2019-20 Game 50: Flames at Oilers

And we’re back. When we last left this year’s story, the entire Pacific Division was in a tie with 33 games to go. As soon as three teams gain clearance, they fall back and three more emerge. It’s a pennant race filled with conflict, like a gorgeous melody married to cynical and angry lyrics. The Oilers are in a good spot, have a good coach, are saying the right things and boast the best player in the game, plus a guy who is among the best players in the game. Wins. Strong performances McDavid OFF. Tonight’s the night.

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 Scott Wheeler: Wheeler’s 2020 NHL prospect pool rankings: No. 15 Edmonton Oilers
  • New Corey Pronman: Ranking the 2020 NHL Draft top prospects at midseason
  • Lowetide: Why the Oilers are more likely to trade Adam Larsson than Kris Russell
  • Jonathan Willis: PHWA Midseason Awards: Stars, snubs and what they mean for the year-end NHL Awards
  • Lowetide: Is there real trade deadline value in the Edmonton Oilers’ prospect pipeline?
  • Lowetide: ‘Connor McDavid: Whatever It Takes’ works as breaking news, drama and personality profile
  • Lowetide: Oilers prospects Evan Bouchard and Tyler Benson deliver best minor league performances in 20 years
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Hey, Sparky, can you do that?’: How the Oilers’ AHL video coach got his start as the Islanders’ mascot.
  • Eric Duhatschek: He’s special’: The people who know him best tell the story of how Leon Draisaitl took the NHL by storm
  • Pierre Lebrun: Where all 31 teams stand one month before the trade deadline
  • Lowetide: What do Connor McDavid’s best lines tell us about his optimal linemates?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: I was an AHL coach for a day: Here’s what I learned
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis: Oilers player poll: From the serious to the silly, the players weigh in on best dressed, most superstitious and more
  • Thomas Drance: Inside how ‘Okanagan boy’ Ken Holland helped bring back the Penticton Young Stars tournament
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers minor-league defenceman Brandon Manning suspended five games for racial slur
  • Jonathan Willis: An updated list of which Oilers are most likely to be traded in 2019-20
  • Lowetide: Kailer Yamamoto gives Oilers a midseason spark, one of the best in team history
  • Lowetide: With the Oilers’ minor-league goaltending not good enough, Ilya Konovalov might be the answer
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Josh Archibald, Riley Sheahan show the upward trend of Ken Holland’s offseason moves for the Oilers
  • Lowetide: Post-Christmas performance spike has Evan Bouchard pushing for an NHL job with the Oilers
  • Lowetide:  Central Scouting’s midseason list offers Oilers some strong draft options
  • Jonathan Willis: The Oilers’ road forward — and perhaps to a Stanley Cup — requires trusting the kids on defence
  • 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
  • Jonathan Willis: Zack Kassian’s breakout performance presents Oilers GM Ken Holland with a familiar dilemma
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects list, winter 2019

OILERS AFTER 50 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 19-26-5, 43 points; goal differential -26
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 27-15-8, 62 points; goal differential +15
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 22-24-4, 48 points; goal differential -30
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 23-24-3, 49 points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 26-18-5, 57 points; goal differential +1

As we glance again at these numbers it’s clear the current edition is neither a lock for the 103-point season of 2016-17, nor the 70, 78 and 79-point seasons of the three non-playoff teams. Currently on pace for 95 points, this group has a real chance.

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: 6-2-1 

Edmonton has had only one poor 10-game stanza this season, with an equally (actually better) brilliant run to begin the season. Tonight we see if the current group can match that impressive start to the year.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-2-2, 10 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2017: 5-3-0, 10 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2018: 4-4-0, eight points; goal differential -8
  • Oilers in January 2019: 5-3-0, 10 points; goal differential 0
  • Oilers in January 2020: 5-1-1, 11 points; goal differential +7

No matter what happens tonight, the 2020 group has posted the best record in January. There’s a tightness and urgency to this group. The 2019-20 Oilers don’t win every game and don’t pass every test, but it’s clear coach Dave Tippett and general manager Ken Holland are building something here.

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) (2-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 3-4-2, eight points in nine games
  • Current results: 5-1-111 points in seven games

Two games left in this month and the team has already put the boots to my projections. I counted the two games this week as the toughest in the home stand. A win tonight would be massive.

OILERS 2019-20

There was some thought (me, others) that Tyler Benson might be here by now, it looks like we’ll see the group who delivered all those January wins stay together. William Lagesson to Bakersfield, Matt Benning back up to the Oilers was the big transaction over the All-Star break.

This is (I believe) the fourth edition for me, always a blast and a great interaction. I make sure to get around to everyone and we’ll answer ALL questions. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll get it for you. We also look for feedback, so don’t be shy and The Rec Room is an excellent spot for these events. It’s free but you have to click on the link to register so they can get a head count. I hope you can join us!

TERRY HARPER

I was thrilled to interview Terry Harper on the Lowdown yesterday, made my day and probably this one, too. Although he played for the Montreal Canadiens, I loved his shutdown style and all-out effort. Harper was a fine backwards skater, and his long reach allowed him to knock the puck off the stick of oncoming rushers. Always enjoyed that type of player, Harper was a fine one. I’ve been blessed with many great interviews over these years, from Fernando Pisani to Grant Fuhr, from Reggie Leach to Darryl Sittler to Damon Allen. Harper ranks right up there. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

CALGARY FLAMES 2019-20

I think the Flames are trying to spread out the scoring, and applaud the movement of Mangiapane while being confused about the usage of Ryan and Dube. There was much line juggling last night by the Flames, my guess is we see the same tonight. Flames came out flying last night and played a hard, physical game. Oilers can win this game, but must start on time.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Oilers are back in action and that will be the main topic today, along with #BellLetsTalk. We start at 10 and fill the airwaves with many words, most intentional. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal is first up, we’ll chat about tonight’s game at 10:20. Keegan Matheson from MLB.com gives us a Jays update as well as an inspiring story about the week he spent in Blackfalds and why it’s pertinent today. Joe Osborne from OddsShark will answer myriad questions about Super Bowl prop bets, it’s absolutely insane. 10-1260 text @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. who says:

    oilersfan:
    who,

    Sheahan was supposed to be slightly left of the goalie where a left shot dman lines up in every defensive formation possible ?

    Sheahan is supposed to stay with his man coming out of the corner. Basic dzone coverage.
    Its a fluid game. It’s not tabletop hockey.

    • BONE207 says:

      Ya…only goalies can play like table top hockey

    • oilersfan says:

      Maybe so but why did Russell go chase the puck up the half wall and leave the front of the net wide open when there were already two oilers fighting for the puck on the boards?

      There 45 seconds left in the period in a tie game. A defensive defenseman should be protecting the house not going walk about

  2. Reja says:

    That’s the one.

  3. drglen says:

    SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE… holy shit.

  4. jp says:

    Well.

    Smith helped there.

    Jesus Leon. Jesus.

  5. drglen says:

    Coach.. I told you to put the good players out. Holy crap.. we look bad.

  6. drglen says:

    Is drei injured?

  7. Derek says:

    Two third period PPs. One shot. That’s probably the game.

  8. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    I’ll never tire of seeing Connor do Connor things.

  9. StixMalone says:

    Oilers are outta sync ….

  10. Bag of Pucks says:

    Pathetic PP. Flames playing like a team. Oil with lone gunman tactics.

  11. drglen says:

    oilers flat here…

  12. Ice Sage says:

    Flames winning the intimidation battle – Oilers have no flow.

  13. StixMalone says:

    Wow

  14. BONE207 says:

    Benning…woohoo

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ummmm, nice goal Matt Benning..

  16. drglen says:

    BENNING BENNNIGN BENNNING BENNIGN

  17. jp says:

    Matt Fucking Benning!!!

    AAAAAGGGHH!!!

  18. OilClog says:

    Benning is an Oiler for life!!!!

  19. Johnny skid says:

    That was so nice.

  20. OmJo says:

    Benning!

  21. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Matty!!!!

  22. Seismic Source says:

    Got my hopes up. Took time off for this game. Oilers doing it to me again

  23. russ99 says:

    Wow that was gorgeous.

  24. Ice Sage says:

    Where the fuck did that come from

  25. Derek says:

    Derek,

    Ok, i’m a dumb idiot. Benning!!

  26. Paulie says:

    Connor, Leon, that’s how its done. Love, Matt

  27. OilClog says:

    Praise be the Gord that is Benning.

  28. Gerta Rauss says:

    Benning with the All Star move ties it

  29. StixMalone says:

    I was just about to go to bed …..

  30. Derek says:

    Maybe cover Mangiapane now if you want to win the game.

  31. OilClog says:

    Mike Smith needs to be chained to his crease.

  32. drglen says:

    watch we dont take a penalty now

  33. Henry says:

    That’s it. I’m buying another #83 jersey.

  34. Genjutsu says:

    Benning with the beauty

  35. Richard Roma says:

    Feel free to ban me Lt.

    I respect and admire your blog.

    But I speak my mind.

    I’m a highly paid professional, but many of us realize that some moments in our lives matter more than others.

    To me, this moment matters.

  36. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Looks like Larsson was floating that high for a tip.

    Would be nice to see him get his mojo going.

  37. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    Benning with the All Star move ties it

    Wait… so did Benning actually score and tie the game? NHL app not reporting any Benning goal, still saying 3-2 fLames and the clock still going.

    Edit: nvm. Goal FINALLY shows up nearly five minutes after it was scored. Good job NHL.

  38. drglen says:

    Derek,

    funny… yes… note his number this time boys. He seems to score.

  39. Derek says:

    Richard Roma:
    Feel free to ban me Lt.

    I respect and admire your blog.

    But I speak my mind.

    I’m a highly paid professional, but many of us realize that some moments in our lives matter more than others.

    To me, this moment matters.

    OP posting from his second account.

  40. OilClog says:

    BONE207,

    Jokes that involve any discrediting of the Gord that is Ales will not be tolerated.

  41. drglen says:

    big opportunity here … now watch the aggessive pK

  42. drglen says:

    good penalty killers.. good sticks

  43. Paulie says:

    Hamonic having a game.

  44. Gerta Rauss says:

    Oilers need to be careful here, the refs will desperately want to give the Flames a PP here

  45. drglen says:

    great shift yamo.

  46. Suntory Hanzo says:

    A shot attempt wouldn’t be a bad thing every so often on the PP.

  47. drglen says:

    well, one point so far… and we’d have to thank SMITH.. for the save.. and Benning for the goal.

  48. Ice Sage says:

    Well, Imma gonna take a point, maybe then another

  49. drglen says:

    Paulie:
    Hamonic having a game.

    ya… he’s been really good.. breaking up chances all game. Good player.. too bad we couldnt get him.

  50. Richard Roma says:

    Derek: OP posting from his second account.

    I said I’m a highly paid professional… I’m not a partner in a national law firm, sadly.

  51. drglen says:

    not starting mcdavid.. that’s interesting.

  52. Paulie says:

    That Smith save on the breakaway was huge. Oilers came back three times. Unlucky bounce on 1st GA. Good to grab at least a point. Now we need Nuge Gordy Howe hat trick

  53. flyfish1168 says:

    Nuge with the winner and the Gordie Howe Hat trick

  54. StixMalone says:

    Damn shootout

  55. drglen says:

    entertaining overtime.. must say.

  56. jp says:

    Damn. Hell of a lot of chances for a scoreless 3 on 3.

  57. Paulie says:

    Nice to see Yamo out in OT.

  58. steelymac17 says:

    Time to sell high on Nurse Holland!!!

  59. Reja says:

    Richard Roma: I said I’m a highly paid professional… I’m not a partner in a national law firm, sadly.

    Are you the oldest profession.

  60. digger50 says:

    What a game by KU

    Also by Gagner – was he hurt on third?

  61. T0ML says:

    Yamamoto playing like he doesn’t want to ride a bus again. Turning into a nice 200 ft player.

  62. Ice Sage says:

    Benning in shootout?

  63. flyfish1168 says:

    Leon looked like the most dangerous and tired player in OT

  64. Gerta Rauss says:

    Paulie:
    Nice to see Yamo out in OT.

    Yeah they needed a ‘plan B’ and he looked good out there

  65. Derek says:

    Richard Roma: I said I’m a highly paid professional… I’m not a partner in a national law firm, sadly.

    I’m just ribbing you a bit, OP is living the life we all wish we had, big dollars and enough time and energy to blow up the comments every day.

  66. Ice Sage says:

    flames with the upper hand – they know old boy Smith

  67. Nit64 says:

    1st star: Posts

  68. drglen says:

    well calgary wins

    got a point though, better than nothing.

  69. Gerta Rauss says:

    Rittich the difference tonight imo

  70. Bag of Pucks says:

    Fack.

  71. OmJo says:

    On a scale of 1 to 29, how exhausted was Drai by the end of this game?

    2 posts in the shootout. First goal was a tip off Larsson’s skate. Frustrating L. But still got a point! And it was an enjoyable game from start to finish (well, not so much start or finish, but yeah…).

  72. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    *pokecheck!

  73. Bag of Pucks says:

    Derek,

    Speak for yourself. I’m quite happy with my life, thanks.

  74. steelymac17 says:

    Time to sell high on Nurse Holland.

  75. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Damn sharks. Couldn’t hold back the nucks

  76. Pretendergast says:

    God I hate their team, guess that means the BOA is full in swing.

    I imagine every time MankeyPankey scores a goal LT shakes his head knowingly. You’re gonna get neck pain from how he plays against us.

  77. digger50 says:

    steelymac17:
    Time to sell high on Nurse Holland.

    I don’t understand, why would you want to sell one of our core players?

  78. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Derek: I’m just ribbing you a bit, OP is living the life we all wish we had, big dollars and enough time and energy to blow up the comments every day.

    I covet no man’s life but mine own.

  79. OriginalPouzar says:

    Derek: OP posting from his second account.

    I have no idea what he’s talking about and it surely has nothing to do with me.

  80. Bag of Pucks says:

    That was exactly the kind of game that Tippett talked about the team needing to figure out earlier in the year.

    They didn’t have their best stuff, but they stayed in the fight and eked out a valuable point. Rittich over Smith was the edge.

    Flames are a tough matchup for the Oil. They clog up the neutral zone, force the half court game, and really protect the slot well. Hopefully the Oil can get more skating room on Saturday night.

  81. OilClog says:

    Who’s Nurse Holland? Why wasn’t I able to buy some Nurse Holland before it became sell time? Feels like I’m being weaseled into selling my Nurse Holland before it reaches it’s true heights if I did have some Nurse Holland I’m keeping in my personal stock.

  82. Derek says:

    Bag of Pucks: Classy.

    I apologize, I deleted my comment. I feel like the BOA has got the blood a bit hot and I’ve taken a step too far, I hope you can forgive me.

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      I’d buy you a beer.

    • Bag of Pucks says:

      Np. No blood. No foul.

      The funny thing about that is that dies a quiet death if I don’t bring it up myself the next day to apologize. People seem to forget that part hence all the barn jokes since.

  83. hags9k says:

    Very good hockey game. Great effort and passion that I won’t take for granted after the decade of dark.
    Pretty tough to complain. Also pretty tough not to love Smith. He is like a slugger who will either hit a dinger or strikeout. It’s as if that first goal goes in and then he’s in a hurry to play the puck and try to start the rush and get it back. Love the guy but man he’s hard on the ticker.

  84. Reja says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    That was exactly the kind of game that Tippett talked about the team needing to figure out earlier in the year.

    They didn’t have their best stuff, but they stayed in the fight and eked out a valuable point. Rittich over Smith was the edge.

    Flames are a tough matchup for the Oil. They clog up the neutral zone, force the half court game, and really protect the slot well. Hopefully the Oil can get more skating room on Saturday night.

    The Flames are physically a tough team since ward took over. Unless someone tunes in Gio Connor’s leg won’t make it to 30 ask Bobby Orr about that.

  85. Harpers Hair says:

    Derek: I’m just ribbing you a bit, OP is living the life we all wish we had, big dollars and enough time and energy to blow up the comments every day.

    I would rather remove my own gall bladder with a cocktail fork.

  86. v4ance says:

    I thought Smith was horrific tonight. He did make a few big saves in the 3rd but was positionally unsound through most of the game. Add to that his bonehead puckhandling leading to one penalty and one 5 bell chance. He needs to seriously recalibrate his decision making tree when he gets the puck on his stick.

    If he stopped the pucks that I thought he should have stopped, the Oilers win 3-1

    • flea says:

      What saves? Maybe the Mangiapane 1st goal. Early goal was deflected. Third goal was blown coverage.

      I thought Smith was fine, Ridditch was better.

      • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

        Smith had a beauty save at the end of the last minute of the 3rd (and a few others prior), but I generally agree. He was fighting the puck most of the night and made some big errors trying to be the 3rd defenseman.

      • v4ance says:

        First goal: He should have been square to Lindholm along the boards. He was leaning back cheating to the middle anticipating the pass to Tkachuk. When the puck was deflected by Larsson, if he was square and balanced he would have got the puck in the blocker as he pushed off the post to attack Tkachuk. Instead because of his bad body position, he lost balance due to surprise and fell backwards into the net and the puck went past his blocker.

        Second goal: Bennett stepped in front of Kassian and stole Bear’s reverse rim around. Watch Smith’s head as the puck gets picked off. He sees Bennett and hugs the post. His head tracks the pass to the slot but he doesn’t push off the post to get square to the shooter in the slot. he’s reading but not reacting. Mangiapane does put the puck high glove. If Smith stepped forwards and cut down the angle, he might have had a chance but all he does is wave his shoulder at the puck. That goal was borderline unsaveable but Smith didn’t do anything to increase his odds.

        Third goal: Russell makes a bonehead decision to leave the net front when Benning and a Sheahan are already engaged in battle for the puck. Tkachuk spins along the boards and Sheahan looks to seal him off and lets Mangiapane to release to the net assuming Russell is still behind him. Mangiapane skates laterally and Smith belly flops down instead of staying vertical and following the puck and Mangiapane has an easy open net goal.

        This goal might seem like it’s not an easy save but Smith has been making this bad decision repeated over the past few games. He ASSUMES the shot is coming immediately and spread eagles WIDE to try cover the lower half of the net. Instead, the skaters have moved laterally and Smith is off balance and flops forward leaving a wide open net. Go back and watch videos on the goals scored on Smith. He’s been beaten this same way for at least 4 goals in the past 10 games.

        Of course you don’t want your goalie facing a shooter point blank but Smith hasn’t been technically sound in many of these situations.

        Also rewatch the 1st period and focus on Smith’s movements in the net. A couple of times, the puck was in the Flames possession and the puck was carried behind the net . Smith’s leading pad went completely into the net as he pivoted to track the puck. It’s like he’s preparing for the lacrosse style goal and gets off balance pivoting instead of sliding laterally post to post. All this means, he takes an extra second to reset his stance and if he doesn’t get that second before the shot attempt, he’s making an off balance save.

        Smith is a big goalie and should be just getting square and letting the puck hit him. Instead you see him flailing in net making easy saves look scary. He’s guessing too often and relying more on reflexes instead of good technical positioning and movements.

  87. steelymac17 says:

    digger50,

    Our core player had an opportunity to prove what a 6-7 million should be in the most meaningful game to this point in the season.I didn’t see a thing in his game tonight to make me feel this player is worth the healthy raise he and his agent will be after.Sorry if you don’t agree but the core player had his best opertunity to prove his worth and didn’t do a dam thing to keep the flames in line.This was a game he should have been a physical force no?

    • digger50 says:

      I think he was physical all night. He didn’t fight and that’s okay.

      He’s going to get paid like a very good second pair s man and he will be worth it. Can’t get everything for a bargain. Lots of discussion over this last few weeks. I do think they keep at an overpay, yet I think he works out more than fair.

  88. Johnny skid says:

    Harpers Hair: I would rather remove my own gall bladder with a cocktail fork.

    please do.

  89. Bag of Pucks says:

    Derek: I’m just ribbing you a bit, OP is living the life we all wish we had, big dollars and enough time and energy to blow up the comments every day.

    Btw, you realize OP is a ginger, right?

    No one WANTS to be a ginger.

    Wait. That’s a bit rude to people born as gingers.

    What i should’ve said is no one WANTS to trade places with a ginger.

    Except Maryann. That is factual information.

  90. flea says:

    Oilers will still get another shot to At minimum to tie the Flames Saturday night. Thought the oilers were the better team tonight but not by much. Could have went either way, shame Drai couldn’t finish it in OT.

    Might be good for them to have to focus on another opponent before heading to calgary for the rematch.

  91. fishman says:

    Hate the result but that was an entertaining game. Oil sluggish but fought back 3 times to even it up. Couple of guys really struggled tonight (Larsson and Neal for sure) Conner needs better help on the wing. Pretty obvious we don’t have enough top 6 talent. Time to give Benson a shot???

    Would really restore my faith in the league if they handed a suspension to Gio for that heinous cheap shot on Conner’s knee. Would like to see Oilers up by a bunch in the rematch and extract some revenge on Gio. Pretty sure Conner would feed him some stick if he gets the chance. He was absolutely furious on the bench.

    Oh yea and we need about 6′ chain to keep Smith in his net!

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      There’s nothing stopping George “Moustache” Parros from handing out supplementary discipline that the refs miss during the game.

      I mean, he was at the game in person… clearly he would have seen it live. And subsequently on replays over the world’s largest HD screen. In person.

  92. OilClog says:

    Nuge’s killer face, sign him til he’s 45. From 34 to 45 he’s going to be a gnarly bastard, pulling off triple gordies every other game.

  93. Derek says:

    You guys are crazy, OP can be a bit distracting at times but he’s living the good life and not because someone gave it to him, but because he works his ass off (Sorry I brought you into this OP).

    Also I’m Scottish as fuck so I’m damn near a ginger.

    Tonight was a really good game, quite entertaining, the difference was basically goaltending though I’m a bit concerned it was as close as it was with Calgary having played last night.

    I’ll be in the dome Saturday night, and if tonight is any indication of my BAC during the game I’ll probably get hauled out in the second intermission.

    Fuck Giordano.

  94. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Hey DSF

    The other night you said that Kassian was picking on Turtlechuck because of difference in size (roughly 1″ and 10 lbs in Zack’s favour).

    How about Sean Notaman picking on Nuge, then getting his ass kicked despite having the size advantage of 2″ and 16 lbs (according to hockeydb)?

  95. OilClog says:

    Monahans two handed cross check to the face of Nuge deserves a call as does Giordano’s head, shoulders, knees and toes.

  96. Johnny skid says:

    OilClog:
    Monahans two handed cross check to the face of Nuge deserves a call as does Giordano’s head, shoulders, knees and toes.

    yep.

  97. Numenius says:

    Great job boys. That was a solid, hard fought game. Nothing to be ashamed of, despite the SO loss.

    Now let’s put it behind us and take St. Louis on Friday.

  98. Harpers Hair says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Hey DSF

    The other night you said that Kassian was picking on Turtlechuck because of difference in size (roughly 1″ and 10 lbs in Zack’s favour).

    How about Sean Notaman picking on Nuge, then getting his ass kicked despite having the size advantage of 2″ and 16 lbs (according to hockeydb)?

    No one got his ass kicked in that fight.

    Two bantam roosters crowing.

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      Ha!

      If you watch the replay, Nuge was the only one who landed clean right handers. Plural.

      Not to mention you didn’t answer the gist of my comment… that Nuge gave up significantly more to SM than KT did to Kassian. Which you were crowing about being a significant factor the other day.

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      Also, bantam is very misleading.

      “Bantamweight is a weight class in combat sports.

      For boxing the range is above 115 pounds (52.2 kg) and up to 118 pounds (53.5 kg).
      In kickboxing, a bantamweight fighter generally weighs between 53 kg (116 lb) and 55 kg (120 lb).
      In MMA, bantamweight is 126–135 pounds (57.2–61.2 kg).”

      Source:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantamweight

      These guys are (literally) significantly bigger than guys like Lomachenko, who is himself much bigger than boxing bantams.

      Loma would kill RNH & SM in a scrap, but he’s not even capable of bulking up to their weight class.

      “Major world titles:

      WBC lightweight champion (135 lbs)
      WBO lightweight champion (135 lbs)
      WBA (Super) lightweight champion (135 lbs)
      WBO super featherweight champion (130 lbs)
      WBO featherweight champion (126 lbs)”

      Source:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasyl_Lomachenko

  99. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Tough loss. Posts. Own goals. Rittich looked like he could stop a marble out there for the first half.
    They still need to find another gear against the FLEGMS. Maybe after such a long break they will have their game legs back for Friday and Saturday. Nice games by a few (e.g., KY). A little disappointed by Nurse and JJ games tonight. Looks like Nyg will be out for a few games at least. Benson packing his bags?? It will be interesting to see how KH moves on this…
    Connor has been incredibly tolerant, but now it should be clear to HIM that Gio is dirty. Gio is going to get hurt.

  100. Bank Shot says:

    Monahan has at least 20 lbs on Nuge.

    He probably shouldn’t fight anymore given the fact that he tried to get the drop on Nuge and ended up being the only guy in the fight to eat punches.

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      Totally agree, though my math says 16 lbs. Per hockeydb.com

      Sean Monahan
      Center — shoots L
      Born Oct 12 1994 — Brampton, ONT
      [25 yrs. ago]
      Height 6.02 — Weight 200 [188 cm/91 kg]

      Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
      Center — shoots L
      Born Apr 12 1993 — Burnaby, BC
      [26 yrs. ago]
      Height 6.00 — Weight 184 [183 cm/83 kg]

  101. Bag of Pucks says:

    My wife used to work in a law firm. Lawyers at the partner level don’t work that hard.

    They’re like anyone that’s got to the corner offices. They’re master delegators. Hence why OP has the voluminous time to post that he does.

    The junior partners and legal secretaries push a ton of paper for them. All lawyers claim they work long hours cos they’re that rare breed of professional that’s paid hourly and they have to justify their outrageous bills.

    Interestingly enough, AI will threaten huge swaths of the profession. You’re already seeing automation of common legal outputs and more will be coming.

  102. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Kind of sick only fully awake for the third

    Pretty good is the effort overall

    It is beyond question now what sort of player Gio is. He is a dangerous player who can’t stop taking knees out when he gets beaten.

    The league needs to address this. Or the Oilers need to bring Tulipov back with 2 clear mandates.

    Nuge kicked ass on Monahan, good on him.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with the Flames. Perhaps genetically. Teams lose 30 games a year, I vote they bank the Flames reg season games as losses and the game plan is all tactics to take runs at their dirtiest 5 players.

    Until the league grants fairness.

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      When Brian Burke of all people agrees it’s a deliberate attempt and worthy of a penalty, what else is there to say.

      The league needs a man of character, not a former “tough guy” to head up DOPS and make substantial changes at the organizational level.

      Or else Connor will be the next Bobby.

  103. Reja says:

    Scungilli Slushy:
    Kind of sick only fully awake for the third

    Pretty good is the effort overall

    It is beyond question now what sort of player Gio is. He is a dangerous player who can’t stop taking knees out when he gets beaten.

    The league needs to address this. Or the Oilers need to bring Tulipovback with 2 clear mandates.

    Nuge kicked ass on Monahan, good on him.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with the Flames. Perhaps genetically. Teams lose 30 games a year, I vote they bank the Flames reg season games as losses and the game plan is all tactics to take runs at their dirtiest 5 players.

    Until the league grants fairness.

    The Flames will continue this heavy hockey tactic on the Oilers until we fight back. Holland better pick up someone ASAP that’s going to defend our Captain against Gio.

  104. Bank Shot says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Totally agree, though my math says 16 lbs.Per hockeydb.com

    Sean Monahan
    Center — shoots L
    Born Oct 12 1994 — Brampton, ONT
    [25 yrs. ago]
    Height 6.02 — Weight 200 [188 cm/91 kg]

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
    Center — shoots L
    Born Apr 12 1993 — Burnaby, BC
    [26 yrs. ago]
    Height 6.00 — Weight 184 [183 cm/83 kg]

    If you believe that RNH is actually 6 foot and 184 lbs.

    I don’t.

    • BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

      Short of weighing the man that’s all I have to go off.

      If one is consistent with sources between players, perhaps the weights are inaccurate in similar proportions.

  105. Ribs says:

    Not sure what to think about a game like this other than it was very entertaining and that the Oilers are at least as good as the Flames at the game of hockey at the current time.

    I think Tippett managed his players pretty well and in the end the game could have been decided with a coin flip.

    Things that stick out from Event Summary…

    Draisatl credited with 6 giveaways

    Nurse with 12 hits

    Yamamoto with 1 shot, 1 goal, 1 hit, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway, 1 blocked shot. 17:50 TOI. Solid effort.

    Rawhiiiiiiiddddeee took 25 faceoffs. 52%.

    Archibald with 7 hits. Leads team in Hits/60 (over 5GP).

    ————————-

    How about that sequence where McDavid was skating backwards faster than everyone else on the ice were skating forward. Magic.

    Looking forward to Saturday’s game!

  106. Ribs says:

    OriginalPouzar: Mangiapane is the damn flame that worries me.

    He seems to be skilled and speedy menace out there during the recent Oilers/flames games.

    He flies under the radar but better be on the radar.

    Good call. I bet he’s on the radar now!

  107. v4ance says:

    Dennis King @DKingBH

    Holland’s such a basic bitch. You don’t go more than 3/9 for Kassian and you shouldn’t do that, either. Why do you sign this? Because you aren’t confident enough you can’t replace him. Why aren’t you confident? Because you can’t evaluate players

    That’s it in a nutshell. Bad deal but not fatal. The problem is that it’s on top of all of Chiarelli’s bad deals so it’s more of a hole to climb out of …

    I guess Holland will have to go for another shotgun round of various Euro tweeners at $1 million hoping to hit the jackpot again next year.

  108. godot10 says:

    Harpers Hair:
    Just listened to Ray Ferraro on the Kassian contract.

    He said every other team in the league would have signed him to that contract.

    There are still a lot of really bad GM’s in the NHL, that’s why. Because other team’s GM’s are incompetent, doesn’t justify Kenny doing dumb things.

  109. godot10 says:

    theDjdj:
    Contract implications aside, this feels like a brilliant final chapter in Kassian’s redemptive arch. The player came here rock bottom and rebuilt his entire life on and off the ice. It’s that sort of identity the team needs.

    Locker rooms are workplaces.

    You’re a 23 year old athlete you look at a guy like Kassian. Has the organisation to thank for redemption, will fight tooth and nail for success because it means something to him to win for a city that gave him a second chance. That he believes in the cause because his identity is tied to the fabric of the team. That sort of thing has an effect on your performance. Sort of thing we’ve been missing for over a decade.

    Kassian was the prime culprit on Mangiopane’s first goal. He showed no effort along the wall, and no effort in trying to recover from his mistake.

    He also let himself get distracted by Tkachuk again, feeding his own ego and desires, and let Giordano continue to cheap shot McDavid.

    So he was one of the main people responsible for the lost, three in the last four games against the Flames, and Giordano has mangled McDavid’s leg and nearly did it again in two of the last four games

    Kassian’s contract is Holland trying to outdo Chiarelli for a horrible contract.

  110. godot10 says:

    OilClog:
    Giordano is going to need to hire personal security if he keeps his shit up.

    Kassian is totally oblivious to Giordano. He is totally distracted by Tkachuk, instead of doing his job, which is to protect McDavid instead of his own ego.

    I’m pretty sure “Side” will continue to say that Giordano is a nice guy who apologizes. As I have been saying Giordano is one of the most sneaky dirty players in the league, and his apology was complete BS.

    It is pretty sad when your team’s tough guy is so clueless about who the real enemy is, and chases ghosts instead.

  111. godot10 says:

    BONE207:
    Mangia pain wearing camo uniforms. Oilers D seem not to see him.
    Nhl needs a rule…

    Ricki has to be so disappointed in Russell going-a-wandering on that goal. Leaving the Rickibox, and chasing a player to the right boards.

  112. godot10 says:

    Richard Roma: Plus Russell is done. Chasing the play to the other corner.

    Also fuck Gio that dirty prick trying to ruin McDavid’s knee.

    Seriously, fuck Giordano that dirty prick.

    Is Side, the Giordano apologist, going to show his face, and do a mea culpa?

  113. godot10 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    What are the odds there’s retribution on Gio this next period?

    I mean, there should be… but what are the odds someone steps up?

    Maybe someone who just signed an extension, is looking for an extension, or even just got back into the line up?

    29-years olds who have been given retirement contracts don’t fight or protect anyone. See Lucic. Kassian. It is why Sather traded his enforcers before they got old, and why he never paid them.

    Kassian is a loser move by Holland.

  114. Fuge Udvar says:

    I’m confused what you Kassian to do to Giordano? Should he go over there and start punching him in the face? Then everybody would be on him for taking a penalty in a close game. This whole concept of protecting a player is flawed. What exactly is he supposed to do after Gio throws that knee?

    As Kassian said they are in the same division and he has a long memory. Let’s see what happens when they aren’t in a 1 goal game and 1 point apart in the standings

  115. Johnny skid says:

    godot10: It is pretty sad when your team’s tough guy is so clueless about who the real enemy is, and chases ghosts instead.

    REALY?

  116. JimmyV1965 says:

    steelymac17:
    digger50,

    Our core player had an opportunity to prove what a 6-7 million should be in the most meaningful game to this point in the season.I didn’t see a thing in his game tonight to make me feel this player is worth the healthy raise he and his agent will be after.Sorry if you don’t agree but the core player had his best opertunity to prove his worth and didn’t do a dam thing to keep the flames in line.This was a game he should have been a physical force no?

    This was truly funny. Thanks for the early morning laugh. Nurse had 12 hits!!! That’s a spectacular number. When was the last time we saw 12 hits in a game? Archie was next highest with 7. No Flame had 5. Go ahead and move the goal post now.

  117. OilClog says:

    godot10: Kassian is totally oblivious to Giordano.He is totally distracted by Tkachuk, instead of doing his job, which is to protect McDavid instead of his own ego.

    I’m pretty sure “Side” will continue to say that Giordano is a nice guy who apologizes.As I have been saying Giordano is one of the most sneaky dirty players in the league, and his apology was complete BS.

    It is pretty sad when your team’s tough guy is so clueless about who the real enemy is, and chases ghosts instead.

    You honestly couldn’t be anymore wrong, Kassian challenged him right then and there and Gio balked

    Pull your head out of your ass, since you like to speak bluntly.

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