The Edmonton Oilers will try to win their third game in a row today in New York against the Rangers. They’ll do it with Jesse Puljujarvi playing, possibly on the second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic. The home team is on a helluva run after a slow start, 7-2-1 in their last 10 and five wins in a row. That’s what Edmonton needs to do, perhaps it’s already begun.
The Rangers have some of the same problems that have plagued Edmonton (slow boots, inconsistent blue and a star goalie trying to find his rhythm) but both teams appear to have turned the corner. Should be a fun game.
The special Lowetide offer is here. Among the items on the menu today are:
- Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi’s long-term development.
- Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s trades.
- Lowetide: The value of value contracts.
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect Winter 2017: Kailer Yamamoto
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect Winter 2018: Jesse Puljujarvi
- Special Offer
PIKES PEAK, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in November 2015: 2-3-0, goal differential -3
- Oilers in November 2016: 2-2-1, goal differential -3
- Oilers in November 2017: 3-2-0, goal differential 0
Game Six in 2015-16 was a loss to LAK courtesy a very late goal by Nick Shore. In 2016-17, it was a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. This year’s model is tracking slightly ahead of the previous two seasons and have a chance to create even more of a gap. A win today and we can begin talking about things longer term again.
AFTER 15, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 5-10-0, goal differential -8
- Oilers 16-17: 9-5-1, goal differential +6
- Oilers 17-18: 6-8-1, goal differential -11
G15 in 2015-16 was a 4-3 win over Anaheim, badly needed that season too. Last season it was a 3-1 loss to the NY Rangers. The goal differential remains a concern for this year’s model, part of that is the power play/penalty kill, need to clean that up. If they do, we’ll see some 4-1 scores for Edmonton.
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: 2-0-0)
- 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: 3-2-0, six points in five games
This has been a weird month, but different from the last weird month (October). Edmonton isn’t getting the puck possession and the volume shooters, but they are getting the goaltending. The penalty kill is improving but the power play is a mess.
#Oilers have recalled Jesse Puljujarvi from Bakersfield. The 19-year-old 4th overall pick had five points (1G) in 10 GP in AHL.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 10, 2017
The young man has a great opportunity here, joins a line (Lucic-Nuge) that is having a good run. I’ve mentioned this in the past but to my eye Gerry Fleming’s recalls seem to hit the ground running when they arrive. That isn’t always the case, although it also requires the NHL coach putting the new hire in a position to succeed. I think the RNH trio is a great chance for JP, who should get the rest of the road trip and maybe the Vegas game to shine.
This is Rod Gilbert, from a series (70-71 O-pee-chee) I owned completely. All the cards, all the checklists. I would bundle each team into their lines and pairings and store them in the order of their standings. One box for East Division, one box for West Division.
ALL of my O-pee-chee cards were sorted in the same order: C-L-R lines one through three, then two extra forwards, top two pairings, left defense and right defense, extra defenseman, starting goalie, backup goalie. This meant the Rangers were led by this Jean Ratelle card, then Vic Hadfield, then Gilbert.
Problem. My Mom knew this (I told her, stupid stupid stupid) and thought Rod Gilbert was very handsome. So, and this happened hundreds of times, she would slide “Rod the Mod” to the front of the Rangers cards, and I’d have to change it back. Hundreds of times. I’d see it say “MOM!” and she’d laugh. After a time, we didn’t even talk about it, just changed the cards back and forth. When I moved away, she threw the entire set out (along with 1970 and 1972), but I always wondered if she kept Rod Gilbert. Moms.
His offensive instincts appear to have been awakened this season and that’s a very good thing. He and Milan Lucic are contributing 5×5, it’s an emerging story. What hasn’t emerged is a RW to go with this line. Edmonton has two first-round selections (Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto) who represent the future, possibly not the “now” for this team. If the JP recall doesn’t result in offence, expect a trade. Frank Vatrano? Don’t know. Fast train with some offensive acumen, that’s the ticket. I’m pleased they are giving young Puljujarvi a chance, hope it lasts 1,000 games and then 500 more.