Game 69 2018-19: Rangers at Oilers

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!

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.

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn Sekera is good…

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big save Koskinen.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    3-0 Sharks!

    10 min to go.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    CAR takes a 1-0 lead on COL half way through the 2nd.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Another big save by Mikko – atta boy!

    His second of the period.

  6. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    This team has to get another 2/3 rhd because it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that klef misses 20+ games every year.

  7. oilsnc79 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Fk, nurse sure doesn’t look like the that was here in the soon, blast with no one in front. He needs to learn to look for options.

  8. oilsnc79 says:

    oilsnc79,

    Soo

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn – that’s a tough one on Koskinen.

    Of course, Russell with the unforced turnover in the neutral zone – why Kris?

  10. LMHF#1 says:

    Say it with me kids! “Thanks Kris!!!”

    Ugh…

    They all need to wake up. Just an ugly period.

  11. Professor Q says:

    “Staal doesn’t take his eyes off McDavid. He just slashes his stick away, which is a good defensive play, because we all know what McDavid can do.” (paraphrased)

    Yes, another instance of stick work and questionable play on McDavid being deemed “good defensive plays”.

  12. hunter1909 says:

    With less than half the game gone Oilers with a 2-0 lead trying to close it out. Not a good idea.

  13. hunter1909 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    This team has to get another 2/3 rhd because it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that klef misses 20+ games every year.

    Klef-ekera/Sek-bom are Oiler’s secret weapon – two injury prone defencemen.

  14. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    2-1 Edmonton (Rangers got their goal in the second)
    22-19 Edmonton (14-11 Edmonton in the second)
    41-26 Edmonton Corsi 5-on-5 (27-13 Edmonton in the second)

    Oilers woke up after the goal (I believe Russell tipped it) and they’ll need 20 minutes of good work to get the win.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Natural Stat Trick has Cave with 4 HDSC tonight. I don’t know if it’s four but he’s had some looks.

  16. Glovjuice says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    This team has to get another 2/3 rhd because it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that klef misses 20+ games every year.

    I know. His “value” contract is commensurate with the games he actually plays. He only deserves 4.1 for how much he actually suits up. Is he a frickin puck magnet ? I say it’s a hockey IQ and body awareness issue but I know I will get ripped for that assessment.

  17. Bulging Twine says:

    2-0 carolina

  18. Reja says:

    Glovjuice: I know. His “value” contract is commensurate with the games he actually plays.He only deserves 4.1 for how much he actually suits up. Is he a frickin puck magnet ? I say it’s a hockey IQ and body awareness issue but I know I will get ripped for that assessment.

    Have you ever had that classmate,workmate or friend who’s a physical speciman but they’re always pulling a groin or a hamstring, twisting a ankle always getting a cold or the flu. Yea we all have come across that person.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big save by Mikko early in the 3rd.

  20. Ice Sage says:

    Oh man, not the Oilers night.

  21. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ughhh, and then an ugly goal – not a bad goal on Mikko, I don’t think but an ugly one.

    Not a strong play by Benning or Rieder.

  22. striatic says:

    Defence looking a little tired.

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    A big save by Koskinen.

    Time for a TO Hitch.

    Oh great, after getting rocked, Benning looks wobbly and goes down the tunnel.

    Big minutes coming up for the remaining four…..

  24. LMHF#1 says:

    Is Russell the absolute worst at tying up/lifting the stick in the league? Or just top 5? He makes every forward look strong.

    Forwards still sleeping offensively. This Rangers D is bad and they’re not taking advantage.

  25. hunter1909 says:

    The season hanging in the balance

    lol

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, Rieder almost buries a massive goal….. ughhh.

  27. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    If Toby R had a breakaway with an empty net he’d ring it off the bar.

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Fantastic look by Nuge to send Nurse in alone – PP coming up.

    Great bounced back shifts – needed those.

  29. hunter1909 says:

    At one point they could have traded Hall + and got Hedman.

    Maybe one for one?

  30. hunter1909 says:

    striatic:
    Defence looking a little tired.

    Edmonton fans keeping the players up at night blasting car horns can do that to the Oilers.

  31. Ice Sage says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    A big save by Koskinen.

    Time for a TO Hitch.

    Oh great, after getting rocked, Benning looks wobbly and goes down the tunnel.

    Big minutes coming up for the remaining four…..

    There it is. Good call, Hitch.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    If Toby R had a breakaway with an empty net he’d ring it off the bar.

    McDavid style?

  33. hunter1909 says:

    At 2-2 it’s back to watching Youtube clips.

  34. jake70 says:

    Just signing in. what is. Klef injury?

  35. Redeem says:

    Can someone explain to me why Reider is still getting ice time?

  36. LMHF#1 says:

    Saw that makeup call coming a mile away.

    As for how bad that power play was…wow.

  37. Ice Sage says:

    LMHF#1:
    Saw that makeup call coming a mile away.

    As for how bad that power play was…wow.

    Yeah, I think the Oilers might need to be scored against here to wake up.

  38. Bulging Twine says:

    What’s a Pionk?

  39. BONE207 says:

    Koski on the first goal…

    His feet are so far away, he doesn’t know where they end.

    Gives up an easy one most games while stopping 5 or 6 10 bell chances

    Maybe I should stop watching games when the Oilers lead. One day I’ll figure it out.

  40. BONE207 says:

    Damn…with a win they could gain on everyone but Chicago

  41. Bulging Twine says:

    Oh ya they have Strome

  42. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Oilers trying hard to lose this game

  43. BONE207 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Oilers trying hard to lose this game

    I don’t see either team trying to win. Timbits hockey

  44. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Looks like some heavy Oilering going on.
    That last rush was comical. Nurse and Russel cleaned the ice in the D zone with snow angels. Who is teaching this?

  45. hunter1909 says:

    I hate to break it to you guys, but Oilers need 2 points or the season is over!

  46. Glovjuice says:

    Reja: Have you ever had that classmate,workmate or friend who’s a physical speciman but they’re always pulling a groin or a hamstring, twisting a ankle always getting a cold or the flu. Yea we all have come across that person.

    He is that person for sure. How in the hell can Cogliano go on his run and Klef be doing his continual injury thing.

  47. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ughhh, and then an ugly goal – not a bad goal on Mikko, I don’t think but an ugly one.

    Not a strong play by Benning or Rieder.

    Go Mikko !

  48. Ice Sage says:

    Another gift. Will Oilers accept? Man this is a painful game to watch

  49. BONE207 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    Looks like some heavy Oilering going on.
    That last rush was comical. Nurse and Russel cleaned the ice in the D zone with snow angels. Who is teaching this?

    As he meekly raises his arm…oops

  50. BONE207 says:

    Darrell needs help with those rushes. Centering pass to iron…sheesh

  51. hunter1909 says:

    Strome seemed like a pretty good player. Why did they trade him?

  52. who says:

    Bulging Twine:
    What’s a Pionk?

    A good right shot dman?

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    Point banked – need that 2nd – need it!

  54. hunter1909 says:

    Nurse’s season defined in that last rush.

  55. BONE207 says:

    OT…CONNOR to Drai to Seksy for the win!!!

  56. LMHF#1 says:

    This team can’t lock in and finish even with almost-zero pressure.

    Very frustrating to watch. They should have 6 tonight. Instead it’s fumble and bumble and rush.

  57. hunter1909 says:

    “Don’t worry – we’ve got 97 and Leon for OT”

  58. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Has to be strome with the winner

  59. Ice Sage says:

    LMHF#1:
    This team can’t lock in and finish even with almost-zero pressure.

    Very frustrating to watch. They should have 6 tonight. Instead it’s fumble and bumble and rush.

    NYR have good goalie coaches.

  60. BONE207 says:

    Leon!!!

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    3 points for Leon and the chase for 50 is still alive.

  62. striatic says:

    WOW that was a bullet from Draisaitl. Jesus Christ.

  63. Gerta Rauss says:

    There’s that snipe from Leon..!

    He had a couple of those turned away against the Leafs

    woot..!!

  64. Ice Sage says:

    Holy shit what a shot

  65. jp says:

    That was beyond nice.

    Not officially dead yet.

  66. Chief Inspector says:

    What a rocket

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    The back half of that game wasn’t pretty but the Oilers got 2 points (and a ROW) and it was a perfect night on the out of town scoreboard.

  68. SK Oiler Fan says:

    What a shot by Dria. That’s an Ovechkkn quality one timer there

  69. Ice Sage says:

    hunter1909,

    Good call, even if 😉

  70. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers 2018-19 season lives! Rack them up!

  71. Lowetide says:

    Good win for the boys Well, not for Klefbom’s boys, but the other boys.

  72. Reja says:

    Leon the maschine keeps our slim of slimmest playoff hopes alive.

  73. Glovjuice says:

    BONE207: As he meekly raises his arm…oops

    …and the meek shall inherit the earth….

  74. oilersfan says:

    Next time the oilers get a 5×3 they should just put 3 players out there, the other two get in the way

  75. Dicky94 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Finally get some needed help from other teams. On to the next best of one game series!

  76. striatic says:

    Now to wait and find out how bad Klefbom’s injury is.

  77. oilersfan says:

    And McDavid takes second place and Draisaitl ahead of Crosby for fourth place in the NHL.
    Too bad he’s so lazy

    If only we had our Malkin

  78. BONE207 says:

    Lowetide:
    Good win for the boys Well, not for Klefbom’s boys, but the other boys.

    I wonder if he posts a cup picture ala Hendricks

  79. Dicky94 says:

    Lowetide,

    Hopefully his can was the same brand as Hendricks.

  80. OriginalPouzar says:

    Waiting for Hitch’s post-game to see if there is an update on Klef.

  81. Reja says:

    hunter1909:
    Strome seemed like a pretty good player. Why did they trade him?

    Trade came out of nowhere maybe he got homesick and they obliged by trading him.

  82. Bulging Twine says:

    welp. 5 points back. Game in hand. If they win that. 3 points back (in case you couldn’t figure that one – i did the math there for you) with 12 games to play.

    Say Minny goes 7-5. We’d have to get 18 points in 12 games. 9 and 3

  83. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Waiting for Hitch’s post-game to see if there is an update on Klef.

    He might have to start using the third washroom in the dressing room.

  84. hunter1909 says:

    Reja: Trade came out of nowhere maybe he got homesick and they obliged by trading him.

    Like summer camp huh?

  85. hunter1909 says:

    Bulging Twine:
    welp.5 points back.Game in hand.If they win that.3 points back (in case you couldn’t figure that one – i did the math there for you) with 12 games to play.

    Say Minny goes 7-5.We’d have to get 18 points in 12 games.9 and 3

    Seems more like a series of single game elimination rounds ahead. They need to win 7 games in a row just to take a breath at this point.

  86. Chief Inspector says:

    Chief Inspector,

    Chief Inspector:

    Reja: He might have to start using the third washroom in the dressing room.

    Savage!

  87. BONE207 says:

    Reja: He might have to start using the third washroom in the dressing room.

    Can you say gender free?

  88. who says:

    Glovjuice: I know. His “value” contract is commensurate with the games he actually plays.He only deserves 4.1 for how much he actually suits up. Is he a frickin puck magnet ? I say it’s a hockey IQ and body awareness issue but I know I will get ripped for that assessment.

    I think his body is pretty aware he got a slapshot in the junk!
    Are we really going to blame this on his hockey IQ? Or on his fragile body?

  89. OriginalPouzar says:

    “We won’t know on Klef until tomorrow, we think he’s going to be OK”.

    Lipservice!

  90. BONE207 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    “We won’t know on Klef until tomorrow, we think he’s going to be OK”.

    Lipservice!

    Who’s lips & what service???

  91. Rebillled says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Lipservice usually gets that up and running again yes.

  92. Glovjuice says:

    who: I think his body is pretty aware he got a slapshot in the junk!
    Are we really going to blame this on his hockey IQ? Or on his fragile body?

    Get your glove down, Klef. Wake up man. Come on.

  93. Gerta Rauss says:

    Rebillled:

    Lipservice usually gets that up and running again yes.

    lol

  94. striatic says:

    Glovjuice: Get your glove down, Klef. Wake up man. Come on.

    Explode his other hand and be out a month? As much as it pains me to say it, I’d rather he just take it in the junk.

  95. BONE207 says:

    striatic: Explode his other hand and be out a month? As much as it pains me to say it, I’d rather he just take it in the junk.

    Better him than me, for sure. I’ve got enough issues…

  96. Reja says:

    BONE207: Can you say gender free?

    I’m old I can’t keep up with the meonly and you young kids new hip hop sayings everyday.

  97. norm_klassen says:

    13 games left/ 9-3-1 and a prayer light might do er

  98. Reja says:

    norm_klassen:
    13 games left/ 9-3-1 and a prayer light might do er

    10-2-1 looks better.

  99. Westchester Oil says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Go San Jose

    Go Chicago

    Go Carolina

    Go Oilers

    OP – you called it!

  100. Ben says:

    Lucic really quiets the game down. If he’d played tonight Oscar would still have testicles.

  101. Jethro Tull says:

    Ben:
    Lucic really quiets the game down. If he’d played tonight Oscar would still have testicles.

    Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch. The gentleman’s check list.

  102. Bulging Twine says:

    Reja: He might have to start using the third washroom in the dressing room.

    hahah

  103. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oilers still kinda in it, and every other wildcard team lost, but now CHI had entered the Frey as well. Out of EDM, CHI, COL, and ARI, who has the best chance to supplant the Wild. Even though CHI just stomp them, I vote ARI. They have the Easiest schedule out of the four.
    Here are the oilers’ remaining games (tough games in asterisks, the more asterisks, the harder the game):

    NJD (home)
    *ARI (away)
    **VGK (away)
    **STL (away)
    *CBJ (home)
    OTT (home)
    LA (home)
    **DAL (home)
    ANA (home)
    **VGK (away)
    *COL (away)
    ***SJS*** (home) (they’ve owned our souls for 2 seasons)
    **CGY** (away)

    Last two games against top notch teams in SJS and FLames (spits)

  104. Jethro Tull says:

    I think Koski should have had both those goals….

  105. Jethro Tull says:

    Don’t forget our mantra: A shitty team is going to make the playoffs, why not us!

  106. Reja says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Oilers still kinda in it, and every other wildcard team lost, but now CHI had entered the Frey as well. Out of EDM, CHI, COL, and ARI, who has the best chance to supplant the Wild. Even though CHI just stomp them, I vote ARI. They have the Easiest schedule out of the four.
    Here are the oilers’ remaining games (tough games in asterisks, the more asterisks, the harder the game):

    NJD (home)
    *ARI (away)
    **VGK (away)
    **STL (away)
    *CBJ (home)OTT (home)
    LA (home)
    **DAL (home)
    ANA (home)
    **VGK (away)
    *COL (away)
    ***SJS*** (home) (they’ve owned our souls for 2 seasons)
    **CGY** (away)

    Last two games against top notch teams in SJS and FLames (spits)

    The last 3 out of 4 games they’ll be resting their players unless it’s for home ice.

  107. Reja says:

    Jethro Tull:
    I think Koski should have had both those goals….

    He got the W that’s all that matters.

  108. Zelepukin says:

    Welp, 13 games left and we’re about to find out whether Gretzky and Messier can carry a team into the playoffs all by themselves.

  109. godot10 says:

    The New England Patriots and analytics…

    http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4817050/patriots-take-pride-in-their-use-of-analytics-to-help-scouting

    Somebody send that like to Katz and Nicholson.

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jethro Tull:
    I think Koski should have had both those goals….

    Reja: He got the W that’s all that matters.

    The first goal was definitely weak on the goalie – yes, Russell with the ridiculous unforced turnover in the neutral zone (and he may have tipped the shot as well) but it was weak on Mikko.

    I”m not sure the 2nd was all that weak – definitely a weak play by Benning and Rieder.

    What Koskinen did do was bounce back after that first weak goal and make some solid save when in mattered. Given the weak goal(s), it wasn’t his best performance but, at the end of the day, he didn’t let the weak goal sour him and pile on, he bounced back and gave the team a chance to win – it was an OK game and, in the context of finding out if he can provide stater level play over a long period of time, it was a check mark.

  111. Reja says:

    Zelepukin:
    Welp, 13 games left and we’re about to find out whether Gretzky and Messier can carry a team into the playoffs all by themselves.

    Least they had wingers we have to be close or winning the race as a group to having the lowest scoring totals by wingers combined in the modern era.

  112. jake70 says:

    I’m cherry picking because they could easily have lost a couple games here and there but I think of those 2 games vs Flames and G-Knights where they blew leads, 4 points right there, puts them one back everything else happening as it did since of course.

  113. frjohnk says:

    Draisaitl and McDavid line at even strength have a GF/60 of 5.05!!!!!

    Point and Kucherov line have a GF/60 of 4.32.

    Tavares and Marner line have a GF/60 of 4.64

    Backstrom and Ovechkin line have a GF/60 of 4.26

    Kane and Toews line have a GF/60 of 4.24

    Crosby and Guenztel line have a GF/60 of 4.24. Malkin/kessel small sample but both are over 7 with Crosby

    Monahan and Gaudreau line have a GF/60 of 3.74.

    Crazy how good Drai and McDavid have been together this year. If Oilers make the playoffs, they both deserve the MVP award

  114. lenko says:

    Glovjuice,

    Glovjuice: Get your glove down, Klef. Wake up man. Come on.

    Fingers are in glove!

  115. OriginalPouzar says:

    Anxiously wait for an update on Klefbom’s health……

    Its going to be a few hours, probably not until around 11-12 but I’m waiting….

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sekera up to 23 plus minutes last night with Klef leaving the game and he was very good.

    That was a good test last night for Reggie and, once again, he passed – showing that its looking pretty darn good that he’s essentially back to his pre-injury self. Not quite there yet but on the way.

    This is going to be huge for next year.

  117. Ryan says:

    godot10:
    The New England Patriots and analytics…

    http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4817050/patriots-take-pride-in-their-use-of-analytics-to-help-scouting

    Somebody send that like to Katz and Nicholson.

    ”When we came into the league [in 1994], there were a couple of national scouting services that every team subscribed to, because it was hard to get tape or film on everybody. So everybody was getting the same reports on the same players. You had your own scouts that would go out and look at things, but it made no sense to us, how the most competitive part of this business, you’re sharing,” Kraft said on the panel, which was moderated by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan

    So we started working on early iterations of a proprietary database. Flash-forward to today, off any mobile device, you can access information about any player on our roster, or anybody we’re scouting, analyzed in our system’s dynamics, and then tracked once they become a pro even if they’re not with us.

    What that lets us start to do is see how good our internal scouting metrics were early on. You start to track and see where scouts have strengths and weaknesses. So we know, ‘Maybe Scout X, he nails it on receivers. But on D-linemen, he doesn’t.’ Then you also start to learn things about the players as well …

    “Even if the players aren’t with us, as we track them at other teams and how they’re performing relative to the way we thought they’d perform and what their metrics were, it lets you hone your own analytics.”

    Kraft stressed the importance of technology in helping the Patriots, noting that the franchise is doing more with sleep, nutrition and fitness, among other areas.

    – Ctreate a proprietary database on all players and prospects… you don’t say…

    – Recognize that scouting and drafting is the most important part of the business.

    – Analytics to analyze scouts… love that.

    Thanks for sharing the article.

  118. Jethro Tull says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The first goal was definitely weak on the goalie – yes, Russell with the ridiculous unforced turnover in the neutral zone (and he may have tipped the shot as well) but it was weak on Mikko.

    I”m not sure the 2nd was all that weak – definitely a weak play by Benning and Rieder.

    What Koskinen did do was bounce back after that first weak goal and make some solid save when in mattered.Given the weak goal(s), it wasn’t his best performance but, at the end of the day, he didn’t let the weak goal sour him and pile on, he bounced back and gave the team a chance to win – it was an OK game and, in the context of finding out if he can provide stater level play over a long period of time, it was a check mark.

    I don’t know OP. This is almost “he’s clutch” territory. Almost.

    Goalies should make the saves they should make. Sounds stupid, but to me, giving your team a chance to win is being average. Good saves don’t cancel out glaring deficiencies. Neither do hockey cliches like “works hard in practice” etc.

  119. Lowetide says:

    For The Athletic: How the Oilers can build a contender during Connor McDavid’s prime

    https://theathletic.com/852051/2019/03/12/lowetide-how-the-oilers-can-build-a-contender-during-connor-mcdavids-prime/

  120. Jethro Tull says:

    Ryan: ”When we came into the league [in 1994], there were a couple of national scouting services that every team subscribed to, because it was hard to get tape or film on everybody. So everybody was getting the same reports on the same players. You had your own scouts that would go out and look at things, but it made no sense to us, how the most competitive part of this business, you’re sharing,” Kraft said on the panel, which was moderated by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan


    So we started working on early iterations of a proprietary database. Flash-forward to today, off any mobile device, you can access information about any player on our roster, or anybody we’re scouting, analyzed in our system’s dynamics, and then tracked once they become a pro even if they’re not with us.

    What that lets us start to do is see how good our internal scouting metrics were early on. You start to track and see where scouts have strengths and weaknesses. So we know, ‘Maybe Scout X, he nails it on receivers. But on D-linemen, he doesn’t.’ Then you also start to learn things about the players as well …

    “Even if the players aren’t with us, as we track them at other teams and how they’re performing relative to the way we thought they’d perform and what their metrics were, it lets you hone your own analytics.”

    Kraft stressed the importance of technology in helping the Patriots, noting that the franchise is doing more with sleep, nutrition and fitness, among other areas.

    – Ctreate a proprietary database on all players and prospects… you don’t say…

    – Recognize that scouting and drafting is the most important part of the business.

    – Analytics to analyze scouts… love that.

    Thanks for sharing the article.

    In Mother Russia you scout the scouts!

  121. godot10 says:

    Jethro Tull: In Mother Russia you scout the scouts!

    You mean Uncle Facebook, Aunt Amazon, and Grandpa Google. Corporate tracking these days dwarfs anything the Stasi did. We are but data serfs for our neofeudal corporate overlords.

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