2019-20 Preseason Game 7: Oilers at Flames

It was my hope that the Edmonton Oilers would arrive at the final game of the preseason with the roster fairly set. Alas, it was not to be. I believe we know who is going to stay (give or take one or two) but the opening night lineup is some vague and even the lines are late coming into view. At least the defense is set. Probably.

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 Athletic, we are celebrating our 2-year anniversary this week. To mark the occasion, you can get 40% off subscriptions here.

  • New Lowetide: Jay Woodcroft’s Bakersfield Condors might be bound for glory
  • New Jonathan Willis: Ethan Bear, Tomas Jurco outshine the competition in second-to-last Oilers preseason game
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Joakim Nygard managing his anger as he eyes spot on Oilers.
  • Jonathan Willis: Assessing the Oilers’ roster as the final positional battles are sorted out
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers cut Evan Bouchard and Shane Starrett. Is Ethan Bear on the cusp of making the team?
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ bottom-six forwards, penalty kill shine in loss to Arizona Coyotes
  • Lowetide: Injuries and prospects: A brief Oilers history of devastating derailments
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Connor McDavid’s nearing return and four other things we’ve learned from Oilers camp
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How five months in Kelowna changed Leon Draisaitl’s hockey career
  • Lowetide: Matt Benning may be vulnerable to a trade as Ken Holland works to tweak Oilers roster
  • Lowetide: Three players who helped their Oilers hopes and three who didn’t do enough to separate in Edmonton’s fourth preseason game
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Dreadful showing means several Oilers players are on the chopping block with cuts looming
  • Jonathan Willis: How quickly must the Oilers’ top AHL prospects claim NHL jobs before they become suspect?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: McDavid and more: Five thoughts through the first week of Oilers camp
  • Lowetide: Why Kailer Yamamoto’s delayed training camp may benefit his Oilers career
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Brandon Manning on how his contract is hurting him, proving his worth at camp and being a mentor
  • Jonathan Willis: Four players who helped, three who hurt their Oilers hopes in Edmonton’s second preseason game
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How an offseason adding more pop in his stick and skates has James Neal primed for first Oilers season
  • Lowetide: A big night for Oilers defencemen Joel Persson, William Lagesson and Evan Bouchard
  • Lowetide: Handicapping Oilers prospect progress: The development of Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and William Lagesson
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Eight key questions for the Oilers to solve at training camp
  • Jonathan Willis: Predicting the winners of the Oilers’ top-six and top-nine forward jobs out of camp
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: In, out or on the bubble: Breaking down positional battles at Oilers camp
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Alex Chiasson prepares to return to scoring form for Edmonton Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers’ defensive hopes will rest on the new shutdown pair of Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson
  • Jonathan Willis: How much money will Darnell Nurse make on his next NHL contract?
  • Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.

LOWETIDE OPENING NIGHT PROJECTION (SEPT. 10)

  • Leon Draisaitl—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian
  • James Neal—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Alex Chiasson
  • Jujhar Khaira—Riley Sheahan—Josh Archibald
  • Markus Granlund—Gaetan Haas—Sam Gagner
  • Joakim Nygard, Colby Cave
  • Darnell Nurse—Adam Larsson
  • Oscar Klefbom—Joel Persson
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • Caleb Jones
  • Mikko Koskinen (Mike Smith)

I posted these lines before training camp, looks like the lines will be different but most of the roster players are the same. The only one of my picks who won’t be on the opening night roster is Caleb Jones. There are several question marks (Granlund, Haas, Cave, Nygard) and of course Joel Persson is hurt.

POSSIBLE OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

  • Leon Draisaitl—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian
  • Tomas Jurco—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—James Neal
  • Jujhar Khaira—Riley Sheahan—Josh Archibald
  • Alex Chiasson—Gaetan Haas—Sam Gagner
  • Markus Granlund, Joakim Nygard
  • Darnell Nurse—Adam Larsson
  • Oscar Klefbom—Ethan Bear
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • William Lagesson
  • Mikko Koskinen (Mike Smith)
  • IR: Joel Persson

Coach Dave Tippett was looking at unicorns (centers three) yesterday in practice, I welcome it but also can’t see splitting up 97-29 and giving Nuge the No. 5 and No. 6 wingers in this group and expecting 50 points.

One of the things we should follow this year is the offensive output of Kailer Yamamoto, Tyler Benson and Cooper Marody. Coach Tippett is trying to find goals among the roster players in Edmonton, and maybe he uncovers a gem. The kids on the farm can win the day by filling the nets in California. Kirill Maksimov had a tremendous game, scoring two SH goals. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here but that was a damned exciting start to preseason in the AHL!

KEN HOLLAND AND WAIVERS

I don’t think the Oilers will claim Tristan Jarry or Eric Comrie, but it’s worth considering. Those two names haven’t yet appeared on the waiver wire but something’s gotta give in the coming days.

The Leafs are placing Pontus Aberg, Tyler Gaudet, Ben Harpur and Jordan Schmaltz on waivers today at 10am our time. Schmaltz is a first-round pick by St. Louis in 2012, he’s a bigger man with good offensive and puck moving ability. Oilers don’t need him but he could be plucked off waivers by an NHL team.

I think Holland would love a scoring winger or a RH center, sometimes manna falls from heaven this time of year. Chris Kunitz was on waivers once upon a time, it can happen. Stay tuned.

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  1. Sierra says:

    Terrible power play

  2. flyfish1168 says:

    Sierra:
    Terrible power play

    Missing Connor and Oscar that is part of the 1st PP. Also Missing RNH

  3. drglen says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    yep that’s how I see it too…. got schooled a couple of times but nice passing.

    We’re going to need more from Larrson imo

  4. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Kassian can’t solve Rittich tonight. That’s at least four good looks

  5. Lowetide says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Or any Willie Dixon song covered by Led Zeppelin,

    I have a whole lotta love for this post.

  6. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Draisaitl spun around by Rasmus Andersson, no penalty. If that was any Oiler vs. Tkachuk, it’s a penalty

  7. Paulie says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Or any Willie Dixon song covered by Led Zeppelin,

    My favorite Zep tune of all time is Barracuda

  8. tileguy says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    Draisaitl spun around by Rasmus Andersson, no penalty. If that was any Oiler vs. Tkachuk, it’s a penalty

    Why do you think that is?

  9. Munny says:

    Haas!! From Nightguard!

  10. drglen says:

    Nice goal

    Bear up to Nyggard, nice feed to hass for the raise deflection…. good goal.

  11. Munny says:

    And Kass finally Kashes. 2-2

  12. Material Elvis says:

    The deflection comeback.

  13. drglen says:

    Nyggard to Kass! nice deflection…

    nice goal.

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Haas finishes off a nice give and go with Nygard on a PP to put the Oilers on the board – Bear with a nice transition to start the play.

    Nygard then sets up Kass all alone in front for the tying goal.

  15. striatic says:

    That Nygard to Kassian goal was choice.

  16. drglen says:

    Lowetide,

    oh man.. here we go.

  17. drglen says:

    Munny,

    love the nickname!

  18. Sierra says:

    flyfish1168: Missing Connor and Oscar that is part of the 1st PP. Also Missing RNH

    Is Calgary playing their No. 1 PK?

  19. Munny says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Draisaitl spun around

    Flames announcers said these very words and I’m yelllng at my screen, “but HOW was he spun around?!

  20. Victoria Oil says:

    Lowetide: I have a whole lotta love for this post.

    Whole Lotta Love is my favourite Zep song, but the lyrics probably aren’t appropriate to be sung by Ann Wilson, or any other woman for that matter. 🙂

    Heart’s versions of Battle of Evermore and Kashmir are particularly amazing.

    Will check out the Willie Dixon – Led Zep connection.

  21. striatic says:

    Nygard had been playing fairly well all pre-season, nice to see him rewarded with these points. Haas and Nygard covering their bets is critical so a little hope is welcome.

  22. drglen says:

    Victoria Oil,

    was that the kennedy centre tribute ( or was that Lincoln center) … One of the greatest music events of the last 10 years.. not a dry eye in the house…

  23. Abbeef says:

    Scungilli Slushy: It’s going to come down to coaching IMO.

    They show the ability to dominate possession, but not generate quality scoring chances. If the coaches can’t get the team on the same page, with passion, we know the result.

    Nurse and Benning from what I’ve watched (not the whole game) are struggling. Larsson as well. Granlund hasn’t a clue. Haas is too passive for the NHL at this point.

    Kassian doesn’t have the O chops for top 6 at this point – like others chances are there, can’t finish. Of course that is the hardest part.

    Bear has won himself a spot outplaying the vets IMO.

    I do like the fast players brought in. Even if they can’t score it really reduces sorties against and that helps a lot, because they can get into the line of play. The slow trains chase and it’s too late. Nygaard isn’t helping moving to the O zone but he gets into it heading back. Man is he quick.

    Baby steps.

    I think Kassian has proven he should start in the top 6 tonight. Even before he scored he has created the most scoring chances of any player on either team. Keep creating chances with other offensively skilled players will lead to goals.

  24. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    And just like that, Nygard has made the team. Probably Haas too.

  25. drglen says:

    giveaway there from somebody…
    Nurse..

  26. Paulie says:

    Victoria Oil: Whole Lotta Love is my favourite Zep song, but the lyrics probably aren’t appropriate to be sung by Ann Wilson, or any other woman for that matter.

    Heart’s versions of Battle of Evermore and Kashmir are particularly amazing.

    Will check out the Willie Dixon – Led Zep connection.

    Go back to Willie Dixon songs sung by Howlin Wolf. Start with Back Door Man. Talk about swagger …

  27. Zelepukin says:

    hard to see what happened there. Nurse giveaway?

  28. Abbeef says:

    High blocker side, bounced off Rieder. Not much of a chance for Koski.

  29. Munny says:

    drglen,

    Darn it did it

  30. Material Elvis says:

    I think that went in off of Toby’s belly and in. Ugly giveaway by 25.

  31. McSorley33 says:

    Good grief….

  32. flyfish1168 says:

    Sierra: Is Calgary playing their No. 1 PK?

    They are on full dress rehearsal with their lineup

  33. Numenius says:

    Nurse the momentum killer. Hope it doesn’t become a theme.

  34. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Oh why not, give another goal to Rieder. Seems he was cursed from the beginning to never score as an oiler, only allowed to score against them. shit… he’s going to single-handedly be to The deciding factor in the Edmonton/Calgary games isn’t he…

  35. JimmyV1965 says:

    I think the oil defence has been much better than Calgary’s tonight. Except of course the horrible miscue by Nurse.

  36. drglen says:

    gosh haven’t seen gagne since forever

  37. Munny says:

    Haas took that beating behind the Flames net well. Good sign.

    These goal line turnovers need to stop.

  38. Victoria Oil says:

    drglen:
    Victoria Oil,

    was that the kennedy centre tribute ( or was that Lincoln center) … One of the greatest music events of the last 10 years.. not a dry eye in the house…

    Yes, Heart played Led Zep at the Kennedy Center Honours in 2012 with Bonham’s son on drums.

    Brilliant performance but just one of many times Heart has covered Zep.

  39. Abbeef says:

    Didn’t get the win but I thought Edmonton outplayed them with a weaker lineup.

  40. Twinkle Mo' Fo' Toes says:

    Nurse something something only exhibition something something

  41. deardylan says:

    Finally we have losing pre season record….is that good omen?

  42. SVR says:

    Need a goalie to crack 900 at some point

  43. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    So all… preseason is over. What do we all think of the team?

  44. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lucic Reider and another Tabernac Saturday LoL

    Joe Cocker did pretty well with A little help from my friends

  45. drglen says:

    well…. what did we learn….

    I’m not sure I have an answer for that just now…

    Kassian was good, … Benning was good actually… good for him. Solid game.

    Haas has pushed Cave out I think..

    Nyggard is too valuable not to have the squad. He does change the complexion of the team.

    Bear and Lagesson… need minutes against real NHL competition at this point..

  46. razor says:

    I only caught the last couple of minutes. Who was better, Gagne or Granlund? I could see one of those two being a late cut. Gagne due to his salary.

  47. Numenius says:

    I’m fine with that effort by a weaker lineup.

  48. Nit64 says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    So all… preseason is over. What do we all think of the team?

    3 more games and roster should be clear… Oh.

  49. Material Elvis says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    So all… preseason is over. What do we all think of the team?

    Good top line. Better depth than last year. Goaltending a major question mark. No doubt in my mind that Mike Smith will be opening night starter. They are a bubble playoff team if they avoid injuries to key players.

  50. drglen says:

    razor:
    I only caught the last couple of minutes. Who was better, Gagne or Granlund? I could see one of those two being a late cut. Gagne due to his salary.

    I did not see Granland good, or basically at all, tonight… ( though I think others did and the Calgary announcer seemed to think he was good) … Gagne basically got no ice until the last minute.. so hard to say..

  51. striatic says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    So all… preseason is over. What do we all think of the team?

    The players who needed to improve over the course of preseason did manage to improve over the course of the preseason.

    Feeling mildly positive with how things have played out, with the possible exception of the goaltending.

    This is the sort of team that will have to continually improve over the course of the season to have a playoff hope. They do have players with that kind of potential for growth. With the exception of the goaltenders.

    The preseason has been mediocre. The goaltending is really difficult to have faith in right now though.

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    Best part of exhibition being over, we don’t have to talk about streams anymore….

  53. Material Elvis says:

    razor:
    I only caught the last couple of minutes. Who was better, Gagne or Granlund? I could see one of those two being a late cut. Gagne due to his salary.

    The salary is irrelevant. Either way, the team will get a $1.075M cap savings. Gagner has shown a few flashes of skill. Granlund has been quiet.

  54. Abbeef says:

    Material Elvis: The salary is irrelevant.Either way, the team will get a $1.075M cap savings.Gagner has shown a few flashes of skill.Granlund has been quiet.

    I’d take Gagner at this point. Granlund’s skillset seems redundant with Khaira, Sheahan, Archibald, Haas, Cave etc. Gagner adds a different element, as long as he can limit the defensive liability element.

  55. Twinkle Mo' Fo' Toes says:

    So….1st Game Line-up Prediction:

    Draisaitl – McDavid – Neal

    Granlund – Nuge – Chiasson

    Nygard – Haas – Kassian

    Khaira – Sheahan – Archibald

    I think Gagner is waived……did he show anything? I liked Burdasov better than Gags (or Chiasson) this preseason.

    Cave – Is a Center and can PK, a coache’s favourite kind of player
    Russell – has done everything right and should make this feam

    Nurse – Larsson
    Klef – Bear
    Russell – Benning
    Lagesson – he is the 7th best Dman

    Manning, to my eye he is the slowest Dman by a wide margin, sure he could be 7th man and doesn’t block and yutes crom playing on the farm.

    We wait…

  56. Twinkle Mo' Fo' Toes says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Best part of exhibition being over, we don’t have to talk about streams anymore….

    +1000

    Although IMO the feed tonight was A+

  57. razor says:

    Twinkle Mo’ Fo’ Toes:
    So….1st Game Line-up Prediction:

    Draisaitl – McDavid – Neal

    Granlund – Nuge – Chiasson

    Nygard – Haas – Kassian

    Khaira – Sheahan – Archibald

    I think Gagner is waived……did he show anything?I liked Burdasov better than Gags (or Chiasson) this preseason.

    Cave – Is a Center and can PK, a coache’s favourite kind of player
    Russell – has done everything right and should make this feam

    Nurse – Larsson
    Klef – Bear
    Russell – Benning
    Lagesson – he is the 7th best Dman

    Manning, to my eye he is the slowest Dman by a wide margin, sure he could be 7th man and doesn’t block and yutes crom playing on the farm.

    We wait…

    Oof that second line. You must hate Nuge :). I’d rather see: Drai-McDavid-Kassian; Jurco-Nuge-Neal. I agree with you on Gagner though.

  58. JimmyV1965 says:

    Think Haas had a good game. Appears to be getting better each day. I thought Bear looked really good tonight. He looked bad on the one play by Bennett, but it was a good play by Bennett. Am I seeing things through rose-coloured glasses, but I just don’t recall Bear making any real bad plays. He lost the puck at the offensive blueline but he hustled back.

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    TwinkleMoFoToes:
    So….1st Game Line-up Prediction:

    Draisaitl – McDavid – Neal

    Granlund – Nuge – Chiasson

    Nygard – Haas – Kassian

    Khaira – Sheahan – Archibald

    I think Gagner is waived……did he show anything?I liked Burdasov better than Gags (or Chiasson) this preseason.

    Cave – Is a Center and can PK, a coache’s favourite kind of player
    Russell – has done everything right and should make this feam

    Nurse – Larsson
    Klef – Bear
    Russell – Benning
    Lagesson – he is the 7th best Dman

    Manning, to my eye he is the slowest Dman by a wide margin, sure he could be 7th man and doesn’t block and yutes crom playing on the farm.

    We wait…

    I substitute Jurco in for Granlund and Russell to the AHL.

    Jurco is the most skilled of all the “bubble forwards” and I think he’s earned that top 6 winger spot to start the season.

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    I assume the final cuts will happen tomorrow, they won’t make us wait, will they?

  61. Abbeef says:

    My game 1 lineup (hope not prediction)

    Jurco – McDavid – Kassian
    Nuge – Draisaitl – Neal
    Khaira – Sheahan – Archibald
    Nygaard/Gagner – Haas/Cave – Chiasson

    Gagner/Nygaard, Cave/Haas, waive Granlund, Russell

    Nurse, Larsson
    Klefbom, Bear
    Russell, Persson (Benning if Persson is injured)
    Benning (Lagesson if Persson is on IR)

    Smith
    Koskinen

  62. Munny says:

    barmstrong:
    PA announcer.. “Tobias Riiiieeeeeeeder”.He’ll never get another chance to do that:)

    Lol… this didn’t age well

  63. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Best part of exhibition being over, we don’t have to talk about streams anymore….

    I wouldn’t count on this. A quick review of last season’s game day threads should confirm that we talk about them every game. Apologies if we’re irritating you, 😉

  64. Munny says:

    Some of my favourite covers are by Post Modern Jukebox. If you don’t know him/them, they’re worth checking out on YouTube.

  65. Munny says:

    Bob Stauffer‏Verified account @Bob_Stauffer · 49m49 minutes ago

    Kassian and Nygard were the best of the Oilers in Calgary.
    Nygard creates turnovers with speed.
    EDM was too slow last season.
    Haas has a good final 4 periods in Pre-Season.
    Jurco is a crafty player.
    Some interesting decisions coming up front.

  66. pts2pndr says:

    Abbeef:
    My game 1 lineup (hope not prediction)

    Jurco – McDavid – Kassian
    Nuge – Draisaitl – Neal
    Khaira – Sheahan – Archibald
    Nygaard – Haas/Cave – Chiasson

    Gagner, Cave, waive Granlund

    Nurse, Larsson
    Klefbom, Bear
    Russell, Persson (Benning if Persson is injured)
    Benning (Lagesson if Persson is on IR)

    Smith
    Koskinen

    I think you are close but after the game tonight, I believe Cave, Manning waved. Persson to IR with 13 and 14 th forwards being Gagner and Granlund. Lagesson on the team as seventh D until Persson off IR.

  67. Abbeef says:

    pts2pndr,

    Probably more likely as Granlund was signed by Holland and has had more success in the league.

  68. drglen says:

    I think you’ve got to put Nyggard and Haas in the lineup. Team is simply better.

    Since the third line KHa, She, ARch, is so good… I don’t think we need another ‘checking’ line..

    Cave is a good call up maybe, but not quite on squad. waiver.

    Is chaisson more valuable than P Russell? Probably is. Russell send down

    that leaves gagne V Granland.. for last LW spot.. … .. . . I’m changing my vote… I would waive gagne as redundant at this point ( with the emergence of Turco) … Granland hasn’t shown much but I’d keep him as that hustle defender PK … tough call…

    waive gagne Cave… send down Russell … or keep Russell and gagne as your 13 14

  69. Abbeef says:

    Looks like there will be one hard call or they send down a Euro to buy time as they are waiver exempt.

  70. Sierra says:

    flyfish1168: They are on full dress rehearsal with their lineup

    Thanks

  71. Dac189 says:

    This won’t happen but I’d like to see

    Jurco – McDavid – Neal
    Nygard – Nuge – Draisaitl
    Khaira – Haas – Chiasson/Kassian
    Granlund – Sheahan – Archibald

    Or a funner 4th line of
    Benson – Marody – Russell

    Give the kids easy minutes and have them grow together. Maybe have them play together in the AHL for half a season

  72. Younger Oil says:

    Here’s my go at a lineup:

    Jurco-McDavid-Neal
    Draisaitl-Nuge-Kassian
    Khaira-Sheahan-Archibald
    Nygard-Haas-Chiasson
    Cave-Granlund

    Klefbom-Bear
    Nurse-Benning
    Russell-Larsson
    Persson

    Smith
    Koskinen

    This team is at LEAST two top 6 wingers, one top pairing D, and one starting goalie away from being competitive, in my opinion at least. the skill gap between our third best forward (Nuge) and fouth best forward (Neal?) is larger than the gap between our fourth best forward (Neal?) and fifteenth best forward (Gagner?). A couple more forwards close to bridge the gap between Nuge and Neal would go a really long way.

    If Drouin continues to struggle, I wonder if we could package Russell and Puljujarvi together as two parts of a three-for-one.

  73. razor says:

    All I got to say is thank god they signed Sheahan just before camp. Imagine we were looking at Haas and Cave as our 3rd and 4th line C now… yikes.

  74. Lowetide says:

    New for The Athletic: Joakim Nygard and Gaetan Haas bid for final Oilers spots during a strange game in Calgary

    https://theathletic.com/1249294/2019/09/29/joakim-nygard-and-gaetan-haas-bid-for-final-oilers-spots-during-a-strange-game-in-calgary/

  75. Munny says:

    Jim Matheson‏ @NHLbyMatty · 1h1 hour

    Tippett on Haas game in Calg. “Best game by a mile.” Nygard didn’t think he was good until third period. Tippett thought he was good all game. Coach has final say

    (In that Matheson didn’t think Nygard was good till the 3rd, not Tippett)

  76. Victoria Oil says:

    Paulie: Go back to Willie Dixon songs sung by Howlin Wolf. Start with Back Door Man. Talk about swagger …

    Thanks to you, LT, Bruce & others for the education.

    I’ve always said that without blues, there would be no rock. Here is proof of what Led Zep has done:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/led-zeppelins-10-boldest-rip-offs-223419/

  77. godot10 says:

    Led Zeppelin is the greatest cover band ever. Too bad they didn’t have any original material.

  78. Yeti says:

    I’m late to the party, but best Led Zep cover? This one takes things to a whole parallel universe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HrZqtrQvcs

  79. rickithebear says:

    Have been fighting pain this week: ( even with phentanol patch).
    Worse than when 2 vertebrae collapsed and nerves along chest made false heart attack affect.

    Last night was 8-9 day since fracture of wrist.
    In short splint since Monday.
    Needed tramadol & morphine ( never worked before with bone leasion pain) in hospital last night.

    “Turns out broke my arm both sides 3 inch down from wrist”
    Edge of Splint has been pressing directly on fracture for 6 days with zero support.
    “Fuck that has hurt”

    Really wanted to see the game last night.
    Have missed most of last three!
    Final 3 usually builds an expectation for me.

    The autistic in me allways makes me direct and latch on to Analytics.

    Allways think after but never say.

    “ hope all of you are healthy”

  80. Jethro Tull says:

    razor:
    All I got to say is thank god they signed Sheahan just before camp. Imagine we were looking at Haas and Cave as our 3rd and 4th line C now… yikes.

    Until Sheahan showed something last night, they still might have been.

  81. Kmart99 says:

    Opening night lineup guess:

    Drai-McDavid-Kassian
    Jurco-Nuge-Neal
    Gagner-Sheahan-Archibald
    Nygard-Haas-Chiasson
    Khaira-Granlund

    Klefbom-Bear
    Nurse-Larsson
    Russell-Benning
    Lagesson
    Persson(IR)

    Smith
    Koskinen

    Guessing this won’t even be close to the lineup come Christmas time. Expect Jones, and one of Benson, Marody, Yamamoto to grab an opportunity by then, plus a trade.

  82. Genjutsu says:

    rickithebear:
    Have been fighting pain this week: ( even with phentanol patch).
    Worse than when 2 vertebrae collapsed and nerves along chest made false heart attack affect.

    Last night was 8-9 day since fracture of wrist.
    In short splint since Monday.
    Needed tramadol & morphine ( never worked before with bone leasion pain) in hospital last night.

    “Turns out broke my arm both sides 3 inch down from wrist”
    Edge of Splint has been pressing directly on fracture for 6 days with zero support.
    “Fuck that has hurt”

    Really wanted to see the game last night.
    Have missed most of last three!
    Final 3 usually builds an expectation for me.

    The autistic in me allways makes me direct and latch on to Analytics.

    Allways think after but never say.

    “ hope all of you are healthy”

    You should take better care of yourself sir. Seek medical help immediately when you’re in that kind of pain.

    Pain is our bodies way of telling us something is wrong

    I wish you a speedy recovery. .

  83. OriginalPouzar says:

    The defence is pretty easy.

    Assuming Persson starts the season on IR, Manning goes down and Lagesson is #7.

    If Persson is healthy, he starts as #7D and both Manning and Lagesson go down.

    Both Larsson and Nurse struggled last night but that pair is a go. The regular season is simply different and that was two veterans getting ready for the regular season. Do we think Adam Larsson’s game would shine in exhibition? His game predicated on high battle level, being an ass to play against in the defensive zone, etc. – these are not things you see from veterans in the exhibition season. He’ll be ready to go on Wed.

    Nurse/Larsson
    Klef/Bear
    Russell/Benning

    Lagesson (Persson)

    That is set for game 1 and, well, we’ll see how each of Bear and Benning fair over the first few games and perhaps adjustments are made.

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    We know which tenders are on the team but I have zero idea which one starts on Wednesday

    I have a feeling Tippett goes with Smith, his man, but, then, again, Koskinen is the incumbent.

    Mikko was actually way better in the exhibition season this year than last and recall how hot he started off last season when he got the net, despite being horrible in exhibition.

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