Game 70 2018-19: Devils at Oilers

by Lowetide

The Mickey Mouse game was November 19, 1983. In a rare moment of controversy, 99 said “well, it’s time they got their act together. They’re ruining the whole league. They had better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on the ice.”

The game that inspired the quote earned it. Gretzky took a penalty early, and the Devils scored, then scored again. That was followed by four first-period goals by Edmonton, Wayne 1-1=2 in the first 20. The captain had a goal and two assists in the second, Edmonton outscoring the home team 4-1.

In the final frame, it was 5-1 Edmonton, a period that included Jari Kurri’s third, fourth and fifth goals of the game. Final tally: Gretzky (3-5-8, first of his career), Kurri (5-1-6) led Edmonton to a 13-4 victory. Ron Low, former Oiler (and perhaps the reason for the outburst), got caved (stopped 14 of 22) and Chico Resch (stopped 10 of 15) got the same treatment. A fascinating piece of hockey history.

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 Oilers can build a contender during Connor McDavid’s prime.
  • 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
  • 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 70

  • Oilers in 2015: 27-36-7, 61 points; goal differential -32
  • Oilers in 2016: 37-24-9, 103 points; goal differential +19
  • Oilers in 2017: 30-35-5, 65 points; goal differential -37
  • Oilers in 2018: 31-31-7, 69 points; goal differential -20

If the Oilers win by two or more goals tonight, the team will have cut its goal differential in half season over season. Small victories are big steps. Note: I exclude EN goals.

OILERS IN MARCH

  • Oilers in March 2016: 4-2-0, seven points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in March 2017: 3-2-1, seven points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in March 2018: 3-3-0, four points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in March 2019: 4-1-0, eight points; goal differential +6

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 2-1-0)
  • 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: 4-1-0, eight points in five games

NOTES

  • Oilers missed on the first group of college free agents, but there’ll be a bunch along shortly. Luke Philp, righty center with the Alberta Golden Bears, may not be headed Edmonton’s way.
  • In his last 10 games with the Guelph Storm, Dmitri Samorukov is 5-11-16.
  • In his last 10 games with the London Knights, Evan Bouchard is 4-7-11.
  • In his last 10 games with the Niagara IceDogs, Kirill Maksimov is 8-4-12.
  • In his last 10 games with the Saginaw Spirit, Ryan McLeod is 2-6-8.
  • Harvard should get into the playoffs (plus Cornell and Providence) so John Marino’s season is ongoing. He’s a junior, so can return for a final year. However, he may want to turn pro, but will it be with Edmonton?

SAMWISE

Early days and the numbers are going to vary wildly, but we can have a peak at usage. Hitch has Sam playing AT center in some games, and he also deployed him as a winger with Nuge, Leon, McDavid and Cave. Jack of all parades. I wonder if the new GM will see him as a useful piece for next season? He’s done well.

EVEN STRENGTH 5-ON-5 PER 60 (F)

Edmonton scores a lot of goals at even strength outside 5-on-5 situations. For instance, Connor McDavid’s 2.75 per 60 at 5-on-5 sees about half a goal added to his total when looking even strength. Here’s the complete list.

  1. Connor McDavid 3.29
  2. Leon Draisaitl 2.89
  3. Josh Currie 2.30
  4. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.89
  5. Sam Gagner 1.89
  6. Zack Kassian 1.44
  7. Jujhar Khaira 1.37
  8. Ty Rattie 1.29
  9. Alex Chiasson 1.24
  10. Milan Lucic 0.98
  11. Tobias Rieder 0.89
  12. Kyle Brodziak 0.67
  13. Colby Cave 0.59
  14. Brad Malone 0.00

I think the Oilers will run 97, 29, 93 and 89 next year, not sure if Gagner gets top-six minutes on the regular. Kailer Yamamoto will get a look, Jesse Puljujarvi (or possibly his return) will certainly be in the mix and I do wonder about Tyler Benson (possibly later in 2019-20). I think Gagner makes it to the fall.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10, we hit the ground running on a busy sports day, TSN1260. NFL Free Agency, Oilers game and more! Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. We’ll chat about a nice run by Edmonton and tonight’s game against the Hall-less Devils.
  • Jon Campbell, OddsShark. We’ll continue our chat about the gift that is the Chicago Blackhawks and maybe discuss some college hoops.

Plus NFL, 10-260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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BONE207

Professor Q: It’s supposed to be the best and newest ice in the league, but it seems as if this is not the case, and hasn’t been for a while.

I’ve never been West of Ontario even, but apparently the arena construction and set up in general is not good, especially for something touted to be next-gen big?

It’s sort if like a septic system. Works & looks great until you fill it with shit.

Rereading my comment makes me sound like Hunter. Sorry…

elgruntus

russ99:
We’ve been downright horrid at home, and not just this season too.

Orange jerseys? Crappy DJ?

Something has to change, paying fans deserve better.

Maybe fire the training staff. That oughtta work

Professor Q

russ99:
We’ve been downright horrid at home, and not just this season too.

Orange jerseys? Crappy DJ?

Something has to change, paying fans deserve better.

It’s supposed to be the best and newest ice in the league, but it seems as if this is not the case, and hasn’t been for a while.

I’ve never been West of Ontario even, but apparently the arena contrustion and set up in general is not good, especially for something touted to be next-gen big?

russ99

We’ve been downright horrid at home, and not just this season too.

Orange jerseys? Crappy DJ?

Something has to change, paying fans deserve better.

Reja

meanashell11: Maybe the internet will help??

I spit my coffee out.

BONE207

Bag of Pucks: Katz’s next production needs to be a little less Citizen Kane and a lot more Narcos.

If the OEG ran like the Cali Cartel, some heads would finally roll.

If the OEG was a drug cartel, they would be snorting what they were selling. The merchandise would be sent by cruise ship with everyone on deck with rolled up Bennies playing musical chairs. They would get lost at sea & wander the ocean for many years looking for a port while crashing on the rocks every spring. Entertainment provided by Cirque du CONNOR.

Bag of Pucks

hunter1909: With Katz playing Malibu-Citizen Kane in LA, perhaps you should be the one telling us what’s going on since being in Mexico you’re closer to the centre of impotence.

Katz’s next production needs to be a little less Citizen Kane and a lot more Narcos.

If the OEG ran like the Cali Cartel, some heads would finally roll.

meanashell11

OriginalPouzar: I’ll be in Japan – son of a……

Will still find a way to tune in.

Maybe the internet will help??

OriginalPouzar

hunter1909:
MAJOR OILERS ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Draft is on April 9!

I’ll be in Japan – son of a……

Will still find a way to tune in.

OriginalPouzar

godot10: The OIlers can’t handle a team playing “fast” with discipline.

Last night they couldn’t handle a team playing slow with discipline….

hunter1909

Bag of Pucks:
On vacay in Mexico. What did I miss?

Was Hitchcock not the answer?

Maybe Katz isn’t asking the right questions?

With Katz playing Malibu-Citizen Kane in LA, perhaps you should be the one telling us what’s going on since being in Mexico you’re closer to the centre of impotence.

Buddy

Emm eye sea, Katz e why …

Bag of Pucks

On vacay in Mexico. What did I miss?

Was Hitchcock not the answer?

Maybe Katz isn’t asking the right questions?

Bulging Twine

Stick a fork in it.

Tankville

JimmyV1965

I still maintain this team is not that far from contending for the playoffs. We have six really nice core pieces and some prospects on the way. The Hawks transformed their team with two stinking trades in season. They were awful until they acquired Strome and Perlini. Dumping Manning for a functional forward was huge as well. The big question of course; are they capable of hiring a good GM?

Crazy Pedestrian

Hey, ‘Member when the Oilers only needed to play .500 hockey for the rest of the season to be in a playoff spot?

I ‘member…

Reja

hunter1909:
McDavid+Draisaitl are Charlie Simmer+Marcel Dionne of the 21st century; toiling in obscurity with zero hope of ever winning anything aside from personal awards.

Dionne and Simmer at least had some help up front with Dave Taylor and Butch Goring.

Crazy Pedestrian

Hey, remember when we all thought the pacific Division would be the worst division, and the only real proven team was SJ?

Good times…

JimmyV1965

Well, it was nice while it lasted. We made it to mid March playing meaningful games. Lots of criticism of the effort level tonight. Not sure that’s why we lost. Although our top three forwards are clearly better than anyone on the Devils, our bottom nine forwards are certainly no better than anyone on their team. We’re definitely a lot slower. If McDavid and Drai aren’t lighting it up, there’s no reason to expect this team to beat anyone in the league. Credit to them for carrying the team this far.

hunter1909

MAJOR OILERS ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Draft is on April 9!

Crazy Pedestrian

Réal Goudenyéu: YOU FORGOT THE WATER

Oh yeah. DEFINITELY the water… they use that same water to make the ice they skate on don’t ya know! which would explain the crappy home record.
It’s all coming together now… ?

BONE207

Réal Goudenyéu: Lol yeah. I was just looking at that.

Brutal.

Well it was fun while it lasted. Highlights will all I’ll be watching. At least we can gather at Lowetides…thanks LT

godot10

Réal Goudenyéu:
A fucking piss poor effort in a “must win” game against a team on the second game of a back to back.

What the fuck is the problem?

The OIlers can’t handle a team playing “fast” with discipline.

texmex

What’s worse? The oilers losing to NJ or all the “how long before Connor asks for a trade” articles from Toronto tomorrow?

thelongdark

texmex:
BONE207,

It’s almost like the 6 wins in 27 game stretch doomed the season.

Lol yeah. I was just looking at that.

Brutal.

thelongdark

Crazy Pedestrian: Isn’t it obvious?
It’s on the OBC/Katz/ex GM/Coach/Scouts/Players/Fans/Media/Injuries/Refs/Equipment/that dog across the street/your 2nd cousin’s grouchy neighbour/Neuman from Seinfeld/and that guy in the office who always say “what’s up bro?”

YOU FORGOT THE WATER

texmex

BONE207,

It’s almost like the 6 wins in 27 game stretch doomed the season. ?‍♂️?‍♂️

BONE207

who:
Can we tank now?

Didn’t that start at Christmas?

Crazy Pedestrian

Réal Goudenyéu:
A fucking piss poor effort in a “must win” game against a team on the second game of a back to back.

What the fuck is the problem?

Isn’t it obvious?
It’s on the OBC/ Katz/ ex GM/ Coach/ Scouts/ Players/ Fans/ Media/ Injuries/ Refs/ Equipment/ that dog across the street/ your 2nd cousin’s grouchy neighbour/ Neuman from Seinfeld/ and that guy in the office who always says “what’s up bro?”

who

Can we tank now?

jake70

Irritating loss.

BONE207

hunter1909:
They just panned the Oilers bench and nearly all of the players spit in a sign of disrespect to the game, the fans, themselves, and Katz.

Goodnight.

Goodnight Hunter. Always enjoy your colorful banter.

hunter1909

BONE207: Hunter is just being mean & hurting everyone’s feelings.

Just having a laugh, really.

texmex

Réal Goudenyéu,

Agree. Even if they squeaked into the 2nd wild card, they would get destroyed in the first round like NJ did last year.

Sadly, I prefer getting a decent draft pick to use as trade bait or draft BPA.

Missing the POs will hopefully help clear house

Gerta Rauss

Well that game was a big, wet, turd

hunter1909

They just panned the Oilers bench and nearly all of the players spit in a sign of disrespect to the game, the fans, themselves, and Katz.

Goodnight.

BONE207

Réal Goudenyéu:
A fucking piss poor effort in a “must win” game against a team on the second game of a back to back.

What the fuck is the problem?

Hunter is just being mean & hurting everyone’s feelings. ?

thelongdark

texmex:
Réal Goudenyéu,

Shitty team.

They would be 12 points out with 12 to play in the east.

Unreal when two of your players are going to have 100+ points.

texmex

Réal Goudenyéu,

Shitty team.

They would be 12 points out with 12 to play in the east.

BONE207

hunter1909:
I don’t want to miss the experience of seeing how this team deals with losing another season in the next 7 minutes.

No more than a shrug, on the way to the bank lol

Haven’t you heard of online banking?
They don’t have to leave the hot tub.

OriginalPouzar

Condors lose in OT.

thelongdark

A fucking piss poor effort in a “must win” game against a team on the second game of a back to back.

What the fuck is the problem?

hunter1909

I don’t want to miss the experience of seeing how this team deals with losing another season in the next 7 minutes.

No more than a shrug, on the way to the bank lol

BONE207

hunter1909: Ha ha fan talking about the draft during the 3rd period of a critically important game.

Says it all.

That’s not a fan!!!
It’s a talking moustache

texmex

Does Draisaitl have a point tonight? Point streak in jeopardy

N64

BONE207:
Calling it now…Russell with a Hattie

Nope. Reider.

hunter1909

texmex:
Eliminated from the playoffs March 13th….

Better than most years

Hopefully they announce another “development” year asap to help allay any unreasonable expectations from the fans next season.

BONE207

texmex:
Eliminated from the playoffs March 13th….

Better than most years

True that. We got to enjoy Halloween this year.

hunter1909

Pretendergast:
I really want Arthur Kaliyev in the draft, guys gonna be a gem

Ha ha fan talking about the draft during the 3rd period of a critically important game.

Says it all.