GDB 13.0: Nothing could possiblie go wrong

Jonathan Willis
October 27 2013 09:08AM

Tonight’s game features a tired Oilers team that lost a one-goal game to Phoenix last night against a rested Los Angeles squad that when last seen trounced those same Coyotes by a 7-4 score on Thursday.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Lineup

There has been no official word on lineup changes yet, but up front there are two items of note. First, Tyler Pitlick left on crutches after getting caught awkwardly by a hip check; hopefully any injury is less serious than the knee injury that sidelined him back in January. Second, Anton Lander was scratched by Oklahoma City last night, so it seems probable that he will be in the lineup for tonight’s game (to which I would imagine Linus Omark’s reaction is a mixture of happiness for his good friend and ‘I just scored FOUR GOALS in ONE GAME’).

Update: The Lander news is official.

With at least one probable lineup shift, I’m just going to guess here and update later once we get official word. I don’t imagine we’ll see major changes to the forward unit, and I’d guess that Nick Schultz draws in as fresh legs on the blue line.

  • F1. Nail Yakupov – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
  • F2. David Perron – Mark Arcobello – Ales Hemsky
  • F3. Ben Eager – Boyd Gordon – Ryan Jones
  • F4. Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Anton Lander
  • D1. Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
  • D2. Anton Belov – Justin Schultz
  • D3. Andrew Ference – Nich Schultz

Devan Dubnyk will almost certainly start.

Update: I still think Dubnyk starts, but this is interesting.

Coaching & Signs of the Apocalypse

I knew, what with all the talk of firing coaches and whatnot, that things were getting awfully grim. But I didn’t realize how low spirits were until I started noticing the reaction to DSF’s comments:

  • -8/+25 on a comment saying the Oilers had mostly played Eastern Conference “cream puffs”
  • -6/+18 on a comment saying Vancouver had all of Edmonton’s adversity but was playing great
  • -4/+12 on a comment agreeing that Dallas Eakins was in over his head
  • -4/+11 on a comment extolling the Canucks’ virtues

I won’t argue against the Canucks – they have handled some tough circumstances extremely well, and while like the Oilers they have mostly played ‘Eastern Conference cream puffs’ (8 of 13 games) they have also had a road-heavy schedule early. They just went 5-1-1 on a seven-game road-trip, which is insanely good.

What I will say is that it’s way too make Eakins the scapegoat, something that was being done in the comments here yesterday. Certainly, he’s done things I haven’t liked – he was awfully quick to haul last year’s leading goal-scorer out of the lineup, rotating a bunch of skilled first-time penalty killers into the PK all at the same time hasn’t worked well, and the Gazdic-Acton-Brown fourth line never appealed to me – but isn’t it abundantly clear at this point that firing the coach isn’t the solution?

Besides, we’ve seen this play out in reverse before. When Pat Quinn came in, the Oilers jumped out to a 6-2-1 start – one built on getting outshot badly but posting insane percentages. Quinn turned out to be probably the worst head coach in team history. This is the reverse situation: the Oilers have built a losing streak based on decent shot totals and terrible goaltending. I doubt it lasts either.

I can’t definitively say that Eakins is the solution to the problem, but the problem definitely predates his arrival.

Predictions

Game day prediction: 3-0 Los Angeles.

Obvious game day prediction: Mark Arcobello will take three shots that, while all scoring chances, somehow catch the edge of a pad or bounce off the outside of the post or something like that.

Not-so-obvious game day prediction: In the third period, with the score still 2-0, Nail Yakupov will get a glorious opportunity from the right faceoff circle. Jonathan Quick will flash the leather, then immediately skate to centre ice with his arms stretched out in the air before sliding to his knees at the middle of the ice. Don Cherry will chuckle as he’s playing the tape of it on Coach’s Corner next Saturday.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Oasis
October 27 2013, 09:38AM
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I didn't think my expectations this year were too high? I merely wanted to watch meaningful games in November.

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#2 Loweblows
October 27 2013, 09:25AM
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Gameday prediction. We lose. KLowe keeps his job.

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#3 Loweblows
October 27 2013, 09:31AM
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7 points out of a playoff spot, st loo has 3 games in hand- this season is OVER. Book it! This organization is sick, this team is broken and the fanbase is furious. Thank god we have KLowe. He has 6 rings ya know.

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#4 master of my domain
October 27 2013, 12:25PM
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being an Oilers fan is a lot like being in an abusive relationship. I just keep coming back hoping maybe, just maybe, this time will be different.

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#5 Loweblows
October 27 2013, 12:11PM
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Overheard this conversation this morning: Katz: morning kevin its daryl hows it goin. KL: busy, got to go to the jewelry store to get my rings cleaned, and you what you up to. Katz: gotta go to my kids peewee game, they are not playing well right now. KL: want some help? Katz: no thats ok. KL: well i offered, im not busy ya know Katz: dont we play LA tonight? KL: oh ya, i forgot, i was busy last night- had mact, smith and bucky over last nite-we watched some of our old games, man we were good. Katz: you guys sure were-so whats the gameplan tonight. KL: no plan other than i have to get to the bank before it closes and deposit my cheque. K gotta go now. Love you man. Katz: I love you too man.

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#6 DSF
October 27 2013, 11:05AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Further to my post above:

screw your anecdotal observations - they are worth less than the ether they are displayed via (especially when your bias is taken into consideration.

Point to one stat from these first 12 games that provides real prof that "this is the best Oiler team since 06 "

1) The Oilers are on pace for a 47 point season...the worst in team history.

2) The Oilers are on pace for 328 GA. The dreadful team of 2009/10 gave up "only" 284 goals.

3) The Oilers are on pace to finish the season with a goal differential of -88. That dreadful 09/10 team had a goal differential of -70.

While I don't expect things to stay as bleak as they are, you also have to remember that the current season's numbers have been generated against mostly weak opposition, the second half of the season features a heavy dose of games against the big boys in the WC.

If the Oilers haven't got things sorted out by then, all I can say is yikes.

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#7 Ambassador humantorch
October 27 2013, 09:25AM
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"Quinn turned out to be probably the worst head coach in team history."

George Burnett says hi.

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#8 Zack
October 27 2013, 09:32AM
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Yeah because starting the first chunk of the season with one legitamite NHL calibre center and below .900 goaltending can totally be pinned on the coach.

It is extremely frustrating though, don't get me wrong but pinning this on Eakins doesn't really make too much sense.

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#9 Zed
October 27 2013, 11:49AM
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It is definately a sad day for Oilersnation when DSF's Koolaid starts to look more enticing than Daryl Katz's.

Oh look, the sky is grey and a light dusting of snow is on the ground. Go figure.

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#10 YFC Prez
October 27 2013, 10:08PM
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Well I like just about every oiler ever in the history of the oilers. But Oct 27, 2013 is the night I fell in love with Richard Bachman. Fantastic performance.

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#11 DSF
October 27 2013, 12:08PM
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The Oil r in need of P.H.D's wrote:

(1) So, with 4 officials on the ice, how is it that Hanzal is unpenalized and scoring on us later in the game ? (2) Is that guy available. We haven't had that (type of player)on the Oilers... In my lifetime anyways !!!

Hanzal got a 2 minute charging penalty on the play.

Should have been 5 IMO.

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#12 Chaz
October 27 2013, 09:46AM
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Has Kevin Lowe been fired yet? The fact he is still employed boggles my mind. The only way to kill this dragon of losing is to cut off its head, and the head is K-Lowe.

I'm going to design a shirt to sell: "k-Lowe Must Go" *

* May or may not actually get around to doing this.....

Proceeds to go to the Depressed Oiler Fan Support Network

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#13 DSF
October 27 2013, 10:52AM
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Henry wrote:

Jeff Petry may be turning into a real 1D. I can't think of 30 guys that I'd play over him.

Seriously?

Not exhaustive and in no particular order:

1) PK Subban

2) Shea Weber

3) Erik Karlsson

4) OEL

5) Keith Yandle

6) Alex Pietrangelo

7) Jaybo

8) Ryan Suter

9) Jonas Brodin

10) Seth Jones

11) Dan Hamhuis

12) Kevin Bieksa

13) Jason Garrisson

14) Alex Edler

15) Mark Giordano

16) Marc Edward Vlasic

17) Francois Beauchemin

18) Drew Doughty

19) Slava Voynov

20) Cam Fowler

21) Zdeno Chara

22) Dougy Hamilton

23) Christian Ehrhoff

24) Duncan Keith

25) Brent Seabrook

26) Nik Hjalmarson

27) Fedor Tyutin

28) Nik Kronwall

29) Andrei Markov

30) Travis Hamonic

31) Ryan McDonagh

32) Kris Letang

33) Paul Martin

34) Olli Maata

35) Matt Carle

36) Dion Phaneuf

37) Karl Alzner

38) Dustin Byfuglien

39) Zach Bogosian

40) Justin Braun

I can't see one D on that list whose GM would trade straight up for Jeff Petry unless he was truing to dump salary.

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#14 Islanders of the North
October 27 2013, 09:41AM
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I made a prediction not that long ago the oilers are the new islanders of the NHL.

Examples.

1)Run a high end talented potential superstar out of town because he can't help the team any more. How many times did the islanders do this and these individuals go on to have very good careers somewhere else?

2)How many high draft picks did NYI get and yet were still the bottom feeders of the league? Sound familiar?

3)NYI team management mismanaged players and contracts. Nothing will change until Lowe and the rest of the of the apple dumpling gang are removed.

4)Crazy owner with money

5)Terrible arena nobody wants to play in.

I don't see anything changing anytime soon.....

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#15 Smokey
October 27 2013, 10:02AM
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JW, at what point do the Oilers give Bachman a shot to see if he's got the fire to steal a game or two. Every year some team decimated by bad goaltending or injuries calls up an AHL goalie who may steal a game or something.

I think you bring up Bachman and say here's your damn shot. He can't be any worse then this tandem.

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#16 Bag wearing Fan
October 27 2013, 11:11AM
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I hear the Oilers are being relegated to the AHL. I bet they still lose.

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#17 Johe
October 27 2013, 01:08PM
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Bachman is starting. Young man, this may be the best opportunity of your life. Please seize it. Seize it!!

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#18 dougtheslug
October 27 2013, 10:53PM
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I know advanced statistics are for nerds, but may I politely and respectfully point out that a save percentage of .979 just might not be sustainable.

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#19 spliff
October 27 2013, 11:09PM
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Even if we had won this game who cares. We allowed 48 SHOTS!

We are so far away from even being a mid-level team, let alone a contender.

It begs the question; what the hell was KLost doing the past 5 years during the so-called rebuild? Why haven't the supporting pieces been put in place? This organization is a disaster. What's the new plan now, get a great goalie who can save 45 shots a game, and hope our "skill guys" can score on one of our three good chances per game? The LA Kings are men (some of whom, like Matt Greene, used to be our men - Thanks Lowe FFS). The Oilers are children against these teams, even though some of these children are getting 6 bills a year and are in their 3rd or 4th year in the league. Tonight's loss was worse then the loss to Phoenix because it truly shows what caliber of team we are. Complete and utter mis-management.

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#20 Ambassador humantorch
October 27 2013, 09:33AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm too young to really have a clear picture of Burnett. In straight up wins/losses Quinn's record was worse, though naturally that may not be the whole story.

The W/L record definitely gives Quinn the win (or loss, depending on how you look at it), but ol' Georgie only lasted half a season (going 12-20-3 in the process) and has the distinction of giving the captain's C to the worst Oiler captain in history, Shayne Corson.

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#21 BingBong
October 27 2013, 10:04PM
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Somebody better be buying Gordon a drink for those d-zone wins. Clutch.

3 best Oilers tonight imo were Bachmann, Belov and Gordon.

Is there any doubt Bachmann starts next game?

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#22 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
October 27 2013, 10:41AM
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@Greg

I agree with your "vote with your dollar" point, but I think Cameron is right about the expectation level for the team. Why should this team be a playoff team? Because they've missed the playoffs for 7 years and "enough is enough"? The truth is they haven't built a winner yet.

During the off-season they marginally upgraded their D (adding Ference/Belov, subtracting Whitney), marginally upgraded their top 6 forwards (Perron) and broke-even on the bottom 6 and goaltending (Dubnyk and Labarbera have both been awful this year though). Why should this team be way better than the team that finished 24th last year? Especially when you factor in the growing pains associated with a rookie coach and the players learning yet another system.

It is frustrating as a fan, but the holes in this team (functional toughness, lack of elite D-men) are not fixable in one off-season. Unless you know of any Drew Doughty and/or Milan Lucic type players that were available and keen to go to Edmonton that MacT missed out on...

Anyhow, until the team rounds into form, I'll continue watching games from home and wearing my 20 year old Oil jersey, patiently waiting until the team has proved that they deserve my hard-earned cash. If ownership eventually stops making money, then they may actually consider making the management changes that so many people here have been calling for...

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#23 vetinari
October 27 2013, 01:26PM
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New Oiler promotion... buy three or more tickets to the game and have your name entered into a draw to be our starting goalie... can't be much worse than the other alternatives, can it?

GDP: Oilers 1 Kings 5 (because, hey, we usually give up about 5 goals a game so why change that?)

OGDP: At least 2 Kings goals will come on the PP, and at least 1 other will be a "what the h3ll was the defenceman thinking on that play by dangerously throwing the puck cross ice at the blue line when no one was behind him to stop the resulting breakaway" goal

NSOGDP: Bachman, revved up to make his first NHL start of the year, comes out every period singing "Taking Care of Business" until he ends the game with "Running Back to Saskatoon"

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#24 vetinari
October 27 2013, 10:37PM
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Well, Bachman may not be the starting goaltender that we expected or wanted, but he better put that return trip back to OKC on hold for at least another week so that we can see whether he is for real or not.

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#25 dougtheslug
October 27 2013, 11:29PM
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spliff wrote:

Even if we had won this game who cares. We allowed 48 SHOTS!

We are so far away from even being a mid-level team, let alone a contender.

It begs the question; what the hell was KLost doing the past 5 years during the so-called rebuild? Why haven't the supporting pieces been put in place? This organization is a disaster. What's the new plan now, get a great goalie who can save 45 shots a game, and hope our "skill guys" can score on one of our three good chances per game? The LA Kings are men (some of whom, like Matt Greene, used to be our men - Thanks Lowe FFS). The Oilers are children against these teams, even though some of these children are getting 6 bills a year and are in their 3rd or 4th year in the league. Tonight's loss was worse then the loss to Phoenix because it truly shows what caliber of team we are. Complete and utter mis-management.

Not even close to being a contender. Could you imagine the Oilers playing a 7 game playoff series against that team? After a half decade of losing hockey, "sticking to the plan", being patient with the "rebuild", we see a team that has made exactly zero progress. It's beyond discouraging. That last period looked like a 20 minute penalty kill. I wouldn't even call it men against boys. More like Canada vs. Latvia.

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#26 Cameron
October 27 2013, 09:24AM
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We have a rookie coach getting his first look at the NHL. Isn't it appropriate that we give him the same respect and time that we give any rookie player entering the NHL?

New coach, new systems, lots of new players...what did you expect.......

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#27 DSF
October 27 2013, 10:28AM
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K_Mart wrote:

While it is too early to put any real blame on eakins, and it is too early to say that our record is a true reflection of our play, it is NOT too early to say the playoffs are out of reach.

They are. I could realistically see things turning around this season, and us closing out the season with a record near or even at .500, but our start has put us too far out.

My guess is we might reach .500 by game 70-75 but we will most certainly not reach the playoffs.

Our goaltending, despite my faith that Dubnyk is good enough to be the man, has essentially already cost us the playoffs.

So yeah, a turnaround is still likely, based on the numbers, but missing the playoffs is even more likely.

The Oilers, according to Sports Club Stats, currently have a 6.4% chance of making the playoffs.

If they lose to LA tonight, that drops to 4.4%.

If the playoff cutoff is 95 points (it might be even higher if the WC continues its dominance over the EC) the Oilers would need to go 40-22-10 to hit 95 points.

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#28 Old School G
October 27 2013, 11:04AM
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It's brutal but enduring through these bleak times is what being a fan is all about. This is my team no matter how bad.

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#29 DSF
October 27 2013, 12:22PM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

Yeah, least value of the bunch.

In other news...Mason Raymond, who was picked up for nothing on a PTO and has a cap hit of only $1M, is on pace for a 27G 61P season.

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#30 dougtheslug
October 27 2013, 10:12PM
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we have found our goalie. Plan the parade.

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#31 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 27 2013, 11:02PM
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I was hoping to celebrate in silence this evening with another regulation loss. Where the heck is Dubnyk or LaBarbara when i need them.

I'm already pulling for another top 3 pick next summer. Every point cuts like a dagger when this is the goal.

is this wrong, what's wrong with me?

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#32 GTL
October 27 2013, 09:39AM
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Looking outside sums up my oiler optimism . It's a long time to draft day and free agency ... Then training camp and new season..rinse and repeat... In any other relationship I be long gone... A fan since '76 I'm 'bout done....

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#33 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 10:36AM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

I've watched all of the games this year and have to say this is the best Oiler team since 06 despite their record. We would have won last night if Dubnyk was in net. I find it really pathetic how people are constantly taking shots at K Lowe on this site. How about offering constructive criticism instead of recycling the same old K Lowe bashing. Go to some other forum and take your uneducated hockey opinions with you. The Oilers are competing hard every night which is a vast improvement over past seasons. The team is obviously still too young so a little more patience is needed. Yakupov has to stop giving up 5 star to the other team with his poor defensive play. He is directly responsible for at least one goal against us every game. That being said he is getting better at using his teammates.

You are full of it. It being sycophantic loyalty to the old, failed guard. Cronyism has destroyed the reputation of this once great franchise - largely by some of the members of its most successful roster. That cabal has been able to wreak said damage because of enablers like you.

Firing Lowe and replacing him with a bona fide, quality president of ops with no loyalties to the owner or the old guard is the only thing that will begin the the true long term rehabilitation of this decrepit organization.

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#34 Todd
October 27 2013, 05:33PM
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@Todd

btw - anyone who trashes my post can kiss DSFs backside. I DESERVE to be negative. I've earned it. This team deserves all the loathing they get.

I have season tickets (the last 4 years...) I have spent many thousands of dollars on this team. (Money where your mouth is.. yadda yadda)

I've made poor monetary bets other more 'realistic' Oiler fans as well as Flames fans as recent as last spring. I always was optimistic we'd be better.... I lost everything.

I have read hundreds of articles on this website, and posted hundreds of comments.

I have watched almost every game and defended this organization, including KBlowe to the death.

I have bashed DSF even when he made sense (sometime he does)

I DESERVE to be pissed. I want a refund for the last 4 years of season tickets. But I can make more money... mostly I want a refund for 4 years of my time that I can never get back.

Anyone who trashes me, should go get a drink of koolaide and talk to me when this team becomes less of a complete joke (if ever)

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#35 Alsker
October 27 2013, 07:55PM
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Wait a minute, just realized I wasnt cringing every time the Kings shot from the blueline. Im liking this feeling.

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#36 BingBong
October 27 2013, 08:46PM
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Wow, it's been a while since I've seen an Oilers goalie with rebound control.

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#38 6 ring circus
October 27 2013, 10:21AM
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If Kevin Lowe's contract was up there wouldn't be any other NHL team stupid enough to hire him!!! 7 years of mismanagement going on 8 Lowe deserves his walking papers and it's time Katz brings in someone with NHL success and experience. The Oilers fan base deserves better than this gong show we've been watching for the past 8 years.

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#39 Batfink
October 27 2013, 10:48AM
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I am not proposing that Eakins did/does not deserve his NHL shot. Just not with us. He needed to complete his apprenticeship, as an assistant to an experienced NHL coach. We are simply not in the position of hiring unproven (at the NHL level) coaches after the years we've had. You want consistency? Hartley, Ruff, Torts, Vigneault. All these are new hires at their respective teams, instigating new team ethos and philosophies, yet they are, by and large, succeeding. Why? Players? Goaltending? Sure, these are tangibles that certainly contribute. But you tell me we don't have the players? Look at Calgary (turn head and spit). We don't have goal tending? Then you adapt your system to protect the goalie more, a la Nashville. You adapt or die. Not say "I know I'm right" when that record is staring you right in the face. Still, stiff upper lip, eh? If refusing to look facts straight in the face won't get us through then taking away the moral 'moneyball' corsi victories will, right?

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#40 Henry
October 27 2013, 11:10AM
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DSF wrote:

Seriously?

Not exhaustive and in no particular order:

1) PK Subban

2) Shea Weber

3) Erik Karlsson

4) OEL

5) Keith Yandle

6) Alex Pietrangelo

7) Jaybo

8) Ryan Suter

9) Jonas Brodin

10) Seth Jones

11) Dan Hamhuis

12) Kevin Bieksa

13) Jason Garrisson

14) Alex Edler

15) Mark Giordano

16) Marc Edward Vlasic

17) Francois Beauchemin

18) Drew Doughty

19) Slava Voynov

20) Cam Fowler

21) Zdeno Chara

22) Dougy Hamilton

23) Christian Ehrhoff

24) Duncan Keith

25) Brent Seabrook

26) Nik Hjalmarson

27) Fedor Tyutin

28) Nik Kronwall

29) Andrei Markov

30) Travis Hamonic

31) Ryan McDonagh

32) Kris Letang

33) Paul Martin

34) Olli Maata

35) Matt Carle

36) Dion Phaneuf

37) Karl Alzner

38) Dustin Byfuglien

39) Zach Bogosian

40) Justin Braun

I can't see one D on that list whose GM would trade straight up for Jeff Petry unless he was truing to dump salary.

I knew you wouldn't be able to resist the bait.

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#41 Johe
October 27 2013, 12:28PM
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GDP: Oilers put forth another solid effort and this time get rewarded with a couple bounces going their way. 5-2 victory.

OGDP: Arcobello scores a goal...

NSOGDP: On the opposition net.

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#42 2004Z06
October 27 2013, 10:50AM
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Just a few questions and other thoughts. Do you think anyone from the Oilers organization reads these blogs? Probably not....maybe a bit more productive to aim your ire at the organization. Try emailing, sending a letter, phoning the Oilers office.....Maybe boycott a game or two?

As for MacT he is taking the heat for Labarberra and Grebishkov, but no praise for the moves to bring in Ference, Belov, Perron and Gordon?

Can't win em all.....

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#43 David S
October 27 2013, 12:42PM
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Zed wrote:

It is definately a sad day for Oilersnation when DSF's Koolaid starts to look more enticing than Daryl Katz's.

Oh look, the sky is grey and a light dusting of snow is on the ground. Go figure.

The thing is, despite the "occasional" baiting DSF has a point more often than not. And they're damn good points.

I've come to believe he's either perfected the art of trolling or the only Oilers fan that isn't drunk most of the time.

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#44 Spydyr
October 27 2013, 01:04PM
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@Mac962

Labarbra and Dubnyk may not be physically hurt but they both hurt the team.Time and time again.

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#45 Todd
October 27 2013, 05:18PM
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I've posted about 1000 anti DSF posts over the years. He is a flip flopping beotch, who comes here after loses to rub it in, but never shows up after a win, or when his myriad "guarantee/book it" statements flop. Remember when he was saying we need to learn from Dale Tallon!

That said, I'm done with these Oilers. I'm officially joining DSF, and I will start propping all of posts. Actually I probably will just stop caring and even visiting these sites.

Today the latest edition of Oil Change came on. It made me angry. Angry at Jack Michaels voice. Angry at the narrator, who has been saying the SAME THING for 5 years. And mostly angry at the Oilers org. Watching them laughin, riding around on Segways in OKC and have a good old time. I remember that game in OKC. i remember them getting SPANKED and the few fans who probably are die hard (you'd have to be in OKC) actually boo'd the NHL team off the ice. How pathetic is that? PAthetic enough to make a reality show.

I feel like the guy who sticks up for your loser drunkard friend. Everyone else writes him off, but you keep sticking up for him. Bailing him out of jail, getting in fights for him, carrying him home from the alley, cleaning up puke. Cause he has a good heart, and just needs another shot. Forget it. Its time for tough love Oilers.

This team is a joke, and while I still despise DSF, I am joining his side and am going to be a negative b1tch just like him until this team starts to prove they deserve anything else. I deserve it.

#OilersSUCK

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#46 @schmidty66
October 27 2013, 10:09AM
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I realize that the coach carousel with the Oilers has to stop. That can only happen when new management hire a decent NHL coach. First Quinn then his asst Renny then his asst Kruger now Eakins all the while keeping the core of asst coaches like Bucky Smith and Chabot around? With coaches like Ruff, Tortortella and Vigneault available last year I can not figure out how we ended up with Eakins an unproven coach who seems to have lost the room already. I have had season tickets for nearly 15 years every year lately I kick myself for renewing them. Usually it takes until January before I can't give them away this year it is November. I am a diehard fan it kills me when they play this bad but I think the only way this team gets better is if we the fans just stop going. Then and only the will Katz be forced to make a management change and stop living in the 80s glory years.

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#47 DoubleA34
October 27 2013, 11:18AM
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Hopefully there is a good looking babe sitting behind Dallas again

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#48 jonny94
October 27 2013, 10:03PM
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Bachman has my vote to play another game.....Maybe another 65 haha

He looks so confident in the net despite being pummelled with shots.... Our new Dwayne Roloson? Here's hoping!

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#49 TDSM31
October 27 2013, 11:07PM
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Time to abandon the 'swarm' system...like yesterday.

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#50 Mikey
October 27 2013, 09:13AM
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Can it be at least 3-1 LA? One goal would be nice.

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