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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#101 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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.Arcobello should merit serious consideration for the Calder.

Seriously...when was the last time you saw a Calder eligible player with such well rounded skills?

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#102 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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#103 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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#104 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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#105 Ducey
December 12 2013, 02:58PM
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Spaceman Spiff wrote:

Listen, I think Burke's takeover in Calgary is a bit of a scary move. We can all make fun of Burke and his bombastic, truculent style, but the guy’s won in this league and I think he knows how to build a team.

He made Vancouver a contender (his legacy is still there) and he won a Cup in Anaheim. The Leafs, although up-and-down a bit this year, turned a corner last year and it was largely with players he drafted or acquired. He drafted (and later traded for) Chris Pronger and pulled a bunch of complex strings to get the Sedin twins together. His career as a GM makes many others pale in comparison nowadays (which is probably a bit sad, but that’s not his fault). He’s not Cliff Fletcher or Glen Sather, obviously, but he’s been pretty damn good at the job for a long time.

We all knew this was coming, of course – although who knew it would take this long? Feaster couldn’t bring himself to even utter the word “rebuild” until sometime last year and that’s obviously set the franchise back at least two years. The O’Reilly almost-signing was an almost-disaster of epic proportion. In the first round of the draft, he took a high school kid from a hockey country where high school hockey has ZERO upside (Canada). He dithered on Iginla for too long and got little in return. He got nothing for Kiprusoff, who probably could have helped two or three playoff teams last year. And all of the above in the last 12 months!

No doubt, it will certainly be entertaining as Burkie squabbles with the Calgary media. But, from up here, you’ll hear no crowing from me.

Burke’s Calgary takeover further turns up the heat on Oilers management ... a group that hasn’t accomplished anything close to what Burke’s done in this league. As far as I’m concerned, MacT and the Oilers are now REALLY on the clock. I’m just hoping Burke doesn’t pick it up and hit them over the head with it.

Burke has 1 Cup. The ONLY thing Burke did to assist that was trade for Pronger. That team was built by others.

He likes to talk truculance and then trade for guys like the Sedins and Kessel.

His term in Calgary will be characterized by moves designed to improve the team in the short term, likely at the cost of its success in the long term. That means they will be a playoff team in a few years, but won't have the talent to win a Cup.

Look for a repeat of the '80's - the Flames will be a good team full of meat heads, but won't be able to keep up with the Oilers.

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#106 Harry
December 12 2013, 08:17PM
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Craig MacTavish is a absolute pansy ass poser. Send him to whatever hole Jay Feaster just crawled into.

Mark my words. Im going to the Blues vs Oil game Dec. 21st and if were still last in the west you'll see me with a paper bag over my head and written in Black sharpie it will have the finishes of the last 6 seasons written on it.

Complete and total amaturish BS!!!!!!

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#107 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 08:17PM
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@Spydyr

Beer use to help me... These days only whiskey gets the job done

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#108 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:35PM
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Good luck Labarbs! Stand between the two red posts!

*covers eyes*

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#109 Rocket
December 12 2013, 08:44PM
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Wow that was the best Oilers fight I've seen all year. LOL Lucic with the body shots and Gazdic stepping up. Nicely done boys!

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#110 **
December 12 2013, 08:47PM
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at least it's a fun game. Gagner should be sent to the showers and stay there. tonight's game is men game.

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#111 **
December 12 2013, 09:13PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Watch the replay on the first goal. Ya Dubnyk is useless but watch gagner. He not once kicks it into high gear to back check. Watch the second goal. He leaves a man in front of Dubnnyk unmolested and then screens him. Watch the third goal. Gagner is once again seen in the distance floating back. Is Eakins being forced to play Gagner as he is MacT's pet? Or is Eakins really that incompetent to keep sending out Gagner?

A few days ago Eakins was asked if there was the posibility to move Gags to the winger given how much he sucks at centre, and Eakins basically said that there is no one else to play center until Gordon is back. Expect to see GAgs on the wing as soon as Gordon is ready to go.

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#112 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:25PM
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@cubsfan

he's got a better shot at summer olympics......

That is a good one.

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#113 **
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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#114 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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#115 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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#116 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:45PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

And they did it with five regulars out and their best goalie apparently so sick he was barely able to sit on the bench.

Our best five players never showed up either.Outside of Perron and our best goalie is on the IR.

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#117 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 11:04PM
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Well it is bed time,wonder if Dubnyk is going to wake up in the middle of the night trying to catch that floater.

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#118 camdog
December 12 2013, 11:32PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I'm glad Burkies in cowtown...makes for a better rivalry....let the hate rain down!

A) Burkie still ticked a Lowe for the Penner episode. B) Burkie thinks intentionally losing to gain high draft picks is wrong C)The Oilers pushed the Flames around earlier in the season and this will not be tolerated by a Burkie run team

I think it's safe to state that the Battle of Alberta has taken on a whole new meaning following todays shuffle in Cow-town.

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#119 bazmagoo
December 12 2013, 11:55PM
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It's a real shame, which of these young guys is going to step up and take ownership of this team? I have to admit, I'm a little shocked. Thought Hall and Eberle would step it up this year, especially after being passed up for captain.

Personally, I think that's a big sign you need to split those guys up. Just my opinion.

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#120 Harlie
December 12 2013, 12:53PM
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Would Beckett be opposed to touching my 649 and LottoMax tickets? I need the luck!!

And, no surprise on the Feaster firing.

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#121 tileguy
December 12 2013, 08:05PM
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Did sportsnet hire a bunch of highschool sound techs tonight? And these guy are a telecommunication company. Glad they have tv rights for the next 12 yrs.

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#122 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 12 2013, 08:21PM
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@Harry

I've got tickets to the Oil v Jets game on the 23rd, I'll do my best to start a 'fire everybody' chant.

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#123 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 08:23PM
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TonyT wrote:

Is Eakins doing the "accountability" thing tonight, if so I fully expect to see Eberle stapled to the bench to begin the 2nd. Terrible back check, that's fully on him.

But,but Eberle is pissed off.

Maybe he was referring too the waitress that cut him off.

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#124 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:25PM
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Let's see... one period in and both Hall and Gagner are -3 each for the night, Dubnyk is .833SV% and we've given up a SH goal.

I would say that this should be a lesson to the Oilers but I've seen these type of effort (and loss) from them about 300 times in the last 5 years or so. And I'm afraid that we're going to see another 25-35 of these types of games before the season is out.

I used to get made when a team scored on us-- but now I just expect it.

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#125 RexHolez
December 12 2013, 08:35PM
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Good news guys! Dubnyk's training buddy is in

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#126 vetinari
December 12 2013, 08:40PM
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We scored??? That's allowed???

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#127 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:34PM
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vetinari wrote:

Eakins have a rye & coke going in that cup or what?

Diet coke maybe.

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#128 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:52PM
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vetinari wrote:

Gagner was rushed to the NHL while Perron was given time to develop. Both have had significant injuries in their careers, but Perron is more competitive and seems more driven. Gags has a good hockey bloodline but he's been erratic the past year or so.

After tonight's game you have the audacity to defend Gagner?

Man i wish Gagner had balls as big as yours.

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#129 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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#130 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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#131 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:56PM
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** wrote:

When your smallest player ends up with the most hits on a night like this, no one in the league is going to fear you.

No one has feared the Oilers in years.

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#132 **
December 12 2013, 10:59PM
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Thumby wrote:

He tried on Draft day. And at the time I thought his offer to Van was a big ugly overpay but in retrospect, maybe not...then again, we were not going to make the playoffs anyway with our current set of D so might as well have another top pick and see what happens.

Sucks to be an Oilers fan....

that's what happens when you're the joke of the league, teams are going to try and swindle you. Honestly the trade for Perron was a masterful move, it was an armed robbery.

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#133 bazmagoo
December 12 2013, 11:43PM
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Just a quick question for Oilersnation, where would be if Perron was Paajarvi? If we hadn't traded for Perron?

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#134 **
December 13 2013, 12:28AM
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vetinari wrote:

3-0 Boston... SH goal... again????

Please stop giving us PP's... they are killing us.

there should be an option to decline the penalty like in football lol

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#135 tileguy55
December 12 2013, 01:07PM
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Burkey says he wants to see more truculence on the flames. from pro hockey talk,

"If a team wants to win the Stanley Cup, Burke believes it needs to be big. And yes, he even used the word “truculent,” much to delight of everyone watching his press conference today in Calgary following the firing of Flames general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod."

Are you listening kevin and MacT? Tonights game should prove that point in spades. GDP - Bruins 5, Perron 1.

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#136 tileguy55
December 12 2013, 04:56PM
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camdog wrote:

Bruins are injured and have the flu. If there is a time to play the Bruins it's tonight, this is a must win for the Oilers.

Must win or what?

1. we miss the playyoffs.

2.Oiler fans congregate and burn down rexall (stores and arenas)

3. Klowe gets fired :)

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#137 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 08:05PM
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Oilers hopes of winning 0-0 SHATTERED by a 55' Seidenberg knucklepuck.

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#138 **
December 12 2013, 08:24PM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Good job of getting out of the way of Iginlia's shot.

Iginla out job getting of shot good. Gagner

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#139 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 12 2013, 08:43PM
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WOW! Awesome fight!

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#140 **
December 12 2013, 08:49PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Does that awesome scrap show up on the stats guy's spreadsheets?

I hate when fourth liners like Gazdic are evaluated like the rest of the forwards. He is a different breed, with a different job, his effectiveness should be measured differently.

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#141 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:07PM
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Bruins 3 Perron 2

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#142 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:43PM
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vetinari wrote:

Here's our strategy for the third:

"Perron. You're being double shifted. Everyone feed Perron. Even if he is on the bench."

I remember thinking last year I wished we had a Brad Marchand type of player.....I like Perron more than I do Marchand.

I knew Perron was gifted offensively ...never realized until the trade how gritty and highly competitive he is.

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#143 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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#144 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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#145 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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#146 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:37PM
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Spydyr wrote:

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

"If you have to ask the question, you know the answer."

Mac T is not going to let this get past the trade deadline if he can help it...he's praying Dub can play decent enough to have someone offer a bag of pucks for him.

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#147 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

To bad he never answered the question this summer.The team might not have been out of the playoffs by Halloween.

He tried on Draft day. And at the time I thought his offer to Van was a big ugly overpay but in retrospect, maybe not...then again, we were not going to make the playoffs anyway with our current set of D so might as well have another top pick and see what happens.

Sucks to be an Oilers fan....

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#148 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Guess Hobbits were not invited,Gagner was here "playing " tonight.

His injury wouldn't allow him to travel.

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#149 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:52PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I think the obvious is goaltending first, Dman 2nd, and new assistant coaches a couple years ago. I got no problem with the team toughness if we play like that more often

The Oilers are the softest team in the NHL. They have missed the playoffs going on eight years. Coincidence.I think not.

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#150 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:52PM
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Curious what our coach is going to do when Gordon returns from injury, should be a lively debate...

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