GDT – Oilers 0, Canucks 2 – Oct 25, 2009 – Game 11

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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks - Oct 25, 2009

GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks - Oct 25, 2009

PRE-GAME RANT

Tonight marks the second regular season meeting between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks for this year. Edmonton won the game 2-1 on some spectacular play from Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin stopped 39 of 40 shots, excluding the shot that went in just after the buzzer sounded. Hopefully the Oilers can get ahead in the game again and do an even better job of protecting the lead this time. Tonight it’s partly up to Jeff Deslauriers though, as he gets the nod in goal for just his second start this season.

I’m calling it a 3-2 win for the Oilers tonight.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Penner-Gagner-Hemsky
Moreau-Horcoff-O’Sullivan
JFJ-Cogliano-Nilsson
Brule-Stortini-Strudwick

Grebeshkov Gilbert
Smid Visnovsky
Chorney Peckham

Deslauriers
Khabibulin

Vancouver Canucks Projected Line-Up (From HFBoards)

Burrows-Sedin-Samuelsson
Raymond-Kesler-Grabner
Shirokov-Bernier-Bolduc
Hordichuk-Johnson-Glass

Mitchell-Edler (possibly Schnieder)
Bieksa-O’Brien
Ehrhoff-Rome

Luongo
Raycroft

TEAM COMPARISON

STATS
10GP10
6W5
3L5
1OT0
13P10
0.65P%0.5
3.7G/G2.8
3GA/G2.8
23.3PP%27.7
76.9PK%78
24.9S/G34.4
33.8SA/G26.4
48.6FO%51.2

GAME NOTES

- No word yet as to injuries/flu bug concerns. But for now, I’ll assume that the line up from last night is still intact with exception to the next statement….
- Jeff Deslauriers gets the start tonight. In his lone start this season (against the Predators) he allowed just one goal on 41 shots.
MORE UPDATES
- Gilbert Brule joined the team on the trip to Vancouver and will play tonight.
- Shirokov has been recalled by the Canucks and is expected to play tonight (per TSN ice chips).
- Dustin Penner is said to now starting to show flu symptoms. Not what the team needed, but chances are it will take a round out of everyone. Pat Quinn apparently isn’t feeling so hot either.
- I didn’t catch this last night, but apparently Dion Phaneuf’s skate slashed through JFJ’s wrist. It wasn’t too bad but he needed stiches. He had them done part way through the game and still played afterwards.
- The Edmonton Journal also suspected that the pairing disaster of Gilbert/Grebeshkov may be split up tonight.

1st period summary

Oilers Canucks
Shots 7 10
Powerplay 0/2 1/2

- Long 5 on 3 advantage for the Oilers without a goal.
- JDD had a pretty shaky first stop, but has looked comfortable since then.
- The bangers are banging.
- Lazy interference penalty(Grebs) led to a powerplay goal for Vancouver(Grabner from Erhoff, Edler), deflection in front.
- Stortini vs. Hordichuck, quick fight, Storts got some good shots in after taking a few.

We’re still very much in this game and with the flu and back to back games, we’ll have to claw back in the 2nd as much as we can. At least the Canucks are in a back to back situation right now as well.

2nd period summary

Oilers Canucks
Shots 9 9
Powerplay 0/2 0/2

- Sloppy start to the period with a few turnovers in our zone.
- Peckham is playing in a forward position.
- JDD standing tall with some timely saves.
- Stortini gets some quality powerplay time, then takes Luongo out ending the PP…
- Peckham is playing defence again.
- Oh look, another turnover in our end, long shot deflected in front by Sedin(from Samuelsson,Hordichuk) and in. 2-0 Van.
- Uh… Peckham up front again.
- Grebs had a few more brain cramps.

The shots may not reflect it, but the Canucks came out looking like they wanted it more and kept that mentality through the second period. Bad thing, Canucks got anonther goal. Good thing is that they’re letting us stick around. JDD had another solid looking period and Penner showed some more jump, but the energy levels are definitely low which doesn’t bode well for the 3rd. One goal could energize the team though.

3rd period summary

Oilers Canucks
Shots 11 10
Powerplay 0/2 0/0

- Penner is looking good again tonight, despite the onset of the flu.
- JFJ has been throwing some hits all night.
- Canucks are showing well again early, strong on the forecheck.
- Double minor to Grabner for a high stick on Visnovsky, but again, the Oil are ineffective on the PP.
- Oilers just can’t get setup on the PP with the Canucks pressuring the puck hard.

The Canucks didn’t play awesome, but it was good enough tonight. Pretty flat outing for the Oilers. Back to back games and fighting the flu are likely factors. Only one day off before they take on the Avs so they will still have some scratches due to the flu.

Goal Scoring Summary
1st 17:51 – VAN – PP – Grabner from Ehrhoff and Edler
Point shot is tipped in by Grabner in front of the net.
2nd 9:21 – VAN – Sedin from Samuelsson, Hordichuk
A harmless shot front the point is tipped by Sedin in front of the net and past JDD.

17:51 – VAN – PP – Grabner from Ehrhoff and Edler
Point shot is tipped in by Grabner in front of the net.


Positives tonight?
JDD played well. The 2 against were deflections in front so he didn’t have much chance on them. Penalty kill didn’t look too bad either.

Negatives?
Definitely more issues with defensive zone turn overs. The powerplay was terrible. Long 2 man advantage and a double minor in the third finishing 0 for 6 on the night.

58 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 0, Canucks 2 – Oct 25, 2009 – Game 11”

  1. Racki says:

    Couple of updates on the GDT.. I’m sure more to follow.

  2. OilerTyler says:

    I will miss most of if not all of the game due to work. The Canucks barely beat Toronto yesterday, so i don’t see why we can’t take them.

    Do you know that Brule is going to be playing on the fourth line for sure? I don’t like him there very much

  3. Racki says:

    That’s where TSN’s Ice chips had him slotted. The Edmonton Journal also mentioned that he would likely start there because really he’s still not 100%. So Quinn might start him there to see if he can get his legs going, then maybe he might get bumped up later in the game if he plays well.

    So some more bad news, yesterday I mentioned that Tom Gilbert was feeling the flu symptoms… now apparently so is Dustin Penner. As LNOF suggested though, it’s probably going to run it’s course through pretty much everyone.

    I also didn’t catch this, but apparently Dion Phaneuf’s skate slashed through JFJ’s wrist. It wasn’t too bad but he needed stiches. He had them done part way through the game and still played afterwards.

    The Journal also suspected that the pairing disaster of Gilbert/Grebeshkov may be split up.

  4. OilerTyler says:

    Oh god, the last thing we need is for Penner to have to sit out. Don’t these players get their flu shots?

  5. Racki says:

    You would think so. Perhaps they mixed them up with the steroid needles.. a few guys showed up a bit bigger at camp :P

    Of course the flu shot only protects you vs. certain strains too, so a flu shot doesn’t necessarily prevent you from getting the flu.

  6. OilerTyler says:

    Dane Cook is on stage telling some jokes right now to warm up, you will enjoy him tonight Racki. And if you see an usher named Tyler, say hi

  7. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well let’s see how well they bounce back from last night! Looking forward to seeing how JD does – let’s see if he can maintain his league leading stats!

  8. Trogdor says:

    Solid start so far, but short handed early. At least the Canucks should be tired tonight too. Luongo getting the back to backs.

  9. Trogdor says:

    2 man advantage. Hopefully this one goes better than last night’s.

  10. Trogdor says:

    Stortini still out on the #2 unit. #2 with a double meaning…

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well they have an opportunity here – 5 on 3…
    Now 5 on 4…
    And lots of shots but nothing to show for it.

  12. Steve-O says:

    Why is peckham playing forward?

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    Jeff’s doing a good job finding those pucks in traffic so far.

  14. Trogdor says:

    Not sure why Peckham took a shift up front. Just filling the holes I guess while everyone gets healthy.

  15. Trogdor says:

    Poor Henrik looks lost without his bro.

  16. Trogdor says:

    So far it’s good to see the boys are eliminating the fancy passes in our end and using the boards. I can also say with confidence that JDD is much more comfortable handling the puck than Khabi.

  17. LateNightOilFan says:

    Crap, looked like that deflected

  18. Trogdor says:

    Quinn won’t be happy. Lazy penalty and now we’re 1 down.

  19. Steve-O says:

    brophy is right up there with mcguire in my books

  20. Trogdor says:

    Ah, my first first period summary. Hopefully Racki is proud.

  21. Trogdor says:

    More defensive zone turn overs. Those are never good.

  22. Trogdor says:

    “Ding, ding.”
    “Hemsky get off the trolley tracks!”

    At least we get a powerplay out of the hit. Stortini with some more pp time…

  23. Trogdor says:

    And there goes the PP…

  24. Trogdor says:

    Ouch. Another turnover in our end, and this time we get burned…

  25. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ugh. Who missed Peckham’s pass behind the net?

  26. Trogdor says:

    Not sure who that was. Pretty soft penalty call on Chorney though after the goal.

  27. Trogdor says:

    Nice drive by the big man Penner.

  28. Trogdor says:

    Holy crap. How bad is our passing % tonight?

  29. LateNightOilFan says:

    I think it was Grebs. Not the best play by Peckham either though.

  30. Trogdor says:

    Whoever that was should have stepped into it.

  31. Trogdor says:

    Horcoff shot the puck! This is a good thing for him.

  32. LateNightOilFan says:

    Good Lord, need to man that blue line better on this PP.

  33. Hockey Noob says:

    I see some bad line matching tonight. Peckham and Moreau and Stortini out against the Sedin line quite a bit.

    Mistakes in our d zone are killing us. How many other teams allow as many shot redirects in front of their net? Chorney left Grabner wide open on the first goal.

    Well, with Strudwick, Chorney, and Peckham playing in the same game, it’s hard to expect much.

    Go Oilers anyway, lol!

  34. Trogdor says:

    Yeah, it’s been hard to watch with all the defensive zone turnovers, but there are still 20 mins left, so hopefully we finish with some positives.

  35. Trogdor says:

    JFJ’s been throwing his weight around tonight.

  36. LateNightOilFan says:

    I’m liking what I’m seeing from JD so far tonight. Both goals were deflections, not much he could have done on them.

  37. Trogdor says:

    Agreed about JDD. He’s been doing what he needs to do tonight, just needs a little goal support.

  38. Trogdor says:

    Double minor for high sticking. No time like the present to get a goal back.

  39. LateNightOilFan says:

    Hope Vis is ok…

    At least not near the eyes, looked like right in the kisser.

  40. Trogdor says:

    They are all over us on the PK and we aren’t handling the pressure…

  41. Steve-O says:

    i’m sick of seeing stortini on the pp

  42. LateNightOilFan says:

    Storts has been introducing himself to Lou all night long.

  43. Trogdor says:

    Gilbert’s way too deep. One man on the point?

  44. LateNightOilFan says:

    Canucks PK looks like the Oilers from a couple years back. They are definitely the better team tonight.

  45. LateNightOilFan says:

    JD nearly made the highlight reel there, and not in a good way.

    Still, he’s been strong for us tonight.

  46. Trogdor says:

    Smid goes for a walk. Now Kesler does, but Gilbert with the take down. Good thing he got the puck first.

  47. Trogdor says:

    5 mins to go and they’re starting to show some jump… Too late me thinks. Prove me wrong Oilers.

  48. LateNightOilFan says:

    Looked like Moreau was going to kiss Samuelsson there.

  49. Trogdor says:

    Grebs, take the man. That could have been bad.

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