Game Six 2018-19: Predators at Oilers

Edmonton is enjoying a fantastic second week of NHL play. After going 1-2-0 in a wild Week 1 that involved two continents, the second week saw the club beat two strong playoff teams (Jets, Bruins) from a year ago. Edmonton completes the week with another major test against the Nashville Predators. One major consideration? The Predators have dominated the Oilers, who last won against tonight’s visitors on March 18, 2014. The only two players who remain on the Edmonton side from that night? The Nuge and Oscar.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s race against time.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Hopkins: Asking McDavid to take on Bergeron line at home shows what Oilers are missing.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Hopkins: Remembering Ron Chipperfield’s brief and hellish time as captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
  • 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

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 2015: 2-4-0, goal differential -4
  • Oilers in October 2016: 5-1-0, goal differential +7
  • Oilers in October 2017: 2-4-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2018: 3-2-0, goal differential -3

There’s no way to frame this start in a negative manner, leaving many Oilers fans like a fish out of water. Pace yourself, take your time, have a second cup of coffee, maybe you can find something I’ve missed. From here, it looks like the Oilers have done a nice job through the season’s first five games. One thing that is a concern: McDavid On and McDavid off at 5-on-5:

  • Oilers when McDavid is on the ice 5-on-5: 5-1 (+4)
  • Oilers when McDavid is off the ice 5-on-5: 1-9 (-8)
  • Overall: 6-10 (-4)
  • NaturalStatTrick

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 1-0-0)
  • 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: 3-2-0, 6 points after five games

There are six games left in the month, including tonight, and if Edmonton can win two more it would represent quality based on expectations. If the team can win three of six, it sets them up for early to mid-November games against Chicago, Detroit, Florida and Montreal.

OILERS SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Power Play Goals: 5 (tied for No. 10 overall)
  • Power Play Percentage: 35.7 (No. 3 overall)
  • Penalty Killing Goals Allowed: 4 (tied for No. 5 overall)
  • Penalty Killing Percentage: 71.4 (No. 25 overall)

It’s a net gain (+1) but the reality so far is the team is scoring a power-play goal and allowing a shorthanded goal per game (basically) so far. A season ago, the differential (PP-SHGA) was 31-57 (-26, this is all via NHL.com) so the Oilers aren’t bleeding as much in the special teams.

LIKELY LINEUP (lineup has been updated)

Matt Benning is on IR, Kevin Gravel is in from Bakersfield. It’s damned rare for Todd McLellan to bring up a player and plug him right in, but we should see Gravel soon. Yamamoto moves to the top of the depth chart with the injury to Ty Rattie (who remains active, but won’t play tonight).

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

FORWARDS CORSI FOR 5-ON-5

I’m a Leon Draisaitl fan, but he isn’t playing at peak currently. If the problems persist, I expect we’ll see a flip in lines and the Nuge may return to the No. 2 center job. Here are Oilers forwards, with special attention paid to the pivots and where they rank.

  1. Ryan Strome 63.64
  2. Drake Caggiula 52.73
  3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 52.26
  4. Ty Rattie 52.03
  5. Kailer Yamamoto 51.55
  6. Connor McDavid 51.50
  7. Jesse Puljujarvi 50.45
  8. Jujhar Khaira 46.88
  9. Milan Lucic 45.63
  10. Tobias Rieder 45.24
  11. Leon Draisaitl 39.37
  12. Kyle Brodziak 38.89
  13. Zack Kassian 32.61

McDavid is playing the best opposition in the league and winning, we know that because of this possession number and his 5-1 edge in 5-on-5 goals. Ryan Strome and his line have the puck going in the right direction, that’s a positive sign despite the goal differential (1-1, you’d like his line to be dominating the soft parade). Leon Draisaitl’s line is chasing, missing assignments and pulling the puck out of their own net (1-5 so far). Kyle Brodziak? 0-4.

The good thing in all of this? The problems are easily identified and the team isn’t 1-4 going into tonight. The problem? The solution isn’t yet clear. One hopes part of the answer comes from that Strome line cashing more. I’m not at all sure what to do about Leon.

WHERE IS THE HOPE?

Edmonton has three forwards (97, 93, 29) who are delivering at more than a point-per-game pace. Milan Lucic is on a pace for 16-16-32. The team’s three right wingers are the challenge and the hope. Ty Rattie, Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi have all scored a goal (on pace for 16 each). I think that’s the key, along with secondary offense from role players like Ryan Strome, Tobias Rieder and others. By the way, The Hockey News always has the projected numbers and it’s fun to look at them early in the year. McDavid’s pace? 66-115-181. Nuge? 33-82-115. Leon? 33-66-99, and -82.

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  1. GMB3 says:

    We need some righties who can shoot

  2. fishman says:

    Wow Nashiville is good! (and fast)

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jesse CANNOT take that penalty. Again, sigh.

  4. OmJo says:

    See, the difference between this game and the game against the Jets is after the Predators went up by two they didn’t back off. Like… At all. The Jets were content with a 3-goal lead and McDavid burned them.
    The Preds must have watched that footage.

  5. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Holy F another weak call

  6. Munny says:

    Ill-advised penalty, Jesse.

  7. GMB3 says:

    Lowetide:
    I like Evan Bouchard on the No. 1 PP.

    It adds a different dynamic for sure

  8. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Svoboda makes a cameo (on tv, not in the game) 😜😀

  9. digger50 says:

    Come on, he lifted his stick. Weak.

  10. OmJo says:

    I still want to send Bouchard back to the OHL before game 10.

    *Hides*

  11. BONE207 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Holy F another weak call

    They used to call that stick lifting & backchecking. New Nhl?

  12. OmJo says:

    I like Reider on the PK.

  13. OmJo says:

    If you’re the Preds, up 2-0 with less than 5 minutes left and a 2-minute PP – do you try to score or use that 2 minutes to kill time?

  14. Zelepukin says:

    Nashville is exceptional at man-to-man coverage in their own zone.

  15. Paulie says:

    44 been all right on pk tonight

  16. Zelepukin says:

    Seriously wtf is up with the ice??? Non stop bobbling.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo:
    If you’re the Preds, up 2-0 with less than 5 minutes left and a 2-minute PP – do you try to score or use that 2 minutes to kill time?

    Answer: Try and score. They definitely didn’t play itself – had their normal PP1 unitl and there were about 3 dangerous passes that were almost turned in to breaks by the Oilers.

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Zelepukin:
    Seriously wtf is up with the ice??? Non stop bobbling.

    20 degree temperatures outside?

  19. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Zelepukin:
    Seriously wtf is up with the ice??? Non stop bobbling.

    Yeah it’s terrible. Are they trying to make it better or is this just how it’s going to be?

  20. Wilde says:

    Zelepukin:
    Nashville is exceptional at man-to-man coverage in their own zone.

    There’s not many orgs that expose the Oilers ills in construction and tactics more than the Preds

    Two top pairings, two starting goalies, top-3 winger group in the league, well coached 5v5.

  21. Sierra says:

    The Preds are really good.

    They realize that the only way the Oilers can compete compete with them is if McDavid goes supernova and they haven’t allowed that. We continue to wait for the Oilers to break out when McDavid isn’t creating the offence.

  22. OmJo says:

    I actually hate that Milan f’ng Lucic is our extra attacker.

    Fuck, man.

  23. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Wilde: There’s not many orgs that expose the Oilers ills in construction and tactics more than the Preds

    Two top pairings, two starting goalies, top-3 winger group in the league, well coached 5v5.

    How are they affording this?

  24. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Mcdavid bobbled the puck more tonight than I’ve ever seen.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Solid effort tonight – Nashville is damn good.

  26. BONE207 says:

    52 seconds…go oilers

  27. OmJo says:

    Well… We’ll still have McDavid for next game.

  28. GMB3 says:

    OriginalPouzar: 20 degree temperatures outside?

    What does the temperature outside the arena have to do with the ice on the inside?

  29. Paulie says:

    Took 2 of 3 from Bos, Wnp and Nas. Could’ve won tonight but ran into hot goalie. I’ll take that.

  30. OmJo says:

    Also, what message does it send to the rest of the team when the coach shows he only trusts 4 forwards on the whole team – regardless of how good or bad they’ve been playing?

  31. Thorin says:

    I think Nashville, as a whole, is incredibly skilled at picking off passes. Just about every one in their team is able to predict where the pass is going and then manage to pick it off, whether it’s flat on the ice or up in the air.

  32. Sierra says:

    OmJo,

    It sends the message that the rest of them need to be better.

  33. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Meanwhile Vancouver is what now? 5-2?

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo:
    I actually hate that Milan f’ng Lucic is our extra attacker.

    Fuck, man.

    He’s been great at puck retrieval and was so on that shift and most of the night.

  35. €√¥£€^$ says:

    OmJo:
    I still want to send Bouchard back to the OHL before game 10.

    *Hides*

    You are not wrong

  36. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Zelepukin:
    Seriously wtf is up with the ice??? Non stop bobbling.

    Global warming?

  37. Sierra says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Meanwhile Vancouver is what now? 5-2?

    I’m guessing they have more than one player scoring

  38. €√¥£€^$ says:

    GMB3: What does the temperature outside the arena have to do with the ice on the inside?

    It is often a factor, but not in this weather as much

  39. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: How are they affording this?

    Other than subban, who they got from Montreal for what it turns out is literally a bag of pucks, they are all on sweetheart deals, signed right before they became stars. Forsberg and Turris (who they also basically stole from Ottawa) are on value contracts at $6M AAV for another 4 and 6 years respectively. Also, Arvidsson who is very underrated, was signed to a ridicously cheap long term deal. It’s almost unfair if you think about it…

  40. OmJo says:

    Sierra:
    OmJo,

    It sends the message that the rest of them need to be better.

    And Lucic and Draisaitl get a free pass because?

    Having Lucic out there 6v5 when you need offense is just stupid, quite frankly.

  41. Richard S.S. says:

    How’s the Oiler record on games verses other teams than the one they can’t beat?

  42. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan Ellis is still super cheap – his new deal doesn’t kick in until next year.

    Josi is also on his sweetheart deal which will double after next year.

    They’ve got a couple year window and then things are going to get tighter (although they will lose Rinne’s $7M after this season – Saros has two more years after this at $1.5M if they chose to run with him as their starter).

  43. Sierra says:

    OmJo: And Lucic and Draisaitl get a free pass because?

    Having Lucic out there 6v5 when you need offense is just stupid, quite frankly.

    What is the alternative? A better alternative?

  44. Munny says:

    The coach needs to go. This is far too distracting to the team. Give it to Yawney.

  45. GMB3 says:

    I’d be interested to see where the Oilers ranked in amount of one timers taken over the course of the year. I feel like both Nashville and Boston got a lot off against us

  46. GMB3 says:

    Munny:
    The coach needs to go.This is far too distracting to the team.Give it to Yawney.

    What happened?

  47. CrazyCoach says:

    Bouchard sure looks good. Hard to believe he’s 19.

    I can’t get upset about that game. A couple costly minutes and Nashville made them pay.

    I had a totally shitty day outside of this game, so I really can’t get too excited or down about it.

  48. OmJo says:

    Sierra: What is the alternative? A better alternative?

    A better alternative than Lucic? Nearly anybody.

    How about Yamamoto? Puljujarvi? Strome? Anybody that shoots righthanded?

    You might as well just play 5v5 if the 6th man is going to be Lucic, to be brutally honest.

  49. silasbengtsson says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    It’ll get tight until they trade one of their established stars away as they introduce Dante Fabbro into the league and watch him take off like all their Dmen. I wish we could develop players (anywhere in the lineup) like the Preds can.

  50. GMB3 says:

    €√¥£€^$: It is often a factor, but not in this weather as much

    In old arenas in really warm and humid areas sure. The ice has been brutal in the new rink the entire time. I don’t think it has much to do with the temperature outside

  51. OmJo says:

    I don’t mean to single out Lucic – it’s McLellan’s fault – but I’m just extremely frustrated that he is still being thrown out there as the 6th man.

    It’s not even about 27, it’s about the coach and his bonehead decisions.

  52. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Wilde:
    In Blues-Leafs, the scoreboard showed a stat that Ryan O’Reilly has taken a billion face-offs since 2015-16, and leads the league.

    It reminded me of our two-way, prolific face-off man, Ryan McLeod. I went to check how much O’Reilly outscored him in junior, found out he didn’t, really.

    (though the February birthday slants things ROR’s way,it’s 70 in 68 vs 66 in 68)

    For some reason, in my head I thought O’Reilly was selected in the 20’s, but he went 33rd.

    O’Reilly made the NHL after the next year of junior, but “only” put up 26 points. I wonder if our Ryan makes it and puts up 26 points, if people will consider him rushed.

    I’m going nowhere with this, just a weird coincidence I thought I’d share. I’m aware of the piles and piles of players who never turned into anything with the same scoring rates as McLeod, and I wanted Akil Thomas, but I believe in our guy, ever since camp.

    Picking him was a godsend. It is nice to have a couple of 2nd round prospects on the verge of making the team and likely contributing immediately. Has this franchise ever had this?

  53. GMB3 says:

    CrazyCoach:
    Bouchard sure looks good.Hard to believe he’s 19.

    I can’t get upset about that game.A couple costly minutes and Nashville made them pay.

    I had a totally shitty day outside of this game, so I really can’t get too excited or down about it.

    Sorry about your day CC.

    Bouchard has a brilliant hockey IQ, but at times he almost looks lackadaisical out there. I think part of it may be his posture when he skates, but I also saw him lose a few foot races to the puck in his own end

  54. Zelepukin says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Mcdavid bobbled the puck more tonight than I’ve ever seen.

    The puck just never sat down. The thing about McD is that he never looks down at the puck. So it looks like he is bobbin it but really its just never sitting flat. There was probably 5 or 6 passes to the D in the offensive zone that were jumping sticks.

    Thoughts on the game:

    Overall a decent game against the best team in the league, that could have went either way. Nashville gives almost nothing through the neutral zone so we were left to chip and chase almost every rush. This was one of those games where you need your PP to win it for you.

    Talbot was solid, both goals were good shots.
    Russell played well.
    Klef and Larsson had some weird series of lost coverage and bad breakout passes that should be too elementary of mistakes for them to be making.
    Bouchard had some good looks but he is going to have to be smarter and quicker with the puck in his own zone against a team like Nashville.

    Some players like Nurse and Drai were way too nonchalant and overly confident with their passing and Nashville would either pick them off or pressure them to make a poor decision.

  55. BONE207 says:

    CrazyCoach:

    I had a totally shitty day outside of this game, so I really can’t get too excited or down about it.

    Hey Coach…the sun will rise tomorrow & hopefully yesterday will be forgotten. Have a great day

  56. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I think the preds game plan was just to shut down 97. I mean if you look at the oilers stats that’s kind of what they tell you to do.

    1 goal without mcdavid involved this year?

  57. OmJo says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    I think the preds game plan was just to shut down 97. I mean if you look at the oilers stats that’s kind of what they tell you to do.

    1 goal without mcdavid involved this year?

    2

    The Nurse OT goal and the Yamamoto goal.

  58. CrazyCoach says:

    GMB3: Bouchard has a brilliant hockey IQ, but at times he almost looks lackadaisical out there. I think part of it may be his posture when he skates, but I also saw him lose a few foot races to the puck in his own end

    Posture is one area. He skates upright and some times, particularly for kids going through growth spurts with quad strength issues, they tend to skate upright, which looks both awkward and laissez faire to my eye.

  59. CrazyCoach says:

    BONE207: Hey Coach…the sun will rise tomorrow & hopefully yesterday will be forgotten. Have a great day

    Thank you

  60. workaroundaccount says:

    Sierra:
    The Preds are really good.

    They realize that the only way the Oilers can compete compete with them is if McDavid goes supernova and they haven’t allowed that. We continue to wait for the Oilers to break out when McDavid isn’t creating the offence.

    I think we saw that twice last year, and those games accounted for most of the non-mcdavid points.

  61. workaroundaccount says:

    silasbengtsson:
    OriginalPouzar,

    It’ll get tight until they trade one of their established stars away as they introduce Dante Fabbro into the league and watch him take off like all their Dmen. I wish we could develop players (anywhere in the lineup) like the Preds can.

    We have, they just all play on different teams.

  62. silasbengtsson says:

    workaroundaccount,

    Alright, allow me to amend my statement:

    I wish we could develop players that we then proceed to keep and not give up on them at their lowest value after they have a down year/are misused by a stubborn and rigid coach.

    Better?

  63. npanciroli says:

    I thought that was our best even strength game of the year. I have more hope in this team after seeing that.

  64. Johnny Larue says:

    Zelepukin,

    Talbot was not solid the 2nd goal was brutal. Happened right in front of me the shooter looked like he was going to pass and Talbot fell for it shot right between his legs. Talbot knew it was weak as he looked skyward after it went in. That’s the straw that broke the camels back.

  65. Wilde says:

    Draisaitl got crushed in possession and chances with everyone and against everyone tonight.

    It’s not all him, because when we throw 29 plus a bottom sixer and a should-be rookie over the boards, the other team sends out Smith-Turris-Fiala or Laine-Little-Ehlers, but this is officially a thing. He’s going to bleed.

    Yamamoto had a killer night, he was lightning from his first shift – in one shift later he carried the puck blueline to blueline and in (against the Predators…), played catch cleanly, ended up taking a shot that could have easily hit iron or twine, watched his linemates lost the puck before stealing back himself.

    Puljujarvi immediately got better upon facing 3rds. This is also becoming a thing. At least half the year he needs to stay there. He’s a plus player against 3rds but he’s not helping Draisaitl and Draisaitl’s not helping him.

    It seems like the 1st and 3rd lines are sorted, but the projected losses by the 2nd are massive as is. You may have to just run it anyways. Have the top line win 5v5 at over two goals an hour, have the third win by a half goal an hour, and hope that Leon doesn’t lose by two and a half. It’s extremely yikes but nobody on this roster has helped the line out to date, and we’ve run out soldiers.

  66. Munny says:

    GMB3: What happened?

    Nothing politically.

    But the team looks tight and under pressure when things aren’t going well.

    I think TMac is swinging in the wind and I don’t think that’s good for a player’s mindset, or a coach’s decision-making.

    There’s an elephant in the room and it needs to be dealt with.

    Post haste.

  67. €√¥£€^$ says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m still not sure how you can cite Wells’ save percentage as a 20 year old but, seemingly, discount, Svoboda’s poor save percentage as a 20 year old in the Czech2 league – I don’t know anything about that league but I”m assuming it isn’t even a top 10 European league.

    I get your argument, it is “we don’t know what he is yet”, but I think we do see him, thus my pessimism.

    My last words on this until each of them play in the NHL…. IMO you are stuck on his 20 yr old season, which to me is irrelevant; as a 21 yr old he had the best save percentage in Czech2 & as a 22 yr old had the most wins in the top league. There are not many Czech goalies that come over and if they do almost all end up playing at least 2 yrs in a Major Junior league before getting drafted.

    The only comparable I can find is David Rittich here in Cowtown and he seems to be doing okay. Svoboda i comparison is projecting better. You made me do some research…..as you may not know, Dominic Hasek didn’t come to NA until he was 25 and didn’t become an NHL goalie until he was 27. He ended up okay. There have only been 17 Czech goalies that have played in the NHL, so its really tough to dismiss his results.

    Svoboda was 7th rounder, but so was Henrik Lunquist, Pekke Rinne was the last pick in the 8th round, Bobrovsky, Martin Jones, Antti Raanta & Cam Talbot were all undrafted. So when it comes to goalies it is nearly impossible to judge what they might become, but MS is trending well and headed to the AHL for a little while (where he might end up staying, given the apparent lack of competition). While Dylan Wells is struggling in the ECHL.

    It will surprise me if he emerges as a bonafide NHL prospect (I had high hopes for Tyler Bunz too) the going will be tougher for him in a couple of years. Like I said, I can see Svoboda playing his way to an NHL roster next year.

  68. Richard S.S. says:

    Did anyone ever see Devon White run in Center Field while with the Blue Jays? Long slow strides that got him to everything hit his area. Not every Hockey Player skates fast, but more than a few cover a lot of territory fast with long slow strides.

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    Didn’t watch the last half of the Condors game last night so missed the fourth goal but it looks like Hebig got it. Condors fall 5-4 to Eakins, Gazdick and the Gulls.

    Marody with 2G/1A with 6 shots, Benson with 2A (but -2).

    Condors outshot the Gulls 49-23 in the loss.

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny:
    The coach needs to go.This is far too distracting to the team.Give it to Yawney.

    What is far too distracting to the team?

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo:
    I don’t mean to single out Lucic – it’s McLellan’s fault – but I’m just extremely frustrated that he is still being thrown out there as the 6th man.

    It’s not even about 27, it’s about the coach and his bonehead decisions.

    Lucic was fantastic in puck retrieval which is an important skill in and odd-man situation.

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Did anyone ever see Devon White run in Center Field while with the Blue Jays? Long slow strides that got him to everything hit his area.Not every Hockey Player skates fast, but more than a few cover a lot of territory fast with long slow strides.

    One of my favorite Edmonton Trappers of all time (along with Tim Salmon) – I used to watch alot of ball at John Deucy (my Dad had season tickets for many many years when I was a kid. I even worked helping park cars there as a teenager for a few years.

  73. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Oiler Goal Share after 6 games (3-3-0)

    Even strength (5v5, 4v4, 3v3):

    McDavid On Ice 6-2 (75%)
    McDavid Off Ice 2-9 (18%)

    Special Teams (PP+Shorties For-PK+Shorties Against):
    5-5 = Net 0

    Empty Net Situations:
    0-3

    Net Goal Differential -6

    Analysis: Needs more cowbell

  74. drglen says:

    Told you Kassian has a big upside. Keep him involved in the game, .. heck try him with Leon at this point.

    4th line not happening. Khaira? bricks.

    JP what the heck? I’m starting to feel a ‘yakupov’ vibe.

    D… send Garrison, bring up Bear.

    Of course, Talbot makes that 2nd goal save and it’s a different game.

    I’m liking Lucic on third line.

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