2018-19 Preseason Game Six: Coyotes at Oilers

The Oilers are ready for the long season in some areas (No. 1 line, No. 1 and No. 2 pairings, No. 1 goalie) and working toward solutions in others (No. 3 line, No. 4 line, No. 3 pairing) while only a few spots are lagging (No. 2 line, No. 2 goalie). That’s not bad for a building team, if Edmonton can stay healthy, perhaps the club will have a positive headline on this blog on the day of their first home game of the regular season.

The big story tomorrow morning will likely be Mikko Koskinen (“Koskinen solid” or “Koskinen can’t buy a save!”) and of course we’ll be dealing with firming up the roster and reaching final final. It has been an enjoyable camp, it’s time for moving on.

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  • New Jonathan Willis: What does the preseason performance of Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto mean for the Oilers?
  • Lowetide: Impressive Cooper Marody preseason could lead to NHL recall.
  • Lowetide: Oilers farm system beginning to resemble the real thing
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A pair of Ryans: Oilers McLeod, Strome strengthen families’ bond as teammates.
  • Lowetide: After more Oilers’ cuts, roster decisions coming into focus.
  • Tyler Dellow: Is Connor McDavid good enough to make a power play with five left shots work?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Former Oiler Dave Manson on coaching, nicknames and his raspy voice.
  • New Lowetide: RE 18-19: Cam Talbot is key to Oilers success in 2018-19
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: A case for the defence.
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: Ryan Strome and the Oilers long journey to competent third and fourth lines
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: Leon Draisaitl and the pursuit of a second outscoring line in ’18-19
  • Lowetide: RE 18-19: Can the McDavid line lead the 2018-19 Oilers to the playoffs?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Challenge accepted: Young RW’s showcase skill in Oilers preseason game.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Assessing the aftermath from Darnell Nurse’s deal with the Oilers.
  • New Jonathan Willis: Pleasant and unpleasant surprises from Tuesday’s training camp cuts.
  • New Lowetide: Oilers sign Nurse to a two-year deal.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Can Tobias Rieder be the perfect complement to Leon Draisaitl?

WAIVERS

Some interesting names came down the pipe yesterday, I think this is the first day so far we can reasonably discuss Edmonton raising an eyebrow of interest. Here are my thoughts.

  • LW Kerby Rychel, Calgary Flames. Rychel is a rugged power forward and absolutely fits the Chiarelli template. His AHL scoring spiked after a late-season trade to the Montreal organization (eight goals in 16 games) and he might be worth a discussion. Edmonton’s left wing depth chart (Nugent-Hopkins, Lucic, Khaira, Rieder, Caggiula) isn’t stellar but likely enough to fend off the temptation of grabbing this player.
  • LC Chase De Leo, Anaheim Ducks. A smaller forward, lots of energy and he can be a pest. De Leo’s AHL offense remained stagnant (40 points a year) during his entry deal and he might not have enough to have an NHL career. I’ve always liked him.
  • L Brandon Pirri, Vegas Golden Knights. Scoring forward had 29 goals in the AHL last year, got a call to Sin City and scored (of course he did) three goals in two games. Edmonton’s wingers could use another sniper, Pirri is worth a long look.

I’d bet Edmonton grabs none of these men, preferring instead to wait for the defenders to be demoted. Perhaps a Tim Heed or similar trade will find its way to the newswire in the next 24 hours.

NHL teams usually like to release this information first, but cat appears to be out of the bag. Expect a release announcing an entry contract for Ryan McLeod (who outlasted his brother by a day) and then an option back to the OHL. He earned it with a fine training camp. Roster would be at 28 (no more distant bells, only Andrej Sekera) and 27 able bodied men. As you know, Edmonton can take 24, meaning we’re just a few decisions (Aberg versus Chiasson versus Yamamoto; Garrison versus Bear versus Bouchard) away from fin. Suspect we have a full boat by Saturday, maybe a waiver claim as a kicker.

SEPTEMBER 2016 DISTANT BELLS 

If you’re doing it right, distant bells shouldn’t make the roster. Ryan McLeod will get sent out today (with a contract, likely anyway) but I wanted to use the 2016 distant bell list to show how rare McLeod’s success is historically. At this point in the preseason (late September, as now) only six men (Dillon Simpson, Eetu Laurikainen, Tyler Benson and Andrew Ference, all injured, Joey Laleggia and Mitchell Moroz) were still in camp. None of the names here have yet emerged as NHL regulars, although Ethan Bear seems to be closer than anyone.

CURRENT STATS

  • Several players showed extremely well (Ty Rattie, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Ryan McLeod) and right wing looks better today than in August. I wrote several times during the summer that it is folly to expect all players to arrive at the same time, that remains true. It sure looks like that is happening in this case, but remember the rule (three candidates, one success) and proceed accordingly.
  • Backup goalie is in the balance, Al Montoya’s first interview this preseason was a confident one. He hasn’t played much, but if the outplays Mikko Koskinen tonight anything could happen in my opinion. I wouldn’t put it past Peter Chiarelli to send Koskinen to Bakersfield, grab a goalie on waivers and dress Montoya as backup opening night against the Devils.
  • After the established top five defensemen, two rookie righties (Evan Bouchard and Ethan Bear) have been the best of the rest. History tells us the Oilers will keep one (likely Bouchard) and switch them out if and when, but the other spot (or two) have to go somewhere. Expect a trade of waiver move.
  • I’m excited for the top line, intrigued by the No. 3 line and wondering at this point if moving Jesse Puljujarvi to 29’s trio is the ‘midnight run’ move for Todd McLellan at the end of this year’s camp.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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  • Ian Herbers, head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears. High expectations are nothing for the Golden Bears, who embark on another season with a fantastic roster. Injuries a concern, we’ll chat about the year ahead.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. NHL teams are making big decisions in the next few days, and injuries in Anaheim and Columbus have sudden impact.

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Andy Dufresne: So a picture of you and Bruce hugging each other is “the balance photo”? …………….Kiddiing..Kidding!

    That’s a fabulous idea!

  2. HT Joe says:

    Matticus: if that second line continues to struggle it might make sense to move JP up to that line

    Why have Lucic act as a drag on one offensively-gifted former top-5 draft pick, when he can drag down TWO offensively-gifted former top-5 draft picks? 😉

  3. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Material Elvis: Reddit hd Oilers streams are your friend.

    @edmontonoilers also have it as their pinned tweet

  4. Material Elvis says:

    I’d have to say that the OilersTV production quality is noticeably more professional this year.

  5. jake70 says:

    jonrmcleod:
    How might one watch tonight’s game? Don’t see it listed anywhere.

    Bell Aliant provider. 12 channels dedicated to FREE centre ice preview. 4 games on, NONE is the OIlers . But hey Tampa Florida…no problem. Yeah sure Gary, I’ll buy centre ice this year.

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai with a nice little drop pass to Lucic who puts a nice shot on net. Good stuff.

  7. Lowetide says:

    Nice shot by Lucic, set up by Leon back pass.

  8. Munny says:

    Pescador: Chiarelli strikes me as the type of guy who doesn’t use protection

    Well, part of the problem is protection doesn’t work every time. And sometimes it just expires in your wallet. Chia is familiar with both experiences.

  9. Bank Shot says:

    Cagguila created a scoring chance with the forecheck. First guy back into the zone when it went the other way.

    What an alright guy.

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bear with a poor decision to defer to McDavid with a pass at the opposition blueline on a rush – rush looked potentially dangerous.

    Ughhh, weak goal on Koskinen.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Koskinen is going to be a problem.

  12. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Not good enough.

  13. Spooky Lynx says:

    That does it for me. Montoya has got to be the backup to start the season.

  14. Material Elvis says:

    Ugly goal. Not a good look for Koskinen.

  15. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Mikko.

    Its not good Bob.

  16. Bank Shot says:

    That one didn’t look too good.

  17. Ben says:

    Koskinen running some fantastic PR on that Nikitin contract.

  18. leadfarmer says:

    Has a goalie ever started 82 games

  19. Gret99zky says:

    The breakout is non-existent.

    No. Plan.

  20. Ben says:

    Pete’s gonna spend all of the Sekera LTIR getting Gustavsson back in here, isn’t he?

  21. Lowetide says:

    A nice little rush and sequence there, Aberg got a step on the LHD and some nice things happened.

  22. Younger Oil says:

    I don’t think Lucic is capable of making three consecutive hard strides.

    I’ve been watching him closely, he never does more than two.

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m starting to get concerned about Koskinen.

    Thankfully, unlike most, I have a great deal of confidence in Montoya.

    Storyline developing…..

  24. Wolfpack says:

    How the heck do I watch this game? On Edmontonoilers.com but every browser blocks it because it is flash-based, welcome to 2010. YouTube doesn’t work. ???

  25. jp says:

    Nice stick by Leon

  26. Lowetide says:

    Nice defensive play by Leon there.

  27. Wolfpack says:

    Got it working now, I went to a different page on the Oilers site. Not confusing at all… sorry I missed the first goal, or maybe not.

  28. texmex says:

    IMO, if Koskinen wins the backup job, it is simply based on his contract and Oilers Management not wanting egg on their face. He’s brutal.

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    So far the 2nd line has been the best of the bunch, in particular Leon and Milan.

  30. Younger Oil says:

    Wolfpack:
    How the heck do I watch this game? On Edmontonoilers.com but every browser blocks it because it is flash-based, welcome to 2010. YouTube doesn’t work. ???

    On Firefox I went Add ons —> Plugins —> Turn Shockwave Flash to alwaya on, and it worked for me after having the same problems.

  31. npanciroli says:

    2nd line best line so far.

  32. npanciroli says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Hah! Smart minds.

  33. Lowetide says:

    A nice sequence again Leon to Lucic. Encouraging first period.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looking forward to a solid PP here.

  35. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ugh… the friggin’ 5L pp again!?!?
    Come on tmac! Get a clue already!

  36. npanciroli says:

    I dislike first PP unit.

  37. Munny says:

    The Leftorium has possessed the powerplay.

  38. Younger Oil says:

    5 Larries on PP1, 5 Rickies on PP2.

    You can’t make that shit up.

    Makes it near impossible to have a forehand pass to a one-timer.

    Incomprehensibly stupid coaching.

  39. Munny says:

    Some nice ladder-ups in the neutral zone this period.

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was a nice little pass by Lucic to Drai in transition – he’s been making those little plays all preseason and its a great sign as those are the plays that were a big part of his success as a Bruin.

  41. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Younger Oil:
    5 Larries on PP1, 5 Rickies on PP2.

    You can’t make that shit up.

    Makes it near impossible to have a forehand pass to a one-timer.

    Incomprehensibly stupid coaching.

    What’s the over/under on coach being here on Dec 1?

  42. Munny says:

    I like Nurse skating the puck deep into the corner with just a few seconds left and 4L on the ice.

  43. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    Can someone explain to me why, on the PP, we don’t have anyone blocking the sight-lines of the goalie. Lucic is out there near the front of the net, apparently waiting for a deflection or rebound, and no one is blocking the goalie, shouldn’t that be THE place for Lucic? Is this a choice by Lucic, or is it by design? I don’t get it.

  44. Lowetide says:

    Coyotes 1 Oilers 0

    Shots: 8-5 Oilers
    Corsi for 5-on-5: 8-7 Oilers

  45. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    This game looks like pre-season hockey.

    “Don’t get hurt”

  46. Munny says:

    The ice looks better tonight than I remember for a September tilt. Hopefully it is less skateboard rink this season.

  47. npanciroli says:

    Nurse Benning look great this pre-season imo

  48. Material Elvis says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    This game looks like pre-season hockey.

    “Don’t get hurt”

    I was thinking the same thing. Lucic commented that he thought it was fast hockey in the first. I thought it was scrambly. Lucic and Draisaitl looked good up front. I like Bear’s passing and Garrison’s shot. I would take Garrison over Jerabek. Could we possibly see a scenario where Koskinen, Jerabek, and Caggiula are all cut?

  49. Material Elvis says:

    Munny:
    The ice looks better tonight than I remember for a September tilt.Hopefully it is less skateboard rink this season.

    Way better than the ice at MTS in Winnipeg. I couldn’t believe how sticky it was.

  50. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Material Elvis: I was thinking the same thing.Lucic commented that he thought it was fast hockey in the first.I thought it was scrambly.Lucic and Draisaitl looked good up front.I like Bear’s passing and Garrison’s shot.I would take Garrison over Jerabek.Could we possibly see a scenario where Koskinen, Jerabek, and Caggiula are all cut?

    I think that’s a long shot

  51. Lowetide says:

    A nice little defensive play by Yamamoto down low.

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    A couple of nice saves there by Koskinen.

  53. Lowetide says:

    Terrific save by Koskinen.

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice forecheck by Rieder there to get puck possession and a decent cycle by the 3rd line.

  55. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Reider seems to be finding his game.

    Seen him good so far.

    A couple good back checks and good on the boards in the ozone.

  56. Andy Dufresne says:

    I imagine Koskinen is adjusting to new equipment, or are the Goelie equipment rules the same in the KHL as they are in the NHL?

  57. Material Elvis says:

    Ugly shift by the 4th line. Garrison with some weak defensive play.

  58. Munny says:

    “streaks in,” I swear to Gord.

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid shoots on a 2 on 1 after changing the angle and ties the game up.

  60. Munny says:

    McDeity

  61. Lowetide says:

    Nice passing got Bear in with a nice chance. McDavid scored.

  62. Younger Oil says:

    I’m seeing Bear real good.

  63. Andy Dufresne says:

    Cap Friendly lists

    Ben Bishop 6’7″ 216

    Koskinen 6’7″ 192 and yet Koskinen looks LARGE. Thats alot of padding.

  64. Andy Dufresne says:

    McDavid “the shooter”

  65. CapeBretonOilers says:

    97 looks “ok”

  66. Lowetide says:

    Aberg turned over the puck in a bad spot.

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ya, McDavid could have scored there but made a poor decision to pass on that 3 on 1.

  68. Oil2Oilers says:

    Remember the Summer of the seemingly either/or decision between Lucic and Demers? What are the odds of Arizona accepting a Lucic for Demers trade straight up?

    Lucic+Bear for Demers today would make the playoffs a lot more likely

  69. Lowetide says:

    McDavid is flying in this period.

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    Younger Oil:
    I’m seeing Bear real good.

    Same as always, he’s been noticeable jumping in to the offence but has made a couple poor decisions, in my opinion – one bad pass at the opposition blue line on a rush and one reverse behind our net that got intercepted and led to possession against.

  71. Lowetide says:

    Aberg takes a high sticking penalty here, this is probably his last game before (I assume) waivers.

  72. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide:
    McDavid is flying in this period.

    and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t got out of 3rd gear and his give-a-shit meter is about 60%.

    When the games are for real he’s going to a different plane of existence.

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beautiful PP goal for the Yotes – rocket one timer from the slot on a pass from the goal line.

  74. Lowetide says:

    2-1 Arizona on the power play.

  75. Munny says:

    That was going by just about anyone.

  76. npanciroli says:

    I didn’t think you could one time it on the Powerplay.

  77. jtblack says:

    I can’t wait til Leon’s contract dispute ends so he can start contributing.

    What’s that? oh he is in the line up. oh, he has been all pre season.

    My Bad

  78. jtblack says:

    npanciroli:
    I didn’t think you could one time it on the Powerplay.

    You can’t if you are all Left Handed.

    #FreeTheRightiesTodd

  79. Melvis says:

    Rocket shot or not, I don’t like Koski’s glove hand. Not one bit.

  80. jp says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Cap Friendly lists

    Ben Bishop 6’7″216

    Koskinen6’7″ 192 and yet Koskinen looks LARGE.Thats alot of padding.

    Weights are often not up to date.

    NHL.com (and Oilers site) has him at 202. Elite Prospects and HockeyDB have him at 209.

  81. Andy Dufresne says:

    jtblack: You can’t if you are all Left Handed.

    #FreeTheRightiesTodd

    Todd? or Manny?

  82. jtblack says:

    Woodguy v2.0: and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t got out of 3rd gear and his give-a-shit meter is about 60%.

    When the games are for real he’s going to a different plane of existence.

    Whats the over / under on 125 pts (“modern day” record)?

    Given 75+ games I will take the over. $100. ?

  83. jtblack says:

    Andy Dufresne: Todd? or Manny?

    Good point. I really like Manny as I follow the WHL. and you are 100% correct.

    #FreeTheRightiesManny

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ugh, Rieder, you had a wide-open and net-crashing Jesse.

  85. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Walter Gretzkys Neighbour: I think waving Caggiula is the wise move. He brings very little. The contract was a mistake but that is in the past. I’d much rather they make room for Chiasson who has viable NHL experience and can contribute in a lot of ways without being a defensive super black hole.

    Me too.

  86. Rebillled says:

    Lucic looks like he’s skating in quicksand. In the 2nd period.

  87. Professor Q says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Remember the Summer of the seemingly either/or decision between Lucic and Demers? What are the odds of Arizona accepting a Lucic for Demers trade straight up?

    Lucic+Bear for Demers today would make the playoffs a lot more likely

    This seems like an extreme overpay by Edmonton.

  88. Lowetide says:

    Rieder didn’t see Puljujarvi there, that would have been a goal.

  89. jtblack says:

    Melvis:
    Rocket shot or not, I don’t like Koski’s glove hand. Not one bit.

    Haven’t seen a lick of Koskinen; but one person on here said his glovehand resembled “a Frying Pan”.

    LOL

  90. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Coyotes defence is frustratingly effective…

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    Aberg with a nice play to set up Bear for a one-timer from the point and off the inside of the post.

    I’d like Bear to get a few months at least in Bakersfield but that shot of his is a weapon.

  92. Professor Q says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Coyotes defence is frustratingly effective…

    And lucky!

  93. Munny says:

    Good work by Aberg, Bear unlucky.

  94. Lowetide says:

    Bear rockets a shot off the post, some nice work by Aberg.

  95. Munny says:

    And then an absolute schmozzle.

  96. Lowetide says:

    After two: 2-1 Arizona

    Shots: 15-13 Arizona (10-5 Arizona in the second)
    Corsi for 5-on-5: 25-17 Arizona (18-9 Arizona in the second)

  97. Pescador says:

    I pledged the other night to try & be less negative towards Lucic as he is an Oiler & I want them all to do well.
    Here goes:
    He’s shitty, that’s it

  98. Andy Dufresne says:

    Has anyone pinpointed what it is that the coaching staff dont like about Aberg?

    Is it just an attitude thing……sideburns? Bad fit in the room?

    Are his fancies bad?

  99. McSorley33 says:

    Other teams are going to have whip their boys off the bus to play our middle 6 forwards…..

  100. Captain's Log says:

    The Oilers breaking out from their own zone seems pathetically predictable still. Pressure the D, he rings it around the board to a winger, pressure that guy, he coughs it up. Rinse and repeat.

  101. McSorley33 says:

    Pescador,

    Your a better man than I….

    #FreeLeonfromLucic

  102. Pescador says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    I imagine Koskinen is adjusting to new equipment, or are the Goelie equipment rules the same in the KHL as they are in the NHL?

    KHL rules are more like “suggestions” depending on which Billionaire ownes the team & how connected he is with Putin.
    Interesting facts;
    Rebounds are illegal
    Polygamy is not

  103. Melvis says:

    I haven’t studied the matter, but those in NA who have played baseball at short or second or third for many years over the course of a lifetime might have a hand up on a Russian goalie. I don’t think those guys play baseball.

    Over time, the left hand ends up with an unconscious life of it’s own.

  104. McSorley33 says:

    I like Aberg.

  105. Lowetide says:

    McSorley33:
    I like Aberg.

    Well you better like him quick because this might be his last period as an Oiler.

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    What a play by Strome to set up Rieder for a beauty shortie.

  107. Professor Q says:

    I really hope Rieder does well this season, if only so that people begin to spell and pronounce his name correctly and consistently (like a good German deserves!).

  108. Lowetide says:

    Rieder scored on a nice shortie.

  109. Material Elvis says:

    Nice play by Strome and Reider on that goal.

  110. Pescador says:

    Melvis:
    I haven’t studied the matter, but those in NA who have played baseball at short or second or third for many years over the course of a lifetime might have a hand up on a Russian goalie. I don’t think those guys play baseball.

    Over time, the left hand ends up with an unconscious life of it’s own.

    Its needs shock therapy,
    Where’s nurse Cratchet when you need her?

  111. Material Elvis says:

    Professor Q:
    I really hope Rieder does well, if only so that people begin to spell and pronounce his name correctly and consistently (like a good German deserves!).

    Whoops!

  112. jtblack says:

    Lowetide: Well you better like him quick because this might be his last period as an Oiler.

    Well played

  113. Munny says:

    Rattie scores there. Just sayin.

  114. Lowetide says:

    Oh good, McDavid has more power to fend off the defender this year. Like he needs more weapons.

  115. Rebillled says:

    jtblack,

    Not played well.

  116. Lowetide says:

    Nice little two on one, Yamamoto to Leon.

  117. Munny says:

    Koskinen makes the save… but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Snow-angel Strategy.

  118. Professor Q says:

    Munny:
    Koskinen makes the save… but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Snow-angel Strategy.

    I wouldn’t mind a few Hasek-level playoff performances!

  119. Rebillled says:

    Just realized that when i come home for Canadian Thanksgiving the Oilers will be in Sweden.

    This sucks.

  120. Munny says:

    Good shift.

  121. Bank Shot says:

    Jack Michaels sure loves him some Coyotes.

    Is he from there or something?

  122. Lowetide says:

    Good Christ Lucic.

  123. Lowetide says:

    I heart Adam Larsson.

  124. Side says:

    Lowetide: Is there a blog that has an easy comment finder?

    Good point.

    But! other blogs do allow you to click the name of the poster and see their post history.

  125. Munny says:

    Yamo sure knows how to hit Drai bolting through the neutral zone.

  126. Lowetide says:

    Koskinen is…NOPE… I’ll wait until the game is over.

  127. Material Elvis says:

    Lowetide:
    Good Christ Lucic.

    What the hell was he thinking?

  128. Material Elvis says:

    Lowetide:
    Koskinen is…NOPE… I’ll wait until the game is over.

    He has settled down. He likely won’t be cut, ha ha.

  129. Melvis says:

    Lowetide:
    Good Christ Lucic.

    Sheesh. Is his head in the game?

  130. Munny says:

    Numinous Nurse.

  131. Lowetide says:

    Nurse is doing that move once a game now, complete chaos for other side.

  132. Lowetide says:

    Fantastic save by Koskinen, using only his underwear.

  133. Andy Dufresne says:

    KOSKI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big PP goal coming up.

  135. Munny says:

    To my eye, Aberg has more usefulness than Cags.

  136. Lowetide says:

    Pontus Aberg draws a penalty with five minutes left. Well done young man!

  137. Andy Dufresne says:

    Oilers NEED more goals from the Defense.

  138. Lowetide says:

    Aberg off the post! Man.

  139. Andy Dufresne says:

    KOSKI !!!!!!!!!
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    and larsson

  140. Lowetide says:

    Larsson with a terrible pass there and then a great defensive play.

  141. Rebillled says:

    The Polisher saves the day!

  142. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto has been OK tonight but probably not doing enough in 2 games as 2RW to win that job.

  143. OriginalPouzar says:

    Not quite sure how Jack was able to quantify the velocity on that one….

  144. Munny says:

    Nice chem between Rieder and Pujo

  145. Munny says:

    OT.

    Perfect time for Sekera to shine…

  146. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lucic with the OT winner coming up – just so some standard Oilers negativity to come with the goal.

  147. Andy Dufresne says:

    Cant decide JPs biggest area of improvement……..Speed or Shot ?

  148. Rebillled says:

    Hoping to see #19 in a shoot out.

  149. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bear gets the 3 on 3 call with McDavid and Drai.

  150. Andy Dufresne says:

    Nurse in OT

  151. N64 says:

    Side: Good point.

    But! other blogs do allow you to click the name of the poster and see their post history.

    ~ Godot could take a pretty long sabbatical while readers worked through his 250,000 hot takes on Oilers coaches. ~

  152. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rebillled:
    Hoping to see #19 in a shoot out.

    ?

  153. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid with a 150 foot breakaway to win it in OT.

  154. Andy Dufresne says:

    KOSKI !!!!!!

  155. Professor Q says:

    Rattie and Strome shouldn’t start trying to be McDavid-like in passing technique haha (until they start being able to actually do it).

    Because he can do things like he just did: score on those breakaways (that he creates himself).

  156. Munny says:

    Whew thought he whiffed it at first.

  157. Lowetide says:

    McDavid wins it in overtime.

  158. Andy Dufresne says:

    CONNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  159. Material Elvis says:

    That was entertaining!

  160. OriginalPouzar says:

    He looked a bit unconventional out there but after that awful 1st goal, Koskinen was a big part of the win.

  161. Pescador says:

    Rattie got another point

  162. Andy Dufresne says:

    Koskinen with a 3rd star

  163. Pescador says:

    Munny:
    OT.

    Perfect time for Sekera to shine…

    He had his fingerprints all over this win

  164. Westchester Oil says:

    koskinen 3rd star – hopefully a boost in confidence

  165. Professor Q says:

    I love how McDavid gave absolutely no effort on his breakaway.

    This season is going to be so exciting.

  166. Andy Dufresne says:

    Lowetide:
    Koskinen is…NOPE… I’ll wait until the game is over.

    Its over when Conner says its over……

    ok its over

  167. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bear had a couple of miscues in the first half of the game but nothing major and was dangerous on occasion. Less negative in his game tonight than Bouchard has shown in any of his games.

    Tightens that race up a bit.

  168. Todd Macallan says:

    Puju needs to be on the ice in OT.

  169. Rebillled says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    The new goalie. How he does in a shoot out.

    but i’ll take an OT win just because we usually lose these games.

  170. razor says:

    I know he’s had a great preseason, but I would send down Yamamoto. He needs more development time. He keeps getting easily pushed off pucks due to his size. A little more time in the AHL will be good for adjusting playing against bigger men, while also boosting his confidence. Reider can play on second line and that way we can keep all of Caggiula, Chiasson, and Aberg (who’s done we’ll tonight).

  171. Andy Dufresne says:

    Koskinen in post game….

    “It was my best game so far……but not even close to what I can do”

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    razor:
    I know he’s had a great preseason, but I would send down Yamamoto. He needs more development time. He keeps getting easily pushed off pucks due to his size. A little more time in the AHL will be good for adjusting playing against bigger men, while also boosting his confidence. Reider can play on second line and that way we can keep all of Caggiula, Chiasson, and Aberg (who’s done we’ll tonight).

    I don’t think he’s had a great pre-season. As anticipated, he stood out early and faded as the games got tougher and, although he wasn’t bad, he was very pedestrian in his two games on Leon’s right wing.

  173. Melvis says:

    Koskinen offended I trolled him as a Russian. Picked up his game. lol

  174. Andy Dufresne says:

    Rieder, Aberg, Koskinen all had better games tonight………encouraging sign.

  175. Durag says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Koskinen in post game….

    “It was my best game so far……but not even close to what I can do”

    I missed the first period, but from what I saw he looked steady. Definitely settled in as the game went on.

  176. GMB3 says:

    How did JP look tonight? Not as much written on the blog about him tonight

  177. Material Elvis says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Bear had a couple of miscues in the first half of the game but nothing major and was dangerous on occasion.Less negative in his game tonight than Bouchard has shown in any of his games.

    Tightens that race up a bit.

    Bear is close to NHL ready. He needs another half season in the AHL and I wouldn’t rush it. Great looking prospect. His offensive acumen is evident.

  178. Andy Dufresne says:

    GMB3:
    How did JP look tonight? Not as much written on the blog about him tonight

    Still skating fast and shooting hard…….but nothing really clicking tonight with the 3rd line. Arizona a tighter checking team than Vancouver. No PP time and didnt see the ice in OT.

  179. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Andy Dufresne: Still skating fast and shooting hard…….but nothing really clicking tonight with the 3rd line. Arizona a tighter checking team than Vancouver.

    Me thinks jp has more chem with Khaira and his style of play than Strome.

  180. Georgexs says:

    Pescador: Ok deal,
    Can you just tell me what to think and how?
    I’m trying to compromise here

    I’ve seen your body of work. I can’t help you.

  181. Pescador says:

    Georgexs: I’ve seen your body of work. I can’t help you.

    haha,
    touche,
    it’s more of a corpse

  182. Pescador says:

    N64: ~ Godot could take a pretty long sabbatical while readers worked through his 250,000 hot takes on Oilers coaches. ~

    this is a hot take

  183. Georgexs says:

    Pescador: haha,
    touche,
    it’s more of a corpse

    Last time I had a what the hell is going on around here moment, you were the one who pointedly asked well what the hell do you think goes on around here?

    That was perceptive… and helpful. Still applies, I guess.

  184. Zelepukin says:

    Andy Dufresne: Still skating fast and shooting hard…….but nothing really clicking tonight with the 3rd line. Arizona a tighter checking team than Vancouver.No PP time and didnt see the ice in OT.

    That was my take as well. JP was skating with confidence, just not as many good bounces are opportunities created by his line mates.

    Cags not doing much, again.
    Lucic is still 50/50 on handling the puck. Will he bobble it or give/receive a good pass?
    Bear our best D-shooter. Good on the heads-up break-out pass but I noticed several instances where he was impatient with the puck and gave bad short break-out passes.
    Drai had a bit more step, back-checked hard.
    Nurse looks confident at both ends.
    This all L PP1 and all R PP2 continues to be hilariously stupid. Clearly trolling all Oiler fans at this point.

  185. hunter1909 says:

    I don’t understand. I watched a few minutes of the game last night – appalling bad hockey.

    How and why some of you take deep meaning in it is beyond me.

    One thing I did notice is the team has a jump that it lacked last season. They’re probably going to be going all out to win, right from the 1st game vs the Taylor Halls.

  186. godot10 says:

    Material Elvis: How many times Godot has trashed the coach?

    The only coach I really trashed was the dementor. #EakinsDerangementSyndrome.

    I liked Krueger and Nelson.

    Calling a coach mediocre isn’t really trashing him.

  187. hunter1909 says:

    godot10: The only coach I really trashed was the dementor.#EakinsDerangementSyndrome.

    I liked Krueger and Nelson.

    Calling a coach mediocre isn’t really trashing him.

    Which current NHL head coaches, in your opinion, are above “mediocre”?

  188. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    jtblack: Whats the over / under on 125 pts (“modern day” record)?

    Given 75+ games I will take the over.$100.?

    I guessed 126pts on LT’s show last month

  189. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909:
    I don’t understand. I watched a few minutes of the game last night – appalling bad hockey.

    How and why some of you take deep meaning in it is beyond me.

    One thing I did notice is the team has a jump that it lacked last season. They’re probably going to be going all out to win, right from the 1st game vs the Taylor Halls.

    Why is it OK to take “deep meaning” in this jump the team has but not in anything else.

    Could you please advise which aspects you have determined should be given deep meaning so we know what is reasonable to discuss. Thank you.

  190. Chief Inspector says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Nurse’s skate interfered with him on the first goal.

  191. OmJo says:

    The moment you’ve all been waiting for (by you all, I mean nobody including myself), my I-know-better-than-the-coach opening night lineup, presented to you by A&E.

    Nuge-McDavid-Rattie
    Aberg-Draisaitl-Puljujarvi
    Khaira-Strome-Reider
    Lucic-Brodziak-Kassian

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Nurse-Benning
    Russel-Bear

    Talbot
    Montoya

  192. russ99 says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Has anyone pinpointed what it is that the coaching staff dont like about Aberg?

    Is it just an attitude thing……sideburns? Bad fit in the room?

    Are his fancies bad?

    Skipping practice after he got here was a bad career move. Most coaches would do the same, gonna have to earn their way back into good graces.

  193. russ99 says:

    Still hoping for a late trade/waiver pick up over keeping guys just because of their contracts.

  194. Wilde says:

    russ99: Skipping practice after he got here was a bad career move. Most coaches would do the same, gonna have to earn their way back into good graces.

    I would say that he has done so, on the ice

  195. Abbeef says:

    Wilde,

    I would strongly disagree. For our bubble players I would rank preseason performance as follows:

    Yamamoto, Chaisson, Aberg/Caggiula, Kassian. I would also argue that Benson and Marody would be on this list and not at the bottom of they were still in camp, probably just below Chaisson. I would take Caggiula over Aberg every time, I think Caggiula will develop into a Cogliano type. Aberg will ‘develop’ into Robbie Schremp IMO.

  196. Side says:

    godot10: The only coach I really trashed was the dementor.#EakinsDerangementSyndrome.

    I liked Krueger and Nelson.

    Calling a coach mediocre isn’t really trashing him.

    When you go to a restaurant and someone asks you how it is:

    “The restaurant was mediocre”

    “What made it mediocre?”

    “The food tastes awful, the chef cooked things poorly, the server was slow and didn’t get us any drinks, the food was over priced, the interior is tacky”

    “Is there anything you liked about it that makes it mediocre?”

    “#thoroughlymediocrerestaurant”

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