GDB 18.0: TAYLOR MADE!

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Confirmation came this morning, like a brilliant ray of sunshine screaming through a cloud cover. Taylor Hall, local hero with icon rising, is back from injuries suffered from his latest battle with iron. Across the city, on twitter, in the malls and cafes and donair shops, excitement began to build. The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence, but the King is back and it’s time to roll!

OILERS FORWARDS AFTER 17

A quick glance at the forward group points out Hall’s value AND gives us an idea about the Nuge’s good work in No. 4’s time away. A few other items from this graph:

  • There are four men over 2.00/60 at 5×5, it has to be very tempting for Dallas Eakins to keep the top line ‘as is’ and run Hall with another set.
  • David Perron isn’t scoring, but the offense is there. I wonder if placing him with Arco and Hall might help the veteran winger. Of course, Perron and Yak have been playing well together, so maybe not.
  • The Corsi’s are dancing this season. Dallas Eakins’ deployment of that 4line to take on the monsters under the bed (well, own-zone starts) is really benefiting.
  • I remain convinced Leon Draisaitl is a draft winner (maybe the only one from the 2014 Oilers edition) but he owns an 84% offensive zone-start and is scoring at basically 1/1. I think 1.50 is defensible, but if he can’t turn this around it behooves Craig MacTavish to make a move before an entire season of development is gone.
  • Pakarinen! Finns! I swear they count double. 

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    Amen. Nuge can push the river now, we saw that with Hall out, and two scoring lines appears possible for the first time in exactly forever. A center will be required for the Hall line and that will probably be discussed for the rest of the season—for some reason the Oilers are officially stubborn on bringing in an actual NHL center and we have to sit here until they show us how smart they are—but the makings of something special offensively have arrived well before Christmas.

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    I don’t know what to say about the power play. Maybe call a priest? Craig MacTavish used to run the worst power plays in history when he was coach, so maybe he’s giving some advice? As someone who has no idea how to fix it, allow me to jump in with some advice. FIND the guy who can hammer the Nuge’s passes, and then work on that for a day or two. I fear we’ll see Brad Hunt again if this isn’t fixed soon. 

    THE DEFENSE

    The Edmonton Oilers are a team in the NHL. By my count, they have two guys on blue (Petry, Fayne) the coach can count on, and two more (Ference, Aulie) Eakins is finding a role for this season. With the announcement this afternoon that Oscar Klefbom has been sent down (along with Finn Pakarinen) it falls to Martin Marincin to force his way into the lineup. At this point, I think the No. 1 candidate for replacement is Niki Nikitin, although your mileage may vary.

    QUICK HITS…….

    A NICE STORY ABOUT TWO GOOD MEN

    Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic has a story up today about Sam Gagner and Joey Moss. It’s a little about Gagner’s transition but it’s also about Moss and his relationship with these Oilers and the ones who have come before.

    • Gagner: “Even when things weren’t going great, he made it a positive day at the
      rink, and I’ll remember Joey and be telling Joey stories forever.”

    Source

    TONIGHT………

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    GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers give up two quick goals and spend forever clawing back to even. Late in the third period, Taylor Hall winds up in his own zone, goes super nova and does something electric and memorable. 3-2 Oil, with Sam Gagner scoring one and Devan Dubnyk playing well.

    OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers have some wobbly bits in their own end, but find a way this day. It is the only thing Jordan Eberle can call a success, as his beloved Roughriders were humbled earlier by a superior Eskimos team. 

    NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION:

    The power play explodes! Well, they get one goal.

    • Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!

      ” The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence, but the King is back and it’s time to roll!”

      Kevin Lowe must have spoken with the team and helped them along. After all, he knows a little bit about winning, if that’s ever a concern.

    • Lumley

      Coyotes 5 Oilers 1.

      Before this game even starts I have a bad feeling. At this point I want as many bad losses as it takes for a major shakeup.

      I used to have hope and cheer for wins, I miss that.

    • BlazingSaitls

      How about this stat: 6-9-2. And the fact that if you’re not top 8, its impossible to make the playoffs after U.S. Thanksgiving!

      How long are they going to spew this “We’re seeing improvement” crap. It’s been 7 years so far they’ve been saying that.

      There is only thing I’m interested in: Lowe gone MacT gone Eakins gone,
      Bring in Shero and Hartley!!!

    • Cant wait to see RNH and Hall play together for a little bit today. They way RNH is playing and Hall on the fire he usually is on when coming back, it could be one hell of a sighting.
      And can’t imagine the reaction of Oilers fans is Dubnyk pulls off a shutout today. :/

    • OilersDynasty

      “The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence, but the King is back and it’s time to roll!”

      I’m really starting to think we watch diffrent teams LT!

      Dubnyk with the shutout, gagner with 2 points(1g,1a) Stauffer and Lowetide with excuses and wild claims about progress

    • Spydyr

      One thing I’ve noticed about the last six years: All the teams that have been at the bottom with us have at least had their moments to shine.

      Montreal has made the playoffs.
      Colorado has made the playoffs.
      The Islanders have made the playoffs.
      Columbus has made the playoffs.
      Toronto has made the playoffs.
      Tampa Bay has made the playoffs.
      God, even Florida has made the playoffs.
      The Flames are well on their way to making the playoffs.
      And as bad as Buffalo has been lately, they are amateurs at sucking compared to us. They made the playoffs as recently as 2011.

      It almost requires a special ability…a special kind of effort…to be as terrible as we have been.

      And yet Kevin Lowe still has a job.

      • TeddyTurnbuckle

        Because the Denver Broncos are going to get a free win against St Louis today and get 1st in the AFC
        *Broncos lose 7-22
        Well we could still be secon……
        *Kansas City Chiefs improve to 7-3 record
        Could be worse I could be an Oilers!!
        *Cries

    • OilClog

      “The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence”. What the hell were you watching? What exactly did we win? A game against Buffalo and one against the Rangers…yeah we are well on our way now. What is wrong with you? How do you manage to have a job writing about hockey when comments this dumb come out of your mouth? You are a complete fool and while we are at it, your radio show sucks too. I’m sure I’ll be banned for this but after reading the crap you put out I don’t mind.

      • R U Kidding Me!

        I wish but I doubt that will be the breaking point. I don’t even think there is a breaking point.

        Is this by design? Is Katz making a killing at rexall with anti depressants or somthing?

    • Serious Gord

      “Learning a thing about winning” ????

      We are in dead last western conf. Hello?????

      Ok. I get it, Kblowe type wins.
      Good thing no other GM’s took up KBlowes offer of trading their rosters for ours. We’d have no chance at McDavid. Who cares about wins and organizational respect when we can draft McDavid.

    • R U Kidding Me!

      Holy crap Eakins the barf junior coach made 100 games…..WTF .. Bet it was the oilers that allowed this clown to exist this long, no other real hockey team would.

      100 games highlights a) go pissy when our stud throws water on your jacket b) bring on the swarm and the douche and other great coaching moves c) talk a lot about absolutely nothing related to anything in the game d) don’t demonstrate anything intelligent or informed. …..

      C’mon yotes 27-1 tonight and maybe just maybe this cown act and disgrace to hockey will get punted.

    • R U Kidding Me!

      “The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence, but the King is back and it’s time to roll”!

      Do you remember what team you’re talking about here.

      • YFC Prez

        Have you ever “felt it” for the Oilers Gord?

        You say you cheered for the Oil during the cup years, but when the 30th anniversary was celebrated you showed your contempt by derision.

    • I like what ha did there LT.

      There are four men over 2.00/60 5×5………

      Smoke & mirrors.

      This is correct for the Oilers but well behind most WC players and lower then the some EC players basically RNH & Hall are just above average right now.

      In fact Hall isn’t even in the top 5 LW right now.

      So ya, good for the Oilers average to the NHL.

      As for Corsi, again good for the Oilers playing EC teams and a few score effect games.

      Let’s watch the next 19 out of 21 my guess is that Corsi will be running in the 40%

      Will go down saying Oilers should have taken Jenner – Nichushkin – Bennett.

      I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it. Even against poor EC teams the Oilers barley push, once the WC teams start the push the Oilers will be smoked.

    • YFC Prez

      “The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence.”

      Oh please. The team sits dead last in the Western Conference and is in the bottom 5. They have yet to find a way to beat an Western team and it is mid-November already. They have learned nothing.

    • YFC Prez

      “The team had learned a thing or two about winning in his absence.”

      Oh please. The team sits dead last in the Western Conference and is in the bottom 5. They have yet to find a way to beat an Western team and it is mid-November already. They have learned nothing.