2019-20 Game 69: Blue Jackets at Oilers

I think this might be the best of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, here and now. He’s productive across 200 feet, he has help and he’s playing a feature role. I find it satisfying that he has been able to survive the strain over many years and emerge on the other side as a strong contributor. Those losing years can rob a player of the skills that brought him here, but Nuge is scoring more than ever while also checking like a demon. I hope he gets to hang around for the good times. To quote my favorite western, I guess we all died a little in that damned war. I’m thrilled to see his success.

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: Oscar Klefbom’s return and usage a key element for Oilers stretch run
  • New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How ‘little firecracker’ Josh Archibald went from unknown to vital with Oilers
  • Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Determining Connor McDavid’s linemates remains a pressing and perplexing problem
  • Lowetide: Reasonable expectations for Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis over the next 15 games.
  • Jonathan Willis: Ryan McLeod offers the Oilers size and speed. But will he score in the NHL?
  • 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 69 GAMES

  • Oilers in 2015: 26-36-7, 59 points; goal differential -33
  • Oilers in 2016: 36-24-9, 81 points; goal differential +16
  • Oilers in 2017: 30-35-4, 64 points; goal differential -36
  • Oilers in 2018: 31-31-7, 69 points; goal differential -20
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 36-24-8, 80 points; goal differential +6

Edmonton probably needs 14 points in the final 13 games, and that total is a moving target. My pre-season prediction was 88 points, we might see Edmonton reach that mark on the home stand that begins this evening.

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

This four game home stand will be important, if the club can grab four points that places them at 84 points with 10 games to play. Columbus is hanging on to a wild card spot and have been getting points from the Bettman aisle (2-4-4 in the last 10) recently. Perhaps that predicts tonight’s game.

OILERS 2019-20

Who would you run with McDavid tonight? I vote Ennis and Kassian, but Dave Tippett has several options available. Oscar Klefbom’s return gives us a chance to dream about deployment, I wrote about it for The Athletic this morning. He’s had a fascinating year.

JOSH ARCHIBALD

In his first eight games for the Edmonton Oilers this season, Josh Archibald didn’t impress. He didn’t post a goal or an assist, and in the game against the Washington Capitals October 24, he was the penalty killer who failed to cover Alexander Ovechkin. Not good! He turned it around (last 40 gp: 12-8-20) and yesterday signed an extension with the club. He can score, he can skate, he can check and he can penalty kill like a demon. He was a good bet in the summer, and he’s an Edmonton Oilers NHL player for the next two seasons.

OILERS SIGNED FOR NEXT SEASON

UFA: Gaetan Haas, Riley Sheahan, Tyler Ennis, Patrick Russell, Markus Granlund, Tomas Jurco, Mike Green, Brandon Manning, Keegan Lowe, Brad Malone, Josh Currie, Mike Smith, Shane Starrett.

RFA: Andreas Athanasiou, Ethan Bear, Matt Benning, William Lagesson, Ryan Mantha, Ryan Kuffner, Nolan Vesey, Cam Hebig, Colby Cave, Logan Day, Angus Redmond.

Among the UFA’s, I would bring back Tyler Ennis and Riley Sheahan if he’s affordable. I want to sign Gaetan Haas but you can’t bring back everyone.

Among the RFA’s, Ethan Bear is the priority, would also sign Matt Benning, William Lagesson, Andreas Athanasiou. The big question with Athanasiou is how much and how long?

50-MAN 2020-21 (39)

I could see as many as six RFa’s being walked and Broberg could slide another year. Ken Holland is signing guys like he plans to take the summer off, but there’s plenty of room to wheel on the 50-man.

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  1. theDjdj says:

    Team looks exhausted

  2. LMHF#1 says:

    Don’t understand Tippett’s blind spot regarding how bad Nurse is on the power play.

    He can’t fill that role.

    This is also one of the reasons you don’t break the bank for him.

  3. BONE207 says:

    Jack Adams doing a great job with a decimated lineup. Oilers just not looking dangerous. Maybe the boys are tired from having to shovel snow? Damn Home Games!!!

  4. theDjdj says:

    Fuck me how woeful are these refs honestly. Kassian was about 4 feet onside. Good lord.

  5. OriginalPouzar says:

    oilersfan:
    Is it just me or is McDavid not himself?

    Can’t blame it all on his line mates

    He hasn’t won a battle or a race to a loose puck all night

    Maybe the minutes and travel are wearing him out

    The travel has caught up with the entire team – this is the 8th consecutive game in a different arena.

    Tonight will be the first time after a game where they don’t have to get on a plane after (well the LA/ANA back to back I guess) in a couple of weeks.

    Not “having juice” was completely expected tonight.

    I anticipate they are going to be MUCH better on Monday against the Knights!

    Gotta grind out a win here first though.

  6. oilersfan says:

    I don’t know how to post it but I could take a picture of how kassian was about a foot onside when McDavid entered the zone. Was the oiler player going into the box the reason that was called offside?

  7. theDjdj says:

    LMHF#1:
    Don’t understand Tippett’s blind spot regarding how bad Nurse is on the power play.

    He can’t fill that role.

    This is also one of the reasons you don’t break the bank for him.

    It’s just not his strength. He has poor offensive zone awareness. In fairness to the player the whole team looks exhausted.

  8. OriginalPouzar says:

    Please do not be concussed….

  9. BONE207 says:

    Ahhh…it’s beyond worth talking about. Hang ’em all in LT’s shed.

  10. LMHF#1 says:

    He’s always this bad on the power play.

    And it isn’t like in past years where no one else is available. Both Bear and Jones are better. Benning too.

  11. theDjdj says:

    The referring of this game is woeful. Absolutely rubbish. Fucking disgraceful honestly.

  12. dsr29 says:

    Torts great at coaching for corsi

  13. theDjdj says:

    BONE207:
    Ahhh…it’s beyond worth talking about. Hang ’em all in LT’s shed.

    I’d take LTs rabbit at this point

  14. BONE207 says:

    Nash with an elbow on Yamamoto. Nurse with some pushing with another player. Who gets the penalty???

  15. OriginalPouzar says:

    Usually Connor’s yearly 4 week illness is in November, isn’t it?

  16. Todd Macallan says:

    And there it is, Louie says McDavid has been under the weather recently.

  17. theDjdj says:

    Debrusk mentions that McDavid fighting off illness. Explains some of his lack of polish

  18. BONE207 says:

    Leave the rabbit alone. He’s leaving treats for Ziggy.

  19. Elkhorn Boy says:

    What Louie just said about McDavid being sick makes a lot of sense…. no jump from him for a while…. I am almost relieved

  20. Ice Sage says:

    Elkhorn Boy,

    “sick” could mean anything!

  21. BONE207 says:

    He’s got Scottish roots, doesn’t he?

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    My guess is that, if Connor is sick, he’s not the only one.

  23. Pescador says:

    oilersfan:
    Is it just me or is McDavid not himself?

    Can’t blame it all on his line mates

    He hasn’t won a battle or a race to a loose puck all night

    Maybe the minutes and travel are wearing him out

    Ice Sage: I know right? i’m trying to remember the last time he had a dazzling rush…

    When I read comments like this it makes me think about Dylan Strome,
    Hopefully he’s just run down with a cold or the flu

  24. BONE207 says:

    Ya…I’m sick too. Got a broken bone…

  25. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai has made some very very weak effort own zone clear attempts tonight – wow!

  26. oilersfan says:

    There whole team has been playing like it’s under the weather

    I wonder if a few are .

    Given the travel and compressed schedule it wouldn’t be a surprise

  27. who says:

    theDjdj: I detest this sort of snarky haughtiness. What purpose does it serve on a blog designed purely to talk about hockey? Of course the players cant hear him, it’s a literary device to communicate OP’s thoughts/feelings on the game with the community.

    And I detest cheerleaders.

  28. Ice Sage says:

    oilersfan:
    There whole team has been playing like it’s under the weather

    I wonder if a few are .

    Given the travel and compressed schedule it wouldn’t be a surprise

    Maybe they start the third wearing facemasks?

  29. theDjdj says:

    BONE207:
    He’s got Scottish roots, doesn’t he?

    The Poles are well known for their hardiness.

  30. OriginalPouzar says:

    Well, that 2nd period was marginally better than the first, still not very good, not very good at all.

    One more period to gut out two points tonight.

    One plus from the first two periods is that Adam Larsson continues to be a tough SOB to play against, 2017 tough – he’s hammering people out there.

  31. who says:

    oilersfan:
    I don’t know how to post it but I could take a picture of how kassian was about a foot onside when McDavid entered the zone. Was the oiler player going into the box the reason that was called offside?

    Yes

  32. hunter1909 says:

    theDjdj:
    The referring of this game is woeful. Absolutely rubbish. Fucking disgraceful honestly.

    Oilers up 1-0 I take every day of the week.

    Remove the refs from the game and CBJ are playing masterful Torts clog up the middle hockey vs the Tippett Oilers backcheck and play around the boards…

    It’s almost like an irresistible force encountering an immovable object.

    PS: Playoff refereeing almost.

  33. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    1-0 Edmonton (no scoring in the second)
    30-13 Columbus shots (9-6 Columbus in the second)
    39-21 Columbus Corsi five on five (13-12 Columbus in the second)
    ==

    Oilers are playing rope-a-dope, they’re talking about McDavid being ill. Koskinen is keeping them in this game. Edmonton needs far more in the third period.

  34. delooper says:

    There was a little bit of life in the Oilers towards the end of the 2nd. Not a lot, but I saw a little spark.

  35. wolf8888 says:

    I think they’re hot! You don’?

  36. Bulging Twine says:

    Needs to be less games in the season if we’re going to get more quality in the regular season

  37. Reja says:

    Burke and Hrudey both enjoying the cheap shot on a Caleb I would love to see Lowe tune both those Flames shrills for a couple of rounds.

  38. Gerta Rauss says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Needs to be less games in the season if we’re going to get more quality in the regular season

    Yup, I’d be quite happy if they cut 10 games from the regular season and awarded the Cup before June 1st

  39. OriginalPouzar says:

    Bulging Twine:
    Needs to be less games in the season if we’re going to get more quality in the regular season

    The players not negotiating in a week off in the middle of the season, leading to a condensed post-break schedule would help but the players love it.

    7-9 exhibition games is at least double what’s needed – they should be cut and the season started a week to 10 days earlier but that won’t happen anyways due to gate revenue.

  40. jp says:

    LMHF#1: Don’t understand Tippett’s blind spot regarding how bad Nurse is on the power play.
    He can’t fill that role.
    This is also one of the reasons you don’t break the bank for him.

    This year on PP1 (in minutes with McDavid and Draisaitl also on ice):

    Klefbom 12.2GF/60
    Nurse —15.6GF/60

  41. delooper says:

    Oilers either have to start making complete passes, or winning some puck battles. Yikes.

  42. jp says:

    In 18-19:

    Klefbom 9.0GF/60
    Nurse —10.6GF/60

    Sign the man?

  43. Zelepukin says:

    Neal and Chiasson might be the greatest winger duo at unnecessary neutral zone giveaways.

  44. Bulging Twine says:

    i think jones is labouring when pivoting

  45. delooper says:

    The Drai line with some life. Nice.

  46. OriginalPouzar says:

    2nd line with a massive shift and a couple high danger chances.

    Ennis has been involved in 4-5 high danger chances.

  47. jp says:

    Man that was a beautiful spark of life for the Draisaitl line

  48. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers playing like the USSR Central Red Army tonight.

  49. Bulging Twine says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yup, I’d be quite happy if they cut 10 games from the regular season and awarded the Cup before June 1st

    the nba is having this discussion. less games

  50. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Question:

    Who is the user that usually posts music reviews and such. I was talking with my old station manager at UFV in Abbotsford snd was telling him how Blessed made his year end. Looking for the link.

    Name is totally escaping me.

  51. OriginalPouzar says:

    Tip goes right back to the Drai line after the TV timeout and they are all over the Jackets again.

  52. BONE207 says:

    Glovjuice?

  53. Gerta Rauss says:

    Bulging Twine: the nba is having this discussion.less games

    I find that by the 2nd and 3rd week of June watching 2 US teams play the final is the 3rd/4th/5th thing to do any given evening in a short Canadian summer

  54. OriginalPouzar says:

    Huge save Mikko!

  55. Gerta Rauss says:

    It’s Stephen Sheps

  56. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers playing Tortoise v Hare tonight…

    Score again? No problem think the Oilers.

  57. who says:

    hunter1909:
    Oilers playing like the USSR Central Red Army tonight.

    Central Red Army NEVER looked this bad.

  58. BONE207 says:

    True…
    1. Beer
    2. Soccer
    3. Beer
    4. Lawn maintenance
    5. Beer

  59. Ice Sage says:

    Insane saves. Koskinen is quicker than I remember

  60. Lucinius says:

    Oilers don’t deserve to win this, but Koskinen is doing his damned best to win it for them. Which is really what you need; someone like your goalie to step up and steal games when the team struggles to get things going.

    Be nice to get another goal or two, however, for insurance.. and for the blood pressure of the fans.

  61. Pescador says:

    hunter1909:
    Oilers playing like the USSR Central Red Army tonight.

    I would say they are playing more like Kazakhstan vs. The Red Army

  62. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss: I find that by the 2nd and 3rd week of June watching 2 US teams play the final is the 3rd/4th/5th thing to do any given evening in a short Canadian summer

    It’s pointless unless the teams are good and the alignment of the NHL almost negates that happening.

  63. Younger Oil says:

    Man, having a legit goalie tandem is huge.

    C’mon boys, don’t blow it when Koski has been standing on his head all game. These two points are huge.

  64. jp says:

    Oh my god

  65. hunter1909 says:

    This is a painful way to follow hockey.

  66. Ice Sage says:

    Pescador: I would say they are playing more like Kazakhstan vs. The Red Army

    Small quibble – Kazakhstan was part of the USSR. Maybe 1980’s era Switzerland?

  67. Pescador says:

    Sheps?

  68. Suntory Hanzo says:

    BONE207,

    I’m thinking this is who it is. Anyone know his website/blog/contact?

  69. hunter1909 says:

    Larsson just rubbed a Blue Jacket out behind the BG goal, skated back to rub another BJ againt the Edmonton boards all in one shift.

  70. theDjdj says:

    If you dive and take out someone’s feet it’s still a trip right?

  71. BONE207 says:

    It couldbe a she. Don’t know a contact address.

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    He’ll probably read the comments tonight and leave his details

    If not, leave a note in tomorrow’s thread, he’s a regular reader/contributor

    It’s Stephen Sheps for sure

  73. Pescador says:

    Ice Sage: Small quibble – Kazakhstan was part of the USSR. Maybe 1980’s era Switzerland?

    Good point,
    Let’s settle on 1980’s French national team
    Fuck those guys

  74. wolf8888 says:

    He’s been playing great. Hope he can keep it up.

  75. jm363561 says:

    👍

  76. BONE207 says:

    Except against Oilers

  77. Gerta Rauss says:

    Glovjuice is a she, but that’s not who SH is looking for

    It’s Stephen Sheps

  78. OriginalPouzar says:

    Drai and Ennis starting to find some chemistry…..

  79. Reja says:

    That’s twice shoot the fuking puck.

  80. BONE207 says:

    That’s what they said in the forties

  81. jp says:

    Massive goal there!

  82. theDjdj says:

    Ennis need to put that on net stop being cute

  83. BONE207 says:

    Dr. Jones

  84. jp says:

    Khaira tipped it. Well done!

    Edit: maybe not

  85. OriginalPouzar says:

    Big goal there – nice cycle by the fourth line – Jones with a good hard and low shot towards the net and it deflects in.

    4th line with two goals tonight.

    Not sure if Khaira tipped that or not.

  86. Pescador says:

    Hockey commentary or porn?

  87. hunter1909 says:

    I tell you that Khiara is going to excel in the playoffs.

  88. Ice Sage says:

    Dope roped.
    Yo, Fonzie – sit on it!

  89. Lucinius says:

    From what I’ve seen of the top two lines tonight; a lot of over passing the puck or hanging onto it too long while skating around. Need to shoot more and make plays faster.

    I’m a little behind (a couple minutes), but I see we scored. Awesome. Needed that; badly.

  90. jp says:

    Well that was nice. Kass does have hands.

  91. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Yes. Found the link to the year in review on his Twitter.

    Thanks everyone!

  92. Pescador says:

    Kassian with the gorgeous pass

  93. Munny says:

    Two absolutely massive goals. Bring home the no no now

  94. OriginalPouzar says:

    And another to make it 3-0.

    Great play on the wall there and nifty pass from Kass to Connor.

  95. delooper says:

    Hmm.

  96. hunter1909 says:

    This is special.

  97. delooper says:

    If I was on Columbus, I’d be pissed.

  98. Gerta Rauss says:

    Well this is a laugher now..just the way Tip drew it up..!!

  99. BONE207 says:

    Did .someone say CONNOR? Not so sick…woohoo

  100. hunter1909 says:

    LOL a message for Riley Nash at the end of the game, Gordie Howe hockey!

  101. theDjdj says:

    The refs are absolute garbage. I do not know what the Oilers did to tempt such disdain but man they’ve called this game poorly

  102. hunter1909 says:

    lol 4 on 4 OIlers get their 4th next.

  103. delooper says:

    Oilers winning a game 3-0 they probably deserve to lose 1-0. I forget it’s possible to have this sort of luck.

  104. BONE207 says:

    Only 82x a year…

  105. jp says:

    Ah that’s too damn bad. Koskinen won this game for the team.

    Too bad the SO didn’t materialize.

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lazy play on the 4 on 4 by the “Stars” and the shutout is over.

  107. Ice Sage says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    A little lackadaisical by Leon there…

    Yes, Leon’s buying Koski dinner all week

  108. Pescador says:

    Well done boys, hang your goalie out to dry
    On on night like this?
    Assholes

  109. Younger Oil says:

    That’s awful from the Oilers.

    Have a guy steal you the game and you hang him out to dry like that.

  110. theDjdj says:

    Koskinen deserves way better. That’s so shit for the goalie. Those boys should honestly feel ashamed with how they played

  111. delooper says:

    They’ve been hanging him out to dry all night.

  112. Bulging Twine says:

    that’s friggin bs by Draisattl. c’mon man. for Koskinen

  113. hunter1909 says:

    Best empty net goal of the season.

  114. Lucinius says:

    Ice Sage,

    I haven’t seen him that good this game. He’s had a couple moments here and there, but definitely not his normal self. Not sure if he’s just tired, sick, or just had a poor game due.

    This sucks for Koskinen. He deserved the shut-out.

  115. BONE207 says:

    Ahhh…no shutout but 2 points. Yay Riley…woohoo

  116. OriginalPouzar says:

    Painful assist by Archie on the painful block.

  117. hunter1909 says:

    Must win game.

  118. jp says:

    Interesting nearing the playoffs with no clue who the starter is.

  119. Jordan says:

    I think I’ve watched this game before like 40 times.

    But, this time, the team getting outplayed and still winning is the Oilers.

    I seem to recall that team usually being the Stars, or the Avs, or sometimes Detroit.

    Seems so very strange to watch the Oilers winning a game like this.

  120. oilersfan says:

    Too bad Mikko lost the shutout

    He has been spectacular the last 2:5 games

    I wonder if it’s best to ride the hot hand or rotate Smith back in as Mikko is known to have a bad game every few if he plays too much

  121. hunter1909 says:

    delooper:
    Oilers winning a game 3-0 they probably deserve to lose 1-0. I forget it’s possible to have this sort of luck.

    Payback for Vancouver with Sedins+Nedved; or Dallas with Modano/+ + +

  122. Zelepukin says:

    Bulging Twine:
    that’s friggin bs by Draisattl.c’mon man.for Koskinen

    Bulging Twine:
    that’s friggin bs by Draisattl.c’mon man.for Koskinen

    Ya I turned it off in disgust after that. Nearly 50 shots and you can’t just play out 60 sec for the guy.

  123. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lazy play on the 4 on 4 by the “Stars” and the shutout is overThat was far from a work of art – that team did not play well at all but they took advantage of an early break and Mikko kept them in it until the were able to put a couple late nails in the coffin.

    This team is exhausted and I’m sure they are all excited to go home after the game and sleep in their own beds – not to an airport.

    That’s it, the travel fatigue excuse is over. Its damn real but its over now. Only one day off in between games but expect them to come out with full energy and juice on Monday against VEG and take advantage of a tired team on scheduled loss night (the Knights 3rd in 4 nights).

  124. rickithebear says:

    Did I just see nurse abandoning free path between forward with puck and Net with a 3 goal lead.
    Stupid Rover!

  125. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oilers are in first place in the division on March 7th

  126. Pescador says:

    Ice Sage: Yes, Leon’s buying Koski dinner all week

    Does Diamonds still have that steak sandwich?

  127. Reja says:

    Archie with one tough assist atta boy. Who’s Tippett going to start against Vegas?

  128. who says:

    Well, that’s three bad games in a row.
    And Koskinen stole two of them.
    I thought we were supposed to be better once we got healthy?

  129. jp says:

    Hey, Condors actually win.

    Cave, Gambardella and Kulevich with the goals, Maksimov with the SO winner. Starrett in net.

  130. Ryan says:

    Weird game.

    We’ll take it.

  131. Johnny skid says:

    Bulging Twine:
    that’s friggin bs by Draisattl.c’mon man.for Koskinen

    Yep

  132. theDjdj says:

    These games coming up against Vegas will dictate who walks away with the crown this year. Absolutely phenomenal finish to the season- far more than I think most hoped for. Now go home and get the bed rest!

  133. Ice Sage says:

    who:
    Well, that’s three bad games in a row.
    And Koskinen stole two of them.
    I thought we were supposed to be better once we got healthy?

    They may not be healthy…

  134. Reja says:

    Connor looks bagged needs his girlfriend to make him some chicken soup.

  135. Zelepukin says:

    who:
    Well, that’s three bad games in a row.
    And Koskinen stole two of them.
    I thought we were supposed to be better once we got healthy?

    We’re far from healthy though.Overall everyone looks tired and lacking that extra step in tenacity.

    McD is definitely under the weather.
    Klef is coming off some kind of shoulder operation. No way he is 100% comfortable yet.

  136. Dicky94 says:

    Really hoping there is more than McDavid that is battling an illness to explain their play lately. Three in a row now where they are being outworked badly. I will take the win however.

  137. BONE207 says:

    I just realized that it’s LT’s favorite day!!!

    Time change day. Be good boys & girls. He’s going to be grumpy for at least a week.

  138. Lucinius says:

    As others have said; did not deserve the two points, but we got them anyways. Team needs to start showing up, though. You can only steal a few games like that before it comes back to bite you hard. It will be interesting to see if Tippet goes back to Smith, since he seems to see him better than Koskinen, but the latter has banked four crucial points for the team recently and Smith struggled his last game. Personally, I’d favour Koskinen. He’s earned the advantage in net for now, imo.

    Also, great to see RNH grab another point. Not a fabulous game by any stretch, but the guy deserves the points after the years of toil.

  139. hunter1909 says:

    Here’s what CP thinks of Nurse tonight:

    “What I would pay to see someone beat the crap out of Nurse.”

    “God Nurse is such a thug.”

    “Nurse is such a fake tough guy.”

  140. Reja says:

    who:
    Well, that’s three bad games in a row.
    And Koskinen stole two of them.
    I thought we were supposed to be better once we got healthy?

    We’re number 1. We’re number 1. We’re number 1.

  141. BONE207 says:

    She could make me a shit sandwich & I’d feel better

  142. oilersfan says:

    Who is CP

  143. tileguy says:

    That goal came on the 100th shot from the last 3 games he has played, .980 save%

  144. OriginalPouzar says:

    who:
    Well, that’s three bad games in a row.
    And Koskinen stole two of them.
    I thought we were supposed to be better once we got healthy?

    3rd game in 4 nights
    3rd game in 4 nights (and 4th in 6th)
    1st game back home but 8th straight game in a different arena

    Travel fatigue is real – heading to the airport after every game and getting to bed in the middle of the night, 3-4 times a week is tough sledding.

    That ends now – in their own beds shortly – finally.

  145. Pescador says:

    Yes, but would you consume it?

  146. wolf8888 says:

    hahaha. You are hilarious!

  147. BONE207 says:

    So we have playoff goaltending. Out corsi’d, out skated & out hustled.
    We’ll need Miracle on Manchester Magic to have a longer than 4 game playoff experience.

  148. N64 says:

    Reja: We’re number 1. We’re number 1. We’re number 1.

    Mission Accomplished.
    Bettman .500 secured.
    13 games to go. All gravy.

  149. Side says:

    All 4 of Smith’s kids look exactly like him.

  150. rickithebear says:

    I just watched the post game Koskinen save highlight reel.
    Which I assume we’re suppose to be the toughest saves.
    1 open shot stopped with the glove.

    The breakaway 1st shot closed.
    Goal an open shot!

  151. N64 says:

    Calgary Puck

  152. BONE207 says:

    There better be some meat coming.
    Like John Pinnette used to say: salad is a promise that food is coming.

  153. BONE207 says:

    Better shavers though.

  154. Reja says:

    Side:
    All 4 of Smith’s kids look exactly like him.

    Better then looking like the neighbour.

  155. N64 says:

    Promise? It’s a contract. Sue PETA.

  156. jp says:

    Calgary Puck? lol

  157. oilersfan says:

    N64,

    Well that makes sense

    I thought for a minute it was Chris Pronger which was very confusing

  158. dangilitis says:

    I’m going to focus on the positive here. This has been the best 2 game stretch by an Oilers goalie, in the face of being massively outplayed, since Roli 07 and Cujo late 90s

  159. N64 says:

    Canadian Press and
    CP Rail deny all responsibility

  160. jp says:

    rickithebear: The breakaway 1st shot closed.

    Huh?

  161. BONE207 says:

    I’ll take Roli 06 for 800 Alex. Silver lining…

  162. BONE207 says:

    Sure…the shooter never had a chance.

  163. wolf8888 says:

    Calgary Puke?

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  165. rickithebear says:

    Out open shot targeting and defending leading to outscoring is all that matters.
    Our forwards beating opp 2D-1G in homeplate battle.
    Our 2D-1G beating opps forwards in homeplate battle.

  166. Reja says:

    dangilitis:
    I’m going to focus on the positive here. This has been the best 2 game stretch by an Oilers goalie, in the face of being massively outplayed, since Roli 07 and Cujo late 90s

    Moog.Fuhr. Ranford. Cujo. Salo. Stole more then a few back in the day.

  167. dangilitis says:

    Ya, ya, it’s been awhile…

  168. jake70 says:

    D zone play has been atrocious. Weak on puck, lack of anticipation , clumsy. They have to find way to adapt to these Bettman era lockdown teams.

  169. rickithebear says:

    BONE207:
    Sure…the shooter never had a chance.

    You are correct.

    Low into the pad.
    Above the pad it’s open and in.

    Their is this Evolutionary primitive targeting mechanism.
    That makes Male primitive brained humans.
    Some are genetic female or mostLy genetic male.

    Visualize the net as target you will aim Center to the net.
    A high rate of in the body shots.

    Vizualize the whole goalie as target.
    Pads and periphery.

    Vizualize one of the normal open holes.
    A higher% of open shots.

    Draisaitl trained himself to position for, target, and hit open holes the offseason before and during 18/19.
    We saw lots of video of it.

    Repetative human machine action.
    With that kind of passing.
    Open space targeting to small open spaces should have become natural and it did.

    Learn the game you play!

  170. Alsker says:

    So does this mean im cheering for the (spits) phlems tomorrow? Holy Yamo looks like a kid next to Louie…

  171. N64 says:

    March 8 and 23.
    Mark them on you calendar.
    Only days you can root for Vegas

  172. wolf8888 says:

    After hours should let Louis talk more. More interesting dialogue ensues

  173. innercitysmytty says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    9th straight game in a different arena

  174. Reja says:

    Tampa was smart to sign Maroon after getting man handled last year.

  175. Pescador says:

    Please stop this nonsense

  176. Pescador says:

    They do look a bit like Chris Pronger

  177. wolf8888 says:

    He did a great job on Chara tonight

  178. Bank Shot says:

    jake70:
    D zone play has been atrocious.Weak on puck, lack of anticipation , clumsy. They have to find way to adapt to these Bettman era lockdown teams.

    I think they actually did alright in the D-zone considering they spent the majority of the game there.

    Seems like the biggest issue for the OIlers tonight was transition plays and turnovers. They’d get the puck back and immediately turn it back over time and time again.

  179. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Georges, I love ya man, but AA was a 4th Rounder…..

  180. rickithebear says:

    People seem to have concern with Kassian contract.
    Goals win games and evg from a fwd that can slot in top 3 to top 9 in reg and playoffs is important.
    18-19 to current 19-20
    Kassian #26 RW 29 evg 3.2 M
    Eberle #42 RW 23 evg 5.5M
    Archibald #46/RW 22 evg 1.5M, top 40 pk fwd ladt 2yr.

    Next is Dheahan who is a tough ZS eater so our top 6 can have a soft time.

    Of the 226C in the top 31 x 14 fwds even mins.
    Their were 4C to have 15 th hardest ZS the last 2 season.
    Beagle 3M
    Faksa 2.2M
    Sheahan UFA
    Richardson UFA
    I want both espevially Richardson’s insane WOWY with Archibald.

  181. Wilde says:

    Bakersfield Condors vs. Stockton Heat; March 7th, 2020; first run

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

    Lowe – Kulevich
    Manning – Day
    Samorukov – Bouchard

    after 20

    18CF-14CA
    12FF-12FA
    0GF-1GA

    Top F: Esposito (0.51 Game Score)
    1 shot attempt, 2 shot assists
    8CF-1CA
    5FF-1FA
    0GF-0GA

    Top D: Bouchard (0.56 Game Score)
    2 shot attempts, 2 shot assists
    8CF-1CA
    6FF-1FA
    0GF-0GA

  182. OriginalPouzar says:

    I would think that Mikko starting tomorrow night is a no-brainer.

    Now, starting with the game tomorrow night, I expect the “lack of energy/juice” to be a rare occurrence. Last night was the 9th game in a row in a different arena and having to gut it out with their C game was definitely expected.

    With that said, they finally got to go home after the game last night and not to the airport, fly and arrive in another city in the middle of the night.

    They should be raring to go on Monday night with full energy and juice (subject to illness) and should be able to take advantage of a tired Knight’s team who will be playing their 3rd in 4 nights on the road.

    Its March 8 and the Oilers are in first place in the division. If Vegas loses tonight in regulation the Oilers can open up a lead tomorrow night with a game in hand. Here is hoping for a 2-point game tonight between the flames and the Knights.

    I expect the nucks to crush the Jackets on the back end of back to backs but we’ll see.

    A nuck and flames win would make it very tight from 1-4 in the Pacific – hopefully a flames win (spits) and a nuck loss is on the sched!

    Gym Time!

  183. godot10 says:

    LMHF#1:
    Don’t understand Tippett’s blind spot regarding how bad Nurse is on the power play.

    He can’t fill that role.

    This is also one of the reasons you don’t break the bank for him.

    Nurse won’t be paid for that role. He will be paid to be a physical Jay Bouwmeester who can do everything else, play big minutes, and play at a high level till his mid-thirties.

  184. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Drai and Ennis starting to find some chemistry…..

    Ennis can’t finish like Nuge, or make as sweet as give and go passes. So the “Porche” line was sputtering.

    It is better to have one line tilting the ice and providing momentum than none.

    Tippett should tell McDavid and Kassian to concentrate on their checking and their offense will come.

  185. Nobody says:

    No one will read this but CMON man!

    Tombstone
    The Quick and the Dead
    Jeremiah Johnston

  186. Bank Shot says:

    godot10: Nurse won’t be paid for that role.He will be paid to be a physical Jay Bouwmeester who can do everything else, play big minutes, and play at a high level till his mid-thirties.

    Maybe the Oilers will sign Pietrangelo and then have to make some hard choices about salary on the rest of the D-core.

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