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 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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#2 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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:31PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

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

Yes, but it speaks very poorly about their drafting.

That they have to throw in a high second round pick to trade a top 10 pick for a 26th overall pick is kinda sad.

Given how well STL drafts, that could be the deciding factor.

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#8 WTF
November 19 2013, 05:52PM
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Cmon Gregor, Ference freaking attacked Stempniak. Yea he's so tough, he gets flattened by a clean hit, sees it was a small guy who hit him, so he throws his gloves off and begins throwing punches.

Yea real tough.

This is the problem with some Oilers fans these days, they are too desperate for any kind of pushback/physicality.

Ference fighting wasn't impressive.

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#9 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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#10 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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#11 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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#12 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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#13 daleak
November 19 2013, 03:33PM
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#14 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:16PM
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Mason Raymond with his 8th.

On pace for 32 goals.

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#15 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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#16 Serious Gord
November 19 2013, 05:18PM
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Randaman wrote:

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

I oppose the practice regardless of who commits it.

Apparently you Favour it.

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#17 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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#18 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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#19 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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#20 #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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#21 ?
November 19 2013, 06:02PM
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Todd wrote:

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.

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.

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#22 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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#23 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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#24 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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#25 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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#26 Cynic
November 19 2013, 04:46PM
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You're right. Why would Oiler myopians have an issue with that assault.

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#27 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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#28 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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#29 albertaboy19
November 19 2013, 06:21PM
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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!

Can't tell if your serious or an idiot. I'll go with an idiot. Stop trolling and being a giant baby. Bout time someone stands up for this team, or himself. Who cares if the hit was legal or not, it's about sending a message. You don't like it, go hide under a bridge....TROLL

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

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 Dave
November 19 2013, 04:31PM
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Yes should be ARCO in and Gagner out. Like to hear Mr.Gregor's opinion on this subject.

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#37 bearsfan
November 19 2013, 07:39PM
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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 gave my seats away today....if the oil dont show up for games, why should I?

Signed tier 1 fan, soon to be tier none fan

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#38 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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#39 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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#40 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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#41 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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#42 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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#43 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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#44 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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#45 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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#46 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

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

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#47 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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#48 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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#49 thepeetso
November 19 2013, 02:05PM
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Gagner instead of Arcobello.

IZZ VEIRD YA

Accountability my arse.

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#50 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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