2017 PLAYOFFS GAME 6: OILERS AT SHARKS

by Lowetide

I decided late in the regular season to let the playoffs wash over me. It’s been a long time, I was a man in my 40s in 2006, the grey on my temples barely noticeable (but working hard). Now? Grey has taken both temples and moved troops to every quadrant, to the point where grey hair (which is akin to copper wire) is there to greet me morning, noon and night. I don’t give a damn about grey hair, or aging really (although it would be nice to hang around to see how the kids turn out, and to spend more time with Mrs. Lowetide). I do care about the things I love, and one of them is the grace, length and beauty of a hockey season. I am enjoying the spring like a long lost friend, and in many ways that’s how it feels.

PLAYOFF NUMBERS

  • There are some strong performances listed above, I’d point out Cam Talbot, Oscar Klefbom, Zack Kassian plus centers Connor McDavid and Mark Letestu as posting worthy series.
  • Funnily enough, my nominees for player of the series are Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. It’s been a funny series.
  • Why RNH?  In the words of Craig MacTavish, it’s not just about what you deliver, it’s also about what you leave.
  • The second line has been outstanding for the Oilers. NaturalStatTrick has RNH at 56 percent Corsi for 5×5 against Joe Thornton.
  • McDavid’s Corsi against Vlasic ( 56.39) and that matchup is stapled into this series. McDavid has played against Vlasic for 61 5×5 minutes and 14 minutes away from him. McDavid’s Fenwick for in those 14 minutes away from Vlasic is 57 percent. Too small a sample size, but McDavid against Burns should be a goal for the coach (70.59 for McDavid).
  • Source

1991-92, PLUS 1992 PLAYOFFS

The 1991-92 season was rife with pain and disappointment.

  • Charlie Huddy was lost in the expansion draft in May.
  • Jari Kurri was dealt in May, to Philadelphia. Philadelphia traded him to Los Angeles, same day.
  • Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr went in September.
  • Then came Mark Messier’s trade, something we knew was coming (there had been some contract haggling the summer before). In August 1991 Messier went public with a trade request and after that you’re never going to get full value. Messier said he was not convinced the Oilers were committed to winning, and he wanted out. Source

Opening night, you needed a damned program and that’s for sure. Edmonton had good forwards (Vincent Damphousse, Joe Murphy, Craig Simpson, Esa Tikkanen) but no one to push the river, not like Messier. Defensively, the Oilers were a rugged bunch bordering on filthy. Dave Manson and Luke Richardson played major roles, with Kevin Lowe still hanging around to provide veteran leadership. Billy Ranford was the goalie. We traveled to Mexico that winter, I didn’t check the scores for any of the 14 days we were there. I remember thinking they might as well trade Esa, Lowe, Ranford and Simpson, and they basically did over the coming months. It was a mess.

The Oilers did win some playoff games with this congregation, and I liked Joe Murphy and Martin Gelinas (and others) among the youths. Edmonton beat LAK in six games, then Vancouver in six (Ranford was stellar in that series iirc) before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in a Campbell Conference sweep. Source

TONIGHT

The Oilers are 1-1-0 on the road during this series, winning a tight-checking affair and getting blown out 7-0. I think the Oilers win tonight if the two teams are tied after two, and the biggest test is likely to be in the first 10 minutes of the game. Stay out of the penalty box!!!!

ETHAN BEAR

Scored a great goal (it was the winner) last night. Highlights are here.

COMPLETE NHLE

  • There’s a lot here and we will drill down over the coming weeks. As is the case with the parent team, you can see Peter Chiarelli building up the middle (G, D, C).
  • I think we’ll see four graduates (Jesse Puljujarvi, Jujhar Khaira, Anton Slepyshev, Griffin Reinhart) to the 2017-18 club.
  • Joey Laleggia and Joe Gambardella are the most interesting forwards behind the three mentioned above (JP, JJ, Slepy), at least in the short term.
  • The best long-term forward prospect? Tyler Benson, but injuries are a concern. I’m also intrigued by Graham McPhee and Aapeli Rasanen.
  • The Oilers have been spending a lot of time, money and draft picks on defensemen and it is reflected here. I think Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear and Ziyat Paigin are legit NHL prospects and Ryan Mantha could join them as a bona fide future option.
  • Filip Berglund had a fine season on less than 10 minutes a night. I pumped his number here, as he was the only player in this group who played low minutes (Paigin was around 14).
  • Who is the best goalie prospect in the system? The fact we have more than one candidate is breaking news. I am intrigued by all of them.

SPENCER FOO

Spencer Foo may announce his decision this weekend, if he selects the Oilers his placement on the depth chart will be interesting. For next season, I think Leon Draisaitl stays at RW, meaning Jordan Eberle and Jesse Puljujarvi are the top candidates for 2R. After that, Zack Kassian would grab a spot and then it’s wide open for Anton Slepyshev, Iiro Pakarinen, Tyler Pitlick and others. I think Foo is a solid prospect, but would guess he would have a chance to make the Oilers opening night lineup. His NHLE (31) is shy of Drake Caggiula’s (44) when he graduated, but Foo could surprise and of course it depends on who he plays with when Foo gets here.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

One of the things we are seeing this spring is young men getting NHL playoff experience. It will pay off next year and in the years to come. The three young defensemen are learning on the job and if the team can use them while winning a series or two, bodes well for the future.

VALUE

In dealing Brandon Davidson for a rental, the Oilers reduced their 50-man list for summer by one and guaranteed another name will be lost in the expansion draft. Because Oilers fans (like me) are still working in the small market world or pre-cap and pre-Katz, that runs counter to team building. However, the Desharnais overtime goal also represents another important area of team building: Success. We may see the fruits of that success this weekend, should Spencer Foo decide it’s Edmonton. Connor McDavid changed everything, but having playoff success will go a long way to turning around the Oilers reputation and making Edmonton an attractive destination.

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OilSafety

What a series.

If some of the boys were sick that means with rest we could see an even better Oilers team moving forward.

So happy for this team, this city, this blog and these fans.

Professor Q

Surly:
I bet Stan Weir has already read today’s edition of Lowetide.

I bet Stan Weir is Lowetide.

jake70

Oh and another note on Happy Days…..the Oilers “jumped the Shark”… 😉

jake70

Hmmm….just watching CBC news network……….they went to their sports report, started off with a clip of the Oilers win…ok. Then went almost immediately to the Habs loss. I decided to rewind and break down the time for each topic in the segment.

1st – Oilers advance (that’s right …MOVING ON to the NEXT round) – 23 seconds
2nd – Canadiens lose to NYR — 2 minutes and 10 seconds
3rd – Raptors win in Milwaukee (RIP Joannie Cunningham) – 1 minute
4th – World series of diving in Windsor Ont – 34 seconds
5th – Road to Olympics promotion – 10 seconds

And remember, the CBC is not showing the Oiler games on their main network like they are the early game, it’s the regional Sportsnet channels so not everyone in Canada may be able to watch a Canadian team play….CBC schedule at 1030pm eastern last night says The Passionate Eye – The Queen at 90…..umm ok.

This shouldn’t bother me but it does…..grrr…need my Sunday am coffee…

Surly

I bet Stan Weir has already read today’s edition of Lowetide.

slopitch

1000+ posts! Oilers in round 2! It snowed!

N64

anonymous:
Great to see. I wonder if RNH can secure his place on the team while going pointless for the playoffs?

Coach name dropped Nuge as the key delivered piece of his game plan. If his line was pointless in EV it won’t be Nuge that is moved.

StixMalone

Larsson is a beast. I’ll say it again just like I said when we traded for him, “Larsson is a #1 defenceman. You will see.” Now can we all get over the price paid to get him and enjoy what he brought to the table. We wouldn’t be all warm and fuzzy today if he wasn’t part of the formula. This is a new improved tougher Oiler team. We still have a few bent spokes but the wheel is still kinda round…..

JD_Wry
oilswell

Happy I made the trek down to SJ to see them close out the Sharks. Saw business from the stands.

Great crowd. Not as loud sustained as Roger’s place but wow are they congenial. Exactly one “fu Oilers” and that was at the bar after.

Could taste the dread flooding the stands when McDavid wound up and skated up ice BTW. Yum!

JD_Wry

doritogrande: Fiancee is livid. Wedding’s coming up on May 20th and I’ve been advised that in no uncertain terms can I have this patchy piece of crap in her wedding pictures. What do I do?

If only there was some way to digitally alter photographs after the fact.

Oh well.

blainer

hunter1909:
NOW can we discuss the Taylor Hall trade?

LOL.. was thinking the same thing.

No way I’m trading Larsson period.

He is now in the no trade department for me. Players like Lars earn their respect at this time of year. Man have to give Chia and Tmc the due.

They have made some real smart moves and to me I really think the trade is already even and will be a steal by this time next year.

Dixs35

Unreal night. Just wanted to give a tire pump to Magnus for his or goal. Wish we picked him up on waivers this year. So happy for him

Zelepukin

Some random and IDGAF thoughts as I cap this long night off of celebratory drinks:

We won the Hall trade. Ya I said it and you all know it. We do not get where we are now without Larsson.

The only thing better than winning a playoff series is knowing that we’re winning it with guys who Chia has brought in. It’s like a giant FU to all the naysayers who continued to armchair GM the conversation that he is an idiot, all season long.

No Hendricks this whole series! McL was trolling us this whole time with the, I love playing my rugged vets who only have dressing room value.

suck it Remenda. Suck it, long and hard.

judgedrude

khildahl:
I have a duck in my freezer that I’ve been wondering when to cook.

Next week seems like a good time.

In the event we play the Blues next round, any Smurfs in you freezer, Gargamel?

spoiler

And If The Cloud Bursts…Thunder In You Ear

You Shout And No One Seems To Hear

And If The Band You’re In Starts Playing Different Tunes

I’ll See You On The Dark Side Of The Moon

We are there.

anonymous

Great to see. I wonder if RNH can secure his place on the team while going pointless for the playoffs?

Hilmar

Great night not only for the Oilers but also for my playoff bracket. Full points on the Western Conference so far, I have Nashville and Edmonton in the Conference finals, the brain says Preds, but heart says Oilers, I hope we see that series.

Only dud so far is betting against Pittsburg because Letang went down, why can’t Tortorella be reasonable?!

Looking good for the remaining series too, just need Sens and Caps not to lose two in a row, I’m feeling confident. 🙂

I hedged my bets by going Edmonton to win against Washington in the finals in the bracket and had them lose in the same matchup on Hunter’s second season death march, I’m reasonable that way. 😉

edit: Yay on over 1k!

TheGreatMutato

1000!

Go

Oilers!!!!!!!

TheGreatMutato

Alright. Two more comments. I know it’s 2 am but don’t make me do this alone!

TheGreatMutato

Lucinius: What the hell is with that word popping up all over the place these days anyways?

Outside of here and a couple other forums (all of which tend to skew towards intelligent discourse and minimal trolling/dickery) I have next to no social media exposure (I refuse to use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and only go to Twitter for brief moments if something important is linked or during big things like trade deadline day) and somehow a word like “cuck” is what captures the cultural zeitgeist of the moment?

It’s a term popularized by the alt-right movement and all of their wonderful rationality and reasoned discourse. 😛 the same shit that gave us stuff like Breitbart and a President Trump.

So not cool on Lowetide. Super not cool.

Lucinius

TheGreatMutato: Don’t say ‘cucks’ please. That’s an unwelcome word on a board anywhere populated with people of even marginal intelligence.

Thanks!

What the hell is with that word popping up all over the place these days anyways?

Outside of here and a couple other forums (all of which tend to skew towards intelligent discourse and minimal trolling/dickery) I have next to no social media exposure (I refuse to use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and only go to Twitter for brief moments if something important is linked or during big things like trade deadline day) and somehow a word like “cuck” is what captures the cultural zeitgeist of the moment?

TheGreatMutato

Dee Dee: Ahhhhhhh, the Calgary Cucks tears of unfathomable sadness are delicious!

Nice win Oilers, glad to be watching you play in May again, forgot what that felt like.

Don’t say ‘cucks’ please. That’s an unwelcome word on a board anywhere populated with people of even marginal intelligence.

Thanks!

Lucinius

hunter1909:
NOW can we discuss the Taylor Hall trade?

If nothing else you have to feel for the guy.

He worked his ass off for the Oilers. Put in a lot of effort and did so while playing a very high risk style. Put up a goodly number of points while under one of the worst managed NHL teams in recent memory.

We get Connor, Connor gets hurt and Talbot struggles a bit to settle in and the D is still a mess causing a lost season.

Then he gets traded.

His team misses the playoffs.

His old team is now into the second round.

And he’s on the Devils.

Regardless of how you feel towards Hall.. the guy has been dealt a shitty hand at the NHL level.

TheGreatMutato

Eight more comments… Dare to dream

bendelson

Woot! Woot!
Round two!

hunter1909

NOW can we discuss the Taylor Hall trade?

Spengler

Younger Oil:
I don’t know about all of you, but the first 19 minutes and 59.7 seconds of that third period was the least enjoyable hockey I have ever watched. Probably from the past decade and all of the two goal leads blown already this playoffs, I was just convinced the Sharks were going to tie and win it, and that we’d be without Klefbom for Game 7.

-Every time they failed to get the puck past the blue line I was convinced it would end up a goal.
-I was sure they were going to get a goal after the too many men penalty.
-I was convinced the Pavelski double post actually went off the back bar inside of the net.
-I was convinced that they were going to score after Draisaitl’s stick broke on the empty net.

Because all of that happening has seemingly been a law in the past decade. And yet none of that happened tonight. I am still in shock, it is completely surreal.

The only thing I am sure of now is my butthole is permanently clenched.

I was right there with you. I sprained my sphincter tonight.

Spengler

Gerta Rauss: There’s a man with a gun over there

Telling me, I’ve got to be square

Gerta Rauss

Captain’s Log: What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

Captain's Log

Lloyd B.:
There’s something happening here !

What it is ain’t exactly clear

Gerta Rauss

rope-a-dope:
Lot of talk in the SJ interviews about the injuries guys were playingwith. I wonder if Jumbo actually blew out his knee.

Deboer alluded to a serious injury-we’ll find out in the coming days

rope-a-dope

Lot of talk in the SJ interviews about the injuries guys were playing with. I wonder if Jumbo actually blew out his knee.

Pescador

trencan:
It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL, I know a lot of people hate him, but can you imagine McDavid passing him one timers? I saw him in a few games this season in KHL and he has still what to offer. The problem is his salary and contract. I think his rights still belong to Devils… I see him as interesting but not realistic option for Oilers.

At least he never got arrested for battery

Pescador

Gerta Rauss:
I just saw the replay of the Pavelski double post and it leaves me all warm and fuzzy

Of all the NHL’ers that can fuck off, he is near the top of the list

trencan

It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL, I know a lot of people hate him, but can you imagine McDavid passing him one timers? I saw him in a few games this season in KHL and he has still what to offer. The problem is his salary and contract. I think his rights still belong to Devils… I see him as interesting but not realistic option for Oilers.

dustrock

T-Mac says re Ducks series “we’re playing with house money now and sometimes that’s a good thing.” how pumped is McLellan right now?

Larsson might have played the game of his career. 26 minutes.

Talbot was in the Roli Zone.

So many good feelings. Weirdest one: result was not in doubt for me. I shall remember the Game 5 OT For a long time, but the boys played one heck of a road game tonight.

LT, thanks for giving us the space.

CapeBretonOilers

iwin76,

Thanks Iwin76 had not heard that — that’s probably best case scenario ( assuming it is true)

Gerta Rauss

I just saw the replay of the Pavelski double post and it leaves me all warm and fuzzy

Younger Oil

Also, I firmly believe that there are less than 10 defenders in the league who you could have replaced Larsson with today and still won the game.

Soup Fascist

JonyPro:
I always knew Joe Thornton has a curse on him. He had it in Boston he has it in San Jose.

Wearing #6 as a forward in Boston angered the hockey Gods. It’s a defenseman’s number FFS. Caused Pierre Mondu to lose an eye.

#6 for Forwards is blasphemous.

Except for Ron Ellis. He must have had a Talisman or something.

Younger Oil

I don’t know about all of you, but the first 19 minutes and 59.7 seconds of that third period was the least enjoyable hockey I have ever watched. Probably from the past decade and all of the two goal leads blown already this playoffs, I was just convinced the Sharks were going to tie and win it, and that we’d be without Klefbom for Game 7.

-Every time they failed to get the puck past the blue line I was convinced it would end up a goal.
-I was sure they were going to get a goal after the too many men penalty.
-I was convinced the Pavelski double post actually went off the back bar inside of the net.
-I was convinced that they were going to score after Draisaitl’s stick broke on the empty net.

Because all of that happening has seemingly been a law in the past decade. And yet none of that happened tonight. I am still in shock, it is completely surreal.

The only thing I am sure of now is my butthole is permanently clenched.

N64

Crushelnyski:
StixMalone,

Also, Principe will be beside himself with Foo puns.
” I pity the Foo who took that hit ”

Ken Schott‏ @slapschotts

A source with knowledge of the Spencer Foo situation denies reports that Foo will sign with an #NHL team this weekend. #UnionHockey

Mariusz Czerkawski

Woooooooooooot!

Let’s get these boys all on IVs and some bed rest stat. Too bad they couldn’t steal their flu shots like the Flames. I’d have gladly given up mine for the cause.

2nd round baby, I don’t think my heart can take it but what a way to go!

Woooooooooooooooooooot

Crushelnyski

StixMalone,

Also, Principe will be beside himself with Foo puns.
” I pity the Foo who took that hit “

Melvis

I’ll save the Cubano for another time. Don’t want to jinx anything…but

KOOKALAFUNGA!

I don’t know what that means exactly, but positive within the circumstances.

Here’s something to keep in mind. Drai potted 3 game winners against the Ducks over the season.

iwin76

CapeBretonOilers,

Sick, some media saying the flu. But according to TMac, an illness (not injury).

CapeBretonOilers

any news at all on Klef ?

CapeBretonOilers

Wooooot from Okotoks bring on the schmucks errr ducks

Pescador

Lowetide: Haha! That’s going back a looong time.

RNH was very good again tonight