Game 38 2018-19: Sharks at Oilers

The Oilers first NHL four-game losing streak came October 24-30, 1979. Goaltending was a major issue in losses against the Rangers (10-2), Atlanta (7-3), Washington (6-4), St. Louis (2-1). In those four games, Eddie Mio’s save percentage was .867 (stopped 91 of 105 shots), Dave Dryden’s .727 (stopped 24 of 33 shots). The team won the fifth game, 7-5 over the Islanders on November 2, 1979. Wayne Gretzky went 2-1-3, assisting on the eventual winner by Blair MacDonald late in the second period. In some ways, this 2018-19 team reminds me of that ragtag bunch, stunning generational talent at the top, some key pieces, quality on the rise, combined with also-rans, never-weres and distant bells up and down the line. They made the playoffs.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: In a ‘Hail Mary’ roster shuffle, Oilers recall Kailer Yamamoto, waive Valentin Zykov and place Alex Chiasson on IR.
  • Lowetide: Peter Chiarelli’s free-agent success in 2018 may dictate Oilers big money moves in the summer of 2019.
  • Lowetide: Total recall—Who should be next on the Bakersfield-to-Edmonton shuttle?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers’ Rattie still figuring out how to play for new-old coach Ken Hitchcock.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Condors coach Jay Woodcroft has a lifetime of hockey knowledge to share and the notebooks to prove it.
  • Jonathan Willis: The Ryan Spooner for Ryan Strome trade has yet to pay dividends for the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Lowetide: No. 8 prospect Winter 2018: Kirill Maksimov.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 7 prospect Winter 2018: Caleb Jones
  • 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 38

  • Oilers in 2015: 15-20-3, 33 points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in 2016: 19-12-7, 45 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 17-18-3, 37 points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in 2018: 18-16-3, 39 points; goal differential -3

The losing streak brought this year’s team back to the 2017 crew, who as you might remember had a helluva time after Christmas after going 17-17-3 leading up to the break. A win tonight would place the 2018 McDavids on a pace to deliver 82, 41-37-6, 88 points. That represents a 10-point improvement year-over-year.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 6-5-2, 14 points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in December 2016: 7-2-4, 18 points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in December 2017: 7-5-1, 15 points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2018: 6-5-1, 13 points; goal differential +2

After a hot start, the team has fallen back to earth and is now tracking a little below the two non-playoff clubs. Ken Hitchcock is 9-6-2, 20 points. It’s possible Hitch reaches Game 20 with a record close to Todd McLellan’s 9-10-1, 19 points.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • At home to: Vegas (Expected 0-1-0) Actual (1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Dallas, St. Louis (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Minnesota, Calgary (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • On the road to: Colorado,Winnipeg(Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 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 0-1-0)
  • At home to: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, San Jose, Winnipeg (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-3-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 6-5-1, 13 points in 12 games

I had the St. Louis and Vancouver games as wins, the San Jose game as another loss (OT with the Jets). I think the two-point gap between my projection and the Oilers record may still be there at the end of the mond. How much faith do you have in this team right now? Does the activation of Kris Russell help that faith? We’re looking at a major chapter in this season, right here, right now. Five losses in a row is an actual elevator shaft.

THE CURRENT OILERS

  • This is the lineup Daniel Nugent-Bowman posted on twitter yesterday during practice with Kris Russell thrown in.
  • The forwards number is 5-on-5 scoring per 60, with McDavid, Draisaitl, Nuge, Khaira and Chiasson all performing well.
  • The defensemen are shots-for percentage at 5-on-5.

HIS JUDGEMENT COMETH AND THAT RIGHT SOON!

  • Ken Hitchcock: “Some of the guys that have been around awhile have a terrific opportunity, and they ought to take advantage, because there’s going to be other younger guys that’ll take their spot.”

Hitchcock broke up the identity line in recent days, that’s an indication (in my opinion) we’re heading toward an eyebrow raising healthy scratch over the next few days (should things continue). So far in his time with the Oilers, Hitch’s healthy scratches so far:

  • Chris Wideman 12
  • Jason Garrison 11
  • Ty Rattie 6
  • Valentin Zykov 5
  • Patrick Russell 3
  • Cooper Marody 3
  • Jujhar Khaira 2 (suspension)
  • Drake Caggiula 2 (illness)
  • Tobias Rieder (injury)
  • Matt Benning
  • Kevin Gravel
  • Ryan Spooner
  • Connor McDavid (illness)
  • Caleb Jones
  • Ryan Spooner

I noted some of the missed games that weren’t healthy scratches, may have missed one or two. I don’t see a real surprise on this list, but if Milan Lucic gets a healthy scratch, well that’s news.

WORKING UP A SWEAT

I used to work in sales, and the weekly pressure can be enormous. You need leads, which turn into prospects, which turn into rapport, which turn into proposals and then sales. You work hard with the client to ensure success and then, if things break right, that client becomes a regular customer.

Radio sales, at least when I was in that part of the industry, involved a Monday morning meeting where the boss would go around the table and ask how much money you planned to book that week. I dreaded it. If you didn’t have anything that week, you looked bad. If you said nothing two weeks in a row, cold stare. Three weeks? Make something up!

No one likes to be singled out in a negative way, but I will say the number one lesson I learned from sales is the value of fear. I had a sales manager who would say “I’m not happy until there’s sweat running down the crack of your ass” and my goodness he was good at that one thing.

The Oilers are in the middle of a losing streak. Fans are miserable. Rest assured fear of a HS is on the minds of several Edmonton Oilers at this time.

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  1. russ99 says:

    Nadir’s Raiders again?

    ugh.

  2. Pescador says:

    Fragile is what this team was 4 games ago

  3. StixMalone says:

    Keystone cops at their finest. Katz is in the movie business so just film this team and do a remake of the series…

  4. jake70 says:

    Oh boy …

  5. HugThePost says:

    If Chia gets canned soon, it will be well-earned. Nobody likes to see someone lose a job, but he has failed at his.

    In the short-term, it won’t do anything for the team’s on ice results. In the long-term, hopefully his replacement can right the ship and we can end up with a team we can be proud of.

  6. Jethro Tull says:

    When the walls fell…..

  7. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Talbot is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

  8. StixMalone says:

    There’s a positive

  9. Munny says:

    Congrats, Caleb.

  10. StixMalone says:

    Goalie looked bored

  11. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Chia makes me really miss Craig.

  12. StixMalone says:

    Does Keith Gretzky have more clout than Chia? Maybe his phone manners are nicer? I say let’s give it a try? What have we got to lose?….

  13. Pescador says:

    Munny:
    Congrats, Caleb.

    He is going to be a fine player wherever they trade him

  14. Rondo says:

    HugThePost,

    If Chia did absolutely nothing as a GM , Oilers would be a better team.

  15. flyfish1168 says:

    Offside:
    The only way we are getting rid of Lucic at this point is if we throw in McDavid as a sweetener. This would free up about $18 million in cap space which could be used to get 2 quality D and 2 top 6 forwards. Do we attempt the Quebec/Colorado approach to a rebuild?

    MacKinnon, Rantanen, Erik Johnson, Cale Makar and this years 1st. I would think about it

  16. HugThePost says:

    Rondo:
    HugThePost,

    If Chia did absolutely nothing as a GM , Oilers would be a better team.

    That literally is all he had to do.

  17. Paulie says:

    What if 98 never develops into top 6 forward, Nurse never rises above being a 4/5 d, and Yama washes out? At this point, this scenario seems more likely than all 3 emerging as core/important complimentary pieces.

  18. StixMalone says:

    Hitch should go into Chias office and go on a Clark Griswald meltdown tirade and see if anything happens

  19. leadfarmer says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Talbot is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

    Good thing we’re trading him when his value is at its lowest.
    That way the rebuild can continue at a snails pace

  20. StixMalone says:

    Paulie,

    They will get there just not with this team……

  21. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Talbot is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

    Dubnyk is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

    Brossoit is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

    Why do the goalies always shit the bed here? Why can’t we be the team that gets these guys after they are run out of town by their previous organization? Holy hell.

  22. Dr. Taboggan says:

    leadfarmer,

    It is the Oiler way. People talk about Philly being a goalie graveyard, Edmonton is not far behind.

  23. StixMalone says:

    We want 10. Hitch looked like he was smirking on that one

  24. Drew says:

    Jethro Tull:
    When the walls fell…..

    Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

  25. Gret99zky says:

    Lowe and MacTavish will quietly inform Katz exactly what is wrong with this team.

  26. McSorley33 says:

    Drew Remenda “another hit free game”…..

    Yep.

  27. knighttown says:

    The Sharks are such an interesting team…nearly unique in the NHL. They score soooo much of tips and screens. Big forwards forecheck and retrieve. Get it back to those great defencemen and the filter to the net. And little Joe ,must give lessons cause they’re all phenomenal at getting a piece.

    They seem to thrive on bad ice surfaces like this one and I assume San Jose. A team like Toronto on a good sheet might give them fits but they seem built for today’s modern multi-use facilities where bouncing pucks are the norm.

  28. StixMalone says:

    Someone throw a jersey. Oh wait that would add more pain to that fan….

  29. Gret99zky says:

    Rondo:
    HugThePost,

    If Chia did absolutely nothing as a GM , Oilers would be a better team.

    +1

    He pissed all over his powder.

  30. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Tmac must feel a bit better after this game.

  31. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Paulie:
    What if 98 never develops into top 6 forward, Nurse never rises above being a 4/5 d, and Yama washes out? At this point, this scenario seems more likely than all 3 emerging as core/important complimentary pieces.

    I would be very happy if 2 out of 3 emerged but that is not looking too good right now either.

  32. Pescador says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Dubnyk is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

    Brossoit is done as an Oiler. I think he is probably a decent goalie and I am sure he will get a shutout against the Oilers next season but he is done here.

    Why do the goalies always shit the bed here? Why can’t we be the team that gets these guys after they are run out of town by their previous organization? Holy hell.

    We get Montoya, Fasth, Scrivens
    All of whom we gave up assets for
    Probably get a conditional 5th from Philly but they will only play him in 9 games so as not to surrender the 4th

  33. StixMalone says:

    A positive Lucic actually made a pass

  34. Gret99zky says:

    StixMalone:
    A positive Lucic actually made a pas

    Not a complete one.

  35. verite says:

    Fire Chiarelli tonight

  36. russ99 says:

    Keystone Kops out there. All three Oilers forward collided going for the puck.

  37. Gret99zky says:

    Fine line between fan and fool.

  38. flyfish1168 says:

    Paulie:
    What if 98 never develops into top 6 forward, Nurse never rises above being a 4/5 d, and Yama washes out? At this point, this scenario seems more likely than all 3 emerging as core/important complimentary pieces.

    I would lean towards blaming the Oiler management, being at fault in the development area

  39. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Chia makes me really miss Craig.

    Weirdly enough, I honestly think we would be talking cup contention if he were still the GM, with basically anyone other than Eakins behind the bench. All they had to do, was draft and develop… After drafting McDavid, they had the pieces to make a dynasty. The Defenseman would have come.

    I’ve talked with people that already think they should completely start from scratch, and would probably be in better shape after doing so.

  40. BeerMe says:

    This team fucking sucks

  41. BeerMe says:

    Bonus McPoint in garbage time. feels like last year. cheering for mcpoints

  42. russ99 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Weirdly enough, I honestly think we would be talking cup contention if he were still the GM, with basically anyone other than Eakins behind the bench. All they had to do, was draft and develop… After drafting McDavid, they had the pieces to make a dynasty. The Defenseman would have come.

    I’ve talked with people that already think they should completely start from scratch, and would probably be in better shape after doing so.

    Are you kidding?

    Did you forget the Gagner contract debacle, the horrid FAs we’d overpay when they’d sign with us, the Schultz comments, the Petry debacle, the coaching carousel, the Eakins hiring, the co-coach where he’d glare at the players behind the bench?

    MacTavish may have been a good coach but he was a horrid GM and continues to be a horrid assistant GM.

    We should build around the McDavid core, 22 and under, trade/dump everyone else. We still have one of the best young rosters in the league, and when the youngest roster in the league gets a bit older with the proper support, we’ll be a good hockey team.

    Look at Winnipeg. We’re missing the quality veteran support. If we had half of what they have we’d be a shoo-in playoff team.

  43. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Leon is awesome.

    Connor is awesome.

    Just let them make the decisions ffs.

  44. tileguy says:

    So only 3 points for Rattie, he better sit out the next game.

  45. Paulie says:

    BeerMe:
    Bonus McPoint in garbage time. feels like last year. cheering for mcpoints

    For me, it feels like 15-16 w/o the silver lining. Back then, Leon was emerging playing with Hall. We could look forward to the next season when McD would be (hopefully) injury free, Leon would be more experienced, and Hall could drive his own line. Klef had potential and given his physical tools it seemed like Nurse might be a top 4 down the line even though he struggled in 15-16. Fast forward to today. McD is the best, Leon is very strong and Klef is excellent when he’s in the lineup. Hall is gone, the D stinks and there is no silver lining.

  46. silasbengtsson says:

    Drake Caggiula must have some kind of terminal illness and the Oilers are playing out his last wish. That’s the only way his usage makes sense.

  47. fishman says:

    All is lost!

    Abandon Ship! (Again!)

    I wish I understood why I care so much about this team?

    Time for a break? (tier 2 fan)

    At what point do fans stop caring and stop buying tickets, beer and merchandise ?

    (Asking for a friend!)

  48. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    BeerMe:
    This team fucking sucks

    This is the first thing I thought of after your post…

    https://youtu.be/vmXWZFPvCAU

  49. Chris says:

    I’d love to see Oil country show up next game in Winnipeg Jets garb.

  50. drglen says:

    Holy Hell what happened !?

  51. rope-a-dope says:

    The thing with Chia is that he was capable of wheeling and dealing in Boston, winning some, losing some, but overall the net result was a team that won the cup and Presidents Trophy in a separate year (if memory serves). Here in Edmonton, it’s not even close, this is bubble team. I therefore question the org more broadly, this average team can’t just be laid at the feet of Chia, the whole front office group has to be responsible.

  52. YKOil says:

    Things will get better when Sekera and Klefbom get back but by then we may be out of it.

    Speaks to failings of the GM imo.

    Lack of depth, mis-matched player sets, players lacking multiple skill sets, veterans who can’t actually lead and no extra assets available for trades… all of that is on the GM.

    Painful to watch. 16 seconds after we score the first goal. 16 f&*king seconds.

  53. hunter1909 says:

    Mercifully thought the game was on later and missed everything. Hopefully maybe that could be the start of a trend.

    Lucic got an Assist, so there’s that.

    Perhaps Larsson and Nurse might not be ideal together?

    Yamamoto got 0-0 can expect more of this as he’s not even played in the AHL properly let alone vs the freaking Sharks.

    This team.

  54. hunter1909 says:

    rope-a-dope: this average team can’t just be laid at the feet of Chia, the whole front office group has to be responsible.

    With respect, no one knows the Oilers management team that’s not one of the many “inside” types like Lowe+MacT and basically everyone including Wayne Gretzky who needs to take over the team as president, and his brother Keith as GM because folks, we’re really starting to take in water.

    Unfortunately the star players from the Dynasty are intimidated by Kevin Lowe to the extent he’s been allowed to run the show for the past 20 years in one capacity or another.

    Draisaitl and McDavid appear to be scoring well, lol

  55. drglen says:

    7 unanswered goals…. until late in the 3rd…. ..

    mannnnn….. that’s Harlem Nationals territory.

  56. Pretendergast says:

    was at the game, that was rough, library in there too, fans put in the same effort as the team.

    on the plus side, lucic was the only player to hit someone in stride with a pass and hooray! goals!

    Passing is important, so is goalering, really strong game by the sharks and karlsson, hes unreal, even if he shouldve had 3 penalties for interference.

    Movin on, get well soon D!

  57. Mr. D. says:

    We have gone to puck movers with little toughness with very few finishers…we are done.

  58. who says:

    PATHETIC!
    Easily the teams worst game under Hitch. And it’s not even close.
    So many players to criticize. So many roster decisions to question. So little time.
    It’ll be interesting to read the game grades but I can’t think of an Oiler that was good tonight. They were all just varying degrees of bad. No point in naming players but I am mystified by the length of rope given to certain players. And the shortness of the rope given to others.
    The decision to recall Yamamoto is a head scratcher. Why can’t we leave players in the minors for a year?
    And, if Hitch really does like Khaira on the wing with Nuge and JP, why not call up a center to play 8 minutes or less? Or just stick with Spooner there? Puzzling?
    My top 2 lines would be
    Drai McDavid Rattie
    Khaira Nuge JP
    Put Brodziak and whoever at 3C and 4C, and then fill in the wings with the players that hurt you the least. Maybe they could at least get 2 lines scoring then.
    The defense will have to wait until they get some bodies back. This is as good as it gets right now.
    Hopefully this is rock bottom. Right?

  59. drglen says:

    Who did Yamo play with today? Sorry missed the whole thing.

  60. Johnny Larue says:

    Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Same as it ever was , mucho cerveza’s to follow

  61. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Sail on, Zykov…..

    …..we hardly knew you.

  62. Ben says:

    Just got home. Who won?

  63. fishman says:

    Ben:
    Just got home. Who won?

    Just move it along folks.

    Nothing to see here!

  64. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    Sail on, Zykov…..

    …..we hardly knew you.

    Of course… you just KNOW that Vegas will develop him properly, and he will turn into a useful middle 6 winger.

    #becauseoilers

  65. HugThePost says:

    Because of the Oilers, the part of my brain that is responsible for enjoying hockey does not work anymore.

    The Oilers’ organizational mantra should be: “We’re not happy until you’re not happy”

  66. Glovjuice says:

    pts2pndr: Glovjuice of course because he has all the answers! At least he recognizes other GM’s mistakes! He would definetly fit smartest man in the room!

    Keith for now I would say.

  67. Zelepukin says:

    silasbengtsson:
    Drake Caggiula must have some kind of terminal illness and the Oilers are playing out his last wish. That’s the only way his usage makes sense.

    Totally. I feel like there is something similar with Lucic. In no other job would you keep you this employee around.

  68. Glovjuice says:

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    Killer modern art, man.

  69. Glovjuice says:

    How was Spooner this afternoon? Stopped watching early on to shovel snow and read with my daughter. Did he play? Figured his speed and scoring would help.

  70. HugThePost says:

    it’s so appropriate on this day that Matthew Barzel has just completed his natural hat-trick vs Toronto on HNIC

    Oiler fans weep.

    Shakespeare could not write this level of tragedy.

  71. BONE207 says:

    Streets of Edmonton were like peanut butter and jelly. Had to ditch once to avoid a pile up. Hundreds of $$$ later & long line ups at Costco. Missed the game but caught up on the Lowetide. You know, you are all a bunch of funny fuckers!!! If this team was good, we’d be less funny. At least the juniors look good.

  72. Buddy says:

    HugThePost: I hate to say it but the Oilers are the one team in the league capable of foolish.They re-defined the word.And in the process they would probably have their spin machine in overdrive and blame 97 for the losing, claiming he did not bear down and score enough when the team needed him most.

    Rather, wasn’t intense enough in practice.

  73. Glovjuice says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Weirdly enough, I honestly think we would be talking cup contention if he were still the GM, with basically anyone other than Eakins behind the bench. All they had to do, was draft and develop… After drafting McDavid, they had the pieces to make a dynasty. The Defenseman would have come.

    I’ve talked with people that already think they should completely start from scratch, and would probably be in better shape after doing so.

    This is what I have said many times. Tambo is who we needed the second we got the 11.5% drop in our favour. But MacT would NOT have been worse than Chia, you are correct.

  74. Glovjuice says:

    fishman:
    All is lost!

    Abandon Ship! (Again!)

    I wish I understood why I care so much about this team?

    Time for a break? (tier 2 fan)

    At what point do fans stop caring and stop buying tickets, beer and merchandise ?

    (Asking for a friend!)

    I’m stunned ANYONE other than children wants to go to the games at the price point. And adults wearing jerseys – totally hilarious. I’ve been watching (well, not when they totally suck like today) for years as I honestly prefer my couch, beer, food etc. All lemmings who go.

  75. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Glovjuice: I’m stunned ANYONE other than children wants to go to the games at the price point.And adults wearing jerseys – totally hilarious. I’ve been watching (well, not when they totally suck like today) for years as I honestly prefer my couch, beer, food etc. All lemmings who go.

    There was a time when OP posted more frequently and you posted less often. Really miss those times.

  76. Lowetide says:

    Glovjuice:
    How was Spooner this afternoon? Stopped watching early on to shovel snow and read with my daughter. Did he play? Figured his speed and scoring would help.

    He didn’t play. Yamamoto jumped right into the lineup, I thought he played well.

  77. Lowetide says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: There was a time when OP posted more frequently and you posted less often. Really miss those times.

    Be kind, DSF.

  78. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Lowetide: Be kind, DSF.

    Noted. Will do.

  79. Harpers Hair says:

    DSF?
    We have a pretender?

  80. Pescador says:

    BONE207:
    Streets of Edmonton were like peanut butter and jelly. Had to ditch once to avoid a pile up. Hundreds of $$$ later & long line ups at Costco. Missed the game but caught up on the Lowetide. You know, you are all a bunch of funny fuckers!!! If this team was good, we’d be less funny. At least the juniors look good.

    Thanks Boner,
    Right back atcha,
    What’d you get me from Costco?

  81. godot10 says:

    OmJo:
    Honestly the Winnipeg Jets are a great story.

    Meanwhile the Edmonton Oilers tragedy would make Shakespeare weep.

    The Oilers are worse than a Shakespearean tragedy. In a Shakespearean tragedy, when you make a mistake, you are held accountable with absolute certainty. You die. Even if you redeem yourself, you die. There is no escape.

    The Oilers are NOT a tragedy. They are a horror story. Those responsble are still amongst us, walking the halls and offices of Rogers Place, continuing to haunt and infect the team like the plague. Vampires.

    If fanaticism were only a choice, but it isn’t. I am never going to be the fan of another (hockey) team.

  82. jtblack says:

    Didnt see the game. Looks
    ….. ummmm … ummmm….

    What happened to the Hitchmas Miracle 🙁

  83. Pescador says:

    godot10: The Oilers are worse than a Shakespearean tragedy.In a Shakespearean tragedy, when you make a mistake, you are held accountable with absolute certainty.You die.Even if you redeem yourself, you die.There is no escape.

    The Oilers are NOT a tragedy.They are a horror story.Those responsble are still amongst us, walking the halls and offices of Rogers Place, continuing to haunt and infect the team like the plague. Vampires.

    If fanaticism were only a choice, but it isn’t. I am never going to be the fan of another (hockey) team.

    The vampire plague has arrived,
    good job Edmonton has a 24hr Torch n Pitchfork

  84. godot10 says:

    Derek:
    That was Nuges man, was he coming from the bench after a line change on that failed clearing attempt?Hard to tell on the replay because Sportsnet.

    The main culprit on the 2nd goal against was the same as the first goal against…i.e. Caggiula. In this case he absented himself from the scene of the crime. He also lost the original puck battle by falling down.

    Caggiula decided to cover air on the 2nd goal against.

    He single-handedly blew this game for the Oilers. Killed any momentum and confidence with two blunders after the opening goal.

    And we have him for another season. Just like Kassian. Just like Spooner.

  85. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10: If fanaticism were only a choice, but it isn’t. I am never going to be the fan of another (hockey) team.

    I’m in the same boat

    If I ever call it quits on this team I’ll just walk away from the sport

    We’re not there yet, but it sure is hard being a fan of the Edmonton Oilers

  86. unca miltie says:

    The bad news is that got a call Wednesday, telling me that some one had broken into my motorhome down in Palm Springs. The good news is that I flew down yesterday and was playing golf instead of watching the game. Still love this site though.

  87. flyfish1168 says:

    Barzal only got 3 goals tonight. But he wasn’t good enough for us to draft

  88. GMB3 says:

    I just rewatched Puljujarvis draft year highlights from Finland. What happened to that guy?

  89. T0ML says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Of course… you just KNOW that Vegas will develop him properly, and he will turn into a useful middle 6 winger.

    #becauseoilers

    Not to completely ruin the “Oilers fuck up everything” narrative, but its worth noting we are what Zykovs 3rd team? Second to claim him off waivers? If he was going to turn into a middle 6 guy Oilers were a damned good landing spot to prove something, he didnt here, he didnt with the Canes this season…

    Crazy Pedestrian: Of course… you just KNOW that Vegas will develop him properly, and he will turn into a useful middle 6 winger.

    #becauseoilers

    Crazy Pedestrian,

  90. deardylan says:

    HugThePost:
    it’s so appropriate on this day that Matthew Barzel has just completed his natural hat-trick vs Toronto on HNIC

    Oiler fans weep.

    Shakespeare could not write this level of tragedy.

    +1

    From Stanley Cup to Stanley Basement to Nightmare on 104 Street
    From Hitchmas to Hitching a Ride.
    Just Another Episode of Oilers Soap Opera
    How can you not laugh till you cry or better yet cry until you laugh!
    Man another wild season
    It is all leading to another epic draft (we miss superstar, we get a MVP player, and trade him, we miss a first round in Yak or JP or miss the Barzal boat so we get the first round player of all first rounds of decade

    All part of the story, all part of the

    Karma Police Chameleon

    Next thing you know we will get all defence back and lose forwards and win the draft

    It is all part of the epic heroes journey…

    Right now we lost the ring to Golem, the Pacific Empire strikes back and things are looking bleak….

    #AsTheWorldTurnsatTheGeneralHospitalfortheBoldandBeautiful

  91. godot10 says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Tmac must feel a bit better after this game.

    TMc was losing with Klefbom in the lineup.

  92. flyfish1168 says:

    GMB3:
    I just rewatched Puljujarvis draft year highlights from Finland. What happened to that guy?

    One word ” Oilers”

  93. flyfish1168 says:

    Evan just took a bad hit from behind.

  94. Glovjuice says:

    GMB3:
    I just rewatched Puljujarvis draft year highlights from Finland. What happened to that guy?

    The Oilers development system happened. Or was it rhetorical?

  95. Dr. Taboggan says:

    godot10,

    It was a joke.

  96. godot10 says:

    Lowetide: He didn’t play. Yamamoto jumped right into the lineup, I thought he played well.

    The norm. Played well. No production He should be in the AHL learning how to score against men. And away from the Oilers s%# show.

    Yamamoto up is a Chiarelli panic move…and one not in the best interests of the team or the player.

    Yamamoto playing 50 games in the AHL getting 25 goals and 60 points would remove any doubt or chance of doubt when he his a slump in the NHL. Such a slump would not affect him because he would know he belongs.

  97. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    godot10: The norm.Played well.No production He should be in the AHL learning how to score against men.And away from the Oilers s%# show.

    Yamamoto up is a Chiarelli panic move…and one not in the best interests of the team or the player.

    Yamamoto playing 50 games in the AHL getting 25 goals and 60 points would remove any doubt or chance of doubt when he his a slump in the NHL.Such a slump would not affect him because he would know he belongs.

    Hard to argue with any of that. I too would like to see Yamamoto play the full year in the AHL. Re-evaluate next year in training camp.

  98. godot10 says:

    Proceed with Draisaitl as a centre 5×5. This is the best option. Draisaitl doesn’t touch the puck enough playing with McDavid. They have their contracts. We are wasting the remainder of Nugent-Hopkins contract diddling

    Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid, XXX
    Rieder, Draisaitl, YYY (Chiasson)
    ZZZ, Khaira, Puljujarvi
    AAA, Brodziak, Kassian.
    Pressbox: Lucic, Caggiula

    I’d waive Caggiula and hope somebody claims him.

  99. Gerta Rauss says:

    godot10: I’d waive Caggiula Spooner and hope somebody claims him.

    fixed that for you

  100. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Sorry, I have to ask “HS”?

    A few weeks ago I was delighted to see this team play simple, yet effective, defensive structure that was sorely lacking for the past few years.
    Was there a decision to switch back to man-on-man chaos? This team cannot play that system.
    Regardless of the line-up and the coaching, this team fails at consistently playing hockey 101.
    I don’t get it.

  101. Glovjuice says:

    Gerta Rauss: fixed that for you

    Ya’all catching on to how terrible that trade was. And, literally hours before a coaching change. Can’t make this stuff up.

  102. digger50 says:

    I do have faith in Hitch.

    This man has assessed hundreds of players and dozens of teams. He should be able to sit down with Kieth Gretzky and build a list of keepers and those that need to move along.

    1. Assess talent and start moving players for roster spots and cap. Milan can be moved, I’m sure he is having Edmonton nightmares. He will not block a trade. It may take creativity and opportunity to knock, but he can be moved.

    2. Find the next Collage NHL ready player and head hunt him

    3. Develop a criteria list of the player type needed. Wait for opportunity. Develop your list of assets out, including first round pick.

    4. One of the goalies must be sacrificed

    Not helping:
    Spooner
    Caggiula
    Brodziak
    Rieder
    Lucic

    Under assessment
    Puljuarvi
    Yamamoto
    Marody
    Benson
    Rattie
    Chaisson

    Ehlers. McDavid. Draisaitl
    Cirelli. Nuge. Rattie
    Pulijarvi. Khaira Yamamoto
    Chaisson Marody Kassian
    Benson

    Need another veteran or two, roster is very very young. Veteran fast enough to keep up, good in front of net. Even with two additions, so many question marks.

    Klefbom. Larson
    Nurse. Gudas
    Sekera Bouchard
    Benning. Jones.
    Gravel. Russell
    Persons. Bear.
    Lagesson

    One or both of Sekera or Russel must be moved along, plus there are some spare parts here.

  103. Dicky94 says:

    Don’t like to see people lose their jobs, but it’s officially time for Chia to go. Can’t believe we are here again.

  104. Gerta Rauss says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick: Sorry, I have to ask “HS”?

    I’m not sure of the context:

    -hamstrings
    -heart sounds
    -heparan sulfate
    -hernia sac
    -house surgeon
    -healthy scratch

  105. godot10 says:

    Dicky94:
    Don’t like to see people lose their jobs,but it’s officially time for Chia to go. Can’t believe we are here again.

    Chiarelli is still going to be paid. A GM being relieved of his duties is not like one of us lowly serfs being turfed.

  106. Glovjuice says:

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  107. Dicky94 says:

    godot10,

    True. Still don’t like it though.

  108. Glovjuice says:

    Certainly miss OPs Condors game summary posts – a very good contribution to this blog. Much more than his shirt off posts.

  109. workaroundaccount says:

    There’s gonna be nights like this. Like it or not, we are now in year 1 of the process. This org is far away when you look at the depth of the big dogs in the league. Question is whether we have the right people in place for the rebuild, and I’m not sure we do.

  110. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick:
    Sorry, I have to ask “HS”?

    A few weeks ago I was delighted to see this team play simple, yet effective, defensive structure that was sorely lacking for the past few years.
    Was there a decision to switch back to man-on-man chaos? This team cannot play that system.
    Regardless of the line-up and the coaching, this team fails at consistently playing hockey 101.
    I don’t get it.

    Agreed. They are not playing/able to execute the system that was keeping them in games and winning.

  111. Glovjuice says:

    workaroundaccount:
    There’s gonna be nights like this. Like it or not, we are now in year 1 of the process. This org is far away when you look at the depth of the big dogs in the league. Question is whether we have the right people in place for the rebuild, and I’m not sure we do.

    REBUILD ? This is a dark-rhetorical post I hope – a new genre of post sort of thing, right ? Very funny if this is the case.

  112. who says:

    godot10: The main culprit on the 2nd goal against was the same as the first goal against…i.e. Caggiula.In this case he absented himself from the scene of the crime.He also lost the original puck battle by falling down.

    Caggiula decided to cover air on the 2nd goal against.

    He single-handedly blew this game for the Oilers.Killed any momentum and confidence with two blunders after the opening goal.

    And we have him for another season.Just like Kassian.Just like Spooner.

    He did lose a puck battle to allow entry but the goal scorer was Nuges man. And he was wide open.

  113. Scungilli Slushy says:

    russ99: Are you kidding?

    Did you forget the Gagner contract debacle, the horrid FAs we’d overpay when they’d sign with us, the Schultz comments, the Petry debacle, the coaching carousel, the Eakins hiring, the co-coach where he’d glare at the players behind the bench?

    MacTavish may have been a good coach but he was a horrid GM and continues to be a horrid assistant GM.

    We should build around the McDavid core, 22 and under, trade/dump everyone else. We still have one of the best young rosters in the league, and when the youngest roster in the league gets a bit older with the proper support, we’ll be a good hockey team.

    Look at Winnipeg. We’re missing the quality veteran support. If we had half of what they have we’d be a shoo-in playoff team.

    I agree with this. There are three or four forwards on the farm that are more talented than the current roster and are ready or will be next season. Slow play is best but Holland said that happened because of the roster and it would have been different under different circumstances including having a bigger team if they could have drafted higher.

    I’d rather watch Benson Gambardella Marody Yamamoto lose and grow , make mistakes and blow coverage than what is suppose the vet support do that.

    If Gretzky can find experienced help great, if not clear the unproductive out , pray Lucic can go south, and play the talent. It can’t be worse and might be better.

  114. GMB3 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Agreed. They are not playing/able to execute the system that was keeping them in games and winning.

    The system was incredible goaltending stealing them games. That was reiterated time and again on this blog during the dead cat bounce they got from hitch

  115. OmJo says:

    Both Chiarelli and MacTavish have made rookie mistakes during their time as GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Only one of them was a rookie GM at the time.

    MacTavish had years of experience as an assistant coach before getting a HC job. That didn’t happen with his GMing gig. He had less than a full year in a management position before replacing Tambellini.

    MacTavish shouldn’t have been given a general manager job, period. He wasn’t ready. I’m noticing a trend throughout the Edmonton Oilers organization of giving people jobs they aren’t ready for.

    But hey, at least the Oilers CEO isn’t bitching at journalists to write hit pieces on McDavid and Drasiaitl. Too soon?

  116. JimmyV1965 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: I agree with this. There are three or four forwards on the farm that are more talented than the current roster and are ready or will be next season. Slow play is best but Holland said that happened because of the roster and it would have been different under different circumstances including having a bigger team if they could have drafted higher.

    I’d rather watch Benson Gambardella Marody Yamamoto lose and grow , make mistakes and blow coverage than what is suppose the vet support do that.

    If Gretzky can find experienced help great, if not clear the unproductive out , pray Lucic can go south, and play the talent. It can’t be worse and might be better.

    Isn’t this what we have always done? The Ducks sent Comtois down even though he had 7 pts in 10 games. Their roster isn’t exactly strong either. The Oilers would never do that.

  117. BONE207 says:

    Pescador: Thanks Boner,
    Right back atcha,
    What’d you get me from Costco?

    They had a maple syrup special on. Got some so the Date & I could roll out the poly in the tv room. Should have an extra bottle…🤣

  118. Scungilli Slushy says:

    JimmyV1965: Isn’t this what we have always done? The Ducks sent Comtois down even though he had 7 pts in 10 games. Their roster isn’t exactly strong either. The Oilers would never do that.

    Often with top picks . I’d rather watch Benson developing than Caggiula failing, for example , or Marody than Spooner . As long as the coach is teaching and not blaming them it could work out well for them and the team. They can’t afford to ice players next year than demonstrably cant do the job, Luc excepted

  119. HT Joe says:

    Scungilli Slushy: They can’t afford to ice players next year than demonstrably cant do the job, Luc excepted

    I don’t think they can afford to ice Lucic next year either if he still isn’t performing.

  120. BONE207 says:

    There was a lot of talk about a Shakespearean tragedy. The Midsummer night’s dream turned into the Midwinter afternoon nightmare.
    This team has a poor roster & minor leaguers who aren’t ready. We can’t do much unless we wait for injuries to heal or trade away good prospects. Goaltending can steal a few games. Outside of that, more pain to start 2019. Personally this is going to go 1 of 2 ways. I take up weed & booze consumption or I reduce hockey & give-a-shit/60 intake. Gord…help me now

  121. Rube Foster says:

    HT Joe: I don’t think they can afford to ice Lucic next year either if he still isn’t performing.

    Joe, I believe we’ve progressed well pass the “if he still isn’t performing” stage with Lucic. How long are we supposed to wait for Milan to wake up from his slumber?

    The jury has returned the verdict and the verdict reads – Our $6 Million power forward played in every single game, the majority of that time with Connor, Leon or Nuge, he was gifted a ton of power play minutes and he scored 2 goals in all of 2018.

    Lucic is an offensive black hole. Period. I take no joy in pointing out the obvious.

    I agree with your premise, Lucic has performed at below “replacement level player” rates for the past two seasons. Which begs the question, how can the Oilers be a competive team moving forward with Looch in the line-up every day and taking up so much cap space?

    This, and the fact Pete has never back filled the Sekera hole the past two years has proved to be an insurmountable burden this team has not been able to overcome. Sekera’s injuries are plain old bad luck, Lucic being gifted big minutes with our best players and his enormous amount of power play time the past 82 games is a purely a self inflicted wound.

  122. YKOil says:

    Glovjuice: Ya’all catching on to how terrible that trade was. And, literally hours before a coaching change. Can’t make this stuff up.

    That is the part that kills me. I know GM’s and coaches all want ‘their guys’ but f*(k, if you are going to changes coaches – or are so close that the way the wind blows one day will make your mind up for you – then don’t make stupid moves.

    I swear, good GM’s see Chia coming from miles away.

  123. Wilde says:

    I think Milan whiffing on the 2-on-1 and going offside inexplicably may be his ‘Eberle giveaway’.

    And the healthy scratching of Lucic may be the same omen for the man who signed him.

    Peter Chiarelli will be relieved of his duties (not necessarily fired) and Scott Howson will step up as interim GM (Hitchcock connection – he’s been granted some media attention recently from the Oilers brass and their apparatus, plus past experience as GM) and a second Nicholson audit will take place along with a “search for new GM candidates commencing immediately” that consists of Nicholson going line-by-line on his Hockey Canada phonebook.

    It’s not my preference, but it’s most likely by my estimation, though there’s a ton of moving pieces to get it all right in one guess.

  124. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Q: If you could get someone to take Lucic with the 1st overall for next year is that a thing?

    You would need to simultaneously get JP and Kailer back on the farm and hope they both become legitimate to make up for the lost prospect, but that Lucic money needs to be better spent. At this point its 6 million you aren’t paying 2 NHLers (2+ if you consider Milan to have negative on ice value).

    I think this team needs prospects.I get it. But I think this team needs to get ride of Milan Lucic’s contract more. We aren’t offloading 97 or 29. So how do we do it? What the plan? Whats the sacrifice?

  125. 106 and 106 says:

    OP’s on holiday, he’s not gone folks.

  126. YKOil says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    Q: If you could get someone to take Lucic with the 1st overall for next year is that a thing?

    You would need to simultaneously get JP and Kailer back on the farm and hope they both become legitimate to make up for the lost prospect, but that Lucic money needs to be better spent. At this point its 6 million you aren’t paying 2 NHLers (2+ if you consider Milan to have negative on ice value).

    I think this team needs prospects.I get it. But I think this team needs to get ride of Milan Lucic’s contract more. We aren’t offloading 97 or 29. So how do we do it? What the plan? Whats the sacrifice?

    Lucic was close to being traded sometime within the last year, apparently the deal couldn’t be closed because a value couldn’t be established.

    For that alone PC should be fired – when you have a chance to dump a negative asset you do it.

    Reminds me of the non-Hamilton trade, the FIRST big fail, when you have a hole at RD and need a guy who can fill it and that guy comes without the loss of other assets (i.e. trade) then you pay the price. You just do. No Hamilton becomes Yes Reinhart becomes YES Hall for Larsson… the first big fail was Hamilton.

    Would I trade the future 1st? Maybe a future first. Maybe a past 1st. Maybe both. Would have to consider it.

    Say Carolina stepped up and said, lets structure a deal around Talbot (or Koskinen even), Lucic, Yamamoto and a pick for Darling (we aren’t on the NT list or he has accepted the trade), Pu, a later(+?) picks and a little salary retention. Maybe that looks like this:

    Talbot, Lucic, Yamamoto, 2022 2nd and $500K a year
    FOR
    Darling, Pu, Maenalanen and a 2022 4th

    It’s a horrible trade, but one I would have to think on given where Lucic’s game is and his Cap hit.

  127. €√¥£€^$ says:

    YKOil: Lucic was close to being traded sometime within the last year, apparently the deal couldn’t be closed because a value couldn’t be established.

    For that alone PC should be fired – when you have a chance to dump a negative asset you do it.

    Reminds me of the non-Hamilton trade, the FIRST big fail, when you have a hole at RD and need a guy who can fill it and that guy comes without the loss of other assets (i.e. trade) then you pay the price.You just do.No Hamilton becomes Yes Reinhart becomes YES Hall for Larsson… the first big fail was Hamilton.

    Would I trade the future 1st?Maybe a future first.Maybe a past 1st.Maybe both.Would have to consider it.

    Say Carolina stepped up and said, lets structure a deal around Talbot (or Koskinen even), Lucic, Yamamoto and a pick for Darling (we aren’t on the NT list or he has accepted the trade), Pu, a later(+?) picks and a little salary retention.Maybe that looks like this:

    Talbot, Lucic, Yamamoto, 2022 2nd and $500K a year
    FOR
    Darling, Pu, Maenalanen and a 2022 4th

    It’s a horrible trade, but one I would have to think on given where Lucic’s game is and his Cap hit.

    The way I see Lucic moved is something like Lucic w/$750,000 retained + a 2nd to Arizona for Hossa + a player like Kempe & then Lucic being flipped with about $2 M retained to either Pit or Bos for a player with an approximate $3 M contract and a 3rd rounder (in consideration of salary retained).

  128. €√¥£€^$ says:

    I planned my trip well, I managed to miss watching most of the debacle that is the Edmonton Oilers. I am not back in Canada until late on the 1st.

    Yesterday while visiting a relative, they joked that I am in danger of getting arrested here in China, as a 4th Canadian was apparently arrested, but this was drug-related and the previous one was a teacher on an expired work Visa. I am good til 2025, so no worries there. As for drugs, I might touch ibuprofin once a month or 2, lol. My response to him was to point at my orange Oiler’s cap and said a Chinese prison would be easy for me as I have been subject to torture by my team for over a decade.

    Speaking of my orange cap, I bought it during a 2 for 1 deal at Lidz 2 years ago, even though I’ve never really liked the orange jersey (my favourites are the Mcfarland jersey and the 79-80 blue jersey).

    Today while eating breakfast at the local mall (I had already seen the results of the SJ game via this blog) a young boy was staring quite intently at me (this is not unusual, I get a lot of double-takes, but kids don’t normally stare so long, but often 60+’s will). So I greeted him and I asked my spouse to translate for me. I gave him my Oilers cap and she wrote some info about the team & Connor McDavid and also gave him the address of the home we are building in Calgary. I told him when he learns to speak English well to come & visit me in Canada and I will take him to a hockey game. He is 10, so we will see if this has planted a seed of fandom with a child with no exposure or knowledge of ice hockey in Putian, Fujian, China.

    If anything, I am sure the experience made his day & perhaps this act will please the hockey gods, lol.

  129. Professor Q says:

    JimmyV1965: Isn’t this what we have always done? The Ducks sent Comtois down even though he had 7 pts in 10 games. Their roster isn’t exactly strong either. The Oilers would never do that.

    The Oilers sent down Bouchard, and the Senators kept up Tkachuk.

  130. drglen says:

    Scungilli Slushy: I agree with this. There are three or four forwards on the farm that are more talented than the current roster and are ready or will be next season. Slow play is best but Holland said that happened because of the roster and it would have been different under different circumstances including having a bigger team if they could have drafted higher.

    I’d rather watch Benson Gambardella Marody Yamamoto lose and grow , make mistakes and blow coverage than what is suppose the vet support do that.

    If Gretzky can find experienced help great, if not clear the unproductive out , pray Lucic can go south, and play the talent. It can’t be worse and might be better.

    I agree with this…. once things are out of reach and Hail Mary time, I’d much rather watch the kids en mass… lose and grow as you say… they might even win some games but it wouldn’t mattter really because the whole dynamic and expectation would have changed.

    Zykov really bothers me though… he’s only 23 .. but I gather you can’t just put someone claimed on waivers to the farm.. because they can get reclaimed on the way.

  131. drglen says:

    YKOil,

    Yamo… probably is a useful trading piece. Does he become top 6? 50/50 or maybe 40/60 … , but I think he helps make a deal happen, and you don’t lose your future.

  132. drglen says:

    This cult of hockey podcast is the like best morning coffee radio ever. The nice thing is that it feels like you are hanging with these guys at Tim Hortons, talking about the game. Great job lads!

  133. Lowetide says:

    €√¥£€^$:
    I planned my trip well, I managed to miss watching most of the debacle that is the Edmonton Oilers.I am not back in Canada until late on the 1st.

    Yesterday while visiting a relative, they joked that I am in danger of getting arrested here in China, as a 4th Canadian was apparently arrested, but this was drug-related and the previous one was a teacher on an expired work Visa.I am good til 2025, so no worries there.As for drugs, I might touch ibuprofin once a month or 2, lol.My response to him was to point at my orange Oiler’s cap and said a Chinese prison would be easy for me as I have been subject to torture by my team for over a decade.

    Speaking of my orange cap, I bought it during a 2 for 1 deal at Lidz 2 years ago, even though I’ve never really liked the orange jersey (my favourites are the Mcfarland jersey and the 79-80 blue jersey).

    Today while eating breakfast at the local mall (I had already seen the results of the SJ game via this blog) a young boy was staring quite intently at me (this is not unusual, I get a lot of double-takes, but kids don’t normally stare so long, but often 60+’s will).So I greeted him and I asked my spouse to translate for me.I gave him my Oilers cap and she wrote some info about the team & Connor McDavid and also gave him the address of the home we are building in Calgary.I told him when he learns to speak English well to come & visit me in Canada and I will take him to a hockey game.He is 10, so we will see if this has planted a seed of fandom with a child with no exposure or knowledge of ice hockey in Putian, Fujian, China.

    If anything, I am sure the experience made his day & perhaps this act will please the hockey gods, lol.

    Awesome moment and thanks for sharing it. Kids are amazing, you never know what’s going to inspire them.

  134. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Lowetide: Awesome moment and thanks for sharing it. Kids are amazing, you never know what’s going to inspire them.

    Thus my inspiration.

    I remember being that age when Oilers & Gretzky had me and have never let me go (or Vice Versa). Eddie Mio inspired me to want to be a goalie, but my family had no money (or time) to put a kid in hockey, plus I was (am) a horrible skater.

    But that age is one where I remember well and I hope, even with the odds being stacked pretty high against it, that it provides him some kind of spark of interest. If he does congact me, within the next 10 yrs I will be sure to check in :).

  135. godot10 says:

    OmJo:

    But hey, at least the Oilers CEO isn’t bitching at journalists to write hit pieces on McDavid and Drasiaitl. Too soon?

    You can only do that once. Oilers management bad-mouthed Hall through the media.blaming him for the Oilers losing. Nobody would believe them if they tried it again with McDavid. And with Hall winning the Conn Smythe.

  136. rickithebear says:

    Sean tierney is well aware he does not use the most critical shot chart for score potential.
    One of the few Binary variable datas in hockey.
    Puck, goalie, net elevation = ball, bat, home plate.

    Baseball is a series of binary result actions
    Almost all other sports are multi variable including another batted sport cricket

    Hockey’s binary chart
    Goal potential
    Zero% – closed
    Greater than zero% – open

    I miss our strong closed shot density defensive play from Larsson & Russell

  137. rickithebear says:

    Taylor hall is one of the 10 best forwards in the game when he is on the ice.

    When he is not on the ice he is replaced by a #13 to 17 fwd.
    Our teams win % is around .250

    Halls on ice performance is not an issue.

    You are payed to consistently play well to make the team competitive.

    We needed a 110+ pt season pace in the 63-64 games per season he averaged.

    His games played was a major performance issue.

    Early years here on the blog, I did not recognize this.

    Just like most on here did not believe in repeatability of shooting % 10 years ago.

  138. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Gerta Rauss: Rest assured fear of a HS is on the minds of several Edmonton Oilers at this time.

    It was from LT’s intro…
    “ Rest assured fear of a HS is on the minds of several Edmonton Oilers at this time.”
    Figure it out now with a clearer mind…
    Healthy scratch
    Thx!

  139. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    GMB3: The system was incredible goaltending stealing them games. That was reiterated time and again on this blog during the dead cat bounce they got from hitch

    The goaltending was part of it for sure!
    BUT there seemed to be much better defensive coverage and zone defense
    Now it is back to a fire drill…

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