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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#201 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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#202 DSF
November 19 2013, 10:57PM
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Ari Gold 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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#203 RealFakeDiesel
November 19 2013, 02:55PM
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Without Ference standing up for himself the Oilers don't win that game.

That being said, hit was a little early but there was no malicious intent and if were gonna keep fighting in this game, guys who don't want to fight should not have to. Its a fine line.

It was similar to Emery's assault on Holtby, but Ference was standing up for a literal beating while Emery was only getting smashed on the scoreboard.

I see both sides of it. But, like I said you do what you need to do to get a win, and without Gazdic's questionable fight after leaving with a shoulder injury and that beating A Fere laid. That was another battle of Alberta lost.

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#204 pkam
November 19 2013, 04:17PM
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forsoothed wrote:

Overpaying season seat holder here :(

The tickets are sold, but folks must be skipping the games these days. On Friday vs SJ, our row was only 1/2 full with loads of open seats around us... night and day with last year. I expect there will be even fewer actually in attendance tonight.

I didn't go to the Sharks game but I went to the Dallas game last Tuesday and it was about 90% full. I guess fans didn't think we had a chance against SJ.

I think we have better chance to win against the BJ so there probably be more fans at Rexall tonight.

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#205 tom.MTL
November 19 2013, 04:58PM
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NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Wanye!! Say it aint so !!!!

http://wanye.gretz.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stories/actor_new_zealand.php

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#206 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:45PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

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.

Yeah...3 first round picks.

Gagner, Nash, and Plante.

Whiff

Whiff

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I wanted them to draft Voracek, Cherapanov and Perron.

2 out of 3 ain't bad.

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#207 Joel
November 19 2013, 07:54PM
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does anyone have a link to watch the game?

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#208 Joel
November 19 2013, 08:02PM
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DSF wrote:

http://firstrownow.eu/watch/222409/1/watch-edmonton-oilers-vs-columbus-blue-jackets.html

Thanks!

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

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

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

Just sayin

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