G40 2015-16: COYOTES AT OILERS

If I had to pick one game from the 2015-16 season as my favorite, the comeback win against the Montreal Canadiens at Rexall would be my choice (Calgary and Rangers games also smashing). A lot of what makes a great game is the opponent, and the Arizona Coyotes have been kicking Oilers butt for some time. The Oilers were 0-4-1 last year, and lost 4-1 earlier this season despite seven shots from Taylor Hall. Edmonton doesn’t match up well with the Coyotes, but they need this win badly. Lose tonight? The hole gets deeper in a quick hurry. Arizona dominates in Edmonton, 11-1 in their last 12 visits.

BABY BLUE, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • 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: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 0-0-0
  • Oilers after 39 in 2014-15: 8-22-9, 25 points (-55 GD)
  • Oilers after 39 in 2015-16: 15-21-3, 33 points (-22 GD)

Todd Nelson’s Oilers grabbed 11 points from 13 January games a year ago, so losing streaks must be few and far between if the Todd McLellan Project is to stay ahead of the group that went to Room Number Eight at the Joshua Tree Inn. A year ago, Edmonton popped five past the Islanders for a 5-2 win in G40.

DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Brandon Davidson looks good across the board in terms of numbers, I can’t see any reason for him to remain obscure at this point. I understand injury issues, but tonight is G40 and he is among a very good possession defensemen as a rookie (No. 39 in Corsi for 5×5).
  • Oscar Klefbom has upper and lower injuries and it isn’t a short-term lower. This is awful, terrible, stupid, ignorant, piss up a rope news. NOT happy.
  • Brad Hunt looked good the other night, needs to adjust his sights but he worked hard and didn’t make any major mistakes (that I saw). Suspect he will be in.
  • Andrej Sekera is a solid NHL defenseman with a range of skills. He can get overwhelmed physically, but he makes good decisions and can pass or carry. More please! I think we will see McLellan play him a lot if the game is close late.
  • Justin Schultz needs to post some crooked numbers, but for now I would like to see strong passing out of the zone. Confidence has eroded his skills, but he has the tool kit for it. Todd McLellan sees him, and plays him, suggesting to me there is a way to unlock this player. If they can figure it out together, Edmonton solves a major problem for the cluster.
  • Darnell Nurse is moving down the lineup and the fancies are slowly improving. Funny that. Eric Gryba is apparently ready, wonder if they would consider sitting the rookie. I would sit Schultz.
  • Eric Gryba gets a lot of heat, but he brings a unique set of skills and his numbers are better than many (me) expected. He is not good with the puck, but he can defend and has an effective shot from the point.
  • Mark Fayne is not fast or skilled enough to be anything more than a defensive defender, but he can do that well. Boring, low-risk defenseman. NHL teams have only one now, so either Fayne or Gryba will be gone in my opinion.

CENTER, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

  • Leon Draisaitl isn’t scoring goals, but the points keep coming. He ranks second among Oilers scorers in the last 10 games with nine assists. He was moved off Hall’s line last game, but McLellan said yesterday Hall-Leon will be back today.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 1-5-6 in his last 10, and the numbers would be better if he had posted crooked one on the PP. At some point the pucks will go in, but Hall-Leon has gone cold, and the Hall-Nuge-Eberle line didn’t cash Thursday. I wonder if we see Hall-Nuge-Leon at some point, even before McDavid returns? I would not do it.
  • Anton Lander is getting more PP time and maybe he post 20 points in the second half and does enough to spend a season in the new building.
  • Mark Letestu isn’t sexy but he can play and has some defensive ability along with a little offense. He is probably better suited as 4line and then jump up when needed, but he has passed Anton as the 3C and is holding onto the job.
  • Connor McDavid is skating! When will he be back? It would appear he will play January games, and if he is practicing without setback we might see him in a little over a week. Or tonight. One thing for sure: The Oilers don’t broadcast injury timelines.

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

  • Taylor Hall (10, 3-7-10), Teddy Purcell (10, 4-4-8) and Jordan Eberle (10, 2-5-7) are delivering good numbers in their last 10 games. The power play, if it was working, could have pushed these numbers into the outer limits.
  • Lauri Korpikoski (10, 3-2-5) has one of the two PP goals in the past 10 games (Hall the other), with Benoit Pouliot (6, 3-0-3) trying to get the feelin’ again (probably needs a weekend in New England). That is the end of the offense.
  • Matt Hendricks is a solid checker and Jujhar Khaira looks good to me.

HARD TARGET SEARCH: NATHAN BEAULIEU

beaulieu

Through January and February, I am going to post several times on possible trade targets. Players who have been in the rumor mill, perfect fits, basically any player who might be in Peter Chiarelli’s laptop as a possible trade target.

We begin with Nathan Beaulieu, who despite having a French name hasn’t made the grade in Montreal as a trusted regular. Drafted two spots before Oscar Klefbom at the 2011 draft, he has played 19 more games in the NHL than Oscar and posts (per 82gp) 2-14-16—I would call him a two-way defenseman. He is lefthanded, and 6.02, 205. Beaulieu turned 23 in December, and should have many productive years ahead.

The Hockey News describes him as a talented, mobile defenseman and offer some good insight into the player. Edmonton has lefties by the dozen now, but if this player is available Peter Chiarelli should pull the trigger (depending on price). More and more, it looks (to me) as though the Oilers may have four LH blue in their top 6D moving forward.

I saw a bunch of tweets on this yesterday and was amazed by comments. Injuries are NOT an excuse, they are a REASON and in the case of this year’s Oilers it cannot be ignored if you are going to write the story of 2015-16. Does anyone question the idea this team will be better with all hands on deck? If you do, please reconsider.

DRAFT COVERAGE

nhl draft lottery

I started coverage November 26 last year, so we have enjoyed several more weeks this year. My plan was to begin coverage when the Oilers were clearly out of things, and I don’t think that is true at this time. That said, more and more of you are asking for it, so I am putting it out there: Start coverage, or follow this team full pipe until we have exhausted every call to the governor? Let me know.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    wheatnoil:
    LT, with this win, I request we hold off on the draft coverage for at least another game. The Oilers are still a long shot to make the playoffs, have played too many games and have too many teams to jump, but damn it all they still have a chance!

    Yep. No draft posts until Tuesday at the earliest.

  2. Receptor Antagonist says:

    Hope is a good thing:

    Good work by Talbot; I think the bet is going to pay off. He is talented and battles.

    I feel the same about Talbot, although that first goal…. he has GOT to stop cheating away from the post on those bad angle goals,it was awful. The book is obviously out him regarding that and it keeps happening.

    I really feel like this team is one really good RHD(and health) away from being scary good.

  3. Магия 10 says:

    böök¡je:
    So ‘Steve Smith’, now that I have come clean, are you finally going to tell us your real identity?

    He’s been hiding in plain sight. Amazing what punctuation can do

  4. square_wheels says:

    Receptor Antagonist,

    A certain Player that wears 97 seems to have a lot of shifts that look like we’re on the PP, suspect we see him in under 20 days.

    Hamonic vs Crosby on HNiC right now…..

  5. Diesel says:

    Don’t want to be “that” guy but the ol’ switch-to-porn line is older than Eberle himself haha.

  6. blainer says:

    Hope to see CMD back by the 15th.

    Home.

    Hall Drai Purcell

    Nuge CMD Eberle

    Stackem big and score a ton.. play them 20 mins each a night.. Those are two lines that will be very hard to stop at home.

    Road.

    Hall Drai Purcell

    Pou CMD YAK .. Awesome unicorns

    Hendy Nuge Ebs .. Awesome unicorns.

  7. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Guesses for how many points it’ll take to finish 3rd in the pacific?

    if they play like .600 hockey here on out, they’ll hit what 85P? tall ask

  8. Lowetide says:

    Scott Zerr ‏@scottmaxfight 49s50 seconds ago Bakersfield, CA

    #RT #Oilers @OilersNation @Lowetide Kassian set to go with Ford at centre & Hamilton on LW for Condors tonight vs SJ.

  9. Lowetide says:

    Diesel:
    Don’t want to be “that” guy but the ol’ switch-to-porn line is older than Eberle himself haha.

    Timing. Timing is everything, Diesel.

  10. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Scott Zerr ‏@scottmaxfight 49s50 seconds ago Bakersfield, CA

    #RT #Oilers @OilersNation @Lowetide Kassian set to go with Ford at centre & Hamilton on LW for Condors tonightvs SJ.

    That’s a push. Hope he gets 3 tonight.

  11. square_wheels says:

    Receptor Antagonist,

    I think there will be healthy competition for Buff in UFA, but we need to be there.

    He likes to fish, wonder if Katz would buy WestEd and convert the water park to a lagoon filled with bass ?

    What I like about Buff is he gets lots of pucks on net, can retrieve the puck with his size and can run a PP.
    Like any offensive D, he does give the puck away, not as much as Burns though. Similar players.

  12. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels:
    Receptor Antagonist,

    I think there will be healthy competition for Buff in UFA, but we need to be there.

    He likes to fish, wonder if Katz would buy WestEd and convert the water park to a lagoon filled with bass ?

    What I like about Buff is he gets lots of pucks on net, can retrieve the puck with his size and can run a PP.
    Like any offensive D, he does give the puck away, not as much as Burns though. Similar players.

    Messier: “Hey Buff…”

  13. Psyche says:

    Is there a live stream link for the Condor game?

  14. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels,

    I want Buff for no other reason than it will drive my buddies insane here in the Peg.
    They love the Buff out here.

  15. Pouzar says:

    Psyche:
    Is there a live stream link for the Condor game?

    http://onhockey.tv/

    Condors and whatever else you wanna watch.

  16. unca miltie says:

    blainer:
    Hope to see CMD back by the 15th.

    Home.

    Hall DraiPurcell

    NugeCMD Eberle

    Stackem big and score a ton.. play them 20 mins each a night.. Those are two lines that will be very hard to stop at home.

    Road.

    Hall Drai Purcell

    Pou CMD YAK..Awesomeunicorns

    Hendy Nuge Ebs ..Awesome unicorns.

    No. January 12 in Glendale.

  17. unca miltie says:

    blainer:
    Hope to see CMD back by the 15th.

    Home.

    Hall DraiPurcell

    NugeCMD Eberle

    Stackem big and score a ton.. play them 20 mins each a night.. Those are two lines that will be very hard to stop at home.

    Road.

    Hall Drai Purcell

    Pou CMD YAK..Awesomeunicorns

    Hendy Nuge Ebs ..Awesome unicorns.

    No. January 12 in Glendale.

  18. Diesel says:

    Lowetide: Timing. Timing is everything, Diesel.

    That much is certainly true!

  19. John says:

    I am quite interested in the Condor game tonite to see how Kassian plays….. Now I know that most despise the man as a jerk; an A**hole perhaps; or even someone not acceptable to bear the standard of Oiler ilk. That said we need someone who has a great deal of piss and vinegar to his game and put a little fire and urgency under our beloved team.

    Decent game today boyz…..Im glad they got the 2 points but we sure need all the guns firing not just 2 lines

    Longtime reader lowetide….First time poster…. its the thing i read when i get up each day and especially after each win. Would be nice to be able to see all the comments though

  20. Johnny Admiraal says:

    Pouzar: That’s a push. Hope he gets 3 tonight.

    I would actually prefer the Gordie Howe Hat Trick!

  21. Pouzar says:

    Johnny Admiraal: I would actually prefer the Gordie Howe Hat Trick!

    Yes even better.

  22. Psyche says:

    Thanks Pouzar!

  23. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    Ok. Let’s sign the man.

    Trouble is there some other teams with serious cap space that could make a move as well.

  24. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels:
    Pouzar,

    Ok. Let’s sign the man.

    Trouble is there some other teams with serious cap space that could make a move as well.

    There’s always that one team that goes the extra year. I think the length of term will win it.

  25. Pouzar says:

    Psyche,

    No prob!

  26. blainer says:

    Pouzar: That’s a push. Hope he gets 3 tonight.

    Just pissed I’ll miss it tonight.. been on Da beer wayyy to much over the holidays. Up til 6 am new years and I’m not a youngin anymore.. lol..

    Not gonna make it tonight in my time zone with an 11:30 start..

    Look forward to reading your remarks and if you see him good tonight…

    Cheers !!

  27. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    total comp should win it ?

  28. Pouzar says:

    blainer: Just pissed I’ll miss it tonight.. been on DA beer wayyy to much over the holidays. Up til 6 am new years and I’m not a youngin anymore.. lol..

    I hear ya man….I was doin the same thing New Years Eve…anytime I wake up on the couch with all my clothes on with no pillow or blanket I know it was a good night! Monday is going to be rough.

  29. El Duderino says:

    John,

    John, register and then log in. Then you will be able to view all the comments.

  30. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels:
    Pouzar,

    total comp should win it ?

    More often than not that’s the one with the most term.
    I think he gets 7 yrs from someone quite easily. That makes me a tad nervous
    given Buff isn’t exactly a fitness freak to put it mildly.

  31. Pouzar says:

    JW a tad tough on Darnell? a 3? Saved a goal late and sawed off the comp.

  32. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Pouzar:
    JW a tad tough on Darnell? a 3? Saved a goal late and sawed off the comp.

    “sawed off” if you count shots & not goals. I thought Darnell got schooled on both Goals 1 & 2.

  33. Pouzar says:

    Bruce McCurdy: “sawed off” if you count shots & not goals. I thought Darnell got schooled on both Goals 1 & 2.

    Sure but Boedker had the game winner on his stick late and Nurse got his stick in there just in time.
    That was huge.

  34. Pouzar says:

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle 3m3 minutes ago
    The Oilers are four points from dead last in the NHL.

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle 7m7 minutes ago
    The Oilers are four points out of a playoff spot.

  35. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    Wow the more I look the more teams that have big cap space for 2016 and are closer to a push then us :
    Colorado – 50M (Mackinnon, Barrie and Gormley all RFA though) and they dont have great FWD depth
    Dallas – 56M ( need D bad as after Klingberg the drop off is huge)
    Florida – internal cap but only 38M in 16/17 (Gudbranson and Barkov RFA)
    Edmonton – 48 M
    Isles – 52 M (need to replace Okposo,Nielsen and RFA’s Czikis and Strome) could be a wild card if they can sign buff and flip Hamonic for a FWD
    Penguins with 58M and need to resign Matta and replace Perron

    There are other teams with cap room but I cant see most of them being able to match our talent depth…..Isles and Dallas I believe are our biggest comp for Buff.

  36. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    he had a rough night, although the goal where Nuge and Pou were watching Downey somewhat misleading.

  37. godot10 says:

    So Anakin and Luke can be prodigies, but the “girl” can’t.

    Rey was walking around with a staff, and was already skilled in its use. A women living amongst scavengers where she was basically responsible for her own protection.

    Plus, we know little of her back story, certainly less than we knew of Anakin’s and Luke’s in I and IV.

  38. Yegfoundation says:

    Nice to Eberle get on track with two today. Heck of an offensive player.

  39. Pouzar says:

    Bruce McCurdy: “sawed off” if you count shots & not goals. I thought Darnell got schooled on both Goals 1 & 2.

    Just re-watched the 2nd Coyote goal. I would love to know what Nurse was supposed to do there. That play broke down before it even reached him. Once again 3 Oiler players surround the 1 Arizona forward who then makes an easy read and flips into a breaking trailer creating a 2 on Nurse. No way he is to blame on that one.

    go to the the 1:20 mark for the 2nd Coyote goal:

    http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=917658&lang=en&navid=DL|EDM|home

  40. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Pouzar: Sure but Boedker had the game winner on his stick late and Nurse got his stick in there just in time.
    That was huge.

    Yeah he got his skate on it actually. He was due to win one of those battles down low.

  41. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 1m1 minute ago
    DEFENSE:
    Reinhart – Oesterle
    Simpson – Musil
    Nikitin – LaLeggia

    IN NET: The man they call LB, @LBrossoit (10-4-2 / 2.47 / .928)

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 3m3 minutes ago
    FORWARDS:
    Hamilton – Ford – Kassian (20)
    Moroz – Platzer – Slepyshev
    Jones – Currie – Kessy
    Christoffer – Roy – Chase

  42. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar: Just re-watched the 2nd Coyote goal. I would love to know what Nurse was supposed to do there. That play broke down before it even reached him. Once again 3 Oiler players surround the 1 Arizona forward who then makes an easy read and flips into a breaking trailer creating a 2 on Nurse. No way he is to blame on that one.

    go to the the 1:20 mark for the 2nd Coyote goal:

    http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=917658&lang=en&navid=DL|EDM|home

    I agree, but Nurse was caught looking on the first goal. Overall, I liked his game, he made a real nice play late (Boedker?) by standing his ground. It is a process, not necessarily best that he is staying up. No sin in bringing up Reinhart and sending Darnell down.

  43. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    I wonder if he’s a Chia/Tmac guy…..he is famous for slow starts (conditioning) ? The last thing we need is another slow starter, we seem to have enough of those.

    I think if the Isles like him and make Hamonic available, we may have the pieces Snow wants.

    Trouble is, just how bad do we want Hamonic for 3 years considering the pieces we need to move ?

    Dont trust Tmac and Chia are much for moneypuck players, there are some guys I might take a chance on though. Carolina is going to need forward depth bad, nobody is going there UFA, unless grossly over paid. So maybe Backes. But I would be sniffing around Pesce and see what kind of assets they’d want for him.

  44. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Pouzar: Just re-watched the 2nd Coyote goal. I would love to know what Nurse was supposed to do there. That play broke down before it even reached him. Once again 3 Oiler players surround the 1 Arizona forward who then makes an easy read and flips into a breaking trailer creating a 2 on Nurse. No way he is to blame on that one.

    go to the the 1:20 mark for the 2nd Coyote goal:

    http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=917658&lang=en&navid=DL|EDM|home

    I was buying in to Remenda’s comments about him trying to do the goalie’s job instead of his own but will give it another look.

  45. Lowetide says:

    Do you guys/gals want an Bakersfield GDT?

  46. square_wheels says:

    godot10,

    Ok….but did you hit Post to the wrong board Godot ?

  47. Pouzar says:

    Bruce McCurdy: I was buying in to Remenda’s comments about him trying to do the goalie’s job instead of his own but will give it another look.

    I watch the games in mute now LOL.

  48. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Do you guys/gals want an Bakersfield GDT?

    You work too hard as it is LT. Take a breather I say.

  49. square_wheels says:

    IN NET: The man they call LB, @LBrossoit (10-4-2 / 2.47 / .928)

    Now that is really nice to see !

  50. Pouzar says:

    square_wheels:
    IN NET: The man they call LB, @LBrossoit (10-4-2 / 2.47 / .928)

    Now that is really nice to see !

    My new fav prospect.
    Yak2 broke my heart.

  51. square_wheels says:

    Pouzar,

    LB is a stud, very strong foundation as a goalie and athletic as all hell. Fleecing CGY for him is so sweet.

    Fuck the Flames, lets celebrate Bookije’s fame by giving him the weekend off.

  52. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar: My new fav prospect.
    Yak2 broke my heart.

    Mine too, a little. I saw him good (Coke Machine good!) at two TCs.

  53. jake70 says:

    godot10:
    So Anakin and Luke can be prodigies, but the “girl” can’t.

    Rey was walking around with a staff, and was already skilled in its use.A women living amongst scavengers where she was basically responsible for her own protection.

    Plus, we know little of her back story, certainly less than we knew of Anakin’s and Luke’s in I and IV.

    Maybe, but Rey’s jedi mind trick on the trooper to undo her restraints?

  54. Frank the dog says:

    Lowetide: Always enjoy your posts, but please work at saving the world. We need more of that!

    Thank you LT.
    Actually I’ll be satisfied with one or more Albertans not suffering a miserable passing as a result of dropping through the cracks,

  55. Lowetide says:

    Frank the dog: Thank you LT.
    Actually I’ll be satisfied with one or more Albertans not suffering a miserable passing as a result of dropping through the cracks,

    I got your email, that is fantastic work you are doing.

  56. jake70 says:

    Frank the dog: Thank you LT.
    Actually I’ll be satisfied with one or more Albertans not suffering a miserable passing as a result of dropping through the cracks,

    Are you allowed to say generally what field you are working in (I work in healthcare and like hearing about new ideas and bringing them up (in my own workplace that is) for discussion)?

  57. fifthcartel says:

    Just saw that Ziyat Paigin has 16 points in 22 games since being traded to Sochi, woah.

  58. jake70 says:

    And what is up with Henriq Lundquist?? Guy can’t save much lately.

  59. RPG says:

    My six year old son enjoyed his first live Oiler game today. We had a fantastic time. Nothing better than watching the game you love through a child’s eyes. He cheered the home team to victory.
    I can’t imagine how good this team could be once completely healthy for the first time this season.
    I was debating a Hamonic for Klefbom trade recently. My thought is given he’s a top pairing defender and a bargain at that, why wouldn’t we make that deal immediately. He make out top pairing instantly better. Allows Nurse to play lower in the batting order. He’s more experienced and likely able to be relied on more. We all know Chia will find aanother good D this summer. Say Buff for instance. Perhaps the big brains on this blog can show me the light, but I see it as a short term win with the potential to be a long term win once another D is acquired at the deadline, draft or as a UFA. It would suck to say goodbye to Klef, but his salary alone make that a very good deal IMO.

  60. godot10 says:

    jake70: Maybe, but Rey’s jedi mind trick on the trooper to undo her restraints?

    She’d been living as a scavenger. i.e. negotiating hard bargains for every scrap of food. She was primed for the “force to awaken”.

    Anakin was far more unbelievable as a prodigy. The primary reason The Phantom Menace sort of sucked.

  61. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RE: draft coverage.

    It is a matter of framing the issue.

    If framed as: hey the Oilers are a lottery team again in November… let’s see what the 2016 crop has to offer… no thanks.

    If framed as: hey you all actually like hockey, not just the Oilers. And, you all really like prospects and drafts, not just Oilers’ prospects and Oilers’ draft tinkering… than, absolutely let ‘er rip.

    The only question should be (follow the latter line of thinking), whether we’ve got enough info on the draft class to make some preliminary statements.

    I’m all for draft coverage. Prospects and drafts are incredibly fun regardless of Oilers.

  62. godot10 says:

    RPG:
    My six year old son enjoyed his first live Oiler game today. We had a fantastic time. Nothing better than watching the game you love through a child’s eyes. He cheered the home team to victory.
    I can’t imagine how good this team could be once completely healthy for the first time this season.
    I was debating a Hamonic for Klefbom trade recently. My thought is given he’s a top pairing defender and a bargain at that, why wouldn’t we make that deal immediately. He make out top pairing instantly better. Allows Nurse to play lower in the batting order. He’s more experienced and likely able to be relied on more. We all know Chia will find aanother good D this summer. Say Buff for instance. Perhaps the big brains on this blog can show me the light, but I see it as a short term win with the potential to be a long term win once another D isacquired at the deadline, draft or as a UFA. It would suck to say goodbye to Klef, but his salary alone make that a very good deal IMO.

    Klefbom will be better than Hamonic, and locked up at a reasonable salary for longer. Hamonic’s next contract has to be negotiated at the same time as Hall’s.

  63. Professor Q says:

    jake70: Maybe, but Rey’s jedi mind trick on the trooper to undo her restraints?

    She had known about the Force (beyond the ‘stories’ she thoight she they were, and then Maz and Han and Kylo unlocking her suppressed memories and power), and was testing them on the soldier from what she had seen from Kylo.

    Then during the battle, well, he was mortally wounded essentially, and she had experience with the staff and as I suspect prevous lightsaber and Force training that was suppressed.

  64. LadiesloveSmid says:

    godot10:
    So Anakin and Luke can be prodigies, but the “girl” can’t.

    Rey was walking around with a staff, and was already skilled in its use.A women living amongst scavengers where she was basically responsible for her own protection.

    Plus, we know little of her back story, certainly less than we knew of Anakin’s and Luke’s in I and IV.

    won’t be a prodigy? what do you call the end of the movie?

    her unknown backstory and heritage add to the intrigue. It was already enough like the originals, no need to completely follow

  65. LMHF#1 says:

    Pouzar: My new fav prospect.
    Yak2 broke my heart.

    Why is everyone assuming he won’t be back?

  66. Pouzar says:

    LMHF#1: Why is everyone assuming he won’t be back?

    He ain’t comin back.

  67. Professor Q says:

    I haven’t given up hope that he’ll be back.

    Anything can happen!

  68. Lowetide says:

    RPG:
    My six year old son enjoyed his first live Oiler game today. We had a fantastic time. Nothing better than watching the game you love through a child’s eyes. He cheered the home team to victory.
    I can’t imagine how good this team could be once completely healthy for the first time this season.
    I was debating a Hamonic for Klefbom trade recently. My thought is given he’s a top pairing defender and a bargain at that, why wouldn’t we make that deal immediately. He make out top pairing instantly better. Allows Nurse to play lower in the batting order. He’s more experienced and likely able to be relied on more. We all know Chia will find aanother good D this summer. Say Buff for instance. Perhaps the big brains on this blog can show me the light, but I see it as a short term win with the potential to be a long term win once another D isacquired at the deadline, draft or as a UFA. It would suck to say goodbye to Klef, but his salary alone make that a very good deal IMO.

    Fun times, glad you got a good game.

  69. LMHF#1 says:

    Pouzar: He ain’t comin back.

    Gotta do better than that if you’re gonna go there.

  70. The Boo Bird says:

    I was going to make my first comment after a really ugly game at rexall but I am tired of waiting and with McDavid back soon(ish) it might never be as bad as it was before so… hi all!

  71. PhrankLee says:

    Bruce McCurdy: This year’s team seems to have been The Ugly Canadians. The least disappointing aspect to me is that they lost. I’m totally fine with that part.

    Absolutely.

    This is a rep team of the highest order and we failed utterly to lose, play or speak with appropriate dignity.

    Disappointed in the gifting Blackwood the 3rd as well.
    Except Konecny. That kid is really a player.

  72. RPG says:

    godot10: Anakin was far more unbelievable as a prodigy. The primary reason The Phantom Menace sort of sucked.

    Midichlorians helped make Phantom menace suck, Jar Jar pushed it over the edge.

  73. Professor Q says:

    RPG: Midichlorians helped make Phantom menace suck, Jar Jar pushed it over the edge.

    I disagree. I loved the Prequels and Heaven forbid the Jedi understand the medium the Force moves through….

  74. Lowetide says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 9s9 seconds ago

    HUGE HIT! @zkassian9 LEVELS Stollery on his opening shift. Welcome to #Condorstown!

  75. Lowetide says:

    The Boo Bird:
    I was going to make my first comment after a really ugly game at rexall but I am tired of waiting and with McDavid back soon(ish) it might never be as bad as it was before so… hi all!

    Hi Boo Bird.

  76. Lowetide says:

    Ford scores UN, 1-0 Condors.

  77. RPG says:

    godot10: Klefbom will be better than Hamonic, and locked up at a reasonable salary for longer.Hamonic’s next contract has to be negotiated at the same time as Hall’s.

    Klefbom is likely better in a few years, but he isn’t better now. Harmonic allows Sekera to play his natural position on the left. The top pairing becomes instantly better today. Harmonic would still be under contract for three more years. Harmonic plays a heavier game (Just ask Taylor Hall) which we need desperately. The deal would be a slight upgrade to our D now, and frankly Klefbom has a history of injury that is somewhat worrisome. I still think it’s a move I’d make.

  78. Lowetide says:

    Caleb Jones two assists tonight, 37, 7-24-31. Really coming on, pushing Bear.

  79. RPG says:

    Professor Q: I disagree. I loved the Prequels and Heaven forbid the Jedi understand the medium the Force moves through….

    In my opinion the force didn’t need to be quantified. I liked the explanation that we were given in episode 4. Simple, neat, tidy. Opening the mitichlorian chapter seemed needless IMO.

  80. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Neat fact: the storm trooper she plays the mind tricks on was Danial Craig. I guess bond is a sucker for the ladies.

  81. Professor Q says:

    RPG: In my opinion the force didn’t need to be quantified. I liked the explanation that we were given in episode 4. Simple, neat, tidy. Opening the mitichlorian chapter seemed needless IMO.

    Many people misunderstand that the midichlorians are the Force; they simply are better conduits of it, and thus the more of them would logically lead to the host being a better conduit themselves.

  82. Jordan says:

    The Oilers don’t win another game until Klefbom is back in the lineup

    McDavid comes back at the same time as Yak, and they zoom each other, until they both get hurt again.

    No one on the Oilers wins any major awards this year.

    To the disappointment of all, but to the surprise of no one on this blog, the Oilers are unable to trade any of their terrible d-men at the deadline.

    Hamonic gets traded to Calgary.

    Schultz is retained in the off-season. For more than he’s worth. Again.

    The Oilers try to land a big UFA D-man. They fail.

    Talbot walks at season’s end. Nilsson is retained.

    Lander moves on to another organization, and has great success as a 3-line C.

    Slepishev returns to Russia with Yakimov.

    Griffin does not become a regular NHLer next season.

    The organization trades away its draft picks for more players who are perceived to be NHL-ready.

  83. geowal says:

    Lowetide:
    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 9s9 seconds ago

    HUGE HIT! @zkassian9 LEVELS Stollery on his opening shift. Welcome to #Condorstown!

    Call him up!!!!
    Wait, wait, relax…

  84. stevezie says:

    godot10: So Anakin and Luke can be prodigies, but the “girl” can’t.

    Of course girls can, you’re being obtuse.

    No one is complaining that the very first time she is behind the wheel of the falcon she is better than professional fighting pilots. No one is complaining that she was better at mind reading than Kylo Ren, or that she figured out mind control on her own. No one is even mad that she held her own againagainst Kylo.

    It took Luke three movies to win a light sabre fight. Ren’s first time holding one she beats a professional jedi. Why would anyone bother training if it’s that easy?

    Sorry to go off on a tangent, but i felt the need to squash the fellacious rumor of sexism in my brief movie critique. Are you so afraid of ideas you only know how to attack people? Fear is the path of the dark side…

  85. Professor Q says:

    Jordan:
    The Oilers don’t win another game until Klefbom is back in the lineup

    McDavid comes back at the same time as Yak, and they zoom each other, until they both get hurt again.

    No one on the Oilers wins any major awards this year.

    To the disappointment of all, but to the surprise of no one on this blog, the Oilers are unable to trade any of their terrible d-men at the deadline.

    Hamonic gets traded to Calgary.

    Schultz is retained in the off-season. For more than he’s worth. Again.

    The Oilers try to land a big UFA D-man. They fail.

    Talbot walks at season’s end. Nilsson is retained.

    Lander moves on to another organization, and has great success as a 3-line C.

    Slepishev returns to Russia with Yakimov.

    Griffin does not become a regular NHLer next season.

    The organization trades away its draft picks for more players who are perceived to be NHL-ready.

    Hmmm or Hamonic to Vancouver. I’m not sure Calgary would be able to sport him.

    Although this is indeed very negative. :p

  86. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 1m1 minute ago
    LaLeggia playing D tonight for those concerned .. @GregChase9 with the assist. #Condorstown

  87. Pouzar says:

    Of course the Condor feed is out.

  88. Pouzar says:

    Bakersfield Condors ‏@Condors 45s45 seconds ago
    CONDORS GOAL!!!! @MarcoRoy11 deflects a @Simmer18 shot. @Frdy11 with an assist. It’s 3-2 Condors with 11 min. left in 2nd. #Condorstown

  89. geowal says:

    Anyone else’s eyes blur when someone writes “Harmonic” instead of “Hamonic”
    Something about the effect of rm in this font, makes one huge weird letter.
    I’m sure for most it’s the autocorrect doing it, but I find myself squinting a lot around here lately.

  90. Pouzar says:

    The stream is working folks.

    http://onhockey.tv/

    3-3 now

  91. Pouzar says:

    4-3 SJ

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  92. square_wheels says:

    geowal,

    Autocorrect might result in someone from Apple getting punch-kicked the next time I’m in California.

    Seriously, the amount of nonsense that algorithm spits out….

  93. Pouzar says:

    Ford ties it at 4-4

  94. Professor Q says:

    Colorado is having a really tough game.

  95. Bos8 says:

    Pouzar,

    Thanks for the feed. It’s a little spotty, but overall pretty good.

  96. Soup Fascist says:

    Oil2Oilers: I have the Oilers winning the lottery again and trading the pick for OEL.

    ….. and the Yotes 2nd so we have a spare to send the friggin Bruins. If that team had any pride they would not accept a pick for a castoff.

    That stupid rule still irks me.

    It is irksome.

  97. Pouzar says:

    Kassian leading the way with 4 SOG. +1

  98. godot10 says:

    stevezie: Of course girls can, you’re being obtuse.

    It took Luke three moviesto win a light sabre fight. Ren’s first time holding one she beats a professional jedi. Why would anyone bother training if it’s that easy?

    See that staff she carrying with her the entire movie. She was a single young women living alone on an extremely dangerous planet. She clearly knew how to take care of herself.

  99. Pouzar says:

    Bos8:
    Pouzar,

    Thanks for the feed.It’s a little spotty, but overall pretty good.

    At the mercy of AHL.com there.
    It looks exactly the same on the now defunct pay site hockeystreams.com
    This site has been a godsend!

  100. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Pouzar,

    The site wont open for me. 🙁

  101. Bos8 says:

    Pouzar: At the mercy of AHL.com there.
    It looks exactly the same on the now defunct pay site hockeystreams.com
    This site has been a godsend!

    Yep, I was on streams as well. Bummer.

  102. Bos8 says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Pouzar,

    The site wont open for me.

    Try it on another game such as Ontario. That’s what I did and then switched to Bak.

  103. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Scratch that…works somewhat now. Pretty sure I won an iPhone 6 to boot!

    Seems most of my go to streams have been inconsistant lately. in cons sucks, atdhe first row, stream2watch ok, cricfree on and off.

    Thanks Pouzar!

  104. Pouzar says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Pouzar,

    The site wont open for me.

    whaaaaaaaaaaat??

    http://onhockey.tv/

    I am using Chrome and it works fine.

  105. Pouzar says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Scratch that…works somewhat now.Pretty sure I won an iPhone 6 to boot!

    Seems most of my go to streams have been inconsistant lately.in cons sucks, atdhe first row, stream2watch ok, cricfree on and off.

    Thanks Pouzar!

    Yeah the Bakersfield stream was down for half the game.

  106. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Let’s get a sing song going! Sharks and Jets tonight!

    When you’re a Jet, you’re a jet from your first cigarette to your last dieing day!

  107. Lowetide says:

    When you’re a Jet,
    If the spit hits the fan,
    You got brothers around,
    You’re a family man!

  108. Adam Wu says:

    re: Rey in TFA

    1. She didn’t “master” the Jedi mind trick on one try. She had to try three times, and even when it worked, it was clunky compared to what we saw of the mind trick from before.

    2. We don’t actually know how hard the Jedi Mind trick really is. Neither Luke nor Anakin was ever shown even trying it early in their training.

    3. We don’t know how much prior practice she had with it, since we know nothing of her back story. We don’t know if she, for example, actually had some early Jedi training as a young child (making her a lost member of Luke’s destroyed academy), or if she had already tried it before during her time alone on Jakku (because let’s face it, the Mind Trick is one HELL of a useful self-defence tactic for a lone girl/woman to have on a scavenger world)

    4. She did NOT defeat a “professional Jedi” in a lightsaber duel. Kylo Ren is almost as much a novice as she is. We don’t know how far along in his training he had gotten before he left Luke, and we know flat out that Snoke did not complete his training, because in the movie Snoke himself says “it is time for me to complete Kylo Ren’s training”. We *never* actually see Ren fight with his lightsaber before he tried to take on Rey and Finn. All that we do see from him are feats of pure Force strength (rather than skill) committed against regular people. What the final two lightsaber fights tell us as an audience is not that Rey (or Finn) are particularly good or talented at it, but that Ren is actually not very good at it.

    5. The so-called “professional Jedi” (who is not actually a professional Jedi) took a direct gut-shot from Chewie’s bowcaster mere minutes before those two duels, and was bleeding to death the whole time through those duels, which, one would presume, impacted his speed, stamina, strength, concentration and ability to focus on using the Force.

  109. geowal says:

    The other day, upon seeing my atb debit card (and me explaining to another what atb was) I was asked how I felt, as an Oiler fan/Albertan, about Giordano being their spokesman.

    Never occurred to me that some would only come across the Gio ads, and never the Eberle ads. But then I’m exposed to an unfortunate proportion of Giordano ads living in Calgary…

  110. Pouzar says:

    Oh man Kassian just missed on a wide open net. PP looks good

  111. Adam Wu says:

    Professor Q: tonight

    I loved the midichlorian thing. I think the parallel to mitochondria, and the fact that Force ability is dependent on a symbiosis between different species of living things, was a very compelling one, and completely consistent with what the original series introduced about the Force.

  112. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I made a Jedi Academy video with my students last year (I teach Theatre and Film in Abbotsford) If you want some fun, check it out. About 2 immigrant jedi’s from Corucant that struggle to fit in. No sound on Mobile.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH8qNXSnQnU

  113. Lowetide says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    I made a Jedi Academy video with my students last year (I teach Theatre and Film in Abbotsford) If you want some fun, check it out.About 2 immigrant jedi’s from Corucant that struggle to fit in.No sound on Mobile.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH8qNXSnQnU

    Ha! I lived in Whonnock when I was little. We used to go to Abbotsford and Haney all the time. We have probably talked about this before, but I am drinking wine and often forget conversations.

  114. Lowetide says:

    Man Oesterle has good speed.

  115. Pouzar says:

    LB Flashes the leather…wow what a stop from in the slot

  116. Pouzar says:

    Another nice crowd in Bakersfield 5014

  117. geowal says:

    Pouzar,

    Seems good. oKC struggled with 2000 no?

  118. Gret99zky says:

    Condors going to OT.

  119. Centre of attention says:

    Has kassian got any points yet? how has he looked? Just started watching the game.

  120. Pouzar says:

    OT

  121. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Lowetide,

    You never have. Funny…a teacher friend of mine got married there in the summer and I filmed the wedding. Lovely place.

  122. Centre of attention says:

    Brossiot plays that 2-on-1 great. Condor defender not so much haha

  123. Pouzar says:

    Wow another huge stop by LB in OT

  124. geowal says:

    Man…25 years of the San Jose Sharks, painted in centre ice.
    How it flies.

  125. Pouzar says:

    LB stones em on the breakaway.

  126. Lowetide says:

    Brossoit is literally insane right now. Ludes.

  127. geowal says:

    Wow… The Jets are bizarrely formal after a win, shaking hands in a perfect line. So they always do that (Pouzar?)

  128. Centre of attention says:

    Brossoit is in another dimension. Just crazyness.

  129. Pouzar says:

    Man. LB

  130. tcho says:

    They must teach the same d-zone coverage in Bakersfield as they do in Etown – the “tire fire” system.

  131. Pouzar says:

    On to the shootout.
    SJ has no chance.

  132. Centre of attention says:

    Kassian gets stopped in the shoot out.

  133. Pouzar says:

    Kassian misses

  134. Pouzar says:

    Seriously?

  135. Centre of attention says:

    Send platzer out damnit

  136. Pouzar says:

    Kessy up…Bonkers

  137. Centre of attention says:

    San Jose wins in the 7th round

  138. Suntory Hanzo says:

    LB looking good!

    Go Reider!!! I mean…

  139. Frank the dog says:

    jake70: Are you allowed to say generally what field you are working in (I work in healthcare and like hearing about new ideas and bringing them up (in my own workplace that is)for discussion)?

    Yes, it is totally healthcare and you may already have heard about us. I just want to respect that this is a hockey blog and not be seen to be self promoting.
    But feel free to get my email from LT, take a look at what we do, and let me know if you’d like more info.

  140. Pouzar says:

    And on the 8 shooter LB lets one in.

    Game over.

  141. Lowetide says:

    Condors lose, could not score in the shootout. Wildly entertaining game.

  142. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Condors lose, could not score in the shootout. Wildly entertaining game.

    LB was unconscious in OT.
    Leggs and Ford with great games.
    Oesterle is a joy to watch 3 on 3.
    Thought Kassian looked pretty damn good for his first game back. Even had a couple shifts in OT.

  143. Lowetide says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Lowetide,

    You never have.Funny…a teacher friend of mine got married there in the summer and I filmed the wedding.Lovely place.

    I loved it. We used to go to Thornhill Elementary School, it is up the Dewdney Trunk road and then left, do not remember exact location. We used to go every Saturday morning to a place called crystal pool. Loved that place.

  144. Gerta Rauss says:

    TMac post game audio

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=53430

    -There were positives on the night, over and above the win

    -I thought Nuge had a really good game

    7 minutes with McLellan tonight, he cover a lot of ground including discussing Pouliot’s penalties

  145. SumOil says:

    stevezie: Of course girls can, you’re being obtuse.

    No one is complaining that the very first time she is behind the wheel of the falcon she is better than professional fighting pilots. No one is complaining that she was better at mind reading than Kylo Ren, or that she figured out mind control on her own. No one is even mad that she held her own againagainst Kylo.

    It took Luke three moviesto win a light sabre fight. Ren’s first time holding one she beats a professional jedi. Why would anyone bother training if it’s that easy?

    Sorry to go off on a tangent, but i felt the need to squash the fellacious rumor of sexism in my brief movie critique. Are you so afraid of ideas you only know how to attack people? Fear is the path of the dark side…

    From her visions it felt that there is more to her back story than just a lonely girl fending off slimy bastards. It is possible she was trained in the ways of the force when she was young but when the knights of ren killed off the jedi trainees, someone put her in Jakku and wiped off her memory. This explains how she was able to use the force with much ease. This also explains her affinity to the lightsaber when she first encounters it. Her being a relative of Luke is also a possibility. Anakin was a crazy good pilot at the age of 9!!!! It makes sense to me that there is a backstory to which we arent privy as of yet.

    As for her fight with Kylo Ren. He was wounded pretty badly by the Chewbacca’s blaster. Plus he was wounded a bit by Fin. So already he wasnt a 100%. Furthermore he was going easy on her as he wanted her to cross over to the dark side. Though his attempts seemed feeble.

  146. gogliano says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Guesses for how many points it’ll take to finish 3rd in the pacific?

    if they play like .600 hockey here on out, they’ll hit what 85P? tall ask

    My guess is they’ll need closer to 87-89, which is more like ~1.25 points per game (or about top 20% in the league) instead of ~1.2 (about top 1/3). They’re chasing 5 teams for two slots. Having all five teams in the range of .500, which is pretty poor in Bettman’s NHL, has been pretty fortunate. It’s more likely than not that two teams break from the pack a bit.

  147. Lois Lowe says:

    They played Kassian like they expected him to be in the NHL very soon.

  148. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Interesting how Kylo was wielding his lightsaber more like a Nodachi, as opposed to a more Katanaish style.

  149. thurmtim says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Neat fact: the storm trooper she plays the mind tricks on was Danial Craig. I guess bond is a sucker for the ladies.

    Even neater than you think. His Stormtrooper designation was … JB007.

    As to Rey’s heritage, I feel it to be clear she was the young girl in the vision when she found the light saber. Also, it was explained that the light saber called to to Darth Vader (her grandfather?) and to Luke (her father?) and was now calling to her. She is Luke’s daughter I suspect.

  150. Suntory Hanzo says:

    thurmtim,

    Nice. Didn’t notice that.

  151. Johnny Admiraal says:

    El Duderino,

    awesome! thanks

  152. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide: Yep. No draft posts until Tuesday at the earliest.

    No draft coverage. Schedule looks good, 97 and others are close to a return and my birthday coming so let’s keep things positive.

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