Game 43 2018-19: Oilers at Sharks

The Oilers enter today with a chance to match No. 8 Minnesota and Anaheim in points (Minnesota will hold the spot no matter if Edmonton wins, due to games in hand), meaning the claw back from the losing streak will have gained real traction. Easier said than done, the San Jose Sharks are on a roll and Erik Karlsson has found the range.

The Oilers are determined to make the postseason, meaning another transaction flurry on the horizon.

THE ATHLETIC!

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  • New Lowetide: Oilers midseason report card, brought to you by the letter ‘F’
  • New Jonathan Willis: Unlikely scorer Jujhar Khaira has forced his way up the Oilers’ lineup on merit.
  • New Black Dog Pat: There’s no in-season balancing for the Oilers
  • 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
  • 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 43

  • Oilers in 2015: 17-23-3, 37 points; goal differential -23
  • Oilers in 2016: 21-15-7, 49 points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in 2017: 18-22-3, 39 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2018: 20-19-3, 43 points; goal differential -6

This edition of the Oilers is well clear of the non-playoff teams in goal differential (remember, EN goals have been removed) but the point total is in the neigbourhood of last year’s team. A win tonight would both put clearance between this year and last, and elevate the 2018-19 team into the general airspace of the playoff club from 2016-17.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 2-2-0, four points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in January 2017: 2-2-0, four points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in January 2018: 1-3-0, two points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in January 2019: 2-1-0, two points; goal differential +1

A win tonight gives the team a nice road trip to start the year and a little traction compared to other McDavid January clubs. The Oilers need some more wins against the Pacific (currently 6-7-1) and tonight is a great opportunity. A win tonight places the Oilers on a trajectory to finish 82, 38-34-10, 86 points.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 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, four points in two games

I’ll tell you this team has a chance while also telling you it’s an extremely difficult road. They’re going to add some talent via trade in the coming days, and that brings us to this morning’s discussion.

POSSIBLE ASSETS OUT

  • 2019 first-round pick. This has the highest value, likely to land somewhere between 10 and 15 overall (at best, Edmonton could make the playoffs). High value, one would have to think the pick moves for a skill forward with term.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi. One of the things I mention in the Oilers report card article published this morning is the progress made offensively under Ken Hitchcock. It isn’t earth shattering, but he is posting crooked numbers more often. That could either make him a keeper or give him more trade value.
  • Jujhar Khaira. Listed because he has value and the Oilers could grab a short-term upgrade by dealing him. It would be something close to madness—Khaira is a rare forward who developed in the system and is a somewhat unique skill set—but if the Oilers are as desperate as it appears, this is possible.
  • Matt Benning. Ken Hitchcock has been Edmonton’s coach for 21 games, Matt Benning has played in 19. His even strength (12:55) and PK (1:23) and PP (0:40) time with Hitchcock are similar to the McLellan usage earlier in the year (12:21, 1:29, 0:29). I think the Oilers are sold on Caleb Jones and that means there’s no room for Kevin Gravel and one other player. I think it’s Benning. I’m a fan.
  • Zack Kassian. Oilers have a large number of big forwards who play a gritty game, and badly need some offense. We might see Peter Chiarelli deal Kassian for a player who can score more goals.

WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?

The goaltending is just slightly below average (.907, hockey-reference says average is .909) and surely the defense has been addressed. I’ll list a scoring winger who can play inside the top 6F, and a RH center who allows Khaira to play over on LW for the remainder of the campaign. Maybe a fourth line player with a little more pop than Kassian. Three trades? I expect it’s possible.

ROOKIES 2018-19

One of the things I pay close attention to in the second half of every season is how many young players are emerging in new, important roles.

Among rookies, Caleb Jones is the big story. He’s 10, 1-3-4 and averaging 19 minutes a game. A major positive arrow from the department of youth. Kailer Yamamoto’s actual injury is unclear (I heard he jammed his wrist but one hears a lot of things in this town about the Oilers) and his return is an absolute mystery. He is 1-1-2 in 13 games.

Evan Bouchard showed he had terrific talent and things to work on, we’ll see him late next summer and then in training camp. Cooper Marody, Joe Gambardella and Patrick Russell made their NHL debut in the first half, jury out on their futures in the big league.

One player who may be quietly finding traction under new coach Ken Hitchcock: Jesse Puljujarvi. At 5-on-5 since Hitch took over, he is 2-3-5 in 237 minutes (5-on-5 per 60 scoring: 1.26) and his goal differential under the new coach (9-13 40.9 percent) is slightly up from the McLellan era (2-6 33.3 percent). It isn’t much but it’s a pulse, and the big Finn is getting 12 minutes a night consistently. This is a massive win in the making.

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  1. Chief Inspector says:

    Hard to stop them from behind the goal line.

  2. Gerta Rauss says:

    the sportsnet score board has the Sharks with 0 shots and lead 1-0 lol

    *edit-now with 2 shots

  3. ashley says:

    Like the Sharks need that kind of luck. They are already more than twice as likely to win this game before it even started. Now…….

  4. Glovjuice says:

    Rube Foster: BINGO!

    Though you could have added for clarity sake that Bruce loves astronmy and the WHA in equal measures, Bankshot has Oiler tickets to give away curtesy of Tobie Reider’s unicorn, Hunter is a baaad man, Jethro T sounds like Dick VanDyke in Mary Poppins, SwedishPoster shops at IKEA & H&M, New Improved Darkness is James Joyce’s nephew four times removed, Wilde is wild, VOR is missed as is GMoney, Steve Smith is sage, AND GLovejuice does NOT suck, she just has an unrequited crush on Ryan Strome and Spooner is her least favorite Ryan in the NHL.

    Did I get that right?

    BAM ! We are getting close to having it covered. Oh, and Melvis is the most interesting man in the world who drinks to much, smokes meat, and has done Debbie Harry I’m sure (oh, and she wrote Heart of Glass while they were doing it).

  5. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    8:30 is an egregious time to start a hockey game but it is actually helping me tonight.

    My biggest struggle is rest and recovery – 4 hours of sleep/night (wake up time is currently 2:10am, 7d/week) is not enough but I also struggle big time to take days off the gym.I hate days off the gym. I take a rest day from the gym like once every month or even longer.

    Given I would get 2.5 hours sleep before gym time because of the late start, I am forcing myself to not go to the gym tomorrow and taking a scheduled rest day – even though I often have fabulous workouts when they play on the west coast and I get less than 4 hours, I think scheduled rest day makes sense – a goal of mine for 2019 is more rest days – if I don’t do it tomorrow, when would i?

    Sleeping in until 4:45 tomorrow morning and doing light cardio for 30-45 minutes on the home treadmill.

    Rest day does not mean “do nothing day”.

    Go Oilers!

    It’s not 8:30 there you know 😜

  6. digger50 says:

    Swedish Poster

    My timing may be poor here, but do you have an update on Perssons?

    Am I remembering correctly that at one time you said he may be the best d man in the SHL? Where do you see him projecting into the NHL?

    Thanks

  7. Glovjuice says:

    Rube Foster: Ryan is the Secretary Teasurer of the Justin Faulk fan club.

    Oh yah. Cool. Good one. We are like a large gang of Marvel Hockey Superheroes.

  8. drglen says:

    oh oh penalty shot

  9. drglen says:

    dang

  10. Professor Q says:

    Of course it’s a penalty shot.

    And a goal.

  11. Pescador says:

    Oh Oilers Oh

  12. Melvis says:

    I’ve been totally dry for 3 weeks. It’s a half ass experiment .

    Debbie Harry is a bit shy, humble and polite. Also reeks beauty and charisma.

  13. leadfarmer says:

    These Chia pickups are just a gift that keeps on giving

  14. npanciroli says:

    That’s game, Hendrix!

  15. ashley says:

    Perfect shot.

  16. StixMalone says:

    Of course because San Jose complained about how their star players get mauled…..

  17. hunter1909 says:

    Oh well back to ESPN

    like mostly always

  18. Munny says:

    Doug Weight scores

  19. drglen says:

    yay alex!

  20. Gerta Rauss says:

    nice PP goal and we’re back in this

  21. Ryan says:

    Chia’s son!

  22. Dicky94 says:

    Yaasaa

  23. StixMalone says:

    That was a good powerplay..

  24. jp says:

    Nice PP.

    A little hope.

  25. Chief Inspector says:

    That is a power play

  26. Bling says:

    Yes Chiasson!

  27. StixMalone says:

    FFS

  28. hags9k says:

    ouch Jonesy

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    donkey

  30. Ryan says:

    Rough night for Talbot.

  31. drglen says:

    dang dang dang

  32. Munny says:

    Hppiness is so fleeting…

  33. jp says:

    That wasn’t played well by Jones.

  34. Chief Inspector says:

    Mikko?

  35. Pescador says:

    Ahhh that’s more familiar

  36. hags9k says:

    Mix in a save Talbs clap clap

  37. Ryan says:

    jp:
    That wasn’t played well by Jones.

    Nor Russell.

  38. Dicky94 says:

    Ryan,

    Defence isn’t helping matters.

  39. npanciroli says:

    That’s game, Hendrix! X2

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jones has done a good job early in his NHL career at closing the gaps, in particular at the opposition blue line but there he gets scorched being too aggresive trying to close the gap.

  41. Professor Q says:

    Joonas Done Scored.

  42. Pescador says:

    Chief Inspector:
    Mikko?

    I would wait for the next one to go in

  43. itsaleaf says:

    Jones isn’t having a very good night

  44. hags9k says:

    It will now take a McMiracle

  45. ashley says:

    Why does Russell fall to the ice there and slide behind the net? His man is driving the net. Other guys are nicely covered. It’s not like it was 2v1. He needs to stay on his feet and take the man driving the puck to the net.

    Weird play.

  46. itsaleaf says:

    Can you remember the last time Talbot put together good back-to-back starts?

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    The Oilers PP is close to top 10 in the league and I think Darnell Nurse is part of the reason for that.

    He didn’t make a fabulous play on the 1st period PP goal tonight but he moved the puck quickly back to McDavid when he got it and it led to the quick strike goal.

    Even before that goal, Nurse was at 4.69 P/60 at 5 on 4 while Klefbom is at 3.2 P/60 at 5 on 4.

  48. Bank Shot says:

    Oilers trailing by one is the most dangerous trail in hockey.

  49. drglen says:

    oh dear, not going great. bad penalty by Kass. We could lose the game right here.

  50. Glovjuice says:

    Melvis:
    I’ve been totally dry for 3 weeks. It’s a half ass experiment .

    Debbie Harry is a bit shy, humble and polite. Also reeks beauty and charisma.

    The hypothesis is not worth exploring; trust me.

    I bet she is and I bet she is.

  51. npanciroli says:

    I mean we aren’t winning anyways but that call is so pathetic. Especially the angle the ref has.

  52. npanciroli says:

    drglen,

    Maybe I missed it then looked like nothing.

  53. wood99 says:

    2 bad goals for Talbot tonight,would be nice if he could actually make a save. No wonder the Oilers are so fragile,they know they have the second best goalie again tonight.

  54. hags9k says:

    pathetic call

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    Poor play there by Chiasson – an easy pass for a McDavid clear cut breakaway but he couldn’t make the simple play….

  56. jtblack says:

    Not sure Oscar would make a difference.

    Sharks are Gooooooood!

  57. Bling says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Poor play there by Chiasson – an easy pass for a McDavid clear cut breakaway but he couldn’t make the simple play….

    If he even kept the puck and started skating, that would have been an easy 2 on 1.

  58. wood99 says:

    Been a fan since 1972 and I can say for the first time I’m starting to question my loyalty. I think I care more then most of the players on this joke of a franchise. I’ve been defending them through out the dark ages since our cup run in 2006 and can say I’m exhausted by the futility.

  59. jtblack says:

    ashley:
    Why does Russell fall to the ice there and slide behind the net?His man is driving the net.Other guys are nicely covered.It’s not like it was 2v1.He needs to stay on his feet and take the man driving the puck to the net.

    Weird play.

    Some of us having been saying this …….. for 3 yrs.

    But man does he block a lot of shots !

  60. Pescador says:

    Oilers have to league worst at surrendering a goal within 100 seconds of scoring one.
    It’s almost like they want to be scored on

  61. Lowetide says:

    After One: San Jose 3, Edmonton 1
    Shots: San Jose 11, Edmonton 7
    Corsi for 5-on-5: San Jose 20, Edmonton 8

    High Dangers were 5-4 San Jose and the Oilers were playing in some bad luck, but Jones, Russell and Petrovic had tough periods to my eye.

  62. Glovjuice says:

    This is a landmark game for me (well, since my 20-27 age peak Grundge era party time). Officially the first game I could 100 % watch but am not. That’s 20-25 years. I used to be like OP – EVERTHING was scheduled around the game for close to 99% success and the 1% always involved taping/PVRing with great effort taken to not near any news – even in peak first DOD era.

  63. Pescador says:

    itsaleaf:
    Can you remember the last time Talbot put together good back-to-back starts?

    2016/17

  64. tileguy says:

    Well bring on the Kenblender.

  65. hags9k says:

    I honestly feel like if that breakaway play was an Oiler it’s two minutes for holding, possibly no call.

    Sour grapes I guess. But comparing that Kassian minor to the McDavid boarding last game makes me want to groundhog day the toaster to the tub.

  66. npanciroli says:

    I have to say, this season is the first in a really long time where I don’t have the motivation to finish games anymore. I find it really hard to watch the Oilers lose to fantastic teams as I feel like the Oilers will never get there. Even the McDavid pull isn’t there as much anymore. Just apathy. Sad because I love this team so much.

  67. Dicky94 says:

    Still a winnable game for the Oilers. Definitely weren’t getting the bounces in the first. Need to come out flying in the 2nd.

  68. JimmyV1965 says:

    I saw a bunch of forwards floating around the neutral zone on the last goal watching the Sharks zip by them. Zero support. Most notable was Kassian.

  69. digger50 says:

    Great interview!

  70. wood99 says:

    Glovjuice,

    It’s called apathy and I think many more loyal long term fans are going to have the same feeling. Very sad for a once proud organization.

  71. digger50 says:

    Let’s goooooo Rieder

  72. Munny says:

    The worst thing that can happen to this team is to win 4-0 the game before.

  73. Bling says:

    Petrovic can’t let a guy get behind him like that. Yikes.

    I don’t know if Talbot can do much on any of those three goals.

    I echo Dicky94; this is still a winnable game.

  74. wood99 says:

    I hope I wake up to a surprise and realize my dream of the Oilers coming back and winning wasn’t a dream after all. Goodnight and hope dreams do come true👀

  75. digger50 says:

    Oilers losing almost every one on one battle.

  76. Gerta Rauss says:

    Oilers PP coming up

  77. npanciroli says:

    Oilers play teams on back to backs and 3 of 4’s really poorly.

  78. Munny says:

    Fuck a little yellow duck.

  79. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Oilers PP coming up

    We’ll have none of that

  80. Younger Oil says:

    Does anyone know how many 5 on 3 Powerplays the Oilers have had this season?

  81. Zelepukin says:

    Younger Oil:
    Does anyone know how many 5 on 3 Powerplays the Oilers have had this season?

    Less than 5 for sure.

  82. wood99 says:

    Goodnight Oilers 4-0

  83. ashley says:

    Pretty well defended there. Not goal side, but he was recovering from covering another check and managed to take away the stick. Nice play by Kane.

  84. hags9k says:

    The refs can decide who plays net for us?! I’m done. Goodnight nation.

  85. drglen says:

    not great. but only 3 goals down. One good bounce we are back in.

  86. digger50 says:

    Right in the numbers, right from behind. No call.

    Yet refs award a penalty shot earlier? Then the Kassian weak call?

    It’s just confusing every time

  87. Bling says:

    ashley,

    Yeah I agree. Nurse played that very well, credit to Kane for deflecting that with his skate.

    This Sharks team is pretty good.

  88. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Well Petrovic and Manning have really helped stabilize the D. I wonder if the Oilers are showcasing Talbot in this game?

    Maybe a Talbot, with Oilers retaining %50 for Karl Alzner trade incoming?

  89. Munny says:

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

  90. Gerta Rauss says:

    lol

  91. drglen says:

    LUCIC!!!!! LUCIC !!!!!

  92. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beautiful goal – nice plays by Jesse and by Nuge to set out Lucic – nice finish.

  93. jp says:

    Well that’s newsworthy.

  94. Pescador says:

    Haha

  95. Dicky94 says:

    Holy shit! Going to buy a lottery ticket. Be right back.

  96. Munny says:

    *runs outside checks star alignment*

  97. Bling says:

    LUCIC!!!!!

  98. Rube Foster says:

    WOW!
    Congrats Milan. How bout another!

  99. StixMalone says:

    Hallelujah Looch

  100. Pescador says:

    What a pass nuge

  101. Bling says:

    Totally worth staying up to see that!

  102. Munny says:

    I have no idea how someone doesn’t get a million bucks from Safeway for that.

  103. Pescador says:

    Munny:
    *runs outside checks star alignment*

    I suddenly feel like I need to buy some Insurance

  104. Professor Q says:

    Apparently the refs started the play before the goalies could be properly switched?

    I missed it, but if so, that’s some “missing the play” going on.

  105. digger50 says:

    Good work Milan. Now do something violent please.

    The buddy buddy sharks and refs are making me angry.

  106. oilersfan says:

    I think Lucic must have ingested a hair off of Stan Weir’s ass as part of his pre game meal.

    Let’s go Looch, now for the assist and the fight!

  107. Munny says:

    Well a powerplay goal would come in handy…

  108. Glovjuice says:

    wood99:
    Glovjuice,

    It’s called apathy and I think many more loyal long term fans are going to have the same feeling. Very sad for a once proud organization.

    I never got (nor does OP) the apathizers. Now I am one.

  109. Munny says:

    Chaser so close

  110. Someone says:

    Munny:
    I have no idea how someone doesn’t get a million bucks from Safeway for that.

    Come on man, that’s ridiculous. If Safeway gave away a million for every Lucic goal they’d be giving away $2million a year.

  111. Bling says:

    That sneaky Nuge backhand pass is almost as thrilling — though nowhere near as spectacular — as Drai’s backhand sauce!

  112. Munny says:

    Good shift from Darnell

  113. Dicky94 says:

    Refs are ruining this game. Terrible calls on both sides.

  114. Munny says:

    Someone: Come on man, that’s ridiculous. If Safeway gave away a million for every Lucic goal they’d be giving away $2million a year.

    Safeway, is that you?

    I dunno. He hasn’t scored next year yet. Or the year after.

  115. Munny says:

    Coffin meet nail.

    Or no????

  116. drglen says:

    darn

  117. Dicky94 says:

    Koskinen s glove side is weak.

  118. Glovjuice says:

    That’s one in 2019. So, one more this season is about right. Maybe 2.

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    I think Nurse had some backspin on that slap shot….

  120. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid and Chiasson both hit posts on plays that could have made it a one-goal game.

    Sharks score early a a puck that deflects and changes direction of two separate Oiler skates, on an iffy penalty shot call and off another skate.

    One of those games…..

  121. StixMalone says:

    Not the Oilers night once again. Then again Looch scored. Off to bed mornings come too fast….

  122. drglen says:

    petro and spooner, very little ice.
    JP playing well. Khaira needs a bit more.
    Not out of reach.. if we get an early deflection or PP, we could come back.

  123. €√¥£€^$ says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The Oilers PP is close to top 10 in the league and I think Darnell Nurse is part of the reason for that.

    He didn’t make a fabulous play on the 1st period PP goal tonight but he moved the puck quickly back to McDavid when he got it and it led to the quick strike goal.

    Even before that goal, Nurse was at 4.69 P/60 at 5 on 4 while Klefbom is at 3.2 P/60 at 5 on 4.

    I’m guessing that is due to Klefbom looking more to shoot, while Nurse is looking to pass, usually to the Left boards (Nuge), whereas it seems to me Klef would pass mainly to the Right boards (either 29 or 97) .

    Change in PP tactics/more movement, perhaps?.

    Anyone else seeing this?

  124. Ben says:

    AaronDell heating up like Elsa just discovered love or some shit.

  125. Wilde says:

    Erik Karlsson 14-1 CF-CA against McDavid

    This is what happens when you put Kassian on a line that plays against brilliant pinching defensemen

  126. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen:
    petro and spooner, very little ice.
    JP playing well. Khaira needs a bit more.
    Not out of reach.. if we get an early deflection or PP, we could come back.

    Petrovic left the game with what looked like a concussion.

  127. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wilde:
    Erik Karlsson 14-1 CF-CA against McDavid

    This is what happens when you put Kassian on a line that plays against brilliant pinching defensemen

    Kassian is simply not a fit with McDavid to me.

  128. Lowetide says:

    After Two: 5-2 San Jose (2-1 San Jose in the second)
    Shots: 23-17 San Jose (11-10 San Jose in the second)
    Corsi for 5-on-5: 36-14 San Jose (16-6 San Jose in the second)

    Oilers are the second best team, they are defending too much and luck is making them their bitch on top of all of that other stuff. It’s a Casey Stengel game.

  129. Wilde says:

    Also you can tell visually that this has been Jones’ worst game but the numbers are 3-19 CF-CA though that’s not entirely his fault because his forwards are not helping him breakout

    These last three games have been extremely McLellan-y

  130. Ben says:

    Ben:
    AaronDell heating up like Elsa just discovered love or some shit.

    Sorry, but I’m going to require at least one other father of young girls to give me props for this excellent post.

  131. €√¥£€^$ says:

    LT said: “Oilers are the second best team, they are defending too much and luck is making them their bitch on top of all of that other stuff. It’s a Casey Stengel game.”

    Gotta be lucky to good/good to be lucky. Kinda explains it right there, no?

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    McDavid and Chiasson both hit posts on plays that could have made it a one-goal game.

    Sharks score early a a puck that deflects and changes direction of two separate Oiler skates, on an iffy penalty shot call and off another skate.

    One of those games…..

    and another puck deflects off an Oiler and in our net – might as well get all this out this game.

  133. €√¥£€^$ says:

    €√¥£€^$:
    Oilers are the second best team, they are defending too much and luck is making them their bitch on top of all of that other stuff. It’s a Casey Stengel game.

    Gotta be lucky to good/good to be luvky.Kinda explains it right there, no?

    Also, the universe (including every single NHL official) HATES the Edmonton Oilers and every single one of it’s fans.

  134. Dicky94 says:

    Just one of those games again. I guess.

  135. Pescador says:

    Oilers usually perform fairly well in garbage time.
    Trying to be more positive

  136. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Well, I am looking forward to LT’s Excellent Draft coverage posts and Chia’s off-season firing.

  137. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Dicky94:
    Just one of those games again. I guess.

    The oilers have the most of these in the entire league over the last 15 years.

  138. Zelepukin says:

    Pescador:
    Oilers usually perform fairly well in garbage time.
    Trying to be more positive

    Usually it’s just a result of opposition going through the motions and playing the game out.

  139. Ribs says:

    Just tuning into the shitshow. Ahh, just where I left off…

    I had replaced an outlet outisde the garage last week to plug the truck into and after working perfectly fine all week it is shorting the breaker every time I plug something/anything into it. It’s only because it’s minus 300 degrees celsius out there right now, I’m certain. MacGuyvered a spare cord under the side door for now. Blegh..

  140. BeerMe says:

    Season is over.

  141. OmJo says:

    Yikes.

    We want 10?

  142. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid weak in front of Koskinen on that one. Nurse forced to go to the lost man, Nurse’s man left wide-open for the goal.

  143. McSorley33 says:

    Wilde,

    Are we sure the Sharks played last night?

    Some of these shot metrics …..stunning.

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    BeerMe:
    Season is over.

    That’s weird, I’ve got an Oilers’ game scheduled to watch for Thursday and another for Saturday…. and i thought they were 2 points out of a playoff spot with apx 39 games to go.

  145. Ben says:

    Nurse saw the play developing around the net and determined that he should get over and check…Koskinen…?

  146. McSorley33 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Somewhere in Manhattan, Bettman is smiling…..

  147. OmJo says:

    Fire. Chiarelli.

  148. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Oilers Wish List:

    -Starting Goalie
    -2 RHD
    -3 NHL Wingers
    -Cap Space
    -7th round pick for Lucic

  149. Dicky94 says:

    Dr. Taboggan,

    Might get a 6th after that goal.

  150. Ben says:

    Nuge is a quietly greasy player. I like it.

  151. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Serious question: would Gretzky and Cujo right now be better than say Spooner and Talbot? And if yes, how much to sign them? And how many spots do we have on the 50-man list?

  152. northerndancer says:

    Ben:
    Nuge is a quietly greasy player. I like it.

    please dear dog after 500 games please give this baby a team….

  153. digger50 says:

    Shoot Rieder!!

  154. Pescador says:

    McSorley33:
    Wilde,

    Are we sure the Sharks played last night?

    Some of these shot metrics …..stunning.

    The Sharks barely played tonight

  155. Pescador says:

    Zelepukin: Usually it’s just a result of opposition going through the motions and playing the game out.

    Ya,
    Hence the phrase “garbage time”

  156. Admiral Ackbar says:

    OriginalPouzar: That’s weird, I’ve got an Oilers’ game scheduled to watch for Thursday and another for Saturday…. and i thought they were 2 points out of a playoff spot with apx 39 games to go.

    Your overt and persistent optimism isn’t contagious.

  157. JimmyV1965 says:

    Well I thought this was a game that would show us who the Oilers really are and it did. They’ve played so many games in their own end and the last few have been against teams that can’t finish. When they play a team that can finish they lose 7-2.

  158. Zelepukin says:

    Admiral Ackbar: Your overt and persistent optimism isn’t contagious.

    No one actually says they’re going to ‘watch’ an Oilers’ game. It’s more likely you’re going to watch the Oilers’ first 10mins and see if it’s an actual game.

  159. Jordan says:

    Ben: Sorry, but I’m going to require at least one other father of young girls to give me props for this excellent post.

    Dell was good, but not Elsa-Love heat.

    Much more so that the Oilers were Olaf near a fire sloppy on a lot of their chances early.

    Props for the post.

  160. Pescador says:

    OmJo:
    Fire. Chiarelli.

    Weird thing is, he usually does pretty okay around the deadline.
    As long as he’s not trying to get something
    Good news is the Oilers will not be in a playoff spot by the trade deadline. ~~~
    Trying to be more positive

  161. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Zelepukin: No one actually says they’re going to ‘watch’ an Oilers’ game. It’s more likely you’re going to watch the Oilers’ first 10mins and see if it’s an actual game.

    I’ve given up on that. I may watch McDavid shifts and fast-forward the rest although even that’s getting depressing. Entertainment of this type is easily substituted by quality time with the cat.

  162. colieo_87 says:

    I watched few mins and the score was 6-2 already that 7 goal sealed it and I shut it off. On the side note happy i went to see the new spiderman muit-verse. Amazing animation that i haven’t seen something that great in a long time. Really enjoyed the story 😘😘

  163. oilinthepeg says:

    They make those ‘condensed game’ videos…..
    Probably switching to those for the rest of the season…
    The team isn’t good enough.
    I’ll always root for the team, but my time is too valuable to waste anymore.
    #firechia

    Best thing about being a fan is the blog.
    Cheers, y’all!

  164. JimmyV1965 says:

    I’m happier with our goaltending this year than last year. I thought Talbot allowed way more soft goals last year. He got unlucky with some crazy deflections tonight, but when the game play takes place almost exclusively in the dzone, goalies will get beat with some unlucky bounces. I not even sure it’s our dmen. They get zero support from their forwards. This team simply doesn’t have the horses to maintain ozone pressure and when you spend two thirds of the game in the dzone, bad things happen.

  165. JimmyV1965 says:

    Stupid but interesting observation. You never see those shots of Chia sitting up in the visitors box or home box anymore. Used to see it all the time.

  166. SwedishPoster says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I am far from rich.

    The iteinerary for the sailing trip was actually not very expensive (as I said, it was far from luxurious) – the plane tickets, on the other hand, were far from cheap.

    Recall, early 40s and no kids = more expendable income for travelling – sacrifices made in order to achieve ability to travel.

    My inner picture of you taking a 3 AM swim in money uncle scrooge style just took a hit.

  167. OriginalPouzar says:

    Admiral Ackbar: Your overt and persistent optimism isn’t contagious.

    I’m not even optimistic, I’m simply not catastrphoizing everything.

    Oh and, as an aside, god forbid optimism…. how dare he…..

  168. SwedishPoster says:

    digger50:
    Swedish Poster

    My timing may be poor here, but do you have an update on Perssons?

    Am I remembering correctly that at one time you said he may be the best d man in the SHL? Where do you see him projecting into the NHL?

    Thanks

    Yeah he’s a top 5 D in the SHL and when he’s on he’s the best in the league imo. I would like to see him bring his A game with a little more consistency though.
    How well he’ll translate to the NHL will be all about how he handles the defensive side. If he bleeds too much no coach will give him enough rope to play the somewhat risky game he needs to be efficient. His positioning is fine, at least on the big ice, and he’s got an ok stick defensively but he gets outmuscled way too easily and that paired with his limited wingspan forces him to rely on his skating and stickwork to bail him out a lot. If he can do that at the NHL level his skillset should get him an NHL spot, starting as a sheltered 3rd pairing and PP specialist but if he translates well and gets the right partner he has enough tools to handle top 4 but that’s in the lesser likely part of the scale.
    If his D doesn’t hold up he should at the very least put up big numbers in the AHL.

  169. drglen says:

    crashed for the third period. I was hoping to wake up and read about a stunning 6-5 overtime win. I guess that didn’t happen.

  170. russ99 says:

    The problem with being patient and drafting/developing is that we’ve been on that train for 12 years and only recently has the drafting been average and the developing is still in the lower third of the league, a few successes from Bakersfield not withstanding. The GM may have changed but it’s the same culprits at the draft table and in the scouting room, so how can we expect any different?

    Seems to me the play for the new GM is to get some good NHL players to surround the young core by the deadline next year, since another year of this garbage and McDavid may want out.

    And with teams who do develop their first round picks and don’t mess them up like we do, the first for this year won’t start to impact the NHL roster until 3 years so that’s in play as well, for the new GM. I only hope he gets to pick his staff and not be saddled with the old boys who are spoiling the sample in drafting, development and pro scouting.

  171. Bulging Twine says:

    SwedishPoster: Yeah he’s a top 5 D in the SHL and when he’s on he’s the best in the league imo. I would like to see him bring his A game with a little more consistency though.
    How well he’ll translate to the NHL will be all about how he handles the defensive side. If he bleeds too much no coach will give him enough rope to play the somewhat risky game he needs to be efficient. His positioning is fine, at least on the big ice, and he’s got an ok stick defensively but he gets outmuscled way too easily and that paired with his limited wingspan forces him to rely on his skating and stickwork to bail him out a lot. If he can do that at the NHL level his skillset should get him an NHL spot, starting as a sheltered 3rd pairing and PP specialist but if he translates well and gets the right partner he has enough tools to handle top 4 but that’s in the lesser likely part of the scale.
    If his D doesn’t hold up he should at the very least put up big numbers in the AHL.

    thanks for that, how would you say he would compare to a younger Philip Larsen? Are they similar?

  172. godot10 says:

    €√¥£€^$:
    Well, I am looking forward to LT’s Excellent Draft coverage posts and Chia’s off-season firing.

    Stauffer has been preparing the mob for the trading of the first round pick. #nodylancozensforyou People get ready for Reinhart #2.

    Draft coverage is going to be #masterofourdomain.

  173. godot10 says:

    russ99:
    The problem with being patient and drafting/developing is that we’ve been on that train for 12 years and only recently has the drafting been average and the developing is still in the lower third of the league, a few successes from Bakersfield not withstanding. The GM may have changed but it’s the same culprits at the draft table and in the scouting room, so how can we expect any different?

    Seems to me the play for the new GM is to get some good NHL players to surround the young core by the deadline next year, since another year of this garbage and McDavid may want out.

    And with teams who do develop their first round picks and don’t mess them up like we do, the first for this year won’t start to impact the NHL roster until 3 years so that’s in play as well, for the new GM. I only hope he gets to pick his staff and not be saddled with the old boys who are spoiling the sample in drafting, development and pro scouting.

    In a hard cap league, you cannot get out of the doom loop trading high picks. That is where the value contracts come from.

    Another Reinhart trade is not going to move things forward. It will just guarantee no competent person will want the next GM.

  174. OriginalPouzar says:

    SwedishPoster: Yeah he’s a top 5 D in the SHL and when he’s on he’s the best in the league imo. I would like to see him bring his A game with a little more consistency though.
    How well he’ll translate to the NHL will be all about how he handles the defensive side. If he bleeds too much no coach will give him enough rope to play the somewhat risky game he needs to be efficient. His positioning is fine, at least on the big ice, and he’s got an ok stick defensively but he gets outmuscled way too easily and that

    Thank you for this.

    On the assumption that he’s going to sign a one-way contract (I’m guessing in the $2M range) in the spring and come over for training camp, do you think he’ll be OK with going to the AHL and collecting NHL money or will he want to head back over to Sweden?

  175. SwedishPoster says:

    OriginalPouzar: Thank you for this.

    On the assumption that he’s going to sign a one-way contract (I’m guessing in the $2M range) in the spring and come over for training camp, do you think he’ll be OK with going to the AHL and collecting NHL money or will he want to head back over to Sweden?

    I don’t know. I think it depends on if he feels he has an honest chance. With his background, coming from so far back to getting an NHL shot, I think he recognize that this is his big opportunity, it won’t come back, so I doubt he’ll just give up if he doesn’t get an NHL spot straight out of camp. But if he feels he’s way down the depth chart he might not feel it’s worth it as he’s still building his rep over here. But this is without knowing at all. Haven’t heard anything.

  176. Admiral Ackbar says:

    OriginalPouzar: I’m not even optimistic, I’m simply not catastrphoizing everything.

    Oh and, as an aside, god forbid optimism…. how dare he…..

    Strawmanning the negativity isn’t an argument against it. Much of the dissatisfaction is justified. Furthermore, there is credence to the assertion that the season is lost. If 95 pts are needed, they’d have to go 12 games over .500 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. I don’t see this team doing that.

  177. Tapdog says:

    SwedishPoster,

    It may be late to add onto the question but who would you tag as a “perfect” type of d partner to increase his chances of success?

  178. Professor Q says:

    Admiral Ackbar: Strawmanning the negativity isn’t an argument against it. Much of the dissatisfaction is justified. Furthermore, there is credence to the assertion that the season is lost. If 95 pts are needed, they’d have to go 12 games over .500 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. I don’t see this team doing that.

    But maybe that record isn’t needed if the other surrounding teams also continue doing poorly. Everything is relative.

  179. OriginalPouzar says:

    Admiral Ackbar: Strawmanning the negativity isn’t an argument against it. Much of the dissatisfaction is justified. Furthermore, there is credence to the assertion that the season is lost. If 95 pts are needed, they’d have to go 12 games over .500 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. I don’t see this team doing that.

    Sure, dissatisfaction is justified – I am also dissatisfied.

    I don’t believe there is credence to the assertion that the season is lost vis-a-vis a team that is two points out with a shade under 40 games to go.

    I really don’t care about any sort of “95 points needed” projection – it may not be true and, if it is, well, it applies to the 3 other teams that are proving to be just as shitty as us and one of which will make it (MIN, ANA, EDM).

    If the Oilers need to go 12 games over .500 to make the playoffs then, at this point, ANA and MIN need to go 11 games over .500 to make it.

    It doesn’t ring true.

  180. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q: But maybe that record isn’t needed if the other surrounding teams also continue doing poorly. Everything is relative.

    Exactly, as I just posted.

  181. russ99 says:

    godot10

    The assumption being is the new GM gets out from our current cap hell, by cutting loose all UFAs, either bridging or trading Puljujarvi, buying out Lucic and trading one of Russell and Sekera for less cap coming back when their NMCs downgrade.

    If next year’s cap is $83M, that’s roughly $16-19M in cap space, albeit with no NHL goalies.

  182. workaroundaccount says:

    Professor Q: But maybe that record isn’t needed if the other surrounding teams also continue doing poorly. Everything is relative.

    The 95 pt rule is remarkably consistent in both conferences even though we have this conversation every year at this time. Search the nhl standings on this date the last couple years and compare. It’s like the preseason. Why do we constantly have to go through the same lessons every year? I’ll bet anyone on this board that the playoff cutoff will be at least 94 points.

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