G41 2017-18 Ducks at Oilers

Do you know the Wally Pipp story? The legend is that he had a headache (he had many, reportedly due to a childhood hockey injury), asked out of the Yankees lineup and lost his job forever to Lou Gehrig. The real story? Well, it might have been a headache but Pipp was also batting .244 when Miller Huggins replaced him. There’s a beauty to baseball statistics, you can see the build of a young career, the blossoming of a hall-of-famer, the incredible sustain the drives results past age 30 for only the men touched by God, and, finally, the sadness of age and arrival of lead feet, a slow bat and the tears of goodbye. Lou Gehrig’s career page is both a soaring opera and a devastating tragedy. His final MLB game was April 30, 1939. He died June 2, 1941, just shy of his 38th birthday. Wally Pipp stepped aside, but only because he was about to get run over.

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 FALSE SPRING, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • January 2016: 1-0-0, goal differential 0
  • January 2017: 0-1-0, goal differential -2
  • January 2018: 0-1-0, goal differential -5

January 2016 G2 saw Edmonton win 1-0 in OT over Carolina, Andrej Sekera is made for that game state. A year later 4-3 Edmonton over Boston, Patrick Maroon with the hat trick. Oilers badly need a win tonight to right the ship.

 MIDWAY, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 16-21-3, goal differential -24 (35 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 20-13-7, goal differential +9 (47 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 17-20-3, goal differential -16 (37 points)

January 2016 saw Edmonton beat Carolina 1-0 (as above) and last year G41 was a 2-1 overtime win over New Jersey. Last year’s team was rolling now, they would  go 27-13-2 and end the season 47-26-9, 103 points. However, the 2015-16 team went 15-22-5 to wind up 31-43-8, 70 points. If this Oilers team duplicated last year’s team from this moment, the team would finish 44-33-5, 93 points. Too many holes, ladies and men.

 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY

  • At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Arizona, Vegas (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Vancouver, Buffalo, Calgary (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 4-4-2, 10 points in 10 games
  • Current results: 0-1-0, zero points in one game

I have Edmonton taking this game to overtime tonight, and then playing pretty well on the road. Edmonton did play two good periods against Los Angeles on Tuesday, need to bring it home with two points this evening.

JUJHAR, ANTON AND THE DRAKE

Patrick Maroon is out tonight (and one more game) serving a suspension and, just like Wally Pipp, there’s an opportunity available. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Leon Draisaitl are the best available options on left-wing with McDavid-Puljujarvi but I don’t think Todd McLellan will load up one line. Mike Cammalleri has the skill but not the speed.

Jujhar Khaira brings some of the elements of Maroon but he’s shy offensively compared to Edmonton’s suspended player. Anton Slepyshev is an excellent fit but the coach has him in the Rita slot. Drake Caggiula is fast and he could get the job, although his sniping ability isn’t elite. Milan Lucic is also available but McLellan has been watching the big man miss the net quite a bit lately, so that may not be the option chosen. Thoughts? I vote Slepyshev, suspect it will be Lucic.

Benson’s final season in junior is healthy and that’s the most important thing. His boxcars (27, 15-23-38) and his NHLE (33.5) are very good arrows. I’ll talk to Bruce about Benson’s performance last night, Benson will be a big story at training camp in the fall. I expect he’ll play at least half a season in the minors but you never know.

  • Corey Pronman on draft day: Benson has great instincts, constantly finding seams to get the puck to his teammates or on net. “He never wows you,” said one scout, “but he’s always around the puck, making a good play.” Benson is a quality defensive forward with great work ethic in battles and solid overall positional play. He doesn’t shy away from throwing a hit, and is strong on the puck.

HALFWAY HOME

After tonight’s game, we’ll be exactly halfway through the season. Who had Edmonton giving up 260 goals? Four men are on track for 50+ points, three of them centers. The pivots will also score 20+ goals but no winger (unless Lucic scores tonight) is on track for that number. Kris Russell leads the defensemen in scoring, Cam Talbot’s save percentage is .903. Regression on the way?

PATCHES FOR NUGE

Ray Ferraro, who is one of the top hockey people in media, threw out a Nuge for Max Pacioretty discussion point yesterday. I’m a fan of patches but the value here favors Montreal in this trade. Why? Pacioretty is a grand player, even suffering through a difficult season. His cap hit ($4.5 million) has one more year after this one. He’s on pace for fewer than 20 goals this year after being a 30-goal man for five seasons (all but the lockout) in a row. Nuge is having a strong year and has three years after this one ($6 million). Peter Chiarelli has bled talent to address need, to the point where making this trade would represent a talent fracture from which the team might not be able to recover.

HALL FOR  CECI?

Ceci had higher value at one time than he does now but that would have been a disaster. I’m not going to re-shovel the Hall trade, you all know my opinion on that deal. That said, Adam Larsson was a more established and (in my opinion) useful player. That would have been a ghastly trade.

CONDORS

Some of these prospects are starting to post good crooked numbers, thought I’d run the NHLE for Edmonton’s prospects in Bakersfield:

  1. Ty Rattie 27.4
  2. Joey Laleggia 23.6
  3. Ethan Bear 20.6
  4. Grayson Downing 17.8
  5. Patrick Russell 16.2
  6. Kyle Platzer 14.7
  7. Joe Gambardella 12.8
  8. Braden Christoffer 11.4
  9. Caleb Jones 11.2
  10. Ryan Mantha 10.6
  11. Keegan Lowe 10.5
  12. Dillon Simpson 9.9

Rattie is in that grey area between AHL and NHL, I wonder if we see him in Edmonton after the deadline. Joey Laleggia keeps pushing, his season hasn’t been as impressive and that’s probably due to Anton Lander’s absence.

Ethan Bear is the most impressive prospect on the list based on offense, we’ll see how he shines for the rest of the season. Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha are also prospects of note, difficult to project any of these blue onto an NHL roster in the next 12 months. Patience.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. We rock n’ rolla with some spectacular guests. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Tyler Benson, Oilers play tonight, draft talk too soon?
  • Josh Lewenberg, TSN. Raptors DeRozan finding another level.
  • Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. All-breakout team, plus Player of 2017.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. World Juniors! BIG day!

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  1. JD_Wry says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: MATTINGLY SHAVE THOSE SIDEBURNS

    WE LIKE ROY! WE LIKE ROY!

    Speaking of which, we’ll be able to cheer on Derek Roy in the Olympics soon. That guy just might make a good coach one of these days.

  2. russ99 says:

    I could almost live with the back to back 5-0 games if we can smack down those clowns.

  3. russ99 says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Wow.LW is really ugly.RW is actually looking better than LW to me.Never thought I would say that this year.We are going to miss Patrick if he is not re-signed.

    With Pulju’s emergence, we could get Connor’s shooter at LW instead of RW, which may be easier to find/acquire.

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

    Caggs-Drai-Slepy

    Equal opportunity there!

  5. JD_Wry says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Equal opportunity there!

    Well if we’re really going to even things out, Jules should be munching on some kale chips about now and chatting with Garfield. Now and for the next 30 games.

  6. russ99 says:

    The oilers are never going to score another goal.

  7. €v¥£€us says:

    Interesting fourth line out there for the first time and it’s six minutes into the game.

  8. jtblack says:

    oh oh

  9. Ben says:

    Doom = impending.

  10. Ben says:

    I wasn’t worried.

  11. Surrey Oiler says:

    Squeeze your cheeks!!! Here it comes!

  12. JD_Wry says:

    Sure looked like Drai took a shot up high after he dumped that in.

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

    Pens getting shut out at home by the Canes. #freehornqvist

  14. russ99 says:

    Pulju is going to start making those shots one day soon, and it will be glorious.

  15. leadfarmer says:

    Highlights of Kessler interfering with McDavid. Great.

  16. BONE207 says:

    5-1 Canada…Kyrou…I like this kid.

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

    Oilers playing a solid game so far. You know they really just have to get that first goal, though. Otherwise it all falls apart again. Really need to pot one.

  18. Ben says:

    Hyvyinen 98 on aivan vitun kourallinen!

  19. russ99 says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    Oilers playing a solid game so far. You know they really just have to get that first goal, though. Otherwise it all falls apart again. Really need to pot one.

    Yeha. First goal and the pressure reduces a bit.

    Been a lot of periods.,hope we get it on the PP

  20. Surrey Oiler says:

    leadfarmer:
    Highlights of Kessler interfering with McDavid.Great.

    Wish Lucic goes out and “Maroon”s him in 2nd period

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

    Cammy awful pass. The PP looks far worse than 5 v 5. Special teams have sewered this season. inexplicable given the talent on this team.

  22. LadiesloveSmid says:

    PP looked about as motivated as the late 2015 oilers

  23. npanciroli says:

    I hate how punches to the face and crosschecks in the neck back ok when its the Ducks vs the Oilers

  24. JD_Wry says:

    LadiesloveSmid: the late 2015 oilers

    Reasonably comfortable.

  25. Professor Q says:

    npanciroli:
    I hate how punches to the face and crosschecks in the neck back ok when its the Ducks vs the Oilers

    And only one-way!

  26. leadfarmer says:

    McDavid does patented backhand pass to nowhere. Crowd cheers. I’m speechless

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

    Woah Eberle dropped the gloves in the last minute of the Isles-Flyers game. ha ha

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

    Another period, another shut out. I mean, they’re playing well but this is so frustrating. How do you outshoot a team 13-2 and not cash? Painful.

  29. JD_Wry says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Woah Eberle dropped the gloves

    Sure that they didn’t just slip off? All that lack of heart must lead to whatever the opposite of swelling is.

  30. JD_Wry says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): How do you outshoot a team 13-2 and not cash?

    Well their goalie is like – really good, y’know?

  31. Confused says:

    I know it’s 0-0

    But bloodly good period, why cannot why play like this most nights.

    Competitive.

    Connor looking supersonic…… vroom…..

  32. Pouzar says:

    Slepy 9-0 CF/CA

    That 100% CF for those at home.

  33. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    No score
    Shots 13-2 Edmonton
    Corsi for 5×5: 17-5 Edmonton.

  34. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide:
    After One:

    No score
    Shots 11-2 Edmonton
    Corsi for 5×5: 14-5 Edmonton.

    Hasn’t it been like this all season? Oilers haven’t played bad hockey this season at all(aside from the standings).

  35. Jethro Tull says:

    JD_Wry: Well their goalie is like – really good, y’know?

    That makes the twentieth Vezina candidate we’ve played this year. Two records this year; historically worst home PK and Most Vezina Performances Played Against.

  36. Confused says:

    Pouzar,

    Liked slep too, let’s hope he gets a string of games

  37. Chaos Magician says:

    npanciroli:
    I hate how punches to the face and crosschecks in the neck back ok when its the Ducks vs the Oilers

    Rewatched power play to watch Draisaitl take three good cross checks to the back. Second one he lifted himself up so he could push down on his back. Ref watching the entire thing of course.

  38. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909: Hasn’t it been like this all season? Oilers haven’t played bad hockey this season at all(aside from the standings).

    That was an especially good period to my eye.

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

    Watching San Jose vs TML in the intermission. I don’t get how the Oilers can’t be where the Sharks are in the standings. Man, the special teams. On paper the Oilers are every bit as good as San Jose, at least. Sucks!

  40. Jethro Tull says:

    Whoever is coaching Team Canada’s PP, that’s who the Oilers need. Great movement, ability to take the point shot or bring it in close.

  41. Pouzar says:

    Confused:
    Pouzar,

    Liked slep too, let’s hope he gets a string of games

    Don’t worry. He won’t.

  42. Jethro Tull says:

    Lowetide: That was an especially good period to my eye.

    Great! How many did we score?

  43. leadfarmer says:

    Jethro Tull: Great! How many did we score?

    Yeah but our Corsi is amazing

  44. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Ten periods and change into the homestand, Oilers still without a single 5v5 goal. That’s a new problem, hopefully a temporary one.

  45. npanciroli says:

    Pouzar,

    🙁

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

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Seven periods and change in the homestand, Oilers still without a single goal.

    Fixed that for you.

  47. LMHF#1 says:

    0-0 first periods at home are a failure for the home team.

    Let’s get our expectations right.

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

    LMHF#1:
    0-0 first periods at home are a failure for the home team.

    Let’s get our expectations right.

    You get that feeling you outshoot Anaheim 13-2 at home in the first, clutching your sticks too tight, unable to score…one mistake in the 2nd and it will be 1-0 and staring at the giant 8-ball again.

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    Second period picking up where the first left off, Oilers dominating play – great game to watch.

  50. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Here is hoping that Maksimov can keep his goal streak going.He’s scored in 5 straight and is 5th in the OHL in goals (leader being an over-ager).

    Makismov with a goal and an assist today – he keeps on rolling.

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    Fans are going to have wanted McDavid to shoot there.

  52. npanciroli says:

    Just shoot, everyone knows McDavid is passing and guys aren’t getting open.

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

    OriginalPouzar:
    Fans are going to have wanted McDavid to shoot there.

    Rightly so!! That was a forward he was going against, not a D. He had the advantage. And AGAIN he passed it up.

    McDavid: that’s Jakob Silfverberg you’re going against. Take it to him! That’s two games in a row now one of the best one-on-one players in the world is going against a forward and he pulls up and passes. WTF man.

  54. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Reminds me of G7 against Anaheim, good hop to the step in the first and then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

    I am not one to normally tell our best forward to shoot, but against the Kings as well, he has a forward trying to defend him and he passes away to the trailer. Why? It’s not being selfish when you help your team by pressing the advantage created of your one-on-one skills against a forward who is not used to defending you.

    It’s the reverse Kane-Drai. Gotta take it to them and force SIlfverberg/Gaborik to make the great play.

  56. Lowetide says:

    Nice chance for McDavid there.

  57. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid shot there, on that breakaway – no goal though.

  58. Pouzar says:

    at least it wasn’t deke/5 hole.

  59. russ99 says:

    Argh. My kingdom for an Oilers goal.

  60. OilClog says:

    They’ll score in February no worries

  61. Ben says:

    I mean, I love the 3C approach too, but at 150 minutes without a goal how do you not put Draisaitl back with McDavid?

  62. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers look great – its like they have some, what’s it called, urgency.

    I am worried about that goal against taking the wind out their sales.

  63. Pouzar says:

    Nice clear Strome.

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

    Pouzar:
    Nice clear Strome.

    FFS. He is so useless.

  65. JD_Wry says:

    OilClog:
    They’ll score in February no worries

    Of which year?

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice shift by the fourth line – couldn’t get the puck to the net though.

  67. russ99 says:

    Man this team is snakebit. I hope this means McDavid scores five to win someone the Safeway thingy Sunday when I’m in the building.

  68. Pouzar says:

    Letestu is fucking useless. I’m sorry.

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

    Shots 7-2 Anaheim this period so far. Come on Oilers.

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hell of a shift by the Getzlaf line (partially due to a Leon turnover).

  71. russ99 says:

    Nice save Cam, that was a rough shift.

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

    Wheels coming off this period yet again. Come on guys…

    Shots 11-2?

  73. Lowetide says:

    Kris Russell scored.

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

    Back to awful play. All they can do is ice it.

  75. JD_Wry says:

    Rustle. I wasn’t just typing something bad about you. Honest.

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice pass by McDavid on that Russell goal.

  77. russ99 says:

    Goal!!!!!!!

  78. jp says:

    Fuck, he passed it again!

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

    Ha ha. Who called Russell with the icebreaking goal?

    Thanks for not shooting there, McDavid!

  80. Gerta Rauss says:

    Man we needed that

    1-0 Oilers

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

    That’s got to feel like the monkey off their back at last.

  82. npanciroli says:

    just shoot mcdavid

  83. JD_Wry says:

    jp:
    Fuck, he passed it again!

    He’s never going to succeed until he starts listening to blog comments!

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    Back to awful play. All they can do is ice it.

    Yes, Oilers are scoring goals and the Ducks are icing the puck.

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    Cammy looks good playing with Nuge (and Strome).

  86. JD_Wry says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I think NYC’s pan pacific feed is a little late.

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

    OriginalPouzar: Yes, Oilers are scoring goals and the Ducks are icing the puck.

    My feed is delayed in Tokyo. Easy there, OP. The shift prior to the goal the Oilers iced the puck and had been looking terrible.

  88. OilClog says:

    This announce team is so so piss poor

  89. Pouzar says:

    See? FFS

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

    JD_Wry:
    OriginalPouzar,

    I think NYC’s pan pacific feed is a little late.

    This. Thanks.
    Ha ha

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice to see Khaira engaged physically – he has struggled the last few games and getting back to being physical is what will get him his game back (he is a physical/energy player first, not a point producer).

  92. russ99 says:

    After the PK is fixed, how about working on all those turnovers at our blueline next.

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): My feed is delayed in Tokyo. Easy there, OP. The shift prior to the goal the Oilers iced the puck and had been looking terrible.

    I know – I was just joking – trying to be funny – clearly failing – as usual.

  94. JD_Wry says:

    OriginalPouzar: Nice to see Khaira engaged physically

    Bonus points for going after Beeksa.

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

    OriginalPouzar: I know – I was just joking – trying to be funny – clearly failing – as usual.

    I did chuckle, don’t worry. I hit enter and I saw LT’s “Russell scores” and I was like…huh? For the 5 minutes before that the Oilers were hemmed in their own zone and looking baaaad. Then the counter-attack and boom, 1-0. They achieved what they couldn’t in 7.5 periods after looking pretty bad.

    usually used to the other way around: Oil play well, one counter attack and it’s in our net. Nice to see it go the other way.

  96. Pouzar says:

    Nurse invents ways not to shoot.

  97. OriginalPouzar says:

    A late PP goal will be great.

  98. Pouzar says:

    sigh

  99. russ99 says:

    I don’t miss Carlyle’s “what me worry” face.

  100. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Lowetide:
    Kris Russell scored.

    Not watching this live … my first reaction was on which goal. I see now I didn’t need to worry.

  101. Pouzar says:

    Same ol BS on PP1.

  102. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    A late PP goal will be great.

    Ugh oh – this is not what I meant…..

  103. Surrey Oiler says:

    So tee up the Talbot crap himself in the 3rd?

  104. Pouzar says:

    Larsson with a shitty breakout pass. Coulda been a jail break.

  105. Gerta Rauss says:

    a lame-ish call…big kill here

  106. OilClog says:

    If Mcdavid plays like this every night here on out he’s going to unfortunately lay a thick gloss over all of this teams issues.

  107. npanciroli says:

    LOL REFFING

  108. russ99 says:

    Looks like we switched to a diamond on the PK, could help with the cross ice issues.

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

    npanciroli:
    LOL REFFING

    was definitely the “even up” call. I hate that about the NHL. It’s such bullshit and unprofessional. The NHL actively does things to keep games close.

    They also make some games worth 50% more (3 pts) than others (2 pts) so none of it is surprising, but it still sucks.

  110. npanciroli says:

    so tap on the elbow penalty. punch to the head or cross check to neck not a penalty. just trying to keep things straight.

  111. jake70 says:

    little love tap gets called…unreal…

  112. sliderule says:

    Maksimov with a goal and assist.
    The goal a shortie his second of season
    24 goals and 42 pts at roughly halfway point of season
    He might be playing on oilers before Benson or Yamamoto

  113. leadfarmer says:

    Pouzar:
    Nurse invents ways not to shoot.

    Have you seen him shoot. One of the worst shots in the league. Every d prospect of high end quality needs to spend a season in Ahl being a pp qb unless you have the skillset already. Doesn’t matter if you will likely not see pp time in your future. You need at least some of those skills to develop. Purely defensive d are a thing of the past

  114. AntsOfTheSky says:

    These refs man…🤣

  115. Lowetide says:

    After two:

    1-0 Edmonton (Oilers got their goal in the second)
    Shots 21-17 (15-8 Ducks in the second)
    Corsi for 5×5 32-28 (23-15 Ducks in the second)

  116. Pouzar says:

    leadfarmer: Have you seen him shoot.One of the worst shots in the league.Every d prospect of high end quality needs to spend a season in Ahl being a pp qb unless you have the skillset already. Doesn’t matter if you will likely not see pp time in your future.You need at least some of those skills to develop.Purely defensive d are a thing of the past

    He doesn’t have a shot. That’s one skill. Sheesh.

  117. Confused says:

    Terrible call.

    Good period.

    Let’s kick some ass!

  118. OriginalPouzar says:

    Surrey Oiler:
    So tee up the Talbot crap himself in the 3rd?

    He has looked absolutely terrible tonight.

    *sarcasm*

  119. Pouzar says:

    Line 1 and 2 looking good tonight.
    Line 3 had great 1st period but bad 2nd period.
    Line 4: Fire Letestu to the sun and they’re cooking with gas.

  120. Bruce McCurdy says:

    AntsOfTheSky:
    These refs man…

    Utterly chintzy penalty on Lucic, then Letestu gets tripped into the boards on the PK & it’s right back to See No Evil mode. Complete horseshit. Not often you see Russell get on the ref but he had every right to question that garbage.

  121. OriginalPouzar says:

    sliderule:
    Maksimov with a goal and assist.
    The goal a shortie his second of season
    24 goals and 42 pts at roughly halfway point of season
    He might be playing on oilers before Benson or Yamamoto

    He’s got goals in 6 straight games now and is in the top 5 for goals scored.

    He’ll be back in junior next year while both Yamamoto and Benson will likely start next year in the AHL

    With the impending departure of Maroon, we have a hole to fill at wing in the top 6 but no cap space to play with. Chia will need to try and find a cheap “good bet” established player coming off a down season – a spot cannot be gifted to one fo the two rookies.

    If we do happen to draft in the top 5, maybe, just maybe, a guy like Zadina is ready?

  122. Confused says:

    The Getzlaf line is slow but bloodly effective.

    Let’s get lucic, Leon and JJ together and form our own version.

    After all, we need to do something with lucic

  123. Pouzar says:

    Jordan Oesterle was 82% CF (1A) last game playing 1st pair.

    #axeGrinding

  124. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m not overly shocked that the Ducks scored on the PP in Edmonton.

  125. BONE207 says:

    So we win this right? 10-0 after leading after 2….

    Never mind…

  126. StixMalone says:

    Useless

  127. Gerta Rauss says:

    …and we’re back…

  128. sliderule says:

    OriginalPouzar: He’s got goals in 6 straight games now and is in the top 5 for goals scored.

    He’ll be back in junior next year while both Yamamoto and Benson will likely start next year in the AHL

    With the impending departure of Maroon, we have a hole to fill at wing in the top 6 but no cap space to play with. Chia will need to try and find a cheap “good bet” established player coming off a down season – a spot cannot be gifted to one fo the two rookies.

    If we do happen to draft in the top 5, maybe, just maybe, a guy like Zadina is ready?

    What I like about Maksimov is the quality of his goals.

    From what I saw at WJC Yamamoto should spend another year in junior and try to build a body

    Benson has the game to play well in AHL.

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

    Opponents 8/14 on the PP on this Oilers’ homestand.

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

    There’s the gamesaver by Talbot. Come on boys, go pot one for him.

    It’s clear listening to the Anaheim feed how much they respect the Oilers still and think they are just a grind-it-out win from a turnaround to be feared.

    They also absolutely LOVE McDavid.

  131. StixMalone says:

    Nice push back we can do it!!!

  132. russ99 says:

    Pouzar:
    Jordan Oesterle was 82% CF (1A) last game playing 1st pair.

    #axeGrinding

    That’s sour grapes. There’s reasons why we wouldn’t give him a one-way deal.

    Looks like the Oilers traded a conditional 4th rounder to the Habs for Al Montoya.

  133. Surrey Oiler says:

    Someone get Talbot a diaper, he’s about to shat himself anytime now…

  134. StixMalone says:

    Surprised Getzlaf didn’t talk the ref ou of the call…

  135. Pouzar says:

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  136. JD_Wry says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): There’s the gamesaver by Talbot.

    But he was supposed to shit his pants, or something like that.

  137. StixMalone says:

    Pouzar:
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    Wtf

  138. JD_Wry says:

    Surrey Oiler:
    Someone get Talbot a diaper, he’s about to shat himself anytime now…

    You’re still conscious?

  139. OriginalPouzar says:

    sliderule: What I like about Maksimov is the quality of his goals.

    From what I saw at WJC Yamamoto should spend another year in junior and try to build a body

    Benson has the game to play well in AHL.

    I would say there is zero chance he’ll stay in junior as an over-ager. He will be pro next year.

    I don’t think there is a real scenario where the development of a player is better suited in junior than the AHL.

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

    JD_Wry: But he was supposed to shit his pants, or something like that.

    As you know, I have been a Talbot fan since NYR days. I will not shit on him. I do think he was overworked last year and that’s on the Coach/GM for not finding a backup they trust to play and spell him. 60 games a year is the right number, not 75.

  141. JD_Wry says:

    Pouzar: Canadiens trade G Al Montoya to the Edmonton #Oilers

    Okay, I just shit my pants.

  142. Lowetide says:

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    The Canadiens traded goaltender Al Montoya to the Edmonton Oilers tonight, in return for a conditional 4th round pick in 2018.

  143. smellyglove says:

    Quick interruption. Any thought of the Jesse P comparison to Mikko Rantanen, made by no one?

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    Al Montoya and Oiler.

    LB to be waived tomorrow I’m sure.

    I assume SurryOiler is happy.

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

    Man, can we buy a vowel, I mean PP goal?

  146. €v¥£€us says:

    Surrey Oiler must be overjoyed

  147. StixMalone says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Al Montoya and Oiler.

    LB to be waived tomorrow I’m sure.

    I assume SurryOiler is happy.

    Got to be…

  148. Pouzar says:

    Follow along people…follow along.

  149. Surrey Oiler says:

    Pouzar:
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    #TradeCentre ALERT: Montreal #Canadiens trade G Al Montoya to the Edmonton #Oilers for a 2018 conditional 4th-round pick. #TSNHockey #NHL https://www.tsn.ca/1.959636

    Bye bye LB! Thank you Chia!

  150. Surrey Oiler says:

    StixMalone: Got to be…

    Yes I am!

  151. Confused says:

    Al M yeah that will solve everything

  152. npanciroli says:

    JP’s spot on the PP is so this coaching staff.

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

    3.77 GAA .863…what could go wrong?!

  154. Pouzar says:

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    The condition on the pick in the Al Montoya trade: The #habs get a 2018 fourth-rounder if he plays seven more games this regular season.

    If not, they get a fifth-rounder.

  155. LMHF#1 says:

    So….Brossoit going in a trade after the game??

    Why would they go get a guy who’s playing like Montoya this year?

  156. StixMalone says:

    What’s the stats on Montoya (you killed my father prepare to die)

  157. OriginalPouzar says:

    Montoya is signed for next year at just over $1M.

    I wonder if they aren’t going to qualify Brossoit and let him walk?

  158. Hockey Project says:

    I would love to know the percentage of completed passes out of the defensive zone by the blueliners. Can’t be high. It seems like they’re all behind the wingers, in their feet, etc.

  159. Bruce McCurdy says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    Opponents 8/14 on the PP on this Oilers’ homestand.

    Actually 8/11. Oilers crdited with 3 “kills” during the major vs Maroon due to NHL’s cockamamie accounting system.

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

    Pouzar:
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    The condition on the pick in the Al Montoya trade: The #habs get a 2018 fourth-rounder if he plays seven more games this regular season.

    If not, they get a fifth-rounder.

    I’m amazed that a guy like Montoya, with his play this year, can get a conditional pick. Really? Maybe I could see it being a conditional 7th, if he has a .900 sv pct or something.

  161. npanciroli says:

    someone do the GSAA thing for Montoya and tell me if he’s good lol

  162. russ99 says:

    Hockey Project:
    I would love to know the percentage of completed passes out of the defensive zone by the blueliners. Can’t be high. It seems like they’re all behind the wingers, in their feet, etc.

    Our forwards coughing up the puck at the line is a much bigger issue.

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

    Bruce McCurdy: Actually 8/11. Oilers crdited with 3 “kills” during the major vs Maroon due to NHL’s cockamamie accounting system.

    Is that right? Yeah, I suppose they can’t have a PP be 3 for 1, so it would be 3/3, inflating the number by 3.

    8/11. Yikes.

  164. €v¥£€us says:

    Russell with two amazing clearances at the blue line that didn’t get past the blue line

  165. Hockey Project says:

    russ99: Our forwards coughing up the puck at the line is a much bigger issue.

    Not helpful either.

  166. OriginalPouzar says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    3.77 GAA .863…what could go wrong?!

    In 4 games.

    He’s got a career history that trumps his 4 game sample size this year and the .908 career save percentage is that of an established and solid backup.

  167. Jethro Tull says:

    They spelled Max Pac-whatever wrong.

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

    Calgary leading, Dallas wins, Minny wins, Oilers must win. GOILERS!

  169. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar: In 4 games.

    He’s got a career history that trumps his 4 game sample size this year and the .908 career save percentage is that of an established and solid backup.

    And he’s coming off of a bad concussion, could have affected numbers. Just cleared to play 1/1.

    Serviceable backup, he’s had a few good years in the role. As long as coaching trusts him to step in and not overplay Talbot, it will be worth it,

  170. Lowetide says:

    The Montoya acquisition could mean anything, from a Nick Ellis injury to a Laurent Brossoit trade after the game. Impossible to know but extremely curious.

  171. JD_Wry says:

    McDavid must feel like Dick Smothers right about now.

  172. Gerta Rauss says:

    capfriendly has Montoya on IR indefinitely with a concussion..?

  173. Gerta Rauss says:

    russ99: Just cleared to play 1/1

    nevermind

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

    OriginalPouzar: In 4 games.

    He’s got a career history that trumps his 4 game sample size this year and the .908 career save percentage is that of an established and solid backup.

    Actually, no it isn’t. We’re very familiar with Al Montoya. He had one or two decent years but he has been a bottom tier goalie in the NHL for a long time.

  175. OriginalPouzar says:

    He’s played 4 games, 4.

    Given his career history, I think we can throw away the 4 game sample size.

    He is signed for next year and I would think he is penciled in as the NHL back-up.

    He is an established solid NHL back-up.

  176. LMHF#1 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I didn’t post that OP. Please un-quote.

  177. JD_Wry says:

    OriginalPouzar: I assume SurryOiler is happy.

    Slurrey’s only angry when he wakes up.

  178. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    The Montoya acquisition could mean anything, from a Nick Ellis injury to a Laurent Brossoit trade after the game. Impossible to know but extremely curious.

    Pasquale did play for the Condors last night.

  179. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    The Montoya acquisition could mean anything, from a Nick Ellis injury to a Laurent Brossoit trade after the game. Impossible to know but extremely curious.

    Eddie P on fire in the BAK. Your new starter down there.

  180. JD_Wry says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Actually, no it isn’t. We’re very familiar with Al Montoya. He had one or two decent years but he has been a bottom tier goalie in the NHL for a long time.

    Might be worse than Gus. Maybe someone should belt him into a Nascar car.

  181. Pouzar says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Actually, no it isn’t. We’re very familiar with Al Montoya. He had one or two decent years but he has been a bottom tier goalie in the NHL for a long time.

    A rusty, concussed back up. Solid move.

  182. BONE207 says:

    JD_Wry: Slurrey’s only angry when he wakes up.

    In someone else’s bed

  183. npanciroli says:

    Montoya is all over the place.
    2010-11 NYI good
    2011-12 NYI bad
    2012-13 WIN bad
    2013-14 WIN good
    2014-15 FLO bad
    2015-16 FLO good
    2016-17 MTL good
    2017-18 MTL bad

    even split

  184. Gerta Rauss says:

    Pouzar: A rusty, concussed back up. Solid move.

    Kinda sums up what they think of LB

  185. OilClog says:

    Montoya is now a LW sniper

  186. Pouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss: Kinda sums up what they think of LB

    I actually don’t mind Montoya…the pick up was more for next year me thinks.

  187. sliderule says:

    OriginalPouzar: I would say there is zero chance he’ll stay in junior as an over-ager.He will be pro next year.

    I don’t think there is a real scenario where the development of a player is better suited in junior than the AHL.

    I can give you one
    Press box and fourth line ice time
    No development from that.
    Pitlick got that when he played AHL rather than take extra junior year

  188. OriginalPouzar says:

    This would be the time to put Drai on the first line – we need to regulation goal (I’ll take an OT win but regulation would be MUCH preferred).

  189. OilClog says:

    Gerta Rauss: Kinda sums up what they think of LB

    They didn’t even give Ellis a game in the back to backs, he must really be hot trash.

  190. Bruce McCurdy says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Is that right? Yeah, I suppose they can’t have a PP be 3 for 1, so it would be 3/3, inflating the number by 3.

    8/11. Yikes.

    Officially 3 for 4. I see no reason why it Shouldn’t be 3 for 1. They got 1 powerpkay & scored 3 times on it.

  191. StixMalone says:

    Brossoit not a Chia guy?

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

    OriginalPouzar:
    This would be the time to put Drai on the first line – we need to regulation goal (I’ll take an OT win but regulation would be MUCH preferred).

    I’d go so far as to try Nuge-McDavid-Drai.

    Season is slipping away.

  193. flyfish1168 says:

    We are wasting a truly generational talent.

  194. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pouzar: A rusty, concussed back up. Solid move.

    This is likely a move to solidify the back-up position for next year.

    He’s played 4 games this year, his numbers for this year are meaningless for next year.

    Our GM just acquired a veteran and established back-up goalie for next year.

    The fanbase has been clamoring for this for 2 years now and now that its done they bitch about it because of a poor 4 games?

  195. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    This would be the time to put Drai on the first line – we need to regulation goal (I’ll take an OT win but regulation would be MUCH preferred).

    I’d be inclined to keep Jesse there.

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

    Bruce McCurdy: Officially 3 for 4. I see no reason why it Shouldn’t be 3 for 1. They got 1 powerpkay & scored 3 times on it.

    3 for 4? Makes no sense. Should be at least 3/3. 3 for 2.5 also works. 3 for 1 is okay.

  197. russ99 says:

    Nice shift by the Nuge line.

  198. Munny says:

    I think I recall someone saying during the initial Hoffman speculation (etc) that he expected the most likely move to be for a backup goalie…

    One William H. Munny was that gunslinger.

  199. OmJo says:

    Sail on Laurent Brossoit. We hardly knew thee…

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