GDB 34.0: THE FLATLANDERS

For an Oilers fan, Dallas is about great joy (Joseph and Marchant) and great pain (Mike Keane scores two middle frame heartbreak ’99 and Mike freaking Modano). These long years of this century have beaten down the rivalry but today two teams trying to chase glory to match their history meet on Rexall ice.

I’VE BEEN BAD, I’VE BEEN GOOD, DALLAS TEXAS…..

The Stars have won 14 of their past 17 games against the Oilers and are 5-0-0 in their past five games at Edmonton. They acquired Tyler Seguin and he’s threatening to win the scoring title, while Taylor Hall seems a shadow of his former self and mired in 30th spot. The hockey Gods are dinks.

Both teams give up a lot of goals (via NHL.com):

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Dallas is scoring more per game but the shots for-against has this as a closer game. I don’t think you should pick Edmonton to win any NHL game these days, but there’s reason to have some confidence that they can win against the Stars today.

DRIVING EDMONTON

You’ll get all kinds of reasons (injury to indifference) but for now this isn’t really Taylor Hall’s team. Edmonton’s driver appears to have a denver boot these days, leaving baby Nuge to push the river. Todd Nelson is Edmonton’s new coach and he’s working hard to find a second scoring line.

  • Nelson on Draisaitl: “Leon’s been a bit tired as of late. I think it’s always
    good if the player can sit out and get to watch the game from above to
    get a different perspective.”
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Anton Lander has been recalled and it looks like he’ll play 3C with Nail Yakupov and Tyler Pitlick—that’s a nice spot for the Swede. He’ll also get some power-play time today and has the advantage of knowing Nelson’s system. The new coach seems to have simplified the power play and it did show some good jump on the road.

OILERS SCORING LAST 10

oil scoring last 10 hr

This is a good way to see Hall’s struggles, no goals in 10 games. I’m not sure why they’re trying different wingers (Pitlick, Purcell) but never land on Perron. Weird, real weird. You can see Leon isn’t getting much done, but Mr. Arco is guilty too—he might be the next HS. Nail Yakupov: Where are you, sir?

LINEUPS…..

The projected lines (may be updated later):

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QUICK HITS…..

  • Credit to Todd Nelson for elevating Boyd Gordon to an offensive line. Along with being the best defensive option, he is currently the second best offensive one at center. Craig MacTavish had a bad summer addressing center.
  • I hope we get to see Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff today. Two old soldiers from the 2006 run, fabulous memories for me.
  • Ben Scrivens has a .907 save percentage over the last 10 Oilers games (he has been in eight). Viktor Fasth has played in three games and his SP is .857. Lordy.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING….

  • Brad Gardner, Defending Big D: So they (Oilers) roll on, having scored
    just 31 times in those 18 games (well-under two per), and having been
    pummeled by Western Conference competition (in the last couple of weeks-
    Two losses to Anaheim, two losses to Arizona, two losses to San
    Jose…) Source

TODAY….

BennDivingKlondike

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers come out like a fast train and leave those Dallas Stars huffing and wheezing. 5-1 Oilers and a sunshine Sunday evening for Oilers Nation. 

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Anton Lander scores a power play goal. 

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: In the post-game haze, Craig MacTavish hints about Jeff Petry’s contract getting done early in the new year.


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  • Slapshot

    The defence is a huge let down.
    MacNelson aka Coaches X 2 were also huge let down. Wrong use of some players, no Yaks on shoot outs, and Coilers cannot win with 3 goal advantage. BOOOOOHH!!!!!!!

    BTW CHED guys are either drunk right now or employees of Katz.

  • Slapshot

    we’ll at least you got a Japanese village coupon lol bob stauffers tires are smokin he got it to the mat I got to get that appetizer the n him and jackkkkkk Michael s will smoke it to Ruth Chris steakhouse

  • SSB1963

    The Shoot Out was very revealing.

    Nail Yakupov was selected 1st overall because he was a shooter. His biggest asset is probably his shot and yet he was not one of the shooters. He couldn’t make a defensive miscue in this setting and yet he was not selected.

    One would think that the coaches might have picked him as a shooter if for no other reason than to perhaps give him a chance to light the lamp and help give him some confidence. Instead, they sent a clear message as to just how far his stock has fallen with this organization.

    They missed a chance to showcase his talents and perhaps win a winnable game. The next news flash on Yakupov will probably be that he has been traded for a fifth rounder. Puzzling approach as per usual.