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. barry.moore23 says:

    I really like Conor Garland. After looking at PuckIQ i think he’s good but best on second and third lines. He’s fast. Love the hometown team but not today – go Oilers !!

    PS I think I read PuckIQ correctly. Thanks always to WG and GMoney

  2. Jethro Tull says:

    Meaningful hockey in January! Woooooot!

  3. John Chambers says:

    Will Taylor Hall’s team lose to the Oilers for a third time this season?

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em

  4. hunter1909 says:

    LOL @ the Olde Lowetide trick of early game day posts:

    Oilers need to win today, flat out and if they do everything is rosy at least for the time being but if they lose well…it’s certainly not the end of the world and no way does McDavid?Draisaitl/ Nurse!! and the rest miss the playoffs because any fool can see they’re looking too competent, dare I say it Ken Holland : )

  5. hunter1909 says:

    John Chambers:
    Will Taylor Hall’s team lose to the Oilers for a third time this season?

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em

    John you’re one of the few Lowetide posters virtuous enough to stick his neck out every time he posts and mad respect bro…

    Unlike that dastardly Wood type who lurks around Lowetide spewing endless statistics that he imagines anyone wants to read lol

  6. hunter1909 says:

    hunter1909: John you’re one of the few Lowetide posters virtuous enough to stick his neck out every time he posts and mad respect bro…

    Unlike that dastardly Wood type who lurks around Lowetide spewing endless statistics that he imagines anyone wants to read lol

    And please don’t even start me on the topic of Harpers Hair, or Original Pouzar both who need to be shot into the sun asap

  7. hunter1909 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Meaningful hockey in January! Woooooot!

    Glad to have you back!

  8. hunter1909 says:

    Jethro Tull:
    Meaningful hockey in January! Woooooot!

    Please tell us: is there any rivalry between the good folk of Portsmouth and those assclowns who inhabit the Isle of Wight?

  9. Woodguy v2.0 says:

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

    Central
    STL 20
    COL 11
    DAL 11

    Pacific
    VAN 8
    CGY 8
    EDM 7

    Wildcard
    ARI 7
    WPG 6

    Out of playoffs
    VGK 6
    NSH 3
    CHI 2
    MIN 1
    SJS -3
    ANA -5
    LAK -8

    -VAN has one less gp than CGY
    -EDM has two less gp than ARI
    -WPG has two less gp thant VGP

    -ANA wins 2 games on the road in row over NSH and CAR. The wood is now being chopped and the water carried.

    -Fading Hellebuyck paid again! Woot!!

    Relevant games today:
    ARI (+110) at EDM (-130) – Surprised the bookies like EDM this much. I do too though.

    CGY (-150) at OTT (+130) – CGY with the free spot on the bingo card. Hope they bring the same effort they did to the MTL game.

    VGK (-125) at MTL (+105) – Armia is back for MTL. Price’s last few games are good. MTL might be worth a little.

    BUF (+160) at NSH (-180) – After NSH loses to ANA and BUF beat VGK and DAL the price on BUF is good. Not great, but good.

    SJS (+140) at VAN (-160) – VAN saws off 5v5 and wins via PP. SJS’s PK is good. Hmmm. Still would need more to hit SJS.

    • Harpers Hair says:

      Increasingly, it’s looking like 5 Pacific teams will make the playoffs.

      How those 5 are seeded may come down to strength of remaining schedule.

      Here’s how that looks from easiest to toughest.

      Flames

      Canucks

      Oilers

      Arizona

      Vegas

      The thing to avoid is the second wildcard spot which would result in a first round matchup against the Blues.

      Going to be a wild ride.

  10. Woodguy v2.0 says:

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

    Metropolitan
    WSH 21
    PIT 17
    NYI 14

    Atlantic
    BOS 19
    TBY 14
    FLA 9

    Wildcard
    TOR 9
    CAR 9

    Out of playoffs
    CBJ 8
    PHI 8
    NYR 4
    BUF 3
    MTL 0
    NJD -6
    OTT -7
    DET -20

    -CAR lost to ANA. That’s not good.
    -Wildcard race is way more interesting now that a few weeks ago.

    Wildcard relevant games today:

    CHI (+175) at TOR (-210) – Hawks are 7-3-0 in their last 10 and have won 3 in a row. I think that price is worth a unit.

    LAK (+150) at PHI (-170) – PHI is good at home. No value here

    FLA (-200) at DET (+170) – FLA should walk this one home

    NJD (+160) at CBJ (-180) – Jack Adams will win another here.

  11. jtblack says:

    ” DET -20 ”

    KEN left Stevie Y with this mess by overpaying for aging , marginal talents (Sheanan, Abdukader, Helm, Nielsen, etc etc) …

    Be very afraid of the pending Kassian commitment …..

  12. smellyglove says:

    Thought of this the other day:

    Does the Jesse P situation remind you of Joni Pitkanen, and the way he ‘fit’ in (or rather didn’t fit) with the team?

  13. Bling says:

    smellyglove:
    Thought of this the other day:

    Does the Jesse P situation remind you of Joni Pitkanen, and the way he ‘fit’ in (or rather didn’t fit) with the team?

    Pitkanen was an interesting guy.

    I remember Hitch — who coached him in Philly — saying that he had something of a photographic memory. Any situation in the game, Pitkanen was able to recall exactly where he was, what he was doing, thinking, etc.

    I hadn’t heard that said about a player before.

  14. flea says:

    Exciting times in Oilerland.

    I heard a Taylor Hall quote yesterday – paraphrased he basically said it’s exciting to play in games like this, that matter. It’s hard to get the same excitement when your team is out of it.

    I also think we are seeing this out of the Oilers. I’m excited to see all these guys push to their next level over the rest of the season.

    It’ll be a tough one today but I think the Oilers can expose the ARI goaltending. Don’t worry about the fancy ones – just funnel pucks and people at the net.

  15. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    . We can assume Vegas and Calgary will be two of the playoff teams from the Pacific

    Its a good bet that VGK will make it, but its not a slam dunk.

    Big issue for them is the goalering.

    All Situations:
    Fluery .907
    Subban .898

    DeBoer will be tempted to play Fluery into the ground if he can’t trust Subban.

    Hockey.

    Should be called Mostly Goalie.

  16. Louis Levasseur says:

    I’m not sure why we have to assume that Calgary and Vegas are two that make the playoffs. Unless, it’s a superstitious thing like how I turn off the Oilers’ game sometimes because I feel like I’m jinxing them.

    I think those 2 teams fit in there along with the other teams in the battle. I concede nothing to them! 🙂

  17. tileguy says:

    Is the second line good because of Yamfry, or because RNH has recovered from surgery and is sniping much better?
    snip·ing
    /ˈsnīpiNG/

    noun
    noun: sniping; plural noun: snipings
    1.
    the action of shooting at someone from a hiding place, especially accurately and at long range.
    “sniping assumed great importance during WWI, especially where trench warfare was prevalent”
    That was such a beauty goal right off the face off last game.

  18. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    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.

    This (low-ish CF%) may be due to small sample issues.

    CF
    Overall 78:39 TOI – 46.3%
    Leading 32:58 TOI – 38.2%
    Tied 25:07 TOI – 48.0%
    Trailing 20:33 TOI – 61.8%

    Fully 42% of their TOI together is when the team is ahead and score effects are doing their thing.

    • Woodguy v2.0 says:

      Bah!

      Now I see LT used Shots on Goal (SF%) and not All Shots (CF%)

      Here’s the same game state splits using SF%:

      Overall 78:39 TOI – 48.8%
      Leading 32:58 TOI – 37.1%
      Tied 25:07 TOI – 51.7%
      Trailing 20:33 TOI – 66.7%

  19. Yegfoundation says:

    hunter1909: And please don’t even start me on the topic of Harpers Hair, or Original Pouzar both who need to be shot into the sun asap

    Disagree. I enjoy reading content from OP.
    Yegfoundation,

    hunter1909: And please don’t even start me on the topic of Harpers Hair, or Original Pouzar both who need to be shot into the sun asap

  20. dolenator says:

    With the way the Pacific division is looking why the certainty that it will be Calgary and Vegas? Ya they were the favorites at the start of the season but it’s not like they have been tearing the cover off the ball the last 20 games. When Arizona gets their goalies back I see this being a tight 5 horse race right down to the wire

  21. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    . We can assume Vegas and Calgary will be two of the playoff teams from the Pacific

    Its a good bet that VGK will make it, but its not a slam dunk.

    Big issue for them is the goalering.

    All Situations:
    Fluery .907
    Subban .898

    DeBoer will be tempted to play Fluery into the ground if he can’t trust Subban.

    Hockey.

    Should be called Mostly Goalie.

    The difference between coaching god and unemployed is 920 goalering vs 900 goalering

    Wonder if Raanta starts and if he survives one or two periods today

  22. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    tileguy:
    Is the second line good because of Yamfry, or because RNH has recovered from surgery and is sniping much better?

    Probably “both”. Nuge definitely took a dip in production around the injury time and as demonstrated last few games “has his little snap snipe back”. Yamo is the missing link. Aggressive forecheck, creates chaos, speed, good passer, and IQ. Also not a D liability.

    Its beautiful really. Now lets hope they keep on keepin on…

  23. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    hunter1909: John you’re one of the few Lowetide posters virtuous enough to stick his neck out every time he posts and mad respect bro…

    Unlike that dastardly Wood type who lurks around Lowetide spewing endless statistics that he imagines anyone wants to read lol

    I am dastardly, no doubt.

  24. Rugbypig says:

    jtblack,

    jtblack:
    ” DET -20 ”

    KEN left Stevie Y with this mess by overpaying for aging , marginal talents (Sheanan, Abdukader, Helm, Nielsen, etc etc) …

    Be very afraid of the pending Kassian commitment …..

    I really dislike cherry picked statements to support a weak narrative.
    As it has been REPEATEDLY posted that the Red Wings owner wanted a 25 year play-off streak and that was all that mattered, you do the best you can to do, what the guy that cuts your cheque wants.
    When the 25 season playoff goal was achieved Holland was allowed to start rebuilding the team, which when you look at the team Holland has set-up and left for Stevie-Y is stocked with picks and prospects and over 25mil in cap space.
    The Oilers / Kassian situation is different than what your sky is falling mantra predicts.

  25. Louis Levasseur says:

    I read Eric Francis’ take on the Tkachuk-Kassian thing. He is the worst kind of homer: one that pretends he isn’t. It makes me laugh when media personality claim not to be fans.

    I wonder though if the SportsNet bosses told him and Spector to right pieces that were on opposite sides? Similar to being in a debate club, where you have to argue a side that you don’t really believe. That is the only thing that makes sense to me, given such an outrageous, and frankly stupid position. They are, after-all trying to sell advertisements.

  26. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer: The difference between coaching god and unemployed is 920 goalering vs 900 goalering

    Wonder if Raanta starts and if he survives one or two periods today

    I heard Hill is starting. .912 in his last 5 starts

  27. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Rugbypig:
    jtblack,

    I really dislike cherry picked statements to support a weak narrative.
    As it has been REPEATEDLY posted that the Red Wings owner wanted a 25 year play-off streak and that was all that mattered, you do the best you can to do, what the guy that cuts your cheque wants.
    When the 25 season playoff goal was achieved Holland was allowed to start rebuilding the team, which when you look at the team Holland has set-up and left for Stevie-Y is stocked with picks and prospects and over 25mil in cap space.
    The Oilers / Kassian situation is different than what your sky is falling mantra predicts.

    I don’t see how “keep the playoff streak alive” is a get out of jail free card for “signs marginal players for too much and too long”

    If he’s trying to keep the playoff streak alive, you’d think you’d want him to do the opposite and find value contracts everywhere like PIT has.

    • Harpers Hair says:

      Holland buried the Wings in cap he’ll exactly the same way Chiarelli buried the Bruins.

      Luckily for the Bruins, they had that exceptional first like locked down so we’re able to recover fairly quickly…not so much the Red Wings.

  28. jtblack says:

    Rugbypig,

    I didn’t say the sky is falling? nope.

    I did say Ken has a history of overpaying for aging, low talent vets … If you want to pin the blame on Illitch, so be it …

    What I did say is be wary of the contract Ken negotiates with Zack. Because it will be a big tell for his future time as Edm GM …..

    Maybe the way you read words, builds your own narrative. read closely.

    • pts2pndr says:

      There was a little Henney Penney in your remarks. Old saying goes don’t borrow trouble.
      I will however agree there is cause for a modicum of concern.

  29. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’m not sure why we assume that the flames take a playoff spot over the Oilers (or Vegas for that matter).

    I know they were better last year but that was last year. The Oilers have the identical record to the flames (with a win today) and a much better goal differential and like 4-5 more regulation wins.

    If the Oilers replaced their coach mid-season like each of those two teams, would the playoffs then be assumed?

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    This is a big damn game today.

    Forget about the flames and Tkachuk.

    Put your flights to tropical destinations out of mind.

    Taylor Hall is 3 plus years and two teams removed from the Oilers – he is simply another fast and talented player to be cognizant of on the ice – including taking advantage of his turnovers at the opposition blueline.

    Lets win the goalie battle and take two points in regulation.

    Go Oilers!

  31. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I’m not sure why we assume that the flames take a playoff spot over the Oilers (or Vegas for that matter).

    I know they were better last year but that was last year. The Oilers have the identical record to the flames (with a win today) and a much better goal differential and like 4-5 more regulation wins.

    If the Oilers replaced their coach mid-season like each of those two teams, would the playoffs then be assumed?

    I think the pressure is on the flames and Vegas to make playoffs and are more likely to sell futures to ensure a playoff spot. Unless we make some separation I don’t see us paying the deadline prices while I do see them paying the deadline prices.
    That’s why I would put them above us
    I don’t see Holland trading our first for a rental but the other teams probably will

  32. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I’m not sure why we assume that the flames take a playoff spot over the Oilers (or Vegas for that matter).

    I know they were better last year but that was last year. The Oilers have the identical record to the flames (with a win today) and a much better goal differential and like 4-5 more regulation wins.

    If the Oilers replaced their coach mid-season like each of those two teams, would the playoffs then be assumed?

    Athletic numbers have playoff probability
    Arizona at 80% although that is way too generous as they are not getting 935 sp rest of way and have only one first line forward
    Calgary at 78% and will likely be active at deadline
    Vancouver at 76% but sold their first rounder already
    Vegas at 67%
    Oil at 58%
    May see 5 pacific teams in playoffs
    Helle Rittich and Fleury are all in the overworked goaler category so are more likely to fade down the line (Over 2000 min)

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909: And please don’t even start me on the topic of Harpers Hair, or Original Pouzar both who need to be shot into the sun asap

    Cool!

    Good Morning to you too.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair:
    The Flames have the third easiest schedule in the league the rest of the way.

    It matters.

    The roster also matters and the roster has proven, to this point, to be no better than the Oilers roster and maybe worse given goal differential, lack of regulation wins, etc.

    I keep hearing about schedules, for two months now, but every time I look I see the Oilers in or within a whisker of top spot in the division.

    The start of January was a “tough schedule” for the Oilers vis-a-vis teams played…..

    • Harpers Hair says:

      The Flames are very likely to add a top six winger since they cleared the cap space by sending Frolik to Buffalo.

      Once Valimaki returns from injury, they will have the D assets to make a significant trade.

      Lots of talk yesterday about Kapanen…I think it’s a pretty fair bet that he ends up in Calgary.

  35. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gregor confirms the exact same lineup as Tuesday including Smith starting.

    He also intimates that Lagesson will be sent to the AHL for the bye week which makes sense given his lack of playing time and the Condors having a very busy schedule coming up.

    Question will be if he’s recalled after or if Matty Benning is activated.

  36. tileguy says:

    Smith starting, favouritism at work right before your very eyes.
    Hey Andy D, looks like the gas station dancing tube needs to be moved to the net.

  37. DieHard says:

    Need help. What is best free hockey streaming site? Without CC needed. And without virus.

    • Harpers Hair says:

      Reddit Hockey Streams.

      You’ll see a ton of streaming options in the Oilers thread.

      Choose Bilas Sports.

      Very high quality, no ads or pop ups.

      • Fraktal says:

        R/nhlstreams has shut down, but nhl(Lemieux’s number).ir works well for me, even on mobile.

        • PokeCheck says:

          The Reddit announcement suggests using sportsurge.net, which is working fine for me at the moment.

  38. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar: The roster also matters and the roster has proven, to this point, to be no better than the Oilers roster and maybe worse given goal differential, lack of regulation wins, etc.

    I keep hearing about schedules, for two months now, but every time I look I see the Oilers in or within a whisker of top spot in the division.

    The start of January was a “tough schedule” for the Oilers vis-a-vis teams played…..

    That’s his go to line as well as some singer from the Seventies named Rafferty.

  39. Ribs says:

    smellyglove:
    Thought of this the other day:

    Does the Jesse P situation remind you of Joni Pitkanen, and the way he ‘fit’ in (or rather didn’t fit) with the team?

    Does JP get his mom to tie his skates before every game, too?

    Hah, that Joni was an odd cat. It’s too bad he didn’t take. Amazing potential there.

  40. Darth Tu says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Winnipeg finally bit the big one!

  41. VanIsleOil says:

    Reja: That’s his go to line as well as some singer from the Seventies named Rafferty.

    Brogans Dad? 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Yi762sQTo

  42. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair:
    The Flames are very likely to add a top six winger since they cleared the cap space by sending Frolik to Buffalo.

    Once Valimaki returns from injury, they will have the D assets to make a significant trade.

    Lots of talk yesterday about Kapanen…I think it’s a pretty fair bet that he ends up in Calgary.

    Great – I hope the flames do send out draft picks and futures for rentals – hopefully their first rounder goes for Pageau who then re-signs in Ottawa. Maybe the flames can give Taylor Hall his 7 X $10M deal as well.

    Bring on Kapanen, bring on Pageau – there isn’t a rental out there that makes the team that much more formidable, in my opinion.

    Wayne Simmonds seems like a perfect fit – go for it Tre!

    We’ll see how it goes.

    • Harpers Hair says:

      Who said anything about draft picks and futures?

      I expect the Flames will use their excess D depth to get a scoring winger.

      They don’t need Pageau…they are already loaded at C with Monahan, Lindholm, Ryan, Jankowski and Rinaldo.

      They need a top six scoring winger with speed.

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    tileguy:
    Smith starting, favouritism at work right before your very eyes.
    Hey Andy D, looks like the gas station dancing tube needs to be moved to the net.

    Favoritism or the goalie that has been playing better over the last two weeks?

  44. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair:
    I’ll just leave this here for you.
    https://youtu.be/8noZ4H0LdBw

    I’ll take Marek Malik skilled goal in the 15th round of shootout any day of the week.

  45. Bulging Twine says:

    Woodguy v2.0:

    CHI (+175) at TOR (-210) – Hawks are 7-3-0 in their last 10 and have won 3 in a row.I think that price is worth a unit.

    One slight warning about the Hawks recent wins, they were against MTL, OTT, ANA, DET

  46. Wilde says:

    Bakersfield Condors vs. Colorado Eagles; January 17th, 2020; first run:

    Benson – Granlund – Currie
    Esposito – Cave – Maksimov
    Gambardella – Malone – Koules
    McLeod – Marody – Hebig

    Lowe – Bouchard
    Manning – Day
    Samorukov – Kulevich

    ~2/3rds through the 1st alterations – seeing whether s:

    Benson – Marody – Currie
    Malone – Granlund – Gambardella
    Hebig – McLeod – Koules
    (Cave trio intact)

  47. Bulging Twine says:

    Louis Levasseur:
    I’m not sure why we have to assume that Calgary and Vegas are two that make the playoffs.Unless, it’s a superstitious thing like how I turn off the Oilers’ game sometimes because I feel like I’m jinxing them.

    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.

  48. HugThePost says:

    He may have been obscure to some, but I was a fan of Mats Lindgren. I think his career was sidetracked due to injury especially that one where he took a slash which damaged a nerve in his leg and he basically missed an entire season. When he got here though, I enjoyed his quiet non-flashy way but he obviously was skilled.

  49. OilClog says:

    The dark sides goal posts are aligning with the Flames, the apocalypse is near. Yet as much as the Flames are looking for a top 6 forward, every article that’s been mentioned in, it also states the Oilers are looking for exactly the same thing. But hey everyone’s shit and spare parts are more valued in Miss Cleo’s eyes over what the Oilers have to offer.

    OriginalPouzar:
    This is a big damn game today.

    Forget about the flames and Tkachuk.

    Put your flights to tropical destinations out of mind.

    Taylor Hall is 3 plus years and two teams removed from the Oilers – he is simply another fast and talented player to be cognizant of on the ice – including taking advantage of his turnovers at the opposition blueline.

    Lets win the goalie battle and take two points in regulation.

    Go Oilers!

    So much horseshit, you must keep the shovel on you at all times.

    The Oilers skill players turn the puck over all the time too, hell Leon just went on a world wide here ya go buddy tour.

    Sure would be nice to have a fast talented winger that’s been a top tier line driver on this Oilers team, probably would ensure some noise is made in the playoffs instead of sitting on hands whimpering out..

    This team gets beat in a series where it’s because they simply weren’t backed up by management, results will be extremely damaging long term.

  50. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    The dark sides goal posts are aligning with the Flames, the apocalypse is near. Yet as much as the Flames are looking for a top 6 forward, every article that’s been mentioned in, it also states the Oilers are looking for exactly the same thing. But hey everyone’s shit and spare parts are more valued in Miss Cleo’s eyes over what the Oilers have to offer.

    So much horseshit, you must keep the shovel on you at all times.

    The Oilers skill players turn the puck over all the time too, hell Leon just went on a world wide here ya go buddy tour.

    Sure would be nice to have a fast talented winger that’s been a top tier line driver on this Oilers team, probably would ensure some noise is made in the playoffs instead of sitting on hands whimpering out..

    This team gets beat in a series where it’s because they simply weren’t backed up by management, results will be extremely damaging long term.

    Yup, Leon does turn the puck over at the opposition blueline more often than we’d all like – and, yes, sometimes it ends up in the back of our net and it can (and has) cost us games. He gets criticized for it, as he should

    We are playing Arizona today – they employ Taylor Hall – he has a penchant for such turnovers and i mention it as something that the Oilers need to try and capitalize on. I acknowledge that Hall is a fast and talented player to be aware of.

    Not sure where the horseshit is – seems personal because I don’t think Hall’s acquisition as a rental would have made sense nor do I want to sign him to a his next contract.

  51. Nit64 says:

    leadfarmer: Athletic numbers have playoff probability
    Arizona at 80% although that is way too generous as they are not getting 935 sp rest of way and have only one first line forward
    Calgary at 78% and will likely be active at deadline
    Vancouver at 76% but sold their first rounder already
    Vegas at 67%
    Oil at 58%
    May see 5 pacific teams in playoffs
    Helle Rittich and Fleury are all in the overworked goaler category so are more likely to fade down the line (Over 2000 min)

    Last I looked that at that model writeup it mentions taking in current roster composition but not current year play of those players. If that’s the whole story improved play is not rolled into pending games.

  52. Dustylegnd says:

    jtblack:
    ” DET -20 ”

    KEN left Stevie Y with this mess by overpaying for aging , marginal talents (Sheanan, Abdukader, Helm, Nielsen, etc etc) …

    Be very afraid of the pending Kassian commitment …..

    We really are a damaged lot us Oilers fans, we assume Holland will pay too much for too long for Kassian and too much for Nurse….glass half empty and the sky falling with a meteor on a collision course for the Ice District

    Holland can not be so dull/arrogant that he fails to see the error of his past in Detroit, who knows what pressures he was under (from a dying owner) to win one more cup and hold on to the playoff streak….reading the tea leaves it seems Kassian is motivated to stay in Edmonton which gives Holland a one time opportunity to actually drive a fair value deal…..my call is $3.3 x 4 years gets done…which is easily attainable elsewhere for Kassian, specifically the Metro division as a Tom Wilson vaccine

    Holland knows he is under tight Money constraints due to inheriting the Lucic contract and the God Awful Russel contract, the Pouliot buy out, the Sekera buy out and the Lucic salary retention on the flip for the Neal contract which is limiting but less so than Lucimoto …its a fucking mess…….

    The limitations of the cap situation prevents any more stupid deals….as does the Sword of Damocles placed over the head of Holland by the Connor situation in 2 years

    I will say it again Nurse contract = Josh Morrissey end of discussion with his agent, if he wants more move him for help on the wing.

  53. OilClog says:

    Even strength 15 games, 5 goals 6 assists 8hits 12take aways 7 give aways 50.3 Corso 100.9 PDO 13.0 shooting % up from 5.5% in New Jersey.

    12 take aways
    7 give aways

    12 take aways
    7 give aways

    Yup Taylor Hall is awful, he would of sunk the franchise giving away the puck at the Oilers blue line. That is clearly what the 15 games of data so far in Arizona clearly states!

  54. Greenberg says:

    Tom Wilson vaccine

    Best metaphor of the day which finds you combatants of wisdom slashing each other.

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    Who ever said that Taylor Hall was awful?

    Since he arrived the Yotes goals/game have gone up, however so have their goals against – how much of that is Hall? How much of that is goaltending? How much of that are other factors?

    Since Taylor Hall arrived, his possession and scoring chance stats relative to the team are slightly negative but majorly negative when we look at High Danger scoring chances.

    These are just the facts.

    I love Hall – I think he’s great and would welcome him back as an Oiler but contract are contracts and the cap is the cap.

    All I did is state that he’s a high skill and high speed player that the Oilers need to keep an eye on but also look to take advantage of his turnovers at the Oiler blue line. Not sure why that has elicited such an emotional response. I assume Tochett is discussing the same with his player as regards Leon.

  56. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lagesson has been assigned to the Condors.

    Get some games in Willlie.

    Will you be back after the break or will Benning be activated?

  57. Reja says:

    This is a must win we need the points badly Holland knows he has a free pass this year If we can rack up points in the next ten he we be forced to upgrade up front

  58. OilClog says:

    Not emotional just thinks it’s hilarious that a contract that doesn’t exist and blue line giveaways are a hilarious defense.

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto, great forecheck, causes ad turnover and Oiler pressure ensues – love this kid’s game.

  60. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jones with a turnover trying to make a dangerous middle transition/breakout pass and some negative pressure ensues.

    Simple Jonesy – if its not there, there are secondary options.

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hall (I believe) draws the first PP of the game – well, Hall with the pass, the slash was on Dvorak.

  62. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great pressure by Sheahan to get a clear, great neutral zone battle by Archie to gain the breakaway and great finish by Archie for the shortie.

  63. Oil2Oilers says:

    You can’t stop archbold you can only hope to contain him

  64. drglen says:

    big goal Archie!

  65. OriginalPouzar says:

    Haas up in the PK rotation.

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nice save by Smith on an OEL blast that I’m not sure he saw well but no rebound.

  67. drglen says:

    pretty dicey defending here..

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai/McDavid/Yamamoto come out after the PK.

    Tip does like to load up after a PK.

  69. drglen says:

    3rd pair in trouble there

  70. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Who ever said that Taylor Hall was awful?

    Since he arrived the Yotes goals/game have gone up, however so have their goals against – how much of that is Hall?How much of that is goaltending?How much of that are other factors?

    Since Taylor Hall arrived, his possession and scoring chance stats relative to the team are slightly negative but majorly negative when we look at High Danger scoring chances.

    These are just the facts.

    I love Hall – I think he’s great and would welcome him back as an Oiler but contract are contracts and the cap is the cap.

    All I did is state that he’s a high skill and high speed player that the Oilers need to keep an eye on but also look to take advantage of his turnovers at the Oiler blue line. Not sure why that has elicited such an emotional response. I assume Tochett is discussing the same with his player as regards Leon.

    And it’s Halls fault that Keller and Schmaltz haven’t put up a point in 7 games

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    My goodness Kailer, forces another turnover on the forecheck and makes a nice vision cross-ice pass to Larsson for a shot on net. Geez this kid.

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer: And it’s Halls fault that Keller and Schmaltz haven’t put up a point in 7 games

    Sure – all I did was state that the Oilers need to contained the skilled and fast Hall but look to take advantage of his penchant to turn the puck over at the offensive blue.

    I stand by that.

    ARI should do the same with Drai, for example.

  73. Paulie says:

    Love to see Yamo & Haas on same line. Forechecking and falling down every shift.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kessel with the bad play on the PP leading to the goal against and now takes an offensive zone penalty.

  75. Reja says:

    I would sign Archie to a 2 year contract.

    • Durag says:

      I’m very interested in bringing Archibald and Sheahan back to be the backbone of a third line. Great Swiss army bottom 6 guys

  76. jtblack says:

    Dustylegnd: We really are a damaged lot us Oilers fans, we assume Holland will pay too much for too long for Kassian and too much for Nurse….glass half empty and the sky falling with a meteor on a collision course for the Ice District

    Holland can not be so dull/arrogant that he fails to see the error of his past in Detroit, who knows what pressures he was under (from a dying owner) to win one more cup and hold on to the playoff streak….reading the tea leaves it seems Kassian is motivated to stay in Edmonton which gives Holland a one time opportunity to actually drive a fair value deal…..my call is $3.3 x 4 years gets done…which is easily attainable elsewhere for Kassian, specifically the Metro division as a Tom Wilson vaccine

    Holland knows he is under tight Money constraints due to inheriting the Lucic contract and the God Awful Russel contract, the Pouliot buy out, the Sekera buy out and the Lucic salary retention on the flip for the Neal contract which is limiting but less so than Lucimoto …its a fucking mess…….

    The limitations of the cap situation prevents any more stupid deals….as does the Sword of Damocles placed over the head of Holland by the Connor situation in 2 years

    I will say it again Nurse contract = Josh Morrissey end of discussion with his agent, if he wants more move him for help on the wing.

    Where to start.

    “Holland can not be so dull/arrogant that he fails to see the error of his past in Detroit, ” – says who? I believed the same thing when PC came from Boston … no way he would trade a Tyler Seguin again ….

    “what pressures he was under (from a dying owner) to win one more cup and hold on to the playoff streak” – as WG stated earlier, if you are trying to win you probably don’t want to overpay aging, limited talent guys .. Pressure or no pressure, Ken made a number of poor signings

    “my call is $3.3 x 4 years gets done” – IMO anything over a 3 on $$ or term is too much ..

    “which is easily attainable elsewhere for Kassian” – Let him go elsewhere ..that will essentially FREE UP $3.3 Million for Ken to find a younger / better player

    “I will say it again Nurse contract = Josh Morrissey end of discussion with his agent, if he wants more move him for help on the wing.” – So if the Nurse deal comes in higher, will you concede it’s an overpay by Ken?

  77. OriginalPouzar says:

    Interesting that Connor dropped the puck back on that rush – looked like he had a step on, I think, Demers.

  78. OriginalPouzar says:

    What a great power move by Sheahan to set up Gagner for a big 2nd goal.

    Nice finish by Sam in tight on the short side.

  79. Paulie says:

    Secondary scoring rules!

  80. leadfarmer says:

    I think I drank a bottle of Capobianco once

  81. Gerta Rauss says:

    Is that a 2PP goal..?

    wow

  82. OriginalPouzar says:

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

    He’s full value for his $1M – full.

    I’d give him a couple of years at $1.25M (would like to keep it at the $1M but he has earned a raise).

  83. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Is that a 2PP goal..?

    wow

    PP was well over.

  84. CMcD4PM says:

    Hallsy = -2

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    Smith with a couple solid saves as the 2nd line gets caved a bit there.

    Second line comes back, works hard, battles and Kailer bangs one in.

  86. innercitysmytty says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    True but word on the street seems to be that Holland overpays on every deal.

  87. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ugly goal but they earned the “luck” with a couple good plays and strong battles.

  88. Paulie says:

    Yamo goes to net creating chaos.

  89. Durag says:

    Love Yamo getting the greasy ones

  90. Paulie says:

    Yamo making a statement. You’re not sending me back to AHL ever again.

  91. Chief Inspector says:

    I didn’t realize it was vertically challenged scoring day!

  92. CMcD4PM says:

    Hallsy = -3 now

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    Jones not having a great first period – a couple of turnovers that have led to pressure against.

  94. Paulie says:

    Jones with another giveaway in dzone

  95. OriginalPouzar says:

    How much fun would it have been if Kailer would have finished on that partial breakaway?

    Great lead pass by Nuge on that one.

    Nuge is so back!

  96. Paulie says:

    Bear nice play on Hall

  97. Gerta Rauss says:

    Couldn’t ask for a better period from the Oilers

    and a lengthy PP to start the 2nd

  98. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yes, I’ll take two 5 on 5 goals and a shortie in one period – especially when they include a 2nd line goal at 5 on 5 and a 4th line goal at 5 on 5 and no McDavid help.

    Smith not spectacular but 2-3 real solid saves.

    That’s how you win hockey games consistently – contributions throughout the lineup.

    Great first period.

    More in the 2nd please.

  99. Nit64 says:

    hunter1909: And please don’t even start me on the topic of Harpers Hair, or Original Pouzar both who need to be shot into the sun asap

    ~ Well the rocket ship was unguarded. ~

  100. OriginalPouzar says:

    innercitysmytty:
    OriginalPouzar,

    True but word on the street seems to be that Holland overpays on every deal.

    Judging by the first, he overpaid on Jones.

    Clearly kidding (although Jones needs to keep it more simple when he’s got control – he’s not “there” yet).

  101. russ99 says:

    Nice period! Keep it rolling, no pre-break letup.

  102. Reja says:

    If I’m Holland I bring up Benson after the break and see how he looks. For me the biggest need is definitely a skilled 3C that can PK and win a face off from both sides when it matters.

  103. Paulie says:

    3-0 Oil. No points for Connor that period. That don’t happen often.

  104. Durag says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    How much fun would it have been if Kailer would have finished on that partial breakaway?

    Great lead pass by Nuge on that one.

    Nuge is so back!

    Yamo is playing with so much confidence right now. Absolutely night and day from the player who was up at the start of last season.

  105. Munny says:

    Paulie,

    Earned a worthy cheer from the crowd too

  106. tcho says:

    Not just luck – numbers loved the Oil in the first.

    Corsi: 17-11
    Fenwick:11-8
    HDC: 4-0

    (all numbers 5v5 via Natural Stat Trick)

  107. russ99 says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    He did. But he also looks back to see if he has numbers supporting. We didn’t score but nice puck movement to create space.

  108. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    3-0 Edmonton
    8-7 Edmonton shots
    17-11 Edmonton Corsi five on five
    ==

    I didn’t expect that.

  109. Reja says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Couldn’t ask for a better period from the Oilers

    and a lengthy PP to start the 2nd

    It’s nice to have puck luck for a change let’s run it up in the second and coast in the third.

  110. Oil2Oilers says:

    It is amazing that sportsnet knew that all Edmonton fans really wanted to see during the intermission was a long long piece on how great William nielander is.

  111. Reja says:

    How nice would it be to still have David Perron at 31 he just keeps getting better.

  112. Reja says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    It is amazing that sportsnet knew that all Edmonton fans really wanted to see during the intermission was a long long piece on how great William nielander is.

    The Leafs are trolling for a Nurse trade.

  113. Dustylegnd says:

    jtblack: Where to start.

    “Holland can not be so dull/arrogant that he fails to see the error of his past in Detroit, ” – says who? I believed the same thing when PC came from Boston … no way he would trade a Tyler Seguin again ….

    “what pressures he was under (from a dying owner) to win one more cup and hold on to the playoff streak” – as WG stated earlier, if you are trying to win you probably don’t want to overpay aging, limited talent guys .. Pressure or no pressure, Ken made a number of poor signings

    “my call is $3.3 x 4 years gets done” – IMO anything over a 3 on $$ or term is too much ..

    “which is easily attainable elsewhere for Kassian” – Let him go elsewhere ..that will essentially FREE UP$3.3 Million for Ken to find a younger / better player

    “I will say it again Nurse contract = Josh Morrissey end of discussion with his agent, if he wants more move him for help on the wing.” – So if the Nurse deal comes in higher, will you concede it’s an overpay by Ken?

    We have so few bonafide NHL forwards that can a) keep up with Conor and b) deal with idiots on the other teams all the while scoring points Kassian is neotiating from a position of strength….. if we were deeper at forward, it would be easier to part ways with Kassian but we aren’t and our forward depth capable of scoring 5 x 5 points is incredibly limited, yes ideally Holland keeps him to 3 years, but if I am Kassian’s agent, there is no way let him sign for 3 years.

    5 x 5 scoring Kassian sits 34th in the NHL, tied with Ovetchkin, Toews, Stamkos, Mark Stone and this one really hurts Ryan Strome (fuck Chiarelli is all world bad) he has more 5 x 5 points than Boeser and Kuznetsov and Nuge he sits 2 points behind Barzal Kyle Connor and Ehlers…sounds like he should take less money for less years…… definitely

    Who is the younger better player Holland is going to sign without giving up meaningful assets?

    Yes I agree if Nurse is paid an annual amount significantly more than Morrisey it is an over pay, Holland can use these contract negotiation to help him decide on Nurse’s future, if he wants too much make him the D man he sacrifices to improve forward skill and depth….our only significant set of assets is good young D, some of them will need to be moved for scoring help

  114. Paulie says:

    I was worried Oil would give 1 right back. Good that they got a PP at the end. Now lets make it 4-0 a minute into the 2nd.

  115. Wilde says:

    Bakersfield Condors vs. Colorado Eagles; January 17th, 2020; after 20:

    18CF-18CA
    13FF-12FA
    0GF-2GA

    Top F: Benson (0.61 Game Score)
    2 shot attempts, 4 shot assists
    11CF-5CA
    9FF-4FA
    0GF-0GA

    Top D: Lowe (0.21 Game Score)
    2 shot attempts, 2 shot assists
    8CF-5CA
    4FF-2FA
    0GF-1GA

  116. Paulie says:

    Called it!!!

  117. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid fools Ranta with the short side shot and they can add a PP goal to the day’s resume.

    Passes weren’t connecting but they never gave up a clear and a nice decision to shoot by McDavid.

  118. OriginalPouzar says:

    Durag: Yamo is playing with so much confidence right now. Absolutely night and day from the player who was up at the start of last season.

    50 games in the proper development league will develop the skills that for a 20 year old needs for the confidance.

    Weird, isn’t it?

  119. Ice Sage says:

    Gee the coyotes look bad, I thought shitting the bed on Saturday afternoons was the Oilers MO

  120. Gerta Rauss says:

    Horcoff..!

    and it’s a laugher now…

  121. OriginalPouzar says:

    Sheahan with his third assist on a Nygard goal.

    Another great power play by Sheahan – I was just about to post how beastly he’s been today and then he set up the goal.

  122. OriginalPouzar says:

    Tochett leaving Rantta in?

  123. russ99 says:

    Beautiful goal.

    We’re schooling them on the wall

  124. Oil2Oilers says:

    X players scoring, helping players break out of goalless droughts, who do the Arizona Cardinals think they are The Oilers

  125. Dustylegnd says:

    Hall is having a bad game full grenade to his D man prior to that goal

  126. Gerta Rauss says:

    Hall makes it 5-1

  127. OriginalPouzar says:

    Taylor Hall makes it 5-1.

    He was -3 in the first period…..

  128. Munny says:

    Why do they always seem to put an All-star Break (that no one goves two hoots about) in the way of an Oiler hot streak?

    This isn’t the first time.

  129. norm_klassen says:

    Come on goal diff is important?

  130. Dustylegnd says:

    Ha, the one against, not the one he just scored

  131. leadfarmer says:

    I’ve said this before but what will the Coyotes get for Hall at the deadline
    That is the worst offensive team Hall has probably played on
    It’s a collection of 3rd liners
    And I put the chance of Hall re-signing with them at less than 5%

  132. Ice Sage says:

    Lots of time left to be lulled into allowing a comeback

  133. Reja says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Tochett leaving Rantta in?

    I would have pulled him after the first.

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    Huge shift for the 2nd line after the goal against – that’s big and important – momentum back to the OIlers.

  135. Reja says:

    This sure doesn’t look like the Coyotes team I’m used to seeing.

  136. Reja says:

    Munny:
    Why do they always seem to put an All-star Break (that no one goves two hoots about) in the way of an Oiler hot streak?

    This isn’t the first time.

    You read my mind.

  137. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny:
    Why do they always seem to put an All-star Break (that no one goves two hoots about) in the way of an Oiler hot streak?

    This isn’t the first time.

    Technically its their bye week that comes up – the all-star break just happens right as the bye week is over.

    It’s actually good, I think.

    One 10 full day break as opposed to a 6 day break and a 4 day break.

    At least I think it’s better this way.

  138. Reja says:

    Reja: I would have pulled him after the first.

    Screw that we’re scoring Eight.

  139. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hilarious they called interference on McDavid on that one – hilarious.

  140. leadfarmer says:

    Looks like the bookies are going to make some money on sucking people in on those 10-1 odds on Arizona

  141. Munny says:

    Wrong call for sure

  142. Gerta Rauss says:

    5-2 with 30 min left

  143. leadfarmer says:

    Funny how many posts are Hall -3 instead of Raanta 500 save percentage

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    Demoralizing given up PK goals off terrible calls.

    Oh well, back to work boys.

  145. Dustylegnd says:

    leadfarmer:
    I’ve said this before but what will the Coyotes get for Hall at the deadline
    That is the worst offensive team Hall has probably played on
    It’s a collection of 3rd liners
    And I put the chance of Hall re-signing with them at less than 5%

    Its a moot point, they are not trading him at the deadline, they will get Kemper back and most likely make the playoffs…there is no way Chaka has the political capital to bail on this deal

  146. Ice Sage says:

    Doesn’t feel like a safe lead

  147. OriginalPouzar says:

    Huge backcheck by Drai there when the 3 on 2 pass went Bear to Nurse……..

  148. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big save there by Smith on the partial break.

    Neal should have shot but after he wasn’t able to one-time it, I think he felt that Rantta was there.

  149. Reja says:

    Fire wagon hockey.

  150. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer:
    Funny how many posts are Hall -3 instead of Raanta 500 save percentage

    I don’t think I’ve read thousands of posts over the last couple of years re: Rantta…….

  151. theDjdj says:

    I will never understand the bullshit McDavid has to put up with on the ice. Other pro leagues adapt the rules in favour of star players when teams start illegally targeting him. McDavid gets penalised when he defends himself.

  152. Pretendergast says:

    Even up call for sure, better than nothing.

  153. Pretendergast says:

    That was full flight Mcdavid and that was SCARY.

  154. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, Drai misses the one-timer from “his spot”.

  155. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar: I don’t think I’ve read thousands of posts over the last couple of years re: Rantta…….

    Funny how much hate you spew about a player you “like”

  156. russ99 says:

    Jeez. Connor skated past their entire team.

  157. OriginalPouzar says:

    No goal but that PP looked more dangerous than the on they scored on.

  158. OriginalPouzar says:

    leadfarmer: Funny how much hate you spew about a player you “like”

    “Spewing hate”?

    Come on, that’s incredibly exaggerated for your narrative.

    I’m going to get back to enjoying watching a fun hockey game.

    Have a great bye week!

  159. leadfarmer says:

    As Bears and Yamamotos last fan I’m happy to see them having success in the NHL
    Yamamoto was always going to become a Victor arvidsson like player and bear a very good 2nd pair puck moving D in my eyes

  160. OriginalPouzar says:

    Key is to NOT give up a 3rd goal this period.

  161. leadfarmer says:

    OriginalPouzar: “Spewing hate”?

    Come on, that’s incredibly exaggerated for your narrative.

    I’m going to get back to enjoying watching a fun hockey game.

    Have a great bye week!

    Why don’t you at least stand behind the things you say
    You are about as big of a fan of Hall and Koskinen glove as DSF is of the Oilers
    In fact any time someone mentions the name Hall you log on to say something negative

  162. OilClog says:

    1st goal, Hall on other side of ice, Kessel turnover.
    2nd goal, defence shits themselves turnover, Hall left out to dry, Gagner not covered.
    3rd goal, Hall only coyote not goalie on defending side of puck lol. Kessel standing there shitting himself watching Hall on his knees actually trying.

    Hall – 3

    Lol

  163. Gerta Rauss says:

    oh baby…Archie returns the favour from last game and McD buries it

  164. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beautiful pass by Archie and finish by McDavid.

    Would like to see the outlet again as well.

  165. OriginalPouzar says:

    Was that Neal with a solid outlet to spring the 2 on 1.

  166. Ice Sage says:

    That 97 could be OK

  167. Paulie says:

    Kass 4×4M. Archie 3x3M

  168. OilClog says:

    Russell just won his annual RickiBear of the year award.

  169. Gerta Rauss says:

    Paulie:
    Kass 4×4M. Archie 3x3M

    LoL

  170. OilClog says:

    Well at least 10 of 70 days Klef will be out is downtime.

  171. Gerta Rauss says:

    be nice to kill this and get out of this period up by 4

  172. Reja says:

    Hopefully it’s not broken.

  173. leadfarmer says:

    Paulie:
    Kass 4×4M. Archie 3x3M

    I just threw up a little

  174. Paulie says:

    Remember when TMac keep putting no speed, no hands Lucic with 97? Good times.

  175. russ99 says:

    Hope Klefbom is OK, got hit in the hand.

  176. Gerta Rauss says:

    that should have been a penalty shot…Sheahan had separation imo

    • Ice Sage says:

      Better for protecting the lead to have the PP? That is unless you think Sheahan is a shootout wizz!

  177. OriginalPouzar says:

    My goodness, have yourself an afternoon Riley Sheahan.

  178. russ99 says:

    Penalty shot?

  179. OriginalPouzar says:

    I’d rather have the PP than the penalty shot – with the 4 goal lead, take the time off the clock if nothing else.

  180. Paulie says:

    Sheahan having a great game and a hellofa run the past few weeks.

  181. OilClog says:

    They shouldn’t let Sheahan wake up til about 2pm during evening games.

  182. yeraslob says:

    Hey, the starfish worked!

  183. leadfarmer says:

    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

  184. Harpers Hair says:

    Flames outshoot Ottawa 15-3 in the first period but trail 0-1 on an own goal.

  185. digger50 says:

    Dam blocked shots.

    That’s gotta be broken fingers on Klefbom. I’m not sure he should be leading league in blocked shots, they have not been kind to him.

  186. OilClog says:

    Players like Sheahan get maybe 1 or 2 chances a career at a penalty shot, let the boys have some fun.

  187. Reja says:

    digger50:
    Dam blocked shots.

    That’s gotta be broken fingers on Klefbom. I’m not sure he should be leading league in blocked shots, they have not been kind to him.

    Hopefully just a stinger.

  188. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Flames outshoot Ottawa 15-3 in the first period but trail 0-1 on an own goal.

    Sens need to do us a huge favour.

  189. tileguy says:

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  190. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    6-2 Edmonton (3-2 Edmonton in the second)
    18-18 shots (11-10 Arizona in the second)
    27-25 Edmonton Corsi five on five (14-10 Arizona in the second)
    ==

    Lots of score effects in there, Oilers are working like buggers with only one slight (imo) mental lapse. Hall is absolute fire.

  191. Paulie says:

    Larsson last on ESTOI. Quiet game except for the boarding call. Like #4, his TOI has diminshed under Tippett. Doesn’t PK much anymore. Don’t see him as part of core d moving forward.

  192. tileguy says:

    TyTy-4 after 2. Say what you want about him but I don’t want him and his new contract on my team.

  193. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Flames outshoot Ottawa 15-3 in the first period but trail 0-1 on an own goal.

    I see Mackinnon has a point through two periods.

  194. OilClog says:

    OEL must be absolute balls -4 what a bum

  195. Reja says:

    Any updates on Oscar

  196. leadfarmer says:

    So Raanta didn’t survive the game.
    Thought that was likely to happen

  197. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nurse with his second shift of the period (with Larsson) so, ya, don’t think Klef is back.

    Could very well just be precautionary with a 4-goal lead.

  198. leadfarmer says:

    OilClog:
    OEL must be absolute balls -4 what a bum

    Although he’s not OEL this year

  199. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50:
    Dam blocked shots.

    That’s gotta be broken fingers on Klefbom. I’m not sure he should be leading league in blocked shots, they have not been kind to him.

    Part of the high blocked shots is high ice time – he’s been a beast.

    He’s had finger issues all year – beasted through it.

    He’s not out for the third but, who knows, with a 4 goal lead, doesn’t mean much – they did that last time and he played the following game.

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