2019-20 Game 23: Oilers at Sharks

The Edmonton Oilers embark on an important road trip tonight. By the time the team plays a home game again, we’ll have reached American Thanksgiving. If Edmonton is in a playoff spot on that day, there’s a good chance we’ll see playoff games come the spring. This is a tough trip with a major prize at the end.

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, less than two coffees a month offer here.

  • New Lowetide: Joel Persson’s demotion highlights difficult adjustment for Oilers’ ‘European showtime’ trio
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: Evaluating the Oilers’ readiness for the 2021 Seattle expansion draft
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 1 prospect winter 2019: Evan Bouchard
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ college procurement could increase under Ken Holland
  • Jonathan Willis: A shift-by-shift analysis of Caleb Jones in his Oilers season debut
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Sometimes it’s just unstoppable’: How McDavid and the Oilers’ power play dominated the Avalanche
  • Jonathan Willis: Darnell Nurse, Caleb Jones and the crisis that’s looming in the Oilers’ middle distance
  • Jonathan Willis: Basically, yes, the Oilers should keep Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ‘forever’
  • Lowetide: Why the recall of NHL-ready Caleb Jones should benefit the Oilers in the long run
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers Report Cards: Several drivers make the grade but Edmonton’s bus still has a few passengers
  • Daniel Nugent-BowmanFrom 4 to 97, Oilers both new and old share the stories behind their jersey numbers
  • Jonathan Willis: Could a fall trade improve the fortunes of your NHL team in 2019-20?
  • Lowetide: Analyzing Dave Tippett’s defensive usage and what the Oilers will do when Adam Larsson returns
  • Lowetide: What’s going on with the Bakersfield Condors?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shines, mad props for Leon Draisaitl and more to like as the Oilers beat the Devils
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: What inexperienced defencemen like the Oilers’ Joel Persson must do to gain their coach’s confidence
  • Lowetide: Oilers are closer to having an effective second line than a year ago, but few have noticed
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The beauty of a good night’s sleep can be elusive for many NHL players

OILERS AFTER 23 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015: 7-14-2, 16 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in 2016: 12-9-2, 26 points; goal differential +9
  • Oilers in 2017: 8-13-2, 18 points; goal differential -16
  • Oilers in 2018: 10-11-2, 22 points; goal differential -12
  • Oilers in 2019: 13-6-3, 29 points; goal differential +12

A point tonight gets Edmonton to 30 points and keeps the team on pace for a 100-point plus campaign. We can talk about saves, penalty kill, McDavid-Draisaitl, Tippett or any number of reasons. Bottom line is that a more veteran team, familiar with current role, is winning more than they’re losing. A lesson there.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-5-1, seven points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in November 2016: 2-6-1, five points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-4-1, nine points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in November 2018: 3-6-0, six points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in November 2019: 4-2-2, 10 points; goal differential +7

I remain amazed by just how much an eight or nine game glimpse can tell us about a team. Bill James always said the first 10 games of a baseball season (162 games in length) were important, that goes double for hockey (82 games). Any 10-game stretch tells you a lot. There are two playoff teams in this photo.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NOVEMBER

  • On the road to: PIT (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: ARI, STL, NJD (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 1-1-1)
  • On the road to: ANA, SJS (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: COL, DAL (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-1)
  • On the road to: SJS, LAK, VEG, ARI, COL (Expected 2-3-0)
  • At home to: VAN (Expected 1-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 4-2-2, 10 points in 8 games

The five games on this road trip are going to be a major test for the Oilers. The team’s current record against the Pacific Division (3-1-1) is pristine, how long will it remain that way?

OILERS 2019-20

Two men are driving the offense at a ridiculous, Phil Esposito in 1970-71 levels. I don’t think there’s much that can be said about it, to be honest. I predicted the No. 1 line would score 96 goals in my reasonable expectations series. Doing the math on that total over 82 games, we should expect the Oilers top line to score 26 goals in 22 games. The trio stands at 37 goals.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy morning on the Lowdown, we get started at 10, TSN1260. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will help tee up tonight’s game in San Jose, Andrew Peard will call in from the road with an Oil Kings update and Josh Lewenberg from TSN will discuss his ‘top 25 greatest Raptors in franchise history’ at 11:25. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!!

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  1. Johnny skid says:

    Harpers Hair: Did you clean the hair off the soap or did you take a dump in the tub?

    You are a odd dude.

  2. Material Elvis says:

    oilersfan:
    Let’s see if our boys take Tippett’scomments aboutmaturity to heart

    That means McDavid has to skate as hard on the back-check this period as hard as he would if he were racing for a loose puck on a breakaway

    And tippet needs to roll all four lines so our first line isn’t bagged by the end of the game and is too tired to work hard on defence

    I read his comments as *all* the players have to keep skating hard; particularly not giving up on a strong forecheck. And no stupid penalties.

  3. Andy Dufresne says:

    Harpers Hair: This is nonsense.

    Top 5?

  4. Pouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: This is nonsense.

    Don’t feed the……wait wut???

  5. Andy Dufresne says:

    Pouzar: Don’t feed the……wait wut???

    lol

  6. OilClog says:

    Harpers Hair: Did you clean the hair off the soap or did you take a dump in the tub?

    We have to shit in the tub when your goal posts won’t flush down, eat some more fibre, loosen up a bit.

  7. John Chambers says:

    Harpers Hair: This is nonsense.

    Bet?

  8. Andy Dufresne says:

    3-2 Vegreville half way through the third

  9. Andy Dufresne says:

    John Chambers: Bet?

    Haaa…lol

  10. BONE207 says:

    In an out of town hotel watching the Nbc feed online.
    Roenick & Anson Carter doing commentary. Haven’t seen either for eons.
    Louis Er…never mind…

  11. Harpers Hair says:

    John Chambers: Bet?

    Bet what?

  12. Harpers Hair says:

    BONE207:
    In an out of town hotel watching the Nbc feed online.
    Roenick & Anson Carter doingcommentary. Haven’t seen either for eons.
    Louis Er…never mind…

    What do you think of Anson Carter?

    I’ve heard he’s fabulous.

  13. Pouzar says:

    Russell has been good tonight.

  14. John Chambers says:

    Harpers Hair: Bet what?

    I bet that the Canucks surrender a lottery pick to Tampa because they’ll fail to make the playoffs this season and next.

    $100 donation to our host

  15. Harpers Hair says:

    Andy Dufresne: It was sarcasm dufus……uh….I mean brother dufus….

    Thanks Daryl.

  16. GMB3 says:

    Did you guys see that the Canucks got stomped tonight? Hooo boy. Miro Heiskanen is the goods

  17. Harpers Hair says:

    John Chambers: I bet that the Canucks surrender a lottery pick to Tampa because they’ll fail to make the playoffs this season and next.

    $100 donation to our host

    Done.

  18. jm363561 says:

    Now if we can just avoid the early goal, short handed or otherwise.

  19. Harpers Hair says:

    Pouzar:
    DOH

    https://twitter.com/NHLGIFs/status/1197024119210094592

    WOW!.
    Save of the year right there.

  20. Younger Oil says:

    If Chaisson never plays in another game in an Oilers uniform this season it’ll still be too many.

  21. Andy Dufresne says:

    Harpers Hair: Thanks Daryl.

    Your welcome Daryll 🙂

    See LT, we’re gettin along. He ate the hair off the soap and I folded the laundry.

  22. BONE207 says:

    Harpers Hair: What do you think of Anson Carter?

    I’ve heard he’s fabulous.

    I like him better than Cassie. Calmer than Roenick

  23. John Chambers says:

    Harpers Hair: Done.

    This is our second running bet. Do you know what our first is?

    I’ll let you guess. It was made shortly after July 4th, 2012.

  24. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Harpers Hair,

    I like him, mostly due to his days as an Oiler. His personality is much more polished than someone like JR, whom he compliments nicely actually.

    But his analysis is vanilla and shallow.

    Talking of Kassian, says that Zach allows 97 and 29 to play their game by creating space. That he defers to the captain too much and his goals are of the garbage variety.

  25. Side says:

    Lazy Nuge comin back. When will people stop playing favourites and call him out on his…

    Wait

  26. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: Bet what?

    Ok Champ who is your team? you can only pick 1 team you have 31 choices once you pick a team you can’t renege, no more cheating allowed Champ.

  27. BONE207 says:

    Andy Dufresne: Your welcome Daryll

    You’re welcome…Darylls

  28. theDjdj says:

    fuck, McDavid puts up with that sort of call 10 times a night

  29. Pescador says:

    Younger Oil:
    If Chaisson never plays in another game in an Oilers uniform this season it’ll still be too many.

    He’s under contract for this season and next,
    I rather him than a few of the other offerings we had to dress this season,
    But ya definitely a 4th liner, 2nd unit PP guy

  30. Ice Sage says:

    Reja: Ok Champ who is your team? you can only pick 1 team you have 31 choices once you pick a team you can’t renege,no more cheating allowed Champ.

    No, no, no, it’s team ABO (anything but Oilers) – an easy-ass game to play with a rotating spreadsheet of semi-relevant stats, When Arizona and dallas cool off, we’ll see reports of the next hot team. Seems a tough way to be fan, but takes all kinds.

  31. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Bear could have done much better there and passed it up. Not like him.

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    Fine, Sharks, take shots from the point with no screen – we’ll take that all day long.

  33. Andy Dufresne says:

    BONE207: You’re welcome…Darylls

    🙂 Thanks Larry

  34. Andy Dufresne says:

    Ice Sage: No, no, no, it’s team ABO (anything but Oilers) – an easy-ass game to play with a rotating spreadsheet of semi-relevant stats,When Arizona and dallas cool off, we’ll see reports of the next hot team.Seems a tough way to be fan, but takes all kinds.

    Ya Know……People do disown family members 🙂

  35. Material Elvis says:

    Connor scores. Three point nights are becoming old hat.

  36. Munny says:

    About time, first line was slacking

  37. Andy Dufresne says:

    Coming into tonight….this was the most important game of the season for me.

    San Jose at home is tough for us.

    Not tonight. We’ve owned them where it counts.

    #BecauseOilers

  38. Andy Dufresne says:

    This Draisaitl guy is going to be better then Benn some day. 🙂

  39. BONE207 says:

    Andy Dufresne: Ya Know……People do disownd family members

    Darryl, Larry or Andy….slow down brother. Your posts are starting to get unreadable. Maybe a change of beverage choice is required?

  40. Hockey Project says:

    San Jose crew making sure to put over Ethan Bear a number of time this evening.

  41. Oil2Oilers says:

    Draisaitl got his point but McDavid is catching him in the scoring race. epic duo.

  42. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Harpers Hair: Only one with Woodguy.

    Canucks finish ahead of the Oilers.

    I’ve figured the inevitable McDavid injury into the odds.

    We’ll see.

    Ahh I recall the 2015 lottery when we all went nuts & DSF talked about the cap problems McDavid would cause.

    Good stuff.

  43. Harpers Hair says:

    Reja: Ok Champ who is your team? you can only pick 1 team you have 31 choices once you pick a team you can’t renege,no more cheating allowed Champ.

    I don’t have to pick anything you say.

    I follow the game closely and tell it like I see it.

    Has nothing to do with being a fanboy.

    I certainly don’t begrudge you being absolutely wedded to one team because I was very much like you a decade ago.

    I just enjoy the game and very much appreciate the best players and the best teams.

    Connor is a treat to watch but the team behind him remains a shambles thanks mostly to the ineptitude of Pete Chiarelli, which I predicted the day he was hired.

    Perhaps the new regime can right the ship but Colorado is so far ahead of the Oilers in talent, depth, prospects and management expertise, the Oilers can never win a cup without going through Colorado.

    Just the way it is.

    Does that make me a Colorado fan?

  44. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    3 straight 3 point games for McDavid

    Leon point streak at 13 games

    Nurse now with more points in this season and last than Willy Nylander

    Leafs lose 5th straight

    Flames 6th straight

    Oilers likely to retain lead atop the Pacific

    Oh and Larsson back on Thursday

    This… ain’t bad

  45. LMHF#1 says:

    Drink it in ladies and gents…

    We’re watching a hockey team. It’s something to see and about damn time.

    Also…coachingmakesadifference…

  46. Material Elvis says:

    John Chambers: This is our second running bet. Do you know what our first is?

    I’ll let you guess. It was made shortly after July 4th, 2012.

    Was it Minnesota playing 60 home playoff games in the next ten years?

  47. Pescador says:

    Dear Mr Tippett:
    I know you know wtf you’re doing but if you don’t mind,
    please roll the hell out of the second line and the 2 forth lines for the rest of the period.
    Thx

  48. Harpers Hair says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Ahh I recall the 2015 lottery when we all went nuts & DSF talked about the cap problems McDavid would cause.

    Good stuff.

    And here we are.

    A top heavy team that is a top line and porridge.

  49. Andy Dufresne says:

    BONE207: Darryl, Larry or Andy….slow down brother. Your posts are starting to get unreadable. Maybe a change of beverage choice is required?

    lol Look up. the meme….this my brother Daryyl and my other brother Daryl….Larry is the speaker

  50. tcho says:

    Hockey Project:
    San Jose crew making sure to put over Ethan Bear a number of time this evening.

    “put over?” – not being a jerk, just don’t understand.

  51. Andy Dufresne says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    3 straight 3 point games for McDavid

    Leon point streak at 13 games

    Nurse now with more points in this season and last than Willy Nylander

    Leafs lose 5th straight

    Flames 6th straight

    Oilers likely to retain lead atop the Pacific

    Oh and Larsson back on Thursday

    This… ain’t bad

    Oilers are Canadas best team.

    Just a fact.

  52. Younger Oil says:

    That was a terrible, terrible icing call.

    SJ defender could have touched the puck, attempted to touch the puck, and missed. Definitely should have been waived IMO.

  53. Gerta Rauss says:

    puck off skate is the only thing going to beat Koskinen tonight

    5-2

  54. BONE207 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    3 straight 3 point games for McDavid

    Leon point streak at 13 games

    Nurse now with more points in this season and last than Willy Nylander

    Leafs lose 5th straight

    Flames 6th straight

    Oilers likely to retain lead atop the Pacific

    Oh and Larsson back on Thursday

    This… ain’t bad

    Is it safe to believe in this team again? If it shuts up the winter trolls, count me in.

  55. Andy Dufresne says:

    Adios Amigos

    See ya’all Thursday

    You too Squirrel 🙂

  56. Hockey Project says:

    tcho: “put over?” – not being a jerk, just don’t understand.

    Oh, I’m sorry. It’s an old pro wrestling term: to compliment, to speak highly of, etc.

  57. geowal says:

    BONE207: Is it safe to believe in this team again? If it shuts up the winter trolls, count me in.

    I’m still a little nervous just in this game…

  58. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I cheer for the Oilers first…but it makes it extra sweet when the Flames and Leafs suck the hind banana. Living in Canuck land, I don’t have to hear about them unless they are leading the league. As soon as the team began to start losing you could suddenly get tickets off of groupon and the jerseys get put away.

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bottom six creating some solid offensive chances throughout this game.

  60. geowal says:

    Now if Sheahan can score…

  61. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Andy Dufresne,

    High praise. But, he’ll need to catch Colborne first.

  62. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Harpers Hair: And here we are.

    A top heavy team that is a top line and porridge.

    And here you’ve remained. Disliked by the majority. Gotta weigh on the soul.

  63. BONE207 says:

    geowal: I’m still a little nervous just in this game…

    I still wear adult underwear just in case.

  64. Pouzar says:

    Nice stick check by Granlund.

  65. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    SJ commentator keeps calling 29 ‘Neon Leon.’

    Is it just me, or is that not his typical nickname?

    I thought it was usually just ‘Drai,’ although I prefer ‘The Germanator.’

  66. Munny says:

    Nice forecheck from Khaira

  67. Munny says:

    Some more good bottom-sixing.

  68. Material Elvis says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    SJ commentator keeps calling 29 ‘Neon Leon.’

    Is it just me, or is that not his typical nickname?

    I thought it was usually just Drai, although I prefer The Germanator.

    I believe that is his nickname in Germany.

  69. Harpers Hair says:

    LadiesloveSmid: And here you’ve remained. Disliked by the majority. Gotta weigh on the soul.

    Not at all.
    If the majority (the mob) dislikes you, you’re probably on to something.
    My soul is fine.

  70. BONE207 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    SJ commentator keeps calling 29 ‘Neon Leon.’

    Is it just me, or is that not his typical nickname?

    I thought it was usually just Drai, although I prefer The Germanator.

    Nbc guys said they call him Leo in the room

  71. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    BONE207,

    Tippet and Co are hero’s for many things this season but number one with a bullet is that number #1 ranked PP and #2 ranked PK.

    The latter being an unbelievable turnaround after historically bad numbers over the last few years.

  72. Pouzar says:

    Oil winnin da Corgis in da turd.
    Keep er goin.

  73. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Khaira has been a possession beast tonight, to my eye. This is a statement game for him.

  74. Munny says:

    BONE207,

    The Lion.

  75. OilClog says:

    Harpers Hair: And here we are.

    A top heavy team that is a top line and porridge.

    Topline and Tippet have sprinkled brown sugar all over its steaming pile of mush and are feeding it to the opposition. Beautiful really, especially the way they fed it with a hint of stache to Colorado.

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sakic has made some nice trades early in his management career but its interesting to read that he has more management expertise than Ken Holland, one of the most experienced managers in the game and most successful in the history of the game.

    McDavid must be some sort of superhuman given the team below him is in total shambles but are 2nd in the NHL in points at the 24 game mark of the season – that’s almost a third.

    Not to mention, McDavid hasn’t even been the team’s top player this season.

  77. Munny says:

    Really nice structure these past few shifts, efficient plays and choices.

  78. Material Elvis says:

    Now that’s how you protect a lead. Forecheck the shit out of them.

  79. BONE207 says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    BONE207,

    Tippet and Co are hero’s for many things this season but number one with a bullet is that number #1 ranked PP and #2 ranked PK.

    The latter being an unbelievable turnaround after historically bad numbers over the last few years.

    I agree…that PK was an easy fix. It couldn’t get worse. Systems & coaching are real. I’m a Tippett fan.

  80. Harpers Hair says:

    OilClog: Topline and Tippet have sprinkled brown sugar all over its steaming pile of mush and are feeding it to the opposition. Beautiful really, especially the way they fed it with a hint of stache to Colorado.

    A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Interesting movement in the Goal Differential in the last few hours vis-a-vis a couple teams in the Pacific Division.

  82. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Material Elvis,

    Interesting, thanks.

    BONE207,

    I’ve read that here before, made me wonder why the announcer would say “they” like to call him Neon Leon when mostly all I’ve read/heard is Leo/Leon/29/Drai. Personally speaking, I think my preferred nickname for our sprouting stud of ‘The Germanator’ is better; as such I’m out here planting seeds, hoping it takes root.

  83. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s a strong start to this road trip

    A win in LA and we’ve got a little walking around money the rest of the trip

  84. godot10 says:

    BONE207: Nbc guys said they call him Leo in the room

    Leon, The Professional.

  85. russ99 says:

    Really great game. Good response after the Dallas collapse.

    We really got something going here.

  86. Pouzar says:

    6 gm streak over.

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers 8 points up on 9th place with a game in hand.

    They remain tied for 1st in the Conference and, although STL has 1 game in hand, the Oilers have a few more regulation wins.

    Tied for second most points in the NHL.

    Its almost 1/3 of a way in to the season.

    The bottom is not falling out. This team if for real.

  88. Ice Sage says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    I agree with you HH, these Oilers are playoff-bound

  89. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss: A win in LA and we’ve got a little walking around money the rest of the trip

    And this is do-able.

  90. Pouzar says:

    Staples:

    #Oilers with 17 Grade A chances, San Jose with just 9.

  91. SelathioHarms says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!,

    You know, I’m like every oiler fan. Waiting for the bottom to fall. I’ve watched pretty much every minute of oiler hockey this year and I have to say this team looks different. Yes the bottom six doesn’t score enough but they have roles! If Holland thought, ‘ I’ll just fix the pk’ and tippet thought ‘I could make these guys play a system’ then mission accomplished. They probably didn’t expect this success but these were good bets by both manager and coach. I haven’t had this much faith in this team in a long time. And still improvable. Lots of tradable aseets. Trade deadline to follow!

  92. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Definitely preferable to too much month at the end of the money. When you need formula for the baby, and come home with cigarettes instead.

  93. Munny says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    Fine. Playoffs it is then.

  94. GMB3 says:

    Coming back and stomping the sharks is a decidedly in-Oiler thing to do. They had an embarrassing third period against Dallas and were embarrassed last time out against San Jose and what do they go and do?

    Totally redeem themselves. Fer the love of all things holly I’m almost getting excited.

  95. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Harpers Hair,

    From start through Dec 31 they had 107 points and 50 goals.

    They had 114 points and 49 goals combined from January through the end of the year.

    I don’t think “fell off a cliff” means what you think it means

  96. OilClog says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    LOL, don’t be chapped that the Oilers will always have the best player on their side. It’s eating you inside out and everyone can see it, beautifully really.

    By dropping off a cliff do you mean scoring 50 goals?

    Is this last year? Hows all that boxed up Minnesota wild merchandise doing for ya?

    Tippet is going to match up with any coach, and now he has McDavid.

    Holland, he pinches Sakic on the cheeks and gives him stockings at Christmas. There’s levels to this.

    Oilers add 1 5×5 driver, they are a full contender. Their defence pipeline is one of the best, their best player in the world is 22.

    Dont age too hard over the next decade, you’ll still want your whoevers in 1st place hat to fit.

  97. BONE207 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Material Elvis,

    Interesting, thanks.

    BONE207,

    I’m out here planting seeds, hoping it takes root.

    Ahhh…it would be grand to be 20 years once again…ha

  98. Munny says:

    I said we needed a statement game. That one had to be a little disheartening for the Sharks on home ice.

  99. GMB3 says:

    Klef with 31 minute of ice time. That’s crazy. Get that guy some pedialyte

  100. hags9k says:

    Good win. Koskinen continues to play very well.

    I’m loving Bear. Reminds me a lot of Staios.

  101. Younger Oil says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    Draisaitl:
    Pre All Star Break: 50, 27-34-61, 1.22 PPG
    Post All Star Break: 32, 23-21-44, 1.38 PPG

    McDavid:
    Pre All Star Break: 49, 29-44-73, 1.49 PPG
    Post All Star Break: 29, 12-31-43, 1.48 PPG

    I honestly agree with a lot of what you say, and as a whole enjoy the voice you bring to the blog. You bring a lot of good discussion, and keep a lot of us around here grounded. This post wasn’t a good example of that, you’re a lot better than that.

  102. jm363561 says:

    Very solid third period. Totally agree with Koskinen as first star (94.3%. I thought Archie had a pretty good game (13.30). Keep waiting for Nygard.

  103. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Anyone know where to get that hat Klef is wearing in the post game interview?

  104. Reja says:

    If you could draw up the perfect road game this was it, best road game in years everyone was involved in this one from Kosh to PP and the PK. The fouth line was fantastic very enjoyable game you are witnessing the team bonding and they have bought in a 100 percent for coach Tippett. Ok Mr. Smith it’s your turn to get the win.

  105. flea says:

    The goal that impressed me most was JJ’s. What an absolute load on that shift, and, completely exhausted, launches a rocket top corner. I don’t know how to see how long that shift was but I’m thinking around 90 sec.

    That’s the best goal of his career.

  106. oilersfan says:

    For all the crying about how little the bottom six scores…

    Sheahan and Archibald are a huge reason the Pk is so good

    Their non goals 5×5 are largely offset by prevented goals on the PK

    If Sheahan played against St Louis instead of Cave I wonder if we would have won?

    St Louis scores 2 PP goals

  107. OriginalPouzar says:

    Klefbom played 31:38 tonight – the game ended in regulation with a 3 goal win….

    He has 8 points in the last 5 games.

    This guy is a beast.

  108. Harpers Hair says:

    By popular demand:

    Goal differential in the WC.

    COL +15
    ARZ + 15
    EDM + 13
    DAL +8
    VCR +5
    VGK +5
    STL +3
    NSH +3
    ————–
    CHI 0
    WPG -4
    ANA -5
    CAL – 11
    SJS -13
    MIN -13
    LAK -22

    I would keep an eye on Nashville.

    They have 3-4 games in hand on everyone although they haven’t been playing all that well.

    Dallas, after a very poor start, is just on fire.

    Arizona has a very favourable schedule and will move up.

    Vancouver is on a very tough road trip and will likely fall back but have a very easy schedule afterward.

  109. Munny says:

    Oilers 6-2-2 in their last 10, including a Mom’s Road Trip stinker and the blown 3rd to the Stars.

    Pretty decent.

    97 going nova at the same time as the bottom 6 picking up its socks.

    Koski stellar… again.

  110. Pouzar says:

    Harpers Hair,

    Isn’t NSH coming off a PDO heater?

  111. Munny says:

    TOI

    20:48 for Drai
    20:55 for Connor

    both with 3 minutes PP time.

    Drai only saw 8 seconds of PK.

    KBomb led defensemen with an incredible 31:38 of quality minute-munching. He was rightly the second star.

    Followed by 23:47 for Bear and 24:01 for Nurse, although Bear had 3 more shifts.

  112. Pouzar says:

    Munny,

    Nurse-Bear were awesome tonight.
    Eye test and the fancies aligned.

  113. Harpers Hair says:

    Munny: Fine. Playoffs it is then.

    I think so.

    I can’t see any of the also rans catching them at this point.

    If I had to call it right now…

    PACIFIC.
    Arizona
    Edmonton
    Vegas

    CENTRAL
    Dallas
    Colorado
    St. Louis

    WILD CARD
    Vancouver
    Nashville

    But many things can go wrong on the way to Grandma’s house.

    We’ll see.

  114. Harpers Hair says:

    Younger Oil: Draisaitl:
    Pre All Star Break: 50, 27-34-61, 1.22 PPG
    Post All Star Break: 32, 23-21-44, 1.38 PPG

    McDavid:
    Pre All Star Break: 49, 29-44-73, 1.49 PPG
    Post All Star Break: 29, 12-31-43, 1.48 PPG

    I honestly agree with a lot of what you say, and as a whole enjoy the voice you bring to the blog. You bring a lot of good discussion, and keep a lot of us around here grounded. This post wasn’t a good example of that, you’re a lot better than that.

    Try the last two months of the season.
    It wasn’t pretty.

  115. Adam Wu says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    History is full of one line playoff teams with a hot goalie making it past the first round. Some have even made it past the second.

    I suppose all coaches of teams that lose in the first round are just dumb, right?

    I like how the goalposts for criticism have shifted from “no chance for playoffs at all” to “unsustainable hot streak” to “well, they can’t make it all the way to the Cup Finals”.

    That’s a promising direction for the arrow.

    (Also, this is a two line team….)

  116. kgo says:

    Of the 3 mature rookie Euros, Haas, by my eye, is by far the most likely to have an NHL career…which is odd because he was the least hyped of the 3. I would flush Nygaard down the toilet, and keep Persson around for depth / AHL development.

  117. Harpers Hair says:

    Adam Wu: History is full of one line playoff teams with a hot goalie making it past the first round. Some have even made it past the second.

    I suppose all coaches of teams that lose in the first round are just dumb, right?

    I like how the goalposts for criticism have shifted from “no chance for playoffs at all” to “unsustainable hot streak” to “well, they can’t make it all the way to the Cup Finals”.

    That’s a promising direction for the arrow.

    (Also, this is a two line team….)

    So much wrong here I won’t even answer.

  118. kgo says:

    I’m guessing Benning blew an ear-drum…judging by his reaction….looked like vertigo in the immediate aftermath.

  119. Pouzar says:

    kgo:
    Of the 3 mature rookie Euros, Haas, by my eye,is by far the most likely to have an NHL career…which is odd because he was the least hyped of the 3. I would flush Nygaard down the toilet, and keep Persson around for depth / AHL development.

    I agree except it’s still early on Nygard and he has much needed speed.

  120. Side says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    Harpers Hair: Try the last two months of the season.
    It wasn’t pretty.

    Is it the last half of the season or the last two.months?

  121. Pouzar says:

    kgo:
    I’m guessing Benning blew an ear-drum…judging by his reaction….looked like vertigo in the immediate aftermath.

    Little got dinged in the ear by an Ehlers shot and suffered vertigo so good call.

  122. Harpers Hair says:

    Side:
    Is it the last half of the season or the last two.months?

    Good grief…don’t be a dick.

    It was from a Tuesday in February to a Wednesday in April.

  123. HT Joe says:

    Harpers Hair: Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    Younger Oil: McDavid:
    Pre All Star Break: 49, 29-44-73, 1.49 PPG
    Post All Star Break: 29, 12-31-43, 1.48 PPG

    Man, Lucic WISHED he hit that cliff when he turned 30…

  124. kgo says:

    Pouzar: I agree except it’s still early on Nygard and he has much needed speed.

    Agreed, but Haas might be faster, and we have Jurco.

  125. Side says:

    Harpers Hair: Good grief…don’t be a dick.

    It was from a Tuesday in February to a Wednesday in April.

    Second half is a lot different than 2 months though.

    I’m clarifying what you are talking about as I heard you keep posters grounded and make people truly know what they are talking about before engaging in discussion with you about it.

  126. Younger Oil says:

    Harpers Hair: Try the last two months of the season.
    It wasn’t pretty.

    Here are the splits for March and April:

    Draisaitl: 18, 11-16-27, 1.5 PPG

    McDavid: 18, 8-21-29, 1.61 PPG

    EDIT: I don’t have the splits readily available for mid-February until the end of the season, but assume it wouldn’t be dramatically different. Plus, the last quarter of the season should be where the teams are cracking down the most defensively, no?

  127. Side says:

    kgo:
    I’m guessing Benning blew an ear-drum…judging by his reaction….looked like vertigo in the immediate aftermath.

    I like how in the subsequent replays of Benning getting Barry Bonds’d, there are 2 refs staring at what happened and somehow concluded it was okay.

    NHL reffing truly is awful.

  128. Munny says:

    We lost another Reider tonght.

    RIP Granny Reider

    Only Archie, Sheahan and PRusty Reider left.

  129. Reja says:

    oilersfan:
    For all the crying about how little the bottom six scores…

    Sheahan and Archibald are a huge reason the Pk is so good

    Their non goals 5×5 are largely offset by prevented goals on the PK

    If Sheahan played against St Louis instead of Cave I wonder if we would have won?

    St Louis scores 2 PP goals

    I stated from day one a top 10 PP and PK gets us in the show. Tippett said fuk the top 10 I want top 5 for both which may has never occurred in the history of the NHL.

  130. Adam Wu says:

    Harpers Hair: Good grief…don’t be a dick.

    It was from a Tuesday in February to a Wednesday in April.

    You are wrong,
    The numbers prove it.
    Be a man and admit it.

  131. Rebillled says:

    Oilers are the best team.

    Straight to the cup LT.

    Don’t worry. Easy rings.

  132. Professor Q says:

    I had fallen asleep so I missed the game, but fan, the team looked strong.

    Also, what the heck were the refs doing? Yes, I’ll complain about the refs even during a strong victory.

    Kane pulls a Kassian on Benning with no call or review. And also no call on that play in the second where Vlasic took down McDavid with a freaking wrestling slam? I’m sure there were more. San Jose was mad and chippy all game (the take down of Russell etc.), so I don’t doubt things got out of hand at times.

    Likely culprits being Vlasic, Dillon, Karlsson, Karlsson, Goodrow, Kane, etc.

    Ironically our commentators explained the Dillon Interference penalty on Draisaitl was due to him taking his arm off the stick and holding Draisaitl.

    “The ref will call it all the time!”

    Except when it’s on McDavid.

  133. BONE207 says:

    Side:
    Is it the last half of the season or the last two.months?

    He does this a lot!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwFIiXBt36U

  134. Rebillled says:

    Professor Q,

    California

    Knows how to ref it.

    City of Culprits.

    I know Gary Bettmannnn

  135. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: I don’t have to pick anything you say.

    I follow the game closely and tell it like I see it.

    Has nothing to do with being a fanboy.

    I certainly don’t begrudge you being absolutely wedded to one team because I was very much like you a decade ago.

    I just enjoy the game and very much appreciate the best players and the best teams.

    Connor is a treat to watch but the team behind him remains a shambles thanks mostly to the ineptitude of Pete Chiarelli, which I predicted the day he was hired.

    Perhaps the new regime can right the ship but Colorado is so far ahead of the Oilers in talent, depth, prospects and management expertise, the Oilers can never win a cup without going through Colorado.

    Just the way it is.

    Does that make me a Colorado fan?

    The Av’s kinda of remind me of the a hawks when they were winning except for toughness and goaltending. Your team isn’t winning 16 playoff games without those two traits.

  136. hunter1909 says:

    Finally a big game the Oilers took part in, with a real good team with lots of previous success.

    Then they shocked everyone and won in a canter.

    Nurse stood out particularly. Mean and nasty. McDavid’s starting to enter Gretzky territory what with the way he and Draisaitl are tearing the NHL up.

    PS: for fun tuned into last 10 minutes of the Flames debacle. Then as if to rub it in further, Neal scored later on.

  137. hunter1909 says:

    Professor Q:
    I had fallen asleep so I missed the game, but fan, the team looked strong.

    Also, what the heck were the refs doing? Yes, I’ll complain about the refs even during a strong victory.

    Kane pulls a Kassian on Benning with no call or review. And also no call on that play in the second where Vlasic took down McDavid with a freaking wrestling slam? I’m sure there were more. San Jose was mad and chippy all game (the take down of Russell etc.), so I don’t doubt things got out of hand at times.

    Likely culprits being Vlasic, Dillon, Karlsson, Karlsson, Goodrow, Kane, etc.

    Ironically our commentators explained the Dillon Interference penalty on Draisaitl was due to him taking his arm off the stick and holding Draisaitl.

    “The ref will call it all the time!”

    Except when it’s on McDavid.

    It’s a contact sport.

    Anyway Sharks came out trying to intimidate the Oilers who instead of rolling over started scoring and killing the Shark’s dreams of a 7th straight win. By the end of the game the message was clear which team was superior and it wasn’t the Sharks.

    It looks like Oilers fans will have to get used to the idea of having a first place, dominating NHL team again.

  138. hunter1909 says:

    Tippet’s doing a masterful coaching job this season. He’s turned a collection of perennial losers into winners.

  139. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    Harpers Hair: Good grief…don’t be a dick.

    It was from a Tuesday in February to a Wednesday in April.

    Speaking of ‘not pretty’ and ‘being a dick’, a person unable to admit when they’ve been proven to be objectively wrong is both those things. No matter what Tuesday you pick in February, Draisaitl will still have scored 23 points in 14 games in March and 4 points in 4 games in April.

    Yet more evidence to show how unreliable memory is.

  140. Professor Q says:

    hunter1909,

    I understand that’s it’s a contact sport. Vlasic’s check was fine.

    Him holding onto McDavid after the check and one-arm slamming him onto the ice was not.

    A stick to Benning’s ear was also not fine.

  141. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – three pages of LT on gameday! Didn’t even have to look up the score to know we had won! A few more posters peeking out head wondering if this team is legit

    – Normalize v regression. Consensus and conventional wisdom dissipates only in the rear view mirror

  142. ArmchairGM says:

    Harpers Hair: A smart coach, in the playoffs, will neutralize, the top line.
    Remember that Connor and Drai dropped off a cliff in the second half of last season.

    No, “dropped off a cliff” is what MacKinnon and Pettersson did last season.

    First 41 games:

    McDavid: 40, 23-38-61 [1.53 P/GP]
    Draisaitl: 41, 22-29-51 [1.24]
    MacKinnon: 41, 24-36-60 [1.46]
    Pettersson: 35, 19-20-39 [1.11]

    Last 41 games:

    McDavid: 38, 18-37-55 [1.45] -0.08
    Draisaitl: 41, 28-26-54 [1.32] +0.08
    MacKinnon: 41, 17-22-39 [0.95] -0.51
    Pettersson: 36, 9-18-27 [0.75] -0.36

  143. Wilde says:

    Any non-Caleb Jones partisans (i.e. people who aren’t me) have any idea whether or not he’s real?

  144. ArmchairGM says:

    flea:
    The goal that impressed me most was JJ’s. What an absolute load on that shift, and, completely exhausted, launches a rocket top corner. I don’t know how to see how long that shift was but I’m thinking around 90 sec.

    That’s the best goal of his career.

    Just about. He got on at 18:18 and scored at 19:45, so 87 seconds.

    #stonehands

  145. SayItAin'tSo, Gretz, SayItAin'tSo! says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    I’d like to quickly circle back on our conversation from earlier.

    On the whole we agree more than we disagree re: signing/trading for high priced UFAs but I’d like to clarify my points a bit.

    I think a lot of fog is in place on these sorts of deal/ideas of such deals because of the Leafs and Tavares. But as we both have noted before that was strange for a number of reasons a) added to a position of strength, b) set the going rate for high priced forward contracts on a team and c) inexplicably was done before the signing of all THREE home grown RFA forwards further compounding the problem of b.

    A signing of say Taylor Hall (I prefer trying to land Ehlers but the cost would be dear) shares none of those traits and if Leon keeps up his play could even potentially nullify the Hart premium likely at play.

    Woodguy also pointed out that given the perfectly reasonable expectation of both a) Seattle and b) new US TV deal, the cap will in fact increase by meaningful figures in two years time you have one year of trickery to figure that cap number out and after that the math gets much easier (especially given the D pipeline which could also clear up some space perhaps).

    Point being signing an impact forward can cripple your team cap wise Yes 100%, but if done astutely it appears that its also a necessary ingredient to winning not one but multiple cups in a given period of time if your team is otherwise well constructed.

    Its still too early to contemplate such things though, they need to get through this road trip and into the abbreviated rest period here (another sub-20 min. 5v5 game for Leon and Drai, you’re almost going back to the 16/17 season to see them playing this little over this many games).

    In a perfect world here’s what I would like to see. Calgary panics, trades Gaudreau to the Devils for Hall and 1st but Hall waffles on signing the extension. Calgary fails to improve, misses the playoffs and the Oilers win a round or two. In the offseason McDavid and Nuge pay a visit to Taylor and ask him how many Cups he wants to win and because Leon picks up the Selke and finishes 2nd in Hart voting behind McDavid, Hall signs the Drai contract for 6 years at $8.5. Glory ensues.

  146. frjohnk says:

    Harpers Hair: Connor is a treat to watch but the team behind him remains a shambles thanks mostly to the ineptitude of Pete Chiarelli, which I predicted the day he was hired.

    Perhaps the new regime can right the ship but Colorado is so far ahead of the Oilers in talent, depth, prospects and management expertise, the Oilers can never win a cup without going through Colorado.

    I was pro Chia in the beginning and remember arguing about him with you then. You were definitely right about him back then.

    But the team is not in shambles. 1st place in the division. 5th overall.
    -best duo in the league.
    – good secondary/complimentary scoring coming from Nuge, Neal and Kassian
    – goaltending has been great
    -the D led by Klefbom, Nurse and Bear have been very good. Russell and Benning on the 3rd pair are probably among the best 3 pairs in the league.
    -the team is winning, so the coach looks good so far.

    the issues on the team
    -is not having another driver on the second line. I do think if the Oilers play a team in the playoffs that can shut down the 1st line, the Oilers have no hope in hell in winning. They need someone better than Nuge on the second line, so they can have newguy-nuge-neal.

    -depth ( bottom 6) has been putrid, but have shown signs of life lately. The guys here are not signed long term. This should be the easiest part of the roster to fix

    No long term bad contracts other than Neal. He wont cover the bet over the length of the contract but he has been close to full value so far ( one helluva trade by Holland here)

    The Oilers have some nice assets ( Jones, Broberg, Bouchard, Lavoie, 2020 1st) that will help the team either through trade or development in the next few years. And none of the core players are exiting their prime yet.

    I wont disagree that the Avs future looks bright but *puts on Oilers googles* so does the Oilers future

  147. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Klefbom played 31:38 tonight – the game ended in regulation with a 3 goal win….

    He has 8 points in the last 5 games.

    This guy is a beast.

    Yep, he’s having a great year. Tied for 7th in scoring among defensemen while shooting a career low 1.9%. Just wait for the regression…

    He leads the league is TOI, too, 25:55 per game.

  148. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Klefbom played 31:38 tonight – the game ended in regulation with a 3 goal win….

    He has 8 points in the last 5 games.

    This guy is a beast.

    He’s gonna blow away his career high season this year if he keeps this up. On pace for 61 points currently, well above the 38 he posted in 16-17.

  149. Pouzar says:

    frjohnk: -is not having another driver on the second line.

    That need maybe surpassing the 3rd line C gig…maybe….maybe not but it’s a huge issue.

  150. frjohnk says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!: Point being signing an impact forward can cripple your team cap wise Yes 100%, but if done astutely it appears that its also a necessary ingredient to winning not one but multiple cups in a given period of time if your team is otherwise well constructed.

    Does not have to be Hall but the Oilers need a Hall like player to fill the gap in between Drai and RNH if they are to contend.

    When Ovechkin outscored Malkin and Crosby ( 6 points to 3 points combined) in the 16 playoff series over 7 games, it was Kessel ( 6 points) driving the 3rd line that won the series for the Pens

    All the winning teams have those drivers.

    Oilers have the 2 best drivers in the game, but they will need help.

  151. ArmchairGM says:

    Harpers Hair: Try the last two months of the season.
    It wasn’t pretty.

    Younger Oil: Here are the splits for March and April:

    Draisaitl: 18, 11-16-27, 1.5 PPG

    McDavid: 18, 8-21-29, 1.61 PPG

    EDIT: I don’t have the splits readily available for mid-February until the end of the season, but assume it wouldn’t be dramatically different. Plus, the last quarter of the season should be where the teams are cracking down the most defensively, no?

    From October 3, 2018 to February 6th, 2019:

    Draisaitl: 53, 31-34-65 [1.23]
    McDavid: 52, 31-47-78 [1.50]
    MacKinnon: 52, 27-45-72 [1.38]
    Pettersson: 43, 24-23-47 [1.09]

    From February 7th to April 7th, 2019:

    Draisaitl: 29, 19-21-40 [1.38] +0.15
    McDavid: 26, 10-28-38 [1.46] -0.04
    MacKinnon: 30, 14-13-27 [0.90] -0.48
    Pettersson: 28, 4-15-19 [0.68] -0.41

    Where should I put the goalposts now, sir?

  152. ArmchairGM says:

    Munny:
    We lost another Reider tonght.

    RIP Granny Reider

    Only Archie, Sheahan and PRusty Reider left.

    Archie Rieder won’t be with us for long based on how he played last night.

  153. ArmchairGM says:

    Reja: I stated from day one a top 10 PP and PK gets us inthe show. Tippett said fuk the top 10 I want top 5 for both which may has never occurred in the history of the NHL.

    #1 PP
    #3 PK

    Niiice.

  154. Pescador says:

    frjohnk: Does not have to be Hall but the Oilers need a Hall like player to fill the gap in between Drai and RNH if they are to contend.

    When Ovechkin outscored Malkin and Crosby ( 6 points to 3 points combined) in the 16 playoff seriesover 7 games, it was Kessel( 6 points) driving the 3rd line that won the series for the Pens

    All the winning teams have those drivers.

    Oilers have the 2 best drivers in the game, but they will need help.

    Johnny Goodrow is being considered for trade by many a Flames fan ATM, just sayin

  155. Pescador says:

    Wilde:
    Any non-Caleb Jones partisans (i.e. people who aren’t me) have any idea whether or not he’s real?

    Oh he’s real alright,
    But I’m strictly an eye test guy, so not worth much.
    He’s a perfect 3rd pairing guy now, might even grow into the Adam Larrson hole if he continues to improve & has an Ethan Bear like offseason next summer

  156. jp says:

    SayItAin’tSo, Gretz, SayItAin’tSo!:
    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    In a perfect world here’s what I would like to see. Calgary panics, trades Gaudreau to the Devils for Hall and 1st but Hall waffles on signing the extension. Calgary fails to improve, misses the playoffs and the Oilers win a round or two. In the offseason McDavid and Nuge pay a visit to Taylor and ask him how many Cups he wants to win and because Leon picks up the Selke and finishes 2nd in Hart voting behind McDavid, Hall signs the Drai contract for 6 years at $8.5. Glory ensues.

    That scenario is beyond any I’ve dreamed up. Beautiful! Glory indeed.

  157. Pescador says:

    ArmchairGM:
    From October 3, 2018 to February 6th, 2019:

    Draisaitl: 53, 31-34-65 [1.23]
    McDavid: 52, 31-47-78 [1.50]
    MacKinnon: 52, 27-45-72 [1.38]
    Pettersson: 43, 24-23-47 [1.09]

    From February 7th to April 7th, 2019:

    Draisaitl: 29, 19-21-40 [1.38] +0.15
    McDavid: 26, 10-28-38 [1.46] -0.04
    MacKinnon: 30, 14-13-27 [0.90] -0.48
    Pettersson: 28, 4-15-19 [0.68] -0.41

    Where should I put the goalposts now, sir?

    Idk where you should put them, but I know where I’d like to ram them

  158. jp says:

    Pouzar: That need maybe surpassing the 3rd line C gig…maybe….maybe not but it’s a huge issue.

    Agreed. But the huge issues are whittling down.

    A couple of months ago that list also included: a 2RD, decent goaltending and the PK.

    Fun start to the season.

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