Game 46 2018-19: Sabres at Oilers

This is Ty Rattie sending an area pass that will eventually end up in the back of the Coyotes’ net. It’s a skill play, but doesn’t have a massive degree of difficulty for an NHL veteran. Everything Connor McDavid did in the sequence after the pass was more difficult. Fair? Now. How many forwards on the current roster can make that Rattie pass?

THE ATHLETIC!

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OILERS AFTER 46

  • Oilers in 2015: 18-23-5, 41 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2016: 24-15-7, 55 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 19-23-3, 41 points; goal differential -26
  • Oilers in 2018: 21-21-3, 45 points; goal differential -12

The current group is probably getting squeezed by the hockey Gods compared to the non-playoff teams (they should have more points) but there’s not really an argument about things being fair. The Oilers are closer to the playoffs than they should be based on all evidence available.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 3-2-2, eight points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2017: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2018: 3-4-0, six points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in January 2019: 3-3-0, six points; goal differential -5

We talked about surviving until Klefbom returned, this week is a big one. The January goal differential is sliding up and there are tough teams on the schedule.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY

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

Buffalo, Vancouver, Calgary. I have this week 0-3-0. Seriously. I did predicted before McDavid was unable to appear at the skills event. This could get ugly in a hurry, or this team could show us something we may not be able to see. It is time to stand and deliver.

MCDAVID

Connor McDavid took a stick to the jaw on Saturday, and had the flu yesterday. One hopes (well, prays) he’s playing tonight, but part of me wonders if the best thing for this time might be playing and winning a game without him. One problem with that idea: I don’t think they can.

THE 20 BEST PLAYERS IN THE 2019 DRAFT

  1. (1) LC Jack Hughes, U.S. National Development Team (USHL)A brilliant offensive player, cerebral, quick and highly skilled. Some in the scouting industry believe he is so far above anyone there’s not a conversation about No. 1 this year.
  2. (2) R Kaapo Kakko, Turkku (Sm-Liiga)A big power forward with tons of talent who is emerging in real time. He’s 6.02, 190 already, quick hands and creative. Also protects the puck well.
  3. (5) R Vasili Podkolzin, St. Petersburg (MHL). Smart player with tons of offensive ability, but also possesses good two-way instinct and plays with an edge.
  4. (3) R Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge (WHL)Size, skill and he can skate. Range of skills, accurate shooter. He’s being undervalued on some lists.
  5. (4) RC Kirby Dach, Saskatoon (WHL).A dynamic player with size and tremendous skill, has speed, wingspan and an excellent release. Injuries have him falling a little but there’s a lot to like.
  6. (6) L Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton (OHL)He’s a fantastic scoring prospect. Good not great skater.
  7. (7) LC Trevor Zegras, U.S. National Development Team (USHL)Undersized and highly skilled, elusive and aggressive with very good speed.
  8. (8) L Jakob Pelletier, Moncton (QMJHL). Undersized skill winger with two-way ability.
  9. (9) LC Peyton Krebs, Kootenay (WHL).Skill forward who can score, he has quick feet and good hands. Simon Boisvert likes him for the Oilers.
  10. (10) LC Ryan Suzuki, Barrie (OHL)Great vision, skill, tremendous passer. If he were faster, he’d be top five.
  11. (11) R Cole Caufield, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). He’s small, fast and a ridiculous scorer. Quick release, accurate.
  12. (12) LD Bowen Byram, Vancouver (WHL). Explosive speed is his top attribute but he’s also excellent with the puck and owns a heavy shot. Likely the first defenseman off the draft board.
  13. (13) LC Alex Turcotte, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). A strong two-way reputation, he is skilled and an excellent skater. Injuries a worry.
  14. (14) LD Cam York, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). The latest impact puck mover out of the USHL, great speed, passing and creativity.
  15. (15) L Matthew Boldy, U.S. National Development Team (USHL). Bigger winger with skill, he’s strong on the puck and can score goals.
  16. (16) RC Raphael Lavoie, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Big center with a long reach, and a plus shot. He’s also an excellent skater.
  17. (17) LD Thomas Harley, Mississauga (OHL). Good size, speed and he’s posting impressive numbers. Spiking as we speak.
  18. (18) LC Alex Newhook, Victoria (BCHL).Terrific scorer with playmaking skilled and dogged determination on the backcheck. High end potential.
  19. (19) LD Matthew Robertson, Edmonton (WHL). Big two-way defenseman with good speed and some offense. He’s an excellent passer.
  20. (NR) LC Connor McMichael, London Knights (OHL). Interesting player, he seems to have come out of nowhere a little. He’s an intelligent two-way center who has spiked offensively this year. Speed described as lacking a quick first step.
  21. (NR) LW Nils Hoglander, Rogle (SHL). He’s an undersized skill winger, good skater, December 2000. 30, 5-3-8 in the SHL.
  22. (NR) RD Victor Soderstrom, Brynas (SHL). Impressive offensive defenseman with speed and skill. He isn’t a trainwreck defensively either.

RYAN SPOONER

I don’t think there’s any doubt he gets bought out this summer, but it’s vital he delivers something this winter. Seriously. Spooner was a reasonably competent complementary winger at one time. Oilers need that. RFN.

Both Khaira and McDavid (along with Klefbom, Petrovic, Sekera and Yamamoto) have to be considered at least questionable. Stay close to your information today, we should know by noon who can play.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We are back! At 10 this morning the hiatus ends and I’ll return to my important work of breaking down the English language into mush. We have guests! Scheduled to appear:

  • John Kryk, NFL columnist, Postmedia & Toronto Sun. A big weekend in the NFL and the final four (Rams, Saints, Patriots, Chiefs) is set. Is this the Patriots year again?
  • John Horn, Commentator, Reporter, Producer with ESPN, WTA, MLB Network, TSN. Australian Open is underway, a boatload of Canadians play tomorrow.
  • Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Oilers v. Sabres and what the trade deadline might look like.

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. leadfarmer says:

    New Improved Darkness,

    Amateur scouting is better. Pro scouting is at its worse
    This is a good time to bring in a new GM because he’ll get 2 years of evaluation time because Chias work made trades especially big trades almost impossible

  2. Dicky94 says:

    No way Manning is a better option than Gravel.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer: He should have been in the Ahl.
    Probably would get much better offer for a 20 year old ppg Ahl player than a 15 point Nhler
    Hitch going yeah I can fix him when guys that have been working with him for years decided that he needed Ahl time was a piece of stupidity that is well So Oilers

    Solution – don’t trade the 20 year old with potential for pennies on the dollar.

  4. Professor Q says:

    OriginalPouzar: There is one hellacious problem, Lucic’s contract.

    Do nothing further egregious and cap hell is gone within 2 year as Lucic is the only anchor contract that goes beyond 2 more years.

    Couple that with McDavid, Drai, Nurse, Klef being in their primes (some just entering) in two years.

    Add in a guy like Bouchard likely just ready to make a real impact.

    Remember the swarth of prospects that are on the cusp of NHL readiness and the plus prospects turing prime next year – add in some ELC value contracts.

    There is any easy way out, it will take a short period of time.

    There will be the Nurse, Jones, Puljujärvi, Bear, etc. contracts to worry about, however (hopefully).

  5. Yeti says:

    Oilin4: I wonder if the language barrier is slowing his development. Coaches may struggle to explain how to improve from mistakes or less than ideal plays.

    There was a young player called Puljujaarvi,
    Who escaped from the Finnish army.
    The Oilers granted his wish,
    To teach him English,
    So he could communicate rather smartly.

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    A nice plus save by Koskinen – he’s settled in after a very rough (rusty?) start.

    Really want (need?) to go in to the third with no less than a 3 goal lead.

  7. nelson88 says:

    Jones really needs to go back the AHL. No shame in that

  8. Lowetide says:

    Beautiful little play by Caleb Jones there.

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hey, Leon, note the score and the stage of the game and just get that puck out with an easy clear (which was available)- no need for that risk – game management.

  10. tileguy says:

    Yeti: There was a young player called Puljujaarvi,
    Who escaped from the Finnish army.
    The Oilers granted his wish,
    To teach him English,
    So he could communicate rather smartly.

    Brilliant!

  11. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    nelson88,

    Why?

    He just faked out Eichel behind the net and made a plus pass that lead to a zone clear.

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dicky94:
    No way Manning is a better option than Gravel.

    To me, until Klef (or Sekera) come back, Gravel should be in the lineup as 3LD every night.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    nelson88:
    Jones really needs to go back the AHL. No shame in that

    Playing 3rd pairing minutes would be a good start.

    Its tough to get too much of a sense on his readiness given he’s been in the top 4 for the last 5-6 games.

  14. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide:
    Beautiful little play by Caleb Jones there.

    McDavid is also picking up.

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    This is a big kill.

  16. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar: To me, until Klef (or Sekera) come back, Gravel should be in the lineup as 3LD every night.

    Unfortunately with the Manning trade we probably don’t re-sign him.

  17. rope-a-dope says:

    So are they playing well? Or is Buffalo stinking the joint up and Oilers are taking advantage?

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was an absolutely fantastic kill

  19. nelson88 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey,

    Yes. That was impressive. The play 60 seconds earlier where the forward got in behind him for an uncontested entry and chance was not. I like Jones long term but he is bleeding chances last number of games. Young D. No shame

  20. Pretendergast says:

    The rink organ playing Ocarina of Time music, the video games are infiltrating the youths!

  21. Glovjuice says:

    McDavid really is much more handsome than Eichel. That’s for sure. Yikes.

  22. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    5-2 Edmonton (2-0 Edmonton in the second)
    29-18 Buffalo shots (14-10 Buffalo in the second)
    47-24 Buffalo Corsi 5-on-5 (22-12 Buffalo in the second)

    Oilers should be getting killed.

  23. hunter1909 says:

    Tomorrow Lucic and Kassian get traded to an Atlantic Division team.

  24. Pescador says:

    Lowetide:
    After Two:

    5-2 Edmonton (2-0 Edmonton in the second)
    29-18 Buffalo shots (14-10 Buffalo in the second)
    47-24 Buffalo Corsi 5-on-5 (22-12 Buffalo in the second)

    Oilers should be getting killed.

    29 shots against thru 2 is awful.
    Garbage can fire burning in the Oilers D-zone

  25. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    That was an absolutely fantastic kill

    Do you have an email address that you’re comfortable posting here?

    It’s the new year. Time for me to try the original pouzar diet,

  26. Glovjuice says:

    Ryan: Do you have an email address that you’re comfortable posting here?

    It’s the new year. Time for me to try the original pouzar diet,

    FAT

  27. flyfish1168 says:

    Lowetide:
    After Two:

    5-2 Edmonton (2-0 Edmonton in the second)
    29-18 Buffalo shots (14-10 Buffalo in the second)
    47-24 Buffalo Corsi 5-on-5 (22-12 Buffalo in the second)

    Oilers should be getting killed.

    What is the differential on grade-A chances?

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: Do you have an email address that you’re comfortable posting here?

    It’s the new year. Time for me to try the original pouzar diet,

    I actually posted it at Hunter’s request a few days ago but he never e-mailed me.

    icooper@blg.com

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168: What is the differential on grade-A chances?

    8-7 Buf but, to my eye, Drai just had two to start the 3rd.

  30. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar: I actually posted it at Hunter’s request a few days ago but he never e-mailed me.

    icooper@blg.com

    Don’t be too hard on Hunter,
    He’s still mustering up the courage to email you “his” balance photo

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice stick there by Drai to deflect that shot out of play.

  32. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Nice stick there by Drai to deflect that shot out of play.

    Lucic!

  33. treevojo says:

    Unleash the luc

  34. Gerta Rauss says:

    I think it moved

  35. npanciroli says:

    What is happening.

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lucic with his second of the night.

    I said, less than two full games ago, he’s going to get 2G and 3P prior to the all-star break – he’d be there is that assist wasn’t taken away.

  37. geowal says:

    Bizarre indeed

  38. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar: I actually posted it at Hunter’s request a few days ago but he never e-mailed me.

    icooper@blg.com

    Okay thanks! I’ll send you an email tomorrow.

  39. Pescador says:

    Can we play Buffalo 7 more times this year?

  40. flyfish1168 says:

    Lucic or Kassian for a hat trick to finish the night

  41. Zelepukin says:

    Who do we play next? Cause we’re gonna lose that game like 6-1 guaranteed.

    The tires are going to be pumped so high from now til then.

  42. treevojo says:

    Neon leon

  43. flyfish1168 says:

    Both Kassian and Lucic should be out on the PP

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Leon cleans up McDavid’s garage.

    My goodness McDavid is skating 50% better than the last few games.

  45. Gerta Rauss says:

    heh

  46. 719 says:

    Lucic 2018 – 2 goals

    Lucic 2019 – 3 goals

    New year new lucic?

  47. OmJo says:

    Definitely trading the first.

  48. Pescador says:

    Could’a used one iota of this on Saturday

  49. Dicky94 says:

    Payback for last years drubbing. Run it up boys!

  50. Chief Inspector says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Lucic with his second of the night.

    I said, less than two full games ago, he’s going to get 2G and 3P prior to the all-star break – he’d be there is that assist wasn’t taken away.

    Original Nostradamus

  51. hunter1909 says:

    Okay just 1 or 2 more goals and we can all relax…

  52. Pescador says:

    Zelepukin:
    Who do we play next? Cause we’re gonna lose that game like 6-1 guaranteed

    Vancouver Vuckfaces
    I would start Koskinen

  53. Pescador says:

    Ryan: Okay thanks! I’ll send you an email tomorrow.

    So will I

  54. npanciroli says:

    Use the first and Puljujärvi to get Lucic some winger help.

  55. Ryan says:

    Pescador: So will I

    Ha, I’m assuming I can rely on his discretion about my identity.

  56. npanciroli says:

    How many goals does Hall have in 2019 compared to Lucic?

  57. who says:

    leadfarmer: He should have been in the Ahl.
    Probably would get much better offer for a 20 year old ppg Ahl player than a 15 point Nhler
    Hitch going yeah I can fix him when guys that have been working with him for years decided that he needed Ahl time was a piece of stupidity that is well So Oilers

    They should have left him in the AHL but I don’t think they can send him down again. At some point you have to stop the yo yo.
    JP will be fine. His harshest critics call him Yakapov. Others say he doesn’t think the game at an NHL level. I see a big, gangly kid who sees the ice well and thinks the game just fine.
    His offense will be determined by his hands and his feet. He still bobbles the puck too much, and trips over his own feet, but he has the brain and raw tools to develop into a difference maker.

  58. Pescador says:

    Benning trying to get himself HS’d

  59. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Sell high on Lucic!

  60. Pescador says:

    Ryan: Ha, I’m assuming I can rely on his discretion about my identity.

    I only have 2 questions:
    Is Ryan’s name actually Ryan?
    What is he hiding?

  61. Ryan says:

    Pescador: I only have 2 questions:
    Is Ryan’s name actually Ryan?
    What is he hiding

    No. My real name is not ‘Ryan.’

    My handle here once was ‘Ryan from the Oilers’ back when there were several Ryan’s on the roster.

    I’m not hiding much, but like many including yourself, I do post here anonymously.

    If the veil of anonymity were lifted, there’s a non-zero chance this would have a negative business impact on me. I post critical diatribes at times here of Oilers management.

  62. Gerta Rauss says:

    Koskinen looked shaky the first 2 periods but maybe found his mojo a bit as the game wore on

    It’s nice to be on the right end of one of these goalie shit shows for once

  63. who says:

    Dominating win my ass!
    They were lucky to have a lead after 2. Sabres quit at that point.

  64. Ryan says:

    Ryan,

    Regardless, I am a loyal tier two fan and anything I do post is in the sincere interest of improving the Oilers.

  65. tileguy says:

    I’m not giving Hitchcock credit for winning this game, 42 shots against.

  66. Pescador says:

    Ryan: No. My real name is not ‘Ryan.’

    My handle here once was ‘Ryan from the Oilers’ back when there were several Ryan’s on the roster.

    I’m not hiding much, but like many including yourself, I do post here anonymously.

    If the veil of anonymity were lifted, there’s a non-zero chance this would have a negative business impact on me. I post critical diatribes at times here of Oilers management.

    No worries, as always I was just fooling around.
    You’re secrets are safe, unless you feel like telling us where the bodies are

  67. DBO says:

    Wow. Fun night. Caught the 3rd. Lucky I suppose with shots and possession being ugly. But I’ll take it.

    And Spooner and Manning. Painful. Not NHL regular players. Who knew…..wait. their old teams did since they had been healthy scratched. Well at least they are UFAs. Wait… wtf

    The GM and Oil decision makers are suffering from Smartest Guys in the Room syndrome. And that may be the scariest thing right now.

  68. hunter1909 says:

    With tonight’s win, everyone’s hopes are up and now Oilers can resume breaking our hearts.

  69. texmex says:

    St. Louis is 3 points of the playoffs with 2 games at hand. Of all the teams chasing, they could make the most noise, particularly if they get a goalie. Can’t see how they have a fire sale given this. I think the tarasenko rumors can be put to bed.

  70. Rube Foster says:

    719:
    Lucic 2018 – 2 goals

    Lucic 2019 – 3 goals

    New year new lucic?

    Lets get Keith Gretzky on the line to Botterill ASAP!

    Lucic 2019 for Okposo straight up. Sell high.

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: Okay thanks! I’ll send you an email tomorrow.

    Sure, I love talking about fitness/nutrition.

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    Zelepukin:
    Who do we play next? Cause we’re gonna lose that game like 6-1 guaranteed.

    The tires are going to be pumped so high from now til then.

    Even when he have Gudas and Simmonds in the lineup (at the expense of our 1st rounder, Puljujarvi and Benson)?

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: Ha, I’m assuming I can rely on his discretion about my identity.

    Of course.

  74. Dicky94 says:

    texmex,

    I agree. St. Louis won’t be doing nothing until the deadline to see where they are at. They are in the race too as of now. I honestly can’t see Chia being able to make a trade right now. This is a good thing.

  75. Glovjuice says:

    DBO:
    Wow. Fun night. Caught the 3rd. Lucky I suppose with shots and possession being ugly. But I’ll take it.

    And Spooner and Manning. Painful. Not NHL regular players. Who knew…..wait. their old teams did since they had been healthy scratched. Well at least they are UFAs. Wait… wtf

    The GM and Oil decision makers are suffering from Smartest Guys in the Room syndrome. And that may be the scariest thing right now.

    Ah, hold on. Spooner ? I knew.

  76. jp says:

    719:
    Lucic 2018 – 2 goals

    Lucic 2019 – 3 goals

    New year new lucic?

    He just had an off year.

    2017: 82 22 28 50 6 81 159 (last one is shots)

    2018: 81 2 14 16 -29 68 109

    2019: 7 3 0 3 3 18 7 On pace for 35 goals 😉

    Thank goodness that’s over.

  77. Rube Foster says:

    Quick, send a video clip of Hitch’s post game Lucic comments to Botterill!

    Lucic 2019 for the All-Star game!

  78. jp says:

    texmex:
    St. Louis is 3 points of the playoffs with 2 games at hand. Of all the teams chasing, they could make the most noise, particularly if they get a goalie. Can’t see how they have a fire sale given this. I think the tarasenko rumors can be put to bed.

    Should we give them a goalie?

  79. drglen says:

    missed the whole game in a rehearsal!!! sounds like we won! and Lucic scored!!!

    So, this means we are good.. right?

  80. JimmyV1965 says:

    If we can get a 5-2 flukey lead every night, I really like our chances of making the playoffs. Nice.

  81. drglen says:

    Pretendergast:
    The rink organ playing Ocarina of Time music, the video games are infiltrating the youths!

    some of that stuff is pretty good though… very simple, but nice melodies. All things considered i’m more for it than agin it.

  82. drglen says:

    so… to summarize, .. are we trading JP, Kailer, a goalie, and a first round pick for veteran 20 goals scorer tonight?

  83. tileguy says:

    Talbot anf JP for Tarasenko.

  84. drglen says:

    tileguy:
    Talbot anf JP for Tarasenko.

    In spite of everything.. I would take that trade.

  85. Zelepukin says:

    drglen: In spite of everything.. I would take that trade.

    lol, same. The internet’s trade was JP & Talbot for Simmonds. But we all know Chia would also throw in Yammer. #becauseoilers

  86. Drew says:

    Ryan: Ha, I’m assuming I can rely on his discretion about my identity.

    batman?

  87. HT Joe says:

    Drew: batman?

    Oh man, I’d feel pretty sheepish if “Ryan” we’re actually Katz. I like Ryan’s posts!

  88. Material Elvis says:

    I thought that ‘Ryan’ was a physician in Calgary. But that doesn’t jive with the whole “negative business impact” statement he made. Katz’s limo driver?

  89. Gerta Rauss says:

    Injury updates from Hitch via Matheson’s latest-a couple of quotes from Manning as well

    https://edmontonsun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/brandon-manning-is-trying-to-find-some-traction-on-oilers-blueline

    Klefbom
    “We’re hoping the pins come out. He’s scheduled to see the doctors in the next 48 hours. Then he can participate in some form of on-ice activities before joining us. I hope he’s a full-time practice participant before the (all-star) break (Jan. 23),” said Hitchcock, who nevertheless doesn’t expect him to play until early February

    Petrovic
    “This is the final stage for him. He’ll be evaluated tonight. He’s gone through the (on-ice observation) skate. He’ll participate Tuesday if green-lighted and, if so, he could be part of our group Wednesday (Vancouver),” said Hitchcock.

    Yamamoto
    “Today was assessment day and if he’s green-lighted, he’s a full-go Tuesday. We did the on-ice evaluation after our skate Monday,” Hitchcock said.

    If Yamamoto is ready, he’ll play right-wing somewhere in the top nine at practice Tuesday.

  90. Wilde says:

    If only there was some way to increase Puljujärvi’s trade value between now and the deadline…

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: He just had an off year.

    2017: 82 22 28 50 6 81 159 (last one is shots)

    2018: 81 2 14 16 -29 68 109

    2019: 7 3 0 3 3 18 7 On pace for 35 goals

    Thank goodness that’s over.

    In all seriousness, Lucic has also made 2-3 other plays that were material in goals scored where he didn’t hit the scoresheet – he has been OK in 2019 – no, not $6M worth of OK but not a total dead weight.

  92. OriginalPouzar says:

    As shitty as the Oilers are, they are tied in points with MIN for the 2nd wild card.

    MIN, DAL, ANA, VAN – same tier I’d shitty as the Oilers.

    ANA has got their top injured guys back, have received elite tending all year and remain shitty. Oil should be getting some reinforcements back I. The next few weeks – hopefully there is a bit of a spike in overall play with Klef back (bumping Jones and others down a ring on the depth chart).

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rattie did not have a good game yesterday – while I don’t agree with such an early change in the lines – he did end up making a number of defensive mistakes and didn’t create that much after moved off the first line. On the assumption that Yamamoto is activated for Thursday (with Joe G. being re-assigned), I’m going to assume Kailer is inserted in to the lineup for Rattie.

    Of course, they could send Kailer down to the AHL – in general or to get back in to game shape but, of course, we know that won’t happen and his next game action will be in the NHL.

  94. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: In all seriousness, Lucic has also made 2-3 other plays that were material in goals scored where he didn’t hit the scoresheet – he has been OK in 2019 – no, not $6M worth of OK but not a total dead weight.

    Yeah. It sure would be helpful if he can continue to be something more than dead weight going forward.

  95. OriginalPouzar says:

    A great thing about a 5 goal vicotry is the ability to lower some minutes. Whether they were “full credit” for a 5-goal victory or not, the outcome was solidified early in the 3rd and the coach was able to roll four lines and 3 pairings.

    I believe McDavid only played around 17 minutes which is awesome and I think Drai was only around 21 (pretty low for him these days).

    I haven’t looked at the TOI for the d-man yet (and will wait for LT’s morning post) but I know Manning played around 16 minutes which is high for our 3rd pairing – I assume the top 4 were closer to 20 which is nice.

  96. OriginalPouzar says:

    As an aside, I didn’t hate Manning last night – didn’t really notice him much in those 16 minutes which I believe is a good thing.

  97. DBO says:

    Glovjuice: Ah, hold on. Spooner ? I knew.

    Was my sarcasm not apparent? We all knew. Except the smartest men in the room……

  98. Pescador says:

    Material Elvis:
    I thought that ‘Ryan’ was a physician in Calgary.But that doesn’t jive with the whole “negative business impact” statement he made.Katz’s limo driver?

    You know who else was a doctor?
    Jack the Ripper
    Just sayin

  99. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – How much would a 20 goal 50 point pace Lucic help for rest of year?

    – I know the consensus is he’s “done”, but what if he’s figured something out?

    “The year I played in L.A. Dustin Brown was struggling. Last year he put up a career-high in points (61), and what did he have? Twenty-eight goals?

    “Even Kopy (Anze Kopitar). Two seasons ago he had 12 goals, and then last year he was up for MVP.”

    – “I have full confidence in myself,” Lucic said after the game. “I can get it back. I WILL get it back.”

    – What if he does? Asking for a friend?

  100. Genjutsu says:

    Glovjuice: Ah, hold on. Spooner ? I knew.

    Well you did manage to be humble enough to not break your arm jerking yourself off about it too.

    Ah, hold on. 😉

  101. Pescador says:

    jp: Yeah. It sure would be helpful if he can continue to be something more than dead weight going forward.

    A new low for low bars everywhere

  102. Side says:

    drglen:
    missed the whole game in a rehearsal!!! sounds like we won!and Lucic scored!!!

    So, this means we are good.. right?

    Twice.

    And Kassian.

    Basically, the Oilers are never going to lose again and all is forgiven.

  103. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Maybe Lucic did ask for a trade and he realizes the only way that is going to happen is if other teams don’t think he is totally useless.

    #Motivation

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