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, Sportsnet, 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 Hangingkayaker
October 27 2013, 09:04PM
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Another minor league goalie. Another lousy night by a lousy team. This is all on Loser Lowe. I will never have anything good to say about this team until Katz's lapdog Lowe is gone!!

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#2 Time for a change... A Channel Change !
October 27 2013, 11:55AM
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Yakupov looks like a solid 8th round draft pick ! Oh yah, there is no 8th round !!! What did we have to give up for this guy ?!? Pride? Dignity? Another piece of our souls ?

At least other teams fans feel so bad for us that they have quit poking fun !

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#3 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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#4 DSF
October 27 2013, 12:06PM
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@Dan 1919

Hemsky has 1 point in his last 5 games and is -3.

He's on pace for a 41 point -20 season.

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#5 okchattrick
October 27 2013, 04:08PM
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Spell check (possibly, not possibilie).

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#6 oilerjed
October 27 2013, 04:43PM
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Didn't even bother reading the comments section this article was so bad. Why bother posting anything at all if your using screen shots of the most negative person on this site for most of it. A bad day for Oilers Nation.

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#7 TeddyTurnbuckle
October 27 2013, 10:25AM
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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.

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#8 Loweblows
October 27 2013, 09:55AM
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I wholeheartedly disagree with you willis. Eakins has destroyed the PK. He has destroyed the PP. He has decided that now, the year we were supposed to make gains, was the year we needed to overhaul basically everything these kids have been taught years previous. What a disaster. Fire Eakins now.You mention you dont like some of the things he has done but fail to mention what he has done right. Please tell me one thing he has done right?

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#9 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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#10 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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#11 michael
October 27 2013, 10:31AM
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Who is Carolina's back up goalie. With Ward down for a month might the return of Bachman spell the end of LaBarbra in Edmonton? Yesterday's game did not endear him to the coach. Carolina may be looking for some NHL experience for short term help.

Klowe is not the problem. Good lad folks your conspiracy theories are getting tired and banal. Try looking elsewhere to satiate your paranoia.

Oilers bounce back and win 3-2 with a PP goal scored to boot.

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#12 madjam
October 27 2013, 10:22AM
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Any chance they can add Nurse from junior to shore up defensive lapses ? Have no fear Sam Gagner should soon be here . The way we play to lose you'd think I was a sin to win ?

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#13 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 10:27AM
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Andrew Ference may in time be known as the worst captain in oilers history - though I confess I am not familiar with what happened vis a vis corson.

Hiring a rookie coach who needs, at the very least, some on the job seasoning was a mistake for a team that is of the type that the oil are - young, talented, looking to make the next step as a team. And that is 100% MacT's fault.

While the teams failure is not 100% Eakins fault, he is clearly a net negative on the team thusfar. Thusfar he is part of the problem - not part of the solution.

That may change in time, but presently that is the reality. And with the season now lost leaving him in place does little extra harm. He can either develop into a above avg nhl coach or be replaced at the end of the season.

Were I MacT I would already be looking for a replacement - making a 24 hour decision like he did in hiring Eakins will likely only precipitate another disaster.

LA wins - in LA-sutter speak "easily", 2-1. The oil will never really be in it having been ingested in the belly of the LA python by the middle of the second period and not realizing it until five minutes left to go in the third.

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#14 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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#15 Mac962
October 27 2013, 04:12PM
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How Do You Know? wrote:

Were you hiding under the table?

Lol - you make laugh, no , really you do ! Honest , you are so witty.

Yeah , i was under the table.

You from Calgary ?

Don't comment any further unless you wish to add your real name

So we can all see what highly intelligent individual you are.

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#16 Greg
October 27 2013, 09:53AM
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Cameron wrote:

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.......

^ it's because of this kind of thinking we still suck a**. (Sorry Cameron I'm going to rip on you here).

It's because of fans like this that our team sucks. I'm sorry to say. It's obvious Katz is fine with things as long as we sell continue to sell out. Fans who honesty believe it's just a matter of time we get better. It's not a matter of time! It's a matter of bringing in the right mix of players. The easy part is finishing last and getting high draft picks. I'm tired of fans being like " it's fine, let's just wait and see". My god grow some balls! Enough is enough! I love this team too much to just turn around and jump ship. But as a fan who wants to see this team get better, I am going to sit here and b*tch till changes are made. Real fans don't sit there and blindly cheer for a loosing team. Real fans make their voices heard and don't give up till the team starts winning!

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#17 Henry
October 27 2013, 10:07AM
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Ryan wrote:

We need a #1 defensemen and have since pronger left.

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

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#18 Greg
October 27 2013, 12:15PM
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what's with all the Petry talk? a #1 D man? are you crazy? mark my words, this is just the Tom Gilbert experiment 2.0

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#19 oilers2k10
October 27 2013, 09:48AM
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I'm usually pretty good a making predictions, today I just got that feeling when I woke up, Yakupov scores 5 goals and has a 9 point night.

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#20 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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#21 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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#22 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 10:12PM
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Loser point.

Lucky to get even that. Men vs boys even though some of the boys played well. Wish they would hit like that on a regular basis instead of only when the other team initiates.

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#23 I tried it at home
October 27 2013, 09:20AM
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I still have faith in Yak City. Now would be a great time to see him explode for FIVE (5) goals and then call up Linus Omark collect from center ice anx tell him "sorry man but thats how we do it in the big leagues". Damn, I wish I had been drunk when I came up with this.

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#24 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 10:40AM
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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 "

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#25 Romulus' Apotheosis
October 27 2013, 11:09AM
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@Jonathan Willis

Not sure elevating DSF to benighted status here is the way to go.

And, you certainly can't trust panicky idiot number 1-67 to handle "props" buttons with any aplomb.

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#26 Sec 118, Row 11... For now...
October 27 2013, 11:24AM
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Bag wearing Fan wrote:

I hear the Oilers are being relegated to the AHL. I bet they still lose.

I wish. That'd save me $20K a year in garbage collection fees... I mean, tickets.

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#27 Mac962
October 27 2013, 12:47PM
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Something is brewing with the goaltending. Labarbra is not hurt and neither is Dubnyk. Carolina deal pending perhaps...Just guessing as i have no insight but it is awful funny Bachman gets called up.

Bet we know before the puck drops.

Its time for a deal, the downside is every other team in the league is aware of the state we are in and will be looking to fleece the OIL. Of course there are other teams in out situation as well- DESPERATE !

Tyler Myers needs a new home i think.... is he worth a shot ?

Just thinking out loud....

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#28 Oiler Al
October 27 2013, 12:48PM
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Ya goaltending sucks.. and yes the 20 22 yr old guys are expected to carry the team [no their fault for the contracts they got], but the veteran presence on this team is very limited in terms of helping build confidence in the young guys....

Worst of all are the POWDER PUFFS, on the back end posing as NHL defense men!!! They couldnt clear the front of the net if you gave them a Zamboni. I have seen midget players make bigger hits than these guys.Belov and Smid with their size are the biggest powder puffs.Someone feed these guys some raw meat before the game.

Powder puffs,+ Dubnyk and Labarbra = DISASTER

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#29 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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#30 Tileguy
October 27 2013, 03:40PM
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Gdp la6 oil1 Ogdp avg weight team of 215lbs will dominate the 185 lb team and someone will get hurt tonight (shoulder) Nsogdp yak scores...no celly

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#31 DSF
October 27 2013, 06:52PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Garth Snow just made a BOLD move trading Moulson,a 1st and a 2nd for a unsigned Vanek UfA July 1!!! Let's hope when Mac T makes his Bold move he doesn't take any lessons from Snow

If the Isles are out of it at the deadline, they'll be able to trade Vanek for a 1st +.

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#32 Oiler63
October 27 2013, 07:55PM
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@Alsker

A scrum is hardly a retribution. I want to see blood on Clifford's face; I want to see Drew Doughty laying on the ground. I don't care if we win this game. Messing with us, you pay the price. This is disgusting!

Kevin effing LOW, is this the team you build to win? If you have any sense of shame, you should take the full responsibility and get the F out.

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#33 Hair bag
October 27 2013, 10:19AM
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Greg wrote:

^ it's because of this kind of thinking we still suck a**. (Sorry Cameron I'm going to rip on you here).

It's because of fans like this that our team sucks. I'm sorry to say. It's obvious Katz is fine with things as long as we sell continue to sell out. Fans who honesty believe it's just a matter of time we get better. It's not a matter of time! It's a matter of bringing in the right mix of players. The easy part is finishing last and getting high draft picks. I'm tired of fans being like " it's fine, let's just wait and see". My god grow some balls! Enough is enough! I love this team too much to just turn around and jump ship. But as a fan who wants to see this team get better, I am going to sit here and b*tch till changes are made. Real fans don't sit there and blindly cheer for a loosing team. Real fans make their voices heard and don't give up till the team starts winning!

Time for you to get ripped. It's easy for you to bitch but how exactly do you suggest they fix it - names of trades or free agent signings that are realistic, that other teams would legitimately agree to or guys that would actually sign here........yea that's what I thought smart guy. I feel your frustration but the Oilers have had no depth for a really long time which means they have no chips to offer any other team except their young draft picks which they are trying to build around - the only thing that can be done is to be patient. The team had been run so far into the ground after the 06 run that the sad fact is it is going to take a really long time to crawl out of the hole. They have come a long way but there is still a long way to go - since 06 the Oilers have been the equivalent of an expansion franchise with the talent they have had on the roster. Lowe is responsible for thinking he could turn sh*t into gold after 06 and delayed a true rebuild by 5yrs, and then Tambo didnt help things at all. But I think MacT is on the right track, unfortunately only more time will tell....you bitching will do nothing to implement change but feel free if it makes you feel better.

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#34 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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#35 -30-
October 27 2013, 10:55AM
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A new coach. A new system to learn. A bunch of new players.

What isn't new is the bipolarity that plagues this board.

With two wins the oil are world beaters. Two losses and it's time to fire and trade everyone away.

It's the same every year. The teams that are going like gangbusters before Christmas are fighting to make the playoffs come March.

At least we're not in as dire straits as the Eskimos where there is NO hope for a few years.

The Oil at least have an upside.

BTW JW, isn't it POSSIBLY in the headline?

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#36 I have seen the light !
October 27 2013, 12:01PM
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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.

There's an Oiler game tonight ?!? I think I'll watch The Good Wife instead !!

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#37 Spydyr
October 27 2013, 02:28PM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

Sorry for being positive but one good winning streak puts the team back in the hunt with a long home stand coming.

Sorry to be a realist but what is this winning streak you talk about?

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#38 Greg the Hammer Valentine
October 27 2013, 03:19PM
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It's not too early to make Eakins the skapegoat. We're 12 games into the season and his system still isn't working. That swarm defense is total chaos, who else can we blame but the coaching staff? Meanwhile in Colorado, Patrick Roy is having his players being responsible and playing with a high compete level in every game. What about our special teams? That has to be on the coaching also. Do you remember that 2-minutes 5 on 3 in Montreal? I know we won that game, but come on!

It feels like Patrick Roy leads is troops like Horatio Nelson, but we are stuck with Captain Blight.

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#39 bwar
October 27 2013, 05:47PM
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I think Dudnyk is a legit #1.

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#40 Quicksilver ballet
October 27 2013, 06:13PM
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How a team can get "tired" working only 20 minutes or less on game days is beyond me. 20 minutes spread over 2 1/2 hrs, with 2 15 minute coffee breaks thrown in that span.

Slavery is alive and well in this 21st century.

Suck it up you bunch of sucks.

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#41 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 09:47PM
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Which team seems to be in the better physical condition with two min to go? I thought Eakins said he was going to fix that.

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#42 Naky
October 27 2013, 10:05PM
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If we keep relying on our goaltenders to win us our games all year 'round, we're destined to pick first overall again. 48 saves, 18 SOG. That's pathetic. If this team doesn't improve its play all around, it doesn't matter who we have in net. Name your goaltender, we're still going to lose most of our games. The players gotta figure this thing out, now.

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#43 Cold Hard Truth
October 27 2013, 11:19PM
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This is what we deserve as fans. The majority of fans will blindly congratulate anything our management(Big Daddy)does, and strike down dissenters who float the idea that things could be different. This is what we deserve. What is more alarming is that management appears to have drunk its own kool-aid that its been ladling out to fans for years. Things need to get worse before they can get better.

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#44 Woogie63
October 27 2013, 09:29AM
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If you could trade the coach and GM as a package is there another coach/GM You would not trade our coach/GM for.

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#45 DSF
October 27 2013, 10:20AM
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onlyoil wrote:

They are playing pretty descent hockey 5v5, goaltending, pp/pk have been way below average. Can't win with these 3 brutal aspects of their game right now. With time they probably will come around..who knows.

The Oilers are 0.83 5V5F/A...22nd in the league.

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#46 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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#47 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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#48 dougtheslug
October 27 2013, 01:59PM
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Bachman is 5'10", 176 lbs, with a career save percentage of barely.900. The prototype NHL goalie is a tad bigger in the net.I guess this is where the smartest boys in the room continue to show the rest of the NHL how cool it is to think outside the box - playing with undersized players, using small inexperienced forwards on what once was a useful PK, trying out career minor leaguers (including the coaches son) instead of looking to experienced veterans, like other successful franchises do. I can just hear KLowe and MacT cackling to each other "We'll show these guys how smart we are.We're BOLD"

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#49 sizedoesmatter
October 27 2013, 02:24PM
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Sorry for being positive but one good winning streak puts the team back in the hunt with a long home stand coming.

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#50 dw
October 27 2013, 07:51PM
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Next shift after the Nuge knee on knee hit Eakins puts out the Eager line. We all talk about retribution but had Eager done something stupid and taken a shot at Kopitar or one of their other skilled guys would everyone be jumping on Eakins like they did to Buffalo's coach Rolston after John Scott's head shot in Boston? We don't have the tough guys (and/or team toughness)to match with LA unfortunately. The only way to get back at LA for the shot on Nuge would be to win the game.

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