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 Smokey
October 23 2013, 12:27PM
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Thought Eller's comment sounded like a nation reader. We've all been saying the Oilers play is confusing. He just articulated it nicely, problem was he shouldn't have. I don't see a point about Oilers fans spewing off trash talk when are bottom dweller towards him, saying our Jr. Team beat your team. I do wish Lars played for us, he's a beauty. Eakins also shoulda said nothing. Rookie coach, he will learn.

Pitlick has nice intangibles, skates and forechecks and hits everything he can. Simple effective hockey. Hope the offence comes down the road.

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#52 Serious Gord
October 23 2013, 12:42PM
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Difficult to see how ellers comments were the motivator. He made those comments BEFORE the game. And the oil played - by all accounts - awfully - like a bunch of first year juniors in the first period. So, unless Eakins beat them over the head with the comments in the first intermission they had jack to do with what happened in the remaining two periods.

And three things happened after that intermission:

1. The oil played a better, more disciplined game.

2. The Canadiens completely lost their mojo - no hitting, ragged D, turnovers, etc. I bet that Canadiens fans (the ones in the arena were Uncharacteristically quiet) were quite irate after last nights game - I meant to listen in on one of their call-in shows but family commitments prevented it.

3. Price seemed to completely lose focus. Four goals in 18 shots )!!) this is very much a part if his MO BTW - every now and then he goes all mr Hyde in net.

Sure a win is a win, but good humour about it should be tempered by the fact that the opponent practically surrendered. Haven't seen a team collapse like that in a while with the possible exception of EDM vs NJ earlier this year.

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#53 Wonger
October 23 2013, 04:53PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Somebody has a man-crush on Sutherby.......

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!!!

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#54 Wonger
October 23 2013, 10:53AM
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Brian Sutherby wrote:

I told you last time dad to stay off the message boards!!

FYI Breen broke my nose in that one.

Really? Looked like you did OK to me! Sorry! I will stay off of the message boards! FYI I think you are really good at this job as well, but really respected you as a COMPLETE hockey player!

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#55 TigerUnderGlass
October 23 2013, 01:56PM
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@Old School G

We're 3-6-1, and are currently coveting the longest playoff drought in the NHL.

I'm not sure I understand.

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#56 DSF
October 23 2013, 05:48PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Make sure to rinse.

Make sure you wash!

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#57 DSF
October 23 2013, 07:02PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

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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#58 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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#59 Rama Lama
October 23 2013, 12:40PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

if you were Eakins you wouldnt be on the internets pretending to know what the eff you were talking about.

Read what I said........I'm fine with him using it internally, but not through the media, like he did.

I'm not pretending to know anything but even a simpleton like you can see the evidence.......unless you are blind too!

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#60 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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#61 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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#62 Rob...
October 24 2013, 11:05AM
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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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#63 Pouzar99
October 23 2013, 12:10PM
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What did you think of Pitlick, Brian? I thought he played exactly the kind of game they wanted from him. I suspect that when Jonshuu and/or Gagner come back he is shifted down to the 4th line, where he probably belongs for now with his limited offensive upside. He is not a fighter, but a real banger who makes a good replacement for Brown, as he can actually play. With only 12 healthy forwards no one needs to go to OKC until Smyth is also back and Eager is most likely at this point. Despite his one moment of madness Jones played well. Of course another forward will likely be hurt by the time all three of those guys are back so maybe no one goes down, except a D man, as I doubt they will carry 8 for long.

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#64 Anonymoue
October 23 2013, 05:59PM
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DSF wrote:

Make sure you wash!

Watch Buffalo-Boston starting in 5. Scott and Thornton are gonna go on their first shift! Bell 226.

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#65 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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#66 Craig 1969
October 23 2013, 07:47PM
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spy dry wrote:

Actually it is Craig

Cut the nonesense spydyr.

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#67 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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#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 Wonger
October 23 2013, 04:46PM
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Brian Sutherby wrote:

I'm obviously kidding and greatly appreciate your interest in my stuff.

As for the tilt, it was a decent scrap. Just happened to get tagged with one. Part of it.

No problem or offence taken! Had to do some work work and house work before Mrs. Wonger gets home, or I would be in big trouble! A mad Mrs. Wonger is scarier than Donald Brashear - when you have to line up against him after running one of the skill guys on his team! Never a good ending!

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