Devan Dubnyk: First Good Game of the Season

Jonathan Willis
October 17 2013 08:53PM

 

Another loss is going to be tough for Oilers fans to swallow, and some undoubtedly won't be in the mood to look for positives. There was at least one important item to note, though: Devan Dubnyk's solid play. In stopping 37 of 40 shots, not only did Dubnyk give the Oilers a chance to win but he showed he isn't about to go quietly into the night after struggling in the early season.

The Goals

Notice a pattern here? Like, say, a New York Islander left all alone at point blank range to put the puck wherever he wanted in the net?

Yes, Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals, but all of them were on the team playing "defence" in front of him. Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek and Terry Sawchuk all rolled into one would have struggled with those shots. Sometimes there's just nothing a goalie can do about that.

Is He Back?

The Dubnyk tonight - the guy who seemed unflappable as the Islanders peppered his net, the guy who didn't collapse after New York had scored - is exactly the guy the Oilers have needed all season. He skipped the first four games, but if he's back now it makes life a lot easier for the team, for fans, and for a general manager who reportedly has spent the last week racking up dollars on his long distance bill with calls around the league.

Though it might not make much difference if the Oilers persist in letting the leagues Okposos and Tavares (Tavareses?) have however much time they want in the slot.

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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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#51 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 17 2013, 10:39PM
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Lost in all this nonsense is what a huge benefit it was having Horcoff, Hemsky and Gagner show these kids what it takes to be Oilers. Their leadership skills being on parade these last 3 seasons. Without these role models, i'd hate to think where this team would be today.

Government cheese.....all of them.

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#52 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
October 18 2013, 12:09AM
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One would hope Messier gives the Lord of the Rings a smack in the head and asks how the hell he let this organization get so bush league.

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#53 Pouzar99
October 18 2013, 12:25AM
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Dubnyk was excellent but the boys always find a way too lose. He stopped everything that was stoppable and you can't ask for more than that. If the Oilers continue to give up chances like this and continue not to capitalize enough on their own, this may never end. One way or another, this darkness got to end.

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#54 Spydyr
October 17 2013, 09:06PM
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DSF wrote:

As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say..."if If it's not one thing, it's another".

If you get average goaltending in one game and the rest of the team gets outclassed by an average team, you still lose.

1) An above average goaltender

2) A big, tough second line centre

3 TWO top pairing defensemen.

Nothing else matters.

Roseanne Roseannadanna Thanks DSF.Poor Gilda died much.much too soon.Still miss her humour.

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#55 Racki
October 18 2013, 12:18AM
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I know there are some needs to address on this team such as goaltending (a 1B guy, in my opinion, a #1D would also be very nice)... but I have been wondering lately about this whole swarm system. I know there are teams out there that do this very well, but I'm having a tough time believing that the Oilers are going to grasp this concept before the whole season slips away. I'm fully expecting one day that the coaches will just completely dumb it down and go back to the zone defense that everyone learns as kids (and some teams implement).

The swarm is effective when done right, but it's also conducive to that back door play or leaving a guy wide open somewhere on the ice. The Oilers have that part of this tactic down pat.

Krueger tried to teach this team man-to-man defense.. lots of confusion for this team with that too. Just water it down completely and see how they do for a while maybe.... if the swarm doesn't click in before long.

To add to this, the Oilers are much improved on faceoffs... get back to powerplay and PK systems that have worked in the past, couple that with skilled guys who have improved in their offensive ability, reliable systems, and maybe this team starts winning. I like Eakins though, just saying that maybe he needs to dumb it down if this all doesn't work soon.

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#56 Shredder
October 18 2013, 10:01AM
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Duby didn't play bad but we still let in 3 goals. When 3 goals is the team record for least allowed, even this early on, I think the team needs to focus on how they're going to prevent goals.

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#57 vetinari
October 18 2013, 11:00AM
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The Oilers are like going to a car dealership and talking to a slick salesman. They tell you that the old model that you currently are driving needs to be upgraded and you should really buy a new car-- it looks shiny and pretty and new, and so you do.

You take it out on the highway and motor quickly blows up so you go back to the dealership, they tell you that they fixed the problem and that there's a new engine under the hood so you go out again and the same thing happens. They tell you that they really fixed the problem this next time and that everything should be fine because they also put a new navigation system in the car. Again, you go out on the highway and the same thing happens. This goes on and on until either: 1. they really fix the problem; or 2. you leave the lemon at the lot and move on to something more trustworthy and reliable.

You, Oilers, are that lemon of a car, and your customers are getting impatient. Either fix the damn problem already or join the AHL, where you seem to fit in better. The shiny and pretty and new is wearing off at this point and there better be something under the hood that can get us to our destination and soon.

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#58 Monkeyswan
October 18 2013, 05:46AM
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From Vancouver, led zeppelin , I fell like a " Fool in the rain" for thinking this season was going to be different, still searching for my street corner girl who always has value and pretends to care

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#59 madjam
October 18 2013, 07:46AM
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Hopkins - 9 ,Hemsky -8 , J.Schultz , -7 , Hall-6 , Ference and Smyth -5 , Yak and Gordon -4 . That's our core basically , and the problems stem mainly from them . Looks can be deceiving obviously .

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#60 Hinter
October 18 2013, 09:28AM
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Hey Everyone the person to blame is KEVEN LOWE,this clown needs to go!

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#61 TigerUnderGlass
October 18 2013, 02:00PM
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@Smokey

Canucks should have a cup.

You shut your filthy mouth.

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#62 Spydyr
October 17 2013, 09:14PM
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DSF wrote:

Buffalo, Philly and Edmonton need an organizational flush.

From the top down.

It'll be interesting to see which owner has the biggest balls.

I'd bet on Snider.

Things started to go wrong in Edmonton when Katz outbid Gregg for the team.What ever happened to the 150 million dollar rinks at the U of A anyhow?

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#63 2004Z06
October 18 2013, 08:23AM
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A Dude wrote:

So many rants, and I don't blame the fans.

What baffles me is the continued fan base. The Oilers at its present state will not survive if it was an organization based in the U.S.

I have rid of myself with the emotional investment. For as long as there is no accountability in the organization, we will never be a Stanley Cup contender.

Best way to show it is just watch from TV but not buy tickets anymore for home games. Empty seats speak louder than blogs.

I have made the same argument. The problem in Edmonton is the fans care too much. Fans are afraid to give up there tix because they know some other sucker is on the waiting list to purchase them and they will never get them back.

This needs to be a simpler message. Boycott 1 game, just one. I guarantee the message will be sent.

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#64 Loweblows
October 18 2013, 08:36AM
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I agree with Willis that all 3 goals that got by DD were the result of defensive breakdowns. I agree that even the best goaltenders would have a hard time with any of those goals last night. But if say Roy faced the same 3 he would at least save one, hence the term "big save". I saw standard positional saves by DD last night but he didnt make the big save and that is the difference between winning and losing. Im sick of hearing about "improvements". Until they win park the tired cliches, close the dressing room door and figure out how to win. As for KLowe, how the he#€ he still has a job is beyond comprehension. Could you imagine any other business where the Manager ran 7 consecutive years in the red and still manages to keep their job?

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#65 Smokey
October 18 2013, 08:55AM
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dobiezeke wrote:

McTavish/Quinn/Renney/Krueger/Eakins...5 coaches with 5 different systems/philosophies. None have worked with this group. New players get inserted through the years yet the team still finds a way to crap the bed nightly. There is no attempt to play 60 minutes of hockey on a nightly basis.

There is no accountability from those that have been through the past coaches and no desire to play the game like they give a shat.

I find your comment strange. First of all the players besides Hemsky are a completely different group.

Anyways your right its the same garbage. I see the same things from the when MacT left. An organization that doesn't address issues and holes. Every year there's a new problem. It use be lack of talent. Then it was too much youth. There have always been size issues. The farm system was a disaster. Lack of decent veterans. Could not win face-offs, and struggled 5x5. Now its special teams, defensive zone coverage and goaltending. Overall its confidence.

Last night I saw a team that is like the Oilers. Poor ownership, piles of high draft picks. However they have figured out. Garth Snow is no longer a laughing stock, he has drafted and developed his talent. Filled in the holes with quality veterans, and found value contracts. Who would thought Thomas Hickey, and that McDonald guy would be top 4 defenceman. This is my only hope, that one day this group of Oilers clicks. I'd love to become the next NY Islanders at this point.

The fix is simple, clean out the whole management group. Find a new organizational philosophy, put quality individuals in place. Get rid of the old boys, the nepotism, and start fresh. New owner would be good too.

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#66 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 18 2013, 08:56AM
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Hey, I have an idea....

Lets spend 600 million dollars on a new facilty so we can be force fed this sloth for another 40 yrs.

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#67 Mark B
October 18 2013, 09:51AM
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What I could not understand about last nights game was the powerplay? In the second period the Oilers had 3 powerplays all in a row 6 minutes! Yet I did not see Belov on the powerplay at all?? This is a guy with a good shoot, keeps it low and makes sure it get through. If he was on my team and I had a powerplay I would have Belov out ther as much as possible and just keep feeding him the puck!! Or am I missing something????

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#68 Quintana
October 18 2013, 10:12AM
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Bruins wrote:

I do not understand how kevin lowe keeps his job????

Also Dallas Eakins .......sorry but he's out of this league.

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#69 Geitus Maximus
October 18 2013, 10:19AM
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madjam wrote:

Hopkins - 9 ,Hemsky -8 , J.Schultz , -7 , Hall-6 , Ference and Smyth -5 , Yak and Gordon -4 . That's our core basically , and the problems stem mainly from them . Looks can be deceiving obviously .

I see your point but whats the alternative, fire the team? Its starting to seem very clear that the problems seem to be 1. Goaltending 2. Swarm defense

Dub needs to pull out wins, not keep us in a game.

Eakins system is not a major league system. He needs to go with a more conventional system that the players can excel in. The team skill has improved with which not many would argue yet the results arent there. SYSTEM. Eakins needs to adapt or his stint may be a short one. Again, whats the alternative, fire the team and start over?

Ps no panic moves like dealing Yak for someone elses damaged goods. Other teams are salivating about an oilers firesale.

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#70 RJ
October 18 2013, 10:24AM
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I used to be okay with the fact that my team sucked. I often thought that we had the best worst team in the league. But now, watching our prime time players take nights off when the team is in such rough shape is unacceptable.

Now I find myself reading about the oilers daily, When I don't even care about the outcome of the games

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#71 k
October 18 2013, 11:24AM
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October 04 2013, 06:41PM

It matters not whether Nuge returns Oct 10th or Nov 10th because the Oilers are not close to being a playoff team. They simply have too many holes throughout their lineup.

4 years into the re-build and we have Ryan Smyth on the 1st line, we have named no less than 6 alternate captains and the coach believed there were others that were deserving, that almost had me throwing up in my mouth.

For a team that has played as soft as the Oilers over the past number of years one of their biggest problems is they don’t have an identity, they often play with fear and fold-up quicker than a cheap polyester suit when the going gets tough.

The culture that has existed in that locker room is toxic and as long as some of the core veterans remain I’m afraid that we’ll stay on the periphery despite drafting 1st overall three years running.

Many here at Oiler Nation believe that because they have been able to draft top prospects that other prospects and quality NHL players would be jumping at the opportunity to come aboard. That my friends isn’t going to happen very often, Schultz signed but others will simply move on to other teams.

It’s a little discerning when Jesse Joensuu is the best Oiler forward on opening night. The Oilers will probably finish ahead of the Flames in their division but not by much. MacT simply couldn’t get enough deals done, We are the worst run organization in hockey today, sorry Florida.

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This was posted October 04,13 and I'd like to retract what I said about the Calgary Flames.

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#72 Soccer Steve
October 18 2013, 11:31AM
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LOIL99 wrote:

The whole fanbase needs to take a breath. The core of this team is 24 an under. Hockey players generally don't hit their prime until 24-26. Obviously there are notable exceptions (Crosby Stamkos Ovechkin etc) but unfortunately we do not have any of those caliber of players on this team. Great players our guys will be, but not superstars like the 3 above. But that's ok, teams have won cups with much less than we have.

Expecting playoffs at this point is a tall order. Realistically this team is too young to be really successful at this point. Expecting them to win cups with their core players barely leagal to drink in the USA is unrealistic and causing panic in the streets.

New to town?

Excuse me, but we don't need to take any breaths. We have been losing since Game 7 of the '06 run. That is too damn long. And since we are paying their bills we can do whatever we damn well please.

If only we could organize better in North America. Then they'd listen. Not a single fan-base in Europe would ever, ever, stand for being treated like Edmonton fans do.

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#73 kgo
October 17 2013, 10:32PM
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looked like the centres were at fault on all 3....

.1. arco on the first, he saw belov bobble the puck (love belov so far) and he slid down to help leaving his man open and bam!

2. arco again on the PP, was covering a non existant passing lane, instead of attacking the carrier

3. Gordon looked exhausted and lost his man from the boards.

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#74 Loweblows
October 18 2013, 05:41AM
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Boooooooopooooooooooooooooooooo

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#75 2004Z06
October 18 2013, 08:32AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Racki, not doubting you, but curious who are all those teams that run the SWARM successfully.?

Really? You think the swarm is the problem? How about the fact that only half the team shows up to play on any given night. The "systems" being implemented are not the problem, the attitude and lack of compete in a lot of these players is! The swarm wasn't here last year...same result, the year before....same result and on and on. The coach and the system are clearly not the problem because after 4 coaches and 4 systems, nothing has changed!

Everyone is looking for an excuse with this team. They simply do not work hard enough to compete nightly in this league.

NO EXCUSES

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#76 Old School G
October 18 2013, 09:15AM
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Dear GM MacT,

Please swallow your pride call Kenny Holland and beg him to offer you advice. Take notes and do exactly as he says.

Thank You,

Oilers Fans Everywhere

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#77 Smokey
October 17 2013, 09:42PM
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Roy and Hasek, would of got us a win.

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#78 Devolution
October 17 2013, 10:42PM
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Butters wrote:

@MapleLeafer The Oilers are trying to build through the draft. Part of the reason is there are a lot of players who do not want to come here. We are on Ryan Miller's list of teams he won't go to for example. Although he plays on an equally crappy team, in a comparable city which gets Lake-effect snow in the winter, but whatevs.

Buffalo is also a bus ride or one hour flight from 80% of their opponents.

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#79 Devolution
October 17 2013, 10:47PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Lost in all this nonsense is what a huge benefit it was having Horcoff, Hemsky and Gagner show these kids what it takes to be Oilers. Their leadership skills being on parade these last 3 seasons. Without these role models, i'd hate to think where this team would be today.

Government cheese.....all of them.

There is clearly something else wrong, something organizational. In pure talent the Oilers are pretty good. With all that scoring power they managed 8 seconds of real offence tonight.

PK going from good last year to awful this year, PP too. Faceoff this year much better, but tonight it didn't seem like they could win anything.

I, along with most fans and Oiler management, just don't get it.

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#80 mlcslli
October 17 2013, 11:44PM
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Now Messier is on his way. When someone decides to take roll call, just about all the" boys on the bus" are present and accounted for. If Klowe is so determined to keep a nice little reunion for himself, I'm afraid he's letting this team slip through the cracks all the way to the bottom again. It seems to me that his priority is to keep all the old guys together and not too concerned with working on solutions. This team could be great and have an awesome future if we only had a different president of operations. How sad it is for the players and the fans.

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#81 Serious Gord
October 18 2013, 09:15AM
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Loweblows wrote:

If Krueger was still the coach and employed the same PK and PP what would our record be......just wondering

The last twelve games last year the oil won 3. - not much different than this year.

As for posters above assigning blame - there is plenty to go around: MacT didn't fix the teams imbalances, Eakins is trying to implement an esoteric D and seems unable to implement tacics to open up the game in the third when the the team is behind, and on and on.

But at the very core the reason is favoritism. The old boys - sycophants to the owner have corrupted the entire organization - destroying initiative and morale.

The way to fix it is trickle-down: change the pres at the top with an outsider who owes no favours to anyone and let him start the process of holding people to account and removing those who are incompetent.

Yes that means more pain before a turnaround - likely a few if not all of the stars will be on their way out either from lack of oerformance or because their next contract will be too dear- but the window to win the cup with them was already less than four years, with this lost season and some pretty harsh changes during next year (another missed playoffs?) cuts that to a very unlikely two years.

Depressing outlook I grant you, but the agony and - even more forbidding - the apathy this favoritism will generate if left in place will be far worse.

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#82 TigerUnderGlass
October 18 2013, 09:25AM
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madjam wrote:

How much longer do we wait for our young core to develop before they contemplate trading some ? The teams progressing , but they are not . They are costing us most games if you consider plus minus stats . Only Eberle @ plus 2 is a positive . Amazingly Arcobello @ plus 4 . Hopkins -9 as an example . The rest of fab 5 beyond Eberle equally bad . Is it the system , coaching ,or the players failure to improve ? We re not going to win much if they are the culprits with glaring bad plus minus figures far exceeding rest of club . We have a problem and it appears to be the kids .

Short version: You believe the team should make roster decisions based entirely on a statistic NOBODY believes means anything.

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#83 gr8one
October 17 2013, 09:17PM
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The heat keeps getting turned up on management, somethings gotta give soon you'd think.

I just hope it's not something stupid.

Dubnyk seems to have lost the confidence of the team, they just seem to have no confidence playing in front of him...that's not to excuse their defensive lapses but I think there's validity to it.

I still say there's no way that goal by JT should have gone in, a 6'5 goalie should never let a shot go over his shoulder like that when the shooter is in that close...he went down way too early. Don't get me wrong, JT should never have that kind of time/space, but to me that goal just took the sails out of the whole team,

This game was a huge improvement for Dubie, that's a start, but still not good enough, he needs to put a string of great saves together and steal a game or two, short of that, I don't see him gaining the confidence back of the team.

We unfortunately don't have the luxury of waiting for that any longer, the bleak playoff picture before this start is already beginning to look impossible at this rate.

By gawd MacT...just don't do something stupid!

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#84 quinn the eskimo
October 17 2013, 10:32PM
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This was a winnable game. The road is starting to wear on the lads; they had less sparkle than they did against the Leafs, Caps and Pens, Hall notwithstanding. The Isles play a baffling trappy game but still get off all those shots, (some of them very good ones) and it looks like they are coming around after years in the freezer. Did RNH dress tonight? Didn't see him, but if Hemmer and Smytty score on those yawning cages, we win. Not as much fun to watch tonight, but not crap. And that hooking penalty at the end was bollocks. Didn't like Arco at first, now I'm intrigued and would like him to get at least one goal before they send him down. Get well Gags, but not for a couple of games yet.

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#85 pelhem grenville
October 18 2013, 06:17AM
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RexLibris wrote:

Tavares'?

Tavari?

...Tavareseseseseseseseses

DSF would say good grief

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#86 Oiler Al
October 18 2013, 07:19AM
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Racki wrote:

I know there are some needs to address on this team such as goaltending (a 1B guy, in my opinion, a #1D would also be very nice)... but I have been wondering lately about this whole swarm system. I know there are teams out there that do this very well, but I'm having a tough time believing that the Oilers are going to grasp this concept before the whole season slips away. I'm fully expecting one day that the coaches will just completely dumb it down and go back to the zone defense that everyone learns as kids (and some teams implement).

The swarm is effective when done right, but it's also conducive to that back door play or leaving a guy wide open somewhere on the ice. The Oilers have that part of this tactic down pat.

Krueger tried to teach this team man-to-man defense.. lots of confusion for this team with that too. Just water it down completely and see how they do for a while maybe.... if the swarm doesn't click in before long.

To add to this, the Oilers are much improved on faceoffs... get back to powerplay and PK systems that have worked in the past, couple that with skilled guys who have improved in their offensive ability, reliable systems, and maybe this team starts winning. I like Eakins though, just saying that maybe he needs to dumb it down if this all doesn't work soon.

Racki, not doubting you, but curious who are all those teams that run the SWARM successfully.?

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#87 outdoorzguy
October 18 2013, 08:32AM
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@Bruins

His wife and Katz's wife are bff's

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#88 TigerUnderGlass
October 18 2013, 09:22AM
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Loweblows wrote:

I agree with Willis that all 3 goals that got by DD were the result of defensive breakdowns. I agree that even the best goaltenders would have a hard time with any of those goals last night. But if say Roy faced the same 3 he would at least save one, hence the term "big save". I saw standard positional saves by DD last night but he didnt make the big save and that is the difference between winning and losing. Im sick of hearing about "improvements". Until they win park the tired cliches, close the dressing room door and figure out how to win. As for KLowe, how the he#€ he still has a job is beyond comprehension. Could you imagine any other business where the Manager ran 7 consecutive years in the red and still manages to keep their job?

If you think those 3 were the only shots taken from Dubnyk's doorstep you weren't watching.

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#89 tileguy
October 18 2013, 09:23AM
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One thing I do know for sure, you won't see me spending 2 beans to go watch a hockey game. How much for a beer now?

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#90 Danger Pay
October 18 2013, 09:29AM
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Please sir, can I have some more humble pie?

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#91 ubermiguel
October 18 2013, 09:30AM
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Dubnyk was .925 last night (he's regressing to his career mean!). His confidence is back, the team will feed of it and play with more confidence themselves.

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#92 Bucknuck
October 18 2013, 10:16AM
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Finally Dubnyk wakes up, but the Oilers are playing like the 2010 version. So if they play the way they played against Pitt and Wash, and Dubnyk plays the way he did last night... then the team will start winning.

Sounds like a plan. Go Oil.

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#93 Doctor Smashy
October 18 2013, 11:47AM
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Ok....positivity...here it goes.

Only 7 teams have scored more goals than the Oilers.

Gordon is 62% in the dot, Arco is 60% (so is Ebs!)...Acton is 54%...Nuge is...ok I'll stop there...

Ahhh let's see here...we beat the Devils BUT they beat...oh wait....

Here's one...we are ahead of not one but TWO teams in the overall standings...

Finally, we are only one game under .500 at home!

That should get us through to Saturday right!?

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#94 FireKLowe
October 18 2013, 12:32PM
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Puckbag wrote:

At the press conference which introduced MacT as the new GM, which reporter asked the question (paraphrase) "This is the same management team that sunk the Oilers over the last few years, what makes you think this same team will bring them back into contention?"?

It was this question which Lowe responded with his infamous "I have six Stanley Cup rings, I think I know how to win."

I would love to see this reporter ask this question again. And again, and again......

I believe it was John MacKinnon. The best question ever. I wish other Edmonton journalists would ask tough question like that more often.

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#95 Devolution
October 17 2013, 10:49PM
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Butters wrote:

@Devolution Good point. Forgot about those "gruelling" east coast road trips.

A couple of seasons ago New Jersey played in Edmonton in mid November. It was their last game out of the eastern time zone for the entire season! The entire season!

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#96 grammar police
October 18 2013, 12:32AM
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Kypreos wrote:

The problem is not completely Doobie. The defense is terrible J Schultz is good offensively but a liability defensively, brutal. Forwards are more focused on padding their own stats as a posed to playing as a team. Losing will continue until a major shake up. Yakapov, RNH, Hall should all be on the block!

as opposed

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#97 oilers2k10
October 18 2013, 06:36AM
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I don't know why but I cannot stand it whenever someone says "the okbosos, crosbys, ovechkins of the league" there is only ONE Okboso, One Crosby, ONE Ovechkin..I know it's being referred to players in that category but it just sounds dumb to me. Dumber may be me pointing it out, but so be it..I've had it! Sick with it! Quit it!

Oilers will come back and win 72% of their games and sneak into the playoffs with around 94 points.

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#98 Rdubb
October 18 2013, 08:38AM
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I think people need to get off of Devons back, he has played good goal for this team for a few years now, and he should bounce back, and last night is hopefully just the start... BUT, I have a few questions; what in the hell has the coach done to our special team play? The past two season we were in the top half of the NHL in PK and PP, & where are we this season? @ the freakin bottom!!! Eakins and his "experiments" is costing Edmonton a ton. I watched the PK last night closely, and the forward duo of Hemsky and Acton was ridiculous, it seemed as if Hemsky wouldn't go to the point man with the puck and Acton would, but he'd go from one side of the ice to the other, thus leaving the opposite point man open, an easy pass across and tons of room, poor, very poor defensive structure. And if I noticed and Eakins didn't, he shouldn't be an NHL coach, and since he is, he saw this too, and continued to put these two out on the PK, and they continued to do the same thing...no wonder our PK is worst... Eakins NEEDS to get our PP & PK back to where it was successful & work on the things which weren't the past few seasons... And finally, enough about this corsi crap, I am sick and tired of hearing about how good Edmontons corsi is and we continue losing...just win baby

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#99 Reg Dunlop
October 18 2013, 09:41AM
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A veil of tears shrouds oilerville today. Wait until Nov.16. A hockey night in Canada curb stomp administered by the flames could be the final straw. Of course we will have a record like 6-15 by then and the season will have been written off. Thanks again, Mr. Katz.

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#100 Evilas
October 18 2013, 09:42AM
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The season has barely started and the Oilers are drafting FIRST again and Colorada and the Leafs are going to meet in the finals.

I admit I was ready to stop watching, because I had very high expectations. But really what is happening with this team. Lets see, new coach from outside organization with totally new system for the first time since Quinn, several new players: Arco, Peron, Gordon who are major improvements over who they replaced. Jonessu, who is doing very well and I daresay an upgrade. An AHL 4th line - the organization has better players than that, hopefully they will be in place soon.

Dmen- Belov, Ference. The D has improved. There are proven winners on this team like Gordon, Peron and Ference. They are playing better and will start to win when the PP gets it's $h!+ together, it has been awful. The goaltending straightens itself out (and it will) and the players tighten up their coverage in their own zone.

Patience my fellow fans, the ship will be turning around in the next few games.

Jonathan, I wonder if you could do a comparison of this season's first 10 games W/L, save %, shots for/against, scoring chances for/against, FO's F/A, etc as well as key advanced stats vs the previous 5 seasons (or even to 2005-06?

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