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, 05:48PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Make sure to rinse.

Make sure you wash!

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#52 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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#53 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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#54 pelhem grenville
October 23 2013, 10:31AM
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...put Hall on the self til the first week in December when there is a 5 game home stand to play in on home ice...coming back too early(4weeks) never did anyone (especially our #4) any good ... wheels is his game, he should be on two good ones when he returns period

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#57 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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#58 Deke Rivers
October 23 2013, 12:25PM
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Eller called his team a bunch of Juniors. Someone had to respond and Eakins did. The fact he used it for motivation was great. You can't talk about not wanting to be pushed around and then let someone publicly trash talk the team. The people who thought it was a bush move are off base. Someone had to stick up for the players and the organization. Eakins saved Ference from having to do it.

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#59 LoweBlow
October 23 2013, 03:34PM
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Old School G wrote:

We've earned all the criticism and disrespect that comes our way, no use getting upset about it until we actually prove ourselves in this league.

Wise bloody words. I 100% agree.

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#60 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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#61 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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#62 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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#63 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
October 23 2013, 12:15PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I agree with your analysis on the players Smid was terrific........so was Petry, looked all world out there.

Your comments regarding Eakins are way off the mark. If I were Eakins, I would have accepted the comments ( internally used them to my advantage) but NOT said anything to the media.

Eller simply said what everyone know, we have a junior coach and the lack of any systems are patently obvious to everyone. Why validate Eller by acknowledging his statements?

Bush league move.

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

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#64 Rob...
October 23 2013, 12:49PM
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@GriffCity

"Also loved how after that brutal Gary by Jones he pots one and celly's so hard he busts Perron in the chops with his stick lol. "

It wasn't Jones' stick that hit Perron... though you're right that Jones was too busy celebrating to know where his own stick or arms were going. Good on him for getting that cough-up back.

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#65 LoweBlow
October 23 2013, 03:40PM
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With Hall out for a while, who is going to step up and do the unsuccessful toe drags?

Enter Nail Yakupov. Last year I'd have said Sean Horcoff but he doesn't have the toe-drag in his software. He was stuck in NHLPA 96.

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#66 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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#67 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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#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...
October 24 2013, 11:05AM
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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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