Two areas of concern for the Oilers

Jason Strudwick
October 06 2013 12:02PM

Saturday night’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks was an early season opportunity for the Oilers to show on Hockey Night in Canada that this is a new team. A team poised ready to make the next step and become a playoff team. The game did not leave that impression on Canada or the rest of the NHL.

The Obvious Stuff

It is very early in this NHL season. The Oilers are playing without their two top centers, and as a result they’re pretty green. Mark Arcobello played his third game as an NHL center Saturday, Will Acton his second and Taylor Hall his second this season after briefly playing the position as a rookie. That’s not a lot of experience down the middle for the Oil.

It was obvious Saturday that those three were not ready for the challenge of taking on two of the top centers in the NHL. Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler are very, very good centermen. I don't care if you hate them, you have to respect their ability. Kesler was the best player of the ice. The young Oilers centers will have learned a lot from the game and matching up with those two.

So far this season Dubnyk hasn't played the way he would have wanted. The two long bombs and a couple of weaker goals have gotten him off to a questionable start. To me he looks like he is pressing and not relaxed between the pipes. I think he will get into a groove. He is a solid goalie. Two rough appearances to start this season are not making me think the Oilers should run out and make a move for a goalie. That being said I would give him the night off against the Devils. Let him and goalie coach Fred Chabot clean up a few issues. He will be ready mentally and physically for the game versus the Habs on Thursday.

The centers and the goaltending are the obvious issues. On both post games shows so far I have done these have been hot button topics. They have been issues but I see two areas the Oilers can clear up quickly and they don't involve either the centers or the goalies.

The Less Obvious Stuff

It was obvious this off season that general manager Craig MacTavish wanted a puck-moving group of defensemen. He wanted d-men that would get back quickly to the puck and pass it up to the swift skating group of forwards the Oilers have. It makes sense in theory; it’s better to play in the neutral and offensive zones rather than in your own end. But last night I saw the problem.

As a group the d-men were far too passive in their own zone. A defenceman's first responsibility is to play defence. Far too often last night the ‘D’ were not being aggressive and taking the puck-carrying forward of the Canucks into the wall. Eliminating or pinning the puck carrier in the defensive zone should be job one for this group. It looked to me like they were following this player around, water-skiing or just containing. That doesn't work.

I know some forwards are big and maybe the strength isn't there to man handle the guy. I get it. But then you better figure out a different approach that works. Duncan Keith isn't a giant but he is great at playing angles, using his stick and taking away time and space. These are skills the smaller guys will have to perfect. The Oilers spent too much time in their own zone; it is the job of the ‘D’ to snub out the opposition’s forecheck.

When the d-men did either pin the Canuck forward to the wall or take the puck away, too often the strong side winger was not ready for the pass. When under pressure the d-man will not always be able to make the perfect pass. The winger must be ready to not only handle the pass but make a play with it.

The winger must get his ass on the wall and stick in the middle to show a target. He cannot take his time getting into position. The defenceman has a split second to make a play, he cannot wait for the winger to slowly get into position. Once the pass is made the winger must make a strong play. Most likely the opposition blueliner will pinch down to pressure him. He MUST get the puck out. This is not a situation where fifty/fifty is good enough.

The winger has to get the puck out. He can chip it out or reverse pinch on the defence. It doesn't matter how - what does matter is that is gets done. Early in the game on the road or when the opposition has the full court press on the pressure is relieved by that puck getting out.

There is no doubt that Dubnyk has to be better and that the inexperience at center has been hard on the Oilers. Those are easy fixes. The work on the wall by the wingers and in zone play by the D are two areas that need to be cleaned up. These are habits that playoffs teams have.

If I am Eakins I crack out the old VCR today. I show specific examples of guys not getting the job done Saturday night. You don't do it to embarrass players; you do it so they see with their own eyes what they are missing.

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Jason hosts the Jason Strudwick show from 9pm to 12am, weeknights on the team 1260. He is an instructor at Mount Carmel Hockey Academy and loves working with the kids. Having played over 650 games in the NHL, Jason has some great stories and unique takes on life in the NHL. He loves Slurpees and Blizzards. Dislikes baggy clothes and close talkers.
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#51 TeddyTurnbuckle
October 06 2013, 05:11PM
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Oilers recalled Brandon Davidson today. Weird. I can't see him playing up with the Oilers yet.

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#52 Seriously
October 06 2013, 05:16PM
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WOW!!! Did you bump your head or something???"his best player was out of position?" I'm assuming your talking about Taylor Hall??? If you think he's eakin's best player you obviously have not seen the past 2 games!!! For the record watching the Oilers play this caliber of hockey is getting old!! And I DO follow other sports!!

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#53 YJT
October 06 2013, 05:17PM
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etownman wrote:

When Dubnyk is in goal, the team plays with less confidence & grips their sticks a little harder! When Labarbera came in & after a skirmish in front of the net in which he controlled the rebound & killed play, it was interesting to see Hemmer skate by him & slap his pads! If Dubnyk could consistently make the routine plays good NHL goalies make we wouldn't be talking so much about him, but he doesn't & it hurts his team a lot!

Let face it the whole team is in disarray, they suck, have sucked and continue to suck in performance. They dont even deserve to play at the NHL level. Goal tending ??? Is embarrassing , saves that should be stopped when you get paid to play at this level, professionally. Period.... My Grandmother could do better

What needs to be done:

1. kevin lowe - GONE!!! no question is accountable for how many years of disappointment. 2. Goalie - trade for quality performance 3. Stock the defense - trade for performance even if we have to give up offence for it! 4. If you cant play like an NHLer sit down and let others, even rookies show how its done. (ie hemsky)... lets see how much they are worth when nobody sees them play! 5. teach defense to all players ( after all the best offence is the best defense )

more later

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#54 AC
October 06 2013, 05:22PM
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YJT wrote:

Let face it the whole team is in disarray, they suck, have sucked and continue to suck in performance. They dont even deserve to play at the NHL level. Goal tending ??? Is embarrassing , saves that should be stopped when you get paid to play at this level, professionally. Period.... My Grandmother could do better

What needs to be done:

1. kevin lowe - GONE!!! no question is accountable for how many years of disappointment. 2. Goalie - trade for quality performance 3. Stock the defense - trade for performance even if we have to give up offence for it! 4. If you cant play like an NHLer sit down and let others, even rookies show how its done. (ie hemsky)... lets see how much they are worth when nobody sees them play! 5. teach defense to all players ( after all the best offence is the best defense )

more later

How have you not been hired by an NHL team to run their entire organization yet? Your comments are so apt, knowledgeable and well-articulated. Teach defence to ALL players?? Man, what a notion...I think you have some groundbreaking stuff right there. I bet Eakins would love to hear about your philosophy. In fact, maybe even the Olympic team would like to know more about the idea of teaching professional players how to play defence....

Insert face-palm emoticion here.

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#55 dougtheslug
October 06 2013, 05:51PM
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Man, am I tired of hearing Smid, and Hall, and the latest coach, and whoever, say over and over "that performance was unacceptable." So for Gawd's sake stop accepting it! Just once I'd like to hear one of those teenage millionaires say, "man, that performance was unacceptable, so I simply can't accept the $75,000 that they were contracted to pay me. I have asked the team to donate my pay to a charity of their choice, and resolve to never be unacceptable again."

And to Mr. Katz, and Kevin Lowe, cackling away as you count your money and reassure yourselves that Oiler fans are patient and loyal and fanatical enough to accept this product year after year, let me say this: If you had told me in the early 1980's, when the Edmonton Eskimos were selling out Commonwealth Stadium year after year, routinely drawing over 55,000 fans, winning championships and epitomizing class; if you had told me that in 2013, after a decade of stupidity, ineptitude, incompetence, cronyism, and apathy that that same team couldn't draw 15,000 on a glorious autumn afternoon, and that people in this city just couldn't care anymore and would rather do yardwork than force themselves to watch that team bumble to another humiliation; well, I would have told you at the time that would be pretty hard to imagine.

And its true, we are Edmonton Oiler fans. We are patient. And loyal. And fanatical. But tuning you out and just not caring anymore? It's not as hard to imagine as it used to be.

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#56 Sidney frosby
October 06 2013, 06:04PM
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When is Glenn Andersna and Grant Fuhr gonna be hired by the Oilers.... Seem like they just bring in the old teammates on Katz dollar to hang out and think they know what they are doing....

K-Lowe and Mac-t have made great great decisions.....Can't wait for Grebeshkov to be in the line up and show the rest how it's done.... Laugh my ass off.

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#57 Clarko
October 06 2013, 06:27PM
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Sidney frosby wrote:

When is Glenn Andersna and Grant Fuhr gonna be hired by the Oilers.... Seem like they just bring in the old teammates on Katz dollar to hang out and think they know what they are doing....

K-Lowe and Mac-t have made great great decisions.....Can't wait for Grebeshkov to be in the line up and show the rest how it's done.... Laugh my ass off.

Anderson and Fuhr are hall of fame guys. This team only brings in the role players from the dynasty years...

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#58 Geitus Maximus
October 06 2013, 06:29PM
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Wow, the haters are really poppin off today! Lets see how they do on Monday with some help. Tighter goaltending will really help as well till Dub gets his poop together. Remember, were Oiler fans not canuck fans who constantly trash their team whether they are winning or not. I think Mac T and Eakins know what they are doing and will get it settled. If not, we get another high pick... That was for the Haters.

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#59 Poopsie
October 06 2013, 06:45PM
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Sidney frosby wrote:

When is Glenn Andersna and Grant Fuhr gonna be hired by the Oilers.... Seem like they just bring in the old teammates on Katz dollar to hang out and think they know what they are doing....

K-Lowe and Mac-t have made great great decisions.....Can't wait for Grebeshkov to be in the line up and show the rest how it's done.... Laugh my ass off.

Comment 24 inLowetide sums this MESS up perfectly!!!

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#60 DSF
October 06 2013, 07:10PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Man, am I tired of hearing Smid, and Hall, and the latest coach, and whoever, say over and over "that performance was unacceptable." So for Gawd's sake stop accepting it! Just once I'd like to hear one of those teenage millionaires say, "man, that performance was unacceptable, so I simply can't accept the $75,000 that they were contracted to pay me. I have asked the team to donate my pay to a charity of their choice, and resolve to never be unacceptable again."

And to Mr. Katz, and Kevin Lowe, cackling away as you count your money and reassure yourselves that Oiler fans are patient and loyal and fanatical enough to accept this product year after year, let me say this: If you had told me in the early 1980's, when the Edmonton Eskimos were selling out Commonwealth Stadium year after year, routinely drawing over 55,000 fans, winning championships and epitomizing class; if you had told me that in 2013, after a decade of stupidity, ineptitude, incompetence, cronyism, and apathy that that same team couldn't draw 15,000 on a glorious autumn afternoon, and that people in this city just couldn't care anymore and would rather do yardwork than force themselves to watch that team bumble to another humiliation; well, I would have told you at the time that would be pretty hard to imagine.

And its true, we are Edmonton Oiler fans. We are patient. And loyal. And fanatical. But tuning you out and just not caring anymore? It's not as hard to imagine as it used to be.

Welcome to the Dark Side.

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#61 Dave Cement Co.
October 06 2013, 07:17PM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

Oilers recalled Brandon Davidson today. Weird. I can't see him playing up with the Oilers yet.

No more call ups, drafts or trades for players unless they are 6'3" or bigger, 220lbs or heavier and bad competitive bad a$$es!!! Let's start trading, cutting, running out of town the stick checking fairies and DAFODILS that know make up at least half this Gutless team!!! ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!

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#62 Zarny
October 06 2013, 07:35PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Man, am I tired of hearing Smid, and Hall, and the latest coach, and whoever, say over and over "that performance was unacceptable." So for Gawd's sake stop accepting it! Just once I'd like to hear one of those teenage millionaires say, "man, that performance was unacceptable, so I simply can't accept the $75,000 that they were contracted to pay me. I have asked the team to donate my pay to a charity of their choice, and resolve to never be unacceptable again."

And to Mr. Katz, and Kevin Lowe, cackling away as you count your money and reassure yourselves that Oiler fans are patient and loyal and fanatical enough to accept this product year after year, let me say this: If you had told me in the early 1980's, when the Edmonton Eskimos were selling out Commonwealth Stadium year after year, routinely drawing over 55,000 fans, winning championships and epitomizing class; if you had told me that in 2013, after a decade of stupidity, ineptitude, incompetence, cronyism, and apathy that that same team couldn't draw 15,000 on a glorious autumn afternoon, and that people in this city just couldn't care anymore and would rather do yardwork than force themselves to watch that team bumble to another humiliation; well, I would have told you at the time that would be pretty hard to imagine.

And its true, we are Edmonton Oiler fans. We are patient. And loyal. And fanatical. But tuning you out and just not caring anymore? It's not as hard to imagine as it used to be.

Really?

Do you give up your paycheck when you don't perform at work?

And don't tell me you're an all-star everyday.

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#63 Batfink
October 06 2013, 07:40PM
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Results. Driven. Industry. Three words most of the ownership of the other 29 teams seem to understand.

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#64 dv.asteroid
October 06 2013, 07:46PM
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I'll not relinquish hope until I see this line combo... I feel it will be manic...hoppy-hall&yak

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#65 Wonger
October 06 2013, 07:52PM
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Jets are sending Adam Pardy to AHL! If he has to clear waivers let's pick him up Oil!!!Big, Tough, etc!!!

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#66 Johnny Larue
October 06 2013, 07:54PM
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Oilcountry2000 wrote:

We were fed the line that Dubs was our starting goalie last year...He sucked. This year more of the same with a sub par backup. Time to let the two goalies and goaltending coach go and go fishing. What will it take? Who's out there? Maybe Mikka would do us a solid after stoning us for so many years...I'd pay to watch that.

Are you delusional ?

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#67 mlcsellil
October 06 2013, 08:04PM
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I really bought into all the hype and the positive environment it created around the city from the GM coach and players. We were all on board for a great season, that we even paid more to see the games at Rexall. I realize we are down 2 centermen, and have new players and AHL call ups, but where in the hell is there any passion and spirit from these GD players. All I did last night was curse and swear at another effortless game. My expectation, after having 4 days off to practice, (as I'm sure everyone else had the same), was the team was going to put in their best efforts after giving the Jets the game in the home opener. Hopefully when the Nuge hits the ice tomorrow, there will be a heartbeat from the players. We need every point we can get and the earlier we get them, the better shape we'll be in. I'm not sure of the solution, but we all know the problems.

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#68 Ed in Ednonton
October 06 2013, 08:14PM
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Strudwick

All of the D and wingers are professionals (maybe)and have all played the game for a good number of years. I don't believe for a nanosecond that their lack of performance last night was because they didn't understand what a D or strong side winger is supposed to do. It appeared that they couldn't be bothered.

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#69 Serious Gord
October 06 2013, 08:27PM
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The putative last place Calgary flames are currently holding the Canucks to a 3-3 tie - the same Canucks who waxed the oil just last night.

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#70 dougtheslug
October 06 2013, 08:48PM
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Zarny wrote:

Really?

Do you give up your paycheck when you don't perform at work?

And don't tell me you're an all-star everyday.

If my performance at work was evaluated as "unacceptable" by my paymasters as often as the Oilers is, I wouldn't have a paycheck to give back.

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#71 DSF
October 06 2013, 09:20PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

The putative last place Calgary flames are currently holding the Canucks to a 3-3 tie - the same Canucks who waxed the oil just last night.

If the Flames get above average goaltending, they will be competitive.

A hard working bunch that shows up every shift.

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#72 DigDeepNBleedBlue
October 06 2013, 09:32PM
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DSF wrote:

Welcome to the Dark Side.

It's not the Dark Side. It's the circus.

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#73 Dog Train
October 06 2013, 09:33PM
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How many times do he have to get dominated to understand how hard we have to work to be successful on a nightly basis? It's getting ridiculous. If certain players haven't learned "what it takes" by now, then I am not sure that they ever will. You either have that competitive drive or you don't. We need to bring in more guys who won't take losing as an option. Mental mistakes I can deal with. Lazy and uninterested play I cannot. It's only 2 games but the more things change, the more they stay the same. One things for sure, if this doesn't get turned around then the coach sure as hell shouldn't be the scapegoat again.

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#74 The Last Big Bear
October 06 2013, 09:49PM
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Sounds to me like the team needs more leadership and accountability.

Maybe try giving letters to another four or five guys. That ought to help.

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#75 bulldog12
October 06 2013, 09:51PM
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Would you guys all take a deep breath and relax. Its game #2 new coach new players new systems same bad habits. Did you really think it was all going to change over night. Now Eakins knows what he has to work with and he can start benching guys. Other than the first line who were -10 the other guys played Ok. It’s tough to blame the goal tender when your out shot 22 to 8 in the first period. Dubnyk was probably having nightmares when he let in the soft goal. If it wasn't for him it could of been 5 1 after 1. Now we can give up on the Hall experiment at center. He never was and never will be a center man.

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#76 madjam
October 06 2013, 10:18PM
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Is coaching destroying our young stars moving forward ? Hall playing with Smyth and Hemsky ? Yak relegated to 3rd line with plummers ? Eberle with all new players ? J.Schultz ? None are fairing well and reverse development seems to be setting in . How successful has his line combo's been - not very good ? Time to spread the blame ?

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#77 Freewheeling Freddie
October 06 2013, 10:28PM
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Relax people , by the end of October the Oilers might be out of the playoff race. How does Frederick Chabot still have a goalie coach job? Devan it has been nice having you here, unfortunately your contract is up after this year. That is if you last that long. The guy is 6ft6 and flops all over the ice Maybe try being a stand up goalie. Not rocket science. Go A'S Go

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#78 Quicksilver ballet
October 06 2013, 10:42PM
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After only one week, the Oil are two weeks away from catching up to the Flames.

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#79 oilmyoil
October 06 2013, 10:57PM
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Dave Cement Co. wrote:

No more call ups, drafts or trades for players unless they are 6'3" or bigger, 220lbs or heavier and bad competitive bad a$$es!!! Let's start trading, cutting, running out of town the stick checking fairies and DAFODILS that know make up at least half this Gutless team!!! ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!

My thoughts exactly

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#80 madjam
October 06 2013, 11:36PM
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With 80 games to go and only 3 points out of a playoff spot Oilers start getting their players back for the long drive . This despite blowing a game they should have won against the Jets . Tomorrow starts our first long winning streak ,right ON fans .

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#81 Pouzar99
October 06 2013, 11:49PM
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I think it is time the players felt a little heat from a fan base that has given new meaning to the term loyal. There is only one thing that team supporters cannot and will not tolerate and that is an unwillingness to compete hard, which was on display throughout Saturday's disgraceful performance. I can remember very few occasions in which I was angrier or more upset with the players.

I will keep going to the games. I will keep rooting for the team, but I am fed up with excuses. In practical terms we have our whole team except Gagner. We should win the next two games by outplaying and outworking our opponents. We can't keep firing coaches year after year. It is on the players from now on.

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#82 Reg Dunlop
October 07 2013, 12:25AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

After only one week, the Oil are two weeks away from catching up to the Flames.

Haha those dumb flames. They can't do anything right. Don't they know the only way to be a constant contender for Stanley is to finish last for 5 years straight, draft a slew of small fast wingers with no character that only give a full effort when there is no chance that the opposition plays rough? The flames are terrible at a Lowe-style rebuild. Haha flames, they don't even show proper respect to all their former players by giving them a job-for-life.

The flames suck.

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#83 NJ
October 07 2013, 12:30AM
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I'm gonna watch a leafs game. There's some big tough hombres on that team. While big tough hombres don't grow on trees, watching a leafs / canadiens game showed me two teams that go hard. We could use a Gallagher on this team to show them how to compete.

To the Yak haters, he threw some hits last night at least... The period I watched I noticed him. Hall has been a give away MACHINE the last couple games. But he'll settle down and be better. The good news is he'll never play centre again. Haha.

Finally, we're just 2 games off of .500 and while this month is likely to be more of the same, keep your chins up. Things get easier and with any luck some of the easier games in the middle of our schedule will set us up or a solid 2 GAME WINNING STREAK to balance out these two losses to start, though the Jets one really is a kick in the coconuts. :/

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#84 les
October 07 2013, 02:01AM
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Jason, your comments about Dubnyk proves to me that you are a complete oilers puppet. Dubnyk is horrible, has been for a long time now, and the oilers do need to go out and find a true # 1. They also need to play the back up until they do so. At least he can stop the critical shots. You saying that Dubs is a solid goalie is truly laughable. C'mon man

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#85 Cynic
October 07 2013, 04:41AM
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Don't worry Oiler fans. The new arena will fix everything.

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#86 madjam
October 07 2013, 05:35AM
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Second game against Canucks , Eakins got out coached and never made adjustments till to late to salvage game in third . Sometimes same game plans don't work out as expected against same teams as they adjust. Torts made adjustment from exhibition season and caught us flat footed . Made us look far worse than what we are . First game we blew , however with subpar goaltending as much as anything . Does not mean we are a contender , yet. but it was only one bad game and result . We need need coaches and players on their games not getting flat footed by other teams game plan .

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#87 CaptainLander
October 07 2013, 07:23AM
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Almost time to give Bryz a call?

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#88 steelymac
October 07 2013, 07:55AM
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Pouzar99 wrote:

I think it is time the players felt a little heat from a fan base that has given new meaning to the term loyal. There is only one thing that team supporters cannot and will not tolerate and that is an unwillingness to compete hard, which was on display throughout Saturday's disgraceful performance. I can remember very few occasions in which I was angrier or more upset with the players.

I will keep going to the games. I will keep rooting for the team, but I am fed up with excuses. In practical terms we have our whole team except Gagner. We should win the next two games by outplaying and outworking our opponents. We can't keep firing coaches year after year. It is on the players from now on.

Pouzar don't excpect 4 points a night from RNH to start .

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#89 Hemmercules
October 07 2013, 08:16AM
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Its almost laughable how mad the Oilers fan base is right now. I'm not sure what everyone expected?? They turn over half the team, hire a new coach every year, start the season with one NHL centerman and use a mediocre goalie as their starter. Does any of that sound like a playoff team?

2 games in, big deal. If they still look this bad after 10 games then its really panic time.

I'm expecting a solid effort tonight. Every member of the oilers organization should be embarrassed after saturday night. I was pretty embarrassed about that game and I was only watching it......

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#90 Vince
October 07 2013, 09:16AM
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How is Steve Smith still an assitant coach with the Oil? The defense is a perpetual letdown with this team and they never seem to improve. The only legitimate number 1 dman in the organization is Nurse but he's likely a couple of years away. The guys there right now just aren't good enough. Ferrence looks like a bad signing early in the season already.

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#91 Joy S. Lee
October 07 2013, 10:10AM
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Sorry, I haven't read the comments section yet, but I just wanted to say thanks Jason, you have said exactly what was on my mind, a little better than how I would have said it. I think you've absolutely nailed it. Well, we're in agreement, so of course I think you've nailed it. LOL.

There was a spot in that Vancouver game, as they cycled the puck in our zone, when the Canucks displayed a 'knowing' about how the Oilers were going to defend them. They continually handed the puck 'off' to each other, and each guy would "rag" the puck. In other words, they would go on a round-about ragging, trying to create openings for teammates. Well, you can't do that if someone is knocking you on your ass. You can, if they're not, though. And that says it all. How do you get the puck away from someone who's really good at carrying it? You separate the two, that's how. Well, that hardly happened against the Canucks. And the pinning against the boards? Hardly. As Jason suggested, we hovered, and waited, hoping to steal the puck away. Good luck with that. Chastizing Dubnyk, when we're turning the puck over like a hot potato in our own zone, is not entirely fair. When we get our defense figured out, maybe we can focus more on Dubnyk. But for now, I'm with Struds, this team desperately needs to figure out how to compete in it's own zone. That's job 1.

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#92 madjam
October 07 2013, 11:04AM
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Oilers have not gone 0-3 to start a season in 18 years . Laviolette gets fired after 3 losses with Philly . Anxious moments in Oilerland if we lose tonite .

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#93 Hemmercules
October 07 2013, 11:26AM
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madjam wrote:

Oilers have not gone 0-3 to start a season in 18 years . Laviolette gets fired after 3 losses with Philly . Anxious moments in Oilerland if we lose tonite .

I'm pretty sure Eakins has a "free pass" no matter what happens this season. The word Accountability isn't even in the Oilers vocabulary lol.

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#94 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
October 07 2013, 11:28AM
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Oilers lineup for tonight posted on Copper and Blue

Hall. Nuge. Ebbs

Perron. Gordon. Hemsky

Hamilton. Arcobello. Yak

Gadzic. Acton. Brown

Petry. Smid

Ference. J Schultz

Belov. Schultz

Lebarbera

Out. Ryan Smyth, Joeensu

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#95 Hemmercules
October 07 2013, 11:41AM
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

I almost want to cry when I think about 7 years out of the playoffs and that is the team they are icing at this point.

Has Hemsky played with the same two forwards for more than 3 games in a row in his entire career ?? lol

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#96 Sidney Frosby
October 07 2013, 11:43AM
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Petry + a draft pick to Anaheim for Hiller...and possibly Fistric ( we need some hitting back on the D!)

Oilers need to at least try and save the season...

Or maybe STL wants to move one of their goalies to make room for Allen.

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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Oilers lineup for tonight posted on Copper and Blue

Hall. Nuge. Ebbs

Perron. Gordon. Hemsky

Hamilton. Arcobello. Yak

Gadzic. Acton. Brown

Petry. Smid

Ference. J Schultz

Belov. Schultz

Lebarbera

Out. Ryan Smyth, Joeensu

Smyth out - here's hoping he calls a retirement presser before the team heads east.

The only thing missing from that line up to make it the best the oil can put forward is gagner. If they stink they have no excuses.

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#98 madjam
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Coppernblue has Joensuu, FERENCE and SMYTH out with Grebs in apparently . What is going on ?

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#99 TDSM31
October 07 2013, 12:02PM
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If the Flames get above average goaltending, they will be competitive.

A hard working bunch that shows up every shift.

If the Oil had below average goaltending, they would be competitive. Right now we have an ECHL goalie as our starter.

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#100 Serious Gord
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Stauffer says that Ference is playing tonight.

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