OGDB 4.0: NOW IT MATTERS

Jason Gregor
February 19 2014 01:27AM

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After three rather uneventful preliminary games, we finally get to the games that matter and Canada ends up with the easiest quarterfinal opponent in Latvia. Give the Latvians credit, they scored three goals on the stingy Swiss yesterday and were deserving of their 3-1 victory, but their Cinderella run ends today.

Had Canada lost to Finland they would be playing Russia, and the angst and excitement would be much higher, but I think we will have to wait until Friday to be excitedly nervous about a game.

While I'm giving Latvia no chance, the Canadian players won't be looking past them. Canada's forwards are horny for goals, and I expect we'll see quite a few of them break out offensively.

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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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