GDB 12.0: SLUMPBUSTER

A slumpbuster is defined as "something way below your normal standards that you know you can win at." You take what you can get to get back in the game. That’s todays game vs Columbus in a nutshell. And its a matinee too. *yawns*

To the casual fan a game like this could be described as "skippable" and "probably boring." But not here among the OilersNation hardcore who live and die with every match – even a puzzling pair of afternoon matches in a single weekend must be watched from start to finish.

Its well known that the Oilers have a 0-1,235 record in matinee games in franchise history.* They are usually emotionless affairs that are forgotten quickly afterwards. That will probably be the case today too – Columbus is still probably seething from losing to the Mighty Oil in the Draft Lottery last year but are too toothless to do anything about it.

Coming in stone cold the Oil have to lay a beatdown on the hapless Blue Jackets today. Oilers fans have watched the last 10 days or so frozen in horror. Will this be another year where we have to make up slogans to give some sizzle to the annual tank campaign?

Or will the Oil catch fire and climb back into playoff contention? A serious beatdown of the Blue Jackets getting things back on track is exactly what the doctor ordered. Then another pantsing back in Edmonton next game too.

Losing this match is not an option.

LINES

We have no idea what the lines are today. You want lines? Ask Jason Gregor. We shoot from the hip son – not from the brain. Here are the lines from last game, lets just pretend they will be the same for the sake of argument. It’s not like lines last very long when you are trying to play your way out of a losing streak anyways.

Hall-Gagner-Hemsky
Hartikainen-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Smyth-Paajarvi
Eager-Vande Velde-Petrell

PREDICTION THINGIES

This too is the domain of an expert like Jason Gregor but he INSISTS they are included in all GDBs even ones he can’t write as he is in Calgary calling the Rush game. How the heck are we supposed to predict what’s going to happen. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW DAMMIT?

Ahem.

Here goes.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers dust Columbus 6-2. The Nuge breaks out with a pair of goals and celebrates with ice cream on the way home from the rink.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Within 5 minutes of the telecast starting some announcer will say "Imagine Yakupov was a Blue Jacket?" picking the lowest hanging fruit on the proverbial branch early.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Steve Tambellini runs into Scott Howson in the press box prior to the game. Tambellini flashes his trademark smug grin recalling besting Howson at the Draft Lottery last summer. Howson – knowing his days as a GM are numbered – dissolves into tears and curses Tambo at the top of his lungs. History will remember neither man.

*Or worse even, where would you even look something like this up?

  • Petr's Jofa

    This is a big week. We need to go on a winning streak and there is some opportunity this week. No more excuses, win or find ourselves sinking back into the basement. Columbus seems to be one of the few teams that we usually play well against. I’ll say the Hall/Hemsky/Gagner line goes off today and the Oilers win 5-2. GO OILERS GO!!

  • JackieDee16

    I pray to the hockey gods that the Oilers pull it together…losing to teams like Columbus is NOT an option. With all this offensive firepower, they have got to start scoring some goals. 2 per game just ain’t gonna cut it. The game plan today is simple…
    -Shoot the puck, quit trying to make it pretty
    -Play a FULL 60 minutes
    -Stay out of the box
    -When in doubt, give the puck to Eberle 😉

  • The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33

    I wish the negative nellies would jump out of the bandwagon already. Wouldn’t mind the room so I can spread my legs. Me boys are starting to ache.

  • Petr's Jofa

    As an Edmontonian stuck living 3.5 hours ahead of mts on a snow covered island in the North Atlantic I love these early games. Staying up to 2:30 to watch OT losses sucks.

    The reason I logged in was to say how happy I was to get my ON hoodie in the mail with the awesomemest note evar! I’ve been sporting it to my kids hockey games and getting a few comments (hoodie not the note). So keep doing the good work and I am ready to buy more ON product.

    Ps- Can someone fix the blog roll links to cult of hockey and lowetide? I’m way to lazy to have to type the sites into my browser and would rather just click a link

    . Edit: lowetide looks fixed.

  • Guy Lafleur

    One of the leaders on the team , single guys , Hall ,Ebs , Nuge or Yak i would assume has to take one for the team , you go to the bar find a large lady who needs some large lovin and take one for the team , thats the ultimate slumpbuster !!! According to an OHL referee the Soo has a lot of slumpbusters but there must be some hefty college age slumbusters in C-Bus !!!

  • Quicksilver ballet

    The Bluejackets aren’t half as bad as the Oilers right now. Edmonton is the Free Space on the Columbus’ shedule today. 5-2 Jackets.

    Anyone notice during the Habs game yesterday, while getting shellacked they hung togather as a group, defended each other whilst getting pummelled by the Leafs. A family the fights together, will succeed together. Edmonton is playing like a group of foster kids right now. May be next season before someone’ll get tired of all this losing and accept the now vacant leadership role.

    Hopefully leading the Oilers will become Halls focus soon. If he was as passionate about being a/the leader here, as he does at banging babes, we might not be in this mess still.

  • paul wodehouse

    Although I love Yak ………I suspect in the long run Columbus will be happy they got Murray.

    Defenseman are hard to find at the best of time and ones with puck patience are almost impossible to find……Murray has this in spades.

  • Since I am not a hockey player myself and do not profess to be an expert, I would trade either Hemsky or Gagner for a large center of some skill. I question whether Kreuger has the players to run his system so perhaps he should adopt his system to match his players.

  • 27Ginge

    Got to get Yak on the other wing. Every good play he has made this year has come from the right side. The two mid-air goals, stopped and teed up Fistric, rang a couple cross bars, burnt a guy or two cutting middle. All of that came from the right side. give the kid a chance to play good instead of demotion in ice time.

    • bazmagoo

      Think Yak playing with Nuge and Eberle is going to be a good line. In my opinion Hall looks out of sorts on the 1st line right now.

      Having Hall and Hemsky play on the same line has worked well in the past, and I think most teams would find that combo pretty hard to defend against.

      • Quicksilver ballet

        Yeah, i would like to see Yak being set up by Nuge.
        Nuge could rattle off a few assists today, [ I HOPE ]

        Hall has ben playing all out and Hard, i just wish
        he had a move or 2 more ! Fack i wish i had even one !

  • Where's Your Towel

    I expect full value or this might be the last game I watch start to finish for a week or so.

    “But we’re missing so many centers! That’s why!”

    “We keep getting BS penalties called against us! It’s not our fault.”

    Bad calls and injuries happen to EVERY professional sports team. Good teams still find a way to win.

    Find a way or fold/move to Seattle. No more excuses.