Game 33 2018-19: Flyers at Oilers

An entertaining game on the prairies last night saw the Edmonton Oilers fill the net in the second period and then hold until overtime against the Winnipeg Jets. The home side won in extra time (seconds after Connor McDavid drilled a post) and the Oilers headed home for a game tonight against the reeling Philadelphia Flyers. That single point earned last night in Manitoba is important and could be vital by the time this season’s done. 

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi as an offensive player and what that tells us about his future with the Oilers. 
  • Tyler Dellow: A look at which first lines are producing (and which ones aren’t) (Oilers content inside)
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Connor McDavid became the world’s fastest skater. 
  • Lowetide: Contemplating Oilers roster changes as injured players prepare to return. 
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers are bending, but not breaking, in one-goal games under Ken Hitchcock. 
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 6 Prospect winter 2018: Cooper Marody
  • 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 33 

  • Oilers in 201514-17-2, 30 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in 2016: 16-12-5, 37 points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in 2017: 14-17-2, 30 points; goal differential -9
  • Oilers in 2018: 17-12-3, 37 points; goal differential +1

Hitchcock’s Oilers are 8-2-2 now, 18 points out of a possible 24 points. Music! Don’t worry about teams in front of Edmonton, if they don’t come back to the pack then the script is already written. Edmonton’s current trajectory over 82 games: 44-31-7, 95 points. 

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 6-2-0, 12 points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in December 2016: 3-2-3, nine points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in December 2017: 5-3-0, 10 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in December 2018: 5-1-1, 11 points; goal differential +6

Oilers burned a lot of daylight in November, important to take full advantage of what has been a fabulous first half of December. Previous McDavid teams have stumbled and injuries have hit the defense. This weekend is going to be a big damned deal. 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM 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 1-0-1)
  • 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: 5-1-1, 11 points in seven games

I have both weekend games as wins, of course this was long before the injuries to Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell. Philadelphia has been rotten to the core but tonight’s game might be a ‘save the coach’ moment for the Flyers. On the other hand, their goalies are not in Edmonton. 

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Nurse-Larsson went 8-19 in 22:13, going 4-10 shots, 0-1 goals and 0-5 HDSC. Nurse had vapor lock on the Perreault goal, and was late reacting on the winner. Tying goal was a bit of bad luck (puck came off the back of the net in a timely fashion for Winnipeg) but Nurse didn’t get there in time to stop the pass out front. Larsson played well considering he was defending so much, clearly missed Oscar Klefbom. 
  • Gravel-Benning went 6-21 in 11:52, going 5-13 shots, 0-2 goals and 1-6 HDSC. Ehlers goal went in off Gravel’s skate, no fault just bad luck. I thought Gravel got himself out of position early on the Laine goal and never recovered completely. 
  • Gravel-Wideman went 3-7 in 5:49, 1-3 shots, no goals and 1-2 in HDSC.
  • Garrison-Wideman went 3-3 in 3:54, 2-3 shots, 1-0 goals and no HDSC. That’s some good third pairing work, but both men performed with other defenders. 
  • Garrison-Benning were 6-12 in 3:33, 4-5 shots, 1-0 goals and 1-1 HDSC. 
  • Ehlers-Scheifele-Wheeler went 16-4 in 13:16, 1-0 goals, 8-2 shots and Hawaii 5-0 in HDSC against Nurse-Larsson. That was a hard match against Winnipeg’s top line, although Gravel (WPG line went 6-1 with a goal), Benning (8-6 Winnipeg, 1-1 goals) both played close to five minutes against them 5-on-5. 
  • Cam Talbot stopped 35 of 40, .875. He could be blamed on the winner but in reality was a major reason the team even got to overtime. HDSC were 17-6 Jets. Shiza. 
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Caggiula-Spooner-Rieder went 6-3 in 4:24, 4-2 shots, 1-0 goals and 0-1 HDSC. Spooner was the best player on the line, he scored a goal and had the puck heading in a good direction. Caggiula’s inability to complete a pass (several times!) resulted directly in a goal against. That shift should be infamous (tying goal). Rieder didn’t have a massive impact, to my eye. Trio went 2-4 in 3:31 against Kulikov-Myers (third pair). 
  • Chiasson-McDavid-Draisaitl went 12-21 in 16 minutes, 8-12 shots, 1-1 goals and 2-4 HDSC. Getting the puck up to the forwards was difficult all night, but McDavid had several incredible moments where he did it all himself. Draisaitl’s assist on Spooner’s goal was impressive, McDavid to Chiasson a massive goal that ensured a point. Went 4-15 against Chiarot-Byfuglien in 10:27, 0-1 goals. Also went 8-8 in 8:19 against Morrissey-Trouba (1-0 goals), I thought the Jets handled this line as well as possible.  
  • Khaira-Nuge-Puljujarvi were 6-13 in 8:06, 3-7 shots, 1-1 goals and 2-1 HDSC. The goal involved all three men working hard and smart on the cycle, and a little luck. Khaira intercepted a pass in Edmonton’s own zone and then scored the goal later in the shift. Impressive. Loved Puljujarvi’s work on the line, Nuge as mentor is having an impact on both men. Went 1-7 in 5:06, 2-9 against Kulikov-Myers. 
  • Lucic-Brodziak-Kassian bent but did not break, going 4-15 in 13:15, 3-3 shots, no goals and 0-3 HDSC. Hitchcock is using this line as the No. 2 line currently. Incredible. Line lost possession battle against all comers, but didn’t give up a goal. 3-6 against Kulikov-Myers. 

FORWARDS, 5-ON-5 PER 60

We’ve talked about this before, ideally your top line is over 2.00/60, with the second line pushing for that number but definitely over 1.80 or so. For me, if the third line can push over 1.50 that’s good production and same for anyone on the No. 4 line. Here’s the numbers this morning, Hitchcock is working miracles by night with Jujhar and hopefully Puljujarvi soon. 

  • No. 1 line: Draisaitl (2.72); McDavid (2.70); Chiasson (1.84)
  • No. 2 line: Nuge (1.99); Khaira (1.84); Puljujarvi (0.77)
  • No. 3 line: Brodziak (0.96); Lucic (0.65); Kassian (0.57)
  • No. 4 line: Caggiula (1.53); Spooner (1.02); Rieder (1.46)

MCDAVID ON, MCDAVID OFF

One of Hitchcock’s keys so far has been his impressive ability to get the Oilers at something close to par with McDavid off the ice. The injuries to Klefbom and Russell are going to impact, so we’re likely to see a dip in totals in the coming weeks. Here are the current numbers via NaturalStatTrick:

  • McDavid On through November 19: Corsi 5-on-5 (340-309, 52.39%); Shots 5-on-5 (204-175 53.83%); Goals 5-on-5 (17-12, 58.62%).
  • McDavid On since Hitchcock arrived: Corsi 5-on-5 (219-203, 51.9%); Shots 5-on-5 (112-112 50%); Goals 5-on-5 (10-6, 62.5%).

McDavid played 20 games under McLellan (through November 19) and 11 so far under Hitchcock. The Corsi and shot differential were greater under TMac, goal share larger under Hitchcock. The Corgi’s under Hitch, at least partly in my opinion, can be traced to double shifting and extended play. I think this is a compromise that makes sense for all involved. 

  • Oilers with McDavid off through November 19: Corsi 5-on-5 (551-576, 48.89%); Shots 5-on-5 (296-307, 49.09%); Goals 5-on-5 (16-27, 37.21%).
  • Oilers with McDavid off since Hitchcock arrived: Corsi 5-on-5 (339-371, 47.7%); Shots 5-on-5 (177-175, 50.3%); Goals 5-on-5 (14-12, 53.8%).

Hitchcock’s Corsi Oilers at 5-on-5 have taken a beating lately, owing to the McDavid illness game and the road trip just completed. Still, the shot differential is better (over 50 percent without McDavid is something we’ve discussed for coming on four years) and the goal differential is miles better compared to the McLellan Oilers. 

We are heading for a wobbly period sans Klefbom and Russell, but I wanted to post these numbers after a dozen Hitchcockian games. I don’t know if this can sustain, the roster badly needs another quality blue (come on, Sekera!) but I’m fully onboard with Hitchcock’s tweaks and deployment. 

CALEB JONES

We should see Jones tonight or Sunday in Vancouver, wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Hitchcock dress seven defensemen tonight and double shift 97, 29 and or 93. Caggiula and Wideman could take a seat based on my view of them last night, veteran coaches do like to see players in practice before getting into a game, though. 

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we officially kick off the weekend (and since it’s Christmas, the celebrating followed by taking uber or cab) and it’s going to be grand. TSN1260, scheduled to appear:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Favorite part of Christmas, can Hitchcock get the Oilers into the playoffs?
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Is it time to add on defense, or can Hitchcock find a way to win without Klefbom and Russell?
  • FC Edmonton cast of dozens. The signings continue and your Eddies are beginning to come into view. 

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

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  1. Lowetide says:

    Chiasson scored.

  2. fishman says:

    Bargain bin boy scores!!!!!

  3. russ99 says:

    That helps. Nice goal!

  4. Munny says:

    Chaser breaking personal records

  5. Bulging Twine says:

    Again Garrison? C’mon

  6. Rebillled says:

    Money in the bank.

    Chase Bank.

    Chase what matters.

    Goals.

  7. LMHF#1 says:

    Munny,

    Smart GMs would always publicly deny their core is available.

  8. StixMalone says:

    Munny:
    Chaser breaking personal records

    Chiasson is value plus….

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai is on pace for 40G and 100P – I don’t care who he plays with or what position, he is full value for that contract.

  10. smellyglove says:

    That was not a slash.

  11. Caller Zen says:

    Munny:

    I’d be calling the Canes owner twice daily, lol.

    “We got this sniper named Caggiula,,,,,”

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    Samorukov adds a second assist – a primary assist on the PP.

    Get Merkly out of the way (at Team Canada selection camp) and he’s a stud.

  13. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Samorukov adds a second assist – a primary assist on the PP.

    Get Merkly out of the way (at Team Canada selection camp) and he’s a stud.

    Tretiak I mean Kos is dialed in tonight sign that man the price tag is going up every game.

  14. GMB3 says:

    Did I say take Chiasson off the first line?

    Whoops.

  15. flyfish1168 says:

    NJD score 5 goals without Taylor in the lineup.

  16. Professor Q says:

    Reja: Tretiak I mean Kos is dialed in tonight sign that man the price tag is going up every game.

    Either him or Bobrovsky, I think.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Maksimov with a quiet night for the first time in a while – no points in a 3-2 OT loss to a London team missing quite a few players.

  18. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    1-0 Edmonton
    9-7 Philadelphia shots
    16-7 Philadelphia Corsi for 5-on-5

    Hmm. That was less than ideal.

  19. Reja says:

    GMB3:
    Did I say take Chiasson off the first line?

    Whoops.

    He was close to being out of the league gets a chance with the oil and takes full advantage.If he scores 30 he’s getting a nice contract with someone

  20. GMB3 says:

    Was at the gym, missed the first. How did young Mr. Jones look?

  21. Bulging Twine says:

    No penalty for garrison that shift.

  22. smellyglove says:

    Put Drake into a cannon and shoot him into the sun

  23. Rebillled says:

    Caggs IS the Coventry hi-5.

  24. Professor Q says:

    GMB3:
    Was at the gym, missed the first. How did young Mr. Jones look?

    Wait a minute.

    Maybe all that Nurse needed was…

    Doctor Jones, Jones, Calling Doctor Jones
    Doctor Jones, Doctor Jones, Get up now (Wake up now)

  25. fishman says:

    Good kill!

  26. GMB3 says:

    Looked like an Oilers pp. slow, deliberate puck movement. Nothing really going on.

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    GMB3:
    Was at the gym, missed the first. How did young Mr. Jones look?

    24 hours in a day and you head to the gym during the game?

    I see posts about people running errands during the game as well.

    I just don’t get it – Yes, I know people are busy and there are families and kids but I create my schedule with the Oilers game in mind.

    I hit the gym at 2:45am to ensure I have time to do everything I need and want to do.

    I don’t miss the gym and I don’t miss Oiler games.

    That type of scheduling doesn’t make sense to me but its probably my obsession and compulsion issues as opposed to living a healthy life

  28. flyfish1168 says:

    We will not score on the PP again

  29. GMB3 says:

    Nvm our PP looks worse..

  30. StixMalone says:

    Our powerplay sucks tonight big time….

  31. Pretendergast says:

    boo urns

  32. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Dismal looking PP…. and ES…

    PK looks fine, knock on wood

  33. Sierra says:

    Lordy that PP was awful

  34. docweb says:

    That second unit is soooo bad!

  35. Lowetide says:

    That Nuge line is coming along. It isn’t going to be overnight, but they’re coming on.

  36. Pretendergast says:

    Yessa it’ll come, he really did need a second opinion by the looks of it. Confidence, build him up, responsible centre, give it time and those chances will start poppin.

  37. Dicky94 says:

    Gudas definitely a lot more disciplined than he used to be.

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Connor 100% did that on purpose.

  39. StixMalone says:

    How?..

  40. Pretendergast says:

    INTENTIONALLY off the tender, man he’s unreal

  41. Gerta Rauss says:

    lol

  42. GMB3 says:

    OriginalPouzar: 24 hours in a day and you head to the gym during the game?

    I see posts about people running errands during the game as well.

    I just don’t get it – Yes, I know people are busy and there are families and kids but I create my schedule with the Oilers game in mind.

    I hit the gym at 2:45am to ensure I have time to do everything I need and want to do.

    I don’t miss the gym and I don’t miss Oiler games.

    That type of scheduling doesn’t make sense to me but its probably my obsession and compulsion issues as opposed to living a healthy life

    Yeah but I have a date tonight so I needed to plan it out so I’d still be a little swole for when I meet up with her.

  43. ArmchairGM says:

    Wow! From behind the goal line!

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Check that, Leon is on pace for 40G and 102P (subject to any more points this game).

  45. Bulging Twine says:

    rieder with Brodziak and Kassian two shifts in a row

  46. Halfwise says:

    Dicky94:
    Gudas definitely a lot more disciplined than he used to be.

    The chances of getting Philly to agree to Gudas for Caggiula dropped in the past hour or so.

  47. Lowetide says:

    Larsson scored.

  48. Pretendergast says:

    AHL tendy

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice give and go.

  50. Professor Q says:

    That’s all on Stolarz for trying to trip Draisaitl, causing him to not reset back in time.

  51. Bulging Twine says:

    give and goal

  52. ArmchairGM says:

    Larsson!

  53. GMB3 says:

    Also I was sleeping at 2:45AM.

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    Spooner has points in 3 of his last 4 games I think – he’s starting to settle in and show that he’s a talented player.

    Larssson is on pace for 25 points – all at evens.

    Nurse had 26 even strength points last year and it was in the mid-30s in the NHL.

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    GMB3: Yeah but I have a date tonight so I needed to plan it out so I’d still be a little swole for when I meet up with her.

    OK – fair enough.

  56. Glovjuice says:

    GMB3: Yeah but I have a date tonight so I needed to plan it out so I’d still be a little swole for when I meet up with her.

    Half snap’n it eh ? Girls luv that.

  57. Rebillled says:

    The Polisher scores.

    Why is he called that?

  58. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Hitchcock, brussel sprouts
    Growing up left me bitter
    Now candy of veg

  59. silasbengtsson says:

    I’ve bandied this idea about before, but are we SURE we don’t want to try Larsson on the PP? He’s probably our best give-n-go Dman, he activates well, he doesn’t hesitate to take a quality shot (despite his weak shot) and he’s a R shot. Might be worth a shot with Klefbom out for a bit.

  60. Munny says:

    what exactly has to happen for us to get a call in this game?

  61. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Even the Philly(!) broadcast crew was surprised there was no call on that interference on CMD.

  62. OriginalPouzar says:

    Here is hoping we can keep this 3 goal lead and maybe it can let the coaching staff roll 3 D-pairings for the third period (and even roll four lines as well). Give some higher minutes guys a bit of a break.

  63. Pescador says:

    Lucic Spooner Caggulia
    When Todd blended it tasted funny,
    When Hitch blends it’s just delicious
    Better bartender I guess

  64. Rebillled says:

    Holy Colin Campbells emails ghost that non-call was brutal.

  65. Pescador says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    Hitchcock, brussel sprouts
    Growing up left me bitter
    Now candy of veg

    Exactly

  66. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Pescador,

    Hitch could serve Jesus a Bloody Mary made of the blood of the Virgin Mary and it would sate His thirst, eternally.

  67. Professor Q says:

    Rebillled:
    Holy Colin Campbells emails ghost that non-call was brutal.

    I’m surprised that Edmonton didn’t get called for tripping when the one Flyer tripped his teammate.

  68. CrazyCoach says:

    OriginalPouzar: 24 hours in a day and you head to the gym during the game?

    I see posts about people running errands during the game as well.

    I just don’t get it – Yes, I know people are busy and there are families and kids but I create my schedule with the Oilers game in mind.

    I hit the gym at 2:45am to ensure I have time to do everything I need and want to do.

    I don’t miss the gym and I don’t miss Oiler games.

    That type of scheduling doesn’t make sense to me but its probably my obsession and compulsion issues as opposed to living a healthy life

    Not all of us can be Tier one fans. ha ha ha

  69. Pescador says:

    GMB3: Yeah but I have a date tonight so I needed to plan it out so I’d still be a little swole for when I meet up with her.

    Glovjuice: Half snap’n it eh ? Girls luv that.

    Some people call it a half chubb or a 1/2 ton,
    But hey, whatever it takes to impress

  70. Side says:

    I have to say.. I’m enjoying Doug MacLean’s chirps at the Hurricanes owner yesterday and today in the studio.

  71. Bulging Twine says:

    Oilers aggressive on PK

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    2-1 Condors after 1.

    Esposito from Day.

    Marody from Stanton and Day.

    Both at evens.

    I haven’t been watching (I find when I try and watch both games I end up just missing so much of both) but I’m guessing Day is getting more responsibility at evens with Jones not there.

    He’s got some serious offensive skill – I don’t think the rest of his game will ever get close to NHL ready but I do feel he’ll earn himself a real NHL contract i the spring.

  73. GMB3 says:

    Pescador:
    Some people call it a half chubb or a 1/2 ton,
    But hey, whatever it takes to impress

    Calling it a 1/2 tonne would really be overselling myself.

  74. Reja says:

    Nice to see Larsson score great pass by spooner and a beautiful screen by Caggs.

  75. who says:

    silasbengtsson:
    I’ve bandied this idea about before, but are we SURE we don’t want to try Larsson on the PP? He’s probably our best give-n-go Dman, he activates well, he doesn’t hesitate to take a quality shot (despite his weak shot) and he’s a R shot. Might be worth a shot with Klefbom out for a bit.

    I think he’s probably capable there.
    But really, right now, the Oilers need to be using Benning and/or Garrison on the PP. I think they are probably just as effective as Larsson or Nurse and it would probably cut the first pairings minutes a bit.

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reduce the minutes – lets roll 3 d-pairs and 4 lines to start the period.

  77. hags9k says:

    HATE to agree with John Shannon but yes, Kevin “Gravy” Gravel continues to impress.

  78. Professor Q says:

    Side,

    I seem to have missed a lot.

    I thought he was a revitalizing saviour who Carolina and the league loved?

    Have media personnel soured on him as of late?

  79. Scungilli Slushy says:

    silasbengtsson:
    I’ve bandied this idea about before, but are we SURE we don’t want to try Larsson on the PP? He’s probably our best give-n-go Dman, he activates well, he doesn’t hesitate to take a quality shot (despite his weak shot) and he’s a R shot. Might be worth a shot with Klefbom out for a bit.

    If Larsson felt like he could play like Klef he’d be at least as effective IMO. His shot is fine, his head is tops, but he carries some kind of mental block about offense and everything around it. He seems to me to feel like he has to limit his game to what he does.

    Yes he’s a limited skater but he could spend a summer with the right coach and change that easily. Bring Bouchard please.

  80. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    3-0 Edmonton (2-0 in the second)
    19-15 Philadelphia shots (10-8 Philly in the second)
    26-19 Philadelphia Corsi for 5-on-5 (12-8 Edmonton in the second)

    This most certainly isn’t a 3-0 game.

  81. hunter1909 says:

    3-0 up and Hitchcock coaching.

    Wrap em up, boys.

  82. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide: This most certainly isn’t a 3-0 game.

    Oh yes it is.

  83. Dicky94 says:

    hags9k,

    He’s right about Connor too. I’m not a fan of whiny players, which McDavid is not. But he does need to lose it sometimes.

  84. hunter1909 says:

    Suddenly Hitchcock has Oilers number 1 problem child Draisaitl playing top 10 hockey

  85. Professor Q says:

    I guess there are no penalties anymore.

  86. Professor Q says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    Which is a shame because he is certainly a different player when he plays for Sweden.

  87. hunter1909 says:

    McDavid+Draisaitl end ip 1-2 in the scoring and suddenly Leon’s on a value contract lol

  88. TeeVee says:

    Quinn thinks Ethan Bear is playing.

  89. Munny says:

    Shoot that second one Pujo. Be selfish.

  90. jp says:

    Hopefully we see more of that from Pulju

  91. Chief Inspector says:

    Jesse with some serious dangles

  92. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    hunter1909: Oh yes it is.

    By eye this game hasn’t been in Philly’s favour at all, imo.

  93. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    1 Thought. Quinn almost redeemed his season on an excellent earlier Seinfeld reference and Remenda couldn’t not make it awkward.

    I seriously want Tyler Yaremchuck calling games and LT doing colour.

  94. hags9k says:

    I’m going to see myself out now because I’m afraid I might start saying outrageous things like the Oilers are a good team, full stop.

  95. Pescador says:

    GMB3: Calling it a 1/2 tonne would really be overselling myself.

    Even after you get swole?

  96. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Professor Q:
    Scungilli Slushy,

    Which is a shame because he is certainly a different player when he plays for Sweden.

    Yup. He has more in him than the Oilers see

  97. Sierra says:

    Oilers are running out of gas.

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai costs Koskinen the shutout……

  99. Lowetide says:

    Man that was a shitty shift.

  100. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    What an absolute horrible display of hockey

  101. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Wtf is Larsson doing there?

  102. StixMalone says:

    Tire fire in their own end….

  103. Zelepukin says:

    Just horribly lazy. Do your job and Koski gets a shut-out.

  104. TeeVee says:

    Disgusting!

  105. The Trade Guy says:

    I watched a really aggravating half of Raptors basketball with them bumbling about, so I realize the Oilers are playing. Start watching the world’s worst shift and a goal by Philly.

    Not my night for sports. Good night all!

  106. Zelepukin says:

    Started with Drai trying to be cute with the no look break-out pass to McD.

  107. GMB3 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: If Larsson felt like he could play like Klef he’d be at least as effective IMO. His shot is fine, his head is tops, but he carries some kind of mental block about offense and everything around it. He seems to me to feel like he has to limit his game to what he does.

    Yes he’s a limited skater but he could spend a summer with the right coach and change that easily. Bring Bouchard please.

    These guys have the resources to train with the best coaches in the world. Some guys just aren’t fast and no amount of training will change that.

  108. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    GMB3,

    Drai got faster after his first year.

    Looch is faster the last two years.

  109. Munny says:

    That’s icing because of interference, sheesh.

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    Puljujarvi is getting better game over game the last few and that line is starting to come together – Hitch is going to turn Jesse in to a forecheck demon and a turnover guru.

  111. OriginalPouzar says:

    Adding Rieder to the Brodz/Kassian duo turns it in to one heck of a checking line.

  112. jm363561 says:

    Oilers looking tired physically, and maybe mentally. Just closing the game down.

  113. Chief Inspector says:
  114. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    1% chance the oilers shoot at an open net…

  115. Munny says:

    Crazy not to pull the goalie on this Flyers PP

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    Joe G. from Russell and Bear extends the Condors’ lead to 3-1.

  117. Scungilli Slushy says:

    GMB3: These guys have the resources to train with the best coaches in the world. Some guys just aren’t fast and no amount of training will change that.

    Do they actually work on what they should? I’m not convinced. They weight train and do cardio sure but skills training? Do they watch Connor You Tube videos and learn why he can do what he does? Me thinks not.

  118. Gerta Rauss says:

    It’s all fun and games now with a 4-1 lead on the empty netter

  119. Dicky94 says:

    Did they just score on an empty net? Hitch really is a miracle worker.

  120. GMB3 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    GMB3,

    Drai got faster after his first year.

    Looch is faster the last two years.

    Drai was the faster skater at the Oilers skill competition in 2014-2015. Also he was a teenager. His agility and first step has improved, sure. Lucic doesn’t really look any faster to me. Maybe marginally. He still isn’t fast.

    Driveline Baseball has trained a lot of pitchers, some gain a remarkable amount of velocity, most make some gains, but not to the same level. Everyone is different and reacts to different stimuli and training technique differently. Biomechanics and exercise phys are two things I find remarkably interesting. The research on skating speed is pretty meh…

    People have limitations.

  121. OriginalPouzar says:

    Leon Draisaitl on pace for over 39G and 104P.

  122. Munny says:

    Gord work, lads. Three points out of this B2B is definitely a Cockmas Hitchmas Miracle.

  123. Zelepukin says:

    Good win but I’m still pissed that one really lazy shift took away an easy shutout for Koski.

  124. Gerta Rauss says:

    Not a masterpiece by any means but given the schedule lately and the injuries I’ll give the boys a passing grade

    Another 2 in the bank

  125. GMB3 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Do they actually work on what they should? I’m not convinced. They weight train and do cardio sure but skills training? Do they watch Connor You Tube videos and learn why he can do what he does? Me thinks not.

    Do you know any professional athletes?

    Do you know any collegiate athletes?

    You can follow McDavids YouTube videos and train just like him. That’s not going to mean shit. I hope you see how ridiculous what you said sounds.

  126. StixMalone says:

    Zelepukin:
    Good win but I’m still pissed that one really lazy shift took away an easy shutout for Koski.

    Yes and they seem to do it quite often. Hitch will fix it. He’s on it…..

  127. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Ugly win, but without Klef and on a back-to-back I’ll take it every day of the weekand twice on sunday.

  128. Dicky94 says:

    Could be in 1st place in Pacific before Christmas.

  129. GMB3 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Do they actually work on what they should? I’m not convinced. They weight train and do cardio sure but skills training? Do they watch Connor You Tube videos and learn why he can do what he does? Me thinks not.

    You should become the head of player development for the OiL. It sounds so easy.

  130. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Leon Draisaitl on pace for over 39G and 104P.

    If he’d only apply himself.

  131. Side says:

    Professor Q:
    Side,

    I seem to have missed a lot.

    I thought he was a revitalizing saviour who Carolina and the league loved?

    Have media personnel soured on him as of late?

    Tom Dundon said he they won’t be drafting a 1st round defenseman as long as he’s around. And he’d rather lose 5-4 than 2-1 because he would have fun at least.

    Every highlight between the periods featured a goal against the Hurricanes with Doug saying something to the effect of

    “at least the owner is having fun!”

    “well there, now the owner’s happy because the Hurricanes are now losing 5-4!”

    etc.

    Doug was making these comments last night, and they carried over into tonight as well. Good stuff.

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny:
    Crazy not to pull the goalie on this Flyers PP

    Maybe he was concerned that the Oilers could just shoot at the empty net with no fear of icing?

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of pulling the goalie when on the PP for that reason and I don’t think the extra player adds that much to the 5 X 4 advantage.

  133. OriginalPouzar says:

    Zelepukin:
    Good win but I’m still pissed that one really lazy shift took away an easy shutout for Koski.

    Cap management.

  134. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    GMB3,

    Wasn’t that the year Hall was injured? Point still stands, he’s not as slow as some say he is; but my point about him gaining ground on his first step in his first off-season still also stands. He trained in the Czech Republic with a colleague of his dad’s, if my memory serves correctly.

    Lucic’s first step or two has improved over the last couple years. Perhaps it’s his give-a-shit level.

    Brayden Point is another (more famous) example of a guy who was passed over for his skating skills in the draft (size notwithstanding) and improved under expert tutelage. Now his skating is a strength.

    I’m certainly not saying that Larsson and others will improve their skating, but I’m not ruling it out either. I’d like to know more about the bill of goods being sold by David Pelletier before making binding judgement. Maybe we need to shake up the skills coaches, maybe they’re all dealing aces. Tough to tell from this vantage.

  135. OriginalPouzar says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Do they actually work on what they should? I’m not convinced. They weight train and do cardio sure but skills training? Do they watch Connor You Tube videos and learn why he can do what he does? Me thinks not.

    Tons of these guys post their workout videos in the summer and, no, they aren’t just blasting the bench press and running – all sorts of dynamic training, many with specialized coaches and, yes, more and more players are working with skills coaches.

  136. Scungilli Slushy says:

    GMB3: Do you know any professional athletes?

    Do you know any collegiate athletes?

    You can follow McDavids YouTube videos and train just like him. That’s not going to mean shit. I hope you see how ridiculous what you said sounds.

    See Vor posts here friend. Many referring specifically to this topic. Read about Tampa’s Point who revolutionized his skating via coaching and does what he does now, formerly a weakness, like too many Oilers.

    Not everyone can do it but lots can get better, and IMO they all should do everything they can to get better.

    My point about Connor is he works his butt off every summer getting better including what his weak points are, lately his shot.

  137. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Side,

    It’s about time he started taking pot shots at facile ownership and management instead of insulting the intelligence of the fan base. The commentary he’s made about Oilers players over the years, including his trope about Caggiula last night, are galling. Like… does he even watch the games? Or just read box-cars?

  138. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar: I don’t think the extra player adds that much to the 5 X 4 advantage.

    OriginalPouzar(Quote)

    Of course, it does. You get two overloads. And they were down two not one, and the clock was their biggest enemy. Not to mention icing doesn’t scare players off that much from Hail Marying the net. You see it all the time. Urgency was the correct play.

  139. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Did anyone tell Safin? Maybe they should @him in his DMs on Fortnite? ha

  140. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    I agree with this sentiment.

    What I question is if the Oilers have the horses for the courses, management side.

  141. Munny says:

    Pescador: What?
    The only thing that was ugly about the win was how shitty the Flyers are beyond that first line.
    Can you possibly consider how tired the Oil were tonight?
    Brilliant performance by Koskinen and the team in Orange

    I’ve always hated Filly, but I feel bad for their fans right now. Suffering through shite goalering is not a fun way to spend a season. As we know all too well…

  142. hunter1909 says:

    Hitchcock coaching record to date Update:

    Oilers now 9-2-2(elite!) under the Oilers whisperer.

  143. Jaxon says:

    I loved watching the Khaira-Nugent-Hopkins-Puljujarvi line tonight. Jesse went to the net and forechecked like a demon. Loved seeing Khaira stick up for both his linemates. I feel like he called someone on practically every shift. Some great scoring chances for the trio. Also some great backchecking and PKing separately.

  144. striatic says:

    I may have watched a different game than some people commenting here and the 630 post-game crew.

    The Oilers looked pretty good other than the shift that popped Koskinen’s shut out, especially given they played a tight game into OT last night.

    The Flyers looked discombobulated but I think the Oilers had a lot to do with exacerbating that as the game went on.

    Trying to score on Koskinen messes with the opposition. You can see their frustration grow as the game goes on.

  145. hunter1909 says:

    The Pacific is shaping up to be a 5 team dogfight for the top 3 seeds.

    Calgary, San Jose, Edmonton, Anaheim, Vegas.

    Any of these teams could win, or lose(except Hitch’s Oilers who are guaranteed a top 3 spot).

    Has anyone else noticed? Hitchcock’s Oilers are just relentless, which makes them horrible to play against in Bettman’s laissez faire NHL.

  146. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OriginalPouzar: Tons of these guys post their workout videos in the summer and, no, they aren’t just blasting the bench press and running – all sorts of dynamic training, many with specialized coaches and, yes, more and more players are working with skills coaches.

    For sure, Kirk out.

  147. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Everybody look up the definition of obstinant.

  148. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Wonderful game by the Oilers. What a fantastic change in performance.

  149. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Hitch:
    “To get points playing at 70% is good.”

    Read:
    We’re moving the dial up a notch (he said we’re at 60% last week), even while down three of our top dmen.

  150. OriginalPouzar says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Did anyone tell Safin?Maybe they should @him in his DMs on Fortnite? ha

    The workouts he posted this summer were atrocious – just him and his buddies goofing around.

  151. HT Joe says:

    Munny: I’ve always hated Filly, but I feel bad for their fans right now. Suffering through shite goalering is not a fun way to spend a season. As we know all too well…

    I remember that game against the Flyers in McDavid’s rookie year. A pox on them all – forever!!

  152. HT Joe says:

    hunter1909: Has anyone else noticed? Hitchcock’s Oilers are just relentless, which makes them horrible to play against in Bettman’s laissez faire NHL.

    Yeah… that team in orange has been pretty great over the last 13 games or so…

  153. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Hitch:

    “I think we’re finding out that the more Doc plays, the better he plays. And that’s something moving forward we can really invest in because he looks like a guy that doesn’t really get engaged until he’s at the 25 minute mark. And that’s a lot like Petro is in St Louis. Pietrangelo is the same way, he plays better at 28 minutes than he does at 22 minutes. And I think we’re finding that with Nurse, too.”

  154. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Quite the contrast to Aberg, no doubt.

    Le sigh.

  155. who says:

    Caleb Jones looked very hesitant and a little star struck in the first period. I thought he looked better as the game went on. Couple of nice defensive plays and a couple nice little passes to exit the zone.

  156. Scungilli Slushy says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Scungilli Slushy,

    I agree with this sentiment.

    What I question is if the Oilers have the horses for the courses, management side.

    IMO no. They spend but I don’t see them looking for the best of the best. Not that ‘I would know’ as someone said, but if several NHL players have made huge changes in performance based on coaching, if I own a team and have LOTS of team generated revenue, I would invest in individual player improvement because it will drive additional revenue – as in if your team is a contender every year bandwagoners everywhere will buy merchandise and your team’s games get shown.

    At the most base level it’s a wise business decision. On a fan-owner level it’s a no brainer. Every player doing better. It would probably help reffing against the Oilers as well, the contenders get the calls, the Oilers have a lot to overcome in historical bias and post glory historical non-contending.

    And I’ll repeat if you haven’t watched Connor train, as is available, you don’t understand why he is the player he is, period. It’s not all a genetic gift, luck, opportunity, or fluke.

    The best have the natural talent, but backed up by the best and smartest work ethic.

  157. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    Again, agreed on all points.

    I’m not here to run David Pelletier out of town, that’s Ryan Rishaug’s job, but I strongly questioned what he’d bring to the table at the time of his hire.

    Seems our players are gaining more insight in their off-season training in Czech or with TO (for instance) than they are in our town with the club coaches.

    Something to keep an eye on, for sure. Especially with some prospects, like Benson or KY or Berglund or Rasanen, et al, who could benefit from improved skating as they strive to take the next step.

  158. Scungilli Slushy says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Scungilli Slushy,

    Again, agreed on all points.

    I’m not here to run David Pelletier out of town, that’s Ryan Rishaug’s job, but I strongly questioned what he’d bring to the table at the time of his hire.

    Seems our players are gaining more insight in their off-season training in Czech or with TO (for instance) than they are in our town with the club coaches.

    Something to keep an eye on, for sure.Especially with some prospects, like Benson or KY or Berglund or Rasanen, et al, who could benefit from improved skating as they strive to take the next step.

    I’m always stupefied as to how players reach the NHL with skating deficiencies. Some can get by but it has always been the core of great player’s games. Gretzky wasn’t fast but wasn’t caught on breakaways and had the best edges of all time.

    If you offered me 650 000 US to do something for ~9 months with a chance for a re-up I’d do everything possible to be better and get more. Baffles me that so many spin their wheels. So many resources these days.

  159. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Adding Rieder to the Brodz/Kassian duo turns it in to one heck of a checking line.

    What happened to Lucic?

  160. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Sierra,

    Hitch swapped players to add speed to one line and size to the other due to how Hakstol was matching up, said it gave him two 3rd lines.

  161. Reja says:

    Great game by Kos way to lock it down after they scored. I wonder if they insert Rattie and Comrade for the next game and keep the bottom six fresh and hungry.

  162. Westchester Oil says:

    OriginalPouzar: Cap management.

    LOL

  163. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    Or from the other side of the ledger, why isn’t the perennially profitable nine-figure organization hiring the absolute best professionals to coach their players and gain a non-cap related edge in development? This team, man.

  164. treevojo says:

    Has anyone heard from Vor since Hitchcock came around?

    Coincidence?

    I think not.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTq_D93UyRI

  165. Westchester Oil says:

    Connor is now 2nd in scoring and only 4 points back of Rantanen. If he stays healthy, he’ll win another Art Ross. I feel much better about this than I did 3 days ago.

    Btw, Thomas Chabot has been a total stud this year with 35 points including another 2 tonight. Glad I drafted him in my keeper league last year. He will get a couple Norris votes and he’s helping Sens fans forget about that Karlsson guy.

  166. Gerta Rauss says:

    treevojo:
    Has anyone heard from Vor since Hitchcock came around?

    Coincidence?

    I think not.

    VOR doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis

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

    Westchester Oil,

    Connor will win the Art Ross so that’s not a big deal.

    Leon is now tied for 6th in scoring… that is a pretty handsome development for such a lazy player 😉

    Also Nurse is now 1 point back of Klefbom for defense scoring for the Oilers… interesting development in such a short period of time

  168. Paddy Morans Jockstrap says:

    A coach who actually coaches and deploys the team the GM built in a way that plays to their strengths and maximizes their chances of success. Who knew that would work 🙂

  169. Jaxon says:

    I think Nurse has 8 points in his last 6 games. Holy crap! Is that correct? (now I sit and wait for Woodguy to correct me)

    @ STL 0G, 1A – 1pts
    Vs MIN 1G, 1A – 2pts
    Vs CGY 0G, 0A – 0pts
    @ COL 1G, 1A – 2pts
    @ WPG 1G, 0A – 1pts
    Vs PHI 0G, 2A – 2pts
    6GP – 8pts

    Including 5 pts in his last 3 games playing #1D minutes against toughest competition.

    TOI last 3 games:
    30.73, 31.07, 27.83

    Uh-oh. If Hitchcock has unlocked him, we’re going to wish the Oilers had the cap space last summer and locked Nurse up long-term.

  170. hunter1909 says:

    Jaxon: Uh-oh. If Hitchcock has unlocked him, we’re going to wish the Oilers had the cap space last summer and locked Nurse up long-term.

    Wot a shame. Too bad Nurse isn’t just busting – Oilers would save a fortune.

  171. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Leon Draisaitl on pace for over 39G and 104P.

    There are currently 15 players on pace to surpass 100 points… and 7 of those players are on pace for more than 110 points!

    This season is bonkers!!!

  172. BONE207 says:

    Pescador:
    Lucic Spooner Caggulia
    When Todd blended it tasted funny,
    When Hitch blends it’s just delicious
    Better bartender I guess

    Hitch does it with Love. TMac did it while wearing a purple plaid suit & a grimace

  173. Reja says:

    Paddy Morans Jockstrap:
    A coach who actually coaches and deploys the team the GM built in a way that plays to their strengths and maximizes their chances of success. Who knew that would work

    Certainly not Todd.

  174. Bank Shot says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Scungilli Slushy,

    Again, agreed on all points.

    I’m not here to run David Pelletier out of town, that’s Ryan Rishaug’s job, but I strongly questioned what he’d bring to the table at the time of his hire.

    FYI- Both Pelletier and the much more famous Barb Underhill were both trained to be skating instructors at the same place.

    At Quantam Speed Skating, run by Steffany Hanlen, who was the Oilers skating coach from 1991-2000.

    Seeing as Underhill and Pelletier were both recently trained under Steffany Hanlen, I would argue that their coaching methods and practices are probably more alike, than different.

  175. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sierra: What happened to Lucic?

    He was moved to play with Spooner and Caggiula.

    A few games in a row now that Chia has made a change to the “Identity Line” to fit the game – the other day it was moving switching Lucic and Khaira, last night it was switching Lucic and Rieder.

  176. Wilde says:

    Puljujarvi and that line had some moments last night.

    I thought Jesse himself’s most interesting one was when the puck was dumped in, he was in fast pursuit and when the Flyer D reached the puck behind the net, JP read the reversal and turned the attempted pass into a ricochet that dribbled out to the same side he and the D-man were skating from the moment before. Jesse stopped on his edges as if he’s been taking lessons from Nuge, and a stick-lift later he was threatening to stuff the puck into the net. The goalie grabbed and covered while Jesse simultaneously used the positioning of being under the Flyer’s arm to toss him onto the ground.

    That stop, in decision making and ability (the reaction-time and choice not to swoop, and the edgework necessary) is something that’s critical he become proficient at. The strength speaks for itself.

    His penalty is another learning experience, I wouldn’t get on him about it even though it was at an important part in the game because he has to take more penalties to learn how to get away with as much as possible without taking one. Also to be learned is how to avoid having his stick grabbed by embellishing veterans.

    If Jesse ends up driving possession, that combined with his speed will end up with he and his line drawing penalties often anyways, as he has a few times in the Hitchcock era already. So I’m not too worried even if he does end up being high-event in penalty differential, so long as he wins it.

  177. Wilde says:

    Here’s a thing: The Oilers aren’t throwing leads at Olympic rates anymore.

    Under TM’s three years, the Oilers were the 2nd worst team at shutting the door with a lead, with 4.19 GA/60 all situations and in the same spot 5v5 with 2.91.

    It’ll be interesting to see where Hitchcock’s team is after goaltending cools off, because in the last 10 the Oilers are 6th best in the league all-strengths and 5v5 despite seemingly taking a penalty instantly after ever lead they get…

    Visually, it’s nice not watching the shitty hockey they used to play when they were up, just hoping the goalie saves them like the Jets game. I’m way less cynical watching the games right now, which makes it easier to emotionally invest and therefore truly enjoy them.

  178. Wilde says:

    I think I can relay my point about Jesse’s stop on the forecheck better than I did back there.

    It’s the type of area where if you start doing it successfully, you can do it pretty well every time.

    It’s not like a player sniping a goal or completing a difficult pass, where it’d be absurd to expect them to then never again miss the net wide or give the puck away. It’s not like that because these are things that aren’t a two-player game, it’s just one player learning when to stop, pivoting well and knowing what to do after. The only one that’s stopping Jesse from doing it is himself, his skating ability and his working knowledge of what the coach wants him to do.

    So when you see him making plays like that and similar, you don’t necessarily have to have the confidence I do myself in the player to admit that he’s meaningfully progressing towards being that player every shift.

    Alright, I’m done being a homer about Puljujarvi until this time tomorrow.

  179. Glovjuice says:

    SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!:
    Westchester Oil,

    Connor will win the Art Ross so that’s not a big deal.

    Leon is now tied for 6th in scoring… that is a pretty handsome development for such a lazy player

    Also Nurse is now 1 point back of Klefbom for defense scoring for the Oilers… interesting development in such a short period of time

    Drai is supremely talented and playing with the best player in the last 30 years and making 8.5 million – he should be doing accomplishing what he is and more. He still makes several lazy defensive plays and hope passes per game that should not be occurring. Any fan being honest and objective should come to this assessment.

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

    Glovjuice,

    Ya sure, you can always say he needs to work on stuff and he’ll be the first to probably admit it but scoring and setting up goals wins hockey games.

    Going back to the lockout shortened season there are exactly 4 players who’ve hit the 100pt mark not named Connor McDavid.

    Leon’s on pace for 104 and is playing 24 minutes a night.

    These are very very very good numbers, insanely good.

    So ya we can nitpick but the Oilers have two of the best in the game right now. I know its tough to admit because its a typical Oiler fan reaction to find a negative no matter what but I stand by my comment and wouldn’t be shocked if they ended up 1/2 in scoring this year logging Suteresque numbers at forward.

  181. ArmchairGM says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    “I think we’re finding out that the more Doc plays, the better he plays.And that’s something moving forward we can really invest in because he looks like a guy that doesn’t really get engaged until he’s at the 25 minute mark.And that’s a lot like Petro is in St Louis.Pietrangelo is the same way, he plays better at 28 minutes than he does at 22 minutes.And I think we’re finding that with Nurse, too.”

    They’ll make a good pairing.

  182. Lowetide says:

    For The Athletic: Oilers No. 7 prospect winter 2018: Caleb Jones.

    https://theathletic.com/714757/2018/12/15/oilers-no-7-prospect-winter-2018-caleb-jones/

  183. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Tons of these guys post their workout videos in the summer and, no, they aren’t just blasting the bench press and running – all sorts of dynamic training, many with specialized coaches and, yes, more and more players are working with skills coaches.

    I like that they are posting their workouts. But I wonder if they are just doing it for the camera at times. It might be worth something to know how their performance is at the preseason physical

  184. ArmchairGM says:

    who:
    Caleb Jones looked very hesitant and a little star struck in the first period. I thought he looked better as the game went on. Couple of nice defensive plays and a couple nice little passes to exit the zone.

    Yes, I was impressed with his 3rd period play. He made quick and correct reads, hard to do with a new partner, team AND league.

  185. flyfish1168 says:

    Westchester Oil:
    Connor is now 2nd in scoring and only 4 points back ofRantanen. If he stays healthy, he’ll win another Art Ross. I feel much better about this than I did 3 days ago.

    Btw, Thomas Chabot has been a total stud this year with 35 points including another 2 tonight. Glad I drafted him in my keeper league last year. He will get a couple Norris votes and he’s helping Sens fans forget about that Karlsson guy.

    I was looking back at the 2015 draft. Chabot was drafted after Barzel. Either one would have looked good in Oiler silks

  186. Jethro Tull says:

    Glovjuice: Drai is supremely talented and playing with the best player in the last 30 years and making 8.5 million – he should be doing accomplishing what he is and more. He still makes several lazy defensive plays and hope passes per game that should not be occurring. Any fan being honest and objective should come to this assessment.

    Yes, no true Oilers fan could think any different…..

  187. ArmchairGM says:

    SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo!: Leon is now tied for 6th in scoring… that is a pretty handsome development for such a lazy player

    To be fair, all of the accusations of laziness stem from defensive lapses – nothing to do with his scoring prowess. And missed checks IS something that Leon needs to work on still.

  188. Reja says:

    Since the Oilers have been winning and having fun I’ve noticed players trying to be more creative. Especially Drai and Connor it’s amazing when your not playing tight and the pressure is off how good things happen.

  189. godot10 says:

    Glovjuice: Drai is supremely talented and playing with the best player in the last 30 years and making 8.5 million – he should be doing accomplishing what he is and more. He still makes several lazy defensive plays and hope passes per game that should not be occurring. Any fan being honest and objective should come to this assessment.

    One of the greatest backhand passes of the decade make by Draisaitl in Winnipeg two days ago was a “hope” pass. They are a feature. Not a bug. Some are going to fail.

  190. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Bank Shot,

    That’s great info… I wondered how much, if any, of an improvement he’d bring over Steve Serdachny (who’s generally thought of in high regard). Still kind of waiting to see some results, either way, tbh.

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