GDB 34.0: AN OILERS WINNING STREAK?

Jason Gregor
March 30 2013 10:55AM

Tonight the Oilers will try to win three consecutive games for the first time this season. They've won back-to-back games only three times this year, and in their two previous attempts they lost in a SO vs. San Jose and in OT to Detroit. Their inability to put together a winning streak, even a short three-gamer, is the reason why they sit in 12th place in the west.

The Oilers are one of six teams without a three-game winning streak, and not surprisingly all six of them are out of the playoffs. Florida has won two straight game only twice, Oilers have done it three times, the Flames, Avalanche and Flyers four times and the Coyotes have won two straight five times.

No team in the history of the NHL has made the playoffs without a three-game winning streak, so if the Oilers have any post-season aspirations they need a win over the red-hot Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks skate into Rexall Place on a six-game winning streak. They've won all six by with excellent goaltending and an average offence. Corey Schneider has allowed only 6 goals on 166 shots, .963SV%, while the Canucks have only scored 13 goals in the six wins.

The Oilers faced Roberto Luongo in their previous two meetings this year. They won 3-2 in a SO on January 20th in Vancouver and lost 3-2 in OT at Rexall Place on February 4th. While Schneider is playing great, the Canucks offence isn't that dynamic. They've scored 3+ goals in only 4 of their past 14 games, while the Oilers have tallied 3 or more in 6 of their past 9 games.

I doubt the Oilers can beat the Canucks in a defensive matchup, so they should try to turn tonight into a run-and-gun affair.

LINEUP

Hall/Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle
Jones/Horcoff/Yakupov
Paajarvi/Gagner/Hemsky
Brown/Smyth/Petrell

Smid/Petry
N.Schultz/J.Schultz
Whitney/Potter

Dubnyk

Dubnyk picked up his 9th win of the season after replacing Nikolai Khabibulin 33 seconds into the third period. Dubnyk stopped all nine shots he faced and he'll try to end Schneider's six-game winning streak tonight.

I don't see any reason Krueger makes any other lineup changes. Only option would be to bring in Fistric for Potter/Whitney.

QUICK HITS

  • Ralph Krueger benched Taylor Hall for two shifts at the start of the third period, after two bad turnovers in the neutral zone late in the 2nd period. The Oilers can't afford to sit Hall for an entire period or a game, but Krueger's message was loud and clear. Benching Hall for two shifts sends a strong message to every player, and Hall admitted after the game that he deserved it. The best part was that no one made a big deal about it. Hall got the message, coach got his team's attention and Hall will likely be much smarter with the puck tonight.
     
  • I sat in row one on Thursday and it was a great reminder of how fast the game is. Watching it on TV and from the pressbox makes the game look much easier than it is. It's amazing how quick the players react, how fast even the slowest NHLer is, and how excellent their hand-eye coordination is. 
     
  • Thursdays game might have been the best home game of the season, from a pure entertainment standpoint. The goaltending wasn't great, Khabibulin, but there were three highlight reel goals; Eberle, Anisimov and Hemsky. There were lots of chances, few penalties and an exciting scrap. Fans don't get to experience many of those games, but that one offered something from beginning to end.
     
  • Taylor Hall, 31 points in 30 games, is on pace to become the first point-a-game player in Edmonton since Ryan Smyth tallied 31 goals and 53 points in 53 games in 2007. He finished the season with 15 points in 18 games with the Islanders, so his full season wasn't a point-a-game pace, but he did do it with Edmonton.
     
  • Doug Weight was the last Oiler to play a full season and average over one point-per-game when he tallied 90 points in 82 games during the 2000/2001 season.
     
  • The Penguins announced today that D-man Paul Martin will be out for six weeks. The Penguins still have about $4.5 million in cap space, so don't be surprised if Ray Shero makes another bold move.
     
  • In the past four days, the Oilers' playoff chances have jumped up 8%. After back-to-back wins they are up to 12.1% according to sportsclubstats.com. Could they jump to 16% with a victory tonight...Dare to dream Oiler fans, dare to dream.
     
  • Rumblings from Vancouver today is that the Canucks have put David Booth on LTIR, meaning they have the value of his contract, $4.25 million, to spend above the cap. The Canucks desperately need some more scoring, and this move gives Mike Gillis the cap space to make a move.

TONIGHT....

 

 GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers will get their first three-game winning streak of the season with a 4-3 regulation win. Eberle, Hall and Gagner will each have two points.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Saturday night game on a long weekend means 25 people will get booted out during the game. I'll chat with security after the game to see the final tally, but I'm always amazed at how many people spend big bucks to go to the game, but end up allowing the Rexall Beer to get the best of them. Drink responsibly my friends.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Sam Gagner and Alex Burrows drop the gloves in a spirited second-period tilt. Anytime Samwise drops the mitts the fans get energized. Gagner likes to scrap once or twice a year, and after Burrows gives Paajarvi a cheap shot, Gagner flies in to defend his linemate. After the fight the crowd chants, Re-Sign Gagner, Re-sign Gagner... 

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#101 NewAgeSys
March 30 2013, 08:38PM
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@hunkybill

Yes, but what do you think? Whats your gameplan? What do you have of substance or otherwise to add to help us see your perspective of what the Oilers need to do to win tonight. More humor perhaps?

Cha-Ching. Nice shot Hall.

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#102 vetinari
March 30 2013, 08:41PM
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Sccoooorrreee! Now chug a (root)beer!

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#103 NewAgeSys
March 30 2013, 08:41PM
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Anyone see the key thing we are doing to shut them down already?? The transitional adjustment? We are NOT doing something that was killing us systemwise last year, what is it?

Cha-Ching.

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#104 Darrell
March 30 2013, 08:42PM
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RexLibris wrote:

The Oilers never had a chance to draft Kadri, so this comment doesn't really seem to make much sense.

It would make slightly more sense to say "Schenn who?" but even then, we aren't yet five years out from that draft.

Dip-sh!t needs some attention .... 2-0 oilers ass !

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#105 DSF
March 30 2013, 08:44PM
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RexLibris wrote:

The Oilers never had a chance to draft Kadri, so this comment doesn't really seem to make much sense.

It would make slightly more sense to say "Schenn who?" but even then, we aren't yet five years out from that draft.

Always important to keep things in perspective.

It was a good draft and the Oilers ended up with a third liner at 10.

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#106 outdoorzguy
March 30 2013, 08:44PM
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WTF???

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#107 NewAgeSys
March 30 2013, 08:46PM
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Nice job of running off the starting goalie. Jesus, Cha-Ching. Another one.

MMMM, now I can say it, we are NOT dumping it in and allowing them to catalyse their system the way they like to we are maintaining possesion of the puck as we leave he n-zone and are and depositing it in the net. If we dumpp it in we die. Simple system solution to shut them down and Ralph hit the nail on the head .

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#108 Buttonpusher
March 30 2013, 08:49PM
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What the?!?

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#109 PapaMike
March 30 2013, 08:53PM
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woohoo! i am even yelling out of excitement at my tv! Uh oh, the refs are drinking the heroin beer it seems

hattie for hall! yee haw

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#110 KleptoKlown
March 30 2013, 08:53PM
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lol...

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#111 I tried it at home
March 30 2013, 08:55PM
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WTF?!?!? I missed the first 22 minutes coming from work, tuen on the tv and its 3-0 Oilers. Im still wondering if my eyes are playing tricks on me, and Edmonton goes on the PP and Hall gets a goal! Hattrick??? AND IM SOBER :((

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#112 PapaMike
March 30 2013, 08:58PM
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vetinari wrote:

4 - 0 !!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T DRINK THAT FAST!!!

I will help you with that! 4 goals on 5 SHOTS! we may be in a coma by the middle of the second period if this keeps up!

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#113 vetinari
March 30 2013, 08:58PM
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Steady Big Fella! Hope you are not driving.

Only have to stumble from my living room to my bedroom tonight!

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#114 The Soup Fascist
March 30 2013, 08:59PM
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Only have to stumble from my living room to my bedroom tonight!

Then fill your boots! Hope you have to drink a pail full! Cheers!

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#115 NwAgeSys
March 30 2013, 09:04PM
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They are now bringing the puck into the zone instead of dumping it in and are posting up two feet inside our blueline and catalysing offense from there, we need to be aware of that play.

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#116 I tried it at home
March 30 2013, 09:06PM
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Am I the only one wondering "if they can do this to the Canucks... what are they gonna do to the iggy-less flames?" Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

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#117 michael
March 30 2013, 09:16PM
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Where the frak is the Safeway score a million? Hall looks good for 5. 10-0?

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#118 michael
March 30 2013, 09:16PM
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Where the frak is the Safeway score a million? Hall looks good for 5. 10-0?

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#119 michael
March 30 2013, 09:16PM
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Where the frak is the Safeway score a million? Hall looks good for 5. 10-0?

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#120 Rod from Viking
March 30 2013, 09:20PM
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I sure hope Bieksa has to fight the cheap shot chicken shi#.

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#121 Time Travelling Sean
March 30 2013, 09:28PM
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This is fun.

Though if Bieksa wants to play like that why can't Brown do the same? I hate Bieksa but I wish we had someone like him.

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#122 NewAgeSys
March 30 2013, 09:33PM
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I expect the Nucks will go back to the dumpins to start the 2nd period, they will regroup like last year in the first few games of their series with LA and will go right back to their bread and butter, they like to dump it in to you and then pressure you to do the same it is how they control the pace of the game for their system. If we get another quick one they will go back to trying to skate it into the zone like they finished the 1st doing.

We really should see the men relaxing and setting Hall up for the rest of the game and going hard for him. If we openly start feeding him every possesion it will make it easier for us to break their system not harder, the only limiting factor to this tactics offensive production potential is how long Taylors legs can hold up to the hard work that comes with beong the triggerman every shift.

I see MPS stepping up soon, someone else is going to find another seam to open up soon.

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#123 @Oilanderp
March 30 2013, 09:50PM
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2 posts for Paajarvi... keep doing the right things and they'll go in eventually!

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#124 TonyT
March 30 2013, 10:13PM
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Is this really happening!?

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#125 oilcan
March 30 2013, 10:17PM
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great game...flash of the future...l can not understand how brown isnt dealing with bieksa...he cant do this. our best players...he has been hunting hall...where is Semenko?

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#126 oilcan
March 30 2013, 10:17PM
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great game...flash of the future...l can not understand how brown isnt dealing with bieksa...he cant do this. our best players...he has been hunting hall...where is Semenko?

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#127 @Oilanderp
March 30 2013, 10:19PM
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Brown and Sestito both got 10 minute misconducts at the beginning of the second period.

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#128 Alsker
March 30 2013, 10:26PM
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oilcan wrote:

great game...flash of the future...l can not understand how brown isnt dealing with bieksa...he cant do this. our best players...he has been hunting hall...where is Semenko?

No sh^t, I'd take McClellan,Hunter,hell even a McSorley to go with Sir Semenko

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#129 NewAgeSys
March 30 2013, 10:35PM
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I so badly want the Oilers to step on the pedal but they are playing a nice shutdown game and that is playoff hockey which is exactly what they are supposed to be feeling right now.

We are letting them roll over because that is their reaction to situations like this, they dont react like the Sharks with teeth when you sink the Harpoon into them.

This has been a very well coached game and a well executed one from the Oilers players, now lets make sure we keep this level of first period preparedness for the next game, maintaing that consistancy of planning.

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#130 thednp
March 30 2013, 10:35PM
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Perry has been a beast tonight! To give credit where it's due the whole D has been super solid tonight. Whole team has been fully committed tonight. This is what we've wanted from them!

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#131 the dnp
March 30 2013, 10:38PM
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Petry! Not Perry! Damn auto correct

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#132 I tried it at home
March 30 2013, 10:39PM
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But he probably wishes he does *dum ba-dum dum rimshot*

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#133 hunkybill
March 30 2013, 10:41PM
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Contributions from everyone. Team game plan is being executed. Play for the shutout. Crisp shutdown point passes. Faceoff execution fulfillment. Put the hook in and sink it in. Don't let up on the slack to let it get away. Playoffs are one point away. Taste that mouthful. Execute the implementation plan by taking the man.

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#134 hunkybill
March 30 2013, 10:48PM
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Captain leading playing with no stick. No composure breakdown. Taking the lead by being patient. Give the energy that youth is meant for and get ready for the next I to the abyss of playoffs. Success requires focus. Next step. Next moment. Don't let up on the gas pedal, invite the turbo to inject you past teams ahead of you. It is attainable thru vigilance.

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#135 hunkybill
March 30 2013, 10:52PM
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I agree Ralph has got team focused. No quit and all compete and fight by the young guns. Energy transfer from Ralph is almost autocommand. The new implementation of the organization to inject sincere enthusiasm from behind the bench leader is awesome. Yakupov will be taking the next step with his solid focused team inspired effort.

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#136 NewAgeSys
March 30 2013, 10:54PM
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hunkybill wrote:

Contributions from everyone. Team game plan is being executed. Play for the shutout. Crisp shutdown point passes. Faceoff execution fulfillment. Put the hook in and sink it in. Don't let up on the slack to let it get away. Playoffs are one point away. Taste that mouthful. Execute the implementation plan by taking the man.

Not really that close at all.

The Oilers were prepared with a superior gameplan and they didnt spend the entire game dumping the puck in to the Nucks so they could initiate their systems offense from the d-zone exit, they didnt let the Nucks lure them into a dumpin for dumpin slowed down type of game. we countered them immediatly in the 1st period. Very prepared coaching staff.

When the coach decided to shut the game down we made a nice switch to short neutral zone dumpins that denied them the deep dumpin they need to engage their system very well played by Ralph.

Nice way to teach the kids how to properly close out games. The players work hard every night, its the system execution from the bench that has improved dramaticlly lately. The pre-game level of preparation by the bench has been elevated the last three games.

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#137 Evilstu
March 30 2013, 11:12PM
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Oooof, I won't even read this thread tonight. More emotion swings from Oiler fans than a hormonal, hungry, bitter old lady.

Great game Oilers. I hope you keep going with some Calgary decimation.

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#138 Rob
March 31 2013, 12:36AM
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yowza!!

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#139 Ryan2
March 31 2013, 12:48AM
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Rindog wrote:

Really?

One of the dumbest replies/posts I have read.

Be better!!!

Maybe DSF can enlighten us and lets us know how many other #10 overall picks have been studs from the get go since 2000.

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#140 DigDeepNBleedBlue
March 31 2013, 03:28AM
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Ahhhhh! Love it! 2pts out of a playoff spot. Nice game. And, against the Nucks. Very cool.

On a side note: There has been a lot of closet nucks fans come out in Edmonton the last few years. Wow. All I got to say is "Boston." lol

Tonight was fun.

Now Calgary. I smell blood. If we win these two, how sweet would that be, we would be dug into the fight for one of the last playoff spots.

This sh*t still ain't over yet, peeps.

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#141 Rod from Viking
March 31 2013, 08:14AM
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Bumps in the road part, hilarious, great post

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#142 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 31 2013, 08:27AM
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Last nights performance has inspired me to post under a new name.

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#143 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 31 2013, 08:33AM
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DigDeepNBleedBlue wrote:

Ahhhhh! Love it! 2pts out of a playoff spot. Nice game. And, against the Nucks. Very cool.

On a side note: There has been a lot of closet nucks fans come out in Edmonton the last few years. Wow. All I got to say is "Boston." lol

Tonight was fun.

Now Calgary. I smell blood. If we win these two, how sweet would that be, we would be dug into the fight for one of the last playoff spots.

This sh*t still ain't over yet, peeps.

DigDeepNBleedBlue.....you should consider an a.k.a. for special games.....like Oilers/Flames.....DigDeepNDrawBlood !

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#144 Rod from Viking
March 31 2013, 08:49AM
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If the Oil are in a playoff spot come Wednesday I would sure like to see if they could trade s roster player for someone like George Parros. I really think other teams are going to keep running the young guns and if there is no one but Brown someone is going to get hurt. Don't get me wrong I love the way Mike Brown plays but he can't fight every other game like he has been.

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#145 michael
March 31 2013, 09:12AM
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DSF if you have not been watching MPS has been the one Oiler in the last 15 games who has consistently gone to the net. As far as his development goes he had no confidence last year due to Renny's mishandling of him.He lost his confidence and toiled in the minors for the rest of the season as we all know. Coplete 180 this year.Confidence has returned with the guidance of a patient coach who litteraly spoon feed MPS's confidence one shift at a time. His minutes have climbed and he now is regularly seeing 14-16 minutes a night.

Looking at MPS in a short term window is useless. He is on the second line playing with confidence.Producing points and doings things to take care of his own end. What more do you need him to do?

Shock and Hallwas a heck of a game strategy last night by RK. Worked to a tee. By the time the Nucks realized what hit them the game was over.For me I was impressed by how the Oilers defended the lead in the 2cd and 3rd periods. Vancouver did not look threatening at all in the 3rd. They looked beaten. Where is that vaunted \\\\pp /// from a couple of years ago. Did they not sign Jason Garrison to a huge contract exactly for that purpose? 2/55 is not what I would consider Stanley Cup material. I find the Nucks wanting. They were 6-0 coming into a big conference and divisional game and laid an egg. All the Nuck talk is about their goaltending. 14 goals in 6 games. There should be alot of \nuck fans worried today after the beatdown they got last night. Lou was great. CS to the Leafs for Bozek would make sense.

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#146 Old Retired Guy
March 31 2013, 09:45AM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

Perhaps, rather than asking everyone to ignore him.......( you will always get newbies who don't know who he is)....you should just ask all the regulars to respond to ANY DSF post with the term "5SC".......this is the thing that DSF has no answer for.....5 Stanley Cups.... 5SC could become as popular as FIST!

5SC no more no less

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#147 Old Retired Guy
March 31 2013, 09:48AM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

5SC no more no less

"So let it be written"...."So let it be done"

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#148 Old Retired Guy
March 31 2013, 09:54AM
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If the Oil were to win the 2 games they have in hand over Winnipeg, they would be in first place in the Southeast Division and 3rd place overall in the East........just sayin....

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#149 One cold Canadian
March 31 2013, 09:58AM
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5SC (lots more/no less)

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#150 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 31 2013, 10:04AM
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One cold Canadian wrote:

5SC (lots more/no less)

Agreed.

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