GDB 16.0: OIL CHANGE NEEDED

Jason Gregor
February 21 2013 01:20PM

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." For years many attributed this quote to Albert Einstein, however, there is no proof he actually uttered those words.

"Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results," first appeared in the basic text of Narcotics Anonymous which was copyrighted in 1982. Brownlee can attest this is very true, having tried to kick the habit for years, and I wonder if Ralph Krueger is starting to wonder the same thing about his hockey team.

Tonight the OIlers play their 16th game of the season, which is 1/3 of the abbreviated 2013 season, and they haven't been able to improve their five-on-five scoring.

In the first 7 games they scored 7 ES goals, and in the last 8 they also scored 7. Through 15 games they have shown zero improvement. Sure, they have produced some quality chances, but scoring chances won't win you games; you need to score goals.

I applaud Krueger for showing patience and not firing up the McBlender every few games, but at some point he can't keep hoping guys will produce. The line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle should be producing more goals, and eventually they will, but how long can Krueger wait?

That line has fired 57 shots on goal during the past five games, but they've only scored four times and one of those was an empty net goal. On 56 shots with a goalie in net they've combined for three goals and a woeful 5.3 SH%. Eventually they will start scoring more, but if Krueger doesn't try something to generate more scoring this team could find themselves out of the playoff hunt sooner than they'd like.

The Oilers had an optional skate this morning, but after chatting with a few people it sounds like Krueger will rotate the bottom three lines tonight.

Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky

They've played together for most of the year, but they've had limited success at ES. It was smart to move Yakupov away from Eric Belanger, because he wasn't generating anything, but this trio hasn't produced enough to be assume that they will automatically produce.

Smyth-Belanger-Eager

I like moving Eager up the lineup and giving him some more icetime, but if the Oilers don't score early tonight, I wouldn't hesitate to move Eager into the top-six and try to get some energy and net presence.

Hartikainen-Vande Velde-Paajarvi

Hartikainen and Paajarvi are struggling to find some consistency, and I'd look at slotting them in amongst the top-six as well. Both of them need to watch film on Ryan Jones in the offensive zone and try to do what he does.

THEO DEBUTS

After a four game conditioning stint, mixed in with a subtle message to be more focused, Theo Peckham makes his season debut tonight beside Mark Fistric. He will add some much needed abrasiveness and Krueger is hoping his attitude and style will help his offensive players. "To augment our skill you need guys who are difficult to play against. That's what Theo brings to our lineup," said Krueger.

N.Schultz-J.Schultz

They have been a solid pair, but if J.Schultz is going to be considered an offensive D-man he needs to start generating some points five-on-five. Schultz is tied for 22nd in scoring by D-men with eight points, which is very good for a rookie; however he is 142nd amongst D-men in ES scoring with only one point.

Smid-Petry

I'd like to see much more from Jeff Petry. He has no points in 15 games despite playing over 21 minutes a game. At some point he needs to generate something offensively..

Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin has been great in his three appearances this year, and I had no issue with playing him v. Los Angeles. The backup needs to play at some point, but Dubnyk is their starter and he needs to have a bounce back game and after an average first period v. Colorado and third period v. Dallas.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers are 14-26-5 v. the Wild since the 2005 lockout, but they are 10-10-2 at home. If this team has any hope of staying in the playoff race this is a game they need to win. They will reward their loyal fans with a 3-2 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Despite adding Zach Parise and Ryan Suter fans still think of the Wild as a boring team. Even though they've played some very exciting games the past few seasons, the Wild are still not a team that has Oiler fans excited to see. Rexall will not be electric tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After Joey Moss gives birthday boy Ryan Smyth (37) the gears by calling him "older than dirt," he tells Smyth what he got him for his birthday. "Before the game I called my good buddy Wayne Gretzky and asked him to bless your stick. I held it in my hands as Wayne said his blessing," Joey told Smyth. 

Smyth is Gretzky's second biggest fan, behind Joey, and his face lit up after hearing Joey's story. Smyth walks back to the dressing room with a huge smile on his face staring at his stick imagining what Gretzky said, and it inspires him to play like a young Ryan Smyth. He scores tonight, gets a huge ovation from the fans and after the goal you see him high-fiving Moss behind the Oilers bench.

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#51 bigguy13
February 21 2013, 05:16PM
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Eager has the speed and the work ethic, to get into the corners and do the grunt work for Hall and Nuge. what would it hurt, we aint scoring now??

Put Hall with Nuge and Eager, Ebs, with Gagner, Yak, Belanger with Smyth and Hemmer and whoever on the fourth line

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#52 David S
February 21 2013, 05:33PM
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THEO SMASH!!!

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#53 Walter Sobchak
February 21 2013, 05:37PM
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NSOGP- After giving Gagner the gears for the last two days straight, he breaks out and scores 4 points, one goal three assist, not to be out done, but Yakupov records his first hatty.

What's more impressive is that Gagners line is a total of +4 and spends limited time in there own end, not to be forgotten is Gagners outstanding FO% going a mind blowing 90% in the dot.

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#54 Darrell
February 21 2013, 05:41PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

OGDP - Oilers win; your no where to be seen after the game due to single malt and return three days later repeating: Wild just turned over 40% of their line-up and they will be fine ..... If the Wild win; you anal extract a stat showing they are now Cup contenders and use "Good Grief" three times in the rest of the BLOG ..... cheers :)

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#55 jake
February 21 2013, 05:48PM
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Brodziak with the Gordon Howe tour de chapeau, Gilbert with 2 assists.....any other ex-oilers playing for the Wild ? - if so, give them an assist each.

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#56 Milli
February 21 2013, 07:53PM
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Just win baby! I am kinda excited to see Teddy out there, hope he can get back to that mean as hell tough as nails Dman he was 2 years ago. And Eager in the top 6, couldn't hurt for a shirt or 2.

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#57 Butters
February 21 2013, 08:27PM
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Peckham is wearing 24 again. All is good.

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#58 ubermiguel
February 21 2013, 08:45PM
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Watching the US feed. Mike Keenan between periods is saying the Oilers have lots of skill but no "personality"...as in Lowe and Muni-style grit.

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#59 OILERSORDEATH
February 21 2013, 09:18PM
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How in the Hell is this team not able to score!! Unf$&kinbelievable!

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#60 nofool6110
February 21 2013, 09:19PM
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So yeah. Continue to bless the stick.

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#61 Alsker
February 21 2013, 09:20PM
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,,hmm...Muni,Jackson,Hunter,Hughes,Semenko like grit...never appreciated Pat Hughes as much as maybe we should have but dont forgot the fuel that fed the fire 99,17,11,9,77....SMITTYYYYY....NICE

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#62 Let's Rebuild
February 21 2013, 09:20PM
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Thank goodness for Joey Moss

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#63 Alsker
February 21 2013, 09:21PM
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What the Belanger triangle has been broken....

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#64 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 09:24PM
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I can't believe the fans at Rexall haven't sang Smyth a Happy Birthday song.

WTF.!..???

If anyone knows people at the game get in contact with them to get that sh!t going. If there is as much love for Smyth as is claimed, there is no time better than the present one at hand to show it.

Please and Thank You

Let's do it at the start of the 3rd period.

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#65 Poolanov
February 21 2013, 09:48PM
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ubermiguel wrote:

Watching the US feed. Mike Keenan between periods is saying the Oilers have lots of skill but no "personality"...as in Lowe and Muni-style grit.

Pay no attention to Mike Keenans comments as he is an idiot %-0

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#66 Reg Dunlop
February 21 2013, 09:56PM
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So, what are the odds of a 4th straght 1st overall? Getting better by the minute.

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#67 OILERSORDEATH
February 21 2013, 10:04PM
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Jesus what a horrible game.

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#68 Alsker
February 21 2013, 10:05PM
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This story is getting old so fast...10 min to salvage the game

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#69 Alsker
February 21 2013, 10:20PM
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Man 10 chances and 10 ooohs and aaaaws they get 1 and the red light flashes..f*#k really...ELPH again

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#70 Mikey
February 21 2013, 10:22PM
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Clutterbuck got Halled!

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#71 Shaun Doe
February 21 2013, 10:23PM
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So I wonder what playing without Hall for a couple games is going to be like...

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#72 rebelsdb
February 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Is it too early for No winning for Mckinnon? Let the fans keep booing as long as we get Drouin? Let them pick the meat off the bones we need Jones?

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#73 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 10:30PM
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Eberle attempts to pass it to Yakupov, clueless to see surroundings Gagner breaks up the pass and keeps it in our zone. C'Mon Son.!..

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#74 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 10:31PM
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rebelsdb wrote:

Is it too early for No winning for Mckinnon? Let the fans keep booing as long as we get Drouin? Let them pick the meat off the bones we need Jones?

The fans at Rexall were unaware that the Wild had scored their 3rd goal, they were to busy doing the #@$%ing wave.

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#75 Time Travelling Sean
February 21 2013, 10:33PM
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What a boring couple of games.

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#76 Mike Krushelnyski
February 21 2013, 10:33PM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

The fans at Rexall were unaware that the Wild had scored their 3rd goal, they were to busy doing the #@$%ing wave.

To be fair they had to do something to entertain themselves

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#77 Alsker
February 21 2013, 10:34PM
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RE: Shaun Doe

Might do the Oil some good tho Im not sure if they're man enough to pick up the slack...atleast RK can play with lineup without us questioning his decision...

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#78 DSF
February 21 2013, 10:35PM
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Darrell wrote:

OGDP - Oilers win; your no where to be seen after the game due to single malt and return three days later repeating: Wild just turned over 40% of their line-up and they will be fine ..... If the Wild win; you anal extract a stat showing they are now Cup contenders and use "Good Grief" three times in the rest of the BLOG ..... cheers :)

Here I am.

What?

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#79 BingBong
February 21 2013, 10:35PM
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Come on, let's look at the positives here. Eager played well...Peckman looked half-decent...Hall had a nice "hit" at the end...ah screw it, that was garbage.

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#80 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 10:37PM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

What a boring couple of games.

With the line up Krueger has been blessing us with, there wil be a lot more games like these for us to enjoy.

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#81 kgo
February 21 2013, 10:39PM
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I swear to god when clutterbuck got that puck in the ribs and doubled over, I thought, "HAVE THE HOCKEY GODS / HOCKEY KARMA (one and the same) FINALLY BROUGHT THE HAMMER DOWN ON CLUTTERBUCK?" i guess that thought was a period premature.

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#82 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
February 21 2013, 10:40PM
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Missed the game but it'll be good to see an Oiler lashing out and getting suspended. It's good to see some killer instinct in one of the younger kids.

Bodybag hockey rules! Good on you Taylor. A couple more hits like that before the end of this nothing season, may buy you more space going into next season.

Clutterbuck probably plays next game.

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#83 Butters
February 21 2013, 10:46PM
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ELPH? We will be lucky if we get ELPH, this is BLPH. This is the first Oiler game in a long time where I turned it off before the game ended, just too painful to watch.

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#84 Oilersfan4
February 21 2013, 10:49PM
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Leave it to KLowe and Tambo to kill this rebuild as they have done absolutely nothing to help this core of kids. Had high hope for this season,but it looks like another lottery pick for the Oilers. Boy oh boy I'm sick and tired of losing all the time.

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#85 Butters
February 21 2013, 10:50PM
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I write this as a hard-core, kool-aid drinking Oiler fan; picking the Wild to beat the Oilers is like picking the Harlem Globetrotters to beat the Washington Generals.

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#86 Smokey
February 21 2013, 10:51PM
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Taylor Hall's popularity will never be higher among his peers. I betya he's getting a lot of thank you tweets tonight. Hope he like Recall hotdogs and lollipops.

Is it to early to put Nail on the top line.

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#87 Dog Train
February 21 2013, 10:53PM
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What a boring freaking game. Ben Eager has arguable been our best forward the past two games and no offence to him, but that is not a recipe for success.

As for Hall's hit towards the end, I hope he doesn't get suspended. He leaned in with his shoulder, didn't stick his leg out and caught #22 trying to get out of dodge. The NHL likes to suspend the result and not the process so I wouldn't be surprised either way.

This game was a complete waste of time.

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#88 Butters
February 21 2013, 10:54PM
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Crap,the next game is in the afternoon.

Hello Columbus, mind if we sit next to you?

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#89 Gerald R. Ford
February 21 2013, 10:55PM
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Hall was a wee bit testy with Spector in the post-game scrum. At least someone cares enough to show emotion.

I am so sick of this crap.[/obvious]

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#90 DSF
February 21 2013, 10:56PM
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Dog Train wrote:

What a boring freaking game. Ben Eager has arguable been our best forward the past two games and no offence to him, but that is not a recipe for success.

As for Hall's hit towards the end, I hope he doesn't get suspended. He leaned in with his shoulder, didn't stick his leg out and caught #22 trying to get out of dodge. The NHL likes to suspend the result and not the process so I wouldn't be surprised either way.

This game was a complete waste of time.

Late hit.

Clearly an intent to injure.

3 games.

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#91 Bonvie
February 21 2013, 11:01PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

How in the Hell is this team not able to score!! Unf$&kinbelievable!

Oilers are playing on the outside, and teams aren't giving anything up on the rush. The few chances they have in the slot they miss the net.

Outside of that one minute of glory where Smyth does his patented wrap, this game was painful to watch boring,dull,and lack-luster.

Minnesota fans have to watch this awful hockey every night though, they have had the same boring, lets not make the playoffs, since these losers were moved to Minnesota, maybe this hockey is their penance for letting the Stars move to Dallas in the first place.

I don't like the Oiler lines the way they are at all. When the puck is in the offensive zone with the talent on the ice nobody is battling in front of the net, nobody drives for rebounds, and nobody is driving the puck to the net. Nobody sounds like a play-off performer, this guy should be signed.

Die-hard Oiler fans have been waiting since 2007, for this team to come together and have been patient with the youth. I am wondering right now if the plan is going to be to be to do what the management has proved most recently we are the best at. FINISHING TO GET THE FIRST OVERALL PICK.

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#92 The Soup Fascist
February 21 2013, 11:05PM
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DSF wrote:

Late hit.

Clearly an intent to injure.

3 games.

I never thought I would be enough of a scumball to say this about an injured player..... But I will.

Could not have happened to a nicer guy, unless of course it was Lapierre or Burrows .

You make a career throwing cheap hits and playing like a knob, well Karma is a bitch.

About time we start seeing a pissed off Oiler. We need more of them.

I feel bad taking any satisfaction in another person's suffering. But if anyone "deserved" a borderline hit it was the guy carted off on a stretcher.

God (or Lowetide) forgive me.

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#93 kgo
February 21 2013, 11:08PM
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DSF wrote:

Late hit.

Clearly an intent to injure.

3 games.

Hit wasn't late, Clutterbuck kicked the puck less that a second before contact. LESS THAN A SECOND IN SLOW MOTION YOU IDIOT.

However I agree there was an intent to injure, but to injure his sternum with a clean check. Ever had your sternum fractured before DSF? ever even played contact hockey?

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#94 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 11:10PM
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MARK SPECTOR IS AN IDIOT.!..

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#95 Reagan
February 21 2013, 11:11PM
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Clutter*uck carma at its best. No sympathy for that reject. I may sound like a complete jerk, and but the amount of crap that guy has dished out. I He f*ing deserves it. There was no knee on knee intent there.

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#96 Dog Train
February 21 2013, 11:15PM
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I think the refs deserve some blame as well. I remember a shift earlier in the game where Eberle was chasing Clutterbuck and Clutterbuck held Eberle's stick. Then when Eberle caught up to him, Clutterbuck punched him right in the face. The refs let a lot of garbage go today and the players are as confused as anybody about what is going to get called on a nightly basis.

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#97 Oiler Al
February 21 2013, 11:20PM
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Keenan is right.. there is no fire in this team. Moving around like robots on the outside. How many scrambles were there around the Minny goal tonight... maybe 2. I blame the coaching for this . Ralphie boy ain't got it.

Nice hit by Hall, on the biggest rat in the league, Long overdue. It should have been Fistric, Peckham or Eager laying this guy out, who ran around untouched all night, even had several scoring touches.

I sure hope Kruger is gone after this season. This talented team is not happening.

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#98 Walter Sobchak
February 21 2013, 11:26PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Missed the game but it'll be good to see an Oiler lashing out and getting suspended. It's good to see some killer instinct in one of the younger kids.

Bodybag hockey rules! Good on you Taylor. A couple more hits like that before the end of this nothing season, may buy you more space going into next season.

Clutterbuck probably plays next game.

Was at the game, Clutterbuck couldn't even put his leg down, medics assisted him into the ambulance for a ride to the U.

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#99 Walter Sobchak
February 21 2013, 11:29PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

I never thought I would be enough of a scumball to say this about an injured player..... But I will.

Could not have happened to a nicer guy, unless of course it was Lapierre or Burrows .

You make a career throwing cheap hits and playing like a knob, well Karma is a bitch.

About time we start seeing a pissed off Oiler. We need more of them.

I feel bad taking any satisfaction in another person's suffering. But if anyone "deserved" a borderline hit it was the guy carted off on a stretcher.

God (or Lowetide) forgive me.

Couldn't agree more, also there was no intent, low bridge but still three games.

Good on Hall for trying to make that hit, not so good for the outcome

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#100 Bonvie
February 21 2013, 11:31PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Keenan is right.. there is no fire in this team. Moving around like robots on the outside. How many scrambles were there around the Minny goal tonight... maybe 2. I blame the coaching for this . Ralphie boy ain't got it.

Nice hit by Hall, on the biggest rat in the league, Long overdue. It should have been Fistric, Peckham or Eager laying this guy out, who ran around untouched all night, even had several scoring touches.

I sure hope Kruger is gone after this season. This talented team is not happening.

Agree with the direction of your message. These lines need some balance, we cant have all of the fancy guys that want to play on the perimiter all on the same lines we need the right mix, at least try what you have in the organization. Eager, Smyth, maybe Hartikannen, and Jones when healthy should be mixed within the lineup. Shots on net from the perimeter areas where we are spending all of our time are only good if you have traffic and chaos in front of the net, and have players driving to the net for rebounds.

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