GDB 33.0 Wrap Up: Little bit of thunder. Little bit of Lightning.

Chris the Intern
December 17 2016 11:17PM


Talbot's fist pump said it all. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers. 

I'll have you know that this is not my first wrap-up. In fact, I had the pleasure of writing the wrap-up for the last game ever at Rexall Place, which is pretty historic if you ask me. I don't mean to brag (yes I do), but that now makes me 2-0 when writing the game wrap-ups.

I was telling Baggedmilk this week that I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. They've essentially finished the hardest part of the schedule, and have a much less demanding few months ahead of them. For the first time this year, the Oilers had a three-day break, and it showed. 

It showed in a sense that they came out dominating. They played a real solid first two periods, an average third period, and put it away in the shootout. It was a little nerve-wrecking going into the third period tied 1-1 though. The Lightning were playing their third game in four nights, and are without a Steven Stamkos. We really should have been able to put this game away in regular time. As disappointing as it was that we even HAD to take it to a shootout, none of that matters now. The Oilers are now a win away from leading the Pacific, and maintain their position in a playoff spot.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

Nuggets

  • The Oilers have been wearing their snazzy, new orange sweaters a lot this year! *swoons*
  • Ignoring the fact that we need to capitalize on more opportunities, the Oilers came out flying tonight while out-playing the Lightning through the first two periods.
  • I could have sworn that Steve Stamkos was going to sign in Toronto. Didn't LeafsNation write dozens of articles about that? Hmm.
  • Kris Russell is still alive after getting obliterated from behind from Brown in the first period.
  • The Oilers didn't give up a shot until 12 minutes into the first period. Sure it was a breakaway, but Talbot made a heckuva save. 
  • Connor McDavid said in the off season that he wanted to improve his face offs. He went 11-6 tonight and won 8 of his last 9 prior to the game. This proves that the man is not all natural-born talent. Connor hustles like no other.
  • I was going to find a way to beak Baggedmilk for his choice of the wrap-up theme tonight, but I can't. Having an empty box of Chicken McNuggets is not something to joke about. Good pick. 
  • The Oilers have been hot on the power play this month. 12 power play goals so far in December.
  • Draisaitl was once again one of the best Oilers on the ice tonight. It's going to be very bitter-sweet when we sign him for big $$$ next summer. 
  • Mark Letestu continues his shootout dominance with another goal. Now 14/31 in his career. 
  • Connor McDavid scored his first career shootout goal tonight. Yes that's surprising, but I love him so who cares.
  • Talbot played another stellar game tonight, earning his 15th win of the season. He's now passed Jussi Markkanen for 8th on the all-time wins by an Edmonton goaltender. 

The Face Palmers 

Empty Box

  • I feel for Matt Hendricks. He started the season late, got ridiculed for not playing well and got mixed in with some trade rumours. I love the guy and don't want to see him go, but the guy needs to pot one soon.
  • There were some very odd penalty calls this game. Not to mention the non-call when Boyle slashed the stick out of Davidson's hands and Drouin continued to score. *crumples up paper*
  • The Oilers have been pretty successful on the power play as of late, but they REALLY like to pass. Sometimes too much. Actually, most of the time too much. 
  • We created a lot of scoring opportunities this game which is great and all, but we need to capitalize on more of them. The bolts played their third game in four nights. It shouldn't have been tied at the end of the second period. 
  • Rogers Place appeared louder than normal tonight, but still sent out a lot of library vibes. I still think we need some college hockey-esque chanting to happen in there.  

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

2ND PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
03:58 Edmonton PPG - Milan Lucic (9) ASST: Leon Draisaitl (14), Andrej Sekera (10) 0-1
18:59 Tampa Bay PPG - Jonathan Drouin (7) ASST: Victor Hedman (19), Brayden Point (10) 1-1

3RD PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
02:35 Tampa Bay Tyler Johnson (9) ASST: Cory Conacher (1), Nikita Nesterov (4) 2-1
07:03 Edmonton PPG - Leon Draisaitl (14) ASST: Mark Letestu (8), Andrej Sekera (11) 2-2

OT PERIOD

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
No Scoring

SHOOTOUT

TIME TEAM DETAILS SCORE
Edmonton Goal - Mark Letestu -
Tampa Bay Missed - Brayden Point -
Edmonton Missed - Leon Draisaitl -
Tampa Bay Goal - Jonathan Drouin -
Edmonton Goal - Connor McDavid -
Tampa Bay Missed - Brian Boyle -

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#51 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 18 2016, 09:54AM
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@Danger Pay

"this ends just like it has the last 3-4 years, crash and burn down the stretch."

??? What team have you been watching, the Oil have usually been out of the playoff race by Dec 1.

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#52 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 18 2016, 10:00AM
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Momay&Phudian wrote:

The idiots that trashed the above facts what is your problem? What planet do you live on where facts can't even get in the way for your love of Nuge?

Like all stats you have to understand the context. RHN gets tougher match ups on a nightly basis and that can't be ignored. Letestu has benefitted from PP time. Would I take Letestu over RNH straight up, not a chance.

None of this is an excuse for RHN's lack of production. For the Oil to succeed he needs to be better.

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#53 dolenupnorth
December 18 2016, 10:00AM
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So looking at the standings, and kinda have to feel bad for hall no way is new jersey gonna make the playoffs in that division! So once again Hall is playing meaningless games in December.

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#54 Harry2
December 18 2016, 10:01AM
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Bubba Train wrote:

Yeah, like maybe trading him for a Larson type, cause that worked out so well. And was t that supposed to address RHD?

Anyway, just try to enjoy a win for a change before instantly trying to find a goat or a sacrifice. When will this change?

Have you looked at the standings lately? How about NJ's goals for/goals against vs. Edm's goals for/goals against.

The Hall/Larsson trade has worked out very well for Edm and so far not so much for NJ. We now have a #1 RHD so how has the trade not addressed that position?

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#55 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 10:05AM
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My point is they are not good enough to make the playoffs.

I'll make a bold prediction today and eat my words if they prove me wrong.

Oilers miss the playoffs: either Dallas, Nashville and maybe Winnipeg will catch them.

Oilers are falling back into loser ways and last night proved it to me. They don't have that killer instinct and it will only get worse down the stretch. They will win meaningless games against teams out of the playoffs and lose tough 4 point games when they need them the most.

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#56 chickenStew
December 18 2016, 10:05AM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

I cant stand the commentators we get for Oilers games (mainly Remenda) they clearly have grudges against players to the point where they make up things.

I miss Ray Ferraro, bring him back. I liked his honest and most importantly accurate assessment of the game.

I like Ferraro too. His hockey knowledge and insights are far superior to most.

But if you are looking for someone without an anti-Oiler bias, keep looking.

People have short memories. He was one of the worst (yes worse than Remenda) when it came to focusing on Oiler flaws as the colour guy years ago.

When we had him, people couldn't wait to dump him.

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#57 Harry2
December 18 2016, 10:06AM
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Reinman wrote:

Try comparing their career stats.

Letestu 429gp 74G 91A 165Pts -30+/- RNH 345GP 82G 155A 237Pts -41+/-

ANd RNH is 23, compared to Letestu's 31.

Yep, Letestu is better alright.

So what RNH did 4 years ago is supposed to save his bacon in 2016?

Bottom line is he is far from meeting anything close to expectations. When a 4th line 31 year old center is out scoring you on the PP and pbasically matching your overall production it has to light a fire under his @$$.

We are 33 games into the season and his "slow start" is getting real old fast. The writing is on the wall for RNH. Hes been passed on the depth chart by LD. When LD and McD have their new deals Edm would be insane to lug around a 6million dollar 3rd lin center. The question is when does Chiarreli trade him? This off season or next?

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#58 Hemmercules
December 18 2016, 10:11AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

My point is they are not good enough to make the playoffs.

I'll make a bold prediction today and eat my words if they prove me wrong.

Oilers miss the playoffs: either Dallas, Nashville and maybe Winnipeg will catch them.

Oilers are falling back into loser ways and last night proved it to me. They don't have that killer instinct and it will only get worse down the stretch. They will win meaningless games against teams out of the playoffs and lose tough 4 point games when they need them the most.

The oilers have actually been doing the opposite. They play well against playoffs teams in 4 point games and terrible against "meaningless" teams that are out of the playoffs. I don't envision the team storming into the playoffs but they will be in the fight.

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#59 Dwayne Roloson 35
December 18 2016, 10:18AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

My point is they are not good enough to make the playoffs.

I'll make a bold prediction today and eat my words if they prove me wrong.

Oilers miss the playoffs: either Dallas, Nashville and maybe Winnipeg will catch them.

Oilers are falling back into loser ways and last night proved it to me. They don't have that killer instinct and it will only get worse down the stretch. They will win meaningless games against teams out of the playoffs and lose tough 4 point games when they need them the most.

"Oilers are falling back into loser ways and last night proved it to me."

They proved they're falling back into losing ways by winning...interesting.

I hope they continue these losing ways the rest of the year.

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#60 Harry2
December 18 2016, 10:18AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

That wiff of the playoffs will turn into a fart in the wind if things stand pat.

They won a decision against a one armed opponent who lost a fight last night and you expect them to compete against battle hardened Vet's when the games mean the most?

You mite as well forget about the playoffs now bc this ends just like it has the last 3-4 years, crash and burn down the stretch.

Since when has "down the stretch" been the month of October? Cause thats when Edm has been crashing and burning lately.

For the first time in 10 years TEN YEARS, they are playing meaningful games near mid season and are actually challenging for the division lead.

Some fans just choose to be miserable

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#61 Realist1
December 18 2016, 10:32AM
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I know he is young and could go to down to the A, but I really wish Todd would give JP a strong run of games where he plays (where ever) 5x5 but gets pp1 minutes every pp.

Additionally he has been my favourite right wing on Conners line this entire season.... I don't think we should gift the rookie minutes, but he looked better than most and was unlucky not to net a few more goals. Maybe Leon has been the best but playing him elsewhere gives us a lot better depth.

Either way, the usage of JP so far has been poor... either play him in some roles to build confidence (pp).... or send him down to dominate the A... otherwise we might end up with yak.0

/rantoff

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#62 L
December 18 2016, 10:34AM
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Oilers make playoffs. Just not as smoothly as we'd like. But they make it.

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#63 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 10:40AM
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Harry2 wrote:

Since when has "down the stretch" been the month of October? Cause thats when Edm has been crashing and burning lately.

For the first time in 10 years TEN YEARS, they are playing meaningful games near mid season and are actually challenging for the division lead.

Some fans just choose to be miserable

The Oilers won a shootout vs tired injured team in Dec!

Whooooooooooo! Plan the parade! All the rebuild years were worth it! They did it, they finally did it! They out lasted Tampa in the shootout, how dare anyone point out how flawed the team is! What a meaningful December win!

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#64 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 10:45AM
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Dwayne Roloson 35 wrote:

"Oilers are falling back into loser ways and last night proved it to me."

They proved they're falling back into losing ways by winning...interesting.

I hope they continue these losing ways the rest of the year.

By barely getting to overtime against a tired team without their top 3 forwards. Oh yeah, I can't for those 4 point games against Ducks, Kings and Sharks.

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#65 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 10:49AM
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Last night was a statement game. "Can't win a gift wrapped game in Regulation" pathetic.

*sorry everyone I just see the hot garbage from years past creeping into the team*

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#66 albertabeef
December 18 2016, 10:56AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Last night was a statement game. "Can't win a gift wrapped game in Regulation" pathetic.

*sorry everyone I just see the hot garbage from years past creeping into the team*

Yeah, ok, we get it. You don't like the Oilers. Go over to Flames nation and brag about how hard the flames work.

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#67 Total Points
December 18 2016, 10:56AM
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Last year RNH got the flu and was out 1 to 2 weeks (I don't remember exactly). He has not been the same since except for short bursts like the World Cup last fall.

I think something else was going on and the "flu" was not really the "flu".

PC keeps all injuries or other personal issues that the players have close to the chest

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#68 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 11:03AM
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albertabeef wrote:

Yeah, ok, we get it. You don't like the Oilers. Go over to Flames nation and brag about how hard the flames work.

Comments don't have tone and inflection. If you could read my calm demeanor you would be able to tell I'm a die hard Oilers fan.

Last night was like a beer league team with a full roster going up against a team with 1 or 2 subs and winning in the shoutout.

The Oiler room leaders need to step up and should be saying that they need to be better if they want to accomplish their season goal.

They should have pounded Tampa into the ice and didn't. They did not play playoff hockey last night.

I am upset and disappointed.

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#69 Mitch92
December 18 2016, 11:14AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Comments don't have tone and inflection. If you could read my calm demeanor you would be able to tell I'm a die hard Oilers fan.

Last night was like a beer league team with a full roster going up against a team with 1 or 2 subs and winning in the shoutout.

The Oiler room leaders need to step up and should be saying that they need to be better if they want to accomplish their season goal.

They should have pounded Tampa into the ice and didn't. They did not play playoff hockey last night.

I am upset and disappointed.

The 82 game season is a long haul. I am happy that the boys found a way to win in a game where they didn't score 4+ goals and where CMD did not hit the scoresheet until the end of the shoot-out. It is impossible to be dominant every game. That game may have been boring and ugly but the boys made it ugly for the Lightning too and at the end of the season when they are tallying up all the points, every win will be beautiful.

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#70 CMG30
December 18 2016, 11:17AM
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I'm a RNH believer but I also acknowledge that he needs to start producing some offense or he's going to be vulnerable to a trade soon.

As things stand he has a lot of value to this team on his defensive play to shut down the oppositions best and allow Drai to develop. But there's a point, perhaps as soon as next year where he's going to drop to 3rd on the depth chart and that will be it for him barring a pay cut.

Simple solution: Start producing Nuge!

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#71 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 18 2016, 11:24AM
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Total Points wrote:

Last year RNH got the flu and was out 1 to 2 weeks (I don't remember exactly). He has not been the same since except for short bursts like the World Cup last fall.

I think something else was going on and the "flu" was not really the "flu".

PC keeps all injuries or other personal issues that the players have close to the chest

I hope you are wrong. If RNH has some kind of chronic ailment that saps his energy, well that would be a disaster.

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#72 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 11:30AM
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Mitch92 wrote:

The 82 game season is a long haul. I am happy that the boys found a way to win in a game where they didn't score 4+ goals and where CMD did not hit the scoresheet until the end of the shoot-out. It is impossible to be dominant every game. That game may have been boring and ugly but the boys made it ugly for the Lightning too and at the end of the season when they are tallying up all the points, every win will be beautiful.

2 points doesn't always tell the entire story. Especially a shootout win.

Available: Eberle, Nuge, Pouliot, Fayne, #1 pick

I'm not going to pretend to be a armchair GM but use these assets and make the team more consistent. The sooner the better.

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#73 PlayDirty
December 18 2016, 11:48AM
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Sure are a lot of glass-half-empty people on here today. After 10 years out of the playoffs, I really don't care how they get in - just make it!

Danger Pay sounds like the homeless guy who throws out the Big Mac someone gave him because he really wanted a steak!

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#74 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 12:16PM
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PlayDirty wrote:

Sure are a lot of glass-half-empty people on here today. After 10 years out of the playoffs, I really don't care how they get in - just make it!

Danger Pay sounds like the homeless guy who throws out the Big Mac someone gave him because he really wanted a steak!

"I don't care how they get in - just make it"

Maybe you should start caring about how they Don't make the playoffs by playing like they did last night.

Will you start caring when they are out of playoff spot?

Or will you start caring when they straight up don't make it?

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#75 Randaman
December 18 2016, 12:34PM
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whateverhappenedtoearledwards wrote:

Like all stats you have to understand the context. RHN gets tougher match ups on a nightly basis and that can't be ignored. Letestu has benefitted from PP time. Would I take Letestu over RNH straight up, not a chance.

None of this is an excuse for RHN's lack of production. For the Oil to succeed he needs to be better.

You are correct but he is failing at those match ups that he used to win more often.

That's the point!!

Open your eyes. Nobody dislikes Nuge but when fans put the facts aside just because they like someone, well ...

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#76 Harry2
December 18 2016, 12:34PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

The Oilers won a shootout vs tired injured team in Dec!

Whooooooooooo! Plan the parade! All the rebuild years were worth it! They did it, they finally did it! They out lasted Tampa in the shootout, how dare anyone point out how flawed the team is! What a meaningful December win!

Your previous comments complained on the season as a whole not last nights game which I agree with you was uninspired.

The real question is how can you not be happy with the progress they've made?

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#77 Harry2
December 18 2016, 12:40PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Comments don't have tone and inflection. If you could read my calm demeanor you would be able to tell I'm a die hard Oilers fan.

Last night was like a beer league team with a full roster going up against a team with 1 or 2 subs and winning in the shoutout.

The Oiler room leaders need to step up and should be saying that they need to be better if they want to accomplish their season goal.

They should have pounded Tampa into the ice and didn't. They did not play playoff hockey last night.

I am upset and disappointed.

I for one agree with your assessment of last nights game but the season as a whole so far can only be described as a success considering the overall progress that has been made.

See.... Wins/Losses, GF/GA, PP% PK%. and most importantly their place in the standings.

I dont care what league your in you dont go from bottom 3 to tops in the conference in a straight line in one season.

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#78 Explicit
December 18 2016, 12:46PM
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@Danger Pay

I gotta pretty much agree with you. I don't see them making the playoffs. Too many guys playing disappointing hockey. They had the hot start with an easy schedule and ever since it's been a slow down hill climb.

They can still turn it around, but they havnt been playing good hockey.

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#79 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 12:54PM
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@Harry2

This season is slipping away, they are playing less and less consistent. Started hot, have since regressed and I'm suppose to be happy?

I can just imagine Nuge and Ebs at end of the season on the golf course...Well the fans should be happy b/c we were better than last year. Missed the playoffs again but at least we were better. Thank God no one has put any expectations on us.

Participation ribbons for everyone! Yay!

What a joke

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#80 Harry2
December 18 2016, 01:04PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

This season is slipping away, they are playing less and less consistent. Started hot, have since regressed and I'm suppose to be happy?

I can just imagine Nuge and Ebs at end of the season on the golf course...Well the fans should be happy b/c we were better than last year. Missed the playoffs again but at least we were better. Thank God no one has put any expectations on us.

Participation ribbons for everyone! Yay!

What a joke

Hoooollayyy! You need a hug or something. Slipping away? They are 2 points out of first in the division and 5 points up on the 9th place team.

The difficulty of the schedule is a real thing. Less practice time let alone rest. Think about it for over 2 months they played at least every 3rd day.

This isnt ebs/rnh team anymore. Its LD's and McD's. These two are not going to mail it in like youve suggested.

I agree that yesterdays game was garbage even though they won but thats where our being in agreement ends.

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#81 Kr55
December 18 2016, 01:24PM
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Harry2 wrote:

Have you looked at the standings lately? How about NJ's goals for/goals against vs. Edm's goals for/goals against.

The Hall/Larsson trade has worked out very well for Edm and so far not so much for NJ. We now have a #1 RHD so how has the trade not addressed that position?

I think it's still a win for NJ fans. They get to see more wild wide open games. That's a much more entertaining way to see your team miss the playoffs. ;)

Side note. Severson, Larsson's replacement to play against good players with Greene is a competitor for the green jacket this year (2nd last in NHL with a -16). And he doesn't even have to always play hard minutes, Hynes gives him a break a lot when the going really gets tough.

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#82 slats-west
December 18 2016, 01:24PM
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A few thoughts:

@the Intern......"It showed in a sense that they came out dominating. They played a real solid first two periods, an average third period, and put it away in the shootout."........hmmm .....Not sure which game you were watching but this game was one post away from a loss in regulation and a crossbar from a loss in OT. At best this was a "Lucky win" ... as the effort we got from some was poor at key points. Maybe we were owed one, but this team needs step on the throat of teams like this

- interesting the #1 RW getting called out by the HNIC about his "soft play" and "no intensity" .... too bad ON writers only blind themselves with his "steady stats" and doesnt see it that way. His play is fine for bottom 6 but certainly not for a top 3 and certainly not for playing with the talent of McD......Jordan when will you see this?

- great toughness by Benning...real heart out there taking a cross check to the mind..(shout out to Russell on the cross check in the #s as well)

- Kassian needs to be moved up in minutes when he's playing like this. I wouldn't slot him to start on Top 6 (because that never seems to go well) but when he has a game going like last night it's time to make some in the game changes for #14 to take a seat or #67 if in the lineup.

- aren't you glad McL went with MCD for shooter #3 vs the paralyzer? I bet they thought about it.... lesson learned ALWAYS GO WITH MCD ...

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#83 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 01:38PM
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@Harry2

Hahaha, 2 points out of 1st. Remind me again how big their division lead was? The Oilers have regressed to a .500 team or worse and you think they will make the playoffs.

The games get tougher as the season progresses and these Oilers will wilt as the pressure of each game builds.

Barring a major trade or deadline pickup the Oilers will miss the playoffs.

I'm prepared to eat my words are you?

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#84 Harry2
December 18 2016, 02:29PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Hahaha, 2 points out of 1st. Remind me again how big their division lead was? The Oilers have regressed to a .500 team or worse and you think they will make the playoffs.

The games get tougher as the season progresses and these Oilers will wilt as the pressure of each game builds.

Barring a major trade or deadline pickup the Oilers will miss the playoffs.

I'm prepared to eat my words are you?

Your referencing their 7-1 start to the season like they are the Chicago Blackhawks and were going to remain red hot until April.

Need I remind you of how this team has performed the last 10 years.

I dont understand what your expectations are of the Oilers. If you expect them to play at a 7-1 pace all year and finish tops in the division then your setting yourself up for disappointment.

I think they will make it as a wildcard team and that will no doubt make it a successful year

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#85 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 02:41PM
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@Harry2

Wildcard? I don't see it and last night convinced me.

I've watched as much of this team as I can and optimism has been replaced with realistic expectations.

I promise I won't troll Post games anymore but it will be fun watching every one lose their minds down the stretch.

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#86 cfour
December 18 2016, 03:05PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Comments don't have tone and inflection. If you could read my calm demeanor you would be able to tell I'm a die hard Oilers fan.

Last night was like a beer league team with a full roster going up against a team with 1 or 2 subs and winning in the shoutout.

The Oiler room leaders need to step up and should be saying that they need to be better if they want to accomplish their season goal.

They should have pounded Tampa into the ice and didn't. They did not play playoff hockey last night.

I am upset and disappointed.

"I stopped watching after they went down a goal in the 3rd" - real die - hard there, beat it loser

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#87 PlayDirty
December 18 2016, 03:09PM
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@Danger Pay

Right now they are in a playoff spot, and I think they will make the playoffs.It's not healthy to be this frustrated after a win. They're going to win some games they should lose and lose some games they should win.

But I do care - probably more than I should. What I don't care about is you caring about how much I care.

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#88 camdog
December 18 2016, 04:25PM
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There are only 3 teams with a better goal deferential than the Oilers in the west. In the entire league the Oilers are 9th in goal differential. The Oilers themselves haven't been that good of late but the reality is there is a lot of mediocrity in the entire league right now, especially in the west. Playoffs are still a very real possibility.

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#89 Reinman
December 18 2016, 05:06PM
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Harry2 wrote:

So what RNH did 4 years ago is supposed to save his bacon in 2016?

Bottom line is he is far from meeting anything close to expectations. When a 4th line 31 year old center is out scoring you on the PP and pbasically matching your overall production it has to light a fire under his @$$.

We are 33 games into the season and his "slow start" is getting real old fast. The writing is on the wall for RNH. Hes been passed on the depth chart by LD. When LD and McD have their new deals Edm would be insane to lug around a 6million dollar 3rd lin center. The question is when does Chiarreli trade him? This off season or next?

Good thing you are not a GM, if you would pull trigger on idiotic trades based on 33 games, either good or bad.

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#90 Harry2
December 18 2016, 06:28PM
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Reinman wrote:

Good thing you are not a GM, if you would pull trigger on idiotic trades based on 33 games, either good or bad.

Learn how to read before throwing out insults. I said once LD and McD have their new deals then trade RNH. In other words summer of 2018.

Whether you think its a good idea or not is irrelevent. Edm will not have 3 centers being paid 10+million, 6+ million and 6million

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#91 nrXic
December 18 2016, 06:29PM
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Not a First Tier Fan wrote:

I was in the section where the wave started last night. It was a bunch of kids getting it going with the help of one enthusiastic dude. Man - they were so damn stoked when it got off and rolled around four times it was totally worth it. These little kids were high-fiving everyone.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the wave either but those little guys didn't stop grinning for the rest of the night.

And yeah bud - they started trying to get it going during a commercial break. It took a little enthusiasm and determination to get it going. Maybe if you ever tried to start one you might find that they just don't launch at the snap of a finger - and if you give up at the end of every drop of the puck you ain't gonna get far...

Give me a break. Get your thumb out of your seat....

That's exactly the scenario I approve of.

When I say it's done during the break, I was implying that the Rogers Place presentation crew helps out.

Showing the crowd from a wide angle while they are doing the wave would add to the experience.

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#92 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 06:47PM
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cfour wrote:

"I stopped watching after they went down a goal in the 3rd" - real die - hard there, beat it loser

Did you even watch the game? Are you aware of the circumstances surrounding the game?

The Oilers on 3 days rest couldn't out work at team that was playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and their top 3 forwards are injured.

I've defended this team through terrible seasons and I've seen last nights game a 1000 times before. This team as assembled will not cut it. They had no excuses last night and could not get it done.

I just can't believe how blinded everyone is by a shootout win and the current standings. Has anyone watched the last few weeks? Tampa could have just as easily won that game last night, if Laine doenst gift the Oilers a win they could easily be lower in the standings and out of a playoff spot.

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#93 Harry2
December 18 2016, 07:05PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Did you even watch the game? Are you aware of the circumstances surrounding the game?

The Oilers on 3 days rest couldn't out work at team that was playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and their top 3 forwards are injured.

I've defended this team through terrible seasons and I've seen last nights game a 1000 times before. This team as assembled will not cut it. They had no excuses last night and could not get it done.

I just can't believe how blinded everyone is by a shootout win and the current standings. Has anyone watched the last few weeks? Tampa could have just as easily won that game last night, if Laine doenst gift the Oilers a win they could easily be lower in the standings and out of a playoff spot.

So Laine doesnt gift them a win. Take away 2points and they're still 3rd in the west.

Whats your point?

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#94 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 07:31PM
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@Harry2

Take those 2 plus a shootout loss last night and they are tied for the wild card with LA and Cal.

Take the 2 points combined with a regulation loss last night and they are tied for 11th with Winnipeg.

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#95 Danger Pay
December 18 2016, 07:38PM
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Oilers are trending the wrong way and last nights performance did nothing to suggest otherwise.

Usually I'm positive and try to be lite hearted but after the past few weeks combined with yesterday I've have my concerns.

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#96 cfour
December 18 2016, 08:12PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Did you even watch the game? Are you aware of the circumstances surrounding the game?

The Oilers on 3 days rest couldn't out work at team that was playing their 3rd game in 4 nights and their top 3 forwards are injured.

I've defended this team through terrible seasons and I've seen last nights game a 1000 times before. This team as assembled will not cut it. They had no excuses last night and could not get it done.

I just can't believe how blinded everyone is by a shootout win and the current standings. Has anyone watched the last few weeks? Tampa could have just as easily won that game last night, if Laine doenst gift the Oilers a win they could easily be lower in the standings and out of a playoff spot.

Raced home to watch the third after watching the hometown junior team, saw drai goal then had to miss overtime and shoot out due to my kid waking up puking, I'm aware of the circumstances last night,last week,last ten years Stop ur whining, it's dec. and u want to tell everyone how it's going go, shut up, we don't care, this is the best oiler team since 06 there will be peaks and valleys just like every other team, they may or may not make it, but I've seen more quality hockey out of this squad then any other oiler incarnation in a long time And I've been watching since their inception into the league

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#97 Harry2
December 19 2016, 12:14AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Take those 2 plus a shootout loss last night and they are tied for the wild card with LA and Cal.

Take the 2 points combined with a regulation loss last night and they are tied for 11th with Winnipeg.

I understand taking away points from Winnipeg because of Laine's blunder but why would we take points away from a clear win vs TB?

Yur not making any sense and your argument is extremely weak

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#98 camdog
December 19 2016, 06:10AM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Oilers are trending the wrong way and last nights performance did nothing to suggest otherwise.

Usually I'm positive and try to be lite hearted but after the past few weeks combined with yesterday I've have my concerns.

Oilers schedule is trending the right way right now.

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#99 Oilcounty88
December 19 2016, 09:55AM
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chickenStew wrote:

I like Ferraro too. His hockey knowledge and insights are far superior to most.

But if you are looking for someone without an anti-Oiler bias, keep looking.

People have short memories. He was one of the worst (yes worse than Remenda) when it came to focusing on Oiler flaws as the colour guy years ago.

When we had him, people couldn't wait to dump him.

This was during a period of time when the oilers were painfully bad to watch on the ice. Pretty hard not to trash on a team that wins 26-82 games in a season.

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