GDB 4.0: LOOKING FOR MOMENTUM

Jason Gregor
October 10 2013 12:12PM

After a ferocious comeback led them to a shootout victory on Monday, the Oilers will be looking to carry that momentum into tonight's clash with the Montreal Canadiens. The Oilers have trailed by three goals heading into the 3rd period 285 times in franchise history, and Monday was only the 5th time they came back to win the game. Those types of comebacks are extremely rare, but the enthusiasm and confidence the Oilers gained from that game has been evident the past few days.

The players were more relaxed. This team is still quite young, especially their offensive leaders, and even though it was only eight periods of hockey, you could tell some of them were frustrated with their lack of production prior to the 3rd period explosion vs. the Devils.

Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov desperately want to lead this team offensively. They feel their primary job is to score goals, and you could see they were getting frustrated not doing it. They have high expectations, and since Monday's victory you could see the relief on two of their faces.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in his first game, so he wasn't feeling any frustration, but he's just as hungry to lead this team as the other three.

As they mature, they will realize that on nights where their offence is struggling they can still help the team by playing solid defensively. It is easy to say, but much harder to accept. Very few young offensive stars can accept that playing great defence is as important as scoring a goal. They were able to dominate at every other level, and most of their domination came offensively.

This isn't a knock or a criticism, just a fact in today's game. The best offensive players become some of the best two-way players if their teams want to win. Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Patrice Bergeron are excellent two-way players, and Nugent-Hopkins is constantly talking about wanting to emulate them.

Hall, Eberle and Yakupov are equally aware of it, but it will take time before they don't get frustrated when the offence dries up. Usually their slumps won't last very long, so it won't be a big issue, but even a two-game drought can frustrate young snipers.

Hall's third period goal was a huge relief, and even though Eberle didn't score a goal, he contributed with an assist and he too was more relaxed the past few days.

Yakupov loves scoring goals, and after scoring six goals in his final three games he was hoping to carry that momentum into this season. It hasn't happened, yet, and you can see the frustration in his game. It seems many in Oilersnation want to blame his linemates for his lack of production. That is a lame excuse, and not one that Yakupov is thinking about.

Elite players don't think that way. Yakupov can score regardless of who he plays with, and when I spoke to him yesterday he said he just needs to shoot more and react better to plays. He's played most of the season with Boyd Gordon, who has a point in every game, so the excuse of weak linemates is not only a cop out, but also inaccurate.

Yakupov needs to shoot more, but he also needs to work harder to get into better shooting lanes. It is only three games, and no one should be that concerned, but stop blaming his linemates. Gordon is playing the best offensive hockey of his career, yet he's an anchor for Yakupov? It doesn't jive.

Yakupov will start producing, and when he does it will likely coincide with him simply working harder in every aspect of his game.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Yakupov
Gazdic-Acton-Brown

Ference-J. Schultz
Belov-Petry
Smid-N.Schultz

Dubnyk

I'm sure many will complain that Yakupov is playing with Smyth, but Eakins isn't afraid to juggle his lines, so I'm sure we will see Yakupov play with other duos as well. Eakins won't hesitate to switch up the lines if they aren't producing, but he stated yesterday he'd much rather keep his lines together, because that means they are playing well.

The Canadiens lost 3-2 in Calgary last night and didn't skate this morning, but Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Habs. Josh Gorges was injured and only played one shift in the third period last night, so he'll be a game time decision.

Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Briere
Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta
Prust-Moen-White/Bournival

Gorges??-Subban
Markov-Diaz
Bouillon-Tinordi

Budaj 

QUICK HITS....

  • David Perron is another scorer who wants to be a main contributor. After a solid preseason, five goals, he too was pressing for his first as an Oiler. After he ripped one over Brodeur's right shoulder he admitted he felt a great sense of relief. It is nice to see a bunch of players who truly want to contribute and win. Once this team learns to play better away from the puck, I believe they will be a handful for opposing teams.
     
  • Last year many wrote how Eberle's shooting % was unsustainable, and he would clearly regress. It is interesting how none of those same people wrote similar stories about Yakupov. Yakupov had 17 goals on 81 shots for a sizzling 21 SH%. If Eberle's 18.9% wasn't going to be repeated, shouldn't those people expect Yakupov to regress as well?
     
  • Perception and human nature is a funny thing. It seems some have decided it is Eberle vs. Yakupov, instead of hoping that both have great success. I sense that some would rather see Yakupov succeed than Eberle, mainly because he was the #1 overall pick. After a 76-point season many stats guys wanted to show why Eberle couldn't maintain those numbers, yet after Yakupov's rookie campaign many automatically assumed he'd become a 35-goal man. Why was Eberle's season critiqued due to SH%, but Yakupov's used as a stepping stone to future success?
     
  • Lars Eller is off to a great start for the Habs. He has four goals and six points in three games, while Aex Galchenyuk has five assists. Eakins likes to go power on power so we could see the RNH line vs. Galchenyuk which should be exciting.
     
  • I loved Tomas Hertl's goal. It is extremely difficult to pull that off in a game, and outside of Adam Oates, it seemed most hockey fans appreciated it. I liked Hall's response when I asked him if he feels it was disrespectful. "I think it is more insulting if a team stops trying against you than if they run up the score or score a flashy goal," said Hall. 

THE ORACLE....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers can't afford to go on the road with only one victory. They will play their best game of the early season and skate away with a 4-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Gordon has had four three-game point streaks in his career, but he's never had points in four consecutive games. He'll set a career high tonight with an assist, and make everyone forget about the dreadful two seasons of the Belanger Triangle.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Midway through the first period Alex Galchenyuk, the 3rd pick in the 2012 draft, will crush Yakupov, 1st pick in 2012, with an open ice hit. Yakupov is slow to get up, but on his next shift he rips a one-timer for his first goal of the season. Instead of a crazy celebration, he just stands still and raises his hands above his head with a big smile. After the game he thanks his former teammate for waking him from his early season slump.

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#1 outdoorzguy
October 10 2013, 12:20PM
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Dubnyk is in net. In all liklihood we lose!!

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#2 Dubs-nik
October 10 2013, 12:18PM
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Let wait to see how doobs plays today FIST, before we jump to conclusions and write off that momentum

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#3 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 10 2013, 04:40PM
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The Canadiens play with more heart and outwork the Oilers this evening. Eakins starts the wrong goaltender, back into the flames for Dubey as the Oil get torched 6-2. Oilers can't overcome a quick start by the Habs. Montreal is amped up after last night and the Oilers are bored and a little too relaxed since Tuesday.

It's been 6 weeks since Eakins fitness structure was implemented. Should have started to see the benefits of this by now...no reason for them to get outworked.

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#4 JJ
October 10 2013, 02:59PM
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I'm betting Galchenyuk destroys Yakupov on the scoreboard. Galchenyuk has 5 points in 3 games, Yak his nil points in 3 games.

Honestly, taking Yakupov over Galchenyuk is like taking Jordan Staal over Jonathan Toews or picking Snowpants over Couture. You'll see soon enough, but the Oil dun goofed and missed out on the real talent in that draft, in the form of a much needed center as well.

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#5 lolhockey
October 10 2013, 12:36PM
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I really like Yakupov and I hope he does well tonight. He might not score, but he needs to play better.

If he doesn't, I think he'll be the first of the Fab 5 to be made an example of and take a seat in the press box.

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#6 washed up
October 10 2013, 12:38PM
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Racki wrote:

I wish the thoughts some have of moving Eberle or Yakupov would die.

I don't think anybody wants to trade them, but when the team is desperately lacking in other aspects of the game... Say defense. You have to try and do something.

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#7 outdoorzguy
October 10 2013, 12:49PM
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@A-Mc

Nope, never saw it, despite the fact it was all over the sports channels. Never saw it at all!!

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#8 JJ
October 10 2013, 10:26PM
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Galchy had another 2 points this night to bring his total to 7. Yak had 0. Just some interesting fact. Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.

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#9 fatso
October 10 2013, 11:32PM
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why was the big easy playing if we wanted momentum. why wasn't Yakapov playing more. why do top draft picks play like other teams much lower draft picks.

why don't we shoot right after the blue - line.

why don't we hit.

why is Kelly Buckberger still here and.

why doesn't points determine who wears the C.

why not try and get another first overall jk.

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#10 washed up
October 10 2013, 04:02PM
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NJ wrote:

Not to rain on your parade because I think Galchenyuk is a talent, however I would bet my last dollar that if Yak was playing with 2 guys with the talent AND effort of Gallagher and Eller, you'd see a different result. I would also suggest that Galchenyuk Gordan and Smyth would yield Yak's current results.

Everyone says that Eakins likes duos ... Who is Yakupov's?

All that being said, JG has it right and Nail needs to be awesome in spite of his linemates. When his effort level reaches a level of consistency that is required for the nhl, he'll be the stud (no pun intended) we all want him to become.

Last: in regards to a trade, in one second I'd send Nail or Eberle to Nashville for Seth Jones. Big stay at home defenseman who's NHL ready and is likely to be a #1 d man just about the time we round into a conference leading competitor in say... 2-3 years. Bold? Absolutely. Bring it on.

Just my $.02...

How dare you suggest that the Oilers should trade something they have in ample supply ( small, skilled, wingers ) for something they desperately need. Don't you know Yak will be a 150 goal per year guy at some point, and Eberle is just off limits. You sir, are a mad man.

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#11 Reinman
October 10 2013, 02:11PM
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1983 and This Year wrote:

If Yak had been playing with Perron the last 3 games, he would have had more quality scoring opportunities. You can't tell me his line mates don't matter.

I hate to keep bringing him up, but only because I never feels like he gets a fair shake.

Smyth on that 3rd line is death for Yak. Bring up Omark, and play Omark-Gordon-Yak. You got a 2-way center and a couple of gifted offensive players.

Give Omark 10 games, if he doesn't cut it, then send him back down. He is the best offensive talent we have on LW that is not on the roster... give him a shot. If the oilers did that and he didn't perform, fine, I won't mention his name again. He had had success pretty much everywhere he has played outside of the NHL. I beleive he has the talent, just wish Oilers brass would put some faith in him.

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#12 Wax Man Riley
October 10 2013, 03:23PM
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I can't believe how this organization is purposely ruining Yak's career by playing him on the 3rd line! He needs top 6 minutes....

....well... another young player ruined by the Oilers.

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#13 JJ
October 10 2013, 03:15PM
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Wellwood is now seeking employment or retiring. Would be a better option than Acton at this point.

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#14 Reg Dunlop
October 10 2013, 10:35PM
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JJ wrote:

Galchy had another 2 points this night to bring his total to 7. Yak had 0. Just some interesting fact. Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.

The history of the draft shows multiple cases where a run of great first over-alls is followed by busts.

Lemieux-Wendel Clark then Murphy-Turgeon

Sundin-Nolan-Lindros then Hamerlik-Daigle-Jovanoski-Berard

Stamkos-Tavares then Hall-Nuge-Yak. Not implying that all the oil#1s are busts but maybe 1 of them won't pan out.

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#15 washed up
October 10 2013, 10:32PM
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JJ wrote:

Galchy had another 2 points this night to bring his total to 7. Yak had 0. Just some interesting fact. Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.

Ya, but Yak will score 60 goals next season.... Or maybe the season after. Yak reminds me of Alex Kovalev.

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#16 Serious Gord
October 11 2013, 08:33AM
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And regarding Eakins:

If the team is playing as uncohesively as they are now four weeks from now and the record is 4-10ish then it is entirely possible he is fired - along with most of his staff. Barry melrose got canned by Florida only 15 games in.

Clearly coaching isn't the only issue - but is one right now. Compare his lack of success to that of another rookie coach from the ahl - Patrick Roy.

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#17 1983 and This Year
October 10 2013, 12:49PM
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If Yak had been playing with Perron the last 3 games, he would have had more quality scoring opportunities. You can't tell me his line mates don't matter.

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#18 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 10 2013, 06:19PM
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Old School G wrote:

I'm on to you Mr. Ballet, you're a big time Oilers fanatic just like the rest of us but have understood the necessity and also the attention that comes along with always being the villain as your picture aptly portrays. Not a bad angle my friend. GO OIL!

Guilty as charged sir. Who says hate isn't alive and thriving right here on Oilersnation.

We can literally put the boots to each other and not even need medical attention.

GO OIL! I don't at all mind facing the wrath if they win.

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#19 washed up
October 10 2013, 10:15PM
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Time to make some trades!!!!!!

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#20 JJ
October 10 2013, 03:53PM
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NJ wrote:

Not to rain on your parade because I think Galchenyuk is a talent, however I would bet my last dollar that if Yak was playing with 2 guys with the talent AND effort of Gallagher and Eller, you'd see a different result. I would also suggest that Galchenyuk Gordan and Smyth would yield Yak's current results.

Everyone says that Eakins likes duos ... Who is Yakupov's?

All that being said, JG has it right and Nail needs to be awesome in spite of his linemates. When his effort level reaches a level of consistency that is required for the nhl, he'll be the stud (no pun intended) we all want him to become.

Last: in regards to a trade, in one second I'd send Nail or Eberle to Nashville for Seth Jones. Big stay at home defenseman who's NHL ready and is likely to be a #1 d man just about the time we round into a conference leading competitor in say... 2-3 years. Bold? Absolutely. Bring it on.

Just my $.02...

I agree, I think Eberle should be traded for a top D or top line C. Hemsky can fill in his void on the first line and Yak can slot into second. Plus, he would get quite a return.

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#21 Reg Dunlop
October 10 2013, 10:01PM
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Good to see a pussy European cheap shot our best player with NO repercussions. Now that's teamwork.

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#22 Space Dad
October 10 2013, 02:06PM
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Alright Gregor,

Sorry to be so nit-picky, but this has been a frustration ever since the Jordan Eberle shooting % discussion began. The word you are looking for is "sustainable," not "attainable." If a shooting % is "unattainable" it means that no player has or ever will be able to "attain" it - pretty much that the shooting % in question is impossible to achieve. If, on the other hand, a shooting % is "unsustainable" it means that it is unlikely that the player in question will be keep scoring at the rate he is.

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#23 madjam
October 10 2013, 03:59PM
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Time to rename the coach ? How's chuckles because he seldom smiles ? If he keeps up the scowl we can call him Ogre ?

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#24 Harry
October 10 2013, 09:28PM
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Anyone elso notice those greasy herpy sores on Gallaghers face? Discusting!!!

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#25 Mikey
October 10 2013, 09:54PM
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Are Hall and Ebs fighting? Cause they won't pass to each other. And when Hall looked of Ebs, Ebs made a quick line change. Maybe I am seeing things.

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#26 TonyT
October 10 2013, 10:29PM
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I thought the Oil played well tonight, the effort was certainly there, which is at the very least a step in the right direction. I'd like to see them just hammer from the point (like Montreal did) when the Habs clog the lanes instead of trying to pass through the seam. Other than that, more efforts like these should result in more wins than losses in my opinion. One last thing, I love Yak but that 2nd period benching was well deserved, he looked like Alex Ovechkin out there after a coach's corner...

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#27 madjam
October 10 2013, 10:35PM
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We played about as well as we are going to play most nights . We are just not that good enough yet . The better team won tonite . Present roster , even with Gagner back , does not look strong enough to be a contender this year once again . Fun to watch at least . We got more than just our depth to worry about , as our young stars are not showing much if any any progress from last year . Dubbie can't be faulted for this loss .

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#28 ColourMeImpressed
October 10 2013, 10:36PM
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Next season at the home opener, the announcer will boom over the PA system "Ladies and Gentlemen, here come your Edmonton Thrashers!"

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#29 washed up
October 10 2013, 02:35PM
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Reinman wrote:

I hate to keep bringing him up, but only because I never feels like he gets a fair shake.

Smyth on that 3rd line is death for Yak. Bring up Omark, and play Omark-Gordon-Yak. You got a 2-way center and a couple of gifted offensive players.

Give Omark 10 games, if he doesn't cut it, then send him back down. He is the best offensive talent we have on LW that is not on the roster... give him a shot. If the oilers did that and he didn't perform, fine, I won't mention his name again. He had had success pretty much everywhere he has played outside of the NHL. I beleive he has the talent, just wish Oilers brass would put some faith in him.

They've given Omark a couple shots. He's not an NHL player

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#30 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
October 10 2013, 05:15PM
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Oh yeah - sorry JG and ON for hijacking this thread. I meant to talk about Yak, but I feel quite strongly about Omark and got sidetracked.

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#31 Old School G
October 10 2013, 05:20PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

The Canadiens play with more heart and outwork the Oilers this evening. Eakins starts the wrong goaltender, back into the flames for Dubey as the Oil get torched 6-2. Oilers can't overcome a quick start by the Habs. Montreal is amped up after last night and the Oilers are bored and a little too relaxed since Tuesday.

It's been 6 weeks since Eakins fitness structure was implemented. Should have started to see the benefits of this by now...no reason for them to get outworked.

I'm on to you Mr. Ballet, you're a big time Oilers fanatic just like the rest of us but have understood the necessity and also the attention that comes along with always being the villain as your picture aptly portrays. Not a bad angle my friend. GO OIL!

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#32 Rocket
October 10 2013, 10:07PM
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Wow is Petry bad this year. What happened? A good rookie showing, then he get's upgraded to the first pairing. It seems like he can't handle the opposing top lines at all.

Overall The Oilers aren't playing badly but the bounces are definitely going Montreal's way. Perron is fired up to play the Habs and the first line is generating chances. Nuge looks like he's flying around everywhere on the ice.

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#33 Cold Hard Truth
October 10 2013, 10:45PM
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I would love to see the Oilers succeed. You know, finally turn the corner and start showing some consistency.

But I'm actually starting to take pity on this team and especially the fans. It doesn't make sense how an organization can suck so much and for so long.

The problems that have been with us for the past few years are still here:

- Despite all the high-end skill, we can't score. - Bad defence - No depth at center - Unreliable goaltending

I'm not looking to MacTavish to fix anything. He's part of the problem.

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#34 Clarko
October 10 2013, 11:26PM
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Slats wrote:

Can we please for the love of . . . . almighty put someone on the PP who is a threat to use a slap shot - this soft wrister crap from Schulz jr is brutal. And every team knows they are looking for that back door cross ice from the half wall. C'mon coach earn your wage and get creative - Montreal PP made ours look foolish. And it cost another game. I love Ference on PP no hesitation just a hard low slap shot he almost scored twice again tonight.

And finally Yak you are so lost out there bumping into your own players, you are really out of sync - take a look at your former teammate on Habs - a threat every shift, back checks hard, etc i think you just earned yourself a seat up high to start the road trip.

The Oilers PP is running at 25% which is very good. A 25% efficiency on the PP would be ranked in the top 3 in every season in NHL history. An I'm pretty sure that "soft wrister" worked out pretty good for guys like Lidstrom and Bourque.

The main problem with this team is their 5-on-5 play. Only 1.75 goals per game even strength this season which is far too low.

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#35 Dan 1919
October 11 2013, 08:49AM
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Despite a loss last night, I like what I am seeing. We finally watched an NHL team lose last night, where as over the last few seasons it seemed when the Oilers lost, they did it in a fashion that made them look as if they didn't even belong in the league.

Dubnyk was OK and will still have to be consistent over long stretches to take the big "?" off him.

Eberle and Yak need to find their game and will.

Hall is all effort and his game will still improve quite a bit as he finds season form.

NUGE is looking like one of the most solid two way centres in the game developing in front of us.

Hemsky is the best right wing on the team, great to see him performing like he can.

I just hope this team buys into Eakins' plan and continues to compete even though they are off to a rocky start, because a team that competes like this with as many solid pieces as they have will be a force to be reckoned with once they start to GEL as a team.

All they need now is to maintain the compete level and time will take care of the rest.

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#36 PutzStew
October 11 2013, 09:51AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Poor Yakupov, he looks so lost out there right now, to blame a 19 year old for this teams problems is like blaming Dubnyk.

I agree with one of the posters, the Oilers are being out coached badly right now. They looked completely gassed by the end of the second, if you didn't know any better you would have thought the Oilers played last night.

This kid is a through bred and is being treated like a mule. He needs to be pushed, not held back. Hall was the same way when there were trying to "Protect him". Give him the ball and let him run. This is never going to happen on the third line.

I hope they trade him. Then I can cheer him when he is playing for a team that nows how to use him.

Also I don't except anyone on the ice to be accountable when the boobs in head office aren't. Change that and you have a winning team.

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#37 Racki
October 10 2013, 12:29PM
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I wish the thoughts some have of moving Eberle or Yakupov would die.

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#38 Rob...
October 10 2013, 01:04PM
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GDP: 5-3 Oilers, Arcobello with his first 'not very pretty' goal. OGDP: Taylor Hall narrowly avoids an unintentional headshot check by Subban in the first. Subban realizes how close he came to a suspension and plays the rest of the game in a subdued manner that the Oilers take advantage of. NSOGDP: Galchenyuk convinces Yak that Alex is in the arena and that she's holding a special sign just for him. Yak is useless for the next 3 shifts as he spends his time searching the crowd. Once he realizes he has been duped he goes ballistic on the ice, hitting anything in red, and ringing two off the post before scoring the Oilers 5th goal.

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#39 Wax Man Riley
October 10 2013, 03:28PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

I can't believe Eakins is playing Hemsky on the 3rd line! He has been one of, if not, THE best player so far!

Plus, they need to showcase his talents and get him some minutes to get something for him on the trade market.

....well....another veteran player and asset ruined by the Oilers.

I can't believe this organization is playing Eberle on the 3rd line! This is King Jordan of Eberle we are talking about here. He needs top 6 minutes to live up to his $6M contract. Playing him on the 3rd line is going to ruin his confidence.

...well...another player being used improperly by the Oilers.

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#40 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
October 10 2013, 04:10PM
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@Wax Man Riley

Similarities are striking... From Wikipedia:

"St. Louis earned a spot on the Calgary roster to begin the 1998–99 season and made his NHL debut on October 9, 1998, against the San Jose Sharks. He scored his first goal on October 20 against Dallas Stars' goaltender Roman Turek.[10] He began the season playing with Calgary's top forward, Theoren Fleury, but was quickly demoted to the fourth line, and often sat out of the lineup.[2] He appeared in only 13 games in Calgary, spending the majority of the season in Saint John where he led the AHL squad with 28 goals and 62 points.[10] He began the 1999–2000 season with Saint John, but earned a recall to Calgary after scoring 26 points in 17 games.[2] St. Louis completed his first full NHL season with 3 goals and 18 points in 56 games.[3] Pleased with his progress, general manager Al Coates picked up St. Louis' contract option for the 2000–01 season. However, the organization fired Coates and his staff that summer and the new management team was not interested in retaining his services. The Flames exposed St. Louis to the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft, but after he went unselected, the team bought out his contract and made him an unrestricted free agent.[2]"

Now, to save you the trouble, the next line in the article states that St. Louis had a few free agent offers. Still, it shows the importance of a legit opportunity. In Omark's case, has Omark had enough exposure for other GM's to know what they're passing on?

I get that there's a very strong case against him. The 'every team passed on him, at league minimum (or close?) salary is compelling, but probably not even the strongest anti-Omark argument.

All I'm saying, is that when I've seen Omark play, I thought he was already NHL calibre, with a lot of upside. You, the coaches and 30 GMs disagree with me. I just don't think he's had a fair shot.

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#41 Serious Gord
October 10 2013, 10:29PM
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Grim game tonight. A better effort than the last game but still weak. Not playing as a team, weak where they are weak and coaching doesn't seem to have an answer - simply not the right mix of players. You have got to think that player morale is low and that if this roadie goes badly that the coaching staff could lose the room.

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#42 madjam
October 10 2013, 10:51PM
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Do you think our Oilers would be playing better than this if we played Kreugers system rather than Eakins system ?

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#43 Walter Sobchak
October 10 2013, 11:07PM
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Poor Yakupov, he looks so lost out there right now, to blame a 19 year old for this teams problems is like blaming Dubnyk.

I agree with one of the posters, the Oilers are being out coached badly right now. They looked completely gassed by the end of the second, if you didn't know any better you would have thought the Oilers played last night.

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#44 Serious Gord
October 11 2013, 08:23AM
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Hemmercules wrote:

Well now that they are 1-3 I guess the season is over, with a measly 78 games left there is absolutely no hope of saving the season. Better trade the whole team and fire Eakins immediately before its too late!

Effort was better last night. Dubnyk looked ok from what I saw. Our skill guys need to start carrying the team a bit, score some goals already. Yak and Eberle look lost half the time.

I wonder if playing a third system in 3 years has anything to do with some of the struggles certain players are having??

Too early to cast a verdict on the season to be sure, but the signs thusfar are definitely cause for concern.

And arguably the toughest ten game stretch of the season starts tomorrow.

The stage is set for disaster. We shall if the players and the coaches can endure and make the corrections and still be in the playoff hunt on nov 3.

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#45 rindog
October 10 2013, 02:33PM
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Geoff wrote:

Every time I've noticed Yakupov with Hall it just seems they have great chemistry.

I actually would like to some how see Hemsky with Yak. Hemsky loves to pass and would find Yak a lot...

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#46 Wax Man Riley
October 10 2013, 03:26PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

I can't believe how this organization is purposely ruining Yak's career by playing him on the 3rd line! He needs top 6 minutes....

....well... another young player ruined by the Oilers.

I can't believe Eakins is playing Hemsky on the 3rd line! He has been one of, if not, THE best player so far!

Plus, they need to showcase his talents and get him some minutes to get something for him on the trade market.

....well....another veteran player and asset ruined by the Oilers.

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#47 Walter Sobchak
October 10 2013, 03:43PM
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Gregor

While I tend to agree with almost everything you said about Yakupov, you can't honestly believe quality of line mates makes no difference.

The difference between Hall or Smyth is massive. The difference between Gagner, RNH or Gordon is also massive.

For Yakupov to shot more, he needs to be in position, but his line mates also need to read and recognize when he is in position, if your not offensive minded then you just not thinking the same game. IMO.

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#48 Craig1981
October 10 2013, 05:01PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

The Canadiens play with more heart and outwork the Oilers this evening. Eakins starts the wrong goaltender, back into the flames for Dubey as the Oil get torched 6-2. Oilers can't overcome a quick start by the Habs. Montreal is amped up after last night and the Oilers are bored and a little too relaxed since Tuesday.

It's been 6 weeks since Eakins fitness structure was implemented. Should have started to see the benefits of this by now...no reason for them to get outworked.

Take your ball and go home!!

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#49 Poolanov
October 10 2013, 10:24PM
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Brutal play by Hopkins on Montreal's 3rd goal.

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#50 washed up
October 10 2013, 10:27PM
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My guess is MacT gives them this road trip to prove themselves. If they don't come out at .500. I can some changes even if the oil have to overpay.

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