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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#1 Doctor Smashy
November 19 2013, 01:36PM
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I for one loved the Ference fight. Stempniak faked chasing the puck and then let it go by him and then quickly went back at Ference who was reaching. This is the body contact equivalent of a sucker punch. Other players make those hits on you when they don't respect you. Minutes after the fight, Stempniak's tooth explained that to him in the infirmary.

Go Oilers.

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#2 Tokenhill
November 19 2013, 01:42PM
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Where is acrobello?? Wtf

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#3 Mac962
November 19 2013, 01:38PM
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So listening to TSN1260 today and i have to agree, why the F--K is Arcobello not playing ? Is it not time for Gramps Smyth to take a break? It just baffles me. Arco makes few mistakes and he is a rookie for crying out loud !

Any word on Pitlick ? its like he fell off the face of the earth.

Those who dont come out hard tonight should miss their next shift and so on until they get it right. Accountability right Eakins ? Be a man of your word, so far .... you have not. Perhaps bench yourself if you are not performing.

Ference ! stay pissed off and do what needs to be done. Been a long time since i saw a Oilers Player DEAL with things.

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

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#5 Coco crisp
November 19 2013, 01:43PM
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Arcobello not playing tonight is insane. Stick with the forward group that were 20 min away from losing to Calgary? Good lord.

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#6 sizzay
November 19 2013, 01:48PM
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Yak City is coming folks. Yak City is coming.

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#7 oilerjed
November 19 2013, 02:05PM
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Primo wrote:

Someone should remind the timid Ference that this is the NHL and body checking is allowed. That was the reason he was let go by the Flames, other than being a small man who couldn't take a hit he simply was not good enough skill wise.

Speaking of Ference funny how he plays for the 'Oil'. In the off season he is a crusader for tree hugging and anti-oil protests. He is opposed to Oilsands development and plays for a team in the centre of Oil development. Glad he plays for an inept teamm that last week set a new modern day record for consecutive shut-out losses on home ice!

Happy losing Oiler fans....your inept team deserves the timid Ference!! hahaha!

Beat it Primo, your weak insults have no power here. The fact that Stempniak skipped by the puck and layed a shoulder into Ferrence should have been interference call. As a reward Stempniak can do a new whistle thanks to the captain.

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#8 thepeetso
November 19 2013, 02:05PM
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Gagner instead of Arcobello.

IZZ VEIRD YA

Accountability my arse.

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#9 Spydyr
November 19 2013, 01:42PM
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I loved what Ference did. The team needs that more of that from more players.

Bout time someone fought back.

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#10 oilerjed
November 19 2013, 01:49PM
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No Acrobello again?

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#11 DrunkGuyTy
November 19 2013, 01:37PM
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Agree with your statement about the flak the Captain has been taking. Everyone is crying for big bodies who won't allow our guys to be pushed around? What do you think we would otherwise expect out of these big bodies that would eliminate our boys being pushed around? Tap-dancing and toe-drags?

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#12 THRNHJE
November 19 2013, 02:19PM
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Eakins has officially lost all credibility. Accountability? rewarding players for their success? It is all lipservice, it means nothing, cause we got to make sure best buddy's son sees play and is happy. What a joke. Give arco 12-15mins and put Yaks on the number 1 PP unit. Until then these words about accountabilityvand rewarding players for making the right decisions mean nothing. Nothing!

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#13 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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#14 Talbot17
November 19 2013, 01:49PM
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Agree, Arco should be playing, but Smyth goes to the net/stands in front of the net more than most on the team, so can't necessarily take him out of the line up.

Ference is a solid captain, what he did in Calgary was amazing, loved it. Sparked the team for sure.

Cannot wait for this game tonight because Columbus seems to be the team we gain our confidence back against...Hemsky with 2 goals tonight, Yak 1, Hall 1, Gordon 1 ; 5-2 victory.

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#15 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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#16 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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#17 Mac962
November 19 2013, 02:54PM
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We all thought signing Eakins was awesome. Based on what we have all seen to date and some of the decisions he has made would you have rather had Paul Maurice or Dallas Eakins.

Trash me if you think it should have been Eakins.

Prop me if you think Maurice would have been a wiser choice.

Yeah, lets dress Acton and sit Arco - good call Eakins.

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#18 Sean17
November 19 2013, 01:52PM
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I think Ference was annoyed that Baertschi broke his stick on him, then the Stemper hit made him lose it, snap... Baertschi was lucky it wasn't him!

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#19 Loweblows
November 19 2013, 02:02PM
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I hope we lose only for the the reason that nepotism is rampant within the organization . Why Acton is in and Arcobello out is beyond comprehension? I hope we lose with Acton on the ice. What a joke!

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#20 Lowe Expectations
November 19 2013, 01:32PM
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What I'm looking for tonight is work ethic. Or how much of one we will see.

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#21 Johnny Larue
November 19 2013, 07:18PM
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Serious Gord you are seriously a complete idiot you like to pontificate on this site and the radio about how much you know about hockey but based on your comment about Ference you obviously know squat. Any one who has any clue about hockey knows that is exactly what this team needs more of. They need to push back and punch someone in the face stand up for themselves and their team. Oh I feel so bad someone punched a flame in the face that was so horrible and rotten I am going to tell his mom. It was a friggin hockey game not figure skating.

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#22 Doctor Smashy
November 19 2013, 02:26PM
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Primo wrote:

Someone should remind the timid Ference that this is the NHL and body checking is allowed. That was the reason he was let go by the Flames, other than being a small man who couldn't take a hit he simply was not good enough skill wise.

Speaking of Ference funny how he plays for the 'Oil'. In the off season he is a crusader for tree hugging and anti-oil protests. He is opposed to Oilsands development and plays for a team in the centre of Oil development. Glad he plays for an inept teamm that last week set a new modern day record for consecutive shut-out losses on home ice!

Happy losing Oiler fans....your inept team deserves the timid Ference!! hahaha!

And I believe Ference reminded Stempniak that fighting is allowed as well.....

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#23 Benny Botts
November 19 2013, 03:19PM
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People upset with Ference fighting?!....."What are you? Some kind of girl or something?"

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#24 Smokey
November 19 2013, 03:59PM
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THRNHJE wrote:

Eakins has officially lost all credibility. Accountability? rewarding players for their success? It is all lipservice, it means nothing, cause we got to make sure best buddy's son sees play and is happy. What a joke. Give arco 12-15mins and put Yaks on the number 1 PP unit. Until then these words about accountabilityvand rewarding players for making the right decisions mean nothing. Nothing!

Has Eakins made anymore asinine accountability comments since last week. Or did he learn a lesson that the average Oiler fan is not stupid as he apparently thought, when they see one of their best performing players get benched for a guy who he should not been let back in the line-up. His coaching is as bad as my grammer and propensity for run on sentences. (Look Above)I heard that he admitted that Gagner was not ready for duty, and probably needed another 10 days. No Chit Sherlock.

Dallas if you read this comment, get your head out of your behind and play Arco.

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#25 Brogie
November 19 2013, 04:01PM
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It is tough to understand the thinking not to play Arcobello. He was (is) hungry, aggressive, creative, and effective. He is typifying what the smaller forwards should be like on this team. If Gags is playing tentatively because of his jaw, then at the very least, Arco should be spotted in. He would probably be even more effective than Potter on the blueline. At least he knows what color jerseys that his teammates are wearing. Brutal.

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#26 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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#27 Lochenzo
November 19 2013, 02:04PM
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Any word on Sam Gagner's health? Specifically, is he able to follow his regular diet of solid foods? If not, I'd be spotting Sam every other game, making sure he can maintain his body weight and energy. You have a real nice option in Arcobello to help carry the load.

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#28 Todd
November 19 2013, 04:40PM
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Who is complaining about Ference's fight with Stempniak? I can't fathom any Oiler fan having an issue with what he did. Its stunning. WTF?!?

Our captain sent a message. If you watch the tape he gave Stempniak plenty of time to defend himself. But he wasn't asking him to fight. There was no option. You hit me like that, you fight. Kudos. We need more of this.

I for real can't even play devils advocate and try to find any reason any Oiler fan wouldn't love what he did. I get Flamers didn't like it. Much like we didn't like Regher smashing Hemsky's face through the end boards for 5 years.

People complaining about this play are probably the ones yelling SHOOOOOOOOOOOT at the game.

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#29 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 06:01PM
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Man this is brutal

What's Smyth doing on the PP retire his azz!

Dammit Dubnyk!

Fire Lowe!

Where's Arcobello?

Toe drag AGAIN Hall?

Make the damn Pass out D guys!

Fire Lowe!

RESPOND when one of the kids gets run!

Skate Yak!

Quit Turning over the PUCK!

Get that snow off yer pants Hobbitses!

Fire Lowe!

Win the flippin faceoff!

Why is Ebbs on the PK?!

Fire Lowe!

All right looks like I'm all warmed up..... when's puck drop again?

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#30 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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#31 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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#32 Ari Gold
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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#33 Spydyr
November 19 2013, 01:40PM
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OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: OILERS WIN!!!

With pressure from having a legit #1 in the wings Dubnyk does not let in a soft goal.

Gagner still ends up minus something

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#34 DigDeepNBleedBlue
November 19 2013, 01:50PM
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Pre-game rant:

Hate – intense dislike

Hate leads to extreme situations. War. A horrible thing. But, war leads to victory. That hate filled drive has also led, indirectly, to medical advancements, put boots on the moon, remote controlled gizmos on mars and thrown satellites into the depths of the undiscovered heavens.

It can win you hockey games too.

On Saturday we saw our captain channel his hate. He used it to lead his troops to victory. How? Dropped the gloves, tossed the knuckles out with fire. The enemy combatant? Bloodied and defeated. Well done.

A leader needs to lead in every way that he can.

Gazdic tried to do the same and he held on with a tough SOB. Good on him and it was nice to see two warriors show a little love for each other after it was done. But, right now, that's not what's needed. There needed to be some hate there. Instead of amping up the bench there was a sense of relief. A calmness. Peace. Tranquillity. Exactly what wasn't needed.

This team needs to learn how to hate and to do it without prejudice.

What gear is Taylor Hall in? Gear 4. This thoroughbred still has another gear. When Hall starts to deliver 3-4 O-zone body checks, gets chippy and a little dirty in there we will begin to see his full potential. And, it's HATE that's going to bring it all out.

Lets bring more of that hate tonight. Some nasty scrums. Bloodied warriors. Big body checks. Find that hate and use it as fuel to show the world that they can take away the playoffs, but they can't take away the will to win!

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#35 Oiler Al
November 19 2013, 02:06PM
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Time the $36 million dollar line, start putting a few biscuits in the basket..None of these guys appear on the NHL top 60 in scoring... start going to the net and at least get some dirty goals,,, you are not the snipers you were in junior jockey..this is the NHL.. you work for what you get.. because its starting to look like you guys are not as talented as your press clippings suggest. Get to work.

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#36 Smokey
November 19 2013, 04:06PM
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dq wrote:

There's not really room in the top 3 lines for him .... but .... he could easily draw in for Will Acton and spot in on the top 3 from time to time. I actually like Eakins + Mac T (bring on the trashes) ... but not playing Arco is a bit of a head scratcher.

There is more then enough room for a guy like Arco who is defensively aware and puts up points. 1.8 goals in the last 10 games...He fits in my top six cause he proved it the first 15 games. Top 9 easy. In the forward group period. We aren't deep enough to take a guy with his production outta the line-up for some unknown reason...

Any coach in the NHL has him playing at least 3rd line in some capacity if they saw what he gave them. Why on God's green earth is Eakins benching him. It defy's logic. Did he look at his wife?

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#37 smiliegirl15
November 19 2013, 04:09PM
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Way to go Ference! Glad to see someone take it to the Flames! Now if they could only play more than 15 minutes of hockey!

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#38 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:26PM
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DSF wrote:

HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

Best trade made by the oilers in a very very long time.

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#39 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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#40 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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#41 Jacques Strap
November 19 2013, 04:04PM
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Any time a Flame bleeds it is a good thing. If you don't know that, you weren't around in the 80's.

Good for Ference.

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#42 Darrell
November 19 2013, 08:55PM
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Hey DSF - kiss our collective 4-0 asses anti-Oiler douche :)

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#43 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:14PM
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Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

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#44 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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#45 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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#46 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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#47 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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#48 Rob...
November 19 2013, 03:55PM
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Fish wrote:

That was a total douche move by Ferrence to lace into a guy like that. I acknowledge that it was douchie, and add that we need at least 20 more plays like that per game. We don't want son in laws, we want winning hockey players.

What's douchey is not backing up that play another 15 seconds and including the crosscheck to Ferrence's neck that broke a Shame's stick. Do that, hit play, and tell me Ferrence didn't have a right to get ticked off and hammer the next guy who did anything even questionable.

If Ferrence does that a few more times this year he'll easily become my favorite player.

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#49 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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#50 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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