G14 2016-17: OILERS AT PENGUINS

Tonight will be billed as McDavid versus Crosby, but I am looking forward to seeing the gap between the two teams. Pittsburgh has a slight edge in even-strength stats (50.5 percent in 5×5 shots for, Edmonton 50.2) but it is not a runaway train. We are not yet (20 games) at a point where we can trust the overalls, but the trends are encouraging in some areas (5×5 possession) and discouraging in others (5×5 scoring on skill lines, power play prowess). A long road trip ends tonight, and a win would make this a wildly successful November trip.

CALL OUT THE INSTIGATORS, 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: 2-1-1 goal differential -2
  • Oilers after 13, 2015: 5-8-0, goal differential -5
  • Oilers after 13, 2016: 9-3-1, goal differential +8

One year ago, Edmonton lost (at Rexall) 2-1 to these Penguins. Pittsburgh has depth, quality and they are coming off a 5-0 lashing of the San Jose Sharks—in San Jose. If this was last year, I would mention something about a test this team wasn’t up to, hey maybe the Oilers get fed just like the Sharks did the other night. Edmonton’s weekend gives them a little breathing room either way, but two points banked tonight would be further evidence of a strong turn north this season.

DEFENSE, AFTER 13

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  • All numbers via NaturalStatTrick.
  • Klefbom-Larsson is emerging as a strong pairing, but will be tested in a big way tonight. Klefbom (0.54) and Larsson (0.51) are not ripping it up offensively at 5×5—that isn’t their gift—but the pairing is emerging as a trustworthy duo for Todd McLellan.
  • Nurse—Gryba are a solid third pairing and are playing opposition at par this year—and give the club some real depth this season. Nurse (0.61) and Gryba (0.00) are not 5×5 scoring monsters nor should we expect it. This is a pairing devoted to leather over lumber. I like their performances in recent games.
  • Sekera—Russell (and Benning) are the most offensive defensemen at 5×5. Sekera (0.87) and Russell (0.93) are delivering well and Matt Benning (1.15) is off to hot start. This pairing is struggling in possession, and for me (I like my CorsiRel) this is going to be an issue as time goes on.
  • 5X5 starts via the always brilliant Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com.

CORSI REL, AFTER 13 (BLUE)

  1. Oscar Klefbom 2.8
  2. Darnell Nurse 1.8
  3. Eric Gryba 1.8
  4. Adam Larsson 0.5
  5. Kris Russell -4.2
  6. Andrej Sekera -4.8
  7. Source

We are not yet at 20 games, but the evidence continues to pour in. CorsiRel is my defensive measure of choice, and it is (so far) smiling about Klefbom, Nuge and Gryba, and frowning on that Russell-Sekera pairing. We can argue it, and maybe Matt Benning saves the day, but counting on rookies is a bad idea.

FORWARDS, AFTER 13

forwards-after-13

  • The McDavid and Nuge lines are winning the HDSC game, and Leon’s trio should be. One thing these numbers do not show? The 4line’s impact offensively.
  • Connor McDavid is running at a 54 percent Corsi with Milan Lucic, 44 percent without—early days mind, and I think Patrick Maroon is capable of cashing those 97 passes.
  • Leon Draisaitl is a little shy in the HDSC’s and for me his WOWY performances away from Patrick Maroon should be stronger. It is silly to call Leon a disappointment, but Edmonton needs him to gobble up those soft minutes and deliver 5×5 offense.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Benoit Pouliot go together like peanut butter and jam, really good numbers and Zack Kassian has been a solid addition to the line as well.

5×5/60, AFTER 13 (FORWARDS)

forwards-scoring-after-13

  • This is a somewhat remarkable list. Source
  • Tyler Pitlick is scoring at a 2.62/60 rate and has a shooting percentage of 21 percent. This is unsustainable for sure—I do like the fact he is shooting a lot, though. His shot tends to produce rebounds. Hang in there young man!
  • Mark Letestu has a shooting percentage of 22.2 percent, and he isn’t going to be at this end of the chart by season’s end.
  • Connor McDavid is down drastically from a year ago and the Oilers are 9-3-1. He was 2.69 and 7.10 last season, betcha by golly wow that 5×5/60 number spikes and right soon.
  • Milan Lucic and Jordan Eberle are underperforming, but it is important to recognize how early we are in the process. As a for instance, if he had one more 5×5 point, his number would be 1.56—these are early days and we will have to give this team a little more time to establish itself.
  • The encouraging thing, as mentioned above, is the team’s record depite the low numbers here for the McDavid line and Draisaitl line.
  • These are five-by-five numbers and do not include empty netters.

TOTAL RECALL

The Penguins have called up Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel for tonight, one is an enforcer and the other is a puck mover. Teams have been trying to cut off lanes and momentum against McDavid on this road trip, and he has been relatively quiet in the last five games (0-2-2). All that really means is that his breakout is imminent and perhaps we get a taste of it tonight. His wingers really need to cash some of the myriad 5×5 chances.

SCHEDULE

After tonight’s game against the Penguins, Edmonton comes home to play Dallas on Friday and the Rangers on Sunday. Next week is going to be a tough one—road games in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Dallas. As good as the current record looks, I think six points in those six games should be regarded as a solid return.

RETURNING?

Rumblings about Jesse Puljujarvi or even Drake Caggiula playing soon, it will be fascinating to see who comes out when everyone is healthy. Taylor Beck can be returned and I do think Anton Slepyshev gets sent out when Caggiula is activated. The big decision will come when it is time for Matt Hendricks to be activated—Tyler Pitlick and Anton Lander have set up shop on the 4-line (with Mark Letestu) and I think it would take a prolonged slump by team and player for Todd McLellan to hit shuffle.

There was a time when Raimo Summanen was regarded as a big time option for 99 on LW, and this would have been during that time. One thing we should watch for when this Caggiula fellow finally makes his debut: Chemistry with the big talent. If he could slide in and contribute with any of the three tenors, Edmonton has an inexpensive and productive offensive option. It is a big damned deal, that next Summanen. Not all of them become impact solutions for five years, but even a strong run in-season can make a big difference.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show, beginning at 10 on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. Sid vs. Connor is the major story, what will Jon be looking for?
  • Corey Graham, Oil Kings PBP. He is calling the Canada-Russia game tonight at Rogers Place, we will test him on Russian names.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Where do the Oilers place in his power rankings? Is this team turning true north? Plus CFL playoffs.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Bonus Frank! The big game tonight in Pittsburgh, linear crossovers.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. JDï™ says:

    OilClog: Wait too far?

    Naw…

  2. Jethro Tull says:

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeee

  3. Soup Fascist says:

    Ebs didn’t need that at all ……. phew.

  4. Oil2Oilers says:

    Off the Shnide, Finally. 3 more please

  5. fuzzy muppet says:

    Beauty. Great pass by maroon to get it to McD

  6. Ryan says:

    Feed?

  7. Spengler says:

    EBERLE!

  8. spoiler says:

    Yeah baby!!

  9. JDï™ says:

    Dat pass tho…

  10. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Great goal, good for 14

  11. Lucinius says:

    Wow..

    Everything there.

    Wow.

    Especially the pass out of the zone.

  12. fuzzy muppet says:

    Larsson makes some real nice subtle passes. Old oilers teams would have just tried to smash that up the boards

  13. JDï™ says:

    Ryan:
    Feed?

    Lots of good feeds here: http://tinyurl.com/nv363z7

  14. frjohnk says:

    Soft Goal

  15. Lowetide says:

    McDavid picks up his 10th assist. he could get well past 50.

  16. spoiler says:

    Ryan:
    Feed?

    There’s this little known site called Reddit…

  17. dcsj says:

    Penguins broadcaster on Nuge three on two rush “Oilers look like the Penguins on the rush”

  18. fuzzy muppet says:

    Thats a clear boarding uncalled

  19. spoiler says:

    And whoever had Scott Wilson was right…

  20. Spengler says:

    Maroon!!

  21. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Centres are doing some nice work down low transporting the puck out quickly, Lucic with I think 7 bad passes already

  22. fuzzy muppet says:

    McD just made doumilin look real bad

  23. Gerta Rauss says:

    ahahahahah….what a Maroon

  24. Lowetide says:

    McDavid picks up his 11th, assist. he could get well past 55.

  25. Soup Fascist says:

    Hey. I think this McDonald kid can skate.

  26. Oil2Oilers says:

    Maroon’s thought process there, give puck to McDavid, stake to net, stick on ice!!! Brilliant

  27. spoiler says:

    Double yeah baby!!

  28. JDï™ says:

    Oh no he dint!

  29. Spengler says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid picks up his 11th, assist. he could get well past 55.

    Even when I see them coming these comments make me laugh.

  30. frjohnk says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    McD just made doumilin look real bad

    He does that to many Dmen

  31. GMB3 says:

    Connor McDavid is reaaaaaallllly good.

  32. Lucinius says:

    So.

    This McDavid guy.

    I heard he might be good, yeah?

  33. hunter1909 says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

  34. delooper says:

    Maroon almost plastered McDavid on the end boards on that goal!

    And Hillary might very well take Florida.

  35. RPG says:

    OMG is this real!

  36. spoiler says:

    Benning’s okay

  37. fuzzy muppet says:

    Oops
    Benning with the double whammy

  38. Gerta Rauss says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    McD just made doumilin look real bad

    visions of Grant Ledyard ….

  39. Fog of Warts says:

    I multitask almost never … world must be coming to an end or something, with FOMO on line two.

    Hmmm, need to be careful to WOOT in the right tab. This is a new thing for me.

    WOOT!

    Yup, the tab checks out.

  40. spoiler says:

    I feel like Hemsky should’ve got a freebie from the refs there.

  41. spoiler says:

    It’s Nurse so I’d probably shoot too, but…

  42. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s a nice first period

  43. fuzzy muppet says:

    Outside of Lucic, they look like they belong

  44. JDï™ says:

    Are they going to play Jultz 20 minutes tonight, just to troll us?

  45. Chachi says:

    I hope McDavid was paying attention to Crosby on that penalty on Benning. That was a world class dive. Nice and subtle.

  46. Zelepukin says:

    JDï™:
    Are they going to play Jultz 20 minutes tonight, just to troll us?

    lets hope so because that will not turn out well for them.

    Other than Lucic and the Benning turn-over, that was a fantastic all-around period.

    I think the Pens broadcasters said more good hockey observations about the Oilersin 20mins than Remeduh has said all year.

  47. GMB3 says:

    The speed Pittsburgh moved the puck with is incredible, especially on the PP. Their first unit is 4 lefties, one righty shot.

    They are so fast and move the puck so well. I love seeing crisp tape to tape passes. I hope that one day Edmonton can move the puck like this.

  48. JDï™ says:

    dcsj: Penguins broadcaster

    This has been a delightful change from the Detroit feed. That was awful.

  49. DenverOilFan says:

    Although it’s been said many times many ways, Lucic is not looking very good getting the puck out on the left boards.

  50. jm363561 says:

    Good morning from Manila. Watching at work on Yahoo – grateful for all updates. Surprised no one is worried at the lack of secondary scoring😀

  51. Lucinius says:

    I continue to be impressed with the PKing. Good effort, smart stick work, good decision making. They look like they have a plan and are executing it (opposite of the powerplay, really)

    But McDavid’s speed.. just criminal. It’s breath-taking to watch.

  52. Oil2Oilers says:

    Man after a period like that my determination not to believe in this team until the end of November is in danger of slipping.

  53. jake70 says:

    McDavid on the 2nd goal, just incredible. The theft on the backcheck then all the way to the other end.

  54. Melvis says:

    The left side breakout to Lucic has been a suspect strategy for awhile. Was that a Bees thing? And what’s the fix? A right hand D – and out the starboard side?

  55. Spengler says:

    jm363561:
    Good morning from Manila. Watching at work on Yahoo – grateful for all updates. Surprised no one is worried at the lack of secondary scoring

    Used to love my trips to Manila to play footie at the nomads sports club there!

  56. Greg says:

    Patty Maroon, smartest man in the world. Give the puck to McDavid, skate as fast as I can to the net with my stick on the ice. Go to all star game.

  57. spoiler says:

    That Sid pic is hilhairious…

  58. Bos8 says:

    It’s just good hockey. Talk about entertainment.

  59. Professor Q says:

    delooper:
    Maroon almost plastered McDavid on the end boards on that goal!

    And Hillary might very well take Florida.

    Trump will blow a 3:1 lead?

  60. spoiler says:

    Bail the rookie out guys

  61. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    I feel like Hemsky should’ve got a freebie from the refs there.

    Honestly felt the same thing. Including Hemsky.

  62. Professor Q says:

    My Internet hasn’t been working for a week on my desktop, so I haven’t been able to watch GameCentre. 🙁

    I’ve enjoyed the commentary and highlights!

  63. spoiler says:

    oh dear gord, thank you Klef

  64. Spengler says:

    Is Wheatnoil the one tracking these exit polls I keep hearing about tonight?

  65. OmJo says:

    Jordan Eberle with a beauty.

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

    What a goal!

  67. Spengler says:

    EBERLE!!

  68. Oil2Oilers says:

    Benning defending a 4 on 1 might just of poo’d his pants a little bit.

  69. Soup Fascist says:

    That was easy.

    *presses red Staples button

  70. fuzzy muppet says:

    Sekera was just bailed out int he biggest way.

    Ebersqueeeee

  71. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: Honestly felt the same thing. Including Hemsky.

    It’s going to take me a while to get used to.

  72. Lowetide says:

    Eberle is horrible.

  73. spoiler says:

    Sick just sick

  74. JDï™ says:

    I feel guilty for watching this for free.

  75. geowal says:

    EBERLE looked so lazy and disinterested when he scored that goal.

  76. OmJo says:

    McDavid > Crosby?

  77. hunter1909 says:

    Beauty Gooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaal by Eberle!

  78. GMB3 says:

    Okay someone clarify this for me.. I’ve seen Murray leave ther trapezoid twice to play the puck in the corner?

  79. jake70 says:

    Firewagon hockey….woohoo.

  80. Picturesque says:

    That is some fun hockey to watch! End to end to end, what a 17 second sequence!

  81. GMB3 says:

    Does McDavid get an assist for drawing both Pittsburgh defenders to him and giving Ebs all day

  82. hunter1909 says:

    Another “Statement” game tonight.

  83. Oil2Oilers says:

    Having to remove Crosby line from checking the McDavid line. Sweet

  84. jake70 says:

    I like that McDavid shot the puck on the initial 2 on 1 with Ebs, then Eberle waiting on the goal, great. Oh, and then there’s Talbot.

  85. geowal says:

    Picturesque:
    That is some fun hockey to watch!End to end to end, what a 17 second sequence!

    And we were the ones who cashed! Still not used to it.

  86. spoiler says:

    Fucking Maroon is perfect.

  87. geowal says:

    GMB3:
    Does McDavid get an assist for drawing both Pittsburgh defenders to him and giving Ebs all day

    Since he made the initial pass, yes!

  88. OmJo says:

    I just hope Crosby doesn’t decide to pull a Crosby and take over the game.

  89. spoiler says:

    Crosby is so good.

  90. Woodguy says:

    I promise to never whine about “heavy hockey”

    The Oilers can hang with PIT.

    It’s real and spectacular.

  91. Soup Fascist says:

    When is McDavid going to start to cash in on some of these setups from his teammates? Slacker. 😉

  92. Lucinius says:

    This game should be.. 6-4 Oilers at this point.

    Entertaining as hell, but.. these games are laxatives for coaches.

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

    Woodguy,

    Isn’t it wonderful?

  94. JDï™ says:

    Woodguy: It’s real and spectacular.

    Win or lose, this is good.

  95. Hockey Project says:

    Connor McDavid’s legs are kind of like Walter Johnson’s pitching arm 100 years ago: too much for the players of his era to handle.

  96. Oil2Oilers says:

    OmJo:
    I just hope Crosby doesn’t decide to pull a Crosby and take over the game.

    To avoid McDaivid he is having to go against Nuge. Nuge is up to the challenge. Center depth is so nice to have. After years of mud we as fans deserve this.

  97. spoiler says:

    I feel like they played those nine and a half minutes in like six minutes

  98. hunter1909 says:

    Bennings already becoming a favorite.

  99. fuzzy muppet says:

    Nurse looks much more calm this season. Its impressive.

  100. spoiler says:

    Hockey Project:
    Connor McDavid’s legs are kind of like Walter Johnson’s pitching arm 100 years ago: too much for the players of his era to handle.

    Gorddamn you’re old!

  101. hunter1909 says:

    Nurse always takes the man every time, and most of the time dishes out, fittingly for a nurse- pain.

  102. JDï™ says:

    I expect the biggest test to come in the third period, but playing the Champs to this point so far, elicits the opposite of shame.

  103. hunter1909 says:

    I like the Oilers defence.

    I’ve never said that since they had Gilbert/Souray/Visnovsky/that other guy – back in the days when they iced an all third line top 12, lol.

  104. Yakupov me says:

    Nurse is looking more and more confident with the puck. Love how he just spun away from the forechecker and skated the puck out of harms way.

  105. hunter1909 says:

    JDï™:
    I expect the biggest test to come in the third period, but playing the Champs to this point so far, elicits the opposite of shame.

    I wish the game would end now.

  106. spoiler says:

    That’s everything you want from your 4 line, right?

  107. fuzzy muppet says:

    Whelp. Not the best change there

  108. Gret99zky says:

    Drai is the new lazy soft & disinterested.

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

    Piss poor shift by Leon right there

  110. Zelepukin says:

    worst shift of the game there. That line is not doing well against Malkin.

  111. Lowetide says:

    Shiza. Leon didn’t get that puck deep.

  112. spoiler says:

    Poor work by the Fs

  113. Lowetide says:

    I heart Darnell.

  114. Jethro Tull says:

    Pens coach getting Crosby away from the McDavid line. Fascinating, captain.

  115. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lowetide,

    He gonna put on another 10 pounds and be an eliminator. Its very exciting

  116. spoiler says:

    There’s a lot of confidence in Nugget’s game right now

  117. Yakupov me says:

    Praying that this is the game where multiple lines get some offense going. We’ll need two more to win this one.

  118. spoiler says:

    Gino evidently has never been in the White House press room…

  119. Spengler says:

    This game has been great to watch. Horrible for my nerves but such exciting hockey.

  120. spoiler says:

    Hagelin’s speed has been an issue, but what a game…

  121. spoiler says:

    Benning has to learn about the backhand in the middle of the ice.

  122. Yakupov me says:

    Can we get Ralph Krueger to Skype Sekera between periods and return him to games 1-5 form?

  123. Oil2Oilers says:

    I would suggest the team got a little fat and happy during that period.

  124. spoiler says:

    Y’know…. Hemsky doesn’t look out of place out there.

  125. Zelepukin says:

    Biggest test of the year for Drai/Lick on that line match up. They need to be much smarter on reading that line defensively.

  126. theDjdj says:

    Larsson’s commitment to defense is amazing. Terrific defensive awareness.

  127. BeerMe says:

    McDavid is already better than Crosby.

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

    Line 1 is running the tables right now. Could have had two more.

    Line 2 is sawing off, JP a step behind but some good work overall

    Line 3 is getting caved by the eye test

    Line 4 sawing off perhaps a step behind.

    Talbot made some great saves but lots kept to the outside. Gotta watch those cross-crease/ice passes (Pens have to as well FFIW)

  129. Lowetide says:

    I have no idea what will happen in this game, but I am all-in on this team. I love them. Man.

  130. Dustylegnd says:

    Fantastic game game and all the Oilers players that have explosive speed and quickness like MacDavid, Eberle, Nurse and Nuge all shining with superior skating quickness and explosiveness

    Drai, Lucimodo, and Pool party all struggling with a lack of explosive skating and good lord those blue line give aways by Lucimodo are unacceptable on every level

    This team is built to play in the West no doubt about it…thank goodness we have limited games against the eastern Gazelle teams

    Talbot just unreal 1 more time

  131. Spengler says:

    Lowetide:
    I have no idea what will happen in this game, but I am all-in on this team. I love them. Man.

    I like watching the Edmonton Oilers play hockey. Wow, does that good to say! Or type, rather…

  132. Soup Fascist says:

    spoiler:
    Hagelin’s speed has been an issue, but what a game…

    You spelled McDavid wrong.

  133. spoiler says:

    Good assessment by Larsson.

  134. LadiesloveSmid says:

    OK let’s tighten up a little bit, I’d like to see less chasing around from Sekera-Benning. Run out the clock, boys!

  135. Zelepukin says:

    Dustylegnd: Drai, Lucimodo, and Pool party all struggling with a lack of explosive skating and good lord those blue line give aways by Lucimodo are unacceptable on every level

    This. Literally no one can afford to make poor possession decisions when playing the Pens and you can’t give that much space to the Malkin line.

  136. Zelepukin says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: Line 1 is running the tables right now. Could have had two more.

    This is one of those games where the opponent has never played McD and are too cocky with gap control and he is making them pay every shift.

  137. Oil2Oilers says:

    Holy shit, that whiskey I poured was way to big, I am agreeing with John Shannon

  138. spoiler says:

    Puck management is more important this period than speed.

  139. fuzzy muppet says:

    Im not the only one pooping my pants every time they get crosby out against the drai line right?

  140. Soup Fascist says:

    Someone attended the Ben Scriven’s School of Puckhandling, this summer, I see.

  141. spoiler says:

    Closest thing to a tire fire we’ve seen all game and Klef calms it down.

  142. Yakupov me says:

    Has Gryba ever been having good chances lately. Wish he could cash!

  143. fuzzy muppet says:

    Pants officially pooped

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

    Bad bad goal there

    edit: Also a bunch of shitty luck, Malkin tipped that puck funny and while I don’t question his skill that as lucky. Excellent play by Letestu there.

    Push back boys you got this!

  145. Yakupov me says:

    Pitlick just killed Talbot.

  146. LadiesloveSmid says:

    for fuck sakes

  147. spoiler says:

    Damn they skated hard back, but it’s Malkin.

  148. Professor Q says:

    Goalie Interference?!

  149. LadiesloveSmid says:

    game goes from like an 80% chance win to 40% over the course of 10 regulation minutes

    hang on to a fucking lead oilers

  150. LadiesloveSmid says:

    my optimistic guess was 4-3 OT win, calling 5-3 regulation loss now but I’ll take credit for whichever turns out correct

  151. spoiler says:

    Nurse can still skate himself into traps.

  152. BeerMe says:

    What the fuck was that by Benning

  153. spoiler says:

    rookie mistakes

  154. Professor Q says:

    What was the faceoff issue? Cut out on me.

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

    Ok lots of standing around right now. Someone needs to take charge on that bench ASAP, confidence is flagging.

  156. fuzzy muppet says:

    The tide has turned. Its hold on for a point mode

  157. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Momentum ALL penguins, edmonton is not winning this game

  158. spoiler says:

    Kessel in the slot

  159. Zelepukin says:

    ya lots of non-playoff team mistakes going on.

  160. dcsj says:

    Professor Q,

    Pens broadcasters think Lander used his hand not his stick. Looked like stick to me (completely unbiased viewpoint of course)

  161. Oil2Oilers says:

    Slepyshev explaining to the Ref with a smile on his face “I am not as short as you”

  162. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Doesn’t look like a W, but some good things happening out there at the end of a long trip. Nurse’s confidence is at 9.56/60. Loved the railroad job at the pens blue line. Closed the gap in a hurry

  163. Wolfie says:

    Are you kidding me?!?

  164. Yakupov me says:

    What a fcking joke. McDavid clearly interfered with in the neutral zone then the Pens get the PP immediately after….

  165. LadiesloveSmid says:

    well you can stop McDavid from starting up at centre ice by sticking your leg between his legs but don’t dare clip a pen!

  166. jm363561 says:

    Man, a real test of resiliency here. (I am talking about me, not the team, by the way).

  167. Professor Q says:

    How can they call that and not the stick being in McDavid’s skate?

  168. Klima's_Bucket says:

    So, is it safe to assume that it’s fair game to dump all players skating through the neutral zone?

  169. Oil2Oilers says:

    Best ice microphones in the league

  170. Wolfie says:

    Make up call right there…

  171. Yakupov me says:

    Not sure I’d go Drai luch 4×4….

  172. Zeabs93 says:

    Wow, surprised the refs called that penalty against the Pens! Guess it needs to be that blatantly obvious for them to call anything against the home team. Fucking brutal.

  173. Gret99zky says:

    Must have point!

  174. Hockey Project says:

    Pittsburgh crew referring to Klefbom as a “force tonight”.

  175. Gret99zky says:

    fuck fuck fuck

  176. spoiler says:

    Jesus H

  177. spoiler says:

    own goal

  178. Lloyd B. says:

    My computer just sent up a warning that chrome has detected unusual behavior. Oilers game and the US election on at the same time. I wonder which one is the most unusual? 🙂

  179. fuzzy muppet says:

    Damn it.

  180. OmJo says:

    Pouliot scooooores!

    Oh…

  181. Yakupov me says:

    Poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  182. Wolfie says:

    That’s as unlucky a bounce as you will get…

  183. Lucinius says:

    Well.. good try. Couple goals against coming from Klef and Larsson getting stuck on the ice for a long shift.

    Was hoping for the point.

  184. GMB3 says:

    Geez

  185. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Eerily like the rangers game, what a gong show.

    Play 60 fucking minutes, embarrassing

  186. Gret99zky says:

    that just rips the heart out.

  187. SK Oiler Fan says:

    That was one magic luggi

  188. LadiesloveSmid says:

    The best part of this game was being sucked into watching it to the 58th minute! Edmonton gave up at the 40 minute mark, at least give up some goals so I can shut off

  189. Oil2Oilers says:

    Deserved better, but I was entertained.

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

    LadiesloveSmid,

    Final game of a four game set and they lost in the last minute. Chill out mate

  191. Lucinius says:

    I had considered posting earlier that the Oilers really needed Pouliot to score and get him going.

    Man…

  192. Jethro Tull says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Eerily like the rangers game, what a gong show.

    Play 60 fucking minutes, embarrassing

    Step back from the ledge buddy. It’s the Stanley cup champions, not the freaking Sabres or Canucks.

    Since when is it embarrassing to lose to the champs?

  193. dcsj says:

    bummer. good game though, future looking good

  194. Wolfie says:

    The Oilers just gave the defending Cup champs… (PIttsburgh is healthy and looked very very good tonight.) All they could handle…

    This Oilers team will be a force all year long in the West.

    Don’t forget the Pens just fed San Jose 5-0…

  195. GMB3 says:

    for the love of gord

  196. LadiesloveSmid says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    LadiesloveSmid,

    Final game of a four game set and they lost in the last minute. Chill out mate

    They lost last minute? That changes things, moral victory

  197. Ice Sage says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Momentum ALL penguins, edmonton is not winning this game

    You called it!

  198. Side says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    The best part of this game was being sucked into watching it to the 58th minute! Edmonton gave up at the 40 minute mark, at least give up some goals so I can shut off

    I would love to hear of a team that plays 60 minutes every hockey game.

    The game was back and forth for both teams, but it was decided by a lucky bounce.

    Not sure where the anguish is coming from.

  199. StixMalone says:

    Couldn’t contain a 3-1 lead. They have to learn this soon…..

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