GDB 60.0: TO BACK OR NOT TO BACK

Jason Gregor
February 07 2014 01:15PM

Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight in New Jersey. The stats suggest it makes sense to start him instead of going back-to-back with Ben Scrivens, but considering the Oilers are winning by getting out shot, I wonder if combining that along with going back to Scrivens would guarantee a win.

We'll never know, but it is good to look at the possibilities.

I looked at the top-ten goalie leaders in wins to see how many times they played back-to-back and how they fared:

Goalie...           result           SV%                    saves
Fleury                 L                 .902             stopped 18 of 21
Niemi                 W               .903              stopped 28 of 31
Varlamov           W               .926              stopped 25 of 27
Bishop               W               .941             stopped 48 of 51 (played night before allowed 5 goals)
Bishop               W               .933             stopped 28 of 30
Rask                  L                 .750             stopped 9 of 12 and was pulled.
Rask                  W                .977             stopped 43 of 44
Rask                  W                .915             stopped 21 of 23
Price                  L                 .943             stopped 33 of 35 (had exact same stats night before)
Price                  L                 .846             stopped 22 of 26 (had identical SV% and GAA night before)
Hiller                 W                1.000           stopped 22 of 22
Hiller                 W                 .955            stopped 42 of 44
Mason              W                 .944            stopped 34 of 36
Crawford          W                .935             stopped 29 of 31
Crawford          W                .958             stopped 23 of 24 (allowed 5 goals the previous night)
Crawford          W                .826             stopped 19 of 23 (defeated the Oilers)
CrawFord        OTL             .900             stopped 27 of 30

Most coaches don't go back-to-back very often, but in these 17 instances with the top goalies their combined record was 12-4-1 with a .917 SV%.

It should be noted that Price's two back-to-back situations came on January 25th and February 2nd. He had been struggling so Michel Therrien went against the grain to try and get him out of a funk. It was odd to see Price have the exact same stats in the first and second games. In the January sets he was bad on both nights and lost both games, but on February 1st and 2nd he had .944 and .943 SV% on consecutive nights, and allowed only two goals both nights.

Jon Cooper went back to Bishop after he allowed five goals the night before. He wanted his starter to bounce back and he did with a huge 48 save performance. Joel Quenneville did the same thing with Crawford this year and he rewarded his coach with a strong effort the second night.

Eric T from NHLnumbers.com wrote a very indepth piece on the drop in SV% on the second night of back-to-backs, so I understand why Eakins is going with Bryzgalov, but the above numbers show that winning teams will go with their starter a few times a year on consecutive nights. This year they have had success doing it, and I'm sure it helps when you are on a good team, but it shows that coaches do go with gut feel sometimes and won't always play the odds.

Scrivens has the highest SV%, .937, amongst goalie who has started 20+ games, and the only time he played back-to-back this year he was perfect. He stopped all 26 shots in a 2-0 Kings victory, and two days later he shutout the Rangers as well.

After beating the Rangers again last night, I wouldn't have had an issue at all if Eakins went back to Scrivens.

Sometimes you have to go against the odds, just like I predicted in yesterday's GDP and OGDP. That might have been my best prediction ever.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: This is a low scoring affair, and the Oilers continue to buck the shooting trend with a 2-1 victory. Gagner scores just to add fuel to the trade speculation. 

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Rangers outshoot the Oilers. Scrivens has faced an average of 39 shots in his five starts with the Oilers, but tonight he gets an "easier" night facing only 36. 

LINEUP....

Hall-RNH-Yakupov
Perron-Gagner-Eberle
Hendricks-Gordon-Hemsky
Gazdic-Smyth-Jones

Marincin-Petry
N.Schultz-J.Schultz
Fraser-Ference

Bryzgalov

The Oilers didn't skate this morning, but Jack Michaels hinted there would be one forward change. Maybe it is simply Joensuu back in for Jones or possibly something else. Likely on the 4th line, unless someone in the top-nine got banged up last night.

QUICK HITS...

  • A rare twitter mistake by Gene Principe last night when he jumped the gun tweeting out that Ryan Smyth was now top-100 in goals. Smyth scored his 384th goal last night, but Patrick Elias has scored four in the last two weeks and he sits 100th with 386. 
  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the seaon last night, and he is on pace to get 50 for the 5th time in his career, and when he does he will join a very select group of players who have scored 50 goals five times.

    Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy did it 9 times.
    Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux did it 6 times.
    Bobby Hull, Phil Esposito, Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Pavel Bure did it 5 times.
     
  • Since 2005/2006 there has been 17 occasions where a player scored 50 goals.
    Ovechkin has done it 4 times.
    Steven Stamkos, Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley did it twice.
    Jonathan Cheechoo, Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry and Evgeni Malkin did it once.
     
  • Despite playing in an era where goals are hard to come by Ovechkin has still produced, and at a rate better than everyone except Steven Stamkos. He has a realistic shot to become only the 3rd player in NHL history to have seven 50-goal seasons. I hope he gets there.
     
  • I've had many fans text the show and I've seen some people write how Nail Yakupov's one-timer is similar to Ovechkin. Yakupov shoots the puck hard, but he isn't close to the goal scorer Oveckhin is. That isn't a knock on Yakupov, because Ovie is one of the greatest goal scorers the NHL has ever seen , but stop comparing the two. They aren't close. Ovechkin is much better at finding an open spot, plus his shot is much harder. He regularly beats goalies from above the hash marks.
     
  • Here is a shot chart of Nail Yakupov (goals in red) courtesy of somekindofninja.com.  You will notice that Yakupov has one goal from outside the top of the circles. Now look at Ovechkin's shot and goal chart. He has 12 goals from outside the top of the circle. To beat today's goalies from that far out you need a heavy shot and accuracy.
     
  • That being said, I liked how Yakupov found the soft spot in the high slot last night, and buried the game winner. It was a great pass from Gagner, but one of the most important parts of being a good goal scorer is finding the open spots and Yakupov found it at the most important time of the game. He has a very good shot and he should use it more, but let's stop comparing him to Ovechkin. It is unfair to both of them.
     
  • Gagner's assist is why you can't trade him for spare parts. He has very good offensive abilities. I know he doesn't show them all the time -- consistency is what separates 50-point players from 80-point guys -- but he has great skill. If MacTavish trades him, he needs to get a decent return.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers are in the midst of their best stretch of the season, and they'll head into the break on a high after a 3-2 win over the Devils.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers will continue on their successful get-out-shot-but-win streak, but tonight they allow fewer shots than usual getting out shot 29-26.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr scores a pair of goals giving him 19 on the season, but 700 in his career. He heads to the Olympics having scored 50 points. Unreal.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#1 Clyde Frog
February 07 2014, 01:45PM
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West wrote:

Trading Klefbom at this point is bordering on insane.

Expecting the Kings to give up 2 players from their core is completely over the line of insane....

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#2 oilerjed
February 07 2014, 01:40PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

To EDM: Carter and Brown To LA: Gagner, Hemsky*, Arcobello, Klefbom and/or Lander

http://fans.oilers.nhl.com/community/topic/15100-la-kings-cap-crunch-trade-relief/

did you really just quote the oilers fan blog for your trade proposal?

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#3 Nucleaic acid
February 07 2014, 03:48PM
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@Jason Gregor

Gregor, like your articles, but man are you a little b!tch when someone calls You out, right or wrong why do you even care? your supposed to be a professional writer, not a professional baby, let the comments generate, grow a pair

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#4 The Big G
February 07 2014, 03:53PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

So I've added up the shots for per game, and I think that really reveals why LA would hesitate on this deal:

Brown/Carter [52 pts] combined for 332 shots in 107 GP (3.11)

To Gagner/Hemsky/Arcobello [66 pts] combined 247 shots in 138 GP (1.79)

That said Brown's better producing days seem to be behind him: http://kings.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470606

... and if I were the Kings, at this point I'd rather have Hemmer + Gagner in my top 6 than him, and although he's undersized, Arco has made a case as well.

I've seen bad trade offers, but this might take the cake.

We are going to send to a stanley cup contender a UFA and two small centers, so going into the playoffs they can have acrobello and Gagner to go up against Perry, Getzlaf, Thorton and Pavelski or Toews. In exchange we get their Captain and hits leader, along with their best goal scorer. Why don't you ask them to toss in Drew Doughty too as i'm sure if you add Belov then lombardi will be all over this deal.

Carter hated the playing in Columbus, i don't think he has any desire to leave the warmth and cup contending ways of LA to head on up to Edmonton.

Mind you by your trade offer there, we can package him up with Matt Hendricks and Pittsburgh will send us Crosby and three first rounders.

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#5 Reg Dunlop
February 07 2014, 06:53PM
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@DSF

Do my eyes deceive? A post from the dreaded DSF? Welcome back, brother.

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#6 Brent Lawrence
February 07 2014, 07:18PM
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Nucleaic acid wrote:

Gregor, like your articles, but man are you a little b!tch when someone calls You out, right or wrong why do you even care? your supposed to be a professional writer, not a professional baby, let the comments generate, grow a pair

You have the audacity to call Gregor a bitch? You don't even have the guts to post your own name. Pretty easy to be a nameless troll.

All those who propped your comment are just as gutless. I've noticed a lot of nameless a-holes on here lately. It is easy to rip guys, but Gregor never hides, and whether I agree with him or not, I respect that we know what he believes in.

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#7 RexHolez
February 07 2014, 02:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Did you read the article? I said I understand why he is starting Bryz.

I showed proof that coaches go with their gut in back-to-back and they have had really good success. Pretty simple to see.

Also I didn't assume he would start Scrivens vs. Van or tonight, I said Eakins wouldn't, but I would. Understand the difference between an assumption and an opinion. :)

Jason. Did you read my post? I stated that that was essentially the same article you wrote a couple of weeks back on why your opinion would be to start Scrivens. I just pointed out your lack of creativity in the writing department.

The reality is, is that very few times in a back to back situation does one goalie start both games, unless that goalie is one of a select few elite goaltenders.

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#8 Quicksilver ballet
February 07 2014, 04:52PM
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** wrote:

McDavid was pretty underwhelming at the World Juniors.

His next one or two WJ'rs should be considerably different. Difficult to dominate at 16 when most everyone else is 19.

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#9 Johnnydapunk
February 07 2014, 06:34PM
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Is it me or has Yakupov become a lot better defensively, like not only more responsible, but a better player overall for that?

I don't want to feel the rain of trashes for actually suggesting that maybe what Eakins did with Yak worked to make him a better player?

Yakupov has been all over the ice and checking a lot more in the defensive zones, at least the last few games I've noticed.

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#10 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 07 2014, 08:50PM
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Welcome back, DSF.

EDIT: unfortunately, it looks like you were right. About everything...

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#11 Clyde Frog
February 07 2014, 01:43PM
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oilerjed wrote:

did you really just quote the oilers fan blog for your trade proposal?

I assume he is pushing his post, because it makes so much sense...

Although we could save Klefbom by picking up Omark on waivers and substituting him into the trade.*

*As long as we are being absolutely ridiculous...

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#12 TayLordBalls
February 07 2014, 01:44PM
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I used to walk into a room full of people and wonder if they liked me. Now I look around and wonder if I like them.

Go Oil

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#13 Randaman
February 07 2014, 02:59PM
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So, Kypreos (insert IDIOT here)breaks a story of an impending trade between L.A. and the Oil and everyone goes bonkers. The man just likes to see his name in the press. No deal? What a shock. Nothing will happen until after the break because of salary/cap issues. Even I know that much. Wonder how much he gets paid. Looking forward to the deal with Rogers so we can be the first to know when something isn't going to happen. LOL

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#14 West
February 07 2014, 01:31PM
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OGDP: Hall gets 5 points to give team Canada something to chew on.

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#15 RexHolez
February 07 2014, 02:06PM
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@JasonGregor

This is very similar to the GDB 55.0: BACK-TO-BACK ON EVEN GROUND article you threw together.

We get it, you are not a fan of Bryzgalov. However, Bryzgalov won his last game with a 42 save performance only allowing 2 goals. Last time you also assumed he would go with Scrivens both nights in a back to back because your stats say Scrivens is better overall. Correct, but a smart man doesn't always rely on stats. Bryzgalov got the start on the second night of that back to back and beat the Canucks with a 25 save performance there. Maybe its time your assumptions start going against the odds?

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#16 DisappointedFan
February 07 2014, 03:25PM
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Interesting little tidbit...

If the Yotes, Stars, Canucks all continue their current points pace's they would finish with 91, 89, and 88, respectively.

If the Oilers won every single game in the remainder of this season, they would finish with 92 points.

There is still a chance....

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#17 Stack Pad Save
February 07 2014, 07:30PM
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That was the worst reffing in the last 10 minutes of that game. Those 2 refs cost the Oilers that game.

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#18 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 07 2014, 01:28PM
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I started on the beer pretty early yesterday, I don't remember much of the game... How did the first overalls look skating together?

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#19 West
February 07 2014, 01:57PM
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Keg on Legs wrote:

Let me be the fist to say, go back to Scrivens again

How about Bryz gets to play tonight and Scrivens plays the rest of the season.

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#20 Clyde Frog
February 07 2014, 02:15PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

What's insane is that the Kings are last in the West in G/G at 2.25, and would be DEAD last in the league if it weren't for the Sabres (1.82)

Doesn't matter, Carter is their 2nd leading scorer and Brown while having an off year is a proven 50+ pt player.

It's ridiculous, not to mention it doesn't actually provide them offense.

Your offering a team looking to contend 13 goals 35 assist, 48 pts and at a combined -31 along with prospects, for 26 goals 31 assist, 57 pts at a combined +7.

So you are making their current team worse and they get some prospects?

Carter's proven offensive upside is miles greater than any of those players...

Arcobello has no trade value, notwithstanding the fact giving up him AND Lander would leave us with 0 centres for depth...

How would this make any sense...

Shall I go on? Or should I just drink the coolaid and mindlessly click the props button?

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#21 Robin Brownlee
February 07 2014, 01:36PM
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Your predictions should be framed - final score and exact number of shots. No matter what Struddy and everybody else says, you're a very smart man.

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#22 MacT
February 07 2014, 04:19PM
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#ThereGoesTheOilers wrote:

Given how disappointing this season has been, that's an incredibly sad statement. You would think this would be a welcome distraction.

Besides, you don't have to care about Sochi to appreciate that we have some very good looking Canadians over there right now.

I didnt mean this to be a slam.

Im actually just saying what Jason told me via text yesterday when I tried to bring up the topic of the Olympics instead of Gagner rumours. He said and I quote "yes our audience really wants to talk about team figure skating... I know what audience wants....it isn't team figure skating."

basically got blasted by trying to suggest there was more to talk about than the sad Oilers.

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#23 Spydyr
February 07 2014, 04:38PM
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OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After tonights game the Oilers will not lose another game for twenty-one days.

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#24 tabs
February 07 2014, 07:13PM
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DSF wrote:

They're 21st in the league.

Last season they were 24th.

Hey DSF, did you get banned?

Welcome back

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#25 dougtheslug
February 07 2014, 10:33PM
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DSF wrote:

They're 21st in the league.

Last season they were 24th.

Welcome back.

As usual, you have been economical with the truth.

2012-13 stats show Oilers dead last in the league in face-offs.

2013-14 they have improved to 20th, at 49.2%. In faceoff terms, a huge improvement. Tonight, they won 27 out of 39 faceoffs, 70%

I'm just saying faceoffs have improved, nothing more. No reason to misrepresent the facts.

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#26 West
February 07 2014, 01:44PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

To EDM: Carter and Brown To LA: Gagner, Hemsky*, Arcobello, Klefbom and/or Lander

http://fans.oilers.nhl.com/community/topic/15100-la-kings-cap-crunch-trade-relief/

Trading Klefbom at this point is bordering on insane.

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#28 DisappointedFan
February 07 2014, 05:01PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

Pretty sure Crosby got 5 points in 6 games in his first WJC.

McDavid got 4points in 7, I don't think anyone should be going tossing "underwhelming" for a kid who should have been playing an age division below that.

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#29 Bloodsweatandoil
February 07 2014, 04:36PM
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Good luck to the Oil tonight!!! Would be an awesome finish before the Olympic break!

Also, all the best to Kris Letang! Hope for a speedy recovery and seeing you playing again in the near future! Very lucky to catch that one!

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#30 **
February 07 2014, 07:02PM
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DSF wrote:

They're 21st in the league.

Last season they were 24th.

The big D is back!

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#31 Rod from Viking
February 07 2014, 08:07PM
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Well one good thing about 3 weeks no Oiler games, no Kevin, Louie or Gene. I see DSF has got off his grounding and got his Mac back, I hope your posts don't make up 50% of the total on every article like it did last year.

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#32 Oil Is My Blood
February 07 2014, 02:44PM
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26 comments to date, and not one about the beautiful woman in the jpg?? Shame, ON readers, shame

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#33 Taylor Gang
February 07 2014, 02:54PM
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I love seeing the #1 trio together. Yakupov is a thoroughbred that needs top line minutes in order to succeed. You can see how bad he wants that goal, it's amazing! Keep Hall and Yak together. They seem to have great chemistry.

As for the game, I think we see a 2-0 shutout. Boyd and Ebs with the goals. Bryz looks shaky but gets bailed out by Marincin.

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#34 Clyde Frog
February 07 2014, 02:58PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

In 58 GP Brown has 10G and 6A for 0.28 P/PG In 41 GP Arcobello has 4G amd 14A for 0.44 P/PG

I'm not saying Brown is less of a player but on purely offensive numbers for this season, you cannot seriously think that Arco has zero trade value?

Yup, Brown is big, strong, hits and has 6+ seasons of 50+ points in the NHL.

Acrobello is small, albiet fiesty and has 1 season of 50+ points in the AHL.

One of these things is not like the other and one of these things would have trade value; the other is 100% unproven and would have 4th to 6th round draft pick value in a trade...

Please see Linus Omark's first NHL season for a comparable.

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#35 Ivan Drago
February 07 2014, 08:49PM
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@DSF

OMG! Is that really you?

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#36 Jordanzza
February 07 2014, 01:31PM
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To EDM: Carter and Brown To LA: Gagner, Hemsky*, Arcobello, Klefbom and/or Lander

http://fans.oilers.nhl.com/community/topic/15100-la-kings-cap-crunch-trade-relief/

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#37 oilerman53
February 07 2014, 01:52PM
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Trading Carter and Brown almost makes no sense but with Vanek recently turning down the contract offer from the Islanders this might have a bit of traction. You trade for Gagner and Hemsky and then turn around and trade for Vanek and maybe even Moulson. Suddenly you get an injection of offensive power for a cup run. There have been rumors that Brown's contract is a little too rich for the Kings and he has been mentioned in trade rumors. But at this point of the season it is borderline insane. Having Carter come over too would be awesome. I have yet to see any real speculation on any trusted rumor sources not named Hockeybuzz. It sounds crazy but the Kings aren't afraid to wheel and deal. It's way better then the Gagner for Clifford deal.

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#38 Lowe Expectations
February 07 2014, 02:46PM
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Let's get this game over with so we can get ready for the real games. If nothing else, being an Oiler fan makes me more excited for Olympic hockey.

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#39 Clyde Frog
February 07 2014, 03:18PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

So I've added up the shots for per game, and I think that really reveals why LA would hesitate on this deal:

Brown/Carter [52 pts] combined for 332 shots in 107 GP (3.11)

To Gagner/Hemsky/Arcobello [66 pts] combined 247 shots in 138 GP (1.79)

That said Brown's better producing days seem to be behind him: http://kings.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470606

... and if I were the Kings, at this point I'd rather have Hemmer + Gagner in my top 6 than him, and although he's undersized, Arco has made a case as well.

Yes, but you aren't trading 6 players for Brown; you included Carter...

Which makes this whole thing so laughable.

Also have you found a secret loophole that allows the Kings to play 8 players in their top 6?

If not you actually have to take more than 1 player out of their line-up, see the previous problem I pointed out with including Arcobello's totals in your "equations"...

Long story short:

You have taken Gagner a player the Kings apparently are offering a 4th liner (+prospects or picks) for.

Added Hemsky a player we have struggled to get a 2nd rounder for at past trade deadlines.

Arcobello, a player with roughly the same value as Omark (See the conditional 6th round pick)

Lander and Klefbom, 2 kids doing ok in the AHL (One of whom has 0 NHL experience and the other who has 1 NHL assist)

And somehow come to the conclusion that the all those pieces will garner the Kings best or 2nd best forward in Carter and their Captain in Brown who is having an off year, but up to this point has posted 50+ points in the last 6 straight seasons.

Yeah, how could I have been so blind!? Obviously the Kings will tank the rest of their season to get access to those amazing futures!

/sigh

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#40 GoCanadaGo
February 07 2014, 04:26PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Well in that instance, i agree with him.

This fan doesnt give a rats Arse about team figure skating, canadian or otherwise. I care about hockey! And right now NHL hockey is still in session. In between the Oilers and Team Canada, we can talk about all the snowboarders, figure skaters or short track racers.. But once team canada laces up their skates, it's Back to hockey baby! WOOOOOOOooo =)

He's a "sports" show not an exclusive hockey show.

We go to CHED and Oilers Now for that.

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#41 **
February 07 2014, 06:25PM
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@Zarny

Wow, this is what you wrote: "If the other 5 teams have never played their goalies in back to backs you don't get to count them against the results of doing so. "

The key phrase being "never played their goalies back to backs".

Now you change it to: "Only 5 G played back to back "more than once"".

You don't even follow your own train of thought, how can I expect you to understand simple statistics?.

My bad. I won't argue with you again, "never argue with a fool, people may not be able to tell the difference"

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#42 Oilcruzer
February 07 2014, 06:41PM
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Bloodsweatandoil wrote:

Good luck to the Oil tonight!!! Would be an awesome finish before the Olympic break!

Also, all the best to Kris Letang! Hope for a speedy recovery and seeing you playing again in the near future! Very lucky to catch that one!

Nicely played. Classy even.

The game is better with Letang in it.

Thoughts and prayers for a speedy, full recovery.

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#43 The Soup Fascist
February 07 2014, 06:49PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Is it me or has Yakupov become a lot better defensively, like not only more responsible, but a better player overall for that?

I don't want to feel the rain of trashes for actually suggesting that maybe what Eakins did with Yak worked to make him a better player?

Yakupov has been all over the ice and checking a lot more in the defensive zones, at least the last few games I've noticed.

Nuge's game is rubbing off on him.

Rumour has it he is going to change his name to Nail Yakupov-Hopkinski to show Eakins he is committed to a 200 foot game.

Don't think Gregor mentioned that in his NSOGDP, thus ending his hot streak.

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#44 Wax Man Riley
February 07 2014, 08:13PM
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DSF wrote:

They're 21st in the league.

Last season they were 24th.

IMPROVEMENT!!

Obviously joking, lol.

Welcome back! I've been wondering why we haven't seen you in a while, I thought our DashingSilverFox finally gave up on this sad sack franchise.

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#45 DSF
February 07 2014, 08:41PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

It's a weird feeling to feel chested by a bad call as opposed to bad play.

I can't really be that upset with the result, it was a clear holding the stick call but saying that, sh*t happens. At least the Oil came out to play and you're gonna get calls for and against you so yeah. Still pants though.

I had a quick look at the standings and it is pretty clear with the divide between the East and West conferences, as only 8 teams from the East have an above .500 record vs Western teams.

I have no issues with saying the Oil are bad and are having a shocker of a season, but in a way they aren't as bad as it looks.

The Oilers are 9-21-4 against WC teams.

Until they can get that record above .500, they won't be going anywhere.

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#46 THRNHJE
February 07 2014, 02:06PM
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GDP: Bryz shows again that he is incosistent, and our offense shows another flash of what it can do. Oil win 6-4

OGDP: Jaromir is an uncontrollable beast, as per his usual outings vs. the Oilers.

NSOGDP: Gagner scores a hat trick, and people on oilers blogs everywhere find a defensive mistake he made and shout 'but do you see how he is a defensive liability? He was only 48% on the dot!'

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#47 pkam
February 07 2014, 02:45PM
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Jordanzza wrote:

Yes, but not as a primary source to validate my comment here. I think it has merit and wanted to generate some discussion.

I will be thrilled if we can get Jeff Carter. He is big, can play both center and wings, best PPG amongst all Kings, great FO @54.6%, good +/-, and has an excellent contact at 5.3M per for 7 more years.

Lombardi would be crazy to even think about it. Why would any team struggling to score goal trade away their top goal scorer?

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#48 #ThereGoesTheOilers
February 07 2014, 03:36PM
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@Jason Gregor

Hey Jason, you know Sochi has started right?

Here's a more appropriate GDB picture, courtesy of Jenna Blasman who is representing Canada in snowboarding:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=743665548995097&set=a.743665158995136.1073741827.743664325661886&type=1&theater

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#49 Quicksilver ballet
February 07 2014, 04:42PM
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I'd be celebrating that prediction as well, after that Clarkson for Yakupov suggestion. 5-2 Jersey with Eakins starting the wrong goalie tonight.

All in for Ekblad. Might as well grab McDavid too while we're wandering in this desert.

Not at all concerned with the longevity of said suckage. Management drove this franchise face first into the mud, so what's another year of being the laughing stock if McDavid can be had. The pride in those who run this hockey club left long ago. Management is obviously all right with it. It's where this losing culture begins.

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#50 D-Unit
February 07 2014, 06:42PM
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Some of the comment on this post are making my mind hurt tonight. I had hoped after a long week at work I wouldn't have to do much math for a couple days. Instead I come here and get a grade school math word problem.

If Zarny and G Bear go to the GDB to argue the statistics and math of how to properly calculate starting a goalie in back to back games, how far downhill has the Oilers season gone?

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