GDB 46.0: BLUES ON A HIGH NOTE...

Jason Gregor
January 07 2014 01:02PM

Ken Hitchcock's St. Louis Blues come to town on a five-game winning streak, and they are the 2nd highest scoring team in the NHL. That's right, the Blues are no longer just a great defensive team; they are a scoring machine.

The Blues have scored 150 goals and they are averaging 3.56 goals/game. Only five teams in the NHL score 3 goals/game: Chicago is at 3.62, the Blues 3.56, Anaheim 3.27, Pittsburgh 3.16 and San Jose is at 3.14.

The Oilers are in the midst of playing those five teams in a span of six games. Ouch.

The lost 5-1 and 5-2 to the Sharks and Ducks last week, and they face the Blues tonight, Pittsburgh on Friday and Chicago on Sunday.  When you are the 29th place team, every game is a challenge, but you can make the argument that the Blues are currently the best team in the NHL.

Not only are the Blues the 2nd highest scoring team, they are the 3rd best defensive team in the league allowing only 2.27 goals/game.

The Blues are a league-best +55 in goals for/against.

The Oilers are currently -39 in goals for/against, only Buffalo is worse at -44.

On paper this is a major mismatch, and when they met on December 21st the game on the ice mirrored the stats. The Blues crushed the Oilers 6-0, and outshot them 28-9 in the final 40 minutes.

The Blues don't need many shots to score. They are 18th in SF/game at 29.1, yet they are 2nd in the league in goals.

Some statisiticians will argue that the Blues can't keep scoring at this pace.

Backes has a 21.3 SH%.
Steen is at 20.5%.
Schwartz is at 17.9%
Stewart is 16.9%
Tarasenko is at 15.7% and even 4th liner Ryan Reaves is at 20%.

Boyd Gordon leads the Oiler at 17.1%, while David Perron is at 13.5%.

The Blues are getting some puck luck, but they also score a lot of goals from in close. The Oilers blueline will be in for a huge challenge, literally and figuratively, tonight.

Look at the size difference between the Blues forwards and the Oilers defence.

 

Blues Forwards    
Chris Stewart    6' 2"  231
Ryan Reaves    6' 1"  224
David Backes "C"   6' 3"  221
Vladimir Tarasenko    6' 0"  219
Patrik Berglund    6' 3"  217
Maxim Lapierre    6' 2"  215
Adam Cracknell    6' 2"  210
Magnus Paajarvi    6' 3"  208
Brenden Morrow    6' 0"  205
Vladimir Sobotka    5' 10"  197
Jaden Schwartz    5' 10"  190
T.J. Oshie "A"   5' 11"  189
Derek Roy    5' 9"  184
     
Oilers D    
Nick Schultz    6' 1"  203
Jeff Petry    6' 3"  195
Brad Hunt    5' 9"  188
Martin Marincin    6' 4"  188
Justin Schultz    6' 2"  188
Andrew Ference    5' 11"  187

The Oilers have one D-man over 200 pounds, while the Blues have eight forwards, who will dress tonight, who are 205 pounds or more. That makes a significant difference when you are trying to battle for pucks in the corner or move guys from the front of the net.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Gagner-Yakupov
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Gazdic-Arcobello-Jones

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

Bryzgalov

It is clear that Bryzgalov has become the starter. Eakins said they plan to play him a lot leading up to the Olympic break. What does this mean for the Oilers moving forward?

Both Bryzgalov and Dubnyk are UFAs. Will they re-sign one of them, none or both? No chance both are back and how they play in the final 40 games will decide if one of them returns. It is going to be interesting to see how the goalie position unfolds over the next eight months.

Many have said the Oilers should go after Jonas Hiller in the summer. That makes sense, but why would Anaheim let their proven starter leave for free agency? I know they have depth in goal, but none of Fasth, Andersen or Gibson is a proven NHL starter.

If you were the Ducks, would you let Hiller, who turns 32 in February, walk away for nothing and start the season with three unproven goalies? I don't see why you would. I think the Oilers have a better chance of acquiring Fasth than they would Hiller in the summer.

QUICK HITS....

  • Taylor Hall shouldn't fell bad he didn't make the Canadian Olympic team, when you look at some of the other names who didn't make it.  Marty St. Louis has scored the most points, 271, of any Canadian player since the start of the 2010/2011 season and he didn't make the team. Claude Giroux has scored the third most, 255, and he also was snubbed.

    Based on Canada's decision to keep Nash, all Giroux or Hall need to do is light it up at the World Championships for the next few years and they are a lock to make the team. That is the only explanation why Rick Nash is on the squad.
     
  • Canada has a lot of depth. For fun this is who could be on Canada's B team:

    Goalie: Crawford, Fleury, Ward

    Defence: Beauchemin, Boyle, Campbell, Giordano, Letang, Phaneuf, Seabrook, M. Staal.

    Forwards: Couture, Eberle, Giroux, Hall, E.Kane, Ladd, Lucic, M. Richards, Neal, Seguin, Skinner, St. Louis, E. Staal, Thornton.
  • The Blues have won five straight without their leading scorer. Alex Steen hasn't played since December 21st. 

TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers keep it respectable, but lose 4-2.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall continues his hot streak with another two points. He had 13 points in 9 games entering tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: In their last meeting David Backes challenged every Oiler and none of them did anything about it. Tonight the Oilers will at least show some push back. Ference engages with Backes to show the kids you can't let teams intimidate you even if they are bigger and stronger. Sadly, very few of his teammates will follow his lead.

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#1 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 07 2014, 01:05PM
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GDP: big and skilled beats small and skilled. Blues Win! FIST

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#2 hallsyoilerforever5
January 07 2014, 01:05PM
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Don't see us winning against this strong team. May the hockey gods be on our side! ( I hope)

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#3 gm_armchair
January 07 2014, 01:07PM
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I see the Oilers win tonight..gonna go with 6-4, Hatty from Yakupov and another 2 goal game for Eberle.

Side note - Why can't countries ice more than one hockey team for the Olympics? Your allowed to do it with any other sports there so why not with Hockey? Canada could probably ice 3 very legit teams, go for Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

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#4 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 07 2014, 01:11PM
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Sarcasm Alert. Strange how all the sound defensive teams have not one but three good goalies...all of whom could be starters. The Blues, LA, Anaheim, etc.

The Oilers need to fix their TEAM DEFENSE before any of these other goalies are going to look good in Edmonton! End of story.

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#5 pkam
January 07 2014, 01:15PM
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gm_armchair wrote:

I see the Oilers win tonight..gonna go with 6-4, Hatty from Yakupov and another 2 goal game for Eberle.

Side note - Why can't countries ice more than one hockey team for the Olympics? Your allowed to do it with any other sports there so why not with Hockey? Canada could probably ice 3 very legit teams, go for Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

I see more than one entry allowed for single or double event, but not team event. Can you tell me which team events allow more than one entry per country?

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#6 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 07 2014, 01:17PM
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pkam wrote:

I see more than one entry allowed for single or double event, but not team event. Can you tell me which team events allow more than one entry per country?

4 man bob sled

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#7 Shane
January 07 2014, 01:23PM
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Is there going to be NHL participation in 2018? Or is this the last kick at the can for some of these players?

Ps. How good of a game is Kick the Can? Olympics good??

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#8 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 07 2014, 01:27PM
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Hall definitly shouldnt feel bad about not making the Olympic team. Eakins, Mact, and lowe maybe should but not Hall. Way to give a talented player support guys.

6 rings and counting....

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#9 A-Mc
January 07 2014, 01:31PM
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Good luck tonight Boys, you'll need it!

Oilers lose 4-1

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#10 TayLordBalls
January 07 2014, 01:33PM
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Let's Go Oilers!

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#11 S cottV
January 07 2014, 01:39PM
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Along with our small d men, add in the heights and weights of our d zone supporting centremen, as compared to St Louis forwards.

Easy to see we are not built to compete with the successful teams in the West.

Eakins tries to compensate for the size disparity down low by overly bringing our wingers into that low mix. This gives up too much time and space to the points and all sorts of problems when St Louis moves the puck up top. Oilers get tired with everyone running around their own end and we look like we are killing a penalty at even strength.

Game day prediction - this situation will cost the Oilers one or two GA's tonight.

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#12 vetinari
January 07 2014, 01:50PM
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GDP: Unless they are still massively hungover from New Year's, the Blues phone this one in and still win 5-2.

OGDP: One Oiler will stand out over all the others tonight. It's just one. And we won't know who it is until game time.

NSOGDP: For "fun-zies", the entire Blues team decides to try using "trick shots" only. "Okay, I call ricochet deflection bank shot off Jones then Petry then top shelf."

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#13 Oilerz4life
January 07 2014, 01:58PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Sarcasm Alert. Strange how all the sound defensive teams have not one but three good goalies...all of whom could be starters. The Blues, LA, Anaheim, etc.

The Oilers need to fix their TEAM DEFENSE before any of these other goalies are going to look good in Edmonton! End of story.

Our defence is an embarrassment, but nobody wants to come play in Edmonton. No way Weber is ever going to happen and the defence needs a complete overhaul. If by some miracle the Oilers can trade and upgrade the defence then we lose talent upfront and in a few years when our defensive prospects develop we are bottlenecked on D.

No way are Edmonton fans hearing patience any longer and this roster is a mess. I don't see how MacTavish is going to pull off the bold moves to make this team competitive in our conference. You read the trade rumors but honestly, what can the Oilers do at this point to improve the current situation with our roster?

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#14 The Nuuuuuuuuuuuuge
January 07 2014, 02:03PM
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Oilers lose 5:1. Hall with the goal.

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#15 northof51
January 07 2014, 02:06PM
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We all know the Oil shouldn't win tonight, but I'm sick of them playing tentative against the top teams, like they're trying to lose by less. They need confidence (false or real) and maybe they'll actually play with the Blues.

I'm going to watch tonight's game expecting the Oilers to win. And then I'm gonna be all kinds of pissed off when they lose, cause we're better than 29th place and a 40 PTS% at home, aren't we?

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#16 Chainsawz
January 07 2014, 02:06PM
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Anaheim has Fasth, Andersson, Bobkov, and Gibson all under contract for goaltenders next season.

What kind of term are they willing to give Hiller with that stable of goalies? 3 years, 4 years maybe? Not ideal for a 32 year old goalie.

I think a desperate team like the Oilers could come in with a 5-6 year offer and more money per year than what Anaheim is willing to offer.

If Anaheim wants Hiller back, they have had since July 1st to get something done. It looks to me as if they are prepared to move on from him, possibly trading his negotiating rights prior to free agaency.

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#17 Rick Stroppel
January 07 2014, 02:09PM
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GOALIE SITUATION

Dubnyk is a very nice young man and a "gamer", but I see him as a "tweener". He is not quite good enough to be your starter, too good to be a back-up. Somebody on a phone-in show said he should be a greeter at Walmart. "Capgeek" says he made nine million dollars playing hockey in the NHL the last five years. At that salary, I wish I was a greeter at Walmart.

The Oilers are desperately hoping that Bryzgalov will play well, mostly because they would like to use him as a chip in a trade. I predict that by the end of the year his numbers will be the same or worse than Dubnyk's. And Bryzgalov has a BIG TIME attitude problem. Don't say he's "fiery". This throwing the stick and throwing the arms in the air is strictly pee-wee hockey stuff.

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#18 pkam
January 07 2014, 02:22PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

4 man bob sled

bodsled is an interesting argument but I wonder if it is considered a team event.

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#19 Sisyphus
January 07 2014, 02:24PM
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Chainsawz wrote:

Anaheim has Fasth, Andersson, Bobkov, and Gibson all under contract for goaltenders next season.

What kind of term are they willing to give Hiller with that stable of goalies? 3 years, 4 years maybe? Not ideal for a 32 year old goalie.

I think a desperate team like the Oilers could come in with a 5-6 year offer and more money per year than what Anaheim is willing to offer.

If Anaheim wants Hiller back, they have had since July 1st to get something done. It looks to me as if they are prepared to move on from him, possibly trading his negotiating rights prior to free agaency.

I hate to say, but I still think its quite possible that, especially with players like Hiller (will have more then one suitor), even throwing more $ and term wont be enough to get them to come to the tundra. If I were a Hiller, I'd take a little less money or term, to play for a team with a remote shot in h3ll at competing for a playoff slot in the next couple years.

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#20 They're $hittie
January 07 2014, 02:25PM
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maybe all the st louis players will be drunk from celebrating their Olympic appointments and they chose just to forfeit the game.

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#21 stg
January 07 2014, 02:33PM
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easy oilers win

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#22 Ryan2
January 07 2014, 02:39PM
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Watch the Blues d-men this game in comparison to the Oilers. Count how many times they rim the puck along the boards vs. a direct pass on the tape of the winger to start a break out. Check out their positioning in all three zones, as well as how fast they make decisions and move the puck. Hopefully the Oilers can replicate a similar d-corps in 3 - 5 years time.

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#23 VK63
January 07 2014, 02:51PM
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Not that I blame Backes... as he would have had his face caved in, but in the third period of the last game Gazdic called him out and wanted to dance. After that… Backes shut his mouth.

The guy that always gets compared to Messier is the one that needs to go Backes.. won't happen…. further illustrating how unfair that laughable comparison actually is…. not that it matters.

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#24 bwar
January 07 2014, 02:53PM
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Every time I watch the Blues play I get a little bit closer to becoming a Blues fan. They have an unbelievable group of forwards and one of the best defensive groups in the game. They have hard working veterans mixed with youth that is talented and buying into the team. In my eyes I see them as a team built to win a Stanley Cup.

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#25 Mac962
January 07 2014, 02:58PM
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Backes should have a target on his back[es] tonight for all Oilers. Probably wont win anyway but TIME TO GANG UP just a bit.

Take a few liberties with him, so we get a few penalties. Make a Point.

Where the heck is Macyntyre anyway ? why the heck did we resign him ? Its for games like this. And cut throat Kassian and the suck nucks the team no Canadians East of AB like.

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#26 Ron Burgundy
January 07 2014, 02:59PM
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I think the NSOGDP is in the wrong spot - seems like it should be the OGDP.

I don't know why that babe is sitting in a car with (some of) her hockey gear on, but I'm very curious.

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#27 Johnnydapunk
January 07 2014, 03:02PM
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The whole Bryz/Dubnyk situation is gonna be close. I am still torn about what is best. Dubnyk seems like a really nice person and from what I see, a good team mate as he doesn't seem to ruffle feathers or put people on edge. Shame he just doesn't seem to have it to be a number one in the NHL, maybe in a different scenario he could be alright, a team that is a bit more defence oriented.

With Bryz, I was gung-ho about him initially, but it seems like the not so nice side is slowly creeping out, the stick throwing, arms in the air thing doesn't make friends very well. I don't know what other NHL teams think of him, there seems to be a lot of grumbling about him not being a team player and I don't know how many teams would be willing to take that chance. Bryz could use perhaps someone to coach him in PR as he comes off as a bit prickly and difficult, and he isn't good enough to be a "diva"

Bryz in a way needs the Oil to help him restore his reputation if he wants to stay in the NHL, he needs to show that he isn't the guy that Philly is paying 24 million to not play for them (even if he is) but a good solid number 1 or 1A that just had a bad fit in Philly. Unless he wants to go to the KHL, I would think that there aren't that many teams who are willing to take a risk except the Oil.

As for who the Oil should try to sign, if Bryz has a decent year and keeps his little blow ups to a minimum, I don't think he would be that bad a choice. Other options are Neuvirth who wants to escape Washington, Reimer who also wants to escape seemingly and has a relationship with Eakins, Hiller if he is available and willing, and in my "shock" move, I would go with Bachman as the number 2 as the time he was here, he seemed alright.

Tuohimaa I believe is coming to North America next year, and I think he would be best served going to the AHL for a season to see what he has.

A lot of this also depends on what the Oil do with their defence, if they manage to acquire a solid Dman or two, then the goaltending issue will be less of a big deal. Either way, It's gonna be a battle between Bryz and Dubnyk and right now Bryz is the Number one despite no one with the Oil really saying it.

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#28 Mac962
January 07 2014, 03:03PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Backes should have a target on his back[es] tonight for all Oilers. Probably wont win anyway but TIME TO GANG UP just a bit.

Take a few liberties with him, so we get a few penalties. Make a Point.

Where the heck is Macyntyre anyway ? why the heck did we resign him ? Its for games like this. And cut throat Kassian and the suck nucks the team no Canadians East of AB like.

EDIT: Make that east of B.C. lol i failed geography !

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#29 WOW
January 07 2014, 03:04PM
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Who is that lady?

Boost team moral, she makes my Team Canada Roster over Nash all day long.

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#30 Johnnydapunk
January 07 2014, 03:08PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Backes should have a target on his back[es] tonight for all Oilers. Probably wont win anyway but TIME TO GANG UP just a bit.

Take a few liberties with him, so we get a few penalties. Make a Point.

Where the heck is Macyntyre anyway ? why the heck did we resign him ? Its for games like this. And cut throat Kassian and the suck nucks the team no Canadians East of AB like.

As far as I remember the Oil signed him in an impulse move when Gags got the stick that broke his face, then he got a knee injury a few games in and lost his "role" when the. Oil picked up Gazdic to replace him whilst he was injured. Seems like he couldn't get the job back so I think he is buried somewhere in the minors until his contract expires this year.

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#31 Fredwheeling Freddie
January 07 2014, 03:12PM
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Backes is lucky as I see Reaves is back tonight. Luke hasn't scrapped in a while that all changes tonight.Why isn't Mac up for these big teams. Time for some old fashioned Broadway Bully goonery. Cant beat them on the ice beat them in the alley. St.Louis has it all led by Edmontons own Ken Hitchcock. Good GM good scouting. The scouting here has become dismal.

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#32 Dog Train
January 07 2014, 03:20PM
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Things got ugly the last time we played these guys. Whether it be retribution or the fear of getting embarassed again, we should be plenty motivated tonight. It's hard to see us winning but I say we play them tough. 5-3 Blues with an empty netter.

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#33 Spydyr
January 07 2014, 03:21PM
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Some one should tell six rings it is not 1987 anymore and most teams have one defencman under 200 lbs not one over.

Most today are in the 220lbs range.

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#34 **
January 07 2014, 03:22PM
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Add the fact that ST. Louis has 10 guys going to the olympics and you have a group very motivated tonight.

This is going to be a slaugther, probably the worst of the season.

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#35 gm_armchair
January 07 2014, 03:26PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Some one should tell six rings it is not 1987 anymore and most teams have one defencman under 200 lbs not one over.

Most today are in the 220lbs range.

Six rings knows a thing or two about size, if there was ever a concern.

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#36 Sean17
January 07 2014, 03:31PM
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NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The wife turns on Real Housewives at 7:00pm. I start watching and forget about the Oilers game. I, however, am entertained with way more fights. Apathy - it's a real thing Mr.Katz.

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#37 Mac962
January 07 2014, 03:43PM
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Speaking of Katz ... is there a more uninvolved Owner in professional sports ? When was the last time he spoke ? Asking his wife what he is worth now does not count. Some Edmontonian [ Former ] you are Katz. We were better off with the 467 owners we had before. At least they cared.

Time for a BLOG strictly on our crap owner. The bottom line is he makes the final call on all things Oilers right ?? oh - wait , i forgot that why he has The Master Mind - The legend in his own Mind, the one, the only Kevin " 6 RINGS" Lowe.

Wonder how it feels walking around town Lowe knowing what pretty much everyone is thinking about you when they look at you. I'll tell you incase you didnt know. We wish you were a Calgarian.

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#38 mackb
January 07 2014, 03:44PM
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"Sadly, very few of his teammates will follow his lead."

Sadly, that part of the NSOGDP is pretty obvious.

Blues 5-2 tonight.

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#39 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 07 2014, 03:45PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Our defence is an embarrassment, but nobody wants to come play in Edmonton. No way Weber is ever going to happen and the defence needs a complete overhaul. If by some miracle the Oilers can trade and upgrade the defence then we lose talent upfront and in a few years when our defensive prospects develop we are bottlenecked on D.

No way are Edmonton fans hearing patience any longer and this roster is a mess. I don't see how MacTavish is going to pull off the bold moves to make this team competitive in our conference. You read the trade rumors but honestly, what can the Oilers do at this point to improve the current situation with our roster?

Oilers management were trying to outsmart the rest of the league by bringing in smaller skilled players for the new no clutch and grab NHL. It didn't work out...and now there is a price to pay.

The fix will be painful, the pain may come in the form of waiting several more years for youth to develop, it may come in the form of overpaying for what we need (overpaying meaning trading away the Yaks and Eberles and J. Schultzs and Klefboms) but make no mistake, there is a price to be paid and the pain is coming.

And it's not 2 or 3 bodies....it's 8 bodies minimum...probably 10. And it's not just positional, it's character.

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#40 dv.asteroid
January 07 2014, 03:47PM
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Okay....eff this!!! Oil win. There's no reason our team can't.wi 11 of 12...then do it again. ..and again. We've had enough losing to last a decade. Come on men (oilers) fight!!! Eff them....get mad!! Would be so sweet to crush Olympic blues...5-1 oil.

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#41 pkam
January 07 2014, 03:47PM
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Among the five teams JG listed, the Blues are the least skilled, but they are the toughest team for the Oilers.

They play very physical for 60 minutes, whether they are leading or trailing. I bet every Oilers will have a sore body after tonight's game.

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#42 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 07 2014, 03:49PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Our defence is an embarrassment, but nobody wants to come play in Edmonton. No way Weber is ever going to happen and the defence needs a complete overhaul. If by some miracle the Oilers can trade and upgrade the defence then we lose talent upfront and in a few years when our defensive prospects develop we are bottlenecked on D.

No way are Edmonton fans hearing patience any longer and this roster is a mess. I don't see how MacTavish is going to pull off the bold moves to make this team competitive in our conference. You read the trade rumors but honestly, what can the Oilers do at this point to improve the current situation with our roster?

I am guilty like many Oilers fans of expecting/demanding perfection in a trade scenario. I wasn't willing to settle for a Boumeester or a Phanuef type........I'm regretting that now.

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#43 Eberle4MVP
January 07 2014, 03:56PM
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Until management finally figures out that Grebeshkov, Nick Schultz, etc is not the answer on the back end, and is willing to actually make that "Bold Move" they so desperately talk about, then we will always be lingering in year 4 of this so called "re-build"

Oilers players deserve better

Edmonton deserves better

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#44 Sean17
January 07 2014, 03:58PM
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Eberle4MVP wrote:

Until management finally figures out that Grebeshkov, Nick Schultz, etc is not the answer on the back end, and is willing to actually make that "Bold Move" they so desperately talk about, then we will always be lingering in year 4 of this so called "re-build"

Oilers players deserve better

Edmonton deserves better

You are right. Unfortunately it will cost your fav player as per your posting name...

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#45 tileguy
January 07 2014, 04:01PM
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Dubbie did us a favor by playing lousy in a contract year, he is more than adequate as a backup and can fill in as a #1 during injury, should be able to sign him in the 2 2.5 mil mark and go after a true #1 free agent.

GDP, been a while since the oilers experienced an old fashion blow out, 7-0 blues.

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#46 Sisyphus
January 07 2014, 04:01PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I am guilty like many Oilers fans of expecting/demanding perfection in a trade scenario. I wasn't willing to settle for a Boumeester or a Phanuef type........I'm regretting that now.

Makes you wonder what trade people will be willing to "settle" for over the next year or two. I fear that we'll find out the hard way this off-season that FA's do not want to come to or re-sign with Edmonton, and that we've dawdled too long on making a genuine, big, BOLD trade to even have decent options left there. We may back ourselves into the "patience, several more years of really bad hockey until the prospects are ready for the NHL" strategy, because we actually dont have any other options other than trading away all our young stars to try to fix the whole sooner

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#47 Eberle4MVP
January 07 2014, 04:04PM
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Sean17 wrote:

You are right. Unfortunately it will cost your fav player as per your posting name...

Unfortunately, i am prepared for that outcome. If it means we might be able to win more games then we lose, then so be it. I can always cherish Eberle's Team Canada contributions...

I wish Yakupov was good, and he could be the trade bait. Cause Gagner sucks and wont bring us anything but a terrible contract back.

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#48 Dallylamma
January 07 2014, 04:04PM
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How is Martin Marincin only 188lbs? Someone get that boy a Donair STAT!

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#49 Spydyr
January 07 2014, 04:07PM
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Dallylamma wrote:

How is Martin Marincin only 188lbs? Someone get that boy a Donair STAT!

Set him up with pancakes Penner's nutritionist.

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#50 Rama Lama
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Eakins has a bunch of thorobred racehorses trying to pull a cart.......for the love of God Eakins..........let the horses run.

We do not have the type of players that can grind, so making them play a defensive system without taking chances, seems plain stupid. If for one believe that the best defense is good offence just like the Oilers of old.

I for one cannot understand why Belov and Potter are not playing, when we are playing a large team like Gregor pointed out?

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