GDB 55.0: BACK-TO-BACK ON EVEN GROUND

Jason Gregor
January 27 2014 01:54PM

For the second time this season the Oilers will face a team where both of them of are playing on consecutive nights. The Oilers lost 5-4 to the Blackhawks earlier this season. Last night while the Oilers were dominating the Predators 5-1, the Canucks defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in OT, and tonight the Oilers will look to improve their ugly record in back-to-back games.

The Oilers are 1-5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs while the Canucks are 5-4-2. Dallas Eakins will play the odds and give Ben Scrivens the night off, despite a solid performance last night, and start Ilya Bryzgalov. I understand why he is going with Bryzgalov, most goalies Sv% is lower the second night, but I thought he might roll the dice and go with Scrivens.

Scrivens played back-to-back once this year with LA, winning both games and posting a shutout on the second night. Last season Scrivens played consecutive games once, shutting out Florida the first night, but then he allowed 4 goals on 13 shots in 46 minutes vs. Tampa the following night.

Those are the only two times in his career he's started back-to-back, and while the odds say it is better to give your goalie a rest on the 2nd night, I would have went with Scrivens, mainly due to Bryzgalov's brutal play so far in 2014.

In six starts in 2014 he is 1-4-1 and his numbers in those starts aren't very good:

January 03rd vs. Ana... 5-2 L with a .865Sv%
January 05th vs. TB..... 5-3 W with a .889Sv%
January 07th vs STL.... 5-2 L with a .862Sv%
January 14th vs. DALL.5-2 L with a .862Sv%
January 18th vs WGP.. 3-2 L with a .923Sv%
January 24th vs. PHO. 4-3 L with a .862Sv%

He has an ugly .877 Sv% in his last six games, and he needs to find some consistency in his game. I haven't seen anything from Bryzgalov that would suggest the Oilers will be interested in re-signing him, and if he has aspirations of signing with another team in the summer he needs to improve.

He will need to be much better tonight if the Oilers want to win two straight for the first time in a month.

While Eakins is playing the odds, the Canucks will start Roberto Luongo for the second straight game.

Luongo has started both games of a back-to-back twice this season, and he's 1-1 and played great in both. He had a solid .931 SV% in a 2-1 loss to Chicago and a sparkling .951SV% in a 6-2 drubbing of the Bruins. 

It is interesting to note that Luongo and his back up, Eddie Lack, have almost identical number, yet the Canucks will go with the veteran. 

In 37 starts Luongo has a .922Sv% and a 2.23 GAA.
In 20 appearances Lack has a .922Sv% and a 2.18 GAA.

With Chicago coming to town on Wednesday, I wonder if the Canucks feel tonight is a game they must win, thus going with their starter? Prior to this season the last time Luongo started on consecutive nights was November 20th and 21st of 2010. He got pulled the first game vs. Chicago, and then lost the next night vs. Phoenix and both games his sv% was below .890.

Under Tortorella he has played very well in the 2nd game, albeit a very small sample size of two games, so it will be interesting to see which coach looks better after the game. Eakins for playing the odds or the Canucks for going with their starter.

LINEUP...

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Gagner-Yakupov
Hendricks-Gordon-Jones
Gazdic-Smyth-Joensuu

Marincin-Petry
N.Schultz-J.Schultz
Belov-Potter

Bryzgalov

Smyth's line had a very strong game last night. They were very good on the cycle and gave the Oilers an early boost on the J.Schultz goal. We'll see how often Eakins uses them tonight, but if they get off to a good start he'd be wise to give them 8-10 min of ES time.

Martin Marincin continues to play very well. He is poised, smart and usually he has very good positioning. It was only a few months ago that people were ripping Stu MacGregor for his draft picks outside of the top-ten. I've mentioned it many times, but it is worth repeating, you usually wait five years after a draft class to accurately evaluate picks outside of the first round. If Marincin keeps playing like this, and Pitlick keeps developing, the 2010 class could turn out to be outstanding. We'll see.

QUICK HITS...

  • I asked Smyth his thoughts if MacTavish approached him about a trade. "It is out of my control, because I don't have a no-trade clause, but if he approached me I'd listen. It would be tough, because I love playing in Edmonton, but..," said Smyth.

    In the past few weeks I've exchanged texts with a few GMs and scouts and asked their thoughts on Smyth.  "He could add some depth in your bottom six. He can kill penalties and he is still good in front of the net on the PP. I think he's better when you monitor his icetime," said one scout.
     
  • Smyth should benefit nicely from the Olympic break. He'll have a chance to rest, and I believe a few teams will inquire about him. Last year many scoffed when the Blackhawks picked up Michal Handzus at the deadline, but he ended up playing top-six minutes for them in the playoffs and was a valuable asset during the Cup run.

    I don't see Smyth playing top-six minutes, but teams love experience and guys who know how to compete every night. Smyth does that, and I could see him being moved before the deadline likely for a mid-round pick. 
     
  • A player people need to go watch and potential free agents....Read here.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers struggles in back-to-back games continue with a 4-2 loss.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Eberle continues his recent hot streak and scores on the PP.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Early in the second period Bieksa fires a shot from the point and it deflects off a stick into Zack Kassian's grill. He is bloodied and as he skates back to the Canucks bench, Sam Gagner stands up on the Oilers bench, stares at Kassian but says nothing and sits down. David Perron leans over to talk with him, and you can see Gagner say, "Karma."

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#101 Dave
January 27 2014, 06:41PM
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Sure let us not go with the hot hand or at least warm hand.

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#102 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 08:55PM
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Perron's a beaut.

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#103 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 10:04PM
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Smytty tricked Joensuu into thinking this was a pre-season game.

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#104 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 10:04PM
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Go Oil!

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#105 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 10:34PM
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Jones saves a goal.

Why did it take so long to blow the whistle there?!?!?!?

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#106 K_Mart
January 27 2014, 11:01PM
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Jones with the game saver in the third. Jones is such a beauty. Love that guy.

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#107 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 27 2014, 11:18PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Am I imagining things or is that 2 pretty good games in a row for J Schulz?

Thank God....and I mean Thank God. I was extremely worried that he was going to be a bust. He had regressed so much in those first 40 games. I have renewed hope because he has looked a lot more like I expected/hoped he would at this stage of his career. He's still not physical but that's OK...he's playing better positional hockey, jumping into the play more, creating some offense, and getting a few shots through.....and he's not getting pushed around as much as he used to.

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#108 dougtheslug
January 27 2014, 11:38PM
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A-Mc wrote:

"Cause we got.. hope on our side. And hope can never die! Spell it: Hall Omark Paajarvi Eberle.."

Great song

With apologies to Meatloaf, " Don't feel sad, 'cause two out of four ain't bad"

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#109 bazmagoo
January 27 2014, 11:41PM
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The more I see the more I think MacT pulled some wizardry when trading for Hendricks. Not too many times you can get two players for the price of one. The second player I'm referring to is Jones, loving his play since that trade. Loving that 3rd line since that trade. G'oilers! Forget Ekblad, let's win some games and get some freakin' confidence in the organization.

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#110 Quinn the Eskimo
January 27 2014, 11:41PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

So I wonder what it is? ......a lot of guys have looked a little better lately......J Schultz, Jones, Yak, Marincin,....even Smitty........what's up?

Yeah, well, perhaps we freakin genius fans may not know everything. Let's have some patience and maybe MacT slowly turns this barge around for ol' 6-Rings. For sure the kids are getting harder to beat, and as an Oiler fan marooned in Van, tomorrow is gonna be a fun day at work..

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#111 Quinn the Eskimo
January 27 2014, 11:48PM
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@Rick Stroppel

"PS: Strange how few people are posting tonight. It is as if those of us who are totally down on the team (myself included) do not know what to say when the team wins. BIG PROPS to the Oilers for two solid games in a row!"

Maybe we've just become an Oilersnation of bitching and moaning. I see progress. Not playoffs, but progress. I'm still on the wagon.

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#112 Oilcruzer
January 27 2014, 11:55PM
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Quinn the Eskimo wrote:

"PS: Strange how few people are posting tonight. It is as if those of us who are totally down on the team (myself included) do not know what to say when the team wins. BIG PROPS to the Oilers for two solid games in a row!"

Maybe we've just become an Oilersnation of bitching and moaning. I see progress. Not playoffs, but progress. I'm still on the wagon.

Yes, also a school night /exam week for the kiddies.

Twitter is better for real time posts during the game.

Weird game... The Oil buried their chances, Canucks didn't but received two gifts.

Much stronger now though. Marincin made some solid plays.

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#113 Grant Fuhr
January 28 2014, 12:35AM
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2 game win streak and my services are no longer needed. Oh well , I'm off to play 36.

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#114 Romanus
January 28 2014, 12:59AM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Obviously, it wasn't an option.......but don't you find it interesting that those who responded chose Nurse over Monahan by a margin of 6 to 1?

Yes. A big nasty d-man is what we need.

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#115 oilersd
January 28 2014, 08:45AM
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I really like the way Perron talks about playing the game the right way. The way he talks about looking the opponent in the eye is exactly this team needs to hear. And the idea that even though they are not a playoff team there is a right way to play the game and that it is the only way to gain ground on the ones that are. This dude is a keeper. He's gritty and skilled and walls with some of that swagger you need to really be a champ. Perrons mouth and yaks elbows are gonna go a long way to making this team harder to play against.

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#116 Oiler Al
January 28 2014, 10:02AM
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Even though with limited talent from these guys, the third and fourth lines have inspired this team to play spirited and .. we cant quit hockey ....in the last couple of games. The results are self evident. Keep that second line together , they are pushing the first line.

If he continues to trend upward, cant wait to see what Marcinin will look like two years from now. Reminds me of a young Larry Robinson.

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#117 pkam
January 28 2014, 10:44AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Even though with limited talent from these guys, the third and fourth lines have inspired this team to play spirited and .. we cant quit hockey ....in the last couple of games. The results are self evident. Keep that second line together , they are pushing the first line.

If he continues to trend upward, cant wait to see what Marcinin will look like two years from now. Reminds me of a young Larry Robinson.

Just a couple of weeks ago, fans here still complained that MacT didn't pull the trigger for Schneider.

Just think about what we will give up for Schneider, our 1st rounder, 2nd rounder and Marincin. So our 7th overall got us Nurse. Our 2nd rounder almost landed us Fucale, but at the end got us two 3rd round picks in Yakimov and Slepyshev, and three 4th round picks, a total of 5 mid-range picks.

If you have a chance to do it again, will you still trade Nurse, Marincin, Yakimov, Slepyshev and 3 3rd round picks for Schneider?

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#118 pkam
January 28 2014, 10:54AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Gardiner is pretty much a carbon copy of Justin Schultz. Remember they were linemates in college.

Gardiner might be a tad better defensively but not much.

I know he has his short comings, but I would trade Sam for Kadri, if you are talking Toronto. Better Kadri then some 2 rounder.

What is in Kadri that is missing from Gagner? Looks to me very similar players except Gagner is more mature.

So we trade a more finished product for another project?

If we keep doing trade this way, we will never be a cup contender.

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#119 Dave
January 28 2014, 11:03AM
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I will admit that Bryzgalov played a better game than I had anticipated and Sam Gagner made a nice play that resulted in a goal.

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#120 Oiler Al
January 28 2014, 12:12PM
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pkam wrote:

What is in Kadri that is missing from Gagner? Looks to me very similar players except Gagner is more mature.

So we trade a more finished product for another project?

If we keep doing trade this way, we will never be a cup contender.

Both players have had there moments and not always good. Thinking more of change of scenery might do both players some good.

Iam not one of the anti-Gargner fans, but Kadri plays a more rugged game, which was suit the Pacific Conf better. Numbers are not that far apart, although Kadri stg % is 13.5 vs Gagners 7%. They are both minu players K-10 and G018.

Cap wise its $2.9 million vs Gagners $4.8.

No likely Leafs would want take on diff of $2million bucks though.

This is more of a Swap than a Bold move.

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#121 Thumby
January 28 2014, 01:10PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

So I wonder what it is? ......a lot of guys have looked a little better lately......J Schultz, Jones, Yak, Marincin,....even Smitty........what's up?

Did Ference play the last couple games?

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#122 Ed in Edmonton
January 27 2014, 03:15PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

We also need to find out if Scrivens can be a #1 or not. We already know he can give you a good game, we knew that before the trade. Now we need to know if he can handle the workload.

It would be a BOLD move to stake next year on Scrivens regardless of how ell he plays on the last 30.

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#123 Brock Whitten
January 27 2014, 03:35PM
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Mason Storm wrote:

Bryz has been consistently awful. He's not even worth giving starts anymore unless they are delibarately tanking. It's obvious he has nothing left and needs a stellar d in front of him.

I wouldn't give up on Bryz that quickly. Keep in mind he hadn't played all season prior to signing with the Oilers. and before stating that he needs stellar D we should probably see him with NHL caliber D.

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#124 Tikkanese
January 27 2014, 03:43PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

I don't know how much we will learn about Scrivens over the next 30 games, I can't believe that I am agreeing on "You know nothing, you have never played in the NHL" Kypreos, but he suggested that playing 30 pressure free games doesn't really say much as to if he is the guy who can handle a 50 game workload with playoff making pressure. Even if he does play like a god, who knows if he will even sign here, though I don't think he is good enough to be that picky if he is looking for a Number One job. I think he is suited to a 1A role at best, but we will see.

Looking at Capgeek, it's a buyers market for Goalies this summer, so hopefully the Oil can find a decent 1-2 punch.

No, it won't be the end all be all answer if he plays most of the rest of the way. That is not what I meant. But we don't even know if Scrivens is a 1B yet. All he's proven is he's a decent backup. He hasn't even proven he can push the #1 yet, i.e. making him a 1B, let alone him being a 1A. Playing him in back to backs as well as most of the rest of the way will help answer those questions.

That way they may not have to give a Hiller or Halak 8 million per(might be what it takes to get a legit starter here). Then however it plays out with Scrivens as being a 1A or 1B, they can sign the 1A for 4 mill per and whoever the 1B is for less. That's if Scrivens proves himself to be at least a 1B and if the Oilers want to go with a 1A/1B combo instead of a legit starter/barely plays backup combo. Since the Oilers traded for Scrivens, it appears they want to take the 1A/1B route to me.

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#125 Mason Storm
January 27 2014, 03:49PM
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Brock Whitten wrote:

Ok, lets take a look at Bryzgalov's record the last few seasons...

(2011-12) 19-17-13 (lockout year) (2011-12) 33-6-7 (2010-11) 36-20-10 (2009-10) 42-20-6

Looks pretty stellar to me. Not saying Bryzgalov is our #1 but it might be worth giving him an opportunity to get his game back if the price is reasonable before counting him out.

Two seasons behind a stingy Phoenix d and then two seasons behind a leaky philly d. Two season of above average save percentage and two below. If he has a good team in front of him he's good. The Oilers are not even near good.

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#126 mlselli
January 27 2014, 04:00PM
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The only thing I want to see tonight is Kassian getting his bell rung. I don't care who does it, but somebody needs to knock that a55hole. OMG, to have that happen in his own barn would be epic. Go Oilers!!!

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#127 gus1000
January 27 2014, 04:23PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

If I see Bryz throw up his hands again when a goal goes in after a defensive error, I think I'm going to lose it.

Wonder how he would react if his defensemen threw up their hands when he let in a bad goal? Bad Bryz!

Tough to blame a guy for trying to play his position only to get strung out every night. Unfortunately the numbers that Bryz has to stand by, save %, GAA and wins and losses are contributed to by the poor team play in front of him. And if anyone thinks there isn't a collective shrug on the bench from his teammates when he lets in a poor goal, I have ocean front property in Saskatchewan to sell you. He has 20 sets of burning eyes on him when that happens.

Bryz was outstanding in Winnipeg, and Petry blew that game up for him, but the numbers show a loss and 3 goals against. Even Phoenix, where a couple of tipped / screened shots weren't on him, he still gets the blame. I think only one was a whiff he should have had, and he held the fort the rest of the way.

Let's face it, Edmonton is where goalies come to die, or lose money on their next contract.

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#128 Bloodsweatandoil
January 27 2014, 04:32PM
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Given the current track record of the Oilers, the odds are against them tonight for a win.

If they lose, I just do not want it to be a flat loss, so to speak. If they are pushing the Canucks around, giving a good fight and standing up for themselves; that type of loss I can swallow easier than the majority of the losses this year that have been quite the opposite.

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#129 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 04:36PM
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Ive been going back and forth with JWillis on twitter about this goalie Back to back thing.

His position is that the stats show that when the same goalie plays in game 2 of a Back to back, their sv % decreases by atleast 0.010 (ie: .920 down to .910). He's looking at numbers and making a goalie conclusion.

My position is that those numbers aren't totally owned by the Goalie. None of the Math involved in calculating that 0.010 sv% drop has anything to do with how good or how poorly the team infront of him is playing. In a vacuum, yes the goalie would be 100% responsible, but IMO the game of hockey has far too many elements involved to simply peg a lower sv % on the goalie.

In the end, the %'s are so slim that i would still play Scrivens (if he feels good) as reward for playing so well last night. If you play well, you're in - this would be my governing rule.

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#130 gravis_82
January 27 2014, 04:37PM
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Not going with the same goalie on back to back nights is something that the majority of NHL coaches do, regardless of reasons. Normally this wouldn't even been a talking point even if the backup is horrible. Back to back games is essentially why you have a back-up goalie in the first place. If Eakins hadn't mentioned that he was listening to analytics's guys when choosing Brys to start, I doubt you would have even mentioned it. This is a story 3 years from now when Eakins has shown he does this every time, then you can start comparing 'analytics' vs. 'gut feeling'. Assessing and/or judging either method basd simply on this game (which is how your article came across to me) is meaningless and un-insightful.

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#131 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 04:39PM
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What web sites are people using for hockey stats for things like Sv %'s in game 1 vs game 2?

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#132 BIGDAWG
January 27 2014, 04:43PM
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mlselli wrote:

The only thing I want to see tonight is Kassian getting his bell rung. I don't care who does it, but somebody needs to knock that a55hole. OMG, to have that happen in his own barn would be epic. Go Oilers!!!

Shoulda been done 3 games ago... As much as i agree with you.. i seriously doubt anything will happen.. the "fight" just isnt in this... "team".. which i dont think it is right now..

trust me, that was heart breaking to write

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#133 @Oilanderp
January 27 2014, 10:50PM
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SUCK IT CANUCKS!

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#134 Dan
January 27 2014, 10:58PM
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Best game this season. Every guy was playing hard and standing up for themselves. Vancouver could only manage two fluke goals. Nice to see kassian give up the puck to give perron his hat trick and Finish the nucks. Sweet stuff. It's too bad it took a whole season for Eakins to learn how to coach in the NHL.

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#135 dougtheslug
January 27 2014, 11:06PM
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Am I imagining things or is that 2 pretty good games in a row for J Schulz?

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#136 oilersd
January 27 2014, 11:10PM
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Nice hard fought win. Canucks came hard in the second half but the oil played pretty decent I their own end. Yak was feisty. Lil dirty but I like that. Good battle level again tonight. They stood their ground to a man. Fun game to watch.

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#137 BingBong
January 27 2014, 11:15PM
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Not necessarily pretty at times, but a nice win nonetheless.

Things that stood out: Bryz made 2 big saves with the game on the line (Higgins break and cross-ice late) - we haven't gotten those saves all year.

Schultz (and Petry) looked good again,like last night. They both look confident, usually making the smart play. They're giving me hope.

I thought Yak played great, as did Gagner. Just typing that felt weird.

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#138 TCG
January 27 2014, 11:22PM
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Happened to be at the game tonite. I thought that the Oilers played with composure until the final 5 minutes of the third. In fact the 'Nucks only had 1 shot in the first 10 mins of that third frame.

First live game of the year and a couple of things I noted: Marincin and Petry looked good (especially Marincin's gaps and stick to puck)....and so did jultz....belov definitely has some footspeed issues. Was NOT Potter's night unfortunately....but what a game by the line of Gags, Yak, and Perron. I told my wife before the game started that they were the suspect line for poor defense...but tonite they took it to the Canucks...hatty for Perron!!

Wasn't expecting a win so I gotta say: GO OILERS!!!!

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#139 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 27 2014, 11:24PM
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Quinn the Eskimo wrote:

Oh, and screw you, Zack Assian. How does Perron's a$$ smell?

Putting aside the goals he scores.....I love Perron because he sticks up for his team mates, he goes into the dirty areas, he rallies the team verbally, he shows encouragement to guys like Yak when the others don't seem to do so. He seems like one hell of a team mate and a team player. I know it won't happen but this guy should be given some consideration for Captain. At least an A.

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#140 dougtheslug
January 27 2014, 11:26PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Thank God....and I mean Thank God. I was extremely worried that he was going to be a bust. He had regressed so much in those first 40 games. I have renewed hope because he has looked a lot more like I expected/hoped he would at this stage of his career. He's still not physical but that's OK...he's playing better positional hockey, jumping into the play more, creating some offense, and getting a few shots through.....and he's not getting pushed around as much as he used to.

I kept waiting for him to lose body position behind the net like he has been doing - and he kept surprising me by ending up on the right side of the puck. You are right - not physical, but smart. OK its just a couple of games, but I am feeling a strange feeling after tonight.

Is it Hope?

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#141 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 11:32PM
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TCG wrote:

Happened to be at the game tonite. I thought that the Oilers played with composure until the final 5 minutes of the third. In fact the 'Nucks only had 1 shot in the first 10 mins of that third frame.

First live game of the year and a couple of things I noted: Marincin and Petry looked good (especially Marincin's gaps and stick to puck)....and so did jultz....belov definitely has some footspeed issues. Was NOT Potter's night unfortunately....but what a game by the line of Gags, Yak, and Perron. I told my wife before the game started that they were the suspect line for poor defense...but tonite they took it to the Canucks...hatty for Perron!!

Wasn't expecting a win so I gotta say: GO OILERS!!!!

Screw Draft position, if I had to pick one of Perron Gagner or Yak, so far I pick Perron 10 times out of 10. I cannot believe MacT snagged him for magnus. It's not even close, this is a huge win for MacT.

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#142 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 27 2014, 11:33PM
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So I wonder what it is? ......a lot of guys have looked a little better lately......J Schultz, Jones, Yak, Marincin,....even Smitty........what's up?

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#143 Lawndemon
January 27 2014, 11:35PM
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You can all thank me for that win. My son and I were at the game in our finest Oilers attire sitting in direct line with the camera. The plan was to put on the sad face paper bags we brought along once the game was out of hand. Of course they show up and win. Seriously, what were the odds of that? We would have been total humps if we had bagged up so the whole plan went to waste.

I suspect they lose the rest of the games this year just to further thwart me.

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#144 A-Mc
January 27 2014, 11:39PM
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#145 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
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Perron made a comment saying that Yak is a great guy to play with "when he's moving his feet". It is so true! When Yak is moving his feet good things happen and it looks like he may be realizing this.

I hope Eakins keeps Perron and Yak together.

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#146 gus1000
January 27 2014, 11:42PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Screw Draft position, if I had to pick one of Perron Gagner or Yak, so far I pick Perron 10 times out of 10. I cannot believe MacT snagged him for magnus. It's not even close, this is a huge win for MacT.

To clarify though, St. Louis had a cap situation, and along with Magnus was our 2nd, which with the way the season is, its a very late 1st.

The good news is Perron is cheap for a few more seasons, he seems to like Edmonton, and the draft they say is weaker this year, whatever that really means.

I think MacT won that trade by a country mile. I would love more of our prospects bundled with picks to get real NHL ready players.

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January 27 2014, 11:50PM
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Quinn the Eskimo wrote:

"PS: Strange how few people are posting tonight. It is as if those of us who are totally down on the team (myself included) do not know what to say when the team wins. BIG PROPS to the Oilers for two solid games in a row!"

Maybe we've just become an Oilersnation of bitching and moaning. I see progress. Not playoffs, but progress. I'm still on the wagon.

Can't remember the last time the Oilers won back to back games in regulation. Winning is good, losing is bad. No matter what player you get at the end of losing, losing is bad.

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#148 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
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The more I see the more I think MacT pulled some wizardry when trading for Hendricks. Not too many times you can get two players for the price of one. The second player I'm referring to is Jones, loving his play since that trade. Loving that 3rd line since that trade. G'oilers! Forget Ekblad, let's win some games and get some freakin' confidence in the organization.

I still believe the team needs 7 or 8 significant changes. But I'm worn out from protesting and I'm ready to start cheering/hoping again....I really want next year to be better and in order for that to happen things would have to start turning for the better now. So I'm hoping that these two wins are a small turning point and that the team can maybe play .500 hockey after the Olympic break. Even if that happened we'd still probably be a lottery team and have a shot at Ekblad.

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#149 Quinn the Eskimo
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Can't remember the last time the Oilers won back to back games in regulation. Winning is good, losing is bad. No matter what player you get at the end of losing, losing is bad.

No argument. Losing blows and we all get frustrated. But our own kids fail all the time while they learn. We don't hate them, we have patience and they get better. Now, if only my kids were earning $5 million while they were failing/learning...

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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

PS: Strange how few people are posting tonight. It is as if those of us who are totally down on the team (myself included) do not know what to say when the team wins. BIG PROPS to the Oilers for two solid games in a row!

Stunned silence, I guess. I for one feel like we've been down so long we have to reach up to touch bottom. So I'm not going to let a little fact like this is only Oilers second win this season against a Western Conference playoff team stop me from an outburst of irrational and totally unwarranted optimism.

I just have this mental picture after tonight - two escalators - Oilers on the Up Escalator, and Canucks on the Down Escalator. And tonight, I can just see them starting to cross paths.

Yeah, it's late, I've had too much root beer, and I'm nuts. But I can still hope.

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