FIRE

by Lowetide

Connor McDavid regresses to the mean like a bullet to the heart, and he was on last night in Pittsburgh. Three assists, and now near the top of the scoring charts, his team is competitive every night. Can they make the playoffs? They are in the race, and appear to be capable of making the second season. Injuries, slumps and trades will impact, but this team proved last night they can play with the best—at least for 40 minutes.

THIS LOOKS REAL, 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: 2-2-1 goal differential -3
  • Oilers after 14, 2015: 5-9-0, goal differential -6
  • Oilers after 14, 2016: 9-4-1, goal differential +7

The Oilers picked up five points from their five game road trip and that was our agreed line in the sand. There are 15 November games, and Edmonton is on track for 15 points. I am impressed by the team’s ability to stay in most games, and despite the blown lead, I thought they played well last night. HDSCs: 9-9.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

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  • Nurse—Gryba are posting nice numbers these days, have to say McLellan is starting to use young Nurse as his top guy after the No. 1 pairing. Nurse was 9:34 with the McDavid line, 4-7 against Crosby in 6:18. That is not third pairing.
  • Sekera—Benning had a better night than normal by the Corsi and by the HDSCs. Sekera was 2-5 in six minutes with the Nuge, they were 2-3 in four minutes against Malkin. I had no quarrel with the pairing.
  • Klefbom—Larsson played a lot and were more high event than you would like (six HDSCA in the game), and the minus three for each man is a big item. Klefbom was 8-10 in 7:24 with Leon, 8-10 in 6:52 against Malkin and then faded against Crosby 3-9 in 4:46. That was a tough part of the game for Edmonton.
  • Oscar got caught in some bad spots last night, important to remember he is still developing and single moments and events can have super importance while being exactly single moments and events. That was the case for Oscar (and others) last night.
  • Numbers here.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

forwards-nov-8

  • Lander—Letestu—Slepyshev was 5-7 together, I thought they were fine. They did lose 1-5 with Matt Cullen on the 4line matchup is not good. The line had two shots on goal, both centers were active and successful on the dot. Source
  • Maroon—McDavid—Eberle owned the night, an outstanding evening for Edmonton’s top line. Eight points for the trio, that is a killer. McDavid made a Keon play on one Pittsburgh sortie, back checking brilliantly, dislodging the puck from the Penguins possession, and turning the other way in a heartbeat. Defending McDavid in the seconds after turnovers is going to be next to impossible in the coming years. If all three forwards are heading in the wrong direction when he gets possession, there is no chance. They did struggle against the Malkin line (1-4) but were solid (9-11) in the heart of the game against the Crosby unit.
  • Getting McDavid space and time can be an issue, the Penguins adjusted mid-game and things slowed down in a quick hurry. The key for Todd McLellan is to find a solution—a consistent second scoring line—and that is not yet known to us. I keep coming back to the Leon line.
  • Lucic—Draisaitl—Pitlick had a major impact on the game, with turnovers in bad places by Leon and Lucic costing the team goals. Both men know better, and each cost the team a goal that could have been prevented by poor puck decisions in the area just outside the Edmonton blue line. Need to clean that up. The line did well in possession (8-4) against Malkin, but single moments and events blah blah blah.
  • The thing I wrote about Oscar is also true of BP and LD and ML—single events can have major importance. Why would a team punish Pouliot for being at the goal mouth to help his goalie solve a sortie? Luck is a two-sided coin. It is unusual and exasperating to see three things like that happen in the same game, but the fact Edmonton was still in it late represents progress.
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Puljujarvi didn’t get a lot done offensively. The line was 5-5 against Malkin, and that is a good night. I am not going to bury Pouliot, weird and flukey play that couldn’t happen twice out of 10.

Benson is playing with a pedestrian bunch of Vancouver Giants, so his 1-2-3 line last night against the Russians is heartening. Edmonton needs a second round homer (Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, Curtis Hamilton, David Musil, Mitch Moroz, Marco Roy were the six chosen second round 2010-13) and this fellow has some nice arrows.

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MILAN LUCIC

The Oilers lost a game at the end of a road trip, this isn’t breaking news. That said, I think there is probably a point where Todd McLellan is going to need to have a chat with some of his veterans. Leon turned the puck over in a bad spot, but there weren’t a lot of options and he just turned 21. Benoit Pouliot did a thing, but I can make a case that he correctly read the play and that execution, while an issue, is forgivable.

The Lucic across the middle pass that resulted in the first goal is the kind of play that gets a rookie a seat in the pressbox. Todd McLellan’s crew is playing pretty tight defense now (considering where they were a year ago) and for a veteran like Lucic to make that play is a problem. It isn’t the first errant decision, either. The Oilers didn’t bring him here to be the third best LW on the team.

*Note: This does not mean I suddenly turned on Lucic. I have been a strong backer of this player going back to his rookie season in Boston. His season looks good by the numbers.

MILAN LUCIC 2016-17

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.25
  • 5×4 points per 60: 5.25
  • Corsi For 5×5 %: 52.1
  • Qual Comp:  Tough (Source)
  • Qual Team: No. 1 or No. 2 line
  • Corsi Rel: 4.9
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 124/16.1
  • Boxcars: 14gp, 5-4-9  (Projection: 82gp, 29-23-52) (Source)
  • (All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and Natural Stat Trick (Source above)

This is a good line, note the power-play total and the boxcars plus projection. My issue with Lucic isn’t on the offensive side (although the 5×5/60 needs to spike, but it is still early) but he needs to protect the puck better and make fewer wayward passes. You can forgive Leon, but Lucic is a bona fide veteran who plays these tough minutes every season. He needs to be better.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. We will chat about that second scoring line and the Oilers road trip.
  • Eric Fawcett, Basketball Press. Canadian athletes continue the American invasion into NCAA hoops, and there is at least one local student athlete having an impact.
  • Don Landry, CFL.ca. The idea of a BOA for the Grey Cup in Toronto is fairly perfect.
  • Jeff Krushell, Krush Performance. Jays talk (they are moving on from someone, but who?)

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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frjohnk: That sucks.

I was hoping Griff could take a step forward this year.

Hopefully it’s minor and can be corrected soon but back injuries can be troublesome.

Yeah, I wonder how long this has been an issue or how chronic this injury has been. The org knock on him is lack of aggression… is the injury affecting that? He didn’t seem unaggressive in Junior.

frjohnk

Lowetide:
Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 7m7 minutes ago Edmonton, Alberta

As per Gerry Fleming in @OilersNow. Griffin Reinhart is in Edmonton getting his back looked at by Dr. Naidu.

That sucks.

I was hoping Griff could take a step forward this year.

Hopefully it’s minor and can be corrected soon but back injuries can be troublesome.

CrazyCoach

Lowetide: As per Gerry Fleming in @OilersNow. Griffin Reinhart is in Edmonton getting his back looked at by Dr. Naidu.

That is not a good sign,

frjohnk

CrazyCoach: They need to call up Tim MCCracken!

Or his brother Phil!!!

frjohnk

Ca$h-McMoney!: Their D sucked last year too, but then they got rid of 2 of their top 3 guys (the 2 of those who were the best at the D side of the game at that).They replaced those 2 with the 2016 version of Dan Hamhuis rather than the 2010 version.

So their D is a whole lot worse this year.

And their old as hell goalies are a year older.

They should be the prime candidates for both Jacob Trouba and Ben Bishop.They should be dangling their shiny Russian KHLer as trade bait.

Klingberg is very good offensively. Have had him in my draft for quite some time.

But he is more 2nd pairing than 1st pairing.

The rest are 4/5’s ( Hamhuis, Oduya, )

or should be 3rd pairing ( Johns, Nemeth, Oleksiak, Benn,)

They do have some decent prospects on D ( Honka and Lindell)

I think the Stars overvalued some of their young D and some are playing over their heads.

Coupled with 2 below average goalies but both are paid like number 1’s and this is a team that wont go far. Could make playoffs. Wont be surprised if they dont though.

I love watching them though. Benn, Seguin and Klingberg might be the best 3 (or close to it) any team can throw out in OT.

GMB3

https://www.facebook.com/barstoolsports/videos/10154757419297502/

For those of you with facebook, Taylor Hall throws in a bit of a jab about Edmonton at 14 minutes.

CrazyCoach

Admiral Ackbar: The Edmonton Oilers have been tormented by the Dallas Stars for two decades. What I wouldn’t give to see McD skate all over Modano & Hatcher. I don’t just want a win, I want blood. Lucic can realize his worth with his evil.
“Mo! What are you doing????”
“Making it look mean!!”

They need to call upTim MCCracken!

JustWatt

For the life of me I think this team looks like a young team rising fast through its growing pains.

2-2-1 on the east coast against 4 playoff teams, B2B, 3-in-4, 5 points, in every game looking good or not, and every loss was a one goal loss, both wins come from behind.

The top pair are young, new teammates, not producing much yet, and not yet in their peak years. Still winning.

Total player turnover in two years is greater than 50%. Second season learning McL systems. Still winning.

These guys look for real. And the West is weak while they make hay. I believe. I believe. I believe!

The turn north is done. They make the playoffs this year. McDavid is top 3 in scoring. Might even be the largest jump from season to season in league history if the division doesn’t get its act together.

Ca$h-McMoney!

JimmyV1965: I suspect the team will be much much better in the second half. Four of their top
Six forwards are hurt and I have a hunch Seguin may be playing hurt too. Their defence sucked last year too. But now they have Rousell leading the second line and Cracknell on the third line. Ouch!!!

Their D sucked last year too, but then they got rid of 2 of their top 3 guys (the 2 of those who were the best at the D side of the game at that). They replaced those 2 with the 2016 version of Dan Hamhuis rather than the 2010 version.

So their D is a whole lot worse this year.

And their old as hell goalies are a year older.

They should be the prime candidates for both Jacob Trouba and Ben Bishop. They should be dangling their shiny Russian KHLer as trade bait.

Admiral Ackbar

John Chambers: The Stars’ defense and goaltending is terrible.

They miss Golgoski and Demers.

The Edmonton Oilers have been tormented by the Dallas Stars for two decades. What I wouldn’t give to see McD skate all over Modano & Hatcher. I don’t just want a win, I want blood. Lucic can realize his worth with his evil.

“Mo! What are you doing????”

“Making it look mean!!”

JimmyV1965

John Chambers: The Stars’ defense and goaltending is terrible.

They miss Golgoski and Demers.

I suspect the team will be much much better in the second half. Four of their top
Six forwards are hurt and I have a hunch Seguin may be playing hurt too. Their defence sucked last year too. But now they have Rousell leading the second line and Cracknell on the third line. Ouch!!!

who

Professor Q: I still don’t understand that trade nor letting Demers go as well.
.

Stars defense and goaltending was poor last year as well. Think the plan was to inject some youth with higher ceilings but the short term is going to be painful.

Professor Q

John Chambers: The Stars’ defense and goaltending is terrible.

They miss Golgoski and Demers.

I still don’t understand that trade nor letting Demers go as well.

frjohnk

John Chambers: The Stars’ defense and goaltending is terrible.

They miss Golgoski and Demers.

And Hemsky.

Bos8

rickithebear: He thinks he is a forward:

Well, there is that.

A racehorse can pull a plow, just need some balance to still race.

A'bunadh

Dino:
We can all hate on Lucic’s game last night and for good reason, he’s a veteran and has to bring more to the table than what he did against the Pens.

However I don’t think Draisaitl should be exempt of blame because he’s 21. The 3-2 goal was all Draisaitl for inexplicably skating away from his man in the D-zone and leaving him wide open to score.

3-3 I blame the entire line but Drai has to shoulder most of that being the “centre” it’s his job to back check his behind off and he and Lucic weren’t in the D-zone until the Pens were celebrating the tying goal by Malkin. At least Pitlick back checked hard.

And the 4-3 goal was again Drai. I’m not blaming Pouliot or Klefbom for that matter. Klefbom was behind the net with Larsson battling 2 pens players. Draisaitl inexplicably skates AWAY from the open Pens player at the side of the net and went to the other side of the net, covering nobody in the process. When the puck squirts to Sheary, Pouliot has to skate out of position to cover him and of course mistakes and bad bounces happen especially when panicked and unprepared.

I love draisaitl he has tremendous upside and potential but these are the types of games he needs to eliminate if he ever wants to take the reigns as 2nd line centre from Nuge. He was sluggish and unconcerned all game, I hope he steps it up Friday because he’s better than this.

I agree with this. When your team is making a line change and you have the puck at your own blueline, you get it deep, eat it, ice it, whatever but turning it over there is extremely costly. And on the winning goal, it was a 3 on 3 entering the zone and Draisatl never really covered his man and then attempted to pick the puck out of the pile instead of covering his man at the net. Two extemely costly, easily avoidable mistakes. If you think you deserve the icetime then you also deserve the criticsm that goes with making costly mistakes, regardless of how old you are.

John Chambers

JimmyV1965:
Dallas game will be interesting. With all their injuries, it is a very winnable game. However, it is Dallas.

The Stars’ defense and goaltending is terrible.

They miss Golgoski and Demers.

who

JimmyV1965: Agreed.The Oil and Jets are the two best teams in the west two years from now.I wonder what kind of impact Buff has on the team though? He can be dominating but he can also be a tire fire defensively.

Yeah he is a real enigma. He is the most dominant player on the ice in a lot of games but he will make 2 or 3 stupid decisions a night and a lot of times those decisions end up in the Jets net. He sure is fun to watch though.
In a way he is kind of the poster boy for the entire Jets team. They can look great all night and still lose. Seem to have a ton of skill but their team defense sucks. Trouba will help but trading him for a similar lefty would help more.

ashley

Agree on Lucic. The thing is, we’ve seen him better in opposition and know he can be better. He needs to be better. The last few games he frequently looks surprised by the puck and is fumbling it a lot. There is no time to fumble the puck and if his head is in the game, he is anticipating the pucks arrival better and moving the puck cleanly and efficiently. He was good to start the season, but definitely off right now.

Drai had one of the best games I’ve seen him play in Detroit. Then he follows with a sluggish effort last night. Kids will do that. Maturity usually irons this out.

He doesn’t have that ever-running motor that some of the kids come into the league with. He’s prone to relaxing…letting his guard down as soon as he thinks it’s time to rest. I think that is what we saw on the giveaway resulting in the GA last night. He was thinking dump and head off and his mind was already sitting on the bench, but his body got caught in a firestorm. Again, hopefully he will learn to remain vigilant until he’s safely in a position to let his body and mind rest.

Jaxon

I haven’t liked Lucic’s game for a while now and last night he didn’t look good on a few goals. He totally gave away the 1st goal with a terrible no look pass, then a cheat for offence and lazy change on PGH’s 2nd goal, and then he stood still and watched Pittsburgh take off after his pass to Pitlick on the 3rd goal. Frankly, he looks lazy out there and he doesn’t look like he can be the guy to call anyone out on not playing hard. And I thought that was one of his biggest pluses.

rickithebear

Bos8:
rickithebear,

But Werenski is a D. (One is not like the others)

He thinks he is a forward:

JimmyV1965

Dallas game will be interesting. With all their injuries, it is a very winnable game. However, it is Dallas.

rickithebear

CFR:

Have a vested intrest!

http://cfr.ca/rodeo/qualifers/

Steer riding
15 yr old JW hart (1st yr allowed to compete) traveled the circuit.
with his single dad (father of 4)

We looked after the 2 youngest 9yr & 8yr on weekends so they did not have to travel.
just 2 of the 2- 7 extra mouths in the neighborhood we feed on week days and weekends.

JimmyV1965

doritogrande:
on Scheifele: Great for him that he’s leading the league in points today. This Winnipegger can’t say enough about the offense he brings to the team. I do however, believe that Ehlers is underrated on the Jets. In the games I’ve watched he’s the driver. The problem with Winnipeg is they can’t play team defense, and that’s the same thing that dogged the Oilers for years. Scheifele can be that Eric Staal-type point producing big C, but I still take RNH over him for what he brings defensively.

Winnipeg’s done a great job of drafting in the first round given where they’ve picked. Scheifele, Trouba, Morrissey, Ehlers, Connor, Roslovic, Laine, Stanley doesn’t have a clear miss-draft. They’re going to be competing with the Oilers for tops in the West at some point.

But. We have McDavid.

Agreed. The Oil and Jets are the two best teams in the west two years from now. I wonder what kind of impact Buff has on the team though? He can be dominating but he can also be a tire fire defensively.

GMB3

OF17:
Dustylegnd,

Yeah, it’d be nice, but Benning has played well enough that I’ve been genuinely impressed. He has a lot of rookie moments, but the skills are there, and the smarts are there. Probably needs to get stronger. But aside from PK ability, I like Benning’s game better than Gryba’s even without the added development.

We have few to no other right shots who duplicate Benning’s skill set either. He brings a different dimension on that side. I agree that he is still raw, and this may be an optimist’s POV but I think the kid could have a bright future ahead of him as a RS puck moving dman. I wish he skated a little better, but he has good instincts ala Davidson.

My 0.02$

npanciroli

Even after Larsson the RHD may kill us.

Gryba looks great in the 3rd RHD role straight up.

Klefbom Larsson
Nurse
Davidson Gryba (then eventually Benning)

Would be my template going forward. (Next year I mean)

I would try to see what a combination of any other D and picks can get for that hole.

You could keep Nurse third pairing for sure and Sekera second pairing and use Davidson as trade bait also.

OF17

Dustylegnd,

Yeah, it’d be nice, but Benning has played well enough that I’ve been genuinely impressed. He has a lot of rookie moments, but the skills are there, and the smarts are there. Probably needs to get stronger. But aside from PK ability, I like Benning’s game better than Gryba’s even without the added development.

Dustylegnd

OF17,

Imagine Davidson out there 20 mins a night rather than Benning…kid needs 60 games in the AHL

rickithebear

top 25 EVP/60 WC forwards 15-16
league rank:
2. Mcdavid 2.70
3. P. Kane 2.62
6. Schiefle 2.51
7. Wheeler 2.50
9. Thorton 2.41
———————– top 5
10 colburne 2.32
11. Hall 2.31
13 Tarasenko 2.29
14 gaudreau 2.26
19 Hansen 2.22
———————– top 10
20 Draisatl 2.20
21 Benn 2.19
23 Kopitar 2.18
25 Duchene 2.17
27 Hudler 2.11
——————- top15
28 Spezza 2.10
31 Panarin 2.08
31 Seguin 2.08
34 Pavelski 2.07
35 Hemsky 2.06
——————— top 20
37 pouliot 2.05
40 Lucic 2.04
43 toffoli 2.02
48 Hertl 1.99
51 Duclair 1.97

Laine gets to play with #6 And #7 EVp/60 forwards in the game.
They get to play with Laine instead of Ladd

we have 4 of the top 40 EVp/60 forwards.

OF17

One of the best moments for me last night was a play where the Oilers had been hemmed in their zone for a while and finally established clear possession with Benning about to start a breakout. The tired Oilers went for a change, and a couple seconds later, Benning gave the puck over to a forechecking Penguin. Rookie mistake. But what saved this moment from becoming another Oilers moment was that as soon as the team saw what happened, they all busted their asses to get back into the zone to battle again for possession. A rookie, making a dumb rookie play, got bailed out by all those tired legs without hesitation.

That’s a team that cares and that wants to play for each other.

Dustylegnd

I have always been a fan of Nurse, I love the passion and nasty he brings EVERY game, something this team has been missing for a long long time (Jason Smith) I wasn’t sure his decision making would ever be elite,but he is trending rapidly in that direction…love it

Nurse has superior and explosive skating and I will say it again, if you can’t skate, you can’t play Defence in this league anymore. “Clydesdales” need not apply to play Defence…I think it’s best we cut our losses with Reinhart the same as we did with Yak.

It excites me to think how good and competitive our D core will be when all bodies are healthy they will push each other from within to do what it takes to WIN…I can’t wait

I do not know for sure if Talbot can keep playing the way he is, but he has been a saviour and when players have unconditional trust in their goal tending, the confidence of the entire team rises collectively, Talbot is our MVP

Lucimodo has not been good…but his game does not set up well vs the Gazelle teams from the Eastern Conference……I am confident Chia will rip him a new one now that the boys are back home…I am also confident his game sets up much much better vs the West, if Lucimodo is our biggest concern we are in a very good spot

6 regulars injured including a fella who may be one of our best 4 D men, we are in great shape for when the roster is more healthy

RexLibris

Cowboy:
Lowetide.ca, thank you for this corner of the Internet, the conversation and community you Foster is amazing and although I do not post often it is awesome to read everyday.

Just curious if you are going to carve out any word space for the CFR this week?Being such a major sporting event in the city it would be pretty cool to have you wordsmith some coverage for the group!

I raise my glass to this.

Bos8

rickithebear,

But Werenski is a D. (One is not like the others)

Confused

Drai and looch way too many defensive errors.

As for Adam BOM …….

Tmac needs to have a session with these four.

rickithebear

Looking at U20 Even performance the last 3 seasons.
14-15 to 16-17
In order of performance relative to comp and age.

1. Mcdavid
16-17 19 yr season
1st comp .86 EVp/gm

2. Mcdavid:
15-16 18 yr season
bottom 1st comp .76 EVP/gm

3. Laine
16-17 18 yr season
Bottom 1st comp .57 EVP/gm

4. Mackinnon
14-15 19 yr season
Upper 1st comp .48 EVp/gm

5. Pastarnak
15-16 19 yr season
1st comp .49 EVP/gm

6. Konecny
16-17 19 yr season
bottom 1st comp .50 EVP/gm

7. Werenski
16-17 19yr season
Bottom 1st comp .50 EVP/gm

8. Marner
16-17 19 yr season
bottom 2nd comp .69 EVP/gm

9. Larkin
15-16 19 yr season
2nd comp .50 EVP/60

10. Mathews
16-17 19 yr season
bottom 2nd comp .54 EVP/gm

11. Tkachuk
16-17 19 yr season
bottom 2nd comp .50 EVp/gm

12. Ehlers
15-16 19 yr season
Upper 2nd comp .38 EVP/gm

13. Eichel
15-16 19yr season
bot 2nd comp .43 EVp/gm

14. Pastarnak
14-15 18 yr season
Bottom 3rd comp .52 EVP/gm

15. Barkov
14-15 19 yr season
3rd comp .41 EVP/gm

16. Fabbri
15-16 19 yr season
3rd comp .40 EVP/gm

17. Drouin
14-15 19 yr season
3rd comp .37 EVP/gm

18. Bennett
15-16 19 yr season
3rd comp .36 EVp/60

19. Burakovsky
14-15 19 yr season
3rd comp .36 EVp/gm

20. Horvat 19 yr season
14-15 19 yr season
3rd comp .35 EVP/gm

Gives a reference were these perceived performances are compared to reality!

Cowboy

Lowetide.ca, thank you for this corner of the Internet, the conversation and community you Foster is amazing and although I do not post often it is awesome to read everyday.

Just curious if you are going to carve out any word space for the CFR this week? Being such a major sporting event in the city it would be pretty cool to have you wordsmith some coverage for the group!

pells

I have to eat my own words when it comes to Nurse. I said after the first couple games of the year that he needed to be in the minors because he looked like a wreck every time the puck was on his stick. I just didn’t think he would be able to develop this part of his game while playing 5-6 in the show but he has proved me wrong. In such a short amount of time his decision making has improved drastically and I have gone from being nervous every time he is on the ice to wanting him to be out there in all crucial situations. We are seeing the evolution of the next Pronger. Bad puck luck last night. Should have had at least 1 point. Unlucky

Pouzar

npanciroli:
N64,

I have a feeling we might eventually see JP topping that list in the future, seems to be a volume shooter which we need after trading Hall.

Great point

npanciroli

N64,

I have a feeling we might eventually see JP topping that list in the future, seems to be a volume shooter which we need after trading Hall.

N64

npanciroli:
This is what some of the top point producers are shooting:
Scheifele – 23.1%
Anisimov – 33.3%
Laine – 25.0%

McDavid, Kane all in normal range.

Crosby shooting 34.8%!

Forward with 50 shots plus goals and S%:

Voracek 58 6 10.3
Seguin 54 7 13.0
Tarasenko 54 5 9.3
Matthews 54 6 11.1
Ovechkin 53 7 13.2
Hornqvist 51 4 7.8
Hall 51 6 9.8

Pouzar

npanciroli: Anisimov – 33.3%

What’s funny about him is that a Chicago blogger on Hockeybuzz just killed him on one of his recent blog posts. I thought it was over the top at the time. AA been on fire since.

Pouzar

Lowetide: Evgeni doesn’t roll off the tongue.

I’d settle for “Malkin” during the play-by-play to lessen the homer douche factor a bit.
But that’s just me.

npanciroli

Only two Oilers at 20% or higher for shooting percentage.

Letestu at 22.2%
Pouliot at 20.0%

Here are the ones at 0.0%

Klefbom 30 shots
Sekera 17 shots
Russell 15 shots
Gryba 11 shots
rest below 10

npanciroli

This is what some of the top point producers are shooting:
Scheifele – 23.1%
Anisimov – 33.3%
Laine – 25.0%

McDavid, Kane all in normal range.

Crosby shooting 34.8%!

doritogrande

on Scheifele: Great for him that he’s leading the league in points today. This Winnipegger can’t say enough about the offense he brings to the team. I do however, believe that Ehlers is underrated on the Jets. In the games I’ve watched he’s the driver. The problem with Winnipeg is they can’t play team defense, and that’s the same thing that dogged the Oilers for years. Scheifele can be that Eric Staal-type point producing big C, but I still take RNH over him for what he brings defensively.

Winnipeg’s done a great job of drafting in the first round given where they’ve picked. Scheifele, Trouba, Morrissey, Ehlers, Connor, Roslovic, Laine, Stanley doesn’t have a clear miss-draft. They’re going to be competing with the Oilers for tops in the West at some point.

But. We have McDavid.

GMB3

Imagine how many goals Laine would have and how many points McDavid would have on the same line…

New Improved Darkness

On the 630 last night, Stauffer beat on Draisaitl like a rented mule, though he did credit Draisaitl’s previous outing as a Tower of Mule Power (to paraphrase lightly).

The funny thing about Stauffer is how the importance he places on winning face-offs is directly proportional to how much dead air he needs to fill talking about them.

If this were baseball, I can just imagine how Stauffer would go yard over setting the appropriate tone on the very first pitch from Johnny-come-lately middle relief.

Bos8

I was really encouraged by Pulu’s play last night. He was a little late a lot but competing as hard as he could. As to Nurse – Yeehah!

Pittsburgh is really quick so decision making time lag is crucial. The team is coming on with a rush.

The lingering hurt is the Reinhardt trade. I so wanted to see Nurse with Carlo. Big, fast and mean.