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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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#101 Sam R.
November 13 2013, 10:58PM
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Mr. MacTavish.

Please Don't Draft Me.

Thanks,

Sam

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#102 Taylor Gang
November 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Play bad for Ekblad!

Too soon?

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#103 Drowning in Oil
November 13 2013, 11:01PM
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Imagine what is going through Darnell Nurse's head. I can't imagine he is to excited to start his NHL career in the NHL's equivalent to American Horror Story!!! Poor kid, so much potential and a talent sucking organization run by a circus clown!!!

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#104 Rick T
November 13 2013, 11:05PM
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The one common denominator thru the last 3 years of poor defence converge by our defence men is Steve Smith . I wish we had Charlie Huddy back and I bet so does Mac T.

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#105 Walter Sobchak
November 14 2013, 12:12AM
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If the Oilers lose against San Jose ( which is a given) then go into Calgary and lose, that should be it for the whole lot of them upstairs.

How this is allowed to continue is beyond me?

MacTavish is so far over his head he's clearly drowning, he's made one good trade, an absolute brutal trade, a bunch of piss poor signings and can't find NHL players if his life depended on it, he's got a forth line of AHL players, no top pairing defensmen & his centre depth is abysmal.

To make maters worse he brought in a rookie coach and the only person Eakins can lean on is in his own personal nightmare giving obviously bad direction to his head coach.

Meanwhile POHO is in need of a serious career change.

All this and the worse Oiler record in history & we have not even seen the absentee owner.

Oh ya! That's how ya run a championship team.

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#106 Butters
November 14 2013, 12:40AM
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@The Real Ronnie_Mac69

All this and the worse Oiler record in history & we have not even seen the absentee owner.

Don't worry, I'm building the Bat Signal. Should be ready by the time we lose to the Flames on Saturday.

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#107 Big Cap
November 14 2013, 02:07AM
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Question:

If Yak is this Frustrated and Upset over the debauchery of the past shortened season and first 20 games... then after living 4 years of this joke, how much longer till Hall, Ebs, & RNH "privately' chats with MacT and informs him they too are looking to get the heck out of this nightmare.

Its only a matter of time.

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#108 YFC Prez
November 14 2013, 02:44AM
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Big Cap wrote:

Question:

If Yak is this Frustrated and Upset over the debauchery of the past shortened season and first 20 games... then after living 4 years of this joke, how much longer till Hall, Ebs, & RNH "privately' chats with MacT and informs him they too are looking to get the heck out of this nightmare.

Its only a matter of time.

The past 5 or 6 games hall doesn't have any fire or the usually emotion both positive or negative he usually plays with.

I fear it's not long now.

If the oilers lose Hall or RNH I'm taking a break. I'm going down with this ship but I won't watch k Lowe build another, captain the boat yet again and go down with that one too.

I've waited patiently for 4 years watching this oiler rebuild. I need some damn results.

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#109 Ybang
November 14 2013, 07:04AM
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Anyone else watch tsn's sweet post game highlights? Brutal. Yakupov yakupov yakupov. Idiots, the whole team stunk and I'm pretty sure nothing yak did led to a goal.

Management sucks. Resign Lowe you ass.

Suck bad for ekblad! No heart for Reinhart!

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#110 Loweblows
November 14 2013, 07:06AM
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One positive- this team is so bad there is no doubt in my mind that we will be terrible next year( don't see any easy fixes here) and be in the running for McDaniel however since incompetence reigns in oilerville I am sure Mac t will probably trade that pick- what an abortion

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#111 Yak yak yak
November 14 2013, 07:23AM
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Rightly or wrongly, not playing Yak on that 5 on 3 has, I suspect, finished thd relationship between Eakins and the #1 pick. That would have been a perfect opportunity to perhaps get Yak going, show some trust/respect and prove that the past was not personal. Bad, bad judgement by Eakins.

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#112 Loweblows
November 14 2013, 07:40AM
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Yak yak yak wrote:

Rightly or wrongly, not playing Yak on that 5 on 3 has, I suspect, finished thd relationship between Eakins and the #1 pick. That would have been a perfect opportunity to perhaps get Yak going, show some trust/respect and prove that the past was not personal. Bad, bad judgement by Eakins.

not only did eakins not put yakupov on for the 5 on 3 but then he puts him on the ice right after the penalties expired-i was on board with keeping eakins to try and get some continuity going however this coach has proven that he is over his head and has absolutely no right coaching an nhl team- MOST USELESS COACH EVER!

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#113 Loweblows
November 14 2013, 07:48AM
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Katz should just buy " the rack" and give the boys a running tab. If I played on this abortion of a team I would get drunk every night.

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#114 nick
November 14 2013, 07:57AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

Good post, The Oilers don't need any tough Dmen, that would make them to hard to play against. I know lets keep Belov, a soft player that can't get points playing cream puff power play minutes and will be gone in a year. Oh ya but we got a 6' 170 pound center iceman for Smid, geez we don't have any of those guys. This Oiler organization is a 5 RING circus

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#115 michael
November 14 2013, 07:58AM
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This team needs a weekend in Las Vegas. A voodoo priest and case of Rum. This team need to get rid of all the bad juju that is attracted to these players. There is some kind of unexplainable mumbo jumbo affecting these guys. Their sticks are cursed. Its time to bring in some voodoo dude to remove the stain of futility surrounding this team.I am for trying anything because the current state of affairs is not getting any better.

I have never in all my days on God's green Earth have ever seen the Oilers shut out 3 games in a row at home. It's mindboggling. Its in the realm of impossible. Never happen. But lookee lookee it has happened.

We have sucked hind teat for how many season's to watch as the Oilers go 0/6 on the PP. Get a 5 on 3 and get 1 shot. WTF? At some point Dallas Eakin's is going to have to admit that the system is hooped.

We bitched and moaned about the goaltending. DD was fine. 1 goal allowed. In Chicago he saved their butt's. Now we have a goal outage. Huh? At some point we'll score again at home. It might even be against San Jose. Whether we win or not I don't care. Really I don't.

At this point I'll take a goal. Good defense. Goaltending and maybe if were really good Santa will bring us a PP goal.Its no longer about winning this season. Its now about re-educating these players on how to play without the puck. All 23 of them.

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#116 Drowning in Oil
November 14 2013, 08:08AM
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Listening to the media defend this coach and management is beyond pathetic. Eakins cannot coach this team and what he has done with Yakupov is disgusting. Im not going to completely let Yak off the hook, he isn't playing great but he was our leading goal scorer last year, and for some reason Krueger could get the most out of him. Eakins likes his Marlie boys and he really likes Smyth. I guess this is what bothers me most. He keeps putting Smyth out in situations where he doesn't belong. I thought Smyth wasn't in the long term plans. Thid team is a joke.

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#117 camdog
November 14 2013, 08:55AM
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Jaw17 wrote:

Why did we ever fire Tom Renney?

I didn't really like Renney, but I was dead against them firing him because if you were to fire him and the team still sucks, well then you have to fire even more coaches and then well you get this.

And make no mistake Tambelini was getting preasure from Lowe to make the playoffs asap, hence the early firing of Renney. Tambelini wasn't really the type of guy to make a "bold" move like that unless he was forced too.

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#118 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 09:04AM
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But, we have a team built on skill.

Grit ?............. No !

Heart ?...........No!

Will to Win ?... HELL NO!

We have been weighed, measured, and at best we offer Mild Competition. My buddies down the QE2 just feel bad for us now. I go to the game expecting a funeral atmosphere. I have noticed that when leaving the games, the fans are looking more and more like zombies. More often than not hearing the " why do we even bother showing up" comments.

"Next Week, on The Walking Dead"... ...

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#119 2004Z06
November 14 2013, 09:15AM
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I am no coach but the problem with the powerplay is the same as it has always been. No net front presence. Everything is on the perimeter. Teams now know how to shut the Oil down by pressuring the puck carrier and getting sticks in the lanes. The numbers last year were not reflective of the PP system, the Oilers bread and butter was that down low pass across the front of the net. Teams have taken that away this year.

Lehtonen saw every shot last night.

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#120 Randaman
November 14 2013, 09:29AM
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No excuses can be left in the cupboard can they? Something has to be done. Trade Yak or Eberle or Gags or a combination, oh and Petry (wuss). We need some truculance.

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#121 vetinari
November 14 2013, 09:33AM
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How about some new T-Shirt Suggestions:

"HOPE Died 2013"

"RIP Oilers Playoff Dreams"

"If it ain't broke... oh wait... it is broke!!!"

"Fracking Oilers"

"The Oilers: Bringing You the Best in AHL Hockey since 2008"

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#122 Oiler Al
November 14 2013, 09:35AM
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Maybe,just maybe, the Lotto Kings are not the elite stars many taught they were . Sure is obvious that the performance and scoring ability against other top players is not evident here.

How is it that players with lesser press clippings are out performing the Fab Five.

Cant all be on the coach, when you cant even score 5 on three two differenct times.Give aways , bad passes, turnovers are not the coaches fault... you are getting paid $6 million friggin dollars a year...to play in the NHL, so play like an NHL player not a peewee who is still learning the basics.

Look if it is the coach... then MacT and Lowe man up and fire the guy,,,, along with your resignations... this is a disaster ..

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#123 Clarko
November 14 2013, 09:35AM
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15w40 wrote:

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.

The special teams have been much better over the last 8 games despite last night's 0/5 on the PP. Even including last night, the Oilers have been 25% on the PP and 94.1% on the PK in the last 8 games outscoring their opponents 6-2.

Unfortunately, the same issue of bad 5-on-5 play is a theme we have seen the last few seasons. They have been outscored 27-7 at even strength over the same 8 games.

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#124 BIGDAWG
November 14 2013, 09:44AM
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Is it the coach??? No seriously.. is it? or is this team uncoachable?? 2 rookie head coaches back to back.... im lost I don't know.. Duby cant play much better than he did last night.. ZERO PP preasure!!!! two guys beside the net on the pp how about put 2 guys in front and fire away.. geezuz.. I don't know.. Is it coaching??

Is it me? how can I help?! im here to help.. please........ watching TSN trash us for 2 hours was...... brutal..

I feel like the fans are Miley Cyrus as she sings Wrecking Ball hahahahaha geezuz.. wheres my gun.

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#125 Doctor Smashy
November 14 2013, 09:48AM
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Yaz wrote:

WTF..Does Eakins ever look engaged in the game ? For whatever reason this guy shows no emotion or leadership on the bench, no damn wonder the players are disconnected, they're struggling and this dude just looks at the roof ? How the hell did he ever get hired, bad call Mac T ..I hoped he'd really help the young guys, how well is that working for us ....Looks like we're pitching another home ice shutout..going to bed, screw it.

Exactly. Interesting how the pundits criticized Roy for almost climbing the divider to stand up for his players....how are the Avs doing? Where did they finish last year with basically the same team? Roy is pacing back and forth behind them slapping shoulders - totally engaged. Sure he's a loose cannon but the players know who he is there for.....Eakins looks like a bad hockey Dad glowering at his underachieving son in peewee...

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#126 Walter Sobchak
November 14 2013, 09:53AM
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Rob... wrote:

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.

And how bad would the Oilers love to have Penner!

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#127 Doctor Smashy
November 14 2013, 09:54AM
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WinterNightSky wrote:

Just had a thought... I used to think that it must be sad for fans of clubs who are relegated. But I think I get it now. We say let's send Yakupov down or Pajaarvi down, let him get some confidence, get some ice time, some wins, and make them stronger. It might be the same for the fans too. Sure, the fact of being relegated would be a target for fans of other teams, but it's no different than being terrible every year. And we'd be good in AHL, and have good competitive games. Might be worth watching.

Wow. What planet are you from? You spelled P-E-R-R-O-N wrong buddy.....

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#128 $2H
November 14 2013, 10:17AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

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!

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#129 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 10:24AM
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@$2H

Yep. Ryan Rishaug is a Gossip Girl !

This isn't TMZ buddy !!!

Go throw yourself and your Papparazzi media skills off a cliff you loser.

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#130 kevins
November 14 2013, 11:24AM
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Rheal1 wrote:

I live in Kingston, Ontario. For those who may not be aware this is home to Taylor Hall. Some local sources that seem to be close to his family here have disclosed that Hall is looking to get traded by the deadline if things won't change. I do not have any info on the validity of this source or the actual truth of it. I can deduct that it is not impossible that Hall would ask for a trade.

out of the potential talent Hall would be the top player to move in a trade. we could get something in return. i believe he is prone to injury and will have a short career.

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#131 oildrops
November 13 2013, 06:27PM
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china town man wrote:

Maybe just maybe a new third Jersey will bring some good fortune to the oilers!!!

Dark, like a real oil drop.

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#132 Rheal1
November 13 2013, 06:34PM
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For how much longer will we keep saying the same desperate words??? This season is done. Can this team fold? Im writing this as Oilers chief propagandist Bob Stauffer is on CHED. Misery...

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#133 Dog Train
November 13 2013, 06:39PM
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It's pretty sad that that's all we have left to look forward to this season. I can only imagine how ugly things will get if we lose on Saturday.

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#134 Drowning in Oil
November 13 2013, 08:32PM
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Take the time to watch the Minnesota Awild play. They are so, so, so far beyond the Oilers, it is really scary! I can remember when the Oil were relatively competitive with the Wild!!

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#135 Bob
November 13 2013, 08:50PM
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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)

for that reason, I hope they lose...

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#136 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 13 2013, 09:44PM
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madjam wrote:

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 .

On good NHL teams, the forwards are a big part of the defense.

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#137 Drowning in Oil
November 13 2013, 10:41PM
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YA, Nobody gives up the puck except for Yak........ Right Taylor Hall. Got to love when Ryan Smyth is put out in the last 2 minutes of a game when a goal is needed. This shows everything!!

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#138 Cynic
November 13 2013, 10:41PM
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Love how the PA guy is announcing the Seguin empty-netter in the voice of the depressed robot from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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#139 K_Mart
November 13 2013, 10:42PM
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180 straight home minutes without a goal. That pretty much sums it up.

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#140 K_Mart
November 13 2013, 10:45PM
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weird that I know we are going to lose pretty much every night and somehow still watch and still come to this f'n webpage. How do I quit.

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#141 Hauk15
November 13 2013, 10:46PM
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K_Mart wrote:

weird that I know we are going to lose pretty much every night and somehow still watch and still come to this f'n webpage. How do I quit.

Yeah man this team is like f*cking heroin!

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#142 Gordie Wayne
November 13 2013, 10:49PM
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As an Oiler fan I don't know if I have ever been so frustrated...I usually don't feel this way until late February. Atl least we have Olympic hockey this year.

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#143 hankthetank
November 13 2013, 10:51PM
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don't know where to aim my frustrations at tonite...

and there is no more kool aid in my fridge.

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#144 Serious Gord
November 13 2013, 10:51PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

I want nothing more than to see Dallas Eakins and Kevin Lowe fired. MacT can be GM and coach. Bring in Gretzky as POHO.

In other words:

The old boy network is dead! Long live the old boy network!!

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#145 Drowning in Oil
November 13 2013, 10:53PM
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I'm waiting to hear all the softballs thrown at this coaching and management staff by the local media. I can't wait to hear Stauffer talk Eakins up like a Peruvian prince. Absolutely brutal!!

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#146 bazmagoo
November 13 2013, 10:54PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

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!

Slight correction, Dallas hasn't won jack at the professional level.

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#147 Loyal Oil
November 13 2013, 10:54PM
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Eakins won't play yak on the 5 on 3 out of stubbornness even though we are dying for his offence. Why in the world would lowe hire such a stubborn stubborn coach...oh wait a minute.

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#148 bazmagoo
November 13 2013, 11:02PM
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Loyal Oil wrote:

Eakins won't play yak on the 5 on 3 out of stubbornness even though we are dying for his offence. Why in the world would lowe hire such a stubborn stubborn coach...oh wait a minute.

I didn't watch the game tonight but this is ridiculous. I'm done watching the Oil as long as Eakins is coach.

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#149 Serious Gord
November 13 2013, 11:03PM
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Buf win last night - now just one pt behind oil.

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#150 Burnward
November 13 2013, 11:08PM
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Every time I see a shot of Eakins behind the bench, it looks like he's seen the ghost of every one and done coach in NHL history.

Dude needs to be put out of his misery.

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