2019-20 Game 55: Predators at Oilers

I’ve been thinking about the Oilers from the early part of this century lately, the Lowe-MacT group from 2000-06. I know it’s impossible to use the space-time continuum in order to bring 2005-06 Shawn Horcoff, Chris Pronger, Ales Hemsky, Radek Dvorak, Ryan Smyth and Dwayne Roloson. Wouldn’t it be nice?

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 Mitch Brown: The Video Room: How Oilers’ Kailer Yamamoto overcomes his small stature to make dynamic plays
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Emotionless’ Oilers fail yet again to match passion from a week ago
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: 15 potential trade targets for the Oilers before the 2020 deadline
  • Lowetide: Drilling down on right-handed centres for the Oilers to target before the trade deadline
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers trade suggestions: 50 proposals from readers, with our verdict
  • Lowetide: If fast is the new big, the Oilers are trending in a very good direction
  • 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?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘Now it’s over’: With a new contract in hand, Zack Kassian ready to move on after Matthew Tkachuk fight
  • Lowetide: Why the Oilers are more likely to trade Adam Larsson than Kris Russell
  • Lowetide: Oilers prospects Evan Bouchard and Tyler Benson deliver best minor league performances in 20 years
  • 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
  • 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

OILERS AFTER 55 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 21-29-5, 47 points; goal differential -29
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 29-18-8, 66 points; goal differential +11
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 23-28-4, 50 points; goal differential -30
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 24-26-5, 53 points; goal differential -20
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 28-20-6, 62 points; goal differential +2

Edmonton is facing a strong Nashville Predators team tonight, as well as the out of town scoreboard. I love these races, and remain hopeful the Oilers will be buyers at the deadline. Massive game tonight.

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: 2-2-0

Arizona is in Boston, Oilers hosting Preds, Calgary plays Vancouver and Vegas takes on Carolina. If the Oilers win, while the other three lose, the city of Edmonton parties until dawn.

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 1-3-0, two points; goal differential -15
  • Oilers in February 2017: 1-3-0, two points; goal differential -7
  • Oilers in February 2018: 1-2-1, three points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in February 2019: 1-1-2, four points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2020: 1-2-0, two points; goal differential 0

Have a look at the goal differentials here. These are some monumental slides, even minus seven over four games is a big deal. Minus 15 in four games? Holy crap!

WHAT TO EXPECT IN FEBRUARY

  • On the road to: CAL, ARI (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 1-1-0)
  • At home to: SJS, NAS, CHI (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • 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: 1-2-0, two points in three games

If the Oilers win tonight, the team will be close to on track with my predicted result. I think the team needs to win the next two games, because that road trip will be no fun. Then again the Oilers are strong against the good clubs, so who knows?

OILERS 2019-20

Horcoff was an instant favourite of mine, and as it has been since Keon and Sanderson I watch for the next brilliant two-way centre to come along. Patrice Bergeron is the modern gold standard, he’s been good forever. The Nuge is in this category, Edmonton could use a fourth-rounder like Horcoff to slide on to the third line about now. I held out some hope for Aapeli Rasanen (solid two-way resume) but they moved him to right wing this winter at Boston College. So, it’s Ryan McLeod and he’s not ready.

Speaking of prospects, there are three men who made my top-20 winter prospects list in December who will graduate by June. Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Kailer Yamamoto are all NHL players now, or will be before the end of the season. So those days of having a Horcoff or Pisani emerge from a late round to fill a valuable role are back, it’s just that there are no pivots at this time.

The centers on my top 20 mostly stayed behind, or moved to RW like Rasanen. Cooper Marody is a distant bell, or so it seems, due to injury.

2007-08 lines and performance

Dustin Penner-Shawn Horcoff-Ales Hemsky played 309 minutes together, going 53.4 Corsi, 54.79 shot differential (all numbers five on five), 20-11 goals (64.52 percent), 53.21 expected goals.

Andrew Cogliano-Sam Gagner-Robert Nilsson played 247 minutes together, going 48.72 Corsi, 49.21 shot differential, 15-13 goals (53.57 percent), 53.73 expected goals.

I think sometimes we look back on the past and discount entire seasons, and in some cases, careers. It’s important to note that men like Horcoff were strong performers under a coach like Craig MacTavish. The lack of player quality in support impacted men like Horcoff and (along with age and the inevitable erosion of skills) their overall performance.

2009-10 lines and performance

Ethan Moreau-Shawn Horcoff-Fernando Pisani played 227 minutes, going 39.53 Corsi, 39.81 shot differential, 6-12 (33 percent) goals and 38.04 percent expected goals.

J-F Jacques-Shawn Horcoff-Patrick O’Sullivan played 92 minutes together, going 41.22 Corsi, 42.25 shot differential, 2-9 goals (18.18 percent) and 36.43 expected goals.

Just a couple of years later, the quality of the roster is so poor that Horcoff and two veterans can’t reach 40 percent. It’s even worse in a mentor role, as the possession and expected goals remain the same, but the actual goal differential caves in from all sides. I well remember folks hammering Horcoff really good (while also getting his cap hit wrong) in these years, but context is important.

2016-17 lines and performance

Patrick Maroon-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl played 543 minutes, going 52.64 Corsi, 54.16 shot differential, 32-21 goals (60.38 percent) and 57.07 expected goals.

Patrick Maroon-Connor McDavid-Jordan Eberle played 139 minutes, going 55.36 Corsi, 53.42 shot differential and 9-5 goals (64.29 percent) with an expected goals percentage of 60.62.

Back in 2016-17, the playoff year, the Oilers had enough skill on the roster to allow sustain through all kinds of weather with 97. That’s important, because you want your No. 1 line to prosper while also trying to find chem for the No. 2 line.

2019-20 lines and performance

Leon Draisaitl-Connor McDavid-Zack Kassian played 441 minutes together, going 47.87 Corsi, 46.20 shot differential, 28-25 (52.83 percent) goals and 47.70 expected goals.

James Neal-Connor McDavid-Zack Kassian played 89 minutes together, going 52.53 Corsi, 55.67 shot differential, 4-5 goals (44.44) and 61.03 expected goals.

I would argue that the Oilers need to reset the wingers on McDavid’s line. If you’re running below 50 percent in expected goals and or Corsi with 97 on a line, pull the chute.

The question then becomes what kind of a winger do you want McDavid to play with? Skill for sure, but I think more of a shooter, an Eberle or a Neal with speed. Mike Hoffman might be perfect. Hoffman-McDavid-Kassian? Hoffman-McDavid-Neal? Nuge-McDavid-Hoffman? You know, it might be Hoffman-McDavid-Yamamoto.

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  1. drglen says:

    not enough jump, no threat from oilers tonight. Something is not right. Kassian invisible.

  2. fishman says:

    Who is this Kassian guy you speak of? Is he playing tonight?????

  3. Bag of Pucks says:

    3 Ws taken in the lottery (Hall, Yakupov, Puli) and nothing to show for it in the Top 6.

    That’s the tragedy of this team.

  4. Lightgestalt says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    Woodguy v2.0: We have a liver on standby

    After reading about WG’s pre-game preparation, I understand why one would trust the numbers more than the eye test …

  5. Johnny skid says:

    Harpers Hair: His mind seems to go blank whenever he crosses the offensive zone blue line.

    Similar to what happens every time you make a comment.

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    3 Ws taken in the lottery (Hall, Yakupov, Puli) and nothing to show for it in the Top 6.

    That’s the tragedy of this team.

    Top 4D equates to top 6, no?

  7. drglen says:

    Tippet, Connor is spinning wheels… put benson with him. What good is he doing sitting on the bench. Hell, I’d play Hass, McDavid, and Benson.. you might just have a line.

    We seem AHL-like tonight, … or am I just grumpy.

  8. Munny says:

    That might be the most pressure we’ve had all game.

  9. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Old Timer:
    Nurse has the physical tools to play #1 or #2 pairing. Nurse does not have the mental tools to play anywhere near that high. He has a strange tendency to , out of nowhere, play it so cool and casual that he screws up. He takes shots on net where no Oiler is anywhere nearby or providing any kind of screen. He ices the puck frequently.

    Nurse’s sense of the game is physical. He plays by instinct, he is not a cerebral player. At this age he is what he is. He’s a good player, a useful player, but he’s not a thinker and it limits his game.

    Comparables have been thrown out there, for me Parayko is his high marker. Both big tough and mobile, but I don’t think Nurse is as good.

    So given signing age Nurse being a year older, given Parayko is better, given a two year bump in salaries as GM I wouldn’t pay Nurse more than 5.5M. I don’t see any protection on Parayko’s contract so I wouldn’t give that either.

    If he wants more cash him in unless the fighting matters that much. Occam’s razor, keep it simple and get the right answer

  10. Munny says:

    Lightgestalt:
    Woodguy v2.0,

    After reading about WG’s pre-game preparation, I understand why one would trust the numbers more than the eye test …

    I’ve been out with HBomb in the past…

    I now have a doctor’s note.

  11. Scungilli Slushy says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Gagner was never on a PTO I don’t believe.

    No chia rescued him from the A.

  12. Bag of Pucks says:

    Would Larsson be a Top 4 D on the Preds?

  13. drglen says:

    At least dreisaitls line is getting some pressure.

  14. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Would Larsson be a Top 4 D on the Preds?

    Larsson is a top 4 player, but injuries are a problem it seems at this point. I’m sure he’d be better now if he wasn’t hurt again this season.

    A player with his limitations can’t afford to lose any mobility.

  15. drglen says:

    argh… that does it.

  16. drglen says:

    Geesus klefbom.. hit the net!

  17. Derek says:

    That St.Louis-Calgary back to back sure was fun but it looks like they suck again.

  18. OilClog says:

    So he’s not a top 4 defender at this point, check.

  19. Bag of Pucks says:

    Massive!

  20. drglen says:

    Ok we get one back. kinda lucky.. own goal.

  21. Munny says:

    Absolutely massive late goal

  22. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Remenda needs to shut the fuck up about Conner’s knee, he looks fine. That’s all he is talking about.

  23. Derek says:

    Derek,

    I’m not retracting this statement until they have the lead.

  24. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I think it’s good to keep perspective especially around here. Larsson might be back to normal next season as he isn’t aging out, assuming he doesn’t get hurt seriously again.

  25. jake70 says:

    teddyturnbuckle,

    Slight limp walking off bench down tunnel or am I seeing something not there?

  26. Zelepukin says:

    You forget his job description is to empathically praise the opposition and instil as much negative thoughts onto the Edmonton Oilers as possible.

  27. Bag of Pucks says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Larsson is a top 4 player, but injuries are a problem it seems at this point. I’m sure he’d be better now if he wasn’t hurt again this season.

    A player with his limitations can’t afford to lose any mobility.

    I remember Chia selling him as a legit top pairing D with emerging offensive potential.

    Now he’s a bubble 4 D. Good enough for the Oilers but likely not top 4 on the elite teams. And the offense never arrived.

    At least Hall gets to decide his own fate now. Unlike Tony Soprano, he survived Jersey.

  28. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    2-1 Nashville (1-1 in the second)
    23-19 Edmonton shots (16-9 in the second)
    37-30 Edmonton Corsi five on five (20-13 Edmonton in the second)
    ==

    Nothing doing for 39 minutes and then a spark. Hockey is a crazy game.

  29. Harpers Hair says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Nurse’s sense of the game is physical. He plays by instinct, he is not a cerebral player. At this age he is what he is. He’s a good player, a useful player, but he’s not a thinker and it limits his game.

    Comparables have been thrown out there, for me Parayko is his high marker. Both big tough and mobile, but I don’t think Nurse is as good.

    So given signing age Nurse being a year older, given Parayko is better, given a two year bump in salaries as GM I wouldn’t pay Nurse more than 5.5M. I don’t see any protection on Parayko’s contract so I wouldn’t give that either.

    If he wants more cash him in unless the fighting matters that much. Occam’s razor, keep it simple and get the right answer

    And right on cue, Parayko scores two goals for the Blues.

  30. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Keep your fingers crossed.

    Connor will play through anything he can. Let’s hope his team doesn’t think anything happened with the knee.

    If they get the lead Kassian needs to attitude adjust Fabbro big time or Kassian needs to be traded asap. The

  31. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Truth

  32. Nit64 says:

    Nit64,

    Andrew. Drew .
    Drew. Andrew.
    Hmmmm…..

  33. drglen says:

    ok benson looked psuedo dangerous in the 45 seconds he was permitted to play

  34. Scungilli Slushy says:

    I must be a savant. Perhaps idiot.

  35. Nit64 says:

    Close. 3:44

  36. Reja says:

    teddyturnbuckle:
    Remenda needs to shut the fuck up about Conner’s knee, he looks fine.That’s all he is talking about.

    He’s like a school girl all exited talking over and over about Mcdavid’s knee then he just couldn’t wait to say the goofball comment about Smith own goal years ago.

  37. flyfish1168 says:

    Tomorrow morning will be a tell on Connors condition

  38. drglen says:

    Yay LEON LEON ties the game.

  39. Scungilli Slushy says:

    The smaller and quicker the league gets the more value Nuge has

    And Lso pots one!!!!’

  40. Bag of Pucks says:

    Beautiful pass. Beautiful shot.

  41. Bag of Pucks says:

    Connor and Leon keeping company with Mario and Jagr. Epic.

  42. Zelepukin says:

    Bag of Pucks,

    such a deceivingly hard and accurate snapshot. His blade is so long and he waves it around, then releases almost off the heel.

  43. Side says:

    Harpers Hair: The correctanswer is, of course, it depends.

    Using the most recent example of the Canucks, their trade of a first (lottery protected) for JT Miller is looking like a stroke of genius.

    As I’ve said, had the Canucks kept the pick, say in the 18-20 range, that prospect would likely not help them win for 3-5 years, (of course there are outliers) but Miller has transformed their first line right fucking now.

    The difference is that the Oilers system is bereft of high end forward prospects while the Canucks have almost too many and will have a difficult time finding them all a place to play.

    So, really, it comes down to when you want to bet on your team.

    Could the Oilers challenge this year if they were able to find a JT Miller?

    My take is no because their goaltending is not reliable and there are still some questions on D.

    Your mileage may vary.

    At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter now though does it? Because in the BBR (Before Brogan Rafferty) period, draft picks actually had value.

    But in the ABR period, every team’s draft picks are essentially garbage because no player they draft will ever be as good as Brotan Raberby. What’s the point of even trying to play against the Canucks when they have a giant among men in their system, feasting on the souls of players in the AHL until he can begin his reign of terror in NHL, possibly in a 3rd pairing role next year for the Canucks.

  44. fries n gravy says:

    Leon Draisaitl: 0% chance of getting traded 🙂

  45. Bag of Pucks says:

    Zelepukin:
    Bag of Pucks,

    such a deceivingly hard and accurate snapshot. His blade is so long and he waves it around, then releases almost off the heel.

    Yes. And it’s a heavy snapshot too with so much power coming from the wrists and not the flex.

  46. drglen says:

    team skating better at last.

    put Benson out.

  47. Bulging Twine says:

    Lowetide:
    Only guy who hasn’t is the host and he’s earned many.

    lol
    I couldn’t imagine what that would look like!

  48. Nit64 says:

    Side: But in the ABR period

    Quietly and without notice mankind slipped into the Brogazoic Period.

  49. Side says:

    Nit64: Quietly and without notice mankind slipped into the Brogazoic Period.

    Only an asteroid can save us now.

  50. jp says:

    Great goal Draisaitl! Nice pass by Nuge JUST squeaked through

  51. drglen says:

    LEON snipes.. oilers take the lead.

    we’re a bit lucky there, to get that call.

  52. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Why in the Fuck is Jujhar out there ?

  53. BONE207 says:

    I’m packing up the RV as we speak & heading to the mountains. With asteroids flying around, BC sliding into to sea & monsters roaming the earth, I want to see it all from a high vantage point.

  54. jp says:

    That is a big win!

  55. tcho says:

    I never had any doubts.

  56. BONE207 says:

    Diversification requirement on hockey day in Canada

  57. Bag of Pucks says:
  58. drglen says:

    we win… barely, but we win. We can thank Leon for this one.

  59. Nit64 says:

    That and the Phlegms-Dys game.

  60. Derek says:

    I guess they’re ok.

  61. Bulging Twine says:

    probably. they fogged out the name.
    actually this would have been the year after Smithson iirc

  62. BONE207 says:

    Well, they did need a kickstarter from Nashville. The reffing helped in the 3rd.

  63. BONE207 says:

    Oh right…I’ll leave in the morning

  64. jm363561 says:

    Just logged on to get the views on the game (now my nerves have stopped jangling). First post is a nice one by HH. Read the Reply. Will now log off.

  65. flyfish1168 says:

    Big sieve Dave starting the game in a good way

  66. Side says:

    Flames are treading lightly.

    They know Borgan R. is watching.

  67. SK Oiler Fan says:

    flyfish1168,

    No save dave

  68. Side says:

    I am merely sharing HH’s enthusiasm in Brogan Rafferty, Canucks Prospect, Eater of Worlds, on Oilers blog Lowetide.

  69. oilsnc79 says:

    Aww
    Side,

    Is that John rafferties brother, waiting to take over the music world?

  70. flyfish1168 says:

    SK Oiler Fan:
    flyfish1168,

    No save dave

    I like

  71. JOFA says:

    I am extremely concerned about McDavid”s knee.

  72. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    I was worried for the first 2 periods, we didn’t seem to be playing with much passion or desperation. But that 3rd period was a beauty! Nice to see the reffing slide to our side for a change.

    Super concerned about Connor, hope he’s ok. He took another nasty fall, collided with the boards awkwardly, and didn’t look 100% at the end there. Fingers crossed.

    GO OILERS!

  73. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Late follow up, but it was Kretzky who did so in the vacuum that followed ChiaPete’s demise. Although there was talk about the groundwork having been laid prior. The trade did take place on KG’s watch.

  74. Nit64 says:

    Anyone know if Holtby’s October no saves on first 3 shots is an NHL record?

  75. Nit64 says:

    Edmonton Oilers
    @EdmontonOilers
    ·
    28m
    Bruised knee, “nothing serious” for McDavid, according to #Oilers bench boss Dave Tippett. The captain received ice treatment between periods & post-game as well.

    FWIW

  76. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    I think the masses seem to overlook the effect of being seriously injured so early in the season. He can’t be fully up to speed and it’s going to have an impact.

    That said, I do wonder if it’s time to cut bait. Having said that, I’d hate to do so and have him bounce back somewhere else. He’s a valuable player when he’s on his game. He brings the crust to Klef’s jam.

  77. Nit64 says:

    Where have you gone, Joe Colborne?
    Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you 🎶

  78. Reja says:

    I wonder what the over under on Kanuck players flopping is set at has to be at least 9.The flopping won’t work when the big boy hockey starts in April.

  79. Reja says:

    Hrudey showing his true colours smirking about Connors knee.

  80. flyfish1168 says:

    As per Kelly Hrudey and company. Connor not made available post game. He was getting ice treatment and has bruised knee

  81. hunter1909 says:

    CP salty after tonight’s Oilers W. Fun reading.

  82. Wilde says:

    Bakersfield Condors vs. Tucson Roadrunners; February 5th, 2020; deployment

    Gambardella-Granlund-Currie
    Esposito-Cave-Maksimov
    McLeod-Malone-Hebig
    Stukel-x-Koules

    Lowe-Bouchard
    Manning-Persson
    Kulevich/Samorukov-Day
    Persson/Day-Bouchard
    Lowe-Kulevich

    after 20

    12CF-10CA
    7FF-5FA
    2GF-0GA

    Top F: Malone (1.43 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 1 shot assist
    1 goal, 1 penalty drawn
    7CF-0CA
    4FF-0FA
    1GF-0GA

    Top D: Day (1.36 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 1 shot assist
    1 goal
    6CF-2CA
    4FF-2FA
    2GF-0GA

    after 40

    27CF-29CA
    15FF-14FA
    3GF-1GA

    Top F: Malone (1.38 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 2 shot assists
    1 goal, 1 penalty drawn
    12CF-7CA
    8FF-3FA
    1GF-0GA

    Top D: Day (1.26 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 2 shot assists
    1 goal
    9CF-8CA
    6FF-3FA
    2GF-0GA

    game totals

    35CF-43CA
    20FF-22FA
    3GF-1GA

    Top F: Malone (1.23 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 2 shot assists
    1 goal, 1 penalty drawn
    12CF-10CA
    8FF-6FA
    1GF-0GA

    Top D: Day (1.21 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 2 shot assists
    1 goal
    11CF-11CA
    7FF-6FA
    2GF-0GA

  83. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    But… why would I be salty after a well earned win?

    {Opens salted-caramel tub of ice cream, and reads the enraged Calgary fan posts in Calgary Puck for enjoyment}

  84. Harpers Hair says:

    flyfish1168:
    As per Kelly Hrudey and company. Connor not made available post game. He was getting ice treatment and has bruised knee

    You know Connors knee will be a target for the rest of the season, right.

  85. JimmyV1965 says:

    Harpers Hair: First round pick?

    I have zero issue giving up a first round pick for the right player. I would be dancing in the street if we traded Broberg for Miller. Of course the Canucks would never do that, but you get my drift.

    McDavid doesn’t even need someone that good. Get him a winger who can skate even reasonably well, is defensively responsible and can score 15 with a decent centre and we’re cooking with gas.

  86. Pescador says:

    Harpers Hair: You know Connors knee will be a target for the rest of the season, right.

    You’re correct, just like Petterson’s alien head.
    For what it’s worth McDavid’s knee is always a target for Giordano

  87. Dicky94 says:

    JimmyV1965,

    Miles Wood!

  88. Harpers Hair says:

    Pescador: You’re correct, just like Petterson’s alien head.
    For what it’s worth McDavid’s knee is always a target for Giordano

    Interesting .

    The between period panel on HNIC focused on how the Flames have been targeting Petterssons bruised knee all game.

    Sound familiar?

  89. JimmyV1965 says:

    Lucic scores on the PP. LOL. He lost possession on the PP twice, yet he scores the goal. Hockey is a funny game.

  90. Victoria Oil says:

    Harpers Hair: Interesting .

    The between period panel on HNIC focused on how the Flames have been targeting Petterssons bruised knee all game.

    Sound familiar?

    Petersson gets abused all game and then gets called for a penalty. Lucic scores on the PP.

  91. Ice Sage says:

    Victoria Oil: Petersson gets abused all game and then gets called for a penalty. Lucic scores on the PP.

    Sounds familiar!

  92. Pescador says:

    Harpers Hair: Interesting .

    The between period panel on HNIC focused on how the Flames have been targeting Petterssons bruised knee all game.

    Sound familiar?

    You listen to the talking muppets between periods?
    Interesting
    When Kelly Hrudey talks, you nod your head in agreement don’t you?
    Him & Bill O’Reilly

  93. Harpers Hair says:

    Pescador: You listen to the talking muppets between periods?
    Interesting
    When Kelly Hrudey talks, you nod your head in agreement don’t you?
    Him & Bill O’Reilly

    Whatever Pal…you’ve obviously mistaken me for someone who cares what you think.

    Maybe take your biases and puerile politics and stick them somewhere.

  94. Abbeef says:

    Came for Oilers talk… left 3 minutes later because it’s HH and Canucks talk…

  95. Pescador says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Giving McDavid Chagner as linemates is like marrying Charlize Theron and dressing her in sackcloth.

    This probably wins the mitt

  96. jp says:

    Harpers Hair: WPG moves into the first WC spot as sphincters tight en in the Pacific.

    It’s possible for both WPG and NSH to hold down a wildcard spot after tonight with the Oilers only one point ahead.

    Sphincters throughout the league have been tight for some time and will remain that way.

    Glad the standings tonight didn’t play out that way.

    Oilers to 1st in the Pacific by Pts% for now.

  97. Ice Sage says:

    Harpers Hair: Whatever Pal…you’ve obviously mistaken me for someone who cares what you think.

    Maybe take yourbiases and puerile politics and stick them somewhere.

    Translation: Canucks shit the bed

  98. Harpers Hair says:

    jp: Sphincters throughout the league have been tight for some time and will remain that way.

    Glad the standings movement tonight didn’t play out that way.

    I’ve never seen things so close at this point in the season.
    3 points between first in the Pacific or out of the playoffs.
    Wow !

  99. Pescador says:

    Harpers Hair: Whatever Pal…you’ve obviously mistaken me for someone who cares what you think.

    Maybe take yourbiases and puerile politics and stick them somewhere.

    Yes!!!
    I am the people’s champion
    https://youtu.be/6ZCO40Zwt00

  100. jp says:

    Yeah it’s something else.

  101. godot10 says:

    Kassian gets back on Connor’s line to start the game, and last a handful of shifts before his blunder and absence of compete (which was responsible for the 1st goal against) promptly puts him back on the 4th line mostly diddling on the bench.

    Pettedson needs protection. Can we trade him for Brogan Rafferty?

    The ink isn’t dry yeti.

  102. Gagnongoeshelf says:

    Pescador,

    Not sure I’ve ever seen a reaction like that from DSF/HH in the 15yrs I’ve read his garbage! Was good to see. Lol

  103. Bulging Twine says:

    Larry Fisher of FC Hockey’s Draft Rankings from Feb 1:

    https://thehockeywriters.com/2020-nhl-draft-rankings-february-fisher/

    Since then he’s had a couple of live viewings of Seth Jarvis and says that he’s probably moved into the 20’s on his list

  104. JimmyV1965 says:

    godot10:
    Kassian gets back on Connor’s line to start the game, and last a handful of shifts before his blunder and absence of compete (which was responsible for the 1st goal against) promptly puts him back on the 4th line mostly diddling on the bench.

    Pettedson needs protection.Can we trade him for Brogan Rafferty?

    The ink isn’t dry yeti.

    You’re like a dog on a bone. Kassian did not start the game on McDavid’s line. And he didn’t make any spectacular gaffe on the first goal. Yes, I know you’re going to pound on the drum that he wasn’t covering someone on the play or something else. Shocker. Kassian is bad enough on his own. There’s no need to invent stuff. Kassian derangement syndrome.

  105. Bulging Twine says:

    jtblack: Damn, that would be awesome to attend!

    The CBJHAC:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TENd93QJt-8&feature=youtu.be

    Someone on twitter mentioned a slide entitled, “which player would you select” and it’s Puljujarvi and Dubois.

  106. Bulging Twine says:

    Slepyshev with a 13 game point scoring streak

    One shy of Radulov’s record!

  107. Bulging Twine says:

    It’s from a Senior named Katherina Whu (spelling?). Her study is building on NHLe. It starts at about the 2h 40min mark.

    Basically her finding was that her pts/game model from Puljujarvi’s SMLiiga and Dubois QMJHL showed that Dubois would be the superior point getter in the NHL

  108. hunter1909 says:

    Calgary beating Vancouver helps Oilers to reach for 1st in the Pacific lol

    Meanwhile statistically Calgary’s chances of overtaking the Oilers were reduced since Oilers also won

  109. rickithebear says:

    Watched condensed gm.
    Concern for Mcdavid knee again.

    Mcdavid since Gio hit:
    5 1/2gm 2 evg 0 Eva, 1ppg, 2 PPA
    The even count makes me wonder!

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    Roman Josi is a massive rover out there – may be the best d-man in the league I would say.

  111. Nit64 says:

    BONE207:
    I’m packing up the RV as we speak & heading to the mountains. With asteroids flying around, BC sliding into to sea & monsters roaming the earth,I want to see it all from a high vantage point.

    Higher ground would have been perfect for that game. Specifically on a neutral ice rink built on the Rogers Pass snow sheds. With a round of howitzers fired up onto the slopes to celebrate the first goal.

  112. Chelios is a Dinosaur says:

    BONE207,

    Really this comment stayed up all night and nobody challenged it?

  113. jp says:

    Bulging Twine:
    It’s from a Senior named Katherina Whu (spelling?).Her study is building on NHLe.It starts at about the 2h 40min mark.

    Basically her finding was that her pts/game model from Puljujarvi’s SMLiiga and Dubois QMJHL showed that Dubois would be the superior point getter in the NHL

    You could build that model but then it would miss Laine and Aho.

    Not that her model might not be an improvement overall – I should watch the clip. I just think Puljujarvi is an anomaly in so many ways.

  114. jp says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Slepyshev with a 13 game point scoring streak

    One shy of Radulov’s record!

    Yeah wow. I could see him returning to Edmonton if he’s willing. Not sure on his KHL contract.

  115. Pescador says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Slepyshev with a 13 game point scoring streak

    One shy of Radulov’s record!

    Always been a fan of Slepy,
    I thought there was a bottom 6’er in there somewhere,
    Sort of like a non-fighting Russian version of JJ

  116. Admiral Ackbar says:

    Pescador, you are my hero! Thank you.

    That DSF would be a Fox News regular doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    Harpers Hair: Whatever Pal…you’ve obviously mistaken me for someone who cares what you think.

    Maybe take yourbiases and puerile politics and stick them somewhere.

  117. Nit64 says:

    “Why, man, Brogan doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a Colossus, and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonorable graves

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