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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#151 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:32PM
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jake wrote:

Wonder if Hemmer is feeling a little left out.

Yeah, I've been pondering that too, the guy must be wondering if he's dragging everyone else down with his sick skills.

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#152 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:32PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

So, wait. If the entire roster is hot, should we just trade all of them?

Imagine 30 first round picks!!!!!!!!

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#153 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:33PM
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Hey wait a minute, I'm pretty sure I know Denise Taggart in Steinbach.

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#154 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:33PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Excellent work JS. It appears that your Hall induced "oil slick" has caused the Blues to stumble up! Strike whilst the Iron is hot my pretties... STRIKE!

The sad thing is, we talk about Taylor Hall all the time, but there is pretty much no way he doesn't land in Carolina. Man are they horrible. Apparently everyone on their team is dead or something. So unless fate hates them that much, they've got pretty good odds at winning the lottery.

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#155 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:34PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Imagine 30 first round picks!!!!!!!!

"The Edmonton Oilers are proud to select the entire 2010/2011 draft class. Draft over."

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#156 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:34PM
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boy, I wish Cogs could break the goose egg.

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#157 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:35PM
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DUSTIN PENNNNNNNNNNERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

MR SPA PACKAGE HIMSELF

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#158 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:35PM
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Best third period since the Columbus game!

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#159 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:35PM
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PENNER IS A STUD!! WITH WHEELS!

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#160 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:35PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

"The Edmonton Oilers are proud to select the entire 2010/2011 draft class. Draft over."

Dustin you big pretty man.

Edit:...not sure why I quoted you there my friend. But you're welcome to feel the love all the same.

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#161 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:35PM
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Wait when they're talking about Penner being added to the list of names for Team Canada, they're talking about the Spangler Cup team right?

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#162 jake
December 11 2009, 08:36PM
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Holy BULLDOZER!! I can't believe this. This just did not seem to happen under MacT.

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#163 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:36PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

The sad thing is, we talk about Taylor Hall all the time, but there is pretty much no way he doesn't land in Carolina. Man are they horrible. Apparently everyone on their team is dead or something. So unless fate hates them that much, they've got pretty good odds at winning the lottery.

That Tyler kid sounds pretty good though.

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#164 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 08:37PM
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@jeanshorts

I do believe Penner just showed Cogliano how its done.

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#165 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:37PM
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The Oilers pulled out the ol rope-a-dope tonight. Play crappy for two periods and then pour it on. And for the first time in franchise history it finally worked!

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#166 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 08:37PM
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I didn't mean to @jeanshorts... what the..

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#167 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:38PM
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@jeanshorts

Brule with an empty netter for the hat???

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#168 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:38PM
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They must be testing how big of a come back they can make. Next game they'll go down 4 before they turn it on.

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#169 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 08:39PM
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You know I am a little bit sick to myself right now. Penner, knowing that Brule is a goal shy of the Hatty, should of used his world encompassing reach to scoop young Gilbert up, charge him to the net and deposit the puck and the young lad into the goal. Thus, solidifying the boy in oiler mythology for future generations to jaw over around the ole campfire.

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#170 RossCreekNation
December 11 2009, 08:39PM
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WOW!

ffs

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#171 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:39PM
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YEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!!!

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#172 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:40PM
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...I ...just, um, can't...believe it. We won!

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#173 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:40PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

You know I am a little bit sick to myself right now. Penner, knowing that Brule is a goal shy of the Hatty, should of used his world encompassing reach to scoop young Gilbert up, charge him to the net and deposit the puck and the young lad into the goal. Thus, solidifying the boy in oiler mythology for future generations to jaw over around the ole campfire.

Imagine how amazing the bronze statue version of that would look!

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#174 jake
December 11 2009, 08:42PM
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I gotta say, that was a great comeback from a sloppy game initially. They dug in, grinded it out. Nice.

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#175 David S
December 11 2009, 08:42PM
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That's a POWER first line!

Seriously man. I'm having a hard time believing this. Simply awesome.

Penner. Sheesh!

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#176 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 08:42PM
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Well I think this deserves a "Swizzy". So, swizzy.

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#177 Sandra
December 11 2009, 08:43PM
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See I called out Gagner and he comes through.Now whats this about MacT taking over the blues?

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#178 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 08:43PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Imagine how amazing the bronze statue version of that would look!

I don't think we would ever know. Gazing upon its greatness would shurely make a mortal succumb to an aneurism due to all the sexellent visions bursting through their mellon at the very moment of recollection.

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#179 6 ring circus
December 11 2009, 08:45PM
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Wow!!! losing 3-1 going into the third and coming back to win 5-3 unreal.That was a great come back.

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#180 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:45PM
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Penner is going to crush Gene one of these days. He always seems annoyed.

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#181 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:49PM
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Turning point was definitely when Shelly stepped out. Say what you want but it must've turned something on for the Oil.

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#182 jake
December 11 2009, 08:49PM
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Man it is sweet to watch Penner break away from a defender like he did down the wing, just sweet. Where have you been all my life DP? lol

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#183 OILERSORDEATH
December 11 2009, 08:50PM
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Unbeleiveable!! That was the best period of Oilers hockey I've seen in a long time! That was fun as hell to watch!! Penner's a beast!!

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#184 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:51PM
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Hey, looks like Boogaard fought McGrattan tonight. Boogaard leveled him.

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#185 OILERSORDEATH
December 11 2009, 08:52PM
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What happened to Shelly I missed it?

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#186 BarryS
December 11 2009, 08:52PM
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I take full credit for this victory, for the first time this year I gave up after the second period since it seemed more fun to fight my laptop over a few lost file issues, than watch.

Even won the game on the Oilers Fantasy pool. Sigh, there goes my luck for another year and not a farthing in it.

GoOilers

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#187 David S
December 11 2009, 08:53PM
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Sandra wrote:

See I called out Gagner and he comes through.Now whats this about MacT taking over the blues?

Unbelievable.

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#188 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:54PM
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AGONY OF D' FEET!

OH GENE, YOU DO GO ON!

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#189 Wanyes bastard child
December 11 2009, 08:54PM
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Is Brule still growing his Mo-stach?

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#190 Heatly
December 11 2009, 08:54PM
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I can't believe it!!!!!

First period was hard to watch but still believed for some reason and watched the whole game.

1st Star - Haven't seen Penner skate that fast in a game for his goal.

2nd Star - Brule has the grit/sandpaper to get the job done.

3rd Star - Oilers 5 Dman who played without Souray

I'm gonna go to the next game and give these guys a standing O for the road trip!

Let's go Oilers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#191 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:55PM
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@OILERSORDEATH

McCreary was making questionable calls as usual, and Souray was beaking at him in front of the net, then all the way to the box, then in the box, then while he was being escorted off the ice. I'm pretty sure he's still yelling at him at this very moment. But, yeah, 10 and a game for being impolite.

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#192 Shakyds
December 11 2009, 08:55PM
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That was so good to watch. I can't remember the last time I seen the entire team work so hard. And you could tell they wanted the win so bad. I don't know what Souray said but did it ever work.

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#193 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:58PM
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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?

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#194 RossCreekNation
December 11 2009, 08:58PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Hey, looks like Boogaard fought McGrattan tonight. Boogaard leveled him.

Ya, I got a buddy who's at that game and he just texted me that Boogaard took round 1. If I'm not mistaken, that'd be McGrattan's first L of the year. Was it a good fight? One-punch or total beatdown?

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#195 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 09:00PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Ya, I got a buddy who's at that game and he just texted me that Boogaard took round 1. If I'm not mistaken, that'd be McGrattan's first L of the year. Was it a good fight? One-punch or total beatdown?

They traded one of those sweater jabs, then Boogaard really connected and McGrattan crumpled.

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#196 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 09:01PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Ya, I got a buddy who's at that game and he just texted me that Boogaard took round 1. If I'm not mistaken, that'd be McGrattan's first L of the year. Was it a good fight? One-punch or total beatdown?

It was real quick. One solid shot to the side of the head and he crumbled.

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#197 BarryS
December 11 2009, 09:02PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

The Oilers pulled out the ol rope-a-dope tonight. Play crappy for two periods and then pour it on. And for the first time in franchise history it finally worked!

Seems to me we played this style in 2006 and look what it got us, almost a cup and then into the muddle for two years.

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#198 Heavyd
December 11 2009, 09:02PM
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Raffi Who?

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#199 BarryS
December 11 2009, 09:02PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

The Oilers pulled out the ol rope-a-dope tonight. Play crappy for two periods and then pour it on. And for the first time in franchise history it finally worked!

Seems to me we played this style in 2006 and look what it got us, almost a cup and then into the muddle for two years.

Edit. Looks like a longer fight with the laptop. D mn double post?????

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#200 Wanyes bastard child
December 11 2009, 09:04PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

McCreary was making questionable calls as usual, and Souray was beaking at him in front of the net, then all the way to the box, then in the box, then while he was being escorted off the ice. I'm pretty sure he's still yelling at him at this very moment. But, yeah, 10 and a game for being impolite.

It was'nt like that at all.. you see I can read lips and i know what was really said.

Souray "Hey Bill, I really need to get my sex on, can you kick me out of the game?"

McCreary "What!? what kinda question is that!?"

Souray "You see those ice girls, they got a hot tub set up out back full of jello and are waiting for me."

McCreary "Dayum dude! I'd tap that fo' sho. What about your team?"

Souray "Meh their fine, I got me some poonany to handle here."

McCreary "You got it, take pics for me eh... YOUR OUT OF HERE!!"

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