Game 34 2018-19: Oilers at Canucks

The first time the Oilers played the Canucks in an NHL game was on October 14, 1979. It was the third game of the season, Edmonton losing to Chicago and tying Detroit before the game against Vancouver. 

Edmonton’s leading goal-scorer through two games? Blair MacDonald (two), Kevin Lowe, Dave Hunter and Mark Messier had single tallies. In the game against Vancouver, Risto Siltanen scored twice, Stan Weir scored his first of the season—and Wayne Gretzky scored the tying goal against Vancouver late in the third period. It was the first of his brilliant NHL career. 

Tonight the Oilers have a chance to move into third place in the Pacific Division stand alone. The currently tight Pacific has Edmonton and San Jose tied for third, with 17 ROW and I believe the Alberta team owns the tiebreaker. Most of the teams in the division play tonight, so we could see some movement. For the Oilers, it’s win and you’re in. 

THE ATHLETIC! 

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  • New Lowetide: With Oscar Klefbom’s injury, will the Oilers look in unusual places for a solution?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Takeaways from Ken Hitchcock’s lineup decisions for the Oilers against the Flyers. 
  • Lowetide: No. 7 prospect Winter 2018: Caleb Jones
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How the Oilers Alex Chiasson is able to maintain his scoring touch. 
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Connor McDavid became the world’s fastest skater. 
  • Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi as an offensive player and what that tells us about his future with the Oilers. 
  • 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 34

  • Oilers in 2015: 14-18-2, 30 points; goal differential -17
  • Oilers in 2016: 17-12-5, 39 points; goal differential +5
  • Oilers in 2017: 15-17-2, 32 points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in 2018: 18-12-3, 39 points; goal differential +4

The 2018 McDavids are now well clear of everyone but the 2016 playoff team. The 2017 Oilers would win two in a row to run the record to 17-17-2 after 36 games, before finishing 19-23-4 to land 36-40-6, 78 points. It’s such a thin line, the key is to stay away from a losing streak. 

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 6-3-0, 12 points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in December 2016: 4-2-3, 11 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in December 2017: 6-3-0, 12 points; goal differential +8
  • Oilers in December 2018: 6-1-1, 13 points; goal differential +9

December saved a lot of jobs and there are several Oilers (Mikko Koskinen, Alex Chiasson, Kevin Gravel) who are earning raises here or elsewhere. More on that in a moment. 

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 1-0-0)
  • 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: 6-1-1, 13 points in eight games

If the Oilers win tonight, they will have reached my projected point total (15) with five games to spare! Music! 

This is a player Edmonton should be interested in, I’ve seen him make good NHL defensemen (Jeff Petry) look foolish. Opportunity knocks. 

The problem with acquiring Burakovsky is that he’s making $3 million now and will need a new contract come summer. Edmonton’s list of players needing contracts is already fairly long:

  • Mikko Koskinen, $2.5 million currently and earning a bigger raise with each win. 
  • Alex Chiasson, $650,000 and one of the best (if not the best) value deals in hockey. 
  • Jujhar Khaira, $675,000 and posting strong offense recently in a feature role (2-4-6 in his last eight games). 
  • Tobias Rieder, $2 million this season and playing an important role on the bottom six/PK when healthy. 
  • Cam Talbot, $4.1667 million and possibly heading for a deadline exit. 
  • Kevin Gravel, $700,000 on a one-year and earning the third pairing LH side slot in real time. 

The cap is going up, but the Oilers already have over $67 million (projected) in contracts as they sit idling in the driveway. There’s $36 million for five forwards (McDavid, Draisaitl, Nuge, Lucic, Spooner), about $21 million for five defensemen (Sekera, Klefbom, Larsson, Russell, Nurse) and what will clearly be $5-6 million on goalies. That’s $62-$63 million on 12 men, or about half the roster.  

KLEFBOM OUT 6-8 WEEKS

Another dagger for that blue line, already missing Andrej Sekera (who could return January after a rehab assignment) and Kris Russell (he might play as soon as next Saturday depending on who you’re listening to currently). 

It sounds like the bet by the Oilers is this: Muddle through this week and then, when Russell returns, cobble together a top 4D you can trust. Here’s what I would like to see:

  • Nurse—Larsson. This duo is playing so much right now the numbers are sagging, but there is a solid track record for the pairing. If Hitchcock can reduce their minutes, I believe they will prove to be best available from this group.
  • Russell—Benning. In 166 minutes since 2016, this pairing is 47 percent in shot share and 50 percent in goal share. 
  • Gravel—Jones. It might sound crazy, but this pairing spent time together in Bakersfield and Jones’ wheels are such an advantage over Garrison’s experience. I expect to get some pushback, and that’s fair, but Jones, in my opinion, is a superior option to the slow boots of Garrison. 

At this point, I’m not sure when Wideman sees the ice in an NHL game. He’s vulnerable to waivers when Russell returns, in my opinion. 

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  1. godot10 says:

    First line needs more Germans tonight

  2. Reja says:

    Oilers pissed with the hot garbage reffing cue the comeback.

  3. hunter1909 says:

    It must all be a function of the West Coast’s rampant globalist/liberal ascendancy that leads Bettman to institute a “soft” approach to play in Vancouver, so long as they don’t make the finals ever again…

    Kassian got himself Green Bay Packered in front of the Vancouver goal earlier…and…nothing. It’s kind of obvious.

    With all that, Oilers need this game.

  4. Pescador says:

    Soup Fascist:
    Garrison needs to be Garri-gone. Like today.

    Bad goal by Koskinen but, good gravy, can you back up anymore.

    Is Wideman worse than this?

    Nope,
    Think more some shit different pile

  5. Side says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Yes. I don’t get this “refs are against us” in this particular game. The oilers are simply being outplayed.

    Is there an NHL referee in your family?

    The refereeing in this game is comical.

  6. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    So there’s some NHL reffing conspiracy against the oilers? Cause that’s what I’m reading here.

    They got 4 shots in the second.

  7. hunter1909 says:

    Side: Is there an NHL referee in your family?

    The refereeing in this game is comical.

    I tried being a ref once. I thought it would be a power trip. Then the players started arguing calls and I couldn’t get out of the game fast enough.

  8. Soup Fascist says:

    Pescador: Nope,
    Think more some shit different pile

    I was kind of afraid that was the case. Wow Garrison needs to be pastured out now.

    Watch him score one in the third, now.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    So there’s some NHL reffing conspiracy against the oilers? Cause that’s what I’m reading here.

    They got 4 shots in the second.

    We’re Oilers fans. Please stop using reason and facts.

  10. who says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Yes. I don’t get this “refs are against us” in this particular game. The oilers are simply being outplayed.

    1st penalty was JP outmuscling Petterson. Petterson actually initiated the contact and could have easily been called for interference.
    2nd penalty was Roussel putting Jones stick between his legs and then flailing his arms and legs until he drew the penalty. Veteran play.
    3rd was Gravel getting his stick lifted which propelled the puck over the glass. One handed. Incredibly unlucky!
    Meanwhile Kassian gets hauled down on partially breakaway. No call. Oilers aren’t getting many breaks.
    Mcdavids line looking pretty ordinary. And that powerplay! Woof!
    We’ll see how he does over the next few weeks, but Jones already looks like twice the defenseman that Benning is. When they get some dmen back they should look to move Benning..

  11. Side says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    So there’s some NHL reffing conspiracy against the oilers? Cause that’s what I’m reading here.

    They got 4 shots in the second.

    Hard to get a shot on the opposition when the Oilers are perpetually on the PK.

    But as was mentioned, Oilers can be outplayed in a period AND the referees can be one sided. It’s not one or the other.

    I just watched a Canucks player grab JP’s arm and fall down for a call.

    I watched 1 handed Gravel have the puck shoveled by Canucks over the glass and got called against.

    I watched Jones try to remove his stick from a Canucks player who didn’t even fall down and got called.

    Unless you think these are all valid calls, idk.

  12. Soup Fascist says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    So there’s some NHL reffing conspiracy against the oilers? Cause that’s what I’m reading here.

    They got 4 shots in the second.

    Not sure there is a conspiracy – but there are some incompetent officials. I will also I say there is a reluctance to call penalties on infractions committed against one player.

  13. npanciroli says:

    If there was a conspiracy, Kozari would be heading it.

  14. flyfish1168 says:

    We look slow

  15. Side says:

    Ref acting as 3rd dman to begin the third period.

    Draisaitl driving towards the net and the ref is in his line skating slowly backwards.

    (kidding, but really, why was the ref in the way like that? lol)

  16. npanciroli says:

    We also don’t handle the trap well.

  17. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Side: Hard to get a shot on the opposition when the Oilers are perpetually on the PK.

    But as was mentioned, Oilers can be outplayed in a period AND the referees can be one sided.It’s not one or the other.

    I just watched a Canucks player grab JP’s arm and fall down for a call.

    I watched 1 handed Gravel have the puck shoveled by Canucks over the glass and got called against.

    I watched Jones try to remove his stick from a Canucks player who didn’t even fall down and got called.

    Unless you think these are all valid calls, idk.

    There is not a thing I can do about calls during a game. I understand the frustration but what I’m getting from a lot of posts here is that the refs are reffing the game in favour one team. That’s an incredible accusation to make in a professional sports league as it would call into question the outcome of every single game.

  18. Pescador says:

    flyfish1168:
    We look slow

    And tired

  19. Sierra says:

    Hmmmm

  20. Gerta Rauss says:

    Oilers in trouble now down 3-1 after another PP goal against

    On the bright side, that last shift before the penalty had JP on McDavid’s line

  21. Ice Sage says:

    And for those who don’t believe Petterson is in McDavid’s realm, that’s exhibit 1 of many.
    So much for the Canucks rebuild – they might just take our playoff spot

  22. Soup Fascist says:

    Lots of folks still on the Koskinen / Montoya tandem bandwagon …. or are going to hold off on running Talbot out of town?

  23. StixMalone says:

    Not the Oilers night. Scheduled loss?

  24. innercitysmytty says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    People can call the reffing terrible without it being a conspiracy. There just happens to be a lot of shitty refs.

  25. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    So two Vancouver goals tonight are the direct result of oiler players shooting the puck over the glass and getting a penalty and people want to blame the refs?

    Blame the 16 shots in 45 minutes and shit PK.

  26. oilersfan says:

    I am thrilled with the post Hitchcock recovery but one thing that is killing us is the face offs. 2 of the 3 PP goals the Canucks scores were within 15 seconds of losing the faceoff. Our PP looks terrible because we lose every face off and take 30 seconds to get set up, if at all.

    I thought nhl refs generally manage games to give equal penalties. We are due for a PP soon

  27. npanciroli says:

    Really hate the Canucks so this performance is disappointing. Especially from top line.

  28. flyfish1168 says:

    Pescador: And tired

    LOL, what is the excuse for being tired? Blaming it on Taylor? Nucks played night before

  29. silasbengtsson says:

    Draisaitl should probably be off the top line after his game tonight. Sloppy.

  30. Dicky94 says:

    Lots of time to come back in this one.

  31. Derek says:

    They’re playing a tired team and have got 17 shots through 50 minutes of play. Its not just shitty reffing.

  32. Ice Sage says:

    StixMalone:
    Not the Oilers night. Scheduled loss?

    Canucks on a back to back.
    No, I think the Oilers have come up against a well-disciplined team with top-end offensive talent that has delivered on the PP.

  33. flyfish1168 says:

    oilersfan:
    I am thrilled with the post Hitchcock recovery but one thing that is killing us is the face offs. 2 of the 3 PP goals the Canucks scores were within 15 seconds of losing the faceoff. Our PP looks terrible because we lose every face off and take 30 seconds to get set up, if at all.

    I thought nhl refs generally manage games to give equal penalties. We are due for a PP soon

    Keep it. Our PP is a disadvantage to ourselves

  34. Sierra says:

    The camera shows McDavid slide into view on the ice with the stick of a Canuck….but no interference right? Of course not.

  35. flyfish1168 says:

    Dicky94:
    Lots of time to come back in this one.

    Phlegms scored 2 goals last minute with the goalie pulled. Why can’t we

  36. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Man Dria can be frustrating when he’s like this. Just disinterested

  37. Soup Fascist says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    So two Vancouver goals tonight are the direct result of oiler players shooting the puck over the glass and getting a penalty and people want to blame the refs?

    Blame the 16 shots in 45 minutes and shit PK.

    PK is almost as horseshit as the call on Gravel. So you have seen the Canuck player literally lift Gravel’s stick sending the puck over the glass – and that is cool?

  38. Professor Q says:

    Aaaand no call on Gudbranson.

    He hauled down an Oiler and then rode him for 10 seconds. No call.

    And people wonder why we wonder about a conspiracy?

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    silasbengtsson:
    Draisaitl should probably be off the top line after his game tonight. Sloppy.

    Generally a guy that is on pace for 104 points doesn’t get taken off a line after struggling for 2 period – in particular when he is on a massive heater on that line.

  40. russ99 says:

    Ugh. Harold Snepsts.

    Not sure I ever wanted to see that name again.

  41. Sierra says:

    oilersfan:
    I am thrilled with the post Hitchcock recovery but one thing that is killing us is the face offs. 2 of the 3 PP goals the Canucks scores were within 15 seconds of losing the faceoff. Our PP looks terrible because we lose every face off and take 30 seconds to get set up, if at all.

    Agreed face offs and the PP need to be better

  42. Ice Sage says:

    Professor Q:
    Aaaand no call on Gudbranson.

    Whistles swallowed now. The damage’s been done. Home town boost – refs are human.

  43. npanciroli says:

    I’d love some consistency in the reffing but never happening for us and Kozari out there.

  44. hags9k says:

    A lot of passengers tonight…

  45. dsr29 says:

    Draisatl refuses to shoot tonight.

  46. Younger Oil says:

    Fuck these referees.

    They’re doing everything they can to make the best player in the league as much of a non-factor as possible.

    Call the fucking rules as they’re written in the rulebook, or you’re just deciding the result of the game rather than enforcing the rules properly.

  47. silasbengtsson says:

    OriginalPouzar: Generally a guy that is on pace for 104 points doesn’t get taken off a line after struggling for 2 period – in particular when he is on a massive heater on that line.

    Sorry, I phrased that incorrectly. I meant to say that he should be taken off the line just for the 3rd. Not long term or anything. He’s just been disengaged this game and needs to take that extra step or two more often than he has tonight.

  48. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Play just dyiing with Dria now. Got to stop gliding

  49. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Glad I decided not to go to the game tonight.

  50. npanciroli says:

    Ok the holding there not getting called sums this game up.

  51. Side says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: There is not a thing I can do about calls during a game. I understand the frustration but what I’m getting from a lot of posts here is that the refs are reffing the game in favour one team. That’s an incredible accusation to make in a professional sports league as it would call into question the outcome of every single game.

    Your comment about biased reffing in a professional sports league confuses me given how many professional leagues have refs/judges out there accepting bribes to favour one team over the other.

    I’m not saying that’s the case in this game, but I don’t know how one can watch refs continously not call egregious things against McDavid for example, and then give soft calls to the opposing team and say there is no bias.

  52. Ice Sage says:

    Puck’s been a hand-grenade for the Oilers tonite

  53. SK Oiler Fan says:

    After watching Jets Bolts this game has negative entertainment value

  54. innercitysmytty says:

    Younger Oil,

    Exactly

  55. OmJo says:

    McDavid demoted? Kidding.

  56. npanciroli says:

    Oh man I would love a comeback.

  57. Lowetide says:

    Chiasson scored again.

  58. russ99 says:

    Nice goal.

  59. Gerta Rauss says:

    there we go

    Chiasson..!

  60. Ice Sage says:

    There we go

  61. Sierra says:

    Chaisson!

    Fantastic, but should have been a slash against McDavid on the pass to Chiasson.

  62. OmJo says:

    Another 5v5 point for Nurse

  63. Professor Q says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t review it just because.

  64. npanciroli says:

    This is where the lack of obvious calls on Canucks might be the difference. Hate when reffing can decide a game.

  65. innercitysmytty says:

    Younger Oil,

    Problem is 30 out of 31 owners are perfectly fine with that approach.

  66. Younger Oil says:

    The fact that the refs arm doesn’t go up when McDavid gets a baseball swing to the arm before the goal is disgusting, even if we got a goal.

  67. Professor Q says:

    Sierra:
    Chaisson!

    Fantastic, but should have been a slash against on McDavid on the pass to Chiasson.

    Wouldn’t that have been something?

    “No goal, due to a penalty prior to the goal.”

    Everyone is confused…

  68. Dicky94 says:

    Canucks starting to look tired. McDavid just getting started.

  69. Soup Fascist says:

    Side: Your comment about biased reffing in a professional sports league confuses me given how many professional leagues have refs/judges out there accepting bribes to favour one team over the other.

    I’m not saying that’s the case in this game, but I don’t know how one can watch refs continously not call egregious things against McDavid for example, and then give soft calls to the opposing team.

    It’s almost like one of these officials had a bad experience with McDavid. I think I read something about this – left the article in my den.

    I’LL GO LOOK UPSTAIRS

  70. SK Oiler Fan says:

    This is why bad calls matter. Oilers were rolling in the 1st. Boeser and Pettersen were non factors. Two brutal calls later and they are immediately factors in the game on the PP. Then they go into the 5 man turtle shell and the game is porridge

  71. Rocknrolla says:

    Love Hitchcock’s use of time-outs since he got here too. Smart and timed well.

  72. Ice Sage says:

    Dicky94:
    Canucks starting to look tired. McDavid just getting started.

    Not much runway left

  73. npanciroli says:

    Haha of course

  74. Gerta Rauss says:

    fuckin’ Sedins

  75. Professor Q says:

    Soup Fascist: It’s almost like one of these officials had a bad experience with McDavid. I think I read something about this – left the article in my den.

    I’LL GO LOOK UPSTAIRS

    Except that occurred after 2.5 years of the same shyte occurring against McDavid.

    Not quite Chicken vs. Egg?

  76. OmJo says:

    Can we start referring to teams getting scored on with the goalie pulled as Oilering?

  77. Side says:

    Look at that hold and interference on McDavid.

    No call.

    Hmmm…

  78. dsr29 says:

    Nurse sees Mcdavid wheel behind him and dumps it in with no one in the zone.

  79. Ice Sage says:

    Tough way to lose but themself the breaks.
    Living in BC means it’s gonna be a painful few weeks.
    Oilers better refocus for the Blues, it looks like teams are finding the Hitch-system antidote again.

  80. OmJo says:

    Kassian, Lucic, Garrison out there 6v5.

    Somebody ban TMac from the bench please.

  81. npanciroli says:

    Call a spade a spade we got fucked by Kozari today.

  82. Professor Q says:

    OmJo:
    Can we start referring to teams getting scored on with the goalie pulled as Oilering?

    It unfortunately has an opposing term of Flaming.

    Stupid, sexy Flames…

  83. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    22 shots in 60 minutes isn’t gonna get you a win most nights.

  84. Younger Oil says:

    The ref looking right at McDavid getting hugged away from the puck for 5 seconds and doing nothing sums this game up.

  85. Derek says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    This is why bad calls matter. Oilers were rolling in the 1st. Boeser and Pettersen were non factors. Two brutal calls later and they are immediately factors in the game on the PP. Then they go into the 5 man turtle shell and the game is porridge

    The game completely changed after the Oilers pathetic PP in the first period where they never registered a shot, nor had control in the offensive zone for more than 10 seconds. The calls in the second certainly didn’t help any, but there was plenty of time in this game for the Oilers to take over the game against a team that played the night before.

    Instead they made bad decisions with and without the puck all night long, and when they did have opportunities they bobbled the puck. They decided to start playing with 5 minutes left in the game and it wasn’t enough. Bad effort, bad game. Hopefully they’re embarressed and take it out on the next opponent.

  86. Dicky94 says:

    Hitch won’t like the effort from the boys tonight. They were due for a stinker. Right the ship again on Tuesday.

  87. Side says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    22 shots in 60 minutes isn’t gonna get you a win most nights.

    Neither is having your best player getting mugged/slashed constantly without call and then being on PK for the rest of the game from soft calls.

  88. GMB3 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    After watching Jets Bolts this game has negative entertainment value

    Isn’t this the truth.

    Would have been nice if the team could have pulled this one out for Koski. We need 2 more top 9 forwards.

  89. Younger Oil says:

    On the postgame they literally just showed four blatant penalties against McDavid when thr Canucks announcers talked about how effective the defending against him was…

  90. GMB3 says:

    It’s unfortunate that the Pacific division decided they no longer wanted to be the worst division in hockey at the same time the Oilers went on a goaltender induced heater.

  91. Professor Q says:

    Younger Oil:
    On the postgame they literally just showed four blatant penalties against McDavid when thr Canucks announcers talked about how effective the defending against him was…

    Same with the Ducks and Leafs.

    Kadri and Kesler “defend” well against McDavid. Apparently so do Canucks players.

  92. Derek says:

    GMB3:
    It’s unfortunate that the Pacific division decided they no longer wanted to be the worst division in hockey at the same time the Oilers went on a goaltender induced heater.

    Old Slippery Pete’s seat is gonna get pretty warm when Edmontons PDO regresses to the meat.

  93. GMB3 says:

    Side: Neither is having your best player getting mugged/slashed constantly without call and then being on PK for the rest of the game from soft calls.

    This is precisely why it’s imperative for the Oilers to improve their secondary scoring. If you squint hard enough, JJ and RNH make 2/3rds of a good second line, if we could add a legit top 6 winger there, we might be in business.

  94. GMB3 says:

    Derek: Old Slippery Pete’s seat is gonna get pretty warm when Edmontons PDO regresses to the meat.

    the PDO hasn’t been crazy high under Hitch, but I’m not sure we have the horses to see the shooting % increase when the goaltending cools off a bit.

  95. JimmyV1965 says:

    IMO the Oil weren’t outplayed tonight. They weren’t good though. Jones looks good. Will be on the second pair if he keeps this up. We desperately need a legit top 6 forward for the second line. We simply don’t have enough players who can score.

  96. innercitysmytty says:

    Derek,

    Hmm don’t think our PDO is actually high. And someone mentioned yesterday it was 102 since Hitch came on board, which isn’t much of a heater at all. Goaltending has been, but not shooting percentage.

  97. SwedishPoster says:

    Disappointing game. Both the result and the quality. One team on a back to back and the other without rythm. On to the next one.

  98. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OMG the verbal by Hitch about “the tugging on Connor” is magnificent. Calling out the league at the same time as he calls it as he sees it. Brilliant.

  99. Jethro Tull says:

    Younger Oil:
    The ref looking right at McDavid getting hugged away from the puck for 5 seconds and doing nothing sums this game up.

    You know what I hate? The plays where McDavid skates into the ozone with possession, then either breaks his stick or throws it away on purpose. I can only assume he’s doing it because he doesn’t think it’s fair that the opposition isn’t ready yet. Even the refs shake their head and remind him “NO”, so as he doesn’t score. Some of the opposition even try to help him by guiding his stick or tapping his gloves gently to cue him to stop.

    That must be it.

  100. Side says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    OMG the verbal by Hitch about “the tugging on Connor” is magnificent.Calling out the league at the same time as he calls it as he sees it.Brilliant.

    Looks like we can add ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ to Hitchcocks resume…

  101. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor. And that really bothers me. Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players. And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today. And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed. And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine. But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold. So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

  102. GMB3 says:

    I just took a quick peak at the Bakersfield statistics for the year and it appears both Benson and Hebig have cooled off a little since their torrid start.

    Benson with only 3 goals is a little disappointing. We are a playmaker-heavy team.

  103. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Side,

    Hitch could make InfoWars a reputable, mainstream source for news.

  104. HenryDrix says:

    Younger Oil:
    On the postgame they literally just showed four blatant penalties against McDavid when thr Canucks announcers talked about how effective the defending against him was…

    Can’t stand Canuck broadcasting, infuriating.

  105. digger50 says:

    Caleb Jones evaluation was a highlight of the game.

  106. dsr29 says:

    Perfect

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor.And that really bothers me.Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players.And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today.And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed.And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine.But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold.So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

  107. GMB3 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor.And that really bothers me.Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players.And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today.And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed.And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine.But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold.So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

    That is beautiful

  108. Professor Q says:

    Jethro Tull: You know what I hate? The plays where McDavid skates into the ozone with possession, then either breaks his stick or throws it away on purpose. I can only assume he’s doing it because he doesn’t think it’s fair that the opposition isn’t ready yet. Even the refs shake their head and remind him “NO”, so as he doesn’t score. Some of the opposition even try to help him by guiding his stick or tapping his gloves gently to cue him to stop.

    That must be it.

    Or decides to snowangel on the ice because he wants everyone to have fun.

  109. Side says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor.And that really bothers me.Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players.And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today.And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed.And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine.But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold.So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

    This is brilliant. It’s nice that the Oilers have a headcoach who is finally calling the refs and league out on this garbage.

    I guess it’s not just conspiracy theorist fans who are seeing this.

  110. Dicky94 says:

    dsr29,

    Hope he means Simmonds toughness and not Lucic toughness.

  111. npanciroli says:

    McDavid only drawing 16 penalties this year so far kind of does feel like a conspiracy/screw job.

  112. buffalobill says:

    Hi guys and gals, this is only my second post, the first being my prediction of 107 points this year. Really it is good they had this loss, doesn’t have an affect on the standings other than they didn’t get the 2 points but it will bring them down to earth and make them concentrate on Hitches teaching, in the long run it will do them a lot of good and teach them to not take things for granted.

  113. JimmyV1965 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor.And that really bothers me.Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players.And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today.And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed.And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine.But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold.So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

    Tmac witnessed this for three years and never said a word

  114. Bling says:

    Amazing comments by Hitch.

    Build the statue now!

  115. kgo says:

    I was worried when the league implemented that “Puck over the glass” rule…tonight’s call against Gravel was the worst possible iteration of it….only took what? 8 seasons?

    That call was brutal for 3 reasons:

    -.the puck wasn’t sitting flat (was it even touching the ice)
    – the puck bounced off the glass
    – the canuck player’s stick provided all the momentum

    Between this and the Kassian breakaway non-call, I turned off the TV because it was obviously not our turn to win….

  116. godot10 says:

    GMB3: Isn’t this the truth.

    Would have been nice if the team could have pulled this one out for Koski. We need 2 more top 9 forwards.

    We need a top 4 RD more.

  117. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Jones’ 5v5 Corsi tonight: +22 / -2.

    And all he has to show for it is a cheap penalty & a -1 on the empty netter. Not fair. He was terrific.

  118. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lots of posts over the last few years, in particular earlier this year, about the coaching staff never really calling out the refs on the lack of calls on the Oilers in general and, in particular, on McDavid – well coach Hitchcock fixed that in his post-game comments last night. Will be interesting to see if there is any overt effect.

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Jones’ 5v5 Corsi tonight: +22 / -2.

    And all he has to show for it is a cheap penalty & a -1 on the empty netter. Not fair. He was terrific.

    (credit: SuperNova, Stats: Natural Stat)

    Jones & Gravel Pair 5×5 tonight

    Time on Ice Together 12:54

    Corsi 95.24% (20-1)
    Fenwick 100% (14-0)
    Shots 100% (9-0)
    Scoring Chances 100% (12-0)
    High Danger SC 100% (3-0)

    Also Played 3:52 of that against Pettersson

  120. JimmyV1965 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Lots of posts over the last few years, in particular earlier this year, about the coaching staff never really calling out the refs on the lack of calls on the Oilers in general and, in particular, on McDavid – well coach Hitchcock fixed that in his post-game comments last night. Will be interesting to see if there is any overt effect.

    I’m not sure if we will start getting calls from the refs, but this will be a msjor talking point in the MSM today, both in Edmonton and nationally.

  121. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Lots of posts over the last few years, in particular earlier this year, about the coaching staff never really calling out the refs on the lack of calls on the Oilers in general and, in particular, on McDavid – well coach Hitchcock fixed that in his post-game comments last night. Will be interesting to see if there is any overt effect.

    “But Carlyle said we were using Kid Gloves!”

  122. ArmchairGM says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor.And that really bothers me.Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players.And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today.And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed.And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine.But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold.So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

    Someone buy the man a beer!

    Oh, and forward this to every league and media contact we can find.

  123. ArmchairGM says:

    Professor Q: Or decides to snowangel on the ice because he wants everyone to have fun.

    He always seems to take down an opponent when doing this though, which is completely unsportsmanlike of him. He should be ashamed!

  124. ArmchairGM says:

    godot10: We need a top 4 RD more.

    Temporarily, yes.

  125. ArmchairGM says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Jones’ 5v5 Corsi tonight: +22 / -2.

    And all he has to show for it is a cheap penalty & a -1 on the empty netter. Not fair. He was terrific.

    He’s been a revelation. Hopefully we can acquire a top-6 player for the guys Jones is displacing. If Chiarelli can work the fabled 3-for-1 deal for Niederreiter or similar underperforming sniper, some will be forgiven.

  126. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar: (credit: SuperNova, Stats: Natural Stat)

    Jones & Gravel Pair 5×5 tonight

    Time on Ice Together 12:54

    Corsi 95.24% (20-1)
    Fenwick 100% (14-0)
    Shots 100% (9-0)
    Scoring Chances 100% (12-0)
    High Danger SC 100% (3-0)

    Also Played 3:52 of that against Pettersson

    New 2nd pairing?

  127. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: New 2nd pairing?

    They are for now.

    Garrison/Benning really struggled last night.

    When Russell is back, hopefully Saturday, I think we see:

    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Jones
    Russell/Benning

    Wideman

    I would even waive Garrison to make room on the roster for the Russell activation but they seem hesitant to do so.

  128. SK Oiler Fan says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hitch:

    You know, I’m not going to comment on the penalties, but the stuff that really bothers me is what’s happening to Connor.And that really bothers me.Because we’re a league that’s supposed to showcase our top players.And you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but, the tug-of-war on his was absolutely ridiculous today.And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you; because I can see the whacking and hacking when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed.And if that’s what we want, then that’s fine.But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

    Q: Is this a volume thing where you can’t call everything?

    He’s not allowed to play give and go, it’s give and hold.So, we’re going to have to find a way to fight through it or play toughness with them and figure it out from there.

    Nice
    I guess if the league is Ok with soccer like acting like we saw from Pettersen and Roussel tonight I guess we’ll have to become comfortable with 97 doing the same in order to keep up with the competition. I’ve been saying for years the Oilers don’t sell calls like most of their opponents. The explaination of lack of calls was always oh they are a young team, have to earn the respect of officials first, vets get the calls, blah blah.

  129. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar: They are for now.

    Garrison/Benning really struggled last night.

    When Russell is back, hopefully Saturday, I think we see:

    Nurse/Larsson
    Gravel/Jones
    Russell/Benning

    Wideman

    I would even waive Garrison to make room on the roster for the Russell activation but they seem hesitant to do so.

    Gravel – Benning seems way better together on the third pair than apart.

  130. godot10 says:

    ArmchairGM: Temporarily, yes.

    How, temporarily?

    Bouchard is at least till after next season away from being a 3rd pairing D. Persson and Jones and Berglund is at least till after next season away from being a 2nd pairing away.

    And seeing all those guys are on entry level deals, the Oilers need a legit top 4 right D for at least 2.5 seasons.

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