GDB 30.0: Blue

Jonathan Willis
December 05 2013 06:22PM

The Edmonton Oilers play the Colorado Avalanche tonight sans two of their top-four defencemen. Jeff Petry is a healthy scratch; Anton Belov has been demoted to Oklahoma City.

The Remainder

Edmonton will ice the following not remotely NHL-caliber blue line against the Avs:

  • Justin Schultz
  • Andrew Ference
  • Nick Schultz
  • Philip Larsen
  • Corey Potter
  • Martin Marincin

Some of that's poor roster construction, but some of it is decisions by the coaching staff.

Either way, the Oilers go into tonight's game against Colorado (tied with Pittsburgh as the sixth highest-scoring team in the NHL) with almost nothing on the back end.

The Lines

We don't know the lines; all we know for sure is that they're going to be different, both because of the changes in personnel and possibly owing to other factors:

Update: As expected, the lines change:

Predictions

Game day prediction: Let's say 5-1 Colorado.

Obvious game day prediction: Nathan MacKinnon moves ahead of Mark Arcobello for the rookie assists lead when he picks up two tonight. 

No-so-obvious game day prediction: Luke Gazdic will score the Oilers' only goal, crashing hard to the net and redirecting Anton Lander's shot past Colorado's goaltender. 

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Serious Gord
December 05 2013, 08:57PM
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Harlie wrote:

Triple feature it with Tropic Thunder.

or Hardcore Logo, if, you know, you're not into the whole brevity thing. This is a very complicated ....

Thanks for the recommendations - I haven't seen either. I will definitely check them out.

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#52 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 08:58PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Crappy call on hall. Can someone explain to the refs the oilers are perfectly capable of blowing this without their help.

Perron scores! Keep your dumb opinions to yourself !

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#53 Harlie
December 05 2013, 08:58PM
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Perron

Sniper

Diggity

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#54 Alsker
December 05 2013, 09:07PM
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Why was Gags on the 2nd PP...worked rather well with Arco.

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#55 Alsker
December 05 2013, 09:13PM
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Arco mucking it up infront of our net...how the f^ck did we sit him for what 5 games? Dubby stopping the weird ones tonight...helpful for once

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#56 Soccer Steve
December 05 2013, 09:13PM
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Schultz is a pussy. Through and through.

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#57 Jzed
December 05 2013, 09:16PM
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The fact that Arcobello had to come back and shove McGinn out of Dubnyk's face while Schultz stood and watched.... Says it all. FFS!

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#58 Lawndemon
December 05 2013, 09:18PM
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Alsker wrote:

Arco mucking it up infront of our net...how the f^ck did we sit him for what 5 games? Dubby stopping the weird ones tonight...helpful for once

Insane that the only guy mucking it up for his goalie is also the smallest guy on the ice... That's a big part of what's wrong with the Oilers.

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#59 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 09:24PM
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Jzed wrote:

The fact that Arcobello had to come back and shove McGinn out of Dubnyk's face while Schultz stood and watched.... Says it all. FFS!

Schultz needs to get punched in the face a couple times so he knows he isn't made of glass. Ya it really sucks but a d man who refuses to stick up for his goalie sucks a whole lot more. With Smid gone we got ferrence..... That's it.

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#60 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 09:42PM
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Gazdic vs Bordellau

Man you have to be tough to grow up with those last names.

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#61 bazmagoo
December 05 2013, 09:42PM
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Can we trade Gagner please, Arcobello is already a better player.

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#62 Rocket
December 05 2013, 09:49PM
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You know the refs got it wrong when Hemsky gets a penalty for roughing. When was the last time that happened? 2004?

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#63 Rocket
December 05 2013, 09:51PM
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Arcobello! Livin the dream

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#64 Alsker
December 05 2013, 09:53PM
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So...does Eakins give Gags the "under the bus" treatment or does he find a reason to moan about Lander?

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#65 Rod from Viking
December 05 2013, 09:54PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

On a different topic, I can't find the raw interview of Taylor Hall after the loss to the Coyotes but someone asked him if he watched Nathan McKinnon and he said something like he doesn't watch teams above them in the standings play. If I heard right he doesn't watch much NHL hockey, it would sure be nice to get the Taylor hall back that charged down the wing and gave a chicken wing to Drew Doughty when he took a run at him or the guy that got suspended for his hit on Clutterbuck. Is he injured,disinterested or being told to play this style? I really hope the changes can happen so this team can have a turnaround next year like Colorado and Hall can get his mojo back,if he stirs the drink it is now a glass of flat Pilsner.

It looks like Taylor does read ON after all. (lol) TSN said that the Avalanche have McGinn available and need a d-man and after tonight they need two, might work Mac T a hard nosed possible 20 goal man.

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#66 Ari Gold
December 05 2013, 09:56PM
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Arco: turnovers created, couple of hits, goal, assist, 3rd line

Gags: 2nd line, nothing to show with more ice time

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#67 D-Unit
December 05 2013, 09:58PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Schultz needs to get punched in the face a couple times so he knows he isn't made of glass. Ya it really sucks but a d man who refuses to stick up for his goalie sucks a whole lot more. With Smid gone we got ferrence..... That's it.

Agreed, but he isn't the only Oiler that does. There are way too many guys on the team who spend far too much time inspecting the ice anytime an opponent gets physical. Even making some eye contact would help, be a start anyhow. Eakins should run a drill next practice, divide the team into pairs and each pair has a staring contest, one guy blinks, other guy gets to punch him square in the face.

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#68 Alsker
December 05 2013, 09:59PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Arco: turnovers created, couple of hits, goal, assist, 3rd line

Gags: 2nd line, nothing to show with more ice time

Gags has been able to avoid enough contact not to get his uniform all snowy.

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#69 Jzed
December 05 2013, 10:01PM
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Too bad the Oil don't finish their checks, like the Yakster did there, all the time. Seems like Lander and Marincin do. Maybe another Baron and a rest for Gagner is in order.

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#70 Ari Gold
December 05 2013, 10:05PM
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Lander you clown! Give Hall the breakout pass to give him a chance for the hatty on that empty net.

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#71 Alsker
December 05 2013, 10:05PM
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Wow, if Gags jaw prevents him from taking out his man than why the f#ck is he not on IR, if not, why is he in the line up?

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#72 bazmagoo
December 05 2013, 10:05PM
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Jzed wrote:

Too bad the Oil don't finish their checks, like the Yakster did there, all the time. Seems like Lander and Marincin do. Maybe another Baron and a rest for Gagner is in order.

If Gordon comes back and Eakins sits Arcobello instead of Gagner I'm going to be angry.

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#73 Alsker
December 05 2013, 10:07PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Lander you clown! Give Hall the breakout pass to give him a chance for the hatty on that empty net.

Can't blame him, looking for his first and in need to impress Eakins. If it was anyone else I would agree with you.

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#74 Chainsawz
December 05 2013, 10:08PM
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Does Petry come back from the press box next game? I say keep him there, it was a nice change on the blueline.

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#75 Chainsawz
December 05 2013, 10:09PM
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Haha, Gagner... Seventh goal in a 7-2 game, you're still a goat!

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#76 Jzed
December 05 2013, 10:10PM
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Oilers got an IPad on bench? Gags hearing footsteps.......

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#77 HOFFFF
December 05 2013, 10:12PM
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Haha Gagner looks like Quagmire!

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#78 Westcoastoil
December 05 2013, 10:12PM
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Soooo, where are all the mea culpas from everyone who ripped Eakins for his lineup changes?

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#79 Jzed
December 05 2013, 10:13PM
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So does Roowah glare at Hallss he leaves the building?

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#80 Ari Gold
December 05 2013, 10:14PM
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Seriously, this team has bipolar disorder. They blow em out or get blown out. I can't take this anymore....

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#81 madjam
December 05 2013, 10:15PM
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NAILED THE FINAL SCORE AND WINNER . ON A HOT STREAK NOW .

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#82 6 ring circus
December 05 2013, 10:16PM
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Seriously WTF happened tonight ? How can the Oilers play so brutal one night and then come out and play like a bunch of all stars two days later unreal!!!

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#83 Johnnydapunk
December 05 2013, 10:17PM
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Did the Oil and the Avs switch jerseys before the game?

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#84 West
December 05 2013, 10:18PM
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8-2. Take that pessimism.

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#85 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
December 05 2013, 10:19PM
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Where was this effort

Earlier in the season?

Come on Boys....Fight on

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#86 Harlie
December 05 2013, 10:20PM
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Sir Admiral Hallsy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI6C7L66zq8

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#87 bulldog12
December 05 2013, 10:20PM
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See comment # 30 Big team win Apparently they got the message. What do you think is going thru Petrys head. Didn't miss watching him at all tonight. Everyone contributed tonight. Even non factor Hemsky was a factor. Can't mess with a winning line up.

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#88 6 ring circus
December 05 2013, 10:20PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

Soooo, where are all the mea culpas from everyone who ripped Eakins for his lineup changes?

Yes I will eat humble pie I never thought they were going to win tonight good thing I didn't bet on the game I would of lost a fortune!!!!

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#89 West
December 05 2013, 10:23PM
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But seriously, who is running the Oiler website? Did any penalty get listed correctly? Ryan Jones for head butting. Two match penalties for deliberate injury. Two guys got boarding majors against each other. Nice job whoever you are.

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#90 Quintana
December 05 2013, 10:24PM
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I have one question. How was Marincin on defence tonight?

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#91 Primo
December 05 2013, 10:25PM
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I honestly believe based on this impressive win tonight Kevin Lowe deserves a long contract extension.

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#92 emonkee
December 05 2013, 10:27PM
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Wonder what Eakins will do next game...stick with the same "winning" lineup and have Petry sit again?

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#93 Johnnydapunk
December 05 2013, 10:27PM
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Philip Larsen finished the night at +4 ! Small but impressive stat.

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#94 TonyT
December 05 2013, 10:27PM
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Oilers win big! Bigger tease than a Jessica Albla movie...

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#95 Westcoastoil
December 05 2013, 10:27PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Yes I will eat humble pie I never thought they were going to win tonight good thing I didn't bet on the game I would of lost a fortune!!!!

You're smarter than me! Only good thing is I chickened out and bet light at the last second

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#96 Danger Pay
December 05 2013, 10:30PM
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Eakins get's a pass for the next time he mixes up the lineup, and it doesn't work.

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#97 Taylor Gang
December 05 2013, 10:31PM
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Taylor Hall signed my jersey and I legitimately cried. No hate please he is just my favorite player!

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#98 Fatbob24
December 05 2013, 10:32PM
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I've decided that mr Willis can do every GDB!

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#99 Danger Pay
December 05 2013, 10:34PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Seriously WTF happened tonight ? How can the Oilers play so brutal one night and then come out and play like a bunch of all stars two days later unreal!!!

There's this really competitive league out there where any team, can beat any team, on any night. It's really good, you should check it out.

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#100 MMAX
December 05 2013, 10:35PM
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Now that's a pure f*cking throttling.....I love it.

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