GDB 10.0: DUBNYK NEEDS TO DOMINATE

Jason Gregor
October 22 2013 12:06PM

Devan Dubnyk is going to have to roll up his sleeves, put on his gloves and pads, get an extra hard hat and hope he did a lot of squats in the off-season, because he might have to carry the Oilers for awhile.

Taylor Hall's MRI came back and the good news is that he's only out four weeks, not six months, but the bad news is that he could be out up to four weeks. Ryan Smyth injured his groin and is out at least a week. Sam Gagner is still recovering from a broken jaw and Jordan Eberle will play, but he aggravated a hip injury in Ottawa and isn't 100%.

Dubnyk faced 76 shots the past two games, and he only allowed four goals. He'll need to continue his strong play to give the Oilers any chance of getting back to .500.

While Dubnyk will try and hold down the fort defensively, Nail Yakupov has a great opportunity to step up offensively. Jordan Eberle has been the Oilers best forward recently, and Yakupov will skate with Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight and likely for the next month.

This will be Yakupov's third consecutive game playing with Nugent-Hopkins, and it is time for him to produce. Yakupov's role on the team is to score. It's the hardest job, but if he isn't producing he isn't helping the team win. I suspect once he scores his goals his confidence will increase rapidly, and he could go on a scoring binge. The Oilers need that to happen sooner than later.

LINEUP

Yakupov-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Hemsky
Jones-Gordon-Pitlick
Gazdic-Acton-Eager

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

Dubnyk

Tyler Pitlick will play his first NHL game tonight, and according to Todd Nelson Pitlick has played well in OKC this year. With Smyth and Hall injured he has a great chance to give the Oilers what they are missing in their top-nine; a winger who has some skill, will forecheck, can cycle the puck and play aggressive. He's waited three years for this opportunity, so hopefully he makes the most of it.

Ben Eager will play his first NHL game since March 8th. This is Eager's last chance with the Oilers. He should have lots to prove. Eager skates better and is bigger than Mike Brown, who was traded to San Jose last night for a 4th round pick, but he'll need to cycle the puck better to be an upgrade on Brown. That isn't saying much, since Brown sucked at it, but if Eager can't stay out of his own end he isn't an upgrade. Eager needs to play with conviction every shift.

The Canadiens are just as banged up as the Oilers. Max Pacioretty, Daniel Briere, Brandon Prust, George Parros, Alexei Yemelin, Douglas Murray and Davis Drewiske are all injured.

They will go with this lineup tonight:

Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta
Moen-Desharnais-Bourque
Holland-White-Blunden

Markov-Subban
Gorges-Diaz
Beaulieau-Bouillion

Price

Prust is a big loss for the Canadiens. He and Travis Moen dominated the Oilers in Edmonton a few weeks ago, and he brings a lot of energy to their bottom six. Lethbridge product Patrick Holland will make his NHL debut tonight, while Mike Blunden plays his first game with the Habs.

The Eller line has produced 21 points in 8 games, while P.K Subban has 2 goals and 10 points in 8 games.

The entire Oilers defence has 2 goals and 11 points in 9 games. Subban is a bonafide #1 D-man.

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers win when you least expect it, and they will continue that tonight with a 3-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Eager and the fourth line will struggle getting the puck out in the 2nd period, and the comment sections will explode with calls for the return of Linus Omark.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Early in the 3rd period, Wil Acton scores and Eager gets an assist. This time the comment section explodes with barbs tossed at those who doubted the 4th line. None of the posts claim the 4th line is consistently productive; they just want to rip on those who wanted Omark recalled instead. Get ready for just another night in the rollercoaster season of the Edmonton Oilers.

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#101 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
October 22 2013, 07:00PM
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Why didn't we buy out that bum Hemsky?

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#102 socaldave
October 22 2013, 07:00PM
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So when does Hemmer finally get back to the first line?

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#103 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:01PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

This Oilers team has literally no fight. They only use the space they're given. It's nauseating to watch. Why are we paying these clowns so much money? This lineup shouldn't cost more than $30mil with this effort.

What a joke powerplay.

Fight?? Don't even think they have any testosterone. Put some PED in their water bottles or something please.

I'm sure the players on CHL teams are horrified to be compared to a team as bad as the Oilers.

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#104 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
October 22 2013, 07:02PM
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Spydyr wrote:

It is not just about tonight.Never said a word about his game tonight.It is about his career since 2004.He still has not shown consistency.Something you need from a goalie to win in the NHL.

Yeah you're not wrong there either. I'll retract my previous comments, I thought you were calling him inconsistent tonight.

I blame the rum.

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#105 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:02PM
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@socaldave

Wow that was an awesome PP...beauty says Cherry

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#106 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:04PM
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Oilers are within in one.I see a weak goal in their future.

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#107 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:04PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Yeah you're not wrong there either. I'll retract my previous comments, I thought you were calling him inconsistent tonight.

I blame the rum.

mmmmmmm rum....Holy crap Smid just scored one is it a full moon?

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#108 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:05PM
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MOE wrote:

I do know one thing. If i have to see that stupid boys and girls club commercial again i will shoot myself .

Ditto...my gun is already cocked.

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#109 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:06PM
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Spydyr wrote:

mmmmmmm rum....Holy crap Smid just scored one is it a full moon?

Can't tell. That flock of flying pigs is blocking the view outside

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#110 BingBong
October 22 2013, 07:07PM
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Ha, Smid.

Gotta play the lottery tomorrow...

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#111 Ari Gold
October 22 2013, 07:07PM
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2-2 yet I'm still disgusted. The Oil don't deserve to be in this game. I hate teams that coast for large stretches of games.

I think I'm beginning to associate Oilers with disappointment. Now I know what Sean Horcoff thought like.

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#112 Serious Gord
October 22 2013, 07:07PM
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Dubnyk is sub par in the nhl. But price is an elite goalie MOST of the time. But sometimes he just seems to lose focus - like how he put it on a tee for smid with that rebound. A real coaches ulcer...

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#113 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:09PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Dubnyk is sub par in the nhl. But price is an elite goalie MOST of the time. But sometimes he just seems to lose focus - like how he put it on a tee for smid with that rebound. A real coaches ulcer...

On a positive note Bunz is .953 so far this year in the ECHL.

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#114 Shaun Doe
October 22 2013, 07:11PM
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I always felt that if Smid scores the Oilers HAVE to win. It just seems like such a waste if they don't.

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#115 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:15PM
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Spydyr wrote:

On a positive note Bunz is .953 so far this year in the ECHL.

Dubbie for mayor

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#116 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:16PM
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That was a much better period. I'm back to single shots of baileys in my coffee.

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#117 Poolanov
October 22 2013, 07:16PM
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WTF just happened there!!! We looked kind of ok for a period.

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#118 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:19PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who do you think is the happiest guy in Edmonton today?

1)Iveson

2)Brown

Well, I know its not Sean Horcoff (huge grin on face sitting in Dallas)

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#119 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:21PM
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Poolanov wrote:

WTF just happened there!!! We looked kind of ok for a period.

Montreal was just taking a nap. Didn't want to run up the score. Watch out for the 3rd though!! 4-2 Montreal...sad to say :(..breaking out my Oilers shot glass and volka

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#120 Alsker
October 22 2013, 07:26PM
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Hmmm..left @ 2-0 to make supper and WTF we tied it up BUT from what Im reading I shouldnt put my buddy Capt.M away. Are we really that bad, wait, I mean worse than usual?

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#121 Ari Gold
October 22 2013, 07:26PM
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Dare I become optimistic?

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#122 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:29PM
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#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty wrote:

Montreal was just taking a nap. Didn't want to run up the score. Watch out for the 3rd though!! 4-2 Montreal...sad to say :(..breaking out my Oilers shot glass and volka

Noticed that in the Pittsburgh game almost like a cat playing with a mouse.

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#123 JohnDoe
October 22 2013, 07:35PM
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Somebody needs to f**cking crank Lars Eller for his comments. But its the Oilers so no one will.

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#124 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:36PM
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I wouldn't. It just makes it hurt a little more when they blow it.

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#125 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:38PM
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JohnDoe wrote:

Somebody needs to f**cking crank Lars Eller for his comments. But its the Oilers so no one will.

Yeah, they should send Arcobello after him .

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#126 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:43PM
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@JohnDoe

He said the oilers were a team who played with very little structure or system. Is he not correct? When will the oilers buy into any kind of system?!

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#127 Lofty
October 22 2013, 07:43PM
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#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty wrote:

Well, I know its not Sean Horcoff (huge grin on face sitting in Dallas)

Shawn. #Whenyourscreennamedoesntfititstoolong

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#128 BingBong
October 22 2013, 07:44PM
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Jeez, I think we should give Subban more room when he's entering our zone. I know he can skate, but come on.

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#129 vetinari
October 22 2013, 07:48PM
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White and Jones, sitting in the box, just chatting... Likely exchanging recipes or something!

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#130 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:48PM
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Ok who was that guy dissing the Nuge earlier?

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#131 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:49PM
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Atta boy nug. Whatta pass

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#132 vetinari
October 22 2013, 07:49PM
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Petry!!!!!

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#133 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:50PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Yeah, they should send Arcobello after him .

How about LaBarbara

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#134 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:52PM
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Lofty wrote:

Shawn. #Whenyourscreennamedoesntfititstoolong

Size does matter! #Bitemeharddumnut

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#135 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:53PM
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The look on the Habs coach's face reminded me of Eakins look last week.

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#136 Poolanov
October 22 2013, 07:55PM
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@#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty

SQEEZE ME!!!!!!!!!!!

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#137 BingBong
October 22 2013, 07:55PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Atta boy nug. Whatta pass

I thought the pass by Petry was even nicer!

Ah, Jones making me eat my words. Nice. Perron is definitely my new favourite Oiler.

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#138 vetinari
October 22 2013, 07:56PM
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Greasy goals... that's what we've been missing. And I can't help but like Arcobello-- looks like he's played himself into the top 6.

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#139 JohnDoe
October 22 2013, 07:56PM
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#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty wrote:

Montreal was just taking a nap. Didn't want to run up the score. Watch out for the 3rd though!! 4-2 Montreal...sad to say :(..breaking out my Oilers shot glass and volka

4-2 Montreal? You sure about that?

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#140 Thumby
October 22 2013, 07:56PM
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Lesson 1: shoot the puck and good things happen. Lesson 2: see lesson 1

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#141 Reg Dunlop
October 22 2013, 07:58PM
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Regardless of the outcome, Pitlick has had solid game. With his wheels he could be Glencross. Also, and we all kinda knew, Perron is a prick. Go oil.

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#142 JohnDoe
October 22 2013, 07:58PM
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vetinari wrote:

Greasy goals... that's what we've been missing. And I can't help but like Arcobello-- looks like he's played himself into the top 6.

Arcobello sucks. Anybody and I mean anybody that plays between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle is going to pick up assists. There is a reason why Arcobello has 0 goals. Sam Gagner back means Arco back down to OKC.

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#143 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 08:01PM
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@JohnDoe

Dubnyk looks on his game tonight.As much as it pains me have to give him props.

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#144 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 08:01PM
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BingBong wrote:

I thought the pass by Petry was even nicer!

Ah, Jones making me eat my words. Nice. Perron is definitely my new favourite Oiler.

Best stretch of hockey I've seen from jones in a very long time. Sticks up for the rookie and minutes later scores a goal. Good to see. Hope there's more of that to come

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#145 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
October 22 2013, 08:01PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Nuge looks completely inept let alone neutralized. Kid can't play top line minutes..

**crickets**

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#146 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 08:02PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Noticed that in the Pittsburgh game almost like a cat playing with a mouse.

My bad...I meant to say 4-2 Edmonton...LOL

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#147 bazmagoo
October 22 2013, 08:04PM
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Early days yet, but is Arcobello potentially making Gagner expendable? Arco looks light years ahead of Gags defensively, that's for sure. Gagner's no movement clause is only for next season, hmmmm.

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#148 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 08:05PM
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#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty wrote:

My bad...I meant to say 4-2 Edmonton...LOL

Sometimes that cat gets bored and falls asleep.Nah, the Oilers have fought played hard and fought back back .Keep it up boys there is still lots of time to turn the season around.

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#149 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
October 22 2013, 08:05PM
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@JohnDoe

Spoken like a true moron.

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#150 Naky
October 22 2013, 08:07PM
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I don't disagree entirely that anyone who plays between Hall and Eberle is going to get points, that's also completely discounting the legitimate plays Arcobello has been making to get them the puck so -they- can score. Belittling his contributions is kind of silly.

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