Post Game: Edmonton vs. Detroit - Getting Down Off The Ledge

Jonathan Willis
October 29 2009 11:51PM

Edmonton Oilers: 6

Detroit Red Wings: 5

What a game. 

The saying says that all's well that ends well, and by that standard the Oilers came out okay.  A five-to-one lead blown, and then a shootout victory on the back of Nikolai Khabibulin's three saves and Patrick O'Sullivan's goal.  Also, on the back of a great offensive game from the new top line of Dustin Penner, Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff.

Oilers Three Stars, According To Me

1. Dustin Penner.  Once again, Penner was the straw that stirred the drink offensively for the Oilers; not just charging the net and making life difficult in the offensive zone, but also carrying the puck and making plays. 

2. Shawn Horcoff.  I thought Horcoff had a decent game against Colorado, and he put it all together tonight.  Played a strong two-way game and was rewarded with three points on the night.

3. Ales Hemsky.  It's tempting to bump Hemsky ahead of Horcoff, but unlike the first two players he disappeared a bit (by my eye, anyway) in the last half of the game and lost more than one puck battle.  Still one of the Oilers better players on the night.

Random Thoughts

  • There was a point in the game where Denis Grebeshkov was in the penalty box and Tom Gilbert was in the dressing room dealing with an equipment issue, and all I could think of was that Ladislav Smid was the only real NHL defenceman available to the coaching staff.  It was a recurring theme throughout the night actually; Strudwick was repeatedly embarrassed by Detroit's high-end players, Chorney was shakey (although that Zetterberg goal was just bad luck) and one of my favourite prospects, Theo Peckham, looked out of his depth.  This will continue until Visnovsky, Souray and Staios are back in the lineup.
  • Gilbert Brule's a heck of a player.  I was critical of him in the preseason, but he's been getting a truck-load of defensive zone draws and he's done very well.  The scoring probably won't continue, but I think he's a bonafide NHL'er.  On a slightly different note, did anyone else think that his hit on Filpulla could have been a boarding penalty?
  • Sam Gagner looked like he was yapping all night, especially after getting tangled up with Brad Stuart.  Maybe that was part of the reason for his line's miserable play (a combined -9 on the night, by the way) or maybe it was just that this line was more suited to Craig MacTavish's stringent line matching where they got a little more shelter.  Regardless, none of the three looked good.
  • Speaking of MacTavish, the ex-coach showed class on the TSN broadcast tonight, admitting that part of Penner's problem last season was the way he used him.  He's brilliant as an analyst, and TSN's crew (Bob McKenzie and James Duthie on the panel, Ray Ferraro and Chris Cuthbert doing colour and play by play) did a great job, as they usually do.  It's night and day from the Sportsnet crew; particularly in the comparison between McKenzie/MacTavish and Kypreos/MacLean.  It's a shame TSN doesn't broadcast all the games.
  • Finally - and this is completely unrelated - great episode of The Office tonight.  I can't help but pass along this video, despite the fact that it's somewhat cringe-inducing: 

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Ogden Brother
October 29 2009, 11:54PM
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Thank you Howard.

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#2 Ogden Brother
October 29 2009, 11:55PM
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ROllie or Biron to Det by game 40?

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#3 Nail Yakupov
October 30 2009, 12:32AM
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LOL @ the YouTube video.

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#4 derrick
October 30 2009, 12:53AM
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I think Bule's hit was boarding too. khabibulin almost lost the game agian. so we need to score more goals to win and be comfterble in the last minute of a game. More points for the players i guess. its a win yeah!

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#5 Ei8HTYSE7EN
October 30 2009, 01:44AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

ROllie or Biron to Det by game 40?

I say Roloson would be a solid fit in Detroit. Now sure what Long Island would want for him.

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#6 Hatecoff
October 30 2009, 01:57AM
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the new top line, Jonathan ?

knowing damn well hemsky and penner was responsible for most of the points on that line, you tempt yourself into putting hemsky at number 2 but you dont. you chose to point out the "lost more than one puck battle" excuse for hemsky and reward horcoff for his "two way".

i am starting to belive through your articles and opinions on the website, that some of the staffers are only Oilers fans by occupation.

i do not believe you are are sincere with your statements, and most statements made end with a negative perception.

take for example tonights post-game, look at the random thoughts. instead of complimenting our flu ridden defence who consist of mostly 4+ ahl/bench on the nhl roster. you go ahead and poo on them.

you were critical of brule during the preseason(ofcourse) compliment him on the face-offs and then say that his play wont last, nice sandwich. ;)

instead blaming the crappy perfromance by the gagner line as collecitve, you chose to point it out on gagner mouth. as a sports analyist, you should be give the readers examples of why the sucked or lacked and not 2 cent opinion. share your welath of sports knowledge isntead of youtube videos and brown-nosing on tsn.

i could keep going but i wont.

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#7 Hatecoff
October 30 2009, 02:02AM
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@derrick

khabi is gonna have a few of those games

remember the most reccent two before two night

he played awesome but the team couldnt win so there will be a few otherway around its just how karma works

i think of youth is what is lacking in the last minute confidence. their nerves are not strong enought and it appears to show and get exploited.

it wil come confidence will build hunger

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#8 Ogden Brother
October 30 2009, 02:03AM
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Hatecoff wrote:

the new top line, Jonathan ?

knowing damn well hemsky and penner was responsible for most of the points on that line, you tempt yourself into putting hemsky at number 2 but you dont. you chose to point out the "lost more than one puck battle" excuse for hemsky and reward horcoff for his "two way".

i am starting to belive through your articles and opinions on the website, that some of the staffers are only Oilers fans by occupation.

i do not believe you are are sincere with your statements, and most statements made end with a negative perception.

take for example tonights post-game, look at the random thoughts. instead of complimenting our flu ridden defence who consist of mostly 4+ ahl/bench on the nhl roster. you go ahead and poo on them.

you were critical of brule during the preseason(ofcourse) compliment him on the face-offs and then say that his play wont last, nice sandwich. ;)

instead blaming the crappy perfromance by the gagner line as collecitve, you chose to point it out on gagner mouth. as a sports analyist, you should be give the readers examples of why the sucked or lacked and not 2 cent opinion. share your welath of sports knowledge isntead of youtube videos and brown-nosing on tsn.

i could keep going but i wont.

Penner has been the straw that's stired the Oilers drink all year. Brule/O'sully were putting up points when they were with Penner. Gagner's numbers went way up when he was with Penner. Hell even Hemsky went from slightly below average production (for him) to all-star production when he was paired up with Penner.

Sure, you can make a case that Horcs numbers were padded along by his line-mates, but you can make the same case for almost every Oiler that's played with him this year.

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#9 Hatecoff
October 30 2009, 02:03AM
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@Ei8HTYSE7EN

i say biron detriot wont want to gamble if they are in aplay-off spot not saying biron wont be a gamble but i think rollies age plays a factor

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#10 Hatecoff
October 30 2009, 02:06AM
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i agree with you there

but in reality will all know whats up

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#11 Hatecoff
October 30 2009, 02:07AM
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10 comment was to the 8 comment

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#12 Ogden Brother
October 30 2009, 02:21AM
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Hatecoff wrote:

i agree with you there

but in reality will all know whats up

No, I'm not sure what's up??

Basically from what I can tell "is up" is the whole forward group is struggling while Penner plays like a more determined Rick Nash.

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#13 orange&blue
October 30 2009, 02:23AM
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i still can't believe there isnt a crisis in edmonton about horcoffs wage ratio to production. this is absolutely ridiculous. 5 points in 13 games. He had a cheesy goal and 2 "second assists" and everybody can relax? omg what are we gonna do with him...

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#14 Hatecoff
October 30 2009, 02:50AM
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@Ogden Brother

thats whats up

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#15 Ogden Brother
October 30 2009, 02:57AM
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orange&blue wrote:

i still can't believe there isnt a crisis in edmonton about horcoffs wage ratio to production. this is absolutely ridiculous. 5 points in 13 games. He had a cheesy goal and 2 "second assists" and everybody can relax? omg what are we gonna do with him...

Depends, is he a 30 point player (doubt it, but if he is then ya something needst to be done)

Or is he a 50 - 55 point player (which he's been equal to or better then every year since the lock-out.

So, assuming he makes roughly $100,000/point. He're some other forwards put in offensive roles that have good chance at being in that range or worse (injury prone guys are given consideration do to the likelyhood they'll miss enough games to put them in that range actual salary rather then cap hit will be used for guys that signed crazy long term front load deals because they are basically just skirting the cap)

Lupul Vanek E Staal Jokenin Hossa Nash (on credit for his deal that kicks in next year) B Richards Zetterberg Smyth (Handzu for the heck of it) Havlat Gomez Arnott Erat Legwand Rolston Gaborik Drury Spezza Brier Gagne J Staal Clowe Kariya McDonald Vclav Blake Demitra

Honorary mentions go to Kovalchuk when he signs his next deal in the 8 - 9.5 range.

So basically league average is more then one player/team.

I'd say Horc has more "extras" then almost anyone on that list. ie I'd take Horc at $115,000/point over say Brier at $95,000/point or Jokenin at $100,000/point.

If anything theirs far to big of a "crisis" (amoungst the fans anyway) regarding wage/produciton ratio.

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#16 Ogden Brother
October 30 2009, 02:59AM
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Yikes, that's not how I wanted that list of players to show up.

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#17 OilKing
October 30 2009, 06:40AM
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The Oilers still aren't producing and no one, aside fron the first line... thank God for Penner...are producing.

We're totally screwed if thse H1N1 babies can't come back and do something.

Expect more blowouts in the future.

There are no upsides to this "win".

Our defense is non-existant.

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#18 OilKing
October 30 2009, 06:43AM
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Oh, and yes, Horcoff is horrible. Get rid of him.

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#19 SirFozz
October 30 2009, 07:14AM
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@OilKing

You forgot the sky is falling.

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#20 Oilchange64
October 30 2009, 07:24AM
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This much bile after a win? While I watched in horror as they crumbled in the Third, almost everyone BEFORE the game had this down as guaranteed loss night. I'll take the 2 points and move on.

Horcoff has obviously not had a great start to the year, but a 3 pt night should buy him a break at least until the next game. And like it or not, no one is going to take that contract at this point, so give all the "dump Horcoff" comments a rest, it just is not going to happen.

MacT was pretty funny last night, and I agree, I wish TSN did all the games. Cannot stand Kypreos/MacLean - I actually turn the channel or at least mute the tv when they come on.

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#21 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
October 30 2009, 07:24AM
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OilKing wrote:

The Oilers still aren't producing and no one, aside fron the first line... thank God for Penner...are producing.

We're totally screwed if thse H1N1 babies can't come back and do something.

Expect more blowouts in the future.

There are no upsides to this "win".

Our defense is non-existant.

panic!! pannniiiccc!!!! ahhhhhhhhh!!!

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#22 olderthendirt
October 30 2009, 07:29AM
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When was the last time an oilers was 3rd in scoring after 5 games? Don't know if it will last but will enjoy it for now.

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#23 jayoilfan
October 30 2009, 07:31AM
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Wow, they do know how to score, now if only they could get the young kids to learn to play defense. That third period was freaking scary. The younger Oilers looked overwhelmed and on their heels.

I wish people would get over Horcoff, his salary and so far, lack of point production. It is what it is. He is not a bad hockey player, if he was, he wouldn't be here. Sure you can gripe about his salary but whatever, every team has a guy making way too much for what he apparently 'brings'. WE have Horcoff, deal with it, move on, and cheer him, damn it, when he scores some points, like last night. I thought he was pretty good overall last night. I've kept out of this silly argument up until now but that is my two cents.

This is the Hockey team we choose to cheer for, celebrate the good times and great goals/games. If something bad happens, sure it sucks but move on. It is just a game, it will have no bearing on the prosperity or futility of our own existance. Just enjoy it.

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#24 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 30 2009, 07:43AM
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Couple comments.

First I believe my comment was I would be happy if we loss a close game to Detroit, so obviously I can't be too upset.

Brule sure looks like a different player when healthy.

Gagner is showing exactly what Quinn asked of the smaller players, a little play with sand paper.

Horcoff, now even without the points I thought he looked good. And hey another game like that and he is back to a 50 point pace.

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#25 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 30 2009, 07:50AM
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@jayoilfan

I'm not a Horcoff fan by any means, but you are 100% correct.

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#26 Jmask5
October 30 2009, 07:53AM
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I know the obvious reason for the Oilers win tonight was the bad goaltending of Howard but given the top 6 D we had dressed tonight I think its Detroit that should be ashamed of themselves for not winning. The Oilers did what they had to do and I honestly believe that if it weren't for that fluke goal by Zetterberg off of Chorney then there would have been no comeback. But sometimes a team just needs a lucky break to get back in a game. This is similar to what happened for the Oilers againist Columbus when they had their comeback.

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#27 Hemmercules
October 30 2009, 07:54AM
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This site should have a "Hate on Horcoff" article every other day. I bet it would get 300+ comments everytime. The guy plays a couple good games and still gets crapped on. Constantly complaining about his money is getting so old too, Horc and his contract will be here until the end, get over it.

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#28 Ogden Brother
October 30 2009, 08:03AM
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Hemmercules wrote:

This site should have a "Hate on Horcoff" article every other day. I bet it would get 300+ comments everytime. The guy plays a couple good games and still gets crapped on. Constantly complaining about his money is getting so old too, Horc and his contract will be here until the end, get over it.

Here's the thing.

~He "whiffs" on the puck, skates like he is hunched over, has a big nose and two different coloured eye's. He scores at the same pace as Blair Betts/Derik Boogard/George Laraque and makes, count it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ....7 7 7 7!!!! million! I mean, how could anyone cheer for a 7 million dollar player that scores 20 points/year??~

*Drools as he LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!1111!!!!111~

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#29 Hemmercules
October 30 2009, 08:05AM
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@Ogden Brother

Hardy har har.

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#30 VicOiler
October 30 2009, 08:07AM
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If you wana hate on Horcoff due to his salary, you should be hating on the guy's that gave it to him. Most would agree they would like Horcoff at lower salary.

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#31 Oil Kings
October 30 2009, 08:09AM
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OilKing wrote:

The Oilers still aren't producing and no one, aside fron the first line... thank God for Penner...are producing.

We're totally screwed if thse H1N1 babies can't come back and do something.

Expect more blowouts in the future.

There are no upsides to this "win".

Our defense is non-existant.

Trying to steal my name huh.

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#32 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
October 30 2009, 08:11AM
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Gosh I can't believe Horcoffs ridiculous contr...... Seriously give it up, it is what it is and we're going to just suffer through it. ~Now on to more serious things like team Canada's new first line of Penner-Stamkos-Marleau~

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#33 Tombo
October 30 2009, 08:14AM
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Horcoff's contract is by no means a bargain so far this year, but at a 5.5 mil cap hit he's far from being the worst contract in the NHL. Particularily if he puts up 55 pts or so, which he still may do.

I'm not trying to defend the guy, he's been awful so far with the exception of a couple of games. But people need to stop acting as though he's the worst contract in the league, it's not like we're shelling out over 7 mil for Brian Campbell for the next seven years.

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#34 Heatly
October 30 2009, 08:33AM
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Win is a win. The Oil scored 5 more goals than last two games combined. Hopefully this will give them the confidence to play a complete 60 minutes with Boston. They will need it.

Want to see someone on our team to fight Lucic and see how they do.

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#35 freeze
October 30 2009, 08:34AM
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That was a stressful 3rd. We really need some vets on the backline. Peckham is really behind the curve too; probably because he got such a late start this year.

Oh how I wish TSN gave us the love a little more often. RSW should be ashamed of themselves.

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#36 Reagan
October 30 2009, 08:39AM
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Well after choosing to PVR this game, then watch it to skip the commercials, I was expecting a loss at the end of the recording. However after having a 5-1 lead, I instinctively knew that is was too good to be true, and ultimately that the Oilers WERE GOING TO BLOW IT. Not surprised that they had a goal explosion, but throwing a rookie in there was just plain stupid on Detroits part. The Boston game will be the next test of this ill fated team.

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#37 OilerPride
October 30 2009, 08:42AM
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@Hatecoff

I absolutely agree with everything you say here Hatecoff.

The Brule example. NHL players have breakout seasons, some are better than others. Maybe Brule is having his by chipping in a point every 2-3 games. These seasons can't be tracked by past stats that's why they're 'breakouts'.

Maybe he's not having his best season and he can't keep up with his shooting % or whatever Mr Willis bases his thoughts on but the constant negative tone drives me nuts. I'm not saying don't call people out but don't 'poo' on players just because.

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#38 Tombo
October 30 2009, 08:42AM
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Heatly wrote:

Win is a win. The Oil scored 5 more goals than last two games combined. Hopefully this will give them the confidence to play a complete 60 minutes with Boston. They will need it.

Want to see someone on our team to fight Lucic and see how they do.

Lucic is out indefinetly so you'll have to wait on that one.

That's the good news, after losing Savard and Lucic to injury and Kessel in the trade to T.O. Boston is a different team than the one we saw in the post season.

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#39 Wedge
October 30 2009, 08:43AM
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@VicOiler

Yeah, this is all Kevin Lowes fault. I am sure the conversation went like this. (Horcoff's agent)- "We are looking for around 3 million a year" (Kevin Lowe) - " Nah, we want to give you 7 million instead " I am mad about Horcoff just as much as everyone but he is NOT going anywhere so lets' just try to cheer for him and hope he regains pre-injury form.

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#40 Ogden Brother
October 30 2009, 08:45AM
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OilerPride wrote:

I absolutely agree with everything you say here Hatecoff.

The Brule example. NHL players have breakout seasons, some are better than others. Maybe Brule is having his by chipping in a point every 2-3 games. These seasons can't be tracked by past stats that's why they're 'breakouts'.

Maybe he's not having his best season and he can't keep up with his shooting % or whatever Mr Willis bases his thoughts on but the constant negative tone drives me nuts. I'm not saying don't call people out but don't 'poo' on players just because.

Who exactly is he "pooing" on?

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#41 Ender
October 30 2009, 08:48AM
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I'm not a huge Brule fan (mostely 'cuz he's edging my boy Cogs out for ice-time) but I had to pass some grudging respect for the Creme' last night. Played the game we needed from a depth role and took an enemy player out of the game. I don't advocate trying to injure, but if you can hit clean and hit hard enough to take out the opposition, you are a rock star in this league.

MacT did well on camera last night. I especially liked his piece about Horcoff in the second intermission. I'm not going to get into the whole Horcoff debate because that is sooooo tired, but MacT surely had a point when he talked about how you can hide a bad stretch in the stats mid-season but at the start it's just plain obvious. No matter how bad you're feeling about Horc's recent slump, Mac points out, Horc himself is feeling it a million times worse.

And thanks for the clip, JW. I've never watched the Office before, but based on that clip, I may have to start. :-)

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#43 Ogden Brotehr
October 30 2009, 08:53AM
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Ender wrote:

I'm not a huge Brule fan (mostely 'cuz he's edging my boy Cogs out for ice-time) but I had to pass some grudging respect for the Creme' last night. Played the game we needed from a depth role and took an enemy player out of the game. I don't advocate trying to injure, but if you can hit clean and hit hard enough to take out the opposition, you are a rock star in this league.

MacT did well on camera last night. I especially liked his piece about Horcoff in the second intermission. I'm not going to get into the whole Horcoff debate because that is sooooo tired, but MacT surely had a point when he talked about how you can hide a bad stretch in the stats mid-season but at the start it's just plain obvious. No matter how bad you're feeling about Horc's recent slump, Mac points out, Horc himself is feeling it a million times worse.

And thanks for the clip, JW. I've never watched the Office before, but based on that clip, I may have to start. :-)

"I especially liked his piece about Horcoff in the second intermission. I'm not going to get into the whole Horcoff debate because that is sooooo tired, but MacT surely had a point when he talked about how you can hide a bad stretch in the stats mid-season but at the start it's just plain obvious."

Bingo, I was thinking the same thing. I'm sure every year he puts up 1-2 "2 in 10" (roughly) stretches (as do lots of players) but now it's a whole lot noticable.... Now hopefully he's got it out of the way and he can put up a .8PPG the rest of the way home and finish with 60ish points.

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#44 Librarian Mike
October 30 2009, 08:53AM
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@Jonathan

re: The Office video

Nice find. I think we've found Amber's theme song about Dustin Penner.

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#45 smiliegirl15
October 30 2009, 08:54AM
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I guess with our dismal showing with our last three losses, Detroit thought it would be an easy win and would give their rookie goaltender some experience.

If the Oilers are getting better, as evident with last night's great start, then the next couple games should be exponentially better</p?

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#46 Chaz
October 30 2009, 09:02AM
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I somehow knew when it was 4-0 and 5-1 last night that the Oilers would find a way to make it close. Just like last year, this team is still terrible with a lead. Having three regular D-men out is a valid excuse thought.

Agree with the TSN vs. Sportsnet comment JW. RSN is a joke. Too bad so many of our games are on there. The bright side is that it could be worse...at least we don't have to put up with Roger Millions.

Looks like Staios is close to returning. Any news on Souray? How about Vish? Hurry back guys. We need you.

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#47 Pajamah
October 30 2009, 09:03AM
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@Jonathan Willis

I believe it is pronounced "rapists wit", but what do I know, I'm no journalist

Good article JW

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#48 Heatly
October 30 2009, 09:07AM
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Yes, that's right. Thanks for update. We should be good then.

Early prediction: Oilers 4 Boston 2

Only if JDD plays.

Khabby plays

Oilers 5 Boston 4 Overtime.

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#49 Lofty
October 30 2009, 09:16AM
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Hatecoff wrote:

the new top line, Jonathan ?

knowing damn well hemsky and penner was responsible for most of the points on that line, you tempt yourself into putting hemsky at number 2 but you dont. you chose to point out the "lost more than one puck battle" excuse for hemsky and reward horcoff for his "two way".

i am starting to belive through your articles and opinions on the website, that some of the staffers are only Oilers fans by occupation.

i do not believe you are are sincere with your statements, and most statements made end with a negative perception.

take for example tonights post-game, look at the random thoughts. instead of complimenting our flu ridden defence who consist of mostly 4+ ahl/bench on the nhl roster. you go ahead and poo on them.

you were critical of brule during the preseason(ofcourse) compliment him on the face-offs and then say that his play wont last, nice sandwich. ;)

instead blaming the crappy perfromance by the gagner line as collecitve, you chose to point it out on gagner mouth. as a sports analyist, you should be give the readers examples of why the sucked or lacked and not 2 cent opinion. share your welath of sports knowledge isntead of youtube videos and brown-nosing on tsn.

i could keep going but i wont.

Please dont. You cant write and you sound as exciting as melba toast.

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