G20 2015-16: DEVILS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

The thing about the Edmonton Oilers of this century is this: They often follow up a tremendous effort against a strong club (like the Chicago game) with a full fubar effort against a weaker one. Tonight’s game against New Jersey should be two points, despite the good goaltender and the strong team play by the Devils.

HARD NUMBERS, HARD CANDY

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 2-4-1
  • Oilers in 2014 Oct/Nov: 6-14-4
  • Oilers in 2015 Oct/Nov: 6-12-1
  • Oilers Goal Differential in 2014 Oct/Nov: -34
  • Oilers Goal Differential in 2014 Oct/Nov: -12
  • Corsi For This Season (Last Season) in All Situations: 49.9 (48.9)
  • Corsi For This Season (Last Season) 5×5: 48.9 (48.1)
  • Save Pct This Season (Last Season) In All Situations: .8897 (.8883)
  • Save Pct This Season (Last Season) 5×5: .8996 (.9019)

Oilers are (mostly) better this season, but the Won-Loss record is running in place. A win tonight and they’ll have be 7-12-1 (15 points) after 20 games, as opposed to 6-12-2 (14 points) after 20 games a year ago. If this book has a good ending, there are going to be some dynamite chapters ahead.

https://twitter.com/NicholsOnHockey/status/667495077506236416

I don’t think Justin Schultz gets you too far down the Hamonic highway, and suspect Mr. Friedman has it right. The Oilers would likely be better able to put together a package in the summer—say, their first-round pick (not the No. 1 overall, obviously) and some emerging talent. I don’t see it now, unless Garth Snow has an unusual attachment to an Oilers player. Try to get Ryan Pulock while you’re at it, Mr. Chiarelli.

That’s the other side of it, Chiarelli does in fact have a history of being a creative thinker. I asked Frank Seravalli about a three-team trade yesterday, and he made a great point: rare any time, VERY rare in-season. I find myself getting selfish about this forward group, and would hope there’s a way to make the deal with picks and prospects, but can’t see it. Perhaps Trader Pete does.

That move the other night was exceptional, a Larry Robinson special. Along with Oscar Klefbom we’re seeing more offense from the blueline than we’ve seen in years.

2014-15 OILERS D POINTS/60

This is all situations and from HockeyAnalysis.com (over 100 minutes).

  1. Darnell Nurse 1.56 (No. 27 in the NHL)
  2. Oscar Klefbom 1.45 (No. 32 in the NHL)
  3. Andrej Sekera 1.22 (No. 56 in the NHL)
  4. Brandon Davidson 1.07 (No. 68 in the NHL)

Last season’s top performer (Justin Schultz, 1.02) ranked No. 77 overall. That’s a lot of offense and in the case of Nurse and Klefbom they are emerging players. I’m not certain what they’ll do when JSchultz returns, but I’d like to see:

  1. Klefbom—Fayne
  2. Nurse—Sekera
  3. Davidson—Schultz

OILERS BLUE, THROUGH 19 GAMES

oil blue nov 19

This is from BTN (5×5, 5×5, Corsi Rel), Hockey Analysis (5×5 Corsi For) and War-On Ice (On-Ice Scoring Chances).

  • Nurse—Sekera is an emerging pairing, very mobile and getting to know each other. If Edmonton runs this duo for the rest of the season, we should be seeing some consistent, splendid play by year’s end.
  • Klefbom—Fayne have been under the gun for much of the season but if the process leads to success we should be on the verge of a nice run for both men.
  • Davidson hasn’t played as much as most of the others but I think the organization has to play him in order to find out what he is at this time.
  • Among the rest, I think we can predict the future in all cases. Ference (buyout), Reinhart (probably spends fewer than 40 games in the NHL this season), Gryba (part-time player) and Justin Schultz (traded at the deadline or they walk him) are my guesses. Here are my RE estimates from last summer:

LOWETIDE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS PROJECTIONS, BLUE

defense projected 2015-16

I think the GP estimates are still good, although the injury to Schultz impacts his number, and the distant early warning system on Nikitin went off shortly after breakfast of day one TC. After that, the regulars are the regulars and I’m not going to kick myself for missing on Brandon Davidson’s breakout. My estimates have Edmonton’s defense going (about) 20GP, 7-24-31 for the first quarter. The Oilers D is in actual fact 19GP, 7-24-31 this morning.

OILERS FORWARDS, THROUGH 19 GAMES

oil f nov 19

This is from BTN (5×5, 5×5, Corsi Rel), Hockey Analysis (5×5 Corsi For) and War-On Ice (On-Ice Scoring Chances).

Looking at this list, especially the first nine names on it (well, eight plus Hendricks) it’s hard to argue that unicorns, free love, legs for days and a slightly tampered liquor cabinet are things of the past (if they ever did exist). Three scoring lines? Music! After a decade of muzak, of Toby Petersen on the powerplay, Mike York on the 5-on-3, flutter shots from the point, we arrive at manifest destiny. Bring it on baby Jesus!

LOWETIDE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS PROJECTIONS, FORWARDS

FORWARDS RE 2015-16

Aside from the McDavid and Eberle injuries, and the Lander sinkhole, Leon is going to reach 20 points by midnight so that’s a miss I did identify Miller and Pakarinen, but went low on Slepyshev. My estimates have Edmonton’s forwards going (about) 20GP, 50-72-122 for the first quarter. The Oilers F is in actual fact 19GP, 43-62-105 this morning. I’ll blame injuries to McDavid and Eberle, plus the blasted third and fourth lines—pick it up, you people!!! The RE has spoken!!!

OILERS GOALIES, THROUGH 19 GAMES

GOALIES

Read ’em and weep, ladies. There’s nothing in this photo that makes us smile, although I do think Nilsson has the job now and moving forward (we’ll get a better look next week when it’s busy). Both men have to be better, Talbot is costing himself a bundle.

LOWETIDE REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS PROJECTIONS,  GOALIES

goalies cluster

Save for the Talbot numbers this looks right so far in my opinion. Remember I did these in August so far less was known at the time (although Benjamin didn’t help himself with that spring cratering). My estimates have Edmonton’s G’s going (about) 20GP, 55 goals against for the first quarter. The Oilers G is in actual fact 19GP, 60 goals against this morning (I did count empty-net goals, they are listed in the graph). My estimates overall for 20 GP (or so) would be 57GF and 55GA, and they are in fact 50GF and 60GA. I bet you Woodguy’s woodchuck the Oilers close that gap (GD estimate first quarter is +2, actual is -10) before McDavid returns and they cover it by April fool’s. And remember, the -10 number doesn’t include game 20 tonight, that will change things. A 7-0 win by Edmonton gets the RE close to spitting distance! Make it so! Also, can’t find empty net goals in the NHL.com system, so the actual season numbers may be incorrect.

rockfish

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

It’s Friday!! 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. The All-Star game used to be fun. What happened, Steve?
  • Antony Bent, FC Edmonton. Eddies signing their big talents, we’ll have the latest. Plus EPL.
  • Scott Mitchell, Calgary Sun. We’ll find out about the enemy.
  • Paul Almedia, SSE. Oilers tonight, preview the show tomorrow and we’ll talk EPL.

I got some feedback yesterday in terms of what we cover on the Lowdown, and it occurs to me I don’t often ask what you’d like to hear. If you’re a regular listener, is there anything you’d like covered more? Less? And don’t say ‘more Woodguy’ because we have to employ a bank of lawyers for those segments and it’s damned costly! Thanks for reading, and listening! This is going to get good, people. It’s like we’re in chapter two of Ghost Story and it’s about to get real.

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Kmart99

Man oh man. The record really sucks, but I can’t get over what a revelation Draisaitl has been.

Not only has he far outperformed expectations, he’s outperforming the expectations any of us had for Connor as well. Having Draisaitl play at this level is just absolutely lunacy. Even if his sh% was 13% he’d have over a p/g.
Add to that the fact that Nuge is quietly on pace for 65 pts, so he can finally break that elusive 50pt barrier.
Hall is on pace for 98pts.
One of our goalies has a sv% above .900! :))(my standards are stuck in 1990 here)
And all this occurred during the hardest part of the schedule.

I predicted that the best the Oilers could do after 20 was .350, and likely would be closer to .300 based on the schedule and they are at .375. I also predicted 74 pts. Obviously they will outperform my prediction by exactly that proportion the rest of the way and finish with 92pts. It’s math. AMIRITE.

GCW_69

Woodguy: Post 2016 yes.

Middling solutions today are less than optimal or near optimal solutions this summer when the cap space lends itself to higher end players than meh players like Franson.

The cap is going to shrink and the Oilers are positioned well to take advantage.

That meh player is anchoring the the second pair, the first power play unit, running 54.8 CF%, and a CorsiRel of 5.8. Of course the Oilers would be better off without him. *rolls eyes*

Sugar Reijo

Caramel Obvious: NHL defenders never get beat to the outside like that.You can go weeks without seeing it.

Pretty clear from your comments that you see everything Reinhart does under a microscope that has a broken lens.

Cassandra

sliderule:
So Reinhart got beat to the. outside .

If I had a dollar for every time a defender gets beat to the outside I could retire to Hawaii.

Reinhart was able to squeeze the forward off so his only play was to try to stuff it short side.

Easy save for Nillsson

NHL defenders never get beat to the outside like that. You can go weeks without seeing it.

Woodguy

Kmart99: That’s right my man.

Name the charity.I guess .400 was the bet, not .350.Oh well.I was happy to see my Oilers win tonight!Couldn’t have picked a closer line in the sand though.

OTL/SOL = .350
L=.325
W=.375

Glad to pay up.

So what is the charity?

Bissell Center please.

Adam Wu

Caramel Obvious:

Schultz is better defensively than Reinhart.When your calling card is worse than another player’s weakness you have a problem.

If after presenting your arguments regarding a player with 19 games NHL experience, your conclusion was “he should go to the A for more seasoning” I would conclude that you have a point worth debating. If instead your conclusion is THIS then I conclude that you are are a fundamentally dishonest debater not worth paying attention to on this subject.

sliderule

So Reinhart got beat to the. outside .

If I had a dollar for every time a defender gets beat to the outside I could retire to Hawaii.

Reinhart was able to squeeze the forward off so his only play was to try to stuff it short side.

Easy save for Nillsson

Halfwise

Caramel Obvious: When your calling card is worse than another player’s weakness you have a problem.

Same goes for blog commenters.

When your blog handle claims that you point out the obvious, other people ought to be able to see it. I see a big young D who is part way up a learning curve. Send him to wherever Drai spent his summer improving his skating.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Caramel Obvious,

Man oh man when one goat manages to shake off the crap jacket some folks just can’t help but find a new guy to lay into. Its a common theme on this blog unfortunately and given how many defensemen this organization has flushed because of this kind of stupid crap you’d figure people would lay off on the next young guy they bring up.

Reinhart has played 11 games this season and he played 8 last year. Hasn’t exactly blown the doors off so he’s a total bust. Better give him the Schremp treatment and flush him while we still have a chance!

I’m all for slagging veterans that can’t get the job done but a 21 year old with 19 total games in the NHL? Give it a rest, let the guy get a feel for the game with a consistent partner before you start burying him neck deep in shit.

Cassandra

Reinhart’s problem is he isn’t very good at defense. Palmieri went right around him to the outside. That almost never happens in the NHL.

He also loses races for the puck in the corner. Causing the puck to stay in their end more often and longer.

I have seen Davidson overpowered a few times which I haven’t seen with Reinhart. But at least Davidson brings something with passes out of the zone and jumping into the rush. Moreover, Davidson gets overpowered because Reinhart keeps putting him in a bad position.

The coach seems to agree that Davidson is better defensively.. Davidson is killing penalties ahead of Reinhart.

Schultz is better defensively than Reinhart. When your calling card is worse than another player’s weakness you have a problem.

blainer

Snowman:
Speeds had a rant up on twitter about trading RNH. Imagine being able to send at least one of CMD, RNH or Dr. Drai over the boards for literally every even strength minute. That’d be something wouldn’t it.

Nurse, Klef, Sek, Davy, Reinhart and Fayne are turning into a respectable top 6. No legitimate top pairing at the moment but its getting closer. Nurse and Klef are forcing the issue.

Hang onto those Cs folks. The D is fixing itself. Its taken years but its happening.

Yup. The D are playing better. There is no way they are putting Davidson on waivers. In the AHL playoffs last year I thought he and Nurse were our best D.

I am not overly surprised by his play as he was developed well. We have a player there who has learned how to shoot the puck.

I am concerned that the D will take a step back when Jultz returns.

blainer

Really?:
I have a hard time understanding posters who recommend trading one of Draisaitl or Nugent-Hopkins for the mysterious #1 RHD.

When they are combined with McDavid, this group has the potential dominate offensively. After so many years in the wilderness of the NHL basement, this is music to my ears. Imagine the opportunity to watch these three create offensively for years to come. Couple that with each having the brains and ability to b effective as 200 foot centres and they may set records.

So I am recommending patience once again. Chiarelli will find a solution to the Oilers defensive woes within the calendar year. In the meantime just appreciate the development of these marvelous players and the Oilers team as they turn the corner toward respectability.

This. 100%.

Snowman

Speeds had a rant up on twitter about trading RNH. Imagine being able to send at least one of CMD, RNH or Dr. Drai over the boards for literally every even strength minute. That’d be something wouldn’t it.

Nurse, Klef, Sek, Davy, Reinhart and Fayne are turning into a respectable top 6. No legitimate top pairing at the moment but its getting closer. Nurse and Klef are forcing the issue.

Hang onto those Cs folks. The D is fixing itself. Its taken years but its happening.

Sugar Reijo

Centre of attention:
Leon Draisaitl is the first Oiler since Mark Messeir in ’89-’90 to score 17 points in his first 10 games.

The Oilers also won the cup that year. *adjusts tinfoil hat*

Messier also won the Hart that year.

Funny the number of posters who wanted him to stay in the AHL until he proved he “could play at that level.” I recall LT being on the receiving end of some abuse for suggesting they bring he and Nurse up.

Currently sitting just outside the top 30 despite having only played 10 games. And leads the entire NHL in PPG.

PhrankLee

sliderule: It’s fortunate that Tmac and coaches don’t read this blog or for that matter journal blog or Reinhart would be sitting.

I personally would rather he play as much as possible in this last Rexall year. Management, fans and this entire blog, pretty much, knew that playoffs were not even remotely possiblle this year.

GR is a huge guy. Young guys are gangly at this age and nowhere near their full strength. Nowhere near their full strength… Imagine GR and DN and OK by the end of next year…

That’s why you play GR as much as possible. Get him tuned in, on crew, doing his thing. I doube most people know it but he is a really good puck handler in traffic. But not as a 20 yr old D in the NHL. Most D take 3 yrs to develop into NHL players. It’s Griffins 2nd pro year.

Anyone who thinks this kid will stink at 23 is visiting the dentist too often. You have holes in your head.

wintoon

I have a hard time understanding posters who recommend trading one of Draisaitl or Nugent-Hopkins for the mysterious #1 RHD.

When they are combined with McDavid, this group has the potential dominate offensively. After so many years in the wilderness of the NHL basement, this is music to my ears. Imagine the opportunity to watch these three create offensively for years to come. Couple that with each having the brains and ability to b effective as 200 foot centres and they may set records.

So I am recommending patience once again. Chiarelli will find a solution to the Oilers defensive woes within the calendar year. In the meantime just appreciate the development of these marvelous players and the Oilers team as they turn the corner toward respectability.

sliderule

It’s fortunate that Tmac and coaches don’t read this blog or for that matter journal blog or Reinhart would be sitting.
Led the oiler defence in hits and won most of his puck battles but that kind of play gets no love in the blogosphere .
Davidson gets all the love while he loses puck battles and has one hit.
To my eyes they are both playing well because as a pair they add different elements .
When the oilers only give up 20 shots how can it be said that any defender was terrible.

Mr. D.

striker:
On TSN tonightRyan Rishaug suggested that the emergence of Draisatl gives the Oilers a great 1-2-3 punch with RNH,McD,Drai down the middle.He then suggested that the Oilers could potentially parlay their new found strength at Centre to address their deficiencies on the blueline.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/draisaitl-on-a-mission-after-early-disappointment~754887

If this team follows that advice and proceeds to give away RNH for a dime less than he’s worth (which is a lot), I’ll be pissed.Luckily I think (hope?) that Chiarelli does not see things the way Rishaug does.

I’m not opposed to using assets to address needs but the Oilers should appreciate their enviable Centre depth and not give away this strength (sample size I know!!!) that was attained at such a high cost.

This team needs a top pairing dman.Teams with that valuable commodity are loathe to trade those players, even for an RNH.If that holds true, you keep RNH.

What’s that LT truism again, “Get good players….something something something” Hopefully Chiarelli doesn’t forget how that sentence ends.

Can’t just spend and spend you have contracts to pay. You make it sound like it’s easy and it’s not.

Numenius

Draisaitl with a higher PPG in the NHL than he had in Junior.

NHL 2015-16 1.7 PPG
WHL 2014-15 1.66 PPG
WHL 2013-14 1.64 PPG

Astounding. Congratulations, young man.

striker

Brossoit tied with Peter Budaj for an AHL leading 0.941 Save Percentage.

v4ance

spoiler:
Rishaug: “…to bring in a high end defenseman well now the potential to move a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t sound quire so ridiculous.”

No, it still sounds ridiculous.

LT?

How do we shun Rishaug if he isn’t here?

spoiler

Rishaug: “…to bring in a high end defenseman well now the potential to move a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t sound quite so ridiculous.”

No, it still sounds ridiculous.

Kmart99

12th in GF/GP
8th in GF total
22nd in Goal Scoring Diff
20th in CF%
27th in GA
29th in GA/GP
13th rankd PP
21st ranked PK
18th in Shot diff/gp

T – DFL with COL and CAR … so DFL sucks. But there’s lots of good stuff here.

G Money’s trend lines have me buying more rexall beer when i go.
Far from LT’s Nadir.

The average place in the standings for their opponents was that of a top 13 team in the NHL.
So they are not ready for a steady diet of top end playoff teams. But Let’s see how they do from now until game 30.

spoiler

saddleblazer:
One September afternoon in 2004 I knocked on my neighbour’s door and introduced myself. She was a lovely young lady who, like me, came to Edmonton from the North for university. We became friends over games of cribbage and putting together 1000 piece puzzles.

We started dating and once 2005 rolled along, she learned that I was a big hockey fan and I learned that HER MOTHER HAD CORPORATE SEASON TICKETS IN ROW 4 OF REXALL. No joke, I went to around 30 home games that magical season. I shouted“I LOVE YOU” to Chris Pronger a hundred times and hung his life sized poster in my home (it was under the seats one home game that year).I was at game 3 of the cup final when Smytty banged home the winner.

Needless to say, I married that girl and moved back North with her. We are expecting our second child in February. We are in Edmonton for the weekend and just returned home from the game. Terrific performance by our boys. I purchased a Draisaitl 29 jersey and wore it proudly when he was announced the game’s first star.I am happy that this was the last game I’ll see them play in that old barn.

Farewell, Rexall Place.

Thread winner. Thanks for sharing your story!

striker

JDï™: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyV2cPLuFuA

I feel ya bud.

Here’s the latest pharmaceutical designed to alleviate that fever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BROS4TUg-WU

Watch once per day in its entirety. It’s like antibiotics; be sure to finish the entire dosage each day or symptoms may recur with greater ferocity than the initial incidence of their occurrence.

Kmart99

striker,

Have to agree.

Even if Draisaitl does end up being a superior 5v5 player relative to Nuge.
Having Nuge as a top PK, PP, and solid 5v5 centreman is crucial to success.

Running
1C – Connor
2C (a) Nuge/Drai
2C (b) Nuge/Drai

Seems like a massive opportunity. Darnell and Klefbom are showing real flashes of high end two way play. If TMac can get the most out of those two and the rest of the existing D Core, who’s to say you have to give up Nuge.

Besides, you never know when some GM makes a horrible mistake and trades Donaldson away for peanuts. Not that the oil should wait for something like that to fall on their laps.

striker

On TSN tonight Ryan Rishaug suggested that the emergence of Draisatl gives the Oilers a great 1-2-3 punch with RNH,McD,Drai down the middle. He then suggested that the Oilers could potentially parlay their new found strength at Centre to address their deficiencies on the blueline.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/draisaitl-on-a-mission-after-early-disappointment~754887

If this team follows that advice and proceeds to give away RNH for a dime less than he’s worth (which is a lot), I’ll be pissed. Luckily I think (hope?) that Chiarelli does not see things the way Rishaug does.

I’m not opposed to using assets to address needs but the Oilers should appreciate their enviable Centre depth and not give away this strength (sample size I know!!!) that was attained at such a high cost.

This team needs a top pairing dman. Teams with that valuable commodity are loathe to trade those players, even for an RNH. If that holds true, you keep RNH.

What’s that LT truism again, “Get good players….something something something” Hopefully Chiarelli doesn’t forget how that sentence ends.

Kmart99

Didn’t see Griff very good tonight, but there have been games where he seems more than capable. I thought he looked pretty good vs. Chicago. But his 0 pts certainly isn’t helping his case. Pair that with the inconcistencies…. uggh.

JD_Wry
striker

russ99: Wouldn’t surprise me in the least of the Jets move Byfuglien to the island.

Don’t see that as likely.

He is definitely equal (likely greater) value for Hamonic which is what Snow wants. However, he will be a UFA at the end of the year. Snow would be better off getting a secured asset (RFA or signed player) who is a lesser player rather than the superior player as a one year rental.

The Jets could allow the Isles to attempt to come to an agreement on a long term contract with Buff before the trade is initiated. But I don’t see how Buff’s agent would see that as being in the best interest of his client. From the players perspective, why lock yourself into a long term deal in Brooklyn without testing the market and maximizing your salary during the heart of your career. Unless the Isles overpay for a long term deal (a tough pill for Snow to swallow considering the cap friendly Hamonic contract) I don’t see why Buff would sign an extension.

Cassandra

Solid effort. Nice Win. Draisatl and Hall are obviously dominant.

Reinhart, on the other hand, is terrible. He’s an inverted Schultz, a defensive defenseman who isn’t good defensively. Hell, Schultz is much better defensively than Reinhart.

Kmart99

BeerMe: I’d wager McDavid gets something in the range of 12-14 million, if his agent is competent.

Well, at 12-14 million, he’d have to have won either an art ross or a rocket or a hart. At least one of those awards. I’ll say 11 million. No more unless the cap goes up a decent amount.

Kmart99

Woodguy:
Kmart99,

I believe you owe a donation.

Oilers are .375 after 20 games.

That’s right my man.

Name the charity. I guess .400 was the bet, not .350. Oh well. I was happy to see my Oilers win tonight! Couldn’t have picked a closer line in the sand though.

OTL/SOL = .350
L=.325
W=.375

Glad to pay up.

So what is the charity?

striker

saddleblazer: One September afternoon in 2004 I knocked on my neighbour’s door and introduced myself. She was a lovely young lady who, like me, came to Edmonton from the North for university. We became friends over games of cribbage and putting together 1000 piece puzzles.

We started dating and once 2005 rolled along, she learned that I was a big hockey fan and I learned that HER MOTHER HAD CORPORATE SEASON TICKETS IN ROW 4 OF REXALL. No joke, I went to around 30 home games that magical season. I shouted “I LOVE YOU” to Chris Pronger a hundred times and hung his life sized poster in my home (it was under the seats one home game that year). I was at game 3 of the cup final when Smytty banged home the winner.

Needless to say, I married that girl and moved back North with her. We are expecting our second child in February. We are in Edmonton for the weekend and just returned home from the game. Terrific performance by our boys. I purchased a Draisaitl 29 jersey and wore it proudly when he was announced the game’s first star. I am happy that this was the last game I’ll see them play in that old barn.

Farewell, Rexall Place.

What a great story! Thanks for sharing that.

russ99

Zelepukin: They can start sculpting a Chia bronze statue for the new arena if he can wrangle Harmonic for Jultz + prospects. You add him plus McD in January and hope one of our tenders puts up steady numbers and holy shit, we could be thinking about possible playoffs.

Not going to happen, Snow wants Klefbom +, and as quality D especially on the right side is at a premium other teams are going to give that value to him.

Wouldn’t surprise me in the least of the Jets move Byfuglien to the island.

striker

Assuming I calculated this correctly, Nilsson’s Save Percentage climbed over the 0.900 threshold to 0.901 after this game.

saddleblazer

One September afternoon in 2004 I knocked on my neighbour’s door and introduced myself. She was a lovely young lady who, like me, came to Edmonton from the North for university. We became friends over games of cribbage and putting together 1000 piece puzzles.

We started dating and once 2005 rolled along, she learned that I was a big hockey fan and I learned that HER MOTHER HAD CORPORATE SEASON TICKETS IN ROW 4 OF REXALL. No joke, I went to around 30 home games that magical season. I shouted “I LOVE YOU” to Chris Pronger a hundred times and hung his life sized poster in my home (it was under the seats one home game that year). I was at game 3 of the cup final when Smytty banged home the winner.

Needless to say, I married that girl and moved back North with her. We are expecting our second child in February. We are in Edmonton for the weekend and just returned home from the game. Terrific performance by our boys. I purchased a Draisaitl 29 jersey and wore it proudly when he was announced the game’s first star. I am happy that this was the last game I’ll see them play in that old barn.

Farewell, Rexall Place.

striker

Centre of attention: *adjusts tinfoil hat*

Pass me one of those if you have a spare. I’m out of tin foil.

Zelepukin

Keep in mind the play of Purcell. Since they formed that line he has been playing the best hockey we’ve ever seen him play in Oiler silk. He looks faster, more confident and playing way smarter with the puck. I actually hope he can keep this going more than if Drai can. He’s our Jagr.

AZOIL

Great win guys! I like to keep things even keel! We are a better team, you can see it in the process for sure with a win or loss on most games. But, there will be more losses, and hopefully this crowd isn’t the complete opposite of tonight!

Centre of attention

Leon Draisaitl is the first Oiler since Mark Messeir in ’89-’90 to score 17 points in his first 10 games.

The Oilers also won the cup that year. *adjusts tinfoil hat*

Zelepukin

striker: If Chia can somehow finagle Hamonic for non-core players, this team may be going places sooner rather than later.

They can start sculpting a Chia bronze statue for the new arena if he can wrangle Harmonic for Jultz + prospects. You add him plus McD in January and hope one of our tenders puts up steady numbers and holy shit, we could be thinking about possible playoffs.

Zelepukin

Henry: When McDavid returns for Christmas this team is going to be a terrible matchup problem for coaches.

We are witness to Hall going supernova right now.He’s winning almost all his shifts the past dozengames.

With McDavid added, the Nuge (or Hall on the road) can saw off the best opposition then only the best teams are going to have horses to match up with the others.The Oilers will lose plenty of games figuring out the defense and possibly from poor goalerating.But man, McLellan is going to have a lot of options up front.

Exactly. And this is why you shouldn’t be quick to trade Ebs or Yak for Harmonic. We’ll have 3 dangerously fast lines. McD, Yaks and probably Hendricks facing 3rd pairing D? That’s deadly. I guess you’d probably double-shift your 1st pairing against Hall-Drai and then McD, but you can’t do that all night.

striker

If Chia can somehow finagle Hamonic for non-core players, this team may be going places sooner rather than later.

Spurgeon in Min and Myers in Win seem like more logical fits for Snow’s needs but if all the suitors stall, maybe Chiarelli can work his magic like he did with Sather in the Talbot acquisition.

dustrock

If I told you that 20 games in, the Oilers would only have 3 stinker games ( Dallas, Washington, Calgary), you’d laugh and say “oh dustrock you dreamer”.

And we’re in 30th. Been a weird 20 games.

Woodguy

Kmart99,

I believe you owe a donation.

Oilers are .375 after 20 games.