OILERS AT RED WINGS, G11 (12-13) 9.2.13

The Edmonton Oilers 5×5 offense is going to explode someday soon, and today I wish it would rain. The club’s shooting percentage is low, their ev chances are good and their goaltending looks sustainable as long as Dubnyk is in the net. The PP is humming, but the EV goals have not arrived. Yet.

Taylor Hall has 35 shots on net so far this season and 2 goals. 5.7 shooting percentage. Last season, Hall’s shooting percentage was 13 per cent, meaning that he should have scored 4.55 goals by now if he was in the same shooting range as a year ago. Hall has been amazing this season–he’d get my MVP vote over Ales Hemsky–but lady luck has not been his friend. You know that old expression ‘when it rains, it pours?’

It’ll be coming down in buckets soon. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow. Andrew Berkshire is a helluva writer and despite his Habs focus offers up a perfect description of the Oilers current situation based on shooting percentage:

  • Berkshire: The Edmonton Oilers are going to start scoring a lot soon. Well, their current injury situation may drag this out a bit longer, but eventually a bunch of pucks will fill the net for them at even strength.

The story I heard about “My Girl” is this one. Smokey Robinson wrote the song (inspired by his wife) and wanted it for his own group (The Miracles). One day Eddie Kendricks (of the Temptations) wandered into the room Smokey was working in and began discussing the recent success (or lack thereof) for the Temptations. He begged Robinson for a song, and Smokey (perhaps the greatest pop songwriter in history–and baby that’s saying something) played “My Girl” and then handed it to the Temptations (where David Ruffin would sing the song of his life and the Temptations would have their signature song).

The Temptations were the recipients of one of the greatest gifts in pop history–who gives that simple guitar line, those beautiful words and that incredible melody away?

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The Edmonton Oilers played the role of The Tempations the day Justin Schultz arrived as an Oiler. Holy Hell this young man is a hockey player, as sweet as that opening guitar line in My Girl and as successful as the #1 hit for 1965. It’s a dream, a freaking dream.

Lineup might look like this today:

  • Gagner-Hall-Hemsky
  • Nuge-Hartikainen-Eberle
  • Smyth-Eager-Petrell
  • VandeVelde-Yakupov-Paajarvi

I like the top line–have been suggesting it for some time–but am also intrigued by that 2line. I’d rather see it at home where they could get some protection, but then again with Horcoff and Belanger out there’s not going to be a lot of protection.

It’s hockey day in Canada, and the Oilers are on the road and the CBC splits the nation. I don’t think the Oilers are getting the respect they deserve from the CBC. Surely this team is more entertaining than one of the other Canadian teams.

The lines listed on the Al Gore for the Red Wings feature trouble and double trouble:

  • Zetterberg-Franzen-Brunner
  • Datsyuk-Filppula-Tatar
  • Abdelkader-Cleary-Andersson
  • Emmerton-Miller-Tootoo

Their blue is in shreds compared to previous seasons, injuries and losing Lidstrom will do that to a team.

There’s a small story underneath the season and that’s the emergence of both Hartikainen and Paajarvi as NHL regulars. Through 10 games, here are their numbers:

  • Hartikainen: 9, 0-1-1 10:18TOI. He’s missed only 1 game, and his TOI has risen from game 1 (6:10) through the last game (13:27) and it looks like the coach is going to have him in a feature role today. He’s getting 2 minutes a night on the PP, and even more impressive has been has work along the wall. Hartikainen is turning the corner, and in a season that is still a lot about ‘is our children learning?’ the big Finn is a shining light.
  • Paajarvi: 7, 0-0-0 10:17TOI. A wrinkle this season is some time on the PK (1:13) and he’s certainly playing a more physical game which includes driving to the net. Paajarvi’s miles from being the player he can be, but has some exceptional bullets on his resume for that 2-way role the Oilers need so badly.

The big story this season is the playoffs, but one of the truly interesting underlying items surrounds those secondary wingers behind Hall, Hemsky, Yakupov and Eberle. Hartikainen and Paajarvi finding useful roles would be a huge addition to the club’s depth.

 

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  1. Ribs says:

    Can’t say I recognize these refs. Frederick L’Ecuyer and Steve Kozari. New guys? They’re calling everything like their boss is watching the game.

  2. jp says:

    VanOil:
    Has Eager played since the 1st?

    You mean before that shift a couple of minutes ago where he almost bounced one in? He does appear to be getting the Hordichuk treatment though.

  3. Bushed says:

    RNH showing great positional awareness all over the ice today–incredibly smart player. Can’t believe how good he is for his age.

  4. Woodguy says:

    Not getting a shot in 1:30+ of 5v3 is a crime.

    14 had the puck low and all 3 Wings were within a 5ft circle and he tried to jam it through all 3 of them.

    Not great decision making.

  5. Lowetide says:

    Wow. Khabibulin with another really nice save. A terrific day in goal for the 40-year old.

  6. Lucinius says:

    Woodguy,

    Basically. That first powerplay unit drives me nuts. So much talent and none of them want to shoot the damn puck.

  7. jonrmcleod says:

    Woodguy,

    When did Spector say this?

  8. sliderule says:

    That passing behind the net that RK loves killed off about 30 seconds of our 5on3.

    I think they can scrap that from their playbook.

  9. raventalon40 says:

    Lucinius:
    Woodguy,

    Basically. That first powerplay unit drives me nuts. So much talent and none of them want to shoot the damn puck.

    Swap RNH and Yak on that first unit and we will see some shots in a hurry!

  10. Clay says:

    What’s the deal with CBC not having the score clock up for long stretches? Someone’s asleep in the truck… Our tax dollars hard at work.

  11. VanOil says:

    I hold my breath when 44 and 6 are the D pair like it is a 5 v 3 against. But better than last year when I would see Barker on the game sheet and start crying in despair and checking Yaks stats in the CHL.

  12. Bar_Qu says:

    The shot of the management group trying to work a tv is not going to do their reputation with the fans any good.

  13. danny says:

    The Boozin’ Wall has been great.

    Holland was literally running Tambos show.

  14. Lowetide says:

    That little Nuge is a hockey player, folks.

  15. Lucinius says:

    Sigh.

  16. Lowetide says:

    RNH is going to be Datsyuk.

  17. raventalon40 says:

    Bushed:
    RNH showing great positional awareness all over the ice today–incredibly smart player. Can’t believe how good he is for his age.

    So true, So much said of how he is sleep on offense but his quick hands have allowed good passes out of the zone like just now.

  18. jp says:

    PRV, gotta put that shot on the pads rather than the crest.

  19. godot10 says:

    Clay:
    What’s the deal with CBC not having the score clock up for long stretches?Someone’s asleep in the truck…Our tax dollars hard at work.

    They are doing 4 games today. They are probably renting equipment in Detroit. Probably some minor incompatibility with some equipment.

  20. Ribs says:

    Some beautiful plays by the Oilers today but no finish on most of them! I think Eberle saves it for the last 30 seconds of the game.

  21. Gret99zky says:

    Love the Nuge.

  22. VanOil says:

    Lowetide:
    RNH is going to be Datsyuk.

    After two should surgeries (may as well get a two for one job) and a year of recovery. He will.

  23. VanOil says:

    91 with a ‘good’ penalty

  24. jp says:

    Whitney doesn’t think Yak has a good shot.

    Looks like that’s all she wrote folks.

  25. Ribs says:

    Lucky that wasn’t an automatic goal. Why was Paajarvi out there again?

  26. Lucinius says:

    Honestly.. I like that penalty from MPS. That was going to be a goal against, so hook the shit out of him!

    Powerplay disappoints again, however.

  27. pboy says:

    Spector is going to call for Samwise’s deportation now that his point streak is over.

  28. godot10 says:

    Ribs:
    Lucky that wasn’t an automatic goal. Why was Paajarvi out there again?

    Good grief. Paajarvi passed the puck to Yakupov to shoot. Whitney didn’t.

  29. jp says:

    Well, looks like your tree is safe LT.

  30. raventalon40 says:

    Lucinius:
    Honestly.. I like that penalty from MPS. That was going to be a goal against, so hook the shit out of him!

    Powerplay disappoints again, however.

    Amen to that

  31. Gret99zky says:

    This year is not our year for a second season.

    Next year will be glorious.

  32. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    of course cbc’s feed just dies with 20 secs left in the game. we lost right?

  33. Lowetide says:

    Oilers didn’t have their big guns out there for the big part of that final PP to my eye. I guess they were counting on a whistle? I don’t remember the sequence exactly so could be wrong.

  34. Lucinius says:

    Powerplay goes 12.5% for the night, including an extended 5v3 with ZERO shots on net. Oilers need to re-think the powerplay. Its been trending downwards for awhile now.

    Bright side? Some strong defensive play by the kids (Gagner had numerous five alarm turn overs, however) and Khabbi. Oh, and of course, Schultz.

  35. wordbird says:

    Dear Steve,

    Drowning, not waving.

    Love, Ralph.

  36. Bushed says:

    Zetterberg gets a record 4 free trips this game.

    This is pro-level officiating?

  37. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    of course cbc’s feed just dies with 20 secs left in the game. we lost right?

    yes

  38. tcho says:

    Lots of good things:
    -winnable game (against Detroit) despite having some really poor stretches
    -great games for 93, 19, 91, 56
    -incredibly snake-bitten team for shooting %… that’ll have to even out
    -35 with a pretty solid start. Can’t fault him for either goal

  39. RMGS says:

    Woodguy:
    Not getting a shot in 1:30+ of 5v3 is a crime.

    14 had the puck low and all 3 Wings were within a 5ft circle and he tried to jam it through all 3 of them.

    Not great decision making.

    A zero shot 5 on 3 is a crime indeed but so is the coach stubbornly going to the RNH-Eberle-Hall PP unit when it’s the second unit that’s produced most (and with less time). That second unit takes shots.

  40. TemujinBC says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    Same thing happened here. :-/

    Khabibulin was magnificent. A really good start, should have been a W.

  41. sliderule says:

    What are all the oiler brass here on the road trip?

    Whitney to wings?

    Renney likes wWhiney

  42. Lucinius says:

    RMGS,

    This. As much as I love the kids and they sheer talent they have.. the second powerplay unit deserves more time until that first unit learns to take more shots instead of waiting for the perfect play and trying to force passes through 2-3 defenders.

  43. BONVIE says:

    Woodguy:
    Not getting a shot in 1:30+ of 5v3 is a crime.

    14 had the puck low and all 3 Wings were within a 5ft circle and he tried to jam it through all 3 of them.

    Not great decision making.

    This was the story of the game for every subsequent Oilers powerplay. Nothing there so try to jam a pass through the box anyway. What an awful think to watch.

  44. Ribs says:

    RMGS: A zero shot 5 on 3 is a crime indeed but so is the coach stubbornly going to the RNH-Eberle-Hall PP unit when it’s the second unit that’s produced most (and with less time). That second unit takes shots.

    I enjoy this comment because “Shoot!!” Hemsky is on the second unit.

  45. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    tcho: -winnable game (against Detroit) despite having some really poor stretches

    Not to underestimate any team… but detroit isn’t what it used to be.

  46. Bushed says:

    Ribs,

    +1000000000000000000000

    LOL

  47. jp says:

    J Schultz with 20 goals in a shortened rookie season? Doesn’t seem like it should be possible, but he’s not far off that pace.

  48. oilgreg says:

    Whitney had more than one opportunity to feed Yakapov for a one-timer late in the game – passed them up. Seems to me that personality issues is more important than winning to Whitney.

    This is an issue that needs to be dealt by management before it becomes infectous.

  49. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Well…

    nik looked solid. good for him.
    Schultz is amazing… but he definitely had some five alarm give aways.
    zone entries… need to go back to preschool on that one.
    the pp needs to be rethought

  50. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    did anyone else on the tv feed just lose sound for like a minute?

  51. Giantrobot says:

    A lot of talk about the PP when we are dead last in 5v5 goals for. There are players who have scored just as many goals as our entire team has at evens.

  52. Ribs says:

    Yea on the sound. Good ol’ CBC. They’ll cut to Anne of Green Gables soon, I’m sure.

  53. RMGS says:

    Ribs: I enjoy this comment because “Shoot!!” Hemsky is on the second unit.

    With four goals (and with less time) this year, it looks like he’s shooting.

  54. Lowetide says:

    Giantrobot:
    A lot of talk about the PP when we are dead last in 5v5 goals for.There are players who have scored just as many goals as our entire team has at evens.

    They’re getting their chances, it’ll come. LA lost their coach to this last season. Stuff happens.

  55. Ribs says:

    Giantrobot:
    A lot of talk about the PP when we are dead last in 5v5 goals for.There are players who have scored just as many goals as our entire team has at evens.

    I think there was only 37 seconds of even strength time played this game.

  56. Lowetide says:

    The tree and I talked, shared a beer. It’s all good between me and the tree. The shrubs gave me a glare though, kinda pissed me off…..

  57. raventalon40 says:

    Ribs: I enjoy this comment because “Shoot!!” Hemsky is on the second unit.

    Bushed:
    Ribs,

    +1000000000000000000000

    LOL

    And yet Hemsky and Yakupov each have 3 powerplay goals…

  58. Clay says:

    Well Khabby didn’t cost them the game. Was pretty good for his first game in a year.

    So, the book is clearly out on the Oilers PP. Stand four guys across the blueline, and they skate it right into you and turn it over. How much PP time did they waste today trying to skate it into the zone?

    25:50 TOI for Jr. Man, he’s been good.

    I didn’t think the Gagner-Hemsky line was as good with Hall on it. Not sure what the deal is, but maybe Hall and Hemsky are just too dissimilar in their playing styles? Whatever the reason, I understand that RK would want to shelter Nail a bit in Detroit, but I hope he’s back on that line in Columbus. He’s the team’s leading goal scorer ffs, he needs more icetime than he got today.

    I think this will be the story of this season – chemistry developing, but the results not reflecting their play. But that’s fine by me – winning ain’t easy.

  59. Gret99zky says:

    Shooting % isn’t where it should be but we outpass the league by a longshot.

  60. Woodguy says:

    danny:

    Holland was literally running Tambos show.

    Zing!!

    Agreed that Khabby was good.

    Hope he has that for the 7 games he gets this year.

    jonrmcleod:
    Woodguy,

    When did Spector say this?

    Friday’s show.

  61. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    ps. Gagner’s streak comes to an end. pour one out for it.

  62. Ribs says:

    RMGS: With four goals (and with less time) this year, it looks like he’s shooting.

    He’s almost got as many shots as Ryan Smyth so far! Hah.

    A 20% Shooting average helps his cause, methinks.

  63. raventalon40 says:

    Ribs: He’s almost got as many shots as Ryan Smyth so far! Hah.

    A 20% Shooting average helps his cause, methinks.

    Shooting percentage means jack when the first unit refuses to shoot. I’d take a realistic or unrealistic shooting percentage for a few shots over no shots.

  64. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Gret99zky:
    Shooting % isn’t where it should be but we outpass the league by a longshot.

    The Oil are #1 in EUPs (extra, unnecessary passes — yes it’s redundant for a reason)

  65. RMGS says:

    Clay:
    Well Khabby didn’t cost them the game.Was pretty good for his first game in a year.

    So, the book is clearly out on the Oilers PP.Stand four guys across the blueline, and they skate it right into you and turn it over.How much PP time did they waste today trying to skate it into the zone?

    25:50 TOI for Jr.Man, he’s been good.

    I didn’t think the Gagner-Hemsky line was as good with Hall on it.Not sure what the deal is, but maybe Hall and Hemsky are just too dissimilar in their playing styles?Whatever the reason, I understand that RK would want to shelter Nail a bit in Detroit, but I hope he’s back on that line in Columbus.He’s the team’s leading goal scorer ffs, he needs more icetime than he got today.

    I think this will be the story of this season – chemistry developing, but the results not reflecting their play.But that’s fine by me – winning ain’t easy.

    Yeah, I don’t think the new lines worked as hoped. I thought they’d be better road lines, but that may have come at the expense of pushing the puck in the right direction. RNH-Hall-Eberle are Corsi demons, and Gagner-Yakupov-Hemsky take shots and actually score. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

    Gagner’s streak ends at 10. Trade him!

  66. Bushed says:

    Loved the Ebs play where he schools Datsyk, but wish he’d shoot more (Hall and RNH too), at least until the goals start to come again. The cute passing plays are becoming a bit too predictable. Mix a few shots in and keep ‘em guessing boys…

    Also love Hall’s speed and aggressiveness, but he has to dial up the smarts a bit more often. The penalty on Cleary was a really poor decision, and he’s still trying to force passes that aren’t there too often, and needs to chip and chase more often. He’s got the speed and strength to reclaim the puck.

    Lots of bright spots in this game, though.

  67. Ribs says:

    raventalon40,

    Hehe, I agree. More shots would be nice.

  68. RMGS says:

    Ribs: He’s almost got as many shots as Ryan Smyth so far! Hah.

    A 20% Shooting average helps his cause, methinks.

    You’re right. He should have been traded last year.

    ~~~~

  69. raventalon40 says:

    RMGS: Yeah, I don’t think the new lines worked as hoped.I thought they’d be better road lines, but that may have come at the expense of pushing the puck in the right direction.RNH-Hall-Eberle are Corsi demons, and Gagner-Yakupov-Hemsky take shots and actually score.Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

    Gagner’s streak ends at 10.Trade him!

    I think they were great for EVs on a road game where you a short useful bodies. It was probably the least risk least reward lineup and it almost worked because that was a winnable game for long stretches.

  70. Lowetide says:

    Dennis King scoring chances Dennis King ‏@DKingBH

    Chances: 15-22; 4-5 ST

    Still not bad for a road game imo.

  71. Lowetide says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers

    “It was a tough result. It’s a tough building to win in. I thought we battled really hard but there wasn’t much flow to the game.” RNH

  72. raventalon40 says:

    Ribs:
    raventalon40,

    Hehe, I agree. More shots would be nice.

    Sigh >_<

    I find gaining the zone and keeping possession is an issue as well when Hall always does that "pull it wide and try to go through the guys' legs" move every time. Can't he just start the cycle with that crazy speed he has? He has support, he should use it.

  73. godot10 says:

    Other teams have coaches.

    The 1st PP unit isn’t going to figure out how to beat “don’t allow zone access at all costs” strategy of the opposing coaches by sitting on the bench. It would be really short term nearsighted thinking to sit them down.

    Krueger and the prodigies are going to learn through adversity this year. Krueger and Hall are on the same page….only one way to play.

  74. Ribs says:

    RMGS,

    Now that’s just cold. ;)

  75. raventalon40 says:

    godot10:
    Other teams have coaches.

    The 1st PP unit isn’t going to figure out how to beat “don’t allow zone access at all costs”strategy of the opposing coaches by sitting on the bench. It would be really short term nearsighted thinking to sit them down.

    Krueger and the prodigies are going to learn through adversity this year. Krueger and Hall are on the same page….only one way to play.

    I don’t think anyone is suggesting sitting them, only that using the 2nd unit more actually might equate to more goals or scoring chances at least, in the mean time. I mean, playing through adversity is fine and dandy but the 1st unit is tired out there get some fresh legs out on the man advantage! Hard to keep puck possession from hard forecheckers when you are tired.

  76. FPB94 says:

    1. How can you have 6 guys on the ice and 5 on the perimeter?

    2. RNH’s shot might be the worst in the NHL.

  77. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    we’ve got the “stay competitive in games” thing going now. since the sj blowout and the calgary catastrophe… we’ve been “in” all the games right to the end…

    but at some point you have to be the team that leaves the other side just this side of losing.

    we keep forgetting to ice the cake!

  78. raventalon40 says:

    FPB94:
    1. How can you have 6 guys on the ice and 5 on the perimeter?

    2. RNH’s shot might be the worst in the NHL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNMsgHMyKCQ

    Go home Flaming man, you’re drunk!

    All joking aside, I think he has a great accurate shot. Not the hardest but it’s a good shot. I just think he’s afflicted with Petry-itis, as in trying to shoot through seams that don’t exist (or poor shot selection). Which is peculiar since his passes are sublime.

  79. RMGS says:

    raventalon40: I think they were great for EVs on a road game where you a short useful bodies. It was probably the least risk least reward lineup and it almost worked because that was a winnable game for long stretches.

    Perhaps. I’d like to see the chances broken down. Is Dennis posting them?

  80. raventalon40 says:

    Lowetide:
    Dennis King scoring chances Dennis King ‏@DKingBH

    Chances: 15-22; 4-5 ST

    Still not bad for a road game imo.

    RMGS: Perhaps.I’d like to see the chances broken down.Is Dennis posting them?

    LT posted them

  81. BONVIE says:

    RMGS: Yeah, I don’t think the new lines worked as hoped.I thought they’d be better road lines, but that may have come at the expense of pushing the puck in the right direction.RNH-Hall-Eberle are Corsi demons, and Gagner-Yakupov-Hemsky take shots and actually score.Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

    Gagner’s streak ends at 10.Trade him!

    Good point on the turnovers at the blue line, add to that each Powerplay starting with a faceoff loss with no support from the wingers. Then when we finally enter the zone and get set up, we just continually force passes through the box when there are just no passing lanes open. We have about three or four shooters that can score at a high percentage at the top of circles yet we refuse to take these shots when given the opportunity.

    I don’t think judging line up changes today is fair because I am not sure if we played any 5 on 5 hockey, most were legit except the Whitney penalty resulting in the first goal was a phantom call.

  82. Lucinius says:

    If I were Krueger I’d actually start the 2nd unit powerplay first occasionally. Maybe get a better match-up for the 1st unit if the 2nd doesn’t manage to score.

    If the 1st unit would actually shoot the bloody puck.

    I remember a story told to me by my grandfather, about the early 80s, and how Slats, fed up after a couple games where no one was shooting the puck he spent an entire practice going (paraphrased, of course) “this frozen black thing is a puck. It is supposed to go into this thing called a net. To accomplish this you move the puck quickly at the net. You only move the puck to another player if you cannot put it on net.” And the entire practice was literally lecturing that ridiculously skilled team that skill is worthless if you never put the puck on net at every opportunity you can.

  83. Bushed says:

    raventalon40,

    Nuge clearly had far top corner in his sights late in the game–a shot he usually makes.

    Wonder if the shoulder is still tight from the recent mishap?

  84. raventalon40 says:

    Bushed:
    raventalon40,

    Nuge clearly had far top corner in his sights late in the game–a shot he usually makes.

    Wonder if the shoulder is still tight from the recent mishap?

    The one that bounced hard and left the zone? I think RNH is the only person who can answer that question.

  85. Woodguy says:

    Bushed:
    Ribs,

    +1000000000000000000000

    LOL

    Through 10 games 5v4 pts/60 all forwards with minimum 1.5m/60 on 5v4 and 5gp

    ALESHEMSKY 9.69
    SAMGAGNER 9.31
    TAYLORHALL 6.21
    NAILYAKUPOV 5.78
    SHAWNHORCOFF 4.83
    JORDANEBERLE 4.56
    TEEMUHARTIKAINEN 3.61
    RYANNUGENT-HOPKINS 1.66
    RYANSMYTH 0

    Hemsky 9th in the NHL in 5v4 pts/60

  86. RMGS says:

    raventalon40:
    LT posted them

    Yeah, just wish we had them per unit/player like they used to be at Dellow’s site. You don’t know what you got till it’s gone, I suppose!

  87. Clay says:

    godot10,

    raventalon40,

    I think the easy solution is for the coach to pull the 1st unit aside after 3 or 4 failed attempts to skate it across the blueline and say ” Hey look, these guys are all up high. A soft chip past them, and you either draw a penalty going after it, you gain the zone with numbers, or regain possession and start the cycle”.

    The Schultz goal came when Hall made a soft dump into the zone, went after it, and set up the powerplay. Once they actually gain the zone, they’re pretty damn good. It’s just that they waste 3 or 4 sorties in order to finally get set up.

  88. Woodguy says:

    FPB94:
    1. How can you have 6 guys on the ice and 5 on the perimeter?

    2. RNH’s shot might be the worst in the NHL.

    They overloaded a side to not lose the zone on a scramble.

    Not out manning in that situation is bad.

  89. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    RMGS: Yeah, just wish we had them per unit/player like they used to be at Dellow’s site.You don’t know what you got till it’s gone, I suppose!

    hear hear!

    why did he stop posting them there?

    I’m guessing lack of time (I imagine it’s an incredible investment)… but it was a huge aid and it sucks to be with replacement.

  90. Clay says:

    Bushed:

    Nuge clearly had far top corner in his sights late in the game–a shot he usually makes.

    Wonder if the shoulder is still tight from the recent mishap?

    I agree, he was trying to pick that corner. But that’s the exact thing we’re all talking about here. Hall, Ebs, and RNH are all trying to pick corners, or find that pretty play. That stage of the game, with traffic in front, it’s much more important to just hit the net.

    Like Brett Hull always said, all he ever tried to do is make sure the puck hit the net. It’ll go in enough on it’s own.

  91. Gret99zky says:

    Khabby was really great this afternoon.

    Does RK give him more starts? Or does he roll with Dubey?

  92. raventalon40 says:

    Clay:
    godot10,

    raventalon40,

    I think the easy solution is for the coach to pull the 1st unit aside after 3 or 4 failed attempts to skate it across the blueline and say ” Hey look, these guys are all up high.A soft chip past them, and you either draw a penalty going after it, you gain the zone with numbers, or regain possession and start the cycle”.

    The Schultz goal came when Hall made a soft dump into the zone, went after it, and set up the powerplay.Once they actually gain the zone, they’re pretty damn good.It’s just that they waste 3 or 4 sorties in order to finally get set up.

    Great point.

  93. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Gret99zky:
    Khabby was really great this afternoon.

    Does RK give him more starts?Or does he roll with Dubey?

    I’m guessing Nik saved having Danis return… but didn’t buy himself more than the odd game every back to back, or when DD gets blown out.

    RK is going to ride DD through the season.

  94. raventalon40 says:

    Gret99zky:
    Khabby was really great this afternoon.

    Does RK give him more starts?Or does he roll with Dubey?

    It’s Dubnyk’s team now. Keeping a 40 year old backup goaltender competitive will require that he starts once in a while just to remember what stopping a puck feels like, but if the last two seasons are any indication, Dubnyk is the man.

  95. Gret99zky says:

    It will be nice when the in-laws leave and we can get back to talking about the draft, Stu’s magnificent bullets and Yak’s sophmore slump.

  96. raventalon40 says:

    I just want to mention that besides the one giveaway in the 2nd period I thought Eager looked good in a limited showing.

  97. Bushed says:

    Woodguy,

    I absolutely agree. I propped the comment because I read it to mean that it’s ironic that the “shoooot” crowd now has to eat its words re. Hemsky.

    I’ve always been a Hemsky fan.

  98. Ribs says:

    Woodguy,

    So you think if they move his line to first unit, the shoot-birds won’t come out of the woodwork?

  99. Bushed says:

    Clay,

    I think we all agree that more shots are needed.

    But Schultz picks his spots when he shoots, with some nice success. And while I agree with the Hull comment, his shots were usually pretty accurately placed. So getting the shot away fast is certainly part of the answer, but sometimes you need to know where it’s going, too, or you just get the “muffin to the goalie’s crest” effect, no?

  100. jp says:

    Lowetide:
    The tree and I talked, shared a beer. It’s all good between me and the tree. The shrubs gave me a glare though, kinda pissed me off…..

    It was never personal.

  101. jp says:

    Tyler Myers a healthy scratch today, and -9 on the season.

    Get on that Dithers!!

  102. Lowetide says:

    jp: It was never personal.

    lol. It’s nice to know someone understands. :-)

  103. jp says:

    Gret99zky:
    Khabby was really great this afternoon.

    Does RK give him more starts?Or does he roll with Dubey?

    Imagine if they run MVP out there again tomorrow. I think I’d have to find a new team. lol
    That won’t happen though, Doobie is the man.

    On that note, since Jan 1 2012 Dubnyk is 42GP 20-11-6 2.50 .921. Those are top 1/3 of the league numbers. Very encouraging.

  104. Gret99zky says:

    I wonder if Lowe can get his soul back from that 2006 run. Might help in these one goal games.

  105. Bushed says:

    Anyone find any choice info yet from the rumour sites about a possible deal with Detroit?

    Or, more importantly, if Lowe, Holland, and Dithers have figured out the remote yet?

  106. jp says:

    And again about J. Schultz.

    It’s obviously early, but he’s on pace for 17-18 goals in 48 GP, or 30 over an 82 game season. To my eye he could very well keep that pace up.

    All time record for goals by a rookie D is 23 by Brian Leetch back in 88-89. That’s some kind of territory Jr is in, at least for the moment.

  107. jp says:

    Bushed:
    Anyone find any choice info yet from the rumour sites about a possible deal with Detroit?

    Or, more importantly, if Lowe, Holland, and Dithers have figured out the remote yet?

    Maybe they were trying to get a replay on one of those plays. Good luck!

    No idea about rumors, but good to see them hanging out together and presumably talking.

  108. Woodguy says:

    Ribs:
    Woodguy,

    So you think if they move his line to first unit, the shoot-birds won’t come out of the woodwork?

    Of course they will.

    If he keeps scoring at that clip it won’t matter.

  109. Ribs says:

    ….And the chances of that are….Haha…

    Hemsky is my favourite Oiler but the kids look like killers on the power play and you have to figure it’s just a matter of time before they figure how to turn it into goals. Hemsky’s line is feasting on the lesser PKers and the pressure on Yakupov is at a good place right now. I’d hate to mess any of that up.

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