Game 21 2018-19: Oilers at Sharks

There are a whole group of words and phrases I don’t want to bring out of the tickle trunk. Nadir, Donner party, gales of November (although I’ve already used that one), the draft, trade deadline selloffs and the like. I want to talk about the playoffs, Calder Trophy candidates emerging, wins by five or more goals. November, man. It sucks. Every year.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton is going to bring it all season long. Proud to be part of a lineup that is ready to cover the coming year. Outstanding coverage from a large group, including Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis, Lowetide, Minnia Feng and Pat McLean. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now’s your chance. Best available offer is here!

  • New Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect winter 2018: Kailer Yamamoto.
  • Jonathan Willis: A list of which Oilers are likely to be traded.
  • Tyler Dellow: Ryan Strome for Ryan Spooner looks like a change for change sake
  • 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.

OILERS AFTER 21

  • Oilers in October 20157-13-1, 15 points; goal differential -9
  • Oilers in October 2016: 12-8-1, 25 points; goal differential +10
  • Oilers in October 2017: 7-12-2, 16 points; goal differential -18
  • Oilers in October 2018: 9-10-1, 19 points; goal differential -9

The 2018 Oilers could do themselves an enormous favor with a win tonight. Separation from the 2015 and 2017 teams is important, as these trajectories seem to have some kind of value as predictors for the full 82. By that I mean this: The current team is the second best McLellan team, which isn’t the same thing as saying they’ll make the playoffs, but there’s a light up above and maybe 20 men scramble from a would-be grave. It has to happen now, and honestly it’s a rare thing for a team to grab a winning streak right on time.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-6-1, seven points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in November 2016: 3-6-1, seven points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-5-1, nine points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in November 2018: 3-6-0, six points; goal differential -7

It’s four snails heading to the finish line, good grief living through this has been kind of a drag. You could say (as I did above) a win tonight makes things better, but the Oilers have put themselves in a difficult position by losing so many in November. It seems a bit much to bitch about such a small sample size, but losing contact with the top of the Pacific this early spells doom.

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 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Vegas (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • 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: 3-6-0, 6 points in 9 games

There are five games left, Edmonton needs to win three of them in my opinion. If the club arrives on November 30th with a 6-8-0 record in November it’ll be a body blow but not close to fatal. The team would be 12-12-0, 24 points in 24 games and on pace for just 82 points. The Pacific Division is a blessing so far this year, but two or three teams are going to get hot and two of them (San Jose and Calgary) may have already announced themselves. Arizona is also a team to watch.

THE HEAT IS ON!

We’ve heard various versions of this story since the team came back from Europe, depending on the recent won-loss record of the team. Still, Elliotte Friedman’s hit on Sportsnet 960 radio in Calgary yesterday seemed to give us a more current lay of the land.

  • Friedman: “I don’t think it’s just coach watch, I think everybody in that organization is on pins and needles right now. And I’ve said this before. Right from the start of this year, it was on edge in Edmonton. I just think that it has gone away at certain times. They lost their first two games – it was crazy intense for two games into the season. They kind of righted the ship. They’ve been very streaky, and every time they go on one of the bad streaks, people tell me the intensity of the heat just ramps up again.I don’t know too many people that feel that safe there right now.”

What should Daryl Katz do? I’m absolutely certain he isn’t going to call me on cell today, so there’s no reason to save my opinion. Here goes. I look at this organization as a train that decoupled many miles ago.

The train engine (NHL team) keeps stopping and starting despite fantastic riches, mostly because the depth is just awful after the top group (McDavid ON, McDavid OFF). The boxcars needed to fill in around in complementary roles are miles away, matriculating on the farm and working their way to Edmonton.

Getting those two things to couple is the goal. I am of the belief that the amateur scouting side is doing a fine job, and the team seems to have found a coach in Bakersfield more than willing to play the kids. That portion of the pipeline appears to be fixed at this time.

That brings us to the big club. My main concern with Todd McLellan is the transitioning of the kids, from Jesse Puljujarvi to Kailer Yamamoto and Ethan Bear on it goes. If he can capably incorporate these young players to the NHL in productive roles, then firing him is (in my opinion) short sighted. All of the players who I thought would push and win NHL jobs are in the minors. That’s a tell.

My main concern with Peter Chiarelli is his next big trade. I don’t think anyone can reasonably argue his major tweaks represent a net gain, and I’m fully aware of Adam Larsson’s value. Some big pieces have been sent away for nothing and you can’t have that in today’s NHL. The McDavid contract has a lot of track left, but there’s a chance another major deal could put this team in the same holding pattern we’re seeing now. I would recommend firing the general manager, replacing him with a capable hand (might be Keith Gretzky). If you can’t trust your GM to make a big trade, he isn’t your general manager any more.

I would bring in a new man who could/would make the decision on the coach. As unhappy as many of you would be with that outcome, it would, in my opinion, be the fairest route from here. I would hope the new general manager would find a way to convince the coach to play Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto, bring up Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones for looks, and perhaps a cup of coffee for Tyler Benson at some point in time.

Note: I wrote about Yamamoto this morning at The Athletic, including reasons why I think he’ll be back with the Oilers in the next two weeks.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning, TSN1260. We have much to discuss, including the Oilers and the Grey Cup. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Oilers at the quarter pole, and names that might he headed out of town.
  • Dan Rusanowsky, Play-by-play voice of the San Jose Sharks on KFOX 98.5 FM and the San Jose Sharks Radio Network. Sharks once again at the top of the division, the most consistent team in the Pacific.
  • Scott Cullen, The Athletic. Grey Cup, Oilers troubles, explaining Alex Chiasson.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide twitter. Talk soon.

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  1. Ryan says:

    Weird. The Oilers look like they’re playing hockey.

  2. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ryan:
    Weird. The Oilers look like they’re playing hockey.

    they’ve carried the play the first 10 min of this 3rd period

  3. BONE207 says:

    Ryan:
    Weird. The Oilers look like they’re playing hockey.

    How long does this phenomenon last?

  4. OmJo says:

    Think I’m gonna call it a night. Hope they can pull of a W for Hitch’s first game as coach.

    Everybody have a good night otherwise!

  5. Rebillled says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    Not really ugly goalering tonight. Either team.

  6. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Nice sequence from 93’s line/

  7. Ben says:

    Spooner-Rattie-Hopkins should be a line because they all sound like characters from Watership Down.

  8. Jethro Tull says:

    Ben:
    Spooner-Rattie-Hopkins should be a line because they all sound like characters from Watership Down.

    Wind in the Willows?

    My uncle had a great Watership Down t-shirt:

    Read the Book
    Watched the Movie
    Ate the Pie

  9. Jethro Tull says:

    BONE207: So Koski has let in 1 in the last 14. Let’s drink

    Way ahead of you.

  10. BONE207 says:

    Jethro Tull: Wind in the Willows?

    My uncle had a great Watership Down t-shirt:

    Read the Book
    Watched the Movie
    Ate the Pie

    Never heard of the book
    There was a movie?
    I love pie

  11. Ice Sage says:

    Like a hoop game now, trading OZ possessions

  12. npanciroli says:

    I enjoyed our single 10 second PP this game.

  13. drglen says:

    Nervous sequence. Darnell neefs to make better clears. Watch out for coutre

  14. Reja says:

    Rebillled,

    Both goaltenders have played well.

  15. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    npanciroli:
    I enjoyed our single 10 second PP this game.

    Pretty ridiculous isn’t it…

  16. Rebillled says:

    npanciroli,

    We’ll probably average 30 seconds the whole Cali trip.

  17. BONE207 says:

    npanciroli:
    I enjoyed our single 10 second PP this game.

    One day we can watch it again on Youtube🤣

  18. Ryan says:

    Gerta Rauss: they’ve carried the play the first 10 min of this 3rd period

    BONE207: How long does this phenomenon last?

    Disclosure. Always a huge Hitch fan.

    Great idea to have him test drive the team for the rest of the season.

    The roster is still the roster but seeing some evidence that Mclellan was a Denver boot.

  19. Fuhr and Lowething. says:

    Ben:
    Spooner-Rattie-Hopkins should be a line because they all sound like characters from Watership Down.

    My parents were pretty open minded…. or being the youngest of 5, they just stopped paying attention, but I was pretty much allowed to watch whatever I wanted from a very young age. Having 4 older siblings I was exposed to flicks like Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, Friday the Thirteenth, Children of the Corn, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc, etc.

    Nothing terrified me more than watching Watership Down. 😂😂😂

  20. Suntory Hanzo says:

    When is Toby back? Not Peterson.

  21. Sierra says:

    Rattie, last season 1RW. Tonight 8 min 30 second TOI.

  22. drglen says:

    Need a draw win snd clear

  23. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    wooo a point!

  24. Sierra says:

    Betman point! Woot

  25. jzed says:

    Betman point, we’ll take it, could use some MacDrai magic

  26. BeerMe says:

    Cliiiiinging

  27. Ice Sage says:

    Yes, 1st point(s) vs Pacific comes against Sharks. Strange season.

  28. Ben says:

    Fuhr and Lowething.,

    I hear you.

    And big ups on the handle!

  29. jm363561 says:

    Being British I have never typed Woot, but there is a first time for everything. Woot.

  30. treevojo says:

    Hahaha

  31. BONE207 says:

    Drai!!!

  32. npanciroli says:

    Bahahahha

  33. Gerta Rauss says:

    lol

    we’ll take it

  34. Reja says:

    Hitch is pumped

  35. Ryan says:

    Love the look on Hitch’s face.

  36. Ice Sage says:

    well well well – Hitch me up, baby

  37. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    PLAN THE PARADE

  38. LMHF#1 says:

    The best OT crew in the league…bar none. Don’t love 3-on-3 but love watching them work.

  39. jm363561 says:

    And a second time. Woot. Woot.

  40. BONE207 says:

    Great win…I hope they figure out how to generate more.

  41. Reja says:

    Sweep the road trip and we’re right back in it.

  42. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Huzzah!

  43. Ryan says:

    – Tying up sticks in d zone? What?

    – Trying to get clean air for McDavid? Something Mclellan did two years ago then forgot about.

    – How bout Looch on that powerhouse 4line?

    – forecheck that worked? Check.

    – Koski the goalie? Yup.

  44. hunter1909 says:

    McDavid in 3 on 3 with Draisaitl…yipes!

  45. deardylan says:

    #AsTheWorldTurns

  46. Gerta Rauss says:

    that’s a strong result, came back from a deficit 3 times and then a lucky bounce in OT

    it might not have been a masterpiece but that’s 2 points in the bank

  47. Bulging Twine says:

    They should fire the coach every game!

  48. hunter1909 says:

    McLellan is somewhere – tired out from cheering on the Sharks.

  49. Dr. Taboggan says:

    McDavid is a god!

    Also, Drai is amazing. Easily my favourite non-god Oiler.

  50. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Being a Oilers fan, I hated the Stars for those 5 years and forever since, but being a Sherwood Park boy Grad’90 Bev Facey, it warms my heart to Hitch there.

  51. Jethro Tull says:

    jm363561:
    Being British I have never typed Woot, but there is a first time for everything. Woot.

    I’m British and have wooted lots, sir.

    Woot, indeed.

  52. striatic says:

    I’m fully on the Koskinen bandwagon now. Somewhat shaky start but he fought through it and ended the game brilliantly.

    Talbot has many positive attributes but bouncing back after giving up an early goal isn’t one of them.

  53. Caller Zen says:

    Ryan:
    – Tying up sticks in d zone? What?

    – Trying to get clean air for McDavid? Something Mclellan did two years ago then forgot about.

    – How bout Looch on that powerhouse 4line?

    True that for #2 – Hitch is much more tactical with his deployment than TMac and it was noticeable in this first game. Looking forward to seeing the coach in the home rink and McDavid devouring the prey.

  54. Reja says:

    Bulging Twine,

    Pete’s gonna sleep like a baby tonight

  55. drglen says:

    I liked the deployment. But some guys didnt get much time

    Rattie seemed to get more looks. And kassian is driving the 4th line

    Chiasson marody kind of lost

    Hes trying to find a role for khaira. Gave him quite a bit of rope

  56. Pescador says:

    treevojo:
    Hahaha

    Hahaha

  57. Caller Zen says:

    drglen: kassian is driving the 4th line

    Also saw Kassian driving the 4th line, but had some help from 28 and 27. Funny how the further down the lineup Lucic plays, the better he looks.

  58. Ryan says:

    Caller Zen: True that for #2 – Hitch is much more tactical with his deployment than TMac and it was noticeable in this first game. Looking forward to seeing the coach in the home rink and McDavid devouring the prey.

    Mclellan’s biggest flaw as an Oilers coach.

    He was so happy running McDavid PVP that he didn’t bother to use him to feast on the low hanging fruit.

  59. SwedishPoster says:

    Kool. Konfident. Koskinen.

    Also McDavid and Drai are two somewhat ok hockeyers.

    Not a superb showing overall but they looked better as the game went. That’s a positive with a new coach.

  60. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Jethro Tull: I’m British and have wooted lots, sir.

    Woot, indeed.

    Woot to the seed drill! 🙂

  61. Bank Shot says:

    20:57 for Caggiula.

    Highest ice time in a game in his career.

  62. Pescador says:

    drglen:
    I liked the deployment. But some guys didnt get much time

    Rattie seemed to get more looks.And kassian is driving the 4th line

    Chiasson marody kind of lost

    Hes trying to find a role for khaira.Gave him quite a bit of rope

    Especially Lucic on the B. forth line
    Or was it the A fourth?

  63. striatic says:

    drglen,

    Khaira was impressive early and Hitchcock rolled with it. I thought Khaira did very well with the rope provided.

    Kassian and Lucic had a fair night as well, maintaining possession for long stretches and sawing off.

  64. hunter1909 says:

    After tonight’s game, Draisaitl’s in the top ten in NHL scoring.

  65. Bling says:

    That was some crazy backhand Drai Special Sauce on the DC goal!

    Unbelievable. So good, and Drai is still improving the recipe.

  66. JimmyV1965 says:

    Talbot 8 losses. Koskinen 2. Tmac orchestrated his own firing simply by trusting Talbot too much.

  67. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: I’m British and have wooted lots, sir.

    Woot, indeed.

    jm363561:
    And a second time. Woot. Woot.

    Wankers! The pair of ya,
    Woot!

  68. Bank Shot says:

    Pescador: Especially Lucic on the B. forth line
    Or was it the A fourth?

    It was kind of the third line. They looked really good.

  69. Ryan says:

    Pescador: Especially Lucic on the B. forth line
    Or was it the A fourth?

    Why do I feel like Hitch turned a bunch of guys who seemed previously useless into a speed bag forecheck cycle attack?

  70. GMB3 says:

    The Hitchcock profile pictures on twitter kill me. I haven’t seen my oilers timeline have so much fun since the playoff run of 2017

  71. Ryan says:

    GMB3:
    The Hitchcock profile pictures on twitter kill me. I haven’t seen my oilers timeline have so much fun since the playoff run of 2016

    Hitch looked smart tonight.

    Poor guy will ask for his stats pack from the game tonight and will get game grades from the COH.

  72. GMB3 says:

    Ryan: Hitch looked smart tonight.

    Poor guy will ask for his stats pack from the game tonight and will get game grades from the COH.

    Hopefully they add in some of Kurt Leavins expert analysis as an addendum

  73. GMB3 says:

    JimmyV1965:
    Talbot 8 losses. Koskinen 2. Tmac orchestrated his own firing simply by trusting Talbot too much.

    Probably orchestrated his own firing by doing things like leaving Lucic on the PP, on the first line in the third period against CGY, by putting him out down a foal and with the goalie pulled.

  74. JimmyV1965 says:

    Does anyone know if Hitch will ever say anything about the reffing? Has he done it in the past? McDavid was groped all night long. He was hooked on the game winner and the he refs hand didn’t go up. Tmac’s unwillingness to ever say anything drove me nuts.

  75. GMB3 says:

    Quick question for the people here smarter than I (read: everyone). What happens to Ole penis wrinkle head Drew Remenda now?

  76. Pescador says:

    Ryan: Hitch looked smart tonight.

    Poor guy will ask for his stats pack from the game tonight and will get game grades from the COH.

    Lets be perfectly honest
    Hitchcock looked at Woodguy’s
    97 On Goal share vs.
    97 Off Goal share
    And thought “Need more 97 on”
    Crafty as Fuck if you ask me
    You go ahead & quote me on that in your grades tomorrow McCurdy
    I don’t mind

  77. Pescador says:

    Ryan: Why do I feel like Hitch turned a bunch of guys who seemed previously useless into a speed bag forecheck cycleattack?

    Yep

  78. Richard S.S. says:

    0-2
    8-2-1
    0-4
    2-2
    There will always be 2-4 game losing streaks. It’s what you do after that matters. There is no one running away in a wide open Pacific Division. The Oilers are one point out of third with a game in hand.

  79. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ethan Bear struggling big time yet again – that’s a second unforced error at the blue line, he’s fallen down a few times, etc.

    Hopefully he turns his game around soon.

    His version of Jones’ last season? Which hopefully means improvement next year, just like Jones.

  80. Pescador says:

    Bank Shot: It was kind of the third line. They looked really good.

    On the Oilers? Yes
    On the Preds or Lightning? probably not

  81. Pescador says:

    Richard S.S.:
    0-2
    8-2-1
    0-4
    2-2
    There will always be 2-4 game losing streaks.It’s what you do after that matters.There is no one running away in a wide open Pacific Division. The Oilers are one point out of third with a game in hand.

    10-10-1
    I 💓 Pacific

  82. Ryan says:

    GMB3: Hopefully they add in some of Kurt Leavins expert analysis as an addendum

    Get up to speed here:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/1064961012242116608

    Not a knock on the COH boys, but they literally are the Oilers stats department lol.

  83. Ryan says:

    Pescador: Lets be perfectly honest
    Hitchcock looked at Woodguy’s
    97 On Goal share vs.
    97 Off Goal share
    And thought “Need more 97 on”
    Crafty as Fuck if you ask me
    You go ahead & quote me on that in your grades tomorrow McCurdy
    I don’t mind

    Woodguy has the goods as always:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/1065053650332995585

    #cleanairforMcDavid

  84. Bulging Twine says:

    Chiarelli must be thrilled with the way the heavy hockey worked so well in the third. He be like, that’s what I’m talking about!

  85. --hudson-- says:

    Justin Mahe is the Oilers analytic guy since the day Keith Gretzky was hired. Believe Andre Brin is also still an employee.
    https://www.nhl.com/oilers/news/oilers-announce-changes-to-hockey-operations/c-890460

    Sean Draper was a longtime employee but left during the summer per Matty.
    “Sean Draper, the Oilers’ long-time director of research, analysis and software development, has left the organization”
    https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/oilers-sign-first-round-pick-evan-bouchard-to-entry-level-contract

    You can see most of the Oilers employees in their media guide.
    https://www.nhl.com/oilers/info/media-guide-18-19

  86. flea says:

    It’s interesting to see Hitch still had McD with 25 min. By my eye, their shifts for all lines were way shorter than before. If you defend for more than 30 sec – change. One offensive sortie – change.

    Thought he kept the team fresher this way.

  87. Bulging Twine says:

    Man, Hitchcock is a wicked smart hockey mind.
    Very aware of the team and individuals.

  88. Professor Q says:

    flea:
    It’s interesting to see Hitch still had McD with 25 min. By my eye, their shifts for all lines were way shorter than before. If you defend for more than 30 sec – change. One offensive sortie – change.

    Thought he kept the team fresher this way.

    It’s like the Tim Hortons drive-thru target frequency.

  89. kgo says:

    GMB3:
    Quick question for the people here smarter than I (read: everyone). What happens to Ole penis wrinkle head Drew Remenda now?

    Thank you!

  90. kgo says:

    GMB3: Probably orchestrated his own firing by doing things like leaving Lucic on the PP, on the first line in the third period against CGY, by putting him out down a foal and with the goalie pulled.

    I lost count of the times Lucic was on the ice, down a goal, for the last 2 minutes straight… I knew Lucic was the hill Chia was willing to die on….I guess Chia was the hill TMac chose to die on….so why isn’t Chia dead?

  91. jake70 says:

    Just watching hilites. That Couture goal top shelf….just like Domi last week…..Koskinen over way to far on short side. Needs to fix that (great shots by those players notwithstanding).

    Nurse on goal 1 and Larsson on goal 3, yikes.

  92. itsaleaf says:

    They played hard(to be expected from the boost of having a new guy in charge) and won.

    The problem’s still the same:. If McDavids doesn’t do it, they are toast

  93. SwedishPoster says:

    I just found Larsson’s jockstrap on the parking lot outside work. Anyone now where I can send it so he gets it back?

  94. Yeti says:

    SwedishPoster:
    I just found Larsson’s jockstrap on the parking lot outside work. Anyone now where I can send it so he gets it back?

    Asgard?

  95. Glovjuice says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Man, Hitchcock is a wicked smart hockey mind.
    Very aware of the team and individuals.

    It’s very likely that hitch simply has a higher IQ than TMac. IQ talk is like talking politics or religion but it has massive impacts on an individuals performance ceiling. It really is just math of a different version that is not factored in nearly enough when evaluating someone’s peak performance in many disciplines.

  96. Halfwise says:

    Yeti: Asgard?

    That would mean he was wearing it backwards.

  97. Reja says:

    SwedishPoster,

    Even lidstrom got walked on the odd time.

  98. Jethro Tull says:

    Glovjuice: It’s very likely that hitch simply has a higher IQ than TMac. IQ talk is like talking politics or religion but it has massive impacts on an individuals performance ceiling. It really is just math of a different version that is not factored in nearly enough when evaluating someone’s peak performance in many disciplines.

    Are you talking general IQ? Because subject matter knowledge is a little different and linked to aptitude. That’s why you can have a person who is a real rocket scientist struggle with the basics of learning a new language or a virtuoso musician who cannot change a tire.

    Hitch does seem to be able to change and adapt his in game tactics on the fly though, which is something TMac struggled mightily with.

  99. Jethro Tull says:

    Reja:
    SwedishPoster,

    Even lidstrom got walked on the odd time.

    We’re just used to watching McDavid doing it to the league’s best.

  100. Jaxon says:

    Just noticed that Vivieros coached in Austria and Germany, so he must be a nice compliment to have on the bench for Draisaitl and Rieder. They can speak in their own language if they wish.

  101. godot10 says:

    jake70:
    Just watching hilites. That Couture goal top shelf….just like Domi last week…..Koskinen over way to far on short side.Needs to fix that (great shots by those players notwithstanding).

    Nurse on goal 1 and Larsson on goal 3, yikes.

    Nurse might have been supposed to switch off on goal 1. Russell went a-wandering to emply space, and didn’t pick him up.

  102. giddy says:

    itsaleaf:
    They played hard(to be expected from the boost of having a new guy in charge) and won.

    The problem’s still the same:. If McDavids doesn’t do it, they are toast

    Yep. Not a bad game, and I like Hitch, but he deployed the players in a reasonable manner and they barely scraped into OT. And frankly, for a team with such unbelievable talent (Burns, Karlsson, Vlasic, Couture, Pavelski, Meier, Kane, Hertl, Lebanc, Thornton, any of whom would be in our top six/top two) they’re seriously under-performing and Martin Jones with his sub-.900 SV% is killing them.

    I am looking forward to the rest of this Cali road trip. They don’t play again till Friday, and don’t have much travel in that time period so Hitch should get two full days of practice with them. Excited to see how they perform and what might have changed by the time they take the ice against the Ducks.

  103. giddy says:

    Jaxon:
    Just noticed that Vivieros coached in Austria and Germany, so he must be a nice compliment to have on the bench for Draisaitl and Rieder. They can speak in their own language if they wish.

    Eh, I don’t think that’s really a huge deal. Maybe if they were brand new players to NA it would help them feel accustomed, but otherwise they all speak fluent English so no real need unless they were trying to make fun of McLellan behind his back.

  104. GMB3 says:

    Jaxon:
    Just noticed that Vivieros coached in Austria and Germany, so he must be a nice compliment to have on the bench for Draisaitl and Rieder. They can speak in their own language if they wish.

    Is he even on the bench?

  105. pts2pndr says:

    GMB3:
    Quick question for the people here smarter than I (read: everyone). What happens to Ole penis wrinkle head Drew Remenda now?

    I understand he is in line for a redoo of Mr. magoo!

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