I don’t know how they’ve done it, I just know they’ve done it! The Edmonton Oilers have played two credible games in a row! Won both of them! This is not a dream!
LAST NIGHT’S CORSI FOR % 5X5 (Extra Skater)
That’s a nutty set of numbers at the top. Basically, the Oilers were strong on Vancouver when the Gagner line was out there, for long stretches when the Nuge line was out there (I haven’t checked the late Corsi’s but would guess the #93 numbers faded as the Canucks grew more desperate). It was weird checking to see who was matching up against whom, the Canucks have a lot of mediocre forwards playing against guys like Hall and Perron.
Well, he’s at 53% Corsi this morning and his player card shows an absolutely amazing Corsi Rel. Oilers Rookie of the Year? Since they don’t play Arcobello anymore, it’s possible.
I don’t know what to say about it. We can’t assume his progression will continue like this—there will be bad times, he’s a young defenseman—but that’s manna from heaven 17 games there.
OILERS BLUE TIME ON ICE, EVENS
Marincin doesn’t get sheltered minutes, and his TOI is increasing (23:01 total last night, with 20:47 at even strength) and at this point it isn’t a stretch to say that rookie Martin Marincin is on a top pairing in the NHL with Jeff Petry. Maybe Stu MacGregor got one right? It’s looking that way.
This young man has enjoyed a couple of solid games, and the Gagner-Yakupov-Perron unit is on fire. I don’t really know much about chemistry, but there was a quote from last night’s game that I found interesting. David Perron apparently told the SN crew that “Yakupov is easy to play with when he moves his feet.”
I love this young team, they are joy to watch when everything is swinging. Yakupov is a ridiculous talent, and I find it delightful that his emergence has come with help from the broken-jawed centerman who can’t play center and the recent acquisition. Here’s hoping they rip it up through to the Olympic break.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning, we’re on 10 to 11:15 and then there’s an Oil King game! Yeah, LOVE daytime hockey games! Scheduled to appear:
- Michael Parkatti, Boys on the Bus. We’ll talk about Marincin, Yak City, Perron-Yakupov and more.
- Corey Graham, Oil Kings pbp. Early game today, we’ll touch base on this year’s Oil Kings and their big weekend series against the Hitmen.
- Ryan Pike, Flames Nation and the Hockey Writer. Brian Burke is likely the GM through the summer, we’ll talk about his performance so far and the task ahead.
10-1260 on text, @Lowetide_ via twitter. Stay tuned!