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GDB 14.0: C+C Goal Factory (5pm MT, SNW)

Anyone who hit a club in the early 1990s remembers C+C Music Factory’s great song Gonna Make You Sweat. Even if you had two left feet, you’d still hit the dance floor when the DJ cranked it up.

C+CMF cranked out a few other solid tunes in Here We Go, Keep it Comin and Just A Touch of Love, but they stopped recording in 1996 after David Cole’s death. We’ll never know what other great songs they might have produced, but the Oilers’ recent success directly connects with C+CMF’s other great song, Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.

Drake Caggiula has five goals in the last five games, while Alex Chiasson has six in the last seven. They’ve become the Oilers C+C Goal Factory and are making people think…hmmm, could they be the answer on right wing?

Of course they aren’t going to continue scoring goals at this pace, but if both finish with 20 goals Oilersnation should be ecstatic, and I believe both of them can. I spoke to Chiasson before leaving on the road trip and he felt confident and realistic about scoring goals. He mentioned how he had nine goals in his first ten NHL games. That is crazy, when you consider he scored 50 in his next 371 games. Then he was signed with the Oilers and he has six goals in eight games this season.

He feels he is much better equipped to handle goal scoring. He outlined why here, and his comments about watching former teammate TJ Oshie were really interesting.

I’ve been bullish on Caggiula’s ability since he came in the league. Like any young player he struggled with consistency, but when he’s on his game he brings a lot. He has a great shot, he is quick on pucks, he is physical and plays with some bite. He also was a top-end scorer in college, and while he isn’t going to be a driver in the NHL, he has the offensive acumen to be a good complementary player when playing with highly skilled forwards.

Despite the notion that anyone can score with Connor McDavid, it isn’t that simple. You have to become comfortable not having the puck a lot in the offensive zone, and be able to read the play and find the soft openings and be in good positions to score. It helps if you can finish when you get a good chance, and Caggiula has a very good shot. He scored 43 goals in 81 games over his final two seasons at North Dakota. He has a track record of being able to produce. I’ve chuckled reading what I consider uniformed and uneducated comments about how he only had AHL ability. Caggiula wasn’t a top-six forward in his first two seasons — no one should have expected him to be — but he’s shown he can score. He needed to improve his consistency and defensive play, like the majority of young players, and while he is far from a finished product, I’m not shocked Caggiula is scoring. He has skill.

The C+C Goal Factory’s biggest asset might be that they force the Oilers organization to finally do the right thing, and develop their two 20 year old wingers in the AHL. Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi need to play. They won’t be getting top-six minutes in Edmonton in the near future, and with Ty Rattie in the mix, why not just play him on the third line with Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic and send Yamamoto and Puljujarvi to Bakersfield when the Oilers return home on Friday?

There is no sane defence for why both 20 year olds are on the roster. They are not ready to be difference makers on a nightly basis, which is expected due to their age, so just make the right decision, Peter Chiarelli, and send them to Bakersfield. They have skilled forwards in Cooper Marody, Tyler Benson, Cameron Hebig and others, so Yamamoto and Puljujarvi will have skill to play with, and most importantly, they should regain their offensive confidence. They need to be playing and scoring, and right now they are doing neither in the NHL.

LINEUP…

Oilers

RNH-McDavid-Caggiula
Rieder-Draisaitl-Chiasson
Lucic-Strome-Puljujarvi
Khaira-Brodziak-Kassian

Klefbom-Larsson
Nurse-Russell
Garrison-Benning

Talbot

Cam Talbot gets the start after resting for two games. If Koskinen keeps playing well Talbot’s workload will likely be around 50-55 games instead of 65+.

Kyle Brodziak scored his first two goals of the season in Detroit on Saturday. His last goal with the Oilers came on March 27th, 2009. He played 689 NHL games with Edmonton, Minnesota and St.Louis between goals as a member of the Oilers.

The Oilers have seven players who have played 9+ GP still looking for their first goal: Strome, Rieder, Khaira, Klefbom, Larsson, Russell and Benning, but they also have seven players, 8+ GP, still looking for their first assist: Strome, Kassian, Brodziak, Puljujarvi, Caggiula, Chiasson and Garrison.

Edmonton is 8-2-1 in their previous eleven games so goal or assist droughts aren’t as big of a deal when the team is winning, but players always want to contribute on the scoreboard and the goalless guys are well aware of the goose egg on the stats page.

As a note, these lines are subject to change as the Oilers haven’t put anything out yet about who is playing where. If there are changes, we’ll be sure to jump in an edit.

Capitals

Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Jaskin
Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Eller-Connolly
Vrana-Boyd-Smith-Pelley

Orlov-Niskanen
Kempny-Carlsson
Djoos-Bowey

Copley

Phoenix Copley will make his third start of the season and fourth of his career. His career numbers are not flattering. He is 1-2 with a 3.80GAA and .867sv% in 252 minutes of NHL action. He allowed six goals on 36 shots to New Jersey on October 11th, and stopped 27 of 30 in a shootout victory against Calgary on October 27th. Braden Holtby hasn’t fared much better, going 4-3-2 with a 3.62GAA and .885sv% in ten starts this season.

The Capitals have really struggled defending at 5×5. They have allowed 30 goals, 2.5/game, and only St.Louis and Ottawa are worse. In comparison the Oilers have been quite good, allowing only 1.53 goals/game at 5×5. However, Washington is averaging the fourth most goals/game at 5×5 at 2.25/game, while Edmonton only has 1.69 thus far. Edmonton has improved their 5×5 scoring recently.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING…

Friends in Cold Place:

After one month of the 2018-19 regular season, the numbers demonstrate that the Washington Capitals have been allowing too many goals until here. The Capitals are ranking some bitter goals against average positions.

The first game was a big party, with a 7-0 home-opener victory over the Bruins. The second game, against the Penguins in PA, a 7-6 OT loss. In 10 games during the first month, only on two occasions did the Capitals lose by less than three goals, except the aforesaid 7-0 victory over the Bruins: the matching 5-2 score wins over the Golden Knights and Canucks.

The beginning of a new month hasn’t shown a change in scoring for Washington. Ending the road trip in Canada, the Capitals faced the Canadiens, losing by 6-4; allowing goals 5 and 6 in the short space of two seconds. Coming back home, in the first of a 5-game homestead, the hope of a victory before the fans fell up short by a 4-3 OT loss. The Stars’ triumph had been drawn yet in the first period, when they scored two goals in 10 seconds (an improvement compared to the Canadiens’ two seconds goal?!).

TONIGHT…

Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Edmonton has a big advantage in goal and that is the difference in a 5-3 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Both teams score a PP goal. Caps PK is 25th in league and the Oilers is 26th.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: McDavid has quietly moved into a tie for second place in NHL scoring with 21 points. He picks up two more tonight, both goals, to gain sole possession of second place in league scoring.

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  • ziyan94

    I hope Chiasson gets a look on PP1 at some point, he has fired off a few one-timers nicely from the left side boards.
    His goal against Detroit from McDavid’s feed through the seam was something I can get used to watching

  • Abagofpucks

    I’m happy with how drake is playing now and hope he can keep being what he looks like. Chassion is looking more and more Maroon like and is really helping the secondary scoring. It look’s like all the player’s i was worried about are checking in. Come on Oiler’s let’s keep it rolling.

    • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

      A good reminder. They had, what, i penalty against Washington last time? And they scored a shorty on it lol! But yeah, that caps powerplay is LETHAL!

      Stay out of the box, and they’ll be fine

  • SRELIOFAN

    My NSOGDP: Talbot comes into this game with some motivation to prove he is the starter and gets a shutout. Oilersnation implodes after the game because we don’t know how to handle having 2 solid goaltenders on the same team.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Last game between the caps and oilers was pretty damn good. The caps records might not be that great at the moment but I dont think the Oilers should take them for granted.

    Chaisson and Cagguila have been pretty good, if you ask me they Oilers need to stay pat on their first two lines. Strome and Lucic yes they are playing but no results.

    The Things with Strome is his foot speed is hurting Lucic spped has been better as of late, but I dont see Strome getting into the dirty areas, and the other issue I see is that Strome almost didnt start putting up some real points till the season was half over. Stromes contract was an overpayment, much like Benning and Cagguila’s was but I will admit since Drake sat out and came back the kid has been on fire, he is playing hard, he is digging up pucks, he is hitting and putting the puck in the net, still dont like his contract but he is engaged since he came back.

    Strome needs to sit a game or two and get him fired up, but the knock on Strome has always been his foot speed. Jesse is kins of in a no win situation because the kid cant skate but he has two linemates whose foot speed isnt great so hard to see the chemistry there for success.

    • FISTO Siltanen

      A good driver of a line finds a way to make it work with whoever he is with. Lucic has been a mentor at times for JP. Some of JP’s best hockey has come with Strome.

      I agree with Jason, he needs some AHL time alongwith Yamamoto.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Holy those first two goals were brutal, think Talbot should have had the first one, but the team in our end on both goals is doing too much puck watching, sloppy defensive work in our end is going to make a hole hard to dig ourselves out of if this keeps going on

  • Bringer_Of_Snow

    Sad to see Khaira’s play this year. Guy looks like he forgot how to handle a puck. If i was Todd, I’d be concerned with his effort after turning to over on that second goal. If he even put 10% effort to back check there, Smith-Pelly would not have even got a shot off.

    Even after chipping offensively the last couple games, that 4th line has looked awful the majority of the time.

  • Shameless Plugger

    I don’t care how much you don’t like his game, but you have to tip your cap to Kris Russell for willingly standing in front of Ovi’s clapper, and taking it off the back like it ain’t no thang.

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      I keep saying the players know to go high on Talbot cause he goes down too early so shoot high, the Oilers need to fire Dustin Schwartz he is not anNHL goalie coach and the Oilers need an a proven NHL goalie coach, I mean c’mon they plucked Schwartz from the Oil Kings where he was their goalie coach and planted him in the job as Oilers goalie coach after they fired Chabot. The going down too early and staying in that position too long is Talbot’s Achilles heal, he did that all last year and again this year, 5
      Schwartz doesnt see it as and issue or he’d have worked Talbot thru it.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Man that was blown coverage in our end, I wont blame Larson or Kelfbomb for that oen ( they have been on for 3 against though ) but Nuge didnt pick up the man moving in and Larson was trying to take out a pass to teh guy coming in. Again though this is breakdown in our end

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    I didnt like the call on Larson, but jeez guys stay out of the box!!! The caps PP has been really really good as we saw, and no way Talkbot was getting that one, One timers from Ovi, a lot of them find the back of the net

      • Dallas Eakins Hair

        I agree, the first one I thought Talbot could have had, the others, no chance. The breakaway he just stoned the guy, it could be 5 for the caps if he didnt stop that one

      • Rufio Barcoli

        So you’re saying goalies are paid to make only the easy saves.
        Anything hard or challenging is not the concern?
        They should not be put in situations to make a hard or an exceptional save?
        If by chance something like that occurs-its the defense fault?

        By your logic, NHL goalies should be valued at around 1M a year 1.5M tops? Right?
        There should be no reason to pay so much for something so little.?

  • Abagofpucks

    Changing the goalie could spark better play by all skater’s and change the momentum, that’s why i want it, i thought a great hockey mind like you alex would have clued in to that .

    • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

      Fair enough, but Talbot’s confidence is probably shaken as it is. That would only “turn the knife” as it were. Look I’m all for playing Mikko for awhile. But don’t be surprised if we have a 15-16 repeat with Cam

    • AlexTheOilersFanSince2006

      Okay so let’s assume we do that. Not trying to sound rude here (I’m mightily pissed that this fan base has turned on cam so quickly), but if you were Todd, when would you have done it? I assume after the 2-0 goal?

    • Heschultzhescores

      He is playing well but offence is not his thing. We still need a stud Dman who can score for the PP and various other reasons. Maybe its Bouchard in a few years

  • Arfguy

    You can’t win them all. Today, once Washington got a lead, they did not relinquish it.

    They also did a great job of stifling a lot of opportunities. I do think the coaching staff needs to encourage more shots from the defencemen.

  • Quoteright

    I don’t understand why Talbot has been given the keys. He had a good/maybe even great year then a bad year (bottom half of save %)
    Before he was a perennial backup.
    His save% isn’t good enough or his record 5-5-1 to make the playoffs.
    Meanwhile we have an undefeated goalie with Top 10 save% who has only been given 3 games, won all and even has a shutout.
    Win and in…
    Keep it simple
    Talbot can earn it back with great play or not.. there are lots of hungry goalies. I’m not sold on the idea of #1 goalies. Too expensive and risky.
    In Edmonton we’ve been searching for goaltending for sooo long but really we had one of the best in the league but we couldn’t tell cause the teams defence was atrocious. Teams often make goalies a lot better or worse depending on their structures.
    We have prospects
    Lots of Halak s to be found every year.
    No need to invest so heavily in Talbot