2019-20 Game 49: Coyotes at Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes are rocketing up the standings together this season, with the entirety of California sliding into the ocean. The question we will see answered in the coming weeks surrounds how many upstarts will make the playoffs. We can assume Vegas and Calgary will be two of the playoff teams from the Pacific, with one or two spots left to the Coyotes, Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. All of which makes today’s game a big damned deal.

THE ATHLETIC!

The Athletic Edmonton features a fabulous cluster of stories (some linked below, some on the site). Great perspective from a ridiculous group of writers and analysts. Proud to be part of The Athletic, less than two coffees a month offer here. 

  • New Lowetide:  Central Scouting’s midseason list offers Oilers some strong draft options
  • New Jonathan Willis: The Oilers’ road forward — and perhaps to a Stanley Cup — requires trusting the kids on defence
  • New Jonathan Willis: Oilers make a smart two-year bet on Caleb Jones, who has done nothing but improve
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 3 things from the latest Oilers win: A lacrosse goal, Mike Smith’s resurgence and Connor McDavid’s new linemate
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: A defiant Zack Kassian issues his latest salvo against Matthew Tkachuk: ‘He messed with the wrong guy’
  • Lowetide: Dave Tippett’s deployment of Oilers defencemen indicates Kris Russell is vulnerable to trade
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers Notebook: Jujhar Khaira’s future, Caleb Jones’ adaptation to NHL speed
  • Lowetide:  Oilers prospect pipeline could deliver below-average group in 2020-21
  • Lowetide: Projecting William Lagesson’s future with the Edmonton Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: Kailer Yamamoto has impressed the Oilers and especially star linemate Leon Draisaitl
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 10 bold predictions for the Edmonton Oilers in 2020
  • Jonathan Willis: Inside a coach’s impact: How Dave Tippett gets the most out of the Oilers’ players
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Deciding what to do with Darnell Nurse, Mike Smith, Tyler Benson and Evan Bouchard
  • LowetideKen Holland’s targets for his first trade deadline with the Oilers.
  • Lowetide: Ken Holland’s trade deadline options for the Oilers
  • 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
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects list, winter 2019

OILERS AFTER 49 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 19-25-5, 43 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 26-15-8, 60 points; goal differential +10
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 22-24-3, 47 points; goal differential -29
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 23-23-3, 49 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 25-18-5, 55 points; goal differential -2

We’re fast approaching the 50-game mark this season and the Oilers have already passed 50 points and reached 25 wins. With a victory in this afternoon’s game, Edmonton would be on pace for 95 points and 42 victories. The team needs to keep pushing but there are good stories here.

ON THE TENS

  • First 10 games: 7-2-1
  • Second 10 games: 5-4-1
  • Third 10 games: 5-4-1
  • Fourth 10 games: 3-6-1
  • Current 10 games: 5-2-1 

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 3-2-2, eight points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2017: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in January 2018: 3-4-0, six points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in January 2019: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2020: 4-1-1, nine points; goal differential +4

This January run was far from assured and I think credit is due to the coach and every player on the team. The Oilers were faced with joining the California three at the beginning of the month, and have delivered and then some heading into action today.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN JANUARY

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

Edmonton has already exceeded my expectations, and done it against some excellent NHL teams. More challenges to come, the final three games are going to be key in setting up February and the run to the trade deadline.

OILERS 2019-20

A massive story is possibly unfolding with the team currently, and it surrounds the No. 2 line. Currently running at a (five on five) 6-1 goal differential, the shot differential (40-42, 48.78) is a little shy. We’re 78:39 into this experiment (all numbers Natural Stat Trick), Edmonton badly needs this trio to click in all areas.

James Neal-Connor McDavid-Josh Archibald have been together for 45:19 at five on five, 2-1 goals, 19-22 (46.34) goal differential. Neal-McDavid are over 50 percent in shot differential (95-94 in 184:46) but just 6-7 in goals.

Finally, at five on five this season, Connor McDavid’s on ice goal differential is 47-42, +5. The rest of the Oilers roster? 44-67, -23 (39.6 percent). Last year, McDavid was 77-75, +2, easily the poorest of his career. The rest of the roster in 2018-19? 69-103, -34 (40.1). The trouble is still the trouble. That second line could help in a big way.

TRADE DEADLINES PAST

March 14, 1994—Oilers traded D Dave Manson and 1994 sixth-round pick (D Chris Kibermanis) to Winnipeg Jets for D Boris Mironov, C Mats Lindgren, 1994 first-round pick (C Jason Bonsingore) and 1994 fourth-round pick (R Adam Copeland). A fantastic trade, BoBo is one of my favorite post-Stanley Oilers and Lindgren was a decent center. The first-round botch hurt like hell, but the general manager was on fire with this trade.

CONDORS 2019-20

Condors lost last night, as Mark Williams (who takes all those great photos) said on twitter Bakersfield needs some stops. William Lagesson is probably back during NHL All-Star week and the break that goes with it, maybe Yamamoto takes the flight, too. Condors back in action tonight, I’ll have an article on Evan Bouchard at The Athletic after the Oilers game this afternoon.

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  1. flyfish1168 says:

    Scary to think how many years of losing Hall has been involved in since turning pro. I thought when he was playing in his second memorial cup that he is the type of player that will always bring winning to the team he plays for.

  2. Rich M says:

    Klef just returned to the bench. Huge sigh of relief.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    Klef is back – everyone breath – he’s beat a beast playing through hand and finger issues all year.

    He’ll be that much better after 10 days off.

  4. Paulie says:

    Klef back

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    Totally offside.

    Still a ballsy challenge as, if the refs make the wrong call, which they are prone to do, they get a PP as well.

    Clearly offside though.

  6. OilClog says:

    leadfarmer: Although he’s not OEL this year

    Who is he? Batman?

  7. Alpine says:

    leadfarmer:
    I wonder if Chayka survives this season.
    7.15 per for Keller was a bet that he lost big time
    Kessel is a 3rd liner pp specialist
    They probably don’t have a guy that gets 50 points for them this year

    They were in the depths of the league before he took over. They still have a good shot at the playoffs as of now. I’m not a fan of everything he’s done there but there’s GMs with longer leashes out there who should go before him.

  8. Chief Inspector says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Rich M:
    Klef just returned to the bench.Huge sigh of relief.

    Rich M:
    Klef just returned to the bench.Huge sigh of relief.

    This is huge

  9. Paulie says:

    Mikko has played one game in January. He gonna be rusty when he gets another start.

  10. Reja says:

    What a goofy rule wrecks the integrity of the game.

  11. Reja says:

    If I’m Tippett I pound the 3rd and 4th lines the rest of the way.

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    Paulie:
    Mikko has played one game in January. He gonna be rusty when he gets another start.

    Everyone is going to be rusty coming off 10 full days off between games.

  13. Lowetide says:

    New for The Athletic: Post-Christmas performance spike has Evan Bouchard pushing for an NHL job with the Oilers

    https://theathletic.com/1542917/2020/01/18/lowetide-post-christmas-performance-spike-has-evan-bouchard-pushing-for-an-nhl-job-with-the-oilers/

  14. Paulie says:

    OriginalPouzar: Everyone is going to be rusty coming off 10 full days off between games.

    Fair enough but Mikko hasn’t played since Jan 11 and goalies need steady work, no?

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice defensive play there by Klef – beat.

  16. Paulie says:

    Larsson not having a good game

  17. leadfarmer says:

    Alpine: They were in the depths of the league before he took over. They still have a good shot at the playoffs as of now. I’m not a fan of everything he’s done there but there’s GMs with longer leashes out there who should go before him.

    How much of that is just spending more and taking players from capped teams?
    If you look at 2016 for example they only spent 49 mil with almost 20 mil in cap space for Datsyuk Bolland and Pronger
    He’s done a good job with goalering and D
    But forwards are his Achilles heel

  18. leadfarmer says:

    Paulie:
    Larsson not having a good game

    I’ve been called crazy for this
    But Larsson is not a player I re-sign when his contract expires

  19. Gerta Rauss says:

    6-3 now

    let’s finish strong and polish up that goal differential

  20. leadfarmer says:

    Sens up 2-0 despite all the Corsi

  21. Paulie says:

    Makes sense, especially if Bouch is ready or you can get a placeholder for a year if Bouch needs more time to work up to top 4.

  22. drglen says:

    Neal not the fastest there…

  23. OriginalPouzar says:

    Flames down 2-0 to Ottawa late in the 2nd.

    • Crazy Pedestrian says:

      Dude… don’t jinx them!!! You know how many times those pesky fLames have made 3rd period comebacks. Ottawa needs this win. At one point the shots were 22-5 for Calgary and Ottawa was up 1-0.

      Edit: shots now 25-11 Calgary but Ottawa up 3-0.

  24. Paulie says:

    Boy, Neal is slow. Good thing he still has his hands.

  25. tileguy says:

    Larson is one mean SOB, that check in the second period just opened up a crack on 104 ave. This guy is made for the playoffs.

  26. drglen says:

    pretty goo dD by bear.

  27. Paulie says:

    Bear’s been steady for awhile after a strech of tough games. Good sign of his ability to adapt.

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    New for The Athletic: Post-Christmas performance spike has Evan Bouchard pushing for an NHL job with the Oilers

    https://theathletic.com/1542917/2020/01/18/lowetide-post-christmas-performance-spike-has-evan-bouchard-pushing-for-an-nhl-job-with-the-oilers/

    Next year – let the contract slide!

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sheahan adds a goal to his three apples – nice little pass by Archie as Riley had the shooting lane!

  30. Gerta Rauss says:

    Sheahan making a late push for the All Star game LoL…

    4 point afternoon with the empty netter

  31. OriginalPouzar says:

    3-0 now Ottawa – PPG I think.

  32. drglen says:

    well, looks like we win!

  33. leadfarmer says:

    What a day for our collection of Rieders

  34. Paulie says:

    Great way to go into the break.

  35. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    If he’s still on the team when Seattle is drafting, I’m hoping Chia has been whispering his glory into the Washington rains.

    He’ll be a pending UFA unless re-signed before then so, no, Seattle wouldn’t take a guy that would sign with any team a few weeks later (unless they had a deal in place – which they could, there is a window for the expansion team to discuss).

    I also really hope that Chia isn’t re-hired by the Oil.

    • OilClog says:

      I’m going on a limb to suggest that if he’s not been resigned by next year’s trade deadline he’ll be entering into Ufa status with whichever team has traded for him at next year’s trade deadline. But if he is on the Oilers, I’m hoping Seattle has a need for wonky backs.

      If Chia is whispering into Washingtons winds, he’s working for Seattle. If he’s ever working for Edmonton again it’s simply as mustache per/60 assistant lead hand.

  36. CMcD4PM says:

    Hallsy updated: -5

  37. OriginalPouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    Dude… don’t jinx them!!! You know how many times those pesky fLames have made 3rd period comebacks. Ottawa needs this win. At one point the shots were 22-5 for Calgary and Ottawa was up 1-0.

    Edit: shots now 25-11 Calgary but Ottawa up 3-0.

    Don’t jinx them yourself.

    Hope you do realize that we don’t actually effect the play on the ice by discussing it?

    Of course, where I sit and what I wear does, but not our discussion……

  38. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Sheahan with 4 points?!?!

    My last bong hit must have been laced.

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    Was it Leadfarmer or Armchair that was so vehemently against Sheahan?

    I’m not calling that person out (I’m wrong on players all the time), just curious if their views are the same.

  40. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nice win and a great way to go into the break

    Off to shovel another 20cm off the driveway before the rains come

  41. leadfarmer says:

    Lowetide:
    New for The Athletic: Post-Christmas performance spike has Evan Bouchard pushing for an NHL job with the Oilers

    https://theathletic.com/1542917/2020/01/18/lowetide-post-christmas-performance-spike-has-evan-bouchard-pushing-for-an-nhl-job-with-the-oilers/

    Got too many D especially with Benning back after All Star game and need more of a good sample size to even consider burning a year of ELC

  42. Side says:

    Flames who have the easier schedule are down 3-0 to the 2nd worst team in the league.

    Mackinnon with only 1 point today.

    Ouch.

  43. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Was it Leadfarmer or Armchair that was so vehemently against Sheahan?

    I’m not calling that person out (I’m wrong on players all the time), just curious if their views are the same.

    I was very meh about all these signings as a collection of Rieders but nothing in particular against Sheahan
    But given that I was Bears and Yamamotos only fan In the offseason I think I’m still strongly in the plus

  44. tileguy says:

    I’ll just leave this right here, Taylor Hall takes the green jacket today with a, wait for it, minus5

  45. leadfarmer says:

    Side:
    Flames who have the easier schedule are down 3-0 to the 2nd worst team in the league.

    Mackinnon with only 1 point today.

    Ouch.

    He got an assist on EN
    So 2 points

  46. Paulie says:

    Nurse +5 today. Not too bad.

  47. Side says:

    The guy who is a “midget” , “too weak”, “cant play with the big boys” and who “won’t have an NHL career” with “bird bones” is an awesome callup so far.

  48. flyfish1168 says:

    I hope Zack was watching the game and realizes he is replaceable on the top line. Maybe better to take 3 million x 4 years

  49. Side says:

    leadfarmer: He got an assist on EN
    So 2 points

    My bad, you are right.

  50. Munny says:

    Back to positive goal differential!

    Well that was the important thing, wasn’t it?

  51. leadfarmer says:

    tileguy:
    I’ll just leave this right here, Taylor Hall takes the green jacket today with a, wait for it, minus5

    So was OEL and I’d let them play on my team anyday
    And Outside Of Chychrun and Kuemper those 2 players are the only ones I’d really want from that Coyotes team
    The sooner they realize they are sellers the better for them

  52. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    leadfarmer: Got too many D especially with Benning back after All Star game and need more of a good sample size to even consider burning a year of ELC

    Also, with Kassian coming back, will they break up the current 1st line the way they’ve been playing to get Kassian back with McDavid? Benning will obviously take Jones’ spot, but Who’s spot should Kassian take?
    The whole team the way it is currently constructed is playing great. Tippett has some tough decisions after the all-star break…
    (Which is probably a good thing)

  53. Side says:

    Munny:
    Back to positive goal differential!

    Well that was the important thing, wasn’t it?

    Well, the Oilers have a positive goal differential, so no, points percentage is more important. Oh wait.. they have a favorable points percentage as well.. then no.. the team with the easier schedule is what is most important.

    It matters.

    *takes off wig*

    • Darth Tu says:

      Last time I checked the Canucks schedule was about 0.02% easier than the Oilers. But I guess that’s something.

    • Harpers Hair says:

      They’re all important.
      In order:

      PTS%
      RW
      ROW
      GD

      strength of schedule has a massive impact on all of the above.

      • Side says:

        You have been ringing the alarm about strength of schedule the whole year, and I don’t think it has ever mattered as much as you say it does.

        It has been quite the crutch for you.

  54. leadfarmer says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Also, with Kassian coming back, will they break up the current 1st line the way they’ve been playing to get Kassian back with McDavid? Benning will obviously take Jones’ spot, but Who’s spot should Kassian take?
    The whole team the way it is currently constructed is playing great. Tippett has some tough decisions after the all-star break…
    (Which is probably a good thing)

    I like Kassian but I’m worried how much the crazy eye is worth
    I’ve been preparing for it but I’m sure I’ll be shocked when they announce the extention

  55. Darth Tu says:

    Massive victory. Always a chance that Vegas goes top tonight, but another regulation win is money in the bank for any potential tie break situation at season’s end.

    Archibald is playing so well. Kassian mind find himself in for Gagner or Russell (Dane) when he comes back at this rate.

    • theDjdj says:

      Darth Tu:
      Massive victory. Always a chance that Vegas goes top tonight, but another regulation win is money in the bank for any potential tie break situation at season’s end.

      Archibald is playing so well. Kassian mind find himself in for Gagner or Russell (Dane)when he comes back at this rate.

      It’s NUTS how close this division is at the moment. From almost out of a wildcard spot to top of a division. Insane. They would have 3 games in hand at that point.

  56. Darth Tu says:

    4-0 Sens. Go Sens go.

  57. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer: I was very meh about all these signings as a collection of Rieders but nothing in particular against Sheahan
    But given that I was Bears and Yamamotos only fan In the offseason I think I’m still strongly in the plus

    Fair enough – there was one poster that was very strongly against Sheahan – apologize for thinking it might be you.

  58. Henry says:

    Just finished watching on PVR. So many Oilers played well, but Jay Woodcroft’s boys had a great game. Yamamoto and especially Bear were terrific.

    The 16-17 playoff Oilers took off in February. This year’s model started at New Years.

  59. SelathioHarms says:

    flyfish1168,

    The suspension may cost him more than 20 some thousand if they look at these two games during negotiations.

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168:
    I hope Zack was watching the game and realizes he is replaceable on the top line. Maybe better to take 3 million x 4 years

    I hope Holland has come to this realization as well.

    I really don’t want to lose Zack – he’s still likely the current best option for 1RW but I think he can be a solid middle six winger playing with Drai and/or Nuge or even a more grinding line (not like Brodz and company) and want to have him for that role when a “better 1RW” option presents itself – the cap needs to fit that role though.

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: Also, with Kassian coming back, will they break up the current 1st line the way they’ve been playing to get Kassian back with McDavid? Benning will obviously take Jones’ spot, but Who’s spot should Kassian take?
    The whole team the way it is currently constructed is playing great. Tippett has some tough decisions after the all-star break…
    (Which is probably a good thing)

    If they want to keep the lineup generally how it is, I think Kass can sub in for P. Russell and provide quite the upgrade for that line.

  62. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    I believe he is one of those players we need to play playoff hockey. But It has to be our price.

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    In about 20 minutes, when the flames officially lose in regulation to the Senators, the Oilers will head in to tonight’s games in first place in the division, tied with the flames and Yotes but with 2 games and 1 game in hand, respectively.

    Oilers also hold the tiebreaker with five, yes, five more regulation wins than the flames and 3 more than the Yotes.

    This is good!

    If SJ and MTL can do their jobs tonight…..

  64. OilClog says:

    Hall has 7 pts in his last 4 and pisses fire, if I piss fire.. I crumple over and relive the actions of the night before with a various 80’s Rush montage. Hall just turns it into arm jack juice and bulks up.

  65. theDjdj says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    In about 20 minutes, when the flames officially lose in regulation to the Senators, the Oilers will head in to the break in first place in the division, tied with the flames and Yotes but with 2 games and 1 game in hand, respectively.

    Oilers also hold the tiebreaker with five, yes, five more regulation wins than the flames and 3 more than the Yotes.

    This is good!

    Knights win this arvo they leap frog us

  66. jtblack says:

    flyfish1168,

    That’s still too much …. nothing over 3 on term or $$$ …. that would be my line in the sand .. if you lose him you lose him ..so be it …

  67. theDjdj says:

    OilClog:
    Hall has 7 pts in his last 4 and pisses fire, if I piss fire.. I crumple over and relive the actions of the night before with a various 80’s Rush montage. Hall just turns it into arm jack juice and bulks up.

    If I piss fire I book an appointment with my doctor

  68. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    In about 20 minutes, when the flames officially lose in regulation to the Senators, the Oilers will head in to the break in first place in the division, tied with the flames and Yotes but with 2 games and 1 game in hand, respectively.

    Oilers also hold the tiebreaker with five, yes, five more regulation wins than the flames and 3 more than the Yotes.

    This is good!

    Vancouver plays SJ tonight and will move into first place with a win.

    The Oilers will have no games in hand on Vancouver.

  69. jtblack says:

    this season is shaping up now …. Ken will HAVE TO ADD at the deadline.

    If Edm gets in why can’t they go on a run?

    they will face CGY, AZ, WPG, VGS in the 1st couple rounds ….

    i SAID prior to the season, if Edm makes the playoffs I will EAT MY HAT ….

    Well …… the odds are suggesting it’s getting closer to Hat eating time ….

  70. OriginalPouzar says:

    flyfish1168:
    OriginalPouzar,

    I believe he is one of those players we need to play playoff hockey. But It has to be our price.

    Yup – can’t disagree

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: Vancouver plays SJ tonight and will move into first place with a win.

    The Oilers will have no games in hand on Vancouver.

    My goodness you two are quick – I edited my post within 60 seconds to work in tonight’s games.

  72. Darth Tu says:

    5-1 Ottawa. Good night Calgary.

  73. Todd Macallan says:

    Haha looked like Gio took out his own knees for a change on that giveaway for the EN. Looks good on him

  74. flyfish1168 says:

    Darth Tu,

    Thank you all star Rittich

  75. Side says:

    Flames (with the easier schedule), lose 5-2 to the Sens. The loss sewers their goal differential even further and they have a worse points percentage than the Oilers. Don’t get your hopes up though, folks. The strength of schedule still favors the Flames.

    It matters.

  76. innercitysmytty says:

    Vegas has two more games, including tonight, before their break. They just need to get two points to move into first. But we’ll have 3 games in hand on them after. Even if they go 1-1 we’ll be in excellent shape.

  77. yeraslob says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Haha looked like Gio took out his own knees for a change on that giveaway for the EN. Looks good on him

    That Norris is a distant memory for geritol Gio. Only going to get worse.

  78. theDjdj says:

    Sharks play Canucks too who may also still leapfrog us

  79. Woogie63 says:

    How much different is Benson’s skill vs. Chiasson, Maroon, Kassain or Archibald?

    After the break;

    Benson-McDavid-Neal

  80. innercitysmytty says:

    Pretty sad actually, when you factor in shootout goals Calgary is actually -17 in goal differential. Not sure how that is playoff caliber. Oilers are what they are but at least on the plus side after factoring in shootout goals.

  81. Darth Tu says:

    Screw it, can Archibald play left wing?

    Archibald-McDavid-Kassian

  82. yeraslob says:

    innercitysmytty:
    Pretty sad actually, when you factor in shootout goals Calgary is actually -17 in goal differential. Not sure how that is playoff caliber. Oilers are what they are but at least on the plus side after factoring in shootout goals.

    Apparently Calgary is looking for a top 6 winger, not sure why. They’re pretty much no shows come playoffs. And I think players around the league know that.

  83. flyfish1168 says:

    Next up after Zack would be signing Riley Sheahan. His really needs to be under 2.

  84. Nit64 says:

    innercitysmytty:
    Vegas has two more games, including tonight, before their break. They just need to get two points to move into first. But we’ll have 3 games in hand on them after. Even if they go 1-1 we’ll be in excellent shape.

    Current WoodPoints by pts%. Dys loss tonight would move Oil to the top of the WoodBoard.

    Pacific
    Dys +8 (.583)
    Oil +8 (.581)
    Calmar +7

    Wild Card
    Jets +6
    Vegreville+6

    Out
    Dogs +6

  85. nelson88 says:

    Kesserling with an apple today for Northeastern. Dark horse pick to become another Marino and hopefully this time we can sign him

  86. Munny says:

    Woogie63:
    How much different is Benson’s skill vs. Chiasson, Maroon, Kassain or Archibald?

    After the break;

    Benson-McDavid-Neal

    Considerable. All of those guys can shoot the puck well, and most of them have already proven they can defend enough at the NHL level.

    Benson will get his shot once the coach feels comfortable with all the other rooks on the team.

  87. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss: Off to shovel another 20cm off the driveway before the rains come

    Hey! We’ll accept no whining from the Coast while it’s minus four hundred here in Alberta, lol.

  88. Munny says:

    Darth Tu: Screw it, can Archibald play left wing?

    Yes.

  89. leadfarmer says:

    Despite having one less ppg than the Edmonton Oilers the Vancouver Canucks have had 32 more pp opportunities than the Oil leading the league.
    They have 72 more pp opportunities than the Isles
    Time for a correction me thinks

  90. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Was it Leadfarmer or Armchair that was so vehemently against Sheahan?

    I’m not calling that person out (I’m wrong on players all the time), just curious if their views are the same.

    Not me, I was advocating him as a depth signing actually. Strictly, and I’m ashamed to say this, based on some Pens games I took in a couple of years ago. Yup, the old ‘seen him good’.

  91. Woogie63 says:

    Munny: Considerable. All of those guys can shoot the puck well, and most of them have already proven they can defend enough at the NHL level.

    Benson will get his shot once the coach feels comfortable with all the other rooks on the team.

    If their Center is not one of the top 5 in the NHL, they are effective 3rd line NHLers, that PK and play 12-15 minutes a night.

    Draisaitl is playing with skill and it paying off.

  92. Woogie63 says:

    Darth Tu:
    Screw it, can Archibald play left wing?

    Archibald-McDavid-Kassian

    Career PTS/60

    Archibald.29
    Kassian .34

  93. Scungilli Slushy says:

    If you’re a team that thinks it has a chance to make noise in the playoffs, having an easier schedule isn’t a benefit.

    Of course you have to make the playoffs first, but you have to beat every team to win it.

    I like that they don’t have it easy. Even if they fail they learn what it takes.

    The goal is the Cup, nothing less.

  94. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Kassian isn’t the best player for McDs wing. But he is the best tough player that can at least help enough that is reasonably available.

    After 2 injuries from ‘hard plays’ from opponents and league leading hacks against per 60 – HA/60 – I’m confident he enjoys Zack on the ice with him.

    Zack doesn’t need a tap on the shoulder. If the league starts to protect Connor there are better options for sure.

  95. OriginalPouzar says:

    MTL up 2-0 on VEG in the first – what a great Oilers day…… so far – it will be great Oilers day no matter what but it could be really great!

  96. Harpers Hair says:

    leadfarmer:
    Despite having one less ppg than the Edmonton Oilers the Vancouver Canucks have had 32 more pp opportunities than the Oil leading the league.
    They have 72 more pp opportunities than the Isles
    Time for a correction me thinks

    Teams draw penalties for a reason.

    It’s actually a skill based on puck possession.

    Vancouver’s first line is the second best in the league after Boston’s by the fancies.

  97. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Fantastic finish before the layoff. It’s been a long time since there has been a consistent push from the good guys.

    Kudos to Holland, Tip and the Lads!!

    And Katz as well. By allowing the change.

  98. nelson88 says:

    3 – 0 chitown. Cost of those leafs wingers just keeps falling

  99. nelson88 says:

    If Florida and Columbus win which are likely and TO loses they fall out of the last wildcard in the East. Ought to make for good panic level over the all star break. Will be calls to cancel the warm weather vacations.

  100. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: Teams draw penalties for a reason.

    It’s actually a skill based on puck possession.

    Vancouver’s first line is the second best in the league after Boston’s by the fancies.

    Doesn’t compute.

    There is no player in the league that should draw more penalties than McDavid.

    It has been proven the oilers have historically been awarded less penalties than every or almost every other team.

    League bias is not an argument. I have said pettersson is the bomb, but let’s be rational.

    Or not.

    Guessing you’re not interested in that.

  101. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kesserling with an assist and 4 shots in 3-2 OTL.

  102. Scungilli Slushy says:

    nelson88:
    3 – 0 chitown.Cost of those leafs wingers just keeps falling

    Being able to dangle and score is not the same as knowing 200 ft of ice, and also being able to score.

    So says old Oiler fan.

  103. OriginalPouzar says:

    Woogie63:
    How much different is Benson’s skill vs. Chiasson, Maroon, Kassain or Archibald?

    After the break;

    Benson-McDavid-Neal

    The team is 6-1-1 in their last 8, including beating some contending teams in their own buildings – goal scoring by all lines in all situations. I’m thinking drastic changes to the lineup (that insertion of Benson on the top line would change multiple lines) is not happening right away.

  104. OriginalPouzar says:

    yeraslob: Apparently Calgary is looking for a top 6 winger, not sure why.They’re pretty much no shows come playoffs.And I think players around the league know that.

    I think Wayne Simmonds is their type of pick up.

    I am all for them disposing of their first round pick in the next month for a rental – do it Tre!

  105. OriginalPouzar says:

    Make that 3-0 MTL of VEG after one…..

  106. The Trade Guy says:

    Taytay with a -5? damn

  107. OriginalPouzar says:

    As per Jack Michaels:

    Since Yamamoto recall:

    Oilers 6-1-1…

    2nd line (93-29-56) has a combined 33 points and a +19 rating.

  108. Harpers Hair says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Doesn’t compute.

    There is no player in the league that should draw more penalties than McDavid.

    It has been proven the oilers have historically been awarded less penalties than every or almost every other team.

    League bias is not an argument. I have said pettersson is the bomb, but let’s be rational.

    Or not.

    Guessing you’re not interested in that.

    Why do you think that is if it’s not league bias?

  109. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think Wayne Simmonds is their type of pick up.

    I am all for them disposing of their first round pick in the next month for a rental – do it Tre!

    I’d wager a Woodguy that Calgary does not trade a first round pick for Simmonds which you have now pushed twice.

    You in?

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    nelson88:
    Kesserling with an apple today for Northeastern. Dark horse pick to become another Marino and hopefully this time we can sign him

    I think he’s a “higher prospect” than Marino at the same age – I’ve got my eye on this kid – he’s athletic and, with that size…….

    Years to go – probably 3 until signing is even a thought.

    • Darth Tu says:

      But not as good a prospect as Rafferty at 25.

      • OriginalPouzar says:

        Of course, age means nothing when talking about prospects – comparing 19 year olds to 24 year olds should be direct.

      • Harpers Hair says:

        In his first season at Quinnipac, Rafferty scored 24 points in 40 games.

        Kesselring has 3 points in 22 games. On pace for 5 points.

        One of these is not like the other.

        • pts2pndr says:

          Correct Rafferty is 25 in four months and Kesselring just turned 20. Lots of time to see what the Oilers have in Kesselring. Pretty much time for Rafferty to make it or break it. By what I have read some concern with Rafferty’s skating.

  111. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM: Not me, I was advocating him as a depth signing actually. Strictly, and I’m ashamed to say this, based on some Pens games I took in a couple of years ago. Yup, the old ‘seen him good’.

    Hmmmmm, who the heck was it, was it Godot?

  112. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: I’d wager a Woodguy that Calgary does not trade a first round pick for Simmonds which you have now pushed twice.

    You in?

    I have never posited that they would trade their first round pick for Simmonds.

    I think Simmonds is a player they have interest in acquiring.

    Seperately, I would love for them to dispose of their first round pick, be it for Pageau, Kreider or whoever.

  113. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: I’d wager a Woodguy that Calgary does not trade a first round pick for Simmonds which you have now pushed twice.

    You in?

    Second round picks are used as commodity very few teams part with their first rounders. Players with speed and skill on ELC or essential with the new landscape of 3 or 4 players making large dinero on most teams.

  114. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: I have never posited that they would trade their first round pick for Simmonds.

    I think Simmonds is a player they have interest in acquiring.

    Seperately, I would love for them to dispose of their first round pick, be it for Pageau, Kreider or whoever.

    Why exactly do you think that?

    Traveling has said explicitly he wants a top six scoring winger and is prepared to reach into his defensive depth to get one.

    Do you have some inside intel that Treveling is not privy to?

  115. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: Why do you think that is if it’s not league bias?

    To word that better it ‘is’ league bias. Or McD would by far draw the most penalties.

    They can’t call every infraction or the Oilers would get 15 PPs a game on Connor alone.

    The Oilers have had dirty playing teams, more specifically dirty players, but not in a time frames that matters now.

  116. yeraslob says:

    OriginalPouzar: I have never posited that they would trade their first round pick for Simmonds.

    I think Simmonds is a player they have interest in acquiring.

    Seperately, I would love for them to dispose of their first round pick, be it for Pageau, Kreider or whoever.

    As much as that would be a desirable outcome, I don’t think they’re that stupid… are they?
    Should probably be getting rid of Gio while he still might be worth something. Also Johnny. And Mona since he’s mostly useless without Johnny.

  117. Reja says:

    Darth Tu:
    But not as good a prospect as Rafferty at 25.

    They just very well might get back their first rounder In a trade for this Rafferty fellow in some say one of the deepest drafts in a hundred years. The Kanuckes could defer until next year when they’re rolling the dice on Markstrom being a all star again.

  118. Harpers Hair says:

    Scungilli Slushy: To word that better it ‘is’ league bias. Or McD would by far draw the most penalties.

    They can’t call every infraction or the Oilers would get 15 PPs a game on Connor alone.

    The Oilers have had dirty playing teams, more specifically dirty players, but not in a time frames that matters now.

    If there is a bias, I would think it relates to the Oilers gassing four #1 overall picks, not dirty play from the distant past.

  119. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    As per Jack Michaels:

    Since Yamamoto recall:

    Oilers 6-1-1…

    2nd line (93-29-56) has a combined 33 points and a +19 rating.

    Most players ebb and flow, and part is that. Part is time. Top teams have played together over time and play the system. When new players are added it’s easier for them to get to a contributing level. That’s how teams like the Pens Bolts and Bruins keep it rolling.

    But adding skilled competent players floats all boats.

    I believe that as the season goes along with coaches that are stable and positive things come in line to the talent level. And it’s high on the Oilers.

    Holes for sure, but they are a strong team when healthy and ‘goalie’.

  120. Richard Roma says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    As per Jack Michaels:

    Since Yamamoto recall:

    Oilers 6-1-1…

    2nd line (93-29-56) has a combined 33 points and a +19 rating.

    Today’s a good day.

    Oilers spank Arizona.

    Senators spank the Flames.

    Canadiens up 3-0 vs VGK.

  121. Harpers Hair says:

    Reja: They just very well might get back their first rounder In a trade for this Rafferty fellowin some say one of the deepest drafts in a hundred years. The Kanuckes could defer until next year when they’rerolling the dice on Markstrom being a all star again.

    Nope.

    If the Canucks make the playoffs this season which now seems very likely, their pick goes to Tampa.

    They won’t trade Rafferty…he’s the logical successor to Troy Stetcher who is RFA at the end of the season.

  122. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: If there is a bias, I would think it relates to the Oilers gassing four #1 overall picks, not dirty play from the distant past.

    Who knows what it is.

    Really it doesn’t matter. You succeed or you don’t. If in the long term you can’t overcome you can’t win a Cup.

    I think the Oilers are learning yay better than I’ve seen in ages. Win lose, whatever, just win the game.

    If it was easy everyone would do it.

  123. Harpers Hair says:

    Dominik Kubalik of the Blackhawks making a run for the Calder trophy.

    7 goals in his last 6 games and counting.

  124. leadfarmer says:

    Please be respectful to others and use the DSF button for DSF posts

  125. OriginalPouzar says:

    Its interesting that Chiasson is getting 2/3 of the PP1 time over Neal these days.

    Larsson with zero seconds on the PK again and he and Klef were 5th and 6th in 5 on 5 ice – Klef left for a bit but not really that long I don’t think.

    Is Playfair trying to reduce Larsson’s minutes just cause or due to performance? I don’t think he’s performed that poorly lately and has had some plus games.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Benning is activated – 7 legit NHL d-men on the roster (I include Caleb).

    • Material Elvis says:

      Neal is done. He gave the team everything he had left in the tank this year. They’ll have to buy him out and get an upgrade for McDavid next year.

  126. Harpers Hair says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Dominik Kubalik of the Blackhawks making a run for the Calder trophy.

    7 goals in his last 6 games and counting.

    And Kubalik scores again…his 20th.

  127. JimmyV1965 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: To word that better it ‘is’ league bias. Or McD would by far draw the most penalties.

    They can’t call every infraction or the Oilers would get 15 PPs a game on Connor alone.

    The Oilers have had dirty playing teams, more specifically dirty players, but not in a time frames that matters now.

    Only in the NHL does McDavid get called for interference when he being interfered with. The Yotes frickin scored on that PP too.

  128. Scungilli Slushy says:

    leadfarmer:
    Please be respectful to others and use the DSF button for DSF posts

    Can’t figure it out.

    Pls provide instructions.

  129. Material Elvis says:

    Side:
    Flames who have the easier schedule are down 3-0 to the 2nd worst team in the league.

    Mackinnon with only 1 point today.

    Ouch.

    Nicely done. You have been honing your craft.

  130. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I hear Leafs are going golfing at Augusta over the break. Marty the Martian with the early lead at 4 under.
    If the leafs break wasn’t in the middle of the Rielly injury they would have to trade for a D or risk dropping out of the race

  131. Material Elvis says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    I hear Leafs are going golfing at Augusta over the break. Marty the Martian with the early lead at 4 under.
    If the leafs break wasn’t in the middle of the Rielly injury they would have to trade for a D or risk dropping out of the race

    Their defense is shit even with Rielly in the lineup. No balance photo for them!!

  132. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Marner and mathews in the hunt as well at 4 under

  133. godot10 says:

    Bulging Twine: haha it would be interesting to hear of people’s various superstitions.
    When I was a kid, well, even a young teenager I think, I felt that the Oilers played better when I chanted, “Here we go Oilers here we go”.I did it a lot.Must have drove my Dad crazy.I don’t recall him ever asking me to stop.

    “Here we go Oilers here we go” is such a far superior chant to “Let’s go Oilers”. I remember Glen Anderson chanting it on the bench in 1990 during the playoffs under his breath on the bench with the camera panned on him.

    I almost thing the decade of darknes s is due to the unfathomable change to “Let’s go OIlers”. Lets go implies some doubt. Here we go, does not. “Lets go Oilers” implies the fans are drunk zombies and cannot manage the more complicated rhythm of “Here we go Oilers, here we go.”

    IMHL

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rodrigue stops 26 of 30 in a 7-4 win.

    Moncton had 69 shots on net….

  135. npanciroli says:

    Material Elvis,

    I’d maybe offer Russell if they added a pick to Kapanen.

    • Material Elvis says:

      I don’t think they would do that. Russell would help them but there is no way on earth the Oilers would get a Kapanen in return, let alone an additional asset. Plus the Leafs look at fancies and Russell’s are historically poor from backing in and shot blocking. He’s been good for the Oilers on that third pairing this year, especially with Benning. I’d keep him through the playoffs and trade him in the summer with good value.

  136. godot10 says:

    Reja:
    I would sign Archie to a 2 year contract.

    Archie is outperforming Kassian with McDavid, and he can PK too. Save the money Ken. Let some Eastern Conference team pay him. Better yet, trade Kassian for assets at the deadline.

  137. Material Elvis says:

    godot10: “Here we go Oilers here we go” is such a far superior chant to “Let’s go Oilers”.I remember Glen Anderson chanting it on the bench in 1990 during the playoffs under his breath on the bench with the camera panned on him.

    I almost thing the decade of darknes s is due to the unfathomable change to “Let’s go OIlers”.Lets go implies some doubt.Here we go, does not.“Lets go Oilers” implies the fans are drunk zombies and cannot manage the more complicated rhythm of “Here we go Oilers, here we go.”

    IMHL

    My 7 year old always says ‘Here we go Oilers, here we go’, unprompted, when we watch the games together. It is definitely catchier than ‘Let’s go Oilers’, which feels a bit tired.

  138. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: Why exactly do you think that?

    Traveling has said explicitly he wants a top six scoring winger and is prepared to reach into his defensive depth to get one.

    Do you have some inside intel that Treveling is not privy to?

    The flames acquired Lucic in the name of “functional toughness” because of what happened in the playoffs last year. I believe they would be interested in Simmonds for the same reason and Tre may even think he can help in their top 6 due to history.

    Although I was on a conference call with one of the owners of the flames before the turn of the calendar, he provided no inside information on the flames – at the same time, I’m not sure why I can’t post my person speculation, you know, similar to hundreds of weekly posts on this platform.

  139. Gerta Rauss says:

    Munny: Hey!We’ll accept no whining from the Coast while it’s minus four hundred here in Alberta, lol.

    LoL

    65cm in the driveway since Wed AM gives me a little bit of currency to complain

    • Todd Macallan says:

      Haha I hear ya. Grew up in the Yukon so used to the – 40, living in St. John’s now and witnessed the 75 cm in the last 24 hrs with 150 km winds. Would gladly take the dash 40 haha.

  140. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: If there is a bias, I would think it relates to the Oilers gassing four #1 overall picks, not dirty play from the distant past.

    It goes back to Sather and the gang days a large majority of the folks running the league got their asses handed to them by the mighty Oilers on many occasions ( sour grapes)

  141. OriginalPouzar says:

    As per Ryan Holt:

    Starrett gets back to back starts. Condors will go with 11 F and 7 D. No Hebig nor Koules. Stukel draws in with Desharnais as the 7th D.

  142. Nit64 says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Can’t figure it out.

    Pls provide instructions.

    That’s the reply or login to reply. Avoid (quote) or (reply) just above the “dsf buttons”.

  143. leadfarmer says:

    Looks like my choice to fade the overplayed goalies down the stretch is paying off (2000 min+)
    Price 30-34 4 GA
    Binnington 7-11 4 GA
    Rittich 16-20 4 GA
    Fleury 22-26 4 GA
    Andersen 28-34 GA

    You’re next Markstrom

  144. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: The flames acquired Lucic in the name of “functional toughness” because of what happened in the playoffs last year.I believe they would be interested in Simmonds for the same reason and Tre may even think he can help in their top 6 due to history.

    Although I was on a conference call with one of the owners of the flames before the turn of the calendar, he provided no inside information on the flames – at the same time, I’m not sure why I can’t post my person speculation, you know, similar to hundreds of weekly posts on this platform.

    No one suggested you shouldn’t post your personal speculation.

    Engaging in a conversation is healthy.

    Don’t you think the Flames sated their lust for functional toughness when they dumped Neal for Lucic?

    They need scoring and Treleving has been very open about it.

    Do you think he’s lying?

    • OilClog says:

      Don’t think anyone is going to offer much for Calgary’s defensive depth as it’s looking like the shits. Brad is going to have to dig deep into his Chad box to provide any impactful top 6 talent for his club

  145. Harpers Hair says:

    Vegas takes Montreal to OT.

  146. Reja says:

    godot10: Archie is outperforming Kassian with McDavid, and he can PK too. Save the money Ken.Let some Eastern Conference team pay him.Better yet, trade Kassian for assets at the deadline.

    I would sign Archie to a 2x 1.25=2.5 million during the break. What I like most about Archie besides his name is that he plays with a edge this will be valuable in the playoffs. If we lose Kass and if JJ doesn’t rebound we’re back to chasing for functional toughness. I would also sign Kass to 3×3.33=10 million during the break. I know as a fan you don’t value Kass like myself, what would you offer Kass or would you just straight up trade him in a package deal for proven top 6 winger like a Josh Anderson type.

    • OilClog says:

      You’re going to sign and trade Kassian for Josh Anderson.. Fucks in the actual what’s is going on here.

  147. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Vegas takes Montreal to OT.

    What about the Flames?

  148. Harpers Hair says:

    Reja: What about the Flames?

    They aren’t playing in this game.

  149. Todd Macallan says:

    Damnit Habs you were up 2 with 2 mins left and had one job.

  150. Reja says:

    leadfarmer:
    Looks like my choice to fade the overplayed goalies down the stretch is paying off (2000 min+)
    Price 30-34 4 GA
    Binnington 7-11 4 GA
    Rittich 16-20 4 GA
    Fleury 22-26 4 GA
    Andersen 28-34 GA

    You’re next Markstrom

    You just know the Canucks will handily lose tonight’s game.

  151. Victoria Oil says:

    Montreal blows a 2 goal lead in the last two minutes but win 5-4 in the shootout after dominating the overtime.

  152. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: They aren’t playing in this game.

    What about a percentage update in the west l? Here comes the hawks it’s going to be a buyer’s market at the deadline.

  153. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: No one suggested you shouldn’t post your personal speculation.

    Engaging in a conversation is healthy.

    Don’t you think the Flames sated their lust for functional toughness when they dumped Neal for Lucic?

    They need scoring and Treleving has been very open about it.

    Do you think he’s lying?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he was looking for more toughness – I’m guessing he’d prefer not to have Rinaldo in the lineup.

    The GM bar has a long tradition of acquiring past their prime players on the premise that a change of scenery or “an opportunity for the cup” will help them rediscover previous scoring touches.

  154. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: I would sign Archie to a 2x 1.25=2.5 million during the break. What I like most about Archie besides his name is that he plays with a edge this will be valuable in the playoffs. If we lose Kass and if JJ doesn’t rebound we’reback to chasing for functional toughness. I would also sign Kass to 3×3.33=10 million during the break. I know as a fan you don’t value Kass like myself, what would you offerKass or would you just straight up trade him in a package deal for proven top 6 winger like a Josh Anderson type.

    Anderson has been a legit top 6 winger once in his career and is currently following it up with a proven middle 6 AHL winger type season – injury notwithstanding.

  155. Todd Macallan says:

    Spector is “Spec”ulating on Twitter for Kass 4 yrs btw 3.25 and 3.5. Classic case of loving the player and hating the contract if that’s the case

  156. OriginalPouzar says:

    First shot of the game goes in on Starrett but it was a 10-bell chance off the rush – I think that was the Deharnais pairing that got just walked.

  157. OriginalPouzar says:

    Condors get that right back – Deharnais up to McLeod with a beauty touch pass to Granny to put him in on a 2 on 1 with Stukel – pass goes across and a pretty finish by Stukel.

  158. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: The flames acquired Lucic in the name of “functional toughness” because of what happened in the playoffs last year.I believe they would be interested in Simmonds for the same reason and Tre may even think he can help in their top 6 due to history.

    Although I was on a conference call with one of the owners of the flames before the turn of the calendar, he provided no inside information on the flames – at the same time, I’m not sure why I can’t post my person speculation, you know, similar to hundreds of weekly posts on this platform.

    Wooooow!
    A conference call with one of the Flames owners.
    Like I said, pretentious.

  159. leadfarmer says:

    Harpers Hair,

    Yeah they will get a week off
    And then they will be ridden harder than they have been all season
    Don’t expect Fleurys Markstroms Rittich Andersen’s schedule to get any easier
    Their backups are going to play even less

  160. Harpers Hair says:

    who: Wooooow!
    A conference call with one of the Flames owners.
    Like I said,pretentious.

    Where is the like button?

  161. Harpers Hair says:

    leadfarmer:
    Harpers Hair,

    Yeah they will get a week off
    And then they will be ridden harder than they have been all season
    Don’t expect Fleurys Markstroms Rittich Andersen’s schedule to get any easier
    Their backups are going to play even less

    Demko playing tonight in Vancouver.

  162. pts2pndr says:

    leadfarmer: I’ve been called crazy for this
    But Larsson is not a player I re-sign when his contract expires

    Larsson will be 28 when he becomes a UFA. Depending on price the smart move would be to extend him this off season and move Russel and possibly Benning. It would give the Oilers a veteran right shot D to help break in the likes of Samorukov and Broberg. He also gives veteran cover in the even of injury on the right side. I think many here forget that Larsson is still not up to his normal due to broken leg and missed time. He makes the D better as he is a difficult player for the opposition to play against. Patience is required to assure we move the correct players to assure the optimum D group moving forward.

  163. leadfarmer says:

    Todd Macallan,

    That’s too much

    • Todd Macallan says:

      Agreed. If he gets the Ferland contract I’ll be not pleased. Even if he is far more likely to outperform Ferland over the course of the deal.

  164. leadfarmer says:

    Did LT switch the reply button back?

  165. OriginalPouzar says:

    Day comes out of the box and gets a breakaway but can’t cash – Condors keep the pressure though and Granny puts it home from distance via a screen by Cave – Day and Malone with the helpers.

    Condors up 2-1 after one.

    Marody left and didn’t return – don’t know why.

  166. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: Wooooow!
    A conference call with one of the Flames owners.
    Like I said,pretentious.

    Would you like me to ask for his autograph for you next time?

  167. Gerta Rauss says:

    leadfarmer:
    Did LT switch the reply button back?

    Don’t think so-the (quote) and (reply) in brackets are the same as always-this didn’t change when our host enabled threaded comments

  168. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: Would you like me to ask for his autograph for you next time?

    No.
    I’d like you to tell me why you felt that tidbit needed to be part of your post?
    Cause from where I’m sitting, it had nothing to do with the topic.

  169. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss: Don’t think so-the (quote) and (reply) in brackets are the same as always-this didn’t change when our host enabled threaded comments

    There is a second “reply” button, just below those two.

  170. Bulging Twine says:

    Very impressed with the Oilers today. Focused and determined.

    Sheahan and Archie!

    Bear – so mobile in small spaces with the puck and then an accurate pass. Beauty.

    Rough game for Jones. Troublingly poor read on the first goal not taking Hall.

  171. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: No.
    I’d like you to tell me why you felt that tidbit needed to be part of your post?
    Cause from where I’m sitting,it had nothing to do with the topic.

    It has about as much to to with the topic as your daily policing of my posts.

    Feel free to worry about yourself.

  172. Harpers Hair says:

    Vancouver leading 1-0 after two.

    Outshooting San Jose 27-7.

    Dell has been outstanding.

  173. tileguy says:

    Well gentlemen, it’s getting that time of night when the humour ceases and the vitriol begins. All the usual suspects seem to be here, so let the games begin.

  174. Leroy Draisdale says:

    Chief Inspector,

    Chuckled at this, thanks for the laugh!

  175. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar: Hmmmmm, who the heck was it, was it Godot?

    I think it might have been Pouzar, not sure. I was really happy about the Sheahan signing at the time and recall significant GF%rel pushback.

  176. Bulging Twine says:

    McDavid is now 9th all time in points for the Oilers with 448

    In his sights next is Ales Hemsky with 477

  177. jm363561 says:

    OriginalPouzar: There is a second “reply” button, just below those two.

    Which you are not using enough.

    EDIT: I am sure most readers enjoy and appreciate your updates, but when you get involved in a back and forth, most commonly with HH, as a courtesy to all could you use the reply button? It makes skipping past much easier.

  178. Harpers Hair says:

    The dam finally breaks and the Canucks win 4-1.

    Outshot San Jose 39-17.

  179. jp says:

    Harpers Hair:
    In his first season at Quinnipac, Rafferty scored 24 points in 40 games.

    Kesselring has 3 points in 22 games. On pace for 5 points.

    One of these is not like the other.

    Funny thing. Kesserling turned 20 not quite a week ago.

    Age 19 Raffery was playing in some league called the NAHL.

    Age 20 he played in the USHL and scored 28 points (I didn’t know one could play a full season in the USHL at age 20).

    Kesserling scored 34 points in the USHL last year, age 18/19.

    One of these things is not like the other.

  180. jp says:

    godot10: “Here we go Oilers here we go” is such a far superior chant to “Let’s go Oilers”.I remember Glen Anderson chanting it on the bench in 1990 during the playoffs under his breath on the bench with the camera panned on him.

    I almost thing the decade of darknes s is due to the unfathomable change to “Let’s go OIlers”.Lets go implies some doubt.Here we go, does not.“Lets go Oilers” implies the fans are drunk zombies and cannot manage the more complicated rhythm of “Here we go Oilers, here we go.”

    IMHL

    Thanks for this.

  181. Harpers Hair says:

    jp: Funny thing. Kesserling turned 20 not quite a week ago.

    Age 19 Raffery was playing in some league called the NAHL.

    Age 20 he played in the USHL and scored 28 points (I didn’t know one could play a full season in the USHL at age 20).

    Kesserling scored 34 points in the USHL last year, age 18/19.

    One of these things is not like the other.

    We will see if Kesselring scores 24 next season.

    I wouldn’t bet on it.

  182. jp says:

    Todd Macallan:
    Haha I hear ya. Grew up in the Yukon so used to the – 40, living in St. John’s now and witnessed the 75 cm in the last 24 hrs with 150 km winds. Would gladly take the dash 40 haha.

    Thank you. I thought the NL storm needed to be mentioned!

  183. jp says:

    Harpers Hair: We will see if Kesselring scores 24 next season.

    I wouldn’t bet on it.

    Kesselring should get 2 seasons, save 4 months, if we’re being fair.

  184. Harpers Hair says:

    OP seems to have abandoned the Condors.

    They lost 4-3.

    Granlund with 3 points.

    Call him up!

  185. Wilde says:

    Super behind on tracking, still on the January 17th game; just want to note that there’s going to be another discrepancy between mine and the AHL’s official data on the goal scored at 5:36 into the 2nd period. The defensemen they have on the ice for it are Kulevich and Samorukov – the standard third pairing for the game – but it was actually Manning in Kulevich’s place. Easy mistake, Manning’s #23 and Kulevich is #24. There’s a really simple screenshot in my Twitter thread of the game’s stats.

  186. v4ance says:

    Sean Patrick Ryan@TheOilKnight

    Condors lose 4-3. Brandon Manning was on ice for all 4 goals. 3 times his man scored and pretty sure he screened Starrett on the 4th. Tough loss.

    ***

    Brandon Manning still sucks. I’m sorry, but it’s true.

    Manning needs to be benched again like last year & play Lagesson. Directly responsible for all 4 GA in this AHL game.

    McLeod was good again, Makismov had some chances, Markus Granlund was best player on ice.

  187. Ribs says:

    Harpers Hair: And Kubalik scores again…his 20th.

    It’s blowing me away that this guy is panning out. I watched some video back in his draft year and was hoping the Oilers would pick him (complete flyer pick). I’ve checked in on him a few times over the years and did not think he was going to be doing much. Now this. Wow.

    A post of mine from the 2013 draft…

    RIBSsays:
    June 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    Well, who’s left on my board…..

    Sean Malone and Hunter Garlent – I can’t see them picking those guys without picking some monsters first.
    Slepyshev who probably won’t get drafted….

    I guess that leaves Dominik Kubalik and goalie Marcus Hogberg. Go picks!

    — Aw crap… My goalie just got picked.

    Malone and Garlent flamed out by the looks of things, Slepyshev ended up coming to NA for a short while. Hogberg has found his way to the show as well.

    Neat!

  188. Bulging Twine says:

    v4ance:

    Markus Granlund was best player on ice.

    Wonder if this would be demoralizing for Benson and some of the others trying to get called up. As in, “man, this guy is good and he can’t even make the Oilers”

  189. Munny says:

    Bulging Twine: Wonder if this would be demoralizing for Benson and some of the others trying to get called up.As in, “man, this guy is good and he can’t even make the Oilers”

    If it’s demoralizing and not challenging, then these are not the droids you’re looking for.

  190. Genjutsu says:

    Bulging Twine: Wonder if this would be demoralizing for Benson and some of the others trying to get called up.As in, “man, this guy is good and he can’t even make the Oilers”

    Or let’s them know where the bar is and pushes them to reach higher.

  191. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: I think it might have been Pouzar, not sure. I was really happy about the Sheahan signing at the time and recall significant GF%rel pushback.

    Yes, I think it may have been him – there was vigorous pushback as you say.

  192. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: Funny thing. Kesserling turned 20 not quite a week ago.

    Age 19 Raffery was playing in some league called the NAHL.

    Age 20 he played in the USHL and scored 28 points (I didn’t know one could play a full season in the USHL at age 20).

    Kesserling scored 34 points in the USHL last year, age 18/19.

    One of these things is not like the other.

    It’s odd that the poster seems to completely disregard age of prospects – equating performance of one player at 20 with another player at 24, for example.

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