GDB 40.0: STAYING IN THE RACE

Jason Gregor
April 10 2013 01:11PM

At the start of the season the Oilers' goal was to be in the playoff hunt, and they are, but they need to win tonight to stay near the pack. So far, the Oilers are 0-3 in this stretch drive, and I suspect the players will be hungry to show they can win a meaningful game, not just play in them.

The first goal will be crucial tonight.

The Coyotes have been shut out in five of their last nine road games. Even Wanye doesn't get blanked that much during his final tour of the bar at two in the morning.

Lately both the Coyotes and Oilers are getting outshot. The Oilers have been outshot 256-202 in their last eight games, but they are 5-3. The Coyotes have been outshot 285-231, but they are 4-2-2. Neither trend will last, and the Oilers must take advantage of a team that lacks any serious offensive punch.

Prior to their loss in Vancouver on Monday the Coyotes had won three straight, with three different goalies registering the win. Mike Smith blanked Colorado 4-0 on Saturday, Chad Johnson beat Detroit 4-2 last Thursday and Jason LaBarbera made 39 saves to beat the Kings 3-1 on April 2nd.

Smith will get the start tonight, but due to injuries he has yet to find the consistency he had last year when he led the Coyotes to the conference final. The Oilers need to get after Smith and the Coyotes.

LINEUP

Hall/Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle

Paajarvi/Gagner/Hemsky

Smyth/Horcoff/Yakupov

Brown/Smithson/Petrell

 

Smid/Petry

N.Schultz/J.Schultz

Whitney/Fistric

Dubnyk

Ales Hemsky's foot is good enough to play, so he'll draw back in and Jones will sit. Dubnyk is 5th in SV% amongst goalies with at least 20 starts and he'll start his 32 game, good for 9th most in the NHL.

QUICK HITS

  • You wonder how much the uncertainty of their future impacts the Coyotes? Dave Tippett doesn't have a contract extension, and even though Gary Bettman says, "There is more interest than ever in purchasing the Coyotes," I won't believe it until a deal is done. That uncertainty has to wear a guy down eventually, no?
     
  • Dubnyk and Khabibulin each have a .923 SV%. The team SV% is .918 due to empty net goals and Yann Danis' 110 minutes of .881SV%. The only teams with a better SV% than the Oilers are: Ottawa, .934, Boston, .926, Chicago .922 and the Rangers with .920. Those who believe goaltending is one of the Oilers' main issues need to realize that isn't the case. Goaltending isn't the problem in Edmonton.
     
  • The Oilers will re-evaluate Eric Belanger tomorrow and if he is healthy enough to play then Anton Lander will be sent to OKC. I doubt Belanger draws in for Smithson, but the Oilers want to have a centre around in case of emergency.
     
  • Justin Schultz is a lock to make the all-rookie team, but he will need an excellent final 9 games to be a finalist for the Calder I suspect. In a short season, nine games is almost 19% of the season so how he finishes will play a big role in voting.
     
  • The Oilers outshot the Ducks 11-2 in the first 11:49 on Monday, but then the Ducks had 17 consecutive shots. The Oilers next shot didn't come until 4:55 into the 2nd. They went 13+ minutes without a shot, and gave up 17. The Ducks did have two powerplays during that time, but the Oilers can't afford unproductive stretches like that if they plan on beating top teams.

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TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Both teams are desperate for a win, and instead of playing it safe they play run and gun to the delight of the crowd. Oilers win 5-4.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: With last change Krueger will get even better matchups for the 4/93/14 combo and they will combine for three goals. Hall picks up three points to move into a tie for 6th place in NHL scoring.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After nailing two NSOGDP (Flames quote and Nick Schultz goal) on the four game road trip, it will be difficult to accurately predict the unexpected...However....

After watching N. Schultz light up the Ducks on Monday Ryan Smyth is inspired. Smyth hasn't scored in 23 games, the 2nd longest goal-scoring drought in his career -- he went 25-games between Oct 20th-Dec 15th, 1998--, but he ends that tonight. Smyth has more points vs. Phoenix than any other franchise, 59, and he picks up his 60th point and 26th goal vs. Phoenix. It will be a patented wrap around.  

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#101 Bubba
April 10 2013, 09:17PM
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@Lochenzo

Shows what all that small "skill" does for ya.

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#102 steelymac
April 10 2013, 09:18PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

So I guess the Oilers are losing because of Dubnyk and not because they've scored a total of 2 goals in 3 games plus one period.

Pretty safe to say they ARE losing cause of Dubnyk and the soft goals but not winning cause no offence could and should be 0-0.

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#103 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 09:21PM
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Devan Dubnyk 2 --- Edmonton Oilers 0

jesus christ. I think it was all the nasty talk pre-game but Dubby sucks tonight man he is choking.

Where is Hall, where is Nuge, Gagner, Hemmer, what the hell kind of second rate effort is this in a playoff game atmosphere?

We need to shoot the puck a bit sooner, and possibly take it to the net, we are down two now to a defensive team so we need to plan on at least trying to score more than one dam goal.

Guys are getting in close but are not making dekes and driving it right in and trying to push it through, no more cute little shots upstairs, drive the puck through.

MPS nows the time to use your speed the right way, take it to the middle and drive it in to the net.

J Petry, rush the puck end to end same with J Schultz, all the way in and bury it, and pick up the pace across the board.

Pull Dubby just because man he looks so shaky.

Gagner needs to shoot the puck more and harder.

Hall needs to learn to drive the middle in two stride bursts not full flight.

We might as well go back to hockey school so lets see the give and gos we know are consistantly going to put us in scoring positions in close and lets drive it ver the line the hard way.

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#104 Hat Pughes
April 10 2013, 09:26PM
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And finally we get to the meat of this issue. Yes Fuhr let in LOTS of softies but they were when it was 4-0 Oil or they were down by more than 3 ... Recollection was his rep with the Boys on the Bus was Fuhr never let in the next one when it was a tight game.

In comparison Dubnyk does see lots of rubber, has a good SV% BUT the softies he lets in are often at the most critical time ... First goal of games ( case in point tonight) or to give the opponent a lead ( ahem again case in point tonight). And for a team who struggles for offense, one softie a game is a killer.

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#105 Yep
April 10 2013, 09:27PM
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oh look, the oilers are getting badly outshot again, theres a shocker.

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#106 washed up
April 10 2013, 09:33PM
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So....... This is suppose to be a deep draft year.

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#107 vetinari
April 10 2013, 09:41PM
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So, who else thinks that our team only tries, and I mean really, really tries, in about 50% of the games and the rest are just an evening of pond hockey in front of thousands of fans while being paid a few million dollars a year?

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#108 Rocket
April 10 2013, 09:42PM
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Phoenix seems to out play teams by keeping it simple.Hard work along the boards,pressure down low, & a solid defensive game.

It seems like The Oilers were pinned in they're own end almost the entire 2nd period & when they did break out Phoenix had at least 2 if not 3 players for The Oilers to beat. Phoenix, to my eye, never had a bad pinch & were getting all the bounces their way.

Just another one of those nights for The Oilers I guess.

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#109 GVBlackhawk
April 10 2013, 09:44PM
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DSF wrote:

How many posts have they hit?

How many posts have the opposition hit?

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#110 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 09:49PM
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We might want to challenge them when we have the puck and go right at the coverage closing the distance on them instead of the other way around as the 1st line was doing when they were stacking guys on the o-zone and relaying the puck back to their support. It was working great for them.

This is the best legal use of the pick play, a man for a man dynamic that benefits us if we relay the puck into support, it eliminates prolonged coverage by forcing immediate contact in a forward motion.

The best way to beat their tight coverage is to stack players and relay the puck, or just line them up four deep and use the Flying V to overload the n-zone. and flood them out.

We need to hit Yakupov sooner with passes, we need to look for him IMMEDIATLY because he is ALWAYS open in the o-zone earlier than everyone else and ready to shoot, but if we goddam pause all the time before we look for him its to late, get on the ball already those chances he gets are always golden, get him the puck.

Gagner needs to come in behind hemmer on the rush and when the d-man takes hemmer out or tries to Sam needs to be ready to onetime a realy from hemmer he will simply leave behind as he contacts the d-man, the onetimer from there at that speed will be devestating, coming off of a relay its harder for the tender to read coming in. Have MPS time his back door presence with Sams shot not Hemmers pass. We need to see Hemsky gaining the o-zone consistantly as usual and Sam shooting ASAP.

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#111 GVBlackhawk
April 10 2013, 09:50PM
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Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy! wrote:

Don't tell me what I saw and what it did to me.

I don't expect goalies to stop all shots. I agree with you. All of them will let in a soft one here and there. But some will more than others. And I'm not even talking about the center ice goal. That's not a soft goal. That's an accident.

Relax. It is human nature to develop certain biases -- you are simply looking for confirmation in this instance.

Unfortunately, Dubnyk is also helping to confirm that bias with one, if not two soft goals tonight.

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#112 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 10 2013, 09:53PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

Relax. It is human nature to develop certain biases -- you are simply looking for confirmation in this instance.

Unfortunately, Dubnyk is also helping to confirm that bias with one, if not two soft goals tonight.

Thanks, bro. That's solid advice.

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#113 Jay
April 10 2013, 09:53PM
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Well this is the last oiler game I'm watching this season. Can't wait til next season so I can be disappointed all over again

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#114 Lochenzo
April 10 2013, 09:54PM
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Oooo, confirmation bias. Never thought I'd see psychological discussion on here.

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#115 steelymac
April 10 2013, 09:56PM
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Somewhere in the building Dithers has been pre-occupied and missed most the game BUT has come to an important conclusion.There are actualy 22 pieces in a pack of nibs.

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#116 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 10:01PM
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Ok maybe we can try lobbing the puck wayyyy up high as we just enter the n-zone so we get the extra fraction of time to get in position on them, we need to buy some time so because they are clogging the n-zone we need to lob it in high and slow and then chase it down not throw it in low and fast and chase it the hard way, just lob it over their n-zone pressure up high and if we do that it will give us the extra time to make that dumpin work for us.

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#117 Alsker
April 10 2013, 10:02PM
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steelymac wrote:

Somewhere in the building Dithers has been pre-occupied and missed most the game BUT has come to an important conclusion.There are actualy 22 pieces in a pack of nibs.

How unfortunate he forgot the ones he ate, thusly it may be months before he could confirm that the actual number may vary package to package.

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#118 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 10:07PM
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I would rather watch this team sign off on the season useing the Flying-V and tossing nutty high lob dumpins than rolling over like we are doing again tonight. I want to see three men stacked and driving through the n-zone, nothing else seems to be working.

We are all so screwed up here that i am already thinking of when Ralph will pull Dubby and I cant be the only one. We are scarred badly here in E-Town.

Nice goal Nail.

Now lets see the Flying-V.

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#119 tdsm31
April 10 2013, 10:08PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

There's a reasonable chance that Dubnyk might outperform Schneider in Vancouver.....Do you know why?......because GOOD GOALTENDING IS A FUNCTION OF TEAM DEFENSE.....

(I'm old and I sometimes repeat myself...hell, I'm so old I even repeated ON myself)..

Look at Bryzgalov....MVP on Pheonix...Can't stop a beachball in Philly.....Smith...Can't stop a beachball in Tampa...MVP in Pheonix...

In those years that Buffalo is a team committed to team D....Ryan Miller is an MVP....Buffalo loses its way...Miller is crap..

Henrik Lundquist is a league MVP...Rangers trade away a few key defensive forwards to add more scoring (and lose a dman or two to injury) Lundquist looks average at best.

You think Rask or Tim Thomas are MVP's if they play for Tampa Bay?

It's no coincidence that the best goalie of all time, Martin Brodure played his entire career for one of the most Defensive style teams in NHL history. Etc Etc Etc

I asked if Van would trade Schneider for Dubnyk. If you posted that question to the general hockey watching public right now thers no question in my mind the overwhelming majority of responses would be NO. If you've watched any amount of hockey in your life you should be able to tell that Schneider has more talent than Dubnyk...he's quicker, moves better and is much more athletic. End of story.

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#120 Alsker
April 10 2013, 10:08PM
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Nice Yak, oh wait, greasy goal,do they count? Lets see some serious desperation NOW not with only 90 seconds left....

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#121 Alsker
April 10 2013, 10:11PM
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Now Hall reminds me more of Mess than up til now. We need to see more of that mean streak.

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#122 StHenriOilBomb
April 10 2013, 10:11PM
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I really hope Hallsey doesn't get run this game...

and the make-up call cometh.

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#123 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 10:14PM
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|Ralph, leave the dam goalie in and start whatever it is you do after you usually pull him, greenlight guys or pull the plug or flip the freaking switch but cut these guys loose already this is as good as our last game so we need to be going nuts not being patient.

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#124 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 10:17PM
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Well we seem to be as Vanilla as ever, god i wish we had a dirty player who would retaliate for us with ralphs permission once in a while , every system compensates for protective preemptive plays. We are taking penaltys anyways so lets pick and choose if we can.

Someone chop Hanzal down like a bad habit.

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#125 NewAgeSys
April 10 2013, 10:30PM
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We CAN NOT have guys like Yandle going after teenagers, this is sickening for christs sakes.

We simply have no heart and no fight, fighters are born not made and htis is becoming our terminal weakness.

Thanks for trying for the last four goddam minutes you guys, where the hell was this effort the rest of the game, there are a lot of questions to be answered in the off-season.

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#126 hunkybill
April 10 2013, 10:36PM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

I would rather watch this team sign off on the season useing the Flying-V and tossing nutty high lob dumpins than rolling over like we are doing again tonight. I want to see three men stacked and driving through the n-zone, nothing else seems to be working.

We are all so screwed up here that i am already thinking of when Ralph will pull Dubby and I cant be the only one. We are scarred badly here in E-Town.

Nice goal Nail.

Now lets see the Flying-V.

What is the flying V?

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#127 Dog Train
April 10 2013, 10:36PM
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The score of this game might show up in the fine print in the newspaper down in Phoenix.

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#128 Dog Train
April 10 2013, 10:39PM
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I'm sick of Hall and Yakupov having to fight their own battles. Those two showed gumption all night long but there are just not enough players showing that passion consistently enough.

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#129 Jay
April 10 2013, 10:43PM
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Dog Train wrote:

I'm sick of Hall and Yakupov having to fight their own battles. Those two showed gumption all night long but there are just not enough players showing that passion consistently enough.

This has been a problem with this team for years. You should just get use to it

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#130 OilersBrass
April 10 2013, 10:48PM
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God, I loved Yak this game. Scoring goals, making big hits, getting in scraps and chirping non stop in the box. The kids got spunk!

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#131 Alsker
April 10 2013, 10:50PM
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Meaningful games in April,meaningful to whom?? Obviously not to the guys in copper nd blue..4 straightloses and out of the race...wait weren't we laughing at fLames last year for doing the same thing...

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#132 Todd
April 10 2013, 10:51PM
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we suck

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#133 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 10 2013, 10:54PM
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I love the sound of IN YO FACE silence.

On a serious note, this team is a sh*t sandwich. Something's gotta give.

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#134 RSD
April 10 2013, 10:56PM
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@NewAgeSys

I agree with everything you are saying however are you actually implying that Tambs and co. are going to answer anything? I believe the motivation to improve the team at the deadline should be your answer: close but no cigar.

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#135 Jay
April 10 2013, 10:59PM
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Can we give up on dubnyk yet? Or do we need to see more still?

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#136 StHenriOilBomb
April 10 2013, 10:59PM
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Hi my name is StHenri, and I am in a bad relationship. The Oilers hurt me, and I don't think they want to change. I should leave them, but I just don't know how. We've had a lot of good times. The honeymoon period was amazing. We must have scored 400 times a year!!! The love we made was sweet, and we have 5 little Stanleys to show for it. Then it moved in to a decade of the relationship blahs - year to year ups and downs - things were going okay. We'd been on a couple of exciting trips to Dallas and Denver, had a pet cat named CuJo, and our existence may not have been top calibre, but it was built on determination and a shared love of the Oil drop. Finally expecting again, we went through heartbreak together in 2006. With the Oilers life on the line in the in Carolina, the 6th Stanley slipped away in the Cam-Ward that night. Weeks later we lost our favourite son in a dramatic family affair. We were broken. The next years were dark, and the only salvation was the eternal hope that things would get better. Now I don't know if the Oilers even care any more. Not about me, about the next Stanley, or about their own pride. The lust is gone. The only passion I see now is too little, too late, and leaves me a puddle of man-tears curled up in my copper and blue armchair, praying to the hockey gods for mercy. Every summer I promise myself that maybe next year will be better, because I can see the potential. I beg and barter with those who disagree. I set myself up to be hurt, and then am frustrated when it happens again. Perhaps I should just be a realist and stop expecting that things will ever change. The same thing year after year, and I expect different results? Am I insane? I need help guys. I can't take it any longer. I need to break up with the Oilers.

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#137 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 10 2013, 11:03PM
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Jakethesnake wrote:

Say what you want the goalie is a problem. All day on the radio and on tv all you hear is how great he is Bull this guy sucks and this team goes no where with him as the goalie

I know we're not supposed to get personal but....your an idiot....

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#138 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 10 2013, 11:06PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I know we're not supposed to get personal but....your an idiot....

Let me take that back....I'm sure you're not an idiot....but your comment was idiotic....

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#139 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 10 2013, 11:09PM
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Highlights of the game

1) Taylor Hall hacking Michalek...as if he were Messier....LOVE IT!

2) Yak striking back at Yandle in the crease with a stiff cross check...then imobilizing him in a head lock....

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#140 TonyT
April 10 2013, 11:13PM
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FTNF!!!

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#141 Walter Sobchak
April 10 2013, 11:17PM
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Dog Train wrote:

I'm sick of Hall and Yakupov having to fight their own battles. Those two showed gumption all night long but there are just not enough players showing that passion consistently enough.

Where the hell was the rest of the team??? 4 guys took a shot at Hall with only Smid stepping in.

Yakupov and Yandle go at it and Smyth looks on?

Whitney has to be the biggest joke of the year!! Forget Dubnyk, can someone explain to me why that SLUG was on the ice the last two minutes of a must win game!! Christ sakes!

Minus the kids, in the last 3-4 games this team can't win with the current roster, sorry but this includes Hemsky, Gagner, Paajarvi, Petry, Smyth, Horcoff, Petrel, Smithson, Peckham, Potter, Whitney.

SOFT all of them, milky wet butter soft!!

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#142 TDSM31
April 10 2013, 11:20PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Let me take that back....I'm sure you're not an idiot....but your comment was idiotic....

Easy...I just as well could have said your comment that Dubnyk could outperform Schneider was idiotic. This is ON not HF Board.

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#143 15w40
April 10 2013, 11:22PM
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Turn the lights out............

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#144 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 10 2013, 11:22PM
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tdsm31 wrote:

I asked if Van would trade Schneider for Dubnyk. If you posted that question to the general hockey watching public right now thers no question in my mind the overwhelming majority of responses would be NO. If you've watched any amount of hockey in your life you should be able to tell that Schneider has more talent than Dubnyk...he's quicker, moves better and is much more athletic. End of story.

"if you've watched any amount of hockey in your life"....really??.....Which one are you in the picture? The big guy or the little kid?

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#145 sasha
April 10 2013, 11:24PM
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I think the celebrations following the death of Margaret Thatcher should serve as inspiration to those of us frustrated by the idiocy that is Tambo.

Some day, my friends, our Oilers will be free of him. True, that may be years and years from now, but it will happen and on that glorious day (for it will be glorious!) we will rejoice.

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#146 Citizen David
April 10 2013, 11:32PM
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Kale Kessy 2 goals tonight. In the playoffs he's 10GP 11G 2A 13P. Zharkov is 9GP 2G 5A 7P. Maybe something there?

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#147 The Oilers Shot Clock
April 10 2013, 11:32PM
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sasha wrote:

I think the celebrations following the death of Margaret Thatcher should serve as inspiration to those of us frustrated by the idiocy that is Tambo.

Some day, my friends, our Oilers will be free of him. True, that may be years and years from now, but it will happen and on that glorious day (for it will be glorious!) we will rejoice.

Thatchers stats are skewed due to playing 2nd line under Reagan for so many years.

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#148 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 10 2013, 11:36PM
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TDSM31 wrote:

Easy...I just as well could have said your comment that Dubnyk could outperform Schneider was idiotic. This is ON not HF Board.

Actually it started with Oilcan writing about Dubnyk :“add in the defence that is playing in front of him and what he has done this year is even more amazing. Put him on the Canucks and I bet he puts up better numbers then Schneider.”

To which you responded: “So if Van offered Schneider for Dubnyk you'd tell them to pound salt? Right.”

I responded by saying that it was possible….not out of the question…that Dubnyk could replicate, or even better Schneiders performance if he played for Vancouver…..You telling me that you have some kind of monopoly on hockey intelligence that you can predict hypotheticals with that kind of certainty?

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#149 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
April 10 2013, 11:39PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Actually it started with Oilcan writing about Dubnyk :“add in the defence that is playing in front of him and what he has done this year is even more amazing. Put him on the Canucks and I bet he puts up better numbers then Schneider.”

To which you responded: “So if Van offered Schneider for Dubnyk you'd tell them to pound salt? Right.”

I responded by saying that it was possible….not out of the question…that Dubnyk could replicate, or even better Schneiders performance if he played for Vancouver…..You telling me that you have some kind of monopoly on hockey intelligence that you can predict hypotheticals with that kind of certainty?

Oh yeah....I forgot to add...End of Story! You can go to bed now little by.

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#150 bazmagoo
April 10 2013, 11:41PM
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Dubnyk is definitely not the problem on the Oilers. Our defence is one of the easiest to play against in the entire league, our third pairing couldn't get the puck out of our zone if their lives depended on it. J Schultz, Smid, and Petry are the only 3 I'd keep, the rest would be shown the door including N Schultz. Potter is a decent #7 defenceman, Fistric should definitely be shown the door at the end of the year and Whitney should only be brought back if it's at half his current salary. Just my two cents for the evening.

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