GDB Wrap Up: Predators @ Oilers

baggedmilk
March 18 2014 11:28PM

Shea Weber

Testosterone gets Shea Weber injections. He is a terrifying man. Despite his terrifyingness, he was no match for the mighty Oil. Final Score: 5-1 Oilers

This weekend, a friend of mine offered me tickets to either tonight's game against Nashville or Thursday's game against Buffalo - oh the choices! Since I would rather watch Shea Weber play than cry over basement battles, I chose tonight's game rather than Buffalo. One thing is for sure, seeing both Shea Weber AND Seth Jones on the same team is a little bit frustrating. The Oilers defence is so far behind what the Predators have it is almost cry worthy. Maybe it's time to give Grebeshkov another look? Regardless, the good guys won and that's all that matters.

Tonight's game was a shining example of "where the hell did that come from?" Not only did the Oilers play a full 60 minutes, they defended each other AND outshot the other team. Let me give you a minute to let all that soak in.  It was beautiful. I'm tired of watching losing hockey and I don't even care if the Oilers win themselves out of a lottery spot. The "ARGHHHH I'M ANGRY THAT THE OILERS SUCK. BLARRRGGHH I'M ANGRY THAT THEY WON BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SUCKING AS BAD" makes no sense to me. At least the whiners don't have to worry about it, Florida beat San Jose so we're still in 29th place.

Let's wrap this thing up...

The Bright Side

  • Viktor Fasth was a Swedish warlord in the net
  • The Old Dutch snack attack ALMOST came to my section
  • NUUUUUUUUUGE! Let the flood gates open
  • Return of the Ebersqueeeeeee

The Face Palmers

  • Eberle gets runs from behind, baby Nuge comes in to save him
  • Rexall DJ played neither Billy Idol nor Cotton Eye Joe
  • 3 Rexall beers cost 4x as much as my cab ride home
  • Jesse Joensuu didn't play because he hurt himself kicking the boards
  • The fans that are pissed off about wins because they want another lottery pick

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#1 Pouzar99
March 19 2014, 12:32AM
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Is it me, or does it seem to others that the new posters gushing about the Oilers, and even Eakins, sound an awful lot like Oiler employees?

Don't get me wrong. I am happy the lads are 10-4-3 in their last 17. The goaltending is much improved and the penalty killing is better. The PP has climbed from horrific to merely terrible. There is a bit more grit to their game and though they still handle the puck like a grenade in their own end there is some improvement there as well. 6 of their last 12 are against the big California teams. If they get close to a point a game against them, I will be impressed. If they are mostly totally dominated and get nothing or only the points their goalies steal, I will still say there is improvement, but not a great deal beyond the goaltending.

Won't Get Fooled Again.

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#2 Anton CP
March 19 2014, 01:42AM
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Not really surprised about Oilers win tonight. Oilers are much better playing against a team with no offensive weapons. Shea Weber is just not the same without Suter. I like Weber but he is actually more offensive minded than defensive minded D. If he ever comes to EDM that he will be able to help on offensive end, just don't expect him to do the same on the other end. I actually hope that MacT won't trade for him, he has a great career but he is not what type of D that Oilers need.

Prediction: Oilers will win 2 more games against Sabres and Flames before getting destroyed by Sharks and Ducks. Oilers may tangle with Rangers a bit so it will be a 50/50 game. After Rangers game that Oilers will be on 6 game losing streak before ending the season by destroy Canucks at home.

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#3 Bryzarro World
March 19 2014, 05:20AM
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nuge2nail wrote:

Oiler Domination To Follow

When were you fooled the first time?

Yes we all know the team needs.

Defense and Center

The team has tons of cap space.

The team will have a lottery pick.

So its logical to think the team will can take a step forward next year.

Hemsky 5, Horcoff 5.5, Shultz 3.5, Dubnyk 3.5, Jones 1.5

Nearly 20 million in dead cap space freed up this year - even the most pessimistic fans would have to agree that's positive.

You've been fooled like the rest for 8-15 years....

Same crap every year. Oilers are lucky Canadians are fools and have short memories...

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#4 Bryzarro World
March 19 2014, 05:30AM
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BLAKPOO wrote:

I don't know what's more entertaining - your incessant attempts to foster your pathetic negative attitude on a sports team "FAN" website, or your egomaniacal delusion that said sports team cares enough about altering your ridiculous opinion that they would pay people to log on here at 1 AM and "pretend" to be happy about their team playing better and actually winning games.

Give your head a shake.

Also, 3rd period Eberle, where have you been all my life?

He's allowed his opinion just like you so wtf is your problem. If being a realist pisses you off then you have bigger issues and should probably talk to someone.

I'm sure he cares about your opinion as much as the oilers care about his.... lush

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#5 **
March 18 2014, 11:52PM
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Nothing to see here. *flies away on his jet pack*

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#6 bizarroman
March 19 2014, 07:04AM
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Was that a shot at Yak last night by the Nuge?

We really clicked, in reference to Lander being on the line with Nuge and Eberle.

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#7 Realist
March 19 2014, 09:54AM
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Pardon me if I don't get too excited over another meaningless win. This teams been one disappointment after another for as long as I can remember. Put Together a full season and maybe I'll start caring again. #won'tbefooledagain

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#8 Bryzarro World
March 19 2014, 05:25AM
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Remember when Burke called out Kblowe for being a moron and said he was going to run this team into the ground?....

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#9 nuge2nail
March 19 2014, 01:57AM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Maybe the young oilers watched Canada win a gold medal and realized team defence wins games.

Maybe now the team has finally baught in.

I sure hope that's the case - the defensive play of team Canada was legendary.

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#11 nuge2nail
March 19 2014, 01:36AM
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Pouzar99 wrote:

Is it me, or does it seem to others that the new posters gushing about the Oilers, and even Eakins, sound an awful lot like Oiler employees?

Don't get me wrong. I am happy the lads are 10-4-3 in their last 17. The goaltending is much improved and the penalty killing is better. The PP has climbed from horrific to merely terrible. There is a bit more grit to their game and though they still handle the puck like a grenade in their own end there is some improvement there as well. 6 of their last 12 are against the big California teams. If they get close to a point a game against them, I will be impressed. If they are mostly totally dominated and get nothing or only the points their goalies steal, I will still say there is improvement, but not a great deal beyond the goaltending.

Won't Get Fooled Again.

Oiler Domination To Follow

When were you fooled the first time?

Yes we all know the team needs.

Defense and Center

The team has tons of cap space.

The team will have a lottery pick.

So its logical to think the team will can take a step forward next year.

Hemsky 5, Horcoff 5.5, Shultz 3.5, Dubnyk 3.5, Jones 1.5

Nearly 20 million in dead cap space freed up this year - even the most pessimistic fans would have to agree that's positive.

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#12 BLAKPOO
March 19 2014, 02:21AM
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Pouzar99 wrote:

Is it me, or does it seem to others that the new posters gushing about the Oilers, and even Eakins, sound an awful lot like Oiler employees?

Don't get me wrong. I am happy the lads are 10-4-3 in their last 17. The goaltending is much improved and the penalty killing is better. The PP has climbed from horrific to merely terrible. There is a bit more grit to their game and though they still handle the puck like a grenade in their own end there is some improvement there as well. 6 of their last 12 are against the big California teams. If they get close to a point a game against them, I will be impressed. If they are mostly totally dominated and get nothing or only the points their goalies steal, I will still say there is improvement, but not a great deal beyond the goaltending.

Won't Get Fooled Again.

I don't know what's more entertaining - your incessant attempts to foster your pathetic negative attitude on a sports team "FAN" website, or your egomaniacal delusion that said sports team cares enough about altering your ridiculous opinion that they would pay people to log on here at 1 AM and "pretend" to be happy about their team playing better and actually winning games.

Give your head a shake.

Also, 3rd period Eberle, where have you been all my life?

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#13 Spydyr
March 19 2014, 10:43AM
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Zarny wrote:

The choice isn't between 3-4 more wins at the end of this season or a decade of Ekblad.

The choice will be a decade worth of Ekblad vs a decade worth of Sam Bennett or Leon Draisaitl.

And both Bennett and Draisaitl could end up being better NHL players than Ekblad.

Erik Johnson was the 1st pick overall in 2006 but I think most would go with Mr. Toews (3rd overall) as the best player from that draft.

And given the fact the Oilers have Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin etc but not a single prospect that will likely be a 2C Bennett or Draisaitl would probably be better picks.

Lets see if you feel the same way if Calgary drafts Ekblad ahead of Edmonton.

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#14 big slick
March 19 2014, 10:44AM
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Gagner, Yak and 2015 1st round pick for Weber? Basically 3 1st rounders.

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#15 Rod from Viking
March 18 2014, 11:35PM
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I think that look on Webers face is saying,"Edmonton maybe this would be a good team to go to"?

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#16 Travis Dakin
March 18 2014, 11:41PM
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Is this real life?

BOO JEANSHORTS

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#17 Spydyr
March 19 2014, 10:23AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

WHAT HE SAID! More wins, less lottery picks!

Yes, because 3-4 more wins at the end of another meaningless season is worth more then a decade of Ekblad. Don't get me wrong it is nice to see the team finally playing as a team.Unfortunately they pissed the season away before Halloween.A player like Ekblad would take some of the sting away.More so then a few wins against teams that have nothing to play for either.

This is not the first year they have won late in the year when the other teams have nothing to play for.

Big picture here.

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#19 Oilerboy1112
March 19 2014, 08:18AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

You've been fooled like the rest for 8-15 years....

Same crap every year. Oilers are lucky Canadians are fools and have short memories...

"Canadians are fools and have short memories" we're fools, isn't Canada the smartest country in the world? because from some sources that I checked it is. We have short memory? why would you think that? because a lot of people that I know they have a great memory and they are CANADIAN.

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#20 pkam
March 19 2014, 10:20AM
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Fish wrote:

A 12 year old with an Ipod could run a better music show than the Oilers DJ. They stop being creative or looking for new songs when Craig Muni was shipped out of town. Brutal.

After a 5-1 win, you have nothing positive to say but complain about the DJ?

It is sad to see some fans have decided to be negative no matter what.

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#21 D
March 18 2014, 11:36PM
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Man that tweet about Dubnyk is hilarious.

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#22 bazmagoo
March 18 2014, 11:37PM
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Definitely one of the better games for the Oilers this season, looks like the team is starting to play for Eakins. First 30-40 games of next season could be interesting. God I love that Marincin kid!

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#23 Baresnake
March 18 2014, 11:43PM
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Hey ma! I made it onto the innernets!

BOO JEANSHORTS!

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#25 tomger
March 19 2014, 12:27AM
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Wow just wow who needs Weber we have Marincin

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#26 sir toots a lot
March 19 2014, 02:27AM
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@nuge2nail

spelling my man spelling

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#27 BC BOY
March 18 2014, 11:40PM
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With Jones and Weber think Nashville would part with Josi? He would help the oilers out a ton.

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#28 DrDave
March 19 2014, 12:07AM
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Boys were mad Dallas wouldn't let them go for some green pints last night and they took it out on the Preds! #GOILERS!!!

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#29 dougtheslug
March 19 2014, 08:05AM
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@nuge2nail

When were we fooled the first time? About 8 years ago. When were we fooled the last time? I guess last year, when everybody was saying "we need Defence and Center.We have a top ten pick. Its logical we will take a step forward this year After all we have a BOLD new GM"." Last year finished up with a demolition of Minnesota and Vancouver. That was nice but it didn't mean anything. Hence, "We Don't Get Fooled Again"

The Oilers haven't played a meaningful game this season, a game with playoff implications, since sometime last November. Winning meaningless pond hockey games against fellow bottom feeders ( as this last stretch has largely been) is as hard to extrapolate from as exhibition games are. It's nice, but what does it mean, really?

Against teams fighting for their playoff lives (Detroit for example, even though they were decimated by injuries) and against elite teams(San Jose, LA, Boston, St. Louis), this team has had their brains beaten in.

I'm a fan. Its nice that a little ray of light is shining into what has been the worst season in the last 20, after a stretch of seven similar seasons. But nothing Pouzar99 wrote is untrue.

I agree. We Don't Get Fooled Again.

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#30 -30-
March 19 2014, 09:30AM
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I hope that Eberle goes on a scoring streak for the remaining games this season.

Get his value as inflated as high as possible and trade him during the draft for either a quality defenceman or quality center.

For too long the Oilers have traded players when their value was at it's lowest.

Here's to hoping.

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#31 pelhem grenville
March 19 2014, 09:36AM
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@baggedmilk

best five word lead of any sports story blog internet board F#CKing EVER!!!

one million props sir...to think that if MacT had big bold balls he COULD in fact make a bigger splash getting this type of ultra Dman than Kevin did with the Pronger steal... again thankyou for the great words...now i'll read the rest

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#32 BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull
March 18 2014, 11:48PM
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Anton Lander looked very business like tonight. Martin Marincin looked almost Igor Kravchukian. Positive

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#33 Bryzarro World
March 19 2014, 05:21AM
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sir toots a lot wrote:

spelling my man spelling

Punctuation my man, punctuation.

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#34 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 19 2014, 06:40AM
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Bryzzaro World, I bet you're an absolute joy to talk to in person.

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#35 wintoon
March 19 2014, 07:24AM
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To a Previous Poster: It would be hard for Dubnyk to register a shutout against the Oilers for the Preds in that he is in the minors and playing in the Canadiens system.

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#36 Jay from YYC
March 19 2014, 09:34AM
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A win's a win! And it feels good! And from the period I caught, they were playing significantly better than the last time I saw them. I just hope they win on Saturday because I'll be at the game! It's my first at Rexall haha.

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#37 Fish
March 19 2014, 09:38AM
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A 12 year old with an Ipod could run a better music show than the Oilers DJ. They stop being creative or looking for new songs when Craig Muni was shipped out of town. Brutal.

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#38 Larry
March 19 2014, 10:47AM
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Anton CP wrote:

Not really surprised about Oilers win tonight. Oilers are much better playing against a team with no offensive weapons. Shea Weber is just not the same without Suter. I like Weber but he is actually more offensive minded than defensive minded D. If he ever comes to EDM that he will be able to help on offensive end, just don't expect him to do the same on the other end. I actually hope that MacT won't trade for him, he has a great career but he is not what type of D that Oilers need.

Prediction: Oilers will win 2 more games against Sabres and Flames before getting destroyed by Sharks and Ducks. Oilers may tangle with Rangers a bit so it will be a 50/50 game. After Rangers game that Oilers will be on 6 game losing streak before ending the season by destroy Canucks at home.

Your high. I want some

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#39 Spurzey
March 19 2014, 11:52AM
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Pick Sam Reinhart Trade Sammy Snowpants to NYI for Griffin. Draft complete!

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#40 Will
March 19 2014, 10:01AM
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Watching a game like this, confuses me, but also reminds me that there's no perfect way to build a team, and no one player to build it around.

Nashville for example, is pretty much what every armchair gm was clamouring for the Oilers to become at the beginning of the year, right down to the man named Shea Weber. Trade our goal scorers to pick up our stud defender.

Well Nashville arguably has two stud defenders and has for a long time. They also have a Vezina wining goalie, and a defence first system. And look where that has gotten them.

It sucks that these wins are meaningless, however if they can take this style of play into next season, as well as upgrade on a few positions, maybe the fans won't have to hold onto lottery pick hopes in order to be invested.

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#42 Will
March 19 2014, 10:35AM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

This team has fool me every year going to the off season.

Oh come one now, remember last year when they got into a playoff spot only to go on a ten game losing streak down the stretch?

Did you really think things would be better after watching that?

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#43 David S
March 19 2014, 10:43AM
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Man it'd be cool if we got to a place where we're just cheering for wins and don't give a crap about who's up in "the lottery" bacause that's what "losing teams" think about.

*Strokes, chin, eyes glaze over*

Hmmm...yeah.

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#44 GoCanadaGo
March 19 2014, 10:52AM
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@baggedmilk

You know why I respect you? 1)You're funny 2)You don't edit/delete comments that go against your opinion. Kind of like Robyn Brownlee or Jason Greggor tend do.

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#45 Total Points
March 19 2014, 11:09AM
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The Oiler record from Jan 26 to date mean absolutely nothing for next season. 10 wins, etc

Everyone knows that players and coaches react different when under pressure.

The only way to evaluate the team will be after 10 games are played next season. Management needs to be smart enough to eliminate all the players who played poorly last fall. Some are already gone - Dubnyk, Acton, Hamilton, Belov, etc.

Other non performers under pressure last fall were Gagner, Eberle, Yak (I give him a pass as he was not ready for NHL, should have been in a minor league - KHL, AHL, Junior)

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#46 Dangilitis
March 19 2014, 11:48AM
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I listen to CBC radio every morning. Whenever the turd from Calgary who is assigned to report the sports insults Edmonton, or closes his summary of a Flames defeat by saying, "things could be worse, they're not the Oilers," it really pisses me off. Last season was supposed to be the first of many that the Oilers would outpace the Flames.

I still am an Oiler fan through the many lean years, and to me, this always begins and ends with the thought/concern: "do better than Calgary" (where I have recently moved after spending my whole life in Calgary). I still fondly remember the 10-1 shellacking the Oilers laid on Calgary in 1996 (that close to a shutout, too), and no matter where the two are in the standings, I would think most self-respecting Oilers fans would hope the team finishes ahead of the Flames. Problem is, most self-respecting Oilers fans have left the building, and through no fault of their own. But getting that pride back, to me, begins with a desire to look down at the team down Highway 2. Let's hope that Ekblad or Draisatl or whoever we end up with is the final icing on the cake, and that we can look further down at the Flames as the years go by.

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#47 Overwatchedandunderpaid
March 19 2014, 04:56AM
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Anton CP wrote:

Not really surprised about Oilers win tonight. Oilers are much better playing against a team with no offensive weapons. Shea Weber is just not the same without Suter. I like Weber but he is actually more offensive minded than defensive minded D. If he ever comes to EDM that he will be able to help on offensive end, just don't expect him to do the same on the other end. I actually hope that MacT won't trade for him, he has a great career but he is not what type of D that Oilers need.

Prediction: Oilers will win 2 more games against Sabres and Flames before getting destroyed by Sharks and Ducks. Oilers may tangle with Rangers a bit so it will be a 50/50 game. After Rangers game that Oilers will be on 6 game losing streak before ending the season by destroy Canucks at home.

I will give you that the oilers for some reason have dominated the preds the past couple of games. However, if you dont believe shea weber is the type of d man edmonton needs to rebuild im not quite sure what type you are looking for. If a 6 ft 4 dman who can log 30 minutes a game,work the power play, and not let anyone push around his guys is not the type of d man you want im not to sure what is. He could fit into any team and instantly add an extra threat on the power play as well as a solid defense man that you'd be happy to play against any forward line in the league. I may be a tad biased as he is my favorite player but still, he is the man

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#48 Spydyr
March 19 2014, 08:02AM
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You know what I think is happening:

1) The team is getting goaltending.Finally after years of Mr.Save percentage shows he is a starter.

2)The addition of Hendricks.He plays for keeps every night, every shift.

3)Some added toughness has made the kids a couple inches taller.

4)Last but not least.They were embarrassed ( I was embarrassed to be a fan and called them pussies) by not standing up for each other.I'm am not privy to what goes on the dressing room but it sure looks like one or more of the veteran players spoke from the heart about being good teammates and standing up for one and other.The last few games they have been standing up for each other.Playing for each other.As a team.

It shows,now let us all hope it continues and the corner has been turned.It is waaaaaayyyyyy overdue.

It is not realistic to expect them to beat the Blues, Sharks and Kings of the NHL just yet but it is realistic that they show up every night trying too.

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#49 Shaun Doe
March 19 2014, 08:08AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Well done, sir! You deserve a round of Internet applause. And by that I mean several men giving you props in their underwear.

Just to be perfectly clear, you're talking 'bout erections... Right?

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#50 gongshow
March 19 2014, 08:20AM
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Stat line last night showed Weber as the only Pred in the plus (+1). Strangely, Ference ended up as the the only Oiler in the minus (-1) even though he got credited for an assist in a 5-1 game. Weird.

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