The Edmonton Oilers use advanced stats—there’s enough evidence in the verbal from coach and GM to confirm this ten times over—but it’s nice to see them trickle all the way down to the lower third.
CHANCES FOR, BY JONATHAN WILLIS
Jonathan Willis threw this up on twitter last night, and it contrasts so much with the Corsi for % I wanted to post it for discussion.
- RNH: 53%; Hall 51%; Eberle 52%
- Arcobello: 53%; Perron 51%; Hemsky 52%
- Gagner 49%; Smyth 50%; Yakupov 49%
- Gordon 41%; Jones 36%; Joensuu 31%
- Acton 28%; Gazdic 21%
- Ference 48%; Petry 50%
- Belov 48%; J Schultz 48%
- N Schultz 46%; Larsen 46%
- Smid 48%
Fascinating. And considering Gordon’s drastic zone start, there are TEN Oiler forwards who are doing fine this season. Four defensemen 48%+, and the team is eleven games under .500. It’s about a lot of things, but it’s a lot about the goaltending. How much could this team improve if Bryzgalov is for real and they could add a 25 minute a night defenseman like Mark Giordano?
- Smyth: “There’s winning and then there’s misery. And this is misery.”
Ryan’s quotes are getting better over the years, and he nailed this moment in Oilers history. Lots of good quotes in this article and I do believe they’ll play well tonight. Colorado is no pushover, however.
The deadline for pre-Crhristmas trades is tonight at midnight, and there’s at least a chance Linus Omark will be going. It sounds like he’s pretty much had it in OKC, and the Oilers don’t have any plans for him. The problem comes with finding a trade partner who is willing to play him in the NHL, suspect many would take him on as insurance but that means playing in the minors until a need arises.
Omark needs an expansion draft. I remember as a kid you’d see a guy like Guy Charron go from team to team in fits and starts and then finally an expansion draft would give him a chance. Walt McKechnie played for pretty much every bad team that existed when I was a kid, don’t know if he would have played any in the original 6 (foot speed issues).
Anyway, best of luck Linus! I think you’re a player, but that doesn’t count for a hill of beans.
VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER, THE BLUE
This is the Vollman Sledgehammer for Oilers defense so far, you can find it here. All of the defenseman are in the red (bubble) and the toughest minutes are being played by Petry, Ference and Larsen (!!!) while the easiest are going to Belov and the Schultz brothers. The zone start push is going to Schultz the younger, with the drastic ZS’s to Petry.
So, the guy doing the heavy lifting for the Edmonton Oilers is……..Jeff Petry!
If the Oilers had a Giordano, or an Ehrhoff, or a Campbell, how much of this graph would be blue?
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning, TSN 1260. Preview of the Oilers-Avs and we’ll talk about the blue. Scheduled to appear:
- Kady Hobbins from Puck Rant and HF. We’ll talk about the game, Bryzgalov and acquiring a defenseman.
- Jason Strudwick from TSN 1260. Jason will talk to us about how tough it is for a player like Petry to play a step above his level.
- Michael Parkatti from Boys on the Bus. We’ll talk about this Oilers team in historic terms. Are they going to give up a record number of goals (when you era-adjust)?
- Kent Simpson, TSN 1260 Oil Kings broadcasts. Kent will drop in to talk about the Spengler Cup, which goes over Christmas (first broadcast on Boxing day). Kent played in the tournament and will tell us about it.
Questions and comments welcome, @Lowetide_ on twitter and 10-1260 via text. We’re getting some hilarious stuff from you and I thank you for it. Stay tuned!