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GDB Game Notes: Oilers @ Sharks

The Oilers skate into the Pacific time zone for the first time tonight in San Jose, and they will be looking for a much more consistent effort than what they showed v. Calgary and Vegas. The great part of NHL hockey is teams rarely have to wait long for an opportunity to rebound from a bad performance.

Oilersnation waits anxiously to see which Oilers team shows up tonight. The one who started the season 7-4-1, or the team who has limped to a 1-6 record the past two weeks.

1. Both the Oilers and Sharks D corps have combined for six goals. The Oilers blueline has 35 points, while the Sharks have combined for 50 with Brent Burns leading the way with 22. Erik Karlsson has only one goal and 12 points thus far, but as we’ve seen in previous years he can ratchet things up as the season progresses. I think the Sharks top-three of Burns, Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic is the best in the NHL, and their entire D corps is very solid.

2. The Pacific Division has five of the eight worst point % teams in the NHL. The Kings, Vegas, Edmonton, Anaheim and Vancouver. San Jose and Calgary have separated themselves from the pack, but the third seed is wide open. The Oilers don’t have to be great to make the playoffs, they just need to be better than the other average teams in the Pacific. They ruined a chance to distance themselves from Vegas, and now this three-game road trip becomes even more important. The must avoid another “period” collapse tonight.

3. Connor McDavid has 99 goals in 229 games. He is poised to become the fifth player in Oilers history to score his 100th goal in 250 or fewer NHL games. He will join Wayne Gretzky (145 games), Glenn Anderson (183), Jari Kurri (214) and Mark Messier (250). He will pass Messier and become the fourth fastest to reach 100 goals.

4. If he scores a goal tonight, in his 230th NHL game, he will become the sixth fastest active player to reach 100 goals behind Alex Ovechkin (167), Steven Stamkos (194), Ilya Kovalchuk (209), Evgeni Malkin (210) and Sidney Crosby (219). He will tie Bobby Ryan (230).

5. Edmonton is 5-3-2 in their last ten games against the Sharks, but San Jose has won three in a row. In the insignificant-but-matters-to-me stat of the day, McDavid is a career-high +7 v. the Sharks.

6. Alex Chiasson has eight goals in 14 games with the Oilers. He is one of the best bargains at goal-per-dollar, with eight goals at $650,000. Brayden Point of Tampa Bay is the best with 14 goals, 26 points and a $686,000 cap hit. The Sharks Timo Meier is currently the second best value with 12 goals, 21 points and a $894,000 cap hit.

7. After allowing six PP goals in their first six games, the Sharks penalty kill has only surrendered one goal in their past 15 games. They were shorthanded 28 times in their first six games, but have only been shorthanded 36 times since. They are disciplined and their PK has almost been perfect since October 18th.

8. I don’t see a quick fix for the Oilers, but because the Pacific lacks three stand out teams they should be in the mix for the final Pacific playoff spot. I’ll be very surprised if four Pacific teams make the playoffs. I don’t see a significant trade happening, mainly because the Oilers don’t have a lot to offer, but also because their best chips are prospects and trading one of them for a rental would be the wrong move. Tyler Benson has 14 points in 13 games in his first season as a pro. He has been very solid, and could push for a roster spot next season. Caleb Jones is having a great season in Bakersfield. He moves the puck well, is quarterbacking the first powerplay unit and he has 11 points in 13 games. Much of the focus has been on Ethan Bear, because he played 18 games in Edmonton last season, but I’ve felt since the time they were drafted Jones was the better prospect. He had to mature and become a better professional off the ice, and he did that this summer. It would be great if both become NHLers, but I don’t think Jones is behind Bear in terms of development. Throw in Evan Bouchard and the Oilers have some young defenders who should be ready next year. The problem is they won’t help now.

9. I’m curious to see who Doug Wilson targets at the trade deadline. The Sharks have to be going for it. Martin Jones is struggling with an ugly .894sv% and 2.94 GAA despite being 9-5-1. Jones has been good in the playoffs with a .925sv% in 40 playoff games, but he has been very average early. Would Doug Wilson look to add a backup with more experience than Aaron Dell, or will they give Dell more games down the stretch? The Sharks could use another scorer, and I suspect Wilson will be looking to make a splash. The Sharks core is getting older, but their D corps is still in their prime. Expect Wilson to make a big move before the deadline.

10. The Sharks offensive leaders are Meier, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl. Hertl has 16 points in 16 games, but has missed the last two with an injury. He has been skating and could return tonight. Pavelski has 13 goals, but oddly only three assists thus far. Meier is really coming into his own at 21 years of age. He leads their forwards with 21 points including 12 goals while Couture has 20 points. If Hertl can’t go tonight, and Pete Deboer keeps the lines the same as the past few games, then we will see the Sharks top line of Pavelski-Couture-Meier likely go head-to-head with the McDavid line. It should be one heck of a battle.

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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 11/20/2018 – 7:00 am MT

  • ARB

    I wonder if we will see the second line loaded up with Drais and Nuge tonight or if the lines stay the same as the past two losses? The boys need a big win to get this ship righted, otherwise this could be a long road trip for them!

  • shaner

    “no quick fixes”……If someone told me that the oilers would be in this position after 4 first overall picks, a generational talent, numerous top 10 picks and a new arena……….I would have found a way to quit caring 8 years ago…..what a train wreck of an organization. The worst pro franchise in North America.

  • OilersBro

    With Doug Wilson looking to buy at the deadline, you can’t help but wonder if the oilers trade one of their goaltenders for prospects since they are both UFAs at the end of the season and would be considered quality backup goalies. Get an array of prospects, stock the shelves, and hope to god that next year we have a few of benson, marody, russell, bouchard, bear, jones, Hebig, yamo, pulu or a goalie is ready to take control so we don’t miss playoffs for the 3rd straight year.

  • Abagofpucks

    Their not the worst franchise in the league their the worst managed, their’s a difference. But i will add Tmac has been out coached everywhere he’s been, in SJ he pretty much had a stacked team every year and never won anything. And here he has the best player on the planet and seems to get out coached here too.

    • The future never comes

      We should have all woke up Monday morning to open the social media up on our phone to read the news of Todd’s firing. But this is the Oilers, so lates keep going down the rabbit hole until it’s to late or perhaps that 3 million dollar salary is hanging over their head right about now.

    • btrain

      I am not trying to deflect any of the heat TM has been earning himself with the Oil, but you can’t look at his record with the Sharks/Wings and conclude he has been outcoached everywhere he’s been. Winning the cup is pretty hard and only 1 coach of 31 (.03%) will achieve it/year and every year more than one upset occurs. Yes, there were higher expectations in SJ given their roster but at the same time TM’s team made the playoffs 6 out of the 7 years he was there. They had two 3rd round appearances and a 2nd round appearance against a heavily competitive Western conference.
      Hard to be critical of that level of success, especially considering the Oilers record over the last 12 years. Say what you will about him as the coach of a far from complete Oilers roster, but his track record prior to last season is solid.

  • JasonY

    I think this team is done. Chiarelli should but can’t be fired. What’s the new GM going to do. We’re right up against the capspace. All these minor moves are the only things that can be done.
    We overpaid our players, namely Lucic and Draisaitl, Kassian etc. Completely sold our assets at their lowest in Hall, Eberle, Maroon etc. We traded our strong assets (LW – remember Maroon, Hall, Pouliot). The other assets in our picks went to waste in acquiring McLellan and Chiarelli, not too mention the bone-headed move in attempt to get a D. And still we haven’t been able to provide any significant D upgrade. RNH has nobody to play with on the 2nd line with Drai now back on the 1st. It should have been Hall as the other driver. This management incorrectly identified the driver of the other line. It was Hall, not Draisatl.
    This team is not going anywhere for years until all the bad contracts move out. We are still paying our buyouts. No coach is going to fix this. Chiralli should be fired. He was gifted all the talent (comparable to Maple Leafs) that we had accumulated after sufferring for over a decade and sold them for a defensive 4D in Larsson, and a 3rd line winger in spooner.

  • The future never comes

    This morning that Three Days Grace song came into my head to describe my relationship with the Oilers: “I hate everything about you, Why do I love you”.

  • Serious Gord

    The contrarion would pick the oil to beat the sharks. And like they have in the recent past it would continue the roller coaster of emotions for oil fans. Oil win 4-3

  • Peanut butter and Jo-Jo

    Chia Pet has to go. He has lost every significant trade with the exceptions of bringing in Maroon, who he then let go.

    Reinhart for Barzal (16) and the 33rd pick in the richest draft in a decade-epic failure.

    Eberle, a little soft but a consistent 50 pt player, for Strome who is now not with the orginazation- profound failure

    Hall, top five LW in the league on a value contract for Larsson, a top 20 RD also on a good contract.-Regular fail with massive emotional attachment to fan base.

    Lucic signing- a larger failure than originally expected.

    Kassian for scrivens still looks alright but only because Scrivens’ career trajectory went to Switzerland. Marroon was a win which is nullified because he’s gone.

    Kris russel is a bit overpaid but serviceable and contributes in a way that does not deserve a no trade clause. Same for koskinen and even Sekera.

    We’ve got great pieces here but are hindered by these decisions by the GM. We also look to be set for a Viking level pillaging in the upcoming expansion draft because of the aforementioned No trades handed out like candy on Oct 31.

    How can management this bad remain in place by a freakin Billionaire? He has to have made better calls his entire life to be in a position to buy an NHL club only to hand it over to an apparent imbecile.

    • Hemmercules

      Katz does nothing because the money is rolling in and he has an unwavering trust in the guys he has in place for some reason. The building is sold out until the end of time and everything in the building is grossly overpriced yet people are lining up every game to toss their money into the fire. He will get tired of losing eventually.

  • Jonrls99

    IMAGINE THIS….

    Lucic + Cam Talbot + Third Rnd Pick to NJD for Cory Schneider + Drew Stafford.
    Lucic and Schneiders cap hits are the same and lucics contract is only one year longer.
    Stats are very similar between all four players this season, so theres little risk in this trade for both teams.

    THEN, if a miracle were to happen…

    Puljujarvi + Bear + either a 2019 or 2020 First Rnd Pick for Nylander, Sign nylander to max cap space for this season, and then Sign him to a 7-7.5 x 8 years this offseason if sekeras contract can be moved.

    this ones obviously far less likely considering toronto may be OK with nylander simply sitting out this season and signing him next season, but they would still be receiving plenty of good assets, even if they arent necessarily immediate help…

    all unlikely scenarios, but i think these two moves could change the scope of this team drastically…