GDB 80.0: PERSONAL MILESTONES

Jason Gregor
April 08 2014 12:26PM

Milestones

Every player prefers wins over personal statistics, but with three games remaining the personal goals are more interesting to discuss than whether or not the Oilers will have a 14.2% chance (28th place) or an 18.8% chance (29th place) of winning the draft lottery.

Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and David Perron are battling for the team lead in goals -- they each have 27 --  while Hall is also trying to become the 12th player in Oilers' history to score 80 points.

Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson did it, but can you name the other six? (*answer at bottom)

Hall is putting together an outstanding season. He already has 60 even strength points. When Doug Weight scored 104 points in 1996 and 90 in 2001 he had 58 and 50 ES points respectively. Right now only Ryan Getzlaf has a better ES points-per-game ratio than Hall.

Getzlaf is at .84, while Hall and Crosby are at .833. Hall has become a dominant offensive player and as he said yesterday in our interview, he is working hard at improving his overall game. He is going to be even better next season, and if he stays healthy he could push for 90 points and be a better defensive player.

While Hall is battling to become the 12th Oiler in team history to get 80 points, he is pushing Eberle and Perron to reach 30 goals. The Oilers haven't had two 30-goal scorers in the same season since Ryan Smyth (39) and Andrei Kovalenko (32) did it in 1997. They haven't had three 30-goal men since 1990.

It is unlikely all three of them will average a goal/game over the final three games, but it will be fun to watch who takes over the lead in goals.

Eberle is trying to become only the 10th Oiler to have two 30-goal seasons. (**List of the others is at bottom). He's quietly had a good season. He wasn't very good early in the season, and I think the trade talk was bothering him, but he's been quite good, 19 points in 18 games, since the Olympic break.

Scoring 30 goals twice as an Oiler would put him in pretty good company.

LINEUP

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

Marincin-Petry
Klefbom-Schultz
Fraser-Belov

Scrivens

I asked Eakins about Lander playing centre. "We know he can play centre, we need to find out if he can play the wing in the NHL," said Eakins. "I won't compromise the structure of our team to watch one player play centre. If he is going to play here he'll need to be able to play centre, right wing and left wing."

Lander hasn't looked bad, but he hasn't produced any offence, and in the future if he hopes to be a 3rd line he'll need to show he can produce at the NHL level. It is still to early to give up on Lander, but he'll need to show a pulse offensively in camp next season if he has any aspirations of making the team.

QUICK HITS...

  • The Oilers are 12-4-4 in their last 20 vs. the Avs including an 8-2 drubbing earlier this season. The Avs are one of the few top teams in the league that the Oilers dominate.

  • Nathan MacKinnon will win the Calder. He leads rookies in scoring with 60 points, and he's only the fourth 18 year old in the last decade to score 50+ points. Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were the others.

  • This is a big game for the Avs. They have a two-point lead over Chicago for home ice advantage in their upcoming playoff series. The Avs finish the season with four road games.Tonight, Thursday in Vancouver, Friday in San Jose and Sunday in Anaheim. If they can win two of four they secure 2nd place in the central division and home ice against the Hawks. They should be movitvated to beat the Oilers.

  • When asked where he'll play next year, Ryan Jones replied, "Not here," to Rob Tychkowski. Jones went on to say he felt it was mutual from both sides. This isn't breaking news, because it was clear neither party had much interest in the other, but you don't hear a player admit it on the record very often.

TONIGHT...

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    GAME DAY PREDICTION: The SpOilers upset another team battling for home ice advantage with 6-4 victory.

    OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: There will be multiple statistical comparisons between MacKinnon and Hall or Nugent-Hopkins throughout the broadcast.

    NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: MacKinnon and tough guy Patrick Bordeleau are the only Avs to have played all 78 games heading into tonight's tilt. Bordeleau picks up a 2nd period assist and reaches double digits in points for the first time in his career.

    * Weight (104 and 90), Jimmy Carson (100), Blair MacDonald (94), Vincent Damphousse (89), Mike Krushelnyski (88) and Joe Murphy (82) were the other Oilers with 80-point seasons.

    ** Kurri (10), Gretzky (9), Anderson (9), Messier (8), Smyth (4), Coffey (3), Esa Tikkanen (3), Craig Simpson (3), and Petr Klima (2).

    15 other players scored 30 goals once as a member of the Oilers: Carson (49), MacDonald (46), Krushelnyski (43), Damphousse (38), Murphy (35), Eberle (34), Jason Arnott, Mike Comrie, Ken Linseman and Stan Weir (33), Kovalenko, Dave Lumley and Dustin Penner (32), Zdeno Ciger (31) and Bill Guerin (30). Hall and/or Perron could become the 25th player to hit the 30-goal mark.

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    #51 kale
    April 08 2014, 08:20PM
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    Craig wrote:

    Why are the sports media so gutless in Edmonton? Are they afraid they won't get a interview or some access to the gong show called Oilers?

    I agree that most dont ask the tough questions, but there are a couple of writers who call it like it is and have quickly become my favorite reads..namely brownlee and baggedmilk. They dont care what others say but I agree the reporters tend to ask the soft questions unless its someone trying to provoke an emotional response for a story.

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    #52 Dog Train
    April 08 2014, 01:33PM
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    I'll put my money on Eberle for the goal lead. Perron not being on the only line that consistently scores will take him out of the running. Hall draws attention from the opposition with his speed and Eberle finds the soft spot where Hall feeds him the puck.

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    #53 Craig
    April 08 2014, 04:32PM
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    @Quicksilver ballet

    How this got any trashes is just stupid. What would it take for people to stop defending this awful management group/owner? I would love to hear what Kevin Lowe, Craig Mctavish and other members of the old boys club bring to this team other than a losing culture. Winning in the 80s era brings nothing to the game today.

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    #54 Arius Mumin
    April 08 2014, 06:00PM
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    Anton CP wrote:

    (I asked Eakins about Lander playing centre. "We know he can play centre, we need to find out if he can play the wing in the NHL," said Eakins. "I won't compromise the structure of our team to watch one player play centre. If he is going to play here he'll need to be able to play centre, right wing and left wing.")

    What a load of BS from Eakins. WHAT STRUCTURE?

    Shifting players up-and-down the lines?

    Getting Hall and Smyth to play C?

    Getting Larsson to play forward?

    NOT getting Gagner to play on wing?

    What kind of STRUCTURE is he talking about? Eakins knows best structure?

    How dare you!?!

    How dare you forget about his accountability? According to Achekins theories, the season and the bad start was on Yak's account.

    The more I look at him the more I see a feminine Chris from the popular hit series Sopranos.

    He was promised safety or a lot of guaranteed money when he was hired, it's the only way you can explain the arrogance and pride he expresses in interviews no matter the topic or result discussed.

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    #55 Air on Egg blood
    April 08 2014, 06:39PM
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    There are rumors swerling around that Marcus Naslund and Trevor Linden are in the running to get the Vancouver GM job. Should we tell Canucks fans that letting an "Old Boys club" run your team is a recipe for disaster? Naaaah, let the basterds find out by themselves... Schadenfreude.

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    #56 Gk1980
    April 08 2014, 09:54PM
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    Stopped watching the game after third goal. But hey, the oilers are trying. Trying their little hearts out.....

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    #57 The Soup Fascist
    April 08 2014, 10:07PM
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    RexHolez wrote:

    What a shocker! The oilers lose their last home game. This rebuild is right on track. Just 4 more lottery picks and it should be just about complete

    Sorry. Season is not over yet. Two more home games.

    File under "wishful thinking".

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    #58 shaun
    April 08 2014, 11:00PM
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    Anton CP wrote:

    Oilers lost to a team with veteran players with a veteran coach. Surely there's no shame to lose to a better team. Another moral victory checks in!

    You listen to Roy and you think I can see why the players love playing with him, you listen to Eakins and you wonder if the players are thinking , man I hope he doesnt throw me under the bus tonight,sure wish Yak was back

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    #59 SmythforMayor
    April 08 2014, 04:46PM
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    Craig wrote:

    How this got any trashes is just stupid. What would it take for people to stop defending this awful management group/owner? I would love to hear what Kevin Lowe, Craig Mctavish and other members of the old boys club bring to this team other than a losing culture. Winning in the 80s era brings nothing to the game today.

    I have never heard anyone defend kevin lowe except Katz and MacT(paid to defend his boss). Mac T on the other hand should be defended. He coached this team to the only bit of glory this team has had since Mess left and has brought more to the organization in one year than the entire Tambelini era. Firing Krueger and signing Grebs were mistakes but who among us is perfect?

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    #60 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
    April 08 2014, 05:07PM
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    I seriously love the Wonger.

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    #61 Brian
    April 08 2014, 08:26PM
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    Let's try something different .

    Fire the Punster, and especially fire with extreme prejudice, KQuinn and Louie.

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    #62 The Soup Fascist
    April 08 2014, 09:36PM
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    Re: firing Lowe

    In toronto two years ago the hometown fans chanted "fire Wilson" for most of a game - it was deafening.

    The next day Burke fired Wilson saying that it would be cruel (or words to that effect) to put him behind the bench for another home game.

    At the game in Van last night the fans chanted "fire Gillis".

    Less than 18 hours later he was fired.

    Do the oilers fans have the guts to chant "fire Lowe"?

    Would katz act and do so if fans did that?

    I say no and yes respectively.

    Sorry. To be clear - you are saying if the fans chant Fire Lowe, Katz reacts to this and fires him?

    Are you serious, Gord?

    Not in a million years. The only way Lowe leaves is if he falls on the sword himself. If Katz has not fired him yet it is NEVER going to happen.

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    #63 Robin Brownlee
    April 08 2014, 10:02PM
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    Reg Dunlop wrote:

    Also, I hate to continually grind a legend but Smyth is SO slow. It's like watching Brad Marsh execute the 3 point turn in the neutral zone. Please hang up the axe Ryan.

    You went with the Brad Marsh? Cruel shot, but bonus points for naming the worst skater ever to play in the NHL.

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    #64 Serious Gord
    April 08 2014, 10:11PM
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    Arius Mumin wrote:

    RNH should get a toilet paper endorsement-he is soft.

    RNH was soft in junior - he's soft now. (And phaneuf loses the plot every now and then just like he did in junior)

    I always marvel at a player like jean beliveau - who is widely regarded as on of the greatest gentleman to ever play the game. Take a look at his PIMs. One year he got 143 in 70 games. He averaged almost one PIM per game over 1100 games. RNH could use a bit of beliveau-type attitude.

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    #65 Quicksilver ballet
    April 08 2014, 12:46PM
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    High, hard, off the mask and in still counts, eh? Hall with a hat trick in a 6-4 Avalanche victory.

    Everyones happy!

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    #66 wiseguy
    April 08 2014, 05:23PM
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    Anton CP wrote:

    (I asked Eakins about Lander playing centre. "We know he can play centre, we need to find out if he can play the wing in the NHL," said Eakins. "I won't compromise the structure of our team to watch one player play centre. If he is going to play here he'll need to be able to play centre, right wing and left wing.")

    What a load of BS from Eakins. WHAT STRUCTURE?

    Shifting players up-and-down the lines?

    Getting Hall and Smyth to play C?

    Getting Larsson to play forward?

    NOT getting Gagner to play on wing?

    What kind of STRUCTURE is he talking about? Eakins knows best structure?

    Better be careful about your comments and your name, opinions calling for Eakins to be fired may also not be welcomed here. When the team is stuck in a Groundhog Day repetitive cycle of suckiness year after year, new content and insight on opinions and comments should not be expected. I'm sure if we read articles from last year and the year before from some authors I'm sure there's lots of repetition there as well, which is also perfectly understandable. In other words, being bad is nothing new for this team.

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    #67 Bryzarro World
    April 08 2014, 06:50PM
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    If we re-posted your last 10 comments from various articles here, how many would have a "Fire Lowe" reference?

    You're fixating.

    EDIT: I see Bobo beat me to this. Really, enough.

    Ever pay for a ticket? You like watching garbage for almost 15 years? Now you're a lowe apologist?

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    #68 Bryzarro World
    April 08 2014, 06:56PM
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    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    If we re-posted your last 10 comments from various articles here, how many would have a "Fire Lowe" reference?

    You're fixating.

    EDIT: I see Bobo beat me to this. Really, enough.

    Katz and kblowe get to you? Starting to act like rexall security now....

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    #69 Robin Brownlee
    April 08 2014, 07:10PM
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    @Bryzarro World

    From my article March 23:

    "Firing Lowe tomorrow won’t undo the lousy signings and free agent acquisitions made by departed GM Steve Tambellini. It won't immediately effect some of the questionable tactical decisions made by Eakins. It won't make the defensive group in place now good enough or deep enough.

    All the above said, continuing to hire and fire GMs, coaches and assistant coaches and to bring in and ship out players and turn over the entire roster, as has happened in recent seasons, without addressing the one constant since 2000 – Lowe – before firing up the hockey-ops carousel again is insanity.

    How can Katz not make that change this off-season? How can he not offer the people who buy the tickets to watch his team something resembling a clean slate at the top after eight straight years out of the playoffs? Why should fans, having seen what we've seen, demand anything less?"

    Any questions?

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    #70 RexHolez
    April 08 2014, 10:01PM
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    What a shocker! The oilers lose their last home game. This rebuild is right on track. Just 4 more lottery picks and it should be just about complete

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    #71 Oiler63
    April 08 2014, 10:49PM
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    Is anyone of our 3 first overall picks properly developed? No. In Edmonton you have to figure everything out by yourself, like Hall slowly getting there, in his 4th year in the league.

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    #72 Harry2
    April 08 2014, 11:03PM
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    Cubsfan wrote:

    Sounds like season ticket sales in Vancouver were slumping with renewals starting tomorrow

    Hit them where it hurts....the wallet

    Maybe problem here is that we keep selling out the place....no sense of urgency for change.....

    Ive been asking myself this same question for months. Why the hell are you muppets in EDM supporting this absolute sh'tshow of a team.

    I love the Oilers and hockey for that matter as much ad anyone I know which is exactly why not one dime will come out of my pocket towards the Oilers or anything that has Rexall on it. We got to send a message somehow.

    May seem lke small potatoes but I encourage others to follow.

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    #73 Oiler Al
    April 08 2014, 03:15PM
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    Personal goals are fine, but I think the ultimate is having team goals and the number one goal is to make the playoffs!

    The following playoff teams, Tampa,Philly,Denver, NY Rngs, Minn, L.A., have 0 30 goal scorers. StLouis, Mtl, Chicg.,Boston have only 1, and Pitts, have 2.

    Firstly it appears 30 goal poppers are rare, and secondly you dont have to have a mitt full of them on a team to make the playoffs.

    Defense first teams seem to be the ones in the hunt.

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    #74 Craig
    April 08 2014, 08:20PM
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    Rob F wrote:

    What the heck was that goal all about. they just let johnson skate right through.... Stupid Lowe.....

    Your the type of fan that let's management think there doing a good job.

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    #75 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
    April 08 2014, 08:54PM
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    HEY! KEEP IT DOWN .....THERES A GAME ON!

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    #76 Anton CP
    April 08 2014, 10:57PM
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    Oilers lost to a team with veteran players with a veteran coach. Surely there's no shame to lose to a better team. Another moral victory checks in!

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    #77 Harry2
    April 08 2014, 11:32PM
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    Anton CP wrote:

    Oilers lost to a team with veteran players with a veteran coach. Surely there's no shame to lose to a better team. Another moral victory checks in!

    You do know that Roy is a first year head coach in the NHL and that Colorado has one of the youngest rosters in the league. Get a clue man!!

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    #78 kale
    April 08 2014, 11:42PM
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    Harry2 wrote:

    You do know that Roy is a first year head coach in the NHL and that Colorado has one of the youngest rosters in the league. Get a clue man!!

    I feel like Sheldon off Big Bang Theory, I am not sure if both of these are sarcasm or just the first comment

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    #79 2015Playoffs?Nope!
    April 08 2014, 02:24PM
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    Couple things:

    Sammy should be playing on the wing. He is less accountable that way. So Eakins' arguement that he will ice the "best lines" or whatever, is not necessarily true. Also, Lander and Gagner are terrible together, but someone has to be defensively responsible on that line, and that is one skill of Lander. So we should stop misusing him and forcing him into an offensive role when that just isnt his type of game. I think he can be a useful bottom six winger, with two-way ability. Nothing wrong with that, and we have it in our organization. Its not something we need to trade for anymore.

    Id love to see Smyth get that PP goal. He works his ass off. Its no more his fault that he was tossed to the wolves by an inexperienced coach and told to play center. That took a lot of wind out of his sails. Its not easy for a winger to transition to center. Look at Hall, and he is two decades younger!

    I also think that Hall is deserving of the 80 pt mark, but will likely just miss it. Its unfortunate but with the three games we have remaining, one terrible opening period could be the white towel on the season. Im not being pessimistic, im being realistic. This team hasnt once shown the character to be able to pick themselves up after a poor start and battle back for more then the very odd game. Consistency is their biggest enemy.

    Lowe will not be fired, relieved of his duties, retire, quit, or other. He is here to stay, we have no choice, so all we can do is hope that MacT keeps on making the kind of additions that he has this past year, and that Eakins doesnt go into a sophmore slump for coaching and can come out of his stubborn shell and rid the team of the awful 1-3-1 powerplay and create a line-up worthy of comeptition in this league next year. That, of course, also has a lot to do with what MacT does. And i do have a lot of faith in him.

    for the first time since 2010, id bet my right arm that there wont be a draft party in Edmonton. Thank GOD!

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    #80 SmythforMayor
    April 08 2014, 02:52PM
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    RexHolez wrote:

    Sorry guys. Fixated is a proper word for my fire Kevin Lowe comments. I'm just amazed he's still with the organization. I'll try to write more Shea Weber trades and keep updating our Ekblad draft chances instead. Cuz the best way to solve the Kevin Lowe problem is to not talk about it, it's working so well

    If I give you Katz's address will you go tell him?

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    #81 MGD
    April 08 2014, 03:40PM
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    Tikkanese wrote:

    Hunting is not kick-boxing bears in a pit. If you are allowed to walk, sit in a tree stand, ride a quad, drive your truck with your gun out the window; you can hunt.

    I'm sure if you told Bryz that he wouldn't have to bare-knuckle a Grizz, he wouldn't be so afraid of backwoods, AB. May still be an Oiler...?

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    #82 Soccer Steve
    April 08 2014, 05:20PM
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    "Every player prefers wins over personal statistics," thought Ovechkin to himself as he back-checked as hard as he could.

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    #83 Romanus
    April 08 2014, 08:47PM
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    Cubsfan wrote:

    Sounds like season ticket sales in Vancouver were slumping with renewals starting tomorrow

    Hit them where it hurts....the wallet

    Maybe problem here is that we keep selling out the place....no sense of urgency for change.....

    Are you going to renew your season tickets?

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    #84 Arius Mumin
    April 08 2014, 09:32PM
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    What a nice way to avoid a hit by Belov, so smooth and effective.

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    #85 Serious Gord
    April 08 2014, 09:54PM
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    Randaman wrote:

    Sorry Gord, I disagree. The fans here don't have the guts to start that chant and Katz wouldn't care if they did. He only watches the games in Vancouver. Maybe we could get the Canuck fans to chant for us. LOL

    So you agree with point one.

    I think Katz would fire Lowe. It would be nice to see the fans do the chant to see which of us is right.

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    #86 Wonger
    April 08 2014, 10:54PM
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    Bishai in the Benches wrote:

    Wonger is that even you?? There weren't any CAPS LOCKED words in that whole post! I'm impressed. I'm also lobbying for BaggedMilk to start up a weekly Wonger article.

    I would be honoured!!! However, with all due respect to everyone, Robin Brownlee is my favourite. He is very knowledgeable and tells it like it is! Mrs. Wonger has read some of the CAPS locked garbage that I write when I get wound up - and ordered me to cool it! I always listen to Mrs. WONGER- my soul mate!!!

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    #87 David S
    April 08 2014, 04:59PM
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    Bishai in the Benches wrote:

    Wonger is that even you?? There weren't any CAPS LOCKED words in that whole post! I'm impressed. I'm also lobbying for BaggedMilk to start up a weekly Wonger article.

    I'm about 80% sure Wonger is Wanye ghost writing again. Oh that sneaky Wanye!

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    #88 Bryzarro World
    April 08 2014, 06:52PM
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    Bishai in the Benches wrote:

    Posting it here is useless though... 95% of people who visit the site are thinking the exact same thing. Katz likely doesn't spend his days pouring through the comments section looking for how he should run his franchise. Direct your anti-lowe commentary elsewhere, because it's annoying and useless. Everyone agrees with you already.

    Your crying is annoying

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    #89 Quicksilver ballet
    April 08 2014, 11:51PM
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    Harry2 wrote:

    You do know that Roy is a first year head coach in the NHL and that Colorado has one of the youngest rosters in the league. Get a clue man!!

    It's cloaked sarcasm Harry.

    Save the wrath for Saturday, after we lose to the lowly Canucks.

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    #90 Rick Stroppel
    April 08 2014, 12:53PM
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    vetinari wrote:

    Looking at the positives... hoping for Smyth's PP goal before the end of the season... hoping for Hall's first 80 pt+ season... and hoping for a few more wins to end the season on a good note.

    Go Oilers!

    ADIOS SMYTTY!

    The fact that they have tried so hard to get him the record this year tells me that he is probably not coming back next year. They could have done a "farewell Smytty" tour, but Smyth probably would not want that.

    PS : I hate to break it to everyone, but those yabos are fake.

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    #91 Rick Stroppel
    April 08 2014, 01:04PM
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    Rick Stroppel wrote:

    ADIOS SMYTTY!

    The fact that they have tried so hard to get him the record this year tells me that he is probably not coming back next year. They could have done a "farewell Smytty" tour, but Smyth probably would not want that.

    PS : I hate to break it to everyone, but those yabos are fake.

    PPS: Doesn't this remind you a little bit of Crash Davis' pursuit of the "all time career home runs by a minor league catcher" record in Bull Durham? Smytty is a warrior, I wish him well.

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    #92 Anton CP
    April 08 2014, 11:09PM
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    Harry2 wrote:

    Ive been asking myself this same question for months. Why the hell are you muppets in EDM supporting this absolute sh'tshow of a team.

    I love the Oilers and hockey for that matter as much ad anyone I know which is exactly why not one dime will come out of my pocket towards the Oilers or anything that has Rexall on it. We got to send a message somehow.

    May seem lke small potatoes but I encourage others to follow.

    Considering about lots of peoples that I have met after the game in other places. There are lots of those with extra incomes and looking for excuse to get drunk that has little caring about if the team were putting up a good performance.

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    #93 Wonger
    April 09 2014, 12:00AM
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    Rob... wrote:

    You're right. It was unfair. I went back and checked the time between the injury and the tweet about hunting (including climbing up to a tree stand). They were over a month apart. Statement retracted with apologies to anyone offended, including Big Mac.

    Apology accepted no problem!!! I've posted many comments over the years that I should've apologized for! I respect your class...... Wonger will always have a soft spot for the Big Mac .......!!!!!

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    #94 Arius Mumin
    April 08 2014, 05:53PM
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    The Oilers are going to get lid up tonight, well the lamp behind their net will. I foresee 6 times in total, while Larsen and one of the Co. will net each for the Oiler 2.

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    #95 kale
    April 08 2014, 09:15PM
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    Cubsfan wrote:

    Why am I filled with shame when i say..?..... I will......

    LOL, because you are perpetuating the problem but at the end of the day we are all going to tune in..its in our blood

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    #96 Reg Dunlop
    April 08 2014, 11:08PM
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    Serious Gord wrote:

    RNH was soft in junior - he's soft now. (And phaneuf loses the plot every now and then just like he did in junior)

    I always marvel at a player like jean beliveau - who is widely regarded as on of the greatest gentleman to ever play the game. Take a look at his PIMs. One year he got 143 in 70 games. He averaged almost one PIM per game over 1100 games. RNH could use a bit of beliveau-type attitude.

    I get the gist of what you are saying but #4 was one of the biggest players in original 6 hockey while RNH is one of the slightest-built players in today's game. Unfair comparison. In addition, penalty minute totals are not always indicative of competitiveness. Remember Dave Keon? I think his game might be a better goal for little Nuge to strive towards.

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    #97 wiseguy
    April 08 2014, 05:29PM
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    james_dean wrote:

    Teir 2 fan here going to 1st game of the year.

    Do oilers bucks work for booze?

    Yes they do.

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    #98 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
    April 08 2014, 07:03PM
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    @Bryzarro World

    Lolz

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    April 08 2014, 09:07PM
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    Romanus wrote:

    Are you going to renew your season tickets?

    Why am I filled with shame when i say..?..... I will......

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    April 08 2014, 01:23PM
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    Wonger wrote:

    Still two more opportunities for BIG MAC to get into an NHL game this season!!!!

    I don't want him anywhere near this team. Anyone who headed out on a hunting trip (as per his twitter feed near the start of the season) after suffering a knee injury that prevented him from playing should be kicked out of the NHLPA and have his contract rendered null and void. I hated seeing a player I liked a lot take his job so lightly.

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