GDB 33.0: BATTLING THE BRUINS

Jason Gregor
December 12 2013 12:33PM

The Boston Bruins are not only good on the ice; their marketing team is pretty solid off the ice as well. The Bruins have produced some humourous commercials the past five seasons, and this is one or my favourites. The Oilers aren't a divisional rival, but many Bruins fans have told me they have a healthy disdain for the Oilers due to two Stanley Cup Finals losses in 1988 and 1990.

The Bruins and Oilers are at opposite ends of the NHL standings, and have been since 2007/2008, and the Oilers will need to play their one of their best games of the season tonight, just to keep it close.

The Oilers might catch a break with Tukka Rask battling the flu, but the Bruins are stacked and they haven't lost in Edmonton since October 17th, 2000. That night Dan Lacouture and Brian Swanson scored their first NHL goals in a 6-1 thrashing of the Bruins. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games in Edmonton including a 3-2 victory in their last visit to Edmonton on February 27th, 2011.

It is hard not to respect the Bruins.

They have skill, size, experience, solid two-way players, great goaltending and they are the toughest team in the NHL led by their captain Zdeno Chara. They don't have any weaknesses, and once again they are sitting first in the Eastern conference with a 21-8-2 record.

The Oilers are playing their best hockey of the seasons, 7-3-1 in their last 11 games, and while they didn't beat up on the top teams in the league, they did grab 15 of a possible 22 points. That is a solid stretch of hockey, but tonight will be a much more difficult task for the Oilers.

The Oilers will need to use their speed, and be disciplined with the puck. They can't continue to turn the puck over, especially on the powerplay, or the Bruins will skate them out of the rink.

LINEUP

Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Joensuu-Arcobello-Hemsky
Gazdic-Lander-Jones

Boyd Gordon still isn't healthy enough to play. Ryan Smyth is also banged up, and he'll be a game time decision. Eakins will switch up the PP units. They've been really hot or really cold, similar to the overall play of the team. Since November 5th, the PP is 17 for 71 (23.9%) so it's not like it has been terrible. The production has been great, but the bad giveaways are the issue. 

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

Jeff Petry has been cleared to play. He's an upgrade on Potter, and the Oilers need their best lineup against the Bruins.

Dubnyk

QUICK HITS....

  • It was a subtle message, but Dallas Eakins didn't play Taylor Hall in the final five minutes on Tuesday after Jeff Skinner tied the game. You might say it was only five minutes, but it was the most important time of the game, and I'm sure Hall got the message. I'm curious to see how he responds, especially in the defensive end.
     
  • Eakins did put Hall out for the PP in OT, which was a smart, but not being on the ice for the final five minutes of regulation should get Hall's attention.
     
  • It was interesting to note that Hall got a short stint on the bench, but Sam Gagner, despite some equally bad defensive decisions never missed a shift. Eakins must be giving him some leeway due to the injury, or he wants to keep throwing him over the boards with the hope it builds his confidence.
  • Firing Feaster today makes sense. There is no point waiting until the end of the season to can him, if the Flames knew he wasn't their guy moving forward. You can also expect the Flames' new GM to fire Hartley before the start of next season. The Flames should look at Oilers to see that firing coaches frequently doesn't change much, if you don't give the new coach better players.
     
  • Good luck to all of you in Fantasy Football playoffs...whether you are going for a championship, or trying to avoid losing the Toilet Bowl. Good luck. I have Manning, Decker and Moreno on my team...Please don't pick tonight to have an off night.

TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Because everyone expects them to lose, the Oilers stun the Bruins with a 4-3 victory. P.S... I put the team logos in front of my son, and whichever one he touches, I go with that team to win. He is 8 days old, and his record is already 2-0.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers lineup has a combined four career goals vs. the Bruins; Hemsky, Perron, RNH and Ference each have one goal. Two Oilers will score their first career goal against Boston tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Now that he isn't a member of the Calgary Flames, the Oilers will give St. Albert native, Jarome Iginla a healthy cheer when he announced over the PA. Iginla will be honoured, and he'll return the favour by scoring a second period goal. After the game, Oilers fans collectively decide never to cheer for an opposing player, who never played for the Oilers, ever again.

DAY TEN...MONTH OF GIVING

Yesterday we raised another $2,800 for Santas Anonymous.

Today we have an excellent and very generous package that was donated to us by The Home Matchmaker Michelle Derk from Remax Elite.

  • Up for grabs is the seller's commission for your house. (In a regular sale half the commission goes to the seller realtor and half to the buyer. So this is $3.5% on the first $100,000 and $1.5% on the balance).

On a $500,000 house that is a value of $9,500.00 just to give you a reference point.

You can bid on this package by calling 780.444.1260 between 2-6 p.m. today.

Thanks in advance.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#201 vetinari
December 12 2013, 10:01PM
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Spydyr wrote:

By "reset" you mean a fresh start on another team?

I agree.

Hey, if trading Gagner can get you anything worthwhile in return that can fill a hole on the team, then do it. And that includes any of the kids.

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#202 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:03PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

NHL play of the week...Perron's one handed wrap around goal!

NHL fight of the week Gadzik vs Lucic !

NHL comeback game of the week!???

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#203 Alsker
December 12 2013, 10:03PM
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That almost humorous seeing Arco vs. Chara but godda&n Arco came out with the puck.lol

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#204 vetinari
December 12 2013, 10:06PM
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Damn you Iggy... Damn you to hell...

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#205 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:06PM
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Iginla is an Oiler Killer.

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#206 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:08PM
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Another nail in Dubnyk's coffin?

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#207 Rocket
December 12 2013, 10:08PM
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Screw respect! I will always hate Jerome Iginla.

Signed, a lifelong Oilers fan.

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#208 FireKLowe
December 12 2013, 10:08PM
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The fcukin a$$hole $hitnyk cost us the game!!! Get rid of that sob!!!

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#209 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:09PM
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#49 Spydyr December 12 2013, 06:49PM

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: When push comes to shove the little guy loses.Oilers hang in until the Bruins try hard enough to pick up the two points.

Pretty bang on the Bruins played one period and won the game.

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#210 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:09PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Iginla is an Oiler Killer.

Dub is an Oiler killer....

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#211 Quicksilver ballet
December 12 2013, 10:09PM
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Iginla is a lesbian.

Oilers need to shoot the puck a little higher. It's tough to know where the rebound is going to go after it rocks Johnson in the mask.

Is that the same Chad Johnson that played for the Cincy Bengals?

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#212 LoweBlow
December 12 2013, 10:09PM
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That softie by Dub'er did the Oil in.

This team needs a bomb on the powerplay. They should use Yak for his shot on the halfboards.

Arco looked great battling Chara.

The Bs were all battling the flu and still looked far superior in structure to the Oilers. I wish my team was that good.

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#213 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:09PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Iginla is an Oiler Killer.

Dubnyk is an Oiler killer.

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#214 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:10PM
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Andy7190 wrote:

Dubnyk is an Oiler killer.

Lowe is an Oiler killer.

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#215 Rotten Ron
December 12 2013, 10:11PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Iginla is an Oiler Killer.

Dubnyk is the killer, Gagner is an accessory.

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#216 cubsfan
December 12 2013, 10:12PM
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nice bed head on jack michaels

definiteley has a face for radio

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#217 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:13PM
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Looks like Jack is bringing his own donuts to the game.

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#218 **
December 12 2013, 10:14PM
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Well the end result is as expected, but they made it interesting. This stretch of games should be good to see who puts up and who shuts up. Gagner and Dubnyk have no place on this team. Arco, Ebs, and Perron had a great game. Gazdic needs to stay. Joenssu looked like everything we hoped for. Next up: The Tortoranucks.

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#219 Poolanov
December 12 2013, 10:15PM
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Props to Jack Micheals play by play. Can we have him do all our sportsnet games.

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#220 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:15PM
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cubsfan wrote:

nice bed head on jack michaels

definiteley has a face for radio

Check out Brian Burkes disheveled look at the Feaster press conference.......Burke looks like he's aged 10 years in 6 months!

Really does look like the Mighty Oz!

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#221 Muller
December 12 2013, 10:16PM
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Jack did a good job on the mic

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#222 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:17PM
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Andy7190 wrote:

Dubnyk is an Oiler killer.

Ha - beat you to it!

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#223 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:17PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Check out Brian Burkes disheveled look at the Feaster press conference.......Burke looks like he's aged 10 years in 6 months!

Really does look like the Mighty Oz!

He looks like he was on a bender for a week.

Do him and Eakins have the same barber?

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#224 **
December 12 2013, 10:18PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

The fcukin a$$hole $hitnyk cost us the game!!! Get rid of that sob!!!

It wasn't just him. The whole team was being ragdolled through the first 20 minutes. GAgner was specially awful

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#225 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:18PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Looks like Jack is bringing his own donuts to the game.

He's following the Bob Stauffer diet...

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#226 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:18PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Lowe is an Oiler killer.

Too bad you can't trade Lowe for Iginla. He could do Lowe's job and still play on the second line...

Surely Boston could use the help in the Front Office. After all, they only have one ring, not six.

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#227 Loweblows
December 12 2013, 10:19PM
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Why was gagne even on the ice at the end? He tipped it right to a Boston player on top of being on the ice for all previous goals! Why wasn't Arco out? I can't stand Eakins crap anymore!

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#228 cubsfan
December 12 2013, 10:21PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Check out Brian Burkes disheveled look at the Feaster press conference.......Burke looks like he's aged 10 years in 6 months!

Really does look like the Mighty Oz!

yeah he didnt look very 'truculent'......he looked more haggered and tired

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#229 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:21PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Why was gagne even on the ice at the end? He tipped it right to a Boston player on top of being on the ice for all previous goals! Why wasn't Arco out? I can't stand Eakins crap anymore!

But, but Gagner in number six in points from his draft year.

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#230 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:22PM
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Ok we lost - but I have to say those last 2 periods were damn good for the Oil.

If they bring that to the rink every night, I'd be more than pleased and we'd win our fair share of games.

But they have to get Bryz in net so we don't always start the game -1 on a shi$$y Dub softie...I don't care about his save %, his bad goal per game is just killing our mojo.

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#231 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:23PM
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Thumby wrote:

Ok we lost - but I have to say those last 2 periods were damn good for the Oil.

If they bring that to the rink every night, I'd be more than pleased and we'd win our fair share of games.

But they have to get Bryz in net so we don't always start the game -1 on a shi$$y Dub softie...I don't care about his save %, his bad goal per game is just killing our mojo.

Ever dare to think Boston took their foot off the gas a bit?

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#232 Loweblows
December 12 2013, 10:23PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Lowe is an Oiler killer.

Gag-me is an Oiler killer. If Eakins is preaching accountability then Gag-me better be sitting next game. And on another tangent, would Louie DeBrusk please go away!

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#233 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:23PM
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Thumby wrote:

Ha - beat you to it!

You did so!

You are right, though. How many games have the Oil lost now (despite certain bloggers apologist articles) because of Dubnyk?

The guy doesn't win.

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#234 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:23PM
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Looks like the third group of veterns on this team is about to be shipped out. Smid and now soon to be DD, Gags and quite possibly Hemsky. If things keep going like this Ryan Smyth may be the last survivor. Who would have thought that when the orgnaisation started the rebuild and said the veterans were the problem that it would include each and every player on the entire roster.

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#235 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:26PM
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cubsfan wrote:

yeah he didnt look very 'truculent'......he looked more haggered and tired

It's the scotch.

I actually don't think he's been the same since the family tragedy a couple of years ago. But then, who would be.

But he and Eakins apparently use the same stylist.

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#236 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:26PM
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Andy7190 wrote:

You did so!

You are right, though. How many games have the Oil lost now (despite certain bloggers apologist articles) because of Dubnyk?

The guy doesn't win.

That floater goal had to seal his fate.He is gone this summer.

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#237 PapaMike
December 12 2013, 10:26PM
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Alsker wrote:

Thanks for the recap, damn choked I missed the Gazdic battle. Just not enough of 'em anymore. Well wheres the rum and lets get ready for the third!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hockeyfights.com already has the tilt on its site

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#238 Wohin gehst du?
December 12 2013, 10:27PM
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@Spydyr

Well, if they did that while they were only up 3-2, they aren't actually that great of a team, are they?

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#239 Quicksilver ballet
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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Things are bad....

Even DSF has quit trying to help right the Oilers woes.

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#240 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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@Spydyr

That was a flue ridden team, with injury problems. I was hoping for more tonight. Well at least the debate of Hall for the Olympic team will take a break for awhile. I think it's clear Perron is the best LW on this team.

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#241 TonyT
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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Better effort than I expected from the Oilers, so I will give them credit. A few comments, I love it how Yakupov is given no rope, but Eberle gives up on a play that leads to a goal and is right out there. Double standards are the sign of great coaching. Who is in charge of the power play!? That first unit umbrella has no one-timer options from the point, and why is RNH (the best setup man on the team) on the second unit!? Lastly, Arcobello was a monster tonight, I don't care about sample size or draft pedigree, move Gagner for a usable part. I'm not saying Arco is the answer long term but neither is Gagner and right now Arco makes this team better than Gagner does.

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#242 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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Andy7190 wrote:

You did so!

You are right, though. How many games have the Oil lost now (despite certain bloggers apologist articles) because of Dubnyk?

The guy doesn't win.

Yeah.....but his STATS are better than any Oiler goalie in history....so there has to be some other reason the floaters from the blue line keep getting past him......hhmmmmm...what could it be.....there must be stat somewhere that explains it.

Oh that's right!......being on your knees when the opposition players crosses the blue line is one of those intangibles....we can't count that......

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#243 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:29PM
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Wohin gehst du? wrote:

Well, if they did that while they were only up 3-2, they aren't actually that great of a team, are they?

I do believe they were up 3-0 after the first.

Set the cruise control win 4-2

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#244 Rocket
December 12 2013, 10:32PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Things are bad....

Even DSF has quit trying to help right the Oilers woes.

LOL Right because DSF always "helped" things around here.

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#245 Alsker
December 12 2013, 10:32PM
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@PapaMike

Thx dude...

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#246 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:32PM
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camdog wrote:

That was a flue ridden team, with injury problems. I was hoping for more tonight. Well at least the debate of Hall for the Olympic team will take a break for awhile. I think it's clear Perron is the best LW on this team.

I think Hall needs to play on that team, the way Iginla played on the 2002 team. Get around elite players who know how to win, and learn how to elevate your game. But Yzerman needs to win, so...

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#247 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:33PM
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Rocket wrote:

LOL Right because DSF always "helped" things around here.

Maybe DSF is Burke and he has just been busy dealing with the Feaster thing.

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#248 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:34PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Ever dare to think Boston took their foot off the gas a bit?

Possibly.

But the Oil had a legit push back...you cant deny the "tilting the ice" effect your tough guy gives the team when he feeds his fist to the other teams tough guy!

I vote Gazdik for captain.

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#249 **
December 12 2013, 10:34PM
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Hall: 19:51 Total ice time, 1 hit, 3 shots, 0 points,plus/minus:-4

Gagner: 18:33 total ice time, 0 hits, 3 shots, 0 points,plus/minus:-4, 50% draws

Arcobello: 14:10 Total ice time, 5 hits (most on the whole team), 1 shot, 0 points,plus/minus: 0, 65% draws

No corsi and no fewick because those stats are terrible IMO.

The Oilers are never going to win when Gagner makes the stupid mistakes he does and still plays that much, same goes for Hall on this particular game.

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#250 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:36PM
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Thumby wrote:

Possibly.

But the Oil had a legit push back...you cant deny the "tilting the ice" effect your tough guy gives the team when he feeds his fist to the other teams tough guy!

I vote Gazdik for captain.

The difference in this game is the other teams tough guy can play hockey.Not just be a tough guy.

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