Like a Prayer

The Oilers are on a four-game winning streak and sit at 17-17-2 as we enter the Christmas break. Based on where this team found itself in the middle of November, this is a significant accomplishment. Late in the game, Connor McDavid blocked a shot and Oilers fans (and hockey fans) held their collective breath for the results. By 15 minutes after the game, we had a preliminary answer.

We’ll have to follow this story of course, but the early word is encouraging and things look good, so we’ll conduct ourselves accordingly. Sigh of relief, fifth of scotch, three Hail Mary’s and we’re off. You will encounter legions of “you can’t tell a thing early” individuals and it is certainly true you want to see things in the clear light of day. However, if you come across someone pushing their own expertise, ask for proof of their own qualifications. A lot of internet doctors surround these moments, I have found.

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 7-3-0, goal differential -1 (14 points)
  • December 2016: 5-2-3, goal differential +1 (13 points)
  • December 2017: 7-3-0, goal differential +11 (14 points)

With the team four games over .500 for the month, we can probably go ahead and call this month a success. The question now, with three games remaining, is how successful can the club make the month of December? If McDavid misses time, that will impact things. If Edmonton wins two of three, the twelfth month will end 9-4-0. Music!

AFTER 36, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 15-18-3, goal differential -18 (33 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 18-12-6, goal differential +8 (42 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 17-17-2, goal differential -4 (36 points)

This year’s model is stretching past the 15-16 Oilers a little, this was the period where Edmonton’s first McLellan team began to fade away. I think last year’s team will be a distant bell for the 17-18 crew, this is the closest to range I recall since the early days of the season.

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 3-0-0)
  • 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: 7-3-0, 14 points in 10 games

This is a great month, and it comes at time when the organization badly needed it. Any idea how many jobs are being saved in December? A few, I’d guess. Edmonton is 6-2-0 in the last eight games.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Davidson-Larsson were 18-10 in 13:33 together, 6-1 HDSC and no goals either way. Went 7-1 with the Draisaitl line, 4-7 against Pacioretty-Drouin-Byron but dominated all other lines.I like this pairing, although it is fair to say that Larsson is the dominant member. He’s playing so well right now.
  • Nurse-Russell went 13-14 in 16:08 together, 4-1 HDSC and 1-0 GF. Were 9-8 with the Nuge line and 4-5 against Lehkonen-Plekanec-Gallagher. Pairing played the most, and against a fine line, not sure if Dourin or Plekanec are considered Montreal’s top line at this time. Both men posted assists, good passing on the night from both and that was reflected in the scoring.
  • Sekera-Benning were 20-22 in 14:40, 4-5 HDSC and 0-0 GF. Were 6-11 with the McDavid line; also 4-8 against Pacioretty-Drouin-Byron but 13-2 against Lehkonen-Plekanec-Gallagher. Strange. Sekera seemed a step slow in this one, maybe adrenalin got him through that first game.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 29 of 30, .967. Another strong game. When he’s on, and he is, even big time scoring chances don’t appear to be major events. Don’t be fooled, he had a helluva game.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Khaira-Draisaitl-Strome went 11-2 in 9:51, 1-0 GF and 4-0 in HDSC’s. The line is delivering quality most nights and Leon is playing the best hockey of the season. Khaira is on pace for 18 goals, Strome for 16 goals and Draisaitl is driving toward a 71-point season (all via The Hockey News). Leon’s line received and caved the Galchenyuk trio (8-0) and the Lernout pairing (6-1). Poor bastard got sent down to the AHL the day before Christmas because of it. Sporting is tough business.
  • Maroon-Nuge-Caggiula went 19-14 in 13:55, 0-0 GF and 7-4 in HDSC’s. No goals but plenty of chances and if you play that game again surely something rhymes. Nuge’s line got the tough assignment (Lehkonen-Plekanec-Gallagher) and went 9-6 in 7:39. Neither team scored, job well done by the line.
  • Cammalleri-Letestu-Kassian went 11-9 in 9:07, no goals, 3-1 in HDSC’s. Went 5-7 against the Deslauriers-Froese-Carr line, a mighty fourth line the Habs have been running successfully. Good job by Edmonton’s own fourth line to saw them off in goals and win the HDSC battle.
  • Lucic-McDavid-Puljujarvi went 10-19 in 11:25, 1-0 GF, 1-2 HDSC’s and (concerningly) 2-9 in shots. Not good. Went 4-16 against Pacioretty-Drouin-Byron and 2-18 against Jeff Petry, who apparently wanted the Oilers to remember him.
  • The Oilers won this game on  merit, the 5×5 HD scoring chance total (15-9) flattered the Habs.

The math remains difficult, but credit this Oilers team with turning north in time. WNO’s numbers give us a guideline for the rest of the season.

This is exactly what you want to see from a prospect in his first AHL season. Jones is feeling it now, partly because he has a veteran partner who allows sorties and mistakes without the puck ending up in the back of the net. We don’t know that Caleb Jones will be an NHL player, but the arrows are heading in a very good direction.

JESSE PULJUJARVI

He isn’t getting the offensive looks of 10 days ago, but my goodness he’s good in coverage. I hope the organization sticks with him on the 97 line, important the young man remains confident.

 

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110 Responses to "Like a Prayer"

  1. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Saw this on the twitters:

    @GooseMoneymaker

    Replying to @TSNRyanRishaug
    Mcdavid looks like he’s walking around just fine. Just saw him Drake and Strome at the airport.

    Good sign that he’s not in a walking cast *just in case* like Boeser was.

  2. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Agreed. Last thing we need are tender rocket skates going into the ‘Peg.

  3. blainer says:

    Blainer predicts The oilers will be in first place in their division by feb 28th !!

    Blainer further predicts that Calgary will miss the playoffs by 1 point.

    Blainer predicts the playoff’s standing at the end of the season for the west

    Nashvliie
    Winnipeg
    St Louis
    ————-

    Edmonton
    Anaheim
    Vegas
    Los Angeles
    San Jose

    Blainer makes the best Kool aid..

  4. trencan says:

    Hope Connor will be fine and Jesse will score some goals against Patrik Laine next games. It will be good motivation for him.

    Merry Chriastmas from Vienna and enjoy holidays guys.

    Lets go Oilers.

  5. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Hey WG, as per our dialogue in the GDT yesterday, who would be your ideal forward pairings assuming the big three centres driving their own lines going forward?

    By gut/eye I’d suggest:

    xx — 97 — 98
    19 — 93 — xx
    xx — 29 — 18
    xx — 55 — 44

  6. Clay says:

    I was floored by Puljujarvi’s skating ability last night. The turnover that led to the two-on-one chance… He was able to catch up to McDavid while leaving his check in the dust. Just raw power.

  7. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    blainer:
    Blainer predicts The oilers will be in first place in their division by feb 28th !!

    Blainer further predicts that Calgary will miss the playoffs by 1 point.

    Blainer predicts the playoff’s standing at the end of the season for the west

    Nashvliie
    Winnipeg
    St Louis
    ————-

    Edmonton
    Anaheim
    Vegas
    Los Angeles
    San Jose

    Blainer makes the best Kool aid..

    Blainer talks about himself in the 3rd person.

    Jimmy and misunderstandings kinda clash

    George likes his chicken spicy!!

  8. Pescador says:

    Question for the group, is that points projection from Wheat suggesting that Wild card # 2 be attainable by 91-92 pts? Am I missing anything? Thx

  9. Jethro Tull says:

    Pescador:
    Question for the group, is that points projection from Wheat suggesting that Wild card # 2 be attainable by 91-92 pts? Am I missing anything? Thx

    No, it was just a bit of fun by Wheat. What it means is that at current ppg rates, this is how the season would end. It may well do, but probably not. Teams getting hot/cold, win/lose streaks and beating division rivals all factor in. It could be that 95pts is the cut off. Or 89, depending on results.

  10. blainer says:

    Got about 50 to 60 family and friends coming for xmas eve and then over to the brothers for xmas day dinner tomorrow.

    After that back to my Floirda residence for the winter and most likely rehab after being back on the rock for three weeks.

    Merry Xmas everyone !!!

  11. Pescador says:

    Clay:
    I was floored by Puljujarvi’s skating ability last night.The turnover that led to the two-on-one chance… He was able to catch up to McDavid while leaving his check in the dust.Just raw power.

    Man Boy can wheel, needs to cut about an Inch & 4/8 ths off that Sitka

  12. Soup Fascist says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Blainer talks about himself in the 3rd person.

    Jmmy and misunderstandings kinda clash

    George likes his chicken spicy!!

    One of the best episodes ever.

    “Jimmy might have a compound fracture.. Jimmy’s going into shock!!”

    The duet with Kramer and the Velvet Fog at the end of the episode may not age well in today’s PC world. But I thought it was TV gold.

  13. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: No, it was just a bit of fun by Wheat. What it means is that at current ppg rates, this is how the season would end. It may well do, but probably not. Teams getting hot/cold, win/lose streaks and beating division rivals all factor in. It could be that 95pts is the cut off. Or 89, depending on results.

    For sure, that was all understood, it’s merely a projection based on current winning percentages.
    But it’s been posted several times tha 94 pts will be the magical number, I’m hoping that number might be trending lower, just helps the Oilers, no?

  14. Pescador says:

    blainer:
    Got about 50 to 60 family and friends coming for xmas eve and then over to the brothers for xmas day dinner tomorrow.

    After that back to my Floirda residence for the winter and most likely rehab after being back on the rock for three weeks.

    Merry Xmas everyone !!!

    Blainer needs to make a run to the liquor store

  15. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hey WG, as per our dialogue in the GDT yesterday, who would be your ideal forward pairings assuming the big three centres driving their own lines going forward?

    By gut/eye I’d suggest:

    xx — 97 — 98
    19 — 93 — xx
    xx — 29 — 18
    xx — 55 — 44

    I ran each C’s results with everyone, and then for McDavid ran them again, but made sure Drai wasn’t on the line as well.

    Minimum 50 minutes together this year to qualify.

    Here are the results using 3 metrics:

    1) 5v5 Goals For/60
    2) 5v5 CF%
    3) 5v5 HDSCF%

    Goals are the smallest sample and tell us the least, but with the most important results
    CF% tells us a lot about possession and future goals
    HDSC% tells us less than CF% but more than goals imo so its a nice balance

    1) 5v5 Goals For/60

    91-97 – 4.49/60 – can still slide 98 on RW (4.01/60) (yes Drake, that’s not a typo and that’s time w/o Drai) – 56 minutes)
    27-93 – 3.37/60
    29-18 – 2.89/60
    16-55 – 4.41/60 (*just made the cut off with 54 min)

    2) 5v5 CF%

    19-97 (58% w/o Drai)
    91-93 (53%)
    16-29 (56%)
    16-55 (56%)

    Khaira ftw!!!

    3) HDSC%

    97-98 (58%)
    91-93 (79% – 55 minutes)
    16-29 (60%)
    91-55 (58%)

    For the record, Yamamoto showed up best with 97 in the shot metrics, but least in the goal metrics. I think he’ll be a good one but didn’t include him as he’s not on the roster.

    Caggiula shows up in good spots with multiple centers so I think this shows why the coaches like him, he’s certainly better than Sleppy in all these metrics with all of the centers.

    So taking all of this into account with the goal of maximizing each line, I’d go:

    19-97-98
    27-93-13
    16-29-18
    91-55-44

    I think that maximizes each line with the current roster.

    Seems to under use 91, but 55-44 are much better with 91 or 16 than without so if you want all 4 lines going I do that instead of swapping 13-91

    I could be persuaded to swap 13 and 91 the other way, its close.

  16. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Soup Fascist: One of the best episodes ever.

    “Jimmy might have a compound fracture.. Jimmy’s going into shock!!”

    The duet with Kramer and the Velvet Fog at the end of the episode may not age well in today’s PC world. But I thought it was TV gold.

    Agreed all points

  17. commonfan29 says:

    Soup Fascist,

    “I think that’s the tops.”

  18. Jethro Tull says:

    blainer,

    If you are serious about being on the rock again, I wish you all the best. You can beat it, we got your back.

  19. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    “That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!!”

    Thank you sir, and a happy Festivus to all 🙂

  20. Jethro Tull says:

    Pescador: For sure, that was all understood, it’s merely a projection based on current winning percentages.
    But it’s been posted several times tha 94 pts will be the magical number, I’m hoping thatnumber might be trending lower, just helps the Oilers, no?

    I gone done did some research, all scientifik like, about a year ago and the number varies (obv.) year to year. If i remember correctly, 85pts was the lowest total to get to the playoffs, but that was with a smaller league.

  21. OmJo says:

    Since I have a PhD from the world renowned University of the World Wide Web’s Institute of Medical Assumptions I can without a doubt tell you McDavid will probably never play hockey again.

  22. OmJo says:

    I think this team, barring major injuries, can go 6-4 every ten for the rest of the season.

  23. qball141 says:

    My evaluation of how the Oilers are playing is based on successful five foot passes. Forecheck pressure? Calm five foot pass to supporting forward. Pick up a loose puck in the O zone? Five foot pass for a scoring chance. They had a ton of those last night and at their best last year it was all about small passes. A little Matrix-like at times – you can see the game slows down for them when they’re making those.

    On the Strome goal, it was a 10 footer from Russell, 5 footer up the boards from Khaira (not sure that was his intentional play but looked great), five footer back from Leon and a final five footer to Strome. Beauty.

    Like Puljujarvi a lot but he’s not making these short passes yet. He’s in the right places and can break up plays but the game isn’t slowing for him yet. Don’t think he’s far away though.

  24. JAG-041 says:

    Wanted to say, Caggiula really looked great last night.
    When he gets his feet moving on the forecheck, he causes chaos down low and last night was in the mix for several intercepted passes and takeaways.
    I love Sleppy and wish he had gotten more of a chance if the trade rumours are true, but Caggiula is really coming on to my eye now.

  25. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I had a post weeks ago, where I was saying: I can’t understand that I might be so so wrong with my understanding of Hockey and this team and it was humbling

    – But it’s hard to be humble when it turns out. With Sek back, and .500 they are on track:

    1) Chia didn’t sell the farm, and gave Pool, Jar, Caggs, Sleep, Kailer the opportunities that they were progressing to, and signed one vet, then moved on when that vet didn’t work out

    2) Big time coaching by coach: He didn’t go to the 3C earlier, because he needed to coach up those guys, teach them how to play the structure. His coaching ability is huge

    – On D: Chia chose to challenge his D corps, sans Sek, and there were some wobbles, but some great things as well: namely Nurse (who wouldn’t have had the opportunity if another vet came in)

    – Davidson: when Klef injured struggling: what a great move by the GM

    – Nurse- Russel: who would have thought: Russel has been full value

    – Turns out that the sh% wasn’t going to be all-time worse, turns out the secondary scoring from within was the solution

    – Chia was smart, had a plan: by bringing in too many vets, you don’t get the Nurse, Benning reps, nor figure out which internal F’s are going to be the solution: there was not a vet F available that you’d rather give the minutes to rather than Pool and Jar.

    – Coaching up Strome, also been huge for this team

    – Once the goalies start making more saves on the PK, and we don’t finish all-time worst PK, and we score 5 PP goals in 3 games: we are humming

    – This team struggled early, they learned a great lesson, they were tight, but got coached up, got out of the rut, had a GM who followed a plan, and we will be a lot better for following this route in the years to come.

    – As a result of good coaching and GM’ing: going forward, we have enough bona-fide D that have developed internally, so we can trade from strength if need be, and promote internally

    – As a result of good coaching and GM’ing: going forward, we have enough bona-fide secondary scoring developed internally, so can can trade from strength, or add judiciously

    – That’s how you build a team that contends for a lot of Cups IMO: having some vets who have game, and coaching up the players you believe in.

    – Nice to have possession, shot differential heat maps, some PDO regress towards actual wins, and not the other way around…

    – And really nice Christmas prsent for Kinger to not have to read Chi is sh%t, Coach is sh%t: they aren’t, and this was their vision: I like this team a lot, and the prospects and the drafting

    – Have a Marry Christmas everyone on Lowetide: the plan is working for our Oil, and Santa will be good to them and all our fans

  26. New Improved Darkness says:

    The tea leaves at SCS inform me that 90 pts gives us an 11% chance to make the playoffs, with our chances increasing by another 11% for each additional point, to near certainty at 98 points.

    This doesn’t take into account the trade deadline towel-throw by the bottom feeders, which effectively shortens the runway by a game or two (you can’t meaningfully make up ground playing an opponent your playoff competitors are also all-but-guaranteed to beat).

    Partly it works out this way because we have to actually climb over many of the teams we need to pass (those “four point games” do their double duty by raising the floor on one side, and lowering the bar on the other side).

    So let’s win some 4-point games, bar down.

  27. Pescador says:

    OmJo:
    Since I have a PhD from the world renowned University of the World Wide Web’s Institute of Medical Assumptions I can without a doubt tell you McDavid will probably never play hockey again.

    Your license has hereby been revoked, just in time for the lawsuit

  28. Pescador says:

    New Improved Darkness,

    So you’re saying 92 pts then, happy festivas Darkness!
    😀

  29. Jethro Tull says:

    New Improved Darkness,

    Bar-downskis count for double.

  30. blainer says:

    Pescador: Blainer needs to make a run to the liquor store

    LOL.. jeebus just spent $1900 and change at the liquor store for today and tomorrow and I still need to go and get more beer..

    Thirsty crowd around here I tells ya !!

  31. blainer says:

    Jethro Tull:
    blainer,

    If you are serious about being on the rock again, I wish you all the best. You can beat it, we got your back.

    LOL.. thanks.. just back home for xmas for three weeks.. actually going back next sat to get back to the wamth and Golf!!

  32. Melvis says:

    That was a nice xmas present yesterday – plus the nucks and phlegms lose. So I’m taking little steps rather than worrying the larger numbers. We win a couple, some other bastards trip over their laces and lose a couple.

    Now all I want for xmas is a mango and a calzone… and for everbody else to have a great day!

  33. Woogie63 says:

    I would like to see the following line up for 10 games …please Santa

    27-97-98
    16-29-18
    19-93-58
    91-55-44

    88-6
    25-4
    77-2

    33
    1

    PP1/2

    27, 29, 97, 98, 77
    19, 18, 93, 55, 2

    PK 1/2
    44, 55, 25, 4
    93, 91, 88, 6

  34. Jethro Tull says:

    blainer: LOL.. thanks.. just back home for xmas for three weeks.. actually going back next sat to get back to the wamth and Golf!!

    Something has just occured to me. Not being Canadian (yet) I immediately took ‘rock’ to mean crack cocaine. It has been explained to me by my very Canadian better half that ‘rock’ is also slang for a certain maritime province.

    Apologies for misunderstanding.

  35. Evilas says:

    As far as predictions go, the Oil would have to go something like 35-6-5 for me to repeat my success as a hockey clairvoyant. That is a little too “Blaineristic” for reality, so with good luck, good health and much-improved special teams I predict a record of 28-12-6 in their remaining games, I can’t see this team making it by the skin of their teeth; I think they’ll make it quite comfortably. Considering we haven’t seen 97 at anywhere close to his consistently dominant self, this team has yet to scratch the surface of its potential.

    So it’s Chritmas Day and I am in China, where there are giant Christmas trees and decorations and Christmas carols being played everywhere, but it feels the least Christmassy of any 25th of December that I have been conscious of. I went to a Christmas Party at the best hotel in town this evening, and going to the buffet, it was if I was on the subway; people here don’t understand the concept of personal space, or line-ups or waiting your turn, lol. I am too polite/considerate for this country, lol.

    The thing that is at odds with this is how generous and loving and caring the people are for their friends and family, yet in public it is a free for all. Well, more like everyone is trying beat everyone else or as if everyone else is invisible. A few days ago we were getting on the subway and we had to put our bags through a scanner and this well-dressed fellow behind me put his brief case in and tried to walk around me, I don’t know how he figured his shit would come out of the machine first…..I basically had to shove him out the way so I could get my bag. I am 230 lbs, so It’s not like I’m getting knocked around, but no one seems intimidated by my size in close quarters.

    Other than the honking, the thing that drives me bonkers are people trying to force their way into elevators or into the trains before people have exited. It’s absolutely nuts to me. A couple of days ago we were getting off a high speed train, but there was an older couple who had got up 10 minutes before our stop to retrieve a half dozen bags in a storage compartment by an exit door in front of us and we were next in line. I knew exactly what would happen as soon as the train stopped, even before the doors opened the crowds instinct would be to surge forward. I stood in a doorway and nobody could get past me and I didn’t move a millimeter. When the line didn’t immediately move, my wife heard complaints and she told everyone to wait 5 seconds so the couple could get out the door….. Anyway, wish me luck, I will probably be living here within 5 years, lol.

    Finally, I wish to leave a Christmas gift to the music fans reading this.

    I give you Daria Stavrovich, my other Al Gore obsession (my apologies, I don’t have YouTube access in China, hopefully this works):

    http://v.youku.com/pad_show/id_XMjUzMDU1NzAwOA==.html?&source=http%3A%2F%2Fso.iqiyi.com%2Fso%2Fq_Daria%2BRussia_ctg__t_0_page_1_p_1_qc_0_rd__site__m_1_bitrate_%3Frefersource%

    Merry Christmas!!

  36. Scungilli Slushy says:

    They are looking strong, it’s going to be a horse race down to the wire. 16 losses max is my countdown.

  37. thepeetso says:

    Evilas:
    As far as predictions go, the Oil would have to go something like 35-6-5 for me to repeat my success as a hockey clairvoyant.That is a little too “Blaineristic” for reality, so with good luck, good health and much-improved special teams I predict a record of 28-12-6 in their remaining games, I can’t see this team making it by the skin of their teeth; I think they’ll make it quite comfortably.Considering we haven’t seen 97 at anywhere close to his consistently dominant self, this team has yet to scratch the surface of its potential.

    So it’s Chritmas Day and I am in China, where there are giant Christmas trees and decorations and Christmas carols being played everywhere, but it feels the least Christmassy of any 25th of December that I have been conscious of.I went to a Christmas Party at the best hotel in town this evening, and going to the buffet, it was if I was on the subway; people here don’t understand the concept of personal space, or line-ups or waiting your turn, lol.I am too polite/considerate for this country, lol.

    The thing that is at odds with this is how generous and loving and caring the people are for their friends and family, yet in public it is a free for all.Well, more like everyone is trying beat everyone else or as if everyone else is invisible.A few days ago we were getting on the subway and we had to put our bags through a scanner and this well-dressed fellow behind me put his brief case in and tried to walk around me, I don’t know how he figured his shit would come out of the machine first…..I basically had to shove him out the way so I could get my bag.I am 230 lbs, so It’s not like I’m getting knocked around, but no one seems intimidated by my size in close quarters.

    Other than the honking, the thing that drives me bonkers are people trying to force their way into elevators or into the trains before people have exited.It’s absolutely nuts to me.A couple of days ago we were getting off a high speed train, but there was an older couple who had got up 10 minutes before our stop to retrieve a half dozen bags in a storage compartment by an exit door in front of us and we were next in line.I knew exactly what would happen as soon as the train stopped, even before the doors opened the crowds instinct would be to surge forward.I stood in a doorway and nobody could get past me and I didn’t move a millimeter.When the line didn’t immediately move, my wife heard complaints and she told everyone to wait 5 seconds so the couple could get out the door…..Anyway, wish me luck, I will probably be living here within 5 years, lol.

    Finally, I wish to leave a Christmas gift to the music fans reading this.

    I give you Daria Stavrovich, my other Al Gore obsession (my apologies, I don’t have YouTube access in China, hopefully this works):

    http://v.youku.com/pad_show/id_XMjUzMDU1NzAwOA==.html?&source=http%3A%2F%2Fso.iqiyi.com%2Fso%2Fq_Daria%2BRussia_ctg__t_0_page_1_p_1_qc_0_rd__site__m_1_bitrate_%3Frefersource%

    Merry Christmas!!

    China sounds like my own personal hell.

    Best of luck man.

  38. Wonder Llama says:

    Lowetide: “Sekera seemed a step slow in this one, maybe adrenalin got him through that first game.”

    Exactly what I was thinking. He got burned badly by Gallagher right off the opening face-off. Seemed to settle down a bit and I think helped the PP structure/movement. Really llooking forward to the day when the D is all healthy and up to speed, esp. now that Talbot is as well.

    How much fun is it to watch young players develop before your eyes? Nurse, Puljujarvi, and Khaira have the potential to be important Oilers for a llong time, and 16 is just found money.

    Would still llike to see some more Sleppy but I’m starting to come around a bit on Caligula. I think someone called him Dances With Bees recently but he can be a great llittle pest as well.

    Happy holidays Llowetidians – here’s to the fun of pushing for the playoffs in the new year!

  39. Westchester Oil says:

    Westchester Oil wishes everyone a Marius Czerkawski and a Khabibulin.

    And a Happy Festivus for the rest of us. Best of luck with the feats of strength.

  40. Evilas says:

    Evidently Christmas Day doesn’t mean what I think it means… it is currently 2 am in China (25th of Dec)

  41. Brantford Boy says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    Thanks Kinger… Agreed… glad they stuck with the plan too, but it has been painful…

    For all the talk on lines I thought the lines were pretty good last night…

    27-97-98 (27-98 are bonding very well)
    19-93-91 (19-93 are bonding very well)
    16-29-18 (like this entire line)
    13-55-44 (55-44 are bonded)

    SERENTIY NOW!!!

    Merry Christmas folks… cheers!

    Go Oilers

  42. leadfarmer says:

    Pescador: Man Boy can wheel, needs to cut about an Inch & 4/8 ths off that Sitka

    He’s using Draisatls junior hockey sticks.

  43. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Evilas:
    Evidently Christmas Day doesn’t mean what I think it means…it is currently 2 am in China (25th of Dec)

    Merry Christmas!

  44. Evilas says:

    Wonder Llama,

    LLOLL

    Just Wondering, are you a Lloydminster llama?

  45. Wonder Llama says:

    Evilas:
    Wonder Llama,

    LLOLL

    Just Wondering, are you a Lloydminster llama?

    Lla Lla Lland.

  46. jtblack says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    “19-97-98
    27-93-13
    16-29-18
    91-55-44”

    This represents the Elusive Balance Photo, for the Forwards. Sure, there can be slight improvements, but this type of Lineup is proving difficult to Match Up Against.

    I am Loving the fact it looks like Leon CAN drive his own line!!!

    Tyson Barrie broke his hand last night. Apparently Toronto was very close to acquiring him this summer. I STILL think PC needs a #1 or #2 RHD for the ENTIRE Balance Photo to be Realized.

    When the Oilers are winning and playing well, Life is Better.

    Thanks WoodGuy for all your posts.
    Thanks to everyone, for their opinions.
    With Enormous Gratitude to Mr.Lowetide.

    Happy Holidays to All !!!

  47. texmex says:

    blainer,

    And all you got was 12 jockey club, a 60oz of lambs and a 26er of screech!

    PS: I grew up on the rock

  48. JimmyV1965 says:

    What to do with Puljujarvi? He clearly has skills and raw talent. With his exceptional skating ability, speed and hustle, he’s a great back checker and seems to have an instinct for breaking up plays. But he also has trouble managing the puck and seems to be in the wrong spot a lot of times. Sometimes it almost looks like he’s getting in the way of McDavid and Looch. And I could be easily wrong here, but it appears to me that McDavid and Looch are looking for anyone other than JP when making a pass. The kid needs to play and needs to get a lot of minutes, but I’m not super psyched with him facing the toughest competition on the top line with McDavid. Unless things change right away and JP suddenly puts it altogether, this will be the coach’s toughest challenge of the season. This isn’t a developmental league. How much time and potential points do you sacrifice teaching the kid the finer points of the game?

  49. Scungilli Slushy says:

    JimmyV1965:
    What to do with Puljujarvi? He clearly has skills and raw talent. With his exceptional skating ability, speed and hustle, he’s a great back checker and seems to have an instinct for breaking up plays. But he also has trouble managing the puck and seems to be in the wrong spot a lot of times. Sometimes it almost looks like he’s getting in the way of McDavid and Looch. And I could be easily wrong here, but it appears to me that McDavid and Looch are looking for anyone other than JP when making a pass. The kid needs to play and needs to get a lot of minutes, but I’m not super psyched with him facing the toughest competition on the top line with McDavid. Unless things change right away and JP suddenly puts it altogether, this will be the coach’s toughest challenge of the season. This isn’t a developmental league. How much time and potential points do you sacrifice teaching the kid the finer points of the game?

    It’s often said it’s not a developmental league, at the same time players with NHL abilities still have learning to do on the job. Even Connor McDavid.

    JP is an exceptional talent IMO, and the things that were said about him on draft day are panning out before our eyes.

    There aren’t many rookies in the NHL with his overall range, and he is exactly what Kurri was to Gretzky – a responsible player that can score and keep up mentally.

    JP will continue to grow, each game. There will be ups and downs. If it works out that he IS the compliment to McD on RW great! It took years to find Gretzky’s regular wingers.

    If you were ordering a winger for Connor I’m not sure what else you would add to the order – smart, fast, huge, responsible, great shot, great passer, not easy to intimidate.

  50. jake70 says:

    If 97 is in fact good….major bullet dodged. Every time he is out on PK I wonder if this is shift he blocks one and puts him out long term

  51. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I’d also like to add that mindless shot blocking is a plague on the current game. There are times when it’s necessary, I’d say at least 50% are not needed and players are just at risk to get hurt.

    Have the puck, if not stay in lanes so they won’t shoot or hit padding. With sticks as they are it’s not like even 10 years ago, everyone can shoot at velocities only a handful could in the oughts.

  52. Rocknrolla says:

    blainer: LOL.. jeebus just spent $1900 and change at the liquor store for today and tomorrow and I still need to go and get more beer..

    Thirsty crowd around here I tells ya !!

    SEND ADDRESS!

  53. thepeetso says:

    with regards to Jesse, i think the best way to handle him is let him play with 97 as long as they keep winning, if it becomes a too much of a hindrance put him in PB for a game and sub-Sleppy on the top line. and see how sleppy does. and then put JP on the 4th line with 44 and 55 until Sleppy falters on that top line.

    Then bump JP back to the top line, Sleppy to the PB, and then Camellari back to the 4th.

    Rinse and Repeat for as long as it takes.

    Like I said this only works if we keep winning or dominating games and losing to good goaltending.

    The minute the losses start piling up you gotta get out the blender again.

  54. Glass says:

    We could be even better when we are running:
    Klefbomb/Larsson
    Nurse/Russell
    Sekera/?

    It’s unclear if you run Davidson or Benning with Sekera.

    Three solid D pairs. Four strong C’s down the middle. A goalie that is hot right now. Things are on the up & up.

    Do you guys think that Davidson has been better than Klefbomb defensively thus far? I’ve like having Davidson playing bigger minutes.

  55. Pescador says:

    blainer: LOL.. jeebus just spent $1900 and change at the liquor store for today and tomorrow and I still need to go and get more beer..

    Thirsty crowd around here I tells ya !!

    Haha, I made a run yesterday but severely diminished my own supplies last night, Oilers winning always puts me in the mood. I have no idea why it doesn’t work on my better half, some mysteries will never be solved, back to the liquor store for me

  56. Confused says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Our Christmas present, the standings,first time I have been able to look at them and really believe that this is doable!!!!!!!

    Can someone please teach slepy to PK for Christmas, it would really improve his chances.

  57. Scungilli Slushy says:

    jake70:
    If 97 is in fact good….major bullet dodged. Every time he is out on PK I wonder if this is shift heblocks one and puts him out long term

    If they insist on blocking they should teach them how to do it. Turning sideways is often how they get hurt, no protection. Face the puck, or use the stick if not in front of the puck.

    It’s one thing if it’s a critical playoff game, do anything to win the battle. On a meaningless play in a game well in hand be smart about it.

  58. Richard S.S. says:

    The Oiler had the bad luck to lose four 1-goal games without acquiring a Bettman point. Other Teams had better bad luck here. The Oilers are presently 13th in the West with 36 points. Four more Bettman points would have them tied for 8th with Anaheim. If they had Anaheim’s eight Bettman points they would be tied for 6th with San Jose. Oilers just need to stay relatively healthy and play well. Playoffs will come.

  59. blainer says:

    Jethro Tull: Something has just occured to me. Not being Canadian (yet) I immediately took ‘rock’ to mean crack cocaine. It has been explained to me by my very Canadian better half that ‘rock’ is also slang for a certain maritime province.

    Apologies for misunderstanding.

    No worries.. Have a great holiday… Cheers!!

  60. Jethro Tull says:

    blainer,

    You too dare, by!

  61. blainer says:

    Evilas:
    As far as predictions go, the Oil would have to go something like 35-6-5 for me to repeat my success as a hockey clairvoyant.That is a little too “Blaineristic” for reality, so with good luck, good health and much-improved special teams I predict a record of 28-12-6 in their remaining games, I can’t see this team making it by the skin of their teeth; I think they’ll make it quite comfortably.Considering we haven’t seen 97 at anywhere close to his consistently dominant self, this team has yet to scratch the surface of its potential.

    So it’s Chritmas Day and I am in China, where there are giant Christmas trees and decorations and Christmas carols being played everywhere, but it feels the least Christmassy of any 25th of December that I have been conscious of.I went to a Christmas Party at the best hotel in town this evening, and going to the buffet, it was if I was on the subway; people here don’t understand the concept of personal space, or line-ups or waiting your turn, lol.I am too polite/considerate for this country, lol.

    The thing that is at odds with this is how generous and loving and caring the people are for their friends and family, yet in public it is a free for all.Well, more like everyone is trying beat everyone else or as if everyone else is invisible.A few days ago we were getting on the subway and we had to put our bags through a scanner and this well-dressed fellow behind me put his brief case in and tried to walk around me, I don’t know how he figured his shit would come out of the machine first…..I basically had to shove him out the way so I could get my bag.I am 230 lbs, so It’s not like I’m getting knocked around, but no one seems intimidated by my size in close quarters.

    Other than the honking, the thing that drives me bonkers are people trying to force their way into elevators or into the trains before people have exited.It’s absolutely nuts to me.A couple of days ago we were getting off a high speed train, but there was an older couple who had got up 10 minutes before our stop to retrieve a half dozen bags in a storage compartment by an exit door in front of us and we were next in line.I knew exactly what would happen as soon as the train stopped, even before the doors opened the crowds instinct would be to surge forward.I stood in a doorway and nobody could get past me and I didn’t move a millimeter.When the line didn’t immediately move, my wife heard complaints and she told everyone to wait 5 seconds so the couple could get out the door…..Anyway, wish me luck, I will probably be living here within 5 years, lol.

    Finally, I wish to leave a Christmas gift to the music fans reading this.

    I give you Daria Stavrovich, my other Al Gore obsession (my apologies, I don’t have YouTube access in China, hopefully this works):

    http://v.youku.com/pad_show/id_XMjUzMDU1NzAwOA==.html?&source=http%3A%2F%2Fso.iqiyi.com%2Fso%2Fq_Daria%2BRussia_ctg__t_0_page_1_p_1_qc_0_rd__site__m_1_bitrate_%3Frefersource%

    Merry Christmas!!

    LOL.. I like your blaineristic prediction. it’s still awesome to be in on the half glass full.

    Been to China many many times for business and actually got kicked out of the county by the military police on my first visit over 15 years ago now but that’s a story for another day.

    They are actually a very aggressive people in my experience but did enjoy most of my time there. Spent a lot of time between Shanghai and Wenzhou. Very beautiful in Shanghai during the holiday in my experience.

  62. blainer says:

    texmex:
    blainer,

    And all you got was 12 jockey club, a 60oz of lambs and a 26er of screech!

    PS: I grew up on the rock

    Lol.. your not off .. all included in my days purchase.. I find the older I get the more I go back to Jockey black horse and blue star.. No more light beer for me

  63. Pescador says:

    blainer,

    I used to drink Coors lite all the time, 1 time about 9 years ago, at a family function my uncles were teasing me about drinking ‘ladies lite’ . I quickly looked they were all drinking Pil which makes sense as we were in Sask. but they were in their 50’s.
    Needless to say, I am weak & that was the last time I ever bought that swill,
    3 wise men indeed

  64. Pouzar says:

    blainer:
    Got about 50 to 60 family and friends coming for xmas eve and then over to the brothers for xmas day dinner tomorrow.

    After that back to my Floirda residence for the winter and most likely rehab after being back on the rock for three weeks.

    Merry Xmas everyone !!!

    Ha ha…Merry Xmas B.

  65. Confused says:

    Light beer is truly the work of the 😈

  66. Pouzar says:

    Jethro Tull: ‘rock’ is also slang for a certain maritime province.

    You get a pass. 🙂

  67. bendelson says:

    Well… given the Oilers record, you can likely say ‘the next 10 games will tell the story’ for the remainder of the season. That said… ‘the next 10 games’ will really tell the story – it’s a bear.

    Home and home’s with Winnipeg and Chicago, a couple of Pacific division rivals and a killer road trip that includes multiple back to backs including an afternoon set. Whoa Nelly!

    6-4 through the next 10 will be a solid record.

    ___

    I trust everyone had a wonderful Festivus.
    On to Christmas…
    Happy Holidays, one and all!

  68. Confused says:

    bendelson,

    Chicago are not scary anymore.

  69. Scungilli Slushy says:

    6 – 4 is a pretty good record, but not good enough for our boys. They need 2 / 3, around 60 points.

  70. kgo says:

    blainer,

    @ Jethro Tull

    Rock also refers to Vancouver island, and is common curling lingo…now take a swig of syrop and go buy a flannel

  71. Thinker says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    6 – 4 is a pretty good record, but not good enough for our boys. They need 2 / 3, around 60 points.

    Reminds me of 2012-13. We might get close to a playoff spot, but we aren’t really in it.

  72. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Glass:
    We could be even better when we are running:
    Klefbomb/Larsson
    Nurse/Russell
    Sekera/?

    It’s unclear if you run Davidson or Benning with Sekera.

    Three solid D pairs. Four strong C’s down the middle. A goalie that is hot right now. Things are on the up & up.

    Do you guys think that Davidson has been better than Klefbomb defensively thus far? I’ve like having Davidson playing bigger minutes.

    Once Reg gets up to speed I’d like to see him in the top 4, have two pairs not giving up the d zone.
    Klef Larsson
    Nurse Sekera
    Davidson Russell/Benning

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

    Merry Christmas morning from Tokyo to all. Fake .500 is a great thing to find under the tree. Still have a long road ahead to get back in the hunt but after nadir’s raiders we will take it!

  74. bendelson says:

    Confused:
    bendelson,

    Chicago are not scary anymore.

    I hear what you’re saying, but the 2nd game of back-to-back afternoon affairs on the road?
    Always scary.

  75. OriginalPouzar says:

    13.5 hour flight and a 15 hour time change and I don’t know what is going on – when is it 830 in Alberta for the new blog post? Oh shit, hours ago.

    What day is it? Oh, shit it’s Christmas – time for a workout.

    Great work by the Oil and a well deserved 3 day break.

    Can’t wait until Wed – gotta keep the momentum going.

  76. admiralmark says:

    In the last 10 seasons(minus shortened season) the average pts required to make final Wild Card spot was 93.4 pts in the West. In the East it was 93.1pts. So pretty equal average. The lowest point total to make playoffs in the West during this time was Minnesota in 2016 who made it with only 87 pts! In the East the lowest was 88 pts by Montreal in 2010. Those 2 lows were complete anomalies as you can tell by the average. But it gives you an idea that 91-92 could be enough but more likely 94-95 is going to be required.

    Lets look at 95 points as a target. With the team at 36 pts and 46 games yet to be played. If we are to look at it as 4x 10 game segments. IF(yes Big IF) the team can run a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 the rest of the way AND fit in another 6-0 run this would give them 96 pts. This is not an impossible task nor a miracle. It’s a great turn around but with injury luck the rest of the way and Talbot playing .915-.920 It can very well happen. Lots has to go right here but i’m actually hopeful. Merry Christmas LT and and my fellow Oil fans on here. Cheers!

  77. Lowetide says:

    Merry Christmas all, hope you are happy and safe and enjoying family.

  78. OriginalPouzar says:

    bendelson: I hear what you’re saying, but the 2nd game of back-to-back afternoon affairs on the road?
    Always scary.

    Valid point on the surface but 1) we just won (and broke the road curse) and 2) we are good on the road.

    Let’s do this!

  79. Pretendergast says:

    Merry Christmas all from Sweden to you. Love the blog and the people that post. Enjoy your families and/or travels!

  80. Genjutsu says:

    Merry Christmas to Lowetide, his family, everyone else here and theirs.

    I hope we are all happy and healthy now and through the new year.

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    With the 15 hour time change – i feel anxious about missing out on Oiler talk.

    You all will be discussing Oilers while I’m getting rid of jet lag and trying to get oriented.

    I will say, this hotel, one of the fanciest I’ve ever stayed at – amazing luxury – I’m feel very pretentious right now.

    Happy holidays to all.

    Go Oilers!

  82. JimmyV1965 says:

    bendelson: I hear what you’re saying, but the 2nd game of back-to-back afternoon affairs on the road?
    Always scary.

    I believe we play on the 27, 29 and 31.

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

    OriginalPouzar:
    With the 15 hour time change – i feel anxious about missing out on Oiler talk.

    You all will be discussing Oilers while I’m getting rid of jet lag and trying to get oriented.

    I will say, this hotel, one of the fanciest I’ve ever stayed at – amazing luxury – I’m feel very pretentious right now.

    Happy holidays to all.

    Go Oilers!

    OP, relax, buddy. The time difference is no big deal at all. You just may not be the first 5 comments on any new LT post for a few weeks. If you can handle that, it’s really quite a nice timezone to be in! HNIC games are on lazy Sunday mornings!

  84. Munny says:

    JimmyV1965: I believe we play on the 27, 29 and 31.

    Dallas, then Chicago on Jan 6 and 7 are the games referenced by Bendelson.

  85. digger50 says:

    Merry Christmas folks.

    Hope all is well for everyone.

    I always enjoy this blog and all the participation.

    I look forward to the Oilers success in 2018 and best wishes to all.

  86. dcsj says:

    Merry Christmas to all, I am at work, at an undisclosed location on Vancouver Island. It’s my Monday. It’s snowing! That is just wrong…

    At least my grandkids made it from Edmonton yesterday before the snow started.

    Anyway, enjoy this blog and the various personalities. Been an Oilers fan since day one. Lots of ups and downs. This week has us trending up, that’s good.

  87. Pescador says:

    Munny: Dallas, then Chicago on Jan 6 and 7 are the games referenced by Bendelson.

    Fucking Bendelson can fight his own battles

  88. Pescador says:

    kgo:
    blainer,

    @ Jethro Tull

    now take a swig of Maple syrup and go buy a flannel

    This is sound advice for any prospective Canadian, side benefit is the additional respect you get at the gas station and liquor store. Makes it look like you know what your doing.

  89. Lloyd B. says:

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

    Thanks for the recommendations a few days ago for Las Vegas George. I picked the Wynn based on your recommendations.

    Three other folks from different circles also suggested Wynn so it made it easy.

    Merry Christmas to you and all the best in the new year.

  90. 99217 says:

    Getting my hockey fix by watching the 2005 wjhc gold medal game vs. Russia.This Canadian team was the best junior team I have ever seen from any country. Bring on boxing day…

    Best of the season to all

  91. danny says:

    Merry Christmas friends.

  92. Johnny Larue says:

    Merry Christmas from NewYork city everyone I finally have some hope that the playoffs may be a reality, After a slow start the season looks like there’s some promise:My prediction of 106 looks lost but the playoffs don’t seem so hard now. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Years looks like things are finally going our way.

  93. VOR says:

    It is funny the things you can end up being an expert on. I can tell you all manner of interesting things about X-Rays.

    I can start with Marie Curie and bring you up to modern mobile X-Rays, bone scans, Cat Scans, MRIs, and ultra sounds. I promise I won’t burden you with all that history and technology. I won’t tell you about how a simple piece of software developed at Simon Fraser University will let you use a IPad and Ultrasound Wand to measure your body composition. Lots of bodybuilders use our product, it also tells you many other interesting things. The perfect gift for Original Pouzar.

    However, if you ever want to get an X-Ray done at home there are two companies locally that will do that with mobile equipment. One is St. Michaels, the other is Canada Mobile X-Ray. There is a third just in the launch stage. Costs about $300. And you still need a doctor’s requisition.

    The equipment used at Rexall is worth about $640,000. There are wonderful units from Spain for $116,000 US. So you too can have your own X-Ray machine. You wouldn’t think of Spain as a world leader in bio-medical technology but they are. We have all our machines built to order there.

    And none of those machines can tell you for sure if Connor McDavid’s foot is broken or not. They can all tell you definitively that it isn’t a bad break. At the moment no X-Ray machine can give you a guaranteed negative because hairline fractures can take as long as 7 days to show up. Now if the bone was shattered, splintered or in two or more pieces that would show up. But hairline fractures can be very slow developing in terms of producing bone changes that can be detected with standard X-Ray technology. The problem is biological not technological.

    Now I figure the Oilers medical staff are relentlessly competent and know this perfectly well.

    I am not implying malice. Right now Connor McDavid’s foot isn’t broken. Explaining how it might be broken seven days from now isn’t really in their job description. It used to be in mine.

    My PhD thesis was on new drugs for treating intractable back pain. This is way more mathy than it sounds. I used algorithms to find candidate drugs. The degree Itself is in Physical and Rehabiltation Medicine. Additionally, I trained as a Physiatrist. Then I taught anatomy and physiology in several universities. If I had ever gotten a tenure track position I would have happily settled into life as a University professor. Not meant to be.

    I have reached that age where you begin to wonder how the hell did I end up here? I was trying to figure this out yesterday as I was feeding the bulls. It was -25 with the wind chill and even inside the cab of the tractor it was on the chilly side. I was picking up the bales. You do this lengthwise. You slide the bucket of the front end loader along the ground and under the bale. You then lower the claw on to and into the bale.

    Then you carry the bale to the feeders and when you get there you flip the bale so it is standing up. Then you get out of the tractor and remove the netting from the bale while making sure you don’t lose eye contact with the bulls. Next you get back in the cab of the tractor and pickup the bale, which looks like a giant marshmallow sitting on one end and you slowly extend the loader over the feeder and drop the bale into the feeder. This is all done with a joystick. It is way more fun than any computer game.

    I take great pleasure in my skill as a farmer and rancher. If I had it to do over I would have studied agriculture and veterinary medicine. But again, not how it worked out. Instead my life has been, charitably, quixotic. Along the way I got asked to help start a new diagnostic imaging company.

    I am now a partner in three different diagnostic imaging companies. And I am quite expert in all the technology in use in diagnostic imaging.

    The last few days instead of blogging here I have been refining the log in processes for our X-Ray app. It lets the doctor or nurse ccess the X-Ray results in real time on any mobile device. This is really great if you are putting in an NG tube or have an emergent chest infection you need to diagnose.

    The problem is once you are logged on you can access any other patient file in our system. And we can’t really track who sees what. Our radiologist partners want to totally restrict access, but that sort of reduces the financial viability of the product. I think I have come up with a solution. Now all I have to do is convince my partners and clients.

    Now back to the slowest moving Christmas party of all time. Even the booze isn’t helping.

  94. Ryan says:

    VOR:

    Additionally, I trained as a Physiatrist.

    You had previously alluded to two different PhD training programs, but had never mentioned that you had a medical degree.

  95. Surrey Oiler says:

    Ryan: You had previously alluded to two different PhD training programs, but had never mentioned that you had a medical degree.

    the post has been removed but someone saw McDavid and Drake at the airport today and he had no limp etc

  96. Side says:

    Surrey Oiler:the post has been removed but someone saw McDavid and Drake at the airport today and he had no limp etc

    Look no further than the first post on this thread by WG.

  97. jtblack says:

    LETANG: Yes pls. IMO: that is the Cup diffetence. Prob cost 1 top LHD; YAMA, 2ND rounder??

    Who knows. but I think if Letang is on this Roster we are Legit contenders
    GO OILERS

  98. Lowetide says:

    Dmitri Samorukov made Team Russia WJ’s.

  99. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Dmitri Samorukov made Team Russia WJ’s.

    I saw that.

    That gives us: Yamamoto, Samorukov, Rasanen, Safin in the world juniors.

  100. VOR says:

    Ryan,

    I spent 17 years in University, professional student. And really I have never used any of it except a bit of teaching. My life went in weird directions. It has been fascinating but non-linear. My psychiatrist says it is actually pretty typical of bright people with serious brain injuries, never mind the autism spectrum. I have no staying power and tend to blow my life up.

    What they can’t explain is why I am great at learning new stuff. Even now, at an age where most people are retired or scaling back I am busy starting new projects and going in new directions. I am actually back in school.

    I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs. I have been happily married for decades. But the longest I have lasted in any career is 2 and a half years. Now I have been farming for five years but I don’t think of it as a career, just an odd hobby. I am a long ways beyond novelty seeking.

    I could have gotten the travel bug. Instead I travel from project to project. I am following this insatiable intellectual curiosity. Medicine has always fascinated me, always. I love anatomy and physiology and biochemistry and biomechanics and kinesiology and cell biology.and drug discovery and bio-mechanical engineering and bio-math and epidemiology. But I never practiced medicine outside of school. So it doesn’t come up much. But Medicine is the thread that unites my life.

    Many people once they get to know me ask me or my long suffering wife how someone so smart and so educated ends up being so unsuccessful. By which they mean why am I not rich. I typically answering with “I am not dead yet”.

    But my life is always out of control and I am always on the edge of disaster. One day I will miss one of those chain saws and cut my head off. Restful I am not. I probably come across quite often as having a few too many drinks. But I am just crazy.

    People find me fascinating in person. But people find Gorillas fascinating. And that is how I often end up feeling – like an exhibit at the zoo or a star performer in a freak show.

  101. Lowetide says:

    VOR: You are always welcome here, no matter where the wind takes you.

  102. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Jethro Tull: Something has just occured to me. Not being Canadian (yet) I immediately took ‘rock’ to mean crack cocaine. It has been explained to me by my very Canadian better half that ‘rock’ is also slang for a certain maritime province.

    Apologies for misunderstanding.

    As a proud native of The Rock myself I will make the fine but vital distinction that Newfoundland & Labrador is not a Maritime Province, which designation is restricted to the three small, southern (& eastern) provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island. Thse three joined Canada in 1867, 1867 & 1873 respecively, whereas NL didn’t join until much later, 1949. It is naturally grouped with the Maritimes by geography, which quartet is referred to by the contrived name of the Atlantic Provinces.

    A fairly exact parallel can be found between the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland) & Nordic countries (those four + Finland). The Finns, like we Newfoundlanders, are in the larger group but not the smaller, the Scandinavians in both.

    Season’s greetings to all.

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

    Lloyd B.:
    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker),

    Thanks for the recommendations a few days ago for Las Vegas George.I picked the Wynn based on your recommendations.

    Three other folks from different circles also suggested Wynn so it made it easy.

    Merry Christmas to you and all the best in the new year.

    Good choice, Lloyd. Happy holidays to you!

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

    Bruce McCurdy: As a proud native of The Rock myself I will make the fine but vital distinction that Newfoundland & Labrador is not a Maritime Province, which designation is restricted to the three small, southern (& eastern) provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island. Thse three joined Canada in 1867, 1867 & 1873 respecively, whereas NL didn’t join until much later, 1949. It is naturally grouped with the Maritimes by geography, which quartet is referred to by the contrived name of the Atlantic Provinces.

    A fairly exact parallel can be found between the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland) & Nordic countries (those four + Finland). The Finns, like we Newfoundlanders, are in the larger group but not the smaller, the Scandinavians in both.

    Season’s greetings to all.

    Spot on. Although language in the case of Scandinavian and Nordic complicates things. Season’s Greetings, Mr. McCurdy, to you and yours

  105. flyfish1168 says:

    Merry Christmas and happy new year everyone 🎄

  106. RedNed says:

    Five minutes left in Festivus here, time to just get in my best wishes to all. This has been a great thread among great threads this season, many thanks to all and our gracious host. Looking forward to the run, with the threat of falling off a cliff at any moment keeping us all honest!

    And what a nice game it was, three lines, a functioning D (comforting to have the wounded warriors returned), dependable goal keeping and a helluva challenge to warm up before the post season (if we can get there). Good times to be an Oilers fan.

  107. danny says:

    I feel like Kevin Lowe this morning.

    Woah we have a lot of Newfoundlanders

  108. Todd Macallan says:

    danny,

    Yes b’y, knows Im still hung over from Tibbs Eve. Anyone who doesnt know what that is, ask a NLander. Or better yet have them show you. Cheers all and merry xmas!

  109. deardylan says:

    VOR: But Medicine is the thread that unites my life.

    VOR, Love your story and this line … “But Medicine is the thread that unites my life.
    Sounds like medicine is the journey and the goal which makes your life tapestry very RICH!! 🙂

  110. ArmchairGM says:

    thepeetso:
    with regards to Jesse, i think the best way to handle him is let him play with 97 as long as they keep winning, if it becomes a too much of a hindrance put him in PB for a game and sub-Sleppy on the top line. and see how sleppy does.and then put JP on the 4th line with 44 and 55 until Sleppy falters on that top line.

    Then bump JP back to the top line, Sleppy to the PB, and then Camellari back to the 4th.

    Rinse and Repeat for as long as it takes.

    Like I said this only works if we keep winning or dominating games and losing to good goaltending.

    The minute the losses start piling up you gotta get out the blender again.

    Personally I’d like to see a 58 – 97 – 98 line.

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