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 Czar
April 06 2014, 10:44AM
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His picture will always hang in my rec room. Bruner is right!! Smytty deserves it and I hope he gets the goal tonight!

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#52 Naky
April 06 2014, 11:57AM
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I didn't say we got a bag of pucks, I was saying that fans were begging for him to be moved for anything, including a bag of pucks, at the time. Sure, we got a decent return for him at the time but the point was that fans just wanted him (and Stoll) gone, whatever the return was.

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#53 Dog Train
April 06 2014, 12:40PM
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I would love see Matt Greene back with the Oilers. He would be a big upgrade on Fraser, that's for sure. Last I heard LA was trying to re-sign him though so I won't be holding my breath.

Here's hoping Smytty can get the record goal. At least it will come at home if he manages to get it this season.

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#54 dougtheslug
April 06 2014, 02:02PM
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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.

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#55 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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#56 mlcselli
April 06 2014, 02:51PM
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Ryan Smyth has all of us cheerleaders rooting for him tonight. Go get that PP goal Smytty. You have our confidence, and we can't wait to join you in celebration.

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#57 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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#58 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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#59 Brian
April 06 2014, 04:46PM
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Over to you, Dr. Max.

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#60 Rama Lama
April 06 2014, 04:55PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

You started this battle with a (suprise!!) suppository analogy. It was you that personally slammed me - not the other way around. My criticisms of the Team and its blind supporters are within the realm of comment IMO as it is all part of the to and fro of the entertainment industry of which the Oilers and the NHL is a part.

As for being derogative of my life - I probably make a couple multiples of your income - And do it working far fewer hours and without having to stick my fingers up someones ass.

And spare me the nobility of being a ER doctor - you nor i are more important than the person who sells shoes or cleans toilets - you would be wise to be more humble about your career choice.

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.

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#61 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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#62 ThatButthurtOilersFan
April 06 2014, 08:11PM
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Really liking Pinzotto.

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#63 Czar
April 06 2014, 10:53AM
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Had the pleasure of meeting Ryan several times and he always had time for the fans. My son played minor hockey with his nephew during the first lock out and he showed up in the kids dressing room, I think the parents were more awe struck than any of the kids. I only lived about 5min from the rink so I asked Ryan if I could grab my Smyth jersey for him to autograph. Not only did he wait for me but he signed several items and chatted with me far longer than my kid wanted. Love the guy, on and off the ice!

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#64 Sevenseven
April 06 2014, 01:22PM
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We need veteran defenders with some gas left in the tank to bring our young defenders along. I dont think matt greene is that player. I have a lot of respect for players like that, I just dont think he is the right answer for our blueline. Concussion cases are a big gamble. Pronger cant even skate around with his kids. I dont see much in free agency, I just hope Mac t is able to make the right moves this summer.

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#65 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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#66 Max
April 06 2014, 02:14PM
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Home stretch now - let's do to the Canucks the same as we did at the end of last season - a 7-2 blow out. But as well as that, please can we have a "get Kassian night??" Every time that brute is on the ice, let's go get him, make him suffer and let him have a taste of his own medicine - nothing illegal, just a message, line after line, What you do Kassian is NOT hockey and it's not acceptable. The league doesn't need a goon like him. My hope is that somewhere, sometime, someone will punch him clear into the next month, perhaps it will teach him a lesson (tho I doubt it.) Still, what goes around, comes around. He WILL meet his match one day. I just hope I'm watching the game.

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#67 Hopeless in Etown
April 06 2014, 04:01PM
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Well I see the game is on TSN tonight, so that means a national broadcast. Those haven't gone very well for us. Could be a painful evening of hockey.

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#68 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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#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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