OILERS AT MAPLE LEAFS, G5 13-14

Saturdays as a kid meant watching the HNIC at my Grandpa’s house. My Dad would be there, along with warm beer (Grandpa liked his beer room temp) and the room was filled with light from one strong bulb that spread shadows and created weird images on those plaster walls that featured rough surfaces no one under 30 would remember. The Leafs would usually roar ahead and as the third period rolled along the adults would begin the prep for cards while I would start thinking of ways to stay up (it was an epic fail, 60s parents were kind of communisits–speak when spoken to, it’s bedtime because I said so–that kind of thing).

The Toronto of my youth was the one in my imagination–the words and drawings in the ‘Art Linkletter Encyclopedia‘ and the hockey Leafs. Big Frank Mahovlich was a powerhouse, you could hear the fans rise as the Big M wound up and passed center on his way into the offensive zone. My  favorite player was Dave Keon, he was kind of, well, perfect.

That video shows some nice footage of Keon, George Armstrong and Jacques Plante, along with young defensive tomfoolery from Jim McKenny. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been compared to a lot of great players (Datsyuk!!!!) but the first player of this type I remember was Keon. A wonderful penalty-killer and defensive center, Keon’s footspeed was insane and his anticipation the same. RHN is taller, I suspect he’s a better offensive player (Keon was no slouch) but they are similar in their approach to the game: both skated miles and miles in the name of upsetting timing.

Cherish this one, gents. When he’s gone, we’ll miss him.

JASON SMITH

The Oilers have had some good fortune when looking to Toronto for defensive help. They acquired Jason Smith from the Leafs in 1999 for a 2nd and a 4th, and they acquired the draft pick that would be Steve Smith for a fringe winger (Reg Thomas) right after the 1979 expansion draft. With Jake Gardiner apparently available, I wonder if the Oilers might attempt to pick him up and pair him with Justin Schultz–that would be a lot of chaos but it worked in college.

LIE BACK AND THINK OF ENGELLAND

Seems like half of the EJ has writers are mentioning his name, and the other half are too. I’m not absolutely certain the Oilers need a depth defenseman, although they haven’t replaced Theo Peckham/Mark Fistric and maybe that’s their 7th D when everything gets sussed out. I’m not used to cheering for a team with more than 7 blueline options, so this plethora stuff is new to me. I would guess the depth chart right now looks like:

  1. Justin Schultz
  2. Jeff Petry
  3. Andrew Ference
  4. Ladislav Smid
  5. Anton Belov
  6. Nick  Schultz
  7. Phil Larsen
  8. Denis Grebeshkov
  9. Corey Potter
  10. Brandon Davidson
  11. Martin Marincin
  12. Taylor Fedun
  13. Oscar Klefbom
  14. Brad Hunt
  15. Martin Gernat
  16. David Musil

There’s like 14 guys on this list who are possible NHL defenders at some point this season, that’s way more depth than we’ve seen in the past. I’m not sure how many of these kids will be quality, but there’s no rush to bring any of them up at this point.

bay leaf

 

Pierre Lebrun has an article up quoting an NHL exec saying that aside from Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner “he thought the team’s young forwards aren’t fully committed to becoming complete players. They’re not paying the price to play a 200-foot game. He said that’s especially noticeable on a team where the blue line, aside from Justin Schultz — whom he refers to as a “stud” — has “neither depth nor dimension.”

I’m calling bullshit across the board. NO MENTION of Taylor Hall’s ability to push the river, no mention of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as an emerging two-way talent, and the two guys the exec mentioned would NOT be exceptions in this area (and I love both guys as hockey players). The blueline has better depth and dimension, and not to be an asshole but Justin Schultz is putting the k in chaos pretty much every damn shift.

So that executive is doing what NHL execs apparently do routinely–turning to page 11 in the “what to say when media asks” of the TIRED OLD HOCKEY MEN handbook and having a lash. These kids aren’t perfect, God knows that’s true, but when you’re asking Taylor Hall (as a for instance) to move to center and take instruction from his THIRD HEAD COACH IN FOUR YEARS there might just be a period of adjustment there. If you’re saying “there seems to be some confusion here, Orly” I’m with you. But to call out young players who’ve been through this gong show for lack of commitment? Go to hell.

I’ll post the lineups when they appear, might be some juggling. I’d give $ to see a victory tonight, it would be a very nice end to a couple of difficult weeks to be an Oiler fan.

 

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  1. Fixall with Rexall says:

    Young kids with only 50 games of experience are supposed to sit out a game or two along the way.Gives him a big picture perspective on the system. It’s a tool for learning, not a punishment.

  2. Masamax says:

    wheatnoil,

    I am at a loss as to how it can possibly teach Yak anything though? If this was a player who was showing some petulance towards coaching and frustration in general, but Yak has always seemed to be the most upbeat of our players.

  3. jake70 says:

    A couple of tidbits from early in 2009.

    -ANAHEIM, Calif. – Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft, was scratched from Tampa Bay’s lineup for the first time this season to build up his strength after a 16-game stretch in which he had only one goal and two assist

    -Already twice this month Stamkos has been sent to the press box to take down notes while watching the game. The following day he goes into a “classroom session” with assistant coach Wes Walz to go over his notes and watch some video.

    A rookie getting scratched.

  4. Lowetide says:

    Fixall with Rexall:
    Young kids with only 50 games of experience are supposed to sit out a game or two along the way.Gives him a big picture perspective on the system.It’s a tool for learning, not a punishment.

    If Eakins wins, there’s no problem. If the Oilers don’t win, or Yakupov does not turn it around? You’re going to have more hell than a little bit. I remain unconvinced Yakupov deserved the HS, but it does show some balls from the coach I’ll say that much.

  5. Racki says:

    Sitting Yakupov for a game isn’t a bad idea, imho. Hall could stand to sit.. Eberle could…Smyth again.. N. Schultz on D… J. Schultz even (Actually there’s more than a few D). But really, I don’t think there’s be a wrong answer there. There’s a few that SHOULDN’T sit.. but not many.

    P.S., nice try Phaneuf, you f$#%ing slug.

  6. Lowetide says:

    Bad luck for Hall there, nice headman pass by Nuge.

  7. Racki says:

    The fact is, Yakupov IS part of the problem right now.. he stood around watching on the 2nd goal. could other guys sit? Yah, definitely.. maybe in the next game they will.

  8. jp says:

    Smyth is back, for one shift at least.

  9. steveb12344 says:

    If lovin Uncle Yesse is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  10. Wolfie says:

    I’m not a fan of sitting Yak. There’s no way you can convince me that Eakins is putting his best lineup out.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Breakaway for Hall, no goal but that line is flying!

  12. Fixall with Rexall says:

    Masamax,

    Has nothing to do with attitude. It’s not a punishment. Someone will be sitting with him the entire time pointing out nuances that he wouldn’t get to see otherwise.

  13. jake70 says:

    Racki:
    damn, Hall

    lol…great finish eh? love the guy..don’t get me wrong.

  14. LMHF#1 says:

    There isn’t a game I’ve ever watched where having Mike Browns and Luke Gazdics in the lineup is more important to a win than having a Nail Yakupov. This is absolutely moronic.

    Eakins is also showing an irrational devotion to Ryan Smyth and hasn’t adjusted his defensive system to the NHL after seeing his low-forward style get beaten on every night.

    Early returns are not great.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Racki:
    The fact is, Yakupov IS part of the problem right now.. he stood around watching on the 2nd goal. could other guys sit? Yah, definitely.. maybe in the next game they will.

    Smyth was also a culprit. I do agree Yak’s indecision on that play probably cost him this game, though. He’s going to have to figure out where he should be.

  16. godot10 says:

    jake70:
    A couple of tidbits from early in 2009.

    -ANAHEIM, Calif. – Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft, was scratched from Tampa Bay’s lineup for the first time this season to build up his strength after a 16-game stretch in which he had only one goal and two assist

    -Already twice this month Stamkos has been sent to the press box to take down notes while watching the game. The following day he goes into a “classroom session” with assistant coach Wes Walz to go over his notes and watch some video.

    A rookie getting scratched.

    Do you really want to run with that Dallas Eakins as Barry Melrose meme?

  17. Racki says:

    Lowetide: Smyth was also a culprit. I do agree Yak’s indecision on that play probably cost him this game, though. He’s going to have to figure out where he should be.

    Yah for sure.. Smyth has already sat once (although you could say he maybe didn’t learn.. but you dont do much learning at 37 or whatever he is). Bottom line for me is it’s just one game, and we know Yakupov needs to learn to be better without the puck right now. I definitely am behind this decision so long as Yak doesn’t keep getting scratched…

    Smyytttyyyy

  18. 106 and 106 says:

    Anyone have a link for us UK/Edmonton Folk?

  19. VanOil says:

    Eberle rubs out the goalie!!!

  20. jp says:

    Wow, matches last years total in game 5.

  21. Racki says:

    That easily could have been interference on Eberle. But we’ll just not complain about that…

    Beauty tip by one of the dog house crew.

  22. Lowetide says:

    Smyth (2nd) (Arcobello) That’s an interesting line, Eberle the RW

  23. VanOil says:

    Following goals for or goals against with the 4th line seems to be a theme with Eakins. I am not enjoying it.

  24. jake70 says:

    godot10: Do you really want to run with that Dallas Eakins as Barry Melrose meme?

    Stamkos hasn’t turned out too bad when all is said and done.

  25. Lucinius says:

    That’s the first penalty!?

  26. Lowetide says:

    The PK looks aggressive and good so far.

  27. hunter1909 says:

    Love Eakin’s using good players to kill penalties.

    Get Yakupov killing penalties now, Dallas!

  28. Lowetide says:

    Dubnyk has to stop that shot.

  29. Racki says:

    Looked like Doobie Tommy Salo’d that one..

  30. hunter1909 says:

    Dubnyk is fucking horrible.

  31. Lucinius says:

    Sigh, Dubnyk.

    You cannot cheat. The passing lane is taken away. Don’t cheat.

  32. Doomoil says:

    Jesus, STAND UP.

  33. VanOil says:

    I wish Toronto would follow Heatlys advice and stop shooting at Dubbie. He stops them better that way.

  34. Racki says:

    Kadri picked that corner nicely, but you’d have to think a 6’4 guy could cover a bit more net than that.

  35. hunter1909 says:

    ‘Dubnyk’s a big guy, so he is sure to cover the top of the net’. Kevin Lowe(2004).

  36. Masamax says:

    So, if Dubnyk loses this game, what’s the timeline on them trading away for a new starter?

  37. Racki says:

    Just wondering.. is Andre Racicot in charge of goaltender scouting?

    I say that not so much because of Dubnyk, but because it is pretty thin across the board in the system.

  38. hunter1909 says:

    So THAT’S Ference. Getting pounded by Colton Orr.

  39. nycoil says:

    Two of Dubnyk’s weaknesses turning up there: goes down early, Hugh on blocker side. I’ve been a DD defender for a long time but he just hasn’t shown any ability to learn to not do that. Frustrating. The whole league must know to shoot for that shoulder by now.

  40. russ99 says:

    That was a heck of a shot, considering the angle, bit I can’t tell what I hate more, our chicken-with-a-head-cut-off defense or our cheating on the angle, zero reflexes goalie.

  41. DeadmanWaking says:

    Colonel Obvious: This is the origin of the all the “body language” nonsense we’re always hearing.

    Bull’s-eye, feathered to perfection with Orwellian acumen. The “body language” cliche just a public money laundering front for operation beer gossip among media cronies. I could always smell this, but never managed to paint it with exactly the right name.

    This goes straight to the platinum tier of my permanent lexicon.

  42. hunter1909 says:

    Has there ever been a more heartless team than this one?

  43. hunter1909 says:

    russ99: our cheating on the angle, zero reflexes goalie.

    lmao.

  44. Lucinius says:

    The biggest problem with that goal is that there’s no reason for it to even happen, at all. That’s a routine save. Dubnyk looks like he’s overthinking things, which is a massive problem for a goalie. You have to go by instincts and play the percentages. There is no pass there; two Oiler sticks are in the way, the angle is horrible.

    You square up and hug the post in that situation 100 times out of 100. Simple as that. He’s looking like an AHL goalie and that won’t cut it.

  45. hunter1909 says:

    Entering the ‘Oiler gets injured’ segment of the game.

  46. Lowetide says:

    Arcobello has made a couple of nice passes in the game so far. I faded on him last game but like him fine in this one so far.

  47. Henry says:

    Schultz got away with one there

  48. hunter1909 says:

    Number 6 is a good player tonight.

  49. sliderule says:

    Duby is going to break your heart.

  50. Lucinius says:

    Some of these commercials are getting old, real quick. ugh.

    Almost as bad as watching the Oilers. Chaos in the defensive zone, a goaltender who’s struggling and proving his critics right (so far).

    And weak penalties. Perron doesn’t even enter the god damn crease.

  51. jake70 says:

    OIler shooters can take something from Kadri’s goal, location location location….doesn’t have to make it through to the exterior of the building every time.

  52. hunter1909 says:

    I’ve seen wood carriers look nimbler than Dubnyk crossing the crease.

    I hope they get blown out tonight.

  53. Racki says:

    That was a hell of a tip.. resume the Dubnyk sucks conversation, however.

  54. Lucinius says:

    Yeah. Sigh. That’s not on Dubnyk. That’s on losing a puck battle and then losing your man.

    Ridiculous.

  55. Lowetide says:

    You can’t fault the goalie on that one guys. Come on.

  56. nycoil says:

    Damn. Ticky tack call on Perron and a helluva tip by JVR

  57. hunter1909 says:

    Refreshing to be able to attack the Oilers right from opening night.

    None of that silly ‘opening with unsustainable goaltending’ anymore.

  58. VanOil says:

    5 on 3 Yak Attack time… oh yeah I guess not

  59. Racki says:

    Lowetide:
    You can’t fault the goalie on that one guys. Come on.

    yah there are times where Dubnyk “deserves” criticism, but that was just a good tip there. He officially is the team’s goat..

  60. Fixall with Rexall says:

    hunter1909,

    Please stop watching. We can ad-lib your comments for you.

  61. russ99 says:

    Can’t blame that one on Dubnyk, he got hung out to dry.

    That didn’t look like any PK system I’ve seen before.

    Can we ditch this dumb “swarm defense”, at least on the PK? It’s not working.

  62. Racki says:

    There it is! Hall tips it (apparently).

  63. Scotty LaDouche says:

    NUUUUUGE

  64. Racki says:

    hunter1909:
    Refreshing to be able to attack the Oilers right from opening night.

    None of that silly ‘opening with unsustainable goaltending’ anymore.

    Your panicked attitude, overreacting at everything is more HF Boards worthy than here

  65. Fixall with Rexall says:

    Perron involved in every penalty for either team so far.

  66. Lucinius says:

    Not liking our 5v4 powerplay setups. Too many players crowded on one side to overload it makes it easy to beat with an aggressive pk.

  67. VanOil says:

    Belov and JShultz have not caused me a heart attack yet. I am pleasantly surprised.

  68. Lowetide says:

    Nuge (2) (J Schultz, Belov)

  69. Lucinius says:

    Should add that one of the biggest problems on the 5v4 setups is Perron at the point; he’s just not done well there. Struggles to keep pucks in and has messed up point to point passes routinely.

  70. 106 and 106 says:

    Where is Yak?

  71. Wolfie says:

    Honestly Dubnyk played that the way he’s taught. Poor execution, his upper body has to be more upright but he’s got his weight loaded on his right leg least to push across. He didn’t cheat. He just didn’t execute it properly. Sometimes when you’re struggling everything goes against you. I think the lack of confidence management has shown in going out and looking for his replacement has messed with his head. Being an old goalie myself I’ve met tons of coaches who have no clue as to how to handle goalies.

  72. VanOil says:

    When the Leafs are out shooting you almost 2 to 1 bad things are bound to be showing up at extraskater.

  73. DeadmanWaking says:

    On body language: Tanya’s Bow.

    The thing I learned is that the player who looks least engaged may be the most committed member of the group.

    Much of the rest of that chapter of his book is covered in his talk on How to give an A which is certainly worth fifteen minutes during a dull intermission.

    Turns out Tanya’s body language was negative because she had a burning passion for Mahler, and the system was preventing her from playing her best. The conductor ought to have known better, as a violinist himself, but his mind drifted to focus on issues of puck possession, to the exclusion of achievable physicality.

    Welcome back, Ales.

  74. Lowetide says:

    106 and 106:
    Where is Yak?

    Healthy scratch.

  75. hunter1909 says:

    Racki: Your panicked attitude, overreacting at everything is more HF Boards worthy than here

    Thanks.

    The thing is, it’s the only way I can enjoy the game these last seven seasons, or decades.

  76. hunter1909 says:

    Don Cherry has to go.

    He’s totally insane. He’s like some old Irish gypsy bare knuckle boxer who’s had wayy too many punches to the face.

  77. Racki says:

    hunter1909: Thanks.

    The thing is, it’s the only way I can enjoy the game these last seven seasons, or decades.

    It has been terrible, but we’re all watching the same team. Anyways, I don’t expect you to be any different.. just saying.. continue on.

    Wow, Reimer really sold that Perron hit on him there, no? Gets hit.. pauses a moment, then flies back into the crossbar.. riight.

  78. russ99 says:

    hunter1909,

    LOL! But what would we do for between-period insane entertainment?

  79. Scotty LaDouche says:

    Is Cherry doing a parody of himself??

  80. Lucinius says:

    hunter1909,

    I just mute things when he’s on. The guy would have been run out of the business long ago if he did anything but hockey. He’s senile, a bigot and racist. Fuck him and fuck CBC for employing him, imo.

    And yes, the obscenities are completely valid in that usage, as I see it. The guy is worthy of vulgarity.

  81. Lowetide says:

    hunter1909:
    Don Cherry has to go.

    He’s totally insane. He’s like some old Irish gypsy bare knuckle boxer who’s had wayy too many punches to the face.

    Not a word out of place. He might as well endorse heroin use while naked, it would be the next natural progression.

  82. Racki says:

    Those Dallas jerseys look minty fresh. First time I’d seen them on the ol’ Telo-vision.

  83. hunter1909 says:

    russ99,

    One day the CBC suit machine’s going to go on the blink, and Cherry’s suits will start to oscillate in different colour and style combinations at the rate of 24 per second.

    That’s when Cherry’s going to be driven out of television.

  84. Racki says:

    Don can be right at times.. in general, he’s a nut that is off the mark though. But, he’s entertainment. Ron McLean balances out Cherry’s neanderthal mentality.

  85. stevezie says:

    hunter1909,

    I would think you of all people would appreciate his insanity is the heart of his charm.

    As far as Yak… Yes he is better than Gazdic, but that’s not the point. It’s an investment scratch.

  86. lazerguidedmelody says:

    The best thing about watching the game via NHL Gamecenter – no Don Cherry

  87. Henry says:

    What happened in Vancouver’s dressing room? Cherry was alluding to something.

  88. stevezie says:

    You guys are crazy, I love Cherry. He’s not a teacher for crying out loud, he’s an entertainer. As such he succeeds.

    He’s clearly in “too old to care” mode, but you have to look close to notice the difference.

  89. Racki says:

    Henry:
    What happened in Vancouver’s dressing room?Cherry was alluding to something.

    It was in the city of Vancouver… where Joe Thornton talked about whipping it out and stroking it if he had a 4 goal game…. shouldn’t have been published but some Vancouver reporter decided he would anyways. At least that’s what I assume he meant..? I was only half listening there.

  90. hunter1909 says:

    Glad to see they’re finally giving Yakupov their patented Lowe/MacT ‘Rob Schremp’ tough love treatment.

    It will really work wonders, on a Russian.

  91. danny says:

    how was that not a hooking penalty? He rode Nuge like a cart and buggy.

  92. Racki says:

    Boyd Gordon! What a hard working goal there. Good work by Perron and Gordon there.

  93. Lowetide says:

    Gordon (Perron, Hall)

  94. rich says:

    Gordon is having a solid game, wins face-offs, scores. Bernier is not invincible if you can get traffic in front.

  95. Racki says:

    hunter1909:
    Glad to see they’re finally giving Yakupov their patented Lowe/MacT ‘Rob Schremp’ tough love treatment.

    It will really work wonders, on a Russian.

    Yah, Rob Schremp was really wrongly treated here.. that’s why he’s currently tearing it up in a German beer league.

    Yakupov scratched one whole game.. which the Oilers currently lead.

  96. Henry says:

    Racki: It was in the city of Vancouver… where Joe Thornton talked about whipping it out and stroking it if he had a 4 goal game…. shouldn’t have been published but some Vancouver reporter decided he would anyways. At least that’s what I assume he meant..? I was only half listening there.

    Nice. Adam Oates and my Mom would disapprove.

  97. VanOil says:

    I am willing to make the bold prediction that should his health hold out Gordon will have a career year offensively.

  98. Lowetide says:

    Dammit Hemsky!

  99. Lucinius says:

    Oh Hemsky, Hemsky… gotta bury that.

  100. BlacqueJacque says:

    Glenn Healy is really annoying.

    Oilers get scored on, it’s a fundamental problem with the team, the roster, the wrong player.

    Leafs get scored on, it’s mistakes.

  101. Lowetide says:

    Defensive coverage, awful.

  102. Lucinius says:

    HORRENDOUS coverage. Absolutely horrendous.

  103. Racki says:

    ahem.. Lupul.. by himself there…

  104. rich says:

    Seem to remember a few years back someone had the idea w/JDD and DD of putting a chain around their neck and tying it to the back of the net to keep them from going down to soon.

    Might not be a bad idea to bring that out again.

  105. Lucinius says:

    Gordon and J. Schultz at fault on that. Wow. Gordon giveth.. Gordon taketh away.

  106. VanOil says:

    So what would Anaheim want for John Gibson?

  107. russ99 says:

    Ugh. NHL book on how to beat “swarm defense” wait until 3 Oilers converge on puck carrier and move the puck to the other side of the ice…

  108. spoiler says:

    No talk about Ference being demoted to Nultz’s pairing and Belov now alongside Jultz?

  109. godot10 says:

    Lucinius:
    Gordon and J. Schultz at fault on that. Wow. Gordon giveth.. Gordon taketh away.

    No way JSchultz is responsible for the late forward.

  110. Henry says:

    The swarm is ahead of Dubnyk 2-1.

  111. Racki says:

    I will say that while the Oil D-group doesn’t like a wide open game, our forward group definitely does.. Toronto playing the kind of game I prefer teams to play against the Oil

  112. Lucinius says:

    Wow. Delayed whistle there.

    And clear embellishment.

  113. danny says:

    Im falling in love with 83 again. Better make some room on the Nuge bus.

  114. Gi JQE says:

    Nice delayed dive by kadri….

  115. Lucinius says:

    godot10,

    He did mis-play the play, though; read it wrong, just as Gordon did — just not as badly as Gordon did. Hence my sentence after about Gordon giving and taking.

  116. spoiler says:

    Jim Hughson: [Gazdic's] a pretty good skater too.

  117. Henry says:

    Totally different defensive philosophies here. Toronto likes to stand around and wait for the puck to hit their stick and the Oilers are super aggressive

  118. VanOil says:

    Of the two players that signed big long term deals in the last few weeks which one looks like the best player on the ice by far? For me it is the one playing the most minutes.

  119. Lucinius says:

    Our defensive coverage needs to improve, badly. Its been a culprit the past five years.

  120. Scotty LaDouche says:

    Gi JQE,

    Not a mention by the commentators.

  121. spoiler says:

    I’d take Cherry as a colour commentator over Healy

  122. Lowetide says:

    THAT’S WHAT DAVE KEON USED TO DO RIGHT THERE. Love the Nuge

  123. danny says:

    “Mer-MAN pop…. MERMAN. *cough*”

    - Joffrey Lupul

  124. Lowetide says:

    Oilers on the PP, would LOVE to see them up by 2 goals at some point. But will accept 1. :-)

  125. danny says:

    Nuge is gonna look silly when hes able to grow facial hair

  126. Lowetide says:

    Rip Van Winkle sitting next to MacTavish there.

  127. spoiler says:

    We go backwards on the powerplay like nobody’s business.

  128. Henry says:

    Kessel against the fourth line.

  129. Scotty LaDouche says:

    I just about fourth shift my pants.

  130. danny says:

    Classic Petry*

    * this season

  131. spoiler says:

    KEON AGAIN! lol

  132. Henry says:

    Phaneuf is going to have bad dreams about the Nuge.

  133. BlacqueJacque says:

    When Smytty takes that shot, I just think to myself “that should count as a giveaway”.

  134. danny says:

    Sofar my .01 investment at the wishing well hasnt turned Belov into Bobo, but it’s early and hope remains.

  135. Lucinius says:

    My god.

    Both these teams are horrible; the Leaves are just in-sync while the Oilers aren’t.

  136. spoiler says:

    Well Eakins has really been messing with the defensive pairings this period.

    Like that Belov slapshot, very quick windup and downswing for a slapper. Gets it off fast.

  137. Henry says:

    Is Gardiner playing?

  138. VanOil says:

    I love Taylor Hall. He is a great player. One of the best left wingers in the NHL. I no longer believe he is the best player on the Oilers. Damn baby faced witches.

  139. jake70 says:

    spoiler:
    Well Eakins has really been messing with the defensive pairings this period.

    Like that Belov slapshot, very quick windup and downswing for a slapper. Gets it off fast.

    What I like is that it was a shot, not a pass.

  140. danny says:

    Atta boy Hallsy…. when in Rome…

  141. crude says:

    BlacqueJacque:
    When Smytty takes that shot, I just think to myself “that should count as a giveaway”.

    Ya, but a giveaway which results in an O-zone face-off usually. Instead of an odd-man rush the other way.

  142. hunter1909 says:

    Last season Oilers were hella exciting everytime they crossed into the offensive zone.

    This season they don’t even look like scoring. Pluggers only seem to be scoring goals.

    And this is supposed to be an improvement? And we’re supposed to sit back, and enjoy our fanboy re-entry into hockey hell?

  143. Lucinius says:

    jake70,

    problem with Belov is he’s still learning how to get it through traffic. I don’t think he’s used to the shot blocking mentality in the NHL, and the high zone pressure.

  144. spoiler says:

    VanOil: I love Taylor Hall. He is a great player. One of the best left wingers in the NHL. I am no longer believe he is the best player on the Oilers. Damn baby faced witches.

    I said it after Nuge’s first game… this is going to end up being his team not Hall’s. Ference is captain till Nuge can shave.

  145. Henry says:

    VanOil:
    I love Taylor Hall. He is a great player. One of the best left wingers in the NHL. I no longer believe he is the best player on the Oilers. Damn baby faced witches.

    I was thinking the same thing. At what level will the Nuge top out?

  146. BlacqueJacque says:

    Jesus, Healy, ride Rielly’s cock some more.

    The only reason Rielly caught up to Hall is because Hall skated cross-ice to him.

  147. spoiler says:

    It could be 5-0 Oil and Healy would still be spending his precious air time on blowing smoke up the Leaf’s asses.

  148. Lucinius says:

    Perron has a lot of flaws.

    But he’s got work ethic to follow up those flaws with old fashioned hard work.

  149. crude says:

    Loved that recovery and pressure by Perron. Good motor and hands to go with it.

  150. VanOil says:

    spoiler: I said it after Nuge’s first game… this is going to end up being his team not Hall’s.Ference is captain till Nuge can shave.

    When Nuge can shave we will see playoff beards every spring.

  151. Lowetide says:

    Tyler Pitlick with three shots in the first period for the Barons. If he keeps this up he’ll replace Mike Brown this season (at some point). Brown is terrible.

  152. danny says:

    Perron is a competitor. Easy to like the guy. Massive pickup for the Oilers.

  153. Lucinius says:

    We desperately need three things;

    1) Dubnyk to stop with the bad goals (only one tonight.. progress, I guess?)
    2) Defensive zone coverage that isn’t horrific.
    3) Eberle and Yakupov to not suck offensively.

    At least one of these should end up happening.

  154. Lowetide says:

    That was a helluva road period to my eye.

  155. lazerguidedmelody says:

    Oil PK looks sharp tonight. Oil PP (Belov’s shots excepted) are sending me to sleep (well, it is nearly 2am here).

  156. danny says:

    Hallsy got the Lloyd Christmas chicklets!

    Let the good times roll.

  157. VanOil says:

    Lowetide:
    That was a helluva road period to my eye.

    Extraskater currently is broken. But I believe you any ways.

  158. spoiler says:

    There’s a Jiffy Lube ad based on LT’s ON blog pic?

  159. hunter1909 says:

    Lowetide:
    That was a helluva road period to my eye.

    We’re using Corsi now.

  160. Lowetide says:

    VanOil:
    I love Taylor Hall. He is a great player. One of the best left wingers in the NHL. I no longer believe he is the best player on the Oilers. Damn baby faced witches.

    You know, this is kind of worth mulling over. Nuge is a witch.

  161. Racki says:

    Holy props, CBC..

  162. Fixall with Rexall says:

    26-11 in face offs? Not bad.

  163. Ice Sage says:

    Kevin Weekes schooling Dubnyk – oy oy oy.

    Bachman overdrive, please

  164. VanOil says:

    Good job by Weekes.

  165. VanOil says:

    Lowetide: You know, this is kind of worth mulling over. Nuge is a witch.

    The coach believes all ready if TOI is your measuring stick.

  166. Bulging Twine says:

    That glove looks huge. Still. We can get that reduced.
    If we did, it would mean the return of the wicked Grant Fuhr glove save.

  167. sliderule says:

    I did the same thing after last game.
    Stay on your feet and face the shooter

  168. Racki says:

    Beauty elbow by Eric Super Contra on Kaleta

  169. Suntory Hanzo says:

    stevezie,

    Well said!

  170. Lucinius says:

    Weekes was actually very correct with his analysis of that goal. Its not uncommon for goalies to do what Dubnyk did, but its the height of stupidity; you’re over-thinking things and not respecting the shot. Always dangerous and he deserved to get schooled.

  171. VanOil says:

    Out shooting the Leafs 17-4 in the third period would go a long way towards winning tonight and long term.

  172. speeds says:

    Lowetide:
    Tyler Pitlick with three shots in the first period for the Barons. If he keeps this up he’ll replace Mike Brown this season (at some point). Brown is terrible.

    Why would that mean he’d necessarily replace Brown? They already have better players than Brown not playing.

  173. crude says:

    Nuge is wild, man. He, HE makes his line-mates better.

  174. Racki says:

    speeds: Why would that mean he’d necessarily replace Brown?They already have better players than Brown not playing.

    The “4th line game” would be better suited to Pitlick than Yak though. Yakupov will make his return to the 3rd line next game.

  175. jake70 says:

    Racki: The “4th line game” would be better suited to Pitlick than Yak though. Yakupov will make his return to the 3rd line next game.

    You sound like Ralph “specialist” Krueger….;-)

  176. Fixall with Rexall says:

    Giroux no points on the year. If the sky is falling here then I’d hate to know what’s going on there. Losing again tonight. Emery and Mason? What the hell were they thinking?

  177. Racki says:

    holy.. a tussle in the net, and guys on this line go to help the players in the tussle… how many times have we seen Oil players look the other way and skate the other direction?

  178. spoiler says:

    Healy is a frickin dickhead.

  179. Lucinius says:

    EBERLE! Finally! Hot damn.

  180. BlacqueJacque says:

    Eberle gets us the go-ahead goal and gets the monkey off his back in one stroke.

  181. magisterrex says:

    Good period so far; Eberle just found his game.

  182. hunter1909 says:

    Open season on Eberle and Hall, natch.

    What the hell, since the management obviously doesn’t care to protect these players, I might as well cheer for the bad guys to flatten them.

    4-3 lol

  183. Suntory Hanzo says:

    EBS!!14!!

  184. Lowetide says:

    Eberle (Arcobello, Hall)

    Arco is going to be tough to send down.

  185. BlacqueJacque says:

    “Looked like the glove hit the top of his pads” (which is why he overshot the puck?!)
    “Not often you see a puck tumbling end over end”

    You don’t hear these excuses for an Oiler.

  186. jake70 says:

    Ebs, welcome back from the witness protection program…well done.

  187. VanOil says:

    As pain full as it was to watch Whitney skate last year his monkey off the back celebration was second only the Yaks

  188. Suntory Hanzo says:

    jake70:
    Ebs, welcome back from the witness protection program…well done.

    Nice.

  189. Lowetide says:

    Drinking Snap Dragon USA wine California Chardonnay. Nice. What’s everyone having tonight?

  190. Scotty LaDouche says:

    Did I miss the shot of Halls face getting hit/not getting hit on this supposed embellishment?? The only camera angles they showed left it ambiguous imo.

  191. Lucinius says:

    BlacqueJacque,

    To be fair, Bernier did fuck it up; his glove did catch on his pad. Because its so damn huge and his leg was at a slight angle. Good goal, but Bernier has that shot more than not.

  192. BlacqueJacque says:

    Bacardi Oakheart, with ginger ale as a chaser.

  193. hunter1909 says:

    ‘Don’t tell me about Yakupov’s last game of the season hat trick’. Dallas Eakins

  194. jake70 says:

    I noticed Arco times that pass perfectly, didn’t wait.

  195. BlacqueJacque says:

    I don’t think Kadri and Nuge like each other very much.

  196. Suntory Hanzo says:

    So for once we are forcing a team to play our style instead of folding and playing theirs?

  197. jake70 says:

    Suntory Hanzo: Nice.

    Thanks, I’ve been waiting all night to say that.

  198. Lucinius says:

    “Flipper on a pin ball machine” is a fantastic description of Ryan Smyth’s game these days. Stationary and just helplessly whacking away.

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