GDB XXXII: On streaking and 'Oilothymia'

Jason Gregor
December 11 2009 11:06AM

It was only a week ago that many were calling for the Dive For Five, but today you're looking at a potential five-game winning streak that would put the Oilers one point out of the playoffs. How did this happen? Chalk it up to Oilothymia.

It was first diagnosed in 1997 and in the twelve years since, Oilothymia has infected 183 players, all of whom have suited up for the Oilers for at least one game since 1997.

Oilothymia is distinguished by "an inability to maintain or find a consistent level of execution. The symptoms can spread rapidly from player to player, and just when it looks like the execution has leveled off, it can dip or rise rapidly."

The Oilers organization has been infected since the beginning of the 1997 season, and from year-to-year it's impossible for anyone who watches them to get an accurate grasp on what they will do.

So as you get set to watch the game tonight, you can feel comfortable that you aren’t alone in wondering what might happen.

The Oilers have won their last four games in St. Louis, which fits perfectly with their Oilothymia. The Oilers were winless in their first four visits to St. Louis, then they went 10-2-2 in their next fourteen, followed by a 0-6-1 stretch. Then they went 6-2, before crashing back down with a 1-9-3-1, and now they are currently on the upswing again with four straight wins.

If history shows us anything the Oilers should skate away with their fifth straight win in St. Louis and a fifth consecutive win on this road trip. The Oilers’ record for consecutive road wins is eight set from Dec 9, 1986 to Jan 17, 1987, but the Oilers have never won five straight on any sort of road trip.

Playing the Blues, while avoiding 'the blues'

The Blues are a strange team. They're 30th on the powerplay and they’ve only scored 13 PP goals, while their penalty kill is very good at 84.9% good for fifth in the league.

The Oilers’ PK has improved in the last ten games. If you take out the Vancouver debacle, where they allowed four PP goals in five attempts, in the other nine games they have allowed two goals in 27 chances.

If the Oilers can score three goals tonight they should win. The Blues leading scorer is Erik Johnson with 19 points, and that puts them in two less-than-stellar categories. Along with Toronto they are the only teams whose leading scorer is a D-man, and the Blues and Coyotes are the only teams without a 20-point scorer.

The Blues have scored a league-worst 71 goals, but they’ve only given up 77, good for 5th best in the league.

Superstitious

I wonder if Pat Quinn will stick with the same lineup or will he play Denis Grebeshkov tonight? Grebeshkov is very close to being ready to play, and will be a game-time decision. He has skated hard the last few days, and while he does have some discomfort in his knee he is only concerned about his conditioning.

If Grebeshkov is 90% will Quinn go with him, or will he give him three more days rest and stick with the same 20 guys who have won four games in a row? Grebeshkov is more skilled than Jason Strudwick, but if Grebeshkov’s conditioning is a question mark would you still play him, or stick with Strudwick?

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#201 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 09:05PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

Dammit! I knew I should have taken mouth reading instead of those stupid smoke signal classes!

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#202 RossCreekNation
December 11 2009, 09:06PM
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Frick man, I turned on Stauffer on my way home from work and it was 3-1. 3-2 when I got home. 4-3 by the time I got in and turned the tv on. What the...!

Pretty impressive win streak.

Anything cool earlier in this thread? No bannings or war of words or anything slightly entertaining? Any Barry S ramblings? Bueller? Bueller?

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#203 BarryS
December 11 2009, 09:09PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Detroit, Columbus, and Vancouver have a game in hand, and Dallas has 2. Am I going crazy or is Edmonton 1 point out of the big show?

Games in hand mean nothing unless you win them. All we have to do is keep winning and we will be there.

Whoa!! The new prescription seems to be kicking in. Here comes the rocking chair and the slobbery grin.

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#204 RossCreekNation
December 11 2009, 09:10PM
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Like clockwork...

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#205 BarryS
December 11 2009, 09:10PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Frick man, I turned on Stauffer on my way home from work and it was 3-1. 3-2 when I got home. 4-3 by the time I got in and turned the tv on. What the...!

Pretty impressive win streak.

Anything cool earlier in this thread? No bannings or war of words or anything slightly entertaining? Any Barry S ramblings? Bueller? Bueller?

I'll have you know I amble, not ramble.

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#206 BarryS
December 11 2009, 09:12PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Like clockwork...

I'll have you know its solar powered quartz work, not clock work.

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#207 freeze
December 11 2009, 09:12PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Frick man, I turned on Stauffer on my way home from work and it was 3-1. 3-2 when I got home. 4-3 by the time I got in and turned the tv on. What the...!

Pretty impressive win streak.

Anything cool earlier in this thread? No bannings or war of words or anything slightly entertaining? Any Barry S ramblings? Bueller? Bueller?

no, nothing interesting happened at all. I think jeanshorts solved some kind of quantum paradox though.

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#208 whyoilwhy
December 11 2009, 09:15PM
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did i just see what i thought i saw. the wheels are already greased on the band wagon, hop on and enjoy this ride. don`t let me down. go oil . penner for allstar

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#209 Hemmertime
December 11 2009, 09:20PM
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whyoilwhy wrote:

did i just see what i thought i saw. the wheels are already greased on the band wagon, hop on and enjoy this ride. don`t let me down. go oil . penner for allstar

All-what? There is no all-star team this year, they dont even name one (which I thought they should). Its due to Olympics

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#210 Arby
December 11 2009, 09:24PM
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Will this be the year?

.......No not that, but i mean will this be the year we have more than the 1 obligatory all star?

I don't want to mention any names, but i like their chances.

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#211 Sandra
December 11 2009, 09:25PM
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Yup Tencer said it, Darren Gregor comfirms it.

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#212 Harlie
December 11 2009, 09:25PM
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PENNER is a BEAST

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#213 Heavyd
December 11 2009, 09:26PM
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@Sandra

What? Jason? And what are you talking about?

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#214 Milli
December 11 2009, 09:31PM
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Holy wow was that fun!!!! I cannot believe it is it true? are we becoming a team? Is it too soon to get excited???? Mind boggling!!!! And, I took the OILERS on my Proline!!!!!!!!

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#215 Arby
December 11 2009, 09:32PM
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Hahaha. Figures.

*points up... strait at gods*

"why do you f''' with us so?"

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#216 RossCreekNation
December 11 2009, 09:34PM
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@Sandra

Old news Sandra. Bob had Darren Dreger (not Jason Dregor, Darren Gregor or any other makeshift name) on Oilers Lunch earlier today, and YES mention of MacT to St. Louis was made.

Its looking as though it'll be the Ducks or Blues in line for the next head coach, and I'd suggest the Blues would be a good landing spot for MacT... but Dreger, Stauffer and others already have.

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#217 bigrroberto
December 11 2009, 09:41PM
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what a terrible start to that game. I honestly fell asleep during the first 6 minutes of the third period, I almost shut it off. Then the flood gates opened and the oilers starting showing the talent and team play that they're capable of (on paper anyways). I had to pinch myself, for two reasons, when they scored the tying goal.

1. I couldnt believe they'd come back to tie the game, in such dominating fashion too. 2. Horcoff scored.

Not only did he score he outmuscled that guy and kept that play alive. Great effort.

Im really impressed with the way they didnt give up, but can someone please explain to me wtf strudwick was doing on that wraparound goal???

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#218 Victoria
December 11 2009, 09:45PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Old news Sandra. Bob had Darren Dreger (not Jason Dregor, Darren Gregor or any other makeshift name) on Oilers Lunch earlier today, and YES mention of MacT to St. Louis was made.

Its looking as though it'll be the Ducks or Blues in line for the next head coach, and I'd suggest the Blues would be a good landing spot for MacT... but Dreger, Stauffer and others already have.

Dragon Jasor?

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#219 Paq Twinn
December 11 2009, 09:49PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

All-what? There is no all-star team this year, they dont even name one (which I thought they should). Its due to Olympics

Go figure, Oilers have more than one All-Star and there's no All-Star game. Just our luck.

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#220 Paq Twinn
December 11 2009, 09:55PM
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Great game tonight......if you only watched the 3rd period anyway. Horc is finally earning that 7mil, 3 game winner this trip, to go along with his usual solid defensive play. Bru is starting to look like the player that was drafted 6th overall, we may have gotten away with grand larceny, trading Torres for him. Any word on Comrie, when is he supposed to be back?

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#221 Travis Dakin
December 11 2009, 10:02PM
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Wait a minute.... The F*cking won? what the hell?

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#222 David S
December 11 2009, 10:03PM
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Paq Twinn wrote:

Great game tonight......if you only watched the 3rd period anyway. Horc is finally earning that 7mil, 3 game winner this trip, to go along with his usual solid defensive play. Bru is starting to look like the player that was drafted 6th overall, we may have gotten away with grand larceny, trading Torres for him. Any word on Comrie, when is he supposed to be back?

Comrie can't come soon enough. POS is done like Christmas turkey.

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#223 Paq Twinn
December 11 2009, 10:07PM
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@David S

Ya, Patty-O could use him. They had great chemistry early anyway.

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#224 m3sh
December 11 2009, 10:13PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

what a terrible start to that game. I honestly fell asleep during the first 6 minutes of the third period, I almost shut it off. Then the flood gates opened and the oilers starting showing the talent and team play that they're capable of (on paper anyways). I had to pinch myself, for two reasons, when they scored the tying goal.

1. I couldnt believe they'd come back to tie the game, in such dominating fashion too. 2. Horcoff scored.

Not only did he score he outmuscled that guy and kept that play alive. Great effort.

Im really impressed with the way they didnt give up, but can someone please explain to me wtf strudwick was doing on that wraparound goal???

no doubt, I said to my brother wtf is Staios and Strudwick doing on the ice in a 4on4.

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#225 rOIlty
December 11 2009, 10:14PM
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That was maybe the most entertaining game i've seen in a while. or maybe i'm just half cut... thats what happens when you live in nova scotia. GO OILERS!!!

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#226 mowgli
December 11 2009, 10:46PM
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like that Staios was hitting tonight. but. to have him and studwick on the 4on4 what the hell. How about Studwick on the first goal. I think i'v found the mole it's him.

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#227 David S
December 11 2009, 10:47PM
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Paq Twinn wrote:

Ya, Patty-O could use him. They had great chemistry early anyway.

Actually, I meant Comrie could REPLACE POS. Outside of that one 2-goal night, he's been brutal pretty much since the start of the season.

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#228 m3sh
December 11 2009, 10:49PM
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I didn't catch it, but assume Grebs was a game-time decision... thought I saw him skating the warm-up.

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#229 m3sh
December 11 2009, 10:52PM
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@David S

ya POSt is in a serious funk. Next one he puts in will inevitably be off the iron.

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#230 VK63
December 11 2009, 11:25PM
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Correct me if Im wrong but isnt Stauffer 5-0 as the voice of the Oilers? LOL. Ive listened to portions of some of the games and hes been great. I guess it should come as no surprise, talking is something Bob does very very very well.

is Vis and Osully on the points with horc, rowbear and potulny as forwards the smallest power play ever iced? Has to be close.

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#231 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 12 2009, 07:10AM
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whyoilwhy wrote:

did i just see what i thought i saw. the wheels are already greased on the band wagon, hop on and enjoy this ride. don`t let me down. go oil . penner for allstar

***looks around on his tanknation bandwagon and sees dustbunnies and dirty drunken hookers***

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#232 VK63
December 12 2009, 10:25AM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

dont worry dude... matt greene is on his way in to restore momentum

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#233 Dale
December 12 2009, 01:52PM
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VK63 wrote:

Correct me if Im wrong but isnt Stauffer 5-0 as the voice of the Oilers? LOL. Ive listened to portions of some of the games and hes been great. I guess it should come as no surprise, talking is something Bob does very very very well.

is Vis and Osully on the points with horc, rowbear and potulny as forwards the smallest power play ever iced? Has to be close.

Problem is it sounds like he has water in his mouth all the time. He is no Rod Phillips I will say that. He is okay at best in my mind.

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#234 RossCreekNation
December 12 2009, 03:46PM
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@Dale

He's a lot easier on the ears than Rod IMO.

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#235 Teebird72
December 12 2009, 05:45PM
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How about Nilsson's pass to set up Horcoff for the game winner. He's been playing with a little more confidence lately. Hopefully we will see a lot more of this!

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