Game 22 2018-19: Oilers at Ducks

Sometimes you stare at a problem so long it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can solve the puzzle. That’s the task for Ken Hitchcock over the next 60 games of this NHL season. Find a way to win enough games to make the second season. He has some advantages: A lifetime of hockey knowledge dancing around in his brain, a Pacific Division that gets rickrolled routinely by the other, better divisions, and the best player in the game. Hitchcock’s challenge, McLellan’s challenge, Chiarelli’s challenge: How to outscore opponents when Connor McDavid is at rest, or at least play those opponents to a draw. We begin.

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. Black Friday offer is here!

  • New Lowetide: A shot in the dark: What are the Oilers getting in Chris Wideman?
  • New Justin Bourne: Why switching coaches provides short-term benefits for an NHL team.
  • Lowetide: With not enough talent, and outside the playoffs, Todd McLellan’s Oilers career ends where it began.
  • Jonathan Willis: The Edmonton Oilers get their 2018-19 quarter pole report cards.
  • Black Dog Pat: It’s going to be a long winter.
  • Pierre Lebrun: The chance to coach his hometown Oilers was an offer Ken Hitchcock couldn’t refuse.
  • Jonathan Willis: Hiring Ken Hitchcock is Peter Chiarelli’s final chance to make his Oilers vision work.
  • Eric Duhatschek: Ken Hitchcock will be motivated by move to Oilers, now what can he get out of flawed roster?
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect winter 2018: Kailer Yamamoto.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect winter 2018: Evan Bouchard.

OILERS AFTER 22

  • Oilers in 20157-14-1, 15 points; goal differential -12
  • Oilers in 2016: 12-8-2, 26 points; goal differential +10
  • Oilers in 2017: 8-12-2, 18 points; goal differential -14
  • Oilers in 2018: 10-10-1, 21 points; goal differential -8

The McDavid Years are shown here, the one playoff team jumps off the page. Edmonton 2018 is the second best team among the four but the goal differential is a concern. A win today by two or more goals would help the cause.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-6-2, eight points; goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2016: 4-6-1, nine points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-6-1, nine points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in November 2018: 4-6-0, eight points; goal differential -6

Not one of these November teams has a positive goal differential after 11 games (10 for the 2018 club) and none of them is/was on a point-per-game pace. November’s story remains a downer but it’s not over yet.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 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 1-0-0)
  • 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: 4-6-0, 8 points in 10 games

I have today as a win, followed by a win over the Kings. If Hitchcock’s troops win the day in those two California games, that’s 12 points in 12 November games and that’s a positive result based on what’s happened since the game against Detroit so very long ago. Have to win those games!

HITCHCOCK’S TWEAKS

The final Todd McLellan lineup looked like this:

  • Caggiula—McDavid—Draisaitl
  • Spooner—Nuge—Chiasson
  • Khaira—Brodziak—Kassian
  • Lucic—Marody—Patrick Russell
  • Klefbom—Larsson
  • Nurse—Benning
  • Garrison—Russell
  • Talbot (Koskinen)

The first Hitchcock lineup made some subtle changes:

  • Caggiula—McDavid—DraisaitlHitchcock kept the top line intact and the Oilers were rewarded handsomely. He mentioned trying to keep 97-29 together, he ran Tyler Seguin with Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov (Stars best players) heavily a year ago. The trio posted 103 goals for the year.
  • Spooner—Nuge—ChiassonOne of the major problems on this roster is a second scoring line. Hitchcock had the same issue in Dallas, as his No. 2 line (Janmark-Shore-Spezza) managed only 38 goals. Nuge (5) and Chiasson (8) have posted solid numbers so far, should be able to post something close to 50 if Spooner (or other) chimes in. Pressure is on Hitchcock to find a solution, it’ll be interesting to see what happens here.
  • Lucic—Brodziak—KassianHitchcock moved Lucic onto the ‘grumpy old men’ line and their debut has them likely to make a second appearance. There aren’t enough goals here, and that’s going to mean a shuffle (either a scorer added, or this line will become the No. 4 line). In Dallas, his third line (Roussel-Faksa-Pitlick) scored 36 goals. It was a good line.
  • Khaira—Marody—RattieI think Hitchcock is casting about for offense, and may have struck on something with these two wingers and double shifting McDavid. Poor Marody didn’t get much playing time in the first game, perhaps he’ll get more today. Hitchcock’s fourth line was Elie-Gemel Smith-Brett Ritchie, scored 19 goals.
  • Hitchcock’s forwards scored 201 goals last season. His top line scored 103.
  • Edmonton’s forwards are on pace to score to score 215 goals. The top line is on pace for 129.
  • Klefbom—LarssonBoth men played 23 minutes in Hitch’s debut, that’s an increase of a minute+ for Larsson and a decrease of 2.5 minutes for Oscar. There were no power plays, so that’s going to account for the loss. Most interesting thing is the increase for Larsson, I expect the coach will love him.
  • Nurse—RussellNurse played three more minutes than normal, Russell one. There were five penalties, so lots of PK time, but I do think the coach is going to run his top two pairs heavily
  • Gravel—BenningBoth men played the types of minutes McLellan assigned no real change in playing time. Pairing got 36 seconds PK time, rest at evens. I hope they keep Gravel in the lineup, wonder about Benning’s spot in the lineup with the acquisition of Wideman.
  • KoskinenAlthough he won the No. 1 job with McLellan as coach, Hitchcock will run the hot hand and the big Finn is it.

WIDEMAN AND SPOONER

Ryan Spooner (he is the cover photo) is due, having played three games (11:41 a night) without getting much done (two giveaways, three shots, nothing dangerous). Chris Wideman might be (as I mentioned in The Athletic article) a harbinger of things to come for Matt Benning, although the lefty-righty setup can be completed if everyone remains.

Spooner and Wideman are auditioning for jobs this and next season, and they (along with Drake Caggiula) may get early opportunities under Ken Hitchcock. Sometimes it works like a charm, other times it doesn’t at all.

I’m not here to bury Todd McLellan, but the auditions (old and young) during his time in Edmonton were brief and often doomed by linemates. I’d list Pontus Aberg there, Anton Slepyshev, Jesse Puljujarvi. The retort is often “well they didn’t show a lot either” and that’s true. However, a real chance means 20 games in a specific spot, to allow the player to find his way.

Take Spooner. He’s played three games in Edmonton. That’s nothing. Moving him off that line now is like the boss coming to you at quarter after 10 this morning and saying ‘pack your bags, you’re over’ on your first day on the job. It takes time. It takes 20 games.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, I’ll be live for Day 2 from the Shaw Conference Centre for Grey Cup 2018. It was a blast yesterday, enjoyed meeting you if you came out (Hi, Jerry!) and sorry I missed you if I was on the air when you dropped by (Hi Colin!). Scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. We’ll chat Grey Cup, Hitchcock hiring, McLellan firing.
  • Marshall Ferguson, TSN Hamilton. Grey Cup preview, Ti-Cats heartbreak.
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Young Iwanyk is taking in his first Grey Cup, but his sense of responsibility is so great he’s the one Grey Cup guest I know will be on time and ready.

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

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.
Related Posts

352 Responses to "Game 22 2018-19: Oilers at Ducks"

« Older Comments
  1. Hot Eire says:

    Liking Gravel out there today

  2. treevojo says:

    Sierra:
    Goal!!!

    Can the Oilers win a 1-0 game?

    Apparently not

  3. jake70 says:

    Oilers gonna oil….jesus h

  4. Sierra says:

    Nope, can’t win 1-0.

    WTF, Lucic, Kassian and Broz I the last 45 sec. Bloody stupid.

  5. leadfarmer says:

    Damn you Anaheim and your ability to score with the goalie pulled

  6. McSorley33 says:

    Needle in the eyes watching Brodz and Luc try to retrieve the puck back…..

  7. 106 and 106 says:

    lucic is on the ice in the last 20?

  8. Pretendergast says:

    EVERY freaking time with the Ducks, ughhhh

  9. Pandre says:

    I feel like it was a bad decision to put that line out to close the game. They had no chance of getting the puck back. Bad call on hitchcock there.

  10. LMHF#1 says:

    3 Oilers defenders…3 Ducks…yet not covered…

    Some McLellan to weed out there Ken…

  11. McSorley33 says:

    It this was TMac I would be losing it…

    Note to Hitch:

    Lucic cant’ play against elite players.

  12. McSorley33 says:

    Can’t believe that line was out there for the last minute….

  13. Oiler_Kiwi97 says:

    Time for 97 and 29 and their OT magic

  14. treevojo says:

    Well that just killed my winning proline.

    Fuck

  15. jake70 says:

    McSorley33:
    Can’t believe that line was out there for the last minute….

    They got caught out there but …they were out there to get caught in that last minute

  16. Ribs says:

    They’re a checking line. Why wouldn’t they be out there to protect a one goal lead?

  17. Sierra says:

    Yay Oilers. Fuck me.

  18. giddy says:

    Ain’t nothing more guaranteed on God’s green earth than the Ducks scoring a late come from behind goal on the Oil with their goalie pulled.

  19. McSorley33 says:

    Leon Draisaitl….WOW

  20. The Trade Guy says:

    This team finds away.

    Fire Katz.

  21. Pretendergast says:

    i know it wont happen but put leon in the pb for that. ridiculously lazy game

  22. 106 and 106 says:

    where are you going drai?

  23. McSorley33 says:

    Ribs,

    Because Lucic and Brodz can’t skate?

  24. little.fiery.one says:

    I hate the ducks

  25. Pandre says:

    At least now the new coach knows right? Never put lucic’s line out to close a game!!!

  26. Sierra says:

    Oiler_Kiwi97:
    Time for 97 and 29 and their OT magic

    Nope. Dog shit play by Draisaitl

  27. leadfarmer says:

    Ribs:
    They’re a checking line. Why wouldn’t they be out there to protect a one goal lead?

    And the shine is wearing off already
    Play a team lacking with speed. Ahh we will play them slower. They won’t see it coming
    Can’t wait to see how slowly we play the slowest team in hockey on Sunday
    Most hits this season though. Glad we dug out a dinosaur to play slow heavy hockey

  28. Gret99zky says:

    McSorley33:
    Leon Draisaitl….WOW

    +1

  29. 106 and 106 says:

    Drai hates defence. Also has sideburns. #newlander

  30. giddy says:

    giddy:
    That was the sort of lazy Drai stuff I hope Hitch is able to eliminate out of his game.

    I always felt like Drai had a slight lack of craps given after signing that big contract, and knowing he’s arguably the 2nd/3rd most valuable player on the team, that McLellan would always be willing to give him some leeway. Not like TMac would ever bench him.

  31. SwedishPoster says:

    Yeah. That was not the right group to put out there for the dying seconds. I get that he’s trying to build up that line as a big bad identity line where the sum is greater than the parts, and so far it’s kinda working, but Hitch has to know their limitations. And ofc a sloppy 3 on 3 follows with some lazy D by Drai. A Drai by if you will. Not a good game from him. At all.

    If I’m Koskinen I’d be pissed right now.

  32. Ice Sage says:

    Big 3 point swing in a few seconds.
    Hitch is learning.
    Still beats losing to Florida or Calgary

  33. JOFA says:

    Was Mclellan coaching?

  34. Sierra says:

    Brutal defensive game by Drai today. Looked very lazy anytime it came to playing defence. Brutal

  35. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is it possible for NHL players to have deployment brought into their contracts?
    How else can one explain Lucic getting PP time?
    Lucic being out there as the extra attacker?
    Lucic being out there in the last minute protecting a 1 goal lead?

    Unrelated: Drai was AWOL on that OT winner. Disgusting.

  36. Bulging Twine says:

    Love Koskinen’s quick long legs,
    Gravel’s speed is pretty good once he gets going, needs a first step burst. His and Russell’s long sticks are very effective defensively.
    RNH – so smart with the puck, does this guy ever make a bad decision with the puck?

  37. jojonoshow says:

    What do we think about kassian soft dumping that puck rather than taking the shot? I thought the numbers say it’s worth taking the icing to have a chance at ending the game. Anyone know the numbers? Obviously it’s situational

  38. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Also: just before Nuge scored, Drai passes it back to nobody in particular then just mopes flat footed while Cogliano speeds away while Nuge busts his ass off to steal the puck back.

    Just a gord damn awful outing for Drai today.

  39. CrazyCoach says:

    Drai needs to stop there and paste Rackell.

    Pretty lax effort.

    Him and Hitch are going to have a little come to jesus meeting in the video room.

    Not a bad effort, but 30 seconds cost them.

    I hate the ducks as much as Coach Jack Reilly did 25 years ago.

  40. ArmchairGM says:

    Its deja vu all over again.

  41. Gret99zky says:

    Can’t make $8.5M accountable.

    Free pass.

  42. Sierra says:

    jojonoshow:
    What do we think about kassian soft dumping that puck rather than taking the shot? I thought the numbers say it’s worth taking the icing to have a chance at ending the game. Anyone know the numbers? Obviously it’s situational

    It was a shit play that accomplished nothing

  43. Richard S.S. says:

    They got a point despite coughing up the tie in the last 20 seconds. Too often this season they couldn’t even muster a tie. Winning in OT means winning the faceoff.

  44. npanciroli says:

    Nurse with 1:30 left throws the puck away is huge here. Hitch will coach the mistakes out of the team.

  45. silasbengtsson says:

    As much as Drai needs to pull up and check his guy, if McDavid is gonna forecheck during OT, he needs to use his stick to at least TRY to block the longbomb pass up the middle of the ice. Direct the play towards the boards. I’d also like to have seen Klefbom covering the shooter and instead left Drai to cover Getzlaf (given his bias toward passing). Disappointing loss.

  46. Oiler_Kiwi97 says:

    Sierra,

    Yes unfortunately Drai decided to do a Maverick on defense and do a flyby

  47. Bulging Twine says:

    Where has JDI been? He’s a funny guy.

  48. Glovjuice says:

    Sierra:
    Brutal defensive game by Drai today. Looked very lazy anytime it came to playing defence. Brutal

    What have I been saying.

  49. silasbengtsson says:

    I just caught it on the replay, but Carlyle did the bench trick again. Silfverberg swapped with Rakell at opposite ends of the bench and got a step on Drai as a result. Crafty stuff.

  50. Buddy says:

    Sierra:
    Nope, can’t win 1-0.

    WTF, Lucic, Kassian and Broz I the last 45 sec. Bloody stupid.

    Might have got Lucic going. That was more important than the win.

  51. leadfarmer says:

    Not often does coaching affect a game but
    Dusty Old Relic cost us this one.
    Instead of going full speed ahead against the slow Anaheim forwards and depleted D corps. We went for a grind.
    Why would we want to slow the game down. Makes no sense

  52. McSorley33 says:

    Buddy,

    Might have got Lucic going. That was more important than the win.
    ********************************************************************************
    Todd sure thought so…..

  53. John Chambers says:

    I bet Drai gets pulled off 97’s line for the next game. He should anyway.

  54. Pretendergast says:

    silasbengtsson,

    man carlyle owns our soul, outcoaching us again.

  55. drglen says:

    Too bad. Winnable game. Hell of a pass by montour though

  56. drglen says:

    leadfarmer,

    Goaltending duel. But. Jp maybe gets called up.

    Drake gets s nigjt off

  57. drglen says:

    Ice Sage,

    I was thinking that too. Hes like. Ok. The oilers.

  58. silasbengtsson says:

    Pretendergast:
    silasbengtsson,

    man carlyle owns our soul, outcoaching us again.

    Yup. One of the few bench plays you can actually make and no one had their eye open for it.

  59. HugThePost says:

    Sigh.

    In the immortal words of Dennis Green (perhaps I’m paraphrasing):

    They are who everyone thinks they are.

    Hopefully Hitch can coach some of the choke out of them.

  60. drglen says:

    Can we call this a roster loss ? We needed more from comp guys and its not there

    Khaira. Just cant quite seem to take thay step up

  61. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    How to lose a game in 40 seconds.

    Disgusting.

  62. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Pretendergast:
    silasbengtsson,

    man carlyle owns our soul, outcoaching us again.

    Hey hitch, welcome back to the fucking show.

    Carlyle, probably.

  63. drglen says:

    Listened mostly on radio. Its seemed getzlaf out for entire 3rd period. Hell of a player.

  64. Sierra says:

    Buddy: Might have got Lucic going. That was more important than the win.

    An empty net goal is not going to get Lucic “going”

  65. drglen says:

    Mcd and drai complacent in ot

    They should both take some heat.

    But. Hell of a pass. World class pass and take by montour and rackell. Credit where due

  66. Buddy says:

    Sierra: An empty net goal is not going to get Lucic “going”

    I was joking. Hitchcock, unfortunately, wasn’t.

  67. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Take the point, flames lose (hopefully) then beat LA Sunday and we’re still in this shit.

  68. Bank Shot says:

    I thought the game tying goal was lucky as hell.

    Bounced off a Duck’s chest and fell right at his feet.

    Ducks getting fluke bounces wuth a minute left against the Oilers has happened so much lately.

    Frustrating.

  69. drglen says:

    Bank Shot,

    Yes bit of puck luck there. Weve been getting our share of. Bounces lately though

  70. Jethro Tull says:

    Lucic out against Ducks best defending a lead in last min.

    TMac should be fired.

  71. drglen says:

    Richard S.S.:
    They got a point despite coughing up the tie in the last 20 seconds. Too often this season they couldn’t even muster a tie.Winning in OT means winning the faceoff.

    That would help

    Take the point. Beat the kings

  72. drglen says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Take the point, flames lose (hopefully) then beat LA Sunday and we’re still in this shit.

    Yep still a point on the road. Beat by desperation and lucky bounce oon goalie pull. And hell of a pass in ot.

    True checking was soft in ot but its 3 x 3. Goals mostly scored on counter attack

  73. drglen says:

    Jethro Tull,

    Pretty funny.

  74. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Well guys… it’s past American thanksgiving, and were out of playoff spot. The pacific is unfortunately picking up pace. We are now closer to 8th seed than 3rd division. Fucking ducks. HOW DOES THIS TEAM ALWAYS CAVE IN THE LAST MINUTES AGAINST THE DUCKS?!?!

    Edit: we do have two games in hand though. And the Ducks get to play the two best teams in the league the next two games! Hurray! (No I’m not counting Buffalo as a legit best team even though they are currently 2nd overall)

  75. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    drglen:
    Jethro Tull,

    Pretty funny.

    Not really. Todd deserved every bit of the shit he got served on this board. He earned it. Hitch is new … give it a rest.

  76. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    While Leon has his offensive upside his often lazy defensive play needs to be addressed. I hope Hitch can help him in this aspect of his game. Maybe by showing his pathetic efforts on the 2 goals that cost his team the game.

  77. Jethro Tull says:

    Crazy Pedestrian,

    It wasn’t even the Ducks. It was a dried out husk of a duck carcass.

    Why wasn’t McDavid primed like an ICBM to go against a mostly AHL defense?

    Is Hitch here to teach hockey basics such as stay with the player, stay with the puck until the danger is done? To an $8.5M player?

    This team’s biggest problem is ruthlessness. By eye, it seems we get one, two or three goals ahead a then take our foot of their necks. We’re not good enough to play sit back hockey.

    Oh well. We’ll see how this gets spun.

  78. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    For the youngest team in the league, why do they almost always look so tired?

  79. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Pandre:
    I feel like it was a bad decision to put that line out to close the game.They had no chance of getting the puck back. Bad call on hitchcock there.

    He will learn. Hopefully after 1 lesson.

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m fine with the line itself but I hate the nickname “Identity Line” – not sure why but I really don’t like it.

    The line played well, generally, however, I don’t really agree with the coach’s use of that line in the the dying minutes when protecting the lead and I was thinking that during the entire shift. The McDavid line and the Nuge line should be playing those minutes, in my opinion.

    I know that Hitch is looking to that line as and old school “3rd line” but neither Kass nor Lucic are good defensive players. To me, that was a coaching mistake.

    Oh Well.

    ————-

    As an aside, Brodziak needs to bury that insurance goal – geez!

  81. Jethro Tull says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Not really. Todd deserved every bit of the shit he got served on this board. He earned it. Hitch is new … give it a rest.

    Did you not see anything……familiar about the game today? Suspect defensively, uninspired offensively, leaning hugely on the same 3 players, inability to change tactics during the game, poor line matching, missed assigments……

    The thing is Hitch can’t lose. Either he gets the team to the playoffs or he holds his hands up and says he couldn’t do anything with this roster.

    I do feel the reification over the last two days needs tempering with LT’s alterego from the RE series.

    Hitch is a good coach……he said no overnight fix, but he DID say he could get results. 20 more games will give us a better idea.

  82. Jethro Tull says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick:
    For the youngest team in the league, why do they almost always look so tired?

    Fortnite.

  83. Lowetide says:

    I enjoyed this game thoroughly. Edmonton can get points against teams who are willing to wheel but haven’t had an answer in forever against teams like the Ducks. They need skill on the wings and I’m worried about Benning’s Oilers future, but I’ll take that game 10 times out of 10 compared to what I’ve been watching.

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    Niagara puts up 5 in the first period – Maksimov with the fifth.

    Look forward to the Condors’ game in a few hours.

  85. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Jethro Tull: Did you not see anything……familiar about the game today? Suspect defensively, uninspired offensively, leaning hugely on the same 3 players, inability to change tactics during the game, poor line matching, missed assigments……

    The thing is Hitch can’t lose. Either he gets the team to the playoffs or he holds his hands up and says he couldn’t do anything with this roster.

    I do feel the reification over the last two days needs tempering with LT’s alterego from the RE series.

    Hitch is a good coach……he said no overnight fix, but he DID say he could get results. 20 more games will give us a better idea.

    I pretty much saw exactly what OP saw … Brodziak needs to bury that insurance goal – geez!

  86. Jethro Tull says:

    Lowetide:
    I enjoyed this game thoroughly. Edmonton can get points against teams who are willing to wheel but haven’t had an answer in forever against teams like the Ducks. They need skill on the wings and I’m worried about Benning’s Oilers future, but I’ll take that game 10 times out of 10 compared to what I’ve been watching.

    Listened to the game with Mrs. Tull on the way back from Edmonton. She is wise in many things, this game being no exception.

    “Edmonton will lose, Gibson will stand on his head and the Ducks will get a shitty winning goal” was her Mother Shipton like prediction. The Oilers scored, I cheered, “what about your prediction NOW, my dear?”

    Faint smile, “just wait” she murmured. “You’ll see.”

    I am hopeful. I let her pick the lottery numbers earlier.

  87. Jethro Tull says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: I pretty much saw exactly what OP saw …Brodziak needs to bury that insurance goal – geez!

    😉👍

  88. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Crazy Pedestrian,

    It wasn’t even the Ducks. It was a dried out husk of a duck carcass.

    Why wasn’t McDavid primed like an ICBM to go against a mostly AHL defense?

    Is Hitch here to teach hockey basics such as stay with the player, stay with the puck until the danger is done? To an $8.5M player?

    This team’s biggest problem is ruthlessness. By eye, it seems we get one, two or three goals ahead a then take our foot of their necks. We’re not good enough to play sit back hockey.

    Oh well. We’ll see how this gets spun.

    checking the game log and box stats after the game (because I obviously couldn’t watch it due to having a fulltime job), this is how I imagined the game went:

    – “Anthems start”
    After anthems
    – Getzlaf says to Gibson: “Hey man! We’re gonna hangout with the fans and take some selfies and shit. Hold the fort will ya? We’ll be back for the last 3 minutes of the game.”
    Gibson: “Sure thing man! Taker easy! I got this.”

    – inevitable (and unbelievably lucky) come back ensues.

    #Becauseoilers

  89. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Lowetide:
    I enjoyed this game thoroughly. Edmonton can get points against teams who are willing to wheel but haven’t had an answer in forever against teams like the Ducks. They need skill on the wings and I’m worried about Benning’s Oilers future, but I’ll take that game 10 times out of 10 compared to what I’ve been watching.

    Exactly.

  90. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maskimov with a 2nd goal in the 2nd period.

  91. docweb says:

    I am just having the overwhelming deja vu feeling of screaming at the TV….get Looch off the ice!!! Before the inevitable. Calling on the “memory kings” like McCurdy, etc, to confirm
    Hopefully Hitch has learned what we all know

  92. godot10 says:

    The Ducks seems to have an infinite resupply of blueliners. Man they can pick ’em.

    Klefbom lost track of the 6th man on the last minute goal. Ritchie snuck out of the corner, and Klefbom ended up covering nobody. Lost situatonal awareness.

    McDavid was partly responsible for the OT goal also. He could have pressured Montour. Both he and Drai underestimated Montour and Rakell’s ability to make a high skill play,

    This is likely the battle for 3rd in the Pacific, along with Vegas.

  93. McSorley33 says:

    So much losing has bred some interesting coping mechanisms ……

    If I told you before the game the Lucic line would be defending our 1 goal lead with one minute left to play you would have done two things:

    1. Laughed
    2. Predicted the Ducks to tie the game.

    If you think the tying Ducks goal was lucky what about the previous half minute?

    1:10 Lucic line comes on …..1 uncontested zone acces granted but Nurse breaks it up with a nice check behind the net. Kassian with a dump right back to the Ducks D and A Few seconds later- another- easy access granted into our zone. ( 50 second mark).

    The Lucic line never touches the puck from the 50 seconds mark to the goal. Scored with just 17 seconds left.

    This line so clearly too slow to even be a neutral zone impediment to allowing the Ducks easy zone penetration again and again.

    Lucky or Predictable?

  94. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    I enjoyed this game thoroughly. Edmonton can get points against teams who are willing to wheel but haven’t had an answer in forever against teams like the Ducks. They need skill on the wings and I’m worried about Benning’s Oilers future, but I’ll take that game 10 times out of 10 compared to what I’ve been watching.

    Yikes, Matty Benning has struggled mightily in the last two games – I guess its an easy decision to get Wideman in next game.

    I had the opposite feeling from “enjoyment” watching most of that game. I’m not a guy that will ever complain about “boring hockey” – I really just care about Oiler wins – with that said, maybe its cause I’m working off a single hour of sleep due to an inability to not go to the gym even when I have to lawyer in to the wee hours), however, those first 2 periods were the most mundane periods of hockey I can remember in a long time.

    Concerning is, to me, they were a continuation of the the last game and it was 5 straight periods that seemed the opposite of the “quick” game they’ve been trying to play and the new coach talked about it.

    It felt like an old-school dump and chase game – I can’t recall how a game with more dump and chases – shit even McDavid did it a few times. Further were the dump outs in our own zone.

    Looking forward to Sunday night but those two games were extremely low speed.

  95. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yikes, Matty Benning has struggled mightily in the last two games – I guess its an easy decision to get Wideman in next game.

    I had the opposite feeling from “enjoyment” watching most of that game.I’m not a guy that will ever complain about “boring hockey” – I really just care about Oiler wins – with that said, maybe its cause I’m working off a single hour of sleep due to an inability to not go to the gym even when I have to lawyer in to the wee hours), however, those first 2 periods were the most mundane periods of hockey I can remember in a long time.

    Concerning is, to me, they were a continuation of the the last game and it was 5 straight periods that seemed the opposite of the “quick” game they’ve been trying to play and the new coach talked about it.

    It felt like an old-school dump and chase game – I can’t recall how a game with more dump and chases – shit even McDavid did it a few times. Further were the dump outs in our own zone.

    Looking forward to Sunday night but those two games were extremely low speed.

    Benning is maybe a 6 D in this quicker by the month league- how many times do I have to state it till you all say, “yes, you are right Glovjuice”?

  96. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    In the times of speed speed speed
    Dusty Old Relic is bringing out Lemaires Wild historical strategies

  97. drglen says:

    McSorley33,

    I guess hell have to figure out who his trusted closer guys are. Possession guys are usually good but some poor hockey iq decisions there.

    I was thiking. And i wanted the guy moved. But strome may be helpful in that last minute

    How was spooners game ? Not much i thnk.

    Lets see if hitch can coach kasdian and khaira to close out games.

    I keep saying his name. Table is set for khaira. He needs to make a statement right now. Or I’d consider moving him. Cheap contract though

  98. drglen says:

    Glovjuice,

    I think he has concussion symptoms. Hes pretty fast. I think he needs more power.

  99. Jethro Tull says:

    leadfarmer:
    OriginalPouzar,

    In the times of speed speed speed
    Dusty Old Relic is bringing out Lemaires Wild historical strategies

    If you’re saying what I think you are, you are correct. The better teams seem to have that puck as small amount of time as possible in their own zone. The days of ‘securing possession’ are gone. By the time you have set up the zone/man hybrid, an aggressive forecheck has gained significant ozone time.

    It’s a bit likethe Russell phallacy; He’s a good shot blocker. This is true, but it’s a byproduct of losing possession, giving up territory and letting the opposition shoot. So Russell blocking shots is a bad thing, not good.

  100. --hudson-- says:

    godot10:
    The Ducks seems to have an infinite resupply of blueliners. Man they can pick ’em.

    Klefbom lost track of the 6th man on the last minute goal.Ritchie snuck out of the corner, and Klefbom ended up covering nobody.Lost situatonal awareness.

    McDavid was partly responsible for the OT goal also.He could have pressured Montour.Both he and Drai underestimated Montour and Rakell’s ability to make a high skill play,

    This is likely the battle for 3rd in the Pacific, along with Vegas.

    The ducks pulled the magic door trick again in OT. Silfverberg in one door and Rakell out the other. In that regard Drai did a good job putting pressure on Rakell but after that it didn’t look good.

    If the refs were really on it, they should’ve called a penalty or at least illegal substitution.
    http://www.nhlofficials.com/articles/view/16

  101. Mr DeBakey says:

    Sierra: An empty net goal is not going to get Lucic “going”

    Lucic is gone
    Gone, daddy, gone

  102. Jethro Tull says:

    –hudson–: The ducks pulled the magic door trick again in OT.Silfverberg in one door and Rakell out the other.In that regard Drai did a good job putting pressure on Rakell but after that it didn’t look good.

    If the refs were really on it, they should’ve called a penalty or at least illegal substitution.
    http://www.nhlofficials.com/articles/view/16

    Interesting. Somebody im our organization should be sending an email tomorrow. The result is done, but more a ‘watch these guys’.

  103. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yes, Marody back to AHL and he is already in Cali for their game tomorrow night.

    Hopefully they don’t call up another forward and go with Russell for Sunday.

    Let the wingers have some skilled centres and run with it for a bit unless forced to call someone up.

    Khaira, Drai or Spooner will need to play center.

  104. OriginalPouzar says:

    Although Khaira did have a very poor game tonight and he’s lucky to stay on the lineup – let alone shift to the middle.

  105. Richard S.S. says:

    Weren’t the Ducks missing their top two D? I’d expect them to play a type of game that didn’t expose their D needlessly. Unfortunately Draisaitl was at his worst the last 20 seconds of regulation. That’s not normal for him. What happened to the Offense? They are not this ineffective usually.

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maksimov finishes with the two goals and 7 shots on net.

    Bouchard grabs an assist as London is about to win their 11th straight, 4-0. 8 shots on net for Evan – geez.

  107. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I had the opposite feeling from “enjoyment” watching most of that game.I’m not a guy that will ever complain about “boring hockey” – I really just care about Oiler wins – with that said, maybe its cause I’m working off a single hour of sleep due to an inability to not go to the gym even when I have to lawyer in to the wee hours), however, those first 2 periods were the most mundane periods of hockey I can remember in a long time.

    Hitchcock coached the Dallas Stars to hundreds of mundane wins over the Oilers over the years. They all counted in the standings. I agree completely Hitchcock doesn’t have enough speed, but as was the case with McLellan, that’s not on the coach.

  108. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen:
    McSorley33,

    How was spooners game ?Not much i thnk.

    His best as an Oiler – he’s settling in – had a number of solid shifts in the 2nd half of the game I thought.

  109. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: Hitchcock coached the Dallas Stars to hundreds of mundane wins over the Oilers over the years. They all counted in the standings. I agree completely Hitchcock doesn’t have enough speed, but as was the case with McLellan, that’s not on the coach.

    The sheer number of dump-ins (I swear quadruple what he normally see), including by the likes of McDavid, didn’t really jive with the “when they have the puck, that’s for us but when we have the puck, that’s for you” (paraphrasing) verbal.

    If that type of game is what it takes to get us in to the playoffs and succeed than, so be it, however, the first 6 periods under the coach are not what i was expecting giving his verbals.

  110. Ryan says:

    Lowetide: Hitchcock coached the Dallas Stars to hundreds of mundane wins over the Oilers over the years. They all counted in the standings. I agree completely Hitchcock doesn’t have enough speed, but as was the case with McLellan, that’s not on the coach.

    Missed the game due to work.

    Hitch beats the Sharks and comes within 16 seconds of beating the inimical Ducks, and we have a problem with coaching?

    Listen boys, look at our roster. Our GM has done an ignominious job procuring talent.

    Hitch is not the problem.

  111. npanciroli says:

    Ryan,

    Agree 100%. Need to also give Hitch some time to get the roster going.

  112. OriginalPouzar says:

    Whoa, camera work in Ontario is like from a blimp – this is almost unwatchable.

  113. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hebig starting on a line with Vesel and Polei – I think that’s a move up for Polei – someone must be out I would think.

  114. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide: Hitchcock coached the Dallas Stars to hundreds of mundane wins over the Oilers over the years. They all counted in the standings. I agree completely Hitchcock doesn’t have enough speed, but as was the case with McLellan, that’s not on the coach.

    That was how the game used to be played. Now it’s all about speed. TMac realized we need to play faster this last offseason. Now our roster is prohibitive to playing faster, but at least he hoped that with the “d whisperer” he could maybe get by. Now we almost won against a team with an AHL d corp + Manson and Montour, who does not scare anyone defensively by going slow. We all knew dump and chase hockey was back when Hitch was hired
    Now i don’t see how the you don’t need to score mentality of Hitch meshes with the you have to be a threat to score on the ice.
    At least the goalies will make extra money by the increase in their Sp% by playing all out D on 3 lines and dumping pucks in corners

  115. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Whoa, camera work in Ontario is like from a blimp – this is almost unwatchable.

    Haha, you said “blimp”. Funny sounding word.

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: Missed the game due to work.

    Hitch beats the Sharks and comes within 16 seconds of beating the inimical Ducks, and we have a problem with coaching?

    Listen boys, look at our roster. Our GM has done an ignominious job procuring talent.

    Hitch is not the problem.

    I am not at all saying the “mundane” style of play cost the game – it very well could be the style the team needs to play. It doesn’t match Hitch’s verbal over the last few day though – it was the opposite of playing “quick” and I thought I’d post my thoughts.

    I can also say with 100% certainty that the vast majority of this community are against a dump and chase style for success and my eye tells me that team is dumping materially more over the last 6 period. Again, if it lead to success that I”m all for it but its not what most have expressed they want.

    Further, there was a major deployment decision that was highly questionable and back-fired – the coach is not immune to criticism just because he’s new.

    Do you agree that Lucic/Brodz/Kass should be put out with 1:10 left and a one-goal lead with Nugent-Hopkins being rested (and the team’s best forward all night long)?

  117. Ryan says:

    leadfarmer: That was how the game used to be played.Now it’s all about speed.TMac realized we need to play faster this last offseason.Now our roster is prohibitive to playing faster, but at least he hoped that with the “d whisperer” he could maybe get by.Now we almost won against a team with an AHL d corp + Manson and Montour, who does not scare anyone defensively by going slow. We all knew dump and chase hockey was back when Hitch was hired
    Now i don’t see how the you don’t need to score mentality of Hitch meshes with the you have to be a threat to score on the ice.
    At least the goalies will make extra money by the increase in their Sp% by playing all out D on 3 lines and dumping pucks in corners

    Hey. Worst case scenario, it’s a second opinion on a roster that’s an abject disaster.

    We have three each of top six forwards and defenseman.

    That and five dollars gets you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

    Mclellan was on pace for last year’s result before he was let go.

    What are your expectations for this roster?

  118. drglen says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Did he? I missed much of tbe game. Mudt have been good early

  119. Jethro Tull says:

    Ryan: Missed the game due to work.

    Hitch beats the Sharks and comes within 16 seconds of beating the inimical Ducks, and we have a problem with coaching?

    Listen boys, look at our roster. Our GM has done an ignominious job procuring talent.

    Hitch is not the problem.

    To male this fair, would would/has been said on here when TMac had Lucic on for the last shift defending a lead?

  120. OriginalPouzar says:

    Puljujarvi deflects a Currie shot off the post – heading to the front of the net.

  121. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OriginalPouzar: I am not at all saying the “mundane” style of play cost the game – it very well could be the style the team needs to play.It doesn’t match Hitch’s verbal over the last few day though – it was the opposite of playing “quick” and I thought I’d post my thoughts.

    I can also say with 100% certainty that the vast majority of this community are against a dump and chase style for success and my eye tells me that team is dumping materially more over the last 6 period.Again, if it lead to success that I”m all for it but its not what most have expressed they want.

    Further, there was a major deployment decision that was highly questionable and back-fired – the coach is not immune to criticism just because he’s new.

    Do you agree that Lucic/Brodz/Kass should be put out with 1:10 left and a one-goal lead with Nugent-Hopkins being rested (and the team’s best forward all night long)?

    I think he’s team building. Very positive and complimenting. We’ve all said one line isn’t enough.KH is trying to get the others engaged.

    I doubt he’ll go down stubbornly sticking to a failing proposition. But they get the chance to contribute where they can

  122. Bondo11 says:

    OriginalPouzar: I am not at all saying the “mundane” style of play cost the game – it very well could be the style the team needs to play.It doesn’t match Hitch’s verbal over the last few day though – it was the opposite of playing “quick” and I thought I’d post my thoughts.

    I can also say with 100% certainty that the vast majority of this community are against a dump and chase style for success and my eye tells me that team is dumping materially more over the last 6 period.Again, if it lead to success that I”m all for it but its not what most have expressed they want.

    Further, there was a major deployment decision that was highly questionable and back-fired – the coach is not immune to criticism just because he’s new.

    Do you agree that Lucic/Brodz/Kass should be put out with 1:10 left and a one-goal lead with Nugent-Hopkins being rested (and the team’s best forward all night long)?

    Hitch should have used his timeout, then put out Nuge, McDavid, Drai, Klef, & Larsson to lock it down.

    More speed was needed to pressure the Ducks and not give them any time or space. Hopefully lessened learned for Hitch.

  123. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar: I am not at all saying the “mundane” style of play cost the game – it very well could be the style the team needs to play.It doesn’t match Hitch’s verbal over the last few day though – it was the opposite of playing “quick” and I thought I’d post my thoughts.

    I can also say with 100% certainty that the vast majority of this community are against a dump and chase style for success and my eye tells me that team is dumping materially more over the last 6 period.Again, if it lead to success that I”m all for it but its not what most have expressed they want.

    Further, there was a major deployment decision that was highly questionable and back-fired – the coach is not immune to criticism just because he’s new.

    Do you agree that Lucic/Brodz/Kass should be put out with 1:10 left and a one-goal lead with Nugent-Hopkins being rested (and the team’s best forward all night long)?

    Jethro Tull: To male this fair, would would/has been said on here when TMac had Lucic on for the last shift defending a lead?

    I didn’t watch the game.

    I myself wouldn’t have thrown Looch over the boards with a few minutes left in a tight game.

    With this roster and no Strome, there are limited options. I am sympathetic to Hitch for that.

    As for what Tmac would have done, it’s irrelevant.

  124. Ryan says:

    Ryan:
    I didn’t watch the game.

    I myself wouldn’t have thrown Looch over the boards with a few minutes left in a tight game.

    With this roster and no Strome, there are limited options. I am sympathetic to Hitch for that.

    As for what Tmac would have done, it’s irrelevant.

    If we had Taylor Hall, Mathew Barzal, and Brandon Carlo would we be discussing this?

  125. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Whoa, camera work in Ontario is like from a blimp – this is almost unwatchable.

    Yeah, and sometimes the Knights’ camera blimp gets caught in the southeast side rafters (just the way the arena is constructed and how the breeze works in that area). I’ve seen it occur twice while at a game, once right underneath it and had a chat with the operator.

    A bit funny but also a bit odd.

  126. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan:
    I didn’t watch the game.

    I myself wouldn’t have thrown Looch over the boards with a few minutes left in a tight game.

    With this roster and no Strome, there are limited options. I am sympathetic to Hitch for that.

    As for what Tmac would have done, it’s irrelevant.

    Yes, you mentioned you didn’t watch the game and I find it odd to have a strong opinion on what “wasn’t the problem” in the game you didn’t watch.

    In any event, he had all the options. Nuge was rested, he had his TO so had the ability to have full deployment of his roster. It was his choice to go with a line the included two poor defensive players and two slow players and it proved to be a mistake.

    Hopefully its a lesson learned but the Oilers likely win that game in regulation with a different coaching decision.

  127. drglen says:

    Ryan,

    You’d basically put your penalty killers out. Btodz to win the faceoff. Kind of a lucky bounce off a guys back. Looch to knock people off pucks

    Im ok with deployment. Just need to teach better clearing decisions

    Brodz missed open net. Montour pass and a good goal.

    A contested game where neither team had skill to beat good goaltending.

    I think we are overanalyzing this one. Roster loss via lack of scorers. Looks were there

  128. Jethro Tull says:

    Ryan:
    I didn’t watch the game.

    I myself wouldn’t have thrown Looch over the boards with a few minutes left in a tight game.

    With this roster and no Strome, there are limited options. I am sympathetic to Hitch for that.

    As for what Tmac would have done, it’s irrelevant.

    No it isn’t. Not just because you say so.

    You said Hitch isn’t the problem.

    All I’m saying is that we should stop making Hitch into something he isn’t, anymore we shouldn’t do that to TMac.

    There has been an absolute demonizing of TMac and reification of Hitch. Somewhere in between is the truth.

    A poster said Hitch had a higher IQ. Well, Hitch professed to watching our games and knowing the roster. He still put Lucic out there. You know who would have been better than him? Anyone. Literally and figuratively anyone.

    You don’t get a free pass just because you’re new. In fact, he shouldn’t because of the aforementioned knowledge of our team and because he’s the third most winning coach in NHL history. He has set a higher standard and he has said some things. Things inferring he ‘knows what’s wrong’. Chop wood and carry water.

    I so want him to succeed. But i fear a lot of fans do not have realistic expectations when it comes to Hitchcock and I believe as long as Todd was fired, short of bringing back Eakins, any coach would have been better.

    I hope you’re all ready for chip n’ chase McDavid.

  129. leadfarmer says:

    Ryan: Hey. Worst case scenario, it’s a second opinion on a roster that’s an abject disaster.

    We have three each of top six forwards and defenseman.

    That and five dollars gets you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

    Mclellan was on pace for last year’s result before he was let go.

    What are your expectations for this roster?

    My preseason prediction was 87 points. I don’t see any reason to revise that prediction

  130. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes, you mentioned you didn’t watch the game and I find it odd to have a strong opinion on what “wasn’t the problem” in the game you didn’t watch.

    In any event, he had all the options.Nuge was rested, he had his TO so had the ability to have full deployment of his roster.It was his choice to go with a line the included two poor defensive players and two slow players and it proved to be a mistake.

    Hopefully its a lesson learned but the Oilers likely win that game in regulation with a different coaching decision.

    No doubt but that’s not the point.

    The correct answer is the roster is the problem.

    Magic wand time, do you:

    A. Draft Tkachuk and Debrincat instead of PJ Masks and Benson.

    B. Draft Barzal and Carlo instead of Reinhart trade.

    C, cancel the Hall for Larsson trade and don’t sign Looch?

    Which is the best choice?

  131. Pescador says:

    Sierra: An empty net goal is not going to get Lucic “going”

    Mr DeBakey: Lucic is gone
    Gone, daddy, gone

    His game is gone, yes
    $6 Mil for a 4th line banger
    The Chia special.

    If you want to try to get 27 a cheap goal
    wait for the empty net with a 2 goal lead

  132. Ryan says:

    Ryan: No doubt but that’s not the point.

    The correct answer is the roster is the problem.

    Magic wand time, do you:

    A. Draft Tkachuk and Debrincat instead of PJ Masks and Benson.

    B. Draft Barzal and Carlo instead of Reinhart trade.

    C, cancel the Hall for Larsson trade and don’t sign Looch?

    Which is the best choice?

    Any one of the scenarios would have prevented our current predicament.

    All three and we’d be a lock for cup favorites.

  133. Pescador says:

    Ryan: No doubt but that’s not the point.

    The correct answer is the roster is the problem.

    Magic wand time, do you:

    A. Draft Tkachuk and Debrincat instead of PJ Masks and Benson.

    B. Draft Barzal and Carlo instead of Reinhart trade.

    C, cancel the Hall for Larsson trade and don’t sign Looch?

    Which is the best choice?

    D. Hire a savvy GM & collect all of A,B & C.
    Only problem being who on the current roster plays 1RD?

  134. Pescador says:

    Ryan,

    Unwritten blog rule:
    You need to wait at least 11 mins before replying to your own post

  135. who says:

    God that was a painful game to watch. I REALLY hope that’s not the kind of hockey we are going to play for the rest of the year.
    Don’t know about the last minute deployment and Drai was not good today, even before overtime.
    But none of this matters if Brodziak hits the wide open net. How in the hell does an NHL player miss that tap in? Great play by Kassian though.

  136. Pescador says:

    who,

    Kassian was decent today

  137. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hebig with his 6th PP goal of the year – assist to Yamamoto who is having his best game.

  138. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: No doubt but that’s not the point.

    The correct answer is the roster is the problem.

    Magic wand time, do you:

    A. Draft Tkachuk and Debrincat instead of PJ Masks and Benson.

    B. Draft Barzal and Carlo instead of Reinhart trade.

    C, cancel the Hall for Larsson trade and don’t sign Looch?

    Which is the best choice?

    I’m talking about the game tonight – you said that coaching isn’t the problem and then admit that a different coaching decision likely leads to two points.

    Perhaps you are moving the goal posts.

    The correct answer is (D) Play the rested Nugent-Hopkins, the best defensive center on the team who was also the team’s best skater on the night.

    Do that and we are talking about being in a playoff spot.

  139. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: No it isn’t.

    I hope you’re all ready for chip n’ chase McDavid.

    McDavid is the best in the world (galaxy) at controlled zone entries & creating offense off the rush.
    There is no way in hell Hitchcock is going to try and get him to change that. I don’t buy that

  140. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m talking about the game tonight – you said that coaching isn’t the problem and then admit that a different coaching decision likely leads to two points.

    Perhaps you are moving the goal posts.

    The correct answer is (D) Play the rested Nugent-Hopkins, the best defensive center on the team who was also the team’s best skater on the night.

    Do that and we are talking about being in a playoff spot.

    Unless he just came off, I put McDavid out as well
    He is excellent at separating player from puck in scramble situations & speed is an excellent defender
    Covering his man 5v5 in the D-zone in structured play?
    Needs a little work

  141. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid did just come off. Of course, the coach has a TO so any player deployment was available.

  142. drglen says:

    The replay shows 4 oilers basically in front and beside the net. Probably we needed more pressure on the puck carrier and cover the point shot.

    I think theyll review the tape and hell figure it out next time

    Rakell was offbench way too early. That should have been called 2 many men. That may have contributed to leon behind 2 steps behind. Ducks cheated there actually

  143. digger50 says:

    Ducks flat out cheated.

    The rule book states you cannot utilize a bench change to gain advantage on opponent. It cannot be a strategy.

    Silfverberg comes off the ice into the close door, and Rakell jumps out behind Draisaitl. He gets behind Drai and has the jump on him, cuts across the blue line for a pass.

    It’s a set play again, and it is designed to gain advantage on opponent. Flat out cheating.

  144. digger50 says:

    For the tying goal

    McDavid has to come off.

    Choice was Brodziak or Nuge line.

    Brodziak line had a very effective game, playing in offensive zone often. They were solid. Nuge was good but his line was not. Coach had to go with Brodziak, it was the right call. They just finished theee strong shifts in a row.

    I can’t remember, was there a whistle? A time out would be an option but I don’t remember a whistle.

  145. Rich M says:

    Puljujarvi with a goal and Hebig adds another, 3-1 Condors in the 3rd.

  146. Sierra says:

    Ryan: No doubt but that’s not the point.

    The correct answer is the roster is the problem.

    Magic wand time, do you:

    A. Draft Tkachuk and Debrincat instead of PJ Masks and Benson.

    B. Draft Barzal and Carlo instead of Reinhart trade.

    C, cancel the Hall for Larsson trade and don’t sign Looch?

    Which is the best choice?

    None of your options have anything to do with the coaches decision to put 2 poor defensive players with one slow as molasses player on the ice with a minute left to defend an one goal lead. The coach had better options and didn’t use them, regardless of who should or shouldn’t be on the roster

  147. Sierra says:

    who:
    God that was a painful game to watch. I REALLY hope that’s not the kind of hockey we are going to play for the rest of the year.
    Don’t know about the last minute deployment and Drai was not good today, even before overtime.
    But none of this matters if Brodziak hits the wide open net. How in the hell does an NHL player miss that tap in? Great play by Kassian though.

    Midway through the third and the Oilers had 1 HDSC. Tough way to win.

  148. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Brodziak scores we win. He didn’t.

    Often a single moment can cost a game.

    We played, for the most part, a structured game. I saw more controlled breakouts that I have in a long time.

  149. treevojo says:

    As pissed as I am for losing my proline in the last 30 seconds.

    I will take 3 out of 4 points in Cali every day of the week.

    If anybody wants to wager a $100 donation to Lowetide on the Oilers making the playoffs let me know.

    First come first serve.

  150. Lowetide says:

    For The Athletic: Oilers No. 3 prospect Winter 2018: Tyler Benson

    https://theathletic.com/669514/2018/11/24/oilers-no-3-prospect-winter-2018-tyler-benson/

  151. Ryan says:

    Sierra: None of your options have anything to do with the coaches decision to put 2 poor defensive players with one slow as molasses player on the ice with a minute left to defend an one goal lead. The coach had better options and didn’t use them, regardless of who should or shouldn’t be on the roster

    OriginalPouzar: I’m talking about the game tonight – you said that coaching isn’t the problem and then admit that a different coaching decision likely leads to two points.

    Perhaps you are moving the goal posts.

    The correct answer is (D) Play the rested Nugent-Hopkins, the best defensive center on the team who was also the team’s best skater on the night.

    Do that and we are talking about being in a playoff spot.

    Yea, I get it. Frustrating decision to watch.

    We have lost to Anaheim in a similar manner how many times before?

    Go back to the playoffs and didn’t we have the same rumblings about Nurse being played un that situation (for different reasons)?

  152. Dustylegnd says:

    Glovjuice: Benning is maybe a 6 D in this quicker by the month league- how many times do I have to state it till you all say, “yes, you are right Glovjuice”?

    The only reason you aren’t right is because his a 7 D or a good AHL D man….he wasn’t even a “Great” College D man in Hockey East….he is a sad representation of the “oilers” managerial incompetence

« Older Comments

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!
© Copyright - Lowetide.ca