2019-20 Game Six: Oilers at Blackhawks

Everyone remembers the first game against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was in historic Chicago Stadium and it was the first game in Oilers NHL history. The game here, the Wednesday night in late November 1979, that’s a good one to remember. Close game, Oilers get two quick ones in the third and then an EN goal. Old Tony Esposito, with webs sewn everywhere to stop the puck and legends on every line. It was a wonderful time in Edmonton.

Here’s a fun game to play when you’re bored. At 11:45 of the first period in that November game, Wayne Gretzky and Stan Mikita took penalties. How many players do we need to get from those two men through today, and then back to 1915, using only teammates?

Well, Gretzky played with Alexei Kovalev, whose last season was 2012-13. Jonathan Huberdeau was Kovalev’s teammate, so it took two men to get us to today. What about backwards? Well, Stan Mikita played with Ted Lindsay in his rookie season, and Lindsay played with Syd Howe when he was a freshman. Syd Howe played as a rookie with Frank Nighbor, that takes us to 1915. So, to get through 104 NHL seasons, it’s Nighbor to Howe to Lindsay to Mikita to Gretzky to Kovalev to Huberdeau. I’ve done this forever. It can be a blast.

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, there is a Puck Drop Special offer here.

  • New Lowetide: Raphael Lavoie delivers high-octane offence to lead Oilers prospect performances.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Mike Smith is charged up, and that’s a big reason behind the Oilers’ surprising 5-0 start
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 4 positives in the Oilers’ 4 wins that may not be sustainable
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ Oscar Klefbom playing tough minutes with inexperienced partners — and looking good doing it
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘He’s addicted to getting better’: What the Oilers are saying about Connor McDavid’s amazing start
  • Eric Duhatschek: The lasting impact of The Gretzky Effect, 40 years after his NHL debut
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers who could win (or lose) NHL jobs early in 2019-20
  • Lowetide: Several unproven players are earning NHL jobs and increasing roster quality and depth. No balance photo, but some traction early.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Why Riley Sheahan could be a key ingredient the Oilers have been missing
  • Jonathan Willis: Bet on James Neal rebounding with Oilers, just not all the way
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Joel Persson went from being a part-time teacher three years ago to patrolling the Oilers blue line (this is exceptional).
  • Lowetide: Keeping an eye on Jesse Puljujarvi: Which teams could emerge as potential trade partners?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Oscar Klefbom on being a mentor, his strategy for staying healthy and saying goodbye to a friend.
  • Daniel and Jon: Ten bold (and not so bold) predictions for the Oilers this season
  • Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 2015: 2-4-0, goal differential -4
  • Oilers in October 2016: 5-1-0, goal differential +7
  • Oilers in October 2017: 2-4-0, goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2018: 3-3-0, goal differential -6
  • Oilers in October 2019: 5-0-0, goal differential +8

At some point the Oilers will run into bad luck early and the game will get away from them, and we’ll see an “L”. Tonight, Edmonton would appear to be the better team based on early results, but you never know. I think that top line, combined with competent goaltending, is close enough to the 2016 team for us to draw a direct comparable.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OCTOBER

  • At home to: Vancouver, Los Angeles (Expected: 1-1-0) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • On the road to: NYI, NJD, NYR, CHI (Expected 2-1-1) Actual (3-0-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia, Detroit (Expected 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: Winnipeg, Minnesota (Expected 1-1-0)
  • At home to: Washington, Florida (Expected 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: Detroit, Columbus (Expected 1-1-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 5-0-0, 10 points after 5 games

Could the Oilers post 20 points in this month? Say, 9-3-2? That would be 4-3-2 from here. I’d say 8-4-2 is completely reasonable. That would mean going 3-4-2 from here.

2019-20 EDMONTON OILERS

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Mrs. Lowetide and I are sitting in our family room, the dog has stolen my coyote blanket and is sleeping beside her. Traitor. This has been a good year, I’m thankful for many blessings and aware that good fortune has walked beside me for many years now. There are regrets and things I’d love to do over, but one suspects we all have those life experiences along the way. The kids are working/going to school, I’ve concluded the world they’ll live in is exactly nothing like the one I’ve traveled. There’s good and bad in that statement. I worry about them, this young group coming up. I guess my Mom and Dad worried about us too, it just seems as though the earth is moving underneath our feet more in these last few years. Stay close to those you hold dear, know that family can be anyone in your circle of influence. I suspect we’re going to be going back to tight knit families, Grandma and Grandpa living with the kids and their kids and maybe that’s okay. Be well. Take care of yourself. Happy Thanksgiving!

OILERS ’19-20 (’16-17) AT FIVE ON FIVE

  • Corsi: 47.87 (49.99)
  • Fenwick: 47.92 (50.96)
  • Shots: 45.32 (51.06)
  • Goals: 52.17 (54.25)
  • Expected Goals: 50.66 (50.57)
  • Scoring chances: 49.45 (50.06)
  • Shooting percentage: 13.04 (8.28)
  • Save Percentage: 90.9 (92.72)
  • PDO: 103.1 (101.0)

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  1. Munny says:

    At some point this season we were going to see them lose lol.

    And a loss usually means you didn’t play well.

    Now we get to see how they rebound.

    Is there new resilience here, or the same-old same-old.

  2. jp says:

    Harpers Hair: The only season where he had a modicum of success was when he played with the Sedins.

    Well he’s a bottom 6 forward. I’d argue a modicum of success was achieved last year by scoring 12 goals, with a -3 goal differential at even strength.

    It’s also hard to see anything that looks like success when a player spends 43% of his TOI vs elites and faces sub-40% zone starts like Granlund did 2 seasons ago.

    Also, well done stoking the fire.

  3. Pescador says:

    Munny:
    Pescador,

    Craft-brewed lager.Apparently.

    Central City Brewing, Surrey BC. Couldn’t name another one of their products.

    I have noticed it in my local liq, will give it a swill,
    How did you enjoy the Erdinger?
    I believe it was on your list

  4. GMB3 says:

    Last year McDavid had one of the worst impacts of xGA according to hockeyviz and RAPM. I’d surmise the amount of minutes game in and game out played a role

  5. Munny says:

    Pescador: I have noticed it in my local liq, will give it a swill,
    How did you enjoy the Erdinger?
    I believe it was on your list

    it’s what I went into the store for, and they had these on sale for the long weekend… and I always have to talk myself into a wheat beer… so I walked out with these.

    I mean, “Beer League”. I had to find out.

  6. jp says:

    Harpers Hair: The Oilers shots/GP is 21.5.
    31st in the league.
    This won’t end well.
    The PDO pony bucks everyone off eventually.

    Agreed on the PDO pony but where did you get that SA number?

    From the NHL.com
    6-5-1-0
    26.2 shots/game (yes, 31st)
    29.8 shots/game (5th)

    There’s a deficit but it’s not what you’re making it out to be.

  7. finn_fann says:

    Numenius,

    Persson is a rookie playing on north american ice for the first time, against the best the other teams have to offer. Not exactly a sheltered role to start off an nhl career. I thought he’s looked ok in most of his games up until now (though Bear has outshone him by a fair margin imo). I wouldn’t write off his entire career based on one game at the end of a 5-game road trip.

  8. CallighenMan says:

    jp: Agreed on the PDO pony but where did you get that SA number?

    From the NHL.com
    6-5-1-0
    26.2 shots/game (yes, 31st)
    29.8 shots/game (5th)

    There’s a deficit but it’s not what you’re making it out to be.

    He’s just a troll, please ignore and he may go back under his bridge.

  9. Munny says:

    finn_fann,

    There isn’t a player on the planet who hasn’t been beat like that. That’s the thing about the NHL, good players are going to make you look foolish from time-to-time. I need more info. It’s early days and his hands and vision offer an upside.

    Meanwhile stop trading Larsson people.

  10. Numenius says:

    finn_fann:
    Numenius,

    Persson is a rookie playing on north american ice for the first time, against the best the other teams have to offer. Not exactly a sheltered role to start off an nhl career. I thought he’s looked ok in most of his games up until now (though Bear has outshone him by a fair margin imo). I wouldn’t write off his entire career based on one game at the end of a 5-game road trip.

    I really hope you’re right. It also didn’t help that he got hit pretty hard this game, which I’m sure affected his play, and he shouldn’t be judged based on that.

    It’s not just one game, though — I think his slow boots have been evident from the beginning. That’s what concerns me the most, and the problems with it showed today.

  11. Ryan says:

    Oilers have 1 goal from a forward outside of the top six though Nygard May have been on the second line when he scored.

    Don’t suspect we’ll see Chaser score many from the fourth line.

    Maybe it’s time to bring Gagner up.

  12. Munny says:

    Munny: “Beer League”.

    Apologies again, to “Steve Smith”.

  13. Numenius says:

    Munny:
    finn_fann,

    There isn’t a player on the planet who hasn’t been beat like that.That’s the thing about the NHL, good players are going to make you look foolish from time-to-time.I need more info.It’s early days and his hands and vision offer an upside.

    Meanwhile stop trading Larsson people.

    Good point.

    And totally agreed on Larsson!

    Don’t trade Benning yet either. He played well today overall.

  14. jp says:

    Munny:
    finn_fann,

    There isn’t a player on the planet who hasn’t been beat like that.That’s the thing about the NHL, good players are going to make you look foolish from time-to-time.I need more info.It’s early days and his hands and vision offer an upside.

    Meanwhile stop trading Larsson people.

    Agreed. I feel like the game hasn’t slowed down for him yet. We haven’t seen him able to make those smooth plays we heard so much about, though you can see the wheels turning on what he wants to do.

    If he can start making those skill plays with regularity then the rest of his game is “good enough”. If not then without question he’s lacking at this level.

  15. Pouzar says:

    Persson has been fine.

  16. oilersfan says:

    Oilers have 26.2 shots per game

    If you are going to be a total asshole dickhead troll at least get your numbers right

  17. GMB3 says:

    finn_fann:
    Numenius,

    Persson is a rookie playing on north american ice for the first time, against the best the other teams have to offer. Not exactly a sheltered role to start off an nhl career. I thought he’s looked ok in most of his games up until now (though Bear has outshone him by a fair margin imo). I wouldn’t write off his entire career based on one game at the end of a 5-game road trip.

    Likewise. He has shown flashes of good play. He’s the guy that I think would have greatly benefitted from 20 ish games in the AHL. There are some things he does well. It looked like the pace of the game got away from him a bit, used to the bigger ice imo. He took some hard hits as a result and his play suffered

  18. Pescador says:

    Munny: it’s what I went into the store for, and they had these on sale for the long weekend… and I always have to talk myself into a wheat beer… so I walked out with these.

    I mean, “Beer League”.I had to find out.

    Gotcha, as far as wheat beers are concerned IMO Erdinger is the gold standard.
    Matter of fact it’s the first beer I recommend to anyone who has not tried anything other then Coors lite, Budweiser or Canadian

  19. GMB3 says:

    Ryan:
    Oilers have 1 goal from a forward outside of the top six though Nygard May have been on the second line when he scored.

    Don’t suspect we’ll see Chaser score many from the fourth line.

    Maybe it’s time to bringGagner up.

    It was 4v4 with Haas. Still foreboding

  20. Pescador says:

    Pouzar:
    Persson has been fine.

    Had a tough night, so did several of his teammates.
    Persson was great last game, so were several of his teammates

  21. Harpers Hair says:

    jp: Agreed on the PDO pony but where did you get that SA number?

    From the NHL.com
    6-5-1-0
    26.2 shots/game (yes, 31st)
    29.8 shots/game (5th)

    There’s a deficit but it’s not what you’re making it out to be.

    Yep.
    You’re right.
    NHL just updated the stats.
    26.2.
    31st in the league.

  22. Munny says:

    The Oil were flummoxed by the Hawks up-pressure game. Coming at the end of a road trip, that was a real test and they didn’t get it done tonight. They’ll need some coaching to handle the Hawks and similar playing teams.

    But they didn’t really quail under the pressure of the score tonight, kept trying to be aggressive, tents didn’t get folded. Having battle is half the battle.

    Can they rebound straight away? …Would you bet against them?

  23. Harpers Hair says:

    oilersfan:
    Oilers have 26.2 shots per game

    If you are going to be a total asshole dickhead troll at least get your numbers right

    If you’re going to be a total asshole dickhead dumbass acknowledge that the the Oilers SF/GM is 31st in the league.

  24. Harpers Hair says:

    Pouzar:
    Oilers are dead last in Shots For/60 (5v5).

    Just sayin.

    This.

  25. Pouzar says:

    Munny:
    The Oil were flummoxed by the Hawks up-pressure game.Coming at the end of a road trip, that was a real test and they didn’t get it done tonight.They’ll need some coaching to handle the Hawks and similar playing teams.

    But they didn’t really quail under the pressure of the score tonight, kept trying to be aggressive, tents didn’t get folded.Having battle is half the battle.

    Can they rebound straight away?…Would you bet against them?

    Philly will be a tough test. Tops in CF% and xGF% .

  26. Munny says:

    Pescador: Gotcha, as far as wheat beers are concerned IMO Erdinger is the gold standard.
    Matter of fact it’s the first beer I recommend to anyone who has not tried anything other then Coors lite, Budweiser or Canadian

    Oh its gonna go down this throat at some point. I’ve heard too much about it. It would be like not knowing the taste of Corona. I just need to be in the mood to drink wheat to drink wheat. …heh.

  27. Harpers Hair says:

    Pouzar: Philly will be a tough test. Tops in CF% and xGF% .

    Yep.
    The toughest test the Oilers have faced this season.
    Shot differential of +8/game.
    Lowest shots/game allowed in the league.
    Best FO% in the league,
    Have only allowed 1 goal per game over 5 games.
    Second best PP in the league.
    Quality team.

  28. Munny says:

    Pouzar: Philly will be a tough test. Tops in CF% and xGF% .

    Agreed. I like how the opening of this season is structured to tell you the truth, Fairly cushy start with escalating opponents. Unique play styles like tonight. Puzzles they’re going to have to figure out to be successful. Can they step up?

    I like the indications so far, but they’re 1-2 players away from consistent goodness, I think, depending on the players.

    Need one now, one at the TD.

  29. Numenius says:

    Good to see Ralph’s team at the top of the league today.

  30. Pouzar says:

    Despite enjoying a top 10 shooting % it’s interesting to note that Oilers are under-performing in terms of GF%(48) vs xGF% (49.62).

  31. oilersfan says:

    Harpers Hair,

    I am not a total asshole dickhead

    I don’t go to a place where people are already irritated and make smarmy negative comments

    That’s what you are doing

    I am pointing out the obvious

    I will never understand what motivates a person to go where some people are unhappy and kick them while they are down

    What kind of human does that?

    Not a classy one. Not a good one . Not a happy one

  32. Pescador says:

    Pouzar: Philly will be a tough test. Tops in CF% and xGF% .

    1st game back home after an extended albiet successful road trip.
    I’m sure everything will be just fine
    Gulp

  33. Pouzar says:

    Pescador: 1st game back home after an extended albiet successful road trip.
    I’m sure everything will be just fine
    Gulp

    Time to pay the emotional insurance premium again.

  34. Pescador says:

    Pouzar,

    Uh oh, and here I am tapped out again,

  35. Admiral Ackbar says:

    oilersfan:
    Harpers Hair,

    I will never understand what motivates a person to go where some people are unhappy and kick them while they are down

    What kind of human does that?

    Not a classy one. Not a good one . Not a happy one

    Don’t mistake a nihilist for a troll. If you disagree, make an argument. If you want to digress into insults, please find the like at Oilers Nation.

    Keep it classy.

  36. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Pouzar: Time to pay the emotional insurance premium again.

    I’m sure there are monetary hedges that could solve that problem! I wonder if you can bet by the goal. Say $25 on the GA, would that make things numb?

  37. Oilertown says:

    Holy talk about a blast through the past Allen!

  38. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Also, I don’t want to live in a world where the Oil don’t go 82-0 this season….

    I’m distraught…. 😭

  39. JimmyV1965 says:

    Pouzar: Philly will be a tough test. Tops in CF% and xGF% .

    Ya. The flyers are the best team we have faced this year and it might not be close. It’s at the end of a back to back though and the end of a road trip. Hopefully they crush the Flames tomorrow and let off the gas a bit when they arrive in Edmonton.

  40. Oilertown says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Allen Mitchell

  41. BONE207 says:

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving Gang!!!
    Spent the weekend away but still followed some of the comments.

    Out at the cabin, raked up the leaves
    Took out the chain saw, cut down 5 trees.
    Racked & stacked the lumber, drinking well deserved beer
    Turkey was great & for all Lowetidians, a Thanksgiving cheer.

  42. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    Sorry all just playing with stuff

  43. Admiral Ackbar says:

    BONE207:
    A belated Happy Thanksgiving Gang!!!
    Spent the weekend away but still followed some of the comments.

    Out at the cabin, raked up the leaves
    Took out the chain saw, cut down 5 trees.
    Racked & stacked the lumber, drinking well deserved beer
    Turkey was great & for all Lowetidians, a Thanksgiving cheer.

    +99

  44. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    Sorry all just playing with stuff
    BONE207,

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend, Happy Thanksgiving!
    Gagnongoeshelf,

    BONE207,

    Happy Thanksgiving

  45. Numenius says:

    BONE207:
    A belated Happy Thanksgiving Gang!!!
    Spent the weekend away but still followed some of the comments.

    Out at the cabin, raked up the leaves
    Took out the chain saw, cut down 5 trees.
    Racked & stacked the lumber, drinking well deserved beer
    Turkey was great & for all Lowetidians, a Thanksgiving cheer.

    Don’t tell me you didn’t carry water.

  46. JimmyV1965 says:

    Harpers Hair: Yep.
    The toughest test the Oilers have faced this season.
    Shot differential of +8/game.
    Lowest shots/game allowed in the league.
    Best FO% in the league,
    Have only allowed 1 goal per game over 5 games.
    Second best PP in the league.
    Quality team.

    By the way, did you Markstrom is taking a leave of absence? You better hope it’s a short one.

  47. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    Oh man sorry guys been awhile kinda lost here. Anyway happy Thanksgiving to all and GOILERS!

  48. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    JimmyV1965,

    Screw DSF!

  49. BONE207 says:

    Numenius: Don’t tell me you didn’t carry water.

    Hell ya. About 120 litres of it. Only have a cistern so we filled that up.
    Dallas would be proud…except for not actually chopping wood.

  50. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    BONE207,

    Lmao, Dallas sure would be at that.

  51. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    Harpers Hair,

    Ready troll?

  52. Numenius says:

    BONE207: Hell ya. About 120 litres of it. Only have a cistern so we filled that up.
    Dallas would be proud…except for not actually chopping wood.

    Nice work. Lol.

  53. CallighenMan says:

    Harpers Hair: If you’re going to be a total asshole dickhead dumbass acknowledge that the the Oilers SF/GM is 31st in the league.

    Hey, he’s not you so why don’t you just GTFO

  54. v4ance says:

    Well only 13 more Neal goals and we’re giving up a 3rd rounder to the Flames! The second best player in the deal!

  55. GMB3 says:

    Pouzar:
    Despite enjoying a top 10 shooting % it’s interesting to note that Oilers are under-performing in terms of GF%(48) vs xGF% (49.62).

    Apparently the xGF% are low this year. EvolvingWild on twitter had a few threads on it tonight. There’s been errors with how the NHL is tracking shot date this year, so the xGF% has been lower than it should be in comparison to manually tracked data (I think that’s what he meant, anyways)

  56. CallighenMan says:

    Admiral Ackbar: Don’t mistake a nihilist for a troll. If you disagree, make an argument. If you want to digress into insults, please find the like at Oilers Nation.

    Keep it classy.

    Disagreed about what it is. If it looks like a troll, walks like a troll and talks like a troll then it IS a troll.

  57. GMB3 says:

    According to hockeyviz, the oilers are 20% below league average I’m unblocked 5v5 shots for, but ten % better than average defensively. I know they state this sample sizes are too small to really definitively portray an accurate picture, but it’s nice to see the Oilers be above average in their own end. Throughout all the data Micah McCurdy has published on his website, the Oilers were closest to average last season at 2% below.

  58. GMB3 says:

    CallighenMan:

    He actually makes good points so I don’t agree that he is a troll. So what if he cheers for a different team, who cares, he adds to the discussion for the most part.

  59. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    GMB3,

    Lol are you new?

  60. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    The epitome of a troll, has been for the last 15 years or more.

  61. GMB3 says:

    Gagnongoeshelf:
    The epitome of a troll, has been for the last 15 years or more.

    Is the big bad internet troll hurting your feelings?

  62. meanashell11 says:

    GMB3: He actually makes good points so I don’t agree that he is a troll. So what if he cheers for a different team, who cares, he adds to the discussion for the most part.

    He does not make good points. He cherry picks stats to start fights. So what if we are DFL in shots, we are still clear of the lames and dys in the stat that counts. He should be banned again.He makes this place worse by his antics.

  63. Pouzar says:

    GMB3: Apparently the xGF% are low this year. EvolvingWild on twitter had a few threads on it tonight. There’s been errors with how the NHL is tracking shot date this year, so the xGF% has been lower than it should be in comparison to manually tracked data (I think that’s what he meant, anyways)

    I asked Sean Tierney about it and he DM’d me saying that “this year shot location recording has resulted in all shots being recorded a few feet further out than normal. It’s still unclear if it’s a sample size issue or something systemic that will affect things all year”.

  64. OriginalPouzar says:

    Tough game last night.

    Smith was excellent except for the second goal which was on him and a backbreaker.

    The team had their chances to be ahead – breakaways from Leon, Archie, McDavid. A crossbar. A couple really good saves by Crawford.

    Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely outplayed but in the game until the end. No breaks last night.

    Time to get back home, play with the wives and kids and get ready for Philly.

    Going to be a great game on Wed.

  65. Pouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Tough game last night.

    Smith was excellent except for the second goal which was on him and a backbreaker.

    The team had their chances to be ahead – breakaways from Leon, Archie, McDavid.A crossbar.A couple really good saves by Crawford.

    Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely outplayed but in the game until the end.No breaks last night.

    Time to get back home, play with the wives and kids and get ready for Philly.

    Going to be a great game on Wed.

    So which hockey axiom will “win/lose” out on Wed?
    2nd of a back to back or first game home after a road trip?

  66. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Pouzar: So which hockey axiom will “win/lose” out on Wed?
    2nd of a back to back or first game home after a road trip?

    It will be interesting to see for sure.

    Lots of talk about the Flyers good start and underlying numbers.They’ve had just as easy a schedule as the Oilers though – Chicago, New Jersey, Vancouver. They look like good team for sure but they haven’t faced any tough opponents yet either.

  67. Pouzar says:

    jp:
    OriginalPouzar,

    It will be interesting to see for sure.

    Lots of talk about the Flyers good start and underlying numbers.They’ve had just as easy a schedule as the Oilers though – Chicago, New Jersey, Vancouver. They look like good team for sure but they haven’t faced any tough opponents yet either.

    True.

  68. jp says:

    I guess it’s back to Koskinen on Wednesday.

    He won his only start against the Flyers last year (1 GA on 32 shots, at home last December). Smith gave up 4G on 14 shots but didn’t get a decision in his only appearance vs Philadelphia last season.

    Some other goalie splits from last year:
    Koskinen:
    Home – 14-8-3 2.64 .916
    Away – 11-13-3 3.20 .896

    Smith:
    Home – 13-8-1 2.97 .889
    Away – 10-8-1 2.64 .908

    Should they just start Koskinen at home and Smith on the road all year?

    Koskinen on x days rest:
    0 5GP 1-4-0 4.38 .851
    1 25GP 12-9-3 2.78 .908
    2 11GP 5-3-2 3.25 .899
    3+ 14GP 7-5-1 2.40 .926

    Smith on x days rest:
    0 1GP 0-1-0 5.02 .808
    1 15GP 11-3-1 2.44 .907
    2 3GP 3-0-0 3.00 .899
    3+ 23GP 9-12-1 2.77 .896

    Hopefully we never see either guy play back to back again, and Koskinen should be rested and primed for a good game on Wednesday!

  69. hags9k says:

    I thought Smith was good. I also thought we were the better team in the first and if we had cashed just one of a number of chances we would likely have earned a Bettman point.

    But in the end, there were too many passengers on lines 3 and 4 and the top forwards were a half beat off the rhythm.

    I think we can all agree though that the biggest positive last night was when I realized how much Bear reminds me of Staios! That’s a major development people.

  70. BONE207 says:

    Pouzar: So which hockey axiom will “win/lose” out on Wed?
    2nd of a back to back or first game home after a road trip?

    You forgot this option…
    Time to get back home, play with the wives and kids and get ready for Philly.

    The wives will win. Brazilian soccer coaches will shudder.

    https://time.com/2894263/world-cup-sex-soccer/

  71. CallighenMan says:

    GMB3: He actually makes good points so I don’t agree that he is a troll. So what if he cheers for a different team, who cares, he adds to the discussion for the most part.

    He is the very definition of s troll with his leading statements and Trumpism’s (making declarations about the Oilers or about how great Vancouver or Cowtown is withmade up “facts” (historically, for example, how the Wild were going to be in – if I am remembering correctly – “5 of the next 8 Cup finals” could be slightly off but he was having inappropriate dreams about Charlie Coyle because he was one of the many stars that were going to lead the Wild to the promised land while the Oilers were $hiite. And that defenseman there who was supposed to be so much better than Klefbom… The troll part really show up when you call him on his selective use of stats (not talking about the last 24 hrs) and his constantly shifting the conversation to mislead or incite the populace.
    Not sure if he really believes all he spouts but certainly some of it is just to incite anger and frustration. Surely he must have something better to do.
    If he was so upstanding he wouldn’t have half a dozen handles and keep getting banned from various sites.

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