GDB: BATTLE OF ALBERTA

Lowetide
March 01 2014 09:50AM


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It's an ill will she blows this morning, ladies and men. We are stone cold frozen, indoors, outdoors and in the western conference. The blues aren't blue enough, the country tear-jerkers can't find the lines, the poets can't stop the clocks in rhyme. 

The Battle of Alberta is desolation row. 

BUT WE'LL GET THERE BEFORE THEM!

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Really? REALLY? The tortoise and the hare had a point to their story, I'm not sure 'one frozen bubble against another one' will galvanize our collective spirits in Alberta province. 

Is there ANY good news? And don't tell me the draft! 

CALGARY FLAMES PROJECTED LINEUP

  • TJ Galiardi-Mikael Backlund-Jiri Hudler
  • Mike Cammalleri-Sean Monahan-Joe Colborne
  • Lance Bouma-Matt Stajan-David Jones
  • Paul Byron-Markus Granlund-Kevin Westgarth
  • TJ Brodie-Mark Giordano
  • Kris Russell-Derek Smith
  • Ladislav Smid-Dennis Wideman
  • Reto Berra

The Flames have some good hockey players heading out tonight, and some of them will be playing their last game with the fiery C. Mike Cammalleri should get significant interest, young Backlund has once again overcome major obstacles and the all-Canadian Monahan looks sharp in every photo. The Flames Corsi for % 5x5 is 45.2%, fourth worst in the league but there are some champions in the group:

  • Galiardi 50.8%
  • Giordano 50.5%
  • Backlund 49.4%
  • Brodie 49.3%
  • Cammalleri 49.2%

The complete list is here   and it is worth noting Calgary has only three position players who have been on the ice for more than 300 minutes while posting a sub 43% Corsi for 5x5 %. 

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EDMONTON OILERS PROJECTED LINEUP

  • Hall-Nuge-Hemsky
  • Perron-Gagner-Eberle
  • Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
  • Jones-Smyth-Gazdic
  • Marincin-Petry
  • N Schultz-J Schultz
  • Ference-Belov
  • Bryzgalov

Nail Yakupov's injury isn't considered serious, but it's also likely they hold him back for tonight's game. Do the Oilers have some good news, something similar to the Flames' men who are close to 50% or better Corsi for 5x5?

The Oilers Corsi for 5x5% is 43.3%, they are one below Calgary in the race (don't you laugh, Toronto  only Buffalo saves you!)

  • Martin Marincin 50.2%

The numbers are here.  Edmonton has five players who have been on the ice for more than 300 minutes while also posting a sub 43% Corsi for 5x5 %.


SOME SWEET DAY

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History tells us this will not last. Calgary will have a fine trade deadline, add some picks and prospects and live to fight another day. Edmonton appears to have invested heavily in hiring a new coach each season, so the only impressive thing is the number of first overall selections on their roster. 

Calgary and Edmonton are driving toward that goal this summer, first overall. In that race, Edmonton is judge, jury and executioner. For Oiler fans, the promise of a first overall pick is like a kick in the junk, a stomach turner, a false spring. 

The Flames should learn the lesson presented to them by Edmonton—it's pretty damn hard to come back quickly from scorched earth, even when good soil lies all about you. 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Flames and Oilers play to a 1-1 tie and no one can score in the shootout. Finally, Ladislav Smid drives in over the blueline and goes shelf on a very surprised Ilya Bryzgalov.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Flames win 5-1, on 5 shorthanded goals. All by Smid. 

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: CBC's After Hours becomes trade central as both Mike Cammalleri and Ales Hemsky are sent to Pittsburgh right after the game. 

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#1 D
March 01 2014, 09:57AM
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The Flames have heart. The Oilers...

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#2 Bean-counting cowboy
March 01 2014, 10:00AM
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O.K. Oil. Could you please win this game and maybe... just maybe get on a bit of a run and pass us in the standings?

It's not fair that you get all the top picks every year. It's good to share with others too you know.

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#3 tyler
March 01 2014, 10:02AM
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I think I would rather go outside and toboggan tonight than watch this game....less painful. Man olympics were great, was nice to watch a game i didnt want to turn off after 20 mins. Get well soon oilers.

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#4 Randaman
March 01 2014, 10:06AM
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There is one good thing at least for this snore fest. CBC has no problem calling a spade a spade unlike the Sportsnet puppets. The bad side of this is listening to Hrudey for 2.5 hours. I hope Katz is watching from the bat cave as we get our asses beat again tonight. Would that force change? Thought not

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#5 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:06AM
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With the season almost over here are some ideas to replace the memory of past glory wall Eakins had taken down:

1) A picture of Dubnyk with the red light going off behind him after he was scored on from centre ice.

2) A picture of Eberle dogging it on the backsheck.

3) A picture of a failed Hall toe drag.

4)A close up shot of Gagner's pants covered in snow.

5)A picture of the six rings press conference.

Good times.

Feel free to add your own favourite moments.Lets fill up the wall again.

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#6 Jeffff
March 01 2014, 10:09AM
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I can't believe fans like olympic hockey it was slow and boring for the most part. Loads of dead space on the ice.

Inferior teams played traps it reminded me of Soccer. Yes an acquired taste. But North Americans who find Olympic hockey exciting have not watched the NHL playoffs.

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#7 Fred
March 01 2014, 10:15AM
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Why do you still call it "Battle" of Alberta?? It's now the "Big Yawn of Alberta"

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#8 Retsinnab5
March 01 2014, 10:17AM
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If the Oilers don't show some heart in this game, then i'm not sure they ever will.

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#9 Zamboni Driver
March 01 2014, 10:17AM
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If only there could be more ridiculous Corsi nonsense to demonstrate that this will be a terrible game, again on national TV, oh boy.

And WEEEEE I am going.

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#10 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:19AM
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Jeffff wrote:

I can't believe fans like olympic hockey it was slow and boring for the most part. Loads of dead space on the ice.

Inferior teams played traps it reminded me of Soccer. Yes an acquired taste. But North Americans who find Olympic hockey exciting have not watched the NHL playoffs.

If playing sound defensive hockey bores you it is a good thing you are an Oilers fan.

From the very first game on I was impressed with Team Canada every player made the right play at the right time it was almost surreal. Throughout the entire tournament Canada"s players were always on the right side of the puck and man defensively.The entire team made no more than a handful of errors the entire tournament.

It was amazing to watch.That team was the best coached ,best defensive hockey team I have ever witnessed.

Perhaps the best hockey team in history.

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#11 beloch
March 01 2014, 10:20AM
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@Jeffff

As much as I enjoyed watching the Canucks get swept in four last year, Latvia played a better and far more entertaining game against the Canadians.

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#12 Ryan Pike
March 01 2014, 10:20AM
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Flames injuries: Ramo (knee), Glencross (ankle), McGrattan (upper), Butler (lower/upper), Stempniak (personal) all won't play. Chad Billins has been recalled to be the seventh D-man.

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#13 book¡e
March 01 2014, 10:21AM
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LT does not understand the GDP, OGDP, NOGDP. How can you predict a 1-1 tie with Smid getting 5 goals.

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#14 6 ring circus
March 01 2014, 10:23AM
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I would rather watch Kevin Lowe and Brian Burke in a steel cage match at center ice,the winner gets the other teams first overall pick.

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#15 Loweblows
March 01 2014, 10:23AM
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I hope we get blown out tonight. I hope Calgary scores lots of goals and CBC zooms in on Eakins with his blowing cheeks vacant eyes look. And furthermore I truly hope this is the last straw for Eakins. Anyone who supports Eakins is NOT a knowledgable fan. As an earlier poster said it right. It's wrong to keep Eakins for the sake of continuity. The longer this clown is around the deeper the damage. Eakins lovers can kiss my a&&.

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#16 Loweblows
March 01 2014, 10:25AM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

Flames injuries: Ramo (knee), Glencross (ankle), McGrattan (upper), Butler (lower/upper), Stempniak (personal) all won't play. Chad Billins has been recalled to be the seventh D-man.

Sounds like a recipe for an Oiler loss.

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#17 Jeffff
March 01 2014, 10:28AM
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Spydyr wrote:

If playing sound defensive hockey bores you it is a good thing you are an Oilers fan.

From the very first game on I was impressed with Team Canada every player made the right play at the right time it was almost surreal. Throughout the entire tournament Canada"s players were always on the right side of the puck and man defensively.The entire team made no more than a handful of errors the entire tournament.

It was amazing to watch.That team was the best coached ,best defensive hockey team I have ever witnessed.

Perhaps the best hockey team in history.

Sounds like you were mimicking some sportswriter . I find the big ice mostly boring.

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#18 Kent Wilson
March 01 2014, 10:29AM
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This is by far the nicest cross-posted gameday thread in the history of the Nations. Someone needs to get the trash talk flowing. Where's Wanye?

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#19 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:30AM
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Jeffff wrote:

Sounds like you were mimicking some sportswriter . I find the big ice mostly boring.

"Sounds like you were mimicking some sportswriter"

Perhaps it is just people that understand the game have the same opinion.

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#20 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:31AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

This is by far the nicest cross-posted gameday thread in the history of the Nations. Someone needs to get the trash talk flowing. Where's Wanye?

Bring out DSF he will stir things up.

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#21 Rob F
March 01 2014, 10:33AM
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Spydyr wrote:

With the season almost over here are some ideas to replace the memory of past glory wall Eakins had taken down:

1) A picture of Dubnyk with the red light going off behind him after he was scored on from centre ice.

2) A picture of Eberle dogging it on the backsheck.

3) A picture of a failed Hall toe drag.

4)A close up shot of Gagner's pants covered in snow.

5)A picture of the six rings press conference.

Good times.

Feel free to add your own favourite moments.Lets fill up the wall again.

Just one correction.

You wrote, "With the season almost over"

The season was over in December. Just saying

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#22 Zamboni Driver
March 01 2014, 10:33AM
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@Kent Wilson

Honestly, does anyone have the energy anymore?

My second cousin once-removed can whip your second cousin once-removed!

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#23 ThatButthurtOilersFan
March 01 2014, 10:34AM
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Sold my tickets and going to Oil Kings game this afternoon instead. Far more entertaining watching a group of kids working their *** off than watching a bunch of millionaires moping around.

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#24 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:34AM
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OK flames fans I'm a lifelong Oiler fan and I'm saying my team is better at tanking a season than yours?

Rebuttal?

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#25 Retsinnab5
March 01 2014, 10:35AM
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Loweblows wrote:

I hope we get blown out tonight. I hope Calgary scores lots of goals and CBC zooms in on Eakins with his blowing cheeks vacant eyes look. And furthermore I truly hope this is the last straw for Eakins. Anyone who supports Eakins is NOT a knowledgable fan. As an earlier poster said it right. It's wrong to keep Eakins for the sake of continuity. The longer this clown is around the deeper the damage. Eakins lovers can kiss my a&&.

I agree with you 100%.

Eakins needs to go, i'm not giving him all the blame but we will not be successful with him as a coach!

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#26 dougtheslug
March 01 2014, 10:36AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

This is by far the nicest cross-posted gameday thread in the history of the Nations. Someone needs to get the trash talk flowing. Where's Wanye?

A combination of mind-numbing Alberta cold, and mind-numbing Alberta hockey incompetence

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#27 Retsinnab5
March 01 2014, 10:37AM
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Rob F wrote:

Just one correction.

You wrote, "With the season almost over"

The season was over in December. Just saying

Actual the season was over in November

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#28 Jeffff
March 01 2014, 10:41AM
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Spydyr wrote:

"Sounds like you were mimicking some sportswriter"

Perhaps it is just people that understand the game have the same opinion.

I found 2010 Olympics were much more exciting mainly because it was on NHL ice.

I guess I like the NHL game better than European hockey

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#29 Walter White
March 01 2014, 10:41AM
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Spydyr wrote:

OK flames fans I'm a lifelong Oiler fan and I'm saying my team is better at tanking a season than yours?

Rebuttal?

Loser gets Ekblad.......that's what we are playing for.

WW

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#30 M22
March 01 2014, 10:44AM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Actual the season was over in November

No, this season was over in 2007.

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#31 Jed
March 01 2014, 10:44AM
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@Walter White

Only team that really tanked last year was Tampa Bay. It was quite obvious.

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#32 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 10:45AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

This is by far the nicest cross-posted gameday thread in the history of the Nations. Someone needs to get the trash talk flowing. Where's Wanye?

I'll start the trash talk... The flamers are so bad they're gonna finish only a few points ahead of the oilers this year!!! Boom

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#33 tabs
March 01 2014, 10:46AM
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Don't care any more, hope they lose again tonight.

I want Eakins gone by seasons end along with Gagner, Smyth, Hemsky and half the defense.

GDP Oilers win 4-2 and end the season with one point more than the Flames.

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#34 nuge2nail
March 01 2014, 10:48AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Standard Oilers Viewing Instructions:

1. PVR the game

2. Ffwd to the first opposition goal

3. Ffwd to a useless oiler powerplay

4. Ffwd to the second opposition goal

5. Ffwd to Gagner getting pushed around

6. Have mixed feelings about the loss

Welcome to the life of an Oiler Fan.

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#35 15w40
March 01 2014, 10:50AM
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Hemsky looked like a kid on Christmas Eve. He was basically giddy with the thought of getting traded out of E-Town.

There is no animosity in this thread because both teams blow.

At least the flaming C fans can usually count on a good effort.

The Oilers looked completely disinterested (as usual) in the last game and as usual the power play looked like a complete fire drill.

Refused to dump it in because then they might actually have to go hit somebody and take the puck back.

I watched a grand total of 10 minutes of the last game and couldn't take it anymore.

All of the interviews done this week with the PR trumpet "Oilers Now" by MacT and Eakins were going on about how great a job everybody is doing and all of the positive signs that are happening in the structure and style of play. More commitment to playing the "right" way.

The coaching staff in its entirety is doing a bang up job.

Its like they are all diabetics on a sugar high. Everything is arrows up - steady as she goes.

Pass the crack pipe.

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#36 Stuart
March 01 2014, 10:50AM
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I've said this before it would not matter if the Oilers got the # 1 pick in the draft for the last 8 years. They don't know how to rebuild. If they did we would already see some positive results.

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#37 Thumby
March 01 2014, 10:51AM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

I agree with you 100%.

Eakins needs to go, i'm not giving him all the blame but we will not be successful with him as a coach!

If Eakins goes, who is on everyone's wish list for an available head coach?

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#38 Stuart
March 01 2014, 10:54AM
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Stuart wrote:

I've said this before it would not matter if the Oilers got the # 1 pick in the draft for the last 8 years. They don't know how to rebuild. If they did we would already see some positive results.

Their philosophy is change the coach or change the GM and we can fool the fans this year is the 1st year of the rebuild. Blame the last guy with the job. Sadly the fans buy into this.

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#39 Clarko
March 01 2014, 10:56AM
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Spydyr wrote:

If playing sound defensive hockey bores you it is a good thing you are an Oilers fan.

From the very first game on I was impressed with Team Canada every player made the right play at the right time it was almost surreal. Throughout the entire tournament Canada"s players were always on the right side of the puck and man defensively.The entire team made no more than a handful of errors the entire tournament.

It was amazing to watch.That team was the best coached ,best defensive hockey team I have ever witnessed.

Perhaps the best hockey team in history.

I would agree with you that they could be in conversation for the best defensive team ever put together, but completely disagree on the best team in hockey history,

Their struggle to score goals doesn't allow me to put them in that category. They were one unlucky bounce away from losing to Latvia in the quarter-finals. The forwards were bailed out by the defense both offensively and defensively. If it wasn't for the great defense and solid goaltending, we would all be talking about Canada's complete lack of goal-scoring ability.

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#40 Westcoastoil
March 01 2014, 10:56AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Standard Oilers Viewing Instructions:

1. PVR the game

2. Ffwd to the first opposition goal

3. Ffwd to a useless oiler powerplay

4. Ffwd to the second opposition goal

5. Ffwd to Gagner getting pushed around

6. Have mixed feelings about the loss

Welcome to the life of an Oiler Fan.

Yes, but thanks to my trusty PVR I can do all that in under 15 minutes

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#41 ?
March 01 2014, 10:56AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Bring out DSF he will stir things up.

Yea, he'll piss off all the Oilers fans lol

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#42 Jeffff
March 01 2014, 10:56AM
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@Spydyr

1 question for you.

Did you realize the Blue line is closer to the Goalie redline on olympic size ice?

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#43 Josh
March 01 2014, 10:57AM
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The only way this game could be even remotely interesting is if the teams thru sticks to pick sides

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#44 ?
March 01 2014, 10:58AM
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Thumby wrote:

If Eakins goes, who is on everyone's wish list for an available head coach?

Pat Quinn

Hahahahahahaha

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#45 Naky
March 01 2014, 10:58AM
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@Kent Wilson

You know that point where to enemies have fought for so long but then they both get to such a low point that they end up sitting next to each other in quiet silence passing a flask back and forth? That's pretty much where state of the fanbase is between the Oilers and Flames are right now.

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#46 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:59AM
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Jeffff wrote:

1 question for you.

Did you realize the Blue line is closer to the Goalie redline on olympic size ice?

Yes

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#47 Hockey Problems
March 01 2014, 11:00AM
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The hapless Oilers can't even tank the season the right way !!!

2008- Miss out on Tavares

2009- Miss out on Stamkos

2010 Hall

2011- Nuge

2012- Yakupov

2013- Miss out on Mackinnon

2014- Lose the season, Again. Win the lotto (bold prediction)

2015- And if history serves us correctly, they will lose out on McDavid

The Oilers can't even suck right !!!

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#48 Naky
March 01 2014, 11:02AM
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@Hockey Problems

You forgot to go back even further to 2007. If we had lost that last game of the year, we would have been the one to win the lottery to get Kane. Instead we got Gagner.

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#49 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
March 01 2014, 11:02AM
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C'mon Boys...ITS THE GODLESS FLAMES.

Just WIN Baby

Or are we the suckiest bunch of sucks who have ever sucked

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#50 oilcountryforlife
March 01 2014, 11:02AM
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Went to the game against the Wild. Only highlight of that pathetic f#&$*%ing game was when the two Team Canada Female players came out....Every hockey fan, Oilers Fans included, cheer on players who have heart and play the system.

Get rid of Lowe, Easkins, Smith, Buchberger, and light a fire under those spoiled overpaid babies who call themselves professional hockey players. Three weeks off and they looked like they were skating in sand all night.

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