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

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jonesuu-Acton-Gazdic

Belov-J.Schultz
Ference-Petry
N. Schultz-Potter

Dubnyk

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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#151 Darrell
November 19 2013, 09:03PM
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DSF wrote:

29th.

That's ok tonight as we score 5x and guys are showing some confidence !

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#152 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 09:06PM
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Nothing makes sense right now...

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#153 Mikey
November 19 2013, 09:07PM
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So the parade route, it needs to come threw mill woods.

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#154 vetinari
November 19 2013, 09:07PM
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Oh, Columbus... where were you 10 games ago? And can we play you 20 more times this season?

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#155 Jzed
November 19 2013, 09:10PM
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DSF wrote:

29th.

and climbing.......

Hey this is an Oiler fan site, right? I think DSF is lost.

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#156 Darrell
November 19 2013, 09:10PM
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DSF wrote:

29th.

That's six anti-Oiler blogger on an Oiler blog - love it !

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#157 pkam
November 19 2013, 09:11PM
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Wish I go to this game instead of the Dallas game last week.

6 should be good enough for the fans. Save some for next games.

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#158 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 09:11PM
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I don't know what adjustments were made but this is refreshing... Oilers have been able to break out of their zone without giving up the puck. Turnovers are the fewest I've seen in years.

Maybe , just maybe they're finally getting it. ( I don't care if it's only 2 periods )

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#159 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 09:14PM
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I'm not sure if I should be pleased. I'm jaded....

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#160 camdog
November 19 2013, 09:15PM
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@YFC Prez

Stauffer giving it to the fans for not cheering enough...lol, what a tool

Oops was not meant as a reply

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#161 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 09:16PM
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camdog wrote:

Stauffer giving it to the fans for not cheering enough...lol, what a tool

Oops was not meant as a reply

Stauffer is an idiot. The guy looks like he's never laced 'em up in his life.

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#162 steelymac
November 19 2013, 09:18PM
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Great game!!!! But DSF should be here soon to tell us we are beating a sub par team.We will all agree they are not the Sharksbut dam they look good.

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#163 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 09:18PM
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@camdog

I used to really enjoy stuaffer. He was one of my favorites. It's really amazing and sad how he has changed. He is a very intelligent man, he has to know the fans can see through his tripe.

Edit: I figured that wasn't for me. But had to chime in

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#164 michael
November 19 2013, 09:23PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

Stauffer is an idiot. The guy looks like he's never laced 'em up in his life.

Please refrain from the childish sh34. What you know about Stauffer is nada. He did play at a high level of hockey in this city. Also a big supporter of U of A hockey and CIS Hockey. As to his physical stature. Tell that to his face and see where you get. If you knew how tough a hockey player he was back in the day you might think twice.

Talk about the Oilers and the 6 goals. The great D were seeing tonight. Focus on the game.

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#165 druds
November 19 2013, 09:25PM
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*THUMP*

sound of drunken broken body hitting the inside of the oiler victory train! ...

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#166 Taylor Gang
November 19 2013, 09:30PM
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Let's play a game: who am I?

"Now that John Davidson is running the Blue Jackets, expect Columbus to rebuild quickly and become a real playoff contender in the near future"

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#167 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 09:36PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Let's play a game: who am I?

"Now that John Davidson is running the Blue Jackets, expect Columbus to rebuild quickly and become a real playoff contender in the near future"

In all fairness I would take Davidson before Lowe any day.

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#168 Larry
November 19 2013, 09:37PM
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I don't think they will blow this one!

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#169 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 09:46PM
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omfg sammy. shot it right at him lol

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#170 DSF
November 19 2013, 09:49PM
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steelymac wrote:

Great game!!!! But DSF should be here soon to tell us we are beating a sub par team.We will all agree they are not the Sharksbut dam they look good.

You nailed it.

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#171 Randy
November 19 2013, 09:50PM
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Nice to see they are beating an AHL team tonight Gaborik and Horton not playing

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#172 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 19 2013, 09:51PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Yes Jason I have watched clips form the 80s many times - and how many of those actions back then would result in a visit to shannys office in New York today?

Ferences actions were reprehensible and cheap. And they contributed nil to the moe mention of the game - the oil didn't score until 30 min later and the flames scored in the interim.

Ask yourself how you would have reacted had a flame done the same to an oiler.

Seriously Gord....shut the fcuk up....you're embarrassing yourself.

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#173 michael
November 19 2013, 09:56PM
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Randy wrote:

Nice to see they are beating an AHL team tonight Gaborik and Horton not playing

When have Gaborik and Horton ever been healthy enough that you can rely on them to play 82 games? Columbus should be spending their cap dollars on guys will actually play.

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#174 Walter Sobchak
November 19 2013, 09:58PM
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We should be able to beat FLA too, let’s hope.

After that, when December rolls around, then January, will see what kind of vibe is going down here on Oilersnation.

We beat two very bad teams and all of the sudden we've turned a corner?

I for one have not forget what the last 7 years have been like and how this year has been nothing short of abysmal, get through Dec & Jan as a 500 club then I’ll start cheering again, my guess is once they start playing the heavy’s these wins will be a forgotten memory.

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#175 Mason
November 19 2013, 09:59PM
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You look at Columbus's lineup they do have very good Dmen. They need forwards. Yes Horton and Gaborik are out of the line up.

Boone Jenner would look good in an Oiler uniform

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#176 Walter Sobchak
November 19 2013, 09:59PM
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michael wrote:

When have Gaborik and Horton ever been healthy enough that you can rely on them to play 82 games? Columbus should be spending their cap dollars on guys will actually play.

Oilers got a couple guy's on this team they can have!

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#177 michael
November 19 2013, 10:02PM
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whoop whoop!!!Squeeeeeeeeeee. Hall baby!

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#178 vetinari
November 19 2013, 10:03PM
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Hopefully there are some scouts in the stands this evening so that MacT can finally find a trade partner and make some 'bold' moves...

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#179 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 10:05PM
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@Walter Sobchak

I doubt they've turned the corner. But sit back and enjoy the show. We haven't got to watch too many games like this one. We're all jaded, it's ok to cheer when your team takes a break from sucking.

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#180 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 10:05PM
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Where the hell did that come from?!?

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#181 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 10:06PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Where the hell did that come from?!?

Heaven, hockey gods.

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#182 DSF
November 19 2013, 10:07PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Where the hell did that come from?!?

60 games of garbage time.

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#183 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 10:08PM
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Thanks Oilers. This is long over due, and just a start.

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#184 Rocket
November 19 2013, 10:08PM
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@DSF

LA up on Tampa 3-0

Pretty much sums up western conference vs. eastern conference.

Except The Oilers.

I wonder what's better? Starting hot like Colorado or San Jose or finishing the season with momentum like LA or Anaheim usually does? Either way works well but I wonder how San Jose will respond when they hit a slump?

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#185 Taylor Gang
November 19 2013, 10:08PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

In all fairness I would take Davidson before Lowe any day.

That's nothing against Davidson, I just wanted to poke fun at DSF :)

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#186 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 10:09PM
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Hey DSF why you heff to be mad?

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#187 Dog Train
November 19 2013, 10:10PM
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Best game the Oilers have played in years. Regardless of what happened yesterday or what tomorrow will bring, I have learned not to take wins, especially well earned wins, for granted. I am going to enjoy this victory.

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#188 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 10:11PM
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DSF wrote:

60 games of garbage time.

Hey DSF! Buddy! You're usually pretty objectively pessimistic, but tonight you're just simply overtly negative. Do you like being a Debbie Downer? I know you think you've got perspective though it's nice to take the win once in a while.

7-0 is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes the season is lost. Though it's nice to win, no?

Have a bad day bud? Need a hug? Beer? Rum?

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#189 Rocket
November 19 2013, 10:11PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

We should be able to beat FLA too, let’s hope.

After that, when December rolls around, then January, will see what kind of vibe is going down here on Oilersnation.

We beat two very bad teams and all of the sudden we've turned a corner?

I for one have not forget what the last 7 years have been like and how this year has been nothing short of abysmal, get through Dec & Jan as a 500 club then I’ll start cheering again, my guess is once they start playing the heavy’s these wins will be a forgotten memory.

Oilersnation in January is usually not my happy time. Past Christmas, bills due, Oilers out of the playoffs. Gotta keep the traditions alive ;)

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#190 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 10:12PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Best game the Oilers have played in years. Regardless of what happened yesterday or what tomorrow will bring, I have learned not to take wins, especially well earned wins, for granted. I am going to enjoy this victory.

I don't think I'd agree that it's the best game they've played in years. Certainly the best result. Though they had unbelievable puck luck tonight. All the bounces they've spotted the other team went in tonight.

I'll take it.

A win like this was long over due.

Where was this a month ago, hockey gods??

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#191 camdog
November 19 2013, 10:13PM
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michael wrote:

When have Gaborik and Horton ever been healthy enough that you can rely on them to play 82 games? Columbus should be spending their cap dollars on guys will actually play.

As an Oiler fan I don`t have in it me to criticize other organisations for relying on players that spend a good portion of their careers on the injured list.

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#192 camdog
November 19 2013, 10:21PM
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@LoweBlow

No puck luck the first 20 games, all the puck luck in the world the last 2 games.

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#193 madjam
November 19 2013, 10:25PM
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Well , we were overdue for one of these type games . Finally we look like a team going forward . Keep it up .

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#194 Quintana
November 19 2013, 10:26PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

Hey DSF why you heff to be mad?

Post of the night!!!!!

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#195 Sizzay
November 19 2013, 10:30PM
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Great game by yakupov. Told y'all, yak city is coming!

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#196 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 10:37PM
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Hopefully they play this good vs CHI on monday, a win over a great team would be big for these guys.

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#197 DSF
November 19 2013, 10:57PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

Hey DSF! Buddy! You're usually pretty objectively pessimistic, but tonight you're just simply overtly negative. Do you like being a Debbie Downer? I know you think you've got perspective though it's nice to take the win once in a while.

7-0 is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes the season is lost. Though it's nice to win, no?

Have a bad day bud? Need a hug? Beer? Rum?

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

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#198 DSF
November 19 2013, 10:58PM
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madjam wrote:

Well , we were overdue for one of these type games . Finally we look like a team going forward . Keep it up .

Remember when the Oilers blew out Chicago?

Pointless.

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#199 DSF
November 19 2013, 11:09PM
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Rocket wrote:

LA up on Tampa 3-0

Pretty much sums up western conference vs. eastern conference.

Except The Oilers.

I wonder what's better? Starting hot like Colorado or San Jose or finishing the season with momentum like LA or Anaheim usually does? Either way works well but I wonder how San Jose will respond when they hit a slump?

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

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#200 Rod from Viking
November 19 2013, 11:23PM
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@DSF, Canucks lose to another sub par team. I think their golf game will start the same time as the Oilers this year.

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