Game 59 2018-19: Coyotes at Oilers

Everything I’m about to write about Josh Currie is going to remind me of Mark Arcobello. Allow me to reach back over the years and quote something posted on this blog years ago (about Arcobello) that applies to Currie and all similar players:

  • November 2013: If overcoming obstacles was the sole value of a hockey player, he’d be Gretzky. Mark Arcobello began his pro career by signing an AHL contract—that’s not a strong arrow for a productive NHL future—and spent his early days playing on the lowest rung of the NHL entertainment platform, the ECHL. Since then, he’s climbed a mighty mountain to the NHL—and continues to climb.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of the group. Outstanding offer is here.

  • New Lowetide: How can the Oilers successfully sell the new regime to a fan base that is openly angry?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Oilers trade deadline primer: Focus should be on moves that make life easier for the next GM
  • Lowetide: Cam Talbot’s Oilers career a disappointment save one beautiful spring.
  • Jonathan Willis: Edmonton’s trade for Sam Gagner is a gamble well worth making.
  • Jonathan Willis: Inside the success of the Bakersfield Condors, and what it means for Edmonton
  • Lowetide: The Oilers sure have a lot of problems, but there is a simple solution.
  • Jonathan Willis: Taking stock of Oilers positives as they enter the final third of a dismal 2018-19 season.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Keith Gretzky on the Oilers trade deadline plan, Andrej Sekera’s return and Jesse Puljujarvi’s season
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ potential roster upheaval might set a record for summer activity
  • Jonathan Willis: Teams should beware of these players at the 2019 NHL trade deadline.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Will he stay or will he go? Possible trade destination for Cam Talbot.
  • Lowetide: Comparing Oilers prospects Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto
  • Lowetide: Is Ken Hitchcock helping Jesse Puljujarvi find his way as an NHL player?
  • Lowetide: It’s time for Oilers owner Daryl Katz to stand and deliver a winning organization.
  • Lowetide: Entry deal AHL forwards give the Oilers an excellent trade pool.
  • Lowetide: Finding a path to the playoffs may involve reckless use of future assets by the Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL free agency period
  • Corey Pronman: 2019 NHL Draft midseason rankings
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL trade deadline.
  • Lowetide: Edmonton’s 2019 entry draft plans may change with new GM but needs are clear
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects, Winter 2018

OILERS AFTER 59

  • Oilers in 2015: 22-31-6, 50 points; goal differential -30
  • Oilers in 2016: 32-19-8, 72 points; goal differential +14
  • Oilers in 2017: 24-31-4, 52 points; goal differential -34
  • Oilers in 2018: 24-29-5, 53 points; goal differential -25

In a season where momentum is acting like a drunken sailor, the current Oilers could go 1-7-2 in the next 10 or 7-2-1 in the next 10. Incredibly, this year’s group remains the second best among the four.

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-7-0, four points; goal differential -18
  • Oilers in February 2017: 5-4-0, 10 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in February 2018: 2-6-1, five points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2019: 1-5-2, four points; goal differential -12

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: Philadelphia, Montreal (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-2)
  • At home to: Chicago (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Islanders (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-3-0)
  • At home to: Arizona, NY Islanders, Anaheim (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Nashville, Toronto, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 1-5-2, four points in eight games

KEITH GRETZKY’S MOVES

It took a few days but the Oilers under Keith Gretzky found a way to get Andrej Sekera on the roster and possibly add a useful offensive piece. For the record, in case you were on Guam for the last 10 days, here are the transactions of note.

  • January 29: Signed D Joel Persson to a one-year deal.
  • January 31: Recalled C Brad Malone from Bakersfield.
  • February 4: D Andrej Sekera begins conditioning stint.
  • February 9: D Matt Benning placed on injured reserve.
  • February 15: G Cam Talbot traded for G Anthony Stolarz.
  • February 16: F Ryan Spooner traded for F Sam Gagner.
  • February 17: D Andrej Sekera recalled from conditioning stint.
  • February 18: D Brandon Manning waived.
  • February 18: C Josh Currie recalled from Bakersfield.
  • February 18: L Jujhar Khaira placed on injured reserve.
  • February 18: R Jesse Puljujarvi placed on injured reserve.

PROJECTED LINEUP

This is a mess. That’s a fact. If you’re Connor McDavid, it has to be beyond frustrating to see this team bleed out this way. Honestly. Even if Ryan Strome and Drake Caggiula remained there would have been a little more offense. Crazy.

OILERS ASSETS OUT

This is my original list from Valentine’s Day, I’ll just cross off the names as they are sent away (and add players sent away who weren’t on the list).

  1. G Cam Talbot. UFA this summer, he led the Oilers to their first playoff berth in a decade just two years ago.
  2. RD Matt Benning. He has one more year after this one, $1.9 million AAV. He’s averaging just 14:46 per game this year (down from 17:17) but he’s a righty and should draw interest.
  3. R Zack Kassian. Also on the books for another year (at $1.9 million). His recent performances should mean greater interest.
  4. R Jesse Puljujarvi. I hate the idea, and a true contender won’t have interest. That said, JP is a player other NHL teams may take a chance on. Don’t expect a massive return.
  5. R Alex Chiasson. Not sure they’ll deal him but Chiasson’s trade value might be the best in this group. He has scored 17 goals and 27 points, and has posted some offense despite the goal drought.
  6. L Kevin Gravel. He doesn’t cost much and he’s good. Absolutely the kind of player who has deadline value.
  7. LD Kris Russell. Uncertain he’d waive, but this player type is exactly the sort who has extra value at the deadline.
  8. L Tobias Rieder. He has good speed and can PK, someone will have interest.
  9. R Alex Petrovic. At the deadline we might see late interest.
  10. L Jujhar Khaira. I’m including him only because a team like Boston might overpay for a perceived need.
  11. L Ryan Spooner. I didn’t think they could get anything for him.

WILL BRANDON MANNING CLEAR?

I’d bet Woodguy’s house on it.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy show and a big day, we get started at 10 on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Oilers at the deadline and the way forward.
  • Luke Lapinski, 98.7 Arizona Sports. We’ll preview a huge game for both teams tonight.
  • Scott Wheeler, The Athletic. Scott’s mid-season draft rankings for the 2019 crop is out and it’s a fabulous read.

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

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Glovjuice: The effort. Fun game. You guys are hilarious.It’s comical in the extreme. We lost to the Coyotes boy wonders on home ice in a must win game. Please stop it, OP. Please for the love of Black Sabbath stop it.

    The game was “lost” about 2 hours and 40 minutes after it started and, for the majority of that time, the game was fun to watch, entertaining and engaging. If the last 90 seconds change and Nuge scores and the Oilers win, does that in any way alter the previous 2 hours and 38 minutes or so? No.

    Sports are more than the final result!

  2. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    No the giveaway in OT at the right face off circles that lead to a rush the other way, where he hustled back and harassed Garland until he coughed it up under pressure which led to Sekera passing the puck north.

    By memory, haven’t seen a replay yet.

  3. Pescador says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    I know we have some evangelicals here that’ll watch every game and call it exciting.

    In all honesty, is it worth tuning in?

    Glovjuice: no,………..no,…………..it’s not.

    Glove juice, I had no idea you were a christen, good for you

  4. Oz says:

    NHl players that we have under contract that should not be traded at the deadline, in no particular order
    McDavid, Nuge, Dria, Kassian, Kahira, JP, Larsson, Klefbom, Sekara, Russell, Nurse, Benning, Koskinen, I know “didley”about Stolariz but I guess we will find out before the end of the season.
    Players I am OK with keeping in no particular order
    Rattie,Cave, Reider, Gagner, Gravel

    The rest should be moved for picks or to free up cap

  5. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar: Are you really going to be so pedantic to call me out on using the common generalized use of the term?

    No, i’m asking if you know something other than what had been reported as “illness”. Get over yourself

  6. Glovjuice says:

    Sierra: As in the actual flu (I.e. influenza), or do you mean a cold?

    Trust me. The Shit Show Soilers wouldn’t know the difference in vector or outcome. They can’t even fiugure out that a top three pick from northern Finland needs an actual English teacher. Worst organization in hockey.

  7. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Glovjuice,

    Or top three from fourth overall, apparently.

  8. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar: The game was “lost” about 2 hours and 40 minutes after it started and, for the majority of that time, the game was fun to watch, entertaining and engaging. If the last 90 seconds change and Nuge scores and the Oilers win, does that in any way alter the previous 2 hours and 38 minutes or so?No.

    Sports are more than the final result!

    This is not high school or C level sports.

  9. texmex says:

    If the oilers draft Hughes, do you trade RNH for 2RD or a winger or two?

  10. Glovjuice says:

    Pescador:
    Glove juice, I had no idea you were a christen, good for you

    Atheist or agnostic but Sister Christian has a killer build up and that dude was so asweome on Ozzy’s Speak of the Devil.

  11. godot10 says:

    texmex:
    If the oilers draft Hughes, do you trade RNH for 2RD or a winger or two?

    If the Oilers win the lottery, they should hold an auction for Jack Hughes.

  12. JimmyV1965 says:

    texmex:
    If the oilers draft Hughes, do you trade RNH for 2RD or a winger or two?

    No. We have to add good players. Not get rid of them. Trade next year’s first, make a deal with the devil, but we must absolutely stop moving out good players.

  13. who says:

    I thought it was the perfect result tonight.
    Koskinen looked good, Sekera looked good and Drai was a beast. And we only got 1 point.
    The last thing I want to see is a late season surge after we are out of it. Stay away from the mushy middle!

  14. godot10 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Hey all. My wife got us some oil kings tix for this Friday at 7pm and I had a few questions about Rogers Place. (This will be our first time going to Rogers Place)

    How early should we get there and How is the parking?
    How much money should we set aside for food/drinks?
    What’s the best way to get in/out of section 130? (where our seats are)
    When it comes to washrooms and concession stands, what areas should we avoid so as not to have to wait to long in line?

    Was hoping to make this outing as smooth as possible.
    Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks!

    30 minutes before game time should be sufficient for the Oil Kings. The gates are in Ford Hall. I live in downtown Edmonton these days, so when I go, I walk, so I can’t help you with parking. I know there is a big lot on the north east corner of the arena.

    Warm-ups starts 40 minutes before game time…6:25PM. If they are selling seats in Section 130, that means the crowd will be over 6000, because 126, 127, 129, and 130 were closed for most games during the season. (For the upper bowl to open, it takes a crowd of about 10000). If the crowd is over 6000, that might mean the North Gates might be open too (if you are parking on the North Side) The North Gates are on the Mezzanine level on the North Side of Rogers.

    I never buy concessions, so I couldn’t tell you. I have been told it is expensive! -). A restaurant before the game is probably a better value for money.

    Aisle 127/129 is behind the Oil Kings goal. 130 is in the left corner (east south east) near the Ford Hall gates. Seat 1 (or low numbered seats) enter by Aisle 129/130. High numbered seats, enter by Aisle 130/132.

    Restrooms are not really an issue for Oil Kings games. They are women’s washrooms behind 130 and 127. Men’s behind 129 and 126. The Men’s washroom behind 129 probably has the most urinals of any of the restrooms in Rogers.

    Studio 99 is not “open” during OIl Kings games for food and drink, but if there is no special event happening, if is often open for viewing, if you are into Gretzky memorabilia. It is on Level 5, Loge Level, in the south east corner, accessible by the escalator by 129 or the elevators by Ford Hall behind section 132. The main concourse is Level 3.

    The Hall of Fame room is visible from the street, behind the Gretzky statue, underneath Ford Hall on the north side of 104 Ave (on the south side of the arena). You can sort of see Lowe’s five rings.

    The big indigenous mural is on the Ford Hall floor outside of the Ford Hall Gates.

    There is a large Gretzky-McDavid wall by Loge 30 (signed by Gretzky). There is a Semenko wall by Loge 1. Those are the entrances to the Loge Area on the east side of Level 5.

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    OriginalPouzar,

    No the giveaway in OT at the right face off circles that lead to a rush the other way, where he hustled back and harassed Garland until he coughed it up under pressure which led to Sekera passing the puck north.

    By memory, haven’t seen a replay yet.

    Yes, that’s the play I was talking about and, if I’m not mistaken, that giveway was largely a function of him receiving the puck in a poor spot, with no time and options – I thought it was from Koskinen but it may have been from another skater. It was right before he made the takeaway and plus outlet pass (a play I’m not sure any of our d-men could make give or take Klef).

  16. Wilde says:

    Scott Wheeler had some great thoughts on Vasiliy Podkolzin on the Lowdown and I will henceforth be referring to the prospect as Turbo Yakguila.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Glovjuice: This is not high school or C level sports.

    I’m not sure what that has to do with anything.

    Take the exact same game through 60 minutes of play and 4 minutes of overtime for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

    In scneario 1, the Oilers score with 45 seconds left in OT to win.

    In scenario 2, the Oilers get stoned with 45 seconds left it OT and lose in a So.

    What I’m hearing it that, scenario 2 leads to a game that was not fun an entertaining even though scenario 1 leads to an opinion of a fun and entertaining game.

    That makes zero sense to me – it was the same game that provided the same amount of entertainment for 98% of it.

    I’m not saying the end result is the same or acceptable – points are what matter in the end – I’m talking about enjoyment and entertainment value.

    Some would posit that watching the game with scenario 1 ending was great but watching with a scenario 2 ending was a waste of their time.

  18. Wilde says:

    Ken Hitchcock has become the undercover tank commander.

    He knows that the only way to save his hometown team in as little as two years is for them to get Hughes or Kakko, so he poisoned Connor, is misplaying the lineup, and hasn’t done more than modest tweaks to a broken system. A true hero.

  19. ArmchairGM says:

    JimmyV1965: No.We have to add good players. Not get rid of them. Trade next year’s first, make a deal with the devil, but we must absolutely stop moving out good players.

    This. There aren’t enough good players on the team as it is. And even if there were, I’d wait until the young player had pushed RNH out of his job to do so.

    IMO, Hughes projects as a winger anyhow, so he isn’t a Nugent-Hopkins replacement.

  20. ArmchairGM says:

    Wilde:
    Scott Wheeler had some great thoughts on Vasiliy Podkolzin on the Lowdown and I will henceforth be referring to the prospect as Turbo Yakguila.

    Oh? Do tell.

  21. JOFA says:

    Somebody was drinking the silly juice last night. Garbage game. Garbage result. And by garbage result, I mean the Oilers getting a point. Should have been 0. Bring on the tank. Lose Lose Lose! Sell Sell Sell! Burn it to the ground and piss on it. This is the only hope for some semblance of change my brethren and sistren.

  22. deardylan says:

    Oilers Funhouse, dark as night
    Strap in for the long ride
    Oilers Funhouse, don’t be frightened when the colour runs,
    Who knows what different hughes you will find

    Also found the game “fun” especially Jack Michaels call down the stretch and screaming lead up to Nuge 11 second from time goal. Like his voice just leads the puck into the net. I didn’t listen to OT as it was almost midnight.

    How can you not chuckle in awe when you see the Oilers leading the league in worst record in the last 10, McDavid hit by flu/influenza/cold not playing, No GM, Dr. Drai and Nuge on same line (having incredible seasons), Sekera might be healthy for first time since playoffs 2 years ago, our AHL team is rocking it and still we are close to winning the keys to the Hughes auction.

    So many story lines and narratives to have “fun” with. Does any team have more talking points and subjective conjecture than us?

    Tank? We usually fail when we try to be the best at anything. Why not just have fun the rest of the way.

    Oilers Funhouse, dark as night
    Strap in for the long ride
    Oilers Funhouse, don’t be frightened when the colour runs,
    Who knows what different hughes you will find

  23. Pescador says:

    Glovjuice: Atheist or agnostic but Sister Christian has a killer build up and that dude was so asweome on Ozzy’s Speak of the Devil.

    You Motor’nBoat’n S.O.B.

  24. Mike Wazowski says:

    Sierra,

    Learning is a lifelong process. No one ever knows everything. Heard a story about Clare Drake at a coaches conference while he was in his 80’s and he was still asking questions.

  25. CallighenMan says:

    jp: I don’t think Benning is destined for greatness or anything, but I do think he’s an above 3rd pairing D right now. And it’s not out of the question he improves from where he’s at now.

    1) I’ll eat my hat, so to speak, if he’s not tradeable. He is, pretty damn sure.

    2) I agree his tools are nothing special. But can you point to exactly how they’re different from Sekera’s?

    ummm, Sekera can skate?
    ummm, Sekera can take a pass without bobbling it?
    ummm, even more important, Sekera can MAKE a pass?

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