Bruins games on television 1968-75 were magic. They put a man on the moon in 1969, but Bobby Orr gifted Boston with the Stanley in 1970. No one really knows the bigger feat, but we all have our opinions. I knew the lineup backwards, but sometimes there would be a recall that didn’t get announced and it meant trying to find names like Bill Speer at quiet moments in the game. I never missed a chance to see Bobby Orr play for the Bruins, and incredibly, my Dad would hang around for those games even when he “had work to do.” Maybe that’s another reason why they were magic.
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- New Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s race against time
- Eric Duhatschek: Oilers finally getting a goal without Connor McDavid’s help and Edmonton captain couldn’t be happier.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Grant Fuhr talks about his journey, drug use and the state of goaltending.
- Lowetide: Math offers a surprising option for Leon Draisaitl’s struggling No. 2 line
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Patience preached as Jesse Puljujarvi attempts to carve out his spot in the Oilers lineup.
- Corey Pronman: Around the farm. Prospects having early success (Oilers item).
- Lowetide: College and AHL prospect update.
- Lowetide: Panic storm on the horizon as Oilers remain a one-man show
- Justin Bourne: How hockey has changed for the better and allowed its young stars to shine.
- Lowetide: Joel Persson’s early season performance in the SHL.
- Lowetide: Practice lines in Boston, anger in Edmonton and Kailer Yamamoto remains on the No. 2 line.
- Jonathan Willis: At 34, is Kyle Brodziak just too old to help the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Why Todd McLellan’s name keeps showing up on those ‘first coach fired in 2018-19’ lists
OILERS IN OCTOBER
- Oilers in October 2015: 1-4-0, goal differential -5
- Oilers in October 2016: 4-1-0, goal differential +4
- Oilers in October 2017: 1-4-0, goal differential -8
- Oilers in October 2018: 2-2-0, goal differential -4
The victory in Winnipeg was something that can’t really be anticipated (Edmonton was not the favourite) and the game against Boston has a preamble that is much the same. The odds of the Oilers winning tonight is about the same as Calgary grabbing two points last night—gird your loins accordingly.
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 2-1-0)
- 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: 2-2-0, 4 points after four games
As you can see, my expectations of the homestand are humble. Edmonton won in Winnipeg and that’s nice, maybe even revealing. The dice have no memory and the Bruins are coming for your heart. If the Oilers win tonight, Cam Talbot takes first star—unless McDavid rolls a trey.
OILERS EVEN-STRENGTH SCORING
- Connor McDavid 5.73 (NHL No. 9)
- Leon Draisaitl 3.90
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3.39
- Ty Rattie 1.88
- Darnell Nurse 1.84
- Milan Lucic 1.74
- Jesse Puljujarvi 1.17
- Oscar Klefbom 0.66
As each game goes by we get a better view of the roster offensively. All numbers via NaturalStatTrick.
McDavid is playing the game like he’s hungry for goals like never before. Has 30 goals in his last 37 regular season games played. Feb/March last season scored 26 in 29 game stretch. Becoming more of a shooting threat on PP as well.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) October 17, 2018
I projected a 50-70-120 season for McDavid in my RE series, and expected some negative feedback. I got it, but the complaints were that my prediction was too low. Young 97 is changing the way we think about the game, every single day.
#Oilers lines today…
Caggiula is not skating.
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) October 17, 2018
There’s a chance Caggiula doesn’t play tonight, this forward group is quite popular online. Much of the attention surrounds Jesse Puljujarvi moving to the Draisaitl line and that’s fabulous. However, McLellan’s willingness to also move Milan Lucic down may be a key for the No. 2 line. It’s my belief that it will help Leon. If this solves everything, then the next move is Jujhar Khaira to No. 4 center, with the others fighting for fourth-line winger jobs.
CORSI FOR 5-ON-5 (FORWARDS)
- Ryan Strome 62.50
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 55.75
- Jesse Puljujarvi 54.55
- Drake Caggiula 52.73
- Connor McDavid 51.61
- Ty Rattie 50.89
- Tobias Rieder 50.82
- Jujhar Khaira 49.02
- Kailer Yamamoto 47.30
- Leon Draisaitl 44.09
- Milan Lucic 41.67
- Kyle Brodziak 40.00
- Zack Kassian 28.57
Small sample size alert! There are some encouraging numbers here. Ryan Strome, he of the quiet offense, is part of a trio who have the puck moving in the right direction often. In over 45 minutes at 5-on-5, his line has given up just one goal. That’s good. What’s bad? No goals from the group. Drake Caggiula is in much the same boat. Zack Kassian, Kyle Brodziak, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl are players math identifies as being a concern. LD’s numbers are a big worry, the expectation is for him to be a net positive in all metrics, especially 5-on-5 goal differential. He is currently 1-4 5-on-5 GF-GA. The lineup shuffle is timely.
Jake Dotchin is on waivers today, he had a strange training camp in Tampa Bay and is now signed on the other coast with Anaheim. His possession and goal differential numbers have always been good, the quick exit from the Lightning being the only real concern. Edmonton’s RHD currently are Adam Larsson, Kris Russell (who is a lefty) and Matt Benning/Evan Bouchard. Is Dotchin an upgrade? If he’s at previous NHL levels, the answer may well be yes. Will the Oilers grab him? I don’t think they will.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy morning on the show, TSN1260 beginning at 10. We’ll talk baseball, hockey and more. Scheduled to appear:
- Jeff Krushell, Krush Performance. The Boston Red Sox are openly trying to give their fans heart attacks. We’ll talk about closers who fill emergency rooms, from Don Stanhouse to Mitch Williams.
- Matt Porter, Boston Globe. The Bruins lost in Calgary last night, a lot of things the club does well didn’t come west. We’ll chat about the team.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman, The Athletic. Daniel’s recent articles on Jesse Puljujarvi and Grant Fuhr will be discussed, we’ll also have a conversation about Todd McLellan’s media avails.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.