Badlands

The only thing that I found galling during last night’s game against the Blackhawks was the too many men penalty against Edmonton. Puck goes in, play ends, no? No. Apparently.

Look, I’m no different than you, losses are frustrating. However, the Oilers went 2-1-0 on a road trip I’d estimated at 1-1-1. I don’t really see the point in getting worked up about that loss. They should have played better in the first 50 minutes and the correct team won. Edmonton has performed well, getting mad about that game runs out of time with the season we’ve all witnessed.

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: Determining Connor McDavid’s linemates remains a pressing and perplexing problem
  • New Lowetide: Reasonable expectations for Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis over the next 15 games.
  • New Jonathan Willis: Ryan McLeod offers the Oilers size and speed. But will he score in the NHL?
  • New Jonathan Willis: Which players pose the biggest threat to Leon Draisaitl winning the Hart Trophy?
  • Lowetide: How the Oilers deadline deals might alter summer plans
  • Jonathan Willis: Splitting Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl saved the Oilers’ season
  • Lowetide: Is the OHL still the Oilers’ primary resource at the draft?
  • Lowetide: The Oilers’ 2017 draft and the value of waiting five years
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers’ AHL factory has produced three NHL defencemen, with more on the way
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Are Oilers poised for a long playoff run after Ken Holland’s deadline moves?
  • Lowetide: Making sense of the Oilers forward depth chart for the summer
  • 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 68 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015-16: 26-35-7, 59 points; goal differential -30
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 35-24-9, 79 points; goal differential +10
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 30-34-4, 64 points; goal differential -35
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 30-31-7, 67 points; goal differential -21
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 36-24-8, 80 points; goal differential +6

Oilers missed an opportunity to extend the lead on Calgary, Vancouver and Arizona in the Pacific division. There’s still some clearance Clarence but those two points would look good this morning added to the Edmonton 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: 4-3-1

OILERS IN MARCH

  • Oilers in March 2016: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential +2
  • Oilers in March 2017: 1-1-1, three points; goal differential -1
  • Oilers in March 2018: 1-2-0, two points; goal differential -2
  • Oilers in March 2019: 3-0-0, six points; goal differential +6
  • Oilers in March 2020: 2-1-0, four points; goal differential +5

WHAT TO EXPECT IN MARCH

  • On the road to: NAS, DAL, CHI (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • At home to: CBJ, WPG, VEG, NYI (Expected 2-2-0)
  • On the road to: PHI, WAS, OTT (Expected 1-1-1)
  • At home to: TBY, ANA, COL, SJS, ANA, VEG (Expected: 3-2-1)
  • Overall expected result: 7-6-3, 17 points in 16 games
  • Current results: 2-1-0, 4 points in three games

Edmonton’s road trip was more successful than I projected and sets up the rest of the month well. The Oilers have to keep playing well, and show up before the third period, but all that hard work to get this far is no doubt great motivation. Being humbled by a subpar performance can be a motivator.

OILERS 2019-20

I imagine we’ll see Klefbom back on Saturday and the search for McDavid’s linemates hasn’t progressed since the deadline. All numbers five on five and via NST.

LINE 1 Nuge-Leon Draisaitl-Kailer Yamamoto played 11:58, going 13-7 Corsi, 9-3 shots, 2-0 goals and 3-0 HDSC.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a nice goal on a give and go with Leon, four shots, two HDSC and a takeaway. Leon Draisaitl had two assists (basically the same play), one shot, three giveaways, won five of 10 in the dot. He didn’t draw a penalty and should have drawn at least two by my eye. Kailer Yamamoto scored a nifty goal on a give and go with Leon, had three shots, one HDSC and a takeaway. Fine young player.

LINE 2 James Neal-Connor McDavid-Tyler Ennis played 6:06, going 3-10 Corsi, 1-7 shots and 0-2 goals, 0-5 HDSC.

LINE 2 Andreas Athanasiou-Connor McDavid-James Neal played 6:52, going 6-9 Corsi, 1-6 shots, no goals and 2-3 HDSC.

James Neal had two takeaways and a couple of hits. He had a dandy look on a dangerous rush with 97 but couldn’t get the puck through (which led to jailbreak and goal). Connor McDavid had three shots, one HDSC, went 6 of 12 in the faceoff circle. He didn’t have his usual flash but that may have something to do with the shuffling of wingers. I’m a little worried about him. Long season and he trained all off season. Even superheroes can hit a wall. Tyler Ennis had one look and worked hard but not much got done. It was his least effective game since arriving. Andreas Athanasiou had a HDSC and a wicked pass to Neal that almost cashed, plus rang the crossbar like it’s 1976 and he’s rocking the cowbell on “Don’t Fear the Reaper” for a raggedy cover band at the Blackfalds Motor Inn. I thought he showed good speed.

LINE 3 Zack Kassian-Riley Sheahan-Josh Archibald played 8:22 going 8-8 Corsi, 6-4 shots, 1-1 goals and 3-1 HDSC.

Zack Kassian had a terrific assist after finding the puck just inside the Chicago blueline. Two shots, giveaway. Riley Sheahan had a shot, HDSC and won three of seven on the dot. He couldn’t intercept the net front pass to Kane on the first goal. Josh Archibald scored, had three shots and two HDSC. He played well.

LINE 4 Andreas Athanasiou-Jujhar Khaira-Alex Chiasson played 4:28, going 3-3 Corsi, 1-1 shots no goals and 0-1 HDSC.

Jujhar Khaira had three shots, one HDSC, won four of nine faceoffs. He’s coming out of his funk and I’m liking him in the middle. Alex Chiasson worked hard but didn’t get a lot done. He wasn’t along among the forwards.

PAIRING ONE Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear played 20:58, going 17-20 Corsi, 10-13 shots, 2-2 goals and 6-6 HDSC. Faced Patrick Kane 6:58, no goals either way.

Darnell Nurse had two assists, shot, HDSC and a giveaway. He made a nice play guiding the puck to safety on the Toews goal but the goalie was walkabout and there was no one left to defend the wraparound. Blocked Smith’s view on second DeBrincat goal, to my eye the goalie needs to peer through but it was a factor. Ethan Bear had a giveaway, several effective passes and was targeted for hits several times. He’s been noticed by opponents. That’s a compliment. Bear lost a 50-50 puck battle in the seconds before the Toews goal.

PAIRING TWO Caleb Jones and Adam Larsson played 14:37, going 11-12 Corsi, 6-7 shots, 0-1 goals and 1-2 HDSC. Faced Kane 4:49, going 0-1 goals.

Caleb Jones had one shot and was part of the chaos leading up to the Patrick Kane goal (he was unable to corral the puck behind the net). Adam Larsson had one shot and was also part of the parade that Kane pulled to the left before parking the puck in the net, but was strong earlier in the sequence and is currently playing well overall.

PAIRING THREE Kris Russell and Matt Benning played 12:12, going 7-8 Corsi, 5-2 shots, 1-0 goals and 2-0 HDSC. Faced Kane 6:22, going 1-0 goals.

Kris Russell had a giveaway, played during the quiet times for the most part. Veteran will get good marks from the coach I suspect. Matt Benning had a giveaway and a takeaway and hit like a truck.

GOALIE Mike Smith was not sharp, stopping 17 of 21, .810. I didn’t like his tracking on the Kane goal and he was badly out of position on the Toews goal. At least one of the DeBrincat goals should have been stopped as well. Smith has been quality since January 1, so there’s zero reason to go crazy about his performance. Perhaps go with the other guy Saturday. Mikko Koskinen was sharp, stopping 10 of 10.

Benjamin Baumgartner is 5.09 and turns 20 in April. He is scoring well in the NLA (37, 7-20-27, NHLE of 28.1 points). Oilers drafted a Euro who was 20 (Ilya Konovalov) a year ago.

My Top 62 for the draft is here, will update around the middle of March.

It’s kind of amazing to look into Oilers history and see the impact of deadline additions. I think both new hires may land high on the list of all time forwards acquired at the deadline by Edmonton.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we kick out the jams and declare this a weekend! TSN1260, scheduled to appear are Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports. We’ll talk Oilers road trip and greatest anthem singers. Matt Iwanyk will also join us and we’ll talk Brier and Oilers playoff hopes. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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  1. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: Blah blah blah blah blah.
    Huge difference in Yamamotos first 5 games and Bensons first 5.
    If you can’t see that I’m wasting my breath.

    This does not change the fact that Yamamoto got moved to the top 6 after playing one NHL game this year and not being established as an NHL player and your argument against Benson is that he’s not established as an NHL player. It didn’t pose an issue for one player, Yamamoto, and it may not post an issue for Benson – we don’t know.

  2. OriginalPouzar says:

    hunter1909: That sounds like your lawyer side talking. The truth is, since January Oilers are consistently beating up the opposition and appear to be firing up like Mars at the end of the original Total Recall.

    Lately I’m even noticing Larsson for the first time ever playing like an all star defenceman, and Nuge emerging in a way I haven’t seen since his rookie season. Add Yamamoto and suddenly the team possesses quite a few scoring options; while role players like Chiasson, Archibald and Sheehan have combined for nearly 30 goals.

    Kassian is back playing quiet but effectively and from what I discovered the Boston Bruins are terrified of him which although random, provides a huge tell as to what the rest of the NHL thinks. No one intimidates this team and in the playoffs that’s huge!

    The defence has solidified this season, with Nurse dominating in Dallas and emerging as a physical force and because he’s on a 2 year deal he still has to work hard.

    Tippett turns out is an outstanding, and I repeat outstanding head coach, having got the entire team to buy into his message and finally even the goalies are back to looking like they’re capable of getting big W’s.

    I also am enjoying the play of the team generally.

    At the same time, a Pacific top 3 position is nowhere need a surety.

    Tonight, I hope for a Jets’ win – on most night a Jets’ loss is helpful to the Oilers.

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    duct tape and foil:
    Would be fine with Shea as a 4C and top PK guy. Maybe we can pry a guy like Tierney out of OTT this summer.

    Tierney was one of the non-rental players I was interested in at the deadline.

    I don’t think he would be cheap to acquire though.

  4. Munny says:

    Yotes get one back off a loose puck in the crease.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    ARI cuts the flames lead to 3-2 half way through the second.

  6. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Is there a site that tracks how often a team faces the oppositions backup goaltender?

    It seems as if the Dys are often playing the other teams backup.

  7. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers with a chance to move in to first place in the Pacific again tomorrow night – VEG loses tonight so an Oilers win would tie them with the Knights with even games played – Oilers with one more regulation win (not even counting the potential win tomorrow night) so would be in first.

  8. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Bouchard with a puck retrieval around his own blue, outlets to Currie, over to Stukel at the blueline, one touch back to Currie who goes between the legs and buries it.

    2-0 Condors.

    Bouch should get another assist as he lead all AHL d-men in apples.

    Do you just make stuff up now?

    AHL D assists:
    Mennel – 39
    Bean – 37
    Rafferty – 35
    Clenddening -33
    Carrier – 32
    Pouliot – 32
    Bouchard – 29

  9. OriginalPouzar says:

    yeraslob:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Is he tied for most assists with Bromine Laffwithglee?

    One would think but, nope, it was Hunt – now Bouch is in sole possession though.

  10. OriginalPouzar says:

    yeraslob:
    OriginalPouzar,

    Is he tied for most assists with Bromine Laffwithglee?

    Hmmm, looking at the AHL stats, Bouch isn’t in the lead – I don’t know what Ryan Holt was talking about….

  11. who says:

    OriginalPouzar: This does not change the fact that Yamamoto got moved to the top 6 after playing one NHL game this year and not being established as an NHL player and your argument against Benson is that he’s not established as an NHL player. It didn’t pose an issue for one player, Yamamoto, and it may not post an issue for Benson – we don’t know.

    Yamamoto forced his way into the top 6 with his play. Benson did not.
    I can’t make it any simpler for you, but you can continue to argue if you like.

  12. Bank Shot says:

    baby flames score. Terrific camera work on the goal. Camera man didn’t even pan towards the zone. lol

  13. yeraslob says:

    OriginalPouzar: Hmmm, looking at the AHL stats, Bouch isn’t in the lead – I don’t know what Ryan Holt was talking about….

    Yes it seems Brigadier Lafarty has a slight lead on Bouchard regarding assists.

  14. Pescador says:

    Seeing Taylor Hall bad on the Coyotes powerplay

  15. Pescador says:

    Seeing Milan Lucic good on the Turtles powerplay

  16. Pescador says:

    Nichushkin scores 13th,
    3-3 Col – Dys

  17. digger50 says:

    Would Jumbo Joe like to have a crack at third line center?

  18. SkatinginSand says:

    Not any more. They eventually discovered that bigger escalator=more escrow.

  19. SkatinginSand says:

    And where is the $9 mill a year to pay for him? And what will the Oilers do when he falls of the cliff in scoring and they still have 5 years to go on the contract? Lets be a little realistic, these are the deals that smart GMs don’t touch.

  20. geowal says:

    I dare say that’s my favourite take on his name.

  21. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: One would think but, nope, it was Hunt – now Bouch is in sole possession though.

    Worth noting…

    Defensemen selected in the first round of the 2018 draft:

    NHL Assists:

    Dahlin 69
    Hughes 47
    Boqvist 9
    Dobson 4
    Sandin 7
    Bouchard 0

  22. leadfarmer says:

    It’s clear now that the Canucks will keep Bromine Jeremy in the Ahl next year to hide him from the expansion draft only to unleash him on the league the following year

  23. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: Worth noting…

    Defensemen selected in the first round of the 2018 draft:

    NHL Assists:

    Dahlin 69
    Hughes 47
    Boqvist 9
    Dobson 4
    Sandin 7
    Bouchard 0

    Worth noting……

    There is a reason they are called the Dys.

  24. Scungilli Slushy says:

    leadfarmer:
    It’s clear now that the Canucks will keep Bromine Jeremy in the Ahl next year to hide him from the expansion draft only to unleash him on the league the following year

    I think Blogun Ramjet might break the NHL next season.

    Drai should retire instead of facing the humiliation.

  25. digger50 says:

    Harpers Hair: Worth noting…

    Defensemen selected in the first round of the 2018 draft:

    NHL Assists:

    Dahlin 69
    Hughes 47
    Boqvist 9
    Dobson 4
    Sandin 7
    Bouchard 0

    Also

    Olli Juolevi – 0

  26. Harpers Hair says:

    digger50: Also

    Olli Juolevi – 0

    Yeah… he might be a bust too.

  27. ArmchairGM says:

    Woodguy v2.0: Kassian’s numbers fell off a cliff the moment Draisaitl went to his own line. He might work ok with McDavid if they can find a LW to replace Draisaitl, but 97+44 aren’t able on their own to carry just any LW.

    That’s not what I see.

    This season:

    97 with 44 but no 29: 193 min
    CF 52.1%
    XGF 54.2%
    GF (12-9) 57.1%

    GF/60 with Drai 3.79/60
    GF/60 without Drai 3.72/60

    Do a pre- and post-January 1st for Kassian. I think moving Draisaitl off that line has impacted Kassian’s scoring.

  28. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: Do you just make stuff up now?

    AHL D assists:Mennel – 39
    Bean – 37
    Rafferty – 35
    Clenddening -33
    Carrier – 32
    Pouliot – 32
    Bouchard – 29

    B Mennel 22 / RS / 5/11″ / 177 / 44 pts / 3rd AHL season
    J Bean 21 LS / / 6′ 175 / 46 pts / 2nd AHL season
    B Rafferty 24 RS / / 6’2″ 195 / 42 pts / 1st AHL season
    A Clendenning 27 / RS
    A Carrier 23 / RS / 6′ 180 / 37 pts / 4th Ahl season
    D Pouliot 26 / LS
    E Bouchard 20 / RS / 6’3″ / 194 / 34 pts / 1st AHL season

    If I was a betting person I know who I would wager on given the stat lines.

  29. jm363561 says:

    The Ope-o-meter reading showing 50 posts on the thread. Gold.

  30. ArmchairGM says:

    Harpers Hair: Of course, virtually every offensively skilled defenseman plays on the PP.

    Should they be docked for that so Nurse look better?

    Oooo, let’s punish Nurse for a coaching decision.

  31. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: Yeah… he might be a bust too.

    How many points does the bust Bouchard get next year?

  32. Harpers Hair says:

    Reja: How many points does the bust Bouchard get next year?

    You tell me.

  33. Harpers Hair says:

    Scungilli Slushy: B Mennel 22 / RS / 5/11″ / 177 / 44 pts / 3rd AHL season
    J Bean 21 LS / / 6′ 175 /46 pts / 2nd AHL season
    B Rafferty 24 RS / / 6’2″ 195 / 42 pts / 1st AHL season
    A Clendenning 27 / RS
    A Carrier 23 / RS / 6′ 180 / 37 pts / 4th Ahl season
    D Pouliot 26 / LS
    E Bouchard 20 / RS / 6’3″ / 194 / 34 pts / 1st AHL season

    If I was a betting person I know who I would wager on given the stat lines.

    Betting on potential overs established ability is usually a fools bet.

  34. OriginalPouzar says:

    Scungilli Slushy: Worth noting……

    There is a reason they are called the Dys.

    Yup, case closed, Sandin will have the superior career. Healthy scratched tonight on a team with a massive issue on the back-end.

  35. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: Betting on potential overs established ability is usually a fools bet.

    I think you know that isn’t true given context, which I established for you. Bean is the only one close.

    BR is in his first AHL season at 24. It doesn’t look like he went to Uni on a hockey scholarship as his first choice given his playing history.

    Not impossible he translates, the majority of evidence says tweener at best. No shame in that, I don’t play in the AHL.

  36. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: Yup, case closed, Sandin will have the superior career. Healthy scratched tonight on a team with a massive issue on the back-end.

    Sure…pick off the ugly duckling and then explain why Bouchard can’t even reach that level.

  37. Harpers Hair says:

    Scungilli Slushy: I think you know that isn’t true given context, which I established for you. Bean is the only one close.

    BR is in his first AHL season at 24. It doesn’t look like he went to Uni on a hockey scholarship as his first choice given his playing history.

    Not impossible he translates, the majority of evidence says tweener at best. No shame in that, I don’t play in the AHL.

    His upside, as I’ve stated often, is likely 2nd pairing RD.
    Same as Bouchard..
    Difference is the Canucks didn’t expend a high first round pick on him.

  38. OriginalPouzar says:

    Imagine if your Saturday night consisted of:

    1) Coming on to an Edmonton Oilers blog community

    2) Reading a post about an Oiler defence prospect putting up a couple of assists in the AHL game

    3) Researching and posting all the d-men from his draft year that have more career NHL points than the 20 year old

    4) Calling the player a bust

  39. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Imagine if your Saturday night consisted of:

    1) Coming on to an Edmonton Oilers blog community

    2) Reading a post about an Oiler defence prospect putting up a couple of assists in the AHL game

    3) Researching and posting all the d-men from his draft year that have more career NHL points than the 20 year old

    4) Calling the player a bust

    It’s Friday.
    Are you drunk?

  40. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: Sure…pick off the ugly duckling and then explainwhy Bouchard can’t even reach that level.

    Organizational depth at D.

  41. Scungilli Slushy says:

    Harpers Hair: His upside, as I’ve stated often, is likely 2nd pairing RD.
    Same as Bouchard..
    Difference is the Canucks didn’t expend a high first round pick on him.

    That may be true for sure, only time will tell. Maybe he’ll improve his skating.

    He’ll be better than Bean for sure IMO.

  42. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: Organizational depth at D.

    Good grief.
    If he can’t push Benning or Russell out of the way…he ain’t much.

  43. Harpers Hair says:

    Scungilli Slushy: That may be true for sure, only time will tell. Maybe he’ll improve his skating.

    He’ll be better than Bean for sure IMO.

    Scungilli Slushy: That may be true for sure, only time will tell. Maybe he’ll improve his skating.

    He’ll be better than Bean for sure IMO.

    We’ll see.
    One would think he would be forcing the issue by now…but there is still time.

  44. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: His upside, as I’ve stated often, is likely 2nd pairing RD.
    Same as Bouchard..
    Difference is the Canucks didn’t expend a high first round pick on him.

    Of course your opinion on the comparison between the two prospects isn’t based on anything substantive and has no basis in reality.

    In Rafferty’s 20 year old season, which Bouchard is in now, Rafferty was putting up highly inferior numbers in the USHL than Bouchard is putting up in the AHL.

    Then in his 21-23 year old seasons, Rafferty put up inferior numbers in college to what Bouchard is putting up in his 20 year old season in the AHL.

    Rafferty’s potential is tweener NHLer and his floor is career AHLer.

    Bouchard’s potential is all-star NHL d-man and his floor is likely high end 3rd pairing d-man and PP producer.

  45. Bank Shot says:

    Harpers Hair:
    We’ll see.
    One would think he would be forcing the issue by now…but there is still time.

    You would think Rafferty would be forcing the issue, and there isn’t really any time left for him.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    Harpers Hair: Good grief.If he can’t push Benning or Russell out of the way…he ain’t much.

    Its called development.

    Of course, those are legit NHL d-man, not Martin Marincin.

  47. Pescador says:

    You know he’s a recovering alcoholic who has beat the disease.
    Are you an Asshole?
    Be better FFS

  48. Harpers Hair says:

    Bank Shot: You would think Rafferty would be forcing the issue, and there isn’t really any time left for him.

    The Canucks RD depth is Tanev, Myers and Stetcher..all NHL D .

    Next season they will have to make decisions on Tanev and Stetcher so Rafferty is likely to be a player.

  49. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: Of course your opinion on the comparison between the two prospects isn’t based on anything substantive and has no basis in reality.

    In Rafferty’s 20 year old season, which Bouchard is in now, Rafferty was putting up highly inferior numbers in the USHL than Bouchard is putting up in the AHL.

    Then in his 21-23 year old seasons, Rafferty put up inferior numbers in college to what Bouchard is putting up in his 20 year old season in the AHL.

    Rafferty’s potential is tweener NHLer and his floor is career AHLer.

    Bouchard’s potential is all-star NHL d-man and his floor is likely high end 3rd pairing d-man and PP producer.

    NHL All Star defenseman.
    LOLOLOLOL.

  50. Harpers Hair says:

    OriginalPouzar: Its called development.

    Of course, those are legit NHL d-man, not Martin Marincin.

    Great defensemen arrive early…see Dahlin, Hughes Boqvist, Dobson and Sandin for reference.

  51. Harpers Hair says:

    There are 31 teams in the AHL.

    Original Pouzar told us the that Marody, Benson and Yamamoto would absolutely terrorize the AHL leading to an easy championship.

    So, here we are…the Condors are 30th out of 31 with only the sad sack SJ Barracuda behind them.

    What happened?

  52. Munny says:

    +0

  53. Bank Shot says:

    Harpers Hair: The Canucks RD depth is Tanev, Myers and Stetcher..all NHL D .

    Next season they will have to make decisions on Tanev and Stetcher so Rafferty is likely to be a player.

    If you can’t bump Stecher out of a spot, you’re not much.

  54. Wilde says:

    Bakersfield Condors vs. Stockton Heat; March 6th, 2020; first run

    Kuffner – Esposito – Gambardella
    Stukel – Cave – Currie
    Benson – Granlund – Hebig
    Maksimov – McLeod – Peluso

    Manning – Day
    Lowe – Bouchard
    Samorukov – Kulevich

    AFTER 20

    15CF-13CA
    9FF-9FA
    2GF-0GA

    Top F: Currie (2.37 Game Score)
    4 shot attempts, 0 shot assists
    2 goals
    11CF-4CA
    7FF-3FA
    2GF-0GA

    Top D: Bouchard (1.41 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 2 shot assists
    1 assist
    10CF-5CA
    8FF-3FA
    2GF-0GA

  55. godot10 says:

    Harpers Hair: Worth noting…

    Defensemen selected in the first round of the 2018 draft:

    NHL Assists:

    Dahlin 69
    Hughes 47
    Boqvist 9
    Dobson 4
    Sandin 7
    Bouchard 0

    It is a marathon. Not a sprint.

  56. wolf8888 says:

    Now who is betting on potential? You’re hilarious

  57. BornInAGretzkyJersey says:

    Now that you’ve seen Kuffner a few times I’m curious of your initial impressions?

  58. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    ArmchairGM: Do a pre- and post-January 1st for Kassian. I think moving Draisaitl off that line has impacted Kassian’s scoring.

    I don’t particularly care who get the goals on a line.

    I just care about ratio of for/against, and I also care a bit about goal volume.

    If you’re out-scorers also get volume that can help make up for being out-scored on lower lines.

  59. ArmchairGM says:

    Woodguy v2.0: I don’t particularly care who get the goals on a line.

    I just care about ratio of for/against, and I also care a bit about goal volume.

    If you’re out-scorers also get volume that can help make up for being out-scored on lower lines.

    Alright, have it your way. But Kassian has only scored 2 goals in his past 17 games – since January 1st. That’s a concern.

    97+44 pre Jan 1st: 3.94 GF/60 – 3.25 GA/60
    97+44 post Jan 1st: 3.02 GF/60 – 3.02 GA/60

    They aren’t outscoring, and that’s the issue here. We need a solution, and soon, otherwise this remains a 1 line team.

  60. ArmchairGM says:

    Also, surprised to see you up so early on a Saturday morning!

  61. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    LT, I love your website and all that you do here. I visit it almost daily.

    It is disappointing to read through so much garbage posts from non-Oiler fans. I know you have tried to address this with the re-worked reply methods. Thank you for that.

    I realize there is not much that can be done about this, other than for people to ignore “trolls”, and it is a “free world”, so people are allowed to post almost anything they want and others are allowed to respond and engage, if they feel so inclined.

    All I am doing here is ranting and not adding anything substantive to the discussion. I have just wanted to get it off my chest for a few months now.

    Thanks for listening and thanks again for your efforts, time and passion about hockey and the Oilers to make this place still enjoyable and educational despite having to scroll through so much troll feces.

  62. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    I think he is just going to bed 😉

  63. Lowetide says:

    Harpers Hair:
    There are 31 teams in the AHL.

    Original Pouzar told us the that Marody, Benson and Yamamoto would absolutely terrorize the AHL leading to an easy championship.

    So, here we are…the Condors are 30th out of 31 with only the sad sack SJ Barracuda behind them.

    What happened?

    There are several factors involved in Bakersfield’s poor season. I would rank the injury to Shane Starrett as the No. 1 item. He stopped 92 percent of shots a year ago, this season the Condors No. 1 goalie is stopping 89 percent. That’s a lot, 30 goals for 1,000 shots in a 68 game season is a monster.

    Edmonton recalled the heart of the team’s defense, in Bear, Jones and Lagesson. That’s massive, no way an organization can replace that kind of talent on the fly.

    Finally, and it’s easy to forget, Marody was over a point per game as an AHL rookie one year ago. Another big loss.

    Other elements included losing Ryan Stanton and some erosion by Keegan Lowe.

  64. kgo says:

    I personally don’t mind the troll presence. Sure it’s annoying at times but it helps keep perspective. Would you want to be an Oiler fan in a league without the Flames? What would a hockey forum be without a troll.

    It’s also worth noting our resident troll is extremely dedicated to his craft, he’s above mouth-breather status, and he’s likely very strong from constantly lifting and moving goal-posts.

  65. Rickety Cricket says:

    Harpers Hair:
    There are 31 teams in the AHL.

    Original Pouzar told us the that Marody, Benson and Yamamoto would absolutely terrorize the AHL leading to an easy championship.

    So, here we are…the Condors are 30th out of 31 with only the sad sack SJ Barracuda behind them.

    What happened?

    Joe Colborne.

    Minnesota Wild.

    That is all, I am late for hot yoga with my friend Rogaine Grafferty.

  66. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    kgo:
    I personally don’t mind the troll presence.Sure it’s annoying at times but it helps keep perspective.Would you want to be an Oiler fan in a league without the Flames?What would a hockey forum be without a troll.

    It’s also worth noting our resident troll is extremely dedicated to his craft, he’s above mouth-breather status, and he’s likely very strong from constantly lifting and moving goal-posts.

    The presence isn’t the issue. It is the endless trolling….

  67. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    44 played with 97 and away from 29 before Jan 1st.

    The number I used were whole season.

    If we use your date splits AND remove Drai we see this:

    Pre Jan1 no 29
    GF/60 4.61
    GA/60 2.30

    Post Jan1 no 29
    GF/60 3.12
    GF/60 3.12

    Will try to figure out who the LW were there.

  68. Woodguy v2.0 says:

    I actually go to be before 10am most nights because I get up around 4:30am everyday

    My alarm is set for 5:00am on weekdays, but I just don’t sleep that long.

  69. OriginalPouzar says:

    Whoa, Tip breaking up the best line in hockey:

    At morning skate:

    RNH-McDavid-Kassian
    Ennis-Draisaitl-Yamamoto
    AA-Sheahan-Archibald
    Neal-Khaira-Chiasson

    Klefbom-Larsson
    Nurse-Bear
    Russell-Jones

    Koskinen

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