Stanley Cup 2020 Playoffs: Oilers vs. Chicago Game 2

In the words of the great philosopher Izzy Mandelbaum, “it’s go time” for the Edmonton Oilers tonight. In a best of five series, each game is double and double again. Expect a fantastic effort. Expecting a win? I can’t go that far.

This Oilers team is good enough to run the table, but have to get out of their own way. All facets of the game need to improve, beginning with attention to detail. It’s a tall order, friends.

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TONIGHT

There isn’t much to say about this game. The Oilers had the better season, finished in the top two in the Pacific and if the season had been allowed to finish we’d be having a different conversation. However, no one can or will use that as an excuse on the Edmonton side and I expect we’ll see a strong performance tonight.

The problem, as I see it, is that this club has rarely played a full 60 minutes and that might be required against Chicago this evening. I expect Edmonton arrives at this game with horses at full gallop ala the chariot race scene in Ben-Hur.

LINES (Five on Five)

Nuge-McDavid-Kassian: 11:48, 7-18 Corsi (28 percent); 4-10 shots (29 percent); 0-3 goals 2-4 HDSC.

Ennis-Draisaitl-Yamamoto: 10:28, 10-11 Corsi (43 percent); 5-7- shots (42 percent); no goals 2-2 HDSC.

The Oilers have to get more than four HDSC from these two lines and can’t get outscored 3-0 when they’re on the ice. Even if Tippett moves Nuge back to the Draisaitl line (he won’t, at least to start the game) to get the magic going, Edmonton cannot let this five on five badness stand. Man.

Athanasiou-Sheahan-Archibald: 5:30, 4-3 Corsi (57 percent); 3-2 shots (60 percent); no goals or high dangers.

Neal-Khaira-Chiasson: 7:04, 7-3 Corsi (70 percent); 3-2 shots (60 percent); no goals or high dangers.

The bottom two lines did exactly what is expected: Low event minutes and no goals against. Tippett will take these numbers all day. A goal for would be nice, Athanasiou and Neal have that ability.

Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson: 12:00, 5-14 Corsi (26 percent); 1-11 shots (8 percent); 0-2 goals and 0-3 HDSC. Oilers were 26-29 Corsi, 14-15 shots, 0-1 goals and 4-3 HDSC with the Swedish duo off the ice.

Darnell Nurse-Ethan Bear: 17:16, 12-17 Corsi (41 percent); 7-9 shots (44 percent); 0-1 goals and 3-3 HDSC.

Kris Russell-Matt Benning: 9:42, 12-8 Corsi (60 percent); 6-4 shots (60 percent); no goals and 1-0 HDSC.

I don’t think Klefbom-Larsson will have a game like that one again, if they struggle early tonight Tippett will pull the plug and we could see Klefbom-Bear. That’s the story morning glory.

Mike Smith: 21 minutes five on five; 14 saves on 17 shots (.824); Mikko Koskinen: 27 minutes five on five; 10 saves on 10 shots (1.000).

THE DRAFT

Look, I wish we weren’t talking about it either, but we’re here bitches. The Oilers could draft No. 1 overall, and that’s beyond incredible. IF Edmonton wins the lottery in 2020, my prediction is that the next lottery will not be a lottery at all. It will be a horse race, with all of the teams eligible represented by a specific horse. The race will start the moment Gary Bettman cocks his gun and shoots Edmonton’s horse. Here’s my top 20 for 2020:

1 L Alexis Lafreniere, QMJHL. NHL ready, fleet scorer who plays with an edge.
2 LC Quinton Byfield, OHL. August 2002, 6.04, 215. Big, powerful winger, excellent speed.
3 LC Tim Stutzle, DEL. Dynamic player, highlight reel offense. Tremendous skater.
4 LC Marco Rossi, OHL. Good speed, exciting, range of skills. Exceptional talent.
5 RHD Jamie Drysdale, OHL. Great speed, passing and instincts, instant offense from the blue.
6 LC Cole Perfetti, OHL. Outstanding talent, not as fast as top forwards, has tremendous skill.
7 RW Alexander Holtz, SHL. First-shot scorer with a range of skills, he’s an electric player.
8 LW Lucas Raymond, SHL. Smart player who has ridiculous skill. March 2002. Fine skater.
9 RW Jack Quinn OHL. Impressive offensive winger was a late breaker. Pure goal scorer.
10 RW Dawson Mercer, QMJHL. Impressive player who is both scorer and playmaker.
11 RC Mavrik Bourque, QMJHL. Creative center, great passer, great shot. Plays in tough areas.
12 LC Connor Zary, WHL. Quick, smart two-way center effective across 200 feet.
13 LD Jake Sanderson, USHL. Smart, fast two-way defenseman has complete skill set.
14 LC Anton Lundell, Liiga. Complete skill set, average speed but improving.
15 RC Seth Jarvis, WHL. Jarvis is a fantastic player, undersized and skilled. Big second half.
16 RW Noel Gunler, SHL. Has a great release and an impressive resume. Attractive option.
17 G Yaroslav Askarov, VHL. He plays an unusual style. June 2002, .923 VHL SP.
18 RC Jacob Perreault, OHL. Skates well, great shot, great numbers, excellent passer.
19 LC Jan Mysak, OHL. Skilled and is effective in all areas. Major move in second half.
20 LD Kaiden Guhle, WHL. Big defenseman has good foot speed and full skill set.

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  1. Younger Oil says:

    I’m guessing they don’t have a “Ref you suck” chant programmed?

  2. Munny says:

    Some passing skill by Keith and Kane on display there

  3. OriginalPouzar says:

    who: I just made one.
    I don’t have time to post every time you post something wrong, but maybe if you were a little more selective in your comments you wouldn’t make as many mistakes.

    I’m good – I’ll stick to posting about the Oilers, hockey, sports, the game, etc.

    You feel free to continue posting about me.

  4. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Now that was a weak call. Let’s see if this suddenly tight standard carries into the 3rd. I’ll bet not

  5. Munny says:

    Younger Oil:
    I’m guessing they don’t have a “Ref you suck” chant programmed?

    They could have just used an audio clip of Bettman stepping in front of a crowd…

  6. Nix says:

    jp:
    Strome was HOLDING Sheahan’s stick there. Lol

    Needs to be a bit more respectful of his older brothers former future team imo

  7. oilersfan says:

    I think they reviewed the high sticking double minor to see if it should have been a major… to avoid the fiasco from last year Vegas versus San Jose … doesn’t seem “in the spirit of the rule” to be able to negate the call altogether, and as stated, should have been a holding the stick call…

    I feel all four oiler penalties were borderline calls and would expect to get a ticky tack call our way

  8. jzed says:

    Seriously, Draisaitl needs his line back together. McD can play with Archibald and Kassian. The refs must have trouble picking up Chicago holds or slashes, White sweaters or something…… Keep skating, hit everything in sight., win in spite of this BS league.

  9. prefonmich says:

    Is this a new rule to be able to review a penalty? How many calls have been wrong on high sticks before? Wtf?

  10. Lowetide says:

    After two:

    4-3 Edmonton (2-2 in the second)
    26-19 Edmonton shots (10-9 Chicago in the second)
    28-26 Edmonton Corsi five on five (10-6 Chicago in the second)
    ==

    This isn’t over.

  11. RT26 says:

    God, I live in Chicago and have to watch the local feed. Homerism like I have never seen before. They call DeBrincat “the cat” and kiss “Kaner’s” backside. Unbearable….Please Oil, bring this one home and beat these cheeseballs

  12. jp says:

    Side:
    Khaira should have just grabbed the players stick to control him. Wouldn’t have gotten a penalty that way.

    No, he’d have had to high stick or spear a Hawk as well for it not to be a penalty.

    Tough play to execute (and who’s kidding who, the zebras would call it against Khaira this time)

  13. Side says:

    RT26:
    God, I live in Chicago and have to watch the local feed.Homerism like I have never seen before.They call DeBrincat “the cat” and kiss “Kaner’s” backside.Unbearable….Please Oil, bring this one home and beat these cheeseballs

    Is “The Cat” the worst nickname in sports history?

    Has to be top 5.

  14. jzed says:

    McD and Kosk need to win this game for us, just need the rest of the team not to lose it

  15. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Side: Is “The Cat” the worst nickname in sports history?
    Has to be top 5.

    I don’t know,

    I thought Felix “The Cat” Potvin was clever and I loved his mask in the 90s.

  16. delooper says:

    Side: Is “The Cat” the worst nickname in sports history?

    Has to be top 5.

    They need more colourful nicknames. Like Santanico Pandemonium.

  17. jp says:

    Nix: Needs to be a bit more respectful of his older brothers former future team imo

    Would be great to have elder Strome back but unfortunately he’s priced himself out of a 3C job. With the Oilers or elsewhere I expect.

  18. Material Elvis says:

    Side: Is “The Cat” the worst nickname in sports history?

    Has to be top 5.

    Debrincat or Potvin?

  19. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    prefonmich:
    Is this a new rule to be able to review a penalty? How many calls have been wrong on high sticks before? Wtf?

    I think it’s only on double-minors and majors.

  20. Minister D- says:

    Side,

    Wasn’t Ken Linsman’s nickname “The Rat”?

  21. Material Elvis says:

    delooper: They need more colourful nicknames.Like Santanico Pandemonium.

    Or Andreas Athanasiou.

  22. unca miltie says:

    wow, took the whole period to make my donation to the Oilers Community Foundation, ie buy a 50-50 ticket. Over $3,000,000 and likely could be more if the website could handle the traffic.

    I am hoping that AA’s good play continues and he scores the insurance goal.

  23. Side says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: I don’t know,

    I thought Felix “The Cat” Potvin was clever and I loved his mask in the 90s.

    At least The Cat makes sense in combination with Felix.

    I know in MMA there is someone nicknamed “The Barn Cat” which implies they are scrappy and.resourceful.

    But Debrincat The Cat?

    Brutal. Absolutely brutal.

  24. Buddy says:

    Refs are in mid-season form.

  25. Hockey Project says:

    RT26:
    God, I live in Chicago and have to watch the local feed.Homerism like I have never seen before.They call DeBrincat “the cat” and kiss “Kaner’s” backside.Unbearable….Please Oil, bring this one home and beat these cheeseballs

    I often watch the other team’s coverage (well, other than Boston. Ugh) to see the other side. I had to switch before the end of the first period today. Was really tough to take.

  26. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Side: But Debrincat The Cat?
    Brutal. Absolutely brutal.

    Would Debbie or Debs be better?

  27. Minister D- says:

    When RNH was a rookie, his original nickname amongst the players was “Hoppy,” no? Terrible.

  28. Material Elvis says:

    Side: At least The Cat makes sense in combination with Felix.

    I know in MMA there is someone nicknamed “The Barn Cat” which implies they are scrappy and.resourceful.

    But Debrincat The Cat?

    Brutal. Absolutely brutal.

    What about De Rink Rat?

  29. delooper says:

    Minister D-:
    When RNH was a rookie, his original nickname amongst the players was “Hoppy,” no? Terrible.

    I thought he was The Witch.

  30. dessert1111 says:

    So if you high stick someone with your stick and they bleed it’s 4 minutes, but if you grab your opponent’s stick to do it it’s nothing? That can’t be the rule.

  31. prefonmich says:

    Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual,

    Hmmm. Then they should have reviewed the major they gave against Vegas last Stanley on Eaves I think with Pavelski.. I dont remember ever seeing that before.

  32. Munny says:

    RT26:
    God, I live in Chicago and have to watch the local feed.Homerism like I have never seen before.They call DeBrincat “the cat” and kiss “Kaner’s” backside.Unbearable….Please Oil, bring this one home and beat these cheeseballs

    bilasport lets you choose the feed.

  33. Side says:

    Klima’s_Bucket: Would Debbie or Debs be better?

    Yes.

    And it would be better if they combined the 2:

    Debbie Debs

  34. dessert1111 says:

    Sheahan’s penalty was dumb but they also don’t normally call that. Benning’s just looked like a reaction to protect his face. Khaira’s was a penalty but a little weak too. Those mixed with the reversed call is just atrocious.

  35. Ranford.85 says:

    The refs have been terrible in both games.
    I do enjoy seeing Neal slashing and running amock without getting called though.

  36. Munny says:

    Fuck you Hawks.

    Let’s play some HOOCKEEEY!

  37. jp says:

    Material Elvis: Or Andreas Athanasiou.

    lol

  38. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Do you think the Oilers get inspired seeing Hunter do the floss?

  39. Munny says:

    Oh my Lord

  40. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I don’t like Bear doing the Russell sprawl on the PK.

    All Dach has to do is fake to the slot and it’s a free pass to Toews for the boomer from the blocker side.

  41. jp says:

    Beautiful passing there. Can’t cash

  42. Munny says:

    Sheesh that’s two beauty looks

  43. Zelepukin says:

    some of our decisions defensively… seriously.

  44. oilersfan says:

    That may be the first time I have ever seen Russel stand up a man at the blue line

  45. Ancient Oilers Fan says:

    To buy 50/50

    When you get an error message just keep pressing refresh.

    The computer knows where to go just can’t get there

    I had to refresh several times at each level.

  46. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    What’s up with Drai? Rust?

  47. oilersfan says:

    Klefbom passed its right to Chicago… yessh

  48. Munny says:

    Ancient Oilers Fan,

    Thanks for this info… at 10:38pm lol

  49. Nix says:

    jp: Would be great to have elder Strome back but unfortunately he’s priced himself out of a 3C job. With the Oilers or elsewhere I expect.

    I’m mostly kidding but also kind of not. Theres going to be a cost correction frenzy this fall with pandemic prices. I’m going to will this Strome thing to life.

  50. Zelepukin says:

    oilersfan:
    Klefbom passed its right to Chicago… yessh

    Ya he has made some horrible attempted clears/passes out of the zone.

  51. Younger Oil says:

    Athanasiou just being on the ice is causing the Hawks to drop faster, making breakouts easier. Really impressive game by AA.

  52. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Someone needs to tell Drai he is the most boring Art Ross Trophy winner.

  53. Ancient Oilers Fan says:

    Munny:
    Ancient Oilers Fan,

    Thanks for this info… at 10:38 lol

    Just figured it out between period

  54. Material Elvis says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    What’s up with Drai? Rust?

    I think he’s starting to feel it. Been better in the third.

  55. innercitysmytty says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    What’s up with Drai? Rust?

    He had 3 points last game. Last zone entry had 3 guys draped on him.

  56. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Dria and Kassian may as well hit the showers. Can’t keep up in this game

  57. Ryan says:

    Real deal!

  58. jp says:

    The Real Deal James Neal!!!

    Huge!! Goal!

  59. OriginalPouzar says:

    Crawford pulls a Smith and Nealer with some quick hands for a HUGE goal.

  60. who says:

    Series now even in goalie giveaways

  61. Gerta Rauss says:

    whooot..!!!

  62. Zelepukin says:

    Neal is just made for the playoffs.

  63. Munny says:

    YEAAAH BABY!!!!

  64. Younger Oil says:

    And that’s why you play Koskinen over Smith.

  65. Material Elvis says:

    Crawford one ups Smith.

  66. Pescador says:

    Yuge

  67. Ice Sage says:

    great read by neal

  68. Pescador says:

    Moar Yuge

  69. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    Ancient Oilers Fan:
    To buy 50/50

    When you get an error message just keep pressing refresh.

    The computer knows where to go just can’t get there

    I had to refresh several times at each level.

    I tried to do that and it works up until the point you enter your credit info. If the site doesn’t bite when you click the final purchase button, it spits out the “Oops! Something went wrong! Your transaction has been cancelled” Error. After that, pressing refresh does nothing And you have to start from the beginning. So unfortunately, I could not get tickets today. ☹️

  70. Material Elvis says:

    Fourth line stone cold killers!

  71. Ice Sage says:

    Minister D-,

    well-played, sir!

  72. tileguy says:

    This 4th line is the best

  73. €√¥£€^$ says:

    unca miltie:
    wow, took the whole period to make my donation to the Oilers Community Foundation, ie buy a 50-50 ticket. Over $3,000,000 and likely could be more if the website could handle the traffic.

    I am hoping that AA’s good play continues and he scores the insurance goal.

    I tried for 20 minutes unsuccessfully

    AA looks great!

    The Real Neal seals the deal!!!.

  74. jp says:

    Whoah! WTF

    4th line. Nice

  75. Nix says:

    Smithd

  76. OriginalPouzar says:

    What a couple of minutes for Nealer – power move to the net and leads to the Chiasson wide open net goal.

    Two straight 5 on 5 goals for the 4th line?

    Huge.

  77. Ice Sage says:

    and again

  78. Munny says:

    He really is the real deal. Worth a deferred 3rd any day of the playoff week.

  79. Zelepukin says:

    that was an unreal smart play by Neal. He knew to just clog it up super close to the net.

  80. Side says:

    Wow. Strome The Strome must be pissed.

  81. jzed says:

    I stand corrected, Neal and Chiasson will win it for us😉

  82. jp says:

    Chiasson’s been good tonight, even aside from that goal.

  83. Ranford.85 says:

    And most people turned on our fourth line after the first game. Good forecheck and 2 goals from our ‘slow’ line.

  84. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Damn I love Neal’s game. Strong on the puck

  85. hunter1909 says:

    6-3 and I can finally pluck up the bravery to watch the game.

  86. Side says:

    Crawford The Ford has let in 10 goals in 2 games.

    I hope they start him next game.

  87. Munny says:

    innocuous but a big point blank save by Koski there

  88. Lucinius says:

    Oh, this is so much better. I can breathe.

    Love to see depth guys show up and go ‘fuck you!’ to the other guys in the best way possible; scoring.

  89. Ice Sage says:

    A wise man said: ‘there will be goals’
    Not tuning out yet – can’t say this is over

  90. nelson88 says:

    They sucked me into watching the entire game. Bottom six just like I expected. With a wee bit of help from McDeity and baby Nuge😁👍

  91. oilersfan says:

    Woot woot

    Two goals for the fourth line

    If AA scores I will start calling him triple a

  92. Munny says:

    If this is the AA we get going forward, sign the man.

  93. Jaxon says:

    Actually, I can’t believe that goal wasn’t under review. In my opinion, Neal was definitely putting his weight on Crawford’s blocker so he couldn’t move. It may have still stood but I’m surprised they didn’t get it reviewed.

  94. Pescador says:

    Bottom 6 contributions 5v5 have been the difference in both games

  95. Nix says:

    Side:
    Wow. Strome The Strome must be pissed.

    Its a sign.

  96. jp says:

    Nix: I’m mostly kidding but also kind of not. Theres going to be a cost correction frenzy this fall with pandemic prices. I’m going to will this Strome thing to life.

    Hey I’m on board if you can make it happen!

  97. BONE207 says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Someone needs to tell Drai he is the most boring Art Ross Trophy winner.

    Right after he’s told how lazily he skates.

  98. hunter1909 says:

    Now the Hawks are Oilers gazelle for them to play chasing and killing bigger prey with lol

  99. Ranford.85 says:

    Where’s HH with his ignorant “stone cold killer” comments about Kubalik? Hopefully his Nucks can score a goal tomorrow.

  100. dessert1111 says:

    If good Neal keeps showing up that’s huge. 4th line is slow but it’s got skill and experience.

  101. Side says:

    Edmonton cab drivers must be happy knowing that Patrick Kane can’t leave the quarantine bubble tonight.

  102. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    prefonmich:
    Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual,

    Hmmm. Then they should have reviewed the major they gave against Vegas last Stanley on Eaves I think with Pavelski.. I dont remember ever seeing that before.

    They added it because of that play, actually =P

  103. jzed says:

    Like Archie up with McD

  104. godot10 says:

    Jaxon:
    Actually, I can’t believe that goal wasn’t under review. In my opinion, Neal was definitely putting his weight on Crawford’s blocker so he couldn’t move. It may have still stood but I’m surprised they didn’t get it reviewed.

    Boqvist and Keith were on top of Neal. The Ryan Kesler Nurse rule. If the D is holding you down there….

  105. Ryan says:

    Younger Oil:
    Athanasiou just being on the ice is causing the Hawks to drop faster, making breakouts easier. Really impressive game by AA.

    Yeah.

    In the first, he turned the puck over a the Hawks’ blue line against the Toews line leading to a nice chance against.

    After that, he’s settled down nicely.

  106. OriginalPouzar says:

    A nice 3 goal lead should let them roll 3 lines and 3 pairings for the rest of the game.

    Give a bit of extra rest to the higher minute players.

  107. who says:

    dessert1111:
    Sheahan’s penalty was dumb but they also don’t normally call that. Benning’s just looked like a reaction to protect his face. Khaira’s was a penalty but a little weak too. Those mixed with the reversed call is just atrocious.

    Kassian penalty was weak.
    Bennings was pretty obvious. Pretty hard not to call a cross check to the face. Its fine to use your stick as a bumper, but keep it below the tits.

  108. Minister D- says:

    Fantastic shift by Chaisson-Neal-Kharia

  109. Munny says:

    Is there anything better than a change during OZone pressure?

  110. Pescador says:

    jp:
    Chiasson’s been good tonight, even aside from that goal.

    Same AA, Neal,
    Khaira

  111. Ice Sage says:

    Who are these imposters in Orange?

  112. jm363561 says:

    jzed:
    McD and Kosk need to win this game for us, just need the rest of the team not to lose it

    I was just thinking how much I agreed with this comment then BAM. Still not impressed with the Oilers D. AA to the top line?

  113. OriginalPouzar says:

    My goodness Doubles is having himself a hell of a game.

    I don’t know the last time I’ve seen a player have the puck so much and take it to net so much and not get rewarded with at least an apple.

  114. Klima's_Bucket says:

    I wish AA would have shot that.

  115. oilersfan says:

    This is AA’s best game as an Oiler by a mile

    Nice to see him draw a penalty with that speed

  116. Munny says:

    Has to be a call. Be ridiculous if not.

    more of this AA please.

  117. Pescador says:

    Munny:
    Is there anything better than a change during OZone pressure?

    Scoring is always nice
    in just about any form

  118. Minister D- says:

    Like AA’s game tonight. Most competitive I’ve seen him as an Oiler.

  119. Ryan says:

    jm363561: I was just thinking how much I agreed with this comment then BAM. Still not impressed with the Oilers D. AA to the top line?

    Draisatl needs some help.

  120. Side says:

    Poor AA had to carry that stick in his armpit for 30 feet otherwise the refs wouldn’t have believed him.

  121. BONE207 says:

    hunter1909:
    6-3 and I can finally pluck up the bravery to watch the game.

    That’s how Kevin Lowe feels about logging into your website

  122. Ancient Oilers Fan says:

    Crazy Pedestrian: I tried to do that and it works up until the point you enter your credit info. If the site doesn’t bite when you click the final purchase button, it spits out the “Oops! Something went wrong! Your transaction has been cancelled” Error. After that, pressing refresh does nothing And you have to start from the beginning. So unfortunately, I could not get tickets today.

    Guess I got lucky.

    Now that’s refreshing

  123. hags9k says:

    Wow AA nice tuh see ya!

  124. Material Elvis says:

    Side:
    Crawford The Ford has let in 10 goals in 2 games.

    I hope they start him next game.

    Model C givin up a six pack tonight.

  125. OriginalPouzar says:

    Wouldn’t have minded them starting PP2 on this one….

  126. Gerta Rauss says:

    Side:
    Poor AA had to carry that stick in his armpit for 30 feet otherwise the refs wouldn’t have believed him.

    LoL

    I laughed out loud when I saw that

  127. Ranford.85 says:

    That stick was stuck under AA’s arm for almost half the ice… still took the refs a second to call it.

  128. OriginalPouzar says:

    Did Kailer get slashed or does he have a slurpee brain freeze????

  129. Nix says:

    If AA lost a top line look in training camp then fair is fair and hes earned another shot with tonight’s effort. However its entirely possible he does work better driving the play against soft parades. Looks like hes starting to unlock at least and thats huge.

  130. Material Elvis says:

    Keith slashed Yamamoto in the face. That should be 4 minutes.

  131. Gerta Rauss says:

    Ranford.85:
    That stick was stuck under AA’s arm for almost half the ice… still took the refs a second to call it.

    The play is under review

  132. godot10 says:

    Ranford.85:
    That stick was stuck under AA’s arm for almost half the ice… still took the refs a second to call it.

    AA had possession of the puck.

  133. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I had forgotten how ruthless Keith was. I never minded all those years whilst playing against the Dys.

  134. jzed says:

    No, Keith slashed someone? Cut him too? Nope, upon reflection, nope

  135. Minister D- says:

    Obvious double minor.

  136. Younger Oil says:

    Fuck off refs, absolutely ridiculous.

    I don’t care if it’s a three goal game, that alone should cause them to not ref again in the playoffs.

    You could see he was bleeding immediately after the penalty, not just on the bench.

  137. Side says:

    When Kailer asked why he didn’t draw a 4 minute penalty because he was cut on the high stick, the refs simply said

    “I don’t give a shit, kid”

  138. Klima's_Bucket says:

    So the refs can check a high stick earlier to negate a PP and try to get it right.

    But when they call a high stick on Yamamoto they don’t even try to get it right.

  139. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Intensity has gone from Walter Sobchak to The Dude.

    Score effects, man…

  140. BONE207 says:

    Side:
    Poor AA had to carry that stick in his armpit for 30 feet otherwise the refs wouldn’t have believed him.

    I’m surprised that the refs didn’t review the replay

  141. Material Elvis says:

    Our bottom six is killing them on the cycle.

  142. OilClog says:

    Hopkins has how many points, awesome.

  143. OriginalPouzar says:

    Kassian almost ended Boquist there… bailed out….

  144. hunter1909 says:

    Chicago’s coaching staff look like poets, not NHL grizzled coaches like Tippett etc

  145. jp says:

    Pescador: Same AA, Neal,
    Khaira

    100%

  146. Ice Sage says:

    Material Elvis:
    Our bottom six is killing them on the cycle.

    Chicago might have thrown in the towel, but that is reassuring to see

  147. hunter1909 says:

    @ Lowetide: I nominate Chiasson for the Pisani slot during this season’s playoffs.

  148. delooper says:

    Good game, Oilers.

  149. Side says:

    BONE207: I’m surprised that the refs didn’t review the replay

    AA penalized for high sticking with his armpit stick.

    Correction, upon review it was determined AA was holding the stick. 2 minute penalty.

  150. Ranford.85 says:

    godot10,

    What does that have to do with the refs reluctance to make the call?

  151. Lucinius says:

    I’m remembering why I took a year off from watching the NHL, now. Fucking refs. Drives me insane how they refuse to call a game by its well defined rules and simply use the rulebook as nothing more than a guide book based on bias and incompetence. And no one of note ever calls them on it. There should be people in the media lambasting them every. single. time. for it. There should be empty seats and unsold merchandise as fans protest such blatant bullshit like this that affects every single team. I remember the uproar in other leagues over shitty officiating. It never happens with the NHL. Never, despite the fact it has the worst officiating by miles and has for decades.

    All we get is ‘the job is hard’ bullshit.

    The job isn’t hard compared to a lot of other jobs. This isn’t rocket science. See penalty? Call penalty. Don’t equivocate with ‘well…’

    Gah.

  152. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Patti Kane is crying.

  153. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Kane looked like he just had to put his dog down.

  154. delooper says:

    Australian victory music. Hmm.

  155. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s a big win

    It wasn’t pretty and this series is going to be hard, a lot harder than anyone thought

    Lots of room for improvement but that’s a strong win

  156. Side says:

    Patrick Kane The Cane looks ruined.

  157. Minister D- says:

    Good on ’em. MK’s a calming influence. If the Oilers play 60 minutes, if Leon gets going, the Hawks don’t really have a chance.

    But you know the old saying, if ‘ifs and buts were candy and nuts’…. Actually, I forget how the rest of that goes.

  158. Pescador says:

    Material Elvis:
    Our bottom six is killing them on the cycle.

    Credit to coach Tippett for finding the right mix.
    Fuckin Eh!

  159. Munny says:

    .

    Ranford.85:
    godot10,

    What does that have to do with the refs reluctance to make the call?

    Because they won’t blow the whistle while Oilers have possession. Back ref was out of the picture so I have no idea when his hand went up. But that’s why the whistle was delayed.

  160. theDjdj says:

    Nix:
    If AA lost a top line look in training camp then fair is fair and hes earned another shot with tonight’s effort. However its entirely possible he does work better driving the play against soft parades. Looks like hes starting to unlock at least and thats huge.

    I think exactly this. He prefers to drive a line with his speed. He actually reminds me of Hall in some ways. Having said that he was skating straight and getting to good areas, doing the hard work along the boards. I’d keep that line together as it had success but if he continues bring him up.

  161. godot10 says:

    Ranford.85:
    godot10,

    What does that have to do with the refs reluctance to make the call?

    The referees will not blow the play dead until the Oilers lose possession of the puck.

  162. theDjdj says:

    delooper:
    Australian victory music. Hmm.

    Australian?

  163. hunter1909 says:

    A Flames fan on Calgary Puck hates Kassian’s Sideburns with a white hot fury lol

    I’m reading their miserable final game posts currently its 4-3 Oilers lol

  164. prefonmich says:

    Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual,

    Thanks. Then I dont mind. Get it right!

  165. Munny says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    That’s a big win

    It wasn’t pretty and this series is going to be hard, a lot harder than anyone thought

    Lots of room for improvement but that’s a strong win

    Agree with all of that. Chicago matches us up well and Dach is even better than I thought. Plus they’re not playing Seabrook.

  166. Gerta Rauss says:

    hunter1909:
    Chicago’s coaching staff look like poets, not NHL grizzled coaches like Tippett etc

    LoL…their coach looks like the guest star on Melrose Place

  167. Nix says:

    If AA keeps up this play on a top line Ryan Strome is just going to have to use his balance bringing right handedness to spring McLeod down the left wall next year.

  168. hunter1909 says:

    Now Flames fans whining that without McDavid Oilers would be a terrible team LMAO

  169. hunter1909 says:

    LOL they hate Neal for some weird reason, anyone know why Calgary fans hate James Neal tonight?

  170. Pescador says:

    delooper:
    Australian victory music. Hmm.

    Ha,
    At least it wasn’t Men without Jimmy hats.
    “I come from a land down under”
    Ya know what, I don’t give a fuck

  171. hunter1909 says:

    McDavid does all the work the rest of the Oilers just pad their stats lol

  172. Klima's_Bucket says:

    hunter1909,

    Are they wrong?

  173. BONE207 says:

    Gerta Rauss: LoL…their coach looks like theguest star on Melrose Place

    YOU WATCH MELROSE??? You have reached the end of the internet…🤣

  174. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nix:
    If AA lost a top line look in training camp then fair is fair and hes earned another shot with tonight’s effort. However its entirely possible he does work better driving the play against soft parades. Looks like hes starting to unlock at least and thats huge.

    I think we are seeing that AA is most effective when he’s carrying the puck through the neutral zone.

  175. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think we are seeing that AA is most effective when he’s carrying the puck through the neutral zone.

    Now if Tipp can make him an effective PKer, we might have a Grabner!

  176. Zelepukin says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think we are seeing that AA is most effective when he’s carrying the puck through the neutral zone.

    Or anyone on a 3rd line with that much speed and control of the puck. All agreed, our bottom 6 need to keep playing like that.

  177. SwedishPoster says:

    That’s much better. Much sharper overall and that level of physicality is great to see, you could see it started to wear on the Chicago D as the game went on. Don’t mind the big slow & burly line at all, I can see them getting caught in their own zone if mismatched but they are a handful on the cycle. Neal looks rejuvenated. He’s always been a playoff perfomer ofc.

    McDavid was obviously flying, AA had his best game as an Oiler, Archibald had his second straight quality game. Kass ramped up his physical game a lot Klef-Larsson got their coverage issues under control. Still think Nurse-Bear had some wobble. Mikko was ok, not brilliant but solid and had some timely saves, an adventure whenever he leaves his net to play the puck though.

    Drai-Yamamoto has more in them but not too worried about that.

    Good game outside of some sloppy penalties, if they xan play this physical and stay focused defensively the Chicago D is far too weak to not get lit up.

  178. jp says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Patti Kane is crying.

    Suntory Hanzo:
    Kane looked like he just had to put his dog down.

    He just knows he can’t go out after the game. He’ll get over it.

  179. OriginalPouzar says:

    Dominik Kubalik – Stone Cold!

  180. Crazy Pedestrian says:

    hunter1909:
    LOL they hate Neal for some weird reason, anyone know why Calgary fans hate James Neal tonight?

    I know right? I mean, he did get them the most controversial 3rd round pick ever.

  181. Side says:

    I am glad Mikko played well.

    I don’t know if I could handle him having a meh performance and wondering if Tippett would play Smith again…

  182. jp says:

    hunter1909:
    LOL they hate Neal for some weird reason, anyone know why Calgary fans hate James Neal tonight?

    Remember all those nights we hated Milan Lucic this year?

    Ahh.. never mind.

  183. Ryan says:

    OriginalPouzar: I think we are seeing that AA is most effective when he’s carrying the puck through the neutral zone.

    Yet, he wasn’t doing much until tonight.

    Confidence? Fitting in on the team better?

    Playing with 44?

    Injury resolved?

    Kassian is great on the cycle when he wants to be. It’s the combination of strong at fishing out pucks with the looming threat of a big hit.

    Certainly this is more the AA we expected from scouting his highlight reels.

  184. jp says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Dominik Kubalik – Stone Cold!

    I’m sure HH will be by soon…

  185. striatic says:

    Are the hat trick hats being raffled or given to kids or something? Seems silly to throw them on the ice otherwise.

  186. Munny says:

    striatic,

    Probably will be re-used for the next Oiler hat trick.

  187. Lucic n Chong says:

    Adam Larsson. Guy looks dead. That top pairing is ….

  188. Suntory Hanzo says:

    striatic,

    They are always donated, no?

  189. hunter1909 says:

    striatic:
    Are the hat trick hats being raffled or given to kids or something? Seems silly to throw them on the ice otherwise.

    I can watch attractive women do a lot less than that.

  190. Pescador says:

    SwedishPoster:
    That’s much better. Much sharper overall and that level of physicality is great to see, you could see it started to wear on the Chicago D as the game went on. Don’t mind the big slow & burly line at all, I can see them getting caught in their own zone if mismatched but they are a handful on the cycle. Neal looks rejuvenated. He’s always been a playoff perfomer ofc.

    McDavid was obviously flying, AA had his best game as an Oiler, Archibald had his second straight quality game. Kass ramped up his physical game a lotKlef-Larsson got their coverage issues under control. Still think Nurse-Bear had some wobble. Mikko was ok, not brilliant but solid and had some timely saves, an adventure whenever he leaves his net to play the puck though.

    Drai-Yamamoto has more in them but not too worried about that.

    Good game outside of some sloppy penalties, if they xan play this physical and stay focused defensively the Chicago D is far too weak to not get lit up.

    Coach Tippett did a great job with the lines,
    I believe he will help the boys find the discipline they need for the next game.
    Koskinen has another level and he may need to find it,
    Same goes for Leon & Yam,
    All were decent tonight but have more game to give

  191. SwedishPoster says:

    Lucic n Chong:
    Adam Larsson. Guy looks dead. That top pairing is ….

    I honestly think he was fine the first game, scrambling a lot because Klef was a disaster but at least trying, and pretty damn good today keeping his pairing defensively in check despite Klefbom again being way off. He got walked by Toews but for the most part he held the fort despite a messy Klefbom.

    Oscar however needs to get his head in the game. He’s a crucial player to say the least. Both him and Nurse seem off to me. Nurse better tonight but still not at a good level.

  192. striatic says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    Looks like they are in Edmonton anyway. Donated to Bissel Centre. If that the case here I don’t mind them throwing a few over the glass.

    https://www.foxsports.com/nhl/gallery/hat-trick-what-happens-to-the-hats-nashville-predators-colton-sissons-052317

  193. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Nix:
    If AA lost a top line look in training camp then fair is fair and hes earned another shot with tonight’s effort. However its entirely possible he does work better driving the play against soft parades. Looks like hes starting to unlock at least and thats huge.

    After getting a chance to watch him play a bit more, this is where I think he could really fit on this team. If the top two lines can be productive without him, he can push the creek a bit. He seems to want to carry the puck through the neutral zone (transporter?). I think next year if he is on the team, it would be interesting to try him with Haas (or maybe Marody) at 3C. JP on RW? Of course Elder Strome back at 3C would be nice too.

  194. Munny says:

    striatic,

    Again, I would surmise that under Covid the hats are going nowhere for the time being.

    After this is all done they will be donated… or returned to the display case they were stolen from, since judging from the arms of the girls this looked like an “Oilers ball-caps through the Ages” rendition of hat-throwing.

  195. Ranford.85 says:

    godot10,

    You fool, the refs making a penalty call doesn’t mean blowing the whistle once possession has changed. The refs make a call by raising their arm upon seeing a penalty.

  196. Munny says:

    Ranford.85: You fool,

    Is there any particular reason why we are calling other commenters names?

  197. JimmyV1965 says:

    SwedishPoster: I honestly think he was fine the first game, scrambling a lot because Klef was a disaster but at least trying, and pretty damn good today keeping his pairing defensively in check despite Klefbom again being way off. He got walked by Toews but for the most part he held the fort despite a messy Klefbom.

    Oscar however needs to get his head in the game. He’s a crucial player to say the least. Both him and Nurse seem off to me. Nurse better tonight but still not at a good level.

    I think Larsson has had serious issues transitioning the puck out of the dzone.

  198. Lucinius says:

    Damn.

    Didn’t win the 50/50. Didn’t even get the first letter!

    Hilarious to see how high it got, though. Curious what the next one will hit.

  199. SwedishPoster says:

    JimmyV1965: I think Larsson has had serious issues transitioning the puck out of the dzone.

    Yeah, you’re probably correct, haven’t really noticed it myself but I’ve been pretty zoomed in on Klefbom not offering much in transition, with or without the puck, that I’ve sort of lost track what Larsson has done with it, I remember him rimming it quite a few times but can’t recall if it was from lack of options or not having his head up.
    I think overall the team has struggled with their passing game, tonight they compensated by skating the puck out and through the neutral zone and having a strong forecheck. But not a lot of quick passes to move up ice. And skating the puck out is not something Larsson does well at all. He’s better when getting short quick options from his D partner or center as he doesn’t notice passing lanes that quickly nor can skate himself out of trouble.

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