G67 2015-16: OILERS AT BLUE JACKETS

I don’t know about you, but for me trade deadline day was mostly about waiting for the Nail Yakupov trade. Nail to Montreal for Eller or Beaulieau, Nail to Columbus for some tortured soul. Peter Chiarelli kept his powder dry, and at the very least we have a few more weeks to watch him, and Edmonton can see his value increase. Or, and here is a crazy idea, maybe they unlock him with the special Connor McDavid key.

SANTA MARIA, 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: 4-5-2
  • Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1
  • Oilers in February 2016: 4-8-2
  • Oilers in March 2015: 5-6-3
  • Oilers in March 2016: 2-0-0
  • Oilers after 66 in 2014-15: 18-37-11, 47 points (-72 GD)
  • Oilers after 66 in 2015-16: 25-34-7, 57 points (-32 GD)

Oilers of a year ago lost 5-2 in G67 to Detroit. A nice recovery since that terrible Ottawa game at home (I was there, they were not. good.). Last night did give us more than one thing to celebrate, but this is probably my favorite:

current standings

Calgary has two games in hand, they could drive by Edmonton this weekend and never look back. That said, Edmonton does look to be better since the deadline. You can credit the new hires, you can credit Peter Chiarelli for dumping Justin Schultz, or you can credit Todd McLellan for not playing as many kids (Pardy and Cracknell are basically replacing Oesterle and Khaira—that is more experience). Either way, the Oilers have passed last year’s win total and are closing in on the point total of 2014-15. Small victories are big steps, and north is a direction.

INDIVIDUAL HIGH-DANGER SCORING CHANCES

  • Three: Patrick Maroon
  • Two: Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov
  • One: Jordan Eberle, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse, Matt Hendricks

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

oilers blue nov 30

  • Davidson—Pardy is a solid pairing, but the truth is that Davidson—Gryba, Davidson—Nurse and Davidson—Larry from accounting is a solid pairing. Pardy looks fine by my eye, but I think we need to see him in different situations before we discuss him as a part of the future. Davidson spent some time RH side last evening, I think Nurse—Davidson could be next year’s third pairing. I also think Davidson may end up being one of the four best blue on the team in 2016-17, even if they bring in two good defenders. He is the modern Pisani.
  • Sekera—Fayne are good defenders, I like them together (doubt they will be a pairing next season). The possession numbers have some score effects attached, but this duo were in good position, standing up, swatting away pucks and making good decisions all night.
  • Nurse—Clendening is as loose as Crazy Horse on a Friday night in California, 1973. There were some good moments, but the record company is never going to buy it. Nurse was flying, but also getting caught a little, and that was with the lead. I don’t think that is a good thing, especially for a young team. It’s like one kid sees someone doing it, and pretty soon everyone is doing it. Darnell has terrific ability but is still having trouble picking his spots and playing calm. Frankly, he was better in his first few weeks than he is now, in my opinion. Clendening is a tweener, although we haven’t seen him much yet, suspect that is the call on him this summer.
  • Cam Talbot continued his nice run, his save percentage is now .918—that ranks him No. 16 among goalies who have played 25 or more games. His even strength SP is .919, that puts him No. 28 among goalies who have played 25 or more games.

mcdavid capture cbj

  • Dalton Prout on McDavid: “He never, ever, ever looks down at the puck.”
  • Ryan Murray on McDavid: “He has unbelievable speed. He can just get the puck and he’s gone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone take off like that. He can be 10 feet away from you in two strides.” Source

CENTERS, LAST NIGHT

oilers blue nov 30

  • Leon Draisaitl and his line performed well, Hall’s goal (I think LD earned an assist but he didn’t get it) was a big part of the game. Tough to view the numbers through score effects, but I thought that line was rugged and effective against the Giroux trio.
  • Connor McDavid was flying early. The goal was splendid and the line had five individual high-danger scoring chances. He blocked shots, played over four minutes on the PK and generally played a strong game. I would not play him on the PK.
  • Anton Lander and his group were reliable, with one HD SC (Hendricks). Anton scored recently, I am not going to pressure him until April.
  • Mark Letestu had a terrific moment on the PK where he dumped the puck, chased it, won it, centered it, and hugged Lauri Korpikoski. If he could score 20 EV points a year he would be a useful guy. Maybe he will reward us with offense next season. That aside, he got drilled, often against the soft parade.

WINGERS, LAST NIGHT

oilers f nov 30

  • Nail Yakupov scored a goal, had five shots, four hits, one takeaway and played (in total) 12:06. I liked his game would like to have seen him more.
  • Jordan Eberle had a quiet game to my eye, one IND HD SC and battled for the puck a few times but overall fairly quiet.
  • Zack Kassian was full asshat last night, he is absolutely impossible to ignore. Once you realize what a demon he is, not reacting is very difficult. He is a valuable piece for this team, because opponents don’t expect this from the Oilers (who was the last Kassian here?). When this team gets good, and they are not there now, it is going to be one ugly caravan heading into the other 29 NHL cities. And in this case, ugly means good.
  • Patrick Maroon had a helluva debut. Scored a goal, three shots on goal, hits, pushes, banging heads together and on it went. He is a going concern already.
  • Adam Cracknell played a lot—11:25—for a McLellan fourth liner but he is reliable and steady, plus the game was getting physical and he doesn’t shy away. He has been coached well and learned the lessons, it is all about pucks deep and the rest of the Ryan Smyth speech.
  • Taylor Hall scored a fantastic goal and ended up in a heap, but appeared to be fine afterward. Skated miles, two blocked shots, two takeaways, and of course the usual criticism online about how badly he is playing. Wonderful player.
  • Matt Hendricks is a throwback player, he could have played in 1975 easily. Hard worker, makes good decisions and the only real criticism is that he is not an offensive player. He never cheats, not ever. Matt Hendricks is the kind of guy the coach will always find room for, because the effort is there all the time.
  • Lauri Korpikoski scored a goal and skated a lot. His possession number is bottom five in the league whenever I look at it, and he will somehow score 10 goals with Mark Letestu and Anton Lander as his only centers. What an odd season.

POTENTIAL NEW BOGDAN

yakimov williamsPhoto by Mark Williams

Bogdan Yakimov is back! We just talked about this, but the Oilers really don’t have much bubbling under so every prospect counts. Among forwards, I would suggest Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev and Yakimov are the only prospects currently in Bakersfield who might play as many as 100 NHL games. I am not suggesting one or all will do it, just that Edmonton doesn’t have a player worth discussing in that light beyond those three. That is extremely poor. Yakimov’s immediate future might involve a callup, as he may not be eligible for the playoffs in Bakersfield.

I am not sure on this, but Rodgers has a good handle on these things. While I am at it, want to pass along a nifty item from Neal Livingston of Tend the Farm that pertains to Laurent Brossoit and Brandon Davidson. And since I think of those two in conjunction with Rob Ferguson (he has the photo in Neal’s piece) and Patricia Teter, you can follow the ECHL race via her fabulous Artful Puck blog.

nuge draft capture

THE HEART OF THE ORDER

NHL teams, the successful ones, are built up the middle with strong two-way players. Edmonton had this during their prime in the 1980s and again in the 2006 spring window. How close are they now? Well, I think the club is going to be very strong at center (McDavid, Leon, Nuge) and am encouraged by recent words from Peter Chiarelli about 93. Although he wasn’t named to the North American team for the World Cup of Hockey, one suspects he will be at some point.

Here’s the deal with Nuge. If he was offered for Seth Jones and the trade was turned down (there was a lot of smoke) that suggests to me that a smart, veteran GM would pull Nuge back from trade talks. There is zero use in dealing RNH at 70 percent on the dollar. If at some point there is a substantial offer, and McDavid-Leon can handle the heavy lifting, it will be something to consider. We are not close to that day.

The rest of the group needs help and I do think we are going to see a big name traded for a defenseman this summer. It could be a draft pick (although the Oilers winning could dash those hopes—there is a chance they could climb to No. 22 overall), but more likely an actual NHL forward. If we are building a successful team, and understanding the template for success (one rock goalie, four actual two-way defensemen, three centers true, four wingers who can cash), Edmonton actually gathered some pieces this year:

  • Goal: Cam Talbot
  • Defense: Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera, possibly Brandon Davidson (your mileage may vary, I am going to count him as a possible at this point).
  • Center: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  • Left Wing: Taylor Hall, Benoit Pouliot
  • Right Wing: Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov

Peter Chiarelli added two pieces (Talbot, Sekera), plus one each from the hockey Gods (McDavid), Brandon Davidson (Brandon Davidson) and possibly Todd McLellan (Nail Yakupov unlocked). So, by my count, that means Peter Chiarelli needs to add two defensemen this summer, and they could trade out a winger and add Patrik Laine at the draft (good lord willing and the creek don’t rise). Is Peter Chiarelli improving the heart of the order? Are you comfortable with Talbot? Do you worry about Oscar? For me, I would like a better two-way player on RW to go with one of Eberle or Yakupov, and am curious about Davidson and how much competition he will provide for the Hamonic—Demers additions.

  • Talbot, Brossoit
  • Klefbom—Hamonic, Sekera—Demers, Nurse—Davidson, Gryba
  • McDavid, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins, Letestu, Lander
  • Hall, Pouliot, Maroon, Korpikoski, Khaira
  • Eberle, Yakupov, Kassian, Hendricks

Thoughts? I figure the pick is part of the Hamonic deal, and Demers comes for just money. I also figure the Oilers won’t have enough to buy out Korpikoski, but that Khaira might force him to the pressbox during the year.

hurdle gif

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Lots to talk about, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Oilers turning north, World Cup of Hockey, spring training.
  • Antony Bent, FC Edmonton. Eddies traveling and those blasted Spurs vex me!
  • Lee Versage, TSN1200 Ottawa. Tim Horton’s Brier gets underway this weekend, plus some Senators talk.
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. Oilers on a roll, I think it important for the team to keep winning and show they are in fact turning north. Paul? God knows, but we will find out at 11:25.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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  1. russ99 says:

    McDavid!

  2. TeeVee says:

    So they didn’t pull him.

  3. BAUCE says:

    This is scripted right? Only explanation.

  4. Kmart99 says:

    Am I starting to see a pattern here?

  5. russ99 says:

    Wow. Wtf?

  6. kooler says:

    Crap

  7. Cahoon says:

    What is going on here?

  8. Halfwise says:

    Groundhog Day.

  9. Lowetide says:

    I would have pulled the goalie after the fourth goal.

  10. Melvis says:

    JFC. Kookalafunga. Enough already.

  11. jake70 says:

    I was going to joke…Mclelland should now call a time out after their last goal.

    Edit: but I didn’t have time to even type it…man

  12. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Question:
    At what point will the Letestu be held accountable for being a fucking piece of shit?
    If Lander can be scratched for eons why can’t Letestu sit for a game?

  13. TeeVee says:

    The only thing that’s made sense so far this game is Remenda’s an idiot.

  14. admiralmark says:

    Everybody still comfortable with Broissoit as back up next year? Uuuuuuuuugly.

  15. russ99 says:

    Can’t blame the goalie on nobody picking up the late trailer.

    McLellan’s hair is going to fall out getting these forwards to defend.

  16. kooler says:

    If the Oil score you pull LB….save the kid.

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

    AsiaOil:
    Let’s trade linemates and compare – put Ebs with Letestu and Yak with CMD over for the next 10 games and see who has more assists. To paraphrase Slats – a fire hydrant could draw assists playing with Connor McDavid. Eberle is on that line to score goals – if he’s not doing that – he’s not much use since he’s small, defensively weak and a non-factor physically. Ebs scored 2 goals in 10 games Bruce – that’s not cherry picking – it’s a fact. Perhaps he needs some time with Korpse and Lander to re-ignite his game. Worked wonders for Yak.

    Dude you are deliberately cherry picking stats to feed into a bizarre hate. IDon’t get it and your numbers are absolute crap because you are cherry picking them. Yes everyone agrees with you that Eberle wasn’t having a great year pre-McDavid, but now that they are playing together they are the best in the damn league.

    Crosby 19pts in 14 = 1.36 (+15) These numbers are nuts but the majority occur in the first 4 games (12 points and + 9)
    McDavid – 19pts in 15 = 1.27 (+1)
    Kane – 15pts in 12 = 1.25 (even)
    Karlsson – 16pts in 14 = 1.14 (-5)
    Eberle – 17pts in 15 = 1.13 (even)
    Kuznetsov 17pts in 16 = 1.06 (+5)
    Seguin – 15pts in 15 = 1.0 (-6)
    Gaudreau 16pts in 16 = 1.0 (+3)
    Benn – 13pts in 15 = 0.87 (-11)
    Pavelski 12pts in 14 = 0.86 (+6)

    This isn’t updated from last night but add a point to each of McDavid and Eberle. The point still stands and you are still wrong

  18. Regretzky says:

    TMac cost the team this game by not pulling LB after the 2nd goal. And I know they always have wait for 3 muffins but it was obvious early he was shaky.

  19. linkfromhyrule says:

    Pardy has been on for two of the goals scored immediately after we did.

    Korps-Letestu-Kassian is NOT working. Wish Nuge wasn’t injured…

  20. AsiaOil says:

    It’s why you still bring a vet in to challenge him next fall at TC. He’s got a year left of waiver eligibility so he shouldn’t be gifted anything. He does seem to be pretty fragile mentally at this level though – like how that screwy goal against WPG seemed to totally unhinge him for the rest of the shootout.

    admiralmark:
    Everybody still comfortable with Broissoit as back up next year? Uuuuuuuuugly.

  21. jake70 says:

    Ya know, they gave Columbus these grade A chances but the jackets are cashing in, ….they are putting the damn puck on net.

  22. BAUCE says:

    admiralmark:
    Everybody still comfortable with Broissoit as back up next year? Uuuuuuuuugly.

    Not even a little.

  23. magisterrex says:

    AsiaOil,

    I think LB’s confidence is Eberle’s fault. We should probably trade him.

    What do you think?

  24. Cahoon says:

    admiralmark,

    One bad game does not make him a bad option. in his 2 other NHL games he had a combined .964 sv%

  25. admiralmark says:

    Regretzky:
    TMac cost the team this game by not pulling LB after the 2nd goal.And I know they always have wait for 3 muffins but it was obvious early he was shaky.

    Didn’t do the team any favours putting Nikitin back in?! Columbus must be just overjoyed with the Oilers. 1st we take the bum off your hands. And then for no reason whatsoever we play him despite his obvious sub NHL Ability

  26. Halfwise says:

    Bipolarity may hit record amplitude here today.

  27. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Letestu and Korpse almost got over the blue line with possession but they put themselves offside.
    Baby steps.

  28. sliderule says:

    That is another horse shit call.

    If they don’t complain it won’t change

  29. Cahoon says:

    Can we get rid of Remenda yet? I can’t stand him.

  30. Ice Sage says:

    Bah – this is an insignificant game.
    The only take-away is that LB needs some more marinating.

  31. sliderule says:

    That is another horse shit call.

    Oilers need to complain like Babcock

  32. Regretzky says:

    That’s how you deal with soft penalties.

  33. godot10 says:

    Regretzky:
    TMac cost the team this game by not pulling LB after the 2nd goal.And I know they always have wait for 3 muffins but it was obvious early he was shaky.

    The Oilers play every 2nd day for the next 3.5 weeks. Talbot has to get rest sometime. You eff up the next three weeks putting in Talbot because of a bunch of shoddy play in front of a rookie goaltender. It isn’t the goaltender’s fault. Broissoit has to learn to battle when the team is playing lousy in front of him. Broissoit has to learn that being a backup means the starter ISN’T coming off the bench to save you. A backup’s job is to keep battling.

    Man…the short term thinking on this blog sometimes.

  34. Halfwise says:

    Good Fort McMurray boy there, Darren Gibbs. Used to ref our beer league.

  35. G Money says:

    Geez guys, every goalie has a bad game.

    He had two incredibly (unsustainably) good games, this was going to happen (unless you believe .964 is a realistic long term sv%).

  36. Lowetide says:

    I have to say, that entire sequence where Drew was questioning Fayne decision to rip it off the boards is a mystery to me. He sounded enraged about a routine decision.

  37. nelson88 says:

    I don’t know if it was McMumbles Tambellini or MacT that gifted us Remenda but that may be the transaction that ends my Oiler fandom.

  38. G Money says:

    nelson88,

    Sad isn’t it, so many things to be frustrated with!

  39. Cahoon says:

    G Money:
    Geez guys, every goalie has a bad game.

    He had two incredibly (unsustainably) good games, this was going to happen (unless you believe .964 is a realistic long term sv%).

    Same thinking that had people saying prematurely that Woodguy was wrong about Talbot, and that Nilsson was the goalie to go with in the future. You called it recency bias right?

  40. godot10 says:

    Jack Michaels << << << Rod Phillips.
    Drew Remenda << << << Ray Ferraro.

  41. Lowetide says:

    G Money:
    Geez guys, every goalie has a bad game.

    He had two incredibly (unsustainably) good games, this was going to happen (unless you believe .964 is a realistic long term sv%).

    No blame, things happen. I would have pulled him, though.

  42. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Healy or Remenda.
    Pick your poison.

  43. JDï™ says:

    nelson88:
    I don’t know if it was McMumbles Tambellini or MacT that gifted us Remenda but that may bethe transaction that ends my Oiler fandom.

    Well, see ya.

  44. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Eberle would be a 70 goal scorer if he figured out how to one-time a puck.

  45. BAUCE says:

    admiralmark: Didn’t do the team any favours putting Nikitin back in?!

    Coach probably played a hunch. Didn’t work out tho

  46. Cahoon says:

    godot10:
    Jack Michaels << << << Rod Phillips.
    Drew Remenda << << << Ray Ferraro.

    True, but I actually don’t mind Jack,

  47. godot10 says:

    Lowetide: No blame, things happen. I would have pulled him, though.

    An NHL backup has to know that help isn’t coming from the bench. No mercy pulls for backup goaltenders. Your starter has to rest. The backup goaltender is required to battle on.

  48. Kmart99 says:

    Drew Remenda is quite possibly the least entertaining color guy we’ve ever had

  49. ASkoreyko says:

    Lowetide:
    I have to say, that entire sequence where Drew was questioning Fayne decision to rip it off the boards is a mystery to me. He sounded enraged about a routine decision.

    It is almost as if he doesn’t like the Oilers. That is the only thing I can think of whenever I watch Sportsnet games.

    Him stating over and over again that Fayne’s decision was a bizarre choice is just wrong. You dump it off the boards and around as it takes more time off than straight down the ice.

    We got rid of Jultz, now we need to get rid of Remenda.

  50. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: I would have pulled him, though.

    Agreed, but what we don’t know really prevents us from judging. Maybe Cambot isn’t feeling well, and can’t go in unless someone goes Kypreos on LB’s knee. ?

  51. G Money says:

    Lowetide,

    I’m inclined to buy Godot’s version of events. It’s a third-in-four, it’s a busy finish, Talbot’s had a heavy workload, and the game actually doesn’t mean *that* much, so let him fight through it.

    Some are suggesting he’s a young goalie and we shouldn’t do that, but he is old enough at 22 (six months older than Yak!) that a tough night here or there should not break him.

  52. MrEd says:

    Halfwise,

    Probably where he learned the game. Love the beer leaguers.

  53. Halfwise says:

    Stupid game.

    But I’m still an Oiler fan. 38 years and counting. Happier this year than any time in the past decade.

  54. nelson88 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    i would gladly take louie debrusk at this point.

  55. MrEd says:

    Boll won that. Maroon has a solid jaw. Holy.

  56. G Money says:

    When you make that kind of hit with just a few seconds left, it should be a lengthy suspension.

    But if this were earlier in the game, I suspect the refs would have found a way to use the scrum as an excuse to leave the Oilers shorthanded.

  57. Lowetide says:

    Prout with an asshole play.

  58. MrEd says:

    That was dirty. (Proust hit)
    is that suspendible?

  59. Halfwise says:

    MrEd:
    Halfwise,

    Probably where he learned the game.Love the beer leaguers.

    He was far from perfect.

    His dad Barry played for the Blues, iirc. Or Barry was his uncle, I forget. Not the BeeGees singer…

  60. Pastor of Disaster says:

    Do we know why the face off came outside the zone? Not that it matters, but…

  61. Lowetide says:

    godot10: An NHL backup has to know that help isn’t coming from the bench.No mercy pulls for backup goaltenders.Your starter has to rest.The backup goaltender is required to battle on.

    And he did. I would have pulled him. This has nothing to do with Brossoit, it has to do with the team. They battled back, and the goals kept going in. A pull would have been appropriate.

  62. jake70 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Eberle would be a 70 goal scorer if he figured out how to one-time a puck.

    Agreed, goalies have that extra micro second to adjust.

  63. AsiaOil says:

    I think he’s talented but may need more seasoning in the AHL. Games like this are part of the process. People don’t give Talbot near enough credit for how he’s weathered this season. He had troubles early on but reset and came back strong. Not every young goalie can do that – a lot break in that situation – so we are lucky he’s got a solid head on his shoulders. But you never know until they face adversity and pressure at the NHL level – and the Oilers provide that in abundance. Give him 3 or 4 more starts this month and we will have a better gauge on him.

    G Money:
    Lowetide,

    I’m inclined to buy Godot’s version of events. It’s a third-in-four, it’s a busy finish, Talbot’s had a heavy workload, and the game actually doesn’t mean *that* much, so let him fight through it.

    Some are suggesting he’s a young goalie and we shouldn’t do that, but he is old enough at 22 (six months older than Yak!) that a tough night here or there should not break him.

  64. kinger_OIL says:

    – you know we need games like this down the stretch.

    – first the lower we finish the better odds of getting a better draft pick

    – second if we win a bunch of games we might be inclined to think we are almost there. We aren’t and there is lots of work to do.

    – third please please let this show that we need another bonafide G. Talbot-Brossoit is not playoff unless you are hoping for the best case scenario.

    – forth there is no correlation between performance when games don’t matter and how a team does next year.

    See mcdavid go supernova have Davy continue, see griff play well for a 10 game stint and talbot play consistent and klef and rnh come back healthy or shut them down. But don’t win too much.

  65. Regretzky says:

    admiralmark: Didn’t do the team any favours putting Nikitin back in?! Columbus must be just overjoyed with the Oilers. 1st we take the bum off your hands. And then for no reason whatsoever we play him despite his obvious sub NHL Ability

    He was fun to watch hey?

  66. Thor762 says:

    McDavid with another 2 points tonight. Even if the team is losing I’m hoping Connor gets 2+ points a night for the rest of the season to make the Calder decision look even worse if he’s not chosen.

  67. MrEd says:

    Halfwise,

    No doubt. He probably sucked even.

  68. cabbiesmacker says:

    kinger_OIL:
    – you know we need games like this down the stretch.

    – first the lower we finish the better odds of getting a better draft pick

    Yes damnit. There hasn’t been enough of those. 1,1,1,7,3,1. Thats just not fair to the poor Oilers.

    Facepalm.

    Utter incompetence.

  69. JDï™ says:

    Cue the return of verdud.

  70. G Money says:

    The line of Hall/Maroon/McDavid played 3:51 tonight and was 9-0 CF-CA.

  71. kinger_OIL says:

    cabbiesmacker: Yes damnit. There hasn’t been enough of those right? 1,1,1,7,3,1.Thats just not fair to the poor Oilers.

    Facepalm.

    Utter incompetence.

    Hey I’m just pointing out truths. Winning more for last 15 games has no bearing on next year and the higher the draft pick the better player or trade. McD 2 points per game and .500 is best.

  72. Lowetide says:

    G Money:
    The line of Hall/Maroon/McDavid played 3:51 tonight and was 9-0 CF-CA.

    Looked dangerous as hell too. Seemed to die down when 14 jumped in for Maroon, though.

  73. Halfwise says:

    MrEd:
    Halfwise,

    No doubt.He probably sucked even.

    One of our guys got into it with some godless opponent, and instead of getting between them Gibbs got behind our guy (who was a perfect gent at all times, I swear) and held his arms. You can guess how that turned out.

  74. kinger_OIL says:

    New house of cards is brain candy. Watching with wife and NHL.com and lowetide. Great combo.

  75. G Money says:

    Post game! https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/g67-oilers-at-darkly-coloured-outerwear/

    Some interesting stuff tonight. Yak-McD-Ebs struggled, but Hall-McD-Maroon and Yak-Drai-Ebs were outstanding. Seksy Fayne were incredible, the other two pairings not very good. Nikitin was terrible.

    After ripping him, Korpi gave me the finger with a decent 5v5 possession game. I seem to recall after ripping him mercilessly earlier in the year, he scored the GWG that game, so … sorry guys, I guess I was the member of the audience who was influencing the game tonight. 6-3 loss. Damn.

  76. MrEd says:

    Halfwise,

    That sucks. Ass-hat should’ve quit punching.

  77. Halfwise says:

    MrEd:
    Halfwise,

    That sucks.Ass-hat should’ve quit punching.

    Well our little angel turned around and punched Gibbs, and then there were some assault charges, and we all got to learn about consequences.

  78. cabbiesmacker says:

    kinger_OIL: Hey I’m just pointing out truths. Winning more for last 15 games has no bearing on next year and the higher the draft pick the better player or trade.McD 2 points per game and .500 is best.

    I know. It’s just difficult to absorb how badly Lowe, MacTavish, and Howson performed and that the trio is still around in any capacity. We shot stuff out behind the barn for a lot fewer reasons.

  79. kinger_OIL says:

    – hey LT just an idea : how about a RE for last 15 games? Per player, call ups, team record, etc.

  80. unca miltie says:

    Halfwise: He was far from perfect.

    His dad Barry played for the Blues, iirc. Or Barry was his uncle, I forget. Not the BeeGees singer…

    Barry was his uncle, John was his dad. Used to be fleet manager at Syncrude.

  81. MrEd says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Such a good show.
    Robin Wright. Cue that LT.
    Kevin Spacey.

  82. nafnikufesin says:

    cabbiesmacker,

    We won 5 cups in 7 years in our glory years. It seems almost fitting that we parallel that with 5 lottery wins in 7 years before we officially hit the reset button.

  83. Halfwise says:

    unca miltie: Barry was his uncle, John was his dad. Used to be fleet manager at Syncrude.

    Barry played in our league, and John would ref some games.

    Lots of talented people in the Fort in those days, in all walks of life.

  84. unca miltie says:

    Halfwise,

    Do you still live there? I was there, 85 to 98

  85. Halfwise says:

    unca miltie:
    Halfwise,

    Do you still live there? I was there, 85 to 98

    Left in 89, loved it, no regrets.

  86. unca miltie says:

    89 was the Suncor strike if I remember correctly

  87. Halfwise says:

    unca miltie,

    Suncor’s future was far from assured, and Syncrude seemed unstoppable.

    Times change.

  88. Gerta Rauss says:

    TMobile post game audio

    http://oilers.nhl.com/club/podcastplayer.htm?pid=98&iid=54311

    on Darnell missing shifts in the 1st period

    He took a stick to the eye and needed stitches. He was gone for that reason

  89. Dominoiler says:

    Lowetide: No blame, things happen. I would have pulled him, though.

    Hindsight is twenty twenty, but im thinking Talbot had earned a day off.. He’s won them games and played a lot.. Kid has his game.. wins arent as important nowadays, putting Tabolt in for the third is less urgent.. Team needs to play better in front of the kid, Todd stressed the ‘team’ has to be better.. Of course, LB had an off night, he’s part of that ‘team’ but the skaters need to play tighter D to support their Goalie.. First goal was two Rookies missing their guy (McD n Nurse), rookies, happens.. But Im thinking, goals all so quickly after Oiler goals tells me the skaters may be playing too loose after goals.. Looked like weak coverage for the 1st, 2nd (third goal was ugly), 4th was a decent PP goal, 5th, 6th..

    I also want to write about this.. maybe it isnt just the fans that are hard on the players, anyone catch the LB post game interview?.. The second media guy keeps on reiterating how bad the goaltending was, stressing the obvious negatives.. what a jerk, find another way to discuss the game, ease up on the negative story line (its already written).. ah well, im probably being too sensitive, but you can see it in the kids face.. fuck off, guy..

    Going out on a positive,.. Nice first assist, Pardy!..

  90. TeeVee says:

    MrEd:
    Boll won that.Maroon has a solid jaw.Holy.

    He definitely took a couple of heavy knuckles. I was a little disappointed that Maroon chose that fight. A totally meaningless bout that risked himself getting injured and he could’ve easily been dumped by that uppercut.

    I’m all for sending a message but the game was pretty much over. That’s a fight for a goon, not one of our newly acquired skilled big men.

  91. TeeVee says:

    G Money:
    The line of Hall/Maroon/McDavid played 3:51 tonight and was 9-0 CF-CA.

    I loved the look of that line.

  92. Dominoiler says:

    G Money:
    Post game!https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/g67-oilers-at-darkly-coloured-outerwear/

    Im thinking you let them off too easy with that fatigue rational.. maybe tho..

    Wow, those D-zone diagrams with the shots against are so telling (in a general sense).. Fayne is seeing a lot action get through the right side, far more than Sekera on the left.. Same with Pardy and Davidson.. (The 3rd pair Condors giving up tons right up front, ugly).. Those are both the weaker defenders on their pairs, plus the wingers on the right side are, for the more part, the weaker defenders too.. the right hand side is giving up so much, generally speaking, to go along with plenty of break downs in front of the net.. ouch..

    Sekera / Fayne, by far the best pair.. matching LTs eyes.. those diagrams dont lie, no shots from in close or the slot, no GA.. far, far better than the other two pairs..

    Thanks for making the data available and accessible in a visually relevant way..

    Am also curious about that shot distance curve comparison; Oilers giving up a lot from where Savard scored twice and not getting much from there themselves.. In close and from the point.. will be curious to see how consistent that is.. might even look back a few games, .. Could speak to playing within a system, but could be the D holding them to the outside more often?!..

  93. Big Dan says:

    Man, watching a replay of the game and listening to Drew Remenda – good lord. He was in a crusty mood. Please get rid of him!

    Broissoit is the real deal boys. I am rooting for the kid. Just one of the nicest people you’d ever meet and he LOVES the city of Edmonton. I felt bad for him because those backbreaking goals he let in after the Oilers just scored – yeah, I know he’s wishing he had made them. But those were Grade A chances being allowed on a kid in his 3rd NHL game. I was yelling at the TV “C’mon guys, stop being so sloppy and give that kid a break.” I am noticing a pattern where he is being hung out to dry by his teammates. I wish they’d buckle down a bit when he is in the pipes. That being said, the kid is resilient and confident. He’ll bounce back.

    It will be prudent for Chiarelli to acquire an Anton Khudonin on a 1-year deal. That way, the vet and kid can split the season as Talbot’s backup and stay fresh by getting into games for Bakersfield. Also, if Talbot got injured, the Oilers would still be in good shape (rather than putting too much pressure on a rookie). As Lowetide says, “Depth – it’s a real thing”.

  94. Caramel Batman says:

    That game was an excellent example of why the bottom of the roster matters. The good players all played well.

    Korpikoski, Nikitin, Nurse, and Pardy, however, were horrific.

    It is also put to bed the notion that Korpikoski is a good defensive player. If your eyes see him good defensively you don’t know what you are saying. What an awful player.

    It’s really too bad he played so poorly against Columbus. That was the one team there was hope might take him. The GM already took him for Finland, and he seems like a Tortorella type player.

  95. dustrock says:

    Drew Remenda might be the worst announcer of all time. Can’t stand ya!

  96. sliderule says:

    G Money,

    First time visitor to your site.

    I don’t too often agree with your conclusions but damn that is good information and well laid out

  97. Bob Arctor says:

    dustrock,

    It could always be worse. John Garrett is still working.

  98. Kmart99 says:

    Though Yak Drai Ebs looked good for a bit. Maybe it’s time for a shake up.

    Hall CMD Maroon
    Yak Drai Ebs
    Even without Poo and Nuge the top six still looks competent.
    Both those lines looked good by eye.

    Now about those 1RD and 1LD spots….

    So Hamonic asks for a trade and doesn’t get traded because the offers are too low….
    Pronger asks for a trade and is given away before the season even starts.

    Chia, please, FTLOG fix the D. Sekera, Gryba, Pardy, Clendening…. These are ok adds but BDavy can’t be one of the two best Dmen going in to next season.

    Klefbom Hamonic
    Sekera Davidson
    Nurse
    ….. Even that combination isn’t good enough.

  99. Kmart99 says:

    dustrock,

    +1

    Goodness he is painful to listen to.
    He is so biased against the Oilers. Combine that with a dull personality and comments that make zero sense and you get Mr. Remenda. Im sure he is a great guy and I hate ripping on him for poor performance but come on man.

  100. Johnny skid says:

    Kmart99: So Hamonic asks for a trade and doesn’t get traded because the offers are too low….
    Pronger asks for a trade and is given away before the season even starts.

    that is one example of why this team is at the bottom of the standings.

  101. frjohnk says:

    Kmart99: Though Yak Drai Ebs looked good for a bit. Maybe it’s time for a shake up.
    Hall CMD Maroon
    Yak Drai Ebs
    Even without Poo and Nuge the top six still looks competent.
    Both those lines looked good by eye.

    I really want to see Hall and McDavid for a few games. They were put together at the beginning of the year and had OK results. But McDavid was just getting his feet wet. If they ever clicked, they would be the most dangerous duo in the league.

  102. Kmart99 says:

    frjohnk: I really want to see Hall and McDavid for a few games.They were put together at the beginning of the year and had OK results.But McDavid was just getting his feet wet.If they ever clicked, they would be the most dangerous duo in the league.

    Yup. I can’t imagine the 9-0 shot share for Hall CMD Maroon was lost on TMac. I suspect that line will get another look.

    Interesting how over 95% of CBJ’s shots last night came from their Left side(or our RD side).
    I wonder if that was a strategy based on the lack of RD depth on this Oilers roster.

  103. Kmart99 says:

    frjohnk: I really want to see Hall and McDavid for a few games.They were put together at the beginning of the year and had OK results.But McDavid was just getting his feet wet.If they ever clicked, they would be the most dangerous duo in the league.

    I really want to see Nuge with CMD too. I also want to see three lines with solid centremen a la unicorns.
    I wonder how many pts were lost in the standings due to the CMD, Klefbom, Nuge, Ebs, Poo, Yak, and Gryba injuries. One has to think at least 3-5 wins were missed because of those injuries.

  104. Kmart99 says:

    Is it odd that I read FrJohnk as Fur-jongk?
    It’s obviously wrong now that I think about it. Is it Father John. K. ?

    I prefer Fur-Jongk.

  105. frjohnk says:

    Kmart99:
    Is it odd that I read FrJohnk as Fur-jongk?
    It’s obviously wrong now that I think about it.Is it Father John. K. ?

    I prefer Fur-Jongk.

    I’m a Can Yuke ( Canadian Ukr)

  106. who says:

    Looked like the team slept walked throught the first 5 minutes. Pretty even game after that. Bobbled a few pucks away at the wrong time and missed coverages on the backcheck really cost them. But you have to get a save from your goalie once in a while. The shots that beat him looked like good shots or flukes but I can’t remember him making one good save.. Liked the lines in the third period. Thought Kassian played well with Korp and Letestu. Think Nuge would look good at center there. We have 5 NHL dmen signed to contracts next year. Sek, Klef, Dav, Fayne, Nurse. Chias main task this summer is to bring in a quality dman without giving up one of these. My preference would be quality dman in, quality forward out. Really can’t speculate on trades involving the draft pick next year when you don’t know the pick. Big difference in value between 1 ov and 10 ov. I am against trading the pick, maybe trading number 1’s if the return is right and we can draft high enough anyways.There are some other bottom dwellers that may want Matthews more than us if we get the first pick. They may give us a quality d for swapping that pick. I know everyone is looking at a Hamonic trade in the summer, and I would do Hamonic for Eberle in a heartbeat, but I think Edmonton is Snows second choice. A Hamonic for Trouba deal just makes so much sense for both teams it is hard to imagine we can beat that.

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