The Oilers are about to hit the highway and take it to the limit. Between tonight and April 7, Edmonton will play 32 games in 62 days (if my fingers and toes are telling the truth). That’s a lot of work with not much rest, and this Edmonton Oilers team doesn’t have much depth in a few very important places. On the other hand, maybe they find a rhythm and warm to the California sun.
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- New Lowetide: Oilers draft history and the OHL
- Lowetide: Oilers badly need a boring but effective summer
- Black Dog: Lessons Learned
- Jonathan Willis: Is the Ryan Strome experiment nearing an end?
- Jonathan Willis: How effective is Leon without Connor?
- Corey Pronman: Mid-Season draft rankings
- Lowetide: Do you trust Peter Chiarelli?
- Lowetide: Oilers draft and college returns
- Lowetide: Central Scouting and where the Oilers shop for talent
I LIKE YOU, LLOYD. I ALWAYS LIKED YOU, YEAR OVER YEAR
- February 2016: 1-0-0, goal differential +4 (2 points)
- February 2017: 0-1-0, goal differential -2
- February 2018: 0-0-1, goal differential -1 (1 point)
- February 4, 2016: Edmonton 7, Ottawa 2 (Source)
- February 3, 2017: Carolina 2, Edmonton 1 (Source)
Interesting start to February both years, the 2015-16 team had a nice little run going and the 2016-17 team was stumbling out of the gate. I thought the Oilers were inconsistent in the Colorado game but there were some good things, too. Tonight will be a big challenge.
AFTER 50, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 19-26-5, goal differential -30 (43 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 27-15-8, goal differential +18 (62 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 22-24-4, goal differential -24 (48 points)
- February 2, 2016: Edmonton 5, Columbus 1 (Source)
- January 26, 2017: Edmonton 4, San Jose 1 (Source)
Edmonton has settled in now as a team that could finish with 75-85 points, in my opinion. There’s always a chance the Oilers go on a ridiculous run but it hasn’t been building or anything. This team is properly represented by their won-loss record.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEBRUARY
- At home to: Colorado, Tampa Bay (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 0-0-1)
- On the road to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Florida (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Vegas, Arizona, Colorado (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Boston, Colorado (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 0-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 5-6-3, 13 points in 14 games
- Current results: 0-0-1, one point in one game
The Pacific Division awaits with three monster road trips during this month, first one begins later this week. In the six games to come versus California, Edmonton would have to do massive damage in order to poke a hole in the standings. If there is a run to come, it will arrive much too late.
He’s coming on now, at least to my eye. In Oscar’s last three games, he has 15 shots on goal, including seven in the Colorado contest. He had a terrific game with Matt Benning in possession and his Corsi Rel is heading north:
- Darnell Nurse 2.52
- Oscar Klefbom 0.12
- Brandon Davidson 0.12
- Matt Benning 0.06
- Andrej Sekera -0.96
- Adam Larsson -1.27
- Kris Russell -4.21
Klefbom does a little better via Fenwick, as does Russell (of course). I’d be fine bringing back the whole damn bunch, but a 2RHD is badly needed. Jeff Petry would be a fantastic addition, ladies and men.
Prediction: Jesse Puljujarvi will score a goal with his tongue. The NHL will disallow it on review. Edmonton will riot like Montreal after Richard was suspended. It will be the single most uniting event for all Oiler fans since the 80s.
— WheatNOil (@WheatNOil) February 2, 2018
Jesse Puljujarvi is a fine young winger and for me not giving him a strong center is poor form. If he kicks in some goals and ends this season with 15 (or so), we can safely project him as a regular. If he waltzes through the final 30 games with a meager total, then we cannot be certain of his success on a scoring line next season. Hell’s bells man, this is basic development of young players! I’m going to write on this subject over at The Athletic this week. It’s a big damned story.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy, fun show filled with singing and debauchery, just like any normal Eagles fan would have it. At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Pierre Lebrun, The Athletic. Trade deadline is coming and there are tons of rumors.
- Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Super Bowl! Plus Oilers play tonight!
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.
Fletcher Cox is my favorite football player, I’m so happy for him. I’m also thrilled for all Eagles fans, whether they joined the group in 1940 or 1960 or 1975 and beyond. I am so damned happy, my teams haven’t won a lot since 1990 and this is fabulous. It’s difficult to put it all into words, but Tommy Lawlor at Iggles Blitz summed it up perfectly:
- The 2017 Eagles won the Super Bowl. But that win was for all the Eagles…Harold, Jaws, Reggie, Westy, Dawk, Trent and even Big Red. Vermeil’s guys. Gang Green. The fun 1995 team. The 2002 Eagles, who won with 3 different starting QBs. The 2004 team. The 2008 team. The Michael Vick Experience of 2010. All of those players were like ghosts, sitting on the Eagles sideline and doing anything they could to help the Eagles pull that game out.