2019-20 Game 25: Oilers at Golden Knights

At last we arrive at Tabernac Saturday and the Oilers playing a night game for the faithtful to get silly over. Giant beer kegs and wine in every possible container, with hard liquor and sipping liqueurs and whatever the hell brandy is, they’re all getting drink drank drunk tonight. It’s hockey night in Canada! Can you hear the music???

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: Why Dave Tippett’s deployment is a sign the Oilers need a No. 3 centre

New Jonathan Willis: A Jesse Puljujarvi trade is an opportunity of which only one NHL team gets to take advantage

  • New Daniel Nugent-BowmanLeon 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

TONIGHT!

There’s still time to book your tickets (here) for tonight’s get-together at the Rec Room WEM! There will be a Q. and A. (ask me anything!), a great game between the Oilers and Vegas, plus drink tickets for the first 50 people through the door. It is FREE for subscribers to The Athletic and you get to bring someone! We did this a year ago and had a great conversation with lots of input from you. I really hope you can make it, please register if you haven’t already. If you’re not a subscriber, the offer above will cost you two coffees a month and it’s well worth it. Not just for Daniel, Jon and myself with Oilers coverage, but Corey Pronman and Scott Wheeler draft articles and more. It’s an amazing site, I promise. See you tonight!

OILERS AFTER 25 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015: 8-15-2, 18 points; goal differential -14
  • Oilers in 2016: 13-10-2, 28 points; goal differential +7
  • Oilers in 2017: 10-13-2, 22 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in 2018: 12-11-2, 26 points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in 2019: 14-7-3, 31 points; goal differential +11

Now is the time to win some games. Edmonton is 1-1-0 on this road trip and I’ve bet (below) the next three games will go 1-2-0. The Oilers would be doing themselves an enormous favour by winning two of the next three. Vegas is not an easy place but Edmonton has had some success against VGK, going 4-4-0 since the expansion team entered the league.

OILERS IN NOVEMBER

  • Oilers in November 2015: 3-6-2, eight points; goal differential -6
  • Oilers in November 2016: 4-6-1, nine points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in November 2017: 4-6-1, nine points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in November 2018: 4-6-1, nine points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in November 2019: 5-3-2, 12 points, goal differential +6

The gales of November normally come early to Edmonton’s Oilers, but this year has been anomalous. Sweet music! Alas, the team must avoid a losing streak. Tonight and tomorrow are big. Look at the goal differential! Holy Dave Tippett!

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

If Edmonton can go 2-2-0 from here to the end of the month, they’ll finish 7-5-2 and exceed (by one point) my prediction. The team’s record would be 16-9-3, 35 points after 28 games. That projects to 103 points, a perfect match for the 2016-17 Oilers.

OILERS 2019-20

Several comments here on the blog and online have me wondering if we agree on the order of importance currently for Edmonton’s pro defensemen. Including the Condors, and understanding things could change in the future, my list from most to least valuable is (1-14): Klefbom, Nurse, Bouchard, Larsson, Bear, Jones, Benning, Samorukov, Lagesson, Russell, Persson, Day, Manning, Lowe.

Your mileage may vary, and I might put Bouchard ahead of Nurse on another day (especially after the next contract), but that’s about where I am with each man’s future at this time. I will add that Larsson jumps right up to No. 2 as soon as he shows last season was an outlier. What is your list? Love to know.

CONDORS 2019-20

Condors play tonight against Iowa.

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  1. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Throw the KBomb contract at Bear RFN and enjoy the cap joy?

  2. Zelepukin says:

    jm363561: Struggling with a bad feed but Bear just seems to have that sixth sense to see a lane or an opportunity to move up. If he can handle the grind and builds his strength he really could be something. Overall the team looked good so far as I could tell.

    My version of ‘he could be something’ is a top ten 1D in the league. He is already extremely valuable to this lineup and probably has done more for Nurse’s positive play than any other D partner in Nurse’s career.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    A PPG will be nice because we’ll be SH shortly.

  4. Munny says:

    Bling:
    That play where Bear retrieved a puck in neutral ice, turned on a dime to evade a forechecker, and then hit McDavid with a tape to tape pass at the blue line was incredible.

    That was the Savard bit.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    4 pucks past MAF in to the net.

    2 legit posts.

    3 goals.

    Sigh.

  6. Munny says:

    A penallty that could be called any given face off but I’ll take it.

    Drai irons one, then Nuge with a tight chance

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    Now that is mothereffing PP – what work by PP1 and a massive goal.

  8. Zelepukin says:

    wow what a pass vey Drai.

  9. jp says:

    Damn good stuff. Big goal.

  10. Professor Q says:

    Call that one back, refs. Dare you.

  11. Munny says:

    That Guy finds a way with help from a huge Drai apple

  12. Caller Zen says:

    Amazing …it’s incredible how fast and accurate Drai could pass that puck.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    The best thing to happen to this team this year may have been Drai’s poor game against LA.

    He took that personally – we heard in his post-game – he is back to that beast from the first 15-17 games.

    This guy is going to win the Hart if McDavid doesn’t steal it from him.

  14. JOFA says:

    The Doctor with another precision pass

  15. Pouzar says:

    Drai keeps getting better. Didn’t think it was possible.

  16. Bling says:

    Munny: That was the Savard bit.

    Ah, missed that. Thanks!

  17. Gerta Rauss says:

    let’s put this thing to bed now

  18. geowal says:

    Is that William Carrier of Slepyshev trade fame?

  19. Professor Q says:

    Let’s not forget how good Nuge and Klef were there, in all the starry-eyeness for Drai.

  20. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Pouzar:
    Drai keeps getting better. Didn’t think it was possible.

    It’s ridiculous. Still not getting the league wide recognition he deserves. Just imagine if he was a Leaf

  21. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Seen that too.

    Looks to me like more of a way to ease in Larsson than an outright audition for 2RD.

  22. Professor Q says:

    SK Oiler Fan: It’s ridiculous. Still not getting the league wide recognition he deserves. Just imagine if he was a Leaf

    I mean, we finally have Brian Burke and Kelly Hrudey of all people praising Edmonton and calling Draisaitl the prototypical and best Power Forward in the NHL. Calling for Klefbom to be the Norris winner.

    Things are topsy turvy.

  23. razor says:

    Looks like Tippet is seeing Larsson bad. Jones has moved up with Klefbom and Larsson is with Russell.

  24. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Munny,

    That being his button hook? It was marvellous.

  25. Pescador says:

    Smith holding the puck possession
    Beautiful

  26. Munny says:

    Too much game left to sit back. Cmon Oil

  27. Pouzar says:

    Nuge ICU

  28. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nice possession shift by Nuge/Neal/Chiasson and a great scoring chance for Neal results in another Oiler PP

    hammer time

  29. geowal says:

    “But I only lightly crosschecked him in the ear/neck!!!”

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    SKOilerFan: It’s ridiculous. Still not getting the league wide recognition he deserves. Just imagine if he was a Leaf

    I’m not sure this is true – I’ve heard plenty of accolades, high accolades for him from across the nation’s MSM.

  31. JOFA says:

    Off with their heads!!!!!!

  32. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Nuge with the beauty feed to James Neal who gets off an HD shot and his own rebound. Then draws the penalty. No big deal.

  33. Munny says:

    Neal takes a stupid one from Reaves and we’ll take those all game long.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    razor:
    Looks like Tippet is seeing Larsson bad. Jones has moved up with Klefbom and Larsson is with Russell.

    Each of Larsson, Russell and Jones have played with Klef – its been all over the place all game.

  35. Reja says:

    Nice wily move by Neal to draw the penalty.

  36. SK Oiler Fan says:

    razor:
    Looks like Tippet is seeing Larsson bad. Jones has moved up with Klefbom and Larsson is with Russell.

    I know this is only game 3 for him but I worry about Larson. The pace of the Oilers game right now is beyond him IMO. I would bet against him catching up. Give it another couple weeks, but after that cash out before his value tanks

  37. geowal says:

    Smith definitely helped gain the zone on that last entry by passing it past two forecheckers.

  38. Munny says:

    JOFA:
    Off with their heads!!!!!!

    Nasty Kahniggits

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    How long until the Oilers are on the PK?

  40. Munny says:

    29 and 97 with glorious opps

  41. Zelepukin says:

    Okay, the Klef PP slapper hasn’t worked the past 4 times. Not a smart decision.

  42. Gerta Rauss says:

    that Haas line has been electric…wow…

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    Is that the third or forth time they’ve have MAF well out of his net with the puck loose in front in a mad scramble but not able to bury it?

  44. Munny says:

    Can’t blow that Haas down

    #tiedup

  45. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Both VGK broadcast crew impressed with the pace of transition and outright speed by Haas.

  46. Gerta Rauss says:

    Oilers not giving the refs a chance to call the late penalty…

  47. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Larsson will be fine.

  48. Nit64 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Both VGK broadcast crew impressed with the pace of transition and outright speed by Haas.

    From Haasenfeffer to Haasonfire.

  49. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Man, MAF is athletic. Somewhat like Smith

  50. Pouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    that Haas line has been electric…wow…

    I just saw Connor asking on the Haas line.

  51. Zelepukin says:

    That was 3 solid shifts of really good defensive puck management. Probably the best I’ve seen this season on weather a storm of decent forechecking/breakouts by the opposition.

  52. Zelepukin says:

    Smith’s puck handling is such a great asset too.

  53. Pouzar says:

    Bear again

  54. Nit64 says:

    Pouzar: I just saw Connor asking on the Haas line.

    Like they always say in Vegas the Hass always wins in the end.

  55. Munny says:

    Smith has to consider game state, dumbass

  56. Gerta Rauss says:

    Pouzar:
    Bear again

    unreal- he passed it to the zone before the forward had even turned completely…right on the effin’ tape

  57. razor says:

    SK Oiler Fan: I know this is only game 3 for himbut I worry about Larson. The pace of the Oilers game rightnow is beyond him IMO. I would bet against him catching up. Give it another couple weeks, but after that cash out before his value tanks

    I agree with this. Too bad because Larsson’s a warrior. Larsson also has way higher perceived value from other teams. I could see Toronto being interested.

    SK Oiler Fan: I know this is only game 3 for himbut I worry about Larson. The pace of the Oilers game rightnow is beyond him IMO. I would bet against him catching up. Give it another couple weeks, but after that cash out before his value tanks

  58. SK Oiler Fan says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    SK Oiler Fan,

    Larsson will be fine.

    I hope so. There have been signs though. GMs need to act before all the other GMs have the same report card in order to maximize value.

  59. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Anyone know the story behind Valentine Zykov being listed as under the substance abuse & behavioural health program on capfriendly? How does that affect the cap situation for Vegreville?

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hell of a game from the Oilers.

    Some wobble early from the defence but all four lines contributed tonight – in particular the 1st and 4th.

    Klef had an up a down game but he played with 3 separate partners tonight – he’s a stud – great battle.

    Smith battled and was full value for the win.

    Wasn’t a dominating performance but the Oilers were the better team throughout and the game was never really in doubt. Locked in down big time in the third period.

  61. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    let’s put this thing to bed now

    Knighty knight.

  62. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Nit64,

    Brilliant.

  63. tcho says:

    I was really impressed with the way they closed that 3rd period out tonight. Vegas is a good team, and with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker. Oilers sure didn’t give them much.

  64. russ99 says:

    Nice bounceback win, and we have Koskinen in net tomorrow.

  65. Zelepukin says:

    razor: I agree with this. Too bad because Larsson’s a warrior. Larsson also has way higher perceived value from other teams. I could see Toronto being interested.

    I think he just needs time to adjust, which hopefully he can. The way our D play now is completely different than previous years.

  66. russ99 says:

    Zelepukin,

    Coming off an injury nobody is 100%. Give him a few games to get back up to speed.

  67. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar: Wasn’t a dominating performance but the Oilers were the better team throughout and the game was never really in doubt. Locked in down big time in the third period.

    This was the kind of game that gets DSF to bet on a team,

    Lunchbucket, workmanlike. bounceback, grindintoadust

  68. oilersfan says:

    Nice rebound game for McDrai

    Let’s hope there’s enough in the tank for the win tomorrow in Phoenix

  69. Zelepukin says:

    Gerta Rauss: unreal- he passed it to the zone before the forward had even turned completely…right on the effin’ tape

    Ya that was such a simple but sick play that ends up on no stats sheet.

  70. hunter1909 says:

    Holland would be a smart GM if he offers Kassian drastically lower dollars per year and 2 years extra…he will always be relatively easy to fob off on another team in future if necessary.

  71. steelymac17 says:

    That felt like a playoff game,nice work Oil!!!

  72. Bling says:

    I felt as though the Oilers had more 5 bell chances than Vegas in the third period. They were defending the lead, but they were not sitting on it.

    McDavid/Drai completely terrifying out there. McDavid is going to score 5-6 goals in a game one of these days. Two goals and I felt as though he was unlucky to not have more.

  73. Pouzar says:

    Haas 82.68 xGF%

  74. Munny says:

    What’s Elliotte’s pimp name?

  75. geowal says:

    Great win, very entertaining game to watch. Shoulda went to Vegas for this one (been daydreaming to go watch a game there since they joined)

  76. Nit64 says:

    Harpers Hair: Canucks win in a shootout.

    Flames win in a shootout.

    Arizona wins in regulation.

    How is your day going?

    Pretty good. Unfortunately the NHL limits us to beating one team per night.

  77. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Vegerville is a damn good team. Oilers vs SJ and Oilers vs Vegas are highest entertainment value. That’s what hockey should be.
    Really enjoyable to watch the confidence this team is playing with.
    The 90s Red Wings ease of puck movement is just blowing me away.

  78. Zelepukin says:

    russ99:
    Zelepukin,

    Coming off an injury nobody is 100%. Give him a few games to get back up to speed.

    Well I don’t even think it’s the injury factor. It’s that he is literally coming in as if it was training camp day1. Everyone else around him is playing with confidence under a new system and approach to where you need to be positioning defensively when not in possession and how you need to react when you are in possession. Even Russell makes good decisions now that he never would have in previous years.

  79. Munny says:

    I so agree with Elliotte’s comments about Dynamic Duo and Robin and a knock on Drai.

    LT has it right with Glimmer Twins,

  80. Munny says:

    So glad they got Smith the win tonight.

  81. Munny says:

    Pouzar:
    Haas 82.68 xGF%

    That seems low

  82. Gerta Rauss says:

    Zelepukin: Ya that was such a simple but sick play that ends up on no stats sheet.

    I watched it again, and I could have phrased it a little better- behind the net under pressure, he leads Kassian with a touch pass in a clear area and Kass skates calmly in the area and the pass hits him on the tape

  83. JOFA says:

    Al,

    Get your body paint ready. It’s going to be a fun spring.

  84. Pouzar says:

    Huge in division regulation win.

  85. Pouzar says:

    Munny: That seems low

    For him yes indeed.

  86. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Zelepukin: I think he just needs time to adjust, which hopefully he can.The way our D play now is completely different than previous years.

    That is where the concern lies. I’m not sure his skill.set fits as well as it once did. I know the traditional playoff guys will object, but I’m concerned about his mobility and puck skills.
    The transformation of the Oilers D has been astounding. Is this mostly Gullickson?

  87. jp says:

    Thinking about the Condors and matriculating and Holland a little. (another tough come from behind loss for the Condors this evening).

    So Red Wings youngsters, how long did they spend in the AHL? What kind of boxcars they put up before sticking? (included players over 200 NHL games or obviously going to get there)

    Dylan Larkin – 2014 1st
    Draft +1 NCAA
    Straight to the NHL in draft +2

    Anthony Mantha – 2013 1st
    Draft +1 QMJHL
    Draft +2 (late birthday) in the AHL (62GP/33PT)
    Draft +3 AHL (60GP/45PT) plus cup of coffee in NHL
    Draft +4 AHL (10GP/8G/10PT) then established in NHL

    Tyler Bertuzzi – 2013 2nd
    Draft +1/2 OHL
    Draft +3 AHL (71GP/30PT)
    Draft +4 AHL (48GP/37PT) plus cup of coffee
    Draft +5 AHL (16GP/14PT) then established in NHL

    Andreas Athanasiou – 2012 4th
    Draft +1/2 OHL
    Draft +3 AHL (55GP/32PT)
    Draft +4 AHL (28GP/16PT) then established in NHL

    Tomas Jurco – 2011 2nd
    Draft +1 QMJHL
    Draft +2 (late birthday) in the AHL (74GP/28PT)
    Draft +3 AHL (32GP/32PT) then to the NHL for a couple of years

    Riley Sheahan – 2010 1st
    Draft +1/2 NCAA
    Draft +3 AHL (72GP/36PT)
    Draft +4 AHL (31GP/18PT) then established in NHL

    Calle Jarnkrok -2010 2nd
    Draft +1/2/3 SHL
    Draft +4 AHL (63GP/45PT) traded to Nashville and to the NHL to stay by the end of the year

    Petr Mrazek – 2010 5th
    Draft +1/2 OHL
    Draft +3 AHL (42GP) cup of coffee in NHL, 3 games in ECHL
    Draft +4 AHL (32GP) cup of coffee in NHL (9GP)
    Draft +5 AHL (13GP) then established in NHL

    Tomas Tatar – 2009 2nd
    Draft +1 AHL (58GP/32PT)
    Draft +2 AHL (70GP/57PT) cup of coffee
    Draft +3 AHL (76GP/58PT)
    Draft +4 AHL (61GP/49PT) then established in NHL

    Nick Jensen – 2009 5th
    Draft +1 USHL
    Draft +2/3/4 NCAA
    Draft +5 AHL (49GP/9PT) plus 3 in ECHL
    Draft +6 AHL (75GP/27PT)
    Draft +7 AHL (75GP/19PT)
    Draft +8 AHL (27GP/6PT) then established in NHL

    Gustav Nyquist 2008 4th
    Draft +1/2/3 NCAA
    Draft +4 AHL (56GP/58PT) cup of coffee (18GP)
    Draft +5 AHL (58GP/60PT) cup of coffee (22GP)
    Draft +6 AHL (15GP/21PT) then established in NHL

    That’s a heck of a lot of matriculating. And basically no one aside from Nyquist scored a PPG in the AHL while a number of them went on to be point producers in the NHL.

    Benson, Yamamoto, Marody, Bouchard may not see the NHL for a while yet (if they do make it). And at tis point their offense stacks up remarkably well relative to a considerable group of quality Red Wings.

  88. Gerta Rauss says:

    JOFA:
    Al,

    Get your body paint ready. It’s going to be a fun spring.

    gotta support the team…

  89. tcho says:

    I’d sure like to see the coach try Haas with Nuge.

  90. oilersfan says:

    Haas and Nygard sure add speed to the lineup

    Any rumour on when Benning is back?

  91. deardylan says:

    Harpers Hair: Canucks win in a shootout.

    Flames win in a shootout.

    Arizona wins in regulation.

    Oilers win in regulation.

    How is your weekend going?

  92. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    The best thing to happen to this team this year may have been Drai’s poor game against LA.

    He took that personally – we heard in his post-game – he is back to that beast from the first 15-17 games.

    This guy is going to win the Hart if McDavid doesn’t steal it from him.

    Lol, called it.

  93. Gerta Rauss says:

    oilersfan: Any rumour on when Benning is back?

    No rumours, but the protocol has been 7-10 days

    My concern about Benning though is he’s got a history of concussions

    fingers crossed

  94. Zelepukin says:

    SK Oiler Fan: That is where the concern lies. I’m not sure his skill.set fits as well as it once did. I know the traditional playoff guys will object, but I’m concerned about his mobility and puck skills.
    The transformation of the Oilers D has been astounding. Is this mostly Gullickson?

    I hear ya but also think about Russell. His deployment has improved but he himself has also made some big adjustments in how he reads the play. He steps up differently and moves the puck in a much more effective manner. Last year he would rim it every single time. This game alone he made 3 very un-Russell like breakout passes.

    You have to assume this is primarily coaching and some serious game-tape footage review.

  95. Material Elvis says:

    Just got out of T-Mobile. What a great time. I would encourage anyone to go watch a game there. You can’t beat that atmosphere. And the +170 bet I placed on the Oilers paid for my entire night.

  96. Pouzar says:

    Material Elvis:
    Just got out of T-Mobile.What a great time.I would encourage anyone to go watch a game there.You can’t beat that atmosphere.And the +170 bet I placed on the Oilers paid for my entire night.

    Nice call!

  97. Reja says:

    SK Oiler Fan: That is where the concern lies. I’m not sure his skill.set fits as well as it once did. I know the traditional playoff guys will object, but I’m concerned about his mobility and puck skills.
    The transformation of the Oilers D has been astounding. Is this mostly Gullickson?

    First game back after being out for a prolong period your running on adrenaline after that it takes weeks for conditioning and new system to kick in. You have to give the man a chance before driving him to the airport.

  98. Gerta Rauss says:

    Material Elvis:And the +170 bet I placed on the Oilers paid for my entire night.

    Strong

    My Bet365 account took a beating tonight with Dallas at -140 in regulation

  99. oilersfan says:

    tcho,

    I wonder if they could try Haas on the second line with Nuge and Neal as a winger

    He has the speed and the brains

    It looks like Holland found a player there

    Will be fun to watch him develop

  100. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Munny:
    What’s Elliotte’s pimp name?

    Groening Market.

  101. Munny says:

    We hoped for the best and it turned out like…

    Tabernac!

    Wait… wut?

    #pinnochio

    #Imarealteam

  102. Richard Roma says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Anyone know the story behind Valentine Zykov being listed as under the substance abuse & behavioural health program on capfriendly?How does that affect the cap situation for Vegreville?

    I am not certain, but it was PEDs not substance abuse.

  103. Gerta Rauss says:

    GMoney just had his question answered on After Hours

    Nice..!

  104. theDjdj says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    GMoney just had his question answered on After Hours

    Nice..!

    What was it?

  105. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Larsson has hands, we’ve seen it on plays like Yammamot’s first goal, or in international games especially when paired with a puck mover like OEL. His offensive acumen was propped up during the 2011 draft year, not sure if the NHL ground that out of his game or if it was the Devils.

    Gulutzan isn’t in charge of the D-corps; Playfair is.

  106. Gerta Rauss says:

    theDjdj: What was it?

    Pacioretty was telling his story about when he got traded to Vegas his kids went to their bedrooms to check their NHL bed sheets (to look at the team logo) and Vegas wasn’t on the bed sheets (printed before Vegas was a team)

    G asked if he got them new bed sheets (he had) and Patches said the team left him some bed sheets in his locker when he arrived

  107. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    GMoney just had his question answered on After Hours

    Nice..!

    Fack I turned it off worried that Oakeward was going to ask Patches about his grandparents being orphans (or something)

  108. hunter1909 says:

    After tonight, CP beginning to accept their 1st place Division Overlords.

    And they haven’t even started to realise Lucic’s contribution. When they understand Lucic’s cap/roster implications it will be worse. Hopefully Oilers can sneak their first McDavid era cup win by then.

  109. OriginalPouzar says:

    SKOilerFan: That is where the concern lies. I’m not sure his skill.set fits as well as it once did. I know the traditional playoff guys will object, but I’m concerned about his mobility and puck skills.
    The transformation of the Oilers D has been astounding. Is this mostly Gullickson?

    If its attributable to an assistant coach, it would be Playfair.

  110. theDjdj says:

    Gerta Rauss: Pacioretty was telling his story about when he got traded to Vegas his kids went to their bedrooms to check their NHL bed sheets (to look at the team logo) and Vegas wasn’t on the bed sheets (printed before Vegas was a team)

    G asked if he got them new bed sheets (he had) and Patches said the team left him some bed sheets in his locker when he arrived

    That is a cute question and answer. Nice one G Money if youre out there somewhere!

  111. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Reja: First game back after being out for a prolong period your running on adrenaline after that it takes weeks for conditioning and new system to kick in. You have to give the man a chance before drivinghim to the airport.

    Yep, agreed, reevaluate in 2 weeks, but IMO this is trending towards one of those opportunities to cash out before the stock declines. As mentioned above the transformation of the way this D plays has been astounding

  112. Material Elvis says:

    Pouzar: Nice call!

    I was in the sports book, considering betting on the Knights, when a professional gambler approached me and advised me to take the Oilers. ‘No brainer at those odds’ was his comment. So I listened to his advice.

  113. hunter1909 says:

    HF Boards ask:

    “Would you take Lucic on your team for free?”

    : p

  114. Reja says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Yep, agreed, reevaluate in 2 weeks, but IMO this is trending towards one of those opportunities to cash out before the stock declines. As mentioned above the transformation of the way this D plays has been astounding

    Yeah. Tippett and playfair like quick transition passes.

  115. SK Oiler Fan says:

    OriginalPouzar: If its attributable to an assistant coach, it would be Playfair.

    Ah yes, Corrected.

  116. Munny says:

    Reja: Yeah. Tippett and playfair like quick transition passes.

    Which is Vegreville hockey too is it not?

  117. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Reja: Yeah. Tippett and playfair like quick transition passes.

    The most impressive part is the passes hit guys with speed mid stride consistently. Just not accustomed to this from players with an Oil drop.on their chest

  118. Munny says:

    With the way the bottom 6 has played over the past two weeks, this is a better team than we saw in October. And now we have Larsson.

  119. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    razor: I agree with this. Too bad because Larsson’s a warrior. Larsson also has way higher perceived value from other teams. I could see Toronto being interested.

    OK, but I would prefer if New Jersey was interested. Nudge-nudge, wink-wink.

  120. hunter1909 says:

    These Oilers are starting to make everyone feel giddy. McDavid’s getting better with each game, Draisaitl and Kassian are perfect linemates and now the plugs are starting to chip in, all the while playing a tight Dave Tippett system.

    They’re still a young team and will fuck up royally from time to time, but tonight shows how resilient they have become. Vegas were anything but pushovers.

  121. hunter1909 says:

    When’s Thanksgiving lol

  122. OriginalPouzar says:

    Smith doing a quick interview before he heads out to his second job in the adult film industry…..

    https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers/status/1198490300521431041

  123. Munny says:

    Colorado.

    First two periods against Dally

    San Jocee

    Tonight.

    These are exerting-their-will games.

    This team believes in this coach… and this coach’s deployment has been pitch perfect.

  124. oilersfan says:

    Was Gagners last game the one against San Jose where he got a goal and an assisit?

    Would like to see him get another chance

    Never mind he played in the loss to Dallas

  125. v4ance says:

    I have to cut Larsson a little slack. It is only his second game back fighting against players who are playing at full speed while he’s just rolling out of 2nd gear.

    I thought he had a broken toe but I guess the injury was a fractured fibula. Otherwise, I would have said after taking that shot off the skate that he was more “flat footed”… (waits for boos)

    LT’s at The Rec Room all night! Try the veal and don’t forget to tip your waiter!

  126. Pescador says:

    Munny:
    Colorado.

    First two periods against Dally

    San Jocee

    Tonight.

    These are exerting-their-will games.

    This team believes in this coach… and this coach’s deployment has been pitch perfect.

    Am as happy as a pig in shit right now.
    Way more satisfying to win in Vegerville & lose in LA,
    then the other way around
    Spectacular performance on HNIC no less

  127. GMB3 says:

    As a former Vegreville bear baseball player… fuck veg… well earned DUB

  128. Ribs says:

    Fun game to watch. I wish I could have made it down to the Rec Room for it!

    Skill guys killing, grinders grinding, d-men moving the puck, goalie on lock. Nice!

  129. Professor Q says:

    The only bad part about tonight:

    Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Arizona, and San Jose, all won (some in extra time).

    Sweet goal by Horvat (only one to score) in the shootout, however.

  130. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Man, this ride been great so far. I love it when this team gives us something to cheer for. It feels weird, like, distantly familiar. I have flashbacks to a few good weeks a few years ago and a drunken haze from 13 years ago…

  131. Professor Q says:

    Admiral Ackbar:
    Man, this ride been great so far. I love it when this team gives us something to cheer for. It feels weird, like, distantly familiar. I have flashbacks to a few good weeks a few years ago and a drunken haze from 13 years ago…

    AND we don’t have a Conklin, if we make it that far.

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