Oilers 1st quarter vs. 2nd quarter

Jason Gregor
January 09 2017 04:33PM

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The Oilers reached the halfway mark of the season sitting in third place in the Pacific Division with a record of 21-14-7. 

The Oilers were 9-6-6 during the second quarter (I use 21 games in first and second quarter and 20 in the third and fourth), after going 12-8-1 in their first 21 games. They had 25 points in their first 21 games and picked up 24 in their last 21.

They've been fairly consistent, all things considered.

When I look at their team statistics, I give them an B+ for the second quarter. Had they managed a few more regulation wins I'd have given them another A.

You can read their first quarter report card here. This time I will compare the team and individuals on how they fared in the second quarter compared to the first 21 games.

The Oilers played nine home games and 12 road games during this 21 game stretch, which funny enough is the exact same amount as their first 21 games.

Their points totals were very close.

TEAM COMPARISONS

               First Q    vs.                  2nd Q

Record    12-8-1 (25 pts)             9-6-6 (24 pts)
Home:      5-4-0 (10 pts)               4-3-2 (10 pts)
Road:      7-4-1                             5-3-4
GF-GA    64-54                            54-56
SF/SA     657-632                        640-630
PP          12 of 63 (19%)              16 of 69 (23.2%)
PK          8 of 60 (86.7%)             16 of 64 (75%)    

PLAYER COMPARISONS

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Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Connor McDavid

21

9

18

27

6

8

0

0

3

0

58

15.5


21

5

16

21

6

10

2

0

0

0

69

7.2

McDavid’s numbers dipped a bit. He had four fewer goals despite taking 11 more shots. His final few games on the road trip were dominant and I could see him going on an offensive run again. Even with his “dip” in production he still averaged one-point-per-game.

The only concern in his game for me is that he regressed in faceoffs. In his first 21 games he won 43.9% of his draws (126 of 287). These past 21 games he was 41.9% winning 81 of 193. He took almost 100 fewer draws and is winning fewer of them. 

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Leon Draisaitl

21

7

9

16

-6

2

5

0

0

0

39

17.9


21

8

11

19

9

4

3

0

1

1

58

13.8

Draisaitl had a very strong quarter. He was +9 after being -6 in his first 21 games. He produced more points and averaged almost one more shot per game. He scored fewer PP goals, but had more points and that is a good sign.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Jordan Eberle

21

7

9

16

-5

4

2

0

0

0

64

10.9


21

1

9

10

2

0

1

0

0

0

41

2.4

Eberle had a brutal quarter. He can’t finish. He only had one goal, but the same nine assists in 21 games. It is obvious he is lacking confidence around the net. I thought he played okay on the in the final three games of the road trip, but they need a lot more from him. His defensive zone coverage and backchecking have improved, but he’s paid to produce and they need him to snap out of this prolonged offensive funk.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Milan Lucic

21

6

8

14

-1

9

2

0

1

0

48

12.5


21

4

8

12

-5

9

2

0

0

0

49

12.2

Lucic’s totals were fairly consistent. He had two fewer goals, but the same number of assists, penalty minutes and shots on goal. His plus-minus looks much worse because of the -3 last night in Ottawa, but I’d argue RNH and Gustavsson played a bigger role in that stat than Lucic. If he can produce 10-12 points next segment playing without McDavid, that would be a solid quarter.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Patrick Maroon

21

6

4

10

5

19

0

0

0

0

48

12.5


21

10

3

13

9

31

1

0

2

0

42

23.8

The Big Rig is rolling. He was just named second star of the week after scoring five goals in three games. He is fourth in the NHL in EV goals with 15 and he leads the Oilers with 16 goals. He is scoring, fighting, hitting and playing consistently. He had ten goals during this quarter, easily the most productive 21-game stretch of his NHL career.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

21

3

7

10

-1

4

2

0

1

0

62

4.8


21

5

4

9

-11

12

1

0

1

1

53

9.4

RNH had a tough quarter at EV. He was -11 despite scoring more EV goals. He was down a bit in the faceoff dot. He was 46.9% in the first quarter (150 of 320) and went 46% (134 of 291) this quarter. The Oilers need more from him.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Mark Letestu

18

2

4

6

-2

0

0

2

2

0

11

18.2


21

6

6

12

2

11

4

0

2

1

44

13.6

He had a fantastic quarter. He produced 12 points, was a plus player and had four times as many shots as the first quarter. That is a huge jump and illustrates how much more involved he was in the play.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Tyler Pitlick

21

6

1

7

-1

4

0

0

1

0

36

16.7


10

2

2

4

1

2

0

0

1

0

18

11.1

He’d been extremely consistent. His injury was simply awful, brutal news for a player who was making an impact every game.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Zack Kassian

18

2

2

4

1

27

0

0

0

0

30

6.7


21

0

5

5

-4

41

0

0

0

0

31

0

He has played fairly consistent despite not getting credit for a goal -- both of his were waived off. He has used his size and speed quite well, and if he can control the bad decisions with the puck he’ll continue to be a good complementary player for the Oilers. 

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Jesse Puljujarvi

17

1

5

6

5

4

1

0

0

0

34

2.9


11

0

2

2

0

6

0

0

0

0

41

0

The best news for him was getting sent to Bakersfield. He needs to play regularly and play a lot. I expect him to take a few games to get his conditioning back, but I hope they play him 18-20 minutes a night in the AHL.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Benoit Pouliot

18

3

1

4

-1

20

0

0

1

0

21

14.3


19

2

1

3

-3

8

0

0

0

0

23

11.4

The most concerning part of his game this quarter was he didn’t produce many scoring chances. I did think he played fairly well the past three games. Maybe he’s coming out of his funk. 

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Drake Caggiula

3

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0


21

2

2

4

-4

2

1

0

0

0

28

7.1

He has looked fine for a rookie. He looked a bit tired in December, but the break seemed to give him some energy. He’s looked much quicker the past few games. 

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Anton Lander

16

1

2

3

4

6

0

0

0

0

7

14.3


3

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

He ripped up the AHL producing 21 points in 13 games and he has two points in three games since being recalled. He’s an effective fourth liner, especially now that he has some confidence to make some plays with the puck.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Anton Slepyshev

11

2

2

4

5

2

0

0

0

0

18

11.1


4

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

He didn’t play enough to make an educated assessment. He was recalled today and I’m curious to see if they put him with Lucic-RNH and put Kassian back with Letestu. I’d give him a look on the second or third line and see what he can do.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Matt Hendricks

3

0

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0


14

1

1

2

-7

13

0

0

1

0

17

5.8

He was on the ice for too many goals against. When he’s playing well he can still be an effective fourth liner and PKer, but I don’t see him playing every game. 

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Taylor Beck

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0


2

0

0

0

-1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Not enough games to make a real assessment.

D-Men:

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Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Andrej Sekera

21

2

4

6

6

8

0

0

0

0

22

9.1


19

2

11

13

4

2

0

1

0

0

28

7.1

He had a fantastic quarter, producing 13 points in 19 games. Only Draisaitl and McDavid produced more. We didn’t see the Shin Pad Assassin nearly as much this quarter and that was a huge positive.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Oscar Klefbom

21

3

4

7

0

0

0

0

2

0

50

6


21

3

4

7

-5

0

1

0

0

0

55

5.6

I think we forget how little experience Klefbom has. He will play his 150th NHL game tomorrow, and for much of his first 149 games he’s had to play big minutes. Klefbom has played 891 minutes and has yet to take a penalty. That is very impressive. John Carlson also has 0 PIMs, 914 minutes. No other D-man who has played 891+ or more minutes has less than 10 PIMs.

Klefbom has been very smart with his stick and positioning, but I think he can make more consistent decisions with the puck.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Matthew Benning

12

0

4

4

7

4

0

0

0

0

12

0


18

1

3

4

-3

11

0

0

0

0

28

3.4

The rookie has played very well. He's chipping in offensively and he earned huge points from his teammates for not hesitating and going after Wideman after he cross-checked Lander repeatedly. Benning keeps earning more icetime and he's added some much needed depth on the right side.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Adam Larsson

21

1

3

4

-1

12

0

0

0

0

23

4.3


21

1

2

3

1

14

0

0

0

0

22

4.5

He has been steady. He isn't flashy. He is physical, he grinds down the opposition and he is here to defend. Any offence is a bonus. His footspeed could improve, and I'm sure it will be something they work on in the summer, but another steady quarter from Larsson.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Darnell Nurse

21

3

2

5

-4

17

0

0

0

0

38

7.9


4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

The Oilers miss his speed and tenacity on the blueline, but they finally have enough depth that one injury doesn't derail their progress.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Kris Russell

14

0

3

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

17

0


21

0

2

2

-6

10

0

0

0

0

24

0

He wasn't as effective this quarter as he was in the first 21 games. I thought he made better decisions with the puck in the first quarter. His speed in the D zone helps, because he pressures the puck carrier quickly, but I'd like him to be a bit less scrambly. I also think he needs to add more offensively. I have seen him avoid taking a shot on goal, instead passing it in the corner, and I wonder if he is worried too much about getting his shot blocked. The past few games I've noticed him passing up shots and just putting puck to a guy in the corner.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Eric Gryba

14

0

0

0

-2

14

0

0

0

0

16

0


8

1

2

3

0

22

0

0

1

0

8

12.5

He scored a huge goal and despite only playing eight games he's made an impact. He is a solid depth defender. If he is your #6/7 your defence is fairly solid.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Mark Fayne

1

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0


3

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

Didn't play enough (again), and with him being waived (again), you have to think his time with the Oilers is nearing the end.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Brandon Davidson

1

0

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0


8

0

1

1

2

6

0

0

0

0

14

0

He needs to stay healthy. Injury and illness have limited him to only nine games. He needs a strong second half.

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S%

Dillon Simpson

3

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

Made his NHL debut and looked more comfortable each game. He needs more time to develop in the AHL.

Goalies

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Cam Talbot had 19 starts in the first quarter going 11-7-1 with a .919sv% (534 saves on 581 shots) and a 2.48 GAA. In the second quarter he had 18 starts, going 9-4-5 with a .920sv% (496 saves on 539 shots) and a solid 2.39 GAA.

Talbot has been very consistent all season. 

Jonas Gustavsson had two starts in the first quarter, 1-1-0 with a .898sv% (44 saves on 49 shots) and a 2.51 GAA. He was decent in Detroit, but shaky versus Los Angeles.

In the second quarter he was 0-2-1 with a (69 saves on 81 shots) .851sv% and a 3.99 GAA. He struggled and today was placed on waivers.

WRAP UP


Wrap

The Oilers didn't have as many wins this quarter, but points are what matter most and picking up 24 has earned them 49 total points after 42 games. They are one point behind Anaheim and San Jose for first in the Pacific, and more importantly, they are six points ahead of Vancouver, who sits ninth in the West.

Overall, the Oilers have had a good start to the season, but the games will get more difficult in the second half, and much more exciting for fans. If you haven't been already, I'm guessing most readers will be scanning the standings daily now.

The other factor that can't be overlooked is the Oilers have been fairly healthy, especially among their top forwards. When your best players are in the lineup your chances of winning improve significantly. The Oilers also have more quality players, but staying healthy can't be overlooked.

Lastly, I sense the Oilers will recall Laurent Brossoit and let him get some extra practice time with goalie coach Dustin Schwartz. The Oilers play Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday in their upcoming home stand. Talbot could play all six, and then Brossoit could start next Saturday in Calgary against the team who drafted him.

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    #1 dabears318
    January 09 2017, 04:36PM
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    fist time in a decade we make the playoffs.

    As a new vancouverite, I can't wait for April 8th... last home game for vancouver, where it is almost a certainty they will be playing for pride and we will be (hopefully) looking to clinch a playoff spot.

    How times have changed. Bring on 2017

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    #2 OriginalPouzar
    January 09 2017, 05:06PM
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    Thanks for breaking it down for us Jason - its interesting to see the arrows of the individual players (as far as numbers go).

    What's kind of exciting for me is that there is an opportunity for this team to actually produce more points in the 2nd half. There are three material players that are under-producing - Nuge, Eberle and Pouliot.

    I've essentially given up on Benoit as far as this season goes, however, if even one of, let alone both, Eberle and Nuge start to find their offence again, this team should be that much better.

    Looking forward to the 2nd half much more than any 2nd half in recent memory.

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    #3 Spydyr
    January 09 2017, 05:09PM
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    Nice read tons of relevant information.Thank you.

    One goal in 21 games....Come on man!

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    #4 Arminius
    January 09 2017, 05:12PM
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    Pretty sad that going 12-9 nets you only 1 more point than going 9-12. But in today's society of participation ribbons and loser points this is indeed the case.

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    #5 ginganinja
    January 09 2017, 05:28PM
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    @Arminius

    Oh my goodness, get a new hobby.

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    #6 Retired Secret Agent
    January 09 2017, 05:28PM
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    Arminius wrote:

    Pretty sad that going 12-9 nets you only 1 more point than going 9-12. But in today's society of participation ribbons and loser points this is indeed the case.

    Speaking of losers, did that give you a thrill?

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    #7 Big Jacks Meat
    January 09 2017, 05:31PM
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    Just keep winning, fighting , raising your level of play each and every game.

    GO OILERS !!

    easy for me to say but COME ON MAN ! lets do this. Rogers place will ROCK YOU.

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    #8 Big Jacks Meat
    January 09 2017, 05:32PM
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    Seriously , can't wait till the day we "clinch". I will jackalack !! or not.

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    #9 btrain
    January 09 2017, 06:35PM
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    @OriginalPouzar

    Well said. You look at guys around the league like Kopitar with 3 goals and Bergeron with just 15 points, and you just know that can't and will not continue much longer. These guys are just far too good to stay off the score sheet. I realize that Eberle and RNH are not the same caliber of player, but they too are far to good to continue at their current pace. With that said, they both have more points than Kopitar and Bergeron. So with a lower ceiling they haven't fallen as hard as some around the league. So things could actually be much worse. Fortunately the team is not completely reliant on these two anymore and they have a window of opportunity to sort things out. I think its a much safer bet that they do find their game then the alternative; that they suddenly fell off an inescapable performance cliff at the ages of 26 and 23.

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    #10 nuge2drai
    January 09 2017, 06:47PM
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    Eberle lost his best friend...

    Now he is lost...

    Honestly though, Eberle has quit.. thats the sad truth.

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    #11 IRONman
    January 09 2017, 07:27PM
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    Ebs should be traded to contender and win a cup.

    Oilers are not there yet.

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    #12 HockeyRulz
    January 09 2017, 08:23PM
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    @Arminius

    Keep posting!

    Today is a good lesson on why your slowly moving on from the flames. Seeing your former flames team struggling to beat the Jets. Looking at the standings and seeing your team beating the flames all season long.

    Why not just get a McDavid and a big rig jersey?

    PS we are here for you during your transformation, son. Now keep posting, let out all that garbage in your head so you can fully move on to your new team.

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    #14 singlemalt
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    Arminius wrote:

    Pretty sad that going 12-9 nets you only 1 more point than going 9-12. But in today's society of participation ribbons and loser points this is indeed the case.

    Hey Ani! Hope you enjoyed that little exercise in futility that just ended in the 'peg. Jenny and Sammy and Monny et al running around like prepubescent kids in a wh0re house getting nothing done. And Linne was not even on the ice. Talk about participation ribbons, the phlems could not even manage a participation ribbon (zero goals) leave alone a a loser point! Zero points, zero goals and just a thank you from the Jets for coming and gifting them two! G F G!!

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    #15 nuge2drai
    January 09 2017, 08:56PM
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    @Jason Gregor

    You dont think his year long slump has anything to do with him being sour because his best friend was traded.

    The timing of this whole thing stinks.

    He has moped around the ice all season long, barely putting in an effort.

    Even on the break away last night... went to a soft backhand and missed the net by a mile.

    Old Ebs shake and bakes, dekes and undresses the goalie..

    In my opinion he has quit, its a steong accusation, but the evidence supports it.

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    #17 billythebullet
    January 09 2017, 09:24PM
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    Arminius wrote:

    Pretty sad that going 12-9 nets you only 1 more point than going 9-12. But in today's society of participation ribbons and loser points this is indeed the case.

    This comment is getting a lot of trashes but the troll is on to something. 3 point regulation wins are LONG overdue. Would love to see a 3pt regulation win, 2pt ot and 1pt shoot out win with 0 points for losing like international hockey. Seperate the contenders from the pretenders.

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    #18 nuge2drai
    January 09 2017, 09:50PM
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    @Jason Gregor

    Ebs "improved" play has landed him on the third line for the first time in his career?

    So he is not playing as often as he used to...

    Seems like the coach agrees with my assessment.

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    #19 GK1980
    January 09 2017, 09:51PM
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    nuge2drai wrote:

    Eberle lost his best friend...

    Now he is lost...

    Honestly though, Eberle has quit.. thats the sad truth.

    Disagree, if you watched the last few games including Nuge they have both been digging a bit more. Eberle even had a nice back check against Ottawa.

    I'm not sure where I stand with this team. The west is very tight still and one extended losing streak could be devastating. If they can get on a bit of a tear then my confidence will increase exponentially. They need to gain some ground in the conference.

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    #20 nuge2drai
    January 09 2017, 09:58PM
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    According to TSN insider Darren Dreger, the asking price for Eberle is high. However, there’s a risk of that price going down if Eberle is demoted to the fourth line.

    “…He’s been one of the Edmonton Oilers’ players that is a big part of the core. But if he’s no longer that, even on a short-term basis, that’s going to ignite some kind of short-term market.” – Darren Dreger

    Improved play. Better defence. Backchecking. Upbeat. About what... a possible 4th line demotion coming?

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    #21 Spydyr
    January 09 2017, 09:59PM
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    billythebullet wrote:

    This comment is getting a lot of trashes but the troll is on to something. 3 point regulation wins are LONG overdue. Would love to see a 3pt regulation win, 2pt ot and 1pt shoot out win with 0 points for losing like international hockey. Seperate the contenders from the pretenders.

    I have been saying for years that if you have some three point games all games should be three point games.Three points for a regulation win then two points for overtime or shootout win. One point for an overtime or shootout loss. I also think they should switch ends and play 3-3 for five more minutes. I bet not many games would make it to the shootout.

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    #22 Oilfaninvan
    January 09 2017, 09:59PM
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    Has RNH been typecast as a great 2 way centre merely because he's not as potent an offensive driver as we though he was? I hate to sound harsh, but his continued regression is bumming me out.

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    #23 ginganinja
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    Best part about the Flames losing aside from them never catching the Oilers? It shuts that troll up for the night. Unfortunately, he will awaken at the sight of the next Flames win.

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    #24 ginganinja
    January 09 2017, 10:10PM
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    Eberle and Nuge will come around at least part of the way. I see it as a positive in a way, because the day those two contribute offensively is the day the Oilers are a contender imo.

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    #25 nrXic
    January 09 2017, 10:21PM
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    billythebullet wrote:

    This comment is getting a lot of trashes but the troll is on to something. 3 point regulation wins are LONG overdue. Would love to see a 3pt regulation win, 2pt ot and 1pt shoot out win with 0 points for losing like international hockey. Seperate the contenders from the pretenders.

    You're also advocating boosting the pretenders as well.

    Getting blown out 5-0 shouldn't be equal to losing 5-4 in Overtime. But that's exactly what you are doing by not recognizing regulation time.

    With the 3-2-1-0 methodology, the Flames (a team sitting at a negative goal differential) would be above teams that score more goals than they let in, because it would remove the fact that the Flames losing 5-0 is not the same as the Ducks losing 2-1 in OT.

    FlamesNation has a write up on how things would shake down with a 3-2-1-0 format, and it doesn't change anything for good teams, but it boosts struggling teams like the Flames because it makes them (a team that can lose games badly) more competitive with average teams (that lose close games).

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    #26 HockeyRulz
    January 09 2017, 10:32PM
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    @billythebullet

    I personally would rather they just get rid of the shootout and if it is tied after OT each team gets their point, and night is over.

    How does a team with better shootout skills deserve more of a chance at the playoffs? How does shootout skills help a team win in the playoffs? There is no shootout in the playoffs. Even the three on three is pushing it for me. Why not 4 on 4? There is 4 on 4 in a real match, but there is never 3 on 3.

    To me that is where they give points to a team with skills that don't equate to the real match/game, and therefore shouldn't be deserving a better shot at the playoffs because of these "skills". Those are the true participation ribbon points.


    Now I do see the point of the shootout and 3 on 3 for the younger fans, it is exciting for them.

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    nuge2drai wrote:

    Eberle lost his best friend...

    Now he is lost...

    Honestly though, Eberle has quit.. thats the sad truth.

    I'm pretty sure you're talking about yourself. Stop projecting your anger. You still have your Taylor Hall sheets to cuddle up to.

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    #28 camdog
    January 09 2017, 10:52PM
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    Funny how a troll has everybody so worked up. The Calgary Flames are tied for 4th in the entire league in respect to regulation losses...

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    #29 camdog
    January 09 2017, 10:55PM
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    If we want to change the system I'd prefer going back to the old system 2 points for a win, 0 for a loss, 1 for a tie and no points in the standings for the shoot out win. The shoot out win would used in cases where there was a tie in the standings.

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    #30 camdog
    January 09 2017, 11:20PM
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    Coyotes have 6 regulation wins in 40 games. The league won't be going to a 3 point system any time soon. They'd be so far back in the standings that you would have to regulate them to a different league, like they do in soccer to keep things relatively competitive.

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    #31 OilersGM
    January 10 2017, 12:00AM
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    49 points in 42 games if we keep up this pace that means 93-94 points in 82 games. IMO that's playoffs but I do think we need to go on another streak like the start of the season.

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    #32 Anton CP
    January 10 2017, 02:09AM
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    Numbers with Klefbom and Larsson are both quite consistent and that's a good thing. Top pairing D-men need to be consistent for team to win.

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    #33 btrain
    January 10 2017, 09:56AM
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    @nuge2drai

    Dreger is a decent reporter but how do you think he, and all the other Toronto Centered media heads get a pulse on the information that they should cover regarding teams they barely watch? Well blog sights like Oilers Nation is a great resource. If I were looking for material, I would just check out this sight and similar, get a sense of what fans are overly emotional about and then feed that emotion further by adding to the story (Journalism 101). Especially during a slow week across the league, just to try and influence something to happen.

    If Dreger is giving you insight that a trade about to happen, listen to him, he is usually pretty accurate. If he is just making random projections based on his interpretation of the team/league circumstances, and taking a pulse of blog topics and reading between the lines, then this is similar to a long-term weather forecast; though based on known factors and has some predictive validity, its full of error and often ends up being wrong.

    Really, what I am trying to tell you, is that many reports on the Oilers, particularly from outside sources, are influenced by the very consumers who read the reports...the general fan or the fan that happens to be part of the media and covers the team closely. So basically Dreger, in this case, is just as influenced to hold up a mirror for you and the many others wanting Eberle gone as he is influenced by actual unbiased sources of information. The Toronto based media is full of a lot of "smoke and Mirrors" if you will.

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    #34 DaveInOntario
    January 10 2017, 10:01AM
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    What would be awesome is an opponent winning percentage for the first quarter vs. the second quarter. We don't really talk a ton about opponent strength - is that possible?

    Silly example - in quarter 1 they did really well but played against dreck, and in quarter 2 they did not as well statistically but played against all top-flight competition...

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    #35 GK1980
    January 10 2017, 10:07AM
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    camdog wrote:

    If we want to change the system I'd prefer going back to the old system 2 points for a win, 0 for a loss, 1 for a tie and no points in the standings for the shoot out win. The shoot out win would used in cases where there was a tie in the standings.

    I agree but Americans don't like ties apparently. Bettman is molding OUR game to suit the American wants and needs. A travesty.

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    #36 camdog
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    GK1980 wrote:

    I agree but Americans don't like ties apparently. Bettman is molding OUR game to suit the American wants and needs. A travesty.

    True, and you can't go to the 3 point system because the gaps between the really bad teams and everybody else would be horrendous. I think we are stuck with this system as long as Bettman is around, provides the illusion that the really bad teams are somewhat competitive.

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