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 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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#152 Primo
November 19 2013, 01:54PM
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Doctor Smashy wrote:

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.

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!

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#153 S cottV
November 19 2013, 02:16PM
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Lets hope J Schultz learned something about defensive play, watching things from the press box while on the mend. I know - a young very offensively talented kid and the whole bit. But - playing against opposition top 6 after an 8 game layoff? Scares the hell out of me based on the many defensive gaffes that I have seen. In that first rotation - unless he somehow figured it out, my bet is a 5 to 4 loss - with Schultz going +2 / -3 net minus 1.

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#154 #NAILEDIT
November 19 2013, 02:38PM
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NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall gets stepped on the head by Potter in warmup. Yakcity gets promoted to 1st line and scores a hat trick. Potter is put on waivers and claimed by Calgary to play with Smid. Smid and Potter become Calgary's 1st pairing and start to dominate resulting in Lowe and Burke to rent a barn to fight over them.

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#155 dq
November 19 2013, 03:34PM
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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.

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.

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#156 S cottV
November 19 2013, 03:39PM
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Mac962 wrote:

I did, they are good friends. Maurice though should have been the guy with this group. IMO - Easy to sit here and say that , i understand. Just some of his decisions make me scratch more than my head.

No question Maurice over Eakins. Probably could have even brought Maurice in with Eakins as an Associate - if - MacT liked Eakins that much. Maurice has NHL experience and coaches a structured two way game. Exactly what this group needs, to start winning consistently. Just because you have some potential top end NHL calibre offensive players, doesnt mean you run and gun and swarm all over the place. Patience and pick your spots to run and gun on the foundation of solid 2 way system play - is what a guy like Maurice could have brought to the table.

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#157 Mac962
November 19 2013, 04:16PM
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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.

Good point Bro -

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#158 Randaman
November 19 2013, 05:16PM
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Sorry. Cheap shotted.

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#159 Serious Gord
November 19 2013, 05:41PM
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Rob... wrote:

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.

Agreed. But there are some infractions that bring more punishment than reward. In Ferences case he got away with it.

For now.

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#160 dsr
November 19 2013, 06:25PM
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? wrote:

BTW, I'm not an Oilers fan, so your assertion about Oilers fans liking it is probably true.

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.

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#161 camdog
November 19 2013, 07:06PM
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@Doctor Smashy

I have never understood those fans that think it is acceptable no knock somebody unconsciousness or break bones with a "clean" hit, but wrong to man up with the offending party and square up. It's a logic that the people I associate with are unable to comprehend.

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#162 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:12PM
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@Alsker

Cause Eakins can be a total dumbass sometimes. I can see no other reason

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#163 Cynic
November 19 2013, 07:23PM
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Oilers myopians are spending a lot of time celebrating a fight. It's almost as if you've never seen a midget vegan win a battle before.

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#164 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:03PM
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WTF is going on ??!??! 2 goals in one period for the Oil?! I don't remember the last time they had a 2 goal lead this season, have they had one yet?? (besides the EN goal and lead v the Flames)

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#165 Eulers
November 19 2013, 08:11PM
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Special teams clicking at 100% so far helps just a little ;)

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#166 Rocket
November 19 2013, 08:17PM
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Turn in your badge and gun, you're off the force Bobrovsky!

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#167 Greenlingj
November 19 2013, 08:20PM
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I am at work... unable to watch the game..

I am PISSED

Go BRYZOILERS

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#168 Larry
November 19 2013, 08:24PM
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There's plenty of time for the Oil to blow it!!!

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#169 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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#170 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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#171 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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#172 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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#173 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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#174 Talbot17
November 19 2013, 01:28PM
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We MUST WIN TONIGHT, FISTS HIGH ALL

and as Bryzgalov always says

IZZZZZ WEIRD

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#175 Danger Pay
November 19 2013, 01:47PM
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There is nothing else to watch or do tonight and Dubnyk has apparently been playing better so I suppose I'll tune in and see what transpires.

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#176 pkam
November 19 2013, 03:09PM
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Didn't Dubnyk stop 39 shots and stole a 4-1 game last we met? We had the BJ number in the last couple of years and tonight will be no exception.

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#177 camdog
November 19 2013, 03:29PM
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Mac962 wrote:

I did, they are good friends. Maurice though should have been the guy with this group. IMO - Easy to sit here and say that , i understand. Just some of his decisions make me scratch more than my head.

Ideally I was hoping that Maurice was going to be brought in as an assistant, however for some reason that plan never came to fruition.

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#178 pkam
November 19 2013, 04:50PM
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Mac962 wrote:

True that. but you know what. From what i have seen, i am sooo glad we did not sign Clarkson to that contract. He is ok , but just not worth that coin. Kind of like Horc was here.

Raymond - what a steal. Matt Cooke- he would fit in nice for a year or 3.

Shoulda - Woulda - coulda - but the Oilers new seem to be able to make that type of trade.

60 games of going nowhere and we won't make moves or give up a kid and lets draft another superstar left. Wow.

Unless you have a crystal ball, who would expect Raymond to perform at this level? He had been invisible for 2 years in a row. And if you think our top 9 is not soft enough, Raymond will definitely help.

If MacT signed Raymond and he performs like his past 2-3 years, you guys will say it is another big mistake by MacT.

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#179 madjam
November 19 2013, 05:48PM
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Oilers streak continues as they win next for sure ! Lose em , and team gets gutted along with Gm and coaches .

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#180 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
November 19 2013, 06:02PM
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I really like the Gordon/Perron tandem. Could be a really good shut down line that can also score.

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#181 ?
November 19 2013, 06:08PM
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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.

BTW, I'm not an Oilers fan, so your assertion about Oilers fans liking it is probably true.

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#182 Hemmercules
November 19 2013, 06:53PM
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I hope they have some confidence from that win. Two day break and the fact that they probably should have lost that last game doesn't have me too confident myself. They are due for a home win though so tonight is the night. 4-3 oil. Just win baby.

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#183 Alsker
November 19 2013, 07:08PM
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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.

Reprehensible and cheap??? Like sticking out a knee, targeting the head, leaping on a hit!! You're f*cked dude!! Ference hadn't touched the puck and took a hit into the the boards(def:interference) more so faceplanted him into the glass...It's bout time an Oiler defend themselves. You think it was cheap, if that had been Hunter/Brown/Sammy/etc. odds are the Stepniak would still be in hospital. Deal with it, sh*t happens, if you don't like it tell Ference what you think and the two of you can work it out in a dark alley somewhere. Anyways why exactly is Arco not playing???

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#184 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:16PM
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Mason Raymond with his 8th.

On pace for 32 goals.

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#185 Harlie
November 19 2013, 07:29PM
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DSF wrote:

HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

Damn, that's gonna trigger the alien Moon base attack.

http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2013/01/alien-base-on-the-moon-in-detail-clear-ufo-photos-released-by-nasa-taken-by-astronauts-pilot-films-ufo-from-air-2440716.html

Not to worry tho, the swarm defensive system will protect us.

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#186 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:41PM
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@DSF

Ya. Perron is one of those guys if you re did that draft he moves up considerably. At least top 15. Kinda like an eberle.

Wasn't Perron in the gagner draft year? Just think they drafted Nash and plant in the first round. What a wash that turned out to be. I think it was more of a developing problem than drafting. At least the farm team is in place and this is getting a little better.

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#187 kgog
November 19 2013, 08:09PM
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smyth all time ppg record?

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#188 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:17PM
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I wonder how packed the LRT and the Cap is with people who couldn't be arsed to go to the game panic rushing to the Coliseum/Skyreach/Rexall place to try to make the 2nd period to watch what has been a baffling performance so far.

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#189 DSF
November 19 2013, 08:59PM
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Darrell wrote:

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

29th.

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

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#191 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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#192 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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#193 Dog Train
November 19 2013, 03:13PM
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We've had success against the Blue Jackets in the past so hopefully tonight is one of those nights where the players actually give the fans something to get excited about.

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#194 daleak
November 19 2013, 03:33PM
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#195 pkam
November 19 2013, 03:37PM
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camdog wrote:

Ideally I was hoping that Maurice was going to be brought in as an assistant, however for some reason that plan never came to fruition.

I think you mean associate.

Eakins was the assistant to Maurice when they coached the Leafs. Don't you think it is a little bit awkward for both of them.

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#196 Cynic
November 19 2013, 06:58PM
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I just woke up from my nap. Have the Oilers chalked up another L yet?

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#197 Alsker
November 19 2013, 07:19PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Cause Eakins can be a total dumbass sometimes. I can see no other reason

Lets hope that's all it is, if he's given in to the kBlowe train of thought we're f*cked.

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#198 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:39PM
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Stand back kids...Phil Kessel is on pace for 50 goals.

Stupid Burke!

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#199 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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#200 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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