David Perron a Scoring Chance Machine vs. Boston

Jonathan Willis
December 12 2013 10:51PM

 

Despite the 4-2 loss, the Edmonton Oilers had an okay game against Boston, with "okay" here meaning a combination of dreadful for one period and excellent for two. David Perron, who scored both of Edmonton's goals, was a little north of that mark.

Team Scoring Chances

Edmonton Oilers SC+ SC- SC%
Even Strength 15 12 55.6%
Power Play 2 1 66.7%
Short Handed 0 2 0.0%
Total 17 15 53.1%

The Oilers won the scoring chances battle by a narrow amount overall after losing it in the first period. Some of that is score effects - teams with leads get conservative, as the Bruins did, and that helps the team trailing to take an edge.

The Forwards

Player SC+ SC- SC%
Mark Arcobello 1 0 100.0%
Jordan Eberle 9 3 75.0%
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 12 5 70.6%
David Perron 11 5 68.8%
Ales Hemsky 2 2 50.0%
Nail Yakupov 3 4 42.9%
Taylor Hall 2 3 40.0%
Sam Gagner 3 5 37.5%
Jesse Joensuu 1 2 33.3%
Ryan Jones 1 2 33.3%
Luke Gazdic 0 2 0.0%
Anton Lander 0 3 0.0%

There is an interesting range of performance here.

Obviously, Perron's line was the engine that drove the Oilers tonight; Edmonton only managed 15 even-strength chances and more than two-thirds of those came with Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the ice. 

The third and fourth lines weren't able to contribute much to the chances battle, but the alarm here is Taylor Hall. He's capable of being the best player on the team and the Oilers aren't going to win many games where he's an indifferent presence. 

The Defence

Player SC+ SC- SC%
Anton Belov 6 2 75.0%
Jeff Petry 6 4 60.0%
Philip Larsen 6 5 54.5%
Andrew Ference 6 6 50.0%
Justin Schultz 3 3 50.0%
Nick Schultz 3 4 42.9%

There's not much to see here.

Jeff Petry and Anton Belov, as the third pair, had the lightest match-ups on the night and did pretty well with them. The top-four more or less broke even, with the Schultz's having the most trouble by eye during five-on-five play.

No real surprises anywhere on this list, given how the lines played by eye; I wouldn't have guessed that Joensuu was on the ice for so few dangerous shots (the only one five-on-five would have been that Gagner rebound he put just wide) because he looked pretty good but sometimes strong play doesn't lead to chances in a period as short as a single hockey game. 

That Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Perron line has looked pretty good for a while now but the Oilers need to figure out a way to get everyone else going. 

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#1 FireKLowe
December 12 2013, 10:53PM
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How about Dubnyk ... a goal letting-in machine?

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#2 Spoils
December 12 2013, 11:13PM
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Deja-vu anyone?

-giveaway on PP leads to shorty -Dubnyk lets in a super soft goal

Oilers lose game they actually should have won.

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#3 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 11:36PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

A third of the way through the season and the Oilers player of the year is in the bag already.

Oilers should try his pi$$ n vinegar style of play down the middle.

Bonus is....Perron serves as the poster boy for what aggressiveness, compete and edge looks like. All the kids now get viewed by way of comparison...and the soft play becomes less acceptable.

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#4 Walter Sobchak
December 12 2013, 11:34PM
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-Perron is the light in an otherwise bleak year.

- I'm starting to actually feel sorry for Gagner, boy has his game gone south.

-Dubnyk is bad.....real bad.

-Eakins having Larsen out there in the end was almost criminal.

-Why is Yakupov standing in the high slot on the PP completely covered? The coaching staff has video no? Here kid, you need to stand here?

-Good for Gazdic, a beautiful tilt and took off Lucic for an extended period of time, job well done!

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#5 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 11:40PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Bonus is....Perron serves as the poster boy for what aggressiveness, compete and edge looks like. All the kids now get viewed by way of comparison...and the soft play becomes less acceptable.

Same could be said for Arco and Boyd Gordon....although to a lesser degree.

Edit: God bless MacT

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#6 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 10:56PM
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Yet another game of the forwards playing good enough to win while the D and goaltending lets us down.

Switch goalies with every team we play and the Oilers make the playoffs

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#7 Johnnydapunk
December 12 2013, 11:48PM
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Ron Burgundy wrote:

Yup. Dubnyk cost us another one. Might be time for a bryz/labarbera tandem

I wouldn't be disappointed with even a Bryz/ Bachman combo if we are looking at Dubnyk free options.

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#8 Ron Burgundy
December 12 2013, 11:10PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Yet another game of the forwards playing good enough to win while the D and goaltending lets us down.

Switch goalies with every team we play and the Oilers make the playoffs

Yup. Dubnyk cost us another one. Might be time for a bryz/labarbera tandem

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#9 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 11:24PM
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@Rinkrat Brown

Once the forwards have the puck they can play with anyone. The problem is we can't get them the puck! And terrible goaltending is always the nail in the coffin

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#10 Wintoon
December 13 2013, 06:01AM
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MacT has to find a 2C or a legitimate 1C and bump RNH down to 2C. The contribution, or rather the lack thereof from Gagner is hurting this team immensely. Those that say Gagner can play wing are kidding themselves. He is no good on the boards, can't compete in the corners, isn't a fast enough skater and is just generally mentally challenged from a defensive perspective. Until MacT comes up with the needed Centre, this team will struugle to achieve respectability.

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#11 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 12 2013, 11:25PM
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A third of the way through the season and the Oilers player of the year is in the bag already.

Oilers should try his pi$$ n vinegar style of play down the middle.

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#12 Geoff
December 12 2013, 11:44PM
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During the 3rd is the best hockey I've seen the Oilers play this year in my opinion.

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#13 Cowbell_Feva
December 13 2013, 12:52AM
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I really have a hard time with people bashing the new coach. For far too long the players have held little to no accountability with how THEY are performing on the ice.

Was it Eakins fault Dubey is not a NHL starter? No, but Labarbara is even worse. Blame management, namely KLowe.

Is it Eakins fault that his top scorer doesn't know how to take the open man on the PP 2 on 1, even though Bergeron literally stopped and allowed him time to get a stick on Marchard? No, but Eberle is their best scorer so he has to play him in a tight game late in the 3rd.

I might not agree with having Larsen on the PP because he clearly was fighting the puck all night. Sure. But lets face it. The Oilers defensive corps is the worst in the league. Management traded one of their so called "top 2" to Calgary and added zero.

You can't paint a picasso with dog-sh*t. To think Eakins is the issue is missing the more obvious, glaring holes. Bad goaltending and worse defensemen= bad hockey team. Toe Blake, Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns combined wouldn't have this team much more than a few points higher than it currently stands.

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#14 vetinari
December 13 2013, 08:02AM
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I am now of the opinion that we need to bring in 2-3 guys from other organizations (like Perron) who know how to compete every shift and who know defence because the "home grown" talent doesn't get it.

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#15 CMG30
December 13 2013, 06:21AM
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Reading these forums it seems that it's always this player or that player who is at fault. Sure individuals make mistakes in games but no player is perfect. On every team there will be a mistakes made. The real problem is that the team as a whole played another 40 minute game and it cost them. Until they correct that, the Oil are not going to take the next step.

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#16 steveb12344
December 13 2013, 10:21AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Anyone else kinda think the game was over after the 1st goal?

1st goal = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM-7Ts-3wmY

Yes, definitely.

But what should we really expect from a guy named Doobie?

Obviously everyone is going to want to light him up...

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#17 Tikkanese
December 13 2013, 11:09AM
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Was it just me, or was the game much more enjoyable without Kevin Quinn calling it?

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#18 Bruce McCurdy
December 13 2013, 08:50AM
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One last try. It seems like the "less than" symbol obliterates the entire rest of a comment due to the highly advanced comments editor in use here. I will avoid that character completely in my third attempt to make a simple comment. Please feel free to delete the prior two. ---

Perron-RNH-Eberle were the focus of Claude Julien's preferred match-up, as Chara played over 11 minutes against each, compared to LESS THAN 7 vs. Hall and LESS THAN 5 vs. every other Oilers forward. They also saw about 8 minutes of Bergeron, who played around 6 minutes vs. Hall and LESS THAN 5 minutes vs. every other Oilers forward.

Despite matching up against Boston's top defenceman and top defensive forwards -- each among the NHL's elite at their function -- 57-93-14 generated three-quarters of Oilers scoring chances? Good for them! But where were their teammates?

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#19 Danger Pay
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Anyone else kinda think the game was over after the 1st goal?

1st goal = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM-7Ts-3wmY

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#20 Jacques Strap
December 13 2013, 10:22AM
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I'm going to trash any comment that suggests we fire our head coach for at least the next 1.6 seasons. I don't think any coach we have had in the last 5 years, or any other coach in the NHL for that matter, could win with a team full of players that don't give a sh!t about defense. Let's keep a coach around long enough and give him enough authority over the players to see if he can teach them how to play. It might have been better if Renney was that guy, but Tambo burnt that bridge.

Assistant coaches are fair game. Bucky and Smith have been around too long and don't seem to be adding much. If you could transplant Bucky's heart into half these players we would never lose, but if it hasn't happened yet, it isn't going to. A solid X's and O's guy who can teach defense would help.

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#21 Tazman
December 13 2013, 11:07AM
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I'm no expert, but I would love to see Arcobello centre Hall and Yak, even for one game. I suspect they might surprise us.

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#22 geno
December 12 2013, 10:55PM
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it's a good thing some people suggested benching Eberle. Punish the team for a mistake made by one of the top 3Fs of the nights

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#23 RexHoles
December 12 2013, 11:52PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

I wouldn't be disappointed with even a Bryz/ Bachman combo if we are looking at Dubnyk free options.

Who was that college goalie that got to practice with the bruins and got a Lucic stick?? Is he available??

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#24 Oiler Al
December 13 2013, 06:05AM
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Get Dubnyk as far away as possible from this team... this is not a starting NHL goalie period. Doubt if many NHL teams would have him as a back up.

Could have won this game if Hall would have show'd up for the game. This guy decides when and where he wants to play.

How many more times can one bash Gagner.. total disaster!!!!!! send him packing with Dubnyuk.

A veteran like Hemsky hasn't made a difference in a game since 2006.

Gagner and Hall on the ice for all 4 Boston goals.

Defense ugly as usual.

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#25 Hemmercules
December 13 2013, 08:04AM
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Those early ultra-soft goals are so deflating. They seem to have a tough time bouncing back immediately from those. Tough way to start games down by 3 on 2 horrible goals.

Perron is a beast. What else can you say?

That Gazdic fight last night had me outta my seat for the first time in a while. Loved seeing a nice clean punch land on Lucic's face.

I don't understand why on the PP they are so desperate to make a cross ice pass from boards to boards sometimes? If you have that much room, step in and put it towards the net if the cross ice pass is your only other option. Those shorthanded goals are almost as bad as the Duby softies.

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#26 YAKCITY64
December 13 2013, 09:14AM
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Perron is a stud and we need to give Mac T huge props for pulling off that deal and also acquiring boyd gordon. But the essence of the problems with this organization are actually seen when we bring guys like perron and gordon in. Both of them are easily in our top 5 fwds and both of them have been taught and developed by superior coaches and superior organizations and these two players show how terrible the oilers have been in drafting, acquiring and developing similar players. This evidence alone should cost Kblowe his job

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#27 Zarny
December 13 2013, 10:16AM
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David S wrote:

BTW Jonathan. Any chance of getting more of those screen capture/stop action articles? I'd really like to know what system Eakins is running that's screwing these guys up so much. Or what opposing teams are doing to neutralize our strengths.

This team finished 24th last year not 4th.

Eakins isn't doing anything to screw up anyone.

The players simply aren't good enough and that's the bottom line.

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#28 TDSM31
December 13 2013, 10:53AM
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Note to Oilers Stores at Rexall...stock more Perron jerseys.

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#29 outdoorzguy
December 13 2013, 08:02AM
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Kevin Lowe, as President of Hockey Operations has been very quiet since alienating fans. Has he been muzzled? Does he still work for the Oilers? Does he get paid? Does he live in Vancouver laying at the feet of Katz? Does he do anything for this team?

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#30 Rinkrat Brown
December 12 2013, 11:15PM
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@FireKLowe

Incomprehensible Coaching 101: Larson out on the game's most critical power play after he has ALREADY handed the Bruins a shorthanded softie. And what does he create? His first handling of the puck is a muffed pass that hands essential possession of the puck to the Bruins just as the PP looks like it's getting a bit of traction.

This team has little defensive structure, can't begin to clear their own zone if under any pressure whatsoever, and has a power play that is in RUIN after last year's success. "We can't trade the coach!" What nonsense... he should never have been hired when proven men were available. And having been allowed to institute a season-crashing system that proved unworkable after the first 20 games, should have been promptly replaced. Dallas is a disacter pure and simple. The WORST aspect of this team BY FAR is its failure to adjust to the opposition IN GAME.

...And don't point out the 2nd and 3rd period improvements: The slighter, younger legs of out guys simply outskated those big lugs, who had played 24 hours earlier.

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#31 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 11:52PM
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Good article JW. Seemingly simple yet very interesting numbers. You're one of the few Advanced Stats guys on this site that doesn't attempt to draw unsupported conclusions as a result of a limited understanding of statistics. Keep up the good work.

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#32 oilerjed
December 13 2013, 10:57AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I think the team is coming on in spite of Eakins lack of coaching skills..........since he has announced the team no longer follows the " swarm", we seem to play much better hockey.

Now we need someone with the analytical skills of say David Staples, analyzing the shortcomings of the PP and PK. David has done an excellent job of dissecting the PP and highlighted so many deficiencies it's embarrassing. Have a look at the Journal today.

Even a coach with limited coaching skills like Eakins should be able to see what is wrong with the PP.........but no Mr. Fitness is too busy running fitness drills because apparently after 30 games he has realized some guys are not fit enough.

Eakins has cost us the season with his Swarm and now his inability to improve the special teams.........pathetic coach!

Did you honestly suggest that David Staples of all people is more astute the Dallas Eakins when it come to dissecting team play. You may not like the way he coaches, you may not like his results(yet), but cmon man. One has actually expertise when it comes to the fine points of hockey and one writes about what he sees on TV. Breaking something down is the easiest thing in the world, just ask my 6 year old. Building something is what takes knowledge and creativity, and yes patience. It takes a big man to admit his mistakes and adapt to correct them, which DE has done. And the team is the better for it. Lesson learned. If you think it is Eakins fault this club is in the position it is in then you havent been paying attention. Poor execution by the players in almost every facet of the game is what led us here. I can tell my kids what they are and not allowed to do on the palyground and then drop them off for school, what they do when they are out there is up to them.

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#33 Zarny
December 13 2013, 10:19AM
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Oil Is My Blood wrote:

I am totally amazed that we have Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith, who were probably two of the ten toughest Oilers ever, standing and watching their team, game after game, NOT hit anyone!!

MacT, put the organization above Katz, and get rid of those two ASSistants!

You can't teach truculence I'm afraid.

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#34 blue31
December 13 2013, 10:44AM
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-30- wrote:

JW, we need a few more categories for the advanced stats ppl

How about:

"Dubnyk" = soft goal

"Gagner" = blind pass to opposition that leads to goal

"Petry" = pass to opposition in front of defenders goal

"Hallsy" = lightspeed rush into opposition zone only to turn over puck to defenders

There are probably many, many more.

-30-

"Toe drags attempted, toe drags completed."

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#35 YakZ
December 13 2013, 12:31PM
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Can we pleeeeeease sign Perron for 7 years?

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#36 **
December 13 2013, 12:37AM
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Eakins should make it a rule never to put Yak, Hall and Gags together again. Ever.

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#37 Bruce McCurdy
December 13 2013, 08:41AM
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Interesting to compare these results to match-ups. Perron-RNH-Eberle were the focus of Claude Julien's preferred match-up, as Chara played over 11 minutes against each, compared to

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#38 Oil Is My Blood
December 13 2013, 08:47AM
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I am totally amazed that we have Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith, who were probably two of the ten toughest Oilers ever, standing and watching their team, game after game, NOT hit anyone!!

MacT, put the organization above Katz, and get rid of those two ASSistants!

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#39 Dman
December 13 2013, 09:21AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Baloney.

Eakins can definitely have an impact on how the individual players play.

You talk about lack of account ability? That's Eakins role and it's his fault they haven't been held to account.

You talk about not knowing how to defend? Eakins and company should be able to teach it and make sure it happens.

Just contrast how the plow mules to the city south if EDM are playing compared to the oil and you will see how awful a coaching group the oil has.

So we should fire our 5th coach after 32 games and hire our 6th? Yeah that will obviously fix the probelem.

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#40 -30-
December 13 2013, 07:23AM
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JW, we need a few more categories for the advanced stats ppl

How about:

"Dubnyk" = soft goal

"Gagner" = blind pass to opposition that leads to goal

"Petry" = pass to opposition in front of defenders goal

"Hallsy" = lightspeed rush into opposition zone only to turn over puck to defenders

There are probably many, many more.

-30-

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#41 Zamboni Driver
December 13 2013, 08:45AM
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Fascinating....on Rishaug's hit on TSN1260 this morning, two players called out by name.

Hemsky by Fraser - 'Perron's excellent play has made even more clear how little Hemsky has done in the last three years'. [I'd say eight years, but clearly the Tinman is who we thought he is. and is going to bring absolutely nothing in a trade.]

Gagner by Rishaug - 'Perron was a leader trying get teammates to follow. Gagner did not follow.'

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#42 Spydyr
December 13 2013, 10:44AM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Kevin Lowe, as President of Hockey Operations has been very quiet since alienating fans. Has he been muzzled? Does he still work for the Oilers? Does he get paid? Does he live in Vancouver laying at the feet of Katz? Does he do anything for this team?

I heard he is in training for a Barn fight in Red Deer this spring.Winner gets the other teams first pick.

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#43 Tikkanese
December 13 2013, 11:18AM
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tileguy55 wrote:

Awh, sorta like "Red Light Racicot"

Fun(?) Fact, Red Light Racicot obtained a Shutout in his NHL debut against the Edmonton Oilers.

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#44 rindog
December 13 2013, 11:30AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

-Perron is the light in an otherwise bleak year.

- I'm starting to actually feel sorry for Gagner, boy has his game gone south.

-Dubnyk is bad.....real bad.

-Eakins having Larsen out there in the end was almost criminal.

-Why is Yakupov standing in the high slot on the PP completely covered? The coaching staff has video no? Here kid, you need to stand here?

-Good for Gazdic, a beautiful tilt and took off Lucic for an extended period of time, job well done!

What about feeling sorry for Gagner's linemates instead?

I like Gagner, but it is bordering on insanity having him in the top 6 at this point.

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#45 Rama Lama
December 13 2013, 10:38AM
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I think the team is coming on in spite of Eakins lack of coaching skills..........since he has announced the team no longer follows the " swarm", we seem to play much better hockey.

Now we need someone with the analytical skills of say David Staples, analyzing the shortcomings of the PP and PK. David has done an excellent job of dissecting the PP and highlighted so many deficiencies it's embarrassing. Have a look at the Journal today.

Even a coach with limited coaching skills like Eakins should be able to see what is wrong with the PP.........but no Mr. Fitness is too busy running fitness drills because apparently after 30 games he has realized some guys are not fit enough.

Eakins has cost us the season with his Swarm and now his inability to improve the special teams.........pathetic coach!

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#46 Jean Jouneau
December 13 2013, 10:42AM
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This game brought up bad memories of the old Oilers/Stars matchup. The Stars would get into the lead and take the foot off the pedal. The Oilers would get the next XX amount of shots but could never tie or get in the lead.

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#47 mayorblaine
December 13 2013, 11:10AM
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going trolling...

that was horrible goal to let in. especially with such a supposed fragile team. come on.

Dubnyk needs to go. he's an NHL goaltender, not here anymore. not because he is a horrific goalie but because this organization is a mess and apparently he is sole reason of issues. i hope he lands some where other than here, and succeeds.

you don't buy-out a goalie for 20+ million because he is great. time will show us that. steady your footing boys it's going to be a bumpy trip on the Bryz wagon. don't fall off.

can we consider the rest of the team (excluding a few select) a disaster?

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#48 vetinari
December 13 2013, 11:53AM
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Meanwhile back at the KatzCave...

Since our "Great-And-Mighty-Owner" got his new stadium, he hasn't been around much to comment on the current state of affairs of his wonderfu; team... what's he been up to? I suspect that on Saturday mornings, him and his kid force Oilers alumni to join them on their backyard rink and relive the glory days of '80s with Darryl filing in for Gretz... much like a human chess piece set.

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#49 He Who Knows
December 13 2013, 12:15PM
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David Perron please rub off on the so called stars on this team. Eberle grow a damn pair buddy!

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#50 Rheal1
December 13 2013, 04:55AM
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Haven't seen the game last night. Watching Habs game here in Ontario. I am believing more & more that Galchenyuk is a better and more complete player than Yakupov. Compare their respective stats. Perron seems to be that "bold move" that I keep hearing about; looks more like a lucky move to me!!! A few things need change by trade deadline if this team hope to regain any dignity; good riddance to DD; if I'm MacT I get on the phone soon and enquire about Budaj. After that, package Gagner with a few others for a top Dman. A proven and top pairing star defenceman. Someone with a spine and balls need to tell Katz to shut the hell up and stay at home for the next draft. Hello? Lowe? Purge yourself, pal. Look at Burke, he's gonna laugh at you very soon...

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