Game Eight 2017-18: Oilers at Penguins

by Lowetide

Leon Draisaitl is three days from his twenty-second birthday. Connor McDavid will turn 21 in January. It is borderline insane for a gentleman my age to mention the phrase “good old days” in reference to 97 and 29, but we are here. These are the good old days, ladies and men. If Leon Draisaitl plays tonight, music! These two players are fire on ice and every game they play is a joy. Those are the facts. Here’s some more.

PIKE’S PEAK, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2015: 3-4-0, goal differential -2
  • Oilers in October 2016: 6-1-0, goal differential +10
  • Oilers in October 2017: 2-5-0, goal differential -8

Game Eight a year ago was a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks, two points for Milan Lucic on the night. Edmonton is in tough tonight, two points would be a fantastic outcome and one point would help in a big way. The Oilers aren’t over, but this next run of (say) 10 games will be crucial. They are teetering in a difficult spot at this time.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OCTOBER

  • At home to: Calgary (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver  (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Winnipeg, Ottawa, Carolina (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual: 0-3-0)
  • On the road to: Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Dallas, Washington (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-3-2, 12 points in 10 games 
  • Current results: 2-5-0, 4 points after seven games

Based on my projections, the Oilers should tie tonight, that would give them five points in eight games. If that happens, the club would need to go 45-21-8 to match last season’s record. A slow start like this one can be corrected by a hot streak but this Edmonton club doesn’t look poised for a good long run starting tonight. The defense seems to be coming around but the offense is missing in action, even in this most recent road trip.

LINES, ONE YEAR AGO

Most of the conversation in today’s blog is going to surround tonight’s lines, thought it might be a good idea to go back to exactly one year ago and have a look at roster construction. Here’s what I wrote about everyone one year ago, same pre-game:

  • The Lucic—McDavid—Eberle line is the best 20 minutes on television—or in the arena. Honestly, the 97 shifts approach Beatlemania.
  • Pouliot—Nuge—Kassian are struggling in the Corsi but sawing off in high-danger scoring chances.
  • Maroon—Draisaitl—Puljujarvi looks good in HD scoring chances, and reasonable in possession.
  • Lander—Letestu—Pitlick is doing some pretty impressive scoring from the 4line, only question being can it continue.
  • Oscar Klefbom is on another level, with Adam Larsson not far behind. In terms of HD SCs, the Oilers are basically double the opposition. Man. That’s electric.
  • Andrej Sekera has been very good to my eye, but trails partner Kris Russell across the board. Thoughts? I have to say that a veteran second pairing (we had discussed Fayne in the role during summer) has been a Godsend.
  • Darnell Nurse is basically even in HD scoring chances and regular scoring chances, Eric Gryba just a shade behind. I think eventually we will see Brandon Davidson there, but what kind of top 6D might we see in 2017-18? My guess is Klefbom, Larsson, Sekera and Nurse are locks, with Benning close to same. Kris Russell? Eric Gryba? Both have a chance to be back, imo.
  • Source

TONIGHT’S SUGGESTED LINES AND PAIRINGS

I’m going to run two sets of lineups, one that works for me and then the lineup expected against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. I’ll start with my lines.

  • Patrick Maroon—Connor McDavid—Leon Draisaitl
  • There’s no time (should be read in Liam Neeson voice) to create chemistry before tonight’s game, so go with what works. At some point Draisaitl is going to have his own line, and this lineup makes it easier for the Penguins to defend Edmonton. Still, I do it, secure in the knowledge there is no defense for an effective Connor McDavid.
  • Milan Lucic—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Anton Slepyshev
  • I think Slepyshev is pushing now and would move him up in the shuffle for tonight. This line has looked good in my opinion with Strome, but could use a more dynamic skater. Slepyshev is also a bigger winger and that may help the trio.
  • Jussi Jokinen—Mark Letestu—Zack Kassian
  • In terms of actual playing time, this should end up being the third line. Jokinen is a veteran and I’d like to keep him in despite some slow boots. Letestu is being used in even more of a utility role now, taking faceoffs and then scooting off the ice at times. Added to his PP and PK duties, his 5×5 time is staccato.
  • Brad Malone—Ryan Strome—Drake Caggiula
  • Malone may be on a jet to California by game time, but I’d keep him around for the fourth line. Strome moves to center and Caggiula can be of use with all that speed on a line that badly needs it. I don’t think this line is going to score much but low event both ways on the road is what the Oilers will need from them.
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • I think the Oilers should play them a lot tonight, 27-30 minutes, if it’s close. If Edmonton can fly home after a 2-1-0 road trip, that would be a massive win for a struggling organization.
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • Russell has been more effective on the left side this season. Benning has good speed and Russell has a lot of experience. The matchup is a disaster but for me these two are the best available.
  • Darnell Nurse—Eric Gryba
  • Nurse and Gryba have good numbers together this season and the key is to limit exposure against Crosby and or Malkin. This could end up being a key pairing depending on the second duo.
  • Cam Talbot
  • His recovery in recent games is tremendous news, he’ll need to be spectacular tonight.

TONIGHT’S LIKELY LINES AND PAIRINGS

  • Patrick Maroon—Connor McDavid—Leon Draisaitl
  • Milan Lucic—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Kailer Yamamoto
  • Jussi Jokinen—Ryan Strome—Anton Slepyshev
  • Drake Caggiula—Mark Letestu—Zack Kassian
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Darnell Nurse—Kris Russell
  • Yohann Auvitu—Eric Gryba
  • Cam Talbot

There are no guarantees either or both Draisaitl and Caggiula will play but if they do someone will be heading to Bakersfield before game time. Brad Malone is the obvious choice.

HARD TARGET SEARCH:RW’ERS

It’s a little early to go shopping but we can look at what might be out there. Edmonton needs speed, skill and a reasonable PK man wouldn’t go amiss.

  • R Tobias Rieder, Arizona. Former Oilers draft pick is 8gp, 2-1-3 and is in his fourth season. Quality on the PK (he kills the Oilers) he has scored 13, 14 and 16 goals in his three complete NHL seasons. $2.225 million this year, he is RFA in the summer.
  • L Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal. During a 344-game NHL career, he is averaging 21-28-49 per 82 games. He is a LW who can play center, he would help the foot speed on port side.
  • R Michael Grabner, NY Rangers. Jason Gregor mentioned his name on the Lowdown yesterday, it’s an intriguing idea. Speed demon with skill, just 8gp, 1-1-2 this year so far and maybe the Rangers would like to make a change.
  • L Josh Leivo, Toronto. Shoots right, could play RW and he’s absolutely NHL-ready. I think he could be a very good plug-and-play for an NHL team.
  • R Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas. He’s a quality player (Alan Hull has been pushing him as an option forever) and should come at a high cost.
  • R Brandon Pirri, Vegas. Currently playing in the AHL, he’s a shooter and has had NHL success.

That’s six, mostly at the outer edges of NHL rosters. A more substantial trade is possible (Nuge for Pacioretty is a distant bell, despite fake ‘breaking news’ tweets from strangely named insiders) but my guess is a roster tweak comes before a bona fide trade.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun show this morning and maybe we have ‘breaking news’ on the Oilers lineup during the show. 10am, TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. How much longer does Peter Chiarelli wait?
  • Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. We’ll check in on the opposition leading up to game time.
  • Scott Cullen, TSN. Defining ‘replacement level’ for NHL players and what to do with Kailer Yamamoto.
  • Eric Stephen, True Blue LA. World Series tonight, we’ll get a Los Angeles perspective.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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OriginalPouzar

Looking forward to the verbal after practice (presumably) that Drai and Drake are cleared to play for tonight.

Its going to be a great evening of Oiler hockey!

Can’t wait!

OriginalPouzar

I agree with your likely lines for tonight.

On the assumption that Leon is cleared to play tonight, given the failure of the Yamamoto experiment on the top line, I think Leon at 1RW is a must and I think the coach will agree.

I would like to see if Yamamoto is able to create offence away from McDavid so I would be fine to see him at 2RW or 3RW.

OriginalPouzar

With respect to your suggested D-pairings, I am on board except I would like to see Nurse at 2LD and Russell at 3LD.

For one, I think Darnell has earned the 2nd pairing with his play so far this year and, secondly, Nurse and Benning have a history of playing well together and, in a small sample size this year, Russell and Benning hasn’t been great.

Pink Socks

Ideally:

19-97-44
27-93-29
91-18-58
36-55-26
x- 24-16

77-6
25-83
4-62
x- 81

Send 56 to Spokane, bring up JP later in the year. I think this is the optimal lineup. Malone has proven he belongs as a 13/14F, and I believe he is more useful than both 36 and 16.

flea

Connor McDavid has missed his center, it’ll be nice for him to go back to wing if Draisaitl is back tonight.

npanciroli

OriginalPouzar,

I want to see this also.

frjohnk

“Edmonton is in tough tonight, two points would be a fantastic outcome and one point would help in a big way. The Oilers aren’t over, but this next run of (say) 10 games will be crucial. They are teetering in a difficult spot at this time.”

Havn’t you written this 10 of the last 11 years at the end of each October 🙂 ?

A win and we are only 3 points from the Canucks for third place.

A loss and the pitchforks are being sharpened up again.

McSorley33

Patrick Maroon—Connor McDavid—Leon Draisaitl
There’s no time (should be read in Liam Neeson voice) to create chemistry before tonight’s game, so go with what works. At some point Draisaitl is going to have his own line, and this lineup makes it easier for the Penguins to defend Edmonton. Still, I do it, secure in the knowledge there is no defense for an effective Connor McDavid.
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Agreed. This line makes it easier for the Penguins to defend Edmonton.

Yep, by a very significant margin.

frjohnk

2 of the Pens 3 losses have been blow out losses. 10-1 loss to the Hawks and 7-1 loss to Tampa.

If there is ever a time for the Pens to have another blow out loss, its tonight

OriginalPouzar

Oh dear, I just noticed that you are predicting Benning out for Auvitu with Russell on the right side – oh goodness how I fear that outcome.

I would be much better to my eye if Russell was 3LD with Gryba and Benning played the right side with Nurse, as they’ve got a history of success together.

Bag of Pucks

I think it’s borderline hari kari to run Connor and Leon on the same line when you’re in the other team’s barn and they have last change.

Penguins can roll 3 scoring lines, and 4 lines that compete. If Todd’s going with the super line, either Connor and Leon have to outscore Sid 3 to 1, or as was usually the formula last season, 1-nil and then expect the other 3 lines to saw off and give away absolutely nothing.

That may have been a tenable approach last season with stellar goaltending and superior defensive play, but the team this season is not nearly as bulletproof on their system play.

What’s killing this team atm is the Fs picking their spots on the backcheck, particularly late in periods when they’re gassed. This D core only works when the Fs come back deep in the zone for board support and easy outlets.

You know the Oil are playing poorly when the Fs are hanging up by the blueline and the D are having to fire low percentage passes AND the opposition is attacking our zone with clear separation between our D in the D zone and our Fs in the neutral zone.

I hope this team gets back to playing as a 5 man unit. I hope that starts tonight.

doritogrande

Late to the party on the Benson article last night, but quickly do you think there’s any chance if he doesn’t have a full healthy season this year in Vancouver they just cut bait and take the conditional 63rd overall pick in next year’s draft?

McSorley33
Bag of Pucks

Caggiula and Strome on the same line would bleed shots against imo.

Really liking what I’ve seen from Malone in the small sample size. Hope he gets another turn at C tonight. Could be found money from the farm.

Brantford Boy

I think Tobias Rieder in Arizona is the obvious choice. I had just looked up his salary the other day and with the Yotes start suspect he would probably be available. He certainly has the speed and the $2.225 salary is something we can easily digest.

I think Josh Leivo would cost too much, Lou is in control on that deal… I liked Michael Grabner a couple years ago… I guess his contract is up this year, but then Chiarelli may want to sign another vet…

JimmyV1965

Lots of talk about RNH for Pacioretty. I think a more realistic trade would be RNH for Galchenyuk. I just don’t see the Habs trading their captain.

McSorley33

Bag of Pucks,

Caggiula and Strome on the same line would bleed shots against imo.
Really liking what I’ve seen from Malone in the small sample size. Hope he gets another turn at C tonight. Could be found money from the farm.
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Same. Drives to the net, hard. Wins battles.

Very pleasant surprise so far.

Mr. D.

I must have missed the games where Benning looked good.

OriginalPouzar:
Oh dear, I just noticed that you are predicting Benning out for Auvitu with Russell on the right side – oh goodness how I fear that outcome.

I would be much better to my eye if Russell was 3LD with Gryba and Benning played the right side with Nurse, as they’ve got a history of success together.

GMB3

I like our chances tonight simply because McDavid hasn’t gone full McDavid for a while and I think that he will be out trying to prove he’s the best player in the NHL come he’ll or high water and I don’t think the Penguins D is up to the task.

I’m trying a new positive approach

jake70

Bag of Pucks:

What’s killing this team atm is the Fs picking their spots on the backcheck, particularly late in periods when they’re gassed. This D core only works when the Fs come back deep in the zone for board support and easy outlets.

You know the Oil are playing poorly when the Fs are hanging up by the blueline and the D are having to fire low percentage passes AND the opposition is attacking our zone with clear separation between our D in the D zone and our Fs in the neutral zone.

That Flyer winning goal…..late in period, late in game, but I also look at where the player is in his shift. Lucic was freshly on ice, Strome was on too with Nuge coming on last on McDavid’s change.

Is the long pass up the boards set plays or is it the fall back play if not forward available on the initial breakout? Sometimes you can’t even see any forward in the picture…..frustrating. Think of Nurse-Getzlaf in the playoffs…uggh.

Dustylegnd

McSorley33:
Another very good article by Mr. Staples at the Cult of Hockey yesterday…..

http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/edmonton-oilers-help-wanted-more-drivers-fewer-passengers-on-the-attack

This is an excellent article that clearly defines tangibles…..yesterday I was chided as being ridiculous for questioning the non contributions and relative value of RNH…

the only thing ridiculous is the blind faith/love placed in Nuge….he is a 1st over pick that has not produced points or goals that would come remotely close to making 6 mill/year value

Even more tangible are his last 2 years of non scoring stats

2015-2016 5 x 5 /60 1.52 or 182nd in the league (forwards, at least 50 games played) behind such notables as Cody Eakin, Cal Clutterbuck, Tobias Reider, and David Perron….remember those last 2?

2015-2015 5 x 4/60 3.57/60 122nd (forwards)

2016-2017 straight up Points/60 in all situations1.78/60 or #196 in the league different stat …haven’t found a good replacement source since Hockey Analysis shut down

Anyways it is very clear he has quit scoring points and we owe him 6 mill per year and he can forget about 1st unit PP time (job taken for next 20 years)….it is a Situation that is less than ideal

Money Ball, how do you win ball games, “you score runs”, Dusty Hockey, how do you win hockey games, “you score goals”, we have 0 natural goal scorers and a good number of pass 1st “assets”

I won’t even waste my time on the 6 mill per year pissed away on Lucic

Guess we need to be a lock down defensive squad that wins 2-1…….mhmmmm

Man we need Drai back and he needs to out score his 8.5 per year contract…and he can probably do it…

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Caggiula & Draisaitl will play tonight as long as doctors clear them in a few hours. Expected they’ll be in lineup.

OriginalPouzar

Bag of Pucks:
Caggiula and Strome on the same line would bleed shots against imo.

Really liking what I’ve seen from Malone in the small sample size. Hope he gets another turn at C tonight. Could be found money from the farm.

He’s been good to the the eye but he is what he is which is a tweener grinder – with a healthy roster, this type of player should not be in the lineup.

He’s drawn some penalties and got some shots on net but, presumably, our healthy forward group should be able to do the same.

What exactly is “borderline hari kari” ?

jtblack

doritogrande,

not sure what you mean by taking a conditional 63rd? pls explain

Chachi

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
What exactly is “borderline hari kari” ?

Just the tip?

Chachi: Just the tip?

LOL. The spelling was also butchered.

OriginalPouzar

Mr. D.:
I must have missed the games where Benning looked good.

I must have missed the games where Auvitu looks good.

Auvitu in the lineup also forces Russell to the right side so, not only is Auvitu not really very good but he makes Russell worse.

I’ll take Benning over Auvitu any day.

giddy

Not saying we need specifically Pitlick, but Christ could we use some of his out of nowhere high sh% goals to get the offense going. Seriously, we have a team sh% of 5.1%. Something has to give here.

Bag of Pucks

jake70
Is the long pass up the boards set plays or is it the fall back play if not forward available on the initial breakout?

I think this is definitely a ‘thing’ under Todd. If there’s no clear outlet, he’s drilled it into the D to send it out off the glass.

To be fair, the team was an absolute fire drill in their end until he arrived, and it’s quite likely some of these damage control tactics have served them well under the new HC.

Like what I’ve seen of Nurse skating it out of the zone lately, That tells me he’s gaining the confidence of MacLellan. Look forward to the day when we have a true puck transporter on each pairing.

Would love to see a strong game with heavy mins. from Larsson and Klefbom tonight. Those two need to be strong nearly every night for this team to compete.

JimmyV1965

By my eye, RNH is the third best forward on this team. However, I think it’s clear he cannot drive a line. That’s why I think it’s imperative that he play with either McDavid or Drai. Why this has never happened boggles my mind. McDavid would probably make the most sense right now because he can take the faceoffs. I would prefer Drai though. If they did that, maybe have someone drop in to take crucial faceoffs on McDavid line.

Bag of Pucks
Chachi

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): LOL. The spelling was also butchered.

Maybe it was supposed to be Harry Caray?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdpn2L7xy2s

Dustylegnd

JimmyV1965,

Sucks to have to prime the pump on a 1st over all $6 mill/year player

Chachi: Maybe it was supposed to be Harry Caray?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdpn2L7xy2s

That’s what I thought, too.

Chachi

doritogrande:
Late to the party on the Benson article last night, but quickly do you think there’s any chance if he doesn’t have a full healthy season this year in Vancouver they just cut bait and take the conditional 63rd overall pick in next year’s draft?

No chance, because he has been signed to a contract there is no compensation available. They could cut him loose after his ELC runs out, but they get no compensation.

GMB3

Dustylegnd:
JimmyV1965,

Sucks to have to prime the pump on a 1st over all $6 mill/year player

Yeah let’s trade him he stinks… I bet that’s a sure fire way to contender status

digger50

Dustylegnd: This is an excellent article that clearly defines tangibles…..yesterdayI was chided as being ridiculous for questioning the non contributions and relative value of RNH…

the only thing ridiculous is the blind faith/love placed in Nuge….he is a 1st over pick that has not produced points or goals that would come remotely close to making 6 mill/year value

Even more tangible are his last 2 years of non scoring stats

2015-2016 5 x 5 /60 1.52 or 182nd in the league (forwards, at least 50 games played) behind such notables as Cody Eakin, Cal Clutterbuck, Tobias Reider, and David Perron….remember those last 2?

2015-2015 5 x 4/60 3.57/60 122nd(forwards)

2016-2017 straight up Points/60in all situations1.78/60 or #196 in the league different stat …haven’t found a good replacement source since Hockey Analysis shut down

Anyways it is very clear he has quit scoring points and we owe him 6 mill per year and he can forget about 1st unit PP time (job taken for next 20 years)….it is a Situation that is less than ideal

Money Ball, how do you win ball games, “you score runs”, Dusty Hockey, how do you win hockey games, “you score goals”, we have 0 natural goal scorers and a good number of pass 1st “assets”

I won’t even waste my time on the 6 mill per year pissed away on Lucic

Guess we need to be a lock down defensive squad that wins 2-1…….mhmmmm

Man we need Drai back and he needs to out score his 8.5 per year contract…and he can probably do it…

Staples spent all summer climbing into Chiarellis back pocket. Every single article was in defence or in support of Peters moves and non moves. He spewed support of all the depth signings and how good everybody would be.

Now he turns again to attack the players. Again turning on one of the old core driving down confidence and value.

Nuge has been 56% on the dot this year. He works hard, he makes a difference. And he is what he is, something the coach and GM should have figured out by now. If he gets 50 points he will be better cost/point than Leon or (Connor if we project forward to his 12.5)

Yes we need Nuge to produce, just like the rest of the team. He is still a better player than every single other player the GM has brought in. If you think we’ll get an upgrade by trading RNH think again.

There are other players you could question more but I don’t think staples wants to rock the boat with Peter.

digger50

JimmyV1965:
By my eye, RNH is the third best forward on this team. However, I think it’s clear he cannot drive a line. That’s why I think it’s imperative that he play with either McDavid or Drai. Why this has never happened boggles my mind. McDavid would probably make the most sense right now because he can take the faceoffs. I would prefer Drai though. If they did that, maybe have someone drop in to take crucial faceoffs on McDavid line.

Totally makes sense. Second line needs Drai and Nuge.

For gods sake thier must be someone who can play RW with Connor McDavid??

flea

Anyone else finding the “they’ll play if they get clearance” verbal a little strange? Usually it’s pretty black or white with this stuff. Are the doctors more hesitant to let them play than the team? Team exerting pressure on the medical staff?

Dustylegnd

GMB3,

Nobody said trade him, we would get a shit return, we all agree on that, the fact is he hasn’t produced the past 2 years and has not produced so far this year

here is an idea, tap Drai to save Nuge’s ass, and strap Connor with whomever, they all rhyme will McDavid

We are losing because we can’t score, we can’t score because we have paid the wrong people to play hockey for us

Chachi

flea:
Anyone else finding the “they’ll play if they get clearance” verbal a little strange? Usually it’s pretty black or white with this stuff. Are the doctors more hesitant to let them play than the team? Team exerting pressure on the medical staff?

I think it means that if they don’t get clearance from the doctors they won’t play. That seems pretty black or white to me.

Dustylegnd

Nuge has been 56% on the dot this year. He works hard, he makes a difference. And he is what he is, something the coach and GM should have figured out by now. If he gets 50 points he will be better cost/point than Leon or (Connor if we project forward to his 12.5)

Yes we need Nuge to produce, just like the rest of the team. He is still a better player than every single other player the GM has brought in. If you think we’ll get an upgrade by trading RNH think again.

There are other players you could question more but I don’t think staples wants to rock the boat with Peter.

Justify Nuge’s non contributions all you want (intangibles), and we all know the trade return would be shit

Scoring points and specifically goals are the preferable outcome…I would love to have a 35 goal man that doesn’t have to work overly hard

I want to be wrong about this dude more than you realize

OriginalPouzar

Whoa, some crazy lines are being rumored to be set for tonight:

Maroon/McDavid/Yama
Lucic/Nuge/Strome
Caggulia/Letstu/Drai
Pak/Khaira/Kassian

Jokinen and Slep as healthy scratches.

I hate it – the Yamamoto experiment on the first line, in my opinion, has been an abject failure.

He’s providing replacement level offence on McDavid’s wing and McDavids ES offence has disappeared playing with Yamamoto

If he’s going to play, the organization should, in my opinion, be looking to see if he can create on the 2nd or 3rd line.

Side

flea:
Anyone else finding the “they’ll play if they get clearance” verbal a little strange? Usually it’s pretty black or white with this stuff. Are the doctors more hesitant to let them play than the team? Team exerting pressure on the medical staff?

Not really. Doctors were the ones who likely cleared Drai and Caggiula to skate. Oilers already stated they didn’t want to rush Drai and Caggiula back. Last step is getting the doctors final go ahead. I don’t get the impression from the Oilers staff or the players that they want to rush these guys back if they are not feeling well.

flea

Chachi,

Yeah, but why announce it like this? Black and White for me is either they will return, or they won’t.

Maybe it’s just a different way pf presenting it – rather than the more classic “game time decision”

I just don’t recall a team reporting injury return to actions like this before. Probably nothing but It’s different for sure.

N64

Dustylegnd: Scoring points and specifically goals are the preferable outcome

Coaches look at both ends of the ice and both sides of the matchups.

McSorley33

digger50,

Now he turns again to attack the players. Again turning on one of the old core driving down confidence and value.
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Attack the players?

He is saying the team needs more production from a certain group of players….that doesn’t seem
too inflammatory.

LadiesloveSmid

If MTL could sell low on Galchenyuk the same way EDM sold low on Hall and Eberle, that’d be fantastic.

I do wonder how exchanged salaries would work out