OILERS AT STARS G19 (12-13) 28.2.13

Now that we’ve established Taylor Hall is not a choir boy, we can return to the subject at hand: just how long is the corner the Oilers are trying to turn? At the end of the turn lies the playoffs, series wins, heartbreak in May, a river of tears come June and ultimately the return of Stanley to the Kingdom of the Silver Mug.

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If we ask ourselves “can we win with Hall as 1line LW?” and “can we win with Sam Gagner as 2line C?” I come up with 8 yes answers out of 19 starters. Not bad. The 8 should be easy to figure out, and maybe we disagree on one or two but that’s okay. If I suggest to you that in 2 years the Oilers could make the elite 8 with Hall, Nuge, Eberle, Gagner, Yakupov, Hemsky, Schultz the younger, Petry, Smid and Dubnyk (that’s 10) added to:

  1. a big minutes defender who can play in two of three disciplines
  2. a complete 3-line that can calm the waters

would that be enough? Pretty close I’d say. Third paring and 4line are things you can shore up at the deadline.

Question: is there anyone in the organization (and outside the names listed above) who will be able to fulfill these roles down the line? Say 2015?

  1. Klefbom, Marincin and Gernat could end up filling the #1 role (big minutes D) but we don’t know the best one and we don’t know if they’ll be a top pairing defender.
  2. There are plenty of candidates for #2 role–the 3line–Paajarvi, Lander, Pelss, others–but we don’t really know who it is; chances are at least one is going to be from outside the organization.

The Oilers will get better just by watching Hall and the group grow a year older, but one hopes they aim a little higher via procurement.

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Aaron Volpatti (the anti-Grace Kelly) is on waivers this morning, I was going to write something but Jonathan Willis did it quicker and better. I think the Oilers might put a claim in on him, and run him on a 4line with Belanger and Petrell/Smyth. He’s a better player than Hordichuk and ‘when everyone is healthy’ doesn’t look like it is going to happen this season.

If the club has Paajarvi among the black aces (and they did yesterday) after his performance the other night then I think we can agree this isn’t going to be his season. Damn shame.

The COH folks are tracking zone entries, Willis has two items up here and here. This is really interesting information and worth following all season long. I’m not certain at what point we can begin to draw conclusions, but Nuge looks efficient and Gagner does not and I’m beginning to wonder if it is more than just Hall.

Important to find out with Samwise in need of a contract this summer

Oilers are in Death Valley tonight, “The Groin” is back in Edmonton and on the IR, the Stars haven’t lost in regulation at home to the Oilers since Pronger but #4 skates for the Oildrop and that’s always a good thing. Hot:

  • Sam Gagner, 18 in 18
  • Ryan Smyth, 4 in the last 5
  • J Schultz and Nail Yakupov: 2 points in their last 2 games

The Oilers have enough firepower to blow the other team out, and maybe tonight Taylor Hall turns Dallas into his very own shooting gallery.

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When I saw this, my first thought was “Ryan Whitney!” but there’s not much to scout and if you play the guy NHL scouts will see the troubles. That sublime passing ability is still there though, I think a team might take a chance when a few more dollars fall away from the contract.

So. Volpatti waivers, Whitney story, Hall returns and the minefield that is Dallas. Should be fun!

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  1. VanOil says:

    Just figured it out after seeing him do it (ceremonial face-off) for a second time (slow I know). Mr Eberle is our team Captain with Horcoff out. He better show up with a hat trick.

  2. Smarmy says:

    lol @ cgy

  3. Smarmy says:

    Speaking of stupid hockey teams. Isn’t Robidas good? Oilers should try and get him.

  4. DBO says:

    Jones great idea up there. said it all along

  5. BlacqueJacque says:

    I think O’Reilly is worth the money, the problem is Calgary committing so much (if they plan on qualifying him!) to a young player who has just one solid season. If I’m wrong and O’Reilly is a bum, it costs me nothing except eating some crow. If Calgary is wrong…

    Good Gravy Gagner has magic hands.

  6. fuzzy muppet says:

    SWEEET!!!!! Great start

  7. 42 percent body fat says:

    Ok, so if ROR is getting 62 to get 55pts, what does gagner get if he gets 82 (prorated)

  8. Rebilled says:

    Dirty Deeds Gags!

  9. VanOil says:

    Samwise wants some of the RoR money. Good on him.

  10. Lowetide says:

    Samwise. He’s no good.

  11. Нинтендо⁶⁴ says:

    42 percent body fat,

    The GM’s Lebrun talked to are not overvaluing the Flames 1st:

    Cam Charron: Less than a third of players (20/63) drafted between 8th-16th from 2005-2011 are playing regular NHL minutes with the team that drafted them.

  12. Smarmy says:

    Trade Sammy. His value is sky high.

  13. VanOil says:

    Man I love how Yak passes it like it hot.

  14. BlacqueJacque says:

    Yakupov is an absolutely underrated passer. He one-times passes so often and so cleanly. Even Eberle looked surprised. He certainly wasn’t ready.

  15. 42 percent body fat says:

    Нинтендо⁶⁴,

    ya since 2005, this draft year is compared to 2003. How many first from that draft are playing?

  16. Rebilled says:

    I think they shaved an ape and he’s got a seat at the glass behind Dubnyk.

  17. BlacqueJacque says:

    Hey look, Jeff, look what happens when you don’t chase a skilled forward behind the net.

  18. bookje says:

    TheOtherJohn,

    Keep naming guys, next I will ask how many of them held out for a contract.

    The fact that the Oilers suck does not mean that the Flames do not suck. Col doesn’t care where the oilers finish, but they will be considering where Calgary is likely to finish.

    Calgary won’t pick until the 4th round in a good draft!

  19. VanOil says:

    Smid Petry did not chase Jager behind the net. Learning moment applied.

  20. BlacqueJacque says:

    That line looked better with Paajarvi.

  21. 42 percent body fat says:

    When are we going to trade that small under sized number 2 center who cant produce. Mind you selling Nuge now would be selling low.

  22. Smarmy says:

    42 percent body fat:
    When are we going to trade that small under sized number 2 center who cant produce. Mind you selling Nuge now would be selling low.

    Bad post that I disrespectfully disagree with.

  23. Lowetide says:

    So far the Oilers are up 1-0 and may have suffered a stroke.

  24. 42 percent body fat says:

    Smarmy,

    It was a joke. I wouldnt trade either center.

  25. Lowetide says:

    Ryan Jones should never play with Sam Gagner.

  26. BlacqueJacque says:

    Kreuger looked like someone just kicked his nuts.

    Then I realized I was making the same face.

  27. Woodguy says:

    not sure Jones on the same line as 89 is a good idea.

    Cut his tendons with a skate, blow out a knee…

  28. BlacqueJacque says:

    What? Wow! I saw the 4 and thought “Hall? No… Eberle? No… who IS that guy? Vande Velde?!”

  29. 42 percent body fat says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    yup, good effort and good play there, he thinks Sams job is open tonight and wants it.

  30. Gret99zky says:

    I’m thinking Colorado takes the picks and then gets busted this season for running a Western Conference bounty program against ROR and the Calgary Flames.

  31. ashley says:

    Poor start. Something’s gotta change if they want to win this

  32. Derek says:

    Looks like the Gagner line is in for another long night despite the GF.

    (This is not an anti-Gagner post, its pro-Magnum)

    (Double-edit J Schultz is a cool dude)

  33. Lowetide says:

    Oilers are horrible. Beyond horrible. What’s beyond horrible? BEASTLY? GHASTLY?

  34. BlacqueJacque says:

    Fistric is merciless.

    I love this dman, slow as he is.

  35. 42 percent body fat says:

    thats what we need from ebs

  36. striatic says:

    ashley: Poor start. Something’s gotta change if they want to win this

    Oilers need to get on the PP somehow.

    slightly pathetic, but true.

  37. Lowetide says:

    Schultz with a nice pinch from the blue. God, this is a horrible team.

  38. justDOit says:

    What game are you guys watching?

  39. Woodguy says:

    That was pretty sweet.

  40. BlacqueJacque says:

    First line to the rescue.

    Amazing work along the wall by Nuge, Hall comes in for the rescue, Eberle gets the puck for a sweet pass to Schultz.

    Goals like this deserve three assists.

  41. fuzzy muppet says:

    WHAT A PASS! all created by the Nuge man-handling Eakin

  42. VanOil says:

    Fistric own Jager twice on that shift. That’s one for the career highlight pack. Schultz Jr you beauty. My head hurts is that 2 even strength goals and two goals in one period.

  43. striatic says:

    Schultz with the cloaking device.

  44. BlacqueJacque says:

    Well, no more doubts about Gagner’s knee after that rush.

  45. ashley says:

    That’s better. Nice shift for that whole line. RNH has great balance. He’s always on his skates. A special player. More subtle than our other No1′s.

  46. Woodguy says:

    Another reason to hate Dallas.

    Douche bag fans banging the glass when the play is on the boards all goddam game.

  47. striatic says:

    Hall did a hell of a job on that goal throwing hits, keeping the puck in play.

    how on earth did Hemsky get *that* free. jesus.

  48. Rebilled says:

    great pass ebs.

    trade’em.

  49. 42 percent body fat says:

    wow gagner has played two minutes more than everyone on the team except schlutz jr. Thats a lot and he hasnt penalty killed.

  50. fuzzy muppet says:

    Potter with two awful giveaways that shift

  51. 42 percent body fat says:

    not a peckham fan but he has looked better than potter. I dont care if he is a poor mans fistric he should be playing on merit. Same with MPS.

  52. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy:
    Another reason to hate Dallas.

    Douche bag fans banging the glass when the play is on the boards all goddam game.

    Amen. Brain Damage.

  53. ashley says:

    Re: balance – Contrast with Smyth in his early years….never mind still.

    Still playing poorly outside of first line. Can the first line play 60?

  54. bookje says:

    My kids took over the TV, I am watching the Doodlebops. The good news is that they found Moe. I kind of wonder what DeeDee looks like without out the makeup.

    Anyway, it sounds like I should make the effort to watch the goal on PVR.

  55. BlacqueJacque says:

    42 percent body fat:
    wow gagner has played two minutes more than everyone on the team except schlutz jr.Thats a lot and he hasnt penalty killed.

    Umm… Edmonton hasn’t had any penalties until just now.

  56. justDOit says:

    Swing Lennart! Swing!

  57. bookje says:

    Woodguy:
    Another reason to hate Dallas.

    Douche bag fans banging the glass when the play is on the boards all goddam game.

    What can you expect from a redneck, oil rich state full of pick up trucks!

  58. VanOil says:

    Woodguy:
    Another reason to hate Dallas.

    Douche bag fans banging the glass when the play is on the boards all goddam game.

    I had not noticed this, now it will bug me. Thanks, I think. I do hate me some Dallas Stars already, now I have more reason too.

  59. Derek says:

    Love that replay of the Petrell howitzer.

  60. 42 percent body fat says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    I know, was implying he gets his extra minutes on pk, and we hadnt had one.

  61. striatic says:

    bookje: I kind of wonder what DeeDee looks like without out the makeup.

    http://www.insidehalton.com/community/oakvillebeaver/article/957130

  62. BlacqueJacque says:

    Heh… now’s this for different? Sportsnet is showing Oilers-Stars on SNETW and bumping the Flames to SNET Flames…

  63. 42 percent body fat says:

    OK nhl game feed has now adjusted his TOI down. Didnt think he was around 7 minutes allready.

  64. fuzzy muppet says:

    Eager better pound that dirty prick Nystrom

  65. BlacqueJacque says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Eager better pound that dirty prick Nystrom

    And Potter better look at the replay and ask himself what he did wrong. Penalty or no penalty, he’s the one eating the concussion.

  66. khildahl says:

    That hit HAS to be suspension-worthy.

  67. bookje says:

    striatic: http://www.insidehalton.com/community/oakvillebeaver/article/957130

    You were kind of strangely quick with that link…

  68. Derek says:

    Fuck Dallas.

  69. fuzzy muppet says:

    Oilers can win this game right now.

  70. Gret99zky says:

    Dirty Dallas Douches.

  71. ashley says:

    bookje:
    My kids took over the TV, I am watching the Doodlebops.The good news is that they found Moe.I kind of wonder what DeeDee looks like without out the makeup.

    Anyway, it sounds like I should make the effort to watch the goal on PVR.

    I’m not the only one. One of the benefits of being on the road. I can watch a game instead of just highlights and hang out with the LT crowd….. …. … .. I miss my family.
    :)

  72. danny says:

    Nystrom is the guy that destroyed Fedun and probably gave Potter a roster spot last year. Eric giveth and Eric nearly taketh away.

  73. justDOit says:

    Sticks up boys! Hold em high!

  74. Gret99zky says:

    Avs match? Wow. Bad Blood.

  75. fuzzy muppet says:

    Av’s already matched ROR offer sheet

  76. Woodguy says:

    Nystrom was the same douche bag who tripped Fedun on the icing when he shattered his leg.

    Typical Dallas assholes.

    The ghost of Hatcher.

    Assholes.

  77. VanOil says:

    Some at the break amusement for Whiskey fans:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-21614304

    Why is this funny when its whiskey, sad when it Oil?

  78. hunter1909 says:

    Time for the boys to defend the dreaded 2 goal lead.

    Looks like a playoff team to me, tonight.

  79. ashley says:

    Matched. Now Feaster just looks like that drunk fat bald desperate single guy at last call.

  80. Rebilled says:

    The ape in question was the guy behind Dubnyk, banging on the glass.

  81. Woodguy says:

    Really suprised COL matched.

    I wonder what Stauffer’s ShowsRun/60 is tonight?

    Anyone listening to the radio?

  82. BlacqueJacque says:

    fuzzy muppet:
    Av’s already matched ROR offer sheet

    SUCCESS! Best possible outcome.

    Colorado is forced to pay O’Reilly what they don’t want to (and arguably over market value), and Calgary doesn’t get better (while now exposing themselves to losing/overpaying a prospect like Baertschi or Backlund.)

  83. justDOit says:

    That’s got to be an awkward reunion coming up with his team for RoR.

  84. Smarmy says:

    Good on ROR’s agent to find the one team that won’t have anyone worth offer sheeting ever.

  85. hunter1909 says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Soon they will need their own Horcoffian contract; where a weak GM overpays some plug who’s fluked off a career year, with maybe a good single round playoff record to put a nice big fat shine on things.

  86. VanOil says:

    Smarmy:
    Good on ROR’s agent to find the one team that won’t have anyone worth offer sheeting ever.

    You are a very nasty individual, well done.

  87. Woodguy says:

    Rebilled:
    The ape in question was the guy behind Dubnyk, banging on the glass.

    He’s the worst but there are others.

    If I sat next to him I’d pretend to bang on the glass with him and accidently break his hand.

  88. Lowetide says:

    I hate Dallas. the face of Dallas is Mike Keane. Ugly Mike Keane. Dumb as a post. Stupid stupid Dallas.

    hate that team. Frack. Even up 2-0 I’d like to gut them.

  89. striatic says:

    bookje: You were kind of strangely quick with that link…

    searched IMDB, found name, searched google, found picture.

  90. hunter1909 says:

    Flames are morphing slowly, like a planetary elipse into something very strongly resembling the Oilers from those halcyon times in the early 2000s.

    Who knows? Maybe Oilers can oblige the Flames by giving them their 1st round playoff kick outs, much like Dallas used to do to the Oilers in the early 2000s.

  91. striatic says:

    Smarmy: Good on ROR’s agent to find the one team that won’t have anyone worth offer sheeting ever.

    they have Baertschi.

    can’t think of anyone else.

  92. bookje says:

    Woodguy:
    Really suprised COL matched.

    Pride, ego, and don’t screw with me factors into it.

  93. danny says:

    Fistric is having a good game by eye. A couple really intelligent plays to break the puck out and a couple big hits. Really nice addition.

  94. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Woodguy: He’s the worst but there are others.

    If I sat next to him I’d pretend to bang on the glass with him and accidently break his hand.

    Lowetide:
    I hate Dallas. the face of Dallas is Mike Keane. Ugly Mike Keane. Dumb as a post. Stupid stupid Dallas.

    hate that team. Frack. Even up 2-0 I’d like to gut them.

    THese things. yes. these things.

  95. BlacqueJacque says:

    striatic: they have Baertschi.

    can’t think of anyone else.

    Mikael Backlund isn’t that bad.

    edit: and his contract is up this season! His agent must have a phone book to cover his hard-on right now.

  96. justDOit says:

    Lowetide:
    I hate Dallas. the face of Dallas is Mike Keane. Ugly Mike Keane. Dumb as a post. Stupid stupid Dallas.

    hate that team. Frack. Even up 2-0 I’d like to gut them.

    I’ve only been to Dallas once and plan to keep it that way. It has all the culture of a strip-mall.

  97. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    how long is the 5-3? over a minute?

    need to cash that and bring the hammer down.

  98. hunter1909 says:

    justDOit,

    Hate the Stars by all means, but leave Texas out of it.

  99. justDOit says:

    Romulus Apotheosis,

    I think about 1:00

  100. striatic says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: how long is the 5-3? over a minute?

    50 seconds.

  101. ashley says:

    Disagree with the panel. A good coach makes adjustments at the intermission or else its 3-2 by the third.

  102. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    hunter1909:
    justDOit,

    Hate the Stars by all means, but leave Texas out of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85N_JrVqBEo

  103. justDOit says:

    hunter1909,

    Dallas is an ugly, barren, festering hole.

  104. striatic says:

    BlacqueJacque: Mikael Backlund isn’t that bad.
    edit: and his contract is up this season! His agent must have a phone book to cover his hard-on right now.

    is there any evidence that teams who use offer sheets receive them in kind as retaliation or something?

  105. Smarmy says:

    Texas is the reason that the presidents dead.

  106. hunter1909 says:

    justDOit,

    I’ll always have a soft spot for almost everything Texas.

  107. Smarmy says:

    Ft. Worth is the worst. Absolute worst. Rather live in Fort Mac.

  108. VanOil says:

    Sorry if you are bored of hearing me say this. Yak needs to be on the Ice during 5v3′s.

  109. fuzzy muppet says:

    I just don’t get krueger sometimes. Why isn’t Yakupov the one getting that one timer play. He was made for it

  110. Bar_Qu says:

    justDOit,

    Seriously? Are we turning this place into that kind of place?

    I have lots of family in Texas & would love to visit San Antonio again for lots of reasons. Lets not let Fox news shape our views on a great place.

  111. justDOit says:

    hunter1909,

    My condolences to you. I did not say anything bad about the people, and I didn’t say anything bad about Texas – it’s actually quite a nice state.

  112. 42 percent body fat says:

    doesnt eric cole have a face you wanna punch

  113. hunter1909 says:

    They should hire Pat Quinn as TV color man.

  114. BlacqueJacque says:

    striatic,

    I don’t know, but it’s not like the Oilers have let any young guy get to RFA status since they went after Vanek.

  115. justDOit says:

    Bar_Qu,

    I said DALLAS. ?

    Edit. I’ve been there, worked there briefly, and it’s a whole lotta overpasses and strip malls.

  116. 42 percent body fat says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    Gagner was RFA twice at market

  117. BlacqueJacque says:

    Vande Velde has been noticeable for the not-wrong reasons for once.

  118. BlacqueJacque says:

    42 percent body fat,

    My bad. I thought we always extended him before.

  119. VanOil says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    Vande Velde has been noticeable for the not-wrong reasons for once.

    Agreed. His best game in the show so far bye my eye

  120. Lowetide says:

    Bar_Qu:
    justDOit,

    Seriously? Are we turning this place into that kind of place?

    I have lots of family in Texas & would love to visit San Antonio again for lots of reasons. Lets not let Fox news shape our views on a great place.

    I meant Dallas the team, not the city. I have a brother in law who lives in Round Rock Texas and he loves SA, Dallas and other places.

    I love the Texas music, that’s all I have for reference.

  121. fuzzy muppet says:

    rough sequence for Fistric and Petry there

  122. 42 percent body fat says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    actual BJ I cant confirm that, I know once he was. But last year I dont remember. Is arbitration before or after july 1?

  123. SK Oiler Fan says:

    2 bad shifts in a row for 2. Looks tired

  124. striatic says:

    it looked like ever single Oiler got a crack at Jagr on that play.

    didn’t work out so hot in the end.

  125. justDOit says:

    Lowetide,

    I didn’t say anything bad about the people, or Texas. The city of Dallas, considering is size, offers very little in the way of culture, architecture or art. Highways, strip malls and over passes. Maybe that their thing, but it sure the hell isn’t mine.

    In fact, I talked to a nice woman on the train while I was down there, and she asked my why the hell I would pick Dallas to visit.

  126. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Fk belanger, you don’t have hands for a move, just shoot ffs

  127. Smarmy says:

    What happened to Belanger? It can’t just be because he got old.

  128. striatic says:

    42 percent body fat: Gagner was RFA twice at market

    this is what i mean.

    i’m not sure Calgary had much to risk with the offer sheet, other that the risk it might work.

  129. BlacqueJacque says:

    42 percent body fat,

    After. Arbitration becomes an option once a player achieves RFA status, ie, once his contract expires (July 1). He can’t be offered anything or go to arbitration until then.

  130. VanOil says:

    interesting D pair on the kill. 19 & 45

  131. Rebilled says:

    No Belanger in the shoot-out tonight.

  132. crude says:

    See Jones get beat by Jagr off the wall?!! What’s HIS excuse!!!?!?

  133. striatic says:

    SK Oiler Fan: Fk belanger, you don’t have hands for a move, just shoot ffs

    i do hate it when the penalty killer shoots, puck comes back the other way off the boards and you see a 3 on 2 coming back.

  134. fuzzy muppet says:

    nice fucking dive. I fucking hate Dallas!!!!!!!!

  135. 42 percent body fat says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    so ya samwise has been an open market RFA twice than,

  136. crude says:

    Tthat call was total Garbutt.

  137. spoiler says:

    You could call that penalty on any team playing the Oilers 10 times per game. What a joke.

  138. striatic says:

    can we have Jagr next year?

    please?

  139. striatic says:

    per @dantencer, Potter out with a head injury after the Nystrom hit.

    the bastard.

  140. fuzzy muppet says:

    Potter’s out the rest of the game. Head injury

  141. Woodguy says:

    Only Smid could get concussed from someone’s ass.

    I bet Smid could get concussed from his own ass somehow.

  142. Derek says:

    It would be just like Ladi to get concussed by someones ass, I thought he’d grown past these kinds of injuries.

    Edit: Goddamnit

  143. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Brendan Morrow’s ass 1, Smid’s nose 0

  144. fuzzy muppet says:

    Smid gets a head injury now…great. Hope he’s OK

  145. Smarmy says:

    Smid’s tough as hell. He’ll scare a concussion away.

  146. VanOil says:

    Jagr and Selanne are like to great old ships from hockey’s golden age. We are lucky to still get to seem them play even for hated other teams.

  147. BlacqueJacque says:

    Four defencemen, 28 minutes to go.

  148. striatic says:

    hopefully Smid only lost his remaining 3 teeth.

  149. 42 percent body fat says:

    who goes back to play D? Vande Velde and petrell?

  150. russ99 says:

    Butt check! Did he put on the foil before the game? ;)

    Now we’re screwed. No Potter and no Smid… can we hold on with 4 defensemen? Which forward would make the switch? Too bad no Paajarvi, this would be the perfect time to try that theory out…

  151. BlacqueJacque says:

    Just imagine, the rest of the road trip could have Whitney-Peckham going for 12-15 minutes per game.

  152. hunter1909 says:

    Jones is the straw.

  153. delooper says:

    So why isn’t Morrow ejected from the game? That’s a hit to the head. Or is okay to assault people’s heads with your ass?

  154. Lowetide says:

    justDOit:
    Lowetide,

    I didn’t say anything bad about the people, or Texas. The city of Dallas, considering is size, offers very little in the way of culture, architecture or art. Highways, strip malls and over passes. Maybe that their thing, but it sure the hell isn’t mine.

    In fact, I talked to a nice woman on the train while I was down there, and she asked my why the hell I would pick Dallas to visit.

    I wasn’t pointing out anyone specifically, just making my original point clear. For all I know Dallas isn’t a nice city. Never been there.

  155. VanOil says:

    Good thing we are carrying 8 D. We are only going to ice 4 for the rest of the night by the looks of it.

  156. 42 percent body fat says:

    petrell good hit on OLEKSIAK

  157. Derek says:

    Ben Eager making his physical contribution to the game.

  158. fuzzy muppet says:

    And the Dumb Ben Eager shows his head….dumb, dumb, dumb

  159. Zelepukin says:

    well that was stupid Eager.

  160. 42 percent body fat says:

    Belanger and Gagner are going to lose a year off their life with all this ice time

  161. russ99 says:

    Love Texas, hate Dallas. Spent a few days there, days I wish I had spent in Austin or San Antonio instead.

    Though Nashville still wins my worst North American city to visit hands down. Unless you like that country stuff, of course.

  162. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Down to 4 d and Eager puts them on the pk. Dumb This isn’t going to end well

  163. striatic says:

    that was absolutely useless.

  164. hunter1909 says:

    I have no idea why the captain of the Dallas Stars doesn’t want to engage Ben Eager.

    He probably doesn’t drink in Rosedale.

  165. VanOil says:

    Dumb penalty from Eager with a 2 goal lead and no D. If you are going to take one you better send a message not give a hug.

  166. fuzzy muppet says:

    This has been Nick Schultz best game this season by my eye.

  167. BlacqueJacque says:

    russ99,

    Austin is awesome. Houston would be cool if human beings could breathe there.

  168. Smarmy says:

    You should be allowed to punch Morrow in the face without fear of penalty. Bad call refs.

  169. striatic says:

    phew.

  170. Bar_Qu says:

    justDOit,

    Lowetide,

    Its all good, but I just felt like the discussion was moving from the team to the place. I hate when that happens. I have yet to go to a place and meet good people everywhere.

    And there’s nothing better than getting a good rivalry/hate-on with opposing fans. Its what has made Italy great (from the Medici’s on in).

  171. Smarmy says:

    Jamie Benn is a very unattractive man. Good thing he’s pretty good at hockey.

  172. Henry says:

    VanOil:
    interesting D pair on the kill. 19 & 45

    19 is a regular on the kill tonight. Hopefully it means he’s right again. He’s been skating like he’s hurt the past couple weeks.

  173. Rebilled says:

    #40!

  174. justDOit says:

    Doobie!

  175. Bar_Qu says:

    5 on 3 ! Yay!

  176. BlacqueJacque says:

    Love the guy with the OKC gear behind the Stars bench.

  177. SK Oiler Fan says:

    even dumber play by Daley

  178. VanOil says:

    Take your time RK and think 64!

  179. fuzzy muppet says:

    AGAIN no 64. You’re killing me Kreuger

  180. Smarmy says:

    This situation calls for Nail Yakupov.

  181. Lowetide says:

    Bar_Qu:
    justDOit,

    Lowetide,

    Its all good, but I just felt like the discussion was moving from the team to the place. I hate when that happens. I have yet to go to a place and meet good people everywhere.

    And there’s nothing better than getting a good rivalry/hate-on with opposing fans. Its what has made Italy great (from the Medici’s on in).

    Probably my bad, stupid stupid Dallas isn’t very nice. Should have added “Stars.” :-)

  182. Smarmy says:

    Ralph hates scoring goals and winning hockey games. Not as much as Tambillini though.

  183. 42 percent body fat says:

    why is yakupov benched

    5 on 3 he needs to be on

  184. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I really question Freddy on why he doesn’t put Yak on the first PP. Especially on 5-3

  185. Lowetide says:

    Krueger could have put this game away but didn’t use Yakupov on either 5 on 3 that I saw. Bad decision imo.

  186. Derek says:

    Shutout on two 5 on 3′s, heading into the third period with a 2 goal lead. HAH, I’m completely mystified as to what comes next.

  187. Lowetide says:

    Gagner. He’s no good.

  188. Bar_Qu says:

    Good on Sam.

  189. striatic says:

    not sure i like the 2 down low set up on the 5v3.

    even more than the lack of Yak, i think it hurts the Oilers set up.

  190. justDOit says:

    Good ol Sammy!

  191. fuzzy muppet says:

    More and more, I’m disliking RK’s deployment of the troops.

  192. VanOil says:

    Some one call the guy in the Baron’s jersey behind the bench and ask him to smack RK in the back on the head and say Yak. Samwise is a goon.

  193. Rebilled says:

    nice elbow. fuck Dallass

  194. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Pp letting them down again. Way too casual, not hard on the puck, not enough traffic, no clear shots. 3rd is going to be hell. Even up calls upcoming

  195. Smarmy says:

    I know nobody likes fighting any more but I Sammy…. :swoon:

  196. 42 percent body fat says:

    just needs the assist.

    Captain material.

  197. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    I guess the plan on the 5-3 is to pass behind the net and never shoot, right?

  198. hunter1909 says:

    Perfect game a nice lovely 2-0 lead so everyone can relax, right?

    Right?

  199. Suntory Hanzo says:

    i now long for the tall Dman with a giant twig that can Happy Gilmore a point shot.

  200. striatic says:

    funny how Gagner undid his chinstrap but didn’t take off his helmet when Dillon removed his own.

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