Changing of the Guard

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers played a fantastic first period against the Nashville Predators last night, outshooting their opponent 22-4 but not managing to score. NaturalStatTrick had the HDSC’s in the first 20 minutes at 4-1, that seems about right. In the second period, Nashville outchanced Edmonton in HD’s 4-2 and scored on every damned one. I agree there should have been penalties, I agree luck loves country music, but I don’t think fans should fret about last night’s loss. The Toronto game was far more frustrating to my eye, that was a game Edmonton should have won going away. Last night? The first period should have been more kind, the referees are clearly sending a message to Connor McDavid (“we could call a penalty on every shift, so we’re not going to call any”) but this team has enough holes to lose a game they play well in. Surely we can agree on this statement.

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 6-0-0, goal differential +7
  • December 2016: 2-1-3, goal differential +1
  • December 2017: 3-3-0, goal differential +4

Not much change here, this year’s team is about as effective as last year’s, with the 2015 club absolutely lashing opponents for the team’s 14th win in 31 games. Of course, that Oilers team would win just 17 of the final 51 games—something the 2017-18 group should easily cover.

AFTER 32, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 14-16-2, goal differential -11
  • Oilers 16-17: 15-12-5, goal differential +7
  • Oilers 17-18: 13-17-2, goal differential -11

I figure this out in the minutes and hours after each game, and it’s stunning how that damned rut from two years ago hangs around like a virus (as a comparable). It’s damned difficult to turn a season around, it’s like a death march even getting to “fake .500” (which would be represented by 17-17-2, above). A day game in Minnesota beckons, like a loaded gun in 110 degree heat the day you lost your job, your wife left you and the dog ran away.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DECEMBER

  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected: 0-0-1) (Actual: 1-0-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Montreal, Toronto, Columbus (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • At home to: Nashville (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose, St. Louis, Montreal (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Winnipeg (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Chicago, Winnipeg (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-6-2, 12 points in 13 games 
  • Current results: 3-3-0, six points in six games

The Oilers are performing as I predicted, it’s a 2-3-2 step from here through the end of the month. I’m sympathetic to the toughness of schedule, while also realizing the “free bingo square” so far this season has been the Oilers on their home ice. Lordy.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Davidson-Auvitu went 24-9 together in 13:27 together, 3-1 in HD’s. Went 10-2 with McDavid’s line, went 8-3 against Aberg-Jarnkrok-Forsberg. This pairing played less at 5×5 than the other two, Todd McLellan’s not going to keep doing that if these two keep delivering 75 percent Corsi.
  • Nurse-Russell went 22-13 together in 15:34 together, 3-1 in HD’s. Went 11-5 with 97, 9-8 against Bonino-Johansen-Arvidsson. There was a strange sequence in the third period where Nurse drove down low in the offensive zone on the rh side and backhanded it net front—to Kris Russell in the slot. Strahnge. Nurse was on the ice for three goals against last night.
  • Klefbom-Benning went 8-21 in 13:21 together, 1-5 in HD’s. This pairing was saloon doors to my eye, not much finesse from two guys who can do some things with the puck. Went 5-7 with McDavid, 3-11 against Aberg-Jarnkrok-Forsberg. If Larsson’s back Saturday, I’d put him here.
  • Edmonton received 23 shots from defensemen, 23 from forwards.
  • Laurent Brossoit stopped 19 of 23, .826. He has not earned an NHL job during this period where Cam Talbot has been unavailable; that’s my opinion.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Maroon-Nuge-Cammalleri went 15-8, 2-0 in HDSC’s. Went 6-3 against Subban and had good possession numbers against most opponents but were 2-5 against Aberg-Jarnkrok-Forsberg. I like the line. Nuge is having a good year and Cammalleri was a good find.
  • Lucic-McDavid-Puljujarvi were 21-13 (McDavid-Puljujarvi) and 15-13 (McDavid-Lucic) with another 4-0 McDavid-Slepyshev and 3-1 McDavid-Khaira. Folks, we’re going to see ML moving off this line soon, no doubt in my mind. I’m a fan of the big man, but passes have to be concise or they just bounce off of him now. Slepy, Khaira or maybe Caggiula could replace him, but it’s probably going to be Maroon. Trio went 9-6 against Johansen line. McDavid took a frustration penalty in a bad spot, that probably comes from getting the squeeze from officials. I can’t blame him, but he put his team in a tough spot. Puljujarvi had some 10-bell chances, just a little shy on getting there in time. He’s coming along nicely.
  • Khaira-Draisaitl-Strome were 12-9 together, I thought Khaira was the most effective player on the line. Leon took a weird hit early but kept his feet moving. He played just 11:47 at 5×5, not enough. Went 4-0 against Bonino-Johansen-Arvidsson.
  • Slepyshev-Letestu-Kassian were 14-16 together, Slepy moved up the dial for a time. I like this line, would keep them together if the other three trios are firing.

LEON

If you look at last night’s lines and run 5×5 scoring/60 for the last 10 games, you get this:

  • Lucic (1.75)—McDavid (2.77)—Puljujarvi (2.83)
  • Maroon (1.96)—Nuge (1.48)—Cammalleri (2.29)
  • Khaira (3.33)—Draisaitl (0.48)—Strome (1.49)
  • Slepyshev (0.95)—Letestu (3.22)—Kassian (3.00)
  • NaturalStatTrick

What’s up with Leon? He hasn’t looked right for awhile, expect for flashes. I thought he and Strome performed well together in the Boston game, mentioned he was laboring against the Coyotes, seemed flat against the Leafs, had a breakaway against the Flames (didn’t cash), played a strong game against Philly, had some jump against Montreal, a strong game against Toronto (ravaged a post on the power play), faster boots and good decisions against Columbus, you saw last night. The big man has been like his team all year: Consistently inconsistent.

KHAIRA VERSUS LUCIC VERSUS MAROON VERSUS CAGGIULA VERSUS SLEPY

At some point this morning, I believe Todd McLellan will back his car out of the garage, hit “shuffle” on his CD player and listen to Boston, Foreigner, BTO, Garth and Reba on the way to work (note: This is an estimation, I don’t know if he likes those artists, and maybe he’s figured out how to hook up his phone to that contraption dammit stupid frack).

Once he gets to the rink, I think he’s going to hit shuffle again. BTO moves from the McDavid line to Leon’s line, MFSB to the McDavid line, and maybe Foreigner to the Nuge line. I think Khaira is the wild card, he could end up anywhere.

JUJHAR KHAIRA

Sometimes events conspire and allow a small ray of light to the role player. The Edmonton Oilers keep moving Jujhar Khaira up the depth chart and he keeps outplaying alternatives. Could we see him with Nuge? If Patrick Maroon moves up to the McDavid line (I think it’s inevitable) and Lucic moves down to help Leon (also a strong possibility), then Khaira would be the most likely candidate for Nuge-Cammalleri. It’s been surreal.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A big show this morning, lots to discuss beginning at 10 on TSN1260:

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  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Point Counter Point on the Oilers: Is the coach safe? GM? Who’s leaving?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Could Cam Talbot’s return be the turning point of the season?

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zatch

Can someone please explain the attraction of Drake to me? Guy seems to be a 3rd line type, and not a stunning one at that. He’s 23 and I don’t see much improvement inbound. Yet there seems to be an aura of This Is A Player around him. Is this is a case of “Oh joy, he chose us”?

TO10801

If the team plays the way it has in the last 4 it has a chance. NSH is the best team in the league, and its really not that close IMO. They have a mobile, mean defense. They are big, yet fast up front. The rest of DEC has some winnable games, provided the backup goalie curse does not continue tomorrow. None of the upcoming teams are world beaters by any means. WPG and STL are not as strong as they were to start the year, and MTL, SJS, CHI, MIN are all middle of the pack teams.

JD_Wry

With a loss, Slepy’s sideburns grow longer. The Toddler will no doubt want to inject some energy into the lineup.

jake70

What is the Oilers shooting percentage to date this seaon? Anyone know?

Klima's_Bucket

At evens McDavid can’t buy a call, but when the Oilers are down a man, all it takes is a one handed hook on the arm of Josi to take the feet out from under him to put the Oilers down two men.

La plus ca change.

wintoon

In watching the Oilers this year I have become convinced that the problems, both offensively and defensively, stem from the weakness of our D Corps.

Benning appeared to struggle a lot last night . He made some weak plays and some poor passes. He does not instill confidence this year. Russell works like a demon but regularly gets outmuscled by opposing forwards. Klefbom is handling the puck like a grenade. It is too early to rate Davidson and Nurse is playing well. Compare this to the predators D corps and we are not in the same league. They simply dominate in many ways.

Also alarming to me is the volume of shots from the D Men. It is very high but a tremendous number are wide open looks for goaltenders and have a very low danger percentage. So many are taken when no Oiler is even near the net. This means a clean save with no rebound and a stoppage in play. Given that we have players like Lucic, Maroon, Khaira, Kassian, Puljujarvi and Draisaitl why is there no net front presence?

We are starting to see the value of JP being able to skate with McDavid. Imagine if they were to get decent breakout passes from the D Corps. Imagine if a second winger on McDavid’s line could skate and finish.

I am eagerly awaiting the return of Larsson and Sekera. Will they work magic? Not likely to happen immediately but they will give us stability and ability on the back end. This will allow the forwards to begin to focus on offense and good things will happen.

I am not convinced that the team will make the playoffs this spring but I am convinced that with the return of our missing D Men and a few tweaks to the wings we will be able to get back on track to where we want to be. I just hope that PC is smart enough to keep the 3 wise men (McDavid, Draisaitl, Nuge) as our core forwards over the coming years. The rise in the salary cap should help in this regard.

OilClog

Oilers outshoot opponent 22-4.. and only 4 of the shots are high danger… not really that impressive. If it was closer to 10 high danger chances.. against a team on a back to back..

The Corsi style of play for the Oilers, they have to score within their first 6 shots or the goalie is put into their groove every single time. That’s how you make every backup look like a Vezina candidate, High volume of shots from the outside with no penetration or even a single body screen.

Baaaaaam goaler feels good and it’s lights out for the Oilers, this coaching staff has been doing this for years.

For the near 50 shots last night, maybe 6 of them felt like they could cause some grief. The systems are the direct cause for a lack of finish, if your systems never put you in the proper place to finish.

Brantford Boy

Thanks for posting Leons 5×5 scoring/60 for the last 10 games, numbers… not my friend… this stupud calculator wont even divide by zero… as this was the first game I missed this season for the eye test I cant say how Leon played, but man those numbers are awful, hope he returns to form soon… and hope for quick returns of Talbot, and Larsson, and Sekera… “Hope, it’s a dangerous thing Andy”…

JimmyV1965

I’m not blaming this game on the goalie, but it seems like we have to blow out a team to win a game. We keep losing the goaltender battles. If there’s only three or four goals in a game we seem to be on the short end. I can only think of the Islanders game that we stole because of good goaltending. How many times has the opposition goalie stole a win? 2 in the last 4. Having said that, special teams are absolutely killing us. And it would be nice to see someone take advantage of the wide open net passes mcdavid is giving them. Both Lucic and JP flubbed on multiple gifts from Mcdavid last night.

Woodguy v2.0

The Edmonton Oilers played a fantastic first period against the Nashville Predators last night, outshooting their opponent 22-4 but not managing to score. NaturalStatTrick had the HDSC’s in the first 20 minutes at 4-1,

That includes the 3 they got on the PP.

If we just look at 5v5 the HDSC were 1-1 in the first and 2-3 in the second.

After 40 EDM were actually behind 3-4 in 5v5 HDSC despite out shooting them 19-10 and out corsi’ing them 42-29.

Interesting fact:

EDM Dmen took 55% (17/31) of the 5v5 shots.

League average is ~30%, EDM average ~38%

By my eye many of the good ozone possessions were killed with muffins from the point and 55ft shots that Saros saw all the way.

Not a winning formula.

jake70

jake70:
What is the Oilers shooting percentage to date this seaon?Anyone know?

So after 32 games….. 93 goals on 1118 shots …gives shooting percentage — 8.3 % — not 100% certain but looks like bottom 3rd of league in this.

Dustylegnd

LT, couldn’t agree more with todays post, I have maintained that Lucic and McDavid do not rhyme, Maroon has always been an excellent fit with Conor and its time to move him back, the playoffs are a distant dream at this point

may as well jack Maroon’s stats and get max value at the trade deadline because he is gone, no way no how can we afford to sign this guy, Lucic has Maroons lunch money

Something is not right with Bennning and hasn’t been for a long time, or he was never the player that showed up in the 1st half of last season, in fairness it looks like playing hurt has hindered Kleff physically and confidence wise, so no favors done for Benning but Auvittu and Davey deserve to play and I will say it again…….. Meritocracy

spoke to a good friend that played 4 years at Colgate vs Benning and this friend was underwhelmed with Benning as a College player, once the health returns to the D corp, no doubt in my mind, he is in dire need of a 5 game sit down and only time will tell if the 1st half of last year was real, or an aberration

Health and confidence are often underestimated, this season shows the thin line separating success from failure in todays NHL, look at Winnipeg and Tampa over the last 3 years, I do believe Edmonton is not far off some real success, just not his year

McSorley33

Another RHD ranked #6 on a Sportsnet List:

6. Noah Dobson, D, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds (Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL): No one player has opened more eyes since the start of the season. He’s experienced a meteoric rise up everyone’s list. Offensively, there is no limit to what he can do. The package includes size, skating and the ability to pace the game from the right side.

Dustylegnd

Woodguy v2.0,

Sure the HDSC came on the PP, but zone and shot dominance forces the other team to take penalties, so if the HDSC come on the PP and said pressure resulted in PP, that is a winning formula

Not scoring on said PP is a losing formula, running a 58% PK at home is a historically shitty accomplishment and for sure is a losing formula…

just sayin

Woodguy v2.0

OilClog,

The Corsi style of play

Corsi isn’t a style of play.

It’s a shot at the net.

McLellan has stated publicly he doesn’t know what a corsi or Fenwick is, but he likes a lot of shots.

oscarmike

Oilers have no skill when it comes to shooting the puck but just blind luck.

npanciroli

Aren’t the Oilers pretty high in the league in High Danger % this year?

Pescador

Lowetide: “contraption dammit stupid frack”
Haha, Thank you, I needed that this morning- perfect

Durag

What a frustrating game – but I can’t help but feel like if they can continue to control the play like that, and add Sekera, Larsson and Talbot back into the mix, maybe that season-saving 6+ game winning streak is attainable.

Can’t hang a shutout loss on the goalie, and none of the goals against were particularly galling, but I’ve gotta ask the question – Do the Oilers have the worst goaltending in the league right now?

106 and 106

“What’s up with Leon?”

Post-concussion Leon is the not the same as pre-concussion Leon (the guy who battled Getzlaf toe to toe).

The most expensive player on the team is, exactly as you say, consistently inconsistent.

No one’s really focused on him yet, but the 5v5 (and powerplay) is starting to speak for itself.

Pescador

Woodguy v2.0:
OilClog,

The Corsi style of play

Corsi isn’t a style of play.

It’s a shot at the net.

McLellan has stated publicly he doesn’t know what a corsi or Fenwick is, but he likes a lot of shots.

In other words, he prefers a style that creates a lot of corsi

106 and 106

Woodguy v2.0,

EDM Dmen took 55% (17/31) of the 5v5 shots.
League average is ~30%, EDM average ~38%

This is really helpful; people have been mentioning the distance muffins as reasons for not scoring enough.

Counter-argument: The D is activated and firing.

McSorley33

I am with Mr. Staples- can we give our Finnish RW a shot on the PP?

And give him lots of runway . Because we are building for next year.

Once again, love Nurse and Khaira.

Drai is very hit or miss this year…

Strome is nyquil

oscarmike

Because there was this one time Drake played with McD and scored a goal. Look at Maroon he is no different. He mooched off McD all last year.
Oilers developing players is an oxy-moron.
Last year they burned a year of JP ELC, this year they put Yamamoto on the first line with McD.
The Oilers have been building their team the same way for years now, a bunch of young talent with bottom 6 forwards. Instead of having a balance of skilled veterans mentoring 1-3 young players.
McDavid at 12 years olds said something about playing with Lucic and the Oilers got Lucic.
Look how well Yakupov played with Derek Roy.
McDavid, Leon and Nuge should all have a skilled veteran forward instead they get Maroon, Slepy, Strome, Drake, JP, Lucic, ect.
The only reason why the Oilers made playoffs last year they had decent Defence, great goaltending and everyone was healthy.

zatch

Durag,

It’s close. LB is, for me, showing he isn’t anything more than a high-end 3rd string/lower end Back-up. He’ll be 25 before the end of the season, and I am not seeing nearly enough good things from him.

He’s not useless, but I don’t like when he starts.

Woogie63

Is the NHL the only league in the world that expects their SuperStars to “play through” the opponent clearly breaking the rules?

How is a 30 year old with 3 goals this year draped all over the superstar more entertaining?

4 seats in the lower bowl are $1,600 ++, paying customers are not coming to watch JJ dominate down low.

Might be one reason NHL remains a regional league with all this talent to enjoy.

Dustylegnd

zatch,

Remember when Dubnik was 25 and “always” let in 1 bad goal? …then we traded him and he failed in Nashville and Montreal, then went to Phoenix and blossomed and they didn’t believe, and now he is a Vezina quality tendy in Minny?

Goal tending is witch craft, the next guy in line is not necessarily a solution, play the guy and figure out what you have, you can’t possibly blame this loss on Broissoit, but you can blame it on the other other 18 skaters who all failed to score a goal, never seen a team win a game with 0 goals for

Wyndi

EDM Dmen took 55% (17/31) of the 5v5 shots.

League average is ~30%, EDM average ~38%

By my eye many of the good ozone possessions were killed with muffins from the point and 55ft shots that Saros saw all the way.

Not a winning formula.

It’s a better formula when you’ve got Brent Burns shooting and/or Pavelski in front of the net. Other than a healthy Klefbom we don’t really have a guy who scares goalies with blue-line shots or a guy who’s excellent at tipping pucks.

texmex

Dustylegnd,

I have. 1-0 in a shootout.

Dustylegnd

texmex,

yes they scored a goal in the shootout, which is….wait for it……a goal

anjinsan

I love Draisaitl, but not at $8.5 million.
For that salary, he needs to carry the team to victory reasonably regularly, and be serious threat consistently. He needs to be as big a difference maker as Hall, and more strategic because he’s a C, and that’s not the case.
Chiarelli overpaid by at least $2.5 million, and so the Oilers can’t use that money somewhere else in an area of need.
This year’s Vegas story tells us that not having a loaded up 1st and 2nd line is not so bad if you have a line-up that is full of a lot of good by not great players top to bottom.

Dustylegnd

Woogie63,

Yes, and the irony being, Bettman cut his teeth in the world’s mots star driven league

in the NBA…Megastars get to travel, are always fouled, never get called for blocking and always get the benefit of the doubt, but then again what has the NBA ever accomplished TV contract wise.

Pajamah

Woodguy v2.0:
The Edmonton Oilers played a fantastic first period against the Nashville Predators last night, outshooting their opponent 22-4 but not managing to score. NaturalStatTrick had the HDSC’s in the first 20 minutes at 4-1,

That includes the 3 they got on the PP.

If we just look at 5v5 the HDSC were 1-1 in the first and 2-3 in the second.

After 40 EDM were actually behind 3-4 in 5v5 HDSC despite out shooting them 19-10 and out corsi’ing them 42-29.

Interesting fact:

EDM Dmen took 55% (17/31) of the 5v5 shots.

League average is ~30%, EDM average ~38%

By my eye many of the good ozone possessions were killed with muffins from the point and 55ft shots that Saros saw all the way.

Not a winning formula.

WG, I know you’ve stumped for a Tyson Barrie type PP QB before, is he still someone the Oilers should target, especially with this uptick in defensive shooting?

Or is there someone else out there, maybe more defensively sound, with a big cannon who the Oilers could target?

Réal Goudenyéu

anjinsan:
I love Draisaitl, but not at $8.5 million.
For that salary, he needs to carry the team to victory reasonably regularly, and be serious threatconsistently.He needs to be as big a difference maker as Hall, and more strategic because he’s a C, and that’s not the case.
Chiarelli overpaid by at least $2.5 million, and so the Oilers can’t use that money somewhere else in an area of need.
This year’s Vegas story tells us that not having a loaded up 1st and 2nd line is not so bad if you have a line-up that is full of a lot of good by not great players top to bottom.

Yes.

And if drai really is being hampered by nagging injury then he should be IR’d right now – post season is not happening so get him healed up.

If his performance doesn’t match that contact he’s going to take a tonne of heat.

Reminds me of horcoff actually. The situation not the player.

zatch

Dustylegnd,

At no point did I blame this loss on LB. You’re gonna have a helluva time convincing me that a guy with an .886 SP this year and a .899 lifetime is not part of the issue though.

As for the DD comparison, there are a ton of things wrong with that. Duby had 3 seasons of at least 33 starts all with a SP over .914 before he fell off the cliff, and those were bad teams. Right away, we’re not talking the same beast here. LB does not have any kind of track record worth a damn. Besides, in DD, your’e talking about a best case scenario. Most guys who are trash at 24 don’t turn it around.

FWIW, I don’t want to flush LB. I think Edmonton needs a more proven backup (which should not cost much) and LB can go back to the minors and the team can revisit this later. I don’t see a reason to keep playing him right now, and I’m not optimistic about his future.

texmex

Dustylegnd,

Really? So the shoot out goal counts in the teams stats and players stats? Also, if a team wins 1-0 in a shoot out, both goalies get credited with a shut out, aka not allowing a goal during play.

Durag

zatch,

Dustylegnd,

Yeah, what I’m getting at is every game Talbot is out is a game where we go in with worse goaltending than the opponent. That’s not a recipe for success.

I’m also not advocating giving up on LB. Hell, he could go down and play 2 more full AHL seasons and emerge as a great NHL starter. What I am advocating for is getting an actual NHL goalie yesterday because Talbot ain’t back, he might get hurt again, he’ll need some nights off when he does come back, and we might want to consider winning some of those games.

zatch

Dustylegnd,

My in-laws (who represent the “down to earth” type hockey fans) will tell you loudly how Crosby gets a million penalty calls his way if anyone so much as breaths on him. It blows my mind.

LMHF#1

Any idea why they’re having a D group that can barely shoot the puck acting like every pair is Al Iafrate and Dave Manson?

Dino

Shots from the point were a little excessive last night but I wouldn’t mind them IF THE OILERS PUT SOME FREAKIN BODIES TO THE NET!!!! Saros has a wide open look at every point shot. The oilers love to scatter away from the net after a chance, nobody wants to plant their asses in front of the net and wait for bounces and rebounds.

FFS GET TO THE FRONT OF THE NET AND STAY THERE.

texmex

Durag,

I agreed with this philosophy 2+ weeks ago. However the season is done so why waste assets to bring in a back up goalie? Keep Brossiot as the backup for the rest of the season to see what he has.

Friedman said this morning the Oilers were very very close to acquiring Mrzek for a draft pick. Detroit were going to retain ~50%. Oilers balked b/c Mrazek is $hit!!!

zatch

texmex,

Ironically, I think Mrazek is similar to Dubnyk, although trending a little more poorly.

texmex

No players on waivers today = No Larsson for the game in Minny.

However Talbot has been activated from IR!!!!!!!!!!!!

jtblack

Pajamah,

Justin Faulk? having a down year (buy Low) … CAR needs O

Gayfish

Need someone to tell me everything is gonna be ok on the Draisaitl comtract again…

frjohnk

texmex:
No players on waivers today = No Larsson for the game in Minny.

However Talbot has been activated from IR!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t care about our goaltending.

I just want to hear we are not playing against a backup again.

frjohnk

Thinker:
Need someone to tell me everything is gonna be ok on the Draisaitl comtract again…

Well……salary cap looks to be going up.

texmex

frjohnk,

Bad news, we get Stalock Saturday who just shutout the leafs. And it’s an afternoon game

I’d suggest fining something to do Saturday afternoon rather than watch the Oilers play!! :p

LMHF#1

Dino:
Shots from the point were a little excessive last night but I wouldn’t mind them IF THE OILERS PUT SOME FREAKIN BODIES TO THE NET!!!! Saros has a wide open look at every point shot. The oilers love to scatter away from the net after a chance, nobody wants to plant their asses in front of the net and wait for bounces and rebounds.

FFS GET TO THE FRONT OF THE NET AND STAY THERE.

Only works if the shots are primarily coming from the middle of the ice. The Oilers take way too many shots at bad angles.