You don’t really need a recap, do you? THE PRECIOUS HAS RETURNED! WE HAZ THE MCDAVID! HE IS ALL OURS AND YOU CAN’T HAVE HIM!
- Fourteenth game. HIS FOURTEENTH GAME. Sometimes I just have to sit in amazement at the thought that Connor McDavid plays for the Edmonton Oilers. Man.
- Actually, that was an incredible game in some ways. That was perhaps the most dominant first period by the Oilers in … how long? I did an analysis of the Oilers play over the course of a game, and the first period is normally and BY FAR their worst period (see bonus chart in the Game at a Glance). So that was extra impressive. Guess the Oilers were just as psyched at Connor’s return as we fans were!
- A word on the fancystats for tonight: Connor McDavid was 36.4% on the Corsis, 38.2% on the Score-adjusted Corsis, and 61.9% on the Dangerous Fenwicks. Dangerous Fenwick FTW!
- The rest of the game was a decent pushback by the Jackets – give them some credit I guess. But a lot of score effects in that too. You can see that clearly on the Game Flow chart after the Oilers went up 4-1.
- Lost in the fuss: solid game by Talbot. The stats didn’t like him, but I thought that was a pretty good game by Reinhart (they call him The Big Cat down in Bakersfield). The new kid looked pretty good too, and the fancystats loved him. And Draisaitl and Hall are still wow, though they kind of got chewed up a bit in the third period.
- Did I mention that this team is missing Nuge, Klefbom, and Davidson?
A big thank you to Oilerdom’s Photoshop Prodigy VisuallyBetter (@Isuckatpicking) for the feature image. Pretty much captures it, doesn’t it! (You might have to go to the home page to see the whole thing)
Game at a Glance
|CF%||SACF%||FF%||DFF%||SF%||Avg Dist F||Avg Dist A||RelDist%||GF%|
This is the Oilers even strength Corsi trend over the course of a game so far this season. So this absolutely dominant first period was a real achievement (for this team).
|For||5 / 29.4||1 / 43.0||16 / 39.0||1 / 18.0||1 / 28.0||–||–|
|Against||6 / 28.2||2 / 53.5||15 / 40.3||2 / 17.5||1 / 12.0||–||–|
|For||8 / 27.8||2 / 51.0||19 / 38.2||4 / 12.2||2 / 25.0||–||–|
|Against||10 / 23.5||3 / 53.3||20 / 40.8||3 / 15.0||1 / 12.0||–||–|
Statistically, this was the best game Nurse has played in a long while. Reason for hope?
Reinhart and Gryba dangerous at both ends of the ice according to the DangerFens. (I thought they looked better than that by eye)
|A. Sekera D. Nurse||02:30||01:30||1||0.2||8||55||0.2|
|D. Nurse A. Clendening||11:06||11:06||8||3.2||17.3||50.4||0.4|
|A. Sekera M. Fayne||15:04||14:19||10||8||33.5||33.2||0.8|
|G. Reinhart E. Gryba||14:13||13:30||12||16||71.1||26.4||1.33|
|D. Nurse E. Gryba||06:38||01:49||2||2.3||76||31.5||1.13|
Ouch, the rink map shows why Reinhart/Gryba’s statistics looked like crap. I suspect maybe there was a single tire fire (four shots by two players in almost the same area), with the rest of the game being lower event. That might be how to reconcile the eye vs the stats.
Head to Head
Very interesting to see the difference between the individual Corsis and the individual DangeFens tonight!