The Magic Power Play II

Jonathan Willis
April 23 2013 12:32PM

One of the more underreported stories (including by me) related to the Oilers this season has been the steep decline in the power play since a brilliant run to start the year.

The Chart

The chart above shows the Oilers’ cumulative power play efficiency over the course of the season, meaning that the first point is from game one, the second from games one and two, the third from games one to three and so on. At game five, the Oilers reached their season peak; this was followed by a steep decline and then a long, slow drop-off. Currently, they are in their worst run of the season, a 2-for-29 stretch since their 8-2 win over Calgary.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

The question is what it means, since we can present the data in a number of ways. For example:

  • “The Oilers scored 10 power play goals on 28 opportunities in their first five games. They’ve scored 23 in the last 131 opportunities – a 17.6 percent clip and below NHL average. This is a sub-average group that got hot for five games.”
  • “The Oilers have gone 2-for-29 over their last nine games. Prior to that they went 31-for-130 – a 23.8% clip and one that would have led the league last year! This is a great group in a cold stretch.”

This is what Mark Twain meant when he talked about lies, damned lies, and statistics - the data can be interpreted in different ways, and it’s important to express it properly or else one arrives at an erroneous conclusion.

So what is the answer? Based on power play efficiency alone, the safest answer is probably that the Oilers are worth their season number – it’s the largest sample, and doesn’t suffer from any arbitrary cut-off. However, there’s more to the story than just goals per opportunities .

The Magic Power Play

Power play efficiency captures only a small piece of the picture: goals. Nobody would argue that goals are the object of the power play, and thus the most vital piece, but they’re also relatively rare events. The Oilers have 30 goals and 165 shots in the most common power play situation – 5-on-4 play – this year, and over that small of a sample the percentages can mislead. Last season, Jordan Eberle scored 34 goals thanks in no small part to an 18.9 shooting percentage – this year he’s on a 23-goal pace over the same number of games despite a shots increase because his shooting percentage has slipped to 10.4 percent. Whether one is optimistic or pessimistic on Eberle, there’s no arguing that shooting percentage has had a massive influence for good and for bad on his goal-scoring totals.

Last year, the Oilers had a really good shooting percentage number – they were one of two teams in the league with a shooting percentage above 16 percent in 5-on-4 situations. Nashville was the other. Looking at recent years, I found that the trend for high shooting percentage teams was to see a massive drop in shooting percentage the next year:

Team Season Season+1 Difference
2008-09 Philadelphia 18.1 13.4 -25.97%
2010-11 Vancouver 16.6 12.8 -22.89%
2008-09 Washington 16.5 16.2 -1.82%
2010-11 Chicago 16.4 10.7 -34.76%
2009-10 Washington 16.2 9.5 -41.36%
2008-09 San Jose 15 13.1 -12.67%
Average 16.5 12.6 -23.38%

For Nashville, that proved true – they’re down to a 12.6 shooting percentage in 5-on-4 situations this year, and have seen the power play fall to 19th this season after leading the league last year. Edmonton, however, has actually increased their shooting percentage – in 5-on-4 situations, they’re at 18.2 percent this year. In terms of shots/minute, though, they are the second-worst team in the league.

Looking at league-wide trends, that seems unlikely to continue. The 2008-09/2009-10 Washington Capitals were the last team to boast a 15+ 5-on-4 shooting percentage over two consecutive seasons; they fell to the bottom of the league in year three. This is the real concern. Either one believes the Oilers have found a way to sustain a high shooting percentage 5-on-4, based on ~120 games of them doing so, or one believes that they’re riding percentages that can’t be sustained, based on what has happened to other NHL teams. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I lean toward the latter explanation: I can’t help thinking that eventually the Oilers’ inability to generate shots on the power play is going to cost them.

But then I thought that last year, too.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 rds
April 23 2013, 12:47PM
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Boo this, boo that...

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#2 27Ginge
April 23 2013, 01:18PM
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The Oilers' powerplays are basically extensions of their five on five play recently. Fast paced attack that if unsuccessful leads to backtracking and spending time in their own end. Three guys skate around looking for a pass, one guy stands still and the guy with the puck passes it into Hall's or Yakupov's skates. You have to either be willing to dump it in and go get it OR be physically capable of completing multiple passes in succession while staying onside and actually moving toward the offensive areas of the ice. Right now the Oilers cannot accomplish either. Five on five, five on four, five on three, three on two, six on five, it doesn't much matter.

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#3 John Chambers
April 23 2013, 01:40PM
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I truly believe the Oilers need a coaching change more now than they did one year ago at this time.

It probably won't happen this summer. But 20 games to next season in if we're not holding down a playoff position, I bet it will.

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#4 Archaeologuy
April 23 2013, 01:52PM
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Soooo...Krueger for the Jack Adams???

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#5 non descript
April 23 2013, 01:58PM
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this "team" has way bigger problems than the powerplay.

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#7 Rama Lama
April 23 2013, 02:20PM
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Our powerplay has become predictable and NHL players know exactly what to expect.........no genius here.

We like to pass the puck in circles until it hits Schultz's stick.......then he shoots, only to have the lanes blocked. On the odd occasion he will pass cross ice and the forward will think twice, and not shoot. Getting the greasy goal is well beyond this team because all the young players are starting to believe their own hype........that being they are so skilled, there is no reason to get a greasy goal.

Predictable PP equals declining results!

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#8 Ducey
April 23 2013, 02:20PM
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John Chambers wrote:

I truly believe the Oilers need a coaching change more now than they did one year ago at this time.

It probably won't happen this summer. But 20 games to next season in if we're not holding down a playoff position, I bet it will.

I would think they would give Ralph until the Christmas break.

Its weird though. The Oilers have had good PK and PP for a few years. This is a sign of good coaching.

Yet they suck 5 x 5 and don't seem to be able to forecheck or keep from running around in their own end.

Maybe they need to take a hard look at Buchberger and Smith. They have been around forever. Neither had much if any coaching experience coming into their jobs. Its not like they are seen as leading lights either.

If nothing else, a few new voices might get the players' attention

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#9 Ducey
April 23 2013, 02:26PM
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As well, it seems that they keep saying the want to play "up tempo" and not trap it up because thats how you play Oilers hockey.

Meanwhile the rest of the planet has moved to zone coverage and trapping. The '80's Oilers run and gun strategy doesn't work anymore.

You would think the team would figure that out eventually.

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#10 madjam
April 23 2013, 02:36PM
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Concurrent injuries to Hopkins and Eberle for a good portion of season , has a lot to do with the stats to be honest . Were they not playing with some nagging injuries that limited them in some ways , I am sure those figures would have been better . Next year lets hope they play healthier and have more depth to compensate if same scenario develops .

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#11 merfer
April 23 2013, 02:37PM
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Knowing how this team rewards their old players you can expect Kelly Buchberger to be the next head coach. Are you all ready for that? There is no "Old Boys Club" on this team.

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#12 Mark
April 23 2013, 03:04PM
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@madjam

This is true. What is lost here is that every team goes through injuries to key players on their roster. The difference is that good teams and well coached teams can adapt their playing style to suit the limitations that the team has. I was at the game on Monday a for the first time ever i left after the 2nd period. I could not stand to watch the Oilers not care enough to try other than a few shifts here and there. My feeling is to give the Oilers next year to prove that they can turn things around, if not Lowe, Howson, Mac T and all of the coaches need to go as well as some key players so we can get this ship headed in the right direction.

Lets go Oilers

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#13 wrecked
April 23 2013, 03:16PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm slowly coming around to the same perspective. In virtually every area, this team is worse than the 2011-12 group under Tom Renney. A lot of that falls on the now-departed Tambellini, who failed miserably to address problems with the team over the summer, but Krueger ought to have been able to maintain status quo. The team's inability to generate shots is damning.

The Oil do need a coaching change. What is in common through the last 12 yrs or so. Oh yeah right...Lowe. That is wear the toilet flushing needs to commence. The team hangers-on need to go too. (Buchie and own goal Smith).

Those are the people who have resisted change and are living in 80's.

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#14 madjam
April 23 2013, 03:27PM
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So I take it a big sampling of fans feel Tams was just a hood ornament firing and was no where deep enough ? Fair enough for now .

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#15 Jasmine
April 23 2013, 03:31PM
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@John Chambers

So you want 5 coaches in 7 years. No wonder the rebuild isn't working when team is constantly changing coaches. RNH is the new Poti. Changing coaches is why the rebuild isn't working All coaches have different systems and having to learn so many different systems hurts the rebuild.

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#16 Jasmine
April 23 2013, 03:33PM
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@merfer

Oilers have fans who want a different coach and GM every season because Slats is no longer the GM.

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#17 Jasmine
April 23 2013, 03:35PM
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@Mark

Perhaps Oilers fans are the reason for this. Prior to the game yesterday, Oilers fans bashed the Oilers non-stop 24-7 until game time. How would you perform in a job if your boss was constantly criticizing everything you do no matter if you do it well or not.

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#18 Jasmine
April 23 2013, 03:38PM
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@wrecked

The Lowe bashing has gone too far. Lowe even gets blamed when Slats made a mistake. The other day someone blamed Lowe for Grier playing through injury when Lowe still played. Slats was the GM

Be careful for what you wish for. A GM with no Oilers connection could trade Yakupov, RNH, Hall, Eberle, J Schultz, Gagner for magic beans. Wonder what fans would say then.

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#19 Jasmine
April 23 2013, 03:40PM
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@wrecked

Some so-called Oilers fans need to be flushed down the toilet as all they've done since Slats left is bash every move the team makes. Lowe resigned because of the fans. Fans wanted Lowe fired the day he was hired. After every trade, fans wanted Lowe fired. Lowe even got death threats after a trade. Is that how you treat a GM? Players don't sign in Edmonton because of the fans. Coaches won't come to Edmonton because of the fans. GMs won't come to Edmonton because of the fans.

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#20 Yak Attack
April 23 2013, 03:55PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Oilers have fans who want a different coach and GM every season because Slats is no longer the GM.

Every post of yours says the exact same thing.

I for one want my team,management and coach's in the here and now to perform and to be accountable for their performances. Stop living in the past, KLOWE has not performed as long as he has been in management, FACT. Slats is long gone.

Instead of bashing the fans that want and deserve better, why dont you tell us what the answers are in a constructive, current format.

Until then, troll somewhere else

I know that i've probably just wasted key strokes on an Surrey Sucker !

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#21 Fresh Mess
April 23 2013, 04:00PM
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John Chambers wrote:

I truly believe the Oilers need a coaching change more now than they did one year ago at this time.

It probably won't happen this summer. But 20 games to next season in if we're not holding down a playoff position, I bet it will.

I have to agree. As much as I don't want to use yet another coach as a scapegoat, the results speak for themselves. It's not just a matter of Ralph not having the players to win, he is not even getting results out of his established players. It's just not working.

I think based on what MacT said, and a concern on the part of the franchise for optics, Kreuger will likely get another chance. I agree %100 twenty games at most to turn it around.

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#22 Pucker - B class
April 23 2013, 04:01PM
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Jasmine - you have to agree something is wrong with the Oilers, besides the fans. The fans dont' put the product on the ice.

If it's not the Presiden, GM, Coach or players - what's your thoughts on why the lose and don't show up for games?

Should fans just sit idly by while their team continues to sink to the lowest of lows?

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#23 Fresh Mess
April 23 2013, 04:04PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Oilers have fans who want a different coach and GM every season because Slats is no longer the GM.

This guy's act has gotten very old. Mods, we have an obvious troll here.

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#24 Yak Attack
April 23 2013, 04:10PM
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Pucker - B class wrote:

Jasmine - you have to agree something is wrong with the Oilers, besides the fans. The fans dont' put the product on the ice.

If it's not the Presiden, GM, Coach or players - what's your thoughts on why the lose and don't show up for games?

Should fans just sit idly by while their team continues to sink to the lowest of lows?

Think you have a typo, should be the lowest of LOWES !!! lol, there you go Jasmine

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#25 Ryan2
April 23 2013, 04:20PM
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Ducey wrote:

I would think they would give Ralph until the Christmas break.

Its weird though. The Oilers have had good PK and PP for a few years. This is a sign of good coaching.

Yet they suck 5 x 5 and don't seem to be able to forecheck or keep from running around in their own end.

Maybe they need to take a hard look at Buchberger and Smith. They have been around forever. Neither had much if any coaching experience coming into their jobs. Its not like they are seen as leading lights either.

If nothing else, a few new voices might get the players' attention

The blue line has regressed since Huddy was removed as defensive coach. Look at Petry, Smid, and even JSchultz this season - they are not improving as the season goes on. I think it is time for Steve Smith to go as the d-coach.

Hiring Bucky was a joke from the start. He should have been gone a long time ago.

Basically, Lowe made sure his buddies were on the bench in assistant roles all throughout the debacle of the past few seasons. In the NFL coordinators (i.e. assistant coaches in the NHL) get canned regularly when their teams are not performing. The same rules should apply here.

WRT Kruger, while I expected more, with the current blue line there is not much you can do. I said it at the beginning of the season, and I still stand by it, but hoping that the hobbled one would rebound, and that Theo Pilon, Potter, Teubert, etc. would magically become solid 5s and 6s was a comically misguided strategy.

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#26 DonDon
April 23 2013, 04:20PM
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Let's get serious here about fan bashing. Try Toronto and especially Montreal, and the MSM in these cities is cruel when the teams are losing, probably the best way to describe the atmosphere.

Professional hockey like all professional sports is about performance. Seven consecutive seasons out of the playoffs. 30th, 30th and 29th place finishes the past three seasons. These metrics spell unacceptable performance.

Recent Oilersnation contributors have questioned if this squad is better than last year and are now concluding that it isn't. Which means? The rebuild is going in the wrong direction. Just about every NHL TV commentator I've heard this year points to the poor performances of many veteran players and the need for major replacementa. This is easier said than done when the club has assembled such a large cast of sub-NHL players.

My sense is MacTavish will give Ralph Krueger some rope as coach next season, which is probably fair. Did Krueger pick his assistants? If the answer is no, then he should be given that chance as his performance is affected by the performances of his assistant coaches.

The job of making this non-performing team into a contender is now in the hands of Craig MacTavish. We can only hope that he does the job well.

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#27 Rama Lama
April 23 2013, 04:23PM
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Jasmine reads all the posts selectively and then responds to those posts that "bash " Lowe.

I suspect that either she is Lowe or someone Lowe has hired to do some PR for him. In either case, she offically becomes a Kevin Lowe troll.

If you are looking for substantive discussion on the Oilers and management.........you will not get it from her. She has become a Klowe puppet.

I'm thinking of starting a anti-Klowe movement complete with website..........would anyone support this?

Hey Hey, Ho, Ho, Klowe has got to go! Let's move him right out of the province.

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#28 Dan the Man
April 23 2013, 04:41PM
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Stauffer hinted on Twitter a couple of days ago something about bringing in new Assistant coach. I think he said a "career coach" or something to that effect.

Maybe they bring in someone and if things aren't working out they replace RK with the new guy.

It's tough to blame the coach yet again but it's pretty obvious that this team has basically quit. If your message isn't working as a first year coach then maybe you aren't the right man for the job.

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#29 Ducey
April 23 2013, 04:42PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Jasmine reads all the posts selectively and then responds to those posts that "bash " Lowe.

I suspect that either she is Lowe or someone Lowe has hired to do some PR for him. In either case, she offically becomes a Kevin Lowe troll.

If you are looking for substantive discussion on the Oilers and management.........you will not get it from her. She has become a Klowe puppet.

I'm thinking of starting a anti-Klowe movement complete with website..........would anyone support this?

Hey Hey, Ho, Ho, Klowe has got to go! Let's move him right out of the province.

Frankly, I don't see much difference between "her" post and yours. Your are all about "Klowe's" problems.

"She" happens to disagree with you. Thats the problem.

It doesn't make her a troll.

I happen to believe that Tambo was the problem. Lowe let him make the decisions on guys like Belanger and Eager and expected Tambo to fill holes as needed. I expect that Lowe will be pushed further in the background by MacT/Howson as those guys have the experience and personalities to override anything Lowe wants to do.

From the few times MacT has spoken he has been quite clear he is the guy in charge.

Lowe may have screwed up a few times but this tends to make people wiser. He also did a good job taking advantage of the last lockout.

In short, I don't appreciate the "Lowe must go" BS any more than you like what Jasmine has to say.

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#30 Quicksilver ballet
April 23 2013, 04:46PM
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HEY HEY HO HO, KEVIN LOWE HAS GOT TO GO!

While we're at it...

HEY HEY HO HO, THAT HO JASMINES GOT TO GO!

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#31 Rama Lama
April 23 2013, 04:48PM
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@Ducey

What would you expect Mac T to say? Kevin Lowe will be pulling strings whether you believe it or not and the only way to ensure that this does not happen is for him to be fired.

As far as Jasmine is concerned.......if you believe bashing the fans is the real problem, then your credibility on an informed opinion has to be questioned.

Enjoy her club.

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#32 Wax Man Riley
April 23 2013, 04:57PM
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@Jasmine

Just curious....

bash bash

Is Lowe your dad? bash bash

The ONLY constant bash bash in the losing bash, has been bash bash Lowe.

2 playoff appearances in 10 years bash bash coupled with finishes of 30 bash, 30, and 29 (and probably 27 bash), means something is seriously wrong bash.

Lowe is the constant.

bash

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#33 Naky
April 23 2013, 05:04PM
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I pointed this out earlier in the year when our 5x5 scoring was nearly non-existent and now that we're almost done and 5x5 scoring is still a rare treasure akin to a unicorn AND our power play has gone south with said unicorns, I am even more firmly in the belief that Krueger's system has been completely figured out by opposing teams and is easily shut down or countered. The fact that he has not made any adjustments from it that we can all tell nor have there been any improvements or even really any signs of players adapting to it shows me that there's a serious systems flaw here. Either the coach's, or the players who can't seem to adhere to it. In either situation, the solution is clear.

If the quarter pole mark next year shows the same problems of non-existent 5x5 scoring and just as bad power play scoring, he (and the rest!) absolutely has to go. The problem I have with this is that by then likely all the best candidates will be gone. Tippett, Ruff, and rumours of Babcock considering leaving Detroit makes for a veritable gold mine of quality, proven coaches who can work with virtually any roster given to them and we'll probably let them all pass us by.

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#34 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
April 23 2013, 05:10PM
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Jasmine wrote:

So you want 5 coaches in 7 years. No wonder the rebuild isn't working when team is constantly changing coaches. RNH is the new Poti. Changing coaches is why the rebuild isn't working All coaches have different systems and having to learn so many different systems hurts the rebuild.

RNH is the new Poti?? holy sh1t when did baby nuge become allergic to every type of food under sun and require care packages to be mailed in so he can eat?

HOW DID I MISS THIS!

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#35 @Oilanderp
April 23 2013, 05:12PM
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Dear Jordan Eberle,

I heard that you were feeling down because I, and others in the fanbase, was not impressed by what I saw on the ice from the Oilers.

I am sorry.

I did not realize that you cared about what I, and others, say about you and your teammates.

I did not realize that you would much rather be finishing your checks at every opportunity, but instead choose not to due to the meanness of oiler fans.

I did not realize that you would much rather be making the simple play in many cases, instead of deking 12 guys then going into a toe-drag.

I did not realize that you would much rather be blocking shots instead of... not.

I am sorry. Now you can.

Your fan,

Oilanderp.

P.S. Please forward this to every other Oiler except Hall, Gagner, Yakupov, Smid, and Brown. I set you free!

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#36 Flynn
April 23 2013, 05:15PM
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I'm not a big fan of an oiler forward on the point for PP, none of them will shoot from there. Another Dman on blueline to let it rip while Schultz roves around the zone like Niedermyer did.

Eberle needs to learn to one time it badly! He takes to long to shoot letting goalie to come across and then only a perfect shot works.

These 2 simple things will add 10-15 more PP goals per year easily.

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#37 Walter Sobchak
April 23 2013, 05:15PM
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A few thoughts on the team and the PP.

I think the PP took a nose dive this year from the injuries to RNH and Eberle for starters.

That compounded with Whitney's inability to do much of anything, plus bringing a raw rookie in Schultz might had some effect.

I also might add that for some inexplicable reason Hartikinen is on the PP.

I might also be the only one who notices Whitney looking off Yakupov on the PP as well? Maybe I'm paranoid.

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#38 Ducey
April 23 2013, 05:30PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

What would you expect Mac T to say? Kevin Lowe will be pulling strings whether you believe it or not and the only way to ensure that this does not happen is for him to be fired.

As far as Jasmine is concerned.......if you believe bashing the fans is the real problem, then your credibility on an informed opinion has to be questioned.

Enjoy her club.

What evidence do you have that Lowe has been the puppet master and will continue to be?

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#39 Citizen David
April 23 2013, 05:36PM
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John Chambers wrote:

I truly believe the Oilers need a coaching change more now than they did one year ago at this time.

It probably won't happen this summer. But 20 games to next season in if we're not holding down a playoff position, I bet it will.

I agree. But can we have 5 coaches in 6 or 7 years?

We also need major player turnover. And make the big move to grab a number one D.

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#40 Shredder
April 23 2013, 05:37PM
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I'm a diehard Oiler fan. Right now I hate the Oilers. Who cares about the PP when the whole teams just plain sucks.

I needed to vent...I feel marginally better.

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#41 admiralmark
April 23 2013, 05:39PM
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Every team has its ebs and tides of offence throughout the season. The Oilers as a whole had much difficulty 5x5 throughout the season and this is well documented. I personally feel that a major contributor to this issue is that the 3rd and 4th line bring very little contribution to the teams fortunes.. The trickle down effect of an ineffectual 3rd and 4th line means that the other teams lines have more energy to counter act. In essence its offence 1 or 2 Oiler lines VS 2-4 Lines on the opposing team. Game in game out this has an effect on the team including the top 2 lines. I believe that the team being young and talented in the top 2 lines meant those players were full of confidence at the start of this season and this translated into an effective PP. But as the season progressed and these shortcomings became more and more prevalent to us as fans.. Do we not think it also became obvious to the players as well? Top all this off with nagging Inj's to Ebs Hand, RNH's shoulder, Hemsky etc etc. of course the PP's effectiveness dwindled. the teams total "confidence" dwindled. This NOT the coaches fault. Fix the 3rd and 4th line or at least make its somewhat competitive and it will make a world of difference to the consistency of the top 2 lines 5x5 as well as the PP...

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#42 Tin Tin
April 23 2013, 05:53PM
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Oil fans are unbelievable !!!!

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#43 james
April 23 2013, 05:53PM
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Beef or bouquets ? Management responsible for the on ice product and thus has been low for a long time . Long time not procuring the necessary tools to compete at a high level . Can MacT. expediently change that ? Hopeful , as other options are limited and unlikely to do any better than MacT. might .

Expect the unexpected , major change and on ice personnel in a positive direction .

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#44 DSF
April 23 2013, 05:55PM
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Ducey wrote:

What evidence do you have that Lowe has been the puppet master and will continue to be?

Have you ever watched an episode of Oil Change?

Lowe is running the show and HE IS THE PROBLEM.

Always has been.

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#45 Rama Lama
April 23 2013, 06:03PM
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Ducey wrote:

What evidence do you have that Lowe has been the puppet master and will continue to be?

If I need to provide you with evidence Sherlock.........you obviously have NOT been following this team.

Enjoy your new fan club, with Jasmine.

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@Jasmine

You should change your name to Bashmine. I also looked up some synonyms for you, feel free to use.

backbite, bad-mouth, belittle, berate, blow off, calumniate, cap, castigate, cuss out, cut down, cut to the quick, decry, defame, derogate, discount, do a number on, dump on, give a black eye, hurl brickbat, insult, knock*, minimize, nag, offend, oppress, persecute, pick on, put down*, rag on, reproach, revile, ride*, rip up, run down, scold, signify, slam*, slap, sling mud, smear, sound*, swear at, tear apart, trash*, upbraid, vilify, vituperate, zing

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#47 DSF
April 23 2013, 06:20PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

You should change your name to Bashmine. I also looked up some synonyms for you, feel free to use.

backbite, bad-mouth, belittle, berate, blow off, calumniate, cap, castigate, cuss out, cut down, cut to the quick, decry, defame, derogate, discount, do a number on, dump on, give a black eye, hurl brickbat, insult, knock*, minimize, nag, offend, oppress, persecute, pick on, put down*, rag on, reproach, revile, ride*, rip up, run down, scold, signify, slam*, slap, sling mud, smear, sound*, swear at, tear apart, trash*, upbraid, vilify, vituperate, zing

Stop bashing Narnia.

It isn't nice.

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Ok fine, I'll change the subject, enough of this bashing stuff...

So I'm a pretty handy guy and I always have at least three projects going on around the house. I always go to Lowe's to get my stuff as I like to support local guys, you know. My buddies always tell me Lowe's sucks and the service is never great. You might say, they like to "castigate" Lowe's. But you know through the years I stood by Lowe's and kept giving them my support even though people around me "bad-mouthed" it all the time.

Recently though, I had one of the worst experience ever at Lowe's. I was in there shopping like I always do and feeling pretty good as I think we have a great relationship since I've been supporting them for a long time. You might say I feel at home there. I was buying some dry wall and was looking for help. I must have asked three people wearing the vest and they all gave me the same answer. "Sir we cannot help you right now as we are all currently assisting someone whose purchase is way bigger than yours"

Well I gotta tell you, that did it for me. My buddies were right. I guess the signs were all there I just chose to ignore it. Now I have beers with my buddies and together we "hurl brickbat" at Lowe's

True story...

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Worst part is, when I complained to the manager about the staff's poor performance he said "It doesn't matter we have more cups than the other guys" WTF??

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#50 clyde
April 23 2013, 06:46PM
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I was told by a former Oiler coach that Krueger is on borrowed time because Kevin Slowe wants to coach this group.

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