GDB 69: Copper & Blue face the Blues on this Day of Green

Jason Gregor
March 17 2009 03:11PM

While many of you are already at Ceili’s, O’Brynes or some other Irish pub pounding meal-in-a-glass Guinness and celebrating like you actually have some Irish blood in you, the Oilers are looking to avoid a 4th straight overtime loss. And if you’re an historian or a believer in fate, destiny or voodoo it doesn’t look good for the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Saint Patrick, prior to the 20th century was always depicted in blue rather than green, so with the Blues in town tonight they could have some historic luck on their side.

However, the Oilers have the best Irish name in the league -- Patty O’Sullivan -- so that might even things out. Much to my chagrin, O’Sullivan didn’t dye his hair green for the morning skate, and wasn’t planning on doing it tonight. Talk about missing out on a great PR opportunity.

Regardless, O’Sullivan is hoping to have the Luck of the Irish on his side when he lines up beside Horcoff and Hemsky tonight.

**While Liam is an Irish name, Reddox is in fact Scottish, so no extra luck from him.
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That’s how the Oilers will lineup tonight as they look to derail the surging Blues. The Blues are 10-5 in their last 15, and like the Oilers, are riding one goalie. Chris Mason will start his 21st straight game tonight, while the Colossal Fossil starts his 25th consecutive game.

The other change will see Ladislav Smid draw back in. Smid has had neck spasms since taking a hit to his neck and back of the head from Colby Armstrong. The spasms were causing headaches, but after some acupuncture and massage he’s good to go tonight.

The Oilers special teams have been anything but that this season, while the Blues excel at both. The Blues are 8th on the PP at 21%, while their PK is 11th at 82.5%. The Blues have scored the 5th most PP goals in the league, 62, compared to the Oilers 49.

The Blues’ offensive players are great on the PP, but horrendous five-on-five. Brad Boyes (-18), Keith Tkachuk (-14) and Andy McDonald (-10) are clearly weak at EV, so if MacTavish is smart, he plays Horcoff’s line against them as often as possible.

The Oilers will switch their PP tonight with Gagner working with Hemsky, Penner, Souray and Grebeshkov on the first unit and Horcoff, Nilsson, O’Sullivan, Gilbert and Kotalik on the 2nd unit.

PP has to produce

The first unit will stick with the unsuccessful and now very predictable look of Penner in front of the net, Hemsky on the left side boards and Gagner in the corner, while leaving the slot completely vacant.

Yesterday, I asked Horcoff why the Oilers don’t employ someone in the slot.

“We’re just doing what we are told to do really. That’s up to Mac. He likes to draw the plays up and he makes the decisions on what our set up is going to be. We go out there and try to execute to the best of our abilities, but if that (slot) is where the open ice is then it’s up to the guys on the ice to make the necessary adjustments and find the holes.”

Interesting that the 2nd PP unit was practicing a set up that would see Horcoff slide into the slot to get the shot away. Why did it take this long? The PP has been predictable all season, and only now they start to look at another set up to give the opposition another look. You won’t see this on the first unit, but expect it on the second Another option you might see tonight will be Kotalik, Hemsky and Penner up front. Kotalik will line up on the left wing with Hemsky down low and Penner in front.

“We have to be like Detroit. They have the most skill in the league, yet they shoot a lot. We need to shoot more,” said Nilsson.

The Oilers refusal to shoot is their biggest detriment, especially on the PP.

Creating lots with little

I’ve been stating for a long time the value of role players. Some are energy guys, others penalty killers, or shot blockers but the common denominator is that they find a way to be effective in limited minutes.

It’s hard to play seven to nine minutes a game and get noticed, or make an impact in the game, but Zack Stortini has mastered it. Stortini averages 7:20 a game and he has made his presence felt in most of them with either a fight, hit or the odd point.

Marc Pouliot played just over seven minutes in Saturday’s loss and many were surprised how little he accomplished. It’s hard to get in the flow of the game when you only get four or five shifts a period, and it is especially hard for a non-physical player.

I don’t blame Pouliot because he has never had to play that role. It’s hard to get used to. It’s difficult to stay mentally and physically involved when you don’t play. That’s why most effective 4th liners have to have a physical edge to their game, or be a penalty killer to keep them involved in the game.

Pouliot won’t be that guy here, and I don’t understand why the coaches ask him to be that guy. Pouliot has eight goals this season and his ice time in those games follows: 15:05, 10:49, 18:13, 12:10, 13:47, 13:28, 9:59 and 6:34.

Pouliot can contribute a bit when he gets minutes, but he is not a guy that will give you much in a limited role.

Like most players he needs more minutes to produce, even Stortini has shown more ability with more minutes. His five goals came in games where he played 8:07, 9:25, 11:00, 11:05 and 6:24. In fact, in the only six games that he has played more than ten minutes he has four points. He has shown the ability to score with limited minutes, and most importantly to make his presence felt.

Stortini adds a dimension that the Oilers drastically need: energy, emotion and the ability to get the crowd in the game. The Oilers have the fewest home wins of any team in the West division, and too often Rexall Place has lacked an atmosphere this season. Stortini has become a fan favourite similar to what Georges Laraque used to be.

Laraque could just go in on the forecheck and the building would get excited for a potential hit. While it has taken some time, the fans have started to sense the same in Stortini. The Huggy Bear catcalls have been replaced with appreciation, and that’s why it is perplexing that he finds himself in the pressbox for the third straight home game.

Most of Stortini’s contributions will never show up on the score sheet and he probably won’t ever become more than a 4th liner, but right now the Oilers need his energy, consistency and ability to spark the crowd while annoying the opposition. Why the coaching staff can’t see this is another case of mismanagement.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Jason Gregor
March 17 2009, 11:48AM
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Here is the Blues lineup for tonight.

Winchester Tkachuk Boyes Perron Backes Oshie McDonald Berglund Hinote McClement Steen Crombeen

Jackman Polak McKee Woywitka Colaiacovo Weaver/Strachan

McDonald and Winchester have been rotating depending on how the game goes.

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#2 GSC
March 17 2009, 11:53AM
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Coaches failing to recognize flaws and failing to put the most effective players in the lineup. Yep, sounds about right with this gang.

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#3 baggedmilk
March 17 2009, 11:55AM
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@ Jason Gregor:

Gregor what's your take on having Reddox ahead of Penner in the depth chart right now. When big Pen is going he's a far more effective player than powder is. Shouldn't MacT put his hate for Penner aside for the good of the team and have him playing more than 4th line minutes?

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#4 I'm a Scientist!
March 17 2009, 11:58AM
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@ Jason Gregor: Jason Gregor wrote:

McDonald and Winchester have been rotating depending on how the game goes.

Oh the blues rotate one set of players while the oilers rotate the entire team. We are like a kaleidoscope of line ups... quick little turn and you get a completely different picture. Here's hoping tonights image is a good one... 69 (69...heh heh heh) games in and MAYBE we will find a line up that works!

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#5 Jason Gregor
March 17 2009, 12:00PM
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@ baggedmilk: He will play more because he is on the 1st PP unit. Don't expect to see these lines together a whole bunch tonight. Andy Murray likes to mix and match his lines as well, so I could see a bit of a chess match between them.

Penner will get more minutes than Reddox unless their Oilers take a lot of penalties. Penner with Moreau should at least keep him intense.

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#6 Peter Pan
March 17 2009, 12:01PM
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Brad Winchester or Woywitka in OT.

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#7 CurtisS
March 17 2009, 12:04PM
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I had a nightmare last night.

Mact was fired and Bucky was hired!!!

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#8 The Menace
March 17 2009, 12:05PM
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I don't know how I feel about the nickname, "the Colossal Fossil". It hasn't really grown on me. Is there a story behind it? Is he really, "colassal" Gregor?

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#9 Deep Oil
March 17 2009, 12:17PM
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CurtisS wrote:

I had a nightmare last night. Mact was fired and Bucky was hired!!!

That is not a nightmare, but a lucid dream.

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#10 Bill
March 17 2009, 12:18PM
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Everyone knows that the Oilers are easy to play against.

What I don't understand is why you keep asking why? We all know why. MacT should have been gone after we missed the playoffs after that Stanley Cup run. IMO he should have been gone before the cup run. He is short sighted and stubborn. He has limited hockey vision and can't seem to adjust his coaching style to win tight games.

I know you are not the biggest MacT fan Jason but I am curious as to what you think the coaches’ job is? You have said on your show that he is not responsible for getting the players to compete. Is he responsible for making the players buy in to his system? You also said that you can't teach players to be puck retrievers. Can you teach them to fore check? Really what is the coach responsible for? I know you are a smart hockey guy but sometimes you come across like it is all on the players. IMHO I would have to say you are partly right but it is still the coach that sets the atmosphere in the dressing room and the atmosphere around the rink is probably one of the largest factors in the attitude the player takes on to the ice.

Lowe has to wear the hat that is the pitiful play as much as the coach. The difference is that Lowe is NOT the GM anymore. Tambellini will make better of this team but he needs time to adjust. Regardless if the Oilers make the playoffs I think that Mactavish has to go. If for no other reason than to say to the fans that the mediocre play over the last 8 seasons is not acceptable and that they will do what ever it takes to improve the hockey team.

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#11 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 17 2009, 12:31PM
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Ill be sporting my Winchester jersey, hoping for a 6 goal night from #15 himself, with the Oilers winning 9-6

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#12 Smokin' Ray - NNC
March 17 2009, 12:32PM
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GAME DAY!!!

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#13 baggedmilk
March 17 2009, 12:32PM
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@ Jason Gregor:

Good call Gregor. The last few games have been pretty intense against St. Louis, how does it make any sense to take Stortini out? You would think someone should be in there that can drop the mitts. Reddox is small and won't be able to do much if this one gets rough.

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#14 Reggie
March 17 2009, 12:35PM
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So, why do you think Nilsson is in the video and not our lucky irish chap Patty ?

http://oilers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NHLPage&id=30733

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#15 swany
March 17 2009, 12:38PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

@ Jason Gregor: Gregor what’s your take on having Reddox ahead of Penner in the depth chart right now. When big Pen is going he’s a far more effective player than powder is. Shouldn’t MacT put his hate for Penner aside for the good of the team and have him playing more than 4th line minutes?

As per sports net Penner, brods and Redox are the 4th line tonight with 1st line of Patty, Horc, Hemmer 2nd line of Nilsson, Gags, Kotalik and 3rd line of Moreau, Cogs, Pies thanks to Sportsnet.ca. And for tonights game the law of averages come into play, the Oil haven't won for a while and the Blues are do for a loss, Edmonton wins 4-2 thanks to Roli.

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#16 Harlie Chuddy
March 17 2009, 12:50PM
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The Menace wrote:

I don’t know how I feel about the nickname, “the Colossal Fossil”. It hasn’t really grown on me. Is there a story behind it? Is he really, “colassal” Gregor?

colossal |kəˈläsəl| adjective extremely large : a colossal amount of mail | a colossal mistake. • Architecture (of a giant order) having more than one story of columns. • Sculpture (of a statue) at least twice life size.

fossil |ˈfäsəl| noun the remains or impression of a prehistoric organism preserved in petrified form or as a mold or cast in rock. • derogatory or humorous an antiquated or stubbornly unchanging person or thing : he can be a cantankerous old fossil at times. • a word or phrase that has become obsolete except in set phrases or forms, e.g., hue in hue and cry.

Seems like a good description of Roli to me.

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#17 Mike Krushelnyski
March 17 2009, 12:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

@ baggedmilk: Andy Murray likes to mix and match his lines as well, so I could see a bit of a chess match between them.

This doesn't bode well. I've always imagined MacT as more of a Hungry Hungry Hippos man.

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#18 baggedmilk
March 17 2009, 01:03PM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

This doesn’t bode well. I’ve always imagined MacT as more of a Hungry Hungry Hippos man.

HAHAHAH best comment I've seen in a long time.

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#19 DaveS
March 17 2009, 01:09PM
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Will Rexall dye the beer green tonight? That might get the fans into it!

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#20 Jason Gregor
March 17 2009, 01:28PM
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Bill wrote:

MacT should have been gone after we missed the playoffs after that Stanley Cup run. IMO he should have been gone before the cup run. He is short sighted and stubborn. He has limited hockey vision and can’t seem to adjust his coaching style to win tight games.

MacTavish would have resigned if the Oiles didn't make the playoffs and then the Cup run in 2006. He said so himself after the Cup run.

Bill wrote:

You have said on your show that he is not responsible for getting the players to compete. Is he responsible for making the players buy in to his system? You also said that you can’t teach players to be puck retrievers. Can you teach them to fore check? Really what is the coach responsible for? I know you are a smart hockey guy but sometimes you come across like it is all on the players. IMHO I would have to say you are partly right but it is still the coach that sets the atmosphere in the dressing room and the atmosphere around the rink is probably one of the largest factors in the attitude the player takes on to the ice.

The coach has to get a system that the players believe in. If they don't they won't execute it. Also for a coach they demand their players to be professional. Show up and work hard. I think too many people think coaches need to be quasi "baby-sitters". It isn't their job to get guys to be ready. It is the coaches JOB to recognize who is playing well that game and go with him. I think the biggest issue on the Oilers is certain players regardless of how bad they play, they never have to take a seat for a shift or a period. It isn't always a benching, but rather going with the best nine for that game. Sure your 4th line would be the normal guys to get less ice if you are trailing, but not always.

You can instill an aggressive forecheck and if you do then either your players do it, or they don't have the willingness to do it. You can teach or coach heart.

These players got to the NHL because they worked harder than the other guys, or smarter.

I think MacTavish's biggest downfall is his stubborness when a player makes a mistake he doesn't seem to let it go. Not every player will work hard in the same fashion, but a good coach will recognize which guys are working hard to their ability/skillset.

I've always believed coaching is overrated. Coaches who win have great players. It is rare that a coach takes a team of average players and makes them great. You have teams that have less skill, but play a great system and they find success for a short while. Minnesota was a prime example. They played a system that was awfulling boring and was taxing on the players, and it worked with decent success for a few years.

The Oilers system relies on puck possession, but the major flaw is the inability of the players to not turn it over. The Oilers could try to instill a forechecking system, but they don't have the size or grit to constantly get the puck.

Do I think MacTavish has the right system? Yes, but the players are too inconsistent to execute it regularly. I do think that MacTavish is struggling at getting more out of his players. I don't see their being enough competition. Regardless of how bad it is, the first PP unit consistently starts the PP. Why? What have the done to earn it? Those are the messages that are killing this team.

Watch Andy Murray. He goes with who he feels is playing well on that specific night. Every Blues player I spoke with today, said Murray is great at keeping guys on their toes. You play well, you play. If you don't Murray won't play you.

I'm not saying MacT should be benching guys all the time, but starting the 2nd unit on the PP for a few times in a row might be enough of a message to challenge the 1st unit. To me that is coaching. Hard work is on the players, and if they want to stay in the league then they have to work hard.

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#21 The Towel Boy
March 17 2009, 01:38PM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

This doesn’t bode well. I’ve always imagined MacT as more of a Hungry Hungry Hippos man.

Classic!

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#22 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 17 2009, 01:39PM
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DId anybody ask Winchester how he feels being on the first line, playing against a team that had essentially thrown him in the garbage?

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#23 Jason Gregor
March 17 2009, 01:57PM
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@ Jack "FMNF" Bauer: Yes, and he hasn't been there all year. He actually didn't make the team out of camp. But credits Murray for "getting on him often, but in a good way".

He said Murray is constantly talking to him. He plays him a variety of roles. From game to game it has changed and he said, if he plays well he plays. If doesn't play well then he won't play. Murray has made it very clear to him, and he has responded.

"When Brad didn't make our team in camp. I told him you are a great kid. Right now you are playing hockey but you aren't a hockey player. You got to play harder, be more consistent in your game, and as far as I'm concerned if you don't want to play hard then get into some other sort of business. I won't think anything worse of you.

He played hard in Peoria and deserved the recall. In fact I made him skate a few extra laps after practice today. Yes he scored the big goal the other night, but stay grounded and remember you are playing a team tonight that felt they couldn't use you any more and play hard tonight."

Sounds like Murray has and is challenging him and he is responding. If he didn't respond he wouldn't play. Plain and simple. Winchester admitted he is loving it and enjoys having Murray on him. It has made him a better player.

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#24 Wanye Gretz
March 17 2009, 02:09PM
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Smokin' Ray - NNC wrote:

GAME DAY!!!

What does NNC mean? I leave for 4 days and come back clueless.

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#25 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 17 2009, 02:13PM
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Thats excellent information there Gregor thank you. I do remember hearing an interveiw with Murray and he said what quoted. How he was given the equivalent of an ultimatum. He was discarded by Dallas all last year too. Im very happy to see him doing as well as he is. Hes an awesome guy.

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#26 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 17 2009, 02:13PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Nascar Nextel Cup?

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#27 Wej
March 17 2009, 02:20PM
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Why isn't Stortini playing? Because Craig MacTavish is a Grade "A" moron. That's why.

If Katz would just pull his nose out of Lowe's jock for one second, he'd see how bad this team is with MacT and Lowe in the organization.

Won't happen though, he's partying with the Boys on the Bus. His lifelong dream.

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#28 Wej
March 17 2009, 02:21PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

@ Jack “FMNF” Bauer: Yes, and he hasn’t been there all year. He actually didn’t make the team out of camp. But credits Murray for “getting on him often, but in a good way”. He said Murray is constantly talking to him. He plays him a variety of roles. From game to game it has changed and he said, if he plays well he plays. If doesn’t play well then he won’t play. Murray has made it very clear to him, and he has responded. “When Brad didn’t make our team in camp. I told him you are a great kid. Right now you are playing hockey but you aren’t a hockey player. You got to play harder, be more consistent in your game, and as far as I’m concerned if you don’t want to play hard then get into some other sort of business. I won’t think anything worse of you. He played hard in Peoria and deserved the recall. In fact I made him skate a few extra laps after practice today. Yes he scored the big goal the other night, but stay grounded and remember you are playing a team tonight that felt they couldn’t use you any more and play hard tonight.” Sounds like Murray has and is challenging him and he is responding. If he didn’t respond he wouldn’t play. Plain and simple. Winchester admitted he is loving it and enjoys having Murray on him. It has made him a better player.

Wow. What a concept. A coach actually doing his job. Too bad that we're stuck with someone who has no tact whatsoever and only resorts to calling players out publicly.

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#29 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 17 2009, 02:30PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

Nascar Nextel Cup?

I believe it means Need New Coach. Much in the same lines of FMNF - just w/o the f bomb.

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#30 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 17 2009, 02:31PM
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ACTUALLY! I think its Need New Captain. I remember that now from a previous blog.

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#31 Bill
March 17 2009, 02:38PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Bill wrote: MacT should have been gone after we missed the playoffs after that Stanley Cup run. IMO he should have been gone before the cup run. He is short sighted and stubborn. He has limited hockey vision and can’t seem to adjust his coaching style to win tight games. MacTavish would have resigned if the Oiles didn’t make the playoffs and then the Cup run in 2006. He said so himself after the Cup run. The coach has to get a system that the players believe in. If they don’t they won’t execute it. Also for a coach they demand their players to be professional. Show up and work hard. I think too many people think coaches need to be quasi “baby-sitters”. It isn’t their job to get guys to be ready. It is the coaches JOB to recognize who is playing well that game and go with him. These players got to the NHL because they worked harder than the other guys, or smarter. I think MacTavish’s biggest downfall is his stubborness when a player makes a mistake he doesn’t seem to let it go. Not every player will work hard in the same fashion, but a good coach will recognize which guys are working hard to their ability/skillset. I’ve always believed coaching is overrated. Coaches who win have great players. It is rare that a coach takes a team of average players and makes them great. Do I think MacTavish has the right system? Yes, but the players are too inconsistent to execute it regularly. I do think that MacTavish is struggling at getting more out of his players. I don’t see their being enough competition. Regardless of how bad it is, the first PP unit consistently starts the PP. Why? What have the done to earn it? Those are the messages that are killing this team. I’m not saying MacT should be benching guys all the time, but starting the 2nd unit on the PP for a few times in a row might be enough of a message to challenge the 1st unit. To me that is coaching. Hard work is on the players, and if they want to stay in the league then they have to work hard.

Tried to shorten this up a bit. Thanks for answering all my questions. The only counter point I would like to make is that I believe it is whole heartedly the coaches responsibility to make sure his players are prepared to play before every game. Wether that is done in practice or one on one time with the players. The coach has to be sure that the player knows EXACTLY what's expected of them. The player ultimatly responsible once he steps on the ice to follow the coaches direction but sometimes the players on the Oilers look totally lost. Now either we have drafted and traded for the slowest mental players in the NHL or there is a breakdown in the system that the coach uses to prepare his players.

Thanks again Jason

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#32 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 17 2009, 02:46PM
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@ Jack "FMNF" Bauer:

OH YEAH!!! SMDA!!!!(So many different acronyms...)

:D

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#33 The Towel Boy
March 17 2009, 03:15PM
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BUCK75 - FMNF wrote:

@ Jack “FMNF” Bauer: OH YEAH!!! SMDA!!!!(So many different acronyms…)

GOKNVXZ!

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#34 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 17 2009, 03:18PM
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I truly hope that the Oil can win tonight. A game on the same night as a national drinking holiday doesn't have the makings for a patient or quiet crowd tonight.

*clutches rosary beads, says 10 hail marys & slams back can of green coloured lucky lager while listening to flogging molly*

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#35 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 17 2009, 03:25PM
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CLAP - CLAP - CLAP

That youtube video is solid gold!!! Sofa King GOOD!!!

*slams back another green coloured lucky lager, runs into distance looking for pot of gold at the end of a rainbow*

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#36 Archaeologuy
March 17 2009, 03:27PM
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Wow, Jason, I cant believe I actually agreed with Hitler on something....this just changed my life. Now when I watch Indiana Jones I wont be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

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#37 Jeremy
March 17 2009, 03:30PM
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That video was freaking hilarious! I had tears in my eyes. Too damned funny!

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#38 swany
March 17 2009, 03:43PM
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Did anyone hear Mact on TSN Ice Chips, do you really think he will let the lines just go out and play, I friggen hope so the lines from Sportsnet look good, Mact says the players have the game take the ranes and run, lets hope he leaves them alone and see what happens, also said that he can't keep blending lines the players are getting tired of it not an exact quote but close enough

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#39 Dennis
March 17 2009, 03:44PM
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Not sure who's lineup is correct but from knowing MacT, I was shocked or would be shocked if 18 wasn't playing with 13-34 at night's end.

I'm really not gonna get into any 78 talk other than to say, most guys will give you more with more TOI - as you also showed with the line on 46 - and you could really use 78 on the PK given how he did a good job there in '07 and how nothing else has worked on that unit.

The deal with the lack of slot play? Agreed. One of the things that made me love Guerin right off the bat back in the '98 season was how the guy went right to the slot. It was something I hadn't seen as an Oilers fan and it always rotted me. But Guerin went right to the slot - and still does BTW - and I always remembered that.

To close, I did notice the 89-78 combo having some slot play among their chances. The last goal they scored as a line - last Sun vs Atl - 78 beats the right D to the corner and wheels it to a slot-occupying 89 and eventually 12 pots the rebound.

Anyway, it would be really nice to talk about wins for a change, no? I don't give a muck who plays as long as we put up a W.

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#40 Jason Gregor
March 17 2009, 03:55PM
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Dennis wrote:

To close, I did notice the 89-78 combo having some slot play among their chances. The last goal they scored as a line - last Sun vs Atl - 78 beats the right D to the corner and wheels it to a slot-occupying 89 and eventually 12 pots the rebound.

I was focusing on the PP specifically, not EV. They haven't used the slot at all this year. Any one who watches the game can see that. Five on five had nothing to do with it.

And the point about fewer minutes is being an energy where you just crash and bang is an more effective style to play in limited minutes. Guys with skill who don't engage often physically have a harder time trying to stay in the game than a guy who can crash and bang his way into it....

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#41 Amber McCormick
March 17 2009, 03:58PM
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I guess Hitler always new what was best. Go figure.

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#42 Ender the Dragon
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Jeremy wrote:

That video was freaking hilarious! I had tears in my eyes.

Gratuitous obscenities aside, it was funny enough even to overlook Hitler's obviously misplaced support of Nilsson.

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#43 willy fisterbotom
March 17 2009, 04:18PM
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I freakin lost it when the girl whispers "its okay he'll play you too".

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#44 Harlie Chuddy
March 17 2009, 04:28PM
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that video is fricken hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now all we need is Buzz Killington Watt to get the video pulled.

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#45 Harlie Chuddy
March 17 2009, 04:35PM
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willy fisterbotom wrote:

I freakin lost it when the girl whispers “its okay he’ll play you too”.

I loved that part...and where he calls Gagner a piece of excrement.

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#46 Dennis
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Dennis wrote: To close, I did notice the 89-78 combo having some slot play among their chances. The last goal they scored as a line - last Sun vs Atl - 78 beats the right D to the corner and wheels it to a slot-occupying 89 and eventually 12 pots the rebound. I was focusing on the PP specifically, not EV. They haven’t used the slot at all this year. Any one who watches the game can see that. Five on five had nothing to do with it. And the point about fewer minutes is being an energy where you just crash and bang is an more effective style to play in limited minutes. Guys with skill who don’t engage often physically have a harder time trying to stay in the game than a guy who can crash and bang his way into it….

Thanks, Gregor. Whereas I never watch a game, the way I heard stuff on the radio was the the Oilers were just constantly feeding Stortini in the slot whilst on the PP.

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#47 Harlie Chuddy
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mmm...makin home made donairs tonight for dins! How do you like them apples PDP???????????

Bahahahahahahaahahahaaha!!

*raises pinky finger to mouth*

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#48 deepoil
March 17 2009, 05:01PM
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Will Rexall dye the beer green tonight? That might get the fans into it!

No their sponsor is Molson Canadian - even though Molson distributes Guinness - this would not play well, not many people thinking of Molson Beer today by all accounts.

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#49 deepoil
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Harlie Chuddy wrote:

that video is fricken hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now all we need is Buzz Killington Watt to get the video pulled.

don't you mean colonel klink (watt)

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#50 Ender the Dragon
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No their sponsor is Molson Canadian - even though Molson distributes Guinness - this would not play well

Wow; did Deep Oil actually voice a coherent thought? And the conclusion is logical? Hold on . . . alternate reality sickness . . . need to adjust . . .

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