HAMMER ON A DRUM!

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers ended the San Jose Sharks season last night. In cold blood. The Sharks gave no quarter, to the point where Marc-Edouard Vlasic talked about Game 5 as if it were a fluke. Respect for the Edmonton Oilers will come, last night’s bullet to the heart being exhibit A. What we are seeing is all those years of Oilers losing slowly fading away, being washed out to sea, witnessed by you, me, and the California sun. It’s the New Originals Edmonton Oilers. The long difficult journey ends in a rainbow and a brand new day. The win over San Jose serves as a wakeup call for the entire NHL. The McDavid Oilers have arrived as Stanley Cup contenders. Hallelujah, amen.

LAST NIGHT’S NUMBERS

  • Through one: 0-0, Shots 9-6 EDM and Corsi for 5×5 20-6, also for Edmonton.
  • Second: 2-0 EDM, 12-9 SJS in shots and Corsi for 5×5 won by the Sharks 24-16.
  • Third: 1-1 tie, SJS won shots 10-6, 25-9 in a stunning period for San Jose.
  • Total: 3-1 Edmonton, SJS led shots 28-21. San Jose won Corsi 5×5 55-45.

It’s funny, I spent most of the third period watching the veteran Sharks and their reaction to their season’s final moments. That club fought hard but their time may have passed and a small rebuild could be in order. There were seasons when I thought the Sharks were a lock to win Stanley. I never thought this version of the San Jose team would do it, and the Sharks are at a crossroads seemingly overnight. The Oilers? The Oilers are on to Disneyland.

PLAYOFF SCORING

  • It took awhile and the 5×5 scoring may need a series to recover, but the boxcars are beginning to show up beside the correct names.
  • Mrs. Lowetide brought out a phrase last night I haven’t heard in 11 years. “Playoff hockey is not fun!” she said, and she’s right. It is searing pain or pure exhilaration, sometimes in the same night. Playoff hockey is simply the best.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Klefbom-Larsson went 19-8 together in 11:58 and played rocking chair defense. They complement each other’s game so well, and the biggest relief this morning is Klefbom’s malady (flu). I created the table above after the game last night, so listed ‘injury’. Thrilled to be wrong. Larsson went 1-6 with Sekera, 5-5 with Nurse and 0-3 with Russell when away from Oscar. Larsson went 12-12 against Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Oscar went 8-5 against the same trio.
  • A couple of items on Larsson. His headman pass to Leon for the first goal was fantastic, a very good skill play. The big defender also gobbled up tons of playing time and battled every shift. That was a great performance by Larsson last night.
  • Nurse-Benning went 7-13 in 13:19 together. They were absolutely ineffective for long periods of this game, and had Klefbom been healthy I suspect this pairing would have been used far less in this game. Once Klefbom was out of the rotation, McLellan used Nurse more and to my eye he played better. I wonder if we see Gryba against the Ducks. This duo was  5-5 against Boedker-Hertl-Jansen.
  • Sekera-Russell went 9-19 in 11:25 together, including 3-8 against Boedker-Hertl-Jansen and 4-6 against Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski. The pairing were out for the GA, Russell having the puck behind the net, under control, while Sekera did him no favors by skating towards him. Seconds later, the indecision results in the Marleau goal. Other than that, they played well in a scrambly way, Russell blocking a point-blank shot that could have cashed late. In a series where one Edmonton pairing flourished and the other showed its inexperience, the Sekera-Russell duo were the ones I yelled at most of all. Good defending but subpar passing and execution with the puck, and they will need to be better.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 28, .964. He was fantastic.
  • Numbers by NHL.com, HockeyStats.ca and NaturalStatTrick.

MCDAVID LINE

  • Leon’s goal was beautiful. That big frame can scoot and it is a fearsome sight, like a runaway train. The fact he has those hands and that offensive creativity makes our man Leon a special player.
  • Trio went 15-22 against the Vlasic-Braun pairing (12:30) and 97 faced them 73.5% of the time at 5×5.
  • McDavid took a stunning amount of punishment in this series and the Sharks barely paid a dime for it. This is the price to be paid for being the new upstart, but it’s also completely ridiculous in terms of fair play. One of the NHL rules that remains from the Eddie Shore era, when it goes I will say good riddance to bad rubbish.
  • Draisaitl should have had two goals, but his cursed (pronounced curse-id) stick broke with the empty net calling. Blast! He finished this series with two of his best games as an Oiler.
  • Drake Caggiula isn’t doing enough to stay on this line.

NUGE LINE

  • This line contributed a great deal to the series victory.
  • This series was the first playoff action for Nuge and Eberle, both men passing with flying colors.
  • As much as I like this line, they need to score goals in the Anaheim series.
  • Lucic went 1-1-2 over the series, but like Leon Draisaitl at the end of the campaign, accomplished much at one end and less at the other. That can happen in a short series.

LETESTU LINE

  • This line played a lot at 5×5 last night, but didn’t accomplish much offensively.
  • Went 4-9 against the Hertl line.
  • I think Patrick Maroon may see 1line work in the Anaheim series. He was a hitting machine in last night’s game, but there wasn’t much happening offensively for this trio.
  • Kassian is a dandy forechecker and backchecker because of his speed, I think he is a bottom 6F who could cash 15 goals next year (with the right center).

DESHARNAIS LINE

  • Anton Slepyshev is emerging this spring as a real option for the Oilers on RW. What does that do to the depth chart? Leon, JP, Kassian, Slepyshev next year? Could be. We may also see Eberle, JP, Kassian, Slepyshev, this allowing Leon back to center.
  • I liked Desharnais’ effort last night, he seemed hard on the forecheck and had effective moments passing the puck.
  • Benoit Pouliot has more to give, but needs more than seven minutes a night. Solid on the PK, I hope the hockey Gods give him a chance to show more by the end of this season.

My three stars last night were Cam Talbot, Leon Draisaitl and Adam Larsson. I refuse to put them in order, because each gave something vital to the effort. The Oilers won a game that finished last season’s SC finalists, and you knew the Sharks would not go gently into that good night. You don’t hammer the opponent in a game of that kind, you survive it and have a nicer crooked number next to your logo.

Holy hell, boys, he is Oscar the Great! WHAT will he be in a couple of years? That 2011 draft (Nuge, Klef, Rieder) was a fabulous year for the Oilers.

ANAHEIM

This is going to be a tough series, the Ducks are deep everywhere and and can give any team fits. One good thing? Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s season is done. Hallelujah!

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Scungilli Slushy

The memory of Kovalchuk is great. What he did and 34 years in Russia is not what the Oilers need around them.

Justin Williams would be a better vet get. He might even be reasonable given I’m sure money is not a worry for him, if the CAPS crap and he wants another Cup run.

edit: 34 YO, and years in Russia!

JD_Wry

stephen sheps: ‘whilst’ instead of while.

And the ‘ed’ substituted with ‘t’. Dreamt?

I’m all for the character saving aspect of it, but I want fewer rules in English, not more, so I detest that one too.

Maybe I overreactt on that.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

stephen sheps,

If they’re anything like I was when I started writing in college, they could be experimenting with their vocabulary while trying to find their voice. Swear to god my earlier writing was something from a Styron novel or a Victorian-era classic… which is to say the sentences meandered as much as they were verbose. Later on I worked harder at being more succinct, seeking to maintain high standards of clarity and grammar.

stephen sheps

JDI Хоккей: No, it’s just the ‘st’. Amongst v Among.
Carry on.

that’s quite funny.

I’ve been in grading hell, which is normal for me this time of year, and for whatever reason, a surprising number of my 1st year students used ‘whilst’ instead of while. Is this the new thing? Millennials using old english to go along with emojis, just to mess with their professors heads? If so, I kinda like it…

JD_Wry

treevojo: I’m thinking that I did pretty good if it came out English.

Too good!

I would guess that a thumber would omit as many unnecessary letters as possible.

treevojo

JDI Хоккей: I can’t blame you for not expecting in-depth analysis from me.

No, it’s just the ‘st’. Amongst v Among.

Carry on.

Thought it might be something like that.

I just thumb type whatever comes in my head.

I’m thinking that I did pretty good if it came out English.

JD_Wry

treevojo: Why do I feel like a joke is coming?

I can’t blame you for not expecting in-depth analysis from me.

No, it’s just the ‘st’. Amongst v Among.

Carry on.

spoiler

JDI Хоккей: I think that’s a separate issue, because I’m not experiencing that, and the 503 issue came up after that.

I’m guessing the 503 errors happened because they were trying to fix the other issue.

stephen sheps

npanciroli:
Oilers and Senators moving on and Habs Flames and Leafs losing out is a dream scenario for me.

that’s pretty much how I feel as well, if for no other reason than living in Toronto makes me hate the insufferable nature of the fan-base all the more.

However I could see a Leafs/Oiler SCF down the line as a realistic (and surprisingly reasonable) possibility, which may divide the loyalties of my friends’ kids between the team their dads all love and the team their friends love.

treevojo

JDI Хоккей: Good for you!

BTW: Are you from Britain?

No.

Why do I feel like a joke is coming?

Centre of attention

JDI Хоккей:
So we need TML to win tonight, to extend the start of the 2nd round?

I agree.

Maybe an even longer wait will turn the Ducks rest into rust, too.

npanciroli

Oilers and Senators moving on and Habs Flames and Leafs losing out is a dream scenario for me.

JD_Wry

–hudson–: I think it’s the Canada Dry video ad

I think that’s a separate issue, because I’m not experiencing that, and the 503 issue came up after that.

JD_Wry

So we need TML to win tonight, to extend the start of the 2nd round?

Woodguy v2.0

More on Carlyle matching forwards with McDavid and not pairs.

McDavid played 85 5v5 minutes vs ANA this year.

Kesler was on for 50 min – goals 3-1 EDM with a 57% CF%
Getzlaf was on for 21.5min – goals 2-0 EDM with a 66.7% CF%
Vermette was on for 10 min – goals 1-0 EDM with a 70% CF%
Thompson on for 3.5 min – no goals with a 60% CF%

SJS managed to shut down McDavid in the regular season and playoffs with Vlasic/Braun.

ANA hasn’t been able to do that at all and Mr. Selke nominee is 43% against 97.

I think McDavid is going to go off on ANA.

leadfarmer

Woodguy v2.0: Fuck that shitty trappy crappy hockey.

Fuck it.

It got horrible when they got into injury problems towards the later part of the season. It’s a little better now

What’s with the Kovy talk. Did he say he wants to come back or something?

--hudson--

JDI Хоккей: This is the only site doing it.

I’ve also checked the site’s status with a website checker, and that doesn’t always show the site down. But I think that’s because it’s only down for people who try to log in.

I think it’s the Canada Dry video ad, it scrolls up to the top each time the ad refreshes. And the video seems to restart everytime you scroll down.

JD_Wry

treevojo: A Washington win tonight and I will be amongst and handful of people capable of taking it down.

Good for you!

BTW: Are you from Britain?

Centre of attention

Woodguy v2.0: Fuck that shitty trappy crappy hockey.

Fuck it.

Karlsson deseves to be happy, though. At least for now. What a player.

I wonder how Lundqvist will handle the break away’s that the Senators like to deploy with their stretch passes. Maybe AV adjusts his strategy to account for that stretch pass. Its the Senators main offensive threat with their usual trappy mctrap style.

Interesting series, if Lundqvist is on his game though I don’t like the Sens chances.

treevojo

JDI Хоккей: You picked Macarthur in your pool?

Isn’t that like leaving a cake out in the rain?

No

But I have ottawa for goaltending chosen as well as brassard and Turris.

A Washington win tonight and I will be amongst and handful of people capable of taking it down.

Jon K

Woodguy v2.0: Fuck that shitty trappy crappy hockey.

Fuck it.

Prediction: Woodguy will die of alcohol poisoning during the first game of the Nashville-Ottawa SCF. Those dying of boredom will envy him.

JD_Wry

Woodguy v2.0: Fuck that shitty trappy crappy hockey.

= 💩

Centre of attention

Woodguy v2.0: Kovy is 34.

You can’t give bonuses in deals unless the player in on an ELC or is 35+

good observation. it would have to be quite the AAV if you wanted to keep the term short, then.

JD_Wry

GMB3: The guy was a very highly regarded player in Russia.

1OV pick in their entry draft.

Woodguy v2.0

leadfarmer:
Woodguy continues to underestimate these Sens.I don’t think they beat the Rags but it should be close

Fuck that shitty trappy crappy hockey.

Fuck it.

GMB3

Pouzar: Absolutely. I don’t think organization is long for Slepy. Just a gut feeling.

Agreed. I think a lot of people don’t appreciate how talented he is. He has some great tools, has shown he can protect the puck. The only thing holding him back right now in my eyes is his lack of polish, especially getting the puck out of his end. That stuff comes with time. TMc giving him a chance with McDavid shows he knows this imo.

The guy was a very highly regarded player in Russia.

Woodguy v2.0

Centre of attention:
I said this last night regarding Kovy:

A 1 year bonus laden deal makes all sorts of sense for both sides.

We sure scratched Shero’s back with that Hall trade, I’m sure the two teams have talked about a variety of things over the last year or two.

I doubt we land him but if the Devils do decide to try and get something for his rights I’m sure the Oilers will be in the mix.

The Oilers being interested in Tkachev recently (no, the other one. Ak-Barz one.) means that the Oilers are still actively scouting the KHL. They were obviously watching Paigin too before bringing him over. They have seen Kovy & obviously know he’s still a dynamic offensive force.

So you’re saying theres a chance….?

Kovy is 34.

You can’t give bonuses in deals unless the player in on an ELC or is 35+

Spengler

Pescador: Don’t you see him as a candidate for the “homegrown guy with speed that can play up in the line up on a value contract?”
Rust & Sherey in Pittsburgh type?
I see the similarities but not the differences.

I can see one of two things happening, either he performs well and becomes too expensive leading to him moving on, or he doesn’t improve enough and is moved along to allow someone else to get a chance. There’ll be only 10 players that stick around with the NHL team for the next 5 years, and even that might be high. Those will be the core players (McDavid, Drai), no trade clauses (Lucic, Sekera?), and long term value contracts (Klefbom, etc)

Pouzar

Pescador: Don’t you see him as a candidate for the “homegrown guy with speed that can play up in the line up on a value contract?”
Rust & Sherey in Pittsburgh type?
I see the similarities but not the differences.

Absolutely. I don’t think organization is long for Slepy. Just a gut feeling.

JD_Wry

spoiler: I re-booted. But yeah.

This is the only site doing it.

I’ve also checked the site’s status with a website checker, and that doesn’t always show the site down. But I think that’s because it’s only down for people who try to log in.

JD_Wry

treevojo: Good for my hockey pool.

You picked Macarthur in your pool?

Isn’t that like leaving a cake out in the rain?

treevojo

Good for macarthur.

Good for my hockey pool.

spoiler

JDI Хоккей:
After repeatedly trying to log in to the site, I tried it in a private window of Firefox and that worked.

Not sure if a coincidence or not.

I also tried using IE, and the site came up fine, but as soon as I hit the ‘log in’ link, 503…


Edit: Seeing the other comments starting around 4:19, I think it was a coincidence.

Go FY Daddy!

I re-booted. But yeah.

leadfarmer

Woodguy continues to underestimate these Sens. I don’t think they beat the Rags but it should be close

JD_Wry

After repeatedly trying to log in to the site, I tried it in a private window of Firefox and that worked.

Not sure if a coincidence or not.

I also tried using IE, and the site came up fine, but as soon as I hit the ‘log in’ link, 503…

Edit: Seeing the other comments starting around 4:19, I think it was a coincidence.

Go FY Daddy!

Jethro Tull

Pescador: Don’t you see him as a candidate for the “homegrown guy with speed that can play up in the line up on a value contract?”
Rust & Sherey in Pittsburgh type?
I see the similarities but not the differences.

Only if he changes his name to Slepcyck and tells people he’s from Vegreville.

Jon K

Damn it. Cheering for the Canadian teams but I was also cheering for both series to go to seven games. Edmonton needs the rest and the long break could hurt Anaheim. Go Toronto! (I feel dirty.)

Pescador

Pouzar: I think Slepy will get more at bats with 97 net year. I am still sticking to my prediction that he will be gone in a couple years.

Don’t you see him as a candidate for the “homegrown guy with speed that can play up in the line up on a value contract?”
Rust & Sherey in Pittsburgh type?
I see the similarities but not the differences.

Pescador

rickithebear:
Elite top 5-30 HD dmen like:
Fayne
Larsson
Davidson

have had there HD numbers dragged down to avg to below average hd numbers playing with Klefbom.

giving Hd credit to klef is
embarrasing!

WTF are you talking about??
Don’t bother explaining it either because I don’t care,
Flames suck either way

Professor Q

Lowetide: I love him, in the Oscar Klefbom way.

Good ol’ Marc-André, eh?

Professor Q

Pouzar: I think Slepy will get more at bats with 97 net year. I am still sticking to my prediction that he will be gone in a couple years.

If so then he’s not a bad placeholder for when Puljujärvi is ready. But I do hope he sticks around…

stephen sheps

Lowetide: spoiler:
Bergeron is such a beauty
I love him, in the Oscar Klefbom way.

Yup. Agreed.

Professor Q

Bruce McCurdy:
Today’s first shot of Maple Leaf Square, 2 hours before puck drop. Compare & contrast to last night’s coverage from Edmonton’s Sold-Out New Downtown Arena, which to my experience received its one and only screen time with 0.3 seconds left in the game.

No worries that Maple Leaf Square will be similarly underrepresented. Indeed, TSN highlight packages routinely show MLS’s reaction to each and every Toronto goal & near miss. In the fucking highlight package.

I shouldn’t let such low-level crap piss me off, but it does.

Oh, I feel you, Bruce.

I forget which poster said it this morning, but apparently coverage was 30 seconds for the Oilers win and advancement to the 2nd Round, and 3 minutes for Montréal’s defeat and playoff exit.

Spengler

Bruce McCurdy:
Today’s first shot of Maple Leaf Square, 2 hours before puck drop. Compare & contrast to last night’s coverage from Edmonton’s Sold-Out New Downtown Arena, which to my experience received its one and only screen time with 0.3 seconds left in the game.

No worries that Maple Leaf Square will be similarly underrepresented. Indeed, TSN highlight packages routinely show MLS’s reaction to each and every Toronto goal & near miss. In the fucking highlight package.

I shouldn’t let such low-level crap piss me off, but it does.

Your shouldn’t let it bother you, but I love reading what you write when it does.

Pouzar

Centre of attention: I was surprised when Slepy or Maroon didn’t get moved up when the 97 line got pinned a few shifts in a row last night.

I’m sure we’ll see a tweak before the ANA series. Todd is not afraid to mix things up, he has shown that.

I think Slepy will get more at bats with 97 net year. I am still sticking to my prediction that he will be gone in a couple years.

Jon K

hags9k:
Kovalchuk’s RH shot in the Letestu spot on the PP?….

But my guess is he goes to Mtl.

Kovalchuk on the Oilers next season would score 40.

On the powerplay.

Gayfish

rickithebear:
Elite top 5-30 HD dmen like:
Fayne
Larsson
Davidson

have had there HD numbers dragged down to avg to below average hd numbers playing with Klefbom.

giving Hd credit to klef is
embarrasing!

Embarrassing

Bruce McCurdy

Trappy McTrapface’s team blows another lead.

spoiler

Bergeron is such a beauty