GDB XLIII: Good news and bad news

bingofuel
January 05 2010 11:00AM

Things just aren't improving in OilersNation. There's talk of dumping this player or that player to free up cap space, Pat Quinn cancelled the traditional team mini-vacation in favour of bag skates, and perhaps worst of all, the Oilers will be competing with the World Junior Gold Medal Final for viewers tonight. You have a choice, faithful hockey fans: watch a sure-fire exciting match up with Canada's juniors taking on the USA... or pay $16 to see if the Oilers can down the Coyotes (because standard def is for chumps).

Is it too early for whiskey?

The good news

There is a light at the end of today's dismal tunnel, and despite what some of you might think, it's actually Oilers hockey. Now I'm not one to recommend you skip the World Juniors Gold Medal Match — if it's anything like the game Canada and the US played on New Year's Eve, it's sure to be heart-stopping — but consider the Oilers and the Coyotes:

  • Oilers record against the 'Yotes: 31-10-3-5 since 1996. At home, the Oilers like beating the desert dogs, with a record of 18-4-2-1.
  • If Steve Staios gets two points tonight, he'll have racked up 200 career points.
  • The last time the Oil played the Coyotes, Deslauriers earned himself a shutout.
  • Scott Upshall is probably out for this game.

The bad news

Where there is light, however, there is darkness. Unless you've somehow found a way to harness the power of the sun directly to light whatever tunnel you're talking about. But in all likelihood, you'd just burn yourself and everyone around you.

So my theory on light and darkness still stands.

Here's why you should be worried, and maybe not spend your cash on PPV:

  • The Coyotes are shit-hot right now — currently fifth in the league, and 6-2-2 in their last ten.
  • According to the Oilers' own game notes, Ilya Bryzgalov is in the business of eating pucks for breakfast, and spitting them back out at the opposing team's players... generally speaking.
  • The Mighty Oil aren't so mighty right now, with a record of 1-9-0 in their last ten.
  • At least half a dozen Oilers are still injured or sick or playing hooky.

Reality check

The question is what Oilers squad are we going to see tonight? Will it be the team that had a 5-game winning streak on the road (man, those were the days), or are these Oilers so dismayed at their own performance (and rightly so) that they'll continue to shit the proverbial bed at RX1 tonight?

It was mentioned yesterday that the Oilers need to go at least 32-8 to have a playoff shot this season. Another question, then, is do they deliberately shit the bed now and for the end of the season? Can brass actually mandate a true, impassioned Dive For Five?

You might get your answer tonight at 7pm. Part of me still hopes the answer's a win. An unlikely win, but a win nonetheless: 3-1 Oilers.

Oh, and Canada takes gold tonight, but it's not going to be easy: 5-3 with an empty-netter.

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#101 David S
January 05 2010, 09:41PM
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Nice one Fernando.

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#102 The Towel Boy
January 05 2010, 09:41PM
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I'm sorta pissed they got the extra point here.

I'm talking about the Oilers.

Speaking of Oilers...How bout that Eberle kid tonight? Bone-Air.

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#103 Poo Czar
January 05 2010, 09:41PM
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2 quick goals to tie it up followed by an OT loss?

Why is this eerily familiar???

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#104 David S
January 05 2010, 09:42PM
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What? The Coyotes' captain is their star player???

WHO DOES THAT????

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#105 Poo Czar
January 05 2010, 09:43PM
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That Doan sure has been a player for some time. No Steve Kelly or anything, but still.

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#106 David S
January 05 2010, 09:43PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

2 quick goals to tie it up followed by an OT loss?

Why is this eerily familiar???

We really needed an NHL goalie to pull us out of that PP. Too bad we don't have one.

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#107 The Towel Boy
January 05 2010, 09:44PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

That Doan sure has been a player for some time. No Steve Kelly or anything, but still.

The Jets were sure lucky to pick him, weren't they.

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#108 The Towel Boy
January 05 2010, 09:46PM
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I have tix to Thursday night's game and I'm marginally excited to go. I hate not being excited to go see my team. Sweet seats too.

Something something meh.

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#109 David S
January 05 2010, 09:46PM
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Quinn post game presser will be agonizing. Aaaaand off I go to the mother site.

See ya suckers!

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#110 Poo Czar
January 05 2010, 09:47PM
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@The Towel Boy

Those Winnipeg Jets always did catch all the breaks.

Remember that Khabbysometing they had as a goalie?

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#111 Rigger
January 05 2010, 09:48PM
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*sigh* 1 point eh? Welcome back Pisani. Geez! Who was on the ice for that last goal? My feed cut out. Who gaffed?

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#112 Eddie Shore
January 05 2010, 09:50PM
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How ridiculous was the OT goal for the yanks!?! He didn't even look at the net once.

Only way this night could've been worse is if we would have won. The dive is still alive!

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#113 Poo Czar
January 05 2010, 09:50PM
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Rigger wrote:

*sigh* 1 point eh? Welcome back Pisani. Geez! Who was on the ice for that last goal? My feed cut out. Who gaffed?

The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Organization

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#114 Rigger
January 05 2010, 09:52PM
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@Poo Czar

LOL, thanks.

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#115 Victoria
January 05 2010, 10:14PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

2 quick goals to tie it up followed by an OT loss?

Why is this eerily familiar???

Sad but true.

At least, in the case of Team Canada, we actually wanted them to win.

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#116 madjam
January 06 2010, 10:12AM
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Pretty hard to motivate a team when their is nobody in system pushing them for a job , and a managerial team thats can't seem to make a deal for anyone !! They are all pretty safe bets to maintain their jobs irregardkess of their play . Besides , those that are next in line are playing just as smug and bad /worse than the big club .

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#117 Darwic
January 06 2010, 11:33AM
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Ho-Hum? Maybe the Oilers should do some trades just ..so we all don,t die of boredom. Really half a season to go..and when ..fans express not watching them, we are called band wagon fans?.No.. we just prefer to spend our time doing other things in and around Edmonton..then watching a SLOWWWWWWWW,pain full exit from the playoffs.People are having trouble giving away tickets to the game...go figure!!!

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#118 davidbaer
January 19 2010, 05:14AM
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