GDB 26.0: PESKY PREDATORS

Jason Gregor
November 28 2013 12:43PM

When Pekka Rinne went downwith a hip injury on October 22nd, many expected the Predators to stumble down the standings. Rinne started nine of their first ten games compiling a 4-4-1 record. Carter Hutton started one game prior to Rinne's injury and he won. When Rinne went down the Predators expected Hutton to be their starter, however, he has struggled in seven starts, going 3-3-1 and allowing at least three goals in every game except one.

Twenty-two year old, Marek Mazanec has taken the job from Hutton. Mazanec was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 draft, and after playing five games in the AHL he was recalled to Nashville when Rinne was injured. He's played exceptionally well going 5-3 with a solid 2.01 GAA and 0.935 SV% and two shutouts.

The Predators always find a way to stay competitive. Over the past 73 games they've lost their 2nd best D-man, Ryan Suter, and their starting goalie and had to replace them from within. Most teams would be crippled losing key pieces like that, but the Predators are only six points out of the playoffs with a game in hand.

They don't use injuries or free agent losses as an excuse. They just keep finding ways to stay competitive. Head coach Barry Trotz rarely ices a lineup that has as much skill as the opposition, but he and GM David Poile find players who buy in and work hard every night.
 
The Predators don't complain they just find ways to stay competitive.

Tonight is a good challenge for the Oilers to see if they can match the work ethic, competitiveness and discipline of the Predators. The Oilers have more offensive skill than the Predators, but they haven't learned how to beat teams when their skill isn't effective.

They could learn how to be competitive from the Predators tonight, and hopefully match their intensity as well.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jones-Arcobello-Joensuu

Ference-Petry
Grebeshkov-J.Schultz
Belov-N.Schultz

Bryzgalov

Wil Acton, Luke Gazdic and Corey Potter are out while Ryan Jones, Marc Arcobello and Denis Grebeshkov draw in. I'm curious to see if Dallas Eakins gives him 4th line more minutes, and how Arcobello plays with only 9-11 minutes. It is very difficult for most guys to stay in the game, when they play limited minutes, and if Arcobello can excel in that role I doubt he comes out of the lineup very soon.

QUICK HITS....

  • The only way Shea Weber gets traded is if he asks for a trade. He is the face of the Predators and after losing Suter, and paying Weber $26 million dollars to play 130 games by the end of the season; the Preds have no interest in moving their star D-man.
     
  • If Mazanec continues to play this well, he might be someone the Preds could shop to acquire some offence. They have been great at developing young D-men, but for some reason they can't develop any young forwards.
     
  • The Oilers are 5-9-1 in their last 14 visits to Nashville. If they don't work hard tonight, they will get beat.
     
  • Joensuu needs to play with more intensity. He has done nothing since scoring on opening night. He's had flashes, but since returning from injury he hasn't had the same jump in his game.
     
  • The RNH line has to rebound after a dreadful performance at home. They didn't generate many chances, and seemed frustrated early on. They have to find ways to produce when their tic-tac-toe plays aren't working.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Preds work hard, and defeat the Oilers 4-3 in OT.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION:
Arcobello scores and those who were irate he was a healthy scratch for four games, feel some vindication. Oilers fans need something to feel good about.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ryan Jones has been frustrated sitting in the pressbox, and he tries to make a statement to the coach by having a spirited tilt with Nick Spaling in the first period. It is a pretty even tilt, until the end when Jones lands an off-balance right hand that hits Spaling on the button. Jones who rarely says much on the ice, will sit in the sin bin with a huge grin on his face while he and the timekeepers talk about his time with the Predators.

MONTH OF GIVING RETURNS....

My third annual Month of Giving begins today on my show. In the past two years we've raised over $106,000 for Christmas charities to help those in need. I'm starting a bit early because I will miss a few days with the birth of our first child in the next few weeks, but I wanted to ensure we come close, or surpass, $53,000 again.

This year I've gathered some excellent auction items: 

  • Michelle Derk from Remax Elite has donated her “seller’s commission” on a house.
  • A high efficiency furnace or Central air conditioning system including permits and installation and removal of old furnace from G&H Heating and Cooling.
  • I have some dinner packages with Eskimos and Oilers…
  • Rush VIP package…MFC VIP package…
  • Signed Messier jersey, and other signed jerseys…
  • Golf packages, jewellery, Oil King Suites…Gold seats to Oiler games
  • $1,500 GC for Dinette and Patio Showcase..
  • $1,000 GC from United Cycle…
  • Shopping spree at Derks clothing and dinner….
  • And more...

TODAY'S ITEM....

  • A one year lease on a brand new 2014 GMC Sierra SLE courtesy of Petersen Buick GMC.

    It is a 1500 4x4 Double Cab...
    Heated front bucket seats...
    Back up camera...
    Intellilink...
    You can get in Black, Stealth Grey or Silver.
    You need to start your one year lease by the end of January, 2014. 

You can bid by calling 780.444.1260 or 1-800-243-1945 between 2-6 p.m. today during the Jason Gregor Show.

Thanks in advance to all who will bid on these packages over the next few weeks. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the charities, and know that you will be making some people's lives much more enjoyable during the holidy season.

I'm hoping we can reach $60,000 this year.

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 Quicksilver ballet
November 28 2013, 07:26PM
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Not often a team spots their opponent a 2 zip lead. Should be interesting to see if the Preds choose to take the whole evening off, or show up and win it in the third.

If they could spot us one more goal, Oilers would be in danger of getting atleast one point this evening.

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#52 Quicksilver ballet
November 28 2013, 07:36PM
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As soon as that suck, that #6 guy is back from his flesh wound, someone needs to smack him in the head and rip him open again, open that baby up and add another 8 stitches. See if they can fit a whole 2 lbs box of salt in that wound.

Chop the head off, and watch the body fall. Oh......and cross check the Hendricks character in the throat. 15 plus hits in the third period would be a good distraction.

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#53 God
November 28 2013, 07:50PM
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Joensuu - Arco - Jones is a great 4th line! I'm loving it. They can actually cycle & keep the puck in the opponent zone!

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#54 Alsker
November 28 2013, 07:55PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

As soon as that suck, that #6 guy is back from his flesh wound, someone needs to smack him in the head and rip him open again, open that baby up and add another 8 stitches. See if they can fit a whole 2 lbs box of salt in that wound.

Chop the head off, and watch the body fall. Oh......and cross check the Hendricks character in the throat. 15 plus hits in the third period would be a good distraction.

Isn't that from Slapshot? Actually reminds of a time when enforcers did more than the staged fights of today. How I miss the O'reilys,Duponts,Mahovalich's, of yesteryears. Memories......though odds are they'd be suspended more than they would play in todays game.

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#55 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 28 2013, 08:04PM
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So thats what a goalie looks like. Who knew?

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#56 Quicksilver ballet
November 28 2013, 08:05PM
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Alsker wrote:

Isn't that from Slapshot? Actually reminds of a time when enforcers did more than the staged fights of today. How I miss the O'reilys,Duponts,Mahovalich's, of yesteryears. Memories......though odds are they'd be suspended more than they would play in todays game.

Lol, in those days, the Oilers came out onto the ice for pre game warm up with Star Wars music blaring.

Late seventies........old time hockey!

Violence = good.

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#57 doubleA34
November 28 2013, 08:12PM
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Arco is playing pretty well tonight, Dallas will probably reward him by making him a healthy scratch next game.

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#58 God
November 28 2013, 08:17PM
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"Rich Klune! He came in the kitchen.... but he couldn't eat."

Worst commentating ever! Roger's Sportsnet, your leaders in hockey coverage!

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#59 vetinari
November 28 2013, 08:24PM
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Is it wrong to think that if one of the other goalies was in net tonight, the score would likely be 3-2 or something close to that?

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#60 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
November 28 2013, 08:31PM
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@God

"Eyes... wide open... with that open... net... looming?!"

Classic Sportsnet West commentary.

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#61 Alsker
November 28 2013, 08:32PM
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Did we just look like a real team again? Very nice game by the Bryzzer

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#62 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 08:33PM
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Nobody beats the Bryz!!

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#63 God
November 28 2013, 08:34PM
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Oilers playing their 4th line with less than a minute to go. Road shut-out. Decent shut-down road game.

Is this the same team?

I feel like I'm going bipolar.

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#64 I tried it at home
November 28 2013, 08:35PM
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Keep Bryz. Demote Joensuu. Kick Potter to the curb.

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#65 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 28 2013, 08:35PM
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ILYA B.! ILYA B.! but gotta stay even keeled. Prozac is working. Wellbutrin keeping me happy may not need the Zanax today.

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#66 Quicksilver ballet
November 28 2013, 08:40PM
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Dayum!

That could be the two points that costs the Oilers the first overall selection.....

Dayum you Kevin Lowe!

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#67 YFC Prez
November 28 2013, 08:47PM
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Man BryZ showed up now I'm all high on hopium again. Thank you sir may I have another ?!

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#68 Rod from Viking
November 28 2013, 08:59PM
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God wrote:

Joensuu - Arco - Jones is a great 4th line! I'm loving it. They can actually cycle & keep the puck in the opponent zone!

Why did it take this long for Eakins to figure it out,people on this site suggested this combo for a 4th line on nights you don't need Gazdic for a while. They were a factor all night.

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#69 Wax Man Riley
November 28 2013, 09:08PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Why did it take this long for Eakins to figure it out,people on this site suggested this combo for a 4th line on nights you don't need Gazdic for a while. They were a factor all night.

They were a factor. Looked really good, actually.

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#70 hankthetank
November 28 2013, 09:09PM
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WORST COMMENTATING EVER. Kevins brain keeps taking a dump whenever the oilers enter the o zone. Feel so embarassed for that guy.

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#71 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
November 28 2013, 09:11PM
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What did we witness?

Oilers Bryz past Predators?

In my wildest dreams.

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#72 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 09:11PM
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I had no idea until now that the last goalie to pitch a shoutout in their Oil debut was Jussi Markkanen on 28 Nov 2001 who was maybe not the best goalie out there, but was/is really, really, nice guy. (Useless sidenote I know, but felt like mentioning that) :-)

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#73 Oiler Al
November 28 2013, 09:14PM
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Rocket wrote:

One play that illustrates the two teams.

Bryz bobbles the puck and a Nashville player crashes the net with barely pushback by the Oiler players.

Then at the other end, Ryan Smythe gets in the Nashville goalie's kitchen and 3 Nashville players check him knocking the net off.

One team uses physical play, the other hasn't used physicality as intimidation in years.

And as I was typing The Oilers score twice. Shows what I know.

Totally agree with you... Oiler D are softest cup cakes of all defensemen in the league. They could not clear the front of the net if you gave them bobcats instead of hockey sticks.

In fact on one play infront of Oilers own net, Ference gets knock down rather hard... should it not be the other way around... Ference knocking down and clearing the Preds from infront of the Oiler net.

Bryz... safes the day.One thing, he sure moves a lot quicker than Dubby.

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#74 Rocket
November 28 2013, 09:19PM
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@Oiler Al

You know who could knock guys down in front of the net? Smid.

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#75 **
November 28 2013, 09:27PM
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In Bryz we trust. 4th line looked sexy.

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#76 DrunkGuyTy
November 28 2013, 09:29PM
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@Rocket

^This.

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#77 **
November 28 2013, 09:30PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Nobody beats the Bryz!!

this...is...so...clever...ha...ha...ha

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#78 **
November 28 2013, 09:33PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Lol, in those days, the Oilers came out onto the ice for pre game warm up with Star Wars music blaring.

Late seventies........old time hockey!

Violence = good.

The golden bears basket ball team comes out with the imperial march.

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#79 el presidente
November 28 2013, 09:36PM
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TAKING CARE OF BRYZNESS!!! What a save! TAKING CARE OF BRYZNESS!!! We win game!!!!!

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#80 Dan 1919
November 28 2013, 09:40PM
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I support Eakins and do not think firing another coach will solve anything, but he needs to get serious, his post game comment tonight regarding who will start in goal against Columbus, “We’ll talk to both guys in the morning, I’m not worried blah blah blah dubnyk had a shutout against columbus blah blah.” Deven Dubnyk has been the main downfall of this team this year, get over the guy and say Bryz will start because he just had an OUTSTANDING SHUTOUT!

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#81 Rod from Viking
November 28 2013, 09:51PM
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hankthetank wrote:

WORST COMMENTATING EVER. Kevins brain keeps taking a dump whenever the oilers enter the o zone. Feel so embarassed for that guy.

Only 12 more years of them, I hope they hire Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro to do Edmonton Games.

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Go Bryz! Will he 'regress to the norm' or have we finally got an NhL starter? Before Jussi, the last shutout debut: Joaquim Gage?

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#83 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 09:56PM
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** wrote:

this...is...so...clever...ha...ha...ha

Any chance to use a Biz Markie reference I take :-)

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#84 Dave
November 28 2013, 10:00PM
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We could do a lot worse than Kevin - Louie. For example Calgary's broadcast team or any broadcast featuring Chris Cuthbert.

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#85 Dave
November 28 2013, 10:00PM
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We could do a lot worse than Kevin - Louie. For example Calgary's broadcast team or any broadcast featuring Chris Cuthbert.

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#86 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 10:06PM
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** wrote:

In Bryz we trust. 4th line looked sexy.

You mock me and throw out a Star-Spangled Banner reference?? C'mon now....

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#87 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 10:15PM
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@The 90's were worse (Formerly Oilers need Ogie Oglethorpe)

Apparently Markkanen's was the first for the Oil, though Darren Puppa shut out the Oil in 85' in his first game with the Sabres.

I actually saw Gage play about 12 ish years ago when he was in the British Superleague which was defiantly not super by any means, was still wearing his Oil gear at the time. Ended up having a pretty decent career in Europe.

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#88 bulldog12
November 28 2013, 10:16PM
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Bryz Bryz Bryz This is the same guy that couldn't stop a beach ball or keep his mouth shut in Philly They thought so highly of him they paid him a whole bunch of cash just to go away He gets a shutout against an offensive challenged team and now he's a savior Horcoff is gone so now Dubnyk and Gagner are the wiping boys How does Hemsky escape the criticism When was the last time he was not a non factor tonight he was 0 0 0 0 and 1 shot on net Brutal When was the last time he was one of the 3 stars of a game From a vet that should be a leader He should be eating popcorn in the press box

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#89 Bryzarro World
November 28 2013, 11:58PM
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I'M BACK!

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#90 Bryzarro World
November 28 2013, 11:59PM
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bulldog12 wrote:

Bryz Bryz Bryz This is the same guy that couldn't stop a beach ball or keep his mouth shut in Philly They thought so highly of him they paid him a whole bunch of cash just to go away He gets a shutout against an offensive challenged team and now he's a savior Horcoff is gone so now Dubnyk and Gagner are the wiping boys How does Hemsky escape the criticism When was the last time he was not a non factor tonight he was 0 0 0 0 and 1 shot on net Brutal When was the last time he was one of the 3 stars of a game From a vet that should be a leader He should be eating popcorn in the press box

Tell your mom the period button is broken and I'm sure she'll buy you a new keyboard.....

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#91 mouthbreather
November 29 2013, 12:05AM
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bulldog12 wrote:

Bryz Bryz Bryz This is the same guy that couldn't stop a beach ball or keep his mouth shut in Philly They thought so highly of him they paid him a whole bunch of cash just to go away He gets a shutout against an offensive challenged team and now he's a savior Horcoff is gone so now Dubnyk and Gagner are the wiping boys How does Hemsky escape the criticism When was the last time he was not a non factor tonight he was 0 0 0 0 and 1 shot on net Brutal When was the last time he was one of the 3 stars of a game From a vet that should be a leader He should be eating popcorn in the press box

did you ever attend a public school? It's called a period. Try it sometime idiot.

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#92 Pouzar99
November 29 2013, 12:21AM
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I believe that tonight's lineup is the Oilers best lineup. Arcobello and Jones are so much better than Acton and Gadzik it is ridiculous. Johnshuu really perked up at the experience of playing with real NHLers. Grebeshkov is better than Potter or Larsen. Bryz was great (.978 SVP so far) but I am just saying he and Dubie are the top two goalies. DD has played well since his terrible start.

We must temper our enthusiasm, but that's 4 wins in 5 and the boys played a very good road game. The goal for the rest of this year is to get them moving on the right track, so that if we have a reason to be enthusiastic about next season.

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#93 Lofty
November 29 2013, 05:37AM
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The 90's were worse (Formerly Oilers need Ogie Oglethorpe) wrote:

Go Bryz! Will he 'regress to the norm' or have we finally got an NhL starter? Before Jussi, the last shutout debut: Joaquim Gage?

Bryzgalof will be gone at the end of the season so no.

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#94 Oiler Al
November 29 2013, 06:20AM
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Rocket wrote:

You know who could knock guys down in front of the net? Smid.

Not a Smid basher, but for his size the guy was pretty soft... more of bear hug type of player... also engaged more often after the whistle than before... great shot blocker..but so are pylons.. seriously was way to slow in clearing pucks... and not a great skater.. nice guy though.

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#95 Bleed blue
November 29 2013, 06:25AM
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So that's what a 4th line looks like. Who knew. Actually about 95 percent of the posters here Knew. Why is Eakins always one step behind true oiler fans.

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#97 bulldog12
November 29 2013, 07:42AM
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@mouthbreather

........................................ insert these where you think is necessary

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#98 Dave
November 29 2013, 08:17AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Only 12 more years of them, I hope they hire Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro to do Edmonton Games.

Miller and or Ferraro are in the top tier or close. Bigger stars than a local market. Maybe ON would prefer our CHED duo?

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#99 Six Rings
November 29 2013, 08:39AM
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It's nice having a goalie that actually makes efforts to save the puck, rather than closing his eyes and hoping the puck hits him somewhere...

Only a small sample size from Bryz. No complaints so far.

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#100 Dallylamma
November 29 2013, 09:05AM
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We're living in Bryzarro World!

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