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 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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#52 Spydyr
April 06 2014, 01:44PM
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I hope he scores the goal.The fans deserve it after this year.That being said Anderson set the record with second line powerplay time.There was a couple guys wearing 99 and 17 ahead of him.He also did it in fewer games.

Score the goal Smythy and call it a career.

Can't see it happening he is one of those athletes that have to be told to retire.

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#53 Brian
April 06 2014, 04:46PM
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Over to you, Dr. Max.

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#54 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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#55 Brian
April 06 2014, 04:31PM
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Oliveoiler wrote:

tThere really hasn't been much to be happy about this season. smytty getting another pp goal would be awesome and something to smile about. I find name calling and making light of such a record for this man very upsetting. If you are a true Oilers fan you would be happy for him. I think Mr serious gord is wrong in his opinion. if he is a real oilers fan he would not be so unkind and he would not make fun of others who are real fans. can he tell us how many games he has been to or what he has done for the community. he does nothing but tell the oilers what they should do. he doesnt give them any praise ever. i think he must be very unhappy

Pay attention . No one said Smyth was not a great Oiler! He is z great community guy, a nice guy by all accounts , and a solid family man.

The fact that he is in a position to set this record simply demonstrates how bad this team is.

And a " fan" does more than just blindly cheer. How about analyses management decisions, player moves etc.

And opinions are not facts therefore they cannot be "wrong".

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#56 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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#57 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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#58 Randaman
April 06 2014, 02:13PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Still wiping away tears watching that video of the Oilers vs Ducks. What a difference having a real number one d-man run the power play!

Pronger in his prime was a world beater. We were lucky to see him in Oiler silks.

Could Nurse or Ekblad evolve into a Pronger facsimile? Man, I hope so.

Drafting third at best will not land us Ekblad. Give up on this fantasy already. Draisaiti or Bennett will be the choice MacT has to make in my opinion. I like ones size and the others competitiveness. They both have serious skill but I lean towards Bennett because he is Canadian rather than European. We have lots of skill, now we need heart and compete.

Now, as for Smytty, please get the goal and resign for one more year of fourth line duty. I do not however want him to have to play power play time next year. That signifies MacT summer failure to me.

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#59 Oliveoiler
April 06 2014, 04:21PM
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tThere really hasn't been much to be happy about this season. smytty getting another pp goal would be awesome and something to smile about. I find name calling and making light of such a record for this man very upsetting. If you are a true Oilers fan you would be happy for him. I think Mr serious gord is wrong in his opinion. if he is a real oilers fan he would not be so unkind and he would not make fun of others who are real fans. can he tell us how many games he has been to or what he has done for the community. he does nothing but tell the oilers what they should do. he doesnt give them any praise ever. i think he must be very unhappy

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#60 Serious Gord
April 06 2014, 05:22PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Really people..........define yourself with Income/Profession if that makes you feel better.

Cut each other down, if that makes you feel better, but the both of you need to check your passion before writing. This site is designed to make us all have a place to express ourselves, our team, certain players, coaches, management and so on.

I doubt that anyone substantial reads any of our posts with awe and wonder........so please settle down the both of you.

We are all human and no ones opinion is worth more unless your name is WAYNE GRETZKY.

I only veered into that territory because i was provoked. Sometimes I refuse to turn the other cheek.

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#61 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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#62 DrDave
April 06 2014, 02:14PM
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That video clip is still my favourite Smyth moment. My wife who isn't even an Oilers fan, still talks about that game.

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#63 Craig1981
April 06 2014, 03:01PM
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Randaman wrote:

Drafting third at best will not land us Ekblad. Give up on this fantasy already. Draisaiti or Bennett will be the choice MacT has to make in my opinion. I like ones size and the others competitiveness. They both have serious skill but I lean towards Bennett because he is Canadian rather than European. We have lots of skill, now we need heart and compete.

Now, as for Smytty, please get the goal and resign for one more year of fourth line duty. I do not however want him to have to play power play time next year. That signifies MacT summer failure to me.

Defense are tricky. Seth Jones went 4th, Cam Fowler went 12th, Adam Larsson went 4th.

It is totally possible he is gone by 3rd, but not a fantasy he isn't. McKeen's Hockey and Central Scouting have Bennett 1st overall. The top 3 are all really close this year.

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#64 Hopeless in Etown
April 06 2014, 04:30PM
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Wow, our national broadcast (TSN and CBC) record is even worse than I previously thought (3-12-5) with all victories by one goal. Outscored 84-35 in those games. Thats only 1.75 goals for per game and 4.2 against. In comparison, our Sportsnet games record is 24-30-4 with a 2.72 goals for per game and 3.0 against.

Although its sad that I looked that up, its even sadder that three of the final four games are on TSN or CBC.

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#65 Serious Gord
April 06 2014, 05:22PM
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bulldog12 wrote:

Serious Gord crawl back under the rock you came from. You rarely have anything intelligent to add and today is no exception.

Thanks for reading!!

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#66 David S
April 06 2014, 02:30PM
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I'll just leave this here.

http://youtu.be/0-YmasoZ22k

#SnakeDance

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#67 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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#68 ubermiguel
April 06 2014, 05:28PM
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"Ryan Smyth assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers" has a nice ring to it.

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#69 HardBoiledOil
April 06 2014, 05:37PM
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4-1 Ducks.

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