Nothing Rhymed

by Lowetide

The best story around the Edmonton Oilers yesterday was probably Kirill Maksimov, who scored a goal and added an assist in an overtime loss to the Stockton Heat. Maksimov, along with Tyler Benson and Kailer Yamamoto, represents the most promising skill wingers in the system. He’s many miles from the NHL, but small victories are big steps.

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 Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Leon Draisaitl takes the blame as the Oilers’ struggles against lowly foes continues
  • Jonathan Willis: A list of which Oilers are most likely to be traded in 2019-20
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A: Woodcroft on Benson’s ‘gift,’ the next step for Bouchard and acting like a proud parent watching the Oilers
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 2 prospect winter 2019: Philip Broberg
  • 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 24 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015: 8-14-2, 18 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in 2016: 12-10-2, 26 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in 2017: 9-13-2, 20 points; goal differential -14
  • Oilers in 2018: 11-11-2, 24 points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in 2019: 14-7-3, 31 points; goal differential +11

This year’s model remains the class of the group and honestly has no clear comparable. That 2016 team is going to catch this group, but through 24 games this is the best McDavid team.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-6-1, seven points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in November 2016: 3-6-1, seven points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-5-1, nine points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in November 2018: 4-6-0, eight points; goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2019: 5-3-2, 12 points, goal differential +6

Different angle, same result. No matter how angry and frustrated you are about last night, this bunch has been carrying the mail compared to their predecessors.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 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) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: VAN (Expected 1-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-1, 15 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 5-3-2, 12 points in 10 games

One thing that I suspect will be true: The Oilers will play better in Vegas on Saturday. There will be a burr under their saddles after this game. That means we’ll have a great game to watch on Saturday night at The Rec Room. Are you going to be there? Click this link to book tickets and there’s some information in there about free drink tickets and a few other details. Hope to see you!

OILERS 2019-20

There was a lot of poor play and lack of execution last night, it’s all contained in this NST page. As the lines got jumbled during the game, I’m going to do a player by player summary. All numbers five-on-five unless otherwise noted.

Leon Draisaitl had three shots and two HDSC, lost coverage on the 3-0 goal and was generally poor on the evening. His postgame was something else, he was accountable. He made a 50-50 pass to 97 to turn over the puck in the neutral zone and then released Carter in the goal’s key decision. Connor McDavid scored a nice goal to give some hope early in the second period but lost coverage on Kopitar’s goal, giving him an open look. Caleb Jones lost the initial battle to Kopitar, no sin for a rookie. Ethan Bear got caught flat-footed on the Toffoli goal, although that was a helluva pass. You’d like better coverage there but that’s a tough play.

Joakim Nygard gets less out of breakaways than Todd Marchant and that’s saying something. I kid, but it would be nice to see him cash one of those. Adam Larsson was fine in his return, made safe plays and battled. Alex Chiasson is betwixt and between now, he needs a goal to go in here and get some confidence. Darnell Nurse had a good game, turned over the puck deep in LAK’s zone that would eventually result in a goal but many things happened after. I would have liked him to haul ass back, but Leon had the position covered. Low percentage play though, Darnell waiting in the offensive zone in hopes of a misfire on the clear. He damn near scored later.

Gaetan Haas drew a penalty but he has a bad habit of not stopping events, either by falling down or being slow to execute. I like him. James Neal had one of his pedestrian games. Josh Archibald played well to my eye, would like to see one of those chances go in. Great PK. Jujhar Khaira worked hard (got hurt doing it) but didn’t have an offensive sortie of note. He needs to find a way to get involved in the offense every night.

Kris Russell played his normal game, led the PK crew with 7:16 and was effective. Markus Granlund didn’t get much done offensively but is part of the PK rotation again (replacing Patrick Russell, who did not dress). Oscar Klefbom was probably Edmonton’s best player, his consistency is vital to this team. Riley Sheahan was five of eight in the dot at five-on-five and played a clean 5:46 on the PK.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had one 10-bell chance and won five of eight in the dot. Played well but didn’t have an impact. Zack Kassian skated miles, hit everything and was part of some promising beginnings but nothing rhymed. Mike Smith stopped nine of 12, .750. He was poor. Mikko Koskinen was far better, giving up two while stopping 16 of 18, .889. I expect we’ll be seeing more of Koskinen in the coming days.

Lots of chatter after the game about the Oilers falling flat against poor teams. I’m not sure it has much to do with quality of opponent, seems to me this Oilers team is trying to find consistency. It’s also true we’re seeing regression, Mike Smith’s performance last night was proof it still exists even after an outstanding start.

CONDORS 2019-20

The lines and pairings are courtesy our friend Wilde inside yesterday’s game thread. Maksimov’s push came because Kailer Yamamoto was out, that young man needs to stay healthy. A nice push also for Ryan McLeod, as you know my concern about him is offense and that’s a very nice spot for him to increase the boxcars. Most likely forward recall? Tyler Benson.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. We’ll have Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports to talk Oilers, Maple Leafs and Grey Cup. Matthew Iwanyk will pop in at 11 and we’ll preview the Grey Cup and Dave Jamieson will join us live from media row in Calgary as things gear up for the big game. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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Woodguy v2.0

19/20
EDM Goal Share after 24 games (14-7-3)

Even strength (5v5,4v4,3v3)
McDavid On Ice 30-21 (59%)
McDavid Off Ice 22-29 (43%)
Net EV = +2

Sp. Teams (PP+SH For–PK+SH Against)
22-12
Net ST +10

Empty Net
2-5
Net EN = -3

SO & PS
1-1
SO & PS = Even

Net Goal Differential +9

Woodguy v2.0

I posted a table of historical 97-29 results.

Some of you may find it interesting:

https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/1197898377582637062

verdad2.0

The Kings have alpha males, the Oilers not so much.
And a goalie that can actually play.
Holland continues to do nothing.

BONE207

Well it’s official…CONNOR is the best hockey player in the world…along with Leon.

It seems the entire organization has secondary scoring issues. I wonder how long before that can be fixed

JJS

As we have noted before, against lesser competition, McD and Dr Drais are so focused on breaking the zone that they are a step behind if the puck gets turned over in our end

The result = many high quality shots against, particularly early in games

Against better teams, the defensive formation improves

Tip needs to get them to calm down for half the first period until the game develops a pulse

Once settled, they can start pushing hard

GordieHoweHatTrick

JJS:
As we have noted before, against lesser competition, McD and Dr Drais are so focused on breaking the zone that they are a step behind if the puck gets turned over in our end

The result = many high quality shots against, particularly early in games

Against better teams, the defensive formation improves

Tip needs to get them to calm down for half the first period until the game develops a pulse

Once settled, they can start pushing hard

Yes. I don’t like seeing bad habits becoming established.

dustrock

Didn’t watch, but was this Carter’s 1000th game?

How much money was on the board last night?

Would love to see home team records when one of their players has reason to put up money on the board.

GMB3

JJS:
As we have noted before, against lesser competition, McD and Dr Drais are so focused on breaking the zone that they are a step behind if the puck gets turned over in our end

The result = many high quality shots against, particularly early in games

Against better teams, the defensive formation improves

Tip needs to get them to calm down for half the first period until the game develops a pulse

Once settled, they can start pushing hard

It’s not just the first part of the game. They were poor in the third period against Dallas. They just need to be more responsible in their own end.

JimmyV1965

verdad2.0:
The Kings have alpha males, the Oilers not so much.
And a goalie that can actually play.
Holland continues to do nothing.

If you’re going to be a twit, at least make an effort. You’re the L.A. Kings, or better yet, the alpha male of trolls.

meanashell11

LA tied the team up and the refs let them get away with it. I think we spent too much time using sticks to get at pucks and did not take the body enough. They were not willing to pay the price thinking the could get by waving their stick around. Kass tried but the entire team needed to get on it. I was watching McD thinking will he ever throw the body like Syd does at times…….

OriginalPouzar

Last night was disappointing and a wasted opportunity, however, I woke up this morning, November 22, and the Oilers have a 3 point lead in the Pacific division.

The Oilers can lose all their games in regulation through American Thanksgiving and all other teams chasing them can gain all their points in that frame and the Oilers will still be in a playoff spot.

Life is good for Oilers fans!

OriginalPouzar

Maksimov was also plus 3 with 4 shots on net yesterday morning – his first real chance with some more offensive opportunities and he made the most of it.

Is this a one-off or the start of a bit of a push for the rookie? Yesterday was the first of 6 games in 10 days for the Condors so we will find out.

OriginalPouzar

The man is a leader:

“If your supposedly best players play the way I did,” said Leon Draisaitl after a 5-1 loss to the last place Los Angeles Kings, “you’re not gonna go very far.”

OriginalPouzar

jp: Nah, he wasn’t quite this bad.

0.8 P/60 so far. He was better than that (still bad, mind you) even without McDavid/Draisaitl/Nuge last year.

He was 0.87 P/60 in the last 40 games of last year……

Reja

Pouzar:
Yeah…I was watching last night thinking…I wish we were the Kings.

I was watching and thinking man the kings are stifling after I regained consciousness the thought turned to God the Kings are boring who could watch this team nightly.

JimmyV1965

Nuge looks off. Wonder if he’s playing with an injury.

dustrock

JimmyV1965:
Nuge looks off. Wonder if he’s playing with an injury.

LT’s “played well but didn’t have an impact” is about 50% of Nuge’s games.

godot10

Woodguy v2.0:
I posted a table of historical 97-29 results.

Some of you may find it interesting:

https://twitter.com/Woodguy55/status/1197898377582637062

CF% + SH% (Their “godot” is effectively a constant.)

16-17 64.5
17-18 63.9
18-19 63.3
19-20 63.4

Darth Tu

Reja: I was watching and thinking man the kings are stiflingafter I regained consciousness the thought turned to God the Kings are boringwho could watch this team nightly.

Yeah, once they had a 2 goal lead the Kings did a very good job of lining up on the blue line and forcing the Oilers to dump and chase. They’re not a fun team to watch at all but I can see why they’ve started winning a few games.

No excuses though, the Oilers looked a few steps slower than the San Jose game and struggled to get anything going. If Nygard had sunk one of those breakaway chances maybe the game would have turned out different, but poor performance overall.

Bag of Pucks

JimmyV1965: If you’re going to be a twit, at least make an effort. You’re the L.A. Kings, or better yet, the alpha male of trolls.

Tough I know, but the best thing to do with trolls is ignore them. They’re just looking for a reaction.

I do wonder how marginalized someone’s real life has to be when they’re antagonizing people on the Internet just to get a rise? Pretty pathetic.

godot10

godot10: CF% + SH% (Their “godot” is effectively a constant.)

16-1764.5
17-1863.9
18-1963.3
19-2063.4

Suggests that someone might want to test if CF%+SH% is a better proxy for possession than just CF%

russ99

The resting on laurels and not showing up the game after an especially hopeful win was an issue with the 2016 group too, hope Holland gets them to turn the corner.

godot10

Draisaitl, McDavid, and Kassian have to figure out that an ounce of prevention feels much less bad than a truckload of minuses.

Reja

Darth Tu: Yeah, once they had a 2 goal lead the Kings did a very good job of lining up on the blue line and forcing the Oilers to dump and chase.They’re not a fun team to watch at all but I can see why they’ve started winning a few games.

No excuses though, the Oilers looked a few steps slower than the San Jose game and struggled to get anything going. If Nygard had sunk one of those breakaway chances maybe the game would have turned out different, but poor performance overall.

1st goal for or against is huge never mind the second especially on the road if the opposition scores first they clamp down harder on McDavid’s line and wait for the odd man rush the other way. No way we should’ve been down 3-0 after the first Smith couldn’t make a save.

Woodguy v2.0

godot10: CF% + SH% (Their “godot” is effectively a constant.)

16-1764.5
17-1863.9
18-1963.3
19-2063.4

So what are you measuring by combing those two?

What is the average Godot for NHL players?

Context man, I need context!!

Woodguy v2.0

godot10: Suggests that someone might want to test if CF%+SH% is a better proxy for possession than just CF%

I don’t see how SH% can relate to possession.

“Effectiveness of possession” maybe (need a massive sample if you’re using ONSH% to punt the noise)

Darth Tu

Reja: 1st goal for or against is huge never mind the second especially on the road if the opposition scores first they clamp down harder on McDavid’s line and wait for the odd man rush the other way. No way we should’vebeen down 3-0 after the first Smith couldn’t make a save.

Agreed. I like Smith, but last night was one of his clanger evenings. Koskinen definitely steadied the ship a bit. I wonder if he’d saved that 3-0 shot at the end of the first how it would have went.

Once the clamp down began I could see why Tippet was juggling the lines to try and get some clean air for McDavid and/or Draisatl, but the Kings seemed fine with whatever combo was thrown at them.

Onwards and upwards, I still think 2-3-0 is a reasonable return for this road trip. Still on track.

verdad2.0

JimmyV1965,

He is always off

godot10

Woodguy v2.0: So what are you measuring by combing those two?

What is the average Godot for NHL players?

Context man, I need context!!

Hypothesis: When the shooting percentage goes up, one loses Corsi For events. It is a “correction” for Corsi for shot quality or shooting shill.

McDavid’s and Draisaitl’s CF% went down as their SH% went up. They lost rebound shots and shots from extended cycles from their Corsi events. Or may be reflective of more goals off the rush.

People might be concerned that their CF% was down this year and last. It may be only that they have become more efficient offensively. i.e. needing fewer shots to score.

Wilde

Maksimov had an unreal game. Unreal. I’ll have video of it later, but, statistically, at 5v5:

4 shots(CF), 3 shot assists, 1 goal, 1 primary assist

Maksimov on, CF – CA / / +/- (CF%)

22 – 9 / / +13 (70.97%)

Maksimov off, CF – CA / / +/- (CF%)

27 – 23 / / +4 (54.00%)

Maksimov on, GF – GA

3 – 0

Maksimov off, GF – GA

0 – 2

That comes together for a Condors-high 2.92 Game Score.

As in, that’s the highest by any Condor this season – next closest were some of the nutty Gambardella-Yamamoto games (2.88 Yamamoto’s highest).

OP mentioned this, but just to reiterate this was the first game he was used in a feature role. As far as I’m concerned, he should have to have a few bad games in a row to have it taken away. I know it’s one game, but again, his ‘one game’ shouldn’t have been this dominant.

hunter1909

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For vital upgrades to the http://www.oilersdeathmarch.com website.

Pays cash.

For more info please contact the Death March team via the website. Or alternatively:

hunter2909@Safe-mail.net

Munny

hunter1909:
Hunter1909DeathMarch™

Seeks Web Designer for WordPress site.

For vital upgrades to the http://www.oilersdeathmarch.com website.

Pays cash.

For more info please contact the Death March team via the website. Or alternatively:

hunter2909@Safe-mail.net

I’m guessing that since you’ve had a couple of offers that you need something more specific than a “Web designer”, Hunter?

I’m guessing you need or want a database guy?

S1R_McJesus_the_1st

I’ve held this opinion since the beginning of the season.. but we need more Koskinen and less Smith going forward.

Woodguy v2.0

godot10: Hypothesis: When the shooting percentage goes up, one loses Corsi For events.It is a “correction” for Corsi for shot quality or shooting shill.

McDavid’s and Draisaitl’s CF% went down as their SH% went up.They lost rebound shots and shots from extended cycles from their Corsi events.Or may be reflective of more goals off the rush.

People might be concerned that their CF% was down this year and last.It may be only that they have become more efficient offensively.i.e. needing fewer shots to score.

Hmmmmm.

Interesting.

I’d need to see a lot of data to see if holds water though.

Wanna do that?

Bag of Pucks

S1R_McJesus_the_1st:
I’ve held this opinion since the beginning of the season.. but we need more Koskinen and less Smith going forward.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to see a fairly equal workload for both going forward. The load management trend is gaining steam in the NHL, particularly for goalies.

The Islanders alternate their starters like clockwork, and that is even with Greiss on a world class heater.

A heavier workload could have a negative impact on Koski.

Bag of Pucks

Woodguy v2.0: Hmmmmm.

Interesting.

I’d need to see a lot of data to see if holds water though.

Wanna do that?

I would love to see you as a regular panelist on parole board hearings.

“Oh, so you’re a good boy now who no longer feels the urge to murder and rape? Do you have any numbers to back up that claim?”

GMB3

Wilde,

Wasn’t that his MO throughout junior though? Absolutely dominant at times, relatively non-existent at others?

S1R_McJesus_the_1st

Bag of Pucks,

True it could, but there’s still a chance he thrives with a bit more playing time. This is a completely different team defence in front of him compared to last year. Would like to see a little tweak, maybe 2 starts for Koskinen, 1 start for Smith.. instead of the 2 and 2.

jp

OriginalPouzar: He was 0.87 P/60 in the last 40 games of last year……

Hmmm. That’s pretty bad. Nm.

Buddy

I don’t normally read the site during Oilers games, because I’m usually watching behind real time on the PVR, but yesterday’s game had very little entertainment value so I became distracted and read the site as I watched.

And I was really struck by the austere beauty of Verdad’s posts, sparse, simple, poetic, almost haiku-like in their structure and sharpness.

So I tried to come up with a genuine haiku in response, with a 5-7-5 syllable per line structure.

Trolling poster mocks
weak and hungover effort.
Hunter sobs alone.

This was more difficult than I anticipated, and the chair became quite comfortable as I mulled over various possibilities.

Then at some point in the third period, Mrs. Buddy shook my shoulders and said, “You’re sleeping, the Oilers are playing like crap, go to bed.”

Reja

S1R_McJesus_the_1st:
Bag of Pucks,

True it could, but there’s still a chance he thrives with a bit more playing time. This is a completely different team defence in front of him compared to last year. Would like to see a little tweak, maybe 2 starts for Koskinen, 1 start for Smith.. instead of the 2 and 2.

Why mess with a good thing keep Kosh at a KHL schedule if Kosh loses confidence and Smith pulls a groin we’re finished. Smith will bounce back it’s not his first Rodeo he doesn’t get rattled for long.

Darth Tu

Buddy:
I don’t normally read the site during Oilers games, because I’m usually watching behind real time on the PVR, but yesterday’s game had very little entertainment value so I became distracted and read the site as I watched.

And I was really struck by the austere beauty of Verdad’s posts, sparse, simple, poetic, almost haiku-like in their structure and sharpness.

So I tried to come up with a genuine haiku in response, with a 5-7-5 syllable per line structure.

Trolling poster mocks
weak and hungover effort.
Hunter sobs alone.

This was more difficult than I anticipated, and the chair became quite comfortable as I mulled over various possibilities.

Then atsome point in the third period, Mrs. Buddy shook my shoulders and said, “You’re sleeping, the Oilers are playing like crap, go to bed.”

Truly, this is the most beautiful thing to come out of last night’s game. Excellent work.

I was also sent to bed around 12 mins into the 3rd period, I’d conked out on the couch.

Munny

Chiasson looks like he’s gripping his stick a little too tight, trying to do too much.

He has hands like brick right now and is forcing plays.

Needs a bounce to go his way.

v4ance

Buddy:
I don’t normally read the site during Oilers games, because I’m usually watching behind real time on the PVR, but yesterday’s game had very little entertainment value so I became distracted and read the site as I watched.

And I was really struck by the austere beauty of Verdad’s posts, sparse, simple, poetic, almost haiku-like in their structure and sharpness.

So I tried to come up with a genuine haiku in response, with a 5-7-5 syllable per line structure.

Trolling poster mocks
weak and hungover effort.
Hunter sobs alone.

This was more difficult than I anticipated, and the chair became quite comfortable as I mulled over various possibilities.

Then atsome point in the third period, Mrs. Buddy shook my shoulders and said, “You’re sleeping, the Oilers are playing like crap, go to bed.”

That was lovely Buddy. I shed a tear!

Reja

Why can’t the Oilers sweep this weekend Vegas hasn’t been playing great of late the home record is so-so and Leon and Mcdavid like Vegas. The Yotes are playing 3 in 4 nights as well and the home record is like Vegas so-so. The yotes try forcing the play at home they can’t get away with playing the God awful trap at home we shall see. Leon sounded pissed after the mugging LA and the refs gave them last night:

OriginalPouzar

Just a note from our friends that play down south 296km (where I live):

Practice today:

PP1 Lucic
Gaudreau-Monahan-Tkachuk
Giordano

Darth Tu

OriginalPouzar:
Just a note from our friends that play down south 296km (where I live):

Practice today:

PP1 Lucic
Gaudreau-Monahan-Tkachuk
Giordano

Lucic is about to go on a heater. Better go grab him off the waiver wire in my fantasy league….

TeeVee

Buddy:
I don’t normally read the site during Oilers games, because I’m usually watching behind real time on the PVR, but yesterday’s game had very little entertainment value so I became distracted and read the site as I watched.

And I was really struck by the austere beauty of Verdad’s posts, sparse, simple, poetic, almost haiku-like in their structure and sharpness.

So I tried to come up with a genuine haiku in response, with a 5-7-5 syllable per line structure.

Trolling poster mocks
weak and hungover effort.
Hunter sobs alone.

This was more difficult than I anticipated, and the chair became quite comfortable as I mulled over various possibilities.

Then atsome point in the third period, Mrs. Buddy shook my shoulders and said, “You’re sleeping, the Oilers are playing like crap, go to bed.”

Verdad is one of my favourites.

godot10

Woodguy v2.0: Hmmmmm.

Interesting.

I’d need to see a lot of data to see if holds water though.

Wanna do that?

It is probably neither important, nor urgent, relative to other things. It does really answer any big life or death hockey questions that really are not already known.

It is just an interesting quirk.

godot10

OriginalPouzar:
Just a note from our friends that play down south 296km (where I live):

Practice today:

PP1 Lucic
Gaudreau-Monahan-Tkachuk
Giordano

It is like Lucic causes coaches to lose their effing minds. Proximity to Lucic causes a 50 point drop in a coach’s IQ.

Hey Billy. You had Neal all last year. You never played him as the net presence guy on PP#1. And to make up for that mistake, you put Lucic there instead this year. Ha Ha Ha Ha.