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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#201 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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#202 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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fuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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

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#204 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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#205 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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#206 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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#207 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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#208 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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#209 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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#210 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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#211 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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#212 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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#213 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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#214 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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#215 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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#216 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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#217 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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#218 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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#219 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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#220 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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#221 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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#222 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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#223 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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#224 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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#225 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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#226 **
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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#227 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 10:50PM
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@He Who Knows

Almost makes you wonder if KLowe had a few beers after that comment beforehand.....

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#228 tileguy
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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Did I hear the 50/50 draw being announced with 3 minuets left in the game? I guess thats one way to keep fans in their seats a bit longer, lol. Optics were not that good with all those empty seats on the national broadcast.

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#229 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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@Primo

As a lifelong Oilers fan, I agree.

Agreeing with a Flames fan - folks, I have discovered rock bottom.

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#230 **
December 21 2013, 10:56PM
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wait didn't a guy say he was going to put on a grocery bag on his head at after hours?

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#231 Dallylamma
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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tileguy wrote:

Did I hear the 50/50 draw being announced with 3 minuets left in the game? I guess thats one way to keep fans in their seats a bit longer, lol. Optics were not that good with all those empty seats on the national broadcast.

Speaking of optics...a fan threw his sweater on the ice at the end of the game...I guess someone forgot this to tell him that he's supposed to be patient and have faith in old Six Ring's plans.

http://i.imgur.com/k0SFAry.jpg

edited because words

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#232 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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@**

Apparently a fan tossed his jersey on the ice after the game.

Wonder if Six Cups was paying attention?

Probably not.

It's a process......

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#233 Harry
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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After the game someone threw their toilet paper I mean jersey on the ice.

WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE

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#234 FIREEAKINS
December 21 2013, 11:04PM
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Is this the third or forth 6 game loosing streak of the season? Starting to lose count...very, very sad. At this point I'm just disappointed in the team. That's all. Don't care anymore, I'll be back when Eakins is fired and 2014-2015 season rolls around. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night and new year.

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#235 Butters
December 21 2013, 11:05PM
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Which one of you threw your Oiler sweater on the ice after the game?

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#236 Butters
December 21 2013, 11:06PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Seems like Hall fails this character test. A no-show on After Hours. This is the bottom, finally. At least until we lose to Calgary next week, then THAT'S rock bottom.

The Oilers door was closed, they were wither getting reamed out be Eakens, or more likely, it was Secret Santa gift exchange night.

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#237 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 11:07PM
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Some fan had enough and threw his $200.00 jersey on the ice and they just showed it on HNIC, thar should get some attention across the sport hi-lights across North America. (I hope) What was K-Lowe texting? Darryl get carrot top ready for the draft probably picking top 2,by the way who does he want us to pick?

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#238 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 11:10PM
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Edited because apparently Hall has much more self control than I do...

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#239 tileguy
December 21 2013, 11:10PM
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Good for Hall, this is probably harder than playing against Backes.

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#240 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 11:12PM
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@Rod from Viking

Damn I missed that......hopefully a replay will show that.

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#241 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 11:13PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

He did show up, though I agree with ya

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#242 Cameron
December 21 2013, 11:16PM
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To paraphrase Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, "This team is not all dead, just mostly dead."

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#243 Kevin
December 21 2013, 11:41PM
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Harry wrote:

After the game someone threw their toilet paper I mean jersey on the ice.

WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE

carefull what you say on here you may give Katz some ideas and he start selling toilet paper with the Oiler Logal at the Rexal stores. Further linning his pockets.

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#244 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 21 2013, 11:47PM
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Man that was a close game. We almost had them.

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#245 Spaz
December 21 2013, 11:50PM
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I was down the aisle from the jersey tosser, very tempting to follow his example but like a true Oiler I must confess I lacked the conviction to make the 'right play'.

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#246 Lowe Expectations
December 21 2013, 11:51PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Some fan had enough and threw his $200.00 jersey on the ice and they just showed it on HNIC, thar should get some attention across the sport hi-lights across North America. (I hope) What was K-Lowe texting? Darryl get carrot top ready for the draft probably picking top 2,by the way who does he want us to pick?

Hopefully for the fan, it was one of those knockoff jerseys you buy at the flea market for $75. Even that's too much to pay.

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#247 kale
December 21 2013, 11:56PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Don't always fully agree with you but your comment's on Ched were bang on, I hope Mac T is man enough to admit he F#*! up and correct his mistakes, this team has tuned out Eakins, a good start would be the assistant's shown the door, Mac T also made the comment that Eakin's could hire his own assistant's but hoped he wouldn't, that comment had Macro-management all over it.

I agree with what serious Gord said on CHED and with what you said. The arrogance is systemic

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#248 Bryzarro World
December 21 2013, 11:56PM
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Spaz wrote:

I was down the aisle from the jersey tosser, very tempting to follow his example but like a true Oiler I must confess I lacked the conviction to make the 'right play'.

Or also like them, lack the guts...

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#249 **
December 22 2013, 12:04AM
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Cameron wrote:

To paraphrase Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, "This team is not all dead, just mostly dead."

some one else posted this gem on the site a couple of months ago:

KLowe: "I think I know a little bit about winning, if there's ever a concern"

Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"

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#250 Smokey
December 22 2013, 12:06AM
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Jersey on the ice should send a message loud and clear. Think its a sad message.

Clean house. Let's start the rebuild.

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