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GDB 16.0: Live From Madison Square Garden (11am MST, SNW)

Madison Square Garden has seen some of the greatest performances on the planet since opening in 1879. Stones, Rangers, Knicks, Gretzky, Messier, the history of the place(s) is incredible. Amazing performances for home and away have been a hallmark of the sports franchises, with championships won for visiting teams, Knicks and Rangers. Cam Talbot has been successful in Madison Square Garden. In 37 games in the arena, his save percentage is .915 (693-757) playing mostly for the Rangers. Today, Talbot returns to MSG to face his former mentor Henrik Lundqvist at 11 our time.

NUUGGE!

Our man Nuge is bringing it in a big way this way. Early days (not that early) and we can see some really good trends. Consider some numbers so far compared to his year rates in previous seasons.

Nuge has good numbers across the board this season, but I chose these three categories to show just how good his early start to the season has been. November sometimes means injury or illness for RNH, but this season he’s delivered 5×5 offense, possession and faceoff success at a career best level. A lot of attention has been (rightly) focused on the McDavid line, but that second line with Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic is delivering some solid 5×5 numbers.

ANOTHER NEW RW?

Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have been spending a lot of time together this season. In 175 minutes together, the two men have been on the ice for 10 5×5 goals for and eight against. RW has been a moving target, with Ryan Strome (66 minutes), Zack Kassian (38), Anton Slepyshev (34) and Kailer Yamamoto (33) all spending time with Nuge so far this season.

The two men probably get another new winger today, with the recall of Jesse Puljujarvi from Bakersfield yesterday. An interesting bit of trivia: Last season, Puljujarvi and RNH spent just 39 minutes together.

Note: All numbers via NaturalStatTrick.

THE OTHER SIDE

New York is on a roll, winning their last five games in a row, 7-2-1 in their last 10. The timing was perfect, as coach Alain Vigneault was being mentioned as a strong early candidate for first coach fired. The Rangers are a famous team, with a fairly recent SCF appearance (2014), but are in or approaching a period of transition.

The big stars for NYR in the last 10 games are Mike Zibanejad (10, 3-9-12), Pavel Buchnevich (10, 6-4-10), Kevin Shattenkirk (10, 3-7-10), Ryan McDonagh (10, 0-9-9) and Michael Grabner (10, 6-1-7). Chris Kreider has also contributed five goals in that span.

LINEUPS

Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates with center Connor McDavid (97) and defenseman Matt Benning (83) after scoring the game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Oilers

Maroon-McDavid-Draisaitl
Lucic-RNH-Puljujarvi
Pakarinen-Strome-Jokinen
Malone-Letestu-Kassian

Nurse-Larsson
Klefbom-Benning
Russell-Gryba

Talbot

This guess just subs in Puljujarvi for Slepyshev. We’ll update the lineups as they come out.

Rangers

Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich
Nash-Hayes-Zuccarello
Vesey-Desharnais-Miller
Grabner-Nieves-Fast

McDonagh-Holden
Skjei-Shattenkirk
Staal-Kampfer

Lundqvist

Lineups (subject to change) are courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

  • Larry Brooks, NY Post: When (Henrik) Lundqvist is surrendering marginal/soft goals and is fighting it, as he was for the most part through the second period of the Oct. 31 match against the Golden Knights that seems to be dividing point between the Dreadful Rangers and the Hopeful Ones, his body language is bad enough that it can be contagious. Source

TODAY

Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers shock fans back at home with a strong opening period. It’s tight checking and both goalies are brilliant, but Patrick Maroon scores midway through the frame and Edmonton wins the period 1-0. 

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The second period is marred by a parade of penalties, with both teams testing the officials time and again. Mike Zibanejad and Connor McDavid exchange power-play markers and it’s 2-1 Edmonton after two.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The third period sees the Rangers post 22 shots on Cam Talbot, scoring twice. Mark Letestu gets the tying goal with 1:11 left and it’s McDavid to Draisaitl in OT for the third time on the trip!

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Source: NHL.com, Official Game Page, 11/11/2017, 8:30am MST

  • Jaybee

    Idiotic penalty by Maroon in offensive zone leads to game winning goal. Check
    2 power play goals allowed. Check
    Classic 3rd period shutdown by Rangers. That’s how a good team wins games. TMac should take note. Without the last two LUCKY OT wins, this team is already rife it the year. The Oilers and their coach are just terrible.

    • FistfullofKass

      How is he this married to 97 and 29 together? They looked great separated in the playoffs running their own line. Why not try it out. So disappointed in the coaching, they seem just plain old stubborn.

    • Heschultzhescores

      Maroon needs to be benched…he just keeps committing those dumb penalties and cries like a baby after he does. How about playing like a man and then you don’t have to cry like a baby.

  • MrBung

    Oilers are a 0.500 team. They are tracking for 4 of 8 points on the road. Don’t see them beating the Caps in Washington. As expected. You just need to look at the roster and their special teams. More changes and improvements to make the playoffs for 2018-2019.

      • HOCKEY83

        Agree 2cups. Predicting the loss and giving up on the playoffs for this season. Calgary’s record was worse after 16 games last season than Edmonton’s is now. I think they were 5-10-1 with 11 points and they still made they playoffs. If there is a team in this league that could go on a lengthy winning streak down in the bottom part of the standings it should be Edmonton. There is still hope.

        • FlamesFanOtherCity

          By US Thanksgiving last year, the Flames had a record of 9-12-1. Bad goaltendng to start but the backup came if and helped steal a bunch of games to claw back into it a bit. Very few teams come back from outside the top 8 to get in the playoffs. Calgary also went 10 wins in a row in Feb/March to get into the playoffs.

          To put the Oilers 2017/18 season in perspective, they need to win an average of 2 out of every 3 games for the rest of the season (for 100 points). The cutoff could be in the 90’s but iis not usually less than 95. That’s a tall order.

          • Flint

            Not only that, but from the All Star break to Mar 19th (20 games) the Flames went 16-3-1 for 33pts of a possible 40 (.825). You don’t see that very often. It’s amazing the Flames made the playoffs after their start last year.

  • TruthHurts98

    Not getting out of the basement with this coaching staff. Split up Leon and Connor, they aren’t producing 5×5. Not even a single point, yet TM continues being stubborn. It’s not bloody working and they are so easy to read and shut down 5×5. It’s painful to watch. Nuge is the best player 5×5 and JP looks much better than last year. At least some good news!

  • Jaybee

    How does Woodcroft have a job still?
    This team is awful. Poor coaching. Moronic penalty by Maroon. Top line produced nothing but turnovers all game (HINT: everyone in the league knows you’re going cross ice instead of putting the puck on net)
    Klefbom is a shell of himself from last year and looks awful. Strome and Joke-inen are beyond brutal.
    The only positive is Nuge.
    Such a disappointment and heading to another embarrassing finish for a once proud franchise.