If the Oilers are going to make the playoffs, then tonight’s game should result in points for the home team. The Philadelphia Flyers played last night in Calgary, and the Oilers were home and dry. It won’t mean a thing after the opening faceoff, and Carter Hart is an emerging story, but a playoff team makes hay when the sun shines.
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: Ethan Bear’s early success with the Oilers and what it might mean at the trade deadline
- New Jonathan Willis: How well are the solutions to key Oilers weaknesses working?
- Dom Luszczyszyn: Is the Oilers’ hot start for real?
- Lowetide: How will the Oilers compensate when James Neal’s scoring cools off?
- 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
- 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: 3-4-0, goal differential -2
- Oilers in October 2016: 6-1-0, goal differential +10
- Oilers in October 2017: 2-5-0, goal differential -8
- Oilers in October 2018: 3-3-1, goal differential -7
- Oilers in October 2019: 5-1-0, goal differential +6
A win tonight means we might get through October without drama. I won’t have to bring out stories of the Donner Party and talk about Bonnie Raitt’s sad songs. We can talk about hockey, demon liquor, women with terrible judgement and tell lies about our youth. Yes. That would be nice.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 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 (3-1-0)
- 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: 5-1-0, 10 points after 6 games
The Flyers played just its fourth game of the season last night, a quality start by Philadelphia led by Travis Konecny and young goalie Carter Hart (who we’ll likely see tonight). I had Philly winning this one in my predictions.
OILERS 2019-20 SCORING
OILERS LINES FIVE-ON-FIVE
This is via Natural Stat Trick and offers insight into usage and success. The top line is flying, Puck IQ tells us (not available yet) the McDavid trio is facing massive elite comps and flattening living things. Nuge is also doing fine work, that line will surprise you once the Puck IQ numbers go public. Expected goals are quality for the third and fourth lines, but neither has delivered at five-on-five.
OILERS PAIRINGS FIVE-ON-FIVE
We’re now getting a more accurate view of Dave Tippett’s usage. On defense, the zone start push via faceoffs goes to Klefbom-Persson, while the elites are being handled mostly by Nurse-Bear (via Puck IQ, their numbers will soon be public). The third pair gets the defensive zone starts. This is great information.
Kailer Yamamoto is borderline frightening in his AHL domination so far this season, he’s a terror. The four goals lead the American League, while his shot total (16) ranks No. 7 so far. His even strength goal differential (5-0) reflects just how well things are going on the farm. When will we see him in Edmonton?
It’s difficult to find a downbeat among Condors prospects, although Shane Starrett getting hurt is a bummer. Fun team.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260. A busy day with lots to discuss. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will discuss the loss to Chicago and tonight’s big game against Philadelphia. Jonah Birenbaum from The Score will talk MLB and the Nationals first World Series berth at 10:40. At 11:05, we chat NFL and MLB with Kris Abbott from Oddsshark. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!