2019-20 Game 53 Oilers at Coyotes

The Oilers arrived in the Sonoran Desert with no passengers and a gigantic amount of momentum. The nature of the Pacific Division this season suggests that counts for doodly squat, but my goodness the Oilers were impressive last week in Alberta. Can this team keep it going?

THE ATHLETIC!

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

  • New Lowetide: If fast is the new big, the Oilers are trending in a very good direction
  • New Lowetide: Oilers’ 2016 draft and the value of waiting five years
  • 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.
  • Lowetide: What’s next for Tyler Benson and William Lagesson after being called up by the Oilers?
  • 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
  • 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 53 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 21-27-5, 47 points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 28-17-8, 64 points; goal differential +12
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 23-26-4, 50 points; goal differential -28
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 23-25-5, 51 points; goal differential -19
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 28-18-6, 62 points; goal differential +7

Edmonton’s most recent run (8-2-2 in the last 12) and spike in goal differential create a handsome record through 52 games. With 30 games to go, the Oilers could tread water (point per game) and finish with 92 points. Don’t recommend it.

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

Easy to get greedy, but this season’s 10-game segments have just one clunker and the current 10 is off to a tremendous start.

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 1-1-0, two points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2017: 0-2-0, 0 points; goal differential -3
  • Oilers in February 2018: 1-0-1, three points; goal differential +3
  • Oilers in February 2019: 0-0-2, two points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in February 2020: 1-0-0, two points; goal differential +5

Edmonton in February has had some success, but early in the month during the McDavid era is a mixed bag. Check out the playoff team and 0-2! None of the four previous clubs hit it out of the park, so opportunity knocks.

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

I have the Oilers grabbing 17 points this month, if this group delivers it will be the most successful February since 97 arrived. The 2015-16 (7 points in 14 games), 2016-17 (12 points in 12 games), 2017-18 (11 points in 13 games) and 2018-19 (12 points in 14 games) editions all failed to exceed a point per game.

OILERS 2019-20

No idea about James Neal or Tyler Benson, we do know coaches don’t like to mess with a lineup that is winning. I would run Koskinen out there tonight, but Dave Tippett has shown a preference for Smith. Question: Is Yamamoto the next forward to reach 10 goals?

2019-20 BAKERSFIELD CONDORS

We haven’t chatted about the Condors since the Benson recall, partly because there is now a ‘last one out turn off the lights’ feel to this year’s team. Beyond Evan Bouchard and Dmitri Samorukov, who do you count as a strong prospect? I’ll suggest Stuart Skinner is spiking right now, Ryan McLeod and Kirill Maksimov are showing some signs. There isn’t a lot left now that Yamamoto, Benson, Jones and Lagesson have flown the coop. Jay Woodcroft and his brilliant staff have their work cut out for them this season. Thanks to Wilde for lines and pairings.

TONIGHT

Teams get into these good grooves and want to ride them for a long time. I don’t know that the Oilers win tonight, Arizona is a talented team. However, when a team comes to the end of a winning streak, there are usually signs that fortunes are about to turn. Lucky plays, bad habits, heroic goalies sometimes extend a winning streak even though the team has stopped playing well.

None of that is in evidence with this team. The Edmonton Oilers are playing well. Full stop.

TRADE DEADLINE

Although we agreed long ago about the (lack of) value in winning faceoffs, it can be a royal pain in the ass for about eight seconds when you lose them. This season’s centers have been good, bad and indifferent in the dot: Leon Draisaitl 50. 5 percent in 864 sorties; Riley Sheahan 50.1 percent in 55 sorties; Connor McDavid 47.0 percent in 525 sorties; Nuge leading the way with 50.9 percent winning percentage but has only entered the battle 381 times.

Gaetan Haas is the outlier, just 40.5 percent in 304 attempts. I think the Oilers will be looking for a faceoff man at the deadline.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A packed show today, TSN1260, starting at 10 this morning. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will preview tonight’s game from the Edmonton side, we’ll chat about that killer second line, the third pairing and Tyler Benson’s possible debut. Andrew Peard and Corey Graham pop in at 11 to talk Edmonton Oil Kings, Sebastian Cossa, Jake Neighbours and the next OK game on Friday. Craig Morgan from The Athletic Arizona joins us at 11:20 to chat Taylor Hall, injuries and this crazy Pacific Division. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. Munny says:

    Canucks still down 2-0 with a bit more than 8 to play

    TBL have taken back the lead on the Pysankas 3-2 with about 7 to go

  2. Munny says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, your Edmonton Pylons…

  3. russ99 says:

    Either the ice or our stick handling is horrid.

  4. drglen says:

    good shift for dreis line

  5. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    A coyotes goal seems… inevitable.

  6. Munny says:

    I wouldn’t be too impressed by that icing either, if I’m the coach.

  7. Munny says:

    Kassian injecting some energy…

  8. drglen says:

    sheehan basically saves goal on the backcheck there..

  9. Munny says:

    Bruins up 3-0 now on the Dys

    TBL clinging to their 3-2 lead with less than 2 to go

  10. drglen says:

    arizona playing a hard game here… not much room for oilers. Make no mistake Zona came to play. It’s a greasy goal kind of game..

  11. drglen says:

    big save koski on Hall, … that was almost a goal.

  12. OriginalPouzar says:

    VAN about to be shutout by BOS

    VEG loses in reg to TBL

    Great stuff and 2 Oiler points would make things look real pretty.

  13. flyfish1168 says:

    Miko best player for us this period

  14. Munny says:

    Vegreville loses

    Dynasties now down 4-0 to Boston with less than 1 to go.

    Meanwhile the Oil show flickering signs of life

  15. defmn says:

    Bulging Twine:
    cheers

    that is a whole lot of trust Holland is putting in Nurse if the intention is to sign him again in 2 years.

    This wouldn’t be the first time a contract was signed and tucked away in a 3rd party lawyer’s safe until it was legal to pull it out into the light of day claiming it was just signed.

    Remember all those free agent contracts announced at 1 minute after they became possible before the week consultation process was introduced? Just fast talkers, I’m sure.

  16. drglen says:

    Yamo earns the penatly there.. extended pressure results in PP

    maybe went down a little easy there… but the pressure earned the call.. arizona not arguing too much

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    MIN up 2-0 on CHI also good.

  18. drglen says:

    geez nobody can make a pass tonight.. ice.

  19. jp says:

    Vegas and the Canucks both with regulation losses.

    Big opportunity if/when the Oilers wake up.

  20. fishman says:

    Only guy showing up so far!

  21. godot10 says:

    Nurse would be a RFA next summer if he signs a one year deal, requiring protection in the expansion draft.

    Only UFA’s without a contract don’t need to be protected.

  22. Munny says:

    Hopefully that woke Drai up. He’s made some silly decisions thus far.

  23. Zelepukin says:

    Zelepukin:
    We need to buck the horrible trend we have of playing like total garbage after a couple days off from playing a great game and having our tires pumped by media.

    I bring this up every time.

    I’m just going to keep quoting myself because this is a real thing. Every. Single. Time.

  24. jp says:

    No damage on the scoreboard from that lacklustre period. I’d count that as a positive for the Oil going forward.

  25. Munny says:

    Outshot 12-4 and we had the only powerplay…

    Sounds about right.

    Awful period of hockey.

  26. Derek says:

    Looks like they spent the last 3 days celebrating themselves. My god what a horrific period.

  27. Bulging Twine says:

    Lucic got in a fight tonight

  28. drglen says:

    really strong defending by Arizona here and Oilers not able to generate much at all. Khaira and Gagner not noticeable so far.. .. bottom six no where to be found… no help for connor. In this game Nyygard is missed.

  29. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Koskinen the only reason they’re tied right now. Tippett needs to rip on them a bit. That period was terrible

  30. tcho says:

    Hopefully they can rebound after the intermission much as St. Loo did vs. us 2 games ago.

  31. fishman says:

    Agreed. No more than one game off between games! They are flatter than a pancake. 4 shots in the first period. Yikes

  32. Munny says:

    Another spanking laid on Buffalo tonight. this time by the Avs.

    Gotta think some drastic changes might be coming to up-state New York.

  33. jp says:

    Yup. Momentum changes.

    They *should* be fired up after a nothing period but it doesn’t alway happen.

  34. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    No score
    12-4 shots
    24-15 Arizona Corsi five on five

    ==

    That was a humbling period. Koskinen stopped 5 HDSC.

  35. Munny says:

    This game and the opponent are there for the taking.

    Do we see the real Edmonton Oilers make an appearance in the 2nd?

  36. Nit64 says:

    Yes. Forgot seattle would not need to sign the RFA to claim.

  37. Durag says:

    I’d be happy to see any Edmonton Oilers show up for the second period.

  38. Reja says:

    Alright 1 period of rope a dope now its time to put up a 3 spot in the second.

  39. drglen says:

    the guys are looking absolutely gassed after every shift

  40. drglen says:

    giveaway by bear leads to goal… kassian did not pick up garland..

    poor play by oilers

  41. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    w00f

  42. OilClog says:

    Pete should be forced to grow his stache out then have it waxed, damn you Pete! Robbed us all

  43. jp says:

    Oh that sucks. Tough bounce.

  44. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    Bear goes to double cover Hall leaving Nurse alone in front with two Yotes. Rookie mistake.

  45. drglen says:

    dogs breakfast game…. bad luck also.

    wake up guys..

    Tyler, get your skates on.

  46. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    My Great Pyrenees defends against coyotes better than this. By himself.

  47. Dicky94 says:

    Might need a goalie fight.

  48. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    This looks like one of those “lose no matter what you do” games.

  49. drglen says:

    Tipp should consider pulling koskinen for new energy.

  50. Ice Sage says:

    Crazy Pedestrian:
    This looks like one of those “lose no matter what you do” games.

    Yep, Oilers overdue, shot the wad in Cowtown

  51. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    If weird ricochets are going in like that when you’re #1 pp team on the the pp, it’s one of those guaranteed loss nights

  52. godot10 says:

    Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual:
    Bear goes to double cover Hall leaving Nurse alone in front with two Yotes. Rookie mistake.

    Kassian covering air. Cheating for offense.

  53. drglen says:

    looks like he’s changed up the lines…

    at least Haas gets in fast on the forecheck.

    Ganger, Khaira, Chaiison, Russel, … not even a pulse.

    Is archibold even in this game. Cmon you guys this is a critical 4 point game and nobody is skating. Tipps got to do something here.. looks like he is.

    I think he needs to try and get connor with maybe Haas and Russel, to get arizonas third pair. Gologoski is all over Connor… great D man.

  54. Zelepukin says:

    Just checking the schedule, so we got 5 games left where we come off a 2 day break. These are guaranteed losses, granted we win the game before:

    Chicago Feb 11
    Winnipeg Feb 29
    Boston March 19
    Anaheim March 23
    Calgary April 4th

  55. Nit64 says:

    Might need 2 goalie fights

  56. Durag says:

    The team looks hungover

  57. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Tough to watch the team burning one of their games in hand.

  58. Dicky94 says:

    Réal Goudenyéu,

    I think they burned one before the game. 🤪

  59. Ice Sage says:

    Oilers in molasses out there, it’s not just the ice, slow decisions, cavalier play.
    Credit to Arizona, they’re checking hard

  60. drglen says:

    they can still salvage this game, but man they look awful… shorten the bench.

  61. Ice Sage says:

    drglen,

    Yeah sure but who, except Nurse, is showing any jump tonight?

  62. jp says:

    Zelepukin:
    Just checking the schedule, so we got 5 games left where we come off a 2 day break. These are guaranteed losses, granted we win the game before:

    Chicago Feb 11
    Winnipeg Feb 29
    Boston March 19
    Anaheim March 23
    Calgary April 4th

    Koskinen is 3-2-0 on 2 days rest. Smith is 5-0-0.

    So the Oilers are 8-2-0 coming off a 2 day break?

    https://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/4740/splits
    https://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/3231/splits

    Edit: Looking like it will be 8-3-0 in about an hour.

  63. drglen says:

    Khaira appears to be benched, … which tells me.. he is basically toast. Benson please!!

    Has anyone even thrown a hit?

    I think Tippet needs to Try Hass with macdavid in the third period.

    Klefbom is try his best but the defense have not contributed anything today either.. just a sad sad game so far.

  64. drglen says:

    Kassian playing like someone with a fat contract. Cmon Zak.. don’t be a lucic

  65. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    2-0 Arizona (2-0 Arizona in the second)
    18-18 shots (14-6 Edmonton shots in the second)
    36-31 Chicago Corsi five on five (16-12 Edmonton in the second)
    ==

    Oilers aren’t sharp. Arizona is playing desperate. I’m going to use my Casey Stengel quote tomorrow morning, pretty sure.

  66. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Not watching the game, but I just heard Tippett pulled the plug on the Archibald – McDavid – Kassian trio.
    How’s Benson looking so far alongside McDavid?

  67. New Improved Darkness says:

    There are more negatively-loaded words than positive ones — so what? — 1 February 2020

    Take Sandra Murray and John Holmes, who, in order to fill 12 pages of a 2013 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, brought in a number of couples who had been going out for an average of a year and a half. They sat them back to back, told them not to communicate with each other, and handed them each a sheet of paper. One person was told to list everything that annoyed them about their partner. The other was told to list every possession they could think of in their home.

    They had five minutes.

    The person asked to list the partner’s faults stopped soon enough, but had most of five minutes to listen to the other’s frantic scribbling.

    That’s hilarious, but this article is ridiculous. There’s more negative words for the same reason that there’s (roughly) one correct way to assemble your IKEA flat pack, yet no great shortage of different ways to bollix it all up.

    Payback’s a bitch; entropy is a sow.

  68. Munny says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Quote) (Reply)
    Reply

    The only players looking good tonight are the ones still in suits and ties. So Benson lookin fine, so far.

  69. drglen says:

    maybe connor needs a new spot on the powerplay

  70. Munny says:

    Nuge needed to lift that look

  71. drglen says:

    nice break out boys..

  72. Munny says:

    Chances but no goals.

    Desperately need some goal legs

  73. Ice Sage says:

    The trap is on, Arizona may be vulnerable if Oilers wanna work

  74. drglen says:

    decent pressure and shot by that line. If we can get a greasy one… we can pull the goalies and look for the tie… I think that’s our only hope here. Every one is playing to slow… the plays develop slow and the passes are anticipated.. sticks in the way.

  75. russ99 says:

    That shift was ugly, three forwards on the wall past the goal line = no chance to score.

  76. drglen says:

    how did that not go in

  77. russ99 says:

    Kind of frustrated we’re playIng to their strengths. You’d think after two and a half periods of getting outworked and out positioned on the cycle they’d try something else.

  78. russ99 says:

    Need a shortie bad,

  79. drglen says:

    chaisson… … dog house… go now. by the way…… you’ve been traded

  80. Bulging Twine says:

    Giordano injured

  81. Ice Sage says:

    Wheres Mahomes when the Oilers need him?

  82. flyfish1168 says:

    I have dislike chiasson game for a while.

  83. Ice Sage says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Giordano injured

    …what comes around…

  84. Munny says:

    That was a poor non-call by the Stripes

    Edit: ie, the hold on Archie

  85. drglen says:

    tipp trusting archibold as his best penalty killer

  86. Munny says:

    Can we get a little mo’ off the big kill?

    Please…

  87. drglen says:

    koskinen saves the day

    bad nurse giveaway

    Bear… please carry the puck in… it’s time that guy did a rush or two of this own.

  88. Ice Sage says:

    Lordy, these guys are outta sync and the Oilers boss is being outcoached for the first time in a while, maybe he’s confused about which team is his?

  89. drglen says:

    ok soderberg deserves first star for losing those teeth….

  90. drglen says:

    team has no jump…. I’m blaming tippet for keeping the same lineup.

    Here’s a game where we could have used someone like Bouchard imo. just saying.

  91. drglen says:

    losing most of the draws as well
    Arizona good face off team.

  92. Munny says:

    Hemsky, what were you thinking?

  93. Munny says:

    Flames down 3-1 now. Still 4 mins to play in Turtletown.

  94. Munny says:

    We deserve to be shut out.

  95. Ice Sage says:

    Lord, that was a calamity.
    A reminder of what this team really is – not quite ready.

  96. drglen says:

    Boooooooooooooooo oooooo

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Booooooooooooooooooooo

    New lineup please Tippet. Bring in Benson for God’s sake. Hell, call up McLead while your at it.

    Very flat defensive effort also, … one of the defenders needs a reset. Probably Jones. Have a look at Lageson

  97. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Ice Sage:
    Lord, that was a calamity.
    A reminder of what this team really is – not quite ready.

    Nah they just didn’t give a shit tonight.

  98. flyfish1168 says:

    There is no reason to not get Benson in On thursday.

  99. drglen says:

    Yes, all out of excuses now Tippett.

  100. Munny says:

    Flames lose too.

    Coyotes gain two points pretty much on the entire field

  101. Harpers Hair says:

    McDavid -3
    Kassian -3
    Draisaitl -2
    RNH -2

    They got owned.

  102. Dicky94 says:

    Jones and Khaira out.
    Lagesson and Benson in.

  103. Munny says:

    Harpers Hair:
    McDavid -3
    Kassian -3
    Draisaitl -2
    RNH -2

    They got owned.

    Rittich, is that you?

    There’s a big difference between getting owned and not showing up for work.

    Just like there’s a big difference between a celebration… and showing up a team after they hit two posts.

  104. Harpers Hair says:

    Munny: Rittich, is that you?

    There’s a big difference between getting owned and not showing up for work.

    Pretty much the same in my book.

  105. Dicky94 says:

    drglen,

    Jones had a tough night.

  106. Munny says:

    Harpers Hair: Pretty much the same in my book.

    I know, that’s why I’m asking if you’re David Rittich. You’re both unable to discern fundamental, yet simple, differences.

  107. Johnny skid says:

    Munny: I know, that’s why I’m asking if you’re David Rittich.You’re both unable to discern fundamental, yet simple, differences.

    David Rittich is far more classy than this troll.

  108. flyfish1168 says:

    Johnny skid: David Rittich is far more classy than this troll.

    Big sieve dave says hello

  109. Johnny skid says:

    flyfish1168: Big sieve dave says hello

    looks like he lived up to his name again tonight.

  110. jtblack says:

    Lowetide:
    After Two:

    2-0 Arizona (2-0 Arizona in the second)
    18-18 shots (14-6 Edmonton shots in the second)
    36-31 Chicago Corsi five on five (16-12 Edmonton in the second)
    ==

    Oilers aren’t sharp. Arizona is playing desperate. I’m going to use my Casey Stengel quote tomorrow morning, pretty sure.

    You win 50. You Lose 50. It’s how you play the other 62 that matters.

    Something like that.

    tippett post game, he even game the team a pass.

  111. Munny says:

    Johnny skid: David Rittich is far more classy than this troll.

    There’s nothing wrong with DSF IMO… as long as you get him before 9pm, or not in a bad day mood, which seem to be much rarer these days.

  112. Johnny skid says:

    Munny: There’s nothing wrong with DSF IMO… as long as you get him before 9pm, or not in a bad day mood, which seem to be much rarer these days.

    I”m not a fan, but each to there own.

  113. oilersfan says:

    Maybe if Gio is out for any length of time the oilers could trade KRussel to Calgary for Jankowski with no money retained to help them out 😏

    It won’t be that awkward for the last regular season game of the year as the flames will be eliminated from the playoffs,, and Neal will just be recovering from his broken foot so he won’t hit 20 goals and the Oilers won’t have to give the Flames that third round pick.

  114. Munny says:

    jtblack: tippett post game, he even game the team a pass.

    I didn’t realize that their flight was delayed so late at Calgary airport after Saturday’s game. I should’ve thought of it, because I live down here and that snowstorm was hellacious.

    I liked his comment about “you know how guys look when they’re trying but there’s no try there?” Or something to that effect. Thought he nailed it dead on.

  115. Munny says:

    I’m just glad the Oil mailed it in so OP could get a decent night’s sleep…

  116. Munny says:

    Giordano injury a possible torn hamstring per Eric Francis tweet.

  117. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny:
    I’m just glad the Oil mailed it in so OP could get a decent night’s sleep…

    I watched the first period……… woke up a few times throughout the game excited to check the score…..

  118. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Munny: I don’t believe this is the case.I believe at this point there has been no bidding.

    There have been lots of outfits apparently considering bidding, and NBC is on record stating they would be happy with another exclusive deal… as long as the sticker price makes sense for their shareholders.

    But no actual bids yet, unless the media is completely unaware of it or is deliberately keeping it quiet (which they could be ).

    You’re correct that formal talks can’t happen until after this season, but there is lots of hubbub that ESPN has indicated to the NHL that they plan to be part of the process.

    No question that it has to make sense to shareholders, I don’t expect a crazy SN deal but we both agree that live sports is one of the few programs that networks can still bank on.

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