OGDB 2.0: BUILDING MOMENTUM

Jason Gregor
February 14 2014 07:36AM

Roberto Luongo

Canada will continue its warmup games this morning when they take on Austria. The Austrians will actually try and attack instead of playing sit-back-boring hockey like Norway did yesterday. Canada will score more goals, but Roberto Luongo will likely face a few more quality scoring chances than Carey Price did yesterday.

Micheal Grabner scored three goals in the Austrian's 8-4 loss to Finland yesterday, and along with Tomas Vanek they will present more of an offensive threat, but expect Canada's offence to explode.

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A SUCCESSFUL POWERPLAY....

Jason Gregor
February 12 2014 12:44PM

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The Oilers powerplay started the season at almost the exact same success rate as last season -- 17 of 82 (20.7%) in the first 25 games -- but they've struggled mightily during the last 35 games, scoring 18 goals on 123 chances (14.6%.)

What has changed? Is it coaching or is it the players?

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UPDATE FROM THE FARM...

Jason Gregor
February 10 2014 10:58AM

Rank Western Conference GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM
1 * - Abbotsford Heat 50 31 15 3 1 66 0.660 156 136 0-1-0-0 6-2-2-0 5-1 604
2 * - Grand Rapids Griffins 49 30 15 2 2 64 0.653 163 123 1-0-0-0 4-5-1-0 2-2 653
3 * - Toronto Marlies 48 28 16 2 2 60 0.625 139 127 0-1-0-0 5-5-0-0 4-2 904
4 Texas Stars 50 29 15 2 4 64 0.640 184 144 1-0-0-1 4-5-0-1 1-4 651
5 Chicago Wolves 48 27 16 3 2 59 0.615 138 124 4-0-1-0 7-2-1-0 4-2 642
6 Milwaukee Admirals 47 22 14 6 5 55 0.585 125 129 0-1-0-1 4-2-1-3 3-5 735
7 Rockford IceHogs 51 24 21 4 2 54 0.529 152 167 4-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 3-2 776
8 Rochester Americans 46 23 17 3 3 52 0.565 131 129 0-1-0-0 8-2-0-0 2-3 732
9 Iowa Wild 46 20 17 5 4 49 0.533 116 131 0-1-0-0 5-1-2-2 5-4 620
10 Hamilton Bulldogs 48 22 22 0 4 48 0.500 118 139 2-0-0-0 3-7-0-0 2-4 940
11 Oklahoma City Barons 49 21 22 1 5 48 0.490 148 169 5-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 1-5 817
12 Charlotte Checkers 47 22 23 1 1 46 0.489 141 152 0-3-1-0 5-4-1-0 1-1 695
13 San Antonio Rampage 48 19 21 3 5 46 0.479 134 151 4-0-2-2 5-1-2-2 7-5 729
14 Lake Erie Monsters 47 20 23 0 4 44 0.468 121 148 0-2-0-0 3-6-0-1 4-4 1012
15 Utica Comets 47 18 22 3 4 43 0.457 114 141 2-0-1-0 6-2-1-1 2-4 637

While the Oilers are on their Olympic break, the OKC Barons have won five straight to get themselves back in the playoff race. I caught up with head coach Todd Nelson to get an update on his team, but mainly we discussed how some individual players have been performing.

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GDB 60.0: TO BACK OR NOT TO BACK

Jason Gregor
February 07 2014 01:15PM

Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight in New Jersey. The stats suggest it makes sense to start him instead of going back-to-back with Ben Scrivens, but considering the Oilers are winning by getting out shot, I wonder if combining that along with going back to Scrivens would guarantee a win.

We'll never know, but it is good to look at the possibilities.

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GDB 59.0: A NEW FORMULA

Jason Gregor
February 06 2014 12:35PM

In theory, outshooting the opposition will increase your chances of success, but for short windows that isn't always the case. The Oilers are 4-3-1 in their last eight games. In the five games they picked up at least one point they were out shot 204-124. They gave up 16 more shots per game (40.8-24.8), but they got nine of a possible ten points.

In the three losses they outshot their opponents twice, 58-56, leaving the loss to Boston as the only game where getting outshot meant a loss.

The Oilers are bucking the shooting trend lately and seeing success, so maybe they should continue to do so, considering how well it has worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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