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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#51 kale
March 01 2014, 10:43PM
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well that was fitting...Calgary deserved this game

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#52 Andrew
March 02 2014, 03:23AM
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Eakins major flaw IMO is a rather tenuous grasp of reality. After every game I hear his comments and analysis and it never seems to make any kind of sense relative to the game I just watched. If you as coach can't see the problems how do you expect to fix them?

Hall's point totals be darned. He sucks. Every play seems to end with him giving the puck away. He looks like a graduate of the 'Slip and Fall Hockey School for Pete's sake. Based on the lack of effort and professionalism I say no one in the top 6 on this team is necessarily untouchable.

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#53 blue31
March 02 2014, 10:57AM
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@Max

I was going to post a comment about how apathetic the Oilers have become.

But then I thought, why bother?

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#54 BurningSensation
March 01 2014, 11:57AM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

C'mon Boys...ITS THE GODLESS FLAMES.

Just WIN Baby

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

I'm going with option #2

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#55 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 12:39PM
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Thumby wrote:

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

Is Ralph Krueger available?

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#56 Anton
March 02 2014, 06:03AM
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This season is such a torture for me since I was wanting Eakins to be fired after just 3 games. Back in October when I said that, others were telling me to be patient and it was just 3 games into the season...

Well...

Now,62 games into the season...

How can everyone be so blind? Look at Jets! They fired the coach and now they are resurrected and chasing for a playoffs spot. You can never be too late to fire a coach, there is never such a thing that give coach time to let him do his work. It is either a coach can bring out the best of the players or in Eakins case, the worst of the players.

It is never too late to fire a coach, even it is only 20 games left to go. At this point, you still need to salvage whatever has left from this sorry bunch of so-called professional athletes. The boldest move that MacT can do is admit his mistake of hiring Eakins and move on. Since MacT is also gutless to do that, we will not be expecting him to perform any miracles.

Let me know in another 8 years if Oilers make the playoffs.

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#57 Ari Gold
March 02 2014, 07:49AM
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Can we take the whole team to the vet and euthanize them? I honestly can't see any other option.

They're all a bunch of misguided fools out there. For all you clowns that think it's not on Eakins, imagine if Babcock or Hitchcock were the coach of this team...... Don't compare Eakins to Kruger, compare him to elite coaches. That's our competition.

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#58 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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#59 Grumpy
March 01 2014, 09:18PM
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Give eberle a break! He's exhausted from filming commercials

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#60 Quack
March 02 2014, 06:03AM
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Bucknuck wrote:

I just can't get too upset about the loss. I would prefer to pick before the Flames. :-)

And this is exactly the reason and attitude why the oilers will remain the worst team in the league for most likely another decade

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#61 Lowe really really blows
March 02 2014, 07:44AM
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Eakins said a few months ago that this team is defensively challenged. Then just the other day he said this team is offensively challenged. At the start he employed the swarm???? and changed to what I don't know. Next he destroyed the confidence of Yak. Then he proceeded to rejig the power play so that what was once a strength is now a weakness. My mouth fills with vomit when I hear Eakins supporters say we need continuity. The only continuity Eakins has brought is losing. It is painfully obvious this team needs a veteran coach that can teach just the basics. MacT do the right thing and can this useless piece of shi?! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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#62 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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#63 DrDave
March 01 2014, 11:25AM
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I feel so depressed reading all these comments. Yes I agree that the Oilers suck and have sucked since Miley was Hanna but come on!!! ITS THE F#CKING FLAMES WE ARE PLAYING!!! If I learned anything from my childhood it was my ABCs. ANYONE BUT CALGARY!!! So even if it's just for tonight, I need everyone to scoop the sand out of your collective lady parts and cheer for a win tonight! F#CK CALGARY!!!

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#64 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 01 2014, 12:22PM
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ALL TOGETHER NOW........M..I..C....See Ya in June at the Entry Draft!.......K..E..Y....Why?..Cause we're a Lottery Team Again!......M..O..U..S..E.

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#65 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:31PM
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Remember when people were saying the oilers are getting better and will chase down and pass the flames in the standings.... Guess we can put that dream to bed. I hope the oilers finish last, lose the lottery and pick 5th. They don't deserve anything else

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#66 admiralmark
March 02 2014, 08:44AM
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I don't care what anyone says firing Krueger was a HUGE mistake. The team had more holes then it has this year but was playing decent despite the missing pieces. And Krueger was cool enough to say hey I could use an experienced NHL coach to add to the team. So what do they do.. add the so called wonder kid Eakins... Pumped up by guess who Toronto media! If this keeps going we are going to have a real shot at McDavid. No joke.

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#67 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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#68 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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#69 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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#70 SmellOfVictory
March 01 2014, 11:51AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

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.

I support this. Burke would clean Lowe's clock. Haha

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#71 Loweblows
March 01 2014, 03:13PM
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What UFA in his right mind will sign with Edmonton this summer? I cant see any impactful roster player wanting to sign here. What will MacT get at the deadline? Probably prospects and picks. Who will be on the team from OKC next year? Maybe a 4th liner , 3rd liner and a couple rookie D. All the above points to another failed year and a lotto pick for McDavid.

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#72 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 10:46PM
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Kevin wrote:

ya- think I noticed him flipin pucks off his back on the ATB commercial. Aside from that six rings and bold moves gave him his $40 Million what else does he need to do ?

Eberle and Gagner got points on the Perron goal, it sure seemed unassisted.

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#73 The War Amp Champ
March 01 2014, 11:17PM
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I should have dumped water on my head then walked around outside in the -50 degree weather until I got frostbite and ended up in emergency, would have been a much better use of my time than watching oilers hockey and prob less painful

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#74 bazmagoo
March 02 2014, 12:26AM
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I also wonder if it's another tank job in Edmonton too. Seems pretty obvious that Eakins isn't the right guy for the job, why not ride it out and bow to public pressure by firing him at the end of season? Get another top 2 pick minimum out of the equation, and Northlands is still full every night. Hmmm.

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#75 Batfink
March 02 2014, 11:15AM
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You can always tell when the Oilers have shown another indefensibly terrible game, it takes ages for a new article to be posted. Must be looking for more lipstick to put on this particular pig.

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#76 vetinari
March 01 2014, 07:41PM
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Instead of advertising it as a BOA matchup, maybe they should instead be running it as a telethon....

"Friends. Help these two teams out. One is run by an idiot and the other is coached by a moron. Don't know which is which? THAT is precisely why they need your support. For only thousands per game, you, too, can ensure that multi-millionaires and millionaires get what they deserve: a bigger house and a new Hummer."

{reaches for bottle of rye and throws away the cap-- "I won't be needing this tonight..."}

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#77 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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#78 hockey fan 1976
March 01 2014, 12:07PM
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RexHolez wrote:

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

Please allow me to trash talk with a bit of reality in the mix..oh..btw I am an Oilers fan

The Soilers are so bad they have 3 first overall picks, "highly scouted" coach and we are still worse than the Flamers...BOOM!!

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#79 beloch
March 01 2014, 08:30PM
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Wow. The rookie line embarrasses Hall's line by scoring a goal, and Eakins sends out the goon? Doesn't he realize that taking Westgarth out of the game actually improves the Flames?

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#80 Ari Gold
March 01 2014, 11:17PM
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I want to buy a Flames jersey, put 99 on the back and have ExOilFan printed on the back. Then I'd like to toss it on the ice. Hopefully it'd lay on it's front crest for the tv stations to catch a shot of it.

-Oiler fan.

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#81 Taylor Gang
March 01 2014, 11:43PM
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I win roll up the rim more than the Oilers do. I just won my first one of the year tonight...

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#82 Spydyr
March 02 2014, 06:39AM
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Hey Eakins, you know what is impossible to defend.No, not your pitiful powerplay.A coach that says his powerplay will be impossible to defend.Especially if said coach is on a 29th soon to be last place team.

Please don't keep him as coach to avoid change keep him because he earned it.He has not.

All hat no cattle.

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#83 Hockey fan 1976
March 02 2014, 08:36AM
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Why the hell was KBlow interviewed after the Olympics? Everyone knows he had nothing to do with Canada winning gold. He was there to fetch beers for real hockey minds like Yzerman, Babcock etc. If he's that much of a " winner" and a genius putting together legendary teams why are we in 29th place? Or out of playoffs for 8 straight years? Please Lowe, have some dignity and resign now. Please!!!'

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#84 MontanaMan
March 02 2014, 08:37AM
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The coaching of Bob Hartley has been overlooked. He has taken a group of AHLers and made them competitive on most nights. And when I say Hartley, I mean his entire coaching staff. They are consistent and unified in their approach, unlike the Oilers who have a career AHLer behind the bench with Oilers alumni. With the exception of Gelinas, not one ex-Flame behind the bench. Note to MacT: ignore Lowe's direction to hire his old buddies and look for qualified coaches not endeared to the POHO.

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#85 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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#86 Dave
March 01 2014, 11:11AM
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YYYYYAAAAWWWNNNN.... SHIVER Yawn

Brrr

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#87 Loweblows
March 01 2014, 11:45AM
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Thumby wrote:

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

A pee wee coach that is available.

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#88 risto siltanen's slapshot
March 01 2014, 11:44PM
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while looking up at the rafters I noticed a huge gap in the banners. from '92 to 06'there were none.when did we get that city of champions sign and how long until we can release the curse. eskimos aren't what they were.oilers bite.no baseball team.i know the sign was for other than sport reasons but maybe it's our billy goat and I hate being a cubs fan.let's tear down the signs and hope for the best. boy was that 2nd period brutal.

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#89 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 08:43AM
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@dougtheslug

Who was the last Oiler head to coach to get another head coaching job in the NHL who was not hired by Glen Sather? John Muckler that's who. This teams record of piss poor coach hiring goes back over two decades.

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#90 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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#91 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 11:29AM
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DrDave wrote:

I feel so depressed reading all these comments. Yes I agree that the Oilers suck and have sucked since Miley was Hanna but come on!!! ITS THE F#CKING FLAMES WE ARE PLAYING!!! If I learned anything from my childhood it was my ABCs. ANYONE BUT CALGARY!!! So even if it's just for tonight, I need everyone to scoop the sand out of your collective lady parts and cheer for a win tonight! F#CK CALGARY!!!

Yawn,,,maybe if it meant something other than who gets the better lotto pick.

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#92 Grimm
March 01 2014, 12:32PM
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The only entertainment I get from the oilers is by making fun at how pathetic they are. But even that's just getting sad

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#93 Primo
March 01 2014, 05:03PM
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Randaman wrote:

Be prepared for some pretty harsh critisism tonight. Glenn Healy is in the house. He likes to tell it like it is and isn't afraid of Six Rings or MacT. Give it to em Healy

Glenn Healey is the most arrogant, over rated, negative, glass half empty jerk off type guy in sports journalism. He and the CBC deserve each other!

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#94 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 10:49PM
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Typical oiler game. they put in 5 minutes of hockey

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#95 gussey
March 01 2014, 11:35PM
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Monohan reminds me of a young Jonathan toews.. hall reminds me of a young phil kessel.. you choose what kind of player you want leading your team.

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#96 Air on Egg blood
March 02 2014, 06:51AM
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I have long been a disciple of getting Eakins some help by hiring an experienced associate coach. But honestly, I now think we are not one associate coach away from cleaning this mess. The entire coaching staff must be changed. And this time for the head-coaching job, MacT needs to interview more than one candidate.

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#97 BobbyCanuck
March 02 2014, 10:19AM
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kittensandcookies wrote:

Jesus the only thing that's easier than entering the Oilers zone is Ryan Nugent Hopkins' mom.

You sir, are a very rude. I guess your mom was not looking over your shoulder

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#98 Geo
March 01 2014, 11:20AM
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Yup it's gonna be a battle tonight. Between a perennial bottom feeder who's been in an 8 year rebuild and a flames team that's only going down hill! Get your popcorn ready guys, there's gotta be somthing on TV worth watching tonight. But it sure the heck isn't this game

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#99 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 01 2014, 12:11PM
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The Flames have at least shown up and battled on 90% of the nights, in spite of having to play through significant injuries all year and constant trade rumors and icing two non-hockey players every night.

Edmonton smells like sweat.

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#100 Bryzarro World
March 01 2014, 07:25PM
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What's so hard to understand? You all need to listen to gregor because apparently the public are idiots and only he knows what the real deal is.....

Dallas is great, macT is great and i heard him say kBlowe tastes like cotton candy....

Press pass pandering

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