Illness is a fun thing in sports. Some teams collapse just at the sight of him, surrendering the moment these long odds are put in front of them. Others decide to get off the carpet and stand tall, refusing to fall into adverse circumstances.
unable to overcome gloomy behavior to their former Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay, award-winning captain, Connor McDavid. “data-reactid =” 33 “> Edmonton Oilers leans towards the former, unfortunately, as these bizarre discrepancies from the city of champions now seem unable to overcome the grim behavior of their former award-winning Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay Captain, Connor McDavid.
This, my friends, is what we in business call a “joke.”
McDavid is clearly the undisputed best player in the NHL. He is Michael Jordan’s hockey player, albeit without the supposed interest in gambling (which we know of, at least). Who cares if “The Last Dance”, oriented to McDavid, will be the most boring eight hours of television that will ever grace the small screen? The man equalizes the result and manages to do so, while also pulling around the collection of paper curlers and the manual control of the hairs on the dryer forces him to call a support roller.
It’s always an adventure with Mike Smith between the pipes. (Photo by Andy Devlin / NHLI via Getty Images)
New rule: The next analyst, who called Mike Smith an “elite goalie on live”, should have his credentials revoked.
Seriously. We are no longer in 2012. I’m writing this with a mask, for Pete. That must be sufficient proof.
However, give credit where credit is due. Smith was indeed a valuable member of the Martin Brodeur Third Defender Club, once captivating the hearts and minds of the hockey world with his bold fodder beyond his own fold. These little thrives were great – relics from a bygone era when goalkeepers were bold enough to actually pose a threat to jump up.
But the last seven years? Well, these have not achieved the same degree of success for Smith, as the veteran distributes enough charity to his opponents that you can swear he is able to write them off from his taxes.
And yet, even with nearly a decade of the clumsy record, Dave Tippett bravely handed Smith the start in Game 1 of the Oilers’ best of the five series.
It went exactly as you would expect.“data-reactid =” 67 “> It went exactly as you expected.
McDavid, who scored the game’s opening goal, could pop a blood vessel of rage, and he still couldn’t make up for anything he thought Devil Smith was doing there. Olers continue to drop Game 1 6-4. Smith conceded five goals in 23 shots.
However, all was not lost. After bouncing with a 6-3 win in Game 2 after turning to Mikko Koskinen on the net, Universe seemingly remembered that he was a 32-year-old goalkeeper who received an average three-year contract worth 4, $ 5 million a year in the middle of the rookie season, in which he published .906 percent saved from the lame GM duck, which was two weeks after his overly expected dismissal.
Think about what happened next.
(including this doozy) and Oilers left the ice in their own building on the brink of elimination against the team in 23rd place in the NHL. “data-reactid =” 71 “> Blackhawks took game 3, Koskinen conceded four goals in 25 shots (including this doozy), and Oilers left the ice in his own building on the verge of elimination against the team in 23rd place in the NHL,
Connor said an oath! Now this is progress. “Data-reactid =” 72 “> But, hey, Connor said an oath! Now that’s progress.
2. Supporting role
Aside from finding a suitable urinal situation for their home arena, the most pressing problem that plagued the Oilers throughout McDavid’s time was surrounding their superstar with a suitable supporting cast.
The three head coaches and the two general managers he was subjected to during that time simply did not do so.
Now that you have a generation of talent at your disposal, it gives you some freedom. Notice how I didn’t use compelling adjectives like “star” or “elite” to describe McDavid’s perfect matches. These guys just have to be fit – able to stand still and do net front fights like hungry hippos in real life.
That shouldn’t be too difficult, should it? Well, reader, do I have news for you?
So far, the most common McDavid player in the three qualifiers is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Which is great. Nugent-Hopkins is exactly the type of player you want to isolate a star like McDavid (we’ll just ignore that Nuge alone is the first choice).
Connor’s next two most common colleagues, though? These will be Josh Archibald and Zack Cassian, the latter of whom sits at a sparkling 28% CF / 60 at 5v5 with McDavid. Oh, and in typical Oilers fashion, management also gave Cassian a brand new four-year mid-season contract extension at AAV of $ 3.2 million. In the 14 games since the signing of the dotted line, Cassian scored a whopping six points, stopped and remained without a result in the first three qualifying matches.
All this is said without even mentioning the pair of splashes that Ken Holland made in this year’s trading deadline. At this point in the series, Edmonton received exactly two combined points from Tyler Ennis and Andreas Athanasiou, both coming from Ennis, who left in the middle of last night’s game with an obvious injury that could keep him in the long run. Athanasiou, whose services were provided for the second round selection, and Sam Gagner of the “winning now” Oilers, was without result.
Of course, one can only imagine how well the front body of the Oilers would do if their captain threw a few ice water bottles to set the tone.
3. The murder of punishment
When you have McDavid on your list, its very presence gives you a number of things you no longer need to worry about. The power play, for example, is one of those things when the Oilers woke up this morning to the Stanley Cup qualifiers with five goals to play in three games.
Alas, each rose has its own thorn. After all, hockey is a two-way sport, which means that teams must prevent goals in addition to scoring. Crazy, isn’t it? The oils are not so great in the last part.
Edmonton currently has a 75 percent penalty shootout rating, placing him 17th out of 24 teams in the qualifying round. The Oilers also achieved this as they placed first in a reduced time on the ice, spending a whopping 23:57 with at least one player in the penalty area.
McDavid, keep in mind, is responsible for only two of those 24 minutes thanks to a minor penalty in Game 1, in which he participates in all three goals of his team.
Shooting on penalties also proved to be one aspect of the game – apart from the goalkeepers, that is – McDavid was not heavily involved. The long-time MVP candidate has so far registered only 31 seconds of short-term ice time. The Oilers did not concede a goal in those 31 seconds.
can’t stop the washers shot by them – Supporting cast, filled with a shortage of medium to six tweezers, making money from six and a murder that sits in the bottom third of the league thanks to the league’s leading string of penalties, is a game far from the beginning of summer due to lack of emotions from McDavid. “data-reactid =” 133 “> So to make this clear: Edmonton Oilers and their two mediocre aging goalkeepers – one who thinks he’s a defender and another who can’t stop the puck they shoot – a supporting actor with insufficient achievement of middle-bottom six tweezers, making money from six and criminal murder, which sits in the bottom third of the league thanks to a leader in the league string of penalties, is a game far from the beginning of summer due to lack of emotions from McDavid.
It makes full sense! And hockey analysis lives to fight another decent day.