DUCK HUNTING

Jason Gregor
January 03 2014 01:24PM

After a 5-1 attack by the Sharks last night, things don't get any easier for the Oilers tonight when they will try to hand the Ducks their first home regulation loss of the season. The Ducks are 15-0-2 at home, and have outscored their opponents 65-31. The Ducks have allowed three goals twice and four goals once in 17 games, so don't expect much offence from the Oilers tonight.

The harsh reality is that the Oilers are severely overmatched heading into tonight's match. While they try not to think about that, I'm sure it is impossible not to have those thoughts creep into their head. If the Ducks score early, things could get ugly.

LINEU...updated

Hall-RNH-Perron
Yakupov-Gagner-??
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Joensuu-???-Gazdic

Ference-J.Schultz
Marincin-Petry
Hunt-N.Schultz

Bryzgalov

Eberle has a knee injury and won't play.  It sounds like Jones and Arcobello will return, so we won't know the exact lines until later. If it is me I put Hemsky with Yakupov and Gagner. Yakupov has more success playing with Hemsky than he does any other forward.

The Oilers have recalled D-man Brad Hunt from OKC, and he'll be a game time decision. Maybe an Oiler D-man is banged up, or maybe they want to put someone in the pressbox. Martin Marincin has played well enough to stay in the lineup, and it would be odd to take him out and insert 5'9" Hunt against the Ducks.

Quick scouting report on Hunt... "Smart player. Moves the puck well and fires it hard. Not overly fast, but makes up for it with hockey sense."

Why was Hunt recalled and not Klefbom some wonder? Fair question, but it happened because Hunt is playing better right now, and partially because it is best to keep Klefbom away from a losing environment. Klefbom is also still dealing with an injury, but even prior to that he was only playing okay according to coaching reports.

Either way, the Oilers need a strong effort from all 18 skaters if they have a hope of being competitive tonight.

QUICK HITS

  • Oilers are so far away from the elite teams in the league it is scary. It illustrates just how far they have to go. I don't see a quick fix over the summer.
     
  • I might be in minority, but I think J.Schultz has improved his defensive game a lot the past two weeks. He's making smarter decisions with and without the puck. He's only played 83 NHL games, so he likely needs at least another 100 before he's really solid, but he's been one of the few positives recently.

TONIGHT...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Many will ask who is that? It is Nina Agnal, and with -30 weather coming to Edmonton and a likely 4-1 loss to the Ducks tonight, I felt Oilers fans needed a small "pick me up."

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oiler fans will watch, and some will be infuriated when the Oilers make a bad play. I love the passion and the fact fans still have hope that things will change. God love you.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The entire comment section will be full of positive posts. They will only focus on the good plays in hopes that that will change the fortunes of the Oilers. Pointing out every bad play hasn't helped the Oilers, so posters elect to channel their inner "George Costanza" and write the opposite of their first thoughts.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#151 Duby and the dubious
January 03 2014, 08:55PM
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Oilers site shows game on sportnetW? Instead I have to watch Shames get litt up by TB. Is webmaster mailing it in now too? Probably doing me favor

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#152 bbbb
January 03 2014, 08:59PM
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Duby and the dubious wrote:

Oilers site shows game on sportnetW? Instead I have to watch Shames get litt up by TB. Is webmaster mailing it in now too? Probably doing me favor

dude channel 302....get with the program

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#153 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 09:01PM
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Hey look the oiler games on..... On second thought, I always wondered how many noodles come in a package of Lipton noodle soup. I'm sure I'd be happier spending my time counting noodles then watching this game

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#154 **
January 03 2014, 09:02PM
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dude channel 302....get with the program

909 if u have telus

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#155 vetinari
January 03 2014, 09:02PM
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Missed the first period and just stopped by to check in-- have we given up yet and started mailing it in or are we still fighting?

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#156 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 03 2014, 09:03PM
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Looks like Lovejoy is in love with the Oilers these days......

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#157 cubsfan
January 03 2014, 09:03PM
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I notice Hall and RNH both -3 and Reverend Lovejoy is +2......out top line is getting schooled by their 4th......

still watching Orange bowl.....but like any train wreck i'll peak over at the Oilers game now and then

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#158 **
January 03 2014, 09:04PM
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well at least it's an entertaining game, about as much as one can hope for with these toilets.

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#159 Rick Stroppel
January 03 2014, 09:09PM
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He didn't apologized for what he did to the organization.

What will you do if you are the boss and one of your employees embarrasses you and your company in the public, then he asks to wipe the slate clean without even an apology?

What will you do? This is what you will do. You will recognize that you have a very valuable asset (at that time) in Sheldon Souray. Big, experienced defenceman are coveted by SMART organizations. So you figure out a way to get him back into your lineup OR you trade him to another NHL team and get a valuable piece in return.

Instead, the Oilers buried him in the minors for a couple of years. They showed him! They showed us...that they are bush league! Ranks right up there with the brilliant move to trade Comrie...if he paid his bonus back.

And speaking of apologies, gotta love Lowe's "apology" after the "six rings" speech. He apologized...like Rob Ford and Todd Bertuzzi apologized. He apologized with a big smirk on his face. He apologized like he was talking about something his grandfather did.

Face it. There is no way to rationalize most of the moves of this confederacy of dunces.

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#160 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 03 2014, 09:11PM
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@Rick Stroppel

Sign me up for Oilers Dunce school!

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#161 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 03 2014, 09:12PM
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@**

Every time the Ducks score a million toilets in Edmonton are flushing the season down the drain.......

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#162 Low
January 03 2014, 09:15PM
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Hey Jason

Is Nina your sister in law???

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#163 sizedoesmatter
January 03 2014, 09:32PM
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Gagner can't just stand still and expect to be a factor

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#164 sizedoesmatter
January 03 2014, 09:35PM
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Negative factor

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#165 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 09:37PM
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If things play out like they SHOULD, McTavish right about now will be opening his Skype account and getting ready to speed dial Eakins number!!!

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#166 Nowuknow
January 03 2014, 09:37PM
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Coilers are under siege here on the second. Boys vs men, it looks like ducks are on power play for the whole period...ducks just scored... Guess who was on D number 2 again!!!

I know about losing if is there any concern!!

6 rings

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#167 Quintana
January 03 2014, 09:39PM
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So is Jersey Ice Night on the Rexall with the Tampa Bay coming to town?

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#168 Duby and the Dubious
January 03 2014, 09:43PM
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Stuck in camp don't have those have those channels but thanks for info. Shames feed went the Soilers just in time to catch the 4th goal. Jason your sister was in my nine drama class.

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#169 EP
January 03 2014, 09:43PM
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That's it. I'm switching over to ch. 431 (telus) to watch '40yr old Virgin.' The chest waxing scene will be less painful to watch than this gong show.

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#170 BingBong
January 03 2014, 09:46PM
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Man, I'm never giving up on the Oilers, but for the first time ever I've reached the point where I just can't watch the games anymore. That’s saying something considering how bad we've been for the last 8 years. I just feel too guilty watching the games; I know my time could/should be better spent.

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#171 Hockey fan 1976
January 03 2014, 09:49PM
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So for the second game Hall/Nuge and Petry are sucking goat, do one of them get the press box against Tampa? Nope, it will be Yuk because he should have not celebrated the way he did on his goal. Fire Eakins and take KBlow with you!!!

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#172 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 09:55PM
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That's nice Principe, get your picture taken with an accused rapist!! More Edmonton star struck media. No wonder the tough questions don't get asked.

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#173 Rob F
January 03 2014, 09:56PM
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Man, I'm never giving up on the Oilers, but for the first time ever I've reached the point where I just can't watch the games anymore. That’s saying something considering how bad we've been for the last 8 years. I just feel too guilty watching the games; I know my time could/should be better spent.

Both bowl games going back and forth Change Channels

Both down to the wire. Much more entertainment.

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#174 S cottV
January 03 2014, 10:05PM
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Just continue to be awful in their own end. RNH unforced giveaway on the first, Hall's failure to pick up the d man trailer on the 2nd and 3rd and Gagner floating around without doing anything deliberate on the 4th.

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#175 Walter Sobchak
January 03 2014, 10:10PM
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Boy, it sure would be nice to have a player like Cogliano............Too soon?

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#176 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 10:10PM
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Petry needs to go away...far far away...

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#177 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 03 2014, 10:12PM
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@dobiezeke

Siberia maybe......?

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#178 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 10:15PM
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Oh look...Eakins is talking to the players on the timeout!

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#179 Zamboni Driver
January 03 2014, 10:15PM
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Oh good god. Goalie pulled with six mins left. This guy is clueless.

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#180 Zamboni Driver
January 03 2014, 10:16PM
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Hey Dallas what happens when the penalties end genius?!

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#181 Rod from Viking
January 03 2014, 10:17PM
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What an awesome power-play, one shot on a 6 on 3.

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#182 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 03 2014, 10:18PM
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6 on 3 and no shots on goal to show for it?

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#183 dobiezeke
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Robert (AKA Hockey Fan) wrote:

Siberia maybe......?

If he takes Belov and Yak then I support that move.

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#184 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 10:18PM
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Ok, its time to stop dumping on this team. It's been enough already. It's time we as a fan base start sending positive vibes and building on the positives! for example.... The oilers jerseys looked clean and well washed tonight. whats the secret? Tide cold water? do the jerseys get ironed?

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#185 kale
January 03 2014, 10:19PM
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I cant believe yakupov wasnt out on the six on three but snowpants was

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#186 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 10:20PM
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S cottV wrote:

Just continue to be awful in their own end. RNH unforced giveaway on the first, Hall's failure to pick up the d man trailer on the 2nd and 3rd and Gagner floating around without doing anything deliberate on the 4th.

That is becoming Hall's signature move...he is clueless when it comes to picking up the trailer coming back to his end. But hey, he really skates fast up the boards.

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#187 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 10:22PM
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Eakins actually think this team has the ability to come back from 3 down with an empty net and 6 minutes left? No wonder this guy SHOULD be fired! He's clueless.

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#188 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 10:23PM
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Ok, its time to stop dumping on this team. It's been enough already. It's time we as a fan base start sending positive vibes and building on the positives! for example.... The oilers jerseys looked clean and well washed tonight. whats the secret? Tide cold water? do the jerseys get ironed?

Problem with the jerseys is that none of them are extra large. Too many smalls...

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#189 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 10:27PM
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Does anyone in the league abuse the goalie crest the way Ryan Smith does...

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#190 kgo
January 03 2014, 10:27PM
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Rogers TV offering Rexall brand flu shots.......

Doesn't feel legit.

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#191 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 10:28PM
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Ok, its time to stop dumping on this team. It's been enough already. It's time we as a fan base start sending positive vibes and building on the positives! for example.... The oilers jerseys looked clean and well washed tonight. whats the secret? Tide cold water? do the jerseys get ironed?

good job equipment staff! way to wash those jerseys tonight!! lets build on this guys, OilerPositives!!! the tape the guys are using seems to be sticking on their sticks !! good job hockey tape manufacturers

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#192 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 10:28PM
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Good bye Eakins!!!

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#193 Rod from Viking
January 03 2014, 10:28PM
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Nice howitzer Ryan Smyth on the 3 on 2 rush, you scored once in 1997 on Andy Moog from there.

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#194 Serious Gord
January 03 2014, 10:30PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Ok, its time to stop dumping on this team. It's been enough already. It's time we as a fan base start sending positive vibes and building on the positives! for example.... The oilers jerseys looked clean and well washed tonight. whats the secret? Tide cold water? do the jerseys get ironed?

They don't need to be cleaned between games - they are sweat-free.

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#195 Anton
January 03 2014, 10:31PM
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good job equipment staff! way to wash those jerseys tonight!! lets build on this guys, OilerPositives!!! the tape the guys are using seems to be sticking on their sticks !! good job hockey tape manufacturers

Too bad the pucks weren't sticking to the sticks for Oilers.

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#196 RexHolez
January 03 2014, 10:32PM
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good job equipment staff! way to wash those jerseys tonight!! lets build on this guys, OilerPositives!!! the tape the guys are using seems to be sticking on their sticks !! good job hockey tape manufacturers

Who stitched the numbers on the back of jerseys?? I havnt seen a single number fall off the jersey of any player this year!! good job number stitchers!!

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#197 Duby and the Dubious
January 03 2014, 10:32PM
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I'm glad Dman #2 has own signature 3rd period pass to send an opponent on a breakaway. The Petry Dish.

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#198 dobiezeke
January 03 2014, 10:32PM
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Ok, its time to stop dumping on this team. It's been enough already. It's time we as a fan base start sending positive vibes and building on the positives! for example.... The oilers jerseys looked clean and well washed tonight. whats the secret? Tide cold water? do the jerseys get ironed?

Problem with the jerseys is that none of them are extra large. Too many smalls...

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#199 outdoorzguy
January 03 2014, 10:33PM
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good job equipment staff! way to wash those jerseys tonight!! lets build on this guys, OilerPositives!!! the tape the guys are using seems to be sticking on their sticks !! good job hockey tape manufacturers

Too bad the passes don't hit that nice tape on the sticks.

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#200 Drowning in Oil
January 03 2014, 10:33PM
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I am so sick of this crap. Our advanced stats show we are a playoff team and yet here we sit in last place... Oh sorry 29th place. Again we outplay another team and again we lose........... I hope you can tell I'm laughing. I know Mac T is really into his advanced stats..... News Bulletin!! Mac T, you ain't Billy Bean.

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