GET HAPPY!

In the first 20 games of this season, the Edmonton Oilers went 4-14-2. Since then, they are 3-1 so far in their second 20 game stanza. For the sake of our sanity, I think 20 game screenshots are going to be key.

DF-06193_r.jpg Ð Jennifer Garner stars in Columbia PicturesÕ comedy/drama Catch and Release.  Photo Credit: Doug Curran

The Oilers Corsi For % (5×5, this is from Extra Skater) is 46.3, last season it was 45.1. That’s a mild improvement, but if you’ve been following this it’s easy to remember a time earlier in the year when that number was in the ditch. The Oilers are crawling from the suckage, and it feels good.

I know this team has been playing the sisters of the poor, but you play the teams in the order the schedule maker demands you. Ladies, this humble winning streak could be the high times of 2013-14—drink deep!

CATCH AND RELEASE

The blue was handled in an interesting way last night. If we can agree that time-on-ice is the best tell of all (and that even-strength time on ice is the best of the best tells) then  last night’s totals are frank:

  1. Anton Belov 18:14
  2. Justin Schultz 17:10
  3. Jeff Petry 16:35
  4. Andrew Ference 15:31
  5. Corey Potter 13:39
  6. Nick Schultz 13:20

It’s the Schultz, it’s the Petry, it’s the Belov and it’s the Ference. That foursome is the group Dallas Eakins likes, and Smid, Schultz the elder and Potter are (at this point) either traded or have one skate out of town. I expect we’ll see a callup of Marincin or Klefbom (or Fedun or Davidson) at the trade deadline, and we’ll see Belov, J Schultz and Petry signed in summer. Coach approved.

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THE LAST 10

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This is starting to resemble reasonable. If you take these 10 games and multiply by eight then most of these boxcars are in the range (and some are better). The beauty of this team? One guy slumps, there’s about 5 guys capable of picking him up. Oh, by the way: in the last 10 games, Dubnyk is 4-5-0 and has a save-percentage of .913.

5×5/60 (BTN)

  1. Taylor Hall 2.43
  2. Mark Arcobello 2.25
  3. Jordan Eberle 2.25
  4. David Perron 2.12
  5. Ryan Smyth 1.80
  6. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.69
  7. Will Acton 1.63
  8. Ryan Jones 1.62
  9. Boyd Gordon 1.33
  10. Ben Eager 1.19
  11. Sam Gagner 1.09
  12. Ales Hemsky 1.08
  13. Luke Gazdic 1.04
  14. Nail Yakupov 0.85
  15. Jesse Joensuu 0.00

When the Russian rockets, this team is going to wheel.

Abbotsford vs. OKC Barons 11-15-13

Laurent Brossoit was brilliant last night and the Barons offense kicked out the jams in an impressive and fight-filled contest against the Cleveland Spiders. Curtis Hamilton played his first game of the year, Travis Ewanyk scored twice and Anton Lander scored two goals in a row. They play again tonight. (photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

GARNER SMILE

This morning at 10, the Lowdown with Lowetide hits the airwaves on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports. He was directly involved in the broadcast of the greatest Grey Cup in history, so yeah that might come up during our chat.
  • Kent Simpson from Oil Kings broadcasts. Kent will discuss the OK season, the progress of Moroz, Lazar and Samuelsson and young Aaron Irving’s progress.
  • Jock Climie, tsn. We’ll talk about the importance of Canadians in the Grey Cup game, and about the tsn broadcast.
  • Jeff Chapman, Copper and Blue. We’ll giggle like idiots about last night’s game and worry tomorrow.
  • Andreas Morse, FC Edmonton. The Eddies are making some very interesting off-season moves.
  • Jungle Jim Hunter, Sportcology. Jungle will talk about the impact of the elements on big sporting events.

10-1260 via text, @Lowetide on twitter. See ya on the radio!!!

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  1. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    “the Cleveland Spiders”

    Sneaky guy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Spiders

    “Other than standout second baseman Cupid Childs, the Spiders had an unremarkable offense.”

    “In 1899, the Spiders’ owners, the Robison brothers, bought the St. Louis Browns out of bankruptcy and changed their name to the Perfectos. However, they kept the Spiders as well–a blatant conflict of interest. Believing the Perfectos would draw greater attendance in more densely populated St. Louis, the Robisons transferred most of the Cleveland stars, including future Baseball Hall of Famers Cy Young, Jesse Burkett, and Bobby Wallace to St. Louis. They also shifted a large number of Cleveland home games to the road (for instance, the original Opening Day game was shifted to St. Louis).”

    Cupid Childs! Perfectos! ha….

    Also, this ownership meddling is hilarious.

  2. Lowetide says:

    If you’re interested, this has some money history too

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1899_Cleveland_Spiders_season

  3. DeadmanWaking says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Cupid Childs! Perfectos! ha….

    For some reason you cauterized your quoted fragment right before it mentions Nig Cuppy who “spent nine years of his 10-year major league career as the number two starter behind Cy Young”. Once an arts major, always an arts major.

    Now there’s a man whose future holds no commemorative reward. He could have pitched Cy to the warning track, and it would still be the Cy Young Award.

  4. godot10 says:

    January is the crucible.

    The worst the Oilers can do this year is 13th in the West. 9th is probably the best.

  5. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    DeadmanWaking: For some reason you cauterized your quoted fragment right before it mentions Nig Cuppy who “spent nine years of his 10-year major league career as the number two starter behind Cy Young”.Once an arts major, always an arts major.

    Now there’s a man whose future holds no commemorative reward. He could have pitched Cy to the warning track, and it would still be the Cy Young Award.

    Good catch.

    My sight reading tends to gravitate to hilarious appellations rather than sad, but I wish I saw that one… yowza, how times have changed!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig_Cuppy

    Not only was “Nig” a simple racist nickname (BTW, what’s with baseball history being fine with simply leaving this guy with a horrific name, not of his choosing), befitting racist perspectives it was applied to near every player with a “dark complexion”:

    His nickname, “Nig”, is often adjudged to be a racist reference to his dark complexion.[3] In the first half of the 20th Century, before the game was integrated, ballplayers with a dark complexion were sometimes nicknamed “Nig.”[6] In addition to Cuppy, the following other major league players bore the nickname: Johnny Beazley (1941–49), Joe Berry (1921–22), Bobby Bragan (1940–48), Nig Clarke (1905-1920), Nig Fuller (1902), Johnny Grabowski (1923–31), Don Gutteridge (1936–1948), Nig Lipscomb (1937), Charlie Niebergall (1921–24), Nig Perrine (1907), and Frank Smith (1904–15).

    Look at all those undifferentiated, non-individuals. The phrasing “bore the nickname” is accurate though. It certainly sounds like a burden.

  6. Bruce McCurdy says:

    “Chief”, “Rube” & “Dummy” were also commonplace nicknames a century ago. It was a simpler time, but we’ve come a long way in some respects.

  7. Andy P says:

    godot10: January is the crucible. The worst the Oilers can do this year is 13th in the West. 9th is probably the best.

    I was wondering where you’ve been. How do you figure that 9th place is the best they can do?

  8. borisnikov says:

    godot10,

    If they end up North of 90 pts and in 9th place I will name the twins in my wife’s belly Go and Dot. That number would mean they play no worse than .645 hockey (pts wise) or probably the best record in the West for the remaining 62 games.
    We should write in 3 rounds of playoffs next year while we are at it:D

  9. Chris says:

    Well the best or worst the Oilers can do this season depends on their performance. Yes, they’ve set themselves a heck of a mountain to climb. However, if they can sustain a run back towards the middle of the pack, the math after that becomes much more plausible.

  10. borisnikov says:

    borisnikov:
    godot10,

    If they end up North of 90 pts and in 9th place I will name the twins in my wife’s belly Go and Dot. That number would mean they play no worse than .645 hockey (pts wise) or probably the best record in the West for the remaining 62 games.
    We should write in 3 rounds of playoffs next year while we are at it:D

    And just in case it does happen, I’ll have to run the name change by my wife!

  11. TheOtherJohn says:

    Time to legitimately smile after the last 7 periods. Solid goaltending and the forwards are attacking with confidence. Perron guy shoots w repetition of a ball machine. Boyd zgordon 15-2 in FO

    LT you are right though, there should not be unbridled enthusiasm at this team till we see a SoCal road trip.

    I think trade deadline should be used to ID and target the good sized best bottom 6 forwards & prospect goalers (who no one else willing be trading for prospect goalies). An example David Moss a UFA fixture on G Gordon’s wing in PhX . Best possible time to buy

    But a good morning to be an Oiler fan!

  12. Lynas1 says:

    I hope this is the start of a big jump forward for Anton Lander

  13. godot10 says:

    Andy P: I was wondering where you’ve been. How do you figure that 9th place is the best they can do?

    I’ve refrained from posting much on game days. Did I post during the Detroit game? Did I post during the first two periods of the Calgary game? So why should I post during the Columbus game?

    I think it will probably take 100 points to get to 8th.

  14. Caramel Obvious says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    “Chief”, “Rube” & “Dummy” were also commonplace nicknames a century ago. It was a simpler time, but we’ve come a long way in some respects.

    It’s pretty interesting to browse around baseballreference and look at old ball players. Nicknames for the first half of the century were clearly descriptive. So not only Rube or Dummy or Nig, but also Red or Lefty, and nicknames also clearly carried more cultural force, often replacing the actual name. That’s how it was, for better or for worse. While the changes in society since then are certainly good things I, for one, lament the loss of the descriptive character of language. Think of how horrible hockey nicknames are.

    I will say also say that it is somewhat unfair to read all of these nicknames in the worst way possible out of context. If baseball were to retroactively rename Nig Cuppy, George Koppe (his birthname) that would be a travesty. He was known as Nig Cuppy. That was his name. Read it as you wish, add actual historical qualifiers when you have them (for instance the story of how Roberto Clemente reclaimed his name is a great one and a real testament to courage and character) but don’t rewrite the past in your own idea of how things are and how things should have been.

    To take a less controversial example perhaps my favourite nickname of all is Kiki Cuyler who was so named because he stuttered. Now this demonstrates a clear lack of sensitivity on the part of his teammates and the press who made it stick. And I doubt he liked it. However, the name gives us a picture of the player who would otherwise be a bland set of numbers, it makes him a person capable of suffering and joy, and it gives a picture of a place that is sufficiently different from our own to elicit wonder. Getting rid of the names erases the historical horizon that makes us human and allows us to transcend the immediate circumstances of our lives. It would be a great crime.

  15. borisnikov says:

    Lynas1:
    I hope this is the start of a big jump forward for Anton Lander

    Anytime someone mentions any kind of jump (or leap) forward I can’t help but think of this.

  16. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    There is simply too much race left to run and this team is far too unpredictable to get anything like a reliable read on the outcome of the season.

    A different question might be, what signs of life should we be looking for over the rest of the season (regardless of standings). I’d like to see

    –The corsi number stabilize at Renney levels (at least) through the course of the season.
    –Visual and statistical evidence that the zone exits are supported by the forwards and lead to possession at the other end.
    –Visual and statistical evidence that possession in the other end leads to shots, multiples.
    –Dubnyk finish the season with league average save % (minimum)
    –Yakupov turn a corner without the puck.
    –Gagner back to normal and put on the wing
    –Arco given a full-time position on the team and continue to produce
    –2, 19 and 77 established as viable top 4 options in waiting for a father figure.

    I want to see evidence of good things that will have carry over for seasons future.

  17. TheOtherJohn says:

    Irrational exuberance ……….. Oiler fans: one and the same. We beat team picked worse in league, Calgary, Columbus currently 26th (build by Scott Howson–not sure Id keep reminding everyone of that fact Bob Stauffer) and the tied for 28th place Forida Panthers. And we have people talking .645 hockey the rest of the way

    If the Oilers play .500 hockey to the end of the that’s 74 pts, .550 hockey and that’s 80 pts. .600 hockey and that’s 85 pts. Math is not our friend here.

    No question we can have a strong trade deadline, draft, FA frenzy and some good trades to be a real good team next year.

  18. TheOtherJohn says:

    What Rom said

  19. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    borisnikov: If they end up North of 90 pts and in 9th place I will name the twins in my wife’s belly Go and Dot.

    Congrats!

    You realize that all yelling at children comes out in the imperative form, of course… and that you could well end up inadvertently telling Dot to run off.

  20. commonfan14 says:

    Lynas1: LT you are right though, there should not be unbridled enthusiasm at this team till we see a SoCal road trip.

    Agreed – that’s what led to Billy Mumphry’s downfall.

  21. GordM says:

    Blackhawks, Predators, Blue Jackets, Stars, Coyotes. Keep playing the way we have been in these last 7 periods and I’d like to think 3 or 4 wins are possible (maybe 3-1-1…sadly that is the ratio needed the rest of the way to statistically make it. Sportsclub Stats says 37-14-7 would give us an 80% chance of qualifying).

    While I am comfortable calling the season lost…I just want to see more of the last 3 games to give me true hope for the future. Seeing MacTavish on the TSN draft lottery panel in April would be a killer (unless via phone talking about how we feel moving from 11th overall to 1st).

  22. borisnikov says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Romulus Apotheosis: Congrats!

    you could well end up inadvertently telling Dot to run off.

    It would prove problematic. Maybe Don’tGo and Dot;)

  23. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide: You’re stealing my 20 games then start counting idea but it’s your blog so do feel free. :p

    Eakin’s has gone from death house to the gate house, still a way to go for the penthouse. I hope they freeze the roster, which looks pretty good to my eye and the last thing these guys need for the next 60 games is having to deal with newbies. They’re going to have to be in playoff mode for the rest of the season to stand even a ghost of a chance, and even then who can say anything in November?

    Ference is a terrific captain, btw. He’s doing what it takes to inspire the team like a good captain should.

    Perron has been a brilliant addition, as has Hemsky finally being given a complimentary player in Yaks – together they could turn out to be a partnership made in Hell for opposition defenses who won’t have a hope in hell of stopping them.

    Gagner’s basically another version of Perron, which gives the team an incredible array of options.

    Gadzic’s looking like a great young enforcer, best of his kind seen in Edmonton Oilers colors since a young Laraque. Both goalies seem fine, which in itself is mind boggling but I put that down to the influence of Bryz who talks the talk like a Soviet Shakespeare.

    In Dallas Eakin we’ve witnessed the instant transformation from uber uptight AHL know it all with a 4-17 record start to match, to clearly competent Jack Adams candidate who shows up at work disheveled. I seem to remember offering that advice which makes it even better for this third class fan. It’s like fluking off an exact game day scoreline.

  24. Ice Sage says:

    Baby steps.
    But the team is clearly better, more creative and confident.
    A month ago they were losing games like these past 3.

    Monday’s game vs Hawks is going to be fun.

  25. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Caramel Obvious: It’s pretty interesting to browse around baseballreference and look at old ball players.Nicknames for the first half of the century were clearly descriptive.So not only Rube or Dummy or Nig, but also Red or Lefty, and nicknames also clearly carried more cultural force, often replacing the actual name.That’s how it was, for better or for worse. While the changes in society since then are certainly good things I, for one, lament the loss of the descriptive character of language.Think of how horrible hockey nicknames are.

    I will say also say that it is somewhat unfair to read all of these nicknames in the worst way possible out of context.If baseball were to retroactively rename Nig Cuppy, George Koppe (his birthname) that would be a travesty.He was known as Nig Cuppy.That was his name.Read it as you wish, add actual historical qualifiers when you have them (for instance the story of how Roberto Clemente reclaimed his name is a great one and a real testament to courage and character) but don’t rewrite the past in your own idea of how things are and how things should have been.

    To take a less controversial example perhaps my favourite nickname of all is KikiCuyler who was so named because he stuttered.Now this demonstrates a clear lack of sensitivity on the part of his teammates and the press who made it stick.And I doubt he liked it.However, the name gives us a picture of the player who would otherwise be a bland set of numbers, it makes him a person capable of suffering and joy, and it gives a picture of a place that is sufficiently different from our own to elicit wonder.Getting rid of the names erases the historical horizon that makes us human and allows us to transcend the immediate circumstances of our lives.It would be a great crime.

    I hear what you are saying here.

    But this is a vicious name and not one used in the spirit of camaraderie and good will. A bunch of jerks calling someone something doesn’t mean the rest of us should follow suit and brand that individual eternally with their bitterness and spite simply because it was the case that that’s what they called him.

    Such a name completely effaces the individual and leaves only the terrible stain of hatred from a horribly backward community.

    I don’t think we owe this history any sense of justice. Note that I’m not saying we should efface this history in a foolish attempt to hide ourselves from horrible things. You can easily mark the history, note it accurately and not fall prey to repeating its injustices.

  26. borisnikov says:

    hunter1909:

    In Dallas Eakin we’ve witnessed the instant transformation from uber uptight AHL know it all with a 4-17 record start to match,to clearly competent Jack Adams candidate who shows up at work disheveled.

    3 wins in a row against like bottom feeders and this is what you are thinking? Wholly smokes, what did you put in your coffee this morning and can I have a bit of the same?

  27. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:

    Lowetide: You’re stealing my 20 games then start counting idea but it’s your blog so do feel free. :p

    Eakin’s has gone from death house to the gate house, still a way to go for the penthouse. I hope they freeze the roster, which looks pretty good to my eye and the last thing these guys need for the next 60 games is having to deal with newbies. They’re going to have to be in playoff mode for the rest of the season to stand even a ghost of a chance, and even then who can say anything in November?

    Ference is a terrific captain, btw. He’s doing what it takes to inspire the team like a good captain should.

    Perron has been a brilliant addition, as has Hemsky finally being given a complimentary player in Yaks – together they could turn out to be a partnership made in Hell for opposition defenses who won’t have a hope in hell of stopping them.

    Gagner’s basically another version of Perron, which gives the team an incredible array of options.

    Gadzic’s looking like a great young enforcer, best of his kind seen in Edmonton Oilers colors since a young Laraque. Both goalies seem fine, which in itself is mind boggling but I put that down to the influence of Bryz who talks the talk like a Soviet Shakespeare.

    In Dallas Eakin we’ve witnessed the instant transformation from uber uptight AHL know it all with a 4-17 record start to match, to clearly competent Jack Adams candidate who shows up at work disheveled. I seem to remember offering that advice which makes it even better for this third class fan.

    Always like to give credit, but never remember. From now on, it’s “Hunter’s 20 game stanza” :-)

  28. John Chambers says:

    You look up and even after a 3-game win streak there is just sooooo much ground to cover.

    Best case scenario is that the Oilers play .500 hockey from here til the end of the year, and still pick 3rd overall to get a shot at Ekblad.

    They can’t make the playoffs, it’s an absolute impossibility. But a show of great progress and another franchise player would add a silver lining to this season’s opening faceplant.

  29. Caramel Obvious says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Well I, for one, don’t know the particular history of Nig Cuppy, and I’d want to hear it before I jumped to conclusions. I mean it certainly doesn’t sound good and if you were going to start this would be a good place. However, I think there is a certain responsibility to treat the past with a kind of openness and charity. The name sounds vicious, but I’d prefer a particular demonstration of viciousness.

    And the casual dismissal demonstrates how little we know about these guys. For instance, above it is noted that Johnny Beazley was given this name as well. If you google images of Beazley you will find that he was a white guy from Alabama. If you go to the sabr bio of him (http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/82e225d5) you will find that he was a pretty typical white guy from Alabama at that time (i.e. at least a casual racist) but was given the nickname “Nig” by his grandfather when he was three months old.

    Here’s the whole story:

    “Beazley was part of an unflattering incident during the 1942 season. The night before he was to pitch in a key game against the Phillies, he got into an argument with a porter at the train station. Beazley did not want the redcap to carry his travel bag; the porter was African-American, and Beazley reportedly did not like blacks. This was not uncommon, but Johnny’s prejudice may have been less controllable because of the fact that he was commonly known as “Nig” around Nashville after his grandfather stuck him with the nickname when he was about 3 months old. A squabble ensued at the train station, and the porter cursed him. Beazley responded by throwing the bag at him, after which the porter pulled a knife and slashed Beazley on his right thumb. Beazley raised his arm in self-defense, resulting in a deep (but not serious) cut. His Cardinals teammates didn’t know how he would be able to pitch the next day, but Johnny did pitch and carried a 1-0 lead into the ninth before Philadelphia rallied for a 2-1 victory. His teammates knew he was a cocky, hard-nosed player with a terrible temper, and, the temper did not always serve him well.”

    And so the real story, with even a little bit of context, is quite different than the initial blanket statement.

    And sometimes the name fits. Look up Rube Waddell. I don’t know how to describe him or what to call him but Rube works as good as anything else. It certainly is better than George.

  30. Masamax says:

    Can anyone explain to me why Arcobello is still out of the lineup instead of Acton?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

  31. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    John Chambers: Best case scenario is that the Oilers play .500 hockey from here til the end of the year, and still pick 3rd overall to get a shot at Ekblad.

    You spelled Draisaitl wrong.

  32. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Masamax:
    Can anyone explain to me why Arcobello is still out of the lineup instead of Acton?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

    It’s the classic “hot hand” argument. We’ll probably have to lose to see him again.

  33. jake70 says:

    Hey Woodguy, just home for lunch, flipped on the Galaxy 80s channel, which I do often and voila…..HJ Things Can Only get Better playing…….haha..too funny.

  34. НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴ says:

    borisnikov:
    godot10,

    If they end up North of 90 pts and in 9th place I will name the twins in my wife’s belly Go and Dot.

    You missed the 10. If there’s a triplet hiding in there, call her Horcov

  35. TheOtherJohn says:

    Jennifer Garner….. understated beauty kinda reminds me a bit of Katherine Ross

    So if we play 69.8% hockey over the remaining 58 games (against the WC) we have an 80% chance of making the playoffs

  36. Clay says:

    An all Jenny Garner Friday – I like it.

    If the team plays the rest of the year with this newfound attention to defense and keeping the third man high in the offensive zone, I’ll be happy. It’s the learning to crawl before they learn how to walk phase.

  37. Andy P says:

    godot10: I’ve refrained from posting much on game days. Did I post during the Detroit game? Did I post during the first two periods of the Calgary game? So why should I post during the Columbus game?I think it will probably take 100 points to get to 8th.

    Why don’t you post on game days?

  38. Soup Fascist says:

    L.T.,
    You have clearly “garnered” a lot of attention with your photos today.

    Sincerely, Gene P.

  39. Ribs says:

    Masamax:
    Can anyone explain to me why Arcobello is still out of the lineup instead of Acton?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

    Arcobello was clearly the problem¡ The win streak speaks for itself!

  40. Wolfie says:

    I’m gonna take a second to toot my own horn. Either Eakins reads this blog or we think alike. I suggested a few threads ago that they move RNH off the wall and to the point on the PP. I felt his passing options were limited and moving him to the top of the umbrella would open up better pass options and allow Yak to unleash his bomb from the right side. Low and behold where have we found RNH on the PP???? At the top of the umbrella! The PP has been humming. Better puck movement and legitimate threats from multiple spots on the ice. Brilliant!

  41. Andy P says:

    We are not out of the woods yet by a long way. We’ve seen the first signs of consistent good play. We haven’t seen how good or consistent we can be against our divisional rivals, nor whether we can remain good and consistent 60 minutes at a time.
    I’m sticking to the 30 game mantra, which will give them a little time to build consistency into their goodness.
    The team can’t afford to tank and MacT doesn’t need an 18 year old on the team next year. We need a team that has come together, has found their mojo against the big boys, is playing consistently, and ends the season as a team that free agents want to join with out the old Edmonton premium.

    I also hope we are able to keep Hemmers to play with Yak.

  42. Ribs says:

    Wolfie:
    I’m gonna take a second to toot my own horn.Either Eakins reads this blog or we think alike.I suggested a few threads ago that they move RNH off the wall and to the point on the PP.I felt his passing options were limited and moving him to the top of the umbrella would open up better pass options and allow Yak to unleash his bomb from the right side.Low and behold where have we found RNH on the PP????At the top of the umbrella!The PP has been humming.Better puck movement and legitimate threats from multiple spots on the ice.Brilliant!

    Yea, I think everyone likes Eakins a little better when he does as he is told! Blog Power!

  43. Soup Fascist says:

    As an aside, one of the Jen Garner pictures features Timothy Olyphant in what I am sure was a terrible chick flick of some type.

    Has anyone ever seen Timothy Olyphant, Johnny Knoxville and Josh Duhamel in the same room at the same time? Spooky.

  44. Ribs says:

    ANDY P: I’m sticking to the 30 game mantra, which will give them a little time to build consistency into their goodness.

    Make sure LT gives you due credit when he steals your ideas 6 games from now! lol

  45. Wolfie says:

    Ribs: Yea, I think everyone likes Eakins a little better when he does as he is told! Blog Power!

    As a collection I would like to think this blog could solve all the Oilers problems… Maybe even cure cancer if we wanted too!

  46. Hammers says:

    McT should be signing Belov now . As a UFA he will get offers and we can’t go backwards on what is a poor “D” . Petry & J.Schultz can wait but if he can he should get them done as well . Disagree on your 20 game segments as they should do 10 game segments looking to be 50-60% at least so at least 12-14 points . This team needs to have a goal mainly for next year as there is no chance this season . Not with 3 point games , 12-14 points is a must . So 6 X12 =72 + 16 =88 . In the west it will take 100 points the way it’s going now . Eakins needs to tell them what it’s going to take .

  47. goldenchild says:

    About last nights, game and I have said this before but it is amazing to me that so often we see a guy ‘dominate’ a game, seemingly have the puck all night create a bunch of chances and end the night with 1G or 1 A, we’ve seen a lot nights from Ales like that over his career. Then you have a guy like Nuge who seems to have more ‘quiet’ 3 and 4 pt nights then anyone I can remember, really since he who should not be named, I mean he just always makes the right play, puts teammates in great positions and end of the night its like oh he had 3 pts wow. Just a brilliant hockey player and why I think he will be the first of the wonder kids to crack 100.

  48. wordbird says:

    It’s Friday, the Riders are in the Grey Cup, a modest Oilers winning streak… yeah, I’m happy.

  49. borisnikov says:

    НИНТЕНДО⁶⁴: You missed the 10. If there’s a triplet hiding in there, call her Horcov

    Oh Jeezus. If there is a 3rd hiding the name will be Endofme. (I have 3 boys already, 3 more of any gender would be the end of me, and my bank account, and thoughts of retiring before 80)

  50. G Money says:

    borisnikov: Oh Jeezus. If there is a 3rd hiding the name will be Endofme. (I have 3 boys already, 3 more of any gender would be the end of me, and my bank account, and thoughts of retiring before 80)

    Good lord. I have three boys (two came out as twins), and when my wife hinted she wanted more I gave her the Glare of Death ™.

    Mind you, if you’ve got three more in there, logically that makes for a forward line, two D, and a goalie, yes?

    Speaking of children, the other day I pointed out the Baby Nuge to my nine-year old and I asked him why the Nuge was playing in the NHL at the age of nine, while my son is only playing in Grassroots. He just looked at me, but I think part of him was worried that they really were the same age!

  51. Lois Lowe says:

    I am pretty sure your 9 year old can grow a better moustache than the Nuge.

  52. Logan91 says:

    goldenchild:
    About last nights, game and I have said this before but it is amazing to me that so often we see a guy ‘dominate’ a game, seemingly have the puck all night create a bunch of chances and end the night with 1G or 1 A, we’ve seen a lot nights from Ales like that over his career.Then you have a guy like Nuge who seems to have more ‘quiet’ 3 and 4 pt nights then anyone I can remember, really sincehe who should not be named, I mean he just always makes the right play, puts teammates in great positions and end of the night its like oh he had 3 pts wow.Just a brilliant hockey player and why I think he will be the first of the wonder kids to crack 100.

    I feel the same way. Just like Nicky Backstrom, Nuge will become a silent killer and very quietly put up big numbers.

  53. nycoil says:

    LT,
    What do you think the ballpark figures are for signing Belov, Justin, and Petry? I presume we will be moving Potter and Nick Schultz before or at the deadline for some picks or prospects. Do they just let Larsen walk or does something happen there as well?

    PS- Nice to talk about a string of wins, even if they were against teams that we should be stomping on at this point in our rebuild. As you said, the team doesn’t make the schedule and has to play the teams they are meant to face. Hopefully they can build on this and beat some teams they “aren’t supposed to beat” as well. I love Hemsky and by eye he has been playing well, but man is that 5×5/60 number an eyesore for a guy with his skill and a $5M price tag.

  54. borisnikov says:

    G Money: Good lord.I have three boys (two came out as twins), and when my wife hinted she wanted more I gave her the Glare of Death ™.

    And it’s good thing you gave here that stare as well. I found out after the fact that as the # of pregnancies increase so does the chances of multiples. In your case you’d have been almost guaranteed to get another 2!

  55. spoiler says:

    After reading the article’s title, totally expected LT to have this song in the post:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOiKa51ll-k

  56. Andy P says:

    borisnikov: Oh Jeezus. If there is a 3rd hiding the name will be Endofme. (I have 3 boys already, 3 more of any gender would be the end of me, and my bank account, and thoughts of retiring before 80)

    If you live in BC and don’t earn much they pay you ~$500 for every kid under 18. Lots of green stuff to take your mind off your worries too :)

  57. spoiler says:

    Andy P: If you live in BC and don’t earn much they pay you ~$500 for every kid under 18. Lots of green stuff to take your mind off your worries too

    Who are “they”?

  58. steveb12344 says:

    spoiler: After reading the article’s title, totally expected LT to have this song in the post:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOiKa51ll-k

    I was thinking something more like this.

    http://youtu.be/QDacWerct5k

    LT missed the chance for a few China Blue pics to go with it.

  59. Scotty LaDouche says:

    Andy P: If you live in BC and don’t earn much they pay you ~$500 for every kid under 18. Lots of green stuff to take your mind off your worries too

    500?? What a ripoff!! The Chinese mafia is offering 10000 a piece!

  60. Hockeyman 99 says:

    Didn’t read yesterdays thread so forgive me if this was covered. Was it just me or was Nurse by far the best Canadian OHL D-man? Also he seemed to get very little ice time and by eye seems to be the human rake 2.0 at least in his own end.

  61. bookje says:

    Andy P: If you live in BC and don’t earn much they pay you ~$500 for every kid under 18. Lots of green stuff to take your mind off your worries too

    Yes because raising a kid with $500 is like easy street. Man, I can’t even imagine that much money!

  62. Bag of Pucks says:

    Masamax:
    Can anyone explain to me why Arcobello is still out of the lineup instead of Acton?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

    Eakins likes ‘heavy’ in the lineup and supposedly Acton gives you heavy baby!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=087TB0Taark

  63. Wolfpack says:

    Eberle is really finding the range – he looks dangerous whenever he gets the puck anywhere near shooting range. But the guy that has impressed me the most is Perron. He is a really fun player to watch and we have waited a long time for someone with his shoot-first mentality. Not only does it keep the goalie on his toes but I appreciate the chaos created by the puck always being directed toward the opposition net. Plus, Perron has got a bit of filthiness in his game that the Oilers have been lacking for SOOOOOO long. Draws lots of penalties by going to the net and getting under the skin of defenders.

    It is fun watching the Oilers win but I am only slightly more optimistic than I was last week. Even in last night’s game when FLA poured it on late, the Oilers were giving-up grade A chances and FLA just couldn’t hit the net. Shawn Matthias was a player I really noticed – he looked damn good last night.

  64. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Crap!

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@LavoieRenaud 5h
    Steve
    MacIntyre (EDM) n’a pas été réclamé au ballottage // not claimed on waivers.

  65. Numenius says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Crap!

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@LavoieRenaud 5h
    Steve
    MacIntyre (EDM) n’a pas été réclamé au ballottage // not claimed on waivers.

    Darn. It would have been nice to have that extra roster spot.

  66. spoiler says:

    steveb12344: I was thinking something more like this.http://youtu.be/QDacWerct5kLT missed the chance for a few China Blue pics to go with it.

    I’ve never had a chance to see the uncut version of Crimes of Passion, so I would hate to comment on it. Would be like reviewing a book that’s missing a chapter here and there. I usually find that Russell movies fall short. Lynch does a better job of messing around and exploring cinematic narrative.

  67. Woodguy says:

    jake70:
    Hey Woodguy, just home for lunch, flipped on the Galaxy 80s channel, which I do often and voila…..HJ Things Can Only get Better playing…….haha..too funny.

    Awesome.

    I think that song should continue to be the theme.

    If they manage to get 15+ points in the next 10 games, we’ll ramp it up.

  68. Woodguy says:

    Numenius: Darn. It would have been nice to have that extra roster spot.

    They’ll clear a couple contracts for picks at the deadline in time for college UFA signing season.

    Any in-season trade (not deadline) should involve more contracts going out than coming in.

    Kneejerk signing of SMac was terrible to start and now looks even worse.

    Rookie mistake by a rookie GM.

    Hope he learned a lesson.

  69. Marc says:

    This is incredible.

    http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2013/11/19/5122214/how-toronto-scores

    One of the PPP bloggers has gone through all of Toronto’s goals this season and broken them down by type.

    25 of their 55 goals are non-even strength – PP, SH, empty net

    26 of their goals are off the rush, a neutral zone turnover or O-zone faceoff.

    And through 22 games they’ve scored a total of 4 goals TOTAL off of :
    “Dump-In Goals.” i.e. throw the puck into the corner, give up possession, but then forecheck like hell and ultimately retrieve it, and score.
    “Cycle Game Goals.” i.e. forwards move the puck back and forth along the boards, using their body to hold off defenders, before getting it out for a shot resulting in a goal.
    “Goals Off Point Shots.” i.e. Goals scored directly [or from rebounds] off shots taken from the standard d-man’s point position.
    “Dirty Goals.” i.e. Scored by banging and battling in close over pucks in the paint, often involving banging the goalies a bit, getting roughed up,. etc.
    “Goals From Throwing The Puck On Net.” i.e. All long’ish shots from the perimeter, outside the blueline, throwing the puck at the net from the boards, etc.
    “Goals Created By A Defenceman’s Pinch.” i.e. forechecking and the puck is in the other end and our d-men pinch down along the boards, hitting an opponent, and our forwards pounce, and score.

    They’ve basically gone a quarter of the season scoring only of the rush and special teams – and been completely unable to score in any other way.

  70. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Marc: They’ve basically gone a quarter of the season scoring only of the rush and special teams – and been completely unable to score in any other way.

    Thanks for the article.

    It’s nice to see it broken down… esp. when all this analysis really shows is what every damn Leaves game does.

    That team is a house of cards combo of sv%, sh%, special teams and odd-man counter-attacks… it’s crazy to think they’ve sustained it this long as it is. completely nuts.

  71. steveb12344 says:

    spoiler: I’ve never had a chance to see the uncut version of Crimes of Passion, so I would hate to comment on it. Would be like reviewing a book that’s missing a chapter here and there. I usually find that Russell movies fall short. Lynch does a better job of messing around and exploring cinematic narrative.

    lol, I don’t know about all that, but when I read the blog title. I immediately thought of this movie and kind of half expected to see a Kathleen Turner WDIAM girl.

  72. russ99 says:

    Marc,

    Awesome!

    Only two goals were scored off dump and cycle and both of them were against us, and our putrid defense.

    Yet more ammunition in the ongoing war against the Oilers playing the Dump/Cycle game.

  73. Nuckout says:

    Andy P: If you live in BC and don’t earn much they pay you ~$500 for every kid under 18. Lots of green stuff to take your mind off your worries too

    Well, BC does stand for “Bring Cash” after all. After coming here after 26 years in Alberta, the stark differences pop out immediately. Not generalizing, but there seems to be a huge “welfare mentality” here. I know of people that have used the “free money” as motivation to have more kids.

    Who cares if you have to make ketchup soup some nights, FREE MONEY!

  74. dangilitis says:

    Wolfie,

    You could take credit.

    http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/11/22/the-power-play-that-nail-yakupov-and-ryan-nugent-hopkins-deserve/

    I am pretty sure Cult of Hockey have been suggesting this since last season, however…

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