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GDB 49.0: Thar She Blows (7:30pm MT, SNW)

After falling to the Flames 5-2 on Hockey Night in Canada, the Edmonton Oilers are back in action less than 24 hours later with a Sunday Funday adventure against the Carolina Hurricanes. Can our boys finish off the weekend on a high note? We’re only a few hours from finding out.

I know that it hasn’t been 2006 for 13 years now and that holding a grudge for this long could be unhealthy, but I still can’t help but harbour some deep seeded hatred for the Carolina Hurricanes. Losing in game seven of the Cup final was the start of a horrible summer to be an Oilers and I’ll never forgive them for it. Even seeing their logo on the schedule is enough to trigger the rage that was born inside me oh so many years ago. It’s a deep-rooted resentment that I’m not sure I’ll ever let go, but I know for a fact that a win tonight will go a long way to help dampen those painful, Marc-Andre Bergeron-induced memories. I still remember leaving my buddy’s place all those years ago as the Hurricane’s Cup celebration was kicking off and vowed that I would curse them until they relocate or I drop dead, whichever comes first.

After last night’s debacle against the Flames, the Oilers need to hit the reset button and fast because it was not a great look to have Calgary dummying them up and down the ice in front of a national audience. It was tough to sit and watch as the Flames, more or less, had their way in all three zones without so much as a whiff of pushback coming from our side. Even when Connor got cut above the eye, I was hoping that maybe, just maybe someone would take it upon themselves to respond in kind by taking shots at the Flames’ skilled guys, but it just never happened. Instead, they watched as the best player in the world got mugged without consequence, and I don’t understand how anyone in an orange jersey allows that to happen. Do these guys not like each other or something? How else could you explain the lack of an ‘all for one’ team dynamic? All I know for sure is that they had better figure it out and fast because time is running out.

With tonight’s game being the second half of a back-to-back weekend, it’ll be incredibly important for all four lines to find ways to contribute rather than simply being placeholders on the ice until the big boys are rested enough to get back out there. These are the games when you need your depth guys to help carry some weight and give the team effective minutes that can help them win. If not, we’re going to see the likes of McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nuge being forced to carry the load again and that’s a quick recipe for burning those guys out and if that happens then we’re going to really be in trouble. Those guys desperately need help to get this train back on the rails, and there’s no better time to make that happen then tonight against the Hurricanes. The way I see it, Carolina is a beatable team but that won’t happen if the Oilers can only muster up enough urgency to compete for 20 or so minutes as they did against Calgary. They need to put together a full 60 minutes and they need to have everyone on board.

With 34 games left on the season and a wildcard spot only two points away, there is still enough track left to make up ground and get back into a playoff spot but they’ll never get there if they keep playing half games or single periods and relying on a handful of guys to drag them along.


RECORD 23-22-3 22-20-5
LAST 10 GAMES 5-5-0 7-3-0
GOALS FOR 138 126
POWER PLAY 21.4 16.4
PENALTY KILL 77.3 79.2
AVG. SHOTS/FOR 28.8 35.9
TEAM SAVE% .904 .902
CORSI FOR% 48.33 55.14
PDO 99.47 97.59
TEAM SHOOTING% 7.73 6.18

Numbers courtesy of Corsica (fancies at 5×5)



Draisaitl – McDavid – Chiasson
Khaira – RNH – Yamamoto
Lucic – Cave – Kassian
Rieder – Brodziak – Puljujarvi

Nurse – Russell
Jones – Larsson
Manning – Benning


Outside of assuming that Talbot will get the start tonight, I’m really curious to see how/if Hitchcock changes his lines. Personally, I thought that last night was one of Jesse Puljujarvi’s best games of the season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get bumped up into Yamamoto’s spot. That said, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the blender out in full force to try and give the team a whole new look, though I’m not sure how much that would change anything. At this point, no lineup info has been released but I’ll be sure to jump back in and update things as news comes out.


Ferland – Aho – Teravainen
Svechnikov – McKegg – Williams
McGinn – Wallmark – Martinook
Foegele – Rask – Maenalanen

Slavin – Pesce
De Haan – Faulk
Van Riemsdyk – Hamilton


While the Hurricanes don’t score a heck of a lot, they spread the goals they do get around their lineup quite evenly. The Hurricanes have 14 players with 10 points or more whereas the Oilers only have nine, which is yet another spotlight on the offensive woes that are going down in Edmonton.


From Canes Country:

A team that needed a hot run to finish the season needed a win at home against one of the league’s worst teams. It didn’t get it. The Canes’ blowout loss, coupled with the Penguins’ win, puts them nine points back of a wild card spot. There’s still over two months to play in the season, but the Canes would need some kind of finish, if not a miracle to keep the league’s longest-active playoff drought from hitting 10 years.


Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk

Game Day Prediction: Despite playing less than 24 hours ago, the Oilers hit the ground running with a solid Sunday effort that propels them to a 4-3 win. I’m thinking McDavid gets two goals but probably could have had four.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Unable to resist, Dougie Hamilton takes a quick hot lap around the Royal Alberta Museum for a little pre-game culture.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Connor McDavid blows my pre-game score prediction out of the water and pots five goals by himself. With 18,000 people chanting his name during his post-game interview, Connor McDavid flips his hair back, takes one quick look around the arena, and blows the roof off of the place when he offers to buy Arby’s Roast Beef n  Cheddars for everybody. Once again, he is the hero we needed. Gord bless Connor McDavid.


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Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 1/20/2019 – 10:00 am MT


    If we beat the Whalers tonight the Oilers will have won 3 of their last 4. That’s not too bad considering we still don’t have our best defenseman. If they can keep treading water and stay at or a bit above .500 until the all-star break, we’ll get Kelfbom and maybe Sekera back and hopefully go on a run. LET’S GO OIL! #postivesunday

  • The future never comes

    This joke of a franchise will become funnier when they trade a first and Pulju for a rental player with no term, to then miss the playoffs by 16 points.

  • Darcy yaceyko

    The joke is on the fans really, we pay to watch these guys play. They make millions and most people can barely afford to go, but they do. How many more years are we gonna go on these forums and complain about the same damn thing? I mean really how long?!?!? These guys dont give a shyt about the city and its fans!! Its all about the money for them and a chance to play in the best league. Again nothing will change until Katz is gone and the whole front office is cleaned out. Edmonton will lose the next game as well.

    • Randomfan

      They dont care. Money keep coming in so all.is well. Fans can go take a hike. Thats the attitude of the entire organization. Absolutely no respect for the fans.

      • The future never comes

        The fans in that stadium should be just as ashamed to put money towards this product. Someone chuck a jersey, throw some beer on the ice, make a sign – do something to bring more national attention to the management group hiding.

        • Randomfan

          I doubt it. Just like players fans are also going through the motions. I was at the game against arizona (again corporate free tickets) and i felt people didnt give a crap. No emotion nothing. Half of people were glued to their phones and other half just drinking their pain away.

  • Stu Gotz

    I’ll never forget the look on McDavid’s face when the Oilers won the lottery. He could see this disaster happening to him…well it’s happened. Poor kid….his family should force a trade.

    • GK1980

      I think if next season is the same the city should pressure the next GM to trade McDavid. A mercy trade if you will. He deserves better. He can’t ask for one because that’s not his style.

      • Rufio Barcoli

        #4 WoW!
        No wonder Katz doesn’t care about the product on the ice, it is apparent that he can, just like the media, sell whatever he wants to the mostly clueless fanbase.

      • Rufio Barcoli

        You’re a Hall butt hurt groupie if you think Larsson needs Klefbom to look good.
        Larsson is the Oilers best defense man even with Klefbom in the line-up.
        Larsson plays against top opponents every game with a partner that doesn’t belong in the top 4 and some that should be in the NHL.
        The fact that you say “might” goes to prove how clueless you are.

        • camdog

          I could care less about Hall and was all for trading him. Hall haters love for Larsson is misplaced. Larsson is getting out played by Kris Russell right now. He’s too slow, he can’t even play with Nurse. The only d-man he can play with on this team is Klefbom. He looks bad when he plays with anybody else.

  • Rufio Barcoli

    Chiarelli can’t come out flat tonight, he needs to be ready from the get go.
    Peter tries too many passes on the PP, and those wristers he tries from the blue line have to stop.
    If Chiarelli continues this type of play-Hitchcock needs to sit him in the press box for a game or two.