GDB 23.0: GOING STREAKING

Jason Gregor
November 19 2013 01:24PM

Old School is one my favourite movies. Mitch, Frank "The Tank" and Beanie were an excellent combination of sarcasm, smarts, idiocy and yearning to re-live youth.

Frank ended up going streaking by himself, and ends up getting picked up by his embarrassed wife and her fan full of friends. Classic.

If the Oilers plan to start their own winning streak, they will need more than one guy leading the charge. The Oilers haven't won two straight since winning on the road in Ottawa (Oct 19th) and in Montreal (Oct 22nd). That is the only positive streak the Oilers have been on all season, and considering they haven't won at home since October 7th, it would a refreshing change for the home fans to see a solid effort.

The Oilers have lost six straight at home and they've been outscored 23-3. That is embarrassingly bad. You can't sugarcoat it.  They are 1-7 at home, they've been outscored 32-11and their only win came in a shootout. It is time the Oilers start rewarding their loyal fans with a good effort, and hopefully some offence.

The Oilers have scored one ES goal at home in the last 360 minutes. One, and it was scored by a defenceman, Justin Schultz, late in the game vs. Washington. How is that even possible? What makes it even more concerning is that you are supposed to get favourable matchups at home, yet lately Sutherby and Strudwick are more likely to score than the Oilers forwards.

The fans pay big bucks and despite the awful start, they are still coming to the games. No more excuses, no more talk of moral victories, who cares about shots for or against or scoring chances. Just work harder and score. Go to the damn net, pay the price and shoot the puck.

LINEUP

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Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
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Belov-J.Schultz
Ference-Petry
N. Schultz-Potter

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Justin Schultz returns to the lineup after missing eight games due to a groin injury. Schultz will help moving the puck out of the zone, but he needs to shoot the puck in the offensive zone. Philip Larsen had 19 shots in 8 games, and he helped make the PP better. Schultz has 20 shots in 14 games, and I'd like to see him shoot more often rather than look to pass.

PARTING SHOTS...

  • Look for the Oilers weakside D-man to start pinching again. In Florida they stopped pinching, because the forwards weren't making the right decision, which led to too many odd man rushes. When the D-man pinches it is vital that the high forward make the right read and not be too low in the zone. The 3F (high guy usually) has to anticipate when the weak side D is going to pinch, and he needs to swing high in the zone and shade over to that side.
     
  • Have Oilers fans become adverse to hard plays. I can't believe Andrew Ference is taking grief for his fight with Lee Stempniak. Stempniak crushed Ference with a hard hit; Ference was annoyed by it and elected to go after Stempniak. The Oilers rarely push back, and when one finally does, some fans actually complained about it. Go back and watch tapes of the Oilers in the 80s, do you think they were choir boys all the time? They were incredibly skilled, but they also were tough and didn't let teams take advantage of them.

    If anything, Oiler fans should be excited that they have a player who is wiling to stand up for himself. He took matters into his own hands. This team needs more guys to play with an edge or emotion.
     
  • David Perron is the only forward who has an ES point in the last six home games. We've focused a lot on the lack of a top-pairing D-man, which is true, but until this group of forwards can sustain a cycle in the offensive zone they will struggle scoring. It is time the forwards started carrying their weight on home ice.
     
  • READ THIS....We would like to sell out DJ Suitcase today. So as a bonus, we will do a draw today at 5:45 from everyone who bought a ticket. The winner will get a pair of seats to tonight's Oiler game and Thursday's. The party will be fun, and now you will have a chance to go to two Oiler games. Buy your DJ Suitcase tickets here. All proceeds go to The Inner City Children's Program. Good luck and thank you.

LOOKING AHEAD....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: At some point they have to win at home don't they? The Oilers record for consecutive home losses is 9, between October 16th, 1993 to November 24th, 1993. That was a span of 39 days. The Oilers last home win this year was October 7th, a span of 43 days. The season ticket holders, mini pack holders or single game buyers deserve a win. Oilers shock all of us with a 6-2 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall gets two points. He has 11 points in 8 career games vs. the Blue Jackets.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After hearing all the talk about whether the Oilers should have drafted Ryan Murray instead of him, Nail Yakupov scores a pair of goals, and crushes Murray with a heavy hit. After the game Yakupov says it was nothing personal, but also points out that if the Oilers had drafted Murray that J. Schultz likely wouldn't have signed in Edmonton. That ends the "what if" debate about who they should have drafted. 

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#201 Sizzay
November 19 2013, 11:37PM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

I disagree a bit. The win is good for morale. At least they put forth an effort.

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#202 Devolution
November 19 2013, 11:44PM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

Actually, it might not mean nothing. A win against Florida Thursday might finally convince some of the stragglers that playing the system can be a good thing.

You may be right that the win on it's own is meaningless but it could be the start of a slow buildup to respectability. Chicago will be the litmus test.

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#203 God
November 20 2013, 12:15AM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

Not true. It means we get to celebrate today. Enjoy the small things in life, no?

Getting fixated on the future, complications and implications can be depressingly deflating.

As an Oiler fan, you should know this by now, no?.

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#204 DrunkGuyTy
November 20 2013, 06:22AM
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DSF wrote:

LA wins 5-2 and outshoots the best team in the EC 31-21.

Nice win.... means absolutely nothing.

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#205 madjam
November 20 2013, 06:26AM
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DSF wrote:

Remember when the Oilers blew out Chicago?

Pointless.

I believe it bought boys a huge boost of confidence and they played much better after for quite awhile as I recall . Definitely not pointless by any stretch of the imagination .

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#206 Mikey
November 20 2013, 08:37AM
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DSF wrote:

LA wins 5-2 and outshoots the best team in the EC 31-21.

Small sample size.

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#207 Pinto
November 20 2013, 09:56AM
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DSF wrote:

LA wins 5-2 and outshoots the best team in the EC 31-21.

The entire Eastern Conference does not make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Just sayin

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#208 druds
November 20 2013, 10:31AM
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DSF wrote:

You nailed it.

When will people realize we should be happy beating Columbus because WE are the subpar team....and we have been for the last 7 freaking years and as soon as people understand we are not a top ten team then we will all feel better and truly celebrate last nights victory..

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#209 Pucker
November 20 2013, 12:58PM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

Better than a loss. It means they achieved their goal for this game. Some might even say exceed it. That's always good.

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