G36 2016-17: OILERS AT SHARKS

Tonight is game No. 81 in the splendid and wonderful career of Connor McDavid. He has 88 points now, can he hit 90 before his 82nd game? Whatever his 82-game total ends up being, it will be the largest of any recent Oilers impact player.

  1. Connor McDavid 80gp, 28-60-88
  2. Jordan Eberle 82gp, 21-33-54
  3. Taylor Hall 82gp, 25-28-53
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 78gp, 19-41-50
  5. Leon Draisaitl 82gp, 16-33-49
  6. Nail Yakupov 82gp, 22-21-43

That is a fascinating look through recent Oilers history. Nail had a fast start, Leon a terribly slow one, but they all showed a lot in their first 82 games. Jordan Eberle is fantastically consistent, still don’t know why people are so mad at him. Oh, and Connor McDavid? Belongs in a higher league, they just don’t have one. That is no ordinary brag, these players listed here are brilliant and were the moment the NHL welcomed them. This young man is going to do some things. Oh my.

A BAND CALLED CLOVER, 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: 6-2-3, goal differential +2
  • Oilers after 35, 2015: 15-18-2, goal differential -17
  • Oilers after 35, 2016: 18-12-5, goal differential +9

The Oilers played G36 on Boxing Day one year ago, losing 2-1 in OT to the Vancouver Canucks. After 36 games a year ago, Edmonton posted 33 points. This year, even with a regulation loss, the club goes to the Christmas break with 41 (or more) points.

This is a fascinating game, Edmonton’s road wins in St. Louis and Tempe mean they are playing with house money this evening. Can they run the pre-Christmas table? It has been an interesting week.

DEFENSE, 2016-17

  • I have been tinkering with this player card for awhile. It can be confusing, because we are talking straight Corsi for 5×5 (and Rel) and Dangerous Fenwick 5×5 Elites (and Rel). Still, there is interesting information here.
  • This is via DFF and Stats.Analysis.com. Thanks to GMoney and WG for sharing this, cannot wait until it is publicly available.
  • Darnell Nurse has a fine player card, playing mostly this year with Eric Gryba and Matt Benning. That is third pairing, but a terrific step forward for the young blue.
  • Matt Benning will not receive one Calder vote, but he is a perfect fit for Edmonton. For a team that couldn’t get it right with Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz, having another chance with a mobile righty college blue is manna from heaven.
  • Eric Gryba has little appeal to many Oilers fans, but he can defend, plays a rugged style and you never have to worry about development loss when he is a HS. That has value.
  • Andrej Sekera is the best defender on the team, still able to post a respectable player card despite all kinds of issues in terms of partner. Sekera is 56.1 Corsi for 5×5/60 without Kris Russell, 46.7 with him. Edmonton doesn’t use Corsi, preferring shot volume and (I think) something resembling DFF. Sekera is quality in the DFF elite column, especially considering the competition he faces each evening.
  • Adam Larsson looks smart via Corsi, but is running with the pack in DFF. He is over 50 percent in Corsi with Oscar Klefbom and that is where I would leave him. Some strong defensive moments in the road games this week, including a game saver against the Blues with mere seconds left on the clock.
  • Oscar Klefbom looks good in Corsi, but that wobble we have seen this year shows up in the Woodmoney. What can be done? I like the Swedes together so hope they can iron out the issues and be the best pairing on the team again (as they have been many nights this year).
  • Kris Russell has a good story to tell here, his DFF v Elites is in the range with the other veterans who are playing the toughs. Perhaps that gives us a bit of a clue as to what the Oilers coaching staff is thinking?

5×5/60 FORWARDS 2016-17

  • In the cutting off your nose to spite your face department, we have the continuing McDavid—Lucic 5×5 combination. McDavid with Lucic? 2.40/60 at 5×5. McDavid without Lucic? 3.00/60 at 5×5. Oilers need to give McDavid the two wingers who can help him the most. Is Lucic one of them? Gathering evidence the answer is no. I would try Benoit Pouliot at the position, suspect Todd McLellan will eventually settle on Patrick Maroon.
  • Having Connor McDavid on the ice is a massive advantage for Edmonton, but only if they use it to their complete benefit. McDavid with Eberle (1.70) fades in comparison to McDavid without Eberle (4.52/60).
  • You will read today (and all days) about the Oilers being better with McDavid than without, and how that is a terrible thing. For me, there is no news here. We expect the Oilers to be better with McDavid on the ice, and we hope the gap eventually closes as Leon, Jesse and others mature.
  • The real story now, today, is that Connor McDavid is going to play another game with linemates who aren’t working with him. I understand patience and giving time to find chem, but McDavid—Lucic are almost 400 minutes into the season and 97 is more effective without him.
  • Leon Draisaitl is coming on now, good to see. I always use (and others do too) 2.00/60 as a line in the sand, so he is edging near the point where we can call him effective at even strength and on the power play. I do think this is an under-reported story at this time.
  • Mark Letestu is having a nice run here, and now it is folding over to 5×5 offense. Good for him, very pleased.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is now the de facto No. 4 center in terms of 5×5 offense. Sound the alarms!
  • Benoit Pouliot is getting a lot of heat currently, Milan Lucic is getting no heat at all. I like both players, but the numbers suggest both need to get more done at even strength. I do find it interesting how little patience is being shown Pouliot, whereas Mr. Lucic remains on the top line with very little criticism. Some of that is surely power-play performance, and Lucic is new and you want to be very patient. I hope the Oilers show the same patience with Pouliot, who has been a solid performer here during his time (this season’s wobble aside).
  • I think Milan Lucic belongs on the Draisaitl line. Seriously. I would put him there for the rest of the season.
  • If Jesse Puljujarvi heads to Bakersfield after Christmas, Drake Caggiula should go with him. Nothing much shaking for him right now at this level.

Aapeli Rasanen is on the final roster for Finland at the WJs, meaning Oilers fans will have two prospects to cheer for this Christmas. Caleb Jones appears to be a lock for Team USA. I hope to have an item up on ON about the WJs tonight or tomorrow, these two men will be featured.

Centre of Attention mentions Bobby Ryan often, he would be a nice fit for sure and one imagines a lefty blue might be of interest to the Senators about now. It is also true Edmonton could more easily grab someone like Tomas Vanek, but that is less sexy. Jarome Iginla has always been a favorite for me, but he isn’t scoring much currently. Radim Vrbata can score goals, and is doing it again this year with the Coyotes—maybe Edmonton can trade for him and find out Tippett’s secrets.

THE OILERS ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE STANLEY THIS YEAR

I have been reading tweets and posts of late that frame the Oilers current issues in a ridiculous way. If you read ‘the Oilers can’t possibly expect to win the Cup with this lineup’ you should turn off the article, move past the tweet.

Folks, the Oilers have a large number of young people in (or pushing for) very important roles. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, Oscar Klefbom, Matt Benning, Darnell Nurse, Brandon Davidson and I have missed a few.

If you are thinking the Oilers should have been pushing for the Stanley Cup the minute they traded Taylor Hall, I have one question for you: WHERE WERE YOU last summer when I wrote an article a day about finding balance? WHERE? Because the Oilers are what we knew they would be, and if you are bitching about it now like it is a surprise then you clearly weren’t paying attention in June.

This is us. If you are following people who are framing the issue as a tragedy, stop following. Expecting Leon Draisaitl to lead, as opposed to blossom, is silly to the point of farce. I am surprised at some people. Seems silly season is upon us.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Our final show before Christmas, we will talk family traditions and what makes the season special (Spengler, WJs). :-). 10 this morning, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. A look at the Canadian teams in the NHL so far this year, some Christmas memories of big sporting events during this time of year.
  • Guy Flaming, Pipeline Show. Jones, Rasanen and more of the WJs.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Matt will bring one gift for each of Edmonton’s notable sports franchises. As always, there are some surprises.
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. Paul will drop in with Christmas cheer and complain about the goalie. 🙂

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

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  1. Gret99zky says:

    Jim Matheson @NHLbyMatty
    As @akaRCN tweets, Pitlick will be group 6 UFA July 1 because he’s 25, has 3 pro years exp. and hasn’t played 80 NHL gms. Played 58 NHL gms
    4:30 PM – 23 Dec 2016

    Hmmm. Now what?

  2. treevojo says:

    stush18,

    Can’t say I like the looks of that too much.

    I just really don’t like drake in the middle. Too green and not strong enough on the puck.

    Mcdavid needs north south type players that can win board battles, pass the puck, find the space, and shoot when he puts it on their tape.

    That’s why I am not a fan of ebs on his wing.

    Ebs is at his best when he has the puck on his stick zigging and zagging. He needs big bodies like maroon and Leon to get him the puck.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Gret99zky:
    Jim Matheson @NHLbyMatty
    As @akaRCN tweets, Pitlick will be group 6 UFA July 1 because he’s 25, has 3 pro years exp. and hasn’t played 80 NHL gms. Played 58 NHL gms
    4:30 PM – 23 Dec 2016

    Hmmm.Now what?

    I expect the Oilers will sign him before then.

  4. Robinthe403 says:

    Lowetide: I expect the Oilers will sign him before then.

    If EDM offered something like a 1-way $925K x 3 yrs I bet the Pitlick camp signs the contract before the ink dries…

  5. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Woogie63:
    after 33 games YOY team +/-

    NJD
    2015,-2
    2016, -19

    Edmonton
    2015, -13
    2016, +9

    Larsson effect?

    Healthy, older McDavid + healthy Klefbom + Larsson + older Draisaitl + Talbot effect

  6. Ford Prefect says:

    is Pitlick the new Ethan Moreau. Gives everything he has but is made of glass? I love the guy but would not give him another contract.

  7. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: I think McDavid effect, with a dash of Talbot effect and some sincere respect for an emerging defensive group, of which Larsson is a part.

    The biggest difference on the team is the 3rd pair doing well vs Elite F and corsi-wise.

    Last year the 3rd pair was a punching bag for everyone.

  8. Centre of attention says:

    Woodguy: The biggest difference on the team is the 3rd pair doing well vs Elite F and corsi-wise.

    Last year the 3rd pair was a punching bag for everyone.

    Now if only they could get Benning out of the pressbox and paired with Sekera.

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Sekera-Benning
    Davidson-Gryba

    That is the key I think. Left-Right is balanced and every man is slotted in a place that they have performed well at previously.

  9. JimmyV1965 says:

    Woodguy: The biggest difference on the team is the 3rd pair doing well vs Elite F and corsi-wise.

    Last year the 3rd pair was a punching bag for everyone.

    Agreed. Our defence is infinitely better. In fact, it improved the day Schultz left.

  10. geowal says:

    At the folks house for the holidays at the farm, can’t figure out how to get SNOilers to show up on the ancient star choice (now Shaw) satellite guide, down to hoping the nucks and flames play efficiently so can watch on SNwest.
    (If anybody knows the way out of this, that’d be great), otherwise gonna miss first period, already tried looking up the channel and typing it directly.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Re: Oilers D last year. Klefbom injury was a major item, too. Falls in wth third pair being poor, and suspect depth overall, but that one hurt.

  12. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    Re: Oilers D last year. Klefbom injury was a major item, too. Falls in wth third pair being poor, and suspect depth overall, but that one hurt.

    And then Davidson went down too. Horrific year for injuries. Got us Pujo, but I’d almost rather have a better read on the team. and who knows, maybe that would’ve meant Demers signs or they get more in trades–either having to not trade Hall (another winger) or getting more back.

  13. Lowetide says:

    A little loose there for the Klefbom Larsson pairing there.

  14. Centre of attention says:

    That change was unacceptable at the NHL level

  15. Lucinius says:

    Centre of attention:
    That change was unacceptable at the NHL level

    Been a surprising amount of issues with line changes this year. Somewhat baffling.

  16. spoiler says:

    Someone should tell the SJ color guy that the Oilers don’t get the last change at home either.

  17. Yegfoundation says:

    Larson not looking very good at the skating/agility

  18. Lowetide says:

    Fanfreakingtastic save there from Talbot.

  19. GMB3 says:

    Not the biggest fan of watching games on TV in SJ. They have a weird broadcast view

  20. Centre of attention says:

    Talbot was down and out but still made a save.

  21. StixMalone says:

    Sekera owes Talbot a wobbly pop

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Can the Oilers please complete a pass?

  23. Lucinius says:

    Oilers can’t pass at all tonight for some reason.

  24. spoiler says:

    Omigord did Talbot save Drai’s bacon there.

  25. spoiler says:

    GMB3:
    Not the biggest fan of watching games on TV in SJ. They have a weird broadcast view

    Yeah I might switch between periods. The view’s fine; it’s the two guys talking.

  26. Gret99zky says:

    Oilers with their heads planted firmly up their backsides so far.

  27. D says:

    That PP was awful.

  28. JDï™ says:

    Okay, no more pregame beers – for me or the Oilers.

  29. D says:

    GMB3:
    Not the biggest fan of watching games on TV in SJ. They have a weird broadcast view

    Kind of like the old LA Forum back in the day.

  30. jake70 says:

    Ebs had quite a bit of net there, years ago he scores there.

  31. Zelepukin says:

    D:
    That PP was awful.

    Ranked 1st on the road yet that was one of the worst pp ever. Basic passing seems to escape us.

  32. Zelepukin says:

    Klef not having a great game at all. Almost every shift he has either made a bad positioning decision or has lost a battle.

    Talbot saving the hell out of us every shift.

  33. MrEd says:

    Is it still the “Shark Tank”? Regardless, even on the tube you can feel it. Cheers to fans.

  34. Gerta Rauss says:

    Rough starts in this building isn’t a new thing

    The good news is we’re usually down 2-0 by now..so we got that going for us

  35. linkfromhyrule says:

    Seen klef pretty bad so far tonight. Nobody can make a pass. Bad ice or still sleeping?

  36. spoiler says:

    Clicking on all cylinders. Sadly it’s a Colt not a Corvette.

  37. Lowetide says:

    Davidson-Gryba pairing 0-6 Corsi 5×5, 15 minutes in.

  38. Rebilled says:

    Oh Sathy, you came and you brought me a Talby

    Merry Christmas Slats!

  39. Soup Fascist says:

    As long as that wasn’t a hook on Sekera ……..

  40. Zelepukin says:

    Wow two extremely frusturating plays on that shift. Lucic being an idiot and then Klef having possession and speed and all forwards moving forward and instead circles back so we can do our super ineffective breakout play of Ferencing it up the boards for a tip.

  41. JDï™ says:

    Decline! Decline!

  42. JDï™ says:

    Looks like Hendricks wanted an extra rest over the intermission.

  43. MrEd says:

    Hendriks is awesome.

  44. Yak Efron says:

    You know you wanna fight when you step between Kassian and the guy he’s eyeing down.

  45. Suntory Hanzo says:

    The only good stream I can find is a Russian feed.

    Not happy with the PP. found myself yelling SHOOT! A few times.

  46. spoiler says:

    How do we get an extra 2?

  47. Rebilled says:

    Holy, that NBC feed of that fight replay was great.

  48. Gerta Rauss says:

    You have to squint to find something good to take from that period

  49. OilClog says:

    If Hendricks in fact has regained himself, don’t you dare trade the man, let him ride it out.

  50. Zelepukin says:

    All Talbot that period.

  51. Zelepukin says:

    Rebilled:
    Holy, that NBC feed of that fight replay was great.

    Agreed. Actual punch analysis. I don’t even want to imagine what nonsense Remenda would have been saying.

  52. Lowetide says:

    9-11 in the Corsi after one, Gryba pairing and the Leon line shutout that period in possession.

  53. spoiler says:

    Yak Efron:
    You know you wanna fight when you step between Kassian and the guy he’s eyeing down.

    Or it’s gratitude and a thank you gift.

  54. JDï™ says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    This one’s pretty good, but it sometimes just freezes and I’ve found it better to refresh the page than wait:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wNAqpQgpuSy

    You have to select HD, but it’s not really HD.

  55. linkfromhyrule says:

    Oil are lucky to get out of that period 0-0. No urgency and extremely sloppy puck management. Those soft reverse passes in the o zone are driving me crazy. Watch san jose pass the puck, its hard tape to tape passes as much as possible. Ugly ugly period.

  56. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    9-11 in the Corsi after one, Gryba pairing and the Leon line shutout that period in possession.

    Wow, didn’t even look that “good”. Leon looks lost out there tonight.

  57. Centre of attention says:

    The Oilers D need to make plays and actually complete tape-to-tape passes. Some of it is the forwards fault too. Come back deeper and give the D good passing options and stop trying to stretch it out.

    Sharks are getting behind our D way too easy. Need to adjust neutral zone play all together.

  58. Oil2Oilers says:

    JDï™:
    Looks like Hendricks wanted an extra rest over the intermission.

    Or knows Kassian has sore hands from last game?

  59. spoiler says:

    JDï™:
    Suntory Hanzo,

    This one’s pretty good, but it sometimes just freezes and I’ve found it better to refresh the page than wait:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wNAqpQgpuSy

    You have to select HD, but it’s not really HD.

    I’m using the same one and agree on the HD. but very stable for me at 3200.

  60. D says:

    Zelepukin: Ranked 1st on the road yet that was one of the worst pp ever. Basic passing seems to escape us.

    Yeah, no kidding. We need that Number One PP to come back.

  61. Lucinius says:

    Oilers look like they need a solid couple of practices focusing on passing the puck. So, so bad. Very few Oilers outside of Talbot looked anything other than bad that period.

    I don’t mind the extra 2 on Hendricks there, either. He deserved it, imo, for coming into the fight like that, but the refs didn’t want to give him the instigator (apparently those act as a strike against you somehow, I believe, when the NHL looks at discipline — or so I’ve heard from an ex-ref I shot the shit with in a bar a couple years back).

  62. Lucinius says:

    Stars sorta screw up; had the lead in the 3rd, but the Kings tied it up before losing in OT.

    Canucks not doing us any favours and are losing to the Flames 3-1 late in the 3rd.

  63. spoiler says:

    Romanowski does Raider games? Oh dear, I might have to catch one of those. Thought he was in an insane asylum somewhere.

  64. Rebilled says:

    Seals shirt giveaway in SJ LT.

  65. StixMalone says:

    Sam Gagner scored his 14th of the year as Columbus is on a hell of a streak…..

  66. Suntory Hanzo says:

    JDï™,

    Thanks. Switched from my computer to TV and watching on my Gbox us By Phoenix app. Wife on computer now. Interesting seeing all the ads thru Eurosport channel. + no Remenda!

  67. MrEd says:

    Out of the first with a draw. Road hockey.

  68. Lowetide says:

    spoiler:
    Romanowski does Raider games? Oh dear, I might have to catch one of those.Thought he was in an insane asylum somewhere.

    Haha. Me too.

  69. Centre of attention says:

    I wonder if McDavid finally goes 3 games with out a point consecutively? If he doesn’t score tonight it would be the first time that has happened in his career.

  70. treevojo says:

    Glad I took Chicago for my for sure pick tonight at 1.35.

    Apparently the Oilers aren’t the only team that can shit the bed to a bottom feeder on a back to back.

  71. JDï™ says:

    Suntory Hanzo: By Phoenix app

    Is that the same as the Phoenix addon for Kodi? That’s been really hit or miss with me. I should probably install the latest version of Lazyman on reddit. Supposedly working very well.

  72. JDï™ says:

    MrEd: Road hockey.

    Looked like road apples. Smelled like it too.

  73. Lowetide says:

    Sharks score, 1-0. Great shot by Pavelski. Matt Hendricks feels shame.

  74. Centre of attention says:

    I think Russel tipped that

  75. D says:

    Would be nice if Eberle could learn to one-time like Pavelski.

  76. Centre of attention says:

    I still don’t know why our guy got the extra two.

  77. StixMalone says:

    Pouliot on the penalty kill caught looking around…

  78. MrEd says:

    Jumbo. A hockey Lord.

  79. StixMalone says:

    Give that fight to SJ

  80. Centre of attention says:

    Kassian just got punked by an AHLer

    Not a good look

  81. treevojo says:

    Centre of attention:
    I still don’t know why our guy got the extra two.

    I think it was two mins for wanting to fight more.

  82. Centre of attention says:

    They called a hold on McDavid!

    Rejoice!

  83. StixMalone says:

    San Jose so good at exiting their zone and getting shots on net…

  84. spoiler says:

    Centre of attention:
    I still don’t know why our guy got the extra two.

    According to the SJ colorman, it was because Dylan was supposed to fight Kassian. Seriously.

    And then you see Kassian forced to fight and you can tell he doesn’t want to throw… real dick move by SJS if they’ve come at him twice knowing he can’t go after last game, That’s part of the Code.

  85. Lucinius says:

    It got called! That penalty on McDavid finally got called!

  86. Centre of attention says:

    A goal here would be nice

  87. Professor Q says:

    Damn it, Gagner. While congratulating Doan for getting Goal #400 is commendable, you know damn well he’s not “one of the most genuine guys in hockey”.

  88. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Atta boy Schlenk.
    Nice call.

  89. Centre of attention says:

    This power play is much better. Hopefully they get momentum

    *edit*

    Instead they take a penalty immediately after

  90. spoiler says:

    Draisaitl passes 3 feet from the net… he’s not there today.

  91. Zelepukin says:

    Need to cash on those PP because we are getting nothing done 5v5.

    Sharks run a very good team defence. Give up next to nothing. Break out cleanly almost every shift.

  92. Centre of attention says:

    Beck is on the NHL roster why again?

  93. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ugh… The Sharks are good… Like REALLY good…

  94. jake70 says:

    Who on the Oilers scores the Pavelski goal? Nobody unfortunately. I can’t even recall an Oiler scoring like that…..maybe Gilbert Brule circa 2009.

  95. Centre of attention says:

    Mark Spector ‏@SportsnetSpec 44s45 seconds ago
    Nice work by Sportsnet truck, showing 2 separate penalties called on McDavid infractions, 5 secs apart. 1 PP given tho.

  96. Pescador says:

    Good work on the penalty kill, the Oilers can’t make the puck do as many good things as the Sharks.
    One day, one day soon

  97. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    WHY MCDAVID WHY did you drop pass!?!?

  98. spoiler says:

    Looch is bruising people tonight, but with his shot.

  99. spoiler says:

    You can tell the Sharks view this as a pride game for first, they are going full out.

  100. Lowetide says:

    Sharks are a veteran, savvy team but they run the pick play and that should be called every time, or at least once a game.

  101. Centre of attention says:

    Eberle needs to score tonight.

    Hes the hero we need right now. Usually money against the Sharks.

  102. Lucinius says:

    Sharks out playing the Oilers by a country mile tonight. Talbot is the only reason this thing is even close.

  103. Zelepukin says:

    spoiler:
    You can tell the Sharks view this as a pride game for first, they are going full out.

    Ya THIS is a playoff team playing a playoff game. We’re just hanging on.

  104. spoiler says:

    Zelepukin: Ya THIS is a playoff team playing a playoff game. We’re just hanging on.

    They’re battling though–SJ is bringing a lot of edge to their game. And they’re struggling with the puck which hasn’t been the usual lately.

  105. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Well… I’m thinking we get shut out tonight the way things are going… Sharks just too polished tonight…

    Edit: doesn’t help if you gift them pps

  106. Centre of attention says:

    Kassian is being silly tonight.

  107. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: showing 2 separate penalties called on McDavid infractions

    But the refs were 1 for 2 on that. Much better than the St Louis game.

  108. Suntory Hanzo says:

    JDï™,

    Yes. Through Kodi. I usually use computer as first choice as it is easier to find more feeds.

    Usually try Reddit first then onhockey second.

  109. Minister D- says:

    McLellan really needs to give up the ghost on Eb-McD-Luchador. For pete’s sake.

  110. spoiler says:

    Nice sell job by Dylan. Kassian is an angry man right now. Needs this cooler time. Oilers don’t.

  111. JDï™ says:

    This is it. Can’t see them killing off four minutes. Good night Irene.

  112. MrEd says:

    Kass is brave.

  113. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Certainly has he feel of a playoff game.

  114. Lowetide says:

    Kassian and Hendricks have put their team in a hole tonight. I love that kind of player but they cannot be doing this kind of thing.

  115. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Kass needs to relax and sit for a bit. Dillon could have performed that rendition a little better, whipping the head back when he pushed his chest was a new one.

    Pretty notable separation between 1st and 2nd in this division

  116. LadiesloveSmid says:

    spoiler:
    Nice sell job by Dylan. Kassian is an angry man right now. Needs this cooler time. Oilers don’t.

    Same Dillon that fought Gagner. Has some Kesler in him it seems.

  117. JDï™ says:

    Suntory Hanzo: Certainly has he feel of a playoff game.

    Very similar to the first few games against the Red Wings in ’06.

  118. Pescador says:

    JDï™:
    This is it. Can’t see them killing off four minutes. Good night Irene.

    You should be the coach

  119. Centre of attention says:

    2 calls on 97 interference

    they are trying

  120. treevojo says:

    Two nights ago I said

    I kinda like Remenda.

    It gives me a view on what my ex girlfriend would sound like commentating on my current sex life.

    Tonight vs San Jose

    I kinda hate Remenda

    It gives me a view on what my wife might sound like telling me how great her sex life was with her ex-boyfriend.

  121. D says:

    JDï™:
    This is it. Can’t see them killing off four minutes. Good night Irene.

    https://youtu.be/fHB48jAiqEg

  122. Minister D- says:

    Lowetide,

    Sadly, it appears as though they’re relatively successful performance against Arizona has embiggened them to try it every game. Not going to fly against a team as good as SJ.

  123. Gerta Rauss says:

    A PP goal here would be swell

  124. spoiler says:

    The old Oilers would’ve given up when the double was called.

    This is too haaard

    That much is better at least.

  125. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Sharks too smart for our slower pp…

  126. StixMalone says:

    Not a good powerplay happening no tonight…

  127. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Jesus Christ. Just have someone in front for 97.

    Where is Bub Slug when we need him?

  128. D says:

    Eberle helped kill yet another Oiler powerplay.

  129. spoiler says:

    Larsson, Gord of Thunder.

  130. dangilitis says:

    Thanks Adam, best hit I’ve seen an oiler lay on Thornton in a decade

  131. StixMalone says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Jesus Christ. Just have someone in front for 97.

    Where is Bub Slug when we need him?

    Yep just put Maroon out there

  132. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Kinda wish jp was out there on the pp with MCDAVID… We need more firepower

  133. Zelepukin says:

    D:
    Eberle helped kill yet another Oiler powerplay.

    Ya he is playing like an AHLer that just got called up. Luckily for him, so is everyone else when compared to the Sharks.

  134. OilClog says:

    How did San Jose let a homer like Remenda go?!?

  135. JDï™ says:

    D,

    I love being wrong, but there’s absolutely nothing to like about this game, other than it’s one clear shot away from being tied. About those clear shots on net though…

  136. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    D:
    Eberle helped kill yet another Oiler powerplay.

    lol… Yeah….

  137. Pescador says:

    If only Davidson coulda buried that, what a pass by Drai

  138. Lucinius says:

    2 periods in the books and the Oilers haven’t even hit double digits on shots.

    That alone says a lot.

  139. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    The shot clock after 2 periods shows just how far we are from truly contending for the cup… We even had twice as many pps….

  140. Pescador says:

    treevojo:
    Two nights ago I said

    I kinda like Remenda.

    It gives me a view on what my ex girlfriend would sound like commentating on my current sex life.

    Tonight vs San Jose

    I kinda hate Remenda

    It gives me a view on what my wife might sound like telling me how great her sex life was with her ex-boyfriend.

    Haha yes, now there was a magnificent lover.
    Really took his time, go all night & still make cheese omelette for breakfast.
    Mercy

  141. dangilitis says:

    They are down 1-0 on special teams but all that pp/pk time seemed a bit safer than even strength, which has been all Sharks:

    Ebs needs to play with more confidence tonight

  142. stush18 says:

    Anyone having trouble with the sportnet app?

    Was watching the game on my phone and it just shut off, and now
    I can’t access the game.

    What channel is the game on? West? Or pacific?

  143. D says:

    JDï™:
    D,

    I love being wrong, but there’s absolutely nothing to like about this game, other than it’s one clear shot away from being tied. About those clear shots on net though…

    For sure. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Oil can luck a win out of this one. But they are playing terrible right now.

  144. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Just looked. We only have 9 shots on goal??

  145. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    On another note… HOW THE HELL DID COLUMBUS GET SO GOOD!?!? They are mopping the floor with everyone…

  146. Lucinius says:

    Only 2 Oiler forwards have more points than Sam Gagner. None have more goals than him (although Drai is tied with him at 14). And that’s with the Jackets having played only 32 games (and Gagner only 31),

    Forget Hall, Gagner is the guy we need back!

    — Brought to by; The Joys of Sample Sizes, and Quirks of an NHL season.

  147. tapper says:

    Sharks take away the D-to-D and the same-side low-high on the PP pretty well. They also pursue the half-boards F pretty deep. Need to adjust is all…

  148. Lowetide says:

    I give the Sharks a lot of credit, clearly a better team. That said, Edmonton is running a lot of youth here and that is their station in life. Some veteran wingers to replace Caggiula and Beck, and I think we would be a little closer in this game. Sharks are not fast, but they are deadly.

  149. Lucinius says:

    tapper:
    Sharks take away the D-to-D and the same-side low-high on the PP pretty well. They also pursue the half-boards F pretty deep. Need to adjust is all…

    Which is something our coaching staff does not do well, sadly. I don’t think they did it well back in San Jose, either, so not a new issue either.

  150. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Just looked. We only have 9 shots on goal??

    Yep… Wouldn’t bet on a win tonight… At least we are still in a playoff spot before Christmas!! when was the last time that happened??

    Grrrrrrrr….. Canucks are useless… Couldn’t beat the lames….

  151. dangilitis says:

    Lucinius:
    Only 2 Oiler forwards have more points than Sam Gagner. None have more goals than him (although Drai is tied with him at 14). And that’s with the Jackets having played only 32 games (and Gagner only 31),

    Forget Hall, Gagner is the guy we need back!

    — Brought to by; The Joys of Sample Sizes, and Quirks of an NHL season.

    We’ll see how Columbus ends the season, and I’m not saying he’ll be a good fit, but Gagners wife is from Alberta and he can go where he wants next year…

  152. Rebilled says:

    SJ intermission guys jealous of Canadians freedom!

    we’ve won the Freedom War!

    Freedom! Freedom!

    I thought they were great again?

  153. JDï™ says:

    Lucinius: Gagner is the guy we need back!

    He still looks like a chugger out there, and he shies away from contact.

    But he plays a sheltered role on a deep team, and they move the puck fast, compensating for his weaknesses.

    Does some GM blow his brains out on a contract offer for Gags come July? I’m hoping so.

  154. Lucinius says:

    Rebilled:
    SJ intermission guys jealous of Canadians freedom!

    we’ve won the Freedom War!

    Freedom! Freedom!

    I thought they were great again?

    Wait, what!?

  155. spoiler says:

    Rebilled:
    SJ intermission guys jealous of Canadians freedom!

    we’ve won the Freedom War!

    Freedom! Freedom!

    I thought they were great again?

    California.

  156. Rebilled says:

    *Stoney Plain Zamboni driving to Tim Hortons

  157. Rebilled says:

    *scotch

  158. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    I give the Sharks a lot of credit, clearly a better team. That said, Edmonton is running a lot of youth here and that is their station in life. Some veteran wingers to replace Caggiula and Beck, and I think we would be a little closer in this game. Sharks are not fast, but they are deadly.

    I disagree on the speed. As the SJ broadcast said in the pre-game, SJ is deceptively fast. They move quickly and always transfer the play to someone moving at full speed. We do the opposite. Delay, delay, delay, rim the puck to someone standing still.

  159. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Lucinius:
    Only 2 Oiler forwards have more points than Sam Gagner. None have more goals than him (although Drai is tied with him at 14). And that’s with the Jackets having played only 32 games (and Gagner only 31),

    Forget Hall, Gagner is the guy we need back!

    — Brought to by; The Joys of Sample Sizes, and Quirks of an NHL season.

    Gagner shoots right… So yeah… Could DEFINATELY use him right now…

  160. spoiler says:

    Lowetide:
    I give the Sharks a lot of credit, clearly a better team. That said, Edmonton is running a lot of youth here and that is their station in life. Some veteran wingers to replace Caggiula and Beck, and I think we would be a little closer in this game. Sharks are not fast, but they are deadly.

    Yup. But I am curious to see the re-match. I think the Oil were a bit surprised by the level SJ has brought tonight. They won’t be next time. And the coaches need to look at some tape and adjust the PP for SJ’s kill.

  161. spoiler says:

    Horrible pass attempt by Russell to Draisaitl.

    Edit: to be fair Drai compounded it by not coming to the puck, in fact was going the other way.

  162. russ99 says:

    Oilers hanging in there and playing a good defensive game against almost playoff level competition.

    If we can somehow squeeze in a goal, we might get a road Bettman.

  163. spoiler says:

    Just getting schooled,

  164. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  165. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    FUCK YEAH!!!! CONNOR!!!!

  166. Pescador says:

    Wooot fucking Zooot!!
    These are not your older brothers Oilers

  167. D says:

    McDavid’s streak is alive!

  168. JDï™ says:

    De Boer’s face says it all. Even if I didn’t spell his name properly.

  169. spoiler says:

    But there’s always our Messiah.

  170. Centre of attention says:

    Connor has yet to go 3 games without a point

  171. Lucinius says:

    Lucky bounces get us to a tie. Need them to throw more pucks at the net. Shit happens when you do that more than 10 times a game.

  172. Gerta Rauss says:

    hahahaha…

    We had ’em right where we wanted them

  173. spoiler says:

    And a little bit of goal legs on the next shift.

  174. Pescador says:

    russ99:
    Oilers hanging in there and playing a good defensive game against almost playoff level competition.

    If we can somehow squeeze in a goal, we might get a road Bettman.

    Prophetic

  175. Philosophil says:

    97-19-29 look good together…just saying…

  176. JDï™ says:

    Centre of attention: 3 games without a point

    Good edit.

  177. Lucinius says:

    Philosophil:
    97-19-29 look good together…just saying…

    Almost anyone but Eberle, at this point, to be blunt, looks good with McDavid.

  178. spoiler says:

    SJ color doesn’t think McDavid intended the double deflection. I beg to differ.

  179. Centre of attention says:

    Noted defensive stalwart Jordan Eberle with a great block in front

  180. dsr29 says:

    Klefbom is a mess.

  181. russ99 says:

    Ugh, bad play.

  182. BeerMe says:

    That flyby though

  183. Lowetide says:

    Maroon scored.

  184. spoiler says:

    The old Henry rifle…

  185. Gerta Rauss says:

    Suck it!!

  186. treevojo says:

    That’s why he is captain

  187. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Think that was the 4th 2-on-1 Klefbom has left Larsson alone on. Gord awful performance by him tonight. Would love to see #6’s results with Davidson over Klef.

  188. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Terrible pinch… but holy shit!!! Maroon!!!

  189. russ99 says:

    Excellent goal!!

  190. D says:

    Connor is a hockey god.

  191. OilClog says:

    Tis fucking amazing

  192. Rocknrolla says:

    Philosophil:
    97-19-29 look good together…just saying…

    AGREED!!!! And Goal!

  193. Zelepukin says:

    Wow, can we shorten the bench to just the McD line and Sekera/Larsson?

  194. treevojo says:

    Also earlier I mentioned having a left hand shot on mcdavids right wing.

    Make it so tmac.

  195. spoiler says:

    I like the idea of crossing over to the off-wing when in the Ozone (like Maroon did on his goal). Negates the lack of RW scoring.

  196. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Being outplayed, but this seems to be the fastest game I’ve seen in awhile. And the Oilers have very active sticks. Something we haven’t had but everyone else has figured out.

  197. BONE207 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone…Does anyone else have a lagging Sportsnet feed?
    TV blanks, pixelization etc. Hard to watch the Connor show this way!!!

  198. spoiler says:

    That Davidson. Dammit he better be on the roster next year.

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