Game 40 2018-19: Oilers at Coyotes

Robert Nilsson began the 2009-10 NHL season as an offensive option for Pat Quinn’s first Edmonton Oilers team. On opening night, he had played in 192 NHL games, posting an average of 39 points per 82 games. By the spring, he found himself being bought out by the Oilers. He had played his last game in the NHL.

That 2009-10 Oilers season delivered a mortal (or near) blow to the NHL careers of Patrick O’Sullivan, Denis Grebeshkov, Marc Pouliot, Ethan Moreau, Sheldon Souray, Zack Stortini and Jeff Deslauriers while shortening many others. Some of those names found other NHL teams, but on the fringe of NHL rosters, as curios. Playing on a bad NHL team is a must to avoid, it can be a career killer. Fear is a great motivator. There’s half a season to go.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton is going to bring it all season long. Proud to be part of a lineup that is ready to cover the coming year. Outstanding coverage from a large group, including Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis, Lowetide, Minnia Feng and Pat McLean. If you haven’t subscribed yet, now’s your chance. Outstanding offer is here.

  • New Pierre Lebrun: LeBrun Notebook: Chiarelli under pressure to deliver in Edmonton.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Peter Chiarelli’s reasoning for acquiring Brandon Manning doesn’t add up
  • New Lowetide: Oilers No. 9 prospect Winter 2018: Joel Persson.
  • New Lowetide: Oilers acquire Brandon Manning in a Sunday shocker, and this ought to be interesting.
  • New Lowetide: Oilers acquire Alexander Petrovic from Panthers, flushing Chris Wideman and a 2019 third-round pick in the trade.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Struggling Oilers counting on Kris Russell to revitalize depleted defence.
  • New Minnia Feng: The head-scratching scenarios, cringe-worthy lines and questionable graphics in commercials featuring NHL players.
  • Lowetide: In a ‘Hail Mary’ roster shuffle, Oilers recall Kailer Yamamoto, waive Valentin Zykov and place Alex Chiasson on IR.
  • Lowetide: Oilers 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 40

  • Oilers in 2015: 16-21-3, 35 points; goal differential -22
  • Oilers in 2016: 20-13-7, 47 points; goal differential +5
  • Oilers in 2017: 17-20-3, 37 points; goal differential -17
  • Oilers in 2018: 18-18-3, 39 points; goal differential -7

It’s easier to surround this year’s team when looking at the three previous seasons. Clearly better than the two also-rans, while also being some distance from the playoff group. We’re at the midway point of the season now (basically) and the Oilers are nowhere near 45 points, let alone 50. The season is sliding away.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2017: 0-1-0, no points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2018: 0-1-0, no points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in January 2019: 0-0-0, no points; goal differential nil

A win in 2016’s January opener followed by two losses in the following years. At this point, the Oilers just want to stop the bleeding. The club has a three-point lead on tonight’s opponent, and both teams have struggled in their most recent 10-game segments.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY

  • On the road to: Arizona, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Florida, Arizona, Buffalo (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Calgary, Carolina, Detroit (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 4-5-2, 10 points in 11 games
  • Current results: nil

ETHAN BEAR

At some point in the next two months, the Oilers will be either trading picks and prospects for immediate help or recalling Condors to have a look. I published Eric Rodgers forwards numbers here and the team has already recalled most of the top men (Jesse Puljujarvi, Cooper Marody, Kailer Yamamoto, Joe Gambardella) in the season’s first half.

Among the blue, Caleb Jones and Kevin Gravel are in the NHL now, Jones is looking like he’s going to be there for the next 15 years. I would guess Ethan Bear and William Lagesson are next to be recalled, but it’s also possible those names (and the ones above) could be used in a trade to shore things up. For instance, when Pierre Lebrun writes about Jake Muzzin of the Los Angeles Kings as a trade target (he has a year left after this one, $4 million AAV), does some combination of the second-round pick, Jesse Puljujarvi, Ethan Bear, Kailer Yamamoto get it done? Or are we talking about the first-round selection? Here are the forwards.

CALEB JONES

  • Ken Hitchcock on Caleb Jones: “There’s something uncoachable and that’s calmness under fire. You’ve either got that or you don’t & he’s got it.”

I don’t recall anyone projecting Jones as having this kind of immediate impact (I ranked him beginning summer 2015: 17, 13, 7, 7, 4, 4, 8 (combined ranking at The Athletic) and then No. 7 this winter) but it’s clear he belongs.

That’s why you keep your powder dry and give your scouts a seat in each round of the draft. I believe this organization has improved at the draft table. Caleb Jones was chosen in 2015, two months after Chiarelli arrived. The scouting staff that hit the highway in the winter of 2014-15 uncovered him. I don’t think it’s wise to trade draft picks in a mad dash for the No. 8 playoff spot. Stay the course, make your solutions graduating AHL players who came through the system. Caleb Jones cap hit next year will be $815,000 a gigantic saving compared to Kris Russell or even Brandon Manning. Go back and look at the 2005-06 team the value deals (Hemsky, Horcoff, Pisani, Torres, Stoll, M-A Bergeron), mostly coming through the draft.

There is hope, you can see it in the numbers above (thanks Jay Woodcroft). What’s more, there is more talent coming next fall to Bakersfield. Here are the players I believe may be turning pro next year:

  • Goal: Hayden Hawkey
  • Left Defense: Dmitri Samorukov
  • Right Defense: Evan Bouchard, Joel Persson, Filip Berglund, Phil Kemp
  • Center: Ryan McLeod
  • Left Winger: Kirill Maksimov
  • Right Winger: Ostap Safin

The team might have to cash a defensive prospect for a forward who is turning pro, but the talent pushing up is substantial.

SITUATION CRITICAL

I believe the first round pick is in play, and that isn’t sound thinking. Why? It’s wrongheaded to devote valuable assets in order to make the final playoff position. This roster has major flaws, and further the team does need to invest playing time on youngsters to see how they shine.

Daryl Katz needs a playoff series, Peter Chiarelli needs to save his job. These aren’t good enough reasons to trade the first-round selection.

Let’s play a game of ‘what if?’ for a moment. What if the Oilers miss the playoffs and Peter Chiarelli loses his job? It will mean upheaval, a reset in many areas and could well mean the new GM trades Jesse Puljujarvi and other young assets in order to make the team his own. Common practice. The Oilers need specific things and they may not come available immediately, but the new general manager will be under less pressure to force things to happen (forcing a deal is a terrible negotiation strategy).

What if the Oilers miss the playoffs and Mr. Katz suffers losses in renewals? In one way, that’s a bitter pill. Oilers fans giving up their tickets won’t be doing it out of joy, but rather frustration. On the other hand, perhaps it will give Mr. Katz time to have quiet contemplation about his management team and why things continually work out this way.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT LUCIC?

My Grandpa had three fingers on his right hand, Pinky and the one next to it lost in a sawmill accident. Men from his generation had all kinds of ills we don’t have, my Dad had nerve damage from the war and terrible hearing also because of the war.

Grandpa handled it by never thinking of it. He just did what he had to, getting his grandkids to help when he couldn’t and using hooks to lift hay bales (I remember the woosh of that fracking hook flying by my skull when I helped him as a teenager).

Milan Lucic’s contract is set in stone, like those monuments at Yankee Stadium that used to be in play (seriously) 60 years ago. Each summer, the general manager needs to find the cap, subtract $6 million and then proceed with that number.

Suspect the new general manager will instruct his coach to play the 12 best forwards, and at that point Lucic won’t see the ice as often, possibly at all. Tyler Benson may take the job next fall, and become a value contract.

What Peter Chiarelli or his replacement can do is offload the excess. Buying out Ryan Spooner saves $2.667 million next season. Kris Russell has to give Edmonton a list of 10 teams he’ll agree to join via trade this summer. Andrej Sekera is injured, so trading him is more difficult but he needs to give the team a 15-team list this summer. Maybe he hits LTIR.

I’m not saying don’t worry about the Lucic deal, if a trade can be made then make it with extreme prejudice. Buying out his contract saves the club $2.375 million next season, less than Spooner’s buyout, and the payout reduces from there.

Lucic and his contract are like my Grandpa and his accident: Sucks, but you have to find a workaround.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We’re back and the schedule holds for a long time now, Lowdown hits the air at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. Bruce will introduce you to each weekend transaction. He’s going to be there awhile.
  • Kris Abbott, OddsShark.com. We’ll chat about Bowl game results and what we can learn, and the NFL weekend ahead. Plus, Oilers.
  • Jon Abbott, TSN1040 Vancouver. World Junior’s pbp man updates us on the state of the team.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter.

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  1. JimmyV1965 says:

    McSorley33:
    Now that we have seen Dellow’s numbers in graph form….how far off base was the
    anonymous NHL player that said – without McDavid- we were the worst team in the NHL?

    McDavidonlymissed 1 game so far this year….what if he was hurt for an extended period
    of time in November?

    Genuinely try to imaginethis vaunted forward group *without* Connor McDavid.

    I still disagree with the player that said that -but I think he was way closer to the truth
    that even a glass half full guy like me thought…..

    That player said we had the worst defence in the NHL, not the worst team.

  2. Bulging Twine says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Low hockey IQ? He never seems to get to the spots on the ice where he should during warmups. Probably a wasted pick. Chiarelli is an idiot. Why the hell did he get rid of Garrison, anyway? And who’s going to tank the +/- with Cags gone to Chicago. Wish we could get a really smart GM like Bowman.

    Did I do that correctly? Just trying to “fit in” better with the rest of you guys.

    Yep, excellent work. If you EVER see anything close to negative make sure you post about it!!

  3. Material Elvis says:

    Wilde: then

    In my opinion, he has slow feet (poor first step quickness) and hands (not a great stick handler and slow release on his shot). This prevents him from getting the puck in the HD scoring area. Can either of these facets be improved? I would argue that they can be improved minimally. The hands are a real detriment to his scoring ability.

  4. HT Joe says:

    Ari,

    Thanks Ari!

  5. Nailer Yakumoto says:

    Bouchard went to the room, possibly injured.

  6. McSorley33 says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    Welcome back

  7. digger50 says:

    Bank Shot: When is the last time the Oilers had a ten game winning streak?

    I’m legit curious. Pretty sure they won 7 in a row in 05/06.

    Well I don’t know, though pretty sure it’s never been done with Kassian at 1RW. But I like bacon too so it’s all good.

  8. Younger Oil says:

    Dobson has been awful for Canada.

  9. McSorley33 says:

    HT Joe,

    Thanks…..very ugly.

  10. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Rube Foster:
    Decidedly Skeptical Fan,

    Not bad:)

    Thank you.

  11. --hudson-- says:

    Of Bouchard, Dobson or Wahlstrom did the Oilers make the correct pick so far?

  12. Sierra says:

    DiPietro is the 1st, 2nd and 3rd star thus far.

  13. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Nailer Yakumoto:
    Bouchard went to the room, possibly injured.

    Well shit. Probably a bruised ego after reading my post. The guy really lacks mental toughness.

    Gee … this is actually kinda fun. I’m beginning to see why you guys do it so much.

  14. digger50 says:

    This Max Comtois is playing like a Duck already.

    I must admit I am worried about Bouchard. His play does seem very marshmallow like most of the time. Is there a stat for that? I do hope he is a player that has another gear ready for the NHL.

  15. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    –hudson–:
    Of Bouchard, Dobson or Wahlstrom did the Oilers make the correct pick so far?

    Chiarelli made the pick … it has to be wrong, no?

    Seriously though, it would be nice to wait until at least one of them gets out of junior before we have to answer that.

  16. Bulging Twine says:

    Nailer Yakumoto:
    Bouchard went to the room, possibly injured.

    took him a long time to get there though.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Because every team needs to be represented and therefore Pavelski and Keller are on the Pacific division all-star team, Drai is not on the team.

    The format is kind of silly given Morgan Riley, Mark Giordano, Braydon Point, Mitch Marner, etc. aren’t named.

  18. digger50 says:

    –hudson–:
    Of Bouchard, Dobson or Wahlstrom did the Oilers make the correct pick so far?

    I was just pondering on Yamamoto over Tolvanen.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen: well obviously the contract ‘to play hockey’ would have to end, and a new deal made. He’d have to be willing. Unless he’s Kobe Bryant.

    You can’t just get out of a contract – contracts cannot be re-structured or changed. Once they are signed they are there for their term unless the player retires (and if he was 35 when signed the cap hit is still there) or there are extraneous circumstances leading the the team terminating due to breach.

    Lucic is not going to retire and given up millions and millions.

  20. godot10 says:

    digger50:
    This Max Comtois is playing like a Duck already.

    I must admit I am worried about Bouchard. His play does seem very marshmallow like most of the time. Is there a stat for that?I do hope he is a player that has another gear ready for the NHL.

    Larry Murphy re-incarnated…I’m telling you.

  21. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50: I was just pondering on Yamamoto over Tolvanen.

    Not much to choose at this point, however, given Nashville is actually allowing the prospect to develop in the minor leagues after a slow start in the NHL and the Oilers are yo-yoing Yamamoto up and down…..

  22. Bulging Twine says:

    SwedishPoster: Played terribly. The swiss could have won with bigger digits. One of the worst performances I’ve seen from a swedish NT, just flat out dreadful. This was a weak year for Sweden’s U20 team, made weaker by the usual stupid roster decisions and a coach who is a bit of joke, but they should still beat Switzerland. And if they lose it shouldn’t be like that.

    sounds like the stomach flu was going around the team as well.
    ‘Five players and two coaches missed the last round robin game against Kazakhstan due to stomach flu.’

  23. Bulging Twine says:

    Encouraging to hear that the Oilers use tracking devices and data to monitor fatigue levels.

  24. digger50 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Not much to choose at this point, however, given Nashville is actually allowing the prospect to develop in the minor leagues after a slow start in the NHL and the Oilers are yo-yoing Yamamoto up and down…..

    One of these days we’ll get there. Right?

    Though Wasn’t Tolvanen tearing up the KHL? Do I have that right?

  25. fishman says:

    Finland looking like the better team through two. Hopefully Canada finds another gear or Di Pietro continues his fine play!

    Two cents on Chia. If up to me I would fire him today. His roster is crap. Salary cap management terrible and his contract negotiation skills horrible. Drafting has been better will give you that.

    Name K Gretzky interim GM for balance of the season and use the time to find a solution. If possible hire a GM with track record of roster building and good negotiating skills. Can’t find that guy, look for an up and comer. Maybe that’s Keith G????

    Lucic is an albatross contract from which there is no likely escape (perhaps a trade???) Play him 5 min a night on the 4 th line or HS him. He has been bad for a calendar year now and his hands ain’t coming back!

    Go Canada, Go Oilers

  26. Professor Q says:

    Well, if anyone wants to help alongside the Oilers woes, there is an Elvis song (possibly…) on the playlist at work but I can only think of the one part in the song and really just the style of it, so I think.

    Do you realize how difficult it is to shift through that catalogue with that little detail?!

    Anyway. It was more fast-paced and upbeat. And the one part sounded like it was in a subway or tube,

  27. Wilde says:

    Material Elvis:
    In my opinion, he has slow feet (poor first step quickness) and hands (not a great stick handler and slow release on his shot). This prevents him from getting the puck in the HD scoring area. Can either of these facets be improved? I would argue that they can be improved minimally. The hands are a real detriment to his scoring ability

    “Jesse Puljujarvi is an excellent skater. He has the balance and power in his skating stride to fight through checks and take the puck to the net. Puljujarvi also has the speed and acceleration to beat defenders to the outside on the rush, or to get by them when he gets a small opportunity in the cycle game. He has good agility and can weave through traffic to create opportunities.”

    – Top Shelf Prospects; Last Word on Sports

    “A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed”

    – Eliteprospects

    “Skates really well with a strong top end speed and excellent quickness.”

    – Future Considerations

    “Puljujarvi is a strong, powerful forward with an outstanding burst of speed and first step.”

    – Steve Kournianous; The Draft Analyst

    “extremely mobile for a player his size”

    – Hockey’s Future

    I’m not an overly-educated skating mechanics expert, but I think the idea that Jesse has slow feet would be a small minority opinion, and on merit when one considers his statistical ability to generate zone entries compared to his teenage peers during his first two NHL seasons. I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but I checked out who had better zonal transition micro-stats that was around Jesse’s age or U20 in general and found that it was basically just McDavid, Barzal and maybe two others.

    I’ll reiterate that I have no qualms with reasonably stated criticisms of Jesse’s current ability to finish, and his shooting technique, but in terms of pure shot location, during Jesse’s 2017-18 he had 3.68 HDCF/60 while playing a ton with Milan Lucic.

  28. HT Joe says:

    Ari: HT Joe,

    Nice work on the non-Top 3 scoring .

    And yet I was told at a Christmas party that Draisaitl has poor body language when getting back on d.
    Oiler fans…

    So, I re-ran the numbers (goals for per team, after removing the goals from the top 3 scorers) for the 2016-2017 season, when the Oilers made the playoffs:

    (TEAM) (GOALS FOR, MINUS TOP 3 SCORERS)
    Minnesota 187
    Pittsburgh 182
    NY Rangers 178
    Washington 176
    Columbus 164
    **Edmonton** 161
    Calgary 159
    NY Island 156
    Nashville 155
    Winnipeg 155
    St. Louis 154
    Tampa Bay 154
    Chicago 153
    Montreal 151
    Dallas 150
    Toronto 150
    Detroit 147
    Anaheim 145
    Arizona 145
    Philadelphia 143
    Boston 138
    Carolina 137
    Ottawa 137
    Florida 136
    San Jose 136
    Buffalo 129
    Los Angeles 129
    Vancouver 125
    New Jersey 117
    Colorado 110

    A few notes:
    – Only 2 teams had their top 3 scorers exceed 100 goals: Pittsburgh and Toronto (!)
    – Oilers were 6th in the league!!

    Of the Oilers…
    – McDavid 1st in goals (30 goals)
    – Leon 2nd in goals (29 goals)
    – Pat Maroon 3rd in goals (27 goals)
    – Milan Lucic (*nearly faints from shock) 4th in goals (23 goals)
    – Jordan Eberle 5th in goals (20 goals)
    – RNH 6th in goals (18 goals)
    – Mark Letestu 7th in goals (16 goals)
    – Oscar Klefbom 8th in goals (12 goals)

    I wanted to compare the “top 3 forwards” vs “2nd line forwards” of goal scorers from 2016-2017 and this year.
    – 2016-2017: The top 3 forward goal scorers had 86 goals. The next 3 forward goal scorers with 61 goals (so in theory, a 2nd line with ~ 71% the goals of the first line).
    – 2018-2019 so far: The top 3 forward goal scorers have 58 goals. The next 3 forward goal scorers have 20 goals (so in theory, a 2nd line with ~ 34% the goals of the first line).

    The absolute loss of a 2nd line capable of scoring goals destroyed this team.

  29. JimmyV1965 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Because every team needs to be represented and therefore Pavelski and Keller are on the Pacific division all-star team, Drai is not on the team.

    The format is kind of silly given Morgan Riley, Mark Giordano, Braydon Point, Mitch Marner, etc. aren’t named.

    So the sixth, seventh and twelfth leading scorers don’t make the team? I’m assuming Reilky and Gio are top five for dmrn too. Real head scratcher.

  30. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Because every team needs to be represented and therefore Pavelski and Keller are on the Pacific division all-star team, Drai is not on the team.

    There are 3 Sharks on the All Star team, Burns and Karlsson too.

    SJS is hosting and the host normally gets 3 picks.

  31. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Wilde:During Jesse’s 2017-18 he had 3.68 HDCF/60 while playing a ton with Milan Lucic.

    Is that even possible?

  32. digger50 says:

    In regards to Oikers wingers, I am convinced that if they are going to keep Connor – Drai together then they should play Rattie with them. I believe Rattie is a point per game player with them and that would be one winger up and going.

    My preference is Nuge – Connor – Rattie

    I think Drai can drive more points from the second line centering Khaira and Puji / Chaisson (later)

  33. JimmyV1965 says:

    Wilde: “Jesse Puljujarvi is an excellent skater.He has the balance and power in his skating stride to fight through checks and take the puck to the net. Puljujarvi also has the speed and acceleration to beat defenders to the outside on the rush, or to get by them when he gets a small opportunity in the cycle game. He has good agility and can weave through traffic to create opportunities.”

    – Top Shelf Prospects; Last Word on Sports

    “A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed”

    – Eliteprospects

    “Skates really well with a strong top end speed and excellent quickness.”

    – Future Considerations

    “Puljujarvi is a strong, powerful forward with an outstanding burst of speed and first step.”

    – Steve Kournianous; The Draft Analyst

    “extremely mobile for a player his size”

    – Hockey’s Future

    I’m not an overly-educated skating mechanics expert, but I think the idea that Jesse has slow feet would be a small minority opinion, and on merit when one considers his statistical ability to generate zone entries compared to his teenage peers during his first two NHL seasons. I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but I checked out who had better zonal transition micro-stats that was around Jesse’s age or U20 in general and found that it was basically just McDavid, Barzal and maybe two others.

    I’ll reiterate that I have no qualms with reasonably stated criticisms of Jesse’s current ability to finish, and his shooting technique, but in terms of pure shot location, during Jesse’s 2017-18 he had 3.68 HDCF/60 while playing a ton with Milan Lucic.

    I’m not going to crap on JP because the team has screwed this up monumentally, but I don’t recall him ever beating anyone wide. He seems to skate well, but I wouldn’t call it great. Sometimes his edge work seems really good. Sometimes he sucks at it. Puzzling.

  34. fishman says:

    Nail biting time!

  35. Glovjuice says:

    Now LT’s posts are entertaining a Spooner buyout. Was anyone here contemplating a buyout for our right shot, penalty-killing 3C that was given up for Spooner? That trade is underrated in how bad it is. What pro scouts saw it as a good trade? Any pro scout that figured it was a good idea cannot still be employed. Did they not whatch Spooner this year? This is crazy.

  36. digger50 says:

    godot10: Larry Murphy re-incarnated…I’m telling you.

    Well I guess he’ll do – hall of famer and all. Bouchard could also perfect the Murphy dump breakout with Connor needed to bobble the puck over the goalies head and in.

  37. fishman says:

    SHIT!!!!!!!!!!

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow – Fins tie it up with under a minute to play on a lucky bounce.

  39. drglen says:

    Arizona looks to have a pretty good D core actually.

  40. drglen says:

    Khaira is ‘even’ in plus minus, and Rattie is +1. That’s pretty good.

  41. Gerta Rauss says:

    lol

  42. Todd Macallan says:

    What a play by Bouchard to draw the penalty shot, and Hunter goes with Comtois? He might’ve been my 4th choice

  43. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Bouchard draws a penalty shot. Didn’t look slow there.

    Canada misses.

  44. Gerta Rauss says:

    Finn’s win in OT after Dobson’s stick breaks with an open net in front of him

    Oh my

  45. McSorley33 says:

    Wow…luck.

  46. McSorley33 says:

    Canada not meant to win that game…..hockey Gods

  47. BeerMe says:

    Bouchard woulda scored that penalty shot!

  48. Wilde says:

    JimmyV1965: I’m not going to crap on JP because the team has screwed this up monumentally, but I don’t recall him ever beating anyone wide. He seems to skate well, but I wouldn’t call it great. Sometimes his edge work seems really good. Sometimes he sucks at it. Puzzling.

    You mean, beating someone wide and scoring a goal? Because on some level you have to beat someone wide at some point in order to carry the puck across both bluelines

  49. digger50 says:

    That was a shame.

    Bouchard was awesome in overtime. He does have another gear.

    Very disappointing for young team.

  50. Bulging Twine says:

    McSorley33:
    Canada not meant to win that game…..hockey Gods

    Don Cherry will be sure to mention that. He said the hockey gods would pay them back for scoring 14 and celebrating after goals when up that much on Denmark.

  51. Bulging Twine says:

    digger50:
    Bouchard was awesome in overtime. He does have another gear.

    That was encouraging to see

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    Tough loss for Team Canada there.

    I’ll be cheering for Team Russia now – from accounts, Samorukov has been an absolute beast so far in the tournament – now that I’m back I’ll be able to watch – game conflicts with the Oil tonight though.

  53. LMHF#1 says:

    Why would you ever make no move, and shoot 5-hole on a penalty shot???

    That Canadian team didn’t deserve to win. No PP goals outside of Denmark is brutal.

    Tipping one into your own net to lose is too.

  54. fishman says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Tough loss for Team Canada there.

    I’ll be cheering for Team Russia now – from accounts, Samorukov has been an absolute beast so far in the tournament – now that I’m back I’ll be able to watch – game conflicts with the Oil tonight though.

    Yep agreed on Samorukov! See him and Bouchard being top 4 D for lots of years in the NHL!

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50: One of these days we’ll get there. Right?

    Though Wasn’t Tolvanen tearing up the KHL? Do I have that right?

    Yup, he tore it up last year in his draft plus 1 year, however, he was demoted to the AHL after a lacklusture start in the NHL and was loaned by NSH to the World Juniors and putting up only 12 points in 24 AHL games and a -10.

    Given the foregoing, I would posit that neither player is ahead of the other and Yamamoto has better AHL numbers.

  56. npanciroli says:

    Haven’t been able to watch the last couple games. Watching this one with my 3 month old! (at home)

    Go Oilers!

  57. Material Elvis says:

    Wilde: “Jesse Puljujarvi is an excellent skater.He has the balance and power in his skating stride to fight through checks and take the puck to the net. Puljujarvi also has the speed and acceleration to beat defenders to the outside on the rush, or to get by them when he gets a small opportunity in the cycle game. He has good agility and can weave through traffic to create opportunities.”

    – Top Shelf Prospects; Last Word on Sports

    “A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed”

    – Eliteprospects

    “Skates really well with a strong top end speed and excellent quickness.”

    – Future Considerations

    “Puljujarvi is a strong, powerful forward with an outstanding burst of speed and first step.”

    – Steve Kournianous; The Draft Analyst

    “extremely mobile for a player his size”

    – Hockey’s Future

    I’m not an overly-educated skating mechanics expert, but I think the idea that Jesse has slow feet would be a small minority opinion, and on merit when one considers his statistical ability to generate zone entries compared to his teenage peers during his first two NHL seasons. I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but I checked out who had better zonal transition micro-stats that was around Jesse’s age or U20 in general and found that it was basically just McDavid, Barzal and maybe two others.

    I’ll reiterate that I have no qualms with reasonably stated criticisms of Jesse’s current ability to finish, and his shooting technique, but in terms of pure shot location, during Jesse’s 2017-18 he had 3.68 HDCF/60 while playing a ton with Milan Lucic.

    Those junior scouting reports aren’t worth much at this stage. Nail Yakupov’s scouting report was glowing (great separation and top gear speed) and we all know how that worked out. Jesse definitely has a decent top gear but he isn’t agile or ‘quick’ in tight spaces. He’s a huge guy so it’s understandable that he’s not the most agile player — which, by itself, isn’t a deal breaker. However, if you aren’t nimble and don’t have great hands then your effectiveness is going to be limited. Maybe I’m in the minority with my assessment of Jesse.

  58. npanciroli says:

    Koskinen’s numbers have levelled unless Sportsnet is wrong (always possible).

  59. Wilde says:

    Decidedly Skeptical Fan: Is that even possible?

    I forgot to mention that that number was “NHL level”, for reference, near Nugent-Hopkins’s

    (Also I don’t take HDCF very seriously in terms of thinking that if you get HDCF you should be scoring, but in terms of short-handing pure shot location it’s fine so it was applicable)

  60. Wilde says:

    Material Elvis:

    Those junior scouting reports aren’t worth much at this stage. Nail Yakupov’s scouting report was glowing (great separation and top gear speed) and we all know how that worked out. Jesse definitely has a decent top gear but he isn’t agile or ‘quick’ in tight spaces. He’s a huge guy so it’s understandable that he’s not the most agile player — which, by itself, isn’t a deal breaker. However, if you aren’t nimble and don’t have great hands then your effectiveness is going to be limited. Maybe I’m in the minority with my assessment of Jesse.

    Yakupov /did/ have quickness in the NHL, though.

    In fact, that was one of the things that betrayed him.

    He often got to the wrong place at the wrong time with impressive agility.

  61. Rube Foster says:

    Glovjuice:
    Now LT’s posts are entertaining a Spooner buyout. Was anyone here contemplating a buyout for our right shot, penalty-killing 3C that was given up for Spooner? That trade is underrated in how bad it is. What pro scouts saw it as a good trade? Any pro scout that figured it was a good idea cannot still be employed. Did they not whatch Spooner this year? This is crazy.

    Ms. Glovjuice,

    You are undisputedly correct. The Strome for Spooner trade has hurt the Oilers in realtime.

    The blunder is compounded by the fact that they never ran Strome on McDavid’s right side in any meaningful way – puzzling as the verbal upon the Eberle trade was that Strome was coming in to play with McDavid with the belief that he could replicate his younger brother’s chemistry with Connor. Todd ran McDavid and Strome in the 2017 preseason and all they did was score. I don’t recall Strome and McDavid having any meaningful playing time together after that preseason.

    The first they do with Spooner upon his acquisition is put him on McDavid’s wing. Just plain weird and tragic utilization of their assets.

    Your opinion on the Spooner trade is well known to this group, as are my opinions regarding both Lucic and Spooner.

    May I suggest for our mutual well being that we both talk less about Spooner and Lucic and listen more to Roxy Music’s Avalon. Much more soothing and satisfying for you and I and likely less of drag for everyone else:)

  62. npanciroli says:

    Manning seems like he gets beat wide easily which is strange as he looks like an ok skater.

  63. Gerta Rauss says:

    At least we got Debrusk tonight, so we’ve got that going for us

  64. drglen says:

    Bulging Twine: Don Cherry will be sure to mention that.He said the hockey gods would pay them back for scoring 14 and celebrating after goals when up that much on Denmark.

    well, they should not have done that.

    Canada lost hey, that’s too bad.

    Oh well, oilers game. Go oilers.

  65. Material Elvis says:

    Nice play by JP to set up Rieder in front.

  66. npanciroli says:

    Great powerplay. I really like Rattie.

  67. drglen says:

    ok… it’s still 0 0. going well.

  68. Ice Sage says:

    npanciroli:
    Great powerplay. I really like Rattie.

    Agreed. Fast decisive movement. Better late than never?

  69. npanciroli says:

    Ice Sage,

    Yeah definitely moving it way quicker.

  70. drglen says:

    i’m actually just watching the nhl.com livestream ‘play by play’ descriptions tonight. But it ‘looks’ like we’re getting shots. Nuge off the post.. oh so close.

  71. drglen says:

    easy Lyubushkin.. ..

  72. npanciroli says:

    Gambardella has an insane looking skating technique.

  73. drglen says:

    Nurse with Petrovic.

  74. leadfarmer says:

    Hjalmarsson Lucic foot race is kind of funny

  75. drglen says:

    B. Manning with M. Benning. It’s poetry!

  76. leadfarmer says:

    Wilde: Yakupov /did/ have quickness in the NHL, though.

    In fact, that was one of the things that betrayed him.

    He often got to the wrong place at the wrong time with impressive agility.

    Those bees could change directions in a hurry
    Unfortunately the bees did not coordinate well and some would chase this way and some that way

  77. Bling says:

    Manning is no good at making the outlet. Prefers to hack the puck out. :/

  78. leadfarmer says:

    drglen:
    B. Manning with M. Benning.It’s poetry!

    Poetry to throw up to

  79. jake70 says:

    Interesting. Garland playing for Arizona. Just couple years back, lit up the Q here in Moncton. We were having debates at the time if he would make the big leagues. Good for him.

  80. Lowetide says:

    Nice shift by Kassian.

  81. npanciroli says:

    Nice tip!

    For Arizona.

  82. ArmchairGM says:

    Nice sequence by Kass there.

  83. JimmyV1965 says:

    Wilde: You mean, beating someone wide and scoring a goal? Because on some level you have to beat someone wide at some point in order to carry the puck across both bluelines

    I mean beating someone wide on the ozone to get even a decent shot.

  84. drglen says:

    Rieder getting a look with Kass and McD..

  85. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Tripled in shots and losing to a weak team.

    God I love the oilers like I love bamboo under the fingernails

  86. Bling says:

    Kassian needs to get that puck out.

    He does not belong up on that top line. Sigh.

  87. leadfarmer says:

    Nurse. Just no idea how to protect the high danger area

  88. drglen says:

    guess it didn’t go so well.

  89. LMHF#1 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    At least we got Debrusk tonight, so we’ve got that going for us

    Certainly one of the most positive elements so far.

  90. drglen says:

    everybody but rieder dinged for a minus on that one… Nurse and Petrovic. .. maybe swtich them up.

  91. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nurse Larsson at the moment

  92. drglen says:

    Earth to Darnell, come in please.

  93. Ice Sage says:

    Man it’s hard to get inspired by this Oiler team.
    Lot’s of pseudo-effort nowadays sans danger.
    Need a Finnish bounce.

  94. jake70 says:

    Hope Knighttown didn’t see that last rush by Nurse, he will throwing a brick at the TV.

  95. npanciroli says:

    Oo nice play.

  96. Gerta Rauss says:

    Spooner robbed by Lauren Hill

  97. drglen says:

    Boarding? What the hell. New NHL. Kyle was just warming up. ..( hmm… this happens a lot doesn’t it?)

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    Huge save by Hill there on Spooner (if Spooner gets that to the top half of the net, its a goal).

  99. drglen says:

    gambo rattie petro jones on PK!

  100. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bling:
    Kassian needs to get that puck out.

    He does not belong up on that top line. Sigh.

    Kassian does not belong at all on the top line – he is “fast” but has absolutely no offensive IQ and that’s the most important thing to play with McDavid.

    He’s one of the poorest forward choices on the team for that line.

    Switch Rattie with Kassian and both the first and fourth lines get better.

  101. drglen says:

    I’m just gonna call them the ‘menning’ pair..

  102. Ice Sage says:

    refs did Oil a solid there – ignore the Kassian bear hug and catch the Galchenyuk trip! doesn’t happen often but am trying to be fair in this new year…

  103. drglen says:

    Dont’ underestimate this Richardson guy.. good player.

  104. Professor Q says:

    Well, there is even more reason for the refs to hate the Oilers, I guess.

  105. drglen says:

    Ok Hitch seems to have backed off on Petrovic a bit and sneaking up the time for Jones. Nurse still logging about 20% more minutes than the rest.
    Good period for spooner… a goal would be nice.

  106. BeerMe says:

    wandering the desert

  107. Dr. Taboggan says:

    It is saddening that a team with McDavid is not only horrible but also horribly boring to watch.

  108. OriginalPouzar says:

    Phil Kemp with a couple nice defensive plays on the same shift defending a 2-1 lead for the US late.

  109. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    1-0 Arizona
    16-7 Arizona shots
    18-7 Arizona Corsi 5-on-5
    6-0 Arizona HDSC 5-on-5


    Yes.

  110. Bling says:

    You wonder if Chia, in trying to treat the patient, has actually worsened the disease.

    Petrovic and Manning aren’t quick enough and poised enough to retrieve pucks and then outlet them, which is leading to absolute mayhem. JMO, but in limited viewing I think Gravel is better than both.

  111. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Seriously… can the fLames go on a 20 game losing streak or something??? It is so painful knowing how much they’re winning…

    Now about those oilers…
    something something no depth.
    something something injured players.
    something something chias an idiot.

  112. Dr. Taboggan says:

    I do like Jones. It is refreshing to have a dman who can make a pass. I miss Chris Fucking Pronger.

  113. npanciroli says:

    Bling,

    I can see the Petrovic bet as we need right handers but thinking Manning is better than Gravel this year takes something special.

  114. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    It is saddening that a team with McDavid is not only horrible but also horribly boring to watch.

    Me thinks that is cause everyone is playing not to lose, afraid to make mistakes. And when your team starts playing afraid, it’s all over. Doesn’t matter how much “grit” they have or how much “checking” they do.

    Honestly wondering when McDavid or Drai start feeling like O’Rielly did in Buf last year…

  115. Jethro Tull says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    I do like Jones. It is refreshing to have a dman who can make a pass. I miss Chris Fucking Pronger.

    Yep. A Hall of Fame d man would be great right about now.

  116. tileguy says:

    OriginalPouzar: Kassian does not belong at all on the top line – he is “fast” but has absolutely no offensive IQ and that’s the most important thing to play with McDavid.

    He’s one of the poorest forward choices on the team for that line.

    Why dosen’t Hitchcock do that, its been the logical play since the preseason.
    Switch Rattie with Kassian and both the first and fourth lines get better.

  117. Ice Sage says:

    Lowetide:
    After One:

    1-0 Arizona
    16-7 Arizona shots
    18-7 Arizona Corsi 5-on-5
    6-0 Arizona HDSC 5-on-5


    Yes.

    Spooner’s point blank shot not an HDSC? That’s harsh – edit it may have been 4 on 4

  118. OriginalPouzar says:

    This will be the first time in history that Canada fails to medal on home soil.

  119. tileguy says:

    Ice Sage: Spooner’s point blank shot not an HDSC?That’s harsh

    Also Nuge dinging the crossbar from the slot.

  120. OriginalPouzar says:

    The non-all-star – Leon Draisaitl.

  121. Rich M says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    What a bum. Trade him.

  122. Gerta Rauss says:

    leon!

  123. Bling says:

    Drai is so good. Damn.

  124. Lowetide says:

    Excellent work by JP, he’s been good tonight.

  125. McSorley33 says:

    Lowetide,

    Those are some special numbers…..

  126. Gerta Rauss says:

    PP coming up for the good guys

    *edit-the Oilers I mean

  127. Bling says:

    Nice little pass by Lucic there.

  128. Chief Inspector says:

    Lowetide:
    Excellent work by JP, he’s been good tonight.

    +1

  129. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored. Nice dish from Kassian.

  130. OriginalPouzar says:

    Samorukov with an assist as Russia takes a 3-0 lead in the first.

  131. Gerta Rauss says:

    hahahahaha…..

    McD with the goal..!

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice pass by Kass making me eat a bit of crow for an earlier post.

  133. Bling says:

    WOW. Great play by Kassian, allow me to go eat crow.

  134. Bling says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Haha. You and me both!

  135. Jaxon says:

    Putting someone with speed with McDavid might be a good idea as illustrated by Kassian. It doesn’t leave McDavid all alone on his rushes.

  136. tileguy says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Nice pass by Kass making me eat a bit of crow for an earlier post.

    He did blow the zone early, good thing Drai got the puck out. Just saying.

  137. drglen says:

    Hey we’re winning. Yay Kassian. ( ah.. ya, check drglen blog posts 3 months ago.. looking good at this moment re Kass… well for a few minutes anyways.)

  138. drglen says:

    gambo not getting much love… might be he’s too worred about Kyle.

    Riding Nurse and Jones time wise, but the gap is smaller. Petro playing same as Larsson.. perhaps he sees them as about equal? In which case.. Petro good value.

  139. Lowetide says:

    Koskinen doing some fine work there.

  140. Gerta Rauss says:

    Oesterle wearing himself out with those slappers from the point

  141. drglen says:

    Really riding the mcDrei horse tonight. And why not, we need a win.. Twice as much ice than rest of team, or close to it. Need a win..

  142. Bling says:

    Larsson has been phenomenal tonight.

    Separating guys and some juking and jiving. Me likey.

  143. Chief Inspector says:

    Bling:
    Larsson has been phenomenal tonight.

    Separating guys and some juking and jiving. Me likey.

    He is moving well

  144. tileguy says:

    Rattie must be a powerplay specialist, never see him on the except during the pp.

  145. BeerMe says:

    Looks like we found water in the desert; it’s just a 20 minute hike. Hopefully not a mirage.

  146. Jaxon says:

    They need to give Khaira scoring linemates. Every time I check back into his effect on linemates CF% using the line tool on Natural Stat Trick, it seems to me that he is one of the only players that consistently improves everyone’s numbers. And to me, that matches the eye test, too. He always looks solid. Calm with the puck, slick hands, good passing and defensive awareness. Plus he’s fast and hits to remove players from the puck. I’m a huge fan. I think Khaira should play with Draisaitl and Chiasson when he’s back.

  147. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Perhaps we should rename the team: The Edmonton Connor McDraisaitls!

  148. godot10 says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Perhaps we should rename the team: The Edmonton Connor McDraisaitls!

    #McDraivid

  149. Pescador says:

    drglen:
    gambo not getting much love… might be he’s too worred about Kyle.

    Riding Nurse and Jones time wise, but the gap is smaller.Petro playing same as Larsson.. perhaps he sees them as about equal? In which case.. Petro good value.

    Gambo has been good,
    both shifts

  150. drglen says:

    Ok good period. Kosky steady at 962. will be interesting to see the deployment in the 3rd. Might not see matt and Brandon. Khaira bit of a sleeper game.. signs of life from spooner.. Ratt Spoon JJ .. good time to step up.

  151. tileguy says:

    Pescador: Gambo has been good,
    both shifts

    I just don’t understand Hitchcock and what he is doing regarding ice times.

  152. drglen says:

    Jaxon:
    They need to give Khaira scoring linemates. Every time I check back into his effect on linemates CF% using the line tool on Natural Stat Trick, it seems to me that he is one of the only players that consistently improves everyone’s numbers. And to me, that matches the eye test, too. He always looks solid. Calm with the puck, slick hands, good passing and defensive awareness. Plus he’s fast and hits to remove players from the puck. I’m a huge fan. I think Khaira should play with Draisaitl and Chiasson when he’s back.

    Agree, .. Khaira kind of silver lining on the season in some ways, and eye test agreed. Tonight though Hitch needs Khaira to become a shut down line or at least a prevent line.. trusting him to help pull this one out.

  153. Pescador says:

    Jaxon:
    They need to give Khaira scoring linemates. Every time I check back into his effect on linemates CF% using the line tool on Natural Stat Trick, it seems to me that he is one of the only players that consistently improves everyone’s numbers. And to me, that matches the eye test, too. He always looks solid. Calm with the puck, slick hands, good passing and defensive awareness. Plus he’s fast and hits to remove players from the puck. I’m a huge fan. I think Khaira should play with Draisaitl and Chiasson when he’s back.

    On this club JJ is a top 6 winger.
    He’s like a better version of Ksssian

  154. Pescador says:

    tileguy: I just don’t understand Hitchcock and what he is doing regarding ice times.

    Deployment makes perfect sense to me
    Hitch has 4-5 good forwards.
    The rest suck

  155. OriginalPouzar says:

    Well, Joe G is 2/6 for 20% Corsi and a -20% CFrel and I saw him make one mistake that could have been very bad. A scramble in our own zone in front of the net – puck pops out to him and he tries, confidently, to skate the puck out instead of dumping it and got stripped for more pressure against.

  156. Lowetide says:

    After 2

    2-1 Edmonton (2-0 Edmonton in the second)
    25-19 Arizona shots (12-9 Edmonton in the second)
    37-27 Arizona Corsi 5-on-5 (20-19 Edmonton in the second)
    11-7 Arizona 5-on-5 HDSC (7-5 Edmonton in the second)

  157. drglen says:

    here we go…

  158. drglen says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Well, Joe G is 2/6 for 20% Corsi and a -20% CFrel and I saw him make one mistake that could have been very bad.A scramble in our own zone in front of the net – puck pops out to him and he tries, confidently, to skate the puck out instead of dumping it and got stripped for more pressure against.

    ouch! yep… 1 goal game.. too risky to see that again.

  159. Glovjuice says:

    Wilde: Yakupov /did/ have quickness in the NHL, though.

    In fact, that was one of the things that betrayed him.

    He often got to the wrong place at the wrong time with impressive agility.

    zero separation and drive wide speed, though. It was painful to watch.

  160. Gerta Rauss says:

    well some good news via the broadcast-both Russell and Chiasson participated in the morning skate and both may be close to returning

  161. drglen says:

    how about you give us Richardson and we’ll give you Kyle.

  162. drglen says:

    Arizona getting shots here… tighten it up!

  163. drglen says:

    Petro with manning now. see if Matt B gets ice.

  164. Bulging Twine says:

    Larsson moving good tonight.

  165. Pescador says:

    Yotes turning up the temp.
    Oilers holding on
    Arse clenched, I’m doing my part

  166. Pescador says:

    Seeing Yessa good

  167. Glovjuice says:

    Rube Foster: Ms. Glovjuice,

    You are undisputedly correct.The Strome for Spooner trade has hurt the Oilers in realtime.

    The blunder is compounded by the fact that they never ran Strome on McDavid’s right side in any meaningful way – puzzling as the verbal upon the Eberle trade was that Strome was coming in to play with McDavid with the belief that he could replicate his younger brother’s chemistry with Connor.Todd ran McDavid and Strome in the 2017 preseason and all they did was score.I don’t recall Strome and McDavid having any meaningful playing time together after that preseason.

    The first they do with Spooner upon his acquisition is put him on McDavid’s wing.Just plain weird and tragic utilization of their assets.

    Your opinion on the Spooner trade is well known to this group, as are my opinions regarding both Lucic and Spooner.

    May I suggest for our mutual well being that we both talk less about Spooner and Lucic and listen more to Roxy Music’s Avalon.Much more soothing and satisfying for you and I and likely less of drag for everyone else:)

    Perhaps this is a good idea regarding our Spooner chat. I just don’t see how this trade is not called out more. Many here just say ‘meh, Stome sucks in NY so shut it.’

    I really do like Avalon, though. Played a bunch of Roxy Music yesterday during our homestretch pre-back-to-work happy hour 🍻and it was splendid, as always.

  168. drglen says:

    petro with jones now… koskinen the key to win this game though.

  169. BeerMe says:

    excellent stickwork by puljujarvi

  170. Jethro Tull says:

    Glovjuice,

    Love is the drug I’m thinking of.

  171. Glovjuice says:

    Bling:
    Manning is no good at making the outlet. Prefers to hack the puck out. :/

    More decisions counter to winning playing him over Gravel. Mindbendingly crazy.

  172. ArmchairGM says:

    13 minutes into the period and only 5 total shots. THIS is grinding out a win, Hitchcock-style.

  173. Ben says:

    Hope we can hang on for the Koskiwin, can’t take another Losskinen.

  174. Gerta Rauss says:

    ArmchairGM:
    13 minutes into the period and only 5 total shots. THIS is grinding out a win, Hitchcock-style.

    It hasn’t been pretty

  175. Pescador says:

    Hitch keeps on reaching into his inside jacket pocket.
    Wonder what he’s got in there?
    -Advil
    -Tums
    -Shit list

  176. Gerta Rauss says:

    We should get an empty net here and I don’t mean that in a good way

  177. drglen says:

    Petrovic clearly moving up the totem pole here…

  178. Bling says:

    Petrovic with a nice sequence there to interrupt the zone entry.

  179. drglen says:

    Pescador:
    Hitch keeps on reaching into his inside jacket pocket.
    Wonder what he’s got in there?
    -Advil
    -Tums
    -Shit list

    his lucky moonstone?

  180. Pescador says:

    Glovjuice: Perhaps this is a good idea regarding our Spooner chat. I just don’t see how this trade is not called out more. Many here just say ‘meh, Stome sucks in NY so shut it.’

    I really do like Avalon, though. Played a bunch of Roxy Music yesterday during our homestretch pre-back-to-work happy hour and it was splendid, as always.

    Why would anyone else need to call it out?
    You serve up that same street taco 2-3 times a day

  181. Gerta Rauss says:

    omg I thought that was in

  182. drglen says:

    whew!

  183. Pescador says:

    drglen: his lucky moonstone?

    Flask

  184. Gerta Rauss says:

    ding ding ding

    Mcwinner…!

  185. BONE207 says:

    CONNOR

  186. drglen says:

    yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. npanciroli says:

    McDavid empty net goal is the best.

  188. drglen says:

    Connor, by Kosky a beer after the game… whatever kind he wants!

  189. Pescador says:

    Put lucic out

  190. Paulie says:

    The only thing rarer than an Oilrt ENG…. Chia winning a trade

  191. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well it was ugly but the bleeding has stopped

    On to LA

  192. ArmchairGM says:

    Shall we re-start the Talbot trade talk again? In lieu of draft talk maybe? 😉

  193. HugThePost says:

    Pescador: Flask

    He’s texting chia during the game reminding him of the shitty personnel he’s got

  194. Bulging Twine says:

    Arizona missing an offensive difference maker.

  195. drglen says:

    ArmchairGM:
    Shall we re-start the Talbot trade talk again? In lieu of draft talk maybe?

    Yes, I believe that would be in order.

  196. Jethro Tull says:

    Pescador:
    Put lucic out of his misery.

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