GDB 25.0: HAWKS

Wanye
March 10 2013 01:29PM

The Oilers losing 6-0 to Nashville on Friday night is not helping the powder keg of emotion that is the OilersNation right now. Twitter reads terribly with demands for everyone that collects a cheque from Kay-Z being immediately dismissed. The comments section here at the site stretches to infinity as people vent their rage and frustration with a team that looks to be writing off another year of NHL hockey.

Incredibly the only people not showing any rage or heart at this moment are the Oilers themselves - which has a lot to do with explaining why we are all in this mess in the first place.

MIKE BROWN SEEMS NICE

Lost in all of this losing has been the play of the newest Oiler Mike Brown. Now sure there are some gaps in his game - particularly at 5 on 5 - but it has also been refreshing to see someone in an Oilers jersey finishing checks (say what!?) standing up for his team mates (how is this possible) and getting the jackhammer going in spectacular fashion (oh baby.)

Assuming the Oilers ever figure out a way to win (they will) and start playing with some emotion (perish the thought) Mike Brown could well end up being a fan favourite in E-town among fans who are currently displaying roughly 150x the heart of many of their beloved Oilers.

Good on you Mike Brown. Beat someone else down if you can find the chance tonight and give us all a good cheer will you?

Thanks.

LINES

The Oilers are set to see the return of Horcoff, Hartikainen and Hemsky tonight. If the object of professional hockey was to dress the greatest number of players whose names begin with the letter H the Oilers would be heavy favourites to win tonight's match against the Hawks.

Sadly winning a hockey game has something to do with goal differentials at the end of 90 minutes of play or something. So the Oil will be forced to try and do that, instead of standing pat and letting the Hs speak for themselves. Chicago just ended an insane 24 game streak without a loss in regulation so you know they will be ready to play.

Per the Oilers twitter about 23 seconds before puck drop

PREDICTIONS

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers love to mess with our heads and just when you count them out they usually play out of their minds and draw us back in. Tonight will be one of those nights and they will win 4-3 forcing approximately 140,000 Oilers fans on twitter to reevaluate their entire line of thinking.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Mike Brown will fight someone and we will be happy, shadow boxing along the entire bout from the squalor of Wanye Manor.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION:  Minutes into the game GM Steve Tambellini will burst into the Oilers section of the press box. "I have finished my assessment of the team" he will breathlessly announce to all within earshot. "I can now conclude with great certainty the Oilers made a horrible mistake hiring me to be in charge."

He will receive a standing ovation from the entire world.

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#51 HOBOjuice
March 10 2013, 06:01PM
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What's going on here? This is a terrible practical joke

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#52 mr_nihilism
March 10 2013, 06:05PM
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Holy spit. I'm glad I have this recorded otherwise I wouldn't believe it's already 4-0 Oil. Was it being criticized on TSN that motivated them, or did coach actually give a William Wallace speach? Unreal.

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#53 Butters
March 10 2013, 06:06PM
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It's 4-0 Oil, for the love of all holy, turn your TVs on, uncrumple your parade route maps, I have.

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#54 The Other Ron Burgundy
March 10 2013, 06:11PM
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Everything's better! Hooray!

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#55 Jay
March 10 2013, 06:15PM
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Lets plan the parade route

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#56 Shaun Doe
March 10 2013, 06:16PM
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What the damn hell! This isn't fair, now how am I supposed to be mad and disillusioned...

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#57 MAC962
March 10 2013, 06:20PM
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Someone explain this to me please. It does not fix things but F--K YEAH. Eat my shorts Hawks !!! ha ha losers !!

oh yeah, there is 2 periods left. just kidding hawks :-)

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#58 washed up
March 10 2013, 06:21PM
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I guess it was Horcoff all along. They were just missing el capitano............

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#59 Spydyr
March 10 2013, 06:23PM
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MAC962 wrote:

Someone explain this to me please. It does not fix things but F--K YEAH. Eat my shorts Hawks !!! ha ha losers !!

oh yeah, there is 2 periods left. just kidding hawks :-)

Sure Chicago is on a huge let down after losing the streak last game.Emery was playing like Khabbi circa February 2012.

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#60 Oilers89
March 10 2013, 06:23PM
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Amazing what energy does. No wonder why the oil always lose, they usually show up flat like the Hawks and the other team usually plays them hard just like what the oil are doing. Effort is an amazing thing.

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#61 mr_nihilism
March 10 2013, 06:32PM
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So Horcoff DID call a meeting. Well better late than never. Can he only do that when healthy?

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#62 oilfaninvic
March 10 2013, 06:44PM
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Does any Oiler suck more than Dubnyk right now?

In a league where a goal a game is the margin he has given a soft one - and two brutal ones in each of his last 5 starts.

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#63 Dennis
March 10 2013, 06:44PM
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Terrible play by DD on that first goal. Good effing GRIEF!

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#64 Spydyr
March 10 2013, 06:46PM
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Well at least it was not a shot from centre this game.If Dubbie is the answer the question is wrong.

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#65 StHenriOilBomb
March 10 2013, 06:50PM
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you know the hockey gods have it in for you when your goalie gets hurt on the power-play.

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#66 Dennis
March 10 2013, 06:52PM
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Yikes!! Well this could suck the wind out of our sails.

Edi: Nevermind. HORC!!

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#67 StHenriOilBomb
March 10 2013, 06:57PM
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If Duby is hurt for more than a game or two, I am glad that it happened after we sunk to 15th. At least this way management doesn't get to use the 2 injured goalies excuse.

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#68 Ari Gold
March 10 2013, 07:02PM
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This is actually not good for the Oilers. I fear the win will only pacify the situation and be a barrier to change. Besides, the Oil always play the Hawks well: the Hawks have the fewest hits thrown in the league.

Just wait until the Oil play the Ducks, it'll be a blood bath.

Side note: the Dubnyk injury is on Krueger. Why in the world would your PP defencemen be Yak and Whitney when Toews and Hossa are the forwards on the Hawks PK?

Brutal. You can't ignore the competition Kruegs, line matching exists for a very good reason.

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#69 Ari Gold
March 10 2013, 07:06PM
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I can't figure out this coach's ignorance! He puts Yak and Whitney on the PP out against Toews and Hossa again!!! This time they score short-handed!

WAKE UP KRUEGER!!!!

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#70 Dennis
March 10 2013, 07:08PM
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Nice reponse by the Oilers. Some stupid plays in this game, but at least they're not sitting around pouting.

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#71 Spydyr
March 10 2013, 07:13PM
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Chicago uses Teows and Hossa to kill penalties.The Oilers use Jones and Smyth.One team is 18 points above the play off cut off.The other isn't

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#72 Bryan in SK
March 10 2013, 07:14PM
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Bryan in SK wrote:

Believe it or not, my wife bought me a set of salt and pepper shakers with the Oilers logo on them. Our front step is icy, so she told me to take the salt shaker out and put some salt on the step. I told her that I don't think it will help... it's been years since anything wearing an Oilers logo has been effective on ice.

(True story... honest.)

Hmmm... taking another look at that icy step right now. Might try to get that done if I don't get run over by the bandwagon that I almost jumped off of.

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#73 Shane
March 10 2013, 07:22PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Chicago uses Teows and Hossa to kill penalties.The Oilers use Jones and Smyth.One team is 18 points above the play off cut off.The other isn't

The Oilers have three goals tonight, on that PK.

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#74 Spydyr
March 10 2013, 07:24PM
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Shane wrote:

The Oilers have three goals tonight, on that PK.

And the Hawks have one shorthanded and the Goalie out.

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#75 Dennis
March 10 2013, 07:46PM
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So we're working on blowing a 4 goal lead hey? Sounds about right.

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#76 TonyT
March 10 2013, 07:46PM
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Don't look now...

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#77 Oilers4ever
March 10 2013, 07:47PM
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If anyone thinks Danis is an NHL level goalie I'll hit them over the head.. totally down too early on Kane's goal to make it 6-5... heaven forbid if Dubynk is hurt for any length... although his efforts show that the last few games he ain't NHL level either.. Where's Khabby when you need some stability.. Only the Oilers would figure out a way to blow a 4-0 lead.. Hawks will win this 7-6 in regulation and Oilers will get jack crap.. so what else is new...

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#78 oilman3
March 10 2013, 07:56PM
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trust the oilers to revert back to backing in and letting chicago take it to them. i am so sick of them backing away from the attack and just continually dumping it around and around the boards in their end. it's unbelievable to me that a team whose obvious biggest weakness is defense would keep dropping back into some sort of ill conceived defensive shell. i know it's not good to get caught up ice if the other team turns it over, but i'd rather see way more aggressiveness offensively where we actually have a chance to compete. defense is not going to win us games. finally, last night watching the flames getting spanked they mentioned how sutter doesn't let his team sit back with the lead because coaches that let their teams do that "aren't around very long." hmm

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#79 OILERSORDEATH
March 10 2013, 07:57PM
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You can just feel the tying goal coming.

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#80 WOW
March 10 2013, 07:57PM
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are these retards uncoachable? Potter is pinching with a 1 goal lead and 8 mins left....garbage defense....useless...deserve what they get and that's a pile of loses.

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#81 Dennis
March 10 2013, 08:02PM
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Uh, if Denis is hurt who do we have now? Jesus! This team needs to stop letting crap like this happen without an answer. Two goalies being run into and nothing in response? Terrible.

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#82 Dennis
March 10 2013, 08:04PM
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PS, we are terrible at gaining the zone on the PP...or holding the line. Ugh!

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#83 Oilfan69
March 10 2013, 08:04PM
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throw some pads on whitney, he's used to being a pylon

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#84 Dennis
March 10 2013, 08:07PM
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Um, I thought closing your hand over the puck was a penalty? I guess not when it's the Hawks doing it.

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#85 Oilfan69
March 10 2013, 08:08PM
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he never closed his hand on the puck he just pushed the puck to the ice by the look of it.

( could be wrong)

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#86 DevoKnows
March 10 2013, 08:08PM
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How come when Horc skates it looks like his boots are full of cement?

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#87 Oilfan69
March 10 2013, 08:09PM
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almost 2 months off will do that..

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#88 Shane
March 10 2013, 08:11PM
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Before everyone starts hating, just keep in mind we beat the best team in the league in their own rink, where they were undefeated.

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#89 Dennis
March 10 2013, 08:13PM
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@Oilfan69

Looked like he cupped it to me and then dropped it, but oh well. Doesn't matter I guess since we eeked out the win. Feast or famine with this team.

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#90 Dennis
March 10 2013, 08:14PM
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@Shane

True enough, that's not an easy feat. There were some really bad plays this game but we managed to keep it together and come back when it was really needed to answer on their goals.

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#91 washed up
March 10 2013, 08:16PM
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Nice to see the Oilers " HANG " on for the win, but not many positives to take from this game

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#93 wiseguy
March 10 2013, 08:25PM
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We go from suffering $&it shows to criticizing wins?

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#94 DSF
March 10 2013, 08:28PM
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The Hawks. coming back home from a road trip, didn't show up in the first period.

In the final two periods, the Hawks outscored the Oilers 5-2 and outshot them 31-13.

It happens.

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#95 Cubro
March 10 2013, 08:29PM
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Lol its so embarrassing reading the comments we ride the highs extremely high (4-0) and the lows extremely low (6-5) like a bunch of teenage girls

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#96 Poolanov
March 10 2013, 08:41PM
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Any " goalies " out there we might be able to "acquire"?

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#97 ubermiguel
March 10 2013, 08:42PM
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Lots of positives from this game. Got the win against a very good team. Scored a bunch. Played with hustle. Horcs showed real leadership. He calling the team meeting, played well, got points, got in a scrum after a whistle. That gives me the most hope.

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#98 David S
March 10 2013, 08:42PM
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Wanye wrote:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*wipes eyes*

You forgot...*Slap*

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#99 Ari Gold
March 10 2013, 08:46PM
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@Shane

And if they'd played a better 2 on the D pairing, it would have been 3 powerplay goals to no shorthanded goals. Instead Chi had multiple chances and one resulted in a Dubnyk injury.

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#100 wiseguy
March 10 2013, 08:50PM
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Cubro wrote:

Lol its so embarrassing reading the comments we ride the highs extremely high (4-0) and the lows extremely low (6-5) like a bunch of teenage girls

That's why we follow sports teams instead of using street drugs. Same effects. Same price.

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