G46 2015-16: FLAMES AT OILERS

On a day like this one, Oilers fans everywhere have an extreme sense of dread. Saturday. National television. Calgary Flames. The past informs the future, so we can expect misery and pestilence and  ruin. Maybe they will run a Robyn Regehr highlight package featuring, of course, Ales Hemsky. If ‘Saturday Night Oilers’ were a country song, there would be no survivors—not even Merle. When this thing turns, and it will (right?), I am going to do my Joe Thornton impersonation after every Saturday night Oilers win, in public or private. I may need bail money.

DONNER PARTY, 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: 2-2-2
  • Oilers after 45 in 2014-15: 10-26-9, 29 points (-51 GD)
  • Oilers after 45 in 2015-16: 17-23-5, 39 points (-23 GD)

I think we are all just waiting for McDavid to return now—wouldn’t it be nice if he showed up tonight and scored three?—and one hopes the Oilers can get through January with around a point per game. A year ago in G46, they won in a shootout in Sunrise.

DEFENSE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Brandon Davidson just keeps on laying pipe in a long, straight line. He is a fantastic rookie, it’s like he is 23 going on 30. I don’t know the scout who argued for him, but that man deserves a raise—so does the player.
  • Oscar Klefbom could be part of a very nice run in the final 30 games of the season, or we may not see him until October. Man, I would love to see him on Rexall ice tonight, too.
  • Andrej Sekera looks exactly like Jeff Petry used to, a man drowning without a life line. I hope the Oilers can find him some help, or at the very least play Mark Fayne with him every night.
  • Eric Gryba probably doesn’t fit long term, unless he is the No. 7 D next season. One would think an NHL team would invest a pick after No. 100 overall on him at the deadline.
  • Justin Schultz is playing as well as I have seen him in some time over the last five games or so. He is never going to be a good defender, but his passing is better and he is in a zone offensively. Is it enough to get a third-round pick for him?
  • Darnell Nurse had a nice game against San Jose, he was high-event but showed the kind of ability that got him drafted so high back in 2013. Fast-track continues tonight.
  • Mark Fayne looks good in all the areas I pay attention to (Corsi, Corsi Rel) and his SCA/60 5×5 number is improving, too. I can’t believe the Oilers wouldn’t be able to find a willing trade partner—but, as I have said many times, it also makes sense to keep him for next season. If Fayne is your No. 7D to start the season, you have a damned good defense. Right now he is top pairing and that seems right.

I have been monitoring the Corsi For 5×5/60 for three defenders since Nurse came off the Sekera pairing. Despite playing significant minutes, Nurse is in fact rising from his previous levels—indicating the Oilers pushed as far as they could, and then (correctly) identified when things got overwhelming:

  • Nurse before/after the shuffle: 43.79/45.45 (Source)
  • Davidson before/after the shuffle: 53.03/52.09 (Source)
  • Sekera before/after the shuffle: 46.07/46.23 (Source)

CENTERS, 2015-16

oilers centers over season

  • Leon Draisaitl has been a pure joy this season. I think his contributions to this team in 2015-16—remember he started in the minors—have to rank him as one of the best recalls from the AHL in team history. A 35, 10-24-34 center playing G46 after starting the year in Bakersfield.
  • Connor McDavid is less than a month away from playing NHL hockey again!
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is not having the season he posted one year ago, but I still maintain he is a very important player for this team. If they trade him—and the Oilers appear to have been in conversation about him—an enormous amount of pressure falls on two young men with under 100 games in the NHL, combined. He is not on pace for 20 goals, but will hit 50 points if he continues as he did in the first half of the season.
  • Anton Lander’s numbers outside the offense aren’t terrible, and he does a lot of good things for this team. I don’t think he will make it as an Oiler, and believe foot speed (and this year’s offense) is what will keep PC and Todd McLellan from keeping him for 2016-17.
  • Mark Letestu has had a weird year, I can remember a bunch of scoring chances he didn’t cash but he is on track to score over 20 points from the roster hinterlands.
  • A few notes about my Nuge item last night, including the fact we have discussed it. I think Peter Chiarelli is a very smart guy, and in most cases would give him the benefit of the doubt. Have to tell you, I go into this Nuge business highly skeptical about getting full return. The chances of this trade (should it happen) being one we remember in a bad way is extremely high. Jmo. Chiarelli still hasn’t had the ‘saw him good’ Nuge and that is a major concern. How patient will he be? Come on Nuge! A big game may go a long way, and I don’t think this is over.

kassian capture jan 14

WINGERS, 2015-16

oil forwards over season

  • Taylor Hall’s Individual High-Danger Scoring Chance number is probably the most impressive number on all of these lists. He has not been himself lately, but if he was saving up the points for tonight I will forgive him. Expect 75 points or more.
  • Jordan Eberle is coming on now, he should be hitting the 20-goal mark some time in March and he might hit 50 points again.
  • Benoit Pouliot is on a 20-goal pace and Teddy Purcell will get close to 45 points, but the big question is will one (or both) be here after the deadline? Purcell might be the most valuable player PC has to trade this year.
  • Nail Yakupov had such a good game I can’t wait to see him play again. Fun player.
  • Zack Kassian gave a hilarious interview after the first period, hopefully he cashes tonight and helps bring good luck on a Saturday night.

CHIARELI AT THE DEADLINE

Lots of work to do, and remember he is aggressive at the trade deadline—his first one saw a major overhaul on defense. Let’s revisit that for a sec:

  • February 10, 2007: Bruins trade D Brad Stuart and F Wayne Primeau to the Calgary Flames for D Andrew Ference and F Chuck Kobasew. Chiarelli: “It became evident that when I wasn’t having success signing Brad that I was going to have to trade Brad. Part of what we have to do is preserve the assets of players that are unrestricted. Chuck is 24 and Andrew is 27. They add some youth and energy, which we want to add to this team.”
  • February 27, 2007: Bruins trade D Paul Mara to the NY Rangers for D Aaron Ward.
  • February 27, 2007: Bruins trade R Brad Boyes to St. Louis for D Dennis Wideman.
  • Chiarelli on the February trades: “Part of the rationale in the [Brad Stuart] deal and these two deals was to have players who can help us now, in the short term and the mid term. I feel we have the depth, both in unsigned draft choices and in Providence. For example, David Krejci came up, and game to game, he played better. So that’s just the glimpse of the depth we have.”

 

Chiarelli moved off Mara fairly quickly, wonder if we see any movement on his hires this early. I think we are far enough into the season to give some grades on his summer work:

  1. G Cam Talbot (I think they should be talking contract now. A good goalie in front of a poor D)
  2. G Anders Nilsson (Not certain he is the long term solution, but would bring him back)
  3. G Eetu Laurikainen (He has enjoyed a solid-to-excellent year)
  4. D Andrej Sekera (Oilers most reliable and complete veteran defenseman)
  5. D Eric Gryba (Has delivered in his role)
  6. D Griffin Reinhart (Injuries and minors so far this season)
  7. C Connor McDavid (Devastating injury major story on the year)
  8. C Mark Letestu (Useful player, does a variety of things well)
  9. L Lauri Korpikoski (Scoring well, his checking work is checkered)

I believe the Talbot, Sekera and Letestu moves were quality and did in fact address substantial need, your mileage may vary. After that, there are varying degrees of minor success and failure, with McDavid obviously a different chapter altogether. When you enter a summer with seven things to do, does getting three of them locked down represent success? We have all summer to discuss, maybe the Kassian addition and whatever is done at the deadline will skew the view. Right now? 70 percent. I like the deals mentioned, but the Reinhart and Gordon trades have major concerns attached and potentially long-term progress has been impeded. We can’t just ignore that aspect of his early Oilers record. If I added in the strange decisions around the Schultz buyout window the grade would be lower.

LINES AND PAIRINGS

  • Hall—Nugent-Hopkins—Pakarinen
  • Pouliot—Draisaitl—Eberle
  • Purcell—Letestu—Kassian
  • Korpikoski—Lander—Yakupov
  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Nurse—Schultz
  • Davidson—Gryba
  • Talbot

I don’t expect those lines to stay, but hope the Sekera-Fayne pairing lasts the evening. I saw the Flames on Thursday night, they are electric and Edmonton has two rookies, two slow guys on defense. It will be important to actually watch the game, the commentary will be pro-Flames no matter the score. I used to love Saturday night against Calgary and have reached the point where alternate plans are at the ready. A man can only take so much from his favorite team in one lifetime, and losing to the Flames on Saturday night brings out the worst in me. The dog has been warned, as have you. I begin the day in a mood most foul, for my own protection. Tabernac Saturday is before us. Go you Oilers, win this one for the fans and we won’t be pissed at you until at least Monday. Godspeed.

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  1. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Talbot with at least 7 incredible saves thus far to keep it close.

  2. Centre of attention says:

    G Money:
    JESUS CHRIST.TWO OILERS HEADING UP THE MIDDLE AND YOU DUMP IT UP THE FUCKING BOARDS AND TURN IT OVER.

    GODDAMN IT.

    GOD FUCKING DAMN IT.

    This team.

    did you see the flames get away with a bad line change? 7 guys on ice for a second. refs just laugh

  3. hunter1909 says:

    Don’t worry everyone. It’s early in the game yet.

    There’s plenty of time for the Oilers to rally.

    lol

  4. Halfwise says:

    If “turnovers at your own blue line” is a litmus test, tonight’s Oilers are powerfully acidic.

  5. G Money says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Huh? What game? I’m talkin’ about my spreadsheets! I have a cell named Pouliot and another named Davidson.

    What are you referring to?

  6. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    That was a 4-on-2 against until the Flames put themselves offside. Unacceptable play tonight.

  7. "Steve Smith" says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    His market value is increasing even as (you have to think) his enthusiasm for re-signing here is diminishing.

  8. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Kassian with the reputation penalty against.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    Weird. Kassian gets a penalty for doing something that was standard in the olden days.

  10. Centre of attention says:

    Lol. the refs are laughable.

  11. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Even Mike Johnson didn’t think that was a penalty.

  12. G Money says:

    Even against the Flames we can’t get a fair shot at the refereeing.

  13. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Lucky to not be down a 4 or 5 spot after that gong show.

  14. Centre of attention says:

    If sure the Oilers will roll over belly-up in the second and we can all just move on with life.

  15. Gerta Rauss says:

    The Trade Guy:
    I don’t understand why they think Klinkhammer is the key puck moving defenseman we’re missing….

    Cartwright..!

  16. Oilspill says:

    Until we can gain possession on a DUMP we will keep losing PERIOD.

  17. hunter1909 says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    Klima’s_Bucket,

    His market value is increasing even as (you have to think) his enthusiasm for re-signing here is diminishing.

    That’s why Chiarelli, wily fox that he is stuns everyone with a 15 year, 80 million dollar contract offer.

  18. Zelepukin says:

    We need to end these lines now. No line really looks like it’s having any chemistry besides maybe Lander Yaks.

  19. Gerta Rauss says:

    That first period was …exciting

  20. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    In think on the 2nd part of that 5-on-4 after the 5-on-3 Jooris or someone took down an OIler in the attacking zone in the corner as well and no call. And then Wideman trips over the blue line and they call that.

    It’s a joke, but so were the Oilers’ zone exits, zone entries, own zone coverage, passing, and effort.

    Great goaltending, though!

  21. LostBoy says:

    Disappointing period from a lot of people not named Cam Talbot.

    You watch the tentativeness in their own zone, the multiple giveaways and failure to clear from full possession, and you just wonder how this can even be the same team as vs SJ.

    sigh.

    “kneeing”

  22. DenverOilFan says:

    I love Christopher Waltz in these new clash of clans commercials. Beats those Game of War commercials, whoever that was in them.

  23. G Money says:

    Fancies:
    CF%,SACF%,FF%,DFF%,SF%,Avg Dist F,Avg Dist A,RelDist%,GF%
    54.3 , 51.8 , 33.3 , 31.1 , 31.6 , 34.5 , 29.5 , -14.4 , 0.0

    Oil winning the Corsis and getting creamed on the Fen/Danger Fen.

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

  24. Oilspill says:

    But watch closely defense makes the pass..forwards lose it.

    Halfwise:
    If “turnovers at your own blue line” is a litmus test, tonight’s Oilers are powerfully acidic.

  25. Centre of attention says:

    Sportsnet: “Sam bennet went 18 goals without a game”

    I changed the f*cking channel

    What is the NHL nowadays?

  26. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Oh good, the intermission Bennett love fest, led by Hrudey: “He is spectacular.”
    Just what the doctor ordered.

  27. Halfwise says:

    Oilspill:
    But watch closely defense makes the pass..forwards lose it.

    I know, plenty of blame to go around.

  28. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Oilspill,

    When was the last time the Oilers dumped the puck in, outmuscled the opposition and established a cycle game?
    I’m guessing it was when big Georges was in town during those epic Derian Hatcher battles.

  29. Aron_S says:

    Gerta Rauss: Cartwright..!

    Haha, perfect reference. I turned the volume off after the second mention of missing our valuable d-man, Klinkhammer.

  30. Centre of attention says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Oh good, the intermission Bennett love fest, led by Hrudey: “He is spectacular.”
    Just what the doctor ordered.

    Did you hear him say “18 goals without a game” nobody even corrected him haha. he can’t even read the Que cards.

  31. hunter1909 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Oh good, the intermission Bennett love fest, led by Hrudey: “He is spectacular.”
    Just what the doctor ordered.

    The same types used to talk up Sam Gagner. It’s their job.

  32. hunter1909 says:

    I can’t hate the Flames, while the Oilers have Lowe+MacT and are out of the playoffs.

    I hate Lowe+MacT way more than the Flames.

  33. stevezie says:

    “Darnell Nurse seems a heckuva guy. The Oilers are lucky to have the aging Fin as a pro scout.”
    -Sportsnet

  34. G Money says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    Oh good, the intermission Bennett love fest, led by Hrudey: “He is spectacular.”
    Just what the doctor ordered.

    Yup. Bennett, 41 games, 19 pts, 4 in the last game.

    Draisaitl 35 games, 34 pts.

    “Spectacular.”

  35. teddyturnbuckle says:

    very disappointing

  36. hunter1909 says:

    Compared to the Flames, who are obviously the bad guys, Lowe+MacT are like bad relations who turn up at your house, move in, and start up a drug dealing enterprise.

    *apologies to drug dealing enterprises*

  37. Klima's_Bucket says:

    What the hell was with that feel good Nurse story???
    Don’t they know the nation wants to see moar Sam Bennett????????
    After all he did just go through a fucking 18 game drought!!!!!!

  38. flyfish1168 says:

    Taylor hasn’t been the same since he took the hit from Gudbranson

  39. striker says:

    Gerta Rauss: Cartwright..!

    Haha, exactly

  40. hunter1909 says:

    G Money: Yup.Bennett, 41 games, 19 pts, 4 in the last game.

    Draisaitl 35 games, 34 pts.

    “Spectacular.”

    Draisraitl is going to be better in the playoffs.

    So will that Connor kid we all heard about last year.

    Take a chill pill.

  41. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    hunter1909: The same types used to talk up Sam Gagner. It’s their job.

    That was so long ago, I’ve forgotten, Hunter. The last 5 years have been Flames fests.

    On another note…HOLY FOOTBALL GAME!

  42. Klima's_Bucket says:

    flyfish1168,

    He’s just saving his energy and “A” game for the Panther rematch on Monday if there’s ever any concern.

  43. hunter1909 says:

    flyfish1168:
    Taylor hasn’t been the same since he took the hit from Gudbranson

    Inevitable. Hall plays the game like a baby, and gets schooled accordingly.

  44. blainer says:

    Shultz and Nurse were just brutal that period.

    Absolutely agree the lines have to be changed.

    Thought Sekera and Talbot looked good.

  45. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Flames are a good team ,I think they have chance to win two rounds this year. Something about them. They seem to be able to dominate the Oilers every game.

  46. hunter1909 says:

    Until Hall learns how to defend himself he’s doomed to Gagnerhood as an NHLer.

  47. Lois Lowe says:

    Centre of attention,

    Rogers will be forever known as the broadcaster of ‘the lost generation’ of NHL games.

  48. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Hall has had a great year but he is playing like last year.

  49. hunter1909 says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    Flames are a good team ,I think they have chance to win two rounds this year.Something about them.They seem to be able to dominate the Oilers every game.

    Flames are a classically run team. They remind me of the tabletop hockey game in the basement left over from WW2, featuring Toronto and Montreal, where all the players have the same faces.

  50. striker says:

    Boys, can we refrain from embarrassing ourselves, at least when we have company* over?

    *company = national audience

  51. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Better to lose like this instead of blowing another 2 point lead.

  52. G Money says:

    I hope this game is a little bit like the last game where Talbot played against the Flames.

    The Oilers had a grotesquely horrible first period just like this, gave up a pile of goals.

    Then the Oil absolutely dominated the rest of the game, and had the game tied with a few seconds left, when Talbot let a wrist shot from behind the net get through him for the last second loss.

    The difference this game is Talbot was good instead of bad.

    Now let’s hope the same sort of pushback is somewhere to be found.

  53. Lowetide says:

    Klinkhammer hammers a shortie. There is a group of players, probably the bottom 40 in the NHL and the top 50 in the AHL, who are basically the same guy. Still hard not to feel bad for Klink, though. 3-1 Bakersfield.

  54. BONVIE says:

    I was hoping this game would be different from all of the other Saturday night games especially against the division rivals such as the Flames and Canucks. We always get out worked in these games. Calgary brings a hardworking consistent effort almost every single game, and that remains the difference. Oilers have about 30 games a season when they show up with a good consistent effort.

    The difference between their foreards and ours are just day and night. They backcheck on everyplay making defense so much easier. Our forwards are so soft in front of the net and along the wall. We will never be successful with that many forwards that dont work their tails off and win battles.

  55. Yegfoundation says:

    Management doesn’t care about winning hockey games so why should the players?

    What was is that Bob said on HNIC? Daryl challenges us to make more money.

    What was is that KLOWE said in that interview from Cali? The plan was to start winning hockey games at the same time when we move to the new building.

    If the fans think the winning matters, then the jokes on us.

  56. G Money says:

    I counted two uncalled Flames penalties on that sequence worse than the one they called on Kassian.

  57. striker says:

    It’s going to be interesting when the tenor of the comments reverts to joy when the Oilers tie it up and then take the lead…

    What’s that proverb from Mulder’s office wall poster again?

  58. G Money says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?

    Man, Nuge must be monstrously strong to break those sticks so easily.

  59. Centre of attention says:

    Oh my f*cking god….

    that rule is a joke. Gio’s sticks are made of cardboard

  60. striker says:

    Giordano must be taking a hacksaw to his stick shafts or something

  61. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I never realized that when your stick is slashed in half it causes your feet to fly out from under you.
    Great leadership by the captain Giordano!

  62. flyfish1168 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    flyfish1168,

    He’s just saving his energy and “A” game for the Panther rematch on Monday if there’s ever any concern.

    I hope you are correct.

    hunter1909: Inevitable. Hall plays the game like a baby, and gets schooled accordingly.

    I don’t share the same opinion as you. To make the NHL and take the hits and abuse and survive. I would take him any day of the week. Can you imagine if we had taken Seguin and the Bruins would have taken Hall. I believe PC would still be the GM of the bruins and with 2 cup rings.

  63. G Money says:

    Good fucking job, Testtube, have the puck halfway up the boards and can’t get it past the Flame at the blueline.

    Goddamn this team.

  64. stush18 says:

    Letestu, hall, and nuge have not been very good lately.

  65. G Money says:

    That was an example of an unfinished check that just drives me fucking insane.

  66. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    G Money:
    That was an example of an unfinished check that just drives me fucking insane.

    I think your macro might be broken?

  67. Oil2Oilers says:

    Lowetide:
    Klinkhammer hammers a shortie. There is a group of players, probably the bottom 40 in the NHL and the top 50 in the AHL, who are basically the same guy. Still hard not to feel bad for Klink, though. 3-1 Bakersfield.

    Defenders of his caliber will always get another chance.

  68. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Mark Fayne just got completely walked by the guy that couldn’t do Jack Shit for 18 games.

  69. striker says:

    Aside:

    Nice piece on Nuge at your blog G! Chiarelli really needs to get an eyeful of the “good” Nuge as LT stated before he does something hasty.

    Also nice piece by Rex on FN. I didn’t like the slope of those graphs but that’s not your fault of course 🙂

  70. G Money says:

    striker,

    Thanks Striker! Nuge must be feeling better, look how easily he’s completely destroying the Flamers sticks!

  71. Klima's_Bucket says:

    In all fairness to Romaniuk.
    Klefbom and Klinkhammer both start with the letters K & L.
    And he is probably drunk.

  72. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Sounds like a library in there tonight, fans not into at all. Lets give them something to cheer for!!

  73. G Money says:

    OH FFS FAYNE, what was that???!?

  74. "Steve Smith" says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    In all fairness to Romaniuk.
    Klefbom and Klinkhammer both start with the letters K & L.
    And he is probably drunk.

    I can’t figure out why, but I feel like that’s the funniest comment made at this site since March of 2013.

  75. G Money says:

    I mean Sekera, Not Fayne.

  76. hunter1909 says:

    Sekera leads a three man rush right through the Calgary slot., the first time I’ve seen three Oiler forwards skate in unison towards the opposition goal like that in decades.

  77. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Oh my god 4th and 20 pass…sorry. heckuva finish

  78. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Davidson playing like a bag of shit tonight.

  79. G Money says:

    Finally some pushback.

    Keep it up.

  80. G Money says:

    teddyturnbuckle,

    Sad but true. Really fighting the puck at times.

  81. Centre of attention says:

    How did they not score there…

  82. "Steve Smith" says:

    hunter1909:
    Sekera leads a three man rush right through the Calgary slot., the first time I’ve seen three Oiler forwards skate in unison towards the opposition goal like that in decades.

    Sekera’s a defenceman; I think you must be thinking of Klefbom.

  83. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 Quick In game Poll:

    Which of you think Chiarelli’s already planning to write off next year as a development season?

  84. striker says:

    Looks like the coach reunited Red and Andy

  85. G Money says:

    Jeebus fucking Schultz.

  86. hunter1909 says:

    “Steve Smith”: Sekera’s a defenceman; I think you must be thinking of Klefbom.

    I like the way I got mad in a millisecond halfway through reading that.

  87. G Money says:

    Not only did Schultz manage to completely defuse a dangerous Oiler cycle, but he managed to do it in a way that it resulted in multiple dangerous chances against. Amazing.

  88. hunter1909 says:

    striker:
    Looks like the coach reunited Red and Andy

    I can’t wait to see the scene where Hall/RNH/Eberle/Yaks/Nurse and McDavid crawl through 100 yards of shit pipe to escape Lowe+MacT; while Justin Schultz cries bitter tears inside after not having had the courage to join the escape plot.

  89. G Money says:

    Hiller is literally dead last in the league in adj sv%.

    The Oilers are going to gift him a shutout, aren’t they?

  90. flyfish1168 says:

    Romaniuk finally gets it right. Only took half a game

  91. Halfwise says:

    Correcting the Klefbom Klinkhammer confusion… Must be sobering up.

  92. G Money says:

    SOMEBODY STAND IN FRONT OF THE NET.

    THE FRONT.

    NOT THE SIDE.

    THE FRONT.

    FUCK.

  93. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    I have never seen anything quite this incredible as far as crazy football games go.

    Sorry to harp on about it, but you guys should probably have both games on. ha ha

  94. G Money says:

    STOP SKATING PAST THE NET FOR FUCKS SAKE.

    STOP IN FRONT.

    FUCK.

  95. leadfarmer says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    I can’t believe that pass and catch. What a finish!!!!

  96. steveb12344 says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909 Quick In game Poll:

    Which of you think Chiarelli’s already planning to write off next year as a development season?

    Maybe he has a 5 year plan.

  97. Halfwise says:

    Pouliot forgets Hiller is a lefty. Dang.

  98. DenverOilFan says:

    hunter1909: I can’t wait to see the scene where Hall/RNH/Eberle/Yaks/Nurse and McDavid crawl through 100 yards of shit pipe to escape Lowe+MacT; while Justin Schultz cries bitter tears inside after not having had the courage to join the escape plot.

    Price. Less.

  99. G Money says:

    Increasingly, this team is becoming as cowardly in front of the net as they were under Eakins.

    They were much better early in the year, but now it’s starting to be business as usual.

  100. G Money says:

    According to the refs, the Flames have not done a single illegal thing this game.

    Not one.

  101. wheatnoil says:

    G Money:
    Increasingly, this team is becoming as cowardly in front of the net as they were under Eakins.

    They were much better early in the year, but now it’s starting to be business as usual.

    Perhaps they also have read LT’s “release you” post.

  102. godot10 says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    I have never seen anything quite this incredible as far as crazy football games go.

    Sorry to harp on about it, but you guys should probably have both games on. ha ha

    You saw the Eli Manning Houdini act and the David Tyree catch. Who says history doesn’t repeat?

  103. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Hall forcing it tonight, just keep it deep pal and don’t turn it over on the blue line.

  104. Oil2Oilers says:

    Friend of Darnell owning overtime in the desert

  105. Lowetide says:

    Wow. This NFL game is the best I have seen in years.

  106. Halfwise says:

    G Money:
    According to the refs, the Flames have not done a single illegal thing this game.

    Not one.

    Pure they are, in thought and deed.

  107. flyfish1168 says:

    Nice backcheck by RNH

  108. G Money says:

    flyfish1168,

    It’s Nuge. It’s soft. Soft backcheck.

  109. unca miltie says:

    Have no feed to Oilers game, but what a football game!!!!

  110. Aron_S says:

    This game is a piece of shit. How has the team forgotten how to make and take a pass? I’ll call it now. 3-0 Flames after an EN goal. You’re welcome.

  111. G Money says:

    WTF? Where was the third member of the line?

    Shouldn’t hitting the fucking scoreboard be a delay of game?

  112. "Steve Smith" says:

    It doesn’t feel like the Oilers have been outshooting the Flames 12-5 this period.

  113. Lowetide says:

    Nurse needs to be better there, stronger pass. He will learn it.

  114. Halfwise says:

    I’d love to know when the team is going to learn to retain possession in its own end.

  115. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    godot10: You saw the Eli Manning Houdini act and the David Tyree catch.Who says history doesn’t repeat?

    I did, but this one trumped that, in my opinion. That was an insane sequence. Both the 4th and 20 throw for 61 yards and the game-tying Hail Mary while Rodgers was on his back foot scrambling away was insanity.. And then the Arizona answer to Larry Fitz was also a thing of improvisational beauty.

  116. Pouzar says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”:
    I have never seen anything quite this incredible as far as crazy football games go.

    Sorry to harp on about it, but you guys should probably have both games on. ha ha

    I saw all of it. Incredible.

  117. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    unca miltie:
    Have no feed to Oilers game, but what a football game!!!!

    onhockey.tv

  118. G Money says:

    CALGARY penalty?!?!?

  119. BONVIE says:

    Calgary does take penalties!

  120. Pouzar says:

    Figures it would take a decapitation to get a call.

  121. G Money says:

    In Karate, that’s a ‘shuto’.

    Guess resorting to MMA is what Calgary has to do before they get called.

  122. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Lowetide,

    You are watching the Condors, Cardinals, Oilers and commenting on your site simultaneously.
    Color me impressed!!

  123. Lowetide says:

    39-22 64% Corsi for 5×5 after two.

  124. BONVIE says:

    Wow i haven’t seen a game for a bit, are we still using Letetsu on every power play?

  125. Lowetide says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Lowetide,

    You are watching the Condors, Cardinals, Oilers and commenting on your site simultaneously.
    Color me impressed!!

    I had a backup plan!! 🙂

  126. stevezie says:

    Oilers are really rocking the Bowie tonight. I like it a lot.

  127. G Money says:

    Fancies:
    CF%,SACF%,FF%,DFF%,SF%,Avg Dist F,Avg Dist A,RelDist%,GF%
    63.9 , 60.6 , 56.4 , 50.7 , 55.9 , 37.2 , 30.7 , -17.3 , 0.0

    Yes, Virginia, there is a pushback. A goal would be nice.

    H2H: http://i.imgur.com/RkQkRt4.png

  128. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Justin passes up a shot on a won face-off. Passes it to his partner who is under pressure.

  129. Pouzar says:

    Nice night for the Reinhart/Oesterle pair.
    LB 29/31

  130. Zeabs93 says:

    Commentators about to talk about who has the better young gun commentators about to talk about who has the better young guns. This should be interesting…..

  131. Professor Q says:

    This is a hilarious conversation that has been going on all game.

    Edmonton vs. Calgary in terms of young stars, and their future.

  132. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Kelly Hrudey is a moron.

    There. I said it.

  133. Loyal2theoil says:

    Man Friedman is my favourite. Visibly shows his annoyance at Kypreos for his stupid way of thinking hahah. Elliote is the man.

  134. hags9k says:

    Fuck off Hrudey. Go wipe your ass with blue chiffon.

  135. G Money says:

    Literally every Oiler player is above 50% Corsi.

    Except Jultz. He’s at 26%.

  136. ASkoreyko says:

    Do you think Hrudey is wearing matching Flames underwear to go along with his t-shirt under his dress shirt?

    Good lord.

  137. Professor Q says:

    Well, I mean look at his fellow panel mates…

  138. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar:
    Nice night for the Reinhart/Oesterle pair.
    LB 29/31

    I’ve seen Reinhart solid since he came back from injury. He can lug the puck. He can help.

  139. G Money says:

    The Oilers need Klefbom back and need to add one Top 4 D.

    Get McDavid back and this isn’t close.

  140. DenverOilFan says:

    Kelly Hrudey belongs to NAMTBLA*

    *North American Man/Tj Brodie Love Association

  141. Melvis says:

    I finally figured out Strombo’s suit strategy. It isn’t downtown metrosexual hipster. Put a brown derby on him and it’s stand by extra in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – which is around the last time I watched CBC tv.

  142. Oilspill says:

    When Kassian gets his legs he’s going to make some skilled centre’s very happy.

  143. Oil2Oilers says:

    Here is a bonus FUCK THOSE GUYS just for Sportsnet

  144. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Can anyone confirm or deny if Murdoch Mysteries is as bad as it looks or worse???

  145. Zelepukin says:

    Classic Hrudey comment: “Monahan / Drai, it’s a wash as to who is better.”

  146. Ben says:

    Offense has gone drier than a nun’s…..sense of humour.

  147. DenverOilFan says:

    That Pre-game rituals with Hendricks was very touching. Makes me proud to be a dad.

  148. frjohnk says:

    Zelepukin:
    Classic Hrudey comment: “Monahan / Drai, it’s a wash as to who is better.”

    Actually colbourne and Draisaitl is pretty much a wash.

    It was written on this site so it must be true.

  149. BONVIE says:

    If you look at Draisatel, Hall, and McDavid against there top 3 we win in a walk, but unfortunately all of our young d Nurse, Klefbom, Rheinhart, and Davidson are just breaking into the NHL.

    All we need is one top pair Dman, and we would clearly have a top 5 that just blows Cslgary away but its still not All Star games their playing so our team needs a boost in work ethic, and consistency, in order to surpass the flames.

  150. hunter1909 says:

    It’s fun blowing another season(10th in a row) while waiting for another great Draft Lottery pick.

  151. wheatnoil says:

    Zelepukin:
    Classic Hrudey comment: “Monahan / Drai, it’s a wash as to who is better.”

    Monahan: 42 games, 28 points
    Drai: 35 games, 34 points and a year younger

    Totally a wash.

  152. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Zelepukin:
    Classic Hrudey comment: “Monahan / Drai, it’s a wash as to who is better.”

    Even better:
    “Bennett is going to be better than Nugent-Hopkins”

    Bennett rookie season so far:
    41GP 10-9-19 (.46 PPG)

    Nuge rookie season
    62GP 18-34-52 (.84 PPG)

    One plays centre, the other plays the wing.

  153. McSorley33 says:

    This is just brutal hockey.

    Brutal.

    Feel bad for the fans ( it is quiet ) and for the broadcast crew….

  154. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is there a rule that I don’t know about that says that Oiler players are not allowed to stand in front of the oppositions net when shots are coming from the point?

  155. G Money says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    I think so. In fact, it’s probably a penalty.

  156. PhrankLee says:

    Hudler,

    Nuge is 22. Same old players? 22 frickin years old. Nobody to poultry prevent him either.

    This narrative is annoyingly ubiquitous. MSM Toronto is convinced Hall Ebs and Nuge have been at this for better than a decade and part of the whole “problem”

    It’s soft-headed.

  157. McSorley33 says:

    hunter1909,

    But, I thought I read in here we had turned North?

  158. hunter1909 says:

    Any one of us could run a better power play than this.

    Hoping to shove the puck in from 6 feet out of the crease(literally the power play strategy) just isn’t going to make it.

  159. hunter1909 says:

    McSorley33:
    hunter1909,

    But, I thought I read in here we had turned North?

    : p

  160. Halfwise says:

    G Money:
    Klima’s_Bucket,

    I think so.In fact, it’s probably a penalty.

    Goaltender interference. Film at 11.

  161. G Money says:

    McSorley33,

    We did. It was derailed by a league-leading series of injuries.

    Unless you think the players that are and have been missing don’t matter. I’m sure that’s what the SportsNet panel feels.

  162. Gret99zky says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909 Quick In game Poll:

    Which of you think Chiarelli’s already planning to write off next year as a development season?

    Well, I don’t know about development but here are the reasons we will finish out of the playoffs next season:

    1. Injuries.
    2. The schedule.
    3. Player X is playing hurt.
    4. Player Y is learning the system.
    5. Player Z is playing too high in the line-up.
    6. Growing pains (rookies).
    7. Unlucky.

  163. Pouzar says:

    Those are some eyebrows Frolik. Now go f^ck off.

  164. G Money says:

    Hey look! Yak went TO the net instead of PAST the net and almost scored.

  165. PhrankLee says:

    LT your call to sign Talbot is dead on.

  166. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    Oilers look like they had a fire lit under their asses after the first period, but they’ve gotta score. Tired of moral victories.

  167. PhrankLee says:

    I’m liking Yak and Zach. Le testes is holding down the fort too.

  168. G Money says:

    Geez, these line changes are an embarrassment .

  169. steveb12344 says:

    Gret99zky: Well, I don’t know about development but here are the reasons we will finish out of the playoffs next season:

    1. Injuries.
    2. The schedule.
    3. Player X is playing hurt.
    4. Player Y is learning the system.
    5. Player Z is playing too high in the line-up.
    6. Growing pains (rookies).
    7. Unlucky.

    You forgot the reffing.

  170. Centre of attention says:

    Something is wrong with Hall.

  171. Halfwise says:

    Linesman giving Drai a lecture there, looked like he needed a flipchart and a Sharpie. Why didn’t he just injure a winger while he was at it?

  172. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Pouzar,

    Believe it or not Frolik gets them professionally touched up twice a month.

  173. Yegfoundation says:

    Centre of attention:
    Something is wrong with Hall.

    He’s getting tired of losing would be my guess. And who could blame him.

  174. flyfish1168 says:

    Centre of attention:
    Something is wrong with Hall.

    I feel the same. Since the hit from Gudbranson he hasn’t been the same

  175. stevezie says:

    The love-fest has bee a bit much, but Brodie has had a real nice game.

    So has Kassian.

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Can anyone confirm or deny if Murdoch Mysteries is as bad as it looks or worse???

    It’s okay, if you like that sort of thing.

  176. Yegfoundation says:

    Nuge is having a whale of a 3rd period.

  177. PhrankLee says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Can anyone confirm or deny if Murdoch Mysteries is as bad as it looks or worse???

    Like all Canadian television it’s just not a hit unless it has a covered wagon.

    It;s terrible.

    All due respect.

  178. G Money says:

    flyfish1168: I feel the same. Since the hit from Gudbranson he hasn’t been the same

    It was before that even. Just tired from carrying the team for the first 30 games maybe.

  179. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    flyfish1168: I feel the same. Since the hit from Gudbranson he hasn’t been the same

    It began well before the Gudbranson hit/Florida game. Go back to Christmas.

  180. Klima's_Bucket says:

    PhrankLee: Like all Canadian television it’s just not a hit unless it has a covered wagon.

    Are you saying I should go back and watch re-runs of Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy???

  181. Gret99zky says:

    Centre of attention:
    Something is wrong with Hall.

    Yeah, it’s like he’s pushing the river without a paddle.

  182. nelson88 says:

    Games like this remind me how much i wish coaches would do less of the “blender”. TMac hasn’t been too bad this year but when something works don’t over think things.

  183. BONVIE says:

    Yegfoundation:
    Nuge is having a whale of a 3rd period.

    Yeah hes working hard and hes flying.

  184. Pouzar says:

    Norris!

  185. Aron_S says:

    Holy shit, they scored.

  186. LostBoy says:

    Oh man, was that beautifully timed to the commentary.

  187. Halfwise says:

    Well that was a nice surprise.

  188. stevezie says:

    Fuck yeah fck yeah fuck you fuck yeah!!!!

  189. Lowetide says:

    Fayne (Hall)

  190. flyfish1168 says:

    Thank you romaniuk

  191. BONVIE says:

    Thats our big Dman bringing the offense.

  192. Visually better says:

    Mark (Aaron Rodgers) fayne?

  193. Gerta Rauss says:

    Man, that is sweet

  194. G Money says:

    NYCOIL “Gentleman Backpacker”,

    You and I have had like six pairs of comments one right after the other where we said almost the same thing today!

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