Game 78 2018-19: Ducks at Oilers

by Lowetide

“All nemesis” week ends today, as the Oilers spend Tabernac Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. In a world rife with villains, the Ducks are beyond fiendish. If tonight’s game begins with 10 Oilers goals in the first period and no reply from Anaheim, fans will scream for 20. The Anaheim Ducks are older and faltering, the Getzlaf sneer and the Kesler snarl fading into history via injuries and maladies. Edmonton Oilers fans want the local heroes to hammer the Ducks, to humble Corey Perry and humble him again. If you think I’m kidding, you don’t know Edmonton. Only complete ruination will suffice.

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: The Edmonton Oilers and the giant talent pool that is the USHL.
  • Lowetide: How the Oilers can shop for a big bang on a small budget
  • Jonathan Willis: How the Oilers can turn their prospect depth into the blueline of a contender.
  • 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 78

  • Oilers in 2015: 30-41-7, 67 points; goal differential -36
  • Oilers in 2016: 44-25-9, 97 points; goal differential +31
  • Oilers in 2017: 34-38-6, 74 points; goal differential -36
  • Oilers in 2018: 34-34-9, 77 points; goal differential -23

OILERS IN MARCH

  • Oilers in March 2016: 7-7-0, 14 points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in March 2017: 9-3-1, 19 points; goal differential +17
  • Oilers in March 2018: 7-5-2, 16 points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in March 2019: 7-4-2, 16 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 2-0-2)
  • Overall expected result: 5-5-4, 14 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 7-4-2, 16 points in 13 games

OILERS ALL-TIME MINOR LEAGUE SCORERS AT 20

  1. Miro Satan 1994-95 Cape Breton Oilers: 25, 24-16-40 (1.60)
  2. Daniel Cleary 1999-00 Hamilton Bulldogs: 58, 22-52-74 (1.28)
  3. Steven Rice 1991-92 Cape Breton Oilers: 45, 32-20-52 (1.16)
  4. Tyler Benson 2018-19 Bakersfield Condors: 61, 14-47-61 (1.00)
  5. Mike Toal 1979-80 Houston Apollos: 76, 31-45-76 (1.00)

All but one in the group had an NHL career, Toal arriving at a time when the Oilers were producing two HHOF forwards a year (incredible). I know the plan is to have Benson stay in the AHL next season, but imo you can project him, along with Cooper Marody and Caleb Jones, as NHL-ready.

Condors clinched a playoff spot last night, the first time since becoming Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in 2015. Josh Currie leads the franchise in all major categories (skaters) and will no doubt be back in California for the playoffs.

ETA

We’ll talk about this as the spring yields to summer, but the estimated time of arrival on some prospects has changed in recent months. Dmitri Samorukov appears to have shortened his NHL timeline, but must of course continue to develop. Kailer Yamamoto? Going the wrong way.

  • Fall 2019: Caleb Jones, Cooper Marody, Tyler Benson, Joel Persson, Joe Gambardella, William Lagesson.
  • Winter 2019: Evan Bouchard
  • Fall 2020: Ethan Bear, Kailer Yamamoto, Dmitri Samorukov

The rest of the matriculating group will let us know when they’re ready to project, some of these junior forwards have to make a major leap to the AHL in the next 12 months.

JUJHAR KHAIRA STATUS

Matty has JJ Khaira likely in tonight.

John Marino’s Harvard team lost yesterday at the NCAA Men’s Hockey Championships, meaning his season is over. Marino can return to Harvard for his senior year, sign with Edmonton, or notify the team he’ll be turning pro as a free agent ala Matt Benning with the Boston Bruins (and Justin Schultz before him). If that occurs, expect the Oilers to quickly trade Marino in a “Tobias Rieder for Kale Kessy” calibre exchange. Marino is quality.

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Rebillled

We could use a goalie next year.

By ‘could us’ i mean we are proper fucked again next year with this pair.

We’ve had:

1. Roloson for the playoffs in 06
2. Talbot in 16.

Everything else…

NOT GOOD AT ALL.

ENTER:

3 YEARS OF KHL KOSKI? OUCH.

Munny

BornInAGretzkyJersey: Do you have any experience with the Big Green Egg?

No, sorry. I avoid grilling, generally, as the process loses much of the fat and thus the fat soluble vitamins.

godot10

Professor Q:
I just saw the Carrick hit on McDavid, and am even more disappointed with the non-call *and* non-reaction from the team.

“Non-intentional” my arse. He was looking right at Connor and stuck out his leg.

I’m sure Lucic took care of it.

GMB3

OriginalPouzar:
Marody ties it up – Benson with an apple – both extend their streaks to 10 games.

Condors give the lead right back though.Down 3-2 with about 10 to go.

How did Starett play?

Reja

Professor Q:
I just saw the Carrick hit on McDavid, and am even more disappointed with the non-call *and* non-reaction from the team.

“Non-intentional” my arse. He was looking right at Connor and stuck out his leg.

Somebody should have tuned him in.

Professor Q

I just saw the Carrick hit on McDavid, and am even more disappointed with the non-call *and* non-reaction from the team.

“Non-intentional” my arse. He was looking right at Connor and stuck out his leg.

Ribs

“This is a game of depth and goaltending.”

Fixed.

OriginalPouzar

This is a game of inches and goaltending.

Leon scores on that breakaway and the building erupts and the team feeds off it as they do – that first line probably gets rolling.

Leon doesn’t score, the goaltender lets in a weak one and the team is deflated, the building quiet and the momentum shifts. Oilers can’t get the momentum back, a few more weak goals and it turns out to be one of the worst nights of the year….

v4ance

Went to the game tonight and was in front of a row of Ducks fans who were apparently related to Sam Steele and got to celebrate all 5 Anaheim goals loudly. A friend texted them to say that they were shown on FOX sports. If I’d have known, I’d have facepalmed harder while they were jubilantly jumping around me.

We were in the Oilers end for the second period and when the 2nd goal went in, I mentally implored Hitchcock to pull Koskinen while the team still had a chance. Sadly it took two more weak ones to end the suffering and put an end to the competition and Kosi’s night.

With about 7 mins to go, our section got salty with one fan shouting “Don’t shoot the puck!” every time the Oilers came into the offensive zone. When the teams went 4 on 4 with 5 mins remaining, I yelled “Keep away for 2 mins!” while the other fan keep yelling “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot!”. After 90 seconds of cycling leading to nothing but a cleared puck, the entire arena erupted into boos while our section hooted and laughed along with the Anaheim fans at our amazing psychic abilities.

The Anaheim fans were cool tho. We let them know about Benning’s loss of a few teeth resulting in his cage and they were totally confused about the “Let’s go Reider!” chants during the last half of the 3rd. Once I explained Nicholson’s foot in mouth comments, they too joined in the supportive Reider chants.

I wish Nicholson could hold one more round of season ticket holder meetings so people could REALLY let him know how they feel.

As a group, me and my friends agreed we wouldn’t buy a 4 pack of tickets next year. We all believe the secondary market will have prices below face value and we can pick up game day tickets at a discount whenever we want to drive up from Calgary. Small victories!

OriginalPouzar

Condors lose to the Baracuda last night, 4-2 but Marody and Benson each extend their point streaks to 10 games.

London/Guelph confirmed for round 2 – hopefully the sched comes out soon and at least one game is on SN this week before I leave next weekend – would love to watch these two powerhouses play (although so busy).

Decidedly Skeptical Fan

Drew:

How do you know the poster is female, I assumed the name referenced them pleasuring themselves in their hand.

Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that. I’m still laughing as I am typing this.

Share your sentiments on some of the great posters of the day, BTW.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Drew,

That’s solid info, thanks. Good to know.

Drew

Gerta Rauss: Don’t waste your time Drew

This persons comments tonight are representative of her posting history towards most community members

I did a quick look, much obscenities, random nonsense (which I admit I do as well lol) and a little bit on music.

I’m OK knowing I was helpful if they feel good about themselves for a brief moment.

How do you know the poster is female, I assumed the name referenced them pleasuring themselves in their hand.

I miss GMoney and Dellow etc.

Gerta Rauss

Drew: Thinking i need to look back on my critics posting history, maybe there is more to this individual than what appears???

Don’t waste your time Drew

This persons comments tonight are representative of her posting history towards most community members

Drew

BornInAGretzkyJersey:
Kinger_Oil.redux,

I thought a big plus of the BGE was it’s ability to function as a smoker?Or is this a case of a general tool that does well all around, but is outdone by specialty tools for specific jobs?

the smoker really lays the smoke in, I find it is inefficient to finish the job though. The BGE flavors are softer and I like the finish for some meats. Is a higher moisture environment though, unless you have the heat wide open.

Drew

deardylan: Those three words directly in a conversation to another human being? I apologize Drew that you had to read those words. No human deserves those words.

Was weird, in my private equity role, i mentor PhD’s (physicist, engineers, and other tech experts) they are always very respectful and eager to have me provide guidance.

Thinking i need to look back on my critics posting history, maybe there is more to this individual than what appears???

Drew

Kinger_Oil.redux:
Drew,

– You have the triple play – egg gas and smoker. Do you spend a lot of time out there?I keep thinking I’d enjoy the smoker as it’s more set it forget it then transfer it to either grill to finish it off: grill marks torque it sauce it up etc.

P.S. Andy I laughed when I read about your electric grill – do you drink 0% beer and serve decaf when you cook off that. Doesn’t it feel weird?!

I cook outside until it hits -20C. the egg and gas work great together when i do multiple cuts. the smoker is great for jerky but i find it best to finish on the gas.

Not sure about the last comment (if is toward me) I never drink decaf, and i do not drink beer. I have a rum room attached to my wine cellar and have about 125 different rums, and yes cooking is great fun when i go all sample in.

Tesla's Hair

Just saw a recent post that i feel was not needed and hope will be deleted by the poster.

Those three words directly in a conversation to another human being in my experience can be deeply hurtful even in jest.

No human deserves those words.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Kinger_Oil.redux,

I thought a big plus of the BGE was it’s ability to function as a smoker? Or is this a case of a general tool that does well all around, but is outdone by specialty tools for specific jobs?

BONE207

Pescador: Who cooks a pot roast 1045 at night?
A man, that’s who
And what a Man!!

I have a dream. To free those succulent juices that have been captive for so long. It came as a joyous dawning of realization that we are free of Oilers playoff chains. I have a dream that alcohol will shorten the already shorter blackness that we have endured on tabernac Saturday. Now is the time to get on with living & ring the bells of freedom from the Disorganization which consumes our collective souls. We have survived the cold, harsh winter which gave us but a few lasting memories of hockey glory. Captive in our homes & our minds were the ideals of culinary artists the world over. Throw down your chains & raise your bbq lids & set forth to be righteous for a glorious season of summer sunsets.

Kinger_Oil.redux

Drew,

– You have the triple play – egg gas and smoker. Do you spend a lot of time out there? I keep thinking I’d enjoy the smoker as it’s more set it forget it then transfer it to either grill to finish it off: grill marks torque it sauce it up etc.

P.S. Andy I laughed when I read about your electric grill – do you drink 0% beer and serve decaf when you cook off that. Doesn’t it feel weird?!

BornInAGretzkyJersey

Ben,

That’s good to hear. Season one was incredible. However, we didn’t make it past episode three of the second season. We’ve been watching The Americans lately, which is an impressive drama. When we’re done it might be worthwhile to circle back to the latest season of True Detective.

Scungilli Slushy

I wonder if Katz’ due diligence is reading repeatedly in MSM Burgers has a 750 person list that he pared down to 200, but nobody will talk to him when playoffs are on (and Burgesr knows it).

And if Burgers’ real time is spent calling the IIHF and hoping there’s an in before it’s too late.

Drew

Glovjuice: Ok Drew. I need to do this. Ready. I apologize……..You are dumb.

Coming from you that means so much

Glovjuice

OmJo:
Tobias Rieder spiked the water in Edmonton…

THIS is plausible. Sort of on the creation vs. Big Bang therories being equally absurd level.

BONE207

Gerta Rauss:
Oil2Oilers,

ChiarrelliPeter Ch

I got nothing

Correction…
We got nothing!!!

No hope…no playoffs…no joy in pothole-ville

OmJo

The Edmonton Oilers are still a team in the National Hockey League.

Pescador

BONE207: Thanks man. Good to know. Makes sense too.
I was thinking about the oven & a pot but then I thought about doing it in a bbq. I know it was discussed here some time ago but I forgot the details.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Who cooks a pot roast 1045 at night?
A man, that’s who
And what a Man!!

Gerta Rauss

Oil2Oilers,
Chiarelli
Peter Ch

I got nothing

Scungilli Slushy

Oil2Oilers: He was a symptom not the cause.

Nail on head.

The Dys are a crappy team still.

They just don’t make awful decisions every time they make one. Like most teams.

BONE207

Gerta Rauss:
14 shooters and no goals in VAN

on to round 8

Bah…any team wearing blue can beat Dallas

Oil2Oilers

Gerta Rauss:
Fun overtime in Vancouver

That Quinn Hughes kid looks like a keeper

How have the Dys traded away two franchise goalies, had the pisscutters pisscutters age and retire with Jim Benning at the fucking helm and have a rebuild further a long a promising path than the Oilers?

Before you reflectively answer Chiarelli, Chia was hired to get rid of soft talent that did not kiss the ring, lock up Lucic and bring in heavy hockey. He was a symptom not the cause.

Gerta Rauss

14 shooters and no goals in VAN

on to round 8

*edit-Granlund wins it for VAN

OriginalPouzar

oilersfan:
Did the oilers play that bad or did Koskinen just stink out the joint

They were the better team, significantly, until the first weak goal changed the game completely. After the 2nd weak goal they essentially called it a night.

OriginalPouzar

Drew: Not a biggie,

Used to do M&A in the energy sector, as a rookie they gave me the little deals. Up to 500M. lol

We do have lawyers in the firm that play in that snack-bracket and, yes, the firm is pushing innovation, etc. big time for the files where its appropriate.

Gerta Rauss

Fun overtime in Vancouver

That Quinn Hughes kid looks like a keeper

Drew

leadfarmer:
OriginalPouzar,

Funny thing about Koskinen is he actually has been going into the butterfly position a lot later than he did during his “hot” streak when I was joking that they push him into the crease after intermission on his knees

the frustrating thing with Koskinansna (TALL) is the huge variability in his performance either good or completely sh!t.

they should probably judge TALL in warm ups and then pull or play him

Glovjuice

BornInAGretzkyJersey:
BONE207,

If it’s a dry roast sear first so you retain the juices, and if it’s a pot roast sear last because cooking in a moist environment will ruin the caramelization/crust.

Pot roast sear both.

leadfarmer

Just realized that Gagner played in the USHL in Sewer city before spending his draft year in London. Wonder what’s the back story on that

leadfarmer

OriginalPouzar,

Funny thing about Koskinen is he actually has been going into the butterfly position a lot later than he did during his “hot” streak when I was joking that they push him into the crease after intermission on his knees

BONE207

Pescador:
Spit the bit on Thursday
No show tonight
In Vegas on Monday (yikes)
San Jose Thursday
Calgary next Tabernac
0-5 by next Sat?

Drive for 5….as in the 5th pick in the draft.
The Plan is finally being realized

Drew

Ribs: PTS/G Strome = 0.41
PTS/G Gagner = 0.41

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

PTS/G Spooner = 0.18

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Not sure what this means except Chia is a chowder head

OmJo

Tobias Rieder spiked the water in Edmonton…

Ribs

And then…

PTS/G Spooner = 0.17

Ouch.

Gerta Rauss

oilersfan:
Did the oilers play that bad or did Koskinen just stink out the joint

I thought the first 10 minutes were scratchy for both teams, then the Oilers pushed for about 5 min and looked good, then Perry scored late in the first(went off Koskinen’s glove)…and then the 2nd period happened

Pretendergast

7 straight games with 1 powerplay

Gerta Rauss

Well that performance emitted a strong odour

On to Vegas

Ribs

flyfish1168: Strome 15 for the NYR since the trade

PTS/G Strome = 0.41
PTS/G Gagner = 0.41

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

OmJo

Drew: i liked Strome and thought his trade was a stupid stupid deal, but as Chia is a pro i figured he must really know something i couldn’t see???

He saw Spooner had a few Bruins seasons on his HockeyDB profile.

Drew

oilersfan:
Did the oilers play that bad or did Koskinen just stink out the joint

Not that I am watching but sounds like both.