DEVILS AT OILERS G3, 13-14

The return of baby Nuge–for some reason he seems to be the one we’ll worry over–is a moment to celebrate any time. With the Oilers on the outskirts of Nowhere Land, getting all hands on deck is vital and RNH’s return is (rightly) being touted as a major help in the process.

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 POSSIBLE LINEUP

  • RNH-Hall-Eberle (my guess is they’ll want a line they can run ragged and that can push the river)
  • Gordon-Perron-Hemsky (this line looks like….victory)
  • Arcobello-Jonesuu/Hamilton/Smyth-Yakupov (this is the ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ line)
  • Acton-Gazdic-Brown (coach seems pleased)
  • Smid-Petry
  • Ference/Davidson-Schultz
  • N Schultz-Belov
  • LaBarbera

I really like the top 2 lines, and Arcobello-Joensuu are the best available for the next spot in the batting order. Yakupov needs to have better linemates and he will when Gagner gets back but for now he’s going to be a little shy of support. On the blueline, Ference and Smid had maintenance days and I don’t think it was because they’d booked a spa day. You’ll want to be listening for any lineup changes due to injury, and those two are the primary worries. Might be that flu that’s been going around.

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The Davidson recall is a curio of some proportions. The club’s next reasonable recall order might be something like Fedun, Marincin, Davidson and Klefbom likely to jump to the front of the line when he’s ready. So, for them to bring Davidson up, there must have been specific need (LH stay at home) beyond Denis Grebeshkov is should be available by now. So a callup for Davidson may not mean game action, but rather insurance ala Ryan Hamilton.

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I do think Dubnyk might be in a little trouble as an Oiler. The club was looking for an upgrade during the summer and now we’re looking at LaBarbera getting a start against New Jersey. If JL wins, then he starts game four in my opinion. If the LaBarbera train begins to roll, and DD doesn’t get back in then I think we’re looking at a change. If he does get back in and struggles again, it’ll be a case of “it’s nobody’s fault, but….” and we all know how that ends. I state once again he’s a good NHL goaltender, slightly above or average, but at this point that doesn’t mean one damn thing. Bad timing for the Dubey, no doubts about it.

Dallas Eakins

Dallas Eakins media conferences are must see television. Yesterday’s Hemsky tribute, handling of Dubnyk and Smyth hot potato’s and his explaining the process with Taylor Hall are all magical. Remind me that if this team makes the playoffs to go back to these early season scrums for the foundation–Eakins is laying it out right now. Beautiful.

This is why we’re going to love Eakins. At the media availability yesterday, he talked about changes and framed it as moving Nuge into a comfortable slot and then low played the Hall line’s troubles. Now, let’s run that through the chances for-against actual factual of games one and two:

  1. Arcobello 33-18 (64.7%)
  2. Gazdic 8-5 (61.5%)
  3. Yakupov 26-18 (59.1%)
  4. Eberle 35-26 (57.4%)
  5. Perron 33-27 (55%)
  6. Gordon 22-22 (50%)
  7. Mike Brown 5-6 (45.5%)
  8. Joensuu 16-20 (44.4%)
  9. Hall 21-28 (42.9%)
  10. Acton 4-7 (36.4%)
  11. Hemsky 13-25 (34.2%)
  12. Smyth 13-26 (33.3%)

There’s been no finger pointing, there has been resistance (you can tell because he said so in the media conference) but he’s treating everyone like an adult and giving the media nothing. And he’s getting good mileage from the 2-3-4 lines, with a small tweak (above) this club could turn things around quickly. I expect we’ll see a strong effort tonight.

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Tyler Pitlick played center Saturday, scored a SH goal and is the only plus player on the team. So there’s that. Fedun apparently is playing well again and Ryan Martindale has 2 points in 2 games.

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LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

Busy day on the show, 10-noon on TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:

  • Tyler Dellow from mc79 hockey. Hall C, Dubnyk, Eakins in front of a mic, what to expect tonight, Glenn Healy.
  • Eric Rodgers from Tend the Farm. Barons played their first two regular season games this weekend, we’ll break it down.
  • Travis Yost from Hockeybuzz. Senators started well and are looking for a strong season.
  • Lisa McRitchie from Kukla’s Korner. Lisa and I will talk about some fast starting junior players.

Text 10-1260 and @Lowetide_ on twitter. This is going to be an interesting morning, we’ll have any lineup updates too (they usually roll in between 10 and 11).

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  1. russ99 says:

    A little line shuffling for the third.

  2. whale says:

    Nuge is awesome. I have no other words to describe this kid.

  3. RMGS says:

    Maybe this is like a collective bad-hockey-habits-addiction withdrawal we’re witnessing. It’s the 30-game rehab program.

  4. Lowetide says:

    Looking at the ice time totals it looks to me as though everything checks out, all the good players are playing. I though Yakupov might be getting clipped but he’s right where he should be as 3Rw , and I see he’s getting more minutes to start the third (just got a shot on net).

    And then a post.

  5. spoiler says:

    spoiler: Eberle playing like he wants to be dropped a line.

    Yep.

    And Yak making the best of his promotion.

  6. Andropod says:

    I don’t think any wholesale changes are in order. We need to tough this one out. MacT and Eakins are good to go, the top line talent is there, the supporting players are not too bad, they need to bond as a coach and as a team, perhaps this road trip will do that. Beating the Coach, GM and players like rented mules won’t do any good, they need to build a mutual liking and respect for each other.

    Stop looking at the season, just build the basics and all the other good stuff, and just improves, even incrementally, night by night.

  7. Henry says:

    Marc Spector just said the first true bit I’ve heard from him in a long time. 5 coaches since spring 2009. Either the current system is shit, or it’s good and the players are not buying into it, or they are confused and don’t know what system they are supposed to do. This is a big challenge for Eakins. If he’s a good coach we’ll find out in the next ten games. These are good hockey players playing badly.

  8. russ99 says:

    The difference between the Devils in their zone and the Oilers in our zone is striking.

  9. striatic says:

    So Joensuu probably injured himself some time in game one, right?

    So the Oilers have only been terrible with Joensuu injured.

    Healthy Finn, team will win.

    right?

    right?

    please let me be right.

  10. kinger_OIL says:

    Bookje – you are bang on. I said in the pre-season when everyone was falling over themselves about the latest NHL coach with no NHL experience being hired by the Oil and how well he talks and communicates: the guy is universally known in hockey as an arrogant prick: I suspect the players aren’t buying his B.S….If he had actual NHL winning experience to back him up, he could get away with it, but with no wins in the NHL, hard for players to believe. Plus his assistant coaches wouldn’t be employed on any team in the NHL after so many years of not making playoffs. As I also said, this club is a half-season away from being done for another generation, players will quit on the team: we should be scared, really scared…..

  11. Lynas1 says:

    Lowetide:
    I hoped for a much better period than we got, Oilers let all the air out of their tires after goal #3. I’m not certain there’s much to say at this point, we know they have talent and we know they should be better than this based on their own recent past.

    So, we wait. It can’t get much worse than 0-3 won-loss and 14-6 GF-GA can it? I don’t think it can, but am surprised they’re in this position again tonight.

    Must be relaxing to know they can get paid millions and enjoy celebrity and not even have to put in any effort. There has to be some major dressing room shit going on for a shit showing like this. Thoughts?

  12. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nostradumbass,
    That pretty much sums it up. They’re very good at conveniently being half a step late to the puck so as to avoid contact

  13. VanOil says:

    Secretly 7 seasons +2 2/3 games in Lowetide looses heart and stops posting the period summaries.

  14. Andropod says:

    Henry,

    Good players and a good coach. They just need to connect. Form Storm Norm. They’ve formed, now tey’re storming. Once they norm was can talk playoffs. Most teams – and hopefully this team next season – use the Pre-season to mostly practice their core and test a few newbies, don’t they or is the beer talking?
    Because of the wholesale change we took up most of the pre-season games tryong out new staff.

  15. Lowetide says:

    NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE!

  16. spoiler says:

    Finally, the Golden Nugget.

  17. Lucinius says:

    Finally!

  18. russ99 says:

    Nuuuuuuuuuuuge!

  19. fuzzy muppet says:

    Love 93.

    He’s awesome

  20. spoiler says:

    It was important not to get shut out.

  21. Lynas1 says:

    RNH with some signs of life. Perron assist

  22. Lowetide says:

    RNH (Perron, Gordon)

  23. Gerta Rauss says:

    I think the fanbase needed that goal more than the team did.

  24. russ99 says:

    C’mon guys, let’s see a push here.

  25. Ice Sage says:

    2 goal lead, etc etc.
    C’mon Marty, play it up the middle for old times sake?

  26. spoiler says:

    After watching him mix it up in the crease earlier this period, and then scoring this goal, I wonder if in a couple of years this will be Nuge’s team, not Hall’s, and that’s why Ference got the C. He seems like the one most willing to pick this team up and put it on his back. This game anyways.

  27. Zelepukin says:

    finally, we see the #1 line.

  28. SK Oiler Fan says:

    hmm, work hard, go to net, put puck on net, get garbage goal. You just can’t consistently score from the outside in this league. Yes Joensu being out is a bigger hole than originally thought. he’s one of the few that was going to the net

  29. spoiler says:

    Sweet!!!!!

  30. Lowetide says:

    Ference!!!!

  31. Lucinius says:

    A one goal game!?

  32. Genjutsu says:

    its a game

  33. fuzzy muppet says:

    At least this should give them some confidence.

  34. russ99 says:

    Alright! Now we got a game.

    Hopefully that second period was rock bottom.

  35. Lowetide says:

    Ference (J Schultz, Eberle)

  36. jake70 says:

    A normal goal, 5 on 5, shot from the point.

  37. Henry says:

    Nice shot captain.

  38. bookje says:

    All your bases are belong to us!!!!!!!!!

    The Oilers are going to crush the entire league this season!

  39. spoiler says:

    Gordon, Hemsky, Hall together.

  40. OilBuzz says:

    Almost got a heart attack from LaBarbara’s scramble there

  41. Lucinius says:

    Oilers need more Smids.

  42. spoiler says:

    That looked like a set play from behind the net forward.

  43. nez29 says:

    Always lliked Frerence–except when he was a Flame. (OK, giving the fans le finger in Mtl. was a bit much). But, the guy seeems smart, comitted–amd his favourite band is Rancid! That, my friends, is cool. How much says Katz’ fave band is Roxette…Smashmouth?…or mebbe Nickleback, when he’s REALLYfeelin’it?

  44. russ99 says:

    I know Justin Schultz has a lot to learn on D, but he’s the probably the best puck mover and point man we’ve had in a long time.

  45. pboy says:

    I wonder how much the Olympic talk is weighing on Hall’s mind? He’s such a dynamic player but besides a few shifts this season, he hasn’t looked like himself yet.

    Welcome back Nuge!

    PERRON!!!!!!!

  46. spoiler says:

    Yeah, baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. russ99 says:

    Nice!!

  48. Andropod says:

    I do not believe what I am seeing. In the best possible way.

  49. fuzzy muppet says:

    Wow. Beauty! Perron!

  50. Genjutsu says:

    I love the Frenchman!

  51. Lowetide says:

    Perron (Arcobello)

  52. BlacqueJacque says:

    This Perron kid has some hands.

  53. SK Oiler Fan says:

    so simple, so frustrating. pressure the D, force turn over, pucks to net, goals. Eakins must have just told them to forget all systems, just fly

  54. Lucinius says:

    This game shouldn’t be tied, but I’ll take it.

  55. D says:

    Perron got his wish.

  56. Oilanderp says:

    *turns TV back on*

  57. pboy says:

    I’m definitely not seeing Adam Larssen good tonight.

    Atta boy Hall!

    Has Gordon been even better than advertised? I’m loving this guy.

  58. TheOtherJohn says:

    What a period!

  59. PaperDesigner says:

    I am confused. Are we still depressed and expecting a lottery pick?

  60. Lowetide says:

    HALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  61. Genjutsu says:

    HALL!!!!

  62. spoiler says:

    Bottle Rockets!!!!

  63. BlacqueJacque says:

    Oh. Snap. Kaboom.

  64. PaperDesigner says:

    Taylor Hall WOKE UP!!!

  65. Lucinius says:

    Hall makes good on one!

    A lead!?

    Heh.

  66. russ99 says:

    Monkey off Mr. Hall’s back. :)

  67. fuzzy muppet says:

    A forecheck!!!!! The swarm has activated!

  68. Henry says:

    Wow. The Oilers pull gold out of their ass. What a play by Hemsky to Hall.

  69. Andropod says:

    Who is this team??????

  70. DeadmanWaking says:

    Tonight I’m reading Game Over: A Sports Troll’s Threadjack Bible by Dave Zirin. I was going to comment on its threadjack Scoville rating for comic relief, but dang it all the boys made a game of it while I was typing.

    Now I feel like the clown at the rodeo when the cowboy doesn’t fall off.

  71. bookje says:

    Is bestest ever, happy, so happy, Wheeeeeeee!

  72. Gerta Rauss says:

    Funny how 14 minutes of hockey can change your outlook on life..:)

  73. justDOit says:

    Had to go see a guy about some guitar amp parts tonight and didn’t start watching until the start of the 3rd. Timing is everything.

  74. Lowetide says:

    I know Brodeur is done, but this is still pretty historic. Oilers don’t play well against NJD ever and they played about 8 good minutes in the first 40. Man. They HAVE to be more consistent!

  75. nez29 says:

    Perron’s a keeper, folks. Nice hit to force the puck loose. Plan the parade, or at least the Western Conf. Final–Oil vs. Flamers!

  76. Andropod says:

    They need to leave that other Oiler team locked up in the toilets. And don’t go near those toilets!

  77. Lucinius says:

    So.. this team is weird.

    Hemsky staying above a point per game pace! Sure, its early, and only the third game, but still!

  78. Genjutsu says:

    Gerta Rauss,

    Don’t know what you’re talking about (puts the razor blade away)

  79. PaperDesigner says:

    I’m glad I hung in this long. Part of me still expects them to lose this, but at least it just got exciting.

  80. russ99 says:

    Can’t believe this is the same team. Crazy.

    Whatever clicked with these guys, keep doing it.

  81. PaperDesigner says:

    Lucinius:
    So.. this team is weird.

    Hemsky staying above a point per game pace! Sure, its early, and only the third game, but still!

    I took him really late in my hockey pool. Figured he’d be a great sleeper pick. So far, so good. Now, I just need Yakupov to get on the board…

  82. RMGS says:

    Ales Hemsky playing like this (that is, like he has the majority of his career) is like acquiring a new player. Perron’s not a bad acquisition, either.

  83. BlacqueJacque says:

    This is hockey.

    Why weren’t the Oilers doing this for the first 40 minutes?

  84. spoiler says:

    That’s kind of like the hockey I thought I would be watching his season.

  85. bookje says:

    PaperDesigner:
    I’m glad I hung in this long. Part of me still expects them to lose this, but at least it just got exciting.

    Yes, but the other part of expects them to go 80-2-0 through the season. Such is life as an Oiler fan.

  86. SK Oiler Fan says:

    if Jagr ties it I’m done with hockey

  87. Ice Sage says:

    bookje: Yes, but the other part of expects them to go 80-2-0 through the season. Such is life as an Oiler fan.

    Ahem – try 96-2-0 ;-)

  88. Zelepukin says:

    I think Eakins has literally used every forward line combination possible within the top 3 lines, except for Nuge – Arco – Gordon.

  89. speeds says:

    Talk about a nice development if Arco keeps playing like this!

  90. spoiler says:

    Smart not to rush the puck up the ice there.

  91. Oilanderp says:

    Looked like a Petry dive to me.

  92. TheOtherJohn says:

    FFS

  93. Lowetide says:

    Man, this team cannot get out of their own way.

  94. Andropod says:

    aaaaargh

  95. russ99 says:

    Aw jeez.

  96. Lucinius says:

    You knew that was coming when you saw the Oilers just keep backing up.

  97. spoiler says:

    speeds: Talk about a nice development if Arco keeps playing like this!

    He’s been pretty damn fine this year. One of the brighter spots of the losses and has done well tonight.

    Which could still be a loss.

  98. bookje says:

    That’s what sitting back with the lead does – learn the lesson coach and team!

  99. Lowetide says:

    speeds:
    Talk about a nice development if Arco keeps playing like this!

    Agreed, speeds. Arcobello has been a revelation.

  100. fuzzy muppet says:

    Terrible pressure by Perron…this team sucks again!

  101. Henry says:

    Will be interesting to see if JShultz sees ice the next minute

  102. SK Oiler Fan says:

    hockey gods still hate oilers. alot of standing still on that pp.

  103. Ice Sage says:

    Classic. Still time to lose the point!

  104. Henry says:

    Shit

  105. D says:

    I think the 4th New Jersey goal was a surprise to no one.

  106. russ99 says:

    OT

  107. Andropod says:

    Whatever happens next that was one heck of a turnaround. I can live with this.

  108. Gerta Rauss says:

    That 4th goal was Dubnyk’s fault.

  109. spoiler says:

    That goal doesn’t bother me. They didn’t deserve to win this game in regulation. They need to learn to start games that better-play way, not finish them. Still like to see them get the other point though.

  110. russ99 says:

    I wanna see Yak win it in the shootout and unleash another epic celly.

  111. Genjutsu says:

    To be fair NJD has had some serious horseshoes tonight. Put hey if it was easy it’d be baseball.

  112. Ice Sage says:

    OMG – a point! Suck it, Philly!

  113. SK Oiler Fan says:

    if jagr wins it I’m also done with hockey

  114. RMGS says:

    Screw (bad) luck. This is a great comeback.

  115. russ99 says:

    SK Oiler Fan,

    Lol. For a second I thought he scored the tying goal.

  116. fuzzy muppet says:

    Belov inexplicably just throws it away.

  117. Lowetide says:

    Last time Jagr was in town he killed us in OT, let’s do the same to him. Yak? Hall? My guess is Nuge, seems like it’s his night.

  118. Lowetide says:

    Really liking Perron.

  119. Henry says:

    Lowetide:
    Really liking Perron.

    Yup,

    love MPS, but the new girl is hot

  120. SK Oiler Fan says:

    fk petry has been up and down this game

  121. PaperDesigner says:

    I hate shootouts.

  122. khildahl says:

    So I stopped watching late in the second period; my wife just phoned me from work to tell me it was 4-3 because she knew I’d given up.

    What the hell did the coach do during that intermission?

  123. Andropod says:

    PaperDesigner,

    I prefer shootouts to blowouts

  124. russ99 says:

    Shootout. Interesting goalie matchup.

    IMO it’s a win to come back like that regardless of the result.

    Still pulling for the Yak celly.

  125. FastOil says:

    Comebacks are only great when a crucial massive battle is happening and something wonderful is on the line, and evil is winning. Getting your ass kicked in regular season NHL games on a regular basis when the players on your team convulse occasionally to look like consistent smells like losing………………..

  126. Henry says:

    khildahl:
    So I stopped watching late in the second period; my wife just phoned me from work to tell me it was 4-3 because she knew I’d given up.

    What the hell did the coach do during that intermission?

    I think he brought a samurai sword into the room.

  127. khildahl says:

    Beautiful.

  128. russ99 says:

    Ebs. Solid.

  129. spoiler says:

    Not Eberle’s best game, but that helps. Sick hands.

  130. Genjutsu says:

    Ebs is okay but he has no hands.

    :)

  131. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Marty’s feet aren’t what they used to be.

  132. pboy says:

    Ebs!

    IMHO, Belov would be sitting out the next game. Way too many mistakes in his first 3 games.

    Perron!

  133. russ99 says:

    Perron! Nice backhander.

  134. spoiler says:

    The cookies on the top shelf are taking a beating.

  135. Genjutsu says:

    Have I mentioned I LOVE the Frenchman?

  136. Oilanderp says:

    It’s a game of horse!

  137. khildahl says:

    That trade bought MacT a lot of rope with me.

  138. russ99 says:

    Oil win!!!!

  139. Gret99zky says:

    no problem

  140. fuzzy muppet says:

    That 3rd period my have saved their season.

    For the love of God, put a complete effort on next game.

  141. bookje says:

    I knew they would win all along.

  142. rich says:

    Credit to the comeback – I’m glad I was wrong.

    Not sure what was said between periods – or perhaps the Salvador penalty and Nuge goal turned it around, but they finally showed some character.

    Off to eat some crow.

  143. Gerta Rauss says:

    The 2 points were not pretty they’ll take it.

    Eakins has plenty of white board material for the 3rd night in a row.

  144. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Good for labarberra. Good stretch on both moves. I’m happy to not be done with hockey.

  145. godot10 says:

    Shootout. Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum

  146. Lucinius says:

    Nice to get the win, but god damn does this team hate its fans.

  147. Lowetide says:

    Well, folks. It’s progress. 2 points and most of the offense is engaged now, Yakupov is going to need a push but he’s too good to keep down.

  148. Clarence Oveur says:

    When these guys get going, damn is it fun to watch…

    Wish it wouldn’t take so goddamned long.

  149. Oilanderp says:

    It just goes to show that you really only need to play 20 minutes to win a game.

  150. russ99 says:

    pboy,

    Hopefully Grebs is ready to go soon.

    Belov obviously needs some AHL time. Kind of odd that Belov beat out Larsen after only a few weeks in camp. Still think that “competiton” was at least partially fixed.

  151. godot10 says:

    I liked the strategy of going to 8 forwards almost exclusively once Hamilton got hurt.

  152. Ice Sage says:

    Thanks, Marty!
    Looks like your career is
    (yes I did)
    finally on the Schneid

    Games like this, who needs meth?

  153. Lowetide says:

    28:12 for Nuge. Holy hell Eakins rides these kids.

  154. Ice Sage says:

    Lowetide:
    28:12 for Nuge. Holy hell Eakins rides these kids.

    He was well-rested…

  155. Clay says:

    Well that certainly just happened.

    Nuge leads all skaters on both sides in toi. Yikes.

  156. speeds says:

    Nice stat line for Arcobello: team leading +2, 1 assist (for the moment, not sure he’ll keep it), 80% on 10 faceoffs.

  157. Lowetide says:

    speeds:
    Nice stat line for Arcobello: team leading +2, 1 assist (for the moment, not sure he’ll keep it), 80% on 10 faceoffs.

    I think they’re going to have to keep him up, play him on the 4line for either Acton or Brown (when Gagner gets back). He makes smart plays with the puck.

  158. godot10 says:

    speeds:
    Nice stat line for Arcobello: team leading +2, 1 assist (for the moment, not sure he’ll keep it), 80% on 10 faceoffs.

    So how many people are still blaming Tambellini for giving Arcobello the two-year NHL contract after half an AHL season.

  159. regwald says:

    Sure did like Perron’s game tonight. His puck pursuit tonight was exceptional. Great game by him.

  160. Zipdot says:

    Andropod: They need to leave that other Oiler team locked up in the toilets. And don’t go near those toilets!

    Hahaha

  161. bookje says:

    Oilanderp:
    It just goes to show that you really only need to play 20 minutes to win a game.

    That’s the message that I hope the players take home from this.

    No sense wasting all your energy before the playoffs.

  162. Gerta Rauss says:

    I’d go back to Dubnyk on Thursday but that’s just me.

  163. Lowetide says:

    Yakupov keeps coming out on the strong end of the Corsi.

  164. OilBuzz says:

    I say give LaBarbara one more game, reward his performance in the third.

  165. G Money says:

    Lowetide:
    Yakupov keeps coming out on the strong end of the Corsi.

    The one I give props to is Gordon – he gets the game puck from me. An assist, a Corsi of 50%, 69.2% in faceoffs – and a 25% OZ start.

  166. PaperDesigner says:

    Lowetide:
    Yakupov keeps coming out on the strong end of the Corsi.

    He just needs to get that shot on the actual net. Frustrating to see him hit that goal post.

  167. PaperDesigner says:

    G Money: The one I give props to is Gordon – he gets the game puck from me.An assist, a Corsi of 50%, 69.2% in faceoffs – and a 25% OZ start.

    Nice to see him come exactly as advertised. Doing okay with more talented offensive players is a lovely bonus, though.

  168. Lowetide says:

    Perron has 11 shots on goal in 3 games. He’s really been impressive.

  169. sliderule says:

    Eakins has lots of work to do.

    Hall made two cross ice neutral zone turnovers.He probably has had two per game

    They are killers.Has to get them out of his game

  170. Woodguy says:

    godot10: So how many people are still blaming Tambellini for giving Arcobello the two-year NHL contract after half an AHL season.

    Who did?

    Tilting at windmills again?

  171. Scotty LaDouche says:

    Hall looked like the Hall of last season in the third, nice to see.

  172. G Money says:

    Game observations:

    - Holy hell the Oilers stink on zone exits. The defenders have no-one to pass to, and the forwards seem to have no clue where to go to give the defenders an outlet. Unbelievable how many turnovers/giveaways happened after the Oilers had clear possession in their own zone. I sure hope that part of the game is worked on and gets better.

    - Its impressive that the Oilers managed to out-Corsi the Corsi Monsters of New Jersey despite that. Improve on those turnovers and this would not have been a close game.

    - Hemsky and the Nuge were on. I reiterate my statement from before the season started: the Nuge goes supernova this year.

    - Go Arco!

    - Is it my imagination, or (in the big picture, notwithstanding the goals) did we start to see Hall and Perron finally start to tilt the ice the right way? Just need to get Ebs and Yak going and four-goal periods won’t be that unusual I think.

    - I still think Belov is and will be a player, but he needs to spend a game watching.

    - Wishful thinking: what if the Oilers had NOT signed Grebeshkov or Jones, and Smyth had retired, and in their places we had Raymond, Lapierre, and Brunner?

  173. Woodguy says:

    Belov needs to take a game off or maybe go to the AHL for a bit. He’s not good so far.

    I was really looking forward to the Oilers D full of players who can make good passes, but its been a gong show so far, including this game.

    I’d bring up Fedun and send Belov down to settle in. Seems like the NHL game comes at him too fast.

    I mentioned this on twitter, but J.Shultz is bailing on the play too often if he’s going to be hit. Chipping it blindly up the board and turning away from the hit too often.

    Most of the NJD pressure in the 2nd came off his plays like this.

    Someone needs to teach him to eat the puck or take the hit once in a while.

    Smith has some teaching to do with this group. Is he a good D coach? I have no idea.

    Amazing come back.

    The fire power up front is formidable.

    If they figure out how to play hard each shift and get used to the system, there’s a lot here.

    Agreed with the other posters, Perron and Gordon leading the way by going hard every shift.

    Gordon’s forecheck (and a slick pass by 83) made the 4th goal possible.

    Need that from everyone on every shift.

  174. Racki says:

    28 mins for Nuge, 25 for Hall, 25 for Perron (Perron I think deserved the mins.. hell of a game), almost 27 for Justin Schultz.. interesting stuff. Guess Eakins wasn’t lying when he said he should be able to get 28(or something) mins a night out of a player if he needs it.

    That all said, this game was far from pretty. One period can completely make you forget about the mistakes made in the first couple of periods. Maybe now that they had a taste of winning they’ll keep this going though.

  175. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy: Who did?

    Tilting at windmills again?

    The other thing is there was a rumor Arco was heading for Europe after the season and MacT was very specific in his want for him to return.

    http://oilersnation.com/2013/8/4/lux-et-veritas/page/1

    MacT: I liked him last year, I was an advocate of giving him an opportunity, especially in our bottom six last year, but he only came up for the one game. It all boils down to your ability to make plays with the puck. When he played with Hall and Eberle in Oklahoma City this year earlier, his production was excellent. It was actually on par with Nuge. I’m not saying that he’s Nuge, but it was on par with Ryan. So I think that we’ll get him to training camp. When we signed him again to a contract I had a conversation with him and told him that he would get a look at training camp. He hasn’t played in an exhibition game or didn’t last year, so we’ll get a look and the rest will be up to him to prove to the coaching staff that he’s got enough game to warrant a bigger look as training camp goes by. I promised him that opportunity and we’re going to give it to him.

  176. striatic says:

    This team needs to learn how to be less emotional.

    When they get down, they get way too down. When they get up, they go way up.

    When they are up, it is great, and they do great things, but overall the emotional swings create a volatility that doesn’t help a team that needs consistency more than anything else. Winning teams have that consistency.

    Oilers games remind me of nearly every Major Junior game I’ve ever watched. The kids are so emotionally volatile that you often see one team systematically dominate another team for twenty minutes without scoring, out-shooting 2 to 1, let in a fluke goal and then all the systems come crashing down and the floodgates open.

  177. striatic says:

    Lowetide:
    28:12 for Nuge. Holy hell Eakins rides these kids.

    That’s insane, but he was clearly the Oilers’ best player all game.

    I think someone on the broadcast called out his 1st period play as being poor, but I didn’t see it.

    His skating speed compared to the other Centres was especially evident. Hall finally had someone on his line that could properly keep pace with him.

  178. striatic says:

    Lowetide: Extra skater is up
    http://www.extraskater.com/game/2013-10-07-devils-oilers

    Virtually identical. Game deserved to go long and I think the teams both got what they deserved.

  179. G Money says:

    striatic: This team needs to learn how to be less emotional.

    That’s a funny observation to me – based on the three games so far, I don’t agree at all.

    - WPG – the Oilers were the better team almost the entire game, lost primarily because of goaltending (lots of other issues to be concerned with, but still the better team)

    - VAN – were outclassed from beginning to end

    - NJD – terrible for most of the first two periods (apart from a few minutes of pressure in each) but got steadily better as the game went on. The biggest letdown for the team was after they scored the go-ahead goal. You could see the tying goal coming one lousy minute into that lazy-ass no-urgency powerplay.

    If you look at the cool Fenwick charts from that extraskater website for the three games, that seems to jive – there does not seem to be much of an appreciable change from goal events, for good or for bad.

  180. spoiler says:

    DeBoer’s system looks interesting. It looks like through the neutral zone the D gives just enough gap you can’t blow by, but backs up slow enough that the forward has to slow down through the neutral zone, allowing him to be caught from behind by the backchecker. Lots of plays broken up from behind in the neutral zone tonight.

    As for zone exits, I had premised on the weekend that it didn’t look like the forwards were coming back and helping out enough. I think WG’s observation is important too… they don’t seem to know where they’re supposed to be.

    The shoot-ins unusual for our alleged possession offense result from this being-caught-in-our-own-end business. Legs dead, they’re just looking to get a change without incurring an icing. They toss it in, and the Devs set up and come and wheel at us again.

    I’d have Belov watch a couple of games and bring him back for a couple before I would send him down. How much NHL hockey has he even watched? Let him see the game from above for a couple nights and see if it helps.

    I don’t think Arcobello should get the assist on Perron’s whipcracker, but he has played very well. I don’t think he can bring what Gagner does to a powerplay, but he can play in this league. The guy runs around and hits everything that moves too. He’s a blast to watch. At full speed he doesn’t have the newtons to knock someone off the puck, but he’s still banging out there, getting in the way.

    I agree with Striatic too that they’ve got to learn to focus their emotions and bear down when things go awry.

  181. Lowetide says:

    I’m not so sure about Belov, the Oilers slow played Jan Hejda and by the time they found out what he was the season was over. Make damn good and sure someone takes the job, because these sorties he’s flying on the small ice are the first of his career. He’s a veteran KHL player, I’d give him 20 games.

  182. spoiler says:

    Hemsky’s body language has gone all Leader to my eye.

  183. Lowetide says:

    spOILer: I think I saw him back checking, but blacked out at the thought of it. Hit my head on the coffee table. Fucking Hemsky.

  184. spoiler says:

    I didn’t miss Smyth. When Joensuu returns, I think I will miss him less. I missed Joensuu. I love Smytty but I think the writing is one the wall. He’s going to be an HS more often than not.

  185. spoiler says:

    Lowetide: spOILer: I think I saw him back checking, but blacked out at the thought of it. Hit my head on the coffee table. Fucking Hemsky.

    Oh Gord this made me howl. My stomach hurts now. Fuckin’ Hemsky.

  186. speeds says:

    spoiler,

    Would the 4th line have been worse with Smyth in place of Brown?

  187. Racki says:

    spoiler:
    I didn’t miss Smyth.When Joensuu returns, I think I will miss him less. I missed Joensuu. I love Smytty but I think the writing is one the wall.He’s going to be an HS more often than not.

    Agree. If there’s one thing this team needs right now it’s a Joensuu. I might look back at this in 70-some games and laugh for saying that… but I think they really need someone who can battle like he does. When those skill guys can’t get the job done, a guy like Joensuu can. I think it’s why the 4th line has looked good most shifts.. those guys grab their lunch pails and just battle their asses off. Joensuu has that battle but also can do something with the puck. Hopefully he’s back in action soon.

  188. Hammers says:

    Lets be honest they had horseshoes up there ass . Eakins needs to sit these guys down and show them the mistakes they made Especiall J.Schultz N.Schultz & Belov . Looked like they tried moving Belov away from Nick but right now the “D” is brutal . Agree on common thread on Arcobello and I think hid done well all 3 games . Maybe put Gags on the wing when his back . Gives us RNH ; Gordon ; Arco with 6 wingers in Hall , Ebs , Perron Hemsky , Yak & Gags We may continue to win the faceoff battle . It also lets Joensuu go to the 4th line .

  189. spoiler says:

    speeds: Would the 4th line have been worse with Smyth in place of Brown?

    I’m thinking that with Gagner and Joensuu in the line up, and Arcobello stays in, Arco probably takes Gazdic’s spot some games, Brown’s spot in others.

  190. spoiler says:

    There’s no room for Smyth in Hammers’ set up either. With everyone healthy, is there actually room except on a spot basis?

  191. speeds says:

    spoiler,

    possible. I might prefer Smyth-Arco-Jones to Gazdik-Acton-Brown, when everyone’s back (which probably isn’t all that likely, by the time Gagner and Joensuu are back there’s a decent chance someone else will be injured), but then again I’d prefer other combinations to the current 4th line, given some of the other available-at-the-moment options.

  192. Racki says:

    spoiler: I’m thinking that with Gagner and Joensuu in the line up, and Arcobello stays in, Arco probably takes Gazdic’s spot some games, Brown’s spot in others.

    On a line that has 2 of Acton, Brown, Gazdic… I’m not sure why you’d do that. These guys already have pretty good chemistry, and Arco doesn’t seem like a guy that can play the type of game those guys play. It’s like casting Clint Eastwood to play the buddy sidekick in a Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn movie….OK actually that might not be such a bad idea.

  193. justDOit says:

    Racki,

    But you have to admit, that having two centers with last names starting in A really helps out the line naming game.

  194. Zelepukin says:

    Lowetide:
    I’m not so sure about Belov, the Oilers slow played Jan Hejda and by the time they found out what he was the season was over. Make damn good and sure someone takes the job, because these sorties he’s flying on the small ice are the first of his career. He’s a veteran KHL player, I’d give him 20 games.

    Agreed. His gap control is still in KHL mode and because of that he is losing too many puck battles in the d-zone.

  195. Lucinius says:

    The points leaders for the Oilers is somewhat interesting;

    Hemsky — 4 P
    Perron — 3 P
    Gordon — 3 P

    Gordon reminds me of Horcoff before his shoulder injury; good at face-offs, solid checking, ability to play with skill. Perron is iffier, but I think his big problem is purely positional; he’s getting used to the ‘wtf?’ nature of Oiler system play and its led to him being out of position defensively and in the neutral zone a fair bit. That’s my only real knock on him.

    Hemsky is looking good. By eye he’s only been part of the problem on one goal against this season, he’s been back-checking with a lot of determination, has looked okay on the pk, and has tried to drive play when possible (but failed due to his line-mates sucking eggs in the first two games).

  196. spoiler says:

    Racki: On a line that has 2 of Acton, Brown, Gazdic… I’m not sure why you’d do that. These guys already have pretty good chemistry, and Arco doesn’t seem like a guy that can play the type of game those guys play. It’s like casting Clint Eastwood to play the buddy sidekick in a Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn movie….OK actually that might not be such a bad idea.

    I’m with speeds in that I’d probably prefer Jones at RW, although Brown has wheels. But I also agree that it would be ideal for Arco to play with skill. I like Hammers’ line-up too, except I would also want Joensuu playing up the roster too.

  197. striatic says:

    G Money: That’s a funny observation to me – based on the three games so far, I don’t agree at all.

    - WPG – the Oilers were the better team almost the entire game, lost primarily because of goaltending (lots of other issues to be concerned with, but still the better team)

    - VAN – were outclassed from beginning to end

    - NJD – terrible for most of the first two periods (apart from a few minutes of pressure in each) but got steadily better as the game went on. The biggest letdown for the team was after they scored the go-ahead goal. You could see the tying goal coming one lousy minute into that lazy-ass no-urgency powerplay.

    If you look at the cool Fenwick charts from that extraskater website for the three games, that seems to jive – there does not seem to be much of an appreciable change from goal events, for good or for bad.

    I wasn’t talking about all three games, just tonight’s, and as you say yourself they went into “lazy-ass no-urgency” mode once they got the lead which is indicative of that lack of consistent play.

  198. LMHF#1 says:

    After these three games I’m looking at:

    Hall-Hopkins-Hemsky
    Perron-Gagner-Eberle
    Joensuu-Gordon-Yakupov

    and smiling. After that? Well I’d have something completely different than the coach or management seem to want but at 5 minutes a night let’s hope that doesn’t matter much.

  199. kooler says:

    Kessy, Chase and Moroz …. My 4th line for next year. Give them 10 min.

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