GDB 78: The Brink

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The Oilers playoff hopes are on the brink (I said a loss against the Ducks was the unofficial end of the dream, but mathematically they are still alive), and the Sharks are circling tonight. Do they smell blood?

Can the Oilers live to skate another day? Who the hell knows? One game at a time was the overwhelming theme and retort inside the lockerroom, and really, what else do the Oilers have to cling to.

I suggest covering your eyes when the second period starts. The Oilers have been outscored 90-74 in the middle frame, while the best frame is the 2nd where they have dominated the opposition 86-50 on the scoreboard.

The Oilers best frame, not surprisingly is the third where they have potted 73 and given up 66 goals. The first period they are -4, scoring 67-71. Maybe they should each chug a Rockstar or one of those Five hour energy drinks. Or get their video guru, Brian Ross, to have a motivational vignette of great movie speeches.

Play parts of Rudy, or the Reg Dunlop speech when he tell the team the only option left is to win the F-ing league. How about Tony DAmatos (Al Pacino) halftime doozy during Any Given Sunday to fire up the troops? Because whatever is happening in the first intermission is not working, so they better do something to change it up.

RYE AND COKE TO SPARK THE TEAM

The Trailer Park Boys were at the Rex this morning. They must have had a ripper of a party in Lethbridge last night because the aroma was obvious this morning. They eventually made their way to the players only area in the back of the room. Maybe Bubbles or Ricky or Julien loosened the boys up with a skit or some inspirational story about gathering shopping carts, living in a car, dealing pot or how to succeed with a drink in your hand 24/7.

At this point the Oilers need to try something different. Their routine is not working. Sixteen wins in 37 home games is pitiful. There will be one lineup change tonight. Robert Nilsson will skate on the LW with Gagner and OSullivan. Penner will play with Stortini and Brodziak. Expect to see Horcoff go against the Thornton line, and he will be flanked by Pisani and Moreau on certain shifts, and Hemsky and Kotalik the rest of the time.

FIVE-ON-FIVE PRODUCTION

The Oilers have more EV goals than the Sharks, 143-132, but they have also given up more 140-116 five-on-five. The glaring difference between these teams comes, wait for it, on special teams. The Sharks have 70 PP goals to the Oilers 48, and theres a bigger gap on the PK. The Oilers PK has surrendered 70 goals, while the Sharks have only been scored on 44 times.

Combine the two and the Sharks are 48 goals better than the Oilers on special teams. That explains the 30 point difference in the standings. I’m not sure what will have more life support tonight; the Oilers or the ER finale. Both might become unwatchable.

  • Colin-FMNF

    Homie wrote:

    That said, I think the Oil will win tonight and Saturday just so they can climb back into contention in order to lose the final three and miss the playoffs.
    6-2 Oilers; O’Sullivan (2), Souray, Moreau, Brodziak and Penner

    I sort of agree, they'll climb back in until the last 2 games of the season and calgary will eliminate the Oilers in game 82 for the worst possible result.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I'm a Scientist! wrote:

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    An obvious reference to the Huston Oilers… 4 quarters… these are the facts we need!

    I wrote that? What a stupid comment. Sorry folks.

    *fills up the bandwagon with super premium, takes it through the wand wash, then goes patrolling 97th for some eyecandy that will hang out the windows screaming incoherent messages about being pregnant with Nabokov's child while he cruises Wayne Gretzky Drive, carefully avoiding puddles*

  • Phil

    No massive hype or buildup for this game Gregor?

    No punching of the tickets to intensity town?

    The team let you down (amongst the rest of us), yet again on Tuesday eh bud?

    Anyways, I could care less with the outcome of this game, I just hope they give it their best shot.

    I'm getting hammered and playing poker with the game on in the back ground. That's what it's boiled down to at this point of the season, so sad.

  • Homie

    The Sharks are the Bizarro World Oilers. They have star players who consistently produce, checkers who can check AND score, an underrated defensive core and a top ten goalie. Its yet to be seen if Big Joe can produce into the playoffs this year, but the Sharks are a model of how to build a team.

    The best move they made was dumping Ron Wilson as coach. The guy is the Keith Tkachuk or Curtis Joseph of coaching. They have great reputations, but have never won a thing.

    That said, I think the Oil will win tonight and Saturday just so they can climb back into contention in order to lose the final three and miss the playoffs.

    6-2 Oilers; O'Sullivan (2), Souray, Moreau, Brodziak and Penner

  • Kyle S

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    I suggest covering your eyes when the second period starts. The Oilers have been outscored 90-74 in the middle frame, while the best frame is the 2nd where they have dominated the opposition 86-50 on the scoreboard.
    The Oilers best frame, not surprisingly is the third where they have potted 73 and given up 66 goals. The first period they are -4, scoring 67-71.
    I’m confused, Jason – what did you actually mean? I see four frames here:
    74-90
    86-50
    73-66
    67-71
    Clarification, please?

    The Sharks best frame is the 2nd where they have dominated the opposition 86-50 on the scoreboard.

  • I suggest covering your eyes when the second period starts. The Oilers have been outscored 90-74 in the middle frame, while the best frame is the 2nd where they have dominated the opposition 86-50 on the scoreboard.

    The Oilers best frame, not surprisingly is the third where they have potted 73 and given up 66 goals. The first period they are -4, scoring 67-71.

    I'm confused, Jason – what did you actually mean? I see four frames here:

    74-90
    86-50
    73-66
    67-71

    Clarification, please?

  • Archaeologuy

    Now I have this image of Bubbles standing behind the bench instead of MacT, Julien holdin his wicked kool tumbler from the GM's box, and Ricky playing goal. Hilarious.

  • David S

    "Robert Nilsson will skate on the LW with Gagner and OSullivan"

    Thank the freaking gods up above for that! At least Sam will have the chance to go down with all guns blazing.