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. 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 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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#52 Ari Gold
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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#53 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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#54 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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#55 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:09PM
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Sweet pass gags!!!!! Inner fan boy is in serious risk of coming out of dormancy. I'm having a blast watching this!

Edit: even sweeter baseball skills by Smyth

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#56 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:50PM
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What's with Perron and scoring goals from crazy angles?? Impressive though!

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#57 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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#58 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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#59 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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#60 Spydyr
November 19 2013, 01:55PM
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hankthetank wrote:

my NSOGDP: Gagner forgets his snowpants at home and blocks some shots, takes the body, back checks like a rabid ape, gets two assists, and a fight helping the Oilers see a 3-0 win... and Smytty stands in front of the net ALL NIGHT LONG.

Must be 5 o'clock somewhere.

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#61 albertaboy19
November 19 2013, 06:24PM
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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.

Who cares?! Hey are you new Gord? How many times has that happened in the past 7 years to this team? Give me a break, you don't like it go watch ringette. It's not a reviewable play because he lost a tooth and broke his nose. You people complain about everything about this team. Embarassing.

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#62 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
November 19 2013, 08:16PM
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@Serious Gord

How would I react if a flame had done that do an oiler? I'd be pissed. Really pissed. And I'd be more upset that the team allowed it to happen, without a response.

I'm glad someone finally did something the other teams won't like. 'Bout time! More please!

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#63 Darrell
November 19 2013, 08:58PM
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Darrell wrote:

Hey DSF - kiss our collective 4-0 asses anti-Oiler douche :)

Make that 5 zip DSF douche .... damn this feels good for once :)

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#64 Cyclops
November 19 2013, 02:54PM
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Gags out, Arco in. Ference plays the way Boston plays. I laughed at Stempniaks bloody mouth. Early hits are just as dirty.

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#65 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
November 19 2013, 08:27PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

His best period that I've seen all year. By far.

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#66 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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#67 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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#68 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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#69 hankthetank
November 19 2013, 01:54PM
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my NSOGDP: Gagner forgets his snowpants at home and blocks some shots, takes the body, back checks like a rabid ape, gets two assists, and a fight helping the Oilers see a 3-0 win... and Smytty stands in front of the net ALL NIGHT LONG.

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#70 Benny Botts
November 19 2013, 03:51PM
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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!

What are you? Some kind of girl or something?

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#71 Smokey
November 19 2013, 04:13PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Yup- Totally agree, Maurice brings more to the table, not that Eakins never will, just not yet.

This team just needs proper pieces - better pieces in those critical and so hard to find bottom 6 - and top 4 D. We just are not good enough or rather well rounded enough.

60 meaningless games just kills me, especially when nothing is being done to fix it. Other teams make trades, they always find a way. But not the Oilers. Wouldnt Versteeg been a nice pick up ?

Now i am babbling waiting for puck drop.

Not just Versteeg. How about Raymond, CLutterbuck, Cooke, Bolland, Beniot Pouliot...Heck throw in Jagr too, I said we should pay him 5 million. Glad I wrong on a guy producing .80 per game.

I would like to know if whale hunting for Clarkson got in the way of signing value contracts, or if they even chased any of them. MACT never missed the boat, he never saw it in the first place...

Him and Eakins have there heads in the same place...and its stinky.

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#72 Randaman
November 19 2013, 05:09PM
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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.

You talk like we never get cheap spotted. Open your eyes. You want figure skating, change the channel.

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#73 Randaman
November 19 2013, 05:57PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I oppose the practice regardless of who commits it.

Apparently you Favour it.

What practice is that? Sticking up for yourself and your teammates? We'll now that is a novel concept. Yes, I am in favor of it. That is what one of the greatest leaders in sports history did game in and game out! Moooooooose!!

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#74 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:14PM
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HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

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#75 Rob...
November 19 2013, 07:18PM
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? wrote:

So today in the NHL, if you hit a guy, 100% clean, and he gets angry and wants to fight, you have to oblige? Wow, that sounds like Don Cherry's code.

When it comes to guys like Lapierre/Burrows who will bite fingers,etc, yea they should have to back it up. But Stempniak made a clean hit.

If you allow guys like Ference to attack smaller guys who hit them, then good luck ever seeing guys like Eberle or RNH try to make a big hit. If they did, *insert name here* would destroy them, just like Ference did to Stempniak.

Thats not fair.

You sir, are a loser. I know this because you and those like you keep referring to Ference picking on "po widow Stempy"... who happens to be heavier, and at worst the same height as Ferrence. Go away and come back when you can argue like a grownup!

Edit: Propped Harlie for beating me to it.

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#76 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:10PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Sweet pass gags!!!!! Inner fan boy is in serious risk of coming out of dormancy. I'm having a blast watching this!

Edit: even sweeter baseball skills by Smyth

Same bro lol. Gagner is my favourite player...I got a bit of a man crush.

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#77 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:51PM
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So this is what it's like watching your hockey team dominate another. It's been so long. Come on Perron. Hatty time.

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#78 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:52PM
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vetinari wrote:

If Ebs earns a "ssssquuuueeeeeee" when he scores, does Perron earn a "Ppppeeeeeeeeeeeeron?"

Le squeeee?

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#79 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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#80 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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#81 Hal
November 19 2013, 03:55PM
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Right on Lummer. Thanks for saying it like it is. Stauffer was practically giving Lumley a "nurple" trying to get one of the boys on the bus to drink the Oiler Kool-aid. In so many words Lummer said Oilers are too much of the same player and no character.

Stauffer couldn't dump his call and change the subject fast enough. I have zero interest having anyone tell me what to think. The thought police can cut off people's legitimate opinions all they want. Wanye and Stauf still suck.

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#82 NRH
November 19 2013, 04:12PM
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I really hope I do not see 5 players all on the outside on the PP tonight. Someone has to be in front of the net and not Jones who often jumps out of the way. It's tough being there but someone needs to be there. Boston often uses Chara in front of the net. He does not have soft hands but a hard ass to move. I'm not saying Belov is Chara but what about putting some size up in front of the goalie? I hate seeing the special teams crash after what was looking good last season.

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#83 sec206
November 19 2013, 04:33PM
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Arcobello 1st 10 games, 0g,10a +4,roughly 17min/game; last 10 2g,0a,-7, roughly 16.5min/game. His face-off % tanked as well

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#84 Randaman
November 19 2013, 05:07PM
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Talbot17 wrote:

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.

Arcrobello>Acton. WTF is up with this management / coaching group? Oh, never mind. How dare I

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#85 Rob...
November 19 2013, 05:37PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I oppose the practice regardless of who commits it.

Apparently you Favour it.

Many wars have been lost because only one side played by the rules. As soon as it has been determined that the rules are only being abided by one side, the rules need to be tossed aside, or your risk of losing goes up drastically.

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#86 Ari Gold
November 19 2013, 08:45PM
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Wow. Yak city tonight. I'm speechless. Thanks.

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

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

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

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#90 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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#91 Will
November 19 2013, 01:45PM
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If they get shut out tonight, that will be the third game I've gone to, only to watch a shut out loss. It better not freakin happen again tonight.

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#92 Fish
November 19 2013, 03:27PM
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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.

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#93 camdog
November 19 2013, 04:12PM
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@Mac962

Versteeg is making 4.6 million for another 2.5 years. That's a lot of cash for a guy that is very inconsistent.

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#94 Taylor Hall's Knee Brace
November 19 2013, 04:24PM
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Gregor as usual predicting a home win....don't need to watch cause he's never right

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#95 Alsker
November 19 2013, 04:26PM
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camdog wrote:

Versteeg is making 4.6 million for another 2.5 years. That's a lot of cash for a guy that is very inconsistent.

As compared to 4.8/season for Gags who cant win a draw/play physical/score/play defense.... Where the fu*k is Arco...Yes MacT signed gags to a stupid contract so now Arco pays the price. "Its hard to sit a proven NHLer" really, when did gags prove himself???Not a 2C not a 3C what does he do??? You're guess as good as mine...This reeks of Kblowe and his ego...Gags/Kblowe must go!!!!

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#96 Serious Gord
November 19 2013, 04:48PM
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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.

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#97 Mac962
November 19 2013, 06:26PM
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Ference - if it becomes necessary - cheap shot again. of course only if necessary, change of pace, whatever. Comments as this , is refreshing, it shows the Oil may be pushing back, enough is enough. Hack whack whatever needs to be done to make them look over their shoulders.

Lest we forget the runs Regher took at Hemsky or Sarich on Hall and so on and so on. Payback is a bitch.

Nasty wins - more than they lose.

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#98 Zarny
November 19 2013, 06:46PM
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dsr wrote:

I'm sure part of what ference didn't like was the reverse hit aspect. He started to reach for the puck and stempniak noticed that and decided to hit him instead of continuing to play the puck. Totally legal but taking advantage of ference being a little vulnerable. That's why I think he didn't like the hit.

I'm pretty sure what Ference was doing was looking for the first opportunity to light a fire under this team's a**.

This team should be playing with a chip on their shoulder.

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#99 Doctor Smashy
November 19 2013, 06:46PM
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To Serious Gord and the rest who have a problem with the Ference fight.

It is not clear to me whether or not there is a formal definition of a "predatory hit" but I choose to define it as a hit that does not serve a purpose in the context of the play around the players involved. You hit someone to separate them from the puck or to force an error or to accomplish something related to gaining puck possession. You only hit when you don't have the puck. You should only really be hitting someone with the puck. Stempniak made like he was going to chase the puck, then let it go by him and hit Ference in a vulnerable position he put himself in because of Stempniak's initial movements towards the puck. It was a cheap hit. It could have been an (albeit weak) interference call. Predatory hits are thrown out of disrespect or to hurt someone when they aren't ready. It would have been unreasonable to expect that Ference would have done anything other than reach for the puck in that situation. Stempniak took advantage and payed a legitimate price. I loved the fight as a response to something that is rarely called.

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#100 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:06PM
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I haven't seen the Oilers play with this sense of urgency and excitement all year, I know its only 20 minutes but I have to say..i'm impressed.

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