Game 64 2018-19: Oilers at Senators

After playing an excellent first period last night in Toronto, the Edmonton Oilers were badly outclassed by a superior team. Nuge scored No. 20 on the season, and for the third time in his career reached 56 points in a campaign. Connor McDavid looked a little flat in his return, Leon Draisaitl scored a wonderful goal. Edmonton isn’t in the same league as Toronto, and we saw it last night. No sin there, roster construction is a key element to success. Perhaps the Oilers will have a better game against the Leafs in March. We’re on to Ottawa.

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 Black Dog Pat: How the Oilers can emerge from the Bob Pulford-like era they’re stuck in.
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers given harsh lesson by Leafs as playoff hopes on life support.
  • Lowetide: The Oilers’ deadline decisions inform what may come in spring and summer
  • James Mirtle: Five lessons the Oilers can learn from the Maple Leafs’ successful rebuild
  • Jonathan Willis: From Mikko Koskinen to Bakersfield, the next two months will reveal a lot about the Oilers
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After bringing in Sam Gagner and shipping out Cam Talbot, Oilers stand pat on deadline day.
  • Lowetide: Edmonton Oilers at the deadline: Buy, sell or both?
  • Jonathan Willis: Jesse Puljujarvi needs a fresh start, but there’s no reason it can’t be in Edmonton
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.
  • Lowetide: Are the 2018-19 Bakersfield Condors the best Edmonton Oilers affiliate ever?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘One of the best hockey games ever’: An oral history of the 2014 women’s Olympic gold-medal game.
  • Lowetide: How can the Oilers successfully sell the new regime to a fan base that is openly angry?
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Lowetide: It’s time for Oilers owner Daryl Katz to stand and deliver a winning organization.
  • Jonathan Willis: An Oilers blueprint for the 2019 NHL free agency period
  • Corey Pronman: 2019 NHL Draft midseason rankings
  • 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 63

  • Oilers in 2015: 22-34-7, 51 points; goal differential -35
  • Oilers in 2016: 33-22-8, 74 points; goal differential +11
  • Oilers in 2017: 27-32-4, 58 points; goal differential -35
  • Oilers in 2018: 26-30-7, 59 points; goal differential -27

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-10-1, five points; goal differential -23
  • Oilers in February 2017: 6-6-0, 12 points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2018: 5-7-1, 11 points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2019: 3-6-4, 10 points; goal differential -14

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 2-0-1)
  • On the road to: Nashville, Toronto, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 0-0-1)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 3-6-4, 10 points in 13 games

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Sekera-Benning were 17-7 in 12:15, 7-2 shots, no goals and 2-1 HDSC. This pairing is increasing their time on ice and that’s a very good sign. Sekera opens up all kinds of possibilities.
  • Nurse-Russell went 14-16 in 15:49, 8-7 shots, 1-1 goals and 2-2 HDSC. Decent in pssession, didn’t react quickly on the tipped shot that became the first goal against. Nurse had two assists, now at 31 points.
  • Klefbom-Larsson were 20-19 in 14:39, 15-11 shots, 0-1 goals and 4-3 HDSC. Puck seemed to flutter a lot, Larsson especially couldn’t get it to settle (he hit the post with a rocket late at the other end). Oscar needs to have the puck often, he was chasing last night. Both of these players are quality.
  • Mikko Koskinen stopped 12 of 16, .750. Anthony Stolarz made his Oilers debut in relief, stopping 18 of 20, .900.
  • Natural Stat Trick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Rieder-Draisaitl-Chiasson were 8-14 in 11:21, 5-6 shots, no goals and 1-3 HDSC.
  • Lucic-Cave-Currie went 12-11 in 10:13, 6-3 shots, no goals and 3-0 HDSC. I like this line a lot, the two kids are especially interesting.
  • Nuge-McDavid-Gagner went 10-10 in 9:22, 7-7 shots, 0-2 goals and 0-3 HDSC. This line had a poor night.
  • Nuge-McDavid-Kassian were 10-4 in 5:01, 5-3 shots, 1-0 goals and 1-1 HDSC. This line had some real jump, 44 has helped the unit several times recently.
  • Malone-Brodziak-Kassian were 1-6 in 3:37, 1-1 shots, no goals and no HDSC.
  • Rieder-Draisaitl-Gagner went 8-1 in 2:07, 3-0 shots, no goals and 2-0 HDSC. Perhaps we’ll see them again.

The Oilers attention to defense 2015+ at the draft is paying off all over, but the Samorukov spike is one of the best stories in the entire piece. If he continues progress, we might be looking at a player who passes a lot of the depth chart in just a few months.

THE TIMELINE

Oilers fans are apparently feeling low after last night (no idea why, Toronto is a far superior club) and it appears some in the eastern media are settling the timeline at something approaching 5-30 years.

Here’s the truth: A new general manager and staff who can evaluate talent well should have this team in a playoff position next season. The decisions made by the current group, especially the Lucic signing, Manning acquisition and the Koskinen signing, are things to overcome.

That said, cap room can be created (trading Kris Russell and or Andrej Sekera) and an astute judge of hockey talent will be able to find a capable 1A goalie and some scoring wingers.

There is much work to do, but there are also players on the way and the work left to do doesn’t represent an impossible task. Edmonton has the difficult things in place: McDavid and Draisaitl long term, the foundation of a defense that can thrive, a minor league team that should come with gifts for the NHL team this fall.

This is an attractive situation for a general manager who can win the job and the right to put his entire team in place. If that GM also hires an analytics department and begins the hard work of sports science (nutrition, sleep patterns, dealing with travel) then we can begin to believe Edmonton’s NHL team is really in the game.

It isn’t hopeless. It only appears so because the Oilers appear to be looking for someone who fits the culture established decades ago when one man could run an NHL team. That was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we hit the ground running. Scheduled to appear:

  • Andy McNamara, TSN. We’ll talk NFL combine and Johnny Football.
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Trade deadline winners and losers, plus what the Oilers should be doing with these final 20 games.

Also casting about for a Senators guest, we’ll chat about the game tonight.

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Top line buzzing and get a couple nice chances on net.

    Another nice look by Nurse in the offensive zone as well – maybe his second best offensive zone pass of his career….

  2. nelson88 says:

    Anderson looks sharp. Too bad as McDavid looks like he could win someone a million bucks tonight

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lucic continues his offensive contribution from last night with yet another real nice little dish to set Currie up for a scoring chance. Milan has been quite good offensively the last 5 periods…

    Clearly “noone is watching” this one so I’m curious how Godot will figure out a way to take away any credit to the player…..

  4. Bag of Pucks says:

    nelson88: Wasn’t,Clarkson on MacT’s watch?

    Yup just using him as another example of that bad model. Shows that things dont change much even when the alleged leaders do. OBC remains the common thread throughout.

  5. Andy Dufresne says:

    ChiliChunk: Nuge-McDavid-???
    ???-Draisaitl-???
    ???-???-???
    Khaira/Lucic/Reider-Cave/Brodziak/Malone-Chaisson/Kassian/Currie/Gagner/Rattie

    May not be balanced but certainly has a low centre of gravity.

    Low center of Gravity……Awesome. 🙂

  6. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Well at least that goal was not scored high glove side.

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sens bag one home off a o-zone faceoff win and a won battle in front.

    Drai/Cave lost the guy in front.

    Klef/Larsson on for yet another goal against – I am concerned about their goal leakage over the last 20.

  8. Dr. Taboggan says:

    “Walks right around Lucic”

    I am in shock!

  9. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Tierney scores first goal in 19 games haha.

  10. David says:

    I’m actually starting to feel excitement for Jack Hughes.

  11. HugThePost says:

    we’re going to show Ottawa tonight NOBODY knows tanking like the Oilers

  12. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Rieder needs to play against the Oilers. Goal scoring problems will be solved.

  13. Andy Dufresne says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick:
    Two quick thoughts on last nights game.
    1. I thought it was an interference penalty if one obstructs another after they have gotten rid of the puck, e.g., the 800th non-call of year on McD. What a bad joke.
    2. Defense looked rather horrid last night in general. In particular, Nurse and Russel need to be split up or moved down in quality of comp. How about Sek-Rus and Nurse-Benning or Nurse-Sek and Rus-Ben???

    It wasnt Nurse and Russell it was Koskinen. He kept changing position….it confused them.

    You know your Goalie is second guessing everything his defense are doing when he comes 15 ft out of his net to grab a puck, race back to his crease puck in tow, and look around to see if its safe to release puck to his dmen now.

  14. Andy Dufresne says:

    IS IT SAFE??

  15. deardylan says:

    Explaining Oilers defence.

    He flung himself across the ice, flung himself upon the crease and skated madly off in all directions.

    Synonym: final scene in braveheart. #quartered

  16. Andy Dufresne says:

    I havent turned the TV on or read any comments yet.

    IS IT SAFE??

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Cave/Currie continue their offensive zone possession dominance – Cave in all alone off a nifty Currie feed but he can’t finish.

    The not finishing is becoming a thing for Cave but I’ll take shift after shift of possession from a bottom 6 line any day.

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looks like Rieder and Lucic have switched lines – at least for one shift each……

  19. Andy Dufresne says:

    IS IT SAFE?!?!?

    Diamonds? or Dentist Drill ….so far?

  20. deardylan says:

    Oilers. Unsafe. Dylithium crystals MIA.
    Restart Maslows hierarchy of hockey.
    Turn on when Dr.Drai and McD are on ice.

    Edmonton struggling with ReRebuilding Sens through 1 period.

    #JammersReview

    Before Lowetide was my fav blog

  21. Andy Dufresne says:

    Is Josh Currie’s nickname in the room……Jari ?

  22. HugThePost says:

    deardylan:
    Oilers. Unsafe. Dylithium crystals MIA.
    Restart Maslows hierarchy of hockey.
    Turn on when Dr.Drai and McD are on ice.

    Edmonton struggling with ReRebuilding Sens through 1 period.

    Anthony Duclair started on Ottawa’s #1 line tonight—–we cannot even beat an AHL team with the best player on the damn planet in our lineup

  23. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    1-0 Ottawa

    13-9 shots Ottawa

    30-16 Corsi 5-on-5 Ottawa

    I didn’t understand the rage last night, as the Oilers lost to a clearly superior team. Tonight? Absolutely. That was poor.

  24. Andy Dufresne says:

    Saw Keith Gretzky pass a role of tape to Josh Currie pregame.

    Gretzky to Currie……brought a tear to my eye……

  25. Andy Dufresne says:

    Can you imagine the Oilers with 2 Thomas Chabots two years from now….

    Samarukov Bouchard

  26. Andy Dufresne says:

    Sens dont have a McDavid and they just traded thier Draisaitl, RNH and…… (cant find a Dzingel comparable)

    Think we can handle them tonight?

  27. leadfarmer says:

    Poll of NHL players who they would not want to play for on the athletic
    1. Tortorella
    2. Hitchcock

    Please get rid of the dinosaur

  28. Andy Dufresne says:

    We have been activating our defense a lot more since the All-Star break.

  29. Andy Dufresne says:

    Top reason the Oilers would lose in the first round of the playoffs???

    No 3 on 3 overtime.

  30. Andy Dufresne says:

    McDavid is a Land Shark.

    #candygram

  31. Andy Dufresne says:

    Any chance Ottawa can overtake us in the Lottery Race?

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    For all the flack that Matt Benning takes, he’s consistently right at the top of all the possession and goal share metrics for the Oilers.

    Over the last 20 games, of which he’s played 16, he is second in GF/60 and tops (best) in GA/60 and tops by far.

    Of course, he’s tops in GF% – yes, its in third pairing minutes but he consistently provides plus 3rd pairing minutes.

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Malone’s breakaway speed isn’t quite NHL level…….

  34. Andy Dufresne says:

    I swear we are just 1 Jack Hughes and 6 other players away from contending.

  35. Ben says:

    Four. Point. Game. 🙁

  36. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  37. BONE207 says:

    CONNOR!!!

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beautiful goal by McDavid – was that Currie or Cave with the dish?

    It was Currie.

    Big kudos to Matt Benning for the rush out of the defensive zone, the nice dump and forecheck to lead to the turnover and the Currie dish!

    I don’t think Benning will get an assist but he was integral in the play.

  39. HugThePost says:

    Boy the Long Island fans really giving it to Tavares tonight.

    I’d imagine if some of our stars left when they became free agents if things with the org had not improved most if not all of us would be relieved for them.

  40. Ben says:

    That’s how this team needs to wake up: a nice clean dump, hard on, pump it past the blocker.

  41. Rebillled says:

    In tight delight. #97

  42. Andy Dufresne says:

    McDavid gives the officals the old “palms up” wtf after the buzzer that ended the first periiod.

    He was tripped in the ozone 30 seconds earlier.

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    Prototypical Nuge “edges” draws the first PP of the game.

  44. texmex says:

    HugThePost,

    I think some of the anger towards JT is how he went about it, leaving the islanders hanging til the last minute. It was Lebron like

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    Interesting that Nuge took the draw on that PP, not Leon (and won it).

  46. Andy Dufresne says:

    Any Maple Leafs pyjamas get thrown on the ice tonight on Long Island?

  47. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice moves on that PP zone entry by Sekera – this player is going to be almost all the way back I’m thinking. That’s going to be massive and new management needs to acknowledge it and find a way to a clean disposition of the Russell contract this off-season.

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar: Just went to look at some numbers on Nurse and Russell over the last while and noticed that over the last 20 games, Adam Larsson’s GF% at 28% (Klef at 25% in 11 games).

    That was surprising as I thought that, up and till last game, Klef had been defending well.

    That Larsson number, over 20 games, is really ugly – not sure what to do about that but its not a good sign.

    Is Stauffer reading this blog in the commercial breaks????

    TV liked

    Bob Stauffer

    Verified account

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    Time for some adjustments:
    Klefbom and Larsson-not happening, leaking way too many chances 5v5.
    They need to be split up.

  49. Lowetide says:

    Gagner scored.

  50. Ben says:

    The lack of puck-skills on the back end…just stalls everything. It’s an Irish cookout back there.

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wow – what a shift by the fourth line – Gagner ends up scoring from Rattie.

    So many things to like:

    – started with a nice breakout by Larsson – skated it passed the blueline and then a nice outlet pass to the boards

    – long cycle shift by the entire line

    – nice moves by Sekera at the blueline – spins back and forth – mobility is fine

    – nice pass by Rattie

  52. Andy Dufresne says:

    Whens the last time you saw a really good hip check?

    According to Jesse Puljujarvi……you can’t get one in Edmonton.

    Follow the bread crumbs here…….Jesse has a hip problem…..not an injury….something you can play through…..Oilers doctors evaluate him……nothing made public……Jesse’s camp insists on getting a second opinion…..Oilers cave and agree Jesse whould get surgery now/

    Is this a Sheldon Souray thing? Oilers insist JP plays through the pain, JP forces a second opinion from a US doctor……Oilers cave?

  53. Rebillled says:

    Andy Dufresne,

    That sounds like the old Oiler culture.

    Totally different now in orange.

  54. BONE207 says:

    Ben:
    That’s how this team needs to wake up: a nice clean dump, hard on, pump it past the blocker.

    Oh Ben…you’re turning me on

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Beautiful goal by McDavid – was that Currie or Cave with the dish?

    It was Currie.

    Big kudos to Matt Benning for the rush out of the defensive zone, the nice dump and forecheck to lead to the turnover and the Currie dish!

    I don’t think Benning will get an assist but he was integral in the play.

    Benning also integral on the 2nd Oiler goal – a very nice play at the blueline, good patience and he put the puck in the right spot.

  56. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big save by Koskinen there on the SH breakaway (yikes Leon) – would have been a bit of backbreaker at the end of the period.

    That was huge!

  57. Ben says:

    BONE207: Oh Ben…you’re turning me on

    Dammit Bone, keep your eyes on the road!

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Whens the last time you saw a really good hip check?

    According to Jesse Puljujarvi……you can’t get one in Edmonton.

    Follow the bread crumbs here…….Jesse has a hip problem…..not an injury….something you can play through…..Oilers doctors evaluate him……nothing made public……Jesse’s camp insists on getting a second opinion…..Oilers cave and agree Jesse whould get surgery now/

    Is this a Sheldon Souray thing? Oilers insist JP plays through the pain, JP forces a second opinion from a US doctor……Oilers cave?

    The Oilers didn’t make him play through it, as far as I know – Jesse sought the second opinion because the Oilers’ doctors recommended surgery and Jesse wanted a second opinion prior to going under the knife (which players often do get).

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    I think its time to reduce the minutes of the top 4 and give that 3rd pairing more minutes.

    They have been good together (and Benning has been good for a while now) and, once again, having a very strong nice:

    Benning/Sekera are 75% and 68% in possession (with massive relative numbers to the rest of the team) and 2GF/0GA.

    Klef/Larsson are 20% in possession, just getting killed (and were on for the goal against) and Nurse/Russell are in the mid-30s.

  60. Zelepukin says:

    so when is the grace period over for letting Nurse remain on PP1 now that Sekera is back? Cause man, he is a terrible passer.

  61. Nit64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: The Oilers didn’t make him play through it, as far as I know – Jesse sought the second opinion because the Oilers’ doctors recommended surgery and Jesse wanted a second opinion prior to going under the knife (which players often do get).

    Unless an Oil Doctor is the surgeon there would be a 2nd opinion , n’est-ce pas? Don’t know where they sent Benson, but so far so good on that one.

  62. Bag of Pucks says:

    Ryan: It pains me to say this and I’ve mentioned this a bunch of times.

    Dellow wrote a fabulous article on the cost per wins in the NHL. I’m thinking this was back in 2010 or so. Naturally, the Oilers were the worst team on this metric.

    In the article, he cited the success of the San Jose Sharks.

    He mentioned that they had mathematical models for player valuations and aging curves. They used this data to predict when players production would drop off (Heatley trade), how much to pay payers based on their offense, value of draft picks, dollar value and trade value to ascribe to players… They had trade value numbers for every player in the league.

    This was over ten years ago.

    Ten years later, I don’t think the Oilers management have heard of a player aging curves or PDO heaters.

    Who’s got time for math nerds when there’s red wine to be drank?

    I miss mc79

  63. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    2-1 Edmonton (2-0 Edmonton in the second)
    22-18 Ottawa shots (9-9 in the second)
    45-31 Ottawa Corsi 5-on-5 (15-15 in the second)

    A better period, but you’d like to see Edmonton stretch this out.

  64. Lowetide says:

    Cave scored.

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    There is the finish by Colby Cave.

    Another solid play by Lucic on the forecehck to cause the turnover and then a wonderful pass by Currie to set him up all alone.

    That line has been great, again.

  66. Glass says:

    Just tuned in. What a shift by Currie. Chips it into the zone for Lucic, recovers the puck then a nice set up on Cave’s goal.

  67. JimmyV1965 says:

    WooHoo! Lucic gets an assist for that giveaway. Now that’s some good hockey. Congrats to Currie though. Beauty move.

  68. Admiral Ackbar says:

    It’s exciting to watch hockey when the Oil play a basement team!

    Also, can we please sign Currie to 8 x $7mil? is he now at 3.00/60 at 5×5??? That’d be a typical Oiler contract, no?

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Cave has 1 point with the Oilers. I am sorry but that is not good. The Oilers need players in the bottom six that are at least a threat to score. 1 point in 14 games is not an NHL player.

    3 points now and he continues to be involved in scoring chances multiple times a game and an absolute possession demon.

    Brodizak should be very nervous about his job for next year….

  70. Professor Q says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    It’s exciting to watch hockey when the Oil play a basement team!

    Also, can we please sign Currie to 8 x $7mil? is he now at 3.00/60 at 5×5??? That’d be a typical Oiler contract, no?

    Do we know if he can Currie a line by himself yet?

  71. LMHF#1 says:

    “Don’t mind me guys…I’m just making snow angels…”

    – Kris Russell

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    Zelepukin:
    so when is the grace period over for letting Nurse remain on PP1 now that Sekera is back? Cause man, he is a terrible passer.

    Recall that, in 2016/17, the PP was struggling mightily and that changed when Eberle and Sekera were replaced by Letstu and Klefbo.m and they were fire for the year.

    That year Klef was 4.35 P/60 at 5 on 6 and Sekera was 3.89.

    This year Nurse is 4.54 well ahead of any other regular on the team (Klef at 3.3).

    Nurse certainly doesn’t look great out there on the PP but he is getting results. Its similar to his even strength production – he certainly doesn’t look like a plus offensive player but its been two years now of solid production.

    His production is better than the eye test but, at the end of the day, its what matters.

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Man, Sekera with a real nice play behind the net to start a break out and Chiasson with a weak play on the side-boards which doesn’t get the puck out and the puck is in the back of the net seconds later.

    That stick looked high but it was real close.

    My goodness has Sekera made a number of real nice plays tonight.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    LMHF#1:
    “Don’t mind me guys…I’m just making snow angels…”

    – Kris Russell

    Yes, but its not ALWAYS a bad play, is it? He did stop the pass across – it was somewhat bad luck where it ended up, no?

  75. Rebillled says:

    Goal….

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kass needs to shoot that pucks, low off the pads with McDavid driving the net – can’t always defer to McDavid…

  77. Bag of Pucks says:

    Poor Sens fans. We know what it’s like to have to sell off your stars.

  78. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hayden Haweye let in an early goal but then shut the door and stopped 19 of 20 in a 1-1 tie.

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kass struggling on the top line tonight – constantly turning the puck over in the o-zone trying to get it to Connor.

  80. Zelepukin says:

    OriginalPouzar: Recall that, in 2016/17, the PP was struggling mightily and that changed when Eberle and Sekera were replaced by Letstu and Klefbo.m and they were fire for the year.

    That year Klef was 4.35 P/60 at 5 on 6 and Sekera was 3.89.

    This year Nurse is 4.54 well ahead of any other regular on the team (Klef at 3.3).

    Nurse certainly doesn’t look great out there on the PP but he is getting results.Its similar to his even strength production – he certainly doesn’t look like a plus offensive player but its been two years now of solid production.

    His production is better than the eye test but, at the end of the day, its what matters.

    I get the stats of it but given how little actions/role he contributes on the PP, the eye test becomes important because how much BETTER would the PP be if you had someone who can actually generate opportunities with better passing.

    He doesn’t have a threatening shot and he isn’t a great passer. Right now he is just a coach in a practice drill that you pass to relieve pressure.

  81. Bag of Pucks says:

    I know he’s in the Hall but I still think Kurri is one of the most underrated NHL players ever. Criminal that he never won the Selke. People forget what an unabashed goal suck Gretz was.

  82. LMHF#1 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes, but its not ALWAYS a bad play, is it? He did stop the pass across – it was somewhat bad luck where it ended up, no?

    Nope.

    That was scramble D at its worst. You can’t do what he tried and have success.

  83. OriginalPouzar says:

    Going to need to need one more plus Koskinen save on this PK – lets do this!

  84. Younger Oil says:

    These referees are absolutely ridiculous in their choices of penalty calls.

  85. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Hayden Haweye let in an early goal but then shut the door and stopped 19 of 20 in a 1-1 tie.

    You spelled Hockey incorrectly.

  86. Andy Dufresne says:

    Wouldnt mind seeing the Leafs play the NYI in the playoffs.

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    That must have been Klef’s plan – make a weak clearing attempt that the Sens keep in so that they have a chance to take an O-zone PIM by triping him.

  88. Younger Oil says:

    Get Chiasson the hell off the PP.

  89. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    That must have been Klef’s plan – make a weak clearing attempt that the Sens keep in so that they have a chance to take an O-zone PIM by triping him.

    Klef should keep running that play until the Sens figure it out.

  90. OriginalPouzar says:

    Zelepukin: I get the stats of it but given how little actions/role he contributes on the PP, the eye test becomes important because how much BETTER would the PP be if you had someone who can actually generate opportunities with better passing.

    He doesn’t have a threatening shot and he isn’t a great passer. Right now he is just a coach in a practice drill that you pass to relieve pressure.

    Fair but I’m not so sure that Sekera or Klef have proven to be better passers on the PP over time. Klef has a “better” shot but I don’t think he’s quite “bombs away” right now. I’m not sure how Sekera did on the PP prior to his Oiler career but he wasn’t very good a few years ago.

    At the end of the day, none of the three are typical or plus PP guys and, as of now, Nurse is the one actually having success out there.

    I’m not against giving Sekera some more reps though.

  91. OriginalPouzar says:

    OTT pullls “an Oilers” and give up the empty net goal seconds after the goalie leaves the crease.

    Nurse and McDavid with assists on the Kass goal – looks like offside to me mind you.

    Nurse is continuing to rack up points, he had two last night.

  92. Chief Inspector says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I know he’s in the Hall but I still think Kurri is one of the most underrated NHL players ever. Criminal that he never won the Selke. People forget what an unabashed goal suck Gretz was.

    Agreed. He didn’t win it because he scored too much.

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    As of now, Nurse with the only assist but I don’t see why McDavid wouldn’t get the second – didn’t he pass it to Nurse?

  94. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Professor Q: Do we know if he can Currie a line by himself yet?

    **slow clap**

  95. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Looking forward to the game tonight – the main thing I am looking for is how Koskinen bounces back – this is very important. So far this season Koskinen has either been super hot or super cold – he has not provided any sort of consistent tending over the stretch of the season and that’s what the team needs.

    The team needs a goaltender that they can rely on to consistently give them a chance to win each and every night – Of course there will be some stinkers but there will also be some steals. What the team cannot have is a tender that runs on streaks.

    Since his 2 month cold streak, Mikko has had a stretch of 4 real nice games before last night. He is allowed a stinker but he NEEDS to bounce back with a solid performance in his next game.If the bad outing last night parlays in to another and a cold streak, there are big big problems in the crease.

    Here is hoping Hitch goes back to Koskinen tonight.

    Atta boy Mikko – a solid game tonight and bounce-back performance. That’s huge to me!

    Massive save on the breakaway in the dying seconds of the 2nd period – that goal would have totally changed the game.

    Good job Mikko!

  96. Paulie says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Think it was Drai backhand

  97. JimmyV1965 says:

    I think the Sens might be the only team we could best based on the way they played tonight. Bad hockeying.

  98. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Professor Q: Do we know if he can Currie a line by himself yet?

    I wonder how much strength it takes to thai Currie up…… ?

  99. Rebillled says:

    Kind of a tie game and outshot by a Clearance Warehouse.

    Housewares, Health & Beauty, Chocolate, Books, and Much, Much, More!*

    A win though.

    *actual slogan

  100. snfu says:

    Admiral Ackbar,

    Admiral Ackbar: I wonder how much strength it takes to thai Currie up…… ?

    Glad he Curried it in, I thought he was going to Cave at the blue line..

  101. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: The Oilers didn’t make him play through it, as far as I know – Jesse sought the second opinion because the Oilers’ doctors recommended surgery and Jesse wanted a second opinion prior to going under the knife (which players often do get).

    I am VERY glad to hear that. Thank you.

  102. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: Atta boy Mikko – a solid game tonight and bounce-back performance. That’s huge to me!

    Massive save on the breakaway in the dying seconds of the 2nd period – that goal would have totally changed the game.

    Good job Mikko!

    Thank you for this as well.

  103. Andy Dufresne says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the NYI Fans tonight.

    May have been the best game of the year to be a home fan at.

    #wedontneedyou!

    #TR91TOR

    They were booing him relentlessly while the tribute video was playing of him “at the hospital with sick kids”

    I heart NY !

  104. texmex says:

    “Sidney Crosby. The golden goal. And Canada has once in a lifetime gold”.

    9 years ago today. Wow, where does time go

  105. Andy Dufresne says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Wouldnt mind seeing the Leafs play the NYI in the playoffs.

    Toronto record at Barclays/Nassau Collesium this year
    0 and 2
    1 GF
    10 GA

  106. Oilpower says:

    I’m not to confident but I’m pretty sure the oilers will get a solid 70 points this year!

  107. Bag of Pucks says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the NYI Fans tonight.

    May have been the best game of the year to be a home fan at.

    #wedontneedyou!

    #TR91TOR

    They were booing him relentlessly while the tribute video was playing of him “at the hospital with sick kids”

    I heart NY!

    Wanted to play for his hometown team and realize a childhood dream. What an asshole.

  108. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Clearly “noone is watching” this one so I’m curious how Godot will figure out a way to take away any credit to the player…..

    So you equate posting on here during the game with watching the game? Those who don’t post during the game must not be watching the game? Seems like an odd conclusion.

  109. Andy Dufresne says:

    Bag of Pucks: Wanted to play for his hometown team and realize a childhood dream. What an asshole.

    Agreed!

    Just kidding you……….Youre right of course ……..but it doesnt make what happened any less funny to me…..NY is like a second home to me, and things like this are part of the sports culture there.

    I know its like laughing at an “inappropriate joke” but i just cant help myself….Its the degree to which they take this shit……they had souvenier towels with the word TR91TOR…..they were chanting en masse “we dont need you!”……they booed him during his tribute video….WHILE THE SCREEN SHOWED HIM AT THE SICK KIDS HOSPITAL!………that’s fucked up man……which makes it funny….only in NY. (and maybe Boston and Phillidelphia) Must be something in the water.

    I was once at a NYG game at the Meadowlands…..and I was cheering (meekly) for the Visiting Team…..I literally recieved death threats from random fans sitting behind me with VERY serious tone (that was the guys) ….the women were more polite…. just offers to kick the shit out of me…. You dont have to like it….but it is NY for better or for worse.

  110. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Sierra,

    Personally speaking, I live in a rural area with gord awful Internet. Tonight, the game feed was 20 minutes behind due to lag (depends on the network load that specific day). On those days, I don’t comment/refresh the blog to avoid spoilers.

  111. Bag of Pucks says:

    Andy Dufresne,

    Absolutely NY is one of the great cities in the world but I am a little prouder to be an Edmontonian knowing we’d never do that. Booing during the sick kids tribute. Brutal.

  112. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sierra: So you equate posting on here during the game with watching the game?Those who don’t post during the game must not be watching the game?Seems like an odd conclusion.

    Excuse me but you are so far off base.

    My post was in response to Godot’s comment that Lucic’s good game against the Leafs was because everyone was watching and its easy to have a good game in that scenario and that what matters is how he plays when noone is waching i.e an Oilers/Sens game.

    You are inferring something that is simply not implied.

  113. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Keep calm,
    & Currie on

  114. Rich M says:

    Andy Dufresne: Agreed!

    Just kidding you……….Youre right of course ……..but it doesnt make what happened any less funny to me…..NY is like a second home to me, and things like this are part of the sports culture there.

    I know its like laughing at an “inappropriate joke” but i just cant help myself….Its the degree to which they take this shit……they had souvenier towels with the word TR91TOR…..they were chanting en masse “we dont need you!”……they booed him during his tribute video….WHILE THE SCREEN SHOWED HIM AT THE SICK KIDS HOSPITAL!………that’s fucked up man……which makes it funny….only in NY. (and maybe Boston and Phillidelphia) Must be something in the water.

    I was once at a NYG game at the Meadowlands…..and I was cheering (meekly) for the Visiting Team…..I literally recieved death threats from random fans sitting behind me with VERY serious tone (that was the guys) ….the women were more polite…. just offers to kick the shit out of me…. You dont have to like it….but it is NY for better or for worse.

    Having grown up in NY, the one thing I remember is the relentless passion the fans have for their teams. If you won/did well, you were loved. You screwed up? Oh, you caught crap. But, the next game was always a chance for redemption (unless you were Joe Pisarcik).

    Wasn’t always fair, wasn’t always pretty, but you could never question the passion of NY fans. And that’s why I watched the reaction tonight and did a slow clap to how they handled the return of Tavares. You turned your back on us. I know, it’s your hometown. I get it. But you were one of us and today, you wear a different jersey.

    I’ll never forget sitting in the upper deck of Giants Stadium in 1976 when the Giants after another brutal season were losing to the Cards, and there were still 70,000 fans (including me) yelling “Defense”, imploring a bad team to give their best. I was still young and foolish, but that was my team.

    Call me a fool or a romantic, but for whatever strange reason, it’s why after becoming an Oiler fan in the mid-90’s, I’ve stuck with this team thru the decade of darkness and Chiarelli’s Folly. Yeah, I live in Nashville now and have adopted the team of my new home town (Preds, can’t stand the Titan’s), but I’ll always be a NY’er at heart. And I’ll pull for the Oilers in the hope that we will one day stop wandering in the wilderness, just as my Giants did after 17 years of ineptitude (1964-1980).

  115. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar: Excuse me but you are so far off base.

    My post was in response to Godot’s comment that Lucic’s good game against the Leafs was because everyone was watching and its easy to have a good game in that scenario and that what matters is how he plays when noone is waching i.e an Oilers/Sens game.

    You are inferring something that is simply not implied.

    The culture of this blog is the OP. Fascinating. Someone smarter than I could write a paper on what’s happening here. The paper’s premise would be the incredible juxtaposition of a sports franchise’s incompetence with the unwavering persistence of a die hard fan’s determination to relentlessly espouse their fandom to the the ludicrous degree; with all this enabled by the genius Lowetide via the Al Gore. Glorious.

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    That has nothing to do with the post I made that was being responded to.

  117. Glovjuice says:

    In fact, I’m having a hard time deciphering whether the blog community is giving a fellow contributor a hard time or we are bullying.

  118. Glovjuice says:

    I mean, I’m having fun with this – which is really the point of sports; and sports blogs; but is this really fun for all participants?

  119. OmJo says:

    How about we take a TV timeout yeah?

  120. godot10 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I know he’s in the Hall but I still think Kurri is one of the most underrated NHL players ever. Criminal that he never won the Selke. People forget what an unabashed goal suck Gretz was.

    Esa Tikkanen is even more underrated.

  121. Pescador says:

    Bag of Pucks: Wanted to play for his hometown team. What an asshole.

    Exactly, fuck that guy!
    Pajama boy lol,
    Can’t wait till the the leafs get bounced in the 1st round

  122. OmJo says:

    Bag of Pucks: Wanted to play for his hometown team and realize a childhood dream. What an asshole.

    Ehh, have to agree with Andy here. Wanting to play for his hometown team is fine.

    Now I don’t know what went on behind closed doors, or what his intentions were, but Tavares made it at least seem that there was a chance of NYI retaining him. If he wanted to play for the Leafs, and let the Islanders try to get something back for him at the trade deadline, I don’t think the fans would have been so unwelcoming. But that teasing the idea of him remaining a Islander probably left some sour tastes in peoples mouthes, understandably so.

    Now, whether Tavares owed NYI that is another story. Since 09-10 the Islander made the playoffs 3 times, making past the first round only once. So the team didn’t really do much to give him a reason to stay, IMO. But telling that to Islander fans – ie emotional people – is like talking to a wall.

    If Hall or McDavid did something similar, Oilers fans probably wouldn’t blame them but still be hurt in their first game back. Not saying we would boo them during their tribute.

  123. Bank Shot says:

    OmJo: Ehh, have to agree with Andy here. Wanting to play for his hometown team is fine.

    Now I don’t know what went on behind closed doors, or what his intentions were, but Tavares made it at least seem that there was a chance of NYI retaining him. If he wanted to play for the Leafs, and let the Islanders try to get something back for him at the trade deadline, I don’t think the fans would have been so unwelcoming. But that teasing the idea of him remaining a Islander probably left some sour tastes in peoples mouthes, understandably so.

    Now, whether Tavares owed NYI that is another story. Since 09-10 the Islander made the playoffs 3 times, making past the first round only once. So the team didn’t really do much to give him a reason to stay, IMO. But telling that to Islander fans – ie emotional people – is like talking to a wall.

    If Hall or McDavid did something similar, Oilers fans probably wouldn’t blame them but still be hurt in their first game back. Not saying we would boo them during their tribute.

    He handled it very poorly. Led the Islanders on and then posted a pic of himself wearing Leafs pajamas the day after signing.

    A guy like Panarin is handling things better. He’s made it clear that he will test the market.

  124. OmJo says:

    Bank Shot: He handled it very poorly. Led the Islanders on and then posted a pic of himself wearing Leafs pajamas the day after signing.

    A guy like Panarin is handling things better. He’s made it clear that he will test the market.

    Exactly. I mean allegedly he even requested to not be traded that season.

    The chants in that game were pretty awesome though.

    It’s your bedtime and where’s your jammies are my favourites.

  125. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors take on Iowa tonight going for 18 straight and sole possession of the second longest winning streak.

    Big game tonight as the next two are against SJ who are right there with the Condors for first in the division and 2nd overall in the AHL (points percentage).

    Will be interested to see if Bear is back in the lineup – he’s missed the last few weeks, again, and its tough to get much info.

  126. ArmchairGM says:

    OmJo: Now I don’t know what went on behind closed doors, or what his intentions were, but Tavares made it at least seem that there was a chance of NYI retaining him. If he wanted to play for the Leafs, and let the Islanders try to get something back for him at the trade deadline, I don’t think the fans would have been so unwelcoming. But that teasing the idea of him remaining a Islander probably left some sour tastes in peoples mouthes, understandably so.

    Didn’t Gagner make it clear that Tavares didn’t make his decision until the last minute though? He WAS considering re-signing with the Islanders, I don’t believe that he was intentionally leading them on at all.

  127. BONE207 says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    Keep calm,
    & Currie on

    He’s a Dallas Eakins guy…

    Chop wood & Currie water

  128. Lowetide says:

    For The Athletic: The career destination for Oilers phenom Jesse Puljujarvi remains unknown

    https://theathletic.com/844486/2019/03/01/lowetide-the-career-destination-for-oilers-phenom-jesse-puljujarvi-remains-unknown/

  129. flea says:

    OmJo,

    Hall got booed during his first game back to Edmonton (Turtled against Kassian too after butt ending him) but the arena applauded him during his tribute.

  130. DasBavaria says:

    flea,

    But Hall got traded (he sounded like he didn’t want to leave even). The Tavares situation is so different because it sounded like he led the team to believe he still wanted to sign wit NYI and then he signed with TO.

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