G36 2017-18: Canadiens at Oilers

In the fall of 1972, the Montreal Canadiens had four left-wingers who were breaking into the lineup. The 1960’s portsiders—John Ferguson, Gilles Tremblay, Dick Duff—were all gone and there was a need for new blood. The 1971-72 group (Frank Mahovlich, Marc Tardif, Rejean Houle) was super talented but the Big M was growing old and there was a need for additional talent. Sam Pollock’s Canadiens were so talent rich that even Hall of Famers had to enter as part-time players.

So it was, that in 1972, Steve Shutt, a brilliant offensive winger with a cannon shot and a fantastic two-way reputation, had to wait for Chuck Lefley and Murray Wilson to have their auditions. Yvon Lambert, who was a fine player too, had to wait in the minors. I honestly wonder if Lambert would have made it at all had the WHA not stolen the stunning talent that was Marc Tardif.

Oilers fans are watching auditions on right-wing this fall and winter, there’s some fabulous talent here. Jesse Puljujarvi could be here 15 years from now tearing up the Pacific Division. Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev, Drake Caggiula, Kailer Yamamoto all bring something to the conversation, and some will emerge as NHL Oilers. We’ll never see auditions like the ones Sam Pollock cooked up in the first expansion era. It was, pure and simple, insanity. Steve Shutt waiting in line? The hell you say.

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR AFTER YEAR

  • December 2015: 6-3-0, goal differential -3 (12 points)
  • December 2016: 4-2-3, goal differential 0 (11 points)
  • December 2017: 6-3-0, goal differential +8 (12 points)
G10 2015 was a 3-1 win over the Jets, Cam Talbot stopping 44 of 45. Last year Edmonton won 3-2 over the St. Louis Blues in overtime. A win tonight gives the team a 7-3-0 December record, 14 points in 10 games. That would represent exactly what was required to save the season. Not all the way there, but a very nice start. Huge game.

AFTER 36, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 15-18-2, goal differential -17 (32 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 18-12-5, goal differential +9 (41 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 16-17-2, goal differential -7 (34 points)

Vancouver beat the Oilers 2-1 in overtime 2015, Taylor Hall with seven shots on goal. Last season, it was a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose. A win tonight gets Edmonton back to fake .500, although counting your chickens would be unwise. Montreal brought the good stuff out west based on last night’s game.

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 2-0-0)
  • 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: 6-3-0, 12 points in nine games

My October prediction (5-3-2) was too positive, November (7-7-2) was close and now it appears I underestimated the team. In my defense, moving Leon to center, adding Brandon Davidson and the emergence of several kids who were auditioning (Puljujarvi, Khaira) helped in a big way. This has been an encouraging month for the Oilers.

Gallagher is a player to watch tonight, he’s skilled and an agitator and has a motor that won’t quit. Max Pacioretty is my favorite Habs skater but he had a fairly poor game by my eye in Calgary last night. Could be bad news for Edmonton. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Carey Price in net. I can’t cheer against that guy. Not ever.

TABERNAC SATURDAY

The Oilers have belly flopped spectacularly on Saturday nights in recent years, payback for the delicious “roadkill Saturdays” of my 20’s when Edmonton would lay waste to some fumble goalie wearing a Habs or Leafs sweater. Bring back those days, please and thanks.

5X5 SCORING, FORWARDS (NHL RANK)

  • No. 9 Connor McDavid 2.76
  • No. 14 Leon Draisaitl 2.59
  • No. 28 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 2.38
  • No. 34 Milan Lucic 2.31
  • No. 53 Patrick Maroon 2.06
  • No. 118 Ryan Strome 1.56
  • Source

This is among regular forwards (400+ minutes) and reflects a fantastic run at 5×5 by Edmonton’s top three centers and top two left-wingers. No right-wingers, although Puljujarvi (2.06/60 in 233 minutes) is trending in a good direction. The Oilers need a more dynamic right-wing as well, and Strome needs to push that scoring number closer to 2.00/60.

TRADER PETE!

Based on various sources (Bob, Fussy Britches) seems like the Oilers may be on the verge of one or more trades. My list includes a sniper (probably RW, as per above) a checker for the PK (also RW), a RHD (probably in summer) and possibly an upgrade in goal. Bob seems to be honing in on a scoring winger, although Elliotte Friedman doesn’t think the Oilers have the trumpets to acquire Mike Hoffman (and that is reasonable, assuming PC doesn’t trade the first-round pick). I’ll have Simon Boisvert on Saturday Sports Extra today to discuss.

ANTON SLEPYSHEV

From all manner of sources, good bad and indifferent, it’s a good guess Slepyshev is on his way out of town. What does that mean? A winger is coming in, but it’s probably two separate trades and the target may not be Hoffman. The search begins anew.

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  1. Hockey Project says:

    I don’t see how it could be called back, but I would sure as hell take it.

    Wait. What? That was a challenge? Why would they challenge that?

  2. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Fuck… that was a coaches challenge? Damn…

  3. Professor Q says:

    “Shaw never touched Talbot.”

    Yeah, and neither did Kessler.

    Bullshyte.

  4. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well I’ve seen goals called back for less but whatever…

  5. Professor Q says:

    He not only touched his skate, but also his glove and then went back and pushed him again.

    Ever so slightly but it was indeed interference multiple times over.

  6. Gerta Rauss says:

    Let’s get another one before the period is over

  7. striatic says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Fuck… that was a coaches challenge? Damn…

    It was a glorified Time Out. If you’re going to call a Time Out to let your team collect itself, why not make a challenge out of it?

  8. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    striatic: It was a glorified Time Out. If you’re going to call a Time Out to let your team collect itself, why not make a challenge out of it?

    Thought they couldn’t do that anymore cause they would get penalized 2min delay of game?

  9. npanciroli says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Me too I’m confused.

  10. Munny says:

    Are the Oilers even playing tonight because I can’t tell from this disgusting Roger’s broadcast.

  11. Gerta Rauss says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Thought they couldn’t do that anymore cause they would get penalized 2min delay of game?

    That’s just on the offside challenge

  12. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Gerta Rauss: That’s just on the offside challenge

    Ah.. that explains it…

  13. Todd Macallan says:

    Munny,

    It is really brutal, bordering on unprofessional

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Finally able to at least get Jack and Bob streamed on the plane.

    So far so good from the sounds of it.

  15. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Damn… Montréal definitely has the momentum right now… got to stop that in its tracks With a goal

  16. Gerta Rauss says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Finally able to at least get Jack and Bob streamed on the plane.

    So far so good from the sounds of it.

    Mtl has been pushing since the 3-0 goal

    I’ll take the 3-1 lead after 2 but this game is far from over I’m afraid

    Big 3rd period coming up, we need this

  17. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Gerta Rauss: Mtl has been pushing since the 3-0 goal

    I’ll take the 3-1 lead after 2 but this game is far from over I’m afraid

    Big 3rd period coming up, we need this

    At least the good news is oilers are 9-0-0 when leading after two periods…
    Let’s see if they make it 10-0-0

  18. D says:

    Gerta Rauss: Mtl has been pushing since the 3-0 goal

    I’ll take the 3-1 lead after 2 but this game is far from over I’m afraid

    Big 3rd period coming up, we need this

    Montreal has been pushing, but they really do look gassed in this game.

  19. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man… ducks just won’t roll over and die! Up 4-0 against the pens right now…

  20. Lowetide says:

    After 2

    3-1 Edmonton (1-1 in the second)
    Shots 22-22 (11-10 Mont in that period)
    Corsi for 5×5 39-35 Edmonton (15-14 Mont that period)

  21. Gerta Rauss says:

    D: Montreal has been pushing, but they really do look gassed in this game.

    Yeah

    An early goal and 4-1 lead and MTL hits the showers early

    This game is there for the taking

  22. Derek says:

    Lowetide:
    After 2

    3-1 Edmonton (1-1 in the second)
    Shots 22-22 (11-10 Mont in that period)
    Corsi for 5×5 39-35 Edmonton (15-14 Mont that period)

    High Danger chances 11-6 in favour of Edmonton. 4-3 for the good guys in the second period.

    Time to step on their throats.

  23. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I call bs…

  24. Munny says:

    I don’t think they’ve mentioned the loss of Shea Weber enough tonight.

  25. Pescador says:

    Farking Rusty, unreal.
    I think he loves the pain

  26. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously Niemi???

  27. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Finally able to at least get Jack and Bob streamed on the plane.

    So far so good from the sounds of it.

    Boys were flying high, hopefully they don’t crash and burn
    your plane is going down

  28. Munny says:

    Pescador:
    Farking Rusty, unreal.
    I think he loves the pain

    He is one tough mofo, that’s for sure.

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    Almost 6 min without a whistle, Leon and Maroon both in alone on Niemi and couldn’t cash

  30. D says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yeah

    An early goal and4-1 lead and MTL hits the showers early

    This game is there for the taking

    Liking what I see from the Oil in the first half of this third period.

  31. Numenius says:

    It could be just me, but I wonder if McDavid’s left hand is hurt.

    Without the puck he unusually quickly takes it off the stick and with the puck he sometimes loses the puck as if he doesn’t have enough strength.

    Even the beauty goal yesterday seemed to take extra effort to get the shot off.

  32. Confused says:

    Seriously, shooting practice for everyone for Christmas, how many point blank chances have they missed???????

  33. Gerta Rauss says:

    D: Liking what I see from the Oil in the first half of this third period.

    They’ve done everything but the 4-1 part!!

  34. Surrey Oiler says:

    come on just give me 1 more goal so my heart rate can go below 100 bpm

  35. D says:

    Gerta Rauss: They’ve done everything but the 4-1 part!!

    Well you know, the Oil can never make it that easy for us fans!

  36. Munny says:

    Thank you dickheads at Rogers for a highlight package entirely composed of Habs shots.

  37. Pescador says:

    Awesome defensive play by Benning

  38. Munny says:

    C’mon Oil, make them pay.

  39. hunter1909 says:

    3 minutes left and a 2 goal lead – I’ll take that!

  40. Pescador says:

    Surrey Oiler:
    come on just give me 1 more goal so my heart rate can go below 100 bpm

    You spelled blood alcohol level wrong

  41. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    EMPTY NET!!!

  42. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    NOOOOO!!!!

  43. Munny says:

    I give McDavid credit but sheesh whaddyadoinman?

  44. Derek says:

    It’s odd that the broadcast team hasn’t mentioned Brandon Davidson, unless I’m mistaken?

  45. Pescador says:

    WTF ARE YOU DOING!!!!!????

  46. jp says:

    Huh, didn’t realize Sekera was Czech 😉

  47. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    WHY HOCKEY GODS WHY????

  48. Gerta Rauss says:

    That looked like left ankle of Mcd

  49. Munny says:

    Finally some killer instinct with the empty net.

  50. OilClog says:

    Oh no

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    Khaira empty net

    MTL can kiss my ass..!!

  52. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Please be ok… please please please please …

  53. Munny says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    WHY HOCKEY GODS WHY????

    SANTA FUKKIN HATES OUR GUTS

  54. D says:

    Man I hope Connor is okay.

  55. Surrey Oiler says:

    Oh nooooooo !!!! On top of the foot !!! Fuuuaaaarrrcckkkk

  56. Lloyd B. says:

    Its all fun and games blocking shots until someone breaks an ankle.

  57. npanciroli says:

    He’s fine. I believe.

  58. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Munny: SANTA FUKKIN HATES OUR GUTS

    He be like… HO HO HOLD UP! Oilers gunna get to .500?? Well then.. they need to be taxed heavy…

  59. Munny says:

    Bittersweet right now

  60. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    npanciroli:
    He’s fine. I believe.

    Please be right…

  61. Gerta Rauss says:

    Munny:
    Bittersweet right now

    Yeah tough to celebrate right now especially after Principe’s comments (not putting any weight on it on the way down the hall)

  62. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yeah tough to celebrate right now especially after Principe’s comments

    What did Principe say?

  63. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic: What did Principe say?

    edit above- he wasn’t putting any weight on the leg/ankle on the way to the dressing room

  64. OriginalPouzar says:

    Leon – his head is better and he’s playing elite while driving a line with two wingers trying to find their way in the NHL.

  65. Thinker says:

    Daughter just learned a few new words before christmas. FML

  66. 106 and 106 says:

    striatic,

    nothing substantial except no weight put on his foot as he made it down the tunnel.

    they probably already have him x-rayed by now.

    *fingers crossed.

    Could be sprain, could be season.

  67. Hockey Project says:

    Guys, can I freak out?

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow, two more points for Khaira – wow!

    7 wins in a row for Talbot.

  69. Pescador says:

    striatic,

    Not a Gdamn thing

  70. Munny says:

    Well I am crackin a bottle of Sortilege to pour a shot in honour of the victory.

    If any of you haven’t had the pleasure of imbibing this fine spirit, I highly recommend it at this time of year… it tastes like Christmas in your mouth.

    If your Dad has never told you he loves you, it’s probably because you’ve never bought him a bottle of Sortilege.

    And if it turns out that McDeity is actual hurt… I’m finishing the rest of the damn bottle.

  71. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Hopefully he was just being careful with it, but yikes.

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Leon – his head is better and he’s playing elite while driving a line with two wingers trying to find their way in the NHL.

    That line really did look good

    Khaira is looking more confident with the puck every game now-I thought he’d top out as a 4th line role player but he has really showed some skill with the puck and it’s showing up on the scoresheet

  73. Thinker says:

    106 and 106:
    striatic,

    nothing substantial except no weight put on his foot as he made it down the tunnel.

    they probably already have him x-rayed by now.

    *fingers crossed.

    Could be sprain, could be season.

    Sorry Doc, doubt he sprained it…

  74. OmJo says:

    Stuck at work but happy to say… Eat shit, Habs!

    Oilers are back to .500! #HereComeTheOilers, and for the first time this year I don’t mean it sarcastically.

  75. BeerMe says:

    waiting for news on McDavid

  76. Surrey Oiler says:

    Dear god, hope it’s just a deep bruise and a few days off will be fine

  77. Surrey Oiler says:

    BeerMe:
    waiting for news on McDavid

    Who do you think will have the news 1st? Last time it was Terry Jones (collarbone)

  78. Professor Q says:

    I unfortunately missed the ending.

    I did see comments about it being ironic that McJesus sacrificed himself so close to Christmas…

    Shot to the foot?

  79. Munny says:

    Did Michael Bell not save for retirement?

  80. striatic says:

    Given we haven’t heard anything yet, I suspect the situation isn’t great. It’s not like he’s jumping around the locker room doing post-game interviews, so something is wrong.

  81. Surrey Oiler says:

    McDavid still getting checked out. Not available to media. McLellan will speak in a few minutes and we’ll see if any update. #Oilers

    Tweet from Jason Gregor

  82. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Surrey Oiler:
    Dear god, hope it’s just a deep bruise and a few days off will be fine

    Best case scenario for sure… how long was Boeser out for?

  83. Surrey Oiler says:

    striatic:
    Given we haven’t heard anything yet, I suspect the situation isn’t great. It’s not like he’s jumping around the locker room doing post-game interviews, so something is wrong.

    I sadly agree…

  84. Surrey Oiler says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Best case scenario for sure… how long was Boeser out for?

    0 games, 2 days in boot and he was good to go

  85. hags9k says:

    Can. I. stop. breathing. into. this. paper. bag yet???

  86. striatic says:

    TMAC SAYS HE’S OK!

    X-RAY NEGATIVE!

    WE CAN BREATHE!

  87. Munny says:

    hags9k:
    Can. I. stop. breathing. into.this. paper. bag yet???

    Well…. do you have any booze?

  88. Gerta Rauss says:

    whew…fully expects Mcd to play in WIN

    It’s a festivus miracle

  89. Surrey Oiler says:

    I’m paper bagging, going on everyone’s Twitter, refreshing every 5 seconds…feel like I’m going to pass out

  90. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oh thank baby Jesus… tmac says he’s going to be fine

  91. Surrey Oiler says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    whew…fully expects Mcd to play in WIN

    It’s a festivus miracle

    Where did you hear this? Great news, just want solid confirmation

  92. Surrey Oiler says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Oh thank baby Jesus… tmac says he’s going to be fine

    Thank you thank you thank you !!!!

  93. BeerMe says:

    Surrey Oiler: Where did you hear this? Great news, just want solid confirmation

    his own mouth

  94. Gerta Rauss says:

    Drink!!!!

  95. Jethro Tull says:

    Munny:
    Did Michael Bell not save for retirement?

    Michael Bell is my father. True story.

  96. striatic says:

    Surrey Oiler,

    Coach’s post game presser.

  97. Gerta Rauss says:

    Surrey Oiler: Where did you hear this? Great news, just want solid confirmation

    McLellan’s post game presser

  98. Munny says:

    He’s okay, I’m okay, we’re all okay.

    Thank you, Santa. I take back all the nasty things I said about you.

  99. npanciroli says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Please be right…

    Positivity!

  100. dangilitis says:

    Thank G-d. My daughter made me put her to bed after Khaira iced this thing (My heart just wasn’t into story telling tonight)

  101. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss: It’s a festivus miracle

    With feets of strength!

  102. Pescador says:

    Hallelujah!!
    It’s a Christmas miracle, I’m going to get drunk
    rr

  103. dangilitis says:

    Munny: With feets of strength!

    Winner!

  104. 99217 says:

    Gerta Rauss: That line really did look good

    Khaira is looking more confident with the puck every game now-I thought he’d top out as a 4th line role player but he has really showed some skill with the puck and it’s showing up on the scoresheet

    Agreed…big man whose hands and head are catching up to his quick feet.Really starting to see him as a future core forward with 97 93 29 98 91.

  105. Munny says:

    Jethro Tull: Michael Bell is my father. True story.

    I’m gonna need a downpayment before I buy that, Jethro.

  106. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    striatic:
    TMAC SAYS HE’S OK!

    X-RAY NEGATIVE!

    WE CAN BREATHE!

    Man… that WAS fast… X-ray within 10min of injury? Damn if only it was that quick for everyone…

  107. striatic says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    I mean, he didn’t have to go to the hospital. Standard to have that equipment in the arena these days.

  108. Thinker says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Man… that WAS fast… X-ray within 10min of injury? Damn if only it was that quick for everyone…

    Beauty of privitize health care.

  109. OriginalPouzar says:

    4 wins in a row for the Oilers.

    7 wins in a row for Talbot.

    Leon is feeling better and has been driving his own line from the center position – playing with two wingers who are finding their way in the NHL.

    Even strength scoring among the best in the NHL.

    Khaira trying to match Nurse with respect to arrows up this year – what a season for Jujhar – I never ever thought he had this offence – good on him.

    Actual NHL players at both forward and defence that aren’t able to get in to the lineup – depth!

  110. N64 says:

    hags9k:
    Can. I. stop. breathing. into.this. paper. bag yet???

    ~ You can go back to drinking from it ~

  111. Pescador says:

    Munny: He is one tough mofo, that’s for sure.

    https://youtu.be/ScrGGW0GQ80

  112. Surrey Oiler says:

    N64: ~ You can go back to drinking from it ~

    Thank you !!! And I will !!! So relieved !!!

  113. npanciroli says:

    Great win!

    Have a great holidays everyone!

  114. Jethro Tull says:

    Munny: I’m gonna need a down payment before I buy that, Jethro.

    It’s 100% true. Michael Bell, born in Havant, Hampshire, England, currently residing in the Yorkshire Dales is my father.

  115. hags9k says:

    N64: ~ You can go back to drinking from it ~

    *slides bottle back into paper bag, straightens out Santa hat, chugs.*

  116. striatic says:

    Looks like Vegas is going to win again, shutout against the Caps. That team is something really special this year, unreal.

  117. Munny says:

    Jethro Tull: It’s 100% true. Michael Bell, born in Havant, Hampshire, England, currently residing in the Yorkshire Dales is my father.

    That seems like a long way to go just to buy a mattress. Shit better be in stock.

  118. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    striatic:
    Crazy Pedestrian,

    I mean, he didn’t have to go to the hospital. Standard to have that equipment in the arena these days.

    Thinker: Beauty of privitize health care.

    Ok, I’ll rephase that…
    Uh hem… If only it was that quick for everyone in our free health care system…

  119. Munny says:

    Gonna leave you all with the best Christmas carol of all time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqUKbP_9lNo

    Enjoy!

    And please have a safe night.

  120. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    striatic:
    Looks like Vegas is going to win again, shutout against the Caps. That team is something really special this year, unreal.

    Yes…THIS year…

    But they’ll hit the ditch next year right? Can’t keep a team like this together for cheap right???

  121. Jethro Tull says:

    Munny: That seems like a long way to go just to buy a mattress. Shit better be in stock.

    http://www.bridgeinn-grinton.co.uk

    You can wait here while he checks.

  122. Pescador says:

    Munny,

    That song is terrible

  123. striatic says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Yes…THIS year…

    But they’ll hit the ditch next year right?Can’t keep a team like this together for cheap right???

    We’ll see. If their UFAs want to stay, they can certainly afford to keep the team, cap wise.

    McNabb, Marchessault, Neal and Perron are the major UFAs, we can assume Engelland re-signs.

    They have something like 44 million in cap space to re-sign these guys and their RFAs if they want to spend it.

  124. hunter1909 says:

    Pescador:
    Hallelujah!!
    It’s a Christmas miracle, I’m going to get drunk
    rr

    lol

  125. Munny says:

    Pescador:
    Munny,

    That song is terrible

    I owed you one. 😉

  126. Professor Q says:

    striatic:
    Looks like Vegas is going to win again, shutout against the Caps. That team is something really special this year, unreal.

    The Tennessee Titans of the NHL?

    Never mind. That would more likely be like the Colorado Avalanche, but they won.

  127. hunter1909 says:

    Offer Nurse 4. million X 7-8 years.

    The term guarantees him everything he will ever want. And the team gets his great service for another 7-8 years at a great cost against the cap.

  128. hunter1909 says:

    striatic:
    Looks like Vegas is going to win again, shutout against the Caps. That team is something really special this year, unreal.

    When you think about it Vegas had all season to scout every team and cherry pick some pretty decent players. No stars, but solid contributors like ex-Oiler Perron.

    They didn’t even want Griffin Reinhart. : p

    From top to bottom I’ll wager their lines and pairings aren’t much different than the other ones, but the whole of the parts adds up to NHL success for Vegas.

  129. hunter1909 says:

    Khaira, Letestu, Caggiula, Benning have all started to bloom as NHLers.

    Something is working.

  130. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man… if loser points weren’t a thing, Oilers would already be in a playoff spot… ducks have been the biggest beneficiaries of the loser point system for the last 3 years… they only have 14 ROWs, and have 8 (!) OT losses…

  131. Pescador says:

    Munny: I owed you one. 😉

    I gave you Waylon Jennings and Roger Alan Wade,
    Not close, haha

  132. Pescador says:

    hunter1909:
    Offer Nurse 4. million X 7-8 years.

    The term guarantees him everything he will ever want. And the team gets his great service for another 7-8 years at a great cost against the cap.

    If he signs for less then 5 I will be happily surprised

  133. GMB3 says:

    hunter1909:
    Khaira, Letestu, Caggiula, Benning have all started to bloom as NHLers.

    Something is working.

    Me thinks Letestu probably bloomed prior to his career season last year

  134. Thinker says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Ok, I’ll rephase that…
    Uh hem… If only it was that quick for everyone in our free health care system…

    Where are you getting this free health care? I pay abut $9000 a year on health care.

  135. texmex says:

    Ok. I’m just going to come right out and ask. Is anyone else worried the Oilers are bluffing about McD ankle to avoid Christmas chaos?

    I’m worried.

  136. dangilitis says:

    Don’t know if it was commented upon, but Petry had 10 of Montreal’s 30 shots tonight!

    Do you think he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder?

  137. Ryan says:

    texmex:
    Ok. I’m just going to come right out and ask. Is anyone else worried the Oilers are bluffing about McD ankle to avoid Christmas chaos?

    I’m worried.

    If McDavid is injured, then McLellan should be fired.

  138. commonfan29 says:

    texmex,

    Meh. MacT is still there and he took about 3 seconds to tell us Rollie was done for the series in ’06.

  139. Thinker says:

    dangilitis:
    Don’t know if it was commented upon, but Petry had 10 of Montreal’s 30 shots tonight!

    Do you think he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder?

    Doubt it, he’s soft.

  140. CrazyCoach says:

    Hard to tell where that shot hit McDavid but he was sure favoring that foot.

    My guess is that it hit him on the laces and when that happens, it pretty much deadens the foot and of course hurts like a SOB.

    I hope he’s OK and it will be like that Boeser (sp?) kid in Vancouver who only missed that one game.

    Santa better bring me what I really need.

  141. Professor Q says:

    Thinker: Beauty of privitize health care.

    There’s really no difference between waits between the U. S. and Canadian systems, aside from a few things and if you have an absurd amount of money (even though both teams are Canadian and this game took place in Canada).

    Sometimes it takes even longer in the U. S. than in Canada.

    However, other socialised healthcare nations offer much shorter wait times and better care than both. We’re lagging behind.

  142. slopitch says:

    Lost in the Reinhart/Barzal rage is that Vegas took Reinhart and not JJ. Credit to JJ and to Drai for turning his game around.

    The standings look tolerable this morning but man there aren’t many teams that look like they will stumble.

  143. geowal says:

    slopitch:

    The standings look tolerable this morning but man there aren’t many teams that look like they will stumble.

    The way Talbot looks right now they are ready to roll. I could see 10-2 run. Do that and you don’t need anyone to stumble, they’ll lose to each other.
    I boldly say wildcard spot end January.

  144. Jordan says:

    If the Oilers continue to destroy the Pacific division as they have to start the season, they will make the playoffs.

    The oilers are 5-1 so far this season against the Pacific in the regular season.

    They have 22 games left against the Pacific.

    At that pace, that pro-rates to an 18-4 record. 36 points

    That leaves 24 games against the rest of the league to get another 22 points if the playoff cut off s 94 points.

    I really like our chances.

  145. Jethro Tull says:

    Ryan: If McDavid is injured, then McLellan should be fired.

    Errr….why?

  146. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Jordan:
    If the Oilers continue to destroy the Pacific division as they have to start the season, they will make the playoffs.

    The oilers are 5-1 so far this season against the Pacific in the regular season.

    They have 22 games left against the Pacific.

    At that pace, that pro-rates to an 18-4 record. 36 points

    That leaves 24 games against the rest of the league to get another 22 points if the playoff cut off s 94 points.

    I really like our chances.

    18-4??? Man I know their good against the pacific right now, but that definately seems like a stretch to me… they haven’t even played LA or Anaheim yet! And for all we know they might have just got lucky in the 1 game against Vegas, seeing as they’re rolling over everyone else!

    As long as Talbot stays Talbot, and McDavid stays “non-injured” McDavid, we have a “Fighting” chance.

    We will also need 2 or 3 other teams currently ahead of us to faulter and stay down for the rest of the season. That’s a hard ask…

    But dammit! The Oilers fan in me hopes you’re right.

    GO OILERS GO!!

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