GDB 5.0: In need of a win

I have no idea what this is all about, but the Oilers need to play with some intensity.

The Oilers need to play hard, play smart and most importantly cut down on the catastrophic mistakes that have led directly to goals.

The Oilers have to play better in front of their own net. First off, they need to be there more often, but when they are in the right position they need to make life much more difficult on the opposition. Protect the “red zone” is the focus for the Oilers and I will be watching closely to see who listened attentively.

LINEUP

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The Oilers recalled Martin Marincin from OKC, sent Steve Pinizzotto to OKC and Darnell Nurse to the OHL. Keeping
Nurse here any longer didn’t make much sense. He is not significantly
better than Martin Marincin or Oscar Klefbom at this point, and allowing
him to continue to develop in junior and play for Canada at the World
Championships makes more sense.

Marincin should be extremely
motivated to play well. Getting sent to the minors is a great wakeup
call for any player, and I suspect we will see him play well. Playing
him with the Oilers most consistent defender, Mark Fayne, should allow
him to play even better.

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Nugent-Hopkins returns to the lineup, but
he will centre Yakupov and Purcell. The Oilers need more balanced
scoring and Arcobello has enough offensive instincts that he can
complement Hall and Eberle. Perron moves back to the right side, and he
and Pouliot, in theory, should work well together cycling the puck and
creating chances down low.

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Schultz,
Petry, Ference and Nikitin all need to play better. Right now the
Oilers blueline and their goaltending have been the biggest weaknesses.
Scrivens needs to make more saves, and while he needs to handle the puck
better behind the net, Eakins said that his defencemen need to make
better calls.

“Our D have given Ben the wrong call on a few of
those plays behind the net. He wanted the start tonight. He wants to
rebound,” said Eakins. A lack of communication between teammates is
another issue that needs to be rectified.

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CANUCKS

The
Canucks haven’t played since defeating the Oilers in a shootout last
Saturday. Ryan Miller gets the start and he will try to remain perfect
against the Oilers. Miller is 8-0 all-time vs. Edmonton.

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The
Oilers have to contain the Sedin line. I’m curious to see which D
pairing will face them the most. Fayne was very good against them last
Saturday, and I’d use him again tonight.

The Canucks were
very physical on the Oilers forward stars on Saturday and their game
plan will be the same tonight. The Oilers have to initiate contact on
their skilled players first, rather than retaliate.

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MEET STAMKOS

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Steven Stamkos will play his first game in Edmonton since 2012 on Monday. Today on my show we are auctioning of the following package:

  • The above, signed and framed Stamkos jersey.
  • A meet and greet with (two people) with Stamkos on Monday morning. You can watch the morning skate and then meet Stamkos after practice. He will gladly pose for photos.
  • A pair of lowerbowl seats to Monday’s Oilers/Tampa Bay game.

The auction will begin at 2 p.m. and wrap up at 5:50. To make a big you can call 780.444.1260 between that time. All the proceeds will go towards the MS Society.

TONIGHT

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GAME DAY PREDICTION: It is Positive Friday so why not pick an upset. Oilers win 4-3.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Canucks score two goals from the low slot.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The young hockey player who gets to skate around the ice with the Oilers flag prior to the game, whips the crowd into a frenzy, when he blows a wheel circling behind the net and slides into the boards. He is back on his feet in a flash and waving the flag with extra enthusiasm. The crowd loves his passion and gives him a standing ovation. The Oilers think it is for them, and it inspires them to win the game.

Be sure to check out the Canucks Army GDB and ridicule them into the ground. 

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  • Serious Gord

    A better but by no means great effort by the oil tonight. Van looks good but by no means invulnerable. Sedin line missed potting a couple more. Oil power play was DOA.

    0-4-1 ties the record for worst start in oilers history.

  • Serious Gord

    God damn it. I told myself i wouldn’t watch this game after what happened last game but nope, i had to watch. Another damn disappointment!

    I finally understand the OilersNation logo, its not bleeding copper, it saying being an oilers fan can only result in slitting your wrist in frustration.

    I’ll get my blade

    #Jerseyshower

  • Zamboni Driver

    All-in-all, a good effort, I really do not like Nikitin, and Draisatl doesn’t look up to speed, I think he should be sent back. But then, what do we do about centre.

  • Zamboni Driver

    Tonight was an all time low. I listened to the game mostly on the TV, could not bare to watch. So many things wrong with this team, mostly stemming from management.

    Team played ok, but still got caught watching the play. 2 defenders taking one guy on the one goal. After 86 Eakin games of watching this maladaptive zone coverage failures you shake your head.

    Its Oct 17th and the season to me is over. The only hail mary play is bringing in new bench boss with track record, who can command respect. There needs to be a new approach. St. Louis did it with Hitchcock, Chicago took their team to a new level with Quenville.

    Frankly, Ill buy a minipack if the relieve Eakins. Otherwise I’ll be a second tier fan.

    • Serious Gord

      The Body-Drama started early undermined the Oilers focus and provided excusatory fuel, distracting everyone from the System disconnect,which was a small detail.

      Heads looked up ,shoulders shrugged,sticks slapped the ice,eyes rolled, the Men let go of accountability,they failed to communicate . that.

      No Snake-bites,Coaches didnt adjust the final transition and related shooting protocals.Its the 3rd time this now primary disconnect has risen up.Gms 1-2-5.

      Consistant well executed possesion/transition focuses, good d-zone exits,n-zone transits and o-zone entrys, good possesion/shot conversion rates.

      The “details dept” can be defined as the CONSTELLATION of small decisions which Coaches and Players must make every game,the FEWER of these they face each game the better.

      Is there a Superior Management System which does NOT change the System itself but adjusts this constellation of details internally within the Systems processes to help the Coaches,because this is all the Oilers seem to need.

  • Serious Gord

    For the love of God just once could eakins admit he, personally, made a mistake even that he used too much product in his hair tonight would be a huge first step.

  • Serious Gord

    I’m going to be the 1st to say it but I think it’s time…Eakins for the Jack Adams and MacT for manager of the year! It takes real skill to mis-manage a team this well. If a guy working at the Mcdonalds who makes $13 bucks an hour knows we needed a centre and Marincin was our best defenceman how come the Oilers didn’t? Skill.

  • Serious Gord

    Looking ahead: wash has out scored opponents 23-10

    Mtl and Nash are second and third in the overall standings.

    Tampa have out scored opponents 20-9

    The only weak team in the next five will be Carolina – who just got skinner back and staal should be ready by Thursday.

    Entirely plausible that they are 1-8-1.

    If so does eakins survive to November?

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Ship can that whole POHO role. He doesn’t do anything anyways.

    Interim General Manager: Scott Howson

    Head coach: Craig Ramsay

    In the spring offer Doug Weight the POHO/GM position.

    oops, I forgot. You need an owner that gives a flying puck first. Nevermind.

  • Serious Gord

    The coach commented that playing at home has the advantage of fans inspiring the players.He said he knows this from “reading” a lot of the research done by experts.
    This GREAT knowledge was probably the GREATEST info
    ever given to the fans and players.
    If this streak of 6-7-8 years continues,what other great research will the coach illuminate us with?

    Of course the fans just cheer to make noise.

    Now they know it is to inspire the team.

    Thankyou Coach for finally revealing another research gem!