2019-20 Game 63: Oilers at Ducks

Ken Holland’s first trade deadline was a double album that had everyone talking. Fabulous in the good parts, fascinating in the parts that weren’t immediately accessible and with very little filler. If the Oilers deadline were an album, I’d call it Physical Graffiti, assuming you weren’t completely sure about “The Rover” (represented by AA) on first listen.

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: Are Oilers poised for a long playoff run after Ken Holland’s deadline moves?
  • New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Oilers trade deadline active, targeted and predictable
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Andreas Athanasiou acquisition the most intriguing deadline move for Oilers
  • New Jonathan Willis: Shrewd addition of Tyler Ennis gives the Oilers insurance, options up front
  • Jonathan Willis: Connor McDavid returns to the Oilers; now the task is to get him linemates
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Oilers bolster blue line by acquiring Mike Green; Is a scoring winger next?
  • Lowetide: Oilers’ European prospects offer interesting options for the future
  • 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: Stepping out and up, Leon Draisaitl puts himself in the Hart Trophy mix in Connor McDavid’s absence
  • Lowetide: Making sense of the Oilers defensive depth chart for the stretch run and the summer

OILERS AFTER 63 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 22-34-7, 51 points; goal differential -35
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 33-22-8, 74 points; goal differential +11
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 27-32-4, 58 points; goal differential -35
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 26-30-7, 59 points; goal differential -27
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 33-22-7, 73 points; goal differential +4

Incredibly, the Oilers can pass the 2016-17 team with a win tonight. Holland spent silver but no gold yesterday, balancing the future and the now pretty well. Why? Have another look at that record.

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: 1-1-0

OILERS IN FEBRUARY

  • Oilers in February 2016: 2-9-1, five points; goal differential -23
  • Oilers in February 2017: 6-6-0, 12 points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in February 2018: 5-7-1, 11 points; goal differential -4
  • Oilers in February 2019: 3-6-4, 10 points; goal differential -12
  • Oilers in February 2020: 6-4-1, 13 points; goal differential +2

Remarkable just how much the team struggled in February through the McDavid years. Important to remember the team were sellers in three of the four previous years.

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) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: WPG (Expected 1-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 8-5-1, 17 points in 14 games
  • Current results: 6-4-1, 13 points in 11 games

I have tonight as a win, tomorrow night as a loss and Winnipeg as a win. I projected the Jets to be struggling more at the beginning of the month. It’s possible tonight is the final win of February, should it come to pass.

OILERS 2019-20

The trade deadline changes the structure of the McDavid and Sheahan lines (I think) and allows the team to send Tyler Benson to the minors for more seasoning. The Green trade moves Benning to the bench (initially) and eventually William Lagesson to the minors when Klefbom is healthy (I believe). Lots of new ideas for coach Dave Tippett, one guesses we’ll see at least two of the new hires this evening.

SAIL ON, LONDON KNIGHT

I remember well the day Sam Gagner became an Edmonton Oiler. We’d been talking about him for weeks, and discussing options and preferences. The morning Sam Gagner was drafted in 2007, I wrote:

Jim Matheson says the Oilers have targeted Sam Gagner and that’s alright with me. I’d be a little disappointed with Karl Alzner (I suspect Prendergast likes him most of all, he’s been positively silly in his comments) and very disappointed if they dealt the pick at #6.

They took Sam.

Red Line Report: Sam Gagner is Kane’s running mate in London. He has wonderful vision and creativity and a variety of touch passes that he can make through traffic. He is also the son of former NHL standout Dave Gagner and has acquired his father’s intuitive offensive instincts and general hockey sense. Gagner’s lateral quickness and variety of shifty moves create problems for defenders.

I wasn’t convinced early. I could see his skill, but wondered about him at center and really wondered about him staying that fall. I went to training camp with my friend Louise and she convinced me (Louise is a wise person)—well, 89 convinced me, but Louise pointed it out—that he was the Oilers best option and earned the roster spot. In that first season, Gagner scored 49 points and could have had more—the lasting memory I have of Robert Nilsson was how many golden chances he missed on perfect and sublime passes from Sam Gagner.

He was a project at 18 defensively, they all are really. The thing about Gagner is that he improved a little each year, or maybe I just told myself that and hoped Horcoff would live forever. Well.

We know about Sam’s down arrows and I’m not going to spend too much time on them. Suffice to say that the moment Leon Draisaitl’s name was called in 2014, the die was cast for Sam Gagner.

His return was welcome, felt right and came to an abrupt and difficult end. I had just interviewed him a couple of weeks before (The Oil Can) and he talked about looking forward to making the playoffs with the Oilers after all those early, difficult years.

Seen some hard times, drawn some bad lines, no time for shoeshines, hard nose the highway. Sail on, Sam Gagner. We won’t forget you, and please come back again.

KEN HOLLAND’S TRADES

Based on some of the comments from Oilers fans, I think it prudent to have a quick review of the Holland trades in his first year with the team. The first deal was Milan Lucic and a conditional pick for James Neal, and we all agree that it was a brilliant trade no matter what Neal accomplished. Why? Say it with me: Lucic had an untradeable contract, needed to be protected in the expansion draft and was a drag offensively on all lines. Remember? Plan to re-write history or are we all still on board there?

The second trade was another of those Rieder-Benning trades where a good draft pick won’t sign and you have to send him away for a depth pick. Ladies and gentlemen, John Marino to Pittsburgh for a 2021 sixth-round pick. It’s part of his record, but tough to blame the incoming general manager in this case. A sixth round pick has a 16 percent chance of playing 100 games.

The third trade was Kyle Brodziak and a conditional fourth-round selection to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Mike Green. The pick is a fourth in 2020, goes to a third in 2021 if the Oilers get to final four and Green plays 50 percent of the games. The odds of a fourth-round pick playing 100 NHL games is less than 20 percent. The odds of a third-round pick playing 100 NHL games is 27 percent. I think this is a reasonable value trade considering injury concerns surrounding Matt Benning and Kris Russell.

The fourth trade was Sam Gagner and two second-round picks (2020 and 2021) to Detroit in exchange for LW Andreas Athanasiou and LW Ryan Kuffner. According to Scott Cullen’s work middle of the decade, a second-round pick has a 34 percent chance of playing 100 NHL games. Many are not onboard with this trade, I’m fine with it as long as Dave Tippett plays him with a skill center.

The fifth pick might have end up having the best value, Edmonton dealing a fifth-round pick in 2021 to the Ottawa Senators for LW Tyler Ennis. My initial thought is Athanasiou gets the shot on McDavid’s line, but if nothing rhymes Ennis is in a fantastic position to take advantage. Wonderful trade. A fifth-round pick has a 14.9 percent chance of playing 100 games.

The sixth trade saw RHD Joel Persson dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for goalie Angus Redmond and a conditional 2022 seventh-round pick. The condition requires Persson to play in 25 NHL games during the 20-21 season. The odds of a seventh-round pick playing 100 NHL games is nine percent.

A huge game for the Oilers tonight, with a schedule loss waiting for them tomorrow night. The new hires will be needed immediately.

THERE’S A HOLE IN THE 2020 DRAFT

Ken Holland didn’t trade Evan Bouchard, Philip Broberg or the first-round pick in the 2020 draft, but he blew a big hole in the rest of the weekend. It kind of looks like 2015 now, meaning scouts are going to need to make every pick count. Here’s what things look like this morning.

FIRST ROUND, No. 18: Oilers have this pick.

SECOND ROUND, No. 49: Traded to Ottawa for Athanasiou.

THIRD ROUND, No. 80: Traded to Calgary for Neal, although JN is two goals from hitting 21 and having the pick transfer. The more of the regular season he misses, the greater the chance the pick does not transfer. If Tippett keeps him off the power play, that pick may not transfer.

FOURTH ROUND, No. 111: Traded to Detroit for Mike Green.

FIFTH ROUND, No. 142: Oilers have this pick.

SIXTH ROUND, No. 173: Oilers have this pick.

SEVENTH ROUND, No. 204: Oilers have this pick.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A fun morning begins at 10, TSN1260. We’ll talk trade deadline and tonight’s game. Jonathan Willis from The Athletic will chat about the deals and the lines/pairings and Andrew Peard will set up today’s Oil Kings game at 10:40. At 11, Hailey Salvian from The Athletic will talk Tyler Ennis and the Senators draft. At 11:25, Michael Hebert from the Oilers Live Podcast will chat about the OilersLive Cup, the Adam Zukiwsky Memorial Trophy and a big event you’ll want to know about on Saturday. It’s at the Downtown Community Arena – Rogers Place Practice Ice. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!

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  1. Pretendergast says:

    So nice to watch Bear. Great sequence against Getzlaf and the 2nd Duck forechecker, 1 man breakout machine.

  2. Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville says:

    So, our current first line is literally made up of 3 players not available to Tippett 7 days ago.

    New. Injured. New.

    I cannot wait for for this team to get healthy.

  3. Ice Sage says:

    No Kesler, no Perry, same dirty old Ducks

  4. hunter1909 says:

    AWESOME PLAY BY NURSE LMAOOOOOOOO

  5. hunter1909 says:

    Ice Sage:
    No Kesler, no Perry, same dirty old Ducks

    This is their playoffs. They want this game and it’s going to be a tough contest lol

  6. OriginalPouzar says:

    Why wasn’t that icing a few seconds before they took that penalty?

  7. Munny says:

    Need the PK to vaunt here

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville:
    So,our current first line is literally made up of 3 players not available to Tippett 7 days ago.

    New. Injured. New.

    I cannot wait for for this team to get healthy.

    They have two first lines and a legit 3rd line, forward depth, and a very deep D group, when healthy.

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    A couple great plays on the PK by Sheahan.

  10. Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville says:

    OriginalPouzar: They have two first lines and a legit 3rd line, forward depth, and a very deep D group, when healthy.

    Exactly! Love it!

  11. Derek says:

    The team is obviously playing depressed because Ken traded away their favorite hobbit.

  12. Munny says:

    Good kill

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Solid plays by Archie and McDavid after that kill – a nice block by Manson saves a likely Drai goal though.

  14. Munny says:

    Ducks have been back-checking with commitment all game.

  15. Fuhr and Lowething in Vegreville says:

    I honestly think with a healthy Nygard and Neal, we easily now have enough winger depth to run McD, Drai, Nuge and Sheahan as our C’s, giving us true Unicorns, speed, and enough gritensity spread throughout the lineup that we can match up with almost anyone.

    Would love to see something like…

    AA McD Yamo
    Ennis Drai Kassian
    Nygard Nuge Neal
    Khaira Sheahan Archibald

  16. Ice Sage says:

    Great shift by McD – stops a goal by reading Getzlaf’s sneaky back-pass then draws a hook (same guy).
    Game’s there for the taking

  17. Oil2Oilers says:

    Jones has been the best defender and possibly best Oiler so far tonight

  18. Bulging Twine says:

    Manson is quite the defender
    why was i seeing his name on the trade bait board

  19. Munny says:

    I used to hate powerplays that were split by intermissions… No mo’.

    Until the Oilers went to one powerplay unit, that is.

  20. Younger Oil says:

    I don’t get how you look at Nurse’s atrocious passing game so far and think that he should be promoted during the game to the first unit PP.

  21. Reja says:

    Until Connor starts taking the lumber aka Anderson the opposition will continue to mug him shift after shift. Let’s get one on this PP and bust it open we need the points badly.

  22. BONE207 says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    I also prefer DRY for the 1B line.

    If we have a 1A & a 1B line, do we still have two 4th lines?
    Asking for old Dutch.

  23. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    2-1 Anaheim (1-0 Edmonton in the second)
    16-15 Edmonton shots (10-5 Edmonton in the second)
    33-30 Anaheim Corsi five on five (15-12 Edmonton in the second)
    ==

    A much better period, McDavid is flying and his new linemates have visions of 80-point seasons dancin in their heads. I’m not liking the Sheahan line again.

    • Derek says:

      Sheahan looks good with good wingers, too bad he’s back to playing with plugs due to injury.

    • OilClog says:

      Thy decided to counter themselves with the fastest line ever by pairing Chaisson and Granlund with Sheahan to create the 4cylinder mini van of hockey going up a hill in the snow with all seasons on.

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    Yotes end up losing in regulation – there is something.

    Oilers need to gut out a GF this period.

    Lets do this.

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    After Two:

    2-1 Anaheim (1-0 Edmonton in the second)
    16-15 Edmonton shots (10-5 Edmonton in the second)
    33-30 Anaheim Corsi five on five (15-12 Edmonton in the second)
    ==

    A much better period, McDavid is flying and his new linemates have visions of 80-point seasons dancin in their heads. I’m not liking the Sheahan line again.

    I was just thinking that he’s started to struggle the last 2-3 games – well at evens at least – still great on the PK.

  26. Munny says:

    Better period from the Oil but not a good period.

    It’s too late to put in 60 minutes. but it would be nice to see 20

  27. OriginalPouzar says:

    Rare poor decision by Nuge to shoot there.

  28. Gerta Rauss says:

    Bear on this PP to start the 3rd

  29. flyfish1168 says:

    Chiasson should never carry the puck more than a few strides. He can never outskate anyone

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Derek:
    Sheahan looks good with good wingers, too bad he’s back to playing with plugs due to injury.

    and suspension – he could be playing with Archie or Kass if…..

  31. Munny says:

    Checking a little better since the end of the PP…

    And the forecheck earns an icing faceoff.

  32. drglen says:

    no goal but good job bear on the PP.. looked smooith and took a couple good shots.

  33. Pescador says:

    Kinda need something from this one….

  34. drglen says:

    PP could be helpful nasty high stick, though Sheehan was ducking down… unfortunate but the right call

  35. Pescador says:

    Pescador:
    Kinda need something from this one….

    Good call!

  36. OriginalPouzar says:

    Potentially a lucky bounce out to Nuge there but a nice pass over to Drai for the tie!

  37. Gerta Rauss says:

    Dry baby

  38. jp says:

    Great goal. Beauty pass by Nuge and the finish from Draisaitl’s office!

    Big goal.

  39. Munny says:

    Dr Drai finishes the last chance in a flurry of chances. His 99th point.

  40. drglen says:

    Dreiusatile buries it!!!!!!!!!

    Assist to Bear for the keep at the blue line.

    KEEP BEAR ON THE PP

  41. OilClog says:

    This powerplay is the 92 dream team.

  42. Bulging Twine says:

    deft little pass by RNH
    bullet by Drai

  43. OriginalPouzar says:

    I believe Joannette is reffing – Oilers will be on the PK soon, I’m sure.

  44. Ice Sage says:

    Snipe!

  45. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    The Germanator!

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    I believe Joannette is reffing – Oilers will be on the PK soon, I’m sure.

    Two minutes to Jones for playing defence.

  47. drglen says:

    you did call it. I did not see a penalty. Ref was itching to give them one.

  48. OriginalPouzar says:

    Allright, that was actually a fine call on Jones.

  49. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great zone entry defence on the PK there by Khaira leading to an easy clear.

  50. drglen says:

    lagesson getting first look on the PK?

  51. Munny says:

    Oh Khaira!

  52. drglen says:

    nice try khaira… goal would have been nice… but pass was awkward. good work.

  53. drglen says:

    good kill! good job boys.

  54. drglen says:

    note to oilers…. do not leave Rackell unmarked.

  55. Oil2Oilers says:

    After Draisaitl’s ‘career year’ last year scoring 50 goals I thought he would regress to a 35 goal point per game player.

    I was blissfully wrong.

  56. drglen says:

    oooo i’m liking the speed on that line!

  57. OriginalPouzar says:

    drglen:
    lagesson getting first look on the PK?

    Laggesson has been standard on the PK for 3 games now – played 5 min of PK in one game.

  58. Bulging Twine says:

    did i just see a little chemistry there between aa and McD??

  59. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Someone remind Connor he can and may shoot.

  60. Ice Sage says:

    drglen:
    nice try khaira…goal would have been nice… but pass was awkward.good work.

    LOL on the replay, the Duck behind him didn’t even skate hard… knew he wasn’t a threat

  61. OilClog says:

    I’m not sure what incriminating evidence Chiasson has, but someone should work on obtaining it from him. This is criminal, being matched with 97 and 29 is abusive lol.

  62. Munny says:

    The McDennis and the Menace line starting to figure each other out

  63. Bulging Twine says:

    hoo hoo

  64. drglen says:

    good third period. Ducks rushes make me really nervous though… like you know they are going to get a shot at least.

  65. jp says:

    N64: Woodguy leaderboard preview
    OUT OF PLAYOFFS
    Wild up to 5
    Jets stay at 5
    Yotes down to 4

    Not sure if anyone answered about the Oilers Magic Number earlier. It is currently 17 (seems big but we’re not used to talking about it so early!)

  66. jp says:

    Was Draisaitl upset with Bear there? Or did he think he touched it before the icing?

    Shit, turned out to be a big icing..

  67. Ice Sage says:

    Gut check time Oilers!

  68. StixMalone says:

    Bad

  69. Munny says:

    fuck a little yellow duck…

  70. drglen says:

    now that was a very dissapointing goal against. chaisson also in picture.

  71. Bulging Twine says:

    AA showing more small area playmaking ability than i thought he had

  72. gogliano says:

    Nurse decides to double up on the side boards because why?

  73. drglen says:

    giveaway lagesson..

  74. Oil2Oilers says:

    AA’s Willis identified issue of :one & done plays could be mitigated by McDavid without any adjustments from;

    He will not be way ahead of his line mates, because McDavid can always catch up. Also players defer to McDavid and let him.control the play because he fucking amazing.

  75. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    So Hall’s buddy can still shoot. Damn shame, that.

  76. drglen says:

    oillers in need of a PP here..

  77. Bulging Twine says:

    good job Jones
    then he’s first one up the ice for the pass reception

  78. flyfish1168 says:

    OilClog:
    I’m not sure what incriminating evidence Chiasson has, but someone should work on obtaining it from him. This is criminal, being matched with 97 and 29 is abusive lol.

    Past performance is not indicative of future success.

  79. jp says:

    Holy shit! Ennis magic!!

  80. drglen says:

    it siN THE NET!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tie game!!!!!!!

  81. Munny says:

    AA?

    Yup!

  82. Gerta Rauss says:

    woot..!!

  83. Bulging Twine says:

    I am liking the new guys!

  84. N64 says:

    Happy to see you!

  85. Ice Sage says:

    Well, new guys kinda working out

  86. OriginalPouzar says:

    So, who cares if there isn’t offensive zone possession success if they just score multiple rush goals per game?????

  87. jp says:

    Ah it was AA picking up the garbage. I don’t care who scored.

    Nice for them both to score in their 1st game though.

  88. OilClog says:

    BrEaK uP tHe LiNeS!

  89. Material Elvis says:

    Roller coaster night. Nice impact for the new troops.

  90. drglen says:

    good one ennnis… cheeasie one for AA but .. in the right spot doing the right things.

    YAY

  91. Gerta Rauss says:

    let’s just get this to OT….

  92. jp says:

    Athanasiou +2 in his debut.

    Still a ways to go, but it’s a start.

  93. Younger Oil says:

    Fantastic job by the referee not whistling that down.

    Don’t say this often, but pretty darn impressed with the stripes tonight.

  94. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    w00t!

    Way to go new guys!

  95. drglen says:

    steal one here boys……

  96. Side says:

    The way Ennis broke into the zone made me think it was McDavid he was going so fast.

  97. OilClog says:

    Remenda’s streak math doesn’t add up.

  98. Munny says:

    Jesus Gibson you’re not supposed to stop those

  99. John Chambers says:

    That Athanasiou goal was all speed, baby!

  100. Gerta Rauss says:

    jeezuz h…mike smith…big save

  101. drglen says:

    goalies trade clutch saves

  102. Munny says:

    jp:
    Athanasiou +2 in his debut.

    Still a ways to go, but it’s a start.

    Double Bogey, Baby!

  103. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Big save.

  104. OilClog says:

    Whoever it is that told Larsson he has the green light for offense, terrifies me.

  105. N64 says:

    jp: Not sure if anyone answered about the Oilers Magic Number earlier. It is currently 17 (seems big but we’re not used to talking about it so early!)

    I posted the following today
    based on pts prior to tonight’s games

    For a non-wild card spot
    (magic number = our pts + their missed pts)
    35 for Oilers/Flames
    31 for Oilers/Yotes

    https://www.playoffmagic.com/nhl/division/

    Don’t have wild card magic numbers for the Oil, but do have them for the Preds:

    Preds/Flames 40
    Preds/Wild 39
    Preds/Jets 37
    Preds/Yotes 36

    https://www.playoffmagic.com/nhl/wild-card/

  106. Material Elvis says:

    Overtime forward pairings? Lots of good options

  107. Someone says:

    Excited to watch an overtime that doesn’t have McDrai out there for the entire period. Loving the new options.

  108. OriginalPouzar says:

    It would behoove the Oilers to finish this off in OT – the Ducks are 5-1 in the shootout and, well, Mike Smith and breakaways…..

  109. drglen says:

    a point….. is so valuable tonight. Can’t say we’ve looked great… but.. Ennis has looked great.

  110. Ice Sage says:

    Bear, McD, AA
    Green, Drai, Nuge

  111. drglen says:

    Rackel for Ducks.

    Bear for OIl… if they give him some shifts.

    Bear and Nurse… maybe not tonight Nurse has the yips.

  112. Munny says:

    Having more than one OT pair of Fs was a huge part of the TD

  113. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Crucial point.

  114. StixMalone says:

    Weak

  115. Material Elvis says:

    Wicked dive.

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    Damn that is a bad call in OT.

  117. drglen says:

    oh dear… not good.. not good.

  118. Professor Q says:

    How the heck was that a trip?

  119. jp says:

    I don’t like Sonny Milano. That was too bad.

  120. khildahl says:

    Bad officiating in a Ducks game? Colour me shocked.

  121. Ice Sage says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Damn that is a bad call in OT.

    Agreed, good sell though. Maybe now the Ducks will try to set up rather than waste time for the SO

  122. Side says:

    I like Remenda’s new way of analyzing whether a penalty is warranted or not.

    “…….
    … …

    …….

    …………..

    eh…”

  123. flyfish1168 says:

    The amount of $hit Connor takes from the opposition and zebras call this one on him

  124. drglen says:

    maybe we’ll get a backside interference pic call to even up. Anaheim refs are generally very fair, historically.

  125. smellyglove says:

    Az loses in regulation. If they don’t make the playoffs and Hall walks as a UFA in the summer, how deep in trouble is Chayka?

  126. OilClog says:

    Ref should be fined for that call.

  127. Professor Q says:

    Wow. On the replay, he doesn’t even touch him with his stick at all, and he was already on the way down before his stick went up to his hands anyway.

  128. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Brutal.
    Fucking.
    Call.

    #shouldbeadivingcall

  129. drglen says:

    that sucks.

  130. LMHF#1 says:

    A couple of seriously weak losses lately.

    Not good.

  131. jp says:

    Fuck that guy. Fuck him.

    He’s not at Kesler levels yet, but that was rubbing salt to score after his dive.

  132. oilersfan says:

    What an awful tripping call

    Absolutely awful

    Decided the game

  133. Material Elvis says:

    Awful penalty call in OT. Given their brutal first period, I suppose a point is alright.

  134. Ice Sage says:

    drglen:
    maybe we’ll get a backside interference pic call to even up.Anaheim refs are generally very fair, historically.

    Maybe next game.
    I’m boycotting my local Milano’s coffeeshop – don’t like that putrid duck aftertaste

  135. StixMalone says:

    McDavid is pissed and he will take it out on Vegas tomorrow night……..

  136. OilClog says:

    Hahaha Hahah Remenda ate his tongue on double AA at the end!

  137. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    LMHF#1:
    A couple of seriously weak penalty calls lately.

    Not good.

    FTFY

  138. Pescador says:

    Happy with the point but Fuck me Larrson wtf are you doing?
    Take away the stick? Nah push in the back is the play.
    Asshole

  139. StixMalone says:

    Smith was not sharp on that one…

  140. Ice Sage says:

    Material Elvis:
    Awful penalty call in OT. Given their brutal first period, I suppose a point is alright.

    True this game was lost in that terrible first period

  141. OriginalPouzar says:

    Someone:
    Excited to watch an overtime that doesn’t have McDrai out there for the entire period. Loving the new options.

    You’re excitement will be saved for another day I guess.

    May have been different if Kailer was an option tonight.

  142. drglen says:

    a good goal… Larson had him covered very well actually, but too strong on his stick and , we were down a man. Should not have made that call on Connor though.

    However, I’ll take the point. We’re damn lucky to get that point the way we started the game. Canucks without Markstrom will fall eventually. Calgary getting some wins they probably shouldn’t. I still see the oil pulling up. Just hang around.

    It will be interesting to hear Tips presser. For me, there were two very bad calls/non calls on McDAvid tonight.

  143. Bag of Pucks says:

    Appropriate they were in Disneyland. That penalty was Goofy, Dumbo and Mickey Mouse all in one.

  144. teddyturnbuckle says:

    Don’t know what Conner was thinking there slashing his legs for the penalty but the Oilers were insistent on beating themselves tonight.

  145. Bulging Twine says:

    Nurse covering no one on the winner

    brain dead, sleepy game by him today

    • Bulging Twine says:

      In the first period he was putting Bear under a lot of pressure in his own zone by not getting into position for the safe option pass forcing bear to scramble with the puck

  146. Bag of Pucks says:

    Man is Granlund a meh player. Gotta be someone in the Bake better.

  147. Pretendergast says:

    Tough look for Lars, didn’t tie the stick up and even with a man down he lost his one on one. I’m no Rickibox believer but the front of the net had too much open real estate tonight. Acres and forgotten men, Smith can only do so much, hard to blame anything on him.

    • drglen says:

      I dunno… he had to cheat a bit to the open backboor winger.. An oiler was pressuring the puck carrier (Henrique) .. that battle was lost early and Larrson had to basically cover two guys. He reacted well and got a stick on stick, but Milano had a strong stick. I don’t think that ones on Larsson. Smith a little deep? Maybe Koski gets vegas.

  148. drglen says:

    ya, that’s a good point. McDavid should have come off… looked to me like the ‘play’ was.. to make it look like he’s going off.. to signal that he’s going off… but then not to go off.

    Next time, just go off.

    Fact is Connor had no legs there and when you get tired you take calls like that. Bad call.. but… he should have been off the ice probably.

  149. N64 says:

    Someone: Excited to watch an overtime that doesn’t have McDrai out there for the entire period

    So was the REF.

  150. jp says:

    Ice Sage: True this game was lost in that terrible first period

    But it wasn’t. At all.

    The Oilers were even and the Ducks scored on a bad OT penalty call. The Oilers outshot them 32-21 when all was said and done.

    The game was not lost in the first.

  151. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Connor with the classy take re: ticky-tack calls and the refs.

  152. Bag of Pucks says:

    Been trying to recall for weeks who Ethan Bear reminds me of and it hit me tonight. Phil Housley.

    Head up. Feet always moving. Great lateral moves. Tape to tape passes. Good slapper that he doesn’t use enough. Even has that wider stance like Housely when he’s marking his man.

    Wirh KBom out, it’s not even close. Bear is the best D on the team.

  153. jp says:

    Pretendergast:
    Tough look for Lars, didn’t tie the stick up and even with a man down he lost his one on one. I’m no Rickibox believer but the front of the net had too much open real estate tonight. Acres and forgotten men, Smith can only do so much, hard to blame anything on him.

    Manning, Russell and Benning were out. WTF do you expect??

    • BONE207 says:

      A 10-8 game with plenty of open hole shots, fuck your corsi (or corset-my phone wants this) table top hockey goaltending with defenceman not roving but actually taking the man. Or a better result in Vegas wil do…

  154. Bulging Twine says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    AA’s Willis identified issue of :one & done plays could be mitigated by McDavid without any adjustments from;

    He will not be way ahead of his line mates, because McDavid can always catch up.

    That’s a good point

    He wasn’t playing with the faster players in Detroit, he was probably on his own a lot on rush chances, with McDavid there will be someone with him

  155. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gene Principe
    @GenePrincipe
    ·
    8m
    “He goes down pretty easy on a ticky-tacky play. I prefer they don’t make that call because it’s really a nothing play”
    @EdmontonOilers

    @cmcdavid97
    on his penalty in OT..

  156. Bobcaygeon says:

    Lot of players in this game were gord awful…..
    You hate to be really judgemental on these guys but wow!
    That had to be the worst game I’ve seen Sheehan have this season, he had to be responsible for at least three prime giveaways that resulted in High scoring chances, I believe one was a goal too.
    Kahari is really a non-factor almost every game he plays, if he’s not hitting and playing nasty then he’s just playing him self out of a job I’m afraid.
    Chiasson……I really can’t say what he was going this game besides his time on the PP…
    I seen Nurse struggle bad tonight, maybe it’s these old eyeballs..

    • Numenius says:

      Usually looking for positive things in addition to the negative is better for one’s health and more realistic.

      And more encouraging for the players, too.

  157. Munny says:

    Bulging Twine: That’s a good point

    He wasn’t playing with the faster players in Detroit, he was probably on his own a lot on rush chances, with McDavid there will be someone with him

    I don’t know off the top of my head how much they played together, but I have difficulty believing Dylan Larkin couldn’t keep up with AA.

  158. OilClog says:

    Remenda calling that penalty a good call should end with him being suspended for the remainder of the season.

  159. Munny says:

    BornInAGretzkyJersey:
    Connor with the classy take re: ticky-tack calls and the refs.

    Well, he’s right. It’s not a scoring chance, the puck isn’t in a high danger spot, and the only contact 97 made to my eye was with the tip of his blade on Milano’s glove, yet down he goes like a sack of hammers.

    If the ref can’t see that’s not a penalty from only 20 feet away, he shouldn’t be reffing.

  160. jp says:

    N64: I posted the following today
    based on pts prior to tonight’s games
    For a non-wild card spot
    (magic number = our pts + their missed pts)
    35 for Oilers/Flames
    31 for Oilers/Yotes
    https://www.playoffmagic.com/nhl/division/
    Don’t have wild card magic numbers for the Oil, but do have them for the Preds:
    Preds/Flames 40
    Preds/Wild 39
    Preds/Jets 37
    Preds/Yotes 36
    https://www.playoffmagic.com/nhl/wild-card/

    I calculated it like this:

    1) If all the teams ran the table in their remaining games who’d finish 9th?
    It’s actually Minnesota since they have less games than Ari/Wpg.
    If they went 20-0-0 in their remaining games they’d get to 107 points.

    2) What would it take for the Oilers to get to 107 points?
    They’re NOW at 63GP/74PTS, so 33 points to be sure to tie Minnesota. I guess they need to finish 1 ahead because Minnesota has lots of ROW too.
    So 34 points needed = 17 wins. So the magic number of wins is 17.

    3) To check I’m not full of shit, you can (and I did) easily take an example.
    Minnesota goes 10-10-0 to finish the season. 20 points. They end with 87.
    Oilers need to get to 88. How do they do that, but winning 7 games, so 7-9-0 (or similar).
    10 Wild loses plus 7 Oilers wins = 17. The magic number.

    Edit: because of Minnesota (theoretically) winning the ROW tiebreak I was wrong earlier, the magic number would have been 17.5 before the OTL.

  161. jp says:

    OilClog:
    Remenda calling that penalty a good call should end with him being suspended for the remainder of the season.

    The Anaheim broadcast team were mediocre to poor but I’m glad I didn’t have to listen to that horseshit. There is seriously no excuse for that.

    • VanIsleOil says:

      The Detroit broadcasts are great with Mickey Redmond…interesting and folksy…he brings it.

  162. LMHF#1 says:

    They never should have been anywhere near OT. That’s a bad hockey team they’re playing. They started like they were out all night after LA.

    That and the Minnesota game – yuck.

  163. Munny says:

    Tipp: if that was a penalty they should have been six like that called on plays on Connor

  164. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Munny,

    Exactly.

    Connor didn’t roast the refs. He could/should have, but didn’t. A roast by omission, as it were.

    #takethehighroad

  165. Munny says:

    Now that the Ducks have a

    Rickard Rakell

    AND a

    Sonny Milano

    I will be very disappointed if they don’t acquire a Minsk this summer.

  166. Munny says:

    There wasn’t a player on 97’s line that wasn’t playing with two new linemates.

    In fact, fully half the top 6 was switched up.

    Add in three rookies on D, two of whom are playing with partners they aren’t accustomed to. And the 3rd rook getting heavy minutes in a top pairing role, and now running the PP.

    Tipp says there was too much waiting and watching in the first period, but the team got better as the game went on.

    I think he is right. I think there was a lot of hesitation, tentative plays, waiting to see what linemates and partners are going to do, lack of trust, etc early on.

    Be nice if there was time for a practice but maybe playing bang-bang again tomorrow night is the next best thing for increasing familiarity.

  167. Munny says:

    Mark Spector‏Verified account @SportsnetSpec · 36m36 minutes ago

    It was a penalty, and we’re not sure the Oilers deserved a point.

    Don’t @ me.

    Don’t even get me started on the use of the royal “we”.

  168. hunter1909 says:

    Hunter1909 Death March™ Update:

    New leaderboard after last nights game up at the site here:

    http://www.oilersdeathmarch.com

  169. SwedishPoster says:

    Crappy first, mediocre for the rest. Some glimmer from the new first line. Or the AAMEN! line.

  170. Munny says:

    SwedishPoster: Or the AAMEN! line.

    Good one!

    Crap game, but AAMEN started to put it together more and more as the game went on.

    I can still see that first rush though with Ennis carrying the puck in through the neutral zone (likely used to be the fastest guy on his line, not the slowest), McDavid trying to read him, and then deciding to curl in behind 63… in the meantime Ennis loses McDavid and can’t fire a quick pass off and the rush gets eaten up by the D… which at the blue line were shitting their pants.

    When the three of the finally do get it all figured out, the Oilers will have the first legitimate missile attack system deployed in the NHL.

  171. v4ance says:

    Just finished watching on the PVR.

    I was pleasantly surprised by Ennis’ quickness. I heard he was fast but to my eyes, he appeared to be even faster than AA on a few plays. Stylistically, I think he’s actually closer to Yamamoto so maybe try him out on Drai’s wing tomorrow?

    Archibald and Sheahan have good chemistry so I’d keep them together at 5v5 as well as 5v4. The coaches saw the same so they put Chaisson or PRussell on McDavid’s wing for a few shifts (bleah) but until Kassian and Yama get back, we’ll be blendering a little.

    Mike Smith had two consecutive good games before this match. I felt he was “meh” overall tonight. He was definitely the second best goalie on the ice but it’s hard when Gibson’s on the other end. Hoping Koskinen can steal the game tomorrow.

  172. Munny says:

    Lagesson got some bad press above, but I thought he made a couple of high-confidence nice plays tonight that showed that he could become a regular in The Show. He’s got some tools. He could probably just use 20 games to find his sea legs. With KBomb due back early next week though, that’s unlikely.

  173. Munny says:

    And speaking of…

    When Klef, Nygard and Kassian are all back in the line-up, this is hands down the fastest team in the NHL.

    @me.

  174. Munny says:

    v4ance: I was pleasantly surprised by Ennis’ quickness. I heard he was fast but to my eyes, he appeared to be even faster than AA on a few plays. Stylistically, I think he’s actually closer to Yamamoto so maybe try him out on Drai’s wing tomorrow?

    Keep Ennis there for one more game. Then Kass is back and Coach has options.

    v4ance: Mike Smith had two consecutive good games before this match. I felt he was “meh” overall tonight. He was definitely the second best goalie on the ice but it’s hard when Gibson’s on the other end. Hoping Koskinen can steal the game tomorrow.

    Agreed. I thought this was Smith’s weakest game in a while too.

  175. Bulging Twine says:

    Achieving a complete set of 6 high quality top 6 FW’s

    Looking at high quality top 6ers the OIlers imo have:

    McDavid C
    Draisattl C

    Yamamoto RW

    RNH LW

    ————————————————————————

    Future potential high quality top 6ers in the system:

    Benson LW
    Lavoie RW
    (I don’t think JP is going to play with the OIlers)

    That’s not a lot of options in the system and it’s not a great idea to put too much faith in any one prospect

    Benson I think will really have to make some strides to be a high quality top 6er

    So although the cost was significant I’m good with the investment of the 2 2nds at this moment in time for the LW

    If he proves to fill one of the 2 top 6 LW positions that would leave 1 top 6 spot open, a RW

    Waiting on Lavoie could take a while and may never pan out

    With there being not a lot of cap space available this summer for what a high quality RWer garners in FREE AGENCY, to get one for next season it’ll have to be acquired via TRADE

    Looking at the resources available, could a package of Puljujarvi, a defenceman and a prospect get the 2nd high quality top 6 RW

  176. v4ance says:

    Jokingly, if Ennis plays well with McDavid, will he get another $3million offer like Kassian? AA will for sure since that’s his QO.

    Literally a month after signing Kass, Holland might get proof that his trade acquisitions might be as good or better than the guy he re-signed for too much and for too long.

  177. v4ance says:

    Former Oiler prospect Kale Kessy injured during fight:

    https://twitter.com/Real_IanRapp/status/1232480519750684672?s=20

  178. v4ance says:

    Btw, Bear didn’t look out of place at all on PP1 with three opportunities. I actually hope that he rotates down the wall while Nuge rotates to the top of the umbrella to set up his right shot one timer mirroring Drai on the other side.

    We really should sign him to that 8x $4.167M AAV now. If we do the one year bridge as Stauffer suggests, he’ll be at least $6M AAV by next year.

  179. judgedrude says:

    After a very eventful couple days, let’s not forget to salute the Golden Nugge for reaching 50 points!

  180. Reja says:

    OilClog:
    Remenda calling that penalty a good call should end with him being suspended for the remainder of the season.

    Every penalty we take is a good call. He’s by far the worst reverse engineer in the business.

  181. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    Munny:
    Now that the Ducks have a

    Rickard Rakell

    AND a

    Sonny Milano

    I will be very disappointed if they don’t acquire a Minsk this summer.

    This is good content.

  182. Ryan says:

    v4ance:
    Btw, Bear didn’t look out of place at all on PP1 with three opportunities.I actually hope that he rotates down the wall while Nuge rotates to the top of the umbrella to set up his right shot one timer mirroring Drai on the other side.

    We really should sign him to that 8x $4.167M AAV now.If we do the one year bridge as Stauffer suggests, he’ll be at least $6M AAV by next year.

    The next Bear contract is going to be a challenge.

    Bear’s getting minutes in all situations… 26:51 last night!

    The price keeps going up.

    He did a great job on the PP keeping the puck in the zone.

    He had a few uncharacteristic give always in the Oilers zone.

    I think Bear is underrated around the league.

  183. Ryan says:

    v4ance:
    Jokingly, if Ennis plays well with McDavid, will he get another $3million offer like Kassian?AA will for sure since that’s his QO.

    Literally a month after signing Kass, Holland might get proof that his trade acquisitions might be as good or better than the guy he re-signed for too much and for too long.

    Ennis and AA look great on 97’s wing.

    97 said it’s the fastest line he’s ever played on.

    Does 44 play with 97 when his suspension is over now?

    If he doesn’t, his contract could start looking bad quickly.

  184. stephen sheps says:

    Ryan: Ennis and AA look great on 97’s wing.

    97 said it’s the fastest line he’s ever played on.

    Does 44 play with 97 when his suspension is over now?

    If he doesn’t, his contract could start looking bad quickly.

    I actually do think 44 goes back to his regular spot beside Connor. He also has the speed to keep up and I think Ennis, despite his scoring ability, might be better suited to playing with Archie and Sheahan.

    Besides, I think 44 with 97 balances things out a bit, spreads the scoring potential across the lineup and it also gives Archie someone who’s as quick as he is.

    A 3rd line of 63-23-15 would be a load – defensively responsible, all sorts of shifty and a genuine threat to score off the cycle or the rush.

    As I wrote the other day, my ideal post injury/suspension full lineup looks like this:

    28-97-44
    93-29-56
    63-23-15
    18-91-10/39

    39/10-16-52 (black aces)

    At this point, JJ, despite his PK prowess is a luxury item, a pure specialist at this point. I think 5v5 play will be critical down the stretch and into the playoffs, even more than special teams play. As much as I’m rooting for him to succeed, JJ at evens is becoming a liability despite what he brings at 4v5.

    If you need to keep JJ in the lineup, spot-start him as 4C and double-shift any of 29, 97 or 93 as needed to provide extra 5v5 cover.

  185. jake70 says:

    Ryan,

    Kassian got his money. Stability for him. Now he needs to really start focusing on rounding his game in all zones, on 97s wing or not.

  186. godot10 says:

    Bobcaygeon:
    Lot of players in this game were gord awful…..
    You hate to be really judgemental on these guys but wow!
    That had to be the worst game I’ve seen Sheehan have this season, he had to be responsible for at least three prime giveaways that resulted in High scoring chances, I believe one was a goal too.
    Kahari is really a non-factor almost every game he plays, if he’s not hitting and playing nasty then he’s just playing him self out of a job I’m afraid.
    Chiasson……I really can’t say what he was going this game besides his time on the PP…
    I seen Nurse struggle bad tonight, maybe it’s these old eyeballs..

    The Oilers PK is critical to their success. Khaira is a big part of that.

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