2019-20 Game 52: Oilers at Flames

The Edmonton Oilers won against the defending Stanley Cup champions at Rogers last night. The giant Leon Draisaitl had those feet moving and those heaven sent hands were pure magic. Everyone spent the All-Star layoff staring at that damnable schedule, and two games in this team is 1-0-1. Who are these guys?

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 Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘I got a text from Wayne Gretzky that I’ve still got saved’: 8 years later, Sam Gagner reflects on his 8-point night.
  • New Lowetide: What’s next for Tyler Benson and William Lagesson after being called up by the Oilers?
  • New Lowetide:  Breaking down the Oilers’ 50-man list at the trade deadline and the changes expected to come
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Now it’s over’: With a new contract in hand, Zack Kassian ready to move on after Matthew Tkachuk fight
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers extend Zack Kassian, betting the power forward can continue to produce with Connor McDavid
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘That’s good for hockey’: Former Oilers weigh in on Battle of Alberta hype ahead of Tkachuk-Kassian meeting
  • 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
  • Lowetide: What do Connor McDavid’s best lines tell us about his optimal linemates?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lowetide: Complete Oilers top 20 prospects list, winter 2019

OILERS AFTER 52 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 21-26-5, 47 points; goal differential -17
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 28-16-8, 64 points; goal differential +14
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 23-25-4, 50 points; goal differential -27
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 23-24-5, 51 points; goal differential -15
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 27-18-6, 60 points; goal differential +2

Edmonton’s win last night gives them second place in the Pacific Division, two points behind Vancouver. Calgary is tied in points with the Oilers, but the Flames have played one more game. The goal differential heavily favours Edmonton (+3 to -12).

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
  • Fifth 10 games: 6-2-2
  • Current 10 games: 1-0-0

That was an unexpected and impressive start to this 10-game stretch. If the Oilers can turn home games into a filthy battle with blood on the tracks against good teams, the bad teams that come to visit have no chance.

OILERS IN JANUARY

  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-3-2, 10 points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in January 2017: 6-3-0, 12 points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in January 2018: 4-5-0, eight points; goal differential -13
  • Oilers in January 2019: 5-4-0, 10 points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in January 2020: 6-1-2, 14 points; goal differential +8

Absolute fire. January 2020 may be a turning point in this franchise’s long and interesting journey. No chance anyone could have known this roster could snap off a 6-1-2 January. I know they’ve had teams with more talent during the wander years. One stunning January fact: At five on five, Connor McDavid’s on ice goal differential was 7-5. Leon Draisaitl: 11-4. Riley Sheahan: 4-8. Gaetan Haas: 3-2. Sam Gagner: 2-1. Dave Tippett is finding balance, now Ken Holland needs to find McDavid a winger.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: CAL, ARI (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: SJS, NAS, CHI (Expected 2-1-0)
  • On the road to: TBY, FLA, CAR (Expected 1-1-1)
  • At home to: BOS, MIN (Expected 1-1-0)
  • On the road to: LAK, ANA, VEG (Expected 2-1-0)
  • At home to: WPG (Expected 1-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 8-5-1, 17 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 0-0-0

The Oilers hammered my prediction last month, so I’m a little more aggressive this time. Nothing crazy, but if the team covers this bet they’ll end February 35-23-7, good for 77 points in 65 games. That projects to 97 points, and would result in playoffs.

OILERS 2019-20

Coach Dave Tippett talked about keeping the same lineup tonight, meaning Tyler Benson and William Lagesson would sit. I see two possible changes, one a certainty and the other possible. Mike Smith will be in goal in Calgary. I think Jujhar Khaira might be in the pressbox, meaning Benson could see action (James Neal is questionable). All numbers five on five and via Natural Stat Trick.

LINE 1 Josh Archibald-Connor McDavid-Zack Kassian played 13:30, going 17-13 Corsi, 6-8 shots, no goals and 3-3 HDSC.

Josh Archibald scored a gorgeous empty-net goal, had one shot, 1-1 GV-TK and worked hard all night. Connor McDavid had three takeaways, won 11 of 19 faceoffs and needs a linemate shuffle. Zack Kassian had two HDSC. This line needs a twist.

LINE 2 Nuge-Leon Draisaitl-Kailer Yamamoto played 13:40, going 21-12 Corsi, 13-4 shots, 3-0 goals and 3-1 HDSC. This is the Oilers top line currently.

Nuge had two assists, five shots, one HDSC, and was determined in all areas. This might be the line he’s been waiting to play on his entire life. Leon Draisaitl had two goals, five shots, one HDSC, two giveaways and won 14 of 24 in the circle. Kailer Yamamoto had an assist, a HDSC, two takeaways. His backhand pass to Leon for the winning goal was a thing of beauty.

LINE 3 Sam Gagner-Gaetan Haas-Alex Chiasson played 7:34, going 12-6 Corsi, 6-3 shots, no goals and 1-2 HDSC.

Sam Gagner recently reminds me of that period in the 2005-06 regular season when Michael Peca finally figured out what MacT wanted. Completely different players of course but Gagner had two shots, one HDSC, a takeaway and was aggressive. He’s playing a little like Yamamoto and having success. Gaetan Haas has one thing he does very well now, that’s getting in on the forecheck and arriving early. Great skill. He isn’t doing anything offensively yet but that may come. Alex Chiasson had two shots, a penaly one giveaway and a takeaway, and some promising sorties but couldn’t cash. One sequence saw him drive down the left wing and try to get a pass to the slot, but those St. Louis Blues defensemen are a wall on those plays.

LINE 4 Jujhar Khaira-Riley Sheahan-Patrick Russell played 6:58, going 8-11 Corsi, 3-4 shots, 0-2 goals and 0-4 HDSC.

Jujhar Khaira had another tough night, sending a pass back deeper into the Oilers zone instead of getting it out. Later, he had the puck on his stick seconds before the Blues scored the second goal, but had vapor lock. Every game he plays feels like it might be his last one in the organization. Khaira might have to head to the minors for a reset. Riley Sheahan had one shot, drew a penalty, won five of seven on the dot. Patrick Russell had a couple of hits, took a couple of hits, and did some good work along the offensive wall that didn’t amount to any scoring opportunities.

PAIRING ONE Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson played 19:06, going 18-26 Corsi, 7-13 shots, 0-1 goals and 1-7 HDSC. Pairing faced the Perron-O’Reilly-Sanford line for over seven minutes, 3-10 shots and 1-5 HDSC. That line was a nightmare.

Oscar Klefbom had three shots on goal and played a sound two-way game under difficult circumstances. Adam Larsson was absolute filth, blocking shots and hammering Blues with abandon. I’m a fan. The GA for this pairing was the Perron goal, just wicked hand-eye by the Blues winger despite Oscar doing all he could. I thought this pairing had a fine game.

PAIRING TWO Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear played 17:12, going 22-16 Corsi, 10-8 shots, 0-1 goals and 3-3 HDSC.

Darnell Nurse had four shots, one HDSC and skated miles. He had a late shot on goal that might have been enhanced if he had driven to the net before shooting. Instead, a harmless shot from the blue line. Ethan Bear had one shot, created a rebound but also had three giveaways. This pairing was on for the second goal, spent time chasing and had a brief chance to clear but Khaira couldn’t corral the puck.

PAIRING THREE Caleb Jones and Matt Benning played 11:52, going 22-7 Corsi, 13-3 shots, 3-0 goals and 3-1 HDSC. What an incredible numbers set from a third pair.

Caleb Jones scored a goal, looked calm and played with confidence. Had three giveaways, that St. Louis forecheck is overwhelming. Matt Benning had an assist and is back to outscoring opponents. He’s either a plus minus genius or the luckiest man alive.

GOALIE Mikko Koskinen had a fine night, stopping 30 of 32 shots, .938. Hadn’t played in some time but made some great stops.

It’s today! Join us around 7:15 for the pre-game Q&A, in the previous events this has been a great experience. It’s a chance to talk about what you’d like to see in The Athletic, and honestly the coverage has changed because of your input in these sessions. We’ll tell each other lies and watch a great hockey game. See you there!

JUJHAR KHAIRA

He had just two shifts after the Blues scored their second goal, but that’s kind of overstating it because his linemates (Sheahan had just three, Russell just one) didn’t play much either. Still, this feels like a player who requires what Craig MacTavish used to call a second opinion (a new start in a new town).

Last night, Edmonton’s LW’s were a hodgepodge and Khaira should have been one of the options for increased time. He played 14 shifts, trailing Nuge (23) and Archibald (22) badly, and a few shy of Gagner (17).

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  1. Klima's_Bucket says:

    If you or someone you know is taking a drink every time someone says Battle of Alberta.
    Please, seek medical attention.

  2. jp says:

    Noah Hanifin.

    Inspiring.

  3. SK Oiler Fan says:

    FFS. Careless slash by bodie uncalled

  4. who says:

    Okay, everyone talks about the Nurse processer, but what about Klefbom.
    Two bonehead plays on that powerplay.

  5. T0ML says:

    Seems like a single emergency goalie …. lets hope he isn’t needed … and hope one of the teams puts him in for the last half minute or something ….

  6. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    jp:
    A) WTF is Cassie Campbell talking about?

    B) Is that a lot of makeup or did Cassie Campbell have plastic surgery? I don’t remember her looking like this (I’m living in the States now and haven’t noticed her for 5+ yrs)

    She seemed cool when she played hockey for Canada

  7. jp says:

    Tkachuk bailed there hey?

  8. jp says:

    Khaira after Giordano. This is how it should be.

  9. russ99 says:

    Chiasson got Giordano with the ole axe handle.

    Nice.

  10. who says:

    Sneaky butt end by Chiasson on that replay. Things could still get nasty.

  11. condormcdavis says:

    He also butt ended Mangiapane in the neutral zone.

    Classic veteran move

  12. Hockey Project says:

    Kailer Yamamoto looks REALLY annoying to play against.

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Hey – what’s wrong with Lucic? He’s scowling and mumbling to himself. Never seen that before….

  14. Ryan says:

    jp:
    Khaira after Giordano. This is how it should be.

    You know Holland has to be fired up from watching this game.

    May Pageau will be on a flight to Edmonton.

  15. jp says:

    Bulging Twine:
    I’ve never seen Draisatl skate so well, so determined, so energized.Is this what Draisatl can be?

    I mean, he’s leading the fricking league in points. 3 up over McDavid. So I guess yeah.

  16. Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville says:

    Omg, are those two guys behind the Oilers bench dressed as turtles? 😂😂😂

    Just when I thought I couldn’t be more thoroughly entertained.

    Amazing.

    #turtlechuk

  17. Paulie says:

    Impressive how much Oilers have their legs after tough win vs. heavy team last night and 3rd game in 4 nights

  18. Paulie says:

    Was that JJ on the turnover

  19. striatic says:

    I’m not sure Smith would have made some of those saves.

  20. who says:

    Good thing Koskinen is in net or this could be a one goal game again.

  21. Darth Tu says:

    jp,

    Drai has decided he’d like to be in the conversation for the Hart

  22. prefonmich says:

    Russell playing the agitator role..

  23. Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville says:

    Talbot might be still working undercover for the Oilers, by coming to fight Smith and getting him ejected might have ensured the win for the Oil.

  24. Pretendergast says:

    Patrick Russell has been pissing everyone off tonight, Khaira also in every Giordano photo, stalking him. Doubt it’s over yet.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    May be tough for Benson to get in the lineup for Tuesday – Khaira has had a decent game tonight.

    Gagner has been good in his role for a few games now.

    Hass or P. Russell perhaps but Tip may not want to switch things up.

  26. Ryan says:

    Darth Tu:
    jp,

    Drai has decided he’d like to be in the conversation for the Hart

    Nuge Dry Yam fries is a stroke of genius.

  27. jp says:

    Ryan: You know Holland has to be fired up from watching this game.

    May Pageau will be on a flight to Edmonton.

    I have a hard time believing Pageau would be value as a rental (I don’t think Holland will overpay).

    But yeah he’s watching and has certainly seen the statement this team has made tonight and over the last month.

    Really impressive. And I agree Holland will make an add or two. This team DOES deserve it.

  28. Nit64 says:

    who:
    Good thing Koskinen is in net or this could be a one goal game again.

    Ergo 1st star to Smith for the game winning ejection

  29. Bulging Twine says:

    Eat it Rittich! Looks great on ya

  30. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is there anything Samwise Gamgee can’t do?

  31. OilClog says:

    Gagner is a gamer

  32. Darth Tu says:

    Gagner deserves that.

  33. jp says:

    Darth Tu:
    jp,

    Drai has decided he’d like to be in the conversation for the Hart

    It won’t happen with the December he had. But he’s been remarkable for most of this season (and last for that matter).

    Nice to see Gagner pot one. Should have tossed his stick.

  34. drglen says:

    just tuned in..

    looks like I missed a lot….!!!!

    Go oilers

  35. Reja says:

    Do not play Connor are Leon the rest of the way.

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gagner with a great shot but shitty goal on Talbot to make it 7 and the game is unofficlally over.

    More great puck movement in general though on the 4 on 4 – did Leon at the second apple on that one? Klef got the first.

  37. tcho says:

    Suck it, Cowtown!

  38. Bulging Twine says:

    Gagner does the Rittich leg up celebration without the stick flip right past Rittich

  39. Gerta Rauss says:

    There’s a little reward for Samwise

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yup – another point for Drai.

    He is racking up the even strength points away from McDavid – i mean that line has two other skilled contributors on it but, my goodness, even strength scoring away from McDavid.

    Leon is a legit top 5 player in the world.

  41. LMHF#1 says:

    Gagner’s always known how to make an impact – no matter where he is in the lineup.

    That D-line is looking so much better with Jones and Benning in.

  42. russ99 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    There’s a little reward for Samwise

    Not to mention keep increasing that goal differential tiebreaker lead.

  43. Bank Shot says:

    Reja:
    Do not play Connor areLeon the rest of the way.

    Play them the entire upcoming PP. I’d like to see the Oilers run up the score and try to break Rittich.

  44. Darth Tu says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    Talbot was kicked from the game.

  45. jp says:

    Darth Tu:
    jp,

    Drai has decided he’d like to be in the conversation for the Hart

    Also, Draisaitl v. Bennett in 2014 worked out OK.

  46. Paulie says:

    This has been the most enjoyable 2 game strech for me since 16-17 playoffs

  47. Bank Shot says:

    Only 3 Oilers don’t have points tonight. You don’t see that often.

  48. Nit64 says:

    Bank Shot:
    Only 3 Oilers don’t have points tonight. You don’t see that often.

    ~ 2 goalies and who? ~

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: It won’t happen with the December he had. But he’s been remarkable for most of this season (and last for that matter).

    Nice to see Gagner pot one. Should have tossed his stick.

    In his last 9 games (including tonight) he has:

    2-2-2-1-3-2-2-2-4 points

  50. Darth Tu says:

    Tkachuk is maybe a bigger dirtbag than Marchand

  51. jp says:

    Tkachuk is such a POS.

    Haas, I’ll start chucking with him. Obv.

    Edit: Is that his weight class: 180?

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    Incorrect

    Talbot, Rittich, whatever – pick away if you feel the need and it makes you happy – won’t ruin or effect my night.

  53. norm_klassen says:

    Rolled my truck today on highway 43 so this is a consolation!

  54. Gerta Rauss says:

    Haas with a penalty shot…he may have to shoot from the penalty box LoL

  55. SK Oiler Fan says:

    No save Dave

  56. russ99 says:

    This game has everything!

    Penalty shot! Goal!!!

  57. OilClog says:

    Haas good

  58. Bulging Twine says:

    yaaaa love it!

  59. Darth Tu says:

    Brilliant Haas. Just brilliant

  60. jp says:

    Nice goal Gaetan!!

    Really nice game from him tonight, glad he got a goal.

    • hags9k says:

      Zelepukin:
      Definitely game of the year. Complete effort by everyone. Heart & soul effort. Old time hockey. Lunchbox hockey. How she goings, top shelf snipes. Penalty shot, muggings, line-brawl, tendy tussles.

      I like the cut of yer jib.

  61. striatic says:

    *chef’s kiss*

  62. Gerta Rauss says:

    That 8 spot on Rittich looks real nice

    *I know Talbot let in a couple but work with me

  63. OriginalPouzar says:

    BankShot:
    Only 3 Oilers don’t have points tonight. You don’t see that often.

    Was Haas one of them?

  64. russ99 says:

    Send out the goons!

  65. StixMalone says:

    Avacado scores!!!

  66. jm363561 says:

    Why is Haas not a shoot out guy?

  67. Pretendergast says:

    It’s a great day to be an Oiler fan and therefore the world.

    Edit: Flip your stick to that Rittich

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    Seems like Rittich really effed up with that stick flip….. really fired the boys up from the sounds (and looks) of it.

  69. Bank Shot says:

    Nit64: ~ 2 goalies and who? ~

    Khaira, Benning and Larsson.

  70. LMHF#1 says:

    Watching Nurse humiliate old man Lucic would be something…

    Nice goal from Haas.

  71. Darth Tu says:

    Oilers on 48 shots

  72. Bank Shot says:

    OriginalPouzar: Was Haas one of them?

    He’s got 2 points. Hopefully the start of a little run for him. He’s better than his statline IMO.

  73. Bulging Twine says:

    Andersson is such a talker. Back it up pretender

  74. StixMalone says:

    What a game

  75. jp says:

    49 shots.

    8-3.

    Won the fights.

    Good Lord!

  76. Nit64 says:

    1st star Smith for the ejection
    2nd star Haas for the penalty shot
    3rd star Bear for the turtle fight

  77. drglen says:

    revenge is sweet!

  78. russ99 says:

    Game of the year! Not gonna forget this one for a long time.

  79. Bulging Twine says:

    Last night and tonight…..good good signs.

  80. Gerta Rauss says:

    The officials just burned off the last second or two just to get these guys off the ice LoL….never seen that before

    That’s a sweet, sweet win

  81. Nit64 says:

    jp:
    49 shots.

    8-3.

    Won the fights.

    Good Lord!

    Could have had half a dozen Howe hattricks.

  82. Professor Q says:

    Nice game. Was able to catch the last 8 minutes. Very exciting.

    Any idea why the two Oilers got the Game Misconducts at the end there?

  83. drglen says:

    agree… hass starts the next shootout.!

  84. Caller Zen says:

    Yup, game of the year…. what a beat down on cowtown.

  85. Professor Q says:

    See, Original Pouzar.

    And you wanted to send P. Russell down!

  86. drglen says:

    SMITH for prime minister!!!!

  87. Gerta Rauss says:

    Professor Q:
    Nice game. Was able to catch the last 8 minutes. Very exciting.

    Any idea why the two Oilers got the Game Misconducts at the end there?

    they got ejected for ill intent…the refs were doing anything in their power to get this game over the finish line before things got out of hand

  88. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    The officials just burned off the last second or two just to get these guys off the ice LoL….never seen that before

    That’s a sweet, sweet win

    The officials handled the end of this game very well. Clearly let the Flames know there’d be trouble if they started anything late.

  89. Nit64 says:

    russ99: tiebreaker

    With RW Oil likely won’t need it, but if Flanes miss wild card spot on differential, music!

  90. jm363561 says:

    I am speechless. Yamo +11 on 11 games.

  91. Bank Shot says:

    The Oilers have been full value entertainment wise coming out of the all star break.

    Hope they can keep it up!

  92. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic: The officials handled the end of this game very well. Clearly let the Flames know there’d be trouble if they started anything late.

    And George Parros in attendance again tonight….the system works..!!….LoL….

  93. Zelepukin says:

    Definitely game of the year. Complete effort by everyone. Heart & soul effort. Old time hockey. Lunchbox hockey. How she goings, top shelf snipes. Penalty shot, muggings, line-brawl, tendy tussles.

  94. russ99 says:

    Draisaitl: we hit two posts and he’s celebrating like he won the Stanley cup.

  95. Minister D- says:

    Our gracious host predicted a nail-biter at the watch party earlier. And he was right, for about 90 seconds.

  96. Ryan says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    The officials just burned off the last second or two just to get these guys off the ice LoL….never seen that before

    That’s a sweet, sweet win

    Imagine if you were Holland..

    Man, jacked on all this adrenaline. I’d be calling Dorian till he woke up and picked up the phone.

    Dammit Dorian. Wake the blank up. I want Pageau and DuClair or Brown on a plane to Edmonton on Monday.

    Yah, just tell me what it’s going to take.

    🙂

    Epic game!

  97. Reja says:

    LMHF#1:
    Watching Nurse humiliate old man Lucic would be something…

    Nice goal from Haas.

    Nasty. Nasty.

  98. Zelepukin says:

    mark my words, Yamo will score 30 in the NHL, especially playing with those 2.

  99. Nit64 says:

    Minister D-:
    Our gracious host predicted a nail-biter at the watch party earlier. And he was right, for about 90 seconds.

    Lots of nail biting and cursing in Cowtown

  100. Bulging Twine says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    No save Dave

    Oh yes, Love it!

  101. Sanderson says:

    The late 90’s playoff teams had no talent but made it up with a whole lot of ‘never say die’. The ’06 team still had that mentality. That team culture seemed to die in the decade of darkness. These past two games make me think it might be back. Plus two of the best players in the world right now. If that’s the case, there are 30 NHL teams that should be worried.

  102. Todd Macallan says:

    It’s 230 am here in NL, so technically my birthday. Could not have asked for a better gift. Except maybe if Haas stick flipped after his SO goal.

    Best regular season game I’ve ever seen, and it’s not even close.

  103. Derek says:

    My first regular season game in enemy territory, my fiancee bought me the tickets for Christmas.

    Wow.

    I hope you guys had 1/2 as much fun as I did.

  104. Professor Q says:

    Todd Macallan:
    It’s 230 am here in NL, so technically my birthday. Could not have asked for a better gift. Except maybe if Haas stick flipped after his SO goal.

    Best regular season game I’ve ever seen, and it’s not even close.

    Happy Birthday! A good present indeed.

    Also, hilarious that Yamamoto told him not to flip it (I think he lent him one of his sticks for the PS attempt).

  105. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    That was a good hockey game.

  106. striatic says:

    russ99:
    Draisaitl: we hit two posts and he’s celebrating like he won the Stanley cup.

    Oilers: We’re going to chase you, then have our goalie fight your backup so you have to come back, then we’re going to put two more in on you for good measure.

  107. jp says:

    Jim Peplinski seems like a hell of a solid guy.

  108. striatic says:

    Sanderson:
    The late 90’s playoff teams had no talent but made it up with a whole lot of ‘never say die’.The ’06 team still had that mentality.That team culture seemed to die in the decade of darkness.

    I know there’s been a lot of chiding people saying Taylor Hall kills locker rooms, and I’ve never bought into it, but after seeing the Oilers, Devils, and now apparently the Coyotes implode after trading for the guy, it makes me really wonder.

  109. prefonmich says:

    Hes a great guy. I taught his daughter and he is as he seems on air. Hated him in the 80s though.

  110. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    striatic: Oilers: We’re going to chase you, then have our goalie fight your backup so you have to come back, then we’re going to put two more in on you for good measure.

    /thread

  111. dangilitis says:

    Of all the BOA games I have personally watched, this is a close 2nd behind the 10-1 drubbing back in 1996. Utter domination, statement game, whatever you want to call it, they kicked their ass in every possible way.

  112. Johnny skid says:

    i didn’t see much of Johnny Gaudreau tonight. It’s as if he didn’t even play.

  113. prefonmich says:

    On an unrelated note.. I watched a recently released documentary last night titled ‘WULLIE’ of course about Willie O Ree. It is well done and really timely with all the recent events in the NHL. The league is long overdue to address the racism that has been allowed to exist for far too long. Willie O Ree is an exceptional human being for how he managed the abuse he took and the impact he made. It’s worth seeing if you get a chance.

  114. jenga66 says:

    Neal and Lucic both missed the game apparently.

  115. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Just got out of the Sinead O’Connor concert and check the score.

    Woot! Beat down.

    Empty netter? Penalty shot??

    Waiting for hilights and see there was a goalie fight?

    Glad it was a great show otherwise I would have been super angry I missed it.

  116. commonfan29 says:

    Interesting quotes from Spector and Francis on Ward’s response to a Rishaug question:

    Mark Spector
    Ryan Rishaug asked Flames coach Geoff Ward if he was happy with Lucic’s contributions the last couple of games.
    Strong question.
    “Umm… You’re trying to get at something there, I’m not going there. I’ve got a long history with this player.. I’m not going there.”

    Eric Francis
    Geoff Ward when asked if he’s seen enough from Milan Lucic the last few games: “You’re trying to get at something there and I’m not going there. I have a long history with that player and he’s been good for us this year. I’m not going there.”

    Is Spec editing stuff out with his dots, or is Francis making stuff up?

  117. unca miltie says:

    is it ok to say that I am happy to see my prediction from earlier today come true. love it.

  118. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville:
    Talbot might be still working undercover for the Oilers,by coming to fight Smith and getting him ejected might have ensured the win for the Oil.

    I’m pretty sure Talbot did not want to be in net against the Oilers. We know where the treasure is hidden, and made him pay (in more ways than 1). The quickest way out, was to start that (losing) fight. Smooth move.

  119. Gerta Rauss says:

    Johnny skid:
    i didn’t see much of Johnny Gaudreautonight. It’s as if he didn’t even play.

    ditto Lucic

  120. Ivan says:

    Derek,

    Now THATS a gift!

  121. JimmyV1965 says:

    More than anything, I think that game galvanized them as a team. They went to war for each other and came out stronger than ever. The Rittich stick flip might have been one of the most important team building events to happen this season. The boys were obviously pissed, looking at you Drai, and they came out flying and determined. Rittich getting pulled was the cherry on top.

  122. Bank Shot says:

    commonfan29:
    Interesting quotes from Spector and Francis on Ward’s response to a Rishaug question:

    Mark Spector
    Ryan Rishaug asked Flames coach Geoff Ward if he was happy with Lucic’s contributions the last couple of games.
    Strong question.
    “Umm… You’re trying to get at something there, I’m not going there. I’ve got a long history with this player.. I’m not going there.”


    Eric Francis
    Geoff Ward when asked if he’s seen enough from Milan Lucic the last few games: “You’re trying to get at something there and I’m not going there. I have a long history with that player and he’s been good for us this year. I’m not going there.”

    Is Spec editing stuff out with his dots, or is Francis making stuff up?

    I’m betting on Spec editing things out. I don’t think Ward rolls Lucic under the bus like that when they know they are stuck with him for years.

    It’s not a lack of effort or professionalism on Lucic’s part either.

  123. Nit64 says:

    JimmyV1965: Rittich getting pulled was the cherry on top.

    Rittich getting beat down some more was after the goaler fight was the 🍒 on top of the 🍒

  124. Fuge Udvar says:

    jp,

    They are all wearing tons of make up….. Do you think that’s what +45 year old men normally look like on HD cameras?

    Is it not possible she has just aged? Why is your first reaction that she must have had work done? I only bring this up because those egotistical, vain, blowhards on the panel are the ideal targets for plastic surgeons. Yet I never hear anybody question if they have had work done.

  125. Kraz says:

    Just checked out flames nation to see what some flames fans are saying about that game. Man they were absolutely giving it to Lucic lol two physical games in a row and he was invisible. They have pretty much came to the conclusion of “buy him out no matter the cap implications”

  126. kgo says:

    I just heard Jack Michael’s call on the postgame show….What the FACK was I doing listening to that clown Dave Randorf instead of Jack….never again

  127. geowal says:

    Just back from a night out, which included showing up at a brewery in Calgary just before the goalie fight (previous brewery had no tv) so that was a nice intro to the game!
    Seemed like a hell of a retribution game.

  128. Side says:

    Woodguy v2.0:
    That was a good hockey game.

    I can confirm that it was a good game.

  129. nelson88 says:

    First live BOA in Calgary in 20 years. Hell of a game.

    I was walking beside George Parros as he was coming off the catwalk at the end. Slapped him on the back and Said “ what did you think of that one George!” Quickly came to my senses and wondered what I was doing (big guy) but he was pretty good natured about it even as other oilers fans were chirping him

  130. Nit64 says:

    The head to head tie breaker excludes the Flame’s extra home game at season start. So Flames can still lose the head to head tiebreak 4-5.

  131. kgo says:

    I thought Zac Rinaldo was supposed to be up next?

  132. Side says:

    Robinson said in the post game he was going to be waiting for the next Flames/Oilers game so they can get some revenge.

    The Oilers beat the Flames so bad the Flames feel they need to get revenge even though they are still up on the season series.

    Flames may have gotten more points so far but damn, they had the most demoralizing loss.

  133. Bank Shot says:

    Side:
    Robinson said in the post game he was going to be waiting for the next Flames/Oilers game so they can get some revenge.

    The Oilers beat the Flames so bad the Flames feel they need to get revenge even though they are still up on the season series.

    Flames may have gotten more points so far but damn, they had the most demoralizing loss.

    I’m sure Buddy will really give the guys hell the next time he plays Bakersfield.

  134. Nix says:

    Maybe the most I’ve ever been entertained from a hockey game.
    Thrilled Haas scored on top of everything else..

  135. Ribs says:

    Super solid game. Wow. If there’s any chance they can get a consistent effort identical to tonight’s, we could be talking about something special. Blueline was moving pucks with efficiency all night. Forwards were pressuring every Flame near the puck and all Oilers were covering any and all passing lanes. The goalies filled in the cracks well! A true delight to witness. Huzzah!

    Hard not to cheer for a guy like Gagner in games like these. He’s in 110%. Love it.

    P. Russell. What a pain in the ass he was all night!

    Yamo buzzing around makes me think we’ve found our own Pageau when he plays like this.

    Tippett is the man. Played this one perfectly.

    Yahhh!!

  136. GB&Q says:

    LMHF#1,

    European Sbowtime!

  137. Bulging Twine says:

    Nit64: Rittich getting beat down some more was after the goaler fight was the 🍒 on top of the 🍒

    We couldn’t even have made this up

  138. godot10 says:

    Side: I can confirm that it was a good game.

    We finally agree on something! -)

  139. Bulging Twine says:

    Watching replays Draisatl stared down Rittich after at least 3 goals.

    An angry Drai is good

  140. OriginalPouzar says:

    Professor Q:
    See, Original Pouzar.

    And you wanted to send P. Russell down!

    I didn’t want him sent down, did I? I wouldn’t be against him siting for Benson

  141. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ryan: Imagine if you were Holland..

    Man, jacked on all this adrenaline. I’d be calling Dorian till he woke up and picked up the phone.

    Dammit Dorian. Wake the blank up. I want Pageau and DuClair or Brown on a plane to Edmonton on Monday.

    Yah, just tell me what it’s going to take.

    Epic game!

    I wonder if Holland may get the sense that a “major move” isn’t required and to look a tier down at Granlund or even a few tiers down at Craig Smith

  142. OriginalPouzar says:

    Zelepukin:
    mark my words, Yamo will score 30 in the NHL, especially playing with those 2.

    For the first 7-8 games we were thinking (or lots of us were thinking), yup, he’s a legit NHL player, a legit middle 6 guy but maybe not a true top 6 guy, at least not right now.

    After last night, although I know the sample size was small, however, the only thing that stopped him from being the best player on the ice was Leon Draisaitl being the best player in the league.

    What a couple of games by Kailer – he was unreal good last night.

    Here is hoping he takes great care of that body and keeps building his strength as he becomes a man because durability is the only issue – can he consistently play that way night in and night out?

    • Zelepukin says:

      And I would say his true confidence with the puck is starting to show. There were a couple break-outs where he was surrounded by 3 Flames in the neutral zone, puck on his stick and he still went full-tilt towards the net, head up and keeping an eye on any late support man. Only really Drai, McD and Nuge do that. The Yamo 8 games ago would have done what every other normal forward would do and either think delay or dump it into the corner.

  143. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp:
    Jim Peplinski seems like a hell of a solid guy.

    Does very well for himself in business and, yes, I’ve been to lunch with him, he is a solid guy.

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    kgo:
    I just heard Jack Michael’s call on the postgame show….What the FACK was I doing listening to that clown Dave Randorf instead of Jack….never again

    I’m just about to head to the hotel gym, off 2.5 hours sleep because of this game, excited to listen to Bruce and Dave on the Cult of Hockey Podcast but also to listen to Reid and Rob on Overtime with Jack “highlights’ in there.

  145. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nit64:
    The head to head tie breaker excludes the Flame’s extra home game at season start. So Flames can still lose the head to head tiebreak 4-5.

    Flames have 7 less regulation wins than the Oilers, yes, 7.

    Given regulation wins are the first tiebreak (and I think ROWs the 2nd), i don’t see that coming in to play.

    • Nit64 says:

      Agreed and pointed out same up thread re: goal differentials not mattering due to RW!

      Was pointing out that Oil can still win the bragging rights to the official H2H

      Rooting for Yotes and Hawks to grab the WC. Pacific top tier right now looks like in no particular order Edmonton, Vegreville, and the Dys

  146. v4ance says:

    norm_klassen:
    Rolled my truck today on highway 43 so this is a consolation!

    Hope all that was damaged was the truck!

    As the game started I was in the lobby of a hospital waiting to be admitted. 5 hrs earlier, I was on my way to work … late… and tried to go for a light but changed my mind at last minute. Remember The 40 Year old Virgin? Same thing but without a billboard truck. I did a full 270 over the handlebars and went from vertical to right on my ass in 1 sec lying in the intersection.

    I set up for a work event to hold a viewing party for the BoA. It actually wasn’t supposed to be a viewing party tonight but I said if Superbowl is tomorrow, why not preset one day and let people enjoy the Battle too? I didn’t want to leave til they were set but the instant the setup was completed, I walked to the hospital and got a strong confirmation that I have a torn left rotator cuff that was aggravated by my 9.9 tumble (9.8 from the Russian judge).

    After the hospital, I went back to work to collect my gear and limped out into a blizzard that started not 2 minutes earlier. I bet the blizzard started right when the “fist-ivities” started at the end of the 2nd period. Got home, put an ice pack on the shoulder and watched the game on PVR and tried not to raise both arms for every goal but the pain was worth it 8 times! I usually delete all the old games on the PVR during a losing streak but I think this game will be a long term keeper!

    Watching Peplinski on After Hours, I gotta say, he’s a great guy in person to work for. He’s done a ton of MC work for The Flames Foundation since his retirement and he’s gotten really good on the mic!

    • Jethro Tull says:

      Hope you are ok!

      I’m a mountain biker. This year I was riding in the hills behind Walmart in Peace River. I was traversing a steep one on a deer trail and hit a rock. Went arse over tea kettle. Got the handle bar end under the ribs and some road rash. Bruised something inside.

      Worst thing was I threw my helmet on frustration and then realized I had to quickly stop it before it took off down the hill.

      I hope Tkachuk also bruised a kidney or something.

      My winter biking activities are limited to buying parts and looking at holidays to Moab.

  147. OriginalPouzar says:

    Given the flames only have 17 regulation wins (Oilers 24, Canucks 23) and are -17 in goal differential – are they really a tier below team?

  148. Wilde says:

    Bakersfield Condors vs. Stockton Heat; February 2nd, 2020; deployment

    Gambardella – Granlund – Currie
    Esposito – Cave – Maksimov
    McLeod – Malone – Hebig
    Stukel – Starrett – Peluso

    Lowe – Bouchard
    Kulevich – Day
    Samorukov – Desharnais

    After 20

    18CF-9CA
    12FF-4FA
    1GF-0GA

    Top F: Gambardella (1.16 Game Score)
    1 shot, 1 shot assists
    1 goal
    8CF-5CA
    6FF-2FA
    1GF-0GA

    Top D: Kulevich (0.52 Game Score)
    3 shot attempts, 2 shot assists
    8CF-3CA
    6FF-0FA
    0GF-0GA

  149. v4ance says:

    Quick Poll:

    1) Game of the year

    2) Game of the Decade

  150. jake70 says:

    Just finished watching. Well that was boatload of fun.

  151. ArmchairGM says:

    Draisaitl is the fastest to reach 80 points since Mark Messier in 1989-90.

    Wow.

  152. geowal says:

    Sportsnet replaying the game right now – beauty. Missed most of it

  153. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Sweet, sweet game.

  154. Old Timer says:

    Did anyone else notice that Tkachuk, the fearless warrior , got into a couple of fights last night. Did he choose to go after anybody that is tough, any body that is big? No.

    The turtle went after Ethan Bear and Gaetan Haas. Both are basically rookies and it was the first fight in the NHL for each of them.

    Yup that #19 sure is the heart and soul of the Calgary Flames. Perhaps he is really Upchuk.

  155. dangilitis says:

    dangilitis,

    I disagree. He was by far the better goalie in the 2nd period. If it was Koskinen vs Rittich,based on last nights play, it could have been 8-1 or 9-1 after the 2nd

  156. oilsnc79 says:

    v4ance,

    2. Game of the decade….
    Been around oil since the beginning, best game I’ve watched in 35 years.

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