GDB 43.0: SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS

Jason Gregor
January 02 2014 12:11PM

During their seven, soon to be eight, year playoff drought the Edmonton Oilers have done surprisingly well against the San Jose Sharks. While the Oilers have floundered near the bottom of the standings the Sharks have circled near the top, finishing 5th, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 7th and 6th in the western conference.

Once again, the Sharks are one of the best teams in the west, sitting 4th with a 25-9-6 record, and the Sharks lead the league with a +7.3 ratio in shots for/against. Despite the Sharks consistency as an elite team and the Oilers as a bottom-feeder, Edmonton is 6-6-1 in San Jose during the past seven seasons.

Why? I have no idea, but the Oilers are hoping they continue to be competitive in the Shark Tank tonight.

The Oilers' struggles against western division playoff teams continued in Phoenix on Tuesday with a 4-3 OT loss. The score flattered the Oilers as they were outshot 45-25. In 14 games against the top-8 western teams the Oilers have been outshot by a combined 163 shots and are a paltry 1-11-2. It has been ugly vs. the best in the west, and the Oilers need to wake up to avoid another "shot kicking" tonight.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Perron
Yakupov-Gagner-Eberle
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Joensuu-Lander-Gazdic

Ference-J.Schultz
N.Schultz-Petry
Belov-Marincin

Bryzgalov/Dubnyk

Those were the lines at practice yesterday, so they likely stay the same tonight. Eakins likely won't play his goalies back-to-back and Bryzgalov has played two very strong games, so they could go with him tonight and Dubnyk tomorrow; unless Eakins wants Bryz to face another one of his former teams. Either way, goaltending hasn't been the issue the past few games.

Yakupov draws back in while Roman Horak played one game and was sent back to OKC. I'm curious to see how Yakupov responds to Eakins' "plan." The simple part of the plan is that Eakins will play Yakupov with offensive guys as long as Yakupov plays better without the puck and in the D zone.

I expect Yakupov to play hard tonight, but based on what Eakins said he'll need to do it consistently to stick in the top-six. That is fine, but it's about time Eakins starts thinking about challenging some other forwards the way he has Yakupov. Gagner and Eberle need to be better.

QUICK HITS

  • Anton Belov's play on the OT goal was the epitome of a soft play. For reasons unexplained he elected to coast for one stride at the blueline and then he made a weak stick check on Yandle. I understand that players will make mistakes, turn the puck over and not always execute, but soft plays are inexcusable and the Oilers have too many players who make soft plays fairly frequently. Until that stops this organization won't improve. If Belov plays significant minutes tonight what message is Eakins sending his team?
     
  •  The players need to be more accountable to each other, and I liked that Ilya Bryzgalov showed his displeasure after the tying and OT goals. You don't want players doing it all the time, but at certain times it is necessary. It might cause some discomfort now and then, but when Bryzgalov, who spent the past 120 minutes standing on his head keeping his team in the game, gets fired up his teammates should listen. He was playing his ass of and it is nice to see a player demand that his teammates put forth the same effort.
     
  • Scott Burnside wrote a fantastic article on how TEAM USA picked their 25-man roster. It was great to get a glimpse into the process. The thing that stood out to me, yet didn't surprise me, was how cautious they were about offensive players. That is the biggest issue in our game in my opinion. GMs and coaches would rather go with safe players than highly skilled guys who might make mistakes.

    Bobby Ryan has scored 160 goals since the start of the 2008/2009 season. Phil Kessel, 175, is the only American with more goals during that span, yet Ryan didn't make the team.

    What perplexed me the most was that the coaches felt they didn't need him on the PP, because he only had 8 PP points in Ottawa. The majority of the game is played five-on-five, and the only forward on the USA roster with more ES points than Ryan's 28 is Patrick Kane. Ryan produces at ES, and Brian Burke even admitted in the article that he is an elite finisher. Instead of downplaying his PP production, shouldn't they have been applauding his ES totals?

    My biggest beef about the state of hockey is that coaches are drawn towards safe players instead of finishers.Hockey is becoming to risk averse. I understand the need to have reliable players on the roster, but if you can't score you won't win. Is Derek Stepan going to be a difference maker more than Ryan? Ryan has been one of the top-ten most productive goal scorers in the NHL the past five years, yet the USA elected to go with guys who were "safer" and had a good first 40 games of the season. I suspect they will regret that decision.
     
  • What makes Ryan's omission even more surprising is the make up of their blueline. Only one of the eight D-men named to team USA would crack Canada's top-seven, Ryan Suter. The rest are Ryan McDonagh, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Justin Faulk, John Carlson, Kevin Shattenkirk and Cam Fowler. Orpik is the only physical defender, and only Carlson is the only other one above 6'2".

    How do they plan to defend Canada's big skilled forwards like Getzlaf, Perry and others? They can't expect to win games 2-1 just because they have Jonathan Quick in goal? Their blueline is made up of puckmovers, but they cut their 3rd most productive forward and that seems somewhat contradictory to me.

    I'm very surprised Dustin Byfuglien wasn't one of their eight defenders. He adds a different dimension. To me Carlsson, Faulk, Fowler and Shattenkirk are essentially the same player. I don't see how their blueline will be able to handle Canada's forwards when they start cycling. That is great news for Canadians. I don't see USA as a main threat in this tournament.
     
  • You can point at Taylor Hall and make an argument that he should make Team, Canada based on his offence, and that is a valid point. However, the difference between him and Ryan is that Canada has other guys with more points than Hall. Crosby, Toews, Getzlaf, Perry, Sharp, Tavares, Kunitz and Thornton. Kunitz also has more points, but playing with Crosby definitely helps.

    I've said I'd have Hall on the 25-man roster, but Canada has the luxury of going with guys who are also very good offensively, but have a bit more experience in Staal, Nash and Giroux.  Even in the case of Kunitz he is showing he can produce. Pascal Dupuis also played with Crosby and he only had 20 points. If Kunitz makes the team at least they can say he is producing more than guys who didn't make it, unlike Ryan with Team USA.

    When Hockey Canada makes their announcement next week it will be interesting to see which forwards aren't on it. We could see Hall, Seguin, Benn and Duchene on the outside.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Their struggles against top teams continue with a 4-2 loss.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall has eight points in his last four games and he continues his strong play tonight with a goal and an assist. He is making a strong push to make Team Canada, but even he admitted he doesn't think he'll crack the roster. Hall could be top-15 in scoring by the time January 7th rolls around, which will only add to the debate if he doesn't make the cut.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After scoring four goals in his first six games, Boyd Gordon only has one in his last 30. He buries his 6th of the season tonight which puts him on pace to shatter his career high of eight goals.
 

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#51 oil2017!
January 02 2014, 04:16PM
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RexHolez wrote:

He got raped pretty good in the Smid deal

how? cause smid isnt replaceable and is currently a game changer that you build your defense around? or was it the fact that dumping a replaceable player with an above average salary to make room for future decisions because this is a lost season?

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#52 Rick Stroppel
January 02 2014, 04:19PM
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GRETZKY AND MESSIER TO THE RESCUE!

I am really tired of the relentless negativity displayed by the posters on this site! Gretzky and Messier are waiting in the wings and Katz is just looking for the right time to put them into positions of high influence and responsibility in Oilerville. There are at least good four reasons for this:

1. Former Oilers Glory Boys.

2. Neither has accomplished anything of note as a coach or manager in the NHL, therefore unable to question anything done by anyone else.

3. Both will be available to clean Katz' glasses during time outs like Jerry Jones son-in-law.

4. Both will be contractually obligated to go to Katz' house and play table hockey with his kid.

Gretzky and Messier should work so well with MacTavish, Lowe, Steve Smith and Buchberger! I can't wait!

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#53 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 04:20PM
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Stauffer pointed out that hall has 38 points and has cracked the top twenty.

Guess who has one more point and is +11? And no one seems to be talking about him playing in Sochi.

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#54 Sid
January 02 2014, 04:22PM
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To take a page out of Burke's book. Do the Oilers have any intense players?

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#55 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 04:25PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

GRETZKY AND MESSIER TO THE RESCUE!

I am really tired of the relentless negativity displayed by the posters on this site! Gretzky and Messier are waiting in the wings and Katz is just looking for the right time to put them into positions of high influence and responsibility in Oilerville. There are at least good four reasons for this:

1. Former Oilers Glory Boys.

2. Neither has accomplished anything of note as a coach or manager in the NHL, therefore unable to question anything done by anyone else.

3. Both will be available to clean Katz' glasses during time outs like Jerry Jones son-in-law.

4. Both will be contractually obligated to go to Katz' house and play table hockey with his kid.

Gretzky and Messier should work so well with MacTavish, Lowe, Steve Smith and Buchberger! I can't wait!

You are either being sarcastic or are delusional.

Neither gretz or mess are EVER moving back to EDM. They both have much deeper ties with other nhl teams - gretz with LA and mess with NYR. While mess has taken some nebulous position in the oiler organization (I am reluctAnt to say he is part of management) has he even visited EDM since he was "hired"?

These two guys are used to being in big media market ponds and the big city lifestyle - no way the swim back up to a backwater like EDM.

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#56 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 04:26PM
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@oil2017!

I was thinking more like how he traded a serviceable NHL calibre defenseman for 2 middle tier prospects considering defense was already a weak spot and considering the value around the league for defenseman of smid's calibre. You don't think Smid could've fetched more come deadline day??

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#57 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 04:28PM
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Cameron wrote:

A Shakespearean quote came to mind that seemed fitting for the Oiler's owner, management and Serious Gord:

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not with our stars, but in ourselves"

Thanks for the shout out. More Shakespeare is just what this site needs more of.

(And I'm sure many would like to see a little (or a lot) less of me)

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#58 Kevin
January 02 2014, 04:30PM
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Anyone awake at Oiler front office ?? how the hell does Pittsburgh claim 6'-4" Taylor Payatt off the waiver wire ?? apparently not good enough for this smurf toilet bowl team. What a JOKE ! Fire six rings already ! anybody up for a mash-mellow roast at hawerlack park ? Thinking OILER Jerseys to ignite and stoke the fire. Katz would have prime view through his living room window.

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#59 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 04:36PM
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@Kevin

Why would they claim a free NHL player?? We have lots of AHL guys to give ice time. Even Konopka would be an upgrade

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#60 BIGDAWG
January 02 2014, 04:39PM
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Bryz has been awesome the last 2 games. Standing on his head awesome! I like the emotion he shows on the ice. atleast someone has it..

I haven't seen the line up for tonight but if belov and petry are in I want Eakins gone.. cant just pick on yak when other players including ebs and gags are making the same or worse mistakes. I hear the word accountability... now lets see some.. I am also getting fed up of hearing Eakins talking about how hard this team works.. we are clearly seeing two different teams out there. Call a spade a spade already.

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#61 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 04:42PM
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BIGDAWG wrote:

Bryz has been awesome the last 2 games. Standing on his head awesome! I like the emotion he shows on the ice. atleast someone has it..

I haven't seen the line up for tonight but if belov and petry are in I want Eakins gone.. cant just pick on yak when other players including ebs and gags are making the same or worse mistakes. I hear the word accountability... now lets see some.. I am also getting fed up of hearing Eakins talking about how hard this team works.. we are clearly seeing two different teams out there. Call a spade a spade already.

Seems to me that there are at least a couple of players every game who play bad enough to sit out a game or two - how come only yak gets that treatment?

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#62 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 04:44PM
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GDP - San Jose and Anaheim have been red hot for sometime now - oilers now had it at 35-1-5 combined.

This they are both due for a regulation loss. I'm just not confident that the oil are the team to do the job. That said the sharks are missing five forwards.

4-3 EDM in regulation.

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#63 Bucknuck
January 02 2014, 04:45PM
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I predict a big win for Edmonton tonight. 7-3 BIG. Yakupov gets a hat trick, and Gagner gets four points.

If I'm wrong I can just blame it on a delerium caused by a horrible head cold combined with cold medication. If I'm right I look like a GENIUS. Or something like that...

Go OIL.

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#64 Rick Stroppel
January 02 2014, 04:48PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

You are either being sarcastic or are delusional.

Neither gretz or mess are EVER moving back to EDM. They both have much deeper ties with other nhl teams - gretz with LA and mess with NYR. While mess has taken some nebulous position in the oiler organization (I am reluctAnt to say he is part of management) has he even visited EDM since he was "hired"?

These two guys are used to being in big media market ponds and the big city lifestyle - no way the swim back up to a backwater like EDM.

Serious Gord: Apparently nobody has ever introduced you to the concept of "satire". That is when a person uses irony or exaggeration to try and make a point in a humorous way. The reference to Gretzky and Messier playing table hockey with Katz' kid should have been a good clue.

The serious point I was trying to make is this: Katz places totally inappropriate reliance on Oilers alumni who have done little or nothing to deserve their current positions. I don't WANT this to happen, but it would not surprise me at all if Gretzky or Messier pop into the Oilers picture in the near future. It would be par for the course.

P.S. If the Oilers weren't providing so much total CRAP hockey, maybe I could amuse myself by enjoying the product on the ice, rather than posting on this site. Cheers!

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#65 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 04:54PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

I predict a big win for Edmonton tonight. 7-3 BIG. Yakupov gets a hat trick, and Gagner gets four points.

If I'm wrong I can just blame it on a delerium caused by a horrible head cold combined with cold medication. If I'm right I look like a GENIUS. Or something like that...

Go OIL.

I recommend a double hot toddy - piping hot tea with whiskey or brandy; some lemon and honey to taste - drink one a period or until you pass out. You will be right as rain tomorrow morning and the agony of another oilers mastication will be but a hazy recollection.

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#66 Newj
January 02 2014, 04:55PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Breezy might not be a very good NHL level goalie, but he's still on upgrade on Dubnyk!

Bishop, Bernier, Schneider.... All could of been had

You are correct on all accounts...but lots of ON seem to think he is our saviour.

Time will tell.

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#67 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 04:56PM
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@Serious Gord

Might need more then 1 a period, I suggest 3-4/period

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#68 K_Mart
January 02 2014, 05:03PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Stauffer pointed out that hall has 38 points and has cracked the top twenty.

Guess who has one more point and is +11? And no one seems to be talking about him playing in Sochi.

Seguin is having a nice season. Not as nice as Hall's though, especially considering the first 13 games for hall.

By the end of January if Hall stays healthy, seguin will be a mere spec in the rearview. Hall has been +3 since moving back to the wing. More impressive than Seguin's considering Hall's supporting cast.

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#69 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 05:06PM
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@Serious Gord

Seguin also has more competition down the centre ice than Hall does on the left side

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#70 **
January 02 2014, 05:11PM
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Excellent coaching by Eakins, to put the 3 most defensively challenged forwards together, whom also are all under 6 ft, against a fast, heavy team. That's a winning strategy right there.

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#71 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 05:13PM
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@**

He's grooming yak to be our. 4th line checker/pk specialist. It's a challenge for him

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#72 EternalPessimist
January 02 2014, 05:19PM
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Did we lose yet? How bout those systems tho?

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#73 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 05:23PM
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K_Mart wrote:

Seguin is having a nice season. Not as nice as Hall's though, especially considering the first 13 games for hall.

By the end of January if Hall stays healthy, seguin will be a mere spec in the rearview. Hall has been +3 since moving back to the wing. More impressive than Seguin's considering Hall's supporting cast.

Even though they were drafted in the same year developmentally I think its fair to say that Seguin is about eight months to a year behind hall:

He is eleven months younger,

He has played far fewer top line minutes even if he has dressed for ten percent more games.

Let's see where Seguin is about a year from now compared to where hall is today.

The above being noted - for the record I 100% supported taking hall as number one. It was a case of force majeur as to not take a two-time Mem cup MVP number one would be unprecedented. That is not to say I think hall is or was the better player - I think Seguin is just a little better, a little more valuable than hall.

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#75 -30-
January 02 2014, 06:00PM
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@ Serious Gord

Why does Yak get sat out while others don't?

How about there is a long term plan to KEEP Yakupov and let's break the bad habits before they become permanent or impossible to break?

Gagner and others will be traded or gone in a few. Yak will be around for the next dozen plus years.

Some of the posters here are hilarious. Two game win streak and the world is great. Two losses and fire the whole effing group and start from scratch.

Same goes for Yak. For gawds sake, the guy is just a kid. Are we judging his career and his treatment the past few weeks as long term?

Common sense seems to be lost on most when it comes to the Oilers.

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#76 bwar
January 02 2014, 06:00PM
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I feel bad for Yak. Not only will he be blamed for any defensive lapses he has but he will also be forced to take the blame for all of Gagner's lapses as well.

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#77 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 06:07PM
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-30- wrote:

@ Serious Gord

Why does Yak get sat out while others don't?

How about there is a long term plan to KEEP Yakupov and let's break the bad habits before they become permanent or impossible to break?

Gagner and others will be traded or gone in a few. Yak will be around for the next dozen plus years.

Some of the posters here are hilarious. Two game win streak and the world is great. Two losses and fire the whole effing group and start from scratch.

Same goes for Yak. For gawds sake, the guy is just a kid. Are we judging his career and his treatment the past few weeks as long term?

Common sense seems to be lost on most when it comes to the Oilers.

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Do things are on track, and you're happy with how it's going? Just give it a couple years? Lets tank again and get another high draft pick?

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#78 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 06:33PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Hall would have barely gotten more minutes than Seguin did - permanently on the second line behind lucic. Maybe even less given halls defensive weaknesses compared to seguins.

And would he get on the Olympic team ahead of the bruins first line left winger? Awkward.

that would be nuts to see Hall and Lucic battle for ice time, and scary for any team playing against them

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#79 LoweBlow
January 02 2014, 07:21PM
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I don't agree. The US had a team with an aging Langdenbrunner, Drury & Rafalski on a roster that wasn't expected to contend for gold. We all know how that team turned out. The only point that team ever trailed was in the gold medal game.

I'd suggest that this team is superior with Brown, Suter & Backes having matured. Don't underestimate this team.

I'd call Canada the favourite with the most complete roster but every contender boasts a dominant top 6. Canada will have to win with it's bottom 6. That's what Toews did in 2010.

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#80 6 ring circus
January 02 2014, 07:32PM
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The Oiler's should hire the blond in the picture as a motivational coach.All she would have to do, is show up at the rink dressed like that.

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#81 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 07:49PM
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-30- wrote:

@ Serious Gord

Why does Yak get sat out while others don't?

How about there is a long term plan to KEEP Yakupov and let's break the bad habits before they become permanent or impossible to break?

Gagner and others will be traded or gone in a few. Yak will be around for the next dozen plus years.

Some of the posters here are hilarious. Two game win streak and the world is great. Two losses and fire the whole effing group and start from scratch.

Same goes for Yak. For gawds sake, the guy is just a kid. Are we judging his career and his treatment the past few weeks as long term?

Common sense seems to be lost on most when it comes to the Oilers.

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MacT must have had a complete change of heart regarding gagner if he's now planning to unload him in the next couple of years...

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#82 JJ
January 02 2014, 07:51PM
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Nichushkin with another goal tonight. Nurse better be the real deal. Otherwise missing out on the next Malkin will be the greatest Oil mistake of the decade. We shall see.

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#83 Dog Train
January 02 2014, 07:52PM
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We have lost so far this year so here's to positive thinking! Oilers pull one out, 3-2 in the shootout.

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#84 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 02 2014, 08:15PM
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bwar wrote:

I feel bad for Yak. Not only will he be blamed for any defensive lapses he has but he will also be forced to take the blame for all of Gagner's lapses as well.

Yeah.....it won't end well.....but it might be a motivational strategy to play three players together who all need to learn to play a two way game. They need to learn to play some D for each other, and none of them can complain that they are not playing with talent. This way they have only themselves to credit or to blame.

But I'm with you that Eakins shouldn't make Yak the goat.....he should rotate the goat horns until they learn to play for each other.

These guys are by definition proud professionals....and SHAME can be a powerful motivator.

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#85 Stack Pad Save
January 02 2014, 08:32PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Your retort is some lame man crush line...intelligent.

Belov's play was a lack of effort and soft. You think Bryzgalov didn't try on those shots? Okay.

So your telling me he made a good play? Give your head a shake. A goalie cannot have a great or even a good game if he lets in a goal from behind the net, overplays another at an atrocious angle and than plays a breakaway really weakly and lets a guy who is half tied up beat him with a floater. This whole debate centred around who would start and it seems even the coach agreed with me. Bryzgalov played good but he let in 2 soft goals and those goals where a huge difference at the end of the game. Your willing to rip every other player on the Oilers for 2 mistakes in a game, but you wont rip Bryzgalov. Yes, it does appear to that you do indeed have a man crush! Soare you gonna watch todays game, or skip it since Dubnyk is playing?

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#86 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
January 02 2014, 08:34PM
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JJ wrote:

Nichushkin with another goal tonight. Nurse better be the real deal. Otherwise missing out on the next Malkin will be the greatest Oil mistake of the decade. We shall see.

I'm with you thinking that Nichushkin is a hell of a player, but it's worth noting that Malkin is a center. Nichushkin isn't the big 2nd line center that we've been missing for years. While Nichushkin's game would bring something the Oilers desperately need, Edmonton's wings in the top 6 are getting pretty full.

I think if Nurse is given the proper time to develop as a player, he'll be more valuable to the organization in the long run.

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#87 @Oilanderp
January 02 2014, 08:39PM
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GO OILERS GO!

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#88 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 02 2014, 08:41PM
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GDP: Sharks are Big ...Oilers are Small.....Sharks Win!

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#89 @Oilanderp
January 02 2014, 08:42PM
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Smyth is trying to score one goal with that muffin of a slapper off the wing, then he'll retire.

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#90 Newj
January 02 2014, 08:54PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Smyth is trying to score one goal with that muffin of a slapper off the wing, then he'll retire.

I pulled out a relic piece of lumber out of the garage the other day..I was thinking maybe Smitty might want it?

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#91 ValleyviewSports
January 02 2014, 08:54PM
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It's strange to me that Eakins thinks it is best to play two rookie d-men together in Belov and Marincin. Just waiting for the dashes

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#92 Reg Dunlop
January 02 2014, 09:06PM
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When did this world become so unfair? The sharks are 25% bigger than the oil per man yet they are just as quick, just as fast and infinitely more experienced. The oil have NO chance and will have no chance until Thorton, Boyle et al retire.

Why is it that the oil forecheck is absolutely ineffective while opponents send a single forchecker in and he always forces our two Dmen backwards until they lose possession or ice the puck. Is it coaching or is it the fact that our D corps is ECHL calibre?

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#93 Serious Gord
January 02 2014, 09:07PM
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Listening to the game on ched. Man after that goal the crowd sounded real loud.

Ditto the second.

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#94 Reg Dunlop
January 02 2014, 09:07PM
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The oil are soooo bad. There is no hope. Goodnight all.

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#95 RexHolez
January 02 2014, 09:08PM
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If Petry didn't put that puck in his feet Yak would have moved it quicker.

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#96 Quintana
January 02 2014, 09:09PM
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Old Dubbie...........Man against boys.......Fire kLowe!!!!!

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#97 Dave3
January 02 2014, 09:10PM
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Pull the goalie !

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#98 D-Unit
January 02 2014, 09:11PM
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What was Yak's plan on that one? Get puck and do a spin, inside the zone, for no reason. Fancy plays for the offensive zone, smart in the D.

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#99 Zamboni Driver
January 02 2014, 09:11PM
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Debrusk is a walking, barely talking embarassment.

"No chance for Dubnyk on that one."

A shot from 60 feet.

Nah. Zero chance.

Hey Lou, 'Doobie' is paid to stop the thing. Sometimes they're even called "saves"...as in "save the day". Sportsnet keeps this guy when they rule the world, they've lost their minds. Can you imagine? We don't get to hear Ferraro anymore, but get 82 nights of this.

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#100 Andrew
January 02 2014, 09:15PM
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According to Debrusk a wrist shot from the blueline is unstoppable. Just another excuse making eh-hole? I think I hear a huge sucking noise coming from Cali.

Piss pathetic.

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