SNOW IN SAN ANSELMO

by Lowetide

Snow in San Anselmo
My waitress my waitress my waitress
Said it was coming down
Said it hadn’t happened in over thirty years
But it was laying on the ground
But it was laying on the ground

-Van Morrison

Now, I believe the Edmonton Oilers have some fine things, and I know about regression and random and luck and frustration and rage and demon liquor and maybe even a little about madness. I know this is the year we should head north, and I have taken care of my boots and brought in plenty of supplies and there is more than enough wood and whisky to last us until spring. But a man needs faith and a man needs hope, and it is running a little low with the long December coming into view. Heaven help us.

HARD NOSE THE HIGHWAY, 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: 2-5-1 goal differential -9
  • Oilers after 17, 2015: 6-11-0, goal differential -10
  • Oilers after 17, 2016: 9-7-1, goal differential +1

This is painful. Not exactly like personal failure, more like watching one of your children try their best, and fail (it is excruciating) at something others do easily. Blowing this start is beyond mere flesh wound. Frankly, management should have stepped in by now—and should today, now—but this is us. November totals: five points in eight games, the 15 in 15 dream seems like a distant bell. Is there a silver lining? Well, they played well in a lot of important points in the game. HDSC: 17-8, including a glorious 11-3 count in the second period where the Child King was fire but could not turn the tide.

DEFENSE LAST NIGHT

defense-nov-15

  • Klefbom—Larsson had a great night in possession and in HDSCs, including 12-0 with Lucic. The duo lined up against Nick Ritchie—Ryan Getzlaf—Corey Perry (13-0). The pairing had five shots on goal, and Klefbom played five minutes on the PP and two on the PK. Save the score, a poor KLefbom pinch and some errant PP shooting, I think he had a fine evening. This was Larsson’s best game in some time.
  • Nurse—Gryba had a strong night by the numbers (7-1 with McDavid) but Nurse was a dash three and that is not a good line on a nightly resume. I really liked elements of his game (he moved to the middle for a better angle using a Savardian spinnerama), but in several instances he lost battles or left too much air between himself and the enemy. Gryba is a solid partner for Nurse. They were 6-2 in an extended run against the Kesler line (5:49) but only 3-4 against Getzlaf.
  • Sekera—Benning were 1-6 against the Getzlaf trio and the rookie spent a bunch of time behind his own net ciphering a suitable outlet, to no avail. This club needs Brandon Davidson back soon. I like Benning’s future, but Sekera needs to take on more of the load. The first goal against had several authors, but our man Reg did not play it well.
  • Cam Talbot needs to keep this team in games longer. I am not pointing the finger at him on a specific goal, but the goalie’s job is to keep it close—he didn’t do it last night and this team needs him to be a superhero every night. That’s the gig.
  • HockeyStats.ca
  • NHL.com
  • Natural StatTrick

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

forwards-nov-15

  • Maroon—McDavid—Eberle had a good night in terms of possession and chances, and 97 moved all over (4-0 with Leon) in an effort to find some clean air. That breakaway was the best chance and McDavid went 10-7 against Kesler but only 1-2 in HDSCs. NHL teams are checking him hard now, he may get a break in LA if Kopitar doesn’t play. Nine shots for the line, I am not overly concerned about their being shutout against the Ducks. There was a point in the second period where CMD went to another level, but he could not cash. After that, he seemed more frustrated than effective, the first crack I have observed in the young man’s mental armor. When he breaks out, some team is going to pay and pay and pay again.
  • Lucic—Nuge—Slepyshev did well in possession and did have some chances (Nuge missed a gorgeous chance, the dog is still on the ceiling I yelled so loudly). They went 12-8 against the Getzlaf line, 3-3 in HDSCs. Despite this, the line did not cash and they need to. Lucic drilled a post, would have liked to have seen both chances cash. I think this was easily Slepyshev’s best game since Carolina. Pitlick went 7-3 in 4:49 with RNH, Slepy went 13-7 in 8:52 with Nuge.
  • Pouliot—Draisaitl—Kassian got the goal (a solo Leon) and they went 15-7 Corsi (and 7-3 HDSC) against the Vermette line. Was there a second goal out there? Pouliot took another Ozone penalty and Kassian was probably the best winger on the team last night.
  • Defensive zone faceoffs: Letestu line 6, Nuge line 3, McDavid line 3, Leon line 2.

WHO IS TO BLAME?

Blame is too strong a word in my opinion, especially for the players. Cam Talbot has to be Superman, or at least Daredevil, for this team to run. He is not close to that level now, but for me the right choice is to keep playing the No. 1 man.

The mental mistakes are also costing them (Lucic didn’t get the puck deep and the defense was addled on goal one) and coverage is a mixed bag. The offense will come if the group keeps getting chances but you want to see some goals from the Nuge and Leon lines in coming games.

I thought Edmonton would push in the third period but they were flat as flat can be, and if I am Todd McLellan that might be the most concerning thing. This team is in a tailspin and the solutions need to make themselves known. Last night, with the team down by two goals, we all expected a push but there was nothing close. The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound and a wave broke over the railing. That should trouble all souls on board.

NEXT STEP

Todd McLellan may have to move Leon to Nuge’s line, pretty sure, maybe put Lucic on the port side and see if the three strugglers can get it done together.

  • Maroon—McDavid—Eberle
  • Lucic—Nuge—Draisaitl
  • Pouliot—Lander—Pitlick

The alternative is running Eberle with Nuge and Pouliot, that might work too, has in the past. A lot of this is just bad luck and random madness, but coaches get fired over losing streaks and—while that won’t happen here—the pressure on coaching and management in Edmonton must be enormous this morning.

THE OTHER NEXT STEP

Peter Chiarelli probably guessed Jesse Puljujarvi would be helping a little more offensively by now, and he may have to bite the bullet and find an outside solution. I don’t necessarily believe that he will, but at some point the bleeding will have to stop and honestly there are reasons why these lines are struggling. As great as the Tyler Pitlick story is for us fans, chances are the young man isn’t going to score 20 this season—nor will JP, Zack Kassian, Anton Slepyshev or Taylor Beck. It is time to add a productive RW, or move Leon over.

CONDORS PLAY TODAY

At 11:30 our time this morning, the Bakersfield Condors play a home game against the Manitoba Moose. The real story so far for the Condors is the goaltending, with Laurent Brossoit and Nick Ellis performing very well. Here are the (estimated) even-strength points per 60 so far this year via Prospect-Stats:

Defense

  1. Matt Benning 2.04
  2. Frankie Simonelli 1.34
  3. David Musil 1.11
  4. Jordan Oesterle 0.94
  5. Joey Laleggia 0.85
  6. Dillon Simpson 0.77
  7. Ben Betker 0.61
  8. Mark Fraser 0.33
  9. Griffin Reinhart 0.00
  10. Bryce Aneloski 0.00

Forwards

  1. Jujhar Khaira 5.5
  2. Taylor Beck 4.06
  3. Ryan Hamilton 2.40
  4. Mitch Moroz 2.12
  5. Scott Allen 1.67
  6. Josh Currie 1.47
  7. Kris Newbury 1.44
  8. Braden Christoffer 1.41
  9. Patrick Russell 1.30
  10. Joey Benik 1.13
  11. Jaedon Descheneau 0.83
  12. Kyle Platzer 0.53
  13. Greg Chase 0.00
  14. Kellen Laine 0.00
  15. Joel Rechlicz 0.00
  16. Jere Sallinen 0.00
  17. Source

Prospects who are performing at or above expected scoring levels are underlined, but of course this is early days—David Musil will not be at 1.11/60 by season’s end. Those forwards need some additional prospects and we could see Drake Caggiula and Jesse Puljujarvi there by the end of the week.

2017 DRAFT

I had a bunch of people asking me about this after last night’s game. I will start posting on the draft when all hopes of a playoff spot are gone—this is in keeping with the past on this blog. Last season, my first draft post came on November 8, my guess is it will be some time in 2017 this year.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun show today, plenty of hockey talk and an open segment for you to vent. 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Finding open air for McDavid, getting Nuge, Leon and Lucic rolling and getting more stops from the goalie. Plus, a look back on a time when watching a team build and rise allowed the imagination to run wild.
  • Simon Boisvert, prospect insider. We will talk of Bakersfield, and some of those prospect blue bubbling under in the CHL and college.
  • Sean Woodley, TSN1050 Toronto. The Raptors are 7-3 in their first 10 games and have the look of a team that will contend for a spot in the eastern semi’s.

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

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FinnOil

Oilers record this far seems to be quite similar with season 2011-12. Back then Oilers started 9-3-2 followed by four game losing streak. In the end of November Oilers record was 13-11-3 and finally ended up drafting Yakupov as first overall.

Now they started 9-3-1 followed by four game losing streak (and counting)….

Ok well my point isn’t to compare the team back then with the current team. But just pointing out that similar rollercoaster has happened in not so distant history.

OmJo

RexLibris:
OmJo,

My only concern there would be placing the defensive responsibility of “last man back” on Puljujarvi at this stage of his career.

Odd as this is going to sound, I’d put Benning there instead.

Watching him the other night (not the Ducks game) he reminded me of Petry’s first season. Or of a young Gilbert.

So I guess that means we should expect him to be booed and traded for a 6th round pick and an ECHL contract by this time next season.

That was a concern too, but out of the players with shots who aren’t defence, I think he’s the best one defensively. There aren’t a lot of candidates, I realize that too though… hm…

Does Russell have a shot? I thought he was brought in to be a PP guy, but I don’t recall seeing him on the PP very much before being injured.

JD_Wry

VanIsleOil,

Wah wah wah…

VanIsleOil

JDï™: I’d trade them both for what’s behind door #2.

Door #2…

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JD_Wry

Klima’s_Bucket:
Would you rather:

a) Trade Hall for Larsson
b) Trade Eberle for Severson

Which is worse?

I’d trade them both for what’s behind door #2.

Factotum

True of false?

A winning team cannot be conjured, it has to be built.
The past cannot be undone.
In the NHL, management mistakes are built to last.*

*If true, the “why” factors hypothesis might consider things like: depth of the talent pool relative to the number of teams, roster/contract limits, salary cap, and guaranteed contracts.

I’m not expecting miracles. I love the Oilers beyond reason, and I root like hell for all of the players who wear the crest.

Did I mention that I’m not expecting miracles? I’m not, but damn this team is hard to watch at times.

Cassandra

Klima’s_Bucket:
Would you rather:

a) Trade Hall for Larsson
b) Trade Eberle for Severson

Which is worse?

Considering there is an argument that Severson might be better than Larsson, that is a pretty easy question.

Cassandra

kinger_OIL:
JDï™,

– I mentioned a few weeks ago that according to my sources, NHL doesn’t really use Corsi.Good timing with this article: it distorts Tortorella’s comments about his use of data somewhat.But even that article concedes that teams are using different stats than corsi to evaluate performance.

– Ricki was probably the most attuned to the reality of the limitations of corsi in termsof evaluating teams,individual performance or for comparative analysis.

I thought it was well established that NHL teams have no idea what they are doing in terms of the statistical evaluation of players. That they are using scoring chances instead of shots is a step backward, not forward, as the article above demonstrates, and I have argued many times (in the context of Staples individual scoring chances metric.

Klima's_Bucket

Would you rather:

a) Trade Hall for Larsson
b) Trade Eberle for Severson

Which is worse?

Scungilli Slushy

Looking at Loserpoints graphs they are doing good things offensively and bad things defensively. If they clean up the defensive zone play they should be sitting good when the snakebitten get some luck back.

For the PP you gotta dance with the one you brung. Put some right shooters in those positions and let them play until they get it. I’d rather they suck while training than just suck.

Pink Socks

Woodguy,

Yes, agreed. Any of Pitlick, Slep, JP changes the mix and changes the look. Much needed IMO.

RexLibris

OmJo,

My only concern there would be placing the defensive responsibility of “last man back” on Puljujarvi at this stage of his career.

Odd as this is going to sound, I’d put Benning there instead.

Watching him the other night (not the Ducks game) he reminded me of Petry’s first season. Or of a young Gilbert.

So I guess that means we should expect him to be booed and traded for a 6th round pick and an ECHL contract by this time next season.

OmJo

Maroon-McDavid-Eberle / JP-Dman
Lucic-Draisaitl-Pitlick / Nuge-Dman

Maroon and Lucic make their presence known in front of the net.
Eberle and Pitlick stay open for the pass from McDavid and Drai.
JP open for the blast from the point, RNH open for the sneaky wrist shot he has.
The two defenceman are there to um… Declare war on all shinpads and the boards/glass behind the net. Heh.

Or, we can put Letestu on the PP and watch the magic happen.

RexLibris

Woodguy: You mistake me for our gracious host.

I don’t try to offend The Hockey Gords by putting the C on the left.

This blog could host a debate on the proper format of lines that could make Constantine’s Nicean council look like a PTA meeting.

“Your orthodoxy is heretical and against the laws of Gord and man!”

“I denounce you and your apostasy for the hell-inspired abomination that it is!”

kinger_OIL

JDï™,

– I mentioned a few weeks ago that according to my sources, NHL doesn’t really use Corsi. Good timing with this article: it distorts Tortorella’s comments about his use of data somewhat. But even that article concedes that teams are using different stats than corsi to evaluate performance.

– Ricki was probably the most attuned to the reality of the limitations of corsi in terms of evaluating teams, individual performance or for comparative analysis.

Woodguy

Pink Socks,

Joe Thornton QB’s the PP off the half wall, so can McDavid on unit 1 and RNH on unit 2.

They just need 2 RHS options.

Right now there is one RHS option so the opposing teams take that away and ignore the player high on the right side of the ozone.

Put a RS there (Pitlick, Slepy, JP) and that will force them cover that option which will open up the RH low shot more.

OmJo

Woodguy,

Lucic would make a terrifying C though.

OmJo

JDï™:

Joe Smith
‏@TBTimes_JSmith


BREAKING: #tblightning Steven Stamkos out indefinitely with a lateral meniscus tear

Ouch.

Well, there goes any potential of a Eberle + Reinhart for Stamkos and Hedman trade 🙁

Woodguy

RexLibris: So why are you playing Pouliot, Lucic and Maroon at center and McDavid, RNH and Draisaitl on the wing?

You mistake me for our gracious host.

I don’t try to offend The Hockey Gords by putting the C on the left.

JD_Wry


Joe Smith
‏@TBTimes_JSmith

BREAKING: #tblightning Steven Stamkos out indefinitely with a lateral meniscus tear

Ouch.

Scungilli Slushy

The Oilers have 4 skill right wingers, the problem is experience.

Eberle
JP
Slepyshev
Pitlick

And Kassian isn’t without ability. I would play Pitlick and Sleps on a skill line before Kassian because I think they are better there.

Chiarelli didn’t know Pitlick would start hot, so it was a gamble. I do believe he and Sleps would do at least ok if given regular top 6 minutes, with ice time and settling in, they have the skill tenacity and speed to help.

I agree anybody getting Connor for 60 games will likely score 20 if they have any hands. Connor needs guys to get physical and get the puck back and create a distraction for teh defense to deal with, other just him. Breaking down the defensive system is the to possession offense. Some do it by skating, some by grinding.

Pink Socks

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!:
meanashell11,

I don’t see how Jay Woodcroft is responsible for Kelfbom missing the net 10/12 times on the power play, or having Sekera firing the puck into guys shin pads.

Totally agree with this portion, Woodcroft unfortunately does not have a legitimate option to QB the PP and that undoubtedly hurts the overall effectiveness of any PP.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!:
meanashell11,

I don’t see how Jay Woodcraft is responsible for Drai, McDavid, Lucic and Eberle standing still on a power play.

This part I disagree with. Woodcroft knows he is lacking the QB, so the answer is to have more movement down low. If these 4 star-level players have their feet stuck in cement there is a problem. Sure, part of it is on the players, but the underlying strategy outlined for this unit is not working. Feet not moving is a direct result of trying to make something happen that doesn’t exist and waiting for something to open up. That is in the zone. The other huge problem to my eye is the zone entries and not having the ability to sustain control of the puck on entry.

So the zone entries are a mess, and when we do gain control, the results are weak and success is extremely limited. The entire strategy needs scrapping.

I know there are zone entry fancy stats, but I’m not sure if there are many fancies on PP zone entries and the correlating success in relation to said entries. Maybe one of the far smarter folks on here has that data.

npanciroli

Woodguy,

Exactly how I want to see the lines.

JD_Wry

Woodguy: That’s a very good piece.

+1

RexLibris

Woodguy: 67-97-15
27-93-14
19-29-44/98

So why are you playing Pouliot, Lucic and Maroon at center and McDavid, RNH and Draisaitl on the wing?

Woodguy

JDï™:
Who is writing under the name Loserpoints for ON?

http://oilersnation.com/2016/11/16/why-the-scoring-chance-is-a-flawed-metric-and-how-we-can-improve-on-it

That’s a very good piece.

His name is Alan, is from Florida.

Been following him on twitter for a bit.

Worth a follow: @loserpoints

Woodguy

Lois Lowe:
Woodguy,

I agree except for the keeping Yak part. McDavid is now seeing top D pairs and getting hard matched on the road. Yak would get eaten alive.

Yak?

You still drinking?

Woodguy

Bruce Wayne:
I usually think talk of perfecting the line recipe is making mountains out of molehills.But here, I agree with the emerging consensus.If teams are going to load up on the road to stop McDavid, play three scoring lines by giving RNH and Draisatl the best wingers.

The problem is that here, again, Chiarelli screwed up.He should have signed both Versteeg and Parenteau, and ended up with neither.

So go something like:

Maroon-McDavid-Pitlik
Lucic-RNH-Eberle
Pouliot-Draisatl-Kassian

and then play those three lines as much as you can.

I would make one slight change:

67-97-15
27-93-14
19-25-44/98

The reason for this?

Here’s a list of the players with a positive Expected Goal ratio (50%+) away from McDavid for October and November:

Oct
OSCAR.KLEFBOM WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 55.6
ANTON.SLEPYSHEV WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 54.51
ADAM.LARSSON WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 51.97
JESSE.PULJUJARVI WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 51.25
PATRICK.MAROON WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 51.24

Nov
Situation xGF%
PATRICK.MAROON WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 62.98
JESSE.PULJUJARVI WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 55.01
LEON.DRAISAITL WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 50.28
ADAM.LARSSON WITHOUT CONNOR.MCDAVID 50.12

Only Maroon and JP are there twice for forwards and Larsson for Dmen (!!)

Maroon with Drai and JP were doing their job driving offense from the 3 slot so they should be left to keep doing it.

Pouliot has played well with McDavid in the past and Pitlick’s numbers are as good as any winger with McDavid as well (small sample….)

HT Joe

Pouzar:
Weird how the two primary pieces of the next big blockbuster trade got injured at the same time. #JohnnyHall

Oh lord… don’t even joke about that. I am legitimately cheering for the Devils now, and I have never cheered for any team other than the Oilers. It would be crushing to have Hall play on the Flames.

Pouzar

Weird how the two primary pieces of the next big blockbuster trade got injured at the same time. #JohnnyHall

JD_Wry
Lois Lowe

Woodguy,

I agree except for the keeping Yak part. McDavid is now seeing top D pairs and getting hard matched on the road. Yak would get eaten alive.

meanashell11

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!,

He should be the guy getting Woodcroft to fix that PP. They may be friends, but this is a business and Tmac understands that. Oh, my choices are I get to coach McD for the next four years minimum or be pissed because my assistant, who could not figure how to get a PP with McD, Lucic, RNH, Ebs and Kbom open to score so I will walk and watch McD be the player for the next decade in the NHL while my assistant can’t get the PP on the AHL team I now coach to score.

It’s a business. Woodcroft better figure it out or we all know who will pay the price…..

Bank Shot

meanashell11:
SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

But who actually cares about Jay Woodcroft. I sure don’t. It is obvious whatever he is doing, it’s not working and has not since he got here. Obviously the PK is stymying the PP, so adjust. That is what coaching is. Fire him. What would be the downside?

Why do fans think we should have a good PP in the first place?

We have McDavid sure. Great talent. Outside of that only Eberle and RNH have any kind of history of being solid PP contributors.

Klefbom is the QB for crying out loud and he’s never shown much offence at any level.

OmJo

dcsj:
Not that this has anything to do with the thread, but Taylor Hall is out 3-4 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on torn meniscus per my NHL app

🙁

OmJo

Bank Shot:
I really have a hard time with fans blaming Oilers coaching for anything at this point in time. They have went through numerous coaches and have finally gotten one that has been very successful before coming to Edmonton.

I think it’s safe to say that it’s the roster that is the problem. TMAC doesn’t encourage Draisaitl to go out and play like a limp noodle in the defensive end.

The three centers was supposed to be one of the Oilers greatest strengths going into the season. Centers 2 and 3 have been nothing more than disappointing.

I think the defence, goaltending and depth forwards have performed about as well as can be expected.

Drai, RNH have been let downs.Pouliot is outright dragging the team down. If he doesn’t snap out of it he will be another Mactavish immovable contract.

Up until this point, Nuge and Drai have been playing with spare parts. The refusal to “spread the wealth” – which needs to be done due to shortsightedness by management this summer – is on the coaching staff.

There’s no reason why Eberle cannot be playing with Nuge. The insistance that Eberle he joined to McDavids’ hip, at the cost of scoring depth, is on coaching. Draisaitl and Nuge went from playing with Hall on their line, to players like Kassian and Pouliot. I like these players, but they’re not the same calibre of player that Hall is. That’s on management more than the players, IMO, for ignoring the lack of RW depth all summer, when we were practically gifted options through FA, PTO, or waivers.

The players need to be better, but the coaching staff needs to show some – any? – flexibility with the lineup. I’m not at the ‘fire TMac’ stage, yet, but I will say I really, really, really miss Krueger and Nelson.

delooper

Ouch. I hope meniscus surgery has better average outcomes than they used to.

That’s the kind of thing that can set skating back for a long time, if not permanently.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

meanashell11,

You piss off the head coach who you have signed for another four years because he and Woodcroft have always worked together?

Also as per NHL.com Taylor Hall will miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

(edit: and I was beaten to it)

delooper

I don’t understand the dour mood. The Oilers are an **average** NHL team now. This is a **huge** improvement over every other Oilers team for the past 10 years.

If anyone thought they’d stay #1 at the NHL all season they were nuts.

Average isn’t so bad, given what we’re used to.

I doubt there’s any magic solutions to the OIlers problems. They need to get some bodies back. They need to ease up on the rookie, send him to the AHL. They need to find a way to demand less from CMD. It looks like the season might be wearing him down a bit.

I’m pretty happy for the Oilers. The hot streak at the start of the season was nice, but that’s way too much to expect.

dcsj

Not that this has anything to do with the thread, but Taylor Hall is out 3-4 weeks following arthroscopic surgery on torn meniscus per my NHL app

Bag of Pucks

JimmyV1965: I think this is absolutely not the case. The last couple games the Oil have spent an ungodly amount of time in the o-zone. Now we can argue that this is an illusion because the other teams are protecting the lead, but we have controlled much of the play. The problem is we can’t finish.

I think where we are differing on this is in our definition of what ‘Ozone pressure’ means. My definition is shots leading to rebounds leading to shots leading to goals.

Bag of Pucks

According to TMac, and in fact Eakins before him, the HC likes to settle on strong pairs and then keep an open W spot available to change things up as/when it’s needed.

Rather than focus on what the lines should be then, maybe we should look at what the consistent pairings should be to start?

I think i’d be inclined to start with something like this:

McDavid/Pitlick
Lucic/RNH
Pouliot/Drai

That leaves us Maroon/Ebs/JP/Kassian/Sleppy to slot in as the situation warrants and the on ice results merit.

JimmyV1965

Very few shifts where the O is delivering sustained Ozone pressure. Fixing that has to be job one.

I think this is absolutely not the case. The last couple games the Oil have spent an ungodly amount of time in the o-zone. Now we can argue that this is an illusion because the other teams are protecting the lead, but we have controlled much of the play. The problem is we can’t finish.

meanashell11

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!,

But who actually cares about Jay Woodcroft. I sure don’t. It is obvious whatever he is doing, it’s not working and has not since he got here. Obviously the PK is stymying the PP, so adjust. That is what coaching is. Fire him. What would be the downside?

Hope is a good thing

I truly believe this is a critical time for TMac to be very careful in how he handles the team. He pushed them hard when they were winning (the right time to push), but lately he has singled individuals out, detailing their mistakes, and isn’t getting the desired results. I believe he needs to praise more in public, criticize in private, and emphasize the many positive developments in their game; the coaches need to help inject some confidence. The Oilers are not at the level the Sharks were when he coached them,and I think he was attempting to get them up to that range in light of their start. Back up a couple steps, deal with the reality of how many young, relatively inexperienced players you are trying to win with, and get back to playing 6 actual NHL defencemen ASAP!

My 2 cents.

RexLibris

Woodguy: Imma gonna describe all the cells in minute detail

For those of you wondering what that is going to be like…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4IrfObVzJo

RexLibris

Pouzar: You can’t see spreadsheets over a phone line?

Chaa, what about dial-up!

😉

RexLibris

Blame is too strong a word in my opinion…

I blame the haircuts and hemlines of today!

stevezie

CrazyCoach: If they were going to trade him, they should have done it sooner

Im a Yak lover and i agree. I wanted then to trade the pick and have been agitating for a trade every year since.

I also thought Calgary would make the playoffs this year.

Cassandra

I usually think talk of perfecting the line recipe is making mountains out of molehills. But here, I agree with the emerging consensus. If teams are going to load up on the road to stop McDavid, play three scoring lines by giving RNH and Draisatl the best wingers.

The problem is that here, again, Chiarelli screwed up. He should have signed both Versteeg and Parenteau, and ended up with neither.

So go something like:

Maroon-McDavid-Pitlik
Lucic-RNH-Eberle
Pouliot-Draisatl-Kassian

and then play those three lines as much as you can.