JETS AT OILERS, G1 13-14

It’s going to take 90-94 points, 37-40 wins, a lot of luck, hard work, blood, sweat and tears. And it all starts tonight, on a sweet October 1st with a fall chill, the promise of a new tomorrow, and a half dozen piss-cutters-in-waiting. The Edmonton Oilers are back in town. Azorcan3

PROJECTED LINEUP

  • L1: Hall-Smyth-Hemsky (maligned line has stood the test of pre-season)
  • L2: Arcobello-Perron-Eberle (Arcobello is a better bet than Colborne, but there’s a risk)
  • L3: Gordon-Joensuu-Yakupov (any offense from this line at evens is golden)
  • L4: Acton-Eager-Brown (if you boo Acton there’s no hope for you. Ever)
  • D1: Smid-Petry (A bounceback year is likely)
  • D2: Ference-J Schultz (greatness awaits)
  • D3: N Schultz-Belov (he comes from the land of the ice and snow)
  • G1: Dubnyk (based on pre-season rip jobs, I expect him to skate out with a blindfold) st1

I have the Oilers making the playoffs, and for me the reasons all run through Dallas Eakins. He’s a smart cookie, and based on what he’s said and done, Oiler fans can look forward to:

  1. The 1line running hot and heavy
  2. The 2line running hot and heavy
  3. The 3line running hot and heavy
  4. Stars playing on the PK
  5. Impact forwards >20 minutes
  6. seeing the goalie pulled sometime after the 10 minute mark of the third period when behind
  7. Puck retrieval at a premium
  8. Minute usage of the 4line
  9. Frank post-game answers to the camera
  10. Impatience
  11. Aggression
  12. Mobility
  13. Callups and send downs
  14. Fewer fights than you think
  15. Running the gifted ones ragged (why Ralph limited their time is beyond me)
  16. The second season

IT’S A DOG COLLAH, IT’S OFFENSIVE!!

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Craig MacTavish did a lot of work on the blue this summer, replaced Horcoff with Gordon (which was a big deal, capwise) and then dealt Paajarvi to hurry the future with Perron. The new hires tonight are:

  • David Perron, who lit up the pre-season with goals times goals times goals.
  • Mark Arcobello, who subs in for 89 and has the best chance he’ll ever get to shine.
  • Boyd Gordon, asked to bring calmness to chaos
  • Jesse Joensuu, the latest hope for size and skill
  • Will Acton, who is expected to do a little of everything
  • Andrew Ference, the new captain and face of the team: tough as nails, better he never saw “You’ve Got Mail”
  • Anton Belov, who might just be manna from heaven

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 I’m picking this team to make the playoffs because there’s too much good to be held back by the fiddle faddle any longer. Yes, it’s Taylor Hall but it’s also Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz and Sam Gagner and David Perron and Ales Hemsky and that’s 8 of them. I know there’s going to be bad nights, nights on the road when they can’t find the stage and sound out of time when they finally do, but there’s just too much. TOO much.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

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TSN 1260, 10am, scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy from Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk roster makeup, Battle of the Blades and the playoffs.
  • Neal Livingston from Tend the Farm. We’ll talk Klefbom injury and the impressive cuts from Oiler camp.
  • Scott Cullen from tsn. We’ll run through the Canadian teams as the NHL season begins.
  • Craig Moonen from Krush Performance. We’ll talk mlb post-season.

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AFTER ONE

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2ND PERIOD

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 3RD PERIOD

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  1. Lucinius says:

    Sad thing is the Oilers have largely out-played the Jets tonight, but key turn overs and fuck ups have cost us 3-4 goals.

  2. striatic says:

    rich:
    I hate it when Hrudey is right, but he is.All the guys are following the puck and nobody is playing the man in front.Brutal goal.

    the worst part is that Gordon and Ference were out on that one.

    they’re not supposed to blow coverage like that, and i think both did.

  3. lance says:

    Hall may be trying to do too much.

    Billichick: “Do your job. Don’t do anyone else’s, just do your’s.”

    Wonder what Hall’s learning curve will be. Tonight he is trying to be the Witch. He may find his identity as a centre, but he doesn’t seem to have it yet.

    Aw shit.

    Blow it up. The season is lost.

  4. Lucinius says:

    striatic,

    J. Schultz also screwed up on the goal.

  5. Numenius says:

    rich:
    I hate it when Hrudey is right, but he is.All the guys are following the puck and nobody is playing the man in front.Brutal goal.

    That’s the weakness of the swarm system.

  6. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Maybe this team is like iOS7, looks pretty sweet and everything looks better and seems faster, but then the shine wears off and there is problems, and we have to wait for an update.

  7. russ99 says:

    Ah, the first Eakins special, the early goalie for skater.

  8. spoiler says:

    Arco is not gonna have a good sleep tonight.

  9. Lowetide says:

    I’ll be very interested to see the Parkatti final here. Oilers look like they’re going to lose this game, but imo the shot diff will be close to do or better.

  10. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Why haven’t I seen one Yakupov Gauss Gun from the side?

  11. Ice Sage says:

    Gagner would be useful here

  12. SK Oiler Fan says:

    oilers having trouble with jets aggressive pk. need to make quicker passes

  13. russ99 says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    Good point.

  14. fuzzy muppet says:

    Hall did his best to give that away too.

  15. Ice Sage says:

    Lowetide,

    Goaltending the equalizer

  16. Lucinius says:

    Ugly game to lose the way they lost it. Hall and Dubnyk buying dinner.

  17. RexLibris says:

    Rats.

  18. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Because Oilers.

    ’nuff said

  19. Lowetide says:

    Ice Sage:
    Lowetide,

    Goaltending the equalizer

    I also think Hall wears the goat’s horns too, tonight. I’m a big time Hall backer but he didn’t have a good game. Perhaps this center thing isn’t going to work out.

  20. SK Oiler Fan says:

    what the f was 94 doing out there for the last shift?
    goaltending is important folks

  21. VanOil says:

    That win was sitting there to be had.

  22. OilBuzz says:

    Well that was fucking depressing

  23. wheatnoil says:

    The Oilers didn’t play poorly that game. There’s a lot of firepower on that team. Man, RNH would help so damn much though!

  24. Lucinius says:

    And this was one of those ‘winnable’ games that cost you the playoffs at the end of the season. Just.. bleh. Hall should know better and its hard to reconcile his utter lack of hockey sense with who he is, at times.

  25. Ice Sage says:

    3 unanswered goals. Physically pushed outside (after some early promise)?
    Plus ca change…

  26. fuzzy muppet says:

    The experiment should never have been an option. They have ONE NHL center on the opening roster….

    ONE

  27. russ99 says:

    Got lots to work on. Better see Yak on the first line on Saturday.

    I’d hope we focus on playing better hockey rather than playing injure-palooza with the Canucks on Saturday.

  28. SK Oiler Fan says:

    oilers: passing away leads since 2007

  29. Clarence Oveur says:

    Not having centers hurts.

    Not having your goaltender stop the damned puck hurts even more.

  30. Numenius says:

    Ice Sage,

    Yeah. Pavelec beat Dubnyk today. The Oilers had the chances. At least the Corsi should give us hope.

  31. striatic says:

    they were up 4-2.

    dammit.

    i’m sick of “work in progress” when it comes to this team.

    maybe they win if it is Gagner and not Arco, or RNH and not Hall, but damn if it isn’t frustrating to see a lead blown like that.

  32. Gerta Rauss says:

    That’s too bad. Lots of great story lines if they hang on and win that. Lots of navel gazing as it stands.

  33. spoiler says:

    Didn’t play like a team tonight. Way too may individual efforts and selfish plays.

    They’re good, but they’re damn sloppy and it cost them tonight.

  34. 719 says:

    Not going to overreact, as by eye we outplayed Winnipeg. Dubnyk will play better (I hope) and that will mean more wins.

    Not bad for a team missing it’s top two centers.

  35. 719 says:

    Joensuu looks like a keeper.

  36. Lowetide says:

    On the other hand, it’s just one game and the coach should have the team’s full attention tomorrow. I’m onside with Dubnyk as the starting goalie and don’t think there’s too much you change, but Ryan Smyth can’t play on that 1line imo. In fact, I’m not sure where you play him Saturday.

  37. fuzzy muppet says:

    we’ll see how accountable Eakins holds these guys. He didn’t do it in game that’s for sure

  38. spoiler says:

    I think Hall will suffice and he will have better games, but I can’t wait till he returns to LW. C just does not fit his play. It’s nice he has the FO skill to be out there on PK and PP and take some puckdrops, but Centre is not what he is.

  39. hags9k says:

    Lots of positives out there tonight but in the end it’s the same team that doesnt know how to close games.

    Not a good start for Dubey. What’s the opposite of swagger? That’s what he has.

  40. Lowetide says:

    Hey! I was right!

    Michael Parkatti ‏@mparkatti 5s

    EDM led Corsi in 3rd 17-9 & 49-42 for the game. Petry +9, Gordon +7. Hall/Hemsky -5, Smyth -3.

  41. hags9k says:

    Ryan Smyth you are a hockey god, but you are playing 3 lines too high.

  42. Numenius says:

    I think Buff was also a big factor for the Jets today. It’s amazing how much one large, elite D can affect a game.

  43. bookje says:

    Some real positives tonight as well – Joensuu and Gazdic looked good in their role. Gazdic is actually a pretty good skater. I thought Acton was reasonable at 4th line centre and Perron showed some nice flashes. Hemsky looks good and could be a big plus if he doesn’t break or get discouraged.

    Smyth is too slow for the first line. Hall did poorly, but we know that will get better. Dubnyk had a bad bad night. There were some defensive zone breakdowns, but he needs to stop two of those goals if the team wants to be competitive.

    Belov had some good moments early, but looked weaker later on.

    Everyone else played about average for themselves.

  44. wuthering says:

    .821 doesn’t go a long way to assuage the confidence of Oiler fans who question Dubnyk. I don’t like blaming goalies, quarterbacks, starting pitchers, drummers, or my wife. Sometimes, however, it is on them.

  45. Wolfie says:

    Im a Dubnyk backer but that had a bad odour. I know they teach guys to stay deep in order to better get across, but how about a little bit of aggressiveness in playing the puck where it is. Take a step out to the top of your crease! At least 3 of those goals would have been stopped by challenging just a bit. Another good teaching point for young goalies, stay on your feet a little longer. That last one was an easy save if Dubnyk keeps his feet. He would have been able to recover the middle.

    I honestly think today’s goalies would be better if they played a little less on their knees. I think that’s why Tim Thomas had so much success.

  46. bookje says:

    Lowetide:
    On the other hand, it’s just one game and the coach should have the team’s full attention tomorrow. I’m onside with Dubnyk as the starting goalie and don’t think there’s too much you change, but Ryan Smyth can’t play on that 1line imo. In fact, I’m not sure where you play him Saturday.

    I fully agree. The problem with Smyth is that he has the speed of a 3rd or 4th liner, but his game is really suited to the first or second line. If he wants to be on the team, he needs to figure out how to contribute further down the lineup.

  47. Pablo Aimar says:

    Very deflating.
    Hall was the worst forward on the ice, just brutal. Its too bad he has to play centre.
    Smyth is toast. Lets hope the coach recognizes that and acts accordingly.
    Dubnyk was pathetic.
    Joensuu was exceptional.
    Justin Schultz is still terrible in his own end.
    And they obviously should have traded Hemsky for a 4th line grinder. For “balance”.

  48. bill needle says:

    Tonight’s a good time to harken back to the look of exasperation on Craig MacTavish’s face after almost landing Cory Schneider from the Canucks.

  49. fifthcartel says:

    Not too upset as it’s the first game. How about Joensuu though? Holy.

  50. crude says:

    It’s undeniable Hall had a bad game, but I am not sure that should be surprising. This plan of Hall at C relies heavily on crossing ones fingers. He’s been a good soldier, but less than enthusiastic about it from everything I’ve read or heard. Granted that would have been a shit game no matter what position he was playing.

    There needs to be more depth at C. Has this been discussed?
    Any plan that has Arcobello on the 2 line and Smyth on the 1 is not a serious plan. Those are the issues with lack of centre depth.

    Great game Jesse. Hemmer too.

  51. crude says:

    One thing we’ve learned is that if Hall and Nuge are on the same line Hall can pinch hit in the dot.

  52. Racki says:

    I thought it was a good game for the offensive side of things.. but terrible D .. Dubnyk was also a little suspect at times. Not a good game on the whole. Too many bad turnovers (Hall guilty of a few, as CBC focused on). Hall tries pretty hard, and he made some bad mistakes. He knows, and I’m sure he’ll come out with a much better game next game. That’s how he is.

    Also, unrelated to this game.. terrible to see Parros get carted off in the Habs game.

  53. striatic says:

    crude: Granted that would have been a shit game no matter what position he was playing.

    not so sure about that.

    his turnovers led directly to goals a couple of times, and i’m not sure those turnovers happen if he’s in a different position.

  54. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Here are my thoughts of the game:

    1) Smyth is done. Love him to death, give him a job for the Oil, just don’t play him anymore. it is clear that he is ok preseason, but can’t keep up with the NHL game anymore, especially playing first line minutes with two of the fastest players in the game. Hard work in the corners or no, to quote LT, Ryan can lo longer “Take or make a pass”.

    2) JJ is a player, and the “3rd” line rocked. Yakupov is a revelation, and is my “Interim” favorite player until Hall can go back to LW.

    3) Can’t anyone play C instead of Hall? I get that he is a thoroughbred, and being a high school coach, I get that a great athelete is a go to guy that can play anywhere; but, if you have one of the best playersin the league at a position, shouldn’t you play him there?

    4) I also have been a Dubnyk supporter, and I know it is early, but you have to make one of those saves..

    5) I guess Ineed to calm down, as we should all see this as the last preseason game with full power against full power. You don’t know what you have until this day. Game 2 is when we shoudl really judge.

  55. striatic says:

    crude:
    One thing we’ve learned is that if Hall and Nuge are on the same line Hall can pinch hit in the dot.

    maybe it speeds RNH’s return if he doesn’t have to take all the faceoffs? hard on the shoulder?

    too desperate?

  56. crude says:

    striatic: not so sure about that.

    his turnovers led directly to goals a couple of times, and i’m not sure those turnovers happen if he’s in a different position.

    Totally true, of course. I guess I just meant sometimes bad games happen – even to Taylor Hall.

  57. Suntory Hanzo says:

    striatic,

    Might be, but I would reckon they will wait until he is ready. We have a lot of years invested in this guy.

  58. Lowetide says:

    Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor 2m

    “I thought he was average. He had ups and downs like most of our guys.” Eakins on smyth

  59. Lowetide says:

    Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor 12m

    When a team beats you you can live with it, but we can’t hand teams goals.” Eakins on loss

  60. Lowetide says:

    Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor 18m

    “I need to be better. Moved my feet too much on first one and have to stop the fourth one.” Dubnyk

  61. Lowetide says:

    Jason Gregor ‏@JasonGregor 6m

    I never felt Yak was ip to speed tonight. I tried to push him in the 3rd, but he never really had it tonight.” Eakins

  62. Lowetide says:

    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 22m

    “There were some really good things we did. I thought we played with a lot of energy and a lot of gumption.” @hallsy04
    Expand
    Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 24m

    “It stings. Losses are supposed to sting. That’s a feeling you’re never supposed to get used to.” @Ferknuckle on the defeat

  63. Pablo Aimar says:

    Lowetide,

    Hopefully he was lying and didn’t actually think Smyth was merely average.

  64. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Smyth was average, but Yak was never up to speed?

    That’s like saying “Never Let me Down” was Average and

    “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” was not up to speed.

  65. striatic says:

    Suntory Hanzo,

    holding different players to different standards i guess.

  66. Bushed says:

    Hall’s problems go beyond playing out of his normal position–it’s not just about playing center, it’s about being a lone ranger/puck hog too often (use your f***n’ line mates once in awhile) and trying to force plays that aren’t there at other times–poor judgment and selfish play.

    Dubnyk flat out sucked. Didn’t even wake up after the usual “Oh, the game started already?” crap goal that is becoming his signature.

    The “team toughness” didn’t seem to extend much beyond Gazdic and Joensuu tonight–too many others looked reluctant to engage after questionable Jets transgressions. This team is still way too soft.

    Arcobello is out of his depth.

    Breaks my heart, but Ryan Smyth needs to call it a career.

    Joensuu and Hemmer were likely our best players tonight. Gazdic gets honorable mention.

  67. Suntory Hanzo says:

    striatic,

    That’s fair play, but all need to be held to an accetable level of play.

    Mayhaps that can be held on Eakins…we will know what the lineup will be like on Saturday.

    Being the ‘nucks, and the Gags incident, are there any lineup changes? I thought the thugs did well tonight.

  68. Lowetide says:

    There were positives tonight, folks. They outshot Winnipeg, should have gotten a W based on shot diff. Eakins is right, they have all the skill and speed but the basics were beyond him. The great thing about tonight? Eakins PC.

    This is going to hurt, but the Oilers are going to win hockey games if Eakins can keep them on task. Take away ANY of those awful turnovers and the game goes to OT.

    As for Dubnyk he let in a couple of softies. Not good enough. However, he’s had two good years and that means he is going to get the chance to run with it and based on the last two years should be able to get this team into the post-season.

    Tough night for DD, though. That’s for sure.

  69. Bank Shot says:

    I thought Hall was awesome in the first period. He was really having a good game until the third then made about 3 bad passes in a row. Saw after the game that he played 23:30. Most out of all skaters on the team. I’m thinking he was just gassed towards the end of the game and that is when those mistakes start to happen. I think as he starts to get used to that amount of icetime then those errors go away.

    2 of the goals Dubnyk let in were complete stinkers. At least one more was pretty stoppable. Goalies need to make saves. Hopefully Labarbera gets a start if Dubnyk plays like that next game.

  70. Ribs says:

    I’m not as tough on Hall. He played 18:37 per game last season in his natural position with virtually no PK time. He was out there for 23:30 tonight playing out of position, playing PK, and managed to win half of his draws. I’ve seen Crosby and Toews make some ugly turnovers when they were tired, too. It happens.

  71. Rocknrolla says:

    Bushed:
    Hall’s problems go beyond playing out of his normal position–it’s not just about playing center, it’s about being a lone ranger/puck hog too often (use your f***n’ line mates once in awhile) and trying to force plays that aren’t there at other times–poor judgment and selfish play.

    Dubnyk flat out sucked. Didn’t even wake up after the usual “Oh, the game started already?” crap goal that is becoming his signature.

    The “team toughness” didn’t seem to extend much beyond Gazdic and Joensuu tonight–too many others looked reluctant to engage after questionable Jets transgressions. This team is still way too soft.

    Arcobello is out of his depth.

    Breaks my heart, but Ryan Smyth needs to call it a career.

    Joensuu and Hemmer were likely our best players tonight. Gazdic gets honorable mention.

    Hall did seem a bit “puck hoggy” on the 2 on 1′s. thought he coulda passed on both but shot and missed. Trying to “take the spotlight” maybe?

    Eakins will straighten him out….

  72. Lowetide says:

    Ribs:
    I’m not as tough on Hall. He played 18:37 per game last season in his natural position with virtually noPK time. He was out there for 23:30 tonight playing out of position, playing PK, and managed to win half of his draws. I’ve seen Crosby and Toews make some ugly turnovers when they were tired, too. It happens.

    Yeah, true. He made a very nice defensive play early in front of the goal to deflect the puck high. The memory of that errant cross ice pass will linger, though. The first GA I don’t get upset about because despite being 1-on-3 leading to the turnover you still want that creativity.

  73. Lowetide says:

    I WANT Taylor Hall to be a puck hog! All day.

  74. striatic says:

    Lowetide,

    at least the problems are pretty identifiable.

    Hall’s inexperience at C and Dubnyk’s sub-par play account for the majority of Winnipeg’s goals tonight.

    at least one of these problems goes away after we get players back from injury, or maybe over time with some experience.

    the new guys were good and that’s important.

  75. Ribs says:

    Bushed: Arcobello is out of his depth.

    I tried to watch him a bit closer this game. It looks like he knows where to go and has the hands for it, but he gets caught flatfooted far too often. You just don’t see that in your everyday NHL’er.

  76. Ribs says:

    I kind of liked the mid-ice dump in they were doing breaking out of their zone. The D-man or Center dumps it into the neutral zone any which way possible and it’s the wingers job to gobble it up and run with it. It seemed to work well a couple of times, catching the defenders ill prepared.

  77. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Ribs,

    Arco has great instincts, and knows where to go, but how many times can you say, “That should have gone it!”?

    Hall does have a tendancy to hog the puck, but he is also used to having 93 and 14 being able to keep up.

    Hemsky is like playing hearts with the queen of spades. When you shoot the moon, you look like a fucking boss. If you don’t then throw on the horns. (goat, not cockold…) Having 94 there is like you have a 7 hearts ready to cock it all up.

  78. Bushed says:

    @Lowetide

    Re. Hall: not when there’s a higher percentage play available–it’s a team game…

    @ Ribs

    Agreed. But he also over-commits on position (esp. forecheck) at times and gets caught behind the play. Also seems a step behind at times, not for lack of speed, but for lack of confidence/experience.

  79. wheatnoil says:

    2010/11 – Season Opener – Oilers beat the Flames 4-0. Finish the season dead last.

    2011/12 – Season Opener – Oilers beat the Penguins 2-1 in a shootout. Finish 29th in the league.

    2013 – Season Opener – Oilers beat the Canucks 3-2. Finish 24th in the league and arguably taking a back step in play.

    Let’s not live and die by the season opener. There were some good signs in this game and some bad ones. Here’s the good thing: the bad signs are fixable. Dubnyk has a track record and it’s better than this. Hall may or may not work at centre, but he should improve and RNH may be back in ~2 weeks. The Oilers outplayed the Jets, outshot the Jets, Joensuu looked great, Hemsky looked great, the defensive system had some breakdowns at times but the defensemen themselves looked pretty good.

    That’s a tough game to lose, but after taking some time to digest the game, I’m willing to give it until game 3 or 4 before I write off the season!

  80. Andropod says:

    Nobody can get this team into the post season. There’s something in them that no one can fix.
    This is the second pathetic sowing of an extremely talented bunch of people. I don’t think anyone can stop them getting sloppy, or taking their foot off the gas when ahead.

    The first bad showing was the 6-0 drubbing by the AHL Stars team. This was the second. Mac T was right to try to sign Schneids and will need to find a goalie that can take us into the post season after this year when we finish 24th. That goalie is not and will never be Dubnyk.

    Tonight was a litmus test. They did not come out angry from the last preseason game, they will not make the post season, the good players will all leave us again, and I do not want to watch games like this again. Next time I will check the score before I watch the recording. Life is too short to be this pee’d off.

  81. Ribs says:

    Lowetide: The memory of that errant cross ice pass will linger, though.

    Especially after Hemsky made such a nice play to get it to him! Ah well.

  82. Ryan says:

    striatic,

    I was at the game section 114 row 8, close enough to see dubnyk stink up the joint.

  83. stevezie says:

    Rocknrolla,

    Lowetide,

    It was a livingroom based show, thanks for the concern and support.

  84. striatic says:

    Ryan,

    i’m a big believer in not caring about “soft goals” and instead judging a goaltender by SV% as much as possible.

    you didn’t even need to be at the game to see Dubnyk stink by that metric.

  85. Ryan says:

    Eakins was like Renney in that he kept throwing the 4 line over the boards for the ozone draws. Aside from the goal, that line is terrible. Took about four seconds flat for the puck to enter the Oilers zone nearly every time they took an ozone draw.

    Taylor Hall killing penalties so Acton can take ozone draws is f****ing retarded.

    94 looked completely done.

    Perron was fairly invisible.

  86. Ryan says:

    Oh and nick Schultz looked like a guy who needed an amnesty buyout.

  87. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Mayhaps we need to fire up that Fire Alarm, so we all think rationally.

    Now that we have, my beloved 94 has to go.

  88. Bushed says:

    wheatnoil,

    Agreed–it’s only one game, and there will be some stinkers along the way.

    I’m really pissed at Dubnyk right now, but his stats last year suggest better days ahead.

    Also agree that the D wasn’t perfect by a long shot, but that there were positive signs. In spite of a few small errors, I am very impressed with Belov’s play (nice toughness, plays the body well, good shot, protects the net, gets his stick (both ends) into interesting places during and after plays, seems to have some veteran savvy in lots of little ways).

    Eberle and Perron looked like they had some chemistry, but were lacking a third piece to complete the line. Maybe we have to settle for Yak and Joensuu moving up to the 1 and 2 lines for two solid scoring lines? Lord knows what happens for a 3 line, though…

    Hope that Eakins can figure something out, soon. Too many long seasons behind us…

  89. Bank Shot says:

    Ryan:
    Eakins was like Renney in that he kept throwing the 4 line over the boards for the ozone draws.Aside from the goal, that line is terrible.Took about four seconds flat for the puck to enter the Oilers zone nearly every time they took an ozone draw.

    I was complaining about that right before Gazdic scored his fluke goal. The Jets 4th line iced the puck. Perfect opportunity to release the hounds, and Eakins left his own 4th line on instead. It worked out for him that time, but its poor overall strategy IMO.

    Smyth was a drag on the top line. Its too bad because Smyth was great. What some call 3 scoring lines, looks to me like trying to spread around the liabilities.

    Not sure why Yakupov barely played in the second. He was absolutely having his way with the Jets in the first.

  90. OilLeak says:

    A lot of people here making assumptions after 1 game, I was disappointed in the result as well, but people need to sit back and relax.

  91. Reg Dunlop says:

    Taylor Hall looks pissed that he is saddled with Smyth. He even gave up passing Smitty’s way and in general pouted his way through the game. This is why he is not the captain. Tonight was the most win-able of our 14 October games. Does Eakins get shit-canned by Halloween if we are 0-14?

  92. Bank Shot says:

    Joensuu looked pretty good tonight. I didn;t think much of him the first time I saw him and had doubts his preseason success would transfer but he looked good tonight. Hope he continues to prove me wrong.

    Belov actually took a run at someone in the neutral zone. Glad at least one actual hockey player on the team has some push back.

    Nick Shultz might have been able to make a better play on the Little goal although Smyth skated right through his lane, and Belov made a real bad pinch when there was really no one to cover for him.

  93. Bank Shot says:

    Oh. I was just watching the highlights and see why Eakins was possibly not impressed with Yakupov.

    On the first Frolik goal. Yakupov looks to be day dreaming on the face off and just fails to get out to cover his point.

    Winnipeg gets a one timer from the middle of the slot and then gets the rebound and tucks it in.

  94. rooster_monkey says:

    Hah! 0-14? If a single loss make you this dramatic, maybe you should stop watching sports.

    Reg Dunlop:
    Taylor Hall looks pissed that he is saddled with Smyth. He even gave up passing Smitty’s way and in general pouted his way through the game. This is why he is not the captain. Tonight was the most win-able of our 14 October games. Does Eakins get shit-canned by Halloween if we are 0-14?

  95. DeadmanWaking says:

    Bank Shot: Saw after the game that he played 23:30. Most out of all skaters on the team. I’m thinking he was just gassed towards the end of the game and that is when those mistakes start to happen.

    Skill athletes when fatigued lose hardly any coordination. What they lose is peripheral vision. They don’t see the guy trailing the play out of the far side of their eye. They might not even realize that they are seeing these things in the first place, and maybe chalk it up to “spider sense” about when to thread the needle, or not. Then when their peripheral vision constricts at high fatigue, their spider sense betrays them. It’s hard to notice the loss of something you weren’t aware of as important in the first place.

    There’s a point where Hall needs to simplify his game after logging extra minutes. He’s not going to be able to “feel” that point. He’s going to have to learn from experience and outcome, or build it into his habits the whole game long. When your butler ceases to tap you on the shoulder because the hour is late, is it because the visitors have stopped arriving, or because the butler himself yawned and curled up on a cot? One solution is to fire the butler completely. The other is not to fire off an email to an ex after the second brandy–if you even noticed your butler pouring that second brandy.

    Two things: 1) Under fatigue, peripheral vision constricts, long before coordination falters. 2) The athlete has no direct awareness of this in the moment, unless he remembers some post he read on LT in the off season by some guy in a bathrobe who used to skim Coaching Science Abstracts two lockouts ago.

    Especially after the Krueger treatment last year (curfew at 20:00!), this is a big adjustment for a man whose peripheral vision now straddles both points and posts.

  96. DeadmanWaking says:

    I need to make one point extra clear.

    If you talk to the athlete about late game “mental mistakes” he won’t get the message. He’ll recall the moment as having crystal clarity. By the third period in a close game, he might actually be functioning at peak cognitive clarity.

    The problem is the disappearance of the outside fringe of a perceptual system he didn’t even realize he was relying upon in the first place.

    The player is still coming up with sharp solutions to the problem he faces, probably even sharper and faster than the first period. What happens is that the problem he perceives and the problem he’s actually facing begin to diverge because the CIA is failing to intercept as many messages.

    So the president is in fine form, but the report from the director of intelligence completely omits the recent secret visit paid to Hassan Rouhani by Bashar al-Assad when laying out options in the Iran situation. Some critical satellite that would normally have caught this went out of focus at a key moment. The president, however, is oblivious to this lacuna and unaware that satellites are sometimes affected this way by flares and sunspots.

    POTUS: What! Who designed such a shitty satellite?

    Tie-wearing geek: Mr President, solar flares are not predictable. When they happen, an actuator in the satellite adjusts one of several shield elements–they actually resemble sun visors–to help maintain the precise thermal equilibrium of the camera assembly, but this results in a small mechanical vibration which takes a few minutes to settle down. When you’re taking pictures of soft balls from orbit, Mr President, the satellite can’t flutter a nose hair for ten minutes prior capturing an image without degrading clarity.

    POTUS: And al-Assad just slipped through right at that moment?

    TWG: If you recall, Mr President, you were briefed on the morning of 24 April 2013 in a single line item on page seventeen of a twenty page report of a concern there might have been an electronic intrusion attempt designed to capture traffic metadata from the COMSAT control network.

    POTUS: Metadata? You can determine our satellite response to solar conditions from control network metadata?

    TWG: Mr President, you’d be surprised what metadata reveals in the hands of an expert analyst.

    POTUS: Are you telling me that Syria has this capability?

    TWG: Normally, no. However, Syrian imports of caviar and vodka spiked 2Q2013, Mr President.

    POTUS: OMG. Why wasn’t I informed?

    TWG: You were, Mr President, on page 19 of the 200 page supplement to the intelligence briefing from the morning of 24 April 2013, and in the annex of the supplement for weeks afterward.

    The president is thinking as clearly as ever. The problem is that the perceptual apparatus is far more complicated than we presume, and we normally take its consistency entirely for granted.

  97. Zipdot says:

    Got it. Thanks, DMW.

  98. Andropod says:

    Nonetheless the sky IS falling today. Eakins didn’t turn it around after the Stars beating, and he sure didn’t turn it around last night. Now he gets to “turn it around” against Vancouver.

    The last pre-season wasn’t the end of the world by any means but two in a row is the start of a trend, and I am so sick and tired of these stupid after game interviews along the lines of “yeah, we need to turn this thing around pronto” followed by some relevant comments about how this has to stop.

    OH REALLY???? It hurts too much to watch these games. I’m going to have to PVR and watch the next day it they actually get it all together.

    Sure I’m waiting for Hall to show his championship caliber and pull himself together but don’t be surprised if MacT pulls the trigger and does that 3 for 1 to get a real starting goalie. Last night was two softies too many.

  99. Diesel says:

    Just to make it an even 700 ;)

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