G31 2016-17 JETS AT OILERS

The Edmonton Oilers have a big game tonight  against the Winnipeg Jets. After what can only be described as a weird week (they were ahead late in Buffalo, tied late in Philly, and took Minny to a shootout), a win this evening would mean a 1-1-2 week. Not ideal, but effective in the land of the extra point.

SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN, 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, goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2016: 5-8-2 goal differential -3
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1, goal differential -9
  • Oilers in December 2016: 2-1-3, goal differential +1
  • Oilers after 30, 2015: 13-15-2, goal differential -10
  • Oilers after 30, 2016: 14-11-5, goal differential +8

G30 a year ago saw Edmonton win again—this was a high water mark last season—and get so close to a .500 record (14-15-2). After tonight (a year ago), Edmonton would go 17-28-6 to end the year—to finish 31-43-8 over 82 games. Can Edmonton beat that run from last season? If they lost tonight, the 14-12-5 record would be disturbingly close to 2015-16—despite the gorgeous October start. This is us, and I don’t think us means playoffs, not this year, not this time. Calgary has balance, so does California. I could say baby baby baby ’til my tongue spirals out of my head, and nothing will change about this equation. The McDavid is the biggest trump card in Christendom, but the jacks and kings, and the sevens and nines, just don’t add up this time. Balance. Damnable word. I will be thrilled to be wrong this time, but the guess here is that the build falls shy in 2016-17.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

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  • The Oilers possession numbers are good this season (overall at 5×5 the team is 51.9 percent, No. 10 in the entire NHL).
  • The third-pairing chaps (Benning, Gryba, Nurse) have done very well, some even stepping up at times and performing near par.
  • The big three of Klefbom, Sekera and Larsson are also above 50 percent Corsi 5×5, and that is a nice change of pace after all these years. Most observers feel Andrej Sekera has been the best defender so far, and I would agree.
  • The Swedish pairing of Klefbom—Larsson started well, developed a hitch, and we are here. I still think this is the best bet for top pairing.
  • Brandon Davidson has to be close to returning, don’t know how I feel about him returning for his first game against the Dustin Byfuglien fellow. That man is the perfect villain, and seems to enjoy his role too well.
  • If you are wondering about Quality of Competition, the WoodMoney folks are going to blow your mind when they go public. As a tease, I will list minutes against ‘elites’ this season, which, for me, is the best test of first-pairing minutes. The rubber hits the road when the coach feels a sphincter tightening.

BLUE VERSUS ELITES, BY MINUTES

  1. Adam Larsson 175:25 (44.8 Corsi for 5×5 percentage)
  2. Andrej Sekera 172:39 (48.3 Corsi for 5×5 percentage)
  3. Oscar Klefbom, 155:38 (45.6 Corsi for 5×5 percentage)
  4. Kris Russell 137:09 (44.4 Corsi for 5×5 percentage)
  5. Darnell Nurse 97:41 (51.7 Corsi for 5×5 percentage)
  6. Matt Benning 90:05 (57.1 Corsi for 5×5 percentage)

Now, a couple of things. Both G and WG have kindly passed along a few things, but I am using them sparingly because this is their work, their property. I send it to you as a snap shot, a glimpse, into what we will be getting soon from these fellows. Needless to say, this could be as mind bending as the first Jimi Hendrix album when it finally arrives.

Second. Matt Benning, according to the WoodMoney, is flat out brilliant as a rookie. This is amazing. If it continues, we can probably begin talking about the big defensive move of summer being the signing of a college free agent. Early days, don’t make a fuss, don’t want to scare it away.

FORWARDS, 2016-17

oilers-forwards-dec-12

  • The possession numbers are important for forwards, but for me the real fuel for these men is 5×5/60. If you can score there, you have a future.
  • I also value highly the scoring chance metric, especially the individual (via Corsica hockey in this case).
  • Connor McDavid is stone alone, out among the stars. His brilliance remains shocking, you can go years without finding this kind of gap between one player and the rest of the field. Insane.
  • Patrick Maroon is in a quiet period in goals, but his scoring chances remain high and he does a lot of little things well.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who remains No. 1 C against elite competition (but it is close, McDavid behind by about seven minutes), has a nice individual scoring chance number. That shooting percentage has to come back sooner or later.
  • Milan Lucic is a little low in shooting percentage as well, that may turn north at some point this year. He is also shooting more, on pace for 205 shots—that would easily be a career high.
  • Benoit Pouliot is starting to show some signs—that is a major positive for this team.
  • Anton Slepyshev should play more. Despite the numbers here, he has shown some good things, especially when playing with skill.

WHL

Three Oilers prospects in the WHL are performing very well of late—specifically Caleb Jones of the Portland Winterhawks. With an assist last night, Jones is now 30gp, 3-26-29. With two assists last night, Tyler Benson is 27gp, 9-21-30. With an assist last night, Bear is now 28gp, 10-16-26. Only Jones is heading to a WJ camp (Team USA) but there are good things happening with this trio of Oilers prospects.

QUESTION

I have been asking folks lately a question that has been getting a surprising answer, thought I would share. The question came from an item I am/was preparing on Peter Chiarelli and his time as general manager in Boston and Edmonton. The question was this: What current NHL GM do you consider to be No. 1 at this time?

So far, the answers have been surrounded by phrases like ‘no one impresses me’ and ‘in a pinch, I would name’ and I find that interesting. If we are going to drill down on this, and expose Peter Chiarelli as the enemy within (this is basically going on daily on twitter), then who do we hold up as the best option? I am willing to do the work, Chiarelli’s track record is familiar to me. So, let’s do this together. Name your top GM, and I will do the work.

PLAYOFFS?

Each time I write about the Oilers not being a playoff team, I get an email from the same person (some folks prefer to email me, as opposed to post, and this is fine). Often, this individual will ask if Kris Russell being signed changes things, or if the emergence of Matt Benning changes things.

The answer is yes and no. I do understand the idea behind giving Matt Benning at bats, or using Kris Russell out of position because he is an NHL veteran. I get it. However, one of the things a contending team does is limit the number of auditions taking place at one time. If you look at the Oilers situation currently, the auditions are going on at pretty much every position. Some of this is due to injury, and some of this (Benning, Caggiula) is working pretty damned well.

Still, NHL teams who make the playoffs usually limit their rookies to the ones who can handle the job assigned. I won’t bother to list the names of Oilers roster rookies who may not be making the grade, but am quite certain the total is higher than it should be. Matt Tkachuk may not have a better future than Jesse Puljujarvi, but he is a more productive rookie.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    And now a dandy defensive play by McDavid. The forwards are all Keons tonight! (he said)

  2. kinger_OIL says:

    OmJo,

    – There was no doubt for me that Shultz was a solid 3RHD: I wanted us to sign him again!

  3. JDï™ says:

    Caggs pissed of someone there. He’s a good shift disturber.

  4. little.fiery.one says:

    jake70,

    That is at least the 4th time I have seen him do it this season and it hurts me every time.

  5. GMB3 says:

    jake70:
    So Larsson had complete control, looked around from behind his net…..ringed it up the boards and Oilers lost possession in NZ. Is that his best option at that point?Man.

    I don’t see it being on Larsson. Looks like a set play. It’s garbage

  6. JDï™ says:

    Pitlick out of sorts on that last shift. Rust never sleeps.

  7. GMB3 says:

    No one else is open there. He’s waiting for the team to change behind the net and the opposing team sets up and takes all available passing lanes

  8. JDï™ says:

    Sekera out. This is fine.

  9. jake70 says:

    little.fiery.one:
    jake70,

    That is at least the 4th time I have seen him do it this season and it hurts me every time.

    Well I wonder is that a set play? Jesus it can’t be. What’s the role of the forwards there? (only started watching about 2 min before that play …..put me in a grumpy mood, better stop posting…lol)

  10. sliderule says:

    The oilers are back to leaving net front naked

  11. Lowetide says:

    That is the problem with having Russell chase to the blue line. You are counting on the forward to check down, and I just don’t think that makes sense.

  12. OmJo says:

    That was fun..

  13. JDï™ says:

    Rookies gonna rook.

  14. Ryan says:

    The Oilers snap goalless streaks like no one else.

  15. OmJo says:

    Bye bye Wheeler.

    This game might get ugly.

  16. OmJo says:

    Lowetide:
    That is the problem with having Russell chase to the blue line. You are counting on the forward to check down, and I just don’t think that makes sense.

    Yup.

  17. JDï™ says:

    Wheeler to the quiet room.

  18. Frank the dog says:

    Sekera injured?

  19. JDï™ says:

    Frank the dog:
    Sekera injured?

    Yep. Thorbum took him out. Arse.

  20. OmJo says:

    Good shift by Nuge there.

  21. JDï™ says:

    Rej is back!

  22. OmJo says:

    Sekera is back.

  23. OmJo says:

    Now that is how a PP should look! So close by Eberle there.

  24. Ryan says:

    Lowetide:
    That is the problem with having Russell chase to the blue line. You are counting on the forward to check down, and I just don’t think that makes sense.

    I’m having a hard time understanding Mclellan’s “puck pressure” system.

    Anyone able to point me in the right direction on a good book on NHL coaching systems?

    I’ve paid a cursory amount of attention to other teams and haven’t noticed other teams having 2 dmen chase the play into the same corner or a dman chasing the play to the blue line.

  25. Lowetide says:

    Shots 10-10, 16-21 Corsi for, lets not lose Sekera again for the rest of the game, K?

  26. GMB3 says:

    Lowetide:
    That is the problem with having Russell chase to the blue line. You are counting on the forward to check down, and I just don’t think that makes sense.

    At that point just release on your man…

  27. OmJo says:

    Jeff Marek is annoying. Not to be a jerk, but… Yeah.

  28. GMB3 says:

    The oilers seem way to static breaking the puck out. Too many passes to guys without their feet moving. Then the back pressure is already on them.

  29. jzed says:

    You would expect the Oil to come on stronger in both 2nd and 3rd periods, but I don’t like the vibe out there. D to D, then back to the first D again, then ring around the boards to winger who already has Winny D man draped all over him. Rinse and repeat. Even when they do headman it, rarely on the tape. So, seeing the D in poor form. Is anyone tracking the centre man? Where is the close puck support when the D man is cut off? Is it all on the D or are forwards standing around providing poor outlets? Whatever it is, way too much time in own end.

  30. OmJo says:

    “They didn’t get the first overall for defence” when talking about the first overall they traded for defence. Nice, Spector.

  31. OmJo says:

    And let’s forget how silent Spector was when Eakins started benching Yak because he didn’t play defence. Lol.

  32. jzed says:

    What , a shot, a rebound??? WTF???

  33. Lowetide says:

    Klefbom scored.

  34. OmJo says:

    Klef from Pitlick and Maroon.

  35. jzed says:

    Pitlick just dancing out there, try benching me again….

  36. Oil2Oilers says:

    Simpson’s skating, which was a concern on draft day, now looks completely competent at an NHL level

  37. sliderule says:

    Ryan: I’m having a hard time understanding Mclellan’s “puck pressure” system.

    Anyone able to point me in the right direction on a good book on NHL coaching systems?

    I’ve paid a cursory amount of attention to other teams and haven’t noticed other teams having 2 dmen chase the play into the same corner or a dman chasing the play to the blue line.

    The most prominent example is Pens as they play pressure or gasp “swarm”

    They also use a lot of dump out to neutral zone if D are pressured,forwards who move into neutral zone ahead of dump are supposed to fight for puck.

    Thats why you see dumping out a lot by D

  38. jake70 says:

    Good job Pitlick not shooting at the crest.

  39. OmJo says:

    Kassian looks fucking terrifying when he fights, it’s awesome.

  40. flyfish1168 says:

    shoot for opposite pad followed up with a one timer. love it

  41. OmJo says:

    He kind of looks like Sean William Scott lol

  42. JDï™ says:

    Nice job Kass. Thorbum isn’t an easy foe.

  43. Lowetide says:

    That hit by Laine saw McDavid land weird.

  44. geowal says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Simpson’s skating, which was a concern on draft day, now looks completely competent at an NHL level

    Yeah he had a nice little sequence with a couple shots there

  45. jake70 says:

    Haha…..Kassian looked like George W few years back ducking that shoe thrown by an Iraqi reporter.

  46. JDï™ says:

    The Jets cutting off so many passes off the boards.

  47. OmJo says:

    Lowetide,

    Saw that too. We “took out” Wheeler and Tanev so I think Jets might start getting more physical.

  48. sliderule says:

    Oilers must have been “playing”last night

    They look tired

  49. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    That hit by Laine saw McDavid land weird.

    have not seen Conner since. Is he still on the bench

  50. OmJo says:

    Andrej Sekera <3

  51. Lowetide says:

    Nuge and Sekera SO close there.

  52. jzed says:

    Seekers panicked , could have gone past him and stuffed it

  53. Lowetide says:

    McDavid and that beautiful stride back out there.

  54. OmJo says:

    flyfish1168,

    On the ice now. Had me worried there for a sec!

  55. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid and that beautiful stride back out there.

    How do you spell relief? Connor

  56. JDï™ says:

    “Top five shot blocker…”

    Everybody drink!

  57. OmJo says:

    Tanev back. How about Wheeler?

  58. OmJo says:

    Atta boy Simpson.

  59. OmJo says:

    Jets really turning up the physical play in this period. Especially for a “tired” team.

  60. OmJo says:

    Fuck.

  61. Lowetide says:

    Bah. Larsson made a good play there, separating the puck, but to the wrong spot

  62. jake70 says:

    Lowetide:
    Bah. Larsson made a good play there, separating the puck, but to the wrong spot

    Nice assist on the goal.

  63. jzed says:

    Keep away in effect, embarrassing

  64. The Trade Guy says:

    Oilers seem shitty.

  65. OmJo says:

    Kassian!

  66. Ryan says:

    Kassian bitches!

  67. The Trade Guy says:

    Ha then Kassian scores a goal scorers goal!

  68. Centre of attention says:

    Kassian Bar down. Wowzers

  69. Lowetide says:

    That had to be offside.

  70. OmJo says:

    Ha! Eat shit Trouba 😛

  71. The Trade Guy says:

    Is he offside….

  72. spoiler says:

    Zac Attack!

  73. JDï™ says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Oilers seem shitty.

    Hot take of the night. Thank you caller.

  74. Centre of attention says:

    Looks onside to me.

  75. The Trade Guy says:

    Uh that looked good?

  76. OmJo says:

    Eat shit refs.

  77. geowal says:

    Somebody get Kassian an assist for the Gordie Howe
    Edit: Horseshit.

  78. The Trade Guy says:

    Like why do they have reviews to get calls wrong?

  79. StixMalone says:

    What camera angle showed it clearly???

  80. jp says:

    Aaah, that makes more sense. Shit,

  81. The Trade Guy says:

    ugh technically offside… just taking goals away in an offense starved league. Good job bettman.

  82. StixMalone says:

    Thanks Drew….

  83. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    God that’s a stupid rule.

  84. jzed says:

    now the coaches look like annoying teenagers with their phones at supper table, don’t they have eyes in the rafters for that crap. Foot in the air bullshit afain, bless the braintrust,

  85. Lowetide says:

    Dillon Simpson a little more involved tonight, liking his effort.

  86. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide:
    Dillon Simpson a little more involved tonight, liking his effort.

    He’s answered the call of extra minutes so far it seems. Doesn’t seem to possess a big shot though.

  87. flyfish1168 says:

    Foot in air off side – great way to increase scoring NHL

  88. kinger_OIL says:

    – One advantage of having Nurse/Davidson/Fayne/Gryba out is that some of the new guys: Benning, now Simpson, maybe Musil one day, are showing they are not sh%tting bed

    – This decreases the chances of the Oil thinking they need to sign Russel to a 4×4 (I hope!)

  89. JDï™ says:

    kinger_OIL: decreases the chances

    Good point, theoretically anyway.

  90. jzed says:

    Pot luck deferred…

  91. Centre of attention says:

    Late penalty on Kassian because of course.

  92. jzed says:

    The ref thought, bold assertion

  93. Lowetide says:

    31-31 Corsis after two, Kassian with a penalty late and EDM will be shorthanded to start the third period. The usual amount of frustration for an Oilers game. 🙂

  94. Lowetide says:

    Oscar has five shots.

  95. Dicky94 says:

    BS call. That period should have gassed the Jets. Oilers should have this in the third.

  96. StixMalone says:

    flyfish1168:
    Foot in air off side – great way to increase scoring NHL

    They don’t want to increase goal scoring. That’s just Bettman BS. Oh wait didn’t Montreal score 10 the other night? I’m so confused….

  97. Younger Oil says:

    Does the NHL have to do play reviews at game speed like other sports?

    If so, that would be an awfully difficult thing to be sure of at full speed.

  98. OmJo says:

    Hey, I remember Chris Vande Velde!

  99. Bank Shot says:

    Woodguy:
    Bank Shot,

    So your evidence is +/- and the fact that he’s on a good team?

    Ok then.

    Why is the Blackhwaks team good then?

    According to you they’ve got tops 5-6 forwards only two defence and average goaltending.

    On the Oilers, RNH constantly gets a free pass because he plays the toughs and he only has one $6 million dollar linemate.

    Seabrook puts up the same amount of points as RNH, also pays tough comp, carries around a partner who is barely NHL calibre and Seabrook isn’t a good hockey player?

    If that is what your numbers are feeding you, you need to look at other numbers.

  100. OmJo says:

    I think DeBrusk should fight Spector.

    Just saying.

  101. Scungilli says:

    OmJo:
    I think DeBrusk should fight Spector.

    Just saying.

    On Celebrity Death Match please.

  102. Oil2Oilers says:

    OmJo:
    I think DeBrusk should fight Spector.

    Just saying.

    Seems reasonable, a charity should arrange it!

  103. OmJo says:

    McDavid doing McDavid things.

  104. Lowetide says:

    McDavid intercepts a pass, gets a great chance, draws a penalty. Ho hum.

  105. Jaxon says:

    Spector: (paraphrasing) “You can’t trade for a player like Byfuglien, you have to draft him.”

    Ummmm, unless you trade for him, like Winnipeg did with Chicago? Or a player ‘like’ Byfuglien in Brent Burns, who was traded to San Jose from Minnesota?

  106. OmJo says:

    Mark f@cking Letestu.

  107. Centre of attention says:

    Testu’ and that one is gonna count.

  108. Lowetide says:

    Connor McDavid is so, so good.

  109. Centre of attention says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid intercepts a pass, gets a great chance, draws a penalty. Ho hum.

    Gets primary on the goal too.

  110. Oil2Oilers says:

    Letestu looked like Drai with that shaped shot. high praise

  111. Lowetide says:

    This is kind of the spot Edmonton has been in all week, through this, the fourth game. They have two points to show for it. Funny game, if they win tonight the week looks a lot better.

  112. theres oil in virginia says:

    I think the refs should check to see if there were any possible stoppages that could have been called since the start of the period before they allow that goal. That way we get the best possible product on the ice.

  113. StixMalone says:

    A win in regulation is what this team needs…

  114. OmJo says:

    Pou looked gassed there.

  115. The Trade Guy says:

    So many failed break aways…

  116. Centre of attention says:

    HUGE save by Talbot

    #yuge

  117. jzed says:

    Poo needed to channel Kassian

  118. OilClog says:

    Anyway Debrusk could fight Remenda, this guy has no business adding any colour to this team as they’re all shit covered tones he spews.

  119. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is there a stat that tracks Dmen sitting behind their net with the puck?
    Kris Russell has got to lead the league in that category.

    At least he isn’t doing the Nick Schultz head down, pound around the boards play.

  120. OmJo says:

    OilClog:
    Anyway Debrusk could fight Remenda, this guy has no business adding any colour to this team as they’re all shit covered tones he spews.

    Triple threat fight to the death! For charity, of course.

    I’ll start the GoFundMe.

  121. JDï™ says:

    jzed:
    Poo needed to channel Kassian

    Yeah, but he would have been off side.

  122. OmJo says:

    Loooooooooooool Laine scoressss!!!

  123. Centre of attention says:

    Letestu scores again, Laine scored on his own net but I think Testu gets credit.

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

    Hahahahahaha

    Oh man that sucks so very much for that young man

  125. StixMalone says:

    Man that Laine can score…

  126. jzed says:

    Laine couldn’t help himself….

  127. Lowetide says:

    Letestu scored.

  128. Oil2Oilers says:

    Hell of a shoot on that Laine kid

  129. Ryan says:

    Nice release by Laine!

  130. spoiler says:

    Give Laine another lol!

  131. The Trade Guy says:

    man that would suck to lose the game that way.

  132. JDï™ says:

    Fabulous one-timer!

  133. LostBoy says:

    WTF was that, instinct?

    Wide open net, buries it!

    Awesome.

  134. Lowetide says:

    Oscar. Hay Zeus.

  135. Gerta Rauss says:

    If that’s the bounce we needed to get out of this funk, I’ll take it

  136. Ryan says:

    Chevy, we’ll give you a 3rd and 5th for Laine.

  137. ASkoreyko says:

    Is there anyway to get rid of Remenda? I mean he is basically begging Laine to come back and win this game for the Jets. I just can’t stand him and he makes watching these games even when the Oilers are winning worse.

  138. russ99 says:

    That kid has a heck of a shot.

    He’s turning all kinds of purple on the bench. Poor kid.

  139. Younger Oil says:

    Laine now has as many goals for the Oilers as Puljujarvi.

  140. jzed says:

    Refs just have to intercede, can’t have fluke plays deciding an OILER game

  141. Merchant says:

    Hockey gods!!!

  142. StixMalone says:

    But now the Oilers have to close this game….can they?

  143. Jethro Tull says:

    Laine has a great shot.

  144. Centre of attention says:

    Nice defensive play by Eberle.

    He doesn’t get enough credit when he’s exiting the zone effectively.

  145. Scungilli says:

    Smart shot by Letestu, low hard slapper going to rebound to the slot or right circle, so perfect Laine buried it.

  146. Todd Macallan says:

    No one is happier to get the lead than I am but I can’t help but feel just sick for Laine seeing him sitting on the bench there. It would be a very Oilers thing to have him score the equalizer, let’s hope he has just that last one in him tonight.

  147. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Repeat after me.
    Letestu is the Pisani.

  148. Younger Oil says:

    Great, now we have another lead to blow.

  149. Scungilli says:

    I have too much Oiler pain in me to carry the other team’s.

  150. jzed says:

    Oilers getting some 3 on 2 action, better score another, way too much time left…

  151. OmJo says:

    Can this game end now? Please.

  152. JDï™ says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Repeat after me.
    Pitlick is the Pitsani

    ?

  153. Younger Oil says:

    Wheeler should 100% have to go to the quiet room after that one if the league is preaching consistency.

  154. Ryan says:

    Todd Macallan:
    No one is happier to get the lead than I am but I can’t help but feel just sick for Laine seeing him sitting on the bench there. It would be a very Oilers thing to have him score the equalizer, let’s hope he has just that last one in him tonight.

    He can get off the Schneid next game.

  155. JDï™ says:

    Younger Oil:
    Great, now we have another lead to blow.

    You would rather be trailing by one?

  156. russ99 says:

    I thought the Pisani has to be a winger.

    Letestu does cover the bet with the stalwart defensive zone player and secondary scorer though.

    Maybe Lander could be rhe Pisani…. if he could ever score consistently at the NHL level.

  157. bill needle says:

    These Hellebuck rebounds are Conklinesque.

  158. jzed says:

    Nice body position by Simpson

  159. BeerMe says:

    yeah, that wasn’t interference at all

  160. OmJo says:

    Mark Letestu might be an alien.

  161. OmJo says:

    Too many men pretty much seals it. Nice to get a win in this one.

  162. russ99 says:

    Can’t touch the puck, or they’ll call that all day long.

  163. BeerMe says:

    OmJo:
    Too many men pretty much seals it. Nice to get a win in this one.

    Hah, we’ll see

  164. jzed says:

    If we give up a shorty, I will have a stroke, my life is in your hands McD

  165. JDï™ says:

    OmJo:
    Too many men pretty much seals it. Nice to get a win in this one.

    Thanks for the jynx.

  166. Lloyd B. says:

    Rob Brown just said on CHED he thinks Laine shot that into the net trying to score. WTF? Claims he has reviewed the tape and has never seen anything like it in his 30-40 years in the game. Can’t see the game but how is that possible?

  167. OmJo says:

    I didn’t jynx this 😅

  168. jzed says:

    So much for the warm up practice

  169. OmJo says:

    OmJo:
    I didn’t jynx this

    See 😭

  170. flyfish1168 says:

    Thank you Patrick

  171. Younger Oil says:

    They should have not been trying to rush the shot while the goalie was in net.

    There will always be an open man, they should have been able to just pass around for the rest of the game.

    Not smart.

  172. StixMalone says:

    I will sleep better tonight….

  173. The Trade Guy says:

    Man just give the guy the goal. Skunked twice by the clock.

  174. JDï™ says:

    McDavid with the empty net. Nice to see he got a goal.

  175. russ99 says:

    Connor got hosed. But I’ll take the win.

  176. jzed says:

    He don’t need no sinkin empty netter to win the Art Ross

  177. Younger Oil says:

    McDavid isn’t good at this whole buzzer beater thing.

  178. The Trade Guy says:

    Lloyd B.:
    Rob Brown just said on CHED he thinks Laine shot that into the net trying to score. WTF?Claims he has reviewed the tape and has never seen anything like it in his 30-40 years in the game. Can’t see the game but how is that possible?

    I think his offensive instincts took hold. You’re going to the net and bang home the rebound. Then you go “oh shit.” i’ve seen it in basketball where guys go up for the board and tip it in and then go “oh shit wrong net.”

  179. jzed says:

    Stinkin

  180. D says:

    Would be nice if the Oil could play the Jets 82 times this year.

  181. Gerta Rauss says:

    It wasn’t pretty but I’ll take it

  182. Scungilli says:

    Lloyd B.:
    Rob Brown just said on CHED he thinks Laine shot that into the net trying to score. WTF?Claims he has reviewed the tape and has never seen anything like it in his 30-40 years in the game. Can’t see the game but how is that possible?

    He forgot where he was, and it was a perfect shot for a rebound, his scorer’s brain took over and he buried it. Instinct. Sort of like when kids forget which way the other team’s net is and everyone is yelling to them.

    Edit – Trade Guy got it

  183. russ99 says:

    The Trade Guy: I think his offensive instincts took hold. You’re going to the net and bang home the rebound. Then you go “oh shit.” i’ve seen it in basketball where guys go up for the board and tip it in and then go “oh shit wrong net.”

    I think he was trying to clear, but the puck on his stick in that position was too familiar not to shoot how he did.

  184. JDï™ says:

    JDï™,

    I failed.

  185. Bank Shot says:

    Younger Oil:
    They should have not been trying to rush the shot while the goalie was in net.

    There will always be an open man, they should have been able to just pass around for the rest of the game.

    Not smart.

    No kidding. I think it was Sekera too with a pretty bad angle shot. Just pass around and tire out the PKers was the right move.

  186. JDï™ says:

    Fuck the jets.

  187. Todd Macallan says:

    Encouraging game in many respects, but especially for Oscar and Nuge, on both sides of the puck.

  188. jm363561 says:

    Finally, we got a few breaks and the win. It seems just about every game is close and the winning team is the one that gets a bit more puck luck. One third of the season gone and we deserve to be in the play off race. Not sure my nerves can stand another four months of this though. Oh for the good old days when we were discussing summer trades, draft selections and lottery percentages in December.

    Dillon Simpson did okay.

  189. Frank the dog says:

    JDï™:
    Fuck the jets.

    I they just f*cked themselves.

  190. Professor Q says:

    2 missed goals at the last milliseconds for McDavid. Damn it.

  191. Frank the dog says:

    jm363561:
    Finally, we got a few breaks and the win. It seems just about every game is close and the winning team is the one that gets a bit more puck luck. One third of the season gone and we deserve to be in the play off race. Not sure my nerves can stand another four months of this though. Oh for the good old days when we were discussing summer trades, draft selections and lottery percentages in December.

    Dillon Simpson did okay.

    I expect things may get better if Gryba and Davey get back in the lineup this week. Except for the refereeing.

  192. GMB3 says:

    Honestly that’s the worst own goal I’ve ever seen in the NHL

  193. Gerta Rauss says:

    GMB3:
    Honestly that’s the worst own goal I’ve ever seen in the NHL

    Where were you in the spring of ’86..?

  194. D says:

    GMB3:
    Honestly that’s the worst own goal I’ve ever seen in the NHL

    The worst? What about 1986?

  195. GMB3 says:

    Frank the dog: I expect things may get better if Gryba and Davey get back in the lineup this week. Except for the refereeing.

    I don’t see Gryba being an improvement over Benning.

  196. GMB3 says:

    D: The worst?What about 1986?

    To be fair, that was 6 years before I was born… so I never actually saw it happen.

  197. LostBoy says:

    Laine’s miscue was bad, but I was joking above. When you break down the replay from behind the net frame by frame, he was focused totally on the puck, didn’t look at the net at all. He was obviously trying to clear it to the left of Hellebuyck. He, uh, missed.

    I’ll take it!

  198. D says:

    GMB3: To be fair, that was 6 years before I was born… so I never actually saw it happen.

    That is fair.

  199. JDï™ says:

    Frank the dog: I they just f*cked themselves.

    Excellent.

    tents fingers

  200. hags9k says:

    Shouldn’t our man Connor have gotten another apple on the Letestu/Laine weirdness?

    Or is this deemed unassisted because of flagrant own goal?

    I’m not too concerned about Art Ross, but would like LT’s 82gp number to swell.

    Always a good 2 pts when you leapfrog the godless flames!

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