2019-20 Game 12: Panthers at Oilers

by Lowetide

The big win against the Washington Capitals behind them, the Edmonton Oilers are on to slay another dragon: The traditional tepid Sunday afternoon outing. Many of this team’s poorest games have come on Sundays, I have no explanation but will swear on a stack of bibles it’s true. Maybe Tabernac Sunday is the real enemy?

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 Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘I don’t think anyone’s feeling comfortable’: Oilers’ Holland pleased but cautious amid early improvements.
  • Lowetide: Josh Archibald’s injury and limited replacements available puts some pressure on Oilers
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 4 reasons why the Oilers passed their first true test of the season
  • Lowetide: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal are leading a quality Oilers second line
  • Lowetide: Assessing the early season progress of Oilers’ defence and goaltending
  • Jonathan Willis: A rare success during Edmonton’s long rebuild, why Oscar Klefbom is the model for finishing Oilers’ blue line
  • Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi’s impressive Liiga performance headlines Oilers prospects this week
  • Lowetide:  Oilers recall Sam Gagner to bolster offensive depth, option Gaetan Haas
  • Jonathan Willis: Can the Oilers afford to pursue Taylor Hall in free agency?
  • Lowetide: There are many similarities between this year’s Oilers team after seven and the 2016-17 team that made the playoffs. Similarities, differences and the work that needs to be done.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: That was pretty sick’: What teammates and opponents are saying about Connor McDavid’s latest goal
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘I’m gonna bring a bigger bag with me’: Oilers rookies learn about life on the road in the NHL
  • Jonathan Willis: A deep dive on the Oilers’ bottom six, which needs to produce more offence
  • Lowetide: Ethan Bear’s early success with the Oilers and what it might mean at the trade deadline
  • Jonathan Willis: How well are the solutions to key Oilers weaknesses working?
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ Oscar Klefbom playing tough minutes with inexperienced partners — and looking good doing it
  • Corey Pronman: Oilers No. 9 farm system.
  • Lowetide: Oilers top 20 prospects summer 2019.

OILERS IN OCTOBER

  • Oilers in October 20154-8-0, eight points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in October 2016: 8-3-1, 17 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in October 2017: 4-7-1, nine points; goal differential -9
  • Oilers in October 2018: 7-4-1, 15 points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in October 2019: 8-2-1, 17 points, goal differential +8

The Oilers delivered a strong start, had a slight downbeat and recovered with the Capitals win. What’s next? The sooner this team gets to 20 points, then 25, the more we can project them as a strong playoff contender. Every game is a big one, a win tonight keeps this year’s team ahead of the 2016 playoff edition.

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 (3-1-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia, Detroit (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • On the road to: Winnipeg, Minnesota (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-1-1)
  • At home to: Washington, Florida (Expected 1-1-0)(Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Detroit, Columbus (Expected 1-1-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 8-2-1, 17 points after 11 games

Oilers have surpassed my prediction with three games left. Could the Oilers win two of its last three to finish October 10-3-1? That would represent a stunning start to the season.

OILERS 2019-20

Oilers have 17 goals from the No. 1 line, 10 goals from the No. 2 line, one goal total from the third and fourth lines and six goals from the defense. Something usually gives in the days after an issue (depth scoring) is identified, but the Oilers recall of Gaetan Haas is a subtle move. I do think Haas has value but if the team sent him out then something was lacking. Did he get that element in two Bakersfield games? Seems a stretch. Joel Persson is skating with the group and getting closer.

Ottawa Senators play today and then take the rest of the week off before a Saturday game against the Bruins. The trade above reduces the team’s 50-man roster to 48 and Sens general manager Pierre Dorion is said to be searching for more help up front.

A possible Jesse Puljuajarvi landing spot? I still think it’ll be St. Louis or Carolina for young JP. However, Ottawa has some nice pieces the Oilers could be interested in (Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Connor Brown, Chris Tierney). Who would be heading to Ottawa? It would all come down to cap considerations I’m sure. One player I expect could be available, although not specifically for the names above? Jujhar Khaira. No idea what that gets you.

Honestly. It’s insane how much work went into this and that it’s public and available for free. I don’t think there’s a Nobel Prize for hockey analytics, but there should be and WG, G, Sean Solbak and Zsolt Munoz all deserve our sincere thanks. I’m sure the hockey Gods will reward you somehow.

CONDORS 2019-20

No need to panic, the prospects are fine. I’ll be writing over at The Athletic today about the boxcars for Condors forwards and what they mean, for me there are five reasonable recall options and all are doing fine. There is just one recall option on defense and that’s part of the team’s problem. Save percentage also an issue. They’ll be fine.

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meanashell11

Today is one of those days where I find out what is really important. My Pats play the Browns at the same time as the Oilers game…….. I will be watching the Oilers!

Scungilli Slushy

The lads could think of it as a hangover game, or hunting panther in the mangroves. Maybe it will help the headache?

Woodguy v2.0

After starting 1-2-0 FLA has points in their last 7 games and is 4-2-4.

In those 7 they’ve managed to lose in OT once and lose in a SO 3 (!) times, while only beating NSH in a SO.

Their goaltending has been erratic.

After giving Bob $10MM x 7 he’s started with year with:
5v5 SV% – .863
PK SV% – .897
Overall SV% – .869

In 3 games Samuel Montembeault (who?) has:
5v5 SV% – .926
PK SV% – .909
Overall SV% .933

Montembeault might be a diamond in the rough, but he posted 2 seasons in the AHL with a .896 (41gp) and .899 (39gp) along with .894 in 11 NHL games last year so I kinda doubt it.

Bob probably starts tonight and can go full Bob at any time, I hope its not tonight.

Also,

Those who predicted that Connolly’s 5v5 scoring wouldn’t be the same once he was a top 6 winger were right.

Its better. ?

This year he’s off to a hot start and is scoring an insane 1.93 G/60 5v5. (note: yes, I know it’s a 10 game sample, let me have my fun)

Connolly 5v5 iG/60 last 3 seasons were 1.14/60 good for a tie for 12th during that time with Ovechkin, Tarasenko and Lee and is why I *really* wanted him on EDM. Word is that EDM made a significant offer, but FLA beat the offer in dollars and FLA’s tax situation was the cherry on top.

Connolly never had a significant contract in his career, so I get it. Good for him, I like to see people succeed.

Connolly had 4 5v5 goals in the first 8 games, but none in the last 2.

His 4 5v5 goals is 2nd on FLA behind Huberdeau and would be 2nd on EDM behind Drai.

FLA signed journeyman 4C Brian Boyle when Trocheck (their 2C) went down with injury and immediately put him in Trocheck’s spot at 2C for the last 2 games, that’s when Connolly’s goal scoring dried up.

I guess that tells us what we need to know about Quenneville’s opinion of Malgin’s and Acciari’s ability to play vs tougher comp. I think Malgin might have it in him to fill in at 2C, pretty sure Acciari doesn’t.

That said Acciari is playing *alot* vs the toughs (46% per PuckIQ) so maybe I’m dinging him too much?

Quenneville liked to get clean air for Kane and it looks like he’s try to do that for Barkov a bit here. (Barkov is 42% TOI vs Elite)

Also,

Along the lines of thrusting Boyle into 2C Quennville is also playing 2/3RHD and ex-Oil King Mark Pysyk at 3RW. No shit.

You’ve heard Pysyk was on the outs there, but wow.

I was hoping EDM would pick up Pysyk to shore up RD for a few years, but with the emergence of Bear there’s no need anymore and with Pysyk’s results over he last 18 months or so I’m not sure he’s an upgrade on Benning. Still think he’d be an upgrade on Russell playing the right side, but so is Benning.

Also,

Tippett indicated in his post practice avail yesterday that he’s probably going away from the “2 on, 2 off” approach to deploying his goalies.

He mentioned the volume of games played every second day coming up so I bet we see a “1 on, 1 off” rotation (or close) while they get through the next 11 games in 21 days.

After this afternoon they go on the road to play in DET & CBJ back to back starting Tuesday and then play every other day (on the road and then at home) until Nov 16.

I bet we have a much better idea about what this team is on Nov 16 and how the goalies are as well.
I hope EDM is “actually good” and the goalies do well.

Would be great to get to Nov 16th 7 or 8 points above fake Bettman .500 (they are 6 above today)

I liked their game vs. WSH (even when they weren’t scoring) I hope that continues.

digger50

Wow, tons of great info there Woodguy. Thanks

Jethro Tull

Scungilli Slushy:
The lads could think of it as a hangover game, or hunting panther in the mangroves. Maybe it will help the headache?

Yes, the majestic panther, a swamp’s most dangerous predator! Better than those wimpy gators and Crocs!

I think the mosquito is probably the most dangerous creature down there.

Oilin4

meanashell11:
Today is one of those days where I find out what is really important. My Pats play the Browns at the same time as the Oilers game…….. I will be watching the Oilers!

The Pat’s game will be a foregone conclusion by the end of the 1st intermission so you should be able to see the important bits of both games.

Oilin4

Jethro Tull: Yes, the majestic panther, a swamp’s most dangerous predator! Better than those wimpy gators and Crocs!

I think the mosquito is probably the most dangerous creature down there.

Florida man dies trying to unleash his panther on Oil workers on frozen pond.

The most dangerous thing in Florida is the people.

Jethro Tull

Woodguy v2.0,

Nice break down.

I wonder what the odds of playoffs are if in a playoff position by US thanksgiving?

digger50

The new Oilers bottom 6 or maybe mix of bottom 8-10 had several objectives.

Score a little – this is not going well
Kill some penalties- this going extremely well. Credit to goalies as well
Have one big cycle line – mixed results, some good games and good shifts
Add some speed – fast aggressive forecheck and tenacity in the corners, this was going well but has slowed down a bit
Tippet adds Gagner for scoring but subtracts in the other objectives. It’s a fine line to sort out just the right balance ?

Jethro Tull

Oilin4: Florida man dies trying to unleash his panther on Oil workers on frozen pond.

The most dangerous thing in Florida is the people.

Have you done the Florida Man game?

You put Florida man/woman/person and your day and month of birth into the googles. It’ll bring up the top news story of that day.

Here’s mine.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-man-climbs-playground-equipment-allegedly-yells-to-children-about-how-babies-are-born

Munny

Looks like I will be unable to watch this week’s Merde Dimanche Match.

Keep the play-by-play up today gents… I will be checking the site for game updates when I can.

Thx!

Munny

Jethro Tull,

“Kill’em with Kindness” Florida man stabs neighbour with machete named “Kindness”.

jtblack

“Oilers have 17 goals from the No. 1 line, 10 goals from the No. 2 line ”

This makes it seem like there is a decent #2 Line. 6 of Neals Goals are from PP#1. RNH’s only strike is on PP#1.

I dont think line #2 is goving up much at ES, but they arent scoring much either.

jtblack

Woodguy v2.0,

One idea WG. on PuckIQ. maybe the names on the left hand side would stay locked, so when a person scrolls right they still see the player name beside the info.

thx

Ryan

One player I expect could be available, although not specifically for the names above? Jujhar Khaira. No idea what that gets you.

Yeah, Khaira’s off to a tough start.

Wonder if he’s battling an injury.

jtblack

Lowetide,

Big Improvement for sure. I stand corrected.

As long as they aren’t giving it all back, thats a win for Edm.

Ryan

Lowetide,

The points/60 you cited in an Athletic article paints a bleak scoring picture at evens for the second line.

Nuge, thus far, is at 0.83 points/60 at 5v5. That’s below 4rth line level as you know. Chiasson is at 0.65 points/60. Only Neal is close to a respectable level at 1.62.

With two fourth lines already, we can’t have Nuge’s line performing well below an average second line.

Clarkenstein

Ryan:
One player I expect could be available, although not specifically for the names above? Jujhar Khaira. No idea what that gets you.

Yeah, Khaira’s off to a tough start.

Wonder if he’s battling an injury.

If he is battling an injury he’s been battling it for 2 years!

leadfarmer

Woodguy v2.0,

Well Burakovsky is the guy I wanted and he’s cheaper and outscoring Connolly

Melvis

Happy Diwali boys. That said, Khaira breaks out today.

Woodguy v2.0,

That Woodguy…I dunno what to say. “Clap, Clap”.

Reja

meanashell11:
Today is one of those days where I find out what is really important. My Pats play the Browns at the same time as the Oilers game…….. I will be watching the Oilers!

Been a Browns fan since the Kardiac kid days led by Brian Sipe and Ozzie Newsome. This game might be closer than most folks think Mayfield is a wild card I think he keeps it close.

meanashell11

Reja: Been a Browns fan since the Kardiac kid days led by Brian Sipe and Ozzie Newsome. This game might be closer than most folks think Mayfield is a wild card I think he keeps it close.

One of my sons is a Browns fan and we had circled this game to drive up to Foxboro. Two weeks ago he decided he did not want to go anymore! No idea how I raised Browns and Vikings fans but they are solid Oiler fans!

slopitch

Panthers are 3rd in the league in shots. 8th in goals.
Defensively they are 6th in SOG and 28th in GA. Like WG said, they are due to regress positively once Bob starts saving the puck. Lets hope that starts after today. Go oilers!

jm363561

Melvis

That Woodguy…I dunno what to say. “Clap, Clap”.
===

You beat me to it. All this good stuff donated. Amazing, and much appreciated.

Ben

Pageau almost a perfect 3C solution–love the idea. But he’s UFA after this year, so unless they’re re-signing him as part of the deal I don’t see that as a JP destination.

If Dorion re-ups him at 3.5M x 3 and takes Gagner and JP for him? Yuppers.

jtblack

McDavid CF% below 50%. Is that right?

geowal

Jethro Tull: Have you done the Florida Man game?

You put Florida man/woman/person and your day and month of birth into the googles. It’ll bring up the top news story of that day.

Here’s mine.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-man-climbs-playground-equipment-allegedly-yells-to-children-about-how-babies-are-born

I tried this, but without the birthday variant and including Panther. I thought I might stumble into some Darwin award variant of some guy getting too close to a panther. Turns out, there’s never been a verified attack:

https://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/sep/08/ron-bergeron/no-human-has-been-attacked-florida-panther-state-h/

On the other hand, dozens of the very few (endangered) panthers die each year, mostly from cars.

People most dangerous thing in Florida, indeed.

McSorley33

Watched the Winter classic last night.

Cannot help but notice Milan Lucic. Not trying to pick on him but he just can’t get to
Loose pucks. It is kind of painful.

Further, full possession along the wall ( is this not supposed to be his strength?) he loses the puck nearly all the time.

I realize he is making great money but ….I feel bad for him and his line mates.

Pescador

Reja: Been a Browns fan since the Kardiac kid days led by Brian Sipe and Ozzie Newsome. This game might be closer than most folks think Mayfield is a wild card I think he keeps it close.

Mayfield?
I heard he was overrated ?

Pescador

Lowetide: Nuge has played with Neal, Jurco, Leon, Kassian, Nygard and Chiasson on the second line at five-on-five. Here are their on-ice goal differentials at five-on-five:

Jurco 3-1
Neal 5-4
Leon 1-0
Kassian 1-0
Chiasson 2-2
Nygard 0-1

That’s big progress. Nuge has contributed but hasn’t had pucks go in. History tells us he’ll correct as the sample size increases. The key is that the line, while facing tough opposition, is outscoring that opposition. That’s new and that’s a positive. It was even better before the Washington game, but the line is still outscoring.

Yep,
Nuge has dented about 11 posts
The puck can’t stay out forever

drglen

Haas recall is a bit of a mystery… I get that Archibald is out… but if they don’t intend to play him… they should have brought up a condor Vet. .. ( is Haas part of a trade discussion, .. sitting to prevent injury?- probably not.. but why send him and bring him up if they sent him for game action/nhl style etc. or trade involving Khaira is imminent and they actually will need a live body in the lineup, and not to touch prospects.

So long as team keeps winning, .. no need to make any moves.. but seriously..

Jurco back in? He needs to grab this.

Oilers… Sunday.. Florida… don’t know why this team doesn’t take florida seriously. Let’s see if Tipp can inspire and actual first period hustle today. Start the 4th line.

OriginalPouzar

Can’t sleep on the Panthers – they’ve only lost a couple of games in regulation and they have an elite top line. Despite 5 goals let in, Bobrovsky was quite good against the flames and is starting to find his form.

If the lines are the same as practice yesterday, I am looking forward to seeing if Jurco/Gagner have any offensive chemistry.

It looks like Smith is starting but coach T didn’t confirm that yesterday – with the back to backs coming up Tues/Wed, so, 3 games in 4 days – they are figuring out the goalie schedule. I think we’ll see Smith/Koskinen/Smith.

godot10

jtblack:
McDavid CF% below 50%.Is that right?

As that line’s shooting percentage goes down, they will get more rebound shots. Right now all their shots are going in. Elite rush lines have a lower CF% and a high shooting percentage. Two of the top five players on one line create an outlier where the normal rules may not apply.

godot10

Pescador: Mayfield?
I heard he was overrated ?

Mayfield was “Lucked” by his GM who got him a bunch of expensive flaky receivers at the expense of decimating the offensive line.

Dorsey should pay the two first round price (or whatever it is) for Trent Williams and NOT throw away the season, or Baker’s brains are going to be baked before he even gets started.

The Texans paid the price to get Tunsil, and keep Watson upright.

There are two things the Patriots do not pay up for. Receivers and running backs.

If you have an elite quarterback, give him an offensive line and a defense (and one difference making receiver or tight end, who can force simplification of the reads for the quarterback.

Reja

meanashell11: One of my sons is a Browns fan and we had circled this game to drive up to Foxboro. Two weeks ago he decided he did not want to go anymore! No idea how I raised Browns and Vikings fans but they are solid Oiler fans!

The Vikings were my NFC team with Fran Tarkenton scrambling around. Once they moved indoors in the early eighties hey lost me instantly. Playing football indoors is not right It’s like taking a bath with your socks on.

Reja

OriginalPouzar:
Can’t sleep on the Panthers – they’ve only lost a couple of games in regulation and they have an elite top line. Despite 5 goals let in, Bobrovsky was quite good against the flames and is starting to find his form.

If the lines are the same as practice yesterday, I am looking forward to seeing if Jurco/Gagner have any offensive chemistry.

It looks like Smith is starting but coach T didn’t confirm that yesterday – with the back to backs coming up Tues/Wed, so, 3 games in 4 days – they are figuring out the goalie schedule.I think we’ll see Smith/Koskinen/Smith.

I wonder what Smith’s afternoon games record is? I bet it was good when he was In the desert.

leadfarmer

Reja,

Did you go to the game at TCF bank stadium where the opposition team was complaining how hard the frozen ground was at 0 degrees and how hard it was to get the stadium ready with a foot and half of snow on the ground and they were paying college kids 10 an hour to come with a shovel and clear snow for however long they wanted
Green Bay plays outside but their winters aren’t quite as bad IMO

Professor Q

Reja: Been a Browns fan since the Kardiac kid days led by Brian Sipe and Ozzie Newsome. This game might be closer than most folks think Mayfield is a wild card I think he keeps it close.

I missed that era, but my Grandfather had been a Browns fan for decades (OttoMatic Graham Era). The Original Patriots. 😉

So when they returned to the League I joined him in his fandom. Seahawks before that, simply because I had a Seahwaks hat and they looked cool. I was like 6 though, haha.

Not a passing friendly game today due to the poor weather, but I do still have OBJ on in my Fantasy Lineup.

They’ll have a lot of Chubb action today, I think.

Oilman99

McSorley33:
Watched the Winter classic last night.

Cannot help but notice Milan Lucic. Not trying to pick on him but he just can’t get to
Loose pucks. It is kind of painful.

Further, fullpossession along the wall ( is this not supposed to be his strength?) he loses the puck nearly all the time.

I realize he is making great money but ….I feel bad for him and his line mates.

Don’t feel too bad for him, the guy is making $6mil , and playing for an arch rival, all is good.

Professor Q

godot10: Mayfield was “Lucked” by his GM who got him a bunch of expensive flaky receivers at the expense of decimating the offensive line.

Dorsey should pay the two first round price (or whatever it is) for Trent Williams and NOT throw away the season, or Baker’s brains are going to be baked before he even gets started.

The Texans paid the price to get Tunsil, and keep Watson upright.

There are two things the Patriots do not pay up for.Receivers and running backs.

If you have an elite quarterback, give him an offensive line and a defense (and one difference making receiver or tight end, who can force simplification of the reads for the quarterback.

Dorsey didn’t decimate the O-Line for a bunch of WRs.

He traded 1 of 5 starting O-Linemen, not 10 of 100, for one of the Top 3-4 WRs in the NFL. He also got Olivier Vernon, who has been very good on D thus far. We have a fairly good D this year. Underrated. Adds depth and helps take triple teams off Garrett, though he still receives a lot of uncalled chokeholds.

Trading a promising young Safety and one of the best Guards in the NFL hurt, but we did get a lot of value back. Just need to get the QB-WR connection rolling full steam.

Also, he was asked about the Trent William’s price and said that “there needs to be 2 to Tango”. Washington owner and GM do not want Williams to be able to resurrect his career and are not trading him. They want him to sit this year.

If only previous regimes hadn’t squandered Alex Mack, Mitch Schwartz, Shanahan, and others? Obviously. Merge the two eras and you’d have a great team.

John Chambers

Imagine if Bobrovsky becomes the next Ilya Bryzgalov.

Now the obvious comparison is that they’re both Russian, but they’re also the two goalies to sign the most lucrative UFA goalie contracts in the cap era.

The Flyers were ultimately relieved of the obligation via compliance buyout (a mere TWO seasons into a 7-year $51M pact). On a % of cap basis, Bob’s $10M / year is roughly identical, and likewise carries a 7-year term.

Early days indeed, but if Bob regresses to even a league average goaltender in the first two seasons it will be an incredibly bloated mark on the payroll. This from a team that just traded for Scott Darling to get out from under their own bloated UFA goalie contract in Jan Reimer’s son.

Professor Q

John Chambers,

Bobrovsky has had way more elite seasons than Bryzgalov had. He won the Vezina in his 4th season, which was in 2013. Now, Bryzgalov was good for a few years with Vezina and Hart considerations, and won a Cup on the bench, and was very good in the RSL, Juniors, and AHL, but the Flyers traded for and signed him to that contract (it was actually 9 years, not just 7!) after only 5 years in the NHL and almost as a way to spite Bobrovsky for performing poorly in the playoffs (or was it to spur him to challenge for the starting spot again before ultimately trading him?).

They signed the wrong goalie long term that offseason, methinks, although getting Voracek and Simmonds out of it didn’t hurt. Getting rid of Richards, Carter, and Bobrovsky, all to ultimately buy out Bryzgalov and no longer have Schenn or Simmonds either?

Oilers weren’t the only team making poor decisions around that time.

Bobrovsky has had elite numbers since 2010, his rookie season.

They are both former Flyers, though.

Reja

leadfarmer:
Reja,

Did you go to the game at TCF bank stadium where the opposition team was complaining how hard the frozen ground was at 0 degrees and how hard it was to get the stadium ready with a foot and half of snow on the ground and they were paying college kids 10 an hour to come with a shovel and clear snow for however long they wanted
Green Bay plays outside but their winters aren’t quite as bad IMO

No never had the opportunity. Went to a ton of games at Clarke Stadium I used to get tickets for 5 bucks at Safeway from what I remember. They were end zone seats and it was one big mosh pit of kids having a blast. Funny thing is I don’t remember being cold I find that strange.Ode to be young again.

Rube Foster

Florida Man Throws Bicycle, Then Other Man Off Bridge…

https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/florida-man-throws-bicycle-then-other-man-off-bridge-20180925/

Woodguy,

Belated congratulations to you and your WoodGang for the development of such a fabulous tool.
… which incendently, would be a great name for a band – Woodguy and the Fabulous Tools!

leadfarmer

Reja,

I was trying to leave work and there were people running across the street in their camouflage gear in the dark with a foot of snow everywhere
It was a mess
Don’t know if they get a new stadium without the Super Bowl and they don’t get the Super Bowl outside in early February

Ryan

Leaviins portends the early arrival of Yamamoto in the NHL.

If he’s actually ready this time, lots of options.

Would add some speed in the Chaser slot…

That would be my first choice.

Or maybe you try to create a sheltered soft minutes scoring line?

Jurco – Haas – Yamamoto

?

Rube Foster

Florida Man Throws Bicycle, Then Other Man Off Bridge.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/florida-man-throws-bicycle-then-other-man-off-bridge-20180925/

Woodguy,

Belated congratulations to you and your WoodGang for the development and launch of your fabulous tool.
… Come to think of it, that would be a great name for a Band – Woodguy and the Fabulous Tools!

Ryan

Lowetide: Nuge has played with Neal, Jurco, Leon, Kassian, Nygard and Chiasson on the second line at five-on-five. Here are their on-ice goal differentials at five-on-five:

Jurco 3-1
Neal 5-4
Leon 1-0
Kassian 1-0
Chiasson 2-2
Nygard 0-1

That’s big progress. Nuge has contributed but hasn’t had pucks go in. History tells us he’ll correct as the sample size increases. The key is that the line, while facing tough opposition, is outscoring that opposition. That’s new and that’s a positive. It was even better before the Washington game, but the line is still outscoring.

Progress indeed. Still, we’d benefit from even more. The SV% can’t buoy this line forever.

My unsubstantiated theory, based upon established levels of ability, is that Chaser’s a dead weight on the second line at 5v5.