G65 2017-18: Rangers at Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played for the Oilers on Saturday January 3. The team’s record was 17-20-3, 37 points in 40 games. Since then? 10-13-1, 21 points in 24 games. Nuge may return tonight, I’d like to see him port side at some point but it probably won’t happen this evening. Suspect he slides in on 2C, with big Leon moving up the depth chart.

These final games should see Anton Slepyshev, Jesse Puljujarvi and Pontus Aberg alongside quality NHL centers. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jujhar Khaira for a few games at left wing with one of the centers three either.

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HAMBURGER MIDNIGHT, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • March 2016: 1-0-0, goal differential +1 (2 points)
  • March 2017: 1-0-0, goal differential +1 (2 points)
  • March 2018: 0-1-0, goal differential -2 (0 points)
  • March 3, 2016: Edmonton 4, Philadelphia 0 (Source)
  • March 7, 2017: NY Islanders 4, Edmonton 1 (Source

Strong starts in March for the first two McLellan teams, we’ll see about this year’s team. I do think there’s a chance to make some progress but everyone is trying out new players and that means more mistakes and less control over results.

The Rangers won last night but are running an inexperienced defense this evening. I’d bet money Todd McLellan puts the McDavid-Draisaitl band together tonight. They might go off.

AFTER 64, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 23-34-7, goal differential -45 (53 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 34-22-8, goal differential +17 (76 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 27-33-4, goal differential -34 (58 points)
  • March 1, 2016: Edmonton 2, Buffalo 1 (OT) (Source)
  • March 4, 2017: Edmonton 4, Detroit 3 (Source)

Edmonton is on track to finish with 74 points, a truly amazing total considering the talent at the top end. We’ll spend the spring discussing the possibilities from Kovalchuk to Krug, but this season has little left in it. McDavid winning the scoring championship would be a fine item but the big issue is getting three or four fixes without giving up Nuge, Klef or the lottery selection. A tough equation for any general manager.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver, Calgary (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 6-7-3, 15 points in 16 games
  • Current results: 0-1-0, 0 points in one game

The window is open now, Edmonton should be able to grab two wins this week. If the club can go on another winning streak, perhaps we can discuss 82 points as the outer marker.

THE VETERAN CLUSTER

In previous days, we found out the department of youth (McDavid cluster) is two goals off my predicted pace, while the prime cluster is 16 goals behind (as we discussed yesterday). Let’s check out the veterans.

  • Milan Lucic is 64gp, 9-22-31 .484. He trails my projection by five points and is also five goals behind at this time.
  • Patrick Maroon was 57gp, 14-16-30 .526. He was behind by two points at the time of the trade and by four goals.
  • Jussi Jokinen was 14gp, 0-1-1 and Mike Cammalleri is 41gp, 2-18-20 .488. They are off by five points and by nine goals.
  • Andrej Sekera is 22gp, 0-2-2 .091. He is off by six points and two goals.
  • Yohann Auvitu is 28gp, 2-5-7 .250. He is off by one point and one goal.
  • Mark Letestu was  60gp, 8-11-19 .317. He was three points to the good and spot on in goals at the time of his trade.
  • Kris Russell is 62gp, 4-17-21 .339. Russell is ahead by 11 points and by three goals.
  • Eric Gryba is 21gp, 0-2-2 .096. His point total is correct but he’s a goal behind.
  • Cam Talbot is 51gp, 3.13 .903. He is off by 26 goals based on his games played.

Final tally

  • McDavid cluster -2
  • Prime cluster -16
  • Veteran cluster -45

I work hard on those estimates and if anything the top end (97, 29) projections are too high. It is once again the veteran group that is the major problem on the Oilers. The team needs more good players but ideally they come from the prime cluster. This NHL is quickly becoming more a young man’s league than ever before. The Aberg bet was an astute one. More please.

Yamamoto showed this kind of turnover ability as an Oilers in training camp and preseason. We’ve gone round and round on this player all winter, I’d still give him an 85 percent chance of making the opening night lineup.

ENTRY DRAFT 2018

I had a fascinating exchange this week with a reader, who asked if I thought my list reflected what the Oilers might do at the 2018 draft. The answer is no of course, my list is based almost entirely on math and anecdotal information gathered from everywhere I can. He then asked what I thought the Oilers list looks like. Here’s my guess:

  1. LD Rasmus Dahlin, Frolunda (SHL)
  2. R Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie Colts (OHL). 
  3. L Filip Zadina, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL).
  4. LD Quinn Hughes, Michigan (NCAA)
  5. R Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. N. D. P. (USHL)
  6. L Brady Tkachuk, Boston University (NCAA).
  7. RD Adam Boqvist, Brynas (SuperElite)
  8. RD Ryan Merkley, Guelph Storm (OHL)
  9. RD Evan Bouchard, London Knights (OHL)
  10. RD Noah Dobson, Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL).

Not certain about the order, but I bet you a 2-4 that’s damn close to the 10 men they are targeting.

 

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  1. Pouzar says:

    StixMalone: #stubborncoach

    We have to play him at Center his first game back…you know…comfortability and all that.

  2. Wilde says:

    It seems, Edmonton fans, that your management’s latest marquee signing has gone awry.

    Here, Edmonton fans, is a list of UFA wingers your managment could sign.

  3. Bling says:

    Where did HNIC find a pic of Chia in a suit?

    Is that real? Photoshopped?

  4. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar: We have to play him at Center his first game back…you know…comfortability and all that.

    You mean Mexico wasn’t?

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto with a late assist.

  6. BONE207 says:

    Bling:
    Where did HNIC find a pic of Chia in a suit?

    Is that real? Photoshopped?

    Chia doesn’t like Adidas so….ya

  7. Rebilled says:

    They’ve looked better.
    OmJo,

    Hopefully Tmac is that maverick top gun renegade coach to leave 93 w 97 for just one goddamn period in a lost season.

  8. Pouzar says:

    Vancouver Giants @WHLGiants

    A thriller at the LEC! The Giants punch their ticket to the @TheWHL playoffs with a 5-4 home victory over Kamloops! @TylerBenson_17 had a goal and two assists. @DKoch17 had two helpers! What a night in Langley!

  9. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    3-2 NYR (2-2 during the second)
    Shots 30-22 NYR (22-16 NYR in the second)
    Corsi for 5×5 44-32 NYR (21-21 in the second)

  10. Wilde says:

    I should let you guys know, that the Oilers are going to give up a goal early here and still win the game.

  11. BONE207 says:

    Wilde:
    I should let you guys know, that the Oilers are going to give up a goal early here and still win the game.

    Early in the 3rd? What you drinkin’ Mister?

  12. Bank Shot says:

    Mcdavid needs about 3 points in this period if he wants to habe a good shot at the Art Ross.

  13. OilClog says:

    Pionk lol so glad Louie is working this game.

  14. BONE207 says:

    Bless CONNOR & his attempts to help Looch

  15. BONE207 says:

    Love Nuge on the PP

  16. OmJo says:

    JD_Wry,

    Rebilled,

    Thanks. Rangers apparently haven’t lost when up after 2 periods this season so the odds aren’t in our favour by any means..

    Then again, never count out an underdog with Connor McDavid on the team. As odd and contradictory as that might sound.

  17. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    The Lucic zone entry tactic:

    Ice the puck and hope Connor can beat the icing.

  18. Rebilled says:

    OmJo,

    They look better now.

  19. OmJo says:

    Bank Shot:
    Mcdavid needs about 3 points in this period if he wants to habe a good shot at the Art Ross.

    Or just less Lucic on his LW.

  20. OilClog says:

    Would be nice to see Jesse 5×5 with Nuge, but he’s gotta drive his own line. Lol

  21. OmJo says:

    Rebilled,

    Yup, sounds like they’re picking up the tempo and the Rags are folding a bit.

    Gotta score on the few PPs we get though.

  22. OmJo says:

    OilClog:
    Would be nice to see Jesse 5×5 with Nuge, but he’s gotta drive his own line. Lol

    It’s unacceptable to expect otherwise from a 19 year old with less than a full season of NHL experience.

  23. OmJo says:

    3 years with Connor McDavid and teams are still playing their backups against us?

    I get we’ve basically made every backup look like a Hasek-Brodeur hybrid this season, but what the hell man…

    Fuck Calgary.

  24. Fgary says:

    They are wasting nuge’s talents

  25. BONE207 says:

    OmJo:

    Fuck Calgary.

    Nice touch

  26. OilClog says:

    OmJo: It’s unacceptable to expect otherwise from a 19 year old with less than a full season of NHL experience.

    It’s unacceptable he hasn’t registered a point every game in 2018 and not only driven his own line but his team into a playoff position 10mins at a time.

  27. BONE207 says:

    OilClog: It’s unacceptable he hasn’t registered a point every game in 2018 and not only driven his own line but his team into a playoff position 10mins at a time.

    If only we could get higher draft picks

  28. Pescador says:

    OilClog: It’s unacceptable he hasn’t registered a point every game in 2018 and not only driven his own line but his team into a playoff position 10mins at a time.

    +1?

  29. OmJo says:

    OilClog: It’s unacceptable he hasn’t registered a point every game in 2018 and not only driven his own line but his team into a playoff position 10mins at a time.

    And he should be able to do all this while playing 1RD AND goalie.

    Just get it over with and trade him for a bag of pucks. Probably couldn’t even get Lucic for Puljujarvi smh.

  30. OilClog says:

    OmJo:
    3 years with Connor McDavid and teams are still playing their backups against us?

    I get we’ve basically made every backup look like a Hasek-Brodeur hybrid this season, but what the hell man…

    Fuck Calgary.

    If they played Henry tonight, at his age. He may not be able to read lowetide tomorrow.

    Systems.

    Fuck Calgary

  31. Pescador says:

    BONE207: If only we could get higher draft picks

    +1

  32. Spooky Lynx says:

    Bear’s playing all over the lineup. He’s having a really nice game by my eye.

  33. OilClog says:

    BONE207: If only we could get higher draft picks

    Just one spot, if only one more damn spot. Laine good gord ghrist gakes the goals

  34. Spooky Lynx says:

    OilClog: Just one spot, if only one more damn spot. Laine good gord ghrist gakes the goals

    Two spots.

  35. BONE207 says:

    OilClog: Just one spot, if only one more damn spot. Laine good gord ghrist gakes the goals

    Huh?

  36. OilClog says:

    Spooky Lynx: Two spots.

    Correct

  37. OilClog says:

    BONE207: Huh?

    Two spots follow along

  38. BONE207 says:

    Seriously….Poolparty…is it the helmet or the cranium?

  39. Spooky Lynx says:

    The mythical 93-97-29 combination is making its first appearance. It’s beautiful.

  40. OilClog says:

    None of these wingers deserve Mcdavid tonight

  41. OilClog says:

    Spooky Lynx:
    The mythical 93-97-29 combination is making its first appearance. It’s beautiful.

    Is this technically 3 scoring lines?

  42. BONE207 says:

    OilClog: Two spots follow along

    Sorry…the grist gakes threw me

  43. Gerta Rauss says:

    Let’s see that Nuge PP again

  44. OmJo says:

    Tie. This. Up

  45. Fgary says:

    Thats a stacked line lol

  46. Zelepukin says:

    McD was ridiculous that shift.

  47. BONE207 says:

    BONE207: Sorry…the grist gakes threw me

    Maybe it’s klingon

  48. Fgary says:

    Hate pp1…l

  49. OmJo says:

    Is that Lucic out there?

    Why does TMac hate 27?

  50. StixMalone says:

    Ffs

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    lol….jesus

  52. Fgary says:

    Can we get rid of thr coach PLEASE

  53. JD_Wry says:

    Beautiful.

  54. BONE207 says:

    Ahhh…that PP wasn’t working anyway

  55. Rebilled says:

    Believable.

  56. exoilinxs says:

    Have you ever seen a power play that insists on going backwards???????????

  57. Gerta Rauss says:

    haha…Russell the linchpin to the defensive breakout and when the puck arrives he has no stick…lol

  58. OilClog says:

    So that’s grounds for unemployment, powerplay bench penalty.

    Fire the benches!

  59. Melvis says:

    Man – chooka la funga.

  60. prefonmich says:

    Russell has had such a beauty of a game let’s put him out 4 on 4 when we need a goal. That’s a brilliant coaching decision.

  61. striatic says:

    Do these things happen to other teams?

  62. OmJo says:

    Doesn’t pull goaltender on the PP, pulls him 30s on the PK.

  63. BONE207 says:

    exoilinxs:
    Have you ever seen a power play that insists on going backwards???????????

    I have seen a grown man naked

  64. Pouzar says:

    Fuck off TMc.

  65. exoilinxs says:

    Should have known the backup means guaranteed loss.

  66. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Dismal

  67. prefonmich says:

    A backup beats us again. Of course.

  68. who says:

    Tanking beautifully

  69. StixMalone says:

    Of course another opposition rookie goalie makes his mark in history…..ffs

  70. BONE207 says:

    striatic:
    Do these things happen to other teams?

    This team is a trailblazer

  71. LadiesloveSmid says:

    How much turnover does a team that just lost to a deconstructed, rebuilding team, playing their 3rd string goalie on a road back-to-back need? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    prefonmich:
    A backup beats us again. Of course.

    A Bulgarian one at that..!

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

    The top powerplay unit gets an ozone faceoff with two minutes left and never once establishes control.

    Ya go ahead and blame the coach for that one yup clearly his fault

  74. Pescador says:

    Why can’t they interview Bobs burger after the game?
    I would love to hear more about these mythical summer “fixes”

  75. Admiral Ackbar says:

    While the losses no longer hurt, that was a horrifically inept/anemic end to the game. Good gord. How is that not on the coach?

  76. BONE207 says:

    So…did we win corsi?

  77. Nailer Yakumoto says:

    Two McDeity points and one loss closer to Dahlin, it doesn’t get any better than that!

    *takes a swig of milk*

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

    Admiral Ackbar,

    The coach?

    Seriously how the hell is the top powerplay unit embarrassing themselves on the coach?

  79. Pescador says:

    prefonmich:
    A backup embarrassed us again. Of course.

    Fixed

  80. prefonmich says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    It IS on the coach but as Nicholson says this team is not in a position to afford another new coach or gm so we are stuck with these guys into next season at least I believe.

  81. Admiral Ackbar says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    The top powerplay unit gets an ozone faceoff with two minutes left and never once establishes control.

    Ya go ahead and blame the coach for that one yup clearly his fault

    Detecting sarcasm. But isn’t entry something you work on early in the season? This has been an issue all year for the PP. definitely on the coaching staff.

  82. HT Joe says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    How much turnover does a team that just lost to a deconstructed, rebuilding team, playing their 3rd string goalie on a road back-to-back need? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

    Are you talking about player turnover, or turnover of coaching / management staff? 🙂

  83. Zelepukin says:

    The whole 4-on-4 was killed by Russell’s terrible pass to Drai.

  84. Admiral Ackbar says:

    prefonmich:
    Admiral Ackbar,

    It IS on the coach but as Nicholson says this team is not in a position to afford another new coach or gm so we are stuck with these guys into next season at least I believe.

    An unwillingness to divorce ourselves from the very ppl that have put us into this mess is a good way to worsen the mess.

  85. Pouzar says:

    At least that Aberg kid looks like a player.

  86. Confused says:

    Perfect tank!

    Let’s go Dahlin!!

  87. StixMalone says:

    Teams come in faster , more aggressive on the forecheck. We can’t counter even with the fastest player in the world. Why? Oh wait never mind…..

  88. OmJo says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    The top powerplay unit gets an ozone faceoff with two minutes left and never once establishes control.

    Ya go ahead and blame the coach for that one yup clearly his fault

    His fault for not pulling the goaltender and putting Lucic out there? Basically playing 4v4…

  89. JD_Wry says:

    Hey now, well I know the team didn’t have a great game against a tired road squad, but I just know that the fans will embrace the team once they understand the plan: Raise the price of the Bobby Nic burger next year!

  90. HT Joe says:

    This season honestly feels like 2010-2011, in which a lot of fans think the Oilers are on the cusp of getting good enough to make the playoffs next season even though they’re in a tank battle to the bottom of the league this season. Mediocrity feels like a long way away from the current team.

    *EDIT* We have a top line centre… this feels like 2011-2012.

  91. prefonmich says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Personnel choices. Strome was invisible this game. He takes and loses a.draw. isn’t Nuge your best face off guy? Lucic is also out when you need a goal. He who hasn’t scored in 28. These decisions are baffling coaching decisions at best and the chaos of a bench penalty. That is on players and coaches. Make it bloody crystal clear who is going on for who.

  92. OilClog says:

    Cherry called Hall Orr tonight, Lucic looked like a pudgy Belanger triangle

    Talbs is getting the Dubnyk swarm treatment with the MacT backhand of challenges.

    Klefbom is being played injured until his shoulder never recovers and the Oilers trade him for a 2021 3rd in the summer because trading is hard,

    Halak is going to be squirting water all over his face after Hopkins scores on him and Lucic is yelling st the bench door again. Nuge will of course be leaving with the Wings and a victory. Halak is your new #1.

  93. JD_Wry says:

    I wonder what ever happened to Ver-whassisname?

  94. prefonmich says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    I agree. Nicholson not so much though.

  95. Bling says:

    I agree, Aberg looked pretty good. I liked Bear’s game — some effective transporting of the puck and creativity in making space for himself at the point.

    The first line looked out of sorts (non-McDavid division). McDavid was once again bananas.

    I really liked the look of that second PP unit.

  96. prefonmich says:

    Bear looked good though. He is really clever in the ozone getting in a position to shoot.

  97. JD_Wry says:

    At this point, I’m reminded of a quote from a Detroit auto exec in the late 70s, when asked about foreign companies that are pushing innovation (paraphrasing):

    People keep buying them – why should we change?

  98. Bling says:

    If today wasn’t proof enough that Lucic can’t keep up, you’ll never be convinced.

  99. StixMalone says:

    prefonmich:
    Bear looked good though. He is really clever in the ozone getting in a position to shoot.

    Yep he will be a good one in a few years. A couple seasons in Bakersfield will help I hope…

  100. Ribs says:

    The Sather and Nicholson interviews were great tonight. Glad I tuned in (plus the McDavid assist).

  101. OilClog says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    The top powerplay unit gets an ozone faceoff with two minutes left and never once establishes control.

    Ya go ahead and blame the coach for that one yup clearly his fault

    Coaches control the bench, like they control the systems. Too many men on a powerplay, down by a goal, under 2mins to go. That’s all on the coach. Just the icing on the cake for their seasons narrative.

  102. StixMalone says:

    Bling:
    If today wasn’t proof enough that Lucic can’t keep up, you’ll never be convinced.

    Neither will the coach….

  103. Ribs says:

    Re: Lucic

    Cringed as Draisatl fed him a pass in front of the net that he couldn’t get to. Might be best to make someone else the priority, coach. Still rooting for the guy, but I’m not sure he’s going to be a top line player ever again.

  104. Gerta Rauss says:

    Bling: I really liked the look of that second PP unit.

    I was hoping McLellan would lead with that unit coming out of the TV timeout

  105. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Partial repost from last night.

    I am just coming to the realization that we could very easily go the entire length of the McDavid contract without once being in a SCF, let alone winning one.

    What kind of fucked up reality is that anyway?

  106. StixMalone says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan,

    Not with this lineup or the system they play. That’s reality!

  107. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan:
    Partial repost from last night.

    I am just coming to the realization that we could very easily go the entire length of the McDavid contract without once being in a SCF, let alone winning one.

    What kind of fucked up reality is that anyway?

    Now I’m really depressed.

  108. OmJo says:

    Did TMac blame Talbot for the too many men call?

  109. Confused says:

    OmJo,

    No.

    The person allocated to switch with him

  110. OmJo says:

    Confused,

    That’s what I thought at first but wasn’t 100% sure.

  111. Georges says:

    “Which brings me to my question how bad is Todd Mcllelan relative to the entire other 30 head coaches in the NHL? How are we making that assessment?”

    Let’s assess McLellan by his record.

    The League expanded to 30 teams in 2000-01. There have been 566 coaching seasons since then to 2016-17.

    Coaches were not retained for another season, i.e., fired, in about 30% of the cases.

    Getting to the playoffs is very important for job security.

    If a coach took his team to the playoffs, he had a 9% chance of being fired.

    If he failed to take his team to the playoffs, he had a 49% chance of being fired.

    And, if a coach failed to take his team to the playoffs in his 3rd season, like McLellan will do this year, he had a 64% chance of being fired.

    There have been 15 times where a coach has failed to take his team to the playoffs in his 3rd season but was retained for at least another season.

    Of those 15 cases, in only one instance did the coach manage to later take his team to the Finals: Paul Maurice made the Finals in his 7th season with HAR/CAR. They lost 4-1 to the Wings in 2001-02. Some of the 15 were kept on because they had won the Cup or made the Finals with the team in their first 2 seasons. So they were given more rope. It didn’t pay off for the teams. Not one of those 15 managed to guide their team to a later Cup win.

    Maurice can potentially repeat what he did with CAR this season with WPG. This will be his 5th season with the club and the team has missed the playoffs the past 2 seasons. They were swept in the first round 3 years ago. The Jets are a model of organizational stability and we’ll see if that finally pays off in playoff wins for them this year. Maurice seems to have cornered the market on patient teams.

    If the Oilers say they want to win the Cup and they decide to retain McLellan, they’ll be betting on something happening that hasn’t happened in the past 16 seasons. They’ll be saying one thing and doing another.

    Coaches succeed early. If they don’t succeed early, they don’t succeed later. They simply run out of time to build relationships, foundations, belief systems, whatever it is they’re trying to do. The League reacts to results in a much simpler feedback cycle than the one that exists between player and coach.

    In McLellan’s case, he didn’t succeed early. And the team was revamped. Then he didn’t get the revamped team to the Finals. Now he’s not even getting the pre-season WC favorite to the playoffs. He’s instead brought them back to where they were when he started with the club, giving up a horrendous number of goals, playing confused, losing games.

    So what do you think we should do? Give him one more year of CMD’s career?

  112. OmJo says:

    Georges,

    Good stuff once again.

    We don’t even have a consistent lineup every game. New lines every game, or every few games. If it’s frustrating to watch as a fan I can’t image how frustrating it must be as a player… The only players who’ve consistently been allowed to create chemistry together are McDavid and Draisaitl. Everybody else has new linemates every week, sometimes every period.

    And if he is still preaching accountability and earning ice time while gifting somebody who hasn’t scored in over 2 months I’ve time then he’s probably on his way to losing the room, too.

    The stubbornness will be his downfall.

  113. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar: and so he doesn’t get divorced, lose his career and, eventually, his life……

    I knew it was for a good cause.

    Lol… have a good workout. I got us covered.

  114. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    Would be nice to see Jesse 5×5 with Nuge, but he’s gotta drive his own line. Lol

    They’ve played over 100 even strength minutes together and both their possession numbers go down when together.

  115. Professor Q says:

    The best part of the Bob Nicholson interview was when Bob was asked about Katz and how he felt about their incompetence and failure.

    He opens up with, “You know, Wayne and Keith are great;” then realized what his question was and said he meets with Katz regularly and they have a good relationship.

    Almost a slip-up!

  116. Professor Q says:

    BONE207: Chia doesn’t like Adidas so….ya

    Which means he doesn’t like Germans.

    Draisaitl trade upcoming, confirmed.

  117. OriginalPouzar says:

    Last night showed, once again, why the top priority in the off-season needs to be a legit 1st or 2nd pairing right shot D that is a good puck mover.

    My goodness do we miss Larsson when he’s out.

    The defence maybe completed one pass to the forwards in the first period last night – it was pitiful.

    Russell cannot play 2RD if this team is going to be successful, let alone 1RD in the case of injury.

    Handedness matters and this needs to be prioritized this off-season.

  118. Mr. D. says:

    Yes the PP is an issue for sure. The Pk however is our major problem. We’ve gone to 2 way players who don’t do either well.

    Admiral Ackbar: An unwillingness to divorce ourselves from the very ppl that have put us into this mess is a good way to worsen the mess.

  119. hunter1909 says:

    As Lowetide is my witness, these are trying times for Oilers fans.

    Personally, the only thing holding me onto this franchise is Paul Coffey still being employed. When he quits, I’m joining him.

  120. BONE207 says:

    hunter1909:
    As Lowetide is my witness, these are trying times for Oilers fans.

    Personally, the only thing holding me onto this franchise is Paul Coffey still being employed. When he quits, I’m joining him.

    I for one appreciate your sacrifice

  121. J-Bo says:

    We can wave the magic wand, we can pound on the desk, we can do all we want,” McLellan said. “They (his players) have to accept some individual responsibility to be ready to play. There’s not enough of them right now.

    “Tonight’s start was unacceptable.”

    Quote from Todd last night. We can get mad that Nicholson said they want to adjust the culture in the room, but considering how many nights the Oilers have not been ready to play, isn’t it a good idea? Skill isn’t the issue in this one case, preparedness, and attitude is. To me the two main fixes for that is better leadership in the lockerroom and different coaches.

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