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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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Hockey Problems
January 26 2014, 12:01PM
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Who cares. The season has been over for three months already. This is THE WORST team in franchise history.

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#2 Reddish Bull
January 26 2014, 12:04PM
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most depressing post of the year. ugh.

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#3 Johnny Larue
January 26 2014, 07:29PM
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I am seriously sick of Gord and all his sycophants and his continous and monotonous refrain of fire Lowe I hate the coach blah blah blah we get it.

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#4 Show me da Money
January 26 2014, 12:04PM
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The one thing we're good at... GETTING HIGH LOTTERY PICKS!

At everything else the Oilers suck.

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#5 Spydyr
January 26 2014, 12:11PM
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Obvious Game Day Prediction: Dubnyk lets a 60 footer float past him, while he is on the bench. It hits a Nashville player between the eyes.

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#6 Lowe Expectations
January 26 2014, 12:05PM
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The first picture is great. I can hear Eakins now, "we gotta, we gotta, we gotta.....damn I got nothing".

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#7 oilersd
January 26 2014, 08:31PM
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Johnny Larue wrote:

I am seriously sick of Gord and all his sycophants and his continous and monotonous refrain of fire Lowe I hate the coach blah blah blah we get it.

A-freaking-men!

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#8 Zarny
January 26 2014, 08:34PM
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Haha...bad night for all the haters and mouth-breathers.

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#9 Butters
January 26 2014, 12:34PM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

Who cares. The season has been over for three months already. This is THE WORST team in franchise history.

Worst team in franchise history so far.

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#10 Show me da Money
January 26 2014, 01:53PM
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Lowe's new mantra after this season has got to be...

I’ll say that there’s no one in hockey today that is still working in the game that has more seasons out of the playoffs than me. So I think I know a little bit about losing, if there’s ever a concern."

Can I see that on a billboard please? :)

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#11 @Oilanderp
January 26 2014, 08:19PM
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Scrivens playing great.

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#12 MessyEH
January 26 2014, 12:14PM
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GDP Oilers lose 4-2, but it's considered a moral victory due to

OGDP Perron breaks out of his funk for two. Shea Webber checks Sammy Snow pants into next year. Oilers are unable to trade Gagner because he is injured.

NSOGDP HENDRICKS gets a Gordon Howe Hat Trick. Shea Webber wears a hat saying fire Lowe. And is traded mid game to the Oilers

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#13 Oiler Al
January 26 2014, 01:48PM
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Reddish Bull wrote:

most depressing post of the year. ugh.

Not really, the most depressing post of the year was Katz,s letter to fans, stating that Lowe was a keeper.

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#14 Al77
January 26 2014, 08:20PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

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!

I can't believe a 21 year old rookie with less than 15 game in the league is the only defence man that under pressure in his own zone I don't cringe and my first thought isn't how's this turnover going to end up in the net!

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#15 bulldog12
January 26 2014, 09:06PM
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@Serious Gord

It's time for you to go, same as DSD or DFG or whatever his name was. You have nothing intelligent to add to the posts.

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#16 MessyEH
January 26 2014, 02:52PM
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The Oilers held a beauty contest today.

Miss Management went to Kblowe.

Miss Steak Went to the Beefcake Dallas Eakins.

Miss Understood Went to MacT. Due to the bold moves statement.

Miss read.. None other than the Oilers goalie coach. So great that all the goalies have Miss read at least two to 10 shots a game.

Miss Placed Went to "the thing or two" Lowe knew about winnng.

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#17 bazmagoo
January 26 2014, 07:40PM
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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!

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#18 dougtheslug
January 26 2014, 10:55PM
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Lots of positives tonight:

Barry Trottz confirm's in a pre-game interview that the bad habit of Devan Dubnyk that bothered him the most, that being Dubnyk's penchant for spitting sunflower seeds onto the ice while watching from the bench, has been curtailed. Unfortunately Dubnyk's habit of conceded 5 goals a night not cured by watching Nashville's starting goalie

Considerably fewer Oiler jerseys thrown on the ice tonight, taking the pressure off Dallas Eakin's dry cleaning bill.

Ryan Smyth scores 125th power play goal. Total distance travelled by the 125 goals: 124 centimeters.

Fans at game don't boo Oilers. OilersNation erupts in boos aimed at Oiler fans for not booing Oilers.

Darryl Katz texts Bob Stauffer during the game: "Joey Moss isn't going anywhere."

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#19 kale
January 26 2014, 07:33PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Nice diving poke-check by Sammy Gags in his own zone, followed by nice reach by Marincin to take away a partial break!

The guys look like they are trying to win!

still in shock. I heard Sam Gagner and good defensive play in the same sentence.

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#20 nuge2nail
January 26 2014, 08:32PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Personally I think Macs done a good job in his first year.

Anyone is better than Steady Steve.

Larsson>Horcoff(miracle trade) Perron>Paajarvi(trade of the decade) Hendricks>Dubnyk(preds were duped) Brossoit>Smid(bag of pucks>smid) Scrivens>3rd rounder(great backup with potential)

MacT has 34+ mil in cap space next year- hoping he keeps fixing this great pile of mess he inherited.

J Shultz, Ekblad, Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin - one day good be the makings of a solid defense there.

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#21 outdoorzguy
January 26 2014, 01:02PM
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I hope we lose today only for the dream that this will be the last time we see the 4 idiots behind the bench ever again. Let's keep losing so that SOMETHING has to be done.

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#22 @Oilanderp
January 26 2014, 07:32PM
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Nice diving poke-check by Sammy Gags in his own zone, followed by nice reach by Marincin to take away a partial break!

The guys look like they are trying to win!

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#23 Drowning in Oil
January 26 2014, 12:43PM
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The management in this organization should be absolutely embarrassed with how this season has come along. Eakins is a utter failure, Bucky and Smith are jokes, Mac T has to this point done nothing to improve this team from the one a year ago, and then there is Kevin Lowe. it astonishes me this guy can walk around this city with his head held high.

PS. KEVIN LOWE...... The last time you did something good for this team, the Smurfs were a regular Saturday morning show.

No wonder Katz doesn't show his face in Edmonton. He sits back and watches this team fall deeper and deeper into despair.

When fans watch rebuilds start NOW and achieve more success than our team that is 8, sorry Darryl, 4 years into a rebuild, it is pretty disgusting.

This organization is just shameful and it pains me to feel this way because I really, really want to see a winning team.......

But it is just going to happen under this regime!!

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#24 BingBong
January 26 2014, 08:40PM
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Not much to complain about tonight. Marincin with a bad pinch, Scrivens with a bad goal - that's about it. I always hear how the 4th line can't win you games, but man they sure set the tone tonight. Maybe Jones' comment after last game had some effect?

That’s the best d-zone coverage I've seen this year.

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#25 BingBong
January 26 2014, 08:58PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Another win against a bottom six team.

A team that is scoring impaired; was playing their third road game in four days (did/does the oil have a similar scheduling knot this year?); third string goalie; weber was invisible - touch if the flu perhaps?

It's a win but it certainly does not break any trends or set any new achievement.

Ha, you must not be an Oilers fan.

A win like that certainly DOES break a trend and DOES set a new achievement, at least for this year.

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#26 Woogie63
January 26 2014, 12:51PM
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Is there anyone left in the hockey world that thinks Dallas is the hottest coaching prospect in the game?

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#27 oilersd
January 26 2014, 09:05PM
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@Serious Gord

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.

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#28 vetinari
January 26 2014, 12:21PM
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Wow. This may be the only game before the Olympic break that the Oilers may win... depressing...

GDP: Oilers 3 Predators 4 (OT)

OGDP: The PP, PK and 5v5 play will be all subpar.

NSOGDP: In warmup, Hemsky will be pulled off the ice as the Oilers announce a trade. At the end of the first, Gagner will also be pulled off the ice as a result a trade. Finally, at the end of the second, Nick Schultz will be traded. The return? Two picks and two "role player" forwards who can finally fix our biggest problem-- that pesky fourth line.

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#29 6 ring circus
January 26 2014, 12:24PM
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Lowe Expectations wrote:

The first picture is great. I can hear Eakins now, "we gotta, we gotta, we gotta.....damn I got nothing".

Eakin's is probably telling them to "Swarm, swarm defense, how many times do we have to go over this,nobody's listening to me" or he could simply be telling them to "CHOP WOOD CARRY WATER...." LOL!!!

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#30 outdoorzguy
January 26 2014, 02:52PM
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If the reports of 6Rings requesting a "sabbatical" and being turned down are true, then the next honourable thing to do is to fall on his sword and resign. If he's in this for the best interests of the Oilers, then that would be the way to go. This guy can't possibly be unaware of the unrest directed towards him.

How he can go to the rink every day and hold his head up is beyond me.

DO THE RIGHT THING KEVIN LOWE. RESIGN. IF YOU TRULY HAVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE OILERS AT HEART, THERE IS ONLY ONE DECISION. BE A MAN AND MAKE THAT DECISION. YOU WILL GAIN FAR MORE RESPECT FOR DOING THAT THAN CONTINUING TO LEAD A ONCE PROUD ORGANIZATION AWAY FROM ANYTHING RESEMBLING MEDIOCRITY AND TOWARDS THE BOWELS OF INEPTITUDE.

Do the right thing!!

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#31 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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#32 6 ring circus
January 26 2014, 01:07PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

Is there anyone left in the hockey world that thinks Dallas is the hottest coaching prospect in the game?

Yes the three geniuses who are in charge of the Oilers,Katz,Lowe and Mactavish, everyone else does not count, because only Lowe knows a thing or two about winning.

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#33 Spydyr
January 26 2014, 01:29PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I agree with everything you said except the part about not caring.

It hurts to care.

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#34 Tyler
January 26 2014, 01:53PM
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Living in Calgary and being a oiler fan I've had to do a lot of defending of my team over the years but this year....I got nothin. flamers just start their rebuild and they are better than a team with 3 #1 picks? Like the rest of oil country I'm ready for the "bold moves". give us something.

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#35 Rick Stroppel
January 26 2014, 12:43PM
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MY OWN PERSONAL OILERS BOYCOTT!

Jersey-thrower guys have inspired me. We must take POSITIVE ACTION to end this travesty of hockey justice.

For five years, I have spent ZERO MONEY on Oilers tickets, merchandise, and cable TV access.

Until further notice, I intend to spend ZERO MONEY on Oilers tickets, merchandise, and cable TV access.

The Little Billionaire will RUE THE DAY that he put this storied franchise under the control of a bunch of dimwits!

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#36 Fresh Mess
January 27 2014, 06:18AM
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oilersd wrote:

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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#37 LoweBlow
January 26 2014, 08:00PM
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I don't know if I'm annoyed or happy...

They're winning!

Is this good or bad?

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#38 @Oilanderp
January 26 2014, 08:26PM
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NO GOAL! Damn right, #41 was lying on top of Scrivens!

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#39 oilersd
January 26 2014, 08:57PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

I don't know if I'm annoyed or happy...

They're winning!

Is this good or bad?

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.

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#40 Walter Sobchak
January 26 2014, 01:40PM
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Eakins is the most overrated, over-hyped coach ever!!

Right now it's just better the Oilers lose.

Maybe MacTavish realizes his mistake & gets rid of this side show Eakins & instill a proper coaching staff for next season.

Somebody has to fall for this season.......Right?

Accountability......heard that somewhere?

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#41 Johe
January 26 2014, 03:36PM
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I for one want to see Eakins get at least another year before declaring him a bust. Same reason a lot of people want to hold on to Yakupov. He's a rookie head coach, and he needs more experience, obviously.

And while some people believe Yakupov is not being put in a great position to succeed because of Eakins, the same could be said about MacT not putting Eakins in a position to succeed. The D corps is brutal. The goaltending was (and possibly still is) very poor. The forwards are too one-dimensional. But slowly the roster is being reshaped and I want to see what Eakins can do next year. He should have a better team, he'll have more experience, and the players will learn they can't just pass blame on to the HC.

The assistant coaches are another matter. They've been here for years. They had their fair shake at helping this team get better. But Eakins... I wanna see how he does with a full season under his belt.

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#42 @Oilanderp
January 26 2014, 07:37PM
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Sublime pass by Gagner to Yak for the quick-touch trailer goal!

W00t!

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#43 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2014, 08:48PM
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Just seen the score, did they have Dubnyk in net?

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#44 Ed in Edmonton
January 26 2014, 09:06PM
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BingBong wrote:

Not much to complain about tonight. Marincin with a bad pinch, Scrivens with a bad goal - that's about it. I always hear how the 4th line can't win you games, but man they sure set the tone tonight. Maybe Jones' comment after last game had some effect?

That’s the best d-zone coverage I've seen this year.

A wise man once told me to never critique a win but...

The 1st 15 minutes of the 3rd period looked like a fire drill. I counted no less than 10 simple plays to get the puck out of their zone that were totally flubbed. I agree with a previous poster that the 21 year old rookie was the most composed d-man we have is our own zone.

I hope Smitty breaks the PP record on home before the end of the year.

The 4th line was excellent.

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#45 Mason Storm
January 26 2014, 12:31PM
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After reading this, I'm torn between going back to bed and going to the bar. Either way will have me blackout and not remember this game.

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#46 Serious Gord
January 26 2014, 01:11PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

Is there anyone left in the hockey world that thinks Dallas is the hottest coaching prospect in the game?

Is there another team that wouldn't fire him for delivering the worst record in franchise history?

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#47 Mason Storm
January 26 2014, 02:29PM
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The Oilers have set the precedent for how not to rebuild. They don't have goaltending, no up and comers either. The d is 3-4 years away from being regular nhlers. They have no center depth and the ones they do have can't win faceoffs, except Gordon. They have talented wingers who mostly can't defend. The way this is going, this team will be terrible for another 5-6 years. A major overhaul is needed everywhere.

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#48 TayLordBalls
January 26 2014, 12:56PM
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Go Oilers!

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#49 nuge2nail
January 26 2014, 08:23PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Oilers have 1 defenseman, 0 goalies signed for next year.

Oilers have 34+ million in cap space next year.

If there was ever a chance to fix the oilers back end - its next year.

This will be one of the biggest offseasons in oilers history, hopefully MacT is up for the challenge. Its unlikely any ufa will sign here - MacTs best bet is tsking salary off teams who can actually attract ufas- aka the perron trade.

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#50 Johnnydapunk
January 26 2014, 09:58PM
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Zarny wrote:

Haha...bad night for all the haters and mouth-breathers.

Why the hate for mouth breathers ? I've broken my nose twice and have insane allergy issues so breathing through my mouth is more my style and I would like to think I am a relatively decent person.

*if it comes off as genuine anger it is not, I've just never heard of mouth breathers being an insult or anything like that, maybe I had been out of Canada too long :-p

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