Ramblings: New Coach in Edmonton; Olofsson; DeBrincat, and Laine – February 11

Michael Clifford

2022-02-11

The Oilers went ahead and fired Dave Tippett on Thursday, relieving him of his duties following their home loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. Not that it was a big surprise, but the Oilers are now on their fourth coach in four seasons, with Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock, Tippett, and now Jay Woodcroft all having been behind the bench since 2018-19. I wrote a bit about that Woodcroft and his incumbent problems yesterday.

For us fantasy players, it really does come down to the power play. Part of what makes the high-end guys so high-end is the ability to put up more than a power-play point every other game. If my math is right, Connor McDavid has seven PPPs in his last 20 games. That would be excellent for 99% of the NHL but it's bad for him, and Leon Draisaitl as well. If that doesn't correct itself over the team's final 38 games, fantasy owners may be left holding the bag with high-end players not living to their potential.

It will be interesting to see line combinations here as well. With the addition of Evander Kane, Tippett had tried to spread out the skill across three lines. Do they try to condense things and leave someone on the outside (third line) looking in? That could change the fantasy outlooks of some of the players here.

All that's left to do is play some games.

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An update from Edmonton that wasn't about the coach:

Last time he was in the NHL, Broberg had an uneven appearance as far as ice-time distribution was concerned. That was during a time period where COVID was running through the league, and they don't really need him to play top-4 minutes. On the other hand, the guy who was running the bench the last time he was in the NHL will not be running the bench this time. Could this be the start of something new?

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Teuvo Teravainen was back for the Hurricanes on Thursday night. He had missed a few games for them and had seemingly been a game-time decision for two weeks (thanks, All-Star break). Him being back in the lineup really does make them look so much more dangerous all the way to the fourth line.

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An update from the Jets and their COVID guys: