GDB Wrap Up: Oilers @ Red Wings

baggedmilk
March 14 2014 08:36PM

BackToBack

It was the second game of the back to back and the Oilers ended up stealing a point. Final Score: 2-1 Detroit.

If ever there was a winnable game against Detroit it was this one.  To say the Red Wings were depleted by injuries would be an understatement. They're not even close to having a healthy roster. The Wings were missing Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Stephen Weiss but the Oilers struggled to get anything done. Luckily, the Red Wings weren't able to get much done either. 

Serious question... Was anyone else tempted to nap during this one? At times, I felt like my world was in slow motion. Even curling fans were judging the slowness. That being said, the Oilers were in the 2nd game of a back to back. Everyone looked 5-day-bender-exhausted but no one quit and you have to appreciate that. Despite the fatigue, the Oilers kept plugging away and managed to tie things up, in the 3rd period, on a beauty goal from Ryan Smyth. Overtime solved nothing and the only goal in the shoot out came on a filthy move by Tomas Tatar. Not a perfect game by any means, but an overall solid effort from a tired Oilers team.

Let's wrap this thing up...

The Bright Side

  • Viktor Fasth we speak your name
  • Smytty Snipe
  • We are the best at not scoring first!
  • Anton Lander's facial hair reminds me of a pirate
  • Oscar Klefbom seems to be settling in nicely
  • Less than 50 total shots! By that I mean both teams, not just against the Oilers!

The Face Palmers

  • Empty seat night in Detroit?
  • Taylor Hall was getting knocked around all night
  • The Power Play cannot put it together
  • Jesse Joensuu hurt himself by trying to kick the puck
  • Tomas Tatar deked us all out in the shoot out

Best of the Tweets

JenScrivens

Outshooting

GoalieProblems

Alfredsson

BreakIt

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Smytty

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99 Problems

For the first time in years, the Oilers have a goaltending tandem that isn't a complete gong show. In fact, Scrivens and Fasth have given the Oilers more chances to win, in their short tenure, than they had from any of the goalies that rotated through the first 3 months of the season. To celebrate, we've created the 99 Problems Nation Tee as a salute to Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth. If you like it, get it now, because these are only on sale through the weekend.

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#2 Oiltown300
March 14 2014, 08:45PM
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Is there any chance that Ekblad can make a big impact right away?

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#3 Oiltown3000
March 14 2014, 08:48PM
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RNH looks like he is coming back to his old self.

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#4 Robin Brownlee
March 14 2014, 08:48PM
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This idea to run the most boring Tweets from Twitter, who came up with that?

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#7 ThatButthurtOilersFan
March 14 2014, 08:50PM
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Oiltown300 wrote:

Is there any chance that Ekblad can make a big impact right away?

When was the last time an 18 year old rookie defenseman made a big impact on a basement team? Oh right, never.

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#8 Mason Storm
March 14 2014, 08:52PM
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I heard Jack Micheals talk about a good Eberle backcheck. I switched to 80s on 8 on Sirius because I couldn't listen to his lies.

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#9 Oiltown3000
March 14 2014, 08:58PM
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Put the kid line back together!!!!!!

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#10 Rod from Viking
March 14 2014, 09:03PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

This idea to run the most boring Tweets from Twitter, who came up with that?

Jenny isn't boring.

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#11 gongshow
March 14 2014, 09:08PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

This idea to run the most boring Tweets from Twitter, who came up with that?

I think that you forgot to add: And you kids get off my lawn!!!

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#12 ShakyDS
March 14 2014, 09:24PM
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@Robin Brownlee

C'mon Brownlee, nobody knew Smytty could raise the puck!

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#13 Rick Stroppel
March 14 2014, 09:25PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

When was the last time an 18 year old rookie defenseman made a big impact on a basement team? Oh right, never.

NOT QUITE

Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr. 1966-67. Aged 18 when the season started. Got 41 points in 61 games. Calder Trophy. In his second season that Bruins made the playoffs after missing eight years in a row. In his fourth season they won the Stanley Cup.

And no, I am not suggesting that Ekblad is in the same universe as Orr.

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#14 ThatButthurtOilersFan
March 14 2014, 09:37PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

NOT QUITE

Robert Gordon "Bobby" Orr. 1966-67. Aged 18 when the season started. Got 41 points in 61 games. Calder Trophy. In his second season that Bruins made the playoffs after missing eight years in a row. In his fourth season they won the Stanley Cup.

And no, I am not suggesting that Ekblad is in the same universe as Orr.

Well, now I feel like an idiot. Didn't realize he broke into the league so early.

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#15 Rick Stroppel
March 14 2014, 10:04PM
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ThatButthurtOilersFan wrote:

Well, now I feel like an idiot. Didn't realize he broke into the league so early.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

You are not an idiot. There will never be another Bobby Orr.

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#16 Ari Gold
March 14 2014, 10:11PM
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We should get to sacrifice an Oiler of our choosing at the end of each losing season.

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#17 MMAX
March 14 2014, 10:38PM
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Hang in there...there's only 14 of these sh*t-shows left to go.

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#18 Serious Gord
March 14 2014, 10:39PM
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@Rick Stroppel

Never say never.

Orr is the greatest hockey player in history (Lemieux is second).

For now.

With more and more of the globe playing the sport the odds are better than ever that a player with greater talent and ability than Orr will come along.

What is less certain is whether that player can be as large an agent of change In how the game is played. But again, never say never.

That he never got to play a full career is a great hockey tragedy (with Lemieux second in that category as well).

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#19 Serious Gord
March 14 2014, 10:40PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

We should get to sacrifice an Oiler of our choosing at the end of each losing season.

Could we substitute someone in management?

Gives the phrase "fire Lowe!!" a whole new meaning

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#20 Taylor Gang
March 14 2014, 11:17PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Never say never.

Orr is the greatest hockey player in history (Lemieux is second).

For now.

With more and more of the globe playing the sport the odds are better than ever that a player with greater talent and ability than Orr will come along.

What is less certain is whether that player can be as large an agent of change In how the game is played. But again, never say never.

That he never got to play a full career is a great hockey tragedy (with Lemieux second in that category as well).

More career assists than second place has points.

50 goals in 39 games.

894 goals (most in the NHL)

92 goals in a single season. (NHL record)

215 points in a single season (NHL record)

And he played for the Oilers!

But I forgot what his name is...

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#21 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
March 14 2014, 11:20PM
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I'm not concerned that it'll take Ekblad 5 yrs to round into form. Atleast he'll be contributing on a nightly basis with the big club. Drafting till they find a kid who can lead is the only option to the Oilers. He's our only option, maybe Bennett if he makes it right away in that 2nd LC.

What's the alternative, fall out of the top 3 and grab a kid who is atleast 3 yrs away, if he makes it at all.

Ekblad or Bennett is the minimum requirement after another gong show year like we've witnessed, anything else has this team wasting yet another year.

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#22 Reg Dunlop
March 14 2014, 11:33PM
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@Serious Gord

Bobby Orr in his prime couldn't even make the women's olympic team. Every player in today's NHL is bigger, faster and stronger than Bobby. Best ever? Ha.

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#23 **
March 15 2014, 12:03AM
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Hall needs some composure. I get it he gets frustrated, but it seems he is always throwing a stick or face washing guys who play him rough. That's not standing up for yourself, that's losing your head and playing the other guy's game.

Joenssu's kick was the best play of the whole game, right up until he smashed his leg on the board.

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#24 **
March 15 2014, 12:07AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Bobby Orr in his prime couldn't even make the women's olympic team. Every player in today's NHL is bigger, faster and stronger than Bobby. Best ever? Ha.

comparisons between generations of players are stupid because things change a lot. What if Bobby Orr had the training of today's players, or the equimpent or what if today's players had the training of Bobby Orr?, or his equipment and his rules?. Who would be better?. We will never know.

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#25 **
March 15 2014, 12:10AM
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Nice analogy bagged milk. Scrivens and Fasth must feel like those masters from Kung Fu hustle.

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#26 David S
March 15 2014, 12:12AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

BOOOOOO JEANSHORTS!

Ahhh...this NEVER gets old.

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#27 Ari Gold
March 15 2014, 12:22AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Could we substitute someone in management?

Gives the phrase "fire Lowe!!" a whole new meaning

I was hoping for something involving a mob and a hanging from the Gretzky statue, but fire's good!

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#28 ubermiguel
March 15 2014, 12:31AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

My idea. When there's only 10 people commenting on the game there's not much to pick from. Appreciate the support, Brownlee.

Bertuzzi in a sleeveless jersey is gold!

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#29 Sevenseven
March 15 2014, 12:53AM
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Defense is not up to snuff

Neither is coaching

Fire lowe

Fire Eakins

Top 6 has issues

Bottom 6 is better

Goaltending is really good now

I give up following the oilers, see you next season

Right back to checking the nation tomorrow

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#30 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
March 15 2014, 02:00AM
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Since fire Lowe will not likely going to happen, at least get the "FIRE EAKINS" chant to start for the last 10 home games. I'm at least expecting 3 more shutouts for the rest of the season.

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#31 Anton (still waiting for playoffs)
March 15 2014, 02:52AM
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** wrote:

Nice analogy bagged milk. Scrivens and Fasth must feel like those masters from Kung Fu hustle.

It feels more like this:

http://cdn5.movieclips.com/miramax-films/h/hero-2002/0596473_710_MC_Tx304.jpg

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#32 Devolution
March 15 2014, 03:03AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Bobby Orr in his prime couldn't even make the women's olympic team. Every player in today's NHL is bigger, faster and stronger than Bobby. Best ever? Ha.

I understand the point you are trying to make, but you may have overstated it just a bit.

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#33 Quinn the Eskimo
March 15 2014, 08:44AM
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@baggedmilk

I like the tweets idea, saves me from having to read millions of #oilers game updates to get to the good stuff. At least two of those tweets make me smile. Bagged Shorts is a bright spot in a sad season. #keeper

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#34 Yaz
March 15 2014, 09:24AM
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Did anyone else notice Babcock coaching behind the bench last night ? He was animate and involved and I wished our coaches would have any emotion or hands on ability. Looking at our 4 dopes behind the bench led by Mr Fitness is disgusting. These clowns have long since lost the room and I pray that Mac T is just waiting for the end of the season to can the staff . If this doesn't happen at the end of the season I suspect many of our kids will be requesting trades as Eakins is not developing anything other than his ego.

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#35 Rama Lama
March 15 2014, 09:56AM
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I'm going to try and be positive........after all spring is in the air!

I'm positive that something else is at play with the Oilers that has effectively neutered them. Call it luck or the lack thereof but we never seem to get a greasy goal.....one that bounces off three people and goes in. I suspect it has do do with our general refusal to shoot the puck but come on man even a hack eventually score a lucky goal.

I'm starting to suspect a curse........bring out the witch doctors. Start with Eakins and his blank stare.

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#36 Sevenseven
March 15 2014, 10:17AM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Bobby Orr in his prime couldn't even make the women's olympic team. Every player in today's NHL is bigger, faster and stronger than Bobby. Best ever? Ha.

There is no defenseman since who has been as head and shoulders over the rest of the league. Plus come on, the womens team? Really? Science and coaching hasnt come that far bro. Bobby Orr in his prime would make the women look like little girls.

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#37 Total Points
March 15 2014, 10:30AM
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Oiltown3000 wrote:

Put the kid line back together!!!!!!

I agree. Hall, RNH and Eberle were together for about 1/2 shift and they made things happen.

Don't know why they don't play together unless Mt Fitness is trying to show who is boss.

Also Lander looked better than Gagner. At least he was involved. Heard his name lots on the telecast compared to when Gagner plays on first line

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#38 Ryan2
March 15 2014, 11:01AM
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** wrote:

Hall needs some composure. I get it he gets frustrated, but it seems he is always throwing a stick or face washing guys who play him rough. That's not standing up for yourself, that's losing your head and playing the other guy's game.

Joenssu's kick was the best play of the whole game, right up until he smashed his leg on the board.

Hall's selfish offside in OT is a reason he is not ready to be a leader on the team. Marincin needed to pass it to him right away, hesitated, and there was no play after that. Going offside to send a rookie d-man who was worried about having a cross-ice pass picked off in OT is not leadership. That is not what a leader does - he should have sucked it up, delayed to allow for zone entry, and then drove the net for a pass/deflection/rebound. I hope one of the vets took him aside and told him that.......

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#39 Bucknuck
March 15 2014, 05:35PM
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Is that pick from Kung Fu Hustle?

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#40 #ThereGoesTheOilers
March 15 2014, 08:01PM
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Two thoughts:

>>Even if we don't get Ekblad, odds are there will be an exceptional centerman left for us.

>>The one tweet gave me a chuckle, guilty! I was flipping to AMC and watching Speed at points during the game.

"Do not attempt to grow a brain!"

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#41 **
March 15 2014, 11:42PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Is that pick from Kung Fu Hustle?

yes it is

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#42 **
March 15 2014, 11:43PM
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@Ryan2

Gretzky said it, that one of the most selfish plays in hockey was getting caught offside.

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#43 **
March 16 2014, 03:02AM
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Anton (still waiting for playoffs) wrote:

It feels more like this:

http://cdn5.movieclips.com/miramax-films/h/hero-2002/0596473_710_MC_Tx304.jpg

more like this:

http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/gallerypictures/49660L.PNG

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#44 Tikkanese
March 17 2014, 11:01AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Never say never.

Orr is the greatest hockey player in history (Lemieux is second).

For now.

With more and more of the globe playing the sport the odds are better than ever that a player with greater talent and ability than Orr will come along.

What is less certain is whether that player can be as large an agent of change In how the game is played. But again, never say never.

That he never got to play a full career is a great hockey tragedy (with Lemieux second in that category as well).

By your logic, I'm guessing that Paul Comrie is third on your list.

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