2019-20 Game 31: Kings at Oilers

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers continue a home stand this evening with the Los Angeles Kings in town. The teams have played twice previously this season, a 6-5 win for Edmonton in early October and a 5-1 hammering by Los Angeles November 21 in what was one of the more disappointing games by the Oilers so far this season.

I didn’t like the Klefbom-Larsson pairing in the game against Ottawa, it will be interesting to see if coach Dave Tippett flips the second and third pairings or backs off the workload for the Swedish pairing while keeping them together. Edmonton needs two reliable pairs. One of this year’s story lines so far surrounds Oscar Klefbom and a partner he can rhyme with every night. Klefbom is a helluva player, important to get that pairing set.

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. There is also a Christmas gift offer here.

  • New Lowetide: How many value contracts do the Oilers have and are any more on the way?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ken Holland responds to allegations that Mike Babcock mistreated players in Detroit
  • Jonathan Willis: How will Hart voters choose between Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How the Oilers turned team defence from a weakness into a strength
  • Lowetide: Analyzing the Oilers’ latest roster shuffle and the defencemen involved
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 4 prospect winter 2019: Tyler Benson
  • Minnia Feng: Unsolicited advice for the Oilers: Chinese proverbs edition
  • Jonathan Willis: Are the Oilers good now? Subtle changes add up to sustainable gain
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How Mikko Koskinen is seizing his opportunity to take over the Oilers’ crease
  • Lowetide: Eight assets the Oilers could use to acquire Taylor Hall
  • Lowetide: Oilers No. 3 prospect winter 2019: Ethan Bear
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 2 prospect winter 2019: Philip Broberg
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 1 prospect winter 2019: Evan Bouchard

OILERS AFTER 31

  • Oilers in 201514-15-2, 30 points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in 2016: 15-11-5, 35 points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in 2017: 13-16-2, 28 points; goal differential -6
  • Oilers in 2018: 17-12-2, 36 points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in 2019: 17-10-3, 37 points; goal differential +5

This year’s Oilers began the season 7-2-1, and are 10-8-2 since then. The team’s record is a little better than the goal differential suggests and that could be the current correction we’re seeing. A lot of people, including me, think this current home stand should see some wins.

OILERS IN DECEMBER

  • Oilers in December 2015: 3-0-0, six points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2016: 2-0-1, five points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in December 2017: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in December 2018: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in December 2019: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -2

Oilers five on five goal differential (59-65) is 47.58, ranks them No. 23 overall. Overall the team is 91-88 (50.84), good for No. 14 according to NST after last night’s games. The win by the Arizona Coyotes puts Edmonton in second place in the Pacific Division, credit to the team for holding off the oncoming posse for several weeks.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN DECEMBER

  • On the road to: VAN (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: OTT, LAK, BUF, CAR (Expected 2-1-1) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: MIN (Expected 1-0-0)
  • At home to: TOR (Expected 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: DAL, STL (Expected 0-2-0)
  • At home to: PIT, MTL (Expected 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: VAN (Expected 0-0-1)
  • At home to: CAL, NYR (Expected 1-1-0)
  • Overall expected result: 6-6-2, 14 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 1-1-0, 2 points in 2 games

Oilers had an optional skate yesterday, so we won’t know about any changes in lines and pairings until this morning at practice. I think they’ll run Klefbom-Larsson again, the road game in Vancouver was a good one.

2019-20 OILERS

Today I want to look at pairings, via NST’s line tool. We have been talking about Oscar Klefbom this week, as he still doesn’t have a partner who rhymes. Here are the most used pairings this season and the five on five numbers:

  1. Nurse-Bear: 466 minutes, 50.98 Corsi; 50.30 Shots; 26-30 goals
  2. Klefbom-Russell: 145 minutes, 40.00 Corsi; 41.73 Shots; 3-3 goals
  3. Klefbom-Persson: 137 minutes, 46.64 Corsi; 42.55 Shots; 7-7 goals
  4. Klefbom-Jones: 93 minutes, 49.43 Corsi; 47.37 Shots; 4-7 goals.
  5. Klefbom-Larsson: 52 minutes, 45.71 Corsi; 48.00 Shots; 1-6 goals.
  6. Russell-Larsson: 47 minutes, 49.38 Corsi; 44.74 shots; 0-0 goals.

Jones has more speed than the other options for Klefbom’s partner, but he’s a lefty. I think they’ll go with Larsson in hopes the two men can find the chemistry we’ve seen in the past. The Nurse-Bear duo has been stellar, perhaps Tippett will need to rely on that pairing even more.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning we have a busy docket on TSN1260. Steve Lansky is batting leadoff and we’ll chat about the Oilers, Leafs and television production on location (and difficulties/hilarious moments). Matthew Iwanyk returns from his unnecessary time off to talk about the Oil and Jason Maas accepting a job in enemy territory. Daniel Nugent-Bowman from The Athletic will pop in at 11:25 to talk about the Oilers this week and the Ken Holland avail a couple of days ago. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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Woodguy v2.0

WC standings using points percentage shown as points above/below fake Bettman .500

Central
STL 12
COL 10
WPG 7

Pacific
ARI 8
EDM 7
VEGREVILLE 4

Wildcard
DAL 5
MIN 3

Out of playoffs
VAN 3
NSH 2
SJS 2
CGY 2
ANA 0
CHI -1
LAK -5

MIN has won 5 in a row and is 7-0-3 in their last 10, grabbed the last wildcard spot and everyone talks about them like they are still terrible.

Spurgeon broke his hand a couple games ago and isn’t expected back until after Christmas. Will be interesting to see if their streak has sustain without him.

Perhaps not coincidenatlly Doobie’s last game was 10 games ago (OT loss to CAR)

He’s off taking care of his wife who has a serious medical issue (don’t know what the issue is) That’s tough. Young man with young family.

Also,

ARI plays PIT in PIT tonight after beating the red hot Flyers last night.

PIT is without Crosby, Hornqvist, Rust and Bjugstad and is treading water without them.

Yotes are now 3.25-1 to win the Pacific. Getting them at 10-1 was like free money. I wish I could run the universe a few hundred times so I could watch it win far more than 10-1.

flyfish1168

Losing 4 in a row would not be ideal. I wonder if Colby will dress for tonights game

Woodguy v2.0

Bodog odds this morning for Pacific Division regular season winner:

VEGREVILLE 2.25-1
ARI 3.25-1
EDM 3.5-1
SJS 4.5-1
VAN 7.5-1
CGY 14-1
ANA 30-1
LAK 200-1

Woodguy v2.0

flyfish1168:
Losing 4 in a row would not be ideal. I wonder if Colby will dress for tonights game

EDM beat VAN on Sunday.

Harpers Hair

Woodguy v2.0:
WC standings using points percentage shown as points above/below fake Bettman .500

Central
STL12
COL10
WPG7

Pacific
ARI8
EDM7
VEGREVILLE4

Wildcard
DAL5
MIN3

Out of playoffs
VAN3
NSH2
SJS2
CGY2
ANA0
CHI-1
LAK-5

MIN has won 5 in a row and is 7-0-3 in their last 10, grabbed the last wildcard spot and everyone talks about them like they are still terrible.

Perhaps not coincidenatlly Doobie’s last game was 10 games ago (OT loss to CAR)

He’s off taking care of his wife who has a serious medical issue (don’t know what the issue is)That’s tough.Young man with young family.

Also,

ARI plays PIT in PIT tonight after beating the red hot Flyers last night.

PIT is without Crosby, Hornqvist, Rust and Bjugstad and is treading water without them.

Yotes are now 3.25-1 to win the Pacific.Getting them at 10-1 was like free money.I wish I could run the universe a few hundred times so I could watch it win far more than 10-1.

COL finally up to full strength with Landeskog back last night (he scored) so expecting a real push by the AVs.

VAN has Rousell back with Beagle and Sutter expected back tomorrow which should free up the Horvat line. Easy schedule too.

CAL looks like they may be waking up a bit. Started Gaudreau on the third line last night to get his attention and it appears to have worked as he scored and was later moved back up to the first unit.

Things should get even tighter.

drglen

probably starts with Klef larrson and changes mid game to Klef Perrson

What about Lagesson? If they are looking for less tire fire 2 on 1s, he might be the best choice.

hunter1909

“Must Game” anyone?

flyfish1168

Woodguy v2.0: EDM beat VAN on Sunday.

Ops losing for in a row at home

Woodguy v2.0

EC standings using points percentage shown as games over/under fake Bettman .500

Metropolitan
WSH 17
NYI 13
PHI 8

Atlantic
BOS 17
FLA 4
TBY 3

Wildcard
PIT 6
CAR 6

Out of playoffs
NYR 4
BUF 2
MTL 1
TOR 0
CBJ -2
OTT -4
NJD -5
DET -13

Everyone kinda had the race for 3rd in the Pacific as the NHL’s Turtle Derby this year.

No one had 3rd in the Atlantic. Wow.

Woodguy v2.0

flyfish1168: Ops losing for in a row at home

Ah.

teddyturnbuckle

Starting to think Holland should hold tight on trades and see if this team can stay in a playoff spot. If they drop out I don’t see much point in trading assets this year.

northerndancer

2 on 1’s seem to be the ‘concern of the week’ with the focus on the D’s role. Unless you are playing the ‘blame the rover’ game then 2 on 1’s are often a product of active D, which I like to see and I believe the coach encourages. One of the breakdowns seems to be the forward cover (or lack of) which often coincides with forwards all pushing for offense or not quickly recognizing the D pushing in or up. Or not being quick enough to cover.

Nuge is replaced by a slower, less responsible centre. Others playing up the lineup, with new offensive expectations can also add to the excitement!

I predict a solid D game tonight, with some timely and successful counterattack starting from clean break outs. Some decent goal-y-ing would help too.

dustrock

teddyturnbuckle:
Starting to think Holland should hold tight on trades and see if this team can stay in a playoff spot.If they drop out I don’t see much point in trading assets this year.

I really swing back and forth on this.

The problem with sports is there’s so much luck and variance from year to year that you want to build a long-term contender, but in a season where the wind is blowing favourably, you also might want to cash in.

McDavid or Draisaitl could have a career-ending injury. Anything is possible.

The smart play is to slow play, there’s absolutely no doubt.

dustrock

teddyturnbuckle:
Starting to think Holland should hold tight on trades and see if this team can stay in a playoff spot.If they drop out I don’t see much point in trading assets this year.

I think I had a poll on twitter a while back about whether you’d want the Oilers to be competitive and in the playoffs for a decade, or have one Cup-winning year amidst general futility.

Two-thirds of people picked the 1 Cup win. I’m not sure I agree, maybe because a decade of making the playoffs seems even more impossible to me ha ha ha

Oilin4

Is it possible the decline may be partially attributable to the players who take heavy minutes all playing far more minutes and it’s catching up with them?

I think it’s certainly the case with Klefbom. His peak seasons by CF% (whatever that’s worth) were when he played around 22:00 a night or less. His performance in recent years has been declining as his ice time has gone up. Maybe pull him off the PP or reduce his minutes? Maybe a lesser PK role, play the first minute only rather than most of the PP?

Could the additional minutes be catching up to the dynamic duo as well? Could playing such heavy minutes add up over the years? Maybe run an actual PP2? They talk about this alot in soccer analytics. I wonder if anyone’s looked at this in hockey.

OriginalPouzar

Hopefully we see Kass back in the lineup tonight but I don’t expect to see him until Sunday.

My guess is Smith gets the net tonight and the fans will not be happy – he’ll have a solid performance is my initial thought.

russ99

teddyturnbuckle,

At this point we pretty much have to.

Our cap space today is 100K give or take a few K.

When Nuge and Benning come off the IR, it will increase somewhere between $1-2M, and at the deadline we should have only $2-3M to spend.

So now the only deal that makes any kind of sense is cap for cap, such as a Spooner like trade of Gagner, where we can assume Holland won’t make the mistakes Chia has.

I don’t see Holland trading a defenseman for a forward until Benning is healthy, and even then that means pushing a younger player into a higher minute role, and with Jones and Persson’s iffy NHL cups of coffee that is a bit sketchy until the summer if we want to make the playoffs.

Again Holland not making mistakes Chia did.

OilClog

Smart play isn’t the slow play, slow play is just the safe play. Tambi slow played everything, was that smart? Smithson I’m sure is a nice guy, but was he a smart add on?

Chia slow played his only appearance in the playoffs with this club, never sniffed success again. I wouldn’t say his slow play was smart, he could of had conviction with his club chances and gave them a chance. But he sat on his hands slowly.

Smart play is providing your team as much chance of success possible, they’ll come in knowing management will do what they need to do to help the club perform its best and players will show up knowing they’re truly working towards something.

Some slow plays are smart, but it’s far from being universal.

teddyturnbuckle

Tradable assets this year that won’t effect the future too much:

4th round pick

Caleb Jones
William Laggesson
Joel Persson

We have too many D men and need forwards

Ryan

So Bruce is telling us what many of us are already thinking, the fun’s over.

The goaltending bubble burst, Mikko and Mike have turned back into pumpkins.

Worse yet, Larsson is a Denver boot.

Speaking of which, Denver boot needs to be added to the growing Lowetide lexicon list.

russ99

Ryan

Larsson is coming off a broken leg, it takes time to get back to full skating strength.

Lets not write him off after one game.

Eh Team

teddyturnbuckle: Tradable assets this year that won’t effect the future too much:
4th round pick
Caleb Jones
William Laggesson
Joel Persson
We have too many D men and need forwards

It’s not unlikely that Jones will be as good a player as Bear has turned out to be. He needs to be in the lineup and getting some minutes. There’s nothing more for him to learn in the AHL. I’d say the same with Benson. It’s not like there isn’t a role for him in the NHL. Lots of mediocre forwards getting minutes in Edmonton who will be gone next year. And Benson is probably better than all of them right now. I’d add Marody to the mix too.

There’s too many replacement players on the NHL roster right now that are bringing down the team performance and playoff chances.

JimmyV1965

The Oilers should not trade for a rental. But they almost have to make a trade. This team needs two forwards. They will need two forwards next year as well. We have dmen to trade. I wouldn’t trade this year’s first because it sounds like the draft will be extremely deep, but I would be willing to trade the first in 2021.

Whether Holland pulls the trigger now or in the offseason, he definitely needs to make a trade. IMO he should go after someone like Wood or Coleman in New Jersey. The cost would be reasonable and they are signed for a couple years.

Melman

Who would have thought in training camp we’d be wishing for 2 Ethan Bear’s? Until Larsson’s primary exit stops being “off the glass and out” his pair is going to spend too much time defending. It worked well in the 3rd period in Van holding the 1 goal lead, but that’s not a long term recipe for success. So put him with Russell on the 3rd pair and pk, but 5×5 get the best out of Klef by giving him another puck mover to play with. Today that’s Persson, maybe in a couple weeks it’s Benning if he can get healthy. Next year it’s Bouch

OriginalPouzar

Mikko in the starters’ net this morning.

Kass on the ice but not skating with one of the top lines.

Nuge not skating with the team.

I don’t anticipate Kass or Nuge to play

Pouzar

Bobby gets it.

Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Bob_Stauffer

Khaira-Draisaitl-Gagner
Neal-McDavid-Archibald
Granlund-Haas-Chiasson
Nygard-Sheahan-P Russell

Cave-RNH-Kassian

Nurse-Bear
Klefbom-Persson
Russell-Larsson
Manning

Koskinen
Smith
Twitter · 21 mins ago

OriginalPouzar

As per Stauff:

Khaira/Drai/Gagner
Neal/McDavid/Archie
Granlund/Haas/Chiasson
Nygard/Sheahan/Russell

Cave/Nuge/Kassian

godot10

Pouzar:
Bobby gets it.

Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Bob_Stauffer

Khaira-Draisaitl-Gagner
Neal-McDavid-Archibald
Granlund-Haas-Chiasson
Nygard-Sheahan-P Russell

Cave-RNH-Kassian

Nurse-Bear
Klefbom-Persson
Russell-Larsson
Manning

Koskinen
Smith
Twitter · 21 mins ago

So my Persson Hypothesis gets put to the test again tonight!

russ99

Eh Team,

Eh Team: It’s not unlikely that Jones will be as good a player as Bear has turned out to be.He needs to be in the lineup and getting some minutes.There’s nothing more for him to learn in the AHL.I’d say the same with Benson.It’s not like there isn’t a role for him in the NHL.Lots of mediocre forwards getting minutes in Edmonton who will be gone next year.And Benson is probably better than all of them right now.I’d add Marody to the mix too.

There’s too many replacement players on the NHL roster right now that are bringing down the team performance and playoff chances.

Disagree on both assessments.

Jones had a good start but faded and was getting beat physically in all zones and making repeatable mistakes in the d-zone. As with any good prospect after a cup of coffee, he’s got a list of things to work on and improve in the AH:L before his next call up.

Marody and Benson really don’t move the needle in what we need, players who can score. Skill alone may create a few more chances, but we have a roster full of players who can’t put those chances in the net on a consistent basis other than a few top players.

Also, Holland/Tippett have been steadfast on players at the NHL level who can play within the system.

If we call up a forward, there will be an acclimation process to ensure he doesn’t break the team concept. Lone wolves who play their own game to hopefully increase scoring isn’t happening under this GM and coach unless proven results happen at the NHL level.

Every team has peaks and valleys, we’re in a valley. I’d look for Kass and Nuge coming back to give us a boost more than a call-up or trade.

jtblack

Pouzar: Khaira-Draisaitl-Gagner
Neal-McDavid-Archibald
Granlund-Haas-Chiasson
Nygard-Sheahan-P Russell

Pylon-Draisaitl-Pylon
Neal-McDavid-Pylon
PylonPylonPylon
Pylon-Pylon-Pylon

McSorley33

Pouzar:
Bobby gets it.

Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Bob_Stauffer

Khaira-Draisaitl-Gagner
Neal-McDavid-Archibald
Granlund-Haas-Chiasson
Nygard-Sheahan-P Russell

Cave-RNH-Kassian

Nurse-Bear
Klefbom-Persson
Russell-Larsson
Manning

Koskinen
Smith
Twitter · 21 mins ago

I have no issue with seeing more of Persson with Klef.

We brought him over here – let’s see what we have.

But, I would not do this tonight – against LA.

Old school heavy will be a test for Persson.

verdad2.0

The season is probably over.
It is only salvageable if Holland actually earns his money.
The team is mostly a disgrace but for the anomaly of having the two best players in the game. (They must be so lonely)

Holland needs to add real forwards with skill and speed.
Trading the garbage on the Oilers’ defense is essential ( Russell, Larsson, Nurse) and waive the forward garbage.
Forget Bakersfield, nothing there or it would already be here.

But Holland is keen to doom the OIlers fans for more disgrace and horror.
The present is all that matters. The future is discounted. It is for losers.

PennersPancakes

Sometimes I wish the trolls would at least try. Sigh.

verdad2.0

PennersPancakes,

Ok, do the ad hominen thing.
But when they for another 3 losses on this home stand maybe the truth will be unavoidable.

Holland is an idle incompetent.

Woodguy v2.0

Pouzar:
Bobby gets it.

Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) · Twitter
https://twitter.com/Bob_Stauffer

Khaira-Draisaitl-Gagner
Neal-McDavid-Archibald
Granlund-Haas-Chiasson
Nygard-Sheahan-P Russell

Cave-RNH-Kassian

Nurse-Bear
Klefbom-Persson
Russell-Larsson
Manning

Koskinen
Smith
Twitter · 21 mins ago

Why do you think McDavid is a 2nd line center?

Woodguy v2.0

russ99:
Ryan

Larsson is coming off a broken leg, it takes time to get back to full skating strength.

Lets not write him off after one game.

Tonight will be his 7th game back from the injury.

I’m counting both offense and defence in that number.

dustrock

Woodguy v2.0: Why do you think McDavid is a 2nd line center?

Hoping to trick McLellan into some bad line matching

Woodguy v2.0

teddyturnbuckle:
Tradable assets this year that won’t effect the future too much:

4th round pick

Caleb Jones
William Laggesson
Joel Persson

We have too many D men and need forwards

You can’t trade both Laggesson and Jones.

You need someone to play 3LD next year after you move Russell to free up cap space.

Samarukov and Broberg are at least 2 years away.

I like Laggesson more than Jones.

Woodguy v2.0

dustrock: Hoping to trick McLellan into some bad line matching

What the other coach does has absolutely no effect on how McLellan deploys his lines.

1-2-3-4
1-2-3-4

It’s the McLellan Waltz.

OriginalPouzar

The NaturEnergie Challenge tournament, which will be held on December 12 and 13 in the Swiss city of Visp, will be attended by the national teams of Switzerland, Slovakia, Norway, as well as the Russian Olympic team.

—————————-

IIlya Konovalov will be on the Russian national team.

Also, Bogdan Yakimov and Ziyat Paygin

Doug McLachlan

Ryan: Denver

Agree with the Denver Boot addition to the list.

One that I don’t recall being on the list, and an LT favourite is “God’s flashlight” where the focus of our advanced stats knowledge needs to be focused on the 5v5 rates. That seems to be the Oilers’ biggest challenge.

To the wider conversation about Hall and/or Pageau (etc), it always comes down to acquisition cost and cap space but within those two constraints the “get good players, keep good players” mantra still applies.

I am NOT opposed to a rental of Hall but sooner rather than later, in my view. Hall is a 5v5 driver, on his own and takes us from a one line to two line team overnight. That would be a huge transformation and, to be fair, I am a romantic and would love the return narrative.

I know the expectation is that he’s going to test free agency but my sense is that this is less a quest for the money and more about finding a fit where he feel comfortable and have a real chance to win. Edmonton may well offer him that and a solid run this year could seal the deal. Pay for the rental and a conditional pick on resigning. It could work.

Darth Tu

Is Verdad a Russian bot?

who

I find it interesting that when the Klefbom/Larsson pairing struggles this blog seems to place the blame solely on Larsson.
And yet it’s not Larsson getting caught up ice on bad pinches. And it’s not Larsson overskating the puck in the dzone corner.
He’s just the guy in the picture when the other teams convert on Klefboms mistakes.

Kinger_Oil.redux

– There was some good finance stuff yesterday, so I thought I’d do a cut and past from my day to day life, and share it for those who are interested

– I get asked all the time at this time of the year: “what do I think the markets will do next year”

– Predicting the market 12 months out is harder than predicting what the Oil will do next year.

– But in my newsletter, just to give some context (and I update this every year): I start with this cool stat: The odds of the S&P 500 performing in line with the current average and median total return forecasts are actually quite low, as only 10% of the last 91 years have landed in this territory (which as an aside, is the reason for my mostly contrarian counter to when things get presented to me as “consensus” or “fact” when looking at numbers for the Oil: that’s my nature, training and is technically the “correct” way to be critical when looking at data

– So here are my newsletter’s FUN FACTS:

•The odds of the S&P 500 delivering positive total returns in any given calendar year is ~73%

•Odds of a double-digit advance in the S&P 500 are ~56%, likelihood of a 20%+ gain is ~35%.

•The odds a double-digit decline in the S&P 500 have been ~12% based on historical record, while the probability of annual losses greater than -20% is ~7%.

• Odds of the S&P 500 finishing 2020 within +/- 5% from 2019 year end levels are surprisingly quite low at just ~14%.

•The worst-performing years – 1930 (-25%), 1931 (-44%), 1937 (-35%), 1974 (-26%), 2002 (-22%), 2008 (-37%) all coincided with U.S. recessions and-or asset bubble (e.g., the Green Depression, the Dot-Com Bubble, the Great Recession).

– People forget: the U.S. stock market 1) generates positive returns most of the time; and 2) years of 20% + market gains happen with a higher degree of regularity than perhaps perceived.

– I didn’t read one report from this time last year predicting that this year would be one of the top-7 years for stock gains in the last 70…

– Anyway, hope some enjoy this

GOILERS!!!

Darth Tu

Woodguy v2.0,

This works on so many levels. It’s the McLellan waltz: 1, 2, 3 4. He can’t even Waltz in the correct time signature.

Munny

Woodguy v2.0: What the other coach does has absolutely no effect on how McLellan deploys his lines.

1-2-3-4
1-2-3-4

It’s the McLellan Waltz.

Not the Heel-toe Polka?

Oh shit, that’s VEG.

Apologies.

Heel, toe, step-across
Heel, toe, step-across

Kinger_Oil.redux

Darth Tu:
Is Verdad a Russian bot?

– That’s how I imagine him: an AI Bot, that when the score gets beyond a certain level, it triggers and generates different series of hate phrases that get randomly inserted into the blog

– But when the Oil wins the Bot’s algos go dark, and generate nothing…

Munny

Doug McLachlan: “God’s flashlight”

That was a line from Larry Miller’s “5 Levels of Drinking” stand-up routine. Quite hilarious, although some versions are better than others.

leadfarmer

Woodguy v2.0,

Sounds like Chayka is trying to make you Arizona wins Pacific wishes come true with them chasing Hall
They need a pisscutter on offense