GDB 78.0: LAST ROAD SHOW

Jason Gregor
April 04 2014 01:25PM

RoadShow-Dozer

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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#51 Serious Gord
April 04 2014, 04:21PM
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And let's not forget that it is still possible that they finish with the worst record in Franchise history.

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#52 Walter Sobchak
April 04 2014, 06:01PM
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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.

You will NEVER hear MacTavish admit that Eakins was a mistake, just like you won't hear Lowe admit MacTavish was a mistake.

It's called the old boys club for a reason.

Having said that,MacTavish & Lowe have to much pride and will end up going down with Eakins, next year if the team is around the same as this year then bye bye old boys club.

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#53 Bucknuck
April 04 2014, 06:19PM
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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.

You said "There was no OT in 93/94", which wasn't true.

If you are talking about shootouts, say "shootouts".

In that case I agree with your point, though perhaps not with the nasty tone in which you present it.

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#54 Bucknuck
April 04 2014, 09:43PM
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@Tuningout

I read your handle as "Tugnutt" and felt a smile grow on my face. I always cheered for him. I still am not sure why. Perhaps it was that i always pictured him in a Nordiques Jersey and they were always the underdogs.

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#55 Rod from Viking
April 04 2014, 09:58PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

Wow. Sam Gagner just keeps getting worse.

Why don't you change your posting name? Just reverse the letters.

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

Why don't you change your posting name? Just reverse the letters.

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

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#57 Mason Storm
April 04 2014, 03:26PM
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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.

Midnight is way too soon to justify a skype chat. Eakins would never fall for it. Maybe the next afternoon.

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#58 Shredder
April 04 2014, 04:19PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

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...

Don't worry, we play the Canucks once more...

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#59 Serious Gord
April 04 2014, 04:28PM
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Stompinstoms wrote:

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.

I stand corrected.

The oil this year have only the second worst road record ever hurray!!

And they did it with three first rounders and a salary caps both of which the team didn't have in 92/93. Hurray!!!

Katz Lowe and MacT must be ecstatic with this stellar result. Contracting Eakins for four years wasn't enough.

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#60 Air on Egg blood
April 04 2014, 04:32PM
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Tonight's fourth line could be the worst line to dress in the league this year. Nonetheless, I predict a 4-2 win for the Oilers.

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#61 Total Points
April 04 2014, 08:00PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

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.

Just remember that the 6 million wont cost Katz anything.

The building is sold out, TV contracts in place, concession sales, merchandise sales, etc.

The money will come from the fans.

Katz is running this business at a profit

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#62 hagargt
April 04 2014, 07:14PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

You will NEVER hear MacTavish admit that Eakins was a mistake, just like you won't hear Lowe admit MacTavish was a mistake.

It's called the old boys club for a reason.

Having said that,MacTavish & Lowe have to much pride and will end up going down with Eakins, next year if the team is around the same as this year then bye bye old boys club.

More likely the team will actually make a slightly less embarrassing performance next year, and everyone stays on to celebrate the success. We are all doing cartwheels when the gas prices drop to a buck a liter but forget what they SHOULD be. Aaaaah, the joys of relative perception.

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#63 Doctor Smashy
April 04 2014, 04:20PM
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@Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!

Do you think they would trade us the Sloth for Gagner in the offseason?...we could use a Baby Ruth....

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#64 Serious Gord
April 04 2014, 04:29PM
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gord962 wrote:

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

Your math sucks.

You give Gords a bad name.

And thus there were wins recorded this season that would have been ties back then.

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#65 Tuningout
April 04 2014, 09:53PM
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@bucknuck

Ha ! I take some heat for having the name "Tuningout" and watching any hockey at all. But tugnutt would be a first. I don't remember much of him I was an early teen when he was in his prime if my adolescent girl chasing memory serves me correctly.

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#66 Tuningout
April 04 2014, 11:13PM
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That shoot out goal alone is worth a first round pick for Mr Gagner

So 1st and a 3rd now ? Please !

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#67 Eulers
April 04 2014, 04:20PM
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Loved the Wanye & Tinder jokes, Gregor!

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#68 Oiler Al
April 04 2014, 05:26PM
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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 would bet my last dollar, that the Eakins hiring was inspired and demanded by none other than Katz himself.

Katz is the guy that wants to chase the sparkly marbles. YOu all recall that Eakins was supposedly the big chase last year.. The other rational is look at the contract for years... this is a Katz call.

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#69 pelhem grenville
April 04 2014, 05:38PM
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David S wrote:

Not that I can blame you, but I wish you guys would ask before posting up pictures of my girlfriend again.

...wait a diamond studded bra minute...I INTRODUCED Adrianna to Gregor before he was married...have your Sean Avery sloppy joe thing...or is it seconds...

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#70 Thumby
April 04 2014, 06:12PM
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David S wrote:

Not that I can blame you, but I wish you guys would ask before posting up pictures of my girlfriend again.

Huh? Did Gregor say her name was "Palmella Handerson"?

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#71 Gongshow
April 04 2014, 08:10PM
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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??

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#72 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
April 04 2014, 08:50PM
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RexHolez wrote:

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

http://www.wiziwig.tv/broadcast.php?matchid=253124&part=sports

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