Blue Jackets at Oilers, G46/08-09

The Oilers have had a nice run of late and are close to top 8 (alone) as they prepare for the break. Tonight’s game features our Oilers against the Blue Jackets.

I cover the winner through spring. (clap clap).

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  1. HBomb says:

    Go Oil-ers

    CLAP

    We're watching you!

    CLAP CLAP

    Tra-cking the stan-dings moves….

    ….damn you Hall & Oates. Damn you.

  2. shep says:

    looking forward to the jackets top 20 prospects spring 2009:)

  3. Swabbubba says:

    Hbomb what the hell was that… did the coach provide H&O cassette and the bitchin boom box. I had disdain for H&O on the 1st go round.
    Man retro H&O this really does question this team taste in tunes.
    Did someone lose a bet?
    Bring back Janne he was a Metal head

    I am liking the chemistry we have. Whoever pissed in Smid cornflakes keep on doing it. I like the grumpy Smid the dude can throw down

  4. HBomb says:

    I wonder if Hall and Oates can do for the Oilers this year what Stan Weir did in 2006.

    It would make sense….since Stan Weir simultaneously conceived Hall and Oates with two different women. Don’t ask how, but all I know for sure is that Chuck Norris watched this event in absolute awe.

  5. JB-"jiggyman" says:

    Looks like the source of the rift in the dressing room has been uncovered…

    It's a power struggle over the boombox. Moreau demands H&O be played before and after each and every game.. It would only make sense that the young guys would drift as far away from Moreau as possible. Souray will have none of that shit either.

  6. Kris says:

    Man, if we could get rid of Brassard in exchange for a real #1 center we wouldn’t be such a mediocre team.

    Oh and BTW, fire H-Cock.

    Finally, we need to trade for Schremp. He had three points in 4 games, you know.

  7. Scott says:

    LT,

    I have resisted linking to my blog in your comments, but today’s text has you in mind. (This would be more effective if I actually knew how to create a link… sigh) Let it never be said that you weren’t warned:

    gospelofhockey.blogspot.com

  8. Unleaded says:

    Man, the way that you’re playing CBJ against EDM, it really makes me think you’re some kind of evil mastermind LT… sitting in the shadows, and demanding of his two teams “Fight for my love!”

  9. oilerdago says:

    Maybe Scott Howson's a distant cousin of Hall & Oates and will do a trade for Moreau.

    CLAP CLAP

  10. slipper says:

    Wow.

    People should consider making it known when they resurrect their blogs from the ashes of death.

    From Oil v. Caps Deuteronomy 21:22-23:

    If a man is guilty of a Capital offense and puts another team to death and jumps against the glass, you must not watch the highlights overnight. Instead, be sure to curse him that same day, because anyone guilty of a Capital offense is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the team Yahweh your God has given you as an inheritance by admiring that of another.

    Awesome.

  11. Smytty777 says:

    Unlike last week against Minny, I have a decent feeling against the Jackets tonight. They are a team we generally play well against, other than the debacle last game.

    Hoping the Oilers win tonight, I’m not particularly interested in reading about CBJ for the rest of the season.

  12. bookie says:


    I have resisted linking to my blog in your comments, but today’s text has you in mind. (This would be more effective if I actually knew how to create a link… sigh) Let it never be said that you weren’t warned:

    SOME HTML Lessons to help you all with your posts.

    Note – because I cannot use the proper symbols to explain this (as they are reserved for html tags) I will use [ for the little pointy arrow to the left (the less than sign) which is above the comma on the keyboard. I will use ] for the less than sign (arrow to the right)which is above the period on your keyboard

    If you want to italicize something (the standard on this page for quotes) do the following.

    [i]You are a happy Smurf[/i]

    If you want to make a link

    [a href="www.lowetide.com"]www.lowetide.com[/a]

    Hope that helps, look at this link for the exact reference

    Learn to link here

  13. bookie says:

    note in my above post, there is a space between the a and href so it looks like this

    [a href="www...

  14. Scarlett says:

    Gee, if I wasn’t cheering for the Oilers before, I sure the hell am now. I don’t want to read about Columbus for three months.

  15. Steve says:

    I hate to keep beating the same drum, but by winning percentage (or points per game,or whatever you want to call it), the Oilers are currently tied with Minnesota for fifth in the conference. I’m not sure why you’re on the verge of abandoning them, when your criterion was that they had to be, at worst, in sole possession of eighth.

  16. bookie says:

    Really it was a few games ago when the idea of abandoning the oilers came up, AND I suspect the tendency to pretend that he could actually give up the oilers is due to LT having about 17 years of frustration…

  17. Phil says:

    Things are getting weird here at Lowetide.

  18. Sean says:

    A win could put the Oilers in a tie for 5th so obviously a loss is in order followed by a morning post marveling about Filatov’s game.

  19. Black Dog says:

    Weirder, Phil, the word is weirder.

  20. Sean says:

    Trying out this linking thing

    I think I’ve watched that damn video about 8 times and I still aint sick of it.

  21. Bruce says:

    Is that George Parros playing guitar?

  22. Mustafa Hirji says:

    At this blog, we tend to believe that the game can be better explained by using statistical analysis that removes arbitrary skews.

    Straight (win)-(regulation loss)-(OT loss) statistics are horribly skewed, particularly by the number of games played. I think LT should pay more attention to Steve’s statistic of winning percentage.

  23. Bruce says:

    I scored a ticket to the game tonight. Instead of a mid-January snoozefest against the lowly Jackets, it is now officially not just a Big Game, but Huge. The imminent threat of my favourite blog going over to the dishwater-dull side and following the friggin’ Blue Jackets for more than a day at a time here and there will have me on the edge of my seat. Goilers! GOILERS!!

  24. St George says:

    LT: I asked this once but I am going to try again: why Columbus? They aren’t any better than the Oilers, they aren’t any more consistent … why not a real up-and-coming exciting young team like the Blackhawks or the Caps? Or even the Coyotes? They have the Jet and Gretz connection …

  25. quain says:

    Regardless of LT’s metric, if the Edmonton Oilers lose tonight (independent of other game outcomes) they’ll be in ninth place using points per game. They should probably try to win.

    Beyond that, I’m not sure why a mediocre team at the beginning of the season playing like a mediocre team in the middle of the season is worth jumping ship to another mediocre team (with an ugly, ugly logo). Yeah, they have a solid Corsi, but the original reason to love them coming back (unsustainably poor PDO) has been replaced with a probably touch too high PDO. And Jan Hejda is a good player, but he’s not exactly Ovechkin when it comes to great hockey moments.

    In fact, it’s odd because the Oilers are probably the BJ’s main nemesis for a playoff spot. One thing to blow off a bad season by your team and latch onto something, quite another thing to latch onto another team actively competing against your team for the same playoff spot.

    None of this makes sense and it makes me think LT is applying the ‘negativity wins games’ theory.

  26. HBomb says:

    As far as I’m concerned, as long as I have that damn song stuck in my head, I want others to share in my misery.

    CLAP CLAP

  27. goldenchild says:

    Oilers better win cuz i’m not posting on a message board about BJ’s.
    clap clap

  28. DeBakey says:

    America’s long national nightmare is over

    See ya George W
    You dope

    Clap Clap

  29. Bruce says:

    Back to Waco you whacko

    Clap clap

  30. Unleaded says:

    goldenchild said…
    Oilers better win cuz i’m not posting on a message board about BJ’s.

    LOL

    Will there be vidoes?

  31. Scott says:

    For DeBakey,

    Good-byyyye George

    CLAP

    We woooon’t miss you

    CLAP CLAP

    You real-ly screwwwed the pooch

  32. Lord Bob says:

    Regardless of LT’s metric, if the Edmonton Oilers lose tonight (independent of other game outcomes) they’ll be in ninth place using points per game. They should probably try to win.

    I believe the phrase you’re looking for is: “you play to win the game! you play to win the game!”

  33. R-Gib says:

    Yup I like Steve’s winning % idea. Makes sense. Plus I really don’t want my favorite time killer at work to become a Jackets blog. Blah!

    The current way three points are given in OT games but two for Reg games is stupid. I really like the idea of giving three to a Reg win. I wonder where the Oilers would be in the standings then? Maybe in our favour? Hopefully alone in eigth?

    Ple-ease LT

    CLAP

    Don’t change the blog

    CLAP CLAP

    To a friggen Ja-ckets theme…

  34. Temujin says:

    I was so torn about this for the longest time. I’ve sadly resigned myself to cheer for the Oilers this evening.

    The thought of an LT post with the lead sentence “This is Raffi Torres” is simply too much for me.

    Although when a person consistently opts for the lesser of two rotten things, in the end all he ends up with is rotten things…

  35. quain says:

    I may be slightly rooting for Torres to run someone, cause an injury, and then have the BJ’s win the game just for the awkward BJ GDT tomorrow.

    Just slightly.

  36. Coach pb9617 says:

    Man, if we could get rid of Brassard in exchange for a real #1 center we wouldn’t be such a mediocre team.

    Oh and BTW, fire H-Cock.

    Finally, we need to trade for Schremp. He had three points in 4 games, you know.

    Hitchcock lost the room, get rid of him.

  37. oilerdago says:

    BJ’s seem to either bring out the best or worst with the Oilers – no in between.

    Blowing the lead early in the season in Columbus was awful. Coming back a couple of weeks later and scoring 7 was great (on only 19 shots).

    CLAP

    While I’m sure that reading about the BJ’s will be educational, I’d rather see the Oilers in a dogfight any day.

    CLAP CLAP.

  38. Doogie2K says:

    Count me in with those who would never follow the blog of a Hitchcock-coached team, unless that team was Edmonton (or Montreal). Just win, baby.

    Clap clap.

  39. quain says:

    It’s time for the Blue Jackets to stop stringing along the franchise with hire after hire out of the old boys club. We get it, the Blue Jackets were an amazing dynasty and they won a lot of Cups, that does NOT mean anyone involved in playing hockey for those clubs knows thing one about running a hockey club. As long as this shit continues we’re going to see nothing but mediocre team after mediocre team.

    And, for the love of God, Manny Malhotra is not a first line center.

    What? He’s not!

  40. Coach pb9617 says:

    Straight (win)-(regulation loss)-(OT loss) statistics are horribly skewed, particularly by the number of games played. I think LT should pay more attention to Steve’s statistic of winning percentage.

    Micronumbers are for dorks who never played the game.

    This team is where they are because Michael Vogt reenacts Marathon Man on this team every off-season.

  41. Coach pb9617 says:

    why not a real up-and-coming exciting young team like the Blackhawks or the Caps?

    Columbus is a real up-and-coming team, now they’re just a year or two away and have to fight through Chicago and Detroit.

  42. Big T says:

    I for one would not mind reading some detailed analysis of the Jackets as well as other teams. The Kings are an interesting team as well as is my second favourite team that I’ve been too ashamed to mention for a decade, the Hawks.

    Even if the Oilers win tonight LT, I vote you cover the other teams a little more… but keep the Oilers as the heart of what you do.

    T

  43. Jonathan says:

    I asked this once but I am going to try again: why Columbus? They aren’t any better than the Oilers, they aren’t any more consistent … why not a real up-and-coming exciting young team like the Blackhawks or the Caps?

    Hey, Columbus is great – now that MacLean is gone.

    Howson’s done some interesting things – he hired away one of Buffalo’s video scouts to set up an up-to-date system in Columbus, plus he snagged Hejda dirt cheap and loads his team with useful but not spectacular veterans (Peca, Malhotra, Modin, etc.)

    On top of that, the club not only has an improving Rick Nash but also Brassard, Voracek and others. Lots of good young talent.

    Finally, it’s coached by one of the best in the business in Hitchcock.

    That said, LT, would you give the Oilers an extension? Despite my love for the Blue Jackets, I wouldn’t want to follow them exclusively through the end of the year.

  44. HBomb says:

    Sabourin on waivers, as per TSN:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11009

    Enjoy Long Island, Danny….

  45. Par says:

    I haven’t been this nervous since Game 7. Goil.

  46. Ssseth says:

    Uggg, I really hope we win tonight. I don’t want to loose LT! I surely won’t come here to read about someone elses BJ’s…

  47. hunter1909 says:

    OIlers will probably go .600 from here until the end of the season.

    Why? Because they’re starting to play better.

    Jonathan: Please desist all of that yammering about the Columbus improvements. The Oilers won 5 cups, and have lots of ex-dynasty players on hand to ensure a continued level of performance to the level of the past 7 seasons, one of which saw a cup final.

    Some people.

  48. St George says:

    Jonathan – On top of that, the club not only has an improving Rick Nash but also Brassard, Voracek and others. Lots of good young talent. and the rest of your post. Perhaps, but there was plenty of that being thrown around here last spring and summer. I think the two teams are very similar … one workhorse, lots of promising but currently 2nd-tier young guys, some old guys that weren’t what they once were, some baggage (Torres). Similar records, neither stands out on PK or PP. Is that really more interesting grist for the mill?

    WRT Big T’s suggestion of more detailed analysis of other teams … that’s an idea with merit. I think that would be a really interesting read, trying to understand what makes each team effective (or not).

  49. Doogie2K says:

    Oh, and bringing back last game’s 80s music thread, I decided to throw on Harlequin’s Love Crimes, because everyone knows “Innocence,” right? Anyway, the best I can come up with is, you know how Loverboy‘s not exactly desert-island material, but alright for a long car ride or cleaning the bathroom or whatever? Well, this is not even that interesting. It’s got some decent hooks in places, but man, I feel like they invented the word “boilerplate” for this album.

  50. Dennis says:

    Leave LT alone, Blue Jackets! He's a Family Man!

    Seriously, his bark is much worse than his bite.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQdu4UOCUZc&feature=related

  51. namflashback says:

    LT, your line in the sand is at play and your {select one of EDM or CBJ} aren’t in control of their own destiny.

    But in case it matters:

    Go Oil! Clap Clap
    Go Kings!
    Go Rags!
    Go Wings!
    Go Sharks!

    Edmonton in 5th as wins uses the tiebreaker on games won over ANA and PHX.

  52. Coach pb9617 says:

    If you think Private Eyes is good, check out the greatest piece of recorded entertainment ever. She’s Gone is mesmerizing. You can’t look away, even when Oates goes all penguin.

  53. relic says:

    Jonathan, howson didn’t bring in modin or malhotra, did he?

  54. Chris says:

    So if the Oilers win this is Lowetide’s next post entitled “I just can’t quit you”?

    As no one really wants this to become a Blue Jackets blog we clearly need one man:

    Stan Weir

  55. rickibear says:

    [i]That said, LT, would you give the Oilers an extension? Despite my love for the Blue Jackets, I wouldn't want to follow them exclusively through the end of the year.[/i]

    LT:The switch to CBJ would bring out the same feelings as the cancelling of the end of the 94 expos season.

    The anger, the frustration, the uncomfortable following of another team. Finally a refusal to come back for a couple years.

    Are you trying to push your readers over the edge.

    Johnathan can you reopen copper & blue we will need a home.

  56. Steve says:

    It occurs to me that LT abandoning the Oilers for the year would virtually guarantee that they’d win their first round playoff series. Because that’s the kind of dinks they are.

    (Oh, and, um, can I call somebody Al? Sorry, my knowledge of eighties music isn’t so good.)

  57. Jonathan says:

    Jonathan, howson didn’t bring in modin or malhotra, did he?

    No, you’re right there. My biggest thing watching the Jackets make decisions is just how rarely I think Why did they &#$%FG do that?!?

    I like what they’ve done so far.

    Incidentally, Jason Gregor asked Moreau and Pouliot about the faceoff incident, and both gave an inocuous explanation. I’d suggest we all let it go.

  58. Loxy says:

    I don’t even mind the BJs… but I don’t know if I can read about them for 40 games.

    And my good luck of watching the game will not be in the house tonight… Date night.

    (which if you’ve seen the guy, is more than worth a “clap clap”)

  59. bookie says:

    rickybear [i]That said, LT, would you give the Oilers an extension? Despite my love for the Blue Jackets, I wouldn’t want to follow them exclusively through the end of the year.[/i]

    Good try, but as I noted, you have to replace the [ and ] with the sideways looking v’s that are on the comma and period keys. I can’t actually type them here because then the machine looks for a tag…

  60. HBomb says:

    Loxy said:

    I don’t even mind the BJs…

    Definitely something a man likes to hear from a woman.

    And if it’s date night for you, just make sure you don’t end up with the clap clap.

  61. Coach pb9617 says:

    I don’t even mind the BJs…

    Tee hee. *giggle*

    don’t mind the BJs.

    hehe

  62. bookie says:

    LT – why dont you just abandon hockey all together and cover a new sport

    I vote for the most awesomest sport on earth Jai alai . The ball moves at something like 200km/hr. Its awesome when you go to a Jai alai match. Probably because you drink and gamble lots, but its a lot of fun and you usually on care who wins because of who you bet on…

  63. bookie says:

    Looks like Coach got Hbomb’s sloppy seconds there with the BJ comment…

    am I banned now?

  64. bookie says:

    Here is a better Jai alai clip

  65. hunter1909 says:

    If Oilers go .600 like I predicted they achieve that magical 93 points lol

    So name your poison: Sharks or Red Wings

  66. quain says:

    93 points, extrapolating everyone out 82 games from their points per game right now, puts us into fifth place.

    Extrapolating Edmonton’s points per ame out right now puts us into… fifth place.

  67. Alice says:

    //If you think Private Eyes is good, check out the greatest piece of recorded entertainment ever. She’s Gone is mesmerizing. You can’t look away, even when Oates goes all penguin.//

    That will be the Theme video when we go BJ tomorrow. Very seriously fucked up – except for the Gibson with the P90 single coils, very sweet. Hard to play through your sleeves, but whatever, man!

  68. hunter1909 says:

    I have no idea how many points other teams will end up with. Probably comes with that dynasty hubris I was brought up with.

    There’s an 8 horse race going on in the west for playoff spots 5-8, and I’m reckoning OIlers will play .600 and make the playoffs with maybe 1-2 games to spare.

  69. namflashback says:

    Fro Oilersnation:

    Strudwick: We had tried harder clapping sequence, but not everyone could get it, but now this song there is only three claps every two minutes so we can keep the pace.

    If MacT hadn’t lost the room and if Horcoff was a 1st line center, they would have been able to handle a harder clapping sequence.

  70. Jonathan says:

    Incidentally Gregor (who is posting some dynamite stuff today) says to expect Brule to be demoted in the near future, leaving (my projection, not his, but based on his info):

    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    18-13-34
    XX-51-78

  71. Scott says:

    Jonathan is so mad at Strudwick he’s censoring his number now.

  72. Kris says:

    Jonathon:

    I’ve liked XX on that 4th line for a long time. I mean he’s good; of course he’s not as good as the BJ’s XXX.

    Or do you mean XXXLg– cause he goes by 27 now.

    Clap

  73. doritogrande says:

    All this talk of the bj’s is giving me needs. Stop it.

    Even the oilers site has this listed as a “huge game”. Apparently they’ve taken to noticing the world of blogging.

  74. Jonathan says:

    Jonathan is so mad at Strudwick he’s censoring his number now.

    Am I so transparent?

    Just in case anyone is actually confused (unlike these funny guys), XX is MacIntyre/Reddox, while Strudwick returns to #7 defenseman.

  75. HBomb says:

    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    18-13-34
    XX-51-78

    I guess it makes sense for the time being, if XX means some rotation of Strudwick, MacIntyre, Stortini and Reddox.

    But seriously, you know what makes more sense?

    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    13-78-34
    18-51-85

    Fourth line capable of playing some quality opposition, and a third line that can actually win a freakin’ faceoff.

    Brule goes down and rips it up, he’s going to be pushing for Nilsson’s spot in the batting order against the softies. Just watch.

  76. Unleaded says:

    You know, if rythym is all about coordination and timing, I’d be willing to bet that the players who can clap in rythym actually play better hockey. It’s just a theory, but maybe if the youngsters got the rest of the team playing Guitar Hero/Rock Band, maybe the team’s ability to play in sync with each other would improve…

    Hell, it’s not any more crazy than Penner saying spening the summer surfing, juggling and smoking dope was actually developing balance, han-eye coordination, and finding inner peace.

  77. Alice says:

    Is Nilsson up to audition for Howson & Co.?
    For a MacT squad he doesn't seem to have enough upside to make it worth the inconsistency. We know he has some game in him – once in a while.

    It's sad, really.

  78. Jonathan says:

    But seriously, you know what makes more sense?

    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    13-78-34
    18-51-85

    How about:

    27-10-83
    13-89-26
    18-XX-34
    21-51-78

    with XX being a decent checking-line centre acquired for Nilsson or prospects.

  79. Coach pb9617 says:

    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    13-78-34
    18-51-85

    Fourth line capable of playing some quality opposition, and a third line that can actually win a freakin’ faceoff.

    Where is Voracek? Filatov?

    Looks good. But it all falls apart when Nilsson is traded.

  80. Scott says:

    Coach,

    If you just insert dyslexic Nilsson, it should all work out again.

  81. Bill Needle says:

    Go ahead, write about the Blue Jackets. If the Oilers franchise was as inept as the Expos/Nationals were/are, you follow them more closely.

  82. Coach pb9617 says:

    Coach,

    If you just insert dyslexic Nilsson, it should all work out again.

    Nosslin?

    If we go by game, a dyslexic Nilsson is Stortini.

  83. Jonathan says:

    If you just insert dyslexic Nilsson, it should all work out again.

    Potulny, right?

  84. hunter1909 says:

    Unleaded: Moreau playing guitar hero won’t win the cup. It will help make him look ridiculous, though.

    Penner sounds like he’s got the answer to the universe:

    - get signed to a crazy amount of money
    - spend the summer surfing, juggling(tits) and smoking dope
    - play hockey to whatever level you feel like playing, since the coach doesn’t want to bother about tiresome things like motivation.

  85. Master Lok says:

    Players Only Meeting about split in the dressing room.

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Edmonton/2009/01/20/8083161-sun.html

  86. Scott says:

    Indeed Jonathan, Potulny. I think he was a real nice fit on that line.

  87. quain says:

    Apparently, being a hockey player is a lot like any other job, except you're paid 100x as much and you're completely unresponsible for your level of efficiency.

    I wish we could port that over to my job. I'd like to throw my feet up on the desk, have my senior director walk by, notice I'm not doing anything, and then fire my manager.

    I'm kidding, my manager is a good guy, he let's me listen to Hall & Oates while I work.

  88. Jonathan says:

    -play hockey to whatever level you feel like playing, since the coach doesn’t want to bother about tiresome things like motivation.

    Because if Craig MacTavish cared about motivation, he’d do things like make him a healthy scratch for consecutive games and call him out in the media.

  89. anonymous says:

    I’ve liked XX on that 4th line for a long time.

    If XX still hasn’t picked a number yet I’d suggest 45. Voila, the Vinyl line: 33-78-45. Clap Clap.

  90. Coach pb9617 says:

    Players Only Meeting about split in the dressing room.

    So the things we were “seeing” actually didn’t require quotes.

    I’m glad it took a group of grown men two months to figure it out. They should all be in government. Assholes.

  91. slipper says:

    Incidentally, Jason Gregor asked Moreau and Pouliot about the faceoff incident, and both gave an inocuous explanation. I’d suggest we all let it go.

    You know what? I’m going to have to wait until I hear this from a reliable media source before I come to any conclusion on the matter.

  92. CrazyCoach says:

    The inner coach in me says that the Oil might come out flat as a pancake tonight. Teams tend to do that in their first home game after a successful road trip. Not sure why? Maybe home cooking, a vibrant sex life, or the kids kept them awake, but it just seems to happen.

    Having said that, the boys need a win tonight. I refuse to become a Columbus fan.

  93. Matt says:

    “This is Raffi Torres”? Yeesh, you don’t give the proprietor much credit.

    I’d guess closer to, “This is Don Wheldon, wearing a Columbus Owls uniform in the fall of 1974. He played one season in Triple-A, including a 2-game callup to the parent Blues, before playing in Carolina for a season and a half and then calling it a career.

    Unfortunately, retirement was not too sweet; he was killed as he slept in June of 1985. By a *lighting bolt*.

    Sometimes the unforseeable happens, and ….”

  94. Bruce says:

    27-10-83
    12-89-26
    13-78-34
    18-51-85

    Well you know what I’m going to say– that group isn’t quite tough enough. I certainly am not a fan of having all three bruisers SMac, Struds and Storts in there as happened the night 46 went down, but there’s got to be at least one of them in the line-up. In this respect, once he is fully healthy — anybody heard anything? — Stortini is far ahead of Reddox (or Brule) on the development curve, he plays his position, he doesn’t take stupid hooking penalties behind the other team’s net, and when he hits the other guy actually feels it occaisonally. Not to mention the other thing.

    As it stands, the amount of “team toughness” on those top three lines is less than optimum. Which is how Ethan Rifles keeps his spot in the top nine, I reckon.

    BTW, Scott is my favourite blasphemer:)

    Mine too (and well said, Dennis). Great to find out Lazarus lives. I’ve seen the light and been converted into adding Gospel of Hockey to my blogroll, Scott, just down from Cult of Hockey. Keep it up, there’s nothing quite like it!

  95. Schitzo says:

    Teams tend to do that in their first home game after a successful road trip.

    Man, it’s a good thing they didn’t realize that against Phoenix.

  96. Doogie2K says:

    You know what? I’m going to have to wait until I hear this from a reliable media source before I come to any conclusion on the matter.

    Like…?

  97. Bruce says:

    The inner coach in me says that the Oil might come out flat as a pancake tonight. Teams tend to do that in their first home game after a successful road trip.

    CrazyCoach, don’t know how to break this, but this will be the second home game after a successful road trip. And that bit about the vibrant sex life … I heard tell that part happens on the road.

    Noentheless, I share your Fear about a flat start tonight. It seems any time the team plays a real solid game or two, they don’t build on it. Especially against a team behind them in the standings it seems. I remember the night LA came here one point back and left one point ahead, and do Not want to see a repeat. Especially with the fate of this blog hanging in the balance.

  98. hunter1909 says:

    Jonathan: Being called out in the press by your coach isn’t motivation. It’s the coach being a whining little bitch – not having the brains to keep his team’s problems behind closed doors.

    Toe Blake coached his team to 8 cups and probably never said a word against any of his players in public. Did Scotty Bowman have to complain to his friends in the press to resolve his team’s problems? Probably not.

    Maybe what MacT needs is one of those futuristic implants from ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, that emit microscopic explosions inside his head, in case he doesn’t win the division(like he promised everyone).

  99. Matt says:

    Toe Blake coached his team to 8 cups and probably never said a word against any of his players in public. Did Scotty Bowman have to complain to his friends in the press to resolve his team’s problems? Probably not.

    Making that argument without actually knowing one way or the other is awesome. Sorry: “probably” awesome.

  100. CrazyCoach says:

    >>>Man, it's a good thing they didn't realize that against Phoenix.<<<<

    Don't you have an ambulance to chase or something like that?

  101. HBomb says:

    Bruce: I leave Stortini out because I assume he’s back after everyone else.

    If they could get to the point where the 4RW spot alternates between the middleweight, the heavyweight, and the plug (33, 46, 85 respectively), that’s a good place to be. If your team has any more than one of those guys in the lineup on any given night, said team is in trouble.

  102. Dennis says:

    Slipper: Awesome!!!:) I never read the exact previous quote but it seems like Gregor lead people to believe that Garon was approached with a contract extension and he turned it down. Then he had Garon on his radio show and Garon said that didn’t happen and Gregor had egg left on his face. So, he goes back to his source and now the source says that Garon’s agent was the one who initiated the extension talks.

    Oh, he also picked today to defend Moreau and said 18′s penalties are easier to kill off because they’re aggressive.

    I think I’m gonna have a lot of fun with this:)

    Bruce etc all: First off, there’s as much of a chance of LT quitting the Oilers – or in this case changing the direction of this blog – as there is of his old friend Smid showing any offensive mettle:)

    Speaking of Smid, here’s a link that some people should check out:

    http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=3041

    Scott chimes in with the latest round-up of my scoring chance numbers so take a look at make up your own minds.

    One thing I noted about the last game was out of the blue Kevin Quinn mentions that the last time the Yotes visited Edm, the Oilers had two PPG on nine chances. So, I went back to see what I had and I had the Oilers down for 10 PP chances.

    So, it looks like I’m pretty much on the mark.

  103. Dennis says:

    HB: I think you make some good points about the rotation for the last spot on the 4th line. I don’t like it but it looks like 78-51 will form the genesis of the 4th line so every now and then you can throw in 46 to take the regular shift with them and other nights you can dress The Big Fella and you’re basically going with 11 forwards where 83-26 take turns going down to play shifts with 78-51 vs the opposing 4th lines.

    BTW, just looking at the lineup, here’s the way Hitch ran his lines the other night at Van:

    Huslisis-Malholtra-Nash
    Modin-Umberger-Voracek
    Murray-Peca-Dorsett
    Torres-Willams-Ball

    Hejda-Commodore – tough min pairing
    Methot-Tyutin
    Russell-Tollefsen

    The last pairing is decidely last at EV; the first four play ~20 min EV and then the last pair around ~10 min.

  104. B.C.B. says:

    Dennis: I am keeping track of penalties (and have another update due on my blog . . . sometime after my papers are due) but I would say Moreau takes a lot of Lazy Penalties (ones that signal that the player is out of position, rather then being aggressive). At last count his LP/GP was higher then his AP/GP (that is Lazy Penalties or Aggressive Penalties per game played).

    I pray the Oilers win, I need Lowetide for sanity in the Leaf Nation. LT, think about it as a medication us easterners need.

  105. Schitzo says:

    Don’t you have an ambulance to chase or something like that?

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Or something.

  106. Dennis says:

    BCB: alert me when you’re latest update is online.

    Oh and just for the sake of comradery…

    Clap, Clap!

  107. Jonathan says:

    Being called out in the press by your coach isn’t motivation. It’s the coach being a whining little bitch – not having the brains to keep his team’s problems behind closed doors.

    So your argument is, seriously, that Craig MacTavish called out his player in public, not to motivate him, but just to be a “whiny little bitch”?

    Really?

    Thank god we have you to clear it up, because that looked like an attempt at what is known in professional hockey circles as “motivating”.

  108. Jonathan says:

    Huselius-Malholtra-Nash
    Modin-Umberger-Voracek
    Murray-Peca-Dorsett

    Doesn’t Hitchcock know that Malhotra isn’t a first line centre?

  109. Fake Craig McTavish says:

    Jonathan said…
    Huselius-Malholtra-Nash
    Modin-Umberger-Voracek
    Murray-Peca-Dorsett

    Doesn’t Hitchcock know that Malhotra isn’t a first line centre?

    Yes he does. That’s why he’s trying pry Spezza out of Ottawa.

  110. Chris says:

    Don’t you have an ambulance to chase or something like that?

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Or something.

    You too Schitzo?

    Although back to the topic at hand – Maholtra is seriously Columbus 1st line centre? I think that has to be considered an epic fail for the proponents of the Horcoff is not a first line centre theory.

  111. Jonathan says:

    Yes he does. That’s why he’s trying pry Spezza out of Ottawa.

    …as reported by Bruce Garrioch. No dice.

  112. hunter1909 says:

    I was reading about Toe Blake in the Montreal Gazette, and according to Gump Worsely…

    “There are 20 guys in that dressing room,” Worsley replied, “and it’s seldom you find even two of them alike. Toe knew each individual – the ones who worked from the needles, the ones who needed another approach. Between periods, he never blasted an individual. He’d say some guys aren’t pulling their weight. The guys who weren’t knew who he was talking about and you’d see the heads drop. But he’d never embarrass anyone in front of everyone. His ability to handle players – I guess that’s what made him great.”

  113. hunter1909 says:

    More on Blake from the same Gazette article:

    Scotty Bowman, winner of five Stanley Cups in eight seasons with the Canadiens, was a Blake disciple. The biggest lesson he learned was that the best teams don’t win Stanley Cup unless they’re prepared to work the hardest. Blake always felt that if you weren’t prepared to work your hardest, you didn’t play – and his players, to a man, respected him for it.

  114. Jonathan says:

    I was reading about Craig MacTavish in the Edmonton Journal, and according to Ken Hitchcock…

    “Craig has something not many coaches have and that’s his ability to depersonalize mistakes so the players understand the corrrectness but it’s not a personal attack on the players. It isn’t overly critical but they get the message,” said the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coach Hitchcock.

    “He has a great ability to find the humour in pretty tough areas. I admire that quality in Craig. Not many have that,” said Hitchcock.

  115. Jonathan says:

    More on MacTavish from a John Mackinnon article:

    [Intenst play] hasn’t been there despite endless, season-long exhortations from head coach Craig MacTavish for his players to amp up their intensity; go to the dirty areas of the ice; battle harder; support each other; stand up for each other, on and on.

  116. quain says:

    Yeah, Jonathan, but he doesn’t use the super secret squeaky voice that Penner loves, so it’s not really motivating. And he should know that.

    But really, what can we expect? This is why Craig MacTavish was never a first line center.

  117. Jonathan says:

    The point is, Craig MacTavish, whatever his other faults (and they’ve been easy to spot this season), probably isn’t a bad coach because he:

    a) doesn’t think motivating players is important or

    b) doesn’t think that a talented team needs to work hard

    If he’s a bad coach, it’s for different reasons.

    Despite what the TV and radio analysts tell you, not everything bad that happens in sport is a result of a “lack of effort” or “not working hard”.

    There isn’t a magic bullet; not everything can be solved by “giving 110%” or whatever other asinine cliche a sportscaster or player wants to trot out.

  118. mc79hockey says:

    I agree with Matt. Making grandiose statements and then qualifying them with probably is the new thing. (clap clap)

    Probably.

    FYI Hunter: Most of Bowman’s players think he was a huge d-bag. Didn’t seem to matter. My theory is that it’s because most of them were awesome hockey players. Probably. (clap clap)

    (Someone really needs to be keeping a list of developing memes at LT’s site. It seems like there are a lot of them this year. Probably. (clap clap) Hey, Dan Heyda is in town tonight! If MacT hadn’t lost the room, he’d still be here, giving us a true first line centre. Plus, the new arena (Downtown, it has to be downtown) would be built and Edmonton would be free of hobo terrorists). Probably.

    (clap clap)

  119. slipper says:

    I’d have a hard time being convinced that a player taking a charging/boarding call, a crosscheck or roughing call after the whistle or away from the play is somehow better/less lazy/less stupid than a player involved in a puck battle taking a hold or hooking call.

    First, this isn’t in defense of Moreau specifically.

    Second, the idea that any penalty is made easier by the type of penalty or the fashion that it was taken is dumb.

  120. godot10 says:

    //Did Scotty Bowman have to complain to his friends in the press to resolve his team’s problems? Probably not.//

    How come “everyone” knows Bowman threatened Yzerman with a trade to the then pathetic expansion Senators unless he committed to being a two-way player if he never used the press?

    True, Bowman never had to talk much. He would sit your ass in the PB, or bench you during a game, if you weren’t playing well.

  121. slipper says:

    Like…?

    Doogie: Pick one…

    In light of recent events I have serious doubts as to whether the conversations Gregor quoted ever even happened.

  122. Black Dog says:

    Kate says hi.

    Lets go Oilers!

    Clap clap!

  123. Black Dog says:

    Gregor stole Greb’s pharmaceuticals.

    That explains a couple of things.

  124. Lowetide says:

    Blake & Bowman had monstrous teams every season. Just crazy talent. No coach from the original 6 era and no Habs coach through 1980 should be compared to the current era.

    They iced all-star teams, the league was not level in any way. Drawing great coaching comparisons from the original 6 is pretty much impossible imo.

    Three great coaches (MON, TOR, DET) and three crappy ones (CHI, BOS, NYR) every season.

    I think you could make a reasonable argument that Milt Schmidt could have coached Montreal to a Stanley in the 1960's. Or Red Sullivan, or Billy Reay.

    Especially Billy Reay.

  125. B.C.B. says:

    Slipper: I think sticking up for a teammate after the whistle isn’t lazy (maybe the wrong time to do it, but doesn’t result from stopping moving your feet or not paying attention to where your stick is). I would agree with you that hitting some after they don’t have the puck is lazy, that is why it is called interference . . . charging and boarding are used to discipline players that throw a ‘dirty’ hit not because the other player doesn’t have the puck. Also, I agree sometimes, a Lazy Penalty can result in saving a goal, so the point isn’t to have 0 lazy penalties per game, but have a higher ratio of Aggressive to Lazy Penalties.

  126. mc79hockey says:

    Or a lot of the people reading and posting here.

    “You there, LaFleur – score a hat trick. And put out that cigarette.”
    “Mais oui, coach.”
    (Scores hat trick)
    To ass’t coach: “Ha ha! I told him to do that.”
    Ass’t coach: “Brilliant strategy sir. They’ll laud you on the internet forever.”

  127. bookie says:

    I think the biggest problem is that coaches are not clear enough…

    For example, MacT frequently says that it is important to avoid mistakes, to go into corners, to play position, etc..

    This is all really vague and does not get to the heart of the matter, he should tell them to to score more goals, because that is PROBABLY the biggest thing they could do to win games. Pete Peeters should tell the goalies to keep the puck from going into their net.

    On this note, I think that all of the idiot fans that yell SHOOT on the powerplay should shut up so that the team can hear me yelling SCORE.

    Anyway, thats my take on all of this coaching stuff.

  128. slipper says:

    I’m not trying to be mean spirited BCB. I think a guy who has just out battled an opponent for the puck near a high scoring area and then is stripped of it in return and within a fraction of a second raises his stick or liberally grabs form sweater for a tug has has the benefit of quick reaction time and competetive drive. Aswhere a guy who runs a guy from behind for revenge on a play 5, 10, 15, 20 seconds earlier, has way longer to deliberate on the consequences of his actions.

    I just can’t buy into generalizing that a certain type of penalty is lazy, or aggressive, and then furthering it to distinguish some as either good or bad.

    I’ve seen Cole (again, not a specific defense or condemnation of the individual) get stripped in the slot when there was nobody between and he hooked the guy within a seconds reaction time. Maybe if he gets the guys stick he’s one on none to score…

    I’ve seen Stortini (see above) come barreling in from the center dot toward the bench with the intent the whole way to deliver a hit, thinking to myself this will be a boarding or charging call. There was plenty of time to ease up.

    Again, neither penalty is easier or more difficult to kill.

  129. Coach pb9617 says:

    Making that argument without actually knowing one way or the other is awesome. Sorry: “probably” awesome.

    More ridiculous is that he did have his spats with players and backhand them in the press.

  130. Coach pb9617 says:

    The last pairing is decidely last at EV; the first four play ~20 min EV and then the last pair around ~10 min.

    If they can get Klesla healthy again, they’re very strong on the backend.

  131. Coach pb9617 says:

    Although back to the topic at hand – Maholtra is seriously Columbus 1st line centre? I think that has to be considered an epic fail for the proponents of the Horcoff is not a first line centre theory.

    These things happen when Derek Brassard is hurt for the year.

  132. Coach pb9617 says:

    ATB financial needs a new commercial. Or at least a new sidekick operator.

  133. B.C.B. says:

    Slipper: I am not trying to classify them as “bad” or “good”, but rather create a stat that tracks a behavioural pattern for a specific player. If you continuing to take stick penalties, or obstruction penalties, rather then penalties that involve hitting, it shows a tendency of that player. I am just sick of players stopping moving their feet and taking a penalty, so I came up with a imperfect method of tracking that.

    Don’t worry about being mean spirited, I didn’t think you where and can take it if I did.

    Also, I never said one was easier to defend then the other. I am interested in identifying patterns of behaviour or play: stats are useful tools in this regard (see Quantitative sociology).

  134. Bank Shot says:

    Columbus’s PK looked terrified of Hemsky there.

    Good reason for it I guess.

  135. Black Dog says:

    Ty.

    One of the best comments ever.

    Brilliant.

  136. Graham says:

    Lubo!

    Rod’s really yelling right now. Sounds like the old timer’s back into the team.

  137. Chris says:

    Oh my appologies clearly Maholtra as a first line centre is by far an inferior option to a guy who was in the AHL for most of last season.

    Additionally that’s one prescient Habs assistant coach Mudcrutch, what’s he doing these days? We could use a coach with the ability to foretell the future.

  138. hunter1909 says:

    Holy **** they’re playing really well.

    Like they all know what they’re doing.

    And it’s only January.

  139. Coach pb9617 says:

    Anyone with DVR – watch that goal again. Hemsky threw that behind the forward’s stick in front of his foot knowing he could get neither his stick nor foot to it.

    He’s gotta be an alien.

  140. bookie says:

    They heard about LT’s threat!

  141. danny says:

    STUPIDer?

    Thats all i have to say about the entire Bell Mobility ad campaign we are being force fed.

  142. Coach pb9617 says:

    Nosslin is the only dude on this team that moves on the fly like Hemmer and Gagner.

  143. B.C.B. says:

    In the NHL tonight: Anahiem lost, and LA is beating the Wild. The league is conspiring to keep Loweride following the Oilers.

  144. Chris says:

    Our penalty kill is starting to look alot less like a chinese fire drill.

  145. Chris says:

    This will continue to be an Oilers blog – Deus Vult.

  146. Jonathan says:

    I’d be careful about tempting fate guys – if I believed in that crap ;)

    A good period, but not dominant.

  147. hunter1909 says:

    OIlers defence looks good.

    Remembers when Brewer, Ulanov, Poti, Semenov, Ferguson and Cory Cross ran the back end.

  148. docweb says:

    Why oh why is Nilsonn playing tonight??

    Do they really need him…no

    Is he 6 feet and 225…no

    Could he use the extra time off to recover……of course

    Wow, I’m getting really nervous with the Oil concussion management.

  149. Loxy says:

    Still here boys… I will continue to bring luck to the team.

  150. Jonathan says:

    @ Hunter:

    I’ve never really been a guy who focused overly on style, but Cory Cross was hard to watch.

  151. Matt says:

    Maybe I’m late to clue in on this, but Raffi Torres and Jason Williams are on the same team now.

    The cleanest of all Torres’ head-injuring hits, IMO.

  152. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers aren’t dominating, but wtf at least they’re all hustling.

    Whereas 2 months ago half the team were catatonic.

    It’s getting tiring attacking the coach. I think I’ll become an apologist:

    Nice to see the team starting to gel. Once Tambellini boosts them with some depth, they will be ready for the playoffs.

  153. Jonathan says:

    Jim Matheson just suggested that Anaheim may be interested in moving Chris Pronger.

    Good stuff.

  154. Chris says:

    Well I don’t mean to get too over confident Jonathan, but man is this team far more watchable when Ales Hemsky is playing, not to mention better.

  155. Lowetide says:

    Jan Hejda is in that video. I’m sad now. Columbus has some really nice players and many of them played for the Oilers.

  156. Lord Bob says:

    Jim Matheson just suggested that Anaheim may be interested in moving Chris Pronger.

    I heard this from a friend in the Ducks’ front office. Take it for what it’s worth:

    If Anaheim moves Pronger, I’m sure that it’s going to be out east. A couple of teams are looking for a power defenseman out there, including Montreal, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Anaheim is supposed to be very interested in Joffrey Lupul out of the flyers, but they’re apparently insisting on another four assets.

  157. Matt says:

    Glancing at the out-of-town scoreboard, I’d say Top 8 (by Win% anyway) is a done deal for the Oil, even after they gas this game. Anaheim lost, MIN is about to, and PHX/VAN are in tough to the big dogs of the WC.

  158. Dennis says:

    JW: Yeah, Brophy mentioned it in passing and he’s a total Pronger-schill so he would know.

    If the Ducks do that they’re basically saying they’re building around Jiggy and the three goal scoring young fellas And they’re looking for two young dmen as well.

    The days of trying to win or working towards it would be over, however. They did win a Cup though and the two vet D are getting up there so it would be a pro-active move to try and build around a new corps.

    Scoring chances: I had it at 4-3 Colu; 4-2 at EV and the Oil 1-0 ST.

    Two things that concerned me about that period.

    1. The Jackets found themselves in the great scoring position on two occasions; three if you could the shot from the D because a sniper probably buries that.

    2. At the start of the game MacT was using his last change in order to get 10 vs Nash but as the period went on we saw Hitch getting Nash out there against 89 and MacT didn’t try to get away from it.

    Also, when 13′s losing own zone draws with under 25 seconds to go in a period, we’re still trying to develop while winning. I know he had to be out there because we iced the puck but 78′s on his line and he sports a better faceoff winning percentage.

  159. Jonathan says:

    Anaheim is supposed to be very interested in Joffrey Lupul out of the flyers, but they’re apparently insisting on another four assets.

    How about Lupul, Sbisa, a 1st round pick, a 2nd round pick, and a conditional 1st round pick (if they make it to the SCF)?

    That would work for everyone, I think.

  160. Jonathan says:

    Matheson also suggested that Scott Niedermayer could be moved; if the Ducks were looking to retool on the fly, you’d think they’d hang on to the Apostate and send away Niedermayer.

  161. slipper says:

    If Peca had put any sauce on that pass Voracek would really have hard time not scoring there.

  162. Jonathan says:

    Scoring chances: I had it at 4-3 Colu; 4-2 at EV and the Oil 1-0 ST.

    The Columbus broadcast just put the scoring chances at 4-3; so I’d say you’re on the money again.

  163. Lord Bob says:

    If Peca had put any sauce on that pass, Dustin Penner would have eaten it.

  164. Lowetide says:

    Gotta shoot that one, Sam.

  165. hunter1909 says:

    Dennis: Don’t worry about those scoring chances.

    That’s why they have a goalie. To break the hearts of those foolish opposition players.

    Oilers have always loved playing a rope a dope style, lol.

  166. Lord Bob says:

    You know, I feel like crap seeing Torres contribute to a goal against us like that.

    Then I notice he has, like, three goals this year. Oh yeah, that’s why we traded him.

  167. Jonathan says:

    Well, that’s 1-1.

    Boll’s an interesting player.

  168. Chris says:

    And the best Scottish accent in a hockey broadcast award goes to…

  169. slipper says:

    I thought Loxy had a date?

    If she is watching in Vancouver because she was stood up on her date I think that reverses the good fortune.

    …and oh look the Jackets score!

  170. Jonathan says:

    Roli with the best Roman Cechmanek impression I’ve seen in a while.

    He’d better stop it before he gets to the next bit of the performance.

  171. Oilman says:

    Roloson showing off his master-Hasek teachings

  172. Lord Bob says:

    AAAAAAH. AAAAAAAH. HEMMER, NO! AAAAH! AAAAAAAH!

  173. slipper says:

    If Peca had put any sauce on that pass, Dustin Penner would have eaten it.

    The kid is hot tonight!

  174. Jonathan says:

    Brodziak with a close one.

  175. Loxy says:

    I thought Loxy had a date?

    Got canceled on.

    Awesome.

  176. Chris says:

    Loxy clearly has a thing for saurerkraut because she frequents this sausage party.

  177. slipper says:

    Dennis: Don’t worry about those scoring chances.

    That’s why they have a goalie. To break the hearts of those foolish opposition players.

    Oilers have always loved playing a rope a dope style, lol.

    You must be Vic.

  178. Coach pb9617 says:

    Staios looks so shaky tonight.

  179. Oilman says:

    Take that back Slipper – he’s not calling you names!

  180. Jonathan says:

    Staios looks so shaky tonight.

    Yeah, I was getting pretty frustrated him during that PK in the first – he couldn’t clear the zone, and it could have cost them.

  181. Coach pb9617 says:

    If Anaheim moves Pronger, I’m sure that it’s going to be out east. A couple of teams are looking for a power defenseman out there, including Montreal, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Anaheim is supposed to be very interested in Joffrey Lupul out of the flyers, but they’re apparently insisting on another four assets.

    They want Lupul…back?

  182. Chris says:

    I think that part is meant to be satirical coach.

  183. Coach pb9617 says:

    Also, when 13′s losing own zone draws with under 25 seconds to go in a period, we’re still trying to develop while winning. I know he had to be out there because we iced the puck but 78′s on his line and he sports a better faceoff winning percentage.

    Let him learn in the offseason.

  184. Oilman says:

    Nice!

  185. Lord Bob says:

    (clap-clap!)

  186. Scott says:

    Ales (clap, clap) Hemsky

  187. Chris says:

    I’m going to reiterate that I like the Oilers alot more when Hemsky is playing.

  188. hunter1909 says:

    Hemsky looks like he should play for the USSR national team.

  189. Jonathan says:

    Hemsky’s a fun guy to watch.

    Eh, Matt?

  190. gary b says:

    sweet chocolate jesus, whatta goal.

    HEMSKORE!

  191. Jonathan says:

    Manny Malhotra, first line centre.

  192. Oilman says:

    “Hemsky’s out there with Brule and Brodziak against the top line…” huh?

  193. hunter1909 says:

    If the Oilers had a first line center like Manny Malhotra…

  194. bookie says:

    Man, Roli looked sad on that goal, time to put Garon in…

  195. Lord Bob says:

    I’ve liked Gagner’s game tonight, in a weird sort of way. He’s squeezing the stick too tight and he’s making bad decisions, but his sheer skill and athleticism is starting to win out in close plays.

    It’s a good sign that he’s looking tolerable even when he’s not playing his best hockey.

  196. Jonathan says:

    Marc Methot, btw, is now on the best scoring clip of his career – including junior or the AHL.

  197. Coach pb9617 says:

    Hemsky is clearly an alien.

  198. Lowetide says:

    Why isn’t that giant Tollefson playing? Is he a HS? MAN I’d love to see him on the Oilers.

  199. Coach pb9617 says:

    Yeah, I was getting pretty frustrated him during that PK in the first – he couldn’t clear the zone, and it could have cost them.

    Every single time, backhand around the boards to get Smid hit. Every time.

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