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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#101 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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#102 Harlie
November 19 2013, 07:14PM
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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.

NHL.com is your friend Todd.

Lee "chiclets" Stempniak is 1 inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than Ference.

Poor little chiclets wasn't any smaller. Dazed and confused at the time I'll give you that, but there was no size advantage or anything like that.

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#103 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:44PM
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Justin Azevedo. This squeeeees for you

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

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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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#105 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:37PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

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

Agreed. Eberle looks like eberle of two years ago also

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#106 Darrell
November 19 2013, 09:10PM
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DSF wrote:

29th.

That's six anti-Oiler blogger on an Oiler blog - love it !

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#107 Taylor Gang
November 19 2013, 09:30PM
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Let's play a game: who am I?

"Now that John Davidson is running the Blue Jackets, expect Columbus to rebuild quickly and become a real playoff contender in the near future"

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#108 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 09:36PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Let's play a game: who am I?

"Now that John Davidson is running the Blue Jackets, expect Columbus to rebuild quickly and become a real playoff contender in the near future"

In all fairness I would take Davidson before Lowe any day.

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#109 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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#110 God
November 19 2013, 10:08PM
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Thanks Oilers. This is long over due, and just a start.

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#111 God
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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#112 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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#113 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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#114 Tokenhill
November 19 2013, 01:42PM
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Where is acrobello?? Wtf

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

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

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

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#118 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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#119 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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#120 Rob...
November 19 2013, 03:55PM
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Fish wrote:

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

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

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

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#121 Mac962
November 19 2013, 04:02PM
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S cottV wrote:

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.

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.

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#122 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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#123 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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#124 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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#125 Mac962
November 19 2013, 04:24PM
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Smokey wrote:

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.

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.

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#126 Shredder
November 19 2013, 04:49PM
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Hey, I'll start caring about games about 15 games or so after the Oilers start caring.

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#127 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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#128 VK63
November 19 2013, 05:08PM
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so nick shultz gets to pull the sled tonight eh. Poor guy.

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#129 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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#130 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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#131 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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#132 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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#133 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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#134 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:45PM
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bearsfan wrote:

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

Can I have your seats next game?! I will gladly go watch a free oilers game.

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#135 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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#136 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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#137 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:14PM
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Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

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@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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#139 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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#140 God
November 19 2013, 08:32PM
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Well. This wasn't expected.

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#141 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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#142 Jzed
November 19 2013, 09:10PM
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DSF wrote:

29th.

and climbing.......

Hey this is an Oiler fan site, right? I think DSF is lost.

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#143 druds
November 19 2013, 09:25PM
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*THUMP*

sound of drunken broken body hitting the inside of the oiler victory train! ...

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

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#145 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 09:46PM
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omfg sammy. shot it right at him lol

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#146 michael
November 19 2013, 10:02PM
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whoop whoop!!!Squeeeeeeeeeee. Hall baby!

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#147 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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#148 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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#149 God
November 19 2013, 10:12PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Best game the Oilers have played in years. Regardless of what happened yesterday or what tomorrow will bring, I have learned not to take wins, especially well earned wins, for granted. I am going to enjoy this victory.

I don't think I'd agree that it's the best game they've played in years. Certainly the best result. Though they had unbelievable puck luck tonight. All the bounces they've spotted the other team went in tonight.

I'll take it.

A win like this was long over due.

Where was this a month ago, hockey gods??

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#150 camdog
November 19 2013, 10:13PM
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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.

As an Oiler fan I don`t have in it me to criticize other organisations for relying on players that spend a good portion of their careers on the injured list.

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