2017 PLAYOFFS, G1: SHARKS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

Rise and shine, Edmonton. A new generation of heroes have arrived to bring us great joy. We don’t know the year, the hour or the day, but this team, the McDavid Oilers, are bound for glory. Are you ready?

For me, hockey postseason is a lot about memories, going back to my youth. Playoffs were with my Dad. He was a working man (six days a week when I was a kid, he finally stopped working at 75, passed at 80) so time was dear. Cribbage and playoff hockey brought us together. I can’t put into words how much I miss him. By the time the Oilers won their first Stanley, my Dad was 72, and I was down the road finding my own way. Today, with so many great games to come, I am thinking of my Dad and the love of hockey he passed along to me. He loved the headman pass, he hated the Habs but never said a bad word about Beliveau, and big Frank Mahovlich would have been welcome in our house any time. Miss you, Dad. Now. Let’s rock and roll.

YOUR EDMONTON OILERS (against the Sharks)

Playoff numbers rarely become famous, it’s just a thing. The boxcars don’t have time to accumulate gigantic totals, while individual goals and stops are seared into the memory. I can tell you chapter and verse about the first goal in Game 5 1985 SCF, but hell if I know the final scoring numbers that spring. Numbers still have meaning, but, beginning today, it’s all about the journey to Stanley. San Jose and Edmonton met in the playoffs once previously, in 2006 spring. Edmonton won the series four games to two, and the numbers are long gone. The Torres hit and the Roloson save? Right here with me, forever.

  • Patrick Maroon (5, 3-0-3, 15 shots)-Connor McDavid (5, 4-4-8, 15 shots)-Leon Draisaitl (5, 0-3-3, 8 shots)

Edmonton’s top line went 7-7-14 with 38 shots in five regular-season games against the Sharks. That’s good, real good, we can expect this trio to see a steady diet of Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun. McDavid spent one hour against Vlasic (51.1 Corsi for 5×5 percentage) and that is the preferred matchup for SJS, while Todd McLellan appears content to let his horses run. McDavid v. Brent Burns would be fun, but the Sharks have allowed that match for 16 minutes all year. If the Oilers win this series, the 97 line is going to have a tremendous week. Note: According to Jake Sundstrom of Fear the Fin, Braun sat with a “nagging injury” in G82 but will likely be in tonight’s lineup. Sundstrom also predicts the Hansen-Hertl-Boedker will be matched against Edmonton’s top trio.

  • Milan Lucic (5, 3-1-4, 11 shots), RNH (5, 0-1-1, 5 shots), Jordan Eberle (5, 0-1-1, 8 shots)

This trio is coming on now, we can hope these numbers spike. In the final 10 games of the season, Lucic (6-2-8), Nuge (3-6-9) and Eberle (6-3-9) have been on fire. Eberle had 32 shots in those 10 games, the line had 72 in total. Some strong totals for the group, if this line can score consistently we are talking about a possible final-four team in my opinion.

  • Drake Caggiula (5, 2-1-3, 3 shots), Mark Letestu (5, 0-1-1, 7 shots), Zack Kassian (5, 0-1-1, 2 shots)

This line is emerging as the 3line now, and the last 10 games have been promising. Caggiula (3-3-6), Letestu (9, 2-2-4) and Kassian (10, 1-2-3) have been  coming on, separately and apart. Too soon to know, but Caggiula is showing some nice arrows. Kassian is going to have a big season next year if things continue along these lines.

  • Benoit Pouliot (5, 0-1-1, 2 shots), David Desharnais (3, 0-0-0, 1 shot), Iiro Pakarinen (1, 0-0-0, 1 shot)

This line is the misfits, but there is talent here. Benoit Pouliot has helped the PK and has offensive ability. Pakarinen is also used on the PK and has scored pretty well in limited minutes. Desharnais could be the last useful bat in the order, if he can get untracked. Lots of upset about Anton Slepyshev not playing, but Pakarinen is trusted on the PK and that appears to be the difference.

OILERS PROJECTED PAIRINGS

  • Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson
  • Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell
  • Darnell Nurse-Eric Gryba

Based on practice yesterday, this might be the starting six for tonight’s game. I mentioned this a week or so ago, but the third pairing (and second line) might be the major stories (good or bad) in this series against the Sharks. Cam Talbot to start, no surprise.

As you can see, Logan Couture was front and center at yesterday’s practice, with wingers Melker Karlsson and Joe Pavelski alongside. How effective will Couture be? It’s playoffs. Trust no one. Donskoi-Marleau-Joel Ward and Hansen-Hertl-Boedker are pains in the ass as well. 4line of Haley-Thornton-Lebanc as listed here, will be interesting to see how many (if any) shifts we see from Thornton.

LAST 10 GAMES, OILERS

  1. Connor McDavid 10, 5-13-18
  2. Leon Draisaitl 10, 5-7-12
  3. Jordan Eberle, 10, 6-3-9
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 10, 3-6-9
  5. Oscar Klefbom 10, 0-8-8
  6. Milan Lucic 10, 6-2-8
  7. Drake Caggiula 10, 3-3-6
  8. Kris Russell 10, 0-6-6
  9. Patrick Maroon 9, 2-3-5
  10. Andrej Sekera 10, 1-4-5

No one talks about this, but in the last 10 Oilers games, Cam Talbot has a SP of .889. That’s not a strong number, but when the team in front of you is scoring 38 goals in those same 10 games, not many notice. The Oilers have allowed 25 goals in those 10 games. Someone needs to hasten down the wind, this club needs a Moreau-Marchant-Grier unit badly.

LAST 10 GAMES, SHARKS

  1. Brent Burns 10, 2-4-6
  2. Jannik Hansen 9, 2-4-6
  3. Marc-Edouard Vlasic 8, 1-5-6
  4. Patrick Marleau 10, 4-1-5
  5. Joe Pavelski 9, 1-4-5
  6. Chris Tierney 9, 4-1-5
  7. Mikkel Boedker 10, 1-3-4
  8. Tomas Hertl 9, 2-2-4
  9. Melker Karlsson 7, 2-1-3
  10. David  Schlemko 10, 0-3-3

Not a good run for San Jose, plus Martin Jones has an .882SP in his last 10 games. San Jose scored 25 goals in those games, allowing 34. The injuries to Thornton and Couture were a big part of the struggles, but can the Sharks put it all together in time for tonight? History tells us the playoffs expose injuries and weakness. Are the Sharks all hat and no cattle? My guess is no.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE

  • Jake SundstromAll told: Not great! San Jose played poorly against the Oilers with the exception of the Tomas Hertl line against the Connor McDavid line. That’s one of the few bright spots for the Sharks entering this series as the status of Joe Thornton and Logan Couture remains relatively unclear. Mix in the poor play of Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun and … well, it’s not great! Source

1987 STANLEY

I remember 1987 for Stanley and the weather. On May 31, Edmonton won in Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Exactly two months later, Black Friday hit our city and had an enormous impact on all of us. For some reason, in my mind, those two events have always been linked. Funny how the mind works.

  • Names on the Cup: Glenn Anderson, Jeff Beukeboom, Kelly Buchberger, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Wayne Gretzky CAPTAIN, Charlie Huddy, Dave Hunter, Mike Krushelnyski, Jari Kurri, Moe Lemay, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish, Kevin McClelland, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Andy Moog, Craig Muni, Kent Nilsson, Jaroslav Pouzar, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen, Peter Pocklington Owner, Glen Sather General manager/Coach
  • Jeff Beukeboom was an Oilers draft from 1983 who had turned into an NHL player by 1987, Moe Lemay came over from Vancouver at the deadline (Raimo Summanen) and helped with a couple of goals, Craig MacTavish won his first Stanley in his second year with the Oilers, same with Marty McSorley. Craig Muni was a new and very productive arrival, failing in Toronto and flourishing in Edmonton. That kind of thing happened a lot during these years, it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘just lucky I guess’ but Sather was a smart GM and these Oilers made even good players look that much better. Kent Nilsson came over at the deadline and was exceptional, he played a substantial role on the Stanley team that spring. Man he was a good hockey player. The Oilers traded for Reijo Ruotsalainen in October (Don Jackson) and his spring was incredible. If you didn’t see Ruotsalainen play, he was a delight.
  • There was some heartbreak for me this season and the summer following. Lee Fogolin was traded in March 1987 (with another favorite, Mark Napier) and I loved him as an Oiler. That was a tough trade for me, I’ve remembered it since and often think of Fogolin. He was the least brilliant (skilled) player on the team, but he was heart and soul and the toughest man to ever skate that logo onto NHL ice. I miss him still, and always look for him at celebrations.
  • Paul Coffey would go in November 1987 and Moog in March 1988, by then the band of brothers began moving on, ending the Boys on the Bus era.
  • Steve Lansky has all of the boxscores from that spring here.

EDMONTON VERSUS SAN JOSE

My prediction is Oilers in six, but the truth is we’ll know a lot more tomorrow. SJS have severe injury woes and are coming into the postseason looking cornered and with no wait out. My Dad always told me to be most worried when the other guy had his back up against the wall. It’s almost time.

STAN!

Photo by Reggie, with my thanks

  • Stan Weir was born in a log cabin that he built with his bare hands.
  • Stan Weir can lick his elbow.
  • Stan Weir puts the fun in funeral.
  • Big Foot takes pictures of Stan Weir.
  • Stan Weir once played 18 holes of golf using a 12 inch strip of rebar and a sun dried tomato. He shot a 54.
  • When Stan Weir crosses the street, cars look both ways.
  • Stan Weir speaks in CAPS.
  • Stan Weir won a pissing contest with a Russian racehorse.
  • Stan Weir invented teal, but he doesn’t like the San Jose Sharks.
  • He thinks they have too many guys with funny names.
  • Plus their fans are Edmontonians living in San Jose because they have big brains because they once cheered for Stan Weir.
  • Stan Weir will bring us money and shapely, adventurous women with bad eyesight.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Weir!

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, the first playoff edition of the Lowdown lifts off. Scheduled to appear:

  • Darcy McLeod, Because Oilers. SJS v EDM at evens, PP, PK, plus EDM with and without McDavid.
  • Jake Sundstrom, Fear the Fin. How does Jake see this series playing out? What’s he hiding? What does he know and when did he know it? Trust. no. one.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Scott sees this series same as me (close as close can be with the injury kicker) and we’ll drill down on it.

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

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JD_Wry

There are going to be a lot of hurtin’ butts and heads around here today. I had a horrible sleep. It seems some jerk taped a tennis ball to the back of my shirt.

wintoon

All night it seemed that the Oilers were unaware of the back pressure being exerted by the Sharks. That, coupled with their artsy little back passes, had them playing ‘cute’ instead of ‘hard’. This lead to numerous turnovers and helped the Sharks transition.

Playing cute gets you a tee time whereas playing hard probably gets you wins.

In addition, there is a difference between playing physical hockey and simply running around the ice looking for big hits. As soon as the Oilers realize this they can start bringing their ‘A’ game.

Scungilli Slushy

Making the playoffs made the season a success. Now it is time to learn what real NHL hockey is all about.

That game is a prime example why two way players are necessary to win. Mistakes are magnified in the playoffs. Everybody needs to be able to skate, think, pass, play the system.

I expect the ‘room’ will be a lot brighter today with all the lights going on this am.

€√¥£€^$

In keeping with TMacs modus operandi, Gryba out, Benning in, and either Pakarinen or Desharnais out and Hendricks in? I doubt we see Sleppy or Khaira in unless the series gets to 2-0….

russ99

admiralmark:
I’m gonna be happy with this season even if they lose 4 straight. But there are 2 issues as I see it.

1) The D is a major problem. Russell really isn’t good enough period. Gryba isn’t good enough period. Nurse is a rookie and so far looks like a rookie… but I think he has potential to elevate. Perhaps Benning can recapture what he had?? I think he will/should get that chance. Although we are talking about a rookie again.

The 2nd problem is the make up of the 3/4th lines. DD and Pakarinen should be replaced with Sleppy and Khaira. Which of course are better but again are rookies…

Ok the biggest issue might be all the rookies. Inexperience was definitely on display and the more skilled options are all rookies. TMac has his work cut out for him. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds as much as the players.

Either way i’m just gonna enjoy the ride and watch these kids go through the transition of learning. Trial by fire.

Defense is a five man job. If you leave the defensemen to do all the own-zone work, no team is going to be able to cut it against constant playoff puck pressure.

McLellan will get this message across, and it will be better in game 2.

Those clamoring for Benning need to realize that he was worse that Gryba at puck battles and man on man defense in the crease and behind the net the last month of the season. So we may get pucks out quicker, but we’ll have problems down low without forward helpers, which has been a problem with this team for 10+ years. Choose your poison.

frjohnk

treevojo: They will be much better in game two.

Or they will be golfing in a week.

Oilers did not play good in the 2nd or 3rd. But give credit to the Sharks, they played very well in the 2nd and 3rd.

I think most of us, including me, underestimated a team that went to the Finals last year,and lead the Pacific for most of the year. They team that had some wobble in the last month, had none in the 2nd and 3rd.

With how the Oilers played down the stretch and the Sharks wobble plus injuries, I thought the Oilers would win in 6 games. Oilers now have to win 4 games in 6.

Oilers are only down 1-0, but Friday is now a must win as they dont want to go back to San Jose down 2-0.

treevojo

Kaptain Vikarious:
The Oilers said “Lets run down the hill…”
The Sharks said “Lets walk…”

They talk about this in the UFC all the time with regards to fighters first time on the big stage.

I think the Oilers let their emotions drain their energy.

They will be much better in game two.

Although you wouldn’t know it by some of the reaction I am pretty sure the sky did not fall after I went to bed last night.

Gino

Lowetide:
That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Hopefully the exhale and bloodletting after last night helped everyone out.

They got sucked into playing a dumb game and while the ref’s didn’t help with the chintzy calls both ways, we’ve seen it before. It was similar to the first game against the Sharks and similar to the first game against Philly. When you have Connor McDavid stick jousting with Pavelski you’re off track.

All three San Jose goals came early in periods, we’ve seen that before as well.

I don’t see the existential angst, sure the Oilers may have had a slight edge coming in but nobody said it would be easy. They finished where they did in the standings because they worked hard and earned it. Last night they decided that slashes and chasing was the way to go and now they know that it didn’t work out. But even with that style of play I didn’t see a shooting gallery or constant fire drills. Pressure and puck possession sure San Jose had oodles but they were also kept to the outside for the vast majority of the game, not ideal but not dire either.

The game was won in OT and the home side played well for stretches, no need to panic yet.

Final thought: Oilers record after 2+ day breaks is pretty atrocious this year, glad we got it out of the system early.

Take a day, realize that penalties, a lack of focus and a lack of urgency cost you, regroup and come out hard on Friday. No reason to fire the coach into the sun as some are suggesting.

Real FInal Thought:
After all the talk in the last few weeks about needing to be tough for “playoff hockey” that was a pretty limp showing by both sides and the officials. I watched the Habs-Rags game before and the crashing and banging (nevermind chirping) was great but the refs mainly let them play. The Oil got sucked into a style that did nothing but slow the game down, the exact opposite of how they found success earlier in the year. Hopefully the guys take it to heart and hopefully the ref’s realize that even though he is wearing a cage Couture doesn’t have a red jersey on and can still take a hit (weakest call of the game IMO).

hunter1909

theWaxCollector:
I’m a little late Hunter but 6-7

Ah, what the heck….Welcome aboard!

stevezie

The Hermit,

What a lovely thing to say

stevezie

Kaptain Vikarious:
The Oilers said “Lets run down the hill…”
The Sharks said “Lets walk…”

Now this is a good post

Oddspell

admiralmark: Nurse is a rookie and so far looks like a rookie…

Darnell Nurse has 115 regular season NHL games. He’s inexperienced but he’s not a rookie.

digger50

Jaxon:
Gryba missed his assignment on two goals tongiht. Benning back in next game?

Pretty hard to blame this loss on Gryba.

Younger Oil

Zelepukin: Not sure what having more time has to do with it in order to make changes to your list of problems? Fire the coach and hire a new one? An extra practice of how not to turn over the puck?

I guess it was poor wording, what I mean is I’m not sure they realize just how much they need to change in order to have success in this series.

Might be a short series that feels like an eternity, and a lot of lessons learned the hard way.

admiralmark

I’m gonna be happy with this season even if they lose 4 straight. But there are 2 issues as I see it.

1) The D is a major problem. Russell really isn’t good enough period. Gryba isn’t good enough period. Nurse is a rookie and so far looks like a rookie… but I think he has potential to elevate. Perhaps Benning can recapture what he had?? I think he will/should get that chance. Although we are talking about a rookie again.

The 2nd problem is the make up of the 3/4th lines. DD and Pakarinen should be replaced with Sleppy and Khaira. Which of course are better but again are rookies…

Ok the biggest issue might be all the rookies. Inexperience was definitely on display and the more skilled options are all rookies. TMac has his work cut out for him. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds as much as the players.

Either way i’m just gonna enjoy the ride and watch these kids go through the transition of learning. Trial by fire.

Zelepukin

Younger Oil:
When McLellan coached SJS, were people critical of his line match-ups?

He seemed to keep making the match-ups that DeBoer wanted nonstop, even with last change.

Pavelski neutralized McDavid for most of the game, and our coach didn’t seem to change a thing.

Our entire team, especially the Bottom 6 and bottom pairing, were completely outclassed.

Constant turnovers and a nonexistent forecheck after the first period were also killers.

Refs were poor, but were not even close to the reason why we lost the game. San Jose were playing chess, and we were playing checkers. They probably had 8 of the 10 best scoring chances in that game, it wasn’t close.

I don’t know if we have enough time to make all of the changes we need to make to have a chance in this series. There is just so much.

Not sure what having more time has to do with it in order to make changes to your list of problems? Fire the coach and hire a new one? An extra practice of how not to turn over the puck?

fifthcartel

I’m unsure if Todd McLellan has ever cared about match ups. Seems to just send out whatever line or pairing he feels like and doesn’t take into account home ice advantage.

Younger Oil

When McLellan coached SJS, were people critical of his line match-ups?

He seemed to keep making the match-ups that DeBoer wanted nonstop, even with last change.

Pavelski neutralized McDavid for most of the game, and our coach didn’t seem to change a thing.

Our entire team, especially the Bottom 6 and bottom pairing, were completely outclassed.

Constant turnovers and a nonexistent forecheck after the first period were also killers.

Refs were poor, but were not even close to the reason why we lost the game. San Jose were playing chess, and we were playing checkers. They probably had 8 of the 10 best scoring chances in that game, it wasn’t close.

I don’t know if we have enough time to make all of the changes we need to make to have a chance in this series. There is just so much.

texmex

Tmac is responsible for the 2nd goal in my opinion. 4 on 4 hockey and you send out caggs and tube??? That simply blows my mind.

Caggs needs to do the following:
1) move from a novice 54 flex to 84 flex or thereabouts
2) move to 4th line LW or sir

ashley

The odds of the Oilers winning this game and the series were -155 before the game started according to a Vegas article I was reading. A google search suggests that these odds place the Oilers as moderate favourites. After what we saw on home ice tonight, do the bettors have it wrong?

I’ll be curious to see what odds are established for Friday’s game.

russ99

it stings to get unequal treatment by the refs at home, but in the end we didn’t make the plays or win the battles, and let up a bit after the first, and let them back in it, when you need to go hard all game.

There’s ways to be physical without drawing penalties, we just let the Sharks and the refs get in our heads.

Defensively this was what I expected, we have deficiencies that Talbot can’t always cover and will be exposed by a quality veteran club in a playoff series, but I felt the offense let us down. There’s few perfect plays and pretty goals in the playoffs, we need to do the dirty work to get chances in close, and we can’t abandon that, since it puts too much pressure on the other end of the ice

McSorley33

Gryba makes me ill.

StixMalone

The question now is can the Oil bounce back in game 2? This is the time to come out hungry and prove they want to win. I fear if game 2 is lost this series is over in a hurry…..

MrEd

Lloyd B.,

+1

Zelepukin

Alpine:
I shouldn’t have been so optimistic earlier. They looked like ass for over two periods. Todd dug himself a hole with the Gryba usage.

It’s Not a good sign when you don’t even look like you could win at all in the third and OT. I may be young and naive but being outplayed like that is very concerning.

Nothing to be concerned about. We know why and how we lost. Even then, it was in OT, after being up 2-0. As the prof says it’s about learning, making adjustments and dominating.

Centre of attention

Winning game 2 will go a loooooooong way in making me forget about bathroom lines.

You see, because…

🙂

--hudson--

The Oilers seemed to take a lot of long shifts tonight. Understand it happens when you get hemmed in at times but many of them were self inflicted/trying to do too much

It’s also worth remembering the Caggiula breakaway, very unlucky time to break your stick

Professor Q

McLellan needs to calm and inspire the team now. Take the next few games by both storm and poise. Make a message, and a clear one at that.

Learn from mistakes, make adjustments, dominate.

Kaptain Vikarious

The Oilers said “Lets run down the hill…”
The Sharks said “Lets walk…”

Centre of attention

Lots of talk by McLellan about clean zone exits and neutral zone play. I like the sound of that. Now show me.

Lloyd B.

Collectively the Oilers now have 23 games more playoff experience than they had before tonight.

That’s a good thing.

Alpine

I shouldn’t have been so optimistic earlier. They looked like ass for over two periods. Todd dug himself a hole with the Gryba usage.

It’s Not a good sign when you don’t even look like you could win at all in the third and OT. I may be young and naive but being outplayed like that is very concerning.

LMHF#1

Centre of attention:
Coach got out matched

Oilers couldn’t find a rhythm because of constant penalties. Messed with top 6’s minutes.

Regroup and come back with a better game plan.

Coach never adjusted. Didn’t calm his team down. Didn’t tear them a new one anything. UGH. That’s as frustrated as I’ve been at a game in a long time.

1st line was garbage all around.

Russell, Gryba and Nurse all horrible.

The first unit will come around, but that bottom 3 could come back to bite very badly.

ashley

Wow, tough to see that result at home. Even worse, it is tough to see them so badly outplayed at home. Only the score was close. The rest was a wash.

A lot of disappointed fans tonight, especially at $1200/pair on the second hand market.

Chin up for Friday (and wallet out).

Ice Sage

Tough start for Canadian teams.
Not enough to get me to cheer for Leaves or PhLegms, tho

fuzzy muppet

Dino,

Maroon was poor all evening.

Mike Johnson is great at analysis, especially when you factor in hearing Rememda most of the year

Centre of attention

Coach got out matched

Oilers couldn’t find a rhythm because of constant penalties. Messed with top 6’s minutes.

Regroup and come back with a better game plan.

TheGreatMutato

I feel like the Oilers had a decent game plan and the refs pulled them off it. They stopped playing with energy and taking the fight to San Jose after about penalty nine thousand. Then they kind of sat back and let San Jose dictate the pace.

Infuriating.

MrEd
Lloyd B.

Lowetide:
That was the correct result, folks. San Jose was the better team.

Agreed.

Ice Sage

oilersfan:
The oilers were badly outcoached. San Jose changed its forecheck from applying pressure to trapping g and back again a few times and the oilers didn’t know how to handle either. Nurse played every bit as bad as gryba. The trying goal letestu had possession with no pressure and back passed right to hertl who set up Martin while cagiulla watched.

My goats: letestu, nurse, gryba, McClellan and the refs

My stars: talbot, Lucic and eberle

Totally agree. Deboer made the proper adjustments after the first and his veteran squad executed well. It might be a short series because I don’t think the Oilers have an antidote. This is still better than the alternative!!!!!!

Dino

DRAISAITL = ZERO SHOTS
MAROON = ZERO SHOTS

--hudson--

Totally reminiscent of 90s Oilers/Stars playoff game. Thrilling start, lots of hits, then soul crushing ending

The odds of winning the series dropped a lot after tonight, but Connor has a lot more to offer, I’m sure next game will be much better

Also I never want to see Tim Peel or Sutherland again

Pescador

We did not respect what the Sharks are.
I have a sick feeling in my stomach

Pouzar

Khaira and Slepy IN. This team needs to sustain a forecheck. DD isn’t going to be here next year and he isn’t helping us to win games now. #myovereactionfortheevening

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Loose starts to periods cost them! Gotta come out hard

Oof gotta stay out of the box, seriously disrupted the flow of the game and lines.

Playing hard is their style, Connor McDavid play cross check tag with Joe Pavelski is a distraction, need to cut down on the BS and just play hockey.

Gryba was also in photo on two goals, not impressed

Not a brutal game but definitely a sloppy game.

Tighten things up and they’ll be fine

delooper

Oilers are going to have to do better next game. Okay first period. Deflating 2nd and 3rd.

Lucinius

Oilers that I felt really need to improve their game;

Drai, Maroon, DD, Letestu, Russel, Gryba

Those guys are the ones that stood out for me in a really bad way. There were others who need to step up as well (i.e., Sekera, Cags), but the coaching staff wears part of this as well.

Where was the time out to try and settle things? Where was the result from a good sit down after the second period to get the Oilers going again? Where was the arguing over shit calls?

Some Oilers played decently to good. Not enough. Given the energy in the building a lacklustre performance here doesn’t bode well.

They need to right the ship for game two and win it or this series is over.

Caller Zen

Spengler:
Lesson learned.

I hope for Tmac to not play Gyrba over Benning …geez