G44 2015-16: OILERS AT COYOTES

Nail Yakupov may be in tonight’s lineup for the Edmonton Oilers, and that is very good news. A terrible bit of poor luck (and a damned stupid bit of friendly fire) cost the young winger some very important time in a vital season for him. Hopefully clear sailing from here.

FRANKENSTEIN, 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: 2-2-0
  • Oilers after 43 in 2014-15: 10-24-9, 29 points (-48 GD)
  • Oilers after 43 in 2015-16: 17-23-3, 37 points (-22 GD)

A year ago G44, Edmonton lost (again) 4-2 to St. Louis with just 15 shots on their net. The Oilers have lost contact with the Pacific Division, so for now I will list their overall standing and projected draft number (No. 28 overall and No. 3, respectively). The months of October and November saw the team post poor records, but their was a nice spark in December. This month sits at 2-2, vital that Edmonton pulls some victories before the All-Star break.

OILERS DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Halfway through the season, and my six best blue are Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera, Brandon Davidson, Mark Fayne, Darnell Nurse, Eric Gryba.
  • Nurse is probably at a point where a trip to the minors is possible, if and when Klefbom gets back that may be the time. I doubt that happens, as Todd McLellan has been playing the rookie heavily all year. I had him playing 50 games in the RE, he is at 34. The rookie has had some tough moments in the last couple games, something to monitor moving forward.
  • Jason Gregor reported yesterday that Oscar Klefbom has an infection in his leg, ‘some sort of staph infection’. That can be extremely serious, very worrisome thing. Best thing to do is hope he recovers completely, return date no longer matters in the grand scheme. Seriously.
  • How many defensemen go at the deadline? I will guess two—Schultz and Gryba. Fayne if they can find a market. If they don’t trade Gryba, he will be signed.
  • If Chiarelli could add Kevin Shattenkirk and Jason Demers to Sekera, Klefbom, Davidson, Nurse and Fayne, would that be any good? I think it would.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

  • Leon Draisaitl’s numbers are beginning to slide down to McDavid levels (and that is still very good), we should expect a cooling trend in the second half. No worries, big man. I do wonder if we see a line juggle, perhaps RNH joining Leon and Hall for a time.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been below par at 5×5 all year, his linemates finally appear to be getting healthy. Edmonton needs that even-strength /60 number to head toward 2.00 in the second half. I was pleased to attend his 300th NHL game.
  • Mark Letestu isn’t scoring at evens (enough, anyway) but I like pretty much everything else about him.
  • Anton Lander is maybe my favorite Oilers forward who cannot piss a drop offensively since Boyd Devereaux—and that isn’t really fair to Devereaux.
  • You will notice I have added a new column for each of the graphs, it is for High Danger individual scoring chances. That was suggested by someone (couldn’t find the post), try it out for awhile and see if you like it. One thing I noticed right away? Taylor freaking Hall (below).

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

  • Taylor Hall found a new partner in the first half (Leon) and I wonder who gets that other spot if Teddy Purcell is dealt at the deadline.
  • Jordan Eberle is starting to post crooked numbers, suspect we see some road goals for this line. Benoit Pouliot is moving now too, maybe they break out tonight.
  • Nail Yakupov could be back tonight, hope he receives a feature role, or at least a center who can help move the play in the right direction. Hopefully a PP goal for the Russian.
  • Iiro Pakarinen would be my choice to move up for Matt Hendricks, but my guess is Rob Klinkhammer will play on the 3line. We could see Luke Gazdic draw in on the Lander line.

I think that is fair, the Oilers had to know there was a chance of at least one game since there was no penalty on the play. Three seems to be a little harsh, but that likely comes from the NHL wanting that kind of hit out of the game. I think the Panthers showed poor judgement in letting him play after that hit. I also think some are way over the top in their criticism of Matt Hendricks. He is an honest player, the hit was dangerous, he gets three games. It doesn’t change my opinion of Matt Hendricks.

I don’t know what the future brings, and do understand Nail Yakupov is a player of unique talents and challenges, but man I hope he hangs around for another decade. Good Canadian boy from Nizhnekamsk.

ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER

There has been so much talk since the Florida game about lack of retribution and I still haven’t seen anyone talk about the connection between the Hall and Ekblad hits. Here is my take (and I was in the building).

  1. It was a physical game from the start, but the hit on Hall changed the atmosphere. It was a clean hit, but there is also a change in the weather coming for this team. Peter Chiarelli’s Bruins were a chippy bunch, and his Oilers will one day be the same.
  2. Eric Gryba was hammering people stupid, suspect he is exactly what the Oilers want on the third pairing (maybe a little more foot speed).
  3. Despite almost universal damnation for not seeking retribution for the Hall hit, the hit on Ekblad looked exactly like a retribution hit. Am I the only one who remembers the phrase ‘take a number’? Zero doubt in my mind that the Ekblad hit never happens without the Hall collision.
  4. Your Edmonton Oilers are going to be doing more of this, not less.
  5. If Milan Lucic comes available in free agency, expect Edmonton to be aggressive.
  6. Probably a good idea to watch for deadline deals that bring in big forwards from the AHL, and we could see Kale Kessy here before the end of the season.

BRUINS’ PHYSICAL PLAYERS

Back in 2011, and I assume that would be Chiarelli’s template (allowing for the fact Edmonton possesses more natural talent), the Bruins employed the following physical players:

  • Milan Lucic: Huge, physically dominant winger with attitude and the ability to play beyond the modern outer marker. The Oilers have no one like this, but then again no one else does either. Lucic is not the same player today he was in 2011.
  • Nathan Horton: At that time, he was a power forward type who could skate well, impact the game physically. I always felt he was more of a scorer than power forward. The Oilers don’t have this player either, they are rare, valuable and seem to get injured a lot. Unicorns.
  • Zdeno Chara: Giant from Japanese horror film, he is the answer to ‘what do both rock and hard place fear?’ at least during his prime. The Oilers don’t have this player, no one does.
  • Brad Marchand: Not a big winger, but skilled and a world class agitator. Titmouse. Oilers may have a version of this player in newly acquired Zack Kassian, who is something of a tweener. I would say he has some Lucic and Marchand elements to his game.
  • Greg Campbell: A useful role player who is adept at doing the tough work (PK, checking) but is shy offensively. I would say Matt Hendricks is similar, I like Hendricks more as a player.
  • Shawn Thornton: 4line enforcer, who scored 10 goals that year. His impact on winning games would be will into the red, but in 2011 NHL teams employed this player more heavily than today. Oilers have Luke Gazdic, but play him far less which is the style at the time.
  • Adam McQuaid: Big, strong defender who will drop them any time, he is limited in the skill portions of the game but can hit and intimidate. Oilers have Eric Gryba, McQuaid plays a little higher in the order (shouldn’t) but they are similar.

They had various other scoundrels and troublemakers but this is the most of it. To review, Edmonton has the McQuaid, the Thornton and the Campbell. They lack the Marchand, the Chara, the Horton and the Lucic. Expect changes (and Kassian’s call to the Oil). Seriously. One thing to keep in mind: Benoit Pouliot doesn’t fit any of the slots above, that could spell his doom (despite the fact that he is a perfectly good hockey player).

 

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun show with smart people—we try to do that every day! 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Cult of Hockey and Oilers Nation. With the news of Oscar Klefbom’s actual injury, what are reasonable expectations for the rest of this season?
  • Andrew Bucholtz, 55-Yard Line. National championship goes to Alabama (love seeing those young men playing for nothing but a scholarship), plus some CFL trades and moves (Eskimos signed Sean Whyte, important—just ask the Vikings). We will talk free agency as well, some impressive names out there.
  • Travis Yost, TSN. More about the CFB Championship game, Coughlin to the Eagles and we will no doubt make a Senators-Oilers deal.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Frank has a range of skills, we will put all to use today. Shattenkirk trade chatter, post-game antics in Vancouver and how real are the Capitals?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. Halfwise says:

    Don’t include that in the Jultz highlight video.

  2. Zelepukin says:

    Jultz is incredibly bad on the PK and it has nothing to do with missing the puck on that goal. He puck watches the whole PK and is incredibly soft on pushing guys outside of the paint.

  3. ashley says:

    Lazy Letestu again! That’s unbelievable. He is single handedly trying to lose this game.

  4. Oilspill says:

    Dump and kind of chase..she’s!

  5. BAUCE says:

    And here’s the game…

  6. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    That was stupid

  7. hunter1909 says:

    square_wheels:
    böök¡je,

    Washington Post article on her and the other 2 female grads.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/10/lisa-jaster-once-a-unicorn-at-the-armys-ranger-school-will-attend-the-state-of-the-union-address/

    Standards lowered to shove females through to make a PC political point.

    It’s PC driven stuff like this that lets Donald Trump sail through the 2016 election.

  8. Centre of attention says:

    Gryba with the stupidest penalty I’ve seen in awhile. This team just can’t figure it out can they.

  9. square_wheels says:

    Halfwise,

    Zelepukin:
    Jultz is incredibly bad on the PK and it has nothing to do with missing the puck on that goal. He puck watches the whole PK and is incredibly soft on pushing guys outside of the paint.

    While he was flopping face down on the ice all I could think of was George screaming Vandelay Industires with his pants around his ankles.

  10. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Gryba should play karate Champ instead. Foot sweet scores 100 points if I recall.

  11. square_wheels says:

    hunter1909,

    Sounds like your building his wall for him.

  12. Hope is a good thing says:

    They are really tightening up. Fragile team.

  13. Centre of attention says:

    Just like that. Domi gets his hat trick on a silver platter.

  14. Suntory Hanzo says:

    You knew it would happen

  15. BAUCE says:

    And there the game goes

  16. square_wheels says:

    Nice work Oilers. Seriously.

    He fanned on the puck and Davidson was out of the lane.

  17. oliveoilers says:

    Who ya gonna call?

    SLUMPBUSTERS!

  18. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    That Ekman-Larsson fellow is pretty good. Why hasn’t anyone ever suggested trading for him?

    Ok. Time to drink a shot for me. Especially after the Domi hat trick. Play well enough to win, find a way to lose. #becauseoilers

  19. Loyal2theoil says:

    Sigh

  20. Gret99zky says:

    Oilers. Always good for an opposing player milestone.

  21. Hope is a good thing says:

    Crap! Now it is time for their leaders to really step up. No sulking – get feet moving, play the body, make some passes.

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Gret99zky:
    Oilers. Always good for an opposing player milestone.

    Oilers, always good for a third period collapse.

  23. Oil2Oilers says:

    The Edmonton Oilers can bed shit there way into a tank battle in ways that redefine generational talent.

  24. Soup Fascist says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things …… Like two goal leads in the 3rd.

  25. square_wheels says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    Someday we’ll have a #1 D. Do they make advent calendars that last a decade ?

  26. Centre of attention says:

    If the Oilers get a point out of this i will be shocked.

  27. Dominoiler says:

    Wow, Domi has arrived (just realizing it), what a tremendous, budding young player.. It’s so funny, I chuckle each time, Tie’s kid is so good, hehe..

    Go Oilers, big games from Shultz, eberle, Pou, and Nilsson of course!..

  28. hunter1909 says:

    Domi is an excellent young player. Come to think of it, sons of NHLers tend to be decent players. Hardly any of them ever busts. Why don’t they just draft these types automatically?

  29. Ryan says:

    Zone starts

    RNH: 73%
    Draisatl: 38%

  30. Centre of attention says:

    The Oilers are simply putting in time. You can feel they were just not interested in playing the last 20 minutes of this game.

  31. G Money says:

    Who wears the goat horns today? So far Klinkhammer and Gryba are both scrapping, but I think I have to give it to ‘also in picture on PK’ and team-low-Corsi-through-two Letestu.

  32. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Centre of attention,

    I mean they did score like 2 minutes in.

  33. BAUCE says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Centre of attention,

    I mean they did score like 2 minutes in.

    Yeah and they probably thought ok we’re good and stopped playing.

  34. square_wheels says:

    Ryan,

    Don’t think we’re trading Tmac anytime soon.

    Nuge is going to need to start driving some offence with that push.

    Or the rumours will grow legs.

  35. Centre of attention says:

    Hall back with Drai.

  36. stevezie says:

    Haven’t seen Sekera very good this game

  37. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Hall is pushing the river but seems oddly hesitant at the same time. Trying really hard to force passes or engage his teammates

  38. square_wheels says:

    Gryba what the fuck are you doing !!!!!?????

  39. Centre of attention says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Hall is pushing the river but seems oddly hesitant at the same time. Trying really hard to force passes or engage his teammates

    He rushed the net and ripped a shot that handcuffed the Goalie. I’d say he’s being a little less selfish but he’s still getting his chances. he had a few early on too.

  40. Ryan says:

    square_wheels:
    Ryan,

    Don’t think we’re trading Tmac anytime soon.

    Nuge is going to need to start driving some offence with that push.

    Or the rumours will grow legs.

    Hall was invisible most of the game until he was placed back on Draisatl’s line

    The one blessing of the unfortunate clavicle break for McDavid was that the Oilers didn’t trade Draisatl for a defensemen.

  41. hunter1909 says:

    Centre of attention:
    The Oilers are simply putting in time. You can feel they were just not interested in playing the last 20 minutes of this game.

    They’re following the Oilers 2016 Death March.

  42. G Money says:

    The Gryba-Davidson pair has put up some stellar defensive numbers the last few games, but this game they are getting absolutely torched.

  43. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Taylor Hall shoots a ton of pucks at opposition goaltender’s chests.
    Yet somehow they seem to give out rebounds on these shots.
    Is there something he does that causes more rebounds??

  44. Centre of attention says:

    square_wheels:
    Gryba what the fuck are you doing !!!!!?????

    I want to know why he’s on the ice with >5 minutes left. Especially with the ridiculous penalty he took.

  45. Soup Fascist says:

    hunter1909:
    Domi is an excellent young player. Come to think of it, sons of NHLers tend to be decent players. Hardly any of them ever busts. Why don’t they just draft these types automatically?

    Sam Gagner, David Musil, Dillon Simpson and Griff (sort of) say Hi!

  46. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I still recall July 8 1995 very well as I was watching in my hotel room getting my suit on for my wedding. Oilers made a bad call.

    So did I.

    True story.

    Happily remarried now for 12 years tho! So my current wife has actually seen the oilers in the playoffs.

  47. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    stevezie,

    Agreed

  48. rich says:

    Don’t think you can repeat on television what Tippett just said to the ref…

  49. Centre of attention says:

    Pakarinen with a pretty silly icing. 2 more steps.

  50. stevezie says:

    Ryan: Hall was invisible most of the game until he was placed on Draisatl’s line

    Agreed. Heard Remenda say Draisatl was getting rewarded, I thought it was more they wanted to get Hall back to his comfort. Eberle and Drai looked great.

    I loved that Doan hit. Wake up, kid!

  51. Zelepukin says:

    41-22 FO. just getting killed.

  52. Halfwise says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    I still recall July 8 1995 very well as I was watching in my hotel room getting my suit on for my wedding. Oilers made a bad call.

    So did I.

    True story.

    Happily remarried now for 12 years tho!So my current wife has actually seen the oilers in the playoffs.

    If your first wife’s name was Kelly…

  53. square_wheels says:

    rich,

    What did he say….Shane Doan is slow so he gets 9 Mississippi’s to hit Jultz

  54. Centre of attention says:

    Zelepukin:
    41-22 FO. just getting killed.

    Vermette-Hanzal-Doan-Gordon.

    Your move.

  55. Pouzar says:

    Road pt!

  56. stevezie says:

    I think we’re all thinking the same thing.

    It’s time to deploy Hunt

  57. Ryan says:

    Who’s fault is it that every time they mention Pakarinen’s name what I actually hear is, ‘hey Macarena…’

  58. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    If I can name one positive…best game Pouliot has played all year that I have seen.

  59. tcho says:

    There are some games that, if the Oilers had managed to get it to overtime and then lose, you’d still be fairly happy with. This is not one of them. Let’s go, boys!

  60. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Klinhammer and Gryba should probably sit next game. Two really stupid penalties. Letestu should be off the PK. I’d say so should Schultz but I don’t think there is a better option right now

  61. Магия 10 says:

    Schultz will be on the ice for the winner. Who knows if that will be a good thing?

  62. Soup Fascist says:

    Halfwise: If your first wife’s name was Kelly…

    Fast – but no hands?

  63. Zelepukin says:

    square_wheels:
    rich,

    What did he say….Shane Doan is slow so he gets 9 Mississippi’s to hit Jultz

    Yotes feed to quote, “let that be a lesson kids, never stand around to admire your pass. Back to the gym for you Schultz.”

  64. rich says:

    square_wheels,

    nah, he said f-you bookjie!

  65. frjohnk says:

    Wouldn’t be a bad time for Hall or RNH to pot one.

  66. Centre of attention says:

    I decidedly don’t like our chances in OT.

    That Larsson kid scares me

  67. G Money says:

    Holy fuck, what the hell was that?

  68. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Sekera ouch

  69. square_wheels says:

    I miss Pronger.

  70. PhrankLee says:

    3 on 3 and the damn ref still can’t get out of the frigging way.

    Unreal this season.

  71. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Domi talking smack to Sekera there. “Nice pass” he clearly said.

  72. Centre of attention says:

    Nurse coughed up the puck when they had possession. Not good. Pouliot not good either.

  73. square_wheels says:

    Zelepukin,

    Perfect. Jultz with his patented observe and freeze.

  74. stevezie says:

    Nurse continues to look like a great athlete. Doesn’t always do the right thing, but what a toolbox.

  75. Suntory Hanzo says:

    We should have Kessy out on 3-3

  76. BAUCE says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Domi talking smack to Sekera there.“Nice pass” he clearly said.

    And why not? The oilers are so fragile any smack destroys them. I’d do it all game.

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

    Fuck

  78. Centre of attention says:

    How did they not score there. Oh my lord….

  79. G Money says:

    A shot ON goal would be nice.

    That was fucking stupidly painful to watch.

  80. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Son of a bitch

  81. square_wheels says:

    Oh fuck right off

  82. Centre of attention says:

    *rolls eyes so hard they fall out of head*

  83. rich says:

    Un-be-liev-a-ble.

  84. LMHF#1 says:

    Panic Panic Rush Rush.

    That was such a waste.

  85. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Takes a special kind of talent to not score there.

  86. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    He could be the goat twice in the last three games

  87. BAUCE says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Klinhammer and Gryba should probably sit next game. Two really stupid penalties.

    Maybe hall should sit too by that logic

  88. kinger_OIL says:

    – Hey just wondering: has there ever been any 3-2 due to a penalty in overtime since this format started, that would be cool to watch.

  89. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 Death March Update to follow the game.

  90. G Money says:

    Not sure if anyone noticed this, but the Oilers are 0-12 under this ref (Charron).

    I say that because while the Hall penalty was obvious and incredibly stupid, so was an earlier blatant hold by the Coyotes that prevented a likely goal that was uncalled.

  91. square_wheels says:

    Earn your cheque Lander

  92. Centre of attention says:

    Oh my Gryba, if that wasn’t deflected…

  93. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Good

  94. square_wheels says:

    Bullshit. Clear the puck guys. Horrible.

  95. hunter1909 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Takes a special kind of talent to not score there.

    Chiarelli taking notes. RNH+Eberle are good players, but in a cap crunch world that …They score!!!!!!!!

  96. Centre of attention says:

    Yup.

  97. G Money says:

    Yup.

    That was as Oiler-y a loss as you could possibly dream up.

  98. BAUCE says:

    How fitting that oel pretty much single handedly beats us.

  99. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Davidson probably could have just walked it into the corner

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

    Well coach McLellan they’ve shit the bed three straight.

    Have fun

  101. Soup Fascist says:

    I am so looking forward to when we trade Austen Matthews for OEL.

  102. Halfwise says:

    Crap. Good night all.

  103. Ryan says:

    Lordy. This team.

    No one ever said that it was easy being an Oilers fan.

  104. Gret99zky says:

    10 long years. Ten.

  105. rich says:

    Le-freaking sigh.

  106. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    And that’s the last 10 years in a nutshell, folks.

  107. Dominoiler says:

    F!.. Hehe, I hope veradad 4.0 comes back to troll us..

  108. JDï™ says:

    Grabbed a point on the road from the Eks-Men. Okay.

  109. Younger Oil says:

    Pathetic.

  110. Centre of attention says:

    “The Oilers really self destructed this period”

    Where have I heard that before…

  111. Professor Q says:

    I tune in just in time for Ekman-Larsson’s goal…

  112. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Who the Fuck is Oliver Ekman-Larsson and why haven’t we traded Taylor Hall for him yet???

  113. PhrankLee says:

    Fiddlesticks.

  114. square_wheels says:

    It has been, still is and until Chia does something about it…..a defence issue.

  115. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 Official Oilers 2016 Death March Leaderboard for 13.1.16

    Oilers headed for a 71 point season; The listed 3 players all predicted a 71 point finish:

    TOML
    HeattreaterJoe
    Jake70

  116. Centre of attention says:

    I’m calling it now, the Oilers won’t win until February second when McDavid comes back.

  117. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    three terrible penalties three power play goals against.

    Terrible special teams, terrible discipline, damn that was aggrevating.

  118. Professor Q says:

    Haha. Get it?

    Werewolf in London?

    Er…because Domi is a Coyote and from London, Ontario?

  119. Oil2Oilers says:

    Jultz’s two power play points impress the scouts so much tonight that during the 2nd period next game he is traded to SJ along with Musil and a 2nd for Brett Burns.

    We rejoice.

  120. hags9k says:

    The psyche of this team is made of paper mache. God are they ever good at losing.

  121. Ryan says:

    square_wheels:
    It has been, still is and until Chia does something about it…..a defence issue.

    No one’s expecting miracles, but I thought Chiarelli would have been more active with the blue line.

    Hell there’s at least two guys who sailed thru waivers who’re better than Brad Hunt and probably one other Oilers dmen.

  122. square_wheels says:

    This team is not a Chia team, just no way he see’s anything other than Drai and Davi as an improvement.

    Edit – goalies are ok, just ok.

    We’re bottom 3, again.

    This summer is going to hurt, I’d suggest any jersey purchases have 97 on them or leave them blank.

  123. Centre of attention says:

    Remember when the Coyotes were supposed to be a lottery team? We all laughed at them scrambling to get to the cap floor. Look at them now.

  124. Pouzar says:

    What’s so sad is that you would have been f^ckin shocked if they killed off those 29 seconds.

  125. JDï™ says:

    Oil2Oilers,

    I would rather the other Burns they have – Brent.

  126. Bank Shot says:

    Remember the last time we had a defenseman score on a slapper from the point?

    Me either.

    Every year a team like the Coyotes looks terrible on paper and then comes out and plays over their heads all season long.

    That’s team is never the Oilers.

  127. Thor762 says:

    I don’t care how many goals Eberle scores, if he is what can get Shattenkirk out of St Louis then do it to get an actual shot from the point.
    That was just painful. I already have ulcers. Watching that doesn’t help.

  128. hags9k says:

    LT the Governor’s office won’t answer the phone. Let’s hear about this Mathews fellow.

  129. Soup Fascist says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    three terrible penalties three power play goals against.

    Terrible special teams, terrible discipline, damn that was aggrevating.

    No spelling mistakes on their name bars …… So we got that going for us.

  130. jake70 says:

    How about Nuge twice point blank in OT not even hitting the net. Unbelievable. Ebs too in the same sequence.

  131. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Professor Q:
    I tune in just in time for Ekman-Larsson’s goal…

    4 point night and easily the best player on the ice by a country mile. But that horse has been flogged to death.
    At least the drive home shouldn’t take 3 hours!

    Thanks, Oilers for at least being consistent. Consistently frustrating. After this week LT is so right. Time to go do other stuff til next year.

    Have a safe and nice evening, folks!

  132. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    hags9k,

    This is it right here.

    Trades can happen anytime now. The last three games have broken my spirit. They’ve pisseed away six points because they couldn’t handle a little pushback. Brutal, absolutely brutal.

  133. Klima's_Bucket says:

    JDï™,

    The Oilers could have had Brent Burns back in 2003, but instead they traded down and picked up Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

  134. Pouzar says:

    jake70:
    How about Nuge twice point blank in OT not even hitting the net. Unbelievable.Ebs too in the same sequence.

    Yup. Unreal.

  135. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 Official Oilers 2016 Death March Leaderboard for 13.1.16

    Oilers headed for a 71 point season; The listed 3 players all predicted a 71 point finish:

    TOML
    HeattreaterJoe
    Jake70

    The listed 3 players all predicted a 72 point Oilers finish after 82 games:

    719
    Kinger_oil
    Doyne West

    One player predicted a 73 point finish:

    BS

    The listed 5 players all predicted a 74 point Oilers finish:

    TCHO
    Kmart99
    hungover man
    Griff City
    Frankthe Dog

    The listed 2 players predicted a 75 point Oilers finish:

    Pouzar
    GCW_69

  136. russ99 says:

    How much longer before McLellan says “we’re going to play this way, it’s going to work”.

    I saw the team give up in this one. As with Renney, Eakins and the MacT version of Nelson, at some point you have to realize that failure and losing doesn’t reinforce any system and at some point you have to let these guys play or you’re going to lose the room.

  137. stush18 says:

    We don’t ever just lose normal do we. Couple thoughts

    -pak is quickly becoming one of my favourite players. Really hope he gets a legitimate shot with one of the three centres.
    -letestu had a rough game by my eye. Lost some key draws and got lost a couple times while penalty killing
    -Taylor hall had a pretty bad game as well, reaching for a lot of pucks, which means your feet aren’t moving. Felt sorry for nuge, the moment his line starts heating up, he’s moved off it to play with hall.
    -nillson was shaky, the domi wristwr should be stopped in my opinion.
    -I’m not sure if it’s a maclellan system, or our shitty dmen, but we rim the puck way too much.
    -I also hate these set tip in plays that sometimes end in icing. Personal preference maybe, but you work so hard to get the puck, why allow them to set up a trap, even if you’re changing?

    Not surprised really, at the result. We need klef and another dman. I’ve been hoping for shattenkirk for two years now, hopefully we get him this summer.

  138. BAUCE says:

    Bank Shot:

    Every year a team like the Coyotes looks terrible on paper and then comes out and plays over their heads all season long.

    They are not playing over their heads – they have a number 1 D good goal tending and they are super disciplined and work their asses off every game.

    That beats “talent” every time. That’s why they’ve lost once in regulation to us in the last five years.

  139. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    russ99,

    They play his system or they leave the team, simple as that. This line cannot be used any more it’s cost too many other men their jobs and I’m not buying it with this crew

  140. hunter1909 says:

    jake70:
    How about Nuge twice point blank in OT not even hitting the net. Unbelievable.Ebs too in the same sequence.

    Both are showing signs of the dreaded Edmontonoileritis made popular during the KLowe+MacT era(which technically continues to this day given the fact both are still allowed to traipse around Rexall Place like they own the joint).

  141. OF17 says:

    4 PPG against. 4! How do you expect to win when your PK is that bad?

  142. Dicky94 says:

    Bank Shot,

    Remember that time Pisani scored that shorty in OT in game five of the 06 finals? Me neither. I’m too old now!! But that did happen right?

  143. hunter1909 says:

    Following the Oilers over the past decade feels like cheering for a tree with Dutch Elm disease in some cosmic tree version of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Contest.

  144. russ99 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Can we lose 13-15 players on the current roster?

    I like McLellan as a coach but we’re halfway through the year, it’s past time that he adapts for the talent on the roster and the opposition we play.

    Instead it’s the same thing in every situation vs, every opponent. Why are we taking the puck behind the net on the wall on 3×3?!

    I think we finally have a good coach but I hope he can be the smart coach and not the coach who runs the team into the ground to prove a point.

  145. hunter1909 says:

    Dicky94:
    Bank Shot,

    Remember that time Pisani scored that shorty in OTin game five of the 06 finals?Me neither. I’m too old now!! But that did happen right?

    I liked that Torres check vs the Sharks that broke the spirit of the entire team for the rest of the series. Just like that.

  146. Zelepukin says:

    OF17:
    4 PPG against. 4! How do you expect to win when your PK is that bad?

    Truth. Murdered on the draws to begin with and very soft coverage on the points.

  147. hags9k says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    Since 06, once the momentum goes to the other team in the 3rd, forget the score, it’s going in the loss column.

  148. Gret99zky says:

    I can’t remember…

    Is next year a development year as well?

  149. hunter1909 says:

    Gret99zky:
    I can’t remember…

    Is next year a development year as well?

    Shhh!

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

    Russ 99

    But what would he change? Honestly what “system” would you change it to? This roster doesn’t leave you a lot of options that don’t make things worse At this present moment.

    Maybe Yak coming back will help push a plug or two out of the lineup but unless a trade goes down its hard to think of what other structure would work.

  151. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Nuge was not good tonight by eye test. Not sure how the corgis barked but he didn’t look good at all.

    Draisaitl moves down to Pouliot and Eberle and they bring the offense.

    First time all along the way I think it is really a legitimate threat that the Oilers trade Nuge soon or this summer. I hope not, but it is a concern, in my opinion.

  152. Hope is a good thing says:

    I used to chuckle at Cubs fans, now I admire them. I am convinced the Oilers struggles are the Gords’ way of punishing Edmonton for Pocklington selling off one of the greatest collection of hockey players – maybe ever. An opportunity squandered to be the dynasty of all time? Kind of a Pox on Pocklington thing.
    We will have to suffer in direct proportion to their wrath. Be strong Lowetidians – keep the faith, we are not that far away. It just feels that way, sometimes…

  153. BAUCE says:

    Gret99zky:
    I can’t remember…

    Is next year a development year as well?

    No because next year they’ll be in the new building and they’ll flip a switch and hey presto playoffs

  154. Centre of attention says:

    Imagine, if Gryba never took that retarted penalty. 3-2 Oilers in regulation digests SO much better…

  155. Drew says:

    russ99:
    How much longer before McLellan says “we’re going to play this way, it’s going to work”.

    I saw the team give up in this one. As with Renney, Eakins and the MacT version of Nelson, at some point you have to realize that failure and losing doesn’t reinforce any system and at some point you have to let these guys play or you’re going to lose the room.

    Let them play what? they have no idea how to play winning NHL hockey (i believe).

  156. hunter1909 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    JDï™,

    The Oilers could have had Brent Burns back in 2003, but instead they traded down and picked up Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

    By “they” you mean Kevin Lowe and MacT.

    Who also went to the 2007 draft carrying three 1st round draft picks, turning them into 50 point Sam Gagner and a busted flush.

    Now we can all rally behind Chiarelli and McLellan, no matter which of the top young players get shifted. Then, watching some of them go on to win cups and star for other teams…

  157. hunter1909 says:

    BAUCE: No because next year they’ll be in the new building and they’ll flip a switch and hey presto playoffs

    We need you to post here more often.

    You really get the message.

  158. hags9k says:

    Hope is a good thing,

    Yeah that or maybe we never achieve roster balance, and never learn to win. Maybe we never turn North and instead watch all these players fly South, one by one. I get the feeling sometimes like we think that success is somehow guaranteed for this group.

    But you are right, stay positive, have patience, can’t be much longer.

    GOILERS

  159. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Centre of attention,

    Hall took an offensive zone penalty with 30 seconds left in Overtime. Gryba was bad, Hall’s was a heartbreaker. Two big league oopsies in the last three games

    Hope he goes out and scores three next game. He needs it

  160. stevezie says:

    BAUCE,

    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic, but if you are you’re nailing it. That’s one of my favourite parts of this theory, the idea that they’ll just be able to flip a switch.

  161. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    stevezie:
    BAUCE,

    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic, but if you are you’re nailing it. That’s one of my favourite parts of this theory, the idea that they’ll just be able to flip a switch.

    Hey, just ask Kevin Lowe. It’s all part of the masterplan he and his pal Daryl devised ten years ago. Didn’t you know? Get with the program. Tambo, Quinn, Renney, Eakins, Krueger, MacT, Gagner, Cogliano, Vanek, Perry, Nylander, Heatley, Hossa, Penner, Schultz, McDavid…all part of the masterplan.

    You didn’t get the memo?

  162. G Money says:

    Honestly, I’d say this was a game that the Oilers brought their legs but forgot their brains at home.

  163. Gret99zky says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Centre of attention,

    Hall took an offensive zone penalty with 30 seconds left in Overtime. Gryba was bad, Hall’s was a heartbreaker. Two big league oopsies in the last three games

    Hope he goes out and scores three next game. He needs it

    So, Oilers lose 4-3?

  164. Centre of attention says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Hey, just ask Kevin Lowe. It’s all part of the masterplan he and his pal Daryl devised ten years ago. Didn’t you know? Get with the program. Tambo, Quinn, Renney, Eakins, Krueger, MacT, Gagner, Cogliano, Vanek, Perry, Nylander, Heatley, Hossa, Penner, Schultz, McDavid…all part of the masterplan.

    You didn’t get the memo?

    The master plan™ is that there is no plan.

  165. Dr. Taboggan says:

    I know it is one game but I am really concerned about RNH. I think he is a great player but he needs to be better. He should be stepping up in the absence of CMD but he has disappeared for stretches. Really hope he gets some confidence back and tears it up during the second half of the season similar to last year.

  166. Gret99zky says:

    Klefbom is going to turn this whole ship around.

    Right?

  167. Pechetr says:

    BAUCE,

    Two games now Hall has taken a stupid selfish penalty and the other team scores on the PP

  168. BAUCE says:

    stevezie:
    BAUCE,

    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic

    i don’t even know anymore.

    sarcasm – THE COWARD’S LIE!

    i do love it though

  169. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: The master plan™ is that there is no plan.

    It’s a show about nothing!

  170. Centre of attention says:

    Gret99zky:
    Klefbom is going to turn this whole ship around.

    Right?

    At this point I’ll settle for the poor kid surviving with all limbs intact. Staph infection if serious enough could mean very very bad things for the young man. Amputation bad.

  171. Pechetr says:

    Just awful….All this skill, can’t hit the net.

  172. BAUCE says:

    JDï™: It’s a show about nothing!

    I was in the pool!

  173. JDï™ says:

    BAUCE: I was in the pool!

    It wasn’t a pick!

  174. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Gret99zky:
    Klefbom is going to turn this whole ship around.

    Right?

    If he doesn’t lose his legx maybe.

  175. Centre of attention says:

    JDï™: It’s a show about nothing!

    NHL hockey, the rules are made up and the standings don’t matter!

  176. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention,

    Get a good look, COAstanza?

  177. Gret99zky says:

    I can deal with the losing. No problem.

    What I can’t deal with, and will not tolerate, is the idea of trading away one of the coveted “core players” which have been skillfully accumulated from all the other years of losing.

    This group must remain intact.

    Winning and balance be damned!

  178. Drew says:

    Pouzar:
    Holy Jultzin Jezzuz.

    https://gfycat.com/BriskJoyfulAfghanhound

    Great Googly Moogly! not sure if i want to laugh, cry, or stick a sharp stick in my eye.

  179. russ99 says:

    SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!:
    Russ 99

    But what would he change? Honestly what “system” would you change it to? This roster doesn’t leave you a lot of options that don’t make things worse At this present moment.

    Maybe Yak coming back will help push a plug or two out of the lineup but unless a trade goes down its hard to think of what other structure would work.

    Change it up a little.

    We’re too predictable and easy to play against.

    On offense mix in creative carry-in sorties with the cycle. The majority of our goals come from in traffic and when the opposition makes a mistake. We don’t have players in space with the puck. If we can get better shots and put real pressure the opposition goalie and defense, give up possession every once in a while. We’re letting oppositon defenses set up before we do anything dangerous, It’s like Dellow and his Hall essay.

    On defense, we obviously have less talent than we could have, so the forwards have to help out more and not just on the wall or waiting for the exit passes to come. We rip on Nurse, Schultz and Gryba but when they go behind the net to play their man, who rotates in to cover empty areas and the crease? Usually nobody and if they do, they’re late.

    On the powerplay were running a system for players we don’t have, no more winging weak shots from the point at an ineffective crease blocker who can’t cash greasy redirects or rebounds and two trailing forwards who are setup to keep the puck instead of getting into scoring areas and don’t get to rebounds in time, if there are rebounds. Switch to 3 forwards and 2 defensemen in an umbrella formation and move players and the puck to create space. We have an extra man, but you sure can’t tell. The oppositon just has to get into the passive box and we pretty much can’t do anything.

    These are easy things to see and easy adjustments to make without drastically changing the system. But it sure seems to me that McLellan doesn’t want to adjust anything, every player’s first impulse is to keep the cycle going, in 5×5, 5×4 and obviously also Nurse behind the net on the wall in 3×3.

  180. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Drew: Great Googly Moogly! not sure if i want to laugh, cry, or stick a sharp stick in my eye.

    That gif is a bit unfair. He played okay. OEL is an excellent player. Schultz played hard. Had a couple of points. OEL scooled everyone all night. Watched him own Hall, Nuge, Drai. All of them. In isolation Schultz looked bad there, but whole team owned that loss.

  181. böök¡je says:

    hunter1909: Standards lowered to shove females through to make a PC political point.

    It’s PC driven stuff like this that lets Donald Trump sail through the 2016 election.

    That actually doesn’t make any sense at all. A better explanation for Trump would be that public education has been starved of funding so lots of poor undereducated Americans can no longer recognize basic tactics of populism in the way they could in the 1960s. Furthermore, it could have something to do with the Republicans adopting the ‘Southern Strategy’ decades ago which involved adopting social issues and artificial social issues (make believe attacks on Christianity, abortion, gay marriage, etc) combined with standard scapegoating and xenophobia (dem Mexicans are why you are poor) that result in masses of ignorant low and middle income Americans supporting the Republicans and Trump even though it strongly goes against their own best interests.

    Either that or because this Women has made a tremendous achievement.

  182. böök¡je says:

    Pouzar:
    Holy Jultzin Jezzuz.

    https://gfycat.com/BriskJoyfulAfghanhound

    I’ve been watching that for 10 minutes and each loop I think “Ok, this time he is going to strip that puck away, he has to, its right there, fuck…Ok, this time he is going to strip that puck away”

  183. ashley says:

    What a train wreck.

    Does anyone think LT goes to bed after nights like this and think, at least for a moment or two, about taking the next day off from the website? Because that is what I’m doing and I don’t even have to write anything compelling or moderate angry comments.

  184. Centre of attention says:

    Todd McLellan with the most “Oiler coach” quote ever:

    “We score 2 on the power play and the PK dissapears, its ever evolving with our team *silence* but ya just keep goin’ “

  185. Zelepukin says:

    Centre of attention:
    Todd McLellan with the most “Oiler coach” quote ever:

    “We score 2 on the power play and the PK dissapears, its ever evolving with our team *silence* but ya just keep goin’ ”

    Well as the Yotes broadcast team put it at the start of the 3rd, this Oilers team doesn’t know how to win so the game is by no means over.

  186. BAUCE says:

    Zelepukin: Well as the Yotes broadcast team put it at the start of the 3rd, this Oilers team doesn’t know how to win so the game is by no means over.

    Yes.

    And every other team in the league knows it.

  187. G Money says:

    Folks, we have two Top 4 defensemen on this team.

    One of them is missing, which means we have one – ah ah ah – Top 4 D on this team. So five of the six remaining spots feature defensemen forced to play significantly above their current level.

    I like Davidson but he’s not a Top 4 D on a top team; Nurse is likely two years away from that.

    Somebody earlier asked if just getting Klefbom back would really make that much of a difference.

    YES! Yes it would. Not only because you get a vastly superior player on the roster over the one that comes out, but also because it forces every other defenseman not named Andrej down one spot.

    So having Klefbom back improves five defensemen, not just one.

    But even that’s not enough, because you’re still missing two Top 4 guys. If you’re patient, you get one now and wait for Nurse to develop. If you aren’t patient, get two.

    Either way, the facts are this: until we have 4 Top 4 D instead of 1 (2 when healthy), this team will find ways to lose a lot more often than they’ll find ways to win. Today it’s the PK. Last game it’s an own goal implosion. Other nights its going to be regular old defensive gaffes, or goals off tire fires, or last minute brain cramps to give up the losing goal. Whatever.

    It doesn’t stop until there are four legitimate Top 4 D playing in the Top 4.

    The good news is – when that happens, it vastly improves the team everywhere on the ice, not just in the D zone.

    But it’s the hinge point, and all the coaching in the world isn’t going to get you out of the problems caused by icing three AHL quality D every night in the NHL.

  188. Centre of attention says:

    It just occurred to me that the Oilers were missing Matt Hendricks on the PK.

    It all makes sense now why the PK was so awful tonight. Hend-o makes a big difference out there.

  189. Centre of attention says:

    G Money,

    Did we keep the receipt for Jeff Petry?

  190. AZOIL says:

    Every oiler coyotes game I go to live they lose, I’m done with this crap! I will not go next time and you watch, they will win!

  191. hunter1909 says:

    böök¡je: A better explanation for Trump would be that public education has been starved of funding so lots of poor undereducated Americans can no longer recognize basic tactics of populism in the way they could in the 1960s.

    This is the truth.

    böök¡je: Furthermore, it could have something to do with the Republicans adopting the ‘Southern Strategy’ decades ago which involved adopting social issues and artificial social issues (make believe attacks on Christianity, abortion, gay marriage, etc) combined with standard scapegoating and xenophobia (dem Mexicans are why you are poor) that result in masses of ignorant low and middle income Americans supporting the Republicans and Trump even though it strongly goes against their own best interests.

    With respect, this doesn’t make sense. In 2016, “masses of ignorant low and middle income Americans” as you disdainfully note understand that Trump won’t sell them out to special interests, unlike both today’s Democrats and Republicans, both of who have degenerated beyond recognition since those 1960’s you mention.

    Seems the Yuppie generation’s elites don’t really give a damn about democracy, that is, unless it suits their purposes. The regular Joe, mainstream white American who’s ancestors founded the USA don’t really like the thought of being ignored, then, eventually being put to death by the multicultural horde.

  192. G Money says:

    Centre of attention,

    Pretty sure MacT flushed it after he wiped his ass with it.

    I still find MacT’s inability to see Petry’s value as a Top 4 RHD unfathomable.

    Truly. On this topic, I (still) have no fathoms. None. Zero.

  193. AZOIL says:

    NYCOIL it was good to put a face to the name, even though it was a one sided meet n greet. I would have said hi but there was the chance I was wrong, and that would have been awkward. “Are you that guy from that blog called lowetide and your name is Nycoil?, no who the hell are you?” Haha

    Or better yet if it was you I would then have to explain to my wife and kids who the hell this random guy is that I happen to recognize from a blog? Haha. Small yet big world we live in.

    Thanks LT for bringing us all together through this miserable moment in Oilers fandom!

  194. Gret99zky says:

    We wait.

    And wait.

    And wait.

    And wait.

    And wait.

    That’s what we do.

    We wait.

  195. G Money says:

    hunter1909: The regular Joe, mainstream white American who’s ancestors founded the USA don’t really like the thought of being ignored, then, eventually being put to death by the multicultural horde.

    Hmmm, I’m thinking most of them should have no such worry. And those that do, well, they wouldn’t have to worry about that kind of thing if they’d, you know, stop being such titanic assholes.

  196. G Money says:

    Gret99zky,

    No, YOU wait. Me ‘n’ NYC are doing tequila shots.

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