GDB XI: Clash on the coast

bingofuel
October 25 2009 02:33PM

I'm not one to dwell on the past. That would mean the revisiting of so many addictions that I'd most likely relapse. Like, into my World of Warcraft addiction. And no one here wants that. Who would update OilersNation?

So rather than dwell on the Oilers' third straight loss against the Calgary Flames in the latest Battle of Alberta tilt, I'm going to focus on the eleventh game of the 2009/10 season against the hated-as-much-as-the-Flames-if-not-more Vancouver Canucks.

Tonight is the second regular season meeting between these two hockey clubs. The Canucks are coming off a win last night against the Maple Leafs, an altogether meaningless endeavour since the Leafs have managed to tally a grand total of one point this season so far and precisely zero wins (it's hard, but I'm resisting making 75,000 Brian Burke jokes right now). This false sense of hope brings the Canucks to and even .500 so far this season.

Well la-de-freakin'-da.

While the Oilers didn't fare well against the Flames last night, we can really chalk this up to two things:

  1. H1N1 or some variant thereof: We were down a whole line last night! The Canadian government stated last week they'd start doling out vaccinations. For the love of Hemsky, please make the Oilers one of the number one priorities for shots. Old people can wait.
  2. Crappiness: I can't say I watched the whole game last night, but many in the Nation did. And many of you concluded the same thing: it just wasn't a great effort last night.

But I tend to take on the same attitude as Oilers' Jambalaya writer Smokin' Ray Burnt. He had this to say earlier today:

"With a crappy game like last night against the fLames. Expect the flu ridden Oilers to have a chip on their shoulders tonight against the Vancouver Canucks."

The Oil have had a great start to the season. My hope for tonight is that they're mad as hell and aren't going to take any BS from the Canucks. The Canucks, meanwhile, are looking for that tipping-point game to take them over .500.

Tonight's game will not help them.

Oilers 4 Canucks 2 tonight. Look for more points from PDP. But you already knew that.

Oh, and don't forget to check out what the competition is saying.

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#201 Librarian Mike
October 25 2009, 10:37PM
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Well, that game just refreshed my memory about what hockey was like before the lockout. Thanks for the memories, Oilers.

I sense a bag skate pretty soon.

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#202 Sandra
October 25 2009, 10:37PM
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I hope Quinn calls out Horcr@p.

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#203 Shaun Doe
October 25 2009, 10:38PM
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Well I guess there is one positive we can take out of this game. No infuriating "Oilers Suck" chant

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#204 dragon
October 25 2009, 10:39PM
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Sandra wrote:

I hope Quinn calls out Horcr@p.

too many to call out, really. just skate the horc out of the whole team. keep LDD and PDP at each end of the rink to keep score.

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#205 jeanshorts
October 25 2009, 10:40PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Well I guess there is one positive we can take out of this game. No infuriating "Oilers Suck" chant

You must have missed the one 10 seconds into the game. Always classy at GM Place.

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#206 Shaun Doe
October 25 2009, 10:47PM
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@jeanshorts

Yeah I missed the first 7 minutes. Well that is fan-friggen-tastic, I'm gonna go monkey knife fight a puppy. By the by did anyone hear Wayne Flemming answering Tencers powerplay question. Old man is Ornery!

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#207 TonyT
October 25 2009, 10:48PM
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Worst weekend ever! At least JDD played preaty good. Also, why the Macblender tonight? Finally, I hate hockey till Tuesday.

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#208 NsxZero
October 25 2009, 10:51PM
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That was a Very frustrating game to watch. They were passing the puck to the Canucks all night.

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#209 Travis Dakin
October 25 2009, 11:00PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

You must have missed the one 10 seconds into the game. Always classy at GM Place.

Dude, why weren't you at the game? When they come your way you need to be there. I believe they would have one if you were there.

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#210 Shaun Doe
October 25 2009, 11:02PM
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@Travis Dakin

Well I guess I just need to find myself a boss that will give me tickets to the game like everyone else who fills the seats.

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#211 jeanshorts
October 25 2009, 11:04PM
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@Travis Dakin

For whatever reason it's nearly impossible to get tickets, especially for games against the other Canadian teams. I guess I could always buy them off craigslist, but I really don't have like 600 bucks to spend on a couple tickets. The Canucks have garbage fans but they manage to sell out. I don't get it.

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#212 Mad Hatter
October 25 2009, 11:13PM
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Losing is bad enough...But its inexcusable when its to bloody Vancouver or Calgary....Arghhhh I flippin hate Vancouver with a bleeding passion.

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#213 Travis Dakin
October 25 2009, 11:13PM
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For whatever reason it's nearly impossible to get tickets, especially for games against the other Canadian teams. I guess I could always buy them off craigslist, but I really don't have like 600 bucks to spend on a couple tickets. The Canucks have garbage fans but they manage to sell out. I don't get it.

I heard Gregor say on his show that they have more fans than the Oilers. On a purely higher population margin. It made me throw up. I honestly have a hard time understanding why anybody cheers for other teams. It's a funny thing in my brain. It will not allow me to comprehend that nonsense.

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#214 Travis Dakin
October 25 2009, 11:15PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Well I guess I just need to find myself a boss that will give me tickets to the game like everyone else who fills the seats.

You can find a boss or you can man up and earn those tickets.... There are some things a man is allowed to do when it comes to getting Oiler tickets. no questions shall be asked and masculinity will not be compromised.

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#215 BarryS
October 25 2009, 11:39PM
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Well a couple of good things on tonights play, Gagne was the best Oiler who took more than 2 faceoffs, at 53%. A good sign. JDD still has the best save percentage in the league at .957 and third at goals against at 1.51. Another good sign JDD can play in this league, giving Oilers two satisfactory goalies, something most teams including Gronks and the Lames who only have one. And Smid seems like the defensive top four defencemen we've been looking for so long. Things should look up once the flu runs it course and injured players come back.

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