GDT – Oilers 0, Avalanche 3 – Oct 27, 2009 – Game 12

By , October 27, 2009 9:00 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche

PRE-GAME RANT

Well the Oilers had a rough weekend, thanks mostly from the flu that’s been ravaging its way through the team. The weakened Oilers lost on Saturday 5-2 to the Calgary Flames and were blanked 2-0 against the Canucks on Sunday. The Avalanche, meanwhile, have been rolling along since the season started. They’ve only lost once in regulation time and are 8-1-2 to start the season. Their last game was against Detroit on Saturday, which was a 3-1 win. They’ve been riding on the spectacular goaltending of Craig Anderson, who has started all 11 of the Avalanche’s games so far this season and should get the start for Tueday night’s game versus the Oilers as well.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Penner — Gagner — Hemsky
Comrie — Horcoff — O’Sullivan
Jacques — Brule — Nilsson
Moreau —Cogliano — Stortini

Gilbert — Grebeshkov
Smid — Visnovsky
Strudwick — Chorney

Khabibulin
Deslauriers

Colorado Avalanche Projected Line-Up

Wolski-Stastny-Hejduk
Galiardi-Duchene-Svatos
Jones-O’Reilly-Stewart
Koci-Hensick-Hendricks

Quincey-Hannan
Cumiskey-Foote
Clark-Wilson

Anderson
Budaj Weiman

TEAM COMPARISON

STATS
11GP11
8W6
1L4
2OT1
18P13
0.818P%0.591
3.36G/G3.36
2.18GA/G2.91
26.7PP%20.4
84.3PK%76.7
26S/G25.1
34SA/G33.4
45.2FO%48.5

GAME NOTES

A few updates from Oilers Nation:
– Comrie returns to the line up tonight.
– Pisani is skating again and could be back as early as Thursday, and more likely Saturday’s game in Boston.
– Activating Pisani will put the team over the salary cap, so they will need to put Souray on the LTIR.

1st period summary

Oilers Avalanche
Shots 7 10
Powerplay 0/0 0/1

Scoring summary:
Colorado: 25 seconds in Hejduk scores, assisted by Hannan.

– 25 seconds in and Colorado scores. Hejduk from Hannan.
– Cogliano leaves the ice after a hit from behind, no call…
– Scrum resuls in 4 on 4, Smid takes an penalty and Oilers kill off the 4 on 3
– Cogliano has returned to the ice.
– Quinn needs to start fining players who lose the puck in our own zone.
– Another give away in our slot, tape-to-tape Grebeshkov to Statsny. Bulin makes the stop.
– Feeling sorry for Racki for paying to see the game.

2nd period summary

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

– Good start, but short handed early after thinking we were going to get our first PP.
– PK’s looking good tonight.
– Oilers are getting more chances so far this period. Looking better.
– Brule had a great chance on a quick counter off of a shot to our post.
– Very brief overlap of a 2 man advantage on a dangerous looking powerplay, but all to no avail.
– Good energy and getting pucks to the net. Hopefully it carries into the 3rd and we get one or two by Anderson.

3rd period summary

Oilers Avalanche
Shots 11 13
Powerplay 0/1 0/2

– Oilers getting some chances early. Not very physical, but still getting some quality chances.
– Colorado gets away with a trip on Penner.
– Big save and the rebound is cleared by Smid while Bulin’s piled upon.
– Grebs pinches, puck squirts through and Wolski makes a nice play to the net to make it 2 – 0. Assisted by Hedjuk.
– Oilers come back with a good shift with a few shots on net.
– Another game of too little too late with the urgency kicking in.
– Cogs in the 1st, now Chorney gets to kiss the boards. Once again no call.
– 4 on 4 Oilers pull the goalie, and a goal is awarded for a hook on the breakaway. 3 – 0 Colorado.
– Late penalty by Colorado is killed off, game over…

Scoring summary:
Colorado: 9:34 – Wolski, assists to Hejduk and Statsny
Colorado: 18:13 – Wolski, unassisted

Pros:
Brule looked to be flying around, so the flu must be gone. Bulin played well. PK was 100% on the night.

Cons:
Overall lack of intensity for most of the night, Avs PK went 100% as well, more defensive zone woes, another goose egg on the board…

POST-GAME RANT

Went to the game tonight, the crowd was barely in it. The team was pretty flat tonight, aside from Khabibulin who was thrown to the wolves by his team. There were a few occasions such as the play that was reviewed where I had no idea how the hell the puck stayed out. Khabibulin had a force field up. The Oilers can’t stick to Quinn’s usual gameplan because of sickbay being overpopulated, however they have to figure something out. All things considered, they’re not in that much trouble, but that spectacular start has fallen flat because of all the flu/injuries right now. Old news for this team, however.

68 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 0, Avalanche 3 – Oct 27, 2009 – Game 12”

  1. Trogdor says:

    Thanks for coming out LNOF and the brief cameo by Noob. Another tough one to watch. Hope we didn’t use up all of our offence already.

  2. LateNightOilFan says:

    This was so last year. Oh well. Hopefully we can light up Osgood Thurs and get out of our scoring funk.

    Damn I wish I had picked Anderson in my pool. I considered it but didn’t think the Av’s would be able to support him.

    Nice chatting with you Trogdor.

  3. Trogdor says:

    You too. From Osgood of late, I think we may see Howard between the pipes.

  4. Hockey Noob says:

    Well, it was a tough game to watch for sure. Getting shut-out for 2 consecutive games is not good. It’s been even longer since the Oilers scored a goal at even strength.

  5. zackman35 says:

    LateNightOilFan: This was so last year. Oh well.Hopefully we can light up Osgood Thurs and get out of our scoring funk.

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I watched the third period and it was horrible, the dump/chip ins were all like 10ft past the blue line if that and there was barely any hustle. They had one good run at Anderson but they mine as well had Budaj in there, yes I know he has H1N1. I’m actually wondering if the whole roster is suffering from a bug or do they just not seem to have any lightning in the bottle. I can’t remember what defensemen it was but he basically gave the puck to the Av player, it was not very pretty at all. I guess they’ve been traveling but still that shouldn’t be a legit excuse with the way players travel these days….

  6. Racki says:

    Well lucky for me, I have Craig Anderson in our pool. Aside from that, this game was brutal and I’d like my 2.5 hours back. :P

    Anyone hear word on Visnovsky? Tencer was saying he left the game early. Apparently Chorney thought it was because he was sick.

  7. zackman35 says:

    Man if Lubo is sick…. Bad news Bears, it must be some nasty bug. I’m no doctor but with the nutrition and exercise an NHL athelete gets their immune system must be pretty solid. Well as long as our two goalies don’t get it the same time we should be okay….

  8. Trogdor says:

    The Sportsnet feed didn’t pick up on him disappearing. Didn’t see anything bad happen to him, but then again Ilya Kovalsomethingorother looked like no one touched him the other night, and he’s gone with a broken foot.

    Thought we’d see some jump tonight after the Canucks game, but it was lacking for sure.

    Wojtek helped me in one of my pools tonight at least.

  9. zackman35 says:

    Oh, Quinn said Lubo has flu like symptoms. Wow, someone may have H1N1 on the Oil?

  10. Trogdor says:

    Quinn coming up.

  11. Haboiler says:

    Looks like Brule or Comrie, probably Brule had the H1N1. Not good for the team.

  12. Trogdor says:

    Smid, just confirmed as the outbreak monkey…

  13. Trogdor says:

    Maybe it’s been rewiring his brain lately. All that rage.

  14. Haboiler says:

    Hard to believe it was him… he only missed one day of practice. One tough dude. The sound of the CHED show it appears over half of the team is sickly. Hope we can get through this.

  15. Haboiler says:

    On a separate note, Brule is looking pretty good and maybe its time to move Horcoff down to a 3rd line with Jacques and Comrie and move Brule to the 2nd with O’Sullivan & Cogliano. Both Brule and Cogs need to show the offense they have but its tough when they are playing with some not so talented players.

  16. Horpensky says:

    I kinda saw this game coming. Hot goalies are going to be our bane unless we start piling up the shots.

    Btw here are the bottom 4 teams for shots/game, crazy how the Avs manage to win games with so little shots.
    Avs – 26.6
    Oilers – 25.1
    Flames – 25.0
    Panthers – 25.0

  17. DropIt says:

    Perfect night for us :P

    Couldn’t have asked for more (except maybe a slightly better effort from you guys tonight. I wanted the Avs tired tonight.)

    Edmonton needs Staios and Sourray back asap. And the team should be sent to the front of the H1N1 shot line.

    I’m glad Giordano didn’t connect on too many punches in his fight with Smid…

  18. Steve-O says:

    Funny how its one of our best d-men that has been sick, and he also hasn’t missed a single game.

    …and that sound we hear is Oiler’s fans crashing back to earth after that great start. But I’m not sure that the Avs are going to stay that hot either. Much like how the coyotes and blue jackets are starting to come back to “normal”.

    Now off to a 8am meeting…boooooo

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