2019-20 Game 62: Oilers at Kings

There are real roster uncertainties as I write this, transactions on Saturday to send Colby Cave and Evan Bouchard to Bakersfield Condors await the bookend maneuvre. Connor McDavid isn’t always the lead story, while also always being the lead story. If he’s playing tonight, the Oilers have improved enormously overnight. That’s a fact.

THE ATHLETIC!

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

  • New Lowetide Trade Deadline: Oilers countdown to trade deadline involves age old dilemma
  • New Jonathan Willis: They shoot, they don’t score: NHLers who just can’t find the back of the net
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Why cap issues mean McDavid’s return could be Oilers’ only pre-deadline move
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers lack deadline flexibility due to injuries, few assets and bonuses
  • Lowetide: Making sense of the Oilers forward depth chart for the summer
  • Lowetide: For Oilers’ Kailer Yamamoto and Leon Draisaitl, first impressions are long forgotten. Why not for Jesse Puljujarvi?
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Next-night masters: How the Oilers beat the Hurricanes and improved to 6-0 in the 2nd half of back-to-backs
  • Lowetide: Oilers reap benefits of Bakersfield Condors’ strong development process, even in a losing season
  • 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
  • Jonathan Willis: 10 overlooked trade targets for the Oilers before the 2020 deadline
  • 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 62 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 22-34-6, 50 points; goal differential -34
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 33-21-8, 74 points; goal differential +12
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 27-31-4, 58 points; goal differential -33
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 26-29-7, 59 points; goal differential -23
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 32-22-7, 71 points; goal differential +3

Terrific season in those numbers, and many youngsters have emerged in real time. I don’t recall a season where more roster players enjoy career seasons or close, and in fact many players are enjoying impressive first full NHL seasons. Lots to applaud across the roster, coaching and management included.

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
  • Sixth 10 games: 6-3-1
  • Current 10 games: 0-1-0

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-9-0, four points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in February 2017: 5-6-0, 10 points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in February 2018: 3-7-1, seven points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2019: 3-5-3, nine points; goal differential -10
  • Oilers in February 2020: 5-4-1, 11 points; goal differential +1

One of the things we’ll need to discuss in the offseason is the run by Edmonton starting January 1. I haven’t gone back to look over the team’s history this century, but this season (11-5-3), the 2016-17 campaign (13-8-2) and 2005-06 (8-6-4) all landed in a positive direction Jan. 1 through February 23.

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 2-1-0)
  • On the road to: TBY, FLA, CAR (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • At home to: BOS, MIN (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-1-1)
  • 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: 5-4-1, 11 points in 10 games

Oilers need this game tonight. It sets up the deadline in a positive way (Edmonton would slide back into second in the Pacific) and gives the team enough breathing room to consider trading valuable assets. Big game. LAK aren’t an easy out, and that’s when everyone is healthy.

OILERS 2019-20

The article I wrote for The Athletic yesterday (the trade dilemma) drove home the fact Ken Holland needs to acquire a left winger for the McDavid line. You’d like Tomas Tatar but Tyler Ennis is a solid option.

Elliotte Friedman mentioned Edmonton’s interest in Mike Green last night, Jonathan Willis wrote about him recently so I won’t retrace his steps. I will post his Puck IQ numbers against elites, though, Green isn’t your ordinary broken down blue.

Oscar Klefbom has played 33 percent of his five on five time against elites this season, that’s the range for Green. Detroit is a terrible team, so Klefbom’s goal differential against elites (14-13) is superior to Green’s in Detroit (5-12) but that DFF percentage (48.20) for Green is quality. Ken Holland likes old people. This would be his first “I know a guy” deal since arriving, although he did sign Riley Sheahan as a free agent.

The big question for me is who is leaving to make room? Kris Russell has been mentioned but that’s the cap issue, what about the RH side? Edmonton currently employs Bear, Larsson and Benning there, so if Green is coming in, one of those men must be leaving. Right? Fascinating. Larsson? Benning? It sure as hell isn’t Bear.

TORONTO

Maple Leafs fans are hurting units this morning, that was a bad beat and it will be remembered. Exacerbating things is a long, long list of articles with titles like ‘How long before Mcdavid wants out of Edmonton?’ that have enraged Canadian outposts for decades. So there’s no sympathy, not an ounce, across this great nation this morning. To the contrary. Ken Holland might want to make a call to Kyle Dubas this morning, asking if he needs a rugged forward or defenseman. Hey, it’s a cruel business.

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  1. OilClog says:

    Is this Maittius Batzel related to Brombert Rasselly?

  2. LMHF#1 says:

    Well dammit.

    Missing out on such a cheap deal for Kovalchuk hurts. Wonder if there’s a future favor in that deal.

    • Andy Dufresne says:

      the future favor is that the Washington Capitals agree to keep Kovalchuk

      The LA Kings AND the New Jersey Devils are both paying Ilya Kovalchuck not to play for them.

  3. Faustkarz says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey,

    Ah,

    I was mistaken I though the deal had a 4th which moved to a 3rd if the condition vested?.My bad, not to backtrack but the conditional 3rd does hold more value as a typical 3rd round pick trade due to the hamstring of not being able to trade it while in escrow.

  4. leadfarmer says:

    LMHF#1:
    Well dammit.

    Missing out on such a cheap deal for Kovalchuk hurts. Wonder if there’s a future favor in that deal.

    A guy that’s been that particular in where he plays surely must have had a handshake agreement with the Habs when he signed with them

    • N64 says:

      Also Habs say they want to re-sign him next year. Not giving him his choice of rental location would kill that.

  5. Mr DeBakey says:

    Bag of Pucks: , but Reinhart offers an upgrade at a glaring position of need for the Oilers, so that payoff seems to be closer.”

    The Oilers didn’t need LD.
    LD was not a position of great need, relative to other areas, for the Oilers.
    Remember they gave away Marincin, who is/was/always will be better than Reinhart, that day.
    Remember that these Hockey Insiders were talking about Griffen Reinhart son-of-an-NHLer and winner-of-a-Memorial Cup.

  6. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    hunter1909: Ha ha yeah you’re only 100% right there.
    I don’t pay enough attention to drafts, hoping to win cups then relax which torments me in my own way.
    Since Barzal sliding was as you say the biggest story of the 2015 draft, are other teams particularly concerned that they passed on this wunderplayer? Chiarelli might have been a Soviet spy sent to destroy the morale of the people of Edmonton for all I know.

    And there’s nothing wrong with that Hunter.

    Enjoy hockey the way you enjoy it.

  7. Munny says:

    After two: Turtles 3 – Wings 1

    C’mon Dead Things don’t go all John Ogrodnick on me.

  8. leadfarmer says:

    Lebrun saying we offered a 4th for TEnnis

  9. hunter1909 says:

    Faustkarz:
    Ovechkin’s Capitals won the cup 1/11 seasons (that they made it); maybe getting in is just a good of a chance? (unconditional probability at 1/16)

    Nice thinking: but the fact is Washington are only 1 season removed from being defending cup champions.

    • Faustkarz says:

      and only two seasons from never winning it?

      Edit: I understand your thinking but I would argue the Oilers chances in winning the west outright is not substantially worse then the Caps winning the East; making moves to be competitive and to mortgage the future are only semi-related.

  10. Bag of Pucks says:

    Mr DeBakey: The Oilers didn’t need LD.
    LD was not a position of great need, relative to other areas, for the Oilers.
    Remember they gave away Marincin, who is/was/always will be better than Reinhart, that day.
    Remember that these Hockey Insiders were talking about Griffen Reinhart son-of-an-NHLer and winner-of-a-Memorial Cup.

    I’m sorry I don’t know Scott Cullen personally. If you want to disabuse him of the above, possibly Woodguy can introduce you.

  11. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    Scott Cullen of TSN: saw decent value in the Reinhart trade, which saw New York use Edmonton’s pick to take prospect Mathew Barzal: “Barzal appears to be good value with the 16th pick, as he was rated significantly higher in pre-draft rankings, but 16th picks historically bring a 61.9% chance of an NHL player, with 23.8% chance of becoming a top-six forward or top-four defenceman. … Eventually, the move should pay off for the Islanders, provided Barzal is as good as advertised, but Reinhart offers an upgrade at a glaring position of need for the Oilers, so that payoff seems to be closer.”

    James O’Brien of NBC’s ProChoiceHockeyTalk had the Oilers as one of the five winners of the draft. ” They will smile upon this weekend for Connor McDavid alone, but GM Peter Chiarelli also made some interesting trades to improve the team with the likes of Cam Talbot and Griffin Reinhart.”

    And TSN’s Bob McKenzie said: “I like the move to the extent that Griffin Reinhart is not going to be a dominant NHL defenceman, but he’s going to be an NHL defenceman, and that’s what the Edmonton Oilers need if they’re going to make a step forward.”

    Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated also gave high marks to both the Islanders and the Oilers.

    “Garth Snow is a wizard,” Muir said, but added about Chiarelli: “Chiarelli made four trades over the weekend, two of which will significantly impact the team next season. He outsmarted the Rangers to acquire Cam Talbot, a potential No. 1 goalie, at a very reasonable price. He evened the scales a bit by overpaying to obtain Griffin Reinhart, but the former Islander could play on the second pair someday. Oh, and they added generational talent in Connor McDavid with the first pick. Nice job.”

    In Moneyball Michael Lewis describes the sports media as “the ladies auxiliary” in that they are to support their men, in this case the men who make baseball decisions.

    He was right about that, and its even more so in NHL hockey.

    The whole fancystats/blog movement is because the media is so wrong so often and its a push-back against their narrative.

    These quotes (especially Cullen…lordy) don’t reflect the hockey junkies at all and the hockey junkies own the media’s souls on “calling a trade/signing” in real time and have for a decade.

    • Bag of Pucks says:

      But the junkies swear by BPA. So the junkies were wrong about Pulijarjrvi and Bennet while the Ladies Auxiliary was hitting it out of the park with Dubois and Draisaitl.

      The junkies also loved Reider and Fayne and Jultz.

      Nobody’s right all the time and the problem with killing all the sacred cows obviously is you run the risk of becoming one yourself.

      I understand the bitterness now. It must be hugely frustrating being right all the time while those in charge forgo your wishes and remonstrations.

      Not sure how BPA is canon while MacKenzie’s a hack, but then again this is just a game to me while you’re taking it very seriously indeed. Check out the song Monkey Man by the Stones. You’ll like it. All his friends are junkies too.

      • Faustkarz says:

        Maybe the art of drafting has a built-in risk or luck factor that is only viewable in hindsight. Something that is or is not present in junior play which does or does not present itself in professional play is unknowable to the user/drafter.

        ie a 4th overall pick has a X% of strong professional play, the Oilers hit the 1-X% and they can not be fault to probability.

        One could say the jesse’s position of 4th is a detriment to the draft scouting but one can not ignore the probabilistic nature of life and foresight in general.

        Someone so omniscent and knowledgable in loss aversion should take into consideration the nature of risk and probability involved in any drafting scenario.

  12. hunter1909 says:

    Woodguy v2.0: And there’s nothing wrong with that Hunter.

    Enjoy hockey the way you enjoy it.

    I admit I was starting to get fed up with Chiarelli’s driving the Oilers future into the ditch but since Holland+Tippett’s reign ongoing I see a bright future and as soon as next season.

    McDavid+Draisaitl + Nurse + That pair of 1st round defence prospects + that big Canadian prospect from eastern Canada named Raphael + Ethan Bear and others… = a very very good team and in a big hurry since they’re led by the 2020 NHL version of Jean Beliveau and Bobby Orr.

    Ken Holland is proving to be a supremely competent GM, and Tippett’s set to break out as a bigtime coach the moment a few more of his players catch up to him lol

  13. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    leadfarmer:
    I would Absolutely love it if Canucks traded a bunch of futures for Barrie and signed him to a long and expensive contract
    It’s one thing to go after him when you need a power play qb
    But this would be like Sharks trading for Karlsson when the already have Burns
    He would just cannibalize Hughes points and provide crap defense

    I agree with that.

    They don’t need him at all.

  14. Cassandra says:

    Mr DeBakey: The Oilers didn’t need LD.
    LD was not a position of great need, relative to other areas, for the Oilers.
    Remember they gave away Marincin, who is/was/always will be better than Reinhart, that day.
    Remember that these Hockey Insiders were talking about Griffen Reinhart son-of-an-NHLer and winner-of-a-Memorial Cup.

    This can’t be repeated enough. We know, with all the certainty that human beings can muster, that Reinhart was not an NHL ready defensemen at that point, and was likely to never be one.

    This isn’t in hindsight, we knew it in real time. Go look up that thread and see the reaction, especially mine. Which as always was both right and ignored, as people turned themselves into knots trying to see Reinhart’s upside. And knot turning exhibition which lasted for years, by the way.

    But this was known at the time. The Islanders had a rash of injuries on the blueline that year, and played every prospect they had other than Reinhart.

    My exact words, if I recall, were there was no evidence that Reinhart was any better than Marincin, who they had just traded away for a 4th round pick.

    So that’s the deal. A 4th round pick for a 1st round pick AND a second round pick. The 2nd round pick is particularly delicious because it goes to show that while they were talking Chiarelli agreed that Reinhart was worth more than a 1st round pick so he would have to add to the pile. That’s incredible to me. Remember, this is a guy who everyone knew was tracking way behind his draft position, which itself was criticized at the time. And yet, Chiarelli was the one that had to add. It still blows me away to this day. The Hall trade killed my fandom, but Larsson is at least an NHL player. Reinhart never had a chance.

    I still remember his last exhibition game when Canuck after Canuck blew by him like he wasn’t there. It was the worst hockey game I have ever seen a professional play in my entire life. Even then there were defenders talking about how he was playing on his off side and making excuses. This is also unbelievable, we had just watched the worst player to ever wear an Oiler jersey play the worst game possible and there were still many people more than willing to defend Chiarelli.

    In any case, Reinhart is and always will be the worst hockey player I have ever seen.

    • Faustkarz says:

      “Which as always”;

      I’ve been a religious purveyor though self-concious poster on this blog. The narcissistic proclivity of internet posting has not been lost on you my friend.

      With Reinhart,

      obviously brought up at the time but not in the current thread was his recent drafting position. At #5, this obviously heavily influenced the trade, which in retrospect should be analyzed at the detriment of draft position of “prospects” in view of their actual hockey play. This I would argue, is both is lost on a lot of the users here (me included) and these viewings or “saw him good”, influence decisions to which very few of us are privy to.

      The whole thread could be devolved to Chiarelli thinking that he saw Reinhart having good gap control so he pulled the trade; and very few of us know what he saw in video.

    • jtblack says:

      Theo Peckham had to be a close 2nd.

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wings pull to within one late but flames hold on for the win.

    Oh well, was hopeful for an epic Wings win (flames loss) but it wasn’t likely.

  16. who says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Consensus pick is not pie in the sky.

    I’m trying to be reasonable and look at it from his point of view.

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    Darth Tu: For a Third. We couldn’t match that (if Neal scores two more goals)

    doesn’t matter if Neal scores two more goals or not – we are not able to trade the 2020 3rd rounder, end stop – well, until the end of the regular season (if the conditions don’t end up vesting).

  18. OriginalPouzar says:

    Faustkarz:
    is the 3rd given to Calgary automatically if we trade our 4th or are both held in escrow according to OP?

    There is no 4th at all in the Lucic/Neal deal.

    Conditions vests: 3rd to Calgary
    Conditions do not vest: No pick

    I never said anything about the fourth.

    • Faustkarz says:

      I misspoke as I commented in my other post.

      While here, would you agree that a conditional 3rd has more value than a 3rd in general due to it’s inability to trade while in escrow; and a GM could circumvent this penalty to other futures in the trade with which it is involved ie a 6th/7th pick.

  19. OriginalPouzar says:

    LMHF#1:
    Well dammit.

    Missing out on such a cheap deal for Kovalchuk hurts. Wonder if there’s a future favor in that deal.

    I don’t think that’s all that cheap – we couldn’t have paid that price and would have had to come up with something else (2021 3rd rounder plus or something completely different).

  20. Bag of Pucks says:

    In the last week alone, Cassandra, Woodguy and Godot have all issued pronouncements that are variations of the theme, “I am always right or almost never wrong.”

    The ego force is strong here.

  21. Mr DeBakey says:

    I think I’ve found an error in the Llexicon:
    BARKING CORGIS: A rare example of LRS (Lowetidian Rhyming Slang). In this case corgi = corsi. Corsi is a measure of official shots, missed shots, and blocked shots originally named by early Oilers blogger Tim Barnes (aka Vic Ferrari) arbitrarily yet appropriately after Buffalo Sabres goalie coach Jim Corsi. Whatever. When the small royal dogs are yapping the Oilers are pushing the frozen disc of vulcanized rubber in the correct direction.

    Was it not Gabe Desjardins who “created” Corsi, not Tim Barnes?

  22. Brogan Rafferty says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    In the last week alone, Cassandra, Woodguy and Godot have all issued pronouncements that are variations of the theme, “I am always right or almost never wrong.”

    The ego force is strong here.

    When I feel frustrated with all my inferior teammates, who could only dream of being half the hockey player I am, I challenge them to a good old fashioned wrestling match in my barn!

  23. Munny says:

    That was an excellent interpretation of the old national anthem

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    Come on Mike Smith – solid play tonight please – just solid!

  25. Munny says:

    McHeyday!!

    Let’s make some McHay tonight boyzzz!

  26. OriginalPouzar says:

    I wonder if McLellan matches Doughty (and Kopitar) against McDavid or Drai?

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    Given the opening faceoff – Kopitar line and Doughty pairing against McDavid.

    Eat up the softs Drai!

  28. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was a great backhand outlet pass by Bear to Kailer!

  29. drglen says:

    nice pass bear

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Good to see Archie out there and without the bubble.

    Nice block by Willie!

  31. Munny says:

    Well LA doesn’t look like they’re going to LAy down for us.

  32. drglen says:

    hass is flying… maybe heel have a breakout game

  33. OriginalPouzar says:

    Is tonight the night P. Russell scores a valid goal?

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    That’s about as low event a first 4 minutes I’ve seen in an NHL hockey game…..

  35. OilClog says:

    TMac looks like he’s been awake for 3 days drinking coffee while his anxiety about playing the Oilers eats him alive. Did himself no favors taking on this LA job for his careers sake imo.

  36. leadfarmer says:

    Ganjay wiffs on a great chance

  37. StixMalone says:

    Took 6 minutes to finally get a shot on yet

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers with a couple good looks at the net and chances now.

    Gagner
    Yama
    Benson

    No goal yet though.

  39. drglen says:

    i’m thinking he changes up the mcdavic line pretty quick.

    Nice try Benson. !!

  40. jp says:

    Damn fine chances for Benson and Moto in the last 15 seconds

  41. Munny says:

    Benson put himself in a good spot there

  42. Bulging Twine says:

    Nice positioning Benson

    No faceshield Archibald

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid rips one off Petersson’s mask.

  44. Lowetide says:

    Best chance of the game so far to Benson, best look to Yamamoto.

  45. StixMalone says:

    Always good to start McDavid on the 4th line till he gets back to normal….

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    Don’t let Frk shoot – that guy has an elite shot.

  47. emonkee says:

    gotta love how nurse sat back near smith and let kopitar shot a good one on smith

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    StixMalone:
    Always good to start McDavid on the 4th line till he gets back to normal….

    At least he’s not on the 4th line with P. Russell.

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid passes off to Jones, probably could have shot there maybe.

  50. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Did Drew just call out Nurse for his shoddy defensive positioning?
    It this real??

  51. drglen says:

    Mcdavids line not really clicking…. put up… um um ah..

    what about Haas?

  52. drglen says:

    ohh that was just about a 2 on 1…

  53. Bulging Twine says:

    Good player tracking RNH

  54. Bulging Twine says:

    Nice recovery speed Nurse

  55. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, Sheahan could have passed off quicker to Archie there for a Grade A chance.

  56. Munny says:

    Good patient play by Benson in his own end to create an outlet pass

  57. OilClog says:

    Playing 39 with 97 is painful.

  58. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kailer twisted his knee or something there – hobbled off – hopefully he’s fine.

  59. drglen says:

    that should have been a holding call on yamamoto

  60. Munny says:

    looked like Yamo tweaked his ankle in the corner there

  61. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Hope Moto is okay, that looked awkward.

  62. tcho says:

    Well, at least that King wasn’t holding Yammer’s stick or anything.

  63. StixMalone says:

    OilClog,

    39 is not good at 5on 5

  64. drglen says:

    ref looked right at it and said no i’m not calling it..

  65. Ice Sage says:

    First game I watch in a few weeks – where are these exciting new Oilers I hear speak of?

  66. OriginalPouzar says:

    OilClog:
    Playing 39 with 97 is painful.

    That was determined with certainty last season – Chiasson was an anchor on McDavid.

  67. StixMalone says:

    Refs putting the whistles away

  68. Woogie63 says:

    Benson-McDavid-Chiasson

    For two periods please

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    McDavid/Drai/Chiasson right now – I’m worried about Kailer.

  70. Munny says:

    The refs have decided there will be no penalties tonight.

  71. drglen says:

    mac and drei?

  72. Munny says:

    This new 2nd line center—can’t remember his name but he’s wearing 97—has got some speed huh?

  73. drglen says:

    no yamo? that would not be good.

  74. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rishaug says Yamamoto is still on the bench – wincing and taking to DJ Smith.

    Good sign he didn’t go to the room.

  75. Munny says:

    Munny:
    The refs have decided there will be no penalties tonight.

    This is how hexes work. Dammit!!

  76. drglen says:

    our best PK guy in the box… yikes

  77. Lowetide says:

    Ryan Rishaug
    @TSNRyanRishaug
    ·
    1m
    Yamamoto shaking off some discomfort on the bench. Chatting with T.D. Forss. Still wincing in pain.

  78. drglen says:

    Khaira needs to assert himself physically this game.

    Even up call on hook on Nuge…

  79. Munny says:

    Munny: This is how hexes work.Dammit!!

    Fortunately it was the rare boomerang hex.

  80. drglen says:

    LA color guy is really good. oh, right. That’s Jared Stoll!

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Russell and Hass on the 4 on 4 – Kailer is hurting.

  82. delooper says:

    Yamamoto is back on the ice.

  83. drglen says:

    I like him using hass 4 x 4 here.

  84. fries n gravy says:

    Gagner is a favorite of mine. I love how willingly he engages in scrums or worse when needed. I hope he’s back next year.

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beauty PP goal – Drai from McDavid.

  86. Lowetide says:

    Leon scored.

  87. Munny says:

    What a lovely play all around

  88. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was Jake DeBrusk like by Dustin Brown on the turnover.

  89. drglen says:

    holy crop.. pinball goal GOAL GOAL GOAL Lean is deadly.

  90. jp says:

    Oh Hell yeah!! Great to see McDavid back (and Draisaitl still here)!

  91. Bulging Twine says:

    Sweet pass Draisatl!

  92. StixMalone says:

    97 sure can play with good line mates…..

  93. Gerta Rauss says:

    wow….Drai baby

  94. fries n gravy says:

    Drool…

  95. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Apparently 29 and 97 still have some chemistry.

  96. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Unfortunate turnover by Dustin Brown on that goal.
    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  97. Ice Sage says:

    Just. like. that.

  98. drglen says:

    hell of a pass connor… actually Leon kind of whiffe don that but got enough

  99. OriginalPouzar says:

    Not the most exciting of all periods but a solid road period by the Oilers – I don’t think they gave up a single Grade A scoring chance – Lagesson blocked the one that could have been.

    Lets not forget, this lineup is still quite depleted without Klef and company.

  100. Gerta Rauss says:

    Leon from McD and Dr Jones

  101. delooper says:

    Okay first period.

  102. geowal says:

    I don’t know if the pass by Leon or the reception by McDavid with two guys hanging off him on the blue to blue pass was more impressive. Then there was the actual five and go for the goal, wow.

  103. delooper says:

    I’m watching the LA feed. They’re trying to find the positives. Not trying too hard, but they’re trying.

    Stoll looks happy and healthy, that’s nice.

  104. Darth Tu says:

    The sauce on that passing move for the goal. Nice.

  105. DBO says:

    Leon is no Nichushkin but he is solid.

  106. jp says:

    Bag of Pucks: But the junkies swear by BPA. So the junkies were wrong about Pulijarjrvi and Bennet while the Ladies Auxiliary was hitting it out of the park with Dubois and Draisaitl.

    It’s kinda ironic to cite the post-draft reaction of the Ladies Auxiliary to a trade in a discussion that started off criticizing the post-draft reactions of the junkies to the same trade.

  107. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen:
    our best PK guy in the box… yikes

    Khaira was out there – he helped get the clear to Nuge that led to the PIM against the Kings.

  108. Darth Tu says:

    DBO:
    Leon is no Nichushkin but he is solid.

    Nichuskin is in turn, no Bolton Ramsey

  109. Derek says:

    DIdn’t take long for Mclellan to move Kopitar and Doughty against Drai’s line rather than Mcdavids. His wingers suffocate his offense at 5 on 5 more than a duo of Selke and Norris candidates.

    Anyone got a link for a home feed? Drew Remenda is a MENSA candidate in comparison to this LA colour guy.

  110. Lowetide says:

    After One:

    1-0 Oilers
    7-4 Oilers shots
    13-13 Corsi five on five
    ==

    A yawn period but who cares? Oilers need the two points not a Rembrandt. Lovely goal, great chances for Benson and Nuge, worried about KY.

  111. marty62 says:

    McDavid has to realize he is never gonna catch Drai for the Art Ross if he keeps setting the table for him like that…..

  112. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    I know the LAK are fourth sport in LA at best, but this broadcast doesn’t help. During the game they talk incessantly about other sports, and now a bunch of time talking about the Lakers and basketball with Robert Horry. After a segment about the Lakers acquiring Kareem.

    Lame!

  113. OriginalPouzar says:

    ANA tied it up late in the first with VEG!

  114. Ben says:

    #Insiderrr (Commie) calling Drouin to the Avs

  115. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    After One:

    1-0 Oilers
    7-4 Oilers shots
    13-13 Corsi five on five
    ==

    A yawn period but who cares? Oilers need the two points not a Rembrandt. Lovely goal, great chances for Benson and Nuge, worried about KY.

    Agreed – couldn’t care less how boring a period or game might seem – only that the Oilers score more goals at the end.

  116. Bulging Twine says:

    Derek:
    Oh god, is it actually Stoll? I thought that was a joke.

    I feel a bit conflicted now.

    I think the colour guy is Darrell Evans and the in between period guy is Stoll

  117. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yamamoto not on the bench – great…..

  118. Seismic Source says:

    I’ll never get tired of Gretzky interviews. Still the nicest guy in the world.

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    Ooooop, Kailer was just fashionably late – he’s on the ice.

    Thanks goodness.

  120. drglen says:

    massive save by Smith. Nurse should have taken Kopitar there

  121. Munny says:

    KY looks just as slick as ever

  122. drglen says:

    ah.. guys… can we start playing hockey now please. Or do they need to score two first?

  123. Munny says:

    Tire fire almost kindled there.

    Oooh, Archie takes a rough spill into the net.

  124. delooper says:

    Oilers think the rest of the game can be played in their own end.

  125. Seismic Source says:

    Are they only doing the laker disco bubbles on Oiler offensive zone draws?

  126. Seismic Source says:

    Are they only doing the laker disco bubbles on Oiler offensive zone draws?

  127. Munny says:

    Flow of play has nicely swung back our way.

  128. Bulging Twine says:

    Nurse’s speed was valuable defensively there

  129. Darth Tu says:

    Ben:
    #Insiderrr (Commie) calling Drouin to the Avs

    Domi also being rumoured.

  130. Bulging Twine says:

    Nice Benning

  131. Gerta Rauss says:

    Nugget en fuego

  132. drglen says:

    slick redirection GOAL by NUGE

  133. Munny says:

    Nuge tips in a shot from another time zone… Dr. Jones with the initial shot.

    #booster

  134. Ice Sage says:

    Tip it for Tippet

  135. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Nuuuuuuuuge

  136. OriginalPouzar says:

    Beauty deflection goal by Nuge – nice offensive zone shift there by Larsson – a couple solid plays.

    Kailer with solid puck retrieval to get the 2nd apple.

  137. Kraz says:

    This LA team is McLellan’s wet dream. A bunch of hard working plugs that will do exactly what he tells them.

  138. jp says:

    Nice job by Nuge. Great to see Moto back out there. 2nd line stays hot. Music

  139. Darth Tu says:

    Great tip by Nuge, lucky second bounce, but nice!

  140. OriginalPouzar says:

    That was also a smart short by Jones – in a place that could be defelcted.

  141. OilClog says:

    Sure glad the Oilers drafted Nuge, he’s the best.

  142. Ice Sage says:

    Kraz:
    This LA team is McLellan’s wet dream. A bunch of hard working plugs that will do exactly what he tells them.

    … and underachieve

  143. Bulging Twine says:

    Khaira doesn’t have the best radar system
    If he was a QB he’d get sacked a lot

  144. hunter1909 says:

    McLellan was born 100 years too late – he looks like a Max Senate villain lol

    …way to go RNH! I forgot you have 20 games to go to get even more points

  145. OriginalPouzar says:

    Is this the first multi-point game for Jones in the NHL?

  146. Zelepukin says:

    Bulging Twine,

    ya when he gets the puck anywhere other than the offensive corners, all spatial awareness systems shut off.

  147. drglen says:

    No disrespect to Gene principe .. but..

  148. Ryan says:

    Cool 2-0.

    Work the phones uncle Kenny.

  149. Darth Tu says:

    Ryan:
    Cool 2-0.

    Work the phones uncle Kenny.

    I guess if Domi/Drouin are off to the Avs we’ll be left with Tatar?

  150. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Colby Cave hasn’t been noticeable tonight.
    And that’s a good thing.

  151. Bulging Twine says:

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

    Jr High memories – lunch time at Terry’s, eating twinkies, playing Atari and listening to records

  152. drglen says:

    were very lucky not to be 2-2 here… Kings misfiring and great saves by smith. Defensive intensity and IQ is lagging.. Kings pressing

  153. OriginalPouzar says:

    ANA takes a 2-1 lead on VEG just passed the half way point.

  154. Munny says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Colby Cave hasn’t been noticeable tonight.
    And that’s a good thing.

    Coach has been severely restricting his minutes lol…

  155. delooper says:

    The Runaways movie was lovely.

  156. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn, good idea by Drai to shoot but post.

  157. drglen says:

    oooh off the post

  158. delooper says:

    If the Oilers had a little more in the tank this would be an 8-0 game.

  159. OriginalPouzar says:

    Darth Tu: I guess if Domi/Drouin are off to the Avs we’ll be left with Tatar?

    I could be convinced to pay “Tatar prices” for Danault but not Tatar…..

  160. Seismic Source says:

    Bear looked comically slow on that puck chase

  161. Munny says:

    Nuge’s stride is sooo smooth.

    If he’d work on his power, he’d be a top 5 skater in the League for speed.

  162. drglen says:

    IM ok with the 4th line today. even.

    But I think, Archibold is more hurt than he’s let on after running into the goalpost earlier. 3rd line is a step behind.

    I’m looking for Tim to try Benson with Macdavid and put Gagner back.

  163. Munny says:

    OriginalPouzar: I could be convinced to pay “Tatar prices” for Danault but not Tatar…..

    Danault is elite at his position. I would too.

  164. Darth Tu says:

    OriginalPouzar: I could be convinced to pay “Tatar prices” for Danault but not Tatar…..

    If that was possible I’d be all for it.

  165. Bulging Twine says:

    Nice pass Larsson

  166. drglen says:

    Kempe just blew past Larrson.. yikes.

  167. Bulging Twine says:

    Wow Chiasson nice pass

  168. drglen says:

    hook by Doughty, not called. Homer Reffing there.

  169. geowal says:

    Anyone think McDavid looked sorta “slow” on that breakaway…we are spoiled

  170. Munny says:

    There are four–FOUR–chances to score.

    But no lights of a red nature

  171. drglen says:

    I’d like to see a replay there… on the line

  172. drglen says:

    HELLOFAGOAL MCDAVID!!!!!!!!

  173. Darth Tu says:

    Delicious goal.

  174. Gerta Rauss says:

    McDavid…wow

  175. Ryan says:

    We’re not worthy!

  176. Ice Sage says:

    Welcome back 97

  177. Bulging Twine says:

    ho hooo quick hands!

  178. Munny says:

    Possibly the best second line center in the world scores a beaut

  179. jp says:

    OMG. Amazing goal McDavid!!

    I was already in the process of typing that he’s still getting looks with those gross wingers. They aren’t *quite* useless. And great to see them score.

  180. Munny says:

    McDavid celebrated that one like it was his dad’s funeral.

  181. Bulging Twine says:

    McDavid’s an Oiler…..I am thankful

  182. drglen says:

    well, sunday night up at 4:30… gotta go to bed. …. safe in the knowledge, that.. there is NO WAY, EVER… that the LA kings come back against the oilers scoring multiple goals in the third period.

  183. OilClog says:

    McDavid gave the entire arena and viewing audience the death stare after that goal. “Do you see the shit I have to put up with, unfuckingbelievable! next time I’m going backhand forehand axekick, get it together!”

  184. Gerta Rauss says:

    Munny:
    McDavid celebrated that one like it was his dad’s funeral.

    That had a “FU NHL” look to it…he’s going to score and even the league can’t stop him

  185. Munny says:

    drglen:
    well,sunday night up at 4:30… gotta go to bed.…. safe in the knowledge, that.. there is NO WAY,EVER… that the LA kings come back against the oilers scoring multiple goals in the third period.

    Fix. This. now.

  186. Munny says:

    drglen:
    well,sunday night up at 4:30… gotta go to bed.…. safe in the knowledge, that.. there is NO WAY,EVER… that the LA kings come back against the oilers scoring multiple goals in the third period.

    Kopitar scores…

    I repeat: Fix. This . Now

  187. Ice Sage says:

    Munny: Fix. This. now.

    LOL not like it’s ever happened before to an Oiler team brimming with stars and confidence…

  188. Bag of Pucks says:

    pts2pndr:
    You are an asset to this community as I see it even though I do not always agree with you. I do believe you bring value and for that thank you.

    Thank you. Very kind. Right back at ya! 🍻

  189. Bulging Twine says:

    Bulging Twine: I think the colour guy is Darrell Evans and the in between period guy is Stoll

    Actually the colour guy is Jim Fox

  190. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    3-1 Edmonton (2-1 in the second)
    20-19 LAK shots (16-12 LAK in the second)
    34-33 LAK Corsi five on five (21-20 LAK in the second)

    ==

    Oilers got two of three goals in that period but the Kings had tons of great looks. I’m not liking the Sheahan line again. The Amadio-Prokhorkin-Wagner unit is running their show

  191. Derek says:

    The AWAY feed seems to be working again thank goodness.

  192. geowal says:

    Looks like you can put a fork in the Blackhawks. Wild don’t look far behind.

  193. Rebillled says:

    Killers.

  194. Bulging Twine says:

    Ducks tie it up with VGK

  195. Munny says:

    VEG ties it up… almost the whole 3rd to go.

  196. Munny says:

    That interview with Gene was bereft of puns…

  197. StixMalone says:

    Damn

  198. Munny says:

    Brown scores….

    Since The Good Doctor (metaphor intended) has gone into brain surgery, gotta somehow reverse hex his hex….

  199. Ice Sage says:

    Ice Sage: LOL not like it’s ever happened before to an Oiler team brimming with stars and confidence…

    History repeats?

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