OILERS AT HAWKS G18 (12-13) 25.2.13

The Edmonton Oilers matched up very well against Chicago a year ago:

Oilers won three of four, and out scored the Blackhawks 24-15 in those games. Two of the big offensive games in Edmonton’s season came against them and sometimes it seems a team matches up against another despite the standings.

This is not last season’s Blackhawks team. They now own the third longest consecutive points streak at 24 games, which dates back to last season and their prime problem a year ago (goaltending is a strength). Corey Crawford (.941) and Ray Emery (.930) back stop a team with insane scoring (Kane 9 goals, Hossa 8 goals, Toews 7 goals, Bolland 5 goals, Sharp 4 goals, Stalberg 4 goals and two more with 3 goals each) depth.

The Oilers have good goaltending (Dubnyk .917, NK .942) but lack the kind of scoring depth Chicago can send out every night. Hemsky 7 goals, Eberle 6 goals, Gagner 5 goals, Yakupov 5 goals, Justin Schultz 4 goals and Taylor Hall 3 goals represents the Oilers heart of the order.

Chicago’s won-loss record looks too good to be true, and I believe the Oilers are better than their record (but this is an Oilers blog and I still think this team can make the playoffs). I believe this Oilers team to be good enough now that we can’t really look at a schedule and say they’ll definitely lose, and tonight they might catch an over confident Chicago team that is on a historic run. They have to lose some time, maybe it is tonight. I’ll say this: better to face Chicago tonight than LA, the Kings have their swagger back and look ready to roll.

Krueger: “In my experience, in the past two seasons during the longer road trips, we seemed to get into a losing funk where we just accepted the fact we weren’t going to get points. That’s unacceptable now. The expectation is that we will get points every night, whether it’s our sixth game in nine days or the first game in Chicago.”

Love the Krewg. Hope he knows what he’s doing with the goalies, though.

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Deadman Waking is a legendary contributor to this blog, and in last night’s thread he posted a brilliant thought which I now present in its entirety One note: Oilers chances have increased to 37.4% after last night’s Calgary win over Phx.

  • DMW: For my taste, the best tool for following playoff prospect is Western Conference Playoff Chances 50/50. I don’t like the weighted projection until half a season is played: it gives too much weight to team strength on small sample size. The 50-50 tool doesn’t give a home ice advantage. This is nuts, but doesn’t matter much for the first half of the season (since for most teams remaining home games minus remaining away games usually stays within a fairly narrow bracket).Right now the Oilers are about 33% to make the playoffs and I don’t think they’ve shown what they can do yet. By the end of the season, you’ll often see seven teams at 80 to 99%, then four stragglers all around 30%. If two of those straggles meet, you might see one at 60% the morning after, and the other clinging to fate at 10% (that this adds up to more implies the other chumps watching the scoreboard that night would have preferred the opposite outcome, and that’s not even counting the Bettman disaster).If we come back from the road trip with eight points, our season is far from flushed, but at some point they’ll be needed to win four in a row (counting lucky ties). If we can’t manage that, we hardly deserve to be there. Eight points isn’t very hard if we can drag four games into extra time and Yak picks an auspicious occasion to light up some aching goalie up for his first career hatty.Here’s a question: How much is home ice worth, anyway, when you can’t win a face-off? We might be just as good on the road as at home right now (not good enough, but not abjectly terrible, either).In a regular season, if a team drops to 15% by xmas (this is extremely poor) and then turns it around and crawls back up to 30% by the trade deadline, the GM has a tough decision to make on whether to buy or sell.I tend to view 30% as indication that there’s still plenty of daylight to prove we belong. It’s no great accomplishment to sleep-walk into the second season on nothing but warm milk and Bettman cookies.If instead we put a streak together and bang some heads and we’re still at 30% then it begins to mean “too little / too late”.Another truism: a mediocre team usually sucks the hind banana on a least one critical statistic. Ours right now is 5V5. But OK–I admit it–it’s a shockingly pendulous hind banana.Oh yeah, on that chart 53.5 points gets it done. It comes out with this tool to 0.589. Around 0.560 is par with the Bettman point.

Jason Gregor has an interesting article up on Taylor Hall here. Young man is showing some maturity:

  • Hall: “I’ve started to realize that getting hit and taking big body checks doesn’t mean you are tough or playing well, it just means you are being a little stupid and reckless. You can still go to the hard areas, and you can still get a lot of pucks and make a lot of plays without taking a big hit.”

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Tighter than a drum for second in the NW, DMW’s post really gives us a nice line in the sand. If we combine Waking’s post with Krueger’s thoughts above, that’s about where we should be feeling this morning.

One final note: Over the years, the Oilers often offload players while on road trips. They may send out Paajarvi today in order to get Petrell on the roster, but I do believe the club may trade Whitney or Khabibulin on this trip. If there’s a market, I don’t think there’s a good reason to wait. Make room by flushing a veteran who won’t be here when the going gets good. jmo.

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  1. Woodguy says:

    BlacqueJacque: Back when I was smart enough to not post comments here and I could at least imagine in my head I was the smartest guy not in hockey management.

    But now you know better than at least 10% of them.

  2. hunter1909 says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Hunter, what’s it like living in a world without light, warmth, happiness, or hope?

    Is this the Official “Katz Polls Oiler fans” online quiz?

  3. OilLeak says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Hunter, what’s it like living in a world without light, warmth, happiness, or hope?

    It’s not like the Oilers do much to inspire much light, warmth, happiness, and hope in the first place.

  4. "Steve Smith" says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Hunter, what’s it like living in a world without light, warmth, happiness, or hope?

    He has all of those things…in liquid form.

  5. Derek says:

    OilLeak: It’s not like the Oilers do much to inspire much light, warmth, happiness, and hope in the first place.

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/2012-Edmonton-Oilers-Octane-Calendar/3256059

  6. hunter1909 says:

    “Steve Smith”: He has all of those things…in liquid form.

    You really should learn to stop slandering people, Steve.

  7. "Steve Smith" says:

    hunter1909,

    If you’re actually objecting, I’ll stop, but I recall you being pretty open about usually being drunk by the beginning of the third.

  8. spoiler says:

    In Hunter’s “defense”, he’s as giddy as a schoolgirl out on a Saturday night without a chaperone when they win.

  9. hunter1909 says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    You can do whatever you like, insofar as I care.

  10. crude says:

    Woodguy: Some very good posters in that thread.

    Lots of great long term views.

    Ya, and LT is an oracle.

  11. "Steve Smith" says:

    Spector pretty sure the key to the game is fourth line scrubs hitting Seabrook after the whistle.

  12. raventalon40 says:

    Is he serious about this Seabrook business?

  13. "Steve Smith" says:

    raventalon40:
    Is he serious about this Seabrook business?

    Not only is he serious, he is sincerely convinced that everybody agrees with him.

  14. hunter1909 says:

    Sadly I no longer expect any goals when the Oilers cross the blue line, once the puck gets dumped behind the goal.

  15. Gret99zky says:

    "Steve Smith":
    Spector pretty sure the key to the game is fourth line scrubs hitting Seabrook after the whistle.

    Funny, we were all sitting here wondering what Spector might be thinking.

    Mind reader.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Jones with a great effort there.

  17. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Swap 94 amd 91? Poor Smytty is 1/2 a step too late to most pucks. It likely doesn’tmatter in the end

  18. fuzzy muppet says:

    Carcillo runs another Oiler… What’s Ben Eager’s role in this???

  19. Derek says:

    The next tape to tape pass I spot in the second period will be the first.

    Around the boards and out to victory.

  20. crude says:

    Carcillo is lucky Hall is in jail right now.

  21. VanOil says:

    Derek:
    The next tape to tape pass I spot in the second period will be the first.

    Around the boards and out to victory.

    At least it is coming out this period. maybe in the 3d they will put it all together

  22. spoiler says:

    Derek: The next tape to tape pass I spot in the second period will be the first.Around the boards and out to victory.

    I’ve been waiting to post:

    Two… TWO! passes in a row.

    But haven’t had a chance yet.

  23. spoiler says:

    Two… TWO! passes in a row!

  24. JohnnyRocket says:

    Derek,

    Yeah, the forwards need to stay closer for the short break out passes.

  25. BlacqueJacque says:

    hunter1909: Is this the Official “Katz Polls Oiler fans” online quiz?

    No, I’m just wondering where all this negativity comes from.

    Half the game is over and the Oilers are tied with the best team in the league despite missing a few key players (Chicago is almost at full strength).

    Yet you continually point out the negative.

  26. JohnnyRocket says:

    Yakapov is stapled to the bench. The. rest. of. the. game.

  27. hunter1909 says:

    Hawks announcer scolds Yakupov for ducking, instead of taking the hit from Carcillo like a man.

    Yakupov’s going to be the talk of the league, right up to and including when he’s traded out of Edmonton for peanuts.

  28. Lois Lowe says:

    The Chicago broadcasters just called Nail’s ducking of the Carcillo hit attempt “dangerous”; meaning I guess, that Yak owes it to Carcillo to just take the hit.

  29. spoiler says:

    This is the longest ten minute penalty kill ever.

  30. fuzzy muppet says:

    Yak gonna find pine for a looooong time after that shift

  31. JohnnyRocket says:

    “Justin Shultz winging the puck around the boards. That’s not going to get it done.” The period perfectly summarized.

  32. delooper says:

    The Oilers could use three Taylor Halls right about now.

  33. crude says:

    oy , yak.

  34. fuzzy muppet says:

    Ed Olczyk is a moron. He’s whining that Yak ducked as Carcillo tried to run him.

  35. hunter1909 says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Since you mentioned it, I think the Oilers are playing putrid hockey tonight – the worst I’ve seen them play all year.

    I can stfu though, so long as they don’t fall behind. No need to spoil your enjoyment of the game.

    One major positive is the defense, imo. They’re playing really well.

  36. BlacqueJacque says:

    Jonesy/Smyth power play? Muck and grind coming out.

  37. delooper says:

    You could argue Carcillo shouldn’t be making late hits and he wouldn’t have to worry about people ducking.

  38. Gret99zky says:

    Yak Attack!!!

  39. BlacqueJacque says:

    hunter1909:
    BlacqueJacque,

    Since you mentioned it, I think the Oilers are playing putrid hockey tonight – the worst I’ve seen them play all year.

    I can stfu though, so long as they don’t fall behind. No need to spoil your enjoyment of the game.

    Admittedly the second period hasn’t been kind, but they got back in the game for a while in the first.

    And Yakupov BLASTS the puck into the net after some sick passing between him, Gagner, and Schultz. Yak’s playmaking is seriously underrated.

    Anyway, I’m not asking you to stfu just wondering why everything is black whenever you see it? There’s so much improvement this season over last.

  40. alice13 says:

    Carcillo could conceivably “protect” himself by not taking full strides at a guy who’s long since unloaded the puck. Wtf.

  41. fuzzy muppet says:

    YAK ATTACK!!!!!!!

  42. tcho says:

    That Hossa-Toews line is dominating. Other matchups aren’t so bad to my eye.

  43. Rebilled says:

    There it is!!!!!!

  44. JohnnyRocket says:

    YAKUPOV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Lowetide says:

    Yakupov is a really nice young player. I know he’s going to make mistakes and certainly 4line time is fine. But good on Krueger for not putting him in the doghouse so deep he didn’t get a PP chance there.

  46. spoiler says:

    Yak!!! What a release. Helluva one-timer from that angle.

  47. delooper says:

    Way to go Nail. Your play has been all over the place but that one counted!

  48. hunter1909 says:

    That’s what happens when you pass Yaks the puck on the pp.

  49. 42 percent body fat says:

    anybody else seeing a bond between yak and gagner. Yak is always looking to pass to him. More so than he probably should.

  50. Kris11 says:

    Oy, Yak!

  51. crude says:

    How do you solve a problem like Nail?

  52. hunter1909 says:

    Hawks on their heels, lol.

  53. russ99 says:

    Yaktastic!

  54. VanOil says:

    Yak passes harder than Smyth shoots. But wow does he shoot. To the commentators point on getting the PP going on the road. i understand do to crowd influence getting more PP’s at home but see no advantage in executing on PP’s at home versus on the road. Line change order should matter little.

  55. delooper says:

    Gagner is the leading scorer on the team. It’s only natural Yak would try to pass to him, he’s doing good things.

  56. fuzzy muppet says:

    Considering the Oilers best player is out and they are playing BY FAR the best team in the league, I’d consider this an acceptable effort

  57. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Looked like Stamkos. They really have to get Yak shots like that more often. Stu was right, he rarely misses

  58. Kris11 says:

    Need Hall and Horcoff to be able to contain Toews a bit. And need Nuge to develop. And need Tamb. to get some friggin D help, which many of the posters here would’ve done, Boogie.

  59. BlacqueJacque says:

    WTF was Eberle doing there? Just looking at the puck behind the net as a Hawk skated in for it???

  60. LMHF#1 says:

    Maybe 5 guys in the world who can fire it like that? Maybe.

    What a rip. They need to work harder to set that up.

  61. Lowetide says:

    Nice play by Ryan Jones there.

  62. Lucinius says:

    Why did Potter go to Hemsky’s point there?

    Really do not like that first unit.

  63. BlacqueJacque says:

    BTW, how do you all like Nuge stripping the puck and drawing a penalty from Toews?

  64. Lois Lowe says:

    Smyth, Jones and Potter does not a power play make.

  65. delooper says:

    It kind of feels like Chicago can score at will, if only the Oilers make them angry enough. I think the only way the Oilers win is if they can put Chicago to sleep.

  66. Lowetide says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    BTW, how do you all like Nuge stripping the puck and drawing a penalty from Toews?

    Nuge is really emerging as a complete talent. Sounds crazy with the points struggles but man he’s so wise.

  67. Gret99zky says:

    Gags with the opposite of slick.

  68. fuzzy muppet says:

    89 needs to make the simple play there…gaaaaah

  69. tcho says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Yeah. Nuge has made several solid d plays tonight.

  70. striatic says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Looked like Stamkos. They really have to get Yak shots like that more often. Stu was right, he rarely misses

    the issue is getting the cross ice pass in clean.

    Gagner’s pass was very, very close to being diverted away. inches.

    it got through but you can’t force those.

  71. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lowetide: Nuge is really emerging as a complete talent. Sounds crazy with the points struggles but man he’s so wise.

    For sure. He carries that first line. I mean, Eberle has hands around the net, but Nuge steals the puck, wins board battles, delivers hits, makes sick passes, forces opponents to give him space with his stickhandling and decent speed… If he continues to develop those aspects of his game and never scores more than 80 points in a season, I’ll be ecstatic.

  72. hunter1909 says:

    Calgary Flames would kill for a Sam Gagner.

  73. Lowetide says:

    Ben Eager CAN NOT take a pass. It is incredible.

  74. fuzzy muppet says:

    This is one game where the eye tells a much worse story than the shots. 17-14 CHI.

  75. spoiler says:

    Oilers 55% in the face off circle after two…

  76. VanOil says:

    OK they can’t score 5v5, as long Chi can’t either were all good. Hopefully Chi’s tried legs will start to show.

  77. stevezie says:

    Sorry I’m watching the game on tape-delay – That was a helluva shot. Wow.

  78. Derek says:

    I remember a time when a select group of Oiler fans would tell you Eberle was the best forward on the team and Taylor Hall was disposable if the right Dman came along.

    That seems like forever ago.

    (I still love Ebs but he’s not Taylor Hall)

  79. spoiler says:

    fuzzy muppet: This is one game where the eye tells a much worse story than the shots. 17-14 CHI.

    In shots directed its 40-25 for Chicago.

  80. OilLeak says:

    spoiler:
    Oilers 55% in the face off circle after two…

    Woah, what happened here? Oilers got schooled in the first.

  81. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I’m liking Rekhab stopping play whenever possible. Even though it results in an immediate face off loss. Sure be nice to get this to OT, but I’m sure the zebras will enter into the equation in the 3rd

  82. Derek says:

    2-1 We Win, Edmonton Chicago, 2 – 1 Thats it!

  83. tcho says:

    Lowetide,

    Tough pass, no? Just at the edge of his reach, I thought.

  84. VanOil says:

    spoiler:
    Oilers 55% in the face off circle after two…

    I did not believe you but you are right plus they are out hitting them 27 to 18. Cool

  85. fuzzy muppet says:

    Prepare for an ugly third. Chicago’s gonna come out like wildfire

  86. striatic says:

    i don’t understand why some people are so eager to trade Gagner.

    trading now is selling high, yes, and i think he will regress in time.

    issue is, he’ll regress to being a very good second line centre. the Oilers don’t exactly have depth at centre. if you think you can replace him with a UFA or from within the system, by all means tell me who you will replace him with.

    fact is, Oilers need Gagner, even if he regresses and even if Nuge totally works out as their #1 C.

  87. gogliano says:

    spoiler: In shots directed its 40-25 for Chicago.

    CORSI IS A LOSER STAT. This is clearly a sawoff in terms of team quality.

    Since Oil are on the road that means Oil > Blackhawks.

  88. alice13 says:

    Gagner’s spin play was not as bad as I first thought – flopping to the ice is Not what the D should be doing there. If he stays on his feet Gagner’s play works. Buddy lucked into one of the few scenarios that played out in his favor.

    IMO,

  89. Derek says:

    VanOil: I did not believe you but you are right plus they are out hitting them 27 to 18. Cool

    The team leading in hits is often the team chasing the puck the most often. Chicago is last in the league in hits.

    http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/02/25/breaking-news-puck-possession-is-important-and-nobody-told-the-cbc/

  90. "Steve Smith" says:

    VanOil: I did not believe you but you are right plus they are out hitting them 27 to 18. Cool

    Has there been much study into whether hitting drives winning? I’ve been convinced that it doesn’t since the Edmonton-Dallas series of the late nineties, but I suppose my eyes are as susceptible to deception as, say, Spector’s.

  91. SK Oiler Fan says:

    striatic: the issue is getting the cross ice pass in clean.

    Gagner’s pass was very, very close to being diverted away. inches.

    it got through but you can’t force those.

    Oh, totally agree. There’s been 99 passes like that that have been broken up this year already. They need a 2009 Souray back there to pull the top forward up a bit to open up the box

  92. icecastles says:

    There has been a lot of talk about Yak getting benched, Yak getting fourth line etc. Yet whatever Kreuger is doing, Yakupov is producing again.

    Yakupov is the kind of player who, at least as a rookie, could easily get hat tricks nightly and still end up a minus on the game. If he can be a siginifcant scoring threat without being a definsive liability, that’s win-win. And a guy his calibre doesn’t need 22 minutes a night to score.

    Less defensive responsibility and less time mean make big with the time he does have (brutal grammar, I know). It’s unconventional in the extreme, but it’s working. I think in the long run Kreuger could well be the smartest coach we’ve seen in Edmonton, which is saying something with a coach like MacT in our history). Not only is he willing to go outside the box, but he’s smart enough to see things in a way that makes unconventional thinking a benefit rather than a hazard (thinking JFJ on the top line here).

  93. "Steve Smith" says:

    Good anticipation, Derek.

  94. Southern Oil says:

    Chicago has definitely had the better game but does anyone else feel that the color commentators are overstating things? How many crazy saves has KHB made tonight? Chicago has had the territorial advantage tonight for sure but I think things are a bit overstated for the Blackhawks.

  95. "Steve Smith" says:

    Mike Keenan doesn’t think that NHL players should be allowed to have senses of humour. Also, he’s crotchety and old.

  96. icecastles says:

    Good to see Sportsnet taking CBC head-on by bringing in Mike Keenan. They’re working hard at finding a more disconnected blowhard than Don Cherry.

  97. Derek says:

    Lalongo shouldn’t be tweeting like a fancy dan.

  98. 42 percent body fat says:

    Is Krueger smart enough to put the Gagner line out first now on the PP after out performing the other line for 18 games. Even when Hall gets back this shouldnt change.

  99. Ribs says:

    Lowetide:
    Ben Eager CAN NOT take a pass. It is incredible.

    Oh man. That was ugly. It’s like someone has cursed his stick.

  100. Lowetide says:

    Sportsnet needs to have a former Oiler on their Toronto panel for nights when they play. What about Curtis Joseph?

  101. Minister D- says:

    Dear 630CHED: Who on God’s green earth would possibly want an Oilers jersey signed by Oprah? The very existence of the thing seems like it falls into the category of ‘things that should not be.’

  102. VanOil says:

    Derek,

    I agree with you and Steve Smith’s points about hits not correlating with success. I brought them up because the idiots commentating during the breaks on all three networks insist Oilers are soft. i would not trade a bucket of pucks let alone a Gagner or Yak for a hitting machine like Carcillo. I like Yak ducking his check, wouldn’t mind if he got his elbow or stick up while doing so and love him scoring as pay back.

  103. "Steve Smith" says:

    Minister D-,

    I’d like to add it to my collection, which currently consists of a toy brachiosaurus signed by Harrison Ford and a spatula signed by Noam Chomsky.

  104. Lowetide says:

    Dennis King scoring chances 2nd period chances: 7-7; 3-0 ST. After 40 min: 11-11; 4-2 ST

  105. LMHF#1 says:

    Buchberger’s been working on D and video with Nail? Uh oh…

  106. striatic says:

    SK Oiler Fan: They need a 2009 Souray back there to pull the top forward up a bit to open up the box

    i’d settle for a 2013 Souray.

  107. BlacqueJacque says:

    Well, the talking heads are right about one thing – biggest period of the season for the Oilers.

  108. Lucinius says:

    I like how Sportsnet is bitching about the circle back tactic if nothing presents itself offensively…

    And Detroit has been doing it for a decade or so as a relatively common occurrence.

  109. Woodguy says:

    Just caught up on the PVR.

    Watching the game on tape delay.

    Hands up who know what “tape” is?

    No, LT not 8-track.

    Love they are pushing the break out up the middle. So much better for this team.

    Getting out played, but they are playing their game, which is nice to see.

    Yak’s release is ridiculous. Top 5 in NHL?

    Carcillo can suck a bag of dicks. Hope he twists his knee.

    Asshole.

    91 is taking a beating in all th right areas and becomeing a Real NHL player.

    Love it.

    83 looks like he’s “into it”

  110. justDOit says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    Would you trade that spatula for a Chis Hedges signed turkey baster? I need that to complete my collection.

  111. Kris11 says:

    If Oprah owned the Oilers, one day everyone would look under their seat at Rexall or their keyboard at home, and “YOU”RE ALL GETTING CARS!!!!”

    Instead, we have what we have.

    Man, I wish Oprah owned the Oilers.

    Actually, I bet she’d do a great job. The lady knows competition, entertainment, and business politics.

    I vote Oprah and LT for Oilers brass.

  112. Derek says:

    VanOil:
    Derek,

    I agree with you and Steve Smith’s points about hits not correlating with success. I brought them up because the idiots commentating during the breaks on all three networks insist Oilers are soft. i would not trade a bucket of pucks let alone a Gagner or Yak for a hitting machine like Carcillo. I like ducking his check, wouldn’t mind if he got his elbow or stick up while doing so and love him scoring as pay back.

    I have been conditioned to interpret all comments on this blog as serious without the presence of an upside down exclamation mark.

  113. spoiler says:

    “Steve Smith”: Minister D-, I’d like to add it to my collection, which currently consists of a toy brachiosaurus signed by Harrison Ford and a spatula signed by Noam Chomsky.

    I’ll take the spatula.

  114. Minister D- says:

    “Steve Smith”,

    How much for that spatula?
    LMHF#1,

    “Nail, whatever happens, USE YOUR FACE”

  115. BlacqueJacque says:

    Holy Heartattack Khabi. Crazy.

  116. LMHF#1 says:

    Woodguy:

    91 is taking a beating in all th right areas and becomeing a Real NHL player.

    The only issue he’s having is that he still stops skating when he takes a pass. He’s got to figure out how to keep moving.

  117. Lowetide says:

    It’s a goal. Khabibulin needs to stop that.

  118. Lucinius says:

    That goes in.

    Horrible, horrible goal to let in.

  119. Kris11 says:

    Steve,

    I have a US dollar bill signed by Treasury Secretary Geithner *swoons*. I’ll give it to you for five dollars.

  120. striatic says:

    Kris11: Man, I wish Oprah owned the Oilers.
    Actually, I bet she’d do a great job. The lady knows competition, entertainment, and business politics.
    I vote Oprah and LT for Oilers brass.

    quick, someone print up some “Oprah/Lowetide 2013″ stickers.

  121. fuzzy muppet says:

    That’s a goal. Puck sit there for an eternity and no one clears it OR checks a man

  122. "Steve Smith" says:

    spoiler,

    You don’t want to know what I had Ayn Rand sign.

  123. tcho says:

    lol. My wife with the comment of the night as we were catching up on the PVR. Commentators were saying how important it was for the Oil to maintain the lead. My wife chimes in, “What? You’re DREAMING If you think the Oilers are going to hold onto a 2-1 lead!”

  124. spoiler says:

    justDOit: “Steve Smith”, Would you trade that spatula for a Chis Hedges signed turkey baster? I need that to complete my collection.

    I’ll raise your one turkey baster and bid a Persian Rug woven by Kiri te Kanawa.

  125. icecastles says:

    Aaaah, I can breathe a sigh of relief. Edmonton is terrible with a lead: now I don’t have to worry about them playing with one. I smell a win.

  126. Gret99zky says:

    So much for the “showcase”.

  127. russ99 says:

    Ugh, gotta stop that one, Khabi.

  128. LMHF#1 says:

    Minister D-:

    “Nail, whatever happens, USE YOUR FACE”

    And when all else fails, get yourself beat up.

  129. Lucinius says:

    As someone who played goal…

    There’s no way — no way at all that should go in, ever. Horrible defensive play by the defenders and utterly horrific by Khabbi.

  130. Derek says:

    What the hell is going on with Eberle?

  131. icecastles says:

    Oilers are so good they’re going to be the first team to score three goals in overtime.

  132. Lucinius says:

    What’s wrong with Eberle? He’s been pretty bad lately.

  133. BlacqueJacque says:

    Derek:
    What the hell is going on with Eberle?

    Predictable. Lots of game tape now.

  134. BlacqueJacque says:

    Great… great timing, Khabi.

  135. VanOil says:

    I must complement the work Gagner has put in with his skating. He is playing tonight with two players with wings for feet and not embarrassing himself. Note to Ebs and Nuge when playing with Smyth put it on net.

  136. 42 percent body fat says:

    Eberles contract is going to cost us 1.5M more per year than we needed to spend if we waited a year.

    Could have got him for 5M and now Gagner is going to be able to make a case for another half million on his contract if he continues to out pace Eberle like this.

  137. striatic says:

    why is it that when i watch the Hawks, i never notice Patrick Sharp.

    he’s supposed to be a good player, right?

  138. Lucinius says:

    Oilers are so passive with the puck in the open, especially in the neutral zone/defensive zone. Pretty sad.

  139. fuzzy muppet says:

    I realize Chicago’s a better team, but they played last night and it looks like Edmonton’s the tired team

  140. JohnnyRocket says:

    On that shift 14 had two opportunities to clear the zone and gave a half-ass effort on both. I’m starting to think that 14 needs to be the next HS. Light a fire under him.

  141. icecastles says:

    Lucinius: What’s wrong with Eberle? He’s been pretty bad lately.

    He has a surprisingly limited number of moves, the more we see of him. He’s going to have to diversify his game if he want to continue to succeed. Cutting wide down the left while holding the defender at bay with his right arm until he can go backhand on the net looks cool, but it’s getting pretty old pretty fast.

  142. Lois Lowe says:

    Only a matter of time now…

  143. Lucinius says:

    icecastles,

    Honestly, the biggest problem I’ve seen with him is :effort: related. More and more he just doesn’t seem to want to skate.

  144. BlacqueJacque says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    Let’s be fair,

    Chicago is the best team in the league. A record-setting team. One whose stats back up their position in the standings.

  145. Lowetide says:

    Ryan Jones with a smart play there.

  146. Ice Sage says:

    Lois Lowe:
    Only a matter of time now…

    That’s what it feels like when you find yourself saying ‘hold on boys’ with 15 min left!

  147. BlacqueJacque says:

    Eberle seems to have woken up.

  148. VanOil says:

    Time too steal this one.

  149. alice13 says:

    Credit the zebras for not biting on that dive.

  150. BlacqueJacque says:

    Oh my God!

    Yakupov’s release is really world class. No pause, no hesitation, no extra tenth of a second to flex the stick. Puck coming BAM it’s gone.

  151. icecastles says:

    Lucinius: the biggest problem I’ve seen with him is :effort: related

    I’ve been noticing that. Penner-like in his desire to get to rebounds and loose pucks. I recall Hall once saying that Eberle was the most competitive guy he’d played with and was the most competitive of the group. Wonder what’s up.

  152. Derek says:

    The horrible passing has now infected the PP.

  153. VanOil says:

    Do RNH and Hemsky know they are team mates?

  154. LMHF#1 says:

    What a waste that was.

    They’re far from killers at this point.

  155. tcho says:

    Fuck me. Since that Yak goal, the PP has been an embarrassment.

  156. JohnnyRocket says:

    Eager, Petrell, and Belanger on the end of the poerplay. Might as well. We were being outplayed 5 on 4.

  157. Lucinius says:

    Some of the worst passing attempts I have ever seen on that powerplay.

  158. Lowetide says:

    Ben Eager. Le sigh.

  159. Zelepukin says:

    it’s amazing how lazy Hemsky has been on the puck.

  160. justDOit says:

    Boys – it’s Ray Emery – SHOOT THE PUCK!

  161. BlacqueJacque says:

    This is starting to look like the first period in San Jose.

    DUMP THE FUCKING PUCK.

  162. Lucinius says:

    Potter getting way too much ice time, apparently. No way he should get that much.

  163. Ice Sage says:

    tcho:
    Fuck me. Since that Yak goal, the PP has been an embarrassment.

    Chicago has some pretty good PK’ers

  164. spoiler says:

    Think that backdoor pass caught Yak’s blade a little close to the heel, otherwise it was in.

  165. icecastles says:

    Chicago. What a terrible hockey team. Time to blow it up and follow the Edmonton model.

  166. fuzzy muppet says:

    Eberle’s making bad play after bad play right now . Sit him

  167. JohnnyRocket says:

    How do the Hawks defensemen always get to our outlet passes before our forwards do?

  168. BlacqueJacque says:

    This is some really intense hockey right here. The Oilers could be better, but you can tell they’re starting to focus.

  169. fuzzy muppet says:

    28 has been very solid since his return…quite refreshing

  170. Zelepukin says:

    Thank god Hall is back next game. Smyth is just a virus on that line that kills every bit of momentum with his cement hands and concrete feet.

  171. VanOil says:

    91 continues to impress me tonight

  172. Ice Sage says:

    OK Chicago, play for OT? A wee point for this small pest of a team isn’t too much to ask…

  173. 42 percent body fat says:

    would he break up 14 and 93 for the love of GOD!

  174. icecastles says:

    This kid on the Ford commercial looks pretty good… wonder if he’s signed.

  175. JohnnyRocket says:

    VanOil:
    91 continues to impress me tonight

    Agreed. This is a player that is forcing his way up the lineup. There is no way he is sent down.

  176. Lucinius says:

    42 percent body fat,

    Yeah, been saying that for a few days now.

    I really want to see 93, 83 and 89, 14 together for a game or two.

  177. SK Oiler Fan says:

    5 and 93 have had decent nights in the d zone tonight. I swear 93 is the only player capable of getting the puck out of the d zone with control

  178. tcho says:

    RNH and Ebs really can’t retrieve pucks in the corner.

  179. spoiler says:

    Ben Eager with 2 minutes more ice time than Yakupov right now.

  180. BlacqueJacque says:

    Lucinius:
    42 percent body fat,

    Yeah, been saying that for a few days now.

    I really want to see 93, 83 and 89, 14together for a game or two.

    Gagner’s bad play as a winger notwithstanding, who do you imagine would be centering our second unit in this scenario?

  181. 42 percent body fat says:

    Lucinius,

    they have been in the d zone the whole game.

  182. striatic says:

    has a team ever pulled their goalie during 4v4 OT?

  183. JohnnyRocket says:

    14 completely abandons his check after waving the defenseman to the other man.

  184. Lucinius says:

    94 looks absolutely dead on his feet.

  185. spoiler says:

    Great play by 89 there in his own corner.

  186. Lowetide says:

    They start the road trip with a single point. 9 games, 9 points? I know we’d like to see more but that’s a total that would keep them within range. Fair?

    Man. It would be very good to see 2 points to start the trip.

    Who’s the girl?

  187. Derek says:

    I don’t mind playing 93 against Toews, but he’s gonna need a lot more help than 14 and 94 if he ever wants to come out ahead.

  188. Lucinius says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Well, with Hall back my powerplay units would go;

    4-93-83-91-19 and

    94/56/28-89-64-14-2

  189. VanOil says:

    With these two goalies these two teams should have posted 4-4 not 2-2

  190. JohnnyRocket says:

    9

    Lucinius:
    94 looks absolutely dead on his feet.

    94 needs his minutes managed. Playing first line minutes is not ideal for him.

  191. hunter1909 says:

    Oilers with at least 1 of those 10 points needed on their big road trip. So, not a bad start at all.

  192. Ice Sage says:

    Stupid Oilers – this will only make it harder to catch Black Hacks for first overal!

  193. icecastles says:

    If it really is a “loser point”, Edmonton should be in, like, 6th place. They lose all the time!

    Have to think Edmonton has the edge in the shootout though. Among other things, there is much less of a book on some of the Oilers shooters, and I don’t recall Emery as being a great shootout goalie.

    Sadly, I think Chicago is a bit too good and Edmonton a bit too soft to get to the shootout.

  194. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Lucinius:
    94 looks absolutely dead on his feet.

    Love the guy, but He’s lost 95% of races to the puck tonight. In all farness 1 line vs chi is Not a good matchup for him

  195. 42 percent body fat says:

    where were the d?

  196. "Steve Smith" says:

    striatic:
    why is it that when i watch the Hawks, i never notice Patrick Sharp.

    he’s supposed to be a good player, right?

    Thanks for that, jackass.

  197. icecastles says:

    Dang.

  198. BlacqueJacque says:

    To use NBA expressions, Patrick Sharp broke Jeff Petry’s ankles.

  199. Lucinius says:

    Wow…

    Petry…

    How can you be so bad?

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