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 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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#2 **
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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 Smokey
December 13 2013, 09:04AM
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I'd do Gagner / Yakupov for Reinhardt / Okposo. Let the trashes begin...A hopeful top 2 defender and power forward. Would be the shake up both teams could use. Gives NY a to 6 player and another sniper for Tavaras.

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#6 Drowning in Oil
December 13 2013, 01:32AM
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It really doesn't matter how bad Eakins is or becomes because he is staying. Mac T has the perfect excuse to keep his hiring..... Stability. So even if Eakins ends up being a horrible coach and he hasn't done much to prove he is great, we are stuck with him for at least 2 to 3 more years. Mac T will always use the typical excuses to keep his hiring in place. Just more of the same B.S. from the (we were here for the Stanley Cups but weren't really vital) group running this team!!

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#7 Serious Gord
December 13 2013, 07:32AM
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Cowbell_Feva wrote:

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.

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.

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#8 risto siltanen's slapshot
December 13 2013, 12:02AM
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as a cubs fan I believe in curses...that being said I hope the oilers make the playoffs before the cubs win a world series. the burke curse is alive and well since lowe gave all the picks for penner.now that we have all of our high picked talent maybe we can trde them for a playoff berth .if not we'll keep floundering and we can watch a real hockey man lead those awful flames to the playoffs or at least more victories than the oil.peca, brodziak,marchant,grier, moreau, pisani,stortini....all would sound good right now over 3 or 4 of our floaters. just hit somebody please cuz our powerplay is putting me to sleep.can anyone break a tissue paper shooter tutor from the point?

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#9 Zamboni Driver
December 13 2013, 08:05AM
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You know it's gone from bad to worse when two goals qualifies one as a 'scoring machine'.

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#10 27Ginge
December 13 2013, 10:44AM
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Hall's poor performance shouldn't be alarming. He got saddled with Hemsky. Toughest guy to play with on team by a mile.

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#11 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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#12 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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#13 David S
December 13 2013, 09:40AM
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** wrote:

Eakins should make it a rule never to put Yak, Hall and Gags together again. Ever.

Problem is the sync. Gagner isn't quite there yet, Hall is off somehow and Yak needs to take 10% off his shot velocity to be more accurate. If they had some decent defence behind them they'd be more agressive and free flowing (notice that Gagner is hanging back more these days instead of comitting to the play? That's compensating for bad D). In fact, this line could kill it if those guys were running on all cylinders.

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#14 David S
December 13 2013, 09:42AM
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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.

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#15 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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#16 Ron Burgundy
December 12 2013, 11:10PM
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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

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

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#17 Quicksilver ballet
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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#18 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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#19 bwar
December 13 2013, 02:48AM
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The top line was great tonight. Rest of the team not so much. Really need to find a second line combination that can effect games positively and consistently. I personally would like to see something along the lines of Gagner-Arcobello-Hemsky/Hall. I really feel strongly that Gagner needs to move to the wing and once Gordon can come back I really hope we see him shifted over for a few games.

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#20 michael
December 13 2013, 06:16AM
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Gagner on pace for 45 points. Sae as always. You want more? Gagner is a third line center. He is not playing well enough to be the second line center. No matter who he is teamed up with on a line. His play is kinda like the Belanger vortex of futility. Anyone near him gets sucked in and is done.

DD. He has/was solid before that goal. Then the old DD arrived and in a game where you might get 2-3 goals yourself giving up a freebie is not in your teams best interest.

The cycle goal is what the Oilers cannot stop. At all. Their lack of a dman on each pairing with size and physicality kills them. Petry is big. Sure. Yet he is as soft as Charmin.

The SH goal. Again. Eberle looked gassed coing back and essentially glided the last 10 ft or so. MacT .Its the last 5% that is difference between winning and losing in the NHL> EBS and his teamamtes should watch that goal over and over so that quote can sink in.

Open net goal. Why on Earth does not Eakins pull the goalie right off the bat on the PP. Larsen at the blueline is a ess when he is forced to handle the puck under pressue.

Perron. Whats right with this team.

Would Galchenyuk be more desirable at center than Sam Rheinhart?

Garth Snow is about to do something. He is under sever pressure. He needs a shooter to compliment Tavares. What will he give up? Vanek has turned into an albatross. The Isles need a major shake up.

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#21 d
December 13 2013, 10:22AM
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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.

Not eakins. Lowe

I wouldn't be surprised if Lowe gives pointers to eakins on how to coach. Afterall, he does have more rings than him lmao

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#22 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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#23 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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#24 Serious Gord
December 13 2013, 09:32AM
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Dman wrote:

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

I'm not saying it is an optimal situation, but a failing/incompetent coach is better off replaced than retained.

Let's understand why there is so much resistance to the idea - it not continuity that is the issue - it loss of face on the part of MacT as Eakins was his out of the blue pick (approved by Lowe).

So the real solution is not to fire Eakins but to do whAt the flames did: bring in a new POHO and let him replace ALL of the management bits that Lowe has hired.

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#25 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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#26 Moss for POHO
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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#27 FireKLowe
December 12 2013, 10:53PM
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How about Dubnyk ... a goal letting-in machine?

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#28 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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#29 Rod from Viking
December 13 2013, 09:09AM
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Wintoon wrote:

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.

There are maybe 3 of teams teams that may have interest in Gagner, Toronto, Nashville and Vancouver, I have no idea what we could get back and I don't care, finish the year with the the centers we have.

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#30 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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#31 S cottV
December 13 2013, 11:37AM
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@Rama Lama

Like others, I have posted my disdain for the swarm from the start. Some teams do swarm like things at certain times / in certain isolated situations, but no one employs that stuff as the default way to defend - your 90% way to handle things in your own end. OMG - the NHL is way too fast and way too skilled to throw what is essentially an extra man on the puck carrier, leaving what is normally an opposition point man - wide open.

Eakins having the gall - the nerve - the inflated ego, to come into his first NHL coaching assignment to "impose his will" with the swarm, was a bad rookie coach move. That thing cost the Oilers a lot of points and maybe we could have been at .500 right now.

No question in my mind, that the Asst Coaches would have been rolling their eyes - watching the swarm and other Eakins tactics blow up left and right - throughout this season.

We do not know how much the Asst Coaches challenge the direction of the Head Coach. However - the fact that they have survived for so long, thru all of the recent Head Coach changes - probably tells you that they are diplomats. Some diplomacy can be good but too much can be real bad.

One of the main reasons that a Head Coach generally picks his own Asst's, is that there is greater chance for a united and focused leadership impact on the player group to get the vision executed on the ice. This can be very powerful - "if" the vision is on target - the right things to do with the player group on hand.

I would suspect that Buchberger and Smith have not been fully on side with Eakins direction - how could they be? So - there has been a disconnect and if so, it is impossible to keep this from the player group, even if the leadership group tries to hide it. Fragmented leadership makes a tough situaton - tougher and shows on the ice, in the form of more losses than would otherwise be the case.

If Eakins revised "vision" is now on point, and is something that Buchberger and Smith can really embrace with a united passion - then maybe there is a chance they stay together.

My guess however, is that passionate synergy isnt really there and is something that will have to change in one way or another.

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#32 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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#33 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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#34 -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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#35 Delphil
December 13 2013, 08:57AM
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Does anyone think Dubnyk would clear waivers?

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#36 David S
December 13 2013, 10:37AM
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Not eakins. Lowe

I wouldn't be surprised if Lowe gives pointers to eakins on how to coach. Afterall, he does have more rings than him lmao

Well he DOES know something about winning, if anyone should ask.

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#37 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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#38 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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#39 Dave
December 13 2013, 12:05PM
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Slightly off topic. No televised hockey where I am so I listened to the game on 630. I thought that Bob Stauffer had a very good play by play filling in and I liked Brown as his colour guy. In fact I liked the broadcast better !

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#40 S cottV
December 13 2013, 01:28PM
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@Rama Lama

I dont see MacT changing any of the Coach staff in the short term.

If MacT increasingly believes that Eakins is now on point and is his guy, he will allow Eakins to make an AC change or two at the end of the season.

With that mandate, I would not be surprised to see him cut one or both of Buchberger and Smith. They are probably good AC's in their respective own rights, but unlikely to be ideal compliments to Eakins - unless by some fluke of compatibility nature.

My guess is one of Buchberger or Smith is least on side or compatible with Eakins and he will sense or know it outright. So - whoever that is - will go first.

I would not entirely rule out the possibility of a Head Coach change at the end of the season. Will depend on how things go and will not be easy holding things togther, being out of playoff contention since mid Nov.

That all being said - I respect his acknowledgement to the hockey world, I feel his pain, hope he is now on point, the Coach staff is united and that things all work out.

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#41 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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#42 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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#43 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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#44 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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#45 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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#46 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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#47 Eulers
December 13 2013, 08:13AM
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geno wrote:

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

Have a good look at the short handed goal where Eberle lets up on his man and misses the pass when he should have taken the body. I will certainly concede that his point production has turned around though.

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#48 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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#49 Clarko
December 13 2013, 08:44AM
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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

They may have played well last night, but two goals isn't enough to win you many games...

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#50 Bruce McCurdy
December 13 2013, 08:45AM
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