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 Danger Pay
December 05 2013, 10:37PM
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TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!

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#52 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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#53 **
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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#54 Eulers
December 06 2013, 06:45AM
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For a night, the Oilers taught the Avalanche what it feels like to be the Oilers.

Seriously though, demoting Belov ranks right up there with trading Smid for magic beans and demoting/sitting Arcobello with the head-scracher moves that are starting to remove scalp.

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#55 Spydyr
December 06 2013, 01:58PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Taylor Hall signed my jersey and I legitimately cried. No hate please he is just my favorite player!

Justin Shultz is that you?

If it is stop crying grow some balls and stand up for your goalie.

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#56 Craig1981
December 05 2013, 06:28PM
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Double post.....my bad.

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#57 David S
December 05 2013, 06:36PM
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Greg the Hammer Valentine wrote:

Like Han Solo would say: "I have a bad feeling about this."

http://youtu.be/sBknAcTaMiI

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#58 KRad
December 05 2013, 07:10PM
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Unfortunately, even if a miracle happens and Edmonton wins, they will not want to mess with a "winning lineup" and we will ice the same group against Calgary on HNIC - and get destroyed by a terrible team.

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#59 Rod from Viking
December 05 2013, 07:15PM
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@Jonathan Willis

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.

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#60 Harlie
December 05 2013, 07:33PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Hard to see how this ends in an oiler win.

6-2 Colorado. And I have never been mor confident in a prediction this year.

JESUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZR58d77a4A

Beautiful. And in 1080P and 7.1....

My gun goes click,

My gun goes boom.

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#61 Ari Gold
December 05 2013, 08:16PM
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3-0??? Who are these guys?

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#63 Money Moe
December 05 2013, 08:19PM
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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 ;)

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#64 Alsker
December 05 2013, 08:27PM
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@Ari Gold

Boy are we on the same page. Too bad management doesn't see it our way.

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#65 Chainsawz
December 05 2013, 08:27PM
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Damn Gene, you let me down with the intermission interview!

He will pick up later on. In Gene I trust.

Oh yeah, take that Avs. We win the first period, hahahahahahahaha!

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#66 West
December 05 2013, 08:31PM
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Who is running the Oilers website tonight? According to them the Oil have 2 match penalties for deliberate injury or as I like to call it delay of game.

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#67 Alsker
December 05 2013, 08:43PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Lets see if I can jinx this...

3-0 lead, worst lead in hockey.

Oh you're good...shot off Schultz and then off Yak and in....feel bad for Yak...actually was back checking and has the puck deflect off him and in...

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#68 Fatbob24
December 05 2013, 08:44PM
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The turnover and the deflection! Nice. Lol

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

Sniper

Diggity

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#70 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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#71 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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#72 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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#73 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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#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 Jzed
December 05 2013, 10:10PM
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Oilers got an IPad on bench? Gags hearing footsteps.......

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

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#77 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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#78 West
December 05 2013, 10:18PM
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8-2. Take that pessimism.

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

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

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#80 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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 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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#84 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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#85 Rod from Viking
December 05 2013, 11:46PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Hard to see how this ends in an oiler win.

6-2 Colorado. And I have never been mor confident in a prediction this year.

JESUS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZR58d77a4A

My Streakcred went for shi# tonight, my predictions didn't work out to good either.

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#86 **
December 06 2013, 12:00AM
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Ari Gold 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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#87 Joe Mamma
December 06 2013, 07:46AM
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Gho-gho-g-g-ghost ride.

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#88 hall the time
December 06 2013, 09:12AM
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That was entertaining hockey

Nice feed to Hemmer flying up the left side by Smith. Rookie point lead. Peron's play. 4th Hattie for number 4. A good fight. PP goals, still don't like the PP though. Props to the oil.

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#89 Rip van Winkle
December 06 2013, 02:16PM
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@Spydyr

I had to laugh when J Shultz was skating away sheepishly and Acro came in guns a blazing to defend Dubnyk. There was no other oiler around. Eakins has to show that clip to the room to shame them into growing some balls or at least acting like they have a pair.

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#90 Oiler Al
December 06 2013, 07:36PM
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Rip van Winkle wrote:

I had to laugh when J Shultz was skating away sheepishly and Acro came in guns a blazing to defend Dubnyk. There was no other oiler around. Eakins has to show that clip to the room to shame them into growing some balls or at least acting like they have a pair.

I think if Justin Schultz took off his pantyhose he would play a tougher game.

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#91 Danger Pay
December 05 2013, 07:00PM
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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.

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#93 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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#94 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 05 2013, 07:08PM
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@Harlie

Big Shiny Tunes, that was a blast from the past, thank you sir.

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#95 ValleyviewSports
December 05 2013, 07:11PM
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which Oilers team shows up in the first period should be telling as to just how bad the issues with this team currently are. It would be an absolute blessing if Bachman or Bryz could have the start for what should be a valuable test this evening

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#96 Serious Gord
December 05 2013, 07:35PM
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Harlie wrote:

Beautiful. And in 1080P and 7.1....

My gun goes click,

My gun goes boom.

Gotta watch it again soon.

Maybe a double feature - lebowski and team America.

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#97 Alsker
December 05 2013, 08:17PM
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I am so confused, we should be getting thumped,no? Nice tic-tac-toe Arco-Smyth-Hemmer..

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#98 ValleyviewSports
December 05 2013, 08:32PM
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how stupid is it to have a Jamie Benn segment on right now? we played Dallas on sunday...

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#99 Harlie
December 05 2013, 08:32PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Gotta watch it again soon.

Maybe a double feature - lebowski and team America.

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 ....

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#100 YFC Prez
December 05 2013, 08:34PM
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Wtf just happened ?

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