Stanley Cup Playoffs 2020: Oilers vs. Chicago Game 3

A five-game series is like having a job evaluation every day for a week. Even if you do well Tuesday, there’s another big test tomorrow.

Imagine a batter versus a pitcher. The count is 1-1. Strike two gives enormous advantage to the pitcher, 2-1 is a hitter’s count. That’s tonight for the Oilers and the ‘Hawks. This is fun, right? RIGHT?

THE ATHLETIC!

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OILERS 2019-20 PLAYOFF SCORING

The top two lines have produced points, with McDavid leading the way in brilliant fashion. I’m a fan of Leon Draisaitl and believe he can create offense with any number of the available wingers. In the spring of 2017, he was a hammer with Milan Lucic and Anton Slepyshev (the line scored while getting caved in possession). James Neal has two goals, Chiasson another, the bottom-six forwards are doing good things.

Defensemen haven’t had much of an offensive impact but the second pairing has been good, the top pair was better in Game 2 and the third pair has been exactly as you would expect (dependable).

Goalie Mikko Koskinen has the edge on getting tonight’s start, it’s uncertain he’ll get the next three starts.

OILERS PLAYOFFS CORSI FIVE ON FIVE

Oilers so far this series are 51.5 Corsi (No. 9 in the NHL) and 45.45 goal differential (No. 14). Both numbers five on five.

Possession numbers are not the almighty but do tell us what the puck is doing with specific players on the ice. Edmonton’s bottom-six forwards are routinely in the 40’s in this metric, nice to see some real results from the Khaira and Sheahan lines.

Out clause will of course be part of this and I do believe Puljujarvi could be with the Oilers in 2020-21. That’s a big step from where this landed and spent last winter, seems a spring thaw has resulted in real progress. It’s easy to see how much value he would bring, with cap savings being a massive item. If Ken Holland can offload Alex Chiasson (Puljujarvi), Kris Russell (Caleb Jones) and Matt Benning (Evan Bouchard) it’ll represent $5 million or more shaved off the cap in 2020-21. Massive.

Plenty of room for Holland to wheel, he could add a more substantial goalie or perhaps an upgrade on Riley Sheahan in the middle. I have Bouchard, Lagesson and Gambardella making the team from Bakersfield, and suspect Tyler Benson, Cooper Marody, Ryan McLeod and Theodor Lennstrom may also be in play.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, we hit the airwaves on TSN1260 with Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal. We’ll chat about tonight’s big game and moments in Oilers history when intelligent men had to contemplate the evening game as historic and possibly damaging. Joe Osborne from OddsShark pops by at 11 to talk NHL and NBA odds. 10-1260 text @Lowetide on twitter. We have live sports to talk about and we’re all very excited!

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  1. Ribs says:

    Minister D-:
    This is actually a pretty terrible hockeygame.

    A “Ref Inspired, Track Meet Classic”.

    The NHL is pretty silly sometimes.

  2. Lowetide says:

    After Two:

    3-2 Edmonton (2-1 Edmonton in the second)
    19-17 Edmonton shots (10-8 Edmonton in the second)
    21-18 Edmonton Corsi for five on five (9-9 in the second)

    ==

    Oilers best forwards are so splendid it’s crazy and I like Koskinen’s game

  3. drglen says:

    Don’t give it away boys. Ref has a quick whistle…

    Kassian worries me for this period, for that reason.

  4. BONE207 says:

    Minister D-:
    This is actually a pretty terrible hockeygame.

    Ya but the only thing that would be bigger than an Oiler win was that explosion in Beirut…

  5. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    After Two:

    3-2 Edmonton (2-1 Edmonton in the second)
    19-17 Edmonton shots (10-8 Edmonton in the second)
    21-18 Edmonton Corsi for five on five (9-9 in the second)

    ==

    Oilers best forwards are so splendid it’s crazy and I like Koskinen’s game

    +1

  6. pts2pndr says:

    Harpers Hair: It’s called interference.

    It’s in the rule book.

    Look it up.

    You are more full of excrement than a porta potty at a outdoor concert!

  7. Munny says:

    Lowetide: I like Koskinen’s game

    He’s shown a lot of battle tonight.

    Some iron in his game too.

  8. Ice Sage says:

    pts2pndr,

    In Coombs

  9. BONE207 says:

    pts2pndr: You are more full of excrement than a porta potty at a outdoor concert!

    Do you think the vac truck can suck him up along with the Canucks?

  10. godot10 says:

    “Come on guys help me out. Before the game I give them direction. The goalposts are always with me. They talk back to me. Some nights they say ‘bing’. But some nights they have a bad night, too.”

  11. Ice Sage says:

    BONE207: Do you think the vac truck can suck him up along with the Canucks?

    Sorry guys, septic tanks can last 35 yrs on the Island

  12. BONE207 says:

    Munny: He’s shown a lot of battle tonight.

    Some iron in his game too.

    I like his mettle…nice ping sound too…

  13. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny: He’s shown a lot of battle tonight.

    Some iron in his game too.

    I was actually thinking of using “battle” as a descriptor during the 2nd.

    So far, the battle has been good enough but Mike Smith battled in game 1….

    Just make that next save Mikko. So far so good.

  14. Reja says:

    BONE207: Do you think the vac truck can suck him up along with the Canucks?

    The shit truck couldn’t handle that load.

  15. BONE207 says:

    Time for a NUGE goal now…

  16. Tesla's Hair says:

    BONE207,

    That is a very tough comparison for me to read having friends in Beirut

  17. OriginalPouzar says:

    I would feel more comfortable if the Oilers would score a fairly early insurance goal.

    Big block there by Rusty!

  18. jp says:

    We are lucky Dach still has his Bambi legs.

  19. Lucinius says:

    50/50 winning number is out.

    Didn’t win. Good luck to the rest of you!

  20. Munny says:

    97 was a determined dog on shift 1

  21. Ryan says:

    Nice trip on 93.

  22. drglen says:

    decent shift AA

  23. BONE207 says:

    Tesla's Hair:
    BONE207,

    That is a very tough comparison for me to read having friends in Beirut

    Sorry…it was enormous though…shocking

  24. OriginalPouzar says:

    I love the battle in the offensive zone and in front of the “heavy line”.

  25. jp says:

    If AA is a forward version of Nurse, I’m cool with that.

  26. drglen says:

    goo d shift khaira

  27. drglen says:

    towes snake bit tonight.. we are damn lucky.

  28. Younger Oil says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the refs got a call from the league during the intermission to put their whistles away.

  29. BONE207 says:

    Toews…much different than the 2005 or so world juniors…poor guy.

  30. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Toes may never score again

  31. Tesla's Hair says:

    Who will score next goal?

  32. jp says:

    drglen:
    towes snake bit tonight.. we are damn lucky.

    BONE207:
    Toews…much different than the 2005 or so world juniors…poor guy.

    Fuck that. All the PPs those guys got. It’s karma, that’s all.

  33. drglen says:

    watch out here…

  34. smellyglove says:

    Hawks announcers saying Chicago had five posts tonight.

  35. PokeCheck says:

    Lucinius:
    50/50 winning number is out.

    Anyone know the trick to getting issued an “A” range ticket?

  36. drglen says:

    play the khaira line

  37. Gerta Rauss says:

    smellyglove:
    Hawks announcers saying Chicago had five posts tonight.

    ‘that’s a shame’

    LoL

  38. Lucinius says:

    PokeCheck,

    “A” range is just the 200 ticket package. “B” is the 60 ticket package, and so on.

    As for getting tickets? Buy them early in the day. Can buy as early as 9 am.

  39. Younger Oil says:

    Call me crazy, but I start Smith in Game 4, regardless of the result tonight.

    Otherwise, it’s either a tired Koskinen or a cold Smith in Game 5 if it is necessary.

  40. BONE207 says:

    What we need right now is a faster clock…

  41. jp says:

    Younger Oil:
    Call me crazy, but I start Smith in Game 4, regardless of the result tonight.

    Otherwise, it’s either a tired Koskinen or a cold Smith in Game 5 if it is necessary.

    You are crazy. Seriously.

  42. Munny says:

    Isn’t that interference on Saad, HH?

  43. drglen says:

    Im concerned.. hawks getting serious pressure.. oilers just getting a misplay rush and give it over again.

  44. Munny says:

    Nice work by KRusty on Dach in the corner

  45. BONE207 says:

    BONE207:
    What we need right now is a faster clock…

    Ha…just went to my bedroom & the game there is 10 seconds ahead…eureka!!!

  46. Victoria Oil says:

    I liked our third period on Monday night muxh better. The Hawks have taken it to us the last 4-5 minutes.

  47. Ryan says:

    Draisatl has been making some great defensive plays.

    Kassian’s played 5:51.

    That’s less than Ennis.

    Jones and Benning only 7 minutes and change.

  48. Rickety Cricket says:

    Oilers playing prevent D. Need to be more aggressive.

  49. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I see fatigue. Too much chasing. Poor puck management when they actually have it

  50. jp says:

    Is it me or has Klefbom been entirely invisible this game? (absolutely zero wrong with that btw)

  51. drglen says:

    careful, chicago pressing.. don’t give them the penalty

  52. Material Elvis says:

    Nurse gets thrown to the ice. No holding call.

  53. Ryan says:

    Kubalik had the wrap around take down on a Nurse there.

  54. drglen says:

    damn..

    damn

    damn

  55. Rickety Cricket says:

    drglen:
    careful, chicago pressing.. don’t give them the penalty

    What if we just give them a goal?

  56. Ice Sage says:

    drglen:
    careful, chicago pressing.. don’t give them the penalty

    didn’t matter

  57. Lucinius says:

    Oilers should give out free blood pressure medication for every game, imo.

  58. Munny says:

    Thank you, Archie

  59. Tesla's Hair says:

    Imagine a batter versus a pitcher. The count is 1-1. Strike two gives enormous advantage to the pitcher, 2-1 is a hitter’s count. That’s tonight for the Oilers and the ‘Hawks. This is fun, right? RIGHT?

    Is this fun? Hahaha

  60. godot10 says:

    Kassian bailed on blocking the point shot on the goal. He basically just got out of the way. Couldn’t make it through two games without a lazy blunder.

  61. Material Elvis says:

    Brutal. Fuck.

  62. jp says:

    Lucinius:
    Oilers should give out free blood pressure medication for every game, imo.

    Huh? Think I passed out there for a bit

  63. drglen says:

    brutal

  64. Lucinius says:

    Whelp.

    This was fun.

  65. Tesla's Hair says:

    Nnooooooooooooooooooooo

  66. Ice Sage says:

    Wow this reminds me of Oilers – Wings 2006, Oilers on the wrong end this time.
    Ah well

  67. drglen says:

    damn.. off bear and in the net

  68. jp says:

    Ah damn. Bear.

  69. Munny says:

    fuck a little yellow duck

  70. BONE207 says:

    Tesla's Hair:

    Is this fun? Hahaha

    Well…not so much anymore

  71. LMHF#1 says:

    So if the Oilers would just stop scoring against themselves…

  72. Lucinius says:

    Quite possible that Montreal will eliminate the Penguins and the Hawks will eliminate the Oilers.

    Bleh.

  73. drglen says:

    not a problem.. we will win the next two games

  74. Material Elvis says:

    Hit Bear’s stick, Chicago player’s knee, then post and in.

  75. Gerta Rauss says:

    Man, that’s a kick in the coin purse

  76. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    Get em next year boys

  77. Tesla's Hair says:

    Brinkmanship

  78. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    drglen:
    not a problem.. we will win the next two games

    Oilers play indicates no they won’t

  79. Nix says:

    Ok so seriously. You trade Lafreniere, Lavoie, and the last year of Russell to Ottawa for picks 3 and 5. The Sens get an excellent pair of high pedigree francophone wingers, and the Oil get to slightly divert league anger at another 1rst, and McDavid gets Stutzle and Holtz for the next few years cup window.

    Im going to go lose my shit. Good evening all.

  80. Ribs says:

    Koskinen was fine.

  81. Younger Oil says:

    Even with the reffing BS, the better team won tonight. Koskinen let nine pucks by him, and the post saved his ass five times.

  82. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I didn’t like how Nurse left Bear defending 2 hawks.by himself on the winner. Poor puck management by the forwards other than the 4th line in the 3rd.

  83. jp says:

    Réal Goudenyéu:
    Get em next year boys

    Réal Goudenyéu: Oilers play indicates no they won’t

    Great. Now where’s HH?

  84. gogliano says:

    Younger Oil:
    Even with the reffing BS, the better team won tonight. Koskinen let nine pucks by him, and the post saved his ass five times.

    Also all those pucks that missed the post and hit the backboard — all goals because Koski didn’t get’em. 30 goals or so by my count.

  85. Fiveinatrailer says:

    Tough loss. Young oilers team can’t play the trap for 20 minutes. I don’t understand why they would even try that tactic.

    Anyone else see Dach and think man I wish PJ was him?
    Dach and Boq >PJ and Bouch

  86. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I don’t think Tippet can be happy with many periods in this series. Not his style. It never happens, but I would have liked to have seen a timeout halfway through the 3rd to get a breather and settle things down. Especially with mostly 4 D

  87. striatic says:

    This game was excruciating on so many levels.

  88. SK Oiler Fan says:

    So 12 penalties then none in the 3rd hey? I think there was a visit to the officials room

  89. godot10 says:

    Kassian cost the OIlers the game by skating out of the way of the shot on the tying goal. No guts. I remember Horcoff and Smyth diving face first to block shots in the playoffs in 2006.

    Not Kassian He purposely avoided the point shot.

  90. flea says:

    Still alive, but it’ll be tough to win both on the back to back. Only thing that gives me a glimmer of hope is the Oilers have not played their best game yet. Just gotta win that one Friday and give yourself a chance in game 5

  91. godot10 says:

    Younger Oil:
    Even with the reffing BS, the better team won tonight. Koskinen let nine pucks by him, and the post saved his ass five times.

    The Blackhawks hit the posts because Koskinen is a big goaltender. The late Toews shot that hit the post would not have gone in if it had been on net.

  92. godot10 says:

    Bench Kassian. Nygard and Haas. Make it so.

  93. OriginalPouzar says:

    Nygard/McDavid/Kass
    Nuge/Drai/Yamamoto
    AA/Sheahan/Archie
    Neal/Khaira/Chiasson

    Top line – in 35 minutes are positive possession and 3:1 goals.

  94. ashley says:

    We can’t say much about the game winner. Just really bad luck. Bear is doing the right thing there and even then, it had to bounce twice before actually making it into the net. Koskinen not square, didn’t have the right angle. Maybe didn’t see it because of the screen.

    The egregious play was the tying goal. Archibald by himself on the defensive half wall with the puck coming to him. LOTS of time. He tries to play it with his skate??? Skate to stick? Is that what I saw? The puck goes off both skate and stick into the slot for full Hawk possession. What an awful play with 5 minutes to go.

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen that particular clumsy blunder in such a big game with so little time left.

    This team really does seem to be cursed sometimes. Tonight is one of those times.

  95. godot10 says:

    I thought it might have been me imagining it, but someone else saw it too.

    Top Cheese
    @TENcentHands
    ·
    7m
    Kassian with a weak shot block attempt on the blue on tying goal.
    McDavid watching replay looks like he mutters under his breath “fuck Kass”

  96. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    ashley:
    We can’t say much about the game winner.Just really bad luck.Bear is doing the right thing there and even then, it had to bounce twice before actually making it into the net.Koskinen not square, didn’t have the right angle.Maybe didn’t see it because of the screen.

    The egregious play was the tying goal.Archibald by himself on the defensive half wall with the puck coming to him.LOTS of time.He tries to play it with his skate???Skate to stick?Is that what I saw?The puck goes off both skate and stick into the slot for full Hawk possession.What an awful play with 5 minutes to go.

    I can’t say I’ve ever seen that particular clumsy blunder in such a big game with so little time left.

    This team really does seem to be cursed sometimes.Tonight is one of those times.

    That was Sheahan not Archibald I believe. But yes it was a major fuck up

  97. Réal Goudenyéu says:

    godot10:
    I thought it might have been me imagining it, but someone else saw it too.

    Top Cheese
    @TENcentHands
    ·
    7m
    Kassian with a weak shot block attempt on the blue on tying goal.
    McDavid watching replay looks like he mutters under his breath “fuck Kass”

    This is pretty soap opera but I’ll have to check the tape

  98. Zelepukin says:

    man, what do you do for the tenders? You play Smith game 4, but if he sucks it then you blame Tip. If he wins us the game, do you play him game 5 in a back-to-back? I guess it depend how well he stands on his head?

    Do you ride Koski the same way Crawford is going to play every game?

  99. godot10 says:

    godot10:
    I thought it might have been me imagining it, but someone else saw it too.

    Top Cheese
    @TENcentHands
    ·
    7m
    Kassian with a weak shot block attempt on the blue on tying goal.
    McDavid watching replay looks like he mutters under his breath “fuck Kass”

    Watch all the way to the end…the last few seconds.

    https://www.nhl.com/video/highmores-game-tying-goal/t-317754962/c-5395074

  100. flea says:

    godot10: Watch all the way to the end…the last few seconds.

    https://www.nhl.com/video/highmores-game-tying-goal/t-317754962/c-5395074

    I don’t think that’s what he said.

    It’s not like reporters make up shit to get clicks and views though (cough cough – Adrian Dater – cough )

  101. flea says:

    Zelepukin:
    man, what do you do for the tenders? You play Smith game 4, but if he sucks it then you blame Tip. If he wins us the game, do you play him game 5 in a back-to-back? I guess it depend how well he stands on his head?

    Do you ride Koski the same way Crawford is going to play every game?

    I think Tippett plays Smith in Game 4 and goes back to Koskinen for Game 5

  102. godot10 says:

    flea: I don’t think that’s what he said.

    It’s not like reporters make up shit to get clicks and views though (cough cough – Adrian Dater – cough )

    He said “F%@ Off Kass”, as clear as day.

  103. dustrock says:

    Kassian is the worst Oilers forward. He’s so bad Tippett can’t even play him when Ennis goes down.

    And again, I’m not sure Nurse is a top 4 defenceman.

    But whatever, we suck 5v5,if hockey has now become a pinball game in the halfcourt, the Oilers are not equipped for that, particularly on D.

    They are a PP and counterattack team. If you take away the counter, they’re not scoring 5v5.

  104. dustrock says:

    And I’ve been a pretty steady Larsson criticizer but holy hell he is apparently the only one capable of clearing the crease on the entire Oilers D corpse.

    The book on us is clear now: shoot from the point, either our D will tip it in ourselves or they won’t take out the Hawks player standing in the blue paint.

  105. Fiveinatrailer says:

    Sorry I’m late to the party. Larson out? Ennis injured, Kassian benched?

  106. razor says:

    Time to sit Sheahan and Kassian and put in Haas and Nygard. Sheahan had a major screw up on the tying goal and hasn’t looked like the regular season all series.

  107. rickithebear says:

    My champ core roster theory:
    Champ teams give up 2.00 or less GAA in their series win games.

    Have said Nurse and Bear are cup killing rovers.

  108. jake70 says:

    Well, better in regulation than a heartbreaker in OT. And as far as point shots being low percentage approach, someone tell that to Oiler opponents over the last decade.

  109. Ryan says:

    Tough loss…

    The officiating was pretty terrible.

    Yamamoto hit vs Dach.

    Russell holding call.

    AA gets holding call against Kane with palm up for one Mississippi…

    Kubalik does a bear hug followed by a take down on Nurse and no call.

    Nuge was tripped on the opening Oilers PP with no call.

    Kassian sat for most of the game then cost the game.

    Losing Ennis further disrupted the flow of the game and exposes our lack of top nine winger talent.

    Just watching Russell play in the top four on the right side is cringeworthy alone…

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