The Maple Leafs are doing an enormous number of things the right way, and, with no Harold Ballard around to kill it (or hang up on Barbara Frum), prepare yourself for Stanley’s return to Toronto. They’re smart, they are procuring talent at a rapid clip, they have balance, depth and at least one franchise player. It’s your basic nightmare, but at least it isn’t the Habs.
The special Lowetide offer is here. Great stocking stuffer!
- New Lowetide: Oilers No 11-20 Prospects Winter 2017
- Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s Media Conference
- Lowetide: Finding the Off Ramp
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect Winter 2017: Kailer Yamamoto
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect Winter 2017: Jesse Puljujarvi
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 3 Prospect Winter 2017: Ethan Bear
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 4 Prospect Winter 2017: Caleb Jones
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 5 Prospect Winter 2017: Tyler Benson
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 6 Prospect Winter 2017: Kirill Maksimov
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 7 Prospect Winter 2017: Ostap Safin
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 8 Prospect Winter 2017: Filip Berglund
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 9 Prospect Winter 2017: Jujhar Khaira
- Lowetide: Oilers No. 10 Prospect Winter 2017: Nick Ellis
- Lowetide: Fresh Farm Produce
- Lowetide: Analyzing the Mike Cammalleri trade.
DIRTY WATER, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2, goal differential -9 (10 points in 13 games)
- Oilers in November 2016: 5-9-1, goal differential -3 (11 points in 15 games)
- Oilers in November 2017: 7-7-1, goal differential -3
This is the final game of November, we’ll review the month tomorrow before moving on to a look at December (it’s going to be a tough month, again!) on Saturday’s post. I don’t think you should bet money on the Oilers tonight, but a win this evening would be a fantastic way to end a very difficult month.
AFTER 26, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 8-15-2, goal differential -16
- Oilers 16-17: 13-10-2, goal differential +10
- Oilers 17-18: 10-13-2, goal differential -13
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: 2-1-1)
- At home to:
Vegas, St. Louis(Expected 1-1-0) (Actual: 1-1-0)
- On the road to:
Dallas, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston(Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 2-3-0)
- At home to: Arizona, Toronto (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 7-7-2, 16 points in 16 games
- Current results: 7-7-1, 15 points in 15 games
Well, here we are! Nerdy on the highest, but I’m rather pleased at how close my prediction turned out. I will celebrate by fumbling the December prediction tomorrow.
He didn’t practice yesterday and there is uncertainty this morning. A recall would likely see Nick Ellis at the airport at some point and possibly Jesse Puljujarvi (or Anton Slepyshev) heading for Bakersfield. Jujhar Khaira practiced yesterday, so there’s no injured player we know of to be placed on IR, so that’s the play if Talbot is injured short term. If he’s injured long term, that’s probably a “leave the gun, take the cannoli” moment for the season.
EARLY BARONS GAME
The Bakersfield Condors have a game at 11:30 Edmonton time, those Condors boys have to be awake and ready to go 10:30 left coast time this morning. Lordy. It’s a home game, so that may help and it will give us an early indication about Nick Ellis. If Edward Pasquale starts and Shane Starrett (or other) is backup, chances are Ellis is heading north. I bet we find out about Ellis before game time in Bakersfield.
That goal will seal the RNH for a 4D trade.
— Travis Yost (@travisyost) November 29, 2017
The Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, gambling that Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and newly drafted Jesse Puljujarvi could push the river. The club traded Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome as a cost cutting measure and bet on Anton Slepyshev, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto or Drake Caggiula replacing Eberle.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have an identical need. It’s actually amazing that we have such a fresh ‘top dead center’ comparable for a situation. Toronto has some fine young wingers (William Nylander, Mitch Marner) they could cash for a RHD and haven’t done it. The Leafs have their Nuge (Kadri) and a superior veteran support group (JVR, Marleau) plus Morgan Reilly who is a fine young defender to my eye.
The Leafs didn’t trade Marner for a RHD, the club signed Ron Hainsey instead (the Demers option, for those who would like a direct comparable). It’s working like a charm.
Tonight, you’re going to see the Leafs come in waves, delivering skill on three lines and dangerous everywhere. I don’t think they are a Stanley Cup team this season, but they could absolutely duplicate what the Oilers did in the spring. And that deepest cut for Oilers fans? The Maple Leafs are far less likely to take a step back the following season. My opinion.
BREAKING: #NHLDucks acquire centers Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick from the @NJDevils for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick. pic.twitter.com/D5y51REPsl
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 30, 2017
That’s a gigantic trade, I love it for the NJ Devils. Henrique is a capable NHL center, Vatanen is struggling this season but has terrific talent. Fantastic trade for Shero.
Cammalleri and Pakarinen are the extras
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) November 29, 2017
If Puljujarvi or Slepy are sent down to ‘Make Room for Nick’ (not a bad sitcom name) then these lines don’t happen. I like them mostly, although it’s a big ask of JP to play against the Kadri line (nasty bit of business that fellow, he’s a fantastic player). Puljujarvi has tightened up the defensive play this year (still thinks he’s a center) perhaps it’s a good fit. I’m not certain the coach likes that alignment though and believe there may be a disconnect between coach and management on this player and his usage.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we’re drunk with guests! Scheduled to appear, TSN1260:
- Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Oilers versus Leafs, this could be epic on the ice, on twitter, everywhere!
- James Mirtle, The Athletic. Leafs arrive loaded for bear and looking like a strong contender.
- Rob Vollman, ESPN and NHL.com. The gap between Talbot and Brossoit, plus the Analytics All-Star Team.
- Frank Seravalli, TSN. The big Ducks-Devils trade, Oilers trying to climb, what is the aftermath of missing the playoffs?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!