Game 28 2018-19: Oilers at Blues

The Edmonton Oilers lost in Dallas without Connor McDavid, but with the captain back have a good chance to win against the St. Louis Blues this evening. McDavid doesn’t just cut the game in half, he brings possession, goal differential and exhausts the other team’s best for over 20 minutes a night. Here’s the latest, using shot and goal differential:

  • Connor McDavid 5-on-5 On Ice: Shots (273-228) 54.49 percent; GD (20-15) 57.14 percent. 
  • Connor McDavid 5-on-5 Off Ice: Shots (401-407) 49.6 percent; GD (21-33) 38.89 percent

Edmonton’s 5-on-5 shooting percentage is 6.08 this season (7.48 last year; 8.28 in their playoff season) and that should regress, but then again no sniper with Simo Häyhä’s resume is on the current roster. Ken Hitchcock is going to be like an agitating washing machine trying to get goals out of his current wingers, and then the next batch if these guys don’t work out.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Ken Hitchcock’s ‘to-do’ list of miracles a long one, involving 30 percent of the Oilers roster.
  • Jonathan Willis: Leon Draisaitl needs his own line and other lessons from a McDavid-less Oilers loss
  • Lowetide: Oilers farm team in Bakersfield coming to a boil with quality prospects, most exciting farm team in decades.
  • Lowetide: Finding Ken Hitchcock’s Oilers more productive wingers: Hard target search.
  • Dom Luszczyszyn: 31 Stats (Oilers content).
  • Jonathan Willis: Edmonton’s waiver gamble on Valentin Zykov is one with the possibility of a surprisingly high-end payoff.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 4 Prospect winter 2018: Ryan McLeod.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 3 Prospect winter 2018: Tyler Benson.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 2 Prospect winter 2018: Kailer Yamamoto.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 1 Prospect winter 2018: Evan Bouchard.

OILERS AFTER 28

  • Oilers in 201511-15-2, 24 points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in 2016: 14-10-4, 32 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 11-15-2, 24 points; goal differential -14
  • Oilers in 2018: 13-12-2, 28 points; goal differential -6

Suddenly the 2018 team is losing ground to the playoff club and the two non-playoff teams are on the same lap as this year’s model. The NHL is evil with the Bettman point, you can’t make up ground because of the damned singleton but you can lose ground if you don’t get those extra points. Edmonton needs at least an overtime result this evening.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 3-0-0, six points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2016: 2-0-1, five points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2017: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in December 2018: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -1

December for the McDavids has been a good time all four seasons, the current crew will need a win just to keep up. The team is currently on pace for 85 points, but a win tonight improves that number to 88. The Oilers aren’t far away here, although the Pacific is starting to heat up.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN DECEMBER

  • At home to: Vegas (Expected 0-1-0) Actual (1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Dallas, St. Louis (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota, Calgary (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Colorado, Winnipeg (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, San Jose, Winnipeg (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games 
  • Current results: 1-1-0, two points in two games

This is the most winnable game this week, the trick will be getting two points from the weekend games. McDavid is 5-12-17, minus 1 in his last 15 games, he was 11, 9-9-18 to start the campaign. History suggests he is about to tear up the blacktop, and coach Hitchcock has freshened the lines and steam cleaned the carpets.

NEW LINES

  • Chiasson—McDavid—Draisaitl: 38 goals
  • Khaira—Nuge—Puljujarvi: 9 goals
  • Caggiula—Spooner—Rattie: 10 goals
  • Lucic—Brodziak—Kassian: 4 goals
  • Klefbom—Larsson: 2 goals
  • Nurse—Russell: 3 goals
  • Gravel—Benning: 1 goal
  • Talbot (Koskinen)

Via Jack Michaels. Hitchcock is as loyal to 97-29 as McLellan before him, and like the dispatched coach, the new man doesn’t have enough in the batting order to give the Nuge line home-run power. Khaira moving up is cool from a fan point of view but that’s also reflective of the roster issues. I also expect Khaira’s spot to be occupied by Valentin Zykov by the weekend, so the window of opportunity for the big man is small.

The third line has more skill with Rattie added to Spooner, perhaps they can break through. The fourth line is now back to being the fourth line, in the words of Craig MacTavish  “in today’s NHL, even marginally, you have to be a threat to score.” That fourth line that can’t score. They’ll make $9.1 million this season. The player MacT was talking about in that quote? Rookie Teemu Hartikainen.

Lots of good arrows for this player he could be a masterful waiver claim if things work out right. Skill meets opportunity is a fabulous story, we’re seeing it in Vancouver with Josh Leivo and Edmonton badly needs the same.

WHAT IF THEY DON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS?

On the morning he was fired, Todd McLellan’s Oilers had a record of 9-10-1, 19 points and good for No. 6 in the division (No. 4 by points over .500). This morning, after going 4-2-1 under Ken Hitchcock since November 20, the team has a record of 13-12-2, 28 points and good for No. 6 in the division (No. 6 by points over .500).

I think the playoffs are important, but equally vital is getting young, inexpensive contracts playing productively while filling important roles on the team. What does that look like?

In 1993-94, the Oilers rookies included Jason Arnott, Dean McAmmond, Boris Mironov and Kirk Maltby. The following season Todd Marchant and David Oliver joined, and the next Ryan Smyth, Miro Satan and Greg DeVries. In 1996-67, three years after Arnott, the team debuted Mike Grier, Rem Murray, Dan McGillis. That’s one dozen substantial additions in four seasons. When you don’t have actual NHL players, you have to develop them.

Since Connor McDavid arrived in 2015 fall, how many actual NHLers have made their debut with the Oilers? Darnell Nurse, Brandon Davidson, Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning, Jujhar Khaira and we’ll see about the rest.

Names that need to be added to this list? Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Evan Bouchard, Cooper Marody, Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and on it goes. It can’t be built in a day, but tonight’s roster will see only one (Puljujarvi) of these young talents playing a feature role on the team.

That’s okay, things take time. However, there are over 50 NHL games left in this season and there should be plenty of time to get at least a couple more youngsters into the lineup full time. The playoffs are the goal, but if that isn’t possible then for heaven sakes find out about Marody and Bear, or Yamamoto and Jones.

Ken Hitchcock inserted Jesse Puljujarvi into the lineup in one of his first moves. I expect we’ll see the coach do the same with at least one more Condor in the immediate future.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy, fun morning with interesting guests. It all starts at 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. We’ll chat about tonight’s game, a world without McDavid and the current wingers.
  • Jon Campbell, Oddshark. College football bets, Gonzaga’s college basketball success, favourites currently for Seattle’s NHL nickname, how much does McDavid being out of the lineup impact Oilers odds.
  • Chris Daniels, King5 Seattle. Seattle’s NHL expansion.

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

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  1. Bulging Twine says:

    npanciroli:
    Allen shutout would be extra hilarious too.

    The Talbot showcase backfire

  2. tileguy says:

    Time to split up 29 and 97. Get Nuge and Rattie with McD and 98 and 16 withDrai. We have to go back to the original plan.

  3. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Hockey Project:
    The team looks like they double-dosed on Nyquil an hour before the game.

    Teams come out flat for years…

  4. Bling says:

    The second pairing is just awful.

    Forget a RHD, you need a two new players on that pairing.

    Also, if all that comes from this game is that Lucic/Brodziak/Kassian start getting scratched, I’ll be thrilled.

    This reminds me of the dark days. Lot of careers are going to end this season, IMO.

  5. Dustylegnd says:

    workaroundaccount,

    My point is the GM is the Boss, and he needs to be surrounded by people who have accomplished extra ordinary things while working in hockey. Head scout, assistant GM , director of pro Scouting, director of player development. To have conflicting loyalties within your ranks is poison….. New GM needs to purge the asylum or nothing changes.

    That much is certain

  6. workaroundaccount says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: And also probably a McDavid trade and (3rd) rebuild away as well…

    Thaught we were already on 3. Gagner, the Hall, now McDavid. Though somehow the removed the 07/08 rebuild from the history book.

  7. BONE207 says:

    Genjutsu: Beautiful girl love the dress

    Does she even have a head?

  8. leadfarmer says:

    Yeay dump ins on goal from the point with no traffic

  9. Bulging Twine says:

    Much better!

  10. Lowetide says:

    Nuge scores.

  11. BONE207 says:

    Nugey

  12. Munny says:

    Nougat fills the net neatly

  13. Dustylegnd says:

    Go to the blue paint and score…… what a concept

  14. Ryan says:

    Bag of Pucks: It’s the GMs fault when the players brain cramp and play shite D?

    I’m with you man.

    People here must be nuts to think that the GM is culpable for assembling this mess of a shit roster.

    Why don’t these crappy players just perform better?

  15. leadfarmer says:

    These guys are trying to get Talbot traded

  16. npanciroli says:

    Nuge!

  17. Bling says:

    Second line feeling it.

  18. Dustylegnd says:

    Day 1 of defence…. don’t charge at the puck carrier…….Benning says Huh????

  19. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Chiasson is punching his ticket off the first line in this second period.

  20. Munny says:

    Someone should tell the ref we’re the Oilers… there’s absolutely no need to wave that goal off.

  21. Bag of Pucks says:

    Ryan: I’m with you man.

    People here must be nuts to think that the GM is culpable for assembling this mess ofa shit roster.

    Why don’t these crappy players just perform better?

    A) Chiarelli didn’t draft Nurse B) Mental or system execution errors are on the HC not the GM. And yes, they’re also on the player himself.

  22. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    That’s one time we got the call this year.

  23. BONE207 says:

    Munny:
    Someone should tell the ref we’re the Oilers… there’s absolutely no need to wave that goal off.

    I’m with you. This is uncharted Nhl hockey

  24. Bling says:

    Nice sleazy play by Benning.

    This is Hitch’s team!

  25. BONE207 says:

    Drai getting beat up

  26. Bulging Twine says:

    Great backcheck Draisattl

  27. Bling says:

    Identity line feeling it!

  28. BONE207 says:

    Game is heating up…🤞

  29. Bling says:

    That one zone entry on the PP by RNH was positively Datsyuk like.

  30. pitlickdinner says:

    drink every time Klef almost takes it offside on the PP.

  31. Bulging Twine says:

    Kassian playing well.

  32. npanciroli says:

    pitlickdinner,

    #dead

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looks like Yamamoto’s lower body injury will keep him out tonight (Jay W. did say this afternoon that its not thought to be serious) but Bear is in the lineup (who also left last game).

  34. Bulging Twine says:

    Totally different team in the second

  35. BONE207 says:

    Shots are almost even, for what it’s worth. They are mostly 200 feet from Talbot. Maybe they don’t get him traded.

  36. leadfarmer says:

    Haven’t seen Talbot touch the puck this much

  37. ArmchairGM says:

    Different team in the second.

  38. ArmchairGM says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Totally different team in the second

    I didn’t see your comment before posting, I swear!

  39. leadfarmer says:

    Seriously stop shooting it from the point. The Corsi is great and all but it’s not going in

  40. StixMalone says:

    Our D needs tutor shooters or else 20 foot wide nets….

  41. Sierra says:

    leadfarmer:
    Seriously stop shooting it from the point.The Corsi is great and all but it’s not going in

    I came to.post the same thing. Seems like it is the only page in the playbook.

  42. BONE207 says:

    StixMalone:
    Our D needs tutor shooters or else 20 foot wide nets….

    The boards seem pretty lively. Perhaps they are looking at bank shots.

  43. Bling says:

    That one-timer from Larsson was aimed at the net in Edmonton.

  44. Bulging Twine says:

    ArmchairGM: I didn’t see your comment before posting, I swear!

    Yours is better

  45. BONE207 says:

    Bling:
    That one-timer from Larsson was aimed at the net in Edmonton.

    LOL

  46. BONE207 says:

    That might have been the hardest shot ever by Nurse

  47. Bling says:

    Another good second line shift!

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    That second period was the quickest and best they’ve played since Hitch took over.

  49. Bag of Pucks says:

    I went to high school with Craig Berube. He liked to fight and he was good at it. I think every guy in our school gave him a wide wide berth.

    Survival instinct is a powerful thing.

  50. Bling says:

    That kind of shift from Rattie will not make Hitch happy.

    Giveaway in the neutral zone leads to an odd man rush, then he runs into his own man while forechecking to cause *another* odd man rush. My goodness.

  51. Munny says:

    Jesus. Even Sportsnet is upset that the a call went the Oilers way.

    Well, I have a quiz to go give.

    Have a good night, gents.

  52. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: He’s been healthy scratched this year (as he was on occasion last year with CHI).

    I don’t think he was healthy scratched after December 10th of last season. And he didn’t crack Arizona lineup until a few games in this season for some reason. Calling that a healthy scratch is a bit misleading while it may be technically accurate. Since December 10 of last year he has logged the 69th most 5v5 minutes by D in the NHL. 51st in 5v5 TOI/GP. I’m not sure why it took Arizona a few games to put him on the first pair but since then I don’t believe he has been scratched. I believe he’s been on the first pair for almost all of his last 70 games with two different coaches on two different teams. For a fast skater that seems to have the makings of a good career.

    EDIT: I do see that he had been scratched 3 times in Chicago since Dec. 10th to the end of the season. Strange handling to be given either 1st pair minutes for the most part or press box.

  53. Dustylegnd says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    Calahoo Alberta?

  54. BONE207 says:

    Bling:
    That kind of shift from Rattie will not make Hitch happy.

    Giveaway in the neutral zone leads to an odd man rush, then he runs into his own man while forechecking to cause *another* odd man rush. My goodness.

    He was time shifted back 3 years to when he played in St. Lou for the Blues. I get that all the time while driving after watching Star Wars movies. I’ll just fly over these cars & medians…

  55. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    BONE207: He was time shifted back 3 years to when he played in St. Lou for the Blues. I get that all the time while driving after watching Star Wars movies. I’ll just fly over these cars & medians…

    STAY ON TARGET!

  56. Bag of Pucks says:

    Dustylegnd:
    Bag of Pucks,

    Calahoo Alberta?

    Sturgeon Comp. Namao. Feeder school for all the surrounding rural areas from Calahoo to Villeneuve to Gibbons back then.

    Zoning didn’t make much sense. I lived closer to St Albert than I did Namao.

  57. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: STAY ON TARGET!

    Yes coach

  58. Oil2Oilers says:

    Bling:
    That one-timer from Larsson was aimed at the net in Edmonton.

    Outstanding

  59. Bulging Twine says:

    Those Bauer helmets often leave the ear exposed over the protection. Funny why they are used. They are an odd fit

  60. BONE207 says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Those Bauer helmets often leave the ear exposed over the protection.Funny why they are used.They are an odd fit

    Hmmm…I thought Russell just had big ears

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    Good early pace to the Condors’ game. Benson and Marody skating well.

  62. BONE207 says:

    Hey LT…where are the stats?

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    Marody with a beauty cross-ice feed to Stanton on a delay penalty but Comrie with the assist.

    Oh my, Joe G. Robbed by Comrie – wide open net off a Jones shot rebound.

  64. jtblack says:

    Just home from work. Doesnt look Great :/

  65. Sierra says:

    10 HDSC for Blues through 2 periods

  66. Dustylegnd says:

    How many 1 on 3’s will Connor face tonight….. good lord it’s like he is all alone out there

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    Marody with a great feed to Gust and the Condors lead 1-0.

  68. BONE207 says:

    jtblack:
    Just home from work. Doesnt look Great :/

    Don’t watch the 1st period. 2nd was great

  69. Bulging Twine says:

    C’mon Spooner! Seriously?!

  70. Bling says:

    Damn it Spoon man

  71. Sierra says:

    I thought Lucic’s stick must have fallen apart on his breakout pass attempt. Nope, the outcome only looks like he tried to pass the puck with a wet noodle.

  72. Dustylegnd says:

    Ryan Oreilly has played on a lot of bad hockey teams

  73. Bling says:

    Kassian is completely cursed.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    My AHLTV feed went dead and I missed the Currie from Joe G. goal.

    Joe G. stays hot – had 3 points last game.

    2-0

  75. BONE207 says:

    Fak Kass

  76. little.fiery.one says:

    They need to break up 29 and 97, too predictable.

  77. Ice Sage says:

    Dustylegnd:
    Ryan Oreilly has played on a lot of bad hockey teams

    He’ll be an Oiler soon

  78. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    This is it.

  79. Bling says:

    Benning draws another penalty

    Yes Matthew!

  80. little.fiery.one says:

    Need to score here.

  81. npanciroli says:

    I just have no faith in this team scoring on a PP in the third when they need it.

  82. Bling says:

    I’ve always felt that Drai skates so much better away from McDavid.

    He really is a C IMO.

    McDavid needs a speedy guy in there who can dig pucks out for him.

  83. Bag of Pucks says:

    Even the NHL is trolling us now. In the fan shop commercial, the only Oilers fan is a baby. They’re saying we’re babies ffs.

  84. npanciroli says:

    Sierra:
    10 HDSC for Blues through 2 periods

    6 for Oilers if anyone was curious like me. Might be mid period in third dunno if naturalstattrick updates mid period.

  85. ArmchairGM says:

    Opportunity missed.

  86. jtblack says:

    BONE207: Don’t watch the 1st period. 2nd was great

    thanks. i am recording. will skip the 1st

  87. little.fiery.one says:

    I cannot recall the last time I saw Lucic win a board battle. He is such a frustrating player to watch.

  88. jtblack says:

    FIRE THE MALL

  89. npanciroli says:

    Allen needed this game badly, nice of the Oilers to give him it.

  90. BONE207 says:

    jtblack:
    FIRE THE MALL

    You peeked at the 1st, didn’t you?

  91. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Real danger of not getting another point in the standings until next week…

  92. Dustylegnd says:

    Where in the world is Leon …. McDavid is constantly 1 on 3

  93. Bling says:

    Good second line shift.

  94. Bling says:

    I think I’ve seen more good shifts from the RNH line and the Brodziak line than the #1 line.

  95. GMB3 says:

    For some reason watching the Oilers in the offensive zone reminds me of Eminem’s “Without Me”

  96. Zelepukin says:

    c’mon Rattie.

  97. Offside says:

    I’m gonna make a bold prediction. Edmonton will pull their goalie and the Blues will score on an empty net

  98. Ice Sage says:

    Will the Oilers get another shot from within 20 feet?

  99. Bling says:

    RNH has been super tonight. What a player.

  100. jtblack says:

    BONE207: You peeked at the 1st, didn’t you?

    Swear on Tmac’s firing … Just got home … kids duties … might watch some later but not if its a 3-1 loss

  101. Ice Sage says:

    Offside:
    I’m gonna make a bold prediction. Edmonton will pull their goalie and the Blues will score on an empty net

    That’s bold, jerry, BOLD!

  102. Bling says:

    Too many plays dying with Chiasson and Drai tonight.

  103. Professor Q says:

    GMB3:
    For some reason watching the Oilers in the offensive zone reminds me of Eminem’s “Without Me”

    Dr. Drai’s dead; he’s locked up in my basement.

  104. flyfish1168 says:

    We have the good Zack tonight. Unfortunately just no finish

  105. GMB3 says:

    Chiasson hasn’t exactly shown the propensity to generate many shots during his tenure in Edmonton or in the NHL, has mediocre hands and is below-average to average as a skater.

    He’s playing with two supreme playmakers, yet does not create any shots himself. I think it’s imperative we find a better player for that line. I also wouldn’t mind going back to RNH on the wing, just to give the line a different look, see if they can spark anything.

  106. Jaxon says:

    OMFG! Why are th eBlues beating the Oilers to every loose puck at this point (or any point) of the game. Getting to the puck first should be all that’s on their mind.

  107. BONE207 says:

    Klfbomb

  108. treevojo says:

    The klef

  109. Sierra says:

    The playbook finally worked! Lol

  110. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Just like they drew it up

  111. GMB3 says:

    Professor Q: Dr. Drai’s dead; he’s locked up in my basement.

    I thought Drai was solid against Dallas.

    But that still made me laugh.

  112. Bling says:

    KLEFBOMMMMMMMMMMM HAPPY BIRTHDAY LT!!!!

  113. Jaxon says:

    Bom!!!!

  114. Bulging Twine says:

    Klutch-bomb

  115. npanciroli says:

    Shocked.

  116. Sierra says:

    Khaira and Chaisson both in front of the net, and the shot was on-target.

  117. Jaxon says:

    I love that Hitchcock is giving Khaira some love! It’s about time.

  118. npanciroli says:

    Nurse really great at the last minute useless give aways.

  119. SelathioHarms says:

    After that first Klefbom shot, I yelled ‘ Hit the f’ing net!’. And then he did. Your welcome, everyone.

  120. Bling says:

    Khaira made an excellent, excellent pass to McDavid there. Backhand with some juice on it; Blues didn’t have time to push the traffic in front of Allen out of the way.

    Tremendous play.

  121. BONE207 says:

    SelathioHarms:
    After that first Klefbom shot, I yelled ‘ Hit the f’ing net!’.And then he did.Your welcome, everyone.

    You should do more yelling.

  122. SelathioHarms says:

    BONE207,

    Girlfriend’s at work tonight, so I’m free!

  123. Professor Q says:

    Klefbom also didn’t even follow through that much on that shot, which suggests that it could be developed even further and deadlier.

  124. Ice Sage says:

    Is that the first 6 on 5 goal this year? Good timing

  125. BONE207 says:

    They have to score. This just needs fixing…this PP

  126. Sierra says:

    PP has sure been ineffective

  127. Jaxon says:

    That 4 on 3 is stagnant. I feel like they’d be better off playing like it was 3 on 3 with an extra player.

  128. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    The blues should be legit pissed the reffing has been in the oilers favour no doubt

  129. geowal says:

    They’re a tad upset with officiating in STL

  130. LMHF#1 says:

    The Oilers are worse 4-on-3 than 3-on-3.

  131. npanciroli says:

    That powerplay was extra shitty

  132. Durag says:

    The Edmonton Oilers and the St. Louis Blues are Teams in the National Hockey League

  133. npanciroli says:

    Shootouts are the worst.

  134. Bag of Pucks says:

    Good opportunity here for Talbot to steal a point.

  135. OriginalPouzar says:

    Marody sets up Stanton again – this time he buries it.

    3-1 Condors.

  136. Durag says:

    Holy shit McDavid hahaha

  137. BONE207 says:

    2 great SO goals…woohoo

  138. leadfarmer says:

    Talbot with a good game.

  139. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Durag:
    Holy shit McDavid hahaha

    Ice cold

  140. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    That shootout goal was greasy.

    Oh my did Jake Allen get played, wow

  141. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    That was a massive 2 points

  142. russ99 says:

    A bit of an ugly win, but I’ll take it.

  143. BONE207 says:

    Happy birthday LT

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Allright, big save there by Talbot on Sanford – needed that one, now turn the game Oilers…..

    DONE!

    Talbot was the Oilers best player tonight, give or take Nugent Hopkins

  145. Bling says:

    RNH and McDavid with some absolute filth.

    Great game!

  146. jtblack says:

    Guess I will watxh the last bits and OT later.

  147. Jaxon says:

    Happy Birthday, LT!

  148. Bag of Pucks says:

    Nice. Needed that.

  149. John Chambers says:

    For Blues fans: La Maudite

  150. Dustylegnd says:

    Bling,

    Filth topped with dirty!!!!!

  151. Ice Sage says:

    Man, that was won the hard way… will take it!

  152. Southern Oil says:

    I had no idea all these years that LT and I share the same bday. Now I know of two famous people born on this day – LT and Walt Disney. Happy birthday LT

  153. BONE207 says:

    Considering the poor 1st, Oilers outshot St.Lou 36-30.

  154. Ice Sage says:

    Southern Oil:
    I had no idea all these years that LT and I share the same bday.Now I know of two famous people born on this day – LT and Walt Disney.Happy birthday LT

    And LT used to call Walt ‘Junior’ 😉

  155. BONE207 says:

    Southern Oil:
    I had no idea all these years that LT and I share the same bday.Now I know of two famous people born on this day – LT and Walt Disney.Happy birthday LT

    A SO win on an SO Bday. Enjoy

  156. Professor Q says:

    The Blues’ stick boy looks like the genetic merger of McDavid and William Nylander.

    Which would be quite the talent mix, too.

  157. Professor Q says:

    Bling:
    RNH and McDavid with some absolute filth.

    Great game!

    Nuge’s backhander crossbar shot was also ridiculous.

  158. Dustylegnd says:

    Imagine if Nuge had some NHL wingers

  159. Bag of Pucks says:

    This might be the most bipolar fanbase in the NHL.
    First period. Fire the GM!
    Second period. Good work boys.
    Third period. They’re going lose. Book it.
    OT. Pathetic.
    Shootout. These guys are amazing!!!

  160. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lagesson with his 3rd of the season – Marody with his 3rd assist of the night.

  161. BONE207 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    This might be the most bipolar fanbase in the NHL.
    First period. Fire the GM!
    Second period. Good work boys.
    Third period. They’re going lose. Book it.
    OT. Pathetic.
    Shootout. These guys are amazing!!!

    We are a fickle bunch. Too much losing has made us all skiddish. CONNOR, however, is Amazing!

  162. who says:

    I think the Blues had as many grade A scoring chances in the first as Edmonton had all game but the Oilers hung in there. Good game by Talbot.
    Some random observations:
    1. Time to separate McDavid and Drai. Drai is not moving his feet again. Seems like this is inevitable over time when they play together.
    2. Nuge, JP and Khaira were the Oilers best line tonight. Great game by Khaira.
    3. Rattie was good tonight. Took Hitchcock too long to swap him with Chiasson.
    4. Mcdavid and Drai are a hot mess in their own end. Putting them out there for a dzone draw with 30 seconds left seems, at best, risky.
    5. You know, if you put a skilled center between Lucic and Kassian you might have something. Even Spooner. Every rush or cycle from that line seems to die on Brodziaks stick. Plays just end when he touches the puck.

  163. Sierra says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    This might be the most bipolar fanbase in the NHL.
    First period. Fire the GM!
    Second period. Good work boys.
    Third period. They’re going lose. Book it.
    OT. Pathetic.
    Shootout. These guys are amazing!!!

    I’ve missed the posts saying the Oilers are amazing

  164. Zelepukin says:

    Nuge is basically a sick Connor. Which is still a pretty big compliment.

  165. BONE207 says:

    Sierra: I’ve missed the posts saying the Oilers are amazing

    The Oilers are always amazing when we aren’t swearing at them. Get with the program 😆

  166. Gerta Rauss says:

    just getting caught up now…

    It wasn’t pretty but there’s a saying in golf, “it’s not how, but how many”

    I thought when we pulled Talbot we were doomed, shocked that Kbom tied it with the extra attacker

    Nuge was terrific, Khaira was good as well. Talbot was the 1st star

    another 2 points in the bank

  167. Bag of Pucks says:

    who:
    I think the Blues had as many grade A scoring chances in the first as Edmonton had all game but the Oilers hung in there. Good game by Talbot.
    Some random observations:
    1. Time to separate McDavid and Drai.Drai is not moving his feet again. Seems like this is inevitable over time when they play together.
    2. Nuge, JP and Khairawere the Oilers best line tonight.Great game by Khaira.
    3. Rattie was good tonight. Took Hitchcock too long to swap him with Chiasson.
    4. Mcdavid and Drai are a hot mess in their own end. Putting them out there for a dzone draw with 30 seconds left seems, at best, risky.
    5. You know, if you put a skilled center between Lucic and Kassian you might have something. Even Spooner. Every rush or cycle from that line seems to die on Brodziaks stick. Plays just end when he touches the puck.

    Agree across the board.

  168. BONE207 says:

    Zelepukin:
    Nuge is basically a sick Connor. Which is still a pretty big compliment.

    Which is ironic coming from a guy with pukin in his name

  169. jtblack says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    This might be the most bipolar fanbase in the NHL.
    First period. Fire the GM!
    Second period. Good work boys.
    Third period. They’re going lose. Book it.
    OT. Pathetic.
    Shootout. These guys are amazing!!!

    I am scarred by the Dalllas game.

    We MIGHT hang in the playoff race. Might. But we also could be picking Top 5 if McD misses more than 8 games +.

  170. Glovjuice says:

    Southern Oil:
    I had no idea all these years that LT and I share the same bday.Now I know of two famous people born on this day – LT and Walt Disney.Happy birthday LT

    Ozzy yesterday

  171. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Didn’t watch the game. The oilers actually scored with their net empty??? Huh…

    Nice that they won, but it Kinda sucks that the rest of the pacific division is also winning now… so it feels like they are just running in place. SJ and ANA (spits) are both up 2-0 after 1st period.

  172. jm363561 says:

    Missed the game but just caught up with the comments. Might be a good time to trade Cam.

  173. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Lagesson with his 3rd of the season – Marody with his 3rd assist of the night.

    Prediction: Marody will succumb to Lander-never-worked-on-skating-Isis

  174. OriginalPouzar says:

    who:
    I think the Blues had as many grade A scoring chances in the first as Edmonton had all game but the Oilers hung in there. Good game by Talbot.
    Some random observations:
    1. Time to separate McDavid and Drai.Drai is not moving his feet again. Seems like this is inevitable over time when they play together.

    They haven’t produced at 5 on 5 together for like 3-4 games now and there is zero reason to keep them together when they stop running hot.

    With that said, I think the “cool-off” coincidences with Hitch inexplicably, moving Chiasson up to the line. His reasoning was that Chiasson was running hot so he needs more ice.

    To me, that thinking is flawed to start with – If someone is running hot away from McDavid, keep with it, do everything you can to keep it going.

    Since Chiasson got moved up, that line has done very little at 5 on 5.

    I think we might see Drai/McDavid/Rattie next game and I’d also be fine with Drai being moved. Chiasson moving is a must do.

  175. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar: They haven’t produced at 5 on 5 together for like 3-4 games now and there is zero reason to keep them together when they stop running hot.

    With that said, I think the “cool-off” coincidences with Hitch inexplicably, moving Chiasson up to the line.His reasoning was that Chiasson was running hot so he needs more ice.

    To me, that thinking is flawed to start with – If someone is running hot away from McDavid, keep with it, do everything you can to keep it going.

    Since Chiasson got moved up, that line has done very little at 5 on 5.

    I think we might see Drai/McDavid/Rattie next game and I’d also be fine with Drai being moved.Chiasson moving is a must do.

    I’d move Drai for one driver or two solid players now.

  176. OriginalPouzar says:

    Glovjuice: Prediction: Marody will succumb to Lander-never-worked-on-skating-Isis

    His skating may keep him from playing center at the NHL but it is no prohibitive of an NHL career and that concern that every player that isn’t a plus skater will never make it is far over blown to me.

  177. Westchester Oil says:

    Nice to see a game where the reffing goes our way.

    Happy birthday to LT, our gracious, humble and thoughtful leader.

  178. LMHF#1 says:

    Glovjuice: Prediction: Marody will succumb to Lander-never-worked-on-skating-Isis

    This can and should be fixed by the team.

    The lack of pushing skating technique and power skating is baffling. While the effort is on the player, the structure and requirements are on the team…

    The amount of guys over the years who the Oilers should have subjected to one, intensive season of power skating is staggering…

    Fight between Schemp and Mikhnov in terms of who this was most stark for. Probably Alex – he could really play…or maybe Pancakes. Penner couldn’t skate a lick. I taught 8 year olds with more ability.

  179. jtblack says:

    after tonight. Chicago will have 3 wins in their last 19

  180. jtblack says:

    Westchester Oil:
    Nice to see a game where the reffing goes our way.

    Happy birthday to LT, our gracious, humble and thoughtful leader.

    +1 to this !!

    to the reffing part … *ducks *

  181. jtblack says:

    Tmac always kept Lucic out late.

    Hitch has given J.J. the job. Hitch has an eye for crap (Lucic) and giving young better guys a shot

  182. Bank Shot says:

    Dustylegnd:
    Imagine if Nuge had some NHL wingers

    He’d probably be good for 55 points.

  183. Gerta Rauss says:

    jtblack:
    after tonight. Chicago will have 3 wins in their last 19

    VAN with 1 win the last 13

  184. frjohnk says:

    If we are to make the playoffs we need Talbot to play like this whether he is the starter or the backup.
    Nice to see him with a good bounce back game.

  185. Gerta Rauss says:

    frjohnk:
    If we are to make the playoffs we need Talbot to play like this whether he is the starter or the backup.
    Nice to see him with a good bounce back game.

    Hitch was effusive in his praise for Talbot

    If Hitch has any say in the matter regarding a Talbot trade, it’d be a big fat no*

    *Dr Evil voice

  186. frjohnk says:

    Wow.

    Klefbom with 30 minutes.

    Drai and McDavid over 28 minutes.

    Nuge over 26 minutes.

    I know there was OT but Those are huge minutes. Especially for the forwards.

    Did Hitch run his other horses like that on previous teams?

  187. rope-a-dope says:

    Wow, I have never seen anyone make scoring in the shootout look so easy.

  188. Material Elvis says:

    rope-a-dope:
    Wow, I have never seen anyone make scoring in the shootout look so easy.

    That goal by McDavid was ridiculous.

  189. Ribs says:

    From Elliot’s 31 Thoughts…

    9. St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong’s proclamation that his coaching search would expand into Europe flicked on a lightbulb in the noggin, reminding that it was time to check in on World Cup Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger. There’s been interest in Krueger since that tournament, but his day job — chairman of Southampton Football Club in the Premier League — keeps him at arm’s length. His reply: “I am focused on completing this season in the EPL. I will assess my future soon.” Hmmmmmmmmmn.

    So will he be the GM or the Coach of the Oilers next year? Bahaha..

    ___

    Happy Birthday, LT!

  190. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Dustylegnd:
    Imagine if Nuge had some NHL wingers

    He did. And they were fabulous.

    But one was bad in the room and was the 3rd best winger behind 2 Ovechkins, and the other was clutch in junior but wasn’t willing to take a hit from Perry and lost us a series. Oh, and cap space which was never used.

  191. Oz says:

    who:
    I think the Blues had as many grade A scoring chances in the first as Edmonton had all game but the Oilers hung in there. Good game by Talbot.
    Some random observations:
    1. Time to separate McDavid and Drai.Drai is not moving his feet again. Seems like this is inevitable over time when they play together.
    2. Nuge, JP and Khairawere the Oilers best line tonight.Great game by Khaira.
    3. Rattie was good tonight. Took Hitchcock too long to swap him with Chiasson.
    4. Mcdavid and Drai are a hot mess in their own end. Putting them out there for a dzone draw with 30 seconds left seems, at best, risky.
    5. You know, if you put a skilled center between Lucic and Kassian you might have something. Even Spooner. Every rush or cycle from that line seems to die on Brodziaks stick. Plays just end when he touches the puck.

    This is true, hope the line changes are made.
    Also I admit not being a fan of Gulutzan . Our PP is still not firing. Bring on Manny V.

  192. 106 and 106 says:

    Why was Yamamoto scratched in the AHL game last night? Banged up? No Bear either.

    Our prospect cupboard is bare with #1 and #2 out.

  193. SwedishPoster says:

    Ugly game but I’ll take the two points.

    The Oilers passing game is dreadful, almost no clean passes at all, it’s just a lot of pucks along the boards, forced plays, broken up plays, blind pucks thrown in front of the net, halfassed two feet passes into a forest of players and it either ends up with lost possession or a shot from the blue line.
    It’s been issue for a long time and is the main reason they rarely find any open ice offensively imo. I lost count on the number of 1 on 3s for primarily McDavid but other oilers as well, which imo is a sign that the team game and passing offensively is seriously lacking. It’s extra frustratimg because with McDavid even a 1 on 2 would be a so much better opportunity. The terrible passing really kills both the transition and the offensive zone time.
    I don’t think it’s just about the quality of the passer either since this is an issue when the team loads up with all their high end passers on one line as well. Which tells me it’s systemical. The forward group as a whole must find better ice and work better as a group. Hopefully Hitch has recognized the problem. Because as of now they make every opposing team look like those old defensive masterclass Devils teams. Just no room to wheel for the best offensive player in the world which is a travesty in itself.

  194. OriginalPouzar says:

    106 and 106:
    Why was Yamamoto scratched in the AHL game last night? Banged up? No Bear either.

    Our prospect cupboard is bare with #1 and #2 out.

    He’s got a lower body injury – he left Saturday’s game and didn’t return.

    Woodcroft said yesterday that it isn’t serious – shouldn’t be out past the weekend.

    Bear played last night.

  195. Wilde says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    He’s got a lower body injury – he left Saturday’s game and didn’t return.
    Woodcroft said yesterday that it isn’t serious – shouldn’t be out past the weekend.

    This is a nagging injury, too, if my eyes are right.

    I noticed during the Nov. 29 game he wasn’t skating normally towards the end.

    It’s troubling because injuries and opportunity are the only two things that could stop him from having a good NHL career.

  196. Wilde says:

    Also thank you to the two who left me kind comments yesterday.

  197. Glovjuice says:

    Wilde: This is a nagging injury, too, if my eyes are right.

    I noticed during the Nov. 29 game he wasn’t skating normally towards the end.

    It’s troubling because injuries and opportunity are the only two things that could stop him from having a good NHL career.

    Risky pick, as was Benson and Bouchard.

  198. russ99 says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Ugly game but I’ll take the two points.

    The Oilers passing game is dreadful, almost no clean passes at all, it’s just a lot of pucks along the boards, forced plays, broken up plays, blind pucks thrown in front of the net, halfassed two feet passes into a forest of players and it either ends up with lost possession or a shot from the blue line.It’s been issue for a long time and is the main reason they rarely find any open ice offensively imo. I lost count on the number of 1 on 3s for primarily McDavid but other oilers as well, which imo is a sign that the team game and passing offensively is seriously lacking. It’s extra frustratimg because with McDavid even a 1 on 2 would be a so much better opportunity. The terrible passing really kills both the transition and the offensive zone time.
    I don’t think it’s just about the quality of the passer either since this is an issue when the team loads up with all their high end passers on one line as well. Which tells me it’s systemical. The forward group as a whole must find better ice and work better as a group. Hopefully Hitch has recognized the problem. Because as of now they make every opposing team look like those old defensive masterclass Devils teams. Just no room to wheel for the best offensive player in the world which is a travesty in itself.

    For me the biggest thing to get past in our offensive game the constant throwing back of the puck to the point or ringing it around the boards.

    The only way to clear space with the way defenses are playing us is to move players and the puck. Gaining the zone and having space to make a play to clear ice and get clean looks is the third or fourth thing these guys look for, when it should be first, and outlets or board play to keep possession should be last.

    IMO, McLellan ingrained this into their heads for three years of volume shooting so it will take some time to lose it.

  199. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Lots of positive: gritty win. Talbot showing up helps. We not talking Fuhr Moog combo but still…

    – Squint a little but with games in hand with 2 wins we are point out of 2nd in conference,

    – Playing Minny at home, they on a 2nd of B2B next game

    – Good pacing for December: only the Peg then back to home the next day is tough(but vs Phily).

    – Game-dayoff-Game for awhile will give a routine, some time off over Christmas, very little travel

    – Then a nice Cali/Sun road trip in the New Year, before a long homestead in Jan.

    – Things will be a lot different Fab. 1: you’ll see

  200. Lowetide says:

    For the Athletic: Oilers No. 5 prospect winter 2018: Ethan Bear

    https://theathletic.com/694631/2018/12/06/oilers-no-5-prospect-winter-2018-ethan-bear/

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