2019-20 Game 59: Oilers at Hurricanes

The Edmonton Oilers are 2-1-0 so far of Week 1 in hell without Connor McDavid, and finding out about themselves. I’m going to stop short of calling this a blessing, but there’s a chance the captain returns to a team that feels able to carry more of the load. Today, the club is in Raleigh to play the Hurricanes. It’s a schedule loss. If this Oilers team grabs even one point? Music!

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: Stepping out and up, Leon Draisaitl puts himself in the Hart Trophy mix in Connor McDavid’s absence
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Despite ‘transformation’ with Oilers, Zack Kassian’s on-ice actions come under scrutiny again
  • Jonathan Willis: Why the Oilers are playing their best 5-on-5 hockey of the season
  • Lowetide: Making sense of the Oilers defensive depth chart for the stretch run and the summer
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘It was reactionary’: Oilers’ Zack Kassian addresses alleged kick; Lightning depth strikes; and Kailer Yamamoto’s big game
  • Jonathan Willis: 10 overlooked trade targets for the Oilers before the 2020 deadline
  • Lowetide: Why Connor McDavid’s injury is unlikely to alter Ken Holland’s trade deadline plan for the Oilers
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: ‘We want to take it as a challenge’: Oilers survive first game without McDavid as room for improvement remains
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Trying to make sense of Connor McDavid’s injury and Darnell Nurse’s new contract with Oilers
  • Jonathan Willis: Faced with uncertainty, Oilers hedge their bet on Darnell Nurse
  • Lowetide: Oilers sign Darnell Nurse
  • Lowetide: The Oilers trading their first-round pick is a bad idea
  • 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
  • Lowetide: If fast is the new big, the Oilers are trending in a very good direction
  • 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

OILERS AFTER 59 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 22-31-6, 50 points; goal differential -30
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 32-19-8, 72 points; goal differential +14
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 24-31-4, 52 points; goal differential -34
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 24-29-6, 54 points; goal differential -25
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 31-21-6, 68 points; goal differential +4

Yesterday’s victory gives the team a little room to breathe, and the template for today’s game. I don’t imagine these players will have the legs from yesterday, but manic forechecking, contesting every puck and blocking lanes sure works well for this group.

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: 5-3-0

The fifth win in this segment ensures the team will grab a point per game, finishing against Carolina and Boston made yesterday’s result even more important.

THE OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-6-0, four points; goal differential -17
  • Oilers in February 2017: 4-4-0, eight points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2018: 1-6-1, three points; goal differential -5
  • Oilers in February 2019: 1-5-2, four points; goal differential -12
  • Oilers in February 2020: 4-3-0, eight points; goal differential +2

The two playoff teams (well, the one playoff team and this year) have long since separated from the rest, and if anything this year’s team has been stronger in the goal differential. Encouraging.

OILERS 2019-20

The top line is playing at an elite level, absolutely breathtaking on the forecheck. There’s no air between the faceoff circles and the end boards at the opposition end when the trio gets their motor running. Sounds crazy to say Yamamoto is the key but his quickness allows him to be (practically) in two places at one time. All numbers five on five, via NaturalStatTrick.

LINE 1 Nuge-Leon Draisaitl-Kailer Yamamoto played 14:46, going 18-7 Corsi, 8-4 shots, 2-0 goals and 3-1 HDSC. At five on five this line played more than the second and third line combined.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been in the NHL for nine years and this might be the best we’ve seen him. My oh my what an effective player. Two assists, three shots, one HDSC, on the right side of the puck, great vision. Effective on PK. Leon Draisaitl had a goal (plus an assist but not at five on five) along with three shots, a HDSC, and won 11 of 26 in the faceoff circle. His long pass to Yamamoto in the first period was stunning. Yamamoto had two assists, an EN goal, three shots, HDSC, GV, TK, and the Panthers defensemen will be having nightmares about him for a week. Wow.

LINE 2 Tyler Benson-Riley Sheahan-Josh Archibald played 7:28, going 9-7 Corsi, 4-6 shots, no goals and 0-1 HDSC.

Tyler Benson had a good game. Dave Tippett mentioned his impressive showing in the post game. Two shots, one HDSC, won a faceoff and made several impressive passes. Went to the net with authority with seven minutes left, that’s a very good sign. Benson can play with skill because he sees things early. He is fast enough to reach the play, and given time, he sends the puck to a good place. Getting that extra time will be key, he’ll get there just needs the game to slow down for him. Riley Sheahan had a shot, giveaway, won just two of eight faceoffs. Did his best work on the PK. Josh Archibald had two shots, two takeaways and took a late penalty that was two but might have been four. He was all over the ice and is a positive contributor most every night. Sign the man. Great get in free agency.

LINE 3 Jujhar Khaira-Colby Cave-Patrick Russell played 7:33, going 4-8 Corsi, 3-3 shots, no goals and 0-1 HDSC. Seemed to be chasing quite a bit to my eye and scoring chances were 0-5 for the line.

Jujhar Khaira’s most notable moment came when he decided to fight Gigantor Josh Brown. He had one shot on goal and drew a penalty. Also took a minor but it was a silly call by the official. He had two great chances in the third, still can’t believe he didn’t cash on the Leon rebound. The Gods must be crazy. His game is coming around to my eye. Colby Cave had a takeaway and won two of three on the dot, he doesn’t do enough to justify the roster spot. Patrick Russell had two shots, a takeaway, blocked two shots and was a general pain in the ass.

LINE 4 Sam Gagner-Gaetan Haas-Alex Chiasson played 6:45, going 5-7 Corsi, 3-3 shots, no goals and 0-1 HDSC.

Sam Gagner had a clean slate in nine minutes five on five, he did make a few good passes (to Chiasson) but didn’t post any crooked numbers. Gaetan Haas won two of five on the dot and had one good look but couldn’t get all his arms and legs to go in the same direction. Alex Chiasson was the star of the line, he had two shots and two clear looks at the net but couldn’t cash. Oilers need him to score some goals.

PAIRING ONE Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson played 15:34, going 15-15 Corsi, 6-9 shots, no goals and 1-1 HDSC. Larsson scored his goal when paired with Darnell Nurse. Played 9:39 against Huberdeau, 8:22 against Barkov.

Oscar Klefbom had one shot, three shot blocks and sent the puck in a good direction. His attention to detail is the best on the club among defensemen. Adam Larsson scored his first goal of the season, played a physical game and held the line well.

PAIRING TWO Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear played 14:58, going 12-12 Corsi, 9-4 shots, 1-0 goals and 2-1 HDSC. Played 6:10 against Barkov, 4:13 against Huberdeau.

Darnell Nurse had a good game, scoring an EN goal, two shots at five on five, a takeaway and using his speed to advantage at both ends of the ice. He’s gotten into a bad icing habit. Ethan Bear continues to do terrific things. He was being harassed behind the net and out the right side by a giant Panthers forward, won the battle and got the puck to safety under control. Big league play. One shot, giveaway, effective passing and on defense.

PAIRING THREE Caleb Jones and Matt Benning played 8:15, going 6-8 Corsi, 4-4 shots, no goals and 1-1 HDSC. Played 45 seconds against Barkov, 31 seconds against Huberdeau. Oilers haven’t line matched this well since MacTavish.

Caleb Jones is seeing the game in easier mode now, you can see the game has slowed down for him. Sent a brilliant pass through the legs of a Panthers forward to Leon last night, which serves as an announcement of arrival. Jones had two giveaways, but played well in all areas. Matt Benning dealt a clean hit to Aleksandr Barkov and had to fight because of it, I worry about him. He played a quiet, effective game. This pairing may be forced to play more in Carolina.

GOALIE Mikko Koskinen had a strong game, stopping 33 of 34, .971. He has barely played since January, one hopes he gets some more game action in the weeks to come. Massive save on Huberdeau with 16 minutes left. That was 1971 Ken Dryden. Oh my.

CONDORS 2019-20

It’s pretty dire now, most of the quality is in Edmonton. No organization wants to leave the farm team high and dry like this but we are here. It’s interesting to see who remains in the battle, a guy like Josh Currie seems to be thriving in this situation. Condors play again this afternoon.

YAMAMOTO

What a player. On the Draisaitl goal, Yamamoto did something you can’t teach, and that’s finding a good spot near the action. You can say “it was a fluke that the rebound came to him” but man that’s the game. He went to a high danger area, got his stick on the puck and it ended well. And you know what? If he did that once a game you could say I’m cherry picking. Yamamoto does it every shift. He is exceeding every expectation created for him since draft day.

BENSON

He found some traction yesterday. Had a chance to showcase his considerable passing skills, showed up in time for enough plays that we don’t worry as much about his skating. Had a look, one of these times he’ll cash. I don’t know what the ideal window for recall is on prospects, probably a different due date for each player. I think Benson’s been ready for some time, but he didn’t look it at home. This road trip, this opportunity, looks heaven sent from here. Best of all, he took advantage yesterday. Now, he needs to do it again.

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  1. Darth Tu says:

    Nix:
    Darth Tu,

    Sweet outlet passing (and forwards comitted to coming back for them) is the straw thats stirring this whole delicious drink.

    I forgot what it was like to see a team play like this. It’s glorious.

  2. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Reja: Yeah they suck why even watch the games they should default because they suck so bad.

    Holy hot garbage takes.

    Team shouldn’t trade their 1st = team sucks? Your comprehension is awful, maybe too much sand in the undies

  3. Rebillled says:

    Thank you Vancouver.

    You never let me down when it comes to losing.

  4. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Nurse is getting a lot of love for his fine defensive Russell starfish like play in overtime.

    But if you rewind seconds earlier, you’l notice it was his Gord awful defensive positioning that led to him having to starfish in the first place.

    • Jethro Tull says:

      Nurse made me happy and angry at various points of the game.

      He needs to chant a mantra: Two more strides, then dump the puck!

  5. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Harpers Hair: Great trade for Colorado.

    A replacement for Kadri while he’s out and then another weapon in the playoffs.

    Not only does Coleman not play center like Kadri, he didn’t go to the Avs.

    • Dr. Taboggan says:

      Lol. To be fair to Brogan Rafferty’s dad, Coleman is listed as a center on NHL.com and hockey DB.

      • Munny says:

        In other words, Happer’s Hair was exalting the trade of a player he doesn’t really know and wasn’t actually traded at the time.

        That’s fair, right?

  6. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer:
    Harpers Hair,

    Lol you don’t even know what they gave up

    LOL

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid gets hurt and the Oilers proceed to go on a heater through a very tough 4 games on 6 might stretch and take over first place on the Pacific.

    Just wow!

  8. Lowetide says:

    Can’t believe the Leafs got Dabney Coleman for a foot.

  9. Ryan says:

    Surprising win today!

    Crazy price for Coleman.

    A first and Foote for a 28-year-old guy with a career high 36 points.

    I know his cap is cheap, he’s a20 goal scorer and he has a year left on his contract, but that’s not a trade I’d want.

  10. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    N64: Carson, Gelinas and 3 firsts?

    oooooooooooohh that’s good.

  11. Reja says:

    LadiesloveSmid: Holy hot garbage takes.

    Team shouldn’t trade their 1st = team sucks? Your comprehension is awful, maybe too much sand in the undies

    I don’t won’t them to trade the first rounder and I can’t see Holland doing it. Has this team peaked or is there more to come who the hell would want to play the Oilers in the playoffs and why can’t we go on a run with arguably the two best players in the league.

  12. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Lowetide:
    Can’t believe the Leafs got Dabney Coleman for a foot.

    You just made check to see if Dabney Coleman is alive.

    He is.

    88 now..

    Not sure about the foot though.

  13. Reja says:

    As of now Lightning have to be the favourites to win it.

  14. hunter1909 says:

    Reja: why can’t we go on a run with arguably the two best players in the league.

    Holland is no fool. He has got the Oilers in brilliant position looking forward with a pair of blue chip defence prospects, that big kid from Canadian juniors who just might be able to step up quickly in the tradition of goal scoring machine types then Bear/Yamamoto shining brightly already this year and basically Tippett is coaching the team to perfection.

    Meanwhile “Can’t even carry his own line” Leon is tearing the NHL a new one on a nightly basis, sans McDavid. Beautiful stuff.

  15. hunter1909 says:

    Reja:
    As of now Lightning have to be the favourites to win it.

    Maybe for the East but they still need to get past Boston and Pittsburgh both whom have won the cup recently.

    I’m betting on Edmonton to get out of the West, based on the non-emergence of any elite team this season and St Louis’s natural regression to the meat shop.

  16. Reja says:

    Nix:
    Makes me salivate at what Bouchard will do as hes the most gifted of them all in transition.

    I hope Bouchard rams a 50 point season straight down Buttons throat starting next year. Bouchard might even be on the squad after Bakersfield season is done. He very well might be our secret weapon come playoff time.

  17. Zelepukin says:

    hunter1909: Meanwhile “Can’t even carry his own line” Leon

    According to the MSM this has now been updated to:

    “Can’t even carry his own team.”

  18. Munny says:

    If you were unable to watch the game, Sportsnet has posted the entire overtime here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M55mQfDW6zc

    Post-game is here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4waG6-swKo

  19. Munny says:

    TOI for Lionhart’s last shift in overtime, in which he won the race to the free puck against Aho…

    1:52.

  20. who says:

    Reja:
    As of now Lightning have to be the favourites to win it.

    Maybe.
    But I’m not sure the additional of Coleman makes them a bigger favorite.
    Seems like a hell of a price to pay.

  21. godot10 says:

    Lowetide:
    Can’t believe the Leafs got Dabney Coleman for a foot.

    https://youtu.be/h-KDSxqJ_0o

  22. leadfarmer says:

    At these prices I almost wish we had something to sell.

  23. Darth Tu says:

    Andersen is doing well in his comeback from injury.

  24. defmn says:

    Darth Tu:
    Andersen is doing well in his comeback from injury.

    He may as well have been playing with five forwards in front of him on the 3 quick ones Buffalo just scored in the third. I just turned the game on in time to watch Toronto tie it up and then immediately go into self destruct mode.

  25. wolf8888 says:

    Reja:
    As of now Lightning have to be the favourites to win it.

    Watch out for Pitsburgh

  26. digger50 says:

    Munny:
    If you were unable to watch the game, Sportsnet has posted the entire overtime here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M55mQfDW6zc

    Post-game is here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4waG6-swKo

    Thank you Munny

    I missed the game due to watching a fine peewee game.

  27. Reja says:

    We have the number 1 PP and I believe number 2 PK in the league if this continues it can obviously carry you a long ways in the playoffs. It’s not even talked about by all the Flames shrills we Oiler fans are subjected to on Sportsnet and TSN, Burke, Button, Hrudey and their boss Cassie this is shaping up to be a magical playoff run.

  28. marty62 says:

    The main difference I see with this years Oilers is the bottom 6 is vastly bettter and the attitude of the team in general. it was widely known that you get up on last years team and they always seemed to fold. This team has no quit. they just keep churning away. Tippett should be in all the conversations for the Jack Adams. Hell of a turnaround

  29. Darth Tu says:

    defmn: He may as well have been playing with five forwards in front of him on the 3 quick ones Buffalo just scored in the third. I just turned the game on in time to watch Toronto tie it up and then immediately go into self destruct mode.

    I’m all for attacking hockey, but Toronto really takes the biscuit.

    Ricki the Bear must be horrified by them. An entire team of rovers.

  30. marty62 says:

    Yamamoto is making a believer of alot of people who still think small guys cant play in the NHL.

  31. Reja says:

    who: Maybe.
    But I’m not sure the additional of Coleman makes them a bigger favorite.
    Seems like a hell of a price to pay.

    I wonder what Derek Grant would cost?

  32. hunter1909 says:

    Calgary Puck post:

    “Oilers won again?…This entire season can f*** right off.”

  33. hunter1909 says:

    marty62: Tippett should be in all the conversations for the Jack Adams. Hell of a turnaround

    Wonderful coach.

    Personally I think it’s about time he started winning the Stanley Cup, and regularly.

  34. marty62 says:

    Darth Tu: I’m all for attacking hockey, but Toronto really takes the biscuit.

    Ricki the Bear must be horrified by them. An entire team of rovers.

    I have been preaching to all my friends that are Leaf fans that “yes,you have a fantastic group of forwards, but they are like the 2010 Oilers in that we had Hall, Ebs and Nuge and Gags and others,but no good NHL Dmen. Leafs have Reilly and thats about it. even ifthey make the playoffs, they are going out in 4 or 5 games probably against Boston again

  35. ArmchairGM says:

    Since December 31st:

    Yamamoto: 18, 9-9-18, +12 (7-9-16 ES)
    Hall: 20, 6-11-17, -4 (5-8-13 ES)

    Discuss.

    • marty62 says:

      If Arizona losses anymore games in the next week he may just get traded again. I feel for him, hope he gets on a contender, I think Arizona is spiraling around the drain again

  36. marty62 says:

    hunter1909,

    Agreeed Like 3 or 4 in a row maybe…..

  37. ArmchairGM says:

    wolf8888: Watch out for Pitsburgh

    Especially if they’re 100% healthy come playoff time.

  38. hunter1909 says:

    ArmchairGM: Especially if they’re 100% healthy come playoff time.

    Crosby v McDavid
    Malkin v Draisaitl

    Has the potential to be the most explosive Finals since 1944.

  39. marty62 says:

    5 losses in a row for St Louis. Colorado and Dallas are gonna pass them this week

  40. who says:

    Reja: I wonder what Derek Grant would cost?

    Just looked him up on capfriendly.
    He’s a rental so maybe a 3rd, at the most.
    I’d be a little careful here. This is a player who struggled to stay in the league a few years ago. He sure as hell wouldn’t add to the team speed.

  41. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Munny:
    I may have yelled

    I did

  42. Ryan says:

    leadfarmer:
    At these prices I almost wish we had something to sell.

    Yeah, it’s crazy.

    I would have though a first and a prospect like Foote might get you into the conversation for Palmieri…

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Tip also knows how to maximize a roster. Sounds like Tip and Playfair put a lot of time into special teams strategy this offseason. Special teams have really been making up for soft 5v5 play.

    Holland also expressly targeted penalty killers for the bottom six acquisitions.

  44. jp says:

    I wasn’t able to watch the games yesterday and today unfortunately, but wow.

    As many others have said – who are these guys??

    Was there anyone on earth that would have predicted a 3-1 record on a tough road trip, 4 games in 6 days? Without McDavid?

    Really impressive effort and a big statement. Now 1st in the Pacific and 11-4-2 in 2020. This team is for real.

  45. OriginalPouzar says:

    Pescador: Benson – 97 – Archibald
    Khaira – Sheehan – Chaisson

    Ya, maybe but I really like the Benson/Sheahan/Archie line – I think those two defensively responsible vets are great for Benson.

    Archie has done well with McDavid but its not a longer term play and I like Archie down the lineup,

    I’m not totally against it but I like that current line.

    • marty62 says:

      Kassian should be back around the same time as Mcdavid wonder how much Toffoliwould cost as a rental?/

      Toffoli McDavid Kassian

  46. Pescador says:

    Zelepukin: According to the MSM this has now been updated to:

    “Can’t even carry his own team.”

    This is excellent

  47. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    marty62:
    5 losses in a row for St Louis. Colorado and Dallas are gonna pass them this week

    – Consenus changes based on results…

  48. N64 says:

    Zelepukin: According to the MSM this has now been updated to:

    “Can’t even carry his own team.”

    They’ll catch up soon:

    “Can’t even carry the whole league”

  49. jp says:

    tcho: Even with the mighty Quinn Hughes, the Dys falls behind 4-1 to the Ducks.

    Dr. Taboggan: They need to call up generational talent Brogan Rafferty.

    I was surprised to notice the other day the Dys have made a call to Utica for a defensemen. But a different (generational?) defensemen, by the name of Guillaume Brisebois.

    He of career AHL boxcars 160-10-33-43, at the tail end of his ELC. Guillaume’s numbers clearly don’t tell the whole story since he earned a callup ahead of Bogan Rafferdy.

  50. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Those are very high prices for TDL acquisitions.
    It would be very nice to get some additional support like we have been begging for all year (top 6 W or 3C), but I don’t want to blow a load of futures at this point in time. The team is playing very well – top to bottom even missing its “first line”. The “2nd line” is playing like a 1st, the 3rd/4th is playing like a 2nd.

    A few minor gaffes here and there but the coach has them playing a smart team game…if they can add a little depth without giving up much, I think that is the way to go this year…If they can roll into the playoffs with something like…

    Nyg-McD-Kass
    Nuge-Drai-KY
    Ben-She-Arch
    JJ/Neal-Haas-Chia
    Gag or Russell

    That should prove interesting…

    It is nice to see smart hockey players like Bear and KY! The highlight of the year for me has been watching these guys POP.

  51. Ice Sage says:

    Toffoli looks to be one of the last without a dance partner

    marty62:
    Kassian should be back around the same time as Mcdavid wonder how much Toffoliwould cost as a rental?/

    ToffoliMcDavid Kassian

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen:
    yes, the unthinkable.. play benson LW with connor, .. .. in the meantime I like the Sheehan Archi Benson line… they are a legitimate threat to score.Agree sign archie qcuick before he gets too much more expensive.

    Can we live without Khaira or do we need him for ‘toughness’.. ?Carolina guy said he was one of our best penalty killers.Is he?

    Khaira is developing in to one of the best PK guys in the league.

  53. jp says:

    godot10: Did Tippett and Turris get along in Arizona? Seems to me Turris wanted out.

    Great point, I hadn’t thought that far back.

    And while that could be a factor it might also be water under the bridge. Tippett had Turris as 1st line C and named him alternate captain of Canada’s W Championship team in 2014, a few years after the trade.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/senators-kyle-turris-has-grown-up-just-ask-dave-tippett-1.2636182

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    Reja: I hope Bouchard rams a 50 point season straight down Buttons throat starting next year. Bouchard might even be on the squad after Bakersfield season is done. He very well might be oursecret weapon come playoff time.

    If he’s not on the NHL roster at the trade deadline, he’s not eligible for the playoffs.

  55. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: If he’s not on the NHL roster at the trade deadline, he’s not eligible for the playoffs.

    Are you sure about this?

    • Doug McLachlan says:

      So Calgary should get a redo from last year when Cale Makar arrives on Colorado’s defense mid-series when his Frozen Four run ended?

  56. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar: If he’s not on the NHL roster at the trade deadline, he’s not eligible for the playoffs.

    I’m actually kind of expecting the Oil to give him one game some time before the season ends, roster situation allowing.

  57. Ryan says:

    who: Are you sure about this?

    Cale Makar played in zero regular season NHL games last year along with 10 NHL playoff games.

  58. who says:

    Ryan: Cale Makar played in zero regular season NHL games last year along with 10 NHL playoff games.

    Yeah .
    I thought so.
    I was thinking of Ken Dryden, but same principle.

  59. leadfarmer says:

    So can we beat the Drai for Hart drum again or because he had a few hard games in December we’re fools

    • dangilitis says:

      I think that sadly, McDavid and Draisaitl were inseparable as far as the discussion, and I don’t expect the Eastern media to be well educated on the line separation, which is noteworthy for 2 reasons. For 15 games McDavid was dragging seriously inferior linemates to any of the other Art Ross candidates, and Draisaitl has been centering an excellent and productive line. In my opinion this injury definitely has helped Draisaitls case for Hart. If he maintains or expands upon a 10 point lead in the Art Ross race, then I think he will win, as was the case with Kucherov, I would give my vote to McDavid if he comes back and excels again, but will be awfully hard for him to win the media over unless he achieves something like winning the Art Ross despite the missed games. I think this could be a season where the players vote differently, and may favour McDavid.

  60. N64 says:

    OriginalPouzar: If he’s not on the NHL roster at the trade deadline, he’s not eligible for the playoffs.

    To play in the NHL playoffs, a player must be on the NHL roster by the deadline (to clarify, not the 23-man active roster, here, but the 50-man roster of players under NHL contract who are in the NHL or loaned elsewhere)
    https://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2019/2/19/18226193/this-years-nhl-trade-deadline-the-times-dates-and-rules-toronto-maple-leafs

  61. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: Are you sure about this?

    Yes.

    The trade deadline isn’t even really a deadline for trades – teams can make trades after the deadline but players acquired after the deadline aren’t eligible to play for that team in the playoffs – a player must be on the roster at the deadline date/time to be eligible.

  62. wolf8888 says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes.

    The trade deadline isn’t even really a deadline for trades – teams can make trades after the deadline but players acquired after the deadline aren’t eligible to play for that team in the playoffs – a player must be on the roster at the deadline date/time to be eligible.
    Isnt he already on the team?

  63. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yes.

    The trade deadline isn’t even really a deadline for trades – teams can make trades after the deadline but players acquired after the deadline aren’t eligible to play for that team in the playoffs – a player must be on the roster at the deadline date/time to be eligible.

    You implied Bouchard wasn’t eligible because he wouldn’t be on the roster at the trade deadline.
    We’re not acquiring him, he’s already in the organization.

  64. N64 says:

    who: You implied Bouchard wasn’t eligible because he wouldn’t be on the roster at the trade deadline.
    We’re not acquiring him, he’s already in the organization.

    He assumed it’s about being on the 23 man. That’s where he went off the rails.

  65. who says:

    N64: He assumed it’s about being on the 23 man. That’s where he went off the rails.

    Yeah, I know.
    That’s why I questioned him on it.

  66. OilClog says:

    hunter1909: Crosby v McDavid
    Malkin v Draisaitl

    Has the potential to be the most explosive Finals since 1944.

    3 generationals and a guy that’s not too shabby but Generational in Germany. The Germany General

  67. jp says:

    Munny:
    If you were unable to watch the game, Sportsnet has posted the entire overtime here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M55mQfDW6zc

    Post-game is here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4waG6-swKo

    Munny:
    TOI for Lionhart’s last shift in overtime, in which he won the race to the free puck against Aho…

    1:52.

    Wasn’t able to watch so thanks for that.

    The 2 saves by Smith before the winner were massive.

    Impressive effort by Draisaitl and great finish by Archibald. 5-1 shots in OT for Carolina doesn’t do justice to the gameplay at all.

    Also, Moto seems to get his stick on everything, incredible.

  68. Pescador says:

    leadfarmer:
    So can we beat the Drai for Hart drum again or because he had a few hard games in December we’re fools

    Beat it, pound it, accost it if you have to

  69. OilClog says:

    4th in goals, 1st in assists, 1st in pts total by 13! The century mark is near, Bruins are the perfect dance partner.

    95pts in 59games. Sheeeesh

  70. Harpers Hair says:

    jp:
    I was surprised to notice the other day the Dys have made a call to Utica for a defensemen. But a different (generational?) defensemen, by the name of Guillaume Brisebois.

    He of career AHL boxcars 160-10-33-43, at the tail end of his ELC. Guillaume’s numbers clearly don’t tell the whole story since he earned a callup ahead of Bogan Rafferdy.

    One Is left handed the other is right handed.

    Brisbois was called up because LHD Fatnerburg is injured..

    Amazing the lengths some people,will go to to diss others.

  71. Munny says:

    digger50,

    jp,

    Happy to be of assistance.

  72. defmn says:

    N64: He assumed it’s about being on the 23 man. That’s where he went off the rails.

    Isn’t the rule OP mentioned for the AHL playoffs?

    It seems to me the Oilers have sent guys down so they are on the Bakersfield roster for a certain day in order to be able to play in the playoffs.

  73. Munny says:

    If we’re diving into the deep end of the deadline pool—and I don’t think we are—one name I’d like Holly to consider is Vinnie Trocheck.

    He suffered a horrific fractured ankle January last season and has experienced down numbers. Would take a good year to recover from an injury like that.

    He’s signed for two more seasons at $4.75M, 26 yo, RHS, plays all forward positions, great at face offs, career best points is 31-44-75. Has scored 20 in two other seasons, and then missed in his injury shortened last year while only on pace for 12-35-47 this year.

    FLA has needs. Can a reasonable deal be done? Would require of course, FLA fading from now till the deadline.

    • Munny says:

      Trocheck is versatile enough that he could be deployed on 97’s LW, or as a 3C.

    • dustrock says:

      Love the idea of Trocheck 100%. Florida is a mess (thanks Tallon!) and I wonder if you could get a deal. Pysyk playing forward Dear God.

      • Munny says:

        He’s a good target, but I doubt Holly is shopping in that aisle.

        But if he is, as the rumours EDM was one of the teams in on Coleman suggest, then I’d be very happy with Trocheck.

        Course now the cost for a good player with term looks completely unreasonable. Hopefully Holly holds off, if that remains the case.

  74. dustrock says:

    How about Benson with the elite level assist?

  75. jp says:

    Harpers Hair: One Is left handed the other is right handed.

    Brisbois was called up because LHD Fatnerburg is injured..

    Amazing the lengths some people,will go to to diss others.

    A LHD is injured so the 7D needs to be a lefty?

    Also, Guillaume was recalled before the Fantenburg injury.

    Amazing the lengths some people will go…

  76. Bank Shot says:

    Harpers Hair: One Is left handed the other is right handed.

    Brisbois was called up because LHD Fatnerburg is injured..

    Amazing the lengths some people,will go to to diss others.

    Yeah. They’ll even post on a rival team’s blog for years and years.

    Crazy.

  77. ArmchairGM says:

    jp:
    I wasn’t able to watch the games yesterday and today unfortunately, but wow.

    As many others have said – who are these guys??

    Was there anyone on earth that would have predicted a 3-1 record on a tough road trip, 4 games in 6 days? Without McDavid?

    Really impressive effort and a big statement. Now 1st in the Pacific and 11-4-2 in 2020. This team is for real.

    Ahem.

    ARMCHAIRGM says:
    February 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    (Munny:
    Four games in six days, with travel, a depleted roster, and a back-to-back on the last two days.

    Sunday afternoon looks like an impossible win.)

    I’m calling it now: 3-0-1.

  78. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: One Is left handed the other is right handed.

    Brisbois was called up because LHD Fatnerburg is injured..

    Amazing the lengths some people,will go to to diss others.

    Do you mean like totally discounting age when comparing prospects and equating performance of a 19/20 year old prospect with that of a 24 year old player?

  79. jp says:

    ArmchairGM: Ahem.

    ARMCHAIRGM says:
    February 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    (Munny:
    Four games in six days, with travel, a depleted roster, and a back-to-back on the last two days.

    Sunday afternoon looks like an impossible win.)

    I’m calling it now: 3-0-1.

    I still don’t believe it! 🙂

    (Well done)

  80. ArmchairGM says:

    With his goal against Carolina, Leon Draisaitl has taken sole possession of 12th place on the franchise all-time regular season Goals list. Here are the guys in the range:

    7. Simpson: 185 in 419 games
    8. Tikkanen: 177 in 522
    9. Eberle: 165 in 507
    10. Nugent-Hopkins: 162 in 592
    11. Horcoff: 162 in 796
    12. Draisaitl: 159 in 410
    13. McDavid: 158 in 342
    14. Weight: 157 in 588
    15. MacTavish: 155 in 701
    16: Hemsky: 142 in 652
    17. Marchant: 136 in 678
    18. Hall: 132 in 381

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Listening to Tippett’s post-game avail and the music is blasting in the background in the dressing room.

    This team is clearly feeling great about itself and this last week has proven to themselves that they are a good hockey team – they are not a one or two man team – they are a real team with a couple elite players.

    The belief in themselves has grown and it’s going to parlay this team in to the playoffs.

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