G52 2017-18: Oilers at Kings

The Edmonton Oilers are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and will need to repeat that several times over just to be (very likely) disappointed on the season’s final day. This California trip is a good test for how this month could turn out. I’m thinking 1-1-1 but this Oilers team defies prediction. We’re just going to have to wait and see. It is important to win as many games as possible, to have regression in save percentage and on special teams, to see Klefbom and Sekera come all the way back, to have the young Finnish winger scoring with regularity.

THE ATHLETIC

Great offer! Includes a free 7-day trial so you can try The Athletic on for size free and see if they enjoy the in-depth, ad-free coverage on the site. If you don’t feel it’s worth the $4.49/month, cancel anytime during trial before getting charged. Offer is here.

CALIFORNIA SUN, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • February 2016: 2-0-0, goal differential +9 (4 points)
  • February 2017: 0-2-0, goal differential -3
  • February 2018: 1-0-1, goal differential +3 (3 points)
  • February 6, 2016: Montreal 5, Edmonton 1 (Source)
  • February 5, 2017: Edmonton 1, Montreal 0 (SO) (Source)

This year’s Oilers looked pretty damned good last game but so much of the good has been followed by the bad or indifferent. Edmonton in 2017-18 has been a mirage in the days after a win.

AFTER 51, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 20-26-5, goal differential -26 (45 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 28-15-8, goal differential +21 (64 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 23-24-4, goal differential -20 (50 points)
  • February 4, 2016: Edmonton 7, Ottawa 2 (Source)
  • January 31, 2017: Minnesota 5, Edmonton 2 (Source)

The Oilers could reach the point-per-game plateau with a victory tonight. Such a weird season, you would have thought that would have been done by Halloween.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEBRUARY, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • At home to: Colorado, Tampa Bay (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 1-0-1)
  • 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: 1-0-1, three points in two games

I have tonight as a win, with the rest of the road trip being more difficult. Edmonton won the special teams battle against Tampa Bay, can they do it again versus the Kings? Watch out for the goalie tonight in Los Angeles, their starter has fallen on bad times at the exact moment the backup turned into Bernie Parent.

In the tweet thread from WheatNOil, he qualified his work above, saying “I’m not sure if my method was the best way to do it. Certainly cutting off a lot of players and maybe that skewed the numbers but it does point to a strange year in depth scoring.” Still, it’s an interesting thought and gives us a different view of this team’s forward group.

GOD’S FLASHLIGHT

  1. Connor McDavid 2.93
  2. Leon Draisaitl 2.62
  3. Milan Lucic 1.84
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.80
  5. Patrick Maroon 1.79
  6. Jesse Puljujarvi 1.76
  7. Jujhar Khaira 1.76
  8. Mike Cammalleri 1.57
  9. Ryan Strome 1.56
  10. Zack Kassian 1.26
  11. Drake Caggiula 1.20
  12. Mark Letestu 1.80
  13. Anton Slepyshev 1.00
  14. Iiro Pakarinen 0.70
  15. Natural Stat Trick

The Oilers 5×5 scoring is promising in several areas. McDavid and Leon are rockets all down the line, and the team has several men scoring around a second-line level. In fact, Ryan Strome, who is technically third line based on these numbers, is the No.9 man currently. There’s some depth here, helped by the development of youngsters Puljujarvi and Khaira. Good teams get plenty from losing seasons, Edmonton has a few stories to tell.

Maroon is in a good spot, I think that contract of his will mean Edmonton receives a reasonable return. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson? Jordan Schmaltz? Don’t know. Zack Smith has a better balloon and is in a stronger spot than I’d imagined.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Another Oilers game day which seems strange but get used to it there are a ton on the way. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. Chiarelli’s team is facing some tough decisions. Is there a way to thread the needle here?
  • Max Domi, Arizona Coyotes. Young NHL forward is putting his name behind the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and we’ll discuss it.

More to come on a fluid show, 10-1260 text @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

 

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.
Related Posts

345 Responses to "G52 2017-18: Oilers at Kings"

« Older Comments
  1. Gret99zky says:

    Everything will work itself out by next season.

  2. JimmyV1965 says:

    Unforced errors

  3. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Bell should have their #letstalk campaign include the Edmonton Oilers. This team is a bipolar girlfriend. Win big, lose bigger.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice shift by the Strome line – Strome has nice vision on the rush.

    Hope they can parlay that in to more energetic play.

  5. wood99 says:

    Oscar klefdum strikes again 😡

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big PP goal – Drai from McDavid.

  7. JD_Wry says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    Is Gretz drunk?

    Would you ask anyone to watch this game without alcohol?

  8. russ99 says:

    Needed that.

  9. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    JD_Wry: Would you ask anyone to watch this game without alcohol?

    It’s pretty much a requirement.

    *fills glass*

  10. russ99 says:

    Come on boys, tie it.

  11. JD_Wry says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: It’s pretty much a requirement.

    Props to those who can make it through without.

  12. russ99 says:

    The thing is this is the kind of grindy drudge hockey we’ll need to get out of the Pacific in the postseason.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Puljijarvi draws another PP for the Oil.

  14. LMHF#1 says:

    Nice play by 98 there.

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai is highly effective on the right side half boards on the PP.

  16. OilClog says:

    So I’m firing up a gofundme for a robot I’m designing to backhand the coach anytime he thinks about taking Jesse off of Connor’s wing. Hopefully with a real community effort this baby will be ready by the start of the 3rd!

  17. russ99 says:

    We’re moving and moving the puck better on the power play. Static is predictable.

  18. wood99 says:

    Draisaitl looks way more engaged this period.

  19. russ99 says:

    In this game the board play is more a campaign than a battle.

  20. jp says:

    Lordy, quick hands!!

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

    Eat it Drew Doughty

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid ties the game up – kind of week on the Kuemper.

  23. striatic says:

    russ99,

    Indeed. The PP was looking pretty dangerous even if they didn’t score. Also better presence around the net making the wristers from the blue line look a little more dangerous.

    … did McDavid just walk Doughty? Damn.

  24. Spooky Lynx says:

    Ahahaha what a goal!

  25. russ99 says:

    Jesus,, McDavid.

  26. Bling says:

    Suck it, Drew!

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice stretch pass by Cammy on the McDavid goal.

  28. Bling says:

    I don’t trust Talbot.

    New goalies in the off-season, please.

  29. russ99 says:

    If Connor wants to get back to doing a few impossible things each game again for the rest of the season, that’s fine by me.

  30. OilClog says:

    Bling:
    I don’t trust Talbot.

    New goalies in the off-season, please.

    Go to sleep MacT

  31. Lowetide says:

    Goal and an assist for 97, now 52gp, 22-41-63.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Whoa – that didn’t go in?

  33. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    How?

  34. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    McDavid ties the game up – kind of week on the Kuemper.

    Even up for the 1st against Talbot?

    There’s gotta be 30 or so of those coming our way sooner or later no?

  35. russ99 says:

    Damn. That looked in.

  36. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    russ99:
    If Connor wants to get back to doing a few impossible things each game again for the rest of the season, that’s fine by me.

    If the team really thinks the playoffs are still in reach he has to.

  37. OilClog says:

    It’s crazy how much more effective Leon’s shot is not hidden in the corner.

  38. russ99 says:

    How is that not holding?

  39. OilClog says:

    Why is 98’s shot not in Stromes spot? ridiculous, Mcdavid is wrong hand for Leon’s backhand.

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

    After the Leon shot that was a god-awful powerplay.

    Its amazing how quickly they revert to the “stand still and pass it around the outside” seconds after moving it quickly and crisply to the net

  41. striatic says:

    First half of the PP was great, until after the Draisaitl chance where they reverted to the same old predictable perimeter rotation.

  42. Rebilled says:

    russ99,

    It is holding but too many power plays for the away team

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    Why is 98’s shot not in Stromes spot? ridiculous, Mcdavid is wrong hand for Leon’s backhand.

    The PP has been materially better and scoring since they put Strome there.

  44. russ99 says:

    Rebilled:
    russ99,

    It is holding but too many power plays for the away team

    True.

    Refs are using the wrong script, the Ducks are allowed to get away with murder, not the Kings.

  45. Bling says:

    OilClog: Go to sleep MacT

    Q: How many goalies with at least 25 starts have a better save percentage than Cam Talbot?

    A: 30.

  46. danny says:

    Any forecheck whatsoever and the Oilers look like they are drunk.

  47. Spooky Lynx says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    striatic,

    Would have been nice to see Strome cut through the slot once or twice to get the defenders thinking about him. As he was positioned he posed zero threat.

  48. OilClog says:

    OriginalPouzar: The PP has been materially better and scoring since they put Strome there.

    im not saying take Dylan off the unit, saying put 98 in that spot, move Ryan to Drake’s spot and run the horses til they die.

  49. russ99 says:

    Spooky Lynx:
    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    striatic,

    Would have been nice to see Strome cut through the slot once or twice to get the defenders thinking about him. As he was positioned he posed zero threat.

    Also, McDavid isn’t as much as a threat at the point,

  50. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bling: Q: How many goalies with at least 25 starts have a better save percentage than Cam Talbot?

    A: 30.

    How many of those goalies were top 5 in Vezina voting last year?

    Goalies are weird and sometimes have off-seasons.

    I’m highly confident that management (current or new) will not be focusing on goaltending in the off season.

  51. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    russ99: True.

    Refs are using the wrong script, the Ducks are allowed to get away with murder, not the Kings.

    From what I can remember, the refs have let both the kings and the ducks get away with a lot over the past 5-7 years… Especially in the playoffs

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    How is that not interference?

  53. JD_Wry says:

    danny: Any forecheck whatsoever and the Oilers look like they are drunk.

    Would you ask anyone to play this game without alcohol?

  54. Ben says:

    Drew Remenda trying and failing to quote Will Ferrell movies plays like a classic Will Ferrell character.

  55. OilClog says:

    Bling: Q: How many goalies with at least 25 starts have a better save percentage than Cam Talbot?

    A: 30.

    I’m not saying Cam is having a good year, I’m saying I’d sure hate to give up on a guy with 1yr old twins with a history of good goalinging. Be a real history repeating itself story.

    Aiming for another 1a is awesome, always improve, maybe strap some pads on kris and call it a day.

  56. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Drew Remedial would do well to remember he got run out of California for commentary like this.

  57. russ99 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Drew Remedial would do well to remember he got run out of California for commentary like this.

    Looking forward to Sunday to hear how great the Sharks are again, not.

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

    Spooky Lynx,

    russ99,

    Agreed and agreed, very frustrating to watch them stand around when all three of the PP goals in the last two games were a result of quick passes and darting into the slot.

  59. russ99 says:

    Good period, fought back to even it up after the early goals against in each period.

  60. OilClog says:

    Drew isn’t part of Todd’s Kliq package? 45g retainer, Eberle practice stories, all the donuts and signed photos of Joe you can eat.

  61. thehop says:

    Great period by the Oilers!

    That Khaira scrap was the catalyst!

    That guy is a keeper

  62. JimmyV1965 says:

    We’ve got one top four dman right now with Nurse. Sekera, Russel and Davidson should all be on the third pair. Benning and Klef should be on the fourth pair. It’s amazing it’s a tie game.

  63. russ99 says:

    JimmyV1965:
    We’ve got one top four dman right now with Nurse. Sekera, Russel and Davidson should all be on the third pair. Benning and Klef should be on the fourth pair. It’s amazing it’s a tie game.

    We kept them to the outside for the most part. So not our best defensive night, but good enough to have a shot.

  64. Lowetide says:

    After TWO

    2-2 tie (2-1 EDM in the second)
    18-11 Edmonton shots (15-5 EDM in the second)
    39-20 LAK Corsi for 5×5 (18-13 LAK in the second)

    Oilers had a big edge in the second, save for a few “and the expansion team is trapped in their own zone and can’t get out!” shifts.

  65. OilClog says:

    thehop:
    Great period by the Oilers!

    That Khaira scrap was the catalyst!

    That guy is a keeper

    If Vegas took him instead of Grif.. Chia would deserve a monument at that point, with moustache.

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

    It’s kind of amazing after the game he had against Tampa that Slepy gets benched again. Man, those sideburns. I guess to be fair Pakarinen had a good game as well and can PK. Tough to say who should come out but that 4th line was effective last game. Guess you can’t lose a roster spot to illness, but Kassian hasn’t been himself the past 2 months.

  67. OilClog says:

    Milan for Max, have Gretz call Montreal he’s probably got the perfect amount of drinks in him, hit them with the stories and grandkids and walk away the victor!

  68. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

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

    Interesting… I noticed *Kassian had some good boots on the PK in the first. Granted, haven’t noticed him much since.

    *edit

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    After TWO

    2-2 tie (2-1 EDM in the second)
    18-11 Edmonton shots (15-5 EDM in the second)
    39-20 LAK Corsi for 5×5 (18-13 LAK in the second)

    Oilers had a big edge in the second, save for a few “and the expansion team is trapped in their own zone and can’t get out!” shifts.

    How did the Oilers have 15 shots but a CF of 13?

  70. JimmyV1965 says:

    russ99: We kept them to the outside for the most part. So not our best defensive night, but good enough to have a shot.

    What drives me bonkers is the inability to move the puck up the ice. Three unforced errors resulted in their second goal.

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto’s 9 or 10 game multi-point streak over as he’s held off the scoresheet tonight.

  72. Sighduck says:

    Zelepukin,

    I understand that, guess I was just wondering if anyone was aware or had noticed how long players had traditionally spent after losing a family member. If the team truly believes they can still make it to the dance Larsson is a huge factor in whether or not they even have a chance. By my eye he has been #2 behind Nurse in terms of performance.

  73. Rebilled says:

    After two:

    Gretzky twelve in.

    Janet watches every game.

  74. Sighduck says:

    I am a simple man but the sight of a Drai McD Pulj line makes me more excited than it should!

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

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

    Interesting… I noticed *Kassian had some good boots on the PK in the first.Granted, haven’t noticed him much since.

    *edit

    Oh, not what I meant. Wouldn’t say he deserves to be in the press box, certainly not based on this game. He just hasn’t been as effective as he can be the last while.

    For Slepy he played well last time out, but so did Pak and Pak PKs so I am not surprised to see Pak in over Slepy. We know the coach prefers Caggiula to Slepy so he isn’t coming out. And no way Slepy gets played over Kassian due to history, salary. truculence, etc,

    So Slepy sits again. Tough situation cause I think he deserves an extended shot.

    Maybe if they move Cammy and or Maroon at the deadline he will get it.

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    How did none of those go in?

  77. Spooky Lynx says:

    Did that really not go in?

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

    Oh god we are going to have nightmares about those chances if we lose.
    Kuemper with the CuJo save and 2 posts.

  79. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Rebilled,

    Gold.

  80. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Just spitballin here, but based on the way it seems the game is going, with oilers dominating and kings not able to get many shots, I guessing kings win with the next softy talbot lets in.

  81. Lowetide says:

    Two huge saves by Talbot there.

  82. Sighduck says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    At least there was no goal on the first Kings shot of the period!

  83. Spooky Lynx says:

    98-97-29 gives me a tingly feeling.

  84. Sighduck says:

    Nuge rather than Cammalleri on that second line add a much more dangerous dynamic, please don’t trade him Chia…

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

    LA stats guy is definitely distorting the shot count.

  86. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    What I like about this year’s team is, once Nuge and Larss went down under duress the boys picked up their lunch pails and went to work.

  87. OilClog says:

    Benning is puke out there

  88. Sighduck says:

    Relentless forchecking giving the Oilers D all they can handle and more

  89. russ99 says:

    Looch has a real good look.

    Wow, that’s an iffy penalty.

  90. Spooky Lynx says:

    Thank you Cam! Huge, massive save.

  91. thehop says:

    That’s not a good penalty there by Pulujarvi.

    Thank god for Talbot

  92. Spooky Lynx says:

    Interference?

  93. Spooky Lynx says:

    One has GOT to go our way this season

  94. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    That will count.

  95. OilClog says:

    Everyone knows the ending of this story

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

    Damn. That goal will stand.

    This season in a nut shell right here. Had so many chances to take the lead. Iffy penalty and we are down by one.

  97. russ99 says:

    Close one. We never get these either way, from the “Toronto war room” so I’ll go with LA getting the call.

  98. Rebilled says:

    Big surprise.

  99. thehop says:

    Every time I hear Paul Ledue…

    I think of True Detective…

    It’s fucking with my mind…

    That prick had to score to top it off…

    Paul Ledue… Paul Ledue did this??? Paul muthafucking Ledue did this!!!!!

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

    NHL conspiracy theories aside that was not interference.

  101. Ben says:

    That stings because it’s exactly the kind of call that’s wiped out Oilers goals, not because it should be called as interference.

  102. geowal says:

    This is your NHL, folks.

  103. Sighduck says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    This call whether just or not seems to always go against the Oilers.

    Is it 15 straight now against the Oil? Thought I was the number 14 a few days ago.

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

    I would be pulling the goalie now. A regulation loss is a back breaker.

  105. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

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

    That, and special teams + ill health.

  106. Diablo says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    This call whether just or not seems to always go against the Oilers.

    Yup.

    Not for one second did I believe it would get called back.

    #BecauseOilers

  107. Sighduck says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    Damn. That goal will stand.

    This season in a nut shell right here. Had so many chances to take the lead. Iffy penalty and we are down by one.

    I suppose that is why so many posters find it easy to be optimistic about this roster next year. So much of the heartache this year seems like poor luck or in the case of the PK a statistical anomaly.

  108. Spooky Lynx says:

    Game. Kings.

  109. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    For real now no playoffs.

  110. OilClog says:

    Gretz should watch a game or two in that Toronto review room

  111. danny says:

    I think we need to rebrand Rogers Place to the Bell Let’s Talk Center

  112. russ99 says:

    That sucks.

  113. striatic says:

    And that really is the season.

  114. Diablo says:

    striatic:
    And that really is the season.

    The season was over long before this game.

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

    Adam, take your time. Season is done.

    Oilers didn’t even muster a chance with the empty net pulled. Everyone chased the puck and missed. Kings break out the other way.

    I’m not upset about the goaltender interference call. The Puljujarvi call was weak. They let that go all game.

    Oilers had their chances. So many chances. Couldn’t put it away.

  116. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Let’s not forget the oilers played 40 minutes tonight.

  117. striatic says:

    As depressing as that was, nice to see McDavid with another multipoint game. Watching him chase the scoring lead would do a lot to make the back half of this season entertaining, and give the team a tangible reward to play for.

  118. danny says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Let’s not forget the oilers played 40 minutes tonight.

    With this team I don’t know if this is a compliment or an insult

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

    My hope is now Chia and TMac move Maroon and Letestu and Cammy and give the youth a look from here on out.

    Let’s see what we have with all these guys. Call up Rattie, etc. Play Slepy.

  120. russ99 says:

    Nobody to blame but ourselves, cane out flat and allowed early goals in both first and second.

    Then had tons of chances and open looks but couldn’t cash.

  121. Bling says:

    Not sure what the difference is between what was called on Puljujarvi late in the third versus the Folin crosscheck on JP earlier in the game that led to the Khaira fight.

  122. gregsaint says:

    Todd shouldn’t have put Pulju out after the Doughty stick breaking thing where he was complaining… you know 8 has the refs ear and demanded something be done about a virtual rookie getting away with something. A make up call was inevitable…Todd should know this

  123. JimmyV1965 says:

    The Oil played pretty good tonight. Once we got into the ozone we were good. But getting it there was so absolutely painful.

    Same old story. The dmen simply can’t get the puck out with any consistency. I was amazed how often our forwards have to circle back near the King’s blue line and actually receive the puck while they’re moving towards our dzone. They then have to circle back again and bring it back to the ozone.

    This may be my frustration talking, but is Gryba really that much worse than Benning? What is it that Benning actually does well?

  124. JimmyV1965 says:

    Thought the forwards were much better at supporting the dmen tonight.

  125. Bling says:

    OriginalPouzar: Bling

    Guys who finished ahead of Talbot last season in Vezina voting, and their save percentage this year:

    Bobrovsky .920
    Holtby .915
    Price .907

    The guy who finished just behind him:

    Dubnyk .917
    Jones .913

  126. Mr. D. says:

    Klef.. 5 shots at net..4 blocked shots..-4 doesn’t mean anything LOL!

  127. Bling says:

    I think you could make an argument that at minimum two of those three goals should have been stopped today.

  128. JimmyV1965 says:

    Thought JJ looked good again tonight. Had a couple brain cramps but he can handle the puck well, can make plays in tight and fight off backcheckers.

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

    Had thoughts imagining just how good this team would be if Doughty was on our side, not theirs. I think a top 4 D of

    Nurse-Doughty
    Klef-Larsson

    would make this team a Cup contender without any additions up front. If he makes it to UFA you hand him a blank cheque and trade whomever you have to up front other than Connor, Leon, and the guys on ELCs to make it work.

  130. hunter1909 says:

    hunter1909,

    Fuck my predictions. They’re 100% crap.

  131. hunter1909 says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    Had thoughts imagining just how good this team would be if Doughty was on our side, not theirs.I think a top 4 D of

    Nurse-Doughty
    Klef-Larsson

    would make this team a Cup contender without any additions up front. If he makes it to UFA you hand him a blank cheque and trade whomever you have to up front other than Connor, Leon, and the guys on ELCs to make it work.

    Oilers defence is scandalously unable to clear it’s own bleeding zone.

    of course they had Justin Schultz, but failed to use him properly. I wonder what happened to him?

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Tough to lose the game on a arguable penalty call.

    On to ANA on Friday – maybe McDavid will go supernova again?

  133. ArmchairGM says:

    dustrock:
    https://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2016/6/29/12061696/Salary-Cap-Recapture-Montreal-Canadiens-PK-Subban-Shea-Weber-Nashville-Predators–Flyers-Offer-Sheet

    So as long as Weber plays past 34, the Habs don’t have a cap recapture penalty.

    The Preds could be majorly burned if he retires early, though one doubts that would happen.

    Would you trade Looch if Montreal retains $2,857m against the cap/year?

    8 years of Weber at $5million?

    How about Lucic + Russell for Weber? I’m pretty sure if Weber hints at retiring early you could trade him back to the Preds who would then convince him he’s injured through the end of his contract. You might even get a decent prospect in return.

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dreger is reporting more interest in Letsetu Thad Maroon right now.

    We do know the Bruins and a few other teams are interest in Maroon but it would be nice to get a decent asset for Letsetu as well.

  135. OriginalPouzar says:

    I wonder if Maroon is sick? He hasn’t played very well the last couple of games and did miss practice earlier this week.

  136. russ99 says:

    ArmchairGM: How about Lucic + Russell for Weber? I’m pretty sure if Weber hints at retiring early you could trade him back to the Preds who would then convince him he’s injured through the end of his contract. You might even get a decent prospect in return.

    Why would either player waive their NMC? It’s hard enough to get one player to waive, near impossible for two. It doesn’t happen often, only two players waived to go to Vegas.

    Out of all of the three players with NMC’s Lucic is the most likely, but it’s still a really hard sell.

    It’s not up to the GM, it’s the players’ choice.

    Here’s a list of players with NMCs, you can count on half a hand the players that have been traded.
    https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/ntc-nmc

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

    OriginalPouzar:
    I wonder if Maroon is sick?He hasn’t played very well the last couple of games and did miss practice earlier this week.

    That’s what I said last game vs. Tampa–he must be sick cause he played poorly. Again tonight as well.

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

    Expecting Russell or Lucic to waive their NMCs this summer is a pipe dream, IMO. Why on Earth would they do that? Maybe in a couple of years, but now?

  139. thehop says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Are you referring to Pulujarvi’s penalty?

    If so, That was an obvious interference call and a bad penalty to take tied 2-2 with the game on the line.

  140. Old Timer says:

    Throughout the game it was evident that the Oilers D corps was having trouble moving the puck out of their zone effectively. In addition, the forwards did not have enough discipline to play on the right side of the puck to aid the breakouts.

    Talk all you want about getting snipers and good scoring forwards but if the D men can’t get the puck to the forwards then they aren’t going to be scoring as many goals as they should and the entire team will be wasting their energy defending when they should be attacking.

  141. GMB3 says:

    My lord I can’t wait for an Oilers team without Kris Russell

  142. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I wonder if Maroon is sick?He hasn’t played very well the last couple of games and did miss practice earlier this week.

    He isn’t playing with McDavid or Getzlaf. This is Maroon without McDavid or Getzlaf, a slow bottom six winger who can’t PK and is only average defensively.

    And Chiarelli is going to pay him $4 million dollars per year over 4 years. Just book it.

  143. OriginalPouzar says:

    NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
    Expecting Russell or Lucic to waive their NMCs this summer is a pipe dream, IMO. Why on Earth would they do that? Maybe in a couple of years, but now?

    I would definitely not expect them to waiver but they very well could be willing to waive, moreso Lucic than Russell I would think. I think Russell is more “married” to wetern Canada than Lucic and, although Lucic and his family do seem to enjoy Edmonton, I’m not so certain he would say no to a trade to numerous teams. I mean, do we see him turning down a trade to LA, ANA, etc. in the west? Even CHI, PHI, NY, etc. I’m not so sure he’s so in love with Edmonton he wouldn’t be willing to waive.

    A NTC does not mean the player has no desire to play anywhere else and would never waive, it simply provides them with a veto and a say in any trade. Sure, they can absolutely refuse but I think that’s unlikely in the case of Lucic.

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: He isn’t playing with McDavid or Getzlaf.This is Maroon without McDavid or Getzlaf, a slow bottom six winger who can’t PK and is only average defensively.

    No, no its not. Maroon is a good hockey player away from McDavid – no, he’s not a 25 goal scorer away from McDavid but he is a good hockey player that makes smart plays, is good on the board, provides some offence and is aggressive.

    I don’t have this year’s numbers but he was one of the few Oiler forwards that had positive possession metrics without McDavid last year.

« Older Comments

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!
© Copyright - Lowetide.ca