G76 2017-18: Ducks at Oilers

The formula from a year ago, the one that sees Connor McDavid win the scoring title and Cam Talbot stop a lot of pucks, appears to be back in business. Of course it’s too late, and absolutely it could result in yet another false sense of security, but it’s here all the same. How frustrating is this season? How much time do you have?

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  • New Lowetide: Linemates (will post link)
  • Jonathan Willis: An 8-point plan for the Oilers’ offseason.
  • Lowetide: Ethan Bear’s first 10 games.
  • Lowetide: What are the Oilers getting in Cooper Marody?
  • Lowetide: Cam Talbot and the Oilers are headed to a second contract.
  • Lowetide: Ty Rattie gets a chance.
  • Lowetide: How the Oilers can win summer without breaking the bank.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the Republic of Finland
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and Sweden.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the QMJHL.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018Oilers and the WHL.
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: Oilers draft history and the OHL
  • Lowetide: Draft 2018: The Oilers and the NCAA.

SURF CITY, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • March 2016: 6-6-0, goal differential -3 (12 points)
  • March 2017: 9-2-1, goal differential +20 (19 points)
  • March 2018: 7-4-1, goal differential +7 (15 points)
  • March 24, 2016: Edmonton 6, San Jose 3 (Source)
  • March 30, 2017: Edmonton 3, San Jose 2 (Source)

I didn’t expect Edmonton to have this kind of success in March, many will say the pressure is off and that’s why things are going better. I’ll buy that, but the template is there, if the club can improve in a couple of areas. I’m not saying this is a Stanley team but the playoffs are possible next season in my opinion, with some small changes and better health. Some of those changes involve special teams.

AFTER 75, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 29-39-7, goal differential -46 (65 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 41-25-9, goal differential +37 (91 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 34-36-5, goal differential -24 (73 points)
  • March 22, 2016: Arizona 4, Edmonton 2 (Source)
  • March 28, 2017: Edmonton 2, Los Angeles 1 (Source)

It’s going to be an easy to look back on this season as a massive disappointment, and no winning streak in March will change it. Still, the McDavid scoring race, the Talbot recovery and a few more roster curios make this a more interesting month than I thought it might be.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 3-2-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-1)
  • On the road to: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-1) (Actual 3-1-0)
  • At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • 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: 7-4-1, 15 points in 12 games

Oilers have reached my expectation with four games to spare. It sounds incredible, and I didn’t think we’d even talk about it again, but fake .500 is on the horizon.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Sekera-Benning went 18-12 in 12:00, 1-1 GF. The goal against came on a stealth backcheck by the Kings, a healthy Sekera never lets it come to that. OZone starts in 5 of 7 occasions. Went 8-2 against Kempe-Thompson-Toffoli. I don’t think this pairing cost the Oilers much, you’d like to see Sekera good for a few games by the end of the season.
  • Russell-Bear went 8-18 in 16:10, 1-0 GF. I would play the third pairing more. Two of 10 Zone starts in the offensive zone, three in the defensive. Russell’s signature is a better Fenwick (44.44) and that was the case last night. He saved his young partner’s bacon at least twice, a big deal in a one-goal game. Went 4-12 against Pearson-Carter-Rieder, that’s a damned good line.
  • Nurse-Larsson were 10-26 in 18:28, 1-1 GF. Two of 15 zone starts in the offensive zone, six in the defensive. McLellan don’t match but he does use his shutdown pairing in a traditional manner. Went 6-7 in nine minutes against Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown, that’s the heart of the order. I really liked both defenders, Larsson was rugged and he took a beating without making a sound. Meted out a few friend-getters, too. Nurse was chasing a lot but he showed calm feet several times. I’m not saying he is or he isn’t, because for me there’s more miles to know, but Nurse can play the game.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 29, .931. He made some huge saves.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Nuge-McDavid-Rattie were 17-11 in 17:37, 2-0 in GF. Could have had more but the puck wouldn’t settle for Nuge and Rattie missed an empty net. Line had 7 HD scoring chances, gave up zero. Went 12-9 against Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown, 17-8 against Doughty in a very hard match (97 vs. Doughty for 13:30). McDavid broke the hearts of LAK last night, is what he did. Amazing talent. For the RE series, I suggested McDavid would run 80gp, 37-73-110 (1.375). At this point in the season, he is 75gp, 38-58-96 (1.28). Incredible. The man closes like no player I’ve ever seen before, it seems the end of the regular schedule forces him onto a higher plateau. We are witnessing true greatness, the kind that gets passed down from generation to generation, in real time.
  • Lucic-Strome-Puljujarvi were 10-8 in 12 minutes, 0-1. Shots at 5×5 were 5-3, HDSC 1-2 also at 5×5. Puljujarvi had the best chance for the line, who held their own on the night in possession. Went 5-3 against the Kempe-Thompson-Toffoli trio, had four of six zone starts begin in the offensive end.
  • Slepyshev-Khaira-Pakarinen were a curious line, going 6-14 in 7:14. The trio had success in HDSC (2-1) and it was Pakarinen who was the most dangerous on the night. Slepyshev feathered a nice pass to McDavid for the winning goal.
  • Caggiula-Draisaitl-Aberg had a strange night, going 6-17 in 11:49. Went 1-1 in GF, 2-0 in HDSC and had five of nine zone starts in the defensive end. Went 2-10 against Pearson-Carter-Rieder, had a tough time and Leon gave away the puck three times. Not close to normal, this line might need some help.

DRAFT PICK WORRY

The Oilers current run has them passing other teams in the standings. They are No. 23 overall this morning (draft pick: No. 9) and could pass the Rangers and possibly Carolina. A fantasy thought? Catching the Flames. Wildly unlikely, Calgary will recover here soon and start winning half of their games. Still, the Oilers have gained eight points on the Flames in the last 10 games.

ERIC ROBINSON

Elliotte Friedman mentioned Edmonton’s interest in Robinson during last night’s broadcast. Not much on him, he went 36gp, 17-14-31 (NHLE: 16) with Princeton of the ECAC.

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  1. Munny says:

    It’s tough to clutch and grab a speeding semi-truck.

  2. Munny says:

    Caggiula with more offensive brilliance

  3. Pouzar says:

    There he is again

  4. Munny says:

    Drai & Darnell work a nice back and forth.

  5. Munny says:

    Benning one-times a bouncer–really tough play–and scores.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Matt Benning scored.

  7. jp says:

    That was a fine pass by McDavid.

  8. Pouzar says:

    Munny:
    Caggiula with more offensive brilliance

    At least you and I see it. It’s a fucking joke already.

  9. Pouzar says:

    Rattie!

  10. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Lowetide:
    Matt Benning scored.

    – I hadn’t realized Benning hadn’t scored yet this year…

    *edit: still hasn’t!

  11. Glass says:

    Wouldnt mind if we gave Benning a bridge deal. Indifferent to Caggiula.

  12. Munny says:

    Pouzar: At least you and I see it. It’s a fucking joke already.

    I think TMac is deliberately running a stock set-up. 1PP provided by L1 and 2PP driven by L2. But if there’s anything 2PP is showing me, it’s that 91 shouldn’t be L2.

    I think he’s been given a long enough look with Drai. Unfortunately that might mean Looch.

  13. Munny says:

    Aberg’s confidence levels look a lot higher past couple of games.

  14. Pretendergast says:

    Gibson putting on a show, got Leon’s number

  15. Pouzar says:

    Atta boy Ratz.

  16. StixMalone says:

    Munny:
    Aberg’s confidence levels look a lot higher past couple of games.

    Aberg is a diamond in the rough. A firecracker….

  17. McDavidMyMuse says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    I tried treating the NHL as a binary classification problem with output labels of “looks like a Stanley winner” and “doesn’t look like a Stanley winner.”

    After using NaturalStatTrick data for the past 6 seasons to train the model, the AI (based on the ~75 games played so far this season) picked…

    Boston.

    Go figure.

  18. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Nice phantom call

  19. leadfarmer says:

    Man if they called that every time it happened to Mcdavid we’d be on the pp the entire game

  20. Munny says:

    Unbelievable giveaway by Henrique. Oiler tire fire level.

  21. Pouzar says:

    JJ had him beat

  22. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The oilers pk looks utterly lazy compared to the ducks. It’s working so far I guess

  23. StixMalone says:

    leadfarmer:
    Man if they called that every time it happened to Mcdavid we’d be on the pp the entire game

    And yet they don’t call 3/4 of the infractions…go figure

  24. Munny says:

    Deja vu for Jewels.

  25. StixMalone says:

    Déjà vu for Cags…x2 edit

  26. StixMalone says:

    Sleppy gots to watch those lazy passes

  27. Munny says:

    Drai from the Drai-hole

  28. Lowetide says:

    Leon Draisaitl scored.

  29. Pouzar says:

    #LeonFreed

  30. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s some nice passing from the Bear

  31. Wilde says:

    jesus christ leon

  32. Munny says:

    Great read by Nurse on that first Perry-Getzlaf entry.

  33. Pouzar says:

    Munny:
    Great read by Nurse on that first Perry-Getzlaf entry.

    Yup

  34. Pretendergast says:

    Pretendergast:
    Gibson putting on a show, got Leon’s number

    That Puljujarvi is a bum

  35. Pouzar says:

    What nobody will give him credit for is Slepy’s work on that 3rd goal. Nice board work and give to Khaira that started the whole sequence.

  36. Lowetide says:

    After Two

    3-1 Edmonton (3-1 in the second)
    Shots: 26-15 Edmonton (14-4 Edmonton in the second)
    Corsi for 5×5: 34-28 Edmonton (14-12 Edmonton in the second)

    That was one of the most impressive periods this season.

  37. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    Where do you get these numbers from?

    I do like the gross numbers though.

    I think Raanta realizes he will be top UFA and is going to test out the market.
    If I was Chia I would offer Grubauer 2.5 mil per for 2 years and dump Kassian.Not too many jobs out there.Who knows maybe he will take it

    Corsica.hockey

    Not all goalies face the same amount of shots so I take the raw number and make is “per 100 shots”

  38. Pouzar says:

    Yeah… Great news

  39. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Another tip

  40. Munny says:

    Henrique with the tip. Cags involved.

  41. Munny says:

    Some more good work by the 4th

  42. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    McDavidMyMuse:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    I tried treating the NHL as a binary classification problem with output labels of “looks like a Stanley winner” and “doesn’t look like a Stanley winner.”

    After using NaturalStatTrick data for the past 6 seasons to train the model, the AI (based on the ~75 games played so far this season) picked…

    Boston.

    Go figure.

    Yeah, they’re my pick too.

    BOS over NSH in the final.

  43. Munny says:

    Nugget had Gibson looking for his lost bottle of rye.

  44. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – I hadn’t realized Benning hadn’t scored yet this year…

    *edit: still hasn’t!

    He has 5 according to hockeydb

  45. Pouzar says:

    Ducks going to take that matchup every time but uncle Todd can’t see it.

  46. Munny says:

    Fuck you Perry

  47. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Fuck these ducks

  48. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Pouzar:
    Ducks going to take that matchup every time but uncle Todd can’t see it.

    Ole t Mac doesn’t believe in line matching

  49. Pouzar says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Ole t Mac doesn’t believe in line matching

    Can’t wait for next year

  50. commonfan29 says:

    I missed some of the second period. When did TMac burn his timeout?

    I mean, he clearly must not have one available, right?

  51. Munny says:

    Oh dear Gord

  52. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Woodguy v2.0: He has 5 according to hockeydb

    – Your right – On NHL.com: when that goal was scored, it showed up orginally as Benning (1), hence the commnet…

    – He’s actually got some sneaky offence numbers with no PP time, and deployment now that I glance at it. Pretty decent 3RHD, possession numbers as well…

  53. jp says:

    The Oilers have no business winning this game, but I want it pretty bad.

  54. Munny says:

    Bear sure doesn’t need to hold the puck to make a pass. Me likey.

  55. BONE207 says:

    commonfan29:
    I missed some of the second period. When did TMac burn his timeout?

    I mean, he clearly must not have one available, right?

    He must be waiting until this Ducks PP is over. 10 minutes or so now…

  56. Admiral Ackbar says:

    What’s more frsustratimg? Playing the Ducks? Or cheering for the Oilers?

  57. jm363561 says:

    Switched on at the start of the third and have seen 13 Duck shots, 2 goals vs two Oiler shots. Oilers look outclassed.

  58. Munny says:

    Useful time for a penalty. Thanks, Nick.

  59. Munny says:

    2 Dman formation.

  60. Munny says:

    ethanthebear finally!!

  61. Lowetide says:

    Ethan Bear scores his first NHL goal.

  62. BONE207 says:

    The Bear!!!

  63. Gerta Rauss says:

    Hey Hey Boo Boo..!!

  64. jp says:

    OK that was just damned wonderful.

    Not a first goal you gotta tell any fibs about!

  65. Munny says:

    Beauty goal and even better it’s in front of his family. Kid is gonna smile for a week.

  66. hunter1909 says:

    Go Bear!

    Makes me look smart LOL

  67. Admiral Ackbar says:

    There’s a BEAR on the ice!!!! 🐻

  68. Munny says:

    Great save by TBot on Minsk.

  69. hunter1909 says:

    3 points for McDavid is ok also.

    I’m happy for another 2 McDavid goals!

  70. Nailer Yakumoto says:

    Beautiful.

  71. BONE207 says:

    Is that 99 for 97?

  72. StixMalone says:

    Good on Bear!

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

    Good for bear!

    Connor McDavid is a freak. He’s going to run away with the Art Ross. He will break records

    Thank all things Holy for that golden card

  74. geowal says:

    Hell of a nice first NHL goal

  75. dangilitis says:

    I know it’s early, but LT I remember you’ve been bullish on Bear since pre-draft. Well done. Future Oilers scout?

  76. hunter1909 says:

    JP looks like Gordie Howe out there.

    Keep him!

  77. Pouzar says:

    What a snipe to open yer career! Congrats young man

  78. Glass says:

    So happy for Bear. Work on the play in his own zone and we have a gem.

  79. Gerta Rauss says:

    BONE207:
    Is that 99 for 97?

    99 and the empty netter will make it 40* on the season..!

    fingers crossed*

  80. hunter1909 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Good for bear!

    Connor McDavid is a freak. He’s going to run away with the Art Ross. He will break records

    Thank all things Holy for that golden card

    He’s pulling away fast lol

  81. BONE207 says:

    hunter1909:
    JP looks like Gordie Howe out there.

    Keep him!

    I wish he’d punish a little more

  82. Munny says:

    A little more touch on their passes and the Strome line would have a goal.

  83. Munny says:

    No goal?

  84. Gerta Rauss says:

    wtf was that

  85. Pretendergast says:

    come on

  86. flyfish1168 says:

    Bear will be 1st star tonight

  87. BONE207 says:

    Gerta Rauss: 99 and the empty netter will make it 40* on the season..!

    fingers crossed*

    Ok…maybe in OT

  88. jp says:

    Can we leave this kinda luck behind for next year? Haha.

  89. Munny says:

    Another fucking microcosm goal.

  90. Gerta Rauss says:

    That looks like Nurse

  91. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Dry needs to move his feet

  92. StixMalone says:

    I hate these ducks….,,

  93. hunter1909 says:

    lol chill people

    an L is good for the tank.

  94. hunter1909 says:

    How many Lowetide fans want Corey Perry on next year’s Oilers, for free?

  95. Munny says:

    The Big 3 out together.

  96. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    StixMalone:
    I hate these ducks….,,

    Somehow ALWAYS get to OT… it’s like their cheating or something…

  97. StixMalone says:

    Connor needs to win this in OT !!

  98. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    We like drai in OT?

  99. Gerta Rauss says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    We like drai in OT?

    We do

  100. hunter1909 says:

    Do OT points count for the Art Ross?

  101. Munny says:

    hunter1909:
    Do OT points count for the Art Ross?

    Double.

  102. Gerta Rauss says:

    What a horseshit display that was

  103. Munny says:

    *eyes structural integrity of the drywall*

  104. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Fucking brutal.

  105. jp says:

    Sigh.

    Fuck those guys.

  106. StixMalone says:

    Did I mention I hate these Ducks…..

  107. Pretendergast says:

    mickey mouse organization with that horse shit

  108. BONE207 says:

    Munny:
    *eyes structural integrity of the drywall*

    Gets out stud finder…

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

    Meh team has some growing up to do.

    They got schooled in the 3rd.

    Good time to learn, nobody should be happy about pissing that away.

  110. Dicky94 says:

    Poor Talbot

  111. npanciroli says:

    3 McPoints pleases me. Ducks slowly fading into mediocrity is great also.

  112. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    HOW TO LOSE 101

  113. npanciroli says:

    Last two games were a huge success.

    You are running:
    Sekera Benning and
    Russell Bear

    Im amazed we got 3 pts.

  114. Admiral Ackbar says:

    That was an absolutely disgusting display in OT. How can a team just not attack? They’re delaying the game. How different is that from freezing the puck along the boards?

  115. BONE207 says:

    Darrell needs more focus…

  116. Munny says:

    npanciroli:
    Last two games were a huge success.

    You are running:
    Sekera Benning and
    Russell Bear

    Im amazed we got 3 pts.

    Without that lucky-ducky bounce at the end of the 3rd it would’ve been 4.

  117. AshetonisGod says:

    I hate those fucking Ducks. How can they always manage to score shit goals with the goalie pulled?

  118. Pretendergast says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    its a joke, were not gonna do anything until your ot line leaves and we get the matchup we want, delay of game indeed

  119. Admiral Ackbar says:

    AshetonisGod:
    I hate those fucking Ducks. How can they always manage to score shit goals with the goalie pulled?

    Because our team is king at letting in shit goals.

  120. who says:

    Man did they get schooled in the 3rd. Maybe the back to back caught up with them?
    Puck possession is everything in overtime. Drai won the draw but Getzlaff stole it from Mcdavid.

  121. commonfan29 says:

    Just about every Oilers-Ducks game leaves me convinced that Carlyle is a much better coach than McLellan.

    He toys with him a bit.

  122. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    That was an absolutely disgusting display in OT. How can a team just not attack? They’re delaying the game. How different is that from freezing the puck along the boards?

    The oilers have no one to blame but themselves for that shit overtime.

  123. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: The oilers have no one to blame but themselves for that shit overtime.

    You’d be hard pressed to see a team that doesn’t play that type of game: where they don’t forecheck so not to get caught out of position. I saw no issue with the way they played OT. Nothing happened besides the Ducks skating around in circles in their own zone save a broken mess of a play in the Oilers’ zone. That goal is on Talbot.

  124. Pescador says:

    I watched the Kesler line own the Caggiula line all night,
    McLellan kept going back to it time & time again
    McDavid was hard matched against Kessler
    Todd had last change, WTF?
    The only time Draisaitl’s line looked effective was when Khaira took Caggiula’s pot for 2 shifts
    Can’t wait for more of this shit next season
    Why would anyone want continuity of shit?

  125. Pescador says:

    Admiral Ackbar: You’d be hard pressed to see a team that doesn’t play that type of game: where they don’t forecheck so not to get caught out of position. I saw no issue with the way they played OT. Nothing happened besides the Ducks skating around in circles in their own zone save a broken mess of a play in the Oilers’ zone. That goal is on Talbot.

    You must have missed the part where Nurse lost his mark in favour of puck watching

  126. BONE207 says:

    While I think TMac gets the hook for his stubbornness & use of players like Caggs & Looch, I believe Hitchcock gets shit canned first. Dallas should have made a wild card easily. Perhaps that Seguin guy is a cancer after all.

  127. AshetonisGod says:

    Pescador,

    I agree. Nurse too slow to react on that one.

  128. Pescador says:

    BONE207: Gets out stud finder…

    these broken knuckles say I found the stud

  129. who says:

    Pescador: You must have missed the part where Nurse lost his mark in favour of puck watching

    Actually if you watch the replay Nurse was about to pick up the loose puck and Mcdavid tipped it past him. Just a bad break.
    The Ducks got a few breaks tonight but they create a lot of them with their relentless forecheck and ozone possession. They basically just wear you down. Not pretty to watch, but effective.

  130. BONE207 says:

    Pescador: these broken knuckles say I found the stud

    Well…it could have worse if you used your head.

  131. Pescador says:

    npanciroli:
    Last two games were a huge success.

    You are running:
    Sekera Benning and
    Russell Bear

    Im amazed we got 3 pts.

    Good point

  132. BONE207 says:

    Cowboys & Aliens…what an imagination. Just like Oilers vs Ducks. Sci-fi beyond compare.

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

    who,

    Ya it was a back and forth game. Oil had lots of regulars out, Ducks fighting for the playoffs, it was a tough slog.

    Should have pulled it out but just not quite enough focus at the end

    Darnell Nurse won’t be a happy camper tonigh. Silverberg got him with a cross check and it stung in the 2nd. Was the source of the bad bounce on the tying goal and was partially at fault (along with the McDavid poke) at the end.

    This late season push by all of Aberg, Rattie and Bear makes things interesting.

    Those two forwards have managed to do what the other gifted ones could. Score with Leon and McDavid.

    Never want to jump to conclusions on such a small sample size with unproven but it does leave open some options this off season.

  134. Bling says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    who,

    Ya it was a back and forth game. Oil had lots of regulars out, Ducks fighting for the playoffs, it was a tough slog.

    Should have pulled it out but just not quite enough focus at the end

    Darnell Nurse won’t be a happy camper tonigh. Silverberg got him with a cross check and it stung in the 2nd. Was the source of the bad bounce on the tying goal and was partially at fault (along with the McDavid poke) at the end.

    This late season push by all of Aberg, Rattie and Bear makes things interesting.

    Those two forwards have managed to do what the other gifted ones could. Score with Leon and McDavid.

    Never want to jump to conclusions on such a small sample size with unproven but it does leave open some options this off season.

    Another nice thing about having Aberg and Rattie in the top six is that they go to hard areas and do so without taking minor penalties. At least from a penalty differential point of view, those two in the top six would be quite a change of pace from Lucic and Maroon. This could, in an indirect way, improve the special teams differential.

    By eye, Aberg also looks like he has the wheels and puck handling ability to be a controlled zone entry option.

    If you look at minor league numbers, there isn’t much separating Rattie/Aberg from Guentzel/Sheary in Pittsburgh. I think going with those two guys until Yamamoto is ready is not a bad option at all.

  135. godot10 says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    That was an absolutely disgusting display in OT. How can a team just not attack? They’re delaying the game. How different is that from freezing the puck along the boards?

    Hockey is mostly about possession. 3×3 hockey is essentially all about possession. The Ducks were possessing the puck. Red Army did this all the time, five on five. They would keep on circling back until an opportunity presented itself. It is really dumb to give up the puck 3×3.

    Why give up the puck if you don’t have too?

    McDavid and Draisaitl and whomever are pretty good at this. Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle, and Sekera were pretty good at it also.

  136. godot10 says:

    commonfan29:
    Just about every Oilers-Ducks game leaves me convinced that Carlyle is a much better coach than McLellan.

    He toys with him a bit.

    +100

    McLellan and company behind the bench looked entirely befuddled when Carlyle began throwing out Getzlaf’s line every 2nd shift for awhile in the 3rd.

  137. Surly says:

    Add a 30 second shot clock to OT and I bet far fewer games would get to SO.

  138. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Bling,

    Fast feet, smart hands. Good point re Penalties. These small changes are having spillover effects through the lineup, Lucic on 3 is better for the team and better for him. Incredible it took this long, and probably sunk the season. This summer the Oilers need a Manhattan Project for their PP, and assuming they get back to mediocre, playoffs should follow. McDavid ought to have 50-80-130.

    Unimportantly, in what year does McDavid get to 1000pts? His play has been incredible since the all star break. Gretzky hit it in season 7, Crosby just this season (12). I see CMD’s ceiling as somewhere between the two. I think he can his 1000pts in season 9.

  139. SwedishPoster says:

    Anyone else getting goosebumps when Bear scored his goal?Nice moment.

    I think Connor has a 2 ppg season in his future. He’s still on a very clear upwards trajectory.

  140. Bank Shot says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Anyone else getting goosebumps when Bear scored his goal?Nice moment.

    I think Connor has a 2 ppg season in his future. He’s still on a very clear upwards trajectory.

    If you look at a chart of his goal scoring this season and extrapolate it into next season, he probably scores 97 goals. 🙂

    That’s a nice looking record.

  141. BONE207 says:

    Surly:
    Add a 30 second shot clock to OT and I bet far fewer games would get to SO.

    …and what criteria would you have at 30 seconds? A shot or an attempted shot or loss of possesion? How about a stoppage in play? Would the refs make the call, go to slow mo replay or take it up to the situation room? While yesterday was a bit weird it wasn’t illegal. Creative if anything.

  142. jake70 says:

    97 now up by 4 in the points race. Crazy how fast he climbed and pulled ahead.

  143. russ99 says:

    Pescador:
    I watched the Kesler line own the Caggiula line all night,
    McLellan kept going back to it time & time again
    McDavid was hard matched against Kessler
    Todd had last change, WTF?
    The only time Draisaitl’s line looked effective was when Khaira took Caggiula’s pot for 2 shifts
    Can’t wait for more of this shit next season
    Why would anyone want continuity of shit?

    This is a good criticism of McLellan.

    He believes each line should be able to perform to a certain level and doesn’t believe in line matching. Maybe for a quality team this is true, but we have lots of holes.

    Two things we need to improve in coaching next year are: stop the constant line blending and position shifting, players need cohesion; and it doesn’t hurt to line match sometimes when it gives you an advantage.

  144. Pescador says:

    commonfan29:
    Just about every Oilers-Ducks game leaves me convinced that Carlyle is a much better coach than McLellan.

    He toys with him a bit.

    Carlyle had McLellan chasing his lines, which is backwards because the Oilers had the lead all game.
    No attempt to switch the line matches with the last change is just unreal

  145. OilClog says:

    Is there a veteran coach that Todd doesn’t make look good?

  146. Surly says:

    BONE207: …and what criteria would you have at 30 seconds? A shot or an attempted shot or loss of possesion? How about a stoppage in play? Would the refs make the call, go to slow mo replay or take it up to the situation room? While yesterday was a bit weird it wasn’t illegal. Creative if anything.

    Just an idea. They have some NHL employee counting SOG so if there were a will there would be a way. Only implement if this never give up possession in OT keeps becoming more and more of a thing.

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