GDB 53.0: HOME COOKING...BAD

Jason Gregor
January 24 2014 12:48PM

The Oilers have played 23 home games. They have only won eight of them.

Last year they won 9 of 24 home games.  The last season the Oilers and their fans left Rexall place in a good mood more often than a bad one was in 2007/2008 when the Oilers won 23 of 41 home games.

Since October 2008, the Oilers have played 213 home games and they've won 86.

The Oilers have 18 home games remaining this season, and hopefully for their sakes and the fans, they can find a way to start winning on home ice.

When the Oilers finished dead last in 2010  they were at least competitive at home winning18 and losing 23 (OT loss is still a loss for me), so there is no reason this team shouldn't be able to match 18 wins or better it.

It won't be easy with 14 of the 18 games against western opponents.

They play the Kings, Ducks, Sharks and Flames twice and the Coyotes, Avalanche, Wild and Canucks once. The Senators, Rangers, Islanders and Sabres will visit from the East. Ten of those games will be against teams currently in the playoffs, but if the Oilers are going to start improving eventually they need to be a few playoff caliber teams, especially at home.

The Oilers won't make the playoffs, but they need to start building a foundation for the future, and one of those bricks needs to be molded into a good home team.

Of the current 16 playoff teams, only the Rangers have a losing record at home winning 12 of 28. Of the 14 teams not in the playoffs only three, Washington, Phoenix and Dallas have won than half of their home games. Winning at home doesn't guarantee you a playoff spot, but it increases your chances significantly, especially if you can be a dominant team at home.

The Oilers need to start creating winning habits at home, and since I highly, highly doubt Dallas Eakins gets fired at the end of the season, it is up to him and his team to start finding a winning formula on home ice.

HITS...

After Tuesday's loss to Vancouver Dallas Eakins made reference to "the perfect game."

Do you know what the perfect game is? The perfect game is no hits. Do you know why that is? It’s because you have the puck. You don’t have to hit anybody; you have the puck. 

That statement got some people excited. Many believe hitting doesn't help you win games, mainly due to the reason Eakins outlined above. In theory that makes sense, however, practicality and reality often offer up different outcomes.

There is no such thing as the perfect game, no hits, and many successful teams use their physical play to help them win. Here is a hit chart for this season. Playoff teams are in bold.

Hits Team Hits/game
1768 Toronto 33.3
1662 Los Angeles 31.9
1569 Ottawa 30.7
1519 Columbus 30.3
1397 Winnipeg 26.8
1323 Phoenix 26.4
1263 Buffalo 25.7
1263 Colorado 25.7
1300 Pittsburgh 25.4
1313 Philly 25.2
1232 Boston 25.1
1307 NYR 24.6
1298 NYI 24.5
1264 Anaheim 23.8
1181 Washington 23.6
1153 Carolina 23
1178 Edmonton 22.6
1093 Florida 21.8
1076 Calgary 21.1
1048 St.Louis 20.9
1047 Montreal 20.9
1049 New Jersey 20.5
1030 Dallas 20.1
1029 Tampa Bay 20.1
1030 Nashville 19.8
1015 Vancouver 19.5
963 San Jose 18.8
1001 Detroit 18.5
898 Minnesota 16.9
888 Chicago 16.7

I think we all agree that hit charts from building to building can be subjective. The Leafs have 1099 hits in 28 home games, but only 669 in 25 road games. Are they magically that much more physical at home or do the statisticians in Toronto consider every rub out a hit?

That being a team like Columbus has virtually the same amount of hits on the road as they do at home. I'd say it gives us a general idea of which teams are more physical than others.

The chart proves that some teams win by being more physical, while others don't need to.
Nine of the top-14 teams in hits are in the playoffs, while seven of the 11 teams with the fewest hits are currently in the postseason.

My issue with Eakins comment is that he tried to deflect the issue of contact and brought up the unattainable "perfect game" scenario. No team is perfect, but the suggestion that being physical will automatically decrease your chances of winning is somewhat misleading.

Of course you want your team to have the puck, but both teams want it, and I find many of the successful teams are not only good at controlling the puck, they are excellent at getting it back.

Many consider Pittsburgh to be a puck possession team, and they are, but they also are top-ten in hits/game. Delivering a hit hasn't hurt them, and clearly they win despite not playing a "perfect game."

A major benefit from being physical is that your aggressive play will force teams to move the puck quicker than they want, which often leads to turnovers. Having players who can separate opponents from the puck through body contact is also valuable and a significant part of the game.

The problem with the Oilers is that their overall skill isn't good enough to be a puck possession team, and right now they aren't very good at retrieving the puck once the opposition has it.

I'm sure Eakins will strive to build his team to become more of a puck possession team, but I'd hope he realizes that until they become great at protecting the puck and not turning it over, they will need to improve their puck retrieval skills at the same time, and often pressuring the puck carrier, hitting and being physical is the best way to create turnovers.

I respect that he wants his team to have the puck, but I felt bringing up the notion of the "perfect game" was an attempt to deflect attention away from an area of their game, physicality and aggression, that has been lacking for years.

LINEUP...

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Smyth-Gagner-Perron
Hendricks-Gordon-Jones
Joenssu-Arcobello-Yakupov

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Belov-Potter

Bryzgalov

Hemsky is still nursing a deep bone bruise, but Nail Yakupov returns to the lineup.

The optics don't look great having Yak on the fourth line and Smyth on the second, but I doubt they stay that way very long. They were hoping Hemsky was ready and he'd be playing there.

Gazdic hasn't had a fight in 13 games and while Eakins stressed being a healthy scratch wasn't performance-related, I wonder if his lack of aggressiveness recently is the reason he is in the pressbox? If your job is to play physical and get the opposition's attention, then you have to find a way to do it. However, Eakins defended him in the post-game presser on Tuesday saying he tried to do his job.

So either he isn't doing it well enough or he is sitting because Phoenix rarely dresses a tough guy. What do you think?

QUICK HITS...

  • I would have liked to see Eakins put Gazdic on the ice more often against Kassian. I never expected him to jump him, but had he been on the ice more often the chances of a "heat of the moment" altercation would have been higher.
     
  • I don't buy the Bertuzzi/Moore argument as a reason why Gazdic couldn't have done something to Kassian. That happened a decade ago, and since then many teams and players have found ways to send a message to the opposition without being suspended.

    Andrew Ference didn't ask Lee Stempniuk to fight earlier this year. He dropped his gloves and Stempniuk had no choice but to eat a few rights or defend himself. In the past week I've seen Milan Lucic and Tom Sestito go after Jordan Nolan instead of waiting for him to politely oblige their request to fight.

    Sestito and Lucic went after Nolan after he hit one of their teammates earlier in the game. Had Gazdic been on the ice for more than one and a half shifts against Kassian, he would have had a much better chance of engaging him.
     
  • I wouldn't have worried about Gazdic taking an instigator or even worse a 7-minute penalty like Sestito did in LA last week. Was getting the win that important in the overall picture? The Oilers are in 29th, had the won they'd still be in 29th and out of the playoffs in late January.

    Whether they like it or not, the perception from players around the league is that teams can take liberties with the Oilers skilled players without fear of retribution. If Gazdic had got a hold of Kassian and landed a few shots that wouldn't have stopped every team from trying to hit the Oilers in the future, but at least it would show that if you do there will be some consequences to your actions.

    If the Oilers were in a battle for a playoff spot, I could understand being worried about giving up an extended powerplay, but that wasn't the case on Tuesday and it won't be the rest of the season. I'd hope the next time someone cheap shots one of the Oilers skilled players, Eakins will at least give his physical players an opportunity to try and even the score; in a manner that won't lead to a suspension like Lucic or Sestito managed to do. 
     
  • It is smart not to rush Hemsky back. You want him healthy for the deadline.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: I'm taking a night off. The first person to tweet @jasongregor their GDP I will add it to this post. Look deep into your crystal ball.

Update...Courtesy of @JaredGorbahn GDP: Oilers 4-1. Bryz forced to stand on his head and Hall adds 2 assists.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Yakupov and Arcobello combine to score and many will suggest they should be playing with Perron.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Eberle ties a career-high with goals in four consecutive games, but it is his game celebration that surprises many. After the game he sends Wanye a tweet, "I know yesterday was difficult for you with the Biebs' arrest. Don't worry I won't let you down. I'm not getting traded." Wanye promptly retires from twitter saying his life can't possibly get any better. 

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#151 outdoorzguy
January 24 2014, 09:32PM
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Yandle throws Belov to the ice with a little push. Nice!!

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#152 Hockey mom
January 24 2014, 09:51PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Jason:

"The Oilers have played 23 home games. They have only won eight of them"

It's worse than that. They have only won five in regulation.

And yet we still keep going and shelling out $$$ . So perhaps those are the only stats that really matter to the brass.

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#153 Zamboni Driver
January 24 2014, 10:16PM
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I feel like that is precisely the assessment of the game that Ray Ferarro would have given.

"...keep it up going to be hard to play against."

"...liked Ryan Jones' toe-drag..."

Great job as always Lou.

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#154 Ari Gold
January 25 2014, 06:26AM
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I think it'd be mint if the fans cheered, "Let's go Barons!" At the next performance like this. And there will be another performance like this....

I somehow feel like they've been instructed to lose so much, that they have no idea how to win.

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#155 Slats
January 24 2014, 01:44PM
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I thought Oilers should have done "flames" opening brawlers line-up for the drop of the puck - consider the price of admission covered in the first 30 seconds!! To see the faces of the 3 Assistant Canuck coaches and players would have been priceless!

Edmonton has a bigger grudge for the Gagner incident than flames did - so not sure why Gadzic never did.

The reality is Edmonton plays soft - the league knows this - even non-hitting teams come here knowing they can run Oilers Top 6, have no retribution (and no deadly PP to back it up), and get Edmonton off their game.

Jason I would like to see opposing "non-hitting" teams stats in our building I'm sure it would be telling.

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#156 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 01:55PM
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@J.R.

You do have to admit, -31 is a pretty bad +/- statistic no matter how you want to try and play it off. On any other team he'd be in the minors right now or with a permanent pressbox station set up.

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#157 jonrmcleod
January 24 2014, 01:58PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Pretty simple to see.

The Oilers lost. Is losing 3-1 worse in the standings than losing 2-1. At some point I would say it is time to send a message.

The Oilers still lost the game, and the message to rest of league is that it is still okay to cheap shot their stars. So tell me what did they gain from not putting Gazdic out against Kassian? Rather than resort to immature comparisons to a little girl, maybe try to focus that losing 3-1 is no worse than 2-1 in the standings.

Yes, a 3-1 loss is no worse than a 2-1 loss, but a 3-1 loss is worse than a 3-2 win. You play to win the games. And that game was a winnable game for the Oilers. Wipe the smiles of the Canucks' faces by taking points in the standings away from them.

Did you comment on the Stanley Cup champs being last in hits?

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#159 MessyEH
January 24 2014, 02:35PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Pretty simple to see.

The Oilers lost. Is losing 3-1 worse in the standings than losing 2-1. At some point I would say it is time to send a message.

The Oilers still lost the game, and the message to rest of league is that it is still okay to cheap shot their stars. So tell me what did they gain from not putting Gazdic out against Kassian? Rather than resort to immature comparisons to a little girl, maybe try to focus that losing 3-1 is no worse than 2-1 in the standings.

I have not thought of Gagner as a star since the preseason. MacTs worst move was signing that contract.

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#160 pkam
January 24 2014, 02:50PM
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@JG,

"My issue with Eakins comment is that he tried to deflect the issue of contact and brought up the unattainable "perfect game" scenario. No team is perfect, but the suggestion that being physical will automatically decrease your chances of winning is somewhat misleading."

I have more issue with your statement that Eakins because your statement is more misleading than his.

What Eakins said is the number of hits is a direct result of how much time you don't have the puck. So when the number of hit is down, it is more likely your puck possession time is up. In other words, we should rather see the number of hits going down instead of going up.

Didn't we outhit the Canucks 28-13? Do you think it is a good sign or bad sign? I agree with Eakins, how much is enough? 40-6, 60-2, is this what you want to see?

If you look at the chart, none of the top 5 teams is puck possession team. You may argue the LA Kings are but I don't consider them a strong puck possession team. The bottom 5 are all strong puck possession teams, the only one questionable is the Wilds. A coincidence?

So what should Eakins focus more on improving? The number of hits or puck possession? I'll rather see our puck possession get better than the number of hits get higher.

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#161 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 03:42PM
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RexHolez wrote:

From everything I've read and seen about that presser suggests that Eakins is plenty annoyed with guys like Mark Spector who just try to hard to be the biggest personality in the sports media world. When was the last time Spector added something useful during his intermission chats with Gene? He's repetitive, obnoxious and loud. The guy basically speaks like he has run a successful sports team.

I'm just curious why you keep using my screen name? It doesn't bother me at all but it makes you come across like a little knee pad wearing copy cat trying to be accepted. Did your mommy not hug you enough growing up? Or have you even grown up yet?

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#162 Hair bag
January 24 2014, 05:05PM
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Hair bag wrote:

First off Montreal would never make the deal and second if we are going to go for a Number one and two d-man let's set our sites higher.....we need character to lead the young Oilers not a distraction like Subban (no matter how talented her is) who even pisses off even his own teammates...

If we're going to dream we might as well go for Shea Weber....

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#163 TigerUnderGlass
January 24 2014, 05:56PM
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Sketchy wrote:

*Confidence... spell check on the phone changed it, thought you'd maybe be able to figure that out. good to know you're looking out

Don't cry. He didn't slap your mother. He made a joke because you had an amusing autocomplete error.

Oilers fans are getting softer than the team.

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#164 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 24 2014, 06:19PM
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There is a lot that I disagree with here, but to keep it straightforward, let's go with this:

"The chart proves that some teams win by being more physical, while others don't need to."

This is false.

If it proves anything, it is that some teams which are more physical also win, not that they win because they are more physical.

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#165 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 24 2014, 08:42PM
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@SylvanLaker

At this rate instead of when they do the free "It's T-shirt time!" It'll be "It's Jersey throwing time!"

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#166 jbogus
January 24 2014, 08:43PM
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I want this to be a big loss, getting enjoyment in this pain.

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#167 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 08:56PM
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Throw your jersey on the ice and I'll buy and mail you any jersey you want!

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#168 Serious Gord
January 24 2014, 09:30PM
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RexHolez wrote:

how is this an epic fail? were we gonna make the playoffs with Dubnyk in net?

we got Hendricks for Dubnyk you knucklehead. we're a better team with Hendricks and without Dubnyk in the long run than we were if we kept Dubnyk and got nothing for him when we let him walk at the end of the year as a free agent. Think a little bit before you blab nonsense.

In the long run the oil gets a dead dog contract for an ahler @ 1.85 mill for three years. Absolutely awful deal for the oilers n

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#169 Tier 2
January 24 2014, 10:18PM
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@Oasis

Me too, took a small loss on stubhub tix, but saved beer and cab money ...

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#170 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 02:00PM
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@jonrmcleod

I think you missed the part where they finish 29th regardless of a win or a loss, Canucks are still in the playoffs.

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#171 J.R.
January 24 2014, 02:26PM
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@DisappointedFan

OKC is fine just don't bury him with no minutes if you keep him up with the big club.

He needs minutes to improve regardless of where it happens.

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#172 papler
January 24 2014, 03:17PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Sending a message when game is out of reach, never has the same impact.

If the Oilers were about winning then they would start building a winning atmosphere...and allowing teams to take advantage of you isn't a winning atmosphere...

Going after a player weeks or even months after the guy hurt one of your team isn't building a winning culture. That is plain and simple: revenge.

I agree about your point re: not letting other teams take advantage. But a reaction has to come instantly, in the same game. And absolutely NOT with headhunting but with hard checks on every frigging player on the other team. You need real players able to do that, and not some knucklebuster playing 5 minutes a night

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#173 TeddyTurnbuckle
January 24 2014, 06:08PM
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That hits chart is garbage. I think they add in how many times the octane girls dance to "Mama said knock you out". No one in the top six on the Oilers hits anyone.

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#174 sassy
January 24 2014, 06:41PM
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#StayBadEvenWithEkblad

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#175 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 24 2014, 07:11PM
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@Jason Gregor

Until Eakins releases the hounds......it'll be a crime scene every time Hall, Nuge or Eberle get run over so bad they'll be needing goon insurance!

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#176 Bender
January 24 2014, 07:18PM
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Stompinstoms wrote:

Barry Trotz is one of the most respected coaches in the business, I think we can all agree on that. Here's what he said the other day regarding his new goaltender acquisition:

"Devan Dubnyk came from Edmonton, and let's just say... he has some bad habits."

Why is this not a bigger story? To me it's actual proof that the Oilers are the laughingstock of the league.

It's not the first time this season it's happened, either. When Smid went to Calgary, he said to reporters that the practices were much more intense and involved than what he was used to in Edmonton.

These statements are extremely concerning to me, and aren't getting the attention they deserve. Who cares what Eakins said to Spector in a press conference after a meaningless game.

I third this......u hear this and are expected to trust management and the coaching staff they have in place.

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#177 Alsker
January 24 2014, 07:26PM
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Well Trotz doing us a favor starting Dubby in the town of cows tonight. Keeps us from oopsing a nd moving up towards the fLamers. Ekblad here we come!!!

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#178 Quick-E
January 24 2014, 07:57PM
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The circus is in town. They gave 20 anorexic ballerinas skates and broom sticks and out them on the ice with some team from the dessert. How is that not entertaining?

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#179 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 24 2014, 08:32PM
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Wouldn't be surprised if Eakins is handing the team Flintstone Vitamins to keep up their god awful play tonight.......

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#180 SylvanLaker
January 24 2014, 08:40PM
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@Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)

I will be surprised if he is not gone after tonight......VERY surprised

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#181 The R
January 24 2014, 08:48PM
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@Freewheeling Freddie

The other "good" news is that the growth chart that Katz' kid measures himself on at each draft will once again be available early.

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#182 Awesome
January 24 2014, 08:50PM
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Thats awesome!! Does anyone else think he looks like a younger version of Mr Burns?

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#183 Brian
January 24 2014, 09:03PM
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Why is Bryz playing? Are we supposed to find out what Scrivins can do ? Oh, right. We have.

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#184 Mrs Eakins
January 24 2014, 09:32PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Eakins has the look of a guy who has just been left behind by his ride.

Gentlemen , I also have seen that look before. It was on our wedding night when I came out of the shower into the bedroom. He had that glassy eyed , WTF do I do now stare. As I approached him, he laid back, assumed the fetal position , and fantasized about the Toronto Marlies.

Best Regards.

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#185 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 09:37PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

In the long run the oil gets a dead dog contract for an ahler @ 1.85 mill for three years. Absolutely awful deal for the oilers n

1.85 is peanuts in today $$$. we're below the cap and are gonna shed contracts in the offseason. whats your other argument?

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#186 Ivan Drago
January 24 2014, 09:40PM
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Larry wrote:

Does it really matter when a 175lb player is hitting a 210lb player?

Yes

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#187 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 24 2014, 10:10PM
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Almost Coyote Ugly tonight Nation........almost.

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#188 Ed in Edmonton
January 25 2014, 09:01AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Do the math. With the amount of money dedicated to the young guns there really isn't much left to get all the pieces needed - the new cap space is a mirage - all teams get it and will inflate all new contracts going forward.

Contract inflation will make Hendrick's contract look better in future years. So you seem to be arguing against yourself.

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#189 Ed in Edmonton
January 24 2014, 01:19PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

If you read what I wrote after the quote I mentioned that if the 2010 team could win 18 then this team should be able to match it. If not, that is major issue.

As for your 46 points in 2nd half, not sure what you are referring to.

I'm going from memory, but I recall a piece your wrote at the half way point suggesting the Oil should get between 40 to 46 points in the last 41 games. If you didn't, my apologies.

The Oil certainly do have major issues.

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#190 Shredder
January 24 2014, 01:52PM
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So since I guess the moral of the story is that you build from net/defense out...not offense back. Oilers serve as a great lesson to the rest of the league in that respect. We're rebuilding right now all right...defense out, and it's going to take 4-5 years, Ekblad or not.

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#191 Batfink
January 24 2014, 01:54PM
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I don't think it's to do with Gazdic's aggressiveness. Just going on what Eakins is saying and the fact that Perron has not been his usual pest self, it seems self evident that Eakin's answer to the terrible PK is to never, ever do anything that puts the other team on the PP. Quicker than teaching/showing them how to PK, I guess. A little bit like the 'nobody works, nobody gets hurt' mentality that some companies are taking in regards to OH&S.

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#192 J.R.
January 24 2014, 02:16PM
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@DisappointedFan

You bet it's bad (really bad).. but asking a purely offensive young #1 overall draft pick to fix his defensive game before he gets minutes is silly.

If the team was in the playoffs I can understand it but given the current state of affairs I'd play him consistently no lower than the second line and get him regular minutes on the power play.

He hasn't played in a few games and the Oilers still can't win. He needs ice time to improve and he can't get ice time until he improves....lousy catch 22 for someone drafted to score goals.

Playing with good players will only make him better in my opinion.

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#193 ubermiguel
January 24 2014, 02:19PM
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Hitting does not equal winning, the chart proves it. It works for Toronto and LA, but not Chicago. It's clear our roster is not made for hitting so they need to follow the Chicago game-plan.

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#194 Doctor Smashy
January 24 2014, 02:55PM
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Hi Jason. Can you clarify what your point is with pointing out that 9 of the top 14 teams in hits and 7 of the bottom 11 teams in hits are in the postseason? That is 64% in both cases (which I'm sure you noticed) which suggests no correlation between hits and winning. However, the tone of the article suggests that you think the Oilers are too soft (I agree) and that more should have been done to pay Kassian back. On the first point, I think Kruger adopted an approach where you play a system that suits your players, where Eakins seems to be doing the opposite. I think Kruger's approach is better because he has no control over personnel (not withstanding lineups). The Oilers are not a big team, sure it would be nice if they were but they are not, so doesn't it make sense to try to play a possession game and not have to get the puck back so much? I know they can't do that either because they are playing terrible but, barring trades, don't you think they should play to their current strengths? As for the Kassian situation, I think going after a guy for something done 4 months ago doesn't accomplish anything (I would have to agree with Eakins' comments on this). However, taunting the player for breaking his jaw happens in the here and now...I think someone should have pounded Kassian's face for taunting Gagner, not for breaking his jaw four months ago. It may seem like a trivial difference but it is a better way to frame the discussion.

On an semi-related note, I loathe the Canucks and their fans for a variety of reasons, but even I have a hard time believing that Kassian's teammates or Canuck fans think that taunting a guy for breaking his jaw is somehow 'gamesmanship'. Kassian is a bad person...do you think he is 'liked' on his team? I can't think of a perfect example to liken his behaviour to but if Clarke MacArthur taunted Richard Zednik (if he were still playing) for his accidental role in tripping Jokinen into him (resulting in his horrific neck injury) would it be viewed as blithely as Kassian's appears to be in Vancouver? I mean he is a serious douche...

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#195 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 03:04PM
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@Rick Stroppel

While I think MacTavish will do nothing anyway, selling while Yakupov has some potential value is better than selling when he gets the branding of Patrick Stefan. Now I hope it never comes to that, but if he keeps playing in Edmonton it is a possibility he will get poorly handled as a rookie and lose his value. The same goes for Gagner, his highest sell point value was the day after he scored 8 points in one game...HE WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Gagner is leveling back out to his ~40 point production expectation as an Oiler 2nd liner and there is no reason to think he will regain his value.

It's not a few months of losing, it's all about developing an attitude for moving forward. If they finish the season 0-30-0 in their last 30 there is no way that players will WANT to come back. If they can string some wins with a good acquisition and get a tad of prospective hope maybe it'll translate into next year, maybe it won't but these "intelligent" young men haven't figured it out after 3 years I don't think they are going to show up next fall with the light bulbs suddenly turned on.

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#196 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 03:16PM
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@outdoorzguy

Why not both?

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#197 Oiler Al
January 24 2014, 03:26PM
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Kinda of sad, because the Oilers dont stand up to other teams and they certainly seldom stand up for each other. There is a great divide in this dressing room, because there is no real leader here.

Oilers will win total of 20 -21 games this year.

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#198 Stompinstoms
January 24 2014, 04:21PM
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@I AM KEVIN L.

We don't have our own 2nd, 3rd, or 4th; we have San Jose's 4th, so that will be a deep 4th.

In other words, we don't have a lot of picks to be throwing around that will bring anything of meaning back.

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#199 joshgladu
January 24 2014, 04:24PM
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Gazdic isn't playing because hes one of the worst players in the NHL. If he couldn't punch people in the face he would be selling used cars in some small town in ontario.

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#200 sketchy
January 24 2014, 04:25PM
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hey look, clowns are on ice tonight

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