GDB 29.0: SHOW UP AT HOME

Jason Gregor
December 03 2013 01:24PM

Home ice advantage has been a mirage for the Edmonton Oilers so far this season.

The Oilers are 3-8-0 at home this year. They've been outscored 38-23. They've allowed 3+ goals in 9 of the 11 home games and they've scored once or been shutout seven times. There is no other way to say it, they've been awful on home ice, and it's about time they start giving their fans something to cheer about.

In 2010, on their way to drafting Taylor Hall at least they were competitive at home, 18-19-4, and 9-28-4 on the road.
In 2011, they were pretty much the same team at home on and on the road; 13-22-6 at home and 12-23-6 on the road.
In 2012, they were 18-17-6 at home, and 14-23-4 on the road.

Last year, the Oilers won more games on the road than they did at home, 9-11-4 at home and 10-11-3 on the road.

There is no reason the Oilers should be this horrendous at Rexall Place, and it has to change. The games are still announced as sell outs, but I know some fans are wasting their tickets and not showing up. The Oilers must be aware of this.

When that many fans elect to just "waste" their tickets, Oilers management better take notice. This happened in the early 90s, and once the team wasn't competitive, 1993-1996, the fans stopped buying tickets. The Oilers shouldn't be naive enough to believe that couldn't happen again.

Fans have been incredibly loyal and patient, but if the Oilers don't start winning some home games soon, I sense we could see even more empty seats as the season progresses.

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Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov
Jones-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Acton-Joensuu

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

Dubnyk

Ryan Jones has played with desperation since coming out of the pressbox, and Eakins rewarded him by bumping him up the lineup. Eakins moved Yakupov back to the right wing, and put Perron on the right side with him and Arcobello in hopes of creating two scoring lines.

I'm curious to see if Eakins starts to try and get better matchups at home. Will he try to give "softer" minutes to Arcobello's line so they can produce offence, or will he do that with the Gagner trio?

Joensuu has to play with the same passion and determination that Jones did to earn a promotion. I think Joensuu has more to offer, and he needs to start showing it.

TUESDAY TIDBITS...

  • It will be back next week, but this week we incorporated into the GDB.
     
  • Ray Ferraro had an interesting take on my show regarding Taylor Hall, when I asked him what change Hall should make in his game that would help him become a more dominant player.
    I think there is one thing he could do that would elevate his game and he could do it quickly. If he would learn, or accept, that he is not the best option on the ice all the time, I think that could help him a great deal.

    I will give you an example. When he gets the puck, and when he gets moving, if he would give it up a little quicker and separate, because no one is going to catch him, and then get it back; that small change to his game would change his game immensely. He loves to lug the puck. At times he looks like a punt returner. He gets it in his zone and is going to go as far as he can with it, and he can because he's that talented.

    I think if he takes a couple of strides and moves it to a centreman -- and obviously in Edmonton he is playing with talented players so the puck will come back to him --now he is moving again. If he moves it to the middle the defenceman has to take a step to the middle, because he has to defend the centreman, and that will give Taylor another five feet when he gets the puck back. Now the D-man has to cross over and come back, and I like Hall's chances better if he has that much more room to skate, than if he was just lugging the puck all the time.

    I think it is a small change, and if he can get his head around it and try it, he would find that he is going to get more room on the ice than he already creates with his speed.
     
  • Ferraro knows a thing or two about creating offensive chances. Ferraro is currently the 99th highest scoring player in NHL history. Ferraro admitted it isn't easy for players to make sudden changes to their game, and while he said it was small, it would take some time to adapt properly. Hall has carried the puck his entire career, and he's had success with it, so any change is tough, but it makes a lot of sense. Hall's speed already scares D-men, and if he gain a quarter or a half of a step advantage he could be even more dangerous.
     
  • Sidney Crosby will play his 499th game tonight, and he'll play his 500th game vs. the Sharks on Thursday. Crosby already has 701 points in 498 games and whatever points his picks up in the next 72 hours will put leave him with the 6th most points in NHL history through 500 games.

    Wayne Gretzky is first with 1,186.
    Mario Lemieux tallied 971.
    Peter Stastny had 759.
    Mike Bossy scored 757.
    Jari Kurri is 5th with 730.

    Crosby will join a very elite crew, being only the 6th player in NHL history to score 700+ points in his first 500 games.
     
  • In case you are wondering, Alex Ovechkin had 643 points in his first 500 games, including 309 goals.
     
  • The Penguins ability to throw out two dominant centres makes life much easier for head coach Dan Bylsma. While Crosby had a "slow" month, picking up 15 points in 15 games, Evgeni Malkin was on fire with 25 points in 15 games. After a slow start Malkin is now 2nd in league scoring, 35 points, and he's only one back of Crosby.
     
  • I was perplexed in the summer when some people didn't have Corey Perry on the Olympic team. He was great in 2010, and I don't think his foot speed is an issue. He and Ryan Getzlaf are off to a great start, with 29 and 31 points respectively. For me, both of them are locks to make the squad.
     
  • I wonder if the St. Louis Blues are concerned about how they match up vs. the Sharks and Kings. The Sharks have beat them 6-2 and 6-3 this year, while the Kings dominated the Blues for 55 minutes last night, before two late goals made the 3-2 final look more respectable.
     
  • The Blues need a pure finisher, and Marian Gaborik is a UFA at the end of the season. The Blue Jackets likely won't re-sign him, and he would fit perfect in St. Louis. Gaborik won't lead your team to the Cup, but he could be an excellent complementary player in their top-six. With David Backes and Alex Steen down the middle, the Blues don't need a defensively responsible scorer. They need a finisher. The Blues have about $2 million in cap space at the deadline, and if they are willing to spend it, they could fit Gaborik under the cap, by moving out a small salary.
     
  • The Coyotes have scored the 5th most goals in the western conference, but only Calgary and the Oilers have given up more goals. Mike Smith has a .307 GAA and a respectable .910 SV%. He hasn't played as well as they would like, but the Coyotes are giving up way too many shots. The Coyotes, 34.5, are giving up four more shots against than the Oilers, 30.5.
     
  • Dave Tippett's Coyotes aren't playing as defensively as they have in the past.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Coyotes have lost four of their last five, and they've given up 4 goals in each loss. The Oilers finally give their fans something to cheer about as defeat a playoff team for only the 2nd time this season. Oilers win 4-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hemsky picks up a point. He has 34 points in 33 career games vs. the Coyotes.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Justin Schultz becomes the first Oiler D-man to score two goals in a game since Corey Potter did it late last season. After reading the previous sentence, many of you are stunned that Potter was the last Oiler D-man to score two goals in a game. I was too. Entering tonight the six blueliners have played a combined 2,118 NHL games, and Andrew Ference is the only one to have a multi-goal game. He scored twice on January 5th, 2004. J.Schultz' two goals will indeed be a rare occurrence.

DAY FOUR...MONTH OF GIVING...

Yesterday we raised another $2,500 for Santas Anonymous. Thanks to Ken for the bid and especially to Robert for re-donating the Messier jersey.
 

It includes:

You can bid by calling 780.444.1260 or 1.800.243.1945. All the proceeds will go to the Christmas Bureau. Thanks in advance to all of those who make a bid.

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#801 Slats
December 03 2013, 11:41PM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Well that sucked

YOU certainly do from around page 6 - page 18!!!

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#802 Rocket
December 03 2013, 11:43PM
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@Mike Krushelnyski

ROTFLMAO!

You're a beauty keep it up. Also, I completely agree.

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#803 Chris.
December 04 2013, 12:16AM
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Memo to Rogers:

Why would you want to associate yourself with this product?

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#804 camdog
December 04 2013, 12:27AM
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Chris. wrote:

Memo to Rogers:

Why would you want to associate yourself with this product?

Lol I used to be a regular on the sportnet boards until they shut it down because it was so awful. Rogers = mediocrity. The Oilers and Rogers are a perfect fit!

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#805 Arius Mumin
December 04 2013, 12:35AM
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I doubt that Dubnyk would be a good goalie in the AHL.

If Egins thought Arco had a bad game: I would love for someone to ask him what he thought of Gagner's.

What exactly did Egins work on in practice with his PP units? Those combinations and efforts are a joke.

The thing that I'm most excited about for the rest of the season is the positive spin the local MSM will try to take while this sh!t show keeps unfolding before out eyes. As soon as the Olympics are done, they will start selling us on how excited we as fans should be at seeing Hall and Eberle at the2018 Olympics. Meanwhile CrushBoys will continue to cycle the puck to no avail on the 1st PP unit.

If Mac is going to keep pretending that Egins is an NHL coach, he should at least do the poor Yak kid a favour and trade him. In tonights game, while the Oilers were down by 2 goals in the 3rd period, Egins had Yak playing with Acton and Juonuouuo(whateverthe#@$%), while once again through thick and thicker the Crush Boys remained.

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#806 Floyd Jiveson
December 04 2013, 12:42AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Well that sucked

You need to stop posting you stoop.

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#807 Reg Dunlop
December 04 2013, 01:30AM
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Hi, my name is Reg and I'm a troll loser from Calgary. I have a severe case of Edmonton envy.

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#808 OCD OCD OCD OCD ... What ?!?
December 04 2013, 01:32AM
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@Mike Krushelnyski

Time for some medication ?!?

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#809 HOFFFF
December 04 2013, 02:59AM
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Only the Oilers could drive 6 first rounders into the dirt. Thats not counting all of them. I think there are ten first round draft picks on the Oilers right now? Career destroyers.

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#810 Burnward
December 04 2013, 03:49AM
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My name is Mike. From Canmore.

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#811 Rheal1
December 04 2013, 04:31AM
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Congrats to Kevin Lowe & Darryl Katz!!!! Oilers are the first team to reach 100 GA!!! Great vision for management!!! I can hear the kids demanding a trade anytime now!!! Can you say bye bye Deadmonton Oilers, welcome Seattle Oilers? Good riddance.

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#812 Oiler Al
December 04 2013, 06:10AM
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Come on ON, can you not manage this idiot Mike Krusyshetsky... this is insane.. this is not a glich,, this guy is manipulating your site and you let him get away with it.

PS.. unless unless you want to impress your advertisers with the number of hits.

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#813 Spydyr
December 04 2013, 06:36AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Gagner fall down and not 1 team mate skates over to check on his wellbeing. Gotta love the skill on display, however.

Gagner falls down three times a shift.It is nothing new.

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#814 Spydyr
December 04 2013, 06:39AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I used to think Dubby was legit, but now it's obvious he's lost it. Time to move on ASAP and bring some competition in for that #1 spot.

Sounds like me three years ago.

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#815 sizedoesmatter
December 04 2013, 06:46AM
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Debrusk's mouth makes sounds but nothing comes out

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#816 CaptainLander
December 04 2013, 06:59AM
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Done and Done....good luck Oil.

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#817 michael
December 04 2013, 07:24AM
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The morning after. And its -20 with wind chill at -28. The Oilers get pasted 6-2. At least they plowed my road this week. Pretty much the end of the good news.

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#818 Wohin gehst du?
December 04 2013, 07:26AM
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Just a thought. Call up Omark. 4th in AHL scoring, and only -5. he could get something going with Smyth and Arcobello...

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#819 Czar
December 04 2013, 08:11AM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

Debrusk's mouth makes sounds but nothing comes out

The broadcast crew was every bit as bad as the on ice product last night,some might say it sucked.

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#820 Taylor Gang
December 04 2013, 08:20AM
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820 comments?!?! Wow this fanbase is mad

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#821 Taylor Gang
December 04 2013, 08:32AM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

820 comments?!?! Wow this fanbase is mad

Lol nvm, didn't see the repeat comments

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#822 Hall the time
December 04 2013, 08:37AM
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I cant take the losing anymore, fire the coaching staff and start winning Oilers.

I have enough stress in my life I'm done with the oiler this year.

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#823 Spydyr
December 04 2013, 08:55AM
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Hall the time wrote:

I cant take the losing anymore, fire the coaching staff and start winning Oilers.

I have enough stress in my life I'm done with the oiler this year.

After last night effort no one from coaches to managers to players should be safe. It is well past time to shake things up. Starting with Old six rings.

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#824 Joe Mamma
December 04 2013, 09:11AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Come on ON, can you not manage this idiot Mike Krusyshetsky... this is insane.. this is not a glich,, this guy is manipulating your site and you let him get away with it.

PS.. unless unless you want to impress your advertisers with the number of hits.

I am sure the mods and contributors to this site are passed out drunk, trying to drown the fact that they have to cover this team for the foreseeable future in copious amounts of booze.

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#825 Sean17
December 04 2013, 09:12AM
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Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!

Larry: Lollygaggers!

Skip: Lollygaggers.

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#826 **
December 04 2013, 09:31AM
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About Eakins throwing Arcobello under the bus, this from Bruce McCurdy at the cult of hockey in the Edmonton Journal:

"#26 Mark Arcobello, 3. Was “way off” according to Eakins, and I largely agree. He had his issues defensively, couldn’t close down the passing lane on the 2-1 goal, the 5-2 goal, or the disallowed goal (which was another own-zone meltdown by the Oil that should have been punished but wasn’t, quite). On the other hand, this guy also posted the following stats: Corsi +16/-4; shots +9/-3; a team-high 2 hits; a team-high 3 blocked shots; and a team-leading 2:37 SH TOI. Recorded an assist (on a nice interception and dish to Perron). Oh yeah, he was also credited with drawing 3 penalties. Either statistics are damned liars or Arco’s game wasn’t completely “way off”."

I think it was classless from Eakins to say that about Arco when there were others who suck even worse (Petry anyone?).

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#827 Greasy Goal
December 04 2013, 09:37AM
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Hall the time wrote:

I cant take the losing anymore, fire the coaching staff and start winning Oilers.

I have enough stress in my life I'm done with the oiler this year.

They tried that. Basically everyone has either been fired or not resigned. All except Lowe. Lowes only saving grace is that he has a spot on Team Canadas board. Other than that he's been less than useless. If Hall doesn't make the Olympic team, im gonna have to start flipping some tables.

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#828 Spydyr
December 04 2013, 09:42AM
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Greasy Goal wrote:

They tried that. Basically everyone has either been fired or not resigned. All except Lowe. Lowes only saving grace is that he has a spot on Team Canadas board. Other than that he's been less than useless. If Hall doesn't make the Olympic team, im gonna have to start flipping some tables.

Hall making the Olympic team?

After last night's game it is understandable you are still drunk.

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#829 Mac 6.29-Waxman-DSF-Spyder
December 04 2013, 09:54AM
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Chilliwack.... well we fly by night thats a rocket flight baby thats just what its for.. well we fly by night it makes you fell all right we keep coming back for more......uuggghhhhuuuuhhhuuuhuuuhhhhhh...ooooooo........ Too many flybyes and no aggression, hitting, compete etc. from DAFODILS Hall, eberle, Hemsky, Petry, J Schultz, etc......FINISH YOUR CHECKS.....PLAY HARDER WHEN YOU ARE LOSING....BE HARD TO PLAY AGAINST.....EBS-passing the puck around the periphery is not a good power play....CRASH THE F%^&KING NET LIKE PERRON, FIGHT AND COMPETE LIKE FERENCE YOU OVERPAID WIMPS!!!!!!!!!!

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#830 Joe Mamma
December 04 2013, 10:02AM
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** wrote:

About Eakins throwing Arcobello under the bus, this from Bruce McCurdy at the cult of hockey in the Edmonton Journal:

"#26 Mark Arcobello, 3. Was “way off” according to Eakins, and I largely agree. He had his issues defensively, couldn’t close down the passing lane on the 2-1 goal, the 5-2 goal, or the disallowed goal (which was another own-zone meltdown by the Oil that should have been punished but wasn’t, quite). On the other hand, this guy also posted the following stats: Corsi +16/-4; shots +9/-3; a team-high 2 hits; a team-high 3 blocked shots; and a team-leading 2:37 SH TOI. Recorded an assist (on a nice interception and dish to Perron). Oh yeah, he was also credited with drawing 3 penalties. Either statistics are damned liars or Arco’s game wasn’t completely “way off”."

I think it was classless from Eakins to say that about Arco when there were others who suck even worse (Petry anyone?).

This.

Couldn't agree more. I agree 100% with the media's assertion that Arcobello is not a fit for this team (last thing we need is another small center), but singling him out when Ganger, Petry, Joensuu, Ference, and Shultz (squared)all played far worse is laughable.

But hey, gotta justify playing the coach's son when Gordon gets back somehow, right?

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#831 Puck JammeR!
December 04 2013, 10:02AM
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Trade one of Hall or Eberle this season. They know they're untouchable as the first line wingers into eternity and it seems like every defenceman in the league has got a bead on their ticky-tacky, toe drag, over-handle the puck, no-hit style. The game they play isn't going to work in the NHL and they're never going to change it.

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#832 S cottV
December 04 2013, 10:04AM
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It really is curious as to Eakins calling out Arcobello after that mess of a game last night. Petry yeah but Arco? The biggest problem was 6 GA's and two 2 GF's and Arco was directly responsible for one of the GF's. 1st GA - terrible PK positioning from Hall and Eberle to allow an easy pass thru the middle up top and no collapse to the net by them. Awful. 2nd GA - I would fault Petry more than Arco on that back door play. We had Joensuu, Ferrance and Petry back vs 3 Coyotes, so not sure what Petry's problem is. Count to 3 and take the 3rd guy... 3rd GA - flukey one, but Joensuu very slow to get to the shooter up top and not in the shooting lane, like he doesnt want to get hit. 4th GA - Why we have wingers behind our net is beyond me, but Jones was there, so Gagner needs to swap assignments and have awareness behind him. Nope. 5th GA - Petry all the way out to lunch on this one. Good offensive move but not that good. Arco on the ice but whats he gonna do? 6th GA - doesn't really matter at this point but not a great rebound from Dubie. It starts with Joensuu in the corner for some unknown reason? Puck goes to Joensuu's man at the point and he has nothing but time and space on his hands. Arco should be singled out under these circumstances? No - that is just wrong. So many breakdowns with suspect d systems and Eakins has to take responsibility. A coach is only as good - as his ability to influence the players to do what he wants them to do. What about calling out the RNH, Hall, Eberle, Yak, the PP, - we only scored 2 goals... but calling out Arco? Wow....

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#833 Doctor Smashy
December 04 2013, 10:05AM
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Let me be clear...I am not an Arcobello fanboy. He's played well but he isn't the grand solution to any of the Oilers' problems. However, Arcobello played a very good game last night. He was involved in exactly zero of the defensive breakdowns that resulted in goals (I'm looking at you Belov, Gagner, Petry, Schultz Jr.....and a very comprehensive etcetera....). He set up the first goal, and took the body in a surprisingly effective way for a man of his stature.

The fact that, besides saying that 3 defencemen had their worst games, Eakins singled out Arcobello as having a rough game tells me Eakins has NO F-ing idea what the problems actually are. Eberle has the puck on his stick for 17 of the 18 minutes he played and got 2 shots? Gagner plays his gawdknowshowmany consecutive terrible game and isn't cited as a problem? I have no idea if Eakins is a terrible coach or not but it is becoming very clear he doesn't know what is happening on the ice at all. Does he think Arco is wearing the full cage?

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#834 Death Metal Nightmare
December 04 2013, 10:12AM
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funny how out of that list, Paul Stastny gets the least respect or talk but is sitting in third place and probably will forever. everyone else on that list gets a verbal BJ non-stop.

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#835 Danger Pay
December 04 2013, 10:12AM
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Dubnyk = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM-7Ts-3wmY

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#836 Puck JammeR!
December 04 2013, 10:13AM
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My girlfriend, who is not a hockey fan in the least, was watching the game with me last night and she was like "they always have guys blocking us from getting to the net, why don't our guys block our net?"

Well, Mr. Eakins? She's waiting for an answer.

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#837 geoilersgist
December 04 2013, 10:14AM
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Wow over 830 comments! Yup it is about to get real for the Oilers. The fan base is about to explode if something doesn't happen

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#838 YakkkAttakkk
December 04 2013, 10:15AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

I have been a long time season seat holder and the last few years its been getting harder to give tickets away,it takes six or seven calls before I can find anyone who want's the tickets for FREE,I have them posted on Kijji and the Oiler's site with no luck and they are posted way below face value,there have been a few games this year were no one wanted them at all,this is my last season subsidizing the Oilers,I am done supporting the old boy's club Six rings and the gang!!!

You could always just give them to this guy LOL. You dont even have to pay him to give him the tix LOL

http://alberta.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tickets-Oilers-tickets-you-dont-even-have-to-pay-me-W0QQAdIdZ549414658

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#839 Hockey Problems
December 04 2013, 10:22AM
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Does Yakupov mean pylon in Russian ? The kid is constantly standing still, watching the play in the D zone. Hey Yak, if you want to watch the game I've got some tickets in sec 122,row 11, I sell you for cheap. I'm not using them anymore. How do you forget how to play a game that you've played your whole life. Maybe we can loan him out to the KHL and dress Larionov instead.

Somebody?

Anybody ?

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#840 Puck JammeR!
December 04 2013, 10:23AM
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YakkkAttakkk wrote:

You could always just give them to this guy LOL. You dont even have to pay him to give him the tix LOL

http://alberta.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tickets-Oilers-tickets-you-dont-even-have-to-pay-me-W0QQAdIdZ549414658

I bought a ticket from a buddy for the Chicago game for $25. I felt like I overpaid by about $20. I would say I overpaid by more, but that Toews breakaway goal was pretty sick.

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#841 Puck JammeR!
December 04 2013, 10:26AM
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Btw there's no such thing as free/cheap Oilers tickets cause you need to spend $60 on beer just to make it watchable.

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#842 VK63
December 04 2013, 10:26AM
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@Doctor Smashy

I thought Arco was Ok. Drew a couple penalties by mucking it up. Maybe Eakins thinks that because the Oilers PP blew chunks it was Arco's fault for drawing the penalty and thus exposing the chosen ones to scrutiny.

~young and skilled baby… young and skilled~

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#843 Clarko
December 04 2013, 10:33AM
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Puck JammeR! wrote:

Trade one of Hall or Eberle this season. They know they're untouchable as the first line wingers into eternity and it seems like every defenceman in the league has got a bead on their ticky-tacky, toe drag, over-handle the puck, no-hit style. The game they play isn't going to work in the NHL and they're never going to change it.

Hall & Eberle may not be perfect, but Hall has 123 points in his last 128 games. And Eberle has 136 points in his last 155 games. The stats say that these guys give NHL defensemen at least a little bit to worry about.

They both need to be more consistent, but trading your two most offensively gifted players on an offensively-challenged team would be a big mistake.

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#844 Puck JammeR!
December 04 2013, 10:37AM
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Clarko wrote:

Hall & Eberle may not be perfect, but Hall has 123 points in his last 128 games. And Eberle has 136 points in his last 155 games. The stats say that these guys give NHL defensemen at least a little bit to worry about.

They both need to be more consistent, but trading your two most offensively gifted players on an offensively-challenged team would be a big mistake.

How many of those last 155 games did their team win?

We need to stop looking at any player as untouchable. This team is deeply and fundamentally broken.

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#845 tileguy
December 04 2013, 10:40AM
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Clarko wrote:

Hall & Eberle may not be perfect, but Hall has 123 points in his last 128 games. And Eberle has 136 points in his last 155 games. The stats say that these guys give NHL defensemen at least a little bit to worry about.

They both need to be more consistent, but trading your two most offensively gifted players on an offensively-challenged team would be a big mistake.

Gotta give something to get something. Even 4 more Perron's will not work, too much of the same. We need size, and grit and need to use our assets to obtain this, even if it means overpaying. Not doing anything is total disrespect to the fans.

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#846 6 ring circus
December 04 2013, 10:41AM
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This season will end up no different then the past 7 seasons,the rebuild has been a complete failure,at the end of the season Katz should hire an experienced president of hockey operations from a winning organization,someone who has a proven track record in management,and rebuild this team from the top all the way down,look at what Montreal and Colorado have done in just 2 years,The incompetents who have been in charge of this rebuild have had 8 years and we are no closer today then when we started,In any other team or business there would have been major changes in management and the organization by now, how much longer is the fan base expected to watch this sorry excuse for a hockey team?

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#847 tileguy
December 04 2013, 10:44AM
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P.S. I really hate the name "rogers place', crass marketing at its finest. I know main stream media is powerless to help with this as there paycheck from the jollyroger will influence them, but can we make a effort to call the new arena "The barn", right now it's a stinky barn.

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#848 Ed in Edmonton
December 04 2013, 10:50AM
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Clarko wrote:

Hall & Eberle may not be perfect, but Hall has 123 points in his last 128 games. And Eberle has 136 points in his last 155 games. The stats say that these guys give NHL defensemen at least a little bit to worry about.

They both need to be more consistent, but trading your two most offensively gifted players on an offensively-challenged team would be a big mistake.

Unfortunately the Oil are also challenged in many other areas. There is a perception that the Oil have a number of players who have scoring ability. This perception and a high draft pick next year are the only items of value the Oil have which they might be able to leverage to address some of their weaknesses. IMO it is not if, but when will they turn their perceived strengths into assets that will address their weaknesses.

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December 04 2013, 10:52AM
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Puck JammeR! wrote:

Btw there's no such thing as free/cheap Oilers tickets cause you need to spend $60 on beer just to make it watchable.

You have TWO BEERS at an Oilers game!?

Wow! :P

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#850 Joe Mamma
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@Doctor Smashy

Judging by the lengthy shot of Eakins staring at his shoes behind the bench a few minutes after the 5-2 goal, I would suggest he's just as disconnected and disinterested as the players. Do we think the players don't see that?

Frankly I'm getting tired of the story line from the Edmonton media that "We've changed coaches over and over. It's not a coaching issue." I agree, in a sense. The players are the big problem, and until we have a better mix of players, the playoffs are a pipe dream.

But refusing to address what is clearly poor coaching simply because "we've gone through so many coaches" is inane. That argument sounds a lot like "We hate each other's guts, but let's stay together for the kids." Does that ever work?

His system is a punch line throughout the NHL. The players have no idea what they are suppose to be doing, and the man can't be bothered to even be on the ice in practice. His player personnel decisions and line combinations are laughable. And he is consistently out-coached, refuses to line match, and often seems paralyzed when his initial gameplan doesn't pan out. Just keep going back to the same matchups and lines over and over while the team collectively tries to blow out a lightbulb. The man looks lost in space behind the bench on most nights.

With all the players we have to develop, do we really have the time to be developing coaches too? This guy is completely in over his head, and the results and on-ice product speak for themselves. This team needs an established head coach, and to finally get rid of Bucky and Smith while they're at it. How about a Brent Sutter, Peter Laviolette, or even a Paul Maurice? The season is over. Who cares about "maintaining consistency" when the only consistent thing has been bad decisions and loss after loss after loss. Cut the cord already and move on.

It IS a problem. We can admit that, or just continue to sit around and watch Daddy lay a lickin' on Mommy night after night, because hey, that's best for the kids, right?

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