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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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.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#101 Oiler Al
December 03 2013, 10:59PM
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Gretsky, can be traded, but Gagner cant...

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#102 Cubsfan
December 03 2013, 11:09PM
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is there a worse franchise in professional sports right now?

Dubnyk was awful cause he figures his job is secure now that Bryz is injured

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#103 Zamboni Driver
December 03 2013, 11:17PM
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So Arcobello - AHL player in the NHL because the brain trust can't scout. Gets an assist. Is minus 1.

HE is the problem.

Gagner. 33% faceoff. -2 (as were stellar linemates Tinman and Smyth) $3.2 million. 5'9.

Not the problem.

Gotcha coach.

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#104 bazmagoo
December 03 2013, 11:26PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Gretsky, can be traded, but Gagner cant...

Only saw the first half of the game, but Gagner looked ridiculous out there tonight. Getting outplayed every shift by Arcobello, who by the way is less than 1/7 the cost. Been saying it for a month or two now, Eakins is in over his head as well. Wonder how long before the next "Oil Change".

So glad I didn't watch the second half of the game.

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#105 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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#106 Burnward
December 04 2013, 03:49AM
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@Reg Dunlop

My name is Mike. From Canmore.

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#107 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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#108 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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#109 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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#110 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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#111 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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#112 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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#113 vetinari
December 04 2013, 10:52AM
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I suggest that the League implement a new rule just for the Oilers-- if they win a game, they get 4 points instead of 2. That way, they at least hover around the last playoff spot... *

*sadly, if this rule was in place, the Oilers would have 38 points this morning and would be tied for 6th in the West with Colorado... uuggghhh....

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#114 Johnnydapunk
December 04 2013, 11:46AM
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I'm slowly realising and accepting the fact that Katz couldn't care less about the results. From his standpoint, his "investment" has almost doubled in value since he purchased it, he just sold the naming rights to the new arena, making even more cash, the Oilers are surprisingly one of the most profitable franchises in the NHL with regards to the operations side of things so that side is just fine, and he has his hockey heroes on his speed dial. He doesn't have to have a winning team to make money, even when the Oil are crap, they are fine to him.

Maybe he will want to try to change things to make the team a winning one when the Oil move to the new building, as I thnk there will be more of his money involved and if fans stay away, it would affect the "bottom line" more so than now.

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#115 Hockey Problems
December 04 2013, 11:50AM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

There is a bunch of griping over the whole new Rogers deal that is going to be in place soon. I might be wrong, but it seems like the coverage will actually be better. No blackouts, more games, more Canadian games covered, etc. There is complaining over the talking head shows etc, but I would like to point out that if you can actually watch more NHL hockey what do you care about the cheeze bits in between?

Also, cable deals are going to be changing soon, where you no longer have to purchase package deals for a bunch of channels you don't watch, so if you can pay a smaller amount, for a channel that is going to cover all the hockey you want, then what gives? If you don't want to watch it or pay for it, then don't, its that simple. Also, because it will be Rogers place the new arena will be really tech savy, so that should give all you old farts something else to cry about.

I may be wrong, but it seems that that is the direction things are going. Here come the trash its. No big deal.

You want the "Rogers NHL package ?!?

$200/month please. We have to recoup 5.2 billion somehow.

This is Canada, it DOESN'T get cheaper.

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#116 gcw_rocks
December 04 2013, 12:55PM
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tileguy wrote:

from an Andrey Osadchenko blog dated March 2/13.

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

Isn't that the irony of this situation. Krueger knew how to motivate and teach, but was in over his head on NHL strategy. He apparently asked for an experienced NHL assistant/associate coach or two to assist with the strategy part to help the team win.

Mr. "Smartest man in the room" Mactavish fired him and brought in Eakins instead. Now we have a guy who doesn't appear to know NHL strategy AND can't motivate/teach his players.

Well done, MacT. Well done.

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#117 Oilerz4life
December 04 2013, 01:13PM
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W wrote:

He is my idol!

Smart. Why not? I think he actually wants to see the Oilers succeed aswell, despite what people think. Its just not happening and everyone is upset. If nothing else, a winning team is more marketable, so he can't be overly happy about the way things are turning out right now either.

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#118 pkam
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Ed in Edmonton wrote:

I agree, although I thought that Eakins was surprisingly harsh on Arco, it was in response to a specific question about Arco.

I am seeing a big difference of opinion between many in the fan base, as expressed in sites such as this, and the lap dog sports media in this town wrt respect to the value of Arco. Have any of the lap dogs asked Eakins how he thinks Gagner is playing? Gagner seems untouchable whilst Arco is singled out by a media wag as a problem on a night when perhaps 15 of the 20 players were not good enough.

Perhaps that media guy didn't want to drill on the negative so he asked about a less terrible player?

Wonder how Grebeshkov did last night? I didn't watch the game but I guess he must be doing pretty good since I didn't see his name anywhere in this blog. I know if he makes even one mistake, at least half the comments will be trashing him.

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#119 admiralmark
December 04 2013, 02:37PM
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2016. Its clear that ole Rexall is cursed. Face the facts. Between the horrendous uncompetitive home games to the bizarre onslaught of weird and overwhelming injuries. This can only be cleansed by playing in a new arena. Maybe Oilers used up all their good luck in the 83-90?! Who's to say? But the evidence has piled up enough not to ignore. So 2016 it is. Until then.... rinse and repeat.

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#120 LOIL
December 03 2013, 01:58PM
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We are going to come out flat footed once more unless Jones starts the first shift and throws a big hit!

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#121 A-Mc
December 03 2013, 02:11PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Which Line should take the Cherry minutes>

Props for Arcobello-Yak-Perron

Trash for Gagner-Hemsky-Jones

Gagner's line because he can't win a draw to save his life.

I have much more faith in Arco and Perron to get the puck into the proper zone and sustain pressure.

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#122 S cottV
December 03 2013, 02:40PM
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Nice to see Jones rewarded and on the 3rd line. If Gagner is in the Jones-like fight to re-establish himself on the 2nd line - maybe Jones - Gagner - Hemsky produces tonight?

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#123 mayorblaine
December 03 2013, 03:15PM
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despite the loss they found comfort in knowing that they were/are showing signs of improvement. they play better away from the stresses of their own fans - Oiler apologists.

i'm insufferable. i was content being miserable about this team. hope is for parents who name their kids based on the top 10 hot names. not oiler fans.

hope they win.

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#124 Puck_In_Throat
December 03 2013, 03:17PM
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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.

Nuge and Gagner are basically the same at draws (crappy). A cursory look at NHL.com stats will show you that the Nuge has almost a 50% success rate on the PP...which, hopefully Willis or someone can corroborate, is when he takes most of his draws on his strong wing (backhand- goalie's right). Boyd Gordon, on the PP (again, strong wing- backhand- goalie's left) is batting roughly 70%. Gordon is an excellent faceoff man.

Gagner's numbers are basically the same as Nuge - 50% on the PP (smyth usually takes draws on his strong side on that unit, gagner on HIS strong side), which is incredibly bad when you think about it. Nuge and Gagner are both ~40% Even strength (having to do both sides).

Centers are always stronger on their backhand. Winning to your forehand side takes some sneakiness/tricks of the trade. I know that there are "other" factors such as winger support, but winning on your weak side requires 1) sneaky technique or 2)great upper body strength.

Gordon has both. Gagner and Nuge do not have the upper body strength. Boyd Gordon and Sam Gagner are both listed as playing at 202 lbs. I would bet anyone any amount of money that Gordon is a lot stronger (and that Gagner's weight is exaggerated).

Arcobello is at roughly 50% overall, slightly below on PP and slightly above 5 v 5. I would take Arco as better defensive option over Gagner in a heartbeat.

But the real question is why is Eakinks not matching Boyd Gordon against the other team's top line (I can tell you that's what Dave Tippett used him for last year)!!!

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#125 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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#126 Spydyr
December 03 2013, 06:02PM
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Alsker wrote:

Perron-Arco-Yak, so his coach is doing his part, now it's up to Yak. Doubt disney could conjure the magic needed for Gags to up his game, ~damn glad he's here for the next phase of the infibuild~

The reason Yak looks lost is not his linemates.It is how his coach teaches Yak his system and teaches what is expected of him within it.

Coaching is more then picking lines the biggest part is teaching.

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#127 vetinari
December 03 2013, 06:15PM
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Alsker wrote:

OK, so why does "Rogers Place" sound so Vancityish, or Ottawaish.....we need a real name: Deathrink, Blooddome, I don't know maybe "Icecavern of Doom"? Rogers Place sounds like it's Mr.Rogers approved, sweaters and hugs for everyone.

How about:

The Rogers Oil Patch?

The Rogers Ice Hole?

If-they-finish-30th-again-can-we-call-it-the-Bell-House-instead?

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#128 D-Unit
December 03 2013, 06:57PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The reason Yak looks lost is not his linemates.It is how his coach teaches Yak his system and teaches what is expected of him within it.

Coaching is more then picking lines the biggest part is teaching.

I agree coaching is a lot about teaching. Though I am not sure how you know how the coach is trying to teach Yak. Further to that though, from an outsiders perspective it looks like Oilers coaches have been trying to teach players who don't want to, or refuse to learn.

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

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#130 Johnnydapunk
December 03 2013, 08:44PM
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Alsker wrote:

OK, so why does "Rogers Place" sound so Vancityish, or Ottawaish.....we need a real name: Deathrink, Blooddome, I don't know maybe "Icecavern of Doom"? Rogers Place sounds like it's Mr.Rogers approved, sweaters and hugs for everyone.

What the official name is and what people call it will hopefully be different, it's happened before, not sure with hockey, but I know the stadium where the Football team Newcastle United play was known as St James' park since the beginning of time, and a new owner tried to change the name a few times, failed miserably and the original name was brought back.

Rogers is doing the exact same thing that O2 Telefonica has done in Europe, it gets to the point where it is impossible to escape the advertising.

It's just a matter of time before they buy a team and change the name, make it all formula one style.

Hope that people do actively refer it to another name and hopefully that name isn't something like "The place where all Stanley cup dreams go to die" (even if it is true ) :-P

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#131 OilMan31
December 03 2013, 08:51PM
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Absolutely pathetic, no defensive awareness what so ever. Gagner looks like he's out for Sunday skate

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#132 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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#133 Big small
December 03 2013, 09:28PM
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Petty is the new version of Gilbert and Potie.... Donkey is a jock like my six rings!!!!

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#134 Rod from Viking
December 03 2013, 09:30PM
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Ryan Smyth has been a heart and sole player for the Oiler's but he can not play every game anymore, he looks so slow tonight and the play has ended with him virtually every shift so far, on the third goal he completely missed a chance to clear, the fourth line is a good start for him but 2 out of 3 in the line up would be better and keep him off the powerplay.

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#135 GK1980
December 03 2013, 09:35PM
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Wow just wow, do these guys care? They are totally useless opening up the third. Extremely frustrating. They are just so not aggressive. Pathetic!

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#136 Quintana
December 03 2013, 09:42PM
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Lots of good UFA Golies this off-season........Dubnyk is garbage.

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#137 God
December 03 2013, 09:43PM
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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.

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

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

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#140 damndubie
December 03 2013, 09:52PM
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Way to make a save dubie....how long until Bryz is back again?

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#141 HOFFFF
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Dubnyk's positioning is horrendous. His glove side is always open. After most goals the right post is directly behind his back. Half his body covering nothing.

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#142 Alsker
December 03 2013, 09:58PM
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LOIL wrote:

Petry and Gilbert are junk

Ummm...we turfed Gilbert a couple years ago, unless you're understating the obvious.

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#143 Zamboni Driver
December 03 2013, 10:01PM
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What heart.

What a leader.

Oh? It's 6-2?

Nevermind.

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#144 Reg Dunlop
December 03 2013, 10:08PM
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Looks like Eakins fell asleep or passed out due to malnutrition. Get him a donair.

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#145 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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#146 Alsker
December 03 2013, 10:12PM
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Can we make the clock go faster please.

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#147 Zamboni Driver
December 03 2013, 10:20PM
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I totally think Steve Kelly was misunderstood, btw.

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#148 Oilcruzer
December 03 2013, 10:38PM
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On the plus side, I don't need to set aside money for playoff tickets.

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#149 kale
December 03 2013, 10:47PM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

On the plus side, I don't need to set aside money for playoff tickets.

Hopefully you have been putting the money away and with eight years of savings, you should have a nice Oiler non-playoff pension plan

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#150 Slats
December 03 2013, 10:47PM
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tyler wrote:

you know the "keys to the game" they put up at about the 5 minute mark? I think for this Oiler team it should be to not be down a goal or more before they post the "keys to the game" for the rest of the season...sure would like to not want to turn the game off before the 10 minute mark on most nights.

Keys to the game - one time I wish they would say

"Oilers should not give up an early goal with Dubie not controlling his rebounds enroute to his league leading .818 save %, followed by pretty passing on the FIRST PERIOD PP with guys in the slot (Hall, Eberle guilty 5x), followed by inept performance from its 4th line going a combined minus effing 7 - really -7!!!

DECEMBER 3rd = ROCK BOTTOM.

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