Connect with us

Sports

Game Preview 1.0: Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks (1:00pm MT, SNW) – Oilers Nation

Published

on


Welcome, dearest Internet friends, to what can only be described as a very exciting morning here at the Nation as it’s finally time to get ourselves set for Game 1 of the play-in series between our beloved Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks.

[embedded content]

I’m not going to lie, the fact that I’m able to sit here and write out a playoff GDB after a four+ month delay as a result of a global pandemic is a pretty surreal feeling. Not only am I incredibly grateful that the league and players worked so hard over these past months to get the show back on the ice, but I’m also thankful for the break from reality that sports often provides for so many of us. To say that 2020 has been stressful would be the understatement of a lifetime and to have meaningful hockey games to watch and take our minds off things for a few hours feels like a small win that we all really needed. I mean, I had a hard enough time coming up with the words to express how much fun I had with Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Flames that doing this for a real life playoff matchup seems nearly impossible. Yet, despite my inability to properly emote my joy, here were are and I could not be more thrilled to be talking playoffs with you on this beautiful August morning.

As for the task at hand, I’m expecting today’s game to be a little bit sloppy as both sides didn’t have a whole lot of time work out the kinks and shake off the rust. Sure, having an exhibition game is great and all but it’s still not close to the amount of time teams usually get to prepare themselves. On Wednesday night, the Oilers started off very well against the Flames but seemed to take their foot off the gas in the second period, which is a speed bump that they’ll have to eliminate in this short series. They have to be relentless and do whatever it takes to keep Chicago pinned in their own zone. As Gregor wrote on Thursday morning, this first matchup could play a pivotal role in how the series shakes out so it’s of the utmost importance that the Oilers hit the ground running and do what they can to limit any needless mistakes. While the Blackhawks are no longer at the same level as the team that won Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013, and 2015, there’s little doubt in my mind that their playoff experience will be a huge factor in a five-game series, something the Oilers will have to eliminate as best they can by sticking to their game plan and not giving the Hawks any unearned chances.

.in-article-ad-container:after
content: “”;
display: flex;
border-bottom: .0625rem solid #999;
margin: .8125rem .938rem 0;

.before-ad-text
font-family: Barlow Semi Condensed,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;
font-size: 11px;
line-height: 1.2;
text-transform: uppercase;
color: #383838;
letter-spacing: .008em;
display: flex;
flex-direction: row;
justify-content: center;
text-align: center;
margin: 0 0 .625rem;

.before-ad-text:after
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

.before-ad-text:before
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
.IRPP_kangoo , .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text-area min-height: 100px; position: relative; .IRPP_kangoo , .IRPP_kangoo:hover , .IRPP_kangoo:visited , .IRPP_kangoo:active border:0!important; .IRPP_kangoo display: block; transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; width: 100%; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; background-color: #eaeaea; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); .IRPP_kangoo:active , .IRPP_kangoo:hover opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; background-color: #FFFFFF; .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl background-position: center; background-size: cover; float: left; margin: 0; padding: 0; .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl width: 30%; .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl width: 100%; .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text-area float: right; width: 70%; padding:0; margin:0; .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text display: table; height: 100px; left: 0; top: 0; padding:0; margin:0; .IRPP_kangoo .IRPP_kangoo-content display: table-cell; margin: 0; padding: 0 10px 0 10px; position: relative; vertical-align: middle; width: 100%; .IRPP_kangoo .ctaText border-bottom: 0 solid #fff; color: #D35400; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; letter-spacing: .125em; margin: 0; padding: 0; text-decoration: underline; .IRPP_kangoo .postTitle color: #2980B9; font-size: 16px; font-weight: 600; margin: 0; padding: 0; .IRPP_kangoo .ctaButton background-color: #FFFFFF; margin-left: 10px; position: absolute; right: 0; top: 0; .IRPP_kangoo:hover .imgUrl -webkit-transform: scale(1.2); -moz-transform: scale(1.2); -o-transform: scale(1.2); -ms-transform: scale(1.2); transform: scale(1.2); .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl -webkit-transition: -webkit-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: -moz-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -o-transition: -o-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -ms-transition: -ms-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; transition: transform 0.4s ease-in-out; .IRPP_kangoo:after content: “”; display: block; clear: both;

RELATED ARTICLE:
Throwback Thursday: This week one year ago, the Edmonton Oilers trade John Marino to Pittsburgh

In the three games played against the Blackhawks during the regular season, the Oilers went 1-2-0 and were outscored by a margin of 10-9 over that stretch, which is obviously something that they’ll have to be aware of as we enter today’s action. The good news, though, is that the Oilers went 6-1-1 in matinees this past season while the Blackhawks were a miserable 0-4. Good omen? I choose to believe so.

THE NUMBERS

Numbers courtesy of Natural Stat Trick (fancies at 5×5)

***Today’s numbers reflect where both teams were at when the season was paused on March 12th***

LINEUPS

Oilers

RNH – McDavid – Kassian
Ennis – Draisaitl – Yamamoto
Athanasiou – Haas – Archibald
Neal – Khaira – Chiasson

.in-article-ad-container:after
content: “”;
display: flex;
border-bottom: .0625rem solid #999;
margin: .8125rem .938rem 0;

.before-ad-text
font-family: Barlow Semi Condensed,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;
font-size: 11px;
line-height: 1.2;
text-transform: uppercase;
color: #383838;
letter-spacing: .008em;
display: flex;
flex-direction: row;
justify-content: center;
text-align: center;
margin: 0 0 .625rem;

.before-ad-text:after
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

.before-ad-text:before
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Nurse – Bear
Klefbom – Larsson
Russell – Benning

Koskinen

To me, the biggest thing the Oilers need to do today is limit their mistakes with the puck and try to not force plays through when they aren’t there. After 143 days, both teams are going to be a little bit sloppy and maybe getting started with a simpler game here in the opener might be appropriate as they try to get their legs back under them. As for the lineups, we still have no confirmation yet on what they will look like, who’s starting in net, if Riley Sheahan will be back, etc so I’ve posted the lineup from Wednesday’s exhibition game as a placeholder until word comes out.

.IRPP_kangoo , .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text-area min-height: 100px; position: relative; .IRPP_kangoo , .IRPP_kangoo:hover , .IRPP_kangoo:visited , .IRPP_kangoo:active border:0!important; .IRPP_kangoo display: block; transition: background-color 250ms; webkit-transition: background-color 250ms; width: 100%; opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; background-color: #eaeaea; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -o-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.17); .IRPP_kangoo:active , .IRPP_kangoo:hover opacity: 1; transition: opacity 250ms; webkit-transition: opacity 250ms; background-color: #FFFFFF; .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl , .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl background-position: center; background-size: cover; float: left; margin: 0; padding: 0; .IRPP_kangoo .postImageUrl width: 30%; .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl width: 100%; .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text-area float: right; width: 70%; padding:0; margin:0; .IRPP_kangoo .centered-text display: table; height: 100px; left: 0; top: 0; padding:0; margin:0; .IRPP_kangoo .IRPP_kangoo-content display: table-cell; margin: 0; padding: 0 10px 0 10px; position: relative; vertical-align: middle; width: 100%; .IRPP_kangoo .ctaText border-bottom: 0 solid #fff; color: #D35400; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; letter-spacing: .125em; margin: 0; padding: 0; text-decoration: underline; .IRPP_kangoo .postTitle color: #2980B9; font-size: 16px; font-weight: 600; margin: 0; padding: 0; .IRPP_kangoo .ctaButton background-color: #FFFFFF; margin-left: 10px; position: absolute; right: 0; top: 0; .IRPP_kangoo:hover .imgUrl -webkit-transform: scale(1.2); -moz-transform: scale(1.2); -o-transform: scale(1.2); -ms-transform: scale(1.2); transform: scale(1.2); .IRPP_kangoo .imgUrl -webkit-transition: -webkit-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: -moz-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -o-transition: -o-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; -ms-transition: -ms-transform 0.4s ease-in-out; transition: transform 0.4s ease-in-out; .IRPP_kangoo:after content: “”; display: block; clear: both;

RELATED ARTICLE:
Leon Draisaitl named Ted Lindsay Award finalist

Blackhawks

DeBrincat – Toews – Saad
Nylander – Strome – Kane
Caggiula – Dach – Kubalik
Highmore – Carpenter – Kampf

Keith – Boqvist
de Haan – Murphy
Maatta – Koekkoek

Crawford

.in-article-ad-container:after
content: “”;
display: flex;
border-bottom: .0625rem solid #999;
margin: .8125rem .938rem 0;

.before-ad-text
font-family: Barlow Semi Condensed,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;
font-size: 11px;
line-height: 1.2;
text-transform: uppercase;
color: #383838;
letter-spacing: .008em;
display: flex;
flex-direction: row;
justify-content: center;
text-align: center;
margin: 0 0 .625rem;

.before-ad-text:after
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

.before-ad-text:before
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Looking at the Blackhawks lineup, it’s clear that Chicago’s blueline is not what it once was and it will be very interesting to see how they set the matchups against Connor and Leon. You’d think that Keith and Boqvist would line up against McDavid as often as possible, but that’ll leave a wide open opportunity for the Draisaitl line to get something done against the bottom four.

TONIGHT…

Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk

GAME DAY PREDICTION: After a sloppy start, the Oilers settle things down and take over the final 40 minutes, closing out Game 1 with a 3-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Connor McDavid blows past the Blackhawks defence, scoring a highlight-reel goal that sends the Nation into a frenzy.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Despite the fact that there are no fans in the building, Bob Nicholson wanders the halls of Rogers Place, encouraging the other bubble teams to try the Bobby Nicks burger. While there is some interest in the burger, the players become annoyed when they find out that fries still cost extra.

Find out why so many people are using Dominion Lending Centres #1 broker in Canada. We are paid by the banks on the size of the mortgage, not the interest rate, so we try to get you as low as rate as we can. Whether it is a purchase, renewal or refinance, contact us to see what we can do to help!

.in-article-ad-container:after
content: “”;
display: flex;
border-bottom: .0625rem solid #999;
margin: .8125rem .938rem 0;

.before-ad-text
font-family: Barlow Semi Condensed,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;
font-size: 11px;
line-height: 1.2;
text-transform: uppercase;
color: #383838;
letter-spacing: .008em;
display: flex;
flex-direction: row;
justify-content: center;
text-align: center;
margin: 0 0 .625rem;

.before-ad-text:after
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

.before-ad-text:before
background-color: #999;
content: “”;
flex-grow: 1;
height: 1px;
position: relative;
top: 5px;

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Sports

Canadiens @ Flyers Top Six Minutes: There’s always Game 2 – Habs Eyes on the Prize

Published

on


For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game.

Pre-game

  • Who thought we’d be watching the playoffs in August?
  • Better yet, who thought we’d be watching the Habs in the playoffs?

First period

  • This is already a better start than Pittsburgh. Price hasn’t faced 17 shots in the first five minutes (exaggeration… but not really)
  • Welcome to the playoffs, Suzuki. I’m sure that’s what Konecny is saying during all the after-whistle shoving.
  • Drouin must think the game is a bit too slow because he decides to make it 5-on-4 and heads to the box. I don’t have a good feeling about this.
  • The good news — I’m psychic. The bad news — I’m psychic.
  • I mean, I didn’t predict that Byron would help guide the puck past Price but I can’t know everything.
  • Lehkonen is so close to picking up where he left off with the best shot so far.
  • Kulak wakes Hart up by creating a flurry of chances but Hart fights through the traffic and keeps the puck out.
  • Grant slams Price into his net and was so close to feeling the wrath of Price. I mean, really close.
  • I mean, it was really Oulette’s fault for pushing a full-speed ahead Grant, but a blocker to the head is always fun.

Second period

  • We’re starting with a little 4-on-4. Let’s hope this works out more in our favour than the penalty kill.
  • Lehkonen with another great chance.
  • Here we go, we’re finally picking up some speed and the Habs start to really pile on the pressure.
  • Gallagher’s wraparound attempt rolls up Hart’s back but not in the net.
  • Lehkonen heads in for yet another shot all by himself and… gets a flat tire. Fight those hockey gods, Lehky. Fight them.
  • Flyers have a wide open net and even though Price is on his stomach, he gets his stick on it and send the puck over the net and into the glass. Ah-maz-ing.
  • Gallagher breaks a blade trying to block a shot and scrambles to the bench. If you’re ever having a bad day, just watch hockey players trying to get off the ice with a broken skate blade.
  • The Captain gets his team on the board to tie it up with a power-play goal!!
  • Well, that excitement was short-lived. Sixteen seconds later Farabee gives the Flyers the lead once again.
  • Geez man. You think you would have given us a little time to enjoy it.

Third period

  • Lehkonen is absolutely due for a goal tonight.
  • Time for another 4-on-4 as Domi and Farabee head to their respective corners.
  • And Lehkonen’s luck continues as he joins Domi in the box and sends the Flyers to another power play.
  • Sure, let’s give the Flyers another chance to score on the power play. Why not, Chiarot? Being just one goal behind isn’t enough for you?
  • Nate Thompson just misses the insurance goal. Well, obviously he doesn’t want to score on his old teammate. That’s just being respectful.
  • A big hit by Petry, followed by another almost-goal by (no, not Lehkonen) Gallagher with four minutes left.
  • Suzuki off the crossbar with 26 seconds left!
  • Well, there’s always Game 2.

EOTP 3 Stars

3) And it finally did

2) Saved by his guardian angel

1) This isn’t even their final form

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Sports

Haggerty: Nick, you're out of time – NBC Sports Boston

Published

on


As feel-good as any Stanley Cup Playoff game undoubtedly is, there is also time for evaluation and improvement.

It will be a quick turnaround time for the Boston Bruins after they took a 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday afternoon in the Toronto bubble at Scotiabank Arena, and that won’t give the Bruins coaching staff much time to break things down. The biggest decision will be who they should go with between the pipes — Tuukka Rask in a back-to-back situation or backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

There are good reasons to go with either one of them already up 1-0 over Carolina in the best-of-seven series.

Get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App

But there are other decisions to be made, and one that the Bruins should go with starting in Thursday’s Game 2 is the removal of Nick Ritchie from the lineup.

Ritchie came into this postseason as a real question mark after playing little more than a handful of games for the Bruins after arriving at the trade deadline from Anaheim in exchange for Danton Heinen.

In theory, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Ritchie would provide needed physical thump to the Boston lineup and play the power forward game on the wing along with big, strong third line center Charlie Coyle. But Ritchie simply played like a weak link in Boston’s overtime win against the Hurricanes in his first real playoff experience with the Black and Gold.

Krejci lines dominates & other takeaways from Game 1

The 24-year-old Ritchie finished without a shot on net in 12:50 of ice time with the Bruins on Wednesday and had four hits while sometimes taking the body against the Hurricanes. But he wasn’t nearly a big enough physical presence, and even worse played a key role in a pair of goals against for the Bruins while making both mental and physical mistakes at crucial moments.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t going to hammer anybody for it after a playoff win, but Ritchie’s subpar performance certainly didn’t go unnoticed either.

“I think [the young guys] were looking after their own game. I think just one line was on the ice for a couple goals and this is Bjork’s first playoffs with us, Ritchie,” said Cassidy, referencing the third line being on the ice for a pair of goals against as well as Charlie Coyle’s second period goal for Boston. “[The veteran guys] were like ‘hey, listen stuff happens.’ Let’s make sure we tighten up the next time. Keep playing your game. They got a big goal for us, too, so there is a little bit of that communication to the new guys.

“We talked to Lauzy [Jeremy Lauzon]. Charlie [McAvoy] had to go to the dressing room for a second so Lauzy got a few extra shifts. You just battle and play. I think you have to get the first couple [of playoff games] under your belt. No one is tearing anybody down here. It’s not the time of the year to do that. We’re trying to motivate and encourage guys for sure, but the players are good that way. That’s why they’re winners. [Ondrej] Kase is another guy, first game. I thought he was fantastic. He’s on pucks all night, played his game. Had some good looks. A nice play on [David] Krejci’s goal. That line arguably was – you always look at the tape, whatever the tape after and they’re probably our most dangerous line tonight. So that is something that we talked about. Secondary scoring. Get a goal out of Charlie Coyle, third line.”

In the first period, Ritchie gave up on a play along the boards and drifted away from Warren Foegele as the entire unit of Bruins defenders puck-watched rather than working to get the puck out of the zone. Eventually it turned into a Joel Edmundson scoring point shot from the high point that Ritchie wasn’t able to put a body in front of on its way to the net. But the bigger issue was Ritchie simply giving up on a play when he was the closest to be able to give defensive support on a play that ended up going bad.

It was Ritchie again in the third period losing a battle along the boards to the much smaller Martin Necas that extended Carolina possession, and eventually ended with Haydn Fleury scoring on a point blast with a screened Tuukka Rask in front.

In both instances board battles were lost that ended up with pucks in the back of the Boston net. And if Ritchie isn’t even going to win the board battles, what is the point of his size and strength that’s bringing to the table?

Wednesday’s game was physical to be sure as a playoff opener, but it wasn’t overly nasty to the point where you need Ritchie for intimidation purposes. The Bruins would be much better off going with the speedy, two-way play of Karson Kuhlman in Game 2 on the third line while also sliding Anders Bjork to his natural left wing spot on the third line. That would give the Bruins a much faster third line that could better combat the speed and pressure that the Hurricanes are bringing to the table against the Black and Gold.

Perhaps a healthy scratch would also send a message that there’s no room for him in the lineup if he isn’t decisively winning his physical battles and playing up to the size/strength combo he was blessed with as a hockey player. Either way, the Bruins should learn from some of the mistakes that didn’t end up costing them permanently in Game 1, and Ritchie made way too many of them to stick around in the Boston lineup.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Sports

Canadiens @ Flyers G1: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch – Habs Eyes on the Prize

Published

on


Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Game 1

Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NBC
Streaming: Sportsnet Now

Since the Canadiens sent the Pittsburgh Penguins packing, much of the entertainment for Habs fans has been derived from watching the Toronto Maple Leafs. First it was a three-goal comeback that had everyone in the national media wondering if that was the moment the Leafs overcame their demons to become a proper Stanley Cup contender, then two days later those same Leafs did the familiar thing of stumbling their way out of the post-season without winning a single playoff series.

Now that media switches its attention to a Habs team it completely wrote off ahead of the post-season beginning, and is finding out there is a surprising amount of quality on the Montreal roster despite its regular-season performance and a few sales at the trade deadline.

The Flyers aren’t going to be nearly as surprised as the Penguins were. Rather than relying on a few offensive stars, Philadelphia has a good complement of forwards and a forechecking system that works hard regardless of the quality of their opponent. It’s not a team that is going to get outworked very often, and that’s something Montreal will need to match to have a chance.

Where the Canadiens may have the advantage once more is on defence. Claude Julien trusted two pairings with major minutes in the opening round, while Alain Vigneault only has one he feels confident handing the defensive matchups to. If Montreal can get the play flowing more to the Flyers’ end with their own forechecking abilities, they will get a shot to surprise a few more pundits tonight.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Left WingCentreRight Wing
Artturi LehkonenPhillip DanaultPaul Byron
Tomas TatarNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinJesperi KotkaniemiJoel Armia
Dale WeiseMax DomiAlex Belzile

Defencemen

Left DefenceRight Defence
Left DefenceRight Defence
Ben ChiarotShea Weber
Brett KulakJeff Petry
Xavier OuelletVictor Mete

Goaltenders

StarterBackup
StarterBackup
Carey PriceCharlie Lindgren

Scratches: Jake Evans, Cale Fleury, Christian Folin, Charles Hudon, Noah Juulsen, Michael McNiven, Gustav Olofsson, Ryan Poehling, Cayden Primeau

Philadelphia Flyers projected lineup

Forwards

Left WingCentreRight Wing
Left WingCentreRight Wing
Claude GirouxSean CouturierJoel Farabee
Scott LaughtonKevin HayesTravis Konecny
Nicolas Aubé-KubelDerek GrantJakub Voracek
James van RiemsdykNate ThompsonTyler Pitlick

Defencemen

Left DefenceRight Defence
Left DefenceRight Defence
Ivan ProvorovMatt Niskanen
Philippe MyersTravis Sanheim
Shayne GostisbehereJustin Braun

Goaltenders

StarterBackup
StarterBackup
Carter HartBrian Elliott

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Trending