G45 2015-16: OILERS AT SHARKS

by Lowetide

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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Lackadaisical January 15, 2016 - 9:25 am

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

Now there’s a Harry situation.

N64 January 15, 2016 - 9:01 am

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.

böök¡je January 15, 2016 - 7:47 am

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

Pouzar January 15, 2016 - 7:43 am

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

Kmart99 January 15, 2016 - 7:12 am

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.

Bruce McCurdy January 15, 2016 - 3:50 am

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.

hunter1909 January 15, 2016 - 1:23 am

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.

Gerta Rauss January 15, 2016 - 12:04 am

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

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 11:36 pm

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!

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 11:31 pm

Gret99zky:
45 games played.

8 regulation wins.

Lordy.

yeah that’s just…disturbing.

Hope is a good thing January 14, 2016 - 11:24 pm

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.

SwedishPoster January 14, 2016 - 11:24 pm

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.

Colieo87 January 14, 2016 - 11:21 pm

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

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 11:19 pm

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.

Gret99zky January 14, 2016 - 11:19 pm

45 games played.

8 regulation wins.

Lordy.

Oilspill January 14, 2016 - 11:16 pm

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

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 11:14 pm

"Steve Smith",

Noted.

hags9k January 14, 2016 - 11:13 pm

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.

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 11:12 pm

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.

Oilspill January 14, 2016 - 11:11 pm

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.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 11:11 pm

It would be hilarious if McLellan got fired after tonight.

Gerta Rauss January 14, 2016 - 11:10 pm

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

DasBavaria January 14, 2016 - 11:10 pm

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.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve January 14, 2016 - 11:10 pm

Oilers even strength corgis 50-44.

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 11:10 pm

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.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 11:09 pm

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

tcho January 14, 2016 - 11:09 pm

thurmtim,

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 11:09 pm

tcho:
“Steve Smith”,

Yak listed at 11:30 TOI

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

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 11:09 pm

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.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! January 14, 2016 - 11:09 pm

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

Its crap

hags9k January 14, 2016 - 11:08 pm

Moral victory.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 11:08 pm

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.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 11:08 pm

“Steve Smith”,

Yak listed at 11:30 TOI

Surly January 14, 2016 - 11:08 pm

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

Shaft of Jones’ friggin stick….

Turning Tikkanese January 14, 2016 - 11:07 pm

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.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! January 14, 2016 - 11:07 pm

That was a tough loss.

Couldn’t finish in OT.

Oh well a solid game nonetheless

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 11:07 pm

“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.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 11:07 pm

Shrekt

tcho January 14, 2016 - 11:07 pm

Well, good game and effort from the boys really.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 11:06 pm

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

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 11:06 pm

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.

Pretendergast January 14, 2016 - 11:06 pm

Same as it ever was

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 11:06 pm

Talbot just got wrecked.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 11:05 pm

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 11:05 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 11:04 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 11:04 pm

“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.

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 11:04 pm

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.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! January 14, 2016 - 11:04 pm

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

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 11:03 pm

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

Can’t stand lame fans.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 11:03 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 11:03 pm

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!

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 11:02 pm

Saved by the bell.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 11:02 pm

Saved by the bell!!

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

Sekera’s sorcery…

Ryan January 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

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

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

ughhhhh Jones is SO lucky…

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

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.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

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

🙂

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 11:00 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 11:00 pm

Draisaitl, Nurse and Yakupov together.

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

Love it.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:59 pm

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.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:59 pm

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

Professor Q January 14, 2016 - 10:59 pm

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…

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:59 pm

It’s OT.

Why isn’t McLellan double-shifting Sekera?

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:58 pm

Pretty soft drive to the net there by RNH.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:58 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:58 pm

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.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:57 pm

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.

Turning Tikkanese January 14, 2016 - 10:57 pm

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:57 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Talbot reticent to let Vlasic get another tonight.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Talbot wants to get paid.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:57 pm

WOOO TALBOT.

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 10:56 pm

RexLibris:  

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

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:56 pm

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:55 pm

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

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

flyfish1168 January 14, 2016 - 10:55 pm

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

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 10:54 pm

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.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:54 pm

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

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:53 pm

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

Dominoiler January 14, 2016 - 10:53 pm

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

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:53 pm

AND THEY’RE PLAYING CLASSIC RUSH!

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:53 pm

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.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:52 pm

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:52 pm

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?

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 10:51 pm

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

fuzzy muppet January 14, 2016 - 10:51 pm

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

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:51 pm

Refs are garbage…. so trash…

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:51 pm

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

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 10:49 pm

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

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:49 pm

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

Seismic Source January 14, 2016 - 10:49 pm

I cant take this!

Hope is a good thing January 14, 2016 - 10:49 pm

Wonderful heart and battle – loving this effort!

SwedishPoster January 14, 2016 - 10:49 pm

What the hell? Penalty?

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:48 pm

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.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:48 pm

Stay on target…

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 10:48 pm

Talbot is into the peyote.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! January 14, 2016 - 10:48 pm

The linesman was very explicit that it hit the Sharks stick

fuzzy muppet January 14, 2016 - 10:47 pm

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

31saves January 14, 2016 - 10:47 pm

G Money,

The Sharks broadcast team

31saves January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Suntory Hanzo,

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

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Now THAT is a bullshit call.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Come on PK!

Lackadaisical January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Utter bull.

Pretendergast January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

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

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

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)

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

One heartbreaking loss, coming right up…

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Oilers get screwed there.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:46 pm

That deflected off the guys stick right!?!?

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 10:45 pm

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?

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:44 pm

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.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 10:44 pm

Trade Eberle for Couture.

Pretendergast January 14, 2016 - 10:44 pm

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

CrazyCoach January 14, 2016 - 10:44 pm

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

Wow, Scotty Bowman. Any other revelatory thoughts?

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 10:43 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:42 pm

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.

Pretendergast January 14, 2016 - 10:42 pm

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

What did Todd say in that freaking break

Surly January 14, 2016 - 10:41 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:40 pm

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.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:40 pm

CrazyCoach:
The Oil are playing for their coach tonight.

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:39 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:39 pm

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.

CrazyCoach January 14, 2016 - 10:38 pm

The Oil are playing for their coach tonight.

They want the W for T Mac.

It’s a good sign.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 10:38 pm

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.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 10:38 pm

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

Hope is a good thing January 14, 2016 - 10:38 pm

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

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 10:38 pm

Has Drai lost a faceoff this game? Wow.

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

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 10:37 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:37 pm

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.

Pretendergast January 14, 2016 - 10:37 pm

Hall channeling his inner Datsyuk there

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:37 pm

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!

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:36 pm

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.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:35 pm

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

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 10:35 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:34 pm

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.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 10:34 pm

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

Oil2Oilers January 14, 2016 - 10:33 pm

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

Yes

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:32 pm

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!

Ryan January 14, 2016 - 10:32 pm

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.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:32 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:31 pm

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.

JD_Wry January 14, 2016 - 10:31 pm

Yak comes back looking ready.

McDavid – your turn.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:30 pm

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.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:30 pm

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.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:30 pm

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.

Dominoiler January 14, 2016 - 10:30 pm

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..

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve January 14, 2016 - 10:29 pm

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.

Pretendergast January 14, 2016 - 10:29 pm

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

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:29 pm

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.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:27 pm

Yak had a Subbanish stick bend on that release.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 10:27 pm

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.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:27 pm

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

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:27 pm

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

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 10:27 pm

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.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 10:27 pm

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

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:26 pm

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

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Yeah.

Yakupov and McDacid.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:26 pm

I said exactly the same thing as Remenda, I feel a bit queasy.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:25 pm

GODDAMNIT OILERS, STOP IN FRONT OF THE NET INSTEAD OF FLYING BY IT.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 10:25 pm

DON’T SKATE PAST THE DAMNED NET!

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 10:24 pm

G Money:
That stick lying on the ice was twice as effective defensively as Justin Schultz was against OEL in Arizona.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 10:23 pm

G Money:
That stick lying on the ice was twice as effective defensively as Justin Schultz was against OEL in Arizona.

That would be funny if it wasn’t true

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 10:23 pm

Letestu hammers Donstoi.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 10:22 pm

Very nice look by Kassian. The big guy can make some plays.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 10:22 pm

Hall picked a terrible stretch of games to go cold

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:21 pm

Hall, Nuge, and Kassian clicking for a shift. That didn’t take long.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:21 pm

That stick lying on the ice was twice as effective defensively as Justin Schultz was against OEL in Arizona.

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:21 pm

BAUCE,

then he should go first overall!

LostBoy January 14, 2016 - 10:21 pm

G Money: But grab the jersey and impede the player enough to cause an icing – not a penalty?

Point being – I don’t mind if they call ticky-tack penalties if they call them fairly.

If that was a penalty on Nuge, the Oilers should also have had at least a couple of powerplays more.

I don’t disagree. But there’s a difference between wishing for consistency and observing that Nuge was basically doing one of a limited number of zebra-triggering behaviours.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:18 pm

G Money:
Well, shot wise that was a typical Oiler second period.Not being down by three goals makes it NOT a typical Oiler second period!

Quoted for truthiness.

BeerMe January 14, 2016 - 10:17 pm

Oil2Oilers:
Buff getting his request Oilers shoulder injury in early.

He’ll fit right in

Suntory Hanzo January 14, 2016 - 10:17 pm

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.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:16 pm

Well, shot wise that was a typical Oiler second period. Not being down by three goals makes it NOT a typical Oiler second period!

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:15 pm

Man, it seems like every in-game tweet where I put “EDM” in the tweet, I get at least one ‘like’ from somebody who’s into Electronic Dance Music. Do they not even read the damn tweets they like?!?!

Oil2Oilers January 14, 2016 - 10:14 pm

Buff getting his request Oilers shoulder injury in early.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:13 pm

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.

But grab the jersey and impede the player enough to cause an icing – not a penalty?

Point being – I don’t mind if they call ticky-tack penalties if they call them fairly.

If that was a penalty on Nuge, the Oilers should also have had at least a couple of powerplays more.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 10:12 pm

“Steve Smith”: I get a feeling that his save percentage this game is above .950.

How does everybody else feel?

I have a feeling you should look up his Save% for the year.

Thx.

Dicky94 January 14, 2016 - 10:12 pm

Pouzar,

I get that feeling at the start of every Oiler game. Then it seems to carry over right through until the next game. Oilfluenza possibly?

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:11 pm

“Steve Smith”,

I’m feeling 940ish.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

If that’s a penalty on Nuge pack up the kids and go home.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

2 above average road periods in the shark tank. If we can keep the puck out of our zone when Jultz is on the ice, we’re gonna have a chance. He is a pylon in our own end and Nurse/center has to do the heavy lifting.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

Pouzar:
I don’t have much faith in Talbot. I get that sick feeling when games are close with him.

I get a feeling that his save percentage this game is above .950.

How does everybody else feel?

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Ryan,

That’s a bet you would have won!!

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Looking back, that was a decent sauce pass by Korpse there for Yaks 1-timer. Lauri has some skill, he just needs to play consistently like the player I’ve seen flashes of. He could play up to the value of his contract if he pots 10-12 goals in a 3rd line role and doesn’t take any dumb penalties. So far so good.

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Yegfoundation,

I watch a lot of Sharks games with their crew as Curtis Brown is a buddy of mine.
I think they do a decent job overall of being fair in their assessments.
Tonight they are talking about how good Drai and Nurse look.

However, they are a lot slower to compliment the opposition when the Sharks are playing the Kings or Ducks.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 10:08 pm

I don’t have much faith in Talbot. I get that sick feeling when games are close with him.

norm_klassen January 14, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Mark fayne looKS like Chris Benoit. Scary

BeerMe January 14, 2016 - 10:07 pm

Burn’s beard alone should be worth a $1M signing bonus

LostBoy January 14, 2016 - 10:07 pm

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.

Seismic Source January 14, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Kassian has looked responsible so far. More than once I’ve seen him circle back high in support on the rush, and he regularly comes down low in his own corner. I think that’s something for his first game back.

Ryan January 14, 2016 - 10:06 pm

G Money:
Centre of attention,

Full counts in about a minute!

If I had told you on Sept 23, 2013 that in under three years, Sam Gagner would be playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Kassian would be an Oiler…

Proving once again that life is crazy.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 10:06 pm

oliveoilers,

Yeah – I thought that was a legit hold call too. Infuriating that they totally missed the horse*bleep* Joel Ward holding the jersey on Eberle a few minutes earlier though.

Dicky94 January 14, 2016 - 10:05 pm

Remenda’s love affair with the Sharks is making me want to puke! You wouldn’t even know the Oilers are playing. Wish he would go back there and give that spot back to Louie.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:04 pm

Fancies:
CF%,SACF%,FF%,DFF%,SF%,Avg Dist F,Avg Dist A,RelDist%,GF%
50.0 , 49.7 , 44.4 , 42.2 , 44.8 , 36.0 , 28.9 , -19.8 , 50.0

Oilers dominated the fancies after one, now they’re down on most counts – that was a pretty dominant period by the Sharks. Ironic that the goals in each case were the reverse of the flow of play.

H2H: http://i.imgur.com/ujXKa8h.png

BeerMe January 14, 2016 - 10:03 pm

G Money:
Another utter garbage call.Guess the refs are getting worried about it being tied after two.

I know it’s easy to lament shitty reffing, but in reality aren’t we all indulging in a bit of confirmation bias when we complain that the Oilers are usually the victims? We need a league-wide metric for bullshit calls

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve January 14, 2016 - 10:03 pm

Even 5×5 corgi’s 30-30

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 10:03 pm

G Money:
Another utter garbage call.Guess the refs are getting worried about it being tied after two.

I think it was a hold.

But call their penalties as well, for Pete’s sake.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Would love to see Drai on the penalty kill. He’s be excellent in puck retrieval, and anticipation. Plus he’s rack up some PK points going the other way. Do I recall correctly that he scored a shorty earlier this year? Pre-season?

G Money January 14, 2016 - 10:01 pm

Centre of attention,

Full counts in about a minute!

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

G Money,

tcho,

Not a terrible road game by the Oilers, really. Considering some bogus penalties, another on Nuge just now.

What are the corgis like 5×5 for the Oilers?

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Another utter garbage call. Guess the refs are getting worried about it being tied after two.

fuzzy muppet January 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Weak call. You know they score here

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

Two minutes for unnecessary oilering.

Gerta Rauss January 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

tcho:
Well, I only really tuned in about 9 minutes into the 2nd period, but Oilers looking pretty decent so far to my eye. That about right?

I think they’ve played the Sharks straight up. Full marks for this score after 2 periods

*edit-I reserve the right to edit this comment with the late penalty

*edit2-nope, we’re good

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:59 pm

This San Jose broadcast crew – thanks for sharing the feed – are enjoyable. They also have been very impressed with Drai, and his game tonight.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:58 pm

tcho,

Yep. Pretty good game.

tcho January 14, 2016 - 9:58 pm

Well, I only really tuned in about 9 minutes into the 2nd period, but Oilers looking pretty decent so far to my eye. That about right?

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:57 pm

Hall-Lander-Yak was out for a spin.

I’m intrigued.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:57 pm

Drai, my oh my. Dominant. He and Connor are the two best players on this team – this year. I’m convinced. Well Mr. Hall has been excellent as well, but boy of boy those two young centers are going to be something else.

BeerMe January 14, 2016 - 9:57 pm

That was a slick backhand pass by Hall

Halfwise January 14, 2016 - 9:56 pm

BeerMe:
Just tuned in to see yak’s goal. Oil are playing decently? How’s Kassian looking?

Yak looks exuberant. Kassian looks rusty but better than Klink at Klink’s best.

geowal January 14, 2016 - 9:56 pm

Full blender going here

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:55 pm

Are the Oilers on the penalty kill?

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:55 pm

If you’re a forward, you go down Jultz’ side every time, you dump it into his corner every time and you go out of your way to play the body on him.

Gerta Rauss January 14, 2016 - 9:53 pm

Yak has got the Tasmanian devil thing going tonight

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:53 pm

Hall did a great job of breaking up the Eberle-Pouliot cycle.

He needs to just relax and stop trying so hard. If that makes any sense.

BeerMe January 14, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Just tuned in to see yak’s goal. Oil are playing decently? How’s Kassian looking?

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Yak is absolutely flying tonight. Hasn’t missed a step.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:51 pm

“Steve Smith”,

Yup. Man, I just can’t wait to see him reunited with McDavid.

YOU. KNEE. CORNS!

hags9k January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

I really missed Yak.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Yak Attack! He’s playing quick and confident. Who needs McDavid.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Shoot Hall!

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

G Money,

You get the sense that he’s missed playing hockey. But you sometimes get that sense in the first game after two days off; Yak likes hockey.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Hall with a pretty embarrassing play that ended up in Sekera’s skates then back into the Oilers zone.

Stop thinking so much Taylor. Just trust your instinct.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Man I love when Yak is feeling it. The old Yak would have drop-passed that instead of driving to score.

Lackadaisical January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

geowal,

delooper:
Yaksidaisical.

Lol

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:49 pm

hunter1909,

Seismic Source,

Schultz is as bad tonight as Nurse has been good.

JD_Wry January 14, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Love the Yak.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Loving Yak’s game tonight. Love the game when Yak is having a game!

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:48 pm

hunter1909: It’s technically not even a shot. More like a slingshot.

It’s more of a targeted dump-in.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Seismic Source January 14, 2016 - 9:47 pm

That hold on Ebs..lol

razor January 14, 2016 - 9:47 pm

Eberle looks terrible this game. As much offence he brings ( and shootouts!) He doesn’t do enough away from the puck. He’s the piece I use to get that top pair D. Not RNH.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 9:46 pm

G Money:
Fuck you Schultz, to miss from that distance with that weak of a wrist shot is just goddamn embarrassing.

It’s technically not even a shot. More like a slingshot.

Seismic Source January 14, 2016 - 9:46 pm

G Money,

And that slapshot on the offside was laughable. He has a minor hockey shot.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Fuck you Schultz, to miss from that distance with that weak of a wrist shot is just goddamn embarrassing.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Sharks cast raving about Nurse. Really impressed with the rookie

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:42 pm

Oh man, the number of times the Oilers have it deep and the make a pass to the blueline which results in an ineffective shot or a giveaway is just legion.

Add a couple of blueliners who have a big accurate shot from the point and this team has 25 more goals this season.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:42 pm

geowal: Haha, “yeah city”….I hate autocorrect too.

I appeared before Mr. Justice Belzil of the Court of Queen’s Bench this afternoon, and he had the following exchange with a different lawyer:

Belzil J.: A received your letter.
Lawyer: Yes, My Lord – I apologize, I saw after sending it that autocorrect rendered Your Lordship’s name as “Belize”.
Belzil J.: Yes, well, that’s not a big deal. Incidentally, your lawsuit is dismissed with costs.

geowal January 14, 2016 - 9:41 pm

Lackadaisical:
Yeah city baby!Nuge is looking good this game.

Haha, “yeah city”….I hate autocorrect too.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:40 pm

Poo wasn’t offside, Ebs took himself offside.

JD_Wry January 14, 2016 - 9:40 pm

That’s a pretty fucking good one-timer. I don’t know if it’s worth five dollars but it’s pretty fucking good.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:40 pm

hunter1909:
…followed by the Oilers patented “we score so now you score” philosophy.

Thanks, Notley.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 9:39 pm

…followed by the Oilers patented “we score so now you score” philosophy.

Seismic Source January 14, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Miss that guy’s smile. Good for Yak

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Kassian beaking Dillon leads to the 2 on 1 which leads to #10’s goal.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Lowetide: I hear he is like that around here.

It’s kind of a Frasier Crane thing.

sliderule January 14, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Typical Yak.

Blows his coverage but Shark misses net and then goes down and scores

delooper January 14, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Yaksidaisical.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

“Steve Smith”:
Wait, who was that guy?

I hear he is like that around here.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Anyone can play with Korpse.

hunter1909 January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

There goes Yakupov again. Scoring those stupid old fashioned goals, then celebrating.

geowal January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Beauty! Starts with big save by Talbot (I didn’t know things were allowed to work that way, so used to it going against us.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Fucking Nail. Love that kid.

norm_klassen January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

These games remind me of dbz. Where they need goku to arrive but he is so late the team is beat up, and dead. Enter goku to save the day, heal the team, save the day. I can’t wait tell after the all-star break, Enter McDavid!!!

delooper January 14, 2016 - 9:37 pm

I’m so happy for Yak.

Lackadaisical January 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Yeah city baby! Nuge is looking good this game.

Oil2Oilers January 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Love me some Yak

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

YAK CITY!!!!

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Wait, who was that guy?

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

YAK ATTACK

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:36 pm

YAK!

31saves January 14, 2016 - 9:35 pm

I believe Burns has more facial hair than the ENTIRE Oilers team combined…

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 9:35 pm

Nurse with a nice poke check on Jumbo Joe.

Eberle really needs to learn to make smart plays with the puck when he picks it up in his own end.
The soft chips up the wall to no one helps no one.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:35 pm

geowal:
I think Safeway could probably afford to give a million every time the Oilers collectively score 5 goals.

Powerball odds are actually better.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:34 pm

Incredibly horrible man-on-man coverage by Jultz. Bigger forwards just have their way with him.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 9:33 pm

stush18:
Do people think that’s actually interference in gryba?

It’s finishing your check unless you are an Oiler.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:33 pm

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.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:32 pm

stush18,

Strictly speaking it is, but I’ve only ever seen it called on the Oilers, though both teams will make a play like that five times a game.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 9:31 pm

G Money:
Another one of those ‘only when the Oilers do it’ interference penalties.

Think the f^cking Kings/Wings/Hawks/…………………………………………………../Leafs get that called on em?

BS

stush18 January 14, 2016 - 9:30 pm

Do people think that’s actually interference in gryba?

geowal January 14, 2016 - 9:29 pm

I think Safeway could probably afford to give a million every time the Oilers collectively score 5 goals.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Another one of those ‘only when the Oilers do it’ interference penalties.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:25 pm

Yegfoundation: Exactly what I seen as well.He protects the puck so well, and that seems to give him the extra time to look around and find the open man.And when he spots the open man the passes from both sides of his stick are gold.

I just think his whole, ‘slow the game down’ skill is mostly his ability to assess exactly where all his teammates are once he gains puck possession. Most forwards only focus on the best options infront of them and react to that first.

Greg January 14, 2016 - 9:25 pm

Lowetide:
Kassian hit Dillon and lost his stick. Anything else?

He made a direct pass and also received one. And was large every time he went on the ice. I don’t think Klink would have done anything too much more or less than that. Whichever way you want to look at it. He looks creative to me somehow. Whether that results in a bunch of stupid turnovers or decent offensive plays is yet to be determined.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:24 pm

The big problem for the Oilers in this game is that it has a second period.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 9:24 pm

Lowetide: Not by my eye.

I was unable to give that period 100% attention but nothing jumped out at me as bad. *shrug*

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:22 pm

Pouzar:
Nurse had a bad period?

Not by my eye.

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 9:21 pm

Lowetide:
Kassian hit Dillon and lost his stick. Anything else?

He had a couple of nice plays. A bit rusty but definitely a player.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:20 pm

I’m seeing the opposition key in on Draisaitl’s backhand pass options now.

The play where he takes it into the corner then flips it out to the slot for the trailer is being taken away.

They aren’t taking Draisaitl out of the play, because he’s too strong, but they are tying up the stick of the shooter so the puck either goes by him and leads to a breakout the other way, or just negates the scoring opportunity.

Quick counter move would be to have the forward try to draw a penalty when they are being tied up there, move their feet, etc, see if they can make it into interference somehow.

Aside from that, they’ll need to open a passing option down low along the boards so Draisaitl can release and move towards the net or open up for another pass back/setup option.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 9:19 pm

Nurse had a bad period?

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:19 pm

oliveoilers: I thought you were kind of known for it.

I haven’t received any e-mails to that effect.

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 9:18 pm

“Steve Smith”:
G Money,

I laughed out loud at that, which is not my custom.

I thought you were kind of known for it.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Lowetide:
Kassian hit Dillon and lost his stick. Anything else?

I saw him try a nice setup pass, but Letestu (I think) was tied up at the moment.

He has offensive instincts and he forechecks well. He has the ability to skate with these guys and you can tell he knows where to look for the puck and track it well.

His shifts were short, so he’s not trying to do too much, and McLellan is giving him different looks.

He had a chance to be a complete jerk on a Shark player in the DZ but didn’t, chased the puck and helped get it out of the zone.

So far, I’m content with this.

Dicky94 January 14, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Oilers looking good so far. I like what I see!!

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:13 pm

Zelepukin: His peripheral vision is ridiculous. We can see those late trailers because we’ve got a birds eye view andno way do you think he’s got them spotted too.

Exactly what I seen as well. He protects the puck so well, and that seems to give him the extra time to look around and find the open man. And when he spots the open man the passes from both sides of his stick are gold.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:13 pm

Lowetide:
Kassian hit Dillon and lost his stick. Anything else?

I think he touched the puck, maybe skated a couple strides with it on his stick.

Baby steps?

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:12 pm

Kassian hit Dillon and lost his stick. Anything else?

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Lowetide:
8-4 on the even Corgis I would bet all of Woodguy’s wood the Oilers lose this game.

If they keep to the time-honoured script, then yes.

Tracking the score adjusted fenwick for the Mid-year update and the Oilers are inching closer and closer to the 50% line.

Slowly.

But they are getting there.

Funny thing is, we use it as a measure for forwards but it is, at least in my mind, such a direct product of good D that if they can make the climb this season with this defensive group it’ll be monu-freaking-mental.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:10 pm

Great game by the fancies, too bad about the score:
CF%,SACF%,FF%,DFF%,SF%,Avg Dist F,Avg Dist A,RelDist%,GF%
65.2 , 64.0 , 58.8 , 63.0 , 54.5 , 38.3 , 27.8 , -27.5 , 0.0

LAND YAK ATTACK

H2H: http://i.imgur.com/mJalpUZ.png

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:10 pm

You can tell Zach needs to get his NHL legs up to speed but already he is doing some smart things. Carried that puck and looked for a play rather than dump and chasing it and of course a couple heavy hits.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:10 pm

Classic Oilers to get stubborn on a player; Nurse could use some AHL time. Wonderful prospect and kid, don’t mess this up Oilers.

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 9:08 pm

That play from Thornton was total, dumb ass luck ? Or a set play ?

Looked a little flubby from Thornton, 9/10 that’s dead in the neutral zone.

sliderule January 14, 2016 - 9:08 pm

Did we win the corsi

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:08 pm

A good period by Nurse-Schultz.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:08 pm

G Money,

I laughed out loud at that, which is not my custom.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 9:07 pm

8-4 on the even Corgis I would bet all of Woodguy’s wood the Oilers lose this game.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:07 pm

“Steve Smith”: Or, in summary, “SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!”?

FTFY.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 9:07 pm

Yegfoundation:
Drai is so good, it’s scary.Him and Connor, best 1/2 punch in the league, starting next year?Is that possible?

His peripheral vision is ridiculous. We can see those late trailers because we’ve got a birds eye view and no way do you think he’s got them spotted too.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:06 pm

I was shocked to see the refs call a penalty on the Sharks early.

But I guess they just forgot which was the US team.

That uncalled slash at 4:11 was just beyond the pale.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:06 pm

G Money:
Only the goddamn Oilers would pass the puck around the perimeter five times on a goalie WITHOUT A FUCKING STICK.

COME ON.

Rex Codex Libris ‏@CodexRex 47s47 seconds ago

Is it just me or do the Oilers sometimes look like the Harlem Globetrotters…two seconds before they look like the Oilers again?

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 9:06 pm

G Money,

Thought I could hear you screaming up the valley !

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Note to Kassian.

When forechecking the snot out of Sharks players, please take care to avoid teammates.

Letestu avoided that last hit as much as the Sharks player.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:05 pm

Jultz looking good this period. Nurse not so much

Jimmy January 14, 2016 - 9:05 pm

You can only make a pass if it’s there…sometimes off the glass and out is the only play

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 9:04 pm

G Money:
Only the goddamn Oilers would pass the puck around the perimeter five times on a goalie WITHOUT A FUCKING STICK.

COME ON.

Or, in summary, “SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!”?

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 9:04 pm

Oilers cycling really well but just need to shoot.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:04 pm

Drai is so good, it’s scary. Him and Connor, best 1/2 punch in the league, starting next year? Is that possible?

G Money January 14, 2016 - 9:04 pm

Only the goddamn Oilers would pass the puck around the perimeter five times on a goalie WITHOUT A FUCKING STICK.

COME ON.

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 9:04 pm

Fuck. Shoot the god damn puck.

Yegfoundation January 14, 2016 - 9:03 pm

Make a breakout pass Nurse. Off the glass and out doesn’t get it done.

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 9:00 pm

31saves,

Confidence in his defence eh?

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 8:59 pm

“Steve Smith”:
Sharks are 17-2 when scoring first, apparently.

*ahem*

“So you’re saying there’s a chance!”

Thank you.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 8:59 pm

I think lander would miss the net on a breakaway with no goalie in goal

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Lander had a look at an open net, puck slide right threw his legs.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 8:59 pm

31saves: Talbot needs to have more confidence in his defence…

Yeah, Cam – do as we say, not as we do.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Horrible pinch by Sekera, given that Nuge was a good distance from the D-man in the corner and no way Yaks would make up coverage on that pinch.

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 8:59 pm

Lowetide:
FANTASTIC 30 seconds from Nurse. Wow.

I saw him come from behind the Sharks player in front of the net to skate around him to stand between Talbot and the opposing forward in a matter of seconds.

Normally I don’t like the “fast track” method because the Oilers always seem to mis-apply or otherwise screw it up.

But in this case, I think things are going rather well.

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 8:58 pm

Lander. Jeebus he’s needing to sacrifice a lamb.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 8:58 pm

Kassian damn near tipped that puck in.

geowal January 14, 2016 - 8:58 pm

That’s all on Talbot. Nice shot though.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 8:58 pm

square_wheels:
Why do defensive defencemen get 2-1’s against the Oilers ?

To keep their pants up.

(Or, if you prefer, because it’s too far to walk.)

31saves January 14, 2016 - 8:57 pm

nice shot by Vlasic, but Talbot needs to have more confidence in his defence and challenge the shooter there

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 8:57 pm

Why do defensive defencemen get 2-1’s against the Oilers ?

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Sharks are 17-2 when scoring first, apparently.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Vlassic with a laser beam.

Pouzar January 14, 2016 - 8:54 pm

Why do forwards try to deke the blue line? Drives me f^ckin nuts.

tapper January 14, 2016 - 8:53 pm

Zelepukin,

Cleverness aside, LD had a full training camp, none of the apparent fitness issues (quite the opposite in fact based on the stories re:summer training), and still played a few more games in the AHL than ZK.

I don’t think anyone would have bet on a production increase going from AHL->NHL. What’s the NHLE, like 0.5?

I doubt ZK replicates LD’s success. I don’t think you’re seriously suggesting that either though.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 8:51 pm

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.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 8:51 pm

Definitely a #becauseoilers injury moment when Yaks got slew footed the first shift.

Classic Jultz play on the PP, losing the puck by forgetting to carry it.

square_wheels January 14, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Seriously, can we just call up Grif…..Gryba plays like I do on Sunday mornings.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 8:49 pm

I don’t see how thats a penalty on anybody, but ok.

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 8:48 pm

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
And I think it’s water under the bridge. No need to rehash something that needs no further addressing.

Oh, okay – but if somebody wants to e-mail me what it is that I’m “kind of known for”, steve.smith@ualberta.net.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 8:47 pm

FANTASTIC 30 seconds from Nurse. Wow.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 8:46 pm

Nice to see Yak draw a penalty early.

Good puck movement, but an allergy to shooting on the PP.

Same as it ever was…

"Steve Smith" January 14, 2016 - 8:45 pm

NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
4th_Line_Plug, As for “Steve Smith” — that’s his thing and kind of what he is known for. As someone put it, think of this place like “Cheers” and the characters and memes start to make sense.

Well now I’m all curious about the deleted comment.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 8:43 pm

Yak looks great on this power play.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 8:38 pm

smellyglove:
BAUCE,

Google “Read It N H L screams” and don’t tell anyone.

Yeah Reddit is my go to when I need a stream

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 8:37 pm

I am decidedly watching the San Jose cast tonight.

Because f*ck Sportsnet that’s why.

AsiaOil January 14, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Yeah the Korpikoski deal has certainly not gone the way you would hope. He was inexplicably horrible to start the year – a bit better recently – but nothing to write home about or justify the salary. Boyd Gordon and his 2 points looks pretty awful as well though. Right call on Gordon – wrong call on Korpse – but maybe the Yotes were the only team interested and Chia took a shot.

DBO January 14, 2016 - 8:35 pm

thanks.

smellyglove January 14, 2016 - 8:35 pm

BAUCE,

Google “Read It N H L screams” and don’t tell anyone.

Thor762 January 14, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Just watched a bit of the Blues/Canes game before the Oilers starts. By the looks of that powerplay that had the Blues could certainly use some scoring help. And Shattenkirk made a good tape to tape pass from blueline to blueline to get it rolling at first. Then the play just died in the o-zone.

Whomever gets to play wing with McDavid after the ASB will be great for pumping up their value prior to the deadline.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 8:32 pm

Bos8:
Youtube type

http://blabseal.com/rangers/

Yup that’s the one!

Bos8 January 14, 2016 - 8:31 pm
thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 8:28 pm

DBO:
not in the past, but thoughts may have changed.

I can post one but I don’t want to break any rules.

DBO January 14, 2016 - 8:27 pm

not in the past, but thoughts may have changed.

thelongdark January 14, 2016 - 8:21 pm

DBO:
Delayed in the airport in St. john’s newfoundland with no TV’s (yep the airport needs updating) on way back to Calgary. Anyone have a link for a live stream that works?

Does LT frown on posting links to streams?

DBO January 14, 2016 - 8:18 pm

Delayed in the airport in St. john’s newfoundland with no TV’s (yep the airport needs updating) on way back to Calgary. Anyone have a link for a live stream that works?

bendelson January 14, 2016 - 8:12 pm

Enjoy the game everyone.
Hang in there if it gets ugly…

sliderule January 14, 2016 - 8:12 pm

speeds,

I assumed that they had tried and no one wanted to come.

Naive of me??

speeds January 14, 2016 - 8:09 pm

sliderule:

Don’t tell me you sign training camp tryouts because they don’t come to Edmonton.

How would we know?

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 8:05 pm

tapper,

What’s the message for the rest of the guys down in the AHL

“If you scored 1.88 5v5 pts/60 in the NHL over the last two season’s you’d be the first call up too”

bendelson January 14, 2016 - 7:56 pm

sliderule,

Stop being rational – we are talking Korpikoski here!

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 7:49 pm

tapper: – Related to the previous point, if the guy is not yet killing it in the AHL, what does mgmt really believe he can contribute with the big team…hope is not a strategy.

You mean just like how Drai was killing it?

nelson88 January 14, 2016 - 7:45 pm

Chase back in the ECHL. 2G 1A in the Norfolk win.

sliderule January 14, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Is Korpikoski that bad

He is on track for about 20 pts and he is trusted to kill penalties

I don’t see anyone on the farm that will get a sniff at 20 pts next season.

Maybe overpaid but what do you have to pay for 20 pts.

Don’t tell me you sign training camp tryouts because they don’t come to Edmonton.

Oil2Oilers January 14, 2016 - 7:39 pm

Lowetide: I have always loved both of them. Emmylou I found via a (I think) Rolling Stone album review (Elite Hotel) and Raitt via a guy named Julian Hirsch of Stereo Review who was kind of obsessed with her. 40 years later, I am him.

I have loved Raitt since I was a child. Emmylou was just a name I knew until you convinced me to learn more on this blog a few years ago. Thank you.

tapper January 14, 2016 - 7:34 pm

Just thinking a little more on the ZK call-up, it’s a lot of what’s wrong with this org, all wrapped up in one little decision.
– What’s the message for the rest of the guys down in the AHL…did ZK “earn” or deserve the call up? Neither the conditioning commentary nor the limited GP stats suggest he earned anything.
– Related to the previous point, if the guy is not yet killing it in the AHL, what does mgmt really believe he can contribute with the big team…hope is not a strategy.

It’s borderline schizophrenic.

( I would be happy to be proven wrong. Doubt it though.)

Ryan January 14, 2016 - 7:17 pm

Lowetide: It was a poor deal.

Tyler Dellow is employed by the Edmonton Oilers.

There’s a snowballs chance in hell that Dellow signed off on that deal.

Dicky94 January 14, 2016 - 7:09 pm

Ryan,

He will be playing with the Condors next year.

N64 January 14, 2016 - 7:03 pm

Lowetide: Bruce reminded me the other day of the major bonus dollars on both Reinhart and Draisaitl contracts. Chiarelli, being a veteran GM, may have decided one could stay up but not the other. I wonder if we see Reinhart called up soon.

http://m.edmontonsun.com/2016/01/08/jones-griffin-reinhart-working-hard-to-prove-hes-a-pro-for-the-oilers-down-in-bakersfield

PC: “I wanted him to play more games without the pressure of being up here and I’ll get him back at some point in the relatively near future.”

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 7:03 pm

fifthcartel:
The Korpikoski deal was a sneaky bad trade. That 2.5 cap space is going to be very valuable.

It was a poor deal.

Ryan January 14, 2016 - 7:03 pm

speeds:
Anyone think Korpikoski would be movable at the deadline, in a deal where you don’t acquire a multi-year contracted player?

No.

Water Fire January 14, 2016 - 6:56 pm

speeds:
Anyone think Korpikoski would be movable at the deadline, in a deal where you don’t acquire a multi-year contracted player?

If I was GM, given the performance of the team and the expensive non pointers, I would move them all out to preserve cap. So Hendricks Korpse Klink Ference Nikitin Gazdic Letestu and Purcell Fayne for the change in the wind. I might keep Gryba for ugly.

fifthcartel January 14, 2016 - 6:56 pm

The Korpikoski deal was a sneaky bad trade. That 2.5 cap space is going to be very valuable.

Water Fire January 14, 2016 - 6:51 pm

speeds:
Anyone think Korpikoski would be movable at the deadline, in a deal where you don’t acquire a multi-year contracted player?

Salary retained perhaps, but it makes more money sense to trade him in summer to a cap floor team.

speeds January 14, 2016 - 6:46 pm

Anyone think Korpikoski would be movable at the deadline, in a deal where you don’t acquire a multi-year contracted player?

PerryK January 14, 2016 - 6:36 pm

Oddspell:
I haven’t seen it mentioned yet but Oilers prospect Ziyat Paigin was named to the KHL’s western all-star team.

http://www.khlallstar.com/?lang=en

Here are all the previous 21 and under KHL all stars I could find:

Evgeni Kuznetsov (2011, 2012, 2013)

Vladimir Tarasenko (2012)

Maxim Chudinov (2012)

Viktor Antipin (2013)

Nikolai Prokhorkin (2014)

Andrei Mironov (2015)

I believe Kuznetsov and Tarasenko are the only two who have made the jump the NA hockey since. Chudinov is supposed to make the jump after this season. Good company.

Tough to get excited when he is right beside Cam Barker in that lineup!

Oddspell January 14, 2016 - 6:28 pm

I haven’t seen it mentioned yet but Oilers prospect Ziyat Paigin was named to the KHL’s western all-star team.

http://www.khlallstar.com/?lang=en

Here are all the previous 21 and under KHL all stars I could find:

Evgeni Kuznetsov (2011, 2012, 2013)

Vladimir Tarasenko (2012)

Maxim Chudinov (2012)

Viktor Antipin (2013)

Nikolai Prokhorkin (2014)

Andrei Mironov (2015)

I believe Kuznetsov and Tarasenko are the only two who have made the jump the NA hockey since. Chudinov is supposed to make the jump after this season. Good company.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 6:15 pm

Lowetide: Julian Hirsch

Julian Hirsch! Stereo Review! Now that’s a name [or two] I’ve not heard in a long time. A long time.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Younger Oil: Aside from the whole Brad Hunt playing for an NHL team thing ?

Bruce reminded me the other day of the major bonus dollars on both Reinhart and Draisaitl contracts. Chiarelli, being a veteran GM, may have decided one could stay up but not the other. I wonder if we see Reinhart called up soon.

Younger Oil January 14, 2016 - 6:04 pm

Woodguy:
Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers12m12 minutes ago
The #Oilers have activated forward Nail Yakupov from Injured Reserve and assigned d-man Brad Hunt to the AHL’s @Condors.

Gregor speculated this would happen and the Oilers would announce it late so Hunt didn’t have to get on a plane to Bakerfield.

Then tomorrow when Klink clears they call Hunt back up and he gets on the plane with the team.

Smart.

Aside from the whole Brad Hunt playing for an NHL team thing 😀

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 5:57 pm

Oil2Oilers: I fairness you could gargle the phone book with those two backup singers and still sound like an angel.

I have always loved both of them. Emmylou I found via a (I think) Rolling Stone album review (Elite Hotel) and Raitt via a guy named Julian Hirsch of Stereo Review who was kind of obsessed with her. 40 years later, I am him.

Oil2Oilers January 14, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Lowetide:
And this too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z-GwdaKrn8

I fairness you could gargle the phone book with those two backup singers and still sound like an angel.

bendelson January 14, 2016 - 5:50 pm

Woodguy: Fuck you Bendelson.

Word

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:49 pm

Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 12m12 minutes ago
The #Oilers have activated forward Nail Yakupov from Injured Reserve and assigned d-man Brad Hunt to the AHL’s @Condors.

Gregor speculated this would happen and the Oilers would announce it late so Hunt didn’t have to get on a plane to Bakerfield.

Then tomorrow when Klink clears they call Hunt back up and he gets on the plane with the team.

Smart.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:47 pm

bendelson: Ha!
I was going another direction in thinking DSF…

Fuck you Bendelson.

bendelson January 14, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Justthestatsman: Maybe you should have told him he was Dellow instead.

Ha!
I was going another direction in thinking DSF…

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:44 pm

Justthestatsman: Maybe you should have told him he was Dellow instead.

I can’t afford the pay cut.

ZING!!!!!!!

Justthestatsman January 14, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Lowetide: I told him he was Gretzky.

Maybe you should have told him he was Dellow instead.

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Zelepukin: Oliver Edward Lehmann. He is their Joey Moss.

Ostriches Eat Lettuce?

Octopus Enema Leftovers?

Jethro Tull January 14, 2016 - 5:36 pm

RexLibris: hehehe….

How about “A Little Less Conversation” seeing It’s about the heathens down the road to Castle Anthrax (Saddledome)

Fed up with hearing about Bennett.

Zelepukin January 14, 2016 - 5:35 pm

Colieo87:
Lowetide,

Okay this is a stuiped question I’ve seen this for a few years now but who is oel on Phoenix. What’s his name?

Oliver Edward Lehmann. He is their Joey Moss.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:26 pm

Lowetide: The biggest surprise of the interview is how in Christ that gum stayed in!

I heard smacking on the playback.

Rookie.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:26 pm

Woodguy:
Here’s the short version of my segment with LT today:

That Guy: “GODDAM OILERS CORE IS ROTTEN!!! KANE AND TOEWS 3RD YEAR THEY WON THE CUP!!!!!!!!!”

Me: “Well sir the year Toews and Kane won their first Cup these 4 players led Chicago in 5v5 TOI for the year:Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarsson. ”

Me: “In Hall & Eberle’s 3rd year, these 4 players led the Oilers in 5v5 TOI.Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz (rookie year), Ladislav Smid and Nick Schultz”

Do you see the difference sir?

Saddest goddam thing is that the 12/13 top 4 Dmen was the best I saw from 09/10-15/16

Man.

Master Plan.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 5:24 pm

Woodguy: and now Janet has a restraining order against me.

Thanks a lot you bastard!!

The biggest surprise of the interview is how in Christ that gum stayed in!

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Here’s the short version of my segment with LT today:

That Guy: “GODDAM OILERS CORE IS ROTTEN!!! KANE AND TOEWS 3RD YEAR THEY WON THE CUP!!!!!!!!!”

Me: “Well sir the year Toews and Kane won their first Cup these 4 players led Chicago in 5v5 TOI for the year: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarsson. ”

Me: “In Hall & Eberle’s 3rd year, these 4 players led the Oilers in 5v5 TOI. Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz (rookie year), Ladislav Smid and Nick Schultz”

Do you see the difference sir?

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Магия 10: I suppose they would not appreciate Viva Las Vegas after Bettman’s pocket picking tour?

hehehe….

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Lowetide: Use this, they will love you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlstQyA3qXw

Damn.

That’s good.

On the fence if I should use it now or wait and see if they make the playoffs, because for the second season that would be fantastic!

Some good suggestions so far, thanks to all.

Gonna have to do some listenin’ tonight!

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Centre of attention:
Lowetide,

Here’s one of my faves from Bonnie, it also features Lowell George. It makes me think of the Oilers sort of.

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

Love that song There is a video somewhere of Winwood singing it live in some park in London when he is about 18. His voice is so moving.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:13 pm

jimmers2:
Lowetide,

How many fingers? asked Coach LT, waving his hand in Woodguy’s face

Just fill the f-in glass, says Woodguy

Excellent.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:12 pm

Showerhead:
For all of the things we learn from breaking hockey into its discrete gamestates (Offense, Defense, PP, ES, PK, O-zone, N-zone, D-zone, score-close, score-not-close),

There are really only two game states:

1) Having the puck
2) Not having the puck

A more useful alternative definition of #2 might be seen as “Getting the puck back”, but essentially, that’s it – that’s all – you either have the puck or you don’t.

Being good at getting the puck back gives a team the opportunity to keep the puck. If you do keep the puck, the goal is to move it to a dangerous area so you might score. If you do move the puck to a dangerous area, the goal is to score. Every single one of these steps, if executed well, can lead to goals being scored. That’s how you win hockey games.

But is it all offense? No. Because you have to win the puck in the first place. But yes, since it leads to goal generation. But no, because some of these steps happen in the defensive zone. But yes because having the puck is as necessary as it gets if you want to score.

You either have the puck or you don’t. Edmonton has a lot of players, mostly forwards, who are actually quite good at having the puck – skating, passing, shooting, etc – but, as a team, they don’t have a whole pile of players who are great at getting the puck back. That’s on everyone but Edmonton’s defensemen are especially bad at it relative to what you’d want from them. And the ones who can get the puck back aren’t that good at keeping it – I don’t mean that as a euphemism or anything, there are a lot of bad passers on Edmonton’s d, yeah?

And this whole process contributes to “offense”, no matter where on the ice it’s happening.

So yes. The whole team could be better at certain aspects of defense. The forwards could be a little better at getting the puck back. The defensemen could be a lot better at getting the puck back. They could also be a lot better at having the puck. The forwards, while not perfect, are not the problem. Even if the “offense” is not at the top of the league.

Because getting the puck back is part of the whole process.

I’d be curious as hell to know how many zone entry opportunities – not successes or failures but simply opportunities to enter the zone – Taylor Hall gets vs, say, Patrick Kane. In another light, I’d be curious as hell to know how many zone entry opportunities Nail Yakupov has had in his career relative to, say, Alex Galchenyuk.

It’s easy enough to point at low goal totals and blame the forwards (and, again, I’m not saying they’re perfect). But, if you’re willing to look at things through the lens of “having the puck” and “getting the puck back” both being parts of both offense and defense, it is easy to see where Edmonton’s real problems lie.

Exactly.

I like to put it this way:

Offence is getting the put from your own zone to the ozone

After that its scoring.

Those are two separate skill sets.

The players who can do both at an elite level get paid very, very well.

They are few and far between.

Centre of attention January 14, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Lowetide,

Here’s one of my faves from Bonnie, it also features Lowell George. It makes me think of the Oilers sort of.

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

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 5:09 pm

RexLibris:
Having trouble picking an Elvis song for the Flames Mid Year.

I’m currently running with Jailhouse Rock because they are breaking out of their early-season funk.

This crows seems pretty hip with the rock and roll. Any thoughts? Has to be the King. And not grossly insult Flames fans (yeah, I know, but it is my cross to bear).

Use this, they will love you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlstQyA3qXw

russ99 January 14, 2016 - 5:06 pm

The issue to me isn’t so much gaining possession but what we do with the puck when we get it.

In the Dzone, we make the safe play rather than the smart or best play, then the opposition gets it back with our 5 players put of position.

In the Ozone, we’re more worried about throwing it to the net or cycling ad nauseum and when we do try to make something happen are more focused on getting it back than getting men and the puck into the places where we have a better chance to score.

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker) January 14, 2016 - 5:04 pm

RexLibris,

Hound Dog. Isn’t their mascot a hound missing a tongue?

cabbiesmacker January 14, 2016 - 5:01 pm

Lowetide:
God I love this song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toJ3ZYWRh24

Original songwriters version still the best. As they usually are.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:01 pm

Lowetide: I told him he was Gretzky.

and now Janet has a restraining order against me.

Thanks a lot you bastard!!

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Oilspill:
But more often than not the puck gets to the forwards and THEY get the puck removed from their possession. Watch the neutral zone folks and you’ll see for yourself. Not saying the D is great but if you actually look at individual players rather than stats it is very clear. New individual stat puck lost/puck gained. Giveaway takeaway are only recorded if it’s obvious. Battle results are much more important

One thing I wanted to get to today on LT’s show was board battles and the forwards.

The Oilers need to win more for sure.

jimmers2 January 14, 2016 - 4:59 pm

Lowetide,

Lowetide: I told him he was Gretzky.

How many fingers? asked Coach LT, waving his hand in Woodguy’s face

Just fill the f-in glass, says Woodguy

N64 January 14, 2016 - 4:58 pm

RexLibris:
Having trouble picking an Elvis song for the Flames Mid Year.

I’m currently running with Jailhouse Rock because they are breaking out of their early-season funk.

This crowd seems pretty hip with the rock and roll. Any thoughts? Has to be the King. And not grossly insult Flames fans (yeah, I know, but it is my cross to bear).

It’s Now or Never.

I suppose they would not appreciate Viva Las Vegas after Bettman’s pocket picking tour?

(If you were picking something for long suffering Oil fans it would have to be “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”).

Colieo87 January 14, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Lowetide,

Okay this is a stuiped question I’ve seen this for a few years now but who is oel on Phoenix. What’s his name?

PhrankLee January 14, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Lowetide,

I was just walking around my kitchen playing that song on my guitar!

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Having trouble picking an Elvis song for the Flames Mid Year.

I’m currently running with Jailhouse Rock because they are breaking out of their early-season funk.

This crowd seems pretty hip with the rock and roll. Any thoughts? Has to be the King. And not grossly insult Flames fans (yeah, I know, but it is my cross to bear).

Water Fire January 14, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Showerhead:
For all of the things we learn from breaking hockey into its discrete gamestates (Offense, Defense, PP, ES, PK, O-zone, N-zone, D-zone, score-close, score-not-close),

There are really only two game states:

1) Having the puck
2) Not having the puck

A more useful alternative definition of #2 might be seen as “Getting the puck back”, but essentially, that’s it – that’s all – you either have the puck or you don’t.

Being good at getting the puck back gives a team the opportunity to keep the puck. If you do keep the puck, the goal is to move it to a dangerous area so you might score. If you do move the puck to a dangerous area, the goal is to score. Every single one of these steps, if executed well, can lead to goals being scored. That’s how you win hockey games.

But is it all offense? No. Because you have to win the puck in the first place. But yes, since it leads to goal generation. But no, because some of these steps happen in the defensive zone. But yes because having the puck is as necessary as it gets if you want to score.

You either have the puck or you don’t. Edmonton has a lot of players, mostly forwards, who are actually quite good at having the puck – skating, passing, shooting, etc – but, as a team, they don’t have a whole pile of players who are great at getting the puck back. That’s on everyone but Edmonton’s defensemen are especially bad at it relative to what you’d want from them. And the ones who can get the puck back aren’t that good at keeping it – I don’t mean that as a euphemism or anything, there are a lot of bad passers on Edmonton’s d, yeah?

And this whole process contributes to “offense”, no matter where on the ice it’s happening.

So yes. The whole team could be better at certain aspects of defense. The forwards could be a little better at getting the puck back. The defensemen could be a lot better at getting the puck back. They could also be a lot better at having the puck. The forwards, while not perfect, are not the problem. Even if the “offense” is not at the top of the league.

Because getting the puck back is part of the whole process.

I’d be curious as hell to know how many zone entry opportunities – not successes or failures but simply opportunities to enter the zone – Taylor Hall gets vs, say, Patrick Kane. In another light, I’d be curious as hell to know how many zone entry opportunities Nail Yakupov has had in his career relative to, say, Alex Galchenyuk.

It’s easy enough to point at low goal totals and blame the forwards (and, again, I’m not saying they’re perfect). But, if you’re willing to look at things through the lens of “having the puck” and “getting the puck back” both being parts of both offense and defense, it is easy to see where Edmonton’s real problems lie.

Great post.

It’s the heart of the matter. I wouldn’t underestimate the importance of forwards being in a position to receive a pass to defense success at moving it up. Predictability is the heart of the system.

Edmonton isn’t short on O as much as weak on D. They score enough, especially if you consider that tightening up play which is based on following the system will increase goals for. The GA has to come down from league worst first, the goalering is close enough to average

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 4:46 pm
RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Micah Blake McCurdy ‏@IneffectiveMath 7m7 minutes ago

Micah Blake McCurdy Retweeted Cirno Avery

As the playoffs approach you should all become familiar with my favourite ever youtube vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4VvRWTD3Ok

Rex Codex Libris ‏@CodexRex 6m6 minutes ago

@IneffectiveMath Hilarious. This is actually how I picture @Lowetide at home, telling kids to get off his lawn and turn down that rock music

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Lowetide: I told him he was Gretzky.

Worked for van Allen.

Does that make you Ted Green, though? Because if so, man I’m not sure there’s enough pity in the world…

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:42 pm

G Money: I hear you like to lay the lumber on folks too.

Ooooh.

Slow clap for that one.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 4:42 pm
Oilspill January 14, 2016 - 4:38 pm

How much does it cost to ice 6 all round players. There are times you need more defense and sometimes more offense. There are specialty teams in all sports so your generalizations maybe oversimplification.

Pajamah: Plus your best D-men need to be all around players. If you can never win a battle, you have to be as you would say, substantially above average elsewhere.

As for 2 lists, I’d say that it likely has little bearing in how much you weigh as to whether or not you are a good defenseman.

The keys are ability to keep up with the faster players, and strong enough to battle the teams who can cycle. You can negate both with good positioning, hockey smarts etc.

But you have to be decently quick, and decently strong.

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 4:35 pm

Woodguy: I did LT’s show after getting a concussion at work today.

I’m gritty and good in the corners too.

True story.

I told him he was Gretzky.

Oilspill January 14, 2016 - 4:33 pm

But more often than not the puck gets to the forwards and THEY get the puck removed from their possession. Watch the neutral zone folks and you’ll see for yourself. Not saying the D is great but if you actually look at individual players rather than stats it is very clear. New individual stat puck lost/puck gained. Giveaway takeaway are only recorded if it’s obvious. Battle results are much more important

Pajamah: I love that LT has regurgitated the Sutter quote about defense no longer being about defending. Its about moving the puck to the forwards so that you don’t have to defend.

#1 D men are still minute munchers, but short of old man Chara, there are few “can’t muscle me off the puck” elite D men anymore

Subban
Karlsson
OEL
Doughty
Suter

None of them are exceptionally big or strong guys, and are average in puck battles. They may be smarter than hell and use timing, stick work, and positioning.

The key is they are all fast enough, and good puck movers. Best defense is a good offense.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 4:30 pm

G Money: I hear you like to lay the lumber on folks too.

Correct.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 4:29 pm

CrazyCoach: I could only hear it, but I was pretty sure your body language showed everyone that you really wanted to be there.

First in the studio, last out.

CrazyCoach January 14, 2016 - 4:28 pm

Woodguy: I did LT’s show after getting a concussion at work today.
I’m gritty and good in the corners too.
True story.

I could only hear it, but I was pretty sure your body language showed everyone that you really wanted to be there.

G Money January 14, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Woodguy: I did LT’s show after getting a concussion at work today.

I’m gritty and good in the corners too.

True story.

I hear you like to lay the lumber on folks too.

Ca$h-McMoney! January 14, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Lowetide,

Klinkhammer.

CrazyCoach January 14, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Ah gotcha Woodguy.

Thanks!

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 4:16 pm

CrazyCoach: Never been good at acronyms.

What?

And you bastards quit putting words in my mouth.ha ha ha

FTFY = Fixed That For You

Usually they quote the post, but change some things.

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 4:15 pm

RexLibris: More soft play from an Oilers fan, just like the players.

I did LT’s show after getting a concussion at work today.

I’m gritty and good in the corners too.

True story.

CrazyCoach January 14, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Klima’s_Bucket: FTFY

Never been good at acronyms.

What?

And you bastards quit putting words in my mouth. ha ha ha

Lowetide January 14, 2016 - 4:12 pm

Anyone decent on waivers today?

N64 January 14, 2016 - 4:10 pm

Klima’s_Bucket:
Магия 10,

Why does Jason Gregor have to break this news and not the official Oilers twitter account

Technically the Oiler’s website broke the news first (by removing him from the listed active roster). I doubt they like to feature paper transactions on their twitter feed (assuming Hunt isn’t travelling).

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:07 pm

Магия 10: confirmed:

Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor1m1 minute ago
Hunt reassigned to AHL. Yakupov will be activated. Could see Hunt recalled tomorrow after Klinkhammer waiver period ends. #Oilers

In other words:

Chiarelli: Brad, we’re sending you down to the AHL. But it will likely be only temporary.

Hunt: How temporary?

Chiarelli: How slowly can you pack your bags?

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 4:07 pm

Магия 10,

Why does Jason Gregor have to break this news and not the official Oilers twitter account?

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Магия 10: afraid to win.

Doesn’t go to the hard areas of the conversation.

Lacks verbglow/60.

Doesn’t talk a 200 foot argument.

Don’t like his body language when he’s on the computer.

Last one to log in, first one to log off.

Doesn’t listen to the discussion, just counts the adjectives on his little spreadsheet.

N64 January 14, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Магия 10:
Just noticed Hunt is not on the active roster page. Must be the one dropped for Yak. Fayne cracks the top 6!

confirmed:

Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor 1m1 minute ago
Hunt reassigned to AHL. Yakupov will be activated. Could see Hunt recalled tomorrow after Klinkhammer waiver period ends. #Oilers

RexLibris January 14, 2016 - 4:02 pm

G Money:
RexLibris,

Hmm, that explains my injured shoulder.

Tape an aspirin to it, ya lily-livered fancypants ninny!

Klima's_Bucket January 14, 2016 - 4:01 pm

CrazyCoach: The defense is the issue here, not WOODGUY.

FTFY

Woodguy January 14, 2016 - 3:57 pm

CrazyCoach:
Yup, Woodguy rocked it today on LT’s show.

The defense is the issue here, not the core.

Thanks Coach.

CrazyCoach January 14, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Pechetr: Want to see what a great D core looks like? Look at Nashville. Fantastic D, still can’t score. You need balance of skill, grit, defence and goaltending. We are missing 3 of the 4 although Talbot has looked better of late. So we are still only 50% of the way there at minimum. But hey it’s only been 6 years now.

Yeah, Nashville, who has only managed to make the playoffs 6 times out of the last ten seasons.

That is what a strong defensive core does for you. The Oilers haven’t had a decent d-man since Mrs. Pronger decided she didn’t like Edmonton.

Year in, year out, we get all the nice shiny forwards up front and according to the stats many of them push the river on a nightly basis, but the defense are in way over their heads. The object of the game is to put the puck in the other teams net and keep it out of yours. The Oilers have a definite problem there. Every time I see a defenseman miss a check or even do basic coverage in their zone, I wonder how this makes the core of the team, “Soft”? The reality is there are pieces of the puzzle missing not only down to individual and team tactics, but right down to basic technical skills.

David Poile built his team around solid d-men and good goaltendin