OILERS AT COYOTES G12, 13-14

In 2012-13, the Oilers were 43.5% CF 5×5/close, this season, this season it’s 45.8; this does not–I REPEAT–does not–mean Edmonton will win the Stanley Cup this season. The Oilers are a little easier on the eyes this year.
benton4I think we should probably talk about this season in terms of expectations. Reading the comments over the last few days, I think some of us are going to blow a shoe or two this year, because expectations are so high for this team and the results (so far) haven’t been there. So, maybe we should go back and stare at a few home truths:

THE EDMONTON OILERS HAVE NO WINNING TRADITION TO BUILD ON

None. They’re trying, with a new coach and a new captain imported from Boston and new systems and a brand new plan. While we’re feeling sorry for Magnus, maybe he’s William Holden and the rest of the Oilers are the British Army at the River Kwai. However, there’s a time to sow, and a time to reap.

THE EDMONTON OILERS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ACTUAL NHL PLAYERS

They’re getting there, but God Almighty that’s one high, high mountain. I think Craig MacTavish tried like a bugger to add as many as he could during the summer (Ference, Perron, Gordon, LaBarbera and then a couple of longshots like Belov) but the fact is Edmonton didn’t have a pot to piss in in terms of veteran NHL players and it still shows. Add that to the young men trying to grow up in a heartbeat and you get this–an imperfect, uneven, difficult winter appears on the way.

Again.

WE HAVE NO SECRETS

The majority of Oiler fans feel it’s the same script this year as last, we’re Bill Murray with the rodent riding shotgun on our way to the Quarry in an old beat up truck to  end it all. However, there are real signs of progress here–I can see it, and you can see it–so in a way that makes us unique. We have a secret: the Oilers are making progress, and the things we’re seeing (despite being slowed by injury and road trips) will eventually result in wins and passing teams for good.

It’s a brand new day, we’re just waiting for the warmth of the sun.

This weekend is a bitch schedule, the Coyotes are a tough out and the Kings are home and dry waiting for tomorrow night. Patience. Things are going to get better.

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  1. VanOil says:

    Luck is a bar slut tonight (with my apologies to bar sluts)

  2. fuzzy muppet says:

    BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. spoiler says:

    Un-snake bit. Almost too many passes again, but it worked.

  4. jp says:

    Perron overdue for that goal.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Perron (Nuge, J Schultz) eberle desrved an assist too. Lordy.

  6. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Who says you can’t pass the puck in to the net?

  7. VanOil says:

    spoiler:
    Un-snake bit. Almost too many passes again, but it worked.

    My curses turned celebratory at the end of that play.

  8. D says:

    Finally, it’s the Oilers that score towards the end of a period!

  9. hags9k says:

    Yes! Perron killed the snake.

  10. striatic says:

    I am changing my middle name to Perron.

  11. fuzzy muppet says:

    Petry with a terrible play. giveaway for no reason.

  12. spoiler says:

    Horrible call on Petry

  13. Dead Cat Bounce says:

    striatic:
    I am changing my middle name to Perron.

    Go all the way and adopt Juan as your first name.

  14. fuzzy muppet says:

    spoiler,

    I’m not angry with the call, it was the stupid play that led to the penalty that was the problem. Instead of moving the play he tries to out smart boedker, who promptly plays the body and takes the puck and draws the hook

  15. G Money says:

    fuzzy muppet: who promptly plays the body and takes the puck and draws the hook

    Fair enough on the dumb play, but the problem with the call is there was no hook. Completely phantom call.

  16. crude says:

    Not sure if we fans are allowed to curse the Hockey Gods after our team intentionally tanked for at least 3 years in a row.

  17. striatic says:

    Don’t you ever apologize, Gene, don’t you ever.

  18. G Money says:

    It may bite them yet, but anyone else admiring Eakins’ brass balls (figuratively! not literally!) for putting Barbie back in?

  19. Lowetide says:

    Michael Parkatti ‏@mparkatti 1m

    EDM leads Corsi 35-29 after 2 (54.7%). Arco & Perron are +16/-8, Hemsky +15/-8. RNH and Eberle are +6/-10.

  20. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    Michael Parkatti ‏@mparkatti 1m

    EDM leads Corsi 35-29 after 2 (54.7%). Arco & Perron are +16/-8, Hemsky +15/-8. RNH and Eberle are +6/-10.

    you note that towards the end of the 2nd Eakins switched 57 and 64… looks like it worked. I think 93-57-14 isn’t going to be outcorsied through the rest of the game (if Eakins sticks to these new lines)

  21. Nuckout says:

    jp: I can’t disagree with that. The PP sure isn’t working right now, but I don’t think a complete overhaul is necessarily in order (maybe it is though).

    I don’t think it’s an overhaul that’s needed at all, but rather more pressure. Always more pressure. They hold onto the puck and cycle until they turn it over along the half wall or at the blue. Get the puck into the slot area, and let the greasy goals go in as they may.

  22. Lowetide says:

    30-24 CF according to extra skater, this Oiler team can hang! One more period gents. Really too bad for Tyler Pitlcik, that kid had a nice 2+ games to start his NHL career.

  23. VanOil says:

    For some reason I feel the Oilers come out of that period lucky to be tied, yet for 2 bars could be away to the races. Being a fan of this team is complicated.

  24. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: 30-24 CF according to extra skater, this Oiler team can hang!

    Are you sure? We’re playing a Western Conference team.

  25. fuzzy muppet says:

    Nuckout,

    In the pre-season they ran the play where they passed the puck hard to the guy in the high slot and he deflected it on goal(saw them score 2 goals this way).

    I haven’t seen them even TRY it once since the season started

  26. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: you note that towards the end of the 2nd Eakins switched 57 and 64… looks like it worked. I think 93-57-14 isn’t going to be outcorsied through the rest of the game (if Eakins sticks to these new lines)

    I think Yakupov was being double shifted there, that’s why Eberle stepped in.

  27. Nuckout says:

    I don’t care what the St. Louis fans and media say about Perron. This guy is a godsend. I really hope he turns into the consumate NHL goal scorer pest of doom. We need a pest. In a bad way.

    Would I be out of line by saying I kind of enjoyed the embellishment on the Doan penalty in the 1st?

  28. Lowetide says:

    Boyd Gordon is wonderful. Just wonderful.

  29. Lowetide says:

    Pitlick out with a knee injury. Man. That’s a shame, really liked his play.

  30. OilBuzz says:

    Smith is handling the puck very poorly today

  31. Jon K says:

    I saw Ference very bad on that shift.

  32. fuzzy muppet says:

    All that pressure was off a bad turnover and lazy play by Ference

  33. boxman says:

    Petry is having some mind cramps tonite

  34. Lowetide says:

    HOW is that not a penalty on the Eberle chance?

  35. Lowetide says:

    NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  36. spoiler says:

    That makes up for the Vermette hold going uncalled.

  37. fuzzy muppet says:

    NUGE!!!!!!!!!!!! Yak with a nice play!

  38. Jon K says:

    Yak is back!

  39. jake70 says:

    Nuge, you just keep doing that all day long, long wristers into traffic.

  40. fuzzy muppet says:

    Its Jonesy!! not RNH

  41. spoiler says:

    On review, no hold. Apologies Vermette.

  42. D says:

    Oh man. Did RNH shoot the puck? Amazing how that works.

  43. Lowetide says:

    Jones (RNH, Yakupov)

  44. Ribs says:

    Good Ryan with the shot, Bad Ryan with the tip.

  45. Henry says:

    Is it safe to like the Edmonton Oilers again?

  46. striatic says:

    Nuge buries his second chance on Smith.

    How are the Coyotes leaving him open in the high slot like that? Smith plays that very oddly. He’s moving backward as Nuge creeps in with the puck, instead of pushing forward [or even just staying in place] and challenging.

  47. VanOil says:

    Lowetide:
    NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    LT broke U

  48. crude says:

    Jon K,

    me too.

  49. VanOil says:

    Henry:
    Is it safe to like the Edmonton Oilers again?

    No, not safe not smart.

  50. fuzzy muppet says:

    Tippett can’t be happy. I don’t think Phoenix blows 2 goal leads very often

  51. striatic says:

    D:
    Oh man.Did RNH shoot the puck?Amazing how that works.

    He’s fourth on the team in shots, and leads in goals.

  52. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Nuckout:
    I don’t care what the St. Louis fans and media say about Perron. This guy is a godsend. I really hope he turns into the consumate NHL goal scorer pest of doom. We need a pest. In a bad way.

    Would I be out of line by saying I kind of enjoyed the embellishment on the Doan penalty in the 1st?

    white skates! tinted visor! ugly girlfriend!

  53. G Money says:

    What is this weird feeling? Is it the feeling of having a third and fourth line that can contribute in a good way to a game?? “It’s a feeling I’ve not felt since …”

  54. jp says:

    Arcobello will score on a opposition net at some point. I swear!!

  55. spoiler says:

    I want Arco to score even more than Yak.

  56. jake70 says:

    D:
    Oh man.Did RNH shoot the puck?Amazing how that works.

    Haha, who knew.

  57. Lowetide says:

    I’m not saying Arcobello doesn’t make it, but he’s had a ton of chances and no goals. (awaits stoning)

  58. fuzzy muppet says:

    Ference has been terrible this 3rd period

  59. Jon K says:

    Not one to rag on the officiating but its been pretty uneven tonight. Although with the Oilers’ PP as it currently is, that might not be a bad thing. The 5×5 is much better this year.

  60. Lowetide says:

    That hurts, but still 4-4 with 10 minutes to play.

  61. spoiler says:

    FFS

  62. Nuckout says:

    LT: I’m sure you’ve already covered this, but Stauffer tweeted:

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 25 Oct
    Right now though might be better option to have Perron with RNH-Eberle and then Yakupov with passers Arcobello and Hemsky. We’ll see

    Why the hell not?

  63. striatic says:

    Lowetide,

    5th in shots, last in goals.

  64. Lowetide says:

    A tough period for Arcobello.

  65. fuzzy muppet says:

    Arcobello has had 3 oppurtunities to effectively win or tie a game late and mised all 3. They eventually lost alll 3 games.

    And the PK sucks. most teams don’t follow the guy across ice at the point. For some reason this team does…

  66. D says:

    No chance for LaBarbera on that screened shot.

  67. Nuckout says:

    Lowetide:
    I’m not saying Arcobello doesn’t make it, but he’s had a ton of chances and no goals. (awaits stoning)

    At least he gets chances. The effort is there, if anyone will overcome, it will be him.

  68. PunjabiOil says:

    We’re just not getting the goaltending we need to win hockey games.

    Labarbera over Khudobin was such a silly, costly mistake, with no room for long-term upside.

  69. Ribs says:

    Missed it, did Arcofuckyourself try another shot from a standstill? or was he actually moving his legs this time?

  70. Lowetide says:

    Nuckout:
    LT: I’m sure you’ve already covered this, but Stauffer tweeted:

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 25 Oct
    Rightnow though might be better option to have Perron with RNH-Eberle and then Yakupov with passers Arcobello and Hemsky. We’ll see

    Why the hell not?

    You have to get the Russian going. Yakupov has done some nice things this game, has a point, I think it’s reasonable to assume he stays in that 1L slot.

  71. G Money says:

    Jon K:
    Not one to rag on the officiating but its been pretty uneven tonight. Although with the Oilers’ PP as it currently is, that might not be a bad thing. The 5×5 is much better this year.

    I know it’s unpopular to rag on the refs, but I’m going to point out my observation that has remained true in virtually every game I’ve watched in the last four years: Canadian teams NEVER get fair officiating when playing American teams.

    I’m almost surprised when I watch the Oilers play, say the Flames or Canucks, and the officiating, while always bad, at least does not seem to lean one way or the other. And as much as I hate the Canucks – even they suffer from the same malady. Play a US team, and a ton of infractions against go uncalled, while chintziness rules in favour of the US team.

    (Girds for boos. Waits patiently for the next few months as dozens of folks independently verify what I’m saying to be true).

  72. fuzzy muppet says:

    They sag the forwards so far back they can’t get out to defend the point. I fully expect them to score here again

  73. striatic says:

    D,

    Screened shot and Yandle with just a ton of time to pick his spot. Here we go again.

  74. fuzzy muppet says:

    ANd they do

  75. Lowetide says:

    5-4, and that one does hurt. Oilers need to stay out of the box, and to be better on the PK.

  76. jp says:

    Sigh. That hurts.

  77. PunjabiOil says:

    Fucking Labarbera. Have all goals today been point shots?

  78. fuzzy muppet says:

    Labarbera is pretty shitty too

  79. jp says:

    LaBarbara should be upset on that one.

  80. Jon K says:

    Ference is having an ineffective game by my eye. Giveaways, not clearing the net.

  81. boxman says:

    Sweet Jesus it is hard being an Oilers fan.

  82. fuzzy muppet says:

    Whomever runs the PK needs to be shit-canned. It loks terrible and the results are there to prove it

  83. Nuckout says:

    This sucks. My totally legal internet feed is 20 seconds behind everything, so I’m learning the bad news here first.

  84. striatic says:

    The pressure on the points on the PK has just been terrible. Another point shot with unlimited time to pick a spot, set a screen.

  85. Pablo Aimar says:

    The special teams were really good last year right? They need someone better to pair with Dubnyk, give Bryzgalov a call.

  86. OilBuzz says:

    Ah yes, Oiler syndrome strikes yet again

  87. fuzzy muppet says:

    Special teams are killing this team.

  88. Lowetide says:

    Penalty to Smid. Oilers really didn’t help themselves this game, it was there and they’ve pissed it away. If I’m Eakins, this isn’t going to be an easy loss.

  89. Nuckout says:

    Lowetide: You have to get the Russian going. Yakupov has done some nice things this game, has a point, I think it’s reasonable to assume he stays in that 1L slot.

    There are several ways to skin a cat, just as long as the cat gets skinned, I guess.

  90. nycoil says:

    Labarbera, Ference didn’t show up to play today. Shame. And something needs to be done about the special teams. Can we replace Keith Acton with Krueger?

  91. Jon K says:

    Nuckout,

    I use gamecenter quite a bit, and it is consistently 30-60 seconds behind the cable feeds.

  92. fuzzy muppet says:

    Terrible call

  93. VanOil says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Whomever runs the PK needs to be shit-canned.It loks terrible and the results are there to prove it

    On a unrelated note I have heard Steve Smith and Kelly Buchburger have noughty photos of Batman

  94. Nuckout says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: white skates! tinted visor! ugly girlfriend!

    The trifecta of pestdom.

  95. hunter1909 says:

    Do you want to know what I’m looking forward to the most?

    After the game is over and yet another loss goes into the books, how the stats freaks around here are going to be able to ‘prove’ something positive.

  96. PunjabiOil says:

    3-8-1. This is silly, because they’re a much better team than their record, who are finally showing some progression.

    1. Goaltending

    2. Penalty killing

    3. Powerplay

    4. Injuries

    All factors which have contributed.

  97. striatic says:

    Pablo Aimar:
    The special teams were really good last year right? They need someone better to pair with Dubnyk, give Bryzgalov a call.

    La Barbera had some shaky play early, but was totally hung out to dry on those PP goals.

    Couldn’t see a thing, facing excellent shooters operating under no pressure whatsoever.

  98. fuzzy muppet says:

    Why are the forwards sagging so low?? They are inviting point shots. Its stupid. 4 goals off point shots this game alone

  99. hunter1909 says:

    VanOil: Kelly Buchburger

    Someone for the life of everyone(lol), please explain how this shlub still picks up a paycheck.

  100. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: Penalty to Smid. Oilers really didn’t help themselves this game, it was there and they’ve pissed it away. If I’m Eakins, this isn’t going to be an easy loss.

    That was another horrible call. I’ll give the high-sticking, but the other two penalties were non-existent.

  101. VanOil says:

    hunter1909,

    Is that a new Russian Proverb?

  102. OilBuzz says:

    WTF was that call? Absolute bullshit. That’s two phantom calls tonight

  103. hunter1909 says:

    PunjabiOil:
    3-8-1. This is silly, because they’re a much better team than their record, who are finally showing some progression.

    1.Goaltending

    2.Penalty killing

    3.Powerplay

    4.Injuries

    All factors which have contributed.

    Thank you. We appear to have typed our posts simultaneously, which joins us cosmically somehow.

  104. striatic says:

    hunter1909:
    Do you want to know what I’m looking forward to the most?

    After the game is over and yet another loss goes into the books, how the stats freaks around here are going to be able to ‘prove’ something positive.

    Positive things are happening, just like how in previous years positive things were happening on the PP and PK. Now those things are killing them.

  105. Masamax says:

    Lowetide,

    At what point does personal responsibility come in? The PK has been atrocious this year, and after 12 games it is getting WORSE not better. Has Eakins come out and said “I need to do better” yet? So far, all I’ve heard is “we were gassed” and “They are having mental breakdowns.” The PK was awful last year, and it is atrocious this year, and by my eye, that is as much on poor systems play as it is goaltending.

  106. jp says:

    Henry:
    Is it safe to like the Edmonton Oilers again?

    Is it fair to say your question has been answered?

  107. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:
    Do you want to know what I’m looking forward to the most?

    After the game is over and yet another loss goes into the books, how the stats freaks around here are going to be able to ‘prove’ something positive.

    Lots of positives, Hunter. You see them too.

  108. G Money says:

    OilBuzz:
    WTF was that call? Absolute bullshit. That’s two phantom calls tonight

    Per my point above – pay attention every time a Canadian team plays a US team – you’ll see at least a couple of those phantom calls against the Cdn team every game, while a dozen worse infractions go uncalled the other way.

  109. jake70 says:

    3 min left, Eakins hasn’t pulled the goalie, what gives….

  110. Pablo Aimar says:

    This team is better 5 v 5 this year and there is ZERO evidence that has anything to do with Eakins. He has a much better team with more good players than Krueger did. The special teams, were the coaching seems to make a big difference, have been an absolute embarrassment. With average goal-tending and special teams this team would be at least .500, maybe better.

  111. Lowetide says:

    Masamax:
    The special teams were really good last year right? They need someone better to pair with Dubnyk, give Bryzgalov a call.

    La Barbera had some shaky play early, but was totally hung out to dry on those PP goals.

    Couldn’t see a thing, facing excellent shooters operating under no pressure whatsoever.

    (Quote) (Reply)

    Eakins experimented with good forwards early and that didn’t work, seems to have a system they’re working on now that was better until this third period. I think today the problem has been seeing eye goals, and I can’t really blame the Oilers or the coaching staff for it.

    Others may see it a different way.

  112. hunter1909 says:

    VanOil,

    In all honesty, I’ve decided I’m possibly catching a chill after taking a phone call in the middle of sweaty training and so happily my scotch whisky bottle is now in service. ..haven’t been watching the game at all since the 2nd period, old bean.

  113. FastOil says:

    PunjabiOil:
    3-8-1. This is silly, because they’re a much better team than their record, who are finally showing some progression.

    1.Goaltending

    2.Penalty killing

    3.Powerplay

    4.Injuries

    All factors which have contributed.

    They often have a handle on at least one aspect of playing hockey at a time. Baby steps, next try doing two things good at a time ;)

    I can’t watch the game but have been following here. Too bad for Arco. I don’t think he’ll get much leeway either. They aren’t likely to run him and Gagner. Things might have been interesting if he had popped a few.

  114. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide: Eakins

    Can’t we just call him Chickenhawk? At least until he sports a winning record?

  115. Bank Shot says:

    Will Acton drifted way out of position there on the last PK goal. He leads the league in being on the ice for PK goals against.

    And they decided to get him into a house already.

    It would have been child’s play to sign a proper 4th line center. Nepotism wins again.

  116. jake70 says:

    Yak can’t one-time a shot on the L side.

  117. D says:

    Really liked Yak’s play on that last sequence.

  118. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:

    In all honesty, I’ve decided I’m possibly catching a chill after taking a phone call in the middle of sweaty training and so happily my scotch whisky bottle is now in service

    It is a good nickname, but his hairdo is too cool.

  119. boxman says:

    Screw being patient. It’s well past time for that. Get out of town Kevin Lowe and take Bucky and Stevey with you. Seriously you three are the hockey equivalent to Bill Buckner. Therefore you must all leave for a very long time. Seriously! Git!! Beat it!!
    Phew, I feel better now.

  120. hunter1909 says:

    I’ve promised myself another whisky if they score…nah fuck that. I’m having one anyway.

  121. hags9k says:

    Henry:
    Is it safe to like the Edmonton Oilers again?

    Not even a little bit.

  122. SK Oiler Fan says:

    if passing around the perimeter counted for anything this would be no contest. At some point you have to put it towards the net.

  123. Lowetide says:

    In many ways, the most disappointing game of the season. This should have been a W. 3-8-1 and they’re on the way to Los Angeles.

  124. fuzzy muppet says:

    3-9-1. LA Kings next.

    This team isn’t making the playoffs. No chance.

    when does the rebuild of the rebuild begin?

  125. Ribs says:

    Good thing Smith didn’t get a shot on LaBarbera today. Oy.

  126. VanOil says:

    hunter1909:
    VanOil,

    In all honesty, I’ve decided I’m possibly catching a chill after taking a phone call in the middle of sweaty training and so happily my scotch whisky bottle is now in service. ..haven’t been watching the game at all since the 2nd period, old bean.

    This still makes more sense then Buckbergers continued employment.

  127. PunjabiOil says:

    9 points out of a playoff spot. They need wins and in bunches.

    LA tomorrow.

    This blows.

  128. OilBuzz says:

    What a pathetic way to lose

  129. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    how was that not icing? how was Smid’s penalty a penalty?

    fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  130. srisribillyg says:

    OEL = Too much class

    Man alive, that kid can play!

  131. D says:

    They lost a game they should have won. This was too much sloppy play and at times lack of effort.

  132. nycoil says:

    Have to accept we are playing for next year now. Need to show some improvement as a team the rest of this year. No way you can win in this league when you are giving up more than four per game because you aren’t going to score five. Simple as that. Goaltending is partly to blame but the coaches need to accept some responsibility for the system and the atrocious PK.

  133. PunjabiOil says:

    They’ve blown too many leads this year. Bad goaltending can be a killer.

  134. Lowetide says:

    A quick request to keep this friendly, or we’ll be handing out tickets.

  135. Jon K says:

    Whoever prepped the PK for the Coyotes needs to be taken out behind the barn. The Yotes do like to go for that cross slot pass, but how do you have the forward PKers so low against a PP with OEL and Handle on the points and Hanzal blocking out the sun? Tippett will let his blue liners tee up against that formation all day.

  136. jake70 says:

    They had the lead twice. This one really sucks.

  137. junglerot says:

    I love how they gave the puck to Hemsky in the neutral zone with ten seconds left.

    “Quick, do something!”

  138. FastOil says:

    Now needing .571 winning %.

    Skoll!

  139. G Money says:

    Lowetide:
    Inmany ways, the most disappointing game of the season. This should have been a W. 3-8-1 and they’re on the way to Los Angeles.

    Actually, to my mind identical to the Winnipeg game in score and in disappointment. Outworked, outshot, outchanced the other team, but a few seeing eye shots and some bad goaltending and another in the L column. The only difference being – in Winnipeg the goaltending was the difference; in Phoenix, the “American team reffing effect” played an equally large part.

  140. spoiler says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: how was that not icing? how was Smid’s penalty a penalty?fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And they called an icing on us right before that that you could hear hit a stick all the way in the upper deck. Commentators didn’t even try to explain it.

    And then there was that obvious elbow to Petry’s head 20 feet from a ref that went uncalled.

  141. russ99 says:

    Gotta say we need defensive players, not defensive systems.

    We only have one right now, and that’s Gordon.

    Where was the forward on the PK who’s supposed to be on the puck carrier at the point?
    Too much standing around letting them score.

  142. VanOil says:

    Good hockey did not die today. Which is a result in the Desert. Hope, luck and whatever the third bitch of fate is called might have.

  143. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    art vandelay:
    What was the relCorsi today?

    /hopelessly deluded optimist

    Hi Art!

  144. Jon K says:

    Lowetide:
    Inmany ways, the most disappointing game of the season. This should have been a W. 3-8-1 and they’re on the way to Los Angeles.

    Agreed. I found this one even worse than the Canucks game. The Oilers got 4 goals on a Tippett team and didn’t get points. Argh.

  145. PunjabiOil says:

    It may bite them yet, but anyone else admiring Eakins’ brass balls (figuratively! not literally!) for putting Barbie back i?

    He shouldn’t have been starting tonight int he first place.

  146. Henry says:

    jp: Is it fair to say your question has been answered?

    Most of the team played very well tonight. Perron, Eberle, the Nuge and the Eager deserved better. The PK was good and aggressive in the first, terrible in the third.

  147. fuzzy muppet says:

    Via twitter

    Bruce McCurdy ‏@BruceMcCurdy 1m
    In their last 7 games Oilers special teams have been outscored 7-0. It has been margin of defeat in 4 of those games (all in regulation)

    Time to fire the assistants

  148. hags9k says:

    hunter1909,

    Says it all. They just lose. A real knack for it. Always find a way. We are not going to make the playoffs, and most likely it won’t be close.

    They will win tomorrow, but I for one am done kidding myself. I’ve been embarrassed by this franchise since the Klowe 6 rings presser, but thought a winning season would restore some pride. Instead they have become indefensible, a true laughing stock.

    LT, dust off the ol draft previews. Actually they shouldn’t be dusty you just put them down.

  149. fuzzy muppet says:

    PunjabiOil,

    They had a back to back and you’d like to think he would be extra motivated to stick it to his former team. Hard to fault Eakins for that. The terrible PK? Absolutely

  150. the_Fab_5 says:

    but they’re won the corsi battle right? since the number don’t jive with the final score…we should blame it on the “hockey gods”

  151. VanOil says:

    VanOil:
    Good hockey did not die today. Which is a result in the Desert. Hope, luck and whatever the third bitch of fate is called might have.

    Edit: My apologies to the three ladies of fate. In the interest of keeping it friendly, I am sure your are wholesome and noble

  152. striatic says:

    Lowetide: I think today the problem has been seeing eye goals, and I can’t really blame the Oilers or the coaching staff for it.
    Others may see it a different way.

    On both the PP goals, you had excellent PP shooters. It is no secret that both Yandle and OEL are excellent from the point.

    No pressure on the point at all? These guys are going to score goals. Yandle in particular has a long history of doing it.

    Even if those shots don’t go in, with that much time to work and no one in the immediate shooting lane, the pucks are going to find something close to the net to rebound off of or deflect off of.

    Pressuring the point on the PK is not an easy job. Very physical, takes a ton of energy, but you have to do it. Gordon and Acton looked very relaxed about allowing these shots to the point where it looked like the system was to allow those shots and conserve energy to pounce on pucks, instead of using energy up trying to get into the sooting lane. There’s a logic to this, I suppose, but I’m not sure it is wise to do this against a PP that has Keith Yandle and OEL on it.

  153. G Money says:

    PunjabiOil:
    It may bite them yet, but anyone else admiring Eakins’ brass balls (figuratively! not literally!) for putting Barbie back i?

    He shouldn’t have been starting tonight int he first place.

    Out of curiousity – why not? You gotta play your backup at some point, and playing him against his old team is the right move. I’ve heard some suggest that he should play against LA because that’s his old team, but that’s ancient history. He played for the Yotes the last four seasons.

  154. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    This is the worst I’ve felt after a loss this year. Maybe the WPG game matches it.

    We had it, but lady luck, the refs and some suburb blue line work for PHX stole it.

  155. wheatnoil says:

    Sorry guys, this one was my fault. Oilers up 4-3 and I finally get home and turn the TV on. Within a minute there’s an Oiler penalty and the Coyotes score. At that point, I should’ve known better. I should have shut it off and went outside to rake up some leaves. The Oilers were doing fine in my absence. Instead, I kept watching. Two more penalities, one more goal, a phantom icing call, a phantom icing wave-off, and a loss.

    Son of a bitch. This loss is on me.

  156. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Can someone explain to me why the Schlemko hit on Pitlick wasn’t “clipping”?

    A similar play got Marchand 5 games:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05-O-uRuKyY

  157. russ99 says:

    striatic,

    Gordon does a good job, but he can’t do it all. We need to add a Marchant and a Pisani on this team, not the collection of 4th line rejects currently in the bottom six.

    But MacT would rather chase a Clarkson and add facepunchers than fill a glaring need.

  158. PunjabiOil says:

    They had a back to back and you’d like to think he would be extra motivated to stick it to his former team. Hard to fault Eakins for that. The terrible PK? Absolutely .

    How much is the poor penalty killing due to poor goaltending?

    Both saveable shots. NHL goalies have to make those saves.

    You can’t win games when you allow 4 goals against every game.

    You just can’t.

  159. FastOil says:

    the_Fab_5:
    but they’re won the corsi battle right? since the number don’t jive with the final score…we should blame it on the “hockey gods”

    No. But if they ever stop brain farting and tipping pucks into their own net they’ll win some games because of it. Shoot more, score more, win more.

  160. godot10 says:

    Lowetide: Lots of positives, Hunter. You see them too.

    Better players. Worse coaching.

    Or to be less harsh. An cocksure AHL coach learning on the job the hard way.

  161. Lois Lowe says:

    Tough loss for the Oilers today. I still see them better than last year by a mile so my happy-pill-Kool-aid (WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!) is working better than ever. The Oilers just played an afternoon game in Phoenix and didn’t get completely put to sleep by a trapping team. Despite the loss, the visitors dictated the style of play and the tempo of the game.

    I will forgive the PK because the last three calls were iffy, but that’s a glaring issue for the club.

  162. PunjabiOil says:

    G Money: Out of curiousity – why not?You gotta play your backup at some point, and playing him against his old team is the right move.I’ve heard some suggest that he should play against LA because that’s his old team, but that’s ancient history. He played for the Yotes the last four seasons.

    I would have started Dubnyk today – improve chances to maximize points, given tomorrow is likely a guaranteed loss anyways.

  163. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Edmonton Oilers ✔ @EdmontonOilers
    “Extremely frustrating and disappointing. Power-play goals on penalties you just shake your head at.” – Captain Ference post-game

    Edmonton Oilers ✔ @EdmontonOilers
    “It was an interesting game to say the least. It’s getting disheartening to say I like most of our game and come up short.” – Coach Eakins

  164. hunter1909 says:

    I’m going to be scouring the establishment for any alcohol in a few secs(whisky maddeningly out, fortunately have a case of German lager aboard). Just thought I’d post one last time, to congratulate the Phoenix Coyotes on a well played game.

    PS: I fracking LOVE this 2013-14 Oiler fan season of doom kicking in so soon in the season. Just think: It saves everyone so much trouble, as instead of worrying about Hall, Eberle etc on the pesky Olympic team, instead we can enjoy the prophylactic joy of Katz as he contemplates R.E.A.L.I.T.Y.

    I swear, if Kevin Lowe ever ends up behind the bench I’ll die a happy man.

  165. VanOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    You must of been really enjoying your whiskey during the TO debacle to have forgotten that one.

  166. jake70 says:

    How come OUR back-up never stands on his head when he starts?

  167. godot10 says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Can someone explain to me why the Schlemko hit on Pitlick wasn’t “clipping”?

    A similar play got Marchand 5 games:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05-O-uRuKyY

    Schlemko’s was a classical hip check, where he led with the hip. Marchand led with the shoulder and undercut or clipped Salo.

  168. fuzzy muppet says:

    PunjabiOil,

    Don’t get me wrong, the Goaltending sucks too, but the PK sustem, especially against a team with defenseman like Phoenix, is all wrong. They are inviting point shots and the sagging forward is just screening and making it harder on the goalie.

    They shouldn’t be sagging or criss-crossing the way they do. The results speak for themselves

  169. PDO says:

    Can somebody please get Eric Furlatt some knee pads?

    They must be raw after that performance.

    What a joke.

    Labarberra needs to make a save there, but that’s one of the worst officiated games of the year.

  170. hunter1909 says:

    VanOil: whiskey

    Some friendly advice: Only assholes(or Irishmen) ever spell “whisky” like that.

  171. Lowetide says:

    36-30 final Corsi. That was a fine effort, gents. Brutal result, but on to the next town. I do think we saw a little of the bloom off the rose for Arcobello today.

  172. smellyglove says:

    I understand advanced stats, I know about statistics, I get it. I know about the role of luck in sports, and I know that given a large enough sample size, the cream rises to the top while the muck settles on the bottom. The perpetual focus on cf/ca and corsi here seems to be a form of myopic apologism, Has anyone regressed cf% or corsi with points at the end of the year? There has to be a massive uncoupling between cf% and corsi and a team’s finish – intangibles, luck, shot quality, quality of blocked shots, goaltending… all the things that explain why a team makes the playoffs while another sits in May.

  173. Lowetide says:

    smellyglove:
    I understand advanced stats, I know about statistics, I get it. I know about the role of luck in sports, and I know that given a large enough sample size, the cream rises to the top while the muck settles on the bottom. The perpetual focus on cf/ca and corsi here seems to be a form of myopic apologism, Has anyone regressed cf% or corsi with points at the end of the year?There has to be a massive uncoupling between cf% and corsi and a team’s finish – intangibles, luck, shot quality, quality of blocked shots, goaltending… all the things that explain why a team makes the playoffs while another sits in May.

    We’ve lost with bad Corsi, and are now losing with good Corsi. Miles and miles of information informs us this is the way to success. No one doubts or questions luck–good and bad–but surely if you understand advanced stats I’m not saying anything you don’t already know.

  174. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    VanOil:
    Romulus Apotheosis,

    You must of been really enjoying your whiskey during the TO debacle to have forgotten that one.

    Oh god!

    brutal, I was nursing a terrible cold that night too…

    what’s the turn around on “you have to be good to be lucky”? I mean… how much more good to we have to get before luck shines on us?

  175. jake70 says:

    “After Monday night’s loss at the Los Angeles Kings, Coach Tom Renney let off a few weeks’ worth of steam regarding officiating in his Edmonton Oilers’ games.
    After the Kings were yet another opponent with a power play advantage, Renney was asked why the Oilers didn’t draw more penalties; his response:

    “I’m not sure [why]. Maybe [they] need Hollywood in the playoffs. I’m not sure.”
    The NHL interpreted “they” as “hey, this dude’s accusing us of fixing games in order to make sure a team from Los Angeles qualifies for the playoffs.” So the League announced late Tuesday that Renney had been fined $10,000 for his critical comments, which must stink for a lame duck coach.”

    Remember this? Critical year for Phoenix under new ownership.

  176. VanOil says:

    hunter1909,

    I have the passport and life experience to spell Whiskey as Whiskey. Much like I feel fine putting the Y in Tyre. But in this case I was referring to Rom drinking Bourbon so I should have used Whisky, But what is an E between friends. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFJdUJg4wOk

  177. Ribs says:

    striatic: On both the PP goals, you had excellent PP shooters. It is no secret that both Yandle and OEL are excellent from the point.

    Yandle with his first of the year, OEL tying his goal total from last season. I get what you’re saying, but I think LaBabera should have had those wristers from the point.

  178. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Edmonton Oilers✔ @EdmontonOilers
    “Extremely frustrating and disappointing. Power-play goals on penalties you just shake your head at.” – Captain Ference post-game

    Edmonton Oilers✔ @EdmontonOilers
    “It was an interesting game to say the least. It’s getting disheartening to say I like most of our game and come up short.” – Coach Eakins

    well, that’s the truth. I think Eakins is a smart guy, he’ll figure this out.

  179. hags9k says:

    PunjabiOil: I would have started Dubnyk today – improve chances to maximize points, given tomorrow is likely a guaranteed loss anyways.

    Yes. Greed is bad.

  180. mustang says:

    Well I guess we finally got ELPH, those other years were just practise

  181. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    36-30 final Corsi. That was a fine effort, gents. Brutal result, but on to the next town. I do think we saw a little of the bloom off the rose for Arcobello today.

    And yet… he topped the team in corsi at 66.7% (tied with Perron).

    The penalty and inability to finish are real problems… but even tonight this team is better with him on the ice than off.

    Yakupov is doing some nice things but still out to lunch on certain aspects of the game.

    I won’t blame Labarbs too much, because those goals were all superb… but hey that’s your damn job and 5 is way too many.

    4 goals for should be more than enough to beat PHX.

  182. Woodguy says:

    We hoped for the best and it turned out like always.

    Just god awfully reffing at the end of that game.

    Constant interference by PHX goes unpunished all game.

    Labarbera now with a .857 and DD with a .878

    4v5 SV%

    DD .872
    Labarbera .760

    Lordy.

    DD’s number isn’t far off .885 which is usually about average in the NHL among starters, Labarbara’s is a tire fire.

    Why did the hockey gods pick this year for the goaltending to fall off the rails?

    *weeps*

  183. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Edmonton Oilers ✔ @EdmontonOilers
    Coach Eakins says the #Oilers may recall a forward or play with seven defencemen tomorrow in LA if Pitlick is unable to play.

    Omark?

  184. PDO says:

    jake70:
    “After Monday night’s loss at the Los Angeles Kings, Coach Tom Renney let off a few weeks’ worth of steam regarding officiating in his Edmonton Oilers’ games.
    After the Kings were yet another opponent with a power play advantage, Renney was asked why the Oilers didn’t draw more penalties; his response:

    “I’m not sure [why]. Maybe [they] need Hollywood in the playoffs. I’m not sure.”
    The NHL interpreted “they” as “hey, this dude’s accusing us of fixing games in order to make sure a team from Los Angeles qualifies for the playoffs.” So the League announced late Tuesday that Renney had been fined $10,000 for his critical comments, which must stink for a lame duck coach.”

    Remember this? Critical year for Phoenix under new ownership.

    I don’t think it’s this complex – I think it’s just idiot officials deferring to a “veteran squad” in Phoenix.

    I’m still happy Ference is pissed about it, because it’s a story line, and if the nothing is said, then it will keep repeating itself over and over and it will cost points in the standings.

  185. PunjabiOil says:

    The problem is it might too late to figure this out. They’re in the toughest division in hockey. Wasting away bullets. Their upcoming schedule is easier and they’ll need to win games in bunches to get out of the hole, but seriously, the Oilers are getting .867 SV% from their goalies.

    That explains their season in a nutshell. Never been more frustrating being a fan.

    And you know, I’m a MacT guy – but this is on him. If he wasn’t comfortable with Dubnyk (offered up Nurse plus prospects), he needed to get a 1B goalie like Bryz. Not a career backup in Labarbera.

    They need to figure out things, and fast.

  186. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Dalmore, here I come! It’s 6pm and I hate life….

    no, no, no… don’t despair… happy thoughts, happy thoughts…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhQr0kndwBE

  187. mustang says:

    Yak played good for the most part, one lazy attempt to clear the puck that ended in a goal, but all in all not to bad.

  188. godot10 says:

    Lowetide:
    36-30 final Corsi. That was a fine effort, gents. Brutal result, but on to the next town. I do think we saw a little of the bloom off the rose for Arcobello today.

    There is more to the equation.

    Winning = Positive Corsi + Positive Special Teams + Goaltending.

  189. Woodguy says:

    smellyglove,

    , Has anyone regressed cf% or corsi with points at the end of the year?

    Yes, many times, same results. Correlated with 85% confidence or so with over 10,000 game and 1,200,000 shot sample size.

    There has to be a massive uncoupling between cf% and corsi and a team’s finish – intangibles, luck, shot quality, quality of blocked shots, goaltending… all the things that explain why a team makes the playoffs while another sits in May.

    Luck shows up more over the short term and over a season like last season.

    NJD were 3rd in the NHL last year in fenclose and missed the playoffs. Very low shooting % and shitty goal tending did them in.

    First time a team finished that high and didn’t get in.

  190. Lowetide says:

    I’d try to get Smyth orJoensuu back in, as opposed to calling up Omark. I like Omark in a controlled situation, and maybe Gordon-Jones is strong enough but against those LA Kings I’d kill for the veteran. And let’s face it, tomorrow night’s game is a must-win after this loss.

  191. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    godot10: Schlemko’s was a classical hip check, where he led with the hip.Marchand led with the shoulder and undercut or clipped Salo.

    According to the definition of “clipping” offered in the video — “throwing the body…” — it is irrelevant which part of the body is involved.

    If there is a distinction it would be because Marchand got very low — on or below the knee.

  192. G Money says:

    jake70: “After Monday night’s loss at the Los Angeles Kings, Coach Tom Renney let off a few weeks’ worth of steam regarding officiating in his Edmonton Oilers’ games.
    After the Kings were yet another opponent with a power play advantage, Renney was asked why the Oilers didn’t draw more penalties; his response:
    “I’m not sure [why]. Maybe [they] need Hollywood in the playoffs. I’m not sure.”
    The NHL interpreted “they” as “hey, this dude’s accusing us of fixing games in order to make sure a team from Los Angeles qualifies for the playoffs.” So the League announced late Tuesday that Renney had been fined $10,000 for his critical comments, which must stink for a lame duck coach.”
    Remember this? Critical year for Phoenix under new ownership.

    Woodguy: Just god awfully reffing at the end of that game.
    Constant interference by PHX goes unpunished all game.

    PDO: I don’t think it’s this complex – I think it’s just idiot officials deferring to a “veteran squad” in Phoenix.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – this is not a one off, or a “Hollywood” thing, or a “veteran squad” thing.

    Any time a Canadian team and a US team go at it, you will see this effect. You will *not* see it when it is Cda-Cda or US-US. Only Cda-US. I don’t generally believe in conspiracy theories, as they require hundreds of people to hold iron-clad secrets for many years, which is ridiculous.

    But this? All it takes is a word from Bettman. It’s easy enough for the league to do. Mention in the pre-game call to the refs: “The Edmonton Oiler team has been observed to be embellishing in order to draw penalties. Make sure you are certain before making a call.” Bam, no calls in favour of the Oilers unless blatant. Then “The [US-based team] has been the victim of unacceptable and illegal play in the last few games – ensure that the game stays in hand.” Boom, done. Phantom calls in favour. Bias set.

  193. BG14 says:

    Labarbera has to play better. 5 goals is never okay. 2nd goal was brutal, and I think at least one of the final two should be stopped. Good goals, yes, but it’s your job description. Stop the puck. Anybody else notice the entire PHX team targeting his stick side? 4/5 scored there. A little bit of inside intel from the past 4 years of practice, no doubt.

  194. G Money says:

    godot10: Winning = Positive Corsi + Positive Special Teams + Goaltending.

    I … agree … with … you. WTF?

    Also – this is why I’m mystified at the overall criticism of Eakins. The team is doing a lot better this year (by eye and by most underlying stats) than last year. IT IS NOT THE SWARM THAT IS THE PROBLEM.

    The special teams, esp. PK stink. You can chalk at least half the losses so far on them as much as goaltending. If that’s Eakins, then criticism is justified. If it’s the assistants, the question is – same guys, so WTF happened from last year?

  195. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy: Just god awfully reffing at the end of that game.
    Constant interference by PHX goes unpunished all game.

    The linesmen were running some pretty sweet interference at the end of the game too…

  196. Woodguy says:

    I wouldn’t get too excited about the PP not scoring lately.

    8th in the NHL at 58.4shots/60 which is a good number.

    26th in the NHL with a 6.6 SH%.

    Last 2 years the Oilers had 5v4 shooting % of 17.2% and 16.1% and almost no player changes. Its luck and will even out.

    The PK though, stinks on ice.

    Saw 41 bad on OEL’s winning goal where he chased to Gordon’s side of the ice leaving OEL wide freaking open to walk right in.

    Oiler’s 4v5 Shots against/60 is 64.1 which is 27th in the NHL.

    Oiler’s 4v5 SV% is .833 which is 26th. (median is .850 right now)

    Allowing too many shots and not stopping enough of them is a recipe for disaster.

    Last year the PK allowed 53.4 SA.60, which wasn’t great at 24th in the NHL, but got lucky with a 4v5 .897 which was 5th in the NHL.

    No such luck this year.

  197. DeadmanWaking says:

    Shifting the graph north. THAT’s progress. Shifting the graph east. That’s PROGRESS.

    I’m referring to the slowly ascending competitiveness of a team lifting off from the runway at the bottle of the barrel, with north at the top of the page, and fairytale outcomes off in distant lands to the east.

    You shift a graph north by giving leaky tires an extra blast of air. You shift the graph east by replacing the leaky tires with fat stickies, a slick quick crew, and plenty of spares slick and sick (Omark, I’m looking at you).

    Competitiveness has a learned element so there is some degree of implied coupling. First you need to rise above the ground effect, only then you can lift your gear, press your nosecone into the headwind, and separate yourself from the pack. [Unsure if I should credit that verb progression to Jane Fonda, Wonderbra, or Terry Jones' robocopy.]

    In order to practice success, one must first taste success–or a least purloin a copy of Success Graphically Illustrated from under the master bedroom’s masterbedding. Tambi certainly could have procured more Preparation Hurry-up and less Lineament D’Ali. (“Dally” has a bad rep among sex-shop staffers who try not to roll their eyes when solicited for the rope-a-dope rub-a-dub.)

    One wonders: Is it actually true that throbbing blue maximally mobilizes the molten menace of the magnanimous moment? Does the colour blue separate the lead from your pencil like no tomorrow you’ll ever know? Can the colour blue wedge its fingernails deeply enough into to the great beating wings of the King of the Eagles–regal wings cranking into hiccups of sky like a churning waterbug with heft-bent oars pluming rooster-spoons of rent plasma with each gobsmacked brace of this varsity eight of wait wait wait wheeling reeling nearly keeling but for mite alone in taut surging unison through the soaring searing cyclone of peril as thistles of satin wrestle upon the whistling velvet verge in satin flame now to crest this vertiginous Thames of the Eagles vexed flexed stretched from Hades to Lucifer? [I forgive the reader who forgot the question.] Does this not eclipse the adversity-virgin of the short-grass savanna?

    One wonders: Will one day some haggard hero hazard the sleeping griffin of Chernobyl? To simmer thy rods down to a steady marshmallow glow while the husky pumps sit silenced in silent halls, and all the men in mission control moonlight for Maytag? To perch patiently upon a pile of pickled peppers unprepared?

    To wait. To wait. To wait. To whoosh. To woo.

    Emile: Ogay everyone, how dou’u like your steks? [Turns toward a quiet fellow seated by himself] Monsieur?

    Ebenezer: Me? [struggles momentarily to successfully decode the eye contact of a naturally-born social animal]

    As the impassivity of our frightened bunny hangs there in the air, Emile’s head tips imperceptibly forward, his eyebrows somehow remaining unnaturally fixed in space and time.

    Ebenezer: [That eyebrow thing ... he must really mean me.] Uh, can you do raring?

    Emile: ‘ow raring?

    Ebenezer: [Blushes. Looks at shoes.] Can you do bleu? I like it raring. Raring … bleu … really I do.

    Emile: Monsieur! This is France! Bleu is nut raring. No one in France waits for bleu. Silly American rumour. Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person!

    ***

    Can we succeed in our patient quest for Mrs Right, venturing no so much as a mascara smudge from Mrs Right Now? Was not the whiling willy more wily?

    Nay. Silly American rumour.

  198. Lowetide says:

    BG14:
    Labarbera has to play better. 5 goals is never okay. 2nd goal was brutal, and I think at least one of the final two should be stopped. Good goals, yes, but it’s your job description. Stop the puck. Anybody else notice the entire PHX team targeting his stick side? 4/5 scored there. A little bit of inside intel from the past 4 years of practice, no doubt.

    I’m not going to rip the G over the penalty kill–those were screened–but both goaltenders need to be better and I don’t think anyone can argue that point.

  199. Woodguy says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: The linesmen were running some pretty sweet interference at the end of the game too…

    The linesman who stopped Gordon from getting the puck deep twice AND THEN waived off the icing needs to be hit with a ball of his own shit.

  200. Bank Shot says:

    Lowetide: We’ve lost with bad Corsi, and are now losing with good Corsi. Miles and miles of information informs us this is the way to success. No one doubts or questions luck–good and bad–but surely if you understand advanced stats I’m not saying anything you don’t already know.

    But it’s not good CORSI.

    If the only thing we have to hang our hat on is the 23rd best CORSI in the NHL we’re setting the bar so LOWE its become a terrible joke.

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