GDB 14.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Sabres

WE BEAT THE SABRES! Final Score: 3-2 Oilers.

If ever there was a remedy for a slumping team, it is the Buffalo Sabres.  Going into tonight’s game, the Sabres had already been shut out 5 times. THEY’VE ONLY PLAYED 10 GAMES! Actually, to be honest, I was terrified before this game started. I was scared that the Oilers were going to roll into Buffalo and snap off a fresh turd in the middle of the ice. Then I was angry that I still have to feel scared about the Oilers losing to the worst team in the league.

This constant losing is getting annoying.  I was thinking of growing my beard out until the Oilers made the playoffs, but then I thought of how sad my existence would be.  I pictured myself passing away at 143 years old, and being buried with a shin length beard.  Kids from following generations would only know of the 80s as a mythical beast, a fable about the good old times, a tall tale akin to the Sasquatch. Needless to say, I’m starting to get tired of this. Buffalo was the answer… They HAD to be the answer.

For a while there, I honestly thought that the Oilers were going to lose to the Sabres.  The Oilers were definitely outplaying the Sabres, but they couldn’t score.  I thought that we were going to have another moral victory speech to look forward to. Thankfully, Marcobello and Commissioner Boyd Gordon decided that they are the offensive juggernauts that this team needs. Both of these guys scored on back to back nights, and that was huge secondary scoring for the Oil.  Let’s be honest, though… That game was far too close for comfort.  That being said, a win is a win.

Let there be wrap.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

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  • The Oilers have much better looking jerseys.
  • If ever there was a team to play on the 2nd half of a back to back it’s the Sabres.
  • Iiro Pakarinen is the hero we all deserve. I love seeing guys score their first goal.
  • It’s always a good day when you can get people hashtagging #LittleButtcheeks on Twitter.
  • Arcobello and Boyd Gordon both score goals on back to back games.

THE FACE PALMERS

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  • Marincin in (good). Klefbom out (bad), Aulie remains (whaaaaa?).
  • Those yellow Sabres jerseys look like the designer was tripping balls when he threw that together. Allegedly, in my opinion, of course.
  • The Oilers looked way too evenly matched with Buffalo.
  • The Oilers outshot the Sabres 52-31 but still had a tough time scoring.
  • I had so many #HereComeTheOilers gifs that I wasn’t able to use. I’m happy they won, but… you know.
  • The Oilers made Michal Neuvirth look like Patrick Roy.

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THE PICTURE CONTEST

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On Wednesday, I posted details for the November picture contest. Basically, I’m looking for you guys to get creative and take pictures of yourselves in NationGear, Oilers Gear, or doing something generally hilarious that shows you’re an Oilers fan.  At the end of the month, we’ll take the 5 best pictures and put them up for a vote.  The winners will be showered with both Internet glory and prizes.  If you have a picture you’d like to enter, email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com. Happy hunting, Nation, and Godspeed.

  • The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33

    Wow , what a sloppy pathetic game from both squads . No wonder they are both at the bottoms of their conferences .

  • bazmagoo

    The team checked out on Eakins 10 games into last season, I have no idea how the “brain” trust of this organization can’t realize it isn’t going to get better. Dallas might be able to play the tough guy role and get guys prepped for the jump from AHL to NHL but it isn’t working up with the big boys.

    I’ve come to conclusion this HAS to be a 5 year tank job plan. This level of incompetence can not be rational in a multi million dollar organization. There are 2 scenarios – either the multi billionaire who owns the team got wealthy out of pure luck or there is absolutely nothing to do in Edmonton outside of the Oilers.

    Maybe both?

    Which is it Edmonton? Are you a commie and you don’t believe in results?

    By the way well played Oilers if it is a 5 year plan. Holding back Yakupov could be a stroke of pure genius depending on the term (duration) of his next contract. A real coach would be playing Nuge with Yak and Ebs with Hall. If he can’t figure that he’s a straight up stooge, which I’m pretty sure he is. Well done K-Lowe, your tank job is almost complete. Pretty sure the last stooge was Tambellini. MacT, your sacrifice will be remembered, haha! Wear a helmet next time around bro.

    Seriously, there has to be a more sophisticated, intelligent way to build an organization. But I suppose he secured all that FREE real estate financing out of the taxpayer gift he got, so Katz probably got what he was after in the first place. At this stage, I wouldn’t bet against relocation to be honest, lol..

    • bazmagoo

      BELLO! The only guy playing with any sort of passion is the guy paid the least (Arco) and the workhouse of the team (Gordon) who EARNED his big money playing the way Arcobello plays. The team has completely checked out on Eakins man, we are in for a miserable season.

  • Yes, they won, and it was a back to back game, but it was the Sabers for goodness sakes.

    But give them one for a confidence builder for the team,.

    Having said that, this is still a very terrible hockey team. They do not excel at any particular area of the game.. period.

    Watch other teams, yes even Buffalo, they have a transition game, breakout quickly with a 3 to 5 man breakout,

    Teams make crisp passes , win battle along the boards etc etc. Oilers dick around for 5 min before they get the puck moving north, and more often thatn not, they loose the puck in their own end or in the neutral zone.

    Play a non aggressive lame game.

    Last year they were hiding behind the “rebuild’, this years its, advance anyalitics

  • Rdubb

    Ok, ive got a question for you badgemilk & or anyone else who can answer;
    Everyone is tweeting and writng about Iiro, so he must be well liked by the fan base thus far, he only played 7 plus minutes, but had 6 shots and a goal through 2 periods of hockey, my question is basically this, why didn’t he get more minutes?
    Yes, i could see if he couldn’t skate, control the puck, shot or was a HUGE liability on the ice, but the very (and i mean very little) that i saw, i thought that he was okay…heck, he scored a goal and fired the puck on net all night, not too mention that he seemed to bring a little of what Esa brought in the 80’s…
    This kid seems to bring exactley what they need, a PEST who can play a bit, isn’t scared to shot and who can also find the back of the net…
    It is my opinion that Eakins isn’t using a valuable asset like he should. And in a game like the one against BUF, they should have given this kid some minutes and see exactly how he could handle it…i mean, this was a game against PIT, DAL, ANA, SJ or LA…let the kid play and see what he has

    • I think there’s a few reasons for his limited minutes. I think Pakarinen is still learning Dallas Eakins’ system (if he has one) and that probably has a chunk to do with it.

      They’re also getting Yakupov more minutes by having Pakarinen sit a bit, which I don’t mind. If l#LittleButtcheeks can keep playing how he’s playing, you can be sure that his minutes will go up.

    • BlazingSaitls

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  • I see no points again from the first line, and all that powerplay time.

    I would like to see a little experiment done,
    Arcobello 6pts +2 goes to the first line, RNH 8pts -4 moves to the second line. Lets see if we can figure out one of the major flaws of this rebuild, ie Eberle or RNH and make a trade while their value is high.