Game 19 2018-19: Oilers at Flames

by Lowetide

Yesterday the Oilers traded for Ryan Spooner. He’s a skilled complementary forward who has played center at times during his career, but is more effective on the wing. Spooner is a playmaker and has had success on the power play, although his role in Boston was reduced as more capable players (Marchand, Pastrnak) were either added to the roster or moved past him. At 5-on-5, Spooner can post numbers if he plays with superior linemates, as he did 2015-17. I like the trade. It could work out handsomely if Spooner finds himself playing left wing with Connor McDavid. That’s the ideal spot for him, replacing Drake Caggiula. It could work out poorly if Spooner is asked to drive a line with lesser players alongside.

TOP 20 PROSPECTS BEGIN!

Of all the things I’ve written, the thing that brings me the most pride is the winter top 20. We’ve seen a lot together over these many years, and watching these prospects blossom into productive NHL players is a satisfying pastime. If you’ve enjoyed my ‘top 20 prospects’ series going back to 2003, and contemplating subscribing to The Athletic, this would be a great time to do it. I began the series this morning with No. 1 (Evan Bouchard) if you click on that link it’ll direct you on how to subscribe. I’ve added a ‘personal observations’ segment, designed to give you an idea about estimated time of arrival and what the player will bring when he gets to Edmonton. If you’re already a subscriber, please drop me a line in regard to my take on Bouchard.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect winter 2018: Evan Bouchard.
  • Jonathan Willis: Tobias Rieder will miss a critical month, creating problems for Edmonton but opportunities for its players.
  • Tyler Dellow: If nothing changes, Oilers should buy out Milan Lucic next summer.
  • Lowetide: The past, present and future of the Andrej Sekera contract.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Elmer Benning on his 47 years as a scout (excellent article).
  • Jonathan Willis: After several failed attempts to fix their issues on the wings, it’s time for the Oilers to explore the trade market.
  • Lowetide: Connor McDavid, a 50-goal season and chasing Phil Esposito’s magical 1970-71.
  • Lowetide: Oilers send Puljujarvi and Yamamoto to Bakersfield; recall Marody
  • Lowetide: Oilers trade options: Dealing from strength is finally a possibility.
  • 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.

OILERS AFTER 19

  • Oilers in October 20156-12-1, 13 points; goal differential -12
  • Oilers in October 2016: 10-8-1, 21 points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in October 2017: 7-10-2, 16 points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in October 2018: 9-8-1, 19 points; goal differential -4

This is a monster weekend, it could be grand or diabolical. In movie terms, the range high to low would be Shawshank Redemption (destination Zihuatanejo) to The Lost Weekend (destination a lit cigarette meeting a full glass of whisky). If Edmonton wins both of these games, it sets up November in a very positive way.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-4-1, seven points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in November 2016: 2-5-1, five points; goal differential -9
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-3-1, nine points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in November 2018: 3-4-0, six points; goal differential -2

The November McLellans have been a little all over the place. His best November team (to this point) is easily the most disappointing of the four clubs he has coached (2017-18). Yet, eight games in the arrows were heading in a good direction. The gales of November are a constant worry.

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 1-3-0)
  • At home to: Colorado, Montreal (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • 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: 3-4-0, 6 points in 7 games

The rubber hits the road against the Pacific Division now, Edmonton under Peter Chiarelli has placed a lot of focus on these games. The team had quite the run against the Flames over recent times, that began to change late last season. The Oilers won the season opener 3-0 in 2017-18, than another (7-5) win came in December (it was the Brossoit killer game on HNIC), then a shootout win in late January (Brandon Davidson scored twice). The next two games, in March, were losses by 1-0 and 3-2 scores. In 2016-17 (4-0 Oilers) the club delivered handsomely. A repeat this time would be ideal.

STEP UP FOR MARODY?

  • Todd McLellan: He is and will be an NHL centerman, when all is said and done. That could probably happen quickly when he gets that opportunity to play. We’ll see as our lineup evolves.”

The first thing you have to examine after this trade’s completion? Who is playing No. 3 center. There are several ways this can go, this is the group I expect we’ll see:

  • Drake Caggiula—Connor McDavid—Leon Draisaitl
  • Ryan Spooner—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Alex Chiasson
  • Milan Lucic—Cooper Marody—Ty Rattie
  • Jujhar Khaira—Kyle Brodziak—Zack Kassian
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Darnell Nurse—Matt Benning
  • Kevin Gravel—Kris Russell
  • Mikko Koskinen (Cam Talbot)

I would find a way to get Spooner to the No. 1 line, not sure about Marody in the middle but what a great opportunity for him. If he can help that line outscore opponents he’ll never leave the lineup.

The Oilers have more speed, skill, quickness today. The team has one fewer PK option and I’m not sure Spooner is going to be one of the four best power-play forwards. I don’t think he’s going to be a center either, but if Marody is in fact sliding into the every night lineup perhaps the coach will pair them.

CONDORS FRIDAY NIGHT

  • Kailer Yamamoto—Josh Currie—Jesse Puljujarvi
  • Joe Gambardella—Brad Malone—Braden Christoffer
  • Tyler Benson—Tyler Vesel—Cameron Hebig
  • Evan Polei—Luke Esposito—Dave Gust
  • William Lagesson—Caleb Jones
  • Keegan Lowe—Ethan Bear
  • Ryan Stanton—Logan Day
  • Al Montoya (Shane Starrett)

The Condors were no match for the San Diego Gulls, Dallas Eakins’ team scoring three in the first half of the game and then riding to victory. The Lowe-Bear pairing struggled, Jesse Puljujarvi was brilliant and got in a fight (Oilers have to be careful about this kind of thing, the AHL has a bunch of nasty pieces of work looking to gain a reputation).

Shane Starrett stopped a lot of rubber in relief, Yamamoto had some flashes, but it was a generally disappointing game

SPOONER VERSUS STROME

I like yesterday’s trade in all areas but two: Penalty killing has taken a hit, and Spooner’s arrival comes at a vitally important moment in the season. I would have liked to see this Oilers team arrive at these next games set in their roles. That said, the skill is higher today than it was yesterday.

You hope this trade ends up being a turning point for both players and their careers blossom. Chance are it’s going to be closer to Jussi-Jokinen-for-Mike-Cammalleri than Billy-Harris-for-Butch-Goring.

  • Spooner per 82gp NHL: 13-32-45
  • Strome per 82gp NHL: 14-23-37

I think that’s a fair reflection of the offensive gap between these two players, but Strome is a RH center and can penalty kill. Both men are complementary offensive players, but Spooner has more ability and can play on the 5-on-4 and that’s in the numbers above. I don’t think he’s going to get power-play time ahead of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He will be a bigger help than Milan Lucic, and maybe that gets him No. 1 power-play time. I don’t think it’s likely. If I were king of the world, I’d work toward this roster when Tobias Rieder and Jesse Puljujarvi return to the capital:

  • Ryan Spooner—Connor McDavid—Leon Draisaitl
  • Tobias Rieder—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Jesse Puljujarvi/Ty Rattie/Kailer Yamamoto
  • Milan Lucic—Jujhar Khaira/Cooper Marody—Alex Chiasson
  • Drake Caggiula—Kyle Brodziak—Zack Kassian
  • Oscar Klefbom—Adam Larsson
  • Darnell Nurse—Matt Benning
  • Kevin Gravel—Kris Russell
  • Jason Garrison
  • Cam Talbot (Mikko Koskinen)

Chiarelli would be smart to push the idea, because Spooner (like Strome) isn’t a guaranteed success. There’s a chance he wouldn’t move the needle much more than Strome on a Lucic-Spooner-Chiasson trio.

 

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Sierra

pts2pndr: The coach went into the dressing room after the second and chastised them for the late penalty and goal against. The team came out in the third playing tentative in the third because no one wanted to take a penalty! Coach continued to play lucic on the first line. A better option would have been Khaira for protection as he can skate and pass. For fear of taking a penalty and playing passive the Oil were dead men walking! Good coaching is something we do not have!

I must have watched a different game and a different Khaira than those who are suggesting Khaira to the first line did.

Wilde

Ryan:
I don’t get all the fuss about firing the coach.

You can fire McLellan, fine.

You still will only have three top six forwards and three top four d.

He actively hurts the value of assets by not getting enough out of them, for starters.

The other big thing: there are some prospects at the moment that can deliver a very good team if enough of them hit high enough, and you only get one shot.

Ryan

I don’t get all the fuss about firing the coach.

You can fire McLellan, fine.

You still will only have three top six forwards and three top four d.

LMHF#1

Woodguy v2.0: I’m not sure Quennville is the right coach for EDM.

He has a lot of the qualities that we dislike about McLellan.

Stubborn, weird coaching decisions.

If he doesn’t like a player their results don’t matter, they don’t play.

I think this group doesn’t need another old school coach.

Someone like Nelson who is all about relationships with players and a good tactician with set pieces for a variety of situations would be my choice.

That’s one thing about McLellan I don’t understand.

Every team runs set pieces on the PP and on face offs (losses and wins in every zone) and EDM doesn’t.

It hurts them incrementally and that stuff really adds up over time.

The hiring order when this decision was made should have been:

Babcock
Nelson
McLellan

I’m not even sure the first 2 were on the list because of the way this org works.

Woodguy v2.0

hunter1909: Laviolette and Trotz are good coaches.

In fairness to TMac, formerly he was considered a top flight coach, lol

I’m not sure those would be the right coaches for this group either.

EDM is the youngest team in the league.

I think they need a coach who fits “the cluster”

Woodguy v2.0

russ99,

I like Nelson based on his coaching history (HC and PP systems) and his reputation of the players liking him and buying in.

Glovjuice

drglen:
Im putting this loss on the d.

They were not up to the task in any phase

We did not have the chops.Did not have the players

This is a roster loss. Id have liked to see todd call a timeout and raise hell. I wish he had that in his toolbag. But we needef higher end d corps.This is on pc

Benning is a 5.5-6 D. Period. If that, as the game has gotten quicker. Keep saying it and receive scorn every time.

Wilde

Wait, there’s more.

From 2009-10 to 2011-12, where the team went a combined 84-132-30 and earned three first overall picks –

The Oilers were the 9th (worst) team in the league in goals against per 60 5v5 while leading.

Todd McLellan’s Oilers run, in this facet of the game, is easily the worst in the history of the Oilers where these stats are publicly available via NaturalStatTrick.com.

Wilde

Wilde,

And another check:

Over Renney’s 11-12, Krueger’s 2013, and Dallas Eakin’s 2013-14…

The Oilers were 17th (lowest) in the league for 5v5 goals against per 60 while leading.

Which means:

Todd McLellan’s Oilers teams throw the game 5v5 harder than several DoD 1.0 versions

Wilde

Wilde,

Another check:

The Edmonton Oilers, from 2016-17 to 2018-19 so far, have the 4th worst GA/60 while leading.

If you just want to use the full seasons played, they’re the 2nd worst team over McLellan’s full seasons here combined.

hunter1909

Woodguy v2.0: I’m not sure Quennville is the right coach for EDM.
He has a lot of the qualities that we dislike about McLellan.
Stubborn, weird coaching decisions.
If he doesn’t like a player their results don’t matter, they don’t play.
I think this group doesn’t need another old school coach.

Laviolette and Trotz are good coaches.

In fairness to TMac, formerly he was considered a top flight coach, lol

Wilde

Woodguy v2.0:
Weirdest thing about the 3rd period is that when EDM defenders got the puck back (wasn’t often, but they did) they’d send it up the boards but the wingers weren’t in their spots.

They were all cheating to the middle of the ice and weren’t in the right spot to continue the break out or at least dump the puck out.

All of them were doing it.I wonder why?

& this was in concert with the Dmen repeatedly making the play up the wall, so –

– every time a D got that puck, head down and smash it up the boards

– every time there was no one home

The team starts to play like this when they’re ahead, and it’s one of the reasons they were by far the worst team in league in terms of 5v5 GA/60 while leading last year.

russ99

Hurts to lose to Calgary, especially that way.

I get it, you don’t want your star payers getting attacked. But it’s not like they stopped playing after Lucic was on that line.

If Lucic is such a boat anchor, how come none of the other lines scored either? Not like we didn’t have chances.

Fact is we don’t have enough NHL talent and that’s on the GM. Could have been different but Pete had to bring back his ‘94s with raises and fill in with kids not ready for the show.

Seems like every loss, and this is an especially tough one, it’s fire everyone and point the stick at favorite scapegoats. Let’s say McLellan is fired, who really can we get that makes a difference with this player group and the very obvious flaws in the roster a quarter into the season.

Don’t get the fascination with Nelson, either, he was MacTavish’s puppet, and anyone who’s a good coach wouldn’t accept being a co-coach. This is the youngest roster in the league, the last thing we need is a players coach letting everyone do what they want. There’s a reason the rebuild lasted as long as it did, and the flaky coach switches were a big part of it.

The play is to give this group the season, and when we don’t make the playoffs, which is up in the air, dump everyone, even Katz’s buddies in the front office and find someone new to take over who can build his own staff.

Woodguy v2.0

frjohnk:
Marc Savard
@MSavvy91
Thinking out loud again Quenneville to Edmonton in the near future?

Don’t usually see stuff like this on Twitter but wow.

– on one hand I’d be surprised Todd gets punted right now. If it only took a losing streak to get him fired. They should have done that in the summer. Chia going to Katz saying “well, it wasn’t the assistant coaches, it was the head coach” a quarter of the way into the season probably doesn’t look good”

-on the other hand, there have been rumblings of change. And if the Oilers are looking at a guy like Quenneville they may have to act quick.

-does Quenneville want to coach right away? And would he come to Edmonton.

I think the Oilers stay the course.

But this is the Oilers.

I’m not sure Quennville is the right coach for EDM.

He has a lot of the qualities that we dislike about McLellan.

Stubborn, weird coaching decisions.

If he doesn’t like a player their results don’t matter, they don’t play.

I think this group doesn’t need another old school coach.

Someone like Nelson who is all about relationships with players and a good tactician with set pieces for a variety of situations would be my choice.

That’s one thing about McLellan I don’t understand.

Every team runs set pieces on the PP and on face offs (losses and wins in every zone) and EDM doesn’t.

It hurts them incrementally and that stuff really adds up over time.

Woodguy v2.0

Weirdest thing about the 3rd period is that when EDM defenders got the puck back (wasn’t often, but they did) they’d send it up the boards but the wingers weren’t in their spots.

They were all cheating to the middle of the ice and weren’t in the right spot to continue the break out or at least dump the puck out.

All of them were doing it. I wonder why?

frjohnk

Marc Savard
@MSavvy91
Thinking out loud again Quenneville to Edmonton in the near future?

Don’t usually see stuff like this on Twitter but wow.

– on one hand I’d be surprised Todd gets punted right now. If it only took a losing streak to get him fired. They should have done that in the summer. Chia going to Katz saying “well, it wasn’t the assistant coaches, it was the head coach” a quarter of the way into the season probably doesn’t look good”

-on the other hand, there have been rumblings of change. And if the Oilers are looking at a guy like Quenneville they may have to act quick.

-does Quenneville want to coach right away? And would he come to Edmonton.

I think the Oilers stay the course.

But this is the Oilers.

pts2pndr

rope-a-dope:
I don’t see how the 3rd is fully on Todd. I doubt the coaching message was telling the team to stop playing. Some of this is on the team. Also worth noting that EDM had their chances but faced some excellent stops by Rittich.

The coach went into the dressing room after the second and chastised them for the late penalty and goal against. The team came out in the third playing tentative in the third because no one wanted to take a penalty! Coach continued to play lucic on the first line. A better option would have been Khaira for protection as he can skate and pass. For fear of taking a penalty and playing passive the Oil were dead men walking! Good coaching is something we do not have!

Wilde

The Oilers should make a trade for an AHL centre if they’re keeping Marody up.

and

The Oilers should play Marody if they’re keeping Marody up.

OriginalPouzar

v4ance:

He stacked his top line then once the fisticuffs started, he literally tied an anchor to the line to nullify any offensive ability it might have generated.

Not literally – figuratively.

OriginalPouzar

texmex:
HenryDrix,

Were there no TV timeouts this game? I thought they happened every 5mins or so every period and much longer than 30 seconds? I’m guessing one occurred b/w the tying goal and GWG.

All I’m saying is TO or not, they weren’t winning this game due to coaches decisions long before the GWG

There are 3 TV timeouts in each of the regulation periods. They happen:

– first whistle after the 6 minute mark (less than 14 min left in period)
– first whistle after the 10 minute mark (less than 10 min left in period)
– first whistle after the 14 minute mark (less than 6 min left in period)

If said first whistle is due to a goal or an icing, they TV TO will be delayed until the next whistle.

drglen

Its morning. No. I didnt dream that loss. It was real. It happened

v4ance

Well… got home. Turned on the pvr and watched the game.

McLellan is an idiot. Coached himself from a 2 goal lead into a two goal loss.

He stacked his top line then once the fisticuffs started, he literally tied an anchor to the line to nullify any offensive ability it might have generated.

When the strategy is load up ONE line and then saw off with the other three lines, that one line HAS to outscore the rest of the opponents for most of the 60 minute game. When you neuter the top line, then you’re just giving the other team all the momentum.

Instead of trying to win on the scoreboard, he tried to win in the back alley. The Oilers did win the physical battle but the overall point is that you USE the intimitation to help you win the game!

I told a friend who worked at the Saddledome to enjoy the game. I said if the Oilers lost 8-1, then maybe McLellan would get fired tomorrow. In some ways, this loss felt even worse because it felt like the coach gave away the game in search of vengence.

I HATE Caggiula on the first line. But if it’s a choice between Caggiula or Lucic, I’ll grudgingly take Caggiula. But he still shouldn’t be on the first line. It’s like a choice of stupid or “set your pants on fire” insane. I’ll take stupid but maybe choose something other than two bad options?

Professor Q

It seems things went the other way tonight, eh?

I had a terrible headache post-work so just went to bed. Missed the game. It seems it has caused a bit of strife anyway.

So, what will they do with Todd and Peter, indeed?

Ribs

It’s dark in here. Someone turn on a light.

hunter1909

McDavid eventually is leaving for a well run organization.

Think about that.

The question is, when?

A betting man might go for 3-4 more seasons, tops.

The next question is, how do they sell the Oilers when McDavid leaves?

hunter1909

Missed the game, thankfully. Too bad they beat Montreal. Sounds like this is the team, the way it is, and its going to be like this for the rest of the season, and presumably forever.

Melvis

Or I could have just stuck to stoicism. It’s trendy this year, isn’t it? I did pick 91 points. No sense in getting all whingy about it.

Melvis

frjohnk:
Flames dominated the 3rd. Contained McDavid really well.

When an opposing team are throwing their best players against McDavid and McDavid can’t get anything done. It would be ideal to have somebody else on another line that can create something. Especially since they should be facing less competition.

I do think Todd tried a few things as I did see Drai out with Chiasson and somebody else for a couple of shifts but they got nothing done.

Sometimes it’s just not your night.

Next game should be a beauty.

Padre, something called divine acquiescence might be called for after a game like this, but there’s very little over the course of a lifetime more perplexing than this third period dross.

And no amount of wisdom acquired over a lifetime to explain a desultory effort after the first two. Having witnessed many, it’s always been a mystery to me. And I’ve been up to the neck in the weeds on occasion. And still managed a comeback through it all.

Blame the coach. Blame the team. Blame the GM. It’s all been said before. All too often.

I’m not picking you out necessarily, but it seemed a good place for a confession;-)

——————————————————————————————————————

My solution for the rest of the season.

-detachment (emotional0

-distraction (another big screen and a movie)

-that gallery insallation I dreamed up in the shower the other day

-music

-a bit of the herb – sativa -medicinal only on nights like this.

-Who, what, where, when, how -I’m more than curious. As to…

-Why? I’ll leave that question up to extinct species. Largely unanswerable.

Ok. Bring on VGK.

oilersfan

Spooner was minus 2 and wasn’t on for the empty netter…

On for the tying and losing goal

Chia and TMac are absolutely horrible

Please fire them both.

Dixs35

This loss is on tmac. The game starts to open up and pick up the pace in the 3rd does the coach reshuffle the lines and take lucic and kassian off the top two lines nope. He rides it till the end and the oil lose although rittich was great early.

Ribs

drglen:
So.Was spooner what we needed. ?

I wonder if instead of replacing Ryan Strome, Spooner replaces Pontus Aberg. Not sure that it’s a team need more than a team want, right now.

who

drglen:
So.Was spooner what we needed. ?

Looks kinda like advertised. Faster than Strome, might produce a little more offense. But weak defensively. That was his man who scored the tying goal tonight. All Spooner had to do was tie up his stick.

texmex

HenryDrix,

Were there no TV timeouts this game? I thought they happened every 5mins or so every period and much longer than 30 seconds? I’m guessing one occurred b/w the tying goal and GWG.

All I’m saying is TO or not, they weren’t winning this game due to coaches decisions long before the GWG

OmJo

OmJo:
Listening to the post game show, eagerly awaiting for when they accept some callers.

Lots of apologizing. Yuck.

drglen

So. Was spooner what we needed. ?

Crazy Pedestrian

OmJo:
Draisaitl sounds pissed.

Wonder how many sticks he snapped while in the dressing room…

unca miltie

On another note, that is the most engaging game I have seen for years. The first half of the game was tremendous entertainment.

HenryDrix

texmex:
HenryDrix,

Nope. But not sure a TO changes the outcome. Looch was still gonna play on the first line post TO and our D would still be below average post TO.

When your team comes out flat out flat in the third, up 2-1, in a huge game, gets hemmed in (no TO), scored on (no TO), hemmed in some more (no TO) and scored on again (still no TO), then hemmed in some more, then when the hell do you call a time out? But it’s good to know he could have challenged a call……

drglen

Our weaknesses were exposed tonight

This calgary team is good but we looked like an ahl squad for the third period

McSorley33

frjohnk,

When an opposing teams throw out there best players to counter Mc David ……………
we threw out Milan Lucic.

Someone was playing checkers tonight, while another was playing chess.

OmJo

Draisaitl sounds pissed.

HT Joe

silasbengtsson:

Good post. Agreed.

OmJo

Listening to the post game show, eagerly awaiting for when they accept some callers.

unca miltie

Caller Zen:
If this heartbreak loss carries over into the game tomorrow vs. Vegas, (which it very well could) – it’s easy to see this is the beginning of the end for this coach.

my bet would be that the Oil come out very flat tomorrow. this was an emotional game, will be no emotion tomorrow. I also think the reffing was very poor tonight. as far as Lucic is concerned I thought he made some good plays ,including a rush where he outskated the flames.

texmex

silasbengtsson,

See above. We have 3 top 6 cowards, 3 top 4 D.
I’m not defending the coach. But a TO only stops the bleeding for 30 seconds

itsaleaf

Here’s the fix:

Fire TMac and immediately call up.JP and put him with 97.

Drai centers 2nd line.

BeerMe

Lucic on the first line to “get a little meat in front of the net”

Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual

texmex:
HenryDrix


Was keeping it in the event of a coaches challenge I suspect. Imagine if he called a TO and the flames scored the winner on GI or interference

On the one hand, you have your team floundering since the period started. An event that IS taking place and needs attention.

On the other, you save it for the slim possibility that you need it at some point later in the game MORE than you do now.

How many times has Todd challenged a play this year? Zero? One? So we’re talking a single digit chance that he’d need it later and that trumps using it to get ahead of an obvious momentum shift?

texmex

HenryDrix,

Nope. But not sure a TO changes the outcome. Looch was still gonna play on the first line post TO and our D would still be below average post TO.

OmJo

frjohnk:
Flames dominated the 3rd. Contained McDavid really well.

When an opposing team are throwing their best players against McDavid and McDavid can’t get anything done. It would be ideal to have somebody else on another line that can create something. Especially since they should be facing less competition.

I do think Todd tried a few things as I did see Drai out with Chiasson and somebody else for a couple of shifts but they got nothing done.

Sometimes it’s just not your night.

Next game should be a beauty.

IIRC it was Draisaitl, Lucic and Chaisson late in the 3rd before the goalie pull, giving 97 a rest.