Game 67 2018-19: Canucks at Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers could leave Rogers tonight with 67 points in 67 games, giving coach Ken Hitchcock a record of 21-20-6, 48 points in 47 games. At the very least, the season remains interesting with 82 percent of the schedule gone. A modest accomplishment to be sure, but more compelling than many springs since 2007. A home winning streak should be manageable but this team has been poor back at home this year (14-15-2). The Oilers need to streak like they’re Ray Stevens and it’s 1974. Starting tonight.

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: Bob Nicholson’s search continues for the Oilers new tomorrow, but at a leisurely pace.
  • Jonathan Willis: Potential GM candidates and why Edmonton needs to consider those with varied experiences.
  • Lowetide: Identifying Oilers roster needs reveals a familiar list
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Leon Draisaitl has found ‘another level’ by matching offensive wizardry with sound positioning.
  • Lowetide: How many future NHL goal scorers are playing for the Bakersfield Condors this season?
  • Lowetide: The career destination for Oilers phenom Jesse Puljujarvi remains unknown.
  • Jonathan Willis: Learning from a flawed argument I made about Leon Draisaitl in 2016.
  • Black Dog Pat: How the Oilers can emerge from the Bob Pulford-like era they’re stuck in.
  • Lowetide: The Oilers’ deadline decisions inform what may come in spring and summer
  • Jonathan Willis: From Mikko Koskinen to Bakersfield, the next two months will reveal a lot about the Oilers
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects, Winter 2018

OILERS AFTER 67

  • Oilers in 2015: 25-35-7, 57 points; goal differential -31
  • Oilers in 2016: 35-23-9, 79 points; goal differential +11
  • Oilers in 2017: 29-34-4, 62 points; goal differential -37
  • Oilers in 2018: 29-30-7, 65 points; goal differential -21

The playoff team (2016) would finish 12-3-1 in the final 15. Edmonton won’t match that run, but if they did, the final tally would 41-33-8, 90 points. Forgetaboutit. It won’t go that way.

OILERS IN MARCH

  • Oilers in March 2016: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in March 2017: 1-1-1, three points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in March 2018: 1-2-0, two points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in March 2019: 2-0-0, two points; goal differential +5

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • On the road to: Columbus, Buffalo (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • At home to: Vancouver, Toronto, NY Rangers, Minnesota (Expected 2-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Arizona, Vegas, St. Louis (Expected: 0-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Columbus, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Dallas, Anaheim (Expected: 3-1-1) (Actual)
  • Overall expected result: 5-5-4, 14 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 2-0-0, four points in two games

CONDORS, LAST 10 GAMES

  1. Tyler Benson 10, 4-8-12
  2. Cooper Marody 10, 4-8-12
  3. William Lagesson 10, 2-7-9
  4. Josh Currie 5, 5-3-8
  5. Joe Gambardella 8, 6-2-8
  6. Kailer Yamamoto 10, 6-2-8
  7. Patrick Russell 10, 4-4-8
  8. Dave Gust 9, 3-3-6
  9. Caleb Jones 10, 0-5-5
  10. Ethan Bear 4, 0-4-4
  11. Evan Polei 9, 2-2-4
  12. Logan Day 8, 0-3-3
  13. Tyler Vesel 10, 1-2-3
  14. Cam Hebig 9, 0-1-1

This season has been a revelation, there’s a book in Bakersfield. William Lagesson, the third defensive prospect at the beginning of the year, keeps impressing across all disciplines. Our man Original Pouzar was on that story early, and now we’re looking at a player who appears to be ready to force the issue. Who gets dealt? Probably an NHL blue, but is it possible Lagesson jumps over Jones? And what of Bear, can he stay healthy and join the parade to push Benning alongside Evan Bouchard and Joel Persson? That’s just the defense!

Up front, we’re looking at Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody and Kailer Yamamoto hammered San Jose last night and that should continue into the spring. The Oilers slow played Yamamoto on the farm early (he wasn’t on a feature line) and that could be injury, attention to detail, chem or other. Either way, the young winger is now on track. Needs to shoot more.

Jujhar Khaira may draw back in as soon as tonight and that’s a good thing. The additions of Klefbom and Sekera have helped settle down the defense and Mikko Koskinen has benefited from the improved structure.

MARK HUNTER

Hunter is being mentioned as a guy who knows hockey players, and his London Knights certainly reflect a successful junior organization. Of course, the Knights have been very creative in team building, so giving extra credit to the procurement department may not be accurate.

Hunter was part of the scouting group in Toronto 2015-17, and he was given tremendous credit for drafting Mitch Marner at No. 4 overall. However, he was highly rated (I had him No. 3) and fell to Toronto only because the Coyotes wanted a center (Dylan Strome).

I liked the Dermott, Bracco, Lindgren and Timashov selections at the time, but the truth is the Leafs haven’t seen much in the way of NHL games beyond Marner and Dermott. The Oilers, aside from McDavid, have seen encouraging debuts from Caleb Jones and Ethan Bear. Another difference? Toronto had six selections inside the top 100 in 2015, Edmonton one.

I don’t think we can give Mark Hunter a clear checkmark for 2015 when compared to the Oilers haul. The 2016 (Matthews draft) looks strong at the top and we’ll see about the middle, I’m beginning to wonder about Timothy Liljegren in 2017 but it’s still so early.

Claiming Mark Hunter has a better track record than the Oilers at the 2015-17 draft tables doesn’t appear to be legit. I think the prevailing wisdom of the draft (there’s a lot of luck, get as many bullets as possible) remains true, and that the Oilers current scouting staff wouldn’t necessarily benefit from the presence of Mark Hunter. If you believe otherwise, let me know.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN 1260. A fun filled morning and some top flight guests. Scheduled to appear:

  • James Herbert, CBS Sports. What’s up Lakers, why can’t my 76ers beat the Bulls and who has the power in the east?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. The general manager search for the Oilers, did the Leafs load up enough at the deadline?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was certainly a fun and entertaining period to watch.

    Oilers full value for their two goals as they were the better team early. Canucks came on a bit in the last 5-7 minutes but Koskinen provided solid starter level tending.

  2. leadfarmer says:

    John Chambers:
    Goddamn Minnesota keep winning. This time against Tampa.

    That Coyle Donato trade is looking very one sided in their favor so far

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick:
    Any think Manny has a shot to get the HC gig next year?

    Not even a little bit….

    The organization hasn’t even allowed him to be a real assistant coach yet….

  4. Bulging Twine says:

    Rieder strugg-ggling

    Kass on fire! Leon too!

  5. Ivan says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey,

    On it! Thanks!

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer:
    As someone who suggested Kassian in the top line this offseason, this makes me happy

    As someone that was vehemently against it, I can admit that he sure has really started to fit in on the line in the last 6-7 games (and has produced there for 15 plus now I believe).

  7. jasper says:

    Scungilli Slushy,

    That’s not a very smart idea…..trade one of the top 10 fwd in the league?

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Zach with the longest goal scoring streak in his career (4 games) on ashorty against his old team.

    Dandy plays by both Drai and Connor.

    That goal was at evens….

  9. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    2-0 Edmonton
    18-17 Vancouver shots
    28-18 Vancouver Corsi 5-on-5

    Oilers were strong first half of the period but Van came on and Koskinen needed to be outstanding to keep it 2-0.

  10. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Lots of pavement to cover but I’m not so sure that Gagner won’t be able to provide value for $3.1M on this team next year – 40 points is not unreasonable I don’t think.

    Do you mean “cover the value of his contract”? Or “be a value contract”?

  11. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar: Sam Gagner has a plus offensive mind to go along with nice hands/skill – its that type of skillset that has the ability to form chemistry with and succeed with other highly intelligent offensive players – like Leon and Connor.

    Lots of pavement to cover but I’m not so sure that Gagner won’t be able to provide value for $3.1M on this team next year – 40 points is not unreasonable I don’t think.

    I was happy to see Gagner back in Oiler silks simply because of nostalgia (didn’t think he would have been a material addition) but now I’m happy to see him in Oiler colours because he’s not a bad player. Even throwing the body against his former team.

  12. Biggus Dickus says:

    rickithebear: I remember the backlash from you and the like when I first brought up Hjarlmasson as a D to chase.

    Multivariable ( real) Analysis is the way to go.

    Below is a great example of binary analysis (academia)vs multivariable Analysis. (My belief)
    Presented last month.

    My father was asked to head up the ESA Earth observation centre head office in Frascati (Rome), Italy in the mid 70,s but he stayed with environment Canada to head up aerospace. He was paid wages concurrent to best paid private industry peers. With his pension being 75% of his 5 best years indexed.

    Would have loved to live in Rome and learn multiple languages.

    Below is the most accurate representation of climate change math.
    Climate change scientists binary look at climate change affect ( binary)
    Solar particulate climate scientists look at climate change affect ( multivariable)

    https://youtu.be/NYoOcaqCzxo

    Current hockey analysts look at hockey in a binary way.
    I presume most here are university trained and lack the ability to think beyond binary.

    This video displays the flaw of binary (partial picture) versus multivariable (whole picture)

    Plus after you watch this you will be glad to know CO2 affect is 0% with only partial inclusion of the excluded data from climate modelling.

    However, sources must be verified!
    And math model data is at peak solar affect.
    Must determine human influence at low solar affect.

    I have forwarded this to individuals involved in the Carbon question at Atco generation.
    Head of generation
    Head of generation engineering
    Head of generation finances

    It’s not always what’s true, it’s what the masses believe.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: Do you mean “cover the value of his contract”? Or “be a value contract”?

    The former, however, if he can put up 40 points, that’s getting darn close to making it a value contract.

  14. Ivan says:

    Man, McDavid in real time is…..fast. Simply cannot believe what he does at warp speed. What a gift to this franchise.

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai continues to be the best forward on the ice.

    What a player….

  16. hunter1909 says:

    2-0 Oilers playing great for a change! These are their playoffs!

    Play like you care, assholes.

  17. hunter1909 says:

    Finally they have found players who can keep up with Kassian(McDavid, Draisaitl).

  18. Nit64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Lots of pavement to cover but I’m not so sure that Gagner won’t be able to provide value for $3.1M on this team next year – 40 points is not unreasonable I don’t think.

    Pure bonus. All he had to do to justify the trade was outscore Spooner. lol.

  19. BONE207 says:

    Nit64: Pure bonus. All he had to do to justify the trade was outscore Spooner. lol.

    …and Strome and Eberle…

    He’s on a good pace, why not just for fun.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909:
    2-0 Oilers playing great for a change! These are their playoffs!

    Play like you care, assholes.

    They’ve been playing close to great for close to 10 games now (except for two periods vs. Toronto).

  21. Lowetide says:

    Nuge scored.

  22. BONE207 says:

    NUGEY!!!

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beauty pass by McDavid and a very skilled tip by Nuge – 3-0.

  24. Bulging Twine says:

    Beauty play McDavid

  25. Ivan says:

    NUUUGE!

  26. LMHF#1 says:

    That was dirty. Really dirty.

  27. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Nuge makes it look easy.

  28. Bulging Twine says:

    Set up by the Kassian forecheck

  29. Lowetide says:

    57 for Nuge.

  30. Nit64 says:

    BONE207: …and Strome and Eberle…

    He’s on a good pace, why not just for fun.

    Hey. He’s getting a bit carried away if he’s justifying the whole paperclip trade chain.

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    Solid save by Koskinen, again.

  32. BONE207 says:

    Good to see Koski working for his undeserved contract

  33. Ben says:

    That’s 49 points on the year for The Nuge!!

  34. Ivan says:

    Possession game!

  35. BONE207 says:

    Nit64: Hey. He’s getting a bit carried away if he’s justifyingthe whole paperclip trade chain.

    Well he’s ahead of Spooner. Halfway to Strome. Eberle is having a down year. His P/game may challenge or beat all of them if this keeps up.

  36. Ivan says:

    Ben,

    Maybe he’ll get his 50 for once!

  37. OriginalPouzar says:

    The consistency with which this team has been creating long extended cycle shifts and massive possession time is something I can’t recall in recent memory – the last 10 games or so have seen a massive uptick.

    Hitch spoke about the team being materially better with spending less time in the own zone since Klef and Sekera back – something like near the tops in the league in first touch exits, etc. – I wonder if that is helping with the offensive zone possession time but it doesn’t account for all of it – they are VERY good in the o-zone game now – like I haven’t seen in years and years and years.

  38. Ivan says:

    Greg Louganis….

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    Atta boy Zack – creates a partial break and forces Sketcher to take a PIM to negate the Canuck PP.

  40. Ice Sage says:

    Even up. 4 on 4 should be fun

  41. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Kass – short for Kickin’ ASS

  42. --hudson-- says:

    Don’t know if this was already posted but Jesse is able to ride the bike already
    https://mobile.twitter.com/hockeynight/status/1103807753406083072?s=21

  43. leadfarmer says:

    That would have never been called on Mcdavid

  44. Bulging Twine says:

    Have two Swedes ever fought each other?

  45. Ivan says:

    Nice hustle by Kass to earn the call

  46. Ben says:

    That was an interesting coaching decision.

    Would you:

    1) Put 97 and 29 out for the first minute of 4 on 4 or
    2) Save them for the second minute of 5 on 4?

  47. Ivan says:

    Larsson has been jumping up a lot tonight. I like it!

  48. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The consistency with which this team has been creating long extended cycle shifts and massive possession time is something I can’t recall in recent memory – the last 10 games or so have seen a massive uptick.

    Hitch spoke about the team being materially better with spending less time in the own zone since Klef and Sekera back – something like near the tops in the league in first touch exits, etc. – I wonder if that is helping with the offensive zone possession time but it doesn’t account for all of it – they are VERY good in the o-zone game now – like I haven’t seen in years and years and years.

    Maybe some Manny influence kicking in…he is on the bench full game now….?
    Or finally listening to coaching in general….?

  49. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: The former, however, if he can put up 40 points, that’s getting darn close to making it a value contract.

    OK. Agreed he could get 40 with top 6 line mates, and that being fair value for 3.1M. If that’s a value contract though maybe I need to re-calibrate my expectations…

  50. Bulging Twine says:

    Ben:
    That was an interesting coaching decision.

    Would you:

    1) Put 97 and 29 out for the first minute of 4 on 4 or
    2) Save them for the second minute of 5 on 4?

    Looks like both. TV timeout

  51. Reja says:

    Kass scoring 4 games in a row now he’s even getting a cheap penalty call.

  52. John Chambers says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    ARI and MIN both winning. I guess none of this matters……

    Garbage time is fun…

    Shoes
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wCF3ywukQYA&feature=youtu.be

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ben:
    That was an interesting coaching decision.

    Would you:

    1) Put 97 and 29 out for the first minute of 4 on 4 or
    2) Save them for the second minute of 5 on 4?

    3) Schedule a TV timeout just as the PP starts….

  54. Ivan says:

    I think a track meet will suit The Oilers just fine.

  55. Reja says:

    Oilers forechecking finishing their checks playing with a sense of urgency where the hell was this 20 games ago.

  56. Professor Q says:

    How did Granlund not get a penalty there?

  57. Ivan says:

    Not what you’d call a textbook zone entry

  58. Ice Sage says:

    Reja:
    Oilers forechecking finishing their checks playing with a sense of urgency where the hell was this 20 games ago.

    Canucks are who we all thought they were – pretty weak. The Pettersen bump was their early-season lifeblood. They’ll be OK when they’re guys mature.

  59. Bulging Twine says:

    Nurse with the nasty payback on Leivo from earlier.

  60. BONE207 says:

    It’s funny how certain players exhibit the same patterns on their zone entries.

    Buchberger: one hand on the stick going outside the defender.
    Paajarvi: cross the blue line & wrister at the net.
    Reider: race into the offensive zone & play it to the corner.

  61. Professor Q says:

    Pettersson hip-checks McDavid when Connor doesn’t have the puck. No call.

    Elias has been slippery and sneaky all year, and gets away with it. What have Tkachuk and Pettersson given to the refs that McDavid hasn’t?

  62. Ivan says:

    These three on ones against are not a recipe for success

  63. jp says:

    BONE207: …and Strome and Eberle…

    He’s on a good pace, why not just for fun.

    Actually, since the last trade in the chain:

    Eberle 8 0 4 4
    Strome 8 3 2 5
    Spooner 6 0 3 3
    Gagner 9 3 2 5

    That’s a whole lot of the same. Eberle’s salary aside.

  64. Pretendergast says:

    ugh

  65. Ice Sage says:

    woooooooooof says the beagle

    this is a grim situation

  66. giddy says:

    That is a tough bounce. Yeesh.

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oh, Mikko – trying to get fancy clearing the puck to the corner and a he give the canucks a gimme.

    Game on!

  68. John Chambers says:

    That’s karmas payback for the Pominville double-tap

  69. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    And the Beagle goes woof.

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    giddy:
    That is a tough bounce. Yeesh.

    That’s not a tough bounce – that’s a bad play by Mikko.

  71. Ivan says:

    Connor with the puck on edge

  72. Ryan says:

    That Josh Leivo kid looks pretty decent for a free skill player.

    Too bad LT’s drum wasn’t loud enough.

    Too bad we went with Zykov.

    I thought Leivo had slow boots, but I don’t see it.

  73. Ivan says:

    Still liking the possession tonight. I agree with OP, it’s not something we’re used to seeing

  74. Ivan says:

    Been quite impressed with Cave’s game. Great edges, heady player

  75. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Ivan:
    Connor with the puck on edge

    He’s not a perfect player, although he’ll keep learning.

    In all alone a fake and deke would give him an easy backhand.

    He doesn’t have a natural shot like Leon. He’s working on it. He bit on the gaping 5 hole which was Demko’s lure.

    The last few games he’s bobbling pucks and losing control of the puck carrying it, missed that open net. Maybe he’s injured.

    Anyone else and I’d be wondering about their offensive mojo in that clean look he had.

  76. BONE207 says:

    jp: Actually, since the last trade in the chain:

    Eberle 8 0 4 4
    Strome 8 3 2 5
    Spooner 6 0 3 3
    Gagner 9 3 2 5

    That’s a whole lot of the same. Eberle’s salary aside.

    Good work by you. I knew it was close. I still like Strome for what he didn’t give up.

  77. Lowetide says:

    After Two”

    3-1 Edmonton (1-1 second)
    31-29 Edmonton shots (14-11 Edmonton in the second)
    45-41 Vancouver Corsi 5-on-5 (23-17 Edmonton in the second)

    A better second, bad luck on the goal and we’ll see. Edmonton begins the third in a good spot.

  78. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Why Tampa… WHY?!?! How is MIN still winning after (apparently) trading away so many proven players??? I thought they were suppose to be mailing it in early??
    And of course Dallas is going to win as well, but at least it means a loss to the Avs. Who are also ahead of us.

    Geez the Oilers are going to need a 10 game winning streak just to keep up the way these teams are playing…

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Why Tampa… WHY?!?! How is MIN still winning after (apparently) trading away so many proven players??? I thought they were suppose to be mailing it in early??
    And of course Dallas is going to win as well, but at least it means a loss to the Avs. Who are also ahead of us.

    Geez the Oilers are going to need a 10 game winning streak just to keep up the way these teams are playing…

    This is the consequence of not taking advantage when the tier of suck was really sucking as an entire group a number of weeks back – the Oilers a material part of the group suckage.

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    I see what Larsson was trying to do there but that pass back in the offensive zone was a poor choice, poor game management given the circumstance. Led to this PK.

  81. Ice Sage says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Why Tampa… WHY?!?! How is MIN still winning after (apparently) trading away so many proven players??? I thought they were suppose to be mailing it in early??
    And of course Dallas is going to win as well, but at least it means a loss to the Avs. Who are also ahead of us.

    Geez the Oilers are going to need a 10 game winning streak just to keep up the way these teams are playing…

    starts with winning this game…

  82. Ice Sage says:

    yep, Oilers giving this one back

  83. OmJo says:

    Didn’t think they would have won that challenge.

  84. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Why Tampa… WHY?!?! How is MIN still winning after (apparently) trading away so many proven players??? I thought they were suppose to be mailing it in early??
    And of course Dallas is going to win as well, but at least it means a loss to the Avs. Who are also ahead of us.

    Geez the Oilers are going to need a 10 game winning streak just to keep up the way these teams are playing…

    Why do you think this team has a chance to make the playoffs is the real question.

    If they won every single game until the end of the season they’d still need plenty of help to make it.

    It’s not happening.

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, both Mcavid and Drai with breakaway opportunities to put that nail in the coffin and neither can convert….

  86. Ice Sage says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Damn, both Mcavid and Drai with breakaway opportunities to put that nail in the coffin and neither can convert….

    Demko’s good.

  87. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Leon’s followup on that breakaway was almost more dangerous than the initial shot.

  88. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Ice Sage,

    Not yet, or, not at this level.

  89. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    I thought Vancouver was supposed to be tired?

  90. Pretendergast says:

    Man I feel for Koskinen. Every. Single. Shot. is getting tipped, that’s damn tough sledding

  91. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    I thought Vancouver was supposed to be tired?

    No such thing when you have a playoff spot on the line. Minnesota can’t possibly hang on can they?

  92. Lowetide says:

    Nurse Russell pairing again not getting the puck out under control despite several chances. And now a penalty.

  93. jp says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Ice Sage,

    Not yet, or, not at this level.

    Unproven for sure, but he was a 2nd round pick and had sparkling college and very solid AHL numbers. Looks like he’ll be a legit NHLer most probably.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=146146

  94. Reja says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Why do you think this team has a chance to make the playoffs is the real question.

    If they won every single game until the end of the season they’d still need plenty of help to make it.

    It’s not happening.

    Geez I bet your fun at party’s.

  95. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Reja: Geez I bet your fun at party’s.

    I am actually.

    *sips drink and adjusts glasses*

  96. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    jp,

    I know who he is lol. They Dys have been slow playing him for years, banking on him emerging.

    He just hasn’t arrived yet.

  97. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Nurse Russell pairing again not getting the puck out under control despite several chances. And now a penalty.

    Well you don’t get to face punch & block shots at the other end of the ice.

  98. BONE207 says:

    A playoff team would bury the chances these guys have had tonight. Go Colorado!!!

  99. Ice Sage says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    jp,

    I know who he is lol.They Dys have been slow playing him for years, banking on him emerging.

    He just hasn’t arrived yet.

    Something about sundials… he’ll be haunting the Oilers in a few years.
    (if not tonite)

  100. OriginalPouzar says:

    Huge defensive play there by Nuge on Edler back door.

    Koskinen hasn’t looked sharp at all since his gaff at the end of the 2nd – seems slow to react.

  101. Gerta Rauss says:

    get Reider out there lol

  102. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wasn’t pretty but they got the win in regulation.

  103. Ice Sage says:

    Nice finish.

    Empty net posts are a new Oiler thing, evidently.

  104. Gerta Rauss says:

    a little fortunate to get the 2 points clean but whatev’s

    VAN has been poison to the Oilers this year

  105. Bulging Twine says:

    play two periods – get a win

  106. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Ice Sage,

    Wells, the Oilers goalie prospects will have to Skinner him on the shores of Sylvian lake by the Starrett-light, before he has a chance to best us at Hawkey.

  107. BONE207 says:

    If only Drai could have gotten that. We want 50!!!

  108. BONE207 says:

    Ice Sage:
    Nice finish.

    Empty net posts are a new Oiler thing, evidently.

    Tanking with style. New twist on an old habit.

  109. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:

    Koskinen hasn’t looked sharp at all since his gaff at the end of the 2nd – seems slow to react.

    Good enough though, and another little bump to the SV% stopping 36 of 38.

    He’s also 20-15-4 which I believe is a 92 point pace. His goalering overall has been good enough for a playoff spot in the West.

    Definitely some reasonable arrows lately for next year.

  110. gogliano says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: Why do you think this team has a chance to make the playoffs is the real question.

    If they won every single game until the end of the season they’d still need plenty of help to make it.

    It’s not happening.

    If they ran the table they’d very likely be the 3rd seed in the Pacific. They’re almost mathematically certain to be in the playoffs with a 15-0 record. 12 – 3 gives them a very good, and certainly more likely than not, shot.

    I wouldn’t take 20 to 1 odds on them sneaking in but it is a non-negligible chance at this point.

  111. Reja says:

    Réal Goudenyéu: I am actually.

    *sips drink and adjusts glasses*

    Try guzzling 4 or 5 and you might think we still have a chance.

  112. BONE207 says:

    So fellas…Tabernacle Saturday against the Leaves. What can we expect? 4-2 TO I’d say.

  113. giddy says:

    BONE207:
    So fellas…Tabernacle Saturday against the Leaves. What can we expect? 4-2 TO I’d say.

    On the other hand, I feel like Oilers REALLY have something to prove after the last achlacking at the hand’s of the Leafs.

  114. Johnny skid says:

    that old dinosaur coach has this team playing good hockey.

  115. hunter1909 says:

    What a stupid team to follow. Nearly blow a 3 goal lead at home, with the season on the line – typical loser hockey we have all come to know and hate since Lowe+MacT took over, slowly pissing away the pretty decent team Sather left behind to the fans of the Oilers.

    Blind Kevin did manage to find a nut in Chris Pronger, then instantly showed us why he’s considered terribly incompetent by trading him in a panic to the Ducks who went on to win a cup – sheesh. Toss in the Stoll and Green trades which got LA over the hump and 2 cups followed for more Lowe+MacT chaos.

  116. Jethro Tull says:

    Reja: Geez I bet your fun at party’s.

    Réal Goudenyéu: I am actually.

    *sips drink and adjusts glasses*

    Hey you two single people in the kitchen that seem to have a mutual attraction.

    Most marriages end in divorce. Even if you make it, you’d still need plenty of help.

    It’s not happening.

    *Rene, drunk at parties, glasses still missing one lens.*

  117. BONE207 says:

    giddy: On the other hand, I feel like Oilers REALLY have something to prove after the last achlacking at the hand’s of the Leafs.

    They would have a season long reason to prove for all the achlacking they received this year.🤣

  118. giddy says:

    BONE207: They would have a season long reason to prove for all the achlacking they received this year.

    Omg. Big hands on my 5SE iPhone get me again. Lol

  119. BONE207 says:

    giddy: Omg. Big hands on my 5SE iPhone get me again. Lol

    Well you know what they say about big hands…big gloves.

  120. Reja says:

    Gotta love Larsson but I think it wouldn’t be to smart of a idea to piss him off.

  121. Jethro Tull says:

    hunter1909:
    What a stupid team to follow. Nearly blow a 3 goal lead at home, with the season on the line – typical loser hockey we have all come to know and hate since Lowe+MacT took over, slowly pissing away the pretty decent team Sather left behind to the fans of the Oilers.

    Blind Kevin did manage to find a nut in Chris Pronger, then instantly showed us why he’s considered terribly incompetent by trading him in a panic to the Ducks who went on to win a cup – sheesh. Toss in the Stoll and Green trades which got LA over the hump and 2 cups followed for more Lowe+MacT chaos.

    “Slowly pissing away the team the *checks notes* GM from 19 years ago left behind.”

    Yeah, she was a beaut. Another dynasty.

  122. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Encouraging verbal from Hitch regarding JJ, saying he’s the one guy who’s poised to move up the lineup based on his play tonight and prior to his injury.

  123. Reja says:

    hunter1909:
    What a stupid team to follow. Nearly blow a 3 goal lead at home, with the season on the line – typical loser hockey we have all come to know and hate since Lowe+MacT took over, slowly pissing away the pretty decent team Sather left behind to the fans of the Oilers.

    Blind Kevin did manage to find a nut in Chris Pronger, then instantly showed us why he’s considered terribly incompetent by trading him in a panic to the Ducks who went on to win a cup – sheesh. Toss in the Stoll and Green trades which got LA over the hump and 2 cups followed for more Lowe+MacT chaos.

    I agree but I think Lowe was doing Pronger a huge favour and getting him out of town and the hockey headlines as soon as possible. Lowe could of had a league auction and recieved a kings ransom at the time. It all went to shit after that and here we are 12 years later.

  124. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Almost every team ahead of the Oilers won tonight. Looking like the Oilers will have to win out to make the playoffs.

  125. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Someone mentioned how the oilers have a favourable schedule for the remaining games. Let have a looksy:

    Home: TOR, NYR, NJD
    Road: ARI, VGK, STL
    Home: CBJ, OTT, LA, DAL, ANA
    Road: VGK, COL
    Home: SJS
    Road: CGY

    I’d only say about half of the remaining 15 games are what we’d consider “favourable” for winning:
    NYR, NJD, OTT, LA, ANA and maybe ARI and COL. The rest are pretty formidable opponents. The only so called “advantage” they have, is the amount of home games left.

    Now let’s compare our schedule to say, ARI. Who just beat CAL (of course they did):

    Home: LA
    Road: CHI, STL
    Home: ANA, EDM
    Road: TBL, FLA, NJD, NYI
    Home: CHI
    Away: COL
    Home: MIN, LA
    Away: VGK
    Home: WPG

    That’s a lot of “favourable” games. I count 9 (including EDM)

  126. The Duke of Hafford says:

    Has there been any discussion about Ralph Krueger as a possible GM?

  127. Theil says:

    When was the last time we were at fake Bettman .500? Feels like it’s been a long road back.

    I thought Cave looked good on the PK tonight, and Khaira looked confident with the puck on his stick.

    Hate the third period let down though.

  128. Maoriduvpoojt says:

    The Duke of Hafford:
    Has there been any discussion about Ralph Krueger as a possible GM?

    Only here, nothing being reported.

    He appears ensconced with South Hampton FC as their President

  129. oilersfan says:

    Oilers 10 games over .500 with Hitchcock and Klefbom

    6-1-2 with sekera

    Looking much better

  130. Munny says:

    oilersfan,

    Sekera looked like his silky, seksy self tonight.

  131. silasbengtsson says:

    Maoriduvpoojt: Only here, nothing being reported.

    He appears ensconced with South Hampton FC as their President

    Insider Trading article on TSN mentioned that he was possibly interested in coaching in the NHL again.

    EDIT: “Another name also familiar to the NHL is Ralph Krueger. I’m told that he’s interested in coming back to be a head coach but only if the fit is right.”

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Encouraging verbal from Hitch regarding JJ, saying he’s the one guy who’s poised to move up the lineup based on his play tonight and prior to his injury.

    Or, the coach could just leave the winning lines how they were. The only change I would be on board with is to switch him with Lucic but, other than that, leave well enough alone. The first two lines are contributing offence – leave them as is.

    Moving JJ up based on his play is the same premise that had Hitchock egregiously move a red-hot Chiasson (away from McDavid) up to the McDavid line on the premise that he needed more minutes. Took him months to stop doing it.

    Any time a non-McDavid (and non-Drai) line is performing – leave it alone.

  133. OriginalPouzar says:

    The return for Pronger was a fantastic haul by Lowe:

    – 1st round pick
    – 1st round pick
    – 2nd round pick
    – 21 year old forward who just scored 29 goals
    – 20 years old d-man recently drafted in the top 10

  134. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The return for Pronger was a fantastic haul by Lowe:

    – 1st round pick
    – 1st round pick
    – 2nd round pick
    – 21 year old forward who just scored 29 goals
    – 20 years old d-man recently drafted in the top 10

    LOL sure thing.

    Lowe managed to turn Smid into a middling defenceman, Lupul was a complete head case, I don’t remember who Lowe+MacT drafted in the 2nd round but assured it was a total dud after they got hold of the player, and probably traded down with the 1st round pick in order to acquire even more cheap assets to wow the rubes with down at the Snake Oil Show that’s the Edmonton Oilers… since Sather left Dodge and the Dodgy Duo Lowe+MacT took over a decent lineup – and within X years had run it into 30 place overall.

    But sure, Lowe really got himself a kings ransom for Pronger.

  135. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors with a couple road games this weekend – at Stockton tonight and SJ (again) tomorrow.

    Its nice that the Oil game is early tomorrow as it won’t interfere with the Condors’ game.

    I wonder if Stuart Skinner gets the start tonight. Starrett has played alot of back to backs (as they are very common in the AHL) but I think its time for Skinner to get a game – especially with the Condors opening up such a big lead over SJ in the Pacific.

  136. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909: LOL sure thing.

    Lowe managed to turn Smid into a middling defenceman, Lupul was a complete head case, I don’t remember who Lowe+MacT drafted in the 2nd round but assured it was a total dud after they got hold of the player, and probably traded down with the 1st round pick in order to acquire even more cheap assets to wow the rubes with down at the Snake Oil Show that’s the Edmonton Oilers… since Sather left Dodge and the Dodgy Duo Lowe+MacT took over a decent lineup – and within X years had run it into 30 place overall.

    But sure, Lowe really got himself a kings ransom for Pronger.

    Lupul ended up regressing madly and Smid never reached his draft day pedigree but that doesn’t change to asset haul on the date of the trade – take a look at those 5 assets.

    Its akin to getting the following from NYI:

    1st round pick
    1st round pick
    2nd round pick
    Beauvillier (or even Barzal)
    Dobson

    FYI one of the 1st round picks was used on Jordan Eberle and the 2nd round pick on Travis Hamonic.

  137. hunter1909 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Lupul ended up regressing madly and Smid never reached his draft day pedigree but that doesn’t change to asset haul on the date of the trade – take a look at those 5 assets.

    Its akin to getting the following from NYI:

    1st round pick
    1st round pick
    2nd round pick
    Beauvillier (or even Barzal)
    Dobson

    FYI one of the 1st round picks was used on Jordan Eberle and the 2nd round pick on Travis Hamonic.

    With respect, CFP was the equivalent of having Mark Messier on the team. Eberle appeared like a future Team Canada player but that faded away like everything else Lowe+MacT touch.

    While I respect where you come from re being positive re the team, I’m the other side of the argument – I’m too fed up to care what they do, unless it’s winning about 12 of their next 15 games. Hitchcock’s finally got them isolated and looking at themselves in the mirror – whether or not it works is yet to be seen but at least he’s addressed the problem of the team being so ridiculously heartless for the past 5 seasons.

  138. OriginalPouzar says:

    As long as you acknowledge that “being fed up with the team” is inhibiting your ability to rationally and reasonably evaluate and discuss matters relating to the team.

    Carry on – its going to be a busy morning.

  139. Biggus Dickus says:

    Lt, can you fix your website? I hate having to login to read the new post. I know it’s getting you an extra click, but it is annoying having to do the runaround.

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