Dallas Eakins Trolls Oilers Fans/Media

Jonathan Willis
December 10 2013 10:45PM

 

Reporter: "[Inaudible] won the game on the power play, power play was struggling again tonight..."

Eakins: "The power play was one-for three, 33 percent. That's a hell of a night."

For those who didn't see the game, the power play allowed one shorthanded goal on it's first attempt, created almost nothing in five full minutes late in the third with the Oilers holding a one-goal lead (after which the Hurricanes scored to tie it) and then won the game in overtime.

Which rather strongly suggests that whatever else coaching the Oilers has done to Eakins, it hasn't robbed him of his sense of humour.

Final note for the irony-impaired: I think this is funny , and you look ridiculous when you angrily demand why I'm 'calling out' Eakins.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 pkam
December 11 2013, 10:35AM
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Smokey wrote:

I thought Eakins was impaired when I heard the comment. He must be sniffing the same glue that Patrick Roy was high on, which was apparent during the interview after the Oiler's game.

I think he's trying to find a positive...and trying to find a balance between being the head cheerleader and the grim reaper.

I looked at the game as the Oiler's escaped playing 20 minutes. Its one of those things I think teams that are good do. Find a way to play a few minutes and then float the rest. They pulled it out it was not pretty, but its better then loosing. The Oilers never win that way, and we have seen teams like San Jose, Chicago do that to the Oilers where they play one great period and are blah the rest. I think its a positive that we played one period of hockey and won.

Too many times I heard the Oilers said "We have to play 60 minutes, not 40" in the post game interviews. Last night, I heard it from the Canes.

I don't like last night's game overall, but I don't mind to hear that comment more from the opponents than from the Oilers.

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#52 oilerjed
December 11 2013, 10:42AM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Anyone else think Kevin Quinn sounded like a teenage boy going trough puberty?

If I didnt feel bad for how crappy he actually felt it would have been even funnier. He had a real good dead pan thing going last night. Didnt matter who he was talking to or what he was talking about, there was a definite struggle going on. He soldiered on though. Now if the OIl could only find the same drive.

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#53 S4H1
December 11 2013, 02:32AM
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@JJ

Sometimes an incorrectly formed sentence or improperly used word is intentional. The purpose is to cause the reader to evaluate the words to determine the intended meaning, thereby creating a stronger hold on the readers' attention.

"lets eat Grandma!" "Lets eat, Grandma!"

Which sentence will you remember longer..?

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#54 Ryan14
December 11 2013, 11:52AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

I have been a season ticket holder since the 2005-06 season. I am saying be patient.

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#55 oilerjed
December 11 2013, 12:02PM
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One thing that is not being talked about thaT IMO is worthwhile conversation. 4 out of 5 goals last night were even strength. It seems to me that this is becoming a bit of a habit for our lowly Oil as of late. A few weeks ago we were complaining about the lack of 5v5 goals, now it is PP. 1 step forward 2 step back.

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#56 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 10 2013, 11:47PM
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The thing about the PP is that shooting % (just like at 5x5) can vary wildly from year to year as luck is want to do and shots are a far better predictor of PP strength:

http://www.fearthefin.com/2013/3/2/4056828/sharks-vs-predators-has-the-power-play-righted-the-ship

http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2011/4/9/2100045/what-drives-power-play-success

13-14: SH/60 (52.6, 16th in the league); SH% (12.10% 16th)

12-13 SH/60 (41.5, 29th); SH% (16.86% 2nd)

11-12 SH/60 (44.5, 24th); SH% (16.07 1st)

10-11 SH/60 (41.6, 30th); SH% (12.32 13th)

What this shows:

1. From 10-11 to 12-13 seasons the team was in the basement of the league in terms of generating shots 5x4.

2. From 11-12 to 12-13 the team was elite in terms of shooting % 5x4 (a fact that is incredibly hard to repeat, and often a product of luck)

3. This season we have regressed to 10-11 levels of shooting (about league average), but are generating WAY more shots on the PP.

This is actually encouraging despite the fact that the PP looks like an all-world mess, struggling with everything from zone exits/entries to net front presence.

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#57 The Heist
December 11 2013, 11:49AM
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@Old Timer

now THAT'S sarcasm!

Also loved hemskys game last night. Vintage hemsky (06 lol)

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#58 Rocket
December 11 2013, 12:32AM
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Eakins: "Yak city lights up, Hall is erry day, PP is happened, Ebs torches Whyte."

*Paraphrase*

*1970's laugh track*

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#59 Darrell
December 11 2013, 07:10AM
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Question - is there a stat that counts give-a-ways even strength vs PP ? I swear Hall and Ebs lead the team and drives me crazy !

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#60 ?
December 11 2013, 08:51AM
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** wrote:

"JW, for a guy that uses numbers to justify one's abilities, you now feel the need to call out Eakins for doing the same thing?"

Was that sarcasm?

"I'm not 'calling out' Eakins.

He didn't answer the question, but he didn't answer it in a hilarious way.

That's ENTERTAINMENT."

Was THAT sarcasm?

I would explain it to you g bear but you would be to dumb to understand. You took to many head shots and lost too many fights in your foxy boxing days!

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#61 Wax Man Riley
December 11 2013, 09:00AM
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JJ wrote:

Well JW now I'm going to have to call you out on your grammar.

So he didn't answer the questions in a hilarious way, meaning he answered the question in a non-hilarious way...

OR

hilariously, he didn't answer the question. (He didn't answer the question and it was hilarious)

That's a dangling modifier and if you're a writer then I'm very disappointed you didn't catch your sloppy grammar.

Hey, the irony police called, you didn't capitalize your "H" in hilariously.

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#62 Mikey
December 11 2013, 09:14AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

Sorry Bro, I am a second tier fan.

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#63 Rod from Viking
December 11 2013, 08:02AM
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Freewheeling Freddie wrote:

I do feel sorry for the kids on this team getting ripped constantly. What will happen if they start demanding trades? Sure we get pissed off at them , but I know they aren't quitters. I have been watching this team since they were the Alberta Oilers and have seen some very bad hockey. However I am very proud to say I have a NHL team in my city. People are very emotional about this team ,I get that but we should try a more positive approach. We all got to watch the best hockey team in the world with Wayne and the gang. Soon it will be Taylor and the gang making us proud. It was sure nice paying $500 a season ticket .Unfortunately 2 tickets can cost that much.Tier 2 and 3 fans like myself now have to watch on TV. Everybody take a step back take a deep breath. GO OILERS GO

There is frustration from all generations, the born in the 60's and 70's that saw the bunch of kids in the 80's become something special and thinking it will never end and the younger group's that have seen nothing except the miracle 06 run and are sick of it. There were a lot of critics of the 80's team before they started to gel as well with many thinking Messier and Paul Coff-up needed to be run out of town. That team was surrounded by a better veteran core but it was way easier to attract free agents and make trades back then Let's hope Mac T is able to make the changes necessary before next year.

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#64 Rod from Viking
December 11 2013, 09:53AM
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@Rod from Viking

I should have included the 30's, 40's and 50's, I am sure there are a lot of people still alive born before 1960, right Lowetide(lol)

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#65 Smokey
December 11 2013, 09:59AM
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Butters wrote:

The Oilers are 7-3-1 in their last 11. Eakins has to feel prety good right now.

My Oil, 7-3-1, sounds nice.

That's the winning percentage they have to play at the rest of the season to get to Lord Stanley's playoffs, face palm...

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#66 Death Metal Nightmare
December 11 2013, 10:26AM
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...but the best joke is that he's trolling himself and his career the entire season.

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#67 S cottV
December 11 2013, 12:21PM
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Hey JW - any comment on what is going on with Gagner in his own end?

Half hazard clearing attempts, missed assignments, obsessive puck sucking, little to no attempt to put his head on a swivel, to read whats going on around him - etc etc.

Last nights fiasco of skating thru the crease and taking out Dubnyk, was glaring - but things along the same lines are happening a lot - with him.

Not much different with RNH but he is just 20 years old, playing 1C before his time. Gagner is a 7 year vet?

Is Eakins beating him up over stuff like this or is just accepted that Gagner is abysmal in his own end?

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#68 **
December 11 2013, 01:25PM
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? wrote:

I would explain it to you g bear but you would be to dumb to understand. You took to many head shots and lost too many fights in your foxy boxing days!

Hahahahaha. My post was a reference to Sheldon cooper. If you don't know who that is maybe it's time to get out of that rock. It is a fairly complex joke if I may say so myself. My melon is fine from my boxing teens (or so I think lol). My jaw is slightly displaced though, makes one of my inner ears hurt sometimes and it clicks when I move it around.

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#69 -30-
December 11 2013, 08:02AM
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Eakins cracks me up. He didn't even smile when he mentioned the powerplay. LOL

The silver lining in this cloud is that the Oilers at least played one period of not being stupid or looking lost. That is progress.

It could have easily looked like the first twenty games where they looked lost for THREE periods.

One small step for man...

-30-

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#70 hall the time
December 11 2013, 09:00AM
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The pp wouldn't be so glairing if we didn't have to score 4 goals everynight so we could at least have a chance to win.

Dubnyk may be good for this team this year, it will teach us to play proper defence, be he's no number one.

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#71 pkam
December 11 2013, 10:22AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Well, obviously you're right that the grammar in that sentence was terrible, though I would have bet the meaning was plain.

I hate to disappoint you and I'm even more crushed because here I'm a writer and I there I went and wrote a sentence in bad English.

I'll just have to try and fit the pieces of my life back together. Somehow.

It is all Eakins fault. It would not have happened if Eakins didn't dodge the question in such a hilarious way.

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#72 forsoothed
December 11 2013, 10:32AM
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@Jonathan Willis

Just hold on to the primacy of the spoken word, it will help you get through those sleepless nights.

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#73 loweblows
December 11 2013, 11:01AM
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john wrote:

How's Yakupov got -1 (only Oilers with minus on the team tonite) when he was on the ice for Oilers 2 even strength goals scored? Weird stats, the poor guy got shafted with plus/minus stat again. Put Nail on power play, he is the only guy that shoot the puck. You cannot score if you don't shoot the puck, they kept passing around out there. Look at the Canes tying goal, the defenseman threw it at the net and it went in. Shoot the damn pucks!

He is minus 1 because if you watch a rerun of the game and isolate him out you would see he is guilty of coasting. He has an annoying habit of leaning over with his stick off the ice and then stops skating. A number of times last night he essentially stopped skating and put no pressure on the puck carrier. Rookie mistake that hopefully he corrects.

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#74 JimWilson
December 11 2013, 11:44AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Well, obviously you're right that the grammar in that sentence was terrible, though I would have bet the meaning was plain.

I hate to disappoint you and I'm even more crushed because here I'm a writer and I there I went and wrote a sentence in bad English.

I'll just have to try and fit the pieces of my life back together. Somehow.

Thanks JW I needed this today.

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#75 **
December 11 2013, 01:36PM
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JJ wrote:

Well JW now I'm going to have to call you out on your grammar.

So he didn't answer the questions in a hilarious way, meaning he answered the question in a non-hilarious way...

OR

hilariously, he didn't answer the question. (He didn't answer the question and it was hilarious)

That's a dangling modifier and if you're a writer then I'm very disappointed you didn't catch your sloppy grammar.

Yeah JW how dare you? Now your article won't pass the peer review and won't be published in the Canadian journal of scientifically proven hockey opinion, aka oilers nation.

PS: I think this qualifies as sarcasm, doesn't it?

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#76 Evilas
December 11 2013, 07:19PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

No. He was minus because he was on the ice when a) the fourth goal was deflected into the net -- a play he had nothing to do with, and b) the second goal when Gagner decided to skate into the Oilers crease and leave his man open in the slot. Once again, his 'coasting' had nothing to do with the goal against but he was penalized for it with a minus.

b) That play was all on Gagner, he loses the puck with a really weak play along the boards and he skates into his own crease and bumps into Dubnyk behind his own Dman, when he should have been picking up the man in the slot.

That was awful awful awful. No other Oiler was at fault on that one, he confused his teammates when he had the puck, because no one knew what he wanted to do (I doubt he did either)

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#77 Spydyr
December 11 2013, 07:05AM
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@Professor Q

Opps double post.

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#78 Lochenzo
December 11 2013, 09:27AM
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The Oilers' PP looks great when they use all forwards. I know they're terrible at recovering pucks in the defensive zone with no D on the ice, but after watching a listless first two minutes on the 5 minute major, I thought of loading up a shift with 5 forwards just to get it going, despite having a lead at that point. I just felt the Oilers really needed a goal there the way the Canes were building momentum.

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#79 2004Z06
December 11 2013, 09:52AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

And yet the building is full every game....Hmmmm

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#80 Johnnydapunk
December 11 2013, 03:43PM
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Maybe I am simple like that, but it didn't even seem like a question per se, more like a "finish my sentence" game that Eakins played quite well. All that was missing was the thump of a dropped microphone and a longer awkward silence at the end.

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