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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#151 vetinari
February 03 2014, 07:32PM
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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.

When's the "Parent's Roadtrip"? Maybe the problem is that they don't have their parents sitting in the stands, waiting to give them a smack upside the head when they decide to coast, especially on the road... if they want, I could lend them my mom for a week or two-- she'd have them scared to come back to the bench if they played like boneheads...

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#152 D-Unit
February 03 2014, 07:39PM
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It is scary that we can't get the puck out of our end against the 30th place team.

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#153 Serious Gord
February 03 2014, 07:40PM
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The sabres try harder than the oil and seem to be better disciplined/coached than the oil but boy are they talent deprived - does anyone know how to score on that team?

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#154 Serious Gord
February 03 2014, 07:41PM
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So the oil have won 2 of their last three yet they look as bad as they ever have this season. I didn't think that was possible.

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#155 bazmagoo
February 03 2014, 07:43PM
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We're not the worst, we're not the worst, we're not the worst, we're not the worst. Hurray!

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#156 vetinari
February 03 2014, 07:45PM
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We won... but 44 shots against??? From Buffalo??? Not good. No wonder SJ registered 59 shots against us, if Buffalo can log 44.

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#157 ToppsSmith
February 03 2014, 07:45PM
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Man Boyd Gordon looked good out there today. Almost the best Hockey player the Oilers have at the moment.

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#158 The Natural
February 03 2014, 07:46PM
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Wow...the worst (or second worst) team in the league put up 44 shots against the oilers...this was one of the most boring games ever to watch...

On another note...what a goal by James Neal...that pittsburgh vs ottawa game was a good one to watch

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#159 Oilerz4life
February 03 2014, 07:47PM
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Nation drama lol

Crap period one and two. Better checking in the third. To heck with "playing for pride". The Oilers just need to learn to check and cycle hard for 60 minutes. Its called work ethic.

Gags is a joke. Hemsky's a china doll. The Oilers should trade both of them for Hendricks style hockey players.

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#160 The Natural
February 03 2014, 07:49PM
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Is it just me, or does hemsky look out of place on that third line? I thought that gordon, hendricks, and jones looked WAY better than gordon, hendricks, and hemsky...and i'm not a huge ryan jones fan, but it just looked like when he was on that line, it was at least effective as a shut down/gritty line.

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#161 Rod from Viking
February 03 2014, 07:51PM
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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.

Watch it "Wayne" will block your posts, of course he cares, did you not see him take out that 15 yr old in the theater that was butting in line! Good Grief.

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#162 Johnnydapunk
February 03 2014, 07:52PM
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vetinari wrote:

We won... but 44 shots against??? From Buffalo??? Not good. No wonder SJ registered 59 shots against us, if Buffalo can log 44.

I didn't realise it was 44 shots against, I had to check NHL.com for that, wow....

44 freakin shots against!!!!! That's an appalling stat, irrelevant if you win, that's insanity.

The only tiny positive is that I am liking Hendricks more and more, he plays well with Gordon and Bryz, looked semi alright.

Who would have thought that goaltending is not an issue anymore for the Oil.

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#163 Zarny
February 03 2014, 07:53PM
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Enough with the east-west cross ice passes. They are responsible for 90% of the turnovers. This isn't Jr.

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#164 madjam
February 03 2014, 07:54PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

We're not the worst, we're not the worst, we're not the worst, we're not the worst. Hurray!

That's debateable considering the wide margin they outshot us by and the goal they had taken away . They were also missing Moulson , Leino , Konopka and Myers got hurt to boot . Good thing they rested Miller and gave us a gift playing Enroth . At least the game shows us how bad we have become , and lack of skill that is far more Kool-Aid than reality . The rebuild has become a joke on Oiler fans .Not hard to see how many years we still are away from being a competitive club . No wonder no UFA's want to come to this mess .

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#165 **
February 03 2014, 07:58PM
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The only good thing about this win (not even the 2 points matter now) is that it seems that the goal tending has finally stabilized.

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#166 Zarny
February 03 2014, 07:58PM
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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.

Eberle is brutal?

That's possibly the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

He's tied for 30th in league scoring with 45 pts in 56 games.

That's at the opposite end of the spectrum to brutal I'm afraid.

Eberle certainly has many areas of his game that can improve, but brutal?

Get a grip.

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#167 Rod from Viking
February 03 2014, 08:00PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

So the oil have won 2 of their last three yet they look as bad as they ever have this season. I didn't think that was possible.

4 of 5 and i think out shot every game

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#168 ?
February 03 2014, 08:06PM
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No offence Jason, but this is exactly like all the other pre games: "play with more passion, play for pride"etc.

Then again, I guess the reason why you need to reiterate this stuff is because that's mostly what the Oil lack every night.

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#169 Oilerz4life
February 03 2014, 08:11PM
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Vancouver loss in Detroit. Shut out. Haha. That and the sportsnet pacific cast are panzies. Eat it casucks. Another round 1 exit. I cant wait to shove it in your face.

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#170 ?
February 03 2014, 08:12PM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Does anyone actually still respect copper and blue.

All there writers have the same opinion and Zona wont hire one with a different opinion. Every article is about Omark and Gilbert. No fresh material. Corsi this, corsi that.

They want a better oiler team but dont want to trade Anyone. They think that omark on the fourth line would win games.

They think that all swedish defensman prospects in the top ten are the next nick lidstrom.

Get some new articles and quit dwelling on the omark and Gilbert trades. They are horrible players and it is in the past.

If Oilers management has the same ineptitudes that you show in judgement of players, it makes perfect sense why this team is so bad.

I guess Hendricks will be this team's salvation

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#171 michael
February 03 2014, 08:17PM
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Matt Hendricks has fit in nicely. For the MacT haters where are your comments now regarding the trade for MH?he has complimented Gordon really well. R.Jones has picked up the energy since MH has arrived. Whether by directly or by osmosis RJ has played way better since team with MH and BG.The line has been solid.

Tonight with Hemsky on the line it was ok.Hemsky is a square peg there. He really needs a trade to a team that needs a 2cd line winger.He player well tonight.

If your MacT at the deadline and a team comes calling for a tender. Do you trade Scrivens?IB? Both?Neither?

They both are increasing their trade value. Scrivens continues his current play what is his value at the deadline? A 3rd round pick may markedly increase to a late 1st or 2cd round pick. And IB may get you a late 2cd round pick. His play has been solid. And his post game interviews border on the sane.

Its going to be interesting to see if anyone will step up to get Gagner. I really think MacT is not going to trade him until the off season.No reason to rock the boat at the moment. Trading Gagner at the draft seems to me the better move.

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#172 Jim
February 03 2014, 08:18PM
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Is this an immoral victory....44 shots against by the 30th place team that was sitting out Ryan Miller and who shipped out Vanek

I guess ill take an immoral victory than the 30 plus moral victories we've had this year

we barely beat the 30th place team who dont have 3 overall 1st draft picks in their line up....yes that is immoral

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#173 Oasis
February 03 2014, 08:25PM
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@michael

Not a MacT hater but I would say its a little early to be singing the praises of Hendricks. He has played well but let's not get carried away.

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#174 vetinari
February 03 2014, 08:25PM
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Jim wrote:

Is this an immoral victory....44 shots against by the 30th place team that was sitting out Ryan Miller and who shipped out Vanek

I guess ill take an immoral victory than the 30 plus moral victories we've had this year

we barely beat the 30th place team who dont have 3 overall 1st draft picks in their line up....yes that is immoral

They started their backup goalie who was 1-10-5 and we still barely beat them... I think that that was Buffalo's way of trying to artfully stay in "1st" place in the draft lotto without being too obvious but their forwards didn't get the memo.

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#175 Rotten Ron
February 03 2014, 08:33PM
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Its 2 points I guess. 2 points from the only team that taking points from hurts them. In all honesty I spent as much time on the pittsburgh ottawa game. This was just BAD hockey by 2 bad teams.

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#176 Sevenseven
February 03 2014, 08:41PM
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I think they made the right choice starting Bryz. They now have 2 goalies with a high save percentage and on a roll. Something tgey havent had all year. If they keep this up, the oilers could gain some confidence going forward. If they both play good down the stretch sign both. I dont think either is a clear cut number 1, but they could make a decent tandem. Get them cheap, keep lots of cap space for defenseman.

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#177 Oasis
February 03 2014, 08:59PM
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@Sevenseven

If the plan is another lottery pick then by all means sign them both.

The Oilers are not going anywhere with either of these goalies as their number 1. They are decent backups and enough to get through the year and that's it. Let them battle it out, sign the better of the two and go after a real goalie in the offseason.

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#178 Comrade GT
February 03 2014, 09:05PM
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It wasn't pretty but they got it done.

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#179 Max
February 03 2014, 09:07PM
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vetinari wrote:

When's the "Parent's Roadtrip"? Maybe the problem is that they don't have their parents sitting in the stands, waiting to give them a smack upside the head when they decide to coast, especially on the road... if they want, I could lend them my mom for a week or two-- she'd have them scared to come back to the bench if they played like boneheads...

Agree - my husband says I should be the coach - they wouldn't dare lose. A manic red-head would have them all scared s*****ss. He says one of my evil looks could kill someone at 50 paces........ I'd sure like to give it a try.

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#180 Rick Stroppel
February 03 2014, 09:24PM
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MEANWHILE, AT THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT

Yakupov, at 30 under par, maintains a slim lead over Weber (-29) and Myers (-26). At one time Yakupov had a firm grip on the green jacket, but I think this one is going down to the wire!

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#181 Sevenseven
February 03 2014, 09:24PM
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@Oasis

The defense is garbage, they should address that first. Plus Scrivens and bryz is miles ahead of dubnyk and labrabera. If they could improve their defence that much, scrivens and bryz would be adequate.

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#182 risto siltanen's slapshot
February 03 2014, 09:41PM
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I'm with the guy who complained that the nation has nuthin' new to bit che about. omark and gagner r yesterday's news. let's talk about how good a line of gadzic Hendricks and glencross would look. ;)

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#183 TayLordBalls
February 03 2014, 09:44PM
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MacT: Innovation in sports is what puts a team ahead of others.

Watching the Oil tonight, it's obvious that the players have little communication skills.

They have no idea where teammates are during pressure situations.

My old man used to say, "like a chicken with its head cut off."

I see a new sports device is out and it's called a mouth guard whistle. It protects players teeth as well as allows for a quick tweet where that player is.

Is there anything in the rule book saying it can't be used?

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#184 Dangilitis
February 03 2014, 09:55PM
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Probably Derek zona he's a real loser. Works for dicks sporting goods in Pittsburgh and obviously the stores name suits him. Most arrogant foolish blogger and between him and chapman they have completely turned people away from their site, me included. Jason I wish you could have seen the debate we had on their site but you won't be able to because that prick took it down because it made him look bad. He argued that RNH was mishandled and i told him that he has no medical knowledge, and more importantly, no inside knowledge of RNH's recovery nor the condition of his shoulder. He called me an idiot and then I proceeded to show him why he was wrong, using my experience as someone who has had a labral shoulder repair and has assisted in the OR as a medical student. He then told me my experiences were irrelevant and called me a proctologist. I then showed him journal articles suggesting RNH's recovery was within reasonable expectations and that, in fact, some players can recover in 4 months to competitive sport. He then called me a dentist and I told him to stick it. Don't take it personally, there are some good people writing there but the rest are jealous and insecure. Hating for the sake of it, and hating people who don't agree with them for the sake of it. Tyler Dellow, you name it. I stopped reading them months ago and I suggest everyone else do the same.

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#185 BingBong
February 03 2014, 10:15PM
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Wow, kind of irrelevant who won that game. Two BAD teams. That first period wasn't much better than the average ECHL game.

Mostly bad but I thought Eberle, Hemsky and Smyth looked absolutely horrible. Bad hangovers maybe?

I actually thought Petry and Schultz looked ok although both play too many minutes.

One huge problem for us is when the D dumps it round the boards, out forwards hardly ever win that battle to get the puck out. And the few times we DO get it out we end up turning it over with a weak cross-ice pass.

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#186 dougtheslug
February 03 2014, 10:18PM
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Random thoughts floating through MacT's mind during the game:

"....what were the conditions on that 6th round pick I got for Omark? Because I think he was worth at least a 5th and a 7th...."

"...why don't we just bench a forward on our power play - 4on 4 we seem pretty solid..."

"...I better stop showcasing Gagner and Hemsky... the way they're playing they must really want to stay in Edmonton...."

"...I'm thinking of protesting the game, for sure that Buffalo goal should have counted...Kevin's gonna be real pissed if this costs him his fourth First Overall Pick ring...."

"...today Buffalo, tomorrow, the CUP!...."

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#187 voom04
February 03 2014, 10:19PM
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Jason, still think Scrivens should have been the one getting shellshocked? Or is that a shot at Eakins like you know better than him?

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#188 #ThereGoesTheOilers
February 03 2014, 10:37PM
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Sharing a laugh with my 8 year old son that watching these teams is like watching a hockey clinic on what not to do.

Not too much later we've watched two shorthanded goals.

My son says, 'wow dad you were right'.

I wish I wasn't my boy, I wish I wasn't.

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#189 Eulers
February 03 2014, 10:41PM
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My dream came true today: first NHL game on the glass! Thanks to my man Justin---who is a regular Nations reader and whom I met at the game---for selling his extra ticket for a great price!!

Nice to see my heroes up close and great to get the win. Couldn't help thinking that this will be the last time I'd see some of these players, at least as Oilers. Great to have so many Oilers fans in Buffalo---especially in the bottom rows. We even had "Go Oilers Go" chant going on!

We also started a "We're not the worst!" chant at the end of the game. The shot clock and the 2 on 1 going the wrong way on the power play (like clockwork this season, eh?) we're cringe-worthy. Superficially, it seemed like a good game to watch: until you realized that these two teams have a near unique ability to make the other team look NHL-worthy.

I was really excited to see the first (to my knowledge) ever 1st overall line of RNH, Hall and Yakupov!!! Unfortunately, they didn't accomplish anything.

I know a few people are complaining about Hemsky here, but he's been an incredible soldier throughout his career and now on the third line. I might be reading too much into this, but I thought I saw his resignation and disappointment at being pulled off the ice as soon as his line had brought the puck into the offensive end for a face-off. You can't blame the guy given the turn-over machines on the 1st and 2nd line that pissed away the O-zone time on the next shift. Suffice it say that Hemsky doesn't get all the plum minutes he used to....

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#190 mouthbreather
February 03 2014, 11:07PM
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#ThereGoesTheOilers wrote:

Sharing a laugh with my 8 year old son that watching these teams is like watching a hockey clinic on what not to do.

Not too much later we've watched two shorthanded goals.

My son says, 'wow dad you were right'.

I wish I wasn't my boy, I wish I wasn't.

ha ha ha my 7 yr old says to me during the 2nd period..."Dad, this game is boring, can I play on your iPhone?"

Put him to bed early in the third without even a fight. These guys are boring!

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#191 Walter Sobchak
February 03 2014, 11:23PM
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michael wrote:

Matt Hendricks has fit in nicely. For the MacT haters where are your comments now regarding the trade for MH?he has complimented Gordon really well. R.Jones has picked up the energy since MH has arrived. Whether by directly or by osmosis RJ has played way better since team with MH and BG.The line has been solid.

Tonight with Hemsky on the line it was ok.Hemsky is a square peg there. He really needs a trade to a team that needs a 2cd line winger.He player well tonight.

If your MacT at the deadline and a team comes calling for a tender. Do you trade Scrivens?IB? Both?Neither?

They both are increasing their trade value. Scrivens continues his current play what is his value at the deadline? A 3rd round pick may markedly increase to a late 1st or 2cd round pick. And IB may get you a late 2cd round pick. His play has been solid. And his post game interviews border on the sane.

Its going to be interesting to see if anyone will step up to get Gagner. I really think MacT is not going to trade him until the off season.No reason to rock the boat at the moment. Trading Gagner at the draft seems to me the better move.

So let's sum up.

Hendricks your ok with but you think trading Hemsky is better.............

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#192 Oasis
February 03 2014, 11:27PM
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The defense is garbage, they should address that first. Plus Scrivens and bryz is miles ahead of dubnyk and labrabera. If they could improve their defence that much, scrivens and bryz would be adequate.

Yep. Let's recap the Oilers problems: 1). The defence is garbage 2). The goaltending is average at best. 3). The top 6 is too small. 4). The team lacks grit and heart. 4) the management.........etc etc

Yep, not a problem.

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#193 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
February 03 2014, 11:28PM
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I laughed my ass off when Yak tried to whack that guy with his stick from the bench. Not exactly a classy move, but it was an Oiler actually showing some emotional investment in the game, so it sticks out (no pun intendid).

I was at the Jets game before Christmas when Yak tried to beat the piss out of the entire Winnipeg lineup by himself. Aside from Scriv's shutout, that was probably my favorite moment this season. This kid has the tools to be something else entirely, but he's gotta get the defensive side of the game into his head.

I'd like to see Yak on the point on the 1st line PP, but I just don't think the Oilers are good enough defensively to run a 4 forwards/1 D PP unit. Case in point: the Oilers lead the league this year in shorthanded goals against with 957 [citation needed]. Put Yak on the halfwall, I bet he could do some serious damage with RNH teeing up that cannon of a shot.

I think they need to send Yak down to OKC, let him get some of his mojo back playing against inferior competition and munching juicy first line minutes. Coach Nelson seems like a better option to foster Yak than Eakins at this point.

And if the rumors about Hall not liking Yak are true, smack Hall in the back of the head with a goalie stick and tell him to grow up if he ever wants to captain this team.

TL;DR - sweet Jesus, when is this gonna end?

Edited for doofus grammar and wording.

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#194 blue31
February 03 2014, 11:35PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

MEANWHILE, AT THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT

Yakupov, at 30 under par, maintains a slim lead over Weber (-29) and Myers (-26). At one time Yakupov had a firm grip on the green jacket, but I think this one is going down to the wire!

Yakupov is 30 over par. Not under.

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#195 Slats
February 03 2014, 11:45PM
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Didn't watch the game worked instead. Saw the low-lights.

I cringe every time this team is in their own zone - can someone please get the D to stop throwing it around the boards as Plan A and make a fricking hockey play or first pass. It's brutal to watch 5 guys face the glass/boards while trying to break out of their zone.

This is the NHL!!!! Fricking play like you belong.

And Gregor I would trade any of our players for what Gallagher brings every night. Should be a poster of him in our locker room.

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1 more note. That's 144 shots against in the last 3 games, if my mediocre math skills are correct.

That's an average of 48 a game. That's embarrassing. So basically, the Oilers would need Ben Scrivens channeling his SuperMojo to even have a shot at winning some games at this rate.

Yup, sounds about right

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#197 TopCheez
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The 1st line pansies did not piss a drop. Pathetic.

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#198 Manfly
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Dangilitis wrote:

Probably Derek zona he's a real loser. Works for dicks sporting goods in Pittsburgh and obviously the stores name suits him. Most arrogant foolish blogger and between him and chapman they have completely turned people away from their site, me included. Jason I wish you could have seen the debate we had on their site but you won't be able to because that prick took it down because it made him look bad. He argued that RNH was mishandled and i told him that he has no medical knowledge, and more importantly, no inside knowledge of RNH's recovery nor the condition of his shoulder. He called me an idiot and then I proceeded to show him why he was wrong, using my experience as someone who has had a labral shoulder repair and has assisted in the OR as a medical student. He then told me my experiences were irrelevant and called me a proctologist. I then showed him journal articles suggesting RNH's recovery was within reasonable expectations and that, in fact, some players can recover in 4 months to competitive sport. He then called me a dentist and I told him to stick it. Don't take it personally, there are some good people writing there but the rest are jealous and insecure. Hating for the sake of it, and hating people who don't agree with them for the sake of it. Tyler Dellow, you name it. I stopped reading them months ago and I suggest everyone else do the same.

i thought it might be another place for me to comment at when i heard about it on here, but having now read several of the articles on C&B, i won't go near it! i don't mind opinions opposite of mine, but the blogger you mentioned has personally attacked other posters who disagree with him, and in a vicious manner, and i find it disgraceful ! i feel for the good posters on that site. thank goodness ON has bloggers and posters who look at the game logically and not as a juvenile.

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#199 ToppsSmith
February 04 2014, 05:51AM
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Matt Hendricks has looked good, he looks like he is one of the only ones Busting his butt out there. Just imagine if the whole team did this what the team would look like. The talent is there, just not the morale I think.

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#200 DrunkGuyTy
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Dear Jordan,

If you want the puck, GO GET THE F'n THING!!! They're not going to just give it to you. And yes, you may need to bump in to someone!

FFS!!!!

-DGT

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