Up go the Flaps, Down go the Wheels

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers dressed two rookie blue last night and Evan Bouchard scored a wizard’s goal that will have the whole town talking. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Connor McDavid is now 31-62-93 after 51 games, meaning he’ll need seven points in the next five games. In his last 25 games, the captain is 17-34-51. In the 26 games leading up to that run, McDavid was 14-28-42. A giant walks among us.


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  • Oilers in 2015-16: 20-26-5, 45 points; goal differential -24
  • Oilers in 2016-17: 28-15-8, 64 points; goal differential +16
  • Oilers in 2017-18: 23-24-4, 50 points; goal differential -23
  • Oilers in 2018-19: 23-24-4, 50 points; goal differential -14
  • Oilers in 2019-20: 27-18-6, 59 points; goal differential +1
  • Oilers in 2020-21: 32-17-2, 66 points; goal differential +23

No one is talking about it (why would they?) but the Oilers are six points back with five to play and a game in hand on the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s over, impossible. And yet…….


  • At home to: Calgary (Expected: 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver, Vancouver (Expected: 1-1-0) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • At home to: Vancouver, Vancouver (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Montreal, Montreal (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Vancouver (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Expected May record: 4-2-2, 10 points in 8 games
  • Actual May record: 3-0-0, 6 points in 3 games

I appear to have badly misjudged this month and will have a stern talking to with myself in the summer months. The Canucks are trying but that’s a depleted group (Basil Rathbone’s great grandson played in last night’s game) over there.


  • Draisatl-McDavid-Puljujarvi played 14:48, going 10-7 shots, 1-1 goals, 0-3 HDSC and 17-11 Corsi five on five. Draisaitl had two goals (one five on five) along with four shots, a clean minute on the PK and quality work on the PP (a four-on-three was over so quickly you’d have missed it if you’d sneezed). McDavid was flying again, two assists on the night and could have delivered more with better puck luck. Puljujarvi had one shot, two takeaways and some good looks (release needs to be a hair quicker).
  • Kahun-Nuge-Yamamoto played 11:28, going 6-6 shots, no goals, 2-2 HDSC and 13-12 Corsi five on five. Kahun had a PP assist, and at five on five one HDSC and several reasonable looks that could have turned into something. Nuge skated miles as always and looked dangerous at times but no one on the line could cash five on five. Yamamoto was the most dynamic member of the trio, his goal-scoring slump now at 10 games. He had two shots, one HDSC and created plenty, but nothing rhymed. He’s hitting line drives all over the ballyard now, those base hits will drop in soon.
  • Chiasson-Khaira-Archibald played 8:54, going 3-4 shots, 1-0 goals, 3-0 HDSC and 8-8 Corsi five on five. Chiasson had one assist, and won a faceoff. I don’t think he’ll be back and will miss him. Habs used to have these guys back in the day, just tough to play against and bring enough offense to keep you honest. Claude Larose. Khaira had two shots and one HDSC, 3:15 clean on the PK. Archibald had an assist, HDSC, was a pain in the ass a couple of times with the puck on his stick. Also played 4:07 on the PK. Effective trio.
  • Ennis-McLeod-Turris played 8:19, 1-1 shots and 5-4 Corsi five on five. Ennis damn near scored on one of those lift shots all the kids are trying, McLeod had a shot and looked comfortable with the puck on his stick, and Turris played with urgency but was not effective.


  • Nurse-Barrie played 14:43, going 7-6 shots, 1-1 goals, 3-3 HDSC and 16-9. Nurse scored a fabulous goal, he’s at 16 for the season. Barrie picked up an assist and had five shots, he’s going through another of those fever periods where he gets caught up the ice and can’t get back in time to make the GA photo. He’s going to need to cut down on the episodes in the playoffs.
  • Kulikov-Larsson played 14:39, going 4-3 shots, no goals, no HDSC and 8-10 Corsi five on five. Kulikov is a savvy veteran but has these Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins moments when the puck jumps and skips on him and he’s in a lot of trouble. Larsson got mad last night, people shouldn’t oughta do that to him.
  • Lagesson-Bouchard played 10:31, going 1-6 shots, no goals, 0-2 HDSC and 8-10 Corsi five on five. Lagesson played a steady game with little wobble, but the star was Bouchard who scored on the power play and also spent 2:49 playing effectively on the PK. “I thought Bouchard was excellent tonight, Lagesson came in and a real solid game,” said coach Tippett.
  • Mike Smith stopped 28 of 29, .966 and now owns a .925SP for the year.


I like to look at forwards five on five points-per-60, this blog has deployed this measure for over 15 years now. It gives a true reading on a level playing field and identifies those who are delivering a great deal from the depth lines (Jujhar Khaira) and those who are playing on skill lines and struggling. Forwards who qualify for the top 372 (31 times 12) have played 311 or more minutes so far this season at five on five.

My quick line in the sand is 2.00+ for No. 1 line, 1.75+ for the second line and then 1.50+ for anyone in the bottom six. If a player is delivering at or near those numbers in that role or below, music! Let’s have a look.

First line scorers (NHL F’s 1-93)

  • No. 1 Connor McDavid 3.46
  • No. 16 Leon Draisaitl 2.66
  • No. 89 Jujhar Khaira 1.97

McDavid and Draisaitl are two of the best forwards in the NHL and that is reflected here. Khaira is a depth NHL forward having perhaps his best season and posting numbers we haven’t seen from him before. All three of these men have contributed to the team’s winning record and McDavid has proven again he is the best player in the NHL.

Second line scorers (NHL F’s 94-186)

  • None

Third line scorers (NHL F’s 187-279)

  • No. 187 Tyler Ennis 1.54
  • No. 193 Jesse Puljujarvi 1.51
  • No. 260 Kailer Yamamoto 1.27
  • No. 264 Dominik Kahun 1.25

This may appear discouraging but is actually a positive. Ennis has been a productive player whenever he’s in the lineup and Puljujarvi has pulled himself up to what is really low second-line scoring levels. He should qualify for the top 186 by season’s end. Yamamoto is in a slump and it’s going to crater his final totals for the season but he still qualifies for third-line production. Kahun is recovering now from a slow start.

Fourth line scorers (NHL F’s 280-372)

  • No. 291 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1.17
  • No. 294 Alex Chiasson 1.16
  • No. 310 Devin Shore 1.10
  • No. 334 Josh Archibald 0.96

For the depth players, these numbers are in the range of expectation. Much of Chiasson’s offense comes from the power play and his five on five role is in checking and goal suppression. Nuge’s almost season-long slump is the breaking news here.


  • First-line players having peak seasons: McDavid, Draisaitl
  • Bottom-six forwards having career seasons: Khaira
  • Top-six forwards posting close to second line production: Puljujarvi, Yamamoto, Kahun
  • Bottom-six forward posting second line production: Ennis
  • Top-six forwards posting fourth line production: Nugent-Hopkins
  • Bottom-six forwards posting bottom-six production: Chiasson, Shore, Archibald

McDavid’s career season and Draisaitl’s continued excellence are the lead five on five stories for Edmonton’s forwards offensively in 2020-21. There are two outliers: Khaira and Nuge. If Puljujarvi, Yamamoto and Kahun can end the season with a five on five flourish, this group of skill forwards will have had a fine season overall.


At 10 this morning, TSN 1260, we hit the ground running with a two-hour show devoted to sports. Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal will talk about last night’s game, McDavid’s incredible scoring season, and NHL player safety. At 11, Joe Osborne from OddsShark will pop in to talk about Super Bowl favourites, Aaron Rodgers’ future and the NL Cy Young award offs. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!


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Lowetide I sure wouldn’t pressure Yamamoto, who is forced to live outside the McDavid line in the new JP era, not unless he forces his way in by scoring ha ha.

Next season Ken Holland will have replacement players coming in to turn the heat up for the entire lineup, so he’s still got the playoffs and training camp to stick around hopefully without too much drama.


Watching that amazing offence in those red uniforms was almost like watching Red Army at their peak wasn’t it?…No?


I often think that when watching Flames games.


Habs: Tor(2), Edm(2)
Peg: Ott, Van(2), Tor

Magic number for Jets will be 3. They’d have the tiebreaker, right?

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Ottawa is 8-2-1 in their last 11.

If they didn’t have to play the Oilers this season, they’d likely have made the playoffs.

Victoria Oil

…Or if it was an 82 game season.

Glad we played most of our games against the Sens earlier in the season and most of our games vs. the Nucks later in the season.


Better luck next season for you.


4-0 Jets, Markstrom rocking a .733 save percentage. Anyone know when the rubber meets the road?


First series of the playoffs. Unless the Oilers win. In that case, second series of the playoffs. Unless the Oilers win. In that case…


The parade if they win out.


fluke, impossible repeat



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Condors holds on for the 2-1 win – the Marody beauty holds up as the winner.

Skinner stops 19 of 20 for the win – not a hugely tough night but some solid saves from what I saw.

I think they take over first place from Henderson now.


shames look like they have given up already. No life at all with their play


They’re a boring team with mediocre fans how does Treliving and Cassie’s hubby still have a job.


Nesterov on the flames PP – so happy Sutter is their coach (and for a while).

Nesterov with a poor play on the zone entry and the Jets score on a shorthanded 2 on 0.

Love it.

Lots of time left, however, if the Jets can hold on to win in regulation, it will give them 2 more regulation wins than the Habs to go with their 2 point lead in the standing (with 3 games left for each).

The Habs would likely have to get 3 more points in the last 4 games to take 2nd.


Marody with a beauty with 3 seconds left in the 2nd to give the Condors a 2-1 lead.

Benson takes a pass from Deharnais entering the blue, simple pass to the middle to a streaking Marody who beats a defender to the middle, takes the puck wide, fakes, goes behind the net and wraps it home.


Nice play by Stanton on the offensive zone board to keep the zone and get a pass to Cracknell who snipes one home from the slot.


1-0 Peg. Nice start


The sigh from Hrudey on the goal was gold.


haha, he’s so professional

Todd Macallan

Flames with 1 shot in the first 10 mins while fighting for the scraps left of their season. They are who we thought they were.


It’s a real pity to see them struggle 🙂


Lavoie gets the puck in full stride at the blue line near the end of a PP and powers towards the net – tries to go backhand/fivehole and is stopped but its one of the first times I’ve seen him make that type of play as a Condor – good sigh.


5-1 Sens.

Love it


You mean the free spot on the dance card Sens????


Their losses don’t count right? What about their wins? Hard to keep up

Harpers Hair

In other news…the Ottawa win moves them past the Canucks in the draft lottery.

The Canucks are now 6th with a good chance Columbus could pass them moving the Canucks to 5th.


1/3 of the way through the season I said it wouldn’t surprise me if Ottawa did not finish last in the division
That Canucks team is no good without Markstrom playing vezina caliber


I hear the NHL is arranging a 3 game playout series with the *lames to see if the Dys can earn a lesser pick. No sense holding the playoffs for that shambalooza.


This lost season for the canucks could actually be a silver lining long term, sign Peterson and Hughes to cheaper deals, get a better draft pick. It could really set them up for long term success.

Ice Sage

where have I heard that kind of logic before…? oh yeah for 15 years here!
kinda nice to be not clinging to draft hopes this time of year


if they don’t repeat the HH endorsed reaches that set them back. they kept the wrong exec.

90s fan

I remember the days of the lottery. Summer was always more exciting then winter.

Enjoy that.


You sound like an Oilers fan a decade ago. Empathetic (although not sympathetic)


LeBrun polled all 31 head coaches for their top 3 votes for the Norris – article at The Athletic so I will just say, Nurse finished 5th.

Ice Sage

That feels right – he’s had a breakout year but a few others (Fox, Theodore) have had better and there are guys who linger by reputation (Hedman, Josi) and guys in the same range (Avalanche D)

Harpers Hair

In respect of the intellectual property rights of the author, here is a link to LeBrun’s article.



Please, do tell me more about intellectual property rights.

Harpers Hair

As a lawyer, you shouldn’t need anyone to tell you about them but you repeatedly ignore the common courtesy of linking to source articles and, in fact, violating Lowetide’s general policy of giving credit to content authors by linking to the original content.

And, should you wish to flaunt your bona fides, I have vast experience in this area as a broadcast executive, publisher and author in a wide range of publications.

I have to assume you don’t do this simple act to make yourself look more as a credible source of information but, really, it’s very simple and easy to do and your failure to do so indicates the property of others is of no concern to you.


The article and where it could be found was posted.

Please feel free to reach out to LeBrun and let him know if my alleged illegal acts – he’s reachable.

Harpers Hair

You would be a pimple on his ass.

But common courtesy and respect don’t cost a thing.


I literally just laughed out loud – that was awesome – thank you for that.


Man, LT runs a class establishment Even the trolls try to be respectful. I prefer a link, but site name isn’t a big barrier to finding a recent article


He said the man’s name and where to find it you outright lying hack.

Courtesy and respect, two things you know absolutely nothing about. So how about you start learning the meaning to both of those words and go sit in the fucking corner you little disrespectful shit.


what do you know about courtesy and respect ?


OP Cited source and where it could be found
Some people don’t spam this site with links especially when they are hidden behind a paywall


Yes, I think we, or at least I, have seen enough inane links to sites with paywalls from someone with nothing better to do.


Hedman polling first is pretty sad though
Overall yes.
his play this season, definitely not worthy


Ottawa up 3-1 on the Habs going in to the 3rd period.


Guessing that Habs win in OT, Caufield with the winner.


Ran out of luck tonight


Skinner starts tonight.

Gravel is back but Niemelainen (wrist) and Kemp (hasn’t played since corked in that fight a week or so ago) remain out.


While I agree with you about the predictive power of P/G over 5v5/60, part of the value of 5v5/60 is how versatile and accessible it is.

You or I or LT can go look up RNH’s 5v5/60 scoring numbers/rates with Eberle, or McDavid, or whoever. Those data simply aren’t available with P/G.

Likewise, I do think there’s value in looking at how well players score at 5v5 (removing PP time from the equation). 5v5 P/G is even less accessible than overall P/G (I have to get out a spreadsheet and download stuff to calculate it) so it’s really not realistic as a go-to measure. And you can’t look at WOWYs there either.

Basically there are multiple practical reasons that make 5v5/60 a preferred metric, even if it is more volatile and less predictive than P/G metrics.


The landmine re: JJ is not true if you read through the caveats such as

“It gives a true reading on a level playing field and identifies those who are delivering a great deal from the depth lines (Jujhar Khaira) and those who are playing on skill lines and struggling.


To me, that is an argument against P/G as I think JJ’s production is under-stated given his role and quality of linemates – not to mention two games where he barely played but gets “credited” for a game.


Ha. The analysis is wonky and leads to wrong conclusions but, hey, it’s convenient.

No. The analysis isn’t perfect but it does things the other analysis can’t do.

And on convenience, the 5v5 version of the other analysis is inconvenient enough that most of the blog’s readers couldn’t do it. And most of those who could do it either don’t have the time or otherwise aren’t inclined to put in the effort.

To be fair, I did look it up just now, exactly because it’s easily available on NST and I was using large chunks of ice time. It’s not like there’s 0 information there.

I know you did. It was because it was convenient, but also because you couldn’t do that type of analysis using Pts/GP. Simply not possible.

I think there’s rather a lot of information there, even if much of it is noisy.

analysis based on 5v5 P60 (much less 5v5 P60 plus WOWY which is even noisier) introduces all kinds of landmines that readers aren’t aware they have to navigate.

Landmines, there really aren’t that many are there? Just that the data is noisy.

As you’ve shown us, Pts/GP has TOI and PP usage baked into it (also linemates/teammates I guess). And it also uses a larger sample of minutes. So it’s more reproducible year to year than 5v5 P/60. That’s all cool. I agree.

But you presumably see some value in WOWY, even though they’re noisy. Right?

A simple heuristic is: anything unusual revealed by 5v5 P60 should be discounted or viewed with suspicion. If 5v5 P60 gives you a different signal from Pts/GP, you should put more faith in Pts/GP. You’ll be less wrong in the long term.

I agree with this, but I still think there’s value in 5v5 rates as well.

And let’s not pretend that Pts/GP is perfect.
(what are the year over year correlations for Pts/GP, 5v5Pts/GP and 5v5P/60 again? I don’t actually remember exactly how different they are).

Correlations aside, Pts/GP told us that Alex Chiasson was a mid-2nd line forward in 18-19. 5v5 P/60 said he was a borderline 3rd/4th line scorer, as he’s always been. We also know he got cherry PP minutes and got to play with McDavid and Draisaitl at 5v5 that year. Is that a landmine of Pts/GP? Likewise Lucic and his lack of 5v5 scoring in 16-17?


What a breath of fresh air Anson Carter is hopefully he replaces Flames butt-licker Hrudey.


What an embarrassing evening in New York.


Less embarrassing then the lack of suspension on Wilson.

Honestly, there was no other way for things to go down, especially in a NHL without the formerly obligatory ‘tough guy’. Now, I have zero issues with the death of the pure ‘tough guy’ role in the NHL, but players like Wilson are exactly why they hung around far longer than they should have.

And given the lack of suspension on Wilson, there’s a real possibility the ‘tough guy’ role comes back, especially given Parros’ take on violence in hockey (which, imo, seems to be there needs to be more of it, I guess?), at least in some form.

Harpers Hair

A one game suspension would have made the ensuing chaos unnecessary


I think that’s why the Caps pulled Wilson out he could of destroyed a couple of Rangers but he let up. I could see Pavel getting suspended for at least the rest of the year for almost decapitating Mantha.


I don’t think you can really separate the lack of suspension and the NHL handling of it and tonight’s results.

It’s an all around embarrassing bush league operation.


Hopefully, Holland will find a buyer for Kassian in Pittsburgh or Manhattan.


Can’t help but think it’s exactly what the NHL wanted. I mean, what else could they have possibly thought would happen? If they want hockey to be more inclusive, maybe they should try to appeal to someone who isn’t in the “retired NHL goon” demographic.


I can’t shake the feeling that the whole thing is more or less handled with marketing in mind. Get people to talk about NHL, get a reaction out of them. All publicity is good publicity sort of thing.


Sure, but IMO they really messed it up. Lots of people are going to see that. Which new fans will it win over? Maybe a few MMA fans I guess. Maybe the NHL could attract more WWE fans by admitting that they also run a keybafe league? Even in gridiron football, the violence exists as part of the game, not as a circus sideshow. Pretty sure footballers and ruggers alike would roll their eyes and think, “we play a violent sport but this is just violence.”

Harpers Hair

4 fights in the first minute in NY.

Harpers Hair

Now 5

Harpers Hair

Now 6

Harpers Hair

Capitals dressed 11 forwards…6 are in the penalty box.

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Not surprised really.

Gamma Cassiopeiae

Fine work by the Department of Player Safety.


George Parros wanted to make hockey violent again. Clearly so did the NHL. Turns out that when they wanted hockey to be “inclusive”, they meant it should include meatheads beating the tobasco juice out of each other while the NHL pipes in artificial cheering.

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Remember when someone wanted to make a league for hockey fighting, and the NHL acted offended by the concept?


~ always wondered what they mean by a New York minute ~

Harpers Hair

In a strange twist of fate…Wilson left the game in the second period with an “upper body injury”.

I suspect that, once the Capitals had the lead, they decided to sit him to avoid any more assaults on his dignity.

Material Elvis

I think he only played one or two shifts after his fight then left the game (1st period).


Go Sens
Go Jets (so easy when they are playing the flames)


Do it NYR old ex-Oilers make GREAT hockey executives.


Sather did all right for himself.


Nice take. The paragraph beginning with “It’s not a level playing field” sums it up very well. The question people don’t ask often enough when reviewing data or stats is why?

Harpers Hair

Georges Laraque (@GeorgesLaraque) Tweeted:

Hey @NYRangers, give me a one game contract for tonight’s game and I’ll take care of @tom_wilso… lol


Bank Shot

There is randomness in 5 on 5 scoring for sure, but if you look at the history of RNH, he has consistently failed to match ES scoring rates with his line mates from Hall/Eberle to Draisaitl/McDavid.

Year after year when a guy fails to perform at a high level at ES, I think its fair to hang the tag on RNH that his ES performance is generally subpar. The one season he was on the second line at ES and PP (16-17) he scored 43 points.

Do you give $6 million to a guy who scores 43 points when he is the best player on a line?


Any metric trying to find the quality of the player needs to consider the quality of competition and the linemates. As Woodmoney and others have noted what ice time a coach is willing to give you not only affects your stats, but it is a good proxy for the QOC you faced.


It gives a true reading on a level playing field and identifies those who are delivering a great deal from the depth lines (Jujhar Khaira) and those who are playing on skill lines and struggling.


Keep preaching it.


I thought Bouchard played a very good game last night. Especially after an almost 2 month mid-season gap between games. He did mention in his postgame, that while not ideal and he understands the uniqueness of the season, he says he took advantage of the opportunity to work on specific things (weaknesses probably) that he might not otherwise get to focus on if he were playing regularly in the AHL. Both he and Tippett alluded to taxi-squad skates being more intense than regular practises to better emulate game conditions. Bouchard was doing fine earlier this season, but though it was just Vancouver, his game looked more composed last night.

Back earlier in the season, I drew attention to Bouchard’s “Popeye” like forearms. When combined with a sharp mind and other skills like accuracy, that is a great asset for him. He can generate tremendous velocity on both his passes and shots with seemingly very little effort, or certainly less movement, because of that forearm/wrist strength. That buys him that extra split second relative to his peers to be able to fire a quick shot past the defender or rifle the stretch pass 80 feet, since he requires no wind up to generate the speed, so the defenders have less time to react. That is a natural gift that he has learned well to exploit to go along with his other skills. And his skating looks just fine.


What you’re saying is Nuggy is a power play wizard while also just all around amazing.

I agree whole heartedly.

Harpers Hair

The Ranger’s whisperer and wannabe GM speaks:

Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) Tweeted:
Mark Messier on the way the #NYR are currently built: “In my opinion, if you’re going to win, you got to be able to win in the street and the alley. I particularly would not have built the team that didn’t have answers in this regard.” 

That’s a statement.



Could Messier and Mactavish be heading back to N.Y.


poor NYC

Harpers Hair

Adam Graves also works for the team.

Maybe get Lowe and the band will almost be complete.



the dismissed personnel say they had no idea of the press release. So who wrote and authorized it? Does not compute.

the dismissal has nothing to do with the press release. One bad luck season and bubye. Does not compute.


Easy to add up .

1. @wyshynski says they knew they were gone.
2. Then Wilson rag dolls some rags
3. Player Unsafety ducks.
4. Dolan decided to blindside Gary.
5. GM found out last and distanced himself.
6. Owner made the distance permanent.

Sounds like events overtook the pending firing


Oh ok!
owner/Dolan issued statement. Did not tell others. Generally in a shitty mood and decided now was as good a time as any to fire his president and gm

Coming in to focus now


a bit more in focus is you pick up the viewfinder the other way. informs gm that he’s walking at the normal exit time. gets in a shitty mood with bettman and dumps on him like a riders fans on a kicker’s lawn. at which point there’s no reason for owner and gm to wait any more for the firing.


I say Davidson and Gorton didn’t know or agree with the statement and took the fall. The spin doctors have been working overtime since last night.


clearly they didn’t agree. both sides leaking they weren’t even in the loop and statement looks like it.


The cleaning of house in N.Y is not surprising the statement they released yesterday was way over the top sounded like a Karen released it. People gamble on hockey nobody’s bigger then the league. I expect that the viewership of the Ranger vs Capitals game will be at least double tonight. Kassian’s stock also doubled overnight whining doesn’t help teams have to learn to protect their own.

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I think the whining was more over the fact that the NHL teams and players have a department whose entire purpose is to ensure player safety, but doesn’t actually do anything besides dole out inconsistent “punishments”.

I know you like to put on the tough guy, misogynistic act, Reja, but you can’t tell me you agree with the ruling on Wilson. $5000 fine for what he did compared to McDavid getting $5000 fine and a 2 game suspension for a chicken wing?

It doesn’t make any sense to have a “Department of Player Safety” in place, only to wink and whisper to the teams “but we won’t enforce anything relating to player safety so hire some goons and plugs to protect your players”.

The only plus side is that yes, Kassian’s value did increase significantly. Woooo!

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I thought Wilson should have been suspended for 3-5 games. When are Oiler fans going to realize Parros hates the Oilers goes back to his playing days. You should listen to the John Scott interview on Sportsnet yesterday wether you like it are not it has a ring of truth to it.


Did John Scott give another interview? I only saw his video where he was saying what Parros and the league did was embarassing and baffling.

Even if Parros did hate the Oilers, that wouldn’t explain the other inconsistent punishments handed out.

Goetisbehere just got a 2 game suspension for boarding Mark Friedman.

If Parros also hates the Flyers then one wonders why the NHL keeps such a biased department head around who seems to hate many teams.


What Goetisbehere did was nasty almost bordering on Dale Hunter nasty should of been suspended at least 3-5 Games.


“The rules of the game are only pretend, the game itself is only there as a framing device to provide context for violent behaviour that would be illegal anywhere else. NHL players should know that sociopathic goons can assault them at any moment while we cheer and wave our betting chits. Stop coddling these whiners – who wants to watch a bunch of shrimps like Yamamoto when we could be watching Real Men kill one another for our entertainment?”


@wyshynski 11m
I’ve asked around and around and around, and I’ve gotten the same answer: Rangers’ firing of Gorton and Davidson is not Wilson statement related. It’s performance based, and decision was made before today

Coming in to focus Good or bad they were gone and owner kept them out of the loop to ragdoll Gary.

Harpers Hair

Odd timing to do it with 3 games left in the season.


If, somehow, this is true, their PR department should have been able to tell them that it would be perceived as related and that no denial would be believed.

Harpers Hair

What I’ve been suggesting for a while.

Under expansion rules, Seattle must select at least $48.9 million under the salary cap. Other teams are thinking they will target the minimum — unless incentivized to do otherwise. That would allow for maximum weaponization of their space.


Harpers Hair

I am wondering if this is the offseason where we see offer sheets coming from the Kraken.



The whole point to claiming the minimum cap space is to ruthlessly upgrade your top 6 F top 4 D collection. The Mendoza at the bottom of your roster is going to be so high a bar, that you want to laser lock your cap spending on guys that add something in quality or role that you still don’t have. There may be a few spots where they’re very happy to outbid cap-constrained teams, but only where they get strategic upgrades from the selectees.

Nuge and Larrson are both UFAs of interest to Kraken. Fans might think Klef is too risky for Kraken to claim, but they may well roll the dice here and there for upsides. And definitely they will have cap weapons left to pick up the right RFA. With the flat cap they should be hunting for Stanley, not making nice.

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Paddy Morans Jockstrap

Barrie’s warts on full display in the opening shift. Even coach pointed that out in the media scrum after the game. No need to resign him as Bouch will be fully ready for everyday play at the start of next year. But let’s be clear. He has been a solid signing and has been a positive influence on the defense who are all much more willing to try create offense and exit the d-zone with possession (even Larsson and Rusty). I think he ends up in Seattle as it’s very close to home (Victoria), VAN has a similar player (Hughes) and none of the western contenders (COL, VGN, EDM) will be interested. Great one year signing though and cudos to Holland.

Winning these easy games against VAN is important as it keeps the pressure on TOR to beat MTL in their remaining games. If TOR loses both games to MTL and the Oilers win both against VAN – the Oilers suddenly control their own destiny. Without the Oiler pressure on top spot then TOR just rolls over and lets the Habs take the points so they take 3rd place and play the Oilers. But as long as we keep beating VAN it forces the Leafs to win against MTL. You have to think the Leafs want top spot locked up by the weekend as the Oilers will still have a big say where MTL finishes next week. So if TOR beats MTL this week and WPG gets their shyte together against CGY and OTT. The standings are set by Saturday night.


I’m thinking with another flat-cap season on the horizon, I would bet, around the league, we see an extraordinary number of very short term contracts, at reduced value, offered to a crap load of players. It makes sense some players may just value “winning a cup” vs “getting paid”, more than ever before.

It may also be, that I kinda hope that’s what happens here, with a few desirable contributors (some already in the fold, some who aren’t).


Nuge and Hall are 2 prime candidates for discount term and price


Hard time believing he won’t be a Bruin for the next few years in the least.


I’ve said it often. This is the one time in history that it makes sense to sign UFAs. However. Nuge will be one of a handful of players who will get paid. Seattle will need a C and Nuge will be tempting.


Deep Thoughts with Not So Handy

This run is great, but if the 2nd line doesn’t start to score 5 x 5 we have a playoff problem made in Hell

The biggest problem Evan Bouchard has…this game is way too easy for him…doesn’t even look like he is trying..there are not enough o’s in smooooth for his Stud

Good Lord Yamamoto can not piss a drop, this is a problem…it will come hopefully sooner than later followed by a ridiculous heater

Nuge is having a contract season from Hell (this is an opportunity for Holland)

Larsson is having a contract season from Heaven, adjust forward expectations or suffer the consequence ( buyer beware)

I do not think there is room for Bouchard and Barrie on this team

Love McLeod, but he will eventually need offense, these types take a long time to produce offense…see Chimmer….please management do not make the same mistake again

Kassian is overpaid but we need him vs Montreal and Calgary…and I am NOT SORRY


Puljujarvi is starting to get really mean out there…he does it with a smile…but he is figuring out he is a physical beast

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90s fan

“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away, and have their shoes.”

J. Handy.

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“If you ever drop your keys in lava, man, forget it – they’re gone.”
J. Handy

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John Davidson to the Flames….who says no?


John Davidson?


Who cares?




Very big surprise for me to see a professional hockey writer willing to put their name on praise for Mikko. IMO the only context they missed out on was how it took our team about 9 games to make up for not having a pre-season, and those 9 games were all with Koskinen in net.


Wow…NYR fire President and GM (Davidson and Gorton)

NHL runs it’s business like the mafia…..never go against the family

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Wow! Just wow! Hopefully this was not due to the ‘statement’ issued yesterday.

Harpers Hair

Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) Tweeted:
Sources say that #NYR president John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton scurried to distance themselves from the team statement that was issued on Tuesday night, telling other executives that they did not know it was in the works until after it was released.


Harpers Hair

Dolan vs. Bettman….should be a good one.

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Greg Wyshynski


It can’t be stressed enough how quickly, effectively and impressively Jeff Gorton rebuild this Rangers team. This is just … wow.


Maybe Vancouver or Calgary can pick him up and he can rebuild their teams

Harpers Hair

I’d be a little worried if I was Jim Benning.

Gorton is the goods.


I said yesterday. There is no bigger crime than insubordination

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Rick Carpiniello


Chris Drury is the new Rangers president/GM. Not sure if either title is “interim”

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It’s only fitting that this Rangers season – one of the most unfortunate that I can remember – ends in cleaning house.

55% all situations goals for % including 53% at 5v5, a +25 goal differential, but a 36% points percentage in one goal games and a missed playoff spot.

Harpers Hair

· Apr 16
The 2021 New York Rangers have the 2nd-largest gap between their goal differential and standings position of any team since 2007-08.

Based on their goal +/- they’d be expected to have ~56 standings points. They have 46.


When I saw the headlines I said out loud to myself, “Um… What?!”

This qualifies as making decisions based on things other than winning right?


Insert Picard facepalm picture here. What other business could get away with the appearance of impropriety and corruption that the NHL regularly displays? Terrible look for the League and the franchise no matter what the real reasons are. SMH

Fuge Udvar

Oilers points percentage in the 26 games between Bouchard’s start last night and his last game on March 1st: 0.692

And then Bouchard steps in and plays a solid game like that. I don’t see how Holland and Tippett could have managed it any better. Asking for better results than what we are seeing is unreasonable.

I know people were worried that Bouchard wasn’t developing without game action. But I think there is something to be said about keeping a player hungry.


It was kinda jaw dropping watching him seemingly dictate when the passing lanes will open. And then without barely any movement, flick of the wrist and the puck is not a hair width out of place of the intended target.

I want to say he’s a version of a Brian Leetch out there.


Yeah but where would Edmonton be without their 9 Ottawa wins?

Currently 51gp 66pts
Brings us down to
42 gp and 48 pts. 0.571%

Which puts Edmonton all the way at the bottom of…
*checks notes*
2nd place in the North Division

Oh my.


Larsson last night, I want to see that everytime he steps on the ice. Make them hurt so much future generations are left dealing with their broken soul grandfathers.

What happened to Grandpapi papa? Well son, a Swedish defender got angry in the corner with him. Never was the same, murmuring something about the gator has his leg.


While it is impossible not to be in awe of Connor McDavid, his amazing performances always partly blind us to the excellent plays of those around him. Puljujarvi has been doing amazing things just on the edge of your television or computer screen, while Connor is attracting all of the attention (in a good way). McDavid is having so much success not only because of his own exceptional talents, but also because he finally has two to first-rate wingers that do excellent things away from the puck play.


The last two games have been great “workman-like” wins. Great job by the Oil.

Role into town, get the job done and collect the points, leave town.


Roll into town…

I agree that the team looked to be very much in control & experimental in their play making. I’m not sure these games are how they should approach a playoff game but in game learning about what tricks work & what doesn’t. Some of the tic-tac-toe goals might not work come crunch time but if they do, Oilers have that as a strength over many opponents. That scoring winger can’t arrive soon enough.


Oh, man. I’m embarrassed by my spelling. Yuck.


30+ Albertans can be vaccinated tomorrow, and ALL Albertans 12+ on Monday. Get vaccinated, y’all!!

And what a game last night. The Oilers are good. Everyone can get vaccinated. What a time to be alive.


I tweeted that my one-step program to get 80% of Albertans fully vaccinated is for the province to promise we’d be able to attend Oilers games in person and you’d get a free 50/50 ticket with every jab.


You’d get to 99% vaccinated with that program. The 1% would be Flames fans.


Please run for public office!


So 50% of free is umm……..

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David Staples (@dstaples) Tweeted:
Great news Oilers fans. 

As of Monday, players can get vaccinated if they so desire.



Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Connor McDavid is now 31-62-93 after 51 games, meaning he’ll need seven points in the next five games. In his last 25 games, the captain is 17-34-51. In the 26 games leading up to that run, McDavid was 14-28-42.

Is this what Supernova looks like?



Foege Foegele Torpe

Uh oh,
I foresee a couple deleted comments followed by a short lecture today


A 2 minute read that explains a lot. I encourage everyone to read it.


Sing it Cindy Lauper…

Trolls just wanna have fun…🎵

Ice Sage

‘we see his True Colors…’ (blue and green)


“… the associations between sadism and GAIT (Global Assessment of Internet Trolling) scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.” [emphasis added]



Did you read this article?
If you did, how did the author tell you to respond to trolls?
I find it hilarious that the posters who complain about HH continue to respond to him. Hell, when he doesn’t post, they write posts to try and incite him to respond.
Because everyone knows the best way to respond to a childish post is by being equally childish. Right? 🙄

Ice Sage

‘if we didn’t have the devil, we’d have to create him’


Apples and orange fire trucks.

Whaler Slamamoto

Just downvote if it’s legitimate trolling. Then you sort comments by most voted and the biggest turds fall to the bottom.


It went quiet for a few days when no one was responding to the troll posts, but then the usual suspects couldn’t help themselves.

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A few thoughts on the game last night – loved seeing Bouchard in the lineup and love what he did with the opportunity. My “happy Oilers aren’t rushing prospects and have NHL depth” is warring with my “but Bouchard is ready dammit.” Just as we’ve become spoiled by Conner being Conner, we’ve been spoiled by Smith’s puckhandling, dude is one of the best ever. Watched the game with my brother the Canucks fan, neither of us saw the first penalty the refs called on the Oilers in real time or in the replay. Just as he was saying, “don’t worry, refs will call some bs to make up for it,” the ref’s hand went up, and I was laughing so hard I didn’t even see whatever they called. Was impressed with the Canucks compete level given their circumstances. Demko impressed me, but he usually does. Didn’t see what happened to get Larsson so mad, but glad that high elbow he threw missed. Note to self – do not borrow money from Adam Larsson. Enjoyed the game, IMO the outcome was never in doubt, early goal for the Nucks or not. They just don’t have the horses. At my brother’s insistence, we watched video of Quinn Hughes getting fined 5k for a slash, McDavid getting fined 5k for a hit, and Wilson getting fined 5k for… whatever that was. Then him flexing/posturing/whatever in the penalty box… what a goof. Reminds me of Kassian mocking Gagner for getting his jaw broken by Kassian’s careless bush league play. Hilarious to me that Wilson was ejected from the game for taking his jersey off. THAT’S what the refs thought crossed the line. #zebrajustice


…. Larsson got mad last night, people shouldn’t oughta do that to him.

You are truly a gem LT…

I might be firmly in the #keepLarssonForever camp as of this season. What a beast.