Game 45 2018-19: Coyotes at Oilers

Saturdays in winter. We had to milk and feed the goats, and we had to make sure there was enough coal (we had a giant bin that needed to be full) for the day. It was dark much of the morning, the single outside light flooding the backyard and letting everyone know for miles around we were home. When we were young, coming back from Grandma’s or the Kingdom Hall, I would feel a warmth come over me when we’d turn the corner at the Alan Store and see the light shining at home. It meant the goats were okay, the dog was fine, and we’d be warm soon.

In the winter, 17 miles north of Maidstone, the one constant was cold. Extreme cold. My brother and I would set up two sawhorses, place two 10-gallon buckets inside (they were the goalies) and commence hammering those buckets with pucks for hours. We wore ski-doo boots, liner inside and two sets of wool socks. Still froze our feet, damn fools. As my brother got older, found work and money and cars and girls, it become a solo pursuit. I set up just one saw horse, and got to be Orr all the time. I missed him though, it’s never the same without your brother.

Saturday afternoon brought Bugs Bunny at 5, followed by Hockey Night in Canada. My Dad would hang around to see who was playing, if it was Boston versus Toronto or Montreal against Chicago, he was in. Minnesota? St. Louis? Mom could talk him into a game of cribbage over at the table, where he could hear the game and run over if Mahovlich scored. Me, I loved the expansion teams, especially the green group (Minnesota, Oakland) and new names like Frank St. Marseille, Juha Widing and Bill Goldsworthy. Most of all, I loved the Bruins and Bobby Orr.

Saturdays in winter. It’s hockey’s big day. In my mind’s eye, that single outside light still shines and lights up the night, bringing the sawhorses, the goats, my brother, Mom and Dad, the memories, just a little closer. Saturdays in winter. I can’t wait for the hockey game.

THE ATHLETIC!

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OILERS AFTER 45

  • Oilers in 2015: 17-23-5, 39 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2016: 23-15-7, 53 points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in 2017: 19-23-3, 41 points; goal differential -26
  • Oilers in 2018: 21-20-3, 45 points; goal differential -11

Damned Coyotes are on a bit of a run now, I’ll talk to Cat Silverman about the team’s season on SSE at 1:20 this afternoon. I think Edmonton has to hit 15 points in January, meaning the team needs to go 4-1-1 in the final six games. Borderline impossible. If the club can do it, the record at the end of January would be 50, 25-21-4, 54 points (trajectory: 89 points). Hard nose the highway.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 2-2-2, six points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2017: 3-3-0, six points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2018: 2-4-0, four points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in January 2019: 3-2-0, six points; goal differential -4

A chance to go two games up for January as we approach the midway point in the month. The goal differential is a key element this month, things should recover when Klefbom returns.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN JANUARY

  • On the road to: ArizonaLos AngelesAnaheim, San Jose (Expected 2-2-0) (Actual 2-2-0)
  • At home to: Florida, Arizona, Buffalo (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • 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: 3-2-0, six points in five games

This coming week offers the team a chance to get some points before the challenge that the Flames represent to everyone this year. I think the Buffalo and Vancouver games will be far more difficult than some fans believe.

Edmonton is getting some breaks, though. Anaheim lost again last night, and if the Oilers win tonight (and Minnesota loses) the club will have the same number of points as the No. 8 seed Wild (who would have a game in hand). Minnesota is on pace to finish with 87.6 points, so maybe the actual number to make the playoffs is lower than we’ve been projecting.

A LIST OF CANDIDATES

How many forwards on the current Oilers depth chart should return next year? Without regard for cap hit or term, how many? I think the answer is both startling and key to finding a successful path forward for the organization. Here’s my answer:

That’s my list. Now, we’re going to add some more names here, but I wanted to pare it down to start, just showing the group who have delivered enough offensively (and without the puck) to return on merit. The cap hit for this group next year is $27 million plus whatever Khaira and Chiasson will cost via free agency. Remember, we’re not bringing anyone back because we have to, we’re just interested in bringing back regulars who have earned it.

What about the kids? I mean, you can’t have five kid forwards every year but surely some of these characters can help?

I believe Puljujarvi has shown enough to be part of next year’s team, your mileage may vary. I think Kailer Yamamoto and Tyler Benson may get there but the organization can’t count on those men starting next fall based on their current resumes.

So we’re looking to find a top nine the team can afford to fit under the cap that we’re certain will be a contender. I’m going to use UFA examples:

How can the Oilers afford this lineup? Trade Milan Lucic and Andrej Sekera. Failing that, draft and develop. It all comes down to this: As much as you’re upset about wasting another year of Connor McDavid, a poor move now that brings in expensive veterans in exchange for picks and prospects could turn four unproductive McDavid seasons into eight. This is damned serious.

So if you can’t get there from here, what’s the answer? Well, in my opinion, you try to solve problems with long-term solutions. If you’re the Oilers, that means you might need transitional talents to get you there, but you do have players on the way who should be 5+ season solutions:

I’ve targeted Ehlers because the Jets (imo) are going to need to make a big trade. Edmonton has pieces (including a high pick in 2019’s draft) that may appeal. This would be a summer trade. I’ve also moved Leon to the No. 2 line, he could easily be moved back to center. I have two substantial offensive lines and what should be a reasonable checking group with some offense.

Now. What to do with Milan Lucic, Kyle Brodziak, Ryan Spooner, Zack Kassian? Trade what you can, buy out someone (Spooner most likely) and then play the rest on a fourth line or sit them in the pressbox. If one of these men shows a turnaround, by all means elevate them. You can’t count on it though, and I think that’s what we’re going to see come the fall.

By January, maybe Benson and Yamamoto are tearing the cover off the ball in the AHL and you can bring them in as plug-and-play options with miles in front of them at value contract totals.

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  1. Ryan says:

    SwedishPoster: From what I’ve understood the Oil let him go because they didn’t like his defense. It was strange timing to me. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the pick to start but the season before they let him go he’d finally started to look like a player and I was warming up to him. So I was surprised they didn’t sign him.

    I doubt he’s top six quality, if things break right he could be a third liner, pretty good playmaker, fairly smart defensively but tbh the most likely outcome is that he’s a tweener for a few years and then enjoys a strong career in europe. Don’t think he’s dynamic enough nor has that real edge in his skillset to make him an efficient NHL player. I think his playmaking and fairly wellrounded game will make him a star in one of the top euro leagues though. So the short answer is no.

    Thanks for this. Jonathan Willis thought it was a curious decision at the time that the Oilers didn’t sign him.

  2. Drew says:

    Jethro Tull: Disingenious how?99 was literally sold like a piece of meat by a criminal with little or no regard to individual or team needs purely for financial gain.

    I would suggest that the 99 trade is so monumentally heinous that the brain has trouble comprehending the sheer magnitude of idiocy on all parts except 99’s.

    Only we’ve become numb to it.A little like not noticing there’s a full moon.There’s a huge celestial body that has enormous impact on us, but we don’t notice because we’ve seen the same show month after month.

    No no no, you are taking this literally. Please explore the deep nuance here, is a very ingenious comment.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    AHL TV is free today if anyone wants to tune in to the Condors game (just started).

  4. Jethro Tull says:

    Glovjuice: Awful song.

    No, it’s simply a song you don’t like.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pavel Francouz with a big first 5 minutes – 8 saves including some big ones on a 5 on 3.

    Somehow Bear had two shots blocked up high on a 5 on 3……

  6. drglen says:

    I see. late start.

  7. drglen says:

    I heard richardson was out for arizona? That should help us alot. That guy is really good, wins big faceoffs.. big loss for the coyotes.

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    The camera work for this game is egregious – some of the angles are unfathomable.

    I have found the streams themselves very good but the camera work is something they need to work on.

  9. drglen says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The camera work for this game is egregious – some of the angles are unfathomable.

    I have found the streams themselves very good but the camera work is something they need to work on.

    can you post a link? ( ah, are we allowed to do that)… I couldn’t find it, or was not obvious to me, ..

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    MTL up 2-0 on COL with under 6 min to go.

    MIN/DET still tied at 2 half way through.

  11. OriginalPouzar says:

    MTL about to beat COL, up 3-0 with a minute to go.

    DET scores to go up 3-2 on MIN late in the 2nd…..

    STL up 2-0 on DAL late in the first.

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors and Eagles scoreless after one.

    Condors really carried the play (even if the shots don’t necessarily show that) but an 0 for 3 on the P. Play (including an extended 5 on 3 that wasn’t overly dangerous) let them down.

  13. Halfwise says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    A couple of topics that I think we, as a community, should start to talk about:

    1) were the Spooner and Caggiula acquisitions good moves?

    2) has Chiarelli been a good or bad GM?

    This will never catch on.

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen: can you post a link? ( ah, are we allowed to do that)… I couldn’t find it, or was not obvious to me, ..

    https://www.watchtheahl.com/#/

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Of note, it was Hattrick Maroon with his fourth of the year to put STL up 2-0 over DAL.

  16. Rich M says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    To Kinger and our host, thank you for posting these memories of growing up.

    Classic.

    It’s what sustains us thru the good – and the bad of Oilers hockey.

    Thank you.

  17. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Of note, it was Hattrick Maroon with his fourth of the year to put STL up 2-0 over DAL.

    Alright Hattie!!
    Wearing the Jersey tonight, feeling it

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    I go and get my 8:25 snack ready and miss the unassisted Currie goal.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bertuzzi with his second of the game extends the Wings lead over MIN to 4-2 early in the 3rd.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    The Wings are outshooting the Wild 32-14….

  21. Jethro Tull says:

    Working tonight, found a Coyotes feed. A lot about McDavid and how excited they are to defend the league’s best player. Lots of nice things said.

  22. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Any word on the current 7-game segment update? Haven’t seen one for some time, really liked those posts…

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow – huge hit by Russell seconds in.

  24. Pescador says:

    Drew: This post is winner for the thread.

    The ironic use of disingenuous when referencing a bad trade with respect to the worst trade in Oilers history on a chat board where the intent is expressing differing opinions is amazing. It took me several minutes to unpack this.
    Well played sir, well played!

    Haha,
    everything is the “best ever” or “worst ever”

  25. Jordan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I go and get my 8:25 snack ready and miss the unassisted Currie goal.

    If only you had pre-prepared curry for your snack, you could have enjoyed both Curries – unassisted.

  26. Richard S.S. says:

    It’s impossible for a G.M. to know 100% about 100% of the Players. He must depend on others for the information he needs. That’s where Peter’s problems occur. He’s a good G.M., his staff needs to be much better. ..!..

  27. Jethro Tull says:

    Really not liking the lack of shot generation from the Oilers. Starting to become a story….

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bertuzzi completes the hatty and Wings go up 5-2 on MIN.

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rattie looks to be skating really well early – looks quite quick….

  30. Jethro Tull says:

    Rats.

  31. jp says:

    Did Larsson switch to RW?

  32. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  33. Material Elvis says:

    So fast. So lethal.

  34. ashley says:

    Low percentage shots. Reider with a wrap around, Larsson with a shot from the end line, and Nurse with a non obstructed wrist shot into the chest from the blue line.

    They need to make better decisions.

  35. jp says:

    McDavid baby!!!!

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    What a pass by Rattie and a better pass reception by McDavid – 1-0 Oilers.

  37. Pescador says:

    Wasn’t tape to tape but a nice feed,
    I guess the goal was okay too

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    That pass reception was unreal – 7 minutes in and the top 3 lines are all skating and playing well with zone time.

  39. Jethro Tull says:

    McDavid!

  40. little.fiery.one says:

    The breakouts out of our zone today have been really effective so far. It is nice to see.

  41. Material Elvis says:

    Richard S.S.:
    It’s impossible for a G.M. to know 100% about 100% of the Players.He must depend on others for the information he needs.That’s where Peter’s problems occur.He’s a good G.M., his staff needs to be much better…!..

    Best ever Chiarelli apologist.

  42. Jethro Tull says:

    Material Elvis: Best ever Chiarelli apologist.

    Can’t we just say it’s everybody’s fault?

  43. Glovjuice says:

    Drew: This post is winner for the thread.

    The ironic use of disingenuous when referencing a bad trade with respect to the worst trade in Oilers history on a chat board where the intent is expressing differing opinions is amazing. It took me several minutes to unpack this.
    Well played sir, well played!

    I do have a big brain.

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp:
    Did Larsson switch to RW?

    Nice – I was going to make a similar comment about him playing forward.

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    Keegan Lowe stopped on a clear cut breakaway, yes Keegan Lowe – it doesn’t look like he’ll be a shootout candidate based upon that chance.

  46. Material Elvis says:

    Jethro Tull: Can’t we just say it’s everybody’s fault?

    I think they should, at the very least, fire all the training staff.

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looks like Mr. Puljujarvi will be the driver of that third line – skating well early.

  48. Caller Zen says:

    Larrson jumping up into the play is impressive with his speed! I wonder if he’s feeling a bit savy playing against that other Swidish Larrson (OEL)

  49. ashley says:

    ashley:
    Low percentage shots.Reider with a wrap around, Larsson with a shot from the end line, and Nurse with a non obstructed wrist shot into the chest from the blue line.

    They need to make better decisions.

    Like that. Get the puck to McDavid. How many times have we seen McDavid take a low percentage shot? If he’s giving up the puck, it’s for a high quality chance.

  50. leadfarmer says:

    Going to catch the Blue jackets visit the Coyotes in a few weeks.
    Tickets started at 11 bucks
    11!!!
    I’m used to paying more for parking

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    ashley:
    Low percentage shots.Reider with a wrap around, Larsson with a shot from the end line, and Nurse with a non obstructed wrist shot into the chest from the blue line.

    They need to make better decisions.

    For the last month they have been trying to force “straight legs” on the opposition by cycling and not getting the puck towards the next. Perhaps they’ve seen how 4 goals have gone in against the Oilers in the last few games on non-scoring chances/deflections…..

  52. Munny says:

    Pescador: Haha,
    everything is the “best ever” or “worst ever”

    Egregious or disingenuous.

  53. Pescador says:

    Jethro Tull: Can’t we just say it’s everybody’s fault?

    Yes, but there are different percentages

  54. Glovjuice says:

    Jethro Tull: No, it’s simply a song you don’t like.

    Well, it’s true I don’t like it but it really is the ONLY Soungarden song that I don’t like at all. And, as most of you can imagine, I have, and have heard, all (well, ecxept that new one from 08 or 09) their albums many, many times. That song is terrible.

  55. Pescador says:

    leadfarmer:
    Going to catch the Blue jackets visit the Coyotes in a few weeks.
    Tickets started at 11 bucks
    11!!!
    I’m used to paying more for parking

    I like paying more for stuff,
    That’s how you know it’s better

  56. Munny says:

    Draisaitl looks: Nurse or Lucic. Hmmm…

  57. leadfarmer says:

    Pescador: I like paying more for stuff,
    That’s how you know it’s better

    That’s why I bought the $50 lower level tickets

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nurse’s outlet passes are starting to improve…..

  59. leadfarmer says:

    How’s Manning look?

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    and the Wild loss in regulation to a bottom feeder is official.

  61. Gerta Rauss says:

    leadfarmer:
    How’s Manning look?

    low event thus far

  62. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors taking a 1-0 lead to the 3rd period.

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    Blues taking a 2-0 lead on the Stars to the 3rd period.

  64. Clarkenstein says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I see Lucic getting two more goals and 3 points prior to the 2019 all-star break.

    This year’s All Star break or 2020?

  65. Munny says:

    Horrific puck movement last two, three shifts

  66. Jethro Tull says:

    Drai gets walked by Crouse. *Chia up in the box: Hmmmm, get me Chayka’s number*

  67. leadfarmer says:

    Our old 4th round D pick Gustafson is on an 8 game point streak and playing 20-24 min per game

  68. Jethro Tull says:

    leadfarmer:
    How’s Manning look?

    Spectacular.

  69. leadfarmer says:

    Gerta Rauss: low event thus far

    I need a proper scouting report. Has he finished his first bag of popcorn yet? Second beer?

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    That scoring play is, to me, an example of why a guy like Rattie is a better fit to play with McDavid than a guy like Kassian.

    Sure, Kass can “skate with” McDavid a bit better than Kassian but, to me, that’s not really important.

    What’s important is knowing how to play with a guy like McDavid – finding the soft areas of the ice in the offensive zone, timing being at the right place at the right time and, just generally, having the offensive intelligence to play with him – like knowing that McDavid is going to beat two guys in the neutral zone and making a nice soft (and skilled) area pass that McDavid could use his talent to receive.

  71. Pescador says:

    I like Quinn more than Randolrf

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    leadfarmer: I need a proper scouting report.Has he finished his first bag of popcorn yet?Second beer?

    He’s looked the best he has since acquiring him

  73. Pescador says:

    Gerta Rauss: He’s looked the best he has since acquiring him

    I like the new zero mistake Manning

  74. Zelepukin says:

    Munny:
    Horrific puck movement last two, three shifts

    Pretty much the last half of the whole period. First half we looked really good. Constant pressure, not much messing around in our own zone.

    Then we just started bad d-zone coverage, more board rims for break-outs and fumbled passes.

    One that really irks me is how bad Nurse is at point shots getting through or shooting decisions in general from the point. I think he had 4 or 5 this period alone that completely missed the net or bad angled shots with no one in front.

  75. Jethro Tull says:

    ‘Yotes feed. Shane Doan hawking airconditioning in possibly one of the worst adverts ever.

  76. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    1-0 Edmonton
    13-11 Arizona shots
    17-16 Arizona 5-on-5 Corsi

    Fairly even period, Oilers spent too much time running around and it led to some open looks. McDavid’s goal and some great chances for Nuge and Rattie gave Edmonton the edge in quality chances imo.

  77. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Lol Burke hates anyone having fun.

  78. Lowetide says:

    leadfarmer:
    How’s Manning look?

    We’re going to need to divide the answer into ‘offense’ and ‘defense’ or someone is going to be typing all night.

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer:
    How’s Manning look?

    Drake Caggiula so far tonight:

    CF% – 35%
    CFRel – -3
    FF% – 42
    FFRel – -5
    GF% – 0% (1GA)

  80. Munny says:

    If the D is going to have success dealing with that Coyote forecheck the Fs are going to have to help out more than they did in the latter half of the first period.

  81. Gerta Rauss says:

    a lot goin’ on there

    yeesh

  82. Munny says:

    Another forecheck kills us; this time for a goal.

  83. OriginalPouzar says:

    A bad Kris Russell giveaway ends up in the net.

  84. Ice Sage says:

    Fugly

  85. Zelepukin says:

    That whole goal, the whole play, was a result of Lucic not taking a slow rim pass on the boards that a peewee player could have handled. Zero pressure, no one on him.

  86. Todd Macallan says:

    Brutal d but Talbot absolutely has to have that

  87. Todd Macallan says:

    Wow that actually does look offside

  88. Jethro Tull says:

    looks offside.

  89. jake70 says:

    That goal was so preventable. The fumbling around in d zone is frustrating

  90. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers getting what they deserve. Gone have to give a little bit more.

  91. Munny says:

    The kind of goal you tell your grandkids about.

  92. Jethro Tull says:

    my gosh….

  93. jake70 says:

    Unforced icing uggh

  94. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Man, that was going in regardless, but right in the forehead. Damn. Talbot having trouble following pucks up high as usual? Did they send him to the eye doctor yet?

  95. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    But he’s so much cheaper to buy out

  96. Zelepukin says:

    Ice Sage:
    Oilers getting what they deserve.Gone have to give a little bit more.

    Yup. You play like an idiot in your own zone, that’s what you get.

  97. dsr29 says:

    2 shitty goals by Talbot so far.

  98. Jethro Tull says:

    Wonder if this is the quickest a team has ever tuned Hitch out?

  99. OriginalPouzar says:

    Stars cut the Blues lead to 1 goal with half the third period remaining.

  100. Todd Macallan says:

    Funny that a missed offside actually cost them 2 goals. That’s a new one.

  101. Suntory Hanzo says:

    This game is on Talbot so far.

  102. Munny says:

    Just one Oiler anywhere near Jones there in his own end.

  103. OriginalPouzar says:

    David Gust extends the Condors’ lead to 2-0 half way through the 3rd.

  104. Jethro Tull says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Funny that a missed offside actually cost them 2 goals. That’s a new one.

    Refs: The game moves too quickly to follow. Mistakes will be made.

    NHL: If you challenge a (fallible) call, you’d better be right.

  105. Zelepukin says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    This game is on Talbot so far.

    No our d-zone play has been terrible. I blame Lucic for both goals. Seriously, that one basic play to get the puck out, kept it in and then no change could happen. Snowball of bad plays.

  106. HT Joe says:

    Man that Jordan Oesterle looks like a player we could use (a goal and an assist). Where do teams find guys like this? 🙂

  107. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lucic back down to the 4th line (formerly known as the Identity Line).

  108. Munny says:

    Jethro Tull,

    “It’s a trap!”

  109. OriginalPouzar says:

    Tarasenko with his 2nd of the night restores the 2 goal lead.

  110. Ice Sage says:

    Suntory Hanzo:
    This game is on Talbot so far.

    Yeah, he should have practiced that face-bank play more

  111. SK Oiler Fan says:

    There’s just 0 consistency with Talbot in the past 1.5 seasons. I’m done with him. He’s not a good bet to be a reliable starter or 1B ever again. Turn the page. Koskinen worked out better than predicted. Time for a gamble on anothe tender.

  112. Jethro Tull says:

    ‘Yotes colour crew talking about the fragility of the Oilers and how they should be a good team on paper. Also questioning if the game has passed Hitch by judging on the very simple plays easily read and beaten.

  113. Jethro Tull says:

    I don’t agree with it, but at times you can definitely see why some call Drai lazy….

  114. razor says:

    This is definitely Spooners best game as an Oiler so far. Me liking this third line tonight

  115. SK Oiler Fan says:

    7 regulars out for the yotes on a road trip? This game should be over by now.

  116. Gerta Rauss says:

    whew

    I think that was Chiasson with the turnover there

  117. Munny says:

    leadfarmer:
    How’s Manning look?

    He’s found his free way.

  118. Pescador says:

    We’re just not good enough to win most nights

  119. Jethro Tull says:

    Next practice rhymes with Stag Bait.

  120. Munny says:

    razor:
    This is definitely Spooners best game as an Oiler so far. Me liking this third line tonight

    Khaira has been doing the heavy lifting on that line though.

    He’s damn near untradeable at this point.

  121. Professor Q says:

    Oesterle of course he did.

  122. Gerta Rauss says:

    oh baby

    *edit-nice work by Mama Kass

  123. Munny says:

    Good work by Kass and Looch, a funky pass by Nuge and Rusty puts one by Kuemper

  124. Pescador says:

    Redemption

  125. jp says:

    That was a fucking gorgeous move by Russell! Damn!!

  126. Todd Macallan says:

    Hahaha Russell with the most makeup goal of all time.

  127. OriginalPouzar says:

    Shane Starrett finishes off the 25 save shut-out – wasn’t paying great attention to the 3rd period but I did see a few plus stops as the Eagles came on a bit.

    Good win with Patrick Russell out and Joe. G and Jones up with the big club.

  128. Ice Sage says:

    Russsssssty

  129. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Go Habs (versus Avs)

    Go Wings (versus Wild)

    Go Blues (versus Stars)

    The out of town scoreboard worked out exactly as hoped tonight – once the Oilers complete the comeback for 2 points and a ROW, it will be a perfect night.

  130. Chief Inspector says:

    Weird seeing Russell on the receiving end of a snow angel.

  131. Munny says:

    Another one on the powerplay would be useful.

  132. Jethro Tull says:

    Rusty Dangles. (NOT a euphemism for hemorrhoids.)

  133. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I see Lucic getting two more goals and 3 points prior to the 2019 all-star break.

    1A down, 2G to go…

  134. Craig Zonit says:

    Munny,

    Yeah he’s been lugging the puck like mad, certainly straightening opposing legs.

  135. Gerta Rauss says:

    assists to Nuge and Lucic on the Russell goal

    Lucic is heating up I tells ya

  136. dsr29 says:

    Nice play by Russell

  137. Zelepukin says:

    Munny: Khaira has been doing the heavy lifting on that line though.

    He’s damn near untradeable at this point.

    No question. I easily have him as our 4th best forward. Big, strong, mean, fast and smart with the puck. Him and Pujo work well together. Almost every shift Khaira will have possession and is just lookin for someone to do the smart thing and get open for a shot.

  138. Munny says:

    Nice to see Khaira get some PP reward time.

  139. Pescador says:

    No shots on that PP ffs
    Why is it so impossible?

  140. BONE207 says:

    That goal by Russell was supposed to be for Reider. The Gords are dyslexic I believe. For that reason Bank Shot I win the prize you offered. (Or was it Bag Of Pucks). Well whoever it is, somebody is dyslexic!!!

  141. Gerta Rauss says:

    disappointing PP but I’ll take a 2-2 tie after 2 I guess

    big 3rd period ahead, we’re going to need to see more to come away with 2 points

  142. Jethro Tull says:

    These 0 shot PP need to fuck off as well.

  143. BONE207 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    These 0 shot PP need to fuck off as well.

    Let’s put it in that unused TMac blender…😉

  144. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Even with K Bomb this team has a bottom 3rd PP.. Just no good options on the back end. PP shittiness is on Chia

  145. Lowetide says:

    After Two: 2-2 tie

    Shots: 22-18 Arizona (9-7 Arizona in the second)
    Corsi 5-on-5: 34-33 Edmonton (11-9 Edmonton in the second)

    I thought the Oilers took some time to recover from bad luck and the a PP GA, but toward the end of the period got three or four shifts strung together.

    Bottom line: You’re tied going into the third period and the out of town scoreboard is a loose drunk. If you can’t take her home, that’s on you.

  146. OriginalPouzar says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Even with K Bomb this team has a bottom 3rd PP.. Just no good options on the back end.PP shittiness is on Chia

    Except, in reality, the PP is approaching the top 10…..

  147. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide: Bottom line: You’re tied going into the third period and the out of town scoreboard is a loose drunk. If you can’t take her home, that’s on you.

    This game and the season hang by a thread.

    Time for another McPoint!

  148. Zelepukin says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Even with K Bomb this team has a bottom 3rd PP.. Just no good options on the back end.PP shittiness is on Chia

    Ya, we didn’t have any shots because we’ve got no options set up. Nurse will shoot but you dont want him to because it will be a non-threat attempt. Nuge is not on his off-wing and McD never one times it. You need Drai in that spot if you want some one wiling to take a one-timer.

  149. Gerta Rauss says:

    what in the fuck was that

  150. jp says:

    Hahahahahahaha

  151. BONE207 says:

    Garland wants a hattie

  152. Ice Sage says:

    BONE207:
    Garland wants a hattie

    Next one off his jock

  153. Bling says:

    Man, some tough bounces lately against the home side.

  154. Younger Oil says:

    I thought playing with blood on your jersey was a penalty?

  155. BONE207 says:

    Somebody tell Garland that he is supposed to use that long stick thing

  156. Glovjuice says:

    Jethro Tull:
    I don’t agree with it, but at times you can definitely see why some call Drai lazy….

    Is this a reverse faint praise of Drai and myself?

  157. Bling says:

    Nuge and Nurse made the right play tying up Garland. Nothing you can do there.

  158. Jethro Tull says:

    Who was the last player to score an NHL hat-trick without using his stick?

  159. SK Oiler Fan says:

    OriginalPouzar: Except, in reality, the PP is approaching the top 10…..

    Really? I didn’t realize that thanks. Well production is really all that matters I guess. I just miss the Souray, Horc, Hemsky PP. Actually looked like they had a plan.

  160. Younger Oil says:

    Does anyone know what happened behind the play that the crowd freaked out at?

  161. teddyturnbuckle says:

    What the fuck is Talbot doing skating out of the net!!!

  162. Jethro Tull says:

    Bling:
    Nuge and Nurse made the right play tying up Garland. Nothing you can do there.

    But they didn’t tie him up, he still skated between them…..

  163. BONE207 says:

    Glovjuice: Is this a reverse faint praise of Drai and myself?

    Hey Juice…doesn’t everyone praise everything you say & do?

  164. jp says:

    Panik throwing that stick is a penalty, right? (should have been I mean)

  165. Jethro Tull says:

    Younger Oil:
    Does anyone know what happened behind the play that the crowd freaked out at?

    Jones stick gets caught in Panik’s skate. Jones let Panik take it out, instead of giving it back, Panik throws it down the ice.

  166. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar: The out of town scoreboard worked out exactly as hoped tonight – once the Oilers complete the comeback for 2 points and a ROW, it will be a perfect night.

    But wouldn’t it be two 2 points in a ROW if they win tonight?

  167. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Wtf is with the bounces off the back boards? Don’t remember this being common?

  168. Professor Q says:

    Jethro Tull: Jones stick gets caught in Panik’s skate.Jones let Panik take it out, instead of giving it back, Panik throws it down the ice.

    You have to excuse him for what he did as a Panik response, though.

  169. Professor Q says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Wtf is with the bounces off the back boards? Don’t remember this being common?

    The Red Wings won league titles and Cups with this method.

  170. OriginalPouzar says:

    Younger Oil:
    Does anyone know what happened behind the play that the crowd freaked out at?

    Panik threw Jones’ stick down the ice.

  171. BONE207 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Wtf is with the bounces off the back boards? Don’t remember this being common?

    Maybe they are making the boards out of the same stuff they make the sticks out of. Lots of flex…

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Really? I didn’t realize that thanks. Well production is really all that matters I guess. I just miss the Souray, Horc, Hemsky PP. Actually looked like they had a plan.

    I think it was 12th coming in to the game tonight.

    I agree that the visual doesn’t match the excess production.

    Its like the opposite of “visually better”

  173. Bling says:

    Jethro Tull: But they didn’t tie him up, he still skated between them…..

    You can’t body slam the guy; the most you can do is tie up the stick, which is what they did. Puck went in off his skate. Shitty luck IMO.

  174. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Professor Q: The Red Wings won league titles and Cups with this method.

    Yah well that was well known they had lively boards. Haven’t noticed this at Katz Palace

  175. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q: But wouldn’t it be two 2 points in a ROW if they win tonight?

    ROW = Regulation and OT Wins – the first tiebreaker (excludes SO victories).

  176. BONE207 says:

    So Panik got away with 2 penalties, huh??? I feel revenge is in the works.

  177. SK Oiler Fan says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think it was 12th coming in to the game tonight.

    I agree that the visual doesn’t match the excess production.

    Its like the opposite of “visually better”

    Is PP conversion rate down league wide compared to last year? In othwr words Does most everybody’s PP look like shite?

  178. BONE207 says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Is PP conversion rate down league wide compared to last year? In othwr words Does most everybody’s PP look like shite?

    Arizona’s look pretty good. They sacrificed their bodies to score. Thats what it takes…

  179. Zelepukin says:

    Love that Nuge, Pujo and JK line.

  180. BONE207 says:

    Somebody tell me that Jesse didn’t find Yak’s gun sights lying around & is using them.

  181. SK Oiler Fan says:

    BONE207: Arizona’s look pretty good. They sacrificed their bodies to score. Thats what it takes…

    Ha. Well Smytty did have a few go in off his face

  182. Jethro Tull says:

    Bling: You can’t body slam the guy; the most you can do is tie up the stick, which is what they did. Puck went in off his skate. Shitty luck IMO.

    No, you can establish body position and box out.

  183. Younger Oil says:

    I’m 90% sure Lucic has a puck-shaped hole in the blade of his stick.

  184. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers winning the periphery

  185. BONE207 says:

    Tell me it’s not another tabernacle Saturday!!!
    Tired of these. We need rewards…

  186. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Younger Oil:
    I’m 90% sure Lucic has a puck-shaped hole in the blade of his stick.

    Didnt realize he was playing tonight

  187. Zelepukin says:

    Lucic on the ice. Sigh.

  188. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Lightening does not strike twice.

  189. oilersfan says:

    We will pull the goalie and garland will get the Hattie before we get a shot

  190. Dicky94 says:

    What a frustrating team to cheer for.

  191. Ice Sage says:

    That should pretty much do it for the playoffs.
    What an easy team to play against.

  192. Pescador says:

    Why are the Coyotes the more desperate team.
    I want this to be over

  193. Bling says:

    Ice Sage:
    Oilers winning the periphery

    Yeah, everything was funnelled towards the outside. Need to get some pucks through into the middle ice to score goals in the NHL.

  194. oilersfan says:

    The first goal and the penalty after Came because Lucic didn’t clear the puck when he had no pressure on him.

    This team would be better if he didn’t dress

  195. SK Oiler Fan says:

    This is what happens with 0 Offensive depth. Susceptible to a few lucky bounces. Will Cost a team playoffs. Thanks Chia

  196. Zelepukin says:

    Seriously, Nurse is the worst D-man to expect a shot from the point to get through.

  197. StixMalone says:

    This team is built to lose. Wether on purpose or by stupidity this can not go on………

  198. Offside says:

    Remember in 2016 when the Oilers were superior to the Sharks? Now the Sharks obliterate us and we can’t even beat an injury-plagued Coyote team. It’s amazing how quickly a “rebuilding” team can sink so fast with the best player on the planet. Way to go Chia

  199. hags9k says:

    Hitch says they are tired, I say they are shitty.

    Fumbled passes, missed passes, lost pucks, missed nets, missed checks on it goes for another decade.

  200. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    There was a sequence in the 3rd where the Oilers completed something like 4 passes and I was like wow. Forgot how that worked/looked.

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