G12 2016-17: OILERS AT ISLANDERS

The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders are tied together by history. Two Stanley Cup Finals encounters, and a lot in common in terms of franchise ebbs and flows, this should be a productive decade (starting now) for both clubs. This century has been a series of false starts and perennial building for the New Yorkers, but there is more than enough talent to make this go. Edmonton? Tracking behind, perhaps the potential success arc is higher because of Connor McDavid. Unlike the Edmonton-Toronto trumped up rivalry, this confrontation is worth discussing. After the 1983 SCF (a painful yet educational loss by Edmonton), Stan Fischler wrote an article that appeared in The Hockey News.

  • Fischler: There are those who believe that someday the Oilers will win the Stanley Cup. Do not believe it. As long as Glen Sather runs the Oilers, they can be stopped. Wayne Gretzky is Ted Williams–a winner but not a champion. That’s an important distinction. Williams has no World Series ring and Gretzky–with all of his style and grace–may never have a Stanley Cup ring. It (a SC) may never come if Gretzky persists in taking the dives and then bawling at the officials. Nor will it come if the Oilers play the same guttersnipe hockey–Gretzky, Kurri and a few other clean ones excluded–played by their glory-less leader when he was tramping around the NHL.

Five Stanley’s later, the Oilers dynasty ran its course. I remember the exact spot I was when reading it—Best Western lobby, Medicine Hat—and have never forgotten the feeling. The 1984 Stanley was sweet as wine.

CONEY ISLAND BABY, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 7-2-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in November 2016: 0-1-1 goal differential -3
  • Oilers after 11, 2015: 4-7-0, goal differential -6
  • Oilers after 11, 2016: 7-3-1, goal differential +7

I have slotted reasonable as 15 points in 15 November games, so the club is a hair behind—but a win today gets the team back to do. I do not see Edmonton winning back to back this weekend. A year ago, Edmonton lost 5-4 to the Calgary Flames on a goal scored nine seconds before time expired. Man. These memories are mostly awful.

DEFENSE, AFTER 11

defense-after-11

  • All numbers via NaturalStatTrick.
  • Despite a couple of poor recent performances, the numbers for Klefbom—Larsson have been solid to terrific (depending on the metric you value above). In the two poor games, both men are chasing the puck too much and losing position often—exposed in big moments of the game. Can’t have that.
  • Nurse—Gryba has performed well, as has Nurse—Benning in recent days. As a third pairing, I think this is the kind of player card we should be pretty happy with at this time. The concern? Neither man is ideal to move into a top 4D role at this time—and that may be needed, sooner than later. Brandon Davidson, we miss you.
  • Russell—Sekera is struggling badly across the board now, none of the numbers above reflect an effective pairing. Russell’s numbers are better than Sekera’s, and I wonder if we see this pairing shuffled in the next little while.
  • 5×5/60 for defensemen so far (via Corsica): Sekera (1.03); Russell (0.97); Nurse (0.76); Klefbom (0.65); Larsson (0.62). All of these numbers are good, with the Sekera-Russell pairing legitimately impressive.
  • The G-A-PTS totals for D so far this season is 3-13-16 (1.45), last season defenders posted 24-78-102 (1.24). If the defense can manage to keep up this pace, the season ending totals would be 22-97-119.

FORWARDS, AFTER 11

forwards-after-11

  • The line changes are going to impact these numbers in a big way, but it is interesting to see Patrick Maroon already up the charts before his McDavid minutes.
  • Connor McDavid has no poor numbers, it is across the board beautiful.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seen his numbers recover and is now on pace for a typical season.
  • Benoit Pouliot had a wobble there in the middle of these 11 games but he remains quality.
  • Milan Lucic has rock solid numbers and may be sliding onto the LD line. They have chem, could be good.
  • Jordan Eberle has solid numbers as always, on pace for his fourth consecutive 20-goal season.
  • Zack Kassian has been a surprisingly effective offensive player as well as serving as a world-class nuisance for the opposition.
  • Leon Draisaitl’s numbers are flagging a little, I think the addition of Lucic to that line will help both players.
  • Mark Letestu is on pace for a 45-point season, and some people still don’t like his performance. Sheesh!
  • Jesse Puljujarvi keeps doing things that keep him in the lineup, don’t think he is going to sit tonight. Todd McLellan mentioned his progress just the other day, suspect the Finn is here for the long term. I am uncertain about his moving to the RNH line, it will be interesting.
  • Anton Lander is emerging as an effective PK man and posting some offense. A very nice development.
  • Tyler Pitlick’s rambunctious style is a real worry for opponents, but he took a late penalty in the Rangers game and needs to avoid that kind of negative.
  • 5×5 scoring for centers is Letestu (2.58); McDavid (2.38); Nugent-Hopkins (2.11) and Draisaitl (1.29). Much discussion about Lucic getting moved off the 97 line, but Leon needs some 5×5 help, too.
  • 5×5 scoring for LWs is Lander (2.41); Pouliot (1.97); Maroon (1.27) and Lucic (1.14). There is little doubt that Lucic and Maroon need to deliver more, the shuffle should help.
  • 5×5 scoring for RWs is Pitlick (2.92); Kassian (1.87); Eberle (1.53) and Puljujarvi (1.25).
  • The forwards so far have delivered 31-36-67 (6.09) compared to 175-253-428 (5.22) one year ago. If the forwards continue on this track, they would post 231-268-499 over an 82-game season.
  • All told, Edmonton this season is on track to eclipse the 2015-16 Oilers (199 goals) by 54 goals (253).

CAM TALBOT

I think we can see the path to the playoffs for the 2016-17 Oilers. Unable to achieve a balanced roster in his second year as general manager, Peter Chiarelli (and Todd McLellan) will have to ride Connor McDavid and Cam Talbot all year long—and hope for internal developments (RHD, Pisani, backup goalie) like Matt Benning, Anton Lander and Laurent Brossoit.

Talbot has been terrific, and as much venom as he has received for the Reinhart and Hall trades, Peter Chiarelli should get some credit for acquiring Talbot.

  • Overall save percentage: .927 (No. 9 among regulars)
  • Even-strength save percentage: .926 (No. 13 among regulars)
  • Power-play save percentage: .952 (No. 3 among regulars)

Talbot has played a lot, and will probably get a day off this weekend (my guess is against Detroit on Sunday). Edmonton’s chances of making the postseason rely on Talbot posting a strong number, and through 11 games he has been golden. Team MVP? You could make the case.

CHIARELLI’S RECORD

chia-trades

  • I think the Talbot trade gets obscured (rightly) by the Hall and Reinhart deals, but that was a helluva deal to address need that has worked out. His smaller moves have been mostly good as well, in my opinion. Maroon and Kassian have certainly covered their bets.
  • Mentioning the good deals and ignoring the elephant in the room is wildly unfair, and I wonder if anyone feels there is a chance the Hall and Reinhart deals ever turn net positive for Edmonton. I do not, interested in your opinion.
  • I did not include the Nail trade, still mulling over a grade. Seriously, I am not certain how much blame one can lay at the feet of Peter Chiarelli on this deal. Thoughts?

NEWS AND NOTES

  • You should always wait five years for prospects—especially those taken outside the lottery. That said, we can count the arrows and Dylan Wells is having a helluva run. Now boasting a .926 save percentage for a run-of-the-mill team, Wells is having a tremendous run.
  • Zach Nagelvoort hasn’t played much this year, but stood on his head last night and now boasts a save percentage of .931.
  • Aapeli Rasanen is killing it in the USHL, now at 9gp, 2-8-10 and No. 2 on his team in scoring.
  • Nick Ellis and Laurent Brossoit are becoming a big story in Bakersfield (along with Jujhar Khaira). Both goalies are stopping pucks at an excellent rate, and there is at least a chance the Oilers may have a real prospect in Ellis. Stay tuned!
  • Anthony Beauvillier will be in the lineup tonight, Mathew Barzal is unlikely (although possible). The Islanders acquired two picks for Griffin Reinhart, trading up for Beauvillier and selecting Barzal with the first-round selection.

 

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  1. nelson88 says:

    CrazyCoach: Yup, five minutes and a Game Misconduct.

    Horrible, dangerous hit to the head.From another angle, it looks like he hit face first

    don’t get the Oilers game so have been watching canucks vs leafs. hate both teams but like the sedins. has turned into a very dirty game with lots of punk shit going on.

  2. Gret99zky says:

    fuck ya!

  3. Pouzar says:

    I honestly have not heard Ladd’s name the whole night. Actually forgot he was an Islander till the SO.

  4. blainer says:

    Yessssss!!!

  5. The Trade Guy says:

    Is the building full of carbon monoxide. Everyone seems lethargic.

  6. Ice Sage says:

    Le Test is passed!

  7. Lowetide says:

    Oilers win the game. 1-1-1 on the road trip.

  8. square_wheels says:

    Fuck ya the Bville Pontiac !!!!

  9. Yak Efron says:

    Do the kids get to play on the snow piles behind the nets now that the games over?

  10. Ice Sage says:

    Pouzar:
    I honestly have not heard Ladd’s name the whole night. Actually forgot he was an Islander till the SO.

    I still hate the once-Hurricane fecker

  11. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    TESSTUUUBBBEEE!!!!!

  12. unca miltie says:

    Well that makes my prediction of 4 points on this trip look better. Now hoping for 5.

  13. russ99 says:

    Letestu!!!

    Ice cold Cammy Ghostbuster. He ain’t fraid of no pucks.

  14. blainer says:

    Back to 500 for the trip

  15. jp says:

    Well there’s your two points.

    I mean, 2 points is 2 points. Not the best effort, but good to see all the same!

  16. Pouzar says:

    blainer:
    Back to 500 for the trip

    Shit gets interesting now. Beck and Slepy?

  17. Ice Sage says:

    Yak Efron:
    Do the kids get to play on the snow piles behind the nets now that the games over?

    Yeh, what’s with the no Zamboni stripe before the SO? If ever there was a rink that needed it…

  18. Fog of Warts says:

    That was nice. Jack Michaels pretty much toasted his tonsils during the OT.

  19. Professor Q says:

    Very scary.

    Hopefully Kadri finally gets suspended. He’s been playing dangerously all season so far.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GYojvkK9wTY

  20. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Man is Letestu looking good this year…

  21. Zelepukin says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Is the building full of carbon monoxide. Everyone seems lethargic.

    Totally.

  22. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Wait no mcdavid in the shootout?

  23. Professor Q says:

    russ99:
    Letestu!!!

    Ice cold Cammy Ghostbuster. He ain’t fraid of no pucks.

    Nor of any goals.

  24. blainer says:

    Don’t know what the fancies are gonna say but I loved Nurse’s game tonight. More please ..

    Thought Benning looked good also.

  25. Gret99zky says:

    nelson88: don’t get the Oilers game so have been watching canucks vs leafs. hate both teams but like the sedins. has turned into a very dirty game with lots of punk shit going on.

    both goalies tossed due to line brawl???

  26. flyfish1168 says:

    So who gets called up from the farm for tomorrow nights game? Khaira only?

  27. russ99 says:

    Professor Q:
    Very scary.

    Hopefully Kadri finally gets suspended. He’s been playing dangerously all season so far.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GYojvkK9wTY

    Oh man, that was nasty, hope he’s going to be ok.

  28. CrazyCoach says:

    Love it!

    Yeah those 3 on 3 OT’s sure are gimmicky…

    |Said no one ever!

  29. Lowetide says:

    flyfish1168:
    So who gets called up from the farm for tomorrow nights game?Khaira only?

    Khaira is hurt. My guess is Beck, and Slepyshev draws in.

  30. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    I know we won and all… but man is McDavid snakebit right now…

  31. Lowetide says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    I know we won and all… but man is McDavid snakebit right now…

    That is not something we should spend time worrying about. Regression to the meat will be along shortly.

  32. nelson88 says:

    Gret99zky,

    Ya, goalies didn’t actually fight but Martin jumped the small rookie D and to his credit Miller (spits) dropped the gloves immediately and jumped in. lot’s of dirty play following the high hit on Daniel Sedin.

  33. jm363561 says:

    Ok, we did not play great and had two men down, yet still got two points. A bit of luck and a lot of grit – I like it. Still not convinced about Nurse but he is definitely coming on. Great special teams – PK must be almost best in the league.

  34. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Professor Q: Hopefully Kadri finally gets suspended. He’s been playing dangerously all season so far.

    What do you think is more of a deterrent for these reckless plays from punks like Kadri?
    Losing a few thousand bucks and missing a few games from suspension, or having to eat fists from some heavyweight?

  35. Lowetide says:

    John Marino with an assist tonight.

  36. Lowetide says:

    Graham McPhee with an assist.

  37. Yeti says:

    Pouzar: Shit gets interesting now. Beck and Slepy?

    Slepy and 7D is my guess…

  38. Professor Q says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: What do you think is more of a deterrent for these reckless plays from punks like Kadri?
    Losing a few thousand bucks and missing a few games from suspension, or having to eat fists from some heavyweight?

    As he did get the latter but probably won’t stop, hopefully the former. Although the NHL actually has to follow its own rules and increase suspensions drastically to combat these sorts of things, which it hasn’t been doing and those emails proved that (and they haven’t been enticed to increase suspensions and improve refereeing even after they were exposed).

    I don’t think he’ll be deterred from doing what he did even after he got punched into the corner and turtled. But the Leafs fans and apparently the NHL are loving his play, despite the repercussions.

    And he is indeed encouraged and will step it up eventually where it might just be impossible to not penalise him severely. Unfortunately on the other end there will be more and more injured players, increasing in severity.

    I’m not a fan of fighting in the game, full out. That’s just my opinion.

  39. nelson88 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket,

    The refs/oilers/league let Kadri get away with a few on McDavid and not surprisingly got the behaviour they incent. First face off against the Canucks he slashed Henrik’s stick out of his hand and no penalty? One of the few times i agree with Cherry. Someone from the Oilers should have planted him even if it meant an instigator. They have to send a message and send it early in McDavid’s career.

  40. Ice Sage says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    I know we won and all… but man is McDavid snakebit right now…

    6 shots tonight, though

  41. Lowetide says:

    Kris Newbury from Mark Fraser and Beck.

  42. Oilspill says:

    blainer:
    Don’t know what the fancies are gonna say but I loved Nurse’s game tonight. More please ..

    Thought Benning looked good also.

    Other than a few defensive plays and some lucky assists I thought Benning strggled 5×5.

  43. lynn says:

    Yeti: Slepy and 7D is my guess…

    I think you are correct. How does Beck get to Detroit for tomorrow night when he’s playing Bakersfield tonight?

  44. Oil2Oilers says:

    Coach saying Puljuarvi has a charlie horse, knee not in trouble!

  45. Gordies Elbow says:

    Davidson, Fayne, Hendricks, Kassian, Puljujarvi, Russell, Pakarinen, Caggiula, Ference

    Infirmary is getting pretty full, isn’t it?

    Nice to see guys like Lander, Pitlick, and Benning step up, though, isn’t it?

  46. Lucinius says:

    square_wheels:
    Lucinius,

    Pretty good, hard on the puck, good lanes

    Good to hear. I’m a big supporter of Lander. It’s a shame his offense hasn’t really translated to the NHL but he does so many good little things he has earned his place on this team. Hell, his pk work (along with Letestu and Talbot) has been amazing.

  47. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Kris Newbury from Mark Fraser and Beck.

    And just whom is this Newbury, eh?

  48. unca miltie says:

    That is a relief

    Oil2Oilers:
    Coach saying Puljuarvi has a charlie horse, knee not in trouble!

  49. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    nelson88:
    Klima’s_Bucket,

    The refs/oilers/league let Kadri get away with a few on McDavid and not surprisingly got the behaviour they incent. First face off against the Canucks he slashed Henrik’s stick out of his hand and no penalty? One of the few times i agree with Cherry. Someone from the Oilers should have planted him even if it meant an instigator. They have to send a message and send it early in McDavid’s career.

    I was watching the Toronto feed during the leafs game and when marancin was punching mcdavid in the back of the head after the whistle Ferraro was going berserk about the oilers needing to not let that aggression stand with mcdavid. Unfortunately no one the leafs paid for their handling of mcdavid that night.

  50. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide: Khaira is hurt. My guess is Beck, and Slepyshev draws in.

    To bad I was really hoping to see him up here. Is it a long term or day to day one?

  51. lynn says:

    Professor Q: And just whom is this Newbury, eh?

    An AHL veteran on a PTO, 34 years old.

  52. Lowetide says:

    Professor Q: And just whom is this Newbury, eh?

    Minor league veteran

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=42303

  53. Ice Sage says:

    Gordies Elbow:
    Davidson, Fayne, Hendricks, Kassian, Puljujarvi, Russell, Pakarinen, Caggiula, Ference

    Infirmary is getting pretty full, isn’t it?

    Nice to see guys like Lander, Pitlick, and Benning step up, though, isn’t it?

    Depth.
    It’s a good thing.

  54. Lowetide says:

    flyfish1168: To bad I was really hoping to see him up here. Is it a long term or day to day one?

    He played earlier in the week, did not play last night and tonight.

  55. lynn says:

    flyfish1168: To bad I was really hoping to see him up here. Is it a long term or day to day one?

    Too bad Khaira is injured right now. He and Beck are easily the best players in Bakersfield.

  56. nelson88 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Ya. I blame the Oiler coaches. Understand taking the high road on most occasions and i hate staged fights in hockey but when a team is taking liberties with your 19 year old superstar it is entirely appropriate to send a message in the heat of play. Take the binders off. The Oilers have one of the toughest line ups in the league. You’ll only have to demonstrate that once or twice and 90% of that shit will stop.

  57. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide: Minor league veteran

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=42303

    I was being silly, haha.

    But thank you.

    I feel as if we’ve had more prospects playing in Bakersfield this year than Veterans, although I could be just seeing it wrong. A good thing, but sucks when we get all of these injuries.

  58. blainer says:

    We win a 4 to 3 game in the shootout when the PP goes two for three,

    We need the PP to work. Special teams were real good tonight.

    I am expecting Connor to get back on track very soon.

    Scheduled game loss tomorrow IMO. The team looked gassed from the 2nd period on.. Doesn’t help when you are down two forwards.

  59. Professor Q says:

    Also, how about those snazzy new helmets the B. C. Lions sport?

  60. Zelepukin says:

    Pitlick was the best thing to come out of tonight’s game, after the 2 pts.

    brought energy every shift, made smart plays and his approach to forechecking created chances out of nothing. He is one of the only guys that seems to separate the d-man from the puck in a way that you don’t normally see.

    It will not be long before he is getting top 6 minutes.

  61. Professor Q says:

    We probably finally see the backup properly tomorrow, correct?

    And I don’t know…Detroit has been hit or miss this year. We just might pull through.

  62. Pescador says:

    I know it’s a bit late, I had to watch on the PVR.
    Woooot Tube!!!

  63. hunter1909 says:

    CrazyCoach: Wish they made you hate it enough to do something that involves sex and travel and forever leave this blog.

    Do you want to know who you remind me of? Ricky Gervais; except Ricky Gervais is funny.

    Seriously, I was this close to taking a long break from everything OIlers, until they scored in the shoot out.

    8-3-1 is good enough to keep this sap going, for the next two games at least.

  64. CrazyCoach says:

    Oil2Oilers: Coach saying Puljuarvi has a charlie horse, knee not in trouble!

    Phew!

  65. hunter1909 says:

    Yak Efron:
    Do the kids get to play on the snow piles behind the nets now that the games over?

    It’s Brooklyn. After the game the kids will steal the car.

  66. lynn says:

    Beck with a goal and two assists for Bakersfield so far tonight. He could fit in on right wing for the Oilers long term, due to injuries and lack of depth.

  67. hunter1909 says:

    Letestu should be taking half of Eberle’s paycheck.

  68. CrazyCoach says:

    hunter1909: Do you want to know who you remind me of? Ricky Gervais; except Ricky Gervais is funny.
    Seriously, I was this close to taking a long break from everything OIlers, until they scored in the shoot out.
    8-3-1 is good enough to keep this sap going, for the next two games at least.

    Funny, you remind me of Orson Welles, except without all that, “Genius” baggage.

  69. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I dunno I feel like the team will win tomorrow because they’ve got nothing to lose.

  70. Professor Q says:

    lynn:
    Beck with a goal and two assists for Bakersfield so far tonight. He could fit in on right wing for the Oilers long term, due to injuries and lack of depth.

    His time in the NHL Beckons?

  71. Feelin Saad says:

    What kind of shit storm would have ensued had Letestu missed and NYI scored?

    No McDavid in the SO?

    Would it be considered the equivalent of Crawford not taking Gretzky in ’98?

    Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about it today.

  72. Lowetide says:

    Ricky Gervais is hilarious, and CC is a valued member of this blog community. 4-1 now Moroz and Ryan Hamilton scoring.

  73. flyfish1168 says:

    hunter1909:
    Letestu should be taking half of Eberle’s paycheck.

    Eberle needs to work on his shot with a different coach. He will never be a Kurri

  74. CrazyCoach says:

    Don’t know why I had the Flames game on, but the announcers mentioned that Versteeg is out 2-3 weeks with a groin injury.

    The dice are coming up 7 this season

  75. lynn says:

    Professor Q: His time in the NHL Beckons?

    Nice pun. And the truth.

  76. blainer says:

    nelson88:
    Réal Goudenyéu,

    Ya. I blame the Oiler coaches. Understand taking the high road on most occasions and i hate staged fights in hockey but when a team is taking liberties with your 19 year old superstar it is entirely appropriate to send a message in the heat of play. Take the binders off. The Oilers have one of the toughest line ups in the league. You’ll only have to demonstrate that once or twice and 90% of that shit will stop.

    Having the shitty skating heavyweights in the game are over now. But dirt bag players like Kadri need to be dealt with.. period.

    This is where we really miss Hendy. He is the one guy IMO who would go after those scum bags and is afraid of no one in the league and I hope has just enough gas in the tank to finish out the year playing decent hockey.

  77. lynn says:

    flyfish1168: Eberle needs to work on his shot with a different coach. He will never be a Kurri

    Eberle is a good player. I hope he is enjoying his good days with the Oilers.

  78. Lucinius says:

    Feelin Saad:
    What kind of shit storm would have ensued had Letestu missed and NYI scored?

    No McDavid in the SO?

    Would it be considered the equivalent of Crawford not taking Gretzky in ’98?

    Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about it today.

    Eh… I’m torn. On the one hand.. how do you defend not having your best player (by a mile) not in the shootout?

    On the other, McDavid himself has said he sucks at them.

  79. blainer says:

    hunter1909: Do you want to know who you remind me of? Ricky Gervais; except Ricky Gervais is funny.

    Seriously, I was this close to taking a long break from everything OIlers, until they scored in the shoot out.

    8-3-1 is good enough to keep this sap going,for the next two games at least.

    Datta boy hunter. Glad you came back, This team is gonna have their off nights this year. I really believe we have turned north if we could just stay healthy.

    Just a heads up don’t count tomorrow as on of those two games. The team is playing an early game and will be gassed on a back to back.

  80. Professor Q says:

    flyfish1168: Eberle needs to work on his shot with a different coach. He will never be a Kurri

    Oates?

  81. Zelepukin says:

    Lucinius: On the other, McDavid himself has said he sucks at them.

    That’s also McD saying that. As Jason Gregor tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/JasonGregor/status/795094005096718336

  82. flyfish1168 says:

    lynn: Eberle is a good player. I hope he is enjoying his good days with the Oilers.

    You are correct he is a good player. Just doesn’t have the one timer or quick release like good goal scores. Rather deke it to the back of the net. That’s not a bad thing but not when you are getting nice passes from McDavid.

  83. Zelepukin says:

    lynn: Eberle is a good player. I hope he is enjoying his good days with the Oilers.

    To be honest that was a good road game from Ebs. One where he drove the offense, when more often then not, he’d take the easy option, hang back and only look to be the trailer or dish it off at every opportunity.

  84. lynn says:

    Zelepukin:
    Pitlick was the best thing to come out of tonight’s game, after the 2 pts.

    brought energy every shift, made smart plays and his approach to forechecking created chances out of nothing. He is one of the only guys that seems to separate the d-man from the puck in a way that you don’t normally see.

    It will not be long before he is getting top 6 minutes.

    After years of frustrating injuries, Pitlick’s career is turning around. He, Slepyshev, Beck, and Khaira could remake the bottom six of the Oilers in the next year.

  85. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lowetide: That is not something we should spend time worrying about. Regression to the meat will be along shortly.

    Yeah your right…. Btw, love the blog and always look forward to reading it!
    Oilers win WOOOOOT!!

  86. hags9k says:

    Got to enjoy the game here tonight at the lake with my dad, while we kept flipping back and forth between the Habs game. (his team)

    Caught most of the Oilers game and thought they looked ok for a team now a bit dinged up and on the road.

    The thing for me is they were on the road and in an 0-2 hole real quick. Earlier models would have broke down and it would have been a cruise control win for the home team from the second period on. This team is improving.

    I missed the Kassian injury, anybody care to summarize?

    Shootout sounded like this. LETESTU!? What the hell no McDavid!? Cmon what the hell are they thiLETESTU!!!!!!!!

  87. digger50 says:

    Feelin Saad:
    What kind of shit storm would have ensued had Letestu missed and NYI scored?

    No McDavid in the SO?

    Would it be considered the equivalent of Crawford not taking Gretzky in ’98?

    Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about it today.

    So, so true

  88. MrEd says:

    Maroon-McDavid-xxx
    Pouliot-RNH-xxx
    Lucic-Leon-xxx
    Lander-Letestu-xxx

    In a way I’m glad that Pitlick is going to get more time. Same with Slepyshev.

  89. leadfarmer says:

    Just because your a top offensive talent doesn’t make you good at shootouts and just because you’re not doesn’t make you bad. Hendricks has been money with the paralyzer for years and LaTesttube has done well finishing his breakaways this year

  90. Lowetide says:

    Tyler Benson scores for Vancouver Giants.

  91. flyfish1168 says:

    Johhny cocky and the phlegms looking good.

  92. lynn says:

    Taylor Beck is dominating at the AHL level. Four points so far tonight. The Oilers need him at right wing.

  93. Seismic Source says:

    Simpson is getting called up?

  94. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Tyler Benson scores for Vancouver Giants.

    I’m very happy about Benson. I hope this continues!

  95. lynn says:

    Seismic Source:
    Simpson is getting called up?

    Yes, indeed. Not sure if he got to New York for tonight’s game. Maybe he’ll be in the lineup in Detroit tomorrow night. Good for him. He has paid his dues for this chance.

  96. Pescador says:

    Love your passion Hunter, hope you don’t need a hiatus. Your comments always make me smile, I thought the Oilers drove ME up the wall.
    Kind of dick comments there coach, you seemed like such a kindly old man.
    Unless there is some reference to your sex & travel and never come back post that most of us missed?

  97. Westchester Oil says:

    At the game tonight. Special teams were excellent, but otherwise I thought we were a tad fortunate to win. I know we got outshot but I’d be curious to see what the Corsi was for tonight. The Islanders blocked a lot of shots and I couldn’t believe how many times we missed the net.

    Tons of Oiler jerseys in the crowd tonight – I’ve never seen so many in a game outside of Edmonton before.

    Having been to both the Rangers and Islanders games these last few days, I have to say the Rangers & Islander fans really hate each other – it’s obvious from all the anti-Islander or anti-Ranger chants, even when they’re not playing each other. I have immense respect for that. I’m starting to think that we don’t show our hate for the Flamers enough.

  98. Pescador says:

    flyfish1168:
    Johhny cocky and the phlegms looking good.

    Quickless Kings not looking good.

  99. flyfish1168 says:

    Pescador: Quickless Kings not looking good.

    As long as they’re good enough to beat up johhny cocky and the plegms tonight.

  100. Professor Q says:

    Interesting narrative from Sportsnet (and apparently “Hall of Fame Defencemen-Turned-Coaches) regarding shot side for D.

    They think it’s better to play weaker defencemen on their offside, because they don’t make plays anyway?

  101. MrEd says:

    Westchester Oil,

    The Flames suck. Seriously.

  102. Gordies Elbow says:

    MrEd:
    Westchester Oil,

    The Flames suck.Seriously.

    Yes.

    Yes, they do.

  103. lynn says:

    MrEd:
    Maroon-McDavid-xxx
    Pouliot-RNH-xxx
    Lucic-Leon-xxx
    Lander-Letestu-xxx

    In a way I’m glad that Pitlick is going to get more time.Same with Slepyshev.

    A lot of xxx at right wing. After tonight, I think Taylor Beck will take one of the xxx spots.

  104. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    This won’t be popular with some but I have to agree with Cherry. Oilers will continue to get pushed around and have McDavid shut down until they push back really really hard on the shit play like Kadri and Marincin that Leaf game.

    They’ve got some bigger bodies now and there is no need to drop gloves but laying on the body HARD once in a while or being the first in a scrum to do something nasty like the first punch or a nasty face wash.

    Just once I’d like to see them push back instead of the whole “pay them back on the power play” philosophy. Which as we have seen up until today has definitely NOT been a major deterrent to opposing teams.

  105. Oil2Oilers says:

    Random thought

    One day, a couple years from now, an opposing player is going to do something stupid (Thachuk on the flames is a safe bet) and it is going to make Draisaitl angry. Angry Draisaitl will dominate the game scoring goals and wrecking everyone in his path. It will be a beautiful thing.

  106. B S says:

    Walter Gretzkys Neighbour,

    I’ll agree with you, especially since the stupid PP threat didn’t work before, when we had a vaunted top 3 PP to to tout.

    I do think this whole problem would go away if the damned refs would just call the initial penalties to begin with. I know they aren’t going to catch everything, but you don’t see this kind of reckless bullshit in international hockey. Stop looking through the rule book for “instigating with a visor” penalties, and just call a hook a hook for crying out loud.

  107. Diesel says:

    I’m guessing the actual ice at JLA will feel great on sluggish legs tomorrow. Like a nice dose of Simpson & Son Revitalizing Tonic.

  108. Lowetide says:

    Benson 1-2-3 tonight, 14gp, 8-9-17 on the year.

  109. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    B S:
    Walter Gretzkys Neighbour,

    I’ll agree with you, especially since the stupid PP threat didn’t work before, when we had a vaunted top 3 PP to to tout.

    I do think this whole problem would go away if the damned refs would just call the initial penalties to begin with. I know they aren’t going to catch everything, but you don’t see this kind of reckless bullshit in international hockey. Stop looking through the rule book for “instigating with a visor” penalties, and just call a hook a hook for crying out loud.

    Excellent point. NHL refs have always had a tendency to let things other than hockey dictate how a call is made.

    Wasn’t someone here doing a project analyzing games for ref bias?

  110. Gordies Elbow says:

    Lowetide:
    Benson 1-2-3 tonight, 14gp, 8-9-17 on the year.

    That is awesome.

    That said, posters should go to Sports Club Stats tonight.

    Top of the list.

    Happy times.

  111. Walter Gretzkys Neighbour says:

    Also absolutely love seeing Calgary getting trounced. And Johnny Homey doing what he does best on the road – nothing!

  112. hunter1909 says:

    Kings killing Johnny Hockey by hitting him and generally being bigger than he is. It would be a shame if he busts, just after signing that Horcoffian contract.

    PS: Flames play like they’ve been Eakinized.

  113. meanashell11 says:

    Westchester Oil:
    At the game tonight. Special teams were excellent, but otherwise I thought we were a tad fortunate to win. I know we got outshot but I’d be curious to see what the Corsi was for tonight. The Islanders blocked a lot of shots and I couldn’t believe how many times we missed the net.

    Tons of Oiler jerseys in the crowd tonight – I’ve never seen so many in a game outside of Edmonton before.

    Having been to both the Rangers and Islanders games these last few days, I have to say the Rangers & Islander fans really hate each other – it’s obvious from all the anti-Islander or anti-Ranger chants, even when they’re not playing each other. I have immense respect for that. I’m starting to think that we don’t show our hate for the Flamers enough.

    I was there as well, I should be GreenwichOiler!.

    Lots of Oiler fans in the house tonight and usually the Islander fans are pleasant enough. Not tonight… some were just dicks.One near me spent the night telling all the Oil fans that we will just trade McD like we did Gretzky. That we suck and hope we enjoy the lottery again next spring. When Letestu scored I think about 50 Oiler fans turned and pointed at him. He had nothing to say!

    The ice was bad, the game was slow because they shoveled the ice constantly, they had guys on the ice with all kinds of instruments and the temperature in the rink was freezing.

    I hope JP is back soon as he and Maroon looked great out there. Pitlick as well. RNH had a strong game but when his head bounced off the ice I was worried. Looked ok afterward. Nurse had an incredible game, Gryba was a mean SOB. Benning, there’s a player there.

  114. hunter1909 says:

    B S: I do think this whole problem would go away if the damned refs would just call the initial penalties to begin with. I know they aren’t going to catch everything, but you don’t see this kind of reckless bullshit in international hockey.

    NHL refs are the Dominican Order of the NHL.

    You have as much chance of changing their method than arguing that the earth is flat.

    The Refs completely gave Boston carte blanche to wipe the Canucks out during that final series. Vancouver played that horrible diving whining style that if they’d won the rest of the NHL would duly have copied; then everyone would start diving, whining, and the Refs wouldn’t want that, would they?

  115. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    Benson 1-2-3 tonight, 14gp, 8-9-17 on the year.

    Debrincat has 30 in 13.

    #stillshouldatakenDebrincat

  116. Seismic Source says:

    Another good night in the conference for us. No Bettmans in our division.

  117. Professor Q says:

    hunter1909: NHL refs are the Dominican Order of the NHL.

    You have as much chance of changing their method than arguing that the earth is flat.

    The Refs completely gave Boston carte blanche to wipe the Canucks out during that final series. Vancouver played that horrible diving whining style that if they’d won the rest of the NHL would duly have copied; then everyone would start diving, whining, and the Refs wouldn’t want that, would they?

    And the worst thing is that you can’t critique them or risk being fined or suspended.

    They literally have no accountability, and the league isn’t enforcing its rules anytime soon.

  118. JimmyV1965 says:

    Professor Q:
    Very scary.

    Hopefully Kadri finally gets suspended. He’s been playing dangerously all season so far.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GYojvkK9wTY

    Frickin joke. This crap is a direct reflection of Babcock. I can’t stand Kadri, but I really really don’t like Babcock. Thank goodness we are well suited to deal with this shit now. I really hope a strong message is sent to the Leafs right away during our next meeting.

  119. B S says:

    hunter1909,

    Except that’s what embellishment calls are for. Lord knows they like to call them on the Oilers often enough.

  120. JimmyV1965 says:

    hunter1909:
    Letestu should be taking half of Eberle’s paycheck.

    I thought Ebs was one of the better players out there tonight.

  121. Ice Sage says:

    hunter1909:
    Kings killing Johnny Hockey by hitting him and generally being bigger than he is. It would be a shame if he busts, just after signing that Horcoffian contract.

    PS: Flames play like they’ve been Eakinized.

    Their new coach has that same uninspiring, overwhelmed whiff about him – what did the late, grate DSF call it?
    “All hat, no cattle”
    Fitting for Cowtown

  122. JimmyV1965 says:

    flyfish1168: You are correct he is a good player. Just doesn’t have the one timer or quick release like good goal scores. Rather deke it to the back of the net. That’s not a bad thing but not when you are getting nice passes from McDavid.

    The numbers don’t lie though. He’s one of the highest scoring players in the league over the last five years. He’s in a slump right now. Book 30 goals this year.

  123. Pescador says:

    JimmyV1965: I thoughtEbs was one of the better players out there tonight.

    He played hard, he was unlucky not to cash. Those hands are ridiculous. He just needs a goal- it is his oxygen. I was hopeful Maroon would produce on that line, he did not disappoint.

  124. JimmyV1965 says:

    lynn:
    Taylor Beck is dominating at the AHL level. Four points so far tonight. The Oilers need him at right wing.

    Awesome!! He’ll be coming up brimming with confidence.

  125. JimmyV1965 says:

    LMHF#1: Debrincat has 30 in 13.

    #stillshouldatakenDebrincat

    Both were good picks. The best of the second round. Benson is a lot better than the good character, low skill guys we usually take in the second round.

  126. JDï™ says:

    Pouzar: I honestly have not heard Ladd’s name the whole night.

    You really had to look for him in the pbp.

    Early days, but seems like a great contract.

  127. BONE207 says:

    hunter1909: Do you want to know who you remind me of? Ricky Gervais; except Ricky Gervais is funny.

    Seriously, I was this close to taking a long break from everything OIlers, until they scored in the shoot out.

    8-3-1 is good enough to keep this sap going,for the next two games at least.

    Don’t you go anywhere Hunter, until you give me the prize money for the Death March. I’ll also contribute to your hospital expenses for the ankle breaks that you may yet suffer.

  128. Pescador says:

    BONE207: Don’t you go anywhere Hunter, until you give me the prize money for the Death March. I’ll also contribute to your hospital expenses for the ankle breaks that you may yet suffer.

    What’s your number Bone?
    I have 81

  129. BONE207 says:

    Pescador: What’s your number Bone?
    I have 81

    I picked 86. I thought a couple Bettman points over .500

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  132. bassguy says:

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  133. blainer says:

    Very happy with the win last night. We will need it.

    I am not expecting a win in the next two games. We will need the Monster to steal one for us today. After Detroit we are off to Pittsburgh. Jeebus. That team is on fire lately with the return of Sid.

    Now one never knows for sure but IMO it will take a couple of big games for CMD and the goatlending. A win in either of these two games would be HUGE.

  134. Frank the dog says:

    Has anyone else notices how the injuries are mounting up? Only difference from last year is it”s the 6″s and 7’s at the moment, not the face cards -yet.
    I have no confidence in the monster. He has known holes, good for winning goals from a winning team.
    Nor do I see the visious, fire breathing intimidator Lucic was back in the day when the Bruins beat up Van.
    I was sickened to see CMD totally manhandled by Kadri and Lucic barely raised a hand.
    I remember how Georges Laraque transformed from a deterrent to a gentle eloquent non fighter. Looks to me that Lucic has seriously lost his mojo. Dammit.
    Anyway Im becoming borderline interested in this team. Not sure if im even going to watch Detroit let alone the Pittsburgh massacre.

  135. Professor Q says:

    LMHF#1: Debrincat has 30 in 13.

    #stillshouldatakenDebrincat

    If we had, then we could fulfill the prophecy and have what should have been Erie teammates in Caggiula-McDavid-DeBrincat…

    But I’m more than pleased with Benson taking one of those roles.

    Any idea if Katz might try for another Oil Kings takeover via trading for Oilers prospects again?

  136. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    hunter1909:

    Flames play like they’ve been Eakinized.

    Yeah, that’s exactly what I was thinking a couple days back… weird seeing it on a rival team instead of us that’s for sure…
    GOOOO OILERS!!!!

  137. dustrock says:

    Watched the first 2 periods of Pittsburgh destroying San Jose last night.

    Pens might have been a little lucky but Crosby is on fire right now and they just know how to beat the Sharks.

    Looked kinda like the Oilers with the HDSC rather than overall shots.

    That will be a test for the Oilers.

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