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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#1 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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#2 Alsker
December 05 2013, 10:39PM
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Jekyll and Hyde thing is better than nightly suckage.

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#3 God
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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#5 Craig1981
December 05 2013, 06:31PM
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I try and not judge or criticize coaching and GMing decisions since I am aware I don't have the expertise nor the inside knowledge MacT or Eakins has. That said, this defense that is dressing tonight really tests my conviction to that Philosophy....,REALLY tests it

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

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#7 Jason
December 05 2013, 06:37PM
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Playing for the Oilers stunts your growth as a hockey player.

Not much more to say.

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#8 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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#9 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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#10 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 10:36PM
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* pulls foot out of mouth * Ya so that lineup worked pretty darn good there mr Eakins. Shame on all who doubted you.

* slowly shuffles away with hands in pockets and whistling a jaunty tune *

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#11 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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#12 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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#13 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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#14 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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#15 Greg the Hammer Valentine
December 05 2013, 06:28PM
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Like Han Solo would say: "I have a bad feeling about this."

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#17 Alsker
December 05 2013, 09:59PM
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God 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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#18 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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#19 Mychew
December 05 2013, 11:02PM
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The oilers still suck but they blow me away sometimes.

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#20 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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#21 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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#22 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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#23 God
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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#24 West
December 05 2013, 10:18PM
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8-2. Take that pessimism.

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#25 **
December 06 2013, 12:00AM
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God wrote:

Seriously, this team has bipolar disorder. They blow em out or get blown out. I can't take this anymore....

I'll take this over losing 5 in a row any day

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

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#27 Johe
December 05 2013, 06:36PM
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Our defense cannot honestly be worse than it has been all year. We've given up 101 goals. Trying Marincin and Potter is worth a shot for a game or two. Why not?

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#28 David S
December 05 2013, 06:24PM
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I'm afraid it looks like a guaranteed loss night boys. *Loads shotgun*

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

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#30 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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#31 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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#32 6 ring circus
December 05 2013, 06:50PM
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Just curious, is anyone picking the Oiler's to win tonight? If you are, can you please call 1-800 you just lost your bet.

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#33 dawgtoy
December 05 2013, 07:11PM
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Is a team allowed to demote its head coach? If so, I'd say send Eakins to OKC and call up Todd Nelson. That is all!

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#34 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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#35 steelymac
December 05 2013, 08:04PM
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Im thinkin shultz jr is a pussy.going to be a good player but no stones.

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#36 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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#37 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 10:38PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Stranger things have happened, if the Oilers can with stand the first 10 mins, maybe they have a chance? Just a little optimism from seberia here boys, relax.

So. Tell us all. How did you do that ?

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#38 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 10:57PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Well you know what they say boys, that a little opitiminilism can go a long way, and I hate to say "I toadaso" but "I &@#%ing toadaso."

Optimism and oiler fan are almost night and day after all the recent years of sucktitude.

The oilers are 6-4 in the last 10.

That surprised me when I read it. Consumed in my own negativity.

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

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#40 **
December 05 2013, 11:51PM
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8-2 and the defence looked the best it has in probably the whole season. defense by committee instead of giving Petry all those minutes he can't handle. Marincin was solid and he makes his size be felt even with that lanky frame. That third line was rock n roll. The fourth line looked really solid. 5 of the top six were very engaged, Gagner needs a trip to the press box. Arcobello either made Eakins eat his words from the other day or showed Eakins is a maquiavellic motivator. Eakins wins round one on the battle of the rookie coaches. I admit I thought it was going to be a score like this but the other way. Nice to be wrong.

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#41 Ales Hallsky
December 06 2013, 12:03AM
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Less talk more ghost ride the whip!!

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#42 Greenlingj
December 06 2013, 08:21AM
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I went to the bar to get drunk to dull the pain.

I ended up black out drunk in the arms of two fine Russian women one was 6'2 the other was 6'1 and drop dead gorgeous. They both did not speak english really well but from the story they tell it went like this.

They came into the bar at around 7:20pm and I was bitching about Klowe MacT and the old boys and they assumed I was Katz and I went home with them.

I then had a dream that I awoke to the Oilers beating the Avs 8-2 and Taylor Hall having a awesome 4 point night, Smyth looked like a hockey god apparently and Arcobello took the Assist lead away from that kid MacKinnon.

So one of these is reality and one is a dream I am just not sure which at this point.

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#43 Harlie
December 05 2013, 07:06PM
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Uh oh...what's that melancholic feeling setting in?

It's the 90's Oilers fan in me returning.

Run Forrest Run! Bright Shiny Tunes! Ezzies! The Bronx! RED'S!

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#44 God
December 05 2013, 08:24PM
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Money Moe wrote:

Once upon a time there was a undersized undrafted rookie leading all rookies in assists named Cory Conacher ..

His GM then traded him while he was hot for a legit number 1 goalie

I'm talking about Conacher , Bishop &&&....Arcobello !!!

Getter done ....a Dman will do ;)

I don't think Arco is over-producing. I think this is 60% of what he's capable of at the NHL level. I'd keep him.

Gags is expendable.

Unless a Bishop quality player is available, Arco is an asset worth keeping.

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#45 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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#46 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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#47 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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#48 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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#49 Danger Pay
December 05 2013, 10:47PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

So. Tell us all. How did you do that ?

Well you know what they say boys, that a little opitiminilism can go a long way, and I hate to say "I toadaso" but "I &@#%ing toadaso."

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#50 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 05 2013, 06:52PM
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Hang on tight boys, this is about to get third world ugly.

I say this with as much hope as I can muster, which is to say, almost none: go Oilers.

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