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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#51 OILERSORDEATH
December 11 2009, 03:45PM
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I'm FU$&IKNG pumped for tonights game! got my 5th of Pendleton ready and some crippler. 4-1 Oil Penner 2 Brule, Stone, Vis 1 ea. GO OIL!!!! I can't beleive I'm excited to watch a Oiler game and not nervous!

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#52 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
December 11 2009, 03:57PM
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Not broke don't fix it. Leave Grebs out. Not to mention he was playing some of the worst hockey of his career prior to the injury.... not a big Grebs fan this year.

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#53 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 11 2009, 04:06PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

So who are the two questionable players?

judging by these boards, it would be horcoff and POS.

questionable skill, questionable effort, questionable point production etc etc etc etc

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#54 whyoilwhy
December 11 2009, 04:12PM
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You have to stick with whats working. Could this really be our drive and not our dive?

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#55 Smokin' Ray
December 11 2009, 04:48PM
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The Fish wrote:

Thats the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard.

Why? Because it's true?

GAME DAY!!!

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#56 Harlie
December 11 2009, 05:10PM
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if someone told me one month ago that Tiger Woods would be taking a hiatus from Golf after slaying at least 10 broads, and the Oilers would be playing to win their 5th in a row, I'd say you was CCCCrrrrAAAAAzzzzYYY! Take your name off your phone. Gonk Gonk.

Go OIL!

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#57 Paq Twinn
December 11 2009, 05:21PM
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Game Day!!! Oilers will win 3-0. JDD gets the shutout, Gags with the trick. GOILERS!!!

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#58 Wanyes bastard child
December 11 2009, 05:31PM
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GDB!!! DFF, DRIVE FOR FIVE, WINS!!!

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#59 VK63
December 11 2009, 05:35PM
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Alexandre Daigle is on the spengler roster... with MacT coaching.. gold medal here we come.

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#60 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 05:44PM
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VK63 wrote:

Alexandre Daigle is on the spengler roster... with MacT coaching.. gold medal here we come.

At least he has plenty of experience coaching over hyped first rounders who don't even come close to living up to expectations. We can't lose! What are the odds Cujo gets the start?

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#61 Tooles
December 11 2009, 06:28PM
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Jed, you gotta hug that post buddy! DIDN'T YOU LEARN LAST TIME????

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#62 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 06:29PM
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Goals scored from behind the net seem to be a glaring weakness in JDD's game.

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#63 Tooles
December 11 2009, 06:32PM
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POST!

...damn it.

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#64 Tooles
December 11 2009, 06:38PM
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...down two forwards and a goal so far.

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#65 Tooles
December 11 2009, 06:40PM
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Two posts counts as a goal, right?

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#66 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 06:46PM
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So I missed that. Is Dubnyk in and JDD out now?

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#67 BarryS
December 11 2009, 07:06PM
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By some chance has St. Louis managed to substitute some nerf pucks for real ones? Never seen so many pucks bouncing off and over sticks in a long time.

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#68 freeze
December 11 2009, 07:06PM
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Is the PP really this pathetic or is their PK that good?

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#69 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 07:08PM
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freeze wrote:

Is the PP really this pathetic or is their PK that good?

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.

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#70 David S
December 11 2009, 07:09PM
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This one isn't just getting mailed in, its going FedEx Next Day.

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#71 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:10PM
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freeze wrote:

Is the PP really this pathetic or is their PK that good?

It's both. Aside from that game where Potulny got like 7 power play points, the Oilers powerplay has been mediocre at best.

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#72 Tooles
December 11 2009, 07:13PM
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"If you're happy and you know it?" This organ guy is great!

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#73 David S
December 11 2009, 07:13PM
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I like how Moreau just can't resist trying to stick handle the puck out of the D zone, even on the PK.

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#74 David S
December 11 2009, 07:14PM
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Yep. THAT was weak JDD!!!!!

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#75 freeze
December 11 2009, 07:14PM
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Nothing gets guys out of a funk like playing the Oil!

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#76 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:15PM
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David S wrote:

I like how Moreau just can't resist trying to stick handle the puck out of the D zone, even on the PK.

I'm going to guess that MacT yelled at him one time like 5 years ago for icing the puck. And so he corrected it by never, ever clearing the puck for the rest of his career.

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#77 Horcsky
December 11 2009, 07:15PM
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Alright, time to see Dubnyk... and wow is Jacques getting worked

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#78 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:16PM
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That was a solid scrap. But I'm giving Jacques the loss.

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#79 Tooles
December 11 2009, 07:16PM
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But kudos to JFJ for trying to get some energy into this team.

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#80 Horcsky
December 11 2009, 07:18PM
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Yes kudos, that man can punch a fist with his face like no other!

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#81 Tooles
December 11 2009, 07:19PM
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Just think of that poor guy's fingers. And it's already so cold in that arena...

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#82 Eddie Shore
December 11 2009, 07:21PM
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Sydor won't fight you Zack, he'd break his hip -- he's ancient.

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#83 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 07:22PM
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I like how in the last four games the Oil have actually tried using their hands to stop pucks bouncing over sticks or soaring out of the zone. I hadn't seen them try it previously in the year and it was driving me nuts. If the puck is bouncing and you have time just glove it don't try to whack it out of the air. That was totally off topic but I just wondered if that drove anyone else nuts?

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#84 Tooles
December 11 2009, 07:28PM
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ROBBED! Aargh!!!

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#85 David S
December 11 2009, 07:28PM
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We put that one in and maybe it might have woken us up. As it is...

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#86 Horcsky
December 11 2009, 07:28PM
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^^ second ^^

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#87 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:30PM
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~See, I told you guys we never should have gotten rid of Ty Conklin!~

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#88 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 07:31PM
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This St.Louis play by play guy is driving me nuts. He keeps saying, "and so-and-so turns the wrong way". What is the wrong way and why is turning off a player towards the boards considered to be wrong just because it isn't turning towards the net? Also did anyone watching the St.Louis feed just see that dirt cheep liqour store ad? Wow!

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#89 freeze
December 11 2009, 07:31PM
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My god, the Oiler's execution is terrible tonight. Even in the wins it didn't seem like they carried the play that much.

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#90 freeze
December 11 2009, 07:33PM
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f*ck.

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#91 Harlie
December 11 2009, 07:33PM
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yep, the curse of the ex-Oilers. Shoulda saw that comin..

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#92 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:34PM
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Jeeze.

Stanley Cup Finals here we come!

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#93 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 07:34PM
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Even if this goal is overturned that can't do anything for their jump in this game. P.S. Shut up Darren Pang!

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#94 Eddie Shore
December 11 2009, 07:35PM
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Taylor..Taylor..Taylor..Taylor..

C'mon guys, hop on.

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#95 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:39PM
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NOOOO! BIG SEX!

Have they retired Lowe's number yet? Or is Hall going to be able to keep wearing number 4?

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#96 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 07:41PM
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Well that's a crock.

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#97 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 07:41PM
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This game looks like its gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets any better.

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#98 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 07:41PM
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Lowe's number isn't retired. Look at my pic!

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#99 Horcsky
December 11 2009, 07:41PM
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Nice work Souray. Way to get yourself kicked out selfishly. Oh well, you've been playing terrible lately anyway.

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#100 freeze
December 11 2009, 07:42PM
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Don't worry, it will all get better once Grebs is back... right? :(

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