G77 2016-17: SHARKS AT OILERS

By playoff time in their second NHL season (spring 1981) the Oilers were ready to make some noise. The quick exit against Philadelphia forgotten, Edmonton faced the legendary Montreal Canadiens in Round One that year. No matter how you felt about the Habs of that era, they were an impressive crew. The legends came in waves, I remember Steve Shutt being especially strong in that series, but each line and pairing boasted a famous name. The upstart Oilers cared not one damn, and drove them off the road in three games, scoring 15 goals to Montreal’s six during the three-game series. Legendary Canadiens? Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard, Rod Langway, Bob Gainey, Pierre Mondou, Rejean Houle, Pierre Larouche. Hell boys, that’s an All-Star team! Steamrolled.

The Oilers faced the NY Islanders in the second round, pushing the eventual Stanley Cup winners to six games. No other team would give New York as tough a time in 1981, and from that series forward the Oilers knew who they were chasing and the improvements required to conquer the Potvins.

 MR JAWS, 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: 7-2-5, goal differential +3
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2, goal differential -5
  • Oilers in January 2017: 9-4-1, goal differential +8
  • Oilers in February 2016: 3-8-2, goal differential -18
  • Oilers in February 2017: 6-6-0, goal differential -2
  • Oilers in March 2016: 8-8-0, goal differential +5
  • Oilers in March 2017: 8-3-1, goal differential +14
  • Oilers after 76, 2015-16: 29-40-7, goal differential -41
  • Oilers after 76, 2016-17: 42-25-9, goal differential +30
G77 was a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks, Patrick Maroon with the winner as he showed early chem with Connor McDavid. Edmonton reached 30 wins and would win another before the end of the schedule. If the Oilers win tonight, we can talk about 100 points as a possibility. Incredible.

 WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Detroit, NY Islanders, Pittsburgh, Montreal (Expected: 2-2-0) (Actual 1-2-1)
  • At home to: Dallas, Boston, Vancouver, Los Angeles (Expected: 3-1-0) (Actual 4-0-0)
  • On the road to: Anaheim, Colorado (Expected: 1-1-0) (Actual: 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual: 2-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-5-1, 15 points in 13 games
  • Current results: 8-3-1, 17 points in 12 games
Final game of the month and full credit to this emerging team. The numbers are terrific, especially since leaving Montreal (7-1-0). I have to say, this has been a very impressive month.

OILERS FORWARDS 2016-17

  • Among forwards playing 750 or more minutes, Connor McDavid ranks No. 1 in the NHL 5×5/60 scoring. A very productive season offensively at 5×5 by Patrick Maroon has been a key to the line, and Leon Draisaitl’s sublime passes add to the chemistry of this line.
  • Jordan Eberle has recovered very well from that poor start, credit where due. Nuge is posting better numbers but is likely to run out of track before hitting 1.50.
  • Zack Kassian is one of the best stories of this season. His 1.82/60 does not include feature minutes with 97 and he’s been robbed of numerous goals along the way. He may be one of the few NHL players to peak after age 27.
  • I’ll be interested to see how much playing time Matt Hendricks receives in the playoff games. The obvious answer is at least half of the games, but Todd McLellan is going to need options and he’s going to need offense. I wonder.

OILERS DEFENSE, 2016-17

  • All numbers via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com and Corsica.hockey.
  • The offensive output is impressive compared to recent history. Edmonton’s defensemen have produced 26 5×5 goals this year according to Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com, compared to 14 one year ago.
  • Oscar Klefbom has received criticism this season, but I think many are missing this young player blossoming before their eyes. His shot is a weapon now, he lugs the puck with a purpose, and he has flown hundreds of sorties. That means we are closer to the mature player he will be, and the results so far are very good.
  • Adam Larsson was described by John Short on the Lowdown the other day as ‘the Lee Fogolin’ and that makes a lot of sense. Larsson has the calm feet to settle down his pairing, and plays with the kind of edge that keeps the opposition honest. We don’t associate ‘heart and soul’ players with ‘Swedish passport’ but that says more about us than it does Adam Larsson.
  • Andrej Sekera remains an underrated and effective defender, I keep reading about his being a shinpad assassin or that Kris Russell is really helping his game. If those things come to mind when you think of Sekera, you’re missing the player completely. Try again.
  • Kris Russell does well by Fenwick, this is adjusted for score and zone starts. Sunil Agnihotri tells me anything 49+ adjusted is reasonable, and Russell’s Dangerous Fenwick against elites is 46.3 (-1.3 rel) isn’t that far from Larsson (47.2, 0.1).
  • Matt Benning (49.3, 3.3) is the DFF star among the RHD on this roster, and as Darcy McLeod mentioned on the Lowdown yesterday his numbers are drawing back. There was a substantial wobble in the period that Benning returned from his concussion. A good sign.
  • Darnell Nurse stepped forward smartly this season, there was much talk a year ago about his inability to play an effective game. Miles to go, he is just getting started, but there are some good arrows this season.

SHARKS!

  • Jake Sundstrom: San Jose ended a long skid on Tuesday by beating the Rangers 5-4 in overtime while the Oilers topped the Kings to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The teams currently have a 46 percent chance of meeting in the first round of the postseason according to hockeyviz.com, a matchup I like for the Sharks (the absence of Logan Couture and my concern about the health of Marc-Edouard Vlasic notwithstanding). Source

Very fair assessment by Sundstrom, who will join me on the Lowdown at 10:40 this morning for an entertaining and informative chat. SJS went to the SCF a year ago, and have crazy skill married to responsible players and a system that works for its employees. Tonight could be a playoff preview and the Sharks are finding their legs (I know, I know, but it’s approaching 8:30 and I don’t have tie to think of another line).

The Oilers trio of blue (Bear, Caleb Jones, Ryan Mantha) are all having varying degrees of success, I find myself hoping we see one or more in the AHL by year’s end. Bear had an impact offensive season and based on reports improved defensively as well. Suspect we will all project these kids to the NHL too soon, and am heartened by the fact the Oilers finally have enough depth to let these youngsters develop at their own pace. A reasonable guess on NHL debut ETA for any of these three is halfway through entry-level deal. If they make it before then, music!

As we discussed yesterday, Peter Chiarelli has tons of room on the 50-man if he cuts deep this spring on the RFA’s and UFA’s. Based on what I have been reading, Foo is the more promising prospect, although seems Vecchione is the more famous:

  • Michael Vecchione NHLE: 82gp, 14-17-31
  • Spencer Foo NHLE: 82gp, 13-18-31

A package deal might be a very good fit for an organization looking to populate the pro system with as many plug-and-play options as possible. Stay tuned!

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A very busy morning, lots of terrific guests. 10 this morning, TSN 1260 and scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers in the playoffs and a chance at 100 points! Plus, Bruce was at the Red Deer Rebels game last night and will give us some names to remember for the draft.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. One of my favorite guests, he is funny and informative. Playoff preview tonight?
  • Paul Almeida, SSE. Playoff roster and deployment: Who does McLellan sit?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Are the Oilers underdogs no matter their first-round opponent? Why?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Maroon scored..

  2. Gerta Rauss says:

    Maroon’s a beauty

  3. spoiler says:

    Like a bottle of fine Burgundy…

  4. BONE207 says:

    It’s St. Patty’s day again.

    Woohooo

  5. The Hermit says:

    Maroon tip in front, he knows where to go on the ice.

  6. treevojo says:

    Winning is boring.

  7. geowal says:

    27 goals for a guy Anaheim is paying a quarter salary to play here. Crazy.

  8. BONE207 says:

    Hunter likes 2 goal leads in the 3rd. It brings him peace. Just like his maid with drinks

  9. Lowetide says:

    Really tough play there handled well by Russell.

  10. Lowetide says:

    Larsson killed some poor bastard behind the net.

  11. Professor Q says:

    theDjdj: I don’t think I’ll ever stop holding my damn breath every time he rushes to goal with a heavy check on him. Is this what having kids is like?

    I think you should ask a mother that question…

  12. delooper says:

    treevojo:
    Winning is boring.

    I thought Trump was talking about the States winning, not the Oilers. He’s so difficult to understand.

  13. thurmtim says:

    treevojo:
    Winning is boring.

    Maybe you would enjoy the excitement of being an Avalanche fan better?

  14. geowal says:

    Puck sure bounces at the oiler end

  15. hunter1909 says:

    San Jose: Enjoying their “Black Knight” moment, as the Oilers destroy them. They still expect to win, ha ha.

  16. N64 says:

    Professor Q:
    So I had left for shawarma so I had missed a bit.

    I “rewound” CentreIce to before the 3rd, and wow were they really harping on McDavid.

    “He won’t win awards nor have respect because he hasn’t played enough games, and hasn’t won a Cup or an Olympics Gold.”

    Now, if they were commenting on Eastern Bias that’s fine and true. But they seemed really in to it…

    You’d think 2016-17 MVP would only count 82 games. But that’s​ just us.

  17. BONE207 says:

    treevojo:
    Winning is boring.

    Only by more than a goal. Until then we’re edge sitters. Getting used to this playoff stuff is hard. I need more practice

  18. Pouzar says:

    geowal:
    27 goals for a guy Anaheim is paying a quarter salary to play here. Crazy.

    Let’s make it 30 Sat yeah?

  19. hunter1909 says:

    Nice to see Sharks keeping their energy for tomorrow’s game in Calgary.

    That’s how top teams do it.

  20. Jon K says:

    Lowetide:
    Larsson killed some poor bastard behind the net.

    At first it seemed like he was going to be okay, but then Larsson corrected his mistake and made sure.

  21. Klima's_Bucket says:

    The feed I have tonight has Kevin and Drew’s hot mic during the commercial breaks.

    Does anyone else have this feed?

  22. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Larsson killed some poor bastard behind the net.

    Bastards need killing. Things to do…

  23. treevojo says:

    Sanderson:
    Did a set of numbers beat up Spector, take his lunch money, and steal his girlfriend or something?Why else would he be so angry at all numbers and those who associate with them?

    Edit: That may be a bit harsh. I just don’t get the need to constantly grind this axe.

    Not sure a set of numbers ever beat him up.

    But barbs have been thrown both ways whenever one side has a perceived advantage.

  24. Lowetide says:

    We need to build a swim up bar in the slot at each end, that way David Desharnais will have something to do in his own end.

  25. Professor Q says:

    I’m surprised McDavid hasn’t gotten a penalty for having his jersey tucked.

    Largely a non-issue but with the NHL-bias one never knows.

  26. geowal says:

    Solid wave going on

  27. BONE207 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    The feed I have tonight has Kevin and Drew’s hot mic during the commercial breaks.

    Does anyone else have this feed?

    Geez…it reminded me of some Czechoslovakian porn. Lots moaning & bottles

  28. treevojo says:

    Shit

  29. Lowetide says:

    3-2, nice goal by the Sharks.

  30. The Trade Guy says:

    Oilers fighting for the division title. They’re up late in the 3rd and people are doing the wave?

  31. Professor Q says:

    N64: You’d think 2016-17 MVP would only count 82 games. But that’s​ just us.

    Exactly. And it’s like, he hasn’t had the opportunity to play in the Olympics or for a Stanley Cup yet. We won’t know until that happens.

    But the fact he’s led the league all season and has Captained the worst team of the past decade to first in the Pacific in what is basically his rookie season, shouldn’t be swept aside. That means something and tells us something, no matter how good Crosby is.

  32. Gerta Rauss says:

    Pavelski

    ugh…that name again..

  33. Scungilli says:

    jp: Big goal by Russell!!! Yeah!!!

  34. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Kris Russell with some stellar coverage on the Pavelski tip in..

    Perhaps Russell needs a reset…

  35. Lowetide says:

    Caleb Jones with three assists tonight for Portland.

  36. spoiler says:

    Vote of confidence in the 4th line here.

  37. BONE207 says:

    Dont do a Rangers boys

  38. spoiler says:

    Someone hold a mirror up to Pouzar’s mouth and make sure he’s breathing.

  39. spoiler says:

    Nuge with his patented accuracy.

  40. BONE207 says:

    spoiler:
    Someone hold a mirror up to Pouzar’s mouth and make sure he’s breathing.

    He’s an aerobic creature? Judging by his comments I figured fish all day.

  41. The Hermit says:

    Oilers winning, it’s fun!

  42. Lowetide says:

    Oilers win.

  43. jp says:

    Well done!!

    GoOilers!!!!!

  44. striatic says:

    The Trade Guy:
    Oilers fighting for the division title. They’re up late in the 3rd and people are doing the wave?

    I guess people are proud of the claim The Wave was invented at Northlands and want to keep up the tradition, but it does seem seem to appear at particularly odd times in Oilers games.

    Oh hey, Oilers win!

  45. BONE207 says:

    Woohooo…I can get used this. But not piss it away like the oil boom.

  46. Lowetide says:

    Dylan Wells was solid tonight, stopping 37 of 39 in a win.

  47. Scungilli says:

    A well played game for the most, by most. The kind of effort I wanted to see.

    I think I want to see as a test run:

    Klef Lars
    Nurse Sekera
    Russell Benning

  48. treevojo says:

    I’ve been waiting all year Hunter.

    Give me my do.

  49. N64 says:

    When the Oilers were bad having guest bloggers on before the game was best. But it would have been more interesting to ask Sundstrom tomorrow which matchup he wants.

  50. Pouzar says:

    spoiler:
    Someone hold a mirror up to Pouzar’s mouth and make sure he’s breathing.

    Been known to talk outta my ass as well.

  51. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Did not really deserve this one, Talbot and McDavid solid as per usual

  52. Clay says:

    Lowetide:
    Caleb Jones with three assists tonight for Portland.

    He’s hit another level in the playoffs. Just amazing.
    Edit: was thinking about Bear. But Jones has been good too.

  53. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Dylan Wells was solid tonight, stopping 37 of 39 in a win.

    Looks to have been a really, really, really good night for recent prospects.

  54. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Reto Berra lit up in FLA tonight, not looking great in the bigs. Maybe a smart non-acquisition

  55. dangilitis says:

    5 points up on Flames with 5 games to go, 2 of which are against the Canucks.

    That Ducks game is going to be a crucial one, not only for positioning but also as a confidence building exercise should they meet again in rounds 1 or 2.

  56. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update for 30.3.17:

    Oilers slapped the San Jose paper tigers around the entire game. Expect them to have plenty left in the tank for Calgary.

    With another Win, Oilers Death March has only four players left standing who predicted a 100 point finish and they are:

    V4ance

    Whale

    Desert IIII

    Clay

  57. Pouzar says:

    7 straight at Rogahs!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. Jaxon says:

    Does this mean that we should be cheering for Calgary to win in regulation tomorrow night? It’ll make me vomit a bit, but I’ll do it for the team.

  59. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    LT,

    Can you please ask Kerry Fraser or another official about the rules pertaining to goalie contact? Bret Hedican just inferred Hansen was justified in railroading Talbot. 🙄

  60. N64 says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update for 30.3.17:

    Oilers slapped the San Jose paper tigers around the entire game. Expect them to have plenty left in the tank for Calgary.

    With another Win, Oilers Death March has only four players left standing who predicted a 100 point finish and they are:

    V4ance

    Whale

    Desert IIII

    Clay

    Who has 101? They are on track for 101, right?

  61. jp says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update for 30.3.17:

    Oilers slapped the San Jose paper tigers around the entire game. Expect them to have plenty left in the tank for Calgary.

    With another Win, Oilers Death March has only four players left standing who predicted a 100 point finish and they are:

    V4ance

    Whale

    Desert IIII

    Clay

    Did I not predict 101 or 103 pts? I don’t remember for sure, but I thought I did!

  62. treevojo says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Update for 30.3.17:

    Oilers slapped the San Jose paper tigers around the entire game. Expect them to have plenty left in the tank for Calgary.

    With another Win, Oilers Death March has only four players left standing who predicted a 100 point finish and they are:

    V4ance

    Whale

    Desert IIII

    Clay

    I think your math is off

  63. N64 says:

    treevojo: I think your math is off

    Spector did the numbers for him tonight.

  64. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    I’ve always liked what I’ve seen of Marc Edouard-Vlassic on the ice but hearing him in interview after a tough loss takes my appreciation to a whole new level.

  65. jp says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Did not really deserve this one, Talbot and McDavid solid as per usual

    But having elite players changes things. The late 90’s early 2000’s Oilers “outplayed” teams a ton but still lost.

  66. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Emergency Update 30.3.17:

    There has been an accident at the Death March, where several of the marchers tried to escape and which caused havoc in the accounts department. Today’s leaders predicted 101 points. Today’s three leaders are:

    Treevojo

    Skook

    Orange and Blue

  67. treevojo says:

    N64: Spector did the numbers for him tonight.

    I knew I should have accounted for eyeglow/60

  68. treevojo says:

    hunter1909:
    Hunter1909’s 2016-17 Oilers Death March Emergency Update 30.3.17:

    There has been an accident at the Death March, where several of the marchers tried to escape and which caused havoc in the accounts department. Today’s three leaders are:

    Treevojo

    Skook

    Orange and Blue

    THE GLORY

    MY LIFE IS COMPLETE

  69. N64 says:

    treevojo: THE GLORY

    MY LIFE IS COMPLETE

    Your life is PROJECTED to be complete

  70. treevojo says:

    N64: Your life is PROJECTED to be complete

    Good enough

  71. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Just replayed the away feed from NHL Gamecentre twice and it looked like the SJ feed used a clip of an Iginla hit in the feed to accompany the upcoming scheduled games between the Sharks and Flames!

  72. N64 says:

    treevojo: Good enough

    The Duck Hunter 1909 has you in his sights Saturday. 102.

  73. spoiler says:

    I’m very happy for our team, but it in truth I think we should be on a 5 game losing streak right now. Last winning effort, IIRC, was the LA game before the ANA loss.

  74. Scungilli says:

    Looking at the schedules for the Pekings and our Oilers, first place may very well hinge on their last game. No game is easy, but the Oiler’s sched is easier.

    SJ Calgary St L and Nash will fight it out for wildcard, no stone colds there.

  75. Soup Fascist says:

    I agree with Spec. My 97 point prediction was gritty and had a lot of intangibles. Not my fault that the numbers aren’t supporting it.

    Thanks in advance for the award, Hunts!!

  76. Zelepukin says:

    So the top line all going to pot 30? Very likely.

  77. Chachi says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    LT,

    Can you please ask Kerry Fraser or another official about the rules pertaining to goalie contact? Bret Hedican just inferred Hansen was justified in railroading Talbot. 🙄

    Mr. Yamaguchi should shut his whore mouth. And I mean that with all due respect to Ms. Yamaguchi. She is delightful.

  78. npanciroli says:

    Call me crazy but if that second line can figure it out and McLellan has the balls to play Benning with Sekera, they could go on a run in the playoffs IMO.

  79. Soup Fascist says:

    Chachi: Mr. Yamaguchi should shut his whore mouth.

    I REALLY thought Kassian would “accidentally” run into Marty McJones behind the net and send him Back to the Future at 3-1.

  80. Chachi says:

    spoiler:
    I’m very happy for our team, but it in truth I think we should be on a 5 game losing streak right now.Last winning effort, IIRC, was the LA game before the ANA loss.

    You are a tough critic.

  81. Chachi says:

    Soup Fascist: I REALLY thought Kassian would “accidentally” run into Marty McJones behind the net and send him Back to the Future at 3-1.

    Connor’s in his head. That’s worse than anything Kassian could do to him.

  82. The Original JDI says:

    Chachi: Connor’s in his head.

    Desperately need a velvet Connor.

  83. npanciroli says:

    I do have my concerns with how we’ve played since January but I think Benning with Sekera and maybe even mixing up the lines will fix that.

    I’d love to see,

    Maroon McDavid Eberle
    Lucic Draisaitl Slepyshev
    Pouliot RNH Kassian
    Cagguila Desharnais Letestu

    Klefbom Larsson
    Sekera Benning
    Nurse Russell

  84. Evilas says:

    hunter1909,

    Hey Hunter!

    If it’s not too much trouble, it’d be interesting if you did a count down of sorts….How about showing the list of folks from 105-95 points, until the contenders are eliminated? What do you think?

  85. dangilitis says:

    What I’m most interested about is whether Todd is going to double shift McDavid more often in the playoffs, e.g. Has he been saving him for playoff time or are his TOI going to run the same?

  86. Chachi says:

    The Original JDI: Desperately need a velvet Connor.

    One day

  87. --hudson-- says:

    spoiler:
    I’m very happy for our team, but it in truth I think we should be on a 5 game losing streak right now.Last winning effort, IIRC, was the LA game before the ANA loss.

    Username checks out 😉

  88. Centre of attention says:

    Some pessimistic Oilers fan: “The Oilers will never win a cup or at least not multiple cups with Chiarelli as GM”

    McDavid: “Hold my beer”

  89. Hemskyish says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster. Luckily went to the last two games and now the lumineers tomorrow. Just thought it would make sense to all who love this site and team, one of their big hits is ‘stubborn love’. We did it people! We survived. Good on all of you! Thanks lowetide, you have been a light.

  90. kgo says:

    Hey guys, I’ve been reading here since 2011…LT’s platform has given me hours,days,months of entertainment without ever asking for reimbursement…Perhaps we should pass the collection plate around and click donate in honour of our turn North…

  91. kgo says:

    Oh by the way I predicted 95….hope I’m wrong

  92. kgo says:

    By the way…I figured out what was really wrong with Taylor Hall….his middle name is Strba

  93. spoiler says:

    Chachi: You are a tough critic.

    I’m delighted, don’t get me wrong. But I haven’t found any of these past victories convincing. Been some good periods, but would be nice to see a more complete game. I’m worried because all 4 of these games have looked like the kind of game you get at the end of a winning streak, and they’re all of the streak.

    Really nice to see them hold a lead though. Nice to see no panic. Got down early tonight and didn’t lose their shit. They’ve matured, for sure.

    I just think they’ve had better four game stretches, and we’re getting close to the playoffs. Some of this salt is a result of the Av games, too.

  94. Bulging Twine says:

    How about Hall of Famer Matheson chirping young Mark Masters on Twitter! hoo hoo

    Masters: Leaf rookie record watch
    Matheson: Ok, enough…

  95. Soup Fascist says:

    spoiler: I’m delighted, don’t get me wrong. But I haven’t found any of these past victories convincing.Been some good periods, but would be nice to see a more complete game.I’m worried because all 4 of these games have looked like the kind of game you get at the end of a winning streak, and they’re all of the streak.

    Really nice to see them hold a lead though. Nice to see no panic. Got down early tonight and didn’t lose their shit.They’ve matured, for sure.

    I just think they’ve had better four game stretches, and we’re getting close to the playoffs.Some of this salt is a result of the Av games, too.

    You are right. You would think the team that was 28th or whatever last year would blow out the defending Western Conference Champs by more than a goal!

    This looks like last year all over again. It’s like Groundhog Day.

  96. Evilas says:

    spoiler,

    Your angst is brought on by our past. That and the success of this team is because of 2 players. LT has said it since the beginning of the season, this team lacks balance. If the 2nd line finds twine on a regular basis, then this team will be challenging for Stanley. Unfortunately, the Nuge line has not contributed 5 v 5 as expected. The hope (there’s that blasted word again) is that they turn it on in the 2nd season.

  97. Gino says:

    McDavid set the tone and Talbot was in the zone.

  98. Minister D- says:

    Seriously: why not us?

  99. NYCOIL "Gentleman Backpacker" says:

    kgo:
    By the way…I figured out what was really wrong with Taylor Hall….his middle name is Strba

    That his mother’s last name is Strba?

  100. russ99 says:

    Evilas:
    spoiler,

    Your angst is brought on by our past.That and the success of this team is because of 2 players.LT has said it since the beginning of the season, this team lacks balance.If the 2nd line finds twine on a regular basis, then this team will be challenging for Stanley.Unfortunately, the Nuge line has not contributed 5 v 5 as expected.The hope (there’s that blasted word again) is that they turn it on in the 2nd season.

    No need for angst, this team is ahead of schedule.

    Realistically all we needed from this season is 4-7 playoff games to teach the kids what it takes to succeed in the postseason.

    I don’t expect a sniff of Stanley this year, elite teams play for years without getting there. Everything else is gravy this season, so sit back and enjoy it.

    Besides, if the veteran forward support can’t get it going for this run-in/playoff run, I have no doubts Chiarelli will evaluate and cull under-performers and bring in better support players.

  101. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    spoiler: I’m delighted, don’t get me wrong. But I haven’t found any of these past victories convincing.Been some good periods, but would be nice to see a more complete game.I’m worried because all 4 of these games have looked like the kind of game you get at the end of a winning streak, and they’re all of the streak.

    Really nice to see them hold a lead though. Nice to see no panic. Got down early tonight and didn’t lose their shit.They’ve matured, for sure.

    I just think they’ve had better four game stretches, and we’re getting close to the playoffs.Some of this salt is a result of the Av games, too.

    Your eyes don’t lie.

    Last 5 games.

    CF% 45.6%
    PDO 1034

    Where the Oiler look better is Fenwick, shots and SCF%

    Last 5 games:

    FF% 48.2%
    SH% 48.6%
    SCF% 50.7%

    They’re playing the “bend-don’t break” which doesn’t look good, but its closer than the corsis.

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