In the 1960’s, people began to take action to make things safer. The vehicle industry scrambled after the release of Unsafe at Any Speed, people began to worry about the planet when the Cuyahoga River caught fire June 22, 1969 and DDT became a must to avoid. Still, there was danger that would be unrecognizable for modern humans, things I saw that you never will and that makes the world a better place. I rode the Boston Bar-North Bend “Ariel Ferry” and can say with authority it wasn’t as fun as it looked!
This week is the Boston Bar-North Bend Ariel Ferry for Oilers fans. Get across safely and all is well! Things are looking rosy! Fail, and it’s a long way down. Such is the state of the Oilers in the Pacific Division. Oh,one more thing: What do I remember most about the ride over on the Boston Bar run? The rocking of the entire contraption. Lordy.
There’s still time to take advantage of the special Lowetide introductory offer which is here. Among the items on the menu today are:
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect Winter 2017: Kailer Yamamoto
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect Winter 2018: Jesse Puljujarvi
- Special Offer
One of the questions I posed in the (just dropped) Puljujarvi piece is “can JP beat goalies clean with his shot?” and I do think that’s a big item when discussing the player.
PIKES PEAK, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in November 2015: 2-2-0, goal differential 0
- Oilers in November 2016: 2-1-1, goal differential -2
- Oilers in November 2017: 2-2-0, goal differential -1
Game Five in 2015-16 was a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes and last year saw Edmonton lose 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The current edition of the team is running alongside previous McLellan Novembers, and maybe they take the lead this evening in Hoboken.
AFTER 14, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 5-9-0, goal differential -6
- Oilers 16-17: 9-4-1, goal differential +7
- Oilers 17-18: 5-8-1, goal differential -12
G15 in 2015-16 was a 4-2 loss to Chicago and the following year saw a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. A win tonight moves this year’s model three points ahead of 2015-16 and within six points of one year ago.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER
- At home to:
Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Detroit (Expected: 2-1-0) (Actual 1-2-0)
- On the road to:
NYI, New Jersey, NYR, Washington (Expected: 1-2-1) (Actual: 1-0-0)
- At home to: Vegas, St. Louis (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual: 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Arizona, Toronto (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 7-7-2, 16 points in 16 games
- Current results: 2-2-0, four points in four games
This is it, then. New Jersey is 6-3-1 in their last 10, the Rangers are on a terrific streak (five wins in a row), and Washington is 5-5-0 in their last 10. Win two of three and we’re crawling from the wreckage. Lose two of three and it’s take the long way home.
Bob Stauffer was contemplating Patrick Maroon’s future yesterday, using his “I don’t know but I know” voice in discussing the possibility of this being the big man’s final season. I didn’t hear the conversation, but it sounds like Edmonton is going to want to add speed on the portside. For me, Maroon is an attractive option for re-signing, but the cap probably won’t allow anything that begins with a four. We see this all of the time, feature role given, value contract established, free agency, boom! Big contract with the New York Rangers. Been this way ever since the world began. I still think Maroon may end up signing with Edmonton, but if Peter Chiarelli identifies a suitable (and less expensive) option he may proceed with a trade to make negotiations moot.
THE NEED FOR SPEED
I think we’ll see a speedy winger added, maybe even on this road trip. Players keep getting hurt (Slepyshev likely to draw in for Caggiula tonight) maybe we see a Frank Vatrano or Michael Grabner come back west with the team after this road trip.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun, busy morning on the Lowdown beginning at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Talbot was brilliant in Brooklyn, can he do it again?
- Brian Rode, Marmot Basin. We’re back! Another season of brilliance in Canada’s wonderland.
- Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. Vegas, baby! Plus Duchene trade.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. Trade list and can the Oilers crawl from the wreckage?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.