Game 31 2018-19: Oilers at Avalanche

The Edmonton Oilers hit the road in Denver tonight, the club leaving the city after a splendid weekend and two home victories. It occurs to me that now, today, this instant, might be the best moment the team and fans see this season. The wins have been terrific and the climb in the standings a lot of fun, but the coach is running the daylights out of the top players and the one-goal margins of victory surely turns (or at least evens out) at some point. It’s a blast, this is fun, but are the Oilers in for a correction?

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Contemplating Oilers roster changes as injured players prepare to return. 
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers are bending, but not breaking, in one-goal games under Ken Hitchcock. 
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Kim Boutin: Amid threats, she took the short track to Canadians’ hearts. 
  • Lowetide: I have seen the future of Edmonton’s power play, and its quarterback is Evan Bouchard. Or Joel Persson. Or both! 
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 6 Prospect winter 2018: Cooper Marody
  • Jonathan Willis: Ken Hitchcock’s turnaround of the Oilers takes another positive step as they climb back to a playoff pace. 
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 5 Prospect winter 2018: Ethan Bear.
  • 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 31

  • Oilers in 201514-15-2, 30 points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in 2016: 15-11-5, 35 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 13-16-2, 28 points; goal differential -6
  • Oilers in 2018: 16-12-2, 34 points; goal differential 0

Edmonton is playing a superior team tonight (+20 GD and a home record of 6-2-3) and will be in a foul mood after getting thrashed by Tampa Bay in its most recent outing. If the Oilers win tonight, they would be on a trajectory to finish 45-32-5, 95 points. 

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 6-0-0, 12 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in December 2016: 2-1-3, seven points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in December 2017: 3-3-0, six points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in December 2018: 4-1-0, eight points; goal differential +5

There isn’t much to say here, December begins well for the McDavid Oilers. The collective GD is +17 and the cumulative record is 15-5-3. That’s a lot of victory. 

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 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota, Calgary (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • 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: 4-1-0, eight points in five games

I picked the Oilers to lose tonight’s game, the Avalanche had a record of 15-6-5 at the time (Jets were 14-8-2, Oilers were 12-11-2). I don’t think Edmonton wins this one. Note: I predicted they would be 2-4-0 after tonight, so even with a loss the team would be two games clear of predicted. Month No. 3 and I have yet to get a handle on this team. 

NUGE IS GOING NOWHERE

How many players have more value to the Oilers than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? McDavid, Draisaitl, Klefbom and now I’m out of names. The article suggests (I think) something around Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk for No.93. That’s a lot of talent (I’m not suggesting that is the deal, just picking up the conversation from the Globe) but it still leaves Edmonton vulnerable. Here’s the suggested lineup:

  • Jake DeBrusk—McDavid—Chiasson
  • Rieder—Draisaitl—Puljujarvi
  • Khaira—Spooner—Caggiula
  • Lucic—Brodziak—Kassian
  • Zykov—Rattie
  • Klefbom—Larsson
  • Krug—Russell
  • Nurse—Benning
  • Gravel
  • Koskinen—Talbot

I’m a fan of both DeBrusk and Krug and would love to see them in Edmonton. The cost is too dear, in my opinion. DeBrusk is on pace for 29 goals, Krug is a power-play demon, I don’t believe Edmonton is better after the trade. The top line loses Draisaitl, the second line asks the big center to play a more defensive role. Nuge buys the opportunity to pair 97 with 29, that’s one of the best combinations in the entire league. 

NEVERTHELESS

This is the exact trade type Edmonton needs to at least ponder, as increasing offense while doing no harm to the defense and goaltending is the clear goal. How do they do it? My thinking is the first-round pick in 2019, not sure Edmonton is going to be better off dealing one of its best players. That said, dealing Nuge to Boston makes complete sense from Boston’s point of view and the team has lots of young forwards they can trade. 

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A strong group of guests help get us ready for a big night in the wide world of sports. Scheduled to appear, beginning at 10 this morning on TSN1260:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Hitchcock for emperor, Oilers as a buyer at the deadline.
  • Micah Adams, Managing editor for Global Editions of NBA dot com/DAZN. Raptors and NBA.
  • Marc Moser, Avs play-by-play. What’s it like calling games that feature the world’s most offensive line?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio! 

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  1. Clay says:

    Ok Lowetide and group – I may be late to the party on this, but I’ve noticed this year that whenever the opposition enters the Oilers’ zone onside, there’s a “ping” that sounds like a puck hitting the post, or like a pipe-on-pipe noise. I haven’t noticed it before this year, and I thought it was only for home games, but it’s happening tonight as well.

    What the hell is this?

    Also – I watch the games on GameCentre wearing headphones, so it may not be as audible without headphones. But it is a thing, because I have some friends who have confirmed they hear it too…

  2. npanciroli says:

    Clay,

    I think I saw it was Koskinen tapping the posts.

  3. giddy says:

    Rantanen is ridiculous. Good lord. That kid is no pretender.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    That goal will keep Koskinen from the NHL save percentage lead which he was about to take over.

    Actually Rinne stopped 24 of 25 so not quite, but still.

  5. Ice Sage says:

    Aint over yet…

  6. Munny says:

    What kind of call is that?

  7. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    This isn’t funny anymore it could be a 2 goal game here

  8. BONE207 says:

    CONNOR needs 10 goals to catch these Av bastards. They won’t stop scoring!!!😠

  9. Sierra says:

    giddy:
    Rantanen is ridiculous. Good lord. That kid is no pretender.

    I agree, but he’s a major whiner.

  10. Munny says:

    Koski beached himself like a lovelorn humpback. And then goes all thief whale.

  11. Pretendergast says:

    Koskinen is a god, we are handing them the game and he just refuses.

  12. GMB3 says:

    BONE207: It’s all about the goaltending. If those first shots don’t go in, they might have played in the playoffs last year. Early tending seems to be the the key. Better line usage helps also

    Koski is the difference

  13. treevojo says:

    Koski is pretty good.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Koskinen is having another fantastic evening.

  15. npanciroli says:

    Oilers making it interesting.

  16. Gerta Rauss says:

    more larceny by Koskinen

    empty netter would be nice here…

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    A little showmanship on that save by Koskinen.

  18. Munny says:

    Sierra: I agree, but he’s a major whiner.

    Yup. He’s young though.

  19. Richard S.S. says:

    Playing the Pacific Division, 7 Teams, 4 Games each, gives the Oilers a chance for 56 possible points. That’s why a G.M. builds the Teams they do, beat up on your division, survive the rest and play in the Post season.

  20. Bling says:

    Holy Koskinen

  21. OmJo says:

    That glove by Koskinen has been flashed all damn night!!

  22. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    giddy:
    Rantanen is ridiculous. Good lord. That kid is no pretender.

    Kinda wonder what his asking price will be this summer. I’m guessing he will get $10M along with his (seems inevitable) Art Ross trophy. Oilers winning 6-3 and Rantanen still gets more points than McDavid…

  23. GMB3 says:

    This is ugly

  24. Gerta Rauss says:

    well that 4 goal lead may come in handy

  25. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    This is not how to finish this game.

  26. Melvis says:

    Yep. Play rope a dope for the last ten minutes.

  27. Ice Sage says:

    GMB3:
    This is ugly

    It’s been coming… hopefully not enough tarmac left

  28. Lowetide says:

    Clay:
    Ok Lowetide and group – I may be late to the party on this, but I’ve noticed this year that whenever the opposition enters the Oilers’ zone onside, there’s a “ping” that sounds like a puck hitting the post, or like a pipe-on-pipe noise.I haven’t noticed it before this year, and I thought it was only for home games, but it’s happening tonight as well.

    What the hell is this?

    Also – I watch the games on GameCentre wearing headphones, so it may not be as audible without headphones.But it is a thing, because I have some friends who have confirmed they hear it too…

    Koskinen readies himself for the oncoming sortie by hammering the goal posts.

  29. Sierra says:

    Oilers doing their best to lose this one.

  30. OmJo says:

    Too late. Lol.

  31. GMB3 says:

    By the way.. how was that a penalty on Benning

  32. OmJo says:

    That call on Benning was bullshit. Have the Avs a full 2 minutes of 6v4.

  33. Munny says:

    Whew. Turned a Rembrandt into a Pollock.

  34. npanciroli says:

    Couldn’t care less about the Art Ross. Oiler wins and playoffs!

  35. Gerta Rauss says:

    well the goal differential took few lumps late but it’s another 2 points in the bank

    on to WPG

  36. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Hitch ain’t gonna like that finish

  37. Sierra says:

    Whew.

    Another win!

  38. Ice Sage says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Hitch ain’t gonna like that finish

    No. Old chasing and puck-watching habits snuck back in.

  39. OmJo says:

    Ken Wincock.

  40. BONE207 says:

    Woohoo…that’s why you score 6

  41. treevojo says:

    That third period was perfect for ol hitch.

    Give him a reason to rip into the boys behind closed doors to keep them on their toes.

  42. Fuhr and Lowething. says:

    Munny:
    Whew. Turned a Rembrandt into a Pollock.

    Haha, gold.

  43. Halfwise says:

    Depleted D corps cost a couple of GA at the end there, but full marks for the W. Fun to watch winning hockey for a change.

  44. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oilers win!
    But that MacKinnon – Rantanen line can go fuck off…
    Rantanen got 4 points tonight to McDavids 2.

  45. Jethro Tull says:

    Ice Sage: No.Old chasing and puck-watching habits snuck back in.

    Really? Not playing against the best line in hockey at the moment, then?

  46. Jaxon says:

    Holy crap, Nurse played 30:44 in a game that didn’t go to OT. That’s crazy.

  47. Dr. Taboggan says:

    I missed most of the game so I have a couple questions:

    1) Where was Klef?
    2) Did Lucic play with Nuge all night? What line did JJ play on?

  48. theDjdj says:

    Clay:
    Ok Lowetide and group – I may be late to the party on this, but I’ve noticed this year that whenever the opposition enters the Oilers’ zone onside, there’s a “ping” that sounds like a puck hitting the post, or like a pipe-on-pipe noise.I haven’t noticed it before this year, and I thought it was only for home games, but it’s happening tonight as well.

    What the hell is this?

    Also – I watch the games on GameCentre wearing headphones, so it may not be as audible without headphones.But it is a thing, because I have some friends who have confirmed they hear it too…

    It’s Mikko’s thing. He hits the pipes with his stick when the opposition cross centre ice with the puck. Goalie voodoo.

  49. frjohnk says:

    Ava hit the post with just a few seconds left. Could have ended up 6-5.

    The way things were going I was happy game is only 60 minutes.

    McDavid hit the post twice.

    Game of inches.

  50. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Playoff spot baby!!!

  51. Bag of Pucks says:

    Tonight’s win brought to you by MK Ultra.

  52. OmJo says:

    The Oilers official Twitter account just encouraged partying and drinking following the game tonight and somewhere Andrew Ference is shaking his head in disappointment.

  53. BONE207 says:

    treevojo:
    That third period was perfect for ol hitch.

    Give him a reason to rip into the boys behind closed doors to keep them on their toes.

    Hey!!! Didn’t you go to bed after the first?

  54. OmJo says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Tonight’s win brought to you by MK Ultra.

    🤪🤪🤪

  55. GMB3 says:

    That avalanche first line has to be the best line in the NHL, they are unreal

  56. theDjdj says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Oilers win!
    But that MacKinnon – Rantanen line can go fuck off…
    Rantanen got 4 points tonight to McDavids 2.

    McDavid is like a wolf to all these pretender horses. You can bolt as quick as you like but McDavid will continue chasing, never quite surrending. Then you falter and he strikes.

    McDavid could have had 4 but hit the pipes twice.

  57. frjohnk says:

    Jaxon:
    Holy crap, Nurse played 30:44 in a game that didn’t go to OT. That’s crazy.

    Injuries to Klefbom and Russell knocked those two out for parts of the game. And Benning was in the box for 7 minutes.

    Sure hope Klefbom is not out for much time. Our best horse on the backend.

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    npanciroli:
    Couldn’t care less about the Art Ross. Oiler wins and playoffs!

    100%

    I’ll take a laugher of a win and, yes, it was a laugher of a win after they exploded in the 2nd.

    It was a battle early and Koskinen was huge but I have zero concern about the couple of late goal – score effects in the 3rd period.

  59. Clay says:

    Lowetide: Koskinen readies himself for the oncoming sortie by hammering the goal posts.

    Thank you kind sir – I’m not crazy, thank the gords.

    Also – Hitch won’t be happy with that ending. But for Koskinen, that could’ve been going to OT.

    Is it just me, or do the Oilers play like an empty net goal is -1?

  60. Jethro Tull says:

    Nuge’s helmet!

  61. Jaxon says:

    I feel for Khaira. 5 pts in last 5 games and he gets put back on 4th line?!? And then he gets another point from there to make it 6pts in 6.

  62. danny says:

    If the playoffs started tomorrow, Edmonton would play Calgary in Round 1

  63. giddy says:

    End reality is Vin Diesel wasn’t lying when he talked about inch or a mile. That’s another in the W column. 8-2-1 under Hitch. I have no idea when the wheels begin to fall off but it’s sure enjoyable for the time.

  64. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Oil one game out of 2nd in Pacific with game in hand…

    – And almost even in the GF/GA: which is condition sine qua non for playoffs

  65. Jethro Tull says:

    Hitch won’t be too mad about the Avs coming on strong. He will be mad about being down ypur best D and one of the D keep taking penalties.

  66. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Clay: Thank you kind sir – I’m not crazy, thank the gords.

    Also – Hitch won’t be happy with that ending.But for Koskinen, that could’ve been going to OT.

    Is it just me, or do the Oilers play like an empty net goal is -1?

    The stats would probably show otherwise but I feel like the oilers never try to score on empty nets…

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    So, if Klef is out, do we go with:

    Nurse/Larsson
    Russell/Benning
    Gravel/Wideman

  68. Rebillled says:

    42 saves vs the most points line team.

    First period Koski first star.

  69. CrazyCoach says:

    Ice Sage: “No fair I was the best number 29 ’til you come along with all that Teutonic swagger”

    That and his autographed picture of Lili Von Shtupp

  70. Jethro Tull says:

    Jaxon:
    I feel for Khaira. 5 pts in last 5 games and he gets put back on 4th line?!? And then he gets another point from there to make it 6pts in 6.

    I think he was put there to maybe see if we could run 4 lines due to two D being out?

  71. Munny says:

    Well we Climbed Ev’ry Mountain
    and The Hills are Alive with the Sound of McDavid
    now that’s Something Good!
    So play me some Mountain Music coz
    the Oilers are Rocky Mountain High
    and these are a few of My Favorite Things.

    Heh. So long…

  72. Jaxon says:

    frjohnk: Injuries to Klefbom and Russell knocked those two out for parts of the game. And Benning was in the box for 7 minutes.

    I know why, it’s just a lot of minutes for one player. I think it was showing in the end as they were looking a bit tired. I think I also saw Nurse swearing at the end of a shift about how tired he was (the shift where he fell down reaching for the puck).

  73. OmJo says:

    If Klefbom is out next game, I wouldn’t mind seeing Nurse-Larsson reunited.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    I missed most of the game so I have a couple questions:

    1) Where was Klef?
    2) Did Lucic play with Nuge all night? What line did JJ play on?

    1) Blocked a shot with his hand/fingers, went down the tunnel for half a period, came back, played one shift, didn’t return

    2) Khaira and Lucic were switched early

    Lucic made a massive play on Nuge’s first goal.

  75. Oz says:

    frjohnk,

    frjohnk:
    Ava hit the post with just a few seconds left. Could have ended up 6-5.

    The way things were going I was happy game is only 60 minutes.

    McDavid hit the post twice.

    Game of inches.

    I For sure , but our goalie was playing metri😎

  76. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    So, if Klef is out, do we go with:

    Nurse/Larsson
    Russell/Benning
    Gravel/Wideman

    That would be my guess unless Bear comes up and plays instead of Wideman, but I really doubt that. Don’t think Bear is ready yet as he’s not quite back to dominating in the AHL after returning from injury. You would know better than me about how ready Bear is. He may get called up though, even if he doesn’t see action.

  77. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jaxon:
    I feel for Khaira. 5 pts in last 5 games and he gets put back on 4th line?!? And then he gets another point from there to make it 6pts in 6.

    By ice time, it is definitely not the fourth line – definitely the 3rd line.

  78. Jaxon says:

    Could have been 6 players deserving of stars tonight: Nuge, Draisaitl, McDavid, Koskinen, Nurse, Larsson.

  79. Oz says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    So, if Klef is out, do we go with:

    Nurse/Larsson
    Russell/Benning
    Gravel/Wideman

    I might change that around OP to
    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Benning
    Russell/Wideman

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    giddy:
    End reality is Vin Diesel wasn’t lying when he talked about inch or a mile. That’s another in the W column. 8-2-1 under Hitch. I have no idea when the wheels begin to fall off but it’s sure enjoyable for the time.

    when or if?

  81. Dr. Taboggan says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Thanks!

    Hope the injury to Klef is not serious. That would be verrrryyyy bad.

  82. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: By ice time, it is definitely not the fourth line – definitely the 3rd line.

    For sure, and by a long shot (3-4 times the ice time). I should have called it 3rd. It just feels like the 4th as it is not really built to score although it has been quite successful as of late.

  83. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Jaxon,

    Maybe it was an attempt to get Brodziak, Kassian, and Lucic going offensively.

  84. Jethro Tull says:

    Klef likely out weeks not days as per Hitch.

  85. texmex says:

    Klefbom our weeks. Broken hand I suspect

  86. Todd Macallan says:

    Klef going back to Edm, out weeks not days, as per Hitch.

    Damn

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jethro Tull: I think he was put there to maybe see if we could run 4 lines due to two D being out?

    The switch was made less than 10 minutes in to the game before either Russell or Klefbom left the game.

  88. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Jethro Tull,

    Barf.

    Curious who the call-up will be.

  89. OriginalPouzar says:

    OmJo:
    If Klefbom is out next game, I wouldn’t mind seeing Nurse-Larsson reunited.

    He’s out for a while and I”m sure that’s what we’ll see. I think its obvious:

    Nurse/Larsson
    Russell/Benning
    Gravel/Wideman

  90. Jaxon says:

    I didn’t think the Oilers played 4-on-4 very well. It seemed like they were treating it like a 4-on-5 situation. There was no aggressiveness, no forecheck. They were all D on a level playing field. Some of that could have been score effects, too, but I think I’ve seen it in other games as well.

  91. Jethro Tull says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Jethro Tull,

    Barf.

    Curious who the call-up will be.

    Nikitin or Belov.

  92. Ice Sage says:

    This has been fun.
    Winnipeg’s a beast too far, methinks. But a good measuring stick.

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jaxon: That would be my guess unless Bear comes up and plays instead of Wideman, but I really doubt that. Don’t think Bear is ready yet as he’s not quite back to dominating in the AHL after returning from injury. You would know better than me about how ready Bear is. He may get called up though, even if he doesn’t see action.

    On merit of play this year, Bear would be the third call-up after Jones and Lagesson – Jones has played the right side pretty much all year.

  94. Munny says:

    Time to duct tape Sekera’s Achilles.

  95. CrazyCoach says:

    OriginalPouzar: On merit of play this year, Bear would be the third call-up after Jones and Lagesson – Jones has played the right side pretty much all year.

    I would like to see Lagesson get a call or even Jones.

  96. Gerta Rauss says:

    oh that injury to Klef really sucks

    has to be a broken bone(s)

    shit

  97. Jaxon says:

    Oz: I might change that around OP to
    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Benning
    Russell/Wideman

    I really like Gravel’s game and his play tonight (cool as a cucumber), but I doubt we see him higher in the order than Russell. I wouldn’t mind seeing it, though.

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Jethro Tull,

    Barf.

    Curious who the call-up will be.

    Probably noone – we have Wideman and Garrison as extras – been carrying 8D.

  99. Bag of Pucks says:

    Jethro Tull: Nikitin or Belov.

    Ference suddenly wishing he didn’t burn that bridge.

  100. Jethro Tull says:

    Munny:
    Time to duct tape Sekera’s Achilles.

    It’s easy. We transplant Klef’s hand for Sekera’s and Sekera’s leg for Klef’s. Hey presto, two fit players.

  101. Oz says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    OP going back to my earlier post that replied to your lineup so my preference is
    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Benning
    Russell/Wideman
    Second line has been working together well and Russell on his preferred side may shelter Wideman enough. Wideman I consider a better option to Garrison

  102. Jethro Tull says:

    Bag of Pucks: Ference suddenly wishing he didn’t burn that bridge.

    Probably tell Connor to get a haircut.

  103. npanciroli says:

    I think I run,
    Nurse Larsson
    Gravel Benning
    Russell Wideman

  104. Jaxon says:

    OriginalPouzar: On merit of play this year, Bear would be the third call-up after Jones and Lagesson – Jones has played the right side pretty much all year.

    You knew what I was going to bring up. Lefty-Righty. I get that Jones is playing right side, but is he better on the right than left? Even if he’s playing right in the AHL, is it wise to put him on the right side in his first NHL game? OR are you suggesting that they’d go

    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Russell
    Jones/Benning
    VS
    Nurse/Larsson
    Russell/Benning
    Gravel/Bear

    Of course, as mentioned earlier, we both doubt it will be either of these. I think I’d rather have Russell on the left and Bear. But then again, I haven’t witnessed the gap between Jones and Bear this season.

  105. digger50 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Probably noone – we have Wideman and Garrison as extras – been carrying 8D.

    Yeah, I doubt they see ice time, but the call up might be more of a $$ reward to whoever has been playing well.

    Then again, if Oscar has seriously broken a lnuckle or needs pins then the call up
    Might get a look just cause.

    First up though, I think Hitch is going to want to have a look at Wideman, see what he can do.

  106. Bos8 says:

    CrazyCoach: I would like to see Lagesson get a call or even Jones.

    Actually, Logan Day has been coming on very strong. I would go either Lagesson or Day before the others. Probably Lagesson due to quiet feet and size.

  107. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    I’d consider

    Nurse Larsson
    Gravel Russell
    Garrison Benning

    Klef and Sekera both out is a big damn deal. But at least we are going into an easier part of the schedule for the next month with lots of home games.

  108. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ice Sage:
    This has been fun.
    Winnipeg’s a beast too far, methinks.But a good measuring stick.

    They do have four whole more points than the Oilers this year and a home loss to the McLellan coached Oilers……

  109. digger50 says:

    Jethro Tull: It’s easy. We transplant Klef’s hand for Sekera’s and Sekera’s leg for Klef’s. Hey presto, two fit players.

    And then Yakapov’s brain.

    I don’t even know what that makes.

  110. who says:

    Man. Everyone seems almost giddy with the win. I think Hitch will see a lot of coaching opportunities when he looks at the game tape.
    Koskinen won the game for them. Pure and simple. The Oilers were not good, for large parts of that game.
    Great cross ice pass by Drai. The poster was right, very few NHLers make that play. Other than that, he was shit tonight. And I’m a huge Drai supporter. I was glad they traded Hall instead of him. But his decision making with the puck was brutal. Way too many neutral zone, and just inside each blue line, turnovers. And he keeps forcing pucks to McDavid when he should be shooting.
    The team is riding some good luck right now (if Peluso was goalie interference how was Drai not?), and a hot goalie. Hope I’m wrong but I see a few losses coming quickly if they don’t pick it up.

    Rantanen is a beast. If he’s like this every night he’s a 10 million dollar player, easy. In fact if someone offered me McKinnon and Rantanen for McDavid and Draisaitl…….. I dunno. I’d be tempted.

  111. Professor Q says:

    So wait. Did Klefbom get into a fight or did he pull a Nuge and use his hand as his puck-ball glove?

    I missed whatever happened…

  112. Oz says:

    npanciroli,

    We agree, so are you the coach and I am the assistant?
    Take into account I posted first 😎

  113. CrazyCoach says:

    Bos8: Actually, Logan Day has been coming on very strong. I would go either Lagesson or Day before the others. Probably Lagesson due to quiet feet and size.

    Almost forgot about Day. He’d be good to.

    Isn’t it nice to have options to call up from the farm?

  114. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Jaxon: I really like Gravel’s game and his play tonight (cool as a cucumber), but I doubt we see him higher in the order than Russell. I wouldn’t mind seeing it, though.

    He’s more mobile than reported as well, like Zykov. Good news.

  115. Lowetide says:

    Day is on an AHL contract. They’d have to sign him, meaning an addition to the 50 contracts. I’d be in favor of it. I have no preference for recall, for once the team has several reasonable options.

  116. Clay says:

    Professor Q:
    So wait. Did Klefbom get into a fight or did he pull a Nuge and use his hand as his puck-ball glove?

    I missed whatever happened…

    Took a shot off the hand – not a block attempt, just shithouse luck.

  117. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bos8: Actually, Logan Day has been coming on very strong.I would go either Lagesson or Day before the others.Probably Lagesson due to quiet feet and size.

    Day isn’t signed to an NHL deal – its an AHL only deal.

    He is also awful without the puck, just awful. Sorry but he can’t be anywhere near an NHL lineup (even if he had an actual NHL contract).

    Jones’ skating may get him the call but I would be just fine with Lagesson as well.

    Both Garrison and Wideman shoot right so calling up a leftie may be OK.

  118. Professor Q says:

    McDavid’s seam pass to Nuge for the one goal was also a thing of beauty. Through many legs and just in time, right to the perfect target.

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50: Yeah, I doubt they see ice time, but the call up might be more of a $$ reward to whoever has been playing well.

    There are also cap implications – when a player is on IR they count against the cap so we essentially have 25 “roster players” with Caggiula and Rieder counting and we are well in to the LTIR cushion.

    I guess going $2M in to the cushion as opposed to $1.2M doesn’t really make a difference, its not like we are accumulating any cap space to bank in the first instance.

  120. Sierra says:

    Losing Klef for any length of time is going to be tough for the Oilers. Guess we will see what the real Nurse is now.

    Will Klef’s injury force Chia’s hand in making a trade?

  121. Jaxon says:

    Now would be a good time to make a trade for Justin Holl. It’s brutal that he’s only played 1 game this year.

    Nurse/Larsson
    Russell/Benning
    Gravel/Holl

  122. Gerta Rauss says:

    Oz:
    I might change that around OP to
    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Benning
    Russell/Wideman

    I think I’d go with that as well

    Gravel/Benning have played well the last few games and I’d keep them together

    And you could argue Russell > Gravel and you wouldn’t be wrong, but I’d place Benning above Wideman at the moment

  123. giddy says:

    OriginalPouzar: when or if?

    Well, Hitch’s post game comments abour Klef being out for weeks were equivalent to a few metaphorical lugnuts coming off.

    I think we’re really going to see some grind it out Hitchcock hockey now. Whoever said “d corpse” whether ironically or not the other day gave the Oilers d the perfect moniker moving forward without the top 2 dmen on the team.

  124. Professor Q says:

    Also, I was watching the game in parts and backwards.

    Interesting for the commentators to bring up MacKinnon and Landeskog’s seasons this year in contrast with Sakic’s 20-in-30 year, 1995-96, the first Cup year.

    And then proceed to talk about the Forsberg game (was it in the 1996 playoffs against Florida, or just a random game?) where they were down 5-1 and Peter went off to get them to a 7-5 comeback victory. I was almost worried they had jinxed us!

  125. Bos8 says:

    CrazyCoach: Almost forgot about Day.He’d be good to.

    Isn’t it nice to have options to call up from the farm?

    Yay, for well run hockey clubs. Thinking on it, I would vote for Lagesson. Reassure the Swedish connection for next year.

  126. npanciroli says:

    Oz,

    Happy to assist! Great minds.

  127. digger50 says:

    OriginalPouzar: There are also cap implications – when a player is on IR they count against the cap so we essentially have 25 “roster players” with Caggiula and Rieder counting and we are well in to the LTIR cushion.

    I guess going $2M in to the cushion as opposed to $1.2M doesn’t really make a difference, its not like we are accumulating any cap space to bank in the first instance.

    Have you ever done a calculation to figure out what a call up is worth to the average AHL player? Comes up, sits in the box, gets his NHL wages. Is it per game or per day?

  128. Gerta Rauss says:

    digger50: Have you ever done a calculation to figure out what a call up is worth to the average AHL player? Comes up, sits in the box, gets his NHL wages. Is it per game or per day?

    the players get paid every 2 weeks just like the majority of working folks

    it was reported that Bouchard pocketed about $150k for his month (approx) with the Oilers this year

  129. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    If i was writing the post title tomorrow, I’d go with a Hitchcock movie. Maybe North by Northwest or Lifeboat. I’m sure Hitch is feeling like a Lifeboat to Chiarelli.

    Maybe “The Trouble with Chiarelli”

  130. Side says:

    It’s not often you hear a former captain shred the work ethic and dedication of the team he had led, which is why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the only remaining regular from the 2013-14 team, thought it was a rather bizarre outburst.

    “I don’t have too much to say about it,” he said after Tuesday’s morning skate in Denver. “But I’m a little surprised that he would come out now and say these things. It’s strange. I always got along with him, too.”

    Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t remember the Oilers treating the hockey season like Mardi Gras at all. Yes, like every team in professional sports, they hit the town from time to time, and without a lot of veterans or leadership in the dressing room they had to learn from experience where the line was drawn, but he says the atmosphere Ference describes is a major exaggeration.

    “To say that guys were going out all the time and were showing up hung over, I don’t remember guys doing that at all,” said Nugent-Hopkins, who has evolved into the best two-way player on the team.

    He really rolled his eyes at the notion players were routinely mocked for working hard in practice.

    “I don’t know about that. Guys had every intention of working hard and getting better. Guys tried.”

    https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/ference-exaggerating-claims-of-hard-partying-edmonton-oilers-team-that-didnt-care-says-ryan-nugent-hopkins/amp

    NUUUUGE

  131. Reja says:

    frjohnk: Injuries to Klefbom and Russell knocked those two out for parts of the game. And Benning was in the box for 7 minutes.

    Sure hope Klefbom is not out for much time. Our best horse on the backend.

    No Larsson is by three furlongs.

  132. GMB3 says:

    If the Oilers are in a playoff position at the deadline, is there a universe in which a Jeff Carter trade makes sense for Edmonton? Especially if LA can take back some cap dollars the other way?

    Edit: nevermind. I thought his contract ended after next season.

  133. GMB3 says:

    digger50: Have you ever done a calculation to figure out what a call up is worth to the average AHL player? Comes up, sits in the box, gets his NHL wages. Is it per game or per day?

    I believe OP has stated that their cap hit is accrued daily so I imagine they earn a portion of their salary each day and are they paid biweekly

  134. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Professor Q,

    I am pretty sure it was a regular season game, regardless it was amazing. The Sakic/Forsberg Avs were my favourite.

  135. Dr. Taboggan says:

    GMB3,

    Maybe a trade around Lucic and Carter?

  136. Soup Fascist says:

    Not to go all Columbo – but near the end of Benning’s interview Klefbom quickly walked through the shot in the background with a tensor bandage wrapped around his left hand.

    Not diagnosing anything (although I know that LT loves amateur doctors to weigh in) but from what I can see, looks to be more of a hand / wrist area injury than a finger.

    No bueno.

  137. OriginalPouzar says:

    Time to start Talbot in Winnipeg tomorrow for sure. Koskinen was great last night – without him being great early it’s a different game. With that said, 40 plus shots and he did seem to be getting fatigued. Stayed down after the whistle a number of times. Rest him up for the home game this weekend. Talbot on Thursday – no brainer.

  138. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50: Have you ever done a calculation to figure out what a call up is worth to the average AHL player? Comes up, sits in the box, gets his NHL wages. Is it per game or per day?

    Its per day, I’m quite certain.

  139. russ99 says:

    From Oilers Twitter:

    Coach Hitchcock says #Oilers d-man Oscar Klefbom will be out “weeks not days” with a hand injury & will head back to Edmonton immediately for further evaluation.

    Is Jones ready for an NHL look yet?
    I’d be inclined to move Nurse up and keep Gravel and Benning togeher.

  140. russ99 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    This happens when you’re playing with 4 defensemen most of the night,

  141. frjohnk says:

    Damn, he is out “weeks” not days.

    8th in ice time in the league per game.

    That is a lot of minutes that have to be eaten up by the rest of the D.

  142. frjohnk says:

    Just noticed JP is playing 11:39 under Hitch.
    He played 11:59 under TMac.

    Definitely a work in progress.

  143. jp says:

    Doesn’t the Klefbom injury basically assure a Nuge-Krug trade? :p

  144. godot10 says:

    frjohnk:
    Just noticed JP is playing 11:39 under Hitch.
    He played 11:59 under TMac.

    Definitely a work in progress.

    I don’t think you are counting games in the pressbox. Or considering consistency of linemates.

    Krueger played Yakupov less than Eakins. Yet we all know which coach Yakupov would choose if he had a choice.

  145. OriginalPouzar says:

    russ99:
    From Oilers Twitter:

    Coach Hitchcock says #Oilers d-man Oscar Klefbom will be out “weeks not days” with a hand injury & will head back to Edmonton immediately for further evaluation.

    Is Jones ready for an NHL look yet?
    I’d be inclined to move Nurse up and keep Gravel and Benning togeher.

    Jones or Lagesson would be the call-up that makes sense but they likely don’t make any call-up at this point given they have Wideman and Garrison still.

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