G31 2017-18: Oilers at Blue Jackets

I’m looking forward to tonight’s game, the Edmonton Oilers have played well enough in recent games to give fans some hope for a competitive 60 minutes. It’ll be a difficult test against Columbus, and a loss means another disappointing road trip, but there are some things to anticipate as we go about our work today.

THE ATHLETIC

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  • New Lowetide: Fresh story coming!
  • New Lowetide: Mike Hoffman a perfect fit!
  • New Jonathan Willis: Darnell Nurse will (eventually) push someone out the door!
  • New Corey Pronman: World Juniors snubs (Oilers angle)
  • New Aaron Portzline: Cam Atkinson back, some pre-game notes

Some snappy stuff in the last 24 hours and a big day today!

LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 4-0-0, goal differential +4
  • December 2016: 2-0-2, goal differential +2
  • December 2017: 2-2-0, goal differential +3

This is the least successful December of Todd McLellan’s Edmonton tenure but there are some good signs in the first half of the month. G5 in 2015-16 was a 7-5 win over NYR and a year later it was 6-5 Philadelphia as Edmonton gave up three unanswered in the third period.

GAME 31, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 13-15-2, goal differential -10
  • Oilers 16-17: 14-11-5, goal differential +8
  • Oilers 17-18: 12-16-2, goal differential -12

G31 in 2015 was a 3-2 overtime win over Boston, Andrej Sekera is so strong in that discipline. Last year it was a 3-2 win over Winnipeg on a third-period Mark Letestu goal.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DECEMBER

  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected: 0-0-1) (Actual: 1-0-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Montreal, Toronto, Columbus (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Nashville (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose, St. Louis, Montreal (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Winnipeg (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Chicago, Winnipeg (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-6-2, 12 points in 13 games 
  • Current results: 2-2-0, four points in four games

One of the difficult things about the current Oilers is we haven’t seen them good very often. Based on the first 30 games, I wouldn’t have them as the favorite in many games now through the end of the month. Edmonton needs to change their reality, and have some good arrows (McDavid being No. 1 arrow).

This is a terrific bit of news, Bear is an important prospect (I have him No. 3 in the system currently) for Edmonton. A righty blue who adjusted quickly to the AHL before injury (8gp, 2-3-5) needs to play a lot in his rookie year in pro hockey.

OILERS FORWARDS AFTER 30 GAMES

  • Connor McDavid was under the weather for some time during these games but the numbers shine like a diamond. Reports have him losing 10-15 pounds over this period and he still delivered a fantastic performance.
  • Jujhar Khaira is one of the best stories about this season. We may be looking at his career peak but he doesn’t look out of place in any area. In fact, he was driving the results on the Letestu line before moving up the depth chart. Third-round pick cashes? That’s a rare headline in Edmonton.
  • Leon Draisaitl hasn’t looked the same since returning from injury, hope he finds the range soon. The big man has real chem with McDavid, not so much with new linemates. Early days.
  • Mike Cammalleri was a subtle but effective addition to the group. He is typical of a Chiarelli mid-season hire, a veteran who looks like he’s nearing the end acquired for little. He’ll probably play out the decade in Edmonton.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is on pace for 30 goals and 57 points this season, he is delivering quality play across the columns. I’m thrilled he is still an Oiler.
  • Milan Lucic is back to his traditional role, a solid to excellent 5×5 offensive performer who plays the enforcer role on a skill line. He’s also back to making those astute short passes that have big impact.
  • Patrick Maroon continues to deliver extreme value for money spent. I don’t know if he’s going to be here come spring, but the big man has delivered in each season he’s been an Oiler.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi, man. He could save Peter Chiarelli’s job, Todd McLellan’s too.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show as we tee up the CBJ game, all starts at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Jon’s excellent article on Nurse and should we start talking draft?
  • Jody Shelley, Fox Sports Ohio. The Blue Jackets are a real contender this season.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. TFC wins it all, Oilers, Leafs, MLB.
  • Scott Miller, Bleacher Report. An historic winter meetings for baseball already.

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

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  1. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Third period in Calgary NEVER FORGET don’t stop oilers.

  2. Munny says:

    Pouzar:
    Don’t look now but this could be 3 straight solid efforts in a row.

    I have a hard time believing that when they come to play like they have, that personnel and coaching are the issues.

  3. russ99 says:

    That’s how you do it. Nice goal.

  4. Munny says:

    Horrible penalty call on Khair bear

  5. treevojo says:

    The tube

  6. Lowetide says:

    Letestu scored.

  7. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Torts looks well done.
    Didn’t know there was that much sun in CBus

    That happens every damn faceoffs.

    Testee!

  8. Munny says:

    Test tube adding insult to injury

  9. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!

  10. BONE207 says:

    flyfish1168:
    drink when there down, drink when I’m happy, oh I think I just want a drink

    Just living up to your moniker!!!

    Testube!!! Woohoo

  11. JD_Sigh says:

    Take that, refs.

  12. russ99 says:

    Munny: I have a hard time believing that when they come to play like they have, that personnel and coaching are the issues.

    Yeah. I was thinking utilization and the effect on player confidence. Once we moved Leon to his own line, wingers on many lines stepped up.

  13. Munny says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Third period in Calgary NEVER FORGET

    Lol. I think they heard you!!

  14. Pouzar says:

    My feed is years behind lol

  15. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Would pay money to hear Torts in the room after that period

  16. russ99 says:

    Letestu!!

    This:is awesome. Lots to build on from this trip, now do it at home.

  17. Confused says:

    F@ckin brilliant!

    Go Oil!

  18. Seismic Source says:

    This is Woodcroft’s best game of the season so far. 🙂

  19. frjohnk says:

    frjohnk:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Nice write up. We seem to always run into goalies who think they are Vezina candidates and end up barely scoring, now tonight we will actually face a legitimate one. SoI’m expecting lots of goals.

    Called it.

    *sips beer, leans back into chair*
    *chair breaks, Padre falls to floor*

  20. D says:

    I honestly don’t know what we just saw. That was amazing!

  21. Pouzar says:

    Always loved SAK.

  22. JonyPro says:

    Psh, I was in the washroom for the Lucic goal and had to rewind for it then I missed the Letestu goal lol all good tho.

  23. fishman says:

    Wow who saw that coming??? Awesome 2 periods. Guessing 3 rd might get kind of rough but we have the guys to deal with it.

  24. D says:

    frjohnk: Called it.

    *sips beer, leans back into chair*
    *chair breaks, Padre falls to floor*

    Padre falls to the floor. That’s great hahaha!

  25. Pouzar says:

    Seismic Source:
    This is Woodcroft’s best game of the season so far.

    Winner

  26. hunter1909 says:

    Tuned into the ESPN box scores with 2:49 left in the 2nd lol

    3-0

    Now 5-0

    Thoughts on the Game so far: Oilers don’t get pushed around anywhere. The Blue Jackets look terrified of Maroon, lol Torts will make a move for Maroon soon lol

    Davidson does something cool hitting a BJ then they see Maroon and look scared lmao

    Esposito garbage goal for Lucic off McDavid. Boston Bruin style goal from back when Orr+co terrorized the NHL.

    Letestu sure seems to be earning his keep this season. And with all those hecklers around here ha ha

  27. hunter1909 says:

    I know a Ranger fan who still hates The Fonz, as he calls him.

  28. Gerta Rauss says:

    lol….I left the room with 11 seconds left in the period and I missed a penalty and the 5th goal…

  29. hunter1909 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Would pay money to hear Torts in the room after that period

    lol yeah

  30. striatic says:

    Why are the Oilers such a different, better team on the road this year?

    5-9-0 at home, 7-7-2 on the road .. small sample sizes yet, but this is becoming a very noticeable aspect of the team’s play. if only they could just play their road game at home. Is there too much pressure at home or something?

  31. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    lol….I left the room with 11 seconds left in the period and I missed a penalty and the 5th goal…

    What about Camma-gazelle? I can’t think normally when I see that name playing for the Oilers.

  32. Lowetide says:

    After Two

    Edmonton 5-0 (4-0 in that second period)
    Shots 26-15 Oilers (18-6 in the second period)
    Corsi for 5×5: 32-30 Edmonton (16-11 EDM in the second)

  33. hunter1909 says:

    striatic:
    Why are the Oilers such a different, better team on the road this year?

    5-9-0 at home, 7-7-2 on the road .. small sample sizes yet, but this is becoming a very noticeable aspect of the team’s play. if only they could just play their road game at home. Is there too much pressure at home or something?

    They hate Katz.

  34. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seismic Source:
    This is Woodcroft’s best game of the season so far. 🙂

    Nah… boys are just finding a way to score in spite of his incompetence…

  35. Pouzar says:

    frjohnk: Called it.

    *sips beer, leans back into chair*
    *chair breaks, Padre falls to floor*

    My F6ckin chair.

    Just go home!

  36. striatic says:

    hunter1909: They hate Katz.

    Can we trade owners?

  37. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Good news that Lucic has found his game…
    …for now…

  38. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    hunter1909: What about Camma-gazelle? I can’t think normally when I see that name playing for the Oilers.

    It does feel weird seeing his name in oilers silks doesn’t it…

  39. T0ML says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like Bobs was having issues holding his stick …. especially on that looch goal, couldnt see a reason to drop it …. (I joined the game with like 5 min left and that was the 2nd time he lost his stick)

  40. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Leon is having a good game tho I think

  41. Munny says:

    Bob chased.

  42. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow… that’s 2 Vezina goalies the oilers chased within 3 games… maybe the (real) turning point in the season?

  43. Pouzar says:

    Finish strong and fire EST to the sun.

  44. fishman says:

    Munny,

    Good night Bob! First time pulled this year.

  45. Lucinius says:

    Just caught up on the game; good game by the Oilers. A lot of players playing really well tonight.

    I notice the feast or famine scoring continues, which is worrisome. Until they can get consistent scoring they’ll struggle heavily, regardless of the goalie and PK struggles (both of which have improved of late).

  46. Munny says:

    Looked like no one wanted to shoot on the 2 on 0

  47. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wtf!!! McDavid missed on a 2 on 0!?!?
    Let’s hope that pisses him off and he gets it back…

  48. Jethro Tull says:

    I am at the Troubled Monk brewery. Stay sassy, my friends.

  49. Munny says:

    That should’ve been a double minor

  50. Lucinius says:

    No idea how McDavid screwed the pooch on that one; should have been a given. Ah well, if someone is going to whiff, better tonight than a game where we’re unable to score, I guess.

  51. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man… Nuge is a god damn wizard on the pp… shame they didn’t score… and polar opposite on the McDavid pp…
    Annnnd FIGHT!!

  52. T0ML says:

    Lucinius:
    No idea how McDavid screwed the pooch on that one; should have been a given. Ah well, if someone is going to whiff, better tonight than a game where we’re unable to score, I guess.

    Watching the replay it was a rolling / bouncing puck … probably explains it.

  53. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Jethro Tull:
    I am at the Troubled Monk brewery. Stay sassy, my friends.

    Good beer! Fantastic explosion of small breweries in the last 5-7 years I feel very lucky to be a beer lover these days in Alberta.

  54. Munny says:

    Some good courage from Jujhar… and I will take the trade-off

  55. T0ML says:

    Now thats a trade ill take … Kharia for Foglino … he tried to get McDavid lol

  56. Munny says:

    Well, I was hoping LB would post the no-no…

  57. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Awwww… shake it off LB… you got this… (please don’t fall apart)

  58. Munny says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Awwww… shake it off LB… you got this… (please don’t fall apart)

    Won’t lie… I was feeling a little panic on those flurries..

  59. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oh boy… don’t let it happen again guys… (of course that last one was a spin and slap… didn’t even look or aim…)

  60. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well, here we go

  61. fishman says:

    Really? We going to do this again?

  62. Pouzar says:

    Breathe…just breathe.

  63. JD_Sigh says:

    Nice screen by Rustle.

  64. frjohnk says:

    Russell screened Broissant. Goalie didn’t see it

  65. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Everyone feel free to scroll to the top of this page and read the first post

  66. Frank the dog says:

    What did they eat in the second intermission – artiCHOKEs?

  67. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Looks like jackets changed their game plan/play style… and it’s working…

  68. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Everyone feel free to scroll to the top of this page and read the first post

    Oilers not wanting Brossoit to get a game star.
    #teamfirst

  69. treevojo says:

    Jesse mon

  70. Lowetide says:

    Puljujarvi scores.

  71. Munny says:

    Pujo deserved that

  72. BONE207 says:

    Poolparty!!! Woohoo

  73. Pouzar says:

    YESSE!!!!!!!!

  74. Gerta Rauss says:

    JP is a beast

  75. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man… they needed that! Stops the bleeding

  76. Pouzar says:

    Oh by Jesse is arriving boys!

    He had a great sequence before that goal too maintaining possession in the CLB end.

  77. Munny says:

    Wrong time to be forcing fancy passes

  78. BONE207 says:

    Who expected two 6-2 games on this trip?

  79. Pouzar says:

    Damn good Drew…damn good.

  80. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    BONE207:
    Who expected two 6-2 games on this trip?

    Scoring 10+ goals on price on bobasan? No way

  81. fishman says:

    JP looking like a great power forward on that goal! Like the Yessseeee!

  82. Melvis says:

    This team of ours. Just how slow is it? Tell me again. because the fuckin daily samo seems to elude me.

  83. Munny says:

    Pretty pass from Pujo. McD scores.

  84. treevojo says:

    What a pass Jesse mon

  85. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Scoring 10+ goals on price on bobasan? No way

    Question being…what can we expect the next game? First at home etc

  86. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  87. Gerta Rauss says:

    Suck it CBJ

  88. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    YYEEEEAAAAAASSSSSSS!!!

  89. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    GOALZZZZZ!!!!!

  90. JD_Sigh says:

    Convert!

  91. Material pocession says:

    Wow that was a nice goal. JP and CMD look great together.

  92. jake70 says:

    fishman:
    JP looking like a great power forward on that goal! Like the Yessseeee!

    Saw the Montreal game live….I thought he looked great….skating, better on his edges….just a lot of giddyup ..

  93. godot10 says:

    McLellan started the season with all the wrong forwards in all the wrong positions, some in all the wrong places.

  94. fishman says:

    Well it appears as if the RW for Connors line is now here (ya I know early days!)

  95. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    godot10:
    McLellan started the season with all the wrong forwards in all the wrong positions, some in all the wrong places.

    So it would seem.

  96. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow… Kassian seemed to have knocked Dubinsky senseless… literally…

  97. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10:
    McLellan started the season with all the wrong forwards in all the wrong positions, some in all the wrong places.

    He was lookin’ for love

  98. Material pocession says:

    godot10:
    McLellan started the season with all the wrong forwards in all the wrong positions, some in all the wrong places.

    You’re right. The PK and goaltending was awful to start the year. Much better now.

  99. Gerta Rauss says:

    Suck it CBJ

    Lovin’ it

  100. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Awesome game! But gray lining: oilers won 7-2, no points for drai… he is snakebit in that third line…

  101. Gerta Rauss says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Awesome game! But gray lining: oilers won 7-2, no points for drai… he is snakebit in that third line…

    I think he made the pass to McD on the Lucic goal

  102. jake70 says:

    Not watching game….what’s Tort’s body language?? 😉

  103. Material pocession says:

    McDavid could have *easily* had 15 points in his last three games. I think we are about to witness a heater.

  104. fishman says:

    I think Connor now 3 rd place in scoring. Beast mode tonight. Glad he is feeling better!

  105. Munny says:

    jake70:
    Not watching game….what’s Tort’s body language??

    Better than Dubie’s

  106. hunter1909 says:

    Postgame thought 1:

    Anyone else not confident in LB when the playoffs start?
    Please Chiarelli, get a 2 million dollar veteran.

    Postgame thought 2:

    Connor McDavid’s a good hockey player.

  107. hunter1909 says:

    jake70:
    Not watching game….what’s Tort’s body language??😉

    Like a wax tailor’s dummy.

  108. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    2-1 on the trip

    Speedbagged the two best Eastern teams they played. Going back a few years this is a big deal

    Sekera, Larsson and Talbot didn’t play

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    According to NHL Drai got an assist on the 4th goal

  109. Munny says:

    And Rogers cuts off their own coverage. Idiots.

  110. Caller Zen says:

    Material pocession:
    McDavid could have *easily* had 15 points in his last three games.I think we are about to witness a heater.

    No kidding! It’s still hard to believe the Oilers didn’t score one against Toronto after seeing everything click tonight.

  111. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Another game where this team imposed their will and dominated. Starting to see more of these

    – Big time coaching: PP was awesome,PK with a goal, they coached up LB,and believed in him

    – Got to give credit when it’s due…

  112. flyfish1168 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Wow… Kassian seemed to have knocked Dubinsky senseless… literally…

    Too bad, it wasn’t Foligno.

  113. Munny says:

    JD_Sigh:
    Convert!

    David Amber just stole your line.

  114. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Material pocession,

    fishman,

    Agreed yes. But there is another beast on that line who’s about to explode.

    Keep very close eyes on Jesse Puljujarvi, he’s about to blow up

  115. hags9k says:

    Big win! Now do it again!

  116. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Gerta Rauss: I think he made the pass to McD on the Lucic goal

    Oh yes I missed that… LEON IS AWESOME AGAIN!!

  117. BONE207 says:

    Man…Philly lost 10 in a row but now can’t be beat

  118. Dicky94 says:

    hunter1909,

    Ya LB is constantly fighting the puck. I have no confidence in him at all , even with a five goal lead.
    On the other hand, the Oilers have learned to play better defence with him in the net. So thanks LB!

  119. Caller Zen says:

    So many timely goals in the game …Kassian’s opener, Nuge with 30 seconds left in the PP, the shortie with a second left in the period, and Puljujarvi’s goal to stop the bleeding and put this game to rest. Definitely one of my favourite games of the year so far!

  120. Munny says:

    Go Minnie!!

  121. DBO says:

    Offensively starting to click.

    We essentially make 3 trades that upgrade key spots. Our number 2 and 3 dmen, along with a number 1 goalie. The confidence and momentum is huge, allowing them to not rush anyone. And don’t discount the impact of Davidson upgrading our damn depth . Everyone healthy and he is our number 7 dman. What an upgrade on Auvitu and Gryba.

    Someone mentioned Drai being snakebit. Not worried as his move off McDavid allowed Puljujarvi to be unlocked and set free.

  122. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Munny:
    Go Minnie!!

    Gonna watch the third

  123. Pouzar says:

    Jason Gregor‏Verified account
    @JasonGregor
    57s57 seconds ago
    Laurent Brossoit stops 72 of 77 (.935sv%) in three-game road trip. He proved many doubters wrong on this trip and gained a lot of confidence. #Oilers

  124. Pouzar says:

    Brandon frickin Davidson.
    Maaaaan.

  125. Dicky94 says:

    Pouzar,

    I’m definitely a doubter.

  126. Munny says:

    Benning and Klefbom led all Dmen with 22 minutes apiece.

  127. deardylan says:

    “One should always be a little improbable,” Oscar Wilde.

    1. Lookout for ways for 4th line goalscorers to surprise themselves.
    2. Elude any warped expectations that people have of you.
    3. Be willing to spread 7-2 games into a series of 1G wins to get a 10-0-0 winning streak started and save the season
    4. Open up to any views that contradicts most your current beliefs.
    5. Turn offensive defensemen into a central midfielder like Ronaldo
    5. Use lucid dreaming to contact Oscar Wilde, and ask him to help the Oilers create some compassionate goalposts and benevolent puckluck.

  128. Pouzar says:

    Dicky94:
    Pouzar,

    I’m definitely a doubter.

    I think WG’s scouting report was dead on. The High Danger/Medium Danger numbers totally match the eye test. Great in close…not so much from the medium areas.

  129. DBO says:

    So will it be

    Klefbom. Larsson
    Nurse. Russell
    Davidson. Benning

    With Sekera replacing Davidson or Benning to ease him back in.

  130. Dicky94 says:

    Pouzar,

    Team is playing much better defensively now with him in net. I’m cheering for LB but I just don’t think he is ready yet. This is definitely a great experience for him going forward.

  131. Pouzar says:

    Vegas is trying to win 5 in a row……..for the third time.

  132. Pouzar says:

    Dicky94: Team is playing much better defensively now with him in net.

    Absolutely. They have made it much easier for him.

  133. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I’ll have more on the whole Jagr and other vets vs Pool, JarJar, Sleepy in the upcoming days, but it’s a number of games in the last 2 weeks that make me feel good about the call.

    – Sure it’s been choppy, and I was expecting more earlier from internal secondary scoring, but this is why Chia did what he did: preferring internal solution wasn’t an idiot GM move IMO, rather a plan

    – And Georges you were disingenous when your trotted out selective Jagr stats: more on that later

  134. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Pouzar:
    Jason Gregor‏Verified account
    @JasonGregor57s57 seconds ago
    Laurent Brossoit stops 72 of 77 (.935sv%) in three-game road trip. He proved many doubters wrong on this trip and gained a lot of confidence. #Oilers

    – Not sure what you thought prior, but I was vocal advocate of playing him for all the games (even the 2nd of B2B), and not bringing in another G: Chia made the right call, for sure: belief in team

  135. JimmyV1965 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    2-1 on the trip

    Speedbagged the two best Eastern teams they played. Going back a few years this is a big deal

    Sekera, Larsson and Talbot didn’t play

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    According to NHL Drai got an assist on the 4th goal

    It was actually a beauty pass.

  136. godot10 says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I’ll have more on the whole Jagr and other vets vs Pool, JarJar, Sleepy in the upcoming days, but it’s a number of games in the last 2 weeks that make me feel good about the call.

    – Sure it’s been choppy, and I was expecting more earlier from internal secondary scoring, but this is why Chia did what he did: preferring internal solution wasn’t an idiot GM move IMO, rather a plan

    – And Georges you were disingenous when your trotted out selective Jagr stats: more on that later

    But McLellan was refusing to play Khaira, Puljujarvi, and Slepyshev for most of the first third of the season. He was playing the other guys…Yamamoto, Caggiula, Jokinen, Pakarinen.

  137. Pouzar says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – Not sure what you thought prior, but I was vocal advocate of playing him for all the games (even the 2nd of B2B), and not bringing in another G: Chia made the right call, for sure: belief in team

    I wanted to see Ellis in one of the games. Good confidence builder but LB has to clean up the medium danger stuff.

  138. Ice Sage says:

    Ice Sage:
    Some good things trending in this development year.
    Good luck to the Oilers tonight, it’s nigh near impossible to predict the outcome these days – could finish 6-2 either way… I guess that’s something entertaining.

    Almost called it too, FrJohnK!
    What a team, go 13GF 5GA on a road trip, get 4/6 points.
    Bobrovsky was really awful – like he had never seen a cross ice pass.
    It’s too late for playoffs, but these guys are building something

  139. Scungilli Slushy says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Material pocession,

    fishman,

    Agreed yes. But there is another beast on that line who’s about to explode.

    Keep very close eyes on Jesse Puljujarvi, he’s about to blow up

    I don’t know if he blows up yet but to me it is clear he is a special player, despite his wobbles with details tonight such as boards and giveaways. Very high hockey IQ and a ridiculous set of tools. Playing in a strong but teen body. Just wait.

  140. godot10 says:

    Puljujarvi will be the new Hossa.

  141. Pouzar says:

    Hopefully Slepy gets the call next game.

  142. Pouzar says:

    LMAO

    John Shannon‏Verified account
    @JSportsnet

    Tortorella press conference:
    14 seconds.

    “I know you have a job to do, but I’m not answering any questions. There’s no sense in me trying to answer questions about tonight. Okay? Sorry about that. Good night.

  143. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    Definitely not a given. But the flashes I’ve seen since the Calgary game have left me giddy.

    It’s becoming more apparent that his passing is sublime.

    He still needs to grow into his body, just like Nurse had to

    But with the skills we catch glimpses of, the confidence he is starting to shownonce he gets ahold of his own limbs this will be a very special player

    Patience will be key

  144. JD_Sigh says:

    flyfish1168: Too bad, it wasn’t Foligno.

    My thoughts exactly. Hate to see anyone get hurt, but reminder sent to the league – DON’T MESS WITH LUMBER ZACK!

  145. who says:

    godot10:
    Puljujarvi will be the new Hossa.

    Don’t want to overhype him but if he puts it all together the Hossa comparison might be selling him short.

  146. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Pouzar:
    Vegas is trying to win 5 in a row……..for the third time.

    Huh… that’s a little depressing. Way to kill the mood…

  147. JD_Sigh says:

    Pouzar:
    Hopefully Slepy gets the call next game.

    And hopefully it’s not from a 661 area code.

  148. Pouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Huh… that’s a little depressing. Way to kill the mood…

    Just to be clear, they have won 5 in a row twice. 🙂

  149. Scungilli Slushy says:

    who: Don’t want to overhype him but if he puts it all together the Hossa comparison might be selling him short.

    Yup. And a perfect player for how the game is going. I would put him at the top of the forward no chance list with CMD. I don’t see a young player I’d trade for him that would be traded. To trade him for an older guy (27+) would be shooting the McD Oilers in the foot as they are trying to find the gas pedal.

  150. Munny says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: Patience will be key

    Unless, of course, you are Godot.

  151. Professor Q says:

    Pouzar:
    LMAO

    John Shannon‏Verified account
    @JSportsnet

    Tortorella press conference:
    14 seconds.

    “I know you have a job to do, but I’m not answering any questions. There’sno sense in me trying to answer questions about tonight. Okay? Sorry about that. Good night.

    Again? He does this often.

  152. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Awesome /s

    3 point game flames/minny

  153. Munny says:

    JD_Sigh: And hopefully it’s not from a 661 area code.

    Hard to get through… with all those calls from the 204. 😉

  154. who says:

    godot10: But McLellan was refusing to play Khaira, Puljujarvi, and Slepyshev for most of the first third of the season. He was playing the other guys…Yamamoto, Caggiula, Jokinen, Pakarinen.

    It’s a valid criticism.
    I have no idea what kind of coach he is but some of his lineup decisions, particularly with the forwards, are puzzling.
    Some guys seem to have a very short leash and yet he seems to fall in love with other players and combos no matter how they are playing. I’m sure they go over the tapes a lot closer than we do.I guess we’re missing something.
    Refusing to run the three centers.
    Running Macdavid and Drai together when it was no longer working.
    Letestu still on 1st powerplay.
    JP in pressbox for 2 straight games.
    Slepeshev in pressbox for 4 straight.
    All puzzling decisions to my eye.

  155. Munny says:

    I hate the Flaming propensity for three point games.

  156. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    godot10: But McLellan was refusing to play Khaira, Puljujarvi, and Slepyshev for most of the first third of the season. He was playing the other guys…Yamamoto, Caggiula, Jokinen, Pakarinen.

    – Sleppy was injured. Cags, Joki and Pak had tenure. A good coach plays the tenured, that’s the message you have to give to the team IMO. Then after realizing, he moved on.

    – He benched Caggs, Pak is gone,he demoted Joki, then he was gone, Kailer didn’t work but 9 games was so invaluable, and he’s coached up Pulji, coached up Jar Jar

    – He’s got the team playing well, they impose their will more often now

    – Chia has a bottom pair D for free, dumped Pak, traded Joki: these are smart GM moves: he doesn’t dwell on his mistakes.

    – Everyone thinks they have crystal hind-sight balls. I think Chia and coach are more attuned than they are given credit for

    – Anyway, the season hasn’t gone as planned (yet!), I was dead wrong about them being elite from the get-go, but I’ve recognized the thought pattern behind the moves the GM and coach have made, and have been on-board. This team can still make playoffs and be Nashville 2017

  157. Munny says:

    Pouzar:
    LMAO

    John Shannon‏Verified account
    @JSportsnet

    Tortorella press conference:
    14 seconds.

    “I know you have a job to do, but I’m not answering any questions. There’sno sense in me trying to answer questions about tonight. Okay? Sorry about that. Good night.

    Surprised this isn’t a fine.

  158. Munny says:

    Monahan misses the open net… YAY!!

  159. Scungilli Slushy says:

    who: It’s a valid criticism.
    I have no idea what kind of coach he is but some of his lineup decisions, particularly with the forwards, are puzzling.
    Some guys seem to have a very short leash and yet he seems to fall in love with other players and combos no matter how they are playing. I’m sure they go over the tapes a lot closer than we do.I guess we’re missing something.
    Refusing to run the three centers.
    Running Macdavid and Drai together when it was no longer working.
    Letestu still on 1st powerplay.
    JP in pressbox for 2 straight games.
    Slepeshev in pressbox for 4 straight.
    All puzzling decisions to my eye.

    I think he is still trying to instill a team culture. A lot of young players, massive slumps from many vets. Those that score get a pass, as it should be. Stop scoring, not follow the system and play be sloppy, demoted.

    The future is still the goal here, they are not developed enough individually or as a team to get a Cup.

    So painful to wait. Decisions could be better, could be worse, at this point.

  160. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Of course the cgy-min game goes to OT… of course it does…

  161. JimmyV1965 says:

    godot10: But McLellan was refusing to play Khaira, Puljujarvi, and Slepyshev for most of the first third of the season. He was playing the other guys…Yamamoto, Caggiula, Jokinen, Pakarinen.

    And now they have earned their spots. I really really like that.

  162. JimmyV1965 says:

    Ice Sage: Almost called it too, FrJohnK!
    What a team, go 13GF 5GA on a road trip, get 4/6 points.
    Bobrovsky was really awful – like he had never seen a cross ice pass.
    It’s too late for playoffs, but these guys are building something

    The first two goals were the unstoppable.

  163. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Slepy is another that is a good player. Maybe his ceiling in the NHL is bottom 6, but I’d take that every day. Perhaps he won’t want that, but if he does (or develops to a top 6) he’s a keeper. Smart, fast, some skill at least, big.

  164. Munny says:

    Thank you, Stalock

  165. Pouzar says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Slepy is another that is a good player. Maybe his ceiling in the NHL is bottom 6, but I’d take that every day. Perhaps he won’t want that, but if he does (or develops to a top 6) he’s a keeper. Smart, fast, some skill at least, big.

    I like him on the wing over Strome and Caggs.

  166. who says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – Sleppy was injured. Cags, Joki and Pak had tenure.A good coach plays the tenured, that’s the message you have to give to the team IMO.Then after realizing, he moved on.

    – He benched Caggs, Pak is gone,he demoted Joki, then he was gone,Kailer didn’t work but 9 games was so invaluable, and he’s coached up Pulji, coached up Jar Jar

    – He’s got the team playing well, they impose their will more often now

    – Chia has a bottom pair D for free, dumped Pak, traded Joki: these are smart GM moves: he doesn’t dwell on his mistakes.

    – Everyone thinks they have crystal hind-sight balls.I think Chia and coach are more attuned than they are given credit for

    – Anyway, the season hasn’t gone as planned (yet!), I was dead wrong about them being elite from the get-go, but I’ve recognized the thought pattern behind the moves the GM and coach have made, and have been on-board.This team can still make playoffs and be Nashville 2017

    Yeah I know they were limited by injuries to Slepeshev and Caggulia early. Just thought Tmac took too long to make the adjustments when everyone got healthy.
    As for Chia, I liked the bet on the young wingers, and he moved on from Jokinen quick enough. I would have liked to see him add 1 solid NHL dman in the summer. The Davidson pick up seems to have filled that hole but the Sekera injury and Klefbom and Benning wobbles over the first 30 games have hurt this team.

  167. Pescador says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – Not sure what you thought prior, but I was vocal advocate of playing him for all the games (even the 2nd of B2B), and not bringing in another G: Chia made the right call, for sure: belief in team

    Agreed, Chiarelli made the right call, but it’s not like his actions were ever questioned or second guessed by anyone, especially not on this blog, I have read & written only glowing endorsements of the man as a General Manager all week long.

  168. dangilitis says:

    Really like the lines.
    As long as Chia recognizes the value in RNH and Draisaitl in spreading out offense at expense of points, then this does have potential to work long term.
    Jesse and Milan shockingly performing well with Connor but they are earning it with solid efforts.
    Do we have to lose Maroon? I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion.

    Geez… are they going to have to go 32-18 the rest of the way just to make the playoffs?

  169. geowal says:

    Listened on Ched, They were raving about Davidson, said he hasn’t had a “tough” (as in bad) shift in his 3 games, and having a hard time seeing taking him out. Emphasized his right side play. Was sure nice to hear. Count me among them cheering for him, and wonder if he helps move on from Russell next year with Nurse’s deal discussed today.

  170. frjohnk says:

    Pouzar: I like him on the wing over Strome and Caggs.

    Same thought here.

    Also you are out of beer.

    And I still can’t find my pants.

  171. Pescador says:

    Pouzar: I like him on the wing over Strome and Caggs.

    1 st. of all he is a young player with
    2 nd line potential but probably best suited as a
    3 rd line talent who is currently scoring at a
    4 th line level. But honestly with his contract & upside,
    5. What the hell is wrong with that? I wish everyone would stop try to ship him out.
    6. I hope he can remain healthy.
    7 fucking goals tonight! & Dubinski had to pay the piper. Beautiful evening

  172. Pescador says:

    frjohnk,

    Haha, you should drop by my place sometime and check out my new pants.
    Lots of Pilsner & best of all,
    no Pouzars

  173. OmJo says:

    Just please do this two games in a row.

    Please.

  174. flyfish1168 says:

    I just notice Kassian has just as many points as Sam bennett. How do you like that

  175. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OmJo:
    Just please do this two games in a row.

    Please.

    Two games? They damn well better make it 10 games minimum!

  176. OmJo says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    I’m purposefully lowering my expectations so when they do win 10 in a row it will feel even better.

    And if they blow it next game it won’t feel as bad.

    Win-win scenario for my mental state with this team.

  177. JD_Sigh says:

    Professor Q: Again? He does this often.

    I wonder if someone asked him what it’s like coaching against McDavid?

  178. dustrock says:

    I like Slepyshev but the choir crying out that he’s been mishandled…hasn’t really blown me away this year plus he’s obviously fighting injury.

    So far McLellan has mostly handled his available d-men very well. Now put Klefbom-Larsson back together.

    We can all question McLellan’s lineup decisions but so far he has developed Drai, Klefbom, Nurse and Benning and now seemingly Puljujarvi and Khaira as well. Keep them hungry. Have them sit or go to the farm team if they need a break or reset.

    Maybe he knows what he’s doing with the young players. The only real black mark on the prospects he’s been working with was probably Anton Lander.

  179. JimmyV1965 says:

    geowal:
    Listened on Ched, They were raving about Davidson, said he hasn’t had a “tough” (as in bad) shift in his 3 games, and having a hard time seeing taking him out. Emphasized his right side play. Was sure nice to hear. Count me among them cheering for him, and wonder if he helps move on from Russell next year with Nurse’s deal discussed today.

    When everyone is back I’m thinking it relegates Benning to seventh dman. Auvito and Gryba are eighth.

  180. JimmyV1965 says:

    If Larsson returns Thursday, I would like to see:

    Nurse-Russell
    Larsson-Davidson
    Klef-Benning

    Bizarre that the Habs put Davidson on waivers and even more mystifying that the Sabres didn’t claim him. Found money. Love it!!!

  181. Ice Sage says:

    OmJo:
    Just please do this two games in a row.

    Please.

    They’ve been 2016-17 solid for 4/5 last games (Philly was a dud).
    Me likey

  182. Bling says:

    The cavalry has arrived.

    Highlights for me:

    1 – What a smart play by Cammalleri on that PP to fake out everyone on the ice (and those watching). Having guys like that in the bottom six who can make plays is just sick, we haven’t had that in some time. Good on Slepy, Kass, Letestu and others for also providing some high end skill.

    2 – I’ve been bullish on JP. Sky is the limit for him! His physical tools are incredible, his “area” passes are a perfect fit for McDavid, and he can hammer the puck. My comps for him are Hossa and Forsberg. Guys who can control the wall, play a gritty cycling game, but also make you pay off the rush. He is already good enough defensively to give McDavid some cover on the back check and down low.

    3 – Davidson. This guy is nails! He moves the puck with a lot of pace and conviction. Even his D to D passes have a lot of mustard on them. I mentioned his mean level before, well he brought more of that tonight.

    4 – Khaira. Fast enough, skilled enough, defensively aware enough to be a good foil to Draisaitl. Next step is getting Strome to shoot the biscuit a bit more.

  183. Johnny Gonzo says:

    flyfish1168,

    and don’t forget a bit of this…http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/138793

    highest face breaking per punch ratio in the league.

  184. kgo says:

    I only caught the highlights, anyone know why Kass had a bone to pick with Duby?

  185. Side says:

    kgo:
    I only caught the highlights, anyone know why Kass had a bone to pick with Duby?

    The Crazy Eyes do not discriminate. A face is a face.

  186. kgo says:

    Side,

    Nah he went str8 over to him looking for retribution….Why i must know

  187. Side says:

    kgo:
    Side,

    Nah he went str8 over to him looking for retribution….Why i must know

    From what I saw, Dubinsky was just checking hard all game.

    That’s all the Crazy Eyes needs.

  188. JD_Sigh says:

    kgo:
    Side,

    Nah he went str8 over to him looking for retribution….Why i must know

    Foligno takes a run at McDavid and Drai and then fights a rookie. Zack says fuck that, doesn’t matter who I get, you’re gonna be got!

  189. Pescador says:

    flyfish1168:
    I just notice Kassian has just as many points as Sam bennett. How do you like that

    I like it just fine, thank you very much

  190. hunter1909 says:

    McD to JP

    McDavid looks ecstatic. With JP he’s finally got a winger to skate at the opposition goal 5-10X per game.

  191. hunter1909 says:

    Goons like Lucuc, Kassian, Maroon,

    Super skill like McDavid, Draisaitl, Nurse, JP,

    Finally good role players like Letestu, Khiara, Benning

    Should be a fun rest of the season.

  192. JD_Sigh says:

    hunter1909: Should be a fun rest of the season cheering for the other teams.

    Fixed.

  193. Hockey Project says:

    Hall took a terrible knee-to-knee in the Kings game. Hope he’s alright.

  194. JD_Sigh says:

    Hockey Project: Hope he’s alright.

    He’s due to miss 3 or 4 games anyway.

  195. JD_Sigh says:

    JD_Sigh: He’s due to miss 3 or 4 games anyway.

    Or maybe more…

    https://streamable.com/vreds

  196. thehop says:

    JD_Sigh,

    Yup…

    Those two were running around all game. Both have a history of it.
    I hate watching Dubinsky play hockey. Epitome of chickenshit.

    When he played for the Rangers, he’d routinely take runs at Crosby and Malkin.
    Crosby fought him once I believe.

    So a guy that can fight asks him to go and he gets popped once and turtles.
    Classic chickenshit.

  197. JustWatt says:

    Just noticed that Aaron Portzline over at the Athletic described the PJ to McDavid goal as a “90 mph 2-on-1.”

    Great line. Me likey.

  198. Pouzar says:

    JD_Sigh: Fixed.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!

  199. danny says:

    JD_Sigh: Or maybe more…

    https://streamable.com/vreds

    Ugh. I have a really weak stomach for knee hits, and ankle rolls. I should not have watched that.

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