Game 12 2018-19: Blackhawks at Oilers

I know you want to talk about playoff races and passing the Calgary Flames for good, but it’s important to remember the Edmonton Oilers are still a building team. They are young, lack experience and have unproven scoring on right wing. Ideally you draft Connor McDavid after all the busy work is done, but then again you draft Connor McDavid whenever the hockey Gods tell you to proceed. So it’s another year of ‘those wacky takeoffs‘ but one hopes there will be fewer holes one year from now. There is certainly progress, that’s for sure. (Note: Connor McDavid at Toronto Pearson with CIBC).

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Oilers reach a pressure point on defence and right wing
  • New Jonathan Willis: Predicting the impact Ethan Bear and Edmonton’s other top AHL prospects will make at the NHL level.
  • Lowetide: Zack Kassian market value.
  • Lowetide: Everything’s coming up Oilers as young AHL hopefuls in Bakersfield hammer Flames’ farmhands.
  • Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi gets scratched, so what’s next for Edmonton’s lottery winger?
  • Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid finds another gear, but Oilers still lack scoring on the wing.
  • Lowetide: Todd McLellan finds a suitable spot in the order for Milan Lucic.
  • Jonathan Willis: Four reasons why the Oilers should return Evan Bouchard to junior.
  • Lowetide: Drake Caggiula might be hearing footsteps as the Oilers look for offence to replace injured Ty Rattie.

OILERS AFTER 12

  • Oilers in October 20154-8-0, eight points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 8-3-1, 17 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in October 2017: 4-7-1, nine points; goal differential -9
  • Oilers in October 2018: 6-4-1, 13 points; goal differential -2

This year’s team remains well clear of the two non-playoff teams, but have some work to do in order to catch the 2016 playoff squad. The schedule does favor Edmonton early this month, as we’ll see in a minute. Important to catch a wave early, ‘less the skies of November turn gloomy.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in November 2016: 0-0-1, one point; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in November 2017: 0-1-0, no points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in November 2018: 0-0-0, no points; goal differential 0

The club did a splendid job sledding through tough terrain right at the beginning of the trip. Important to get healthy, to avoid asking questions like “does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” We’ve gone down with the good ship Oiler in Novembers past, and humbly ask the lord’s mercy before the beginning of this one. Hallelujah, amen.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN NOVEMBER

  • At home to: Chicago (Expected 1-0-0) Actual (0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida  (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Colorado, Montreal (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Vegas (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Dallas, Los Angeles  (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 8-5-1, 17 points in 14 games 
  • Current results: 0-0-0, 0 points in 0 games

If the Oilers deliver on expectations, the team will end November with a record of 14-9-2, 30 points. That projects, all things being equal, to a final record of 46-30-6, 98 points. Although it may appear to be running in place, this pace would actually represent an impressive 25 game stretch. A team with 30 points after 25 games is in the playoff race on December 1. One team a year ago with 30 or more points (St. Louis) missed the playoffs, but that’s a line in the sand that should give the Oilers a strong chance to push forward and make the grade at Game 82.

A team that needs scorers is probably aware of its minor league scorers posting crooked numbers. No idea about his foot speed (is he fast enough?) but Cameron Hebig’s hands are getting some attention and after that it’s a matter of sustain. He ended up with three assists in a loss last night, Caleb Jones also had a big game. Here are the top 10 in points for Condors so far this season:

  1. Cameron Hebig 7, 4-5-9
  2. Brad Malone 7, 3-4-7
  3. Josh Currie 7, 3-4-7
  4. Tyler Benson 7, 1-6-7
  5. Cooper Marody 5, 2-4-6
  6. Caleb Jones 7, 2-4-6
  7. Patrick Russell 7, 2-3-5
  8. Dave Gust 5, 2-2-4
  9. Logan Day 6, 1-3-4
  10. William Lagesson 6, 0-4-4
  11. Joe Gambardella 7, 2-2-4

I count 6 (Hebig, Benson, Marody, Jones, Lagesson, Gambardella) legit prospects, and you never know maybe Russell or Currie turn into the modern Marcabello. The most encouraging AHL leaderboard I’ve seen in years. I’m reminded of the turn of the century Hamilton Bulldogs, truth to tell.

WHAT WOULD SAM POLLOCK DO?

Sam Pollock is dead of course, but it’s an interesting question to pose as we watch Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan wrestle with the future of the Oilers current mannish boy, Jesse Puljujarvi. Chiarelli, like every general manager in history, holds his draft picks as dear, even with the potential contained in Puljujarvi still mostly untapped.

Pollock’s Montreal was so deep even Hall of Fame talent got slow-played (Steve Shutt scored eight goals in 50 games as a rookie at 20, then 15 goals at 21), Edmonton doesn’t have the same issue. If Pollock were alive and Edmonton’s general manager today, he would likely send Puljujarvi to Bakersfield and get him thriving. Jesse is still very young, and the disappointment of demotion could be replaced by the confidence that comes with flattening the AHL (something he could absolutely do, especially with a skill center). Perhaps the team could send down Cooper Marody at the same time, give those two men 20 games together and see how they shine.

This may seem an unattractive option for Puljujarvi fans, but from an organizational point of view it’s the right thing to do. Trading Pulju now makes little sense, you’re likely dealing for an incomplete prospect, and very likely dealing JP for someone who has less range in terms of skill. Sam Pollock would retain Jesse Puljujarvi on his pro roster, pretty sure, while firing the guy who brought him up to the NHL before he was ready.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

It’s Thursday, game night and we have a rocking group of guests. Scheduled to appear, beginning at 10 this morning, TSN1260:

  • Kent Wilson, The Athletic. Kent wrote a story on the potential Calgary Olympics bid and we’ll chat about it, plus the Flames start to the season.
  • Jimmy Greenfield, Chicago Tribune. The Blackhawks are stronger than anyone expected, much of the success coming from the department of youth and a makeshift starting six on defense. We’ll chat about it.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. The first trade bait board has arrived, plenty of RW and D on it, we’ll touch base to talk about some possible deals.
  • Jabari Greer, TSN. We’ll talk winners and losers on NFL trade deadline day.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. flyfish1168 says:

    AntsOfTheSky:
    Did anyone see 98 on that last PP there?I thought for sure he’d be out there late 3rd and up by 4 but I didn’t see him.

    is he going to finish under 10 minutes of ice time?

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    Don’t hurt yourself Darnell.

  3. Side says:

    OmJo:
    “Drake CaJaira”

    If you have it on PVR and replay it and mute the foreground, you can hear me yelling at Quinn in the background.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    AntsOfTheSky:
    Did anyone see 98 on that last PP there?I thought for sure he’d be out there late 3rd and up by 4 but I didn’t see him.

    He’s been on PP2 all night long.

  5. Alpine says:

    Manning just chopped at Nurses head with his stick there.

  6. OmJo says:

    See. Bradley Manning is a bad influence on Davidson.

  7. OmJo says:

    Have to like how they’re playing Get Back after what just happened on the ice.

  8. treevojo says:

    Am I the only person who picked Koskinen for a goalie in fantasy hockey.

    Loving how this is setting up.

  9. deardylan says:

    Oilers win the game yet Kane passes on wild fever to fans fighting

  10. BONE207 says:

    OmJo: Nah. Still waiting for Chiarelli to apologize re: Lucic, Reinhart, Hall, and Cap Space.

    …cap hell, wasted Connor years, Etc

  11. deardylan says:

    Fighting fans get double major and thrown out

  12. OmJo says:

    There was fighting fans?

  13. BONE207 says:

    This PP can fuck right off

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Koskinen channels his inner Ben Scrivens in this one.

  15. Bag of Pucks says:

    Shutout. MK Ultra!

  16. OmJo says:

    Koskinen gets the S-word!

  17. jp says:

    One hell of a nice game for Koski. Huge.

  18. Sierra says:

    Great game. Reminds me of 16/17.

  19. deardylan says:

    OmJo,

    Nice brawl was going on… fans kicked out.

  20. npanciroli says:

    Flip Caggiula while he’s hot!

  21. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Koski the Denier!

  22. Side says:

    Who woulda thought that Koskinen would save this game and give it to Garrison and Caggiula to win it.

  23. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Classic. I love it.

  24. OmJo says:

    deardylan:
    OmJo,

    Nice brawl was going on… fans kicked out.

    Are you at the game? They didn’t mention anything on the broadcast.

  25. BONE207 says:

    Koski the Sword guy

  26. Seismic Source says:

    Corndogs Jackie! Corndogs for all these people!

  27. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Shutout. MK Ultra!

    I do enjoy a nice indica.

  28. OmJo says:

    Side:
    Who woulda thought that Koskinen would save this game and give it to Garrison and Caggiula to win it.

    Crows are going to be endangered after this game with how much Oilers fans are going to be eating tonight

  29. OmJo says:

    Perfect Larry.

  30. OmJo says:

    Aww, my stream cut out before DeBrusk could ask Larry his question 🙁

  31. deardylan says:

    Is the Chicago coach gonna make the Hawks walk to the game in Calgary? #packalunch

  32. Alpine says:

    All of Todd’s lineup decisions and Chia’s haphazard signings making them look good tonight. Wonder when the magic will run out.

  33. BONE207 says:

    OmJo: Crows are going to be endangered after this game with how much Oilers fans are going to be eating tonight

    We can replace them with fn magpies

  34. deardylan says:

    OmJo: Are you at the game? They didn’t mention anything on the broadcast.

    Heard on 630ched feed

  35. Bag of Pucks says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Classic.I love it.

    😎

  36. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    You spoke too soon. smith closes the door in the 3rd while the Flames score 5…Avs just scored on the PP with their goalie pulled.

  37. Dustylegnd says:

    Koskinen with a shut out
    Drake with 2 goals including a short handed goal because he is on the PK
    Garrison with a PP blast
    Puljujarvi 0-0-0 2 pim

    Tough night for the haters ….. great night for the Oil

  38. BONE207 says:

    fLames with 5 3rd period goals…wow

  39. Bag of Pucks says:

    flyfish1168: is he going to finish under 10 minutes of ice time?

    He’s finnish every night. Thank you. Try the veal.

  40. Oz says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    OriginalPouzar: O OIL!!!

    Lucic has had a very solid game – a couple big hits early that gave momentum and a number of really good plays in the neutral zone.

    +1

  41. flyfish1168 says:

    Bag of Pucks: He’s finnish every night. Thank you. Try the veal.

    LMAO, thanks for that Jerry

  42. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wait… Calgary was losing 4-1 against the Avs…

    They won 6-5!?!? WTF??? They scored 5 straight goals in the 3rd!

    Dammit Avs!!

  43. Professor Q says:

    Mikko Koskiwin.

  44. flyfish1168 says:

    BONE207:
    fLames with 5 3rd period goals…wow

    Phlegms still suck

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    So, who comes out for Ty Rattie?

    Khaira has been pretty, well, not good, but he came on in the third and made a great play on the shortie.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    I wonder if they do send Puljujarvi to Bakesfield to activate Rattie? I would think its Marody though.

  47. npanciroli says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    We all know Puljujarvi.

  48. npanciroli says:

    Getting closer to that 50% GF with McDavid off!

  49. Alpine says:

    Todd can’t change the lineup until we lose again. Rattie is gonna have to wit til that happens. At least I heard that’s how it’s supposed to work.

  50. Kmart99 says:

    Caggiula, Koskinen, Lucic, Chiasson, Garrison, and Rieder all looking good tonight.
    JP not so much.

    So much crow…. so so much crow.

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    Alpine:
    Todd can’t change the lineup until we lose again. Rattie is gonna have to wit til that happens. At least I heard that’s how it’s supposed to work.

    Except its not true and McLellan never said that – just the fans and the media and, in fact, he changed the lineup after the WSH win.

  52. Alpine says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I was making a joke based on 98’s recent exile.

  53. Alpine says:

    Kmart99:
    Caggiula, Koskinen, Lucic, Chiasson, Garrison, and Rieder all looking good tonight.
    JP not so much.

    So much crow…. so so much crow.

    I’ll eat crow after more than one game. Rieder I kinda believe in long term. At least he’s flirted with 40 points before.

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice to see McDavid’s ice time down below 20 minutes, below 19 actually.

  55. Ivan says:

    I am really liking Rieder’s game all season. Absolute hellion on the forecheck, and a very smart player. The second line is heating up!

  56. razor says:

    I know it’s early, but there’s three Canadian teams on top of the Pacific. Is this topsy turvey world??

  57. Ivan says:

    Gotta think that Davidson’s gonna get a call from Daly for that hit on Nurse. I like the guy, but that was garbage. I agree with DeBrusk, they should have let Nurse at him!

  58. Side says:

    razor:
    I know it’s early, but there’s three Canadian teams on top of the Pacific. Is this topsy turvey world??

    I’m more shocked that Vancouver is in the top 3.

  59. BONE207 says:

    Side: I’m more shocked that Vancouver is in the top 3.

    Hell I’m shocked the Oil is in the top 5

  60. Gerta Rauss says:

    npanciroli:
    Getting closer to that 50% GF with McDavid off!

    And that team goal differential is going to be pretty shiny in the morning

  61. pts2pndr says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Koskinen channels his inner Ben Scrivens in this one.

    How is that 2.5 million dollar contract looking now!😇

  62. jm363561 says:

    7-2-1 in the last 10 is an amazing stretch (equivalent to a 123 point season). Why does it just not seem that great? Social media?

  63. tcho says:

    I know the Corsi results are ugly, but Naturalstattrick has the Oilers sawing off the scoring chances, and decisively winning the high danger chances – 13 to 8. Corsica has us losing the xGF% 53 to 47.

    Edit: Staples had the grade A chances at 14-10 in favour of the Oilers too

  64. Oz says:

    Well I am having some fine red wine with my crow tonight. Congrats to Caggs on two excellent goals (atta boy to JJ for the pass), no fly bys,one excellent hit and he covered his man in our own zone. I have also been a proponent of Gravel/Benning but kudos to Garrison on a solid performance tonight also. More wine please!!

  65. frjohnk says:

    Mikko had a fantastic game.

    2 games in but it looks like we finally have a backup that is better than replacement AHL level.

    Drake gets promoted and scores a couple. Awesome.

    How the heck did we get Chiasson for dirt cheap?
    Seems like nobody wanted him. Nice find in the bargain bin. He, Drai and Reider have some nice chemistry.

  66. Bank Shot says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    So, who comes out for Ty Rattie?

    Khaira has been pretty, well, not good, but he came on in the third and made a great play on the shortie.

    Khaira had three brutal turnovers that game. Good on the shortie but to me he’s an easy choice to scratch.

  67. Zelepukin says:

    jm363561:
    7-2-1 in the last 10 is an amazing stretch (equivalent to a 123 point season). Why does it just not seem that great? Social media?

    Because as true Oil fans we rag so much on the them that it’s a gag reflex. Years of inconsistency has created a culture of expecting the drop/fall back to reality, as our first reaction.

  68. JimmyV1965 says:

    Six of he top 12 teams in the league are Canadian. Wow! Wonder how long that lasts?

  69. Richard S.S. says:

    Nice game. Despite not running on all cylinders the Oilers are the best Team once again. And the Observers complain.

  70. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Laine 3 goals in Helsinki

    Kuokannen with a pair and a critical game changing goal

    Rinne shuts down the Bolts in his return

    Koski stones Hawks with a 40 save shut-out

    And Jesse finally sees some ice

    Se on fricken koko suomalainen jääkiekko paremmuus toiminnassa ihmiset!

    Kenen vitsi Teemu Selanne luulee olevansa joka tapauksessa? Vittu rypistynyt viisikymmentä jotain kusipää!

  71. BONE207 says:

    €√¥£€^$:
    Laine 3 goals in Helsinki

    Kuokannen with a pair and a critical game changing goal

    Rinne shuts down the Bolts in his return

    Koski stones Hawks with a 40 save shut-out

    And Jesse finally sees some ice

    Se on fricken koko suomalainen jääkiekko paremmuus toiminnassa ihmiset!

    Kenen vitsi Teemu Selanne luulee olevansa joka tapauksessa? Vittu rypistynyt viisikymmentä jotain kusipää!

    I take it you’re Finnished?

  72. Pescador says:

    €√¥£€^$:

    Se on fricken koko suomalainen jääkiekko paremmuus toiminnassa ihmiset!

    kusipää!

    BONE207: I take it you’re Finnished?

    sounds made while Finishing?
    such an interesting culture, that I have no interest in

  73. Pescador says:

    Bank Shot: Khaira had three brutal turnovers that game. Good on the shortie but to me he’s an easy choice to scratch.

    “Ya take the good, Ya take the bad & there Ya have”

  74. Pescador says:

    Zelepukin: Because as true Oil fans we rag so much on the them that it’s a gag reflex. Years of inconsistency has created a culture of expecting the drop/fall back to reality, as our first reaction.

    We hope for the best, but expect the worst.
    We are broken

  75. Pescador says:

    Ivan:
    I am really liking Rieder’s game all season. Absolute hellion on the forecheck, and a very smart player. The second line is heating up!

    We have a top line.
    An emerging second line.
    And two 4th lines.

  76. GMB3 says:

    Dustylegnd:
    Koskinen with a shut out
    Drake with 2 goals including a short handed goal because he is on the PK
    Garrison with a PP blast
    Puljujarvi 0-0-0 2 pim

    Tough night for the haters ….. great night for the Oil

    Anyone taking pride in JP having a rough night is an absolute twat.

    You probably yell at kids reffing minor hockey too.

  77. GMB3 says:

    LMHF#1:
    91 is finishing…there I said it…we’ll never be rid of him now you all realize?

    Good on him though.

    Good Italian bloodlines

  78. flea says:

    Bank Shot,

    Kassian is playing a selfish game right now, flying the zone & throwing egregious hits that take him out of position. No matter what he says, he’s getting showcased right now by the Oilers.

    Kassian should come out when Rattie is ready. He probably won’t because the Oilers don’t want to HS him right now.

    They need to shed this player IMO, and hopefully soon.

  79. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    OmJo: Crows are going to be endangered after this game with how much Oilers fans are going to be eating tonight

    Just finished my first plate. Mmmm mmm mmm … you know, not really so good.

  80. Wilde says:

    Leon was good.

  81. Wilde says:

    Garrison scored, but I thought he and the 2nd pairing had real trouble getting the puck back, moving it well, and keeping OZ time alive. Probably the D’s worst game or tied for it but some forwards had plainly heroic nights.

  82. Wilde says:

    For example, 4 had these shot attempt spreads with the lines:

    97 / / -8

    29 / / -7

    18 / / +1 (played less than 1min with 27 – 18 – 98

    28 / / -4

    Another informing point is 25 going 1-13 in shots with 97, and 97 going 14-7 with 77.

    (I think there’s a very good chance that matching 77&6 with the 97 line is the path to take moving forward, especially if you’re running Caggiula on that line. They were very dangerous offensively, but gave up way too much when in their own zone and accompanied by 25&4)

    The worry is of course that prior play by 25&4 was kind of like the possession and goal heater they went on last year before falling apart. Will be someone to look out for in the coming games. Regardless, they’ve given much more than they’ve taken away in the year so far and their work in October was an absolute life-saver.

  83. hunter1909 says:

    OmJo: Crows are going to be endangered after this game with how much Oilers fans are going to be eating tonight

    Lowe+MacT’s nuclear option: Attack the fans for not blindly cheering for their perennial loser. Which is entirely(losing) on their narrow shoulders.

    Alternatively: use passive aggression to blame the fans when they win(helps the basic narrative).

    Reminds me when during the original Posiden Adventure the flabby+pompous English purser tells the terrified and confused passengers to stay where they are, its really where they will all soon die ha ha ha ha ha

  84. Dustylegnd says:

    GMB3,

    U my friend are rediculous, you are making all kinds of assumptions, when I am simply stating facts with no additional commentary.

    Your mouth is fowl and your low brow mysoginist language contributes nothing to the discussion.

    Have yourself a nice day and perhaps when you mature you will learn to deal with the anger that seems to currently consume you

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    pts2pndr: How is that 2.5 million dollar contract looking now!

    So far he’s played well – mind you, its been 2 games. Recall how Anders Nilsson and Ben Scrivens looked 2 games in to their Oiler careers.

  86. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bank Shot: Khaira had three brutal turnovers that game. Good on the shortie but to me he’s an easy choice to scratch.

    He was having a very tough game up and till the third period. I think we can all assume the coach remembers the big play on the PK and shortie goal and may just forget the rest and the tough game he was having up and till the third period.

  87. Richard Roma says:

    OriginalPouzar: He was having a very tough game up and till the third period.I think we can all assume the coach remembers the big play on the PK and shortie goal and may just forget the rest and the tough game he was having up and till the third period.

    Heard part of the game on CHED. Stauffer had just said that if JJ didn’t do something, he’d likely sit the next game.

  88. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar: So far he’s played well – mind you, its been 2 games.Recall how Anders Nilsson and Ben Scrivens looked 2 games in to their Oiler careers.

    Thanks Captain Poo Poo

  89. frjohnk says:

    Bouchard sent back to jr

  90. hunter1909 says:

    I like the way Disco Todd checks social media, now that he’s lost all that weight. Particularly how he attacked the fans, then shoved it down our collective throats with last night’s epic scoring by everyone you never expected to score, ever.

    I don’t know how anyone else thinks, but if he keeps the team at 7-4-1 pace through 82 games he should get his own Edmonton subdivision renamed: “McLellan”.

    Katz should get behind it and give Tier 1 fans the first chance to live there.

  91. GMB3 says:

    Dustylegnd:
    GMB3,

    U my friend are rediculous, you are making all kinds of assumptions, when I am simply stating facts with no additional commentary.

    Your mouth is fowl and your low brow mysoginist language contributes nothing to the discussion.

    Have yourself a nice day and perhaps when you mature you will learn to deal with the anger that seems to currently consume you

    When did my mouth become a bird?

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