Monday, 10 December 2018

Predictions for Oilers Games 31 to 40

The Oilers tightened things up over the last ten games and took 7 wins and 3 losses from the stretch.  The next ten games has some interesting challenges with games against Tampa Bay and San Jose as well as two games against the Jets.

I have been a fan so far of the attention to detail shown by the Oilers under new coach Ken Hitchcock.  We seem to have stopped making the simple mistakes that we were making before the coaching change.  Checks get finished, sticks are in the right places and every player looks like he knows his role and is in the main looking effective.

Of course a coaching change usually brings with it a bump in performance so the next ten games will be a great barometer of where the Oilers are at.

Another 7 wins (which I am predicting!) would set the Oilers up nicely but that is easy to write!

Here are my predictions:

Exciting times!

My predictions for the Oilers games 21 to 30 reviewed

So the Oilers put together a nice ten game stretch and matched my prediction of 7 wins and 3 losses - I didn't call every game correctly but I did pretty well and predicted 8 of the 10 games correctly.

My original predictions are posted here.

The next ten games could define the season, a similar run or even 6 wins and 4 losses would keep the Oilers well in contention.

I will have a look at the next ten games in a later post.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

My Hockey Reading List for the Christmas Holidays 2018

With about ten days off work over Christmas I have a bit of time to read various hockey books I have picked up over the last month or two.

I will post some reviews as I finish them!

Everyday Hockey Heroes: Inspiring Stories On and Off the Ice by Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang

Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey's Greatest Coaches  by Craig Custance

Cujo: The Untold Story of My Life On and Off the Ice by Curtis Joseph

Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams by Mike Babcock

Grit and Glory: Celebrating 40 Years of the Edmonton Oilers by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Hopefully I have made some good purchases, time will tell.

McDavid now on pace for 116 points

After Friday night's dominant performance against the Wild Connor now sits with 40 points in 28 games (the Oilers have played 29 but 97 missed the recent game against Dallas).

After a quiet ten days his 4 point outing puts him on pace for 116 points, his best ever but a little off his pace of earlier in the season.

His recent cooling off I think can be attributed to three main factors:

  1. Adjusting to live with new coach Ken Hitchcock
  2. High amounts of ice time leading to tiredness
  3. A recent bout of illness that led to him missing the Dallas game

McDavid sits 4th in NHL scoring, 8 points behind leader Mikko Rantanen.

McDavid continues to score in most games, of the 28 games he has played in he has just 4 games with zero points, he then has:

14 one point games

6 two point games

2 three point games

2 four point games

Lets see what tonight brings in the Battle of Alberta!