2017 PLAYOFFS G3: OILERS AT SHARKS

by Lowetide

The great baseball manager Earl Weaver said a lot of very insightful things during his career. Earl was an acquired taste—he could be vulgar, had a terrible temper and was often naked—but they wrote down what he said and it made a lot of sense.

  • Earl Weaver: Until you’re the person other people fall back on, until you’re the one that’s leaned on, not the person doing the leaning, you’re not an adult.

Some people learn to lead as they grow into their future while others lean every day of their waking life. That’s a fact. A bona fide leader at 20? Just once, in a very blue moon. Tonight, in San Jose, Connor McDavid will lead the Oilers into a vital playoff game. If the Sharks can keep McDavid off the score sheet, the chances of winning rise exponentially. Good luck, Sharks, you’ll need it.

Gelinas was a helluva player, part of a fabulous Kid Line that spring with  Adam Graves and Joe Murphy. He was very good on the power play and he was just getting started. I think that might be the most amazing thing about Connor McDavid: Just getting started. Lordy.

1989

The Los Angeles Kings beat the 1989 Oilers in the first round. Seven games. It was beyond weird watching Wayne Gretzky on the enemy’s side, joined by Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley. Just a hateful turn, and that’s all I have to say about that. New Oilers of note included Jimmy Carson, Tomas Jonsson, Doug Halward and Dave Brown, each with a story to tell and none destined to stay in town long enough to buy. I can tell you that the idea of playing for the Stanley Cup was no longer considered a likely event by 1989 summer.

PENALTIES

The Oilers penalty kill is doing very well right now, but the overall lack of discipline is likely to cost them the series. Folks, you can’t do this, taking multiple penalties every game is insanity. The Darnell Nurse penalty on Brent Burns? Justified. The Maroon elbow or the Lucic stick? No sir. If Edmonton is going to win this series, the unnecessary penalties have to fade from the game.

OSCAR!

It sounds like Oscar Klefbom will be in the lineup tonight, but a verbal counter-trey is not unheard of at this time of year. A possible massive story, I checked around and asked a few folks about how they would handle the pairings if this comes to pass. No one seems to have an answer they are comfortable with, and that is a tell. Oscar Klefbom has arrived as a bona fide NHL defenseman of quality. Light a candle, say a prayer.

Foo would be an impressive addition based on scouting reports and his NHLE (82gp, 13-18-31) suggests intriguing offense. Although his equivalency is shy of Drake Caggiula’s  (82gp, 22-22-44) on the day he signed.

  • Dave Starman, College Hockey Analyst for CBS and ESPN: “He’s greasy. He just does a lot of little things that are fun to watch. He’s got electric speed, hands, guts. He’s not afraid to try something difficult. He’s been good. He’s just fun to watch and he plays with an edge.” Source

There are several Chiarelli action words in that scouting report, suspect the Oilers have a high level of interest. As Mr. Dreger mentions above, Foo was at Game 2 watching, that experience had to be a positive. I’m absolutely impressed with PC’s college procurement plan (Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning, Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell, Joe Gambardella) and Foo would be a welcome addition.

 BAKERSFIELD NHLE

Bakersfield’s season is over, so we will begin to have a long look at the most promising prospects from the Condors. This is the Vollman NHLE (younger players get a push) and shows what I think we know for sure: Jesse Puljujarvi is the most promising player on the farm. Jujhar Khaira, Jordan Oesterle and the promising progress of Joey Laleggia and Josh Currie (AHL contract) are worthy of note. Nick Ellis finished with a .918 SP, impressive number.

HAPPY EASTER!

We are fine. It has been a hectic winter and early spring, but the kids are making progress and finding their way, while Mrs. Lowetide is working on 2,000 piece puzzles and swearing like a trucker. Ziggy wants you to know I scared the hell out of her on the McDavid shorty, and I want you to know I’m sorry. Happy Easter, I hope you are with the ones you love, feeling warm, content and in a good place. All we have is each other, and I am thankful for you. God bless.

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russ99

Professor Q: I still need to find my jersey. It’s been folded up and is in a bag somewhere in the house…perfect way to never find it again.

It’s nameless as of yet, though. Debating getting McDavid on it or just going for a new orange McDavid one. One that fits better, as this one is from ’08/’09 or ’09/’10 after I traded a Hanson Chiefs jersey for it; was going to get Hall but ended up losing my remittance slip for the naming cost, so became lazy. Somehow that worked out…

With Adidas taking over NHL jerseys next year (with zero alternates league wide – what braniac thought up that idea) you might get a steal as the Reebok ones will reduce in price sometime this summer.

Waiting on that to get my blue Lucic jersey to go with my white McDavid and orange Russell ones.

813.52Ran

Scungilli Slushy:
If God forbid this site closed its comment section there would be a major impact on MSM and particularly Edmonton MSM content methinks. Mesure.

Scungilli Slushy:
If God forbid this site closed its comment section there would be a major impact on MSM and particularly Edmonton MSM content methinks. Mesure.

Don’t ever change what you’re doing here, Lowetide . . .

RicaGreaser

https://www.instagram.com/p/BS-b_SrD3Z6/?taken-by=nhl_photoshop

Here’s hoping there’s one soon of Kassian as Logan with that prime muttonage…

JD_Wry
Washingtron

JDI Хоккей: A claim that remains – intact.

Kings of the court shake and bake all takers
Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact


That is a deep cut Chili Peppers reference. Kudos.

Soup Fascist

Professor Q: You know, Cassie Campbell sort of resembles Diane Lane.

Except Diane Lane provides more insightful comments about the game of hockey.

BONE207

Bruce McCurdy,

I picked TMac as the 3rd star for his adjustments during the game. A big turning point in the series. 1-0 win like waaaaayyy back in 1984? One can dream. Speaking of dreaming…Tuesday will be 2 years since the light at the end of the tunnel was the halo of Connor. What a time…

Bruce McCurdy

McLellan said in his post game that the move of Draisaitl to the middle was a direct response to how things were going (not so well) in match-ups vs. the Jumbo Joe-infused Sharks. Always was a Plan B, as has been discussed here often times. Good adjustment, Slepy was Ok if not exactly Jake Guentzel, while Drai was solid at pivot on a pretty good line that in the end produced the winner. To make room for him Letestu flipped to RW with Desharnais-Pouliot, and that seemed to spark a better level from DD in particular than we’ve seen for a while. I really liked his waterbug game tonight.

Suntory Hanzo

Sharks are like Chopper from Stand by Me/ The Body

Chopper: suck balls.

Nope.

Frank the dog

Did antone else catch the comment Cptpire made aboit the whole team being beat up and toughing it out, and how brave Jumbo Joe was being?
This SJS team might be spent. Time to close them out over the next two games.

Rebilled

This team can win any game,

Professor Q

Boil-in-the-Oil:
Lowetide,

After the sad ending in game 1, I broke out my #94 jersey to wear during games. Smytty was a motivating force, who bled oil. Not a superstitious guy but, think I’ll keep wearing it anyways :))

Playoff hockey baby. This is just great. We waited a long time for this…enjoy every moment.

I still need to find my jersey. It’s been folded up and is in a bag somewhere in the house…perfect way to never find it again.

It’s nameless as of yet, though. Debating getting McDavid on it or just going for a new orange McDavid one. One that fits better, as this one is from ’08/’09 or ’09/’10 after I traded a Hanson Chiefs jersey for it; was going to get Hall but ended up losing my remittance slip for the naming cost, so became lazy. Somehow that worked out…

Lloyd B.

Chachi,

You probably were wrong. But who cares. Oilers up 2-1.

Tough to beat them 3 games out of 4.

McSorley33

striatic,

Great point. Moving Letestu out of 3C was huge.

In fairness, quite a few people in here thought we should have started the game with those lines ( Drai at C)

Boil-in-the-Oil

Lowetide,

After the sad ending in game 1, I broke out my #94 jersey to wear during games. Smytty was a motivating force, who bled oil. Not a superstitious guy but, think I’ll keep wearing it anyways :))

Playoff hockey baby. This is just great. We waited a long time for this…enjoy every moment.

Chachi

Lloyd B.:

I was actually thinking it was the person who usually over-counts shots for the Sharks doing the hits as well, but I am probably wrong about that as well.

Alsker

striatic:
The line adjustments felt like a big factor in this game. It is good to know that the Oilers are flexible enough to make those kinds of adjustments in high pressure situations and ultimately prevail as a result of them.

Exactly, lots of people ripping on McL after game 1(rightfully so) but tonight he stepped up and did what was necessary.

Gordies Elbow

Credit to reddit user /u/likeBruceSpringsteen

“Zack “literally Fernando Pisani” Kassian is playing like a man on fire.”

Would never have guessed that the Fernando candidate would have been Kassian.

prairieschooner

I didn’t want to jinx things but I thought the Oilers would win

Also I like Kassian’s Roman Centurion look

Wolfie

OmJo:
Professor Q,

Thing about Roli is he kind of came out of nowhere. He was a combined 14-34-5 (granted 8-7-4 in YEG) in 2005-06

But yeah, Talbot is just an incredible goaltender. I’m sure he learned a lot being Henriks backup all those years. Hands down the best player Chiarelli has acquired.

Talbot moves so well in the net. His mobility is plus plus. Gets across quickly. Reads the play extremely well. Has excellent focus in high pressure situations.

I’m not sure which stats bear that out but that’s the eye test.

Maybe Sather did do the Oilers a solid.

This group gives me the chills. There is greatness here.

Lloyd B.

Chachi:
Don’t know if this was brought up already, but I wanted to mention (or re-mention) that the person counting “hits” for the Sharks tonight was obviously on crack. That stat can’t be relied on for anything with tthat kind of “counting” going on.

Well done tonight Oilers!

Maybe it was Pouzar. He was liking the lines tonight.

But … you are probably wrong. 🙂

Scungilli Slushy

Pescador: Definitely agree,
I was coming at it from the perspective of every Oiler player had a tough time with zone exits, San Jose is a puck pressure beast.
Except for Klefbom, he is a dreamboat on skates. **fans face**

For sure. I prefer Swedish women??

Chachi

Don’t know if this was brought up already, but I wanted to mention (or re-mention) that the person counting “hits” for the Sharks tonight was obviously on crack. That stat can’t be relied on for anything with that kind of “counting” going on.

Well done tonight Oilers!

Rocknrolla

Gerta Rauss:
atta baby Kass..!!

Spec it’s you!

OmJo

Professor Q,

Thing about Roli is he kind of came out of nowhere. He was a combined 14-34-5 (granted 8-7-4 in YEG) in 2005-06.

But yeah, Talbot is just an incredible goaltender. I’m sure he learned a lot being Henriks backup all those years. Hands down the best player Chiarelli has acquired.

Pescador

Scungilli Slushy: Great win, Talbot a sheet of plywood.

I thought Benning and Nurse had trouble getting the puck out. I also thought Russell was skating and defending but also couldn’t clear the zone.

SekeraLarson and Klef were beauties.

Definitely agree,
I was coming at it from the perspective of every Oiler player had a tough time with zone exits, San Jose is a puck pressure beast.
Except for Klefbom, he is a dreamboat on skates. **fans face**
I thought all D pairs did a good job limiting the HDSC’s & keeping the Sharks to the outside. On the road I was expecting a little more of what happened in GM 1.

Rocknrolla

What a game!

Confession….just watched the game with some friends at a local establishment, unbelievable win! Extatic our team is doing well, but to be honest, just as the game was done wanted to get home and read the thread, with my real hockey buddies.

Thanks LT for what you have created here….might even save me some money at the tavern! Proportionate savings will be sent to the PayPal button!

Zelepukin

DD is the kind of player who needs to bury a garbage goal or make a big defensive play to create a sense of an identity. He isn’t doing anything bad but he isn’t doing anything outstandingly well either.

Oil fans love players to form an identity in the playoffs. Having said that, I could see Paks coming in on the 4th and provide some pushback physically.

Wolfie

Kassian, Talbot, McDavid all in the early conversation for Conn Smyth’s… any others?

OmJo

Low how Lowetide has Oilers fans everywhere looking for the next Fernando Pisani of this group haha

Pescador

oilersfan:
I would like to thank Stan Weir for his assistance in the game tonight

Stan Weir is actually Zack Kassian’s father

StixMalone

striatic:
The line adjustments felt like a big factor in this game. It is good to know that the Oilers are flexible enough to make those kinds of adjustments in high pressure situations and ultimately prevail as a result of them.

They’ve had all season to practice it……

fuzzy muppet

An overlooked aspect of This game was.that every line held their own.

Even DD showed up tonight

dangilitis

oilersfan:
Now that the oilers are up 1-0 both teams can play as boring as they like.

On a side note when I type Kassian my spell check reverts to

“Strong Oak”

Seems fitting

Mine auto-corrected to “kaddish” (prayer) – also fitting, I think…

Professor Q

Soup Fascist:
Diane Lane on TV in a sleeveless shirt. Oilers win on the road in a playoff shutout. Life is good.

You know, Cassie Campbell sort of resembles Diane Lane.

Professor Q

Kepler:
5 stars for Cassiopeia

Watch for Caligula’s return in the next game.

Professor Q

OmJo:
Can Talbot > Cam Ward.

Cam Ward never got back to the heights of Rookie Cam Ward.

Talbot even > Roloson, though.

npanciroli

I hope they roll same lines next game. Slepyshev looked good with McDavid.

Scungilli Slushy

If God forbid this site closed its comment section there would be a major impact on MSM and particularly Edmonton MSM content methinks. Mesure.

Side

Lloyd B.: I’m concerned about the next game.

The Oilers are backing a dog ( A BIG DOG ) into a corner.

They haven’t seen anything yet.

Another growth opportunity.

I think the Oilers have seen everything they needed to see in the 2nd and 3rd period of the 1st game.

They started seeing it again in period 1 of Game 3 and decided they weren’t going down that route again.

Sharks will lose the next 2.

striatic

The line adjustments felt like a big factor in this game. It is good to know that the Oilers are flexible enough to make those kinds of adjustments in high pressure situations and ultimately prevail as a result of them.

OmJo

Can Talbot > Cam Ward.

Lloyd B.

hunter1909: Sharks have been threatening to bring their press clippings to the next game.

It was 1-0.

Talbot did what he needed in the 1st.

One shot. One deflection. One own goal. One weirdo deflection off the stantions. One bounce off a big hairy butt. One period of Talbot not being incredible.

It’s overtime or worse. SJ are not reading their press clippings.

BUT… We won. WOOOOT!!

Gordies Elbow

Good game by Schelepekov. Really liked it when they moved him to the first line, and made Draisaitl a centre again.

Soup Fascist

Diane Lane on TV in a sleeveless shirt. Oilers win on the road in a playoff shutout. Life is good.

N64

oilersfan: On a side note when I type Kassian my spell check reverts to

Mine corrects to Kassani every time. Now I know why.

Maybe there is hope for guys with sideburns. Grow em out as mutton chops

Pouzar

So after Talbot claims he should have stopped the OT goal in game 1 he has back to back shut outs. Crazy stuff.

oilersfan

I would like to thank Stan Weir for his assistance in the game tonight

hunter1909

Lloyd B.: I’m concerned about the next game.
The Oilers are backing a dog ( A BIG DOG ) into a corner.
They haven’t seen anything yet.

Sharks have been threatening to bring their press clippings to the next game.

JD_Wry

813.52Ran: Back-to-back Zack Attack!

A claim that remains – intact.

Kings of the court shake and bake all takers
Back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact