Game 41 2018-19: Oilers at Kings

Friends, our journey reaches midway this evening in California. Game 41 is in the city of angels, followed quickly by No. 42 in the OC (“California here we come”) and then upstate to San Jose. These Edmonton Oilers are 5-6-1 so far against the Pacific, after going 16-11-0 one year ago. That record against the Pacific has room to grow.

The big story for tonight: Alex Chiasson returns. He’ll begin (based on yesterday’s practice) on the No. 2 line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. It’s also possible Kris Russell plays, perhaps Ken Hitchcock dresses seven defensemen in an effort to make sure he has cover at the position.

This is the good stuff. It’s impossible to undersell the importance of tonight’s game, and the one tomorrow, even the game in San Jose. The proverbial ‘four pointer’ in trey formation. It’s time to climb the mountain.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: From 2 to 98, Oilers share the stories behind their jersey numbers.
  • New Jonathan Willis: Edmonton’s collection of prospect defencemen gives the team options now, in the future and in trade talks
  • New Jonathan Willis: With Mikko Koskinen and Cam Talbot bound for free agency, what is the Oilers goaltending plan?
  • New Lowetide: What could the Oilers acquire in a Jesse Puljujarvi trade?
  • New Jonathan Willis: The Edmonton Oilers are one good summer away from being competitive.
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 9 prospect Winter 2018: Joel Persson.
  • 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 41

  • Oilers in 2015: 17-21-3, 37 points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in 2016: 21-13-7, 49 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 18-20-3, 39 points; goal differential -17
  • Oilers in 2018: 19-18-3, 41 points; goal differential -6

This California trip is beyond important, and probably one of the reasons Peter Chiarelli decided to add two defensemen a week ago. If he knew Russell was uncertain for these games, grabbing two blue makes more sense. I’d still play Gravel over Manning but Ken Hitchcock seems pleased with the additions.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 2-0-0, four points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in January 2017: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in January 2018: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in January 2019: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +1

WHAT TO EXPECT IN JANUARY

  • On the road to: Arizona, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • 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: 1-0-0, two points in one game

I have tonight as a win, followed by two losses to round out the California trip. The Pacific Division is winning games now, Edmonton is in danger of getting left behind. A big weekend begins tonight.

PROJECTED OILERS LINEUP

It looks like Kassian is going to stay, at least to start the game. Hitchcock likes having a big man on the McDavid-Draisaitl line: “They’ve got to have a player that can help them there. Whether it’s Kass or Chiasson we’ll see how the games go but now we’ve got two big bodies that can grind and help them hold onto it and that’s exactly what happened in the game in Arizona.” He also likes Spooner’s play more recently, we may see the veteran draw in.

There are several Oilers who will play tonight who haven’t scored in exactly one forever. If, say, Tobias Rieder scores tonight, do we pass out or assume we blacked out?

CONDORS

It seems the unique stories coming out of Bakersfield are happening with greater frequency. The team had 51 shots (in a loss) last night, I don’t recall the last time an Oilers’ affiliate managed 50+. The game featured rookie pros Tyler Vesel, Tyler Benson, Logan Day, Cooper Marody, Cameron Hebig, William Lagesson and Dylan Wells—seven newcomers who are playing big minutes and having success. Music!

Benson is unusual, he’s leading the team in points and is No. 8 among AHL rookies in the category. Among players aged 20, he ranks No. 3 (behind Drake Batherson and Adam Mascherin).


In a recent conversation with Mike Griffith at Bakersfield.com, coach Jay Woodcroft said “I think he’s taken a step with his skating this year. His 200-foot game has really come along, he’s one of our best backchecking forwards on our team, he strips pucks and creates turnovers. He’s been all over the chance sheet so we knew it was just a matter of time of him converting.”

Griffith has a post-game article with quotes from Woodcroft here.

I haven’t written much on the World Juniors, the Oilers picked the Christmas period to make a bunch of trades and have a lot of media avails. However, this play by Phil Kemp is one for the ages and I thought it might be a good time to list the boxcars, et cetera for the three Oilers prospects in the tournament.

  • Evan Bouchard 5, 0-3-3, 18:46, he was No. 2 in TOI for Canada blue
  • Dmitri Samorukov 6, 1-3-4, 22:44, led Russian blue in TOI
  • Phil Kemp 6, 0-1-1, 15:59, No. 5 in TOI for USA defense

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  1. HT Joe says:

    npanciroli: Maybe it’s how sucky the Oilers are, or getting a chance to play against McDavid, but LA (and other teams) seem to play us way harder than when I watch them against other teams.

    Two coworkers of mine once got into a pissing contest at work, and actually challenged eachother to a foot race (because I don’t know why). Neither was in peak physical condition, and it looked like they were going die to make sure they didn’t lose to the other one.

    Maybe the Oilers are so famously terrible since forever, some teams probably bust a gut trying to make sure they don’t lose to such a terrible, terrible team?

  2. Professor Q says:

    Man, Kovalchuk would look so sweet next to McDavid.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    At some point, we are going to get a game where the likes of Rieder, Lucic, JP and Spooner score – maybe tonight is that night….

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q:
    Man, Kovalchuk would look so sweet next to McDavid.

    One would think (and I wanted him as a one-year stop gap in the off-season) but 7G and -15 (with lots of time down the lineup) speaks to something being up.

    With that said, I was NO PART of a 3 year 35 plus contract even if it wasn’t near $6.25M AAV – an awful deal.

  5. innercitysmytty says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Harris. Helluva bass player and some great stories from his younger days on the east coast. I’m quite a bit younger than him but my musical tastes certainly span back well before I was even born, so we had some good discussions about music. I’ve always liked Floyd and I think Gilmour is an underrated guitarist if that’s possible. But never had the opportunity to see them live. Too bad you don’t play, but music aficionados are important too!

  6. jp says:

    godot10: Nurse doesn’t look to shoot like Klefbom does?

    Looking at Natural Stat Trick, Nurse seems to actually shoot more (9.38 to 9.06 Shots/60 5×4).

    Every other “for” metric favours Kelfbom (except GF/60), often by a fair margin. So it’s likely just a sample size issue. The team is shooting 32% with Nurse on this year.

  7. Gerta Rauss says:

    the big red dog makes it 1-0 for LA

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jones walked and the puck is in the net.

  9. drglen says:

    ouch!

  10. drglen says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    lol. I was thinking of that image too.

  11. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Well, games over. La scores first, it’s all defend from there

  12. Bulging Twine says:

    This is loose

  13. Professor Q says:

    Hey, maybe they can play like the ’90s Oilers, too.

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Finland takes the lead with under 90 seconds to go!

  15. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Great 4th down catch by the Seahawks.

  16. Professor Q says:

    So, why did they put the draw at centre ice?

  17. Gerta Rauss says:

    fuckin’ Doughty kept that in at the line twice and it’s uphill from here

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yikes, both Manning and Petrovic with multiple bad plays on the same sequence and the puck is in the net – awful

  19. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Finland takes the lead with under 90 seconds to go!

    I totally missed that they took away the Wahlstrom goal? What was the cause?

  20. drglen says:

    Ok… Ouch. Goalie change.?

    Time to stop messing around.. . let slip the dogs of war.

    Shorten bench right now.. send message.. no skate no work no play. Man…

  21. Gerta Rauss says:

    Dave Randorf sounds pleased with the current score

  22. BONE207 says:

    Toffoli can’t score….Oilers can’t clear. Of course he scores tonight. This team. Can’t I ever enjoy a beer & a game?

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    That’s Finland’s 3rd gold in 6 years I believe.

  24. jtblack says:

    Well at least the Oilers are losng to a good team …. Errrrr..

    Ummmmm …..

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q: I totally missed that they took away the Wahlstrom goal? What was the cause?

    Crease violation I believe was the call – controversial.

  26. tileguy says:

    I suppose if Kassian makes 10 more blind passes one of them is bound to connect.

  27. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Kings feed doesn’t have a glowing puck to my eye..

    The Floyd talk was more interesting.

  28. Gerta Rauss says:

    3-0

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    Time to get Talbot in net – Koskinen can’t make a save – 3-0.

    Lets go Oilers – lots of time.

  30. innercitysmytty says:

    Since Hitch came on board I notice the Oilers 2, 3 and 4 lines passing up shots all over the place. Is that a strategy thing, if so, makes no sense with low skill players that aren’t scoring as it is.

  31. Bulging Twine says:

    This is poor

  32. Dicky94 says:

    Petro with another assist.

  33. Younger Oil says:

    Hey Pete, let’s trade for more #6/7 Dmen

  34. Ribs says:

    Oh shit, Cam Barker is back.

  35. smellyglove says:

    Down the elevator shaft. Hate to break it to y’all, but playoffs even after the last win are nearly impossible.

    Edmonton is 6 points out of last place, losing 3-0 to the last place team in the NHL.

    No pre-deadline trade in the world would get this squad to the post-season.

  36. Sierra says:

    Fire TMac. Oh wait…..

    And better hold off on that $4M contract for Mikko

  37. OriginalPouzar says:

    Would really like to get one of the goals back before the end of the 1st.

  38. BeerMe says:

    Pull

  39. godot10 says:

    jp: Looking at Natural Stat Trick, Nurse seems to actually shoot more (9.38 to 9.06 Shots/60 5×4).

    Every other “for” metric favours Kelfbom (except GF/60), often by a fair margin. So it’s likely just a sample size issue. The team is shooting 32% with Nurse on this year.

    I said “look to shoot”. It is different than frequency of shooting. Nurse doesn’t look to force his shot as much.

  40. npanciroli says:

    Petrovic -3, Manning -2. Hah.

  41. drglen says:

    dear lord..

  42. BeerMe says:

    npanciroli:
    Petrovic -3, Manning -2. Hah.

    At least Chia will be fired

  43. leadfarmer says:

    It’s a Hitchmas miracle.

  44. Sierra says:

    npanciroli:
    Petrovic -3, Manning -2. Hah.

    Thank Gord they are here to help

  45. BONE207 says:

    npanciroli:
    Petrovic -3, Manning -2. Hah.

    +/- is a flawed stat. Ask Woodguy 😉

  46. drglen says:

    Call chicago… see if they’ll take anybody for Davidson. I hear they are always looking to make a deal.

  47. jtblack says:

    No shame here. L.A. is a Good Young team

    Kovalchuk – 36
    Carter – 34
    Brown – 34
    Quick – 32
    Kopitar – 31
    Doughty – 29

    😭😭😭😭

  48. drglen says:

    Bob…. mutters…. ‘better get going here…”

  49. silasbengtsson says:

    I seem to recall someone earlier saying something along the lines of “LA has given up”. Hopefully we can all now be sure that the only team that “gives up” is the Oilers. No more buying into the illusions.

  50. drglen says:

    jtblack,

    lol…

  51. Bulging Twine says:

    Big line, Lucic-Khaira-Puljujarvi

  52. jtblack says:

    Not sure if LT will allow a swear. I just want to say ..

    Faaaaaaaaaaaack !!!

  53. drglen says:

    this calls for some sauerkraut…. be right back.

  54. drglen says:

    Bob… not being politically correct here…. just laying it on the oil for lack of compete.. lack of engage…weak play, against a weak team. He’s calling out the whole team basically for complete lack of effort.

  55. McSorley33 says:

    Just got in…..are we up ?

    Oh….what the ?

    For real….

  56. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was a poor period – two more to get back in to it and come away with standings points.

  57. Dicky94 says:

    Going to need a big 2nd period. Lots of time yet.

  58. drglen says:

    This is worse than a ‘fire mclelland’ game so far.

    Bob.. losing it man.

  59. Dicky94 says:

    Nice to see Hrudey always cheering for the Oilers.

  60. tsunami says:

    drglen,

    3 shots on goal in first period 🙈🙈🙈… this team is, how to put it delicately, not very good…

  61. Bulging Twine says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    I would not say they are slightly behind in skill but massively behind.Come on, a Canadian third Olympic team would be more skilled and talented than the Swiss team.

    Without the big ice allowing for defensive structures that can stifle talented offences, the Swiss would essentially have the most minute of chances against the top nations.

    They have some nice talented players but we are talking about a few and even those few would be lower end on the Canadian team – I can’t agree that they are just a bit behind in skill.

    To be clear, I’m talking about the pro ranks, not the amateur teams but would suggest they are still quite a bit behind even in the amateur ranks.

    totally agree

  62. BG19 says:

    npanciroli,

    Jones got walked on the first goal.

  63. jp says:

    godot10: I said “look to shoot”. It is different than frequency of shooting.Nurse doesn’t look to force his shot as much.

    Could be.

    But you’d think if Nurse was doing something positive it would show up in the shots, shot attempts, or scoring chances. It’s not. All are better with Klefbom.

    The Oilers PP is shooting 32.14% with Nurse on this year. The next highest on ice shooting % in the NHL this season is 24.32% (Palat on TB, also in 44 minutes).

    33% better than the next best. I think that’s the key, and it isn’t sustainable.

  64. BeerMe says:

    time to goon it up and take the 7-1 loss

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dicky94:
    Nice to see Hrudey always cheering for the Oilers.

    That was pretty scathing. Said like a true flame fan, however, i can’t really argue with him after watching that period.

  66. drglen says:

    Reid…..opens with. ‘an utterly pathetic performance by the oilers”…

    Bring up the Hanson brothers!

  67. Surgeons Knot says:

    If losing 10-0 means Chiarelli finally gets fired, I will take it. I can’t fathom who he will trade next for a gritty third pairing D man to save our season. This has gone on for too long and needs to stop now. Connor, Leon, Nuge and Oscar – we love you and want you to stay here forever.

  68. jtblack says:

    silasbengtsson:
    I seem to recall someone earlier saying something along the lines of “LA has given up”. Hopefully we can all now be sure that the only team that “gives up” is the Oilers. No more buying into the illusions.

    That was me !! I watched VEGAS toy with L.A. …. flat out dominated them.

    But I guess Edmonton didnt get the Memo.

  69. jake70 says:

    Nice elbow by Doughty on 97.

  70. jtblack says:

    tsunami:
    drglen,

    3 shots on goal in first period … this team is, how to put it delicately, not very good…

    I am No Math whiz … lets get the Calcualtor out.

    Edm on track for 9 Shots in a must win game

  71. Chaos Magician says:

    Only thing good about that period was Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley doing the Tony Babcock character. Good Nelson, BC boy.

  72. Derek says:

    Tuned in with 5 minutes left in the period to see the same old shit show. Hopefully this season gets the GM fired and a shiny new talent drafted (Kaliyev?)

    Went back and re-read the thread before the game and its interesting to get a glimpse into what was happening out there in the middle of nowhere when I was driving past for hockey as a kid.

    Man I couldn’t imagine living out there as an adult.

    Jethro Tull: I was there from ’04 (arrived just in time for CGY-TBL finals in Brooks and The Scoreboard in the Hat.

    If we went out in town, then there was a bar with wonderful victorian tiling, the silver buckle, Ralph’s, Tommy O’Reilly’s,Ezzies and various golf courses. The Captain’s Cabin

    The Redcliffe Legion was great too.

    On base was the Canny Lad, The Gag and Puke butI was mainly in the Sgts Mess and the Workshops bar.

    Ralston had a little bar as well.

    That’s pretty close to the same timeline I was poking around that neck of the woods. I worked on a couple of Champion Drilling rigs around Brooks/Medhat/Patricia etc from around 2003-2005? I also had a few friends who lived in the Hat who worked in Oil and Gas and whenever we visited we went to Ralphs or The Redcliff stripclub.

    I was in my early 20’s with too much courage and disposable income and not near enough sense. Whenever righands run into the Brits off the base at the bar they’re either best of friends or a battle ensues. I had my nose punched into an S curve one night by a guy from Suffield, and then straightened out by another a couple months later outside of Ralphs.

    Thank god those days are over.

  73. tileguy says:

    jake70:
    Nice elbow by Doughty on 97.

    Time for a good ol fashion line brawl.

  74. jtblack says:

    Not sure if LT is gonna do his period update. It may be too depressing .

  75. McSorley33 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Yeah, I love shooting messengers as much as the next guy but what would the
    Rebuttal to Hrudey be?

    This is the La Kings we are playing….

  76. Paulie says:

    1. Echoes
    2. When the Tigers Broke Free
    3. Eclipse
    4. Time
    5. Jugband Blues
    6. Comfortably Numb
    7. Raving and Drooling (proto -Sheep played on 74 tour)
    8. Postwar Dream
    9. Brain Damage
    10. Fat Old Sun

  77. Jordan says:

    Turn on the stream and get ready to wash dishes with the Oilers game on.

    Oh, it’s 1-0 LA early. That’s not a good sign.

    Watch Petro and Manning completely botch a zone exit – 2-0 LA.

    Maybe I’ll turn on Netflix and keep going on through that Archer show. It’s much more fun than this

    Get back from putting my daughter to bed. Check back in on the stream, and then check the comments here.

    So, both our new defensemen are a combined -5 on 3 GA. Against the worst team in the league…. I may need to set aside more money for my dialasis treatment to deal with the pre-drink I’m going to need to endure the Calgary game I’m attending in 2 weeks…

  78. Ryan says:

    Thank god Peter traded for those defensemen.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JonathanWillis/status/1081760862367506432?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    “Seven periods into their Oilers careers, Manning and Petrovic have been on the ice for a combined total of one goal for and 4 and 5 against, respectively, at 5-on-5.”

  79. nelson88 says:

    Throw it in doughtys corner and paste him to the boards. Can’t stand the fact the oilers let that shit go and have them laugh at you.

  80. Glovjuice says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Slightly tongue-in-cheek list, though Astronomy Dominé is #1 with a bullet. Astronomy Rules!

    But a true list of favourites would include titles like One of These Days, Us and Them, Wish You Were Here, Dogs, Comfortably Numb, & On the Turning Away to name a few.

    Yah, on the turning away is amazing – I sort of forget about it all the time.

  81. Professor Q says:

    This game is going downhill quickly. Oilers can’t get the puck to the slot or anywhere dangerous.

    They just suck against California teams.

  82. BeerMe says:

    not a single high quality shot from the Oilers yet.

  83. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Hard to watch tonight. Time to call up some rookies from Bakersfeild. These guys here are never going to get it done. Not much to lose and it can’t get any worse.

  84. Dicky94 says:

    Weak.

  85. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Glovjuice,

    Here comes Bruce with more of his turds lol.

  86. drglen says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    Hard to watch tonight.Time to call up some rookies from Bakersfeild.These guys here are never goingto get it done.Not much to lose and it can’t get any worse.

    yes….

  87. jtblack says:

    Manning looks Good. 😉

  88. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors dominating possession and play but the game is scoreless half way through the second.

    Benson with four shots on net pretty soon.

    After a down stretch, he’s started to come on again over the last 3 games or so.

  89. Glovjuice says:

    drglen:
    Ok… Ouch. Goalie change.?

    Time to stop messing around.. . let slip the dogs of war.

    Shorten bench right now.. send message.. no skate no work no play.Man…

    Nice Floyd reference. Well done.

  90. drglen says:

    Go Condors!!!!! Go Condors!!!!

    Benson might just find himself recalled after this road trip. …. .. .. .. .. . .

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    Aside from that one chance at the end, that was a fabulous PK and then need to get momentum off of it.

  92. texmex says:

    teddyturnbuckle,

    Leave the rookies where they are. Bakersfield is in the middle of a playoff chase. Send gambo down ASAP. Claim whoever on waivers and send yamo/jones down. Call up Russell or Malone or Lowe.

  93. drglen says:

    Cmon Brandon…. …. good time to bring some of that ‘mean’…

    guys coming on here… need a goal. one goal this period… we’re not out of it.

  94. jtblack says:

    Is Half a season a Small sample Size? I am just waiting for our wingers to Break Loose !

  95. Glovjuice says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Kings feed doesn’t have a glowing puck to my eye..

    The Floyd talk was more interesting.

    Yes, yes it was/is.

  96. jtblack says:

    texmex:
    teddyturnbuckle,

    Leave the rookies where they are. Bakersfield is in the middle of a playoff chase. Send gambo down ASAP. Claim whoever on waivers and send yamo/jones down. Call up Russell or Malone or Lowe.

    +1

  97. godot10 says:

    Petrovic wasn’t really responsible for any of the goals against tonight (and the first night when he collected his other minuses was after one practice, not fully knowing the system, and being hard-matched against Schieffle)…so I have some time for him yet.

    Manning fully earned his minus 2. Don’t know what the pro-scouts and Chiarelli were seeing here when you have Gravel.

  98. teddyturnbuckle says:

    teddyturnbuckle,

    Just kidding Bruce, love you and staples on the podcasts. Can you two somehow incorporate swimsuit models on your laps into your show and a little less Bruce and David nose hair LoL.

  99. Dicky94 says:

    NEED A GOAL!!

  100. drglen says:

    Live in Pompei…

    I love rock music with space to jam it out so to speak, to feature the guitar, guitar tones, and settle into a groove.

  101. OriginalPouzar says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    Hard to watch tonight.Time to call up some rookies from Bakersfeild.These guys here are never goingto get it done.Not much to lose and it can’t get any worse.

    I disagree – leave the prospects in the appropriate league and allow them to continue to develop – this includes Kailer Yamamoto and, once two d-men are back, Caleb Jones.

  102. Ben says:

    Watching Lucic going through the motions of hockey-looking type things is pure Stampede wrestling. Skating up and down the ice. Slamming into the boards where someone was a few seconds earlier. Simply a fictional player at this point.

  103. nelson88 says:

    Remember when Darnell speed bagged Roman Polak based on a perceived dirty hit on a 3rd/4th liner. Where is that oilers team?! Darnell can’t do it as he needs to play 30+ on this gong show. Milan? Zach? Too busy scoring goals? Manning and Petrovic are useless, might as well step up and endear yourself to your meal ticket and the fans.

    I’m done for the night, possibly the season

  104. OriginalPouzar says:

    This has been one poor PP shift by Darnell Nurse…

  105. drglen says:

    ok… cue the stirring comeback.

  106. jtblack says:

    Hitchcock cannot be pleased.

  107. drglen says:

    ok then, how about we bring up Malone, Callahan, and Russell.

  108. Glovjuice says:

    Paulie:
    1. Echoes
    2. When the Tigers Broke Free
    3. Eclipse
    4. Time
    5. Jugband Blues
    6. Comfortably Numb
    7.Raving and Drooling (proto -Sheep played on 74 tour)
    8. Postwar Dream
    9. Brain Damage
    10. Fat Old Sun

    Another fantastic list – more deep cuts in this one. If I went to ten on mine probably would have included the awesome Wright track Summer 68.

  109. Dicky94 says:

    Finally some emotion. Wake up boys!!

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    Malone from Currie but its being reviewed (may have gone off Russell’s glove).

    Good goal – tied at 1

  111. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Just tuned in. I see Talbot and Quick are both pitching shutouts. Wait … Koskinen started?

  112. texmex says:

    drglen,

    I’m all for it. Season’s done in Oiler land.

    Bakersfield with yamo Jones gambo and JP could make some noise

  113. drglen says:

    this might be it…. 4 points out… 1 period to go.. last placed team in league… …

    this might be fire PC night…

  114. BeerMe says:

    butter soft call

  115. Rondo says:

    Thank god Chiarelli got those 2 D-men.

  116. jtblack says:

    Pete’s Pro Scouts have done it again.

    Petro
    Manning

    WOW

  117. Gerta Rauss says:

    terrific save by Talbot-I thought that was in

  118. OriginalPouzar says:

    jtblack:
    Hitchcock cannot be pleased.

    Hitchcock should look in the mirror at his lineup deployment – for example:

    – how does Hitch figure putting offensive players like Spooner and Rattie with Brodziak will lead to an effective line?

    – how does Hitch rationalize moving a player that is scoring away from McDavid (i.e Chiasson) to play with McDavid? how does Hitch not see that Rieder/Drai/Chiasson have scored 5G and given up 1G in 100 minutes of 5 on 5 play?

  119. Dicky94 says:

    drglen,

    One thing to cheer for.

  120. Gerta Rauss says:

    well, we got 7 shots on goal that period, that’s something

    I guess

  121. drglen says:

    If nobody shows nothing, in 3rd period… then PC will be fired.

    But, wait until the bus to annaheim, .. then tell him to find a different hotel once you arrive, just to be fair.

  122. BeerMe says:

    The game is boring, and our team sucks. Someone cheer me up

  123. Glovjuice says:

    drglen:
    Live in Pompei…

    I love rock music with space to jam it out so to speak, to feature the guitar, guitar tones, and settle into a groove.

    Yup, that bass groove they get going is just kille.

  124. Ribs says:

    BeerMe:
    The game is boring, and our team sucks. Someone cheer me up

    There’s still beer!

  125. Dicky94 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I agree. Give Spooner and Rattie a chance in top 6.

  126. drglen says:

    Bob…… ” The Oilers did NOTHING….. the oilers did NOTHING… in response.” kind of giving it to Lucic, Reider, Spooner… (calling guys out)

    T” albot, Larson, Nurse, Chaisson, maybe rattie. at least competed”

    This is very un Bob like. If Bob… who is employed by the team… is emboldened to actually call out the team… by name… on the air…. that’s very telling. I’ve never, ever, heard him like this.

  127. drglen says:

    Ribs: There’s still beer!

    and sauerkraut… all is not lost. Eat Drink be merry lads. !

  128. BeerMe says:

    drglen:
    Bob…… ” The Oilers did NOTHING….. the oilers did NOTHING… in response.” kind of giving it to Lucic, Reider, Spooner…(calling guys out)

    T” albot, Larson, Nurse, Chaisson, maybe rattie. at least competed”

    This is very un Bob like. If Bob… who is employed by the team… is emboldened to actually call out the team… by name… on the air….that’s very telling. I’ve never, ever, heard him like this.

    He also mentioned Lucic making 6 mil and doing nothing for the team. “I don’t care if you live here in the offseason, are friends with some of the guys…”. Agree, very un-Bob like.

  129. texmex says:

    BeerMe,

    Oilers are going to draft top 3, play top 3 pick in top 6 as well as Bouchard in the top 4, sign Talbot to 5 years @ 32 million, hope JP and yamo take a step next year…

    Repeat for 20/21

  130. Dicky94 says:

    drglen,

    I think it’s because this is becoming one of the worst games of the season.

  131. tileguy says:

    OriginalPouzar: Hitchcock should look in the mirror at his lineup deployment – for example:

    – how does Hitch figure putting offensive players like Spooner and Rattie with Brodziak will lead to an effective line?

    – how does Hitch rationalize moving a player that is scoring away from McDavid (i.e Chiasson) to play with McDavid? how does Hitch not see that Rieder/Drai/Chiasson have scored 5G and given up 1G in 100 minutes of 5 on 5 play?

    Hitchcock is not the right coach for this team, I’ve been saying that for over a week now, glad to see others are agreeing with me.

  132. rope-a-dope says:

    Legitimately, is Lucic the worst contract in history? Ie for forwards and In terms of points/$$$. Who is worse? Ever? I can’t think of anyone.

  133. Ben says:

    Sorry all, but there is just no reason to fire the GM right now. Doesn’t get you any closer to the playoffs.

    Plus, the guys that hire the failing guys are still untouchable.

    PC gets turfed on locker clean out day, take a month to sort through your options, get your “new” (gulp) guy in by mid-May.

    Not particularly optimistic that they make the right choice with his replacement, track record being what it is.

  134. BONE207 says:

    After switching from the hockey to Jurassic World, the dinosaurs are horrific but pussycats compared to the Oilers. Thank Gord for liquor

  135. Paulie says:

    Glovjuice,

    Summer 68 is a great track. As much as I like Animals, the Wall and the Final Cut, I always felt that Waters made a mistake minimizing Wright’s creative input after WYWH. Wright really added a lot of atmospherics (e.g. Echoes), texture (e.g. Any Colour You Like) and soul (e.g Great Gig) to the sound.

  136. BONE207 says:

    rope-a-dope:
    Legitimately, is Lucic the worst contract in history? Ie for forwards and In terms of points/$$$. Who is worse? Ever? I can’t think of anyone.

    I think Prongers last contract was awful.

  137. jtblack says:

    rope-a-dope:
    Legitimately, is Lucic the worst contract in history? Ie for forwards and In terms of points/$$$. Who is worse? Ever? I can’t think of anyone.

    Bickell
    Clarkson

    But this Lucic deal is looking just as bad.

    He cant even create a scoring chance anymore; nevermind actually score

  138. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ben:
    Sorry all, but there is just no reason to fire the GM right now. Doesn’t get you any closer to the playoffs.

    Plus, the guys that hire the failing guys are still untouchable.

    PC gets turfed on locker clean out day, take a month to sort through your options, get your “new” (gulp) guy in by mid-May.

    Not particularly optimistic that they make the right choice with his replacement, track record being what it is.

    I agree here

    The Duras family still controls the high council-they all have blood on their hands

    Nothing will happen until the season ends, and even that is not certain

  139. BeerMe says:

    jtblack: Bickell
    Clarkson

    But this Lucic deal is looking just as bad.

    He cant even create a scoring chance anymore; nevermind actually score

    None of them touch the 15-year Rick DiPietro contract, but that was a goalie.

  140. OmJo says:

    Why is Bieksa on my TV screen?

  141. drglen says:

    rope-a-dope:
    Legitimately, is Lucic the worst contract in history? Ie for forwards and In terms of points/$$$. Who is worse? Ever? I can’t think of anyone.

    well, Dipietro the goalie has to be the worst. Brad Richards… probably the worst..maybe Gomez…

    but agreed… I mean, the whole team lacks gonads, but until today I’ve been more or less convinced Lucic was trying hard and bringing energy. I don’t see it now. Buy him out, that’s the only way.

  142. jake70 says:

    Gerta Rauss: I agree here

    The Duras family still controls the high council-they all have blood on their hands

    Nothing will happen until the season ends, and even that is not certain

    Ha. nice. We need aJean Luc to save the day.

  143. Paulie says:

    There is no dark side of the moon….as a matter of fact, it’s all dark. This is our Edmonton Oilers.

  144. drglen says:

    Ben:
    Sorry all, but there is just no reason to fire the GM right now. Doesn’t get you any closer to the playoffs.

    Plus, the guys that hire the failing guys are still untouchable.

    PC gets turfed on locker clean out day, take a month to sort through your options, get your “new” (gulp) guy in by mid-May.

    Not particularly optimistic that they make the right choice with his replacement, track record being what it is.

    there is no good reason.. . but maybe the bad reasons are good enough.

  145. McSorley33 says:

    We have 10 shots on goal after 2 periods?

    That can’t be right…..

  146. jtblack says:

    BeerMe: None of them touch the 15-year Rick DiPietro contract, but that was a goalie.

    Lecaviler?

  147. OmJo says:

    Did Kassian start the game on McDavid’s line?

  148. silasbengtsson says:

    Ben:
    Sorry all, but there is just no reason to fire the GM right now. Doesn’t get you any closer to the playoffs.

    In my opinion, that’s an absurd statement. Get the seemingly requisite “evaluation period” out of the way, give us a chance to actually get some value for our possible TDD sell-offs, get extra time to pursue his preferred future staff and get time to do some scouting for the draft himself (if he’s the hands-on kinda guy). Also, who’s to say that a new GM couldn’t complete a trade that would improve our chances at the playoffs? I can’t understand your perspective.

  149. godot10 says:

    Paulie:
    Glovjuice,

    Summer 68 is a great track. As much as I like Animals, the Wall and the Final Cut, I always felt that Waters made a mistake minimizing Wright’s creative input after WYWH. Wright really added a lot of atmospherics (e.g. Echoes), texture (e.g. Any Colour You Like) and soul (e.g Great Gig) to the sound.

    The only thing more boring than the Oilers tonight is talking about progressive rock! -).

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

  150. Offside says:

    Man, this team would look so much better if Yakupov and Pulijijarvi weren’t busts

  151. Paulie says:

    godot10: The only thing more boring than the Oilers tonight is talking about progressive rock! -).

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

    Not as boring as watching the Oilers play, though.

  152. Gerta Rauss says:

    OmJo:
    Did Kassian start the game on McDavid’s line?

    Yes I believe so

    it didn’t last long

    *edit-there he is

  153. OmJo says:

    Why is Lucic on my TV screen?

  154. OmJo says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yes I believe so

    it didn’t last long

    Kassian back on the top line, draws a PP.

    Heh.

  155. drglen says:

    sounds like JP on top line now?

  156. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m starting to think the Oilers may not win this one in regulation…..

  157. OmJo says:

    drglen:
    sounds like JP on top line now?

    Everybody is on the top line!

  158. drglen says:

    Paulie: Not as boring as watching the Oilers play, though.

    The Clash…. ! pretty much same tempo.. same chords… … You know I bad mouthed the punkers when I was young… now I realize they were on to something, and were right to protest. Of course that was a pretty hard recession type time in the UK. A lot the appeal of the clash is generalized frustration.

  159. JimmyV1965 says:

    Ben:
    Watching Lucic going through the motions of hockey-looking type things is pure Stampede wrestling. Skating up and down the ice. Slamming into the boards where someone was a few seconds earlier. Simply a fictional player at this point.

    Excellent post.

  160. BeerMe says:

    Lucic on the ice after a TV timeout

  161. drglen says:

    Jack kind of sounds foolish tonight, for being enthusiastic and talkative at all. A pro though… , still I’d rather here BOB calling guys out.

  162. drglen says:

    Kopitar.!!!

  163. Glovjuice says:

    Paulie:
    Glovjuice,

    Summer 68 is a great track. As much as I like Animals, the Wall and the Final Cut, I always felt that Waters made a mistake minimizing Wright’s creative input after WYWH. Wright really added a lot of atmospherics (e.g. Echoes), texture (e.g. Any Colour You Like) and soul (e.g Great Gig) to the sound.

    Ya, for sure, I’m a massive fan of those albums you mention with the Wall being my favourite album probably ever (which confuses people who know me well and I agree with them) but it really had very little Wright fingerprints – wasn’t really Floyd in many ways. I view it as more Opera/Clasical really – of which I am a big fan (partner and I had seasons tix to the Edmonton Symphony for the decade before out daughter came – probably the only thing I really miss since the kid came along).

  164. Gerta Rauss says:

    4-0

    not many positives out there tonight, coach has his hands full with the post game presser

  165. McSorley33 says:

    If we get to 20 shots….moral victory?

  166. Bulging Twine says:

    which is the last place team

  167. drglen says:

    Glovjuice: Ya, for sure, I’m a massive fan of those albums you mention with the Wall being my favourite album probably ever (which confuses people who know me well and I agree with them) but it really had very little Wright fingerprints – wasn’t really Floyd in many ways. I view it as more Opera/Clasical really – of which I am a big fan (partner and I had seasons tix to the Edmonton Symphony for the decade before out daughter came – probably the only thing I really miss since the kid came along).

    It’s funny you should mention that, .. because good rock music, is theatre, and heavy metal in particular, .. is really Opera for the masses. The spectacle element!

  168. Professor Q says:

    Well, I think a few people should be fired and a few people should be sent down after this performance.

    Start the week fresh.

  169. drglen says:

    McSorley33:
    If we get to 20 shots….moral victory?

    alright… let’s start a list of moral victories.

  170. jtblack says:

    Bulging Twine:
    which is the last place team

    Bahahahhahha. +1

  171. Bulging Twine says:

    what’s hitch gonna say after this one

  172. Dicky94 says:

    I’ve been hoping for a trade for scoring winger the last few days but I don’t think it will help. This is not a playoff team. Not even close. Wait until the summer and clean house.

  173. jtblack says:

    McSorley33:
    If we get to 20 shots….moral victory?

    Really reaching now. Thats how poor the effort has been tonight..

    20 Shots against worst team in thr League. Let’s see Hitch spin that into a positive

  174. OriginalPouzar says:

    silasbengtsson: In my opinion, that’s an absurd statement. Get the seemingly requisite “evaluation period” out of the way, give us a chance to actually get some value for our possible TDD sell-offs, get extra time to pursue his preferred future staff and get time to do some scouting for the draft himself (if he’s the hands-on kinda guy). Also, who’s to say that a new GM couldn’t complete a trade that would improve our chances at the playoffs? I can’t understand your perspective.

    Chiarelli did a fantastic job on returns for his two UFA sales at last year’s trade deadline:

    – pending UFA Letestu (playing poorly) returned Pontus Aberg (not Chiarelli’s fault that coach couldn’t get over a missed practice).

    – pending UFA Maroon (with a wonky back and playing terribly) returned Cooper Marody (Chiarelli was express at the time he would flip the 3rd rounder for a warm body).

  175. drglen says:

    #1… it is not yet 5-0…

    #2.. couple good stops by Talbot

    #3 ….. good penalty kill.

    #4……

  176. Glovjuice says:

    jtblack: Lecaviler?

    Lucic ?

  177. Professor Q says:

    BeerMe: None of them touch the 15-year Rick DiPietro contract, but that was a goalie.

    Don’t forget about Yashin, either.

  178. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’d like to score 1 here just to get that fucking smile off Doughty’s face

  179. OmJo says:

    This is us.

    This is what Chiarelli gave us…

    This is your Edmonton Oilers.

    A team with some of the worst forward depth in the history of the league (correct me if I’m wrong)…

  180. OriginalPouzar says:

    Offside:
    Man, this team would look so much better if Yakupov and Pulijijarvi weren’t busts

    Isn’t Puljujarvi 20 years old?

  181. godot10 says:

    Cause Edmonton is drowning, and I, I live by the river.

    #TeamPunk

  182. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Thats Lucic’s only job.

    No show.

  183. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid’s poor game continues….

    To be clear, I’m not blaming McDavid nor saying he’s a problem, just stating that he’s had a tough game.

  184. Dicky94 says:

    Wasn’t Lucic brought in to protect McDavid?

  185. drglen says:

    OmJo:
    This is us.

    This is what Chiarelli gave us…

    This is your Edmonton Oilers.

    A team with some of the worst forward depth in the history of the league (correct me if I’m wrong)…

    hmm. there were the 79-80 colorado rockies? the 74-75 Golden Seals?

  186. McSorley33 says:

    In a high rise in downtown Chicago, Stan Bowman feels a brief, but sharp, pang of guilt at what
    he did to Peter Chiarelli……

  187. Oil2Oilers says:

    At the start of the year I predicted this was a 91 point team, and was depressed. If this team makes 91 points now I will be impressed.

  188. drglen says:

    OriginalPouzar: Isn’t Puljujarvi 20 years old?

    JP is 20. Keep him, give him time. He’s had a pretty good game.

  189. Zelepukin says:

    jtblack: Lecaviler?

    Lucic is still the worst contract ever because we actually play him and he is terrible. I would rather pay him an extra 2M a season to not dress.

    DiPietro only played 50 games after his contract. Lecavalier still put up 32 pts in 39 games in his last season with Tampa.

  190. OmJo says:

    Offside:
    Man, this team would look so much better if Yakupov and Pulijijarvi weren’t busts

    This team would be so much better if MacTavish never used skype.

    And the Kings are trying to add insult to injury? Linesmen let McDavid get crosschecked with no repercussion?

  191. Dicky94 says:

    Too little too late. Unbelievable this team.

  192. tileguy says:

    Omg, this team dosen’t even know how to be tough, good play Lucic.

  193. OmJo says:

    Lucic trying to replicate his performance against the Panthers?

  194. Rondo says:

    This isn’t a team it’s a first line and a couple of 2nd pairing D-men.

  195. drglen says:

    McSorley33:
    In a high rise in downtown Chicago, Stan Bowman feels a brief, but sharp, pang of guilt at what
    he did to Peter Chiarelli……

    .. lights a cigar, drinks a scotch.. thinks about life for a while, the winners, the losers, Chuckles quietly to himself, turns off the light, softly closes the door. Heads home after a good days work, feeling grateful.

  196. who says:

    Are you kidding me Lucic?
    You’re gonna play tough guy with BRANDON FREAKING LEIPSIC with 4 minutes left?
    PATHETIC!

  197. Glovjuice says:

    drglen: It’s funny you should mention that,.. because good rock music, is theatre, and heavy metal in particular, .. is really Opera for the masses. The spectacle element!

    Yes, I’m a huge metal fan as well. I agree 100% – LOTS of metal gives me the same vibe as lots of classical (mostly the modern stuff starting with Stravinsky). Don’t get me going on classical Indian music which is probably the “deepest” music in my opinion.

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