GDB Wrap Up: Oilers @ Wild

baggedmilk
March 11 2014 09:21PM

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Who would have ever expected this game to get to a shootout when the Oilers were down by 3? Just like they drew it up! Final Score: 4-3 Oilers

Tonight, we got our first look at 2 new Oilers in Viktor Fasth and Oscar Klefbom. Klefbom's debut was a little bit shaky but you'd have to think the kid was super nervous. There's a lot of expectations for Klefbom, and I thought he played with more confidence as the game went on, even registering his first assist. Not a perfect debut but who was perfect in this one? As for Fasth, he wears #35 and has already gone uninjured longer than Khabibulin - you've got to respect that. Despite being welcomed by the land of no defence, Fasth stole the Oilers a win tonight. It's pretty exciting to have a legitimate goaltending duo for the first time in forever!

Overall this game was messy. ELPH? This wasn't it. Maybe it's because they were playing the Wild, or maybe the game was as slow as it looked. I can't decide. (More likely the Wild) Either way, this game was like being kicked in the shins, watching the WNBA, then getting a massaged by a pretty lady - kinda boring, mostly irritating, but worth the wait. Regardless, the Oilers came up with a hell of a comeback to win this game. WHO SAW THAT COMING? Not Towel Boy, not you.  

Let's wrap this one up...

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The Bright Side

  • Viktor Fasth stole that game for the Oilers
  • David Perron continues his quest for all word studlyness
  • Taylor Hall's play on DPs goal was the result of hard work and godlike genetics
  • Perfectly executed the pass, pass, pass, pass, pass , turnover power play
  • PK was really good during the Minnesota 5 on 3

The Face Palms

  • 3 straight goals in 4 minutes for the Wild
  • Many many passes to the wrong team
  • Power Play was groooossss
  • Defence was often a suggestion more than a requirement
  • Minnesota Wild games should come with a coffee enema

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#2 hallsyoilerforever5
March 11 2014, 09:30PM
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I'm set on our goaltending for next season for sure now.

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#3 Retsinnab5
March 11 2014, 09:39PM
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Hey Eakins how's the impossible to defend PP doing?

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#4 nuge2nail
March 11 2014, 09:42PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Teams 8-3-2 since MacT addressed the goaltending and team toughness issues?

Defence and Center Position Next.

Nurse and the 2nd overall should help.

40+ million in cap space this offseason doesn't hurt (after Gagner trade).

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#5 BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull
March 11 2014, 09:44PM
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Terry Trafford' A very sad day

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#6 Cervantes
March 11 2014, 09:47PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Hey Eakins how's the impossible to defend PP doing?

The patented "Pass it through three sets of legs for a cross-crease tap-in"? As soon as we figure out how to get it through that third set of legs we'll be great.

Srsly though, the Oil have no plan of attack at evens and it's becoming hard to watch. They get the puck in the corner and then sit there going "what do I do now?". No plan for getting point shots, shooters in the slot, cross crease passes, or anything. They pass it around and maybe cycle a little bit. Everyone kinda hangs around on one side of the ice (not too close together mind you, or you wouldn't get to be outmanned on every puck battle), fiddle with it for a bit, and then a weak shot or deflection goes to the other side , and there isn't an Oiler within 20 feet.

Eakins is fine for defensive play, but the Mighty Oil Typhoon needs an experienced NHL coach for offensive/PP plays. There can be no doubt.

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#7 dougie
March 11 2014, 09:57PM
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I was going to rip Eakins for choosing Hall in the shootout over Nuge and Yak. But since he scored, I will save it for another day.

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#8 Chainsawz
March 11 2014, 09:59PM
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I'm convinced Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk are the same person and that person suffers from advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.

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#9 Rip van Winkle
March 11 2014, 10:02PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Hey Eakins how's the impossible to defend PP doing?

In all fairness, it is impossible to defend when you are always rushing up ice on a 2 on 1 whilst penalty killing

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#10 **
March 11 2014, 10:03PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

Teams 8-3-2 since MacT addressed the goaltending and team toughness issues?

Defence and Center Position Next.

Nurse and the 2nd overall should help.

40+ million in cap space this offseason doesn't hurt (after Gagner trade).

Don't get your panties in a bunch. The Oilers have been outchanced on most of those games. If not for the goalies they would be sucking the big one. Until they get better d men they will keep sucking.

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#12 where's struds?
March 11 2014, 10:08PM
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Am I the only one who thinks the Oilers really, really, reeeaaally need a big shot on the power play? Right now our only threat is cross seam passes for tap in's, and when you just cycle around the outside on the pp, its pretty easy to defend the cross seam pass. Any ideas on off season additions, or possibly giving a guy like Petry or even Marincin a shot and being the shooter, giving us more threats then just pretty passing?

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#13 Challenged
March 11 2014, 10:18PM
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Until you get a better Photoshop artist I refuse to read the article. Really now, that is awful.

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#15 Westcoastoil
March 11 2014, 10:27PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Hey Eakins how's the impossible to defend PP doing?

Good question - the Oilers cannot defend their opponents when on their own PP!

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#16 Oiltown3000
March 11 2014, 10:28PM
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I'm trying to imagine the Oilers young guns with some veteran help and defense.

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#18 Alsker
March 11 2014, 10:35PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

BOOOOOOO JEANSHORTS!

Haven't seen you two around as much in the last couple weeks since the days of the Ogden Bros. and prior to QSB fall to the darkside. Enjoyed you back then and we all need you today. Keep it up, its gonna be a long summer!!

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#19 Taylor Gang
March 11 2014, 10:41PM
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Klefbom made my heart stop once or twice, other times I was amazed at what he did.

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#20 NJ
March 11 2014, 10:42PM
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Re: 1-3-1. Anyone criticizing that PP setup needs to go watch the Pens or Capitals run it. While the Oilers are currently failing at it, the execution is the issue, not that setup.

Without the boomer up top other teams have taken away the down low play. What do you suggest for PP setup and execution? There are pieces missing. We all know the Oilers won't "really" improve until the add more good pieces.

Please God trade for PK. (Gagner, Klebfbom and our first this year and second next year maybe?) Wait. I'm just another deluded Oiler fan dreaming and over valuing players again.

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#21 David S
March 11 2014, 10:44PM
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Chainsawz wrote:

I'm convinced Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk are the same person and that person suffers from advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

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#22 Eulers
March 11 2014, 10:47PM
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Well, that was a good game for multi-tasking.

What a brutal start! Fasth gets the same "3 Michelin star" welcome as Scrivens: more rubber than a Michelin factory. At times, the Oilers looked like kindergardeners running around after the puck--only it was getting close to nap time.

Kudos to the Wild for easing off the gas pedal to hand the Oilers a thoroughly (another) undeserved win.

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#23 Eulers
March 11 2014, 10:47PM
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double post, i guess.

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#24 Mason Storm
March 11 2014, 10:47PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

One day, my friend. One day.

I think the Oilers are just waiting for the young guns to be the veteran players. That's how a team ends up in year 6 of the 3 year plan.

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#25 Oiltown3000
March 11 2014, 10:49PM
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Weird how Fasth didn't get a star tonight.

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#26 nuge2nail
March 11 2014, 10:51PM
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** wrote:

Don't get your panties in a bunch. The Oilers have been outchanced on most of those games. If not for the goalies they would be sucking the big one. Until they get better d men they will keep sucking.

Oiler Domination To Follow

You need to learn how to read.

I said the goaltending issue has been addressed and the recent positive record shows it.

I also said the Defense is the next issue that needs to be addressed.

How is that any different than what you just said?

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#27 bwar
March 11 2014, 10:55PM
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New game plan now that we have some goaltending: Give the oppossing team so many chances that they just wear themselves out then transition into late game heroics and Gagner getting embarrassingly poke checked in the shootout. Easy wins every single night.

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#28 bwar
March 11 2014, 10:56PM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

You need to learn how to read.

I said the goaltending issue has been addressed and the recent positive record shows it.

I also said the Defense is the next issue that needs to be addressed.

How is that any different than what you just said?

Don't get your panties in a bunch, now that we've addressed the goaltending we need to start fixing the D. Oilers domination to follow?

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#29 Eulers
March 11 2014, 11:00PM
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bwar wrote:

New game plan now that we have some goaltending: Give the oppossing team so many chances that they just wear themselves out then transition into late game heroics and Gagner getting embarrassingly poke checked in the shootout. Easy wins every single night.

the rope-a-dope strategy

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#30 BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull
March 11 2014, 11:05PM
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@BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull

What?

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#31 Czar
March 11 2014, 11:07PM
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Vikings are cool right now and we got one!?

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#32 Sorensenator
March 11 2014, 11:33PM
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The 2nd line of Eberle, Nuge, and Yak looked terrible for most of the night. I'm glad Eberle was at least able to take advantage of that greasy rebound. All three need to step it up.

I can't see both Eberle and Yakupov in the lineup next year. If the composition of the top six does not add more size and grit, we will continue to see games where 3 small skilled forwards cannot contain the puck in the offensive zone.

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#33 Total Points
March 11 2014, 11:33PM
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Gagner on the shootout. I don't think so

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#34 bazmagoo
March 11 2014, 11:41PM
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I think it would be interesting to analyze how many goals for and against we have in each period throughout the year, I guarantee we are getting hammered in the 1st period. Can't understand how we come out flat each and every game, it's an Eakins mystery! Thought Ference had his best game of the season tonight. Fasth looks like a good pick up, and Klefbom held his own in the end. The competitive edge of the team came through in the end, as it has in quite a few games recently, at least they haven't accepted losing.

Favourite part of the game was when Gagner was chirping Cooke on his way to the bench. Learn how to take a hit Sammy Snow Pants! Better yet, just leave so we can have open auditions for your spot already.

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#35 SmythsMullet
March 11 2014, 11:55PM
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Chainsawz wrote:

I'm convinced Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk are the same person and that person suffers from advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.

Yeah on twitter I always thought they were the same person.

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#36 bazmagoo
March 12 2014, 12:02AM
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So far in 2013-14

1st period - 50 goals for 71 against

2nd period - 48 goals for 73 against

3rd period - 61 goals for 63 against

What's the reason for the consistent slow starts?

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#37 Taylor Gang
March 12 2014, 12:03AM
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Total Points wrote:

Gagner on the shootout. I don't think so

Nuge is even worse on the shootout.

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#38 Taylor Gang
March 12 2014, 12:07AM
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Sammy is gone by the offseason, Arco takes his place fresh off the Calder Trophy win. Book it.

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#39 Zarny
March 12 2014, 12:19AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

So far in 2013-14

1st period - 50 goals for 71 against

2nd period - 48 goals for 73 against

3rd period - 61 goals for 63 against

What's the reason for the consistent slow starts?

Playing poorly in the first 2 periods.

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#40 bazmagoo
March 12 2014, 12:20AM
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Zarny wrote:

Playing poorly in the first 2 periods.

Touché

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#41 Zarny
March 12 2014, 12:23AM
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NJ wrote:

Re: 1-3-1. Anyone criticizing that PP setup needs to go watch the Pens or Capitals run it. While the Oilers are currently failing at it, the execution is the issue, not that setup.

Without the boomer up top other teams have taken away the down low play. What do you suggest for PP setup and execution? There are pieces missing. We all know the Oilers won't "really" improve until the add more good pieces.

Please God trade for PK. (Gagner, Klebfbom and our first this year and second next year maybe?) Wait. I'm just another deluded Oiler fan dreaming and over valuing players again.

No, you aren't delusional. PK will want big $$$ and the Canadians do not like paying big $$$.

You're probably looking at Yak or Eberle, not Gagner and Mtl might still say no, but it's not impossible they say yes.

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#42 Taylor Gang
March 12 2014, 12:32AM
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Zarny wrote:

No, you aren't delusional. PK will want big $$$ and the Canadians do not like paying big $$$.

You're probably looking at Yak or Eberle, not Gagner and Mtl might still say no, but it's not impossible they say yes.

What makes you think EDM wants to break the 6M dollar threshold?

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#43 Zarny
March 12 2014, 01:03AM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

What makes you think EDM wants to break the 6M dollar threshold?

They may not. Valid point.

If I had to make a list though I'd start with PK Subban made the Canadian Olympic team unlike any Oiler currently signed for $6M.

I don't believe the Oilers have a $6M threshold. I think they hedged on 3 prospects; 2 who were drafted 1st overall.

It's possible Nuge and Eberle don't quite live up to $6M every year but it's unlikely they under perform by a lot. Hall has 109 pts in his last 102 games at 21-22 y/o. If he puts up 95 pts next year they save a lot more than what they might lose on the other two.

Or I'm wrong and Katz won't sign a cheque for more than $6M per year. Kind of shuts you out of the top players in the league though.

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#44 Spoils
March 12 2014, 01:06AM
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I want MacT to pull another Perron out of his hat in the off season...

how about Chris Kreider for Gags

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#45 @Oilanderp
March 12 2014, 01:10AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

You need to learn how to read.

I said the goaltending issue has been addressed and the recent positive record shows it.

I also said the Defense is the next issue that needs to be addressed.

How is that any different than what you just said?

No way man. I think the goaltending issue has been addressed and next is the defense. Get a clue!

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#46 mesa
March 12 2014, 01:14AM
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i think we should hire Ralph krueger for a week to teach us how to manage the pp then fire him.cause the ass(istant)coaches did not pick up few tricks from him when they were together for two years.

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#47 Taylor Gang
March 12 2014, 01:55AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

No way man. I think the goaltending issue has been addressed and next is the defense. Get a clue!

Troll alert

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#48 Say what again
March 12 2014, 05:04AM
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Our defense is bad but our team defense is worse. Let's say you have an in-his-prime Lidstrom in Oiler silks out there with Gagner. Lidstrom can't make Gagner win puck battles, stop giving away the puck, start being in the right position to cover his man. That's on Gagner and that's on all the other "young guns" on this team.

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#49 HardBoiledOil
March 12 2014, 05:54AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

BOOOOOOO JEANSHORTS!

@jeanshorts...."i mean, they didn't score 7 in the third, but we'll take it!"

tweet of the night!!

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#50 pelhem grenville
March 12 2014, 06:00AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

So far in 2013-14

1st period - 50 goals for 71 against

2nd period - 48 goals for 73 against

3rd period - 61 goals for 63 against

What's the reason for the consistent slow starts?

...different goalies?

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