GDB: 58.0: FAMILIAR TERRITORY

Jason Gregor
February 03 2014 01:12PM

Once again the Oilers find themselves in a battle for the basement of the NHL standings. For the fourth time in the last five seasons the Oilers will spend February, March and April jockeying for draft positioning rather than a spot in the playoffs. Fans are frustrated of watching it, we are fatigued of writing about it, and I'm certain the players are tired of living it, but ultimately it will be up to them to avoid this scenario next season.

You need skill to compete in the NHL, but you also need a strong desire to battle and compete, because every team has skill. It is obvious the Oilers still don't have the winning combination of players to push for a playoff spot, and Craig MacTavish will need to rectify that, but the players who are here can't keep waiting for new recruits to save them.

They need to play smarter, stronger and with more passion on a nightly basis.

Tonight must be about pride. The players know the situation. They know Buffalo is the only team in the NHL below them in the standings, so I'd hope they want to keep it that way. They need to show some pride, some passion, some desire and play like a team that won't accept losing.

I'm sure most of you have seen the highlights of yesterday's Montreal/Winnipeg game. Brandon Gallagher is listed at 5'9, 180 pounds, but did you see him battling with Marc Stuart in front of the Jets net. He didn't give an inch and Stuart, 6'2, 213 pounds, couldn't move him away from the crease. Gallagher refused to give up his space on the ice despite a significant weight and height disadvantage.

And Gallagher does that all over the ice. He plays incredibly hard and ferocious and he refuses to make the game easy for his opponents.

When was the last time you saw an Oiler battle like that?

If the Oilers aren't willing to take a physical pounding now and then to win a battle, then this team is never going to win. The organization will continue firing coaches, bringing in new fringe players and hoping that eventually things will change. I believe it is up to the players, especially the core group, to turn this around.

Gallagher has proven you don't need to be huge to compete. I understand you do need some big, skilled players to counter the size of other teams, but until the Oilers acquire those players this group needs to play with more hunger. They need to instill a higher level of accountability within the dressing room. Winning teams demand a lot of one another, and this team needs to start doing the same.

Tonight is a game they shouldn't lose. They need to approach it like a playoff game, even though the outcome is more about pride than the standings.

If the Oilers lose tonight, they open the door to the possibility of entering the Olympic break on a four-game losing streak and sitting in 30th place. None of the players want that and I'd hope their effort reflects that.

LINEUP...

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

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

Bryzgalov

Eakins hinted the D pairings could be switched up, so I'd guess we'll see Ference back with J.Schultz, and N.Schultz move to the right side with Fraser, or possibly have Potter come in for N.Schultz.

I'm surprised Scrivens isn't getting the start. He has a .960 SV% over the past two games, and this is an important game for the team. Why not let Scrivens play tonight? I see him being part of the future much more than I do Bryzgalov so I'd have went with Scrivens and see how he and his teammates responded.

QUICK HITS...

  • Up front the Gagner line needs to find the game they had in Vancouver, because since then they've really struggled. When Perron and Yakupov play greasy they play better. They seem to be at their best when they are emotionally invested in the game.
     
  • The Sabres won four of their first 20 games and scored 1.65 goals/game and allowed 3.15 goals/game before hiring Ted Nolan. Since taking over, Nolan has won 11 of 34 games and their offence and defence has improved a bit up to to 1.94goals/game and down to 2.76 goals/game.

    The special teams pre-Nolan were: 13.5% for PP and 81.1% for PK.
    Special teams with Nolan are: 15.3% for PP and 81.3% for the PK.
     
  • Changing coaches has helped the Jets, they are 8-2 under Paul Maurice, while the Sabres' improvement has been marginal. I firmly believe until you have enough good players the coach won't make that much of an impact. If you look closer at the Jets' games under Maurice they won two games where they were dominated in shots by Chicago and Anaheim. As we've seen in Edmonton, changing coaches doesn't help much if your core group is essentially the same.
     
  • Justin Schultz will play his 98th NHL game tonight. He has been forced to play way more minutes than most other young defenders. People should be more patient regarding his progress.
     
  • Gentleman and Ladies of the Nation...Valentine's Day is fast approaching and you can win a Silver Heart Pendant with a Canadian Diamond centre if you tweet @Oilersnation or @ParisJewellers a story of the worst Valentine's Day gift you've ever given or recieved. Good luck.
     
  • I have no problem with people disagreeing with my opinion or views on the game. Debate is great and usually you can take something from the other side. However, I do take issue when people make boldface lies to try and discredit me. Here is what I tweeted out following the Fraser trade on Friday. 

Like I said, I have no problem if people want to state opposing opinions on topics or disagree with my view, but don't make up stuff and flat out lie to try and disparage someone.

It's immature, unprofessional and ignorant. The ironic part is that the person running their twitter should be well-versed in the Internet. If they were, they could have done a quick search of Oilersnation to see what I wrote about Joensuu. I've never written an article about him, nor have I ever claimed he was the answer to the woes of the Oilers. The only full article dedicated to Joensuu was penned by Jonathan Willis, who used to write for C&B. Here is JW's article. Would the nameless twitter person at CB call that "hanging from his nuts?" I doubt it. I don't care if they don't like me, but I will defend myself to blatant lies.

Here are articles where I have mentioned Joensuu.

This one came after opening night. This came during the preseason. Only mention of him is the final bullet point. Here is a GDB where I mention him under "Quick Hits". You'll notice I'm really pumping his tires.

Tweets like the one above makes their site look childish, which is unfair to a writer like Ryan Batty who blogs there. Batty and I have disagreed on many things over the years, but as you see in this article from him, he doesn't resort to name calling or fabricating things. He digs into the question and comes up with a reasonable and well thought out alternative view. I've read much of his stuff over the years, and he brings up good points and shows you can do so without cutting up the other side's viewpoint.

Note to C&B. Do what you want with your twitter, but don't lie. It makes you look foolish and unprofessional.

Lastly in the tweet they mentioned that Omark produces way more than Joenssu. Omark does, but mainly because he gets PP time and Joensuu doesn't.

To date, Omark has had 1,115:50 of TOI while Joensuu has had 987:13.
If you take away Omark's PP minutes their ES icetime is 961 for Joenssu and 934 for Omark. During those ES minutes Joensuu had 18 points and Omark 22. Not much of a difference.

Their point differential comes from PP time. Omark has 10 PP points in just over 181 minutes of PP time, while Joensuu has 1 point in 25 minutes. If you pro-rate Joenssu's PP time to make it equal to Omark's TOI he'd have close to 8 points. So their production to icetime ratio isn't as wide a gap as earlier suggested. It is always more beneficial to do research instead of making up lies to defend your stance.

UPDATE..

It was pointed out to me that I did tweet this out in September. I guess saying it is a stretch Joensuu might be a big, skilled guy to help the top-six is really pumping his tires. Hilarious.

 TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers must win this game and their top line carries them to a 4-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: With some eastern team's scouts in attendance, Ales Hemsky has a strong game picking up a goal and an assist. 

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Omark and Yakupov drop the mitts in the 2nd period. In a spirited featherweight tilt both land some good blows, but Yakupov surprises everyone and finishes the scrap with a solid right. After the game he says he asked Luke Gazdic for some tips after the Winnipeg game just in case he had to defend himself in the future. It looks like he is a fast learner.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#101 Dave
February 03 2014, 05:57PM
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Can we rethink this whole new arena thing over again??

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#102 Oasis
February 03 2014, 05:57PM
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Wow, Sabres are getting better scoring chances on our power play than us. Bad play by Eberle........Yak is too deep in the zone to make that pass, turnover and it's in the back of the net. You're probably right, staple Yak to the bench. At least he got back and took his man.

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#103 Oasis
February 03 2014, 06:02PM
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Dave wrote:

Can we rethink this whole new arena thing over again??

NO !!!!!!!!

-Darryl Katz

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#104 S cottV
February 03 2014, 06:03PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

If MacT doesn't fire these clowns after the Olympic break I'm done as an Oiler fan. How the fcuk can you allow 10 shorthanded goals and the season isn't even over yet? One shorthanded goal is too many IMO!

Using forwards on the powerplay is one way to go double digits in shorthanded goals.

Shorthanded goals are the worst. Saps the strength out of you.

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#105 Seth
February 03 2014, 06:05PM
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Who is going to win the Calder Cup tonight ?

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#106 toprightcorner
February 03 2014, 06:06PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Hi Jason,

You and I had a conversation a while back based on a question you asked which was " Do we believe the Oilers organization is on the right path" I said NO. You said they were at a crossroads and that if MacT made the right moves we'd be OK.

I agreed at the time. But I'm having less and less confidence that this is true. I think we have a soft core, not just a soft supporting cast, and don't see that changing under MacT. I think they are committed to the current kids and want to add toughness around them.

I don't think that approach will work. I think besides Gagner, that Ebbs may also have to go ( and I love Ebbs but the core is too soft)That and at least 6 or 7 more changes that add grit and compete.

So I think we are on the wrong road.

I agree 100% that Ebs likey has to go along with Gagner. Not only will he give you a significant return but I have a feeling that he and Hall being such close friends off the ice that it may affect the team on the ice, hard to explain but I think it is possible.

I can only assume that MacT communicating "bold moves" was refering to trading a core player and since he signed Gagner after that, Eberle would seem to be the next logical choice and Hall and Nuge would have to be considered ahead of Ebs.

This summer will decide whether or not MacT can take this team in the right direction and make the tough decisions by trading a core player to get a better mix. He likely over valued the return he could get this summer or the low cap affected the possible destinations and didnt pull the trigger but he can't make that same mistake this summer. I will give MacT this summer to make that bold move before I pass judgement on him

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#107 Rick Stroppel
February 03 2014, 06:07PM
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Oasis wrote:

Gregor, you hit the nail on the head. This team needs some heart, some grit. When you find a player that brings it every night, you have to hold onto him. They don't need to be 6' 4", they don't need to score 20 goals every season because there are other intangibles that they bring.

I hate to bring up the past and bitter feelings but it makes me think of letting Glencross go. Sure he might have wanted a little more money than the Oilers wanted to pay, but he was/is the exact type of player this team needs and hasn't had for a long time. Glencross was a guy I would have overpaid for.

I am being lazy and don't feel like looking it up but is it possible that K Lowe was the General Manager who let him walk? I can't see that being the case as 6 rings knows a thing or two about winning.

Gah!!!!!!

SIX RINGS STRIKES AGAIN

Glencross played 26 games for the Oilers at the end of the 07-08 season. He scored 13 points (including 9 goals) in 26 games. He was a UFA. He is from Red Deer and he wanted to play in Edmonton.

He signed a three year contract in Calgary for 1.2 million per year. HE NEVER GOT AN OFFER FROM EDMONTON. He said, literally, "I sat by my phone for a month, it seems like they were never interested in bringing me back". Lowe was GM at that time

MacTavish was asked about this and he said they needed that money to try and sign Hossa.

When you leave incompetent people in charge of your business, it is bound to fail. Katz deserves this.

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#108 Maury
February 03 2014, 06:11PM
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Should the Oilers be in the NHL? I think with their record there should be a 2nd Division.

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#109 Rod from Viking
February 03 2014, 06:13PM
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09/10: 28th 10/11: 25th 11/12: 27th 12/13: 19th They were 2nd in 08/09 and 8th this year. This was just tweeted by Tensor, this is the powerplay rating of the Marlies with Eakins as head coach from 09/10-12/13. This pretty well explains it.

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#110 Show me da Money
February 03 2014, 06:15PM
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Are we sure that there isn't a mistake in the standings? I'd swear that Buffalo is better than Edmonton.

About Eberle, is there no accountability for any of the "stars"? The season is lost. What harm is there in benching people who continually screw up?

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#111 Oasis
February 03 2014, 06:15PM
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@Rick Stroppel

Ok crap, it's worse than I thought. Basically we are dealing with downright stupidity, it wasn't about money.

I thought the Oilers were just trying to be cheap pr$$ks and wouldn't offer him enough money so instead they just let him walk. Okay, makes sense now.

And here we sit........."man, I wish we had a guy like Ott on our team".

And yet nobody thinks we have a problem letting these a@@hats run this rebuild. *shakes head in disgust*

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#112 Oasis
February 03 2014, 06:19PM
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Actually Buffalo looks pretty decent, I can't believe there are supposedly the worst team in the league.

Maybe its just the "oiler effect" kicking in

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#113 S cottV
February 03 2014, 06:19PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Curious if you felt they were coming together last year or the year before?

Oilers are showing better defensive decisions, but last game their PP passing was terrible, and that is on the players.

If they aren't being pressured they should be able to complete passes...that isn't coaching in my books. I've seen that happen too often the past few seasons to blame the coaches.

Basic consistent passing can't fall on shoulders of coaches. To me, the players need to hold one another to higher standards or execution.

Shortened season last year but they did play meaningful games in the new year. Special teams were better and you just did not get the same unstable feeling surrounding the way the club played.

As I write - the Oilers just gave up another short handed goal.

It's leadership that keeps things on the rails.

The coach(es) supply much of it and they elect player representatives to provide the bulk of the rest.

If the coach thinks he is providing effective leadership then he has to question the decisions he made about player captains, if things are off the rails for extended periods.

At the end of the day - though, the coach is responsible.

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#114 The Natural
February 03 2014, 06:20PM
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I have been watching the BUF feed for the game, and during the intermission they were talking about how the sabers need to realize that they have a lot of time when they get the puck in their own zone. They went on to say that normally NHL players would at least pressure the person with the puck, but the oilers would just do a loop and skate away without even pressuring them. They then showed 2 or 3 clips of that exact thing happening. I'm no superstar player, or even a semi-pro player, but i thought that the first thing taught when i was younger was pressure the puck and make the other team make a mistake. I guess i'm just saying that i am sick and tired of seeing just a lack of effort from this team and soft plays. I have had discussions with friends on how and why this is happening, but this always just comes to speculations without real evidence of anything. The oilers need to do something....anything...cause this is getting WAY to depressing.

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#115 Sketchy
February 03 2014, 06:25PM
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Oasis wrote:

Actually Buffalo looks pretty decent, I can't believe there are supposedly the worst team in the league.

Maybe its just the "oiler effect" kicking in

My nephews peewee team would look good playing the oilers

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#116 Oasis
February 03 2014, 06:31PM
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The game is only half over so it's pretty early to make a guarantee but I am going to do it anyways.................

I smell an Oilers moral victory

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#117 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 03 2014, 06:32PM
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Wow! Buffalo Sucks. They are like the 2nd worst team in the league!

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#118 vetinari
February 03 2014, 06:34PM
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Oasis wrote:

The game is only half over so it's pretty early to make a guarantee but I am going to do it anyways.................

I smell an Oilers moral victory

THAT smell is not a moral victory...

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#119 beans
February 03 2014, 06:34PM
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I just want to tell the Oilers its okay to hit the other team when they're in the Oilers zone. Its okay i promise.

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#120 Alsker
February 03 2014, 06:36PM
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vetinari wrote:

THAT smell is not a moral victory...

You beat me to it.....

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#121 Sketchy
February 03 2014, 06:36PM
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Oasis wrote:

The game is only half over so it's pretty early to make a guarantee but I am going to do it anyways.................

I smell an Oilers moral victory

I sense that this will be a game that they can learn from

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#122 I hate stats
February 03 2014, 06:37PM
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With all the stats out there, the most obvious one would be a puck battle stat. Seems 9 times out of 10 the team facing the oil come out of the corner with the puck. Do 89 or 14 EVER win those?

Maybe this is old school, but the great lines in the past had a passing centre (trottier/99) scoring winger (bossy/17) and a guy who could go get you the puck (gillies/27). The oil don't have that guy.

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#123 6 ring circus
February 03 2014, 06:38PM
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Maury wrote:

Should the Oilers be in the NHL? I think with their record there should be a 2nd Division.

According to Lowe there are two types of fans,the NHL also has three types of teams the good,the bad, and the Ugly,the Oilers are defiantly ugly,run by a incompetent management group and coaching staff.

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#124 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 03 2014, 06:39PM
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The Natural wrote:

I have been watching the BUF feed for the game, and during the intermission they were talking about how the sabers need to realize that they have a lot of time when they get the puck in their own zone. They went on to say that normally NHL players would at least pressure the person with the puck, but the oilers would just do a loop and skate away without even pressuring them. They then showed 2 or 3 clips of that exact thing happening. I'm no superstar player, or even a semi-pro player, but i thought that the first thing taught when i was younger was pressure the puck and make the other team make a mistake. I guess i'm just saying that i am sick and tired of seeing just a lack of effort from this team and soft plays. I have had discussions with friends on how and why this is happening, but this always just comes to speculations without real evidence of anything. The oilers need to do something....anything...cause this is getting WAY to depressing.

The Oilers play hockey like its a video game. Toe Drags, fly bys on the fore check, skate like you're back checking but don't actually back check, drop passes at the blueline, cross ice passes through two opposing players, finesse passes from deep in the opposing teams end back to the blue line instead of cycling the puck, rarely taking it to the net with any aggression, instead looking for the perfect pass, etc. Try to be in position but don't actually make contact.

They seem to think that the way to gain the competitive advantage is to take short cuts, not to win battles. They call it a puck possession game.....except they don't actually possess the puck.

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#125 Louie D
February 03 2014, 06:39PM
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Sketchy wrote:

I sense that this will be a game that they can learn from

Please remove that comment, I have the trademark on it.

LD

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#126 Hockey fan 1976
February 03 2014, 06:41PM
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Anyone who thinks the Boston game was the low point of the season, think again!! Buffalo the " worst team" in the league is making the crappy Oilers look like the real AHL team they are.

Funny how the Oilers are the only team where the captaincy actually means nothing as Ference really has no impact on the game EVER!!

Never again paying for a ticket to watch these losers until Blowe, Mc Crap and Dickins is gone.

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#127 Randaman
February 03 2014, 06:41PM
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Thank god there is a real game on TSN. You want to keep dreaming that the Pittsburgh model is what the Oilers are trying to emulate? Watch the effort put forth by Crosby and his teammates. That is a leader. We don't have a clue or should I say Oiler management and the kook-aid drinkers don't have a clue. Way better hockey. Check it out. Easier on the stress level. Oh, Fire Lowe & Eakins

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#128 Alsker
February 03 2014, 06:41PM
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Nice goal by Jultz, funny I was in the middle of a ranting bout Gags not going the net with the puck when he scored. So back to snowpants, no one around him and he passes off into a crowd. And why you ask: FEAR!!!!! Like Klown, Gags must go.

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#129 Randaman
February 03 2014, 06:43PM
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Hockey fan 1976 wrote:

Anyone who thinks the Boston game was the low point of the season, think again!! Buffalo the " worst team" in the league is making the crappy Oilers look like the real AHL team they are.

Funny how the Oilers are the only team where the captaincy actually means nothing as Ference really has no impact on the game EVER!!

Never again paying for a ticket to watch these losers until Blowe, Mc Crap and Dickins is gone.

Dickens! Now that's funny. Thanks for that

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#130 Mason Storm
February 03 2014, 06:44PM
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Watching this game leads me to believe the Oilers are only 13-16 roster moves away from being competitive. What an embarrassment this franchise has become. Time to rebuild the rebuild. If Kevin Lowe knows a thing or two about winning. How many more last place teams does it take before he realizes he knows a thing or two more about losing.

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#131 Oasis
February 03 2014, 06:44PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

The Oilers play hockey like its a video game. Toe Drags, fly bys on the fore check, skate like you're back checking but don't actually back check, drop passes at the blueline, cross ice passes through two opposing players, finesse passes from deep in the opposing teams end back to the blue line instead of cycling the puck, rarely taking it to the net with any aggression, instead looking for the perfect pass, etc. Try to be in position but don't actually make contact.

They seem to think that the way to gain the competitive advantage is to take short cuts, not to win battles. They call it a puck possession game.....except they don't actually possess the puck.

I love that "skate like your back checking but don't actually back check". There's been a couple of times when I was playing beer league and was super hung over and only got like 2 hours of sleep in the past 3 days and I thought about doing that............and then Pride kicked in and instead I hustled back.

Enough said

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#132 Rod from Viking
February 03 2014, 06:45PM
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Randaman wrote:

Thank god there is a real game on TSN. You want to keep dreaming that the Pittsburgh model is what the Oilers are trying to emulate? Watch the effort put forth by Crosby and his teammates. That is a leader. We don't have a clue or should I say Oiler management and the kook-aid drinkers don't have a clue. Way better hockey. Check it out. Easier on the stress level. Oh, Fire Lowe & Eakins

Mac T and K Lowe are at that game seeing if there is a 5th liner or #8d they can trade for.

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#133 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 03 2014, 06:48PM
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I hate stats wrote:

With all the stats out there, the most obvious one would be a puck battle stat. Seems 9 times out of 10 the team facing the oil come out of the corner with the puck. Do 89 or 14 EVER win those?

Maybe this is old school, but the great lines in the past had a passing centre (trottier/99) scoring winger (bossy/17) and a guy who could go get you the puck (gillies/27). The oil don't have that guy.

Plus Trottier although not overly large could win puck battles and had a mean streak as did Gillies.

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#134 Randaman
February 03 2014, 06:50PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Mac T and K Lowe are at that game seeing if there is a 5th liner or #8d they can trade for.

It's too bad they couldn't send anybody that can actually evaluate talent. 30 shots against after two? What a joke. This coaching staff either can't teach or the players have lost interest or just don't care. I choose both. Firings and trades must happen soon or we might not make the play-offs for another ten years

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#135 I hate stats
February 03 2014, 06:55PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Plus Trottier although not overly large could win puck battles and had a mean streak as did Gillies.

Ya Trottier was awesome. these oil, it's like taking candy from a baby

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#136 Gk1980
February 03 2014, 06:55PM
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If you have recorded it, put it to X2. It actually looks like an NHL game.

Gagne is bad I get it, RNH is invisible, but why no haters on Eberle? THE GUY IS BRUTAL. Selfish and contributes nothing to the team. I'm all for getting rid of him. His plays are weak, he is weak and his toe drags are getting annoying.

Do these guys even care anymore? Sad sad sad.

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#137 They're $hittie
February 03 2014, 07:00PM
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Gk1980 wrote:

If you have recorded it, put it to X2. It actually looks like an NHL game.

Gagne is bad I get it, RNH is invisible, but why no haters on Eberle? THE GUY IS BRUTAL. Selfish and contributes nothing to the team. I'm all for getting rid of him. His plays are weak, he is weak and his toe drags are getting annoying.

Do these guys even care anymore? Sad sad sad.

read the posts plenty of hate on eberle,

I think most of it is driven by his contract and the fact that he is not held accountable for anything.

the brass and half the city is still lost in the WJCs like 5 years ago.

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#138 vetinari
February 03 2014, 07:01PM
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It's sad when Buffalo can register 30 shots against you after two periods and you have given up over 130 shots in the last 8 periods of play.

Our forwards do 'flybys' on opposing players in our own defensive zone, defencemen don't push forwards out of the way in front of our net and opposing defencemen don't fear pressure at the blueline for forced turnovers...

We need a couple of angry, nasty defencemen on the blueline who get their jollies from carving opposing forwards in half and at least three forwards who will run over opposing players and crush guys in the corner.

Sigh. Three more years? Four more? Before we can home grow some of these guys and make the playoffs?

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#139 Kane
February 03 2014, 07:03PM
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Just wondering - would the Jets trade Evander Kane straight up for Eberle? or would the oil have to add to the pot? He has a crappy attitude, but perhaps a change of scenery will help him grow up.

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#140 vetinari
February 03 2014, 07:07PM
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A SH goal???? For us??? We CAN get those too???

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#141 Reg Dunlop
February 03 2014, 07:09PM
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Time to trade Hendricks. Adult men that stand up for teammates and chip in with big goals only serves to make the infinitely over-hyped 1st rounders look feeble in comparison.

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#142 Jakethesnake
February 03 2014, 07:10PM
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Louie debrusk sucks. Was a terrible player and fighter and is a worse broadcaster At this point I would rather have Peter labaudious.

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#143 Rob F
February 03 2014, 07:10PM
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vetinari wrote:

It's sad when Buffalo can register 30 shots against you after two periods and you have given up over 130 shots in the last 8 periods of play.

Our forwards do 'flybys' on opposing players in our own defensive zone, defencemen don't push forwards out of the way in front of our net and opposing defencemen don't fear pressure at the blueline for forced turnovers...

We need a couple of angry, nasty defencemen on the blueline who get their jollies from carving opposing forwards in half and at least three forwards who will run over opposing players and crush guys in the corner.

Sigh. Three more years? Four more? Before we can home grow some of these guys and make the playoffs?

Brilliant

We are no longer the Edmonton Oilers

We shall now be called. The Edmonton Fly Bys

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#144 exsanguinator
February 03 2014, 07:11PM
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Not actually watching the game because the Oilers enrage me but have they even tried to dump the puck in least once? Or are they STILL trying to carry the puck over the line and hoping for the best?

Although I suppose if you dump the puck in someone has to go and get it...

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#145 vetinari
February 03 2014, 07:16PM
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If we win tonight... and I mean "if"... it will be because of our role players and the goals from our blueliners because RNH, Hall and Eberle are nowhere on the score sheet despite primo 1st line minutes.

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#146 Reg Dunlop
February 03 2014, 07:22PM
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Lucky break for JSchultz. Manhandled by Foligno, then he elects to go behind the net rather than following the sabre to the front where, God forbid, some physicality may be necessary. Good thing his offence is coming around or he would be completely useless.

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#147 Rod from Viking
February 03 2014, 07:25PM
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I think this is the worst gameI have seen Eberle have , he has been a floating non factor, looks like a Snow Pants clone.

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#148 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 03 2014, 07:25PM
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exsanguinator wrote:

Not actually watching the game because the Oilers enrage me but have they even tried to dump the puck in least once? Or are they STILL trying to carry the puck over the line and hoping for the best?

Although I suppose if you dump the puck in someone has to go and get it...

Yeah....winning puck battles isn't our thing.

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#149 Dump - then What?
February 03 2014, 07:29PM
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exsanguinator wrote:

Not actually watching the game because the Oilers enrage me but have they even tried to dump the puck in least once? Or are they STILL trying to carry the puck over the line and hoping for the best?

Although I suppose if you dump the puck in someone has to go and get it...

I took a buddy with me to a game recently, and that is the question he came away with. "Why do they dump and retreat? Isn't it dump and chase?"

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#150 greg
February 03 2014, 07:30PM
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the sabres have no idea who they're up against here. when it come to "winning" these games. nobody comes out on the bottom of these match ups better than us. Go Oilers!

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