GDB 9.0 WRAP UP: Canadiens @ Oilers

OLE OLE OLE OLE! Final Score: 3-0 Oilers.

What a difference a week can make! Last Monday, we were expecting the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse to rain hellfire down across the Nation. Fast forward to today, and the Oilers have cranked out three wins in a row and have been able to shut down two of the league’s biggest superstars. If the Oilers were going to extend their winning streak to four games, they had to shut down another league star in PK Subban and a better Montreal team. Well, tonight, the Oilers did exactly that.

Could you have ever imagined that the Oilers would be back at .500 just a week after starting the season 0-4-1? It’s like we’re watching a completely different team! Yes, you could argue that the Oilers deserved a win in game one against the Flames, but would anyone have predicted this turnaround? I doubt it. Regardless, the Oilers are on an Eastern Conference winning streak and we may have to lobby the NHL to move us to the East. Now, who knows Gary Bettman’s phone number?

Let’s wrap it up…

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • Beautiful goal by Benoit Pouliot. Filthy pass by Marcobello.
  • Yakupov with a huge hit on Emelin, and a goal in the 2nd period. #YakCityRising
  • The Oilers were legitimately knocking the Habs around. It’s cool to be a bigger team than anyone — ever!
  • Draisaitl keeps getting better and better. I still don’t think he’s completely ready for the NHL, but he had another solid game and will be sticking around.
  • Ben Scrivens was solid all night long. Big win. Nice shutout.
  • Solid defensive effort by Mark Fayne.

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Way too many Habs fans at Rexall. 
  • ODD. MAN. RUSHES. Sweet merciful Nuge, it was getting ridiculous in the first period.
  • Tough night for Eberle.
  • I can’t seem to find out what kind of paperwork is needed to have the Oilers play in the East.
  • Craig Ramsay appeared to have gotten dressed in the dark.

BEST OF THE TWEETS

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BEAT UP BAG CONTEST

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It’s the last few days until the deadline for the Beat Up Bag contest that our friends at Klondike Cycle are putting on.  What is the Beat Up Bag contest? I’ll tell you.  All you have to do is tweet Klondike Cycle (@GoKlondikeCycle) a picture of your beat up hockey bag and you’ll be entered to win a new CCM Ribcore stick, and a new CCM hockey bag.

If you’ve got a p.o.s. for a hockey bag, be sure to grab your phone and tweet them a picture. The winner will be announced via Twitter on October 31st. Godspeed, Internet friends.

      • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

        True, just about anyone could be second in points on the Oilers playing with those two. But Ebs is capable of more, we know he is. I’m not even against trading him if the return is good enough, but at least give him time to get healthy and let him get back to form. I’m thinking it’s a finger or a wrist issue, he’s not firing the puck like he has in previous years.

        • Spydyr

          Has the team announced an injury?I have not heard anything outside speculation.

          How does a hand or wrist injury prevent him from hustling back?

          By my eye Ebs has not been the same player since signing the big money, long term contract.

          If I were to speculate myself I would say the larger problem is between his ears.He can have a good NHL career enjoying life and all it has to offer as an Oiler in Edmonton.Or he can play to the utmost of his abilities every game both ways on the ice and have a possible HHOF career.The choice is his.

          • Spydyr

            I think ebs has always been a guy who can go long stretches without doing anything. I don’t think anythings changed since he signed the big contract. He’s never been a guy that pushes the river.

          • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

            I believe it was Gregor who reported that he was playing injured but the Oilers refuse to say exactly what it is. I’m not okay with trading a perennial (outside of his rookie year) 60+ point player just because he’s had a stretch of mediocre play in his own zone. He’s a true 1st line NHL player, and half the fans want to run him out of town. We’re not even out of October yet, let’s see where he is in a few weeks. Eberle is not the problem on this team.

          • Spydyr

            If I recall the article correctly Gregor was speculating about an injury.

            There is a difference between running him out of town and making a trade for a fair return that fills a need on your team.

          • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

            Agreed, which is why I advocate waiting to see what he does in the next month or so, maybe two. Even if that means having Hall and Nuge inflate his stats for him (which, for the record, I don’t think is the case). I think his chemistry with Hall and Nuge is another intangible that we can’t ignore. In the lockout year, that line combined for I believe it was 36 points in 6 games? They can do incredible things when they’re firing on all cylinders, and we finally appear to have a supporting cast that can help them out.

          • 2004Z06

            Not at all about running him out of town. It is about evaluating your assets and gaping holes throughout the line up.

            Eberle and Perron are two of the areas that we have depth at. As such they are currently valuable assets that can be moved to bring back reasonable return to address the holes without hurting the overall team performance.

            You are correct that Eberle is not THE problem on the team, but moving him could be a significant part of the solution.

          • Ebs didn’t show up in shape(big contract-high calories) then got put on mixed match lines all training camp. Injured or notlets go now while the confidence is climbing and give what the fans are craving…..just be in the mix!!!

  • pkam

    I am curious what it would take to get the rights for Vladimir Sobotkov from St. Louis. He was one of the Blues most effective forwards during the playoffs. I read a post that he has an “escape clause” in his KHL contract. Excellent face-off guy, gritty player that demonstrates sound defensive play, who has touch around the net (poor man’s Kesler) that could be had for similar money to Nikitin. Currently on a 3 year deal worth 12 million from what I have read.

    • Spydyr

      Interesting proposal but the Oilers would need permission to talk to him first.To see if he is even interested in coming here and at what terms.

      The other thing is it sure looks like the big kid was going to be the #2C this year from the moment he was drafted.

  • BlazingSaitls

    That was a rough night…

    I live on Van.Isle as Ive stated many times. We had a huge storm last night. Wind gusts up to 100km/h. With 8 mins to go in the game, the Oilers up 2-0, the power went out.

    After getting over the initial disappointment I picked up a book and read myself to sleep. I avoided all hockey related conversations today. I wanted to find out how the game ended on my own.

    20 minutes ago my power came back on…

    “I believe I can fly-
    -I believe I can touch the sky-
    -I think about it every night and day-
    -Spread my wings and fly away-
    -I believe I can soar-
    -I see me running through that open door-
    -I believe I can fly-
    -I believe I can fly-
    -I believe I can fly-“

    How can a hockey game make me feel so good? idk and idc! Go Oilers Go!

    The Professor,
    YakCity,
    Poo,
    Great games!

  • Britts94

    It was fun waving to the throngs of habs fans leaving after Hall sealed it 🙂

    Also, the Oiler faithful have got to come up with some chant or cheer for good ol’ Benny the Prof.

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