OILERS AT CANUCKS G1 (12-13) 20.1.13

There was a picture in the newspaper, a guy who looked like my Aunt Stella standing in front of a strange looking logo on a billboard beside a highway and selling a new hockey league. I was a kid. The newspaper was king in my home–my father followed all world events that way: when he spoke of the DiMaggio streak you’d think he had been there but the truth is he got the news by reading the papers in a Radisson SK cafe every Saturday when he went to town.

The man who looked like Aunt Stella was Bill Hunter, the highway was the Yellowhead and the new league was the WHA. When you’re a kid “new” means “good” and when you’re old it means something you’ll need to adjust to, so I warmed to the new league right away. About 9 months after I’d heard of the Alberta Oilers, Ron Anderson was scoring the first goal in WHA history for them:

whagameoneThe goalies were Ken Brown (Oilers) and Les Binkley (Nationals) and the Meloff penalty came when the defender attempted to play the puck with Binkley’s stick. That got some play in the newspapers the next day. Jim Harrison and Al Hamilton were the big stars, I liked Bill Hicke because he was part of the original Oakland Seals expansion club. Followed that team on the radio mostly (Rod Phillips began broadcasting in year two if my memory serves) but they did have some television games.

The Oilers NHL debut is a pretty famous boxscore because so many incredible players made their NHL debut on the Oiler side. Jim Matheson has the game story here and Terry Jones has an outstanding companion piece next to it that I can’t link to but would highly recommend. Among the Edmonton Oilers who would debut in the NHL during the 1979-80 season:

  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Mark Messier
  3. Kevin Lowe
  4. Dave Hunter
  5. Brett Callighen
  6. Blair MacDonald
  7. Dave Semenko
  8. Risto Siltanen
  9. Ron Chipperfield
  10. Eddie Mio
  11. Jim Corsi
  12. Peter Driscoll
  13. Ron Areshenkoff
  14. Bryon Baltimore
  15. Ron Carter
  16. Don Cutts
  17. Bob Dupuis
  18. Kari Makkonen
  19. Mike Toal

The veterans on that first NHL team (Stan Weir, Colin Campbell, Al Hamilton, Bobby Schmautz, Dave Dryden, Bill Flett) were for the most part unable to provide leadership for one reason or another (Hamilton was injured, Schmautz wanted to be traded, Dryden was pretty much done and Flett was all done) but this year’s veteran group is stronger and deeper. Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff are along for the heavy lifting and Ales Hemsky is going to have an enormous season if he can stay healthy.

smyth10

I think Ralph Krueger, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz, Craig MacTavish and Mark Fistric are excellent additions to this hockey club. Why?

  • Krueger: Smart guy, he’s already impressed me by not hiding Gagner on the 4line or talking about Hemsky needing to be tougher. The only “news” that got through during camp was Ryan Whitney telling Jason Gregor he needed to be a better man because Krueger was disappointed in him. Do you think the players felt the same way about Pat Quinn? He’s a motivator and a communicator and with young men like the Oilers cluster that’s going to sell all day.
  • Nail Yakupov: We should be prepared for him to be the most outspoken of the #1′s and possibly the best (seriously). Yakupov has immense skill and the one thing that has stayed with me is a comment from Stu MacGregor about the kid always hitting his spot when shooting. This guy is a sniper and he’s going to have an impact.
  • Justin Schultz: I think he’ll help the PP and am curious about him defensively. There was so much attention paid to his defensive game that I think we maybe forgot this was a first year pro. If you’re expecting perfection, you’re going to be disappointed but that’s on you. Manna from heaven.
  • Craig MacTavish: A wonderful addition because he’s the bookend to Lowe’s emotional leadership. MacT is the voice of reason and I do believe he’ll be an enormous help for coach Krueger.
  • Mark Fistric: I think this is an important addition in that he’s tough but not stupid. Fistric doesn’t have insane PIM totals but can blow up sorties with a big hit and stay out of the box. Oilers need some of that Jason Smith-Steve Staios toughness and Fistric–while not the same quality of defenseman–can certainly do that without hurting the team with silly trips to the penalty box.

There are many questions and the answers flow beginning tonight. Bless you Oilers, we’re behind you.

PROJECTED LINEUP

  • RNH-Hall-Eberle
  • Gagner-Yakupov-Hemsky
  • Horcoff-Smyth-Hartikainen
  • Belanger-Eager-Petrell
  • Smid-Petry
  • Schultz-Schultz
  • Whitney-Potter
  • Dubnyk
  • Injured: Sutton, Khabibulin, Jones, Peckham.

I’ll update if anything changes.

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  1. spoiler says:

    Schultz was greenlit faster than ET.

  2. LMHF#1 says:

    The play isn’t flowing through to Yakupov as it should just yet. He’s getting to the right spots but his teammates aren’t anticipating it yet.

  3. JohnnyRocket says:

    Schultz and Yak on the breakaway. Music!

  4. JohnnyRocket says:

    400 hundred posts! Game on.

  5. Lucinius says:

    400+ comments already. Yeah, we’re all suckers for this game, regardless of lockouts.

  6. Oilertown says:

    Captain Happy:
    Anyone still think Eberle isn’t the best of the kids?

    Anyone?

    Jeebus DSF yes he also the oldest.

  7. Bar_Qu says:

    To be fair to Hemsky, that kind of play is actually encouraged in the Czech league.

  8. Thinker says:

    Kinda wanna flip yak n hall
    Hemsky looks great.
    Dubnyk had 1 bad goal.
    Forgot how much I hate sportsnet. Wish tsn would broadcats more western games. Damn easterners.

  9. JohnnyRocket says:

    Damn. Sedin holding the stick. I guess it shouldn’t have been there.

  10. bookje says:

    RNH line needs to realize that they are not playing against AHL players anymore.

  11. Lucinius says:

    Chincy call, but normal NHL chincy call.

  12. Jesse says:

    Not a bad backhand by 37

  13. Jesse says:

    Great PK

  14. bookje says:

    Lucinius:
    400+ comments already. Yeah, we’re all suckers for this game, regardless of lockouts.

    What lockout?

  15. khildahl says:

    PK looks great.

    So does Potter, of all people.

  16. Lucinius says:

    Our PP and PK somehow swap in the off-season?

  17. khildahl says:

    Brutal call.

  18. Jesse says:

    That call is straight up bullshit.

  19. Bar_Qu says:

    Two minutes for impersonating a chorus line.

  20. DBO says:

    Hall slew foot. dumb dumb dumb

  21. Jesse says:

    Why are there 2 deep on the PK? Jeez

  22. jake70 says:

    The ref hesitated, knew he hesitated so had to make the call. BS.

  23. fuzzy muppet says:

    Hall is having a bad game. That’s a really dumb play

  24. bookje says:

    Bonehead penalty by Hall.

  25. bookje says:

    Jesse:
    That call is straight up bullshit.

    The Hall call? You can’t be serious?

  26. Lucinius says:

    Hall deserved that call, imo. Yes its a weak slough-foot, but it is a slough-foot and they should always be called. If Hall hadn’t also had his hand on the guy’s shoulder and shove while sweeping the leg out.. doubt there’d of been a call.

    Hall has to know better.

  27. Nostradumbass says:

    Love the game Hemsky is bringing tonight

    Long shifts where he gets completely gassed. Check

    Extra moves at the blue line instead of a dump in that causes an off side. Check

    Lazy penalty. Check

  28. Rebilled says:

    lets’s go Krueger

  29. Lowetide says:

    Well, lets see. There’s plenty of time and if one of these speed demons pushes things up ice any kind of hook is going to get a PP.

    What say there, gents?

  30. JohnnyRocket says:

    Okay. Almost 8 minutes to tie it up. Let’s go Oil! There are a lot of things to like about the game. A win would be nice.

  31. LMHF#1 says:

    Nostradumbass:
    Love the game Hemsky is bringing tonight

    Long shifts where he gets completely gassed. Check

    Extra moves at the blue line instead of a dump in that causes an off side. Check

    Lazy penalty. Check

    The second half of your name appears to be accurate.

  32. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    Well, lets see. There’s plenty of time and if one of these speed demons pushes things up ice any kind of hook is going to get a PP.

    You sure? We are in Vancouver playing the chosen ones…

    Ahh…there we are.

  33. Wolfie says:

    I think Hall was trying to kick at the puck and missed. Shitty result in getting a piece of Weise but looks bad to the ref and it looked like a slewfoot.

  34. khildahl says:

    Good call.
    EDIT: But terrible whistle. What the hell?

  35. Lowetide says:

    And it was Yakupov. Good job, son.

  36. wheatnoil says:

    Yakupov has drawn 2 penalties so far this game.

  37. Jesse says:

    bookje,

    Made the call before I saw the replay. Looked like a simple grinding play on the boards at first.

  38. fuzzy muppet says:

    HEMMER!!

  39. Lowetide says:

    Gagner to Hemsky. Nice.

  40. DBO says:

    atta go hemmer

  41. JohnnyRocket says:

    HEMSKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. "Steve Smith" says:

    I wonder if Nostradumbass saw that one coming?

  43. Bar_Qu says:

    Bloody Hemsky. Why, why, why?

  44. FPB94 says:

    Alesssss Hemsky!

  45. delooper says:

    That was destiny.

  46. khildahl says:

    Hemsky Bomb!

  47. JohnnyRocket says:

    They both deserved a point tonight.

  48. wheatnoil says:

    Whatever this Oilers team will be this year, at least we know they’re going to be exciting! Nice shot Hemsky!

  49. Lucinius says:

    Ales! Fantastic!

  50. leadfarmer says:

    Hemsky is a bad bad man.

  51. Rebilled says:

    woooooooooo!!!!!!

  52. bookje says:

    Well, that was pretty nice for a guy who was in the Czech league last week.

  53. Professor Q says:

    Of course I miss both goals…

  54. spoiler says:

    What was that, Hemsky’s 4th shot of the game? Should’ve sent him down to the Czech league long ago.

    Eager for Kassian? I’d make that trade off every day of the week.

  55. striatic says:

    Hemsky been taking shooting lessons from Eberle, apparently.

  56. delooper says:

    Hemsky stayed on the ice to the end of the warmup.

  57. leadfarmer says:

    Just wondering but what is your record for posts LT?

  58. fuzzy muppet says:

    Not that there’s a good time to fight, but that’s definitley NOT one. You’ve got the momentum and you rile them up with a fight..stupid

    This is why Eager is a 4th line dumbo

  59. khildahl says:

    spoiler,

    I didn’t see who picked that fight, but can’t complain abut the result.

  60. striatic says:

    Eager did not get the best of that. ow.

  61. Lowetide says:

    I blame Yakupov. If he was Canadian, he wouldn’t have tripped. Sure, the Oilers got a powerplay and then a goal, but really long term this kind of thing will not work out. And you know, that’s Yakupov’s fault too. He coulda been born in Canada, but he had to be special.

    It’s all right there, people..

  62. Lucinius says:

    Eh, Eager taking Kassian off is a good enough trade, imo.

  63. DBO says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    or a 4th liner takes a 2nd liner off the ice. good trade

  64. jp says:

    Oops. Refs missed the high stick on Petry there…

  65. LMHF#1 says:

    If anyone wonders why we complain on marginal calls…see that high stick on Petry….come on…

  66. "Steve Smith" says:

    I feel about Jeff Petry the way I felt about Tom Gilbert during his sophomore season.

  67. striatic says:

    Lucinius,

    when you think about it that way, yes, Eager won.

    good point.

  68. Lucinius says:

    Canucks get away with a high stick on Petry. God damn ref was in the wrong position to see it.

  69. delooper says:

    Higgins and Magnus PS are destined to find themselves on the same team, eventually.

  70. khildahl says:

    Nice stickwork by Yakupov. He’s getting confident.

  71. spoiler says:

    We have a new dirty Russian… and they’re both 10s!

    I think the Politburo is doing some transition planning.

  72. LMHF#1 says:

    Skipping a shift for Teemu? Not smart there Ralph. He’s been solid.

  73. spoiler says:

    Nuge gotta bury

  74. FPB94 says:

    Nuge’s gotta get that brick up and down the rope.

  75. Lucinius says:

    Bah, RNH has to hit the net, at least, there.

  76. LMHF#1 says:

    Now Petrell when we need the winner???

    Crap…don’t start like this.

  77. "Steve Smith" says:

    So what Oilers haven’t had good games tonight? Whitney, obviously. Besides him – Hall? Nugent-Hopkins? Haven’t seen a lot of obvious weak spots.

  78. striatic says:

    LMHF#1,

    playing for the loser point?

  79. Rebilled says:

    They’re terrified!

  80. wheatnoil says:

    See! 1:16 left… if it was less than a minute, Eberle would have scored.

  81. FPB94 says:

    Belanger’s having a fine game.

    I’m not that sour about Whitney. I still like his poise and ability to pass the puck.

  82. spoiler says:

    We’re not last!

  83. DBO says:

    playing for the point. horc line not gagner line last 30 seconds. annoying

  84. "Steve Smith" says:

    FPB94:
    Belanger’s having a fine game.

    Agree 100%. Looks like the player I thought we were getting when we signed him.

    I’m not that sour about Whitney. I still like his poise and ability to pass the puck.

    I think he’s still got the brains and the hands, but the legs are gone.

  85. LMHF#1 says:

    striatic:
    LMHF#1,

    playing for the loser point?

    Appears that way. Especially when the plugger line played the last shift.

    Not a fan of Ralph’s instincts in this game. #64 had better see ice in OT. He’s built for 4-on-4.

  86. fuzzy muppet says:

    Good effort after they shook off the early rust.

    This team isn’t too far off…another top4 dman would be a Godsend

  87. delooper says:

    I thought Eberle is supposed to be clutch? Bloody hell, he had seconds where he could have scored there. Now Vancouver has a point, dammit.

  88. wheatnoil says:

    DBO:
    playing for the point. horc line not gagner line last 30 seconds. annoying

    Horcoff with Smyth and Belanger no less. I’m okay with that. With 30 seconds left, you take every point you can.

  89. leadfarmer says:

    FPB94,

    He hasnt really played in 2 years. I’ll give him a couple months to make up my mind.

  90. JohnnyRocket says:

    For me, the highlight of the night was 93-14-04 playing the Sedin line to a draw in the offensive zone in the last minute of the game. If they make a step and can go power vs power in this league, we are in good shape, defense be damned.

  91. spoiler says:

    spoiler: We’re not last!

    For now, Jackass.

  92. striatic says:

    DBO,

    i’m fine with it. i’m tired of missing the playoffs and this is how bubble teams get to the playoffs these days.

  93. jake70 says:

    Yak for the winner on a one-timer?

  94. Lowetide says:

    SS: I’d say Whitney, Potter a little, Dubnyk had one softie but then played really well and then Hall and Nuge up front. But really, that’s a pretty fine effort and I’d bet my house Hall and Nuge make up for it.

    If not tonight, then some time this week.

  95. Lucinius says:

    Whitney is just fine, but you need to drop the ice time.

    As for the third line being on the ice at the end, it makes sense, annoying as it is, considering the Sedin line had been on the ice.

  96. Rebilled says:

    This has been a great game. Came back from a two goal deficit against these punks.

  97. Lewis Grant says:

    I think Whitney might be done.

    Did nobody else read the interview with Whitney on Cult of Hockey a few days back?

    Whitney said that there’s a “new 100%”, meaning that he’s simply not going to be able to do the things he once could. His own personal frustration (even resignation) comes across pretty clearly in the interview. It’s almost as if he realizes that he’s not a very good NHL player anymore.

    The only possible positive I took from it is that he might be aware of the big hit that his market value will take come UFA status, and thus might be willing to settle for a much lower contract.

    But when I read the interview, it pretty much closed off what was left of my hope that he could ever be a #1 defenseman again, rather than a #5 defenseman. For my money, that’s the difference between us finishing #7 and #10 in the Western conference this year.

  98. FPB94 says:

    Even if he’s a douche, Burrows’ a nice player to have.

  99. DBO says:

    hall yak. fun

  100. fuzzy muppet says:

    Hall and Yak out in OT.

    ME LIKE

  101. bookje says:

    Hall and yakupov might someday be called the crazy twins

  102. wheatnoil says:

    Hall and Yakupov for a 4 on 4 shift… I’m intrigued by that.

  103. LMHF#1 says:

    Better choice there by Ralph. Hope to see 4+64 again if we don’t score in a shift or two.

  104. khildahl says:

    That offside was offside.

  105. Lucinius says:

    And as much as Smid kind of bobbled it by not keeping teh puck in, you almost have to have Petry/Smid out there if you have Hall/Yakupov out there as a pair.

  106. delooper says:

    Hemsky with the one on five sortie.

  107. OilLeak says:

    delooper:
    Hemsky with the one on five sortie.

    Beautiful, vintage Hemsky

  108. JohnnyRocket says:

    I’m deep into my 5th beer. On a school night! Shootout, Please!

  109. wheatnoil says:

    Hall and Yakupov didn’t play well together that OT, but I’m still intrigued by that prospect.

  110. LMHF#1 says:

    Well, not a bad effort. We can be much better though. Didn’t set up Yakupov once. Hall had a rough game. I’m sure it will get better but it took us a good while to get moving.

  111. Lowetide says:

    Now we know Ralph has thoughts on the shootout. I go:

    Eberle
    Hall
    Yakupov

  112. Lucinius says:

    delooper,

    Shouldn’t the Canucks have gotten a too many men penalty, then?

    But yeah. Old time Hemsky where he’s just one move away from making several players look stupid.

    Shoot out we go!

    I say.. Eberle, Hall, RNH as the first three for Edmonton.

  113. delooper says:

    OilLeak: Beautiful, vintage Hemsky

    He had the pace. There were very few sorties up the ice at that speed. Nice.

  114. khildahl says:

    This team is going to cause a lot of heart attacks this year.

  115. JohnnyRocket says:

    Eberle, Yak, Gagner, Hall, Hemmer- my batting order.

  116. striatic says:

    great work by Yak there to stunt a final rush from Vancouver, plus generate a chance.

    smart kid.

  117. Lowetide says:

    Someone above asked about a record for posts. 2006 spring was heavily into the 500′s iirc, but I don’t think we’ve done a 600 post thread.

  118. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    Now we know Ralph has thoughts on the shootout. I go:

    Eberle
    Hall
    Yakupov

    Hemsky’s done some good things against Luongo in past shootouts.

  119. "Steve Smith" says:

    I want to see Horcoff here. And Belanger and Pettrell.

  120. FPB94 says:

    Hemsky
    Eberle
    Gagner

  121. Lucinius says:

    Go Smid, N. Shultz and Potter!

  122. Lowetide says:

    9 shifts for Hartikainen.

  123. LMHF#1 says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    I want to see Horcoff here.And Belanger and Pettrell.

    Funny. But also not.

  124. FPB94 says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    I want to see Horcoff here.And Belanger and Pettrell.

    I’d be intrigued. Sometimes grinders make decent dekes.

  125. LMHF#1 says:

    Lowetide:
    9 shifts for Hartikainen.

    Even though he played well. At times he was the best guy on that line.

  126. "Steve Smith" says:

    Gagner!

  127. FPB94 says:

    CALLED IT!

  128. Lowetide says:

    Crap. Forget Hemsky. Of course you’re right LMHF#1.

  129. Rocknrolla says:

    Lets hit 600 baby!

  130. khildahl says:

    Dubie!

  131. Lowetide says:

    Samwise. DSF’s favorite player.

  132. wheatnoil says:

    We should totally trade Gagner…

  133. khildahl says:

    GAGS!

  134. bookje says:

    DD!

  135. LMHF#1 says:

    Backhand – roof?

  136. "Steve Smith" says:

    PUT IN SCHNEIDER!

  137. "Steve Smith" says:

    LMHF#1,

    Five hole.

  138. khildahl says:

    HEMSKY BOMB!!!!!

  139. fuzzy muppet says:

    2 points!

    Lets hope they shake the rust a little faster next game

  140. spoiler says:

    Comeback road victory in Canuckville for the season opener. Nice.

  141. bookje says:

    Louuuuuuuuuuu!

    Vancoucer fans will be smashing his furniture now!

    Nice game overall – lots of rust, but still!

  142. Gret99zky says:

    Holy shit.

  143. striatic says:

    THEY ACTUALLY WON!

  144. JohnnyRocket says:

    Yes! Undefeated!

  145. wheatnoil says:

    Poor first period, a few poor performances, but that’s not a bad first game on the road against Vancouver.

  146. delooper says:

    Nice game Hemsky.

    Does anyone know what “Hemsky” means in Czech? “Smid” mean Smith. Hemsky I don’t know.

  147. leadfarmer says:

    Well, Come from behind in the 3rd period, in an away game against a playoff caliber team. Well done.

  148. bookje says:

    Oilers have the #1 penalty killing unit in the league.

  149. jake70 says:

    Liked the emotion seen from 83 tonight, pissed at his penalty and nice reaction on the winner.

  150. Lucinius says:

    Nice win. Wish we hadn’t given the Canucks the one point, but! We won!

    Hemsky is such a bad, bad man! Love how he made Loungo look bad on that shootout winner.

  151. Rocknrolla says:

    We win! It’s fate!

    Man I love this!

  152. khildahl says:

    delooper,

    “Jesus”.

  153. delooper says:

    The canucks choices on the shootout seemed really stupid to me. Like, stoopit stupid. Edler? What the hell?

  154. wheatnoil says:

    Great game by the Gagner-Hemsky-Yakupov line and a great game by Smid-Petry. A solid game from Horcoff-Smyth-Hartikainen (when he played).

  155. Lowetide says:

    delooper:
    Nice game Hemsky.

    Does anyone know what “Hemsky” means in Czech? “Smid” mean Smith.Hemsky I don’t know.

    “First off the ice.”

  156. "Steve Smith" says:

    jake70,

    BODY LANGUAGE!

  157. Rebilled says:

    Yes! I’ve had to suffer with the Vancouver feed! Taylor was grinning his ass off after the 2nd period. Now I get to watch them cry! Yes!

  158. Rocknrolla says:

    Can’t wait for the Vancouver centric SN post game with Gary Valk.

  159. Kris11 says:

    II watched the game in 2 minute increments separated by 15 minute gaps while I reinstalled Game Center, but decent game for the Oilers after a bad first period.

    Whitney looks the same as last year, which means they need a top 4 Dman if they want a good shot at the playoffs, not just an outside chance, IMO.

    We’ll see, maybe.

  160. hunter1909 says:

    At least I got the score half right.

    One of the best games Hemsky’s ever played. His trade value just went up. Seriously, I hope he wins a cup and is good enough to play on the top six for sure.

  161. LMHF#1 says:

    Nostradumbass:
    Love the game Hemsky is bringing tonight

    Long shifts where he gets completely gassed. Check

    Extra moves at the blue line instead of a dump in that causes an off side. Check

    Lazy penalty. Check

    Can you come back and do this every game? Thanks for helping out!

  162. JohnnyRocket says:

    So the stories of the night. Hemsky still gives the puck away at the blueline; trade him. Gagner is too small; trade him. Eberle’s shooting percentage is unsustainable and Horcoff can’t score; buy him out.

  163. DBO says:

    First game for Nuge line on raod against top pairings. They were OK. AS long as they are even at even strength and kill it on PP, then that will work. Gagner line may be a huge player this year, and to be honest I liked the 4th line. Still need more grit. Still think I want Hall with Gags and Hemmer, Harsky with Nuge and Ebs and Yak with Horc and Smyth. More balance. ANd Nuge gets softer minutes with Hall on Gagner line.

  164. Nostradumbass says:

    LMHF#1,

    Hey if I can mentally wake up Hemmer from long shifts and terribly timed penalties ill keep ragging on him evry game he does that

  165. Rocknrolla says:

    Great choice, lets interview Zack Kassian…

  166. Lowetide says:

    What a long fucking list of excuses. Luongo was surprised by the speed the Oilers came in at!!!!!!! Well by all means, we’ll bring back Schremp!!!!

  167. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    First breath in 2 and 1/2 hours.

    Hemsky played one hell of a game.

    I streamed the nuck commentary at the end and they were ripping on his overtime goal: “he’s so slow” and other crap.

  168. striatic says:

    i like that the Oilers found a way to beat Luongo, who actually had a very good game in retrospect.

    they needed that many shots, from that many different angles, to beat the guy – but they did it.

    superb.

  169. FPB94 says:

    Lol. How many commentaters are blatant homers like that?

    (Well there’s the Boston guy, who compared the Bruins winning to the American Revolution but)…

  170. delooper says:

    Eberle just keeps on delivering. He feels a lot like Glenn Anderson, in the way he affects games.

  171. Nostradumbass says:

    Eberle was the best Oiler tonight by a country mile

  172. JohnnyRocket says:

    My only really complaint was the face offs. We could really use an improvement there if we are going to play a puck possession game.

  173. russ99 says:

    Nice to start out with a win. We’d lose that kind of game late in the third last year.

    Our shootout will be a force to be reckoned with this season…

    J. Schultz impressed me in both ends (after a somewhat shaky first period), and I hope RNH can do better on Tuesday – though he had a sure goal on Eberle’s break in OT, had Ebs not backhanded.

    Dubnyk had a pretty solid game too.

  174. striatic says:

    i’m really glad the Flames got smoked by San Jose.

    now Edmonton has a chance to send a strong message on Tuesday.

  175. Lowetide says:

    LMHF#1: Can you come back and do this every game? Thanks for helping out!

    Agreed. Added a lot.

  176. DBO says:

    Shultz the elder was the most composed of our D. Rarely out of position, calm with the puck. Like him way more then Whitney with Shultz the younger.

    The younger did a really good job of picking his spots as to when to jump into the play. I don;t remember him jumping up and getting caught. If he keeps that up he’ll get his points for sure.

  177. jp says:

    JohnnyRocket:
    My only really complaint was the face offs. We could really use an improvement there if we are going to play a puck possession game.

    The Oilers went 37-29 = 56%. What do you want? Even Nuge went 50%

  178. JohnnyRocket says:

    JP- Didn’t realize they did that well. Too many pops tonight I suppose. Thanks for the correction.

  179. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    jp: The Oilers went 37-29 = 56%. What do you want? Even Nuge went 50%

    That’s amazing… by eye it looked like we lost a lot more… I guess that’s what a mind addled by anxiety does to you… over-emphasizes disaster.

  180. Rebilled says:

    We just beat Vancouver in their own barn. Two losses. Great job boys!

  181. delooper says:

    Hemsky seems to either mean “swarm” “teeming” “alive” “lousy” or “crowd”. Is hemžící the right spelling?

  182. jp says:

    DBO:
    Shultz the elder was the most composed of our D. Rarely out of position, calm with the puck. Like him way more then Whitney with Shultz the younger.

    The younger did a really good job of picking his spots as to when to jump into the play. I don;t remember him jumping up and getting caught. If he keeps that up he’ll get his points for sure.

    And Sr. had 9 blocked shots. That’s why they got him – to settle things down.

    Jr. looked pretty good too. Held his own in the D zone. The points will come.

  183. Gerta Rauss says:

    I seem to recall a couple threads in the blogspot days going well over 700 posts..maybe even 800. Todays is certainly right up there.

    An epic weekend actually when you add in yesterdays comments.

  184. striatic says:

    DBO:
    Shultz the elder was the most composed of our D. Rarely out of position, calm with the puck. Like him way more then Whitney with Shultz the younger.

    He did take that interference penalty.

  185. Captain Happy says:

    Lowetide:
    Samwise. DSF’s favorite player.

    It’s a long (half) season.

    He’ll show his try colours bye and bye.

  186. jp says:

    JohnnyRocket,

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    I didn’t realize they did that good either till I checked the box. Nice to see for a change – it will take some time for us to adjust though :)

  187. Gerta Rauss says:

    I thought Dubnyk and Louongo played pretty well-they both let one in they probably should have stopped but they played well enough to keep their teams in it.

    Schultz is a beauty.

  188. Lowetide says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I seem to recall a couple threads in the blogspot days going well over 700 posts..maybe even 800. Todays is certainly right up there.

    An epic weekend actually when you add in yesterdays comments.

    After I posted that my wife said she remembered some over 800 so suspect you’re correct. I can’t remember Saturday. :-)

  189. Lucinius says:

    Man, Eager went off for 5 minutes for fighting and still edged out Harski in ice time.

  190. khildahl says:

    Hartikainen with 8 seconds less ice time than Ben Eager. Did he get hurt and nobody noticed or something?

  191. Rocknrolla says:

    Was very impressed with J Schultz tonight…seemed like hall was off, and Nuge.

    Once these guys start to click a bit more, it will only improve.

  192. striatic says:

    Lucinius,

    not sure what that was about. Teemu looked great in the early minutes he did have.

    maybe he got hurt?

  193. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    did anyone else let out a palpable anxious laugh when Weise did a header trying to smoke J. Schultz behind the Oiler net… Schultz’ beauty little spin was a real treat to watch… scared the hell out of me though.

  194. jp says:

    In other news. Nice move (Cheechoo) and speculated move (Clark) by the Barons. If Clark or equivalent materializes they might just be OK, and it’s nice for the Oilers depth too.

    Also, Rieder with 1G/1A tonight. Scored the tying goal and assisted on the OT winner.

    And Gernat and Musil with assists tonight in a 6-1 win. Moroz and Ewanyk not involved in the scoring though.

  195. LMHF#1 says:

    striatic:
    Lucinius,

    not sure what that was about. Teemu looked great in the early minutes he did have.

    maybe he got hurt?

    Ralph wimped out and played Belanger instead of Hartikainen at the end.

  196. jp says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    did anyone else let out a palpable anxious laugh when Weise did a header trying to smoke J. Schultz behind the Oiler net… Schultz’ beauty little spin was a real treat to watch… scared the hell out of me though.

    That was up there with the goals for the highlight of the night for me.

  197. striatic says:

    Rocknrolla,

    you know, it is funny because i agree they both seemed “off” .. but at the same time i think they played very good games.

    i guess that’s what these mysterious “good players” are like. even when they are off, they’re still solid.

  198. striatic says:

    jp,

    my wife and i chortled simultaneously when that hit missed.

  199. striatic says:

    LMHF#1,

    Belanger had a good game though. I don’t mind the decision even though Teemu looked better to my eyes. In Krueger we trust.

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