GDB 06: ROAD TRIP....

Jason Gregor
January 30 2013 12:26PM

The first stop on a three-game-in-three-and-a-half-days-road-trip is tonight in Phoenix, in front of 8,000-10,000 fans. The Coyotes might not be in Phoenix long-term, because the crowds only come in the playoffs, but they are here now and Dave Tippett always has them well prepared.

When you look down the Coyotes' roster you wonder why they are 6th in goals for, yet 26th in goals against average. On paper their blueline is the strength of their team.

Vermette-Doan-Sullivan
Gordon-Moss-Korpikoski
Bolduc-Vrbata-Boedker
Chipchura-Johnson-Bissonnette

Martin Hanzal might play tonight, and if he does he'll slot in with Vrbata while Matthew Lombardi is out indefinitely.

Morris-Yandle
Michalek-Ekman-Larsson
Rundblad-Schlemko

They also have Rostislav Klesla, but he's only played two of their six games.

Johnson

Mike Smith is back skating, and he might be ready for the weekend, so the Oilers PP should be licking their chops facing Chad Johnson who only has five career NHL starts, and Monday was his first NHL start in three years.

Historically, a Tippett-coached team is built on solid defence and hard work, but so far this season the Coyotes have struggled defensively.

Much of those struggles can be attributed to below average play from Mike Smith and Jason LaBarbera between the pipes. In four starts (two each) they allowed 19 goals and produced a woeful .850 SV%. LaBarbera did play well after Smith got injured 11 minutes into their game v. Columbus, but he was awful in the his next two starts.

Tippett turned to former AJHL goalie, Johnson, on Monday night and Johnson was perfect. He picked up his first career NHL shutout stopping all 21 shots.

While Phoenix has struggled to keep the puck out of their net, they've been surprisingly productive offensively. The Coyotes are 6th in goals scored, 3.5/game, and they are 3rd in ES goals with 14, but they've also allowed the 2nd most ES goals with 15.

If they Oilers are going to awake from their five-on-five scoring drought, tonight could be the night.

ES WOES

It is only five games, and likely too early to go crazy, but the Oilers only have two 5-on-5 goals thus far. The good news is that the Hall/RNH/Eberle line is producing lots of chances and shots, but they, like every other line, is not generating many quality second or third chances.

The Oilers need to start going to the net and they need some guys willing to stand battle for some greasy goals. They can't expect to score all their goals off the rush. They need to start creating scoring chances closer to the net.

The Oilers can get away with below-average ES scoring due to their exceptional powerplay. The Oilers lead the NHL with a sizzling 35.7% efficiency with 10 goals on 28 chances. The NHL record for highest PP% was 31.9% set by Montreal in 1977, so you can expect their % to drop.

The best PP in the last decade was 25.5% by the 2009 Detroit Red Wings. The Washington Capitals had a 25.2% rating in both 2009 and 2010, so it is possible the Oilers, with their young PP specialists, could hover around the 24-27% range.

The Oilers PK has also been very good. Outside of the dreadful first period against San Jose, when the Sharks went 3-for-3, the Oilers have killed off 23 of 24 penalties. 

Their special teams have been very good, but just like last season, if the Oilers can't play even at five-on-five it will be difficult to win.

I've seen some suggest the Oilers ES scoring isn't a concern, because it is only five games, but I'd suggest they recognize that this has been an issue for more than five games.

Over the past three seasons the Oilers have been outscored 516-410 at 5-on-5. Last season they improved, and were only outscored 153-139, but don't tell me this five-game window is "a small sample size." It has been a problem for years, and while they improved last season, they need to be better this year if they want to become a playoff contender.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Horcoff-Petrell
Hartikainen-Belanger-Paajarvi

It will be interesting to see how Krueger allocates icetime tonight. The 56/20/91 combo had more ES icetime than Horcoff's line last game and basically the same as Gagner's line.

Smid-Petry
N.Schultz- J.Schultz
Whitney-Potter

Dubnyk

Yann Danis cleared waivers, no surprise, and Nikolai Khabibulin will dress and sit on the bench, rather than in the pressbox, which is a good thing considering what happened a few years ago when he was in Phoenix.

QUICK HITS

  • I'm not sure why people still feel the need to question why Shawn Horcoff is on the first powerplay unit. He played there last year and they finished 3rd in the league. He's on it this year and they are first. When the Oilers PP% starts to drop, please refrain from being the clown who wants to blame Horcoff. His role is to win draws and stay in front of the net. The formula has worked for well for over a year, why does it have to change? Because he makes to much money? Seriously, give it a rest already.
     
  • I like Krueger's willingness to role four lines and not spend too much time matching them. Tippett loves to match lines, so I'll be curious to see how, or if, Krueger responds.
     
  • I spoke to Taylor Hall after the Colorado win and he shared a story about Krueger. In the Calgary game Hall had tried numerous toe-drags, but none of them worked. "They weren't shy to point that out, over an over again (laughs), in our film work this morning. The message was clear, only do those if you are confident you won't turn over the puck." Hall is a quick learner because you didn't see him try any v. Colorado. That doesn't mean he won't try them again, nor does it mean if one fails he's in the doghouse, but the message was received. The Oilers need to cut down on turnovers.
     
  • I wonder if Nail Yakupov will do the same? Yakupov really struggled v. Colorado, especially with turnovers. Krueger wants to see how the young players react after a bad outing. I suspect Yakupov will protect the puck better tonight.
     
  • The Oilers are 2nd in the NHL in turnovers. I know it isn't the most accurate stat, because each building marks them differently, but I didn't need to look at the NHL website to realize the Oilers are turning it over too often. I suspect they will always be near the top, because they are more of a puck possession team, but they have to avoid the 5-star giveaways at the offensive blueline.
     
  • Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid weren't great in Calgary and were average v. Colorado. They seemed to be a split-second off and got caught in between attacking or sitting back in their own zone. Defensive zone timing is crucial for defenders, and with no training camp it will take some time to get that timing where they want it. I expect them to get better in their own zone with more game action.
     
  • Justin Schultz has been better than I expected in his own end. He clearly has loads of offensive confidence, but he's looked solid in his own zone. Playing with a veteran like Nick Schultz helps. The senior Schultz is rarely out of position, and outside of one brutal pass at the offensive blueline, he rarely makes bad decisions.
     
  • I watched Oil Change last night and it was too bad they had to squeeze six months into one episode. Aquila Productions had to make some tough decisions on what to take out, and I was told there was some interesting stuff from the draft that got left on the cutting room floor. Too bad. Another casualty of the lockout.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Without Smith the Oilers PP continues to produce as they win 4-2. Nugent-Hopkins become 8th Oiler to score and then Hartikainen becomes the 9th.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ales Hemsky has a goal and as assist. Hemsky has 34 career points in 29 games v. the Coyotes. He lights them up more than any team other than the lowly Blue Jackets.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Gene Principe will do numerous stand up hits from the stands tonight. The Coyotes will ask him and his camera man to watch the game from the stands to make the arena look fuller. Gene will end up crushing three hot dogs, and accidently spill some mustard on his suit. So for his final hit, he will do it with one of the Coyotes dance team so all the viewers will focus on her and not his suit. Veteran move.

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#51 Phixieus666
January 30 2013, 03:12PM
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DSF wrote:

Nonsense.

Whitney had already had 2 surgeries on his feet and ankles when he was acquired..

His condition is congenital.

I realize you may have to kook that up.

I think it was only on one foot before coming to Edm. But regardless he was still a stud before he ended up gone for almost a whole season. It was a good trade just didn't work out well in the end. That sh*t happens, no reason to think it was a bad move at the time.

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#52 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 03:17PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

I think it was only on one foot before coming to Edm. But regardless he was still a stud before he ended up gone for almost a whole season. It was a good trade just didn't work out well in the end. That sh*t happens, no reason to think it was a bad move at the time.

An argument can always be made.

Someone at the Oilers had a duty to be more skeptical and try to gauge Whitney's chance of success...

We have to either assume someone did that work and guessed wrong, or didn't do the work.

At any rate, the signs were there --- hindsight warning!

see some old Brownlee reporting:

http://oilersnation.com/2010/3/5/whitney-more-bad-news-coming

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#53 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 03:17PM
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DSF wrote:

What's the argument?

Garrisons has been fine.

Amazing that some folks can pronounce a deal good or bad after 5 games.

Whitney has been junk for 3 seasons.

Wiping a bead of sweat off his forehead DSF sighs...

How can these fools possibly think they have a right to judge Garrison!? I have carefully studied each and every variable for his entire hockey career… YET THEY DARE TO JUDGE MY WORK…

Some days he cannot help but question his life’s mission, he has shown them why they should hate the Petry; he shown them why their lineup shall never succeed; he has given statistic after statistic to support this, some of them were even related!

If there was ever a time for his cape, this would be it. He had commissioned Mother to make it several weeks ago, as the lockout came to a close; he needed a badge of authority, something that would show all who witnessed him that his genius was undeniable.

Striding over to the closet he feels a small thrill of anticipation, the pure joy of the woolen fabric, the electric feeling of striking a commanding pose; knowing that he is THE arbitrator of people’s ability to enjoy/hate something on the internet.

While admiring himself in the mirror he notices the Cheeto stain from last night, marring the capes intrinsic beauty…. How could he have been so lax in letting Jefff try it on? Invisible or not he is obviously the one to blame!

Making a mental note to give Jefff a stern lecture on proper cape etiquette, he sits back down. Obviously Garrison is an amazing defenceman, did not his math say so? If people on the internet are disliking him it must be related to bad comparables! I’ll simply level set his performance in a nice, non-contrary way!

Tossing his head to make his cape flutter majestically, he starts typing like mad! I will save you Garrison, if no-one else can prevent this pathetic witch hunt, I will!

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#54 The Goalie 1976
January 30 2013, 03:18PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

Whitney is a good comp.

I'd say Whitney, Garrison, and Wideman are the 3 most overrated and over-paid defensemen in the Western Conference.

Thankfully Whitney is a UFA after this season :p

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#55 Will
January 30 2013, 03:21PM
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Not so obvious game day prediction: For some unexplained reason, Phoenix dresses 8 defencemen, and Oilers seem to have one extra forward. At some point tonight Whitney 'goes down' and leaves the game, after the next period intermission Ales Hemsky and one of our two second round picks this year are dressed in Yotes clothes and sitting on the opposition bench. Meanwhile Keith Yandle is found on our third pairing Blue line with Correy Potter.

Oh to dream.

Obviously this is not the greatest trade in the world, I just really want Yandle in orange and blue, and have since well into last year.

Also, if TIppet is line matching, all this fourth line skill talk might just pay off if Tippet has to either send out his fourth line against ours, or constantly be double shifting one of his other lines to match up against the speed of that line.

Obvious game day prediction: fourth line draws a penalty that leads to one of two powerplay goals on the night.

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#56 Petridis
January 30 2013, 03:27PM
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Agree with the 5 on 5 but as long as we are winning lets keep it going. Everyone is quick to point out the bad but we are in a playoff spot right now and if that stays that way i'll take whatever flies at the time. Lets admit the boys are flying and are only going to get better and I see some big breakout games happening here soon and the confidence levels going through the roof. Not saying it will happen all the time but in past years we couldn't afford a let down from any position but now we have the people to pick it up and keep it flowing. I do agree the bottom 6 need to start chipping in here soon so the other teams are not focusing so much on one or two lines. We will make the playoff's if we can get at least three lines chipping in. Love the Game - obvious - and not so obvious predictions that you are riding right now. Great move !!!

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#57 book¡e
January 30 2013, 03:38PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

I think we can all agree that madjam is the only one responsible enough around here that we can all trust to have that power and not abuse it.

Also, Garrison made one bad play against the Kings the other night that cost them the game...

still just because our favorite troll is such a fan of forced comparisons doesn't mean we have to dislike the guy, or expect/cheer his failure.

Until he pulls some Bieka like moves, he's just another great player on the most hated team in sports. good for him!

Delete, Delete!! Damn its not working!! DELETE!

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#58 Czar
January 30 2013, 03:39PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Look at Weber.

Maybe they needed each other more than I thought?

I'd still take Weber over Suter though.

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#59 OilGreg
January 30 2013, 03:41PM
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Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

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#60 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 03:47PM
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book¡e wrote:

Delete, Delete!! Damn its not working!! DELETE!

you have to get madjam to do it for you now.

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#61 DieHard
January 30 2013, 03:47PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

It's just his shtick. I love the attempts.

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#62 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 03:49PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

not sure about the insights...

but Gene is pure ham... I always groan and then laugh that an adult is paid to toil in bad puns...

love the guy in a hatey kind of way.

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#63 Time Travelling Sean
January 30 2013, 03:50PM
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I think this game will start out fun then get pretty slow and boring. We win 2-1 in OT with both regulation goals coming in the first 10 minutes.

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#64 Phixieus666
January 30 2013, 03:50PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

An argument can always be made.

Someone at the Oilers had a duty to be more skeptical and try to gauge Whitney's chance of success...

We have to either assume someone did that work and guessed wrong, or didn't do the work.

At any rate, the signs were there --- hindsight warning!

see some old Brownlee reporting:

http://oilersnation.com/2010/3/5/whitney-more-bad-news-coming

Sorry man but there was nothing to suggest he would get badly injured. He basically had 4 seasons of 40 or more points, he had never played less than 48 games before the Oilers got him, even after his surgery he was playing great. He was playing great for the Oil until he got hurt with 38 points in 54 games. All arrows were pointing up even after his surgery. I can't buy the "they should have known" argument.

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#65 A-Mc
January 30 2013, 03:51PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

Gene is part of Oilers Culture now. Like it or not, He's something extra over what the norm is. I think its fantastic that we have a guy like that, even though he rarely gets a chuckle out of me.

We love Gene in our house none-the-less.

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#66 Phixieus666
January 30 2013, 03:52PM
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@Czar

I picked Weber in my pool and now I'm payin for it. And usually never take him.

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#67 Dirk Dangler
January 30 2013, 03:52PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm4yqOMFWvs

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#68 Where's Your Towel
January 30 2013, 03:59PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

I can't tell you that you're wrong, but I can tell you he cracks me up.

Self-awareness buys you a lot of goodwill.

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#69 Hall for Captain
January 30 2013, 04:03PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

If I had the choice between Geno's bad puns & corny schtick and what the Flames fans are forced to endure with that tool Roger Millions, I would take Geno 100 times out of 100 easy.

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#70 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 04:05PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Sorry man but there was nothing to suggest he would get badly injured. He basically had 4 seasons of 40 or more points, he had never played less than 48 games before the Oilers got him, even after his surgery he was playing great. He was playing great for the Oil until he got hurt with 38 points in 54 games. All arrows were pointing up even after his surgery. I can't buy the "they should have known" argument.

It really depends on what you mean by "injury"... Whitney's problem was/is latent within him... not caused by some event.

What led to the first surgery ultimately led to the second.

The Oil either ignored signs, or bet that surgery had and would again resolve a congenital defect.

If the former, they effed up bad. If the latter... well that's hockey. You make a lot of bad bets and hope to learn from them.

All I can grant you is hindsight -- things certainly looked like they had a better chance of working out then than they obviously do now.

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#71 Phixieus666
January 30 2013, 04:22PM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

He could still get back to. Looking at his stats I would say it almost took a year for him to put the points up again. The lockout probably effed that up a bit but you never know by the end of the season maybe he will be back into form. If not they just don't need to sign him or try and trade him away at the deadline.

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#72 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 30 2013, 04:23PM
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DSF wrote:

What's the argument?

Garrisons has been fine.

Amazing that some folks can pronounce a deal good or bad after 5 games.

Whitney has been junk for 3 seasons.

or how some people can toss out 10 year predictions on playoff dates shortly after 2 UFAs are signed?

you know... 60 home playoff dates as a reasonable expectation.

some people be trippin'

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#73 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 04:29PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

He could still get back to. Looking at his stats I would say it almost took a year for him to put the points up again. The lockout probably effed that up a bit but you never know by the end of the season maybe he will be back into form. If not they just don't need to sign him or try and trade him away at the deadline.

The problem Whitney has -- as exposed from last year and this -- is that the things he's struggling with aren't the kind of things that improve or are typically overcome.

He has trouble pivoting, turning and moving with speed. He still has his decision making, shot and his passing.

If he is going to be effective... he'll have to hone those skills to no end and carve a niche somewhere as an offensively-minded 6 or 7 D somewhere... basically Corey Potter.

I could be totally wrong mind you... but the consensus I'm reading and what I'm seeing from him tell me the hopes of the long off season repairing him have been sadly mislaid.

sucks for him, sucks for the oil.

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#74 Phixieus666
January 30 2013, 04:40PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

The problem Whitney has -- as exposed from last year and this -- is that the things he's struggling with aren't the kind of things that improve or are typically overcome.

He has trouble pivoting, turning and moving with speed. He still has his decision making, shot and his passing.

If he is going to be effective... he'll have to hone those skills to no end and carve a niche somewhere as an offensively-minded 6 or 7 D somewhere... basically Corey Potter.

I could be totally wrong mind you... but the consensus I'm reading and what I'm seeing from him tell me the hopes of the long off season repairing him have been sadly mislaid.

sucks for him, sucks for the oil.

See and I view his problems differently. There have been foot races he has won against some fast players this season and the pivots don't seem as bad as everyone says. I think its his reading the play and decision making that is hurting him. And because he is taking to long to react it makes him look slow or unable to change direction in time. And like you I may be totally wrong on that. One of the best sources to ask may be Stauffer. He is usually dead on with those type of things.

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#75 Smokey
January 30 2013, 04:42PM
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tileguy wrote:

GDP; Oil 7 Yotes 2

OGDP; Dubnyk shows he is #1

NSOGDP; less ice time for 94, the big sulk begins.

Has he sulked or moaned? I am not aware of this. He signed knowing he had a diminished role. Hes been a proffessional. Guys had a slow start, but when he pots one I hope you don't cheer. He will come around.

When they hang the his royalties jersey the rafters, don't buy a ticket to the game.

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#76 Wax Man Riley
January 30 2013, 05:20PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

Hahahahaa!! Whitney's $4M is looking like a pile of stinking awful!

Terrible, terrible trade. The only pass Tamby(?) gets is that Visnovsky, as we now see, in Visnovskian fashion, wouldn't play in Edmonton because he has Lauren Pronger disease. Biatch.

But Gillis' big off season, boo hoo "OMG, what? Schultz didn't want to sign here and chose Edmonton instead???" acquisition is looking like a bit of a flop.

If Garrison was the D-Man he was billed to be, he could help that PP.

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#77 Eddie Shore
January 30 2013, 05:21PM
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What channel is the game on tonite? I dont see it on the guide anywhere...anybody know?

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#78 Wax Man Riley
January 30 2013, 05:36PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

What channel is the game on tonite? I dont see it on the guide anywhere...anybody know?

I heard on Gregor's show that it is Sportsnet West, and tomorrow's game is Sportsnet One

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#79 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 05:38PM
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@Wax Man Riley

you're not going to win or anything against DSF by hating his preferred players (regardless of the reason he prefers them).

Garrison had an incredible PP year last year. He had 9 PP goals and was 3rd in the league in shooting % for D.

The year before he was 55th.

My guess is he winds up in between there. It's worth noting that last year was a total goal breakout for him, mostly on the PP.

Could be a blip. Either way he's nothing to sneeze at.

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#80 Eddie Shore
January 30 2013, 05:40PM
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@Wax Man Riley

Veddddddy niiice. Thank you good sir.

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#81 Chris.
January 30 2013, 05:58PM
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Great. DSF is back. Did the Oilers somehow lose already?

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#82 DSF
January 30 2013, 06:08PM
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Chris. wrote:

Great. DSF is back. Did the Oilers somehow lose already?

Won't be long

4-2

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#83 DSF
January 30 2013, 06:10PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

you're not going to win or anything against DSF by hating his preferred players (regardless of the reason he prefers them).

Garrison had an incredible PP year last year. He had 9 PP goals and was 3rd in the league in shooting % for D.

The year before he was 55th.

My guess is he winds up in between there. It's worth noting that last year was a total goal breakout for him, mostly on the PP.

Could be a blip. Either way he's nothing to sneeze at.

His offence is just gravy.

He's an excellent shut down D

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#84 a lg dubl dubl
January 30 2013, 06:23PM
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Does anybody know where if possible I can stream the game tonight?

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#85 Gret99zky
January 30 2013, 06:23PM
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Gene Principe is a Millions times better than Roger.

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#86 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 06:26PM
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@DSF

He improved a lot last year, no doubt

http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=30&f1=2010_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=FLA&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+13+14+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67

http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=30&f1=2011_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=FLA&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+13+14+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67

so far looks like he's playing well this year...

http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=30&f1=2012_s&f2=5v5&f4=D&f5=VAN&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+13+14+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67

getting a massive zone start push though... not sure he's the "shut down" guy driving that team. Looks like AV relies more on Bieksa and Hamhuis for that.

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#87 Oilertown
January 30 2013, 06:28PM
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Can anybody help a guy out with start time plz.

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#88 Jeffy
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I SEE DEAD PEOPLE

Oh, and hi DSF!

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#89 jimmyc
January 30 2013, 06:30PM
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Jason, like you I am tired of the Horcoff bashing. I've come to the realization those who continually point to him as the problem, any problem, don't know jack about hockey. The guy is a tireless worker, sticks his nose in the corner and battles in front of the net and represents the Oilers proudly on the ice and in the community. Is he a first line centre worthy of a 5 million dollar plus contract? Of course not. But the leadership and guidance he is showing the kids will pay off in spades down the road. He is consistently the hardest worker on the ice, on both teams. He's coming to the end of his career and I think it's time he be shown the respect he has earned.

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#90 Oilertown
January 30 2013, 06:30PM
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Found it!!.

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#91 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 30 2013, 06:35PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

Does anybody know where if possible I can stream the game tonight?

when in doubt, google:

sports live streaming

these sites change all the time... but some combination of a d t h and an e usually gets you going.

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#92 pelhem grenville
January 30 2013, 06:37PM
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I heard on Gregor's show that it is Sportsnet West, and tomorrow's game is Sportsnet One

WaxMan...is there a link for the game?

blacked out here...

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#93 a lg dubl dubl
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

Thanks Romulus, I always forget about the google gods lol

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#94 Sanaa Montana
January 30 2013, 06:42PM
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WTF?.!..? The game is not on cable in Edmonton?

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#95 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 06:43PM
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http://forum.wiziwig.eu/threads/81086-NHL-Today!-Jan-30th

The forum updates everyday to show the streams!** Only for use where tv, radio, NHL Centre Ice, etc are not available!

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#96 keilan
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jimmyc wrote:

Jason, like you I am tired of the Horcoff bashing. I've come to the realization those who continually point to him as the problem, any problem, don't know jack about hockey. The guy is a tireless worker, sticks his nose in the corner and battles in front of the net and represents the Oilers proudly on the ice and in the community. Is he a first line centre worthy of a 5 million dollar plus contract? Of course not. But the leadership and guidance he is showing the kids will pay off in spades down the road. He is consistently the hardest worker on the ice, on both teams. He's coming to the end of his career and I think it's time he be shown the respect he has earned.

Jimmyc,

Horcoff’s problem is he’s been a 3rd line centre for his entire career but has been asked to be more..

The guy never complains tries hard and those are his biggest attributes. If he was on many other teams and was paid half what he’s earned and been a 3rd line centre nobody would have a problem with him.

At the end of the day he’s enjoyed a decent career and been compensated far beyond he’s ability or contribution.

When he pulls off the Oiler silks for the last time he should feel blessed!!

I'll save my tears for someone more deserving!

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#97 Clyde Frog
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@keilan

Look at 05 to 08, he would have been an amazing 50-70 pt 3rd line centre...

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#98 Walter Sobchak
January 30 2013, 06:58PM
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DSF wrote:

Won't be long

4-2

Those are scoring chances for the Yotes in the last 5 minutes of an out of reach game the Oilers are dominating 6-1

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#99 Thinker
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Bad signs looming. I was supposed to be bound for san diego via phoenix, but it was too cold for the engine, and the plane wouldn't start.

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#100 keilan
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Clyde Frog wrote:

Look at 05 to 08, he would have been an amazing 50-70 pt 3rd line centre...

The game continues to evolve and change so be careful about measuring any player based on points alone.

Horcoff and amazing should never be in the paragraph!!

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