GDB 79.0: HOMEWARD BOUND

Lowetide
April 06 2014 10:21AM

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In a season spent spiraling downward in an elevator shaft, there are still things to anticipate. Ryan Smyth, score that goal!!!

I'm going to miss him so much when he's gone from the NHL, because forever is a long time. Ryan Smyth is not the player he once was, but is a useful forward in his current role. A legendary Oiler who played the heart of his career during some difficult times, he got himself traded back to the longest rebuild in history.

And we all love him for it, the kooky guy. I think we see Ryan Smyth as an everyman, a kid (like us) who loved the Oilers so much he willed himself into the league and got by on guile, sweat, blood and tears. That description doesn't do the player justice: Ryan Smyth's strong career is coming to an end after many miles of skilled passing, hard work and goalmouth brilliance. It's a credit to him that advanced stats studies suggest success in scoring can be done by what he's been doing all along: go to the net, score from two feet or less.

The GOAL—he needs one more power-play marker to own the all-time Oiler record for goals with the man advantage—should come at home and could come tonight.

He'll cry, and so will we. Watching a kid grow to a man and push himself and his team to greater heights is always compelling. Watching Ryan Smyth do it feels like one of us found a way onto the stage and found a gear he didn't know he had until he needed it. That isn't true, Smyth was a very high pick, but his "skill" matches Edmonton's sense of itself. Blue collar, get out of the damn way, get it done.

Godspeed, Smytty. Score that goal!

THE LINEUP

  • Hall-Nuge-Eberle
  • Lander-Gagner-Perron
  • Smyth-Gordon-Pinizotto
  • Hendricks-Acton-Pitlick
  • Marincin-Petry
  • Belov-Schultz
  • Fraser-Larsen

Based on early reports this morning, Oscar Klefbom is out (not at practice) and Fasth starts.


QUESTION

Jason Strudwick joined me for Saturday Sports Extra yesterday, and brought up Matt Greene as a possible solution for the Oilers next season. We know Greene (like Smyth) will bleed for his team and give all he has, but do you see him as an option for Edmonton next season?


TONIGHT

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GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oiler fans go home in tears, but the good kind! Smyth scores a power-play goal with 94 seconds left and Edmonton wins 5-4.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: 1line shines like a diamond.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After Smyth's historic goal, Wanye LEAPS to his feet, grabs the attention of the crowd cameraman, and begins a crazy dance that resembles the Tasmanian devil on the old Bugs Bunny cartoons. It launches a dancing career that sees Wanye become the next Joaquín Cortés!


Rock on, Nation! GOILERS!

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#51 kale
April 06 2014, 05:44PM
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Back in 29th spot with Florida's win today

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#52 Gret99zky
April 06 2014, 05:59PM
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Future Trivia Question:

Who holds the record for most Power Play Goals in Oiler Team History?

Wayne Gretzky?

No.

Jari Kurri?

No.

Glenn Anderson?

No.

Okay. What's the name of the forward who has played the most games for the Oilers?

Ryan Smyth.

Okay. Then Ryan Smyth.

Correct!

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#53 brad
April 06 2014, 05:59PM
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kale wrote:

Back in 29th spot with Florida's win today

Well,... nice to have something we can try to cheer for!

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#54 RexHolez
April 06 2014, 06:38PM
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Can someone please tell me that if the team sucks next year Kevin Lowe will finally be gone. He can't possibly survive another terrible year can he?

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#55 RexHolez
April 06 2014, 06:44PM
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The good thing about this game is that pawn stars is on

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#56 kale
April 06 2014, 06:46PM
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snowpants is a scoring machine, he got another one tonight, wrong net though

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#57 Serious Gord
April 06 2014, 06:53PM
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kale wrote:

snowpants is a scoring machine, he got another one tonight, wrong net though

And a offensive zone penalty and tries to score on a one on four. So much suck in just one period.

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#58 Wonger
April 06 2014, 07:13PM
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Why can't Pinnizotto be a regular bottom 6 forward on this team??? Serious toughness upgrade on pretenders like Jones and Joensuu! Not a bad player either!!! Hendy , Pnizotto,...WONGER LIKEY!!!

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#59 kale
April 06 2014, 07:21PM
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Man I love watching Nuge, Hall and Eberle playing together

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#60 Wonger
April 06 2014, 07:42PM
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Pinizzotto, Hendy and Mark Fraser doing a great job tonight!!! SIGN Pinizzotto and Fraser for next year MACT! Woooooooooo!!!

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#61 RexHolez
April 06 2014, 07:48PM
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The more I watch JSchultz the less I like him. It's like putting Gagner on defence

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#62 Arius Mumin
April 06 2014, 07:58PM
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I looked up the definition of a word random: and NHL officiating came up.

10 minute game misconduct for talking sh!t to Corey Perry.

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#63 Gk1980
April 06 2014, 07:58PM
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Like the toughness tonight but we still struggle in our own end. We need to get this straightened out. In MacT we have to trust. Non of us have his powers.

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#64 Arius Mumin
April 06 2014, 07:59PM
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Gagner is also very random. Hopefully he will retire soon and become a ref.

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#65 ThatButthurtOilersFan
April 06 2014, 08:11PM
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Really liking Pinzotto.

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#66 bulldog12
April 06 2014, 08:32PM
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Just a thought but what contribution does Belov make to a game. At least Fraser brings some toughness.

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#67 Dangilitis
April 06 2014, 09:31PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Smyth should have been moved/retired before the lockout. That some fans are clinging to the distraction of this trivial record - and the team is too... is a disgrace.

His title this year should be Captain Hook not Captain Canada. Is there another player with more hooking/slashing penalties per minute played this year in the entire league?

His being a part of this team this year is about as big an indictment of how badly run this is as there is.

Anybody calling other Oilers fans a disgrace for cheering on one of the all-time Oiler fan-favourites is the disgrace, serious man...

Especially for a player who never has been part of the problem in this city, but is inconceivably been made out to be a problem by idiotic fans/media on 2 separate occasions in his storied career. If you can show me how Smytty scoring 20+ points while playing mostly on the 4th line with players who can't skate or make/take a pass, has contributed in any way to the terrible season this team has endured, then you will be a magician. But also a liar. And a fool.

Not surprisingly, there are always a few intellectually deficient Oilers fans out there that want to ruin it for the rest of us. Please, it is within your freedom of speech to boo Smytty for reaching a milestone while you chug down beer in the comfort of your La-z-Boy. But don't bring the others down to your delusional and depressive stupor.

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#68 Harry
April 07 2014, 07:12AM
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Great article. It was great the last 495 times you wrote it. E-freaking-nuff already.

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#69 Oilbaron
April 07 2014, 11:16AM
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bulldog12 wrote:

Just a thought but what contribution does Belov make to a game. At least Fraser brings some toughness.

You didn't see the like 7 times he separated man from the puck last night and made a safe pass to a forward last night?

I'll give ya that he looked shaky to start the year but he looks like he's finally feeling more comfortable on the small ice, and no glaring mistakes last night.

When you don't notice a defensemen for good or bad that's usually a good thing.

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