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.

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#1 madjam
February 03 2014, 01:32PM
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Best thing to have happen is Sabers rock us to the tune of 10-0 . Then maybe we'll see some significant changes beyond just the players .

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#2 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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#3 They're $hittie
February 03 2014, 01:31PM
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Players that need to go

Gagner - Gone, playing terrible needs fresh start

Eberle - Gone, overpaid, no back checking no passion, core needs to be mixed up

Hemsky - Needs fresh start, Gone

Smyth - Plays Ok this year but is out of gas, gone

Jones - Will never see north of 10 goals again let a lone 20, gone

Schultz Sr - Done, Gone

Acton - Should have never been on team when Luke Adam was available for free, gone

Arcobello - tough one, he is worth his pay, but too small for the oilers to like him, Gone

Belov - KHL Bound probably, Gone

Grebeshkov - back to Siberia, Gone

Bryz - Gone

#SUMITUP

2 good players not palying defensive hockey and living up to their contract, 1 good player who is contributing but is no help because the rest of the team doesnt, to many useless bottom 6 forwards and 6-7 dman =

#ONE$HITTYHOCKEYTEAM

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#4 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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#5 Bishai in the Benches
February 03 2014, 01:23PM
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Unless the Oilers are trying to showcase Bryz for a trade (and I honestly don't see who would trade for him) it makes no sense why Scrivens doesnt get another start... Just another poor decision by management and another reason why Eakins does not have what it takes to be a head NHL coach.

Rookies on rookies on rookies on rookies. I feel bad for Smyth, this is what his career has come to, stuck on a team where absolutely no one has a clue what they are doing.

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#6 Rob F
February 03 2014, 05:48PM
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I see Yak hustled back after Eberle bad pass. eberle dogged it back

I'm sure yak will get benched for that

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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 They're $hittie
February 03 2014, 01:35PM
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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.

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#11 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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#12 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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#13 BillHK
February 03 2014, 01:45PM
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I've stopped reading C&B. Their editors ARE childish and threaten to blackball you if you disagree with an article's viewpoint. Then their writers chime in with immature profanity whenever they feel like it. Truly a waste of effort.

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#14 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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#15 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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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 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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#22 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 03 2014, 02:25PM
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From Super Bowl Sunday to Toilet Bowl Monday!

Battle of the Cellar Dwellars! Where the outcome of the game is decided not by who plays well but by which team plays worse.

It's Margerine vs Butter! Both soft as hell but one tastes better when compared to the other. Let the Oilers be the Butter! We're butter than they are! Go Oilers!

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#23 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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#24 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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#25 Dodd
February 03 2014, 01:33PM
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Glad you called out some internet BS.

Anyone who reads your writing regularly, and reads C&B would be aware of the value of both. What separates the pros from the clowns are tweets like above.

I don't always agree with you either, Mr. Gregor but any exchanges I've had with you are in a respectful context, and I'm no hockey blog site.

Be better, Copper and Blue.

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#26 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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#27 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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#28 **
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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#29 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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#30 Bishai in the Benches
February 03 2014, 01:34PM
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madjam wrote:

Best thing to have happen is Sabers rock us to the tune of 10-0 . Then maybe we'll see some significant changes beyond just the players .

Agreed, this could be the most important game of the season for the oilers. Seriously. If Buffalo blows us out of the water and wins by 3+ goals, there is no way that the organization can continue without major changes/heads rolling.

We're in for a gooder tonight.

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#31 **
February 03 2014, 03:29PM
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When was the last time I saw an Oiler play like Gallagher?.

Well it was the last time I saw Arcobello play for the Oilers.

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#32 GriffCity
February 03 2014, 03:45PM
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I for one cannot wait until puck-drop. This should define to the league who is in fact the worst team. If BUF manages to win, which I don't suspect they will, KLowe should resign and move to Siberia. I mean honestly Kev, you're in year 4 or 6 or 8 of the "rebuild" and in 29th spot. A loss to the last place team in an already softer Eastern conference is the ultimate slap in the face and the ultimate sign of total failure. If the Oilers lose tonight it will symbolize just how badly this rebuild has gone and just how terrible the team in fact is. Not something a defensemen or two can just swoop in and POW!! Playoffs! I surely hope the Oil win this game because if they do not, I don't know how Klowe and associates can consider themselves worthy of retaining their positions with this hockey club.

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#33 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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#34 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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#35 Bishai in the Benches
February 03 2014, 01:42PM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

Maybe Scrivens isn't starting because he's faced over 100 shots the last two games? I'm sure goalies get tired of facing 40+ shots a game.

Regarding the Oilers pride, I don't know, a dog will even get tired of getting kicked and bite back. Boston did what they wanted and nothing happened.

Agreed, his workload has been huge. But we need to see what we have in him. Cup winning goalies often start 16-25 games in a row in the playoffs, I don't think it's outrageous to ask him to start 3.

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#36 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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 Randaman
February 03 2014, 04:24PM
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S cottV wrote:

Really dislike that Perron, Gagner, Yak line.

Makes no sense to play Gagner and Yak together. With the odd blue moon exception, they are awful together.

Break up the top line and come up with combinations that keep these guys apart.

It not like Hall, RNH and Eberle are lights out great - anyway....

Gagner & Yak do not play together. Yak is always benched as Gagner coasts around the ice like he is at a seven year olds birthday party. Eakins is an idiot and Gags sucks!!

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#40 Stranger
February 03 2014, 05:17PM
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Does this game determine who gets bumped down to the AHL?

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#41 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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#42 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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#43 Rdubb
February 04 2014, 07:10AM
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Gregor, I don't want to "pump up your tires", too much, but I do have to say this: I don't always agree with your position either here on the Nation or on 1260, but I do give you credit as you always try and give your opinion with facts (if possible, and facts are not needed in giving ones opinion either) & with passion, & when I disagree with you, i'll send you a text (hard to really give ones point and facts & such in 160 characters) & if you respond, you'll either say "I agree BUT" or you will go straight into giving me fact to back up your argument, & that's ok... You also stand up for yourself, and ask the difficult questions when interviewing someone, something others @ 1260 do not always do. And the most important thing is that you allow us, the reader/listener you give our opinions in whatever forum we are in, and you hardly ever interrupt unless they are being rude... Do I know you personally, NO. But from what I read and listen to, my opinion is that you are a character person who is an honest person. All a person has is their word and their actions, and if someone brings those into question, one must stand-up for themselves should they find the fight worth while, but, never forget... Good on you Jason. Keep writing good articles and keep rocking at 2pm... Peck

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#44 Reg Dunlop
February 03 2014, 05:44PM
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If I have to watch Eberle toe-drag once more I will pour molten lead in my eyes. Either coach him up or trade him.

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

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#46 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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#47 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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#48 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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#49 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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#50 ?
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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