GDB 38.0: Perron Sees His Old Team

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2013 01:36PM

The Edmonton Oilers return to Rexall tonight to face David Perron’s old squad, the St. Louis Blues, in what will be the first of three meetings between the teams.

The Trade

Craig MacTavish hasn’t had a perfect start to his tenure as general manager, but he’s done some nice things and been willing to make improvements when opportunity has come along. One of those opportunities was Perron, who became available as the Blues needed to cut salary to re-sign players like Alex Pietrangelo.

Thus far, the deal’s been awfully lopsided:

  • David Perron (Edmonton): 33GP, 14G-13A-27PTS.
  • Magnus Paajarvi (St. Louis): 15GP, 2G-0A-2PTS.
  • Second round pick in 2014 (St. Louis): Shaping up to be in the 30-35 range.

Once Paajarvi finds his legs and if that second round pick pans out this should get a little better for St. Louis, but it’s a move that made Edmonton a better team right now, and that’s important. If MacTavish can find three or four more of these the Oilers will be in great shape.

The Opposition

Edmonton hasn’t played the Blues so far this year, but the Blues are a good team and Edmonton has trouble with good teams. Many will focus on them being big and strong and tough but the fact that they’re in playoff position right now is what makes them scary. Take a look at the Oilers’ record this season against teams currently sitting in the top-eight in either conference:

  • Team inside the top eight: 2-17-2
  • Team outside the top eight: 9-6-1

Edmonton’s been pretty good against bad teams, but has been getting hammered by the good ones (an 8-2 win over Colorado notwithstanding).

The Lineup

Some interesting items there. With all of 12 healthy forwards, Dalls Eakins hasn’t got much in the way of choices, so he’s put together a power-vs.-power line, a tough minutes line and done what he can with the rest. With Luke Gazdic on the wing it’s a good bet that Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov are the “fourth” line and will be spotted against the weakest available opposition; maybe it will help. The other line is super interesting, because Lander has struggled so far and finally gets a skilled guy (and a guy a lot like his AHL sidekick Linus Omark) on his wing. Jesse Joensuu isn’t exactly a prize as the other winger, but he’s comparable to one guy Lander’s been playing with and better than the other.

On defence it’s just nice to see Philip Larsen, the team’s seventh-best defenceman, taking a seat.

Predictions

Game day prediction: A 1-0 St. Louis Blues victory 

Obvious game day prediction: Dallas Eakins gets many opportunities to work on his facial expressions. They range from incredulous (really, that's a penalty now?) to disgusted (the power play bobbles the puck at the blueline because of course it does) to resigned (well, they were going to score eventually) to a clear desire that he had stayed in the AHL.

Not-so-obvious gameday prediction: While this will be a one-sided and boring game, it won't be the most boring game of the season. That's coming in March when Edmonton next plays the Los Angeles Kings.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 Jay
December 21 2013, 10:12PM
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Nice cross crease pass. Maybe that's why our PP is always trying that. Cuz it always works for them in practice

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#102 Robfra50
December 21 2013, 10:14PM
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@Jay

Halllsy will be needing Jack Daniels after this game is over.

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#103 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:16PM
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Gazdic, Perron, Potter penalties seem to have gotten themselves.

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#104 Robert
December 21 2013, 10:16PM
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@RexHolez

He'll be singing the Blues.

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#105 Jay
December 21 2013, 10:18PM
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@Robfra50

I think players, fans, management, media are all alcoholics by now. Wish the lockout neverended! We were almost a playoff team down in the AHL

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#106 Serious Gord
December 21 2013, 10:19PM
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In these six latest games the oil has been out scored 23 - 6.

The blues never even had to play their typical game tonight to win easily.

The focus IMO really should now be on the cgy game on the 27.

If the oil come up with a lackluster performance and yet another loss, Eakins should be fired before 2014 dawns.

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#107 merfer
December 21 2013, 10:19PM
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I'll bet those beers will taste extra good for the boys tonight considering they were still in the game after the first period. I'm sure Gordon wishes he stayed in Phoenix. This just gross already.

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#108 Greg the Hammer Valentine
December 21 2013, 10:20PM
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Remember in The Godfather, that scene when Michael Corleone negociates with Moe Green for the casino? It ends with the famous "don't ever take sides with someone against the family" line. During that scene, Fredo Corleone has a very particular look on his face. It's a mix of anger, fear and utter stupidity. That's the stare! The Dallas Eakins stare! I knew I had seen it before, I just couldn't remember from where. Look it up on You tube.

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#109 Robert
December 21 2013, 10:20PM
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@vetinari

Too funny, though so true LOL

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#110 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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The biggest winner in the Paajarvi/Perron trade was not the Oilers. The biggest winner in that trade was Mangus himself, he is no longer in the black hole of the NHL.

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#111 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Everytime the oilers suck the life out of me, I watch this press conference for a good laugh. Kevin Lowe cracks me up.

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#112 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Everytime the oilers suck the life out of me, I watch this press conference for a good laugh. Kevin Lowe cracks me up.

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#113 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Whaaaat the.............

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#114 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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fuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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#115 Larry
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Leave him in. He doesn't look rattled at all...

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#116 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Well there was one good thing to come out of tonight: I saw a commercial for the Rock Em Sock Em silver anniversary collection. All 25 of them in one pack. Sold!

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#117 Robfra50
December 21 2013, 10:22PM
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@Jay

That was a good laugh thanks man hahaha.....though good point about last year.

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#118 Oilers4ever
December 21 2013, 10:22PM
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Hey look... the edmonton arseholes are playing again tonight. Go figure. I give up on this team. Might as well. Clearly they've given up on themselves. Losers.

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#119 Serious Gord
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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It's like a Christmas party for the blues tonight...

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#120 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#121 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#122 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#123 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#124 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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.!..FIRE EAKINS..!.

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#125 Robert
December 21 2013, 10:24PM
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At this rate the Blues could win by a converted TD

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#126 Hockey fan 1976
December 21 2013, 10:25PM
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KBlow was on his cell phone texting " all good Katzy, arena was sold out, men these and are suckers eh? What you want for Christmas anyways?"

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#127 Jefferson
December 21 2013, 10:26PM
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Ha Ha Ha

What did you expect.

More words from management tomorrow.

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#128 FireKLowe
December 21 2013, 10:26PM
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How is it that the Oilers never went after a local guy like Ken Hitchcock? Oh wait, he's not a former Oiler ... Got it!

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#129 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:27PM
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I think I'll start following the Blues. Good coaching, speed, size, goaltending and defence. Plus Maggie and lots of cap space! Completely outclassed us without even trying. What a well run organization!! Katz can move this crap to Seattle for all I care!

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#130 Oilers4ever
December 21 2013, 10:27PM
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Lets see if we can get shutout again. Goose eggs are good. Morons!!!

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#131 The War Amp Champ
December 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Well I figured out how to win in Edmonton!!! All you have to do is play for the other team!! Good old 6 rings really has taken the soilers to a whole new level of suckcess. Can't wait for 2016 when good old Rodger invites us to his place where we can pay double to watch such awesome hockey. #rebuild year 15 and counting

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#132 Ludvick
December 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Oilers should play in the WHL. At least they would make the playoffs.

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#133 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 10:29PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

How is it that the Oilers never went after a local guy like Ken Hitchcock? Oh wait, he's not a former Oiler ... Got it!

Great questions.

I can only guess that it's because he wouldn't do what he's told. And only has one cup!!

So doesn't know enough about winning, if that were ever a question.

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#134 Kevin
December 21 2013, 10:31PM
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DonDon wrote:

Don't count on it.

That 2nd round draft pick from the Oil may be very valuable to St. Louis and an important loss for the Oil.

no fear there we can't draft anything out side of a top 5 no brainer anyways.

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#135 6 ring circus
December 21 2013, 10:31PM
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At least the game is on CBC so everyone else across the country can also see the great team Lowe has put together ,I'm sure glad he knows a thing or two about winning,can you imagine how bad this team would be if he hadn't won those 6 cups!!!

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#136 Taylor
December 21 2013, 10:32PM
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Enough already about STL on CBC , they are playing a AHL team they should dominate.

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#137 Oilers4ever
December 21 2013, 10:32PM
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Hope their asses are booed right to the damn parking lot... hell to their homes. Yheir lucky I am not their coach. 30 minute bag skate right after the game... while the blues are still there. Embarass the crap out of them. They deserve it with the number of embarrassments they've done at home this year.

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#138 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 10:34PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I think I'll start following the Blues. Good coaching, speed, size, goaltending and defence. Plus Maggie and lots of cap space! Completely outclassed us without even trying. What a well run organization!! Katz can move this crap to Seattle for all I care!

Now that would be a BOLD move, threatening now to relocate in order to squeeze a slightly better arena deal out of city council. Might not be successful this time.

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#139 Fank
December 21 2013, 10:34PM
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Imagine paying to watch the Oilers.

Does management actually get a pay check?

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#140 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 10:34PM
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I just love our coaching, why in the hell is Gadzic not out there every shift Backes is out when your down 6-0, what a joke of building a team for this conference.What is the record for being shut out at home and giving up short handed goals.

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#141 Brian
December 21 2013, 10:35PM
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Not 1 goal. Jesus H. What a pathetic team. Be proud, 6rings, be very proud. You and your Boys on the Bus blow. Now just F Off.

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#142 Brian
December 21 2013, 10:35PM
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Not 1 goal. Jesus H. What a pathetic team. Be proud, 6rings, be very proud. You and your Boys on the Bus blow. Now just F Off.

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#143 Dissapointed
December 21 2013, 10:36PM
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Done for real. My only interest in watching this team is to see how bad it can get. It's like watching Michael Bay destroy the Transformers franchise. Or the unraveling of Michael Jackson. What a purely pathetic display of ineptitude this has become. As a brainwashed 3 year old from '79-80 to now, I am calling it quits. Shame on you Lowe. Shame on you.

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#144 FireKLowe
December 21 2013, 10:36PM
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Can't wait to read how Willis and the other EJ homies try to put lipstick on this pig tomorrow. I'm sure they'll find a couple of positive stats to share.

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#145 merfer
December 21 2013, 10:38PM
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Belov is just lost out there. I guarantee you won't hear a word from the Oiler management. They are just as chicken sh$t as a lot of oiler players. Time for the management to stand up like men and take some blame for this disgrace and help take some heat off these guys. A simple apology to the fans would be a start. This is just sick.

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#146 Hockey fan 1976
December 21 2013, 10:39PM
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Anyone who thinks Oilers won the trade with St. Louis, maybe should watch the smirk and smiles on their bench tonight. They were literally making fun of the Coilers tonight. Marcus is thanking his fu$;.@ stars he got traded to an actual contender and Perron is wondering what the hell he ever did to deserve this crap. Wow. Just garbage!!!

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#147 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 10:40PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

Can't wait to read how Willis and the other EJ homies try to put lipstick on this pig tomorrow. I'm sure they'll find a couple of positive stats to share.

YES

That will be the positive. Finding out what Boyd Gordon's save percentage will be.

Because non-goalies have save percentages, you know.

It's a VERY important stat! And it is too a real thing. It's ADVANCED, even.

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#148 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 10:42PM
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A true test of character; will Hall show up and face the music after yet another oil no-show? It will mean nothing left at the Rack but slump busters.

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#149 bwar
December 21 2013, 10:43PM
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Should have just turned the tv off and punched myself in the dick. Would have been painless compared to that beat down I just witnessed.

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#150 **
December 21 2013, 10:44PM
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six for six against the top teams and Colorado. I called it. I'm sad.

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