AVALANCHE AT OILERS G14 (12-13) 16.2.12

Nail Yakupov is apparently moving from the 2line to the 3line, as coach Krueger plans to take him away from Gagner-Hemsky (which is a very good spot) to the Belanger-Smyth line (those are two veterans, nice soft landing spot for the kid AND he gets to play RW).

I’m excited to see Yakupov have another scoring spree. He had 4 goals in 7 January games, but has scored only once in 6 contests this month. It doesn’t really matter, he’s such a ridiculous talent the goals will come–Nail Yakupov is a wonderful young hockey player.

Let’s compare him to the other #1′s through each of their first 13 NHL games:

  • Yakupov 13, 5-3-8 -7 12pims 22shots 14:45TOI
  • Hall 13, 3-3-6 -5 4pims 26shots 16:15TOI
  • Nuge 13, 6-6-12 +4 6pims 26shots 16:55TOI

I don’t know which of these men will have the better career, but believe each will enjoy significant success. As an Oiler fan since 1972, I’m so thrilled to be along for the ride.

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The early HNIC game will salute the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Stanley win, so expect a late start to the game and possibly missing the early minutes of the Oiler game. The Leafs always do this crap, but this time around it’s going to be long because Dave Keon will be in attendance. Keon was (along with Frank Mahovlich) the best skater for Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s, and does not attend these events because Harold Ballard.

So this is a rare item, expect a long ovation and men older than me in tears. I don’t blame them, childhood heroes are special no matter your age, and those with the courage of their convictions are even more worthy.

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Nail Yakupov, Chris VandeVelde, Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry, Mark Fistric and Teemu Hartikainen got their heads shaved at WEM yesterday in the annual Hair Massacre in support of children with life threatening illnesses. What a wonderful cause, and God bless these young men for doing it. (photo courtesy the Edmonton Journal).

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We talked about Toni Rajala last night, he had a good evening for the Barons (who got a Bettman point but lost in the shootout). Rajala’s arrows are heading up, but 2007 1st round pick Alex Plante is down, down in a coal mine underneath the ground. The three first round picks from 2007 (Oilers edition)–a draft class that should have set them up for years–looks like this in terms of NHL action:

  • Sam Gagner #6 overall: 379, 81-152-233
  • Alex Plante #15 overall: 10, 0-2-2
  • Riley Nash #21 overall: 5, 0-1-1

Gagner is an NHL regular and tied for 27th in points this season; Nash is enjoying his best AHL season (his entry level contract expires this year); Plante has been a healthy scratch for three games in a row. Those concussions, along with some foot speed issues look like they had a major impact on his lack of development. I doubt he’s in the organization as part of the 50 man roster next year.

The five names taken right after Plante (Colton Gillies, Alexei Cherepanov, Ian Cole, Logan MacMillan, Angelo Esposito) are as a group underperforming their draft number (and of course Cherepanov passed away before he had the opportunity to show us his skill), suggesting a soft area in the first round (although Max Pacioretty, Michael Backlund and David Perron were still available).

2007 was an opportunity missed.

Brandon Davidson had a helluva debut in Stockton.

Michael Parkatti has been posting scoring chance numbers over at his blog and they are (as always) revealing interesting things. For instance, the club’s successful lines are filled with kids. Here are the numbers for the Dallas game (I believe these are even strength):

  1. Jordan Eberle +11
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins +8
  3. Taylor Hall +8
  4. Teemu Hartikainen +4
  5. Eric Belanger +1
  6. Magnus Paajarvi -1
  7. Sam Gagner -5
  8. Ales Hemsky -5
  9. Nail Yakupov -6
  10. Lennart Petrell -8
  11. Chris VandeVelde -8
  12. Ben Eager -11

Faced with those numbers at even strength, I’d think the coach would:

  • leave the top line the hell alone
  • give the Nordic line (w/Belanger sitting in for Lander) more minutes
  • suffer through the Yak growing pains with Gagner-Hemsky knowing that good times are on the way
  • rotate as many new people onto the 4line as humanly possible

Krueger, who has been impressive in media scrums and in both in-game decision making and lineup decision-making, decided to tweak this way:

  • leave the top line the hell alone
  • give Gagner-Hemsky another LW (Hartikainen) in the hopes the chance plus minus edges toward level par
  • move Yakupov to his natural position (RW) and give him two veterans (Belanger-Smyth) to make things easier. That’s a rocking chair for the kid, and might have added value if Smyth can post some offense.

LAUGHER

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The Oilers are averaging only 2.15 goals per game, ranking 28th in the 30-team NHL. The Avs are 27th at 2.17. Sooner or later the Oilers are going to break out, and maybe it will be tonight against an injury riddled Quebec Nordique lineup. Edmonton (apparently) got some good news late yesterday, as it looks like Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry will both play despite some bumps and bruises.

A few places on the Al Gore have suggested this is a “must win” for the Oilers, but I think with their streaky past and the relative youth on the roster they could just as well go on a winning streak away from home as they could at Rexall. I do think there are a lot of good arrows, but that’s been the case for some time. As Taylor Hall said after the Dallas game, if they play as well as last game every night, they’ll do just fine.

We’re a long way from the first “must win” game of this season.

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  1. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Hall, damn, ouch!

  2. skidplate says:

    Hell of a shift

  3. spoiler says:

    Hall has been all Corsi and no Red Light this period.

  4. Lowetide says:

    Man. Hockey is hard.

  5. fuzzy muppet says:

    Taylor Hall just can’t finish…That’s why some people get so irritated with him.

  6. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    spoiler:
    Hall has been all Corsi and no Red Light this period.

    shhhh… you’re going to stimulate darling surly ferret in all the wrong ways.

  7. jp says:

    I hope that’s not the only slide we see from Yak tonight.

  8. BlacqueJacque says:

    I see the scoring drought isn’t going away.

    19 shots and 5 minutes to go in the first period… sigh.

  9. Derek says:

    Man, I didn’t realize the Oilers killed Mark Lee and Kelly Hrudeys dogs.

  10. nelson88 says:

    “O’reilly miffed at not being named captain”. if true and he wants big $$$ that does not sound like a player to be trading for.

  11. nelson88 says:

    Forward lines look well conceived. D pairings not so much

  12. skidplate says:

    Farqwad

  13. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Oh, Ouch!

  14. fuzzy muppet says:

    DD is looking real shaky…

    time to start looking lottery.

    Will it ever end???

  15. skidplate says:

    Habby time

  16. Gerta Rauss says:

    omg

  17. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Seriously? Ouch!

  18. dessert1111 says:

    THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING!

  19. fuzzy muppet says:

    PULL HIM NOW!!!!!!!!

  20. BlacqueJacque says:

    So how ’bout them Cubs?

  21. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    7-3 oilers maybe?

  22. Smarmy says:

    Man alive I hate this hockey team.

  23. spoiler says:

    I have never seen so much pinching by the Oiler D… even Smid has been below the opposing goal line twice.

  24. hunter1909 says:

    LMAO

    Stupid fucking Aliens.

  25. skidplate says:

    Finally!!!

  26. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Hemsky!!!!! Ouch!!!!!!

  27. VanOil says:

    The Malbec I went for as per LT not going to get me through ~ upgrading ala Woodguy to a Speyside single malt. Working already think eye(sic) just saw Hemskey score.

  28. hags9k says:

    *closes Western conference standings window*

    *opens Bob Mackenzie draft rankings window*

    Wait! Hemsky!!

  29. BlacqueJacque says:

    Ales Hemsky, sniper.

    Taylor Hall, playmaker.

    Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, checking centre.

    Warm in February.

    Cold day in hell.

  30. fuzzy muppet says:

    DD is not going to be a good afer hours guest at this rate.

    Well Hemmer makes it a little better!

  31. spoiler says:

    tthank you thank you thank you thank you

  32. Clay says:

    Just when I was going to say that the Oilers can’t get any puck luck…

  33. gogliano says:

    0-22 on EV shots.
    1-1 on PP shots.

  34. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    notes

    - hemsky is our undisputed goal leader… odd
    - cherry is an idiot
    - RK could legit run a 54-55-56 line… that just hit me
    - almost made a whole 20mins without a penalty.
    - d zone coverage I guess wasn’t worked on during the days off. it shows.

  35. khildahl says:

    There has to be a curse at work here. 23 shots in the first period and down 3-1. Unbelievable.

  36. Ripoux says:

    Did I see a disgusted look from McLean as they cut to commercial? Why for?

  37. Lowetide says:

    Dennis King ‏@DKingBH

    Scoring Chances: 11-7; 1-0 ST

    Man. Ralph needs some better scripts

  38. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Nice last moment shot of McLean – he is as tired of cherry as the rest of us! Ouch!

  39. khildahl says:

    The PA guy at Rexall keeps saying Steve Duchene scored. I love it.

  40. VanOil says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    notes

    - hemsky is our undisputed goal leader… odd
    - cherry is an idiot
    - RK could legit run a 54-55-56 line… that just hit me
    - almost made a whole 20mins without a penalty.
    - d zone coverage I guess wasn’t worked on during the days off. it shows.

    Good points
    All the Dmen trying to play like J Schultz. We have J Schultz play some bloody D!

  41. sliderule says:

    Dubie will break every oiler heart.

    He will have nights when he stops everything then let’s one in off his back or fumbles the puck .

    He is a big man but to me just a little too big and clumsy.

  42. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Friedman on Stock: “unsalvageable”… in more ways than one.

  43. khildahl says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    notes

    - hemsky is our undisputed goal leader… odd
    - cherry is an idiot
    - RK could legit run a 54-55-56 line… that just hit me
    - almost made a whole 20mins without a penalty.
    - d zone coverage I guess wasn’t worked on during the days off. it shows.

    I think we’ve got lacrosse refs tonight. Or Joanette.

  44. Woodguy says:

    The number of odd man rushes the team gives up is ludicrous.

    RK’s up ice pressure scheme has the D pinching a ton and the F just aren’t good at covering.

    14 in particular lolly gagged on the back check and his man scored the 3rd goal. 93 when for up ice pressure with only 1 D back and another trapped. Not good decisions.

    DD having a tough night.

    89 had a bad period too.

    Running around is his own zone a lot and not helping the exits much at all. He might be the key problem zone exit wise on that line. Getting walked by Duchene was pretty gross too.

    93 is much better a quarterbacking the break out.

    The game is far from over though. 4-93-14 are going to break the seal soon.

  45. Lowetide says:

    I don’t believe tonight’s game is vital, but that period tells us the Oilers aren’t good enough. Whatever else, this team is headed in the wrong direction. Two periods to prove I’m wrong.

  46. Rondo says:

    Don Cherry is crazy saying the Oilers should get bigger. We are building an All Star team here. We don’t need grit or size. We like soft players here.

    Go home Cherry

  47. spoiler says:

    We can’t seriously be putting that period on Doobie.

  48. Lois Lowe says:

    Driftwood’s Fat Tug Ale is one that the beer drinkers ought to try. It’s divine, but strong (consider yourself warned).

  49. skidplate says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Yes, just like that. :)

  50. Ribs says:

    Rondo:
    Don Cherry is crazy saying …

    ….Anything. Hah. Long live Grapes.

  51. striatic says:

    this team is just excruciating to watch.

    their defense is just so bad. i don’t even understand how ..

    Khabibulin in?

    WHY!?

  52. dessert1111 says:

    spoiler:
    We can’t seriously be putting that period on Doobie.

    Not all his fault but I don’t think he played very well, he should have 1 or 2 of those. It happens though.

  53. SK Oiler Fan says:

    This team starts to games and periods is consistently horrible.

  54. OilLeak says:

    Lowetide:
    I don’t believe tonight’s game is vital, but that period tells us the Oilers aren’t good enough. Whatever else, this team is headed in the wrong direction. Two periods to prove I’m wrong.

    You’re not wrong LT, bad teams find ways to lose games even when they’re the better team on a given night. All the good things that some players achieve get outdone by the marginal players on the team.

  55. striatic says:

    i’m liking both Eager and PRV tonight.

  56. skidplate says:

    What a line

  57. BlacqueJacque says:

    Heh, now they’re rapping on the commentary.

    “Nugent-Hopkins with the blast
    against the glass
    on the pass
    from Eberle”

  58. BlacqueJacque says:

    So Matt Duchene is single-handedly better than the Oilers.

  59. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Ouch

  60. jake70 says:

    Smyth taking a shot like that short handed, took a PKer out of the play on the opposite side….uggh.

  61. VanOil says:

    Harry Potter on the other side is looking pretty good right now

  62. Henry says:

    Glad I bought that bottle of Tomintoul.

  63. Nostradumbass says:

    Everyone calm the heck down, Krueger is a world class communicator

    That trumps everything

  64. Clay says:

    Well, that’s enough for me tonight. You have to wonder how long Krueger’s job is safe if the lack of results continue…

  65. dessert1111 says:

    On the bright side, until that last goal Justin Schultz had the same number of PP goals as the entire Avalanche team combined.

  66. Gerta Rauss says:

    My biggest concern is that 3 litres of ale isn’t going to be enough.

  67. Lowetide says:

    Well. I’m just going to watch. The only things I disagree with are pulling DD and the D pairings. Ralph! Let them run!

  68. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Man this is frustrating. I can’t imagine the player’s level of frustration.

  69. fuzzy muppet says:

    Clay,

    It’s not Kreuger that should be worried:

    Tambo is about a week away from unemployment at this rate…

  70. spoiler says:

    Stupid ref blowing that dead.

  71. OilLeak says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Clay,

    It’s not Kreuger that should be worried:

    Tambo is about a week away from unemployment at this rate…

    One can only hope.

  72. Reg Dunlop says:

    Man, Duchene can fly. Kind of like what Hall was advertised to be.

    If the Avs minus their top 2 players can thump us, I don’t think thats a good sign. But at least we are good sports about it, none of that pushing or scrapping that other teams do when they are getting worked in front of their home crowd. My oil are the softest bunch of pussies ever to tank a NHL season. But I still love them. Go oil.

  73. skidplate says:

    Looks more like a penalty on the Avs

  74. spoiler says:

    There have been stretches during this game where they have looked absolutely briliant and then Colorado scores. Just like there.

  75. jake70 says:

    Good call there on the high stick, surprised he saw it.

  76. TartanArmy says:

    Unbearable……this 9 game road trip is going to put the season to rest.

  77. Wes Mantooth-11 says:

    I would be stunned if Tambellini has a job by the end of the weekend.

  78. "Steve Smith" says:

    Stauffer going on about how the Oilers have to be careful, or MPS is going to be waiver-eligible. Well then, let’s by all means bury him.

  79. SK Oiler Fan says:

    FFS. Is there anywhere that tracks odd man rushes? Oilers differential has to be worst in the league

  80. Lois Lowe says:

    Exciting Last Place Hockey?

  81. spoiler says:

    Bruce is probably ripping the refs a new asshole somewhere.

  82. Kris11 says:

    I am stunned that Tambellini has a job.

  83. Rondo says:

    Look at how much ice each team has. This is a n AHL game.

  84. Clay says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Clay,

    It’s not Kreuger that should be worried:

    Tambo is about a week away from unemployment at this rate…

    I agree with you and hope you’re right. However, this team should at least be scoring goals, and they’re 27th in the league in goals for. They’re playing the 30th place team in scoring right now (who is going to zoom right past them).

  85. Kris11 says:

    Man I got angry at the game and drank repeatedly in anger and am on the floor.

  86. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    The melodrama is thick here at LT’s tonight.

  87. Oilanderp says:

    Finally

  88. pboy says:

    RNH!!!!!!!

  89. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    The Oilers are the awesomest awesomes!

  90. hags9k says:

    Ok here we go! Need some emotion from that one.

  91. jp says:

    At least the Oil have 1 good line. Wow.

    And good for Nuge to get his first!

  92. jake70 says:

    About time, not only for him but the line.

  93. skidplate says:

    Beautiful.

  94. fuzzy muppet says:

    well maybe that gets the nuge going

  95. Kris11 says:

    RNH is my friend and I am drinky.

  96. BlacqueJacque says:

    Whitney makes a simple pass and the commentators are polishing his knob.

  97. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Taylor Hall is taking over this game! He is going to will the win. Ouch!

  98. VanOil says:

    Nuge for the Natural hat trick, slides to center ice, shoots ducks in the press gallery. Why because fuck Don Cherry this is Nuge city!

  99. Gret99zky says:

    Ales Hemsky is a bad man.

  100. skidplate says:

    Hall and Hopkins, with sails unfurled.

  101. Oilanderp says:

    Jesus Hemsky!

  102. BlacqueJacque says:

    OH SHIT!

    Smyth picks off a pass and then makes a great pass to Hemsky who slides in from the slot and pulls Varlamov’s pants down.

  103. dessert1111 says:

    Ales Hemsky, ladies and gentlemen

  104. jp says:

    HOLY FUCK!!!!!

  105. pboy says:

    Hemsky!!!!!!

  106. fuzzy muppet says:

    Well, we have a game.

    Hemsky deked the shit out of Varlamov. Beauty!!!!!!!!

  107. VanOil says:

    Ok maybe not the Natural hat trick but Harry Potter is getting less interesting.

  108. hags9k says:

    WOW! Hemsky BEAUTIFUL goal!

  109. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    hemsky… unbelievably evil.

  110. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Did the sky stop falling yet?

  111. Oilanderp says:

    *uncrumples Oiler jersey in corner*

  112. dessert1111 says:

    That’s one of the nicest goals I’ve seen this year. Tonnes of fun to see Hemsky score one like that!

  113. spoiler says:

    Kris11: Man I got angry at the game and drank repeatedly in anger and am on the floor.

    Like this guy? I hate days like that.

  114. BlacqueJacque says:

    How long before Krueger starts experimenting with Hemsky or Yak as top line RW?

  115. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I’ve been hard on 94 lately, but that was a great sequence by him there. What a freeking roller coaster ride with this team

  116. Kris11 says:

    Harry Potter is pretty good.

    Nuge = Harry Potter

  117. VanOil says:

    Can’t speak to the Kiridori version but wine aerators are great for the impatient drunk. Now if only they can come up with a device the speeds my steaks resting time.

  118. Gret99zky says:

    cmon ebs.

  119. Kris11 says:

    .Yes, Spoiler and now The game is fuzzy

  120. BlacqueJacque says:

    I love Paajarvi’s anticipation and work ethic. Great, smart little play to stop that puck behind the net. Didn’t lead to anything, but great play.

    And he starts muscling Avs around in front of the net like a boss.

  121. Kris11 says:

    everything is so frustrating

  122. Gret99zky says:

    Well this is must win now.

  123. "Steve Smith" says:

    Kris11,

    There, there. Let it all out.

  124. SK Oiler Fan says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Noticed that as well. Used his body well. No way he is that aggressive last year. Small steps

  125. LMHF#1 says:

    If Hopkins chips that to 83 it’s hat trick time and we’re tied. The wall is cracking boys!

    Looks like my son’s first tv watching game might turn out after all.

  126. Kris11 says:

    i love u steve smith

  127. squeezboks says:

    Love PRV waiting to watch the replay on the bigscreen before leaving the ice.

  128. TemujinBC says:

    So if the Oil come back and win this thing, does that mean there is a second team with a #goaliecontrovery in the Northwest Division?

    ~_^

  129. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    looking for hemsky’s second career hatty in the 3rd!

  130. Rondo says:

    Can’t get excited of the goals by Edmonton, there is so much ice out there for the players. This is the way Edmonton hopes all teams would play against them.

  131. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    TemujinBC,

    Two weeks ago loads of people wanted to keep Danis and not even give NK a game. Given Danis’ struggles it would have been a terrible decision.

  132. pboy says:

    What the fuck is PJ Stock doing with that collar? I’d love for Healey to turn that collar down and tell PJ to smarten up.

  133. Wes Mantooth-11 says:

    P.J stock is a fool!

  134. Clay says:

    Ok, so judging by the comments, the Oilers got a couple? As soon as I stopped watching. Fak. Now I don’t know if I should turn it back on.

  135. khildahl says:

    38 shots through 2, and by my eye not many have been from the perimeter. This game is pond hockey.

  136. VanOil says:

    Kris11:
    Harry Potter is pretty good.

    Nuge = Harry Potter

    PJ Stock = Draco Malfoy with the popped collar to get in character

    Hope McCurdy adds special HNIC grade tonight just for Stock. Time for Cassie Campbell the most decorated player the CBC employees to make the panel. Give Stock the fluff interviews.

  137. Woodguy says:

    For all those who ripped me for defending Hemsky so vehemently at trade dead line last year, you may apologize now.

    Hall and Hemsky are going to force the Oilers to win this game.

    I’m really souring on 89. Watching him closely and not seeing much I like today.

    Nik looks like Nik.

    Gonna need more whiskey for the 3rd.

  138. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    Clay:
    Ok, so judging by the comments, the Oilers got a couple?As soon as I stopped watching.Fak.Now I don’t know if I should turn it back on.

    Yes

  139. skidplate says:

    Stay away clay.

  140. Ribs says:

    LMHF#1: The wall is cracking boys!

    Haha, the wall. Holy moly, The Avs are not good. Oilers should beat them if they’re getting any better.

    Hemsky’s the man. The insane patience/timing he has in him is ridiculous. 20% shooting percentage, but how many of them were actual shots and not him just out waiting everyone and placing the puck in the net?

  141. Woodguy says:

    Clay:
    Well, that’s enough for me tonight.You have to wonder how long Krueger’s job is safe if the lack of results continue…

    I’d bet on Tambellini getting canned first.

    Too many horses on the D that can’t pull the load.

  142. BlacqueJacque says:

    Woodguy:

    I’m really souring on 89.Watching him closely and not seeing much I like today.

    You’re not the only one.

    Someone posted WOWY numbers somewhere that really stung my confidence in Gagner, too.

  143. Ribs says:

    Woodguy: I’m really souring on 89. Watching him closely and not seeing much I like today

    A lot of coasting tonight. He’s prone to that every now and then. He says he’s working on his consistency every season and I think it’s getting better. We’re just seeing an off night from him.

  144. Bos8 says:

    No comment

  145. Woodguy says:

    Ribs: A lot of coasting tonight. He’s prone to that every now and then. He says he’s working on his consistency every season and I think it’s getting better. We’re just seeing an off night from him.

    He’s a huge problem on zone exits for his line.

    83 is most dangerous on the rush and he never has the puck on his stick going north due to cluserfuckery in dzone by the dmen and 89.

  146. FPB94 says:

    Oilers with 35 shots on net after 2 periods. This game must be giving raging love to the usual suspects around here.

  147. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Weekes said something smart!

    scoring chances and shots wildly favor the oil… and most of the shots are on the net tonight! good news.

    Also… Healy said in a re-draft of 2009 O’Rielly goes 2nd… he said it was the consensus of hockey folks’ opinion…

    my question: not OEL?

  148. Ozzieoiler says:

    I can’t help but feel this is a 3-3 game if DD was still in net.

    I know the goalie change is what most people will put the revival down too but the one Khabby let in was a shocker.

  149. Ribs says:

    Woodguy: 83 is most dangerous on the rush and he never has the puck on his stick going north due to cluserfuckery in dzone by the dmen and 89

    Yea, been seeing a lot of that this year as well. He seemed to work well with Cogliano exiting the zone but with no one else since. He just takes too long to get going. It’s the worst when he tries to lug it up in front of the netminder and gets stripped.

  150. spoiler says:

    “The most dangerous team at both ends of the ice…” I think that’s the most well-said thing to ever come out of Oake’s mouth.

  151. "Steve Smith" says:

    I’ve liked Hemsky a lot tonight, but it’s kind of weird that, on the scoresheet at least, the first line isn’t leading the comeback, because it’s been outstanding.

  152. VanOil says:

    Looks like RK has taken the Blender to the forward lines as well

  153. BlacqueJacque says:

    Yak is back on the second line?

  154. spoiler says:

    About bloody time, zebras

  155. BlacqueJacque says:

    SO MANY OPEN NETS ;ilhg;ilh,423thsdf;lkui54yetrlsijgdwre

  156. hags9k says:

    Belanger PP?

  157. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    “Steve Smith”:
    I’ve liked Hemsky a lot tonight, but it’s kind of weird that, on the scoresheet at least, the first line isn’t leading the comeback, because it’s been outstanding.

    I totally thought that as well and then I remembered, don cherry said they are too small.

  158. fuzzy muppet says:

    56 out….

    SHoulder injury

    on and on it goes

  159. regwald says:

    Jones and Matheson tweeted Teemu out with a shoulder injury – thus the blender for the lines.

  160. skidplate says:

    Nice PP. we sure could have used a goal.

  161. BlacqueJacque says:

    Great skating by Yak surprises… Hemsky? Someone who wasn’t ready for that pass!

  162. FPB94 says:

    Nice hustle by Ben Eager!

  163. "Steve Smith" says:

    Bookjdjfhgye: I totally thought that as well and then I remembered, don cherrysaid they are too small.

    It’s not that RNH is too small, as I understand it, but if the Oilers’ *other* centres were bigger, that would allow the top line to score more often. I think that’s the theory, anyway.

  164. Gret99zky says:

    Tie the fucking game!

  165. VanOil says:

    Eager deserved a penalty shot. It would have been worth it for the novelty.

  166. Gret99zky says:

    yes

  167. BlacqueJacque says:

    WICKED pass by Yak to Gagner who finds Ebs around the net.

    Whatagame!

  168. fuzzy muppet says:

    EBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  169. spoiler says:

    DOUBLE SCHNIDE!!!!

    Just need Hall to score now.

  170. Kris11 says:

    kill everyone yes!

  171. Bos8 says:

    Excellent play by Gagner. Well done.

  172. Woodguy says:

    89 redeeming his night on that PP.

    Very nice work there.

  173. VanOil says:

    Like that PP unit down low. Left side Ebs is going to carve out your eye. Right side Yak is going to crush your skull and in front of the net Smyth is going to crush your nuts. Oh Oh the drink is getting to me.

  174. BlacqueJacque says:

    Gagner looks hurt.

    Ugh.

  175. Oilanderp says:

    Nice work by Gagner there… he walked off the half-wall and blasted a nice low slapper earlier in the PP, then did the same thing on the goal, but faking the shot and sliding a nice pass to Ebs for the open net goal.

  176. Kris11 says:

    Hall at 8 shots with time to go. If he starts to shoot at a reasonable chance, he posts elite numbers,

  177. Gret99zky says:

    Win the fucking game!

  178. fuzzy muppet says:

    50 shots…

    lets try for 60!!!

  179. spoiler says:

    I don’t recall seeing Harski this period.

  180. "Steve Smith" says:

    I think Alberta’s CPLED coordinator just won at Score and Win. Any of the other students-at-law or recently called lawyers here catch that?

  181. BlacqueJacque says:

    spoiler:
    I don’t recall seeing Harski this period.

    Shoulder hurt.

  182. fuzzy muppet says:

    spoiler,

    He’s hurt. shoulder. not returing

  183. VanOil says:

    What is rarer in Oilers history 60 shots or a Hemsky hat trick? SportsSelect have to start offering odds on the next Oiler to need shoulder surgery. They can send some of the proceeds to the Hospital

  184. spoiler says:

    Thanks, lads.

  185. regwald says:

    VanOil,

    according to Tencer, team record is 55.

    Principe says 55 vs Minny Mar. 21/86

  186. TemujinBC says:

    The sports action props had the over/under on Oiler shots at 29.5 and Oiler goals at 2.5

    I’m beginning to really like this team of yours.

  187. FPB94 says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever (and will ever again) seriously thought a goalie who allowed 4 goals should get a star.

  188. fuzzy muppet says:

    regwald,

    regwald,

    They’re gonna break that. 52 already

  189. spoiler says:

    If there is a player who thinks faster than Eberle, I’d love to know who it is.

  190. BlacqueJacque says:

    I don’t know who it is who pointed this out, but Yakupov is really a passer who shows glimmers of brilliance. Never anything as sublime as Nuge’s make-space-and-pass subtleties and stickhandling tricks, just instant reaction passes and wicked velocity. His accuracy could use some work, and his teammates need to realize the puck isn’t going to be on his stick very long and is going to be coming at them like a Nolan Ryan fastball.

    So glad we didn’t draft Murray.

  191. Gret99zky says:

    Whitney is garbage.

  192. BlacqueJacque says:

    spoiler:
    If there is a player who thinks faster than Eberle, I’d love to know who it is.

    Yak.

  193. spoiler says:

    Whitney with the horrible pass causes a total clusterfuck.

  194. fuzzy muppet says:

    And whitney with the shit giveaway…leads to a pp against…

  195. Bookjdjfhgye says:

    6 should be back in the box next game. That was a lazy give away.

  196. Oilanderp says:

    Khabi sayin ‘Hey Varlamov is not the only Russian goalie who can make great saves in this game!’

  197. spoiler says:

    BlacqueJacque: Yak.

    Nah, I don’t think his brain is as quick as Ebs’. HIs hands might be quiker though.

  198. VanOil says:

    regwald,

    Thanks.

    FPB94 says:
    February 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    I don’t think I’ve ever (and will ever again) seriously thought a goalie who allowed 4 goals should get a star.

    for after the game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcM14Al83Ls if your going to paraphrase Taylor Swift

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