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. 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#201 Sketchy
January 24 2014, 05:41PM
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wergy wrote:

Why would you destroy his coincidence? I don't get that at all.

*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

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#202 Grant Fuhr
January 24 2014, 06:04PM
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Coke or Pepsi? That is the question...

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#203 Rick Stroppel
January 24 2014, 07:02PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

OILERS SKILLS COMPETITION TOMORROW!!!!

Saturday at noon. REALLY looking forward to these features:

1. Skating demo: Ryan Smyth.

2. Backchecking demo: Gagner, Yakupov.

3. Shadowboxing : Luke Gadzic.

4. How to Freeze Your Face And Show No Expression for 2.5 hours (like those statues on Easter Island): Dallas Eakins.

(Insert additional bad jokes here.........)

I almost forgot:

5. "Bad Things Happen When You Play Hockey Without A Helmet" Special safety demo for the kiddies, courtesy of Craig MacTavish.

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#204 tealyni
January 24 2014, 07:14PM
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@Rick Stroppel

This is exponentially more entertaining than watching the game. Oh yea, I just remembered, I can't watch the game, because i am boycotting the oilers. I ended my cable subscription…. LOWE MUST GO!!!

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#205 D-Unit
January 24 2014, 07:37PM
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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.

Not that I disagree with what you are saying, but can anyone tell me when Dubnyk didn't have "Bad habits" in his game?

If Trotz comments surprised anyone, other than that he said it, you must not have been watching DD when he played in Edmonton.

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#206 Gk1980
January 24 2014, 08:06PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I like this idea. Make these boys work a rig for the rest of the winter and turn them into men.

How about military boot camp

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#207 SylvanLaker
January 24 2014, 08:09PM
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@D-Unit

Maybe the trade should have been Trotz for Dubnyk

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#208 Serious Gord
January 25 2014, 12:04AM
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RexHolez wrote:

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

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.

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#209 D-Unit
January 25 2014, 10:03AM
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oasis wrote:

I used to really like Jones and then he just started mailing it in like the rest of the team. It was only after Jones got sent down and was on the outside looking in that he started showing up.

The only reason Jones is playing with any desperation is because he has to. He is literally fighting for his job and a paycheque.

what you say is true, but it is nice to hear him talk about accountability and players. Would be nice to hear it from a top 3 or 6 forward though.

Jones does seem to understand the meaning of the word better than management and ownership of the Oilers.

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#210 Thumby
January 25 2014, 12:22PM
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Cynic wrote:

How do you think taxpayers feel, subsidizing your entertainment choices. We're the one really and truly getting fkd.

You need to rethink this comment - guys like Oasis have risked their own money to start & operate businesses which create employment - thus increasing the total tax base. Or do you believe government creates all the jobs?

The fact that you can deduct client entertainment as a legitimate business expense in not an issue.

The employees of a company are limited to $50 per year in non taxable company "gifts" and anything above that is taxable.

You really should have known...

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#211 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 01:53PM
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@Jason Gregor

Gregor I think what he's getting at is that you would love to have a full set of flowing hair to rock out in front of Strudwick...shoulder length swoosh and all it's glory...he just happened to toss a hockey reference in there somewhere.

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#212 jonrmcleod
January 24 2014, 02:12PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

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

Take a look at the standings. The Canucks are not guaranteed a playoff spot.

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#213 tileguy
January 24 2014, 02:17PM
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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.

It wasn't the case Nov. 2013. stay the course. Exactly what is the course, play miserable and draft high?

GDP... ho hum 4-1 desert dogs.

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#214 GoOilersGo
January 24 2014, 02:58PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I think you are grossly overrating the situation, if you believe doing it once means the players will suddenly become undisciplined every game.

I never said attack or jump a player, but you can do what Ference did earlier to Stempniak or Lucic did to Nolan.

I don't see Lucic and Ference doing it all the time. Players are smart enough to know when to do it, but they need to be in spot to do it and have a coach that will allow it.

Maybe the oilers should have more pesky players on their team. Gazdick could have jumped kassian, but in the end would would have ended up short handed. Maybe we should look at the make up of this team. If the oilers had maybe a hard working agitator type player or another player in the mold of Perron that goes out of his way to get in the head of the other team, we would instead "retaliate" different ways. Why not have a guy like Hendricks make life hard and abuse the p!ss out of a Sedin? Kassian made the NHL being a certain type of player, one scrap with Gazdick isnt gonna change the way he plays the Oilers.

You cant fault the players that we do have for not playing they way we want them to play. The oilers are made up a certain way and they will only play a certain way until the make up of the team is different.

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#215 Gordie Wayne
January 24 2014, 03:25PM
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OK Gregor, since it is Friday...this one is for you:

Carmen in Brass Bonanza

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#216 MessyEH
January 24 2014, 03:30PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

I think the much more prudent move at this point is the coaching staff!!

It would be the same Loweser hiring the next round of incompetent Exoilers as coaches.

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#217 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 03:41PM
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Oilers have decent forwards. Now, finally they may have decent goaltending. Let's revamp the D. Bold move #1--> Eberle, Darnell Nurse & our the 2014 2nd round pick to Montreal for PK Subban & Josh Gorges. Any takers???

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#218 pkam
January 24 2014, 04:03PM
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I AM KEVIN L. wrote:

Trashes for a bold move!!!! Wow. What do you guys want? A winner? Or a loser? We all know that Edmonton WILL lose again tonight. Status quo = loser. Improve your D = winner.

If you want to make a trade suggestion, at least do some research. We don't have our 2014 2nd round pick any more. Anyone who thumbs up your post is an idiot.

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#219 camdog
January 24 2014, 05:36PM
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@Dog Train

In years past Corey Potter worked on the power play. Don't know if he would help the powerplay, but what I do know is that it wouldn't hurt trying to find somebody on this team that can one time a shot from the point. Sometime having a bunch of skilled forwards pass the puck around in circles looking for a pretty goal isn't the best way to score on a powerplay.

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#220 sleighbells
January 24 2014, 05:54PM
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camdog wrote:

Are you referring to the Twitter fiasco that was started by a Leaf guy from Toronto, whom was throwing jabs at an ex Leaf and Edmonton in the same boat?

yup. its just a recent example of why a lot of guys would hate playing for a Canadian team.

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#221 Gk1980
January 24 2014, 07:57PM
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I know we suck and will continue to lose but I at least want these guys to lose as men. I want them to play pissed off. Maybe gain a grain of respect from the rest of the league.

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#222 RexHolez
January 24 2014, 08:52PM
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Quintana wrote:

Throw jerseys coming up. Stay tune

I hope and pray!

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#223 Brian
January 24 2014, 09:05PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Totally think Hall and Eberle got jobbed not making the Olympic team.

Yer a riot, Zamboni .

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#224 outdoorzguy
January 24 2014, 09:30PM
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Listen to the fans cheering as the team leaves the dressing room. That is where the first jersey should have been thrown. Yep, we're in this, only down by 3!!

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#225 whosholez?
January 24 2014, 09:49PM
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Is Rex gone?

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#226 ?
January 25 2014, 12:50PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Did you mention the team that is 2nd in hits won the Cup in 2012.

And the point is that winning the game wouldn't impact the standings of future of the Oilers. You feel the Oilers should never send a message. You're entitled to that, but I feel last game but show me the guarantee that playing Gazdic vs. Kassian would have automatically resulted in them losing worse?

Did you mention that the team that won the Cup in 2013 is last in hits?

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#227 Oasis
January 25 2014, 07:16PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

I agree...Weird Nail does not deserve any NHL minutes at all.

I don't think it's weird at all. Lots of successful organizations draft a guy first overall and then completely shatter their confidence by benching, humiliating, and putting them in the best possible position to fail.

Why even bother to care anymore? Didn't you get the memo? We are on pace for another possible first overall pick, our POHO has more rings than anybody else in the business and the rebuild is going exactly as planned.

This organization is f*$%&d and it starts from the top down.

Here's hoping for another jersey on the ice tomorrow and another K. Lowe billboard. Keep up the pressure boys, eventually they can't ignore the common sense and reason and will have to act..................or can they?

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#228 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 02:04PM
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Gregor, if you could ask for one 'bold move' what would your bold move be with the Oilers?

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#229 Batfink
January 24 2014, 02:04PM
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papler wrote:

"the suggestion that being physical will automatically decrease your chances of winning is somewhat misleading."

that is your personal takeaway from Eakins' answer I guess. But imho that is absolutely not what he was saying. What he was trying to say (imho again) is that hitting is not the key to winning a game or even competing in a game.

i loved the answer (and the eye roll) The only better answer I can think of would've been:

DERP

But hitting in it's proper place does affect the outcome of games. Pronger destroying Cheechoo? If a defender or attacker knows, without a doubt, that the player coming to challenge him for the puck will absolutely finish his check and hard, then that cuts down on decision and response time. Time that the player in possession has to decide what play to make and to make it AND to prepare for the hit, to protect himself. That is why from time et memorium, the mantra "finish your checks" remains in the game.

Put it this way. If you were a d-man and saw Hemsky coming for you but knew, just knew he would do a famous fly-by, well then that allows you something that is the most precious commodity on Earth; time. If you knew it was an LA King and he was going to plaster you to the boards before changing up and it was going to hurt, makes you feel a bit of trepidation. Maybe you cough up that puck.

Eakin's comments maybe an indicator of why we're terrible on the forecheck.

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#230 jonrmcleod
January 24 2014, 02:09PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Did you mention the team that is 2nd in hits won the Cup in 2012.

And the point is that winning the game wouldn't impact the standings of future of the Oilers. You feel the Oilers should never send a message. You're entitled to that, but I feel last game but show me the guarantee that playing Gazdic vs. Kassian would have automatically resulted in them losing worse?

Exactly. There are multiple ways to win games. The hits chart above seems to indicate that hits aren't all that important. (There are 7 playoff teams in the bottom half.) And didn't the Oilers lead in the hits department in the game against the Canucks?

Being in Edmonton, you seem to be infected by the losing. What's important is not how much you lose by but WINNING THE GAME. I'm saying the better way of sending a message to the Canucks is to win that game. Those points in the standings are vital to the Canucks.

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#231 DisappointedFan
January 24 2014, 02:17PM
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@jonrmcleod

I did, and I don't care where the Canucks finish or how hurt their egos are because the Oilers play 28 other teams in the NHL still. So sending a message to the other 28 teams to say "we aren't weak" by using an incident that proves how vulnerable the Oilers are to their advantage is a bit smarter than trying to prevent 2 points.

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#232 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 03:50PM
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I AM KEVIN L. wrote:

Oilers have decent forwards. Now, finally they may have decent goaltending. Let's revamp the D. Bold move #1--> Eberle, Darnell Nurse & our the 2014 2nd round pick to Montreal for PK Subban & Josh Gorges. Any takers???

Trashes for a bold move!!!! Wow. What do you guys want? A winner? Or a loser? We all know that Edmonton WILL lose again tonight. Status quo = loser. Improve your D = winner.

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#233 Tikkanese
January 24 2014, 04:17PM
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I AM KEVIN L. wrote:

Just did my due diligence...............................................Looks like we have a 5th round pick that still belongs to us. LOL!

So... how about Eberle, Nurse & our 5th for PK and Gorges?

Not sure Montreal would. I believe they have the same issue as the Oilers with to many small & soft forwards in the top 6.

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#234 pkam
January 24 2014, 04:43PM
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I AM KEVIN L. wrote:

Just did my due diligence...............................................Looks like we have a 5th round pick that still belongs to us. LOL!

So... how about Eberle, Nurse & our 5th for PK and Gorges?

If I am the Habs GM and MacT phones me to propose this trade, I'll think either MacT is an idiot, or he thinks I am an idiot.

If Marc Bergevin agrees to this trade, then we all know he is an idiot.

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#235 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 05:07PM
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Hair bag wrote:

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

No bold moves are agreed upon from the arm chair GMs..... We have the team that we deserve... STOP COMPLAINING!!!

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#236 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 24 2014, 07:39PM
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Here's hoping the Budweiser Goal Light tonight at the local watering hole I'm at will get a good workout!

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#237 Sketchy
January 24 2014, 07:47PM
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Robert (AKA Hockey Fan) wrote:

Here's hoping the Budweiser Goal Light tonight at the local watering hole I'm at will get a good workout!

Hope it's wired to go off for the Phoenix goals

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#238 Gk1980
January 24 2014, 08:10PM
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I like Hendricks tonight! F Phoenix and their 20 fans and F the NHL!

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#239 Alsker
January 24 2014, 08:42PM
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"dougtheslug" nailed it perfectly a few days back: Irrelevant

If there was ever any doubt

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#240 SylvanLaker
January 24 2014, 08:49PM
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@spliff

One wishes we could erase the memories of what we knew as The Oilers....I mean I am fully aware I am not a professional player, ex player, coach, and do not have any hockey related experience on my resume....BUT....just what is it going to take....I mean is this the best team we can ice....something is obviously wrong...and has been for some time.....so which cog has not changed in this wheel....we need a serious house cleaning, and Katz needs to be an owner, and do something, and then leave the team to those he hired....

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#241 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 24 2014, 09:03PM
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Damn Budweiser Light must be busted! Oilers score and the darn thing didn't go off!

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#242 Hendricks
January 24 2014, 09:05PM
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"..you come across like a little knee pad wearing..."

whoa! Rex (original or imposter) no need for that kind of talk on her. you sound like a bit of a bigot. lets not resort to that.

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#243 outdoorzguy
January 24 2014, 09:33PM
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Let's pull the goalie now!

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#244 Quinn the Eskimo
January 24 2014, 10:31PM
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@Oasis

That made me laugh.

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#245 camdog
January 25 2014, 10:19AM
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At the beginning of the season I thought Jones was still recovering from the eye injury, more mental then physical. He is what he is, a borderline 3/4 NHL winger, who can pot a few.

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#246 Fresh Mess
January 25 2014, 03:21PM
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J.R. wrote:

Yakupov getting fourth line minutes again....Way to go Eakins.

I agree...Weird Nail does not deserve any NHL minutes at all.

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#247 TigerUnderGlass
January 24 2014, 02:17PM
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@Jason Gregor

I think we all agree that hit charts from building to building can be subjective.

This is why we look at road hits. Interestingly the Oilers go from near the bottom of the league in hits to 5th in the league in hits when you eliminate home games.

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#248 Hopeless in Etown
January 24 2014, 02:41PM
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The problem I have with the comment about number of hits is that it is totally misleading. There are many different types of hits that probably all register but some are more effective than others.

If you just finish a check but it doesn't affect the play - not very effective Hitting a player but that player maintains control of the puck - not very effective Cause a player to rush the play - effective Take a player out of the play (without putting yourself out of position) - effective Separate man from puck - very effective

I find the Oilers probably get most of their hits from the first two. I generally see the Oilers hitting players on the opposition while they are in the cycle. The hits aren't effective and the cycle continues. In contrast, when the Oilers are hit in the offensive zone, we tend to have the puck turned over to the opposition. The Oilers need more of the effective type of hits.

The reason noone notices the Oilers hits is that they are too ineffective at doing anything positive for the team.

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#249 TigerUnderGlass
January 24 2014, 03:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

They have played 6 more road games than home games at this point...So they would have more hits.

uh-huh.

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#250 I AM KEVIN L.
January 24 2014, 04:12PM
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Just did my due diligence...............................................Looks like we have a 5th round pick that still belongs to us. LOL!

So... how about Eberle, Nurse & our 5th for PK and Gorges?

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