Game Recap 44.0: Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens OILERSNATION is your home for Edmonton Oilers coverage, news, analysis, rumours and scores. We are a site by NHL fans, for NHL fans. Tue, 20 Apr 2021 03:57:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Game Recap 44.0: Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens 32 32 125283403 GDB 44.0 Wrap Up: A four-goal third period lifts Oilers to 4-1 win over Montreal Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:00:36 +0000 Sacre bleu. Final Score: 4-1 Oilers

After Saturday’s huge win over the Winnipeg Jets, I was feeling pretty good about the Oilers’ game heading into their first of two meetings in this mini-series against the Canadiens. That said, I also know how the Habs have run Edmonton’s show so far this season, and I was eager to find out how our boys planned to respond without having their lunch money stolen again. In the early going, there wasn’t all that much to get excited about when it came to offence outside of the McGoal that was called back for goalie interference, but for whatever reason, these two teams were not at all interested in becoming pen pals and it made for a fun night. Seeing as these two teams really haven’t played each other that much recently, there was an almost unexpected dose of feistiness sprinkled throughout this matchup and it added a flavour that really cranked up the intensity. There may not have been any goals but there were shenanigans and it got me excited about how the rest of this game was going to play out, and it did not disappoint. (We’ll get there.)

Moving into the second period, the pace of the game picked up a little bit as both sides looked to break the deadlock and get themselves on the board first. And while the first handful of minutes were very much more of the same back-and-forth we’d seen up until that point, it was the Canadiens that were able to strike first on the back of a lucky bounce off of Eric Staal’s skate. It sucked, but it was lucky. Down by a goal with half a game left to play, the Oilers needed to pivot their focus from engaging in the physical side of the game to something more focused on generating offence. While the chippiness remained constant, I thought the Oilers did a really nice job of manufacturing chances for themselves even though they just weren’t able to get the puck luck to go along with those opportunities. It’s not like they didn’t have their share of quality looks but they just couldn’t get anything to stick. Heading into the third period down by one, we all knew that the Oilers had to be desperate for a goal but I don’t think any of us were prepared for the four-goal outburst that was about to happen, but I can sure as shit tell you that we all loved to see it.

Led by their captain, the Oilers came roaring back against a team that has played them tough all season long and I have to imagine that win will probably feel pretty damned good for the boys in the room.

The wrap.


  • Ethan Bear tied the game (1-1) after McDavid found him in the high slot where the defender teed off on a one-timer that beat Allen up high for his first goal in 49 games. I’m going to keep pumping Ethan Bear’s tires until we’re all back on the same page about how good he is for this hockey club because he’s been excellent lately. Bear finished with 20:09 in TOI to go along with two shots on goal and one block.
  • Connor McDavid gave his team the lead (2-1) with a ridiculous coast-to-coast rush that saw him carve through the Canadiens’ defence before gently lifting the puck up and over Allen while off-balance and falling. I don’t know what you can say about the guy other than he’s a human Game Genie — it’s the only thing that makes sense.
  • Jesse Puljujarvi gave his team some insurance (3-1) after McDavid sent him in alone on a breakaway with a perfect pass and the big boy did not miss. Outside of the goal, I thought Puljujarvi had a fantastic night and I was very happy to see him get rewarded with his 11th goal of the season.
  • Devin Shore continued his fine run of late with an empty-net goal (4-1) that poured salt into the Canadiens’ gaping wound.
  • After shutting out the Jets on Saturday night, Mike Smith was back in the crease and looking for his 16th win of the season. And as he was on Saturday, the veteran netminder was tremendous again and provided the kind of backstopping we’ve seen from him all season long. Smith finished the night with 22 saves and a .957 save%.
  • I know Adam Larsson doesn’t show up on the scoresheet a whole lot but I’ve definitely noticed how well he’s been playing in his own end.
  • I also thought this was Zack Kassian’s best game in a long time and it was very nice to see him engaged in all three zones on the ice.
  • The penalty kill took care of both of Montreal’s chances with the man advantage and I am tipping my cap to them for it.
  • The Oilers outshot the Habs by a 36-23 margin and I feel like the Corsi Gords will be happy with us.
  • Do you love knowing that the Oilers won 53% of the faceoffs? Of course you do.
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  • Eric Staal opened the scoring (1-0) for the Canadiens after he drove to the net and got a lucky bounce off of his skate that hopped up over a sprawling Smith.
  • The Oilers were unable to get anything done with their four powerplay chances and it was the kind of night where it would have been nice to get one even though it didn’t really matter in the end.
  • This has to be the worst officiating that we’ve seen all year, right? From start to finish, the refs were garbage, inconsistent, and completely out of their depths in what was another example of the NHL being a trash league.
  • In the first period, Jujhar Khaira took a relatively benign-looking hit along the boards but the results were anything but as he struggled to make it to the bench with wobbly legs. This was a scary sequence for a guy that just got a concussion not long ago, and I hope he gets the time he needs to get right.
  • How could I not talk about the 2-on-0 that McDavid and Puljujarvi had late in the second period where they couldn’t even get a shot on net? Not sure I’ve ever seen that before.
  • I wish the building could have been full so all of those Canadiens fans in attendance would have had their night ruined by that third period.
  • Why don’t we get to see the reverse retro jerseys anymore? What was the point of them if the team was only able to wear them three times? Oh, right. Gouge the fans for money. Right.



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Oilers Prospect Update: Ta Da Lavoie Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:00:38 +0000 This week’s prospect update features the young man picked 38th overall in 2019 by your Edmonton Oilers. Raphael Lavoie has arrived in Bakersfield with a vengeance. In his first eight games for the baby Oil, he has amassed a boxcar of 4-3-7. Five points coming just this week alone.

The news coming out of Bakersfield has been exciting. Ryan McLeod has made his way up to the taxi squad with the Oilers:

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Side note for those of you who are reading the update for the first time.
While it’s a prospect update, not all players are specifically prospects in the traditional sense of the word. Some are merely players of which we own the rights to, and some are older players who I think people would like to follow along with.
Updates are current as to the time of publish (if they’re playing in a game when it’s published, I won’t include that)


Name (Active) Pos. GP G A PTS This week’s total
Tyler Benson LW 26 9 20 29 2 4GP 1-2-3
Adam Cracknell R/C 28 7 16 23 4GP 1-3-4
Joseph Gambardella C/L 27 6 7 13 3GP 0-0-0
Seth Griffith C/R 28 5 14 19 4GP 1-1-2
Cooper Marody C 28 17 13 30 4GP 1-2-3
Ryan McLeod C 24 14 14 28 4GP 3-3-6
Alan Quine C/W 7 0 3 3 OUT
Ostap Safin L/R 13 4 1 5 1GP 0-0-0
Raphael Lavoie R/C 8 4 3 7 4GP 3-2-5
Phil Kemp RD 8 0 1 1 4GP 0-0-0
Michael Kesselring C 10 0 2 2 4GP 0-2-2
Theodor Lennstrom LD 13 2 4 6 4GP 0-2-2
Markus Niemelainen LD 21 2 4 6


Name (Active) GP GAA SV% Record This Week’s Results
Olivier Rodrigue 8 3.00 .891 3-4-0 1 Start and 1 relief, 1-0W w/ 30 saves and 6-2 w/ 19 saves
Stuart Skinner 22 2.41 .912 14-6-2 3 Starts, 6-2W w/ 26 saves, 6-2L with w/ 10 saves and 5-1W w/ 22 saves
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights —

EUROPE (Active)

For players who are now in North America, click here to see what they had for stats
Name (Active) Pos. GP G A PTS This week’s total
Maxim Beryozkin – Lokomotiv Yaroslav (KHL (Russia)) W 31 0 2 2
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL (Russia)) 25 13 17 30
Matej Blumel – HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech) RW 49 17 15 32
Maxim Denezhkin – Buran Voronezh (VHL (Russia))
C 34 7 15 22
Loko Yaroslav (MHL (Russia)) 18 2 7 9
Lokomotiv Yaroslav  (KHL (Russia)) 1 0 0 0
Raphael Lavoie – Vasby IK (HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden))
C/R 51 23 22 45
Jeremias Lindewall – MODO Hockey (HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden)) LW 36 2 3 5
MODO Hockey J20 (J20 Nationell) 8 5 4 9
Ornskoldsvik HF (HockeyEttan (Sweden)) 5 1 2 3
Kirill Maximov – CSKA Moskva (KHL (Russia)) RW 16 2 1 3
Zvezda Moskva (VHL) 25 12 15 27
Tomas Mazura – HIFK U20 (U20 SM-sarja (Finland)) C 3 1 2 3
Aapeli Rasanen – KalPa (Liiga (Finland)) C 57 13 9 22 1GP 0-1-1
Patrik Siikanen – JYP (Liiga (Finland)) L/C 33 2 5 7 3GP 0-0-0
Anton Slepyshev – CSKA Moskva (KHL (Russia)) L/R 35 12 14 26
Tyler Tullio – HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas (Tipos Extraliga (Slovakia)) C/R 19 4 9 13
Bogdan Yakimov – SKA St. Petersburg (KHL (Russia)) C 6 0 0 0
Filip Berglund – Linkoping HC (SHL (Sweden)) RD 32 1 7 8
Philip Broberg – Skelleftea AIK (SHL (Sweden)) LD 44 3 10 13
Philip Kemp – Vasby IK (HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden)) RD 32 3 7 10
Dmitri Samorukov – CSKA Moskva (KHL (Russia)) LD 48 2 6 8 OUT FOR SEASON


Name (Active) GP GAA SV% Record This Week’s Results
Ilya Konovalov – Yaroslav Lokomotiv (KHL (Russia)) 19 2.29 .923 9-7-2
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –

America (NCAA, USHS-Prep, Etc.)

Name (Active) Pos. GP G A PTS This week’s total
Skyler Brind’Amour – Quinnipiac U. (NCAA) C 29 2 9 11
Filip Engaras – U. of New Hampshire (NCAA) C 22 6 5 11
Dylan Holloway – U. of Wisconsin (NCAA) C/L 23 11 24 35
Carter Savoie – U of Denver (NCAA) LW 24 13 7 20
Matt Cairns – U of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) LD 27 0 6 6
Michael Kesselring – Northeastern U. (NCAA) C 20 5 3 8
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –


Name (Active) Pos. GP G A PTS This week’s total
Dylan Holloway – Canada C/LW 6 1 1 1
Philip Broberg (C) – Sweden RD 4 0 3 3


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Real Life Podcast Episode 274 – Jets recap, Tyson Barrie, and a chat with Gabriel Candido Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:00:12 +0000 Welcome to a brand new episode of the Real Life Podcast! On today’s podcast, the guys covered Saturday’s huge win, Tyson Barrie’s next contract, crib, and a whole lot more.

To start off the Monday episode of Real Life, the boys got going with a recap of Saturday’s dominant win over the Winnipeg Jets and whether or not that changed anyone’s feelings regarding a potential playoff matchup. For everyone on the podcast, that win was one of the most complete outings we’ve seen all year and the boys worked through why it is that the Oilers seem to own Jets so far this season. From there, the guys discussed Ryan McLeod being recalled from the Bakersfield Condors yesterday and where he may slot into the lineup when given the chance. The guys also spoke about the reactions on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to re-signing Tyson Barrie as he seems to be a very divisive player on the Edmonton Oilers blueline. Changing gears the guys got into the weeds about the game Crib and whether or not there is more to the game than luck of the cards. Lastly, the guys wrapped up this week’s podcast by welcoming Gabriel Candido to the podcast as he’s started an Oilers fan group in Brazil.

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Oilersnation Pre Game Podcast – Game 44 vs Montreal Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:30:40 +0000 Coming off one of their most complete performances of the season on the weekend, the Oilers will look to keep the ball rolling tonight as they host the Montreal Canadiens for the first of two games. Tonight also marks the Oilers’ first home game in 17 days. The Oilers should be feeling good heading into this hockey game while the Habs might not be the most confident group right now considering they have just two wins in their last seven games. At the same time, the Canadiens have absolutely had the Oilers number so far this season. They’ve won four of the five matchups in the season series and have held Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to just two points each in those games. The Oilers will look to break through as they begin a two-game set against Montreal.

I go through the expected lines, keys to the game, and more in today’s Pre Game Podcast (brought to you by YEG Burger & Nation Beer)! You can download it right here in the article or by heading to Apple Podcasts or Spotify! Enjoy the game!

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GDB 44.0: Oilers Look To Extend Home Winning Streak (7pm MT, SNW) Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:00:06 +0000 The Edmonton Oilers haven’t lost a home game since March 3rd. After a slow start, where they went 1-4, Edmonton has won 12 of their 16 home games including seven in a row. They’ve only won eight consecutive home games three times in franchise history: From January 19th-February 22nd, 1985, then February 24th to April 2, 1986, and they set the franchise record when they won their final nine home games between March 14th to April 9th in 2017.

The race for home ice advantage in the North division is between Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton, and an Oilers victory tonight would move them one point back of Winnipeg for second place and five behind first place Toronto, and the Oilers would have a game in hand on both teams.

I still believe there are significant advantages to having home ice in the playoffs, despite it looking unlikely teams in the North will be allowed fans in the building for the postseason. But what if things change in six weeks and the Alberta government allows 1,000 or 2,000 fans? That isn’t what motivates the Oilers to finish as high as they can, but it would be a nice bonus.

Dave Tippett will want his team to be better at 5×5 over the next four weeks. The Oilers only have six goals at 5×5 over their last six games. Goaltending and special teams have helped them win games recently, but Tippett wants to see an improvement at 5×5. He wants to see their scoring chances reduced, and he saw that in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Speaking of scoring chances, Tippett said after their video people tracked the scoring chances for and against they came up with 20 for and 10 against. This is important for those who use Natural Stat Trick. I’ve seen many use them for Scoring Chances For and Against as well as XGF. It is important to note that those stats aren’t always accurate or close to what teams track when they use video. NST had the chances 25-15 for Edmonton — so still an advantage of 10 for Edmonton, but having 25% more for Edmonton and 50% more chances for Winnipeg will severely alter any SCF% and XGF%.

I reached out to find out how the tracking words. Natural Stat Trick uses the data from NHL game sheets. Essentially they take what shows up here, and then input that into their system. But NST isn’t the one tracking shot distances. That is the NHL, and that process also has flaws.

The person tracking them is sitting in the pressbox watching the game. They have a screen and when a player shoots the puck, they touch the area on their screen where they thought the shot came from. They list what type of shot as well. You will notice in the above link the Oilers’ first shot was a backhand by Darnell Nurse 12 feet from the net. How accurate is the distance? And how about the velocity?

Until the NHL has tracking in the puck, the distance and velocity won’t be accurate, and that is why it is important to remember when looking at scoring chances and expected goals from NST, that the data is not the same as what teams track. It doesn’t mean it isn’t helpful, but the difference between 3-5% can be massive in those statistics.

One coach I spoke with last week on the subject said he noticed on average a 20% discrepancy on what they tracked as scoring chances. He did add NST is very accurate for CF%, FF%, SF% and GF%, as well as other stats like penalties drawn, shooting percentage, but he cautioned going too strong minded on scoring chances and expected goals.

I spoke to a video guy from an Eastern-based team and he said he noticed two distinct differences from NST scoring chances to what his team tracks. The first was the overall amount, as they continually had fewer chances, and his team breaks down scoring chances into three tiers. They have grade A, B and C chances. Not all chances are equal, and what NST deems a high-danger chance is often much higher than what his Eastern team tracks.

Last season, Tippett mentioned he has a three-tier scoring chance system as well. Tippett lists every player involved on both for and against chances. Being on the ice is just one part of the process. It is important to remember this when using SCF% and XGF%. I’ve read and seen people use the NST ones as though they are gospel and tell the complete, accurate story. I don’t think that is the case, and it is why we might have incorrect evaluations of players if relying too heavily on those numbers.



Draisaitl – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Kahun – Haas – Yamamoto
Archibald – Khaira – Chiasson
Nygard – Shore – Kassian

Nurse – Barrie
Russell– Larsson
Jones – Bear


No lineup changes for the Oilers after their impressive 3-0 shutout in Winnipeg. The Canadiens should be a tougher test at 5×5, as they are better overall. However, in April (10 GP) Montreal is 28th in GF-GA at -6. Montreal has scored 15 goals, but allowed 21. In their first 32 games the Canadiens were 69-45 at 5×5, the best in the NHL, but they’ve been leaky recently and Edmonton needs to exploit that tonight.

With Nygard recalled prior to Saturday’s game and Ryan McLeod getting recalled to the taxi-squad, and eventually to the active roster when he is activated next week, that leaves only two more recalls for the Oilers over their final 13 games. Dmitry Kulikov is not one as he is listed as a non-roster player currently, but it means only two of Tyler Ennis, Kyle Turris, James Neal and Patrick Russell could be recalled the rest of the season.


Tatar – Danault – Anderson
Drouin – Kotkaniemi – Bryon
Toffoli – Suzuki – Armia
Lehkonen– Staal – Perry

Chiarot– Weber
Edmundson – Petry
Romanov – Kulak


The Canadiens have switched line combinations as often as the Oilers have recently, as head coach Dominque Ducharme looks for some chemistry. They miss Brendan Gallagher’s 5×5 productivity. I’ve read a lot about Philip Danault facing McDavid and really containing him. That is partially true. McDavid has played 27:34 against Danault, but he’s skated in 46:25 away from him. McDavid has been outscored 3-2 against Danault, while he is 0-1 in the 46 minutes away from him. The entire Montreal team has done a good job, thus far, of limiting McDavid’s points and he’s been outshot 43-35 when on the ice at 5×5. It has been a good five games for Montreal, but containing McDavid for more than five games is quite rare.


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GAME DAY PREDICTION: Edmonton extends home winning streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Leon Draisaitl ties Marco Sturm for most career points for a German player with 487. Draisaitl does it in 466 games while Sturm played 938 games.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Adam Larsson registers his first goal against Montreal.


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Game Notes Canadiens @ Oilers: Big Guns Ready to Fire? Mon, 19 Apr 2021 15:00:29 +0000 It is not very often, if ever, you can say the Edmonton Oilers need more from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The two Hart trophy, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay winners are usually the spark plugs who ignite the Oilers’ engine, but they’ve yet to get going offensively against the Montreal Canadiens this season.

They haven’t played poorly, as Draisaitl leads the team with 15 shots in five games, while McDavid has 11, but neither has a goal and they only have one assist combined at even strength. They aren’t the only forwards struggling, as Jujhar Khaira (1) and Devon Shore (2) are the only forwards with goals in the season series, but given how dominant McDavid and Draisaitl are, it is rare to see them go both 0-2-2 through five games.

— I won’t be surprised if they break out — and in fact will be tossing down a $20 spot that they score tonight — but their lack of production in five consecutive games against one team is such an anomaly it is worth discussing. In the past four seasons, only three teams have managed to hold McDavid to under a point/game pace. He has four points in six games v. Buffalo, six points in eight games v. Chicago and five points in nine games against St.Louis.

Draisaitl also had four points against the Sabres, but he had 12 against Chicago and eight in nine games v. the Blues. For both of them to have only two points in five games against the same team is very rare. And while most nights they carry the Oilers, if Edmonton wants to go deep in the playoffs their two big guns will be leading them. The others will need to chip in, but no team wins without its stars leading the way.

— The Oilers top players have not only failed to produce, they’ve been outscored badly at 5×5 to the tune of 10-4. Draisaitl, McDavid, Darnell Nurse and Jesse Puljujarvi are -5, while Tyson Barrie and Ethan Bear are -4. The entire team needs to be better, but it is difficult to win when your top guys are being outscored regularly. It is an outlier, but one they need to change.

— Between 2018-2020, Draisaitl (4-9-13 in six games) and McDavid (3-8-11 in six games) averaged two points/game against Montreal. The Habs couldn’t slow them down, but they’ve managed to so far this season. Edmonton plays Montreal four times in the next 24 days, and while a first round playoff matchup seems unlikely right now, the Oilers, and specifically their two superstars, will want to revert back to how the past three seasons went. A breakout game for one, or both, would not be a surprise tonight.

— Mike Smith picked up his 42nd career shutout on Saturday in Winnipeg. Of the 31 goalies who have started at least 20 games this season, Smith is tied for sixth with a .922sv% and he is ninth with a 2.36 GAA. Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. The Oilers had lengthy discussions with Jacob Markstrom during the off-season, and made him a few offers, but Markstrom went with the Flames’ offer (six years at $6m) and signed on October 9th. The Oilers signed Mike Smith the following day for one year with a $1.5m base and $500K in potential bonuses. He’s been incredible for Edmonton.

— Even more impressive for me is that Smith has done this without seeing his wife and four boys hardly at all this year.  “I’ve only seen them twice this season,” replied Smith when I asked about not having his kids around the dressing room this season. “You have four beautiful kids who hug you after games regardless of how you play, and it is tough not having them around. My wife has done an incredible job to keep the house in order. I miss them everyday.”

It doesn’t matter how much money you make in the NHL, it can’t buy time. Many people in different walks of life have to be away from their kids for work, and it sucks. As a father I have a lot of empathy for Smith and his kids. It isn’t ideal, but the fact he is playing this well despite not having the joys of seeing his wife and kids earns a lot of respect from me.

— Carey Price still hasn’t been able to find consistency in his game this season. In 24 starts he is 12-7-5 with a .900sv% and 2.67 GAA.
In his first eight starts he went 4-2-2 with a .896Sv% and 2.84 GAA. He averaged 27.6 shots against/game.
In his next eight starts he went 4-3-2 with a .916Sv% and 2.34 GAA. He faced an average of 28.2 shots/game.
In his last eight starts he has gone 4-3-1 with a .888Sv% and 2.84 GAA while facing 25.6 shots/game.

He’s had 11 starts with a Sv% of .920 or higher, then one of .917 and . 913. The other 11 have ranged between .778-.870 and one at .897. So in 45.8% of his starts he has a .897Sv% or lower. However, his two best starts (Sv% wise) have come against Edmonton. He shut them out in a relatively easy 17-save performance on March 30th, and stopped 34 of 35 shots (.971sv%) on January 16th and in his third start posted a .913sv%. Jake Allen is 1-1 against the Oilers and has stopped 55 of 59 shots (.932sv%). In case you are wondering, Smith has a sub .900Sv% in 27% of his starts (six of 22).

— Price lost 4-0 to Ottawa on Saturday. He allowed three goals on 14 shots. He wasn’t tested very often, and I could see them starting Price tonight. The Canadiens play the Oilers again Wednesday and then three games in Calgary on Friday, Saturday and next Monday. I assume they want Price starting two of those games so if you play Allen tonight, then Price has to play three games in six days, assuming he’d play Edmonton Wednesday. It would make more sense, rest wise, to play Price tonight, Friday and next Monday.

— The Oilers recalled Ryan McLeod from Bakersfield yesterday and he will only have to miss the next two games before his quarantine is over. If he can practice next Sunday I think there is a good chance you will see him in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets. Expect him to start at centre. The Oilers are hopeful he can provide more offence than they are getting from Gaetan Haas.

— It was interesting to see how hard Paul Maurice worked to get Adam Lowry out against McDavid and Draisaitl on Saturday. McDavid had feasted on Schiefele, and Wheeler, in the first six meetings, so Maurice wanted the Lowry matchup a lot. They did a decent job containing them, until a great shift in the third when cycling by McDavid and Draisaitl led to Puljujarvi’s 10th goal of the season. But the Jets didn’t generate much offensively. I believe playing their third game in four nights was a factor, but will Maurice try to hard match again next Monday, or will he give Schiefele the opportunity to challenge himself against the Oilers best players?

— The Kahun-Haas-Yamamoto line had a solid game in Winnipeg. It was the best game I’ve seen from Kahun in awhile, while Haas and Yamamoto were equally good. Their most common matchup was the Schiefele line and they really controlled the play with a 85.1CF% and 100% at FF%, SF%, SCF% and XGF%. They didn’t allow one shot on goal. It was impressive and they will need to be effective again tonight

— Joakim Nygard got another shot on Saturday and he took advantage. He didn’t look as hesitant as he had in earlier games. His coach told him to not play safe and he listened. He, along with Shore and Kassian used their speed and were effective. Look for Dave Tippett to try and find lines with an identity. When RNH returns and he or Draisaitl plays centre, and McLeod draws in, Shore likely goes back to the wing with Khaira and Archibald. That trio was solid, but it means we could see Nygard, Kassian and McLeod as a line. All three can skate and are good forecheckers. I believe Tippett wants the Oilers to become a better forechecking team, especially heading into the playoffs.

— A win tonight and the Oilers will be one point back of Winnipeg and five back of Toronto with a game in hand on both teams. Home ice advantage still matters, even without fans, and the final 13 games are very meaningful. These two games against Montreal will be a good test to see if Edmonton can improve their forecheck against a very good 5×5 team.

— Today on the DFO Rundown podcast we spoke with Chris Beaudry. He was an assistant coach with the Humboldt Broncos. He wasn’t on the bus, but arrived on the scene a few minutes after the crash. He opened up about healing his mental health. If you, or someone you love is battling mental health challenges right now I recommend listening. It will help you. Chris’ words were raw, honest and very empowering. You can listen here.

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Canadiens vs Oilers 04/19/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:00:33 +0000 by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post

The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to extend their current win streak on home ice to eight games when they open a two-game series with the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Monday as -130 home chalk on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by

After closing out a five-game road trip with a 3-0 win in Winnipeg on Saturday, Edmonton will make its first home appearance in 17 days when the team hits the ice for Monday night’s matchup at Rogers Place.

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Saturday night’s win in Winnipeg marked the Oilers’ first contest in a week, and just their sixth game so far in the month of April. Overall, the team has played just nine games in the past 30 days and turned in mixed results, tallying consecutive wins just once during a 5-2-2 run.

However, the Oilers have been dominant during their current 7-0-0 run on home ice. The team has been steady at both ends of the ice during that stretch, averaging four goals per game while limiting opponents to just 1.71 goals per game and no more than two markers in a single outing during that stretch.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins remains on the shelf as he struggles to recover from a concussion that has sidelined him for the past three games. Acquired ahead of last week’s trade deadline, veteran defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has yet to join the team while adhering to quarantine protocols. And while the team has managed to post wins in three of its past four games, neither Connor McDavid nor Leon Draisaitl have managed to find the back of the net over the team’s past three contests.

The Oilers have struggled to fill the net during their recent light schedule, averaging just 2.33 goals per game over their past nine outings. That has fueled a reliable 9-0 run for the UNDER on the totals at online betting sites. However, Edmonton has claimed victory by multi-goal margins in each of its past three wins after seeing three of its previous four wins come by just a single goal.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens will be searching for answers as they prepare to take on Edmonton as +110 underdogs. Monday’s contest marks just the fourth time this season that the Canadiens will be listed as road underdogs. However, Montreal has hardly looked worthy of being set as a road favorite over the past two months, posting wins in just three of its past 12 dates away from the Bell Centre.

Overall, the Canadiens have lost six of their past nine games, and remain just six points up on fifth-place Calgary in the North Division standings. Montreal averaged just 1.89 goals per game during that stretch, while allowing four or more goals on five occasions.

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Monday Mailbag – NHL Trade Deadline Recap Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:00:24 +0000 Happy Monday, Internet compadres, and welcome to a brand new Monday Mailbag. As I do each week, I’ve taken the questions you’ve sent me over the past seven days, fired them off to our writers, and copied and pasted their words of wisdom right here on the ol’ Internet machine for your education and enjoyment. Today, we’re looking back at the trade deadline, Kyle Turris, the Canucks’ schedule, and a whole lot more. If you’ve got one, email it to me at or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk and I’ll get to you as soon as we can.

Mar 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (70) takes the ice to play the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. New Jersey won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1) Oilers fan in Van asks – It was a quiet trading day for the Oilers this past week and I’m wondering what are everyone’s thoughts about what Ken Holland did at the trade deadline?

Jason Gregor:

Kulikov could be a major addition if he slots in as the 2nd pair LD. He will play more minutes than most forwards they could have acquired most likely. Had he been able to add someone to play on second line LW would have been ideal, but it was smart not to trade their 1st round pick.

Robin Brownlee:

Solid move landing Kulikov. Depth on the left side that gives coach Dave Tippett some options.

Cam Lewis:

It wasn’t at all surprising. I’m a little disappointed he didn’t lean in and go for it this year considering the impending UFAs and how wide-open the division is, but, again, no surprise given their lack of draft capital and cap space. Anyway, Kulikov is a nice addition as he’s an upgrade over Kris Russell as a shutdown veteran. I think he could be good next to Ethan Bear and Cales Jones could play with Adam Larsson. That spreads out the defence nicely and creates three balanced pairs.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

It was what we should have expected. Holland didn’t have a lot of assets that he wanted to spend and they didn’t have a lot of money to burn. That’s not a great combination around trade deadline time. The result was what we saw. A small trade for a depth defenseman. I’m surprised that we didn’t see a deal for a depth forward though.

Zach Laing:

You can read my thoughts on it here. Cliffnotes: should’ve traded for Hall, happy with the Kulikov acquisition despite the risk involved.


It was pretty much what I expected, to be honest. The Oilers didn’t have many draft picks or much cap space, so I would have been shocked if Holland did anything major.

Mar 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (70) steps into the penalty box against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. New Jersey won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2) Sarah asks – Where do you see Dmitry Kulikov slotting into the lineup? Who comes out?

Jason Gregor:

He should play with a puck mover, so either Barrie or Bear. And Jones will come out.

Robin Brownlee:

He’s a second-pairing, left-side defenceman who can also play down one pairing if need be. Also kills penalties, so we’ll see him there as well. Caleb Jones is the best bet to come out.

Cam Lewis:

I said in the last point I would like to see him as Bear’s defensive anchor but I wouldn’t be surprised if Tippett loaded up and paired him with Larsson to form a reliable shutdown pair.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I think he’ll pair up with either Ethan Bear or Adam Larsson. I personally like the idea of having him with Bear. Kulikov had good numbers with PK Subban in New Jersey, so he’s shown he’s comfortable playing with a puck-moving defenseman. That’s the best spot for him.

Zach Laing:

I see him on the Oilers second pairing. He’ll eat into Nurse’s minutes and give Kris Russell/Caleb Jones/William Lagesson some softer minutes.


I think he’ll be 2LD with Bear. As for who comes out, I can’t imagine Tippett pulls Russell so I guess that leaves Caleb Jones.

Jan 13, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Kyle Turris (8) and Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (53) take a face-off during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

3) Randeep asks – Kyle Turris has not performed very well for the Oilers in his first season and I wonder if Holland might look to cut bait on him in the offseason. What is your opinion on the veteran centremen and do you think there’s any chance he can rebound?

Jason Gregor:

Cut bait how? Buyout would not be smart cap management. The Oilers can put him in minors next season and he would only count $575K against the cap. Maybe Holland convinces a team to take him a trade, but giving up a pick to do that wouldn’t be wise either because of how cheap it is to have him in minors. I suspect he comes back to camp and competes for a job. If he doesn’t make team he can go to AHL and be a good veteran leader for young guys there.

Robin Brownlee:

Not sure he can rebound. Hasn’t managed to string together a stretch of any length where he’s been very good. Depth guy right now who could be in the minors next season. I thought he’d be better than this. Hasn’t happened.

Cam Lewis:

He doesn’t have a big contract so it isn’t the end of the world. It was a gamble and it didn’t work out. A buyout wouldn’t make sense because that means more dead space in the future. Just use him as a depth forward in 2021-22 or bury him in the AHL and save some cash.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I wouldn’t buy him out, I would just bury him in the minors and eat the $500k in dead cap space. I’m not overly confident that he can bounce back, but I’ve been wrong before. I just don’t see enough foot speed for him to be an NHL centreman.

Zach Laing:

I do think there’s a chance he can rebound. His numbers coming into this year still weren’t terrible. He’s an inexpensive vet, but has a lot of work to do to getting back into the lineup.


They’ll probably bury him in the minors next year to save some space on the cap. No buyout, just a deal that didn’t work out. I honestly thought he’d be better than what we got.

Mar 13, 2021; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto (56) in the first period at Rogers Arena.

4) Tristan asks – Looking at what’s going on with the Canucks and COVID, do you think it’s still reasonable to expect that they play all 56 games? 

Jason Gregor:

I think they do due to TV/Radio contracts and sponsors. Unless they suffer a rash of injuries I suspect they will play. Maybe the final two games against Calgary won’t be played as they are meaningless, but I think partnerships will have them play.

Robin Brownlee:

The league wants 56 games and the Canucks have a difficult schedule the rest of the way. Will be interesting to see how they respond after Sunday’s game against Toronto. Don’t have a crystal ball on how this plays out because of any lingering effects of COVID.

Cam Lewis:

The league wants all of the games played in order to satisfy their broadcast and advertisement clients, so, yeah I would expect them to finish their season. Maybe some of the meaningless games against Calgary will get cancelled. I doubt it, though.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

No. They should cancel their four games against the Senators to make more room on their schedule. It’s wildly unfair to expect the Canucks to play as many games as they’re supposed to in a few days. Embarrassing for the NHL.

Zach Laing:

I don’t think it’s reasonable for them to play any more games this year, to be honest. Cancel their year and use points percentage to determine the standings in the North. Why are we asking these players to risk so much?


The NHL really seems to think they’ll get this to work, huh? I honestly have no idea what to expect in terms of playing all 56 games but it certainly seems unlikely from a logical standpoint. From a money angle, however, I bet there will be plenty of pressure to keep them on the ice.

Feb 6, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Benson (49) and San Jose Sharks forward Alex True (70) look for loose puck during the first period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

5) Clayton asks – Do you see the Oilers calling anyone up from Bakersfield considering the success of prospects like Cooper Marody and Tyler Benson?

Jason Gregor:

Only option I see would be Ryan McLeod or Tyler Benson, and odds are low at this point. McLeod’s size and speed might be enticing, but with many extra bodies on the Taxi –squad I see them trying those guys first.

Robin Brownlee:

I’d put Ryan McLeod as the likeliest call-up if there is one. He can play all three forward positions. Update: I’d call McLeod more than likely. He’s been recalled to the taxi squad.

Cam Lewis:

Ryan McLeod has killed it this year and he offers the skillset that Tippett likes, which is great speed. His natural fit is as a centre, but that’s a big ask for a rookie. I would actually like to see him on Connor McDavid’s left driving the net. Maybe he’s a solution there with Nugent-Hopkins out.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I would like to see either Tyler Benson or Ryan McLeod get a look but I have a feeling that it isn’t going to happen. It just feels like Dave Tippett and Ken Holland would rather keep giving their veteran options more chances.

Zach Laing:

The Oilers need to keep the powder dry on these young guys. They’re hot right now and would have to go through a seven-day quarantine before getting practices in. Keep them in Bako and let them continue to flourish, then prepare for them to come in next season.


Based on what I could find before answering this question, Ryan McLeod seems like the most likely recall at this point but whether or not that happens is anyone’s guess.


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Edmonton Oilers recall Ryan McLeod to taxi squad Sun, 18 Apr 2021 21:05:30 +0000 An interesting move Sunday afternoon as the Edmonton Oilers have recalled C Ryan McLeod to the taxi squad.

McLeod, 21, has played in 28 games with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors this season scoring 14 goals and as many assists. At the time of his recall, he was fifth in the AHL scoring race and third in goals.

Drafted in the second round of the 2018 draft, McLeod played for EV Zug of the Swiss league before the AHL season kicked off where he scored four goals and 11 points in 15 games.

A dynamic forward, McLeod has had a breakout season with the Condors this year on a line with Tyler Benson and Cooper Marody. The trio has been playing very well in the AHL this year, and McLeod’s the first to get a recall. Saturday night McLeod scored two goals and an assist against the San Diego Gulls.

He’ll have to go through a seven-day quarantine before he can hit the ice, and one has to assume that he’ll get some time in the Oilers top-12 before the end of the season.

The move caught me by surprise as I expected the Oilers to allow him to play out the rest of the season with the Condors. In saying that, however, it appears there may not be an AHL playoffs, so the organization clearly feels he’s better off suited playing, or at the very least practicing, with the big club.

I’m very interested to see what he’s able to do for the Oilers. Can he find a spot in the Oilers top-six and catch lightning in a bottle like Kailer Yamamoto did last season? That’s the best case scenario.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at

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Women of Oilersnation: Shaan Chahal Sun, 18 Apr 2021 18:00:01 +0000 Are you ready to meet one of the most passionate Oilers fans around? Like, calling out Oilers management at season seat holder events passionate? Today’s Woman of Oilersnation is a gem!

Last week we featured Dr Mecca Fayad who’s got the backs of everyone from beer league players to NHL players. If you missed her feature, check it out here!

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Shaan Chahal is an Oilers fan, season seat holder, local Edmonton business owner and overall badass. I remember the first time I met Shaan in person when she popped in for a visit at Nation HQ back in my days of interning and I immediately loved her kindness and energy! Now, you all get the treat of meeting her, too!

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KYLA: Who are you?! What’s your day job, what are your passions, what’s something interesting about you?!

SHAAN: My name is Shaan Chahal. I am one of the owners of Sonia’s Runway and born & raised in YEG. I am passionate about a lot of things. I love hockey, politics, Disney & Nintendo, tea. I love to absorb information & I have an addictive personality. I love learning about new things & am not afraid to ask questions if I don’t know what’s happening.

KYLA: How did you get into hockey and become the season ticket holder and Oilers super fan you are today?

SHAAN: I got into hockey when I was younger. Our neighbourhood had a lot of young kids. We would play street hockey a lot & collect hockey cards. That’s how my love of hockey began. I had been trying for many years to become a season seat holder. It took me about three years to get the confirmation that I was eligible. I was very excited.

Hockey has a different meaning in the city. I love going to games and being a part of the atmosphere. Watching hockey is a great escape from the daily work grind. It’s three hours of watching and being able to rage or cheer with a team haha. My love for hockey over rules figure skating and dance. I’m not sure why. Hockey just brings a lot of joy to me, even when I’m upset. I’ve been told I was 18 months old when I went to my first game. My dad took me & it was a Penguins/Oilers game.

KYLA: What’s your favourite Oilers memory?

SHAAN: I have a couple favourite memories. Before I became a SSH, I remember going to one game a series in the 2006 playoffs. I used to leave the arena with no hearing or voice & I don’t regret a moment of it. I remember being there for the last game in the old arena. That was an amazing experience. I was there for the game where we clinched the playoffs. That was surreal. I also enjoy going to games when Montreal is playing. Their fan base is one of the funnest to deal with. They understand when they aren’t good & aren’t afraid to admit it.

I’ve travelled a few places for my Oilers as well. My mom & I went to the Europe trip & had a blast! It was a very cool experience & we met so many Oiler fans from all over the world!

KYLA: I’ve heard stories about your tenacity at season ticket holder events and standing up and asking the tough questions that fans want to hear. Have you always had that confidence in your voice or have you had to work at finding it?

SHAAN: I love this question! I’ve been raised to always speak my mind when something doesn’t feel right. I used to be afraid to voice what I was feeling. But, my passion for hockey somehow changed that haha. I remember speaking out even at my first season seat event.

The last event I was at, was during the decade of darkness. I was getting really irritated with all the vague answers. So, I spoke up and called out management and ownership. I should have recorded it. I do remember not being able to feel my legs after saying it & moments after were definitely a blur.

I am a very outspoken person & have a lot of opinions. Throughout the years, I’ve learned to be diplomatic on how to talk about issues. Hockey is one place I don’t follow that rule. I am very passionate about the team & their players.

KYLA: Can you tell us about your business, Sonia’s Runway?

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SHAAN: Sonia’s Runway is a women’s clothing boutique owned by my mom & I . We’ve been open since 2007. Mom & I wanted to go into business together. Mom wanted to actually open a home decor store. I have a fascination with marketing and trends and my mom loves fashion.

We researched to fuse together the ideas and start a business together. We wanted to have a mother/daughter concept. A side for “mothers” to shop on and a side for “daughters”. It has actually evolved with us. We’ve gone from Rocawear to clothing brands like 360. We carry a large variety of clothing for women. Our brands are from Europe, Canada & the States. Our prices are from mid to high range. Our sizes go from 2/XS -16/xl . We cater to a broader range of women.

KYLA: What has your experience as a business owner in Edmonton been like?

SHAAN: Our experience as business owners has definitely been an eye opener. This is our first venture as business owners & we learned a lot in these last few years. We taught ourselves everything there is to know about the industry. We’ve met a lot of amazing business owners & customers as well.

KYLA: What’s the best advice you can offer to other business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs? 

SHAAN: For other business owners or entrepreneurs, I would tell them not to give up. There’s been a lot of ups and downs since we have been open. There have been times where we were not sure how things were going to go, or how we would deal with a situation.  But, we persevered.

There is going to be a lot of hurdles along the way. Take a deep breath and believe in your company, believe in the process, and most importantly BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Make sure that no matter how much time you spend working on your career, take time daily for yourself.

When the lockdown started, I had no idea how much time I spent focusing on the business rather than my own hobbies (which is why hockey is my escape), that you can easily find yourself losing yourself. Keep up with your hobbies, find other things that can help you stay calm & zen.

KYLA: What does hockey and being a part of the Oilersnation community mean to you?

SHAAN: Hockey means the world to me. I always make sure I am near a TV or some sort of device where I can watch my Oilers play. My mood is very dependent on how the game is going haha.

I remember being curious as to what fan sites were online. The first site I saw was Oilersnation. I fell in love with it. The people behind the operation have made me feel so welcome & like I belong. As you know, it’s hard for a lot of people to believe that a woman *gasp* knows terms and players and how a sport is played. I’ve met and interacted with so many incredible people here. It’s a community that has welcomed me with open arms.


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