The Streets of Bakersfield

by Lowetide

Anticipation. It is such a wonderful feeling, but stretched over many days that rush becomes strained, almost anticlimactic. I think we’re probably in that spot now, today.

We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasin’ after some finer day
Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

We’re just over 24 hours aways from the start of the Edmonton Oilers season, less than 12 hours from the beginning of the Bakersfield Condors 2018-19 kickoff game. For all intents and purposes, this weekend is the beginning of the season for Oilers fans. The NHL and AHL teams missed the postseason a year ago, hopes and prayers for better days ahead.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton is going to bring it all season long. Proud to be part of a lineup that is ready to cover the coming year. Outstanding coverage from a large group, including Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis, Lowetide, Minnia Feng and Pat McLean. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now’s your chance. Special offer is here, less than $3 a month!

  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After the death of his father, Sweden trip holds special significance for Adam Larsson, and one of his opponents.
  • New Lowetide: Orange, white and blue October: In 1979, the Oilers rocked the NHL.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Why the Nuge-McDavid-Rattie line has been so successful.
  • Lowetide: The 2018-19 Oilers are in a period of transition.
  • Jonathan Willis: How worried should the Oilers be about the preseason struggles of Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl?
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers bet on Ty Rattie paying off and other lessons learned from training camp.
  • Lowetide: A transaction flurry as Oilers finalize 2018-19 roster
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Leon’s time to shine. This is an amazing piece, exceptional.
  • Lowetide: Oilers waive Aberg, release Jerabek and stand at 25.
  • Lowetide: Oilers prospects Berglund, Maksimov off to fine starts
  • Lowetide: Is this the year an Edmonton Oilers player wins the Calder Trophy?

OILERS LINES AND PAIRINGS

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Connor McDavid—Ty Rattie
  • Milan Lucic—Leon Draisaitl—Kailer Yamamoto
  • Jujhar Khaira—Ryan Strome—Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Tobias Rieder—Kyle Brodziak—Zack Kassian
  • Drake Caggiula—Alex Chiasson
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Darnell Nurse—Matt Benning
  • Kris Russell—Evan Bouchard
  • Jason Garrison—Ethan Bear
  • Cam Talbot (Mikko Koskinen)

A couple of changes here, as Khaira moves to the third line and Bouchard replaces Bear on the third pairing. That is perhaps a clue in regard to the opening lineup but we’ll know in due time. Coach Todd McLellan gave an informative media avail (here) and his comments about Yamamoto and Puljujarvi are especially (in my opinion) telling. Lineups by Bob.

CONDORS STARTING ROSTER

Oilers legit prospects (Benson, Marody, Jones, Lagesson) should all play something close to a feature role all season. I’m not sure who will get the goalie starts, it’s going to be a difficult depth chart for the two new pro backstops to climb. My under the radar hopeful is Joe Gambardella, and Kevin Gravel outplayed a few defensemen during main camp in my opinion.

CONDORS NHL PRESEASON SCORING

  1. Tyler Benson 2, 0-3-3 (28:16)
  2. Patrick Russell 1, 2-0-2 (13:00)
  3. Kevin Gravel 2, 0-2-2 (34:12)
  4. Cooper Marody 3, 0-1-1 (36:09)
  5. Caleb Jones 1, 1-0-1 (20:21)
  6. Joe Gambardella 1, 0-1-1 (14:10)
  7. Brad Malone 2, 0-0-0 (22:03)
  8. Keegan Lowe 1, 0-0-0 (15:40)
  9. Josh Currie 1, 0-0-0 (16:01)
  10. Logan Day 1, 0-0-0 (20:18)
  11. Ryan Stanton 1, 0-0-0 (17:30)
  12. William Lagesson 1, 0-0-0 (15:19)
  13. Tyler Vesel 1, 0-0-0 (10:16)
  14. Cameron Hebig 1, 0-0-0 (9:46)
  15. Evan Polei 1, 0-0-0 (8:48)

AND NOW, THIS

Interesting article on Connor McDavid is here.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we kickstart a turkey weekend with two hours of unpronounceable radio! TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Memories of opening day.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman, The Athletic. We’ll discuss Daniel’s excellent piece on Adam Larsson and the team in general.
  • Matthew Iwanyk, TSN1260. Eskimos in the heartland Monday afternoon.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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rickithebear

Hey wood guy

What was our record with Hall out of the lineup?

He was paid to be in lineup.

Being replaced by #13-14 fwd is a performance issue.

The record with him set a clear hill to climb to be playoff eligible.

Your piddly little 9% diff of 14min evTO is a drop in a bucket compared to the damage from his missed games.

Missed games is a performance measure.

I sit in unit 57 in foothills.
Post chemo and transplant, pucking, loosing 1 1/2 # a day.
WBC count on its way to .1

I not buying your table scrap minimal affect analysis

Failure to perform is more noticeable when you are paid to be there and you are not in the lineup

iHockeyWpg

Hello LT. Are new articles posted in the AM? Haven’t been on the site in awhile, seems articles show up in the PM with several dozen comments already posted. Thanks

jzed

Lucic scored, well, there’s that. Brief periods of pressure after good forechecks, but too much ring around the boards Rosie from our top 4 D, Benning and Nuge getting shoved around, if we don’t move the puck, will be a long night.

Bank Shot

Oilers in midseason form. lol

Full Clapper Top Cheddar

hunter1909,

Hey Hunter,

Mark me down for 99 points and 25 goals for Yak. Thanks for doing this! Can’t wait for this season to begin! Go Oilers!

Revolved

I’m still on the train, but I’ll be there by game time. This is going to be great!

It’s too bad Bratt got injured just before this game, as it’s probably a once in a lifetime chance for him and was one of the few swedes on either side.

Rieder going to the fourth line is a great sign of depth. Although a lot of that is youth, I am looking forward to seeing the rookies.

I read that Kinkaid is their likely starter, and I hope that his rough preseason (.896) continues tonight.

London Jon

Couple of beers and some food at ‘The Avenue’ and now we are off to the Scandinaveum. Three oilers jerseys to every Devils jersey.

Also a lot of Lundqvist NYR jerseys and Frolunda jerseys

go_oil

Hunter’s contest:

98 points for the Oil.
24 goals for Yak.

30-23-53 for Ty if he plays all 82 games or 0.65 PPG

Great to see some crooked numbers in Bakersfield, especially on the powerplay. Hopefully a good mix of vets and blue-chip prospects to push for playoffs and feed the pipeline.

SwedishPoster

Gameday!!!

Woodguy v2.0

jp: So what you’re saying is that 15-16 Taylor Hall was 17-18 Milan Lucic?

Goal share wise at least.

Not quite.

In 15/16 McDavid was 60% with Hall and 50% away so Hall was a 10% boost

In 17/18 McDavid was 57.5% with Lucic and 56.9% away so Lucic was a 0.6% boost.

So Hall’s positive effect on McDavid was 16.6 times as great as Lucic’s.

🙂

v4ance

For Hunter’s contest:

Oilers: 98 points
Yak: 23 goals

OriginalPouzar

Lineup as expected:

Oilers starting lineup vs NJ in ??:

RNH-McDavid-Rattie
Lucic-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
Khaira-Strome-Puljujarvi
Rieder-Brodziak-Kassian

Klefbom-Larsson
Nurse-Benning
Russell-Bouchard (NHL debut) or Bear assigned to AHL (he is only option for players not on lineup).

Talbot

Someone needs to go on IR (Drake) or

OriginalPouzar

Bouchard making his debut tonight.

I think it should be Bear based on a defensive game they made less high end mistakes than the 18 year old as camp went on but I am excited to see Bouchard.

Bear was also a bigger PP weapon during camp.

hunter1909

Hunter1909’s 2018-19 Death March™ is Back!!

Here’s how you enter:

Predict the final points total of the Oilers 2018-19 season.

Tie break: how many goals does Yakupov score in the KHL?

That’s it!

Contest open until NHL puck drop in Europe vs NJ.

Hunter1909’s DeathMarch™ Prediction: Oilers make 101 points. Yakupov scores 23 goals.

Oiled Fan

Hunter:

115 for the Oilers

15 for Yak

Thanks

OriginalPouzar

Game Day!

So excited!

Morning skate should be pretty soon so we should get confirmation of that 3rd D pairing.

BerkhamstedOil

hunter1909,

Hi Hunter – cherry is my favourite flavour….going with 106 points and Yak pots 22 for the tie breaker many thanks for doing this!

StixMalone

Hunter I’m in for 101 points and Yak scores 14 please

hunter1909

Krid:
hunter1909,

Thanks for doing this hunter. I’ll take 25 goals and 20 assists for Rattie.

Hunter1909’s 2018-19 Death March™ is Back!!

Here’s how you enter:

Predict the final points total of the Oilers 2018-19 season.

Tie break: how many goals does Yakupov score in the KHL?

That’s it!

Contest open until NHL puck drop in Europe vs NJ.

edwards_daddy

Hello Mr Hunter,

I’ll take 100 points for the Ty Rattie Oilers and Yak to pop 12.

Best regards,
Father of Edward (and William and Henry)

digger50

Krid:
hunter1909,

Thanks for doing this hunter. I’ll take 25 goals and 20 assists for Rattie.

The trouble you’ve started Pescador

Krid

hunter1909,

Thanks for doing this hunter. I’ll take 25 goals and 20 assists for Rattie.

Simba

hunter1909,

Hunter, Please put me down for 88 points and 20 goals. Not to be a pessimist but I just don’t see enough depth in goalie and D needed to keep up with the Jones’s this year…

Bismarck

Hunter:

98 for the Oil.

17 for YakCity.

Goilers!!

vinotintazo

pts2pndr: And Nurse!

Hes there

hunter1909

Pescador: What about Rattie?

Rattie appears to be running their own independent program.

DeathMarch™ is offering nothing concerning Rattie at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation.

N64

digger50: You got me here, what did I miss? Rattie is the tie breaker tie breaker?

Rattie has a career high of 44 points

I think we were also supposed to predict Benson’s NHL games. The Ty Ty breaker.

slopitch

At this time tomorrow around 10:30am, I will crack a beer, put on some wings and get ready for the game.

Go oilers! Clap clap

digger50

Pescador: What about Rattie?

You got me here, what did I miss? Rattie is the tie breaker tie breaker?

Rattie has a career high of 44 points

Faustkarz

99 points, 16 goals for yak for me hunter

OriginalPouzar

Don’t forget the 11am start tomorrow everyone.

Go Oilers!

Pescador

digger50:
Mr Hunter

Please put me down for 101 points for the Oil

And 21 goals for the Yak

Fingers crossed

What about Rattie?

OriginalPouzar

The perfect night is over – Montoya beat on a shot from the circles.

Wilde

flyfish1168: So are they running 5 lefties?

no

OriginalPouzar

SH breakaway goal for Brad Malone – he’s got 4 points.

Willie Lagesson with the assist.

OriginalPouzar

flyfish1168: So are they running 5 lefties?

I thing Logan Day, a rightie, was on PP1.

digger50

Mr Hunter

Please put me down for 101 points for the Oil

And 21 goals for the Yak

Fingers crossed

flyfish1168

Wilde: Jones at the point and Marody running it off the half wall

So are they running 5 lefties?

Pescador

OriginalPouzar: Has he ridden enough buses????

Hehe,
More then 1 poster claimed he didn’t have the chops for the AHL

Wilde

I should clarify, I consider the Bakersfield F group to be well below average (because they don’t sign scorers), not that I consider average to be an achievement for JW in general.

Wilde

OriginalPouzar: Has he ridden enough buses????

honestly, if he gets more than league average 5v5 GF out of this forward group I’ll be extremely impressed

I’ve been critical of the “hire” based on his NHL track record of being on teams that underperformed their talent in that area

OriginalPouzar

Wilde:
my friends, it appears we are witnessing the ascent of Jay Woodcroft

Has he ridden enough buses????

OriginalPouzar

Gravel’s shot tipped by Joe G. and its 7-0.

Wilde

my friends, it appears we are witnessing the ascent of Jay Woodcroft

OriginalPouzar

Another great thing about Parsons getting the yank tonight is its just mere hours after one of my partners, an extremely knowledgeable and engaged flames fan, advised that he is convinced Parson will be a stud starting tender in the NHL.

Wilde

flyfish1168: What setup are the Condors using?

Jones at the point and Marody running it off the half wall

Wilde

I wonder if Mitch Callahan rebounds to his regular ppg this year?

OriginalPouzar

Callahan with his 2nd makes it 6-0.

The first one on Gillies – Parsons pulled after 5.

flyfish1168

Lowetide:
Nope. It was PP, too. FOUR PP and a shortie. Lordy.

What setup are the Condors using?

godot10

Lowetide:
Nope. It was PP, too. FOUR PP and a shortie. Lordy.

So #ThoroughlyMediocreCoach was the problem with the PP and not #BoyWondercroft! Who knew?