Game time, bitches!

We’re told that we shouldn’t swear on here, particularly in a post. Apparently we are getting “bigger traffic now” and there are “kids reading.” We have gotten “two emails” to this effect in the past month and a half so we are going to try and tone it down for the kiddies.

Now I suspect that the picture above won’t be appropriate for kids… Er, nor will the exclamatory swear word in the title. Hmm. Don’t read that if you are under 12, kids. Or look at the picture. Is 12 an acceptable cut-off age? When your ol’ pal Wanye was 12 years old, we had already had five wonderful years of marriage under our belt. When we were 12, Wanye Gretz V was already six years old himself and working on starting a family of his own. So yes, 12-year-olds can read a swear word and laugh heartily at the picture of the teacher above.

How wonderful is the season opener going to be tonight?

  1. Better than Budweiser bringing out a 75 pack of Bud Light in stores everywhere and calling it “The Widow Maker”
  2. Better than every single pre-season game in NHL history
  3. Better than a million-dollar knife fight between Robin Brownlee and Jason Gregor—which would be pretty awesome too.

The last Oilers’ game was April 2. We don’t know how many days ago that was but we remember thinking “What the hell are we going to talk about all summer?” Well thanks to all of the Citizens of the Nation we have watched the summer fly by. Two massive trades, an ownership change of the franchise, three new writers and Kevin Lowe being fired without being fired but somehow still being in charge meant a busy summer.

Go Oilers!

Final thought

Post some chatter if you’re watching the game. We are either going to the River Cree to watch a beer league game of a buddy—who assured us “If you come with me to my game we can go watch the Oilers game afterwards. We get a team deal on beer”—or watch it at OilersNation World HQ.

  • What a fortunate ending to a horible game with brutal effort. As mentioned many times in several other postings, the Oilers are in desperate need of someone to win face offs and defencemen who can gain control of the puck in their own zone. That being said, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the Oilers are 1-0!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I have seen so many great efforts yield 0 points. It's nice to see the reverse.

    Not great. Nice.

    Sat next to an Av's Fan. Also nice.
    Projected Point Total: 164. Always outshot. Always outplayed. Always win 3-2. Always Have 5 beers at Rexall. (Will need all three goalies if they must see that much rubber) Fourth star to the crossbar. Thank You Hockey Gods For An Ill Deserved Victory!

  • I was telling a bud at the bar that its a good sign when you can win on a night when you obviously left your A-game in the dressing room.

    They'll be much better next time out. The team has been spending the last week working on the PP and playing 4X4 scrimmages while everybody else has been playing big boy's hockey – and it showed.

    BTW. The new EARL's on Campus is a kick-ass place to watch a game.

  • Those throwback jerseys are a blast. But Colorado really outplayed us despite our win.

    Sloppy breakouts and poor on faceoffs tonight but at least we're showing the attributes of a good team:

    1. Good special teams (PP, PK)
    2. Good goaltending
    3. Winning games we don't deserve to win
    4. Orange and Blue retro jerseys

    Now all we gotta do is work on our faceoffs. 😀

  • What Kind of Kool-Aid are you drinking?

    I am not going to flame you but the concept of signs of being a good team are complete BS.

    The 1st line was non-existent save the first PP which frankly was a gimme because Horcoff was open almost the entire PP.

    Souray was GOD AWFUL, I actually have pity for Lubo at how bad Souray was tonight.

    Faceoffs were horrible, 28% are you kidding me?

    15 Shots on net with 2 minutes to go, that is embarassing.

    If it wasnt for Flukes and Garon playing a great game we would have had no chance.

    The only good things to take away were our Time on Attack (even tho we got no Shots), PK (as usual), and the fact that Gilbert, Grebs, and Strudwick played extremely solid games.

    -ya ya Grebs had a few giveaways, but so did the team (Cole had 4), aside from that his Defensive plays were what surprised me.

  • If it wasnt for Flukes and Garon playing a great game we would have had no chance.

    Garon was as solid as Jell-O. Nope, flukes won that game. And after follwing up that game with a Russell Peters DVD, I say, "Take it and go."

  • Worked The Rexall beers through the system…
    This morning it occurs to me that having a great powerplay will mean nothing if the Mighty Oil are unable to draw penalties. There had better be big improvement on the first line for this to happen. As for faceoffs: will improve to 35% without personal/lineup changes. (That's Good Right? Good Enough? No. Oh Well…)

  • AndrewB:

    I think those indicators are important, Andrew. I remember those days when Dallas would beat us despite the fact that we were outplaying them… based on team depth alone. We might have some line match-up and defensive zone issues, but having goaltending and overall team depth is important to winning games we don't deserve, IMO.

    The rest will be fixed via hard work and/or Tambellini's first major trade/signing