is not.

  151. russ99 says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Obstructing McDavid mid ice when he does not have the puck not only appears to be the game plan but perfectly legal as well.

    If you want to swallow the whistles for the home team, I won’t like it but you could at least give us the same courtesy.

  152. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Bunch a Fancy Dan’s in the ozone making the fanciest passes you’ve seen!

    Bunch a Barbara Ann Scott’s skating with the puck and losing it and missing their checks!

    Hind Banana’s being sucked all over the ice!

  153. The Concept JDî says:

    Blaming the Oilers for everything tonight is forgetting that Vancouver is playing better than anyone thought possible.

  154. russ99 says:

    OmJo: Strome has been underwhelming. But I didn’t expect much. Season’s still young though, so who knows.

    But an Eberle replacement he is not.

    Strome is being played at his weakest position. With two-way linemates.

    Not sure how long it’s going to take for McLellan to get that Lucic and RNH doesn’t work, and move RNH with players he can play off of.

  155. The Concept JDî says:

    Pouzar: Little Person.

    Unbig human.

  156. Lowetide says:

    First Period
    2-1 VAN. Corsi for 5×5 16-5 EDM, shots 13-6 Edmonton.

    Second Period
    1-0 VAN Corsi for 5×5 19-13 EDM, shots 12-8 Vancouver.

    Total
    3-1 VAN Corsi for 5×5 28-15 EDM, shots 21-18 Edmonton.

  157. fishman says:

    OmJo: Strome has been underwhelming. But I didn’t expect much. Season’s still young though, so who knows.

    But an Eberle replacement he is not.

    But we got valuable cap space to plug a hole elsewhere right? right????

  158. godot10 says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Obstructing McDavid mid ice when he does not have the puck not only appears to be the game plan but perfectly legal as well.

    Travis Green watched some video of the Ducks-Oilers over the summer. Glen Guletzan didn’t.

    But Paul Maurice’s legendary leaky defence comes to town Monday.

    Green has the Canucks trying to play the “new” hockey. Play fast. And play to space. Like “most” of the good teams in the NHL now play.

  159. OmJo says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Bunch a Fancy Dan’s in the ozone making the fanciest passes you’ve seen!

    Bunch a Barbara Ann Scott’s skating with the puck and losing it and missing their checks!

    Hind Banana’s being sucked all over the ice!

    Can you translate that into 21st century English? Please and thanks 🙂

  160. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Full marks to the Canucks. Working harder. Oilers were hoping for an easier time of things. Have a period left to salvage something here but Markstrom is looking solid. Best case is to get it to OT. I don’t think they have it tonight though

  161. OmJo says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period
    2-1 VAN. Corsi for 5×5 16-5 EDM, shots 13-6 Edmonton.

    Second Period
    1-0 VAN Corsi for 5×5 19-13 EDM, shots 12-8 Vancouver.

    Total
    3-1 VAN Corsi for 5×5 28-15 EDM, shots 21-18 Edmonton.

    I remember back when we’d get outshot and outplayed every game but still manage to win. Maybe the Canucks are the new us? Maybe we underestimated them like they used to do to us?

    Wonder what TMac is going to do with the lines in the third, if anything. If they can draw an early PP and score we’re right back in this game with plenty of time remaining.

  162. Pouzar says:

    godot10: But Paul Maurice’s legendary leaky defence comes to town Monday.

    All time leaders in losses.

    Scotty Bowman 584

    Al Arbour 577

    Paul Maurice 569

    One of these is not……..

  163. Lowetide says:

    OmJo: I remember back when we’d get outshot and outplayed every game but still manage to win. Maybe the Canucks are the new us? Maybe we underestimated them like they used to do to us?

    Wonder what TMac is going to do with the lines in the third, if anything. If they can draw an early PP and score we’re right back in this game with plenty of time remaining.

    It’s the reason I’m hanging in after two. I’d like to see the coach try a few things here in an effort to get things going in a good direction. May not win the game, but let’s win this period.

  164. Oil2Oilers says:

    russ99: If you want to swallow the whistles for the home team, I won’t like it but you could at least give us the same courtesy.

    Refs might fancy a breather from the pace too 😉

  165. dessert1111 says:

    I wonder if Draisalt gets moved to centre this period and RNH down to the 3rd line. Caguilla is probably next one up if so, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Kassian or even Khaira up with Connor, two big guys with speed – Caguilla looks busy but doesn’t seem to use his teammates very well.

  166. The Concept JDî says:

    Lowetide: May not win the game, but let’s win this period.

    Drai to center the 2nd line? Kass with the push to 1RW?

  167. Pouzar says:

    OIlers win 5-3

  168. OmJo says:

    Lowetide,

    Tbh, I’m not surprised the Canucks are surprisingly winning and maybe outperforming the Oil. It’s their season opener at home after all.

  169. Lowetide says:

    McDavid picked up a slashing penalty at the end of the period. Oilers have a lot to discuss tomorrow.

  170. Oil2Oilers says:

    godot10: Travis Green watched some video of the Ducks-Oilers over the summer.Glen Guletzan didn’t.

    But Paul Maurice’s legendary leaky defence comes to town Monday.

    Green has the Canucks trying to play the “new” hockey.Play fast.And play to space.Like “most” of the good teams in the NHL now play.

    Agreed, as sad as it is I expect more obstruction during the playoffs. It takes the beauty out of the game.

  171. OmJo says:

    I just want McDavid to become the second player since 1917 to open up the NHL season with back-to-back hat tricks. Is that too much to ask?

  172. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period
    2-1 VAN. Corsi for 5×5 16-5 EDM, shots 13-6 Edmonton.

    Second Period
    1-0 VAN Corsi for 5×5 19-13 EDM, shots 12-8 Vancouver.

    Total
    3-1 VAN Corsi for 5×5 28-15 EDM, shots 21-18 Edmonton.

    – this above is why it’s important to provide the actual gf ga, because the score trumps all

    – if not you look at this and say “yeah the oilers are wicked”

    – actual result matter most. While the flavour of the day fancy stat can be changed as it has here often gf-ga it’s what the result becomes. IMO.

  173. OmJo says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – this above is why it’s important to provide the actual gf ga, because the score trumps all

    – if not you look at this and say “yeah the oilers are wicked”

    – actual result matter most. While the flavour of the day fancy stat can be changed as it has here often gf-ga it’s what the result becomes. IMO.

    Actual results matter at the end of the day but the score only tells so much of the story. It’s more than possible to be the better team on the ice and lose the game. It’s good to put wins and losses into some context just for discussions sake.

    IMO.

  174. The Concept JDî says:

    Lowetide: McDavid picked up a slashing penalty at the end of the period. Oilers have a lot to discuss tomorrow.

    He was really whacking Dorsie there, so not surprising. He can’t let DBs like that get to him.

  175. OmJo says:

    LB is looking sharp. Major positive.

  176. The Concept JDî says:

    Markstrom looking unbeatable after that early goal.

  177. russ99 says:

    This game is a good example of Todd’s comment about how nobody is going to be surprised by us this year.

  178. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide:
    First Period
    2-1 VAN. Corsi for 5×5 16-5 EDM, shots 13-6 Edmonton.

    Second Period
    1-0 VAN Corsi for 5×5 19-13 EDM, shots 12-8 Vancouver.

    Total
    3-1 VAN Corsi for 5×5 28-15 EDM, shots 21-18 Edmonton.

    I’d bet VAN is +50% DFF.

    Will see if G has the results after the game

  179. Pescador says:

    OmJo: Can you translate that into 21st century English? Please and thanks

    Old timey swearing

  180. The Concept JDî says:

    Okay, that was a fancy pass that I approve of.

  181. Lowetide says:

    OmJo: Actual results matter at the end of the day but the score only tells so much of the story. It’s more than possible to be the better team on the ice and lose the game. It’s good to put wins and losses into some context just for discussions sake.

    IMO.

    No one can disagree with that. Luck is a gigantic part of the game.

  182. StixMalone says:

    The Concept JDî: Unbig human.

    Vertically challenged….

  183. digger50 says:

    Drai, what a pass. Beautiful

  184. Lowetide says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – this above is why it’s important to provide the actual gf ga, because the score trumps all

    – if not you look at this and say “yeah the oilers are wicked”

    – actual result matter most. While the flavour of the day fancy stat can be changed as it has here often gf-ga it’s what the result becomes. IMO.

    I trust you to know the final score.

  185. OmJo says:

    Even if you “stop” you’ll more than likely need to a penalty in the process. Good luck, NHL

  186. Acumen says:

    The Concept JDî,

    That was insane!

    Also hell of a shift by Larsson wright before that.

  187. russ99 says:

    So close. Let’s get one on the powerplay boys, make this a game.

  188. Dino says:

    Mcdavid has to learn to play with an agitator shadow. No reason Dorset should shut him down like this. He’s gotten in his head.

  189. Oil2Oilers says:

    8 more years of backhand spinarama sauce from Draisaitl to McDavid is going to bring me joy even on nights they are loosing

  190. BONE207 says:

    Larsson had 2 scoring chances on 1 shift…Bobby Orr 2017

  191. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OmJo,

    Who’s the other, Ovechkin?

  192. Lowetide says:

    Nuge scored.

  193. The Concept JDî says:

    Burnaby Ryan!

  194. BONE207 says:

    Nugey!!!

  195. Oil2Oilers says:

    Witch

  196. russ99 says:

    Goal, Nuge.

    Didn’t think we had a prayer doing that, considering how bad that powerplay was.

  197. OmJo says:

    Dino:
    Mcdavid has to learn to play with an agitator shadow. No reason Dorset should shut him down like this. He’s gotten in his head.

    Get back at Dorsett on the scoreboard first, then poke him with your stick. There’s been a handful of games that players have gotten into his – NUUUGE!!! – *ahem* players have gotten into his head, he handles it quite well usually.

  198. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    And Nuge scores.

    But what about his 5v5 scoring?

  199. OmJo says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    OmJo,

    Who’s the other, Ovechkin?

    Yup. Did it today against the Habs.

  200. Dino says:

    NOOGE

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