Game Two 2018-19: Oilers at Bruins

Todd McLellan shuffled his lines at practice in Boston, sending Jesse Puljujarvi to the fourth line (or bizarro third line, it’s honestly hard to tell these days). McLellan is going to do this his way, but success will need to follow. If you are unorthodox you need to win. If you’re Whitey Herzog and it’s 1982 you are a genius. Come 1990? Time for the off ramp. Still, it’s one thing to try an idea in practice, quite another to use it for an entire game. McLellan is clearly searching.

Seen some hard times
Drawn some bad lines
No time for shoeshines
Hard nose the highway

-Van Morrison, Hard Nose the Highway

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  • New Lowetide: Joel Persson’s early season performance in the SHL.
  • New Lowetide: Practice lines in Boston, anger in Edmonton and Kailer Yamamoto remains on the No. 2 line.
  • New Jonathan Willis: At 34, is Kyle Brodziak just too old to help the Oilers?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Why Todd McLellan’s name keeps showing up on those ‘first coach fired in 2018-19’ lists
  • New James Mirtle: Sizing up the NHL 2018-19 by age, height and age (Oilers content)
  • Black Dog: Edmonton’s future is bright, but there are all kinds of questions in the present.
  • Lowetide: Evan Bouchard survives first game.
  • Lowetide: Ryan McLeod takes demotion in stride, while a Condo of Condors impress on opening weekend.
  • Jonathan Willis: On AHL opening night, Caleb Jones and friends make it clear they want NHL jobs.
  • Lowetide: Orange, white and blue October: In 1979, the Oilers rocked the NHL.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After the death of his father, Sweden trip holds special significance for Adam Larsson, and one of his opponents.
  • Scott Wheeler: How the eye test fails to properly evaluate Evan Bouchard.
  • 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?

HOW BAD WAS IT?

I have archives for this blog going back to late spring 2007 and believe me there are passages from all of us that reflect searing pain and acid rain. I think it’s important to look at things logically and that paints an interesting picture.

The five lefties on the power play plan has people up in arms, but they cashed in Game 1 of the season and are rolling at 25 percent. If the current group goes a few games without scoring, I’m sure we’ll see a tweak.

It’s the same with the third and fourth lines. McLellan is looking for some kind of solution and we know shuffling lines is one of his favourite tools. In the projected lineup below, that third line is just about the most experienced trio he can cobble, and the fourth line is a group of kids trying to find their way.

TODAY’S PROJECTED LINEUP

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

I’ll change the lineup if there are last minute changes (Nuge did practice yesterday), not sure about anything beyond the No. 1 line and the top two pairings (plus Talbot). I will tell you I have absolutely no expectations entering this game. The preseason is gone, we have one game as a reference point, and tonight could be 7-0 Boston or a close one. I can’t see Edmonton blowing out the Bruins, though. That No. 1 line featuring Bergeron with Marchand and Pastrnak is just too good to shut down.

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 2015:0-2-0, goal differential -4
  • Oilers in October 2016: 2-0-0, goal differential +5
  • Oilers in October 2017:1-1-0, goal differential +2
  • Oilers in October 2018: 0-1-0, goal differential -3

Edmonton’s first game has been discussed to death so it’s good to get this party started. The first ‘must win’ game for October goes on Saturday, grabbing a point tonight would be a great result for the Oilers. The goal differential is also important and the penalty kill could use a strong game.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OCTOBER

  • On the road to: Sweden to play NJD (Expected: 0-0-1) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Boston, NYR, Winnipeg (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Boston, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Washington (Expected 1-3-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Nashville, Chicago (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 3-6-2, 8 points in 11 games 
  • Current results: 0-1-0, 0 points after one game

The Oilers play Boston tonight, at MSG Saturday morning and then Tuesday against the Jets to round out the road trip. Is it possible to come home 2-2-0? I think that’s too much to ask, but we’ll see. A strong rebound game today would bring a lot of cheer to Oilers fans.

The team is 2-1-0 so far and that puts them near the top of the Pacific Division, rare air for the Condors in the AHL. Eight individual forwards have scored in the three games, that’s a nice reflection of improved depth. Tyler Benson and Cooper Marody are the class of the signed group up front.

  • Condors start 2015-16: 1-1-1 (-4GD)
  • Condors start 2016-17: 1-2-0 (+1GD)
  • Condors start 2017-18: 1-2-0 (-6GD)
  • Condors start 2018-19: 2-1-0 (+3GD)

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. It’s going to be a helluva day for Oilers fans, feels like opening night all over again. Scheduled to appear:

  • Alex Thomas, The Oilers Rig, The Hockey Writers and Murphy’s Hockey Law. We get the Oilers and Bruins updated from Bostonian Thomas, who is an excellent writer and observer of all things orange, white and blue.
  • Daniel Gallen from Penn Live. Eagles have struggled all year, but the NFC East has been awful in the first quarter so there’s still time. Big one against Eli tonight.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Oilers have played only one game but the Todd McLellan drum is getting louder.
  • Andrew Peard, Oil Kings PBP. The team is still playing well but the results aren’t coming since the quick start.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Two hours of radio straight ahead!

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  1. russ99 says:

    I like that we seem to be finally developing prospects properly in the AHL. Been a long hard slog to get here.

    Athletic yesterday listed the Oilers as the league’s youngest team at a 25.5 average.

    Our future looks bright, nice to take a positive even if the present resides in the murky pools of negativity.

    Would like to see some forward progress tonight, win, lose or OTL.

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m going to require a solid team performance tonight and, hopefully, 2 points in the standings for the Oilers.

    Oilers social media is simply not a fun place to peruse right now and that is disappointing.

    Go Oilers!

  3. Jethro Tull says:

    “McLellan is clearly searching.”

    In game two of the goddamn season.

    “That No. 1 line featuring Bergeron with Marchand and Pastrnak is just too good to shut down.”

    Tonight will be about match-ups. I’ll still take any line McDavid is on. He’s that good. But your first line can’t be your saw-off line.

    And heaven help us if Nurse – Russell or Garrison – Benning are caught out there against them….

    Shit, this could get messy…..

  4. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I’m going to require

    Haha. Me too! I require a win dammit!

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    I don’t see the Oilers blowing out the Bruins either, yet again, I’m sure noone saw the Bruins losing 7-0 in their opener, I’m sure noone saw the Oilers putting up 8 against CHI in February 2012 nor the Oilers taking out the Stars in 1997.

    Go Oilers!

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Speaking of the Condors, if anyone has $60 burning a hole in their pocket, for fear of seeming like an AHL TV marketing presence, I recommend getting a season pass for the Condors. There is real talent on the team and they are fun to watch. Through 3 games, the stream has been 100%, no issues.

  7. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Speaking of the Condors, if anyone has $60 burning a hole in their pocket, for fear of seeming like an AHL TV marketing presence, I recommend getting a season pass for the Condors.There is real talent on the team and they are fun to watch.Through 3 games, the stream has been 100%, no issues.

    Great advice, I’ll have to do that.

  8. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    They better come out playing like their ass hair is on fire.

    GOILERS!!!

    *clapclap*

  9. russ99 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    “McLellan is clearly searching.”

    In game two of the goddamn season.

    “That No. 1 line featuring Bergeron with Marchand and Pastrnak is just too good to shut down.”

    Tonight will be about match-ups. I’ll still take any line McDavid is on.He’s that good.But your first line can’t be your saw-off line.

    And heaven help us if Nurse – Russell or Garrison – Benning are caught out there against them….

    Shit, this could get messy…..

    I think that’s the reason for that third line of Rieder – Strome – Kassian, to limit the damage after Brodziak’s line got caved vs. the Devils.

  10. JimmyV1965 says:

    Will be a very interesting game against the Bruins. If the boys come out flat again, Tmacs future is hanging like a thread, only two games in. Juggling lines and sending messages to players after one stinking game tells me the coach is in full panic mode. I think he has forgot the key players on this team are all very young. He needs to build them up, rather than knock them down by switching lines or reducing ice time after one game. Quit sending messages to players and communicate with them.

  11. PinkSocks says:

    The five lefties on the power play plan has people up in arms, but they cashed in Game 1 of the season and are rolling at 25 percent.

    That goal was on a rush by 97, it wasn’t a typical PP goal. That goal could have happened as easily at 5v5 as it did 5v4, because McDavid. Until the unit is able to set up and score a goal while maintaining possession, it isn’t repeatable.

    I watched the Vegas/Caps game last night. Washington’s PP is magical to watch. OV and Carlson set up for one timers. Oshie in the slot. Backstrom giving and going with Kuznetsov. It’s a thing of beauty. Watching them is most frustrating because the Oilers have the talent to form a top 5 powerplay. Even if 5L is written in blood, fine, then set it up for Draisaitl and Klefbom for one timers, RNH and McDavid rotating, and put Caggiula in the slot. (I know I’m not a fan but he has a very quick release).

    At least in the decade of darkness we knew the Oil didn’t have the horses.

    #FreeManny

  12. Darth Tu says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I’ve reached the point where I’m apparently all in on watching prospect hockey. I’m going to do this, my wife will be less than pleased that there’s EVEN MORE HOCKEY to watch….

  13. PinkSocks says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Will be a very interesting game against the Bruins. If the boys come out flat again, Tmacs future is hanging like a thread, only two games in.Juggling lines and sending messages to players after one stinking game tells me the coach is in full panic mode.I think he has forgot the key players on this team are all very young.He needs to build them up, rather than knock them down by switching lines or reducing ice time after one game.Quit sending messages to players and communicate with them.

    This is spot on. He is coaching as if it is a team fully comprised of veterans with a decade of experience in the league… only he really has mostly a team <25.

  14. tileguy says:

    Why does the Todd, Jesse relationship remind me so much of the Dallas, Nail relationship. I hope nobody gets their confidence crushed this year.

  15. texmex says:

    2nd Line LW??

    Mark Spector

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    McLellan makes Kyle Brodziak a heakthy scratch tonight, in just his second game back as an Oiler. Caggiula draws in on 2nd lw.

  16. PinkSocks says:

    Cooper Marody’s shootout goal last night. Filthy.

    https://twitter.com/EDMFutureWatch/status/1050244947587125248

  17. Bos8 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Speaking of the Condors, if anyone has $60 burning a hole in their pocket, for fear of seeming like an AHL TV marketing presence, I recommend getting a season pass for the Condors.There is real talent on the team and they are fun to watch.Through 3 games, the stream has been 100%, no issues.

    Just so you don’t feel like the voice in the wilderness

    Something, burning bush, something

    I saw the light

    Lowe as mentor was negative value,

  18. dustrock says:

    -Licker-Bergeron-Pasta must indeed be licking their chops thinking of going up against Nurse-Russell and Garrison-Benning.

    You really, really hope the McDavid can saw off against them.

    Now would be a good time for Draisaitl to wake up. He should be able to take Krejci.

  19. texmex says:

    PinkSocks,

    Love the jerseys!!!

  20. dustrock says:

    texmex:
    2nd Line LW??

    Mark Spector

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    McLellan makes Kyle Brodziak a heakthy scratch tonight, in just his second game back as an Oiler. Caggiula draws in on 2nd lw.

    I might rather see Cagguila-Draisaitl-Yamamoto than have Lucic in there, if that’s accurate.

  21. dustrock says:

    LT Matty has it as Cagguila-Strome-Jesse and Rieder-Khaira-Kassian.

    Benning-Nurse. No Garrison.

  22. texmex says:

    dustrock,

    Spec is now saying Caggs is on the 3rd line, not 2nd.

    Mark Spector

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    Oiler lines:
    RNH McDavid Rattie.
    Lucic Draisaitl Yamamoto.
    Caggiula Strome Puljujarvi.
    Rieder Khaira Kassian

  23. jtblack says:

    PinkSocks: The five lefties on the power play plan has people up in arms, but they cashed in Game 1

    Yup.I am willing to die on this hill. 5 Lefties is dumb. Full Stop. Don’t care. Don’t try and convince me.

    Watching the Flyers pass it around against the AHL Senators was magic. Voracek, Ghost and Giroux have complete control and ALL are weapons to shoot. Vorecek went cross seam to Giroux for a couple one timers. Giroux back to Ghost for a couple one timers. That keeps the Goalie honest. The rest of the time they just play tick tack toe trying to get the puck to better HD scoring areas.

    2 RH, 3 LH. Looked Great. Either way. Having different handed people on their PP seemed to work rather well.

  24. PinkSocks says:

    texmex,

    They are beauties.

  25. jtblack says:

    texmex:
    2nd Line LW??

    Mark Spector

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    McLellan makes Kyle Brodziak a heakthy scratch tonight, in just his second game back as an Oiler. Caggiula draws in on 2nd lw.

    Remember last season when everyone was pumped about the Jokinen signing and then quickly realized he was DONE.

    Brodziak heading down same track.

  26. Bos8 says:

    Conundrum

    TMac at worlds was innovative. Woodcroft is doing good with Condors.

    WTF, over

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bouchard is playing tonight.

    Oilers bottom six for tonight.
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Rieder-Khaira-Kassian

    Top two lines the same.

  28. jtblack says:

    “I will tell you I have absolutely no expectations entering this game. ”

    LT – this sounds like a guy who is slightly worried about tonights game, while holding out faint hope that someone Edmonton can keep it close.

  29. PinkSocks says:

    jtblack: Yup.I am willing to die on this hill.5 Lefties is dumb. Full Stop. Don’t care. Don’t try and convince me.

    Watching the Flyers pass it around against the AHL Senators was magic. Voracek, Ghost and Giroux have complete control and ALL are weapons to shoot.Vorecek went cross seam to Giroux for a couple one timers. Giroux back to Ghost for a couple one timers.That keeps the Goalie honest. The rest of the time they just play tick tack toe trying to get the puck to better HD scoring areas.

    2 RH, 3 LH.Looked Great.Either way.Having different handed people on their PP seemed to work rather well.

    It’s just bizarre honestly. It’s not like Todd doesn’t have options. He has Bouchard when in the lineup. He has JP and Rattie and Yamamoto, and even Strome who would be fine in the slot with his shot. The days of plugging the big body (Lucic) in front of the net to screen countless shots from the D (Klefbom) are over, full stop. This is archaic thinking from a coach who was able to succeed with archaic thinking when archaic thinking wasn’t archaic. Now it is. He has not adapted. And like all creatures that don’t adapt to their living environment, they eventually become extinct.

    IF Todd hands the reigns of the PP over to the guy who was hired to do take the reigns of the PP and Manny gets them going on a heater, TMac may last longer than US Thanksgiving. Otherwise, here’s hoping the Oilers go full Penguins (twice) with mid-season HC firings on their way to a Stanley.

  30. Bos8 says:

    Ahem

    Reins

    Archaic teamsters term, “Hand over the reins”.

    Take control of balky horses. Pull together.

  31. PinkSocks says:

    Bos8,

    I’m going to blame my phone.

  32. flea says:

    The lineup tonight looks to be the fastest one the oilers can deploy. So crazy to have to wait so long for game 2. Here’s hoping they can somehow chop this road trip and come to their home opener with a bit of confidence.

  33. Bos8 says:

    PinkSocks:
    Bos8,

    I’m going to blame my phone.

    I’m glad you didn’t get pissy.

    Teamsters is a forgotten art. My way of paying homage

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harsh words from the coach after Game 1:

    “There’s a number of players that are on notice… Tonight would be a good night to establish yourself in the lineup as a consistent player.” Coach McLellan on opportunities for redemption following the #Oilers opener

  35. Bos8 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    That second period was full value for the “harsh words.”

  36. Primetime says:

    flea:
    The lineup tonight looks to be the fastest one the oilers can deploy. So crazy to have to wait so long for game 2. Here’s hoping they can somehow chop this road trip and come to their home opener with a bit of confidence.

    Not quite the fastest lineup possible….Alex Chiasson is actually a pretty fast train, especially at his size. The only way the Oil ever deploy the “fastest” lineup possible is if Looch gets a case of “the gout”.

  37. Nix says:

    Its almost as if the summer promises of a powerplay whispering asst coach, a transition game d-man guru asst coach, Jesse’s promotion to skill lines, Lucic being a speed demon after losing 6 pounds, and Tmac finally shelving the blender and not being a stubborn cuss were all fluffed bullshit.

  38. PinkSocks says:

    Nix:
    Its almost as if the summer promises of a powerplay whispering asst coach, a transition game d-man guru asst coach,Jesse’s promotion to skill lines, Lucic being a speed demon after losing 6 pounds, and Tmac finally shelving the blender and not being a stubborn cuss were all fluffed bullshit.

    Almost?

  39. jtblack says:

    Oilers Nation has beat to a pulp the 2015 Reinhart trade.
    Although PC gets a fail on that astute move, the real Loser on the day was the Bruins.

    “If you are going to be unorthodox, you need to win.”

    2015 Draft the Bruins had 3 straight picks, #13, #14, #15. They decided to be Unorthodox & IMO it cost them dearly. It may have cost them a Cup.

    Had Boston just picked the consensus BPA they would have landed
    #13 – BARZAL
    #14 – CONNOR
    #15 – CHABOT
    You can yell and scream about hindsight, but those players were the next 3 off the board after the Bruins picks. The arrows on those 3 are Excellent.

    Had Boston had Barzal and Connor in the lineup last season, do they win the Cup?

    With all 3 still on ELC’s this year, how would they look?

    Anyway, it just goes back to what LT said at the top.

    “If you are going to be unorthodox, you need to win.”

  40. godot10 says:

    russ99:
    I like that we seem to be finally developing prospects properly in the AHL. Been a long hard slog to get here.

    Really. Yamamoto** and Bouchard are in the NHL instead of Bakersfield and London.

    **I’d like to see Yamamoto on a line without Lucic, but he is better off in Bakersfield than with Lucic.

  41. Litke 94 says:

    I have a knot in my stomach. On one hand I am optimistic that this team got the kick in the ass it needed over the past week and will come out with enough passion tonight to put forth a competitive effort.

    On the other hand… I remember telling myself that many a times last year, as it was hard to fathom two, three, four, five lackluster games in a row.

    It is only Game 2, but tonight could go a long way in showing us just where this team sits mentally. Do they have the “intestinal fortitude” to fight back after a tough loss, much like they did in 2016/2017? I guess we shall see.

  42. stephen sheps says:

    godot10: I’d like to see Yamamoto on a line without Lucic, but he is better off in Bakersfield than with Lucic.

    This might be the best question you’ve ever asked. I certainly don’t know the answer, but it’s really worth pondering, isn’t it?

  43. jtblack says:

    not piling on ..just stating some facts ..

    After teams have their mandatory 5 day layoff, their record is quite poor. This wasn’t the mandatory break but the Oilers have to deal with the long layoff anyway .. So that’s against them

    Boston is good. Real Good. So that’s against them.

    Dadbot needs to stop the 1st shot. And quite possibly steal the game.

    If Edm is within 1 goal after 20 mins, I will take it.

  44. godot10 says:

    jtblack:
    Oilers Nation has beat to a pulp the 2015 Reinhart trade.
    Although PC gets a fail on that astute move, the real Loser on the day was the Bruins.

    “If you are going to be unorthodox, you need to win.”

    2015 Draft the Bruins had 3 straight picks, #13, #14, #15.They decided to be Unorthodox & IMO it cost them dearly.It may have cost them a Cup.

    Had Boston just picked the consensus BPA they would have landed
    #13 – BARZAL
    #14 – CONNOR
    #15 – CHABOT
    You can yell and scream about hindsight, but those players were the next 3 off the board after the Bruins picks.The arrows on those 3 are Excellent.

    Had Boston had Barzal and Connor in the lineup last season, do they win the Cup?

    With all 3 still on ELC’s this year, how would they look?

    Anyway, it just goes back to what LT said at the top.

    “If you are going to be unorthodox, you need to win.”

    The guy who made those picks is now picking for the Oilers. But then the following year he also chose McAvoy and Carlo.

  45. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Bouchard is playing tonight.

    Oilers bottom six for tonight.
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Rieder-Khaira-Kassian

    Top two lines the same.

    So why don’t they at least get one practice together for some familiarity? craziness

    Is the Oiler game being shown here in Calgary ? or only on PPV?

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    russ99:
    I like that we seem to be finally developing prospects properly in the AHL. Been a long hard slog to get here.

    Hopefully – there is talk about Marody being the first call-up (just speculation and discourse among fans) and, to me, that is the opposite of developing prospects properly in the AHL unless he’s absolutely forcing the issue (which is unlikely to happen when he first call-up is required).

  47. BONE207 says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    They better come out playing like their ass hair is on fire.

    GOILERS!!!

    *clapclap*

    After reading that they are the youngest team in the Nhl, not sure many of them have ass hair. Those that do better though.

  48. knighttown says:

    jtblack: Yup.I am willing to die on this hill.5 Lefties is dumb. Full Stop. Don’t care. Don’t try and convince me.

    Watching the Flyers pass it around against the AHL Senators was magic. Voracek, Ghost and Giroux have complete control and ALL are weapons to shoot.Vorecek went cross seam to Giroux for a couple one timers. Giroux back to Ghost for a couple one timers.That keeps the Goalie honest. The rest of the time they just play tick tack toe trying to get the puck to better HD scoring areas.

    2 RH, 3 LH.Looked Great.Either way.Having different handed people on their PP seemed to work rather well.

    No its not. The handedness of the half-wall player and the guy he interchanges with doesn’t really matter. It’s the other 3 being in one-timer positions that matters.

    Winnipeg does it with 3 RH shots in the shooting position (Bufflin, Scheifele, Laine) with someone same handed making the passes (Wheeler). Last year they used Stastney in the interchange spot and he’s LH and I think they use Connor there now, also LH. Doesn’t really matter.

    Washington uses the 3 RH bombers (Ovie, Carlson, Oshie) and two left handed passers (Backstrom and Kuzie).

    So if you want McDavid to be the passer you either put him with 3 RH or 3 LH shots.

    Personally I’d choose the 3 RH shots (Bouch, Jesse and maybe Strome) and have Nuge who has been a PP witch in the interchange spot. This leaves McDavid on his forehand so he can shoot but I get why they don’t do it as those 3 RH shot guys kinda suck and it also leaves your 8.5M star on PP2 which they are loathe to do.

    So if Drai has to be out there I’d suggest McDavid and Nuge interchanging from the left wall (neither in a shooting position) but then it’s 3 LH shooters left which is why you need 5 LH shots. Drai in the Ovie spot, Klefbom and maybe Khaira in the Oshie spot?

    What I wouldn’t do is use 5 LH shots and run it off the right wall.

    Saying that, I’ve been trying to understand what the Oilers are even trying to do and have noticed the Leafs of all teams use a similar setup. They use Marner in the McDavid spot on the right half wall so in even a worse position for shooting than the Oilers are in. Then they use all LH shots, none of which are in a one-timer position. Matthews on his off wing. LH Rielly on the point not in a shooting position and Tavares and Kadri moving around the net front. Both are LH shots.

    So this is actually a “worse” setup than the Oilers in that not a single player can one time a puck.

    But it’s been magic because it’s designed around passing and wrist shots rather than one-timers. And it’s got a bit of football in it in that there seem to be preset plays from motion. When Rielly has the puck both Matthews and Marner come out high and start heading toward the net. Marner usually gets the pass heading to the net ready to shoot. His plan A is Matthews through the seam for a curl and drag wrister. Plan B is Tavares at the left post for a tap in plus he has the Kadri high tip. If you’ll recall Nylander destroying our PP last year on this exact play. I’ve often seem them cross-seam to Matthews who fakes the wrister and back doors it to either of Tavares or Kadri.

    They aren’t using one-timers because their shots are either from net front or from the guy with the best wrister on the planet.

    For what it’s worth, I think this is what the Oilers are TRYING to emulate with the 5 LH shots being run off the right wall.

    If they don’t like that

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    jtblack: Remember last season when everyone was pumped about the Jokinen signing and then quickly realized he was DONE.

    Brodziak heading down same track.

    Except Jokinen was coming off a terrible injury riddled year and was bought out in the off-season whereas Brodziak is coming off one of his best seasons ever, in many aspects of the game (offence, PK, faceoffs) and, in particular, killed it down the stretch, up the lineup, when the Blues were fighting for a playoff spot.

    Yes, he’s been poor through preseason, looking slow and ineffective, however, he was very good last year so I’ll give him a bit of leash to get going.

    He’s only 34.

  50. Alpine says:

    Keith Gretz got Carlo in 2015 and also Pastrnak in 2014. So he’s done very well at times. But that 2015 first round is a doozy outside of Debrusk.

  51. jtblack says:

    godot10: The guy who made those picks is now picking for the Oilers.But then the following year he also chose McAvoy and Carlo.

    Carlo was 2015 draft, 2nd round. #37. Oilers had #33 as we know and there are 4 of 6 draftees in that range playing in the NHL.

    FISCHER – #32
    DERMOTT – #34
    AHO – #35
    CARLO – #37

    But, I know, we wouldn’t have picked any of them!!!!!!!!!

    McAvoy was great pick.

    I like what K. Gretzky has done the last few drafts.

  52. McSorley33 says:

    PinkSocks,

    Thanks for that….nice mitts on Marody.

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: Really.Yamamoto** and Bouchard are in the NHL instead of Bakersfield and London.

    **I’d like to see Yamamoto on a line without Lucic, but he is better off in Bakersfield than with Lucic.

    Yes, I am of the opinion that Yamamoto could use some AHL time as he has proven to be ineffective on the 2nd line through 3-4 preseason games and one regular season game. I think he was headed to California until he was moved off the second line and had a plus half game with Khaira and Caggulia – that saved his NHL job.

    Switching Yamamoto and Puljujarvi is a no-brainer to me but the coach clearly feels differently.

    The issue is, if Yamamoto goes to the the AHL, who comes up? I presume that Jesse moves up to 2RW (although we never know) but who gets called up to the NHL?

    Ethan Bear (and going with 8D)? I think he’s more ready than Bouchard, however, he is still best served with some nice AHL time.

    Only other options are career AHL type players (Malone, Russell) or a rookie pro that clearly could use some nice AHL time (Marody, Benson). Don’t say Joe G.

    Maybe they go with a 22 man roster for a bit – maybe they would get under the adjusted accrual limit and accrue some cap space (I haven’t looked at the numbers on that yet though).

  54. Alpine says:

    Also Keith nailed that 2014 draft. Pastrnak is a star, Donato and Heinen are potential stars, and Bjork looks to be an NHLer too.

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168:

    Is the Oiler game being shown here in Calgary ? or only on PPV?

    All games are available in the Oilers viewing region, which includes Calgary.

    Its on SN West. I know the guide has TBA during the time-slot – I think they are figuring out the MLB playoff broadcast at the same time but it will be shown.

  56. Yeti says:

    OriginalPouzar: The issue is, if Yamamoto goes to the the AHL, who comes up?

    Pontus?

  57. Darth Tu says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I’m willing to give Brodziak quite a bit of rope too, he’s in a new team with new linemates, learning a new system.

    From my football (soccer) support of Kilmarnock in the SPL, one of the biggest reasons we’ve started so well this year is consistency in lineup. When you look back over the last 10 years when we were plumbing the depths of the league, we’d be starting each new season with 8 or 9 new players in the starting lineup. It would take a couple of months to get going as players had to learn how to play with each other. By the end of the season we’d have it figured out and narrowly avoid relegation. Now with a board and a manager that seem interested in pushing fast skilled young players and giving them more than one year contracts we actually look like a team that can grow and succeed.

    Back to the Oilers – look at Strome for example, to start the year he seemed fairly out of place too, but by the end of the season was performing fairly well on PK and as a third line centre. I’m going to hold off on calling Brodziak a bust until we’re a good ways into the season.

  58. stevebergeron97 says:

    How does this organization make a Nylander trade possible? Obviously money needs to go out based on his reported ask. It would give McLellan the option of pairing a Bonafide top 6 R winger with Leon or Connor for years to come. I realize we have Pulju and Yamo, however, this team needs to push now. I think Pulju is ready for that push, but I’m not sure Tmac shares the same opinion.

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yeti: Pontus?

    Would have been a better option, in my opinion – cover and shelter.

  60. Jethro Tull says:

    stevebergeron97:
    How does this organization make a Nylander trade possible? Obviously money needs to go out based on his reported ask. It would give McLellan the option of pairing a Bonafide top 6 R winger with Leon or Connor for years to come. I realize we have Pulju and Yamo, however, this team needs to push now. I think Pulju is ready for that push, but I’m not sure Tmac shares the same opinion.

    I think William would have to ask his mum if he could come to Edmonton.

  61. jtblack says:

    Alpine:
    Also Keith nailed that 2014 draft. Pastrnak is a star, Donato and Heinen are potential stars, and Bjork looks to be an NHLer too.

    +1. They over thought 2015. No team gets it right every year. But very few teams ever get to pick 3 in a row, fairly high, in a deep draft. Just wasn’t their year for nailing down the talent.

  62. stephen sheps says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think they are figuring out the MLB playoff broadcast at the same time but it will be shown.

    Baseball doesn’t resume until tomorrow with the NLCS.

    Great match-ups in both LCS:

    In the NL, Milwaukee vs. LA has a David vs. Goliath feel to it. The Brewers’ payroll is so small compared to the Dodgers and it’s a much younger and untested team. Obviously after last year’s incredible world series, we know LA’s strengths and weaknesses.

    In the AL, Boston vs. Houston is more like clash of the titans. Each team won a bunch of games in the regular season, both have excellent starting pitchers (though playoff Price isn’t as automatic as regular season Price), great hitting, strong defence (Houston’s infield is insane, Boston has the edge in the outfield), but Houston’s bullpen is their real strength. The big narrative of course is Alex Cora, the ex Astros bench coach who is now the manager of the Red Sox. He knows a lot of the players on the other side, their tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. It will be a very good managing duel with the apprentice hoping to defeat the master. I don’t think that’ll happen this year (unabashed Astros fan here), but it’s going to be a helluva series and will likely go the distance.

    October baseball is the best.

  63. Buddy says:

    PinkSocks:
    Cooper Marody’s shootout goal last night.Filthy.

    https://twitter.com/EDMFutureWatch/status/1050244947587125248

    I don’t think he even looks at the goalie until he shoots. The goalie can’t have any idea what he’s going to do.

    To use today’s line, unorthodox, but he won.

  64. jtblack says:

    Buffalo has 3 – 1st round picks this year.

    That is all.

  65. McNuge93 says:

    stevebergeron97:
    How does this organization make a Nylander trade possible? Obviously money needs to go out based on his reported ask. It would give McLellan the option of pairing a Bonafide top 6 R winger with Leon or Connor for years to come. I realize we have Pulju and Yamo, however, this team needs to push now. I think Pulju is ready for that push, but I’m not sure Tmac shares the same opinion.

    The leafs would be looking for a D so either Nurse or Klefbom +. Don’t think The Oilers can afford giving up a D

  66. Oilman99 says:

    OriginalPouzar: All games are available in the Oilers viewing region, which includes Calgary.

    Its on SN West.I know the guide has TBA during the time-slot – I think they are figuring out the MLB playoff broadcast at the same time but it will be shown.

    Oilers game on shaw channel 304 in Calgary, it says ppg, but games are still broadcast free via sports net oilers tv.

  67. McSorley33 says:

    knighttown,

    I don’t get what you are saying.

    Washington and Winnipeg don’t use 5 of the same hand on their PP’s, as you mentioned.

    So where is the template of success for 5 LH’s?

    Where is this coming from?

    As an aside, we have a certain Finn whose highlight package is filled with shots from a nice area of the ice.

    Nobody on the coaching staff curious to see him on PP1 with McDavid and Drai?

    No chance this Finn can take the ‘Letestu’ spot on the PP1?

  68. JJS says:

    As much as I want this team to succeed, a poor start to the season may lead to a change at the GM level. And this is positive IMO.

    I was excited when the Oil hired a GM with experience (for the first time!!). But am now firmly in the camp of concern when it comes to Chirelli and the possibility of watching the greatest player of our time (I am 45 so may be stretching the truth slightly) squandered.

    I would rather see a miserable start to 2018/19, a change in GM by Christmas (Keith – can you keep the seat warm?), and a new hire take the reigns by the draft.

    Tragic

  69. Oilman99 says:

    flyfish1168: So why don’t they at least get onepractice togetherfor some familiarity? craziness

    Is the Oiler game being shown here in Calgary ? or only on PPV?

    Shaw channel 304, flickers on channel 302, channels say ppg but they are not.

  70. Durag says:

    @Lowetide

    Sorry if this has been answered previously, but in your model where the Oilers are 3-6-2 through October, is there a new head coach on November 1?

  71. deardylan says:

    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Rieder-Khaira-Kassian

    Which line will be the 4th line by the 4th period? 😉

  72. Klima's_Bucket says:

    flea: So crazy to have to wait so long for game 2

    Florida plays their 2nd game tonight as well and hasn’t played since Saturday.
    And they weren’t even over in Europe like the Oilers.

  73. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Alpine:
    Keith Gretz got Carlo in 2015 and also Pastrnak in 2014. So he’s done very well at times. But that 2015 first round is a doozy outside of Debrusk.

    I’ve read before on this blog (sorry, can’t remember from whom) that Gretz the younger was on his way out of influence and his Ryan Smyth-esqe hill to die on was drafting Jake DeBrusk. The other two outliers were apparently driven by Neely’s influence. Speculation, sure, but interesting nonetheless.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    stevebergeron97:
    How does this organization make a Nylander trade possible? Obviously money needs to go out based on his reported ask. It would give McLellan the option of pairing a Bonafide top 6 R winger with Leon or Connor for years to come. I realize we have Pulju and Yamo, however, this team needs to push now. I think Pulju is ready for that push, but I’m not sure Tmac shares the same opinion.

    The combination of the cap hit this would require along with the acquisition cost makes this something that is beyond the realm of reasonableness.

  75. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    jtblack,

    Actually, per Bob, we were aiming at Ek and Carlo should they have kept the picks.

  76. Fuge Udvar says:

    McSorley33,

    He gave examples that rely on shooters with all the same handedness. Unless you think the handedness of the net front guy matters that much.. I don’t think swapping Looch out for a right hand shot really changes the PP at all.

  77. OriginalPouzar says:

    deardylan:
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Rieder-Khaira-Kassian

    Which line will be the 4th line by the 4th period?

    I will absolutely take a fourth period tonight!

  78. Bos8 says:

    The Oilers, however they got here, now have an established pipeline of talent. First time in forever. Both offense and D. The four horses in Junior look good. Did I mention Bouchard? Jones, Bear, Lagesson and Bergstrom in the minors. Oh yes, Marody and Benson. Woodcroft seems to have an effective system with the Condors.

    The parent team is young and talented.

    So, what’s the beef?

  79. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    The Bettman Point can help a struggling team remain relevant, but it should be noted that staying in the game until the extra frame suggests competitiveness… compared to down and out by the second frame.

    I seem to remember VCR keeping up with the pack (for a good stretch) in 15/16 based on OTL conversion points, while we were flushing the season on half efforts. We’re not going to win every game, but if we can hang on and grab an extra half dozen points on tenacity, that would bode well for the team going forward.

  80. jtblack says:

    Fuge Udvar:
    McSorley33,

    He gave examples that rely on shooters with all the same handedness. Unless you think the handedness of the net front guy matters that much.. I don’t think swapping Looch out for a right hand shot really changes the PP at all.

    The point is you shouldn’t compare teams that use 3 or 4 of the same hand; and say it’s like using 5 LH or 5 RH.

    At this point, we think Nashville is running 5 RH. So let’s see how that goes for them and how the 5L goes for us. And how long both last.

    My preference is to have at least 1 opposite hand player on the PP for reasons I have mentioned before.

  81. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    McSorley33:
    knighttown,

    I don’t get what you are saying.

    Washington and Winnipeg don’t use 5 of the same hand on their PP’s, as you mentioned.

    So where is the template of success for 5 LH’s?

    Where is this coming from?

    As an aside, we have a certain Finn whose highlight package is filled with shots from a nice area of the ice.

    Nobody on the coaching staff curious to see him on PP1 with McDavid and Drai?

    No chance this Finn can take the ‘Letestu’ spot on the PP1?

    NSH runs 5 RHS on their PP1 and runs it off the left half wall with Johansen as the distributor.

    So basically the flip of TOR and EDM.

    They were 10th last year with 7.49 GF/60 5v4.

  82. Material Elvis says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I don’t see the Oilers blowing out the Bruins either, yet again, I’m sure noone saw the Bruins losing 7-0 in their opener, I’m sure noone saw the Oilers putting up 8 against CHI in February 2012 nor the Oilers taking out the Stars in 1997.

    Go Oilers!

    I know you are one for fine details. It’s ‘no one’, not noone. Normally I wouldn’t grammar Nazi but I thought you’d want to know.

  83. Alpine says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey: I’ve read before on this blog (sorry, can’t remember from whom) that Gretz the younger was on his way out of influence and his Ryan Smyth-esqe hill to die on was drafting Jake DeBrusk.The other two outliers were apparently driven by Neely’s influence.Speculation, sure, but interesting nonetheless.

    That would make sense. Neely probably saw himself in Senyshen. This would also mean Keith may not have made the decision on McAvoy.

  84. jtblack says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    TOR has Marner (RH) as the control guy. He circles up high and then the D man hits him with a short pass while Marner has speed. This allows a host of things to occur

    1) slightly back off the to PK guys cause he’s not stationery
    2) He can shoot it
    3) He can tip pass to Tavares
    4) He can pass low to corner / side net guy
    5) He can go cross seam to Matthews. Even though Matthews is on his offside, he’s one of the few guys in the League who can cradle and release it instantly

    They let Marner decide based on what he sees and what the PK gives him

    So I think EDM should utilize Connor more like Marner

  85. Material Elvis says:

    stevebergeron97:
    How does this organization make a Nylander trade possible? Obviously money needs to go out based on his reported ask. It would give McLellan the option of pairing a Bonafide top 6 R winger with Leon or Connor for years to come. I realize we have Pulju and Yamo, however, this team needs to push now. I think Pulju is ready for that push, but I’m not sure Tmac shares the same opinion.

    Jesse has to earn it. Yamamoto doesn’t have to earn it. Viveiros has to earn it. Bouchard doesn’t have to earn it. Pontus has to earn it. Are we clear?

  86. knighttown says:

    McSorley33:
    knighttown,

    I don’t get what you are saying.

    Washington and Winnipeg don’t use 5 of the same hand on their PP’s, as you mentioned.

    So where is the template of success for 5 LH’s?

    Where is this coming from?

    As an aside, we have a certain Finn whose highlight package is filled with shots from a nice area of the ice.

    Nobody on the coaching staff curious to see him on PP1 with McDavid and Drai?

    No chance this Finn can take the ‘Letestu’ spot on the PP1?

    What I’m saying is that 5 same-handed players isn’t necessarily a problem. Winnipeg uses 4 RH shots and the 5th’s handedness is irrelevant.

    What’s important is having 3 same-handed shots available for one-timers. Three and they have to be the same.

    Whether the passer is RH (Wheeler) or LH (Backstrom) is irrelevant. He’s just passing.

    Whether the down-low (interchanging person) is RH or LH is mostly irrelevant. ‘Peg uses Connor and Washington uses Kuzie but those choices are just because they are the best passers on the team.

    What matters is a cluster of 3 same-handed shooters. For the Oilers that could be:
    -Bouchard, Puljujaarvi and Strome OR
    -Klefbom, Draisaitl and I dunno, Lucic I guess

    McDavid and Drai are the passers and it makes no damned difference what hand they shoot.

    So if they choose cluster 1 then it’s 3 LH and 2 RH but if they choose cluster 2 it’s 5 LH

    I’m not justifying I’m just explaining why they might choose cluster 2. They aren’t removing Leon from PP1 so if they are playing Leon (and McD and Nuge) then they don’t really have a choice but to add two more left shots if they want to use the Winnipeg/Washington PP.

  87. bendelson says:

    In training camp, Manny Viveiros was overheard saying “I’d love to see Jesse on PP1… you know, really take advantage of that big right shot!”.

    Manny has not been seen nor heard from since…

  88. knighttown says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    jtblack,

    Actually, per Bob, we were aiming at Ek and Carlo should they have kept the picks.

    God I hate this answer!

    “See we’re not morons for trading away Barzal because we were already planning to be morons by not drafting him. You can’t be a double moron, moron!”

    Fucking morons.

  89. knighttown says:

    jtblack:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    TOR has Marner (RH) as the control guy.He circles up high and then the D man hits him with a short pass while Marner has speed.This allows a host of things to occur

    1) slightly back off the to PK guys cause he’s not stationery
    2) He can shoot it
    3) He can tip pass to Tavares
    4) He can pass low to corner / side net guy
    5) He can go cross seam to Matthews. Even though Matthews is on his offside, he’s one of the few guys in the League who can cradle and release it instantly

    They let Marner decide based on what he sees and what the PK gives him

    So I think EDM should utilize Connor more like Marner

    That’s almost word-for-word what I said up above.

    But yeah, I do think we know at least understand why because for the longest time I honestly had no clue what they were even trying to accomplish. Now I get it I guess.

    Haven’t seen this all RH PP in Nashville being run from the left side. Are they doing this “downhill umbrella” like the Leafs are?

  90. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    knighttown,

    It should be noted that my comment was a reflection of the verbal, not an endorsement.

  91. jtblack says:

    knighttown,

    “Whether the down-low (interchanging person) is RH or LH is mostly irrelevant. ‘”

    Who says it’s MOSTLY IRRELEVANT? You are saying that, but it doesn’t mean it is accurate. If 5 RH or 5 LH worked so well, more teams would do it ..

    Nash was 10th with 5 RH. that is solid for sure. But it also means 9 teams that didn’t employ all the same handed shots, had better power plays. Nashville’s PP has the talent, so that’s not the issue. Also, I do understand that adding 1 LH to Nashvill’es PP would not guarantee it would be ranked higher.

    The bottom end PP’s are usually a talent issue (not always). But we do know that the Top 9 in the League did not have all 5 shooters the same hand.

  92. ashley says:

    Are we over emphasizing handedness? The tendencies and ability of the player holding the stick dwarfs the consideration of what side the blade is on.

  93. jtblack says:

    ashley:
    Are we over emphasizing handedness?The tendencies and ability of the player holding the stick dwarfs the consideration of what side the blade is on.

    Then why do 90% of Defenseman play the same side as their handedness?

  94. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Primetime: Not quite the fastest lineup possible….Alex Chiasson is actually a pretty fast train, especially at his size.The only way the Oil ever deploy the “fastest” lineup possible is if Looch gets a case of “the gout”.

    If that’s how it’s done, please give that man some purines! Sardines, aged cheese, and red wine. Eat human, grow large with food!

  95. OmJo says:

    “Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid: Which player would you rather have?”
    – Sportsnet Staff

  96. Lowetide says:

    Durag:
    @Lowetide

    Sorry if this has been answered previously, but in your model where the Oilers are 3-6-2 through October, is there a new head coach on November 1?

    No, I don’t think the coach gets fired in the first 30 days of the season. That said, he seems to be under a great deal of express.

  97. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lots of people want Matt Benning healthy scratched or moved down to the third pairing – I get it, he had a really tough game and his partner wasn’t much better. At the same time, last year, in just under 100 minutes, the pairing had:

    CF% – 58.15
    FF% – 58.79
    GF% – 83.33 (10 GF and 2 GA)

    I don’t know the quality of competition but I think its unlikely that it was 3rd pairing minutes (Nurse didn’t really play any third pairing minutes last year).

    The sample size is tiny but I think the pairing deserves more than 1 game to see if it can work.

    ————–

    Note, the results are just as good when the pairing played without McDavid – 6GF, 1GA.

  98. pts2pndr says:

    Litke 94:
    I have a knot in my stomach. On one hand I am optimistic that this team got the kick in the ass it needed over the past week and will come out with enough passion tonight to put forth a competitive effort.

    On the other hand… I remember telling myself that many a times last year, as it was hard to fathom two, three, four, five lackluster games in a row.

    It is only Game 2, but tonight could go a long way in showing us just where this team sits mentally. Do they have the “intestinal fortitude” to fight back after a tough loss, much like they did in 2016/2017? I guess we shall see.

    First rule of leadership do not kick your groupwhen your group is down! There is a time
    and place but given this is the first time this group played together you make ajdjustments and encourage. No great skill in kicking someone or group when their down. If you recall the whole team went on a dive last year after the early bag skate! I do not know what their schedule ie practice meals etc but energy levels are sometimes hard to manage on the road!

  99. Bling says:

    I get what people are saying with give the 5 LH PP#1 unit a chance. Small sample size, blah blah blah.

    Yes, they did score in game 1, but they really didn’t sustain pressure all that well, and they did a piss poor job at generating shots. That’s pretty unacceptable given the quality of talent available to stock that first unit.

    One moment that stood out to me was when Connor grabbed onto a loose puck in the slot on a PP. He fielded the puck on his backhand, and by the time he got to his forehand, the shot attempt was blocked.

    There are plays that even the best player in the world cannot make. If that’s a RH shooter, that puck can be popped straight on net.

    You lose that element having 5 LH guys on the PP. That’s not even getting into one timers. When the Oilers PP was good, two seasons ago, a big reason why was Mark Letestu being the one time option.

    This PP is the brain child of McLellan and Gulutzan, who ran PPs ranked 31st and 27th, respectively, last season. I don’t think you have the right to be that radical when you’re that terrible. I do think those sorts of results would make almost anyone more humble and open to outside advice.

    I’m not a Chia fan, but it’s gotta be frustrating for him to bring in roster help, bring in coaching help, and see McLellan go on blithely doing the same sort of stuff that got him into trouble last season.

  100. Admiral Ackbar says:

    I find the current version of the Oilers to be very similar to the current US administration. Looking at the media, I keep wondering, “how much longer can this charade continue?”

    The tire fire keeps burning. We keep asking ourselves, “how much worse can it get?” And then it gets worse – but that doens’t matter. Those that are pulling the strings (Katz, Nicholson) seem to be reluctant to get involved. I’d love to study the actual organizational structure of the Oilers. I have a feeling that I’ll have wished that I hadn’t though…

  101. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    The problem with Benning isn’t the for, it’s the against – save for a few games two seasons ago pre-head injury.

    Worrying about expected goals for of defensemen when the goalie is being hung out to dry is a bit self-defeating.

  102. SwedishPoster says:

    A short one for SwedishPoster’s swedish game songs this time. For game 2 I’m going with a song that pretty much sums up the Swedish temperament but it also fits the general mood regarding the Oilers around these parts. It’s called “Vintersaga” or “Winter’s Tale” and is a real classic. The chorus goes “and that’s when the great melancholy rolls in, from the ocean there blows an icy grey cold wind”. The lyrics are a bunch of short snapshots from a regular night in the kingdom of Sweden, mentioning several parts and places. The original is written by a man named Ted Ström in the eighties and the most famous recording was sung by Monica Törnell and released 1984 but that version has a corny eighties production so I went with a recording from 1990 that I prefer by a guy who went by the stage name Jerry Williams, his real name was Erik Fernström but when he started his career in the early 60s it was cool to have an american stage name as a performer in Sweden. He passed earlier this year and is a true legend in swedish music history.
    This Youtube clip also has some nice pictures from Sweden that matches the lyrics.

    I give you “Vintersaga” performed by Jerry Williams

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FvIxl3pVEls

    On to the hockey.

  103. McSorley33 says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    NSH runs 5 RHS on their PP1 and runs it off the left half wall with Johansen as the distributor.

    So basically the flip of TOR and EDM.

    They were 10th last year with 7.49 GF/60 5v4.
    ************************************************************************************************
    Okay – thanks.

    So, at least there is 1 example of a team of a team rocking all 5 of the same shot.

    As an aside, you were on fire yesterday. Gold.

    My family thought I was nuts laughing at my Ipad.

  104. McSorley33 says:

    knighttown,

    What I’m saying is that 5 same-handed players isn’t necessarily a problem. Winnipeg uses 4 RH shots and the 5th’s handedness is irrelevant.

    What’s important is having 3 same-handed shots available for one-timers. Three and they have to be the same.

    Whether the passer is RH (Wheeler) or LH (Backstrom) is irrelevant. He’s just passing.

    Whether the down-low (interchanging person) is RH or LH is mostly irrelevant. ‘Peg uses Connor and Washington uses Kuzie but those choices are just because they are the best passers on the team.

    What matters is a cluster of 3 same-handed shooters. For the Oilers that could be:
    -Bouchard, Puljujaarvi and Strome OR
    -Klefbom, Draisaitl and I dunno, Lucic I guess

    McDavid and Drai are the passers and it makes no damned difference what hand they shoot.

    So if they choose cluster 1 then it’s 3 LH and 2 RH but if they choose cluster 2 it’s 5 LH

    I’m not justifying I’m just explaining why they might choose cluster 2. They aren’t removing Leon from PP1 so if they are playing Leon (and McD and Nuge) then they don’t really have a choice but to add two more left shots if they want to use the Winnipeg/Washington PP.
    ***************************************************************************************
    I hear you…thanks.

  105. Professor Q says:

    Well, I, for one, am excited about tonight’s game.

    Here’s to you all, and to victory!

  106. Professor Q says:

    OmJo:
    “Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid: Which player would you rather have?”
    – Sportsnet Staff

    They’ve been doing this for years now. Only about to ramp up exponentially this year.

  107. PinkSocks says:

    deardylan:
    Caggiula-Strome-Puljujarvi
    Rieder-Khaira-Kassian

    Which line will be the 4th line by the 4th period?

    Lucic-Draisaitl-Yamamoto

  108. Rake 2.0 says:

    stephen sheps,

    The dodgers weakness was that everyone on the astros knew what Yu Darvish was going to throw before he threw it.

  109. LMHF#1 says:

    texmex,

    *smashesheadintowall*

    Someone please fire this guy already…frigging Caggiula…

  110. 106 and 106 says:

    Hey LT,

    Just got a new computer and notice that without logging in, the post that shows up at the top is yesterday’s post on the Condors.

    Went to incognito mode and it did the same thing.

    Hope it’s not driving traffic away because it’s ‘old’ content.

  111. 106 and 106 says:

    russ99,

    Al Montoya is one helluva AHL goalie.

  112. deardylan says:

    Just went to NHL.com and tonight Oilers vs Bruins is free streamable game.
    https://www.nhl.com/TV

  113. deardylan says:

    PinkSocks: Lucic-Draisaitl-Yamamoto

    Very interesting Pink Socks. Lets hope Dr.Drai drives the line and Lucic continues where he left off in Game 1, and Yama always in the right spot at right moment.

    I’m glad nobody feels Talbot won’t be demoted to the “5th” line tonight after the first shot. My prediction is he only lets in 1G and gives up the goal with the last shot.

    To the rest of you:

    Which line will be the 4th line by the 4th period? 😉

  114. Darth Tu says:

    OmJo,

    For what it’s worth, I have Matthews in my fantasy pool – but I picked 9th. McDavid went 2nd overall after the San Jose Sharks.

    We do a team points scoring thing as well as players and the person picking first figured that San Jose will outscore McDavid… I’m hoping he’s really got that wrong…

  115. deardylan says:

    deardylan,

    stephen sheps: SHEPS

    Sheps read your alcohol recommendations, even though I don’t drink the strong stuff anymore I am still amazed how much you know about wine, music and coffee. Love reading your suggestions and the stories behind how you discovered them. Maybe one day you can do your “best of coffee” review for attendees like me who still get a high from sharing stories and support at AA meetings.

  116. Material Elvis says:

    OmJo:
    “Auston Matthews or Connor McDavid: Which player would you rather have?”
    – Sportsnet Staff

    I would not want the 21 year old, two time defending Art Ross and Ted Lindsay award winner. /facepalm

  117. LMHF#1 says:

    106 and 106:
    Hey LT,

    Just got a new computer and notice that without logging in, the post that shows up at the top is yesterday’s post on the Condors.

    Went to incognito mode and it did the same thing.

    Hope it’s not driving traffic away because it’s ‘old’ content.

    This has been the case for a good while now. I think LT explained but I didn’t get the whole story.

    It’s rather annoying but a necessary evil if I recall correctly?

  118. deardylan says:

    Professor Q: They’ve been doing this for years now. Only about to ramp up exponentially this year.

    Professor, CMD or AM?

    I would rather have 1 of them signed for long term deal rather than deal with agent games and the wrath of mom or dad. #Nylander #Wrathofparents

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    Vaxjo with a 1-0 win today – Persson with an assist on the PP goal.

    After a slow start offensively, Persson is starting to produce with more consistency it seems.

  120. OriginalPouzar says:

    Speaking of Persson, I’m not sure this is the safest play behind one’s own net:

    https://twitter.com/RoadLaker/status/1050471164081053696

  121. till_horcoff_is_coach says:

    Btw LT. I don’t recall who does your web hosting but was meaning to mention that if they can add a js reload it would ya k around that cache issue.

    Pseudo code:
    If page has no ‘randpage’ param:
    window.location = window.location + “?randpage=“ + Math.rand()

    This is just a hack but I’m guessing the core issue is actually a CDN setting that is caching requests for a day at a time. The reason logged in users and these random requests don’t have the same issue is because the CDN can’t use the cache for new/unique requests.

  122. PinkSocks says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Speaking of Persson, I’m not sure this is the safest play behind one’s own net:

    https://twitter.com/RoadLaker/status/1050471164081053696

    Upon watching this I had a flash in my mind of the Glengarry Glen Ross brass balls.

  123. Alpine says:

    russ99:
    OriginalPouzar,

    The problem with Benning isn’t the for, it’s the against – save for a few games two seasons ago pre-head injury.

    Worrying about expected goals for of defensemen when the goalie is being hung out to dry is a bit self-defeating.

    Benning gave up less xG than Larsson, Russell, and Nurse last year.

    EDIT: that’s not correct, I had my calculations wrong. But he gave up 2.67 xGA per 60 vs the 2.60 and 2.55 that Larsson and Nurse gave up. So not a huge difference. Russell gave up 2.55, but with less Average TOI than the others. Klefbom gave up 2.56.

  124. judgedrude says:

    Looking for a win tonight so that the Oil can remain undefeated…

    …on NHL standard ice.

  125. stephen sheps says:

    deardylan:
    deardylan,

    Sheps read your alcohol recommendations, even though I don’t drink the strong stuff anymore I am still amazed how much you know about wine, music and coffee. Love reading your suggestions and the stories behind how you discovered them.Maybe one day you can do your “best of coffee” review for attendees like me who still get a high from sharing stories and support at AA meetings.

    Coffee reviews, eh? Yeah I can do that one of these days. Would be happy to, in fact. It’s my other not-so-secret vice. What were you looking for? Regions? Bean varietals? Best home brewing devices? Spots in the GTA?

    The trouble with hobbies, particularly consumable hobbies like music, coffee and scotch is that they stimulate the ‘I must know all the things’ part of my brain as well as the pleasure/dopamine response circuits in my brain, though since I’m no neuroscientist, it’s entirely possible they’re the same neurotransmitter/brain region combination. And being a researcher, ‘I must know all the things’ leads me down many different rabbit holes. It’s great when I don’t have deadlines but awful(ly distracting) when I do.

  126. stephen sheps says:

    Rake 2.0:
    stephen sheps,

    The dodgers weakness was that everyone on the astros knew what Yu Darvish was going to throw before he threw it.

    Well there was that and Kershaw not being at his best. It was still some of the most compelling baseball I’ve ever watched. I’m just glad/grateful my side prevailed last year. And winning on my birthday was an added bonus!

  127. SwedishPoster says:

    While the first game was as depressing as a Sylvia Plath poem it’s still just one game. The effect of that dreadful performance gets amplified by the long gap between the first two games. My pitchforks are safely locked away until game 5 or so.

    Having said that they came out shockingly unprepared. Some individual performances were so bad it looked like they had decided to use the eurotrip as a chance to party. I’ve had some great nights out in Gothenburg and see the allure but I don’t think that’s the case at all. Something was off however and they better figure it out quickly.

    Nurse and Benning were ghastly, I actually think Nurse was worst of the two, he was pretty much out of position all night.

    More than individual failures in one game I’m more worried about the system play. WG lined it out well post game. The constant chip outs and rimming of the puck from the D looks coached. The forwards stay high and rarely hit any passing lanes mid ice. Either the whole forward group is just really tactically weak or that’s the gameplan which is scary.
    The idea is probably to quickly get the puck behind the forecheck and into the neutral zone where the forwards can pick up the puck. Problem is that a lot of the time there’s noone there and when there is he has to either dig out the puck from the boards or try to control a bouncing puck. When you pass the puck you pay it forward, if the pass is tape to tape and you get it in stride it buys you time, and in turn allows you to make a good play instead of a forced one. A lesser pass ofc works the opposite, it all starts with that first pass.

    No coach wants his team to make bad passes but the sense is that McLellan is extremely risk averse so the D are coached to make the safest possible play which has them either toss the puck up ice or reset to their D partner as soon as they feel pressure. Combine that with the high position of the forwards and the breakout is a mess.

    I’d rather see more poise with the puck, a little more risk but a chance at a better passing game.
    And I would certainly like to see the forwards swing down lower for the quick first pass. With the way the lines are set up there’s a strong puck carrier on each line in McDavid, Drai and Pulju who are all tough to stop when they go full throttle through the neutral zone, McDavid is probably one of the best there’s ever been at carrying the puck through the neutral zone, so you have the horses.

    I think you’d get a lot more controlled entries this way.

    Then again I’m a mere blog comment poster and far from an NHL coach so what do I know.

  128. Yeti says:

    SwedishPoster,

    Thanks, enjoyed that.
    (The music, but I also greatly enjoy your analysis too).

  129. London Jon says:

    PinkSocks,

    Ooh, I love it

  130. London Jon says:

    judgedrude,

    The Devils game was on an NHL sheet as well

  131. knighttown says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    knighttown,

    It should be noted that my comment was a reflection of the verbal, not an endorsement.

    Oh for sure!

  132. VOR says:

    As someone with Chronic Gout I can assure you that there is nothing funny about Gout. Untreated it leads inexorably on to Stroke/Heart Attack and death. Treatment is often not trivial. The disease has totally screwed up my life.

    I have learned to live without meat, to drink ludicrous amounts of water, to be peeing every hour or so, and to sweat constantly and excessively, to chugging electrolytes, and to incredible amounts of exercise as I struggle to find homeostasis.

    The pain in joints and kidneys on the other hand I have never gotten used to and it can’t be medicated because of the damage my kidneys have all ready suffered. I can be on crutches for weeks. The pain gets so bad I can’t eat and when I do I just end up vomitting. Believe me I work really hard on that homeostasis thing.

    It is like hockey. If you are in balance you win at the game of life. Out of balance and the odds are stacked against you.

  133. Chris says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Speaking of the Condors, if anyone has $60 burning a hole in their pocket, for fear of seeming like an AHL TV marketing presence, I recommend getting a season pass for the Condors.There is real talent on the team and they are fun to watch.Through 3 games, the stream has been 100%, no issues.

    I could only catch the last five minutes of the game, and I couldn’t get the audio to work. HD looked great

  134. Ryan says:

    SwedishPoster:
    While the first game was as depressing as a Sylvia Plath poem it’s still just one game. The effect of that dreadful performance gets amplified by the long gap between the first two games. My pitchforks are safely locked away until game 5 or so.

    Having said that they came out shockingly unprepared. Some individual performances were so bad it looked like they had decided to use the eurotrip as a chance to party. I’ve had some great nights out in Gothenburg and see the allure but I don’t think that’s the case at all. Something was off however and they better figure it out quickly.

    Nurse and Benning were ghastly, I actually think Nurse was worst of the two, he was pretty much out of position all night.

    More than individual failures in one game I’m more worried about the system play. WG lined it out well post game. The constant chip outs and rimming of the puck from the D looks coached. The forwards stay high and rarely hit any passing lanes mid ice. Either the whole forward group is just really tactically weak or that’s the gameplan which is scary.
    The idea is probably to quickly get the puck behind the forecheck and into the neutral zone where the forwards can pick up the puck. Problem is that a lot of the time there’s noone there and when there is he has to either dig out the puck from the boards or try to control a bouncing puck. When you pass the puck you pay it forward, if the pass is tape to tape and you get it in stride it buys you time, and in turn allows you to make a good play instead of a forced one. A lesser pass ofc works the opposite, it all starts with that first pass.

    No coach wants his team to make bad passes but the sense is that McLellan is extremely risk averse so the D are coached to make the safest possible play which has them either toss the puck up ice or reset to their D partner as soon as they feel pressure. Combine that with the high position of the forwards and the breakout is a mess.

    I’d rather see more poise with the puck, a little more risk but a chance at a better passing game.
    And I would certainly like to see the forwards swing down lower for the quick first pass. With the way the lines are set up there’s a strong puck carrier on each line in McDavid, Drai and Pulju who are all tough to stop when they go full throttle through the neutral zone, McDavid is probably one of the best there’s ever been at carrying the puck through the neutral zone, so you have the horses.

    I think you’d get a lot more controlled entries this way.

    Then again I’m a mere blog comment poster and far from an NHL coach so what do I know.

    Great stuff. Your command of the English language is better than many of us here. Did you spend part of your studies in a predominantly English speaking country?

    Speaking of English, we read Lady Lazarus in my intro English class in university. Very apt simile to watching game 1 in Gothenburg.

    Nurse was very aggressive in chasing the play to my eye during the season opener leaving Benning a choice to guard the backdoor or net front. Benning stayed at the side preventing the backdoor play.

    Craig Simpson mentioned on Oilers Now that the Oilers are very vulnerable to a 2 1 2 foreheck (dmen slow to retrieve and move pucks), so expect to see that often this year.

    I thought that there was talk in the preseason of less D to D passes and quicker transition, but we haven’t seen that.

  135. knighttown says:

    jtblack:
    knighttown,

    “Whether the down-low (interchanging person) is RH or LH is mostly irrelevant. ‘”

    Who says it’s MOSTLY IRRELEVANT?You are saying that, but it doesn’t mean it is accurate.If 5 RH or 5 LH worked so well, more teams would do it ..

    Nash was 10th with 5 RH.that is solid for sure. But it also means 9 teams that didn’t employ all the same handed shots, had better power plays.Nashville’s PP has the talent, so that’s not the issue.Also, I do understand that adding 1 LH to Nashvill’es PP would not guarantee it would be ranked higher.

    The bottom end PP’s are usually a talent issue (not always).But we do know that the Top 9 in the League did not have all 5 shooters the same hand.

    Listen, I’m not saying you SHOULD use 5 same-handed players I’m just saying depending on the roster and the style of PP you want to play, you may not have much of a choice.

    Let me give you an example. Let’s say McDavid gets traded to Washington. I would guarantee he replaces either Backstrom or Kuznetzov. The other three aren’t moving not because they’re better but because of the way they shoot. Oshie is the worst of those players but plugging McDavid into that spot (slot) blows the whole thing up.

    If the oilers want to run the triple one-timer PP (and it looks like they don’t so this is moot) they really don’t have a choice.

    McDavid and three LH shooters for one timers.

    Based on your rule (never 5 same handed players!) you’d then be subbing out Nuge from that down low spot for a RH shot but for who? Strome maybe?

    But the I ask why? What difference does that make. You’ve just taken off your second best passer but I’d like to hear why?

  136. Justthestatsman says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    They better come out playing like their ass hair is on fire.

    GOILERS!!!

    *clapclap*

    We could be in trouble. Many of our players are still waiting for their ass hair to fill in…

  137. OriginalPouzar says:

    Safin not back in the lineup for the Mooseheads – I hope “day to day” doesn’t turn in to “week to week”.

  138. pts2pndr says:

    Bos8:
    Conundrum

    TMac at worlds was innovative.Woodcroft is doing good with Condors.

    WTF, over

    Are you sure the innovation came from McLellan or does he have a twin we don’t know about!😉

  139. commonfan29 says:

    The effort level in this game should tell us pretty clearly what the team thinks of their coach.

    They have to know that a no-show on their part will bring him right to the edge.

  140. SwedishPoster says:

    Ryan: Great stuff. Your command of the English language is better than many of us here. Did you spend part of your studies in a predominantly English speaking country?

    Speaking of English, we read Lady Lazarus in my intro English class in university. Very apt simile to watching game 1 in Gothenburg.

    Nurse was very aggressive in chasing the play to my eye during the season opener leaving Benning a choice to guard the backdoor or net front. Benning stayed at the side preventing the backdoor play.

    Craig Simpson mentioned on Oilers Now that the Oilers are very vulnerable to a 2 1 2 foreheck (dmen slow to retrieve and move pucks), so expect to see that often this year.

    I thought that there was talk in the preseason of less D to D passes and quicker transition, but we haven’t seen that.

    I spent two months in New York during my last semester of med school but I spoke the language long before that.
    English is mandatory from 4th grade here, on top of that I’ve always read a lot of english literature, both for school and fiction, watched movies and so on, being on this site helps as well. I’ve traveled quite a bit over the years and you tend to use english wherever you go, lingua franca and all.
    I wouldn’t say my english is great but I get by without much trouble.

  141. OriginalPouzar says:

    judgedrude:
    Looking for a win tonight so that the Oil can remain undefeated…

    …on NHL standard ice.

    Unfortunately the are already 0-1 on such ice – the game in Sweden was on regular NHL ice dimensions.

  142. OriginalPouzar says:

    OIlers have won 5 in a row against Rask but see Halak tonight.

  143. commonfan29 says:

    Just now I was imagining what might happen if the Oil ever get a late PP down 1 and decide to pull the goalie while PP1 was out there.

    Then I realized that there’s absolutely no question that it would be Drake hopping over the boards.

    It would be amazing.

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    Chris: I could only catch the last five minutes of the game, and I couldn’t get the audio to work. HD looked great

    Interesting – I only watched the first two periods so not sure if anything changed for the third but I had no problems with the audio – Ryan Holt the entire time.

    With that said, for game 2, I couldn’t get the home audio to work but had not problem with the visitors audio (didn’t try to switch back to the home audio at any time so don’t know if the issue was temporary or not).

  145. geowal says:

    This is like opening night again – but with all the foolish preseason optimism beaten out of me. Still hopeful, but not optimistic. Big difference.

  146. Lowetide says:

    For The Athletic: Math and observations on Oilers’ prospect Joel Persson’s 2018-19 season so far

    https://theathletic.com/581813/2018/10/11/lowetide-math-and-observations-on-oilers-prospect-joel-perssons-2018-19-season-so-far/

  147. Lowetide says:

    So, does Talbot stop the first shot?

  148. deardylan says:

    Lowetide:
    So, does Talbot stop the first shot?

    Yep he will have the first shot, not the last one. Oilers still win before 4th period because of 4th line!

  149. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great to hear Louie – back on the regional broadcasts.

  150. deardylan says:

    TD Garden!? Canada taking over the world.

  151. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai looks to be skating well on his first shift.

  152. geowal says:

    Either Patrick Russell got called up or sportsnet has Kris playing F and D…

  153. OriginalPouzar says:

    Very nice breakout by Strome and Puljujarvi there and it led to some offensive zone time.

  154. geowal says:

    Stopped 3! Shots already!

  155. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  156. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rattie to McDavid for a goal!

  157. geowal says:

    Nothing like a 1 on 2 rush for McDavid

  158. OmJo says:

    Does he ever not make that look easy?

  159. Geranium Lover says:

    He came out of nowhere!

  160. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nurse with the flip out of the zone to Rattie for the 2nd assist.

  161. geowal says:

    First lead of the year

  162. ArmchairGM says:

    deardylan:
    TD Garden!? TORONTO taking over the world.

    FTFY

  163. OriginalPouzar says:

    The transition out of the zone looks MUCH better today – like a real breakout – night and day from Saturday.

  164. hunter1909 says:

    Two quick points.

    McDavid.

    McDavid.

  165. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Oh JJ, that looked like it hurt. Hope that didn’t ring his bell. After a couple good breakouts, man do they have a tough time breaking up the cycle at times….

  166. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    For the definition of “takes a hit to make the play” please see Jujhar Khaira, just then

  167. hunter1909 says:

    Caggiula I can see why the coach likes him. He is intelligent and understands the play as it unfolds on ice.

  168. deardylan says:

    Our coach is brilliant. Playin’ McD lots. Perfecto! Sign Todd for another bridge contract for another game before the end of this game before he is signed by the Bruins.

  169. fishman says:

    OK big test here!

    Fail on test

  170. geowal says:

    Christ what a coverage shitshow

  171. Lowetide says:

    Benning is in some bad photos this year.

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow – Benning got WALKED!

  173. OmJo says:

    That was dirty. Dirty, dirty, dirty…

  174. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Yup. They looked great on that PK.

  175. hunter1909 says:

    Depressing goal to give up.

  176. Material Elvis says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Wow – Benning got WALKED!

    I’ll see your Horvat and raise you a Pastrnak.

  177. deardylan says:

    Prayin’ for a 8-7 win

  178. Todd Macallan says:

    Benning needs to be…. not garbage.

  179. hags9k says:

    Gotta give Pastrnak some credit there, wowza.

  180. Lowetide says:

    5-on-5 shots for favor Bruins 8-4 so far in this period , 9-5 overall favor Boston. Draisaitl is 0-3 shots, that remains an issue.

  181. Bling says:

    Deadly move by Pastrnak.

    Benning may look bad on the slow-mos, but that Pastrnak pulled that move off on full speed with some very nice edge work. Beautiful goal.

  182. Lowetide says:

    Oilers penalty kill isn’t doing well against Boston, good idea to stay out of the box.

  183. OmJo says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this point.

  184. Yakupov me says:

    They should have signed a veteran guy with lots of PK experience….

  185. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Looked great on that PK too! 2 for 2!!

  186. geowal says:

    Koskinen time?

  187. OriginalPouzar says:

    Selfish, selfish play by Khaira.

    It also forced Drake on to the PK and he’s been awful on the PK in his NHL career – although I don’t fault him on that goal.

  188. Todd Macallan says:

    Later Todd.

  189. JAG-041 says:

    Lucic…

  190. OmJo says:

    Who are the Edmonton Oilers?

  191. Lowetide says:

    That was a nice shift by Nordstrom there. I wondered why he dressed over Donato, that shift told me why.

  192. OriginalPouzar says:

    Khaira’s selfish play has changed the game completely – momentum is a real thing in hockey and Khaira selfishly gave it to a potent opponent.

  193. geowal says:

    Looks like McDavid chose health over a Chara pasting there. I don’t mind.

  194. McSorley33 says:

    Lucic a beast along the wal…..

    DeBrusk vs Remenda

    Louie just mentions the lost board battle …..not who lost it

  195. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Lucic.

    Neutral zone.

  196. jake70 says:

    Drake, on that PK (2nd goal) skates up with puck, shoots a low percentage shot from 80 feet, Boston gains puck easily, up and scores off of Drake’s skate. Hockey IQ , it’s a thing.

  197. geowal says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Selfish, selfish play by Khaira.

    It also forced Drake on to the PK and he’s been awful on the PK in his NHL career – although I don’t fault him on that goal.

    I was just thinking Drake had looked ok. Then that happened.

  198. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Khaira’s selfish play has changed the game completely – momentum is a real thing in hockey and Khaira selfishly gave it to a potent opponent.

    Penalties happen – you have to be able to kill a powerplay every now and then.

    The team can’t get anything going unless McDavid is on the ice. One penalty doesn’t change that.

    EDIT: Also, the momentum shifted after the first PPG against.

  199. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Is Jujhar going to be your new Malone? *ducks

  200. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    geowal,

    Same. Drake has flashes of promise sometimes. Unfortunately, that’s usually followed by dog whistle moments.

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