GDB 31.0: THE BOA

Wanye
December 07 2013 01:11PM

 

Proud new parents Traci and Jason welcomed their son Beckett William Douglas Gregor into the world on December 4th, 2013. This Battle of Alberta article is dedicated to him.

We met a nice little fellow at an Oilers game a few weeks back. Standing in line for pizza we saw that we were both sporting the Eberle 14 and got to talking business. "I am 8 years old and I haven't seen the Oilers in the playoffs once" we were informed in no uncertain terms by our fellow Oilers fan.

Doing some quick mental math we calculated he was indeed alive for the glorious run of '06. "What about the Cup run? You were alive for that" we replied. The kid rolled his eyes as only kids can towards moron adults and said matter of factly "yeah but I was just a baby so that doesn't count."

"Well what is your best Oilers memory then" we asked. "I dunno," came the reply after some time. "Maybe Yak sliding across the ice after that goal?"

Yikes. By the time we were 8 years old the Oilers had already won the Stanley Cup 4 times. 

Your average 8 year old Oilers fan been alive for the playoffs exactly once and we have it on good authority that the one year apparently doesn't count. And before you start laughing Flames fans things aren't much better down there having missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Look at little Cameron here, taken to his first Oilers game by my main man @clayballs22 the other night.  See the intent gaze in Cameron's eyes? There is no mistaking that look. He is there to see Oilers wins. Fellas like Cameron deserve great memories of their team as a tyke which will cement his status as a superfan later on in life.

We pity these kids of today. No wins, no playoffs, nothing to get excited about re-enacting whilst playing mini stick hockey at recess until you break your little wooden stick on another kid in overtime and get a half day suspension in the library and a lifetime ban from recess hockey.*

That's what being a lil fan of the Oilers or Flames is all about. Not rebuilds, labour disruptions and cheering for Entry Draft lottery wins.

We want better hockey in the next 8 years than we have seen in the past 8. If not for the sake of our shattered heart and expectations but for kids like Paul, dressed in his Oilers finery by proud dad @dahoosman in the expectation he too will become a big fan if he isn't already. 

Heck we even want better hockey for you Calgary, for all the poor misguided kids wearing Flames jerseys for whom the Igninla years will only be a story from before their time. Here's hoping to the emergence of the next generation of Iginlas in the North and South of Alberta that the Becketts, Camerons and Pauls will tell teach their kids about one day.

And here's to the Battle of Albertas of tomorrow. Games where there are playoff implications, with both sides dreading having to face each other down the stretch. Epic pitched battles on minus 30 nights that will cause kids like Beckett William Douglas Gregor to replay the game over and over again in his mind as he tries in vain to sleep after the final whistle.

Magic games that will ignite a whole new generation of fans of our respective teams.

*The Life of Wanye Gretz circa 1987

LINES - EDM - 14th place (10-18-2)

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov

Perron - The Nuge - Eberle

Smyth - Arcobello - Hemsky

Gazdic - Lander - Jones

Ference - Larsen

N. Schultz - J. Schultz

Marincin - Petry 

Dubnyk

LINES - CGY - 13th place - (10-14-2)

The Flames hadn't tweeted their lines as of press time here so this lineup is the latest from our friends over at DailyFaceOff.com: 

Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak 

Hudler - Backlund - D. Jones 

Baertschi - Byron - B. Jones 

MacDermid - Bouma - Smith

Butler - Giordano

Russell- Brodie

Smid - O'Brien

Berra

Expect last minute changes to both lineups as game time nears.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I'm going to the game, the Oilers will win. Sir Eberle pots a pair as the Oilers win 5-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Considering I forgot to include this with the original article, the Oilers will get off to a slow start, but like just my beer consumption at the game, they will pick up speed in the final few periods and cruise to victory.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: I've decided to ditch my Eberle jersey for this game and go with my new Gazdic. I don't expect Lucky Luke to score very often, but after fighting that behemoth McGratton, I felt the urge to support Gazdic. My new jersey is also popular with the ladies, and Wanye Manor will be rocking later tonight after the Gaz Man picks up unexpected second-period assist and makes me look good to some unlucky lady who had three Rexall Beers.

UPDATE: THESE PREDICTIONS ARE COUNTERFEIT HAVING BEEN ADDED BY PAPA GREGOR IN MY NAME - WG

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#201 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 10:47PM
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Buttler is a turn over machine and proves the coach is trying his best to get high draft pick by playing him

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#202 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:48PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Flames deserve the win as they outworked the oil in a very close contest. What could be more depressing than 'very close contest'? The Flames are the least talented squad in the league and they are a better team than the oil after 4 rebuilding years. May as well laugh or I'll cry. Good night sports fans.

Here is a crow. Eat up. :)

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#203 orangepylon
December 07 2013, 10:48PM
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Perron is a frickin stud

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#204 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 10:49PM
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vetinari wrote:

I would love to play poker with Eakins... when they pan the camera over to his direction... you always know what he is thinking... it's usually along the lines of "for f#$^'s sakes"...

During the game, when the camera is recording the Calgary bench you see their coach walking up and down and talking to his players, but when you see Egins he looks like he is trying to remember if he polished all his wife's toys before he left the house.

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#205 Slats
December 07 2013, 10:49PM
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Fist - Yeah Baby!!!

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#206 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:51PM
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Slats wrote:

Fist - Yeah Baby!!!

Huh. I don't think that word means what you think it means

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#207 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:53PM
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Poo

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#208 @Oilanderp
December 07 2013, 10:53PM
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Ahhhhhh p00p.

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#209 MichaelD
December 07 2013, 10:53PM
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Yeahh! right on

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#210 Johnnydapunk
December 07 2013, 10:54PM
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Ah Bollocks to that....

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#211 Ryan Pike
December 07 2013, 10:54PM
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And that's all she wrote.

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#212 OilFan
December 07 2013, 10:55PM
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Eberle was terrible in this game. How many times do you turn the puck over with a weak toe drag. SHOOT IT.

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#213 beloch
December 07 2013, 10:55PM
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Well, that one turned into a nail-biter! Kudos to both goalies for making it a close one!

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#214 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:56PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Buttler is a turn over machine and proves the coach is trying his best to get high draft pick by playing him

We have about 7 or 8 or those machines that you speak of on the oilers.

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#215 jl
December 07 2013, 10:56PM
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Good work coilers you got into OT valuable piont for your playoff push ..... oh wait

Well anyway eat it oiler douche

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#216 Hockey fan 2013
December 07 2013, 10:57PM
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Oilers you blow!!! 3 drafts picks later and you lose to the worst team in hockey. Can't wait to hear Eakins excuse tonight. " we just didn't play the whole 60". Really genius. Loser!!!

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#217 wot96
December 07 2013, 10:57PM
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scoring with 10 seconds left to tie it got the Oilers their loser point but that just postponed the inevitable. Losers.

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#218 Rod from Viking
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

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#219 madjam
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Lucky we even got a point . How can Oilers let Flames outwork us like that , especially at home ?

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#220 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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HAHAHAHAHA

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#221 Dog Train
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Boring game. The Oilers couldn't make or take a pass to save their lives and the Flames were playing Switzerland National Team style hockey. Neither team deserved that win, contract both franchises.

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#222 Eulers
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Strange to see the Oilers dominate in the dot and have the wingers chip in to win the draws. Is this the Oilers?

Time for J. Schultz & Gagner to spend a night in the pressbox. Can't believe Hudler was left open in front of the net for the OT goal.

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#223 whoaaaaa
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Great news !!!! Bob Stauffer says the Oilers will learn a lesson from this game !!! It seems they were unaware you have to work hard for the whole game... different results are sure to follow now that this lesson has been learned.

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#224 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

Jr. Has needed a press box night since the start of the season.

Accountability indeed

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#225 Primo
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Can you imagine The Oilers and The Eskimos! The 2 worst franchises in pro sports history and they belong to Edmonton......Sweet!

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#226 Walter White
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Perfect game for the flames; beat those douchbag Oilers, yet gave them a point which might come in handy in the draft lottery...... Great game by the Flames after playing the night before.. step got his revenge on as well by scoring on Ference, would have been better if someone would have punched Ferences teeth in as well. WW

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#227 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:00PM
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Suck it oil...even better that you got the late goal to give you hope...let's face it, we're not going to the playoffs for a while, but you guys are never going to get there...that was awesome.!

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#228 madjam
December 07 2013, 11:00PM
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Lucky we even got a point . How can Oilers let Flames outwork us like that , especially at home ?

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#229 Oilersfan4
December 07 2013, 11:01PM
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Dubby played a good game,but that OT goal was weak

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#230 bwar
December 07 2013, 11:01PM
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I love it when the Oilers just stand around and watch the other team. Really gets me excited for the future.

Also any chance we can trade all of our forwards to get another Perron or two? Seems like he is the only player who wants to win out there.

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#231 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 11:02PM
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@Walter White

Don't you have some meth to cook?

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#232 Flamers
December 07 2013, 11:04PM
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Wow brutal BOA game.... You can tell were bottom of the NHL

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#233 Alsker
December 07 2013, 11:05PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Jr. Has needed a press box night since the start of the season.

Accountability indeed

Jultz should have spent half this season in OKC for his defensive development(oh wait he still can) as for Gags, well, Mact(kBlowe) decided he was the cats meow and now we suffer from their epic ability to judge character and ability.

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#234 Walter White
December 07 2013, 11:07PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Don't you have some meth to cook?

Blue ice..................WW

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#235 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:07PM
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Well that's that. Another gutsy performance by the Flames on a Saturday night.

Eat Poop Oilers.

Click.

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#236 Mullen Mania
December 07 2013, 11:09PM
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Flames now clearly the 13th best team in the West, but don't fret Oiler fans one day your team may claim 13th place...they seem to have that kind of potential ;)

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#237 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:09PM
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@Walter White

Always thought that was more of a capital region thing; like the sweats with dress shoes thing...oh well, nm

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#238 Reg Dunlop
December 07 2013, 11:10PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

Here is a crow. Eat up. :)

Hmmm seems like I won't have to dine on crow tonight; bismarks are back on the menu.

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#239 Lober
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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HAHAHAHAHA SUCK IT OILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#240 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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Hockey fan 2013 wrote:

Oilers you blow!!! 3 drafts picks later and you lose to the worst team in hockey. Can't wait to hear Eakins excuse tonight. " we just didn't play the whole 60". Really genius. Loser!!!

The Oilers are below the Flames in the standings. I think that makes them worse. Talent without work ethic does not = wins.

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#241 Mikey
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

While I don't disagree with you, it wasn't Schultz fault for that goal. If you watch it again you'll see Nuge pokes it just before Schultz is about to recieve it. Making the puck bounce over his stick. Nuge knows it, then smashes his stick on the net.

The one D Man who should sit next game is Larsen. You can tell he was trying but he coughed the puck up lots.

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#242 Alsker
December 07 2013, 11:14PM
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Flamers wrote:

Wow brutal BOA game.... You can tell were bottom of the NHL

I attended BOA games when it wasn"t the score that mattered but the number of stitches/lost teeth/broken noses/times the trainers had to hall guys off the ice that really counted. This snorefest was brought to you by those goody twoshoes that want fighting/hitting removed from hockey because they've never played the game themselves. trade Gags,our 1st, and any prospect we have for as many Beukebooms,Jacksons,Marchments there are out there.

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#243 lionlager
December 07 2013, 11:15PM
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Ahahah good guys win.

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#244 Walter White
December 07 2013, 11:16PM
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TDM wrote:

Always thought that was more of a capital region thing; like the sweats with dress shoes thing...oh well, nm

When I think of the typical Oilers fan I think of Ryan Smith riding a 10speed bike down the road with the handle bars turned up........am I on the right track?

WW

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#245 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 11:18PM
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As completely epicly stupid it would be, right now if the oilers traded Ebbs , Gagner , Yak and Schultz to the flames for Stempniak and Giordano they would be a much improved team. That's how bad their work ethic and systems play is.

Remember those early 2000's teams where all we wanted was one player like a Eberle or Hall.

Now we have those and we want a team like those early 2000's to play with them.

Critical mistake was dumping all the character vets the oilers had at the start of the rebuild. Looks like the flames were paying attention.

I still have faith it will happen with these kids. We're behind though. And I don't want to see any one of the kids traded unless we get the d man we need back. Oil are way too far invested now.

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#246 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:23PM
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@Walter White

With the short lee jean shorts, stained t shirt, and bad stache...yeah you're on the right track

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#247 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:26PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

As completely epicly stupid it would be, right now if the oilers traded Ebbs , Gagner , Yak and Schultz to the flames for Stempniak and Giordano they would be a much improved team. That's how bad their work ethic and systems play is.

Remember those early 2000's teams where all we wanted was one player like a Eberle or Hall.

Now we have those and we want a team like those early 2000's to play with them.

Critical mistake was dumping all the character vets the oilers had at the start of the rebuild. Looks like the flames were paying attention.

I still have faith it will happen with these kids. We're behind though. And I don't want to see any one of the kids traded unless we get the d man we need back. Oil are way too far invested now.

Stempniak and Gio are awesome.

Stemp for Langkow was one of our best trades ever.

The Oilers NEED guys like this.

Honorable mention to Matt Stajan. He's a much improved player for the Flames.

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#248 kgo
December 07 2013, 11:27PM
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Ramo Dropping F bomb talking about Hall's tying goal!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsMcnNnDtAw

Fast forward to 8:37

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#249 Professor Q
December 07 2013, 11:32PM
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@kgo

Do you mean Berra?

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#250 Nick24
December 07 2013, 11:51PM
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Captain Ron wrote:

The Oilers are below the Flames in the standings. I think that makes them worse. Talent without work ethic does not = wins.

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

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