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  1. They were one game away from reaching the Western Conference Finals and they have the reigning league MVP and scoring champion (and arguably the game’s best player). All of that seemed to indicate a team that was on the verge of taking another major step and breaking through as one of the league’s elite teams. Their preseason Stanley Cup odds from Bovada were second best in the league to only the back-to-back champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The bandwagon was filling up. Here we are not just a quarter of the way through the season and there is no debating that the Oilers have not only failed to reach those sky-high expectations, they are clearly the league’s biggest disappointment. Entering play on Wednesday — and following an 8-3 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night — the Oilers have the third worst points percentage in the league, ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres. Their minus-19 goal differential is fourth-worst. They have managed to win just four games in regulation with only two of them coming over the past month. So, how did they get here? Let us try to figure it out. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/oilers-became-nhl-biggest-disappointment-194659397.html
  2. Our good friends the Paki's: A Pakistani court Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants. Firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who heads the UN-listed terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and has a $10 million US bounty on his head, will be freed tomorrow after less than a year in detention following the decision by the Lahore High Court, a JuD official said. "The review board looking in to the case... has refused to extend his house arrest as the government failed to provide any evidence against the charges," a spokesman for the party, Ahmed Nadeen said. The horror of the Mumbai carnage played out on live television around the world as commandos battled the heavily armed gunmen, who arrived by sea on the evening of November 26, 2008. It took the authorities three days to regain full control of the city. JuD, which has operated freely across Pakistan and is popular for its charity work, is considered by the US and India to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for the attack on India's financial capital. New Delhi has long seethed at Pakistan's failure either to hand over or prosecute those accused of planning the attacks, while Islamabad has alleged that India failed to give it crucial evidence. India has also said there is proof that "official agencies" in Pakistan were involved in plotting the attack -- a charge Islamabad denies. Analyst and retired Pakistani general Talat Masood told AFP that Saeed is given special treatment by the government "because they think that his organisation was supportive in Kashmir", the disputed Himalayan territory over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars. Saeed said later in a video message that he was detained because of his association with Kashmir. "It's because of Kashmir that India is after me, but all her efforts have been in vain and Allah has set me free," he said in the video released by his party's media team. "This is victory of Pakistan's freedom and God willing Kashmir will also be freed because I'm fighting Kashmir's case," Saeed added. India blames Pakistan for sending militant groups, including LeT, to foment unrest in the part of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi. However Masood said the government could seek new reasons to detain Saeed to avoid more international pressure, particularly from Washington, which has been pressuring Pakistan for months over its alleged support for militants including the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump in August accused Pakistan of harbouring "agents of chaos", and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last month that the Washington has made "very specific" requests of Pakistan over militancy. The US has also made several overtures to Pakistan's arch-enemy India for closer ties. Following a brief period of house arrest in 2008, Saeed led a high-profile public life and regularly delivered fiery anti-India speeches. He was placed under house arrest once more in January this year following years of foreign pressure, prompting demonstrations in several Pakistani cities. Masood said that his release could see him participate in a general election set to be held sometime next year, adding that if he won a seat in the national assembly that could be "very embarrassing internationally".
  3. Here we go again: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/22/listen-is-brent-burns-the-solution-to-the-sharks-scoring-problems-at-forward/
  4. The so called community and BART.....again. https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/37708bc0-b9fb-3124-939b-851e444ef29a/ss_richmond-man-shot-by-bart.html
  5. (CNN)As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, a senior Democratic leader says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges when they were leveled against former President Bill Clinton. "Not only did people look the other way, but they went after the women who came forward and accused him," says Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of Health and Human Services and Kansas governor. "And so it doubled down on not only bad behavior but abusive behavior. And then people attacked the victims." Sebelius extended her criticism to Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton White House for what she called a strategy of dismissing and besmirching the women who stepped forward—a pattern she said is being repeated today by alleged perpetrators of sexual assault—saying that the criticism of the former first lady and Secretary of State was "absolutely" fair. Sebelius noted that the Clinton Administration's response was being imitated, adding that "you can watch that same pattern repeat, It needs to end. It needs to be over."
  6. On a side note it is time to say that Logan is now by far the best player on team teal. The SHarks will go as far as he can carry them but he will need some help.
  7. Coach is mixing it up.
  8. Ha Ha Ha Ha, F U CBF! http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/cult-of-hockey-edmonton-oilers-fan-fallacies-at-the-2017-18-quarter-pole Nine Things 9. “The Oilers have botched the development of Jesse Puljujarvi”. Funny. After five years of teeth-gnashing over how the Oilers systematically rushed their kids into NHL roles, now they’re guilty of holding one back? Which is it? Jesse is just 19. He hasn’t dominated anything since the World Juniors. But he has already played 33 NHL games. How is that “holding him back? You can’t suck and blow at the same time. 8. “They shouldn’t have moved on from Benoit Pouliot”. I don’t disagree, entirely. But the coach had run out of patience, along with practically every fan in town. Pouliot was perceived to take too many penalties (his proportion of taken to drawn was actually close to a saw-off), and was getting $4 for just 23 points per season. Yes, he has six goals in Buffalo so far. Talk to me in June. In the meantime, you were one of only about four people who wanted him to stay. 7.“The Jussi Jokinen signing was a major mistake by Peter Chiarelli“. General Managers take the advice of advance scouts on mid-level signings. The G.M. ultimately wears responsibility if it goes bad. But it wasn’t just Chiarelli who thought that Jokinen could fill the skates of Benoit Pouliot. However Jussi can’t keep up to an NHL pace any more. And a $1.1m contract is not major mistake against a salary cap of $67,000,000. Peter moved on. You should, too. 6. “Talbot had a career year, we should trade him now”. The excellent and normally even-handed Rob Brown on CHED just about lost it on this caller. Rob’s a better man than me. Talbot’s save percentage the last five years: .941, .926, .917, 919, .903. Last season was barely his best. He is .17 off his career average. You want to toss him on the trash heap based on an 18-game sample? Yeah, Peter will just replace him with one of the other starting goaltenders out there just waiting for a job. Oh, that’s right… 5. “Darnell Nurse is not a Top-4 NHL defender”. The 2017-18 stats suggest otherwise. I had a reader this week say Darnell isn’t even a Top-4 on his own team. ATOI stats show Nurse getting an average of 20:52 a night. That is 81st in the entire NHL, 74th among D-men. That is in line with a #3 defender in the league, borderline top pairing. And at 22, he is the 5th youngest D-man on this list (behind Provorov, Ekblad, Werenski and McAvoy). That sure says Top 4 to me. Your mileage may vary. 4. “Todd McLellan’s staff can’t run a power play”. In 2016-17, the Oilers Power Play was 5th overall in the NHL, with a 22.9% conversion rate, up from 13th, the previous season (17.7%). McLellan’s crew has achieved a mean performance of 17.2%, over his last 5 years. So the power play over-achieved last year. This season? It is clicking away at a rate of…wait for it…17%. So turns out Jay Woodcroft did not just wake up one morning this Fall and forget how to run a power play. 3. “The long-term contract of Milan Lucic is killing this team”. Really? Lucic is on pace for a 50-point season. His point totals over the last 4 years: 59, 44, 55, 50. No, Milan Lucic is, for the most part, the player he has always been. In fact, in 2016-17, he was the 98th highest leading scorer in the NHL. So, Lucic is a Top 6 performer, minimum, on any NHL team. Maybe, in Year 5 of this contract, the Oilers will have a problem with the Milan Lucic deal. But it isn’t one now. Don’t pretend that it is. 2. “This team would be way better off with Jordan Eberle”. On a team challenged to consistently put up offence, it is hard to imagine how a career 50-point man would not have helped. The problem with Jordan was cap-space. Fans look at Cap Friendly, see the $8m, and claim the Eberle trade was not a salary dump. Remember…that number does not include bonuses. Any G.M. has to account for them, Chiralli included. With bonuses in, the Oilers have a little wiggle room. But if you have Eberle versus Strome, then you are barely shy of the cap, bonuses in, and have no room to move if you need to. 1.”This roster was flawed from the start”. The most commonly spread thought, and mighty easy to say after the fact. The problem? So little turnover from 2016-17. Only two moves made (or not made) by Peter Chiarelli are any evidence to support that. No, the Eberle for Strome deal has not paid off, to date. We’ve already talked about the cap issue, but from a pure point-per-game standpoint, fair. Eberle has 14 points to Strome’s eight. And yes, the D-core has missed Andrej Sekera. We can argue whether another Top-3 D-man was readily available. But as for the rest of the roster? 13 of the Top 15 scorers from last season returned (Eberle & Pouliot, Sekera IR). The entire defence core (again, sans Sekera) and the starting goaltender are back. So you telling me Benoit Pouliot, Tyler Pitlick and (though I loved his contributions to pieces) Matt Hendricks are the “gaping holes” in this roster? Sorry, not buying it. It is a revisionist’s angle, at best. There is no denying this team has issues, which it has to iron out in a damn hurry. Just beware of the popular myths propagated, above. After all…none of us want to add one more fallacy to this list: “The Oilers should just hope for a good pick in 2018”.
  9. This does seem wrong....
  10. School officials in a Missouri community were making plans Tuesday to discipline a “nonwhite” student whom they said had confessed to writing a racial slur and the phrase “White Lives Matter” on a mirror inside a girls’ restroom at a high school. Parkway schools Superintendent Keith Marty said in a statement Tuesday that the revelation that a nonwhite student was involved was surprising, but it did not “diminish the hurt” caused by the incident at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield. "The behavior was wrong and the student will be held accountable for this serious act according to our student discipline policy," said Marty, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Comment section for the win: https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/c31ad219-2aff-3c65-b5a8-4f00a7cb030c/ss_'nonwhite'-student-linked-to.html
  11. Best football story of the year: https://www.yahoo.com/sports/wisconsin-bar-offers-free-beer-packers-score-really-regrets-shutout-170227226.html Wisconsinites love their Green Bay Packers more than anything else, but they love their beer too. So at least something good came out of last Sunday’s Packers game at one Wisconsin bar. According to “As It Happens” on CBC Radio, the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale, Wisconsin, has a fun promotion: Free beer during Packers games until they score. With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, that’s not a big problem for the bar. With Brett Hundley replacing an injured Rodgers quarterback? That’s a lot of free beer, especially last Sunday. The Packers were shut out 23-0 by the Baltimore Ravens last week, the first time Green Bay has been shut out since 2006. That meant the tap was on for more than three hours, for an estimated 275-300 free cups of beer according to “As It Happens.” “I have to tell you, Carol, that so many people, when they came back after the half time and in the third quarter, actually apologized for drinking my beer, hoping the Packers would score,” Scott Bell, the bar’s general manager, told show host Carol Off. Bell said they looked at the statistics before offering the promotion, and usually the Packers score on the first or second drive with Rodgers. Even with a backup quarterback you don’t expect an NFL team to get shut out. Bell said, “in reality, you know, it was kind of a shocker.” However, Bell also said it was a fun afternoon. It presumably was quite fun for the fans who knocked down free beers for three hours. Rodgers is out with a broken collarbone, and unless the 5-5 Packers win some more games to stay in the playoff race, Rodgers is unlikely to return this season. That means six more games with Hundley or whoever else the Packers might try at quarterback, though it sounds like the bar is continuing the promotion. “We’re going to have a whole lot of beer available, just in case the same thing repeats itself,” Bell said.
  12. Being first on the ice does not mean the goals will come. It does show a good indication of work ethic.