GSB 41.0: BOA

It’s that time again Calgary. You managed to get ahead of the Mighty Oil by a measly two goals last Battle of Alberta. Fortunately the good guys dug deep and managed to pump eight straight past your goaltending duo. Eight. Straight. Goals.

Let the soundtrack be the sequel to Gangham Style which dropped today. We have a few things to say.

YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Perhaps someone can explain why the Flames have won two of your last three games since selling off everything of value in the Saddledome including the scoreboard. Do the remaining "NHL calibre players" not understand what needs to happen from here on out? You need to l-o-s-e. Every game. Not squeak out shootout victories in Phoenix and celebrate like you are a few good powerplays away from being back on top.

You’re so bad down in Calgary that you are bad at being bad. Let that sink in. Up here we are great at being bad. Hell the Oilers are the Lebron Jameseses of being bad – we understand exactly what it takes. A burning desire to see your squad crater into the league basement at 800 km/h, the ability to mail it in on any given night. You have to want it for heaven’s sakes.

Fortunately the Oil will show you how to spectacularly implode as they look to pump another 8 past you tonight. Think of it as helping kick off your 6 year rebuild.

FIRST GAME FOR @17SAMB

Speaking of people who are doing it wrong the residents of the venerable Wanye Manor here in Edmonton have elected to scalp tickets for tonight and take Edmonton’s newest permanent resident – former Morningside Panther Sam Brown – to his first Oilers game.

This guy is one hell of an Oiler fan already mind you – he knows the team from tip to toe and has been streaming games from Australia all year. He knows that Tambo is an indecisive wreck riddled with crippling second guessing and is more interested in solving the Caramilk Mystery than he is figuring out how to take the Oilers to the next level.

But we still have blind faith in the Oilers up here. Yes they may have cooled off after being red hot and yes it’s not looking good for the Mighty Oil to streak into the post season. But you gotta keep the faith that selling most of the furniture in the Manor and going to a Saturday Night Battle of Alberta will result in victorious mayhem.

You think the Oil are going to let down Sam Brown at his first Oilers game?

Please. Chalk this up as a win right now.

LINES: OILERS

According to the Oilers official twitter feed there will be no changes in the Oilers lineup from last game

F

Hall-RNH-Eberle

Paajarvi-Gagner-Yakupov

Jones-Horcoff-Petrell

Smyth-Smithson-Brown

D

Smid/Petry

N.Schultz/J.Schultz

Whitney/Fistric

Khabibulin gets the start in net.

LINES: FLAMES

The Flames lineup is hard to determine tonight. Their official site has no mention of how things are shaping up, nor does their twitter feed. The ever helpful folks over at Coppernblue have published the lineup below which is quite a different squadron than suggested in the Edmonton Sun today. It’s almost as though the Flames themselves are running a smoke screen to mask how far the franchise has fallen.

Anyways, the "lines" are as follows:

F

Horak – Cammalleri – Baertschi

Glencross- Backlund – Stempniak

Hanowski – Reinhart – Jones

Jackman – Cervenka – McGrattan

D

Giordano/Wideman

Brodie/Sarich

Butler/Carson

Joey MacDonald gets the start tonight until he is inevitably pulled.

Note: Rumour has it that Glencross is out too with some sort of mystery illness – most likely being sick of being a Flame. If this happens chuck another crumb you have never heard of onto a line randomly.

Note 2: In addition to having one of the worst lineups in the NHL, the Flames have to be near the top for the hardest lineup to spell. Who the hell are any of these players? What the hell is a Ben Hanowski?

PREDICTIONS

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win 5-2 on goals from Hall, Eberle (2), J. Schultz and Yakupov. Scoring for Calgary "who cares" and "some guy you quasi know"

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers remember that they might be on the outside looking in this year but the Flames are on the outside of the outside looking in. They shell them into oblivion.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After lumbering into his perch in the press box Flames GM Jay Feaster will scan the lineup for tonight’s match. "Jeez the Flames don’t look very good on paper do they?" After it’s brought to his attention that it is in fact his job to fix the lineup he will dimly shrug his shoulders and say "nothing that can’t keep till the summer am I right? Now where’s that free popcorn I heard about up here?"

From across the press box Steve Tambellini smiles knowingly and gives him the thumbs up.

  • vetinari

    GDB: Hate Tabellini. Hate Khabibulin. But hate the Flames more. Oil 5, Flames 3

    OGDP: Mike Brown finds a Flame– any will do– and logs another fighting major and gets a game misconduct by the end of the second.

    NSOGDP: Khabibulin celebrates so hard after getting the victory that he’s caught driving a Zamboni backwards down Wayne Gretzky Drive while two fisting a special drink that he likes to call “the Pink Flame”…

    EDIT: “And win one for Sam Brown boys!”

  • Milli

    It will be fun pumping 8 or 9 into the Flames net, but do not for a second think that I support Tambo. Well, I do support his FIRING! The best part of the Lames, worse mgmt than the us! I didn’t think that was possibe! Thanks Jay I love a big FEASTer.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    A good measuring stick for the Oilers tonight. If there was ever a free space on their bingo card, tonight is it. Should be interesting to see if they get outworked by the Flames. Oilers could have a little of that overconfidence thing going on tonight. Edmonton will be in trouble if the kids don’t win this on their own.

    From the committee for yet another top 3 Oilers pick…..GO CALGARY!

    • Willi P

      Yotes beat Oil. 2 nights later, Heat beat Yotes. Not sure if it would be considered a free space other than the fact that the Heat played last night. I don’t want them to win so…From the commitee for the FIRST Flames top 5 pick EVER….Go OIL

    • Better watch out for that top 3 pick there, Carolina is going to give both teams a run for their money at worst.

      Avs beat Canucks today. Good seeing the Canucks lose, and good to see the Avs gain 2 points. Bring on the draft!

  • The Flames have completely blown this thing up and yet have only 1 less win than the Oilers and have scored 4 more goals despite the Oil sporting all these amazing young players and being about 5 years into a rebuild.

      • Romulus' Apotheosis

        Just beat the Flames in regulation so they can get a crack at one of those great draft choices. Shouldn’t be a problem since they played last night and have very few vets playing. This will give all your young stars a chance to pad their stats so you can forget that they have done nothing against the teams they are supposedly competing against for a playoff spot.

    • Klima's Mullet

      This is the difference between Flames and Oiler fans…Flames fans think their team is close to good while Oiler fans know that the team is a mess and has some cornerstone pieces to build around. What is the Flames nucleus? These teams are headed in very different directions.

      • Romulus' Apotheosis

        I don’t think the Flames are close at all. Read the part about where I said they have completely blown it up. The Oilers have some decent cornerstone pieces but after this long and this many high picks, you would think they would be a little further along. That’s why I find it funny that Oiler fans rip Flame management for how brutal they are.

        • mrBacon

          If you spent any time on Oilers Nation you would know Oilers fans don’t think too highly of our management. We just realize the only group more inept is that of the Calgary Flames organization. Also this is year 4 of the rebuild.

        • Wax Man Riley

          It gets tiring continually talking about how bad Oilers management is.

          We like to change it up once in a while, and find it amazing that there may ACTUALLY be a worse management team in the NHL.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    GDP- 0-0 And goes to backup goalies as shooters
    in the SO, Dubnyk steamrolls Joey Mac and appears to kick the
    puck in , takes Toronto damn near as long to review it as
    it takes Feaster to find Veggies in the supermarket.

    Neither team really wants this win. But the Oil prevail
    after it was ruled good goal. 1-0 Oil in SO.

    🙂 HOWZ ZAT ?