OILERS AT FLAMES G22, 13-14

The Oilers sit 4-15-2 this morning, the frustration is mounting and the quarter pole is a long way from the home stretch (let alone the finish line). The coach rode his top 3 lines even knowing an important game was waiting tonight, but the team itself at least showed up after going down 3-0 to the Sharks. The spirit is willing, but youth and talent are not strong enough on this team to overcome a team like San Jose.

No sin in that.

basinger

However, tonight they play the Calgary Flames and it’s very important that this team give itself a chance to win.

  1. Play Dubnyk. He had an excellent game last night, keep it going.
  2. Play the Nuge-Hall-Eberle line together for the rest of the season. Go with what works.
  3. Play the 2nd PP unit first. I spoke to Tyler Dellow about this earlier in the week and the 1PP is just too predictable. Until they figure out what’s wrong, use the Yak PP and that should help the PP-PK GF-GA ratio.
  4. Find a 4th line that is useful. This is silly. The coach dresses three guys he doesn’t use.
  5. Put Arcobello back in the lineup and leave him there.
  6. Stop taking stupid penalties.

I know, easier said than done. However, these are just basic decisions the coach and General Manager should be able to make without the fanbase having to worry over it. The Arcobello decision is fairly typical of this season: curious and counterproductive. This team can’t afford to put one of their 10 best forwards in the pressbox, not right now.

Taylor Hall: “I’m just so tired of coming in here after games and having to give a reason why we lost”

principe hall

 

This hockey club will eventually string some wins together–they may have to make some changes before that happens–but it’s interesting to see the reaction these young players are having to the stream of losses. Yakupov handled it his way, Hall is handling it a different way, and the schedule makers have handed this club a life line just in time. I do believe that if the losing continues we’re going to see some pretty stark moments for these guys and that’s the number one reason why something has to give, and it should happen tonight.

Win tonight, and with Columbus and Florida coming they could be 7-15-2 by Friday. That’s still terrible but we’d be talking about good games in a row and the pall that has been cast around this team might see some sunlight.

basinger1

The Flames are 5 points ahead of Edmonton with 2 games in hand, and their Corsi for% is superior (47.7 to 45.8) but I don’t think they’re a better team in terms of talent. That and $2.75 will get you a cup of coffee.

SCORING, LAST 10 GAMES

scoring last 10Dubnyk’s SP is .894 in the last 10, only Nail and Perron have scored more than 2 goals and Gagner is a ghastly -10 (along with the young Russian) to lead the team. Hall’s numbers are the most impressive in the last 10 (because he missed 5 games and still posted offense). This is a horrible set of numbers for a truly gifted group of players. If I’m in Vegas, I’d bet on a spike on this graph beginning this week against the Flames, Jackets and Panthers.

Ladies, if they can get out of their own way, they’re heading north.

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  1. hunter1909 says:

    The kids are smart. They can follow enough of Eakin’s agenda that he doesn’t understand why everything is turning to dust in his hands.

  2. jzed says:

    No surprise Petry and Larsen involved in that 6 men on the ice penalty, soft on zone entries, soft between the ears……… FFS, when nifty isn’t working, dump it in and HIT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT.

  3. OilFire says:

    Lowetide: I’ve never understood people who come on a site that’s provided to them for free to tell the host shame on you. Rock on, BJ, rock on.

    Yeah. And for the rest of us: I love this site, un-shame on you LT. Or what’s the opposite of shame? less shame?

    Remove the stone of Shame!
    Attach the stone of triumph!

  4. VanOil says:

    Lowetide:
    Moroz 2-1-3 for the night, 23, 15-8-23 +11 for the season.

    The 7 & 8′s of the future are the brightest thing for Oilers fans this year. Lets hope a handful of them make it to the show one day.

  5. Lowetide says:

    bookje:
    Lowetide,

    Has there ever been a team with so many coaching changes?

    I don’t think so. Maybe the horrible Red Wings teams around darkness with Harkness.

  6. hunter1909 says:

    Love how Flames lose Iginla and improve exponentially.

    Last place Oilers keep Ryan Smyth around, and he looks like a freaking pensioner out there.

    Flames also have a cup winner coaching them. FFS

  7. RexLibris says:

    Been staring at this for the last few minutes. http://imgur.com/gallery/gL8cDXX

    Tell me it isn’t more entertaining than watching the Oilers lose…

  8. OilFire says:

    RexLibris: http://imgur.com/gallery/gL8cDXX

    That GIF reminds me so much of those weird tunnels underneath O’Hare Airport (they have weird Japanese techno though…)

  9. OilFire says:

    I really like this Smytty in front of the net on the PP business

  10. bookje says:

    That’s crazy

  11. VanOil says:

    RexLibris,

    Excellent

  12. Nuckout says:

    OilFire: Yeah.And for the rest of us: I love this site, un-shame on you LT.Or what’s the opposite of shame? less shame?

    Remove the stone of Shame!
    Attach the stone of triumph!

    This site is great. Your blogs are great. Haters can suck it.

    http://i.imgur.com/Of94EJl.jpg

  13. justDOit says:

    Crap. I thought he was going to shoot Wide, man.

  14. Lowetide says:

    Well, at this point I don’t think there’s a lot to say about this edition of the Oilers. Whatever their troubles, it’s consumed them and they cannot manage basic motor functions.

  15. SK Oiler Fan says:

    That shift by Shultz Potter would normally result in immediate demotion to the minors

  16. Ben says:

    Well, at least we’ve finally hit bottom.

    Ok – NOW we’ve hit bottom.

    Wait, NOW, I mean….

  17. jzed says:

    Entire NHL gameplan againstvthe Oil: dump it in, hit them, SCORE!

  18. Kitchener says:

    Remember when we’d score four and still lose?

    Those were the days…

  19. Nuckout says:

    Ben:
    Well, at least we’ve finally hit bottom.

    Ok – NOW we’ve hit bottom.

    Wait, NOW, I mean….

    They’ve employed a super subterrainian tunneling machine. There is no finite rock bottom, they define it.

  20. OilFire says:

    justDOit:
    Crap. I thought he was going to shoot Wide, man.

    I was just sitting here after goal 2 thinking that I’m a grown man, hockey shouldn’t be able to make me this mad. It didn’t help. This made me feel a little happier though.

  21. Nuckout says:

    Going to test my willpower. Game is going off now. I need help for my addiction.

  22. Minister D- says:

    OilFire,

    Worse, for me, is the fact that I now find myself incapable of even enjoying hockey anymore. The Oilers have pretty much ruined my enjoyment of the sport.

  23. bookje says:

    The REAL concern is Eakins may have been bringing the right message (mostly) but it wasn’t liked, however after so much losing the players may have been willing to listen (remember the really good Corsica through two weeks). HOWEVER, the goaltending led to more losses and Eakins being a poor ‘motivational speaker’ resulted in a total disconnect between coach and team. By the time the goaltending improved, the team was lost .

    Wonder if Katz calls Kruger? It would be interesting and would be less of a coaching carousel. It’s crazy, but it’s all crazy now.

  24. Lowetide says:

    Dubnyk’s SP after 2 is .913. It’s like the hockey Gods have decided that killing us isn’t enough, they need to push the blade all the way through.

    At this point, it’s like watching a dead corpse on the highway. It’s disgusting, but impossible to look away.

  25. TheOtherJohn says:

    24/14 SF/SA against Calgary over 2 periods

  26. Kitchener says:

    bookje:
    It’s crazy, but it’s all crazy now.

    Ha! This is the most sane status report available.

  27. OilFire says:

    Sigh… Guess I’ll check out OKC game, hoping for some glimmer…

    Hey, a 0.961 for Bryz, and goals by Linux and Eager!

  28. VanOil says:

    Minister D-:
    OilFire,

    Worse, for me, is the fact that I now find myself incapable of even enjoying hockey anymore. The Oilers have pretty much ruined my enjoyment of the sport.

    Watch a few CHL games it will be good for your hockey soul. The upcoming Subway series should be televised and Sportnet normally has a Friday night game.

  29. Nuckout says:

    bookje:
    The REAL concern is Eakins may have been bringing the right message (mostly) but it wasn’t liked, however after so much losing the players may have been willing to listen (remember the really good Corsica through two weeks).HOWEVER, the goaltending led to more losses and Eakins being a poor ‘motivational speaker’ resulted in a total disconnect between coach and team.By the time the goaltending improved, the team was lost .

    Wonder if Katz calls Kruger?It would be interesting and would be less of a coaching carousel.It’s crazy, but it’s all crazy now.

    Eakins’ goose is cooked. Like left on high heat on the BBQ with dripping grease for 2 hours cooked.

    Like Flamethrower on a Christmas ham after 8 beers cooked.

    He’s toast.

    Question is, who in the organization has the cajones to admit it first?

  30. jzed says:

    I jokingly called for a rash of knee on knee and other sundry low hits. A bench clearing brawl, a bath of fraternal blood spilled to galvanize this collection of talented virgins. Time to lose it boys, time to become men. In any event, you will find throwing low hits is better than receiving them. I was joking. Not any more.

  31. bookje says:

    Lowetide:
    Dubnyk’s SP after 2 is .913. It’s like the hockey Gods have decided that killing us isn’t enough, they need to push the blade all the way through.

    At this point, it’s like watching a dead corpse on the highway. It’s disgusting, but impossible to look away.

    I saw the chest ripped open and the heart wasn’t beating – it was horrible but I couldn’t look away.

  32. PREDICKTER says:

    THESE GUYS WILL COMPETE………………..while wandering in the desert for all of eternity

  33. hunter1909 says:

    So. Ralph Kreuger was a totally positive thinking communicating head coach, that MacT impetuously sacked.

    MacT apparently went to Sweden to see Klefbom, saw him do one thing and impetuously decided he’d seen enough and didn’t need to see anything more.

    MacT, a rookie NHL GM hires a rookie NHL coach Eakins for reasons I don’t know why, but he seems like a piss poor communicator, and a miserable scowling mirror image of Kreuger.

    And so, Oilers just out of junior players are expected to accept a 180 in coaching philosophy, and thrive under this negative Eakins??

    At this rate, I’ll happily bet money that one way or another Eakins is going to leave the team, with Christmas day as the over/under.

  34. D says:

    I’m okay with Eakins getting fired.

  35. RexLibris says:

    I’m very seriously considering putting on my coat and boots and shoveling the walk rather than watching or listening to the remainder of this game.

  36. Big Oil Truck says:

    jzed:
    Entire NHL gameplan againstvthe Oil: dump it in, hit them, SCORE!

    No need to dump in, just stand at blue line and wait for turnover.

  37. G Money says:

    Fuck. Why didn’t I give away my tickets and stay home? Absolutely horrible hockey. The Flames are a *horrible* team and the Oilers are lucky to be down only two.

    Rebuild #2 I guess.

  38. JohnnyRocket says:

    Those awful giveaways are killing us. It’s like everyone on the ice has a braincramp.

  39. VanOil says:

    Like 3 scoring lines Apple Cores are also now considered a Myth. All you have to do is eat the Apple from the bottom up.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/apple-cores-are-a-myth/281531/

  40. Kitchener says:

    VanOil,

    I’m going to see Nurse vs the Rangers tomorrow afternoon. FnA.

  41. Nuckout says:

    Big Oil Truck: No need to dump in, just stand at blue line and wait for turnover.

    Opposition strategy:

    1. Wait for poorly formed oilers “breakout”

    2. Place blade of stick on ice 2 feet in front, close eyes, and wait

    3. ??????

    4. Profit

  42. jake70 says:

    Did I hear or read recently the 4th year of a rebuild is the worst? Let this be the 4th please.

  43. jzed says:

    Big Oil Truck,

    I stand corrected(;

  44. Lowetide says:

    This is going to be a rambler and I’m sorry in advance. Sometimes in life you make the right bets and it all turns to dust in one horrible moment. I used to play roto baseball in a league where 15 guys bet $250 dollars and the winner got $3500. I won it twice, but lost it because of luck probably 13 other times, and it was incredible how bad luck impacted the entire process.

    One year, and we were living in the house we live in now, I was ahead by so much I ordered a $4,500 deck (just the lumber, I was going to build it myself) and damned if everything didn’t go to shit just before the end.

    It came down to me and another guy. We were tied in wins, he had Randy Johnson (!!!!!!) going and I had Darren Driefort. As lucj would have it, THEY FACED IT EACH OTHER!!!!!

    Last weekend of the season. Driefort won the game AND helped my WHIP enough for me to secure the win and pay the bill.

    Luck is Montreal with the C. The Oilers are playing HUA with a bad luck chaser. the spinchter is in the Adam’s apple and we’re wearing our ass for a hat.

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

  45. fuzzy muppet says:

    One of the Core has to go. We’ve seen the evidence and there is no winning in their future., This is the single worst Oiler team I’ve ever seen. I’m nearly 40 and embarrassed to be an Oiler fan.

    EMBARRASED.

    Petry has been terrible, Potter: Terrible. RNH: terrible.

    Leave Eakins in Calgary. He is dead meat. They HAVE to make a change. They are going to make the Kids hate Edmonton at this rate.

  46. OilFire says:

    That’s it, I’m cracking open a bottle of port for the 3rd.

  47. Big Oil Truck says:

    Can’t ever recall Oilers ever looking so down in the dumps, LT. Maybe a a few more pics of Scarlett or the OKC girl will get the boys off the schnide.

  48. Lowetide says:

    Michael Parkatti ‏@mparkatti 10m

    CGY led shot attempts in 2nd 14-11, now 35-18 overall, Oilers CF% is 34%. Expected goals 1.6 to 0.5 Flames, Oilers’ EG% is 23.1%.

  49. fuzzy muppet says:

    Lowetide,

    I don’t know what those Numbers mean but I know the Oilers are horrible.

  50. VanOil says:

    Kitchener:
    VanOil,

    I’m going to see Nurse vs the Rangers tomorrow afternoon. FnA.

    This is a wiser investment than Rexall tickets this year by far, enjoy.

  51. jzed says:

    Lowetide,

    Props to LT. The man spoke to my inner, unvoiced 5 minute primal scream. I feel better.

  52. Nuckout says:

    That John Scott quote just made my night.

    “Suddenly he’s princess Phaneuf. I guess you’re not allowed to hit the star players anymore.”

    Love it.

  53. jake70 says:

    Carry the water, chop the wood. Let’s go boys!!

  54. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Robed Cola wasn’t doing it. Too saccharine for this. Switched to Tire Fire and Cola (Dark Horse and Coke). Much better, much higher alcohol content.

  55. fuzzy muppet says:

    Nuckout,

    this might be year one of the new rebuild

  56. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    This is a really, really great team. I love the Oilers. yea!

    Any one got a hand gun to lend out? I just need it for a minute.

  57. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide,

    I find this helps me to properly elaborate on my feelings in situations like this.

    Bowser and Blue describing the use of the “F-word” in Canada.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5lG-i2bjhk

    At this point, I think I’d use the fecal interrogative – “What the fuck is this shit?”

  58. OilFire says:

    Mmmmm, Graham’s 20 year tawny port. Christmas in a cup.

  59. jake70 says:

    Watch Hall, he is in a pissy mood, might do a Clutterbuck tonight on someone. Hope not but have a feeling.

  60. fuzzy muppet says:

    The oilers have been outscored 26 to 3 the last 6 games.

    -23…..

    And this is with decent goaltending

  61. Kitchener says:

    Arco > Joenssuuuu

  62. RexLibris says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    This is a really, really great team. I love the Oilers. yea!

    Any one got a hand gun to lend out? I just need it for a minute.

    Yeah, I was thinking if I wanted to get a kick in the bits like this I’d have just worn my “Rainbow Warrior” Greenpeace shirt to a bar in Hinton.

  63. icecastles says:

    hunter1909: Love how Flames lose Iginla and improve exponentially.

    Flames are second last in the conference. Your understanding of the phrase “improve exponentially”… well, it suits your narrative. You must be a very bitter and unhappy person to see (and expound upon) the worst in everything.

  64. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide:
    Dubnyk’s SP after 2 is .913. It’s like the hockey Gods have decided that killing us isn’t enough, they need to push the blade all the way through.

    At this point, it’s like watching a dead corpse on the highway. It’s disgusting, but impossible to look away.

    That scene in Saving Private Ryan when that filthy nazi slowly stabs that jewish marine (or whatever) while telling him “shhhh”

  65. fuzzy muppet says:

    A goal????

  66. OilFire says:

    Thank Christ. Thank fucking Christ.

  67. Kitchener says:

    If there’s gonna be a big trade, LET IT NOT BE EBERLE.

  68. TemujinBC says:

    And then a flower of great beauty blooms

  69. Lowetide says:

    Eberle (Hall, Belov)

  70. jake70 says:

    More of that please.

  71. justDOit says:

    I had the remote in hand, thumb on the power button – then, Eberle.

    Not putting down remote.

  72. Nuckout says:

    Yeah. There we go boys. Way to go.

    You just scored on the goalie named Berra still wearing his AHL mask.

    You guys are cool.

  73. Alsker says:

    Thank god I had a family thing and couldn’t see the game so far. Sorry if its been asked but: Why the fuck is Arco out again and why didn’t Klefbom get to play? Is Stevie Y even going to allow kBlowe to be in Russia for the olympics. Must be worried he’ll say/do HIS thing and fuck the whole team up.

  74. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Yea… this is the one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW9Q1cm_Tnw

    Ebs score… beauty… but we are still terrible

  75. commonfan14 says:

    RexLibris: I’m very seriously considering putting on my coat and boots and shoveling the walk

    I also had half a mind to do this, and this post made up the other half.

    I was in my workout shorts and didn’t even bother putting on pants.

    These pretzels are making me thirsty!

  76. fuzzy muppet says:

    Alsker,

    Because Oiler management is inept and made the wrong decision and then the weather made Arco unable to get back in time.

    Buffoons

  77. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    bookje: Wonder if Katz calls Kruger? It would be interesting and would be less of a coaching carousel. It’s crazy, but it’s all crazy now.

    You know who fast things happen in the social media world?

    It took 16 years for Ted Nolan to go from coach of the year to “who?” to media darling…

    RK could be rehabbed and forgotten 45 times in the next 24 hours.

  78. jzed says:

    Nick Schultz with the subtle” pause while the forechecker reacquires me” move……

  79. fuzzy muppet says:

    Gazdic is useless. absolutely useless. The same can be said for Acton

  80. Lowetide says:

    Gazdic is like one of those barber poles that you’d see on the street corners when I was a kid.

  81. OilFire says:

    Hemmer!!!!!! I want to have your babies!!!!!

  82. Lowetide says:

    Hemsky (Gagner, Yakupov)

  83. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Never trade Hemsky. Never. Fuck you traders who trade Hemsky. Fuck you I say. I hate you.

  84. TemujinBC says:

    :-o

    Well damn

  85. fuzzy muppet says:

    A comeback? Say it ain’t so.

    good thing that Yakupov is a bum

  86. Nuckout says:

    OK then, I take back EVERYTHING I said about this team.

    Eakins is a great coach. The systems work. The guys are trying hard.

    I wonder how I’ll feel the second half of the period?

  87. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    OilFire:
    Hemmer!!!!!! I want to have your babies!!!!!

    My ovaries are aching! hahaha

  88. justDOit says:

    puts down remote

  89. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: My ovaries are aching! hahaha

    You fucking guys.

  90. Thor762 says:

    This is bad. Because now Oilers mgmt will keep praising Eakins and keep him around for the remainder of his contract.

  91. VanOil says:

    Did Yak Kick that up to Hemmer? He tried too but did he connect?

  92. justDOit says:

    Nuckout:

    I wonder how I’ll feel the second half of the period?

    Look – don’t over-think this.

  93. Minister D- says:

    Look at Yak; he’s so happy!

  94. OilFire says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: My ovaries are aching! hahaha

    Yah, haven’t worked out the biomechanics, but I’ll figure it out if he keeps scoring goals. Perhaps some sort of kangaroo pouch thing.

  95. gr8one says:

    Holy shit…is that a ittle bit of “puck luck”? An actual Oilers BOUNCE!?!

    Excuse me for a moment while I look out my window for a unicorn.

  96. pboy says:

    Let RNH get the next one. He really needs something good to happen. Or Yak, he will celebrate the fuck out of a go ahead goal. He’ll do something that will explode Cherry’s heart, live on air.

  97. bookje says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Never trade Hemsky. Never. Fuck you traders who trade Hemsky. Fuck you I say. I hate you.

    I too noticed that we are now allowed to say fuck on this blog!

  98. fuzzy muppet says:

    Thor762,

    My EXACT thought

  99. Clay says:

    I think what really makes it hard to watch is that it’s not just lack of effort. It’s the simple, fundamental mistakes that every single player on the team makes, night in and night out.

    RNH et al, how is it that you still skate into the offensive zone and try that futile outside-in toe drag on the defenseman every. single. fucking. goddam. time? Guys, this isn’t juniors anymore. That shit doesn’t work but one time in a hundred. For every time it does work, you give up 20 goals the other way because you’ve turned it over at the blueline. Again. Every dman in the league knows you’re going to try it. You may as well just sauce a pass over to them and skate back on defense. Except that no one plays defense. For fuxsakes. Just stopit.

    Petry et al, how is it that when you even think a checker is behind you, you turn and blindly throw it up the middle? Kids in Atoms get benched for that shit. How is it possible for someone to be considered good enough at hockey to make multi-millions of dollars to play it, yet make simple fundamental mistakes. And not just one in a while – every fucking game, multiple times.

    Here’s a free tip, Oilers. If you see someone from the other team skating towards you, they’re not coming over to make dinner plans. They want to take the puck from you. I know that your first instinct is to dangle the puck in between his skates to confuse and dazzle him with your first-overall skill, but surprisingly, this makes it pretty easy for that opponent to take the puck away. What you might want to try instead is 1) turn your body so it is between the opponent and the puck in an effort to protect it or 2) pass it. And by pass it, I’m talking about passing it to someone wearing the same colour sweater as you. That part is key, and even though you’re making a decided effort to have Eakins fired by intentionally doing the opposite of what he says, that part about passing to guys on your own team is pretty important. May want to listen to that one.

  100. bookje says:

    God help us all, we still believe. Fools, every last one of us!

  101. hunter1909 says:

    icecastles: Flames are second last in the conference. Your understanding of the phrase “improve exponentially”… well, it suits your narrative. You must be a very bitter and unhappy person to see (and expound upon) the worst in everything.

    They’re playing an honest, decent brand of hockey.

    Yes to the bitterness. It all started doc, the day I started watching the KLowe Oilers.

    You seem personally bitter. Didn’t you tell me Ference has a sister that you thought could kick my ass?

  102. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide: Randy Johnson

    Growing up in Victoria I watched a lot of the Big Unit. Mariners games are always on tv. Me and my best friend were big Buhner fans. At any rate, I recall watching with great relish Randy going to the National League.

    Watching him hit (or, rather try to) was one of the greatest things in sports history.

  103. Lowetide says:

    PERRON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. OilFire says:

    Oh my god, I am so F’in happy.

  105. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Fucking Perron…. god damn. love the french man.

  106. fuzzy muppet says:

    Leave it AHL GOALTENDING!

  107. Nuckout says:

    Have we suddenly transported to 2014-15?

  108. Lowetide says:

    bookje:
    God help us all, we still believe.Fools, every last one of us!

    Amen, and amen.

  109. Brackenburied says:

    Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal! Scilachiiiiiiiii!!!!!!

  110. VanOil says:

    bookje:
    God help us all, we still believe.Fools, every last one of us!

    Quoted for Truthieness

  111. Minister D- says:

    I quite like this Perron, fellow. Seems like a nice chap.

  112. bookje says:

    Eakins sends out power after the goal. Good boy!

  113. commonfan14 says:

    Rick Ball mentions Dubnyk’s Junior team.

    CBC execs give green light for his dog to be returned alive and well later tonight.

  114. OilFire says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Fucking Perron…. god damn. love the french man.

    Minister D-:
    I quite like this Perron, fellow. Seems like a nice chap.

    Beautiful contrast, love it.

  115. Nuckout says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Fucking Perron…. god damn. love the french man.

    First French man I’ve ever wanted to kiss. And I’m a straight dude. That says a lot.

  116. jzed says:

    Hemsky hits Backlund after Galiardi hits Yak, something we have all begged for, forever FFS. I feel like a battered wife cheering for this team

  117. pboy says:

    bookje:
    God help us all, we still believe.Fools, every last one of us!

    It’s pathetic how much better it feels when these assholes play excited and show their enthusiasm.

  118. fuzzy muppet says:

    Well great: They just reeled me in for another month of saying “why do I even watch them anymore?” to myself

  119. Kitchener says:

    I’d rather lose 1000 games than lose 1 to Calgary.

  120. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    how good is Gagner without that damn mask and with Couturier as his center?

  121. VanOil says:

    Both these teams are capable of conceding 3 more goals this game.

  122. Thor762 says:

    fuzzy muppet,

    Now I’m thinking your exact thought sir, haha.

  123. bookje says:

    WTF is this?

  124. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    So, I guess skating and puck movement works? huh.

  125. bookje says:

    bookje:
    WTF is this?

    Actually, I think I know, it’s confidence and hunger.

  126. Dee Dee says:

    Reminds me of the old Airplane line.

    I picked a bad night to quit drinking …….

  127. gr8one says:

    Amazing what just a smidgen of confidence can do for a team. Just amazing.

  128. pboy says:

    WHO ARE THESE GUYS!?!?

  129. Thor762 says:

    bookje:
    WTF is this?

    No kidding. Playing with God Damned EMOTION. One reason I can’t stand Eakins.

  130. justDOit says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    So, I guess skating and puck movement works? huh.

    Pfft. Small sample!

  131. icecastles says:

    Went for a run. Watched for nearly 2 full minutes thinking Edmonton could well tie this before I realized it’s the OILERS with three and the FLAMES with two. Surreal. :) :) :)

  132. PREDICKTER says:

    what next, Gazdic KO’s Magrattan?

  133. justDOit says:

    Doobie!

  134. Nuckout says:

    I’m not worried about Berra. Only Berra in the forest.

  135. bookje says:

    Whoops, forgot to breath for a while there…

  136. Kitchener says:

    DD!!

    He’s back.

  137. Minister D- says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    how good is Gagner without that damn mask and with Couturier as his center?

    You’d have to ask Gags’ new Philly teammates. ; )

  138. icecastles says:

    Dubnyk slowly getting better for a number of games now. I predict the trend continues and the last 10 games of the season see him finish with a 600 minute shutout streak.

  139. OilFire says:

    Wow. Hockey. So this is what that is. I like it!

  140. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    My tire fire needed a refill…. wow… so this team can play hockey. you just have to get through 21 games and 2 periods and never expect to see it again.

  141. bookje says:

    Thor762: No kidding.Playing with God Damned EMOTION.One reason I can’t stand Eakins.

    He’s still coaching – right behind the bench. I suspect he likes this.

  142. Kitchener says:

    PREDICKTER:
    what next, Gazdic KO’s Magrattan?

    … and Smid fills his spot on After Hours.

    Edit: That intermission interview was tough – his mouth was saying the right words, but his eyes were saying “I can’t believe I’m saying I’m glad to be a fucking Calgary Flame.”

    2nd Edit: I liked the HNIC story that Smid had to ask MacT more than once where he’d been traded; he thought he’d heard wrong.

  143. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Minister D-: You’d have to ask Gags’ new Philly teammates. ; )

    how good is Coburn then?

  144. OilFire says:

    Do the teams exchange jerseys after two periods?

  145. Nuckout says:

    Great bloody shift.

    Cycle! Cycle!

  146. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    LT, is that CR Maple disgusting? It sounds it. You’re a CR guy aren’t you?

  147. icecastles says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: how good is Coburn then?

    Better than Draisatl.

    trolololol

  148. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    OilFire:
    Do the teams exchange jerseys after two periods?

    What is this, soccer?

  149. commonfan14 says:

    Can we have an empty-netter?

    Other teams get them.

  150. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    icecastles: Better than Draisatl.

    trolololol

    Fuck off and die!!!!!

    (cry, weep, draisaitl mumbled quietly to self)

  151. Nuckout says:

    commonfan14:
    Can we have an empty-netter?

    Other teams get them.

    Now now, you know we’re not allowed nice things.

  152. commonfan14 says:

    yay

  153. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The Frenchman!!!

  154. justDOit says:

    Done!

  155. icecastles says:

    STEMPNIAK OWN GOAL! I finally know what justice feels like,

  156. fuzzy muppet says:

    Perron that damn dirty frenchman.

    Finally some puck luck

  157. pboy says:

    Thank Gord

  158. Nuckout says:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHH!

  159. Minister D- says:

    How do you DO, monseur Perron?

  160. bookje says:

    Self goal – the hockey gords have turned!

  161. OilFire says:

    Not much for fights generally, but I really take sick satisfaction Stempniak’s newly smashed up face looking dejected after giving up the empty netter.

  162. icecastles says:

    Romulus Apotheosis: Fuck off and die!!!!!
    (cry, weep, draisaitl mumbled quietly to self)

    Come on, I spelled it right and everything. :)

    (actually I have to look him up at some point – really haven’t followed him in any detail)

  163. Nuckout says:

    How many times is Eakins going to say “Boy” in the postie.

    I say 14.

  164. fuzzy muppet says:

    I thought for sure when Perron hit the post that the Flames would score and everything would implode

  165. D says:

    The faithful live for another day!

  166. commonfan14 says:

    Dubnyk was excellent. Let’s not let that get lost in the shuffle.

  167. Lowetide says:

    I yelled so loud the dog is barking and won’t stop. That poor dog.

  168. bookje says:

    Welcome back Dubby!

  169. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Dubnyk .943

  170. fuzzy muppet says:

    Well they have two winnable ones up next.

    My advice: Win them

  171. no noise suggests no bees says:

    next game: Oil lose 8-0

  172. justDOit says:

    Nuckout:
    How many times is Eakins going to say “Boy” in the postie.

    I say 14.

    I say 14 per five minutes. Bookje it.

  173. RexLibris says:

    So very, very happy for Dubnyk to get some recognition on HNIC.

  174. TheOtherJohn says:

    I assume we are not going to have 40-50 comments explaining why our SF/SA is irrefutable evidence that all of the arrows are pointing in the right direction. Because it was a SF/SA shit show. That’s the bitch of Corsi

    Real good win by the boys

  175. Lowetide says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    LT, is that CR Maple disgusting? It sounds it. You’re a CR guy aren’t you?

    Yeah, it’s not good, I think it’s for the kids. Go real or go home.

  176. fuzzy muppet says:

    How long until Horak takes Acton’s job??

    Led the Barons in ice time for forwards

  177. justDOit says:

    no noise suggests no bees:
    next game: Oil lose 8-0

    We’re Oiler fans. We’re in the present right now. Occasionally we dwell in the past, but rarely the future. Thanks for coming.

  178. OilFire says:

    TheOtherJohn:
    I assume we are not going to have 40-50 comments explaining why our SF/SA is irrefutable evidence that all of the arrows are pointing in the right direction. Because it was a SF/SA shit show. That’s the bitch of Corsi

    Real good win by the boys

    Geez man, we’re all ridin’ high right now, not the time to start that s**t

  179. unca miltie says:

    Did that third period really happen or was I sleeping again?

  180. VanOil says:

    Yak never having 2 hands on his stick nor his stick on the ice must drive his coaches bonkers.

    But it allows him to gesticulate like a Taiwanese traffic cop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Llde0i3rk

    I have never seen the like in hockey. Bless his cotton socks.

  181. jzed says:

    Eakins to MacT: get me d , those kids can do it. Doobs OK. We’re close…..
    MacT to Eakins: tell me your three no touch guys, the rest would be needed to get you your d…….
    Eakins to the sky: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU…….

  182. justDOit says:

    We hoped for the best, and… wait – whaddayknow?

  183. Brackenburied says:

    That’s why we watch. Happy, happy.

  184. Brackenburied says:

    justDOit: We’re Oiler fans. We’re in the present right now. Occasionally we dwell in the past, but rarely the future. Thanks for coming.

    Thanks for that.

  185. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    icecastles: Come on, I spelled it right and everything.

    (actually I have to look him up at some point – really haven’t followed him in any detail)

    Rom’s Notes:

    Last year’s WJC him and Rieder (followed as an Oiler prospect — at the time) were the class of the German team. Draisaitl was a baby among the WJC clubs (just barely 17) and he was big, strong had hands.

    He is currently 13th in WHL scoring (Prince Albert)

    http://www.whl.ca/stats/show/type/top_scorers/ls_season/last

    23 10 21 31

    He’s a center, has size, speed and hands. He’s my irrational covet for the year. Pick your own.

    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=31165

    http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=71913

  186. flyfish1168 says:

    I feel for Smid. He was a good Oiler

  187. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Does anyone watch this CBC generated content? “Republic of Doyle”

    Literally the only time I think about this show is during HNIC.

  188. OilFire says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Does anyone watch this CBC generated content? “Republic of Doyle”

    Literally the only time I think about this show is during HNIC.

    Does CBC actually make other shows? I thought those commercials were all just jokes?

  189. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Lowetide: Yeah, it’s not good, I think it’s for the kids. Go real or go home.

    That’s what I thought.

    There are lots of good cheapish bourbons and whiskeys out there. Maple flavored whiskey sounds really, really unsettling.

    But I like Frangelico… so don’t trust my tastes.

  190. justDOit says:

    Brackenburied,

    Well it was either that or tell him to shove a pangolin up his arse, and I decided to take the high road.

    http://www.wildlifesafari.info/images/pangolin.jpg

  191. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    OilFire: Does CBC actually make other shows?I thought those commercials were all just jokes?

    I actually laughed out loud.

  192. bookje says:

    If Dubnyk keeps this up and Bryzgalov comes In strong…

  193. sliderule says:

    In the first period when the flames were pinching and shuting off the walls the oil couldn’t get out of their own end.

    After they got a lead they backed off into a trap and we could get the puck out.

    The coaches have to give them a few more options to get out of their end other than wall.

  194. commonfan14 says:

    OilFire,

    Come on, you aren’t planning to tune in to see if that’s a real sea-monster on The Murdoch Mysteries?

  195. Brackenburied says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Does anyone watch this CBC generated content? “Republic of Doyle”

    Literally the only time I think about this show is during HNIC.

    Russell Crowe and the Great Big Sea singer were on it a time ago but I have never seen the show.

  196. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    The problem with Elliotte on this panel is he’s the smartest guy there, but he talks like a little brother asking for permission to sit at the big table.

  197. Gerta Rauss says:

    I know the foundation of the internet is built on hyperbole but holy fuck that might be the biggest win for this franchise since the cup run in ’06.

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