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. Andy Dufresne says:

    Lowetide:
    After Two:

    3-2 Edmonton (2-1 Edmonton in the second)
    20-16 Edmonton (11-6 Edmonton in the second)
    30-27 Edmonton Corsi five on five (14-14 in the second)

    ==

    Wonderful game by Edmonton. Disciplined, points off the turnover and the Hurricanes are taking the mad stupid penalties. One period to go, and Carolina is very talented.

    Who are these guys?!?

    That Oilers top line is looking like the Sedin triplets.

    Those boys be cuttin some piss out there.

  2. SwedishPoster says:

    Also. I would love for Paddy Russell to score his first NHL goal. You just know he won’t be long in the league so it would be great if he could get at least one.
    Real shame he doesn’t have NHL level skill because he plays a defensively smart, snarly game and he gets into good spots. Easy player to like. Tippett clearly does. Just not enough quality with the puck.

  3. who says:

    leadfarmer:
    Nuge with the Kassian backcheck

    Looked like Nuges man. Didn’t see if Aho had a step on him or Nuge just let him go.
    I would like to point out that this is a good example of the kind of play that concerns me about Klefboms game.
    I like Klefbom. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s a good skater, and he has good puck skills. I love his contract.
    But I do wonder about his hockey sense at times. Or maybe it’s his peripheral vision.
    Now maybe he read that Nuge had marked Aho. Or maybe the coaches are insisting he step up and take that guy in the middle.
    But if you’re Oscar in that situation, who’s the more dangerous player? The guy standing still in the neutral ice with the puck? Or the guy breaking open behind you on the far wing?
    Klefbom seems to have trouble sorting this stuff out.

  4. OriginalPouzar says:

    Get pucks out and get pucks deep – I know dumping it in is against the general possession strategy these days but pucks deep at every opportunity. Make Carolina come 200 feet for anything.

  5. Andy Dufresne says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    How good is Drai? In the last two games, he has looked tired, playing big minutes in all situations and he is still taking the opposition to pound town. Unreal. 94 points with 23 games left.

    Generation-ish!

  6. Material Elvis says:

    Archie reminds me of a mini Glencross.

  7. Andy Dufresne says:

    So being a data driven site, next question has to be, What do we get back if we trade McDavid and Kassian?!?!

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: Looked like Nuges man. Didn’t see if Aho had a step on him or Nuge just let him go.
    I would like to point out that this is a good example of the kind of play that concerns me about Klefboms game.
    I like Klefbom. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s a good skater, and he has good puck skills. I love his contract.
    But I do wonder about his hockey sense at times. Or maybe it’s his peripheral vision.
    Now maybe he read that Nuge had marked Aho. Or maybe the coaches are insisting he step up and take that guy in the middle.
    But if you’re Oscar in that situation, who’s the more dangerous player? The guy standing still in the neutral ice with the puck? Or the guy breaking open behind you on the far wing?
    Klefbom seems to have trouble sorting this stuff out.

    This is why he’s simply a first pairing d-man and not a legit 1D or not a legit upper end 1D.

    He is very very very good, just not great/elite.

    He is a massive part of this team and its future.

  9. jake70 says:

    keep it simple here….always on right side of puck…

  10. Munny says:

    Get pucks deep and forecheck the living hell out of them seems be the plan.

  11. Munny says:

    Yet another missed penalty on Haas away from the puck.

  12. Rebillled says:

    Shots from everyone everywhere! Go for his eyes!

  13. drglen says:

    nice play cave

  14. OriginalPouzar says:

    Larsson continues to be 2017 Adam Larsson.

    Will need. him to step up on this up coming PK.

  15. drglen says:

    penalty on Khaira?

  16. Munny says:

    Oh geez

  17. tcho says:

    Geez that looked like a dumb play by JJ.

  18. drglen says:

    geez, looks like khaira stumbled.. and grabbed the guys shirt to keep from falling down.

  19. leadfarmer says:

    That was dumb

  20. OriginalPouzar says:

    My god Archie and Sheahan are fun to watch on the PK – glorious.

  21. Ice Sage says:

    E Kane may be onto something that NHL discipline are ‘not colorblind’ – second game where JJ is unfairly fingered.

  22. drglen says:

    great kill

  23. Pescador says:

    drglen:
    geez, looks like khaira stumbled.. and grabbed the guys shirt to keep from falling down.

    Skates tangled up,
    No bother, leagues best road PK got him

  24. Munny says:

    Apparently Jordan Staal is impervious to penalty.

    +20 to saving throw. /D&D

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    tcho:
    Geez that looked like a dumb play by JJ.

    I think it was unintentional – he fell and accidentally tripped when he fell.

  26. drglen says:

    caroline crew realy winy about the call today ( non calls) very homer.

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ugh, another PK coming up – second straight offensive zone penalty.

    Did deep boys, dig deep!

  28. OilClog says:

    Kenny should Tell Kris Russell accept a trade or its skybox til 2022.

  29. leadfarmer says:

    That was even dumber

  30. drglen says:

    stupid play by Cave……..

  31. OilClog says:

    Why is Cave?

  32. drglen says:

    if we survive.. dear god shorten the bench tipp.

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    Kenny should Tell Kris Russell accept a trade or its skybox til 2022.

    That would be poor roster and cap management, no?

  34. tcho says:

    Both calls deserved, IMO. Although Carolina are doing their best soccer team impression whenever an Oiler comes near them.

  35. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: This is why he’s simply a first pairing d-man and not a legit 1D or not a legit upper end 1D.

    He is very very very good, just not great/elite.

    He is a massive part of this team and its future.

    I think massive is a bit of an overstatement.
    To my eye there are 2 untouchables, McDavid and Drai.

  36. Zelepukin says:

    OilClog,

    lol

  37. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big save by Smith on a point blank shot by Dzingel.

  38. Andy Dufresne says:

    Man these Carolina fans really love Colby Cave for some reason

  39. drglen says:

    INCREDIBLE SAVE!!!!! SMITH>>> !!!! saves our bacon. !!!

  40. Munny says:

    Smith stones Dzingel point blank

  41. jake70 says:

    anyone nervous

  42. drglen says:

    Geesuz oscar.. we win the draw.. twice now he does not clear

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers kill off back to back offensive zone penalties by members of the 5th line.

    Amazing!

  44. leadfarmer says:

    Ok how is playing the puck with your stick on top of the net not played with a high stick

  45. drglen says:

    we escaped.

  46. drglen says:

    but carolina gaining the zone way too easily.. every trip.

  47. Munny says:

    Quick thinking by Nurse to avoid the center of the ice on that clear from his knees

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oh my – Sheahan off the cross-bar with the gaping net – almost iced the game there.

    Keep digging deep boys!

  49. Munny says:

    Oh Dear Gord Riley

  50. OilClog says:

    Remenda can’t even be bothered to be enthused about the game he’s supposedly adding colour on, wtf does this guy have this job.

  51. drglen says:

    OilClog,

    I”m funding it way better to watch an away feed.

  52. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: I think massive is a bit of an overstatement.
    To my eye there are 2 untouchables, McDavid and Drai.

    I don’t think it is – Klefbom is a huge (massive) part of the team – he’s their #1 d-man – plays in all situations and plays the toughest minutes.

    Take him out of the lineup and there is a HUGE negative effect – we’ve seen what happens when he’s out and he’s now just starting his prime.

    Never said untouchable – just a massive part of the team.

  53. Andy Dufresne says:

    OH OH Aho

  54. Munny says:

    Fuck me

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn – tie game!

    Come on boys – lets get the momentum back.

    Ya, Kailer in the right spot but not doing the right thing.

    Dig deep.

  56. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers look tired, then bang and it’s 3-3

  57. drglen says:

    Smith probably should have had that one.

  58. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Pretty nice play.

  59. leadfarmer says:

    Somehow you could see that coming
    Damn Reiders could have put that away

  60. Ice Sage says:

    Lots of time left. Oilers gotta focus

  61. hunter1909 says:

    I’d have been happy with an OTL before the game so wtf.

  62. tcho says:

    Yamo just slightly weak in his coverage of Aho – he doesn’t need much.

  63. Munny says:

    3-0 ducks in the 2nd

  64. hunter1909 says:

    drglen:
    Smith probably should have had that one.

    Do you mean “3 goal” Smith?

  65. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Get to overtime. Please!

  66. drglen says:

    take the stick Yamo…

    wake up boys can still salvage a single maybe even 2. but gotta work. ps. don’t play Cave and Granland.

  67. jake70 says:

    Discouraging after that chance by Sheahan.

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    ANA now up 3-0 on the canucks.

    If that score holds, with even a single point the Oilers are in 1st place in the Pacific.

    Those regulation wins I’ve been mentioning for months now, they provide the Oilers with the tiebreak over the Canucks.

  69. npanciroli says:

    Honestly I just need 1 point outta here.

  70. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Oilers chasing all period. Sheahan misses an open net.

  71. drglen says:

    hey have we got a PP lately? It would be a good time.

  72. Dr. Taboggan says:

    1 shot this period.

  73. hunter1909 says:

    20/20 hindsight and you call a timeout before that 3rd Canes goal.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    Benson with another talented skill pass to Sheaha for a decent chance

    Tyler’s starting to get used to the pace of the NHL game.

  75. drglen says:

    danger..

  76. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    1 shot this period.

    Correct. Carolina might as well have pulled the goalie and gone with the extra attacker all period.

  77. Munny says:

    Another smart delay and soft pass from Benson

  78. OilClog says:

    Benson and his little passes could spend a decade breaking McDavid free

  79. drglen says:

    good job hass

  80. drglen says:

    bad icing bear.. yikes. this is dangerous

  81. Decidedly Skeptical Fan says:

    OilClog:
    Benson and his little passes could spend a decade breaking McDavid free

    Here’s hoping that happens.

  82. tcho says:

    Well, looks like at least a point. That’s pretty damned good.

  83. hunter1909 says:

    Get to OT then sit back and watch McDavid perform his magic.

    Wait.

  84. OriginalPouzar says:

    Well, given how much hockey the Oilers have played recently and how good the Canes can be, that’s kind of how we expected the 3rd period to go now, wasn’t it.

    Too bad they gave up the tying goal but the boys battled hard and, bam, they’ve banked their 3rd point in the last 24 hours – that is amazing.

    Still a chance to bank a fourth.

    No matter what happens in extras, that is a hell of a weekend for the team, just massive.

    If Vancouver loses in regulation, the Oilers hold 1st place in the division, even if they only get the one point.

    Is anyone not proud of the group?

  85. leadfarmer says:

    Huge point on scheduled loss night

  86. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’ll take that point

    3rd goal by Aho was disappointing but CAR has a lot of skill

  87. drglen says:

    ok we steal a point in carolina.. thats pretty good.

    Say, if we go to shootout.. i say

    Haas, Benson, Leon.

  88. Ice Sage says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Well, given how much hockey the Oilers have played recently and how good the Canes can be, that’s kind of how we expected the 3rd period to go now, wasn’t it.

    Too bad they gave up the tying goal but the boys battled hard and, bam, they’ve banked their 3rd point in the last 24 hours – that is amazing.

    Still a chance to bank a fourth.

    No matter what happens in extras, that is a hell of a weekend for the team, just massive.

    If Vancouver loses in regulation, the Oilers hold 1st place in the division, even if they only get the one point.

    Is anyone not proud of the group?

    +1

  89. Munny says:

    I can’t even imagine what Tippett will go with after Drai-Nuge in OT

  90. drglen says:

    I’d go hass with Archibald as your second unit.

  91. Munny says:

    Maybe Drai-Yammer, then Nuge-Archie?

  92. jake70 says:

    drai…if you are gassed…get off…..

  93. Ice Sage says:

    drglen:
    ok we steal a point in carolina.. thats pretty good.

    Say, if we go to shootout.. i say

    Haas, Benson, Leon.

    Aho doesn’t seem stoppable.

  94. drglen says:

    SAVE

  95. Munny says:

    Nuge-Nurse-Bear for those following at home

  96. Gerta Rauss says:

    oh Archie

  97. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai sets up Archie for the OT winner – my goodness!

  98. Material Elvis says:

    Mini Glencross!

  99. leadfarmer says:

    Did the refs leave already

  100. Munny says:

    Jesus KBomb, that’s two ill-advised passes this OT

  101. drglen says:

    GOAL GOAL GOAL GOIAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL

  102. tcho says:

    Wow. Awesome.

  103. Ice Sage says:

    Fernando Archibaldi!

  104. OilClog says:

    Hahaha hahaha win win win win

  105. jm363561 says:

    Absolute fucking MAGIC

  106. jake70 says:

    hell yeahhh!!!!

  107. Munny says:

    I may have yelled

  108. Andy Dufresne says:

    Archie gets Veronica and Betty tonight!!!

  109. Oil2Oilers says:

    Archibald will be in the NHL next year, Cave give or take one more injury must game will never play in the NHL again.

  110. OilClog says:

    Happy is eating his tears like cheerios right now in his darkest room

  111. npanciroli says:

    Haha suck it Carolina.

  112. flyfish1168 says:

    Hell yeah, Back to back games, 3 in four, 4 in 6 days no problem

  113. Caller Zen says:

    So, so sweet.

  114. Darth Tu says:

    I want a Carolina – Oilers Stanley cup final.

  115. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Joe Colborne another 3 point night! Wow!

  116. SwedishPoster says:

    Wow Drai. Dead tired yet makes that pass. And Archibald with his second quality finish of the night. Another great effort from the team. And a bit of luck.

  117. OilClog says:

    Leon will have 100 pts before the plane lands somehow

  118. ArmchairGM says:

    Leon “Hart” Draisaitl.

  119. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909’s Emergency 10 game mini season standings update:

    Oilers beat the Canes

    Now Oilers 3-1 6 points

    Oilers need to go 3-3 for the next 6 games to give McDavid decent position when he returns to lead the team to glory etc.

  120. RedNed says:

    Who woulda thunk it? Go Oilers!

  121. drglen says:

    SMith saves it for us though.. on Aho there on the no call on the clear trip interference.

  122. Darth Tu says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    Too soon.

    But so sweet if we win.

  123. iHockeyWpg says:

    What an incredible OT call by Jack Michaels! Big win by the Oilers! 👍

    • VanIsleOil says:

      Rarely listen to radio feed but today I did. Jack Michaels was on fire…very exciting to listen to him call the game. (unlike the Remendian one)

  124. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Also, if Rom still reads the blog: you are a prophet!

  125. tcho says:

    You could have murdered someone in that OT and not gotten a penalty for it, but at least the refs were even handed about it.

  126. Caller Zen says:

    Imagine if Aho scored after Drai was mauled down…. but no, the gords are on our side today!

  127. oilsnc79 says:

    Ya know guys I’m night on to 4o yrs following this club. Radio early days. I don’t I’ve ever been this excited since the eighties. The lunch pail work Boot boys. Ya baby. Playoffs comin up kids… Woohoo, boilers…

  128. Pescador says:

    What a weekend

  129. Andy Dufresne says:

    NJD trade thier captain Andy Greene for young D David Quenneville and the Islanders’ second-round pick in the 2021 draft i

  130. OriginalPouzar says:

    Holland was clear in his previous verbals that the “win loss record” will determine how active he is at the deadline and his strategy.

    He essentially reiterated that when McDavid went down.

    He has been clear that if the team has put itself in a solid position, he will feel that he owes it to the team to give it some extra help for the playoff push.

    Given they wake up tomorrow in 1st place in the Pacific and have gone 3-1 through a massively tough 4 games in 6 day schedule without McDavid (and some others), I think its solidified, this team is FOR REAL and Holland will be actively pursuing some help.

    Of course, his “big picture” doesn’t change and we aren’t talking straight up first rounder for rentals.

  131. Munny says:

    Nucks get one back, Ducks 3-1 after two.

  132. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I’ll take that point

    3rd goal by Aho was disappointing but CAR has a lot of skill

    They’re Oilers kryptonite since the WHA. Lucky 2 points tonight but that’s what superior teams do…manage to escape with 2 points.

  133. N64 says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    So being a data driven site, next question has to be, What do we get back if we trade McDavid and Kassian?!?!

    Carson, Gelinas and 3 firsts?

  134. Darth Tu says:

    Hold her steady Anaheim, hold her steady.

  135. Munny says:

    Stauffer thinks MIN is most likely return for 97.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      HA!

      The team or the State?

      Breaking News: “Edmonton Billionaire owns the State of Minnesota”

  136. Darth Tu says:

    N64: Carson, Gelinas and 3 firsts?

    Brogan Rafferty

  137. Dr. Taboggan says:

    Oilers 3-1 without McDavid. Drai with 10 points.

  138. Darth Tu says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    So being a data driven site, next question has to be, What do we get back if we trade McDavid and Kassian?!?!

    The highest odds of the first overall pick for the remaining years of McDavid’s contract.

  139. delooper says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    My god Archie and Sheahan are fun to watch on the PK – glorious.

    Tikkannen was more entertaining, but yes they’re fun to watch. I loved watching Laraque and Buchberger, as well. They played differently. 2 solid minutes cycling the puck along the boards, and never a scoring chance. But it was beautiful to behold.

  140. jake70 says:

    question for the group……should McDavid come back early and Oilers still winning…do we consider pressboxing him ? 😉

  141. Dicky94 says:

    Your turn Holland.

  142. Reja says:

    Material Elvis:
    Mini Glencross!

    His tenacity especially on the PK and now he’s found a scoring touch reminds me of Butch Goring.Enough of keeping him hungry for a contract Holland sign the man for goodness sakes.

  143. SwedishPoster says:

    jake70:
    drai…if you are gassed…get off…..

    Or, you know, don’t…😏

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    My only “concern” is that Archie’s extension will be north of $1.5M.

  145. drglen says:

    Draisaitl is the league MVP this year. I don’t think there is any questions.

    and

    Benson earned his boots tonight. Keep him up!

  146. Pescador says:

    Andy Dufresne:
    Archie gets Veronica and Betty tonight!!!

    Josh scoring at will
    Perfect 3-way interplay before he finished

  147. Todd Macallan says:

    What a game! Believe the Oilers remain undefeated on the 2nd night of back to backs, 5-0 now if I remember correctly. What a crazy stat.

  148. Rebillled says:

    Glad i got to watch the Fox feed.

    Archie put his jalopy in the shop tonight. Twice.

    Cheeseburgers all round.

  149. Professor Q says:

    drglen:
    Draisaitl is the league MVP this year.I don’t think there is any questions.

    and

    Benson earned his boots tonight.Keep him up!

    You know very well that the MSM and writers who vote will find a way.

  150. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gene Principe
    @GenePrincipe
    When asked by
    @SportsnetSpec
    about his play/success lately and whether it’s his best hockey. Here was
    @EdmontonOilers
    Leon Drasaitl’s answer.”Well I don’t know some people said I couldn’t even run my own line.”

  151. Hitman77 says:

    Wow! What a pass by Dry on the winner.

  152. Zelepukin says:

    The greatest thing is that McD is so competitive that the longer he is out and the farther down the scoring leader ladder he is, the more ham he is going to go in getting back to 2nd overall.

    Holland just needs to schedule his return with a new hotshot winger.

  153. jake70 says:

    3-1 Ducks over Van at end of 2nd.

  154. DeeJay says:

    ANDY DUFRESNE says:
    February 16, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    Archie gets Veronica and Betty tonight!!!

    Haha! Best comment of the year – well done!

  155. OriginalPouzar says:

    SwedishPoster:
    Wow Drai. Dead tired yet makes that pass. And Archibald with his second quality finish of the night. Another great effort from the team. And a bit of luck.

    Dead tired.

    He was also dead tired for his goal – after playing the entire PP.

  156. tcho says:

    I thought someone said that NJD traded Coleman. I can’t find it on TSN (though I do see the Greene trade).

  157. Dr. Taboggan says:

    It is amazing how much better this team is at passing the puck this season. Like players are seemingly always looking to pass the puck rather than blindly firing it down the ice. It is so refreshing.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      +1 Area passes and alot of just pushing the puck in the right direction when thats all that time allows. oh…and they seem to be getting use to being in positon to take a pass from Mike Smith as well.

  158. JOFA says:

    Material Elvis:
    Mini Glencross!

    Great comp. 😊

  159. OriginalPouzar says:

    jake70:
    question for the group……should McDavid come back early and Oilers still winning…do we consider pressboxing him ?

    I literally have no idea who he would play with if Neal/Nygard are both still out – I wouldn’t touch the current 1st line, obviously, or the current “2nd line”of Benson/Sheahan/Archie which will become the third line.

    Maybe he plays with Chiasson and ??? – poor Connor but this is a massively good problem to have.

  160. Munny says:

    tcho:
    I thought someone said that NJD traded Coleman. I can’t find it on TSN (though I do see the Greene trade).

    Never happened, but he is being held out of the line up tonight.

  161. Darth Tu says:

    Dr. Taboggan,

    There were a couple of passes by Bear, straight onto players tape that helped exit the zone for us instantly. I kept thinking, man if that was Russell on the right side with Nurse like the last few years we’d have been in for another 30 seconds or Carolina in our zone.

    I get that this isn’t news on Bear, we’ve been talking about it all season, but I’m still getting used to the whole having a good passing option on every D pair.

  162. Reja says:

    Kudos to Tippett for giving Benson a atta-boy publicly yesterday. He played with a certain confidence today can’t see him coming out of the line up next game.The Archie line is fun to watch the Benson troller was pretty quiet today. Overtime Winner l love that call.

  163. Munny says:

    31 minutes for Klef tonight.

  164. Boil-in-the-Oil says:

    That was nothing less than spectacular. After that dreadful start, 1st shot scored on, Smitty was solid especially at the end of the 3rd and in ot. Nuge is playing the best hockey of his career. Drai was amazing as usual. But that Sheahan/Archibald pairing is doing its job and more. Super exciting, entertaining hockey game, again.

    Question… have we signed Archibald yet? He’s getting more expensive by the day!

    GO OILERS GO!

  165. Reja says:

    Dr. Taboggan:
    It is amazing how much better this team is at passing the puck this season. Like players are seemingly always looking to pass the puck rather than blindly firing it down the ice. It is so refreshing.

    That’s on Tippett’s system and the rest of the coaching staff.

  166. Paulie says:

    I always thought Tip got everything he could out of those shitty AZ teams. Seeing it up close here it all makes sense now. Firm but encouraging. Trusts his players. Demands accountability. Doesn’t panic. Doesn’t get outcoached. Doesn’t publicly rip “The team in orange.” I bet guys would run thru a fucking wall for him at this point. And getting McJesus as a trade deadline pickup!

  167. ArmchairGM says:

    Leon with a 13-point lead on Pastrnak and two games in hand. Barring injury, the Art Ross is a one-horse race. Of course, Connor could make things interesting down the stretch… what a fun time to be an Oilers fan!

  168. Dr. Taboggan says:

    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.

  169. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Watched that game at The Black Frog here in Vancouver.
    Loved the Oilers game today.

    2 Things stood out to me.

    1) Benson skates like me.
    I’ll take that as a compliment.

    2) Smith plays like me in ball hockey. Super aggressive so it looks like i’m battling.
    Smith shouldn’t take that as a compliment.

  170. Nix says:

    So this is what a Dave Tippet team with skill looks like. I’ll be damned.

  171. hunter1909 says:

    Paulie: And getting McJesus as a trade deadline pickup!

    …So long as he doesn’t screw up team chemistry.

  172. Munny says:

    I thought the Canes transition game looked excellent today. But never really caught us over-extending in the Ozone. We had three back to defend the counter-rush many times tonight.

  173. OriginalPouzar says:

    tcho:
    I thought someone said that NJD traded Coleman. I can’t find it on TSN (though I do see the Greene trade).

    It was reported that he’s likely been moved or about to be as he’s being held out of the game tonight.

    There was a false report that he was traded to the Avs.

    From accounts, a deal sounds close. Its like the Hall situation in the week before he was traded (although it was weird that went so long).

  174. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Harpers Hair: The bet was made here…can’t recall when.

    And only one bet this season.

    Looks like Dallas may be a good bet to win the cup.

    They will have an easy path to the finals if they finish first in the Central now that both Benn and Seguin have come out of their scoring malaise.

    Incredible how good the Stars are defensively and, of course, it’s “mostly goalie”.

    I don’t dislike the Stars at all to come out of the WC.

    You may be right that it was just one and that’s VAN vs EDM for the usual amount.

    There’s some blacktop between here and done.

    Good luck!

  175. Zelepukin says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: 1) Benson skates like me.
    I’ll take that as a compliment.

    He’ll definitely need to take the McD off-season training course. Or make the improvement that Bear did. Much easier to accomplish compared to improving hockey IQ/hands.

  176. tcho says:

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

  177. OriginalPouzar says:

    Coleman officially to TBL for VAN’s first rounder and Foote.

    A huge cost in my opinion.

    • Dr. Taboggan says:

      Yikes. Glad we passed on that trade. I guess the Bolts could make it since they have two picks.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      Agreed. Too Pricey

      Tampa Bay could afford it.

      They had two first round picks

      They are contending for the Cup

      They have approx $2m in cap space.

    • Todd Macallan says:

      Wow, expensive is right. Is that Cal or Nolan? Either way too rich for my blood if I’m TB.

  178. Andy Dufresne says:

    4-1 Ducks

    12 mins left in the 3rd

  179. jimmers2 says:

    Wow – this post wins!!!

  180. Rebillled says:

    Hilarious listening to the Van commentators tonight,

    I wonder how many tissues Garrett has in his pocket?

    Vancryver Canucks.

  181. LadiesloveSmid says:

    Really easy to root for this rag tag group. Ethan Bear is my favourite player. 3-1 without Connor.

    If Coleman’s cost is the going rate, I hope they don’t trade for Palmieri or someone similar. This team’s not making much noise this post season. Keep those futures.

  182. Munny says:

    Sleep all day Monday, lads. You’ve earned it.

    Especially that first line. I think Nuge is exhausted.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      ya….I hope he gets lots of sleep and doesnt have any nightmares about getting demoted to the McDavid line. 🙂

  183. Rebillled says:

    Go Eakins go! Eat your beets!

  184. Reja says:

    LadiesloveSmid:
    Really easy to root for this rag tag group. Ethan Bear is my favourite player. 3-1 without Connor.

    If Coleman’s cost is the going rate, I hope they don’t trade for Palmieri or someone similar. This team’s not making much noise this post season. Keep those futures.

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

  185. Lucic n Chong says:

    Woodguy v2.0,

    This should be mandatory reading for any sport bettors out there. Good stuff, thank you WG.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      Especially the part about the “parlaying” and a “Lynchpin”

      The average guy who decides to parlay using Pitts as a lynchpin today would probably have been looking at two of the following three games

      Stars Senators

      Canucks Ducks

      Blue Jackets Devils

      All 3 favorites tied or losing right now.

      5-1 Ducks by the way.

      THAT is the nature of the Parlay. 🙂

  186. leadfarmer says:

    If these are the deadline prices I’d rather stay away

  187. Pescador says:

    OriginalPouzar: I literally have no idea who he would play with if Neal/Nygard are both still out – I wouldn’t touch the current 1st line, obviously, or the current “2nd line”of Benson/Sheahan/Archie which will become the third line.

    Maybe he plays with Chiasson and ??? – poor Connor but this is a massively good problem to have.

    Benson – 97 – Archibald
    Khaira – Sheehan – Chaisson

  188. Ford Prefect says:

    When do we get to begin the conversation about winning the Western Conference?

  189. Reja says:

    Bash Smith all you want but without him battling starting in the Buffalo game we’re not in a playoff position Tippett rode his buddy and the players seem to rally for him. If he goes cold Kosh is more then well rested and he’s due for a heater himself.

  190. rickithebear says:

    Looking at Fwd even goal scoring depth 18-19 vs 19-20
    Top 3 fwd
    18-19
    Drai 31
    Mcd 31
    RNH 19 = 81/82 = .987 evg/gm

    19-20
    Drai 23
    Mcd 19 evg
    Kass 14 evg = 56/59 = .949 evg/gm

    4-6 fwd:
    18-19
    Kass 14 evg
    Chaisson 13 evg
    Caggulia 6 evg = 33/82 = .402 evg/gm

    19-20
    RNH 9
    Archibald 7
    Neal 7 = 23/59 = .390 evg/gm

    7-9 fwd:
    18-19
    Brodziak 5
    Gagner 5
    Lucic 4 = 14/82 = .171 evg/ gm

    19-20
    Yamamotto 7
    Sheehan 6
    Khaira 6 = 19/59 = 3.22 evg/ gm

    10-12 fwd:
    18-19
    JP 4
    Rattie 4
    Cave 2 = 10/82 = .122 evg/gm

    19-20
    Haas 5
    Gagner 4
    Chaisson 3 = 12/59 = 2.03 evg/gm

    PB:
    18-19
    Currie 2
    Khaira 2
    Spooner 2
    Yam 1
    Strome 1 = 8/82 = .098 evg/gm

    19-20
    Nygard 2
    Cave 1 = 3/59 = .051

  191. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    New Improved Darkness,


    But from the bookie side, they’re not trying to beat Woodguy. To maximally sheer the sheep, you have to set the line to where a few diehard übernerds win. Using the boot-camp live-ammo bandoliers of extremely round numbers, the Oilogosphere is already the 10%. Within that, Lowetide is the 10%. Within that, Woodguy is the 10%.

    From the bookie side of this, Woodguy is a modestly compensated certified research assistant.

    Agreed.

    This is why betting early helps beating the bookies because they move their line when they see what “the sharps” bet.

    Same in every sport but hockey gets so little action relative to NHL, MLB and NBA that they don’t pay nearly as much attention to it.

    Bodog limited what I could be on futures so I spread my bankroll there to two other sites.

    Assholes.


    It was the same in my relationship with Google. Hundreds of searches per day, through sleet and snow. Ad conversion rate 0.00001%

    But also perseverance to the max. If I didn’t find what I was looking for, I would refine my search twenty times in a row, while sometimes clicking through to the tenth page of search results.

    From Google’s perspective, I was a modestly compensated certified research assistant (my frenetic search activity was 100% subsidized on no revenue back).

    Only now they’ve changed their display format in such an egregious way that I switched to Binghoo for 95% of my search activity. For the other 5% of my searches, Google is nearly two full orders of magnitude superior in haystack filtration.

    When I search “Trump” the very first node in the Google datacenter my packet reaches performs an O(1) check in a hashtable of hot keywords. Oh “Trump” again, for the 100th time this very second. That then gets fired off to a second server with the results for “Trump” pre-built in a memory buffer. In parallel to this, they check your user profile; in my case discovering a 20-year history of 100 searches per day (this is a modest day for me, it spikes up to 1000) and a total number of ads clicked of two digits. Less than five revenue-clicks per year. So they don’t even bother running an ad auction, and simply deliver the standard results bare. Maybe three total servers involved, and not a single disk seek. Cheaper than dirt.

    But then at the other end of the spectrum I get a bee in my bonnet about cutting-edge research on the intricacies of place and grid cells in the human entorhinal cortex, and I’m not getting what I consider to be adequate satisfaction with my original query.

    After permuting that query for the twentieth time, it now contains five to ten subtraction terms (each beginning with a minus sign) because I’m getting tired of seeing all the same worthless results time and again.

    Google has hundreds of distinct algorithms to handle the hard cases, and a difficult search might involve a hundred different servers, each to see what its specific algorithm can dredge up. None of the words involved in my esoteric searches are commonplace, so there’s a good chance these queries involve 3rd level caching structures, or—heaven forbid—actual disk seeks. I would love to know how much more expensive these searches are to Google than the one they arbitrarily refuse to typo-fix from “rump” (half the American population would soon be saving themselves a keystroke, every time). It could be anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 times more costly to process. Starting bid.

    So now I only use Binghoo for “Trump”, but quickly switch back to Google one time in twenty, to avail myself of their 1000× or 10,000× more sophisticated computational fan-out. In the process, they’ve now lost the signal they used to enjoy where I carefully avoided any stinkers among the top five, in the half of my searches that fall in between these extremes.

    Google justifies their new horrible format as more compatible with mobile. First rats off their desktop interface are the best swimmers.

    Imagine if these bookies rigged their vig so that Woodguy could never find a winning ticket. It would be as if as a few thousand Yodas cried out with unorthodox syntax and were suddenly silenced.

    Think twice, institutional titan of the tight black tunic, before you weed out the Youngling Academy of Dagobah. Not right away, but finally, this does tend to redound like karmic Tribbles of triviality Amok Time, no hijacked starship required.

    Binghoo eh? You recommend it? Never heard of it. Some riff off of Bing?

    I’ve tried to wean myself off Google but still use Startpage to get the google searches without all the spying and recording every time I scratch my nuts.

    I use Duck Duck Go too for the same reason, but sometimes it can’t find its ass with two hands, a map and a flashlight.

  192. Kinger_Oil.redux says:

    hunter1909: Do you mean “3 goal” Smith?

    – Funny story: my caddie at TPC sawgrass who was a pretty good college golfer and caddied for sneadaker amd has a bag with a guy who won on the Wells Fargo tour a few weeks ago and his guy is a lock to qualify for the PGA: he told me his nickname in college was “3 putt par”!

    – I told him hey: there are worse nicknames. He laughed and agreed. Then he gave me shot and said well it’s better than you: that’s at least 4 times you’ve been “3 putt bogie”. FU I told him!

    – I got lucky to have him as caddie. One of my NHL buddies set me up with him for the round.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      Sounds like a great day!

      4 three put bogeys is very unusual

      You sir are striking the ball well today.

      not rolling it worth a shit mind you 🙂

      • Andy Dufresne says:

        Then again for an non-pro 3 putting at TPC Sawgrass is prubably not all that uncommon…now that I think about it.

  193. russ99 says:

    When we get closer to the deadline, there will be more sellers and more motivation to sell.

    Doesn’t make sense for us to pay the prices for Zucker and Coleman.

    Ducks did us a solid, thanks Dallas.

    Ugh, Canucks – Flames play again tomorrow, can we bring back ties?

  194. Lucic n Chong says:

    Back to back 4am game start here in Thailand meant I was in my scratcher by 8pm both Saturday Sunday. Not much of a weekend but wow was it worth it!! We have a team here boys. Lowetide nation on fire today.

  195. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer: Does he get to pick 15 teams to win the cup like he gets to pick 14 teams to win the western conference regular season?

    No.

    You can pin Andrew down to a single bet if you want.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      You mean like a Moth on a speicmen wall?

      How much would that cost exactly?

      Asking for a friend.

  196. flea says:

    The coaching staff is doing a wonderful job with all the players. Their fitness seems better than a lot of teams, and players that get injected can play the system.

    This is a playoff team. First in the pacific close to the trade deadline. Time to add Kenny!

  197. Nix says:

    Darth Tu,

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

  198. leadfarmer says:

    Woodguy v2.0: No.

    You can pin Andrew down to a single bet if you want.

    Can you?
    He was talking up the wild so I challenged him and he slithered away

  199. drglen says:

    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?

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