THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
December 11 2013 09:49PM

It's easy to dismiss the 7-3-1 record the Edmonton Oilers have strung together in their last 11 games because there's no question this has been a soft stretch in the schedule – assuming you can say there's such a thing as soft when you're talking about a team sitting 14th in the Western Conference.

While I'm not of the mind to shrug off this stretch completely, even with the last win coming by way of a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in a game that turned into a nail-biter when it shouldn't have, I'm not putting too much stock in what we've seen, either.

With 50 games to play and an 11-18-3 record, this tidy little roll the Oilers have put together is destined to have the brakes slammed on in a hurry the rest of this month, starting Thursday when the Boston Bruins comes calling at Rexall Place. Up next, it's Boston, Vancouver, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Impressive record or not these last 11 games, I've seen way too many lapses in execution and intensity and far too many recurring and glaring mistakes in the defensive zone – mistakes recent opponents haven't always made them pay for – to believe the Oilers have turned any kind of corner.

How many wins do you see in these next four games? I see none.

WHILE I'M AT IT

Soft schedule or not, the Oilers have at least made up a little ground in trying to extract themselves from the Western Conference basement – unless you read the game preview of the Boston-Edmonton tilt by NHL.com staff writer Davis Harper.

Harper writes: "Big story: The top seed in the Eastern Conference will square off against the 15th seed in the West. The Oilers, 2-1-1 on a five-game homestand, will look to end it on a high note . . ."

So, 15th in a 14-team conference? That's really lousy. Freudian slip, of course. Been there. Done that.

FUN WITH NUMBERS

If I asked you to list the goaltenders with the best career save percentages as members of the Oilers (minimum 75 games), where would you put Devan Dubnyk? Without looking it up, would you guess Dubnyk is in the top five? Top 10?

How about first overall? With 164 games as an Oiler in the books, Dubnyk sits first overall with a .910 save percentage after Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes. Dwayne Roloson is next at .909, followed by Tommy Salo at .906, Nikolai Khabibulin at .903 and Curtis Joseph at .902.

How about the guys who backstopped all the Stanley Cups? Different era, of course -- the Oilers scored at a ridiculous pace. Grant Fuhr is eighth at .853, Andy Moog is ninth at .842 and Bill Ranford is seventh at .887.

ONE WHO GOT AWAY

After spending the 2004-05 NHL lockout season covering the Edmonton Road Runners of the AHL, I came away impressed as can be with head coach Geoff Ward, who fronted a staff that included Joe Paterson and Kelly Buchberger. Edmonton's one-year entry in the AHL was a bad team, but it was obvious to me, for what that's worth, Ward was as sharp cookie.

Ward, who worked in Hamilton with Claude Julien, took over as bench boss in Steeltown for two seasons after the Montreal Canadiens hired Julien. He moved west when the Road Runners were hatched, then served as Edmonton's development coach in 2005-06.

Ward left the Oilers and joined Julien in Boston in August of 2007 and he's been there ever since. Pretty good run for a very good man.

AND . . .

So, who will Dallas Eakins match up against Boston's line of Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and David Krejci? No matter which way Eakins goes, I don't see a favorable match for the Oilers.

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#1 @Oilanderp
December 11 2013, 10:57PM
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Can we skip the next four games? 'Yes, that's right Gary, we'll take the 1-0 forfeit loss and run.'

Unfortunately this team is still too young and too dumb with the puck to have a chance.

There's a sh!t storm a-comin'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjMkqFmRGL4

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#2 oilerdevin
December 11 2013, 11:43PM
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Can we please just enjoy and focus on the positives. It's bad enough watching them lose as often as we've had to. All I ever hear or read is negative. Win or Lose we all know we are always gonna be loyal Oil fans. So just enjoy when they win and know that we are very close to being a damn good team.

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#3 A-Mc
December 11 2013, 10:56PM
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The 7-3-1 record has breathed a little hope into me. I bet the Oil come away .500 over the next 4 games.

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#4 Mark Hoosein
December 11 2013, 11:13PM
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Brownlee,

How many of those mistakes are coaching mistakes? Has anyone asked Eakins why Marincin and J.Schultz were the two D-Men on the ice for OT against Calgary? Has anyone asked him why he stayed with the Gagner-Hall-Yakupov line when they were getting their lunch eaten against Carolina?

Eakins is either stupid, or stupid like a fox, because those are glaring errors in judgement.

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#5 Hockey fan 1976
December 11 2013, 10:32PM
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If the Oilers can win even 2 of the next 4 games I will start to believe again. For now, this 7-3-1 in the last eleven, is just what I think it is, a break from tough, contending teams. If Boston comes out with a mean streak tomorrow, there will be some hurt bodies from Edmonton. RIP Edmonton, there might be some injuries tomorrow night.

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#6 bazmagoo
December 11 2013, 10:30PM
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Agreed completely Robin, too many of the same mistakes happening all the time. My heart tells me the Oilers can finish 20th in the league, my head tells me they finish bottom 5 yet again. Oh well, it's still a good excuse to get together with buddies and have a few beers. At least we've got Hall to watch!

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#7 Laughable
December 12 2013, 08:14AM
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Maybe when Robin figures out how to pronounce Yakupov, there could be room to nitpick other members of the media. Gregor loses a listener every time I have to hear Edmonton's version of Don Cherry yammer on about "Yak-you-pov".

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#8 Devolution
December 11 2013, 10:01PM
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I guess 7-3-1 against weaker teams is better than 3-7-1 against weaker teams. No?

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#9 Wax Man Riley
December 12 2013, 12:15AM
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Cranky young guy wrote:

For what it's worth....the 14th place team in the West (us) kicked the holy pee right outta 7 other teams in the last 11 games... Now we talk about a "soft" schedule..but at 14th place, doesn't that make us the "soft" spot on the Calendar for 13 other teams in the West? Also, we have scored more goals than 6(?) other teams in our conference ahead of us in the standings. We aren't making the playoffs...but maybe this was the start of something good! Or maybe at least more entertaining hockey!

Yep... you just described another year of ELPH.

Yippee!

*slashes throat*

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#10 Walter Sobchak
December 12 2013, 12:16AM
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Good read RB.

I’ve been thinking the same thing to myself, during this stretch I have seen some of the worst defensive hockey the Oilers have played yet they came out with a victory?

Well, I see one winnable game in the next 7, after that they might win a few more before the end of the month, keep playing like this and January will bury them in a lottery position.

I’ve been saving this last half of the month & January’s stretch as the sample in which I think we as fans will get a clear understanding where the Oilers sit as a team, I’m looking forward to it and at the same time kind of dreading it.

I have also had the old accountability issue creep up again….

After watching Taylor Hall make not one, but two turnovers in the Oilers zone that directly resulted in a goal, I was stunned to see him out on the PP, if Eakins is serious in trying to fix the problems, then that was a perfect time to nail the kid to the bench.

Instead, Eakins throws out the two biggest offenders of costly turnovers on the PP, and it damn near results in another shorty, but the Oilers score… so I’m not sure how that gets reinforced in the room?

I think it results in a successful failure, but my point is, if the Oilers continue to play like this I’m not sure we can look at the schedule and say “Win night“ anymore.

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#11 @Oilanderp
December 11 2013, 11:22PM
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I'm curious how Perron plays these upcoming games. Does he get in their face and get the beatdown that will inevitably come to him? Will the team respond and come to his aid even though it means certain death at the hands of the big bad bruins and company? One reason to watch!

Reason 2: We get to see Gazdic pot a few as the Nuge's wingman! Ha Ha!

Reason 3: This is a big chance for Joensuu and Jones to make an impression. Will they grab it with both hands or will they fade away into obscurity?

I know it doesn't look good, but with great challenge comes great opportunity. We might look back on this stretch as those games when the team came together and something clicked!

Who will stand and Protect This House™?

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#12 NewfoundlandOil
December 12 2013, 05:27AM
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@oilerdevin

Totally agree. I am getting tired of the everything's broken narrative. Hey even dee es eff has moved on as his schtick has been stolen by the majority.

The team is 7-3-1 in the last 11 and all you hear is complaining.

Before the last game Stauffer tweeted the following boxcars for the previous 10. It went like this:

"Oil are 6-3-1 Last 10 GP: David Perron has 8-5-13, Taylor Hall 6-7-13, Jordan Eberle 6-4-10, RNH 1-8-9, Hemsky 3-5-8 over those 10 games"

When was the last time we saw numbers like that for so many of our forwards?

Hopefully they can keep this going and get a couple games from the "contenders".

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#13 mlcselli
December 11 2013, 11:24PM
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Agree completely with your article Robin. Also agree with many posters that the Oilers are going to be on the receiving end of some bodily harm. The biggest problem I see for the Oilers tomorrow, is they will believe they are as good as their recent record, and come out arrogant and end up embarrassed again. When they have a little win streak, they seem to forget to be humble.

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#14 **
December 11 2013, 11:37PM
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Finally someone in the media being realistic about the current stretch and what lies ahead. Seems like a lot of media types drank the koolaid this week. The Oilers are about to hit a wall so hard Lowe is going to have his teeth knocked out.

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#15 David S
December 12 2013, 12:18AM
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On the upside, my Oilers related Twitter feed is going to be hilarious over the next week or so. Jeanshorts posting up gifs of fail during catastrophic losses is epic comedy.

#OilersUpsides

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#16 john
December 12 2013, 12:40AM
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The next 6 games are the heavy weights in the standing, let's see what the Oilers are made of after those games. I just hope they shoot more, shoot from all over the ice and go for the rebounds. You cannot score from passing the puck around and then turn it over. SHOOT THE DAMN PUCK, SHOOT THE PUCK. Any of the players read this? Please just shoot the puck, the Canes tying goal was that example, throw it at the net it will find the WAY IN. I don't care if they lose all the games this season, just shoot the puck and hustle out there, play with intensity and desperation. You guys are men not boys any more, stop this BOYS ON THE BUS thing, MEN PLAYING HOCKEY!

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#17 NewfoundlandOil
December 12 2013, 05:16AM
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Mark Hoosein wrote:

Brownlee,

How many of those mistakes are coaching mistakes? Has anyone asked Eakins why Marincin and J.Schultz were the two D-Men on the ice for OT against Calgary? Has anyone asked him why he stayed with the Gagner-Hall-Yakupov line when they were getting their lunch eaten against Carolina?

Eakins is either stupid, or stupid like a fox, because those are glaring errors in judgement.

I'll bite on this one.

Schultz/Marincin - Probably to try and provide more offense and puck movement while playing 4 on 4.

Gagner-Hall-Yakupov - because they were scoring and had a good game.

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#18 Cranky young guy
December 11 2013, 10:57PM
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For what it's worth....the 14th place team in the West (us) kicked the holy pee right outta 7 other teams in the last 11 games... Now we talk about a "soft" schedule..but at 14th place, doesn't that make us the "soft" spot on the Calendar for 13 other teams in the West? Also, we have scored more goals than 6(?) other teams in our conference ahead of us in the standings. We aren't making the playoffs...but maybe this was the start of something good! Or maybe at least more entertaining hockey!

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#19 **
December 12 2013, 12:32AM
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David S wrote:

On the upside, my Oilers related Twitter feed is going to be hilarious over the next week or so. Jeanshorts posting up gifs of fail during catastrophic losses is epic comedy.

#OilersUpsides

Please make a gif of Gagner's golf swing on the cariolina golf the other night, please.

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#20 OilDieHard
December 12 2013, 07:15AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Oilers Vs. Boston..... MISS MATCH OF THE CENTURY!

Not fair,on the current rosters, based strictly on draft pedigree, Oilers have 10 number 1 drafts to Bostons 3.

we have a pile of 1st rounders and 2nd rounders on this team and still can't produce a winning record...

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#21 Robin Brownlee
December 12 2013, 09:50AM
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Laughable wrote:

Maybe when Robin figures out how to pronounce Yakupov, there could be room to nitpick other members of the media. Gregor loses a listener every time I have to hear Edmonton's version of Don Cherry yammer on about "Yak-you-pov".

This is your contribution to the conversation? Pretty thinly disguised personal shot that has nothing to do with what was written here. Nitpick another media guy? Easy to make the mistake that was made -- thus the "Been there. Done that" reference.

I put my name to what I say and write. If NHL.com or the writer has an issue with this mention, they know how to reach me and let me know -- I wrote for them for a full season. You should consider putting your real name to what you write, at least in instances where you're dropping off slag like this. Of course, that would take some spine, so I won't hold my breath.

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#22 Serious Gord
December 12 2013, 12:40PM
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OilClog wrote:

How is it easy to dismiss a 7-3-1 record? What it didn't happen? They were playing AHL teams? Couldn't we then just as easy dismiss the first 20games like they didn't happen, since the last 11 games apparently have no weight or meaning why would the first 20?!

Sure it's easy to say, well they weren't playing The cream of the crop, but they won, and beat teams ahead of them in the standings 7 times! Out of 11.

The team is playing better, to suggest the last 11 games can easily be swatted away because the competition wasn't Chicago or the kings every night.

Good grief.

The strength of your opponents matters.

That's why rocky Marciano - who went 49 -0 with 43 KOs is rarey listed as one of the top ten boxers ever.

As per my post above 6-3-1 carries little weight in light of the teams record against above average opponents.

And if the team holds to its past record, by the halfway point in the season the evidence will be overwhelming that Eakins needs to be terminated as coach.

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#23 S cottV
December 11 2013, 11:16PM
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Doesn't surprise me about Dubie and the rather low save percentages amongst former Oiler goalies. The organization's run and gun - free flow hockey culture is never gonna help win a Vezina trophy. Trouble is - it probably won't win a Stanley Cup either. Got away with it - with the likes of Gretzky and Co. but a different time.

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#24 OTown
December 11 2013, 11:23PM
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I don't hate the forward matchup as I think Hall-Gagner-Yakupov or Perron-Nuge-Ebs will be fine against Lucic-Krejci-Iginla IF they play like they did in the first period yesterday.

What I'm afraid of is Chara, Boychuk, Seidenberg and Tuuka Rask and the ability of the Oilers Defence to handle any sustained pressure from Boston.

Obviously the Oilers best chance on winning will rely on Devan standing on his head and winning the special teams battle but I personally would be more afraid of the St. Louis Blues, the LA Kings or the SJ Sharks then the Boston Bruins...aka...next week is gonna be much tougher.

Ridiculous NSOGDP

David Perron gets his first hat trick as an Oiler...and he fights Brad Marchand

Oilers win 4-2

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#25 S cottV
December 11 2013, 11:31PM
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It's too bad the Oilers are just plain and simple out of the playoff race. Would have been good for this group to play "must win" edge of elimination games for as long as possible. Would have forced them to play team oriented - for real hockey to hang on to contention. Would never have made it this year in the end, but The playing for real experience would have helped the cause next year. The Pacific is one helluva tough gig. Difficult to even imagine the playoffs for next year, the way things look at this point.

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#26 oilbaron
December 12 2013, 12:31AM
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"How many wins do you see in these next four games? I see none"

I'll take that bet

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#27 D
December 12 2013, 01:23AM
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Eternal (read: delusional) optimist here. The Oilers go 500 or above in the next four games.

Also, I really miss that masked man with the .853 save percentage.

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#28 Oiler Al
December 12 2013, 05:47AM
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Oilers Vs. Boston..... MISS MATCH OF THE CENTURY!

Not fair,on the current rosters, based strictly on draft pedigree, Oilers have 10 number 1 drafts to Bostons 3.

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#29 OilDieHard
December 12 2013, 07:14AM
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NewfoundlandOil wrote:

Totally agree. I am getting tired of the everything's broken narrative. Hey even dee es eff has moved on as his schtick has been stolen by the majority.

The team is 7-3-1 in the last 11 and all you hear is complaining.

Before the last game Stauffer tweeted the following boxcars for the previous 10. It went like this:

"Oil are 6-3-1 Last 10 GP: David Perron has 8-5-13, Taylor Hall 6-7-13, Jordan Eberle 6-4-10, RNH 1-8-9, Hemsky 3-5-8 over those 10 games"

When was the last time we saw numbers like that for so many of our forwards?

Hopefully they can keep this going and get a couple games from the "contenders".

i'm as pessimistic as anyone, but though i think you won't see a ton of wins from this team against the top teams, to say we will go 0-4 in the next 4 games seems a little harsh judging by how much better the Oilers have played since starting at, what? 4-15? they could easily win a couple of these upcoming games and i hope they do just to prove all the doom and gloomers (and me) wrong!

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#30 Dman
December 12 2013, 08:13AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Good read RB.

I’ve been thinking the same thing to myself, during this stretch I have seen some of the worst defensive hockey the Oilers have played yet they came out with a victory?

Well, I see one winnable game in the next 7, after that they might win a few more before the end of the month, keep playing like this and January will bury them in a lottery position.

I’ve been saving this last half of the month & January’s stretch as the sample in which I think we as fans will get a clear understanding where the Oilers sit as a team, I’m looking forward to it and at the same time kind of dreading it.

I have also had the old accountability issue creep up again….

After watching Taylor Hall make not one, but two turnovers in the Oilers zone that directly resulted in a goal, I was stunned to see him out on the PP, if Eakins is serious in trying to fix the problems, then that was a perfect time to nail the kid to the bench.

Instead, Eakins throws out the two biggest offenders of costly turnovers on the PP, and it damn near results in another shorty, but the Oilers score… so I’m not sure how that gets reinforced in the room?

I think it results in a successful failure, but my point is, if the Oilers continue to play like this I’m not sure we can look at the schedule and say “Win night“ anymore.

Yes Hall makes turnovers but you honestly think it would be a smart plan to not have your top scoring player on the ice for the pp when the game is tied? Clearly that is not the time to teach him a lesson.

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#31 Oil4Life
December 12 2013, 08:17AM
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Holy, I think thats one of the most depressing articles i've read on here in a while. guess we dont have a chance to win at all....... Regardless i've won some tickets to the game so i'm going to go and have a good time watching me favorite team try hard against a really good club. Maybe hall will get another hat trick.

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#32 Mikey
December 12 2013, 08:27AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

I'm curious how Perron plays these upcoming games. Does he get in their face and get the beatdown that will inevitably come to him? Will the team respond and come to his aid even though it means certain death at the hands of the big bad bruins and company? One reason to watch!

Reason 2: We get to see Gazdic pot a few as the Nuge's wingman! Ha Ha!

Reason 3: This is a big chance for Joensuu and Jones to make an impression. Will they grab it with both hands or will they fade away into obscurity?

I know it doesn't look good, but with great challenge comes great opportunity. We might look back on this stretch as those games when the team came together and something clicked!

Who will stand and Protect This House™?

By calling them the Big Bad Bruins, you fall into their trap. I don't care who the other team is or who they have. You play the same against every team. I don't expect Perron to change his game. You can't go into a game fearfull, otherwise you have already lost.

Just look at Montreal vs Boston. Montreal isn't affraid of Boston. And they are no bigger than us.

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#33 Robin Brownlee
December 12 2013, 09:52AM
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Oil4Life wrote:

Holy, I think thats one of the most depressing articles i've read on here in a while. guess we dont have a chance to win at all....... Regardless i've won some tickets to the game so i'm going to go and have a good time watching me favorite team try hard against a really good club. Maybe hall will get another hat trick.

One of these days I'm going to be wrong and this could be that day. I don't see a win in the next four, but that's just my opinion. That's why they play the games.

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#34 madjam
December 12 2013, 11:12AM
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Oilers not going up for long with our defence and erratic goaltending .

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#35 Bucknuck
December 12 2013, 11:50AM
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The Oilers are a little Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde lately. I figure they will split this four game set up 2-2, and surprise us with their good play, then lay a stink bomb against an 'easy' team.

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#36 Serious Gord
December 12 2013, 12:03PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

President on the business side. It's about spin, not reality. Let's not cloud the issue with the truth.

Doing so would be admitting fans here have been getting almost no bang for their buck for far too long.

Mr. Laforge doing his best Baghdad BOB impression...

In a somewhat related note;

Burke just fired feaster and his assistant.

The discussion around the rebuild in EDM has largely been defense first vs offense first and other related on ice aspects.

That is completely wrongheaded.

A rebuild of any organization hockey or otherwise should always begin at the top. Removing old management first.

Calgary looks to be following that path. Edmonton? Obviously and definitely - NOT.

Ps - how cool would it have been if the oil had fired Lowe and hired Burke?

Robin et al would have all the copy they needed for the day by 11:00 (which is about 15 minutes after most sports journos have rolled out of bed. Though I'm pretty sure robin that your glass repair biz is going great guns these days)

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#37 camdog
December 12 2013, 12:43AM
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oilerdevin wrote:

Can we please just enjoy and focus on the positives. It's bad enough watching them lose as often as we've had to. All I ever hear or read is negative. Win or Lose we all know we are always gonna be loyal Oil fans. So just enjoy when they win and know that we are very close to being a damn good team.

All the Oilers need to do is win 2 of the next 4 and the positive talk will return. If they don't show up in the next 4, I don't think their will be enough positives to discuss to keep this site up and running.

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#38 Spoils
December 12 2013, 06:59AM
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@@Oilanderp

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#39 hockeycrazed
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Robin, I've learned in the past not to be too optimistic about a game, nor should I raise a white flag before a game even started! Because, 'the ball is round' theory, in fact, is true. 'It's not over until the fat lady sings' also rings true! To say that the Oil compiled a 7-3-1 record the past 11 games only because of the soft schedule is not completely accurate; If the playoffs starts today 'Only' the Blackhawks and the Coyotes ( teams they lost to during the streak ) are in. whereas, they beat 4 teams that are at or above .500 : Predators, Stars, Avalanche and Hurricanes. Sure, there are circumstances in the games they won, but, isn't it the same with every game? there is always some mitigating factors why one team wins or loses!? that's why they play every game, no one mails in the 2 points simply because they are inferior! On the other hand, I agree that the next seven games they face is going to be tough, considering they will be visitors @ the Canucks, Ducks, Kings and the Avanlanche, who will be seeking revenge for the 8-2 drubbing in Edmonton! And the Bruins, Blues and Jets that are coming to the 'Rogers Centre' are no push-overs either! Nevertheless, stranger things have happened in the past, like, Gagner might suddenly found his legs and produce; Yakupov could rediscover his form of 2012 and score more goals; The D-men could finally start to play together as a unit; And last but not least, the Hall-line takes charge and produce the way we dreamt that they could! Wouldn't that be great???

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#40 michael
December 12 2013, 08:46AM
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I am on the optimistic side. Glass half full. I think Colorado is coming down to Earth. They could not sustain that pace. Especially with suspect goaltending.

Anaheim is load. They are punishing teams and all done without the help of Teemu Selanne. Cogliano has been a beast. Never let it be said that Bob Stauffer isn't right more than the once a year his wife decides he is. But he called his shot on Penner early and boy is Penner delivering. Penner should be sending Bob a Christmas card. Who saw this coming from Penner other than BoB. Wasn't me that is for certain. I had him in the soon to retire to the KHL category.

LA. Are not as unbeatable as many think. They are challenged offensively mostly due to Sutter's system of play. There loaded up with big heavy forwards. Great for the playoffs but they struggle mightily during the season. If JQ is healthy they are competitive. If not they are an above average team.

Boston. They get the absolute pleasure of playing in the EAST. They are a 6-7 seed if they play in the WEST. The heavier teams like SJ, Anaheim, LA along with St Louis and Chicago would run their show more often than not. The Beasts of the East for sure. But let them spend some time in the WEST and see what real competition looks like night in night out. Chara etal get smurfs like Gionta and Deharnais to push around. Try Getzlaf, Kopitar and Thornton for 12 games and more.Just sayin that the Easts record vs the West this season is not so good for a reason or three.

GDP. Oilers win 5-2. Oilers Hall leads the way with 3 points.

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#41 Cranky young guy
December 12 2013, 09:10AM
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@Wax Man Riley

You got it! "The Fall for Hall!" "Flat on our Back for Yak!" "The (something) for (something)!" It's kinda like sky diving.. You're not sure if everything is fine, or going to Hell until the last moment anyway. Enjoy the view! Just pour a drink and settle in..

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#42 Oiler Al
December 12 2013, 10:23AM
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In case you missed it.. Feaster gonezo in Calgary!!!!!

What you thinking Mr Lowe?

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#43 george99
December 12 2013, 10:37AM
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Hey Robin, I really enjoy your articles as they are typically bang-on and well articulated. I also enjoy your radio commentary. As I'm sure you have - please disregard boobs like "Laughable" - as you mentioned, his time is wasted serving up low blows to yourself - which really is no different than bullying. Seems to be a lot of that these day on the internet. So many insecure people misdirecting theitr flaws on others. This website should hold folks like "Laughable" accountable and be given the boot. Hold your head high sir, you're one of the main reasons I tune into Gregor's show each day. Keep up the good work!

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#44 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 11:30AM
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I would trade Dubnyk straight up for Grant Fuhr , Andy Moog or Bill Ranford . Even though those guys are all in their fifties.

Prime for prime is like saying Shultz is Coffee.

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#45 Serious Gord
December 12 2013, 11:54AM
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@Cranky young guy

Here's some (sobering) stats for you:

If you look at the oilers record against the teams that are currently in the top 16 in the league in points they are 2 wins and 14 losses (!!).

If they hold to that pattern they will go 3 and 13 between now and Jan 12. And 6-3-1 will be a distant memory...

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#46 French Toast Mafia
December 12 2013, 12:02PM
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Mark Hoosein wrote:

Brownlee,

How many of those mistakes are coaching mistakes? Has anyone asked Eakins why Marincin and J.Schultz were the two D-Men on the ice for OT against Calgary? Has anyone asked him why he stayed with the Gagner-Hall-Yakupov line when they were getting their lunch eaten against Carolina?

Eakins is either stupid, or stupid like a fox, because those are glaring errors in judgement.

Which stud defencemen would you have out there instead? Which players in the top 6 would you have the coach throw out if you think having Hall (The best player on the team) is terrible coaching?

He has to play the players he has on the team. Would you feel any better having Nuge, Eberle, or Hemsky on the ice?

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#47 Zarny
December 12 2013, 12:41PM
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OilDieHard wrote:

we have a pile of 1st rounders and 2nd rounders on this team and still can't produce a winning record...

I love how people say "1st rounders" like they come with magical pixie dust from a land of unicorns and rainbows.

A pile of 1st and 2nd rounders really just means young players who make mistakes. How many of those 1st and 2nd rounders have even played 200 games? Very few.

A few high draft picks a contender does not make.

Especially when they are supported by other young players who are prone to making mistakes, a below average blueline with nothing that resembles a top pairing D and a 27 y/o "prospect" in G who may or may not be good enough to make the playoffs.

Phaneuf's game didn't deteriorate from his rookie season. He simply lost Hamrlik covering his butt...just in case MacT was curious about what would help J.Schultz.

We've seen what players like Perron and Gordon add and how much the Oilers miss Horcoff. You see Couture's progress in SJ where he's been sheltered by Thornton, Marleau, Boyle and an actual NHL goaltender.

The kids need to play a better 200 ft game; but the real problem in Edm is pretty much everything supporting the young draft picks is borderline NHL caliber at best.

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#48 Oiler Al
December 12 2013, 02:33PM
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@Zarny

Zarny... I did the original post on the[Oilers -10 vs Bso. 3 1 st rounders].

Of the 10 Oilers 7, have more than 200 games[ Eberle,Gagner, Gordon,Hall, Hemsky, Perron, Smyth, ]. Nuge -132, Dubnyk -164 and Yak with less.

Boston. 1 st. on current roster, are Iginla , Rask, and Hamilton.Most of their star players are 2 nd and 3 rd rounders, including Chara and Bergeron etc.

The point is that Boston although a vet team, choose at different route than picking unicorns and pixie dust to buld their team., and not have Bob Mckenzie make the picks for you.

Bottom line, is Oilers have be hinding behind the the "REBUILD Schtick" for 7 years.

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#49 nunyour
December 12 2013, 09:54AM
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Can't hit what you can't catch.I feel sorry for Boston.

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#50 6 ring circus
December 12 2013, 10:36AM
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@Oiler Al

I am surprised he lasted this long after the Burke signing.Feaster was just keeping the seat warm for Burke.

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