OILERS AT JETS G26 2014-15

This one has a weird feel to it as we get closer to game time. Winnipeg is the site of a few monster Edmonton victories over the years (1990) but it’s been so long since games were played there I don’t really have a feel for the rivalry. The Jets can poke a gigantic hole in the the Oilers with a resounding win tonight and the visitors have to be at a low ebb after a ghastly game at home on Monday.

BRYZ?

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Word last night that Ilya Bryzgalov was close to signing with a ‘mystery NHL team’ and of course that has to mean the Oilers. Right? I would not put it past MacT to gather up yesterday’s papers and use it as a cushion one year later. His Oilers SP (.908) would tower over Scrivens and Fasth so far this year. It could happen.

POINT COUNTERPOINT

I don’t know where this is heading, but it’ll be fun to see how it works out. Two prominent men in Edmonton media have chimed in on the Oilers and what’s about to happen, meaning there’s more than just the game to follow tonight.

  • Ryan Rishaug: Conventional hockey logic suggests it is time for Craig Mactavish to fire Dallas Eakins.  In most other markets, it probably would have happened already.  I’m here to tell you, it’s not going to happen. At least not in the near future.  MacTavish still believes in Dallas Eakins’ message and he believes the players do, too. Source
  • Mark Spector: My suspicion is that he will be let go after a loss on Wednesday in Winnipeg, and MacTavish will take over behind the bench with assistant Craig Ramsay. Eakins was never ready for this job, and like his predecessors, has let the young players run amok, with leashes so long that the rank and file players simmer every time they suffer another minus on yet another egregious Taylor Hall giveaway. Source

Interesting stuff, and a unique opportunity to see who has their finger on the pulse of the Edmonton Oilers. Will Dallas Eakins be Edmonton’s coach tomorrow? I believe absolutely he will, but this will be an interesting item to follow this evening.

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Curtis Hamilton and Jason Williams after scoring an OT goal last night to get past Utica.Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved

A great play by Hamilton (who has 4 assists in his last 4 games) led to the winning goal for the Barons, who are streaking. Todd Nelson has his troops playing well and the prospect development on the farm this fall is exciting. I expect we’ll see more callups and the season rolls.

Todd Nelson on Martin Marincin: “The biggest thing for Marty when he’s up there is making plays under pressure. He needs to more aware of space and make quicker decisions. Those are things he can work on here. Without the puck he’s excellent. He has a great stick. It’s more making plays with the puck under pressure.” Source

Marincin hasn’t been as sharp as last season, hopefully some time with Nelson and he regains his confidence with the puck. There’s over 50 NHL games to go, many opportunities for all of these young Barons’ prospects.

 RIP

beliveau

My Dad hated the Habs, but always spoke about Jean Believeau with respect and any fool could see he was first class. I saw him right at the end of his career (my Bruins would lose to the 1971 Habs and that was the final spin for Beliveau—he scored 22 points in 20 playoff games) but his splendid retirement included acting as a statesman for the game and for the Canadiens. He did it in grand style. It is so very sad to see these legends go, and I’m mindful of the struggles Mr. Howe is experiencing these days and the recent losses of Pat Quinn, Murray Oliver and Gilles Tremblay. They were towers of the game in their time. Get well Gordie. RIP Jean.

 DYLAN STROME

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I know, I know, but it’s reality and we might as well start getting to know these young men. Dylan Strome is Ryan’s brother and man he’s talented.

  • Brendan Ross, Dobber, McKeens and TheScout.ca: “He plays the game at a high-pace and is always pushing the pace of the game. He is a creative passer with elite level vision and his crafty puck skills allows him to a strong possession game. His skating is improving from what used to be somewhat wild and heavy footed. With an elongated stride, Strome propels himself up the ice with ease erasing any of those previous concerns. Strome is a confident offensive player but at times he tries to do too much and it leads to some unnecessary turnovers but it’s this individual skill that is what makes him a special talent with intriguing upside.” Source

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One thing the comments made by Andrew Ference accomplished? Putting the spotlight on Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz. That can be good and bad—good because you want your best players to rise to the challenge, and bad because the fanbase is ripping the team’s best players—and of course the media sees blood in the water and that will have its own impact in due time.

This has been a difficult season for the Oilers management, players and fans. This could get ugly, but it could also result in a brand new day. The fracture is clearly there, does this force the issue to a blow up and then conclusion? Or is it the ignition for another blow up when the media finally gets to ask Andrew Ference ‘who were you talking about?’ for the 100th time? If this team keeps losing, we may see some unfortunate moments. I hope this team starts winning, the cracks are certainly forming and this is as bad as I can remember since the Ted Green—George Burnett era.

For what it’s worth, I think blaming Taylor Hall is just about the craziest thing I’ve seen as an Oilers fan. It does have precedent however, losing teams often target their best players for ridicule. So far it’s the fanbase, and that’s fine rock on. If the organization turns on him? Well, that’s the worst case scenario from where I sit. One thing I can say with authority: It’s pretty damn irritating to see MANY media and fans delighting in the misery of the Oilers and their fanbase. I sincerely hope that I live long enough to see the turnaround and promise to be a complete asshat to other fanbases when it does. Who’s with me?

WHAT’S NEXT?

At this point, Craig MacTavish is very likely to tweak the roster between Thursday morning and the Sunday game. As mentioned above, we might see Bryzgalov coming in (I have no proof but it makes some sense) and we could see another callup depending on how well the team performs tonight. The Oilers have had too many ‘must win’ nights since MacT stepped down as coach and it has to stop. Whatever they do, the Edmonton Oilers have to figure out a way to avoid gassing a season in the first two months of the schedule.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

We are live from Camrose and the Canada Cup of Curling today, with plenty of Oilers talk and opportunity for you to vent. Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:05 Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk about ‘when was it this bad?’ and look forward to tonight’s game.
  • 11:05 Michael Parkatti, Boys on the Bus. Michael will have a new post up this morning, we’ll talk about the season and the gap between good possession and success.

The rest of the morning will be spent talking to you about the Oilers and talking about curling in Camrose. The format for the Canada Cup allows some of the best curlers this country has to offer this week, I’m looking forward to talking to some of the big names in the sport.

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  1. oliveoilers says:

    Pavelic. That’s NHL goaltending right there. Forgot what it looked like.

  2. Henry says:

    danny:
    Drai reminds me of Jason Allison.

    You might not think that’s a compliment but you would be wrong.

    He’s had three shifts this period in which he reminds me of Jagr.

  3. TemujinBC says:

    Yak or Drai is gonna bag the empty netter. Gotta be.

  4. danny says:

    Wow Nuges release is a rocket. Goalies always seem to be a nanosecond behind on their reaction.

  5. Zelepukin says:

    SkatinginSand: No, double Jultzing is two one handed, feeble swipes followed byturning away from any chance of contact. This, unfortunately is a Jultz squared.

    I stand corrected. and by stand I mean doing so ‘still’, with one hand on the stick just like Jultz in the defensive zone.

  6. oliveoilers says:

    Eakins, put the effin board away! Do NOT over think this!

  7. Ice Sage says:

    Byfuglien, fucking, buddy

  8. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    Welp

  9. TemujinBC says:

    TemujinBC:
    Yak or Drai is gonna bag the empty netter.Gotta be.

    GAH

    Is it too late to delete this :-/

  10. SkatinginSand says:

    My gord, does Scrivens not know how to build a wall behind the screen? Get right behind the screener, full butterfly, everything tight. Easy save.

  11. BeerMe says:

    What a goal though

  12. Clay says:

    Didn’t want to jinx it, but they had 3 five-bell chances in a row. This game should’ve been out of reach.

  13. oliveoilers says:

    You know, at the last ad break, I thought I’d better go get another beer for OT. We were winning 2-1 at the time.

  14. Ice Sage says:

    Don’t Jultz this up

  15. Henry says:

    Well its overtime and they might lose (loose? shit I’m not sure anymore), but I’m almost proud of the response from the Oilers tonight. They’ve played a nice road game.

  16. danny says:

    They just showed MacT again. He was smiling.

    Not anymore I bet.

  17. oliveoilers says:

    Looking at Buff’s goal, Scrivens cheating to the middle thinking Buff is putting it back into high slot.

  18. book¡je says:

    They deserved better. Damn.

  19. Ice Sage says:

    Well, that was an exciting way to loose – the captain did tie up Perraults stick a few seconds later

  20. TemujinBC says:

    Is it fair to say Trouba caused a lot of Trouble for the Oilers tonight?

    Where the hell did I put that whisky….

  21. Lowetide says:

    That one hurts.

  22. RexLibris says:

    Elevenses!

  23. GCW_69 says:

    Under is looking pretty darn good so far.

  24. danny says:

    Hahahahaaaaa they showed MacT again after the loss. PLEASE let someone have PVR and show that face it’s priceless.

  25. hunter1909 says:

    Thankfully the next game will be at home.

  26. BeerMe says:

    Speechless.

  27. Cameron says:

    This might be my favourite Oiler team ever.

  28. Clay says:

    As my three-year-old says, “ouchie”.

  29. OilClog says:

    Man.

  30. hunter1909 says:

    Okay so they loose again, but it’s not as if they’ve been DOMINATE or anything.

  31. SkatinginSand says:

    Ice Sage:
    Don’t Jultz this up

    Damn you, its all your fault.

  32. TemujinBC says:

    Scrivens with the third star of the game, he deserved better than a .885 tonight

  33. Gerta Rauss says:

    hunter1909:
    Thankfully the next game will be at home.

    …and the schedule gets easier from here…..

  34. Klima's_Bucket says:

    Pains me to write this but…

    Trouba > Yakupov

  35. Khlhfs says:

    Twice Ference fails to tie up his mans stick and twice the puck ends up in the back of the net. I can’t wait to see him call his teammates out after this one.

  36. danny says:

    Scott Oake coming up.

    The only way I would miss this is if my beloved Grandmother could be with us for a little while.

  37. Zelepukin says:

    Ference and Jultz, Kings of the one handed poke checks. It’s like when you play NHL with your kid brother and all they do is poke check because they haven’t figured out which button is to hit.

  38. Ben says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a “kind of poor” team deliver such absolutely abysmal results. Incredible.

  39. oliveoilers says:

    The rest of this post will be all in capital letters: WTF IS JULTZ AND FERENCE DOING ON THE EFFIN’ ICE IN OT? I TOLD YOU NOT TO OVER THINK THIS, EAKIN’S, YOU EFFIN’ MORON. NO SOONER HAD I NOTICED WHO THE D PAIRING WAS AND THOUGHT “THIS IS GOING TO COST US”, IT EFFIN’ COST US!

  40. Ice Sage says:

    SkatinginSand: Damn you, its all your fault.

    Yep, I’ll take the hit for this one. I’ve got lots of company in the blame game!

  41. Gerta Rauss says:

    SkatinginSand: Damn you, its all your fault.

    0-7-4 since I bought the center ice package

    It’s my fault

  42. danny says:

    Is that a Sutter on SportsNet? Uncanny if not.

  43. hunter1909 says:

    Under Mac/ Eakins, Jean Beliveau would be a scapegoat.

  44. G Money says:

    So, can anyone explain the thought process here?

    This game, an excellent game in general, though weak at times handling the cycle, had six Oiler D. In order of goodness, they were: Klef, Petry, Fayne [huge gap] Jultz, Ference, Nikitin. The last two are also your least mobile defensemen, and therefore least useful in 4×4.

    The tying goal was scored because Ference isn’t strong enough to tie up the attacker in front of the net, but that’s what he always seems to have to do.

    You’ve lost ten in a row and you’re going to OT.

    So naturally, the only decision, the obvious decision, is you put out: Ference and Jultz.

    WHAT.

    THE.

    FUCK?

  45. OilClog says:

    They were leading 2-1 then Eakins broke out the white board.

    Captain Ference, Captain Execution.

  46. Eastern Oil says:

    I know it’s been 11 games, and it sucks to be watching such a futile streak but I was actually quite happy with the last part of the game I was able to watch tonight. Certainly some holes that need to be filled (as we all know) but they played hard and desperate. Yak and Drai with some great chemistry, Nuge is becoming a man, and Klef growing up.

    Again, we should not even been in this 11 game hole after so many years in the basement, but this is the hockey we need to play. If this was a balanced roster with tonight’s show of skill and effort, man….

  47. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Although Ference failed to tie Buff up, that goal was on Eberle’s weak defensive play up high.

    Honestly, I wish they would free Eakins by letting him go. At this point, MacT deserves to roast in his self-created tire fire by moving down into the coach’s box.

    Team is broken. This is not getting fixed without a wholesale house cleaning. Or a ten game winning streak.

    We wait.

  48. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss: It’s my fault

    Everyone knows it’s my fault.

  49. Ice Sage says:

    oliveoilers:

    Gotta agree – there doesn’t seem to be any in-game flexibility in Eakins bench management – Klefbom and Petry have been best D and Ference was on for the tying goal…
    Contrast that with Maurice who puts Trouba and top line out.

    We get to see how prescient Spector is now – ball’s in your court, MAcT

  50. icecastles says:

    Three more regulation losses and the Oilers will have lost as many games as the Eskimos play in a full season.

    (if you count OT losses, they’ve already lost 2 more than a full CFL season’s worth of games)

  51. Lowetide says:

    6-15-5.

  52. striatic says:

    danny: Hahahahaaaaa they showed MacT again after the loss. PLEASE let someone have PVR and show that face it’s priceless.

    http://striatic.net/misc/MACTAGHAST.jpg

  53. Clay says:

    G Money,

    I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

  54. oliveoilers says:

    hunter1909:
    Under Mac/ Eakins, Jean Beliveau would be a scapegoat.

    I thought about a witticism referencing Jean’s unbelievable humility and grace whilst winning ten (10, count ’em) Stanley Cups and likening it to Six Rings, but I thought better of it when I read a quote from the original #4: “I knew people would be coming from miles away, through bad weather, with not much money to watch me play. I made sure to try my hardest to refund them.” It made me want to not even associate him with any aspects of the current Oilers organisation.

  55. "Frank The Dog" says:

    When I came out with my appalling forecast a few blogs back I assumed they would beat NJ and the Jets.

    At game 26 last year we were 8-16-2.

  56. hunter1909 says:

    Hall+Eberle+RNH must feel like a clique(eventually to be re-spelled as “click”) on some Mutiny on the Bounty hell ship, bound for Tahiti where once Eakins dances with the natives it’s all going to be over.

    No more shore leave, nothing.

  57. Gerta Rauss says:

    danny:
    Is that a Sutter on SportsNet? Uncanny if not.

    Yes

    I’m not sure which one, not that it matters

  58. TemujinBC says:

    I think MacT had just agreed to a deal in principle trading Ference and Schultz…

    Deal’s off now.

    Hence the look on his face

  59. Zangetsu says:

    I’ve started a kickstarter for a device that would transport the city of Edmonton to the atlantic coast. That should allow us to win some games. I’m going to need $10million dollars from you guys.

    *This is legit, I swear

  60. GotUkulele says:

    Just checking this board now…like five guys just wrote “loose” but they meant “lose.” Am I missing a joke or something?

    Loose (adjective) = not tight
    Lose (verb) = you don’t win

    Damn, I correct grammar when I’m raging…

  61. frjohnk says:

    Lowetide:
    6-15-5.

    8-16-2 last year

  62. Clay says:

    Spector claimed Eakins would be fired after a loss tonight. We’ll see.

  63. hunter1909 says:

    Eureka! Katz is set to announce a wonder drug that works on the worst kind of depressions! We’re all guinea pigs!

  64. Ben says:

    Stauffer’s been saying that Thursday’s the day we finally hear from management.

    BOLD prediction: tomorrow we meet the new POHO. It probably won’t be Steve Tambellini. I’ll guess Neil Smith. Would love if it was Bob Gainey.

  65. Gerta Rauss says:

    GotUkulele:
    Just checking this board now…like five guys just wrote “loose” but they meant “lose.” Am I missing a joke or something?

    Loose (adjective) = not tight
    Lose (verb) = you don’t win

    Damn, I correct grammar when I’m raging…

    I don’t know what you’re talking about

    /snicker

  66. hunter1909 says:

    GotUkulele:
    Just checking this board now…like five guys just wrote “loose” but they meant “lose.” Am I missing a joke or something?

    Loose (adjective) = not tight
    Lose (verb) = you don’t win

    Damn, I correct grammar when I’m raging…

    We’ve been whiling away the time, deconstructing the English language in order to fit in better with the New World Order.

  67. Ice Sage says:

    striatic: http://striatic.net/misc/MACTAGHAST.jpg

    LOL – I can read his lips… “Skype???”

  68. SkatinginSand says:

    GotUkulele:
    Just checking this board now…like five guys just wrote “loose” but they meant “lose.” Am I missing a joke or something?

    Loose (adjective) = not tight
    Lose (verb) = you don’t win

    Damn, I correct grammar when I’m raging…

    No joke, we are just a bunch of loosers.

  69. The Artist formerly known as "NYCOIL" says:

    Clay:
    Spector claimed Eakins would be fired after a loss tonight.We’ll see.

    MacT will be gone by summer. No doubt in my mind now.

  70. oliveoilers says:

    Gerta Rauss: I don’t know what you’re talking about

    /snicker

    Foot lose, cut lose, kick off your Sunday shoose…..

  71. Clay says:

    GotUkulele:
    Just checking this board now…like five guys just wrote “loose” but they meant “lose.” Am I missing a joke or something?

    Loose (adjective) = not tight
    Lose (verb) = you don’t win

    Damn, I correct grammar when I’m raging…

    Don’t be so lose with your grammar correcting, looser.

    (It’s a running thing tonight. I don’t think you’re a loser. Or looser.)

  72. hunter1909 says:

    Ben:
    Stauffer’s been saying that Thursday’s the day we finally hear from management.

    BOLD prediction: tomorrow we meet the new POHO.It probably won’t be Steve Tambellini. I’ll guess Neil Smith. Would love if it was Bob Gainey.

    Based on prior, it’s going to be Craig MacTavish.

  73. "Frank The Dog" says:

    I’ve deleted my PVR already and there is no way I can bring myself to watch the post game raws.
    Somehow none of what happens next matters any more.
    But, I’ll be back of course, because…. LT.

    Goodnight everyone.

  74. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    frjohnk: 8-16-2 last year

    Ahh – the good ol’ days! Before the point % dropped into the 300s.

  75. hunter1909 says:

    Gerta Rauss: That didn’t take long…

    http://oilersnation.com/2014/12/3/gdb-26-0-wrap-up-oilers-jets

    MacT looks like he’s just met Madame guillotine.

  76. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    “Frank The Dog”: Goodnight everyone.

    Goodnight Frank.

    Goodnight Sam.

    Goodnight Ralph.

    Goodnight moon.

  77. striatic says:

    Fire .. EVERYONE!

  78. GotUkulele says:

    Clay,

    haaa

  79. GotUkulele says:

    striatic:
    fire .. EVERYONE!

    I like it. Hahaa

  80. G Money says:

    Clay:
    G Money,

    I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

    I’m not surprised.

    The D roster selection and deployment has been the worst part of the raging garbage tire fire clusterfuck that is this season. The fact that Ference and Schultz and Nikitin are all playing while a “struggling” Marincin (who’s been better than all three of those guys even while struggling) is on the farm tells you everything you need to know.

    What I figured is that after watching a game where you have three clearly capable defensemen and three clearly not capable defensemen, and knowing you’ve lost ten in a row and HAVE to win this one, and the media are saying you’re going to be fired if you lose – you STILL go and put your worst two remaining defensemen out there on the first shift.

    I’m not surprised.

    I’m aghast and angry and sickened.

  81. jzed says:

    Our D is loose, we lose

  82. Ben says:

    Man, when Sacha Baron Cohen takes off his Justin Schultz costume people are just gonna lose it.

  83. rickithebear says:

    Lose the TOR Maple Leafs Loser stench!

  84. fifthcartel says:

    I feel like one of Colin Greening/Patrick Wiercioch will be an Oiler tomorrow.

  85. book¡je says:

    Ference needs to stop enjoying playing in the NHL and focus on the task at hand.

  86. striatic says:

    I’ve been laughing so hard since seeing that live cut away to MacT that my chest hurts.

    The Oilers previous travails have been humorous, sure, but never before have they been this punch-the-wall funny.

  87. hunter1909 says:

    Although Oilers had a few dominate moments, it was clear they might loose the game after the Jets were able to dominate the loose Oiler defense.

  88. book¡je says:

    G Money: I’m not surprised.

    The D roster selection and deployment has been the worst part of the raging garbage tire fire clusterfuck that is this season.The fact that Ference and Schultz and Nikitin are all playing while a “struggling” Marincin (who’s been better than all three of those guys even while struggling) is on the farm tells you everything you need to know.

    What I figured is that after watching a game where you have three clearly capable defensemen and three clearly not capable defensemen, and knowing you’ve lost ten in a row and HAVE to win this one, and the media are saying you’re going to be fired if you lose – you STILL go and put your worst two remaining defensemen out there on the first shift.

    I’m not surprised.

    I’m aghast and angry and sickened.

    The thing that worries me is that maybe Ramsey is the old school guy running the defence. Also that he might be the interim coach soon.

  89. hunter1909 says:

    striatic: The Oilers previous travails have been humorous, sure, but never before have they been this ‘punch the wall’ funny.

    Please. Make sure you’re sober when you go for that wall. Alcohol and wall punching simply don’t mix.

  90. Ben says:

    Meanwhile, the guy drafted one spot after Sam Gagner ties Crosby for the league scoring lead.

  91. jake70 says:

    striatic:
    Fire .. EVERYONE!

    Lowe should be removed tomorrow. The 30th reunion gala was a nice way to honor him/allow closure on that group, time to move on. Keep MacT for now. Provides a jolt without doing anything stupid.

  92. GotUkulele says:

    Oh man, McDavid would be like the second coming. I’d forgive this neverending mess.

  93. striatic says:

    hunter1909,

    don’t worry, i’m a teetotaler .

  94. Kmart99 says:

    God. Eakins is such a moron when it comes to D men. How is he so blind? Can he honestly not see which D men are playing well on any given night?

    It seems like every night, the d men who are performing the best are given the fewest minutes. Makes no sense. None.

  95. hunter1909 says:

    Ben:
    Meanwhile, the guy drafted one spot after Sam Gagner ties Crosby for the league scoring lead.

    Oilers never go for coke machines in round 1.

  96. Woodguy says:

    If this team could just find a way to not play Ference, Schultz and Nikitin, they’d have something here.

  97. G Money says:

    book¡je: The thing that worries me is that maybe Ramsey is the old school guy running the defence.Also that he might be the interim coach soon.

    Maybe it’s his strategy for getting back to head coaching. Eakins gets fired. Suddenly we’ve got Klef/Petry/Fayne/Marincin eating up 50 minutes a night, and Schultz and Aulie getting some “special” zonestarts and BAM! Stanley Cup!

    hunter1909: Please. Make sure you’re sober when you go for that wall. Alcohol and wall punching simply don’t mix.

    I have a picture of me from my University days wearing a Rick James wig and doing a double biceps in front of the hole I punched in the wall while extremely drunk. (was taking Wing Chun at the time, and that’s what you have to do when you’re drunk)

    That’s a legend that lives on (from the Chippewa on down).

    Also:

    Jeanshorts wins my vote for best tweeted pic of the day:
    http://twitter.com/JSBMjeanshorts/status/540360962214461440/photo/1
    Couldn’t even finish this stupid picture before the Oilers went and Oilerd!

  98. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers probably draft like this:

    Round 1 – “swing for the fences, whatever players might be available. No need to worry about trifles such as team needs. That’s for the later rounds. If able to trade down and get more, or trade up and get less, go for it”.

    Round 2 – “Hopefully trade away the pick so the management doesn’t take any heat for missing out on any Lucics.”

    Rounds 3-4 – “Draft the wrong player. Make sure the fans are screaming”.

    Round 5-7 – “Draft according to political considerations viz the European scouting/depressed NA scouts”

  99. Oddspell says:

    book¡je,

    This is what I’m worried about too. Once again I’d like to point out that according to the pre-season verbal, Ramsay is the guy running both the d-corps and the power play.

  100. oliveoilers says:

    Goodnight, y’all. I’m driving early tomorrow morning and don’t want to hit a mose,

  101. G Money says:

    hunter1909,

    Nailed it.

    (and by that, I mean you hit the nail on the head, NOT that you’re gripping your keyboard and mouse so tight that you keep missing the keys from prime typing position, and then your mouse explodes)

  102. Clay says:

    G Money,

    Agreed.

    I don’t wish hurt on anyone, but I’m hoping they give Niki plenty of time to heal. Injuries will make better roster decisions than the coach.

  103. G Money says:

    At least this time, we didn’t win the Corsi game.

    #MoralVictoriesAreForLoosers

  104. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    There were many missed chances in the third – if one of those goes in, we’re not talking about any of this.

    Sure the defense is a mess, but it’s a crime that this forward group is trending towards 2 GF/G. Not many teams in this league will win games by scoring 2 per game!

    Not trying to take any heat off the defense deployment dillenema, but GEEZZ!

  105. G Money says:

    Schultz managed to put up a 5×5 Corsi of 22.6% (-31.2% RelCor) and Ference managed to put up 33.3% and -18.8%.

    That is staggering. Absolutely staggering.

    Since the Flames are convinced that having a terrible shot rate and somehow scoring goals is the secret to success, maybe we can really convince them to really commit, really entrench that approach by trading Giordano and Brodie for Ference and Schultz.

    Fair?

  106. G Money says:

    Austin Matthews '16: There were many missed chances in the third – if one of those goes in, we’re not talking about any of this.

    True, but I think that’s been the case in most of the OT games. E.g. Eberle’s penalty shot in NSH.

    I fear the expectation of losing is now subconsciously programmed in all of them.

    Just as it is for us fans.

  107. CrazyCoach says:

    That is kicked in the nuts after shoveling snow in -40 weather for 4 hours hurt.

  108. Clay says:

    oliveoilers:
    Goodnight, y’all.I’m driving early tomorrow morning and don’t want to hit a mose,

    I see what you did there.

  109. Lowetide says:

    fifthcartel:
    I feel like one of Colin Greening/Patrick Wiercioch will be an Oiler tomorrow.

    That’s very insightful.

  110. G Money says:

    Ben:
    Meanwhile, the guy drafted one spot after Sam Gagner ties Crosby for the league scoring lead.

    Also, the guy selected after Hall is third. And the guy in fourth (Giroux) was picked five spots after the pick that the Oilers would have had. And of course that was the draft that the Bruins used the Oilers’ second round pick to draft Lucic.

    If watching this game was like CrazyCoach‘s post-snow-shoveling kick in the balls, reviewing Oiler draft history is like being sentenced to death by paper cuts to the eyeballs.

  111. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    G Money: trading Giordano and Brodie for Ference and Schultz.
    Fair?

    Let’s see…

    #BecauseFlames

    Hmmm. Just doesn’t have the same ring as, well – y’know.

    But that trade would be the ultimate test of the two coaching staffs, wouldn’t it? Watch Gio dissolve in front of out eyes, while Jultz leads the Flames in scoring?

  112. G Money says:

    Corrections:

    G Money: … fear the expectation of loosering is now …

    G Money: … and then your moose explodes …

  113. TemujinBC says:

    #MacTFace needs to be trending on twitter. Come on folks make it happen

  114. McSorley33 says:

    G Money:
    So, can anyone explain the thought process here?

    This game, an excellent game in general, though weak at times handling the cycle, had six Oiler D. In order of goodness, they were: Klef, Petry, Fayne [huge gap] Jultz, Ference, Nikitin.The last two are also your least mobile defensemen, and therefore least useful in 4×4.

    The tying goal was scored because Ference isn’t strong enough to tie up the attacker in front of the net, but that’s what he always seems to have to do.

    You’ve lost ten in a row and you’re going to OT.

    So naturally, the only decision, the obvious decision, is you put out: Ference and Jultz.

    WHAT.

    THE.

    FUCK?

    Watch the OT replay….dump in by jets. And watch the Jultz comedy show with his 1 on 1 battle with Kane. That is called a Gagner specialty.

    Well done Jultz.

  115. CrazyCoach says:

    I look at the 74-75 Capitals and I see Ace Bailey and Ron Low on the roster and they both seemed to come out of that alright. That gives me hope

  116. Pouzar says:

    The guy is fucking terrible. Stop the madness.

    Kevin McCartney ‏@kevinmccart 35m35 minutes ago
    Schultz blows the angle on the end-around dump-in and then does a fly-by headed the wrong way on the forechecker collecting his puck. Brutal

  117. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    Welp, who blinks first? Does Eakins get gassed? Does Eakins wipe jam off his face with Gretzky’s rookie jersey?

    Gord…

    Lowerd…

  118. Alpine says:

    Well, look on the bright side. Someone might get fired soon (Eakins) and be replaced by someone we don’t really want (???). Maybe it’ll just be Ramsay and we can bring up Nelson to look after the D. I just don’t know anymore.

  119. McSorley33 says:

    Jultz and Ference to start OT…..I actually cannot believe it.

  120. Hammers says:

    Actually that was better effort than Arizona or even St Louis games . Enjoyed it as much as the Nashville game . That 2nd period 5 shot splurge was all on Schultz . At first I thought Shit Eakins benched him then they showed the hit he took . Schultz makes major mistakes every game he plays and now being the ass I can be, maybe Nikitin is out a few games with this injury . Can you keep a player on injury list for 1 1/2 years ?? Hope so . I called a point earlier tonight with a chance at 2 only because I saw some changes up front . I would give Gordon Perron & Yak and 2nd line minutes .

  121. hunter1909 says:

    Is there a stationary bike in the dressing room? Because Ference could really show these entitled young jerks something!

    But seriously. This team’s starting to drain Eakins. I haven’t seen him smile in ages.

  122. Pouzar says:

    Klef was our best D-man tonight and I haven’t looked at a single number.

    Schultz is still terrible. And our Captain isn’t much better.

    Seeing this stuff live I think our biggest weakness is Defensive deployment.
    I know we need a 2nd line center but it pales in comparison to hole we dig ourselves
    by constantly penciling in Schultz/NN/Captain. Klef is soooo much better than these hacks
    its embarrassing.

  123. Pouzar says:

    Drai is going to be a stud. Same felling watching Nuge back a few years ago.

  124. Pouzar says:

    McSorley33:
    Jultz and Ference to start OT…..I actually cannot believe it.

    You can’t make that shit up. You can’t.

  125. fifthcartel says:

    Also worth noting – RNH, Hall, Pitlick all had 0% zone starts.

  126. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    Pouzar: Klef was our best D-man tonight

    Hard to argue that with the eyes, and Klef wasn’t perfect either. There were some plays where Ference was strong on the boards, rode out the forechecker, and moved the puck, but those were so easily forgotten, as the game wore on.

    I’m kind of hoping that Eakins’ quits tomorrow, and then goes on to tell us all exactly who is directing the Jultz/NN/Ference ice time. But he would have to go coach in Europe after something so treasonous as that.

  127. McSorley33 says:

    I have watched again and again……Jultz and Ference were sent out to start OT -together.

  128. book¡je says:

    Woodguy: If this team could just find a way to not play Ference, Schultz and Nikitin, they’d have something here.co

    Part of the solution rhymes with Clarincin

  129. McSorley33 says:

    Pouzar:
    Drai is going to be a stud. Same felling watching Nuge back a few years ago.

    Agreed…I think he is getting better by the week…

  130. PDO says:

    If the Oilers were an NFL team they would cut Andrew Ference tomorrow.

    I don’t care about Eberle not finishing.

    I don’t care about Jultz being soft.

    I don’t care about RNH hitting the post.

    I give a shit that Andrew Ference has one fucking job – play solid D – and he gives up the game tying and game winning goals while not boxing out his man or taking away his stick. That is D 101 from the guy who is supposed to be D 101. And just called out the skilled players on the team.

    Disgusting.

    If Ference can’t clear the front of the net, then what does he possibly add to the team besides being a cool guy who has a ring?

  131. Dicky94 says:

    book¡je,

    Medicine like Anacin??? If they still make that stuff might help my migraine from watching those three.

  132. G Money says:

    PDO: I give a shit that Andrew Ference has one fucking job – play solid D – and he gives up the game tying and game winning goals while not boxing out his man or taking away his stick. That is D 101 from the guy who is supposed to be D 101. And just called out the skilled players on the team.

    Yeah, that’s the frustrating part. I don’t have a problem with Ference not being able to clear away Fuglyan on the tying goal, even the big D in the league would have trouble with that. But if you can’t clear him, TIE UP HIS STICK FFS.

    And then repeat exactly the same mistake in OT.

    Man.

  133. book¡je says:

    Pouzar:
    Drai is going to be a stud. Same felling watching Nuge back a few years ago.

    Yes, absolutely, I really look forward to watching this team destroy his confidence and ability over the next few years.

  134. BG14 says:

    G Money,

    You know, I think Ference has actually had a pretty decent season thus far and the numbers back me up on that. Tonight, however, he was not good. I will forgive him for losing position on Byfuglien on the tying goal – that is a large piece of human. The OT winner though, he’s gotta have the stick there. Absolutely has to. This says nothing of the absolutely horrible play on the wall by Schultz leading up to it though. Man that was brutal, not even an attempt to engage. Swing and a prayer.

  135. Pouzar says:

    book¡je: Yes, absolutely, I really look forward to watching this team destroy his confidence and ability over the next few years.

    I said “Nuge”.

  136. bill needle says:

    The whole Oilers mess began when they signed Ference and made him the captain.
    If they didn’t like Hall’s leadership qualities why did they draft him?
    Same goes for Nugent-Hopkins.

  137. Old School G says:

    On That’s Hockey Craig Button recalled a quote of Bob Gainey’s, paraphrasing it to the extent: “Bad teams hide behind one goal losses because you have to score two goals to win and that’s a lot in this league.”

    Got me thinking anyways. Unfortunate disaster, yet again. Do something, we’re a bad team.

  138. icecastles says:

    bill needle: The whole Oilers mess began when they signed Ference and made him the captain.

    They signed Ference in 2007?

    bill needle: If they didn’t like Hall’s leadership qualities why did they draft him?
    Same goes for Nugent-Hopkins.

    Good question. I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say maybe they were drafted for their hockey skills. Nah. Had be the leadership.

  139. oilleak2014 says:

    icecastles: They signed Ference in 2007?

    Good question. I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say maybe they were drafted for their hockey skills. Nah. Had be the leadership.

    That was a perfect blog ice castles summed it right up

  140. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    Follow

    Jay Feaster
    ‏@therealjfeaster
    YEHHHH BABY!!! You can put it in the LOSS column, #Oilers! Entire time I was in Calgary all I heard was how far ahead they were of #Flames

  141. G Money says:

    BG14,

    Yeah, without a doubt, the two mistakes on that were Schultz’s pretend check, and Ference’s pretend box out.

    Both were the worst defensemen on the ice tonight.

    You’re right, Ference has looked better this season, but as a few people have shown, that seems to be mostly because he’s being carried by Petry when that happens. Unfortunately, if Petry is carrying Ference, he’s not carrying someone else who then gets exposed.

  142. Captain's Log says:

    Okay folks let’s settle down a bit. First of all on the tying goal Ference actually does a decent job of pushing Byfuglien (still not sure how that is pronounced Bufflin) out of Scrivens sight line. Don’t forget that Byfuglien has 6 inchese and 70+ lbs on Andrew Ference according.

    On the GWG Ference again has the guy out of Scrivens’ sight line. Boxed out. Can you effectively box out a player while also tying up his stick? I don’t know but that would seem almost impossible.

    I’m not saying he played those perfectly but it’s a hell of a lot better than Hall and Nuge both cheating up high allowing for an easy breakout that was essentially 3 on 2 heading into the Oilers zone. Also better than Justin Schultz waving at the puck and his man. And finally Nuge cheating on the double team and allowing a free shot from the point.

    Frankly it’s like they thought this first shift in OT was a gimme. A feeling out process. Meanwhile the Jets went after the puck and got the result.

  143. SwedishPoster says:

    Yeah, harsh to hang the 2-2 goal on Ference, amazing tip by Buff who has his stick away from Ference a few feet off the goal post and big Buff isn’t the easiest man to move. Bad defensive play by Ebs leading up to that one and it’s a shame they didn’t use Petrell to teach Yak et al the art of shot blocking when he was here, he would have got in the way of that blue line shot.
    On the GWG Ference is part of a shitstorm leading up to an easy OT goal but he’s not the main issue on that one either.

    The positives I’d take from this one is that Petry and Klefbom look great together. The new line combos looked pretty good though Gazdic and Pinnizotto on the same line or even both being dressed at the same time, one of them I can live with but both is not going to get us a winning record. Scrivens lookd solid, both him and Fasth has looked better the last few though still not world beaters in any way.

    The negatives are that Yak can’t buy a goal atm. The team finds way to lose night in night out and this one would have been over in the second period if Scrivens hadn’t made som timely saves. And ofc, the main item, management still have their jobs.

  144. Bruce McCurdy says:

    oliveoilers:
    The rest of this post will be all in capital letters:WTF IS JULTZ AND FERENCE DOING ON THE EFFIN’ ICE IN OT?I TOLD YOU NOT TO OVER THINK THIS, EAKIN’S, YOU EFFIN’ MORON.NO SOONER HAD I NOTICED WHO THE D PAIRING WAS AND THOUGHT “THIS IS GOING TO COST US”, IT EFFIN’ COST US!

    Good catch. I mentioned the same in my player grades (twice, under Ference and Eakins). The difference between Ference’s Corsi with Schultz vs. with Fayne or Petry was jaw-dropping.

  145. Bruce McCurdy says:

    bill needle: The whole Oilers mess began when they signed Ference and made him the captain.
    If they didn’t like Hall’s leadership qualities why did they draft him?
    Same goes for Nugent-Hopkins.

    Well it didn’t exactly begin then. That was more like when they flunked Grade 2 for the 3rd or 4th time. But your point is well taken.

  146. russ99 says:

    Eakins “if we bring that game every night we’re going to win a lot of hockey games” quote is downright hilarious.

    The man is in complete denial. Bare minimum offense and the usual inane defenseman deployment and he expects wins just from effort? We don’t have the horses to grind out 2-1 wins every night and I hope we never have, that’s just not out identity.

    The obstinence of how this club is being run will lead this to getting a whole lot worse before it gets better. Lose the hubris boys, you’re staring down the barrel of a franchise record losing streak with no new ideas.

    Where’s the “goaltending is the problem” crowd now?

  147. season not played says:

    Klima’s_Bucket:
    Pains me to write this but…

    Trouba > Yakupov

    You can say that about most of the first round of the 2012 draft. Oilers management is about to add “biggest bust of a first overall pick in decades” to their resume.

  148. MenovOil says:

    So what is MacT’s play for the rest of the year? Basically stand pat and pray for McDavid?

  149. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    On the winner, however, his choice of the Ference-Schultz pairing to start overtime was curious on a night the two struggled as a duo, and it quickly proved costly.

    Nice game grades Bruce.

    Maybe Eakins needs two ear-pieces – Rocky in one, and Dellow in the other, with in-game stats. The Ference/Jultz shot attemps were laughable, and you have to wonder if Eakins is playing the hell out of them to show up mgmt, or is being forced to.

    Either way, when the big-minutes defenders are leaking chances at that rate, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  150. Austin Matthews '16 says:

    MenovOil: Basically stand pat and pray for McDavid?

    Depraved for McDavid – I’ll choose sedated!

  151. Bobbin Roundlee says:

    Am I suffering from PTS? I am not enraged when I see a Jultz, I giggle. When I see Jultz and Ference put on the ice on a four on four overtime I giggle even more.

    The Oilers and this blog at least the last page provide me with comedy relief. Some of you guys write sitcoms for Hollywood right?

    ps. Gonna love watching Stauffer eat his words about the over/under prediction for the next few games.

    Heeee haaaa heeee haaaa heeee haaaaa

    They’re coming to take me away hee hee haaa, to the funny farm…..

  152. Pouzar says:

    Bobbin Roundlee: Am I suffering from PTS? I am not enraged when I see a Jultz, I giggle. The Oilers and this blog at least the last page provide me with comedy relief. Some of you guys write sitcoms for Hollywood right?ps. Gonna love watching Stauffer eat his words about the over/under prediction for the next few games. Heeee haaaa heeee haaaa heeee haaaaa They’re coming to take me away hee hee haaa, to the funny farm…..

    I am still in the anger stage when I watch Schulz. I aspire to giggling.

  153. Bobbin Roundlee says:

    Pouzar,

    Pouzar, anger is the first stage on overcoming because Oilers. You will be giggling soon, I promise.

  154. Pouzar says:

    Bobbin Roundlee: Pouzar, Pouzar, anger is the first stage on overcoming because Oilers. You will be giggling soon, I promise.

    I look forward to it.

    As far as last night…some guys like better live and some guys look worse. Nuge is the former and I didn’t think Schultz could be worse.
    Not a fan of Ference either. The dead money we have tied on D is depressing. If we could ship out the suck that is Schultz/Captain/NN we would have a better D for much cheaper.

    I am not sure what MM is going to learn on the farm either. The kid was freelancing all over the place in the Utica game. I didn’t realize it was him for minute. If he needs to make quicker decisions with the puck he is not going to learn that down there. Free the kid already.

  155. GCW_69 says:

    Woodguy:
    If this team could just find a way to not play Ference, Schultz and Nikitin, they’d have something here.

    They are all MacT guys. Not going to happen while this management team is in place.

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