G5 2015-16: OILERS AT FLAMES

The first season of Connor McDavid is beginning to remind me of every season of Taylor Hall—and holy hell that’s a very bad thing. Oilers fans are either screaming ‘don’t panic!’ or in a state of panic and one can’t blame another for either. The team has coverage gaps, remain a slow train (at times) and can’t buy a thrill in the offensive zone.

The one thing Edmonton has now they didn’t have when Hall was a rookie? A GM/Coach/Management group with experience and an idea about how the world works—plus (one assumes) a plan of action AND job security. We’ve discussed at length the primary goals of this season—improvement in all areas and hopefully a turn north—playoffs a distant bell.

Things rarely fall into place overnight, but there are good signs in Edmonton. Coach Todd McLellan has the team working hard and through four games I’d say only the Dallas game and about 10 minutes of the home opener have been poor. One area that is helping this team so far is the goaltending.

  • Goal differential after four games 2014-15: 11-23 (-12)
  • Goal differential after four games 2015-16: 5-13 (-8)

Those numbers highlight the defensive problems of 2014-15 and the early offensive issues this year. Jordan Eberle’s injury is one thing, but the shooting percentage (20 shots for Hall, one goal) of the Oilers is another. That’s one area we should watch closely this week—more pucks should go in. It would be folly to avoid a good stop and stare at last year’s GA after four games. THAT is an abomination.

5×5/60 2015-16 (BTN)

  1. Lauri Korpikoski 1.28
  2. Benoit Pouliot 1.22
  3. Nail Yakupov 1.21
  4. Teddy Purcell 1.13
  5. Connor McDavid 1.04
  6. Andrej Sekera 1.04
  7. Oscar Klefbom 0.88
  8. Taylor Hall 0.87

None of these numbers shines, but we’re early days and the shooting percentage numbers will take time to find their career range.

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE FSHOOTING PERCENTAGE DI have them sorted by F and D, and by shooting percentage. What usually happens in a case of this kind is that the team fills the net in one game and catches up all at once. We hope it’s this weekend.

FINDING BLUE

  • Elliotte Friedman on Chiarelli: “Well, I think obviously he’d probably like to get some help on defense. I mean, the thing is though there are teams out there looking for defensemen. Boston’s looking for a defenseman. Carolina’s looking for a defenseman. There’s not much available out there right now. Source

I’ve been surprised by the reaction of many Oilers fans to the start of this season, where a sense of ‘let’s see how this turns out’ on defense.

For me, ‘let’s see how this turns out’ is applicable to Griffin Reinhart, or the Andrej Sekera—Mark Fayne pairing. If you’re somehow waiting for Andrew Ference to become 30, or Eric Gryba to find an extra gear, it isn’t going to happen. Seriously. The Oilers on defense, as they stand, are not doing a good job in coverage, have speed issues and are (at times) extremely poor at the headman pass. These are real and significant issues, and Peter Chiarelli will address them. He moved to improve the defense in-season during his first turn in Boston and I don’t think we’ll have to wait long for him to pull the trigger on something to improve the blue this year—especially foot speed, that’s a fix he can do in-house.

I believe that’s the play here, and suggested Nurse would be on the roster in the season’s first half during the RE series. We talked about this yesterday, but for me three things can be done right away to improve the defense:

  • Pair Andrej Sekera with Oscar Klefbom and give that duo the tough assignments.
  • Callup Darnell Nurse and pair him with Mark Fayne. I know it’s getting young in a hurry but there’s no talking me out of the conviction he’s one of the six best D in the organization. Now. This isn’t an 18 or 19 year old junior, this is a substantial prospect. Fayne gives him cover.
  • Reinhart—Schultz and back off the minutes for this pairing, giving them an Ozone push and third most TOI at evens. Just because Justin Schultz gets the most EV minutes doesn’t mean that is the wise thing to do, for me he would be more effective in less time. Schultz has very good speed and it should be used in the offensive end, where he does most of his good business.

Tonight, when you’re watching a slow defensive group (the Klefbom—Schultz pairing is the only fast duo) lose races all over the ice and be exposed by the stretch pass, remember that down on the farm is one of the six best options at the pro level.

CHOOSE YOUR POISON

I understand the idea that Darnell Nurse would do well with time in the AHL and if he was struggling at that level that idea would hold water. Some (many) young defensemen need that time but Darnell Nurse was a high draft pick who had tremendous success in junior and internationally during his teenage years. Last year, during the AHL playoffs, he was noticeable in a positive way during a time when minor league teams are firing on all pistons.

Nurse didn’t stay late in camp but Todd McLellan set up the roster(s) in a way where the competition favored others. And that’s fine. For me, it’s patently obvious the group of eight Edmonton is using cannot skate with the fast trains in the NHL. Tonight, if you can, count the number of times you see an Oilers defender chasing (and not catching) a Flames forward.

Darnell Nurse is young and will make mistakes. He is also fast enough to recover from many of those mistakes and impact the play. He is not 18, he is not frail and you don’t have to worry about him being physically dominated while battling along the wall or in front of the net. Pair him with Mark Fayne and suffer through the mistakes, secure in the knowledge that even now he’s a better bet than the slow trains.

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE FLIGHT DECK

One of the blessings of this blog is receiving timely and delightful information on all manner of things. From whiskey to whisky, from ice fishing to backpacking, I spend many hours every year reading insightful opinions from the group who visit here. Last night, one of our own was at the Condors game in San Diego and offered these opinions in the comments section. My thanks to Hidden Darts.

  • “Was at the Condors game tonight. Well worth the admission, for sure. 10 goals, a penalty shot, 3 on 3 and then a shootout. Reasonably visible Oilers contingent in the place, as well. It was also $2 Beer night, which in this case was $2 Beer-flavoured water night, as the only $2 beers were of the Bud Light variety. The rest of the beers were $12.50. i believe that may be around $17 CDN per. Ugh.
  • Anyway, Nurse is a man amongst boys. Wow. Great wheels. Real calm.
  • Brad Hunt is actually a horrible, horrible player. Just giveaways and mistakes that end up in the back of the net CONTINUALLY.
  • Hated to see it, but Joey Legs was a bit of a mess as well. Got better as the game went on, but was giving away the puck horribly early on.
  • Khaira looks good. Doesn’t do much.
  • Yakimov has an odd stride, but gets there. Probably needs to move his feet more.
  • Draisaitl is clearly the forward stud on the team, and can win a faceoff as well. But I’d like a little more “dynamic” to his game. Yes, that was in quotes, but you have to see him to understand.
  • All in all, this was a great game to watch. My non-hockey fan buddy said it had everything. He was right. Except it didn’t have much in terms of goaltending or defense. Fortunately, the tire fires were at both ends.”

MCDAVID

The young man is a delight. I’ve mentioned in the past that (early days) a lot of his offense will probably come from the power play. Scoring 5×5 is a tough thing to do in the NHL, so those 5×4 points will fill his offensive columns this season. Todd McLellan hit the shuffle button at practice yesterday and came up with this:

  • PP: McDavid—Letestu—Pouliot with Yakupov and Sekera
  • PP: Hall—Lander—Purcell with Nuge and Schultz

Lots to observe here. McLellan wants to win the faceoff and gain possession, that’s the reason for Letestu and Lander. He wants a shooter on each PP, so Hall and Nail are on different lines. I’d rather have Schultz on the McDavid pair (he’s very good in the offensive zone with the puck on his stick or driving down low) but that said it’s an interesting group(s) I’m looking forward to seeing. In at least two of the first four games, the power play could have netted this team points if it had been firing.

I won’t be covering the draft this year until after the Top 20 in December and was hoping to avoid it until after the trade deadline. Hopefully the Oilers will hang in through Valentine’s but at this point we’ll have to wait and see. Coverage depends on coverage.

ONE YEAR AGO

The GDT for G5 one year ago was talking about the defense and a Martin Marincin recall:

  • Guessing along with Eakins in terms of defensive pairings is a lost highway this fall, but we’ll see how this rolls. I think the sense of urgency for the coach has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon. If there’s one thing I could change about these Oilers, it’s the casual pace of training camp and absolute lack of urgency in finding balance and chemistry. I’ve been saying this for over a decade, find balance in the roster opening night! Sure it won’t last because of injuries and slumps et cetera, but holy does this team give a lot away for their lollygagging decision making and indifference to a balanced roster. Source

If I’m being fair to Dallas Eakins here, Todd McLellan is doing many of the same things in terms of auditions. One change? Darnell Nurse is in the minors where he can be recalled, whereas last season he was in the NHL but on his way back to junior. The long knives were already out for Eakins btw. Terry Jones: “The goaltending is in the toilet. The defence is a disaster. And the coach is still out-thinking himself.”) It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry.

 

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  1. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    I think the McDavid PP is THE power play.

    I loved his interview on the Oilers site yesterday. They asked if he was happy that the new PP setup would allow the play to run through him more, and that he’d be in a position he’s more comfortable with.

    He made a point of saying it wasn’t about the play running through him, but that yes, he is more comfortable on the right sideboards.

    The PP is certainly looking better, and I love that McD is refuting any and every individualistic words the scribes are trying to put in his mouth.

    Also YEAH!!!!!!!

  2. rich says:

    TAYLOR HALL!

    YESSSSS!

  3. Professor Q says:

    I really like this `Score All The Goals Against The Flames` theme here.

  4. vishcosity says:

    Who was questioning Hall’s body language? Chia?

    Q = Answered.

  5. Ice Sage says:

    Go to the net? Whaddya know?
    RNH CMD TFH!!!!!!!!!

  6. One-Timer says:

    Klef understands offence.

  7. square_wheels says:

    delooper,

    Since Schultz had about 70 ft of ice Hall could adjust himself for the shot but it was extremely unlikely any NHL player would score on that play, Hall should have faked it and let Hiller over commit.

    I’m being nit picky but predictable and PP should never be synonymous.

  8. Halfwise says:

    Bust…right…

  9. Compete Level says:

    First game I get to watch this year and my goodness the commentators are horrible.

  10. G Money says:

    Flames legs should start burning from their 3 in 4 in the next five minutes.

    Keep the pressure up.

  11. Lucinius says:

    Boom, there it is.

    The come from behind talk has started.

  12. Professor Q says:

    I really liked the San Diego commentators from last night. Actually were heavily complimenting the Condors, and Nurse.

    These guys tonight are not giving the Oilers too much love – or at least willingly.

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Hall is so strong on the puck when he’s in the zone. He will not be denied when he decides its time to score.

  14. Ice Sage says:

    G Money:
    Flames legs should start burning from their 3 in 4 in the next five minutes.

    Keep the pressure up.

    All 4 #1’s score!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Lucinius says:

    Yeah, I think Yak works well with McDavid.

  16. Professor Q says:

    The Yak attacks.

    Come from behind from that.

  17. rich says:

    YAK ATTACK!!!!

  18. JDï™ says:

    Great for Yak.

  19. G Money says:

    That’s what you get for talking shit about our #1s.

  20. BeerMe says:

    Connor McDavid has arrived. Holy shit folks.

  21. jp says:

    Can it be like this? All night? Every night?

  22. Centre of attention says:

    YAK CITYYY!!!

  23. Yak Efron says:

    Have four number 1 overalls ever scored for 1 team in same game?

  24. striatic says:

    I thought the Flames D was supposed to be great this year..

  25. Pajamah says:

    Please sir, may I have another?

  26. G Money says:

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

  27. square_wheels says:

    Nuge…..looking so good tonight.

    Good job Yak, 97 moves the puck unlike anyone on this team since Doug Weight.

    Notice how I didn’t call him Dougie.

  28. khildahl says:

    I sincerely hope I never get used to McDavid. Wow.

  29. G Money says:

    I assume after this game that we will never again hear a Flames fan claim that Connor Mcdavid ain’t the real deal.

  30. JDï™ says:

    Yak Efron:
    Have four number 1 overalls ever scored for 1 team in same game?

    When have four ever played together?

  31. Lucinius says:

    Yak Efron,

    Probably not. I’m not sure a team has had four first overalls before..

    McDavid. Wow. Only a fantastic desperation save kept that out..

  32. Pajamah says:

    square_wheels:
    Nuge…..looking so good tonight.

    Good job Yak, 97 moves the puck unlike anyone on this team since Doug Weight.

    Notice how I didn’t call himDougie.

    Not sure grown men should ever be referred to as Dougie, or Johnny.

  33. Halfwise says:

    I feel strangely confident all of a sudden.

  34. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    The Flames Derangement Syndrome of the the CBC announcers would be infuriating if it wasn’t so patiently false

  35. JDï™ says:

    It’s downright jig-worthy that Connor saved his best game so far, for tonight.

  36. Ice Sage says:

    I haven’t seen the Oilers look so dominant in ages

  37. Captain's Log says:

    I feel like there hasn’t been much Klinkhammer love lately but he’s been very solid in a 4th line role today. Just now backchecking and stripping the puck from Gaudreau in the neutal zone. Gazdic does not make that play ever.

  38. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    That was a horseshit call

  39. kurri_17 says:

    okay, i’m so irked at the commentators, i’m going to post after lurking for ten years 🙂 Yes, the greatest player to ever play the game, BENNETT is out – clearly that has cost Calgary the game because he would have destroyed Edmonton. Not a word about Eberle being out.

    yeesh.

    And maybe that goal helps get some confidence back for Yakupov. He was where he needed to be on that play.

  40. Captain's Log says:

    Pajamah: Not sure grown men should ever be referred to as Dougie, or Johnny.

    *COUGH*Gaudreau*COUGH*

  41. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    kurri_17,

    Fuck these guys. Hamilton has been exposed by CmD, Hall and Nuge tonight but there hasn’t been a word about it. McD danced him earlier this period and they mentioned it but slowly skulked away.

    Fuck the Flames

  42. jp says:

    JDï™: He’s your age? Jesus.

    Sigh…

  43. khildahl says:

    That’s interfence? What’d he interfere with? The air around the guy?

  44. Lowetide says:

    This isn’t over. That Reinhart penalty is BS btw.

  45. Pajamah says:

    Captain’s Log: *COUGH*Gaudreau*COUGH*

    I stand by what I said

    “Grown man”

  46. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Shots are 27-15 Oilers

    Fuck the announcers

  47. Zelepukin says:

    kurri_17: okay, i’m so irked at the commentators, i’m going to post after lurking for ten years Yes, the greatest player to ever play the game, BENNETT is out – clearly that has cost Calgary the game because he would have destroyed Edmonton. Not a word about Eberle being out.

    Which is hilarious because if you watched the Winnipeg game, Bennett was completely invisible. Never a threat and did not look like an NHL player in the least.

  48. flyfish1168 says:

    Phlegms suck

  49. Lucinius says:

    It is actually a penalty.

    It is.

    The bullshit is that they called that and not one of the million things worse that both teams have done earlier.

  50. striatic says:

    Lucinius: McDavid. Wow. Only a fantastic desperation save kept that out..

    That is a tap in for him in Junior. I doubt Connor makes that “mistake” again and will get it off the ice and up into the net next time. The ‘ol Eberle top cheese backhand.

  51. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    The Oilers penalty kill is very good so far

  52. One-Timer says:

    Hendricks is a warrior.
    And he seems to know what to do around the skill guys, too.

  53. Henry says:

    I’m enjoying this enough that I’ll break out the Talisker.

  54. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    I’m going to savour this game all week, considering we’re likely going to see a minority government elected Monday and political chaos ensue, I needed this.

    The Chestnut Farms bourbon is helping tonight though.

  55. Lucinius says:

    And that is most definitely a penalty.

    Ref actually gave him plenty of leeway before the arm went up.

  56. G Money says:

    Wow another complete horseshit call.

  57. One-Timer says:

    Bullshit call.

  58. G Money says:

    Lucinius,

    One of us is drunk. It might be me.

  59. Centre of attention says:

    pity calls for the home team

  60. Ice Sage says:

    G Money:
    Wow another complete horseshit call.

    G Money:
    Wow another complete horseshit call.

    A little classic HNIC / NHL plot device. I’m strangely nonchalant this time

  61. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    That simple reverse of the clearing attempt there was beautiful. Completely threw the kill off

  62. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Thats all on Cam Talbot

  63. striatic says:

    Guess we’re practicing the PK tonight.

  64. Lucinius says:

    Bad call by Sekera. Can’t challenge like that.

  65. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    LT I’m sorry but Sekera is not turning my crank. I’ve seen him a helluva lot worse than Schultz and you aren’t calling a spade a spade

  66. Centre of attention says:

    le sigh

  67. kurri_17 says:

    Zelepukin,

    🙂

    well, i sadly think the punk is going to be a good player (unless my voodoo can give him Orr Knees) but the fact they have referred to Bennett missing at least 5 times in the game, but not mentioning a top 10 RW in the game out, is idiocy
    (you likely agree)

    Edit: that may have been hyperbole, but definitely top 30.

  68. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    Umm a few of us may be intoxicated, just sayin

  69. Ice Sage says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAint’sSo!:
    Thats all on Cam Talbot

    Nope off D’s skate. CamT’s stopped everything he’s seen, and then some.

  70. Lucinius says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAint’sSo!:
    Thats all on Cam Talbot

    How? It deflected off Fayne after a horrible decision by Sekera at the blue line.

    I’d blame those two before Talbot.

  71. SK Oiler Fan says:

    What the F was Sekera doing there? Why would he even try that on the PK? What’s he supposed to be good at anyway?

  72. Halfwise says:

    Ice Sage:
    A little classic HNIC / NHL plot device.I’m strangely nonchalant this time

    4-2 makes me slightly more chalant…

  73. wheatnoil says:

    Lucinius: How? It deflected off Fayne after a horrible decision by Sekera at the blue line.

    I’d blame those two before Talbot.

    I blame all 3.

    And Yakupov.

  74. JDï™ says:

    Lucinius: decision by Sekera

    That’s the big question.

  75. striatic says:

    Talbot with some questionable glove hand positioning on the goal. Good shot though.

  76. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Lucinius,

    Retract previous statement on Talbot (one too many Banquets this evening). That is Sekera and that belongs on the ever growing list of Sekera’s really rookie reads on plays

  77. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Fuck the CBC This kind of bullshit treatment of hockey teams makes me smile every time I hear their funding has been cut.

  78. Lucinius says:

    G Money:
    Lucinius,

    One of us is drunk.It might be me.

    It’s a penalty the refs have actually been told to call more (from verbal from various announcers around the league). It was a definite penalty. They just don’t call it as often as they should. I was actually surprised the ref waited so long before the hand went up.

    That isn’t to say the refs have been good this game. They’ve been as bad as usual. The big problem with refs in the NHL is consistency; no other refs in pro sports fail to grasp consistency like NHL refs. Horrible consistency tonight. As always; what’s a penalty one shift may or may not be the next shift.

  79. jp says:

    kurri_17:
    okay, i’m so irked at the commentators, i’m going to post after lurking for ten years Yes, the greatest player to ever play the game, BENNETT is out – clearly that has cost Calgary the game because he would have destroyed Edmonton.Not a word about Eberle being out.

    yeesh.

    And it’s not like they just mentioned it once or twice. Incredible.

    But don’t forget:

    McDavid.

  80. Pajamah says:

    square_wheels:
    G Money,

    Umm a few of us may be intoxicated, just sayin

    My rye is dangerously low, thanks for noticing.

  81. Lowetide says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAint’sSo!:
    LT I’m sorry but Sekera is not turning my crank. I’ve seen him a helluva lot worse than Schultz and you aren’t calling a spade a spade

    1. WHY do people say I’m sorry? Did you run over my dog? It’s okay to disagree. Honestly.
    2. I’ve really liked Sekera tonight. No problems with him (the play you mention exposed him but he’s been good imo overall)

  82. vishcosity says:

    G Money:
    Lucinius,

    One of us is drunk.It might be me.

    I think this should win the thread.

  83. kurri_17 says:

    striatic,

    I’ll definitely take what i’ve seen from Talbot this year over what we got from Scriven’s last year 🙂

  84. BeerMe says:

    God those air horns are obnoxious

  85. Regretzky says:

    Has the league ever seen a game with goals from four different number one overall selections?

  86. square_wheels says:

    Pajamah,

    Switch to beer

  87. Ice Sage says:

    Halfwise,

    Halfwise: 4-2 makes me slightly more chalant…

    LOL – true!
    That’s a useful word…

  88. Picturesque says:

    McDavid probably not too happy he was in the box for that goal …he’s gonna end strong in the Oilers win.

  89. rich says:

    Don’t do that Reinhart.

  90. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Lowetide,

    Its the Canadian in me. I cannot help but apologize for the lightest perceived slight.

    Unless of course it involves McD desecrating Hamilton’s lackluster foot speed. I have patience for that

  91. Lowetide says:

    Reinhart needs to have more urgency there. Talbot is my friend.

  92. square_wheels says:

    Man do I ever hate Kiss, fuck off Flames DJ

  93. Pajamah says:

    Regretzky:
    Has the league ever seen a game with goals from four different number one overall selections?

    Not sure the league has ever seen a game with 4 #1s in the same game, let alone team, let alone all scoring.

  94. striatic says:

    kurri_17:
    striatic,

    I’ll definitely take what i’ve seen from Talbot this year over what we got from Scriven’s last year

    Me too. 10 times out of 10.

    Talbot would play that differently if he had a second chance at it, that’s all.

    Agree it’s on Sekera, just that Talbot could’ve covered a little more.

  95. kurri_17 says:

    jp,

    True. Flame Killer. (x10 yrs) 🙂

  96. Pajamah says:

    square_wheels:
    Pajamah,

    Switch to beer

    Eureka moment*

  97. JDï™ says:

    Hall is taking it to them every shift.

  98. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Taylor Hall has responded to Todd McLellan tonight.

    Every Oiler fan should be very happy with the game he has played he has been the Taylor of old

  99. kurri_17 says:

    Pajamah,

    Pajamah: Not sure the league has ever seen a game with 4 #1s in the same game, let alone team, let alone all scoring.

    6 mins left, i can’t imagine it’s happened before (at least for the same team)

    edit: has even three happened before?

  100. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Oh that was a bad choice

  101. Lucinius says:

    Brain fart there, McDavid.

  102. Clay says:

    Please baby McJesus let us win this game.

  103. Pajamah says:

    Mike Johnson made a decent point.

    Sure hope the Oilers realize that a gas pedal still exists in these last 6 minutes. Don’t need balls to the wall, just not the Dallas Eakins “protect the lead” by getting scored on multiple times/prevent defense

  104. Halfwise says:

    What a steal by McD, too bad about the icing.

  105. khildahl says:

    Pouliot skating McDavid-fast there.

  106. square_wheels says:

    Purcell…..shoots….right at Hillers chest

  107. JDï™ says:

    Clay:
    Please baby McJesus let us win this game.

    When they do, I’m going to gryba nuther.

  108. striatic says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAint’sSo!,

    Hall’s been ramping up game after game. Good on McLellan for pushing him and keeping him on track.

    He *should* have his head high despite the losses. He’s been getting his chances and working hard to get them even if they haven’t been winning games.

  109. One-Timer says:

    They will just not shut up about “wealth of high picks” and “low point totals” and wondering how it’s possible.

    Like we didn’t have the problem figured out five years ago.

  110. BeerMe says:

    square_wheels:
    Purcell…..shoots….right at Hillers chest

    He’s just so unbelievably meh!

  111. Lucinius says:

    square_wheels,

    Eh. It’s fine. He got a whistle in the o-zone. That alone makes it a decent play. Could he have done more with it? Sure, but he didn’t make a mistake; right now, that’s all I want from an Oiler.

  112. Lowetide says:

    square_wheels:
    Man do I ever hate Kiss, fuck off Flames DJ

    A lot of people don’t get that, but yes.

  113. kurri_17 says:

    oh, the announcers are reading this thread about first overall picks scoring in the same game 🙂

  114. Compete Level says:

    Commentators are so horrible. Oilers boss the game and all we hear about is how great the Flames are. All 1st overalls score so suck it HNIC.

  115. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    striatic,

    Agreed with all of the above.

    Throughout the season the lasting effect of the gold medal in Prague will pay huge dividends for the Hall-TMac relationship. There is trust there and Hall hasn’t trusted a coach since Krueger.

  116. square_wheels says:

    JDï™,

    Man, you’ve been saving that one up all night eh? Beauty

  117. JDï™ says:

    One-Timer: wealth of high picks

    That’s the beauty of narratives – easy to serve, easy to consume.

  118. Ice Sage says:

    Teach us how to Dougie!

  119. Lucinius says:

    Hamilton has had a shitty game.

  120. Kitchener says:

    If these top 2 lines stay firing, I guess it’s Drai & Ebs on the 3rd?

  121. nelson88 says:

    haven’t watched a late CBC game in a couple years. boy romanuk is an unbelievable homer for the flames. its like watching a Dys game with John Garrett.

    Nice game by the Oil. Stars played well but folks like Hendricks, Lander, Klefbom and Gryba also stepped up their games.

    Short turn around but good confidence builder for tomorrow.

  122. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Lucinius,

    That has been the fourth time either Hall or McD has danced Hamilton

  123. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Trade Taylor Hall!

  124. striatic says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAint’sSo!:
    striatic,

    Agreed with all of the above.

    Throughout the season the lasting effect of the gold medal in Prague will pay huge dividends for the Hall-TMac relationship. There is trust there and Hall hasn’t trusted a coach since Krueger.

    Win this game and the trust will be built up that little bit more.

  125. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    Fuck the flames

  126. Ice Sage says:

    That was a pretty PP

  127. kurri_17 says:

    Putting Hall back with Nuge has seemed to be really positive. I may be imagining this, but Conner seems to have held the puck a bit more, with more opportunity arising as a result.

  128. Lucinius says:

    Now that was a horrible non-call that didn’t matter!

    McDavid!

  129. khildahl says:

    Flame-killer!

  130. jp says:

    Holy Moly.

  131. Picturesque says:

    WOOOOOOOOTTT MCDAVID!

  132. rich says:

    Beauty!

  133. Clay says:

    Thank you Sweet Baby McJesus.

  134. square_wheels says:

    Lowetide,

    I seen Sabbath in this building last year…..now that is a band

  135. JDï™ says:

    As anyone in radio will tell you, less pants makes everything better.

  136. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    This is exactly what I wanted to see tonight.

  137. striatic says:

    McDavid makes up for his penalty.

    As if he wouldn’t.

  138. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Not bad hands there

  139. kurri_17 says:

    That was beautiful

  140. Halfwise says:

    Hall can’t pass

  141. nelson88 says:

    2015-16 Calgary Shames. The tonic for what ale’s you

  142. RexLibris says:

    Anyone heard from Cameron tonight?

    🙂

  143. Yak Efron says:

    Did that pass even touch the ice?

  144. square_wheels says:

    Dr. Taboggan,

    For OEL, ya, sure I’d do that

  145. Kitchener says:

    Hall, McDavid, and Derek Engelland playing with an airborne puck… I like our odds.

  146. striatic says:

    Lucinius: Now that was a horrible non-call that didn’t matter!
    McDavid!

    On the replay the non-call for holding the stick wasn’t terrible.

    Nuge had his stick caught up in the hockey pants.

  147. The Trade Guy says:

    Hall has been clowning Dougie all night.

    McDavid will be in Flames fans nightmares for the next 20 years

  148. Henry says:

    Lucinius:
    Hamilton has had a shitty game.

    Yes, he has. Exposed by the Oilers speed and Hall’s power over and over. I’m pretty surprised.

  149. G Money says:

    I hope the Flames are as nervous about Hamilton as we are about Sekera!

  150. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    The Flames are a shitty hockey team with the most overrated player in hockey as their captain. They should get used to these scores

  151. vishcosity says:

    This really is like 1979. You know it could be big, but no idea how big at all.

  152. JDï™ says:

    Loved that ‘Flames Excuses’ segment, guys.

  153. One-Timer says:

    The commentators have never even heard of Jordan Eberle.

  154. Pajamah says:

    Final minute of play in your most recent nightmare.

    Suck it Flames

  155. jp says:

    G Money:
    I hope the Flames are as nervous about Hamilton as we are about Sekera!

    They don’t need him to be a #1 though.

  156. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    I hope tomorrow night is just as enjoyable. Fuck the Canucks they are much worse than Calgary in almost every way

  157. Ice Sage says:

    Thank you to the Calgary Flames.

    You fuckers.

  158. G Money says:

    Going to be the voice of caution here.

    Remember, the first four games were against brutally tough opposition. So not all the concern was warranted.

    This game was against a shitty team on 3 in 4 nights, so the main thing to remember is FUCK THE FLAMES. FUCK EM.

  159. square_wheels says:

    G Money,

    My entire rec team (all flames fans) already think Douglas is a dud.

    My Kings fan buddies think they have completely tuned out McGrumbles and may implode.

  160. striatic says:

    Tell you what, I’ll gladly spot the Flames Sam “Better than 1st Overall” Bennett if the Oilers could have a healthy Eberle in the lineup.

  161. jp says:

    Sooo nice to get a win finally! Savour it while we can!!

  162. T0ML says:

    So uh …. Did McDavid figure out the whole NHL speed thing? He looked like without a doubt best player on the ice in my eyes.

    And god, Talbot is exactly who we have needed since Roloson!

  163. wheatnoil says:

    G Money:
    Going to be the voice of caution here.

    Remember, the first four games were against brutally tough opposition.So not all the concern was warranted.

    This game was against a shitty team on 3 in 4 nights, so the main thing to remember is FUCK THE FLAMES.FUCK EM.

    Indeed.

    Also, imagine the thrashing they would’ve gotten if Eberle and Draisaitl were in the line-up!

  164. Ice Sage says:

    jp:
    Sooo nice to get a win finally! Savour it while we can!!

    This is the start of a run.

  165. Professor Q says:

    Verrrrry nice ending.

  166. G Money says:

    jp: They don’t need him to be a #1 though.

    Well, see that’s where I don’t buy into the Flames hype.

    Everyone lauds Giordano and Brodie as #1 D. And because of that they don’t need Hamilton to be #1. But G/B numbers are NOT #1D. They get their heads kicked in most nights – just not nearly as bad as the rest of the Flames.

    They’re really really good players, no question.

    But the Flames are not good enough to anoint them #1D – especially Brodie, who is absolutely abysmal away from Giordano.

  167. square_wheels says:

    Where was Brodie tonight ?

  168. Johnny skid says:

    i question mike johnson’s hockey IQ

  169. Dominoiler says:

    So, this is what is the view like when you’re not standing on the edge of the cliff.. Hmmm.. Nice..

  170. Picturesque says:

    Cathartic win. Feeeeeels good. Riding high the Oilers gonna score 2 in the 1st period tomorrow against the Dys, then Nilsson gonna be the backbone for 2 more points.

  171. RexLibris says:

    Hey the Oilers won 5-2!

    Now, let’s talk about the challenges facing the Flames…

  172. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    The best part about watching Connor McDavid is the pure joy that he plays theme with. if you watch his highlights from junior its just as evident. When he roles its infectious.

    This was one game yes but it was a continuation of the St. Louis game. The Oilers played very well over all tonight and their best players were their best players. The PP still has some warts but i liked the puck movement on the point a lot more tonight and FINALLY 60min. of the forwards coming down low on breakouts and giving options.

    Back to G Money’s work, I’ve seen more Oilers crashing the net over the last three games more than I have seen over the last 5 years.

    Early days but there are good things,

    Kelly Hrudey is an idiot

  173. RexLibris says:

    square_wheels:
    Where was Brodie tonight ?

    Injured. Out 4-6 weeks.

    Bennett out as well.

  174. Lucinius says:

    So, first five games…

    2013-2014: 1-3-1 3 pts
    2014-2015: 0-4-1 1 pt
    2015-2016: 1-4-0 2 pts

    RNH on pace: 33-0-33
    McDavid on pace: 50-16-66
    Hall on pace: 33-33-66
    Yak on pace: 16-33-49

    Small sample sizes!

    We’re doing better than last year, points wise, but games 6-10 last year saw the Oilers get 8 points. So, we’ll likely be worse off than last year after 10 games, but facing much tougher opposition this year.

    And we actually have a goalie who can make a save, so, yeah. That’s nice.

  175. square_wheels says:

    In Vancouver tomorrow, 3rd in 4….someone spear one of the sisters, I HATE the Nucks

  176. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAint'sSo! says:

    G Money,

    Giordano is the most overrated player in the NHL.

    Hasn’t played a full season since 2010 and Calgary sucked outside of last year.

  177. HeatTreaterJoe says:

    That’s was glorious magic! My god it’s been too long since the Oilers last beat down the Flames on HNIC.

  178. Klima's_Bucket says:

    striatic,

    Don’t forget the Flames are also missing their “heart” and “soul” Bouma…

  179. striatic says:

    3rd period CF% was 71.43% for the Oilers.

    So much for the Flames as 3rd Period wizards.

  180. square_wheels says:

    RexLibris,

    Bennet hurt, pfffft, that’s like a Jultz muffin pass, predictable

  181. wheatnoil says:

    Connor McDavid: 76.5% even-strength corsi

    Yeah.

  182. Klima's_Bucket says:

    T0ML: Did McDavid figure out the whole NHL speed thing? He looked like without a doubt best player on the ice in my eyes.

    I’m sure there are many that would say Hall would and should give you some doubt…

  183. Hockey Buddha says:

    Ice Sage:
    Thank you to the Calgary Flames.

    You fuckers.

    Yes, thank you Calgary!

  184. wheatnoil says:

    .@cmcdavid97 posted a score-adjusted Corsi of 79.12% to go with his 2 G, 1A. http://t.co/GQcypZBa4W— WAR On Ice (@war_on_ice) October 18, 2015

  185. Lucinius says:

    I’m expecting a loss tomorrow. Want them to win, but.. back to back? On the road? That’s a scheduled loss no matter who you play.

    If they win against the loathsome Canucks I’ll be as close to pleased with the Oilers as I’ve been in a long time.

  186. striatic says:

    The best part of McDavid finding his gear is that he’s doing it with Nail Yakupov.

    Solves so many line up issues.

  187. Gordies Elbow says:

    Regression, to the meat.

    As planned.

  188. Surly says:

    Henry:
    I’m enjoying this enough that I’ll break out the Talisker.

    Same here…some Talisker 18 I found in the US of A this summer. You?

  189. v4ance says:

    Because narratives:

    Connor McDavid’s body language was good walking into the building, hence it’s why he played well tonight.

    Colorado set the bar low that’s why they had a good year. Calgary had a good year last year but everyone knows they’re coming so that’s why they’re struggling this year.

    Sportsnet panel hasn’t looked at PDO or corsi or anything but if they just said, “Regression is a bitch”, they’d finally get one thing right WRT the Flames.

  190. Hockey Buddha says:

    Lowetide: 1. WHY do people say I’m sorry? Did you run over my dog? It’s okay to disagree. Honestly.
    2. I’ve really liked Sekera tonight. No problems with him (the play you mention exposed him but he’s been good imo overall)

    Sekera has been off to a slow start, but I don’t think that he’s a player we have to worry about. He’s bonafide; he’ll get better as the season goes. He’s the least of our worries.

  191. striatic says:

    Lucinius: I’m expecting a loss tomorrow. Want them to win, but.. back to back? On the road? That’s a scheduled loss no matter who you play.

    Lots riding on Nilsson tomorrow.

  192. Woodguy says:

    theres oil in virginia,

    That’s what I was told.

    This is new info.

    Now I’m confused.

    Still pissed off, but confused.

  193. jp says:

    G Money: Well, see that’s where I don’t buy into the Flames hype.

    Everyone lauds Giordano and Brodie as #1 D.And because of that they don’t need Hamilton to be #1.But G/B numbers are NOT #1D.They get their heads kicked in most nights – just not nearly as bad as the rest of the Flames.

    They’re really really good players, no question.

    But the Flames are not good enough to anoint them #1D – especially Brodie, who is absolutely abysmal away from Giordano.

    Well, I guess I stand corrected then.

    Kinda forgot about the extent of the “Rel” in their success (they did put up points though).

    Never been happier to be wrong though!! 🙂

  194. jp says:

    So, is it bad as an NHL player if you’re really actually smaller than Cassie Campbell?

  195. G Money says:

    jp,

    Just my opinion, FWIW! But I hate the Flames, so …

  196. Woodguy says:

    Woodguy:
    Fuck the Flames.

    Fuck them.

    Oilers win this one.

    Go Oilers!!

    *clap,clap*

    Yes.

    Fuck those guys.

    Fuck them.

    *clap,clap*

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