2017 PLAYOFFS GAME 5: SHARKS AT OILERS

by Lowetide

Canadian hockey fans get a lesson in ‘framing the issue’ every time any network plays a 1991 playoff game between the Calgary Flames. Why? They run the damned Theo Fleury overtime goal from game 6 (Sunday April 14) instead of the Esa Tikkanen overtime goal from Game 7 (Tuesday, April 16). It’s completely ridiculous, but I see the Fleury goal 50 times a year, and have to play my CD to see the Tikkanen goal (and I do, while laughing like an idiot). This kind of unfair play is duly noted in my home and I hope it is in your home, too. Fair is fair, jackasses!

The Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings (and Gretzky’s Oilers Pacific) in the second round, the sixth and deciding game put to bed by Craig MacTavish in overtime (another obscure piece of video). The Minnesota North Stars, in those wonderful uniforms, ended the run in five games during the Campbell Conference Finals. Mark Messier scored the final goal of his Oilers career in the final period he would play for Edmonton, assists to Glenn Anderson (fittingly) and Craig Simpson. The Messier Oilers were powerful, vicious, talented and determined. The man was a rock on skates and I miss this team because of him most of all. Box scores are here.

(SHOTS) LINES AND PAIRINGS (PLAYOFFS)

  • Patrick Maroon (10); Connor McDavid (8); Leon Draisaitl (1)

The line has just one goal (McDavid SH) and one assist (McDavid PP) through four games. Corsica.hockey tells us this trio is over 50 percent Corsi for 5×5 (97 is 52%) but in the 40s on the Fenwick scale. Far too soon to have any real value, but I pass it along because it’s there. Maroon’s 10 shots in four games is a solid number, Leon needs to shoot more. If this line can’t get it going, it behooves Todd McLellan to change up the lines pdq.

  • Milan Lucic (3); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (13); Jordan Eberle (6)

This line has one goal (Lucic PP) and two assists (Lucic, Eberle, both at evens) through four games. Not good enough, but this trio should remain together. A total of 22 shots in four games is a solid number for a 2line. All three men are over 50 percent Corsi for 5×5 through these playoffs so far and would be (imo) a fairly easy choice for top performing line.

  • Drake Caggiula (3); Mark Letestu (12); Zack Kassian (9)

This line has two goals (Kassian SH and Kassian EV) two assists (Letestu PP and SH) the next mayor of our town (Kassian). The shot total over four games is strong, but Letestu gets PP time and that skews things a little. Still, the 3line has 24 shots and that leads all lines. Impressive.

  • Benoit Pouliot (4); David Desharnais (1); Anton Slepyshev (3)

This line has no points and are hovering in the mid-40’s in possession. I like both wingers, and Desharnais clearly has enough skill to get some good opportunities in the offensive end. The other options available to Todd McLellan (Iiro Pakarinen, Matt Hendricks, Jujhar Khaira, Joey Laleggia, Anton Lander) may see playing time in the coming games.

October 5, 2013: The Oklahoma City Barons play the Charlotte Checkers in an American Hockey League game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved.

PAIRINGS (SA per 60)

  • Oscar Klefbom (22.21); Adam Larsson (26.17)

This tandem is performing better at shots against per 60 5×5 compared to the regular season. Oscar Klefbom (29.30) and Adam Larsson (29.77) are both more efficient so far against the Sharks compared to all year against all 29 teams. Oscar Klefbom has an even strength goal (the first of the series) which represents the only offense from this pairing so far in the postseason.

  • Andrej Sekera (34.16); Kris Russell (35.00)

Sekera (27.93) and Russell (28.00) were far more effective during the regular season than they are currently.

  • Darnell Nurse (27.36); Matt Benning (20.63); Eric Gryba (21.71)

Nurse is tracking better than his regular season (32.89), Benning (27.81) is also miles ahead compared to his (impressive) regular season numbers. Gryba (31.52) has been more effective using this method of measurement compared to the regular season. As above, sample size is not close to good enough, but we are discussing early trends.

There’s a lot of story to cover in this series, and tonight is a pivotal game. The San Jose Sharks delivered a massive body blow in Game 4 and we don’t know if the Edmonton Oilers can answer back. The club seems completely undisciplined and are not responding well to the Sharks disdain (San Jose veterans don’t respect the Oilers, likely due to years of hammering them into little pieces). Respect must be earned, and a win tonight would go a long way toward earning that respect.

OILERS TONIGHT

For me, the key tonight will be discipline. Edmonton has shown very little ability to learn from their own penalties during this series and that may be the most alarming part of the enterprise. I understand the concern over 5×5 scoring, but history tells us that will begin to flow at some point in time (although in a short series, “some point in time” could be October).

I predict a loss tonight if the Oilers can’t stay out of the penalty box. Edmonton could win this evening without 5×5 goals, but the club can make life easier for itself if two goals cash in the discipline. There is genuine concern (for me) about the health of 97’s linemates, and Todd McLellan should not hesitate to shuffle the winger deck in order to get things done. If San Jose gets a lead, flushing the fourth line should also be an option (depending on how they are playing).

If McLellan draws on some smoking aces, one hopes we see Lander but one suspects it will be Matt Hendricks.

https://twitter.com/HBomb1982/status/855050409857081347

Whatever you’ve done on game winning nights, you have to do it this evening. If it’s cooking a turkey, haul ass to the turkey store. If it’s drinking Freshie, giddyup. I’ll be cleaning the gutters again after 5pm tonight because that’s the job, man!

MCDAVID

Tonight is a lot about McDavid, of course every Edmonton game is a lot about 97. The Sharks have wiggled their way inside the Oilers collective, with predictable results. Young teams take time to adjust to shifting sands, an example being the way officials are calling these games.

If you check the comments section of this blog over the last few games, there are countless examples of frustration over the uneven refereeing. “There’s no way this is even” or “the Oilers are being judged on a different scale” can be heard over and over again.

You’re right. Them’s the facts. Veteran teams get the calls, upstarts get the shaft. It was like that when I started watching NHL hockey in the 1960s and it’s been that way since. The young Oilers are on the verge of losing a series learning that lesson. It’s happened before.

My money’s on McDavid finding a way. You?

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun, developing show today! TSN1260, starting a 10, here we go:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers with the biggest game in franchise history since Tuesday.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Sabres blow out their management team.

10-1260 text @Lowetide on twitter. Hell’s a popping!

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hunter1909

Which NHL GM is stupid enough to trade a pair of 1st round picks for Maroon?

How about a 1st and a 2nd, for Maroon?

hunter1909

ashley: Mini Guy.

No one needs to come and apologize for wanting to put him in the pressbox.He earned that criticism.But we can all see that there is some value there now.However, let’s not get carried away and start calling him an elite, complete player like our boy Kassian has become.

Agree, but you also want to develop the reputation as Edmonton being a place to go to repair broken careers(at knock down cost to Chiarelli).

LMHF#1

McSorley33:

The Sharks looked really, really old all of a sudden…..

That’s because they ARE really, really old. This is why I’ve been so frustrated watching this series. The Oilers finally showed up to play their style of hockey in that OT.

raventalon40

After spending two days hammering Deshairnais, Maroon, and Pouliot, as well as the pairing of Nurse-Benning, I definitely have to eat my words.

ashley

Spengler: We had the exact same thought when it happened. Wait, is that Lafleur?

Mini Guy.

No one needs to come and apologize for wanting to put him in the pressbox. He earned that criticism. But we can all see that there is some value there now. However, let’s not get carried away and start calling him an elite, complete player like our boy Kassian has become.

McSorley33

In all seriousness, has anyone ever seen a playoff OT that was so lopsided?

The Sharks looked really, really old all of a sudden…..

Kudos to DD…but people in my office ( Winnipeg ) are talking about Leon Draisaitl. He took over the game and the feed to DD was incredible.

Scungilli Slushy

For me the story of the game was that a lot of Oilers got better as the game went on. I think it was the key, and they got their legs going and I think the SJ vets were gassed by OT.

Some Oilers were really not playing well until mid 2nd to me. I also thought DD should have sat the game – he must have heard us. He also must have said something to Cassie Campbell before his interview as she was telling him she was way older than him as it switched away, had a ‘hey buddy’ tone to it. OT winner adrenalin or something.

Scungilli Slushy

sliderule: Benning lost too many board battles for my liking

My wife caught a play where Benning had gone behind a Shark to play him on the boards and put his stick in front. She says isn’t that holding? If he had the puck the Shark would have gone straight to the net or drawn a penalty.

I noticed Benning pulling back on him in quick yanks, and the way that sequence went it looked an awful lot like a dog mounting and dry humping your leg. He’ll learn.

hunter1909

Tonight’s McDavid hit was for me the play of the game, if not the series.

Pouzar

sliderule:
The old skill sharks ran out of gas in the overtime.

Staples gave Benning a 7 and Nurse a 5.

I would have at least reversed that rating.

Nurse carried tha puck out of zone at least 4 or 5 times and either made a good rush or got the puck in deep..He also got a shot on net that ended up hitting post.

Benning lost too many board battles for my liking.

I wanna seen the shot map for this pairing. They were REAL good in games 2 and 3.

hunter1909

spoiler:
hunter1909,

Pocket is better than the Lafleur comparisons.

Not Roadrunner fast, but quick shifty AF.

Tonight’s hero comes from that Canadiens mould. Amazing in 2017 Montreal doesn’t value these French players – this coming from a fan who witnessed the Tambellini rebuild with RNH, Gagner, Hall, Eberle and Justin Schultz. And Yakupov. That’s Nail Yakupov.

hunter1909

spoiler:
I once saw Cournoyer score nine seconds after an opening period faceoff. I was like 8 yo, blew my mind.

The Oilers used to have a player like that. Taylor Hall, for those who haven’t been following Oilers hockey for very long.

*runs away laughing*

Spengler

Android:
Spengler,

To be fair, they always scrape the ice at the first whistle past the ten minute mark.

EDIT: Unless you’re talking about the Oilers, in which case nevermind.

I was talking about the Oilers timeout.

blainer

sliderule:
The old skill sharks ran out of gas in the overtime.

Staples gave Benning a 7 and Nurse a 5.

I would have at least reversed that rating.

Nurse carried tha puck out of zone at least 4 or 5 times and either made a good rush or got the puck in deep..He also got a shot ton net that ended up hitting post.

Benning lost too many board battles for my liking.

Also I thought he looked slow at times as well. He needs to step it up. Coach playing them with Connor is smart.

Very happy with the Coaching for sure.

Ryan

BONVIE:
Great comeback game, I imagine Sharks fans will be crying that Draisatel was not suspended then comes out with such a strong game to give the mighty oil the win!!!

Just waiting for Cult of Hockey Podcast

Yes. First thing they did. Visit Fear the Fin’s comment thread.

sliderule

The old skill sharks ran out of gas in the overtime.

Staples gave Benning a 7 and Nurse a 5.

I would have at least reversed that rating.

Nurse carried tha puck out of zone at least 4 or 5 times and either made a good rush or got the puck in deep..He also got a shot on net that ended up hitting post.

Benning lost too many board battles for my liking.

JD_Wry

Yak Efron:
jimmers2,

Elbowed the glass to scare a fan that was yelling at him.

When the coach gets rattled in a game:

https://twitter.com/PeteBlackburn/status/855294584062005248

I like!

Pouzar

DD brought it but I liked that whole 4th line.

Corgi domination all around.

Centre of attention

I will be the first to stick my foot in my mouth in regards to Desharnais.

I’ve been bitching and moaning about him for weeks and after last night (this morning almost?) all sins real and imagined are forgiven.

Make them pay, Des-har-nais! Make them pay, Des-har-nais! Chant with me now 🙂 !

Gino

The highs and low’s in this series have been awesome. Playoff hockey suck it Flames!!!!!!

blainer

Just finished watching on the PVR .. Just wow !!

I guess DD will keep us quiet here for a few games. Gotta give the coach credit for sticking with him..

StixMalone

Crazy Pedestrian:
Leon’s got my daughters cough… it just won’t go away, but doesn’t affect her energy…

Yes I have it too. Started out as a flu/cold over six weeks ago and just doesn’t go away. Maybe Drai was affected by same bug. I certainly know it drains you. My doctor says a really good strain went around this year twice. But the dry cough just lingers and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Soup Fascist

“Shirts Off for Horcoff” is just sooo 2006.

“Double D’s for Double D” has a chance.

spoiler

I once saw Cournoyer score nine seconds after an opening period faceoff. I was like 8 yo, blew my mind.

spoiler

hunter1909,

Pocket is better than the Lafleur comparisons.

Not Roadrunner fast, but quick shifty AF.

spoiler

The most talented team in the West is out. Opportunity is a foot.

spoiler

spoiler:
I had to go to Karaoke.Stone cold sober. Not now, but that OT was…

“I just wanta siiiiiing…”

“Message for you, Sir.”

spoiler

I had to go to Karaoke. Stone cold sober. Not now, but that OT was…

“I just wanta siiiiiing…”

hunter1909

If Oilers advance, Flames fans will be forced to cheer for Anaheim.

hunter1909

Hats off to the former Hab who’s just saved the Oilers from elimination with 2 crazy clutch points. Henri Richard approves of that 0T goal.

Klef’s shot from the point is looking the bomb. Great MacT draft pick.

Add Larsson and Nurse then suddenly the Oilers have the coolest defence future.

Fantastic hockey series.

Suntory Hanzo

Stan weir wrote the Tik to English dictionary

BONVIE

Anyone else waiting for the Cult of Hockey podcast I fear it may be too far past Bruce’s bedtime and got cancelled.

Dave Chapelle is so funny even the muscled all grown up Dave.

Ribs

Wahoo!

My wife had pointed out Pouliot being useless a couple of times during this game (and it was hard to disagree with her) and then I got to point out that he was the guy blocking the goalie’s view in front of the net for the game winner. That was fun :}

I called for a Klefbomb a few minutes before the goal and he sure delivered! Wowzers.

Schlemko… Dammit, I’ve always liked that guy. Should’ve traded Ference for him and Martinook like in that dream I had years ago.

Boedker can just screw off though. Really. *remembering hat trick he had against Oilers*

They panned to Gretzky late in the game and he had his serious face on. It gave me chills. Any time I’ve ever seen that face in Edmonton, something good has happened. Oilers pretty much had to win at that point.

Brandon who? Desharnais forever!! ahaha.. Well not quite. A feather in Chiarelli’s hat tonight, for sure.

Phew.

Soup Fascist

Yak Efron:
jimmers2,

Elbowed the glass to scare a fan that was yelling at him.

You think he will get a game or a fine instead?

Diesel

Diesel:
I almost never come here during games, but i felt compelled to come and tell everyone…

It’s gonna be alright. We got this.

*Dave Chappelle voice* Note the time!

(obscure reference)

Soup Fascist

My name is Soup and I’m a Landerholic. I stand in front of you and confess I wanted to play Anton ahead of David Desharnais. Obviously, I have realized the error of my ways.

BONVIE

Great comeback game, I imagine Sharks fans will be crying that Draisatel was not suspended then comes out with such a strong game to give the mighty oil the win!!!

Just waiting for Cult of Hockey Podcast

treevojo

Younger Oil:
This might sound dumb, but that Nuge chance in OT not going in might have been a blessing.

An extra 10 minutes of domination will really help this team’s confidence, and there would have likely been a lengthy offside review that would have taken away a lot of momentum had it been called back.

Plus ten more minutes of work on San joses old man legs.

Don’t mind me

Professor Q: Twittanen.

Awesome!

Younger Oil

This might sound dumb, but that Nuge chance in OT not going in might have been a blessing.

An extra 10 minutes of domination will really help this team’s confidence, and there would have likely been a lengthy offside review that would have taken away a lot of momentum had it been called back.

Professor Q

rickithebear:
Go Oilers!

Banned for talking about friends point of view.
friends who have given and done more for this country than 35,151,000 of its citizens including you and me will ever do.

I want an honest game in my country!

You threatened other posters here.

I have Bosnian and Serbian friends as well, and they are very dear to me (they are all mostly non-violent and the kindest and most compassionate people you’ll ever meet, as they know they cost of violence).

I would never use them nor my own violent tendencies to verbally attack and threaten other posters here in such a manner.

Bank Shot

My favorite part of that game was the part where the Oilers scored in overtime. :):):)

Hard to find a weak link in the team when they are playing like that in OT.

That’s was unicorns alright!

Professor Q

The Hermit: Tikkanen invented Twitter.

Twittanen.

treevojo

I’m starting to think that Chia and Tmac are quite a bit smarter then a lot of people give them credit for.

dangilitis

DeBoer basically admitted the trap was in place in the 3rd but It was cut loose, and then it was hard getting back to playing offense.

Loved hearing the chants from fans in the background.

Android

Spengler,

To be fair, they always scrape the ice at the first whistle past the ten minute mark.

EDIT: Unless you’re talking about the Oilers, in which case nevermind.

Spengler

Perfectly timed timeout in overtime as well. Really stemmed the shifting tide, allowed the team to recover and turn things back on after a couple slower shifts and icings

Android

Love the Lets Go OIlers chant in the background of the DeBoer interview.

Don’t mind me

rickithebear,

You are obviously a very passionate bear, please try to be kind to the people who post here.

Thank you for all your work that you share with us.

Enjoy the Oil winning in the playoffs!