Game 76 2018-19: Kings at Oilers

by Lowetide

The first game between the Oilers and Kings took place December 22, 1979 in Los Angeles (at the Forum). The Kings scored the first seven goals in the game, but things settled down after Wayne Gretzky scored late in the second period. Final 9-3. The Simmer-Dionne-Taylor line posted 13 points in the game, Eddie Mio going the distance for the visitors.

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. INSANE NEW OFFER IS HERE!

  • New Lowetide: What Mark Hunter’s draft record in Toronto means for his Oilers GM candidacy.
  • Lowetide: Colby Cave and Joe Gambardella build late-season resumes with Edmonton.
  • Lowetide: The Oilers made a rare move and shopped the QMJHL at the 2018 draft. It could happen again.
  • Eric Duhatschek: Sorting through the organizational problems in Ottawa and Edmonton.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: After a year of despair, Oilers prospect Cameron Hebig grateful for latest chapter with the Condors
  • Jonathan Willis: Bob Nicholson’s misguided Tobias Rieder comments reveal deeper problems within Oilers management
  • Jonathan Willis: Ken Hitchcock knows why Edmonton has trouble exiting its zone, but lacks the players to fix it.
  • Lowetide: Trimming cap fat and adding speed and skill will shape Oilers’ offseason.
  • Jonathan Willis: Former Canucks architects Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman should be considered for any vacant NHL GM job
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers draft early, the WHL is loaded and there’s a lot of history.
  • Jonathan Willis: Analyzing how much the Oilers should be willing to spend on pending free agent Alex Chiasson.
  • Jonathan Willis: Keith Gretzky is a legitimate Oilers GM candidate, but would be a hard sell in Edmonton
  • Lowetide: How the Oilers can build a contender during Connor McDavid’s prime.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Leon Draisaitl has found ‘another level’ by matching offensive wizardry with sound positioning.
  • Lowetide: The Edmonton Oilers and the OHL.

OILERS AFTER 76

  • Oilers in 2015: 29-40-7, 65 points; goal differential -37
  • Oilers in 2016: 42-25-9, 93 points; goal differential +29
  • Oilers in 2017: 34-36-6, 73 points; goal differential -30
  • Oilers in 2018: 33-34-8, 74 points; goal differential -27

OILERS IN MARCH

  • Oilers in March 2016: 6-6-0, 12 points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in March 2017: 8-3-1, 17 points; goal differential +16
  • Oilers in March 2018: 7-4-1, 15 points; goal differential +9
  • Oilers in March 2019: 6-4-1, 13 points; goal differential -2

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 2-2-0)
  • On the road to: Arizona, Vegas, St. Louis (Expected: 0-2-1) (Actual 1-2-0)
  • At home to: Columbus,Ottawa, Los Angeles, Dallas, Anaheim (Expected: 3-1-1) (Actual 1-0-1)
  • Overall expected result: 5-5-4, 14 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 6-4-1, 13 points in 11 games

OILERS FORWARDS IN MARCH

  • The stretch run for 97 is traditionally absolute fire and we see it again this season.
  • Leon Draisaitl joins him, it’s an impressive run for both, galling it will not result in a playoff series.
  • Zack Kassian is delivering this month, the best since the playoffs April 2017.
  • Joe Gambardella is getting his chance and things are looking good good (very) early.
  • Nuge is on the opposite of a heater. A hooter?
  • Sam Gagner has been useful since his arrival.

OILERS DEFENSE IN MARCH (vs. elites)

  • This is DFF percentage of overall time by defenseman and then DFF percentage. All defensive numbers versus elites.
  • DFF is “Dangerous Fenwick,”, a weighted shot metric that takes into account the distance and type of unblocked shot at the net and applies the probability of that type of shot becoming a goal. (Described here).
  • Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson are very close in both percentage of minutes and DFF.
  • Darnell Nurse is not far off in terms of actual percentage, but isn’t in the same range in DFF.
  • Kris Russell is the distinct No. 4 in the group, it’s interesting to compare his numbers with John Gravel.
  • Andrej Sekera is getting sheltered, Benning less so over the long season. Both clearly third pairing.
  • My question: If you elevated Benning with Nurse and moved Russell down, would Benning post a better number vs. elites?

LUCK

My article at The Athletic today (about Mark Hunter) is about luck, or at least partly about it. I’ve been thinking about great lines of my lifetime (no, not “I’ll have what she’s having”) and how much luck is involved in forming successful trios.

Marcel Dionne came over from Detroit in June of 1975, the Red Wings botching a contract with its young star. Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of LAK, signed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the week before he signed Dionne as a free agent. In those days, you could sign away a player but would have to give compensation.

Charlie Simmer was drafted by the California Golden Seals, who released him when he was still in the minors (Seals were in Cleveland and called the Barons by that time). Simmer arrived in LA and it didn’t take long for him to show enough scoring touch to play higher on the depth chart. He scored 50+ goals twice and would have had many more if he could have stayed healthy.

Dave Taylor was drafted from Clarkson College, in the fifteenth round in 1975. He was listed at 6.0, 160 on draft day, but put on weight (he played at 195) and emerged as a power forward. When he arrived in 1977, the ingredients for the Triple Crown Line (although they wouldn’t get together for good until January 1979) were in place.

So, it was several years and two strokes of luck (plus I think Bob Berry) to get the line together. Modern times don’t have lines so much as pairs, I think 97-29 is going to be a pair every season (at least part of the time) throughout the Edmonton careers of these two men. It’s impossible to resist. Clearly.

OILERS PROSPECT TREE 2019 SPRING

  • This is an important time of year for lots of these kids. Edmonton needs to make a decision by mid-August on Hawkey, Desharnais and Dudek, or they can walk as free agents. Hawkey is the key.
  • The two players I see as vitally important signings are Ryan McLeod and John Marino. Both men are legit NHL prospects and both men are now in the range of ‘some exposure’ to not signing with the team.
  • I would also like to see Filip Berglund, Olivier Rodrigue and Anton Slepyshev signed. What’s your list?

I’m a big fan of Button, primarily because he has the courage of his convictions. His list is fire this year. I love it.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we have a great guest list and a new menu! Scheduled to appear:

  • Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Oilers GM search, does anything matter now in terms of what we see on the ice?
  • Simon Boisvert, Prospect Insider. We have a look at the 2019 draft.

We’ll also have a basketball guest, still booking show. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you at 10!

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pts2pndr

Reja: We haven’t made the playoffs two years running with the same defensive core that made it three years ago. Is Keith gonna sit on his hands probably but a new GMmight shake things up. Thank goodness Bouchard is coming we are in dire need of a tape to tape D man that can spring Leon and the fastest man in the Galaxy.

True but Sekera has been out for most of the last two years. Klefbom and Larson have also missed significant time. Russel has been forced to play second pairing right D. The most glaring deficiency is the lack of a 2nd pairing right D. Russel is overpaid if on the third pairing. Sekera is overpaid if unable to play second pairing. What we currently have are two D making over 9 million that should be no higher than third pair. We have a number of young D ready for third pairing minutes but a large hole at second pairing right D. This is further complicated by the fact both Sekera and Russel are difficult to impossible to move due their contracts. Bleeding assets to increase cap space is short term gain for long term pain. There is no easy answer. It all depends on a number of variables that we are not party to. Our hope is the people in charge make the right choices.

Munny

OriginalPouzar: The one 5 on 5 shift that had Sekera/Nurse was a long possession shift resulting in a goal.

It was on Sekera on the right side though. Not the way Godot wanted it.

ArmchairGM

Glovjuice:
So, can Connor at least catch Kutcherov in points per game rate?

He should win the Hart to make up for being cheated out of it last year. It’s not his fault management gutted the team and missed the playoffs again.

Tampa is a playoff team with or without Kucherov.

UnjustEnrichment

Drai’s contract is now looking like a bargain. What an amazing player! Anyone who says he does not drive his own offence is being willfully blind.

Glovjuice

So, can Connor at least catch Kutcherov in points per game rate?

Tesla's Hair

German Gretzky at 99pts
Alchemy!

Genjutsu

hunter1909: Nice one. Wait until the last part of the season to start talking about last summer.

20/20 hindsight!

Do you need a hug?

OriginalPouzar

Jaxon: Absolutely. It is when Nurse started to heat up and seemed to turn a corner offensively at the end of the 2016-2017 season. So it shows as large a sample size as possible since he started scoring more.

Fair enough – thank you for the response.

OriginalPouzar

godot10: He did occasionally play the right side in junior.

His mobility is better than Sekera.Sekera is a better passer, keep him on his strong side.Nurse can skate himself out of trouble on the right side.

The one 5 on 5 shift that had Sekera/Nurse was a long possession shift resulting in a goal.

OriginalPouzar

Reja: We haven’t made the playoffs two years running with the same defensive core that made it three years ago. Is Keith gonna sit on his hands probably but a new GMmight shake things up. Thank goodness Bouchard is coming we are in dire need of a tape to tape D man that can spring Leon and the fastest man in the Galaxy.

The recipient of those passes will likely be the likes of Krill Maksimov and Kailer Yamamoto next year – Drai and McDavid likely to receive such passes from some combination of Joel Persson, Caleb Jones, Willliam Lagesson and Ethan Bear – all currently playing in professional leagues and excelling in their roles.

Jaxon

OriginalPouzar: May I ask why the March 14, 2017 start date?

Absolutely. It is when Nurse started to heat up and seemed to turn a corner offensively at the end of the 2016-2017 season. So it shows as large a sample size as possible since he started scoring more.

OriginalPouzar

Crazy Pedestrian: Damn… he’s gonna get PAID!!!

Like, in the realm of $7M+ if he keeps this up. Can’t afford him. Hate to say it, but it might be in the Oilers best interests to cash in on him in the summer. This is where we all say that chia screwed us again by signing the wrong players to overpriced contracts preventing the oilers from signing him to a long term contract in the range of $5M AAV.

The gifts that keep on giving… becauseoilers.

There is the “cash him in” argument, however, at the same time, if he has another 40 point season and a season worthy of warranting a $7M AAV extension, well, then next year he will be providing a massive value at $3.1M.

Nurse’s next contract negotiations are, again, going to be very tough but, at the same time, this is a drafted and developed players, with a combination of size and skill meant for the “new NHL” that is about to enter his prime and has 1 year left on value contract which ends while an RFA (not UFA).

That is the exact type of player this team needs to, unless there is a no-brainer overpay win being offered, I don’t know about trading the player.

OriginalPouzar

JimmyV1965:
Oilers score eight goals. Get one point from the bottom six forwards. And that was Gambardella playing with Drai and McDavid.

Also, 5 goals (I think) without McDavid getting a point.

OriginalPouzar

hunter1909: Drunkards are dangerous because 1- they don’t learn anything new ever

I drink on occasion, and sometimes even too much, so I’m not trying to set myself up as any kind of moral authority here.

Kevin Lowe’s expression clearly shows he has no idea that the team he presides over has missed the playoffs 12 out of the last 13 seasons. Personally I’d rather get up at 4 AM and do Chinese Martial Arts than wake up with a hangover every day like alcoholics do. Also, it’s better to not be drunk because then you know you’re not making everyone else around you miserable.

It appears that Oilers management are nothing but piss heads. They haven’t “earned it” anymore than any alcoholic bumming money outside the liquor stores.

Of all the OBC memebers with positions within Katz empire, its pretty clear that Kevin Lowe is far removed from hockey ops.

OriginalPouzar

JimmyV1965: Drai did have hatty in playoffs. I didn’t throw my hat. Douche.

First regular season hattrick!

OriginalPouzar

Jaxon:
Nurse Update after 2 point game.

Nurse now has 55 pts at 5v5 in his last 171GP since March 14, 2017. That’s good for 10th.

1 – Burns 70
2 – Rielly 68
3 – Giordano – 65
4 – Carlson – 64
5 – Josi – 64
6 – Karlsson – 62
7 – Klingberg – 58
8 – Spurgeon – 56
9 – Hamilton – 56
10 – Nurse – 55
11 – Hedman – 55
12 – Gardiner – 55
13 – Muzzin – 55
14 – Pietrangelo – 54
15 – Barrie – 53
16 – Keith – 52
17 – Orlov – 51
18 – Manson – 51
19 – Jones – 51

He’s also 30th (among players with over 2000 minutes played) with 1.01 5v5 pts/60. Tied with Gostisbehere and Krug in that time frame. #33 Jones, #48 Subban, #45 Provorov, #51 Ekholm, #52 Theodore, #56 Ekblad, #66 Byfuglien.

May I ask why the March 14, 2017 start date?

godot10

russ99:
godot10,

Nurse has never played right side, Sekera has.

He did occasionally play the right side in junior.

His mobility is better than Sekera. Sekera is a better passer, keep him on his strong side. Nurse can skate himself out of trouble on the right side.

kgo

When Drai signed for $8.5M there was a lot of people bashing the contract….how many people would dreamed he might score 50g and 100p in year 2 of the contract.

Ribs

Todd Macallan: Welp, not a stinker. What a fun game to see live. The Reider chant at the end was genuine and a great moment, if he had buried that chance at the end the place would’ve erupted.

As an aside, the in game experience there was fantastic, think someone mentioned a few threads back that it was poor. The gf was not that interested in the game but had a blast with everything else going on there. Great night!

That Rieder chant was great. The poor bastard. Oilers fans are special because of this level of involvement they have with the team and their players.

Reja

Ribs: Impressive. I hope his agent stays clear of this post.

His agent is licking is chops and phoning contractors for a quote on the new swimming pool in the backyard.

Ribs

Do we have any real reason to believe Kevin Lowe has been involved in hockey related operations since he took on his latest position? The whole OBC thing is a fun conspiracy theory, but there doesn’t appear to be many loose ends that these supposed sloppy ol’ drunkards have left open to the public to confirm such suspicions.

I think it would be a shame for our former heroes to be ran out of town for something they realistically have little control over.

Re-read The Red Wine Summits and think about where we are now. The OBC got their way, according to this. They got rid of the coach and replaced him with an ol’ timey face. They ushered out Chiarelli for not helping the team long-term. Coffey is still busy mentoring our top flight prospects. Should we now be crying foul? Keep in mind that pulling the trigger on these supposed OBC suggestions earlier on may have meant playoffs for the Oilers this season.

“If Katz is listening to Chiarelli and Nicholson — like them or not — then he’s listening to the right people.”

Hmm.

Reja

Sierra: The difference being that McDavid and Drai are locked up long term.

We haven’t made the playoffs two years running with the same defensive core that made it three years ago. Is Keith gonna sit on his hands probably but a new GM might shake things up. Thank goodness Bouchard is coming we are in dire need of a tape to tape D man that can spring Leon and the fastest man in the Galaxy.

Todd Macallan

Todd Macallan:
First game for the gf at Rogers tonight, let hope it’s not a stinker!

Welp, not a stinker. What a fun game to see live. The Reider chant at the end was genuine and a great moment, if he had buried that chance at the end the place would’ve erupted.

As an aside, the in game experience there was fantastic, think someone mentioned a few threads back that it was poor. The gf was not that interested in the game but had a blast with everything else going on there. Great night!

Soup Fascist

hunter1909:
Best game of the season lol

…. and a blind man in the bleachers.

Reja

pts2pndr: Maybe the team should go all in and move McDavid and Draisaitl too.

Those are my 2 untouchable’s thank goodness Peter Puck doesn’t own the team.

Sierra

pts2pndr: Maybe the team should go all in and move McDavid and Draisaitl too.

The difference being that McDavid and Drai are locked up long term.

Ribs

Jaxon:
Nurse Update after 2 point game.

Nurse now has 55 pts at 5v5 in his last 171GP since March 14, 2017. That’s good for 10th.

1 – Burns 70
2 – Rielly 68
3 – Giordano – 65
4 – Carlson – 64
5 – Josi – 64
6 – Karlsson – 62
7 – Klingberg – 58
8 – Spurgeon – 56
9 – Hamilton – 56
10 – Nurse – 55
11 – Hedman – 55
12 – Gardiner – 55
13 – Muzzin – 55
14 – Pietrangelo – 54
15 – Barrie – 53
16 – Keith – 52
17 – Orlov – 51
18 – Manson – 51
19 – Jones – 51

He’s also 30th (among players with over 2000 minutes played) with 1.01 5v5 pts/60. Tied with Gostisbehere and Krug in that time frame. #33 Jones, #48 Subban, #45 Provorov, #51 Ekholm, #52 Theodore, #56 Ekblad, #66 Byfuglien.

Impressive. I hope his agent stays clear of this post.

Scungilli Slushy

Nurse would probably play a more developed game with a better partner. Maybe Russell has done the team a solid without meaning to.

pts2pndr

Reja: Sell high the return for Nurse will in my opinion be at its highest this offseason.

Maybe the team should go all in and move McDavid and Draisaitl too.

Scungilli Slushy

hunter1909: Drunkards are dangerous because 1- they don’t learn anything new ever

I drink on occasion, and sometimes even too much, so I’m not trying to set myself up as any kind of moral authority here.

Kevin Lowe’s expression clearly shows he has no idea that the team he presides over has missed the playoffs 12 out of the last 13 seasons. Personally I’d rather get up at 4 AM and do Chinese Martial Arts than wake up with a hangover every day like alcoholics do. Also, it’s better to not be drunk because then you know you’re not making everyone else around you miserable.

It appears that Oilers management are nothing but piss heads. They haven’t “earned it” anymore than any alcoholic bumming money outside the liquor stores.

You seem to have some buttons around this issue, I commiserate, I do as well. I think there are many folks who look like drunks that aren’t functioning well in the org just going by the eyes, behaviour and ‘bloom’. Kretzky and Woodcroft look pretty together to me.

Sometimes I want to make a comment about sweaty greasy looking managers, who seem like they came to work without a shower, that seem like they’d rather be driving the big white bus, or tipping a few before lunch, than speaking to media and the fans.

But most people don’t care, don’t notice, and the personal attacks bring everyone down, bring the community down. Nothing we can do about the ‘drunks’ from where we sit, other than hoping they pick higher functioning types, if they’re going to be around and in our faces, for those that are even suspicious about it or even care in the first place.

Reja

Crazy Pedestrian: Damn… he’s gonna get PAID!!!

Like, in the realm of $7M+ if he keeps this up. Can’t afford him. Hate to say it, but it might be in the Oilers best interests to cash in on him in the summer. This is where we all say that chia screwed us again by signing the wrong players to overpriced contracts preventing the oilers from signing him to a long term contract in the range of $5M AAV.

The gifts that keep on giving… becauseoilers.

Sell high the return for Nurse will in my opinion be at its highest this offseason.

Crazy Pedestrian

yeraslob: The pool I entered is not a draft, anyone can pick the same players, i.e, all would have McDavid. 1st is 20 grand.I’m not in the running, lol.But I could get my money back.

So was anyone “crazy” enough to pick both McDavid AND Draisaitl?
How about the Kuch and Kane? Anyone choose all four???

yeraslob

JimmyV1965: Drai is killing me in my pool. He keeps frickin scoring. I was in the lead by 17 tonight, but the guy in second had Drai. He’s knocked it down to 13 in one game. No one scores in the last couple weeks so you think you’re safe, but…

The pool I entered is not a draft, anyone can pick the same players, i.e, all would have McDavid. 1st is 20 grand. I’m not in the running, lol. But I could get my money back.

Crazy Pedestrian

Jaxon:
Nurse Update after 2 point game.

Nurse now has 55 pts at 5v5 in his last 171GP since March 14, 2017. That’s good for 10th.

1 – Burns 70
2 – Rielly 68
3 – Giordano – 65
4 – Carlson – 64
5 – Josi – 64
6 – Karlsson – 62
7 – Klingberg – 58
8 – Spurgeon – 56
9 – Hamilton – 56
10 – Nurse – 55
11 – Hedman – 55
12 – Gardiner – 55
13 – Muzzin – 55
14 – Pietrangelo – 54
15 – Barrie – 53
16 – Keith – 52
17 – Orlov – 51
18 – Manson – 51
19 – Jones – 51

He’s also 30th (among players with over 2000 minutes played) with 1.01 5v5 pts/60. Tied with Gostisbehere and Krug in that time frame. #33 Jones, #48 Subban, #45 Provorov, #51 Ekholm, #52 Theodore, #56 Ekblad, #66 Byfuglien.

Damn… he’s gonna get PAID!!!

Like, in the realm of $7M+ if he keeps this up. Can’t afford him. Hate to say it, but it might be in the Oilers best interests to cash in on him in the summer. This is where we all say that chia screwed us again by signing the wrong players to overpriced contracts preventing the oilers from signing him to a long term contract in the range of $5M AAV.

The gifts that keep on giving… becauseoilers.

Munny

Reider will score in the first period of the next game.

Böök¡je it!

JimmyV1965

Oilers score eight goals. Get one point from the bottom six forwards. And that was Gambardella playing with Drai and McDavid.

hunter1909

Scungilli Slushy: The NHL is replete with alcoholics, like everywhere I suppose. Especially retired players who have a lot of money and free time, and glory to relive.

The thing I regret is it’s bad for them personally, relationaly and physically, the thing I admire is that they got themselves in a place where they can drink their faces off, afford it, and hang out with others able to do it, in fancy places and fancy digs.

If being a drunk ruled people out, there’d be a lot more opportunities out there. Probably not in an NHL capacity though. I’m pissed off with all of the people on ‘doctor’s meds’, sneaking under the radar and off their faces, driving under the influence, wreaking havoc, etc etc. So many fish to fry in the personal fails pan.

Drunkards are dangerous because 1- they don’t learn anything new ever

I drink on occasion, and sometimes even too much, so I’m not trying to set myself up as any kind of moral authority here.

Kevin Lowe’s expression clearly shows he has no idea that the team he presides over has missed the playoffs 12 out of the last 13 seasons. Personally I’d rather get up at 4 AM and do Chinese Martial Arts than wake up with a hangover every day like alcoholics do. Also, it’s better to not be drunk because then you know you’re not making everyone else around you miserable.

It appears that Oilers management are nothing but piss heads. They haven’t “earned it” anymore than any alcoholic bumming money outside the liquor stores.

Munny

That was a most enjoyable affair.

First double trick since Kurri and Coffey in 1985 per TSN.

JimmyV1965

JimmyV1965,

I’m the douche. Not Drai.

Scungilli Slushy

hunter1909:
Kevin Lowe on LAK TV – looks just like my Irish alkie Uncle.

The NHL is replete with alcoholics, like everywhere I suppose. Especially retired players who have a lot of money and free time, and glory to relive.

The thing I regret is it’s bad for them personally, relationaly and physically, the thing I admire is that they got themselves in a place where they can drink their faces off, afford it, and hang out with others able to do it, in fancy places and fancy digs.

If being a drunk ruled people out, there’d be a lot more opportunities out there. Probably not in an NHL capacity though. I’m pissed off with all of the people on ‘doctor’s meds’, sneaking under the radar and off their faces, driving under the influence, wreaking havoc, etc etc. So many fish to fry in the personal fails pan.

Rebillled

6 games left for Reider to score 1 goal.

I’m guessing he doesn’t do it, but with the teams left..

I’m guessing Dallas.

JimmyV1965

OriginalPouzar:
Drai’s first career hatty.Goal number 46.Two hatty’s in one game.

Joe G. with another assist.

Drai did have hatty in playoffs. I didn’t throw my hat. Douche.

Glovjuice

OriginalPouzar:
Drai now 2nd in the NHL in goals….

lazy ?

Jaxon

Nurse Update after 2 point game.

Nurse now has 55 pts at 5v5 in his last 171GP since March 14, 2017. That’s good for 10th.

1 – Burns 70
2 – Rielly 68
3 – Giordano – 65
4 – Carlson – 64
5 – Josi – 64
6 – Karlsson – 62
7 – Klingberg – 58
8 – Spurgeon – 56
9 – Hamilton – 56
10 – Nurse – 55
11 – Hedman – 55
12 – Gardiner – 55
13 – Muzzin – 55
14 – Pietrangelo – 54
15 – Barrie – 53
16 – Keith – 52
17 – Orlov – 51
18 – Manson – 51
19 – Jones – 51

He’s also 30th (among players with over 2000 minutes played) with 1.01 5v5 pts/60. Tied with Gostisbehere and Krug in that time frame. #33 Jones, #48 Subban, #45 Provorov, #51 Ekholm, #52 Theodore, #56 Ekblad, #66 Byfuglien.

JimmyV1965

yeraslob:
More Nuge pts please (helps with the hockey pool).

Drai is killing me in my pool. He keeps frickin scoring. I was in the lead by 17 tonight, but the guy in second had Drai. He’s knocked it down to 13 in one game. No one scores in the last couple weeks so you think you’re safe, but…

Professor Q

Rieder almost scores with just a few seconds left. That was almost a great storybook ending to an excellent game.

Jaxon

If, at the start of the season, someone had told me that McDavid, Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins, Kassian, Chiasson, and Nurse were all going to have career years for production, I would have said, “Woohoo, we’re going to the playoffs!” Such a strange season.

yeraslob

Professor Q:
One has to love the ref not caring that Larsson was injured, and just shoved him to make him get off the ice faster.

Ref’s a bastard!

Younger Oil

Fans chanting “Let’s go Reider”.

Best fans in the league.

Worst management in the league, but classy, classy fans.

Professor Q

John Cooper looks extremely uncomfortable. I think he may have choked a bit there.