OIL'ER KINGS WIN

Brian Sutherby
October 23 2013 09:27AM

After a huge road win in a tough building the Oilers have to be feeling pretty good about themselves heading home. It wasn't the greatest game but a win in the NHL is a win and its even better after you're called a junior team.

There are still holes and areas that need to be improved but they come home with two big wins to close out this road trip when it looked like they may get skunked.

They are in no position to get comfy and still have a long way to go if they want to win consistently in this league. Turnovers and soft puck play is still far too prevalent in their game but let’s finally talk about some positives for once shall we?

EAKINS

I loved that he gave it to Lars Eller after the game. I don’t think Eller meant any real harm with the “play a little bit like a junior team,” remark and I’d be shocked if deep down Eakins didn’t kind of agree with him (I did).

Regardless, he got his team to respond. He was clearly hot about it and even if it wasn’t that big of a deal to his players, he made it one. Smart.

DUBNYK

Another great start for this guy. If it wasn’t for him this game may have been a different story. Every team needs great goaltending. He has been great as of late and is now making that big save or two or five that every team needs throughout a game.

SMID

Scores a huge goal and is one guy I see every game sticking up for his teammates and protecting his goalie. He doesn’t fight a lot but he makes it known you are going to have to answer to someone if you want to hang around in front of the net.

NUGE

What a filthy dish.

JONES

A tough start to the night with a turnover but he doesn’t let it affect his game. He was fore-checking and hounding defenseman all night. He jumped in when the kid Pitlick was in a little hot water and then was rewarded with a real gritty goal. He drove to the net hard, stopped in front, was strong on his stick and slammed home the game winner. Awesome

DR. SUTHERBY

I’m no doctor but you guys don’t mind if I play one on the Nation right?

Word has come out that Taylor Hall has a second degree MCL sprain. These are not fun. I’ve had a first degree and a second degree MCL sprain over the years.

The first degree was manageable and something you can play through albeit painfully with a brace on. It’s not fun for a few weeks but eventually it settles down.

The second degree was much more significant. Crutches and a thigh to shin brace had to be worn for the first week. Just bending the knee was difficult task for quite some time. I missed 3 weeks and came back playing with a knee brace. It was a battle for the remaining 2 months of the season. Every time I fell and the knee had to bend or whenever I dragged that skate a little and it tugged on the inside of that leg it was excruciating.

BAD NEWS FIRST

Everyone heals differently but I would expect Hall to have to wear a brace for an extended period of time and wouldn’t be surprised when he returns if he’s still laboring a bit. This is a nasty little injury that I doubt he’s 100% comfortable with at the four week timeframe even if he’s able to play.

NOW THE GOOD

This goes without saying but this is a great diagnosis and much better than a season ending ACL injury people feared. MCL’s heal up over time without surgery and he will eventually get back to 100%.

REMEMBER

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. For medical advice or hockey talk, submit your weekly mailbag questions to brian@oilersnation.com or on twitter @briansutherby

 

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#51 DSF
October 23 2013, 06:26PM
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I see we have another baby faced pretender.

What Eakins post game comments really mean is:

"I can't motivate this team to win but Lars Eller can".

All hat...no cattle.

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#52 Craig1981
October 23 2013, 06:27PM
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Wonger wrote:

I don't know him but have a great respect for all players in the NHL who played the same role as he did! He was a COMPLETE HOCKEY player who made a big difference to the success of his team, and like others didn't always get the credit they deserved! I know a few players who played against Brian Sutherby in the NHL and AHL and they echo my opinion! No man crush here but a lot of RESPECT!!! I heard he was a great teammate who always had your back!!!

And maybe he will have "your back some day"........

hahahaha. Teasing, teasing. But the truth be told what you are describing is the definition of a healthy man-crush. Its normal, don't be alarmed, just embrace it. See link below

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=healthy%20man%20crush

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#53 DSF
October 23 2013, 06:35PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

And maybe he will have "your back some day"........

hahahaha. Teasing, teasing. But the truth be told what you are describing is the definition of a healthy man-crush. Its normal, don't be alarmed, just embrace it. See link below

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=healthy%20man%20crush

Jealous? The only thing you ever crush is you toiletjl. Have another donut........

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#54 book¡e
October 23 2013, 06:37PM
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Wonger wrote:

I watched a video of your scrap with Breen the other day! And you can play to! Seriously, you shouldn't have retired! You would be a upgrade for the Oil on Joensuu, Hamilton, Acton! Nothing wrong with these guys either! You would have made Gyba accountable for that questionable hit. Maybe you should hire the Wonger as your agent- specialist in Functional Toughness, self-proclaimed-but true- investing genious (stocks,bonds, annuities, alternative investments) - and let's get you back in the NHL! SERIOUSLY!!!

The book¡e finds it really weird when people refer to themselves in third person.

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#55 Craig1981
October 23 2013, 06:44PM
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DSF wrote:

Jealous? The only thing you ever crush is you toiletjl. Have another donut........

Totally jealous. I feel a little empty with being man-crushed on. What do you say DSF......can I be your hero??

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#56 DSF
October 23 2013, 07:02PM
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Totally jealous. I feel a little empty with being man-crushed on. What do you say DSF......can I be your hero??

Good grief.

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#57 Wax Man Riley
October 23 2013, 07:33PM
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DSF wrote:

Jealous? The only thing you ever crush is you toiletjl. Have another donut........

↑ Not actually DSF ↑

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#58 spy dry
October 23 2013, 07:45PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

↑ Not actually DSF ↑

Actually it is Craig

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#59 Craig 1969
October 23 2013, 07:47PM
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Actually it is Craig

Cut the nonesense spydyr.

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#60 Craig1981
October 23 2013, 07:55PM
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@Craig 1969

i don't even know what is right anymore

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#61 Ari Gold
October 23 2013, 07:57PM
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DSF wrote:

Good grief.

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DSF, I've never seen you get your a$$ handed to you this badly. It wasn't even over anything truly hockey related.... shame shame...

As for comment #51, that's silly.

Obviously all those in front of a mic are media spinsters. If you haven't realized that it isn't transparent truth, keep sucking on mom's teat... She'll make it all better. Right muffin?

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#62 madjam
October 23 2013, 10:06PM
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Eberle and Hopkins look good together , they could play with anyone . Now who's going to line up with Hall when he comes back ?

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#63 Alsker
October 23 2013, 10:33PM
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After listening to SN panel compare the Oil to the Shr.Pk. Crusaders, how the hell can kLowe and co. be proud of what they've done to our beloved hockey team. Even I was embarrassed for our players. Hopefully this attention will draw Katz out of the batcave and into action.

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#64 dougtheslug
October 23 2013, 11:13PM
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I love it that Arco is tied for the league lead in assists, with none other than Sid the Kid, H. Sedin and Jumbo Joe Thornton. Which of those names is not like the others?

And, he is tied for the rookie scoring lead -wouldn't that be awesome - after Hall, Eberle, RNH, and Yak, it would be a 25 year old named Mark Arcobello that wins Edmonton's first Calder trophy

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#65 DrDave
October 23 2013, 11:24PM
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I've had a 2nd degree MCL sprain and I will tell you its not fun. Now I didn't have hyperbaric chambers and the best doctors in the city helping me rehab but I was on crutches and had that brace on for almost a month. Kudos to Hall if he can come back to playing health in 4-5 weeks.

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#66 Sidney Frosby
October 24 2013, 12:13AM
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I saw Hall and Eberle at Cactus Club downtown today... Hall didn't have crutches or even a limp...

Likely has discomfort skating... So I'll bet he's back within 3 weeks.

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#67 Oilcruzer
October 24 2013, 06:08AM
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Note to Nation Network.

The trend of names creating deception through closely resembling others on here needs be stopped.

E.G. Wax Man Riley; DFS

Thank you for listening.

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#68 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
October 24 2013, 07:41AM
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@Oilcruzer

I would add madjam to that list, but I'm not sure if it's an impersonator or the other half of madjam 's split personality

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#69 Rob...
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@Oilcruzer

No kidding! Can we start with that Wanye Gretz guy? I always misread that and think we've been blessed with the presence of Oilers Royalty.

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