G34 2017-18: Sharks at Oilers

Tonight’s opponent, the San Jose Sharks, will bring back many good memories for Oilers fans at Rogers Place this evening. My favorite playoff game last spring was G2 against the Sharks, Edmonton winning 2-0 on goals by Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid. They lost Game One in overtime, Melker Karlsson scoring on the 44th shot of the night (Edmonton had 19 in the loss). Cam Talbot played well enough to steal the first game, but needed only to make 16 stops in the second game. The young Oilers overcame the Sharks in Game Two and the took it from there. Both goals shorthanded, the Oilers were on their way. They lost Game Two? It might have been a sweep.

CONNOR MCDAVID: THE ATHLETIC PERSON OF THE YEAR

Connor McDavid is The Athletic’s Person of the Year for 2017, article is here. McDavid’s arrival in our city changed the atmosphere, gave fans the ultimate prospect and he has delivered in every way possible. In the article I suggest (correctly) that the story of the year in Edmonton is 97 signing that 8-year deal. Hope you have time to read it, I enjoyed writing it and talking with his agent Jeff Jackson (and others) in preparation for it. Connor McDavid is a remarkable young man.

THE ATHLETIC!

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 6-1-0, goal differential +5
  • December 2016: 3-1-3, goal differential +2
  • December 2017: 4-3-0, goal differential +5

G8 December 2015 was a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, last year it was a 3-1 loss to Sam Gagner and the Vancouver Canucks. A win tonight puts this year’s team within range of the other two seasons (currently 12 points, 9 points and 8 points) and that’s a good sign. Big, big game tonight.

AFTER 34, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 14-17-2, goal differential -15
  • Oilers 16-17: 16-12-5, goal differential +7
  • Oilers 17-18: 14-17-2, goal differential -10

G34 in 2015-16 was a 5-1 loss to Colorado, Connor McDavid hadn’t played since November 3 and wouldn’t play again until February 2. A strong December start allowed the Oilers to remain on the outskirts of hope but it would be a rough ride from here on. Last season? The opposite. Edmonton would win G34 by a 3-2 score (Nuge the winner in overtime), winning their 17th game and establishing a 17-12-5 record. The 2016-17 Oilers would post a 30-14-4 record from here, on the way to a 47-26-9 conclusion. Should this Oilers team duplicate the feat, we would see a final record of 44-31-6, good for 94 points. Would that be enough? Of course, that’s not even the question we should be asking right now.

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 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • 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: 4-3-0, eight points in seven games

This is it! By the end of this week, we could be talking draft (I refuse until January) or we may have something to look forward to in January. I’ve been genuinely impressed with this team’s efforts since the Philadelphia game (3-2-0) and if the team goes 4-2-0 in the final six games we’ll see 8-5-0 for the month and 18-20-2 for the season. Still so far back, but December would represent some encouraging recovery.

JESSE PULJUJARVI

He’s finally going to see power-play time tonight and the goals are coming. Jesse has been impressive a potentially complete winger since arriving but the offense was a little shy. This current run, since his recall, is putting that final question (where will the goals come from?) to rest.

  • Todd McLellan: “The biggest difference with him from last year is he’s moving his feet. Last year, he was just standing and watching and playing on the perimeter a lot. I think what he’s learned, looking at the six goals he’s scored this year, most of them have been right around the crease.” Source

There’s your answer. Todd McLellan was patient, some will say overly patient, with this young player but if this is in fact his arrival as an NHL 20-goal scorer (or more) then the timing is just about perfect.

CURRENT STANDINGS

The Oilers will eventually pass the Canucks, partly because a pestilence of injuries  has hit the lower mainland. Based on goal differential, it’s a quirk Edmonton is beyond them full stop. Anaheim and Calgary are still in sight but the Oilers must post a winning streak in short order and home victories are going to be vital. The games against the Sharks (as in tonight) are doubly important because SJS have games in hand. A win tonight in regulation puts the Oilers six points back, but those two games in hand are a helluva kicker.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, a packed Monday just ahead of a massive game for the Oilers. Scheduled to appear, TSN1260:

  • Pierre Lebrun, The Athletic. Huge game for the Oilers tonight, is there still time?
  • Andy McNamara, TSN. A big weekend in the NFL, controversy and a clearer playoff picture.
  • Jason Gregor, TSN. Canada’s Women beat the USA in an Olympic tuneup at Rogers Place. Will women’s hockey be the most compelling games at the Olympics?
  • Dan Rosanowsky, SJS PBP. San Jose drags the aged to Rogers tonight

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  1. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Jones is really solid

  2. Acumen says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    *checks handle*

    *nods in understanding*

    Carry on.

  3. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar:
    Hate the backhand-5 hole deke.

    Except when the puck crosses the line

  4. StixMalone says:

    Let’s get the empty netter

  5. Pescador says:

    Butt cheeks clenched, holding breath

  6. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Empty net?

    EMPTY NET!!!

  7. Munny says:

    EN/60 rears its ugly head again. Ah Strome, thank you.

  8. treevojo says:

    Dylan for 2

  9. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Omg… they made that harder than it had to be!!!

  10. BONE207 says:

    Wtf…that was just weird

  11. Clay says:

    Poolparty reminds me of all my gigantic farmboy friends growing up. Stronger and more intimidating than he knows, but always wearing a big smile and just happy to be here. His helmet even rides high, like those old timey UFA hats.

  12. Pouzar says:

    Jezzuz Khaira/McD

  13. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    What if with this teams aversion to empty net goals?

  14. Munny says:

    If I’m the coach Imma gonna yell a little about that over-passing after the game.

  15. Ice Sage says:

    Strome says ‘fuck that fancy shit’ thank you

  16. russ99 says:

    Thank you Strome, that was ugly, but a big win.

  17. deardylan says:

    #ShazamStrome

    Back to Back wins. Back to consistently inconsistent. Dahlin sweepstakes delayed for another day.

    The Never Easy Season continues… 😉

    Can you believe a .500 .. 17-17-2 Christmas Would Be A Gift?!!

  18. BONE207 says:

    Well that’s better than 3-2. Drink!

  19. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oilers Win!
    But no mcpoints 😢

  20. Munny says:

    Clay,

    I don’t think he’s used to his big body yet.

  21. Pescador says:

    Banning had a good game, just one hiccup

  22. gregsaint says:

    Nice win with McDavid out of the lineup

  23. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    BONE207:
    Well that’s better than 3-2. Drink!

    Will do!

  24. Pouzar says:

    Coulda been 10…cut it to 6.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Winning an extremely important game when McDavid has a tough night is a very very good sign that things are turning around.

  26. D says:

    That had to be Strome’s best game of the season.

  27. LMHF#1 says:

    Davidson-Larsson for #1 pair.

  28. Pouzar says:

    St. Louis coming in on the 2nd of back to back. Keep er goin.

  29. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    gregsaint:
    Nice win with McDavid out of the lineup

    Haha yeah he was off tonight no doubt

  30. Munny says:

    Well it took till December, but we’re finally watching the Oiler team we’d thought we’d be watching from Game 1.

    Except for the fakkin PK.

  31. Clay says:

    Too much nicety with the empty net. Tempting fate there.

  32. Ice Sage says:

    Strome, back to back wins, maybe the start of a north-turn…

    that pales next to the beard tug!

  33. Pouzar says:

    Nuge was a beast. Best 3rd line C in the league and 50 pts here we come!

  34. russ99 says:

    Pouzar,

    That would be a huge one, if we can get it. Blues have schooled us this season so far,

  35. fishman says:

    Pescador:
    Banning had a good game, just one hiccup

    Ha you are not going to let that Banning thing go are ya!!!

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Acumen: Really wondering why/how you say/see this. I am seeing him as probably our best forward tonight next to maybe Leon, with McDavid definitely looking like the passenger on that line tonight.

    And that is me calling what I see, not dumping on Connor. If anyone gets a free pass it’s our young saviour.

    He made some nice plays – seems like he proably ended up with 5-6 shots on net but he made a couple pretty bad passes and had some tough giveaways.

    No worries, he’s 19.

  37. russ99 says:

    Tug beard, score goal!

    Like a big fuzzy leprechaun.

  38. Acumen says:

    That was a really solid performance up and down the lineup. The last 5-10 games we’ve shown some really promising signs of getting back to the confidence and consistency of last year. Love to see it.

  39. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Holy crap… oilers are 9-0-0 when leading after 2 periods???

  40. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers look set to now crawl over other teams toward the playoffs.

  41. BONE207 says:

    Acumen:
    That was a really solid performance up and down the lineup. The last 5-10 games we’ve shown some really promising signs of getting back to the confidence and consistency of last year. Love to see it.

    Might have been one of the worst games I’ve ever seen from 97, and I am absolutely fine with that. He is allowed to have those. It was just… strange. Like waking up and seeing all the lawns in the city have purple grass or something.

    Maybe you’ve never seen purple city?

  42. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    hunter1909:
    Oilers look set to now crawl over other teams toward the playoffs.

    Huge test Thursday in the way but yes

  43. hunter1909 says:

    Clay:
    Poolparty reminds me of all my gigantic farmboy friends growing up.Stronger and more intimidating than he knows, but always wearing a big smile and just happy to be here.His helmet even rides high, like those old timey UFA hats.

    Calgary was trying to intimidate him as he hung around in front of their net; and he was like shaking the Flames away as if to say “huh!?”

  44. hunter1909 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Huge test Thursday in the way but yes

    Better than waiting until next year like when Lowe+MacT’s February’s annual 2 out of 3 fail to make the playoff drive was “the show”.

  45. BONE207 says:

    hunter1909: Calgary was trying to intimidate him as he hung around in front of their net; and he was like shaking the Flames away as if to say “huh!?”

    Hunter…there are no Finnish words with one vowel.

  46. Munny says:

    Weber out indef…

    Gryba to the Habs? 😉

  47. Soup Fascist says:

    hunter1909: Calgary was trying to intimidate him as he hung around in front of their net; and he was like shaking the Flames away as if to say “huh!?”

    Someone should teach him Tikkanese.

  48. npanciroli says:

    Crazy we traded Davidson and got him back what a wonderful player. Reminds me of Larsson funny enough.

  49. BONE207 says:

    npanciroli:
    Crazy we traded Davidson and got him back what a wonderful player. Reminds me of Larsson funny enough.

    I wonder if the habs miss him?

  50. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Holy crap… Tampa is +43 in goal differential… in only 32 games… That’s rediculous…

  51. Soup Fascist says:

    npanciroli:
    Crazy we traded Davidson and got him back what a wonderful player. Reminds me of Larsson funny enough.

    You mean Davidsson?

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hugely important game.

    McDavid wasn’t very good and Talbot didn’t steal it and they still won, in regulation?

    Wow!

  53. striatic says:

    What’s the timeline on Sekera coming back?

  54. Pouzar says:

    Nuge/Drai 2 pts each.

    Connor with ZERO. Clearly he can’t drive a line.

  55. LadiesloveSmid says:

    striatic:
    What’s the timeline on Sekera coming back?

    Davidson the odd-man out? Gryba waived, Davo/Auvitu scratch?

  56. Pouzar says:

    Oil now 5-1 against the Pacific.

  57. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar:
    Oil now 5-1 against the Pacific.

    Soon they’ll call us the Exxon Valdez

  58. texmex says:

    LadiesloveSmid,

    With the roster freeze tomorrow at 11:59, can a player be plac d I n waivers tomorrow? If no, no Sekera before Xmas?

  59. Pouzar says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Davidson the odd-man out? Gryba waived, Davo/Auvitu scratch?

    Benning for me.

  60. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    BONE207: Maybe you’ve never seen purple city?

    I just had a flash-back. Scary funny though.

  61. BONE207 says:

    Boil-in-the-Oil: I just had a flash-back. Scary funny though.

    This place is built on scary flashbacks

  62. Ice Sage says:

    BONE207: Soon they’ll call us the Exxon Valdez

    Oh, that’s gold – we’re a-gushing!!!!

  63. striatic says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Davidson the odd-man out? Gryba waived, Davo/Auvitu scratch?

    I think Benning sits. Need Davidson on the PK.

    Benning had 2 minutes PP time tonight, no PK time.

    Davidson had no PP time, 2 minutes PK time.

    Sekera can take Benning’s PP time. Nothing that weakens the PK can happen right now, it’s too important to build up a serviceable PK.

  64. deardylan says:

    Boil-in-the-Oil: I just had a flash-back. Scary funny though.

    Purple city…brings back many memories and flashes from the Ledge in 1990s! haha

    Even better than the real thing on shrooms. #LordofRingsLedge

  65. Ice Sage says:

    Does anyone know who has the longest beard on the blues? too bad hitch is gone

  66. Munny says:

    Ice Sage: Oh, that’s gold – we’re a-gushing!!!!

    Explains 97’s weakass game tonight… Cap’n wuz drunk!

  67. Munny says:

    deardylan: Purple city…brings back many memories and flashes from the Ledge in 1990s!haha

    Even better than the real thing on shrooms.#LordofRingsLedge

    If it doesn’t start or finish with a walk across the top of the High Level Bridge, it doesn’t count.

  68. LadiesloveSmid says:

    striatic,

    Sekera is a PK wizard IMO

    I do think it’s between Benning and Davidson, hard to dress 4 LHD though

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

    Honest Questions:

    1) Are we getting close to saying Nuge can drive a line?

    2) That 3rd line looked good tonight. Unicorns?

  70. Ice Sage says:

    Munny: If it doesn’t start or finish with a walk across the top of the High Level Bridge, it doesn’t count.

    … i heard some things about that flashbacks place…

  71. Pouzar says:

    Oilers 16-5 High Danger Corgis.

  72. Munny says:

    Ice Sage,

    I had totally forgotten about Flashbacks lol. Probably because I was always straight.

  73. Pescador says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Honest Questions:

    1) Are we getting close to saying Nuge can drive a line?

    2) That 3rd line looked good tonight. Unicorns?

    1. Not until he scores at least 50pts in a season
    2. Maybe, which one is the 3rd line?

  74. Lloyd B. says:

    Pouzar:
    Nuge was a beast. Best 3rd line C in the league and 50 pts here we come!

    Are you saying Hrudey was correct??

  75. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Munny:
    Ice Sage,

    I had totally forgotten about Flashbacks lol.Probably because I was always straight.

    Straighty too but goddam I had some good times there. An amazing club actually Edmonton was lucky to have it.

  76. Soup Fascist says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    striatic,

    Sekera is a PK wizard IMO

    I do think it’s between Benning and Davidson, hard to dress 4 LHD though

    Sitting Benning would mean 5 LHD. But Davidson is playing a very calm game. Honestly I would prefer sitting Russell over Davy if the coach can’t stomach only one Righty. Not hating on Russell but so far Davidson has been the goods. Maybe Klefbom gets a game off if he is truly “nicked up”.

  77. Pescador says:

    fishman: Ha you are not going to let that Banning thing go are ya!!!

    Guilty,

  78. Justthestatsman says:

    No. 10,000 man Ryan Strome now has 6 goals on the season, or just under 6% of the Oilers goals this season. Wayne Gretzky scored 583 regular season goals as an Oiler…nearly 6% of the Oilers goals EVER!

  79. JimmyV1965 says:

    russ99:
    Pouzar,

    That would be a huge one, if we can get it. Blues have schooled us this season so far,

    They better come out spitting fire against the Blues. They were totality embarrassed that last game. It was the worst game of the year. The Oil should be out for revenge.

  80. Bling says:

    Leon and Nuge were the goods today.

    Running 3 Cs of that quality out there is a total matchup nightmare. McDavid had to contend with Vlasic, and I think his line did pretty well against one of the top shut down D-pairs in the league. They were unlucky not to have one or two goals. Lots of territorial advantage and chances in close.

    Draisaitl was a man possessed today. Two beautiful passes, drew a penalty, and skated miles. He’s turning into Forsberg before our eyes.

    Khaira with another smart game. He has a lot of confidence handling the puck in the offensive zone. Last 3rd line guy we had with this much confidence in the offensive zone was Pisani.

    I’m probably in the minority, but I like Strome’s game. He can be vanilla, but his baseline game is a good fit for this team. I like the versatility he brings, and there is nothing wrong with being 1.34 EV points/60 on the third line (that’s before today’s game). A true Swiss-army knife player.

  81. JimmyV1965 says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    striatic,

    Sekera is a PK wizard IMO

    I do think it’s between Benning and Davidson, hard to dress 4 LHD though

    Haven’t we been doing that for much of the season?

  82. JimmyV1965 says:

    Soup Fascist: Sitting Benning would mean 5 LHD. But Davidson is playing a very calm game. Honestly I would prefer sitting Russell over Davy if the coach can’t stomach only one Righty. Not hating on Russell but so far Davidson has been the goods. Maybe Klefbom gets a game off if he is truly “nicked up”.

    Russell has some issues for sure, but I think he’s been much better than Benning. Better than Klef too.

  83. striatic says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    striatic,

    Sekera is a PK wizard IMO

    I do think it’s between Benning and Davidson, hard to dress 4 LHD though

    I wouldn’t easily trust his PK wizardry coming off injury, unsure he’d have the acceleration to get where he needs to be on the PK reliably yet, but that’s something the coach might consider.

    I’d still sit Benning. Ease Sekera into things.

  84. Soup Fascist says:

    striatic: I wouldn’t easily trust his PK wizardry coming off injury, unsure he’d have the acceleration to get where he needs to be on the PK reliably yet, but that’s something the coach might consider.

    I’d still sit Benning. Ease Sekera into things.

    I agree. But 5 lefties is a lot. Who plays the right side with Benning in the PB? Larsson / Russell and Davy I suppose. Does Davidson look as calm playing on the wrong side? Worth a look but ….

    On an NHL defense, “handedness” is a thing.

  85. LadiesloveSmid says:

    JimmyV1965: Haven’t we been doing that for much of the season?

    Yep. Bit one of the fingers off my counting hand apparently. 5 LHD!

  86. striatic says:

    Soup Fascist,

    They were running Klefbom/Davidson and Russel/Nurse on the PK last night. I don’t want to change that by introducing Sekera right away. McClellan knows better what Sekera is ready for but I think removing a PK option at this point in the season given the dismal state of the PK is taking a risk and I’m really risk adverse.

    But I desperately wanted the Oilers to pick up an experienced backup last trade deadline and that turned out to not be necessary so maybe too risk adverse.

  87. deardylan says:

    treevojo: Dylan

    Haha. Love the 2 points and results last night by 2, 3, 4th lines and get +4 point win.

    It is still gonna be quite a challenge to leapfrog all those teams ahead of us (with our home record and aversion to winning streaks) from where we are now so I want to keep in mind that we win either way and have a chance to get Dahlin in the draft if we don’t make it.

    Terry Jones wrote – “Until last night the Oilers had a ridiculous record 2-11 trying (that might not be the right word) to follow a win with another win.”

    Glad oilers discontinued their prowess of getting 1 game in a row. We are rocking our division rivals and these +4pt games can really make a difference.

    If we squeak into the playoffs like Indiana Jones grabbing his hat at last milisecond under closing spiked door… then it will be the comeback of the ages.

    Imagine Davidson is the TSN turning point to our season. Would be quite a story to write about…

    If not Mc-Dahlin line would be frightening combo for the next decade in Oiltown!

  88. NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) says:

    deardylan,

    ‘Mc-Dahlin Line” ? Who is switching poaitions?

    Although it’s good to finally win back to back Sharks have 2 games in hand and the wild card is a crapshoot. This team atill needs a win streak in a major way.

  89. OriginalPouzar says:

    Mr. Walker was a net negative last night. One has to think if he doesn’t show more in another game or two that he will be explosed and Slep brought back up.

    I would also slot Cammy in for him next game unless they want him to play in order to make the decision on him.

  90. frjohnk says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): This team atill needs a win streak in a major way.

    And no more face plants.

    To hit 94 points, we would need 62 points in our last 48 games. A 106 point pace.
    Would need to go something like 28-14-6. Good news is that we have 22 of our games against the Pacific and we seem to be able to beat those teams so far ( 5-1)

    In our last 48 games last year we went 30-14-4. We had a couple of bumpy patches in which we went 1-4-0 at around the all star break and a few weeks later we went 3-5-1. Other than that, we had 1 two game losing streak and that was it for losing streaks. We closed out the year with a 14-2 run to finish with 103 points.

    I have always felt playoffs are a possibility. Think we can do it, but with where we are, not making the playoffs is more likely. 48 more games and who is to say that injuries, sickness, slumps, poor luck, run into hot goalies, poor special teams, undisciplined play, wont rear their heads again.

  91. NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) says:

    frjohnk,

    I think it will take 97 points this year. Need to replicate last year’s 48 game record. Tall ask. Possible, but a tall ask.

    The awful start is water under the bridge. Need to see this team compete hard to the end and have a minor reset this summer rather than rashly trade Nuge etc.

  92. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    – Glad your back OP! I can hand you back the baton.

    – I think Chia deserves a lot of credit for not panicking, and letting the team he envisioned take hold. He was on record as saying he thought Drai was a C, but deferred to coach.

    – With both Larsson and Sek out, he made a smart move by not mortgaging future and instead Davi

    – This is the team that Chia thought he had: with better play, confidence, just average goalering it should be an exciting team for the rest of year.

    – I think on paper they are one of the elite teams in the league, right now, and they have the opportunity to be this year’s Nashville.

    – Tyler said the most likely outcome for this team is 85-90 points: that’s backward looking, and not considering the roster going forward.

    – Regardless, just play like last 10 games for rest of season, have Jar, Pool, Caggs Sleppy get to their reps and figure out who they are, have a problem with too many LD in Sek, Klef, Nurse, Davidson. RNH is part of the future (or traded from strength not necessity).

    – Lots of good comes out of a unlucky, unhealthty, bad goalering, low sh%, PK start

  93. jake70 says:

    frjohnk: And no more face plants.
    Would need to go something like 28-14-6.Good news is that we have 22 of our games against the Pacific and we seem to be able to beat those teams so far ( 5-1).

    I had the SJ feed on last night, they were saying how the Oil are very good against division……..mentioned the last 30 games vs Pacific Div opponents, Oilers were 23-7. Haven’t verified this but may be hope yet for a nice run of Ws in next couple months.

  94. hags9k says:

    I thought I may have seen a play in the first period where 97 may have looked like he banged up a hand or wrist?

    I thought after that play that he seemed to lose the puck off his stick a few times uncharacteristically…

    Please tell me I’m wrong! I’ve turned into a hypoconnordriac.

  95. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    Thanks big guy – you’ve done a fabulous job and I encourage you to continue with the quality and quantity.

    Chia was clearly working the phones but was not willing to pay a premium for a back-up goalie or a fringe d-man for a stop gap to a short term injury – we weathered the storm when Talbot was out and are set to make a run up the standings.

    Time will tell if its too late but its very clear that the ability of this TEAM is not reflected by their points in the standings and their advanced metrics is more reflective of the ability.

    Last night we won a game were McDavid was not poor (for him) and the goalie did not steal it. We won the the game as a team with lines 2-4 and all 3 d-pairs playing a role. It was great to see.

    We have actual NHLers not in the lineup right now due to depth – guys like Cammy and even Gryba.

    Our healthy lineup is substantial.

  96. OriginalPouzar says:

    hags9k: hypoconnordriac

    You’ve turned in to a hypochondriac which will be verified by him being on the ice at practice later this morning.

  97. hags9k says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I sure hope so. Nice to see you back by the way.

    I agree that the lineup looks pretty damn good when healthy, and Sekera is close too!

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    Roster freeze goes in to effect at 11:59 tonight – this includes waivers.

    Unless the Oilers place someone on waivers today, they won’t be able to activate Sekera until after December 28th.

    I think we might see Gryba (or Walker) on waivers today in anticipation if they think Reggie will be ready for one of the next few games.

  99. Pouzar says:

    Bling: I’m probably in the minority, but I like Strome’s game.

    He’s on a 14 goal pace. Lagging a bit in possession. I think he is who we thought he was.
    Would like to see more consistency from him so he can creep into that 20 goal range. Who knows, with Drai it’s possible.

  100. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Roster freeze goes in to effect at 11:59 tonight – this includes waivers.

    Unless the Oilers place someone on waivers today, they won’t be able to activate Sekera until after December 28th.

    I think we might see Gryba (or Walker) on waivers today in anticipation if they think Reggie will be ready for one of the next few games.

    Probably Slepyshev, have a great day Pouzar!

  101. Pouzar says:

    Pescador: Probably Slepyshev, have a great day Pouzar!

    I will find you!

  102. Pescador says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    frjohnk,

    I think it will take 97 points this year. Need to replicate last year’s 48 game record. Tall ask. Possible, but a tall ask.

    The awful start is water under the bridge. Need to see this team compete hard to the end and have a minor reset this summer rather than rashly trade Nuge etc.

    Nuge is having a career season, pretty sure he stays

  103. deardylan says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    deardylan,

    ‘Mc-Dahlin Line” ? Who is switching positions?

    yeah good point. I meant Powerplay 1 line … Lets hope Oilers get into playoffs and go far. If they don’t I can dream of Mc-Dahlin PP1 combo!! 🙂

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