My melancholy song is “Angel from Montgomery” and I’ve talked about it before but never about why it comes to my mind from time to time. I didn’t discover the song until the 1970’s but the mental connection was formed in the 1960’s when I was a child.
My Grandfather, who I loved and he me, had an awful temper. He used to yell so loud and long I hid behind my Uncle’s bed until it stopped. I was in my 20’s before realizing I could no longer remember the sound of Grandpa’s voice when he yelled like that, but it was many years later before I let go of the feeling. My Grandpa gave me two great things from those yelling episodes: First, the overwhelming desire to get the hell away from anyone who is abusive, and second the realization of what a great man I had in my Dad.
There’s a line in “Angel from Montgomery” that talks about living with someone who could leave in the morning, work all day, come back home and still not make an effort to connect, to communicate. One of the reasons I love country music so much is that it can make a connection between something from your past that is painful to remember, and find the words to make you feel you’re not alone. There are times when I read the comments section of this blog that “Angel from Montgomery”comes to mind. Important to remember it’s just a game, with sticks and pucks, and your reality, your real life, is connected only to the point you allow it. Be well, friend.
The special Lowetide offer is here. Today’s story is about Peter Chiarelli’s avail in which he doubled down on not taking advantage of Connor McDavid’s final entry deal.
- New Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s Media Conference
- New Lowetide: Oilers No. 10 Prospect Winter 2017: Nick Ellis
- Corey Pronman: Grading the 2015 Draft Class
- New Lowetide: Finding the Off Ramp
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect Winter 2017: Kailer Yamamoto
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect Winter 2017: Jesse Puljujarvi
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 3 Prospect Winter 2017: Ethan Bear
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 4 Prospect Winter 2017: Caleb Jones
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 5 Prospect Winter 2017: Tyler Benson
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 6 Prospect Winter 2017: Kirill Maksimov
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 7 Prospect Winter 2017: Ostap Safin
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 8 Prospect Winter 2017: Filip Berglund
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 9 Prospect Winter 2017: Jujhar Khaira
- Lowetide: Fresh Farm Produce
- Lowetide: Nadir’s Raiders
- Lowetide: Sail on, Ziyat Paigin
- Lowetide: Analyzing the Mike Cammalleri trade.
- Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s trades.
- Special Offer
DIRTY WATER, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -9 (10 points in 13 games)
- Oilers in November 2016: 5-9-1, goal differential -3 (11 points in 15 games)
- Oilers in November 2017: 7-7-1, goal differential -3
Well the Oilers are going to get at least 15 points out of the month and that’s more than the previous two seasons. Even if you consider games played, this has been the most productive November since Todd McLellan arrived.
AFTER 25, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 8-15-2, goal differential -16
- Oilers 16-17: 13-10-2, goal differential +10
- Oilers 17-18: 10-13-2, goal differential -13
This month has been a lot about bewilderment, anger, confusion, rage, and for much of last night, melancholy. There was a camera shot of Todd McLellan late in the third period with the score 2-1 Arizona, and the SN producer held it a long time, too long—except that it was perfect drama. I cannot imagine the pressure Edmonton’s coaching staff is under, I was pleased things went their way.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER
- At home to:
Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Detroit (Expected: 2-1-0) (Actual 1-2-0)
- On the road to:
NYI, New Jersey, NYR, Washington(Expected: 1-2-1) (Actual: 2-1-1)
- At home to:
Vegas, St. Louis(Expected 1-1-0) (Actual: 1-1-0)
- On the road to:
Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston(Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 2-3-0)
- At home to: Arizona, Toronto (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 7-7-2, 16 points in 16 games
- Current results: 7-7-1, 15 points in 15 games
Huh. Allow me a ‘puffy shirt moment’ as my original prediction for the month is going to be pretty damned close to the actual November record. I tried patting myself on the back and now have at least one thing in a sling, but am still pleased.
DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT
- Nurse-Larsson were 23-16 in 18:40 together, 0-1 GF 5×5. Darnell didn’t get over in time for the last point-blank chance to go in, but the pairing spent much of the evening on the good side of the puck. Went 11-6 against Perlini-Stepan-Rieder. That’s a good line, they were scoreless. Nurse transporting really helps this team, still needs to get the puck transitioned to a forward a-sap.
- Klefbom-Benning went 15-10 in 13:49 together, Benning had a weird night away from Oscar. Went 1-5 with Russell and scored, went 4-2 and the team scored. Benning went 4-10 against Domi-Dvorak-Fischer, 7-2 against the Keller line. Oscar is starting to build it back now, some good games in a row.
- Russell-Auvitu were an adventure, it’s like the opponents have a super ball or a fire hose. Holy lord. Went 11-21, 2-8 in HDSC’s and 8-13 against Keller-Richardson-Strome. Auvitu is a rover.
- Cam Talbot stopped 29 of 31, .935.
- NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.
FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT
- Pakarinen-Letestu-Kassian went 5-5 and got the Oilers on the score sheet. Kassian on a breakaway looks like a man shot out of a cannon. That was a big goal. If Boston-Arizona ends up being a turning point in the season, remember the two regulation goals along with the Nuge event.
- Caggiula-Draisaitl-Strome went 16-11 and 3-2 in HDSC’s. Went 9-5 against Perlini-Stepan-Rieder and 6-3 against OEL. I like this line, LD-Strome have chem. Leon seemed to be laboring at times.
- Maroon-Nuge-Slepyshev went 10-16 and 1-1 GF. Got caved in HDSC’s (0-4 at 5×5) and were 4-10 against Domi-Dvorak-Fischer. Nuge’s goal was absolute fire, I loved it! Music! Maroon’s early game pass to his own slot on an opponent’s stick surprised everyone but Cam Talbot who saved him.
- Lucic-McDavid-Cammalleri went 10-12 together and 2-4 in the dangers. No way McDavid should be playing with wingers who produce 2-4. No chancey, Mr. Whalen. Went 2-8 against OEL (man he is good) and 4-9 against Keller-Richardson-Strome. Four giveaways by 97, he gave at least two gifts to 27 who couldn’t cash. I know you want unicorns, I want McDavid setting up the best available.
- Pierre Lebrun: “He’s been working the phones like crazy. I talked to a GM today who said no one is busier and as active as Peter Chiarelli.” Source
Based on PC’s bringing up the name Cam Talbot (unsolicited!) yesterday, I’d say the team is in the market for a goalie. For me, Talbot should correct and I’d aggressively pursue a RHD who can skate plus move the puck, along with a scoring winger for 97.
— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) November 29, 2017
Benson is now 14gp, 9-12-21 for the season (NHLE: 35.7) and what’s more important he’s playing a lot and we haven’t heard about any injury issues. With his past issues, important to remember the GP total is the most important stat.
Stuart Skinner has stopped 91 of 94 shots faces in the last TWO games #WHLCanes
— LethbridgeHurricanes (@WHLHurricanes) November 29, 2017
Oilers prospect goalies were in a collective slump for some time this season, but they’re coming on now and Skinner is joining the party. I’ll have my 11-20 Winter Prospect list up at The Athletic in the next day or so, Nick Ellis (No. 10) is the only goalie listed so far.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fabulous show because of great guests on the way today, TSN1260 beginning at 10. Scheduled to appear:
- Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. Last night, PC’s presser, who should they target?
- Jon Abbott, TSN Vancouver. The Canucks are good!
- Corey Pronman, The Athletic. Corey’s recent review of the 2015 draft is compelling and we’ll talk about the crop this year.
- Josh Lewenberg, TSN Toronto. Raptors update!
10-1260 text @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!