G35 2017-18: Blues at Oilers

by Lowetide

On the day he signed a contract with the Edmonton Oilers, Andrej Sekera stood stone alone on the depth chart. Despite (accurate) claims by the general manager that the new hire was an ideal second-pairing veteran, no soul alive could give you two names on the Edmonton depth chart who could play ahead of him. Losing Andrej Sekera was a bitter pill last spring, absolute disaster. Oilers win that series if he doesn’t get hurt, I believe that to be true.

Veteran defensemen like Sekera are valuable all year but in the playoffs, especially when the refs “put the whistle away” you need calm feet, calm brain, skill. Sekera is all that. At the time of the injury, estimates had 6-9 months, he’s coming back at seven months plus a few days. We don’t know how close to ‘True Sekera’ he’ll be tonight, but we will have a starting point.

THE ATHLETIC

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 6-2-0, goal differential +1 (12 points)
  • December 2016: 3-2-3, goal differential 0 (9 points)
  • December 2017: 5-3-0, goal differential +7 (10 points)

G9 December in 2015 was a 5-1 loss to Colorado, the Avs taking a too-many-men penalty 54 seconds in and then Blake Comeau scored 18 seconds later. Uh, yeah. Last year it was a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in a shootout. Nice goal differential and a winning record. Heady days.

AFTER 35, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 14-18-2, goal differential -19 (30 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 17-12-5, goal differential +8 (39 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 15-17-2, goal differential -8 (32 points)

G35 two years ago was a 3-1 win over Winnipeg (Teddy Purcell, baby!), last year it was a 3-2 win over Arizona (GWG Matt Hendricks!). A win tonight, and another Saturday, and the Oilers are at fake .500 for the first time in what seems like forever (G2).

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 1-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose, St. Louis, Montreal (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • 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: 5-3-0, 10 points in eight games

When I estimated this month, the Oilers were a very different team. I have this as a loss tonight, with the overtime loss on Saturday. Of course, the team you’ll see tonight at Rogers is a better group than the one I was looking at end of November. Big game.

KAILER YAMAMOTO

Scored a goal last night in a tuneup game, check out a terrific article on him from Michael Traikos in the National Post.

DARNELL NURSE

I’m absolutely certain most of you value Corsi and Corsi Rel less than I do, so you may want to skip this paragraph. I use CorsiRel when looking at large sets of defensemen in season, it’s a great indicator of players who are having success relative to team. It doesn’t tell us everything but it’s a valuable tool. Consider Darnell Nurse and his career rel’s, where he has ranked among regulars since his rookie season:

  • 2015-16: -5.35 (No. 152 among regulars (source)
  • 2016-17: +0.84 (No. 69 among regulars (source)
  • 2017-18: +5.42 (No. 14 among regulars) (source)

In his rookie season, Nurse ranked No. 152 out of 157 defensemen, ahead of only Luke Schenn, Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick, Matt Carle and Dan Girardi. Nice progression in year two and now in his third NHL season Nurse is showing some signs of being a defender who can play tough minutes, big minutes, and outperform his teammates rel.

DRAFTING!

In the spring 2015, Peter Chiarelli arrived as general manager. It’s uncertain how much impact he had on that first draft (Caleb Jones was a departure), but traditionally we give credit to the sitting GM for draft results. It is vital for the Oilers to get two or three useful players out of the draft moving forward. It’s a team’s life blood. The reason for franchise downfalls, every time, has been a fallow period of drafting. You could look it up. Here are the results (so far) of each draft since 2015, and remember we’re looking for two NHL players per draft.

2015

  • Connor McDavid—161 NHL games. Per 82gp: 30-66-96
  • Caleb Jones—28 AHL games, tough start, flourishing in recent weeks. NHLE: 12.
  • Ethan Bear—10 AHL games, strong play with one concussion interrupting. NHLE: 23
  • John Marino—Playing well at Harvard, projects as a bonafide NHL prospect.
  • Miroslav Svoboda—No longer in organization, killing it in highest Czech league (.929).  
  • Ziyat Paigin—No longer in organization.

2016

  • Jesse Puljujarvi—45 NHL games. Per 82gp: 13-16-29
  • Tyler Benson—Healthy and playing well final season junior. NHLE: 35.
  • Markus Niemelainen—Struggling in the Sm-Liiga. NHLE: 2. 
  • Matt Cairns—Has played one NCAA game. 
  • Filip Berglund—Flourishing (injury aside) in the SHL. NHLE: 15
  • Dylan Wells—Uneven junior season, SP is .897.
  • Graham McPhee—Step forward in year two NCAA. NHLE: 17
  • Aapeli Rasanen—Running in lock step with McPhee. NHLE: 17
  • Vincent Desharnais—Continues quiet college career. NHLE:6

2017

  • Kailer Yamamoto—9 NHL games, currently in junior. Terrific skill set. Per 82gp: 0-27-27
  • Stuart Skinner—Slow start, recovering. Now at .900 SP. 
  • Dmitri Samorukov—Impressing in world’s best junior league. NHLE: 12
  • Ostap Safin—Impressive big forward posting strong QMJHL debut. NHLE: 20.
  • Kirill Maksimov—Scoring winger looking like draft steal in early days. NHLE: 16-12-28.
  • Skyler Brind’Amour—Playing well, but not dominating, BCHL. 
  • Phil Kemp—Surprising college numbers, good defender. NHLE: 7 

Oilers need at least two players a year, the first-round picks look like they may all cash. Among the rest, I’d list Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, Tyler Benson, Filip Berglund, Graham McPhee, Aapeli Rasanen, Dmitri Samorukov, Ostap Safin, Kirill Maksimov and Phil Kemp as having good arrows. History teaches us most of those names will fall away. Are there three men in that group who will make the grade? There are some good resumes in that group, with consistency and injury being the big worries. We wait.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun morning as we get set for a massive Oilers game. All starts at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Where to play Sekera, is Caggiula progressing? And why is Peter Chiarelli making so much room on the 50-man list?
  • Rob Vollman, NHL.com and ESPN. Is Mike Hoffman a comparable for Jordan Eberle? Plus Nashville’s blue.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN.  We’ll drill down on the Oilers pre-freeze roster moves and what they might mean.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

 

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Bag of Pucks

Evilas:
Bag of Pucks,

Woodguy v2.0,

I really enjoy reading what both of you post.As a former peacekeeper and someone who hopes for peace on Earth one day (never gonna happen) I hope on this Christmas Days Eve in China, no matter what your beliefs (for the record I am an atheist) I hope for peace on this bog.

I wish you both health and happiness and an enjoyable and peaceful rest of the season.

Cheers,

Good advice. Thanks for the holiday best wishes. Best of the season to you and yours as well : )

Woodguy v2.0

Let me fix that for you:

Bag of Pucks:
“You’re right and I have no answer so I’ll resort to your listing the problems with my argument as attacks on me because I’m out of ideas”

€√¥£€^$

Bag of Pucks,

Woodguy v2.0,

I really enjoy reading what both of you post. As a former peacekeeper and someone who hopes for peace on Earth one day (never gonna happen) I hope on this Christmas Days Eve in China, no matter what your beliefs (for the record I am an atheist) I hope for peace on this bog.

I wish you both health and happiness and an enjoyable and peaceful rest of the season.

Cheers,

Bag of Pucks

Woodguy v2.0: I’ve given your precious “Pete”‘ props for his good moves and shit on his bad ones.

It’s myopic people like you who divide fans into ” with our without us” camps much like political camps.

It’s the refuge of the simpletons as it keeps them from having to critically think.

You can’t jam much more ad hominem into a post than that.

Ad Hominem: the last resort of the losing argument

Woodguy v2.0

Bag of Pucks: And the beauty of this is you also get to criticize Chiarelli when the assets he spent (players, picks, cap space) to acquire your stopgap go on to maturity with the team(s) that received them.

You can criticize Petey for both the things he does and does not do. Being a Chiarelli hater is the ultimate having your cake and eating it too fulfillment scenario. I totally get why it’s so compelling.

I’ve given your precious “Pete”‘ props for his good moves and shit on his bad ones.

It’s myopic people like you who divide fans into ” with our without us” camps much like political camps.

It’s the refuge of the simpletons as it keeps them from having to critically think.

Bag of Pucks

Woodguy v2.0: You assume incorrectly.

I didn’t mention your first paragraph because its pretty embarrassing to you to be building strawmen and trying to compare players and situations which are nothing alike.

Here’s your first paragraph:

The issue isn’t ‘can Chiarelli acquire vet d-men,’ the issue is what’s the longterm impact on player development and cap management every time he does? Mark Fayne is your cautionary tale here, as was Ference and Nikitin before him. You act like ‘buyer beware’ is never a thing when the Oil have proven time and time again that it is a very real danger.

So I list a bunch of Dmen, most of whom are well proven or on short term contracts.

You list a bunch of Dmen who don’t fit either category.

I ignored your first paragraph because it was more of the same ignoring of evidence and building up strawmen to knock down.

If you follow your logic to its conclusion then no GM should buy any DMan at any time anywhere.

You ignore a good argument, but I expect that so I just ignored your first paragraph.

Also,

In the playoffs last year EDM beat SJS with a Couture who couldn’t eat and a Thornton who couldn’t walk and then lost to ANA.

I can’t believe how many Oiler fans look at winning one fucking playoff round last year and proudly display a giant “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner.

They won one round against a team with the equivalent of 97 and 29 in bad health and gutting it out.

You may want to aim higher than “last year’s Dcorps”

That said a Dcorps of:

77-6
25-4
2-83

Might do well if 25 can keep up pumping 4’s tires.

Also,

You’re really worried about long term implications of getting a cheap vet for a year or two, or a upper end vet for 3-4 years and the Dman and don’t mention that the Dman with the 5th most TOI/gm for EDM was signed for $4 x 4 by the GM in the summer?

Maybe you should have just said “Beware of Chiarelli signing” and not “buyer beware”

That’s not my opinion of the player, that’s the coach’s.

Also,

As for Talbot’s poor play:

Last year he put up a .929 5v5
This year he’s put up a .918 5v5

Last year Brossoit put up a .930 5v5
This year Brossoit put up a .914 5v5

So both goalies are off a bit 5v5, but not a pile.

Now 4v5

Talbot
Put up a .879 last year
This year .796

Brossoit
Put up a .923 last year
This year .791

So the root of the shitty SV% and goals against is 4v5

Two goalies who were good last year 5v5 are still reasonably close this year.

Both fall off the map 4v5

Maybe its not the goalies who have been given a free pass?

Also,

I haven’t given Larsson or Klef a free pass, but keep making up shit about me to fit your narrative.

And the beauty of this is you also get to criticize Chiarelli when the assets he spent (players, picks, cap space) to acquire your stopgap go on to maturity with the team(s) that received them.

You can criticize Petey for both the things he does and does not do. Being a Chiarelli hater is the ultimate having your cake and eating it too fulfillment scenario. I totally get why it’s so compelling.

Mike Modano's Dog

flyfish1168,

He did, it reminded me so much of the good old days!!

Serenity

thehop,

This. And free.

vinotintazo

Woodguy v2.0: In the playoffs last year EDM beat SJS with a Couture who couldn’t eat and a Thornton who couldn’t walk and then lost to ANA.

I agree with most of your post, but you don’t get to Game 7 with ANA by luck. Last year the team was well built and finished the year beating everyone, and was 1 game a way or a few bad calls (against them) away from going to the WCF.

It’s not like ANA who swept CGY rolled over u and exposed our D.

I think 77,6,2,4 were a great top 4, now with Nurse emerging he can replace 4 eventually.

BONE207

Pescador: And a splint for that Avitar

My Avatar is fine…it’s my aim that needs help.

Pescador

Kinger_Oil.redux: – This is great VOR: did the lock-out has any influence of this draft” i.e. they got to develop more while the pros sat”?Basically they gotfree year of development kind of relative to other draft years.

– Also, re Cup: that’s a bold call, as winning the Cup is a lot of luck.I figured team would be .500 without Sek, then play like last year, and pick up a missing piece at deadline, depending on needs

– My prediction is basically right on track (1 win less, and Sek a few games later than expected)

– I too “thought” they would win the cup, but know so much luck involved.

– But there are few teams better when playing well than the Oil

– Getting more vets being the downfall of Chia: no one available for “free” was better than Pool, or Jar.And secondary scoring is very very good withou a Jagr

– And as per my post above: all the D WG mentioned, are sub-optimal for this organization, not as good or established, and Demers, your betting on a rebound, vs team knowing what they have in Russel, who after next year is easytradeable.

– Chia’s moves off-season are all very defendible, and seem now to be for sure the right approach.

I like our GM as much as you do (based on all of your posts), but this team badly needed Cody Franson for $1.2 mil, as well as a proven back up option.
Plus, this is all Jokinen’s fault. Fuck that guy.

thehop

kgo,

kgo,

Lucinius,

I will never subscribe to anything in this day in age, regardless of the content and the authors. Subscriptions are archaic and rarely benefit the consumer.

You may have mentioned it in an early post but micro transactions are the way to go when it comes to content. I’ll gladly pay 0.50$ (not the actual price I would charge) for a Lowetide article on the Athletic.

Also, I dont read The Athletic as I think this place is better.

Pescador

kgo:
SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

I feel that my visiting this site, my page views, my clicks, are my form of payment…as they can be converted into value…if I pay directly from my pocket then I feel like a sucker..

There’s also a commitment issue, if the athletic charged 25 cents to read only one article I’d probably end up spending twice the annual subscription fee one payment at a time.I realize this is contradictory.

I just feel bad for Young (ca$h strapped)Willis

Kinger_Oil.redux

VOR:

So there are the first half of the ten ways I judge a draft class. 2011 certainly looks good so far.

My prediction that the Oilers are going to come back and make the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup gained a little traction tonight.

– This is great VOR: did the lock-out has any influence of this draft” i.e. they got to develop more while the pros sat”? Basically they got free year of development kind of relative to other draft years.

– Also, re Cup: that’s a bold call, as winning the Cup is a lot of luck. I figured team would be .500 without Sek, then play like last year, and pick up a missing piece at deadline, depending on needs

– My prediction is basically right on track (1 win less, and Sek a few games later than expected)

– I too “thought” they would win the cup, but know so much luck involved.

– But there are few teams better when playing well than the Oil

– Getting more vets being the downfall of Chia: no one available for “free” was better than Pool, or Jar. And secondary scoring is very very good withou a Jagr

– And as per my post above: all the D WG mentioned, are sub-optimal for this organization, not as good or established, and Demers, your betting on a rebound, vs team knowing what they have in Russel, who after next year is easy tradeable.

– Chia’s moves off-season are all very defendible, and seem now to be for sure the right approach.

ArmchairGM

fishman: Caggs for the win!

Prophecy

Crazy Pedestrian

Munny:
3 of 10 games tonight ended in regulation.

Of course the Canucks/sharks game went to ot… of course it did…

Lucinius

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

Part of the reason, I think, that you see some people being very reticent about paying for content is simply the abundance of things asking to be paid for in a subscription model. You have Netflix and the growing number of Netflix-wannabes (mainly studio specific streaming sites), things like the Athletic (subscription news/analytics), various Patreons (to support independent creators of just about anything — and, imo, a decent way for blogs and the like to get paid via ‘donations’ or subscription type models) and so on.

And that’s in addition to the normal allotment of monthly bills.

Personally I will never paid for the Athletic. It isn’t because I’m not interested (I am), but because I’m simply ‘done’ with adding yet more subscriptions at this point. It is the same reason I stopped supporting almost all Patreon-type creators (especially those that started to put things behind a pay-wall; I’m fine with time-limited exclusivity, but the pure pay-wall annoys me).

I will never pay for Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or the Disney-specific streaming service, or (insert other streaming service that decides to to start up, already exists). I have Netflix and it has a good selection of content, but if it ever stops being worth my money I’ll just drop it and not pick up a replacement.

There’s just too many services asking for (and in some cases almost demanding) that I pay them a subscription. And that is fine; I don’t begrudge any person or business from monetizing their efforts and goods. However, there’s simply too many of them, for me personally. I’ll illegally access stuff before paying for some of these things (although, to be honest.. I usually just go without) simply due to the feeling I’m being nickel-and-dimed by everyone and everything as well as just being an overall hassle to manage it all.

In many ways I’m the worst kind of consumer there is for the internet; I also run very stringent ad-blockers, although this is for an entirely different reason than my growing dislike of the subscription-based services out-lined above. I ad-block because all too many ad companies have a shitty habit of being the point of injection for malicious code due to poor quality assurance and security. The moment I went the ad-block route I saw an immediate and permanent decrease in computer issues due to it now being far more secure (and yes, I also run a number of other security based add-ons). And that isn’t even getting into the aspect of data mining and tracking that bothers me.

kgo

SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

I feel that my visiting this site, my page views, my clicks, are my form of payment…as they can be converted into value…if I pay directly from my pocket then I feel like a sucker..

There’s also a commitment issue, if the athletic charged 25 cents to read only one article I’d probably end up spending twice the annual subscription fee one payment at a time. I realize this is contradictory.

SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!

Frank the dog,

I’m somewhat shocked and awed at the reticence of some folks to pay for content. I mean, I understand that the Al Gore has upended things when it comes to journalism but the anger that some folks (and I’m not directing this at you kgo) have to paying a couple of Timmy’s coffees per month for quality sports (or any kind of writing) to be petulance at its finest.

Different strokes for different folks I guess but very few things in life are free.

Frank the dog

kgo:
The Athletic pricing strategy is starting to remind me of an infomercial…for a similar product you might expect to pay
$30 a month, but for the athletic you’ll pay less than $15 a month, you won’t even pay $12 or even $10.Not even $7 or $5 or $3 per month…you can buy the athletic for the low price of only $2.99 per month

They’re dropping their pants and getting desperate…LT maybe you should ask them to pay you in certified cheques

The Athletic is a dam good product. Anyone who has a little more than a passing interest in sports will pick them up at <$3.
This will get their volume up and they start recouping when the readers are hooked on the content and dont notice the increase when it comes through next year.

kgo

The Athletic pricing strategy is starting to remind me of an infomercial…for a similar product you might expect to pay
$30 a month, but for the athletic you’ll pay less than $15 a month, you won’t even pay $12 or even $10. Not even $7 or $5 or $3 per month…you can buy the athletic for the low price of only $2.99 per month

They’re dropping their pants and getting desperate…LT maybe you should ask them to pay you in certified cheques

Munny

3 of 10 games tonight ended in regulation.

Munny

VOR,

Fantastic. The whole series so far too.

VOR

Thinking About the Draft – Part Four The Greatest Draft of All Time Continued

It is ironic that the game winning goal comes from the genius of the first overall pick in the greatest draft class of all time.

Just what is it that makes the class of 2011 so unique?

In an average year 42.8% of all drafted players play at least 1 game in NHL. The two worst years of the modern era (1979 to 2017) just 35.7% made it to the NHL for at least one game.

56.4% of the class of 2011 has played at least one game in the NHL. That is third all time behind only 1979 and 1980.

If you prefer absolute terms a typical draft produces 102 players who play at least one game in the NHL. The 2011 draft has produced 120 such players to date. That is #7 all time.

Then there is the offence. They currently project to be second all time behind the 1979 draft class. The math is a bit complicated so I will present it in the next post. In essence early scoring by a draft class is strongly predictive of total scoring by a draft class. That may turn out not to be true of 2011 because of the large number of long stay NHLers the class seems to be producing. There is a chance that when adjusted for era they will much closer to 1979 than currently projected.

They project to be 2nd (17) in the number of players who play a thousand or more games behind the Class of 1984 with 18.

2011 is on pace to be first in players with more than average (341 games) length careers. This record also belongs to 1984 at 45. By the way 2003 looks set to raise the bar to 48 players. 2011 is on pace for 50. Both 1984 and 2003 are off the curve, producing more goals than the model predicts.

So there are the first half of the ten ways I judge a draft class. 2011 certainly looks good so far.

More to follow.

My prediction that the Oilers are going to come back and make the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup gained a little traction tonight.

Woodguy v2.0

Bag of Pucks: Good call on ignoring my first paragraph with your reply. Those facts really aren’t convenient to your argument.

You do realize that this D core as comprised with a healthy Sekera was a legitimate playoff contender last season, despite the ‘gaping hole at 2RD’ right? Were they just ‘lucky’ in your estimation?

But yeah, let’s continue to castigate Chiarelli while giving Larsson, Klefbom and Talbot a free pass for their poor play in the early season.

You assume incorrectly.

I didn’t mention your first paragraph because its pretty embarrassing to you to be building strawmen and trying to compare players and situations which are nothing alike.

Here’s your first paragraph:

The issue isn’t ‘can Chiarelli acquire vet d-men,’ the issue is what’s the longterm impact on player development and cap management every time he does? Mark Fayne is your cautionary tale here, as was Ference and Nikitin before him. You act like ‘buyer beware’ is never a thing when the Oil have proven time and time again that it is a very real danger.

So I list a bunch of Dmen, most of whom are well proven or on short term contracts.

You list a bunch of Dmen who don’t fit either category.

I ignored your first paragraph because it was more of the same ignoring of evidence and building up strawmen to knock down.

If you follow your logic to its conclusion then no GM should buy any DMan at any time anywhere.

You ignore a good argument, but I expect that so I just ignored your first paragraph.

Also,

In the playoffs last year EDM beat SJS with a Couture who couldn’t eat and a Thornton who couldn’t walk and then lost to ANA.

I can’t believe how many Oiler fans look at winning one fucking playoff round last year and proudly display a giant “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner.

They won one round against a team with the equivalent of 97 and 29 in bad health and gutting it out.

You may want to aim higher than “last year’s Dcorps”

That said a Dcorps of:

77-6
25-4
2-83

Might do well if 25 can keep up pumping 4’s tires.

Also,

You’re really worried about long term implications of getting a cheap vet for a year or two, or a upper end vet for 3-4 years and the Dman and don’t mention that the Dman with the 5th most TOI/gm for EDM was signed for $4 x 4 by the GM in the summer?

Maybe you should have just said “Beware of Chiarelli signing” and not “buyer beware”

That’s not my opinion of the player, that’s the coach’s.

Also,

As for Talbot’s poor play:

Last year he put up a .929 5v5
This year he’s put up a .918 5v5

Last year Brossoit put up a .930 5v5
This year Brossoit put up a .914 5v5

So both goalies are off a bit 5v5, but not a pile.

Now 4v5

Talbot
Put up a .879 last year
This year .796

Brossoit
Put up a .923 last year
This year .791

So the root of the shitty SV% and goals against is 4v5

Two goalies who were good last year 5v5 are still reasonably close this year.

Both fall off the map 4v5

Maybe its not the goalies who have been given a free pass?

Also,

I haven’t given Larsson or Klef a free pass, but keep making up shit about me to fit your narrative.

Pescador

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker):
F U Canucks. You blew it.

Same goes for you Islanders!
Look just pick a Borough & stay there, Assholes

Pescador

Pouzar: Yeah!

What he…ahhhh…. How bout dem Raptors!

They good,
If Slepyshev is your 13th forward, that is also good. There is still time, injuries, prolonged slumpage

BONE207

Crazy Pedestrian: And I can finally take my oilers car flags out of the closet, because they will be at .500! (Told myself I wouldn’t use them as long as they are under .500 cause it would feel like I’m cheering for them to win the lottery)

DofD is going to linger for a generation. I still question whether I should burn my copper & blue.

Lloyd B.

Crazy Pedestrian: And I can finally take my oilers car flags out of the closet, because they will be at .500! (Told myself I wouldn’t use them as long as they are under .500 cause it would feel like I’m cheering for them to win the lottery)

The real 500 or the Bettman??

F U Canucks. You blew it.

Genjutsu:
I don’t know that much about the history of fancy stats but I imagine that teams that finish the season top two in corsi and Fenwick % often make the playoffs.

This team could go LA Kings from a few years ago. The question is did they spot the field too many games early on?
3 in a row is good. Let’s make it 4. Getting over .500 by Game 41 would give us a fighting chance.

Pescador

Woodguy v2.0: He was 1.78 before tonight.

I’ll take that on the 4th line.

All day, you saw the trend along time ago;
Woodguy -“good NHL teams play guys who can score on the 4th line instead of grinders”

Genjutsu

I don’t know that much about the history of fancy stats but I imagine that teams that finish the season top two in corsi and Fenwick % often make the playoffs.

Woodguy v2.0

Pescador: To be fair, he posted that {before} Cam scored,

He was 1.78 before tonight.

I’ll take that on the 4th line.

Pouzar

Pescador: To be fair, this was postedbefore Cam scored, ?

Yeah!

What he…ahhhh…. How bout dem Raptors!

Pescador

Woodguy v2.0: He’s scoring 2.01 pts/60 5v5 and often without the best help.

Nothing wrong with that at all.

To be fair, he posted that {before} Cam scored, ?

Woodguy v2.0

Pouzar:
crap

4-3

4-4

Woodguy v2.0

Pouzar:
Seen enough of the Cammy era.

He’s scoring 2.01 pts/60 5v5 and often without the best help.

Nothing wrong with that at all.

Munny: The important thing is no third point.

Well yeah, for the Sharks. Canucks are fading with Horvat and Boeser out. They were overachieving early but I don’t think we will have to worry about them in the end.

Edit- Boeser back sooner than I thought

slopitch

Oilers don’t win that game with early season Talbot or LBin net. Credit to the boys for the comeback. All big goals and the 29/97 trump card was clutch. Go Oilers!

Pouzar

crap

4-3

Pouzar

3-3

flyfish1168

Klima’s_Bucket:
I love Nurse, and he had 4 scoring chances??
But someone should probably tell him what that means, cause he clearly has no clue.

Connor is his roomie. You would think some offence would rub off

Pouzar

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Crazy Pedestrian

BONE207:
Next game should be a win. First 20 games says they lose. Last 10 games say a win. If this team is real…another 3-4 goal victory

And I can finally take my oilers car flags out of the closet, because they will be at .500! (Told myself I wouldn’t use them as long as they are under .500 cause it would feel like I’m cheering for them to win the lottery)

BONE207

Next game should be a win. First 20 games says they lose. Last 10 games say a win. If this team is real…another 3-4 goal victory

Pouzar

Ice Sage:
Fun period.
Blues were tired and Oilers took advantage – well done.

That’s what I was banking on.

Ice Sage

Fun period.
Blues were tired and Oilers took advantage – well done.

wintoon

I was impressed by how well Sekera played tonight considering it was his first game of the year.

I was also impressed by the assertiveness in JP’s game. He overpowered and outworked a lot of Blues tonight. He also does not appear to shy away from shooting the puck. Love how his game appears to be coming together.

OmJo

Tarasenko was invisible tonight.