Game 43 2019-20: Oilers at Sabres

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is starting to post crooked numbers in five on five scoring. Oilers badly need him to deliver at career average levels. Despite being a No. 1 overall selection, posting crooked numbers in the discipline has never been his jam.

He has never posted 2.00 per 60 scoring at five on five in any season, but his average, and playing against great players mind, is 1.65 per 60. This season, he’s at 1.16/60 and that’s after scoring two goals in the last three games. Edmonton needs you, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

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: A shift-by-shift analysis of Kailer Yamamoto’s 2019-20 debut in the Oilers’ New Year’s Eve game.
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: James Neal puts on New Year’s Eve show to remember in Oilers’ thriller
  • Lowetide: Midseason review of ‘reasonable expectations’ shows Oilers are on track with preseason targets
  • Jonathan Willis and Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How are our Oilers predictions holding up at the midseason mark? We decided to find out
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers midseason report card shows an unbalanced team with a lot of replaceable parts
  • Lowetide: Oilers recall Kailer Yamamoto and William Lagesson
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘If I have another one in a short time, my career could be over’: Recent head injuries concerning Oilers’ Matt Benning
  • Jonathan Willis: The Oilers have actual problems; Connor McDavid’s defensive game is not among them
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘We didn’t come with the mindset to play a hard game’: Poor preparation leaves Oilers coach steaming
  • Jonathan Willis: Leon Draisaitl is struggling badly, even as the Oilers’ depth forwards seem to be coming around
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects list, winter 2019
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 5 prospect, Winter 2019 — Raphael Lavoie
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ No. 4 prospect winter 2019: Tyler Benson
  • 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 43 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 17-23-3, 37 points; goal differential -23
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 21-15-7, 49 points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 18-22-3, 39 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 20-20-3, 43 points; goal differential -11
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 21-17-4, 46 points; goal differential -7

A win tonight and the Oilers will touch greatness, or, well, the best team of the McDavid era. Still worried about the goal differential but the standings points can’t be taken away. Entering tonight, Edmonton is on a pace that would land them 90 points. That isn’t going to be enough to make a typical postseason.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2017: 0-1-0, no points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2018: 0-1-0, no points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in January 2019: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in January 2020: TBD

WHAT TO EXPECT IN JANUARY

  • On the road to: BUF, BOS, TOR, MTL, CAL (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: NAS, ARI, CAL, STL (Expected 1-2-1)
  • Overall expected result: 3-4-2, eight points in nine games
  • Current results: 0-0-0

I see possible points in Buffalo, Montreal and Calgary on the road (Oilers play well there) and believe the team will show well against everyone but St. Louis at home.

ROOKIE BLUE

I’ve been thinking lately about the Oilers’ rookies this season. They are all defensemen, and we might be looking at an impressive one-position crop. Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Joel Persson have all played some, William Lagesson has now played an NHL game and at some point Evan Bouchard may also get into some games this year. That’s a large group for one season.

It got me thinking about single seasons and one position impact. Here are some that I noticed from Oilers history:

1980-81: Wingers Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson; Defensemen Paul Coffey and Charlie Huddy.

1981-82: Goalies Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog both qualified under NHL rules.

1995-96: Wingers Miro Satan and Ryan Smyth.

2010-11: Wingers Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall

Maybe we’ll have a group of defensemen from 2019-20 join this group in the years ahead.

OSCAR

No word on Klefbom as I write this, Jonathan Willis is in Buffalo for The Athletic so follow him on twitter for updates. Huge possible impact on the January games. Even contemplating the pairings (Nurse-Bear, Jones-Larsson, Russell-Benning?) is a frightening idea. He is one of three blue who have played over 200 minutes against elites at five on five this season, according to Puck IQ.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We are back, starting at 10, TSN1260. Lots of World Juniors and Oilers talk, with Bruce McCurdy (10:20) from the Cult of Hockey and Frank Seravalli (11am) from TSN chiming in. Your comments welcome at 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    Smith with another very important save after a terrible Kris Russell giveaway on a transition.

    Nurse/Russell has proven to be bad over time and they look every part of bad tonight.

    So far Smith has been solid.

  2. drglen says:

    big save smith…. but he shot it at him. Sabres getting some looks just not picking corners.

  3. drglen says:

    Im a bit worried buaffalo still hangin around in this game…. it’s been a much more ven 2nd with buffalo getting the better chances arguably. Buffalos going to press… a test for our team defense.

  4. drglen says:

    that’s a shame we had a defender without a stick.

    Good shift from kassian.

  5. drglen says:

    oooh another open shot for buffalo. Smith in the right place, but shot in his midsection again. but he was square.

  6. Elkhorn Boy says:

    Nurse doesn’t look like he is playing for a big contract. Not making the smart play….frustrating to watch because you know he had the talent to so much better.

  7. New Improved Darkness says:

    SkatinginSand:
    If you bothered to look at McDavid on the backcheck, he did not put effort into it.

    Which martial arts teaches you how to use the enemy’s movement against them? — September 2018

    This is actually where some styles get their bad name. A style that requires total body commitment is useless against most other martial arts, as most other arts teach you to use your weight more effectively than just throwing your body at your attacker.

    Reserving your momentum while still dropping your weight into a target. Of course, most people don’t study martial arts. And if your opponent is a brawler type, or untrained, they will likely throw much more body at you than is needed, allowing your throwing style, Aikido for example, to work effectively.

    At least you’re consistent. The same style you would impose on Connor you’re displaying yourself, here. Reckless over-commitment in all things—even pumping back up ice as the understudy to F2, who is the understudy to F1, who is very nearly a perennial All Star in his own right.

    Living by the sword — September 2010

    The real Darcy Tucker was actually a gifted scorer with a good pair of hands, and when he kept to the game plan he could pot goals with the best of them, several times exceeding 20 goals in a season. In the WHL he was twice a fifty-goal-a-season scorer.

    Why the berserker act, The Shining on ice? It’s not just that throwing the body recklessly makes for bad-looking hockey. It’s that it’s a really ineffective use of energy and talent. Tucker seemed to take a run at anything that moved, in the process missing at least as often as he hit.

    Interestingly, there really is a Tucker Martial Arts Academy out there, including one instructor you simply have to respect:

    After high school soccer, and an accident that left him in a wheelchair, he transitioned to fencing, scuba, and martial arts.
    * 3 World Championships with the US Wheelchair Fencing Team

    Wheelchair fencing highlights — young woman who actually cares enough to bring her A game

    Maybe she should coach Connor.

  8. ArmchairGM says:

    Oilers have won 71% of the faceoffs so far… gotta be another record.

  9. Rebillled says:

    Caroline Cameron really hates the oilers.

    She is junk.

  10. Rebillled says:

    Hey Flock of Swegulls.

  11. drglen says:

    Elkhorn Boy:
    Nurse doesn’t look like he is playing for a big contract. Not making the smart play….frustrating to watch because you know he had the talent to so much better.

    the passing is starting to be exposed a bit.. Good grit and hustle to gain possession and clear zone, but then passes to nowhere.

  12. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    2-1 Edmonton
    22-15 Edmonton shots (10-8 Buffalo in the second)
    30-19 Edmonton Corsi five on five (11-9 Buffalo in the second)

    ==

    Game is still in doubt, but the Oilers are playing well. Need to push a little harder in the third period.

  13. drglen says:

    Lowetide,

    I’m concerned that Buffalo is going to find some shooting accuracy. They’ve got some scorers.

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jets down by two after one period is a nice start to the out of town scoreboard.

  15. drglen says:

    argg… well… that’s not on smith. one hell of a deflection. Oilers need to get this back.

  16. Sierra says:

    Great defending by Russell Nurse pair. Cue Ricki?

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Smith could have maybe shoulda had that but that’s on the Nurse/Russell pair for simply not covering the player in front at all – like not even a little.

    That pairing is awful together.

  18. Ryan says:

    For all the guys bullish on Nurse at $6.5m +

    Please remember that play combined with his inability to move the puck which is on full display when paired with Russell.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great come back shift by the Nuge/Drai/Yamamoto line – damn close to getting the lead right back.

  20. Yeti says:

    stephen sheps:
    SPAM ALERT:

    my annual music year in review. Sorry it’s late, but I’ve been a little busy lately.

    read it if you like. don’t read it if you don’t.

    Happy new year to all of you!

    https://bringingbacktheglory.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-list-2019-better-late-than-never.html

    END SPAM

    (also, Darcy your post from the top of the thread was outstanding)

    What? No Belov Bonus?? 😉

  21. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Smith could have maybe shoulda had that but that’s on the Nurse/Russell pair for simply not covering the player in front at all – like not even a little.

    That pairing is awful together.

    That goal isn’t on Smith. You give Reinhart all day to tip that puck, and that’s what he had, bad things happen. Nurse was in perfect position and then abandoned it. All on Nurse there.

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: That goal isn’t on Smith. You give Reinhart all day to tip that puck, and that’s what he had, bad things happen. Nurse was in perfect position and then abandoned it. All on Nurse there.

    That’s pretty much what I said, isn’t it?

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ya, I would be all over Benson over Chiasson in this lineup and on that line.

    We don’t lose any speed/skating.

    Don’t see Chiasson being waived but P. Russell could go down for Benson and Chiasson sat with Gagner.

  24. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar: That’s pretty much what I said, isn’t it?

    You spread the blame around.

    That was inaccurate.

    The goal against was on Nurse’s lapse in coverage.

    Must have been bees or a dog whistle.

  25. Zelepukin says:

    man, when you got McD in mock speed up the boards, you dish it to him Kassian. I bet Connor was pissed.

  26. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar: That’s pretty much what I said, isn’t it?

    Nope. You can’t fault the goalie on that. “Smith could have maybe shoulda had that” implies some fault.

  27. drglen says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Ya, I would be all over Benson over Chiasson in this lineup and on that line.

    We don’t lose any speed/skating.

    Don’t see Chiasson being waived but P. Russell could go down for Benson and Chiasson sat with Gagner.

    +1 Chaisson not cutting it.

  28. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar: Smith could have maybe shoulda had tha

    No.

    “Smith could have maybe shoulda had that”

  29. Bling says:

    Yamamoto is an NHL player.

  30. who says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Smith could have maybe shoulda had that but that’s on the Nurse/Russell pair for simply not covering the player in front at all – like not even a little.

    That pairing is awful together.

    That goal is on Nurse and Sheehan. They couldn’t decide who had the man in front of the net. They both drifted away from him. Russells man was hurt in the corner.
    This is the biggest defensive problem the Oilers have. They seem genuinely confused who to cover in their own end. And this happens WAAAAAAAY too often.

  31. drglen says:

    Open shot from point… I don’t fault D on that goal. That was a big time high skill redirect. Need to pressure or stop the shot. Nurse did not want to screen the keeper either.

    Oilers are in danger of giving this one away.

    Neel not quite cutting it with Connor. I think we need to elevate Nygarrd or Haas right now!

  32. OriginalPouzar says:

    As terrible as Russell is as 2RD (including with Nurse), he is solid as a PK RD (with Nurse).

  33. Ben says:

    YikeSmith

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide: Nope. You can’t fault the goalie on that. “Smith could have maybe shoulda had that” implies some fault.

    He maybe coulda had it, goalies do makes saves like that – at the same time, my post placed almost no blame on him and was clearly putting essentially all culpability on the d-pairing.

  35. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    As terrible as Russell is as 2RD (including with Nurse), he is solid as a PK RD (with Nurse).

    In part, that’s because there’s no icing.

  36. Lowetide says:

    Fun game. Oilers are playing a team that is much like themselves, only more desperate. We have five minutes to see what these men are all about tonight.

  37. Sierra says:

    OriginalPouzar: He maybe coulda had it, goalies do makes saves like that – at the same time, my post placed almost no blame on him and was clearly putting essentially all culpability on the d-pairing.

    Oh you’re right OP, we all read your post incorrectly. Good grief.

  38. T0ML says:

    Chaisson is really looking bad here … Why did he swap with Yammo??

  39. drglen says:

    Lowetide:
    Fun game. Oilers are playing a team that is much like themselves, only more desperate. We have five minutes to see what these men are all about tonight.

    yes, but Buffalo a little bit faster? And this is where we miss the Brent Burns type.. that perfect timing jump in the play… Dowdy. We don’t have this guy, except maybe bear. buffalo has Dahlin.

    Bear could win this game for us.

  40. Lowetide says:

    OriginalPouzar: He maybe coulda had it, goalies do makes saves like that – at the same time, my post placed almost no blame on him and was clearly putting essentially all culpability on the d-pairing.

    Lol. What? Word salad! 🙂 Doesn’t matter. It appears we agree after all.

  41. drglen says:

    you know I could watch edmonton play the rangers and buffalo all day. This is nice hockey.

  42. Younger Oil says:

    Sabres have been getting away with murder tonight on the lack of textbook interference calls.

  43. Zelepukin says:

    T0ML:
    Chaisson is really looking bad here … Why did he swap with Yammo??

    I think he just stayed out too long and killed Yamo’s shift.

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Important point banked – too bad no regulation win but a chance to get a full 2 points.

    Lets do this.

  45. Ben says:

    POOOOIIIIIINNNNNNNT!

  46. drglen says:

    take the 1 point on the road. A win in OT is bonus. I can’t say Edmonton ‘deserves’ to win.. Buffalo has earned the bettman back.

  47. drglen says:

    Tipp, her’es a tip. Play Yamo , not NEAL.. in OT.

    I’d like to see HAAS as well.

  48. drglen says:

    connor going to be tired after all this defending… short shifts boys.

  49. Ryan says:

    The Oilers should have 29 97 take a line change when they lose the Faceoff.

  50. drglen says:

    smith save.. penalty shot? !!!! Dam. got to win the draw. I did not see a penalty shot offense. No way! NO WAY!!!!!

  51. T0ML says:

    That was a bit weak of a penalty shot from the looks of it…

  52. drglen says:

    tough loss on the road. BS homer penalty shot call there in overtime…

    brilliant shot by eichel to be fair.

  53. LMHF#1 says:

    Garbage execution all game.

    Garbage call to end the game.

    Brutal.

  54. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    What is wrong with Leon?

  55. drglen says:

    all goes back to the lost draw and mac and drai playing defense. Tip should start somebody else..

  56. Ryan says:

    drglen:
    Tipp, her’es a tip.Play Yamo , not NEAL.. in OT.

    I’d like to see HAAS as well.

    Tippett, here’s a tip.

    When the Oilers lose the Faceoff in OT, have 29 97 get off the ice ASAP.

    Send out some speedy checkers to get the puck back and rest them for the next shift.

  57. Ben says:

    Yamo looked great.

    Drai is in purgatory.

    Watching Nurse and Russell try to move the puck north is pure pain.

    Lagesson had some nice moments.

  58. steelymac17 says:

    This league has become a fuckin joke!!!

  59. digger50 says:

    drglen:
    Tipp, her’es a tip.Play Yamo , not NEAL.. in OT.

    I’d like to see HAAS as well.

    Here another tip for the Tipp

    Have an OT strategy. Your sucks.

    I enjoyed the game, but so much hard work to give it away in overtime.

  60. freeconnor says:

    Eichel was clearly denied a reasonable scoring opportunity by McDavid’s hook. It’s a bit unusual to see a breakaway generated like that, but it was a textbook call no question.

  61. digger50 says:

    Let’s go Rangers

  62. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Time to start overtime with Nuge and Yamo. Draisaitl and McDavid have been dog crap the last 4 overtime’s.

  63. teddyturnbuckle says:

    They look like they are incapable of getting the puck back because they aren’t working hard.

  64. McSorley33 says:

    Yamamoto looks good….

  65. who says:

    digger50: Here another tip for the Tipp

    Have an OT strategy. Your sucks.

    I enjoyed the game, but so much hard work to give it away in overtime.

    It looked like the Oilers were going to play man on man defense all over the ice.
    If that’s the plan, you can’t get beat at the ozone faceoff dot. Like Klefbom did. All he had to do was turn and skate with Eichel. Instead he got sucked in, and dangled, by Eichel. 180 ft from his own net.

  66. digger50 says:

    who: It looked like the Oilers were going to play man on man defense all over the ice.
    If that’s the plan, you can’t get beat at the ozone faceoff dot. Like Klefbom did. All he had to do was turn and skate with Eichel. Instead he got sucked in, and dangled, by Eichel. 180 ft from his own net.

    Agree. When you are standing in front of the net and the puck carrier behind the net, how do you get beat??

  67. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Everyone here should know by now that the Sabres are in that group of teams that have the oilers number (regardless of how shitty a team they are)

  68. teddyturnbuckle says:

    I agree with this.

    Ryan: Tippett, here’s a tip.

    When the Oilers lose the Faceoff in OT, have 29 97 get off the ice ASAP.

    Send out some speedy checkers to get the puck back and rest them for the next shift.

  69. Ryan says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    Time to start overtime with Nuge and Yamo.Draisaitl and McDavid have been dog crap the last 4 overtime’s.

    You used to be able to throw Draisaitl and McDavid over the boards in OT and it was GG.

    Now, there’s something wrong with 29 and teams are always sending their best face off guy take the draw against them.

    Tippett is embarrassingly slow to adapt.

  70. Harpers Hair says:

    Getting only one point in Buffalo is a huge fail.

    The Beatdown in Boston is up next.

    Oh, the humanity.

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    McSorley33:
    Yamamoto looks good….

    Yamamoto was the Oilers best forward tonight I think.

    Drai and Chiasson may have been the worst.

    Klef and Bear were very good for the most part.

    Nurse and Russell awful for the most part.

    Rest of the rester was “OK”.

  72. StixMalone says:

    Here’s another tip:
    DONT give Drai a regular shift at the end of the period if you’re gonna put him out in overtime! Sheesh…

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Its time to go:

    Neal/McDavid/Kassian

    Nuge/Drai/Yamamoto

    Benson/Haas/Nygard

    Khaira/Sheahan/Archie

    Gagner/Chiasson

    P. Russell Down

    Isn’t it?

  74. stephen sheps says:

    Yeti: What? No Belov Bonus??

    Ha!

    Wrong series…

    I’ll do a KHL update on the weekend, probably. I hope…

  75. who says:

    digger50: Agree. When you are standing in front of the net and the puck carrier behind the net, how do you get beat??

    Yep.
    Especially when you’re the only dman on the ice. You just can’t be the guy getting beat in the ozone.
    I literally groaned the minute I saw him lunge at Eichel.

  76. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Its time to go:

    Neal/McDavid/Kassian

    Nuge/Drai/Yamamoto

    Benson/Haas/Nygard

    Khaira/Sheahan/Archie

    Gagner/Chiasson

    P. Russell Down

    Isn’t it?

    Exactly why would that make a material difference?

    Benson is failing to thrive in the AHL.

  77. SVR says:

    OriginalPouzar: He maybe coulda had it, goalies do makes saves like that – at the same time, my post placed almost no blame on him and was clearly putting essentially all culpability on the d-pairing.

    It’s OK to admit you are wrong. If you did this, even once in awhile, you wouldn’t take so much flack imo

  78. Zelepukin says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Its time to go:

    Neal/McDavid/Kassian

    Nuge/Drai/Yamamoto

    Benson/Haas/Nygard

    Khaira/Sheahan/Archie

    Gagner/Chiasson

    P. Russell Down

    Isn’t it?

    Ya and please break up Nurse/Russell. A horrific pairing on coverage and then being able to make clean passes.

  79. Zelepukin says:

    Harpers Hair: Exactly why would that make a material difference?

    Benson is failing to thrive in the AHL.

    And Yamo wasn’t? Benson leads the team in pts.

  80. drglen says:

    who: Yep.
    Especially when you’re the only dman on the ice. You just can’t be the guy getting beat in the ozone.
    I literally groaned the minute I saw him lunge at Eichel.

    I’d like to see Haas get a shot in OT.. Haas with Bear and Nuge. Pity we couldn’t see Yamo in OT either, that would have been interesting.

    Teams are playing OT different now. They’re not trying to just put out the best guys period and win it in 30 seconds with brilliant rushes. There is strategy. That strategy is win the draw, then take your time and apply pressure at the end of the first shift. It also means you start with reasonably good defenders in case you lose the draw.

    Tip needs to change tactics. AND, it’s time to see BEAR, not Klefbom, in OT.

  81. Harpers Hair says:

    Zelepukin: And Yamo wasn’t. Benson leads the team in pts.

    Benson is 39th in AHL scoring.

    That’s no Messiah.

  82. Old Timer says:

    In watching Draisaitl and McDavid play these past few weeks, it almost appears that they are coasting and expecting the puck to come them. Last year they both worked hard. They avoided fancy little back passes and drove for the net. Draisaitl , in particular, worked hard on his defense. They don’t appear to be doing that recently.

    We need a 100% effort from both of them to be successful.

  83. drglen says:

    overall though an entertaining game. I don’t feel bad that I watched it.

    Girgensons for buffalo, was a big difference maker. creating space and gaining possesion so their skill guys could generate shots. He’s buffalos version of Kassian and the two of them had some really good battles. Today I’d have to say Girgenson outdueled Kassian, but that was a very interesting side battle.

    And that’s where Chaisson kind of fits in. If he’s not going to give you a Girgenson like game, I don’t see him as useful in the lineup right now. Now Khaira, one assumes, has a similar skill set to Girgenson but he’s had lots of chances now, and he just doesn’t engage. Khaira could own the boards and be a very dangerous, somewhat intimidating and hard to play against player, but he just doesn’t seem to have that. I’m not sure how many more chances we give him. Cheap contract but you’ve got to win some battles. The coaches should be showing film of Girgenson and saying ‘thats what we need’.

  84. Bling says:

    Harpers Hair: Benson is 39th in AHL scoring.

    That’s no Messiah.

    As per LT’s piece at the Athletic, Benson’s scoring thus far is ahead of where it was last season, despite Marody being injured and less effective.

    Looks like a step forward to me, though it feels like a regression on the heels of last year’s impressive campaign.

    I don’t mind him staying in the A this season given how much development time he has lost. I do believe him, and KY, to be an answer to the “missing middle” of even strength point production — guys who can put up 1.3-1.8 P/60 while playing secondary toughs.

  85. godot10 says:

    Harpers Hair: Benson is 39th in AHL scoring.

    That’s no Messiah.

    The California teams play fewer games.

  86. OriginalPouzar says:

    It does provide me some joy to see Adam Fox with three points in less than half a game against the flames who drafted him and threw him in to the Dougie Hamilton trade because he wouldn’t sign.

    Yes, I know, John Marino – but at least he didn’t light us up when we played them.

  87. godot10 says:

    The tying goal was a miscommunication between Sheehan and Nurse. Sheehan had Reinhart, and Nurse begain heading to the open man. When Sheehan let Reinhart go to cover empty space, Nurse switched back to Reinhart, and arrived too late.

  88. drglen says:

    Bling: As per LT’s piece at the Athletic, Benson’s scoring thus far is ahead of where it was last season, despite Marody being injured and less effective.

    Looks like a step forward to me, though it feels like a regression on the heels of last year’s impressive campaign.

    I don’t mind him staying in the A this season given how much development time he has lost. I do believe him, and KY, to be an answer to the “missing middle” of even strength point production — guys who can put up 1.3-1.8 P/60 while playing secondary toughs.

    give him a look. That middle body is absent right now , and we can’t always predict what will happen. Yamo aint killin the AHL either but suddenly the team looks different, has more options, more pressure, more energy and quickness. I’d like to see how the chemistry changes with him up, and it’s a good time because our middle group needs help.

  89. Sierra says:

    Ben:

    Watching Nurse and Russell try to move the puck north is pure pain.

    It sure is. If this team is gong anywhere with Russell on it he has to be 3LD.

  90. Harpers Hair says:

    godot10: The California teams play fewer games.

    Yes they do.

    He’s 80th in PPG.

  91. who says:

    godot10:
    The tying goal was a miscommunication between Sheehan and Nurse.Sheehan had Reinhart, and Nurse begain heading to the open man.When Sheehan let Reinhart go to cover empty space, Nurse switched back to Reinhart, and arrived too late.

    That’s the way I saw it.

  92. Sierra says:

    godot10:
    The tying goal was a miscommunication between Sheehan and Nurse.Sheehan had Reinhart, and Nurse begain heading to the open man.When Sheehan let Reinhart go to cover empty space, Nurse switched back to Reinhart, and arrived too late.

    You have the sequencing all wrong. Sheehan had Reinhart at the top of the circle then Nurse had Reinhart at net front. Reinhart was Nurse’s mark. Nurse left to go towards the Sabre winger at the dot anticipating a pass that never came. Reinhart was left alone.

  93. godot10 says:

    Sierra: You have the sequencing all wrong. Sheehan had Reinhart at the top of the circle then Nurse had Reinhart at net front. Reinhart was Nurse’s mark.Nurse left to go towards the Sabre winger at the dot anticipating a pass that never came. Reinhart was left alone.

    It is not a good decision to leave a player in a high danger scoring area moving to an even higher danger scoring area like Sheehan did. Especially to go cover empty space. Cover him to the net.

  94. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sierra: You have the sequencing all wrong. Sheehan had Reinhart at the top of the circle then Nurse had Reinhart at net front. Reinhart was Nurse’s mark.Nurse left to go towards the Sabre winger at the dot anticipating a pass that never came. Reinhart was left alone.

    This is also what I saw.

  95. JimmyV1965 says:

    Well, I didn’t hate that game. That’s something. Yama played well.

  96. Scungilli Slushy says:

    It is good to consider that the NHL has moving parts behind the scenes that create some of the things we see?

    Some is surely poor decision making, some is a result of injury, behavior, and agents. Some is plain bad luck for the player.

    Yama vs Benson? Who knows. But I surely hope both are on the team next season and helping because the current guys en masse don’t have it, and the farm boys are bought and paid for.

  97. Dicky94 says:

    JimmyV1965,

    I agree. Still need two more NHL wingers. Come on Holland!

  98. Bling says:

    Having a dman playing his off-side in the top 4 is silly. There was a sequence in the third where Russell had an opportunity to keep a puck in but missed it, because he had to play the puck on his backhand.

    It’s tough on the player and the team.

  99. JimmyV1965 says:

    I can’t fathom how this team makes the playoffs. We absolutely owned the Sabres in the first period, we didn’t play too bad the rest of the game, and we still lost. And the Sabres are a non-playoff team that was lost in space to start the game.

    I get how we need to dissect each goal against, and it’s an interesting exercise, but the real problem is we scored two goals yet again. This team flat out can’t score and won’t win until it can.

  100. JimmyV1965 says:

    Old Timer:
    In watching Draisaitl and McDavid play these past few weeks, it almost appears that they are coasting and expecting the puck to come them. Last year they both worked hard. They avoided fancy little back passes and drove for the net. Draisaitl , in particular, worked hard on his defense. They don’t appear to be doing that recently.

    We need a 100% effort from both of them to be successful.

    If only our best players would just try harder, this team would be a shoe in for the playoffs. Got it. And here I thought it was our crappy roster construction.

  101. hags9k says:

    After looking so good while going up 2-0 but then seeing the 2-1 goal slip 5 hole on the Sabres 2nd shot of the game, you just knew we were screwed.

    I’ve decided to blame JP. Can’t believe he quit the team.

  102. jtblack says:

    LT:

    draft eligible midget (5’8″) Connor McLennon

    18 pts in last 9 pts

    Coincides with return of Peyton Krebs. Someone on here learned us “who you play with matters:

  103. Harpers Hair says:

    Vegas, Arizona, Calgary and Vancouver all win.

    The Beat Down in Bean Town looms.

  104. Bruce McCurdy says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yamamoto was the Oilers best forward tonight I think.

    Drai and Chiasson may have been the worst.

    Klef and Bear were very good for the most part.

    Nurse and Russell awful for the most part.

    Rest of the rester was “OK”.

    Draisaitl was the worst forward? His line was dominant on possession, scored a goal, gave up nothing, & he kicked everyone’s butt but Lazar’s on the dot.

    I know his game has been in the crapper but when he shows signs of coming around, maybe stop crapping on him for a day?

  105. Buddy says:

    Just finished watching the game off the PVR. What was the penalty shot for? I saw the replay 4 or 5 times and didn’t see anything, and Remenda obviously didn’t think it was his responsibility to analyze the play.

  106. geowal says:

    On the train to Prague after a great time watching the World Juniors – had to bail after the quarters to go back to work. Great atmosphere at the Canada and Czech games last night. I wish the Czech could have got s goal, the place would have erupted.

    Watched Broberg twice, Lavoie thrice, and Blumel once. All struck me as relatively complimentary players on their respective teams, which is fine, since they are essentially all star teams. But from here at the tournament of small sample sizes it’s hard to see any of these guys in the NHL for at least a couple seasons.

    Lavoie reminds me of Neal a little, but a better skater. I would have liked to see his positioning on PP/offensive pressure more in front of the net than off to the side, he had at least one pretty good chance last night though. To make it at the NHL I think he’s going to have to work on getting Neal/Smyth type goals, he’s not dynamic enough for plays off the rush from what I saw, just imo. Broberg is going to be a guy who when he does play his first games we’ll say “boy he’s sure calm, and poised, and smooth” but we’ll take some watching to see his game impact. I think we’ll be talking about that, not his speed, even though we know he’s fast. Blumel has a lot of try last night, but the whole Czech squad just doesn’t seem to have the skill, they’re in the tweeter division.
    Best non-Oiler player I noticed? Hoglander, and it wasn’t close. I don’t know where his stats are but he’s on a different level.

    Great time overall. Going to Gothenburg in two years is tempting.

  107. SwedishPoster says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Draisaitl was the worst forward? His line was dominant on possession, scored a goal, gave up nothing, & he kicked everyone’s butt but Lazar’s on the dot.

    I know his game has been in the crapper but when he shows signs of coming around, maybe stop crapping on him for a day?

    Yeah I’m surprised that Leon is getting beat with the shit stick after this game. Not beating worlds but did a lot of good things on what looked like the seedlings of a second line that can outscore.

    Nurse-Russell had coverage AND puckmoving issues all night. You seriously can’t have both those issues as a pairing, it is after all two of the main tasks of playing D.
    I liked Lagesson better this game, he makes good reads consistently, plays safe, underrated shot. Instllnthinknhe’s hot some major limitation but he might lessen the risk of the GM trading for Manning/Petrovic/Gryba type guys because the coach wants ”defensively sound” D.
    Larsson made a split decision on the first GA and it was probably the wrong one, Lazar was the more dangerous option, but it’s more difficult to be right on a scramble play after a bad turnover, overall I think he played well.
    That goal is mainly on Jujhar who imo is playing himself out of the league. He has some qualities when on his game but a low producing player who keeps making major mistakes on goals against usually wears out their welcome. I’d give him a shot with Haas, put Nygård back with Sheahan-Archibald as that duo looked their best with him on the left, while at least starting to look if you can get something useful back in a trade(I doubt it).
    I’d put an AHL call up on the right side of Haas and send Chiasson down btw. Chiasson looked good when he played for his NHL life at the start of last season but hasn’t shown anything beyond flashes since this time last year despite ample opportunity. Nobody is picking up that contract so there’s zero ”risk” that you lose him anyway. And if someone is to pick him up I’ll buy everyone a beer. (on a sidenote my phone wants to change the word nobody to the swedish word for monophyletic aka monofyletisk, that one came out of left field I’d say)

    Nygård also needs to show something more soon or he’s Bako bound, still think he’s interesting enough to get a bit more rope with his speed, forechecking ability and defensive attention and as mentioned I did like him with the PK twins.
    On the topic of PK duty Tippett seems reluctant to try Nygård or Haas there despite them both having done it with success in europe and both having skillsets that to my eye are a fit. With a lot of the other PK options playing themselves off the team it feels like something worth examining. I assume he wants them fully comfortable 5v5 before giving out more responsibility but I think he needs to twist and turn this roster everyway he can to find a mix that makes it more than the sum of its parts.

    Klef can’t let Eichel own him like that in OT but other than that it feels like good Oscar is back the last two games which is massive for this team.

    Smith did did fine but doesn’t instill much confidence.

    Overall I didn’t hate that game. And yes I know they were lesser teams but the first half of the Rangers game and this one at least gives some hope they’re not looking to lose out january the way they did february. I’d keep the top two lines as they were and make the swaps I mentioned above making the bottom six PK twins+Nygård, JJ-Haas-AHL call up. For the D all I know is that the Nurse-Russel combo has to go.

    And that’s all my couch GMing for today.

  108. ArmchairGM says:

    JimmyV1965:
    I can’t fathom how this team makes the playoffs. We absolutely owned the Sabres in the first period, we didn’t play too bad the rest of the game, and we still lost. And the Sabres are a non-playoff team that was lost in space to start the game.

    I get how we need to dissect each goal against, and it’s an interesting exercise, but the real problem is we scored two goals yet again. This team flat out can’t score and won’t win until it can.

    Ullmark is a very good goalie.

  109. SwedishPoster says:

    geowal,

    Broberg has been ok but not great I’d say, had a terrible game against the Kazaks and played his best late against Finland which is also the only game where Sweden needed a push. He had his most completely game in the QF. Very interested to see how he does against the russians, so far he seems to bring it when needed and otherwise pretty quiet while maybe trying to be a bit to fancy at times. If this theory is to hold he needs to be beasting it against Russia as I think the russians are clear favourites. Sweden is a one line team with some Holtz-Raymond sprinkle but Henriksson isn’t s good enough center yet for the line to be truly frightening against better teams. Poor Berggren is stone alone on the third line.
    I was hoping for Broberg to take charge a bit more but I cut him some slack because he’s had to carry around Björnfot who was probably Sweden’s worst player during the group stage(though he played better against the Czechs so maybe he’s turning it up for the big games as well) and he did it on his off side.

    Höglander has been great though I’m not surprised that line is tearing it up against junior players, they are all battle tested with at least 1+ seasons in the SHL/NHL. That Höglander can toy with junior players has never been in question, with him the concern is whether he can bring consistent offense against pros, in particular 5v5. Will he be able yo create room to use his skill and creativity? He looks much improved in the SHL this season but he can still be kept out of games a bit to easy. Still young and I think I’ve underestimated just how difficult the SHL has become for 18-19 year olds the last few years when evaluating prospects. Höglander also seems like he’s constantly looking to improve so I think the chances of him succeding in the NHL are pretty good. He has looked amazing in the WJCs so far, big test against Russia.

  110. geowal says:

    Just passing through the home of the Pardubice Primce himself just now.

  111. geowal says:

    SwedishPoster,

    Interesting. I think Hoglander if nothing else could have a future as a half-wall man on the PP. his puck control along the boards was impressive. Agreed on Broberg, he had his moments, and some of it was game state, but he didn’t wow me often, but the one rush that he setup a few games ago showed his speed well. His PK against Finland was also pretty good i thought. Thanks for the context on his D partner, I don’t have background on them.

  112. hunter1909 says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Draisaitl was the worst forward? His line was dominant on possession, scored a goal, gave up nothing, & he kicked everyone’s butt but Lazar’s on the dot.

    I know his game has been in the crapper but when he shows signs of coming around, maybe stop crapping on him for a day?

    Maybe you don’t notice but OP is one of those perfectionist types who construct everything perfectly in the universe they reside in. It’s patently impossible for him, in his own eyes to be wrong. Ever.

  113. SwedishPoster says:

    Can’t edit the mess that is my posts. I blame my phone. And Woodguy’s phone as well.

  114. hunter1909 says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Can’t edit the mess that is my posts. I blame my phone. And Woodguy’s phone as well.

    Your posts are like money from home. Keep up the great work.

  115. SwedishPoster says:

    geowal:
    SwedishPoster,

    Interesting. I think Hoglander if nothing else could have a future as a half-wall man on the PP. his puck control along the boards was impressive. Agreed on Broberg, he had his moments, and some of it was game state, but he didn’t wow me often, but the one rush that he setup a few games ago showed his speed well. His PK against Finland was also pretty good i thought. Thanks for the context on his D partner, I don’t have background on them.

    Yeah if Höglander can defend adequately at the NHL level he should at the very least have a career as a third line PP expert.

  116. SwedishPoster says:

    hunter1909: Your posts are like money from home. Keep up the great work.

    Thanks. I just hate to misspell and make grammatical errors. I don’t care when others do it or if it’s due to the limitations of the smartphone. Perfectionism is a bitch.

  117. rickithebear says:

    You need 2 GAA or less in all 4 series wins to be the 2 teams who win the 3 championships.
    Winning about not scoring 4 gf per game is fucking stupid hockey analytics.

    We gave up 2 ga in 60 min last night.

    All I ask from our defence.

    I have no problem with either Reg min ga.

    A Corsi directed to the net that became a pass when it became a tipped ( becoming a Corsi) open shot.

    The other goaL
    Was path to net cut off by Lagesson and Strong around the net play pressured by Larsson resulting in an open shot.

    Can hardly wait for Benning to return.

    Wish they would have kept up Manning, the dman who continues to generate top 10 Open HD sh reduction def pairs with top homeplate dmen.

  118. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Wonder Llama: What are your signs? We’ll watch for you and wave back (that’s the way TV works, right?)

    Thanks! I doubt we made the TV but one of our cute little signs was on the big screen in the building.

    I am too young to have witnessed beatle mania, but the biggest take away from the game for me last night was McDavid mania! I realize we are across the river from his junior team and a relatively short drive from his hometown where peons like us can afford to see a NHL game as a family once a year but WOW!!! What a following of young and old out to cheer for McDavid!! Fantastic. During the warm up the entire Oiler zone was plastered with home made posters and kids pressed up against the glass to watch for their hero!!.

    I was around for Gretzky mania but I don’t remember it being like this, maybe cause I did not see away games….

    As for the hockey…. tough loss. They came out flying then either got complacent or Krueger made some adjustments. It was hard for me to focus on strategy and game details while having commentary with the kids during the game.
    I would be okay seeing that line up again next game with maybe a few minor adjustments. Maybe time for P Russell to get back in and sit Chiasson. Laggesson needs to get a few games in a row before I can form an opinion of where he is at against NHL players. Seems a little tentative at the moment but that can be expected. Larson was very mindful of playing with the rookie and was maybe trying to overcompensate a bit too much. But that was not a difference maker in the outcome…

    Smith almost gives me a coronary every time he plays the puck. He made some nice saves through traffic Controlling the rebound but moved Way too far back too quickly on the penalty shot.

  119. rickithebear says:

    SwedishPoster: Thanks. I just hate to misspell and make grammatical errors. I don’t care when others do it or if it’s due to the limitations of the smartphone. Perfectionism is a bitch.

    Once again, when dealing with computers their are multiple English ( not a language but a digion) dialect spell checks.

    Digion are an amalgum (am) of multiple language bases and interspersed with multiple centuries of new words of common man tongue from diffrent countries of multiple language origions.

    Under Social justice Warrior doctrine.
    Correcting ones spelling ( English dialect) is an act of hate!
    Stop the hate!?

    Correcting spelling of digions varying dialects is opinion.

  120. rickithebear says:

    Bling:
    benson step forward this y!
    He is skating Faster?

  121. SwedishPoster says:

    rickithebear,

    My point was that I only care about my own spelling, what others are doing doesn’t really bother me, so all my hate is directed towards myself…

  122. russ99 says:

    rickithebear,

    That $1.4M buried with Manning and Granlund sent down will help pay for a rental at the deadline.

    Cap Friendly estimates our deadline cap space at $4.4M, less if Smith reaches his bonuses.

    Since Benning is on regular IR, his cap hit is already included.

  123. hunter1909 says:

    rickithebear:
    You need 2 GAA or less in all 4 series wins to be the 2 teams who win the 3 championships.
    Winning about not scoring 4 gf per game is fucking stupid hockey analytics.

    We gave up 2 ga in 60 min last night.

    All I ask from our defence.

    I have no problem with either Reg min ga.

    A Corsi directed to the net that became a pass when it became a tipped ( becoming a Corsi) open shot.

    The other goaLWas path to net cut off by Lagesson and Strong around the net play pressured by Larsson resulting in an open shot.

    Can hardly wait for Benning to return.

    Wish they would have kept up Manning, the dman who continues to generate top 10 Open HD sh reduction def pairs with top homeplate dmen.

    Please post more. Your writing is top notch.

  124. tileguy says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick,

    Nice story about McDavidmania.

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