G45 2015-16: OILERS AT SHARKS

In the last five Oilers games, Darnell Nurse has played 20:39, 21:30, 22:51, 18:59 and 25:37 for the Edmonton Oilers. Given veteran alternatives like Andrej Sekera and Mark Fayne, Oilers coach Todd McLellan prefers Darnell Nurse to play the most minutes. Proof: in the game against Arizona, Nurse played five more minutes than Andrej Sekera. NHL coaches don’t do that by accident—and that is a fascinating development. Is it possible to fast track development by feeding a rookie major minutes?

ALMOST SATURDAY NIGHT, 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: 2-2-1
  • Oilers after 44 in 2014-15: 10-25-9, 29 points (-50 GD)
  • Oilers after 44 in 2015-16: 17-23-4, 38 points (-23 GD)

In G45 last season, Edmonton received a two-goal performance from Benoit Pouliot but the Lightning got two goals in the third period to win by one. I would be shocked if they win tonight. Seriously. If they win, Hall scored four or Talbot stops 70. The Sharks are in a zone.

OILERS DEFENSE, THIS SEASON

DTOI OIL

I sorted this by even-strength time-on-ice, because it shows McLellan’s preferences in the largest game state. For me, the big quibble is over Fayne (he is No. 7 among regulars, I would have him top 4D) and the number of minutes Nurse is getting. How many rookies have averaged 19:23 a game at even strength since 2000?

  1. Jonas Brodin, Minnesota 2012-13 (19:53)
  2. Jamie McBain, Carolina 2009-10 (19:51)
  3. Oscar Klefbom, Edmonton 2014-15 (19:47)
  4. Darnell Nurse, Edmonton 2015-16 (19:23)

Andrej Sekera is my defensive MVP to this point in the season, probably would have been Klefbom without the injury—and Brandon Davidson should get some votes. Nurse? His possession numbers and SCA/60 are improving since being taken off of the Sekera pairing, but those major minutes are a major curio for me. Is this a good idea?

OILERS SCORING (DEFENSE) LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Justin Schultz 10, 3-1-4 -2
  2. Andrej Sekera 10, 1-2-3 -3
  3. Nikita Nikitin 3, 0-0-0 +2
  4. Brandon Davidson 6, 0-0-0 -4
  5. Brad Hunt 6, 0-0-0 Even
  6. Mark Fayne 7, 0-0-0 +3
  7. Eric Gryba 9, 0-0-0 Even
  8. Darnell Nurse 10, 0-0-0 -3

Ouch! You would think a headman pass from one of these gents would have cashed, but no sir. Among the goals and assists here, 3-1-4 came at even strength. Edmonton’s defense may be allergic to the forward tape-to-tape pass. Seriously. One thing favoring Nurse? Shots. Leads defensemen in these 10 games with 21 shots.

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

Oilers have great depth at this position the moment Connor McDavid returns. One of the things we can probably talk about is roster makeup for next season. Of course there is a chance PC trades Nuge (I am doubtful), but if that happens you can bet a veteran C will be part of the patch at this position. Leon and McDavid hammered opponents in the first half when here and healthy.

CENTERS, LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Leon Draisaitl 10, 1-5-6 -2
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10, 0-6-6 +3
  3. Mark Letestu 10, 3-1-4 -5
  4. Anton Lander 10, 0-0-0 -1

After Leon’s exceptional play during the first portion of the year, this looks frightening. It is, in fact, terrific production for the (should be) rookie. RNH is getting his points, and I am encouraged that five of those assists have come at even strength. He needs that 5×5 number to climb toward 2.00. Letestu scored all three of his goals at even strength, that is impressive.

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

Taylor Hall’s numbers have been fire all year, but he did not play well in Chandler—expect a rebound game. No. 4 looked indifferent at times and angry at others on Tuesday, not a mature game from him. Jordan Eberle is coming on now, he and Pouliot are feeling it and Leon helped them find clean air in the desert on Tuesday. I wonder if we see them as a trio again tonight, I am hopeful.

Nail Yakupov may be back tonight, Edmonton will have to send someone down or IR a player. We are reaching a point now where decisions have to be made, and that could mean a trade. Based on the chart above, my candidates for demotion/IR are Rob Klinkhammer and Luke Gazdic.

WINGERS, LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Jordan Eberle 10, 2-8-10 +4
  2. Benoit Pouliot 10, 5-3-8 +4
  3. Taylor Hall 10, 1-4-5 -4
  4. Teddy Purcell 10, 3-2-5 -3
  5. Lauri Korpikoski 10, 0-3-3 -2
  6. Matt Hendricks 9, 0-2-2 -2
  7. Luke Gazdic 5, 0-0-0 -1
  8. Jujhar Khaira 3, 0-0-0 -1
  9. Rob Klinkhammer 5, 0-0-0 -1
  10. Iiro Pakarinen 7, 0-0-0 -2

You would like to see more secondary scoring (anyone past Purcell) but it is also true the club has injured men like Yak and McDavid—teams don’t have enough depth to overcome the loss of two No. 1 overall picks no matter the quality. I would bet Hall has a night here soon.

yakupov connor mah

NEW LINES

Kassian’s arrival and the imminent activation of Nail Yakupov give us new opportunities to guess the most effective lines. Todd McLellan does quite a bit of in-game shuffling, so I will be watching closely to see changes on the fly. Here’s my initial preference:

  • Pouliot—Draisaitl—Eberle
  • Hall—Nuge—Purcell
  • Lander—Letestu—Yakupov
  • Korpikoski—Hendricks—Kassian

I prefer Pakarinen to Korpikoski but LK is being paid like an everyday player and he is on track for 12 goals—on this team, that is a massive amount for a player outside the top 6F.

I like the third line because it attempts to get Lander back in the land of the living, while also (hopefully) being able to keep the puck out of Edmonton’s net. When McDavid is back, I would not hesitate to put Nail back with McDavid—perhaps running lines like this:

  • Yakupov—McDavid—Eberle
  • Hall—Draisaitl—Purcell
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Kassian
  • Korpikoski—Letestu—Hendricks

Thoughts? It should be a fun February for Oilers fans, until Purcell is traded anyway.

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GOALIES, LAST 10 GAMES

In the last 10 games, the goalies have separated themselves in a big way:

  • Cam Talbot 9gp, 2.03 .930
  • Anders Nilsson 3gp, 4.32 .875

Small sample size and all, but in the last 10 games Talbot is 3-4-1 with a shutout and has been a major story in pretty much every games he has played in. Suspect we hear some contract talks in the next while.

A win tonight AND Saturday would get this party started, but we haven’t seen much evidence to suggest a two game winning streak is at hand. Talbot starting is encouraging, but the Sharks seem to have righted the ship—the goal differential for the two teams playing each other tonight tells a story.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

10 this morning, TSN 1260. Plenty to talk about, hope you tune in:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. We will discuss Kassian, Nurse’s deployment, and try to remember the last time ‘balanced defense’ could be mentioned when discussing the Oilers.
  • Jeff Hauser, Radio Hauser. Massive NFL weekend (take the home teams!) and it looks like Coughlin may actually be headed to the Eagles.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Trade deadline and who is out of the race? Not many teams to my eye.

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  1. RexLibris says:

    Yeah.

    Yakupov and McDacid.

  2. G Money says:

    Oh man, what a cannon by Yak. How sweet would a multi-goal game be?

  3. Lowetide says:

    Nail is on fire. Best player on the ice tonight?

  4. hunter1909 says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Just got in from my students’ grad fashion show.

    how have we looked so far?Tehn i’ll go back and catch up on comments.

    So far, Oilers have looked like a grad fashion show.

  5. "Steve Smith" says:

    Have the Oilers’ best three scoring chances all been Yakupov’s?

  6. Centre of attention says:

    Yak almost scored again, off the cross bar. Massive shot.

  7. Yegfoundation says:

    Nice take out by Nurse but then made a poor backhand pass up the boards. When I watch Nurse I’m specifically looking at his ability to make plays.

  8. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Yak had a Subbanish stick bend on that release.

  9. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Nail is on fire. Best player on the ice tonight?

    Agreed.

    I can’t wait to see him and Connor wheeling down the ice.

  10. Pretendergast says:

    Third period pushback? Check
    Physical play that’s actually useful? Check
    Yakupov hitting the net? (and post) Check
    A goalie who isn’t getting a sunburn?

    Who is this team and what have you done with the Edmonton Oilers

  11. Dr. Taboggan says:

    I think TMac is going to like Yak. Say what you want about Yak but he is one of the few Oilers who loves to shoot.

  12. Dominoiler says:

    Wow, it’s actually been a fairly exciting 3rd period.. Nail, Talbot, both teams skating well.. That big hit by nurse, even Sekera with a nice hit..

  13. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Nail is on fire. Best player on the ice tonight?

    I’ve been very impressed with Talbot. He’s saved this from being 3-1 already.

    Sekera has been good. Davidson has had a strong game as well.

  14. G Money says:

    Yak needs to find the confidence, like tonight, to drive the net and unleash that goddamn cannon every chance he gets. No other player on the Oilers can unleash white hot fire like that.

  15. Suntory Hanzo says:

    hunter1909,

    lol… well played.

    Looked good since I tuned in. Watched some guys on TSN.ca talking about Mathews today and the guy said that when 97 cones back, he wouldn’t count them out of the playoffs.

  16. JDï™ says:

    Yak comes back looking ready.

    McDavid – your turn.

  17. RexLibris says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    I think TMac is going to like Yak. Say what you want about Yak but he is one of the few Oilers who loves to shoot.

    Yep. Yakupov fits into the “shot volume” we hear about with McLellan.

  18. G Money says:

    Oh for fucks sake Pouliot, how do you not come up with that puck?!?

  19. Ryan says:

    Pretendergast,

    Yeah it’s weird. The Oilers are playing with structure and good systems.

    Now, contrary to Gmoney, the Oilers have been lucky to avoid a momentum-killing powerplay.

  20. Suntory Hanzo says:

    That Yak shot would be a goal if Gretzky has his way with the new posts.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/wayne-gretzky-joins-growing-call-for-angled-nhl-goalposts-1.3351784

    And Schultz hasnt sucked the joy out of me yet. And that’s news!

  21. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Nail is on fire. Best player on the ice tonight?

    Yes

  22. Yegfoundation says:

    Move Yak up to the top line for the final 8 minutes?

  23. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    Oh for fucks sake Pouliot, how do you not come up with that puck?!?

    Exactly.

    Saw that and said to myself “yeah, he’s gone”.

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Chiarelli moves him at the deadline even.

    That’d be bold.

  24. hunter1909 says:

    lol @ Shark’s planning to celebrate 25 years of existence.

  25. Centre of attention says:

    It would be so Oilers to give up a point anyways even if they win this damn game in OT or something ridiculous.

  26. "Steve Smith" says:

    hunter1909:
    lol @ Shark’s planning to celebrate 25 years of existence.

    I did that once, years ago – don’t think I’ll do it again.

  27. tcho says:

    Well, this is the phase of the game where the team psychology/lack of veteran top 4 dmen usually bites us in the ass. Hope it ain’t so tonight!

  28. Pretendergast says:

    Hall channeling his inner Datsyuk there

  29. RexLibris says:

    Watching Hall there and thinking “go, get in there” then he sees the puck come loose, skates to the Shark, steals puck and sets up a chance.

    What do I know.

  30. Yegfoundation says:

    Way to get that shot to the net Nurse. Very nice.

  31. Yegfoundation says:

    Has Drai lost a faceoff this game? Wow.

    Nuge on the other hand. Not so good on the dot.

  32. Hope is a good thing says:

    Actually like the game 5 of the 6 d-men are playing. No bonus points for guessing who’s odd man out…

  33. Zelepukin says:

    The Jultz muffin slingshot. Needs to powerup in order to get off the ice.

  34. Lowetide says:

    Poo is having a tough period for sure. He doesn’t really do the things Chiarelli likes, even though I like him a lot as a player. Kind of like Fayne.

  35. CrazyCoach says:

    The Oil are playing for their coach tonight.

    They want the W for T Mac.

    It’s a good sign.

  36. RexLibris says:

    Look at it this way, if the Oilers lose tonight, in regulation or OT, it is another loss for us but it really screws with the Flames.

    Small victories.

  37. "Steve Smith" says:

    Wow – Yakupov has the second least icetime on the team tonight (only Korpikoski has less). That might well be a good move, but it surprised me given how noticeable he’s been.

  38. "Steve Smith" says:

    CrazyCoach:
    The Oil are playing for their coach tonight.

    Not Yak; Yak is playing because he likes playing hockey.

  39. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Poo is having a tough period for sure. He doesn’t really do the things Chiarelli likes, even though I like him a lot as a player. Kind of like Fayne.

    I think Chiarelli looks at that money and says he could get someone who is a better fit with it.

    Like Lucic.

  40. Surly says:

    Enjoying Kassian’s game tonight (trying to forgive the Gagner jaw as I was at that game…brutal). What a great attempt to send the goal back to Hall earlier.

    What a great drive to the net by Nurse in the first.

    Stripes owe us one for that weak RNH hold at the end of the 2nd.

    To think we are going to add Klefbom, McDavid, and the 2016 first (or whatever we acquire via trade from said asset) is promising.

  41. Pretendergast says:

    Not giving up the middle, stripping pucks, effective passes to guys with speed?

    What did Todd say in that freaking break

  42. RexLibris says:

    Haven’t seen it a lot tonight, but on occasion when the Sharks attack off the rush you can see some chaos in the D outside of Sekera.

    The Flames love to attack off the rush with the headman pass. Have to keep an eye out for that Saturday night.

  43. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    RexLibris:
    I doubt Pouliot is on the roster next year.

    If not at the deadline, then the draft, if not at the draft then over the summer.

    Everything in his resume says he should be a fit, but the more I see him in McLellan’s system the more I think he just doesn’t deliver what Chiarelli is looking for.

    I’d like to see him come around because I really like what he can bring.

    I’m confused by this comment. Come around? He has the best stats this side of Eberle the past 10 gsmes.

    Pouliot is what he is. A is useful 40 point player who has skill and will take some bad penalties. He has been this way for a few years now.

  44. CrazyCoach says:

    “Steve Smith”: Not Yak; Yak is playing because he likes playing hockey.

    Wow, Scotty Bowman. Any other revelatory thoughts?

  45. Pretendergast says:

    RexLibris:
    Watching Hall there and thinking “go, get in there” then he sees the puck come loose, skates to the Shark, steals puck and sets up a chance.

    What do I know.

    Exactly what went through my mind

  46. hunter1909 says:

    Trade Eberle for Couture.

  47. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Love the way they are playing.

    Hate the fact that I am waiting for a doomsday goal.

    #3rd tier fan that wears jerseys and shirts at home whilst watching pirate feeds. Unless once a year the Canucks get my money for a game.

  48. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Imagine how many more offensive chances there would be if the puck didn’t have to clear the whole blue line in order to be onside.
    Wouldn’t that be a simple way to increase offence?

  49. Centre of attention says:

    That deflected off the guys stick right!?!?

  50. Lowetide says:

    Oilers get screwed there.

  51. hunter1909 says:

    One heartbreaking loss, coming right up…

  52. G Money says:

    Anyone want to doubt the bias in refereeing after this call? (as if the uncalled massive stick destroying slash by Braun or the jersey hold by Ward or the weak call on Nuge weren’t enough)

  53. Pretendergast says:

    Welcome to the team Zach, its like this all the time

  54. Lackadaisical says:

    Utter bull.

  55. tcho says:

    Come on PK!

  56. oliveoilers says:

    Now THAT is a bullshit call.

  57. 31saves says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    Looks like a good chance for a “doomsday goal”…

  58. 31saves says:

    G Money,

    The Sharks broadcast team

  59. fuzzy muppet says:

    Bad penalty as a result of a sekera turnover at the sharks blue line. Stupid play. And this is why they lose games

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

    The linesman was very explicit that it hit the Sharks stick

  61. Lowetide says:

    Talbot is into the peyote.

  62. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Stay on target…

  63. RexLibris says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: I’m confused by this comment. Come around? He has the best stats this side of Eberle the past 10 gsmes.

    Pouliot is what he is. A is useful 40 point player who has skill and will take some bad penalties. He has been this way for a few years now.

    I meant in terms of his positioning.

    He seems to be losing pucks in his feet, missing passes, like he’s got his head in the clouds or he’s really not sure where he’s supposed to be.

    His stats are great and I like the player. Love him. But I just don’t see him being a fit.

  64. SwedishPoster says:

    What the hell? Penalty?

  65. Hope is a good thing says:

    Wonderful heart and battle – loving this effort!

  66. Seismic Source says:

    I cant take this!

  67. Suntory Hanzo says:

    32 saves against the sharks? Puhhleeese.
    -The Professor, probably

  68. Pouzar says:

    SJ broadcast team making up for the Potvin horror show. Excellent.

  69. Suntory Hanzo says:

    +1 for the Shark Tank playing Jane’s Addiction.

  70. Centre of attention says:

    Refs are garbage…. so trash…

  71. fuzzy muppet says:

    I’m peeved at TMac this evening. Yak needs to be on the ice right now. What game has he been watching?

  72. Lowetide says:

    A nice 60 by the Oilers but I know for damn sure they lost in overtime. Book it.

  73. "Steve Smith" says:

    Lowetide:
    A nice 60 by the Oilers but I know for damn sure they lost in overtime. Book it.

    Is this the manifestation of some superstition?

  74. G Money says:

    Oooh, the refs must be PISSED that they missed out on their “American team regulation win” bonus.

  75. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Centre of attention,

    I haven’t complained much about it…but definately looked like interference on Poo.

    Oilers beat them last time on my birthday.

    So, if they win thank me. If they don’t, I blame Eakins.

  76. G Money says:

    AND THEY’RE PLAYING CLASSIC RUSH!

  77. Dominoiler says:

    Are there anymore Talbot doubters?.. Nice 11 game stretch.. Any guesses what a fair contract for Talbot would look like?..

  78. tcho says:

    A point! (Oilers c. 2007-15 version of a win)

  79. G Money says:

    Man I just love that towering spiral guitar opening from Xanadu.

  80. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Lowetide:
    If someone posted here on Steve Smith and then deleted and THEN doesn’t have the balls to re-state, then I am very disappointed in you. I don’t know the exchange but good grief people, that is two smarmy moments in one thread.

    A poster made a comment in the heat of the moment involving two regular contributors here. He or she subsequently deleted that commentx making my response seem odd without context.

    But I figured that person decided for themselves that they went too far and policed themselves so at that point I didn’t see it as fair to drag his/her comments back into the spotlight when others asked what he/she had said.

    For the record, they did not insult “Steve Smith” so much as demonstrate they don’t know him or this site very well yet. Now the other person they lashed out at, well, that was over the line. But really I think they know that and deleted their comment so there isn’t much more to say on that subject.

    Here’s hoping we get one more point tonight.

  81. flyfish1168 says:

    Not being a homer. One of the worst games for reffing tonight . NHL head office needs to remind the refs there are two teams on the ice.

    If they don’t want the Oilers to be a lottery team again they better look at how they call penalties on us

  82. "Steve Smith" says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    Still wouldn’t mind an e-mail containing the comment, but I’m narcissistic like that. And otherwise.

  83. Centre of attention says:

    Schultz out there because Oilers. Give sekera some smelling salts and send em’ back out

  84. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    RexLibris:  

    Chia let him walk once, so I’m not in disagreement there.

  85. Centre of attention says:

    Talbot wants to get paid.

  86. RexLibris says:

    Talbot reticent to let Vlasic get another tonight.

  87. "Steve Smith" says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Chia let him walk once, so I’m not in disagreement there.

    By the same token, I’m hopeful that he won’t re-sign Ference.

  88. thurmtim says:

    After 5 cups in 7 years, is it karma if we get 5 first overalls in 7 years too?

  89. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Love the “Let’s go Oilers” consistently rocking.

    It’s a hassle to see the Oil in Vancouver with the drive in and parking and shit, but the Oiler fans make it really fun.

  90. RexLibris says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: Chia let him walk once, so I’m not in disagreement there.

    And I guess that’s what I come back to over and over again.

    He may “like” him, but does he “like-like” him.

  91. "Steve Smith" says:

    thurmtim:
    After 5 cups in 7 years, is it karma if we get 5 first overalls in 7 years too?

    Most scholars of eastern religions would say no.

  92. RexLibris says:

    Pretty soft drive to the net there by RNH.

  93. RexLibris says:

    It’s OT.

    Why isn’t McLellan double-shifting Sekera?

  94. Professor Q says:

    thurmtim:
    After 5 cups in 7 years, is it karma if we get 5 first overalls in 7 years too?

    We’d be balling.

    Literally…

  95. tcho says:

    If we could play 3-3 hockey the whole game every game, I’d like our chances.

  96. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Nuge and Ebs have mastered the Red Wings pick on the 3 on 3. Have seen it many games in a row. And I like it.

  97. RexLibris says:

    Draisaitl, Nurse and Yakupov together.

    Yakupov the vet by GP, but Draisaitl looks like the confident old hand there.

    Love it.

  98. "Steve Smith" says:

    This team is close; I swear. Well, affirm.

  99. RexLibris says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    This team is close; I swear.Well, affirm.

    🙂

  100. tcho says:

    Did that just hit the shaft of the goalie’s stick? Man…

  101. "Steve Smith" says:

    I don’t think three-on-three play was a major factor in why we signed Sekera, but it’s weird how good he is at it.

  102. Centre of attention says:

    ughhhhh Jones is SO lucky…

  103. Ryan says:

    We’re just trying to tire jones out for the shootout.

  104. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Sekera’s sorcery…

  105. hunter1909 says:

    Saved by the bell!!

  106. Centre of attention says:

    Saved by the bell.

  107. RexLibris says:

    At this point, I don’t care if they win or lose in the shootout.

    Just bring this same level of execution (with a little more polish) on Saturday.

    Please!

  108. "Steve Smith" says:

    No Hendricks for the shootout – Yak? He’s not historically great at it, as I recall, but it feels right.

  109. Suntory Hanzo says:

    why would the fans possibly boo. It’s like I’m in Vancouver.

    Can’t stand lame fans.

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

    They’ve played decent tonight. Bent but didn’t break in the 3rd

  111. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Yak second least time on ice after Korpikoski
    Sekera playing 25 minutes, way more than anyone else.

    The latter makes sense except TMac normally doesn’t play Sekera the most. The Yak TOI is a total head-scratcher.

  112. RexLibris says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    No Hendricks for the shootout – Yak?He’s not historically great at it, as I recall, but it feels right.

    His release is excellent. I just hope he spent these last few weeks adjusting the sights on his stick.

    Pre-injury it was the only thing holding him back.

  113. RexLibris says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Yak second least time on ice after Korpikoski
    Sekera playing 25 minutes, way more than anyone else.

    The latter makes sense except TMac normally doesn’t play Sekera the most. The Yak TOI is a total head-scratcher.

    He’s just back from injury. I think that explains it.

  114. "Steve Smith" says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”: The Yak TOI is a total head-scratcher.

    Easing him back in? I can live with it. Without looking at the numbers, though, I’d have thought that Yakupov was getting second line minutes.

  115. Suntory Hanzo says:

    That ice crew looked like the lollipop guild. pay by height?

  116. Centre of attention says:

    Talbot just got wrecked.

  117. Pretendergast says:

    Same as it ever was

  118. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    RexLibris: He’s just back from injury. I think that explains it.

    I hope it does not, because if he isn’t read to play more than 11 minutes then they are rushing him back from injury and they should not be doing that.

  119. Lowetide says:

    Oilers lose in OT, but a little luck and better officiating and they take two points. jmo.

  120. tcho says:

    Well, good game and effort from the boys really.

  121. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Shrekt

  122. Centre of attention says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    No Hendricks for the shootout – Yak?He’s not historically great at it, as I recall, but it feels right.

    Nelson is the only Coach to ever use Yak in a shoot out.

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

    That was a tough loss.

    Couldn’t finish in OT.

    Oh well a solid game nonetheless

  124. thurmtim says:

    What happened to Talbot in the shootout? Uber confident in regulation but a hot mess in the shootout. Usually pretty good in the skills drill…. Wtf.

  125. Surly says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers lose in OT, but a little luck and better officiating and they take two points. jmo.

    Shaft of Jones’ friggin stick….

  126. tcho says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Yak listed at 11:30 TOI

  127. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers lose in OT, but a little luck and better officiating and they take two points. jmo.

    Sekera was so close to scoring off that Eberle feed in front. Jones stick shaft just barely tipped it away, Jones didn’t even move lol.

  128. hags9k says:

    Moral victory.

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

    The referees were bad tonight. A blatant slash, a kicked out foot on Nuge, a hold on Eberle.

    Its crap

  130. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers lose in OT, but a little luck and better officiating and they take two points. jmo.

    Agreed. The problem with the fragile team is that they lose a game that maybe they should have, and the immature thought is “it cant be done”. I see it all the time with my students when I was coaching rugby.

  131. "Steve Smith" says:

    tcho:
    “Steve Smith”,

    Yak listed at 11:30 TOI

    Yes, I know; I used the conditional past tense.

  132. tcho says:

    thurmtim,

    I hear San Jose has a few pretty good players… It happens.

  133. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 Official Oilers 2016 Death March Leaderboard for 14.1.16

    After tonight’s OT loss to the Sharks, Oilers currently headed for a 71 point season;

    The listed 3 players all predicted a 71 point finish:

    TOML
    HeattreaterJoe
    Jake70

  134. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Joonas Donskoi was drafted by the Panthers but they never signed him.
    Pakarinen was drafted by the Panthers but they never signed him either.

    Donskoi looked very skilled on the shootout attempt.
    15 points in 36 games this year.

    These are the kinds of bets I’d like to see more of from Chiarelli.

  135. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Oilers even strength corgis 50-44.

  136. DasBavaria says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    If I recall correctly, even Ebs didn’t play too many minutes in his first game back. I think it’s just one of those things that seems to happen.

    Although, I would’ve liked to see him out there more. He generated chances every time he was out there.

  137. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s too bad, I thought that was one of the better efforts this season

  138. hunter1909 says:

    It would be hilarious if McLellan got fired after tonight.

  139. Oilspill says:

    Toss could have gone either way 2 out of 4 pts in last 2 games..OK. anybody who thinks this team should be winning regularly is delusional. It’s a 500 team at best with McDavid.

  140. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    6-0 to start second 25 game set.
    3-11 since. Ouch.

    I don’t think the efforts have been too bad but you can’t win only 3 in 14 and hope to stay in the hunt.

  141. hags9k says:

    A good effort overall. Good game by Talbot, too bad it ended with his jock in row 6. Wish we had an Encino man, exactly who this team needs.

  142. Oilspill says:

    I see Kassian helping this team. Creating turnovers creates offensive opportunity.

  143. Gret99zky says:

    45 games played.

    8 regulation wins.

    Lordy.

  144. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Dominoiler:
    Are there anymore Talbot doubters?.. Nice 11 game stretch.. Any guesses what a fair contract for Talbot would look like?..

    Probably 10m over 3 years. Would like it to be less but that’s probably what it takes.

  145. Colieo87 says:

    Honestly. It’s really no different then last year. A loss is still a loss. The weak Pacific should gave this young team MOJO just to play meaningful games in the spring. They need to be eliminated to play meaningful games lmao

  146. SwedishPoster says:

    Man this team just finds way to lose don’t they. Well at least Yak looked like he won’t need a dozen games to get going. That post would have been a sweet game winner but he got the puck from Lander so you knew it would never go in. Lander’s got some evil voodoo curse going on offensively. I liked what little we got to see from Zack-Lander-Yak, didn’t understand why they got broken up so fast.

  147. Hope is a good thing says:

    The loss stings but the point helps a bit, and the way we played was encouraging. Talbot excellent – tough to blame him for the shoot-out – great execution by them, not so much by us. Nice D tonight, pretty good job considering how many tough, energy-sapping minutes they had to play 5 on 4. And numerous Sharks forwards paid a price coming into our end – nice to see.

    I thought the forwards played well overall, but did it seem like the play died with Hall a lot tonight? He’s been awesome so far this year, but it just seems like the last few games have been substandard. Yak and Kassian certainly made a case for more minutes next game.

    Nice work on the PK (good correction from last game), I’m sure the PP would have scored 1 or 2… and nice to see the Oil play better at the end of the third period – no fold. Optimism after tonight.

  148. BAUCE says:

    Gret99zky:
    45 games played.

    8 regulation wins.

    Lordy.

    yeah that’s just…disturbing.

  149. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:
    It would be hilarious if McLellan got fired after tonight.

    No. Unless you are talking about Harry McLellan, the grocery bagger at the store down the hill. NEVER double bags!

  150. Gerta Rauss says:

    Harry Mclellan post game audio

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=53613

    It’s another one of those nights – and it’s not even moral victories anymore – I think we got better as a team, we didn’t get the points

  151. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss: It’s another one of those nights – and it’s not even moral victories anymore – I think we got better as a team, we didn’t get the points

    Methinks Harry’s beginning to understand the vortex of absolute suck that lives hale and hearty at Rexall Place.

  152. Bruce McCurdy says:

    LostBoy:
    I don’t think Nuge really impeded Burns at all.But you take your hand off your stick and put it there, you’re basically asking for it.Might have been a thought crime, but not much to complain about.Stick goes parallel, hooking.Hand wraps around shoulder, holding.Usually.

    Yet when Brandon Manning takes his hand off his stick to tug Connor McDavid at 200 miles an hour it’s all hunky dory and just a hockey play and just a shit happens kind of thing and no way is it a holding penalty, let alone a boarding penalty. Grrrr.

  153. Kmart99 says:

    One of the many things I love about TMac is his willingness to give TOI to anyone if they are having a particularly good game. If Korpse is looking confident and creating more offense than players above him, TMac rewards him, in-game, with more ice time. But, as many of you pointed out, that was not the case with Nail last night. When you’re basically playing must win hockey every night, why wouldn’t you give the guy who’s having the best game, more ice time.

    He seemed dangerous by my eye pretty much every time he was given even a fraction of space to work with. But hey, let’s give Lander more time, he hasn’t been given enough opportunity yet.

    Easing Yak back in is nonsense when you see how well he was moving last night. What a crock.

  154. Pouzar says:

    Drouin to Blues heating up.
    Down playing Shattenkirk and suggesting something around Fabbri.

    http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/mckenzie-drouin-to-the-blues-1.423315

  155. böök¡je says:

    Sometimes I wonder how Andrew Ference’s injury is coming along…

  156. Магия 10 says:

    böök¡je:
    Sometimes I wonder how Andrew Ference’s injury is coming along…

    yeah. it would be pretty harsh to get McDavid and Klefbom back without Ference.

  157. Lackadaisical says:

    böök¡je:
    Sometimes I wonder how Andrew Ference’s injury is coming along…

    Now there’s a Harry situation.

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