The first time the NHL Oilers played the New York Rangers, it was Madison Square Garden, October 24, 1979. Rangers won 10-2. By the 11:30 mark of the first period, it was 5-0 NYC. Goals by Ron Greschner, Walt Tkacuk, Donny Murdoch, Ulf Nilsson and Ron Duguay overwhelmed the newcomers. The line of Phil Esposito, Don Maloney and Murdoch combined for seven points. It was not good. There were 13 minor penalties, 12 goals and none came with the man advantage.
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 the emergence of William Lagesson in Bakersfield complicates Edmonton’s 2019-20 depth chart.
- Jonathan Willis: The Oilers aren’t good, but this group has more potential than teams from the decade of darkness
- 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 69 GAMES
- Oilers in 2015: 26-36-7, 59 points; goal differential -33
- Oilers in 2016: 36-24-9, 81 points; goal differential +16
- Oilers in 2017: 30-35-4, 64 points; goal differential -36
- Oilers in 2018: 30-31-7, 67 points; goal differential -21
OILERS IN MARCH
- Oilers in March 2016: 3-2-0, six points; goal differential 0
- Oilers in March 2017: 2-2-1, five points; goal differential +4
- Oilers in March 2018: 3-2-0, four points; goal differential 0
- Oilers in March 2019: 3-1-0, six points; goal differential +5
WHAT TO EXPECT IN MARCH
- On the road to: Columbus, Buffalo (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 2-0-0)
- At home to: Vancouver, Toronto, NY Rangers, NJD (Expected 2-1-1) (Actual 1-1-0)
- 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: 3-1-0, six points in four games
OILERS 5-ON-5 PER 60 (FORWARDS)
- I think we can safely list McDavid and Draisaitl as “keepers” for next year, and Nuge + Samwise are also moving the needle. Can the Oilers run with those four men in the top 6F?
- I like Khaira, Kassian and Chiasson for depth jobs next season, does that work with how you see it?
- The entire No. 1 line, Gambardella and Currie are probably in the running for playing time next season. Marody’s foot speed is apparently improved, that’s a big damned deal.
I’ll be on the roundtable this morning with Flaming and Andrew Peard, we’ll chat about the Oil Kings past and present, plus a long look at the WHL playoffs.
One of the things the new general manager will need to do is make damn good and sure this never happens again. It reminds me of the period where the Maple Leafs would run Norm Ullman with Paul Henderson and Ron Ellis, leaving Dave Keon to create with Garry Monahan and Guy Trottier. Keon still had an impact, but Toronto was leaving goals on the table because the drop in quality was so severe.