Danny Says We Gotta Go (Gotta Go to Idaho)

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers had one weird weekend in California. Absolutely indifferent in Los Angeles, the team played what might have been its worst game of the season. After a searing post-game scrum from Ken Hitchcock, and what must have been a night of tossing and turning, the team delivered a 4-0 win that featured Cam Talbot, a goal from Connor McDavid, secondary scoring and 24 blocked shots. It was 2016-17 all over again.

Don’t kid yourself, this roster has major issues. The Ducks had 39 shots, Edmonton only 24. It’s no way to builder a contender, but at the midway point of the season the Oilers are in playoff contention and (apparently) Oscar Klefbom four weeks or less away from return.

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  • New Lowetide: Oilers No. 10 prospect Winter 2018: Dylan Wells.
  • New Jonathan Willis: The Oilers have a shoddy roster and when they’re bad, they’re really bad.
  • 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 42

  • Oilers in 2015: 17-22-3, 37 points; goal differential -22
  • Oilers in 2016: 21-14-7, 49 points; goal differential +5
  • Oilers in 2017: 18-21-3, 39 points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in 2018: 20-19-3, 43 points; goal differential -6

Edmonton is 11-9-2 under Ken Hitchcock, that game was a bit of deja vu for Oilers fans. It also felt fabulous to win in Anaheim against the usual suspects, that kind of win against that team in California will never get old. Team is on track for 82, 39-37-6, 84 points. Not playoffs, but an improvement season over season.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2017: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2018: 1-2-0, two points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in January 2019: 2-1-0, two points; goal differential +1

Edmonton is two points behind Anaheim for the final playoff spot, and what’s more the team remains in playoff contention. The game in San Jose is now huge, but all of the games are big until the team makes the playoffs or is out of contention.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY

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

A big win last night, but the hit on McDavid will be the topic of discussion. I’m not as bloodthirsty now (the big, bad Bruins were my favourite team back in the day, for many reasons) but would have welcomed a specific response. Nurse did flatten Adam Henrique, but that McDavid blind side deserved an answer. In a 4-0 game, it was a little surprising no Oilers player stood up and made an example of Lindholm. Can’t have players hitting 97 from behind with no answer.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Jones-Larsson went 12-19 in 16:45, 7-8 shots, 2-0 goals and 5-4 HDSC. I thought they were both effective (score effects were fully in play for at least 40 minutes). Went 3-12 in 7:55 against Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg. Jones is well inside the top four D now, uncertain what happens when Klefbom returns but Hitchcock has more options because Jones is bona fide.
  • Nurse-Russell were 15-30 in 19:22, the No. 1 pairing based on usage. Were 8-14 shots, 1-0 goals and 5-5 in HDSC. Went 4-14 in 7:36 against Ritchie-Getzlaf-Kase, including 1-0 goals. Both men can cause an argument among Oilers fans at 500 feet, but on this night there was chaos but no goals allowed.
  • Gravel-Petrovic went 5-18 in 10:06, 3-7 shots, 2-4 HDSC. Went 4-5 in 4:52 against Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg. I thought this pairing was calm compared to the third pairing one night ago.
  • Cam Talbot stopped all 39 shots he faced. He was the No. 1 star on merit and should he return to previous Talbotian form, that’s a big damned deal.
  • Natural Stat Trick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Rieder-Draisaitl-Chiasson went 6-9 in 9:48, 2-6 shots no goals and 2-3 HDSC. Draisaitl played with 97 (1-0) and spent time with Puljujarvi, Nuge, Khaira, Kassian, Lucic and others. Went 7-10 in 7:07 against Lindholm-Montour.
  • Khaira-McDavid-Kassian were 14-22 in 15:52, 8-11 shots, no goals and 4-5 HDSC. Went 11-17 in 10:13 against Fowler-Manson. I’m not sure about either winger as a long-term solution this high on the roster, but they both made plays and kept the puck moving in a good direction.
  • Lucic-Nuge-Puljujarvi were 9-19 in 11:22, 5-3 shots, 1-0 goals and 1-1 HDSC. All three men played well, Lucic was a bandit on the Leon goal, Nuge had two assists, and JP scored a goal from the slot (that’s going to be his home until 2038). Went 5-10 in 5:52 against Lindholm-Montour.
  • Gambardella-Brodziak-Rattie were 2-6 in 5:21, 1-0 HDSC. The line performed well in limited minutes. I like Gambardella as a forechecker and his speed is a big help. Brodziak played his best games in some time. Rattie is there to add speed, but I think he would be better served with a more offensive center.

OILERS CURRENT ROSTER

These articles arrive with some frequency, Oilers fans have endured about two dozen since McDavid’s lottery. I have interviewed Lyle Richardson many times, he’s a credible individual and he takes great pains to credit sources and to let you know when he’s speculating. The item on McDavid is pure speculation riffing off Bruce Arthur’s comments the other day.

Here’s the thing: Connor McDavid, like impact hockey players before him, isn’t wired to ask for a trade. He’s focused on winning with the Edmonton Oilers, proof of that was the eight-year contract signed not that long ago. Now, there is responsibility attached from the organization’s side, they are absolutely charged with building a Stanley Cup contender.

Rick Nash played nine years with Columbus, through several incarnations of Blue Jackets. Once the team had arrived at its ‘new rebuild’ for the fifth time, he said ‘maybe you can let me off at the next stop’ and it happened just that way. Nash was 28 the first time he played a game for the New York Rangers. Connor McDavid turns 22 in a week.

There’s a certain melancholy that washes over me, reading discussion of Connor McDavid leaving so soon. It’s miles away to be sure, but Oilers history suggests this young man won’t spend his entire career in this northern town. We can’t go surfing, because it’s 20 below.

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Woodguy v2.0

Hitchcock has more options because Jones is bona fide.

Bona fide!!

Woodguy v2.0

Western Conference Playoff Standings using Points Percentage shown as points over/under fake Bettman .500

Central
WPG 13
NSH 10
COL 6

Pacific
CGY 13
VGK 11
SJS 10

Wilcard
DAL 5
MIN 3

Out of playoffs
ANA 2
EDM 1
VAN -1
ARI -3
STL -3
CHI -5
LAK -6

Pacific DAL/MIN/COL games today:

MIN at MTL (MTL -125)
CGY at CHI (CGY -185)
LAK at SJS (SJS -235)

Woodguy v2.0

Oiler Goal Share after 42 games (20-19-3)

Even strength (5v5, 4v4, 3v3):
McDavid On Ice 44-32 (58%)
McDavid Off Ice 39-57 (41%)
EV=-6

Special Teams (PP+SH For-PK+SH Against):
29-30
ST=-1

Empty Net: (all 5v6 & 5v6)
5-12
EN= -7

SO
1-0

SO=+1

Net Goal Differential -13

Jethro Tull

Woodguy v2.0:
Hitchcock has more options because Jones is bona fide.

Bona fide!!

Jones is a Dapper Dan man.

Though he did look a little lost when Getzstuffed had Drai by the scruff. I don’t know if that was a “don’t want my first NHL fight yet” or “C’mon Drai, your not exactly tiny yourself.”

Woodguy v2.0

HITCHCOCK ERA:
Oiler Goal Share after 22 games (11-9-2)

Even strength (5v5, 4v4, 3v3):
McDavid On Ice 24-18 (57%)
McDavid Off Ice 21-29 (42%)
Net EV -2

Special Teams (PP+SH For–PK+SH Against):
12-11
Net ST +1

Empty Net:
3-7
Net EN -4

SO
1-0
SO=+1

Net Goal Differential -4

Jethro Tull

Hmmm, gonna take a bit for playoffs as we have to rely on crappy teams beating good teams to grease our way.

Jethro Tull

The hit on McDavid last night is exactly what’s going to land the league in trouble. Class action lawsuit trouble. I’ll keep saying it: The NHL doesn’t take player safety seriously.

Wilde

Jones has been so, so, so, so, so good.

Each performance in this sequence stares down Nurse’s bridge contract status.

That was a Todd McLellan-esque turtle, though. I don’t think a clean play through the middle on the breakout happened in the back half of the game, ever.

Scungilli Slushy

“Can’t have players hitting 97 from behind with no answer.”

If the refs aren’t going to have an answer. Lucic should use his stature in the league and fact that he’s not producing to do the main thing he was hired for, BoB 80’s style message sending regarding running Oiler skill. He plays better PO’d anyway, he’s being too selective ATM with that.

I think Lucic has leeway with the league because of being a prominent player until recently, as long as he’s not doing dangerous things. Non head shot seek and destroy would suit me fine given the current reffing attitudes toward the Oilers.

Or at least get in the face constantly of the player in question, I think that would affect the play of the guy at the receiving end. And Getzlaf/Kessler/Perry every game, all the time, every shift he can.

ArmchairGM

So, about that Talbot trade…

Professor Q

Scungilli Slushy:
“Can’t have players hitting 97 from behind with no answer.”

If the refs aren’t going to have an answer. Lucic should use his stature in the league and fact that he’s not producing to do the main thing he was hired for, BoB 80’s style message sending regarding running Oiler skill. He plays better PO’d anyway, he’s being too selective ATM with that.

I think Lucic has leeway with the league because of being a prominent player until recently, as long as he’s not doing dangerous things. Non head shot seek and destroy would suit me fine given the current reffing attitudes toward the Oilers.

Or at least get in the face constantly of the player in question, I think that would affect the play of the guy at the receiving end. And Getzlaf/Kessler/Perry every game, all the time, every shift he can.

Take out Doughty and Getzlaf’s knees?

Rube Foster

LT,

Kicking the Ducks while their down, Rock solid outing from Talbot, a nice game from Lucic and a Pulju goal. The Ramomes reference is a fabulous touch and lovely icing on the cake!

The Sharks game is a biggie, it is wild how big these games are given we’re barely halfway through the season mired in January darkness.

Brogan Rafferty's Uncle Steve

Watching that clip from last night of McDavid getting hit from behind make me sick. Why does the NHL continue to allow star players to be consistently mauled?

OriginalPouzar

I have zero concern that Connor McDavid is going to “demand” a trade at any point – zero.

I don’t agree with any position that McDavid “deserves” better and needs to be “set free” from this organization. He is in the first year of a contract that will pay him a guaranteed $100M before the age of 30. McDavid will be fine.

Not to mention that, although the team clearly has issues right now and, given the current cap, it may be a year or two until substantial improvements can be made, that still leaves 6 years of his contract and his prime. The only “anchor” contract that has term is Lucic (and we can pray for a get out of jail card in connection with the CBA negotiations – yes, I know, without a change in the HRR split, there may not be such a card). Stay the course while the other contracts are moved/expired over the next year or two and this team can be set up very shortly for success.

Starting next season this team should start to see the fruits of the drafting and development over the last number of years – each of the following have legit shots to prove NHL readiness – Bear, Persson, Bouchard, Lagesson, Benson, Marody, Berglund. The following are graduating to the AHL – Maksimov, Samorukov, Safin, McLeod, Bouchard.

This team will be able to take advantage to the ELC value contracts over the next few year in conjunction with the expiry/disposition of expensive veteran contract.

McDavid will be just fine.

Professor Q

Woodguy v2.0:
Hitchcock has more options because Jones is bona fide.

Bona fide!!

Jonesa fide!

OriginalPouzar

The Sharks play (at home) against LA tonight so we get them tomorrow on the back end of back to backs.

Will be interesting to see what they do with their goalies. The Sharks are good and really good at home – the Oilers need to find a way to get a point tomorrow night, maybe even two.

I’m excited – although horrified by the egregious start time.

Wilde

reposting this from an hour ago on the last blog post:

One area I’d like to see Puljujärvi improve in, and this could be a matter of time and unit stability, is offensive zone positioning and routes. Often, he either-

A) Goes to the net /too/ eagerly or too soon, obviously this has been drilled into his head, but I feel like he goes in too close too early, or stays there too long. What I mean is that he could present a one-time option on the way in, but ignores presenting himself as a passing option until he’s in his spot.

Then, he stays there too long and never separates. A great trait of net-front powerplay and even strength guys. guys who make their money in front of the net (this is where I believe 98 will score 80+% of his 5v5 goals) know when to sneak out. A famous example is here, by Hossa & Keith (sorry): https://youtu.be/K3eD9MKglZY?t=5

The other half of this is that once he gets there – and this is more on his teammates than him and I’m sure it’ll change once Nuge and Khaira play with him for a couple dozen games (I pray this happens) – is that the play isn’t run through him enough there.

You could do a lot worse than make a pass outside-in to your behemoth net-front guy who has already scored some goals (like last night!) by using his reach and his body to receive passes and shove them on net. If you’re gonna have him sit there, run the play through him instead of going low-to-high and hoping the screen is perfect.

B) Will double up a space/role that his teammate is occupying. This is ten times more deadly in the defensive zone, but it’s one of my pet peeves in the OZ. He ends up running into guys routes pretty often.

What this does, is it essentially removes an option from whoever’s carrying the puck, since there’s a pass option missing from where you should be, and one guy can be blocking two passing lanes at once because there’s two players there instead of one. It makes the opposition’s efficiency too easy, too free.

Bonus Puljujärvi stats – added to his 40ish minutes this season with Connor, they’re now at 387:43 time-on-ice together since Yessa entered the league:

(all stats 5v5; score&venue adjusted)

(metric – 97 with 98 / / 97 without 98)

CF/60 – 70.18 / / 61.02

FF/60 – 53.37 / / 39.38

GF/60 – 3.64 / / 3.47

GA/60 – 1.82 / / 2.48

GD/60 – +1.82 / / +0.99

Professor Q

Dr. Taboggan:
Watching that clip from last night of McDavid getting hit from behind make me sick. Why does the NHL continue to allow star players to be consistently mauled?

And the Doughty hit from the game prior.

The League loves laughing at Edmonton, even at the expense of people’s health.

OriginalPouzar

Caleb Jones was sensational last night, even if we don’t look at the two assists – a very good game.

I am going to “calm my tits” a bit as we’ve seen many many many many times over the years, even this year, a player with a really strong start to his NHL career but then regresses to my normal expectations.

So far so good for Jones and, I’ve always been of the position, that players can often perform better in the NHL than the AHL due to the players around them being better (in the right position, with better timing, more skilled, etc.).

who

You may not think they belong on the first line LT, but if we go with the 3 center lineup, Khaira and Kassian are our best 2 wingers right now.
Chiasson has been the best shooter this year, and I still like Rattie, but Khaira and Kassian are the two best options to cycle and protect the puck. And they both have enough skill and speed, and hockey smarts, to play with McDavid.
Neither guy is a shooter, but maybe that will force McDavid to shoot it more.

who

ArmchairGM:
So, about that Talbot trade…

A couple more starts like that and maybe we could get a 1st rounder?

Durag

Manning scratched and Petrovic has the least icetime of any defender. Keep up the good work Pete!

tileguy

ArmchairGM:
So, about that Talbot trade…

Toronto needs a goalie and has extra firepower we could use. Get on it Pete, ooops.

Dicky94

If the players don’t stand up to teams taking liberties on McDavid then it up to the coach to tell a Kassian or Lucic to go out and put an end to it. It shouldn’t be up to Joey G. But good on him for trying.

Munny

I feel like Rattie deserves to be in the line summaries. Was he supposed to show where the second listing of Kassian occurs?

Jethro Tull

Durag:
Manning scratched and Petrovic has the least icetime of any defender. Keep up the good work Pete!

Once again, as with Todd, there seems to be a disconnect between what players the GM provides and what the coach thinks of the players.

GordieHoweHatTrick

It is really encouraging to see Jones’ play so far!

I see Jones as a similar player to Klefbom (more of the “puck mover types”). Pretty much all D get walked once-in-awhile, as long as “big mistakes” like this are relatively rare, I would keep him bouncing in and out of the top-pair with Larsson. Great experience for him and an opportunity to see if he can continue to have some success in the top 4.

When Klefbom gets back and assuming the D are healthy (except Sekera who may be basically “done for the season” again taking into consideration it would take him a conditioning stint and some time to get back up to NHL regular game speed)…I would try this for about 4-5 games to see how Jones does back on his off side…

Klef-Lars
Nurse-Rus
Gravel-Jones

…then for the home stretch…

Klef-Lars
Nurse-Jones
Rus-Petro or Ben
Grav (7th)

Manning to trade (if at ALL possible) or waived…

I think a decent recipe for successful D-pairing is to have a puck mover and some “grease” (balance!) on each of the top two pairings (3rd too if possible)…

Scungilli Slushy

Professor Q: Take out Doughty and Getzlaf’s knees?

They play a lot of TOI, no need for dirty. Just start rocking the opponent’s skill, if they want to roll that way.

DBO

2019-2020 D corps

Klef-Larsson
Nurse-Jones
Russell-Bouchard
Bear-Manning/Gravel

Solid lineup. more skill and passing then we have had in a long time. Sekera traded, bought out, etc. and Benning trade bait at deadline this year to get scoring help.

knighttown

That left defense is going to be one interesting position in the next couple of years.

In, say, 2020-21, what will be the order of these three defense?

Klefbom, Jones, Nurse?

And that assumes Sekera doesn’t make it back and Russell plays the right.

DBO

2019-2020 Forwards

?-McDavid-?
?-Draisatl-Chaisson
Khaira-Nuge-Puljujarvi
Lucic-Brodziak-Kassian

3 spots up for grabs in top 6. Benson? Khaira? Yamamoto? Eberle back on cheaper deal.. doubtful? Rieder again for cheap? Lucic fountain of youth? Kassian next step?

Painful that we have such top end glaring holes and our back end is only now coming around, with warts, if everyone was healthy. Next year we have a glut of dmen, so painfully it means needing to deal a dman for a forward.

powerploy

Durag,

they are meant as replacements to get through the injuries, russel is back so worse of 2 out. Chia may not be a great gm but give him a break!

Wilde

knighttown: In, say, 2020-21, what will be the order of these three defense?
Klefbom, Jones, Nurse?

Yes.

PennersPancakes

knighttown,

If all things go well, hopefully the water gets a little more muddier with Lagesson and Samorukov also pushing from the AHL then.

Side

Is there still anyone out there who believes the refs are not biased against the Oilers (which includes McDavid)?

It’s incredible to me how the Oilers did not get a penalty against the Ducks (of all teams) until the last 3 minutes of the game.

geowal

Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in!

ArmchairGM

Wilde: Bonus Puljujärvi stats – added to his 40ish minutes this season with Connor, they’re now at 387:43 time-on-ice together since Yessa entered the league:

(all stats 5v5; score&venue adjusted)

(metric – 97 with 98 / / 97 without 98)

CF/60 – 70.18 / / 61.02

FF/60 – 53.37 / / 39.38

GF/60 – 3.64 / / 3.47

GA/60 – 1.82 / / 2.48

GD/60 – +1.82 / / +0.99

This is where I see him long-term, and why I react violently when some suggest trading JP. Anyone will score with McDavid, but Puljujarvi seems to make McDavid better too.

Puljujarvi’s 5v5 points/60 when with McDavid:

2016-17: 2.86 (84:01)
2016-17: 6.58 (18:15) [w/o Lucic]

2017-18: 1.87 (256:57)
2017-18: 2.42 (74:34) [w/o Lucic]

2018-19: 2.57 (46:45)
2018-19: 2.74 (43:52) [w/o Lucic]

Career: 2.17 (387:43)
Career: 3.07 (136:41) [w/o Lucic]

Jesse’s comps for thier first 3 years with their top-line center:

Laine: 2.87 (647:38 with Scheifele)
Pastrnak: 2.13 (648:27 with Bergeron)
Rantanen: 2.02 (1632:30 with MacKinnon)
Nylander: 1.82 (624:42 with Matthews)

None of these guys had to deal with the Lucic drag, the McBlender or constantly being shuttled off to the AHL. Yet, even with all that, Puljujarvi has done better than all but Laine. Remove the “with Lucic” numbers and Edmonton has the top-of-class player. Rantanen is having a season for the ages, yet his 3.10 p/60 with MacKinnon in his draft+4 is virtually identical to Puljujarvi’s career number with McDavid (sans Lucic). Incredible!

I’m certain there’s a player there. If the issues you highlight can be coached out of him (I think they can) Puljujarvi will be a fixture on this team for many years.

McSorley33

Durag,

Manning scratched and Petrovic has the least icetime of any defender. Keep up the good work Pete!
****************************************************************************************************************
Yeah, to the surprise of nobody besides PC and a few other Oiler pro scouts – Manning
found himself exactly where he was in Chicago, in the press box.

Wolfpack

I am not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but it really makes me wonder when I see the non-calls on McDavid and they are just so much more frequent than the non-calls that I see on other star players.

I can’t figure out for the life of me how it would benefit the NHL to proactively work with officials to not make calls on infractions against the league’s best player, but I can’t figure out any other reason why I am seeing what I am seeing.

There should absolutely be repercussions for the referee in the clip above that watches McDavid get crosschecked from behind into the boards. That non-call is simply indefensible. But there won’t be. Why does the league want this?! I am not just talking about that one play, which was brutal, but also all of the hooking and holding and slashing away from the play. With McDavid’s skill and speed he should be drawing the most penalties in the league by a large margin, and he isn’t even close. How can the NHL not see how badly they are screwing this up?!

--hudson--

In my opinion McDavid is at least partially responsible for that play with Lindholm. In no way should he be initiating contact before Lindholm touches the puck, that’s interference. Both players should’ve been penalized.
https://streamable.com/unzz7

Kerry Fraser has pointed out McDavid has to do a better job of selling calls to the refs. You have to love his integrity but it’s true.

Side

McSorley33:
Durag,

Manning scratched and Petrovic has the least icetime of any defender. Keep up the good work Pete!
****************************************************************************************************************
Yeah, to the surprise of nobody besides PC and a few other Oiler pro scouts – Manning
found himself exactly where he was in Chicago, in the press box.

You guys just gotta wait and see Pete’s plan through.

It is clear he is now waiting for 2 Defenseman to get injured so Manning and Petrovic can start playing more.

OmJo

Wolfpack:
I am not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but it really makes me wonder when I see the non-calls on McDavid and they are just so much more frequent than the non-calls that I see on other star players.

I can’t figure out for the life of me how it would benefit the NHL to proactively work with officials to not make calls on infractions against the league’s best player, but I can’t figure out any other reason why I am seeing what I am seeing.

There should absolutely be repercussions for the referee in the clip above that watches McDavid get crosschecked from behind into the boards. That non-call is simply indefensible. But there won’t be. Why does the league want this?! I am not just talking about that one play, which was brutal, but also all of the hooking and holding and slashing away from the play. With McDavid’s skill and speed he should be drawing the most penalties in the league by a large margin, and he isn’t even close. How can the NHL not see how badly they are screwing this up?!

The look on Bettman’s face when Edmonton won the McDavid lottery says it all, IMO. This rot has to be systemic, otherwise the NHL would have addressed it themselves by now.

--hudson--

Further to Manning as a healthy scratch, Schlemko is on waivers today. Not sure if he’s meaner than Gravel.
https://mobile.twitter.com/friedgehnic/status/1082322494357454854?s=21

Ribs

I don’t know what kind of condition Schlemko is in after his injury, but he’s miles better than Manning and Petrovic if healthy. He’s an Edmonton guy who I feel is destined to wear the drop at some point in his career. File some papers, Pete!

giddy

One of the weirdest parts of last night is Brian Burke’s comments on Puljujarvi. Not that I doubt Burke’s intelligence, especially relating to hockey, but he had an extremely level-headed and smart view on the whole situation of Pulju’s development.

Some players take longer to develop than others. Give him a few things to work on till he gets those straight, then give him a few more things. Don’t be discouraged when certain areas of his game aren’t looking great, as long as certain areas where it’s prevalent that he’s trying to focus on are improving. Overall, have patience.

Jordan

Completely missed the game last night. After Saturday… I just couldn’t be bothered.

From what i saw of the highlights, and what I see from the numbers, it sure looks like a game where the Oilers had an okay game, got some breaks with pucks going in off of some flukie rebounds in front of the net, and Cam decided he still wants to get paid next year. Anaheim seems to have carried the play, and although some of that will be score effects, it looks to me like there’s too much of an edge for Anaheim to not think there isn’t more to it.

I hope they win every game for the rest of the season.

But that win doesn’t look especially repeatable – especially against the Sharks this year.

Good news is there are a lot of people questioning the team’s construction and it’s architect.

The truth will out.

godot10

Dr. Taboggan:
Watching that clip from last night of McDavid getting hit from behind make me sick. Why does the NHL continue to allow star players to be consistently mauled?

If the clip above is all you are watching, it is an incomplete take of the entire interaction. I am going to be a Devil’s Advocate. If you look at the full clip, McDavid initiated contact and then turned his back to Lindholm, making himself vulnerable. The play was also happening very quickly. The initial contact was shoulder to shoulder initiated by McDavid before McDavid exposed his own back.

giddy

–hudson–:
In my opinion McDavid is at least partially responsible for that play with Lindholm.In no way should he be initiating contact before Lindholm touches the puck, that’s interference.Both players should’ve been penalized.
https://streamable.com/unzz7

My thoughts also. The clip posted by eskfans was a little one-sided, because it seems to purposely not show the contact McDavid initiated to begin with.

Not that it excuses a crosscheck to the numbers that sends a guy face first into the boards, but it makes a bit more sense why the ref didn’t call anything.

Side

godot10: If the clip above is all you are watching, it is an incomplete take of the entire interaction.I am going to be a Devil’s Advocate.If you look at the full clip, McDavid initiated contact and then turned his back to Lindholm, making himself vulnerable.The play was also happening very quickly.The initial contact was shoulder to shoulder initiated by McDavid before McDavid exposed his own back.

That’s not being devil’s advocate, that’s just making an excuse for Lindholm.

Wolfpack

Are people really arguing that it matters that McDavid initiated contact while ten feet way from the boards? Does that make it okay for the defender to then cross-check him in the numbers into the boards a second later? And that gives the ref an “out” in terms of not making a call? Honestly people, are you even listening to yourselves? Would you still have the audacity to make that argument if McDavid had broken his neck on that play?!

Wow.