G32 2016-17: BLUE JACKETS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

Well, damn. Darnell Nurse is going to be out for 12 weeks and that is a lot of development time. We know (boy, do we know) from Oilers history that losing precious months of development in the early portions of a career can have major implications. The problem, of course, is that few players avoid injuries, and in the case of Darnell Nurse, his style of play lends itself to issues in this area. Godspeed, young man, we will look forward to your return.

SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE, 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: 3-1-3, goal differential +2
  • Oilers after 31, 2015: 14-15-2, goal differential -9
  • Oilers after 31, 2016: 15-11-5, goal differential +9

The Oilers are +18 in goal differential year over year, but only five points clear of their record of one year ago. I think that indicates the hockey Gods owe Edmonton a few points, but after Sunday’s game, best not to bring it up for a time. In G32 one year ago, the Rangers would win 4-2 to start a rough three-game run. Tonight’s episode: The Columbus Red Hots.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

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  • This is 5×5 boxcars via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and the WoodMoney DFF and v. Elite minutes. I have posted per game (v. elite) and the table is sorted thusly.
  • The ‘big three’ are close together in TOI per game, and Sekera has the best DFF percentage—but we are still building toward a more representative sample size. Based on TOI per game, we should get there by game 50 or so for Edmonton.
  • Oscar has some nice offense here, he is 9-23-32 in his most recent 82 NHL games. That is a nice set of boxcars, Mr. Klefbom.
  • Matt Benning’s DFF shines like a diamond, but we have to remember these are early days. Fantastic first chapter, though.
  • I counted the average TOI by hand, on the back of a Funk & Wagnalls, so there may be some small issues there. I am pretty sure about the big number, though.
  • Looking at the group as a whole, the one number that strikes me is Klefbom’s TOI total. I know he has struggled, but increasing the minutes of the Swedish duo is probably the play here, now.
  • This article quotes Pierre Lebrun as saying Peter Chiarelli wanted to let this team roll for a time, after all the changes. However, it also quotes Lebrun as saying if defensive consistency continues to elude the team, we could see a move.

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CENTERS, 2016-17

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  • Same sources for this look at centers as above.
  • Connor McDavid is in Greek God territory across the board.
  • Leon is looking good here, and four minutes/51.4 and 1.92 suggests he has found a way to succeed without Taylor Hall. His splits wowy McDavid (1.47 5×5/60 with 97, 2.03 5×5/60 without) imply we are looking at a difference maker—if not (yet) a river pusher. One of the things Peter Chiarelli was surely betting on when trading Hall was this result. We are not halfway into the season, Draisaitl appears to be arriving.
  • I didn’t post a thing on RNH yesterday, hoping to raise some interest in the player from you. It worked, and so let’s have a discussion on Edmonton’s young veteran.
  • Comparing anyone to Connor McDavid is difficult, but based on WoodMoney the title of No. 1 center is rail thin for Nuge based on the latest information. That is basically co-star billing to my eye in terms of elite opposition. If my ciphering is correct (for some damned reason seconds and minutes were a mountain for me last night), we are talking 11 seconds a night—small difference.
  • With the two men in a flat-footed tie, the 5×5 boxcars and the DFF percentage favor 97 mightily—this is a supreme beating. Now, that shouldn’t be a surprise, really. However, it does point out something we didn’t know based on Corsi for observation. Nuge is 1.35/60, and at 45 percent against the tough opposition—these are both subpar numbers.
  • RNH’s Corsi for 5×5 percentage is 51.6—that is the number (for me) that tells his value—but the DFF, in 165 minutes and counting, tells us he is the only one of the quality Cs who is below the water line.
  • If DFF is correct, then Nuge is below average in scoring and in possession—and this cannot stand. I think Edmonton may need to alter his role on the team, either easing the load or giving him two checking wingers and sending him into battle as a shutdown center.

IDEAS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT NUGE

Some of this is luck and shooting percentage, but we are approaching the halfway point of the season and at some point the Nuge needs to start producing. I have read various solutions (playing him on LW with McDavid or Leon, moving Pou-Nuge-Eberle back together—McLellan has done this) but one that I haven’t seen is this: Make the Nuge line a de facto checking unit ala the Moreau—Marchant—Grier trio.

Playing Jordan Eberle on RNH’s line suggests offense, but the RW is not a strong two-way option. Pouliot could certainly fill the Moreau role, and the Oilers should be able to acquire a Mike Grier in the coming weeks. Arizona, Colorado and possibly Dallas might be open to a trade soon (or now), and if the Oilers are running Nuge on a tough minutes line anyway? Right?

If Nuge is going to face the toughs, he has to either flourish in possession or score well, or both. Fair? Otherwise, he is a very young Shawn Horcoff from the dark hours of last decade. Maybe the Nuge line goes off in a big way tonight and we never speak of this again. Or maybe not. If the Oilers are going to make the playoffs, RNH needs to be productive in one role or another.

BRANDON DAVIDSON RETURN?

Not so long ago, Brandon Davidson was one of the truly impressive young defensemen on the Oilers roster. A ridiculous foul on opening night caused him to miss 30 games (and counting), but he could draw in tonight against the CBJ. Rob Tychkowski of Postmedia released a story last night, so I won’t quote it because it is fresh. I would encourage you to click the link, some fantastic quotes from Davidson about the injury and his current state of mind. Really good read.

JESSE’S YEAR

  • Bob McKenzie: “You know what? And I would caution any fan in Edmonton who’s getting frustrated because he’s not maybe made the immediate impact a lot of people thought he was going to make. He’s still a blue-chip prospect and some guys take a little longer to adjust and find their range in the NHL. I don’t think there’s any question Puljujarvi is going to be a real good pick and I would be surprised if, years from now, the Oilers fans aren’t still really excited he fell to 4 for them.” Source

There is a growing amount of concern over Jesse, and I get that, the young man needs to play hockey games. That said, there is plenty of time. So far this year, JP has played in 22 games, and his player card is pretty damned good for what it is:

  • 5×5 points per 60: 1.77 (4th among regular Fs—200+ minutes)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 2.66 (in 22 minutes)
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 54.5
  • Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 2.5
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 39 shots/2.6%
  • Boxcars: 22, 1-7-8
  • Information via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and hockey-reference.

That is really good, you know. Now, you might say it is because of his centers (JP is 1.80 5×5/60 in 100 minutes with Leon, 3.08 5×5/60 in 78 minutes with McDavid) but that is going to be his job someday soon—and he isn’t horrible in the role now. My RE for Puljujari was 65gp, 14-14-28 .431, and he is on pace for 58, 3-18-21 .362 and that is on 12 minutes a night. I think the AHL is fine for JP, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. He has been posting some good numbers, especially considering age, experience and gigantic changes in his life over the last six months.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

This morning at 10, TSN1260. Heavy on the Oilers content, scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, Oilers Nation. Deploying Nuge, adding a RW or a RHD, and should Edmonton make a rental move at all?
  • Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst. A quick look at the 2017 draft, and a discussion of the Oilers’ top prospects and their progress.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid are revving up for a hellua Art Ross race, and how long can Edmonton stay with with the California Three?

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

 

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N64

frjohnk: As many have mentioned, the schedule has been a factor in them running out of gas.

Of course its a factor.

~ Even the fans are running out of gas getting so few days off in between heartbreakers. ~ 😉

frjohnk

Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor 1m1 minute ago
#Oilers only had three two-day breaks during their first 32 games (40% of season).
They have 14 two-day (or more) breaks in final 50 games.

As many have mentioned, the schedule has been a factor in them running out of gas.

gogliano

This team was tired but it has also suffered from a lack of practice time. Systems play is built in practice environments, not game environments.

We’re competitive in December and this is a young team. They’re learning. And those October games count as much as the more recent ones. It makes just as much sense to ignore the last 8 games as to ignore the first 8.

treevojo

Oilspill:
We are in serious trouble. Other teams have studied 97’s tendencies and have learned how to shut him down. We dont have much for finish. We consistently give up too many goals against as we are focused on “puck movers” at the expense of defence. These guys have free reign in front of the goal and no fear entering the zone for most part. Yes Russell is quick but he is a gongshow other than blocking shots. Benning at least shows good balance.

You lost me at learned how to shut 97 down.

You must be mistaking 67 for 97.

PhrankLee

Oilspill:
We are in serious trouble. Other teams have studied 97’s tendencies and have learned how to shut him down. We dont have much for finish. We consistently give up too many goals against as we are focused on “puck movers” at the expense of defence. These guys have free reign in front of the goal and no fear entering the zone for most part. Yes Russell is quick but he is a gongshow other than blocking shots. Benning at least shows good balance.

I don’t agree that this team is in serious trouble at all.

Nobody has come up with an answer that nullifies 97.

Nobody. Some have done good team jobs on limiting his chances.

Serious trouble? They are in a playoff race in mid December, man!!

That means they are finally approaching relevance and that’s all I have ever really wanted out of them.

StixMalone

What still is troubling is when other teams can cycle in our zone and we collapse. We don’t challenge and get caught running around too often flailing the sticks around instead of taking the man. This obviously has been scouted because it happens every game. It’s like the other team is on a powerplay yet we’re not short handed. This team needs the rest…..

jake70

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
Bank Shot,

I think its the travel mores than the opponents and I say this while admitting full stop they left points on the board against the Leafs, Yotes, Buffalo, Philly etc.

Sportsnet had a graphic last night showing the number of days on the road and I believe it was in the 26 day range, whereas Columbus was around 14-15.

I commented a few threads ago about their schedule – a key aspect being all the crossing of time zones both east and west directions – I think I counted 7 in there – I am not 100% certain but I think time zones were at least a consideration (if not large one) in the division realignments.

Oilspill

We are in serious trouble. Other teams have studied 97’s tendencies and have learned how to shut him down. We dont have much for finish. We consistently give up too many goals against as we are focused on “puck movers” at the expense of defence. These guys have free reign in front of the goal and no fear entering the zone for most part. Yes Russell is quick but he is a gongshow other than blocking shots. Benning at least shows good balance.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Bank Shot,

I think its the travel mores than the opponents and I say this while admitting full stop they left points on the board against the Leafs, Yotes, Buffalo, Philly etc.

Sportsnet had a graphic last night showing the number of days on the road and I believe it was in the 26 day range, whereas Columbus was around 14-15.

Huge difference IMO and while they did leave points on the board that’s an awful lot of plane rides in a short amount of time.

But as I posted last night three of the other Pacific division teams have an absolutely brutal March schedule while the Oilers take up an extended residence at Rogers Place that month.

Sleeping in your own bed and being able to walk/drive to the rink in 15 minutes is a helluva lot easier than jumping form hotel to hotel.

Need to stay in the mix and have all the kinks worked out before the short month is over and be ready to rock and roll in the new barn!

Also anyone else notice that the ice seems a bit better of late? Haven’t noticed nearly as many tennis ball pucks out there last night. Hopefully they get that fixed up for Part Two of the season.

Professor Q

JDï™: It won’t help Todd in the dome of silence. This over-sized conference room is just an unwinnable war as far as that goes. It’s too big, and the media types are too far away from coach McL.

What bugs me, is that they release videos where the public can’t make out what the question was that Todd is answering. And then they put noise gates on the mics so that we can’t even turn up the volume to try and work out what the question was.

And it’s as if they don’t even listen to the video before it’s released on the website.

Well, they listen to it *as* it’s being uploaded to the website. It’s live.

Bank Shot

–hudson–: On the radio today, Lucic said it’s been the worst schedule he’s played in his 10 years in the league.Now that the tough stretch is over we’ll see if it was an excuse or not

In terms of strength of schedule thus far, Edmonton ranks 27th in the league. Played lots of games, sure but they’ve had weaker opponents than almost all other teams.

--hudson--

SwedishPoster:
McLellan with the Oprah Winfrey style of coaching tonight. You get a new linemate! And you get a new linemate! And you get a new linemate!

At least it was nice of the GM, coaches and Oilers media reps to give the team an excuse before the game even started. Good on Lucic to not bite on it afterwards. The schedule is what it is. It’s just part of the circumstances nothing the players or the coaches should ever pay attention to other than maybe quietly resting guys who are worn out. And if the GM has any concerns about the schedule he should talk to the league behind closed doors. Not whining about it in the media. That’s just giving the players a chance to start feeling the wear and tear of the season. Crappy sports psychology from the management imo.

On the radio today, Lucic said it’s been the worst schedule he’s played in his 10 years in the league. Now that the tough stretch is over we’ll see if it was an excuse or not

JD_Wry

OmJo: Bohemian Grove

If that was the case, the media wouldn’t have a clue where to go. And they would be sacrificing Nuge on a stone altar in search of more wins.

OmJo

JDï™: It won’t help Todd in the dome of silence. This over-sized conference room is just an unwinnable war as far as that goes. It’s too big, and the media types are too far away from coach McL.

What bugs me, is that they release videos where the public can’t make out what the question was that Todd is answering. And then they put noise gates on the mics so that we can’t even turn up the volume to try and work out what the question was.

And it’s as if they don’t even listen to the video before it’s released on the website.

There’s some things we just aren’t meant to hear. Maybe the conference room is the like the Bohemian Grove of the Oilers organization.

We won’t be able to handle what is happening in there. All of the organizations secrets, like the aliens hiding in McDavids locker that spike his Gatorade(c) with secret alien serum that makes him faster than the speed of light.

russ99

We’ve had a murderous schedule, that seems to have caught up with us.

The next few weeks should help with the break this week and for Christmas.

However, that doesn’t excuse the coach of his bullheadedness of not playing our two best offensive players together 5x5m and line juggling everyone else like it’s the first week of training camp.

SwedishPoster

McLellan with the Oprah Winfrey style of coaching tonight. You get a new linemate! And you get a new linemate! And you get a new linemate!

At least it was nice of the GM, coaches and Oilers media reps to give the team an excuse before the game even started. Good on Lucic to not bite on it afterwards. The schedule is what it is. It’s just part of the circumstances nothing the players or the coaches should ever pay attention to other than maybe quietly resting guys who are worn out. And if the GM has any concerns about the schedule he should talk to the league behind closed doors. Not whining about it in the media. That’s just giving the players a chance to start feeling the wear and tear of the season. Crappy sports psychology from the management imo.

JD_Wry

treevojo: At least tmac finally called out the lack of Mics in the post game presser.

It won’t help Todd in the dome of silence. This over-sized conference room is just an unwinnable war as far as that goes. It’s too big, and the media types are too far away from coach McL.

What bugs me, is that they release videos where the public can’t make out what the question was that Todd is answering. And then they put noise gates on the mics so that we can’t even turn up the volume to try and work out what the question was.

And it’s as if they don’t even listen to the video before it’s released on the website.

maudite

Anyone know a betting site that you can presently bet mid-season on oil not making it? Their odds are stellar still to make it and that’s basically on the back of their start. I had them pegged for 83 and figure they look like 89 or so (seriously that’s decent) just don’t think they make it. Not passed or losing my mind it just seems like a decent bet if odds are solid.

frjohnk

Columbus is a good team with great goaltending.

Oilers have had one hell of a schedule in the last few weeks.

And some of the Oilers have been battling the flu.

Not surprised they hit a wall tonight.

Hey 9 points in 8 games in December so far.

treevojo

At least tmac finally called out the lack of Mics in the post game presser.

For a world that has become dependent on immediate news that press room is a shit show.

Can’t believe it has taken this long.

StixMalone

Pitlick had a good game. Just couldn’t capitalize. Hope he stays in for Tampa.

digger50

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

7) find Connor a wingman

We know the NHL game is tight. You need a small advantage to exploit to win. For most it’s a goalie. For us it is #97. In a close game points from him and we win.

Why does coach always throw “whoever” out with 97 to get a goal? It says I am a one player, one line team and he always resorts to it. For 97 it’s a WTF am I getting today – or better “this shift?” Throws everyone off. For gods sake if this what you believe in then set the line at the start of the game and let it roll.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Tough game.

!st period was one of the best they played all year.

2nd well the wheels fell off about 8 minutes in and they never recovered.

3rd flat, flat and flatter, Talbot didn’t help, rather hindered but that’s not saying much in hindsight when the team was that dead. Nice little push at the end. Maroon and Pitlick will get hat tricks soon I’m telling you.

Centre of attention,

Agreed! Nuge has been better in the dot since TMac called him out before the Minnesota game.

Coach says day off, off-ice day, practice, TB game.

I think everyone will like that.

Biggest things to work on.

1) Get Cam Talbot away from the rink. Give him two days off and let him be with his family. Small investment, could pay big dividends. Actually give Sekera an extra day there as well.

2) Carefully review defensive setup with Klefbom and Larsson. Wheels have come off a bit lately. Need to reset and calm down a bit out there. Classroom day and then practice day should help. Both also need a breather. Klefbom needs to just relax, fidgety out there, playing tense, a couple days off and some drill work will help. Same applies for Larsson.

3) Breakouts with forwards. Since the Ducks win I’ve lost count how many times the forwards have flown the zone while the dmen stand behind the net starring into oblivion. Reset these breakouts, show how deep you need the forwards coming back and then do it in a drill. Rinse and repeat on Friday.

4) Get Brandon Davidson as up to speed as quickly as possible. This could be such a huge return. Ditto if Gryba can get fully healthy in the next while here. Depth and options on the backend are a good thing.

5) Someone go and buy Matt Benning dinner. Couldn’t ask for more from this kid, really impressed. Get him a steak, a few beers and then 12hours out cold and he’ll be ready to find another gear. Excellent jump to the NHL.

6) D and Forward rotation in the dzone. Does the dman chasing into the corner or does he stay put?
Don’t care which one they choose but pick it, tell the forward who to pickup on the rotation and practice it!

Don’t despair! Team is in a decent spot, left some points on the board and has some kinks to work out but are getting a few guys back right as they head into a pile of 4 point games before and after Christmas. Big five day break in between Xmas and the game against LA.

Pacific is a hot mess right now.

In March San Jose has a stretch that sees them play 8 games in 12 nights. Also have 4 sets of back to backs, three of which are on the road.

LA is on the road until the 29th against the Oilers and could maybe be in for a world of hurt if they keep up their yo-yo play.

Calgary plays every second night from March 9 until the end of the season.

Ample opportunity within all of this.

Go Oilers!

Gret99zky

Remember when The Nuge was a wizard?

*sniff, sobs*

treevojo

LadiesloveSmid: what did the oilers start 7-1?

8-11-5 since then. Goaltending has been below average, do we expect that to shoot up? Call Brossoit up to backup? I have nothing for optimism at this point. They went up 1-0 tonight and I thought, this isn’t like a 65% chance of winning now, this is an 80% chance the oilers cough up the lead and roll over. Always live up to my expectations.

Ahhh.

This is the predictive analytics I come here for.

OmJo

Réal Goudenyéu: There’s a difference between being “not a bad team” and winning 7 in a row. Is it all bobrosky? When was the last time the oilers won 7 in a row? Since October the oilers are not a good team.

They’re a well coached team with a 4line centred by a 12-goal scorer. They have depth, something we seem to lack. They’re a good team, you’re right. One of the best in the NHL at this moment. So losing to them isn’t that big of a let down.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows in Oiler nation, but we aren’t 30th in the NHL either. Definitely have room for improvement, and hopefully we can get some of our injured D back in the lineup but let’s see how the team responds after getting their first break in a while.

The team was gassed by the end of this game. I think that has to do with some of the losses we have seen lately – many of which happened late in games. A sign of a tired team IMO.

treevojo

Younger Oil:
Only saw the last 10 minutes, the whole team was bad, but Nuge, Sekera, and Lucic were especially bad.

Absolutely lethargic decision making, just plain awful.

I only watched the last 42 seconds, thought gyrba and nurse looked invisible out there, what an awful team.

hags9k

Centre of attention,

Because I don’t see the same offensive confidence in him right now. He is missing the silky swagger we’ve seen in the past. Just my opinion.

I want to see him and the team take off and it’s just not coming right now.

thelongdark

Ryan: Dude, either your an Oilers fan or you’re not.

If you are, then you should be well acclimated to getting kicked in the junk on a nightly basis.

Remember, there’s little joy and plenty of getting kicked in the nuts if you’re an Oilers fan.

Honestly, I’m used to it by now, but it’s exhausting and I’m a tier 2 fan.

I’ve been reading this exact post for probably 8 years.

StixMalone

Things could be worse. Look at Vancouver tonite….

Seismic Source

You know what?…fuck this loss. We have had worse.

3 cheers for Gagner. Who knew 10 minutes a night was the secret? Torts really deserves some credit there.

jzed

Regress to the meat, would seem to more aptly apply to Oil kately?

StixMalone

Only 6 regulation wins since Oct. not good enough to keep up in the pacific. These days off better recharge them….

Ryan

Réal Goudenyéu: It’s been 10 years of shit, multiple 1st round picks including the best player in a generation, and we have to lose to a team that does NOT have better players than us but is on the verge of winning 7 in a row. Your goddam right I’m pissed off.

Dude, either you’re an Oilers fan or you’re not.

If you are, then you should be well acclimated to getting kicked in the junk on a nightly basis.

Remember, there’s little joy and plenty of getting kicked in the nuts if you’re an Oilers fan. 🙂

Honestly, I’m used to it by now, but it’s exhausting and I’m a tier 2 fan.

Centre of attention

hags9k:
The PP at the start of the 2nd looked good but didn’t cash and after that, they looked much better than us.

Of course Gagner with a night.

Nuge is breaking my heart.

Why is Nuge breaking your heart?

He took 1 penalty. it was an obvious call but he also got hauled down on a partial break away with no call.

Nuge was fine this game IMO.

Nuge was even winning face offs.

LadiesloveSmid

Réal Goudenyéu: There’s a difference between being “not a bad team” and winning 7 in a row. Is it all bobrosky? When was the last time the oilers won 7 in a row? Since October the oilers are not a good team.

what did the oilers start 7-1?

8-11-5 since then. Goaltending has been below average, do we expect that to shoot up? Call Brossoit up to backup? I have nothing for optimism at this point. They went up 1-0 tonight and I thought, this isn’t like a 65% chance of winning now, this is an 80% chance the oilers cough up the lead and roll over. Always live up to my expectations.

Ice Sage

Bah – much fresher team + superlative goaltending = formula for victory.
Columbus will regress to the meat but it doesn’t help the Oilers now.

wintoon

The Oilers, and McDavid in particular,certainly appear to be tired. Perhaps that explains why Pouliot looks so terrible. Watching Pouliot tonight has been downright painful and Lucic has been largely slow and ineffective..

Oilander

Bob is a thief.

hags9k

The PP at the start of the 2nd looked good but didn’t cash and after that, they looked much better than us.

Of course Gagner with a night.

Nuge is breaking my heart. Not piling on him, thought he was pretty good, it just seems nothing rhymes right now.

Centre of attention

Nuge has had a whale of a game guys. he was flying early. He was even flying in the third but kept getting hauled down. No calls.

He wasn’t perfect tonight but he was far from the worst Oiler.

thelongdark

OmJo: This is the NHL. No team goes 82-0-0.

And the Jackets aren’t a bad team.

Being frustrated is understandable, but let’s not pretend like this is the end of the world. The team needs a break and they have one coming up.

Now, if they shit the bed on Saturday, there may be an issue.

There’s a difference between being “not a bad team” and winning 7 in a row. Is it all bobrosky? When was the last time the oilers won 7 in a row? Since October the oilers are not a good team.

StixMalone

Columbus is a much improved team. 7 wins in a row for them. If we could string a few wins in a row instead of losses in a row that would be nice…..

OmJo

I think Nuge needs to sit a game. Just to figure things out. Hate seeing him struggle.

Younger Oil

Only saw the last 10 minutes, the whole team was bad, but Nuge, Sekera, and Lucic were especially bad.

Absolutely lethargic decision making, just plain awful.

JD_Wry

Réal Goudenyéu: Your goddam right I’m pissed off.

First round picks, and number of years of suckage, have nothing to do with winning now.

Either adjust your expectation as the Oilers play the number 1 team in points percentage this season, or shut up.

hags9k

This team has to get better on home ice. Jeez that was a flat game.

OmJo

Billy1977,

I just noticed it does that for me, too. At least you don’t need to scroll through so many comments anymore.

OmJo

Réal Goudenyéu: It’s been 10 years of shit, multiple 1st round picks including the best player in a generation, and we have to lose to a team that does NOT have better players than us but is on the verge of winning 7 in a row. Your goddam right I’m pissed off.

This is the NHL. No team goes 82-0-0.

And the Jackets aren’t a bad team.

Being frustrated is understandable, but let’s not pretend like this is the end of the world. The team needs a break and they have one coming up.

Now, if they shit the bed on Saturday, there may be an issue.