Satisfaction

Oilers fans had a wild night while the team won on Tabernac Saturday in Calgary. It was an outstanding game, made even more impressive due to being the dreaded third game in four nights. That was a ‘chicken soup for the soul’ game for fans, an absolutely rocking 60 minutes that left everyone dizzy and satisfied. Who are these guys?

The Calgary Flames are a tough matchup for Edmonton, plus the agitating Matt Tkachuk seemed to get enough of the Oilers roster attention away from the obvious goal (two points!) to win the day. It was reversed last night. Edmonton were demons on the forecheck, Edmonton got off to the great start, Calgary reacted and the Flames burned out in spectacular fashion. What. a. game.

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: 28-18-6, 62 points; goal differential +7

This year’s team is once again edging closer to the 2016-17 playoff team, something I didn’t foresee happening a month ago. Edmonton’s win last night means the team is solo second, two points ahead of the Flames with a game in hand.

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: 2-0-0

I said that the Oilers would cover the bet if the team could grab three points in the first three games. Well, they did that, and then won the final game to go 2-0-1 out of the box after the All-Star break. Exceptional.

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in February 2017: 0-1-0, 0 points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in February 2018: 0-1-1, one point; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2019: 0-0-1, 1 point; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2020: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +5

A monster start to February after a strong January. The Oilers are not following the scripts of previous seasons, thank God and Greyhound.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: CAL, ARI (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • 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: 1-0-0, two points in one game

A brilliant start to a month that will see 14 games in 28 nights, there are some strong teams on the list but btb wins over St. Louis and Calgary represents a major accomplishment.

OILERS 2019-20

The top two lines had five goals and the bottom two lines popped two, the truth is there were no passengers. From the moment Nuge forced the play by aggressively forechecking through game’s end, Edmonton was on its toes, Calgary on its heels. Music! All numbers NST and all numbers five on five unless noted.

LINE 1 Nuge-Leon Draisaitl-Kailer Yamamoto played 10:54, going 17-7 Corsi, 10-6 shots, 2-0 goals and 3-0 HDSC.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal, five shots, two HDSC, forechecked like a demon, two takeaways, forced the issue at every turn. Leon Draisaitl had two assists (four in total), two shots, HDSC, two takeaways, won seven of 14. The big man leads the NHL in points. Kailer Yamamoto might have been the best player on the line. Seriously. His early goal combined anticipation, quickness, great hands and he didn’t stop there. Went 1-1-2 on the night, three shots, HDSC, penalty, two takeaways, and was a gigantic pain in the ass on the forecheck. My goodness what a hockey player.

LINE 2 Josh Archibald-Connor McDavid-Zack Kassian played 9:45, going 7-11 Corsi, 4-6 shots, 1-1 goals and no HDSC.

Josh Archibald had an assist, drew a penalty, and played a major role on the line’s goal. McDavid tied up the Calgary defender along the wall, allowing Archibald to grab it, use his time to find Kassian and send a lovely pass to 44, who cashed. Archibald has great utility. Connor McDavid scored a goal, had two shots, HDSC, and a power play goal. He brought all of the usual hammer of the God skills, but also a physical element. Awesome game. Notice his shot is finding the twine more often this year. Don’t know if it’s a harder shot, quicker release or if he’s changing angles, but he’s scoring from longer ranger this year to my eye. Made Noah Hanifin look like a saloon door. Kassian scored an early goal, had two shots and two giveaways. What’s more, he showed great maturity in not getting involved in the extra curricular activities that were going on. Impressive night.

LINE 3 Sam Gagner-Gaetan Haas-Alex Chiasson played 8:55, going 9-6 Corsi, 9-5 shots, 1-1 goals and 2-4 HDSC.

This trio did good things all night, even before the two goal breakout in the third period. Sam Gagner had two shots and two HDSC, and at four on four scored on a nice shot. He’s found a way to make himself valuable. Gaetan Haas had an assist, two shots, drew a penalty and won two of eight on the dot. He scored on a penalty shot, after having been mugged on the way to the net. Alex Chiasson had an assist, two shots and a HDSC. He has been delivering more often offensively of late.

LINE 4 Jujhar Khaira-Riley Sheahan-Patrick Russell played 8:55, going 11-7 Corsi, 7-3 shots, no goals and 3-1 HDSC.

Jujhar Khaira drew a penalty and played 1:34 effective minutes on the PK. Had the first fight of the night against Swift Buddy Robinson. Riley Sheahan had an assist, two shots, a takeaway and won two of nine in the dot. He was effective with the puck on his stick and probably should have been awarded with a couple of extra assists. Patrick Russell had six shots (!!) three HDSC (!!) and drew a penalty. A wonderful game from the fourth line.

PAIRING ONE Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear played 15:52, going 22-11 Corsi, 12-8 shots, 1-1 goals, 4-0 HDSC. Spent almost 13 of the 16 minutes with 97 or 29’s line.

Darnell Nurse had two shots, took a penalty and picked up an assist on the power play. Slammed Tkachuk into the middle of next week and hauled ass to get to the bench to allow 97 the opportunity for his second goal. Ethan Bear had an assist, two shots and a giveaway. Also fought Matt Tkachuk.

PAIRING TWO Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson played 14:48, going 15-8 Corsi, 12-4 shots, 2-0 goals and 6-3 HDSC. Spent about 11 of 15 minutes with either 97 or 29.

Oscar Klefbom had an assist (two in total), a shot, HDSC and a giveaway. He played a strong game again, although I read a few comments about his indifferent play, but remember injuries early in the season have impacted foot speed. Adam Larsson had a strong game defending, wasn’t as filthy as normal but this was the third game in four nights.

PAIRING THREE Caleb Jones and Matt Benning played 12:07, going 15-11 Corsi, 14-7 shots, 2-0 goals and 2-2 HDSC.

Caleb Jones scored a goal and had three shots, he lost his mark on the Buddy Robinson goal but you’re going to have those things happen with rookies. The first two games for this pairing have been splendid. Matt Benning had a shot, defended well and helped keep this pairing out of danger.

GOALIE Mike Smith stopped 15 of 18, .833. Also got into a fight and delivered an epic hair flip that should be a meme by noon. Mikko Koskinen came in for the third period and stopped all eight shots he faced, including two HDSC.

Quick thoughts

I suggested three points out of these first three games would be reasonable, the Oilers grabbed five of six. Outstanding. Credit the players and the coaching staff, that was one of the best games I’ve seen from this Oilers team since the 2005-06 squad delivered brilliance each game. Enjoy this, savor it. What are these guys?

THE ATHLETIC EVENT

I have to say these events are awesome for me. I get to meet folks who have been reading or listening for years, and have connections to the game (met a young man whose father was an outstanding NHL ref for years) that remind me of just how important the game is to all of us. There’s another event on the way, sincere thanks for coming out, and thanks to Allison Currie who was an outstanding host.

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  1. Munny says:

    digger50: Broberg right now has excellent skating with questionable hockey IQ. His offence is close to Klefbom, a bit behind.

    Wasn’t the latest report on his Hockey IQ favourable? Post-WJC. that is. They were using him ways that requires intelligence. I recall reading very good things, but then, I’m a fan of the player, maybe I have it wrong.

    I think the Broberg pick may have something to do with Broberg’s floor potentIal. He has decent upside, but with his combination of size and skating. he’s an absolute lock to be at minimum a mid-roster player.

    I think it may also have a lot to do with Nurse’s next contract…

  2. godot10 says:

    Munny:

    I think it may also have a lot to do with Nurse’s next contract…

    You mean Klefbom’s next contract. Klefbom will be 30 in 3.5 years when his contract expires.

  3. Genjutsu says:

    Yeah im pretty sure they have him penciled in the orginization for 12 years or so.

  4. godot10 says:

    Broberg was the youngest defensemen on the Swedish World Junior team, with all of them high draft picks, and yet it was Broberg was was asked to fill a shutdown role on his offside.

    In half a season, he has now moved into the top 4 on his Swedish team, if I understood SwedishPoster’s last report correctly.

  5. Genjutsu says:

    Dom’s model looks as far off as his prediction of team waivers being vastly superior to Oilers forwards so i wouldn’t think ARI makes it.

    Hell if they keep sliding there’s every chance Hall goes at the deadline.

    Poor rotten luck: a few key injuries is all it takes in this league.

  6. Genjutsu says:

    Well played, sir.

  7. Genjutsu says:

    One thing about players like Neal and Chase will bring more value with their size and physical play in the playoffs.

  8. Genjutsu says:

    Why do you ask questions you already know the answer to?

    😉

  9. Genjutsu says:

    I’m not sure his offence is behind Klef’s.

    He’s a better skater too and should be ready to replace him on a value contract when Klef’s contract ends.

    Time will tell if it was the right pick but I can see what the thought was.

  10. who says:

    Munny: Wasn’t the latest report on his Hockey IQ favourable?Post-WJC. that is.They were using him ways that requires intelligence. I recall reading very good things, but then, I’m a fan of the player, maybe I have it wrong.

    I think the Broberg pick may have something to do with Broberg’s floor potentIal.He has decent upside, but with his combination of size and skating. he’s an absolute lock to be at minimum a mid-roster player.

    I think it may also have a lot to do with Nurse’s next contract…

    Broberg was an interesting pick.
    The year before the Oilers picked Bouchard to fill a clear area of need. I would have been happy with either Bouchard or Dobson, but at least they picked one of them.
    Broberg was added to a position of depth in the organization. I have to believe Holland felt he was a slam dunk at 8OV.

  11. Munny says:

    Goal 1: Yamamoto cellies in mock-Rittich fashion, arms spread wide, accepting the glory, like he’s a WWF wrestler… yet a 5’7′ rook in the Flames barn.

    Goal 2: The play that creates the goal is made by McDavid taking Brodie’s body and squeezing out the defender. The plays on the puck are solely made by Archie and Kassian, sans McDeity. (Also indicates these two should be able to score together on another line).

    Goal 3: McDavid cellies like he interviews. Stoic, Laconic, Waiting-for-a-bigger-stage. Kassian parked on the doorstep contributed to how Rittich played the shot.

    Goal 4: B2B McDeities. Louie was right about using his wrists and stick blade to hide his shot. Subtle AF. Like his cellies…

    Insert: Lindholm goal… Smith’s good for a puck-playing, or belly-flop goal almost once a game. Fosbury was the mentor for this one.

    Goal 5: It’s a Drai Heat… Since the AS Break, Drai’s feet have been as light as I’ve ever seen. Unholy feet. Incredibly agile for a big man. To the girl out there who’s responsible, you have my undying gratitude for the bounce in his step. I hope you and him sign long term.

    Goal 6: Seeing-eye-single RBI, glad to see it come off Caleb’s bat. The team is building its depth as we speak. Pressure to this point in the second has been diamond-worthy.

    Goal 7: Oh my Gord, there’s a goal 7 and we’re playing the Antichirists? Sweet Baby Jesus, this should be a golden rule. Puck perfectly placed by Young Gamgee on the shot.

    Goal 8: And the game supplies the only thing it’s missing… a penalty shot. Haas embarrasses Rittich, bookending Yamamoto’s Goal 1… and we have the most complete game, on every level, played by the Oilers over the Phlegms in a very long time.

    Swagger, it’s a thing.

  12. Genjutsu says:

    Yep and with his heavy mins, injury history, likely high price point and the teams certain cap constraints it would be prudent to have an internal replacement.

    He may not turn out to be a true 1LD. However with Nurse likely signed long term this summer and Bouchard near certainly handling 1PP in a 4F 1D set he really doesn’t have to be a #1D

  13. slopitch says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Sam won the life lottery.

    Not only has he made ~36MM in his NHL career, he married an attractive woman who became a medical doctor and whose family”s money makes Sam’s look like change found in the couch.

    She’s from Edmonton and I think Sam would sign fairly cheap to stay here.

    I dont know many dentists who make 36m in their career 😉

    Agree though. Sam lucked out. Rachel’s a gem. He’s also an NHL player. Thats life lottery alone.

  14. Munny says:

    who: Broberg was an interesting pick.
    The year before the Oilers picked Bouchard to fill a clear area of need. I would have been happy with either Bouchard or Dobson, but at least they picked one of them.
    Broberg was added to a position of depth in the organization. I have to believe Holland felt he was a slam dunk at 8OV.

    That’s kind of the point. Broberg is an absolute slam dunk to be a quality NHLer, likely a 2 or a 3. He’s not a slam dunk to be a Karlsson or a Letang, but he does have that ceiling.

    We have depth, but for eg. Samorukov’s chances of being as good a Dman, while certainly non-zero, are nowhere near as good.

    I can totally understand your point. But you can’t draft for need. If you think Broberg’s more likely to be a more useful defenseman than Zegras a forward, you draft the defenseman. I think the pick is somewhat risk-averse, sure, but not enough so that it deserves heavy criticism. The kid’s a real nice player.

  15. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Munny: That’s kind of the point. Broberg is an absolute slam dunk to be a quality NHLer, likely a 2 or a 3.He’s not a slam dunk to be a Karlsson or a Letang, but he does have that ceiling.

    We have depth, but for eg. Samorukov’s chances of being as good a Dman, while certainly non-zero, are nowhere near as good.

    I can totally understand your point.But you can’t draft for need.If you think Broberg’s more likely to be a more useful defenseman than Zegras a forward, you draft the defenseman.I think the pick is somewhat risk-averse, sure, but not enough so that it deserves heavy criticism.The kid’s a real nice player.

    Holland must have seen Bro as BPA, but strategically they aren’t deep enough anywhere else to deal from.

    They can deal an NHL ready or less developed covered D and not miss a beat, and also D have more value than forwards unless they are definitely elite.

  16. OriginalPouzar says:

    digger50: I think you lead the way OP on illogical conclusions.

    I think I generally provide basis for my conclusions.

    Not sure the response above actually leads to a discussion on the hockey-related substance but, to me, provides more evidence of non-evidence for the position taken and it just been a statement without defence that may come true but is not determinable for years.

  17. rickithebear says:

    MacT:
    GM: hired April 15 2013
    Drafted Nurse, Draisaitl, Lagesson
    Traded for Pit #16 (was going to take Barzal)
    Won Mcdavid in the Lottery!
    Fired as GM April 24, 2015

    MacT & Bucky signed Benning, Caggulia.
    These are facts or stated the Org.

    Teams with the only RB with 90+ yds and 4.5+ yd/carry win 90% of playoff games.
    Unless QB has a Poor passing TD: Int ratio (1:1 or less)

    Congrats to the real MVP.
    D. Williams Scorer of the Ginal 2 TDs.
    Teams were

  18. rickithebear says:

    K. Holland likes to mature his Players.
    Per first 35+gm season in Detroit for most players.

  19. CallighenMan says:

    I’m the opposite. Even when asked I always say NO. Vacation is for vacationing.

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