Game 16 2018-19: Oilers at Panthers

The Edmonton Oilers finish up a four-game road trip tonight in Sunrise, Florida. After winning against Detroit, losses to the Capitals and Lightning have Oilers fans feeling a little uneasy. The Panthers have played in just 11 games, winning only three, but defeated the Winnipeg Jets last time out. It’s a big game for Edmonton, losing three in a row is a bad idea. If Edmonton wins tonight, they keep pace with the Flames and Canucks.

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  • New Lowetide: What happens to the Oilers when Alex Chiasson’s hot streak ends?
  • Jonathan Willis: Under the circumstances, playing in the AHL affords Jesse Puljujarvi the best chance at career redemption.
  • Lowetide: A new day dawning for Oilers prospects in Bakersfield as increased usage means greater success.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: In depth: Embattled Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli defends his record, remains bullish on the future.
  • Lowetide: Future Oilers bubbling under in Bakersfield may get a look sooner rather than later.
  • Lowetide: Oscar Klefbom takes a step forward for the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Forty years later, remembering the forgotten trade that brought Wayne Gretzky to Edmonton.
  • Tyler Dellow: Isolating issues with the NHL’s slower paced power plays.
  • Lowetide: Oilers reach a pressure point on defence and right wing
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Does Caggiula’s recent performance warrant another chance alongside McDavid?
  • Jonathan Willis: Predicting the impact Ethan Bear and Edmonton’s other top AHL prospects will make at the NHL level.

OILERS AFTER 16

  • Oilers in October 20156-10-0, 10 points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 9-6-1, 19 points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in October 2017: 6-9-1, 13 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in October 2018: 8-6-1, 17 points; goal differential -2

Edmonton can tie the 2016 club with identical 9-6-1 records with a win tonight. The two losses on this road trip are in the rear view and Ty Rattie is back so the team has some more options on right wing. I think we’re reaching a point where Peter Chiarelli will need to make a move to keep the Oilers playoff chances at current levels. Rattie could delay that move with a productive November.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 2-3-0, four points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in November 2016: 2-2-1, five points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in November 2017: 3-2-0, six points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in November 2018: 2-2-0, four points; goal differential 0

It’s important to get some points out of every week, and tonight’s game is the best chance for the Oilers since the weekend. The next three games against the Avs, Habs and Flames feature stronger teams by record than tonight’s opponent. Edmonton hasn’t played down to the competition yet this season, in my opinion.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER?

  • At home to: Chicago (Expected 1-0-0) Actual (1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Detroit, Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida  (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 1-2-0)
  • 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: 2-2-0, 4 points in 4 games

I have the four games after this one as another 2-2-0 run, before the Oilers get on a reasonable streak as they get into the heart of the Pacific Division. The road game against Calgary is going to be interesting, watched the Flames last night and they are a riddle wrapped in a enigma.

My article today at The Athletic is about the ongoing battle for the soul of the 2018-19 Oilers. The coach isn’t playing Jesse Puljujarvi or Kailer Yamamoto in a feature role, and Ty Rattie has been hurt. In the meantime, the goal-scoring leaders behind 97, 29 and 93 are Alex Chiasson (6) and Drake Caggiula (5). I think a trade is possible, for a right-wing and a right-side blue.

The Penguins are an interesting team and the list of possible trade acquisitions fascinating. I’ve mentioned to you in the past that Peter Chiarelli has a fascination with acquiring the aged and Pittsburgh has some interesting options:

  • Patric Hornqivst, 14, 4-2-6. He is 31, in the first year of a five-year deal that pays 5.3 million per season. His numbers are slightly below previous levels, perhaps the Penguins are open to a trade. He would help the power play.
  • Carl Hagelin, 14, 1-2-3. He is also 30, a speed burner and makes $4 million this season (UFA in the summer). He gets lots of PK work and could give the bottom-six forward group another veteran hand.
  • Brian Rust, 14, 1-2-3. He is one of the Penguins who has struggled this season (38 points one year ago). He is 26 and has a similar skill set to Hagelin. He is $3.5 million times four, that might be a contract Jim Rutherford is keen to offload.
  • Riley Sheahan, 14, 1-1-2. He is not a strong offensive player but does have abilities as a shutdown center. He is 26, UFA in the summer and makes $2.1 million. If the Pens are knocking on Chiarelli’s door re: Ryan Strome, this player might be in the conversation.

On defense, I have always worried about the Oilers and Jack Johnson, so you might see something along those lines. There are also young struggling wingers like Daniel Sprong, but Edmonton has their own young struggling wingers so it makes little sense from here.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show with splendid guests, we get rolling at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Simon Boisvert, Prospect Insider. One of our most popular guests will pop in and offer opinions on Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto and the group in Bakersfield so far this season.
  • Jacob Klinger, Penn Live. We’ll chat about a resilient Steelers team and the Le’Veon Bell situation.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Milan Lucic, Chiarelli scouting games, Penguins pondering change.

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    I assume McLellan and the organization will wait until they return home for the game on Sunday prior to giving Lucic his medal earned last game.

    In my opinion, we can’t get too worked up over losing the last two games – they was a heck of a back to back to finish off 7 games in 11 days.

    With that said, tonight’s game becomes important – FLA is last in the NHL and I don’t believe they’ve won at home. Any team can beat any team on any given night but this is a game the Oilers “should” win and they really need to win and hopefully with prejudice.

    I expect a solid performance from Talbot this evening.

  2. Jethro Tull says:

    Any trade has to have money going back.

    Who does the Pens have on RHD…..

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors game at 9:30 am this morning – filed trip game for the kids!

    Montoya vs. Hammond

    Marody may be back tonight, er, this morning.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Also, Canada (OHL) / Russia tonight will include Bouchard, Maksimov and Samrukov.

    I believe its on at the exact same time as the Oiler game so will need to be PVR’d and watched after the fact.

  5. Ben says:

    Lucic for Hornqvist and *some* is forgiven!!

    Could see a Burakovsky move there, similar narrative as JP. (Think it would be another huge player evaluation mistake.)

  6. Jethro Tull says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Can’t get too upset at not beating the reigning champions and the current best team in their own barns.

    They didn’t exactly put the boots to us, the scorelines flattered them a little. Tampa a perfect example of good/lucky tending with a good team.

    I think if they’d have done the usual roll over and ahow their belly, I’d feel different. But if they continue to play as they have been, they’ll be in that tier just below the elites.

    It always seemed to me that the Oilers organization wanted to leap frog their progress from worst in the NHL to cup champs. This is more realistic.

  7. Jethro Tull says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Also, Canada (OHL) / Russia tonight will include Bouchard, Maksimov and Samrukov.

    I believe its on at the exact same time as the Oiler game so will need to be PVR’d and watched after the fact.

    Bouchard shouldn’t be playing meaningless games! He should find a pick up game at an outdoor rink and learn to dominate!😀

    Joking aside, those are great games that mean a lot to the players playing. They can get pretty chippy….

  8. Jethro Tull says:

    Ben:
    Lucic for Hornqvist and *some* is forgiven!!

    Could see a Burakovsky move there, similar narrative as JP. (Think it would be another huge player evaluation mistake.)

    Horny for Looch?

  9. blainer says:

    Heading down to sunrise shortly for the game tonight. Took a pass on the Tampa game as I was dissapointed how they played there last year. Glad I did..

    I am expecting a four point night for Connor tonight !!

    Send Jesse and Yams down already .. they need to be playing and seeing lots of ice..

  10. flea says:

    What can the Oilers do at the deadline? When I look at CapFriendly, they are showing $5.725M in deadline space. But I’m pretty sure OP was convinced that they aren’t banking any right now?

    I read Tyler Y’s article on ON this morning as well but no talk of the cap space implications.

  11. Ben says:

    Jethro Tull: Horny for Looch?

    I know I am!

    I mean if Rutherford spent a 1st rounder on Ryan Reaves (career high 13 points at the time)…maybe he’s looking for a rough-in-the-diamond type deal. Clearly values the player type.

  12. Woogie63 says:

    Is the coach looking at platooning Yamamoto and Puljjarjavi in and out for each other as the 3RW vs. sending them to play in the AHL?

  13. Brantford Boy says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Any trade has to have money going back.

    Who does the Pens have on RHD…..

    I see what you did there…

  14. hunter1909 says:

    A W tonight goes a long way in redeeming this road trip.

    Coming home with 3 game losing streak hasn’t got the same ring to it.

  15. jtblack says:

    It has been a while since PC had botched a trade ; so one is probably imminent

  16. yamfry says:

    I will lead the revolt if Chia trades JP for any one of those PIT pieces …

  17. who says:

    I am getting more and more nervous that Chia is going to trade JP. If there was some way of dumping Lucics salary on Pittsburgh I would do it. Something like Lucic and Yamamoto for Hornquist and Rust. I just don’t think it’s possible. And Hornquists contract is just about as bad as Lucics. Difference is that he is still an effective scorer.
    I still would rather trade Yamamoto than JP, but I think the best move is to sit tight and hang on to both of them for another year or two.
    Patience Peter. The Oilers are not a cup contender. Don’t blow your load on a mirage.

  18. Jethro Tull says:

    yamfry:
    I will lead the revolt if Chia trades JP for any one of those PIT pieces …

    The Oilers have had many, many glaring weaknesses the last 10yrs.

    Knowing when to cut bait on a prospect is right up there.

  19. JimmyV1965 says:

    Got a bad feeling about this one. Florida’s roster is much better than their record and Louongo is back. Hope it’s just indigestion.

  20. Durag says:

    who,

    Agree. There is no way that JP has the kind of trade value to bring back a piece that puts this team over the top. The only trade we don’t sorely regret is one where we get a moderately useful piece and JP turns out to be a complete bust with another team and goes back to Europe. Sort of a high-risk, low-reward situation.

  21. Hall Awaits says:

    LT,

    You don’t think he might’ve been looking at a certain Finnish d man on PIT?

  22. godot10 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    OriginalPouzar,

    They didn’t exactly put the boots to us, the scorelines flattered them a little. Tampa a perfect example of good/lucky tending with a good team.

    Tampa did it without Palat and Hedman.

    Take away Klefbom (a scorching hot Chiasson was missing) and where would the Oilers be?

  23. godot10 says:

    Woogie63:
    Is the coach looking at platooning Yamamoto and Puljjarjavi in and out for each other as the 3RW vs. sending them to play in the AHL?

    One is doing it wrong if one is doing that. One can be playing in the NHL and one in the AHL. Swap as necessary. No one should be sitting in the press box in Edmonton.

  24. Jethro Tull says:

    godot10: Tampa did it without Palat and Hedman.

    Take away Klefbom (a scorching hot Chiasson was missing) and where would the Oilers be?

    Oilers Nihilism rulez!

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looks like Chiasson is back and Puljujarvi back in.

    Yamamoto and Khaira sitting:

    Pre-Game Skate as per Jack Michaels:

    RNH-McDavid-Rattie
    Rieder-Draisaitl-Chiasson
    Lucic-Strome-Caggiula
    Puljujärvi-Brodziak-Kassian

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Nurse-Russell
    Gravel/Garrison-Benning

  26. frjohnk says:

    OriginalPouzar: Lucic-Strome-Caggiula
    Puljujärvi-Brodziak-Kassian

    4th line LW for JP????

    *scratches head*

    OK

  27. who says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Looks like Chiasson is back and Puljujarvi back in.

    Yamamoto and Khaira sitting:

    Pre-Game Skate as per Jack Michaels:

    RNH-McDavid-Rattie
    Rieder-Draisaitl-Chiasson
    Lucic-Strome-Caggiula
    Puljujärvi-Brodziak-Kassian

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Nurse-Russell
    Gravel/Garrison-Benning

    See that’s just dumb.
    Off wing, 4th line for JP? Why not just swap him and Cagguila.
    At this point Brodziak and Kassian create just as much offense as Lucic and Strome so why not have these guys play on their strong sides?
    I see another 8-10 minute night in JP’s future.

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Iowa takes a 1-0 lead but Benson ties the game up – assist to Patrick Russell who got a shot on net (Benson buried the rebound).

  29. Darth Tu says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    If Puljujärvi can play left wing well and eventually move up the lineup I’ll be a happy man.

  30. Paulie says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I’d switch JP for ML for a few games. Now that ML is off PP1, what’s to stop TMac from moving him to the 4th line?

  31. Richard S.S. says:

    The Oilers have won all the Games they were supposed to win plus winning more of the Games they should have lost. The Oilers are better than 2015/16 and 2017/18 Teams and might be as good as the 2016/17 Oilers were pre-Christmas. The current Oilers’ Team could be much better.

  32. McSorley33 says:

    frjohnk,

    4th line LW for JP????

    *scratches head*

    OK
    *******************************************************
    Hey, JP – we don’t have the Letestu anchor anymore ..do mind carrying Brodziak the albatross around?

    JP – “Well, I was playing with Looch so…I guess I could try Kyle?”

    Fans: “I can’t believe JP is not producing with Looch or Brodziak!”

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Iowa takes a 2-1 lead on the PP (best in the league) but Hebig ties it up shortly thereafter – a rebound of a Benson shot.

    Marody with the 2nd assist.

    Hebig’s sixth (I believe) and his first not on the PP.

    GREAT sutff for the kid line to get a 5 on 5 goal.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Haven’t really been able to pay full attention, you know, working, but the kid line just had a massive o-zone possession shift – great puck recovery, lots of puck towards the net – chaos all over the offensive zone.

  35. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow – Jones does have a “bomb” on the one-time.

  36. ChiliChunk says:

    frjohnk: 4th line LW for JP????

    Positions JP for one-timers on all those sweet saucer passes from Brodziak

    /s

  37. westcoastoil2018 says:

    What about Daniel Sprong, though? Sure, he’s struggled, but he’s a 21yo on a team of much older players. Closest players in age are 24yo and up. Oilers would have McDavid, Yamamoto and Puljujarvi as players his age.

    He’s a legit scorer at every level so far, was a point-per-game scorer in AHL last year. on a value contract no less!

    Maybe a 2nd rd pick in 2020 (Pitts doesn’t have theirs) and a prospect/bottom 6 player from Edm (Khaira)?

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Logan Day is still the PP2 guy and Jones the PP1 guy – unless I’m missing something, Bear is not getting PP time.

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    Iowa is 8-3 on the year but, from what I saw, the Condors dominated the last 10 minutes of the first and finished with a 19-7 shot advantage.

    With that said, in almost every game this year, the Condors have come out blazing in the first but weren’t able to sustain the level of play through the rest of the game.

  40. texmex says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    shots are 19-7 condors after 1.

  41. dustrock says:

    I wonder if T-Mac is exploring whether Looch and Strome are anchors for Jesse.

    He’s going to be the main puck carrier on the line with Kassian and Brodziak and maybe he’ll have the green light to take some chances.

    I’m also not convinced the Strome line isn’t the 4th line, depending on the night. 🙂

  42. hunter1909 says:

    JP is perfect for the 4th line….no pressure which he needs right now.

    The last thing he needs is pressure. The 4th has none of that.

  43. PinkSocks says:

    dustrock:

    I’m also not convinced the Strome line isn’t the 4th line, depending on the night.

    Not tonight! Stromer is on a big heater now.

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, missed the first minute of the 2nd and Lagesson scored like 14 seconds in from Marody and Jones. Wasn’t a PP goal but right at the end of a PP.

    Will wait to see a replay but Lagesson is having a nice offensive start to the season – I believe that’s five points for him.

    From what I had seen of him in prospects games and camps, he was a good skater and puck mover and I always thought that he had more offensive potential than the verbal on him.

    Great start to his North American pro career.

  45. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I’m in lounge, waiting for flight to Miami: have sweet seats to game tonight: will report what I can

    – For Pool, I think the “magic bean” premium on him is gone. If you trade him now, your’ not getting much back IMO…

    – Part of me is scared that he’s in the Yak, Magnus, Lander bin… They all got varying degrees of opportunity, and whether we think their development was a fail on the part of the OIL or not, none of them are NHL’ers today…

    * when I say they are not NHL’ers, I mean you would not trade any of them for Drake: who I was told was not a NHL’er: OEWWWWW!

  46. npanciroli says:

    I feel like it is Sprong they are looking at in Pittsburgh.

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice forecheck by Joe G. and the puck comes out front to P. Russell who bangs home his second of the game.

  48. Henry says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    These ahl updates are great. Much appreciated. Henry

  49. npanciroli says:

    Wonder if Khaira and a pick Pitts would do for Sprong.

  50. Jethro Tull says:

    npanciroli:
    I feel like it is Sprong they are looking at in Pittsburgh.

    Shame. You coupd have gone with “I could be Sprong, but….”

  51. npanciroli says:

    westcoastoil2018,

    Oops missed this. My thoughts as well.

  52. Oilman99 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Can’t get too upset at not beating the reigning champions and the current best team in their own barns.

    They didn’t exactly put the boots to us, the scorelines flattered them a little. Tampa a perfect example of good/lucky tending with a good team.

    I think if they’d have done the usual roll over and ahow their belly, I’d feel different. But if they continue to play as they have been, they’ll be in that tier just below the elites.

    It always seemed to me that the Oilers organization wanted to leap frog their progress from worst in the NHL to cup champs. This is more realistic.

    The Oilers bad” puck luck” didn’t help, there were multiple bizarre bounces in both games that could have made things a lot closer.

  53. PinkSocks says:

    Dreger says Sprong is definitely on the block, so that means it’s true. This would be one of the smaller (good) moves for PC. My wager is Kassian for Sprong and the deal is 1 for 1.

  54. Oilman99 says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Got a bad feeling about this one. Florida’s roster is much better than their record and Louongo is back. Hope it’s just indigestion.

    Bobby Lou is poison for the Oilers ever since his Knuclehead days.

  55. npanciroli says:

    PinkSocks,

    Pittsburgh has no cap space so we would need to retain on this one. I think Khaira and Sprong are similar is salaries (they save a bit) so feel like it might be that.

  56. pts2pndr says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I’m in lounge, waiting for flight to Miami: have sweet seats to game tonight: will report what I can

    – For Pool, I think the “magic bean” premium on him is gone.If you trade him now, your’ not getting much back IMO…

    – Part of me is scared that he’s in the Yak, Magnus, Lander bin…They all got varying degrees of opportunity, and whether we think their development was a fail on the part of the OIL or not, none of them are NHL’ers today…

    * when I say they are not NHL’ers, I mean you would not trade any of them for Drake: who I was told was not a NHL’er: OEWWWWW!

    The coach that thinks he is as never got past the conference final in his head coaching career. Every line he plays on is worse when he is on it! I think it says more about the coach than JP!

  57. Fraktal says:

    PinkSocks:
    Dreger says Sprong is definitely on the block, so that means it’s true.This would be one of the smaller (good) moves for PC.My wager is Kassian for Sprong and the deal is 1 for 1.

    1 for 1 – exactly the way Chia likes it.

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors up 4-2 after two – shots are 31-16 Condors and they actually might even be dominating more than the shot totals represent – great effort through 2.

    5:46 BAK Tyler Benson (2) ASST: Patrick Russell (5)
    12:06 BAK Cameron Hebig (6) ASST: Tyler Benson (8), Cooper Marody (5)
    2nd
    0:14 BAK William Lagesson (1) ASST: Cooper Marody (6), Caleb Jones (7)
    7:36 BAK Patrick Russell (4) ASST: Joe Gambardella (4), Keegan Lowe (1)

  59. CrazyCoach says:

    Jethro Tull: Shame. You coupd have gone with “I could be Sprong, but….”

    …I could be right!!!

  60. flyfish1168 says:

    PinkSocks:
    Dreger says Sprong is definitely on the block, so that means it’s true.This would be one of the smaller (good) moves for PC.My wager is Kassian for Sprong and the deal is 1 for 1.

    I like the deal but for 1.2 million difference in CAP hit and upside between each player we may need to retain or add a pick

  61. npanciroli says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Thanks for the recap. Love how the kids are doing!

  62. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Logan Day is still the PP2 guy and Jones the PP1 guy – unless I’m missing something, Bear is not getting PP time.

    He hurt his shoulder, no? Maybe his shot isn’t back where they’d like it for his use on the PP.

    Sounds like Jones and Day have both been quite good as well, so not a big rush.

  63. bendelson says:

    PinkSocks:
    Dreger says Sprong is definitely on the block, so that means it’s true.This would be one of the smaller (good) moves for PC.My wager is Kassian for Sprong and the deal is 1 for 1.

    Damn earworms…

    It may be Sprong
    You may be right
    And Kass might just be the lunatic Pit’s looking for…

    (Sorry ‘bout that gang)

  64. ArmchairGM says:

    Here’s an interesting comp:

    In 2016-17, Eberle played 1375 minutes for Edmonton.

    ES g/60: 0.81 (1189:30)
    PP g/60: 1.30 (184:16)

    Since entering the league, Jesse Puljujarvi has played a total of 1306 minutes, about 70 less than Eberle in that last season. In 2017-18 (JP’s largest and most recent available sample), he scored thusly:

    ES g/60: 0.73 (820:10)
    PP g/60: 2.48 (48:19)

    If Puljujarvi was given Eberle’s ice-time in 2017-18 – without even considering for JP’s increased productivity if playing in the top-6 and 1st PP unit – his goal-scoring would look something like this:

    ES: 14 goals
    PP: 8 goals

    Two more goals at 19 than Eberle scored at 26. Considering age, cost, deployment and PP usage, I don’t see the pressing need to trade the young man.

  65. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers eventually need to promote their own talent from within!!

  66. texmex says:

    IOWA 2 goals in 15 seconds!!! 4-4

  67. Gerta Rauss says:

    flea:
    What can the Oilers do at the deadline? When I look at CapFriendly, they are showing $5.725M in deadline space. But I’m pretty sure OP was convinced that they aren’t banking any right now?

    I read Tyler Y’s article on ON this morning as well but no talk of the cap space implications.

    If Sekera sits the entire season we can spend the full LTIR cushion anytime including the deadline

    If Sekera returns (which sounds likely) we’ve got next to nothing to spend at the deadline, and have to be cautious between now and then

    We need to dump some salary to gain a little flexibility

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    Was on a conference call but saw Iowa score two goals in about 15 seconds earlier in the third to tie the game.

    Shots have evened up to 35-27 – haven’t been able to pay attention in the third but it looks like Iowa, a very good team, has carried the play.

  69. texmex says:

    npanciroli,

    That would be a Chia thing to do…. stay in Washington to watch Sprong play except he was a healthy scratch last night.

    Chia to Katz: “Sprong looked phenomenal last night. Scored the only goal for Pittsburgh and was all over the ice. I’m gonna propose we send Bouchard, JP and our first for him. Before I make the trade, can you confirm number 87 is not retired by the Oilers. He’s worn that number all his career to the best of my knowledge and I want to to ensure its available when he gets to Edmonton.”

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    Marody with the OT Winner – on a wraparound.

  71. npanciroli says:

    texmex,

    Haha, had no idea he was a scratch.

  72. russ99 says:

    flea:

    If Sekera is out for the year, that changes. Teams have done some curious things with LTIR in the past, it’s not unprecedented.

    With more cap flexibility coming the next two years (but with a goalie to sign) a trial period rental trade for an NHL forward with some offensive acumen is certainly possible.

  73. russ99 says:

    hunter1909:
    Oilers eventually need to promote their own talent from within!!

    Yep, but that also means developing them properly, and not rushing them to the bigs to fill a spot where an NHL player should be.

    There’s no reason why we should be pressboxing one of Puljujarvi and Yamamoto every night, and with Woodcroft turning things around development wise, the AHL is a perfectly fine spot for either or both of them.

  74. CrazyCoach says:

    bendelson: Damn earworms…

    It may be Sprong
    You may be right
    And Kass might just be the lunatic Pit’s looking for…

    (Sorry ‘bout that gang)

    No apology needed.

  75. texmex says:

    russ99,

    Agree 100%.

    If we send both Yamo and JP down,and we should, we need two players to fill out the 23 man roster. Who are they and where do they come from? Marody is the 1C in BAK and I’d leave him there.

    The Oilers are 16th on the waiver order of operations today (i think). So anyone decent placed on waivers is likely to get claimed before the Oilers can claim them.

    Malone (sorry OP) + ???

  76. Dicky94 says:

    Hopefully the Oilers lay a beating tonight and leave with a win and a Petrovic on the plane.

  77. SwedishPoster says:

    Joel Persson making his national team debut tonight against the Czech Republic in front of Jaromir Jagr who looks like a colombian mafioso. After a nervous first few shifts he’s played well, by no means dominant but solid and has shown his high end skill on occasion.

    This is encouraging for a few reasons. First of all it’s a sign his iffy SHL start is somewhat due to his team being a mess early. Second it shows he can hang at this slightly higher level. And third it shows he has the conviction in his game to try the more difficult stuff in a new situation, the international games are different not only in quality but also in style compared to the SHL.

    No points midway through the third period.

  78. Lowetide says:

    Mark Spector

    Verified account

    @SportsnetSpec
    18s19 seconds ago
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    Hearing now that Jesse Puljujarvi could be AHL-bound shortly.
    Starting next Friday, Bakersfield plays five games in nine days.
    Barring a scoring binge or huge rise in his level, I see him in the AHL for that stretch.

  79. OmJo says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I’m in lounge, waiting for flight to Miami: have sweet seats to game tonight: will report what I can

    – For Pool, I think the “magic bean” premium on him is gone.If you trade him now, your’ not getting much back IMO…

    – Part of me is scared that he’s in the Yak, Magnus, Lander bin…They all got varying degrees of opportunity, and whether we think their development was a fail on the part of the OIL or not, none of them are NHL’ers today…

    * when I say they are not NHL’ers, I mean you would not trade any of them for Drake: who I was told was not a NHL’er: OEWWWWW!

    Define opportunity. Please and thank you.

    Also, I would trade Caggiula for Yakupov 😛

    (This isn’t directed at you, btw) If you’re going to play JP as 4LW, just send him down to Bakersfield. Fuck. Or trade to a team that can develop him properly before he turns into another failed prospect story…

  80. HugThePost says:

    Lowetide:
    Mark Spector

    Verified account

    @SportsnetSpec18s19 seconds ago
    More
    Hearing now that Jesse Puljujarvi could be AHL-bound shortly.
    Starting next Friday, Bakersfield plays five games in nine days.
    Barring a scoring binge or huge rise in his level, I see him in the AHL for that stretch.

    Yes!

    Get him out of here and rehab his confidence!

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    flea:
    What can the Oilers do at the deadline? When I look at CapFriendly, they are showing $5.725M in deadline space. But I’m pretty sure OP was convinced that they aren’t banking any right now?

    I read Tyler Y’s article on ON this morning as well but no talk of the cap space implications.

    They are currently under their adjusted cap accrual limit by like $70K so they accrue the pro-rated portion of that on a daily basis to bank. Its essentially nothing its so little.

    Yes, right now they have over $5M of deadline cap space but that includes the LTIR relief cushion – once Sekera is activated, and from accounts he will be this year, that goes away instantly.

  82. OriginalPouzar says:

    Woogie63:
    Is the coach looking at platooning Yamamoto and Puljjarjavi in and out for each other as the 3RW vs. sending them to play in the AHL?

    Re-assignments to the NHL are not made by the coach but by management. One would think the decision of management is made in conjunction with the coach but who knows – maybe management, not the coach, wants them both in Edmonton – the coach can only deploy the roster he is provided by management.

  83. Lowetide says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I’m in lounge, waiting for flight to Miami: have sweet seats to game tonight: will report what I can

    – For Pool, I think the “magic bean” premium on him is gone.If you trade him now, your’ not getting much back IMO…

    – Part of me is scared that he’s in the Yak, Magnus, Lander bin…They all got varying degrees of opportunity, and whether we think their development was a fail on the part of the OIL or not, none of them are NHL’ers today…

    * when I say they are not NHL’ers, I mean you would not trade any of them for Drake: who I was told was not a NHL’er: OEWWWWW!

    I think that’s all fair. Trading JP at this point wouldn’t fetch enough to make it worthwhile. Time in Bakersfield, gaining confidence, would appear to be the right move now. Yamamoto would also benefit from time in the minors, suspect that may come later.

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    westcoastoil2018:
    What about Daniel Sprong, though? Sure, he’s struggled, but he’s a 21yo on a team of much older players. Closest players in age are 24yo and up. Oilers would have McDavid, Yamamoto and Puljujarvi as players his age.

    He’s a legit scorer at every level so far, was a point-per-game scorer in AHL last year. on a value contract no less!

    Maybe a 2nd rd pick in 2020 (Pitts doesn’t have theirs) and a prospect/bottom 6 player from Edm (Khaira)?

    I mentioned Sprong in yesterday’s thread.

    He was one of my top deadline targets in the Maroon trade.

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    npanciroli:
    Wonder if Khaira and a pick Pitts would do for Sprong.

    Khaira is an NHL player and Sprong has not proven to be so (and is likely only on the PIT roster due to not being waiver exempt).

    I don’t see why we’d have to add to that trade.

  86. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: He hurt his shoulder, no? Maybe his shot isn’t back where they’d like it for his use on the PP.

    Sounds like Jones and Day have both been quite good as well, so not a big rush.

    Ya, you could be right – I never thought about the shoulder still not being 100%.

    Oh, yes, Jones has been great and Day is a bit of a revelation – he’s earning himself an NHL (as opposed to AHL) contract in the spring.

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    texmex:
    russ99,

    Agree 100%.

    If we send both Yamo and JP down,and we should, we need two players to fill out the 23 man roster. Who are they and where do they come from? Marody is the 1C in BAK and I’d leave him there.

    The Oilers are 16th on the waiver order of operations today (i think). So anyone decent placed on waivers is likely to get claimed before the Oilers can claim them.

    Malone (sorry OP) + ???

    I’d actually be OK with going with a 22 man roster for bits and pieces – the pro rated portion of the extra $925K will accrue daily and be banked for potential use later.

    I’m fine with Malone getting the call as long as we are clear that he doesn’t actually see game time.

    He’s been great in the AHL, I can’t deny that, but that’s what he is, an AHL veteran that is not an NHL player nor an NHL prospect and I think we need to move beyond those types of players in the NHL lineup.

    If an injury hits, I would hope that one of JP, Yamamoto or Marody gets the call prior to the next game.

    Maybe, just maybe, if its a Brodziak fill-in, I’d be OK with Malone.

  88. leadfarmer says:

    Wait so now we’re developing JP
    Why couldn’t we do this before

  89. bendelson says:

    Let it be known that outside of a rogue usher seemingly confused about what century she is living in,
    the Jack White concert was excellent. It was an admittedly strange concert experience, seated comfortably in a luxury box powering back free highballs and assorted snacks – rather than mixing it up in the trenches with the crowd… but, really great show!

  90. Doug McLachlan says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Any trade has to have money going back.

    Who does the Pens have on RHD…..

    Don’t think the Pens have anyone available as a RHD but the Oilers have long been interested in Olli Maatta.

  91. bendelson says:

    I just saw the Marody overtime winner…
    Did Hebig use his speed to pick all three Iowa players on that play?
    Nicely done!

  92. Alpine says:

    Love sending down players to “regain confidence” so they can come up later and lose said confidence because the coach won’t give them any.

  93. frjohnk says:

    leadfarmer:
    Wait so now we’re developing JP
    Why couldn’t we do this before

    I have always believed that Oilers management thought they were getting a player who would be impact as soon as he hit the NHL, or it wouldnt take long. As Chia said at the time of the Hall trade, “Yes, it did make it easier.” when asked if having JP fall to the Oilers make the Hall trade a bit easier.

    When it was clear he was not ready as an NHL player in October of 2016 ( Swedishposter said this as soon as he was drafted) it seemed like the Oilers did not know what to do with him. Maybe they felt keeping him up in the NHL would fast track his development.

    Well, two years later and his development has been stuck in neutral.

    The development of JP and Yamamoto to become impact/very good complimentary players is paramount if this team is to ever become a Cup contender.

    These two are skilled players, either they play top 6 in the NHL with PP or send them to the AHL to do that there.

    JP and Yamamoto development
    Playing 4th line one night, scratched for 2 games, then play 3rd line, scratched.
    Rinse repeat.

    Edmonton Oilers, doing headscratching and puzzling things with prospects for far too long.

  94. Melvis says:

    bendelson:
    Let it be known that outside of a rogue usher seemingly confused about what century she is living in,
    the Jack White concert was excellent.It was an admittedly strange concert experience, seated comfortably in a luxury box powering back free highballs and assorted snacks – rather than mixing it up in the trenches with the crowd…but, really great show!

    I think I’m going to move to Edmonton – make some new friends;-)

    #can’tstand crowds

  95. stush18 says:

    I hope the vitriol is going to remain at a minimum when/if Puljujarvi and Yamamoto are sent down.

    Not sure who wyou call up. Russell is playing well, and is kind of at the point of make or break as an NHL player because of his age.

    I’d swap JP and Russell, and let Yamamoto play more often than Russell.

  96. ArmchairGM says:

    frjohnk: 4th line LW for JP????

    *scratches head*

    OK

    He has to earn the coach’s trust, didn’t you know? On the 4th line on his off-wing. “You want me to play Puljujarvi? Ok then! Heh heh”

  97. russ99 says:

    stush18:
    I hope the vitriol is going to remain at a minimum when/if Puljujarvi and Yamamoto are sent down.

    Not sure who wyou call up. Russell is playing well, and is kind of at the point of make or break as an NHL player because of his age.

    I’d swap JP and Russell, and let Yamamoto play more often than Russell.

    Agree, should be someone we don’t sidetrack if they’re pressboxed.

  98. stush18 says:

    frjohnk,

    I don’t mind playing one of them in easy minutes on the third line.

    Easily forgotten amongst everything is EDM is the youngest team in the NHL I believe. Adding JP and Yam onto the team means it can be tough to develop.

  99. PinkSocks says:

    flyfish1168: I like the deal but for 1.2 million difference in CAP hit and upside between each player we may need to retain or add a pick

    Maybe but Pitt has the room with Jultz on LTIR for the next few months.

  100. russ99 says:

    frjohnk: I have always believed that Oilers management thought they were getting a player who would be impact as soon as he hit the NHL, or it wouldnt take long.As Chia said at the time of the Hall trade, “Yes, it did make it easier.” when asked if having JP fall to the Oilers make the Hall trade a bit easier.

    When it was clear he was not ready as an NHL player in October of 2016 ( Swedishposter said this as soon as he was drafted) it seemed like the Oilers did not know what to do with him.Maybe they felt keeping him up in the NHL would fast track his development.

    Well, two years later and his development has been stuck in neutral.

    The development of JP and Yamamoto to become impact/very good complimentary players is paramount if this team is to ever become a Cup contender.

    These two are skilled players, either they play top 6 in the NHL with PP or send them to the AHL to do that there.

    JP and Yamamoto development
    Playing 4th line one night, scratched for 2 games, then play 3rd line, scratched.
    Rinse repeat.

    Edmonton Oilers, doing headscratching and puzzling things with prospects for far too long.

    Results. Chiasson and Rattie have earned their spots, and the team has to make the hard call and send them down for their and the team’s best interests.

    As much as some fans want the Oilers to torpedo the season in the name of player development and the GM and coach getting fired, being competitive is better for this young roster than losing.

  101. PinkSocks says:

    npanciroli:
    PinkSocks,

    Pittsburgh has no cap space so we would need to retain on this one. I think Khaira and Sprong are similar is salaries (they save a bit) so feel like it might be that.

    Pitt has over $5m with Jultz on LTIR. He is not due back until late February / early March. I’m not sure on the math if it works, but at least for now, Pitt can do it. After than they can just send whatever salary needed to the AHL, be it Kassian or someone else.

  102. stush18 says:

    russ99,

    Agreed in a sense, because EDM is the youngest team in the NHL.

    However the development and success of JP and Yamamoto should be separate from the success and development of the hockey team.

  103. frjohnk says:

    russ99: Results. Chiasson and Rattie have earned their spots, and the team has to make the hard call and send them down for their and the team’s best interests.

    As much as some fans want the Oilers to torpedo the season in the name of player development and the GM and coach getting fired, being competitive is better for this young roster than losing.

    Oilers have had a bizarre development plan for JP.

    He wasnt close to being an NHL player two years ago, but they kept him up in the NHL for half a season.

    Two years later he should be in the AHL playing top minutes and PP1 especially if he is only going to play minimal minutes in every NHL game

  104. Lowetide says:

    frjohnk: I have always believed that Oilers management thought they were getting a player who would be impact as soon as he hit the NHL, or it wouldnt take long.As Chia said at the time of the Hall trade, “Yes, it did make it easier.” when asked if having JP fall to the Oilers make the Hall trade a bit easier.

    When it was clear he was not ready as an NHL player in October of 2016 ( Swedishposter said this as soon as he was drafted) it seemed like the Oilers did not know what to do with him.Maybe they felt keeping him up in the NHL would fast track his development.

    Well, two years later and his development has been stuck in neutral.

    The development of JP and Yamamoto to become impact/very good complimentary players is paramount if this team is to ever become a Cup contender.

    These two are skilled players, either they play top 6 in the NHL with PP or send them to the AHL to do that there.

    JP and Yamamoto development
    Playing 4th line one night, scratched for 2 games, then play 3rd line, scratched.
    Rinse repeat.

    Edmonton Oilers, doing headscratching and puzzling things with prospects for far too long.

    Agreed.

  105. frjohnk says:

    stush18: because EDM is the youngest team in the NHL.

    they were when Bouchard, JP and Yamamoto were playing.

    Replaced with Garrison/Gravel, Chiasson and Caggila has upped their average age a bit.

    Still very young team.

  106. Material Elvis says:

    Alpine:
    Love sending down players to “regain confidence” so they can come up later and lose said confidence because the coach won’t give them any.

    It’s not up to the coaching staff to give him confidence. He will gain confidence when he starts to score goals in the AHL; after that, it’s up to him to translate that to the NHL. You don’t take a struggling rookie and put him in the top 6 just because.

  107. Material Elvis says:

    frjohnk: Oilers have had a bizarre development plan for JP.

    He wasnt close to being an NHL player two years ago, but they kept him up in the NHL for half a season.

    Two years later he should be in the AHL playing top minutes and PP1 especially if he is only going to play minimal minutes in every NHL game

    This is spot on. They’ve been doing the ‘throw them in the deep in and learn how to swim’ routine for a long time now. For Hall it worked. For McDavid it worked. The rest could have used more seasoning before playing in the NHL. Yamamoto and JP need to be in the AHL because they can learn the pro game, make mistakes, and develop without fear of press box or 4th line duties.

  108. bendelson says:

    Melvis: I think I’m going to move to Edmonton – make some new friends;-)

    #can’tstand crowds

    While I typically share your view on crowd scenes, at a concert I find you do miss something being so removed the energy/action – not that I’m complaining!
    Note: The friend of the family with the box is walking away at the end of this year… which sucks, but at the price he’s been paying, completely understandable. The cost is truly staggering…

  109. stush18 says:

    Gregor reporting that Puljujarvi will likely be sent down soon.

    The condors play 5 games in 9 days stating next Friday.

    I’d send down JP and Yamamoto and call up Russell and Malone. Russell has played well and deserves a callup.

    Based off of the lines from today’s game, we’d see some version of

    Benson-Marody-Hebig
    Yamamoto-Currie-JP
    Gambardella-Vesey-Gust

    Or something similiar. Very skilled down below

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    Alpine:
    Love sending down players to “regain confidence” so they can come up later and lose said confidence because the coach won’t give them any.

    Bah – a player scores one goal, boom, confidence – that’s all it takes.

    For example, I’m sure Ryan Strome is feeling much better going in to tonight’s game than Tuesday’s game.

    Jesse can go down and come up fully confident, struggle for 4 games, lose his confidence and the score one goal and his confidence will be back.

  111. Richard S.S. says:

    Jesse Puljujarvi needs to learn how to play well with others, being where he should be – always. That’s been a problem. He needs to stop playing lazy hockey, go for the puck, go for the net. That’s been a problem. Maybe he gets back before Playoffs.

  112. stush18 says:

    stush18:
    Gregor reporting that Puljujarvi will likely be sent down soon.

    The condors play 5 games in 9 days stating next Friday.

    I’d send down JP and Yamamoto and call up Russell and Malone. Russell has played well and deserves a callup.

    Based off of the lines from today’s game, we’d see some version of

    Benson-Marody-Hebig
    Yamamoto-Currie-JP
    Gambardella-Vesey-Gust

    Or something similiar. Very skilled down below

    Also, the backend looks impressive.

    Lagesson has 6 points in 10 games. Impressive for a “shutdown” dman.
    Jones has 7 in 10.
    Day (AHL deal) has 5 in 9.
    Bear returning from injury.

    I wasn’t sure about trading Nurse for a RH dman, but if it improves the results, i might be convinced.

    Combine these prospects together with Persson, Kemp, Berglund, Samorukov, Marino, and the backend is looking very deep with prospects right now.

    Id spend most of our draft picks on forwards on the upcoming draft. The backend is going to be full for a couple years.

  113. Ben says:

    Richard S.S.,

    “Lazy” is not at all how I’d describe his play. Agree with the first part, though: doesn’t feel like his line mates have any clue what he’s trying to do most of the time.

  114. stush18 says:

    Ben,

    I get where people see the Yakupov comparison. He used to buzz around the ice, and make the strangest play.

    Difference is I think he’s obviously more aware of Defense, and when he has the puck, he makes “smarter” plays.

    I’d love for him to start playing centre. Then he’d be allowed to be all over the ice a bit more.

  115. Sierra says:

    stush18,

    Even at centre, while being all over the ice he will still need to be where he is supposed to be.

    I wonder if they have tried Jeese at centre at all during practice or preseason .

  116. commonfan29 says:

    I’d like to think this 4th line thing will go well for JP tonight, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’ll actually go something like this:

    – Creates scoring chances on his first two shifts, but his linemates can’t cash.
    – Turns the puck over while trying to create another chance for himself on his third shift, and it ends up in the Oiler net after Brodziak is too slow to cover.
    – Doesn’t see the ice again.

  117. stush18 says:

    Sierra,

    Agreed, but I see him chasing the puck to either wings, and Lucic and Strome playing their off wings.

    Lots of teams just play first man back, and the oilers usually do, but it’s gotta be confusing playing with JP and skating back and he follows the puck around the end boards from one wing to the other.

    Offensively it’s not as much of an issue, imo.

  118. meanashell11 says:

    With respect to JP. I kinda like him on the LW. He has scored some nice goals from the OV position and sitting on RW is not helping.

  119. ArmchairGM says:

    stush18: Also, the backend looks impressive.

    Lagesson has 6 points in 10 games. Impressive for a “shutdown” dman.
    Jones has 7 in 10.
    Day (AHL deal) has 5 in 9.
    Bear returning from injury.

    Its nearly the Nashville of the AHL. We basically have 6 guys who could play 6th or 7th d-man in the NHL.

    And more coming next year. Music!

  120. MughalMuggle says:

    meanashell11:
    With respect to JP. I kinda like him on the LW. He has scored some nice goals from the OV position and sitting on RW is not helping.

    I doubt playing with Brodziak and Kassian will help, either.

  121. deardylan says:

    I like idea of JP being tested out on LW or C. ShakehimUp

  122. SwedishPoster says:

    Will certainly be interesting to see how Jesse does on the 4th line. The line has been pretty awful for the last two games. Can he give them a boost? Imo the third line did look better with Jesse than without despite a lack of goals, the coach clearly disagrees with me, maybe the same goes for the 4th.

  123. SwedishPoster says:

    Though I don’t love him on lw. He’s a pass first guy, not a shooter, but it might give him a reset.

  124. OmJo says:

    Hasn’t JP produced when he’s been played with skill players in the past?

  125. Ribs says:

    I think we should try JP in goal for a game or two. He’s got the height and some ranginess to him that I think would be of excellent use in between the pipes.

    …Just covering all of the bases here…

  126. Lowetide says:

    Ribs:
    I think we should try JP in goal for a game or two. He’s got the height and some ranginess to him that I think would be of excellent use in between the pipes.

    …Just covering all of the bases here…

    Maybe get him a week as GM, too.

  127. who says:

    meanashell11:
    With respect to JP. I kinda like him on the LW. He has scored some nice goals from the OV position and sitting on RW is not helping.

    I disagree.
    He has never demonstrated an ability to one time a puck, and frankly, looks kind of awkward at times on his strong side.
    Don’t see how playing the off wing is going to make him more comfortable.

  128. Lowetide says:

    McDavid is fast.

  129. godot10 says:

    There were probably more people in the South Beach club the Oilers went to last night than there are in the arena! -)

  130. Munny says:

    Luongo doing that Jesus thing again.

  131. godot10 says:

    Rattie’s “hands in the air”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdtNR0Gu_FI

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers just dominating the first 6 and a half minutes – Luongo the only reason its not 2-0.

  133. dcsj says:

    Stuck at work with no TV available… you guys are my play by play.

    Also keep my eye on Sportsnet Live Tracker. Find this “report” odd: “Leon Draisatl commits a hit”… as if it is a crime or something

  134. Lowetide says:

    dcsj:
    Stuck at work with no TV available… you guys are my play by play.

    Also keep my eye on Sportsnet Live Tracker. Find this “report” odd: “Leon Draisatl commits a hit”… as if it is a crime or something

    Two great stops by Luongo, Oilers all over the Panthers who look like sawhorses in the yard.

  135. Sierra says:

    Two big saves by Luono already.

    And two games in a row that Rattie has raised his hands when the puck didn’t go in. Lol. Next one better go in

  136. Alpine says:

    Sorry when I said the coach won’t give JP confidence, I meant to say he actively sucks it out of him.

  137. Alpine says:

    OriginalPouzar: Bah – a player scores one goal, boom, confidence – that’s all it takes.

    For example, I’m sure Ryan Strome is feeling much better going in to tonight’s game than Tuesday’s game.

    Jesse can go down and come up fully confident, struggle for 4 games, lose his confidence and the score one goal and his confidence will be back.

    Why not just, I don’t know, keep him up so he can get that goal? Surely it will come sooner or later.

  138. Lowetide says:

    Nice little defensive play by Lucic, who ran over some poor sap.

  139. Lowetide says:

    Great save by Talbot.

  140. godot10 says:

    The bottom line on Puljujarvi on the bottom line.

    Why did it happen and who is to blame?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V5Zoe84BjE

  141. Lowetide says:

    Nurse nice defensive stick there on the last chance Texaco.

  142. Munny says:

    Looked like FLA was starting to lose their road legs, then a good shift from L2.

  143. texmex says:

    Top line can’t get the puck

  144. workaroundaccount says:

    Has the GM in attendance thing ever actually led to a trade? Serious question.

  145. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Wtf was that!?

  146. Munny says:

    Smart cover by Drai at the point on the Nurse foray.

  147. jake70 says:

    Drai sweating bullets there, lol.

  148. Munny says:

    Weird call but I\ll take it.

  149. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Drai… come on man…

  150. jake70 says:

    Rattie replacing Lucic on PP, and is placed in front of net, well you may as well put Lucic back there.

  151. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Terrible call, and Terrible timing…

  152. Sierra says:

    Here we go, refs needing to feel important.

    Terrible, terrible call

  153. Munny says:

    Two minutes for body checking.

  154. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    jake70:
    Rattie replacing Lucic on PP, and is placed in front of net, well you may as well put Lucic back there.

    I noticed the same thing… I don’t even think he touched the puck

  155. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Ive hated the refs since I was 5.

  156. Munny says:

    How is the puck not in the net?

  157. texmex says:

    Should be 4-0

  158. AntsOfTheSky says:

    2 minutes for hitting too hard????

  159. jake70 says:

    Munny:
    Two minutes for body checking.

    Debrusk is pretty diplomatic and he didn’t like the call at all and said as much.

  160. itsaleaf says:

    I don’t think either of those are penalties

  161. AntsOfTheSky says:

    Little karma to get a PP right back there, nice

  162. drglen says:

    whoa, is the game on,? just got back from the hospital. radio ‘click’

  163. Lowetide says:

    After One: No Score

    Shots: 9-7 Edmonton
    HDSC: 2-1 Edmonton
    Corsi for 5-on-5: 13-13

    Fun 20 minutes

  164. jake70 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: I noticed the same thing…I don’t even think he touched the puck

    It looks like they want the pass coming back to Leon and or Connor for a possible 1 timer. Nuge still in the “Letestu” spot.

  165. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hayden Hawkey actually let in a couple of goals (so far) tonight.

    Canada (OHL) up on Russia, 2-1 after one.

    One shot for Bouchard the only “stat”.

  166. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    texmex:
    Should be 4-0

    Damn that luongo…

  167. jake70 says:

    Interview with Tikkanen is great.

  168. Paulie says:

    Sitting here in my 1989 CCM Tikkanen jersey watching the Oil and there he is!!

  169. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    jake70: It looks like they want the pass coming back to Leon and or Connor for a possible 1 timer. Nuge still in the “Letestu” spot.

    They need to put drai at bumper and rattie at one timer spot. Neither are effective where they currently are. Nuge should rover around with McD instead of drai

  170. Zelepukin says:

    what’s with the weird deployment so far this period?

  171. Lowetide says:

    Kassian won that fight handily.

  172. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    Kassian won that fight handily.

    I’m sure the 2,000 fans were entertained.

  173. jp says:

    Paulie:
    Sitting here in my 1989 CCM Tikkanen jersey watching the Oil and there he is!!

    I missed the interview, sadly. But that’s amazing 🙂

  174. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oilers looking like crap right now…

  175. Sierra says:

    1 SOG Iin the last 11 minutes??? Did I hear that right?

  176. Paulie says:

    jp: I missed the interview, sadly. But that’s amazing 🙂

    Great interview. Woulda liked Gene to make a pun in Tikkanese😉

  177. Lowetide says:

    Sierra:
    1 SOG Iin the last 11 minutes??? Did I hear that right?

    There were two, but they didn’t credit Nuge for his, don’t know why.

  178. jp says:

    That sucks, but that was a nice goal.

  179. Lowetide says:

    Oilers look tragic this period. This is the first time all year that I’ve seen this version of the team.

  180. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    EVERYONE saw that coming… damn oilers… where the hell did their legs go???

  181. itsaleaf says:

    They’ve been shit this period

  182. Munny says:

    Socks need pulling up.

  183. Sierra says:

    Too many turnovers; just throwing it out into the neutral zone for the puck to come back into the Oilers end.

  184. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Looks like a “McDavid has to throw the team on his back” kind of night.

  185. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Quit for Quenneville?

  186. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Zelepukin: I’m sure the 2,000 fans were entertained.

    – I’m here ! 2000 max! Cold beer though. Nice folks.

  187. Munny says:

    Juiciest rebound ever.

  188. jp says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – I’m here !2000 max!Cold beer though. Nice folks.

    $18 for tickets?

  189. itsaleaf says:

    Blech.

  190. Jon K says:

    Nurse has forgotten how to play defence.

  191. pts2pndr says:

    Richard S.S.:
    Jesse Puljujarvi needs to learn how to play well with others, being where he should be – always. That’s been a problem.He needs to stop playing lazy hockey, go for the puck, go for the net.That’s been a problem.Maybe he gets back before Playoffs.

    JP has to march to a different set of rules! His restrictions are harsher than those for Caggiula! Caggiula gets to play on the top two lines with very poor defensive awareness. It is why every line he plays on is worse with him on it. JP will become the player Chia drafted when he finally plays for a different coach wether it is in Edmonton or elsewhere!

  192. Sierra says:

    Oh oh

  193. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ok. That’s game… (again)
    Even McDavid looks off. I’m going to watch netflix. This is just pissing me off.

  194. texmex says:

    You knew this would happen after they missed all those chances in the first.

    Must be nice to have a goalie keep you in it

  195. open ice says:

    In what universe do the refs call a penalty on a team that has just gone down 2 – 0?

  196. Sierra says:

    Munny:
    Juiciest rebound ever.

    Except it wasn’t. It hit someone in front of the net.

  197. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Who’d have thunk Travis Green would be a better coach than Todd McLellan?

    Something still doesn’t rhyme with our beloveds.

  198. Davesshop says:

    Davesshop:
    workaroundaccount,

    Sometimes but also sometimes a coaching change is made

  199. jtblack says:

    Lowetide:
    Oilers look tragic this period. This is the first time all year that I’ve seen this version of the team.

    I think when you play your Top 6 or 7 guys 24 + mins a night; they are bound to have wild swings in effectiveness.

    Gonna have to hit the reset button @ home

  200. Munny says:

    I think it might be PeeWee rules tonight.

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