GDB 39.0: JUST WIN

Jason Gregor
April 08 2013 01:14PM

At the start of this four-game road trip the Oilers needed two wins. It didn't matter how, when or where, but they needed at least two victories. They won in Calgary, lost in Vancouver and LA so that leaves them with no choice but to win in Anaheim.

Simple. Just Win.

Of course, winning in the NHL isn't that easy.

I could bore you with percentages and how many wins the Oilers need down the stretch to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, but I don't see the need. Someone smarter than I came up with the saying "Keep It Simple Stupid," and that rings true today.

A win puts the Oilers two points back of Detroit with 9 games remaining, and 7 of those 9 games will be in Edmonton. A win gives Edmonton a chance.

The Ducks played last night, so obviously the Oilers should win. The Ducks have to be fatigued don't they? That was the reason the Oilers lost in Vancouver on Thursday wasn't it?  They were tired from the night before. So based on that theory the Oilers should take advantage of a tired team tonight.

LINEUP

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

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

Dubnyk

Ales Hemsky is out with a foot injury, he's been playing injured for the last 10 days, so Ryan Jones will take his place in the lineup. Mark Fistric take Corey Potter's place on the 3rd pairing and he will play his first game since March 25th.

Ryan Getzlaf is also a game time decision. Getzlaf loves playing the Oilers, registering 27 points in 23 career games, and obviously it would be better for the Oilers if the Ducks elect to give him another day to rest.

QUICK HITS

  • If you want to see how many people wrote off Alex Ovechkin this season, type in Ovechkin vs. Crosby in the twitter search box. Ovechkin has 20 goals and 33 points in his last 23 games. That is unreal. The hilarious part is how the anti-Ovechkin crew are now suggesting he only scores vs. non-playoff teams. Of course when he scored 9 points in three games vs. Winnipeg and New Jersey both teams were in the playoffs, but because they aren't in today that crowd suggests he feasts on weaker competition. That is a creative way to use the stats in your favour. Either way, Ovechkin is back to being one of the most exciting players to watch.
     
  • Crosby is better overall, but Ovechkin is a better goal scorer and he's still one of the best forwards in the game. Adam Oates got him to switch wings this year, and now that Ovechkin is comfortable on his new wing he is lighting it up.
     
  • Sheldon Souray was also written off by many, yet he's having a great year in Anaheim. Souray has 16 points, is playing 21 minutes a night and he is tied for the league-lead at +26 with Sidney Crosby. Souray adds a lot of toughness and swagger to the Ducks as well. Harsh reality in sports is you can't let personal feelings get in the way of business. Oilers needed to get something for Souray, but never did.
     
  • Theo Peckham will never be as dominant as Sheldon Souray, but I see similarities in how they've been handled. Peckham screwed up royally by not staying in shape, and I applauded the organization for sending him a strong message. But that was six weeks ago. Now all they are doing is lowering his trade value, which wasn't that high to begin with, and they will have to qualify him or loss him for nothing. Peckham received the message loud and clear. He deserved to be sent to the minors, but when he returns to the NHL he'll be a decent contributor. If the Oilers let him walk for nothing, that will be another example of bad management.
     
  • I don't understand why the Oilers have Anton Lander sitting in the pressbox rather than playing in the AHL. He hasn't played a game since he scored 6 points vs. the Rockford Icedogs on March 30th. How can the Oilers possibly believe sitting in the pressbox, and practicing twice in a week is helping his development. I understood why they recalled him when Belanger was hurt, but once they traded for Smithson I don't see the value in him not playing.
     
  • I'm guessing Justin Schultz will be booed regularly tonight. Ducks fans are still livid he shunned them and signed with the Oilers. I wonder if they can maintain that all game, the way Oilers fans have voiced their displeasure with many ex-Oilers or Dany Heatley.
     
  • How awesome is Sunday TV right now. Mad Men and Game of Thrones are back, and The Good Wife has another few weeks before their season is over. Excellent way to wind down the week.
     
  • Andrew Cogliano leads the Ducks with 11 ES goals. He's having a solid campaign with 12 goals and 22 points.  Cogliano wasn't going to fit in Edmonton long-term, once they drafted Ryan Nugent-Hopkings, but he's a solid NHLer for the Ducks. He's never missed an NHL game, and tonight he will play his 450th consecutive game.

TONIGHT... (just for you LT)

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Just like they did four weeks ago the Oilers will win a game few expect them to. After back-to-back shutout loses the Oilers went into Chicago and won 6-5. Tonight after uninspired losses in Van and LA the Oilers will entertain you with a 5-4 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers score 3 PP goals. The Ducks PK is 22nd and they've given up the 6th most PP goals in the league.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Nick Schultz loves playing the Ducks. Five of his 26 career goals have come against the Ducks. He has 26 goals in 801 games, but he has 5 in 40 games vs. the Ducks. In the 2nd period Schultz jumps up in the play and scores his first of the season.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR

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#51 Jasmine
April 08 2013, 04:43PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

And the Oilers bashing continues. Fans will boo. Check out vs the game Anaheim played vs Kings. When it was announced that Ducks were playing the Oilers the next night, the whole arean booed loudly.

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#52 DSF
April 08 2013, 04:45PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Well said. It's about time someone said it. Management is getting bashed way too many times.

Management was right to buy him out. Players shouldn't be allowed to walk all over management and expect to get away with it. Souray thought he could get away with bashing management and it failed. I bet there were many teams that applauded the Oilers for doing what they did to Souray.

Management has been bashed since Slats left. I remember people wanting Lowe fired when he made his first trade as GM. Fans had too much love for Slats and would bash anyone who became GM after Slats.

You only used "bash" 4 times in 3 paragraphs.

That's much better.

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#53 Bucknuck
April 08 2013, 04:47PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Pretty sure I know what you meant, but PLEASE tell me your "OH. MY. GOD." is for a TOTALLY different reason than Lowetide's in reaction to Katie Heigl.

But the picture of the kid is pretty funny.

I was trying to be funny. Heigl does manage to steal the article.

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#54 Rama Lama
April 08 2013, 04:59PM
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I never bought what management was selling when they decided that Souray was a bad apple, and needed to be a million miles from any player associated with the Oilers.

The only people that look STUPID now are the ones that bought all this horseshi_, about Souray not being able to play.........pure fictional nonsense.

He handled himself with class, called a spade a spade, and stuck up for his teammates when required. When was the last time a defenseman got into a fight with the current player we have??

He is making management look stupid because they helped him the whole way........he could play on my team any day.

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#55 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 08 2013, 05:03PM
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It's a darn good thing Tambo didn't rock the boat last week at the deadline. His actions are really starting to pay off during this playoff drive. Well worth the risk of letting guys walk for free in a couple weeks. What a bunch of donkeys, pretending to be buyers again when they should've been sellers. Only 3 weeks of hockey that doesn't matter this year. Much the same to being out of it with 5 weeks to go during a full 82 game season.

How much more of this SHIP (tambellini and lowe) do the Oiler faithful have to put up with? 3 yrs later, your hockey team's still sucking the hind banana Daryl Katz.

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#56 Fresh Mess
April 08 2013, 05:07PM
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I agree with all of Gregors' quick hits except for Ovechkin. I wouldn't have Ovie on my team.

Oilers management is horrendous. This team will never reach it's potential with the current group managing hockey ops.

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#57 Rama Lama
April 08 2013, 05:08PM
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@Jasmine

Explain how he walked all over management? As far as bashing goes.........I recall a lot more bashing coming from management than from Souray.

Players especially veterans, should have more latitude than entry level players........what is most confunding is how management handled this player and to what gain???

How did the Oilers win in this regard.......please explain?

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#58 Rama Lama
April 08 2013, 05:12PM
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@Ducey

It's an expression of support for a player that in my mind did as good of a job on a weak team, as any player could.

Please feel free to explain how we won in handling this player the way we did?

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#59 Ducey
April 08 2013, 05:15PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

It's a darn good thing Tambo didn't rock the boat last week at the deadline. His actions are really starting to pay off during this playoff drive. Well worth the risk of letting guys walk for free in a couple weeks. What a bunch of donkeys, pretending to be buyers again when they should've been sellers. Only 3 weeks of hockey that doesn't matter this year. Much the same to being out of it with 5 weeks to go during a full 82 game season.

How much more of this SHIP (tambellini and lowe) do the Oiler faithful have to put up with? 3 yrs later, your hockey team's still sucking the hind banana Daryl Katz.

I am certain that had he sold off a few guys and lost the next few games, he would have been blamed for the losses. Can't win.

There likely wasn't much interest in what Tambo was selling anyway.

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#60 Rama Lama
April 08 2013, 05:40PM
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Ducey wrote:

It was a joke (or an attempt at one). I am pretty sure you are not an owner of an NHL team.

You forget Souray had two seasons for the Oilers where he was basically hurt all the time. He went thru waivers twice. It was only once he was bought out that Dallas took a flyer on him and paid him just $1.6 million for one year.

He didn't handle himself with class. Classy people don't blast their managers in the media.

It was a bad contract which the Oilers overpaid to bring in a big name. He gave them one good year, and two bad years. His injuries and conflict with management likely would have got him bought out a few places.

I think odds of you knowing 3 years ago he was going to have a year like this year are about the same as you being an NHL owner. That makes it 20/20 hindsight.

Agree to disagree........Souray is hardly the first player to have objections with Management.

He never has had a history of being a troubled player.......only after joining the Oilers. He is also a older player so getting injured is part of player management .......look at Hemsky, Belenger, Horcoff, Hall, Gagner.......they have all gone through this before.

You failed to explain how handling of this asset was a benefit for the team........IMHO it made him untradeable.

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#61 RexLibris
April 08 2013, 06:10PM
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A win by Colorado tonight would put the Flames in 30th place.

I wonder if fans there might change their opinion of draft parties now?

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#62 DSF
April 08 2013, 06:12PM
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As someone who has some personal insight into the Souray situation, let me set some things straight.

Souray did not get along with Lowe.

Souray requested a trade 2 years before the issue became public. Souray very quietly requested a trade but Lowe wouldn't accommodate him because he was still reeling from his "Is it me" period.

Souray was pushed to be in the lineup despite injury because the management team would have looked silly if their prized acquisition wasn't playing.

When Souray finally vented to the the media, the Oilers decided to teach him a lesson and set about humiliating him by sending him to the minors.

The situation is very analogous to what occurred in Vancouver with Cody Hodgson but Gillis, wisely, decided to pump and dump Hodgson rather than publicly devalue his asset.

That the Oilers are still paying Souray is laughable. Some lesson.

38GP 7G 9A 16P +26.

How would that look on the Oilers blue?

What would it have been worth on the trade market?

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#63 admiralmark
April 08 2013, 06:23PM
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vetinari wrote:

The Oilers can't just make it easy for themselves, can they? One step ahead, two steps back. One step sideways, blow head off with shotgun. Stand up zombie style, shamble forward and repeat.

Truly a sign of a team that has some very strong areas(1st and 2nd Lines, goaltending), and some major weaknesses(3rd and 4th lines and defence)... It was a mistake to not get something quality back for Whitney/Hemsky/Peckham/Jones.... Because this team was never going to make the playoffs short of selling the future. By the standings you'd think this team is close. But in reality this team still requires major moves that need to be bolder then they have been so far.

I am actually one that thoroughly enjoyed this season. And i will enjoy all the remaining games... But my patience as a fan ends there. This off season Tambi et all need to get off their asses and improve these glaring areas of weakness before next season.

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#64 TDSM31
April 08 2013, 06:23PM
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Bang on with the Quick Hits Mr. Gregor!

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#66 JSR
April 08 2013, 06:38PM
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I can see how Peckham came into camp in bad shape. He obviously thought there was not going to be a season, and got caught when the two parties came to an agreement. From what I read going into October, he was in the best shape of his life, and was on his way to play in the ECHL, I believe? Why didn't he stay there? He definitely wasn't the only NHL'er to be caught out of shape this year. I'd imagine it'd be hard to keep training with no definite end in sight!

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#67 @Oilanderp
April 08 2013, 06:41PM
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Live to win 'til you die 'Til the light dies in your eyes Live to win, take it all Just keep fighting 'til you fall

Day by day, kickin' all the way I'm not cavin' in Let another round begin, live to win Yeah, live, yeah, win

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#68 Walter Sobchak
April 08 2013, 06:44PM
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I have my doubts about the Oiler's winning this game.

Only because Teemu Selanne is an Oiler killer.

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#69 StHenriOilBomb
April 08 2013, 06:49PM
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@DSF

What's your "personal insight"? As was said already, this is nothing new...

Also, anyone heard any new news on Getzlaf? What a nice surprise if he misses 1 or 2 or even all 3 of the Oilers v. Ducks games this year.

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#70 michael
April 08 2013, 06:51PM
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Oilers are going to shoot out and going to win 3-2. Gagner with the winner.

The Oil are rested and Anaheim played last night. Should be even then given that Anaheim might be missing Getzlaf also.

Who here thinks that the Oilers need,need,need to win all of their homegames to have ashot at the playoffs? My vote is yuuuuup.

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#71 StHenriOilBomb
April 08 2013, 06:54PM
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JSR wrote:

I can see how Peckham came into camp in bad shape. He obviously thought there was not going to be a season, and got caught when the two parties came to an agreement. From what I read going into October, he was in the best shape of his life, and was on his way to play in the ECHL, I believe? Why didn't he stay there? He definitely wasn't the only NHL'er to be caught out of shape this year. I'd imagine it'd be hard to keep training with no definite end in sight!

He said that he felt that the ECHL wasn't preparing him to play, and that guys were taking runs and hoping to prove themselves against him. He was worried he would get hurt, so left the league.

can't find source, but will try to find it later.

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#72 Smokey
April 08 2013, 06:57PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Once again Oilers fans do what they do best. Running players out of town and only wanting draft picks in return. Fans hate the playoffs but they sure love draft picks.

Fans are the reason players don't sign in Edmonton. They run players out of town.

Whitney is not resigning here, so why not get assets for him concidering his value to the Oilers in minimal if not at all. If someone would of given us a return for 6/7 defender which is all he is. We've witnessed such a remarkablr drop off in his game. He hurts more then he helps. Why keep him?

The only thing keeping him in NHL is the flashes of brilliance you occasionally, his moments of brilliance between the colossal mess he is in his own zone.

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#73 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 08 2013, 06:59PM
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michael wrote:

Oilers are going to shoot out and going to win 3-2. Gagner with the winner.

The Oil are rested and Anaheim played last night. Should be even then given that Anaheim might be missing Getzlaf also.

Who here thinks that the Oilers need,need,need to win all of their homegames to have ashot at the playoffs? My vote is yuuuuup.

Edmonton needs to go 9-1 the rest of the way. They have to finish with more points than the Wings with them having the tiebreaker.

It's over. Tanking these last 10 games is in the Oilers best interest. Selecting 4th or 5th means someone else will do the Oilers scouting homework for them yet again. Prevent them from doing something stupid.

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#74 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 08 2013, 07:13PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Once again Oilers fans do what they do best. Running players out of town and only wanting draft picks in return. Fans hate the playoffs but they sure love draft picks.

Fans are the reason players don't sign in Edmonton. They run players out of town.

Were you just born yesterday?

The lowest level of achievement when it comes to the Oilers, is that of a fan. In that, the only opinions that matter are those of current season seat holders only. Management as well as the players couldn't give a rats arse what the fans say or think. The fans are one dimensional and here for one reason only, to be milked for every possible cent possible.

Fans run players out of town? Yeah, okay, that's nothing more of that drummed up fan B/S you're talking about.

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#75 Harlie - Team Admiral Hallsy
April 08 2013, 07:20PM
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Like that you are calling out the management JG. The way they handle assets like school kids taking their ball and going home is sickening. It's freaking 2013 already - hug and make up!

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#76 Johe
April 08 2013, 07:33PM
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Watched some highlights from the 06 playoff run. I do this every so often to remind myself what playoff hockey in Edmonton can be like. I get goosebumps. Every time.

Please win Oilers. That is all.

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#77 Milli
April 08 2013, 07:35PM
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The league is better wit a GREAT Ovie in it, and OILERSNATION is better without DSF and all his INSIDER info! Oilers win 5 - 3, Ebs with his first HATTY!

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#78 Dog Train
April 08 2013, 07:45PM
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I have no idea what the Oilers are doing with Lander. He puts up 6 points in one game in the AHL and he hasn't played since. Stupid.

Not much needs to be said about the importance of this game. I say the Oilers win 4-3 and keep their hopes alive.

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#79 Harlie - Team Admiral Hallsy
April 08 2013, 07:53PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Once again Oilers fans do what they do best. Running players out of town and only wanting draft picks in return. Fans hate the playoffs but they sure love draft picks.

Fans are the reason players don't sign in Edmonton. They run players out of town.

Umm..it was Tambo and Co. that ran Souray and his happy to sign and stay in Edmonton for 26 million over the term out of town - not the fans.

Dustin Penner was traded away, he didn't leave as a UFA.

Name one instance of a player in the last 4 years being "RUN OUT OF TOWN" by the fans. Name it. C'mon..

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#80 The Soup Fascist
April 08 2013, 07:56PM
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David S wrote:
"The lowest level of achievement when it comes to the Oilers, is that of a fan. In that, the only opinions that matter are those of current season seat holders only. Management as well as the players couldn't give a rats arse what the fans say or think."

So we can assume you're not a season seat holder?

You mean it is ok for dumb old me to be upset about coughing up $200 a night to watch a team "tank" and half ass it around the rink? That is crazy talk.

Maybe if they just tried in home games and "not be into it" on the road?

That is how championship teams are built. Be the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked ....... and Shazam !! The next year you play like Champs.

Thanks for bringing in some sanity, David S.

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Same old banter every game day. A lot of people saying a lot of things but they always forget to say:

LET'S GO OILERS! (Clap, clap, clap,clap clap)

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#82 DSF
April 08 2013, 08:07PM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

I don't understand this math. They have to beat Detroit by 3 points and Dallas and Phoenix by 1. There are 10 games left - it's happened before. If Detroit plays well, we're screwed. If Detroit loses a few there's a chance.

Don't throw around numbers unless they mean something. Explain your 9-1 please. Otherwise it's just another BS assessment thrown out there.

I don't think the Oilers make it, but I think this 9-1 number is just a bad guess. In a few weeks I wouldn't be surprised if we realize that 6-1-2 wolud have done the same thing.

But you're right, it's done.

It looks like it will take 56 points to make the playoffs.

The Oilers would need to go 8-1-1 to get there and even then they lose the tie breakers to STL, Detroit, Phoenix and Dallas so they likely have to go 9-0-0 to make it.

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#83 NewAgeSys
April 08 2013, 08:09PM
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The Gagner line has earned the right to start the game in the number one slot, of that there can be no doubt. Lets start recognising the fact that that line carried us this far and show them some respect.

The PP needs to use the 3 pass rule, on the PP never more than 3 passes without a shot,we recover possesion fast on the PP, its regressive to overpass in the o-zone on the PP, you waste time. Catch them in defensive transition , dont wait till they are set and then start working it around the perimeter admiring our own passes, just get it into the zone and catch them on the first defensive transition they are forced to make and shoot the dam puck ASAP.

The eye in the sky better be awake and aware up there to expediently read and react to the opponents system adjustments.

Simple execution means we should see the same zone attacks only twice , once to probe and once to exploit, them we need to see a new tactic. The offense needs to come in combonations, the rush leads to the midrange wrister which leads to the rebound or redirection or deflection or recovery and the wraparound, but we need to be anticipating the second strike much better, no more one trick pony possesions, we need to pursue the second and third punches by pursueing the puck.

The team has had questions asked about its leadership and heart and guts and dressing room all year long, this has been a common theme, if we dont put those questions to rest they will haunt us next year. Right now it looks to me like Ryan Whitney of all men has been in more than one Bingo protecting Yakupov as he is supposed to be doing, where the hell has everyone else been? You guys really think we are keeping you all next year with that type of performance?

Do our men even know their own roles and values to the team? Do they know who to protect? Do the forwards all know Nuge is the gold coin and their only jobs are to protect him? Are they misinformed or what the hell? You shouldnt touch the ice with RNH unless you get that 100%.

Put some plates of cookies and some orange juice on the bench tonight because if there arent a lot of red-cross style donations being left out there on the ice tonight we will definately need to see new faces here next year. Its blood and guts time, the more guts this team has the more red dots we will see leading to both benches like little popcorn trails in the forrest.

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#84 DSF
April 08 2013, 08:10PM
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In other news...it appears Burke's "Rebuild on the Fly" was a better strategy than Lowe's "Drive it Into the Ditch" strategy.

With a 4-3 win over the Rangers tonight, the Leafs now have a 99.7% chance of making the playoffs.

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#85 ginganinja
April 08 2013, 08:13PM
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If you plan to watch the oilers game DONT TURN TO TSN2!!! What a basketball game so far

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#86 bazmagoo
April 08 2013, 08:18PM
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Love your articles Jason, but comparing Peckham to Souray is a little asinine. Peckham has never been (and likely never will be) better than a #7 NHL defenceman on a 30th place team. Souray is a former all star.

I completely agree with what you are saying about how incompetently Oiler management handled the Souray situation. But they will be making the right decision when they let Peckham walk at the end of the season (hopefully they don't resign him!).

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#87 Harlie - Team Admiral Hallsy
April 08 2013, 08:29PM
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NewAgeSys wrote:

The Gagner line has earned the right to start the game in the number one slot, of that there can be no doubt. Lets start recognising the fact that that line carried us this far and show them some respect.

The PP needs to use the 3 pass rule, on the PP never more than 3 passes without a shot,we recover possesion fast on the PP, its regressive to overpass in the o-zone on the PP, you waste time. Catch them in defensive transition , dont wait till they are set and then start working it around the perimeter admiring our own passes, just get it into the zone and catch them on the first defensive transition they are forced to make and shoot the dam puck ASAP.

The eye in the sky better be awake and aware up there to expediently read and react to the opponents system adjustments.

Simple execution means we should see the same zone attacks only twice , once to probe and once to exploit, them we need to see a new tactic. The offense needs to come in combonations, the rush leads to the midrange wrister which leads to the rebound or redirection or deflection or recovery and the wraparound, but we need to be anticipating the second strike much better, no more one trick pony possesions, we need to pursue the second and third punches by pursueing the puck.

The team has had questions asked about its leadership and heart and guts and dressing room all year long, this has been a common theme, if we dont put those questions to rest they will haunt us next year. Right now it looks to me like Ryan Whitney of all men has been in more than one Bingo protecting Yakupov as he is supposed to be doing, where the hell has everyone else been? You guys really think we are keeping you all next year with that type of performance?

Do our men even know their own roles and values to the team? Do they know who to protect? Do the forwards all know Nuge is the gold coin and their only jobs are to protect him? Are they misinformed or what the hell? You shouldnt touch the ice with RNH unless you get that 100%.

Put some plates of cookies and some orange juice on the bench tonight because if there arent a lot of red-cross style donations being left out there on the ice tonight we will definately need to see new faces here next year. Its blood and guts time, the more guts this team has the more red dots we will see leading to both benches like little popcorn trails in the forrest.

* groans - clicks off ON for the night. *

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#88 StHenriOilBomb
April 08 2013, 08:29PM
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DSF wrote:

It looks like it will take 56 points to make the playoffs.

The Oilers would need to go 8-1-1 to get there and even then they lose the tie breakers to STL, Detroit, Phoenix and Dallas so they likely have to go 9-0-0 to make it.

But that assumes that Detroit will put up 12 points in their final 10 games. While entirely possible, especially with their schedule, it is still an assumption.

The Oilers likely won't go 9-1.

I they make the playoffs it's because the Oilers got to 53ish points and Detroit had a few losses in a row. Saying they need to go 9-1 is not as accurate as saying Detroit needs to lose. That's more likely. Edmonton no longer control their destiny. Even 9-1 won't do it if Detroit goes 6-1-2.

And I kind of like cheering against Detroit! ;)

But really, it may as well be the off-season right now for the Oilers.

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#89 StHenriOilBomb
April 08 2013, 08:34PM
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@Harlie - Team Admiral Hallsy

"The Gagner line has earned the right to start the game in the number one slot, of that there can be no doubt. Lets start recognising the fact that that line carried us this far and show them some respect."

Please explain how this like has earned the right to start the game in the number 1 spot. I think if you were to propose this to most fans, media, or Oilers' members, there would be much doubt.

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#90 Eddie Shore
April 08 2013, 08:35PM
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Has Peckham played his final game as an Oiler? I'm perplexed as to why he has not played at all this year. It makes no sense considering how badly the D has struggled.

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#91 Alsker
April 08 2013, 08:42PM
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@StHenriOilBomb

Harlie was replying to NAS..not making that statement

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#92 StHenriOilBomb
April 08 2013, 08:45PM
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is that not a penalty when a team is thrown out of the faceoff circle after someone has already been thrown out?

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#93 The Soup Fascist
April 08 2013, 08:46PM
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When Smytty handed Whitney his stick after Whitney lost his, it almost looked like he wanted to give it back to Smyth. Worst twig in the league.

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#94 Alsker
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Harlie - Team Admiral Hallsy wrote:

* groans - clicks off ON for the night. *

Man dont leave, how many 400+ word comments can he actually make, FN has much more fun on GD threads, quick, short one liners showing emotion for that moment, no offense to NAS but your posts so remind me of my old economics prof explanations, uugghhh, after 12 hr shift they're just to much!!!

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April 08 2013, 08:47PM
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Alsker wrote:

Harlie was replying to NAS..not making that statement

yeah, I must have pressed reply to the wrong comment.

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#96 Alsker
April 08 2013, 08:51PM
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Forgot to add, I agree with you, Gags' line has been invisible the last few games and were turnover mania against L.A.

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#97 Alsker
April 08 2013, 08:53PM
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Nice feed by Petry, just off by Hall. Ok 4 on 4, where is Yak?

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#98 NewAgeSys
April 08 2013, 08:59PM
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There is a lack of emotional quotient out there already. We need to stop whining already and get into the game, we are acting like its the refs we are scared of and of we make a move they will punish us, forgetaboutit already, if we keep our green yaps shut we will be ok, so go get them, they had am emotional last game and probably all had a major adrenaline dump, so lets not let them warm up slowly like this, lets get things rocking.

Lets initiate contact as much as we can, they are giving us the n-zone and are comfortable coming in behind us to support their d-men who are cheating up high, they are trying to pinch the puck between their high d-men and their n-zone support coming in tightly behind us, the n-zone support WANTS to get behind us and just shadow us. So lets just work it in easy till we get to 2ft into their zone after coming into the zone at 75% speed and explode to the net, their n-zone pressure will shadow us so if we come through the n-zone at 75% speed then we will have a gear left to bust in after we are like 2ft into the o-zone, becauser their d-men are so high we need to explode quickly to catch them, we need the extra gear created by a 75% speed n-zone traverse, we want their d-men to time themselves off of that n-zone traverse so we can explode with the extra 25% or gear a few feet into the o-zone, we WILL have the extra step when we need it if we challenge them with an extra gear of speed like this.

Keeping their d-men high and their n-zone support behind us and tight stops the sucessfull dumpin, so lets mix it up an every second possesion lets see a stab at the middle with that explosion, MPS would look pretty good in that spot, just tell him to hit the n-zone at 75% speed so he can explode into the offensive zone down the middle and go to the net .

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#99 Dennis
April 08 2013, 09:02PM
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Anyone else having sound issues with SN Oilers? My sound keeps cutting in and out.

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#100 StHenriOilBomb
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@NewAgeSys

Check my last question to you. Two way dialogue.

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