GSB 41.0: BOA

Wanye
April 13 2013 03:23PM

It's that time again Calgary. You managed to get ahead of the Mighty Oil by a measly two goals last Battle of Alberta. Fortunately the good guys dug deep and managed to pump eight straight past your goaltending duo. Eight. Straight. Goals.

Let the soundtrack be the sequel to Gangham Style which dropped today. We have a few things to say.

YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG

Perhaps someone can explain why the Flames have won two of your last three games since selling off everything of value in the Saddledome including the scoreboard. Do the remaining "NHL calibre players" not understand what needs to happen from here on out? You need to l-o-s-e. Every game. Not squeak out shootout victories in Phoenix and celebrate like you are a few good powerplays away from being back on top.

You're so bad down in Calgary that you are bad at being bad. Let that sink in. Up here we are great at being bad. Hell the Oilers are the Lebron Jameseses of being bad - we understand exactly what it takes. A burning desire to see your squad crater into the league basement at 800 km/h, the ability to mail it in on any given night. You have to want it for heaven's sakes.

Fortunately the Oil will show you how to spectacularly implode as they look to pump another 8 past you tonight. Think of it as helping kick off your 6 year rebuild.

FIRST GAME FOR @17SAMB

Speaking of people who are doing it wrong the residents of the venerable Wanye Manor here in Edmonton have elected to scalp tickets for tonight and take Edmonton's newest permanent resident - former Morningside Panther Sam Brown - to his first Oilers game.

This guy is one hell of an Oiler fan already mind you - he knows the team from tip to toe and has been streaming games from Australia all year. He knows that Tambo is an indecisive wreck riddled with crippling second guessing and is more interested in solving the Caramilk Mystery than he is figuring out how to take the Oilers to the next level.

But we still have blind faith in the Oilers up here. Yes they may have cooled off after being red hot and yes it's not looking good for the Mighty Oil to streak into the post season. But you gotta keep the faith that selling most of the furniture in the Manor and going to a Saturday Night Battle of Alberta will result in victorious mayhem.

You think the Oil are going to let down Sam Brown at his first Oilers game?

Please. Chalk this up as a win right now.

LINES: OILERS

According to the Oilers official twitter feed there will be no changes in the Oilers lineup from last game

F

Hall-RNH-Eberle

Paajarvi-Gagner-Yakupov

Jones-Horcoff-Petrell

Smyth-Smithson-Brown

D

Smid/Petry

N.Schultz/J.Schultz

Whitney/Fistric

Khabibulin gets the start in net.

LINES: FLAMES

The Flames lineup is hard to determine tonight. Their official site has no mention of how things are shaping up, nor does their twitter feed. The ever helpful folks over at Coppernblue have published the lineup below which is quite a different squadron than suggested in the Edmonton Sun today. It's almost as though the Flames themselves are running a smoke screen to mask how far the franchise has fallen.

Anyways, the "lines" are as follows:

F

Horak - Cammalleri - Baertschi

Glencross- Backlund - Stempniak

Hanowski - Reinhart - Jones

Jackman - Cervenka - McGrattan

D

Giordano/Wideman

Brodie/Sarich

Butler/Carson

Joey MacDonald gets the start tonight until he is inevitably pulled.

Note: Rumour has it that Glencross is out too with some sort of mystery illness - most likely being sick of being a Flame. If this happens chuck another crumb you have never heard of onto a line randomly.

Note 2: In addition to having one of the worst lineups in the NHL, the Flames have to be near the top for the hardest lineup to spell. Who the hell are any of these players? What the hell is a Ben Hanowski?

PREDICTIONS

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win 5-2 on goals from Hall, Eberle (2), J. Schultz and Yakupov. Scoring for Calgary "who cares" and "some guy you quasi know"

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers remember that they might be on the outside looking in this year but the Flames are on the outside of the outside looking in. They shell them into oblivion.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After lumbering into his perch in the press box Flames GM Jay Feaster will scan the lineup for tonight's match. "Jeez the Flames don't look very good on paper do they?" After it's brought to his attention that it is in fact his job to fix the lineup he will dimly shrug his shoulders and say "nothing that can't keep till the summer am I right? Now where's that free popcorn I heard about up here?"

From across the press box Steve Tambellini smiles knowingly and gives him the thumbs up.

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#151 Colin.S
April 13 2013, 09:46PM
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LMAO! Do the OIlers and Flames play again, cause if this score holds, can't wait to read the GD!

Also, LOL at having all these first overalls, and all the other high firsts and then Justin Schultz to top it all off and losing to what amounts to a good AHL team at this point.

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#152 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 09:48PM
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We need to lay some weight on their little guys and we need to take it to the net, our d-men need to get on their horses and look to sprink every time.

We cannot try to work our way out of this in a conventional manner.

Switch the positions of our first two lines and greenlight the entire team, its time to make some proactive changes, maybe double shift Halls speed a few times as well.

We need to activate our defense 100% right now not screw around, this one is a free for all, only we are to stupid to know it, open it up Ralph the season is over anyways what the hell point are you trying to make here??

We need to see the floodgates open and see the same energy we see when you pull the goddam goalie, what kind of a bench do you run, get these men moving, lets see some emotion. Its not exactly hard to make a few line changes and greenlight everyone to feed yakupov and Nuge and J Schultz, we are loseing the goddam game and not even trying to help our boys win the Calder Trophy, we lose everywhere for gos sakes.

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#153 RKD
April 13 2013, 09:48PM
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Clyde wrote:

The Oil cant be this bad. Please do something to allow us a top 3 pick. You have had the last 10 or so.

Oh yes they can, what I said on the first page of this forum is ringing true. Bringing kids into a losing environment is very toxic, the Oiler kids have become accustom to losing. Once it becomes a norm, you accept it as a way of being. I am for a rebuild but not years of tanking and having our kids developed in a toxic culture.

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#154 mr_nihilism
April 13 2013, 09:51PM
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Just wait for the third period. That seems to be when something clicks in their collective heads and they start playing NHL hockey.

Seriously, I don't even know how to describe the Oil. Just...just WTF???

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#155 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 09:52PM
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I demand that Ralph switch all four lines completely opposite the 4th to the 1st and the 1st down to the 4th.

What the hell do we have to lose, lets see if its really Ralphs lines or if its the system, reverse all the lines and lets see what happens.

I mean seriously we need to at least swing to be in the fight, this is getting really really sad.

Where the Hell is Hall?

Gagner what the heck?

Put Petrells line in the first slot and lets see what they can do.

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#156 Deaner_
April 13 2013, 09:52PM
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So are the Oilers so use to folding down the stretch from years of suckage that they don't know what to do when with in striking distance of a playoff spot? This is why you don't want to finish last every year, it breads losers.

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#157 Mitch2
April 13 2013, 09:52PM
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Kipper is not in net, the Flames are basically a AHL team tonight.

The Oilers are full of all their top end prospects and picks, the Halls and whatever and they are down 3-1.

This is the night every Oiler fan has got to lose their mind over the rebuild because they are looking at another 5 years out of the playoffs. The team is awful, the Flames are not even icing a legitimate NHL team at the moment.

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#158 mr_nihilism
April 13 2013, 09:57PM
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Mitch2 wrote:

Kipper is not in net, the Flames are basically a AHL team tonight.

The Oilers are full of all their top end prospects and picks, the Halls and whatever and they are down 3-1.

This is the night every Oiler fan has got to lose their mind over the rebuild because they are looking at another 5 years out of the playoffs. The team is awful, the Flames are not even icing a legitimate NHL team at the moment.

I can only presume the Flames are better coached. Whether it's their system or motivation or whatever. It's something Edm. does not have whatsoever.

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#159 Alsker
April 13 2013, 09:59PM
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Mitch2 wrote:

Kipper is not in net, the Flames are basically a AHL team tonight.

The Oilers are full of all their top end prospects and picks, the Halls and whatever and they are down 3-1.

This is the night every Oiler fan has got to lose their mind over the rebuild because they are looking at another 5 years out of the playoffs. The team is awful, the Flames are not even icing a legitimate NHL team at the moment.

Actually we lost our minds months ago, if you call us a legitimate NHL team you're kidding yourself. But don't forget we're not the ones that folded and Choked the last few seasons, you guys got pretty good at that as well.

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#160 warren
April 13 2013, 10:06PM
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I'm embarrassed.

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#161 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 10:07PM
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Keep the pedal down.

Keep the d-men rushing the puck, keep Smid shooting and lets see J Schultz taking wayy more chances.

This is our overtime right now so lets treat it that way because if they score the next one our coffin is nailed shut, forget the miracles, they need help and we are anemic offensively.

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#162 Craig
April 13 2013, 10:08PM
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#oilerssuck

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#163 yomamen
April 13 2013, 10:11PM
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that was a really bad call on Max

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#164 DSF
April 13 2013, 10:13PM
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clyde wrote:

Any Oiler fans still want to debate me about who is better TJ or Schultz? Schultz is a pp specialist who is a joke defensively. Brodie is a player.

Schultz can't play defense to save his life.

I'm no Flames fan but the guy is a disaster in his own end.

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#165 Colin.S
April 13 2013, 10:22PM
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@McRib

Uh, I'm a flames fan...... I was bashing his bashing of the Flames and how the "hits" stat is complete garbage.

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#166 merfer
April 13 2013, 10:24PM
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Has anyone noticed that the Oilers haven't won a game since Brown broke his nose and quit fighting. His last fight was against Calgary in the 8 - 2 game. It's obvious the Oilers are very scared team and play that way. Yet RK refuses to dress Peckham. The Oilers are always the nails and the other team are the hammers. We never dictate the physical part of any game and it's sick to watch.

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#167 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 10:28PM
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Lets start the 3rd with the same energy we finished the 2nd with, lets keep the speed and energy going, keep taking it to the net, keep that first shot fast and hard and LOW, stop trying to pick corners shoot for the ELBOWS. We will get better rebounds suited to our positioning.

We are taking the game back you can feel it.

Just stay the course and keep the pedal down, dont be afraid to make changes and adjustments to the lines, feel free to play around a little , remember the pressure is off already, lets have some fun, feed Nail and Nuge and J Schultz as much as possible in the 3rd trust me we will score multiple goals if we focus on those 3 guys and just execute the syste, with those 3 guys darting in and out as floaters looking to cherry pick, just one floater at a time, but just feed them time after time.

Move the trigger on the PP closer in more on the half-boards for the one-timer, have two guys switch spots so the shooter can go as deep as he wants,have the passer sprint crossice to the middle blueline to slide over and cover for the guy on the point going to the half-wall for the onetimer.

The Flames are not getting fancy at all, so use the give and gos on them and remember to attack the puck carrier in our zone immediatly because they are loosey goosey and are all shooting at will and fast, they arent wasteing much time setting up so lets just go to the puck ASAP and pursue until we get it back, using the body more than the stick.

Maybe just get simple like they are and start the give and go earlier in the n-zone like usual and then just tic-tac-toe around them, we seem to be beating them one-on-one consistantly. if we just use the simple give and go and bring our d-men in right behind the playaction we might catch them a few times picking up loose pucks and driving them in.

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#168 yomamen
April 13 2013, 10:29PM
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@Scary Gary

But Carolina did somehow. Anywhere in first 4 is OK for me

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#169 Vintage Flame
April 13 2013, 10:32PM
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Next episode of Oil Change will be titled "PANIK"

(That one was for you Dave)

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#170 Alsker
April 13 2013, 10:34PM
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merfer wrote:

Has anyone noticed that the Oilers haven't won a game since Brown broke his nose and quit fighting. His last fight was against Calgary in the 8 - 2 game. It's obvious the Oilers are very scared team and play that way. Yet RK refuses to dress Peckham. The Oilers are always the nails and the other team are the hammers. We never dictate the physical part of any game and it's sick to watch.

If thats totally acurate than we would be - 10-30 as we would have lost 20 games before we traded for Brown, however its not only the physical play that we do not dictate, every aspect of the game we are reactionary to not proactive hence why we once again fail to make the playoffs. As for Peckham he showed up out of shape and has not been forgiven for his error(not the first time hes done this) tho I agree his presence would be a welcome sight.

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#171 McRib
April 13 2013, 10:39PM
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@Colin.S

My bad, his comment bashing the Flames was so irrelevant I guess I had selective hearing. Haha. It was bang on for the Oilers, look at tonight an AHL team comes into to their barn and is fearless of them.

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#172 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 10:42PM
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Atta boy Max! Congrats.

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#173 schevvy
April 13 2013, 10:42PM
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REINHART!!! Hahahaha

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#174 gussey
April 13 2013, 10:42PM
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Wow, the oilers need to get bigger stronger and meaner.. Jackman, aliu, sarich r manhandling guys.. I watch a lot of flames games and its pretty rare that we manhandle anybody..

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#175 dotfras
April 13 2013, 10:43PM
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Great defensive play by J Schultz there.

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#176 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 10:43PM
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We are officially in greenlight mode so lets do something odd like plant a cherrypicker on the redline, lets start going for long breakout passes, try to get guys in alone if we can, its hail mary time.

Lets not get lulled out of the last ten minutes of this game.

Jesus, they scored again?

well same plan, we have ten minutes so lets see some dangles and some wide open offense with everyone collapseing, Khabby is on his own now, we need to go for it.

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#177 Kevin
April 13 2013, 10:43PM
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Yeahhh Buddy!!! Our Prospects are better hahahahah

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#178 Willi P
April 13 2013, 10:47PM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

We are officially in greenlight mode so lets do something odd like plant a cherrypicker on the redline, lets start going for long breakout passes, try to get guys in alone if we can, its hail mary time.

Lets not get lulled out of the last ten minutes of this game.

Jesus, they scored again?

well same plan, we have ten minutes so lets see some dangles and some wide open offense with everyone collapseing, Khabby is on his own now, we need to go for it.

Guess it will have to be 7-4 now for the Oil

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#179 McRib
April 13 2013, 10:48PM
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Why is Justin Schultz a defenseman ?!?!?!? He needs to be moved up to forward ASAP!!!

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#180 Jakethesnake
April 13 2013, 10:49PM
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The oilers are a joke. Top to bottem. And this from a lifetime diehard oil fan. A complete fn joke.

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#181 Colin.S
April 13 2013, 10:51PM
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McRib wrote:

My bad, his comment bashing the Flames was so irrelevant I guess I had selective hearing. Haha. It was bang on for the Oilers, look at tonight an AHL team comes into to their barn and is fearless of them.

He's wrong though, look at Chicago and Detroit, they are two of the most skilled and successful teams in the NHL(though Detroit may miss the playoffs this year) and they have the least amount of hits in the NHL, Vancouver is also in the bottom of the NHL in terms of hits and I'd take their record any day.

It is NOT hits that have any effect on the outcome of a hockey game, it is things like puck possession, shooting and transition. The Oilers don't have a hitting problem, they have a "Our defense is good for an AHL team" problem. They thought picking up a J. Schultz and then down grading the rest of their D would solve their problems, however it's something the Oilers haven't addressed. Even with all their high picks they never addressed their D.

Same reason I want the Flames to prioritize selecting a Forward in the draft. The Flames have some decent looking Defensemen in the system, not so much outside of Baertschi for forwards.

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#182 clyde
April 13 2013, 10:51PM
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DSF wrote:

Justin Schultz is NOT an NHL defenseman.

If he hasbupside, send him down and letvhim develop becausebhe is so bad in his own zone it is pathetic.

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#183 Willi P
April 13 2013, 10:52PM
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@ Wanye

PREDICTIONS

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win 5-2 on goals from Hall, Eberle (2), J. Schultz and Yakupov. Scoring for Calgary "who cares" and "some guy you quasi know"

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers remember that they might be on the outside looking in this year but the Flames are on the outside of the outside looking in. They shell them into oblivion.

har har. Better luck next year, it will be the Oil's year again, just like the last many, many years past

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#184 Deaner_
April 13 2013, 10:56PM
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The Heat are playing great tonight

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#185 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 10:57PM
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Deaner_ wrote:

The Heat are playing great tonight

Except for Aliu, he's brutal, I can't wait until Bouma is back next year.

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#186 FireOnIce
April 13 2013, 10:58PM
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So, where are all those goals from the Nuge, Hallsy, and Yaks? I thought Hall was on pace for 800 points this season - it certainly can't help the next "Great One" if he doesn't score, or assist, or play all that well.

In the immortal words of Nelson Muntz: "HA HA!"

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#187 Scary Gary
April 13 2013, 10:58PM
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Five straight loses for the oilers, ouch!

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#188 schevvy
April 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Best game of the year. That was great

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#189 Vintage Flame
April 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Bahahahahahahaha.. Say goodnight Edmonton!

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#190 Colin.S
April 13 2013, 11:00PM
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Gotta hand it to the CBC camera man, nice of them to show the sad Oilers going to the locker room for so long so they can show off those girls in the backround, I'M ON TO YOU PERVERTED CBC CAMERA MAN!!!!

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#191 clyde
April 13 2013, 11:01PM
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Scoring_guru wrote:

Wow. 6 minutes for Cervenka. Hartley hates him.

yep, not going to be part of the rebuild

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#192 Rod from Viking
April 13 2013, 11:01PM
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Petrell best Oiler,Jackman best Flame, CBC crew brutal Flame Homers, for next year season tickets Mastercard.

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#193 mr_nihilism
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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I really don't need to watch what remains of the season. Just go ahead and lose and get another draft pick, blah blah whatever.

Tomorrow's paper should be good for a laugh as I read all the excuses for why they didn't win this f$&$# one.

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#194 seve927
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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You know what, that was worth it. The comments from the Coil last game about how they'd left us behind. Ouch! What's it feel like tonight? All they need is another power play specialist and they'll be absolutely unbeatable.

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#195 Quintana
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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schevvy wrote:

Best game of the year. That was great

Best game of the year was last week in Calgary!!!!

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#196 washed up
April 13 2013, 11:04PM
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There's no chance of playoffs. May as well go for the best pick posible.

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#197 McRib
April 13 2013, 11:06PM
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@Colin.S

I agree that he is wrong for it being that relevant, especially when you consider where Chicago, Detroit and Vancouver sit. But they don't need to hit because they dominate puck possession. Edmonton though does not dominate puck possession, haha. And at least Chicago and Vancouver have guys who can hit... Edmonton is SOOOOOOOOOO SOFT its ridiculous!!! They are soft at forward and soft on defence!! When Smid is your best defenseman you have serious issues!!!

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#198 NewAgeSys
April 13 2013, 11:08PM
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How embarrasing, getting booed right out of your own barn by your own fans, and deserving it.

I hope someone is paying attention, for christs sakes in a shortened season where we missed most of our games you might think the team would want to reward our loyalty with a few goddam fight, what a bunch of pussycats.

This will not be forgotten by the fans next year, this has been one of the biggest rollovers in Oilers history, we better lose every freaking game left and try to get a high draft pick, every dam one we need to turtle on just like tonight.

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#199 schevvy
April 13 2013, 11:08PM
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The Oilers got dominated by the Abbotsford Heat. I think they've got some serious issues.

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#200 mr_nihilism
April 13 2013, 11:13PM
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Schmenkley wrote:

Dare we say it.......are we ahead of the Edmonton rebuild.....ALREADY!!?

Probably.

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