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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#1 DSF
October 22 2013, 01:21PM
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Mullet Man wrote:

Hey Yakupov no pressure to start scoring but I think there is a goalie in Phoenix that is out scoring you.

Not to mention 123 NHL DEFENSEMEN.

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#2 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 12:09PM
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OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION:An Oiler gets injured.Likely a shoulder injury.

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#3 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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#4 DOUG WAIT!
October 22 2013, 12:24PM
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I want a Golie and I am drunk, so get a Golie

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#5 Cynic
October 22 2013, 02:19PM
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Obvious game day prediction: Another L

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#6 Bubba
October 22 2013, 02:32PM
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@Spydyr

BRING BACK FREAKIN OMARK!!!

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#7 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 08:09PM
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I like arcobello. But no way is he taking gagners spot.

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#8 Serious Gord
October 22 2013, 02:59PM
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Injuries make this very hard to predict. Mtl wins 5-3.

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#9 #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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#10 Mullet Man
October 22 2013, 01:05PM
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Hey Yakupov no pressure to start scoring but I think there is a goalie in Phoenix that is out scoring you.

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#11 steelymac
October 22 2013, 06:31PM
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Is it safe to say Eakins has crushed Yaks confidence?

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#12 Ari Gold
October 22 2013, 07:00PM
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Nuge looks completely inept let alone neutralized. Kid can't play top line minutes..

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Why didn't we buy out that bum Hemsky?

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#14 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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#15 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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#16 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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#17 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:52PM
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Lofty wrote:

Shawn. #Whenyourscreennamedoesntfititstoolong

Size does matter! #Bitemeharddumnut

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
October 22 2013, 05:34PM
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This site is living proof that opposites can live in harmony. The Light, and the Dark side can peacefully co-exist when there's enough duct tape to go around.

signed...QSBs mom.

Take that, Biotches....5-2 Habs!

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October 22 2013, 12:56PM
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vetinari wrote:

@Gregor-- now I'm just hurt. Are you suggesting that we are likely to turn on each other like a pack of rabid dogs in the comments section? I prefer to think that our similarities outweigh our differences and that Oiler Nation is united by these core concepts--

1. we all hate the Calgary Flames. No exceptions. Sure, you can admire players like Iginla but you don't dare mention it out loud until he's no longer a Flame.

2. never read the full posts by NewAgeSystem, Wronger, Anonymous or any of the other guys that need more than 250 words to say something that can be said in 10 words or less. Just log your "trash" vote and skip on to the next comment.

3. it's been a long walk in the desert to reach the promise land of the playoffs and hopefully it's on the near horizon. Tambellini, Quinn, Renney, Krueger, and a host of players couldn't find the way but maybe someone finally has a compass. Otherwise, all this purging has been for nothing.

4. Again, we all hate the Flames. This bears repeating. They are like Canuck fans but without the riots. Or the granola. Or the green men. And they play in an arena that is shaped like something that would normally cradle my junk.

you also forgot

5. trying to decipher the statistical logic or correlation to DSF's posts (usually there isn't a correlation to the statement) before immediately going to the Trash Accelerator

TA - I notice that no matter how fast I read the post trash # for DSF goes up in multiples of 5

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#20 Reg Dunlop
October 22 2013, 12:15PM
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Close game. Both squads are hurting. Oil in a shoot out, 3-2. That is why we employ so many small guys that are +/- useless in a hard-hitting, close checking game; shoot out specialists. Good luck to Pitlick, may it be the first of many.

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#21 Sammy
October 22 2013, 03:54PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

There y'all go around acting like Nuck fans aren't the worst in sports. This includes Corinthians fans in São Paulo, Brazil. The clowns in Van aren't even true hockey fans, they started watching at the end of Naslund's career after the team threw Beartuzzi under the bus.

Van is a garbage city, trust me, I live there, part time. I can't wait for hockey fans to be incited by the spoiled anarchist children of hippie granola crunchers drunk on soy-sauce Couvarians to burn down this rat/hipster infested garbage hole.

Kessler is a figureskating pansy, the Sedins are soft lil toddler punching-bags and Bieksa is a couple switchblade marks away from looking like the Joker, someone beat that smirk off his face!!

Yes, I hope Cowgary is swallowed by a volcanic eruption but I hope For Van something much worse: I hope that it stays intact, until the west coast happily falls into the Pacific. I hope they go another 40 years with nothing but a Presidents trophy or two to inflate their oversized left-coast egos. Terrible weather, no outdoor rinks & retard citizens.

Eat $hit Vancouver!

Batman??? Is that you??? Time to up the meds Mr.K ;-)

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#22 Poolanov
October 22 2013, 06:34PM
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The only thing MacT can do to help right now is step behind that bench and teach those boys the ol' 2006 trap.

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#23 Mac962
October 22 2013, 06:35PM
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You know what ? We do look like a lost Junior team out there. There is no, none, zero sense of urgency, has anyone seen a forecheck push yet , some hitting. Man i am a die hard,, this is just so painful. If they dont sign Tootoo to inject some piss and vinegar into this lineup something is wrong. Eller is right.... and it is tearing me to pieces.

Come on Oilers - wake the f--k up.

Yakapov - Galchenyuk ? are you kidding me , Gallagher is better than Yakapov. I am sorry this kid is going to be bust , HE IS NOT what this team needs, we need drive Nail , trust me commrade, you are not that special. Prove me wrong please.

Eakins ? i am biting my lip ....but the teams play is a reflection of you as well. AHL this is not Dallas.

Trash me , i dont care. I am a hurting Oil diehard venting.

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#24 #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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#25 Danger Pay
October 22 2013, 12:24PM
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Let's look on the bright side. Oil Change has started up again and we get to re-live this horrible start to the season all over again. Why Hockey Gods? Why art thou so cruel towards Oilers fans? Why? (starts weeping uncontrollably)

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October 22 2013, 01:01PM
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@Gregor-- now I'm just hurt. Are you suggesting that we are likely to turn on each other like a pack of rabid dogs in the comments section? I prefer to think that our similarities outweigh our differences and that Oiler Nation is united by these core concepts--

1. we all hate the Calgary Flames. No exceptions. Sure, you can admire players like Iginla but you don't dare mention it out loud until he's no longer a Flame.

2. never read the full posts by NewAgeSystem, Wronger, Anonymous or any of the other guys that need more than 250 words to say something that can be said in 10 words or less. Just log your "trash" vote and skip on to the next comment.

3. it's been a long walk in the desert to reach the promise land of the playoffs and hopefully it's on the near horizon. Tambellini, Quinn, Renney, Krueger, and a host of players couldn't find the way but maybe someone finally has a compass. Otherwise, all this purging has been for nothing.

4. Again, we all hate the Flames. This bears repeating. They are like Canuck fans but without the riots. Or the granola. Or the green men. And they play in an arena that is shaped like something that would normally cradle my junk.

I think MacT brought a compas, lets just hope he knows how to read it.

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#27 Ari Gold
October 22 2013, 02:22PM
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Simply put, win or lose, there won't be much to be satisfied with unless it's 10-0 and Price says 'I'm done!' To Habs management.

Hope is a beautiful/heartbreaking thing. Cool-Aid anyone! I brought rum too.

Go Oil. Burn in hell, all opponents. I hope the Oilers start transporting the players in cages and release them only to go on the ice. Feed them blood. This team needs to get mean. We've got enough Ned Braidens.

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#28 Ari Gold
October 22 2013, 02:43PM
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@vetinari

There y'all go around acting like Nuck fans aren't the worst in sports. This includes Corinthians fans in São Paulo, Brazil. The clowns in Van aren't even true hockey fans, they started watching at the end of Naslund's career after the team threw Beartuzzi under the bus.

Van is a garbage city, trust me, I live there, part time. I can't wait for hockey fans to be incited by the spoiled anarchist children of hippie granola crunchers drunk on soy-sauce Couvarians to burn down this rat/hipster infested garbage hole.

Kessler is a figureskating pansy, the Sedins are soft lil toddler punching-bags and Bieksa is a couple switchblade marks away from looking like the Joker, someone beat that smirk off his face!!

Yes, I hope Cowgary is swallowed by a volcanic eruption but I hope For Van something much worse: I hope that it stays intact, until the west coast happily falls into the Pacific. I hope they go another 40 years with nothing but a Presidents trophy or two to inflate their oversized left-coast egos. Terrible weather, no outdoor rinks & retard citizens.

Eat $hit Vancouver!

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NSOGDP - after a 5-1 loss nation faithful overload the server to ON waiting on news of that trade that brings Webber to us as reported in the previous blog.

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#30 acg5151
October 22 2013, 05:33PM
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Obvious game day prediction: Yeah, the Oilers are pretty much screwed

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#31 Harlie
October 22 2013, 06:29PM
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It's not the coach? It's not the goalie? OH HELL YEAH IT IS.

It's them and everyone else on this team and the organization too.

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#32 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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#33 vetinari
October 22 2013, 12:32PM
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@Gregor-- now I'm just hurt. Are you suggesting that we are likely to turn on each other like a pack of rabid dogs in the comments section? I prefer to think that our similarities outweigh our differences and that Oiler Nation is united by these core concepts--

1. we all hate the Calgary Flames. No exceptions. Sure, you can admire players like Iginla but you don't dare mention it out loud until he's no longer a Flame.

2. never read the full posts by NewAgeSystem, Wronger, Anonymous or any of the other guys that need more than 250 words to say something that can be said in 10 words or less. Just log your "trash" vote and skip on to the next comment.

3. it's been a long walk in the desert to reach the promise land of the playoffs and hopefully it's on the near horizon. Tambellini, Quinn, Renney, Krueger, and a host of players couldn't find the way but maybe someone finally has a compass. Otherwise, all this purging has been for nothing.

4. Again, we all hate the Flames. This bears repeating. They are like Canuck fans but without the riots. Or the granola. Or the green men. And they play in an arena that is shaped like something that would normally cradle my junk.

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#34 RJ
October 22 2013, 12:50PM
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Yak's intermission interview:

"I score 2 goals, so is good. I want coach happy first line minutes play hard and win games"

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#35 Hall's Knee
October 22 2013, 04:17PM
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Gregor predicted an Oiler win=automatic loss

thanks for jinxing it!

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#36 Rama Lama
October 22 2013, 04:28PM
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I think it's safe to assume Eakins will ride the two top lines until they drop. I predict a win in spite of Eakins.,......RNH to set up Yaks for a sweet two goals.

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#37 moe
October 22 2013, 06:51PM
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I have a feeling there will be trades to come and maybe our Coach getting fired. I feel like we took a big step backwards this year.

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#38 moe
October 22 2013, 06:57PM
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@Harlie

No he should go . Kruger was a better coach. Eakins cares more about his looks .

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#39 BingBong
October 22 2013, 06:57PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Semi weak goals. I don't think weak goals mean what you think they mean. Know what I mean?

First one was five-hole was it not? He looked slow getting over. Second one was a nice shot no doubt, but that leads me to my problem with Dubnyk: if he's not in position to get in front of the puck, he's not saving it. When is the last time he made a reflex trapper save? He's the opposite of Fuhr.

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#40 brian_d
October 22 2013, 12:20PM
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Excited to see the Yak/RNH/Ebs trio work together again. They've been clicking so far. If Dubnyk doesn't let in any softies, we have a good shot at winning this game.

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#41 **
October 22 2013, 12:52PM
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Pitlick will score his first.

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#42 Zamboni Driver
October 22 2013, 01:40PM
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@DSF

Goalie line was better. Shoulda left it.

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#43 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 06:30PM
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The Oilers look lost in their own end.That has to be on the coach. Swarm my a$$...wait that never came out right.

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#44 BingBong
October 22 2013, 06:43PM
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Wow, same s**the, different day. Two brutal turnovers lead directly to two goals against; Dubnyk giving up two semi-weak goals. I'm betting Jones won't get much ice time the rest of the way.

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#45 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 06:48PM
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@Spydyr

True that!!!

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#46 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 06:51PM
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Who do you think is the happiest guy in Edmonton today?

1)Iveson

2)Brown

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#47 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 06:55PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Oh definitely, I won't disagree there. But ripping on Dubnyk tonight is venting your frustration in the wrong direction.

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.

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#48 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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#49 Craig1981
October 22 2013, 12:28PM
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Gregor, I have been trying to figure out LTIR. From what I understand it only allows them to go over the cap temporarily, but Gagner's hit(if he was to be placed on it) would count fully by the end of the year. Meaning if you used the LTIR to go over the first half by $1,000,000 you would need to play the second half 1 million under. Am I correct and that is why Gagner hasn't been placed on it? Its a tool mainly used at the end of the year?

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#50 916oiler
October 22 2013, 12:50PM
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Deep breaths, patience, beer. Beer. Beer. Beer. Beer. Beer.

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