G54 2017-18: Oilers at Sharks

It was exactly what one might expect from this year’s Oilers: Frustrating, mostly pointless, and featuring some absolute filth from the Anaheim Ducks. This team isn’t going to be together that much longer, but this could be a painful march to the end of the season, even for Oilers fans. As we have discussed previously, these games don’t matter for the playoff chase (Edmonton is doomed)  but sure as hell matter to Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan. This could get ugly in a quick hurry.

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DEADMAN’S CURVE, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • February 2016: 2-2-0, goal differential -2 (4 points)
  • February 2017: 1-3-0, goal differential -7 (2 points)
  • February 2018: 1-2-1, goal differential -1 (3 points)
  • February 9, 2016: New Jersey 2, Edmonton 1 (Source)
  • February 14, 2017: Edmonton 5, Arizona 2 (Source)

Compared to the last two seasons, this is about normal. I still say Peter Chiarelli is probably not comfortable with these losses, reaching 82 points makes his exit meeting with Bob Nicholson and Daryl Katz at least a little easier. I think there are signs (back checking, mostly) this team is giving up, acknowledgement of another failed season.

AFTER 53, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 21-27-5, goal differential -25 (47 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 28-17-8, goal differential +16 (64 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 23-26-4, goal differential -24 (50 points)
  • February 7, 2016: NYI 8, Edmonton 1 (Source)
  • February 3, 2017: Carolina 2, Edmonton 1 (Source)

I can’t remember the moment when the 2015-16 season began marching in lock step with this season (or vice versa) but man it has stuck like glue. What a mess. There are 29 games left by my count, 10 wins in those games means massive changes in my opinion. If the team can get to 15 wins, and 82 points? Story to tell, although it is also true that may not be enough.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEBRUARY

  • At home to: Colorado, Tampa Bay (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 1-0-1)
  • On the road to: Los AngelesAnaheim, San Jose (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-2-0)
  • 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: 1-2-1, three points in four games

Nuge and Larsson are out but it’s pretty clear the current Oilers don’t have the horsepower. I thought Anton Slepyshev had some jump last night, there’s still time for him to emerge as a useful player. This is a good time for auditions, far better than the first nine games of the year.

LOWETIDE TOP 30, 2009

It was a weird draft in 2009 and the rankings versus actual tell us true. I was strong on Hedman (he’s the only defenseman to rank No. 1 on one of my lists, although that probably changes this year), still believe he’s top drawer. Magnus was the Oilers pick, I had him top 10.

  1. [2] D Victor Hedman: Franchise. Top end talent.
  2. [1] C John Tavares: Tremendous goal-scorer.
  3. [4] C Evander Kane: Strong, skilled and gifted.
  4. [3] C Matt DuChene: Elite level speed and skill.
  5. [5] C Braydon Schenn: Skill set transfers perfectly.
  6. [22] C Jordan Schroeder: Math loves him. Terrific skill.
  7. [8] R Scott Glennie: Wide range of skills with good results.
  8. [10] L Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson: Speed kills.
  9. [14] D Dmitrti Kulikov: Fine resume, wide range of skills.
  10. [11] D Ryan Ellis: There’s just too much.
  11. [6] D Oliver Ekman-Larson: Strong resume, math is meh.
  12. [9] D Jared Cowen: Big, strong D with huge wingspan.
  13. [12] D Calvin De Haan: Complete resume.
  14. [13] R Zack Kassian: PF with an edge.
  15. [49] D Stefan Elliott: Nice range of skills.
  16. [25] C Jordan Caron: Why isn’t there more fuss?
  17. [21] D John Moore: Smooth skater with skill from the blue.
  18. [31] G Mikko Koskinen: .931SP is good in any league.
  19. [17] D David Rundblad: Smart player, good shot.
  20. [23] D Tim Erixon: Has brains, skill and pedigree.
  21. [7] C Nazem Kadri: A somewhat risky pick (London calling).
  22. [18] C Louis LeBlanc: Expert puck handler.
  23. [30] D Simon Despres: An actual defenseman.
  24. [77] G Matt Hackett: SP says he’s a player.
  25. [19] C Chris Kreider: Late buzz, high schoolers tough to project.
  26. [29] R Carter Ashton: Big PF prospect.
  27. [45] R Jeremy Morin: He can score goals, could be a steal.
  28. [33] C Ryan O’Reilly: An impressive list of skills.
  29. [42] D Charles-Olivier Roussel: Smart player with some skill.
  30. [20] C Jacob Josefson: Two-way center with playmaking skills.

The market was correct (or more correct than me) about Jordan Schroeder, I thought he was terrific value where he was chosen. I faded Kadri way too much, but did get Ryan O’Reilly inside the first round.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Russell went 15-8 together in 11:22, 1-0 GF. I honestly had no idea they were out there at the same time that much, but did notice Klefbom-Benning (10-2 in 5:48). I like that duo despite the chaos. Russell had an eventful night good and bad, too high event for a defensive defender. I think Klefbom is getting back to where he can be, making these blasted trade rumors truly noxious.
  • Nurse-Davidson went 14-12 together in 11:33, I like both players and am pleased Davidson is getting an extended time to impress. He battled a filthy group of forwards despite not being a giant. Nurse had an easier time, he is approaching giant status (strong, strong man), but did go walkabout for no reason a couple of times.
  • Benning-Klefbom went 10-2 together in 5:48. Mobile and they can pass, even on a night (on a road trip) that isn’t going to rhyme. Oilers should be hiring more of these player types. Benning isn’t going to win over all fans, but for me he brings exactly what this team needs badly (speed, passing, some offense) from the blue.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 34, .912. I thought he played well.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Pakarinen-Letestu-Slepyshev went 12-5 together, 1-0 GF. The goal was all Slepyshev, who remains a solid option for exactly what this team needs. You hope this is the spark that inspires the coach to try him in a more prominent role, but we also know the odds don’t favor this outcome. The other two men played well enough to stay in the lineup.
  • Maroon-McDavid-Puljujarvi went 16-15 together, 1-2 GF. I love the idea of putting the Finn with 97, but the youngster struggled last night. Stay the course, Mr. McLellan. Maroon had a good game compared to his recent past, benefiting from McDavid’s presence on his line. Went 12-12 and 1-2GF against the Kesler line. Kesler was all over 97 and 98, absolute criminal. All three men had defensive miscues and the backchecking wasn’t on full blast to my eye.
  • Lucic-Draisaitl-Caggiula went 12-8 (Lucic) and 7-4 (Caggiula). Leon’s good chance came on the 5×4 (he hammered that shot) but the 5×5 work was not successful. Went 12-10, 0-1 against the Getzlaf line. Leon is good enough to grab a game by the throat, wish he did it more often. Not complaining mind you, love the player.
  • Khaira-Strome-Kassian went 6-13 together, there were some promising sorties but the trio kept turning the puck over. Strome seems to be more involved these days, won some physical battles and came out with the puck. Went 8-8 with the Henrique line. Kassian was a giveaway machine.

HEY! THAT’S GREAT!

Always good when smart NHL teams are scouting your best defenseman, I would recommend the owner stepping in at this point. Look, Oscar Klefbom isn’t Bobby Orr but he’s a tremendous young talent with a ridiculous contract. Trading Klefbom continues a costly trend by this organization. Sending away your best silver and gold, the cream of the good young talent, is a bad idea. That’s why teams rarely do it.

Here’s some home truth. Even with the Reinhart trade, the Hall trade, the Eberle deal, there’s enough pure talent for the Edmonton Oilers to compete for the Stanley Cup with just a few astute moves. There are overpays to come, players who will need to be offloaded with a sweetener due to a bad contract. Trading Klefbom for what will likely be a lesser return or futures (who are they dangling? Sergachev? Point?) makes no sense. This is where this blog’s author tells you “I’m inclined to believe the Oilers will keep their powder dry” but in my opinion there may be some pressure on management to improve now. Oilers are in a dangerous spot. Who is going to tell the owner he needs to stop the bleeding? Gretzky? Does that moment in time mark the exact point when the FOG regime begins?

As a hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers are a frustrating bunch who treat young talent as an endlessly renewable resource. As a soap opera, they’re the best game in town. Fans would like to see competence and progress. I could quote you chapter and verse about rainy winter days in Los Angeles when things looked dire for this organization, but this one might be the worst.

Daryl Katz has his answer to this question: What would happen if the Oilers win the McDavid lottery and hire veteran management and coaching? Now he must figure out what to do when the answer is “not much in the standings.” I think we’re two months from FOG. Pretty sure.

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  1. russ99 says:

    Fuck me. This team is cursed.

  2. leadfarmer says:

    Haaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

  3. StixMalone says:

    Why not just start 6 skaters every game. Make it less painful..

  4. thepeetso says:

    How many games is that now?

    1st shot against, 1st goal against

    10? 11? 12?

  5. JD_Wry says:

    Just. Like. Oilways.

    What channel is the ice dancing 💃 on?

  6. Munny says:

    Munny:
    Have the Sharks scored yet?

    Called it at lunch time.

    FFS.

  7. Sighduck says:

    copy and paste my comment from yesterday, no need to play the first 5 mins, 55 minute hockey games and just start the team down 1 goal.

  8. jp says:

    leadfarmer:
    Haaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

    +1

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was a tough PP shift for Drai.

    Puljijarvi right in on net with a quick break chance – no goal though.

  10. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    thepeetso:
    How many games is that now?

    1st shot against,1st goal against

    10? 11? 12?

    10

  11. jp says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey: 10

    Any idea the record?

    Seems historically bad, but you never know…

  12. StixMalone says:

    FFS this team can’t defence good at all

  13. thepeetso says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey: 10

    That is an absolutely horrendous stat.

    20% of the games.

    Wow.

  14. OilClog says:

    Benning playing ring around the Rosie.

  15. StixMalone says:

    What the hell was that???

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    That is some bad hockey.

  17. Munny says:

    Fork meet chopped liver.

  18. AntsOfTheSky says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Looks like Lucic/Drai/Slepy is a thing tonight – straight from the 2017 playoffs!

    Wow, and it only took them 54 games to try last season’s successful playoff line! Nice job Oilers!

  19. russ99 says:

    No point in watching this anymore.

    Gonna check out the olympics.

  20. StixMalone says:

    These mountains the oilers have to climb every game are bigger than Everest…

  21. OriginalPouzar says:

    Perhaps a time out on the next whistle is warranted?

  22. OilClog says:

    Well wasting Mcdavids ELC should end employment for all involved parties

  23. JD_Wry says:

    Oilers better start tweeting more interviews with players from the best team of all time.

  24. StixMalone says:

    Remember what team you had here Todd? You don’t have it in Edmonton …

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers going to need the next goal…..

  26. jzed says:

    Do refs get bonus money for assists? Uh, I’ll stand right between the D men, they won’t screw around with piss poor passes ….doh

  27. Sighduck says:

    Here’s hoping McD can make things interesting as he always seems to do!

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto with a first period assist.

    After his super slow start, he’s 9th in the WHL in points/game.

  29. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Winning a cup on a player’s ELC is an outlier, not the norm… even for generational players. How’s Tavares or Ovechkin or Stamkos or Mackinnon or Ekblad doing lately?

  30. StixMalone says:

    Sharks smelling blood. First period shit the bed performance as usual. Come on guys….

  31. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    That’s encouraging. Hope he can translate that force of will to the AHL next year.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ty Rattie (17) ASST: Ben Betker (1), Ty Loney (1)

    Josh Currie (11) ASST: Ryan Hamilton (14), Joey LaLeggia (20)

    Game tied at 3 – its a big one for the Condors in a push for the playoffs.

  33. Sighduck says:

    Didn’t think I would say this but Lucic has had some great looks so far this game, that line is buzzing

  34. OilClog says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Winning a cup on a player’s ELC is an outlier, not the norm… even for generational players.How’s Tavares or Ovechkin or Stamkos or Mackinnon or Ekblad doing lately?

    Have they come out of Mcdavids ELC stronger then when they entered it? No. The only answer is no. 3 years and you’re a weaker team. Cannon fodder

  35. jzed says:

    We know what we have in Benning, he’s had his chances, sit him, bring up the big rightie from the farm, not Grybs, the young one, hell, swap out the entire D and play the farm D , need to shock them out of trance somehow!

  36. Zelepukin says:

    Drai has been having a good period. That’s been the only positive.

  37. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OilClog,

    A 103 point season and game seven of the playoffs after 10 absent seasons say hello.

  38. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I’ve been rooting for Betker for years, nice to see him get a point. Still think there’s a player there… a bigger and slightly better skating, lefty-Larsson-lite.

  39. StixMalone says:

    Fire the teams eye doctor! He obviously doesn’t check the players peripheral vision. 3/4 of the team are blind judging by the errant passing….

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lucic with some patented solid passing tonight………

  41. Offside says:

    For many fans, the Oiler glory years now span from 2016 all the way to 2017

  42. OriginalPouzar says:

    jzed:
    We know what we have in Benning, he’s had his chances, sit him, bring up the big rightie from the farm, not Grybs, the young one, hell,swap out the entire D and play the farm D , need to shock them out of trancesomehow!

    Who? Mantha?

    God know – he’s not ready for the NHL.

    The NHL team sucks, doesn’t mean we should force not NHL ready prospects in to the lineup well before they are ready and hurt their development.

  43. little.fiery.one says:

    This team seems to have no idea how to play offense. There has been sustained time in the Sharks end and the passing in their zone is hot garbage.

  44. OilClog says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    OilClog,

    A 103 point season and game seven of the playoffs after 10 absent seasons say hello.

    it’s beginning to look more and more like a fluke, flash in the pan, here’s a gift fools, kinda season.

    Team had a chance to be a dynasty with Hall, there’s no dynasty coming unless they somehow win the draft. The team is worse

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    OriginalPouzar,

    I’ve been rooting for Betker for years, nice to see him get a point.Still think there’s a player there… a bigger and slightly better skating, lefty-Larsson-lite.

    I haven’t seen him play much so I’ll take your word for it.

    He was in the ECHL last year but has stayed in the A this year I believe.

    Its the last year of his ECL, not sure if they will qualify him or let him go.

  46. DBO says:

    So season officially over for players? Or am I seeing something different on ice.

    They have checked out. Move Letestu, Cammelleri, and Maroon.

    Young players, not picks. Build to compete for Cup next year, not in 3 to 5 years. That means a true 2RD who can play PP. A better 1LW with speed. And if by some miracle u can move Sekera or Russell instead of Klefbom you do it even if it means adding something to clear cap space.

    Once they move Maroon and Nuge is back, be great to see him at 1 LW to see how he does. Two way player who can score and make plays with speed. Kinda seems like it would fit.

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Solid block by Russell…

  48. flyfish1168 says:

    Our Oilers are making it difficult for our beloved phlegms to make the playoffs.

  49. StixMalone says:

    Just put Russel in net already….

  50. little.fiery.one says:

    Every Shark shot from the point makes it to the net, and the amount of free looks they are getting from the slot. What is wrong with this team?

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    Currie from Hamilton and LaLeggia on the PP for the 2nd time and the Condors lead 4-3 late in the 2nd.

  52. godot10 says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Fan frustration level:

    A goal against in the first 2 minutes might drive me to watch Ice Dance instead. Ice Dance I tell you!

    It is never a mistake to watch Tessa Virtue and Scot Moir. They are good.

  53. StixMalone says:

    Last minute of play in the 1st period ladies and germs

  54. OilClog says:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/ron-don-imagine-taylor-hall-still-connor-mcdavid/

    For those that haven’t fully sunk into the dark place, here’s the last drop.

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    I wonder if Josh Currie might be earning himself an NHL contract?

    I don’t think he’s done enough – not with some decent talent coming to the Condors next year (Vessel, Benson, Hebig, maybe Yamamoto).

  56. JD_Wry says:

    godot10: It is never a mistake to watch Tessa Virtue and Scot Moir.They are good.

    Come for the skating, stay for the outfits.

  57. StixMalone says:

    I think Russel has blocked more shots than our goalies

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    The 2nd half of that period was better but that was NOT a good period, road period or otherwise.

  59. Oil2Oilers says:

    Zelepukin:
    Drai has been having a good period. That’s been the only positive.

    You obviously didn’t see Virtue’s dress

  60. Munny says:

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

  61. Sighduck says:

    OilClog,

    What a fantastic post about the tree that was fertilised by the corpse of the dead beaten horse that is the Taylor Hall trade.

  62. jzed says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I guess I don’t know what NHL ready means anymore, watching this NHL team.

  63. StixMalone says:

    Mitch Marner gets 5 points and no one says anything? Oh wait I’m confusing him with someone else…

  64. OilClog says:

    Sighduck:
    OilClog,

    What a fantastic post about the tree that was fertilised by the corpse of the dead beaten horse that is the Taylor Hall trade.

    Beautiful tree, Horse is a thoroughbred in the midst of his prime.

  65. godot10 says:

    OilClog: Have they come out of Mcdavids ELC stronger then when they entered it? No. The only answer is no. 3 years and you’re a weaker team. Cannon fodder

    Nelson’s final roster was much worse than this roster, even with all the talent bled out because of McLellan’s coaching failures. This team should be a playoff team but for the coaching. Chiarelli has chopped off the high end potential, but it should still be a playoff team.

  66. JD_Wry says:

    JD_Wry:
    Third game in four nights, in California, on Tabernac Saturday.

    WCGW?

    Well um… where to begin… ?

  67. Zelepukin says:

    just spitballin’ some ideas here, can we write into future contracts some sort of reverse bonus clause?

    You lose x dollars from your salary if you’re on the ice for giving up the first goal and it’s in the first period.

    You lose 2x dollars from your salary if said goal is the first shot on net.

  68. HT Joe says:

    OilClog:
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/ron-don-imagine-taylor-hall-still-connor-mcdavid/

    For those that haven’t fully sunk into the dark place, here’s the last drop.

    Media jabs like that are completely deserved, because “what could have been” was obvious to a lot of people before hindsight confirmed the results.

  69. OilClog says:

    godot10: Nelson’s final roster was much worse than this roster, even with all the talent bled out because of McLellan’s coaching failures.This team should be a playoff team but for the coaching.Chiarelli has chopped off the high end potential, but it should still be a playoff team.

    I dunno about that, does this Defence really look like a playoff squad? Sekera at 30%, Benning with a missing Brain, injured Klef.. Chia literally did nothing to compensate for injury or improve the unit over the summer lol.

    Does anyone in the forward group score without Mcdavid?

    Lucic is about 25% of the player Hall is, Strome is 35% of what a broken Eberle was. They have no a\way to recover that missing skill without gutting other areas. They fucked it all up, rebuild 5.3.

  70. HALFWALL says:

    A Haiku:

    I went to the game

    I paid $360 for tix

    I want to throw up

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    My goodness, these players simply cannot pass the puck, like they can’t make simple passes.

  72. Gret99zky says:

    The only thing that’s going to make me feel better about this season is reading about how next season will be different.

    How the players will all be healthy and try their best.

    How Yamamoto, Benson, Jones, Bear, Sabin, etc. are all developing beautifully and will save the day.

    How the PK and PP can’t possible be this bad again.

    How the backup goalie is bonafide® so Talbot doesn’t have to do it all.

    Next season will be magical. Promise.

    And if it isn’t, don’t lose faith. Just wait a little longer.

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Was that the first shot of the 2nd period?

  74. JD_Wry says:

    JD_Wry: Well um… where to begin… ?

    Better yet, where to end?

  75. StixMalone says:

    We want 10

  76. OilClog says:

    HT Joe: Media jabs like that are completely deserved, because “what could have been” was obvious to a lot of people before hindsight confirmed the results.

    Chia, Todd, everyone involved will forever have the Hall trade attached to them. Milbury is dancing somewhere with his new found house guests lol, Tambi’s sitting on the front porch rocker in cold sweats going over the offers for Hall that he received in years past and balked at them.

  77. JD_Wry says:

    HALFWALL,

    I guess it works if you don’t pronounce the $.

  78. HT Joe says:

    OilClog: I dunno about that, does this Defence really look like a playoff squad? Sekera at 30%, Benning with a missing Brain, injured Klef.. Chia literally did nothing to compensate for injury or improve the unit over the summer lol.

    Does anyone in the forward group score without Mcdavid?

    Lucic is about 25% of the player Hall is, Strome is 35% of what a broken Eberle was. They have no a\way to recover that missing skill without gutting other areas. They fucked it all up, rebuild 5.3.

    Nurse this year seems better than any defenseman Nelson had… Nelson had Petry for ~ half the games he coached, and then he had Ference, Nikitin, Schultz, Davidson, Fayne, Hunt and Marincin.

    Is it recency bias, or does that blueline actually look comparable to right now (considering the Klefbom and Sekera injuries)? Maybe you’re right… *pukes in mouth*

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m actually surprised that there are a couple of teams somewhat close to the Oilers in giving up the first shot – 7 times (to our 10).

  80. LMHF#1 says:

    This is a terrible hockey team and every day they waste being the same is one that could have been used to fix things. This is just painful.

    The pressure next season is going to be just immense now. Even the very best will have trouble overcoming it.

  81. HT Joe says:

    OilClog: Chia, Todd, everyone involved will forever have the Hall trade attached to them. Milbury is dancing somewhere with his new found house guests lol, Tambi’s sitting on the front porch rocker in cold sweats going over the offers for Hall that he received in years past and balked at them.

    Wait until Mat Barzal gets his man strength, and the Hall trade won’t seem *as bad*

  82. HALFWALL says:

    JD_Wry,

    Yup

  83. Munny says:

    I think the trick is to not to allow the first shot of the game.

  84. StixMalone says:

    Oilers have no pulse anymore. Pull the plug.

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    This one is getting a bit painful.

    This is about as bad a hockey game as I can remember.

    The comeback is going to be epic….

  86. godot10 says:

    OilClog: I dunno about that, does this Defence really look like a playoff squad? Sekera at 30%, Benning with a missing Brain, injured Klef.. Chia literally did nothing to compensate for injury or improve the unit over the summer lol.

    Does anyone in the forward group score without Mcdavid?

    Lucic is about 25% of the player Hall is, Strome is 35% of what a broken Eberle was. They have no a\way to recover that missing skill without gutting other areas. They fucked it all up, rebuild 5.3.

    Nelson ended the season with Schultz, Klefbom (raw rookie), Fayne, Nikitin, Ference, Davidson (raw rookie) Marincin and Aulie on the blueline.

    Derek Roy and Anton Lander were the 2nd and 3rd line centre. Matt Fraser was a top nine winger. Luke Gadzic dressed for 40 games. Ryan Hamilton played 16 games on wing.

  87. StixMalone says:

    This game is worthy of another LT rant

  88. Gret99zky says:

    We all need to find the joy in Lucic’s blind passes to no one.

    There is joy in Russell’s hesitant breakout passes that end in a turnover or an icing call.

    There is real joy in watching your goaltender try to “lock it down” after the first shot of the game lights the lamp.

    We’re just not looking hard enough.

  89. flyfish1168 says:

    We look like a team that is going to be shut out again

  90. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Through the last decade, I would often try to unearth the role player on the opposing team I liked best for the Oilers’ current needs.

    Last year off the Sharks, I would have said Joel Ward. I think this year it’s Kevin Lebanc.

    Who would you take?

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    The comeback is going to be epic….

    Kassian gets the Oilers back in to it.

  92. Munny says:

    Mama Kass misses the entire net from Gary Gilmore range and then scores.

    The State of Utah will not be calling any time soon.

  93. StixMalone says:

    Call the doctor the ECG is working again

  94. Sighduck says:

    flyfish1168:
    We look like a team that is going to be shut out again

    Speaking of shutouts I remember during the last few years of the DoD I used to just be happy for the Oil to not get shutout, it’s the little things…

  95. StixMalone says:

    flyfish1168:
    We look like a team that is going to be shut out again

    You jinxed it

  96. JD_Wry says:

    … maybe some life for the Edmonton Oilers…

    Thanks Louie.

  97. Sighduck says:

    Nice quick hands by Kass to squeeze that one in after firing it wide!

  98. JD_Wry says:

    Changing things up, what’s your favorite DoD Oilers memory?

    Mine’s when Potterplay stepped on Hall’s head during the warmup.

  99. Zelepukin says:

    Maroon has been useless this game.

  100. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid comes so close to making it a one-goal game.

    Man did he break away quick.

  101. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto with a 2nd assist – back to the multi-point games.

  102. Zelepukin says:

    JD_Wry:
    Changing things up, what’s your favorite DoD Oilers memory?

    Mine’s when Potterplay stepped on Hall’s head during the warmup.

    Ya that was definitely the epitome of #BecauseOilers

  103. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto with a 3rd assist.

  104. OriginalPouzar says:

    Laleggia scores – his third point of the game gives the lead back to the Condors early in the third.

  105. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kassian scores again and its a one-goal game.

  106. Munny says:

    Kass decides to only take one shot this time.

  107. HT Joe says:

    Kassian!!

  108. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar: Kassian gets the Oilers back in to it.

    Groundhog Day?

  109. flyfish1168 says:

    StixMalone: You jinxed it

    I seem to be working on a reverse universe with the Oil lately. If this stays true, Kass will not get a hat trick

  110. StixMalone says:

    Now it’s only Mt. Robson we need to climb…

  111. OriginalPouzar says:

    Apparently interference is no longer a PIM on the Sharks.

  112. Sighduck says:

    Poolparty needs to shoot there

  113. Munny says:

    Drai draws us even

  114. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    The comeback is going to be epic….

    Leon ties it up.

  115. The Hermit says:

    OriginalPouzar: The comeback is going to be epic….

    You have the gift!

  116. StixMalone says:

    These Oilers are great mountain climbers. They must train in the Himalayas

  117. Munny says:

    Still have to make it past the first shot of the third period, mind you.

  118. HT Joe says:

    Wow… Drai makes it a game!

  119. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Auvitu is playing a strong game.

  120. JD_Wry says:

    Zelepukin: Ya that was definitely the epitome of #BecauseOilers

    Hmm… the Eakins ‘my bad’ presser was pretty close, then there’s the Petry challenge contract, and of course the ‘little bit about winning’ moment.

  121. Sighduck says:

    Finally, that line rewarded! Important not to give one back here

  122. HT Joe says:

    The sharks look absolutely desperate… it’s as though they cannot believe that the game got tied up

  123. StixMalone says:

    Next year they can look forward to climbing those nice mountains in Germany

  124. Zelepukin says:

    JD_Wry: Hmm… the Eakins ‘my bad’ presser was pretty close, then there’s the Petry challenge contract, and of course the ‘little bit about winning’ moment.

    Well this year it’s definitely the PK. 31st in the league, but 1st overall PK on the road. That’s how bad the PK is at home.

  125. Old Timer says:

    Watching the 2017-18 edition of the Oilers is truly painful. This is largely due to the ineptitude of the current GM. He does not seem to realize that in order to compete in the NHL a team simply must have a competent and highly skilled D corps. This, in no way, could possibly describe the Oilers defensemen. As a group, they are incompetent and Chiarelli should have realized this last summer.

    Chiarelli made no move to replace Sekera during his time recovering from knee surgery. This was totally asinine. If he could remember last years playoffs he would realize that when we lost Sekera the team cratered and were eliminated.

    Chiarelli made no moves to improve the D corps last summer. Re-signing Russell to a ridiculous contract is not improving the team, it is handcuffing the team. The next good pass Russell makes will be his first good pass.

    I am a committed fan. Is Chiarelli a committed GM or should he be committed?

  126. HT Joe says:

    JD_Wry: Hmm… the Eakins ‘my bad’ presser was pretty close, then there’s the Petry challenge contract, and of course the ‘little bit about winning’ moment.

    KLowe’s comments about “knowing a thing or two about winning” was the most memorable for me…

    *EDIT* The most excited I was during the decade of darkness was when I found out that we were going to draft Yakupov and sign Shultz in the same off-season – it was like getting 2 #1 overalls in the same year. After that, if anything positive would happen, a substantial amount of my subconscious would be screaming “Katz’s group will mess this up too”.

  127. OriginalPouzar says:

    The first 10 minutes of the 2nd period were the worst I’ve seen since, well, the Buffalo game.

    The last 10 minutes, the Oilers really took over the game.

    Still can’t pass the puck worth shit though.

  128. StixMalone says:

    South Dakota should get an expansion team then the Oil can try climbing Mt Rushmore

  129. Sighduck says:

    Wow, MacT actually blames the 80’s cups for the DoD in that presser!!!

  130. StixMalone says:

    Seattle has Mount Rainier. That looks like a nice mountain to climb

  131. Lowetide says:

    That was a helluva period

  132. Zelepukin says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The first 10 minutes of the 2nd period were the worst I’ve seen since, well, the Buffalo game.

    The last 10 minutes, the Oilers really took over the game.

    Still can’t pass the puck worth shit though.

    Ya, let’s be honest here. The 2 breakaway goals were lucky bounce plays. We are still a tire-fire in our own zone. Pavelski line dominating possession. Russell actively doing his best to pad his shot blocking stats by giving up gap control.

  133. JD_Wry says:

    Meanwhile, Zack goes two goals without one of them being called back.

  134. who says:

    This game is hilarious. Oilers have been brutal. Like historically bad. And then Kassian scores 2 breakaway goals on 2 broken plays. Now Drai scores on a rebound.
    Team looks like shit and yet scores 3 unanswered goals. You can’t make this stuff up.
    So the Drai line was easily the Oilers best line in the first. Thought Slepeshev was playing well but he’s off the line to start the second. Tmac just can’t stand him. I guess.
    If the Oilers can get a second rounder for Maroon they should take it and run.

  135. OmJo says:

    This team is so Good damned bipolar I honestly don’t know what to think about them anymore.

  136. rickithebear says:

    LT:
    I thought our best dmen was away at his dads funeral!
    Clearly you meant one of our 2 worst Dmen.
    I think LVK following my theory of as many elite HD dmen ( primary role of Dmen)
    With top in transition passing is all you want from your d.
    They took the 9 best HD dmen available in the expansion draft.
    They took the best to0k all the top 125 forwards availsble.
    The best pk players available.
    I was asked by King George why not Fluery and he recognized Fluery’s scatter positioning was replaced by Table hockey movement. Taking him from a top 20 HD goalie to a top 10.

    Defence wins championships.

    I scream 10 times a game as Klefbom and nurse are beyond the perimeter.
    Christ the Russel cross ice goal against Nurse was beyond the blue and ahead of a forward.
    Rule of elite defensive hockey.
    1. Defend the path to HD area.
    2. D and forwards structure to fan and cover 5 critical lanes to the net
    3. When your partner has the puck you better be fucking behind him as an option.
    I take Auvitu over Nurse and Klefbom any day.

    We gave up a career 49 gf per season with hall (24) and Eberle (25).
    Klefbom and nurse gone for cheap forward assets that can score.

    TMac is a worse coach than Eakins.
    Has not recognized
    Defend the HD area
    Shoot from the HD area.

    At work have been saying Tippet.

  137. JD_Wry says:

    rickithebear: At work have been saying Tippet.

    Ice dancing it is then.

  138. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, Condors give up the lead with 35 seconds to go.

    They are chasing the Reign and could have used the regulation victory.

  139. HT Joe says:

    Sighduck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-KAoQ6mgNk

    I went down the rabbit hole and found this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yztuw7CJdbw

    I can’t believe I forgot about that tire fire – so many tire fires!!

  140. rickithebear says:

    OmJo:
    This team is so Good damned bipolar I honestly don’t know what to think about them anymore.

    I count the repeatability of performance.
    The team is not bipolar.
    We have 2 schizo dmen.
    Who think that the HD area is for the forwards to defend.
    Cause they always force them to cover.
    I do not know how many times I thought Klefbom and nurse think they are forwards.
    Sadly 4th line production
    Schizo!

  141. Gret99zky says:

    Highlights from the DoD:

    Visually Better™

  142. JD_Wry says:

    HT Joe: so many tire fires!!

    You know it’s going to be good when he opens with ‘he’s a moron’.

  143. JD_Wry says:

    Gret99zky: Visually Better™

    Are you reasonably comfortable in saying that?

  144. HT Joe says:

    JD_Wry: You know it’s going to be good when he opens with ‘he’s a moron’.

    I know… then calling Burke an underachiever shortly after Burke won the cup as GM (and then Lowe is still yapping about the cups he won as a player a generation earlier)…

  145. JD_Wry says:

    Oh dang – where’s my Davey avatar?

  146. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers take the lead.

    Davidson!

  147. Sighduck says:

    rickithebear: I count the repeatability of performance.
    The team is not bipolar.
    We have 2 schizo dmen.
    Who think that the HD area is for the forwards to defend.
    Cause they always force them to cover.
    I do not know how many times I thought Klefbom and nurse think they are forwards.
    Sadly 4th line production
    Schizo!

    An honest question, as the Penguins have one the last 2 Stanley cups, they seem to (by eye) have more of a roving system with 5 players moving fluidly in both the offensive and defensive zone. Could it be that the Oilers forwards lack of defensive acumen lead to your #’s showing a strong tendency towards defensive defensemen?

  148. Oil2Oilers says:

    I think Camelleri did that on purpose

  149. StixMalone says:

    Nice fake by Cammalleri

  150. Sighduck says:

    Weow, shit happens huh

  151. rickithebear says:

    Zelepukin: Ya, let’s be honest here. The 2 breakaway goals were lucky bounce plays. We are still a tire-fire in our own zone. Pavelski line dominating possession. Russell actively doing his best to pad his shot blocking stats by giving up gap control.

    One of my theories:
    Belichek and me.
    We both believe in getting the best repeatable baseline play.
    Cause that is the level teammates can trust you at.
    Klefbom and Nurse destroy teammates ability with any proper structure.
    The 2 dmen Klefbom had his best HD baseline with?
    Fayne yand Belov

  152. godot10 says:

    Lucic’s lack of hand-eye coordination pays off in a good way for a change.

  153. OriginalPouzar says:

    and we’re tied….

  154. godot10 says:

    rickithebear: One of my theories:
    Belichek and me.
    We both believe in getting the best repeatable baseline play.
    Cause that is the level teammates can trust you at.
    Klefbom and Nurse destroy teammates ability with any proper structure.
    The 2 dmen Klefbom had his best HD baseline with?
    Fayne yand Belov

    What you really mean is that Klefbom was good under Nelson, and not so good under McLellan.

  155. StixMalone says:

    We giveth they taketh

  156. LMHF#1 says:

    Full credit on the comeback. Hopefully Davidson finally gets some respect.

    And the Russell special ties it up. Ugh…

  157. OriginalPouzar says:

    Some solid defensive zone coverage on that goal….. gross!

  158. Zelepukin says:

    Well that usually happens when you have absolutely no idea how to make tape-to-tape passes in your own zone.

  159. OriginalPouzar says:

    2 more even strength points for Drai as a center away from McDavid.

    His ES P/60 away from McDavid must be approaching 2.20 or higher now.

    This man is already a line driver and he is going to be a top 10 center in the NHL for the majority of the term of his contract.

  160. rickithebear says:

    Sighduck: An honest question, as the Penguins have one the last 2 Stanley cups, they seem to (by eye) have more of a roving system with 5 players moving fluidly in both the offensive and defensive zone. Could it be that the Oilers forwards lack of defensive acumen lead to your #’s showing a strong tendency towards defensive defensemen?

    The 5 skaters collapse to HD area.
    Teams had difficulty getting pucks through.

    Was their any dmen in the HD area.
    Who was the furthest away?
    Anyone!
    Fu…………….!

    Klefbom!
    Trust!
    We talking about Trust!
    Trust!
    Trust!
    I mean Trust!
    I don’t need any trust.
    I need more offence.

  161. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rattie wins it for the Condors on a penalty shot with 35 seconds left in OT.

  162. StixMalone says:

    Lucic has no vision get him some glasses

  163. HALFWALL says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I’m at the game.

    He looks good out there.

    His linemates (13 & 27) bleed out a lot of the stuff he creates. Best player on the ice today.

  164. rickithebear says:

    It is easier to win giving up 1 Ga 2gf
    LVK deepest HD defence.
    Than giving up 4GA 5gf

    Good thing was at the point to receive the pass!
    F……………..!

  165. OriginalPouzar says:

    HALFWALL:
    OriginalPouzar,

    I’m at the game.

    He looks good out there.

    His linemates (13 & 27) bleed out a lot of the stuff he creates.Best player on the ice today.

    Thank you for the report.

  166. OriginalPouzar says:

    4 goals and not a sniff from the first line tonight.

    Not garbage time or blow out padding either.

  167. rickithebear says:

    Sighduck: An honest question, as the Penguins have one the last 2 Stanley cups, they seem to (by eye) have more of a roving system with 5 players moving fluidly in both the offensive and defensive zone. Could it be that the Oilers forwards lack of defensive acumen lead to your #’s showing a strong tendency towards defensive defensemen?

    CA is direct reflection of failed offensive procession.
    And poor net targeting.

    Fluid structure is just maintains proper 3 2 positioning.
    Having this is critical in the NZ forwards press NZ and allowing d to press blue line,
    Allowing forward backcheck, and d collapse to the HD area.

    Pit won 2 cups and lane compression and 0 chance corsi defending.

  168. JD_Wry says:

    Two points ahead of the Nucks. No need to fire anyone over that.

    /s

  169. StixMalone says:

    Let’s win this for Montoya boys…

  170. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lets score on this damn PP – with a 2:37am wake up call for the gym, I do not want extra time.

  171. JD_Wry says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    You know, a home gym with a tv in it would help you out immensely.

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    Make if four assists for Yamamoto.

  173. OmJo says:

    Remenda is an idiot, especially when the Sharks are involved.

  174. HALFWALL says:

    Pp1 is beyond horrible.

  175. Sighduck says:

    So much pointless passing around the outside

  176. OriginalPouzar says:

    JD_Wry:
    OriginalPouzar,

    You know, a home gym with a tv in it would help you out immensely.

    Nah- I’ve got plenty of stuff at home but I hate working out at home – love being at the gym.

    I could have the exact same equipment at home as at the gym and I’d still go.

    There is no good reason I have to go at 3am but that’s my time and my routine and I don’t stray from it.

    I can’t wait to tell you the truth.

  177. JD_Wry says:

    OmJo: Remenda is an idiot

    While I agree with this, Louie is the color guy tonight.

  178. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bah!

  179. JD_Wry says:

    Give up a goal on the first shot on net, and on the last as well?

  180. StixMalone says:

    Just let em skate right in

  181. JD_Wry says:

    OriginalPouzar: Bah!

    To bed with you, gym rat!

  182. LMHF#1 says:

    Thanks Kris…

    Play him at forward for the rest of that NMC.

  183. Zelepukin says:

    That was amazing Russell.

  184. OriginalPouzar says:

    3 straight hugely ineffective games from Patrick Maroon. Maybe he does love Edmonton and doesn’t want to get traded.

  185. Sighduck says:

    I thought he was gonna run Montoya over with all that back skating!

  186. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bah – oh well, on to Monday’s game!

  187. Sighduck says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    3 straight hugely ineffective games from Patrick Maroon.Maybe he does love Edmonton and doesn’t want to get traded.

    If you really love something, don’t do your job!

  188. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto adds a goal.

    1G and 4A with 7 minutes to go.

  189. prefonmich says:

    Russell is absolutely useless.

  190. OriginalPouzar says:

    No surprise but another shutout for Carter Hart as the Giants and Benson can’t put one by him.

    5 shots on net for Benson.

  191. Sighduck says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Yamamoto adds a goal.

    1G and 4A with 7 minutes to go.

    if he gets 5 more goals maybe we can forget about the end of this game!

  192. who says:

    There is no denying Klefboms physical tools but I’ve always wondered about his hockey brain. Taking an extra 5 seconds to touch the puck after he high sticked it on a powerplay kind of makes me wonder more.
    Thank God they lost. We are moving up the draft ladder.

  193. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Bah – oh well, on to Monday’s game!

    lol… you can tell OPs give-a-shit-if-they-win-or-lose-o-meter is at an all time low. 😂

  194. rickithebear says:

    Zelepukin:
    That was amazing Russell.

    I did not know lucic plays defence.
    And the last forward back was Klefbom.

    I find your concept of defence interesting.
    The WC leading LVK
    Believed in my Hd dmen theory!

  195. LMHF#1 says:

    prefonmich:
    Russell is absolutely useless.

    It’s worse than that. He actually creates negatives. That’s why it’s so infuriating to watch and that so many “hockey guys” defend him.

  196. prefonmich says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    At least we.always have our prospects… wonder who the new shiny toy will be this draft to pin our next great hope on before they get traded away for pennies on the dollar?

  197. OmJo says:

    So the question becomes, when it was 3-0 Sharks, did the Sharks step on the brake or did the Oilers step on the gas pedal?

  198. Sighduck says:

    -Find a plug and play winger at the draft
    -Hope for a surprise from the forward prospects this September/ Sign a FA forward
    -Find another RHD
    -Win the Stanley Cup?

  199. StixMalone says:

    Looking forward to the next mountain the team will climb up on Monday…,,

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