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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#151 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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#152 Spydyr
January 27 2014, 09:04AM
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Zarny wrote:

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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#153 Freewheeling Freddie
January 27 2014, 09:37AM
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Spydyr wrote:

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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#154 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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#155 Serious Gord
January 26 2014, 02:02PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Let's be very hypothetical for a moment, Katz's son decides dad you need to clean house at the Olympic break, who is out there to bring in that would be an upgrade? Dudley not interested in leaving Montreal , I can't think of any coaches except maybe Brent Sutter or Kevin Dineen. Messier would be far worse than Dallas, any ideas?

MacT becomes interim coach until the end of the season.

Ideally lowe is also removed and a New POHO decides the fate of the FOKs and does a proper, professional search for a coach and replacements of the FOKs (including MacT i would hope.

I sure wish that that was reality and not hypothesis...

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#156 Serious Gord
January 26 2014, 02:05PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Medicate my friend...Medicate.

See a doctor if you need to....Dr. Daniels, Dr. Cuervo, Dr. Glenfiddich.

or Dr. Blantons if you can afford it:

https://www.blantonsbourbon.com/#

magnificent mind and memory altering stuff.

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#157 Rod from Viking
January 26 2014, 03:39PM
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Mason Storm wrote:

Mike Milbury would be a good fit in this comedy

That would be a lateral move, George Mcfee will be available if the caps miss the play-offs. Look at the difference for Bruce Boudreax with a team that was committed to playing as a team, they weren't even supposed to make the play-offs last year and are cup contenders this year, yeah but look at the horrible job he did with Cogliano who this team couldn't get out of here fast enough.

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#158 sizedoesmatter
January 26 2014, 05:47PM
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Has anyone brought up the idea of firing the ceo and the coach?

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#159 Chainsawz
January 26 2014, 06:07PM
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Gene starts it off with a bit of a let down. Only 1 prop?!?

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#160 RexHolez
January 26 2014, 06:37PM
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longest losing streak in the worst season of the worst team in NHL History.... Bright times we're living in... lets all meet and sing kumbaya

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#161 Arius Mumin
January 26 2014, 08:48PM
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@Al77

Unfortunately for us, he is the only asset/player that the other team are interested in-75% chance he will be a piece of trade leaving Edmonton.

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#162 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 26 2014, 09:16PM
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@Harlie

The Dude Abides!

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#163 BingBong
January 26 2014, 09:31PM
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Ed in Edmonton wrote:

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.

No argument, but I don't think the Preds had one good scoring chance despite all the zone possession, so at least our coverage was on.

But yeah that Potter/Belov pairing could never really get a handle on the puck. Belov in particular looked outmatched.

I mean up 3 goals I don't really care who has the puck as long as we're limiting the chances...

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#164 oilersd
January 26 2014, 11:08PM
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@shaddup

Thanks for the feedback. Your positive contribution to the discussion is appreciated.

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#165 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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#166 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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#167 Ed in Edmonton
January 27 2014, 10:16AM
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michael wrote:

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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#168 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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#169 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 11:05AM
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God 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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#170 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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#171 Serious Gord
January 27 2014, 11:39AM
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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.

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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#172 pkam
January 27 2014, 11:46AM
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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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#173 John
January 27 2014, 11:53AM
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Kevin Lowe is a human paraquat.

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#174 God
January 27 2014, 12:29PM
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No one seems to care anymore....

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#175 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 01:03PM
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@A-Mc

Hell even a guy like Mark Stuart (D), from WPG might be a good addition. 29 YO, makes 1.8m/yr right now and plays 17.5M/night and is +3. He's 6'2" 213 lbs and we've seen him play with Jam vs the Oilers.

He could be a good pickup.

Actually another dude that might be good is Nikita Nikitin. 27YO, 6'4" 223lbs. Plays ~17mins/night for CBJ and is +10 (Defenseman)

I started off this UFA journey thinking there were slim pickings but as it stands right now, there are actually quite a few options that could help. I suppose it's easy when your defense core is the worst in the league; almost everyone is an upgrade. Unfortunately it's still really early and this UFA crop is going to significantly diminish as we get closer to and pass the trade deadline.

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#176 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 01:53PM
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A-Mc wrote:

A case of Pil is all a guy needs to maintain proper nutrition.

Thanks for the reminder! I have to go see my ...nutritionist.... pork chops for dinner!

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#177 TILEGUY
January 26 2014, 12:55PM
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GDP 54.0 short and sour

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#178 Bloodsweatandoil
January 26 2014, 01:53PM
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I see O'Brian cleared waivers (Flames). Would he have been an upgrade anywhere on our defence?

I see the Oilers winning this one......

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#179 The Real Scuba Steve
January 26 2014, 04:15PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

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!!

Agreed, but the new faces we see next are players. Hopefully.

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#180 D-Unit
January 26 2014, 04:40PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Are we allowed to mention how awful Dubnyk is now that he's gone?

In my experience, it is still a touchy subject.

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#181 Alsker
January 26 2014, 05:24PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

Quick question, what's the Oilers longest losing streak ever? Because I hope the Oilers top that, so management gets fired.

Well there was the 13 game stretch in 09-10(Dec.31-Feb1). And lets see there was Lowe & MacT & Tambo. Yup that caused lots of change. 17 I believe is still the league record.

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#182 PeOiler
January 26 2014, 05:53PM
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@Serious Gord

Fact: Eakins and his wife were on an interior design show back in Toronto.

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#183 Serious Gord
January 26 2014, 06:00PM
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PeOiler wrote:

Fact: Eakins and his wife were on an interior design show back in Toronto.

If true LOL LOL!!

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#184 Wax Man Riley
January 26 2014, 06:52PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

So then who?

Is Bubbles the chimp still alive? I'm sure he could coach this team to consecutive 30th place finishes.

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#185 tileguy
January 26 2014, 07:57PM
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@tileguy

Ooops jan. 19

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#186 Gk1980
January 27 2014, 06:02AM
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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.

Serious? Marincian's pinch was horrific. The boys got some goals but got TOTALLY dominated in the 3rd. This team still has a ways to go. I love the oil but my bar is set pretty damn high for this team. Limits are just a starting point.

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

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#188 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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#189 pkam
January 27 2014, 09:57AM
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Oilbaron wrote:

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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#190 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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#191 S cottV
January 27 2014, 01:17PM
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A-Mc wrote:

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.

Very difficult to gain muscle mass in season.

Games, practices, travel - wouldn't allow for the appropriate weight training and required recovery period.

Not sure what the Oilers are doing for in season endurance. If it's real strenuous - the players would sure need to be disciplined about recovery.

Would cut into the bar scene for sure.

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#192 whoaaaaa
January 27 2014, 02:08PM
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A-Mc wrote:

A case of Pil is all a guy needs to maintain proper nutrition.

And which part of Saskatchewan are you from,kind Sir?

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#193 Serious Gord
January 26 2014, 01:16PM
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Double post. Apologies

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#194 Serious Gord
January 26 2014, 02:39PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Yeah.....I hear he does great work and is breaking new ground in the field of cognitive impairment.

i can attest to that. very good buzz off of the original single cask stuff...

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#195 Harlie
January 26 2014, 04:20PM
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@Serious Gord

This season reminds me of the Big Lebowski. The Fans are Lebowski and Katz & Co. are The Dude.

LEBOWSKI They did not receive the money, you nitwit! They did not receive the goddamn money. HER LIFE WAS IN YOUR HANDS!

BRANDT This is our concern, Dude.

DUDE No, man, nothing is f'd here--

LEBOWSKI NOTHING IS F'D! THE GODDAMN PLANE HAS CRASHED INTO THE MOUNTAIN!

The Dude takes a hurried sip from his drink.

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#196 RJ
January 26 2014, 06:45PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Are we allowed to mention how awful Dubnyk is now that he's gone?

His first month reminded me of the stories around Darryl Sittler's ten point game: some minor pro journeyman thrown in net in desperation. Except he kept getting games.

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#197 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 02:24AM
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Right now the Oilers at 5v5 play when the game is close ARE:

3rd best in shooting percentage. Last in save percentage. 3rd last in shots for per 60 mins. 3rd last in shots attempted. 3rd last in shots against per 60 mins.

Anaheim under the same conditions IS:

Best in shooting percentage. 10th in save percentage. 10th in shots for per 60 mins. 17th in shots attempted. 7th best in shots against per 60.

I have thus proved conclusively that we must all scream, "SHOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!" every time an Oiler has the puck.

*chugs beer*

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#198 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 02:46AM
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Also, I just noticed a fun fact:

The Oiler's save percentage on the PK is BETTER THAN their save percentage at 5v5 close.

Our save percentage is better when we are DOWN A MAN!

That is ridiculous!

*runs screaming through the streets in nothing but a white labcoat*

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#199 pkam
January 27 2014, 09:09AM
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Zarny wrote:

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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#200 Ed in Edmonton
January 27 2014, 09:19AM
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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.

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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