GDB 57.0: LOVE THAT DIRTY WATER

Lowetide
February 01 2014 08:16AM

After setting a modern day record for saves in a shutout since expansion, things should get tougher for Ben Scrivens. That's the life of an Edmonton Oilers goalie. 

OILERS-BRUINS CONNECTIONS

The history of the two teams is connected in so many ways, and of course they've met in the grandest games of all, the Stanley Cup Finals.

  • Oiler connections from the Bruins 1972 team: Ted Green (who would coach for the Oilers); Johnny Bucyk (from Edmonton, played for the Edmonton Flyers before going to the NHL); Garnet Bailey (scouted for the Oilers, also served as a minor league coach)
  • Bruins connections from the Oilers 1990 team: Glen Sather (began his NHL playing career as an Bruin); Ted Green (a top defenseman for the Bruins); Garnet Bailey (began his NHL playing career as a Bruin); Lorne Davis (played for the Bruins in the 1950's); Craig MacTavish (began his NHL playing career as a Bruin); Bill Ranford (began his NHL playing career as a Bruin)

Of course there are many other connections, but the two clubs are tied together by more than those two Stanley Cup finals.

SCRIVENS!

You've no doubt heard of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly? The Oilers coverage this season has been a whole lot of ugly, and the defensive side of the puck is job one in the coming off-season. However, Ben Scrivens stole a game the other night, one of a very few performances this season where the Oiler goalie ripped the heart from their opponent (Bachman!).

An NHL team needs that, especially a team like the Oilers. This season has been a lot about poor goaltending and a shameful power play, but the Scrivens acquisition is a good sign for the future.

Sign that man!

LINEUP

 

After that San Jose game, we know the name of the starting goalie. After that, I assume there will be changes, especially in light of the Mark Fraser pickup.

Andrew Ference may draw back in—I can't imagine wild horses keeping him away—so a 'best guess' at the lineup might be this:

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

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

Scrivens

Things I'm looking for today:

  • better coverage. Wow, man, they can't be that bad.
  • less running around in their own zone. The Oilers style of chasing the puck is much harder than positioning, surely they've learned this (over and over again).
  • a sleepy first period. This early game business usually results in a sputtering start.
  • Taylor Hall. That is all.
  • Boyd Gordon doing his usual spectacular work with little or no credit on the game broadcast.
  • That second line surprising with solid play.
  • A big crunching hit from Fraser in which he does not take a penalty and does not lose position.
  • A power-play goal from the Russian.

GAME DAY PREDICTION

  • GAME DAY PREDICTION: Boston, 6-3-1 in their last 10, might have a tough time with the upstart Oilers, 4-5-1 in their last 10. The Bruins have their share of wonky blue, and there aren't many Taylor Hall's in the eastern conference. A 3-2 OT win for the home team. 
  • OBVIOUS: Bruins physically dominate the Oilers, Chara scores, Lucic scores, Iginla scores and it's a 5-0 whitewashing that drives us to the malls shortly after noon local time.
  • NOT SO OBVIOUS: The Oilers skaters, shamed by the San Jose performance, return to the responsible play of the previous two games and win it in overtime, 3-2. Scrivens first-star again!

Do the Oilers leave a defenseman behind in Boston? We wait.  

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#1 vetinari
February 01 2014, 08:26AM
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I really, really don't which Oiler team is going to show up on this road trip... The scrappy, talented underdogs or the passive, defense-challenged pylons?

GDP: somewhere between 6-1 Bruins to 4-3 Oilers

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#2 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
February 01 2014, 08:29AM
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Great, a morning start

*a shot for each turnover

I'll be drunk by Noon.

* part of the drinking game my buds and I play when we watch this team

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#3 John Chambers
February 01 2014, 08:32AM
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vetinari wrote:

I really, really don't which Oiler team is going to show up on this road trip... The scrappy, talented underdogs or the passive, defense-challenged pylons?

GDP: somewhere between 6-1 Bruins to 4-3 Oilers

All I really hope for is for this team to channel the teams from 96-99 and again in spring '08 when still outmatched the team could get by on scrappy, dutiful play and occasionally get a boost from spectacular goaltending.

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#4 Ari Gold
February 01 2014, 08:34AM
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The Oil matchup terribly with a team like the Bs. I still wonder why the team is so obviously bad on the boards, in all zones! I think the Bs will eat them alive today. It'll be a blood bath.

Who's the girl??

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#5 Johe
February 01 2014, 08:44AM
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The Oil outplayed the Bruins last time around. Here's hoping we see more of the same today. And watch out for Hall. I think he's about to explode.

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#6 Retsinnab5
February 01 2014, 08:44AM
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The Professor does it again!

3-1 Oilers

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#7 Andy P
February 01 2014, 08:49AM
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I'm asking for commitment today mixed with a healthy amount of discipline - short, crisp passes, good positioning, strong back checking, limited passes to the opposition. All of this by the Oilers.

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#8 Ginny
February 01 2014, 08:50AM
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Ari Gold wrote:

The Oil matchup terribly with a team like the Bs. I still wonder why the team is so obviously bad on the boards, in all zones! I think the Bs will eat them alive today. It'll be a blood bath.

Who's the girl??

Amy Adams, who can actually act when she's not just sitting around looking good.

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#9 tom.MTL
February 01 2014, 08:54AM
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Could be a chippy afternoon affair. Bruins were owned at home last game by the Habs. Lucic might be looking for a rematch with GAZDIC. Oil struggle with afternoon games. I'm expecting an ugly one...

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#10 TayLordBalls
February 01 2014, 08:56AM
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We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never won a Stanley Cup.

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#11 Andrew
February 01 2014, 08:56AM
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Pairing Fraser with Schultz sr. for his first audition may be difficult for Fraser to play his best before his new coach and GM. Nick Shultz would be an epic fail if he was paired with Orr. I like the recent moves to bring players in who know their own game and play it out each shift.

Mac is still only nibbling at the efges of the problem. The size, speed and skill of the top six must be dealt with. They are mostly boys playing against men. The question is when is the best time to deal with it. Now or the off-season ? I wonder if Mac actually thinks he can get away with buying a cashmere sweater with a red dot on it and expect no one to notice? There are too many AHLer's on this team already. Jerking around 6/7th D and the bottom 6 forwards will not build a credible contending team. IMO.

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#12 wintoon
February 01 2014, 09:11AM
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Looking at the projected line up for Edmonton and aside from the obvious weakness on defence, I am overwhelmed by the black hole that is 2C. This player has one year of experience 7 times, can't/won't play effective defensively, can't win a face off and is a marshmallow on skates. On top of that he plays "cutesy hockey". A drop pass here, a drop pass there. The problem is that the young players on the Oilers see him doing these things and they start to do the same. MacT - please trade him.

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#13 oilerjed
February 01 2014, 09:18AM
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Oilers tweeted Fraser in Hemsky back and Ference back in. Oh yeah and Acro was sent down.

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#14 Littleconer
February 01 2014, 09:18AM
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Chara will not score - he's a giraffe on skates. Easy to predict that Fraser will do his level best to change Don Cherry's opinion of The Oil. Also a given that the Oiler's defensive game will improve over the unmitigated disaster we witnessed two days ago. I'm hoping the fourth line earns more ice time, but no predictions on the play of any Oiler aside from Baby Nuge, Hall, Marty Marincin and Ben the Giant. I expect they'll have good games. The rest? Too damn inconsistent to make any individual predictions. I will go out on a limb and call a 4-3 win for the underdogs.

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#15 Dan
February 01 2014, 09:20AM
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I am just hoping for a fun game to watch either way. Don't get blown out or embarrassed and make top teams earn whatever they get. Hall is worth the price of admission.

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#16 Don W
February 01 2014, 09:20AM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Great, a morning start

*a shot for each turnover

I'll be drunk by Noon.

* part of the drinking game my buds and I play when we watch this team

I used to drink every time Hall did a toe drag but unfortunately he doesn't do that anymore.

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#17 Spydyr
February 01 2014, 09:20AM
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Ginny wrote:

Amy Adams, who can actually act when she's not just sitting around looking good.

Yeah, her boobs starred in American Hustle.

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#18 Drowning in Oil
February 01 2014, 09:20AM
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About to begin my Edmonton Oiler game day ritual.

Before the game...... Believe there is hope. Crack a beer.

After the 1st period...... Believe in a comeback. Bring out the rum.

After the 2nd period...... Just pray for something positive in the 3rd. More liquor.

After the game....... Recite Dennis Green in his famous "Bears" quote. "they are who we thought they were", and keep drinking to kill the pain.

Here's hoping!!

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#19 Loweblows
February 01 2014, 09:21AM
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GDP: I drink lots of beer this afternoon. Feel tired after the game. Nap and get yelled at by the wife. Oil win 1-0 behind a new NHL record 64 save performance by the professor.

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#20 oilerjed
February 01 2014, 09:21AM
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@ LoweTide

Is there any real chance that the Oil make a deal on this trip? There have been rumors of talks with Rangers, Philly and media has NJ as a good trade partner, although Im not sure what we would get out of them.

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#21 jonny94
February 01 2014, 09:22AM
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Hey Lowetide,

Dallas Eakins just tweeted that Hemsky, Ference, and Fraser are all playing today.

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#22 Spydyr
February 01 2014, 09:23AM
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OGBP: Someone bumps Scrivens, Fraser lets it be known that does not fly here anymore. He pummels the guy.

About f-ing time.

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#23 Oilbaron
February 01 2014, 09:24AM
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I would hope to see Fraser playing with Petry or Ference. The rest of the D seem too small, under skilled or inexperienced to be paired with him

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#24 oilerjed
February 01 2014, 09:26AM
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Hopefully Hemsky has a GREAT audition today, I would hate for him to miss a starring role in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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#25 book¡e
February 01 2014, 10:26AM
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I think LT broke the rules, or at least good form, with his Game Day Prediction, OGDP, and NSOGDP.

I they all have to work together.

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#26 nunyour
February 01 2014, 10:29AM
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I've already had six beer,I know I think a thing or two about hockey.

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#27 Serious Gord
February 01 2014, 10:39AM
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All signs point to a bruins win;

Dreadful play by oil last game cannot be masked by Scrivens twice in a row. Big vs small Afternoon in Boston

5-2 bruins.

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#28 Johe
February 01 2014, 10:42AM
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Fraser with Ference. Schultz with Schultz. Marincin with Petry.

Hemsky with Gordon and Hendricks. Jones taking. Joensuu's spot on the fourth.

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#29 Rama Lama
February 01 2014, 10:43AM
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I'm crossing my fingers hoping that this new player Fraser turns out to be a steal for the Oilers.

I'm hoping that he is not another Dallas Eakins experiment like Hamilton and Will Acton.......but someone that can actually bring sustainable physical play on the back end.

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#30 Robert Fraser
February 01 2014, 10:54AM
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Even though I'm not related to Mark Fraser I predict his grit and nastiness will make a huge impact on the game and get the boys in Copper and Blue to start getting more physical. Only way to beat the Bruins is to beat them at their own game.....Speed, grind, grit, and determination.

GO OILERS!

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#31 Dog Train
February 01 2014, 10:57AM
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The Bruins could be an angry team today after losing to the rival Habs a few nights ago. The Bruins seem to have trouble with speedy teams so we need to force the issue and make this a skating game as opposed to a board battle. Expecting a win is probably too much but I want to see some passion from the good guys so they can maintain some of the momentum of this little winning streak.

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#32 Romanus
February 01 2014, 11:08AM
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Gene's puns are wearing very thin on me. Hope we get a new crew next year.

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#33 Johnnydapunk
February 01 2014, 11:09AM
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I never thought I would see an Oil goalie lead the league in save percentage this season.

If the Oil keep the Bruins to under 50 shots I will be content.

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#34 pkam
February 01 2014, 11:09AM
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LT,

Your GDP: home team win 3-2 OT. OGDP: Bruins physically dominate the Oilers and it's a 5-0 whitewashing. NSOGDP: the Oilers win it in overtime, 3-2. Scrivens first-star again!

Looks like you already have more beer than nunyour this morning.

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#35 kgo
February 01 2014, 11:18AM
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haven't seen a replay of the gazzy fight, but my hands hurt from clapping so hard when i saw thornton's blood

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#36 Slats
February 01 2014, 11:18AM
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Any live stream for the Bruins game?....

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#37 emonkee
February 01 2014, 11:24AM
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that was a pathetic PP, no shot, no flow, ugh!

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#38 Ari Gold
February 01 2014, 11:24AM
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Slats wrote:

Any live stream for the Bruins game?....

http://gofirstrow.eu/watch/236769/1/watch-boston-bruins-vs-edmonton-oilers.html

I will discourage you from watching though, their first powerplay was a complete joke. They brought their F game again today.

On our 'moral victory', Fraser had a big hit in his first shift. Hendricks looked good too. We're so awesome.

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#39 emonkee
February 01 2014, 11:29AM
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that last play, gagner coughed the puck up, so paille can split the defence and now draw another penalty....grr

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#40 Ari Gold
February 01 2014, 12:03PM
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Jones is such a bonehead. He's more concerned with giving Schultz Sr his stick on the PK and leaves Krejci wide open for the one-timer powerplay goal.

Smart.

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#41 Alsker
February 01 2014, 12:04PM
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Just got in: 2 fckn shots, really?? Ouch!!!!!!!!!

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#42 emonkee
February 01 2014, 12:07PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Jones is such a bonehead. He's more concerned with giving Schultz Sr his stick on the PK and leaves Krejci wide open for the one-timer powerplay goal.

Smart.

funny how we have 2 broken sticks already (1 from hall and 1 from NSchultz) in the game and bruins got none. Wonder where we buy the hockey sticks from...

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#43 Dan
February 01 2014, 12:08PM
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Nice to see the refs giving gifts to Boston and ignoring blatant penalties by Boston.

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#44 Ari Gold
February 01 2014, 12:11PM
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emonkee wrote:

funny how we have 2 broken sticks already (1 from hall and 1 from NSchultz) in the game and bruins got none. Wonder where we buy the hockey sticks from...

Sounds like the second argument from Mr. Katz next note to the fans.

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#45 Ari Gold
February 01 2014, 12:11PM
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Dan wrote:

Nice to see the refs giving gifts to Boston and ignoring blatant penalties by Boston.

Yes the refs are the reason the Oilers have only take 6 shots half way through this game.

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#46 D-Unit
February 01 2014, 12:12PM
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5 shots on 25 minutes. Really how does that happen.

I am sure if someone in the media asks Eakins about it, he could put some sort of spin on it, to say a perfect game has no shots, cause you want to maintain puck possession, and when you shoot you give up possession. Like a perfect game has no hits.

But, no one ever seems to ask him tough questions. Or when they ask Eakins he spins the question like a politician and never answers what was asked, and the media doesn't try again or call him on it.

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#47 D-Unit
February 01 2014, 12:15PM
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Dan wrote:

Nice to see the refs giving gifts to Boston and ignoring blatant penalties by Boston.

You sound like a Canucks fan, and we don't need that in Oilersnation.

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#48 Dan
February 01 2014, 12:15PM
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That's a good soccer goal

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#49 Dan
February 01 2014, 12:17PM
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D-Unit wrote:

You sound like a Canucks fan, and we don't need that in Oilersnation.

Yeah that slash on halls stick was a discretional call.

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#50 Alsker
February 01 2014, 12:17PM
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Wow they got an obvious one right!!! Question is how is he allowed to stand there all alone?

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