Oilers vs. Blue Jackets Postgame: Clutch Loss

Jonathan Willis
January 07 2010 10:57PM

Edmonton Oilers: 2

Columbus Blue Jackets: 4

On a night where the Carolina Hurricanes lost to Nashville, and facing an opponent nearly as inept as themselves, the Oilers needed to come up with a solid effort if they were going to lose this one. Fortunately, they did, as middling goaltending and a disastrous night for the Smid-Staios pairing earned them a hard-fought loss.

Three Stars

1. Fernando Pisani. I'll admit there's some bias in this particular choice, but there aren't many things that make me grin ear to ear in an Oilers game any more (I think the last one was Colin McDonald's goal), and Pisani's goal tonight made me do that.  It was vintage Pisani - a great forecheck to strip the puck off the defenceman's stick, and than a perfect shot to beat the goaltender.  A beautiful play, from a player who deserves a little success now and then.

2. Sheldon Souray.  Souray's struggled at times this season, but played a very nice game tonight.  He drilled Rick Nash early in the second period, he made smart plays all night, and his shot may not have resulted in a goal but it was very evident. 

3. Andrew Cogliano.  Playing with a somewhat limited player in Zack Stortini and a liability in Ethan Moreau, Cogliano played aggresively, charging the net and generating chances off the forecheck.  He also used his speed to draw a penalty late in the third and was at times a real joy to watch.

Dive For Five Star

Steve Staios.  I'll come right out and say it: without Staios' efforts tonights, the Oilers might have got away with a win - they were the better team, all things considered.  But it was Staios who was undressed by Fedor Tyutin and then left R.J. Umberger untouched in front of the net on the Blue Jackets' first goal, and it was Staios who lost a puck battle to Raffi Torres which resulted in a scoring chance and then a Staios penalty as he tried to recover - a penalty that led to a perfect shot by Kristian Huselius, a shot that stood up as the game winning goal.

Making this particularly difficult to say is the fact that Staios selflessly blocked hard shots at least twice that I saw, and looked in pain both times.  Like Jason Smith, Mike Grier and Ryan Smyth before him, Staios embodies the kind of self-sacrificing, do anything for the team mentality that is impossible not to admire.  Somewhere along the way though, he's lost a step or two.

Random Thoughts

Staios was bad, but his defence partner Ladislav Smid had a rough outing too.  On the Blue Jackets' second goal it was Smid who got crushed by Raffi Torres, which was half of the equation leading to the goal against (Patrick O'Sullivan failing to take Antoine Vermette was the other half).  The pairing was on for all three even-strength goals against.

Devan Dubnyk was okay.  He looked a little sketchy handling the puck behind his net, he looked shaky early, and he probably should have had the Huselius goal (although I'll cut him some slack because of the situation) but between freak deflections and missed coverage, the goals against were hardly his fault alone.  That said, any night a 'tender gives up four isn't a night to remember.

On a semi-related note, I'd like to thank my fantasy goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, for yet another miserable outing (Yahoo! stats line: 11.06 GAA, 11 saves, .733 SV%, 0 wins).  As if his effort last week wasn't enough.

Where was I?  Right, my fantasy team.  Nice goal by Gagner.

I thought the Oilers top line looked pretty good tonight.  All the players did that thing they do at times (Penner disappears, Nilsson gets too cute, Horcoff mishandles the puck) but despite that the line generated a bunch of quality chances and outplayed the Nash line for the majority of the evening. 

Tonight in improbable NHL'ers: Mathieu Roy.  It's nice to see the brittle defender, who set a career-high in games played last season with (a whopping) 59, playing in the NHL.

Patrick O'Sullivan went out of character tonight with a brutal hit on Jan Hejda.  He also whined about the penalty he took after kicking out Raffi Torres' feet; I'm still trying to figure out what his problem with it was.  Probably something along the lines of: 'C'mon it was Raffi Torres. RAFFI TORRES!'

Ethan Moreau made a couple of boneheaded plays at evens but had a splendid night on the penalty-kill, and despite my annoyance at superfluous cross-checking (it didn't get called but boy it could have) I have to give him credit: he played a few inspired shifts while the team was down a man.

With 30 seconds left in the game, and Pat Quinn and Tom Renney on the bench, I found it interesting to see Kelly Buchberger planning the attack.  Not that I have a particular critique, mind you; it was just interesting.

The Oilers are now on pace for a 69-point season, which should put them comfortably in the NHL's bottom five.  It's two points worse than their 2006-07 finish, and in the years since the lockout would have placed the Oilers anywhere between first and fourth in the draft order.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Eddie Shore
January 07 2010, 11:05PM
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Tonight it was painfully obvious how bad this team is. I'm starting to feel a little for Quinn.

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#2 Smokin' Ray
January 07 2010, 11:08PM
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UGH! What a terrible game. Why is it always a vet that blows the game for the Oilers? For as much talk about the young kids having struggles, they don't take late game bad timing penalties like the vets do. Could this season be different without the likes of Staios/Moreau dragging this team down? I'm going to think so.

Good post JW. Some funny lines in there like the Torres one ('C'mon it was Raffi Torres. RAFFI TORRES!'). I needed a laugh before bed.

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#3 Dave
January 07 2010, 11:09PM
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Keep it going Oil. In my adult life I've never had the opportunity to cheer for an Oilers superstar (Pronger doesn't have the character IMO) and every game, I mean loss, that goes by I get a little more excited. I just hope Betteman doesn't screw them in the 'lottery'.

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#4 Zamboni Driver
January 07 2010, 11:10PM
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Staios was completely hilarious on that play. I didn't bother to watch more than about 10 minutes of that sh&tshow, but saw him...something about a blind man looking for nickels.....unbelievably Steady Steve has MILLIONS and MILLIONS of them.

I don't do this often, but I must admit...

I

LOL'ed.

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#5 Oilitsinyoutogive
January 07 2010, 11:19PM
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So i had 3 wisdom teeth pulled today.... Figured nothing would or could be more painful, then i watched the game...

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#6 Dan the Man
January 07 2010, 11:21PM
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Hasn't there been a few occasions this year that Buchberger has been diagramming plays in the last minute or so? I find this puzzling as well...

Really enjoyed the game summary JW, accurate AND hilarious all at the same time.

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#7 ChaseEmDown
January 07 2010, 11:34PM
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Another successful effort by our boys tonight. The passes in the skates were dead-on. Shots sailing 5 feet wide of the net couldn't have been more accurate. Defensive breakdowns couldn't have been much better, but there was still some room for improvement. I did see a shot or two get blocked. Keep it up boys. You can do it!!!

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#8 David S
January 07 2010, 11:49PM
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I never thought I'd see it, but it seemed to me the lines were specifically built for fail. Horcoff pretty much nullifies the first line and Gagner needs a D to work with because he's got two AHL'ers backing him up.

We only needed one strong outscoring line to win this one and Penner/Gagner/Nilsson would have been it. Swapping Gagner and Horcoff pretty much put this loss in the bag.

This is bad on a galactic scale.

Watched Quinn's after game presser. If he were made of weaker stuff, he'd be storming into Lowe's office saying "f*ck this!". Man was he choked.

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#9 Fiveandagame
January 08 2010, 12:01AM
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Ethan Moreau is not Captain, he's Captain excuses.

He blames the young goaltenders for their troubles saying they have to score 5-6 goals a game to win.

He's a joke.

Pathetic. He has not one clue what it means to be a captain.

Maybe I will excuse it cause he's frustrated but this guy has had excuses all season. "it's only preseason" " its injuries" "A couple bad bounces"

Man up Moreau. Man up.

Who would go to war with a man who may turn around and point a finger at them publicly?

I hope he's on the first bus out.

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#10 Muji 狗
January 08 2010, 12:02AM
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Come on Oilers. We want you to lose, but we don't want you to suck. Um. Try harder (?).

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#11 dunciano
January 08 2010, 12:04AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Ethan Moreau is not Captain, he's Captain excuses.

He blames the young goaltenders for their troubles saying they have to score 5-6 goals a game to win.

He's a joke.

Pathetic. He has not one clue what it means to be a captain.

Maybe I will excuse it cause he's frustrated but this guy has had excuses all season. "it's only preseason" " its injuries" "A couple bad bounces"

Man up Moreau. Man up.

Who would go to war with a man who may turn around and point a finger at them publicly?

I hope he's on the first bus out.

I agree

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#12 David S
January 08 2010, 12:16AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Ethan Moreau is not Captain, he's Captain excuses.

He blames the young goaltenders for their troubles saying they have to score 5-6 goals a game to win.

He's a joke.

Pathetic. He has not one clue what it means to be a captain.

Maybe I will excuse it cause he's frustrated but this guy has had excuses all season. "it's only preseason" " its injuries" "A couple bad bounces"

Man up Moreau. Man up.

Who would go to war with a man who may turn around and point a finger at them publicly?

I hope he's on the first bus out.

Yeah, Moreau is kind of a dick but there is a glimmer of truth to what he says about having to score 5-6. Maybe the whole team has lost confidence in the 'tenders to such a degree that they think they've lost before the puck drops. Seems like it from their body language.

Perhaps Penner is in the tank because he thinks he has to carry the team. That's alot of pressure. It seems he's better off if he's just doing his thing being one of the guys.

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#13 Victoria
January 08 2010, 12:28AM
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Wooo! Keep the dive alive!

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#14 jeanshorts
January 08 2010, 01:48AM
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Oh is there still "iced hockey" being played? Hmm. How queer.

*nurses his karma-inspired sunburn and gets eaten by a shark, again*

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#15 Sandra
January 08 2010, 02:11AM
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Well this will be my last time going to a Oilers game this season. It gets worser everytime. The building was so dead. The crew at Rex never tried to get the crowd into it. NOISE appeared on the screen in the third period with 6min to go. A lot of fans were echoing the same thing. The team looked so lost. I would have loved to have watched the trap, it would have been more exciting. In post game, Captain Moreau says they can't have to score more goals because of the play of the young goalies, meanwhile in Quinns post game he says it's not the gaolies fault, its the fault of the players and positioning. Is the message being lost? has Quinn lost the room? There is skill on the team but it's not clicking, Is it time for another caoching change? You can't trade half the team, yes Tencer and Flintstone,Horcoff is a 5.5 cap hit but he is getting 7M this year and next. Put him on waivers no one will take him, bury his contract in the minors for a year, and let him get a dose of reality till next spring. And MacT said he should be on the Olypics. Something has to happen, the fans won't go no more. Lowe get off your ass and do something, Everything has to go through you, Either step aside or find someone who knows how to rebuild a team.

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#16 Soup
January 08 2010, 02:19AM
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@David S

"Maybe the whole team has lost confidence in the 'tenders to such a degree that they think they've lost before the puck drops. Seems like it from their body language."

You might be on to something. Remember back to the last year of Salo. When the team had lost all hope in Tommy (post Olympics from what I remember), they turned into the best cycling defencemen in the history of the NHL. Too bad it was in their own zone. Anything to prevent shots on net and the invariable juicy rebound or soft goal. Almost 'Theodore' like, he was (that rumor can't be true, can it? CAN IT?).

No excuse for the Captain throwing the young'ns under the bus, but still...

By the way, I can't get any hockey on TV here in Abu Dhabi and the live feeds on interweb get blocked by the local providers. Maybe that has been a good thing this year, no? Regardless, thanks to all of you here at the Nation. I'm living vicariously through this blog site. Living it down for the DFF, but hey - its hockey. No matter how bad it gets, it beats camel races.

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#17 Librarian Mike
January 08 2010, 07:15AM
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@Jonathan

the Oilers needed to come up with a solid effort if they were going to lose this one. Fortunately, they did, as middling goaltending and a disastrous night for the Smid-Staios pairing earned them a hard-fought loss.

I laughed out loud at that. I am enjoying the DFF waaaaay too much.

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#18 BUCK75
January 08 2010, 07:32AM
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With 30 seconds left in the game, and Pat Quinn and Tom Renney on the bench, I found it interesting to see Kelly Buchberger planning the attack. Not that I have a particular critique, mind you; it was just interesting.

I have noticed that all year - strange that with all of the coaching talent we have he is drawing up our last ditch plays.

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#19 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 08 2010, 07:32AM
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i dont normally like to rag on one guy, but did i honestly see horcoff miss guys by 4 or 5 FEET with passes?

the one he passed behind nilsson from about 20 feet away was comical. i even hit rewind on the PVR to watch it over and over.

it is like watching a car crash now. you know it is going to be ugly, but you watch anyways

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#20 Pissed Off
January 08 2010, 07:37AM
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Blow it up. Keep the young core and start over. As a lifetime fan who flew to Carolina to see this team in the CUP FINAL, I have become extremely frustrated with this team. The start of this all was the Smyth trade - where the Oil seemed to lose their heart and soul, and "THE" example of how to work hard out there.

Sincerely,

Pissed Off

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#21 Librarian Mike
January 08 2010, 07:37AM
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BUCK75 wrote:
With 30 seconds left in the game, and Pat Quinn and Tom Renney on the bench, I found it interesting to see Kelly Buchberger planning the attack. Not that I have a particular critique, mind you; it was just interesting.

I have noticed that all year - strange that with all of the coaching talent we have he is drawing up our last ditch plays.

~If only they had a good 'X's and O's' guy like Tom Renney on the coaching staff.~

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#22 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 08 2010, 07:44AM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

~If only they had a good 'X's and O's' guy like Tom Renney on the coaching staff.~

~i blame MacT. he has obviously lost the room. a new coach would have this same group in the playoffs~

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#23 Librarian Mike
January 08 2010, 07:59AM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

I'm really starting to think that by the end of the season, Quinn's going to say "F this S. I'm 84 years old and I have no time to be screwing around with these idiots" and will walk.

If that's the case, if they don't let him quit he could try the crazy/incompetent approach (i.e. showing up for games in his tighty-whities, rapping his post-game pressers) and they'll either fire him or make him GM.

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#24 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 08 2010, 08:01AM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

I'm really starting to think that by the end of the season, Quinn's going to say "F this S. I'm 84 years old and I have no time to be screwing around with these idiots" and will walk.

If that's the case, if they don't let him quit he could try the crazy/incompetent approach (i.e. showing up for games in his tighty-whities, rapping his post-game pressers) and they'll either fire him or make him GM.

he has to be getting to that point now. mact probably sends him sympathy flowers after every game..

that, or he gets hammered and calls Tambo begging him to do something

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#25 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 08 2010, 08:08AM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

I'm really starting to think that by the end of the season, Quinn's going to say "F this S. I'm 84 years old and I have no time to be screwing around with these idiots" and will walk.

If that's the case, if they don't let him quit he could try the crazy/incompetent approach (i.e. showing up for games in his tighty-whities, rapping his post-game pressers) and they'll either fire him or make him GM.

I would love to see PQ rap in a post-game presser!

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#26 billmad
January 08 2010, 08:10AM
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I can honestly say this was the first game I found myself cheering for the opposition... tough too, I felt bad for DD.

Anyway, so are the Oil rebuilding then or do Lowe and Co. still think there's something to prove by keeping EthanMoreautheCaptain and Steady Steve on this team? I hope the management isn't holding out for a better return on those two, because just imagine... a nice, full bag of brand new pucks, never used, no scratches or chips on them... they must glide on RX1 ice for days!

And I'm starting to think POS really does have issues!

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#27 TonyDanzaPervo
January 08 2010, 08:16AM
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Does anyone else think Bobby Nilsson on the top line is a showcase for potential trade? Or is he really our best right winger?

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#28 billmad
January 08 2010, 08:18AM
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@TonyDanzaPervo

I wanna agree with you but then I look the roster...

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#29 hat pughes
January 08 2010, 08:28AM
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@David S

Moreau needs to go!! Brutal eadership ...

He should maybe look at the type of quality scoring opportunities the team is giving up that their young goaltenders are facing.

Exhibit A - Umberger virtually unmolested in the slot (Staios was waterskiing on his tail but DIDNT control Umbergers stick) and goal scored from two feet away...tell me how many times have we seen an opposing forward in front of our goaltending with the puck and nobody challenging him...often and many. This group doesnt know how to defend in front of their goalies -- they think they still man up and can push/KLowe jackhammer opposing players around but havent figured out (like most of the good teams) that one has to defend against the stick not the body. Playing the body only results in penalties !! Which leads to Exhibit B ...Staios penalty which results in Huselius goal.

Exhibit C is the amount of oddman rushes they give up because of turning over the puck at either blueline -- they get killed on the defensive blueline turnovers with that stupid play passing back from the wall into the middle of the zone because they cant make two clean passes. The one at the offensive zone blueline kill them because the other team knows they are weak/slow on the transition.

Im kinda appreciative the candor of Quinn and have to agree ...this group may have talent but they are playing dumb hockey.

..... rant over.....

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#30 BUCK75
January 08 2010, 09:05AM
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@Librarian Mike

EXACTLY! We have probably one of the highest paid coaching staffs & the lowest guy on the totem pole is drawing the plays. Not that he is the guy responsible for us losing games, but it is kind of puzzling.

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#31 Lisa McRitchie
January 08 2010, 09:07AM
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Thanks for keeping it light hearted :)

Cogs was a joy to watch for the entire game, thank you very much! I think we all need to give huge props to Stevey for taking that penalty. I was starting to get nervous and hoping Chopper would step up and take a bad penalty being captain and all. We should all be grateful for Staios on nights like that.

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#32 OILERSORDEATH
January 08 2010, 09:17AM
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F#CK VANCOUVER!! God I hate that sh!t team. Every team I like is losing and the ones I hate are winning. The hockey gods will pay for this! i'm so glad I dont have to waste PPV money on these games I'd be so pissed. You all know with this teams luck even if we finish dead last we'd get screwed in the lotto and get the fifth f$%king pick. Oh yeah same ol same ol Oil played like sh!t again whats new.

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#33 Kiaser Wilhelm
January 08 2010, 09:23AM
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Soup wrote:

"Maybe the whole team has lost confidence in the 'tenders to such a degree that they think they've lost before the puck drops. Seems like it from their body language."

You might be on to something. Remember back to the last year of Salo. When the team had lost all hope in Tommy (post Olympics from what I remember), they turned into the best cycling defencemen in the history of the NHL. Too bad it was in their own zone. Anything to prevent shots on net and the invariable juicy rebound or soft goal. Almost 'Theodore' like, he was (that rumor can't be true, can it? CAN IT?).

No excuse for the Captain throwing the young'ns under the bus, but still...

By the way, I can't get any hockey on TV here in Abu Dhabi and the live feeds on interweb get blocked by the local providers. Maybe that has been a good thing this year, no? Regardless, thanks to all of you here at the Nation. I'm living vicariously through this blog site. Living it down for the DFF, but hey - its hockey. No matter how bad it gets, it beats camel races.

I dunno: after ten thousand games of this (and everyone of you nerds who just said, "it's only been twelve games, not ten thousand" can shut up and go take a flying leap right now), I'm thinking of looking into camel races myself.

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#34 Dyckster
January 08 2010, 09:23AM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

F#CK VANCOUVER!! God I hate that sh!t team. Every team I like is losing and the ones I hate are winning. The hockey gods will pay for this! i'm so glad I dont have to waste PPV money on these games I'd be so pissed. You all know with this teams luck even if we finish dead last we'd get screwed in the lotto and get the fifth f$%king pick. Oh yeah same ol same ol Oil played like sh!t again whats new.

@OILERSORDEATH

If it makes you feel any better, I believe one of the Lotto "rules" is a team can far no further than 1 spot in the draft.

I.E. if the Oiler's finish 30th overall the worst (best?) they'll pick is 29th. Can anyone confirm this, or am I dreaming?

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#35 JailbirdJoe
January 08 2010, 09:24AM
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My question is...why does Cogliano never get put on a different line? I'd like to see him play without "a somewhat limited player in Zack Stortini and a liability in Ethan Moreau"

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#36 madjam
January 08 2010, 09:28AM
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Makes you wonder how MacT. was ever able to keep club over .500 in retrospect ??? I believe he is still getting paid ( under contract ) to watch our soap opera while other coaches drive us firmly into the cellar. What a joke upper management are .

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#37 hat pughes
January 08 2010, 09:35AM
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BUCK75 wrote:

EXACTLY! We have probably one of the highest paid coaching staffs & the lowest guy on the totem pole is drawing the plays. Not that he is the guy responsible for us losing games, but it is kind of puzzling.

....kicks the fictious cat and continues the rant...

Yeah and he is the guy that had such a creative offensive flair during his career.

I can see it now .... "Ok Chopper you just need to do what I used to do and just go straight to the net and Mess will bounce it off you .... (tap on shoulder and whisper in his ear)....Ohhh???!!!! so Mess isnt on the team anymore????.... umm Chopper sit on the end of the bench here"

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#38 Jason Gregor
January 08 2010, 09:38AM
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With 30 seconds left in the game, and Pat Quinn and Tom Renney on the bench, I found it interesting to see Kelly Buchberger planning the attack. Not that I have a particular critique, mind you; it was just interesting.

JW,

This happens because Wayne Fleming is the one who calls the plays from the press box. He relays it down to Buchberger and he shows it to the players. Buchberger has say in it of course, but it is a dual Fleming/Buchberger combination. That is why you will see Buchberger using the white board on the PP as well. Fleming relays the play to him and he draws it up for the players.

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#39 Giggsunited
January 08 2010, 09:42AM
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Pissed Off wrote:

Blow it up. Keep the young core and start over. As a lifetime fan who flew to Carolina to see this team in the CUP FINAL, I have become extremely frustrated with this team. The start of this all was the Smyth trade - where the Oil seemed to lose their heart and soul, and "THE" example of how to work hard out there.

Sincerely,

Pissed Off

ooohhhhh, not the Smyth trade again!

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#40 hat pughes
January 08 2010, 09:45AM
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@Jason Gregor

Thanks for the clarity Gregor...Bucky is the inkboard jockey on the bench.

And seriously...coaching IS NOT the problem with this team.

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#41 Giggsunited
January 08 2010, 09:50AM
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was it a sellout last night? I wonder if that will come to an end?

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#42 sofapimp
January 08 2010, 09:50AM
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its sad but exciting at the same time, i compare it to picking up real cheap hooker ,fun but you know your a loser come on down taylor hall your the next . you get it

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#43 MattL
January 08 2010, 09:51AM
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Pissed Off wrote:

Blow it up. Keep the young core and start over. As a lifetime fan who flew to Carolina to see this team in the CUP FINAL, I have become extremely frustrated with this team. The start of this all was the Smyth trade - where the Oil seemed to lose their heart and soul, and "THE" example of how to work hard out there.

Sincerely,

Pissed Off

All this DFF stuff, the worst part is, there aren't really too many parts to "blow up". I mean, Moreau, Staois, Pisani and Horc are really the only guys that have been kicking around for a while. Most of the rest of the lineup is already our young talent. We're already in the re-build. Assuming you can move Moreau and Staois, and Pisani may not come back with the team next year, you've pretty much finished the re-build. Horcoff's not going anywhere, but that's fine by me, I don't think he's a bad guy to have around, even if he's making too much money.

Another year or two of low draft picks and we're on the (slow) upswing.

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#44 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 08 2010, 09:52AM
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@Jason Gregor

Hey Gregor,

From discussions with scouts/GM's etc have you gotten a feeling as to how Cam Fowler stacks up to guys like Bogosian/Headman/Doughty?

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#45 mowgli
January 08 2010, 10:13AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:
With 30 seconds left in the game, and Pat Quinn and Tom Renney on the bench, I found it interesting to see Kelly Buchberger planning the attack. Not that I have a particular critique, mind you; it was just interesting.

JW,

This happens because Wayne Fleming is the one who calls the plays from the press box. He relays it down to Buchberger and he shows it to the players. Buchberger has say in it of course, but it is a dual Fleming/Buchberger combination. That is why you will see Buchberger using the white board on the PP as well. Fleming relays the play to him and he draws it up for the players.

Bad combo! it's as bad as when Buchberger was in the press box relaying the plays.

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#46 Crash
January 08 2010, 10:25AM
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Dyckster wrote:

@OILERSORDEATH

If it makes you feel any better, I believe one of the Lotto "rules" is a team can far no further than 1 spot in the draft.

I.E. if the Oiler's finish 30th overall the worst (best?) they'll pick is 29th. Can anyone confirm this, or am I dreaming?

You aren't dreaming...you are correct. If the Oilers finished dead last the worst they could do is fall one spot to number 2..

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#47 FS
January 08 2010, 10:26AM
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Q: Who wears the "C" after Moreau is outta here? the sooner the better!

Q: Horcoff, dude, how do you sleep at night?

Q; Why does Cogliano never get put on a different line?

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#48 freeze
January 08 2010, 10:27AM
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We better flush some vets in the next two months. Unfortunately this is what Tambo says:

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini isn't entertaining thoughts of a fire sale of veteran or pricey players, at least not yet. "I would never want to communicate that to our players," Tambellini said emphatically. "It's January. "I haven't resigned myself to anything." -via Ed. Journal

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#49 Crash
January 08 2010, 10:28AM
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madjam wrote:

Makes you wonder how MacT. was ever able to keep club over .500 in retrospect ??? I believe he is still getting paid ( under contract ) to watch our soap opera while other coaches drive us firmly into the cellar. What a joke upper management are .

This could be an indication of just how good Ales Hemsky is and how important he is to this team...

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#50 Oil on Tap
January 08 2010, 10:34AM
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I just had a thought on the first goal. Why do young goalies, especially ones as big as DD, insist on putting the paddle down? If he plays a full butterfly and lets the blade of his stick cover the 5 hole, there is no where for that puck to go in. His pads and his stick should adequately cover the bottom of the net. It's a bit nit picky but it's just something I noticed.

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