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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Jones-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Acton-Joensuu

Ference-Petry
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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.

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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#51 tileguy
December 04 2013, 11:08AM
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tileguy wrote:

I wish something good or bad happens to this team. Get beat 7-0 and have a mngt shakeup, or go on a 7 game win streak and let the good times roll. Sooo tired of this apathetic feeling watching "my team".

Well, I think it's time for a shakeup, what about you katz, or are you too busy counting your money?

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#52 Poolanov
December 03 2013, 08:05PM
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Taylor Hall has been bloody AWFUL in the last ten games. All year for that matter. How do you not score that goal...

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#53 FireKLowe
December 03 2013, 09:46PM
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Larry wrote:

Dubnyk needs to go...

I literally hate that son of a bitch along with the coach, management, and the stupid Sportsnet commentators.

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#54 HOFFFF
December 03 2013, 09:52PM
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Wow. How embarassing.

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#55 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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#56 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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#57 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 03 2013, 08:02PM
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Seriously MacT, find us four more Perrons please.

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#58 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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#59 tileguy
December 04 2013, 10:59AM
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from an Andrey Osadchenko blog dated March 2/13.

"YAKUPOV: 'YOU WANT TO OUT THERE AND WIN GAMES JUST BECAUSE OF KRUEGER'"

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#60 gongshow
December 03 2013, 03:46PM
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I have been unable to attend a couple of the games this season and I had as much difficulty giving away my tix for FREE as I've ever had. It's sad the apathy that is starting to grow. Hawks game last week cleared out early and the folks around me were joking about why they even spent the time to drive to the game as they put their coats on and left early. It's not even the losing that's the worst. The visible lack of intensity/effort for large stretches pisses me off more than the losing. I expect that it's the same for many other fans.

I was on my way out of town the other night and was listening to the Dallas game on 630 CHED. Even Kool Aid Drinker #1, Bob Stauffer, sounded disgusted by the effort level.

As dad as it is, I think the team might be losing their next generation of fans, too. Both of my sons' teams that I coach are filled with more non-Oilers fans than homers. Frankly, that sucks.

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#61 Rob F
December 03 2013, 08:54PM
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For a sell out .....lots if empty seats....I'm not the only one that's had enough It's a boring experience. That's for sure

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#62 Grant Fuhr
December 03 2013, 09:02PM
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I like snow storms

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#63 They're $hittie
December 03 2013, 09:52PM
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MoneyMoe wrote:

Time to Make a SERIOUS move Mack!!

Old Shultz to Carolina For Dman T.Gleason ...

Larson & draft pick to Pens for Dman D.Engelland...

And Hemsky, Omark draft pick to Philly for Wayne Simmonds!

All of a Sudden we have players who can "Play" "hit" and fight if or when needed in the regular rotation ...

If u can't pull 1 off. Then let's go after the young Russian Dman from Florida

not one of these trades would be accepted. would be nice though.

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#64 kgo
December 03 2013, 10:08PM
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Oh, and send Justin pussypants Shultz to the AHL please

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#65 HOFFFF
December 03 2013, 10:08PM
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Hall won't go to the net....back hand to avoid a bump. Soft.

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#66 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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#67 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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#68 God
December 03 2013, 08:48PM
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3-1

Horrendous defensive zone coverage. Terrible defensemen. Terrible decisions at the offensive blue line. Pathetic man coverage. Soft play.

I'm going to watch House MD re-runs.

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#69 Oilerz4life
December 03 2013, 08:56PM
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Dubnyk is not even giving his team a chance to win when they are putting in the effort. A few of the goals tonight were so weak. How is the team supposed to win when they are getting no support from the goaltender? Its hard to watch.

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#70 Harlie
December 03 2013, 09:23PM
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LOIL wrote:

I bet if you put Petry right beside Gilbert they would both be rated not very good

Gilbert would have the nicer shoes.

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#71 Hockey fan 1976
December 03 2013, 09:50PM
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When is Bryz back????? DDumbnuts suuuuuuckkkksss!!!!

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#72 Reg Dunlop
December 03 2013, 10:11PM
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Gagner fall down and not 1 team mate skates over to check on his wellbeing. Gotta love the skill on display, however.

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#73 Rod from Viking
December 03 2013, 10:12PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Looks like Eakins fell asleep or passed out due to malnutrition. Get him a donair.

It wouldn't hurt to see some emotion out of the coach and walk the talk about making players accountable.

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#74 Richard
December 03 2013, 10:24PM
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Is 8 enough for Daryl Katz?

FIRE KEVIN LOWE

48 19 22 7

82 32 40 10

82 25 45 12

82 27 47 8

82 38 35 9

82 41 35 6

82 32 43 7

Quite the record

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#75 Serious Gord
December 03 2013, 10:30PM
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Just looking at the games remaining for the month and the first week of jan:

The halfway point is almost exactly at the end of that period (44)

If the oil continue to lose practically every game to opponents who are " in" the playoffs they will lose 11 and win 4. Including the loss tonight the record. Will be:

13 - 27 - 4 give or take a win or two that's a gawdawful record.

The low point of the oil was mine games ago. Then they were 4 - 15 - 2 at the quarter pole of the season.

December looks to be a dark month in more ways than one...

Meanwhile mr Katz has even more money to count and fold...

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#76 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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#77 OCD OCD OCD OCD ... What ?!?
December 04 2013, 01:32AM
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@Mike Krushelnyski

Time for some medication ?!?

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#78 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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#79 Walter Sobchak
December 03 2013, 02:41PM
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I gave tonight's tix away, still won't be renewing for next year.

I'm still saying the last 10 to 12 games are not a good sample of the reality that is the Oilers.

Same team, same issues and mostly playing non-playoff teams during this stretch. The team looked good, not great and bloody awful mixed in for good times.

The real Oilers will show up after the Avalanche game. After that, it's going to be few and far between.

OGDP - Oilers vs playoff team.......not a good night for fans.

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#80 Rama Lama
December 03 2013, 03:50PM
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I think that is a very astute observation on Hall........the old give and go?? Who would have ever though of that?

If Hall and Eberle and the rest of the youth need a lesson on puck management make them watch a game from the 80's of the Oilers .

Oh the things they could learn ........proper drop passes, give and go's, the office behind the net, a true one timer. If Eakins has any brains, he would do this.

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#81 Ray
December 03 2013, 06:18PM
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Jason....I've written many a time on this forum that oiler crowds will start dwindling if the status quo keeps up. I know because I had tickets in 1995.. I remember...what really surprises me the most is almost the insistence of Katz to leave upper management the way it is! That's what really is schocking about this whole episode! Most business people would not tolerate this model!!!!....the crowds I dare say will continue to dwindle ...

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#82 Gk1980
December 03 2013, 09:48PM
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God wrote:

This defense is terrible.

The top line needs to learn that fans want goals, any way. We don't care about how it gets in the net.

Perron is a beauty. He should be the only player held on to during the off-season. Burn the rest of them.

Eakins needs to learn how to use what he has, rather than implementing some draconian system.

House MD re-runs are serving me well. He's less miserable than the average Oiler fan. We're all masochists.

If I see Ebrrle or hemsky dangle and NOT shoot I'm throwing my channel changer through my tv. Just SHOOT the puck!

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#83 Greg
December 03 2013, 10:38PM
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lol, didn't watch or go to the game tonight, just checked the box score. and when i looked at it it make me laugh. beating the oilers is as easy as 1-2-3.

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#84 kale
December 03 2013, 11:04PM
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S cottV wrote:

Wow - that was horrifying. Dubnyk was bad on a couple but omg that's the worst d zone coverage in the history of the world. What the ---- is Petry doing? Sorry - but Eakins does not look like a leader. His body language is awful - even in the early going. Be a cheer leader, sound a battle cry or kick a water bottle, but don't just stand there pouting and looking beat. Geezes - MacT may have to do the unthinkable - punt Eakins and get his exposed @ss on that bench. .

Eakins said post game that Arcobello had a really rough game. I know it was not a perfect game but to me he appeared more productive than many. Last game they lost Eakins said it was because of physical fitness. This team is becoming as mechanical as he is. I have never seen the team so emotionless. The team really mimics its coach in my humble opinion. I just dont see this coach leading this team to the next level.

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#85 kale
December 03 2013, 11:18PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Did I hear right? Did Eakins throw Arco under the bus?What about the golden boys and every other player not named Perron.

He actually said he didnt want to throw Arco under the bus but he had a really rough game. So i dont know, you tell me, if that doesnt sounds like someone being thrown under the bus

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#86 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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#87 Joe Mamma
December 04 2013, 10:52AM
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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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#88 Walter Sobchak
December 03 2013, 02:51PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Gagners a lot better than Nuge on the dot, By this reasoning you would have Nuge playing fourth line minutes. I'd rather have hockey players than face punchers, and NHL players than AHL players who can take face offs.

Watch the face offs really close, there are a lot of battles for the puck where the wingers are breaking out or do not help on the draw causing our centers a lot of losses that should not be.

Me Personally Gagner and Hemsky and Jones have more experience so between the two, Gagners line takes the toughs.

Does it matter? Gagner & Hemsky leak chances, there a disaster in there own end and have zero push back.

In the end if Gagner or Arcobelo is going up against Reberio or Hanzel line they are already at a disadvantage.

PHX top two lines are just simply better then the Oilers, maybe not skill wise but just better hockey players at this point.

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#89 Arius Mumin
December 03 2013, 04:14PM
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Benny Botts wrote:

This is by far one of the worse and misguided comments I have seen on ON.

I will have to assume to you are both a liar and delusional.

There is comments worse that on daily basis.

Misguided? How you figure? Do you watch the Oilers play?

There is not one Oiler, so far this season, that I recall seening turn the puck over more than Hall, or made more senseless passes/shots that brought plays to a halt. I don't know where to find the stats for it but I bet they would say the same.

The PP unit of Hall, Eberle and RNH has not been affective all season long. The 3 of them do not appear to be a threat to 2nd PK units of weak opposition. Why then does "someone" continue to keep them together on nightly bases expecting for something to change, while changing the rest of the lines around and even bringing up players that shouldn't be playing. I have not been keeping track but I doubt that for most of the time that they even face the other teams top players at even strenght.

But please do tell me what is misguided about my comment-so I can better understand your tier of thinking.

Every team has a leader? No? i was just curious if when it came to the Oilers it was Hall or Eberle. Fair question.

There is a lot of proof to support my comment that every line and player have been shuffled around, no? There is also a lot of proof to show that Hall and Eberle have not been producing on the PP and even strenght as of late, no?

From what I have seen-Hall and Eberle get the most shifts, and some are really long ones, than any other Oiler. For most of those shifts both players are not very threathing or affective, yet they are continued to be put out there and rewarded with shifts and playing time, while their teammates(some who are working better and harder than the two mentioned) are being shuffled around like they were at a bar dance.

I have a hard time seeing and believing that all this shuffling is necesarry outside of the top 3-as if it them 3 doing all the work and the rest of their teammates not keeping up.

My comment about another coach is just my opinion, don't let it get to you.

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#90 Spydyr
December 03 2013, 04:18PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Gagner and Yakupov need to pick their game up. No excuses

It's been seven years for Gagner I would not expect any Christmas miracles.Yak is lost right now and that is on his coach.

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#91 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
December 03 2013, 08:16PM
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Man could the Oilers use a big two-way centre like Martin Hanzal.

So hot right now...

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#92 LOIL
December 03 2013, 08:57PM
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Petry is not very good and so is Gilbert not very good. Both defencemen are similar and not very good. I think there very similar players. They both are not good

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#93 PapaMike
December 03 2013, 09:58PM
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MoneyMoe wrote:

Time to Make a SERIOUS move Mack!!

Old Shultz to Carolina For Dman T.Gleason ...

Larson & draft pick to Pens for Dman D.Engelland...

And Hemsky, Omark draft pick to Philly for Wayne Simmonds!

All of a Sudden we have players who can "Play" "hit" and fight if or when needed in the regular rotation ...

If u can't pull 1 off. Then let's go after the young Russian Dman from Florida

Thank you for the laughs, I really needed something lame to laugh at as the Oilers are just making me cry.

Hemsky and Omark for Wayne Simmonds....still makes me LOL!!!!

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#94 JJ
December 03 2013, 10:00PM
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Why does this arena continue to sell out? As a fan, why would you want to pay any money to see this piece of **** team play. Can anyone answer this for me? Don't you get it by now? You're just going to get ****** over and over and you don't learn.

Anyway, I'm very happy at the current score. Blow these bastards out, Phoenix. Dubnyk, get the **** out of edmonton. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, mother ******

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#95 Rod from Viking
December 03 2013, 10:00PM
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I like how the local media Kool-Aid dispensers have said the team is pointed north, i would say we are still in Antartica. "Good job Ference" we won one battle tonight.

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#96 Zamboni Driver
December 03 2013, 10:15PM
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Incidentally. Watch them scramble like crazy on the PP. Why?

Stats.

You were wondering where rock bottom is?

It's now.

Pathetic. Heartless. Gutless collection of me-first p*ssies.

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Wow - that was horrifying. Dubnyk was bad on a couple but omg that's the worst d zone coverage in the history of the world. What the ---- is Petry doing? Sorry - but Eakins does not look like a leader. His body language is awful - even in the early going. Be a cheer leader, sound a battle cry or kick a water bottle, but don't just stand there pouting and looking beat. Geezes - MacT may have to do the unthinkable - punt Eakins and get his exposed @ss on that bench. .

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#98 Rod from Viking
December 03 2013, 11:24PM
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@kale

Didn't want to throw him under but he did, Arco has been the most consistent player all year and has done everything he can, Eakin's comments were brutal, how about the rest who have been poor most games.

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#99 Rocket
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@Mike Krushelnyski

ROTFLMAO!

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

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#100 Czar
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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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