GDB 78.0: LAST ROAD SHOW

Jason Gregor
April 04 2014 01:25PM

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The Oilers wrap up their road schedule tonight in Phoenix. Only Buffalo has won fewer road games, 8, than the Oilers' 12. Florida's final five games are all at home, and if the Oilers do win tonight they will tie the Panthers with 13 road wins. 

Regardless of what happens tonight, this won't be the worst road season in Edmonton history. In 1993/1994 the Oilers won a measly 8 of their 42 road games and in 2009/2010 they won 9, while in 1992/1993 they won 10. Hopefully one day in the next five years we are talking about competing for most wins, not fewest

The Coyotes have won all four meetings so far this season, including 5-4 and 4-3 OT wins at home. Prior to this season the Oilers were 7-6-2 in their last 15 visits to Phoenix, but this year they've been dominated by their Pacific division foes to the tune of 5-16-4.

The top line and/or Ben Scrivens will most likely have to carry the team on their back if they hope to pick up their 13th road win.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Lander-Gagner-Perron
Smyth-Gordon-Hendricks
Pinizzotto-Acton-Larsen

Marincin-Petry
Klefbom-Schultz
Fraser-Belov

Scrivens

On Wednesday in Anaheim, RNH's line combined for 19 shots. Sam Gagner was the only other regular forward to register a shot, he had five. Larsen had three, Belov had two while Marincin and Klefbom each had one.

The other lines barely registered any sort of offensive pulse. I understand the team is banged up and it is late in the year, but Lander was the only remaining forward to even throw a puck on net, and his shot was blocked. They need a better offensive effort from the rest of the team tonight.

QUICK HITS...

  • Hall needs 7 points in the final 5 games to reach 80. The way the top line is playing I think that is very realistic.

  • Hall, Eberle and Perron are tied for the team lead in goals with 26. I'll pick Eberle to finish in the lead by one over Hall.

  • Keith Yandle is one of three D-men to lead their team in scoring. Erik Karlsson leads Ottawa with 70 points, Yandle has 51 for the Coyotes and Shea Weber has 50 in Nashville.

  • Nashville and Phoenix are two of the seven teams who don't have a forward with at least 50 points. Detroit (injuries and Nyquist late call up are main reason), Buffalo, Florida, Calgary and Vancouver are the others. The Flames (Hudler 49), Coyotes (Vrbata 49) and Red Wings (Nyqvist 46 in 51 games) will likely get there, but it shows how far the Canucks have fallen offensively.

  • The Oilers have officially secured a 14.2% to win the draft lottery. The best they can finish is 28th. They are one point back of Florida, and if they pass they will go into the April 15th lottery with the 3rd highest chance to win. If they stay in 29th, they will have a 18.8% chance of winning. Holy *&#% it will be nice when I don't have to write about the lottery odds between January to April.

  • The Oil Kings spanked the Wheat Kings 5-0 last night and they play game two Saturday at noon at Rexall Place. The 13-0 Edmonton Rush can secure first overall in the entire league at 8 p.m. on Saturday when they face Colorado. If you're tired of leaving Rexall in a bad mood, I suggest you attend one, or both, this weekend. Those teams are great and to paraphrase Jay Brown, "They actually deserve good fans."

TONIGHT...

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GAME DAY PREDICTION: It is positive Friday, and since I don't see the Oilers winning, 4-3 loss, at least Adrianna Lima will brighten up your day.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The first line scores two goals. Eberle and Hall.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The losing finally catches up to Wanye Gretz. He elects to update his Tinder profile, instead of watching the game, with a new picture and the hopes he'll have better luck. In his old picture he had pieces of Eberle's hair in his hand, but that was too creepy, so he elects to just hold his Eberle doll in his updated photo. Good luck Wanye, good luck.

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#1 BillHK
April 04 2014, 01:55PM
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My God, Adrianna is hot!

Why the heck is Gagner playing center and Lander on the wing?

Gagner should have been allowed to heal properly after the smashed jaw, and when he got back, they should have switched him on the wing and keep Arco as 2nd line center for the whole season. MacT even told the kid to get a place in Edmonton.

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#2 Stompinstoms
April 04 2014, 03:44PM
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@vetinari

To be fair, Howson largely created what you're seeing in Columbus right now, just as Tabellini largely created the mess you see in Edmonton today.

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#3 Quicksilver ballet
April 04 2014, 02:31PM
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It'll be funny to see MacTavish do an about face in two weeks, when he fires Eakins.

A lot of ship will hit the fan during the post season interviews. I'm sure this summer will be all lipstick on a pig/polishing a turd again for this organization. Probably more than the previous 4 yrs combined. So much passion from the fanbase and zero responsibility from management for this mess. The players all gave Dallas a year, but now they're playing like they're all fed up with him.

With the Coyotes losing last game I hope they're amped up with possible playoff hopes and steal the Oilers lunch money in regulation. The Panthers sure are breathing down our necks. Every loser point(s) hurts the (Ekblad and clean house) cause.

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#4 Randaman
April 04 2014, 03:01PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Vancouver will be officially eliminated by the time that we play them while the Kings and Avalanche have already clinched playoff spots so this is our last chance to play spoiler. I'm not a fan of any of the Wild, Stars or Coyotes but Phoenix does not deserve playoff hockey. I'll say 4-3 Oilers. All 4 goals by the top line.

Phoenix does not deserve play-off hockey?? Are you a little bitter? LOL Lowe doesn't either, what's your problem with Phoenix? At least they have a real coach that the players wil play for. We have a hair model from the 70's

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#5 Zarny
April 04 2014, 10:46PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I am quite sure there are Christian people on this site that don't appreciate someone using that name, I don't and if it is going to be allowed I am off this site.

When did Christians get a monopoly on using the word God? They aren't even the first monotheists.

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#6 vetinari
April 04 2014, 01:49PM
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I know that we are banged up but that lineup looks more AHL than NHL. Smyth and Gordon's combined number of NHL games played likely exceeds the rest of the team's totals put together.

GDP: Coyotes 4 Oilers 2

OGDP: We have hope, we have youth and we have Eakins. We also will have a loss by the end of the night after keeping it close for the first two periods.

NSOGDP: The league is amazed that the Coyotes post a sell out with the Oilers in town. During the telecast, a camera zooms in to catch a battle along the boards and you can clearly see that 2/3 of the bodies in the stands are either cardboard cut outs or mannequins.

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#7 Tuningout
April 04 2014, 10:36PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I am quite sure there are Christian people on this site that don't appreciate someone using that name, I don't and if it is going to be allowed I am off this site.

I'm Christian. Both my kids are in a Christian school. If something as small as this leads you to drop Oilersnation I don't know how you function in society today. I would have to cancel both my TV and internet to avoid anything even remotely offensive.

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#8 dougtheslug
April 04 2014, 10:57PM
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Without question, Sam Gagner ranks among the top 2 Oilers to ever wear the number 89

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#9 mayorblaine
April 04 2014, 01:33PM
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the Oil Kings are awesome. suprising considering the same knucklehead owns them.

*rings gong*

let the show begin.

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#10 Oil Can
April 04 2014, 02:53PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

I sure hope you are right and Eakins is gone by midnight after the last game. But unfortunately I don't think that MacT. And K.Lowe will admit they were wrong, and we will be in this same position next year.

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#11 Quicksilver ballet
April 04 2014, 03:01PM
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Oil Can wrote:

I sure hope you are right and Eakins is gone by midnight after the last game. But unfortunately I don't think that MacT. And K.Lowe will admit they were wrong, and we will be in this same position next year.

I'd gladly take one more year of Eakins if it meant a shot at McDavid next summer. If they hang onto Dallas for one more year, it could reveal their intent all along (Tanking). How else can one explain all this incompetence?

Enjoy the game and happy weekend to all my fellow diehard puckers here.

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#12 Tuningout
April 04 2014, 09:27PM
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I don't watch many games. I've watched the second period of this game. To those saying Marincin may need to be the final trade piece to get a 1D (Lowetide for one). Do NOT trade this guy !! In the small sample size I have seen today he has been the most notably good defenseman on either team. More experience, confidence, and weight. And it's scary to think how good this guy can be.

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#13 Craig1981
April 04 2014, 02:11PM
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I read TSN's article on 16 year old Chychrun and how he is expected to maybe go 1st overall in his draft. Half way through I was already imagining him in an Oilers uniform. Then I realized how sad it is to be a fan of a team and this is what I get excited for.

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#14 Dog Train
April 04 2014, 02:28PM
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Vancouver will be officially eliminated by the time that we play them while the Kings and Avalanche have already clinched playoff spots so this is our last chance to play spoiler. I'm not a fan of any of the Wild, Stars or Coyotes but Phoenix does not deserve playoff hockey. I'll say 4-3 Oilers. All 4 goals by the top line.

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#15 Serious Gord
April 04 2014, 04:04PM
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Jason:

If they don't win another road game THIS will be the WORST road season ever.

By my count 4 of this seasons wins were in OT. There was no OT in 93/94. Thus they would have gotten only FOUR (fricken) wins using 93/94 metrics.

Stop gliding the lily under a pile of $hit that this season is.

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#16 David S
April 04 2014, 04:37PM
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Not that I can blame you, but I wish you guys would ask before posting up pictures of my girlfriend again.

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#17 God
April 04 2014, 09:41PM
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Wow. Sam Gagner just keeps getting worse.

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#18 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 04 2014, 01:35PM
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OGDP: Hanzal runs our smaller forwards' show. Nothing happens.

*Also rings gong*

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#19 God
April 04 2014, 10:55PM
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kale wrote:

Can't you do something about that God?

I just did, happy?

Sam Gagner, winner.

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#20 Mark
April 04 2014, 02:08PM
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Jason, you sound like you have a French accent. "Only Buffalo has won fewer road game." "The Coyotes have won all four meeting so far this season."

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#21 Bucknuck
April 04 2014, 03:57PM
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I have been mainly focussed on individual things like RNH getting two goals and Ryan Smyth getting his Powerplay goal and Hall getting to 80. I want all those things to happen so I can feel better about the season. They also need to get two more points so they won't have the worst record in franchise history. That would be a plus.

Le Sigh...

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#22 kale
April 04 2014, 09:52PM
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God wrote:

Wow. Sam Gagner just keeps getting worse.

Can't you do something about that God?

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#23 The Soup Fascist
April 04 2014, 10:56PM
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BURROWSHASCRABS wrote:

Christians such ass!!!

But we DO have spell check.

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#24 Numenius
April 04 2014, 03:54PM
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vetinari wrote:

Yeah, I'm with you on the Blue Jackets. They overcame years of a bad GM (Howson) to being a potential playoff team within two years, so they have my support.

Are you serious?

It's Howson's moves that set them up to do as well as they are.

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#25 Stompinstoms
April 04 2014, 04:20PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Sorry on one point not on the other.

I misread the 12 instead of eight.

However games after OT ended in ties in 93/94. Thus four of the otw this year could have new recorded as Ties in 93/94. Thus thy could tie for worst road season ever.

Wrong again. Some of those games actually ended in OT, not in the SO, thus they would register in the W column. Just stop now, Serious Gord. Just stop.

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#26 God
April 04 2014, 05:41PM
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I love this blog.

I hate losing.

I hate this team.

I loath: Eakins, Gagner, Ebs' backchecking, Acton (Sr. & Jr.), 6rings and Katz.

I hope things somehow get better, though I'm not planning on it.

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#27 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
April 04 2014, 10:36PM
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Attaboy Gags. Inflate that trade value!

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#28 gord962
April 04 2014, 04:27PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Jason:

If they don't win another road game THIS will be the WORST road season ever.

By my count 4 of this seasons wins were in OT. There was no OT in 93/94. Thus they would have gotten only FOUR (fricken) wins using 93/94 metrics.

Stop gliding the lily under a pile of $hit that this season is.

The shootout wasn't there in 93/94 - OT was.

Your math sucks.

You give Gords a bad name.

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#29 Rick Stroppel
April 04 2014, 06:09PM
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WHO GETS FIRED FIRST, TORTORELLA OR EAKINS?

Tortorella has four years left at $2 million per. Eakins has three years left at $2 million per. So when they get fired, Aquilini flushes $8 million and Katz flushes $6 million.

This could not happen to a nicer pair of sporting gentlemen.

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#30 bemond
April 04 2014, 03:11PM
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A team of real Coyotes could beat us in overtime... But at least we haven't been blown out of the water in the last few games... How sad is it when we as a fan base get excited about only losing a little bit... Still waiting for K-Lowe to show us some of this "winning" knowledge he has so much of.

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#31 Towersofdub
April 04 2014, 04:19PM
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ONTARIO OILERS FAN wrote:

"It'll be funny to see MacTavish do an about face in two weeks, when he fires Eakins."

Highly unlikely. The assistant coaches will be terminated and hopefully Lowe as well within the next month. If Mac T fires Eakins, Mac T must go. The kids in the locker room are already traumatized by all they've seen so far. Taylor Hall wishes he could be traded so he can flourish just like Seguin. This pathetic franchise has sunk extremely low. Can it sink any lower? I hope not. A sense of direction by a leader who can inspire, an associate coach and new assistants along with a character power forward, a big bottom 6 forward that fights to complement Hendricks and a legit 1-2 defense pairing will change everything next year.

In Mac T I Trust.

Yeah, I'm sure Taylor Hall is full of hate and anger towards Oilers management because he's got 5 fewer points, and has played 4 fewer games this season than Seguin. It really is incredibly to see how much more Seguin has flourished over his career than Hall, isn't it? I'm sure all the statistical evidence the NHL can provide will support such a theory.

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#32 kale
April 04 2014, 10:56PM
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Zarny wrote:

When did Christians get a monopoly on using the word God? They aren't even the first monotheists.

exactly

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#33 kale
April 04 2014, 11:02PM
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God wrote:

I just did, happy?

Sam Gagner, winner.

Well I would have preferred not to wait until game 78 for it to happen

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#34 God
April 04 2014, 11:12PM
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It is just me or was anyone else totally wanting Hendricks to score the winner in the SO?

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#35 2015Playoffs?Nope!
April 04 2014, 04:00PM
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Adrianna Lima is by far the hottest Victorias Secret Angel ever!! Love her!!

I also agree wholeheartedly with the concept of having Lander play center and who really cares where Gags plays. He can play stick boy for all i care. Even then, i have a hard time trusting him to hand out the proper sticks. Lets go with locker room attendant.

Im anxious for the season to be over cause then we dont have to be proven every other night how terrible of a team and franchise we are. However, i dont want the season to end as all we will talk about is another high draft pick, and what is the best decision we can make, when really its been shown to be Katz decision, regardless of what the scouts think.

Im in full agreement of watching the Rush play, and have tickets to tomorrows game as well as April 19th. Excited to see some actual heart on that field. Something i havent been able to say about the Oilers in a long time, and cant see myself saying about the Eskimos anytime soon either.

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#36 Bucknuck
April 04 2014, 04:03PM
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BillHK wrote:

My God, Adrianna is hot!

Why the heck is Gagner playing center and Lander on the wing?

Gagner should have been allowed to heal properly after the smashed jaw, and when he got back, they should have switched him on the wing and keep Arco as 2nd line center for the whole season. MacT even told the kid to get a place in Edmonton.

The fact that they sign Arco to a one way deal for next year gives tells me that him getting a place in Edmonton wasn't a bad thing to do.

It also tells me that Gagner isn't sticking around.

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#37 Robin Brownlee
April 04 2014, 07:51PM
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@Serious Gord

Just admit you bungled it and leave it at that.

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#38 New Season New Hope
April 04 2014, 03:25PM
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Only five more games of torture left before I can watch real hockey. Then will probably cheer for the Blue Jackets (if they make it) as they are the only team I don't somewhat hate. Either that or I am too used to cheering for a team that is expected to lose.

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#39 vetinari
April 04 2014, 03:31PM
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New Season New Hope wrote:

Only five more games of torture left before I can watch real hockey. Then will probably cheer for the Blue Jackets (if they make it) as they are the only team I don't somewhat hate. Either that or I am too used to cheering for a team that is expected to lose.

Yeah, I'm with you on the Blue Jackets. They overcame years of a bad GM (Howson) to being a potential playoff team within two years, so they have my support.

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#40 Bucknuck
April 04 2014, 04:08PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Jason:

If they don't win another road game THIS will be the WORST road season ever.

By my count 4 of this seasons wins were in OT. There was no OT in 93/94. Thus they would have gotten only FOUR (fricken) wins using 93/94 metrics.

Stop gliding the lily under a pile of $hit that this season is.

There was OT in 93/94. What are you talking about? Also 12 minus 4 is eight, not four.

You need to "seriously" check your facts.

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#41 Rod from Viking
April 04 2014, 10:23PM
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Tuningout wrote:

Now now. Be nice to Kevin Lowe (aka God)

I am quite sure there are Christian people on this site that don't appreciate someone using that name, I don't and if it is going to be allowed I am off this site.

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#42 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
April 04 2014, 04:07PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

It'll be funny to see MacTavish do an about face in two weeks, when he fires Eakins.

A lot of ship will hit the fan during the post season interviews. I'm sure this summer will be all lipstick on a pig/polishing a turd again for this organization. Probably more than the previous 4 yrs combined. So much passion from the fanbase and zero responsibility from management for this mess. The players all gave Dallas a year, but now they're playing like they're all fed up with him.

With the Coyotes losing last game I hope they're amped up with possible playoff hopes and steal the Oilers lunch money in regulation. The Panthers sure are breathing down our necks. Every loser point(s) hurts the (Ekblad and clean house) cause.

"It'll be funny to see MacTavish do an about face in two weeks, when he fires Eakins."

Highly unlikely. The assistant coaches will be terminated and hopefully Lowe as well within the next month. If Mac T fires Eakins, Mac T must go. The kids in the locker room are already traumatized by all they've seen so far. Taylor Hall wishes he could be traded so he can flourish just like Seguin. This pathetic franchise has sunk extremely low. Can it sink any lower? I hope not. A sense of direction by a leader who can inspire, an associate coach and new assistants along with a character power forward, a big bottom 6 forward that fights to complement Hendricks and a legit 1-2 defense pairing will change everything next year.

In Mac T I Trust.

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#43 DieHard
April 04 2014, 04:25PM
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We will just miss the playoffs next year by the ROW count; then we win the lottery. Hello McDavid.

Hey, I can dream.

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#44 Wanye
April 04 2014, 05:39PM
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WAIT YOU CAN USE THE INTERNET TO GET CHICKS?

WHY THE HELL AM I WASTING ALL MY JOKES ON HERE?

*googles Tinder*

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#45 RexHolez
April 04 2014, 08:04PM
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Good thing it's the last road game. Gene needs to go get a hair cut

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#46 God
April 04 2014, 10:56PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I am quite sure there are Christian people on this site that don't appreciate someone using that name, I don't and if it is going to be allowed I am off this site.

I'm not Christian. I didn't realize they had a monopoly on the word. Silly me. I should've already known that. :)

On a lighter note. How about that Gagner. At least he's money in the shootout!

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#47 Serious Gord
April 04 2014, 04:18PM
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@Bucknuck

Sorry on one point not on the other.

I misread the 12 instead of eight.

However games after OT ended in ties in 93/94. Thus four of the otw this year could have new recorded as Ties in 93/94. Thus thy could tie for worst road season ever.

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#48 RexHolez
April 04 2014, 08:35PM
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Gongshow wrote:

Help! I am in fernie and want to watch the game but can't because of the regional blackouts. Is there a web site i can stream it off of??

Just be grateful that you'll save 2.5 hours from bring wasted.

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#49 BURROWSHASCRABS
April 04 2014, 10:50PM
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Tuningout wrote:

I'm Christian. Both my kids are in a Christian school. If something as small as this leads you to drop Oilersnation I don't know how you function in society today. I would have to cancel both my TV and internet to avoid anything even remotely offensive.

Christians such ass!!!

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#50 hagargt
April 04 2014, 11:08PM
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Apparently Sam spends all of his time practicing shoot outs!! Insane crazy cool goal from the waste of space!

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