Connor McDavid’s Night to Remember

Even though I know he’s fast as lighting, even though I know he can do the impossible, that play Connor McDavid made against the ghost of Morgan Rielly last night was beyond the rings of Saturn. In your life have you see a play that good? The man is beyond real. I don’t recall a more beautiful goal in my lifetime.

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 Pierre Lebrun: Q&A with GM Ken Holland on Oilers’ deadline plans and why the regular season is important, until it isn’t
  • New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s trade deadline options for the Oilers
  • New Jonathan Willis: ‘That’s the nicest goal I’ve ever seen’: Connor McDavid’s teammates amazed by his latest effort
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers notebook: James Neal’s resurgence, Matt Benning’s injury and the Tyler Benson recall temptation
  • Lowetide: Oilers farmhands are pushing hard for NHL jobs
  • Jonathan Willis: Zack Kassian’s breakout performance presents Oilers GM Ken Holland with a familiar dilemma
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland, the Oilers amateur procurement department and the 2020 draft
  • Jonathan Willis: It would be a mistake to write off the Oilers after their December slump
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: From Leon Draisaitl to the penalty kill, the things the Oilers need to improve to get back to the playoffs
  • 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: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects list, winter 2019

OILERS AFTER 45 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 17-23-5, 39 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 23-15-7, 53 points; goal differential +4
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 19-23-3, 41 points; goal differential -26
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 21-21-3, 45 points; goal differential -12
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 23-17-5, 51 points; goal differential -3

The 51 points in 45 games projects to 93 points and that my friends is probably enough to make the playoffs. As well, the goal differential has clearance from 2015-16, 2017-18 and even 2018-19. Good news.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2017: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2018: 1-2-0, two points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in January 2019: 2-1-0, two points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in January 2020: 2-0-1, five points; goal differential +3

This is a strong start to a month that had land mines planted all over hell’s half acre. Wow. Wins in Boston and Toronto. I’m beyond impressed with coach Tippett, his team and how well they’ve played in January. James Mirtle mentioned on twitter that the Leafs missed Nazem Kadri and that’s absolutely true.

It’s also certain that Ken Holland’s plan to employ “professionals” instead of unready high draft picks has closed the gap a little in terms of competitiveness in the depth roles. Edmonton can compete because of hard work on the PK and forecheck from some of the sixes and sevens on this team. That was evident last night. Still, there’s room for improvement: At five on five last night, McDavid on ice (17-6 shots) and McDavid off ice (12-20) remains a very large gap.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN JANUARY

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

I projected eight points for the month! There are five games left. Edmonton has let slide a singleton all month, that to Buffalo. Amazing.

OILERS 2019-20

McDavid had five HDSC’s of his own across all disciplines and fed Neal several times for brilliant chances. All numbers five on five unless noted and via NST.

LINE 1 James Neal-Connor McDavid-Zack Kassian played 13:43, going 14-9 Corsi, 10-4 shots, 1-0 goals, 3-1 HDSC. Goal of the year? I think it was more than that, to be honest.

James Neal had multiple chances to score goal No. 20, four shots and two HDSC. Also had 10 hits and left TML parts everywhere. Connor McDavid had a night to remember, two assists, six shots, three HDSC at five on five. Overall, 1-3-4, eight shots, five HDSC, drew a penalty. Incredible. Zack Kassian was his usual rambunctious (early hit on Tavares) game but was not involved much offensively.

LINE 2 Ryan Nugent Hopkins-Leon Draisaitl-Kailer Yamamoto played 10:43, going 10-19 Corsi, 4-10 shots, 1-0 goals and 1-4 HDSC.

Nuge had a shot and a giveaway, plus an even strength assist. He skated miles, retrieved a lot of pucks and was effective in the neutral zone. Leon Draisaitl scored a hammer goal on the power play, had an assist and went 6 for 12 in the dot five on five. Kailer Yamamoto scored a fine goal, drew a penalty and took another. He’s a pain in the ass on the forecheck, love that kind of hockey. Tsetse fly. That’s a compliment.

LINE 3 Jujhar Khaira-Riley Sheahan-Josh Archibald played 6:51, going 5-6 Corsi, 4-3 shots, 0-2 goals and 2-1 HDSC. That’s a weird linescore.

Jujhar Khaira had a shot (HDSC), took a penalty, played a physical game and was not strong at evens. Slow to react on the first goal, he’s flagging badly. Riley Sheahan had a takeaway, won five of nine faceoffs and forechecked hard. He was involved in all kinds of board battles. Josh Archibald had a marvelous chance but struck iron point blank.

LINE 4 Joakim Nygard-Gaetan Haas-Alex Chiasson played 3:55, going 4-5 Corsi, 3-4 shots, 1-1 goals, 2-2 HDSC.

Joakim Nygard had an assist and skated miles. Very good at interrupting sorties in the offensive end. Nice little pass to Chiasson just before the goal. His point totals have him at about 21 over a full 82 games. Is that enough? Don’t know. Gaetan Haas had three shots and three HDSC, plus a takeaway. Swiss army knife in human form. He had a point blank chance in the first after (I think) Travis Dermott took a puck to the face. Alex Chiasson scored a helluva goal turned out to be a big one, too. Also had a PP assist. His digging on the PP is noticeable.

PAIRING ONE Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear played 16:38, going 19-8 Corsi, 12-6 shots, 1-1 goals, 4-1 HDSC, 14-3 offensive-defensive faceoffs. Spent 8:57 with McDavid, 8:15 against Tavares (7-2 shots, 1-0 goals).

Darnell Nurse scored a pretty goal from a 97 feed, had two shots, a giveaway and a blocked shot. He is playing his best hockey of the season right now. Ethan Bear had an assist, three shots and a HDSC. Drew a penalty. Unlucky on the Engvall goal, he took care of the stick and the damn thing went in off Engvall’s gigantic feet.

PAIRING TWO Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson played 13:13, going 15-20 Corsi, 9-14 shots, 1-1 goals, 3-6 HDSC and 4-5 offensive-defensive faceoffs.

Oscar Klefbom scored the first goal of the game, three shots and had a solid game with the puck. Pinched on the Gauthier goal and was caught chasing. Adam Larsson had an assist, giveaway, hit a few TML. He is a quality shutdown blue.

PAIRING THREE Kris Russell and Caleb Jones played 7:42, going 8-10 Corsi, 5-4 shots, 2-1 goals, 3-4 HDSC.

Kris Russell had an assist, covered well and defends too much because his outlet passes are rushed. It didn’t used to be that way, but it is today. Caleb Jones set up Kailer Yamamoto on a fine play. He also took a penalty for puck over glass, unlucky because he was being hooked at the time. A veteran gets that call.

GOALIE Mike Smith was splendid in the first and early second, helped backstop Edmonton to a 3-0 lead early in the second. His work during the five-on-three was also vital to victory. Stopped 32 of 36, .889.

A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR MCDAVID

I always lose count, but my memory says a hat trick for McDavid wouldn’t have been a surprise, Neal could have easily cashed a couple, Nuge was dished a gorgeous McDavid pass that didn’t cash. So, he had four points but if his mates had a little better luck, maybe six or seven? One day 97 will post a big number in Toronto. I’ll bet he never scores a more memorable goal in his hometown. Magic. No idea why the hockey Gods decided to gift our town with this player, only grateful they made that call.

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195 Responses to "Connor McDavid’s Night to Remember"

  1. Pescador says:

    Love the opening paragraph,
    Needs a little TLC in the grammar

  2. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    What a great game! What a great goal! I am very fortunate to have witnessed it LIVE!
    Very happy to hear the KT clan made it in time to see it all. YAY!
    Some rambling thoughts…
    – Have we reached a TIPPing point with McD and Drai? With the apparent emergence of KY to complement the 2nd line, the team looks like it has two effective lines for the “top 6”. I don’t know the possession #s but the 2nd line seems to have the puck on a string most of the time (last 3 games). Great puck movement, 3 skilled players. Not saying we won’t see McD and Drai back together again, but I think the best path for the future of this team is McD 1C and Drai 2C for most of the time.
    – I firmly believe that one can have a “top 6” without having 6 elite players. Ideally, each line needs (1) a strong forechecker, (2) a play maker and (3) a shooter. A balanced line. Some players have more than 1 of these attributes (even better results obviously if one can afford 3 perfect players), but across the three forwards you need at least these three elements to generate consistent offense. Strong defensive acumen within the three – all the better!
    – The few extra days of rest and practice time seems to have the team re-focussed on structure and puck support (more complete back checks, etc). Now, can they be CONSISTENT?
    – Have been pulling for JJ for a few years. I was hoping he was going to take the next step this year, but it is not happening. His confidence is also apparently quite LOW. After a goal against last night, he skated straight to the bench conceding defeat and essentially asking to be taken off the ice. He should be going to centre ice looking to fight for redemption. Also watching the warm-up in Buffalo he seemed to be off doing his own thing quite a bit. Not sure that is common and maybe I was “seeing what is not really there”. If Benson comes up in the next month or so, JJ is the guy who should come out. He can’t clear waivers and he could make for some nice expansion bait, so I am not sure how they make it work. If Kass is going to get the contract, and Benson is ready…maybe he gets moved at the deadline for a late round draft pick or maybe he is kept for depth…
    – I like the “subtle” contributions from Haas, Nygaard, and Archibald to the team this year. Clearly continued adjustments from the European league for 2 of them, but trending in a nice way. Too bad Nygaard has stone hands, but he creates a lot of opportunities forcing turn overs at the O-blue line. I also admire that these more diminutive players almost ALWAYS finish their checks, very few flybys. I think that effort is also appreciated by the teammates. I am not seeing that level of consistency in completing checks by bigger forwards (Neal, Chia, JJ), maybe because the smaller guys have that extra step or so and are able to close the gap and finish the check without a late hit. Or maybe they are just “playing harder”. Regardless, sustained forechecking is a key element on a winning team. Keeps the opposing D on their heels and “rushing” just a bit, which can lead to errors and turnovers. The Oilers seem to be creating a lot more O and N zone turn overs in recent games…
    – Jones is getting sheltered big time the last few games. I guess by necessity. Having a solid top 4 allows this, but it will be interesting to see what happens when Benning returns.
    – Tippet is a good coach. His response to Spector’s bait question is perfect. I like him. He can stay.
    The five games I have been to this year the Oilers are 4-0-1 and have 9 of 10 possible points. Just sayin. Let me know if I should start a crowd source thingy…😉

  3. leadfarmer says:

    With the schedule slowing down now hopefully the guys can get rest to keep this up and the rooks can get some practice time. I think we only have 3 b2b games the rest of the way

  4. frjohnk says:

    ” I’ll be he never scores a more memorable goal in his hometown.”

    LT, you do know that McDavid will get lots of chances to score a more memorable goal in his hometown after he signs his 3rd contract 🙂

  5. stephen sheps says:

    That goal was unlike any sporting moment I have ever witnessed live in my entire life. Sitting in the heart of Leaf Nation (dead centre, row 16), watching Connor receive the pass in full flight, then slow the game down, showing ‘pass’ the whole way, then, while continuing to look off/head fake a very good defender in Morgan Rielly, engages his rocket boots and turns him into the ghost of Hal Gill before turning poor Hutch inside out. It was so beautiful. Everyone near me, Leafs fans and Oilers fans alike were stunned, awe-struck that such an incredible hockey play just happened before our eyes.

    I am so fortunate and grateful for having witnessed it. We’ll be seeing it on highlight reels forever.

    Also, Yamamoto is passing the eye test. I hope the new 2L gets a real chance to build some chemistry together. There was a tenacity on the forecheck I hadn’t seen from RNH in a very long time, an energy that matched 56’s dogged puck pursuit.

  6. Side says:

    With a pantsing that bad in public, can Connor and “Riels” still be friends?

  7. Lowetide says:

    Pierre LeBrun
    @PierreVLeBrun
    ·
    2m
    Preds announcing John Hynes as their head coach within 15-20 minutes or so

  8. tileguy says:

    Hmmm, take the Draisaitl lines shot metrics (4-10) from the 97 off the ice, and the gap becomes quite a bit smaller at 8-10.

  9. dustrock says:

    I’ve always thought McDavid was closest to Lionel Messi in terms of how he played, he’s not like any hockey player I’ve ever seen.

    The closest I could think was Messi.

    Or maybe one of those Allen Iverson ankle-breaker crossovers.

    I’ve never seen a killer crossover in a hockey game before. What a player.

  10. dustrock says:

    Lowetide:
    Pierre LeBrun
    @PierreVLeBrun
    ·
    2m
    Preds announcing John Hynes as their head coach within 15-20 minutes or so

    What? Hynes? What?

  11. dustrock says:

    “It’s also certain that Ken Holland’s plan to employ “professionals” instead of unready high draft picks has closed the gap a little in terms of competitiveness in the depth roles. Edmonton can compete because of hard work on the PK and forecheck from some of the sixes and sevens on this team. That was evident last night. Still, there’s room for improvement: At five on five last night, McDavid on ice (17-6 shots) and McDavid off ice (12-20) remains a very large gap. ”

    I guess? The bottom 6 almost killed the transcendental play of McDavid and Draisaitl in October and when the team was slumping, nobody including the bottom 6 were scoring.

    Khaira needs a reset and guys like Archibald and Nygard are going to skate miles and miss many sure goals.

    If they’re even close to sawing off, such as last night, then the team is going to win more than it loses, but I’m not convinced some of the young players (BENSON) in Bakersfield couldn’t help.

    Look at the immediate and obvious impact Yamamoto had on the team.

  12. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    The reason I love Connor McDavid is yes, the talent. That goal was insane.

    But the finger wave to the crowd as if to say, “no no no, not for you” was so wonderfully cocky that the spectacle of the goal almost superseded the talent of it. Almost. Maybe. Whatever. The full package – high drama on a January Monday night.

    Point being: He is fiercely competitive.

    The gap between Sidney level (top 10 all time) and Mario (top 3? can this be a conversation?) lives in that finger wave. I’m not saying Sidney isn’t competitive, certainly, but Connor seems like he understands his place in hockey history and hockey geography. Maybe he knows that leading THIS team to a Cup is somehow worth more than it would be elsewhere, because to be legend means to overcome, and to move mountains. We’ve called him McJesus and He answered.

  13. Dicky94 says:

    One player I have been impressed with lately is Neil. He looks like he’s having a blast out there. Constantly smiling. This is a good thing for the Oilers if they make the playoffs.

  14. LadiesloveSmid says:

    KY’s injection of skill has been noted. The top player in the Finnish league could help too! Oh, and Benson.

  15. Greg says:

    I’ve never been too sold on James Neal but he was working his bag off out there last night.

  16. frjohnk says:

    Before the game started Gene had clips of players walking into the rink. I noticed right away that Neal was limping. IIRC, he broke a toe in November, I wonder if that is still the issue or if its something new.

  17. BaltimoreOilers says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    Maybe he knows that leading THIS team to a Cup is somehow worth more than it would be elsewhere, because to be legend means to overcome, and to move mountains.

    Agreed. Your comment reminds me of the 2016 Chicago Cubs. Sure, they didn’t have the generational talent but they had a lot of all-stars (and a manager and front office) that recognized the importance of bringing home the World Series title for a team that many considered “cursed” for 108 years.

  18. texmex says:

    Greg:
    I’ve never been too sold on James Neal but he was working his bag off out there last night.

    It must have came off b/c he looked a little off balance at times ;p

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1214387410567598080

  19. dustrock says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur:
    The reason I love Connor McDavid is yes, the talent. That goal was insane.

    But the finger wave to the crowd as if to say, “no no no, not for you” was so wonderfully cocky that the spectacle of the goal almost superseded the talent of it. Almost. Maybe. Whatever. The full package – high drama on a January Monday night.

    Point being: He is fiercely competitive.

    The gap between Sidney level (top 10 all time) and Mario (top 3? can this be a conversation?) lives in that finger wave. I’m not saying Sidney isn’t competitive, certainly, but Connor seems like he understands his place in hockey history and hockey geography. Maybe he knows that leading THIS team to a Cup is somehow worth more than it would be elsewhere, because to be legend means to overcome, and to move mountains. We’ve called him McJesus and He answered.

    I think you can argue all day about Wayne and Mario and who should be #1.

    McDavid might be in the running for the most talented player of all time, but like it or lump it, until you win, you’re not an all-time great.

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    A few things that I found of note:

    – All Oilers d-men had at least a point – first time since 1985 (credit CoH – McCurdy/Staples).

    – Neal had 10 hits – I know there is some though of him not being a top 6 player at 5 on 5 and maybe even Benson could fill that spot better, and I see the argument there, however, at the same time, when he’s healthy like he is now and playing that “power forward game”, he is a big and mean body in the offensive zone and I think he is material in opening up space for McDavid.

  21. jtblack says:

    ” I don’t recall a more beautiful goal in my lifetime.”.

    For a guy (LT) that has watched 5 or 6 decades of hockey and seen Orr, Gretz, Lemieux et al; that is a Powerful Statement.

    Pittsburgh fans have seen Lemieux, Jagr and Crosby.
    Edmonton fans have seen Gretzky, Messier and now McDavid.

    Some franchises are Lucky! So glad we get to watch 97 night in and night out.

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    I still don’t think there is enough talk about Drai’s cross-ice, no look, back hand, sauce pass to Jones opening up the lane for the Yamamoto pass and goal.

    As much as noone can score the goal McDavid scored, very few are capable of making the pass Drai made on that goal – what a beauty.

  23. dustrock says:

    https://theathletic.com/1515591/2020/01/07/lebrun-qa-with-gm-ken-holland-on-oilers-deadline-plans-and-why-the-regular-season-is-important-until-it-isnt/

    Very interesting read.

    “Well, the short term is important, too. We have some players, Connor (McDavid), Draisaitl, Nurse, Klefbom, Larsson, Nugent-Hopkins … I understand that we’ve got some players who are in the prime of their careers and they want to make the playoffs. They want to be in a playoff series. They want their opportunity this year to make some noise.

    First off, the standings tell me what’s going on (ahead of the trade deadline). There was the one trade between Arizona and New Jersey but for the most part, there are so many teams so close that it’s hard to throw a bunch of assets at it today because you don’t know if you might miss. There are also teams that don’t want to throw in the towel yet because there are so many games to go. So most of your answers at this stage are internal. That’s why we brought up (Kailer) Yamamoto, and we brought up (William) Lagesson, just trying to change the look a little bit of our team after Christmas. So from a trade deadline standpoint, I would say No. 1, I think things will happen closer to the trade deadline. No. 2, the standings are going to tell me if I’m going to work the phone lines to be a buyer or a seller, and then when you work the phone lines you might realize the prices are too high or what I’m looking for is not available and nothing happens. There’s been a little, I’ve had a little chatter, not much. I think most managers right now are focused on their own team knowing that the trade deadline is six weeks away and there’s a lot of hockey left. The media’s looking for a story, I get it.”

  24. Bag of Pucks says:

    My all time favourite goals are those uncanncy 4 way passing plays that show incredible teamwork or those beauties scored in the biggest pressure moments. So a midseason marker against the Leaves wouldn’t rate for me as one of the greatest goals ever.

    BUT as an individual achievement, Connor’s goal was off the charts, mind roasting, face melting good.

    The only two plays that I can think of that were better were Gretzky deking every opponent on the ice to extend his 51 game point streak and Ovechkin’s sliding behind the back hook shot. The latter is my all time favourite because it still looks physically impossible on repeated viewings.

  25. Side says:

    dustrock: I think you can argue all day about Wayne and Mario and who should be #1.

    McDavid might be in the running for the most talented player of all time, but like it or lump it, until you win, you’re not an all-time great.

    Are you saying if Ovechkin never won a cup he would never be considered an all-time great?

  26. Bag of Pucks says:

    Neal showed me that he can be a legit power forward for this team in the playoffs once he’s healthy.

    A line of Drai, Neal and Kassian could be an absolute load in a physical series.

  27. dustrock says:

    Side: Are you saying if Ovechkin never won a cup he would never be considered an all-time great?

    Not at the level of Mario or Gretzky.

    I am sure McDavid will be remembered as one of the most talented players to ever play the game, but as I said, the narrative is usually built around “winning”.

    Guys like Mogilny, Bure, Hawerchuk, Lafontaine. Hugely talented players who sadly never won a Cup, so not important.

    I think it’s also a little early to easily put McDavid over Crosby. 6 100 point seasons in a low scoring era, 3 Cups, Triple Gold club.

    But back to that goal: WOW.

  28. Bag of Pucks says:

    I know Tip & Holland are slow playing the prospects so there’s never too much rookie inexperience in the lineup but how they can still project Khaira over Benson in this lineup escapes me. There’s other Ws who can PK.

  29. flyfish1168 says:

    jtblack:
    ” I don’t recall a more beautiful goal in my lifetime.”.

    For a guy (LT) that has watched 5 or 6 decades of hockey and seen Orr, Gretz, Lemieux et al; that is a Powerful Statement.

    Pittsburgh fans have seen Lemieux, Jagr and Crosby.
    Edmonton fans have seen Gretzky, Messier and now McDavid.

    Some franchises are Lucky!So glad we get to watch 97 night in and night out.

    This is my all time favorite goal by Ovi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E82oUXP6Hng

  30. flyfish1168 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I know Tip & Holland are slow playing the prospects so there’s never too much rookie inexperience in the lineup but how they can still project Khaira over Benson in this lineup escapes me. There’s other Ws who can PK.

    Khaira Toughness & fisticuss ablities shouldn’t be underestimated.

  31. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I still don’t think there is enough talk about Drai’s cross-ice, no look, back hand, sauce pass to Jones opening up the lane for the Yamamoto pass and goal.

    As much as noone can score the goal McDavid scored, very few are capable of making the pass Drai made on that goal – what a beauty.

    Unfortunately other teams are looking for Leon to do this pass and we have gotten in trouble lately

  32. PennersPancakes says:

    OriginalPouzar: – Neal had 10 hits – I know there is some though of him not being a top 6 player at 5 on 5 and maybe even Benson could fill that spot better, and I see the argument there, however, at the same time, when he’s healthy like he is now and playing that “power forward game”, he is a big and mean body in the offensive zone and I think he is material in opening up space for McDavid.

    This makes my heart warm. The two seasons beforethis Neal had 44 and 46 hits while hes already at 71 this season. Hits is a weird measurement because you only hit when you dont have the puck but its nice to see him physically engaged.

    If he remains engaged this is a player you want in the playoffs, he seems to really piss people off. Has that veteran ability to toe the line with getting hits/stick play in without taking too many penalties (only 8 PIM so far).

  33. Bag of Pucks says:

    Wayne wins on durability and consistency imo. Mario was the more talented player but the bad back kept him out of the lineup too much. Gretz’s biggest thing was he prided himself on producing every single night. That’s why opponents feared him. They knew on a midweek nothing game in the dog days of February, Wayne was still looking to light them up for 5 points. He was greedy when it came to scoring and the entire team fed off that.

  34. Soup Fascist says:

    dustrock: I think you can argue all day about Wayne and Mario and who should be #1.

    McDavid might be in the running for the most talented player of all time, but like it or lump it, until you win, you’re not an all-time great

    I understand your point. But winning a championship or multiple championships was much easier in a 6,12,17 even 21 team league vs a soon to be 32 team league. I agree a Stanley Cup is integral to a great players spot in history but a championship today has to be evaluated on its own terms and adjusted against previous generations.

  35. Bag of Pucks says:

    Agreed but you’ve got to piss a drop or two as well!

  36. Coiler says:

    Chelios is a Dinosaur,

    Let’s hope that competitive fire burns and burns and burns and the Stanley Cups pile up.

  37. who says:

    flyfish1168: Khaira Toughness & fisticuss ablities shouldn’t be underestimated.

    I have been a fan of Khaira since he first joined the Oilers but he is running out of racetrack. His puck skills seem to be eroding and he has been sleepwalking through too many games. Might be something as simple as an injury, or loss of confidence, but it’s going to cost him a job.
    The size and toughness are probably the only reason he’s still in the lineup. The Oilers have added a lot of speed and quickness since last spring. Archibald, Nygaard, Haas, and now Yamamoto have all added something on the forecheck and on the backtrack this year.
    But these are all lighter players who can get knocked around a bit. If we dump Khaira we better plan on hanging on to Kassian and Nurse cause every lineup needs some size and toughness in it.

  38. Wolfpack says:

    I think of Mario as the best one-on-one player ever. And he played at a time when hooking and slashing and holding were out of control – he scored some astounding goals while dragging two guys on his back. Some might argue that McDavid is facing that same challenge today, and you would not be wrong.

    On the other hand, when I watch those old highlights I notice two things – the goalie equipment is much smaller, and there were a lot of terrible d-men back then. So where does this place CMD in terms of all-time greats? For me, that story has a lot of chapters remaining. For now I am just going to sit back and be thankful that he is doing these things in copper and blue.

  39. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Great feed from Nuge on McDavid goal. That was a filthy pass interception and hook pass all in one motion. Also great feed from Jones on Yamamoto goal. With Tyler Benson nipping at heals I think Khaira is in trouble. Problem with bringing up Benson is that having too many rookies can be problematic. Example: Yamamoto still having trouble clearing the puck on his side.

  40. godot10 says:

    GordieHoweHatTrick:

    – Have been pulling for JJ for a few years. I was hoping he was going to take the next step this year, but it is not happening. His confidence is also apparently quite LOW. After a goal against last night, he skated straight to the bench conceding defeat and essentially asking to be taken off the ice. He should be going to centre ice looking to fight for redemption. Also watching the warm-up in Buffalo he seemed to be off doing his own thing quite a bit. Not sure that is common and maybe I was “seeing what is not really there”. If Benson comes up in the next month or so, JJ is the guy who should come out. He can’t clear waivers and he could make for some nice expansion bait, so I am not sure how they make it work. If Kass is going to get the contract, and Benson is ready…maybe he gets moved at the deadline for a late round draft pick or maybe he is kept for depth…

    I haven’t studied the details of the minimum requirements for the experience required of the players the Oilers have to expose, but it may be risky to move Khaira, because he may be required to meet the minimum requirements for the expansion draft.

    There are two parts to the expansion draft. The players you protect, and the players which must be made available that have certain levels of NHL experience.

  41. godot10 says:

    dustrock:
    I’ve always thought McDavid was closest to Lionel Messi in terms of how he played, he’s not like any hockey player I’ve ever seen.

    The closest I could think was Messi.

    Or maybe one of those Allen Iverson ankle-breaker crossovers.

    I’ve never seen a killer crossover in a hockey game before.What a player.

    Gilbert Perreault

  42. kooler says:

    Btw. Kudos to RNH for that back check / no look backhand pass to McDavid.

  43. Reja says:

    dustrock: Not at the level of Mario or Gretzky.

    I am sure McDavid will be remembered as one of the most talented players to ever play the game, but as I said, the narrative is usually built around “winning”.

    Guys like Mogilny, Bure, Hawerchuk, Lafontaine.Hugely talented players who sadly never won a Cup, so not important.

    I think it’s also a little early to easily put McDavid over Crosby.6 100 point seasons in a low scoring era, 3 Cups, Triple Gold club.

    But back to that goal: WOW.

    Marcel Dionne as well.

  44. JimmyV1965 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I know Tip & Holland are slow playing the prospects so there’s never too much rookie inexperience in the lineup but how they can still project Khaira over Benson in this lineup escapes me. There’s other Ws who can PK.

    JJ was not on the PK last night. Yama got 36 seconds. I think the writing is on the wall for JJ. Maybe he’s hurt.

  45. JimmyV1965 says:

    flyfish1168: Khaira Toughness & fisticuss ablities shouldn’t be underestimated.

    Maybe he’s hurt, but the little guys were way more physical than JJ last night.

  46. JimmyV1965 says:

    Soup Fascist: I understand your point.But winning a championship or multiple championships was much easier in a 6,12,17 even 21 team league vs a soon to be 32 team league.I agree a Stanley Cup is integral to a great players spot in history but a championship today has to be evaluated on its own terms and adjusted against previous generations.

    Totally agree. Marcel Dionne was one of the greatest players in the game. Roy Halliday is the greatest pitcher in Jays history. It’s easy to separate greatness from playoff success.

  47. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Yes, I am expecting that we will see a little more PK trial time with KY in the next few games…

  48. tcho says:

    I’d like some kudos to go to Ethan Bear for his on-the-tape pass to 97 in full flight while fighting off a TML forechecker. This was the key play that helped to produce the 2nd goal imo and Bear makes this sort of play a lot.

  49. flyfish1168 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Agreed but you’ve got to piss a drop or two as well!

    I agree. Khaira should be the 13th forward for those tougher and bigger teams.

  50. flyfish1168 says:

    JimmyV1965: Maybe he’s hurt, but the little guys were way more physical than JJ last night.

    He might be. He hasn’t been as physical as before.

  51. Darth Tu says:

    I like Khaira a lot as well, but you’re right he’s not looking the same. I’ve been wondering if he’s been carrying an injury. I’d consider benching him for the Montreal game and running Russell on the 4th line instead. Either Chiasson can slide up to play 3R with Archibald moving to the left wing, or Nygard can slide up to 3L.

    Montreal have a crap tonne of injuries so would be the perfect chance to give Russell another run and JJ a break.

  52. Darth Tu says:

    KY ended up on the PK through circumstance rather than planning. He was the man coming out of the box when the Oilers were going back up to 4 men after the 5 on 3 expired.

    This isn’t a knock on KY, I want to see him PK in the NHL – he was doing a good job in the AHL by all accounts. I’m guessing the initial plan was to get him going 5×5 (which he’s definitely doing), and then start phasing in special teams work.

  53. flyfish1168 says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    Great feed from Nuge on McDavid goal.That was a filthy pass interception and hook pass all in one motion. Also great feed from Jones on Yamamoto goal.With Tyler Benson nipping at heals I think Khaira is in trouble. Problem with bringing up Benson is that having too many rookies can be problematic. Example:Yamamoto still having trouble clearing the puck on his side.

    I was thinking more Gagner in trouble. Both players are a skill middle player where Khaira bottom 6 and more 4th line type for physical presence.

  54. Bag of Pucks says:

    He juked Rielly’s jock last night, in-flight
    Third period: 11:25 in
    And Oilers fans were high as a kite by then

    Rocket man, dekeing out the Leafs out there alone

    BONUS VERSE
    TO ain’t the kind of team to raise a Cup
    In fact, they’re lame as hell

  55. dustrock says:

    I don’t think it’s time to give up on Khaira, but he started the season quite poorly, had a short run of good games, and now is a non-factor.

    Not sure if Bakersfield is necessary, but yes a reset for sure.

    You could even tell Benson – hey, we’re bringing you up for 3 games. Just 3. Do your best. No expectations of anything else, but let him know he’ll play a bit.

  56. dustrock says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    He juked Rielly’s jock last night, in-flight
    Third period: 11:25 in
    And Oilers fans were high as a kite by then

    Rocket man, dekeing out the Leafs out there alone

    BONUS VERSE
    TO ain’t the kind of team to raise a Cup
    In fact, they’re lame as hell

    Awesome

    I watched the play so much I lost my wife
    It’s lonely out in my car

  57. v4ance says:

    Kailer the Tsetse fly will probably become “Flyer Yamamoto” if the team hears about it. He’s just such a bug(ger) on the forecheck!

    I believe Woodguy posted some metrics a month or so ago that showed that Khaira was bad in combination with Sheahan. I think Khaira should be tested with Haas and Chaisson while Nygard should go onto Sheahan’s line to provide more speed on the forecheck.

    Khaira’s overall game looks bad right now. If I were a coach, I’d ask Khaira to focus on “owning the boards”. Just win every board battle and don’t let up. Once he shows that he’s gained some confidence in that, add in “Own the boards, crash the net”. Rebuild his confidence one step at a time and let him excel at one thing before adding more to his plate.

    McDavid is the best ever. There’s a reason why world records are broken in every sport… athletes have gradually improved due to sports nutrition, better training and better maintenance/recovery routines. Right now, the current crop of athletes are physically a step above any athletes who were around even a decade ago. The fact that McDavid is the best hockey player now means that he is the most physically gifted hockey player of all time.

  58. ArmchairGM says:

    leadfarmer:
    With the schedule slowing down now hopefully the guys can get rest to keep this up and the rooks can get some practice time.I think we only have 3 b2b games the rest of the way

    On Thursday, MTL will be playing it’s 8th game in 13 nights, a brutal stretch that’s seen them go 0-5-1 so far – they’re at DET tonight. Their tilt against Edmonton will be their third in 4 nights / 4th in 6 nights / 5th in 8 nights. Should Edmonton continue to play their game they’ll come home having covered LT’s bet for the entire month.

  59. Oilin4 says:

    Biggest beneficiary of last night’s goal: Montreal scalpers.

  60. JimmyV1965 says:

    dustrock:
    I don’t think it’s time to give up on Khaira, but he started the season quite poorly, had a short run of good games, and now is a non-factor.

    Not sure if Bakersfield is necessary, but yes a reset for sure.

    You could even tell Benson – hey, we’re bringing you up for 3 games.Just 3.Do your best.No expectations of anything else, but let him know he’ll play a bit.

    It’s not even the mistakes. JJ was probably the only player that didn’t do something to positively impact the game. He was just there. That’s it for my JJ critique because I’m cheering for the guy.

  61. ArmchairGM says:

    dustrock:
    “It’s also certain that Ken Holland’s plan to employ “professionals” instead of unready high draft picks has closed the gap a little in terms of competitiveness in the depth roles. Edmonton can compete because of hard work on the PK and forecheck from some of the sixes and sevens on this team. That was evident last night. Still, there’s room for improvement: At five on five last night, McDavid on ice (17-6 shots) and McDavid off ice (12-20) remains a very large gap. ”

    I guess?The bottom 6 almost killed the transcendental play of McDavid and Draisaitl in October and when the team was slumping, nobody including the bottom 6 were scoring.

    Khaira needs a reset and guys like Archibald and Nygard are going to skate miles and miss many sure goals.

    If they’re even close to sawing off, such as last night, then the team is going to win more than it loses, but I’m not convinced some of the young players (BENSON) in Bakersfield couldn’t help.

    Look at the immediate and obvious impact Yamamoto had on the team.

    The problem last night wasn’t the bottom-6, it was the Draisaitl line’s 4-10 shot count. Or, maybe I should say the problem was a newly formed line facing the best 2-line in the game right now: Hyman-Matthews-Marner.

  62. Oilin4 says:

    ArmchairGM: On Thursday, MTL will be playing it’s 8th game in 13 nights, a brutal stretch that’s seen them go 0-5-1 so far – they’re at DET tonight. Their tilt against Edmonton will be their third in 4 nights / 4th in 6 nights / 5th in 8 nights. Should Edmonton continue to play their game they’ll come home having covered LT’s bet for the entire month.

    The key to success on this trip is beating Calgary. Preferably in regulation.

    The key to life is beating Calgary. Calgary is full of people who can’t piss a drop. They have no decent river to push. And Matthew pissant Tkachuuuukicitidc plays there.

  63. flyfish1168 says:

    ArmchairGM: On Thursday, MTL will be playing it’s 8th game in 13 nights, a brutal stretch that’s seen them go 0-5-1 so far – they’re at DET tonight. Their tilt against Edmonton will be their third in 4 nights / 4th in 6 nights / 5th in 8 nights. Should Edmonton continue to play their game they’ll come home having covered LT’s bet for the entire month.

    Thx for that. Just hope our boys don’t see this and take it easy. Just play our game. Our 1st period the last two games has been our best 1st periods in a long time.

  64. OriginalPouzar says:

    Samorukov’s injury was due to a puck to the face – he’s got bruising and swelling – it was below the eye but he’s seeing some specialists this week. He won’t play on Wednesday but they will see how he is after the doctor appointments.

    Woody really complimentary to Bouchards’ improvement in: proximity to check, hardness in battles, ability to defend in tight space. He’s growing, played 26 minutes in San Diego and was likely the team’s best player.

  65. Bag of Pucks says:

    And McDavid’s moves
    The backup can’t understand
    It’s not his job 3 games a week

  66. Primetime says:

    v4ance:

    I believe Woodguy posted some metrics a month or so ago that showed that Khaira was bad in combination with Sheahan.I think Khaira should be tested with Haas and Chaisson while Nygard should go onto Sheahan’s line to provide more speed on the forecheck.

    I believe Nygard played a game or 2 with Sheahan/Archibald and that line was a handful. I was surprised that Tippet went away from it. Problem is that Nygard is also who seems to get Haas going. I know he doesn’t score much, but he has been a very useful pickup by Holland.

  67. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I still don’t think there is enough talk about Drai’s cross-ice, no look, back hand, sauce pass to Jones opening up the lane for the Yamamoto pass and goal.

    As much as noone can score the goal McDavid scored, very few are capable of making the pass Drai made on that goal – what a beauty.

    It wasn’t a no-looker, but yeah, sweet pass.

  68. dustrock says:

    ArmchairGM: The problem last night wasn’t the bottom-6, it was the Draisaitl line’s 4-10 shot count. Or, maybe I should say the problem was a newly formed line facing the best 2-line in the game right now: Hyman-Matthews-Marner.

    Right, that’s why I said “if they’re close to sawing off, such as last night”. LT is saying perhaps Holland’s strategy is paying off, and I’m saying well, maybe it’s recency bias ha ha ha

  69. who says:

    Darth Tu:
    KY ended up on the PK through circumstance rather than planning. He was the man coming out of the box when the Oilers were going back up to 4 men after the 5 on 3 expired.

    This isn’t a knock on KY, I want to see him PK in the NHL – he was doing a good job in the AHL by all accounts.I’m guessing the initial plan was to get him going 5×5 (which he’s definitely doing), and then start phasing in special teams work.

    I wonder why we haven’t seen Haas or Nygaard used on the PK.
    They don’t look like they are going to be big scorers but seem to have all the skills necessary to PK. I love the speed and tenacity they are bringing all over the ice. Seems like they would be a natural fit for the PK.

  70. v4ance says:

    https://twitter.com/NHLPA/status/1214605314110169088/photo/1

    I like the guy wearing the Austin Matthews Jersey with hands on both sides of his head as the funniest (in photo) capture. The guy on the far right in #18/28 looking like he’s trying to prevent himself from puking is also funny. The one guy with the moustache with his arms crossed is in total denial of what he’s just seen is also giving me the giggles.

  71. ArmchairGM says:

    Montreal is a smaller team, that’s a great idea. We’ll need Khaira fresh for the BoA game on Saturday.

  72. 106 and 106 says:

    Tsetse fly.

    That is a sublime piece of writing.

  73. Doug McLachlan says:

    I made the comment to LT after reading his piece on possible trade pieces that it’s notable that Holland doesn’t include Benson as one of the prospects bubbling up in Bakersfield when he discusses them here with LeBrun.

    Could be a tell, could be a McDavidesque headfake to try and lure in an unwary GM? Who can say?

  74. tileguy says:

    Studying all the faces in that picture was very fun/interesting.

  75. 106 and 106 says:

    Anybody notice Smith moving left to right and having trouble staying on his feet?

    It’s like his skate is chipped and he side to side movement is either hampered or deficient.

    That’s gotta be injury, if anybody saw what i saw?

  76. Munny says:

    That was a sick goal. A Rembrandt painted on ice.

    Or, considering the deft speed of the brush strokes, I’d go with a Frans Hals painted on ice (if anyone knew who he was…. Bueller… Bueller…)

    But probably not even McStudley’s best goal of all time. Much less the best I’ve ever seen by anyone in my life.

    But I’ll give it his “goal of the year”.

    Thus far.

    We wait. Lol.

  77. Doug McLachlan says:

    v4ance,

    I think this is fair comment.

    Earlier this season when everyone was on JJ for his poor play, I was still marveling at how long he and his linemates (think Sheahan was his center and one of Chaisson/Russell/Archibald was on right) could just cycle and grind for a full 45 second shift in the OZ.

    Never looked like a threat to score but just the energy that was expended to keep the puck 200 feet away was impressive.

    JJ has a good frame and you can argue that he needs to do more but I remain convinced that there is a valuable player to be found here.

    Maybe he should just go back to the ‘Stache look – it was working for him.

  78. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar: I still don’t think there is enough talk about Drai’s cross-ice, no look, back hand, sauce pass to Jones opening up the lane for the Yamamoto pass and goal

    Nice sauce on a very saucy night…

    McDeity’s passing vision was on display last night too. By rights he should not have seen or been able to get the puck through to the fourth man in the zone, Darnell, for his goal.

    And the nifty little instantaneous relay on the backhand from Knight Rieder to Chiasson was pretty damn deft too.

  79. Munny says:

    LT,

    Above you state the Oil have 5 games left this month, but judging by your list, we actually have 6 games left to hit your target.

  80. Litke 94 says:

    If I were Holland, I would consider trading Khaira at the deadline. He strikes me as a player that a seller would be interested in. He’s shown flashes, he’s young, good at PK’ing, the hope of “if he can just stay consistent”, etc. The usual commentary that goes along when a team acquires a player of his ilk.

    When he is on his game, he is a useful bottom 6 player, but he is so inconsistent that he spends a lot of games not being a useful bottom 6 player. This is a problem and frankly, the Oilers have better bets. As others have pointed out, at the very least, Benson should be able to fill his spot, if not P. Russell. As a result, this is an area that the Oilers can spend in order to gain elsewhere. I could see a team like Detroit having a lot of use for a guy like Khaira (sorry JJ!).

    The Oilers don’t have a ton of assets to spend, but I think JJ is one of them and I imagine his value isn’t too terrible. This may explain why he remains in the lineup. Maybe the hope is that he snaps into one of his hot streaks and at that point, the Oilers can leverage that, with an additional piece or two, into a player more suited for our needs.

  81. v4ance says:

    I mentioned it at the end of last night’s game day thread that Smith isn’t playing balanced. He leans towards protecting his glove side or lunges at puckhandlers on odd man rushes. He’s guessing where the puck is going rather than just reading and reacting.

    I feel his reflexes or his vision has degraded to the point where he doesn’t have confidence in his “read and react” skills. So he’s always overcompensating one way or another and losing his balance all the time.

    If I was GM, I’d see if I could trade Smith to the Coyotes for a 5th round pick in this year’s draft while offering our 2021 3rd rounder to the Rangers for Georgiev. Right now NYR is running the 3 headed goalie monster in Lundquist, Georgiev and Shestyorkin. Shestyorkin is the anointed future starter for the Rangers so Georgiev is just holding the backup seat warm until then.

  82. Doug McLachlan says:

    Litke 94,

    I think you always consider trading any player but as LT likes to point out, there are always things we don’t know.

    Is he nursing an injury?

    If you deal him what are you giving up? Potential, certainly, but also size and physicality. That may be of increased value come the post-season.

    Ultimately what would you be looking to get back for him?

    The narrative for deadline deals is rarely a “hockey deal” so if Holland is dealing JJ it probably bodes ill for the home team.

    I hope he can click with a line and start to play to his strengths.

  83. New Improved Darkness says:

    dustrock:
    Look at the immediate and obvious impact Yamamoto had on the team.

    If five women can’t keep their hands off you at the night club, do you hook up with the smoking hottie, or do you select by random draw on the principle of uniform extrapolation?

    It wasn’t a thing in my generation, but in my younger bother’s generation (three years later) it was commonplace to rate women from Friday or Saturday night (highest) to Tuesday or Wednesday morning (lowest). Peak rape culture, I guess.

    Now I agree with your basic logic that we should have Friday and Saturday night seven days a week, but it’s an awfully big ask, and I think the Gods are against it.

  84. Andy Dufresne says:

    OriginalPouzar: Woody really complimentary to Bouchards’ improvement in: proximity to check, hardness in battles, ability to defend in tight space. He’s growing, played 26 minutes in San Diego and was likely the team’s best player.

    They are Coaching the CHL out of him. Good to see.

    He’s our top prospect by a wide margin imo.

    I dream of a Broberg Bouchard top pairing in three or four years.

  85. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – I don’t know if it was the best goal I’ve seen, but it certainly was the strangest reaction to a goal for a game I’ve been to. Crowd be like:”no-yeah-fuck-holy-shit-sob-jeer-boo-cheer-bow-jeez-wow”

  86. Andy Dufresne says:

    ” I don’t recall a more beautiful goal in my lifetime.”

    Ahem….. May 10th 1970 🙂

    and Sept 28 1972 🙂

    Beauty is the eye of the beholder. 🙂

  87. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    – Now I’m reading about in MSM how Drai and CmD need to be on separate lines in order to win. For years a few of us would post this and got massive push-back: consensus catching up!

    – The paraphrase that Holland used about being closer to the best team in the conference as out of playoffs, and how it relates to parity: that’s how hockey is structured. We are a good team (or a bad one depending on which side of parity the dice roll over a sequence)

  88. geowal says:

    He’s way too “lunge-y”, flopping and flailing in desperation. Makes for exciting saves, makes it look like he tried hard for the saves, when he really just looks out of position

  89. geowal says:

    I think it will always ebb and flow with these two, together and apart for stretches. Coaches do things until they get coached and then try something new if they can’t out coach the other (or do what is Old is new again). Getting hung up on which is “right” or “wrong “ is a silly exercise imo. Do what makes sense for the team in the moment. Until it doesn’t.

  90. blainer says:

    Man this team.. Just when I have them wrote off for the year they come out and play such an exciting game like that. CMD.. the guy is just amazing..

    That game was one of the more exciting games this season. Hitting.. lots of goals.. and tons of speed going for both teams.

    While the fancies didn’t make the 2nd line look good ..by eye I thought they played great together. Just love this line.. Please keep it together Tip !!

  91. TheOrangeDesk says:

    New Improved Darkness: If five women can’t keep their hands off you at the night club, do you hook up with the smoking hottie, or do you select by random draw on the principle of uniform extrapolation?

    It wasn’t a thing in my generation, but in my younger bother’s generation (three years later) it was commonplace to rate women from Friday or Saturday night (highest) to Tuesday or Wednesday morning (lowest). Peak rape culture, I guess.

    Now I agree with your basic logic that we should have Friday and Saturday night seven days a week, but it’s an awfully big ask, and I think the Gods are against it.

    WTF

  92. OriginalPouzar says:

    DarthTu:
    KY ended up on the PK through circumstance rather than planning. He was the man coming out of the box when the Oilers were going back up to 4 men after the 5 on 3 expired.

    This isn’t a knock on KY, I want to see him PK in the NHL – he was doing a good job in the AHL by all accounts.I’m guessing the initial plan was to get him going 5×5 (which he’s definitely doing), and then start phasing in special teams work.

    I think this analysis is correct – while Kailer was developing his PK game very well in the AHL with quite a bit of PK1 time recently, he has yet to be used in that role in the NHL and this PK time last night was circumstances (as you mention).

    I do think he will be a full time PK guy in time but, one thing at a time – for now, he’s just getting comfortable in his NHL role in the top 6 and 14-15 even strength minutes is sufficient.

    As far as the PK last night – Drai is the main 3 on 5 guy and he killed the entire 3 on 5 (that you for the TO coach). I don’t think there was much PK time, was there? I think Khaira remains a mainstay at the front end of the PK rotation.

    I don’t know if its enough to keep him in the lineup if his play at evens continues though.

  93. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    19/20
    EDM Goal Share after 45 games (23-17-5)

    Even strength (5v5,4v4,3v3)
    McDavid On Ice 47-40 (54%)
    McDavid Off Ice 41-65 (39%)
    Net EV = -18

    Sp. Teams (PP+SH For–PK+SH Against)
    38-25
    Net ST +13

    Empty Net
    8-10
    Net EN = -2

    SO & PS
    2-2
    SO & PS= Even

    Net Goal Differential = -6

  94. Woodguy v2.0 says:

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

    Central
    STL 16
    COL 11
    DAL 10

    Pacific
    VGP 9
    VAN 8
    ARI 8

    Wildcard
    WPG 7
    EDM 6

    Out of playoffs
    CGY 5
    NSH 4
    MIN 3
    CHI 1
    SJS -2
    ANA -3
    LAK -6

    Relevant games tonight:

    VAN (+180) at TBY (-220) – pretty heavy line against VAN who have won 7 in a row. TBY is the fav, but not by that much

    ARI (+120) at FLA (-140) – Both Raanta and Kuemper are on IR but also on the road trip as they are due back soon. I think there’s some value in FLA here.

    BOS (-115) at NSH (-105) – Will NSH respond to losing their coach? Did they get some better Dmen?

    CGY (-130) at CHI (+110) – CHI beat them in CGY last week. Some value on CHI imo.

    PIT (+135) at VGP (-155) – The Golden Pysankas are the best team in the NHL since December 1st. Not a lot of value at -155 but a smidge.

  95. Woodguy v2.0 says:

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

    Metropolitan
    WSH 20
    NYI 14
    PIT 13

    Atlantic
    BOS 16
    TBY 11
    TOR 9

    Wildcard
    CAR 8
    FLA 7

    Out of playoffs
    PHI 7
    CBJ 5
    BUF 2
    NYR 1
    MTL 0
    OTT -5
    NJD -5
    DET -20

    Relevant Atlantic & wildcard games tonight:

    VAN (+180) at TBY (-220) – pretty heavy line against VAN who have won 7 in a row. TBY is the fav, but not by that much

    ARI (+120) at FLA (-140) – Both Raanta and Kuemper are on IR but also on the road trip as they are due back soon. I think there’s some value in FLA here.

    PHI (+150) at CAR (-170) – Probably close to reality for the line, maybe a hair of value for PHI because CAR hasn’t been great lately either.

    CBJ (+105) at ANA (-125) – Even though CBJ played last night I think they have value at that price

  96. OilClog says:

    “the time is now” Ken Holland Edmonton Oilers General Manager January 6th 2020.

    Go cash some chips and get them pieces!

  97. ArmchairGM says:

    Neal can cover that aspect. I think Nuge would too, even though he’s a UFA that summer.

  98. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    McDavid without Draisaitl for the season:

    5v5
    228 mintues
    CF% 54.1%
    xGF% 58.3%
    GF% (13-4) 76.5% – !!!!!- Supernova

    That’s something.

    Since the Rangers game:
    5v5 GF%
    97 (4-0) 100%
    29 & 93 together (3-0) 100%
    None of 29, 92, 97 on ice (4-6) 40%

    That’s a winning formula eh?

    There’s a caveat to these results:

    29 without 97 or 93 (0-2) 0%
    93 without 97 or 29 (1-2) 33%

    Don’t let 93 or 29 hit the ice without each other.

  99. MADOIL says:

    Based on yesterday’s game and Spector’s column today, I feel the following lineup would be a consistent playoff team:

    X McDavid Kassian

    RNH Drai Yama

    Benson X Chias / Hass

    Archi Sheahan Nygard

    Klef Larsson

    Nurse Bear

    Lagesson Jones

    The 2 ‘X’s are what needs to be added by Holland over the next 6 months

    Assets that can be traded for the Xs are:

    Neal / JJ / Gagner / Benning / Persson / JP / Manning / 2021 1st round (Gagner & Benning at deadline)

    Possible targets – Dadanov, Trotchek, Eric Staal, Galchenyak, Pageau
    LT, what do you think?

  100. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    blainer:

    That game was one of the more exciting games this season. Hitting.. lots of goals.. and tons of speed going for both teams.

    – Before I went to the game, I wondered about goalies getting pulled. I got the wrong team’s goalie

    – The “excitement” from this game was because of the open space that both teams generate. Lots of guys in my box didn’t “like” this brand of hockey: weird.

    – If more and more teams go towards this type of speed, passing spacing game, the game will be better for it IMO Our goalie was sh%t, but we outscored him: that never used to happen

  101. Munny says:

    New Improved Darkness: If five women can’t keep their hands off you at the night club, do you hook up with the smoking hottie, or do you select by random draw on the principle of uniform extrapolation?

    It wasn’t a thing in my generation, but in my younger bother’s generation (three years later) it was commonplace to rate women from Friday or Saturday night (highest) to Tuesday or Wednesday morning (lowest). Peak rape culture, I guess.

    Now I agree with your basic logic that we should have Friday and Saturday night seven days a week, but it’s an awfully big ask, and I think the Gods are against it.

    Precisely. It’s a lot to expect Benson to have the same impact as Yamamoto. And we don’t even know what Yama’s effect will be long term yet. It’s early days and the beer goggles are still on.

    Benson wasn’t rocking the room even in the pre-season games. By your brother’s scale, he’s Tuesday morning right now.

    Holly will not want a raft of rookies dancing at the NHL level all at the same time.

    Right now, Tip is already breakiing in Bear, Jones and Yamamoto, with Lagesson off-stage in the wings understudying for the Black Swan lead (presumably).

    That’s enough hot dates for the moment.

  102. Litke 94 says:

    Doug McLachlan,

    That’s a good point. I do agree that Khaira at his best would bring a great element should this team make the postseason.

    In terms of return, I look at JJ as someone who is young enough, with enough “untapped potential” (in the eyes of the acquiring team) that he can be used in place of a draft pick in a package. If Holland is hesitant to send picks out, and he plans to be active at the Deadline, then he’ll have to utilize other assets. On D, I guess it could be any of Lagesson, Jones, or one of the Bakersfield guys. At FWD, I see Khaira being of surplus to a group that has more than a few decent bottom 6 bets as of now.

    But I can definitely see it on the flip side where a guy like Khaira may normally be kept or acquired for a team gunning for the postseason.

  103. New Improved Darkness says:

    Soup Fascist:
    But winning a championship or multiple championships was much easier in a 6,12,17 even 21 team league vs a soon to be 32 team league.

    The Worst Teams In Stanley Cup Playoff History — January 2005

    It is difficult to fathom the modern Western Conference being this poor. Yet when the league had its first round of expansion, the West Division was brutal. Figure this, the St. Louis Blues won the division with 86 points, while over in the East Division, the Montreal Canadiens and their 92 points didn’t even qualify for the postseason. With a points percentage of .382, the Oakland Seals and their 22-40-14 record (58 points) were the last team in that year.

    If this was your first round match-up, the coach didn’t even bother watching any game tape, or diagramming any plays. He just tucked a particularly inspiring mini-speech into his back pocket for the 2nd intermission, should he actually need to use it.

    Long gone are the days when you casually spot an expansion team making their first playoff appearance an arid riverboat knight (three hundred centipawns) heading into the third period.

    It was not always thus. That old ruler was taken out behind the woodshed and sundered on a hairy ass cheek. On the proximal fragment, your manhood still measures a paltry 5.75″. On the distal fragment, it now measures 21.25″. Hot damn! Why didn’t we break this ruler long ago?

    But now they changed the rules, and you’re supposed to drop your stick when you break it, and you can only measure your manhood with a fresh yardstick, making it very hard to measure up to that distal greatness of yore.

    ———

    Do pigs have 30 minute orgasms?

    Always allow the boar to complete his ejaculation (5-8 minutes). If you let loose too soon, be prepared for a challenge. He will not want to leave the dummy. You will make this mistake only once or maybe twice.

    Plus some Blue Ribbon boars are legitimately 21″ long, as measured with a legal stick.

  104. duct tape and foil says:

    flyfish1168: Khaira Toughness & fisticuss ablities shouldn’t be underestimated.

    Has he shown any of that this season? Seems like he’s not scoring, getting scored on regularly, not skating, hitting less than top line guys like Kass, and not fighting (no majors this year). He ‘s a liability aside from PK and seems like he’s not doing that recently either. Last night he got beat down the ice on the backcheck multiple times and it was simply a lack of effort. I’ve always liked the guy but he’s playing his way out of the NHL and it’s simply a lack of effort for the most part.

  105. Gerta Rauss says:

    Yes, Neal would cover that assuming he’s still with the Oilers at that time.

    The D is a different story at the moment- each team has to expose a D that has played 100 NHL games and has at least 1 year left on his contract.

    We don’t have that at the moment-it might be Benning assuming he’s still with the Oilers/still playing in the NHL.

    Nurse, Klefbom, Bear would be my 3 protected D. Jones may make the 100 game threshold, same with Lagesson.

    It’s not a major issue at the moment, but something to consider

  106. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    MADOIL,

    – To me it’s always been:

    X-Cmd-Kassian
    Z-Drai-A
    B-RNH-C

    – Not really worried about the X for CmD, Neal is fine for now

    – Z-A-B-C will be upgraded from list below next 12 months for the 4 spots:

    ‘Brah (ideally), or net result from the “Pool-Package”
    Kailer
    better than-Chiasson
    someone else in AHL
    Cap space player next off-season (i.e better than Gagner)
    Trade at deadline
    Trade in off-season

  107. TeeVee says:

    My fav is the guy in the top left drinking the beer. He’s having a good time.

  108. dustrock says:

    Looking at crowds at sporting events is like looking at classic Renaissance paintings.

    Just incredible faces and poses.

  109. SwedishPoster says:

    My thought process on The Goal went something like this:
    ”Oh goodie McDavid with some space and time”
    ”Why are you slowing down good damn it!”
    ”I SHALL NEVER QUESTION YOU!”

    After watching the replay:
    ”IF ANYONE ELSE DARE QUESTION YOU I SHALL DRINK THEIR BLOOD!”

    Also of note I’m currently residing in a place where there are no windows or sharp objects.

  110. dustrock says:

    You keep working with your Tuesday mornings, I’m hoping I can knock it out of the park with a Friday and a Saturday night at the same time, we’re talking unicorns.

    I’m not saying Benson will have the same impact as Yamamoto, but if we’re not making a trade and the bottom 6 can’t deliver, why not try it?

  111. blainer says:

    My guess is Benson gets called up when the next injury occurs..

  112. dustrock says:

    Munny,

    Alright, more of Khaira, Nygard, et al then.

    I just don’t see the problem in bringing up Benson to flesh out the roster.

    Maybe he’ll have less of an impact. Maybe he’ll have more of an impact! Maybe he’ll have the identical impact! Who knows!

    I’m not going to talk to the hot girl, because she’s probably not going to want to talk to me anyway.

  113. Darth Tu says:

    I hadn’t really thought about the schedule beyond this week until you mentioned the BoA. The next 9 or so games are really going to decide which way this season goes. We have to at least saw off the Coyotes and Flames matchups, and the Habs/Preds games are must wins. Blues I’ll take what I can get from them, but I’m not holding out hope. Sharks – they’re poorer than expected this year but I can’t ever count them out, a win against them would be nice.

    All Star Break in the middle which could either be a blessing or a curse depending how you look at it.

  114. ArmchairGM says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Yes, Neal would cover that assuming he’s still with the Oilers at that time.

    The D is a different story at the moment- each team has to expose a D that has played 100 NHL games and has at least 1 year left on his contract.

    We don’t have that at the moment-it might be Benning assuming he’s still with the Oilers/still playing in the NHL. Nurse, Klefbom, Jones would be my 3 protected D. Jones may make the 100 game threshold, same with Lagesson.

    It’s not a major issue at the moment, but something to consider

    You would protect Jones over Bear at this point?

  115. Darth Tu says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think this analysis is correct – while Kailer was developing his PK game very well in the AHL with quite a bit of PK1 time recently, he has yet to be used in that role in the NHL and this PK time last night was circumstances (as you mention).

    I do think he will be a full time PK guy in time but, one thing at a time – for now, he’s just getting comfortable in his NHL role in the top 6 and 14-15 even strength minutes is sufficient.

    As far as the PK last night – Drai is the main 3 on 5 guy and he killed the entire 3 on 5 (that you for the TO coach).I don’t think there was much PK time, was there?I think Khaira remains a mainstay at the front end of the PK rotation.

    I don’t know if its enough to keep him in the lineup if his play at evens continues though.

    That timeout really helped the Oilers kill the 3 on 5 eh?

    I’d agree, Khaira stays in, but I do think letting him sit the Montreal game might be a good idea, obviously I have no way of knowing but a drop off in play this large and for this long seems more than purely a confidence thing. He might be hurting.

  116. CMcD4PM says:

    Neal’s hits were very effective, he really got under Holl’s skin.

    In the d zone, JJ’s hands are approaching Lucician stoniness.

  117. jake70 says:

    Beating Toronto and Calgary in the same week would be quite wonderful. Make it so.

  118. ArmchairGM says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    ” I don’t recall a more beautiful goal in my lifetime.”

    Ahem….. May 10th 1970

    and Sept 28 1972

    Beauty is the eye of the beholder.

    My best score was November 26, 2008… oh wait, are we talking about hockey still? 😁

  119. Reja says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    ” I don’t recall a more beautiful goal in my lifetime.”

    Ahem….. May 10th 1970 🙂

    and Sept 28 1972 🙂

    Beauty is the eye of the beholder.🙂

    The Denis Savard goal against my beloved Oilers was a thing of pure beauty.

  120. Gerta Rauss says:

    That was a typo, I edited my comment
    Nurse, Klef, Bear are my protected 3 assuming we go 7-3-1

  121. Gerta Rauss says:

    My comment above is incorrect and needs to be edited further- the rules for exposing a D man to the draft is follows:

    i) One defenseman who is a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.

    *copy pasted from the previous expansion draft, edit the year to fit the Seattle draft

    and the forward requirements:
    ii) Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.

    So the Oilers need to have 2 forwards that meet that threshold, and I guess Kassian would be in the conversation assuming Kenny signs him this summer

    https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-expansion-draft-rules/c-281010592?tid=281011650

  122. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’ve added to my comment above, now including the expansion draft rules re: D and Forward

    Again, it’s not critical at the moment, but it will be a discussion item, Kenny’s got some decisions to make

  123. AussieOil says:

    Thanks LT

    Read to the sound track of Chopin – Nocturne op.9 No.2 – What a time to be alive!!

  124. Darth Tu says:

    Haas especially looks like he might be a good fit on the PK to my eye. He seems to have decent defensive acumen, and has good speed.

  125. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Yes in terms of 5v5 GF%: 29+93=97 (haha)

  126. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    The time is now, but it is also the next 5-6 years. What I find interesting is that KH is not going to sell the farm just to get to the playoffs this year. If the team can make the playoffs without trading long-term assets for short-term gains, why not do that?
    A Chiarelli mindset would probably have moved pieces to get Hall (ironically).
    A KH mindset seems to be more balanced. Like the force.

    However, agreed, at some point to obtain better balance and depth throughout the lineup he needs to move D pieces for F pieces…and most likely a JP piece for another piece that will play here.

  127. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Beating Toronto, Montreal and Calgary in the same week would be quite wonderful. Make it so.

    FTFY (??)

  128. MADOIL says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    You figure Holland will be able to bring in 4 more wingers better than what we have now by next year? I am not sure given his current alacrity at doing trades. Also, we can always build on getting deeper in the years to come. The team I proposed is for fall 2020. Off course this means that both Kassian and Nurse get extended as well the one-year signings (Sheahan/ Archi / Hass/ Nygard) get resigned for similar $$.

  129. Doug McLachlan says:

    Connor’s goal…wow. Just…wow.

    Loving the look of that second line, hope they stick with it for a while.

    3-0-1 in their last 4 games. Awesome.

    Had they been able to hold on to a lead in the Vancouver game just before the break and the Buffalo game we would be tied with Vegas!

    If the Stanley Cup Champs had been able to hold on to a 3 goal lead against those same Knights, well we would only be a point out of first too. It’s a lot harder to lock things down than it was in the clutch-and-grab days, comebacks are a thing – for everyone – but still it has been (save for the Boston game) the theme around these parts for a few weeks now.

    Well earned mid-trip rest today and then into Montreal for a second helping of Habs following the 4-3 win in Rogers. Really need the boys to channel the same desperation they had against Boston and Toronto (and Vegas and Arizona the last time doom and gloom was surrounding this squad).

    Against teams facing their own sense of desperation, (Chicago 3rd week of the season, just last Thursday against Buffalo) they have not been good and Montreal is in the midst of a bad, bad stretch. They’ve lost 6 straight and 7 of their last 8 going into tonight’s game against Detroit. The playoffs are becoming a distant bell and they need to string a few Ws together to remain in the hunt. If we fail to meet (or exceed) that intensity then all the good feelings this team is feeling right now will evaporate just in time for Tabernac Saturday against the Flames.

    I am encouraged and nervous. Keep it up boys.

  130. Wilde says:

    I’ve been waiting to see the returns on the Holland-Tippett bottom six GF/60, as I pulled all those numbers this summer and found out that the 1.27 GF/60 the 2018-19 Oilers had with Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid off the ice was the 2nd worst rate of any of the ~120 team seasons since 2015-16.

    So far, the GF/60 has improved to 1.53 (still absolutely horrendous and leaving plenty of goals on the table) but the GA/60 rocketed up to 2.93 from 2.10.

    That puts the three-year trend like this:

    2017-18 – 1.71GF / / 2.59GA (39.86%)

    2018-19 – 1.27GF / / 2.10GA (37.74%)

    2019-20 – 1.53GF / / 2.93GA (34.29%)

    The reason I took them today was because I want to look at DET’s numbers and possibly make the argument that Holland needs to have a spring/summer/fall unlike any in his career in order to simply take the free money.

  131. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    MADOIL:
    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    You figure Holland will be able to bring in 4 more wingers better than what we have now by next year? (Sheahan/ Archi / Hass/ Nygard) get resigned for similar $$.

    – Yeah 4 wingers better than what we have shouldn’t be that hard:: all of these should be better than what he have, in next 12 months:

    Kailer
    Pool (or whatever the net we get for him in a transaction)
    Benson (should be better than the Nygard, Haas etc in 12 months)
    Signing better than Nygard, Haas etc in off-season
    A trade
    A signing
    A AHL’ers who surprises
    A Maroon like salary dump

    -Dont’ really see any issues with these upgrades being difficult to accomplish. (not crazy talk like Hall type deals). At some point it will all gel, and the 3 C’s with wingers

    – We are so close to being the best team in the conference: just a few points separate us. There isn’t much between the teams.

    – Smith is a rounding number away from being the worst goalie in the league with more than 20 starts. If he was anywhere close to a NHL goalie, we would be leading our conference. He’s awful

    – Maybe a sick trade is cherry on top, but that’s talent out for talent in, and term both ways. This is a league of parity, and luck. And get another goalie than Smith FFS. Koski is 11th in SV%. Last year, Koski wasn’t the problem but that is all I read. This year Smith clearly is (the #’s between the goalies is so proof positive. Same team, different goalie, and Smith just has killed us)

  132. OriginalPouzar says:

    Of interesting note (at least to me), for the third time today in his interview with Stauff, Tippett has mentioned how Leon “really likes playing with Kailer” (or very similar words to that effect).

    Coach’s (and players) say alot of things to the media that they probably just think the media want to hear so stuff can be brushed off but this is the third separate time I’ve heard Tip say it in the last few days.

    I like.

  133. Reja says:

    For me the best part of last night was that everyone was involved looks like Connor and Leon are due for a heater. Leon has to have hit the most posts in the league by a margin. Beautiful goal by Chase if he can heat up that 3rd slash 4th line It would take some pressure off the dynamic duo. If we can snatch 3 out 4 before the break and then Holland can hopefully weave his magic and grab a 3C plus Josh Anderson type I’ll be a happy camper.

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    Andy Dufresne: They are Coaching the CHL out of him. Good to see.

    He’s our top prospect by a wide margin imo.

    I dream of a Broberg Bouchard top pairing in three or four years.

    The conglomerate of Holland, Woody and Gretzky (of the Keith variety) often use the term “junior habits” when describing the rookie pros

  135. tileguy says:

    Nothing like January kool-aide to help get rid of that December hangover.

  136. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja:
    For me the best part of last night was that everyone was involved looks like Connor and Leon are due for a heater. Leon has to have hit the most posts in the league by a margin. Beautiful goal by Chase if he can heat up that 3rd slash 4th line It would take some pressure off the dynamic duo. If we can snatch 3 out 4 before the break and then Hollandcan hopefully weave his magic and grab a 3C plus Josh Anderson type I’ll be a happy camper.

    It was about 3 or 4 weeks ago and, yes, at that point, Drai had hit like 14 bars which led the league by like 5-6.

  137. Harpers Hair says:

    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    Surely you must mean close to the best team in the division not conference.

    Some perspective…

    The Oiler are 8 points behind the Blues who have two games in hand.

    The Oilers, by way of contrast are 9 points ahead of the dreadful Sharks who also have a game in hand.

  138. tileguy says:

    Got a little hardon for some trolling tonight?

  139. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    EC standings using points percentage shown as points over/under fake Bettman .500

    Metropolitan
    WSH20
    NYI14
    PIT13

    Atlantic
    BOS16
    TBY11
    TOR9

    Wildcard
    CAR8
    FLA7

    Out of playoffs
    PHI7
    CBJ5
    BUF2
    NYR1
    MTL0
    OTT-5
    NJD-5
    DET-20

    Relevant Atlantic & wildcard games tonight:

    VAN (+180) at TBY (-220) – pretty heavy line against VAN who have won 7 in a row.TBY is the fav, but not by that much

    ARI (+120) at FLA (-140) – Both Raanta and Kuemper are on IR but also on the road trip as they are due back soon.I think there’s some value in FLA here.

    PHI (+150) at CAR (-170) – Probably close to reality for the line, maybe a hair of value for PHI because CAR hasn’t been great lately either.

    CBJ (+105) at ANA (-125) – Even though CBJ played last night I think they have value at that price

    Stupid question but what do those numbers mean? What is a +150 or – 150

  140. Bag of Pucks says:

    As long as you fail to ignore the troll, he’ll continue to plague the board.

    Trolls are attention whores. Don’t pay him any attention.

    Teasing Oiler fans that their team sucks is not a contribution to this community. It’s junior high weasel mentality.

  141. Gerta Rauss says:

    WG is quoting the betting line

    Google “what is a betting line”, there is a ton of links that’ll provide better explanations than I could

  142. GMB3 says:

    Doug McLachlan:
    Litke 94,

    I think you always consider trading any player but as LT likes to point out, there are always things we don’t know.

    Is he nursing an injury?

    If you deal him what are you giving up?Potential, certainly, but also size and physicality.That may be of increased value come the post-season.

    Ultimately what would you be looking to get back for him?

    The narrative for deadline deals is rarely a “hockey deal” so if Holland is dealing JJ it probably bodes ill for the home team.

    I hope he can click with a line and start to play to his strengths.

    How does trading a below replacement player bode ill for the Oilers?

    He’s 25. Where is this potential?

  143. Gerta Rauss says:

    And tremendously disrespectful to our host

  144. godot10 says:

    Litke 94:
    If I were Holland, I would consider trading Khaira at the deadline. He strikes me as a player that a seller would be interested in. He’s shown flashes, he’s young, good at PK’ing, the hope of “if he can just stay consistent”, etc. The usual commentary that goes along when a team acquires a player of his ilk.

    The Oilers might NEED Khaira to meet the requirements of the expansion draft for exposing players with a certain amount of experience.

  145. OriginalPouzar says:

    godot10: The Oilers might NEED Khaira to meet the requirements of the expansion draft for exposing players with a certain amount of experience.

    I know you know this but, for the community, as I’m guessing that some don’t know all the fine print of the expansion draft rules, each team has to expose two forwards that are under contract for 2021/22 that played 40 NHL games the prior year or 70 combined the prior two years.

    At this point the Oilers only have three NHL players under contract for 2021/22 – Drai, McDavid and Neal.

    Neal will be exposed and meet the criteria assuming he is still an Oiler and I do assume that is likely the case – no sure thing though

    I do think that at least one of Sheahan, Archie, Nygard, Hass will be re-signed for next year and form part of the bottom six for a few years.

    Benson and Kailer will be re-signed for those year – likely don’t want to leave them unprotected – never know though – If Jones “pops” next year, we may want to go 4-4-1.

  146. hunter1909 says:

    Yamamoto reminds me of Rob Schremp.

  147. YKOil says:

    hunter1909:
    Yamamoto reminds me of Rob Schremp.

    A Rob Schremp who skates well, has speed, has agility and forechecks and backchecks ferociously?

    Sure, yeah, he reminds of that alternate reality Rob Schremp too.

  148. godot10 says:

    hunter1909:
    Yamamoto reminds me of Rob Schremp.

    Somebody is into the ‘shrooms this evening.

  149. hunter1909 says:

    YKOil: A Rob Schremp who skates well, has speed, has agility and forechecks and backchecks ferociously?

    Sure, yeah, he reminds of that alternate reality Rob Schremp too.

    lol

    Oilers fans live in an alternate reality. Excellent post.

  150. v4ance says:

    I haven’t seen it mentioned in my twitter feed but what was the McDavid finger wag about? Did any reporters ask the question in the post game scrum?

    Was he indicating it was his first goal in Toronto? Was he pointing at his family in the donated CIBC box? Was he doing a “Dikembe Mutumbo” to the Toronto fans?

  151. OriginalPouzar says:

    4 goals in 4 minutes in the last part of the 2nd period for Tampa is certainly nice to see.

  152. Dicky94 says:

    YKOil,

    I think he meant Rob Schneider. Honest mistake.

  153. Scungilli Slushy says:

    If anyone is watching the Bolts dominate the Dys, when I mention ‘sticks’ you can really see it this game.

    Knocking passes down and disrupting the opponents play.

    A lot is confidence I’m sure, but I wonder if it’s also a skill some players have.

    Dominant teams seem to have it, I hope our Oilers can be that type of team.

    And also an effective cycle team.

  154. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    4 goals in 4 minutes in the last part of the 2nd period for Tampa is certainly nice to see.

    Vancouver is getting schooled. Nice to see… MTL is in trouble if they can’t outwork Detroit.

  155. Richard Roma says:

    For the record, I understand the rationale for the threaded comments, but I am not a fan.

    #justsaynotothreadedcomments

    Mr. Lowetide. I don’t like the threaded comments, but otherwise your blog is awesome!

  156. yeraslob says:

    From the Sportsnet comment board a while back regarding that resident troll, who sounds alot like this resident troll.
    And I quote…

    “He’s got Attention Seeking Syndrome… makes for a nice acronym, eh”

    Ha!

  157. Gerta Rauss says:

    9-2 final TB over the Canucks

    Ouch

    John Garrett audibly upset

    Priceless

  158. Gerta Rauss says:

    Dicky94:

    I think he meant Rob Schneider. Honest mistake.

    LoL

  159. OriginalPouzar says:

    Richard Roma:
    For the record, I understand the rationale for the threaded comments, but I am not a fan.

    #justsaynotothreadedcomments

    Mr. Lowetide. I don’t like the threaded comments, but otherwise your blog is awesome!

    Agreed

  160. Bank Shot says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Kinger_Oil.redux,

    Surely you must mean close to the best team in the division not conference.

    Some perspective…

    The Oiler are 8 points behind the Blues who have two games in hand.

    The Oilers, by way of contrast are 9 points ahead of the dreadful Sharks who also have a game in hand.

    Just got back from work. Did the Canucks smoke Tampa or what?

  161. yeraslob says:

    I wonder if the Canuck faithful were chanting “We want 10!” like Flame fans did last year?

  162. Gerta Rauss says:

    yeraslob:
    I wonder if the Canuck faithful were chanting “We want 10!” like Flame fans did last year?

    The TB fans were chanting we want 10-that’s what Garrett was upset about LoL…

  163. YKOil says:

    tileguy:
    Nothing like January kool-aide to help get rid of that December hangover.

    hehe, I was two losses away from asking this:

    What do you add to: Neal and Khaira

    To get Montreal to trade you: Alzner and Weise?

    I was thinking $250k retained and a 5th. Expansion draft needs aside, the buy-out is/was the thing.

  164. geowal says:

    I think they’re great. You don’t spend time re-reading the previous comment that the poster is replying to, you can read it all as one sequence. And if the original post is rather long you don’t scroll past the wall of text which has already been posted.

  165. Pescador says:

    Wilde:
    I’ve been waiting to see the returns on the Holland-Tippett bottom six GF/60, as I pulled all those numbers this summer and found out that the 1.27 GF/60 the 2018-19 Oilers had with Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid off the ice was the 2nd worst rate of any of the ~120 team seasons since 2015-16.

    So far, the GF/60 has improved to 1.53 (still absolutely horrendous and leaving plenty of goals on the table) but the GA/60 rocketed up to 2.93 from 2.10.

    That puts the three-year trend like this:

    2017-18 – 1.71GF / / 2.59GA (39.86%)

    2018-19 – 1.27GF / / 2.10GA (37.74%)

    2019-20 – 1.53GF / / 2.93GA (34.29%)

    The reason I took them today was because I want to look at DET’s numbers and possibly make the argument that Holland needs to have a spring/summer/fall unlike any in his career in order to simply take the free money.

    I like this post but what does “take the free money” mean?
    Is that something like earn his salary?

  166. OriginalPouzar says:

    Out of town scoreboard all over the place at this state:

    Vancouver got pummeled but the Yotes won in regulation.

    Vegerville down by two early but the flames have a one goal lead heading in the third.

  167. OriginalPouzar says:

    Thinking of where Benson fits in the lineup if called up for a Khaira or Russell and I would like to think that, assuming the rest of the current top 6 hold at least current levels of play (mainly Neal and Kailer), I would think that Tippett could slide him to 2LW and move Nuge to 3C for unicorns.

    Of course:

    – tough to saddle Drai with 2 rookies (although both skilled guys and both responsible defensively, at least in the AHL for Benson)

    – the numbers show that Nuge/Drai have been aces together this year and, well, not aces apart – is that sample size large enough to factor in to that decision?

    Assuming Kailer and Neal hold play:

    Neal/McDavid/Kassian
    Benson/Drai/Yamamoto
    Chiasson/Nuge/Haas
    Nygard (Khaira)/Sheahan/Archie

    ??????

  168. OriginalPouzar says:

    Flames have failed to score on two 5 on 3s of longer than a minute.

    Time for the Hawks to take advantage.

  169. Harpers Hair says:

    The truth should never be considered disrespectful.

  170. OriginalPouzar says:

    geowal:
    I think they’re great. You don’t spend time re-reading the previous comment that the poster is replying to, you can read it all as one sequence. And if the original post is rather long you don’t scroll past the wall of text which has already been posted.

    Yes but my issue/concern is that when a threaded reply is made to a post that isn’t one of the most recent, I’ll just miss it. Are members consciously going back to see if there are threaded responses to older posts?

  171. Richard Roma says:

    Bank Shot: Just got back from work. Did the Canucks smoke Tampa or what?

    Ha.

    9 – 2.

    D S F !

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Out of town scoreboard all over the place at this state:

    Vancouver got pummeled but the Yotes won in regulation.

    Vegerville down by two early but the flames have a one goal lead heading in the third.

    flames holding their one-goal lead with under 10 to go but NSH takes a regulation loss.

  173. tileguy says:

    Yep

  174. tileguy says:

    Andrew, did you remove those untruths from your twitter account regarding the CBC and home alone.

  175. Harpers Hair says:

    Justin Williams signs a one year deal at league minimum to return to the Hurricanes.

    I wonder if Byfuglien will come back to Winnipeg?

  176. OriginalPouzar says:

    They would have to fit his $7.6M cap hit in.

  177. BONE207 says:

    January 6th
    Dear Lowetidians
    Thanks to all of you for not spoiling me the score in the game while I celebrated my birthday. I watched the game this morning in all it’s glory.
    Thanks Knighttown for your family odyssey
    Thanks CONNOR for the best present a fan can have. Please tell me how I can frame it.
    Thanks LT for the spread here at the Bar & Grille.

  178. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    OriginalPouzar,

    They currently have more than $10 million in cap space and will have $23 million at the deadline.

    Easy peasy.

  179. pts2pndr says:

    Canucks beaten 9 to 2 by Tampa

  180. duct tape and foil says:

    Jujar Khaira GF 9 GA 26 GF% 25.71

    This is not what an NHL player on a playoff team produces. Time to move him as a project in return for something more useful or a low pick. Play Russell until the break and bring up Benson. Shea and Archie have been passable over the past month but Khaira has been horrid (2 assists and -8 in last 13 games)

  181. Primetime says:

    duct tape and foil,

    Would you be interested in Khaira for Wood (NJD). A little more expensive but both seem like they need a “change of scenery”

    I read somewhere else where the Oil apparently have interest in Vatanen too.

    Would Khaira/Larson for Wood/Vatanen make us a better team?

    What would we have to add?

  182. duct tape and foil says:

    Would could be interesting as he sure is fast. Don’t think Khaira alone gets it done though. Would have to add. Might be a nice LW target though. Not interested in trading Lars.

  183. ArmchairGM says:

    Nope.

  184. ArmchairGM says:

    Primetime:
    duct tape and foil,

    Would you be interested in Khaira for Wood (NJD).A little more expensive but both seem like they need a “change of scenery”

    I read somewhere else where the Oil apparently have interest in Vatanen too.

    Would Khaira/Larson for Wood/Vatanen make us a better team?

    What would we have to add?

    Why would you trade Larsson for a pending UFA that likely isn’t an upgrade?

  185. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Khaira for DeSmith

  186. ArmchairGM says:

    SwedishPoster:
    My thought process on The Goal went something like this:
    ”Oh goodie McDavid with some space and time”
    ”Why are you slowing down good damn it!”
    ”I SHALL NEVER QUESTION YOU!”

    After watching the replay:
    ”IF ANYONE ELSE DARE QUESTION YOU I SHALL DRINK THEIR BLOOD!”

    Also of note I’m currently residing in a place where there are no windows or sharp objects.

    As doctor or patient?! 😱

    It’s funny, but on that McDavid goal I saw it coming all the way. I knew what he was going to do before he did it and shouted “look, look, look!” for others around to pay attention, but still the ferocity of the change of direction, acceleration and finish left me stunned.

  187. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair:
    OriginalPouzar,

    OriginalPouzar,

    They currently have more than $10 million in cap space and will have $23 million at the deadline.

    Easy peasy.

    Mackinnon registered a point last night Connor is going to have to tighten up his bootstraps against the Habs.

  188. ArmchairGM says:

    Oilin4: The key to success on this trip is beating Calgary. Preferably in regulation.

    The key to life is beating Calgary. Calgary is full of people who can’t piss a drop. They have no decent river to push. And Matthew pissant Tkachuuuukicitidc plays there.

    I like to take games one at a time, so I was noting just how weak MTL is right now. But yes, it’s more important to beat CGY.

  189. Professor Q says:

    ArmchairGM: As doctor or patient?!

    It’s funny, but on that McDavid goal I saw it coming all the way. I knew what he was going to do before he did it and shouted “look, look, look!” for others around to pay attention, but still the ferocity of the change of direction, acceleration and finish left me stunned.

    I totally thought he was going to do a back pass or curl and do a pass, as he is wont to do. Everyone was expecting that, including Rielly. Maybe even McDavid was expecting it.

    If it is true, then you are the only one he did not take by surprise.

  190. Professor Q says:

    Also, what a way to end the first win in Toronto since 2010.

    The dominance (except for good goaltending breaking down late in the game again). The break. The finger wag.

    Amazing. Here’s to more to come.

  191. leadfarmer says:

    Friedman reporting Craig Smith is available. Good for 15+ EV goals each year. If he would sign a reasonable contract I think we should go after him

  192. CallighenMan says:

    so… (I think) just like the Oilers’ brutal schedule in December?

  193. CallighenMan says:

    Andy Dufresne,

    That first one the “Orr goal”? In my opinion that is the most overrated goal of all time. The diver through the air was the celebration after the fact, not the goal.

  194. CallighenMan says:

    Yeah, good old Frans. I’ve been in way too many European art museums the past 3 years… they’ve all started to blend together !

    I think the crowd reaction was special along with the pure physical achievement. I don’t think I’ve ever (since Gretz anyway) heard such a reaction from an away crowd!

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