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Lowetide
November 13 2013 05:18PM

 

I know this is petty, we're better than that and it's a small victory. There is absolutely no way it's going to be enough, the season is an out of control train and beating one bad team counts for zero in real life. 

Don't care. Whatever else happens, beat Calgary.

AS IT STANDS

The team is 1-5-0 at home, 3-8-2 on the road and 2-7-1 in their last 10. They have so many holes defensively the mind boggles, and the mood of the city is toxic. Into that atmosphere the Oilers have to score early, get the crowd behind them and improve that home record in a big way.

The two teams (Calgary and Edmonton) are both 2-7-1 in the last 10, and the Oilers can close the gap to three points tonight (Calgary will have two games in hand). Their first 10 games (3-6-1) were better than the next nine games (1-7-1 entering tonight) but it's also true tonight's game is only their 7th at home all season. That could make a difference if they take advantage of last change, and the Rexall crowd needs to cheer like mad, too.

COME ON, MAN

The goals for is no screaming hell, but that GA total is ghastly. If the Oilers are going to get anything done this season--and we're not asking for much--then the goals against total must go down. At their current pace, the club is on track to allow 324 goals, the highest total for an Oilers team since 1992-93, their black hole season.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME, LATELY

The offense lost both Taylor Hall and David Perron for extended periods during the last 10 games, and Justin Schultz was ineffective/injured. Oilers used 28 position players during the last 10 games.

Holy mackerel, that's a lot of goals against!

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

This team needs to focus on the detail work, the defensive chores, the scut work. They need to catch Calgary. After that, they can find another target.

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#51 6 ring circus
November 13 2013, 11:04PM
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What do the Oiler's and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford have in common?... They have both hit rock bottom.

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#52 Donkey
November 14 2013, 12:46AM
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Our little fancy pass girls got manhandled tonight .Get some size on this team!

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#53 Donkey
November 14 2013, 08:36AM
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Lets change the team name, it might remind the new players of our loosing ways.

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#54 15w40
November 14 2013, 09:26AM
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I will throw in my 2 cents on the PP. Much of it has been said already. RNH below the goal line running things from there, another soft hands setup/passer type Defensemen on the left point Yak on the right half wall where RNH is now, Smyth in front of the net & either Hall or Eberle at the right point.

I'm no NHL coach & didn't play a high level of hockey but it really couldn't do any worse could it.

Not putting 64 on that 5 on 3 looks outright punitive. He may not be a great defensive player but he can shoot the puck like no one else on that team or many teams for that matter.

It might hold a little more water when the coaching staff is sitting him & saying that they are just putting him in positions to succeed when they limit his ice time if they actually use him where he suits better than anybody else on the bench.

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#55 Cameron
November 13 2013, 05:22PM
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How come my Streakcred is always at zero after the Oilers play?

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#56 Greg
November 13 2013, 05:24PM
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lol, like years past i find myself cheering for all of the other crap teams sitting at the bottom of the standings. and inside hoping to oilers loose. if your going to do this, do it right! isn't that right Kevin?

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#57 china town man
November 13 2013, 05:38PM
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I HATE yes HATE the flames can't Stand them and thier bull crap But they still finding ways to Win hockey game with out any Star player !!!

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#58 Rama Lama
November 13 2013, 06:28PM
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I just want to see one breakout play that is well executed. I do not need to see a complete 60 minute game, just one simple breakout play.

I would also accept one complete passing play. I just can't believe we are down to accepting so very little from these supposed high-skill first round players we have been drafting.

Bring Brent Sutter in at least he could teach a simple breakout play to these clowns!

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#59 Kevin
November 13 2013, 06:29PM
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china town man wrote:

I HATE yes HATE the flames can't Stand them and thier bull crap But they still finding ways to Win hockey game with out any Star player !!!

yes- what our brain trust fails to address that hockey is a team sport and you won't build a winner with a group of number 1 over all picks. As long as we have the team make up we have we will continue to fail. Sadly we have the makings of another top 5 pick. A reality we are all going to have to face is that sooner or later we are going to have to Trade one or more of our top recent picks. This includes Taylor Hall. Current Management have been assessing this gong show for years and for the life of me I can't figure out how they continue to try and fit a square peg in a round hole. We you are drafting top 5 and picking the best available you are not addressing team needs. When you acquired enough of these assets, at some point you need to make moves that will address team needs. Mac T talks about Bold moves. I do not call these Bold moves but rather a necessity in building an NHL team not a POND hockey team. Which is basically what we have.

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#60 Hockey fan 1976
November 13 2013, 07:12PM
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How pathetic this is all we have come to expect in November. To beat Calgary and finish ahead of them. Sorry guys, got news for you, it's not gonna happen. The Flamers are already on their way with an actual " rebuild" and unlike our over-paid stars they play a full 60 minutes of hockey and actually COMPETE!! Dallas you need to watch one of their games so that whatever bs you preach about accountability and competing actually matches the bs that comes out of you. I actually hope Calgary beats us bad so we can get this blown up once and for all.

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#61 godot10
November 13 2013, 07:26PM
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Smid is going to score the winning goal on Saturday.

#justsaying

#breakingbadforEckblad

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#62 DSF
November 13 2013, 07:31PM
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In other news...Mason Raymond, who the Oilers could have signed for peanuts, just scored his 6th goal of the season.

The Oilers leading goal scorer has 5.

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#63 madjam
November 13 2013, 08:16PM
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No defence to speak of means little to no victories . Can't compensate for an inferior defence no matter how good your forwards might be in todays NHL .

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#64 Walter Sobchak
November 13 2013, 10:16PM
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Loyal Oil wrote:

Are you suggesting the guys running the ship don't have a freaking clue how to build an actual NHL team (even with THREE #1 overall picks on the roster)?

Yep, that pretty much what it means.

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#65 Gkpoil
November 13 2013, 10:43PM
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Never thought it would truly give up on the oil.... What a bunch of F*CKING BUMS!!!!!

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#66 Serious Gord
November 13 2013, 10:55PM
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The stars got a lot of excellent looks, score could have been even worse. Dubnyk played decent enough, but this team just cannot score.

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#67 Britts94
November 14 2013, 12:04AM
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Make Smytty retire, fire Eakins, and then get Mr. Flow to run the show. Maybe the Banff boy will get dem oilers off their asses.

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#68 Serious Gord
November 14 2013, 05:59AM
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Don W wrote:

I need someone to remind me how the oilers had to trade smid for salary cap reasons. Capgeek says they have $5,683,467 in space today so I don't get the timing of the smid trade. I guess they just have too many NHL quality dmen who are tough and block shots . Honestly, if they feel he is just a bottom pairing guy next year trade him in the off season. I just can't see how you wouldn't be able to trade him for magic beans at that time.

Rishaug thinks it might be because now that the oil aren't making the playoffs Katz wants to move any overpaid players that can be moved to improve his bottom line.

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#69 MMAX
November 14 2013, 06:10AM
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I know what's wrong, it's so easy to figure out. The goal horn is broken and they are having a hell of a time finding parts.

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#70 RDS
November 14 2013, 07:04AM
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Clearly another high first round pick is not going to help this team. Please trade it for some defensive help. That is all. Thanks for listening.

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#71 Dave
November 14 2013, 07:42AM
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Time MacT to come back to coaching for the rest of the year. Eakins does not know what he is doing.

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#72 nick
November 14 2013, 08:02AM
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@Serious Gord

Don't think Smid was overpaid. Now Ference is overpaid move that useless signing. Oh wait they gave him a no trade and the C because he know's how to win. Ya right he was lucky to hitch his cart to the Bruins horses. He was just a passenger

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#73 Chris
November 14 2013, 08:06AM
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It won't happen but I would just do the same as Buffalo did. The city shouldn't have agreed to the arena and let Katz sell the team and change entirely the management up to the owners! That would have really change the team culture.

5 on 3 PP ... Eakins put all one's eggs in the same basket!

Eberle, RNH, Perron, all like to hold on to the puck and set the play ... when one of them have the puck the rest doesn't move at all. Too stationary and no screening.

And then the only real sniper, Hall, plays down low !! I get it, he's the best among them to play in the scrum but who's going to shoot it ?!

Everyone knows RNH isn't going to shoot, even he should because he shoot with precision. Maybe not a quick release like Yak and Hall but remember his first year. He got to mixte it to become a threat again. He lookes like someone who forgot his natural talent and just do what the coach says like a robot.. or a troll !

And Yakupov gets no time on the PP. Don't you want him to be successful and not cost you a goal ? Then PP is the best moment. Low risk and he gets more time to do what he is best at.

Everyone know Oilers are missing a Simmonds like, the one that could grind and wins battle, that plays hard in front of the net, that doesnt hold on too long to the puck. Then why not using Joensuu on the PP ? Or even Smyth.

I don't get it. True Im not a career coach but I feel like they have to take one step at the time and the first one should be the PP. This is where they get confidence back, where they get their chemistry back. You got to be successful somewhere in order to turn things around. Not trying to do all at once.

Anyway ... lots of frustration but still love that team!

*Lots of Habs fans in the west but also lots of Oils fans in the east ;)

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#74 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 08:33AM
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Please trade Yakupov so I can have a new team to cheer for. My Old team is broken and I think it's beyond repair.

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#75 Cold Hard Truth
November 14 2013, 08:44AM
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@Pouzar99

Stop buying season tickets.

Fans who continue to prop up this team in spite of the abysmal play are enabling it. By enabling this terrible team, you're only getting what you deserve.

To Katz, you are a customer, not a fan. And as long as the oilers have a steady flow of customers, then he won't be pushed to change things.

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#76 HardBoiledOil
November 14 2013, 08:59AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

odds are those chats have already happened.

ol' 6 rings probably sat in the chair in the corner giggling at the thought he still has a job through all this.

full disclosure: i was all for the rebuild. i drove the tank train bandwagon. i suffered through YEARS of shat, knowing (hoping) it would turn around. I believe it still can turn around.

however, heads have to roll. not just another coach. not the GM (i am willing to give MacT a chance). Scouts? byebye. 6 rings? dont let the door hit you on the way out.

accountability needs to happen. it needs to start at the top. it needs to start now.

as much as we like to call Stu MacGregor "The Magnificent Bastard", he and his staff's draft record from the 2nd round on during his tenure here has been piss poor, and maybe it's time to refresh that position as well. what did it for me this year was the fact that the Oilers once again didn't draft a goalie when the prospect pool appeared to be fairly deep and the drafting of Aidan Muir and Evan Campbell (who?) too early in my opinion, when they likely would have been there for the taking by the end of the draft (and even if they weren't, who cares?), all the while letting Greg Chase sit on the board for anyone to take when we appeared to be interested in him. i personally am getting a little tired of Stu's B.C. league gambles.

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#77 Rob...
November 14 2013, 09:06AM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

Please trade Yakupov so I can have a new team to cheer for. My Old team is broken and I think it's beyond repair.

Yakupov was skating like Dustin Penner last night. Until he consistently fore-checks, never mind back-checks, he's getting the minutes he deserves. It's a shame we can't run 12 players on the 4th line though, because Yak is far from the only one who deserves to be there.

With that said, Yak should have been on the ice for the 5 on 3. Eakins was being an idiot with that setup, and thinks we're idiots when he comes out after the game and said their setup was 'close' to what he wants.

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#78 Shane
November 14 2013, 09:06AM
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Why did we fire this coach? Why did we fire another coach? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON! Its all because Lowe is hiding behind GM'S and coaches HES GOT TO GO!

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#79 Hits from the BoNg
November 14 2013, 09:08AM
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I keep waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out from behind the scenes and tell us that "We've Just Been Punked"!!

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#80 Joilers8
November 14 2013, 09:15AM
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Who knows what the bookings in LV are giving for odds on:

Rob Ford resigns/fired?

OR

Oilers score a goal at home?

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#81 Randaman
November 14 2013, 09:25AM
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@ Lowtide, Seriously? Beat Calgary? I think not. We want change and losing to Calgary might just be the straw that breaks the camels back. I hope they get shut out again. Blow it up!!!

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#82 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 10:25AM
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New Rule !!!

The media in Edmonton will be known hence forth as The Local Papparazzi.

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#83 Serious Gord
November 14 2013, 11:31AM
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$2H wrote:

Rishaug is a meathead, who cares what he thinks. Watching him grill Yak and twist his words was embarrassing.

I've never liked his reporting or opinions and this week I was completely justified. He's a hack with paparazzi-like motives and I hope TSN cans this clown, or at the very least get's him out of my city!

I have no problem with his line of questioning of yak. My problem with him and all of the other gutless wonders in the EDM sports journo market is that they have not point blank asked Eakins anything about what he promised to do at the outset:

1. Make them a team that out competes the opponent every single night

2. Be the fittest team in the league

3. Meet one on one daily with every single player (he said he hadn't talked to nail for some time.)

NONE of those things have happened.

He gave MacT and Lowe a snowjob. And then he did the same to fans and the press. Now it is time to drag him over the coals for not delivering.

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#84 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
November 13 2013, 06:03PM
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An owner similar to Pegula is what the oil need. He's not afraid to fire his buddies even if it's going to suck.

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#85 KSC10032
November 13 2013, 06:46PM
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To all intents and purposes, Training Camp for 2014-2015 season starts now.

The first proper step in building a team (I refuse to use "re") is to prune the tree and clear out the deadwood. For whatever reasons the past Oilers management groups have been strangely reluctant to do this (remember carrying THREE goaltenders so that JDD wouldn't be exposed to waivers -- really?)While MacTavish seems more willing to say goodbye than Lowe or Tambo, he still re-signed Jones.

The last 3/4 of this season needs to be used to -- rather ruthlessly -- determine the relative value of every player/prospect under contract. So shuffle 'em back and forth to OKC, give everyone a look, and for love's sake, put those who fall short on the next ice flow out of here. There is absolutely no reason for a team that is in the bottom 1-5 spots to be anywhere near this close to either the cap or the 50 contract limit.

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#86 camdog
November 13 2013, 07:17PM
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DSF wrote:

If the Oilers lose to Calgary, I expect that will be the game that finally unleashes the hounds.(seasons ticket holders)

Going to Rexal right now is sort of like going to a funeral. Nothing but silence and denial of the events that have unfolded. When you yell something about the players being soft from the nose bleeds all of the players hear, but rather than stepping up their game they just fade away.

I was at the Detroit game and it was embarassing watch Yaks getting picked on near the end of the game by Smith. Rather than have the players stand up for each other, they left Yaks on his own. Not one Oiler on the ice even skated near the infraction. Hemsky and Petry and more were on the ice for that play. Of course Acton fought Smith after he got out of the box, but that was even sadder than having no response at all.

The moral of the story is they don't stand up for each other, they don't play for each other, they play for themselves.

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#87 H. Humbert
November 13 2013, 08:18PM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Gotta beat the Flames

Everything else comes second

Calgary is worse

I appreciate the spirit of your comment, as well as your medium--however your second line has 8 syllables, rather than the required 7. To use Oilers vernacular, you need to rebuild that line.

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#88 xxxxxx
November 13 2013, 08:18PM
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just to add to my misery....

prediction: because its just one of those years

Tyler Seguin outshines Taylor Hall 2 goals and assist and horcoff get winner....oilers lose 4-3....

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#89 coolcanuck1
November 13 2013, 09:08PM
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@DSF

The hounds should have been unleashed already. Why there isn't more criticism of Eakins astounds me. The guy doesn't admit he makes mistakes, hasn't adjusted his coaching style to the teams he plays, is making very questionable line combinations, etc. etc. This team is going nowhere with him as coach.

Trading one of the few defensemen we had that would block shots (Smid) in return for the proverbial bag of pucks/prospect makes one wonder about MacT's judgement.

Lowe should have been long gone.

Calgary at least plays a system and works hard and the only question is whether Calgary or Edmonton finish last in the Division. My bet is that as long as Eakins is coach, it will be Edmonton.

As to Yak, he will be great in time, but unfortunately not here with the coach we have.

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#90 Walter Sobchak
November 13 2013, 09:11PM
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Can someone tell me how the Oilers chose to let two prospect goalies pass in the draft, then trade a prospect goalie for a prospect goalie basically giving Smid away for free to a divisional rival??

It's really baffling.

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#91 coolcanuck1
November 13 2013, 09:20PM
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When "skilled" players aren't scoring, defencemen aren't defending, etc, at what point will "senior management" (oops that would be Lowe, MacT and other old alumni) look at the coaching! Just wondering...

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#92 Loyal Oil
November 13 2013, 09:47PM
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DSF wrote:

If the Oilers lose to Calgary, I expect that will be the game that finally unleashes the hounds.(seasons ticket holders)

Well then we shall pray for a loss. The hockey gods are very unhappy with Mr. Lowe and Mr. McTavish.

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#93 Cynic
November 13 2013, 09:55PM
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Oiler-fan despair is reaching epic heights. You're whining about future losses while current losses are still playing out on TV. These truly are golden times.

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#94 Loyal Oil
November 13 2013, 09:56PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Can someone tell me how the Oilers chose to let two prospect goalies pass in the draft, then trade a prospect goalie for a prospect goalie basically giving Smid away for free to a divisional rival??

It's really baffling.

Are you suggesting the guys running the ship don't have a freaking clue how to build an actual NHL team (even with THREE #1 overall picks on the roster)?

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#95 HardBoiledOil
November 13 2013, 10:15PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Can someone tell me how the Oilers chose to let two prospect goalies pass in the draft, then trade a prospect goalie for a prospect goalie basically giving Smid away for free to a divisional rival??

It's really baffling.

stupid Montreal just took Fucale one pick before us to keep us from getting him! but I have been the biggest critics of the Oilers not taking just ONE measly goalie in the last two drafts, especially when there were other potential NHL calibre goalies in the draft like Jarry, Comrie and Martin. can't figure out why they didn't just take Jarry after losing out on Fucale, but I thought for sure they were going to take either Comrie or Spencer Martin with the pick right after Marco Roy was taken, but they just kept trading down for lower percentage players...but to be fair, the Oilers have tried and tried to draft a potential NHL goalie, but haven't had success yet with Roy (traded now), Bunz, Tuohiima, and Perhonen (gone). I have heard from the media in the past that the Oilers may prefer to just sign an established NHL goalie than try to develop one.

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#96 Walter Sobchak
November 13 2013, 10:19PM
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@HardBoiledOil

I don't mind trading for an almost ready goalie re-Bishop, but you have to get him.

Not drafting one of those goalies you mention, then trading our prospect for another one is a lateral move, it doesn't make sense.....at all.

Then to just give Smid away blows my mind.

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#97 Hauk15
November 13 2013, 10:38PM
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steelymac wrote:

Eakins CAN fuc% right off with the all mighty bullship.How in the hell your special teams can go from top five to bottom of the fu&$in league is beyond me.Time to put your fu%#in ego aside and keep what worked last year.But as long as you got a FU@KIN ego maniac running the show whats going to change.

You have to remember, Eakins knows it all! He is an AHL calder cup winning coach! Clearly he is a great NHL coach with his 4-13-2 record and a 20 year old 1st-overall on the verge of being driven out of town!

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#98 Walter Sobchak
November 13 2013, 10:46PM
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

keep in mind that Smid appears to be a salary dump so we could free up cash to sign Breezy, hence the low return for him.

I realize why Smid was dumped, but there are other players I can think of on the Oilers who could have been dumped instead.

The other point is why sign Brysgalov? Season is done, chances of Bysgalov signing with the Oilers long term after this season is slim to none.

Anyway you slice it, just a poor, poor trade.

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#99 Loweblows
November 13 2013, 10:55PM
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I hope Calgary kicks our ass Saturday night- I want to keep losing until Lowe Eakins Bucky and smith are gone-now we can't score- beg forgiveness to Krueger and fire Eakins for a start, it is obvious he is not a NHL caliber coach

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#100 Stack Pad Save
November 13 2013, 10:55PM
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K_Mart wrote:

for the media saying the oilers shouldn't just make a trade for the sake of making a trade.... screw that. 7-8 years of losing is long enough. make a trade. make it a big one, you can't be afraid to fail. try something. just go for it.

Also, darnell nurse is killing it. Can't wait for him and Connor Mcdavid to save our franchise.

Can you handle the drug we call Oilers for another year after this one to draft Conor McDavid? Too bad they can't give him exceptional player status to draft him a year early. Especially since Buffalo has fired their head coach and GM and will probably get on a hot streak to lift them up and past the Oilers.

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