GDB 65.0: Hall Will Play; Omark May Not

Despite some worries that Taylor Hall’s shoulder would keep him out of the lineup, Oilers head coach Tom Renney says that the young forward will be ready to play tonight when the Oilers take on the Anaheim Ducks. Whether or not Omark will dress is less clear.

As per the Oilers’ official Twitter feed:

"Hall is fine to play. Linus might play, I have a decision to make on that one." -Tom Renney

The decision on whether or not to dress Omark for the game against Anaheim is complicated. In Oilers Nation’s piece on his recall, I mentioned that he was coming off a set of three games in three nights, and with the Oilers playing back-to-back games it might be sensible for the coaches to give Omark the night off with the expectation of having him fresh for Tuesday’s game.

Additionally, with the Oilers playing back to back games and carrying eight defenseman, perhaps Theo Peckham gets back into the lineup for one of these contests. Neither Corey Potter nor Cam Barker is playing very well at the moment, and the coaches have a weird willingness to scratch Andy Sutton. Additionally, Tom Renney said on Sunday that he needs to get Peckham into the lineup soon.

The Oilers and Ducks are in very different positions entering the game tonight. The Ducks have authored an improbable run that once again has them (barely) in playoff contention, while the Oilers are well out of it. Both teams, however, have lost three of their last four contests.

Game Day Prediction: The Ducks are desperate and have been much better under Bruce Boudreau; they come away with a 3-1 victory over Edmonton.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Andy Sutton, who went minus-1 with zero hits in his last game against his former team, is eager to make amends and show the ducks they made a mistake when they let him go. He leads the Oilers in hits and has a strong defensive game.

Not So Obvious Game Day Prediction: Tom Renney decides not to dress Linus Omark in the interests of giving him one day off before putting him back in action on Tuesday. The camera pans the press box and we see an unhappy expression on Omark’s face; Oilers fans instantly read too much into it and critique his poor attitude. We later learn that he’d just discovered that Theo Peckham has more followers on Twitter.

  • Oilers4ever

    And how many coaches do we need to hire to teach this team how to line change.. that play has happened too many times this year…. hire some one who knows what they are doing if the current coaches cannot get it through to their heads.

  • Oilers4ever

    If there was a stat for how many goals given off bad line changes, the Oilers would have to be number one in the league. That was just aweful. 4 on 0 going the other way, just aweful. Perfect reason the Oil should dump Renney.

    Stop Petrell experiment, put the kids together, or Renney should be shot.

    • Oilers4ever

      Exactly… when you are not scoring you put your top three together… RNH Ebs and Hall should be together… Gagner with Hemmer and OMARK… should be playing.. blender the rest of them… But our coach has no brain so what do you expect…

  • Oilers4ever

    Hemsky needs a shock collar, ever time he tries to make a pass when hes in scoring position, zap him. The guy should have two goals tonight if he would bloody well shoot. I feel sorry for Hall playing with him, cause it looks like he has no damn clue what Ales is doing.

  • Rocknrolla

    So for all you haters of the Gilbert trade saying they are similar defenders and we lost the offensive upside, nick Schultz has 2 points in 3 games and is plus 1, while #blameGilbert is -3, with zero points in 4 games playing about 25 min/night.

    It’s looking like not a bad trade from this angle. I know it’s not a lot of time but it’s feeling positive…

  • Rocknrolla

    Rule 51 – 51.2 Minor Penalty – A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who strikes an opponent with his hand or fist.

    !!! Can someone tell me how this was not a penalty on Hemsky

  • The Soup Fascist

    Congratulations to the Stars and Ducks for playing 118 minutes of hockey without a single excursion from the rules of the game. Truly a remarkable achievement.

    • Reg Dunlop

      Yeah that game was totally Khabi’s fault. He should be able to stop 3 on 0’s, leap across for stupid defensive giveaways and stop empty netters. Hillier was great, but this was mental errors by the rest of the team that lost the game.

    • justDOit

      Couldn’t agree more about Perry, but he’s one of those players every team but his own hates. I was at the red/white Canadian olympic game in Calgary, summer 2010, and Perry was (I believe) the only player to take a penalty.

      The Oilers could have had Parise, Getzlaf, Burns, Kesler, Perry or Mike Richards instead of Pouliot in the 2003 draft. And then players like Bergeron and Weber went early in round 2…

        • justDOit

          Would that have been one of the most lop-sided trades in modern day NHL? It would have to be close. Good thing Klowe demanded the cash payment from Comrie (????), and finally got Woywitka and Schremp (?).

          • Wanyes bastard child

            Could have would have. It’s easy to look at what could have been 3-7 years down the road eh. It’s nice to go back in time and see what we could have done better/differently but it still won’t change the outcome. Besides, I don’t think we are the only team out there doing facepalms over what could have been 😉

          • justDOit

            True dat. They could have drafted Tambellini (Jeff) instead of Pouliot. Hmmm… on second thought…

            I don’t point this out as ‘I told you so’, but to show how the Oilers got as bad as they did. It also highlights how other teams have succeeded in staying competitive without having to tank to the bottom for several years in a row. Getzlaf and Perry with mid to late 1st round picks in the same year.

            But many fans (even at the time) recognized that Marc Andre’s junior career was heavily influenced by playing with Crosby. And the Oilers traded down to get him? I think Stu would have to resort to sniffing Perry farts to make draft decisions like that.

            As I’ve said for the last 2 years now – can’t wait for the draft!

  • Reg Dunlop

    Post game presser with Renny; he never seems upset enough after a loss. He also doesn’t take the blame for awful line changes that cost us goals against or too many men calls far too often. Lose the teacher and get a hockey coach, and a GM while we’re at it.

    Maybe time had pssed him by but I miss Pat Quinn, if only for his post game rants.

    • justDOit

      Well, Hemsky breakaways aren’t as tough as most, but Hiller did what was needed, and the Ducks did the rest.

      It’s as interesting as it is bewildering how a goalie can influence a team, and vice-versa. JS Giguere goes from all-star and playoff MVP with Anaheim, to a bum with Toronto (sniff…). Bryzgalov plays ‘lights-out’ with the Ducks, but is waived and the ‘Yotes pick him up. He seems to be the reason that Phoenix has any success at all, yet can’t play to an ECHL level behind the Flyers.

      Hiller enters the scene in Ana, and suddenly he’s the next net saviour. There definitely seems to be a ‘big goalie, defensive team’ theme going on, and you can count Nashville and Minnie in on that as well. Makes me wonder what Brodeur would have done, playing on the early 90s Sharks or Nords.

  • Rogue

    That had to be up among the worse reffed games I have ever seen. With the rules set out in the NHL theses days, there were a minimum of 6 calls missed in that game. Combine that with bone head plays by the Oil, I see no threat of this team falling out of the lottery pick scenario. Had thought this team could of finished 24th at one time, but at best this team is number 28.

    • Zed

      Columbus has won their last two games. Slowly creeping up on the Oil although they are still 9 points ahead.

      I’m not sure if I should be happy if they got last place again. Three years in a row of last place hockey.

      No. No I wouldn’t be happy about that at all.