The Edmonton Oilers have help on the way soon (Nuuuuge!) but there’s a game tomorrow and another Monday to prepare for and very little available in terms of addition now. That means small tweaks in the lineup, and coach Dallas Eakins remains a little stubborn on the 1line.
- Hall-Smyth-Hemsky: I can see why he’s stubborn in keeping the two veterans, Hall-Hemsky is wildly exciting and Smyth has been doing the board work forever. Which is kind of the problem here, but one would guess that 94 will be moving down the depth chart when RNH returns.
- Gordon-Joensuu-Eberle: Interesting new line, Gordon displayed some real offensive ability in G1 and Joensuu was a terror, so this could be a nice trio. I thought Eberle was dangerous in game one, expect he’ll have an impact Saturday.
- Arcobello-Perron-Yakupov: I’m interested in seeing this line because Yakupov (by eye and by Corsi) rolled over Winnipeg in the first period then didn’t see much ice in the second period Tuesday night. I think (think, don’t know) Eakins might have been using the 2nd as a learning tool but there were penalties aplenty too. Either way, nice to see the Russian playing with skill.
- Acton-Gazdic-Brown: Eakins liked this line in G1, no reason (and no one) to draw in another player. It is interesting that the PK is going to happen from farther up the food chain.
There has been plenty of venom spewed toward Devan Dubnyk on this blog and other internet spots, but I’m still wondering why. Let me ask you something: is it better to use a body of work over several years to predict the future, or one game? I love the passion of the Oiler fanbase, but in regard to Dubnyk there’s a massive disconnect. He is NOT the second coming of Dom Hasek, but he’s also clearly the best option available and he is not the problem. Have a look at what happens to the Trouba shot:
I’m not sure if it’s the bounce on the puck or the Petry deflection or both, but that was one magic puck. I’m hopeful coach Eakins throws Dubnyk right back in there, the history on the guy is pretty damn good and the Oilers can’t afford to lose their starting goalie after game one.
Oklahoma City Barons begin their season tonight, and the lineup has plenty of NHL experience and several legit prospects. Based on the lines at practice yesterday I think there will be plenty of chances for prospects.
- Martindale-R Hamilton-Ford
- Stretch-R Jones-Pitlick
Oscar Klefbom is skating again and will be playing in no time (unless the zamboni hits him).
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning on TSN 1260, scheduled to appear.
- Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports. We’ll talk about the television coverage of the George Parros incident and the early season results in Edmonton and Toronto.
- Rob Soria from Oil Drop. We’ll talk Hall at center, Dubnyk and the powerplay.
- Andreas Morse from FC Edmonton. Eddies need a win badly, they’ll be a motivated crew on Sunday at Clark.
- Jungle Jim Hunter will talk about the Nuge, injury recovery and the Olympics.
10-1260 via text and @Lowetide_ on twitter. Hope you can tune in!
The Rockford Files was my favorite show when I was a kid. Loved it, my favorite episode was (I believe) a two parter featuring Isaac Hayes calling Jim “Rockfish” and my friend Terry Cole and I laughed about that episode for years. I don’t know why I remembered it today, but it was a nice flashback.