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13 Dec 18
Sports Cappers Picks

Looking for Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Oilers taking on the Jets on Thursday December 13th at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay…

12 Dec 18
Global News

Sitting five points below the cut line at 9-10-1 before the coaching change, the Edmonton Oilers are an impressive 8-2-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.

12 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
The Oilers had a great game against Colorado on Tuesday night, but the night was spoiled by the loss of Oscar Klefbom. After the game, it was revealed Klefbom will miss “weeks” due to a broken finger, which is obviously a massive blow to the Oilers. Honestly, after Connor McDavid, Klefbom might be the Oilers’ most important skater. He’s emerged as the team’s No. 1 defender, thriving at both ends of the ice as both a rock-solid defender and a strong offensive catalyst, and he’s been a workhorse, logging just over 25 minutes per game. The Oilers will now have to navigate life without their top defender, replacing a large number of minutes at both ends of the ice. That brings us to this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday question. How should the Oilers navigate Oscar Klefbom’s injury? Should they just re-shuffle their current options to compensate him not being in the lineup? Or is his loss important enough they should explore external options? As of right now, it looks like the Oilers would slide up Darnell Nurse to the top pairing with Adam Larsson, which creates a domino effect with the rest of the pairings. Nurse and Kris Russell have been the second pair, but Russell would presumably slide into the second left spot, meaning Matt Benning would have to jump up to the second pairing. That would then leave Kevin Gravel, Jason Garrison, and Chris Wideman to fill up the third pair. I don’t mind Nurse sliding up with Larsson to the top pair. Nurse and Larsson played a lot together last year and he’s a competent defender who can handle an increase in minutes. It’s the next two pairings and the domino effect which is more worrying. Benning has been solid on the third pair with Gravel but, as we saw last year, he struggled in an increased role. In the AHL, Ethan Bear figured to be the first call-up. We all assumed Bear would be on the team as soon as Evan Bouchard was returned to the OHL, but that hasn’t happened yet. There’s also Caleb Jones, a rookie in the AHL who has 12 points through 21 games. I don’t know if adding a rookie to the mix will help much, but Bear would be a nice replacement for Klefbom on the team’s first power play. Then there are external options. It’s well known the Oilers should add to their blueline in some capacity to take the next step and become a contending team. I’m not sure if they can find their right-handed, offensive defenceman in the middle of the season, but there are rental options out there that can help deepen the blueline right now. Names on rebuilding teams who immediately come to mind are Jay Bouwmeester on the Blues, Alex Edler on the Canucks, Niklas Kronwall on the Red Wings, and Alex Petrovic on the Panthers. Obviously, these players aren’t perfect, but they provide legitimate NHL veteran depth and are probably more reliable than giving Benning increased minutes on the second pair and having a third pair of Gravel and Garrison or Wideman. What say you, Nation? How do you organize the blueline with Klefbom out? Can the Oilers patch it together internally or should they dive in and make an early rental acquisition? 
12 Dec 18
Winnipeg Sun

7 p.m., BellMTS Place. TV: TSN-3. Radio: TSN 1290 THE BIG MATCHUP The Connors Edmonton’s Connor McDavid is the biggest name here, of course, and in 17 road games this season he’s only been held off the scoresheet once. But if Winnipeg’s two Connors – goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who seems to have found his groove, […]

12 Dec 18
ProHockeyTalk

Could a short-term fix delay bigger, needed changes?

12 Dec 18
FakeHockeyNews

20 teams played NHL hockey last night. This is what happened from where I was sitting. Chicago 3 @ Winnipeg 6 Lets start with the Jets because I want to. The Jets have been making bad teams look good as of late but still have been coming out on top…so who cares probably? They decided […]

12 Dec 18
National Post

When the struggling Edmonton Oilers dropped the axe on head coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with the briefly-retired Ken Hitchcock last month, part of Peter Chiarelli’s reasoning for the move came from a belief his team’s roster was good enough to make the playoffs. It’s only been 11 games, but it appears the embattled […]

12 Dec 18
A Total Mess -- A Blog by Travis Ralston

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist I see that I haven’t written in this since August. It’s not a surprise — to me anyway — that this little blog has been left unattended. Honestly, I am often juggling projects and I haven’t been […]

12 Dec 18
Toronto Sun

When it comes to the world junior hockey championship, North American Central Scouting’s Mark Seidel believes the two-week tournament will be “the coming out party” of projected No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes of the United States. That is, if a kid who isn’t draft eligible until 2020 doesn’t hog all the attention. “The story […]

12 Dec 18
CBS Denver

This has been a rough stretch for Colorado, which has allowed 21 goals over the last four games.

12 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
The Oilers got their difficult two-game road trip through the Central Division off to a good start. They beat the high-flying Colorado Avalanche 6-4, giving them two offensive explosions in their last three games. What happened… Getting offence from the bottom-six! Darnell Nurse carried the puck behind the net, wrapped in out front, got a shot on net, and Kyle Brodziak picked up the rebound for an early 1-0. This play began with nice boards work from JJ Khaira and a smart pinch by Nurse to join the play. Hard work rewarded on that Brodziak tally. 👷‍♂️ #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/MOZdorLnzx — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 12, 2018 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a couple goals half-way through the second period, then Leon Draisaitl fed Connor McDavid with this insane saucer pass that pretty much iced the game. Draisaitl has the puck on his backhand and sends it tape-to-tape to McDavid mid-stride. Draisaitl feeds @cmcdavid97 the backhand sauce and he makes no mistake. pic.twitter.com/XiQxMw0YLz — NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) December 12, 2018 Mikko Koskinen might have allowed four goals, but he still had a damn good performance. The Avs are a team with firepower who can very quickly erase leads. Koskinen allowed, I’d say, one soft goal, which was Mikko Rantanen’s goal in the second, but he stopped  39 of 43 shots and ensured Colorado couldn’t get a comeback going with some big stops. MIKK😮 K😮SKINEN 🔥 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/ec4BUt2kgj — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 12, 2018 Unfortunately, it wasnt’t all good news last night. Oscar Klefbom left the game with an injury and it was reported after the game he had a broken finger and will miss “weeks.” By the numbers… It’s hard to look at numbers from a game like this because so much of the stats are tilted due to score effects. The game was tightly contested in the first 30 minutes, but after the Oilers went up 4-0, score effects came into play. The Oilers reverted back into a shell to slow the game down and preserve their lead and Colorado started to rise up on the shot attempt clock. Still, even though Edmonton conceded 17 shot attempts in the third and only had five of their own, they gave up only two high danger chances. Thoughts… Emotions from this game are obviously conflicted. All in all, it was a great showing against a good team on the road. But still, it’s hard not to be upset that Oscar Klefbom got injured. That’s going to be a tough injury to navigate as Klefbom has been Edmonton’s horse on the blueline this year. It’s also really unfortunate timing as the team is starting to hit its stride this season. Still, Klefbom injury aside, that was a really promising win. The Oilers have now scored seven and six goals against Minnesota and Colorado respectively, two teams who figure to be in the playoff mix this year. While I do agree grinding out 1-0 wins against Calgary is fine, I would much, much rather see the Oilers blowing up for five, six, and seven-goal explosions. One of the brightest spots behind Edmonton’s recent offensive surge has been Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He’s generating offence without Connor McDavid on his line, which is huge. RNH now has 29 points in 31 games, putting him on pace to shatter his career-high of 56 points.
12 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
In the NHL, the phrase “next man up” has been uttered or mentioned thousands of times. It is virtually impossible in a salary cap era to ensure you have enough top-end talent ready to replace one of the best players on a team when injuries occur, but teams are always hopeful the players they have are capable of filling in when needed. And often it isn’t the lack of having one player capable of stepping up. The bigger challenge is when the third pair defender has to jump up to the second unit. Oscar Klefbom broke two fingers last night and will be out of the lineup for weeks, and could require surgery depending on what the doctor determines during the examination. That means Darnell Nurse and some other D-men will see their minutes increase. It is expected Nurse will slot in on the top pair beside Adam Larsson, and it is very possible he’ll also take Klefbom’s spot on the first unit powerplay. Klefbom has averaged a team-high 25:25/game, and he was closer to 26 minutes/game until he was injured last night and only played 10:36. Losing Klefbom is a big blow for the Oilers. He was playing his best hockey of the season, and more accurately his best hockey of the past two seasons, before being injured. Klefbom had 3-4-7 in his previous eight games prior to breaking his finger. His confidence in the defensive and offensive zone was very noticeable, and his injury will have a significant impact on the entire defence corps. Continuity is key for any defence pairing. Klefbom has played 88% of his 5×5 time with Larsson this season. He’s logged 577 minutes at 5×5 and played 509 with Larsson, 32 with Kris Russell, 16 with Matt Benning and the other 20 was split between Evan Bouchard, Darnell Nurse, Kevin Gravel and Chris Wideman. Now Larsson will need to adjust to a new partner in Nurse. The good news for them is they played 820 minutes together last season. When they were together they had solid numbers, out shooting the opposition 445-419 and outscoring them 33-25, and they did so facing a lot of top competition. This season Nurse has been more productive offensively than Klefbom at 5×5. Nurse has produced 2-7-9 while Klefbom has 0-5-5 with both playing almost identical minutes, with 574 and 577 respectively. However, Nurse has given up more goals with a GF-GA rate of 19-25 compared to Klefbom’s 18-19. Their TOI with the Oilers top three forwards is fairly similar. Nurse has played 199 with Leon Draisaitl, 180 with Connor McDavid and 163 with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Klefbom has skated 257 with McDavid, 204 with Draisaitl and 188 with Nugent-Hopkins. Nurse is still young in the grand scheme of NHL defenceman, having played 228 NHL games, but in Klefbom’s absence he will need to be more consistent defensively. Nurse is still suspetible to being too aggressive and reaching or attacking, rather than sitting back and making the safe read. He’s improved on his reads, but will likely need to improve even more with Klefbom in the pressbox. Nurse’s offence has improved and he leads Oilers defenders with four goals. He is averaging 22:05/game, almost identical to Klefbom at 5×5, while Klefbom has played almost 100 more PP minutes. We’ll get to PP minutes opportunities later. TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT Mar 17, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports Having Nurse and Klefbom as the top two lefties allowed the coaches to play them equal minutes at 5×5, but I’m not sold Kris Russell can play an extra two minutes/game at 5×5 now and be as effective. The trickle down effect is the most concerning for the Oilers. Right now Russell has the second best GF% among Oilers defenceman. He has been on the ice for 18 goals and only 14 against at 5×5. Only Matt Benning is better at +6 (16-10). Russell’s CF% is 47.3%, but his GF% is great, and I’ve long hoped that one day there is a formula connecting the two. What is the value of GF compared to a SF and vice versa? I’m not sure there is one specific number but for me I’d start somewhere around 10-1 in favour of goals over shots. I came up with that number because the NHL average is around 30 shots/game and three goals/game per team. It would need refining, but I start there. Anyway, I digress. Russell isn’t as big as Nurse and Larsson, and extra minutes could wear him out long term. I’m sure he can handle it for a few games, but not six weeks. I suspect we will see Russell move back to his natural left side and be paired with Benning, while Kevin Gravel and Chris Wideman will be the third pair. Gravel has been quite steady in the third pair, and I suspect he will see an small increase in minutes as well, most notably on the PK. Benning has looked really good in the third pair, but early in the season, he struggled in the second pair. He has more confidence now, and he’ll likely get the first look along side Russell. The challenge becomes how Trent Yamney deploys his defenders in matchups. If you look at Klefbom’s top opposing forwards it is clear he faces the toughest competitions. Here’s his most common opponents: Johnny Gaudreau (21 minutes), Sean Monahan (20) and Elias Lindholm (18). Anze Kopitar (19), Filip Forsberg (17), William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, Jonathon Marchessault, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jonathon Toews, Tyler Seguin and David Pastnak all 16 minutes. Nurse’s most common opponents thus far were David Krejci and Jake Debrusk (18 minutes), Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (17), Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen (15) and Gabriel Landeskog and Nicklas Backstrom (14). Nurse will now elevate and play the top lines even more, but that means Russell/Benning will need to face the opponents Nurse used to. It will be a challenge. It is very difficult to prepare properly for injuries to a team’s top defencemen. Every team in the league would feel the crunch, and while much of the focus will be on Nurse, I’ll be looking at the second and third pairs to see which of those four players are able to handle a bigger role. They all want the opportunity, now we’ll see if they can succeed with it. QUICK HITS… I’m interested to see who gets Klefbom’s minutes on the PP. Last night it was Nurse and he scored the first powerplay goal of his career in the third period. Matt Benning also produced a point assisting on Nugent-Hopkins’ second period goal. Nurse, Benning or Chris Wideman are the options to see #1 PP time. The last few games the Oilers have been running two D-men, Nurse and Benning, on the second unit. Would they continue that with two righties in Benning and Wideman, or does it make more sense to have Benning on the top unit as a second right shot option and have Nurse with Wideman on the second unit? Ideally, you’d want three lefts and two rights, or vice versa, on your top unit because it gives you more options. The other reason I’d consider Benning on the first unit is it would limit Nurse’s PP minutes, and allow you to play him more, theoretically, at 5×5. Wideman is the wild card. I don’t expect him to get a look right away on the top unit, but he was a highly offensive D-man in the AHL. In Ottawa, he wasn’t getting a lot of first unit PP time with Erik Karlsson ahead of him, but I wonder if he can play well at even strength, and create some looks on the second unit if they consider promoting him. The next six weeks will be interesting to see who, and in which situations, Ken Hitchcock and Yawney deploy the defence. Who would you want to see on the top PP unit? MONTH OF GIVING…. Thanks to Jnose for his awesome bid on the Manny Viveiros coaching package. Day Eight: Furnace or AC Unit There are two items up for grabs, and the winning bid can choose which one they want. A-1 Heating will supply and install one high efficiency furnace or a Central Air Conditioning System. This is what you get with the furnace: One Daikin 96% high efficiency 2-stage Energy Star furnace w/ ECM Motor Honeywell Smart Thermostat Honeywell Flow Through Humidifier All venting and materials to complete installation up to code All sheet metal modifications to maximize performance of new equipment. City permit and City inspection fees Removal and disposal of old furnace 2 year labour warranty 12 year parts warranty Lifetime heat exchanger warranty with 12 year unit replacement warranty This is what you get with the Air Conditioning System: One Daikin 16 Seer Central Air Conditioning System Honeywell Smart Thermostat Honeywell Flow Through Humidifier All electrical connections with outdoor safety disconnect Anti-vibration pad or wall brackets City permit and inspection fees 2 year labour warranty 12 year parts warranty You will receive a site visit from one of their comfort advisers before installation to take measurements and determine proper size of Air Conditioning system/Furnace for your home and where it will be installed. You can bid by listening to TSN 1260 and calling 780.444.1260 or text 101260 between 2-6 p.m. today. Package #2: Pub party for 10 at Urban Tavern Includes meals and beverages for all. $400 GC from Urban Tavern as well as a Lobster Boil (for eight). Pair of tickets (row 23) to the Oilers/Flyers game this Friday. You can bid by calling 780.444.1260 or text 101260 between 2-6 p.m. today. Thanks in advance. All proceeds will help out Operation Friendship Seniors Society. Recently by Jason Gregor: GDB 31.0: Ride The Mile High McDavid enters a Jagr, Lemieux and Gretzky category Wild About Talbot Oilers Questions: What Are The Answers GDB 28.0: Beat up Blues GDB Game Notes: Don’t look at me — I’m hideous Random Thoughts: No Depth, Go For It, A Rare Winning Streak
12 Dec 18

Sometimes it’s tough to keep up with all the best Leafs #content, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on lately. ICYMI: This Week on MapleLeafsNation.com Zach Hyman will be back in action on Saturday night against the Panthers, once he’s served his two-game suspension. Several Leafs prospects are likely headed World Juniors […]

12 Dec 18
OHL Writers

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the fourth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League. The 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 12-18 and will […]

12 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
Wednesday means another chance for your ol’ pal Baggedmilk to jump on the Cruz FM airwaves to talk to the boys at The Locker Room about all things Oilers. This week, we looked at the Andrew Ference controversy that came up after he was interviewed on the 31 Thoughts Podcast, Oscar Klefbom’s injury, and what everyday items that I hate paying for. To start off this week’s appearance, I jumped in on The Locker Room topic of the day and gave my thoughts on what I hate paying for. For me, it’s cable. Outside of watching sports, most of the shows and movies I watch are streamed and I can’t wait until I can get a better sports option so I can cancel my cable. From there, we jumped right into the Andrew Ference controversy and what I thought about the former captain taking shots at guys he played with. Next up, we looked at the Oscar Klefbom injury and what it will mean for the Oilers’ defence moving forward. To state the obvious, losing Klefbom is a massive blow for a team that is really starting to find its footing. Listen to the whole appearance below:  Previous Appearances: Do we love Connor McDavid too much? Undefeated in the Hitchcock era Oilers win big, #NationRoadTrip, and friends that stink Oilers lose in Tampa, musical memories, and Jesse Puljujarvi Oilers special teams struggle and happiness over money
12 Dec 18
The Sports Daily

It is Wednesday, my dudes. That means it’s time to grab a cup of coffee, pretend you’re working so your joke of a boss is happy and then read the grab bag. Hasn’t been a bad week here in land of flightless birds. A complete dismantling of the Islanders at home got us back in […]

12 Dec 18
Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Oilers racked up their fourth win a row with a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday. But we lost Oscar Klefbom. Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen continued his stellar play between the pipes stopping 39 of 43 shots and really keeping the Oilers in this one early on. But we lost Oscar Klefbom. […]