GDB 70.0: AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight.
My motto’s always been; when it’s right, it’s right.
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night.
When everything’s a little clearer in the light of day.
And you know the night is always gonna be there any way.

Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight. Afternoon delight.

If Dustin Penner was still an Oiler this would be much more fitting, but after the overwhelmed Oilers put up a heroic effort in Detroit on Sunday, I wonder if this plucky bunch can muster up a similar effort this afternoon. I bet they will if this epic video was part of their late-morning team meeting.

If Ron, Brian, Brick and Champ can’t get them fired up, I’m not sure anyone can.

QUICK HITS

  • The only lineup change for the Oilers should be that Steve MacIntyre might actually get a shift this afternoon after spending all 60 minutes stapled to the bench in Detroit.
     
  • After a solid performance in Detroit, today would be a great time to see if Devan Dubnyk can put together solid back-to-back performances. There would be zero point in playing Nikolai Khabibulin today.
     
  • The Penguins are 13-10-5 in the 28 games without Sidney Crosby, and they’ve went to overtime ten times. They clearly don’t the same offensive punch without Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and according to reports out of Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury is the main reason the Pens are still in the top five in the East.
     
  • For the past few years many have felt that Jordan Staal might be a first line centre on many teams, but playing behind Crosby and Malkin limited his offensive numbers. Staal is more of a two-way centre, and has yet to show he has first line offensive instincts. He has seven goal, 18 points and is -4 in the 28 games without Crosby. That would put him at 52 points over an entire season. Decent numbers, but no where near a dominant first line centre.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers played well in Detroit, but I can’t see them duplicating that effort this afternoon. They will play hard, but will end the road trip 1-3-1, with a 4-2 loss.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Matt Cooke will deliver a borderline hit early in the 2nd period, and the Oilers will take two or three minor penalties trying to even the score the remainder of the game. Cooke being the gutless puke he is, won’t answer the bell when asked.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After watching a the awesome three minute video of Afternoon Delight, many of you will toss Anchorman into your DVD player after the game. In fact during the game, you will start plotting ways to ensure you score your own afternoon delight. Some of you might fold laundry during intermission, others will quietly convince the kids to go play at their buddies house, and even offer up a few bucks to get come candy on the way, while some of you will put on some Sex Panther and let the aroma do the work…. 

  • Chris.

    It’s truly dark times in Oil Country when old married men like myself would rather have a toss with the Ol’ Lady than watch a rare Eastern Conference matchup.

  • 52 points as a 23 year old with a weak supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at. Kicks ass on what H. Sedin was doing at the same age. And two way play is part of what makes you a first line centre. Have to be able to go PvP and shut down the other guy. See Datsyuk, Pavel. Getzlaf, Ryan.

    Despite Gregor’s musings there’s still 1st line possibility in Staal. And he could certainly handle a 2nd line role similar to Kesler’s.

    He’s better than the 3rd liner he’s been used as thus far.

  • Hmmm. Gagner scoring at the same rate as Staal and both are sub %50 on the dot. I like Staal, but he doesnt live up to the hype. A fine 2nd-3rd line guy.

    It’s funny how some players get every benefit of the doubt despite what they actually accomplish and others dont.

    No matter, the biggest reason to watch this game will be to see MacIntyre vs Engelland. Both have KOs against opponents this year. There’s a huge size mismatch though. That will probably work against a fight from even happening.

  • DoubleJ

    I’m a little tired of all the Jones hype… I’d rather have Giroux and Reddox for the same price as what Jones will get.

    I really believe this is a one year fluke with Jones and his ugly lucky goals.

      • DoubleJ

        I haven’t seen Giroux playing slow. Reddox is just better then Jones. I’ll bet money Jones doesn’t get 10 goals next year.

        I’d bet Giroux would have more goals then Jonesw if he was given Jones icetime and oppertunity.

          • DoubleJ

            I like Jones, he works hard out there. I just think he doesn’t deserve all the hype. There’s tons of article on his numbers.

            Ei. his shots for and shots against is horrible. It seems like the other forwards seem to have to cover for him while he covers the blue line (all the break aways).

            I would love him here next year, I just don’t think he deserves a raise for one year of lucky goals.

            We’ll see if he becomes a 15 goal scorer. I doubt he will. I hope he becomes a 20 goal guy, but looking at his goals this season I don’t believe it will.

    • I was just thinking that whoever is coaching the PP ought to be updating his resume after this game, because that 2 man advantage was the kind of thing that should get a guy fired.

      Seriously, I dont care which coach’s baby it is, that guy needs to be moved along. All year the speacial teams have been a point of shame and the 5 on 3 is leading the way.

    • Shaun Doe

      I think the Penguin got a stick on it to slow it down a bit. Even with no stick, he had no authority on the pass so still likely a muffin, and toward the middle of the ice with seconds left in the period. Old habits die hard, if at all. Oh well, I am sure he blocked a couple of shots somewhere in the period.

    • Zed

      What happened? I missed it. I’m going to guess it was one of three things.

      a) Gave up the puck to avoid the hit.

      b) Passed to an opposing player with a straight path to the front of the net.

      c) Thought “screw it, we’re going to lose anyway”, turned around and scored on Dubnyk.

    • Kodiak

      So Brownlee, do you think Strudwick is better than Gilbert? Maybe Foster? Vandermeer? Who do you suggest improves this team by taking Gilberts minutes?

      Do you actually think there is a current Oiler that is worthy to play in the NHL?

      • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

        You tried getting a response from me in the Willis item with a sarcastic comment and you’ve done it again here.

        First, watch your tone with me. Second, here’s what I think, even though you either haven’t been paying attention to everything I’ve written about Gilbert or you have, but choose to be selective in order to poke the needle at me.

        With Whitney and Peckham out, Gilbert is the best of an inexperienced and limited group of defensemen. There is nobody on this roster who can take minutes from him. He’s in over his head and it shows. That’s not his fault.

        Pushed past second-pairing minutes for any length of time without some protection with a physical/experienced/savvy partner, he struggles. Give him that, and he’s effective in a secondary role.

        If Gilbert is the best defenseman on a team, any team, you get what we have here.

      • Puritania

        You just got Brownlee’d son!

        I figure what Arch said should be said again. I agree one hundred percent.

        “I was just thinking that whoever is coaching the PP ought to be updating his resume after this game, because that 2 man advantage was the kind of thing that should get a guy fired.

        Seriously, I dont care which coach’s baby it is, that guy needs to be moved along. All year the speacial teams have been a point of shame and the 5 on 3 is leading the way.”

  • DoubleJ

    Robin or Jason,

    What the hell is going on with Macintyre? Thats the most puzzling thing ive ever seen, to dress a guy and not even play him one shift. And the second most puzzling thing is why are they double shifting Jones? Why not spread the extra minutes all around the line up?

  • Rogue

    Is Horcoff every struggling. He is not the team’s best center and really brings little to the table. I hope he gets moved down to a third line center next year and one of the kids step up. It would be too much to ask Mr. Dithers to actually sign a NHL center in the off season, so an option is to let a kid move up. Who ever steps up can not do any worse than Horriblecoff.

    Keep Habbi and buy out Horcoff in two years. He will be a fifth line center by then

    • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

      Only caught todays game on the radio, but I think it should be clear that Horc is the best of whats left (or at very worst 2nd best player… but I still think that’s a stretch)

      How about we keep him and try to add 4-5 more, real NHL’ers.

  • reaperfunkss

    We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path.

    Unfortunately the path sux ass till we hit pavement.

    We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path. We are on the right path.

  • Rogue

    Scary to think we will be stuck with him for ever. But like Robin says about Gilbert, I think Horc is playing out of his comfort zone. Missing Hall and Hemsky means Horc has to do more offensively, and he just can not excel alone. He is/was the responsible d wise guy on any line.

  • Who would have thought that plucking the team’s top 4 scorers and its best defenseman off the roster would have an adverse effect on the quality of hockey?

    Where are those guys who thought Omark could replace Hemsky and Paajarvi could replace Penner? Over the next 12 games these kids are going to be thrown into the deep end and some of them arent going to make it back to dry land.

        • Kodiak

          Never said anything even remotely close to that, but whatever you figure Arch.

          I am saying we have a better winning percentage without Hemky in the lineup so it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom because Omark is skating in his spot. I thought Omark has had some pretty decent stretches of late actually.

          • I’m interested in seeing the Oilers’ record with and without Hemsky and your thoughts about why there is a difference. I cant seem to find a handy way of figuring it out without manually checking the record, and I’m too lazy.

          • Kodiak

            Your guess is as good as mine. No arguing Hemsky is a skilled player but I don’t think he plays a style that improves players he’s with. Gagner struggles playing with him. Most do actually. I also think when he’s in the lineup that others have a tendancy to sit back and rely on him too much.

          • Kodiak

            Out Nov.24-30 = 2W 1L

            Out Dec.2-27 = 4W 4L 2ot (two 1 goal losses to the Canucks)

            Out Jan19-Feb1= 1W 2L 1otl

            Out March2-?? = 2W 3L 1otl

            So without him we are 9W 10L 4otl and with him we are 14W 28L 5otl.

          • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

            Interesting.

            Their is some value in those numbers, but I don’t think they tell us a tonne.

            A quick look at the contrast between last years W/L with and without him vs this years to highlight that.

          • Quicksilver ballet

            I really like Hemsky’s skills but between the offensive zone turnovers and perimeter play and giving him the prime PP time – I don’t think he fits with the Oil.
            . . . Of course it’s always possible he’s playing within ‘the system’ and replacing some coaches (particularly Power Play) may turn things around for him.
            I like Omark on the side boards more.

            If he doesn’t stay with Oil, wherever he goes, he’s likely to excel. I just don’t think he should be your ‘best player’ till he turns some of those things around.

            He sure has some good games. I think it was Montreal, before he rehurt his groin, he carried the game. But those are few.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Didn’t feel there was anything wrong with the Brule hit on Letang, what a farce call that was.

    On the Pens feed, the went on about the NHL has to do something about headshots like these. It’s like you can’t tag a guy hard anymore without someone throwing the rule book at him. Epic fail for the faint of heart, that was just a clean solid body check.

  • Kodiak

    My apologies Mr. Brownlee. I say that to my buddies in a lighthearted way all the time but I guess it doesn’t come across that way so much in written form. I didn’t mean anything personal by it and will watch my tone, I promise. It’s tough not getting frustrated and snippy with anything and everything with the state my beloved team is in.