Game 70 2018-19: Devils at Oilers

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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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    It sure wasn’t a masterpiece against the Rangers but the Oilers got the two points they needed and now host the Devils with another 2 must-have points on the line.

    I recall watching the game in Sweden at the beginning of the year and thinking the Devils were going to be a top team in the league – ya, that thought was wrong.

    We catch a poor Devils’ team, on the second half of back to backs on the road with no Taylor Hall and coming off a game where they gave up 6 in the 3rd period to blow a lead to the flames – blah.

    Looks like Lucic will almost certainly be back but both Khaira and Klefbom are not certain for tonight.

    Khaira is a “nice to have” for tonight but they need Klefbom in the lineup. A healthy Sekera would help mitigate a Klefbom absence for a couple of games (and this doesn’t sound like its long term even if he can’t go tonight) but Oscar solidifies that defensive group and helps keep Russell’s (and Nurse’s) minutes down.

    Go Oilers!

  2. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Was really hoping NJ would win last night, not get absolutely pummeled. I think Herb Brooks bag skated those poor devils last night, and they’re going to come out tonight like they were humiliated last night

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Recall Brock Otten’s tweet from a week ago or so indicating that Samorukov has been the best d-man in the OHL in the 2nd half of the year (after an all-star performance at the World Juniors).

    Excited for the potential….

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Here is hoping that Yamamoto is back in the lineup for the Condors tonight – he missed the game on Saturday night.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Anxious to hear if Klef is able to play tonight.

    I’m going to guess that we won’t even find out after the morning skate but Hitch will defer to “he’ll see the doctors today and then we’ll make a decision” as he does.

  6. giddy says:

    Best part of the Mickey Mouse 99 story: the next game the Oilers played at the Devils, fans showed up wearing Mickey Mouse hats and apparel.

  7. adamjames2 says:

    I seem to recall (can’t find the source) there being talk of Samorukov being asked about at the trade deadline. He would be a great Russian to finally get right.

  8. Buddy says:

    Disney repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

  9. barry.moore23 says:

    Coyotes ?!?! Wow. Shaping up to be a good one here in Glendale on Hockey Night in Canada. Woo hoo !!

  10. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Friedman talks about Ken Hollandas a candidate. He’s the type of candidate that doesn even fit the “they have been good, we need to copy that” I.e.: look at NJ and conclude they are “amsrt”, or the Leafs, etc.

    – Detroit hasn’t won a Cup in a decade. Babcock was recruited to Toronto based on his reputation as a winner a few years ago (he went to back-to-back Cup Finals a decade ago, winning one)

    – Babcock is the typical hire that a team does to “imitate” success elsewhere. He’d been calls heads and getting it right more often than not

    – Hopefully for Babcock, the team advance past the first round (he hasn’t in 6 years, with the Leafs or Detroit).

    – So I get some of the rumours of candidates that come from organizations that have recently done well: that’s normal behaviour (but not the optimal approach).

    – But Ken Holland, who a decade ago was the cream of the crop, he’s likely getting not renewed at Detroit for cause: he’d be a poor POHO IMO. Bob knows him well though

    – And finally the proposed struture seems wonky: Bob is going to hire a POHO, who reports to him, and Lowe and Wayne then Katz (this is the chain of command Bob talked about when asked about some of the decisions made). Then this POHO is going to hire a GM, who reports up. I think this is what they like though: lots of respect to go around.

    – That’s a lot of layers of “management”, lot of chefs in the Kitchen

    – We will see. Some of the press seems to be praising Bob for taking his time, and I suppose some candidates they can’t talk to (unlike NFL), but the longer they wait, the less likely the new group can make meaningful change for the upcoming draft, free-agency and next season

  11. godot10 says:

    This blog might need a name change to

    Waiting for GoDaddy.

  12. Jethro Tull says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you last night. The blog issue thing wiped several of my posts. Ddidn’t want you to think I was debating in bad faith.

    We’ll go again next time someone brings up a shitty Chia trade, so in 5…4….3…2…;-)

  13. Jethro Tull says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – But Ken Holland, who a decade ago was the cream of the crop, he’s likely getting not renewed at Detroit for cause: he’d be a poor POHO IMO. Bob knows him well though

    I think we had a discussion on whether Ken was good or lucky. Hinsight is heading toward lucky.

  14. OmJo says:

    Jethro Tull:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Sorry I didn’t get back to you last night.The blog issue thing wiped several of my posts.Ddidn’t want you to think I was debating in bad faith.

    We’ll go again next time someone brings up a shitty Chia trade, so in 5…4….3…2…;-)

    HallReinhartEberleStromeManningPetrovic *breathes*

  15. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Western Conference Playoff Standings using Points Percentage shown as points over/under fake Bettman .500

    Pacific
    SJS 24
    CGY 23
    VGK 11

    Central
    WPG 15
    NSH 12
    STL 10

    Wildcard
    DAL 8
    ARI 5

    Out of playoffs
    MIN 4
    COL 2
    CHI 0
    EDM 0
    VAN -4
    ANA -6
    LAK -11

    EDM and CHI are now out of a wildcard spot by 5 points. 1 more than my arbitrary 4 point cut off for being relevant.

    Wildcard Relevant games tonight: None

  16. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Eastern Conference Playoff Standings using Points Percentage shown as points over/under fake Bettman .500

    Atlantic
    TBY 40
    BOS 23
    TOR 20

    Metropolitan
    WSH 19
    NYI 18
    PIT 15

    Wildcard
    CAR 14
    CBJ 11

    Out of playoffs
    MTL 11
    PHI 7
    FLA 3
    BUF 0
    NYR 0
    NJD -11

    Wildcard Relevant games tonight: None

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Klefbom is on the ice this morning (as is Khaira) – that doesn’t mean that he’s for sure going to play tonight but I would think its likely (and shouldn’t be long term in any event).

    Great news!

  18. dustrock says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Recall Brock Otten’s tweet from a week ago or so indicating that Samorukov has been the best d-man in the OHL in the 2nd half of the year (after an all-star performance at the World Juniors).

    Excited for the potential….

    Sometimes guys really do hit their ceilings, and development isn’t always a straight line.

    Early days, but better than I possibly expected with him.

  19. BONE207 says:

    New Jersey devils were a Mickey mouse team that one night but in 2 games the following January, Oilers beat them 5-4 then tied them 3-3. They proved they were better. I think the Oilers also did a number on a team like the Colorado Rockies one night only to get wiped out another. Cocky bastards they were in thise days. I hope this team evolves into something like that.

  20. BONE207 says:

    Secret to posting on the new Lowetide:

    Write your comment & press Post Comment.
    Site responds with Can’t find site.
    Press the back button.
    Press Post Comment again.

    LT is going to take a slap shot at Daddy’s junk.

  21. ArmchairGM says:

    OmJo: HallReinhartEberleStromeManningPetrovic *breathes*

    SPOONER

  22. hunter1909 says:

    Another “must win” game tonight.

    It’s been a while since Oilers did one of these patented(mostly hopeless) playoff pushes. Surely provides excitement for the fanbase as it languishes in hockey purgatory.

  23. Oilin4 says:

    This website seems to have taken a pretty bad hit in the balls….too soon?

  24. ArmchairGM says:

    BONE207: Secret to posting on the new Lowetide:

    Write your comment & press Post Comment.

    This works for me.

  25. ArmchairGM says:

    hunter1909: Another “must win” game tonight.

    They’re ALL must win games from here. And even if they run the table there’s a good chance they won’t make up the ground necessary to get into the second season. Oh well, at least they’re fun to watch.

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    Klef and Lucic are both playing tonight.

    Excellent!

  27. jtblack says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    Western Conference Playoff Standings using Points Percentage shown as points over/under fake Bettman .500

    Pacific
    SJS 24
    CGY 23
    VGK 11

    Central
    WPG 15
    NSH 12
    STL 10

    Wildcard
    DAL 8
    ARI 5

    Out of playoffs
    MIN 4
    COL 2
    CHI 0
    EDM 0
    VAN -4
    ANA -6
    LAK -11

    EDM and CHI are now out of a wildcard spot by 5 points.1 more than my arbitrary 4 point cut off for being relevant.

    Wildcard Relevant games tonight: None

    4 GAMES OUT. ** After tonight !* ..

    Let’s be honest, Edmonton has to WIN tonight and they have to beat Arizona on Saturday …..

    IF they can do that they will have a Hope and a Prayer.

    I feel like Edmonton is just playing well enough to Tease us … The Math is still tough .. Very Happy they are playing meaningful games in Mid March.

    ** LET’S GO OILERS **

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Khaira also playing tonight.

  29. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Khaira also playing tonight.

    Who comes out?

  30. judgedrude says:

    So 99 scored 8 against Mickey and the gang, but Gagner scored against the perennial Cup favourites.

    +1 for Samwise? (and only 2416 to go)

  31. ChiliChunk says:

    hunter1909:
    Another “must win” game tonight.

    It’s been a while since Oilers did one of these patented(mostly hopeless) playoff pushes. Surely provides excitement for the fanbase as it languishes in hockey purgatory.

    Hunter – I was trying to remember my guess in this year’s death march so I went to your site only to find this year’s numbers were not posted. Those responsible should be sacked.

  32. DBO says:

    Nuge-McDavid-??
    ??-Draisatl-Gagner
    Khaira-???-???
    Lucic-Cave-Currie
    Brodziak

    4 questions. Fill internally or externally? But based on ability, fit, and skill this is the question.

    Kassian fills 1 RW or 3 RW.
    Marody 3C?
    Chiasson on the cheap as a RW?
    Slide Gagner to 3C?
    Yamamoto or Puljujarvi the other RW.
    Benson 2 LW?

    Could work cap wise and skill wise, but i would be so hesitant on adding so many youngsters to prominent roles and hoping they all work out in the same year (very Oilers of the last 12 years)

  33. Primetime says:

    ArmchairGM: Who comes out?

    Malone?

  34. giddy says:

    jtblack: 4 GAMES OUT.** After tonight !* ..

    Let’s be honest, Edmonton has to WIN tonight and they have to beat Arizona on Saturday …..

    IF they can do that they will have a Hope and a Prayer.

    I feel like Edmonton is just playing well enough to Tease us … The Math is still tough ..Very Happy they are playing meaningful games in Mid March.

    ** LET’S GO OILERS **

    Has anyone seen any more model predictions of what the Oilers’ playoff chances are? I presume they’re still well below 20%.

  35. Sierra says:

    “I think the Oilers will run 97, 29, 93 and 89 next year”

    LT, with this quote are you suggesting Samwise as 4C next season? A $3M centre to play with the $6M LW on the 4th line? That’s a lot of cap room being used for the 4th line.

  36. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Jethro Tull: I think we had a discussion on whether Ken was good or lucky.Hinsight is heading toward lucky.

    – yeah that’s my whole premise. Beyond baseline competence I’m certain that to the extent that the performance of a team over multiple is the tool to assess a GM luck is the overwhelming attribute that separates good GMs from the rest.

    – I’m the NHL though I’m also certain that many poor GMs allow others to be “better”

    – Hope we get a better GM and he is lucky at a point in time.

  37. Oddspell says:

    giddy,

    Sportsclubstats hasn’t updated yet, but will have them at ~4%

  38. JustWatt says:

    DBO:
    Nuge-McDavid-??
    ??-Draisatl-Gagner
    Khaira-???-???
    Lucic-Cave-Currie
    Brodziak

    4 questions. Fill internally or externally? But based on ability, fit, and skill this is the question.

    Kassian fills 1 RW or 3 RW.
    Marody 3C?
    Chiasson on the cheap as a RW?
    Slide Gagner to 3C?
    Yamamoto or Puljujarvi the other RW.
    Benson 2 LW?

    Could work cap wise and skill wise, but i would be so hesitant on adding so many youngsters to prominent roles and hoping they all work out in the same year (very Oilers of the last 12 years)

    I see that lineup and think that the two moves that have to be made to the forwards are:

    1. Lose Lucic after July 1. Target the Devils because Lucic would likely take a trade there and the Devils will have no problem with the cap, only $$$. Retain $1.5 and get it done.

    2. Sign a top 6 LW. Someone to give two strong offensive guys on each line.

    The rest look like they could comfortably be filled internally. I think Marody and Cave should be competing for the 3C spot.

  39. hunter1909 says:

    The last thing Oilers need is some retread old GM who’s halfway getting sacked from his original team.

    Therefore, it wouldn’t at all surprise me if that’s exactly what Lowe+MacT end up hiring.

  40. hunter1909 says:

    ChiliChunk: Hunter – I was trying to remember my guess in this year’s death march so I went to your site only to find this year’s numbers were not posted. Those responsible should be sacked.

    Apathy abounds.

    Also, the site costs money and in light of Oiler’s permanent incompetence I’m tired of throwing mine at it.

  41. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I hope our host doesn’t take issue with me pointing out the irony of an article about a Mickey Mouse organization while we have to go to the website scroll down to yesterday’s post log in scroll to top go to home read then go to bottom post press the refresh button hope the white blank page disappears. Press backwards button. Perhaps cut and paste. Wait for delayed posting. Hope this works.

    M-i-c-k-e-y MOUSE

    Just as the Devils started fielding a pro team no doubt this blog hosting will be upgraded to the standards LT expects.

  42. ArmchairGM says:

    LT:

    Peek
    Peak
    Pique

  43. Cassandra says:

    DBO:
    Nuge-McDavid-??
    ??-Draisatl-Gagner
    Khaira-???-???
    Lucic-Cave-Currie
    Brodziak

    4 questions. Fill internally or externally? But based on ability, fit, and skill this is the question.

    Kassian fills 1 RW or 3 RW.
    Marody 3C?
    Chiasson on the cheap as a RW?
    Slide Gagner to 3C?
    Yamamoto or Puljujarvi the other RW.
    Benson 2 LW?

    Could work cap wise and skill wise, but i would be so hesitant on adding so many youngsters to prominent roles and hoping they all work out in the same year (very Oilers of the last 12 years)

    All open positions should be filled externally or, if internally, by guys who are no longer waiver exempt.

    It’s a matter of maximizing your number of potentially NHL quality players and thereby improving your depth.

    I believe Marody and Benson are, or will be soon, NHL quality players. Even so, I start the season next year with them in the AHL no matter what, and fill the NHL roster spots with either clear upgrades (Connolly, Donskoi) or with waiver guys who need an opportunity (the Josh Leivo’s and Nic Petan’s of the world).

    That way I get a few extra rolls of the dice to find a good player + I have better depth when injury strikes.

    No way should ever make the team because of a “strong” training camp. Get assets. Keep assets.

  44. dustrock says:

    I think I’ve identified my hard targets in the draft as Turcotte and Byram.

    Probably unlikely we’ll have a shot at either.

  45. who says:

    JustWatt: I see that lineup and think that the two moves that have to be made to the forwards are:

    1. Lose Lucic after July 1. Target the Devils because Lucic would likely take a trade there and the Devils will have no problem with the cap, only $$$. Retain $1.5 and get it done.

    2. Sign a top 6 LW. Someone to give two strong offensive guys on each line.

    The rest look like they could comfortably be filled internally. I think Marody and Cave should be competing for the 3C spot.

    Why do you think Lucic would accept a trade to NJ?
    Why do you think NJ would take Lucic with 1.5 million retained?
    I mean, sure, let’s make that trade yesterday. But it sounds more like wishful thinking than a realistic trade proposal.

  46. incubo_nero says:

    Lucic and Puljujarvi to the Jets for one of their impending free agent RHD is just as likely as any other scenario involving Lucic’ departure.
    Now just need to figure out how to get Chiarelli into the GM chair in Winnipeg.

  47. JimmyV1965 says:

    incubo_nero:
    Lucic and Puljujarvi to the Jets for one of their impending free agent RHD is just as likely as any other scenario involving Lucic’ departure.
    Now just need to figure out how to get Chiarelli into the GM chair in Winnipeg.

    No way the Jets are adding $6 mill in cap space, especially for Lucic, who would be the worst player on their team. JP wouldn’t even be close as a sweetener. They don’t need him.

  48. hunter1909 says:

    Cassandra: No way should ever make the team because of a “strong” training camp. Get assets. Keep assets.

    I guess there are strong, and strong when discussing Oiler rookies but every freaking season they turn up some undersized tweener who gets hyped way past whichever 1st round pick is desperate to make the team. Toby Peterson’s pathetic input fawned over while a legitimate prospect like Rob Schremp would get the MacT shaft, basically for MacT’s own sickening personal reasons.

  49. ArmchairGM says:

    Regarding this late run, and the increasing unlikelyhood of drafting a sure-fire star player in the 2019 entry draft, I decided to take a look at the past 3 years and see who the lottery winners were and the relationship to the inverse finishing order. Here’s what I found:

    2016

    1. Toronto – 1st (no change)
    2. Winnipeg – 6th (moved up 4 spots)
    3. Columbus – 4th (+1)
    4. Edmonton – 2nd (-2)
    5. Vancouver – 3rd (-2)

    2017

    1. New Jersey – 4th (+3)
    2. Philadelphia – 12th (+10)
    3. Dallas – 7th (+4)
    4. Colorado – 1st (-3)
    5. Vancouver – 2nd (-3)

    2018

    1. Buffalo – 1st (n/c)
    2. Carolina – 11th (+9)
    3. Montreal – 4th (+1)
    4. Ottawa – 2nd (-2)
    5. Arizona – 3rd (-2)

    With 69 points in 69 games, Edmonton is tied with 3 other teams with the 7th worst record in the league – if the season ended today the 4 team would sit in spots 7, 8, 9 and 10 depending on tie-breakers. Out of 9 teams that won lotto tickets in the past 3 years, 4 of them had similar or worse odds than the Oilers do today. Interestingly, of those 9 teams to finish in the bottom 3 those years, only 2 got a lottery pick.

    So while tanking guarantees a better pick, finishing in the bottom 3 teams doesn’t seem to enhance the odds of getting a top-3 pick as much as you might think.

    That the team is making a late, futile push for the second season is good for psyche and isn’t really hurting their odds of grabbing a lotto pick all that much. If they continue at their current pace (I doubt they will, the schedule gets quite tough at the end) they could finish 11th or 12th worst in the league, which gives them a very strong chance to land the 2nd overall pick the summer.

    Anything can happen with the lotto balls. Go Oilers GO!

  50. ArmchairGM says:

    Sportsnet has Hughes losing his 1st overall status… looking forward to a Hughes – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi line next October! 😀

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/sportsnets-2019-nhl-draft-prospect-rankings-march/

  51. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    I posted some forward results with McDavid from 16/17 today in this twitter thread: https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/1105620970557956096?s=19

    Kassian looks pretty good there.

  52. ArmchairGM says:

    dustrock:
    I think I’ve identified my hard targets in the draft as Turcotte and Byram.

    Probably unlikely we’ll have a shot at either.

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/sportsnets-2019-nhl-draft-prospect-rankings-march/

    The latest list has Byram at #6 and Turcotte at #8, right in the range of where the Oilers would pick if the season ended today. Without accounting for lottery movers of course.

  53. OriginalPouzar says:

    London and Guelph play today at 5pm mountain – two powerhouse teams featuring two of the Oilers top d-men prospects – heck they might be #1 and #2 (if Samorukov has overtaken the likes of Jones – tough to compare with one in junior and one in pro).

    Good lead up to the Oilers’ game which, of course, conflicts directly with the Condors’ game – blah!

  54. Jethro Tull says:

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613092/a-quantum-experiment-suggests-theres-no-such-thing-as-objective-reality/

    This is us. They didn’t need such a complicated experiment. They could have just monitored this blog for a day or two.

  55. incubo_nero says:

    JimmyV1965,

    Of course it’s an unlikely outcome – as are all of the other trade ideas bounced around re: Lucic.

    Lucic is not going anywhere with an expansion draft looming.

    Seattle might be the only remotely possible dancing partner so that they can get to the salary floor – and only if Lucic abides.

  56. ChiliChunk says:

    ArmchairGM:
    Sportsnet has Hughes losing his 1st overall status… looking forward to a Hughes – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi line next October!

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/sportsnets-2019-nhl-draft-prospect-rankings-march/

    I tried one of the draft lottery simulators last week for the first time (this season) and the first spin had Colorado getting the top 2 picks with the Ottawa pick and their own. That would be quite a day for them.

  57. ArmchairGM says:

    JustWatt: 1. Lose Lucic after July 1. Target the Devils because Lucic would likely take a trade there and the Devils will have no problem with the cap, only $$$. Retain $1.5 and get it done.

    *snaps fingers*

    I got it! Trade Lucic to NJ straight across for Cory Schneider, no retention. He’s 4-10-3, 3.20 GAA and .897 in the NHL, and even worse (3.24 and 0.881) in 8 AHL games this year. He’s been below league average in SP for the past several years (.907, .908), is 33 next week and has 3 more years at $6M each after this. Do this deal after July 1st and Lucic will be owed $16M over the last 4 years of his deal, compared to Schneider at $18M over the last 3 years – cash relief that could be very welcome to the Devils.

    This could provide Edmonton with a veteran 1B goalie for a year until Starrett is ready to be that guy. At that point you buy Schneider out and take a cap hit of $2M x 4. This means that for 2020-21 and ongoing the goaltending position will be costing us about $7.5M per year – not an unreasonable sum with an $85M+ cap.

    What do you think?

  58. ArmchairGM says:

    ChiliChunk: I tried one of the draft lottery simulators last week for the first time (this season) and the first spin had Colorado getting the top 2 picks with the Ottawa pick and their own. That would be quite a day for them.

    They’re a 1-line team, that would instantly make them a 2-line team. Wow!

  59. New Improved Darkness says:

    I don’t entirely agree with Staples today.

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned as Oilers fans it’s that this notion of the team losing in order to get some future benefit is utterly fraught.

    No, not utterly fraught. It legitimately covers the situation after you’ve had a long day in the sun—such as the Canucks with the Sedin twins—and you’re entering into a natural rebuild, and you have the opportunity to draft a franchise defenseman who might be a couple of years away, instead of some flash-in-the-pan offensive talent, such as EP40.

    I’m not saying it would work, but it could work in that narrow situation.

  60. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Was really hoping NJ would win last night, not get absolutely pummeled. I think Herb Brooks bag skated those poor devils last night, and they’re going to come out tonight like they were humiliated last night

    Last night (and tonight) NJD was missing:

    Hall
    Hishier
    Wood
    Bratt
    Zacha
    Mueller
    Vatanen
    Quenville

    They were also missing lesser lights: White, Bastian, Gabriel

    That’s 5 top 6 forwards and 2 top 4 Dmen.

    Oy.

  61. Jethro Tull says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Last night (and tonight) NJD was missing:

    Hall
    Hishier
    Wood
    Bratt
    Zacha
    Mueller
    Vatanen
    Quenville

    They were also missing lesser lights: White, Bastian, Gabriel

    That’s 5 top 6 forwards and 2 top 4 Dmen.

    Oy.

    At least five of those players would instantly play for the Oilers as better than replacement and two are elite.

  62. OriginalPouzar says:

    adamjames2:
    I seem to recall (can’t find the source) there being talk of Samorukov being asked about at the trade deadline. He would be a great Russian to finally get right.

    Oh, yes, there were quite a few accounts that he was one of the prospects that was inquired about in most trade discussions – makes sense – he’s had a wonderful season and has a very impressive skill-set – plus defender, great skater, can be physical, good shot, likes to join the rush, offensive zone skills, etc.

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    barry.moore23:
    Coyotes ?!?! Wow. Shaping up to be a good one here in Glendale on Hockey Night in Canada. Woo hoo !!

    Barry, apologies for not responding to your earlier message. I’m going to be with my parents (in their 70s), my brother and his g/f and, if you knew my family, it won’t be the most “relaxing” of all encounters so I don’t think I’m going to be planning any meet-ups on this current excursion – I do appreciate you reaching out though.

  64. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Last night (and tonight) NJD was missing:

    Hall
    Hishier
    Wood
    Bratt
    Zacha
    Mueller
    Vatanen
    Quenville

    They were also missing lesser lights: White, Bastian, Gabriel

    That’s 5 top 6 forwards and 2 top 4 Dmen.

    Oy.

    You know I’d love to believe it’s a shoo-in, but I am too jaded for that

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    BONE207:
    Secret to posting on the new Lowetide:

    Write your comment & press Post Comment.
    Site responds with Can’t find site.
    Press the back button.
    Press Post Comment again.

    LT is going to take a slap shot at Daddy’s junk.

    Correct – I’ve found this is the way to do it on Chrome.

    I mentioned this last night but will again, I have no issues on Firefox.

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: Who comes out?

    Presumably Malone – knowing the coach, likely Rattie.

  67. OriginalPouzar says:

    DBO:
    Nuge-McDavid-??
    ??-Draisatl-Gagner
    Khaira-???-???
    Lucic-Cave-Currie
    Brodziak

    4 questions. Fill internally or externally? But based on ability, fit, and skill this is the question.

    Kassian fills 1 RW or 3 RW.
    Marody 3C?
    Chiasson on the cheap as a RW?
    Slide Gagner to 3C?
    Yamamoto or Puljujarvi the other RW.
    Benson 2 LW?

    Could work cap wise and skill wise, but i would be so hesitant on adding so many youngsters to prominent roles and hoping they all work out in the same year (very Oilers of the last 12 years)

    I’m not convinced that Marody can skate well enough to play center at the NHL level. Its a non-issue at the AHL level (and his boots actually look fine when I watch him), however, it was visible issue during his earlier cup of coffee. Of course, he’s still developing his game….

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    giddy: Has anyone seen any more model predictions of what the Oilers’ playoff chances are? I presume they’re still well below 20%.

    They jumped from 2% to close to 10% with the win against the Rangers but are back down to apx 5% with the ARI win last night.

    Take care of business tonight and beat the Desert Dogs in regulation on Saturday and I think we would see a substantial spike.

  69. Lowetide says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I hope our host doesn’t take issue with me pointing out the irony of an article about a Mickey Mouse organization while we have to go to the website scroll down to yesterday’s post log in scroll to top go to home read then go to bottom post press the refresh button hope the white blank page disappears. Press backwards button. Perhaps cut and paste. Wait for delayed posting. Hope this works.

    M-i-c-k-e-y MOUSE

    Just as the Devils started fielding a pro team no doubt this blog hosting will be upgraded to the standards LT expects.

    You’re right, Kinger. Until I can get things back to the standards we both agree are needed, I’ll suspend the comments section. I think it’s time.

  70. Lowetide says:

    Lowetide: You’re right, Kinger. Until I can get things back to the standards we both agree are needed, I’ll suspend the comments section. I think it’s time.

    Sorry Kinger, we got outvoted! Comments section is back.

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sierra:
    “I think the Oilers will run 97, 29, 93 and 89 next year”

    LT, with this quote are you suggesting Samwise as 4C next season?A $3M centre to play with the $6M LW on the 4th line? That’s a lot of cap room being used for the 4th line.

    I don’t see Gagner as 4C next year but it has nothing to do with cap hit. I see him kind of in a similar role to what he’s been playing – kind of roving all over the lineup. With the seemingly material advancement in his “away from the puck” game, he was the ability to fill in all over the top 9.

    With that said, if Knoblauck decides that Gagner and Lucic on the 4th line gives the team the best chance to win on any given night then, absolutely, he must deploy them in that manner. He will be provided a 23 man roster that fits within the upper cap limit parameters and must deploy them in a manner that he believes gives the team the best chance to win that night. If that includes $10M on the fourth line, so be it. It likely also includes a Khaira or a Benson up the lineup at a value/minimal cost.

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I hope our host doesn’t take issue with me pointing out the irony of an article about a Mickey Mouse organization while we have to go to the website scroll down to yesterday’s post log in scroll to top go to home read then go to bottom post press the refresh button hope the white blank page disappears. Press backwards button. Perhaps cut and paste. Wait for delayed posting. Hope this works.

    M-i-c-k-e-y MOUSE

    Just as the Devils started fielding a pro team no doubt this blog hosting will be upgraded to the standards LT expects.

    Yes, the free community provided for us (with updated 1st rate content each and every day) is having technical issue – the horror……….????

  73. Reja says:

    Cassandra: All open positions should be filled externally or, if internally, by guys who are no longer waiver exempt.

    It’s a matter of maximizing your number of potentially NHL quality players and thereby improving your depth.

    I believe Marody and Benson are, or will be soon, NHL quality players.Even so, I start the season next year with them in the AHL no matter what, and fill the NHL roster spots with either clear upgrades (Connolly, Donskoi) or with waiver guys who need an opportunity (the Josh Leivo’s and Nic Petan’s of the world).

    That way I get a few extra rolls of the dice to find a good player + I have better depth when injury strikes.

    No way should ever make the team because of a “strong” training camp.Get assets.Keep assets.

    Who’s gonna score in the top 9 from the winger position? Other teams will be keying in more and more on Leon,Connor and RNH without a threat to score from the wing. You would get a lot of action in Vegas on the over-under that these players score 10 goals next year. Lucic,Jesse, Gags,Ratts,JJ,Chaiss,Rieder etc are who ever you you pick up on the waiver wire. We need to obtain one scoring winger at least. Makes our power play and shootout better.( underated stat)

  74. godot10 says:

    I started playing American Pie on Youtube when the comments when down, and by the time American PIe was over comments were back.

    The day #Lowetide died.

  75. Jethro Tull says:

    Lowetide: You’re right, Kinger. Until I can get things back to the standards we both agree are needed, I’ll suspend the comments section. I think it’s time.

    Get off my lawn! Damn kids and there fancy comments section.

  76. Ice Sage says:

    I’m enjoying the ghost in the machine… that was probably #1 album when Gretz said his thing

  77. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: I don’t see Gagner as 4C next year but it has nothing to do with cap hit.I see him kind of in a similar role to what he’s been playing – kind of roving all over the lineup. With the seemingly material advancement in his “away from the puck” game, he was the ability to fill in all over the top 9.

    With that said, if Knoblauck decides that Gagner and Lucic on the 4th line gives the team the best chance to win on any given night then, absolutely, he must deploy them in that manner. He will be provided a 23 man roster that fits within the upper cap limit parameters and must deploy them in a manner that he believes gives the team the best chance to win that night.If that includes $10M on the fourth line, so be it. It likely also includes a Khaira or a Benson up the lineup at a value/minimal cost.

    I agree like how Columbus utilized him. I’ve decided my next Dog’s name will be Sammy.

  78. giddy says:

    Lowetide: You’re right, Kinger. Until I can get things back to the standards we both agree are needed, I’ll suspend the comments section. I think it’s time.

    LT, I mean no disrespect to Kinger who brings a lot of valuable Oilers/NHL insight and has without question been visiting this site longer than I have, but please ignore what he says about you or your website. It’s not your privilege that he visits and it irks me a lot the way he speaks towards you.

  79. McNuge93 says:

    incubo_nero:
    JimmyV1965,

    Of course it’s an unlikely outcome – as are all of the other trade ideas bounced around re: Lucic.

    Lucic is not going anywhere with an expansion draft looming.

    Seattle might be the only remotely possible dancing partner so that they can get to the salary floor – and only if Lucic abides.

    Any possibility of Lucic to Ottawa. They may want to save face after losing their 1st round pick. If our pick is in the 7 to 10 range i’d be ok with dealing it to Ottawa with Lucic and something modest in return.i.e. Pageau or a draft pick. Thoughts?

  80. giddy says:

    Reja: Who’s gonna score in the top 9 from the winger position? Other teams will be keying in more and more on Leon,Connor and RNH without a threat to score from the wing. You would get a lot of action in Vegason the over-under that these players score 10 goals next year. Lucic,Jesse, Gags,Ratts,JJ,Chaiss,Rieder etc are who ever you you pick up on the waiver wire. We need to obtain one scoring winger at least. Makes our power play and shootout better.( underated stat)

    Agreed, but needs to be done prudently. A solid RH shooter winger would be fantastic and do wonders for our PP.

  81. JimmyV1965 says:

    incubo_nero:
    JimmyV1965,

    Of course it’s an unlikely outcome – as are all of the other trade ideas bounced around re: Lucic.

    Lucic is not going anywhere with an expansion draft looming.

    Seattle might be the only remotely possible dancing partner so that they can get to the salary floor – and only if Lucic abides.

    Ya. I’m pretty slow witted. Didn’t get your sarcasm at first. My bad. I do think a creative GM can move Lucic though. And I definitely think the list of teams he’s willing to move to has expanded greatly and will grow with every miserable game here. I can’t fathom him being even remotely happy playing here.

  82. JimmyV1965 says:

    ArmchairGM: *snaps fingers*

    I got it! Trade Lucic to NJ straight across for Cory Schneider, no retention. He’s 4-10-3, 3.20 GAA and .897 in the NHL, and even worse (3.24 and 0.881) in 8 AHL games this year. He’s been below league average in SP for the past several years (.907, .908), is 33 next week and has 3 more years at $6M each after this. Do this deal after July 1st and Lucic will be owed $16M over the last 4 years of his deal, compared to Schneider at $18M over the last 3 years – cash relief that could be very welcome to the Devils.

    This could provide Edmonton with a veteran 1B goalie for a year until Starrett is ready to be that guy. At that point you buy Schneider out and take a cap hit of $2M x 4. This means that for 2020-21 and ongoing the goaltending position will be costing us about $7.5M per year – not an unreasonable sum with an $85M+ cap.

    What do you think?

    This is one of the more interesting proposals I’ve heard. Exact same contract except for bonuses. Schneider’s contract is much much more attractive as a buyout.

  83. Lowetide says:

    giddy: LT, I mean no disrespect to Kinger who brings a lot of valuable Oilers/NHL insight and has without question been visiting this site longer than I have, but please ignore what he says about you or your website. It’s not your privilege that he visits and it irks me a lot the way he speaks towards you.

    I appreciate the kind words. The one thing I want is for everyone to have a good experience, and comments today suggest that’s not the case. I’d rather go offline and fix, but also understand the community. So I’m pulling plugs and making sure the tubes work in the back and hopefully we find something.

  84. Lowetide says:

    test

  85. JimmyV1965 says:

    McNuge93: Any possibility of Lucic to Ottawa. They may want to save face after losing their 1st round pick. If our pick is in the 7 to 10 range i’d be ok with dealing it to Ottawa with Lucic and something modest in return.i.e. Pageau or a draft pick. Thoughts?

    I’d prefer to use the first round pick to get an actual player. It’s really the only asset we have to improve.

  86. bendelson says:

    giddy: Agreed, but needs to be done prudently. A solid RH shooter winger would be fantastic and do wonders for our PP.

    I like to look forward… what wingers do you like that are young, fast, established in the NHL, yet remain affordable with significant upside? I like Oliver Bjorkstrand. You?

  87. Reja says:

    giddy: Agreed, but needs to be done prudently. A solid RH shooter winger would be fantastic and do wonders for our PP.

    Those Assholes to the south did that and it remains to be seen if that turns into a Franchise altering trade.

  88. Jethro Tull says:

    Lowetide:
    test

    5 by 5

  89. Reja says:

    JimmyV1965: This is one of the more interesting proposals I’ve heard. Exact same contract except for bonuses. Schneider’s contract is much much more attractive as a buyout.

    You could reunite Hall and Lucic and Nurse and Schneider. Oh wait never mind.

  90. Wilde says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux:
    – I hope our host doesn’t take issue with me pointing out the irony of an article about a Mickey Mouse organization while we have to go to the website scroll down to yesterday’s post log in scroll to top go to home read then go to bottom post press the refresh button hope the white blank page disappears. Press backwards button. Perhaps cut and paste. Wait for delayed posting. Hope this works.

    M-i-c-k-e-y MOUSE

    Just as the Devils started fielding a pro team no doubt this blog hosting will be upgraded to the standards LT expects.

    Wait, what the fuck?

  91. Biggus Dickus says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes, the free community provided for us (with updated 1st rate content each and every day) is having technical issue – the horror……….????

    Technical issues going on a year, but I bet LT is collecting clicks like one of those top 10 celebrity scandal sites.

  92. godot10 says:

    A reminder:

    The OIlers first round draft pick is expansion draft exempt. Any player they get for him is NOT. The first round draft pick is actually two players,

  93. deardylan says:

    Man we deserve a mickeymouse 13 to 4 night to help our plus minus just in case…wouldnt hurt morale either. Although this wordpressed site might turn into wordjuice or smoothieofpucks

    Poor kinger you got too many 1st world problems bro… i feel for ya. Next time there is a blackout in TO lets do a roadtrip to watch the oilers play on the east.

  94. Andy Dufresne says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Last night (and tonight) NJD was missing:

    Hall
    Hishier
    Wood
    Bratt
    Zacha
    Mueller
    Vatanen
    Quenville

    They were also missing lesser lights: White, Bastian, Gabriel

    That’s 5 top 6 forwards and 2 top 4 Dmen.

    Oy.

    These guys know how to tank.

  95. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    Lowetide: Sorry Kinger, we got outvoted! Comments section is back.

    – Hey the Devils figured it out – have no doubt you will too!

    – And your definitely not Mickey Mouse if there was any doubt about that

  96. Lowetide says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux: – Hey the Devils figured it out – have no doubt you will too!

    – And your definitely not Mickey Mouse if there was any doubt about that

    Checked with Go Daddy, it isn’t them. I think we might take a break at the end of the season. A couple of weeks to undo everything and try to fix it if not I’ll maybe start a new site.

  97. Andy Dufresne says:

    Lowetide: Sorry Kinger, we got outvoted! Comments section is back.

    Just reduce the beer prices until things get sorted out!

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rodrigue not in the lineup for Drummondville – the groin injury must not be minor.

  99. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    giddy: LT, I mean no disrespect to Kinger who brings a lot of valuable Oilers/NHL insight and has without question been visiting this site longer than I have, but please ignore what he says about you or your website. It’s not your privilege that he visits and it irks me a lot the way he speaks towards you.

    – Giddy – my post was a light hearted joke linking the post with the situation and I think LT took it that way.

    – I can’t imagine someone reading what I posted and not taking it that way. I went out of my way to make the point clear.

  100. OriginalPouzar says:

    JimmyV1965: I’d prefer to use the first round pick to get an actual player. It’s really the only asset we have to improve.

    I’d prefer to use the first round pick to draft a player – one with a reasonable likelihood of, within a few years, provide a value contract where performance outweighs cap hit, is cost controlled, expansion draft exempt, etc.

    There is value in trading high picks for players, when a team is in the right situation – I don’t think this organization is there.

  101. OriginalPouzar says:

    SPR should be a must-follow for any Oilers fan.

    Can’t wait to see Samorukov in Bakersfield:

    ☘️ 🏒SPR 🏒 ☘️

    @TheOilKnight
    Following Following @TheOilKnight
    More
    Dimitri Samorukov just made a tremendous defensive play tracking down the speedster Liam Foudy & stripping him of the puck, then turns around and fires a stretch pass right on the tape for a breakaway where the guy should’ve scored. That’s definitely going in the highlight reel!

  102. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – and I get a kick out of imagining LT trying to fix the system in the internet age – using his hammer and screwdriver and a few choice kicks to the box with a few reboots thrown in there.

    – Tel pere tel fils – whether it’s adjusting rsbnit ears on the roof or warming up the car in the winter with a fire. His Dad is no doubt chucking from above as LT tinkers with the problem as best he can.

  103. Reja says:

    Fun fact. Gustafsson 50pts Nurse 35pts Kelfbom 19pts

  104. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Lowetide: Checked with Go Daddy, it isn’t them. I think we might take a break at the end of the season. A couple of weeks to undo everything and try to fix it if not I’ll maybe start a new site.

    Will you have a set up for those with the shakes?

  105. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Andy Dufresne: These guys know how to tank.

    Rommel would study them if he were alive.

  106. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Reja:
    Fun fact. Gustafsson 50pts Nurse 35pts Kelfbom 19pts

    Hopefully the new GM doesn’t hate skilled D because they won’t hit enough, or don’t block enough shots.

  107. danny says:

    LT / Everyone

    I’ve attempted to resolve this missing post issue with Godaddy, but their Managed WordPress system is not meant to deal with small wrinkles. It’s a one size fits all system, and their support have been useless. From everything I have gathered, this is a caching issue, and other than manually releasing the cache every day, the cache settings are set in stone.

    So, with LT’s approval, my solution to the community, would be setting LT up on a better hosting platform. I use Siteground and will vouch for their and impeccable support. Suggestions welcomed.

    1) someone start a gofundme annually to purchase a years hosting for LT each year as a ‘thank you’
    2) Siteground allows a 3-year purchase up front at $5.95 per month, it increases to 19.95 per month afterwards though… so its better to buy 3 years upfront. ($214USD)
    3) whoever handled the gofundme would purchase the 3 years of hosting, and send me the credentials
    4) I would finally be able to get a transfer of LT’s database (its huge) and that would allow me to install a new responsive mobile friendly blog design. Which has been impossible under Godaddy.

    **** Again this is all based on LT being interested, and trust in us that three years from now he won’t get stuck paying $19.95USD per month compared to what he’s paying now because we don’t like quirky websites.

  108. Scungilli Slushy says:

    danny:
    LT / Everyone

    I’ve attempted to resolve this missing post issue with Godaddy, but their Managed WordPress system is not meant to deal with small wrinkles. It’s a one size fits all system, and their support have been useless. From everything I have gathered, this is a caching issue, and other than manually releasing the cache every day, the cache settings are set in stone.

    So, with LT’s approval, my solution to the community, would be setting LT up on a better hosting platform. I use Siteground and will vouch for their and impeccable support.Suggestions welcomed.

    1) someone start a gofundme annually to purchase a years hosting for LT each year as a ‘thank you’
    2) Siteground allows a 3-year purchase up front at $5.95 per month, it increases to 19.95 per month afterwards though… so its better to buy 3 years upfront. ($214USD)
    3) whoever handled the gofundme would purchase the 3 years of hosting, and send me the credentials
    4) I would finally be able to get a transfer of LT’s database (its huge) and that would allow me to install a new responsive mobile friendly blog design. Which has been impossible under Godaddy.

    **** Again this is all based on LT being interested, and trust in us that three years from now he won’t get stuck paying $19.95USD per month compared to what he’s paying now because we don’t like quirky websites.

    For that much can’t we all decide to hit the donate button right now and raise that? There are enough regulars I’m sure that would be in. Not me of course 🤪

  109. danny says:

    Lowetide,

    It’s most likely the Cloudfare and your SSL / Godaddy setup.

  110. Scungilli Slushy says:

    danny:
    LT / Everyone

    I’ve attempted to resolve this missing post issue with Godaddy, but their Managed WordPress system is not meant to deal with small wrinkles. It’s a one size fits all system, and their support have been useless. From everything I have gathered, this is a caching issue, and other than manually releasing the cache every day, the cache settings are set in stone.

    So, with LT’s approval, my solution to the community, would be setting LT up on a better hosting platform. I use Siteground and will vouch for their and impeccable support.Suggestions welcomed.

    1) someone start a gofundme annually to purchase a years hosting for LT each year as a ‘thank you’
    2) Siteground allows a 3-year purchase up front at $5.95 per month, it increases to 19.95 per month afterwards though… so its better to buy 3 years upfront. ($214USD)
    3) whoever handled the gofundme would purchase the 3 years of hosting, and send me the credentials
    4) I would finally be able to get a transfer of LT’s database (its huge) and that would allow me to install a new responsive mobile friendly blog design. Which has been impossible under Godaddy.

    **** Again this is all based on LT being interested, and trust in us that three years from now he won’t get stuck paying $19.95USD per month compared to what he’s paying now because we don’t like quirky websites.

    Danny if I might, what is your recommendation for a platform and hosting for a basic business site that is user friendly?

  111. danny says:

    Scungilli Slushy: For that much can’t we all decide to hit the donate button right now and raise that? There are enough regulars I’m sure that would be in. Not me of course 🤪

    Yes easily. But a gofundme would have a cool goal tracker.

  112. Reja says:

    We have a whole Bushel coming up in the pipeline. They will need looks in the NHL soon are they’ll walk or little return to a team that gives them a opportunity.

  113. Scungilli Slushy says:

    danny: Yes easily. But a gofundme would have a cool goal tracker.

    Can’t pass that up!

  114. Andy Dufresne says:

    Blackhawks dominating Toronto. 5-1 end of the 2nd

  115. danny says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Danny if I might, what is your recommendation for a platform and hostingfor a basic business site that is user friendly?

    That’s a loaded question, but if you are a complete beginner, and want a safe user friendly option to launch a custom business site, I’d probably recommend Wix. If you foresee a lot of feature creep and advanced additions, you might want to get a WordPress developer on-board and I recommend Siteground for WordPress

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja:
    Fun fact. Gustafsson 50pts Nurse 35pts Kelfbom 19pts

    Imagine how great Nurse will be when he’s 27 years old……

    It would be awesome to have Gustaffson, obviously, but he took a very long time to develop in to an NHL player – he didn’t establish himself until he was, essentially, 26.

    Can’t really fault prior management too much for the non signing – also, who knows, maybe he had zero desire to sign with the Oilers?

  117. OriginalPouzar says:

    Samorukov with a third period goal – a shot from the point to give Guelph a lead.

    My goodness, he just doesn’t stop….

  118. Scungilli Slushy says:

    danny: That’s a loaded question, but if you are a complete beginner, and want a safe user friendlyoption to launch a custom business site, I’d probably recommend Wix. If you foresee a lot of feature creep and advanced additions, you might want to get a WordPress developer on-board and I recommend Siteground for WordPress

    Thanks, that is generous of you. I have a WordPress site, perhaps I’ll change hosting. Are you a WordPress developer?

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    SPR should be a must-follow for any Oilers fan.

    Can’t wait to see Samorukov in Bakersfield:

    SPR

    @TheOilKnight
    Following Following @TheOilKnight
    More
    Dimitri Samorukov just made a tremendous defensive play tracking down the speedster Liam Foudy & stripping him of the puck, then turns around and fires a stretch pass right on the tape for a breakaway where the guy should’ve scored. That’s definitely going in the highlight reel!

    Here is the play – this is unreal – I recommend clicking the link:

    https://twitter.com/TheOilKnight/status/1105989773737381890

  120. Scungilli Slushy says:

    danny: That’s a loaded question, but if you are a complete beginner, and want a safe user friendlyoption to launch a custom business site, I’d probably recommend Wix. If you foresee a lot of feature creep and advanced additions, you might want to get a WordPress developer on-board and I recommend Siteground for WordPress

    Oh, and loaded is what I do.

  121. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Samorukov with a third period goal – a shot from the point to give Guelph a lead.

    My goodness, he just doesn’t stop….

    I am quite excited about how many D prospects are looking really good. I’m not one that cares about the next Karlsson so much as the next solid all round top 4 D . If you can produce those you have a great affordable back end and a lot of blue chips for the kitty.

  122. OriginalPouzar says:

    danny:
    LT / Everyone

    I’ve attempted to resolve this missing post issue with Godaddy, but their Managed WordPress system is not meant to deal with small wrinkles. It’s a one size fits all system, and their support have been useless. From everything I have gathered, this is a caching issue, and other than manually releasing the cache every day, the cache settings are set in stone.

    So, with LT’s approval, my solution to the community, would be setting LT up on a better hosting platform. I use Siteground and will vouch for their and impeccable support.Suggestions welcomed.

    1) someone start a gofundme annually to purchase a years hosting for LT each year as a ‘thank you’
    2) Siteground allows a 3-year purchase up front at $5.95 per month, it increases to 19.95 per month afterwards though… so its better to buy 3 years upfront. ($214USD)
    3) whoever handled the gofundme would purchase the 3 years of hosting, and send me the credentials
    4) I would finally be able to get a transfer of LT’s database (its huge) and that would allow me to install a new responsive mobile friendly blog design. Which has been impossible under Godaddy.

    **** Again this is all based on LT being interested, and trust in us that three years from now he won’t get stuck paying $19.95USD per month compared to what he’s paying now because we don’t like quirky websites.

    No need to set up a gofundme – I will cover the 3-year fee upfront – no worries at all – god knows I get more use out of this site than most (all).

    LT, DM me and I will send you an e-mail transfer if you want to go down this route.

  123. Gerta Rauss says:

    danny,

    I’ll support a change of host and happily contribute to a gofundme campaign

  124. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar: No need to set up a gofundme – I will cover the 3-year fee upfront – no worries at all – god knows I get more use out of this site than most (all).

    LT, DM me and I will send you an e-mail transfer if you want to go down this route.

    OP, that’s very kind. Can I get you go through Danny? That’s the way we did it last time, makes setup clean. As for after subscriptions after three years, I’ll take care of that (I think Go Daddy is about $90 a year so it’s ballpark).

  125. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: Imagine how great Nurse will be when he’s 27 years old……

    It would be awesome to have Gustaffson, obviously, but he took a very long time to develop in to an NHL player – he didn’t establish himself until he was, essentially, 26.

    Can’t really fault prior management too much for the non signing – also, who knows, maybe he had zero desire to sign with the Oilers?

    Of course he had zero desire to resign in Edmonton. He was going to a team that would give him a opportunity.

  126. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: OP, that’s very kind. Can I get you go through Danny? That’s the way we did it last time, makes setup clean. As for after subscriptions after three years, I’ll take care of that (I think Go Daddy is about $90 a year so it’s ballpark).

    For sure – Danny please let me know the best way – an e-mail transfer works for me, I just need an e-mail address and confirmed amount.

  127. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Lowetide: OP, that’s very kind. Can I get you go through Danny? That’s the way we did it last time, makes setup clean. As for after subscriptions after three years, I’ll take care of that (I think Go Daddy is about $90 a year so it’s ballpark).

    LT hit the community up in 3. We’re unsavoury, forgetfull, combative. but we wear tinfoil hats and many of us would have walked off the team without somewhere fun to talk Oiler hockey.

    Many of us would not understand hockey properly without this site, which has been a meeting place for so many good things.

    Seriously.

    The Oilers should be grabbing your tab really.

    Props

  128. OriginalPouzar says:

    No Yamamoto again tonight – I’m not sure what his injury is but he missed last game as well.

    Brandon Manning in the lineup – they are going with 7D which they’ve done a few times before since he got sent down.

    Lots of talk on twitter today about him being a healthy scratch (which he has been twice) – not tonight.

  129. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: Imagine how great Nurse will be when he’s 27 years old……

    It would be awesome to have Gustaffson, obviously, but he took a very long time to develop in to an NHL player – he didn’t establish himself until he was, essentially, 26.

    Can’t really fault prior management too much for the non signing – also, who knows, maybe he had zero desire to sign with the Oilers?

    What will Nurse’s next contract start at? Is he in your core? There’s only so many seats at the core table. This is what the next GM will decide if he isn’t in your core you trade him before his value plummets like way to many players to mention in the last ten years.

  130. Glovjuice says:

    OriginalPouzar: Here is the play – this is unreal – I recommend clicking the link:

    https://twitter.com/TheOilKnight/status/1105989773737381890

    Wow, absolutely spectacular. This player will be a top pairing D in time. I guarantee it. That backpedal to clear air was breathtaking.

  131. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    No Yamamoto again tonight – I’m not sure what his injury is but he missed last game as well.

    Brandon Manning in the lineup – they are going with 7D which they’ve done a few times before since he got sent down.

    Lots of talk on twitter today about him being a healthy scratch (which he has been twice) – not tonight.

    Matty had something on the weekend about a head hit iirc

  132. Ben says:

    Heard Klefbom is wearing an over-the-shoulder sling to support his injury.

  133. ArmchairGM says:

    Reja:
    We have a whole Bushel coming up in the pipeline. They will need looks in the NHL soon are they’ll walk or little return to a team that gives them a opportunity.

    RFA’s can’t “walk”.

  134. danny says:

    OP that’s a nice gesture. Do you have an email address you don’t mind posting here? I’ll reach out and we can navigate there. I’m out of town right now, back on Monday so I’ll contact with instructions sometime this weekend or Monday.

  135. Lowetide says:

    danny:
    OP that’s a nice gesture. Do you have an email address you don’t mind posting here? I’ll reach out and we can navigate there. I’m out of town right now, back on Monday so I’ll contact with instructions sometime this weekend or Monday.

    Thanks as always, Danny. Your work over many years is central to this community. We are lost without you (as you can tell!) 🙂

  136. OriginalPouzar says:

    Christoffer gets the top line spot with Benson and Marody in Yamamoto’s absence.

  137. ArmchairGM says:

    Reja: What will Nurse’s next contract start at? Is he in your core? There’s only so many seats at the core table. This is what the next GM will decide if he isn’t in your core you trade him before his value plummets like way to many players to mention in the last ten years.

    Why do you hate Darnell Nurse?

  138. OmJo says:

    danny:
    LT / Everyone

    I’ve attempted to resolve this missing post issue with Godaddy, but their Managed WordPress system is not meant to deal with small wrinkles. It’s a one size fits all system, and their support have been useless. From everything I have gathered, this is a caching issue, and other than manually releasing the cache every day, the cache settings are set in stone.

    So, with LT’s approval, my solution to the community, would be setting LT up on a better hosting platform. I use Siteground and will vouch for their and impeccable support.Suggestions welcomed.

    1) someone start a gofundme annually to purchase a years hosting for LT each year as a ‘thank you’
    2) Siteground allows a 3-year purchase up front at $5.95 per month, it increases to 19.95 per month afterwards though… so its better to buy 3 years upfront. ($214USD)
    3) whoever handled the gofundme would purchase the 3 years of hosting, and send me the credentials
    4) I would finally be able to get a transfer of LT’s database (its huge) and that would allow me to install a new responsive mobile friendly blog design. Which has been impossible under Godaddy.

    **** Again this is all based on LT being interested, and trust in us that three years from now he won’t get stuck paying $19.95USD per month compared to what he’s paying now because we don’t like quirky websites.

    When I had my hockey forum it was hosted on Site Groud. Granted this was years ago, maybe a decade.

    But I have nothing bad to say about them and they have (had?) quality customer support.

    So I second the Site Ground move.

  139. Reja says:

    ArmchairGM: RFA’s can’t “walk”.

    If they feel there not getting a fair shake. It doesn’t end well.

  140. danny says:

    Lowetide: Thanks as always, Danny. Your work over many years is central to this community. We are lost without you (as you can tell!) 🙂

    The fact that this blog has a theme built circa 2007 makes me think I could have done more lol

    Glad I can contribute

  141. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: What will Nurse’s next contract start at? Is he in your core? There’s only so many seats at the core table. This is what the next GM will decide if he isn’t in your core you trade him before his value plummets like way to many players to mention in the last ten years.

    He is 100% in my core.

    I am just fine with Klef and Nurse patrolling the left side top 4 for the next 6-8 years.

    Unless one (or both) of Samorukov and/or Jones prove themselves to be a top 4 (or maybe even top 2) d-man, I keep both these guy.

    I don’t know what Nurse’s next contract will look like – it will be somewhat dependent on his season next year, of course – if its similar to this one, box car wise, it will start with a 6 – and he will be worth it.

  142. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Lowetide: You’re right, Kinger. Until I can get things back to the standards we both agree are needed, I’ll suspend the comments section. I think it’s time.

    WTF?

  143. OmJo says:

    OriginalPouzar: No need to set up a gofundme – I will cover the 3-year fee upfront – no worries at all – god knows I get more use out of this site than most (all).

    LT, DM me and I will send you an e-mail transfer if you want to go down this route.

    That’s a really awesome thing to do OP.

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    Spirited scrap by Lucic.

  145. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: Matty had something on the weekend about a head hit iirc

    I missed that – thank you.

  146. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Lowetide: Sorry Kinger, we got outvoted! Comments section is back.

    OK … I’ll admit it … I completely fell for it. Good one LT.

  147. Zelepukin says:

    Was going to say kind of a slow start? You’d think we have guys going harder, quicker passes these first 3 or 4 shifts, but then Looch.

  148. Ice Sage says:

    Wow what a tilt. Good on the kid. Jersey peaks early

  149. OriginalPouzar says:

    danny:
    OP that’s a nice gesture. Do you have an email address you don’t mind posting here? I’ll reach out and we can navigate there. I’m out of town right now, back on Monday so I’ll contact with instructions sometime this weekend or Monday.

    icooper@blg.com

  150. OriginalPouzar says:

    Vesel gives the Condors a 1-0 lead from Christoffer (drew both d-men in front of the net and left Vesel open). Hebig with the 2nd assist.

  151. OmJo says:

    OmJo,

    Late to the party, as always.

  152. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    OriginalPouzar: No need to set up a gofundme – I will cover the 3-year fee upfront – no worries at all – god knows I get more use out of this site than most (all).

    LT, DM me and I will send you an e-mail transfer if you want to go down this route.

    – I know what you did there OP – you calculated your billable hour rate and the time lost to billing vs extra time to log in post refresh back space times your dozen posts + a day etc and figured you just increased your available billable time my tens of thousands You sneaky magic circle corporate lawyer.

  153. fishman says:

    OP your support and contributions to this site are outstanding and much appreciated!!!

  154. Nit64 says:

    Lowetide: Thanks as always, Danny. Your work over many years is central to this community. We are lost without you (as you can tell!)

    ~ Goal Danny, Primary Assist OP. Refs are still trying to decide whether to give Kinger a secondary assist or 2,5, and game ~

  155. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers glitching like GoDaddy

  156. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oh, Mikko, what happened there?

    Sleepy PP and they give up a 2 on 1 right after it (weak play by Nurse at the offensive blueline). Koskinen makes the save but loses the rebound and puts it in his own net.

    Blah!

  157. OriginalPouzar says:

    SD ties it up at the end of a PP.

  158. Lowetide says:

    Oilers look like they are now aware of the playoff race.

  159. Nit64 says:

    Lowetide: Interesting. Hawks up 5-1 after 2 and beat Leafs 5-4.

    Interesting. Hawks up 5-1 after 2 and beat Leafs 5-4.

  160. Lowetide says:

    Sam Gagner scored, I think. Weird goal.

  161. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big goal by Gagner to pick up the poor plays by Nurse and Mikko (as stated in the above post).

    Trade by Keith Gretzky looking so darn good right now.

  162. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ooops, Khaira getting credit for the goal – maybe it never touched Sam – still a plus trade (not that we would actually know how Spooner would perform here).

  163. flyfish1168 says:

    Nice to see us come back strong

  164. jake70 says:

    That goal against was, to me, on Sekera…put it more into Nurse’s skates and Nurse never had solid control.

  165. Ice Sage says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ooops, Khaira getting credit for the goal – maybe it never touched Sam – still a plus trade (not that we would actually know how Spooner would perform here).

    Gagner’s screen meant Schneider couldn’t track it. He’s been a revelation.

  166. OriginalPouzar says:

    Koskinen having trouble with his rebounds early and maybe tracking the puck (seems a bit slow to react).

  167. Lowetide says:

    Khaira having a nice game.

  168. godot10 says:

    Reja: What will Nurse’s next contract start at? Is he in your core? There’s only so many seats at the core table. This is what the next GM will decide if he isn’t in your core you trade him before his value plummets like way to many players to mention in the last ten years.

    Nurse’s availability is significantly higher than any other Oilers D. Durability is a thing.

  169. OriginalPouzar says:

    With that post, McDavid is now tied with Seguin for most poitns in the league.

  170. Lowetide says:

    Man that was a nice power play.

  171. jp says:

    That was a hell of a PP. They earned about 3 goals!

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    Now Chiasson with a post.

    Now Chiasson with a goal.

    Now that was a better PP.

  173. Nit64 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Koskinen having trouble with his redirects early and maybe tracking the puck cookie (seems a bit slow to react).

    ~ You’d think with that contract the goaler could afford better than godaddy ~

  174. Gerta Rauss says:

    everything but score….and then they score..!

  175. Ice Sage says:

    Brilliant. 97 learns fast.

  176. Lowetide says:

    By the way, thanks to whoever suggested Firefox. Works more better than Chrome.

  177. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid one point away from 100.

  178. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ice Sage:
    Brilliant.97 learns fast.

    kid’s got a bright future

  179. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers just dominating now – game turned after the Devils’ goal – woke the team up it seems.

  180. flyfish1168 says:

    Nice to see Klef getting a point

  181. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    By the way, thanks to whoever suggested Firefox. Works more better than Chrome.

    You are welcome.

  182. Nit64 says:

    danny: From everything I have gathered, this is a caching issue,

    Will not miss the not logged in cache problem at all. Got it on every browser on the pc and on android chrome.

    Thanks Danny and OP.

  183. Nit64 says:

    flyfish1168:
    Nice to see Klef getting a point

    Nice to see Klef

  184. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Is this team gonna find a way to lose? Stay tuned.

  185. Ice Sage says:

    Eberle move!

  186. OriginalPouzar says:

    Larsson roaming and totally lost his man – tough goal to give up so late in the period.

    Mikko still does not look comfortable – I feel the Oilers may need to score 6 or more to win unless Hitch is bold at starts Stolarz in the second based off of how Mikko looks. Won’t happen – need a Koskinen bounceback for the last 40.

  187. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors tied at 1 after the first period.

    Wasn’t able to pay full attention but it looked like the vast majority of play was in the S. Diego zone (as per usual with this Condors’ team) and the shot clock does reflect that. 10-4.

  188. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    2-2
    14-8 shots Edmonton
    19-12 Corsi 5-on-5 Edmonton

    Missed opportunities and you’d like to be up a goal. But that power play was gorgeous.

  189. Lowetide says:

    Benson scores from Marody, 2-1 Bakersfield.

  190. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Benson scores from Marody, 2-1 Bakersfield.

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before…….

    After having a solid shot volume (and quality) but shooting only 4% months in to the season, they’ve started going in with regularity for Benson now.

  191. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar: No need to set up a gofundme – I will cover the 3-year fee upfront – no worries at all – god knows I get more use out of this site than most (all).

    LT, DM me and I will send you an e-mail transfer if you want to go down this route.

    Very commendable OP. Bravo

  192. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid struggling with the puck – 5-6 times he’s tried to stickhandle through multipe Devils and has been checked.

  193. OriginalPouzar says:

    Again, Larsson leaves the man wide open in front.

    What is going on with him tonight – he had a superb game last game and is making major mistakes tonight.

  194. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Oilers skating in cement right now

  195. Gerta Rauss says:

    We’re getting rolled by the NJ Devils the last 3 or 4 shifts

  196. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers have themselves a fine goalie.

  197. OriginalPouzar says:

    Mikko beat on a snap shot from inside the blueline.

    He needs to be pulled (should have been pulled after the first).

  198. Gerta Rauss says:

    might have been tipped

  199. leadfarmer says:

    Should have pulled Koski when he was shaky in first

  200. hunter1909 says:

    hunter1909:
    Oilers have themselves a fine goalie.

    LMAO then NJ score!

    Wtf do I think I’m doing even trying to watch this? Back to ESPN score tracker!

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