GDB 54.0: Longest Losing Streak of the Season?

Jonathan Willis
January 26 2014 11:54AM

Chicago. Dallas. Minnesota. Winnipeg. Vancouver. Phoenix. Six straight losses have the Oilers on the verge of their longest ineffective run of the season; only a win over Nashville can halt the trend.

The Road To The Olympics

The schedule softens a little bit after the Olympic break, which is a good thing for the Oilers because they haven’t done a very good job of handling the rough stretches. Take the current six-game losing streak, comprised of a four-game Western road trip and then a home game against Vancouver. The only ‘easy’ matchup was a home game against the non-playoff Coyotes, which the Oilers lost on Friday.

Today the Oilers play the Predators. Tomorrow they play in Vancouver, which based on recent history is a game they’re all but certain to lose (the last time a tired Oilers team played Vancouver they lost 4-0 and were out-shot 40-19). Then there’s a Wednesday game against San Jose, then a four-game road swing out East starting with the Boston that ends with back-to-back games in New York.

A failure tonight gives the Oilers a very good shot at 10 consecutive losses.

Lottery Standings!

Rank Team Pace
1 Edmonton Oilers 56
2 Buffalo Sabres 57 (71)
3 Calgary Flames 68
4 Florida Panthers 76
5 New York Islanders 76
6 Winnipeg Jets 82

Ugh.

Buffalo is on a 57-point pace for the season, but have improved to a 71-point pace under Ted Nolan. Calgary is on track to finish a dozen points ahead of the Oilers. And that is the total number of teams set to finish less than 20 points in front of Edmonton.

Predictions!

Game Day Prediction: The losing has to end at some point; let’s call it 3-1 in favour of Edmonton.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Even though Devan Dubnyk is not expected to start, Louie DeBrusk will find a way to use the nickname ‘Big Easy’ at least once on the broadcast.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: After winning the hardest shot competition yesterday, Luke Gazdic gets an opportunity on the man advantage and scores his first power play goal of the season.

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#151 Gk1980
January 27 2014, 06:05AM
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oilersd wrote:

Most definitely good. Don't listen to the haters! The game of hockey is an art form and it takes time to perfect it. In order to be consistent you have to build good habits and that can't just be turned on like a switch. There IS progress with these guys and there will be more going forward. Is this team flawed? Absolutely. Do they need to make some roster changes? Of course. But this team is not nearly as bad as some would have us believe. Same goes for the management and coaching staff. To believe that this management group is incompetent or tanking the team on purpose or whatever asinine crap the haters can dream up is ridiculous. This version of the oilers started with the hiring of MacT and then Eakins and they deserve a fair shake at bringing this team around. Enjoy the win boys cuz there's still a long road ahead. But steps are being taken in the right direction and I choose to believe that the best is yet to come.

Please repost this a few weeks from now when they have lost another 4 in a row.

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#152 Fresh Mess
January 27 2014, 06:18AM
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Shift by shift. Better decision making better battle level and way more time in the right side of the puck. Progress. Not contenders yet but better than pretenders for sure.

Can we credit the assistant coaches for this stunning acheivement?

You can always count on amusing comments from the true believers like this comedic gold nugget after ONE WIN.

After two wins the 'I'm starting to think MacT knows what he's doing' knee-slappers start to appear.

Three wins in 5 games? That will bring about an onslaught of orgasmic pro oil fervour from the bipolar "true fans".

But next loss? I CAN'T EVEN STAND LOOKING AT EAKINS.

I love this place.

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#153 Show me da Money
January 27 2014, 07:03AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Can we credit the assistant coaches for this stunning acheivement?

You can always count on amusing comments from the true believers like this comedic gold nugget after ONE WIN.

After two wins the 'I'm starting to think MacT knows what he's doing' knee-slappers start to appear.

Three wins in 5 games? That will bring about an onslaught of orgasmic pro oil fervour from the bipolar "true fans".

But next loss? I CAN'T EVEN STAND LOOKING AT EAKINS.

I love this place.

Credit the assistant coaches?

How about we credit Ryan Jones and the fourth line?

He seemed determined in his interview before the game to break out of whatever rut his teammates were in and look what happened? When in the second period the Oilers seemed to be on their heels, the fourth line plugged away and turned the tide.

Give credit where credit is due. Bucky and Smith are a constant in the Oilers multi-year losing streak.

You can bet your next pay cheque that at the end of the season Eakins lets them go and brings in his OWN staff. I think those guys were only kept to keep some continuity and as a trial. They gotta know their days are numbered as assistant coaches. Maybe they'll end up in the organization as scouts or pharmacists?

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#154 D-Unit
January 27 2014, 07:17AM
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So, I think all the credit for the win has to go to the coach. After all, it is his fault whenever they lose.

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#155 D-Unit
January 27 2014, 07:17AM
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Sorry, double post.

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#156 K_Mart
January 27 2014, 07:29AM
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Impressed with the hockey sense of Marincin tonight, kid looks like a keeper. Put 20-30 pounds on him and a few years experience and he could be a solid NHL'er. The olympic experience will be great for him!

*Openly hoping that he's getting calls from Nelson for advice and just ignoring whatever S.Smith tells him.*

Dont ruin him like you did Petry, Gilbert, Peckham, Nultz, Jultz(still some hope), Smid...

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#157 Dave
January 27 2014, 07:38AM
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A good coach would go with Scrivens the next game.

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#158 K_Mart
January 27 2014, 07:47AM
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Lots of positives tonight(despite a dreadful stretch in the third), but it's up to the players to bring the consistency. Too many times have there been good efforts followed by 5 bad ones in a row.

Bring last night's effort for the next 28 games, and bring it against the top teams, then I'll start to be a believer.

Good game. That's it. Still waiting to say good 'games'. Good test tonight. Back to back against a real team. Hope for once to see a good effort carried over to the next game.

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#159 michael
January 27 2014, 07:48AM
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*Openly hoping that he's getting calls from Nelson for advice and just ignoring whatever S.Smith tells him.*

Dont ruin him like you did Petry, Gilbert, Peckham, Nultz, Jultz(still some hope), Smid...

Marincin needs at least 30 lbs. He hasn't got enough man muscle on him at this point. He needs an off season here in Edmonton doing 2 things, eating and working out.

Hall could use another 10 lbs also. Who the heck is the Oilers dietary advisor? We have coaches out the yjn yang for fitness and skating and other stuff. Where the heck is the dietician? Never mind 7-10 of these guys need a personal chef cooking for them so that there getting the calories they need to perform at this level. Cripes RNH still looks like a bone rack. I work with nurses with more muscles than that kid.

A Nutrition and Health Coach is someone we need to help get these kids up to peak performance.

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#160 Spydyr
January 27 2014, 07:56AM
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Marincin needs at least 30 lbs. He hasn't got enough man muscle on him at this point. He needs an off season here in Edmonton doing 2 things, eating and working out.

Hall could use another 10 lbs also. Who the heck is the Oilers dietary advisor? We have coaches out the yjn yang for fitness and skating and other stuff. Where the heck is the dietician? Never mind 7-10 of these guys need a personal chef cooking for them so that there getting the calories they need to perform at this level. Cripes RNH still looks like a bone rack. I work with nurses with more muscles than that kid.

A Nutrition and Health Coach is someone we need to help get these kids up to peak performance.

Could not agree more. They should have a full time nutritionist on staff and a chef to cook meals for the guys. Make sure they are eating right.

They pay these guys upwards of 6 million a year a couple hundred grand on a nutritionist and a chef and would go along ways.

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#161 Zarny
January 27 2014, 08:08AM
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michael wrote:

Marincin needs at least 30 lbs. He hasn't got enough man muscle on him at this point. He needs an off season here in Edmonton doing 2 things, eating and working out.

Hall could use another 10 lbs also. Who the heck is the Oilers dietary advisor? We have coaches out the yjn yang for fitness and skating and other stuff. Where the heck is the dietician? Never mind 7-10 of these guys need a personal chef cooking for them so that there getting the calories they need to perform at this level. Cripes RNH still looks like a bone rack. I work with nurses with more muscles than that kid.

A Nutrition and Health Coach is someone we need to help get these kids up to peak performance.

Nuge is 20. That's what he still looks like a bone rack. Marincin is also 20 and Hall is only 22.

I agree access to a nutrition and health adviser is a good idea but that isn't why these kids haven't filled out yet. They simply haven't matured. At this point in the season the focus should be on avoiding weight loss. Gains are primarily made during the off-season.

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#162 wellsy
January 27 2014, 08:17AM
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Show me da Money wrote:

Credit the assistant coaches?

How about we credit Ryan Jones and the fourth line?

He seemed determined in his interview before the game to break out of whatever rut his teammates were in and look what happened? When in the second period the Oilers seemed to be on their heels, the fourth line plugged away and turned the tide.

Give credit where credit is due. Bucky and Smith are a constant in the Oilers multi-year losing streak.

You can bet your next pay cheque that at the end of the season Eakins lets them go and brings in his OWN staff. I think those guys were only kept to keep some continuity and as a trial. They gotta know their days are numbered as assistant coaches. Maybe they'll end up in the organization as scouts or pharmacists?

If you read the entire post that Fresh Mess wrote,instead of just the first line, I think perhaps things will make a little more sense to you.

It would appear to me he was being sarcastic in his first line,and then expanded on that theme in the rest of his post to demonstrate the futility in getting over-excited in a single victory the Oilers have recently accomplished.

It is a shame you only read the first line, you might have enjoyed his post if you had taken the time to read it all.

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#163 Zarny
January 27 2014, 08:18AM
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Could not agree more. They should have a full time nutritionist on staff and a chef to cook meals for the guys. Make sure they are eating right.

They pay these guys upwards of 6 million a year a couple hundred grand on a nutritionist and a chef and would go along ways.

Just out of curiosity, where would all of these guys have to go to eat everyday? Considering they don't all live at the same place.

I expect the players do have access to a nutritionist but a chef to cook all of their meals is a bit much not to mention impractical logistically.

Many teams do however, "encourage" their young players to billet with an older teammate (preferably one who is married and has kids) in order to help them learn about eating and sleeping right. And to curb partying.

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#164 oilersd
January 27 2014, 08:21AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Can we credit the assistant coaches for this stunning acheivement?

You can always count on amusing comments from the true believers like this comedic gold nugget after ONE WIN.

After two wins the 'I'm starting to think MacT knows what he's doing' knee-slappers start to appear.

Three wins in 5 games? That will bring about an onslaught of orgasmic pro oil fervour from the bipolar "true fans".

But next loss? I CAN'T EVEN STAND LOOKING AT EAKINS.

I love this place.

I love that so many if you on this site hang on to your negativity like it's your mama's teet. You must be a hoot at parties. I also enjoy how you pointed out what a hypocritical band Wagon jumper I am and then backed it up with all the evidence that supports your claim. Good solid effort there for sure. Shows your intelligence and maturity. Have a good day at school Petey.

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#165 JJ
January 27 2014, 08:30AM
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This is hilarious. One win against a non-playoff team and all the sudden we hear "Oh this is the greatest team of all time we're going to win the next 3 stanley cups in a row", and all is forgiven. Guess what, you wake up tomorrow the team is still in the same place it was before. That's the problem here, the fans. They're like dogs, they have no memory of the past, only the present. So one win and all is well! Pathetic and that's why nothing will change.

Oh, and someone please ban that "Oilers domination" tool. What an idiot. There hasn't been any dominating for the past 5 years you've been saying it, won't start to "follow" any time soon. Keep drinking your koolaid kiddies.

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#166 Grant fuhr
January 27 2014, 08:31AM
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Hey fellas , was thinking about a comeback. What's the leagues substance abuse policy like these days.

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#167 S cottV
January 27 2014, 08:37AM
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@Spydyr

Yeah - wouldn't 15 lbs of muscle look good on RNH and others.

Probably hard to get a gain in season.

Need off season weight training and diet plan to gain muscle weight in the right places.

Need in season program to maintain. So - at this point, don't lose any more weight.

Nice work by the guys vs Nashville.

You never get too high on one win and too low on one loss.

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#168 Pete
January 27 2014, 08:45AM
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Yeah - wouldn't 15 lbs of muscle look good on RNH and others.

Probably hard to get a gain in season.

Need off season weight training and diet plan to gain muscle weight in the right places.

Need in season program to maintain. So - at this point, don't lose any more weight.

Nice work by the guys vs Nashville.

You never get too high on one win and too low on one loss.

You sure know a lot about men's bodies...

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#169 camdog
January 27 2014, 08:46AM
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@S cottV

Every quote I have heard from Eakins is about training the players for endurance. If you are training for endurance don't you usually lose weight?

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#170 oilersd
January 27 2014, 08:50AM
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Holy rainbows and sunshine batman! JJ, did your dog run away?

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#171 Virtual_Xi
January 27 2014, 09:00AM
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Hey, all I know Is the whole reason yak scored that goal is because he was back checking hard and he was the 4th trailer! Maybe these coaches are getting through to these young guys after all!

Ps: to the guy who said Jones was on the 4th line. He wasn't. 4th line was Joenssu gazdic and smyth. Jones was useless last night, got balanced out by Hendricks and Gordon.

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#172 Spydyr
January 27 2014, 09:04AM
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Just out of curiosity, where would all of these guys have to go to eat everyday? Considering they don't all live at the same place.

I expect the players do have access to a nutritionist but a chef to cook all of their meals is a bit much not to mention impractical logistically.

Many teams do however, "encourage" their young players to billet with an older teammate (preferably one who is married and has kids) in order to help them learn about eating and sleeping right. And to curb partying.

They have meal delivery for old folks. Meals on wheels. If they can deliver to hundreds of seniors it must not be too hard to delivery to twenty players. You could also offer it at the rink. I'm sure there will be many new restaurants in the new arena. Some top end ones too, I bet.

I am pretty sure the delivery driver could live on tips alone.

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#173 nuge2nail
January 27 2014, 09:05AM
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This is hilarious. One win against a non-playoff team and all the sudden we hear "Oh this is the greatest team of all time we're going to win the next 3 stanley cups in a row", and all is forgiven. Guess what, you wake up tomorrow the team is still in the same place it was before. That's the problem here, the fans. They're like dogs, they have no memory of the past, only the present. So one win and all is well! Pathetic and that's why nothing will change.

Oh, and someone please ban that "Oilers domination" tool. What an idiot. There hasn't been any dominating for the past 5 years you've been saying it, won't start to "follow" any time soon. Keep drinking your koolaid kiddies.

Oiler Domination To Follow

Did you even read comments? Which by the way had 25+ props.

I said the team was a trainwreck and Mact has all the cap space in the world and all the roster spots to fix it this off season. How is that drinking koolaid?

34+ million- ONE dman signed - ZERO goalies signed. That's 5.7 million per player, with NuGe, Hall, HopKins, EberLe, Perron, Yakupov, Gordan, Hendricks, Gagner signed up front.

You want me to be banned for letting those on oilers nation know the worst MAY be over- this is probably the biggest off season in a decade.

I'd love for fans on this site to focus on ufa candidates, 34+ million is a ton of cap space - should we over pay? Caps going up every year, the core upfront is signed- over spend and fix the back end?

I'm hoping MacT is as good with his free agent signings, as he has been with his trades so far.

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#174 pkam
January 27 2014, 09:09AM
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Nuge is 20. That's what he still looks like a bone rack. Marincin is also 20 and Hall is only 22.

I agree access to a nutrition and health adviser is a good idea but that isn't why these kids haven't filled out yet. They simply haven't matured. At this point in the season the focus should be on avoiding weight loss. Gains are primarily made during the off-season.

Marincin is not 20 but 21. He was drafted in the same year of Hall. Hall is 22, Marincin can't be 20.

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#175 Ed in Edmonton
January 27 2014, 09:19AM
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Marincin needs at least 30 lbs. He hasn't got enough man muscle on him at this point. He needs an off season here in Edmonton doing 2 things, eating and working out.

Hall could use another 10 lbs also. Who the heck is the Oilers dietary advisor? We have coaches out the yjn yang for fitness and skating and other stuff. Where the heck is the dietician? Never mind 7-10 of these guys need a personal chef cooking for them so that there getting the calories they need to perform at this level. Cripes RNH still looks like a bone rack. I work with nurses with more muscles than that kid.

A Nutrition and Health Coach is someone we need to help get these kids up to peak performance.

All teams in the NHL have a person that is tasked with giving the players nutritional advice. The Oil have a guy named Simon Bennet who does this. Of course judging by Peckam last year, there may be no guarantee the players always follow the advice.

P.S. I'd rather see RNH with another step of speed, I think another few pounds will come naturally.

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#176 pkam
January 27 2014, 09:20AM
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Gk1980 wrote:

Please repost this a few weeks from now when they have lost another 4 in a row.

If you want me to write something positive about this team in a couple of weeks, absolutely no problem.

I have survived the darkest days which was 2007-10. This team is slowly improving now, just not as fast as some fans want.

I expected them to make the playoff in 2014-15 when they announced the rebuild. That is roughly how long Pens and Hawks took from rebuild to playoff. Looks like ours is a year behind my estimate. But who knows, maybe they will surprise me and make the playoff next year.

If you want to call me one of those who drinks their kool-aid, so be it.

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#177 camdog
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Marincin needs at least 30 lbs. He hasn't got enough man muscle on him at this point. He needs an off season here in Edmonton doing 2 things, eating and working out.

Hall could use another 10 lbs also. Who the heck is the Oilers dietary advisor? We have coaches out the yjn yang for fitness and skating and other stuff. Where the heck is the dietician? Never mind 7-10 of these guys need a personal chef cooking for them so that there getting the calories they need to perform at this level. Cripes RNH still looks like a bone rack. I work with nurses with more muscles than that kid.

A Nutrition and Health Coach is someone we need to help get these kids up to peak performance.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/oilers-introduce-dallas-eakins-as-new-head-coach/article12459382/

Eakins is there health coach... His plan would work great for a veteran team, where the players are men and already have old man muscle. On a team full of boys though, his fitness regime sort of stunts their ability to put on weight.

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#178 Freewheeling Freddie
January 27 2014, 09:25AM
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The Oilers definitely need a good nutritionist. Enough of the weight training, I would like to offer my services and to teach them some old fashioned Kung Fu. They would have stamina and would be very hard to get off the puck. Back in the day my buddy taught a bunch of them boxing Lets ramp it up and get them kung fu fighting. Guaranteed results.

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#179 Spydyr
January 27 2014, 09:32AM
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The Oilers definitely need a good nutritionist. Enough of the weight training, I would like to offer my services and to teach them some old fashioned Kung Fu. They would have stamina and would be very hard to get off the puck. Back in the day my buddy taught a bunch of them boxing Lets ramp it up and get them kung fu fighting. Guaranteed results.

Everybody was kung fu fighting,fast as lightning.

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#180 Oilbaron
January 27 2014, 09:36AM
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Wow I wish I could afford to sit in the first bowl for an actual game. Went to the skills competition and had an absolute blast! Yak and Gazdic were all smiles and constantly engaged with the fans. You could tell they really love the game and appreciate the support.

Then Yak completely lays someone out in the second period last night, and the crowd is silent (at least I heard nothing through the tv broadcast). What a bunch of cynical fat cats. Support your team dammit, no wonder so many players left this city.

At the very least it was nice to see the fans come around by the end of the game... but god, appreciate what you have already. If I ever get to watch a game from the first bowl I will be cheering like hell win or lose

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#181 Freewheeling Freddie
January 27 2014, 09:37AM
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Everybody was kung fu fighting,fast as lightning.

You got it. Mac you will have the toughest team in the league. No more shying away from the big boys. Were Not Gonna Take It Anymore

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#182 Oiler Al
January 27 2014, 09:51AM
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Yes, there were some worths in the game, but I think overal, as a team effort, this was the best game of the year . Lets have more of these, even if you lose , show us you came to play!!!

The goalie and the first line , were their best players, especially Scrivens and Hall. And, so they should be.

Whats bugging Perron, not the same player anymore, wonder if he has some kind of injury, or did Eakin ask him to tone it down?

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#183 nunyour
January 27 2014, 09:56AM
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Wow I wish I could afford to sit in the first bowl for an actual game. Went to the skills competition and had an absolute blast! Yak and Gazdic were all smiles and constantly engaged with the fans. You could tell they really love the game and appreciate the support.

Then Yak completely lays someone out in the second period last night, and the crowd is silent (at least I heard nothing through the tv broadcast). What a bunch of cynical fat cats. Support your team dammit, no wonder so many players left this city.

At the very least it was nice to see the fans come around by the end of the game... but god, appreciate what you have already. If I ever get to watch a game from the first bowl I will be cheering like hell win or lose

The first bowl is for rich people and they don't think it is proper to make loud noises,the fans in the nose bleed section are a blast.

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#184 pkam
January 27 2014, 09:57AM
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Wow I wish I could afford to sit in the first bowl for an actual game. Went to the skills competition and had an absolute blast! Yak and Gazdic were all smiles and constantly engaged with the fans. You could tell they really love the game and appreciate the support.

Then Yak completely lays someone out in the second period last night, and the crowd is silent (at least I heard nothing through the tv broadcast). What a bunch of cynical fat cats. Support your team dammit, no wonder so many players left this city.

At the very least it was nice to see the fans come around by the end of the game... but god, appreciate what you have already. If I ever get to watch a game from the first bowl I will be cheering like hell win or lose

I was at the Coyotes games Friday. The fans were quiet the 1st 30 minutes. But it got loud after we scored our 1st goal even the score board was 4-1. And after we scored the 2nd, the whole crowd started to cheer for the team. The atmosphere in the 3rd was terrific.

If I remember correctly, the fans also cheered when Yak and Eberle threw a big hit, even though we were down at the time.

Too bad we didn't manage to come back and tie the game. I believe Rexall will be rocking if we did.

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#185 michael
January 27 2014, 10:03AM
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Ed in Edmonton wrote:

All teams in the NHL have a person that is tasked with giving the players nutritional advice. The Oil have a guy named Simon Bennet who does this. Of course judging by Peckam last year, there may be no guarantee the players always follow the advice.

P.S. I'd rather see RNH with another step of speed, I think another few pounds will come naturally.

This Bennet guy what is his role on the team? Is it full time,casual,what? The guys are in the dog days of the season and you can see that the energy level on some nights is just not there. Maybe we need this guy Bennet to be on the team fulltime. Nutrition is huge in performance. Man muscle comes with time as we all know. It takes time. That is why peak performance for athletes is usually between 25-30 when players have what we term their Prime. Yet at this point we need these players doing the things nutritionally during the season to avoid decreased performance.

Eakins is right when he speaks about increasing the players fitness and its relationship to performance. But Nutrition goes hand in hand with that.

Especially for the younger players. You look at a guy like Yakupov. He has his MOM ensuring that he is getting fed "real food" on a regular basis. There is a kid who understands that MCD"s is not a meal. The kid is buff.RNH could use some time at Yak's place chowing down with him.

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#186 He Who Knows
January 27 2014, 10:04AM
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The Oil got a standing ovation last night?? Yeah that sums it up.

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#187 Spydyr
January 27 2014, 10:10AM
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Freewheeling Freddie wrote:

You got it. Mac you will have the toughest team in the league. No more shying away from the big boys. Were Not Gonna Take It Anymore

Some of the head kicks will make Hall's cut look like a scratch.

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#188 Ed in Edmonton
January 27 2014, 10:16AM
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This Bennet guy what is his role on the team? Is it full time,casual,what? The guys are in the dog days of the season and you can see that the energy level on some nights is just not there. Maybe we need this guy Bennet to be on the team fulltime. Nutrition is huge in performance. Man muscle comes with time as we all know. It takes time. That is why peak performance for athletes is usually between 25-30 when players have what we term their Prime. Yet at this point we need these players doing the things nutritionally during the season to avoid decreased performance.

Eakins is right when he speaks about increasing the players fitness and its relationship to performance. But Nutrition goes hand in hand with that.

Especially for the younger players. You look at a guy like Yakupov. He has his MOM ensuring that he is getting fed "real food" on a regular basis. There is a kid who understands that MCD"s is not a meal. The kid is buff.RNH could use some time at Yak's place chowing down with him.

On the Oil's web site

"Simon enters his fifth year with the Oilers as Director of High Performance. In this role he is responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of strength, conditioning and nutrition for players throughout the organization."

Now you know as much as I do.

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#189 Ari Gold
January 27 2014, 10:44AM
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I almost think it's bad for this team to win big like this. It just delays change.

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#190 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 10:59AM
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camdog wrote:

Every quote I have heard from Eakins is about training the players for endurance. If you are training for endurance don't you usually lose weight?

If you think of the endurance of a multi-marathon runner, then yes endurance will lean out your body but that doesn't really apply to hockey unless the athlete is fat.

Hockey "endurance" isn't the same thing as you're never on the ice for more than a minute or two anyway. From what i gather its about training your body to recover quickly, it's about efficiency in how you play to be sure you're not over playing the game (and thus needlessly burning energy), and it's about conditioning the body to not go into shock during prolonged high-energy shifts or shifts at the end of a hard game where the body would otherwise want to start shutting down.

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#191 A-Mc
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Ari Gold wrote:

I almost think it's bad for this team to win big like this. It just delays change.

I want the oilers to win as much as everyone else, but realistically the good vibes will end tonight when they lose to Vancouver.

1 and done, probably wont delay anything. If the team goes on a 10 game winning streak, now that's something else!

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#192 Dodd
January 27 2014, 11:18AM
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Dave wrote:

A good coach would go with Scrivens the next game.

Statistically this is wrong. SV% is known to drop 20% on night #2 of back to back starts.

Starting Scrivens means handing him a loss. Ride a hot goalie? Yes. Ride a RESTED hot goalie.

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#193 Devon
January 27 2014, 11:18AM
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@Fresh Mess

Just a heads up. Us actual "bipolar" people hate comments like this. Also a "bipolar" person would not have any faith in this garbage management. Maybe you should be looking to bash the multiple personality groups. Good game they played well. But mac t is probably really happy duby didn't play in case of a shutout against him. As far fetched as that would be.

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#194 Bryzarro World
January 27 2014, 11:31AM
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pkam wrote:

If you want me to write something positive about this team in a couple of weeks, absolutely no problem.

I have survived the darkest days which was 2007-10. This team is slowly improving now, just not as fast as some fans want.

I expected them to make the playoff in 2014-15 when they announced the rebuild. That is roughly how long Pens and Hawks took from rebuild to playoff. Looks like ours is a year behind my estimate. But who knows, maybe they will surprise me and make the playoff next year.

If you want to call me one of those who drinks their kool-aid, so be it.

Sorry but the 90's were darker. You must be too young to remember....

No young stars to fill us with hope and we were lucky to have 6000 people in there.

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#195 Serious Gord
January 27 2014, 11:39AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Did you even read comments? Which by the way had 25+ props.

I said the team was a trainwreck and Mact has all the cap space in the world and all the roster spots to fix it this off season. How is that drinking koolaid?

34+ million- ONE dman signed - ZERO goalies signed. That's 5.7 million per player, with NuGe, Hall, HopKins, EberLe, Perron, Yakupov, Gordan, Hendricks, Gagner signed up front.

You want me to be banned for letting those on oilers nation know the worst MAY be over- this is probably the biggest off season in a decade.

I'd love for fans on this site to focus on ufa candidates, 34+ million is a ton of cap space - should we over pay? Caps going up every year, the core upfront is signed- over spend and fix the back end?

I'm hoping MacT is as good with his free agent signings, as he has been with his trades so far.

Adjusting for inflation it's more like 30 million in today's salary level.

And you need to sign 13 or so players. Sounds like lots. But what is a starting goalie going to cost? And a number 1 & 2 dman. I will assume MacT finds some way of covering the horrendous mistake he made in signing the boat anchor named gagner and that part of his salary will go to getting a true big centre.

But those four players are going to cost at least 6-7 each on avg. that leaves 5-11 million to sign another eight or nine players.

Not likely.

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#196 Arius Mumin
January 27 2014, 11:43AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Sorry but the 90's were darker. You must be too young to remember....

No young stars to fill us with hope and we were lucky to have 6000 people in there.

I knew a girl named Christina and her sister named Dawn.

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#197 pkam
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Sorry but the 90's were darker. You must be too young to remember....

No young stars to fill us with hope and we were lucky to have 6000 people in there.

I came to Edmonton in 1991 and had very tough time here the 1st 7-8 years. I started to watch hockey in 1999. So I have no memory of the 90's. I still remember I had an interview in 1994 and they asked me some questions about the Oilers and I probably lost that job opportunity because I didn't know anything about the Oilers or hockey.

So I can't compare 2007-10 to the 90's. But I know these few years may not be as good as fans want it to be, but it is still better than 2007-2010. The team was slowing dying since 2007 until the surgery in 2010 and it is now slowing recovering.

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#198 John
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Kevin Lowe is a human paraquat.

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#199 The Last Big Bear
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Did you even read comments? Which by the way had 25+ props.

I said the team was a trainwreck and Mact has all the cap space in the world and all the roster spots to fix it this off season. How is that drinking koolaid?

34+ million- ONE dman signed - ZERO goalies signed. That's 5.7 million per player, with NuGe, Hall, HopKins, EberLe, Perron, Yakupov, Gordan, Hendricks, Gagner signed up front.

You want me to be banned for letting those on oilers nation know the worst MAY be over- this is probably the biggest off season in a decade.

I'd love for fans on this site to focus on ufa candidates, 34+ million is a ton of cap space - should we over pay? Caps going up every year, the core upfront is signed- over spend and fix the back end?

I'm hoping MacT is as good with his free agent signings, as he has been with his trades so far.

I would LOVE for fans on this site to start seriously talking about UFA candidates.

Especially who the clear-cut number one stud defenceman is going to be.

From that big long list of first-pairing defencemen, who are UFA's this year, are under 35 years old, and are not named "Dan Girardi".

Let's hear some names.

And while we're at it, let's talk about goalies who are currently NHL starters, who will likely hit UFA, and won't have to retire halfway through a 5 year contract... Bonus points if your suggestion doesn't rely on a starting goalie walking away from an incumbent position on a Stanley Cup favourite.

The UFA market is not going to be a quick fix for Edmonton this year.

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#200 Ari Gold
January 27 2014, 12:29PM
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No one seems to care anymore....

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