G32 2017-18: Predators at Oilers

I’m tempted to say the Oilers got some bad luck with their matchup tonight, but after the Philadelphia game I’m not sure the opponent matters as much as Edmonton’s 23 at this stage. One of the last barriers for this team, this year, will be bringing their road game all the way home and making Rogers Place an impossible place for the opposition to win. Are we there yet? No. However, if these Oilers can bring the same level of quality against the Preds tonight, they have a chance.

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LONG DECEMBER YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 5-0-0, goal differential +6
  • December 2016: 2-1-2, goal differential +1
  • December 2017: 3-2-0, goal differential +8

This year’s team has the best goal differential of McLellan’s December Oilers, but just six points in five games so far. A lot of this is McDavid’s newfound health but it’s also true Jesse Puljujarvi is adding to the group of forwards who can post offense. More the merrier! G6 in 2015 was a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins, and it was a 3-2 shootout loss to Minnesota one year ago.

AFTER 32, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 14-15-2, goal differential -9
  • Oilers 16-17: 15-11-5, goal differential +9
  • Oilers 17-18: 13-16-2, goal differential -7

A win tonight and the Oilers will have 30 points in 32 games, and teams have made the playoffs from there. As Rex Libris mentioned on the Lowdown yesterday, it’s not just the point total, it’s the sheer number of teams you have to pass along the way. Everest squared. G32 was a 4-2 loss to the NY Rangers in 2015-16, last year it was a 3-1 loss to Sam Gagner and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Oilers are seven points out of the playoffs, but are behind six teams in the chase for No. 8 in the West. That’s your Everest.

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 2-1-0)
  • 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: 3-2-0, six points in five games

I have Edmonton losing tonight (Nashville caved Vancouver last night), if the home team wins this evening that’s four wins. I predicted five for the month. There’s a good story brewing in December but it needs to some color and more Finnish.

DEFENSE 2017-18

  • Darnell Nurse has emerged now, bona fide quality (Puck IQ will tell us about qual comp) NHL defender. The only downside is his next contract. He ranks No. 22 across the NHL in Corsi Rel among defensemen who have played 15 or more games.
  • Eric Gryba is in a strange spot. He’s having an effective season and may not be able to get back into the lineup for some time. With Larsson and Sekera on the mend, getting mighty crowded.
  • Brandon Davidson is just getting started but he looks like he did as a rookie before the injury.
  • Yohann Auvitu is making a case to hang around for the remainder of the season. If the Oilers waive him, a smart team should snap him up post haste!
  • Oscar Klefbom is a warrior, but a wounded one this season. One hopes he returns to last season’s levels later in the year.
  • Adam Larsson is slightly underwater at Rel but his possession number is strong. His injury was reportedly a back problem and those things can linger.
  • Matt Benning is off his performance of a year ago but that doesn’t mean the Oilers should move away from him. I bet he’d fetch good trade value but righty blue with his offensive instincts have great value. Trading them in a down year is a bad idea.
  • Kris Russell’s offense is over the moon his season, his possession numbers are what you might expect and his shots-against per 60 are pretty good compared to the rest. Who’s zooming who? Puck IQ will tell us.

That’s good news for the Oilers farm team and the organization in general. The big club has more than enough defensemen but getting at-bats for these young defensemen is vital. A quick reminder about how things are going on the farm:

  • Caleb Jones 23gp, 1-6-7 -17 (2 power-play assists) (20 shots)
  • Ryan Mantha 21gp, 1-5-6 -2 (2 power-play assists) (45 shots)
  • Ethan Bear 8gp, 2-3-5 (1 power-play assist) (6 shots)
  • Ziyat Paigin 7gp, 0-0-0 (no longer in organization)

All three youngsters who remain are posting crooked numbers, Bear’s boxcars are most impressive and it’s good news he’ll be returning soon. Notice Mantha’s 45 shots on goal? Lordy.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun and busy show this morning at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. A big night for the Oilers, can they get past the Predators?
  • Chris Mason, PredsNHL. Former goalie and current commentator on Nashville gives us the inside scoop.
  • Rob Vollman, ESPN & NHL.com. John Tavares as a free agent, Henrik Lundqvist an all-time great.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Oilers surging, is adding Davidson and Cammalleri enough?

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

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  1. Pouzar says:

    fishman:
    Yikes playing another Vezina candidate. Oil getting lots of pressure and look great! Need that first goal.

    Surrey’s fav backup goalie came in with an .890

  2. Pouzar says:

    Caller Zen: I think Khaira drew both penalties that period

    Yessir

  3. Melvis says:

    Nice first period. Damn voodoo goalers. We own them and it turns into the Leaves game.

  4. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dammit… every team we need to catch is going to win tonight…

  5. fishman says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Dammit… every team we need to catch is going to win tonight…

    Go Sharks!

  6. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    fishman: Go Sharks!

    This times 1000!!!

  7. Oil2Oilers says:

    Twice in that period Lucic got the puck in the neutral zone during a breakout.

    He did the right thing – pass it to McDavid – but the speed gap with his line mates was evident.

    I don’t mind the big gulute in either zone but in between it’s painful.

    Maybe he should be with Draisaitl and Khaira and the can bully teams.

  8. OmJo says:

    I think I figured it out.

    Oilers sent Davidson to Montreal to get a C for the playoffs, and for Davidson to work on his French only to reacquire him this season and have him play with Auvitu.

    Chia is a genius.

    (Yes I know Montreal French ≠ French French)

  9. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Does every team have a kick ass back up goalie other than us??? Or are the oilers cursed against all back up goalies?

  10. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Does every team have a kick ass back up goalieother than us???Or are the oilers cursed against all back up goalies?

    It’s mental I just caught up on my pvr and who is this guy? Magnetic glove.

  11. fishman says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Time to sacrifice a goat!

  12. Pouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Does every team have a kick ass back up goalie other than us???

    Ok…one more time.

    .890
    vs
    .891

    Mathy McPouzar strikes again.

    Next.

  13. JD_Sigh says:

    fishman:
    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Time to sacrifice a goat!

    I’m eating Jamaican curry goat as we speak… er, type.

  14. Munny says:

    JD_Sigh: I’m eating Jamaican curry goat as we speak… er, type.

    Jealous.

  15. Munny says:

    Russell prevents a wraparound goal by Arvedsson.

  16. OmJo says:

    Juuse Saros. 4th round, 99th overall in 2013.

  17. Munny says:

    Hopefully this gets reviewed.

  18. Surrey Oiler says:

    Pouzar: Surrey’s fav backup goalie came in with an .890

    Hey!!! Lol

  19. OmJo says:

    High stick.

  20. fishman says:

    Quite liking OV2 and Davidson pair tonight. When Larsson comes back would be tempted to take Benning out???? Put the Swedes back together and leave other two pairs the same.

  21. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    It’s Nashville it’ll count.

  22. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    NO GOAL!!!

  23. Pouzar says:

    Good goal for sure. Because NHL.

  24. OmJo says:

    “The call on the ice is a goal.”

    “Drew Remenda is bad at his job.”

    Cue Hotels.com commercial.

  25. Munny says:

    BULLSHIT!!

  26. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Fuck you refs… I hate myself for calling that…

  27. JD_Sigh says:

    Bad touch.

  28. jp says:

    Wow, that’s bs. Super disappointing to get the call wrong even after review…

  29. OmJo says:

    Eat shit refs.

  30. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Oilers getting owned by a backup yet again…

  31. Ice Sage says:

    bad call – unless Darnell is 5 foot tall.. oh well

  32. fishman says:

    Wow we deserve better tonight! Lets get er back boys!

  33. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Now Nashville can play their game, and we lose…

  34. Ice Sage says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Now Nashville can play their game, and we lose…

    That’s what a strong defense affords them.
    Oilers have lots of shots but many are long floaters.

  35. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Pouzar: Ok…one more time.

    .890
    vs
    .891

    Mathy McPouzar strikes again.

    Next.

    Then it’s definately the backup goalie curse… #becauseoilers

  36. AntsOfTheSky says:

    I really want to see another angle of that goal; looked totally high sticked just based on Darnell’s height alone. C’mon refs…

  37. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    God dammit refs!!!

  38. fishman says:

    No call???????

  39. flyfish1168 says:

    Connor looks to pass way to often

  40. thehop says:

    What’s the fucking point of instant replay of the officials still get the call wrong?

    Somebody help me out here….

    Irrefutable evidence clearly shows a high stick.

  41. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nice tackle

  42. jake70 says:

    flyfish1168:
    Connor looks to pass way to often

    Yes…..even if he would fake shoot once in a while.

  43. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Can someone point me to a highlight of Connor shooting on a 2 on 1?

  44. OilClog says:

    If only the officials focused on tackling like they do when Calgary John gets slashed

  45. Pouzar says:

    Fuck this game. It’s a good one but Fuck it anyways.

  46. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    thehop:
    What’s the fucking point of instant replay of the officials still get the call wrong?

    Somebody help me out here….

    Irrefutable evidence clearly shows a high stick.

    Like I said above it’s Nashville, Bettman darling, cup contender, of course it counted.

    The conspiracy is real.

  47. Munny says:

    Good pushback by the Oil after the goal. Showing more composure than the internet’s commentariat.

  48. StixMalone says:

    thehop:
    What’s the fucking point of instant replay of the officials still get the call wrong?

    Somebody help me out here….

    Irrefutable evidence clearly shows a high stick.

    Remember where they’re reviewing it. Toronto loves to screw us…

  49. fishman says:

    Well Oil have had 2 power plays tonight and refs have decided thats enough for this game!

  50. Rebilled says:

    Ice Sage,

    I dislike that team. Especially when they get a suspect goal.

  51. Munny says:

    Need some steel from the PK here.

  52. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    thehop:
    What’s the fucking point of instant replay of the officials still get the call wrong?

    Somebody help me out here….

    Irrefutable evidence clearly shows a high stick.

    Evidence means jack-squat if it’s against the oilers…

    Bettman rule #101:
    The oilers may never benefit from a goal review if the reviewing refs can make the call

  53. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Oil in big trouble here

  54. fishman says:

    Well that didn’t take long. Not liking our chances now.

    Special teams costing us again.

  55. Side says:

    thehop:
    What’s the fucking point of instant replay of the officials still get the call wrong?

    Somebody help me out here….

    Irrefutable evidence clearly shows a high stick.

    “But is it conclusive evidence? Lets refer to our camera that records at 10 frames a second with pixels the size of a volleyball”

  56. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I hate myself today… thought maybe if I called it, it wouldn’t happen… I guess jynxes don’t work if it will benifit the oilers…

  57. Pouzar says:

    Of course.

  58. SK Oiler Fan says:

    If Klef moves his feet there that’s not necessary
    And it’s lights out

  59. jp says:

    Is this real?

    Shots 28-7
    Goals 0-2

  60. LMHF#1 says:

    All those wasted shots. Ugh.

    They need to pop one very quickly.

  61. Surrey Oiler says:

    Good night folks

  62. OmJo says:

    Preds gonna sit in this lead like they usually do?

  63. StixMalone says:

    jp:
    Is this real?

    Shots 28-7
    Goals 0-2

    Of course…

  64. Ice Sage says:

    thats a wrap – the feast / famine Oilers continue

  65. Pouzar says:

    How bout a few more bounces NSH you fluky pricks.

  66. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Special teams again oil 0/2 preds 1/1

  67. OmJo says:

    McDavid starting to shoot more.

    Good stuff.

  68. Klima's_Bucket says:

    How many times have you heard “Glove save, Saros” tonight?
    May wanna try stick side.

  69. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    K guys maybe this goalies weak spot isn’t his glove side

  70. flyfish1168 says:

    We have lots of shots but not many from the dangerous areas

  71. thehop says:

    Ice Sage,

    Lots of game left boys.

    I find that annoying.

    Period and a half left and folks are packing it in when the Oil are down two.

    Where are we?

    Fucking Toronto

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    Saros looking like Curtis McElhinney

  73. Munny says:

    Still all Oil. The difference in this game has been an illegal goal and a lucky bounce on the PK.

  74. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OmJo:
    Preds gonna sit in this lead like they usually do?

    They play that way as soon as they get a lead… because they can… it’s infuriating how good they are at praying off of their opponents mistakes and turnovers

  75. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    thehop:
    Ice Sage,

    Lots of game left boys.

    I find that annoying.

    Period and a half left and folks are packing it in when the Oil are down two.

    Where are we?

    Fucking Toronto

    Have you watched any games this year? Last year this team was never out of a game… This year is different.

  76. Oil2Oilers says:

    It would be handy if the NHL command centre hired someone with a passing familiarity with Physics.

    Was the puck tipped up or down? Down

    And it snuck in just under the bar? 🤔

  77. thehop says:

    thehop,

    K maybe some of you are from Toronto.

    Don’t take it the wrong way please.

  78. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    thehop:
    Ice Sage,

    Lots of game left boys.

    I find that annoying.

    Period and a half left and folks are packing it in when the Oil are down two.

    Where are we?

    Fucking Toronto

    We’re packing it in because it’s Nashville… no team seems to ever come back from being behind against them… and of course it doesn’t help that they’re back up is playing like another vezina candidate…

  79. Seismic Source says:

    Saros has a chance to break Scrivens record.

  80. Munny says:

    You have to know if Kassian had scored there the refs would’ve found some way to disallow it.

  81. StixMalone says:

    Goalie is seeing all the shots ….

  82. thehop says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    I’ve watched every game this year and every game last year thank you very much.

    I think they can come back and win this game.

    If you don’t…. That’s your problem.

  83. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Kinda wish we were playing against Rinne… we seem to be pretty good against ACTUAL vezina calibre goalies lately…

  84. thehop says:

    Chanelling my inner Original Pouzar….

    Go Oilers Go!!!

  85. OilClog says:

    Nashville doing all they can to lose this game, refs are like… not so fast partna’!

  86. flyfish1168 says:

    not a bad idea to see Ellis now

  87. Munny says:

    Horrible giveaway at the blue line leads to a Pred goal

  88. OmJo says:

    Meanwhile, Duchene has 5pts since becoming a Senator.

    Fucking hell.

  89. Pouzar says:

    Now it’s good night.

    Later folks.

  90. Gerta Rauss says:

    ffs

    I’d put Ellis in…nothing against LB but get the kid into the game

  91. Rebilled says:

    Motherless.

  92. SK Oiler Fan says:

    What a dumb play by benning. Step up and take the puck
    Why am I still watching this?

  93. LMHF#1 says:

    Still no Nick Ellis?

    Come on Todd…

  94. OmJo says:

    Beautiful backcheck Lucic. Love the hussle.

  95. OilClog says:

    Hockey Gords are really pissing in our faces tonight

  96. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    3 goals on 11 shots wow

  97. StixMalone says:

    There goes the wind from the sails….

  98. Seismic Source says:

    Might as well see what Ellis can do.

  99. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Man, team imposing their will big time, again and are out of this game

    *please wake up in the morning, and read that McD pots a hatty and sets up the winner…

  100. OilClog says:

    Seismic Source:
    Might as well see what Ellis can do.

    Blasphemous!

  101. StixMalone says:

    Maybe we should start our back up goalie next game. Seems to work for everyone else….

  102. thehop says:

    Still in it……

    Those goals were bush league.

    Cmon Mc Jesus

  103. OmJo says:

    Seismic Source:
    Might as well see what Ellis can do.

    Brossoit isn’t the reason we’re losing this game.

    Unless Ellis can score some goals I don’t see him helping.

  104. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Teams change every year because cap. The Preds aren’t who they were in the lock down can’t score against era. They give up tons of shots now. Have more offense . If LB plays solid they have better than Lloyd Christmas’ chance, burp.

    Go boys.

  105. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    ffs

    I’d put Ellis in…nothing against LB but get the kid into the game

    I don’t think I would do that to LB (or Ellis). Since he hasn’t let In a bad one, the time to change if you want one is between periods.

  106. OmJo says:

    Goal 1: shouldn’t have counted. High stick.

    Goal 2: PP goal. It is what it is

    Goal 3: Defenders had a brain fart. Sure, he should have had it probably.

  107. Melvis says:

    Hmm…Trainspotting on after this. Haven’t seen it in awhile. What was Looch doing on that last goal?

  108. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Teams change every year because cap. The Preds aren’t who they were in the lock down can’t score against era. They give up tons of shots now. Have more offense . If LB plays solid they have better than Lloyd Christmas’ chance, burp.

    Go boys.

    Yup

  109. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Its not supposed to be thst easy

  110. OmJo says:

    thehop:
    Still in it……

    Those goals were bush league.

    Cmon Mc Jesus

    Not even trying to be a duck here…

    But realistically coming back down 0-3 against the Predators isn’t an easy task. When they shut down in the third it’s basically over unless McDavid goes supernova.

  111. LMHF#1 says:

    3 in a row that he could have stopped.

  112. jake70 says:

    jesus…later…

  113. OmJo says:

    Was than an own goal?

  114. OilClog says:

    Mcdavid was probably like well they don’t call it when I’m tackled.. and ouch

  115. OmJo says:

    OmJo:
    Was than an own goal?

    Looked like it but nope.

  116. hunter1909 says:

    Thought you could use an Oiler game to relax, enjoy the game but 3-0 makes for anything else lol

  117. OmJo says:

    hunter1909,

    You need to bandwagon more often.

  118. Gerta Rauss says:

    Munny: I don’t think I would do that to LB. Since he hasn’t let In a bad one, the time to change if you want one is between periods.

    It’s more about shaking things up, and getting Ellis into a game without any expectations/pressure

    At 4-0 now, yes,I’d start him in the 3rd period

  119. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Sail on LB, deserved or not.

  120. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Maroon behind on that play.

  121. OmJo says:

    Lol I totally saw that coming from Maroon.

  122. AntsOfTheSky says:

    You gotta think Todd is gonna start Ellis in the 3rd, it’s just not LB’s night tonight.

  123. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss: It’s more about shaking things up, and getting Ellis into a game without any expectations/pressure

    At 4-0 now, yes,I’d start him in the 3rd period

    Just think you give Ellis a better chance at some success by putting him at the start of a period rather than the midst of the action (including a penalty kill), and you show LB you still have confidence in him by allowing him to finish the period.

  124. OmJo says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    He’s a good scapegoat (not saying you’re scapegoatung him) since he’s a MacT add.

  125. Surrey Oiler says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Sail on LB, deserved or not.

    Yes, come back to Surrey and stay here…he has single handed done so much damage to the season

  126. The Trade Guy says:

    lol bring on draft watch

    fallin for dahlin

  127. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OilClog:
    Mcdavid was probably like well they don’t call it when I’m tackled.. and ouch

    They knew and were told to not give their PP a chance. On the other hand a lost season is the time to establish new prickishness. Set a new rep.

  128. StixMalone says:

    Ellis should start third. If not he’s getting the Sleppy treatment from coach…..

  129. Gerta Rauss says:

    Munny: Just think you give Ellis a better chance at some success by putting him at the start of a period rather than the midst of the action (including a penalty kill), and you show LB you still have confidence in him by allowing him to finish the period.

    And that’s what they’ll do (I think)

    LB is a big boy, getting the hook is part of being a goalie,he’ll be fine

    *edit-Ellis will be in Bako by the weekend, I’d definitely start him the 3rd period and get him into an NHL game

  130. Munny says:

    Melvis:
    Hmm…Trainspotting on after this. Haven’t seen it in awhile. What was Looch doing on that last goal?

    The dman with the weak ass pass to Looch, which caught him flat-footed and in the wrong position is more to blame IMO. Was Looch cheating for O? Yes. But we had the puck and made an unpressured bad play.

  131. OmJo says:

    Wow you really forgot Fleury’s name?

  132. thehop says:

    OmJo,

    Sooooooo you’re saying there’s a chance….

    (In my best Lloyd Christmas voice)

  133. JD_Sigh says:

    BUY POPLAR!

  134. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Meanwhile an expansion team has 19 wins.

  135. OmJo says:

    thehop,

    I’ll never tell somebody not to dream lol

  136. Melvis says:

    I haven’t missed or tuned out in the last couple of years, but I think I’ve had enough for one night.

  137. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OmJo:
    Scungilli Slushy,

    He’s a good scapegoat (not saying you’re scapegoatung him) since he’s a MacT add.

    Yes and he hasn’t grabbed the ring. Can’t see any more trust after this season. They can’t risk it.

  138. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Munny: The dman with the weak ass pass to Looch, which caught him flat-footed and in the wrong position is more to blame IMO.Was Looch cheating for O?Yes. But we had the puck and made an unpressured bad play.

    It was Benmings brainfart then he backed into no where

  139. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wow… 33 shots and nothing, vs. 4 goals on 13 shots…. yeah… Hockey Gods trolling the oilers hard… after the first goal that shouldn’t have counted, I knew this game was over, the fix was in. If refs called the goal off like we’re suppose to, bet that this game script would be WAY different…
    Glad I switched off the game after the second goal.

    This being said, I hope those hockey gods have had their fill of trolling and laughing at the oilers, cause it’s getting rediculous…

  140. Dicky94 says:

    Any chance the Oilers can get the NHL to let them play their remaining games on the road? Maybe say there is some structural damage to the arena…possible gas leak. Anyhow… Giver shit in the 3rd boys!!
    Go Oilers!

  141. Derek says:

    Losing 4 – 0 in a game in which you’re outshooting the opposition 33 – 13 #becauseoilers2017-18edition.

  142. Melvis says:

    Changed my mind lol. Can’t do it. Beat me, fuck me, make me write bad checks, but I just can’t do it;-)

  143. Mr. D. says:

    And back to reality we fall.

  144. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Haha “you can win the corsi all night long it doesn’t get you points in the standings”

  145. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Melvis:
    Changed my mind lol. Can’t do it. Beat me, fuck me, make me write bad checks, but I just can’t do it;-)

    I can’t look away either. I just switched from beer to red wine too take more edge off

  146. OmJo says:

    .917, .957, .931

    .692

  147. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Reality is Poile has constructed a far better team than Chia here. Lots of work to do

  148. StixMalone says:

    Melvis:
    Changed my mind lol. Can’t do it. Beat me, fuck me, make me write bad checks, but I just can’t do it;-)

    You’re a sucker for punishment….

  149. Ryan says:

    OmJo:
    .917, .957, .931

    .692

    #freelookatEllis

  150. LMHF#1 says:

    Still no Ellis.

    Effing stupid.

  151. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Khuuuuuu dooooo
    Sign him next summer. Please.

  152. StixMalone says:

    Yep coach hates Ellis…..

  153. Munny says:

    Russell stopped on a glorious opp… then Camo, then Nuge…

  154. Munny says:

    SK Oiler Fan: It was Benmings brainfart then he backed into no where

    Thought so, but couldn’t be sure. Thank you.

  155. OmJo says:

    “Toyota Tundra, built for the prairies.”

    There is so much wrong with that sentence.

  156. dsr29 says:

    Trying to remember last time an Oiler goalie stole a point or two. Nothing coming to mind.

  157. Munny says:

    KBomb makes a great pass to set up Pujo and… save.

  158. Melvis says:

    StixMalone,

    The Oilers are like a rose bush and my bare back. Self flagellation…iIt’s a thing.

  159. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    dsr29:
    Trying to remember last time an Oiler goalie stole a point or two. Nothing coming to mind.

    Hasn’t happened this year. Good news is we are playing the wild’s backup goalie on Saturday oh wait….

  160. Gerta Rauss says:

    Melvis:
    ,

    The Oilers are like a rose bush and my bare back. Self flagellation…iIt’s a thing.

    Opus McDavid..?

  161. Dicky94 says:

    Leon having a bad game again.

  162. OmJo says:

    Has Nuge played since crashing into the boards earlier in the period?

  163. OmJo says:

    There he is. Phew.

  164. Munny says:

    Well one of the things I wanted to see was how the Oil would play the 3rd down 4-0.

    Earlier this year they would’ve kicked dirt on the fire, folded tent and packed it in.

    They’ve played well again this period and still don’t have a frackin goal to show for it.

  165. OmJo says:

    “Fuck me!”

    Lol.

  166. OmJo says:

    Seriously Oilers need to start putting microphones on their players.

  167. OmJo says:

    Put Slepyshev back on McDavids line with JP.

  168. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    All the other games tonight have put the oilers even farther behind and flames/San Jose are about 2 minutes from another 3 point game… This is officially the end of any playoff hopes this team might of had.

  169. OmJo says:

    Oilers.

    7-5 W followed by 2-4 L
    6-2 W followed by 0-1 L
    7-2 W followed by 0-4 L.

  170. thehop says:

    OmJo,

    I was just thinking the same.

    Whatever good comes from Lucic on the first line is outweighed by the bad.
    I know he’s producing… but he shouldn’t be gifted minutes with McDavid and I feel like that’s what’s happening this year.

    Slepy will be lucky to stay in the NHL and I hate to say that because I believe there is a player there.

  171. StixMalone says:

    Moral victories are pointless

  172. thehop says:

    Well fuck.

    Good night fellas.

  173. Gerta Rauss says:

    Another disappointing loss in a disappointing season

    On to Minny…we’ve had great success there..!!

  174. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    StixMalone:
    Moral victories are pointless

    Yes. I’m sick to death of being that team.

  175. OmJo says:

    thehop,

    I think a team will take a chance on him for cheap. I think he can be a 15 goal, 40pt player in this league if given top 6 time.

    Coach is too stubborn. McDavid’s LW must be either Maroon or Lucic. Generally slow players. Tied to the hip of the fastest player on the planet.

    Wtf.

  176. Melvis says:

    Oh well. On a positive note, for someone with a jones for a dopamine fix via the scourge of social media, I’ve gotten mine tonight. Later guys and dolls.

  177. frjohnk says:

    We have to stop playing against backup goalies.

  178. Frank the dog says:

    Last years team was free of the injury bug. Tonight we were missing our #1 goalie and our top 2 defenders
    It seems to me that our offence will likely improve when the above 3 are back to full strength.

  179. Munny says:

    frjohnk:
    We have to stop playing against backup goalies.

    Something.

    I mean it’s hard to be mad at the team after tonight’s game. Like the loss to the Leafs, they played well, but here we are… shut out.

    The weak giveaway by Benning and the foolish penalty by McDavid were the only real bad spots.

    You could Monte Carlo this game a 1,000,000 times and the Oil would probably win 900,000 of them.

  180. deardylan says:

    OmJo:
    Oilers.

    7-5 W followed by 2-4 L
    6-2 W followed by 0-1 L
    7-2 W followed by 0-4 L.

    Incredible.

    We win when our best goaltending is our Offense!

    ==
    Lowetide wrote: “I have Edmonton losing tonight (Nashville caved Vancouver last night) There’s a good story brewing in December but it needs to some color and more Finnish”

    It was an expected loss with no finnish 🙂

    ==

    Dear Lowetide Contributors,

    For a moment imagine you were a diehard Predators fan celebrating our predatory win, what would be the reasons we flayed the Oilers and are doing so well last/this season.

    What can we learn from Nashville that can help us stop being consistently inconsistent?

  181. geowal says:

    Too bad Dubie’s hurt…we’d light him up. I can’t wait until Stalock shuts us out this weekend. This is the hockey gods way of telling us something…

  182. digger50 says:

    Great effort tonight. Another indicator game I think.

    Rather than look just st this game, look for patterns going back ten games. The weaknesses are still there.

    When we continuously see the high volume shooting from defence, and the upside down T penalty kill, and the PP with no real direction – these are trouble spots.

    All these players were all stars on thier junior teams, they have seen multiple systems before. (Including this man on man d zone coverage that seems consistently weaker than opponents zone coverage)

    Who do we look at for these repeat patterns of weakness??

  183. Frank the dog says:

    geowal:
    Too bad Dubie’s hurt…we’d light him up. I can’t wait until Stalock shuts us out this weekend. This is the hockey gods way of telling us something…

    That we don’t play as well without our starting goalie and our top 2 defenders?

  184. digger50 says:

    deardylan: Incredible.

    We win when our best goaltending is our Offense!

    ==
    Lowetide wrote: “I have Edmonton losing tonight (Nashville caved Vancouver last night)There’s a good story brewing in December but it needs to some color and more Finnish”

    It was an expected loss with no finnish 🙂

    ==

    Dear Lowetide Contributors,

    For a moment imagine you were a diehard Predators fan celebrating our predatory win, what would be the reasons we flayed the Oilers and are doing so well last/this season.

    What can we learn from Nashville that can help us stop being consistently inconsistent?

    I’ll give you one. The Nashville have a calm smart power play. They know thier purpose and where to be. They are looking to isolate a defenceman and go cross seam for the open net shot. Over and over and over until it looks simple – as it did.

  185. digger50 says:

    I should ckarify. I don’t see the Oil winning that game “just cause”.

    But coaches talk about process. Stick with the process, the wins will come. At some point, when the errors and breakdowns are repeated game in and game out, you must review and adapt.

    If it was different things every game it would be lack of execution.

    This is systems. They may not always determine the game, but the fact they still persist is a real problem.

  186. geowal says:

    Frank the dog: That we don’tplay as well without our starting goalie and our top 2 defenders?

    And that it is possible to have backups that steal games. Not to say tonight is “on” Brossoit, but it sure was “on” Saros. Dumb luck as much as anything, but it’s getting eerie.

  187. Thinker says:

    Don’t play well with our starting goalie either. Not sure how a .903 goalie is a huge loss.

  188. Munny says:

    digger50: When we continuously see the high volume shooting from defence, and the upside down T penalty kill, and the PP with no real direction – these are trouble spots.
    All these players were all stars on thier junior teams, they have seen multiple systems before. (Including this man on man d zone coverage that seems consistently weaker than opponents zone coverage)

    Go look at heat maps of these recent games. The hottest areas for the Oil are right in front of the crease. Here’s tonight’s and against CBJ:

    https://www.naturalstattrick.com/game.php?season=20172018&game=20470

    https://www.naturalstattrick.com/game.php?season=20172018&game=20488

    TMac is constantly emphasizing getting the puck to the net, and has his entire career, so when they don’t… that’s execution. Recently, this hasn’t been an issue.

    The special teams clicked last game, and did not this game, although the PP generated 10 shots on net tonight ( and go look at the heat map again), and the PK allowed one on a 5 on 3 and another on a fortunate bounce that involved no cross seam pass.

    So no, there haven’t been repeat patterns of weakness at least over this recent stretch. MAybe goaltending, but that’s a winning-the-matchup thing, and those wins have also occurred recently even with LB.

    Chia was dead-on when he described the season as “death by a thousand cuts”. That is precisely what has happened. Sadly.

  189. Munny says:

    Y’know, Russell is getting such sweet looks from playing with Darnell, I am beginning to wonder what a more talented offensive dman could accomplish there.

  190. deardylan says:

    digger50: I’ll give you one. The Nashville have a calm smart power play. They know thier purpose and where to be.They are looking to isolate a defenceman and go cross seam for the open net shot. Over and over and over until it looks simple – as it did.

    Thanks Digger.

    I am wishing Oilers get a “a calm smart power play” for Christmas.

  191. deardylan says:

    STANLEY CUP (Replace Your Name with Stanley’s)

    Its almost the end of the season (well at least the season of 2017!)

    I can easily rate the season of the Oilers by their standings yet in my own life it is a wee bit harder.

    How would you rate your own progress this year in life’s championship where you compete with yourself in three big areas:

    Health, Wealth, Relationships

    Which area did you make the most progress and why?

    For me the greatest progress was Relationships.

    (Especially with my dad and sisters which I made conscious effort to reach out to daily. Including organizing my dads dream trip and visiting my sister before she returned to North America) Wealth took a hit in the process 😉

    And relationships which includes in some small way my relationship with some of you at Lowetides Roadhouse, Bar and Grill including the bigman himself as I learned something about him through his musical selections and made me learn new lyrics I never knew existed.

    It could be the end of the season for Oilers…although 2018 is a brand new start so seasons greeting from sunny saigon.

  192. JD_Sigh says:

    Gerta Rauss: Opus McDavid..?

    Oilpus Drai?

  193. treevojo says:

    thehop:
    OmJo,

    I was just thinking the same.

    Whatever good comes from Lucic on the first line is outweighed by the bad.
    I know he’s producing… but he shouldn’t be gifted minutes with McDavid and I feel like that’s what’s happening this year.

    Slepy will be lucky to stay in the NHL and I hate to say that because I believe there is a player there.

    Lucic hasn’t been gifted anything.

    He has consistently produced with anyone throughout his career.

    Including for a majority of this season on lines that don’t have Connor Mcdavid on it.

    I didn’t like Sleppys game last night and don’t think he deserves to be gifted Mcdavid’s wing.

  194. frjohnk says:

    7 points out yesterday.

    We lose last night while the Ducks, Wild, Hawks, Avs, Sharks and Vegas all win. These are the teams we have to pass.

    9 points out now.

    Not only do we need to win, but we need the teams in front of us to lose the same night. So Everest does not look so damn big.

    I want to believe playoffs are still a reality but its not looking good.

  195. McSorley33 says:

    Frank the dog,

    That we don’t play as well without our starting goalie and our top 2 defenders?
    *************************************************************************************
    Yes, we are the only team with injuries.

    Las Vegas ran a promotion a few weeks ago, where a fan would win a contest
    to be their starting goalie next game.

  196. TO10801 says:

    frjohnk,

    I agree. The west has been better against the east this year and could very well result in the cut off line being higher than 96 points. This team will need to go on a serious heater starting now and ending in the second week of April. There is zero margin for error at this point. If the team does not reach .500 by the new year they are likely done, and that would require a 5-1-1 stretch starting in Minnesota on Saturday.

    You never say never with 97, but they have dug themselves one hell of a hole.

  197. TO10801 says:

    McSorley33,

    I also don’t believe out top 2 defenders or Cam Talbot account for that much offense

  198. Professor Q says:

    McSorley33:
    Frank the dog,

    That we don’t play as well without our starting goalie and our top 2 defenders?
    *************************************************************************************
    Yes, we are the only team with injuries.

    Las Vegas ran a promotion a few weeks ago, where a fan would win a contest
    to be their starting goalie next game.

    If Seattle starts out as well as Vegas did, the owners will likely be pissed and Québec will absolutely never get an expansion team.

    Relocation or Bust, they’d say. And I doubt said relocated team will be as good.

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