The Sharks slide into the playoffs as a 3 seed, playing the young Oilers and Connor McDavid in the first round.
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Hey dudes, Always look forward to a new episode. Great work. As the playoffs begin, wondering what you think about the Sharks inability to become a faster team this year. Wilson stated preseason that was the aim with signing Boedker and Schlemko, but it hasn’t happened. Is this on the coach, the GM, or the team? Also, I have a theory about why Deboer’s teams struggle after year 1, and it’s related to why the pp is so bad: Deboer is not an xo’s guy and thus not capable of key adjustments. He’s a friendly guy, forges great trust with his players, and was the right guy to rebuild the locker room. But that only goes so far. If he can beat the faster, healthier Oilers by shut-down D and a suddenly versatile pp, he’ll prove me wrong. And I hope that happens.
I don’t know if PDB read your post / challenge, but he made some solid adjustments in Game 1, such as the new 4th line, and having Couture center Pavs and Karlsson, then giving Marleau some shifts at center late in the game and OT when Couture looked really gassed. I would love to know if that OT goal was a set play. It looked like it – Vlasic appears to be sending the pass to Braun, who intentionally lets it go to Pavs, then Karlsson shoots up the middle while the D collapses on Pavs. Desharnais could not stop the centering pass and Karlsson had a clear look. What a goal. What a game.
i don’t think it was a set play at all. Vlasic was just trying to make a hard clear around the boards. It went right to Pouliot and would have been a turnover, but Pouliot’s stick broke. Pouliot had to skate off, while the puck went right to Pavs. From then on, it was just terrible D by the Oilers’s 3rd pairing, who had 2 guys on Marleau and no one in position for Karlsson. I think Karlsson was Grybna’s man, their #6 D. Amazing how in the playoffs you’re “only as good as your weakest link.”
Why didn’t the Oilers challenge the goal – Marleau was offsides.
Would you listen to the Dudes live-broadcasting during an away game?