GDB 10.0: THE SWITCH

Jason Gregor
February 06 2013 01:15PM

Yesterday Ralph Krueger suggested he is contemplating making a switch amongst his top two lines for tonight's tilt v. Dallas.

Which move makes more sense? Turns out it wasn't what many were thinking.

Will he move Sam Gagner between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, and slide Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between Nail Yakupov and Ales Hemsky, or will he stay with the duos he liked at the start of the season, Eberle with RNH, Gagner with Hemsky and swap Yakupov and Hall?

I think both moves would have merit.

The Hall/Gagner/Eberle trio had success last year, most notably Gagner's 8-point night against Chicago. Hall and Hemsky are the two best forwards right now at backing off the defenders on the rush, so keeping them on separate lines makes sense.

Right now Nugent-Hopkins has shown he is better defensively than Gagner. While RNH isn't producing like Gagner, 9-game point streak, he has shown remarkable improvement with his defensive zone coverage. If you put RNH between Yakupov and Hemsky, they likely won't be eaten up 5-on-5 like the 64/89/83 trio was.

Also, putting RNH with the Yakupov, who has been the best shooter early on, could lead to more offensive chances. The great news for Krueger is that he's the first Oiler coach in a decade who has six legitimate offensive players that he can rotate through his top-two lines.

Krueger could also throw Yakupov with RNH and Eberle, and give them better matchups, while putting Hall with Gagner and Hemsky and give them the harder minutes. Hemsky has faced the top defenders for most of his career, so he's used to it, and right now Hall's overall speed and strength make him the hardest to defend amongst the young kids.

SCRATCH THAT

Nugent-Hopkins will not play tonight. There will be some switching of lines and positions, but it will involve Mark Arcobello and Ryan Smyth.

Arcobello will have one of the best opportunities any player has had for his first NHL game. He'll play between Hall and Eberle, while Smyth will move to centre with Lennart Petrell and Darcy Hordichuk on his wings.

RNH is listed as day-to-day, and according to Krueger if this was a playoff game he'd be playing. Krueger said they expect him to play Saturday in Detroit. His shoulder is bothering him, not sure which one, but after a hard hit in OT v. Vancouver the Oilers have elected to rest him.

LINE UP

Hall/Arcobello/Eberle
Yakupov/Gagner/Hemsk
Paajarvi/Lander/Hartikainen
Hordichuk/Smyth/Petrell

Smid/Petry
N.Schultz/J.Schultz
Whitney/Potter

Dubnyk
 

The Stars roll into Rexall looking very different than last year. They have lots of new faces, young and old, and it will be interesting to see how they and the Oilers match up.

Morrow/Benn/Jagr
Ryder/Roy/Eriksson
Vincour/Eakin/Smith
Roussel/Fiddler/Nystrom

Robidas/Dillon
Daley/Rome
Oleksiuk/Larsen

Lehtonen

Alex Goligoski is a healthy scratch. He hasn't played as well as the coaches would like, so he'll take a seat upstairs.

QUICK HITS

  • Devan Dubnyk is tied for 7th in SV%, .925%, with goalies who have started at least five games. He has faced the most shots in the NHL at 295, and along with Jimmy Howard, Mikka Kiprusoff and Jonathan Quick they are the only goalies to have started every game for their team.
     
  • The Oilers are 30th in shots against. They are allowing 34.4 per game. They are 24th in shots for with 27.4/game, which ranks them 29th in SF/SA ratio at a woeful -7.
     
  • The positive for tonight is that the Stars are 30th in SF/SA ratio at an awful -9.2. The Stars are only averaging 24.6 shot per game while allowing 33.8.
     
  • Smyth, Petrell, Lander, Gagner and Paajarvi will rotate on the penalty kill.
     
  • Yakupov tweeted out a pretty neat picture of him and Jaromir Jagr. "Nail10_1993 : That was 2004 -Jagr played in Russia , in Lockout time . And it's me 11 years old Boy :) Good eh ?)))) "
  • Yakupov is excited to play one of his idols tonight.
     
  • Krueger wouldn't say for sure who would be on his first powerplay unit, but you will likely see Arcobello slide in to Nugent-Hopkins spot. I'd look at putting Ryan Smyth on the first unit in place of Shawn Horcoff, because they need to try and win the faceoff and he is good in front of the net.
     
  • The Stars have been shorthanded a league-high 50 times this year. They were preaching discipline this morning, and admitted they are leery of the Oilers powerplay. The Oilers are 2nd in PP goals, 12, and 3rd in PP% at 28.6. The Stars PK is solid at 11th, but their PP only has 4 goals on 33 chances and sit 27th at 12.1%.
     
  • Hall fought Roussel in the minors this year, and Stars analyst Darryl Reaugh called him mini-Pepe today, a Claude Lemieux reference. Roussel is great at getting under people's skin, and isn't afraid to drop the gloves to protect himself. Look for him to try and fire up the Oilers tonight.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers are without three centres, and since most expect them to lose tonight, they will do the opposite and win, 3-2.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers will struggle in the faceoff dot, and Smyth will have the best percentage.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Early in the 2nd period, Arcobello will saucer a cross-ice pass to Eberle who scores his first goal in five games. Right after he scores Roussel will give him a cheap shot in the back. Arcobello skates in and jumps Roussel. They drop the gloves and Arcobello takes a few heavy shots. While sitting in the penalty box, they announce the goal and Arcobello's assist and the big screen shows Arcobello in the sin bin, nose leaking with a huge grin. The crowd loves it and gives Arcobello a standing ovation. 

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#1 justDOit
February 06 2013, 08:09PM
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GDP: Hordi rides the pine for 58:37

OGDP: I'm as tired of being optimistic about the Oilers as I am people who think they should be winning every game. I've come to the sad realization that simply competing on game night is a big improvement. Hugs to Ralphy.

NSOGDP: DSF fends off personal attacks from 3 major diseases - and wins.

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#2 Bi-Curious Gord
February 06 2013, 07:28PM
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DSF wrote:

GDP - Hordichuk tries to stir the pot and gets concussed.

OGDP - My mother died years ago and didn't have a basement in any event.

NSOGDP - rheumatoid arthritis posts an increasingly banal line of thinking

I apologize for the mom remark. I'm sure she'd be very proud to have such a successful internet troll for a son.

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#3 Mikey
February 06 2013, 05:24PM
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Guy Lafleur wrote:

I think the Nuge is gonna be a band aid .

I think Laneskog will be too, or Jeff Skinner. Heck any player that gets hurt, and is young, is going to be a band aid.

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#4 Matt Henderson
February 06 2013, 02:53PM
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@The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

I completely agree, but I'm not sure if this is that year or if a serious run at winning would be better suited for next year.

Yak wont be a rookie, some bigger contracts come off the books (others kick in), Dubnyk is more established, etc.

I think they want to see what this team can do largely as it is and then make the necessary changes in the summer. That's what I would do, anyway.

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#5 Bi-Curious Gord
February 06 2013, 04:31PM
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GDP - Hordichuk is itching to earn some ice time. Pots a goal and a scrap.

OGDP - DSF falls asleep with his pants around his ankles in his mom's basement.

NSOGDP - Ryan Whitney is choked about sitting last game. Comes through with a Gordie Howe hat trick

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#6 Sanaa Montana
February 06 2013, 04:44PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Anybody have any idea what kind of speed this guys has?

In Canada, possession of amphetamines is a criminal offence under Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, with a maximum penalty for repeat offenders of fines of up to $2,000, imprisonment for up to one year, or both.

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#7 Mark-LW
February 06 2013, 06:13PM
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Oilers win 13-0

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#8 DSF
February 06 2013, 07:52PM
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Bi-Curious Gord wrote:

I apologize for the mom remark. I'm sure she'd be very proud to have such a successful internet troll for a son.

Classy.

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#9 justDOit
February 06 2013, 08:16PM
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@Darrell

There is no justification for personal attacks. Period.

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#10 Clyde Frog
February 06 2013, 08:35PM
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justDOit wrote:

There is no justification for personal attacks. Period.

On one level I agree; like if we were all at a pub watching the game...

But on the level where we are all chatting about the Oilers on an internet site using names such as JustDOit, Wanye, Yak be nimble, Yak beat Quick...., etc... I would argue its impossible to be personal.

Doesn't the nature of a personal attack require you to actually know personal information?

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#11 Walter Sobchak
February 06 2013, 11:25PM
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I can't believe I'm going to say this but, I'm starting to feel really bad for Whitney, its got to be killing him inside.

I just can't get over how off his game is.

At the same time Krueger cant keep putting him out there.

He's a bloody train wreck.

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#12 geoilersgist
February 06 2013, 01:25PM
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Dare to dream. Your NSOGDP are getting better every game. I hope this one comes true. I don't think I'm alone in pulling for this kid.

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#13 Quicksilver ballet
February 06 2013, 01:44PM
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@The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

If tankage is on Tambellinis agenda, this is another golden opportunity to do just that. We all know we could still use another one or two lotto picks.

If this is what unfolds, this could be the end of Tambo here. Nathan MacKinnon and a new GM......i'll take that in a heartbeat.

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#14 Time Travelling Sean
February 06 2013, 03:50PM
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For everyone saying the sky is falling, we are still in a playoff spot, and we have a winning record.

What was that stat? All teams last year in a playoff spot through the first 10 games made the playoffs? You'd think that would be better for us during a shortened season.

Some may say it is unsustainable, to be continuously out shot and outplayed 5v5 and still win, but if Florida can do it, so can we.

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#15 DSF
February 06 2013, 07:24PM
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Dave Lumley wrote:

Then later we can trade the depth centre for a depth D-man. Or we can just bring up a Baron for a "cupa". Steady as she goes in my opinion, that's part of development, giving these Barons a look see at the big league.

Problem is...you won't get even a good AHL player for either of those two.

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#16 Seutter
February 06 2013, 07:44PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Not every kid selected is going to pan out. There's likely to be a future support player in this bunch, don't you think?

All three of the past entry drafts the Oilers have went hard after netting more than one of these lottery kids. Seguin and Hall in 2010. Hopkins and Larsson in 2011, and this past summer they went hard after both Ryan Murray and Alex Galchenyuk. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Less than 50/50, the player selected first ends up being the best player in that draft class.Hall and Hopkins arrows seem to be pointing sideways rather than up this season, don't you think?

How would halls arrow be pointing sideways? he's a ppg Some people who bash hall make me wonder if the watch oiler games, 75 percent of games he's the most dominate player on the ice

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#17 Butters
February 06 2013, 09:05PM
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Yikes, the Oilers are looking lottery teamish right now.

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#18 Bi-Curious Gord
February 06 2013, 09:22PM
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NSOGDP - justDUEit realizes the sweet tattoo he designed for himself doesn't make a very sweet avatar.

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#19 Clyde Frog
February 06 2013, 09:31PM
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#20 Cheap Shot Charlie
February 06 2013, 09:32PM
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DSF wrote:

Classy.

Oh! So now I know why you troll for so many hugs! Well, I love you and I laid out your pyjamas for you. *HUG*

p.s. That was a lame retort to as nice of an apology as you're going to get. Just accept it.

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#21 Quicksilver ballet
February 06 2013, 11:46PM
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Seutter wrote:

How would halls arrow be pointing sideways? he's a ppg Some people who bash hall make me wonder if the watch oiler games, 75 percent of games he's the most dominate player on the ice

You're easily impressed. Anyone can see Taylor Hall is frustrated by the way this seasons started. He may have a few points but he's fighting the puck as well as trying to just stay on his feet. Taylor Hall himself i'm sure would admit he's not happy with the start to his season. How far off base do you feel i am on this?

All the Oilers forwards should consider wearing those clear foot/skate gaurds like Smid wears. Have to think they would've saved Belanger and Lander some grief.

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#22 Eastern Oil
February 07 2013, 12:35PM
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@ Old Retired Guy

Re # 106. After that comment you should perhaps look in a mirror before accusing someone of being inappropriate. I do not agree with much of what DSF says but I respectfully read his comments and attempt to respond within a hockey context as this is a hockey forum.

Say what you want about his comments but he is never personally disrespectful.

I appreciate your passion in being an Oilers fan, as I am a passionate one as well, but too far man, too far...

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#23 Phixieus666
February 06 2013, 03:20PM
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@The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

If we somehow have the 1st pick again this year, I keep the pick, take McKinnon and trade one of the other guys for the players we need. There is no way you can take a pass on McKinnon and I don't think any team would offer enough to trade that pick away.

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#24 Kinger_OIL
February 06 2013, 03:27PM
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Wow: this ship is sinking fast... Whitney not making it, a 24 yr old-journey man 1st line centre (yes great story), no depth on D, centremen depleted. Going to be the start of another long season, thankfully only 40 games left, and another high draft pick... Makes sense anyways, tank this short year, load up in the off season, that's what tankers do when they recall journeymen and put them on first line....

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#25 Coco Crisp
February 06 2013, 03:41PM
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Obvious Game Day Prediction: Arcobello pots 3 points tonight and the nation erupts in "long term" chatter about Arcobello's future with the Oilers.

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#26 StHenriOilBomb
February 06 2013, 05:24PM
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"The Oilers are 30th in shots against. They are allowing 34.4 per game. They are 24th in shots for with 24.4/game, which ranks them 29th in SF/SA ratio at a woeful -7. The positive for tonight is that the Stars are 30th in SF/SA ratio at an awful -9.2. The Stars are only averaging 24.6 shot per game while allowing 33.8."

Something doesn't make sense here. With these numbers the Oilers would have a -10.0 SF/SA ratio, putting them solidly below Dallas. Am I missing something?

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#27 DSF
February 06 2013, 07:11PM
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Bi-Curious Gord wrote:

GDP - Hordichuk is itching to earn some ice time. Pots a goal and a scrap.

OGDP - DSF falls asleep with his pants around his ankles in his mom's basement.

NSOGDP - Ryan Whitney is choked about sitting last game. Comes through with a Gordie Howe hat trick

GDP - Hordichuk tries to stir the pot and gets concussed.

OGDP - My mother died years ago and didn't have a basement in any event.

NSOGDP - rheumatoid arthritis posts an increasingly banal line of thinking

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#28 Darrell
February 06 2013, 08:11PM
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DSF wrote:

Classy.

Sorry man - if your looking for class your in the wrong place! We are Oilers fans and protect our team win/lose at all costs. Do you blog for your team anywhere or just against ours to obtain this attention ? Just curious ....

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#29 Clyde Frog
February 06 2013, 10:29PM
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#30 Sailge
February 06 2013, 11:04PM
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Oh my goodness is Whitney bad. Amazingly, horrifyingly, absolutely brutal

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#31 Czar
February 06 2013, 11:46PM
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Can we try Hall at center now? On second thought, the way our centers are going down maybe we should try Whitney there. Can't believe after sitting out a game he comes back with that effort.

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#32 Clarko
February 07 2013, 12:07AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Think that OT goal by Jagr is a good example of Dubnyk getting tired. Unobstructed view of the shooter/puck and he sits there, hoping the puck just hits him. His glovehand must've went to sleep on him on that opportunity. Zero wins in his last four starts.

Oilers must be paying a price for mouthing off at the refs. More often than not they're on the short end of breaks from the officials.

He has a .925 save percentage in his last four starts. I'm not sure you can ask more from your goalie getting you to OT three times in four games while getting badly outshot most nights.

The reason this team has zero wins in four games is because of the lack of scoring. Only 1.75 goals per game in the last four. Hardly Dubnyk's fault this team can't score right now.

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#33 Old Retired Guy
February 07 2013, 11:30AM
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DSF wrote:

Classy.

Not a fan of the quasi-personal stuff either....but I am surprised that DSF can spell the word classy and that his finger tips didn't burn as he typed it on his key board...

With all the crap you spew DSF....you're completely inapropriately bringing up your dead mother makes YOU a pussy....your a disgrace to your mother...and I didn't even know her.

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#34 Old Retired Guy
February 07 2013, 12:58PM
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Eastern Oil wrote:

@ Old Retired Guy

Re # 106. After that comment you should perhaps look in a mirror before accusing someone of being inappropriate. I do not agree with much of what DSF says but I respectfully read his comments and attempt to respond within a hockey context as this is a hockey forum.

Say what you want about his comments but he is never personally disrespectful.

I appreciate your passion in being an Oilers fan, as I am a passionate one as well, but too far man, too far...

You are entitled to your opinion, and I'll certainly consider it......I admire your restraint....but I think that you and I have a much different opinion when it comes to DSF being respectful.

Bringing up your dead mother in the middle of some blog / chat room banter for effect ..like he did crosses a line……..Doesn’t it.? That's not respectful to the guy he's talking to, it's not respectfull to DSF's mother and it's not repectful to DSF himself.

If he wants to talk Hockey and throw in the occasional witicism…that’s one thing …..but with this…..come on…..even he must feel some regret…..at having made that particular statement..?

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#35 dougtheslug
February 06 2013, 01:21PM
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Jason, we must smudge the dressing room. (Puts fist through wall in frustration)

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#36 Quicksilver ballet
February 06 2013, 01:35PM
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Yakupov Hemsky and Hall, all 3 pts each in a 6-2 Oiler romp.

Oilers are due for one of those WTF kind of games.

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#37 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
February 06 2013, 01:39PM
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Four months ago, I loved the OKC line-up; but not sure how I feel about some of them in the Oilers line-up today.

I hope Nug's shoulder isn't more hurt than they are leading on right now, he hasn't looked the same this year.

Sure,injuries are an eventuality in Edmonton, but this blows.

Tambo's lack of quality depth moves at Center and Defense are really starting to shine now!

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#38 A-Mc
February 06 2013, 01:47PM
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GDP: The Oilers will struggle tonight with parts of the game showing severe breakdown and ugliness. Better heads will prevail and the oil will squeak out a 3-2 win in OT

OGDP: The Scandinavian's will play well all night and may possibly pot one of the 3 goals on the night for the Oil.

NSOGDP: Hordichuk, looking to prove himself, will manage an assist on the night when Smytty scores off his rebound.

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#39 Time Travelling Sean
February 06 2013, 01:58PM
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Why are these games so late? What's wrong with a 6:30/7:00 start? It's always 8:00/8:30.

Dallas is a tough team, without a lot of big names, like Phoenix. They play a boring, safe game but still lose 5-4.

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#40 BRHLBryce
February 06 2013, 02:02PM
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GDP: Dallas comes out flat, Oilers jump on them early and coast. 5-1 Oilers.

OGDP: Arco gets 2 points in debut. Nail-Hall-Ebs-MPS-Hartsky with the goals

NSOGDP: Vincour gets Dallas' goal in the 3rd and a slight cheer for the ex-Oil King. Next shift though he gets railroaded by Hordichuk, who then ends up scrapping Oleksiak.

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#41 Hall for Captain
February 06 2013, 02:10PM
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Jason: Did you get a chance to ask Ralph about doing some Voodoo magic/cleansing of the Oilers dressing room? Honestly...couldn't hurt to try. Nothing else seems to be stemming the tide of the 5 year (and counting)injury curse.

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#42 Dave
February 06 2013, 02:14PM
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Time Travelling Sean wrote:

Why are these games so late? What's wrong with a 6:30/7:00 start? It's always 8:00/8:30.

Dallas is a tough team, without a lot of big names, like Phoenix. They play a boring, safe game but still lose 5-4.

It's part of the TV deal. TSN is showing a double header. The Boston-Montreal game is at 5:30 Mountain Time and it is followed by the Oiler game at 8. Blame tv deals on the times.

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#43 Quicksilver ballet
February 06 2013, 02:23PM
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From the Pain is just weakness leaving the body file...

Some of these guys are so quick to sit out because there's nobody behind them who'll take their job, along with the fact that they're playing nothing games. The games of a team in the Oilers position have little to no meaning for the last 3 yrs and counting.

As newer players continue to roll in every June, they'll create their own environment players will desperately want to be part of. When the games mean something, you'll see players play through injuries like Kevin Lowe did when he'd play with a broken arm.

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#44 Bryan in SK
February 06 2013, 02:30PM
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NSOGDP: Smyth scores his second of the season in similar fashion to the first. Those watching at home are pumped from the time the shot leaves his stick to the time it crosses the goal line, as the announcer yells, "It's going.... It's going..."

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#45 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
February 06 2013, 02:32PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

If tankage is on Tambellinis agenda, this is another golden opportunity to do just that. We all know we could still use another one or two lotto picks.

If this is what unfolds, this could be the end of Tambo here. Nathan MacKinnon and a new GM......i'll take that in a heartbeat.

I don't think tanking and drafting first will be that easy this year.

Did they not change the lottery system to something similar to the NBA, giving all non playoff teams a shot at the top picks? I might be wrong here, don't know.

Watching the Lames blow it up, finish last, then pick outside the top three (potentially, sure) will be a absolute pleasure!!

Tambellini needs to go anyways, this week is showing that the only thing he's good at is standing at a podium and calling out a name. He's had 4 years to fix depth problems and after 5 injuries were icing a suspectable lineup and OKC Is seriously depleted.

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#46 Matt Henderson
February 06 2013, 02:47PM
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I thought Dubnyk has let in a couple softies that he would like back (The Bieksa Goal for Example) but outside of a couple Gaffs he has been much better than I expected.

He isnt just #1 in shots against, he's #1 with a Bullet. In the same amount of games Howard has faced almost 50 fewer shots. That seems incredible to me.

The Oilers are still showing their youth out there.

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#47 Quicksilver ballet
February 06 2013, 02:47PM
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@The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

With this being the first draft under these guidelines, it should be interesting to see which of the non playoff teams get that first selection. Someone has to win that first selection, might as well be the Oilers. Send that stinger through the remaining 29 teams!

A competitive team in the AHL has little meaning as far as i'm concerned. Oklahoma is just a reflection of how thin things are up here with the parent club. 90% of those kids will never make that next step up to the NHL.

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#48 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
February 06 2013, 02:50PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

How many 1st round picks do we need, is our entire top six former first rounders, and three of them were the first name to be called?

Skill is not the issue anymore, functional size and serviceable depth are.

Unless the goal is just jersey sales, but sooner or later winning needs to be the only priority.

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#49 Oiler Al
February 06 2013, 02:50PM
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@Time Travelling Sean

It's a TSN national broadcast, and they have a 7 pm east, Montreal game... is a double header.

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#50 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
February 06 2013, 03:04PM
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@Matt Henderson

I'm definitely not after a cup run this year, I can be realistic at times.

I'm just wanting management to stop getting in these situations; If the Oil don't get through this set if injury woes decently, we run the risk of damaging there growth, discouraging them from wanting to see this through, setting them up to fail.

Sucking and drafting at the top can continue in perpetuity, but actually consistently winning comes from breaking this cycle and addressing roster weaknesses/concerns as they arise.

I realize I might sound negative here, but seeing the same crap every year starts to pick away at a guy.

I will however still be down in the man-cave drinking vodkas cheering the entire 60 mins(which is generally 20 more than the Oilers actually play)

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