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. RyanB says:

    The key tonight will be getting pucks on Anderson. He’s looked like an all star this season but it won’t last. Get the puck on net, get in his face, and see what happens.

  2. DropIt says:

    Anyone think the Avs are for real this year? I’m definately still not sold, but their record makes it hard to argue.

    Anyways, I really don’t care who wins, as long as the Oilers at least tire out the Avs and play the body all night long…make our job easier

  3. Horpensky says:

    Darn Flames getting our sloppy seconds :p

    I agree we just gotta shoot the puck on him. This is the guy who stopped 48 shots on Detroit. If we get anything less than 25 we could be getting shut out unless the Refs decide to give us the game.

  4. Hockey Noob says:

    No Mike Comrie tonight?

  5. Trogdor says:

    Read an article in the Sun that lists Comrie as a flu casualty still. Aside from the projections above, I haven’t seen any posted starting line ups yet.

  6. chucker says:

    I saw that Horpensky has Budaj out with flu like symptoms on the AVS in his GDT at OMB. Maybe we can catch them with a bit of fatigue. I’m being a homer and saying we will, but I hate our historical record against them. The Oil have not exactly been streak enders on the positive side for a long time, but Colorado has to lose sometime and with a day of rest I hope it’s tonight.

    It would be nice to improve the record in our division and overall obviously. Amazing how a red hot goalie can make a team play extremely well. Hopefully Budaj and Anderson accidentally shared water bottles. :P

  7. DropIt says:

    Confirmed, Budaj becomes first NHLer with H1N1

  8. Racki says:

    Really? Crazy.. h1n1.. goodbye Avalanche hot streak.

    Lines and notes updated, btw. Comrie returns.

  9. zackman35 says:

    I’m happy to see Brule and Comrie back in the lineup. Now if we only had Stone and Souray back… And what are we going to do with our Cap issues anyone have any insight into it, or would like to comment on it? Do you think it relates to Pendergast in Montreal?

    And the main image for the GDT says Canadiens (not Avs/Avalanche). :P

  10. DropIt says:

    GO AVS! :P

  11. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey Zackman,

    I am a cap noob, so I can’t speak to what the Oilers will actually do. Over at cap geek, I think that we currently have around $800k in cap space with Pisani on long-term IR. With Pisani’s $2.5 cap hit, something’s got to give.

    We might be able to save a few bucks by retroactively placing Souray on LTIR though I am not quite sure how much this will help.

    Steve MacIntyre has a pretty low cap hit of $.5 million, so waiving him won’t do enough. My guess is that something will have to happen with Nilsson…

  12. Samus says:

    Umm… I don’t think that the Canadiens record is that good…

  13. steve-o on his blackberry says:

    Too bad the blackberry doesn’t have paint or I’d fix it. I guess its all up to trogdor to fix it if he can.

  14. Racki says:

    gawdamnit. lol

    I’ll fix it.

  15. Racki says:

    All fixed up, you may have to hit refresh again (or ctrl-f5) to see the new spectacular updated pic. I’m off to the game!

  16. Racki says:

    Also on the cap hit front, from what i understand they will likely put Souray on the LTIR retroactively. This will not remove any cap hit from before, of course, but would save them Geico-like money for when Pisani comes back.

  17. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey Racki,

    It sounds like Bob Stauffer said that putting Souray on retroactive LTIR will buy the Oilers at least 3 weeks of time.

  18. Trogdor says:

    Oh crap… Another good start.

  19. Trogdor says:

    It’s almost as quiet in here as it is in Rexall…

  20. LateNightOilFan says:

    I’m here. Oilers are sloppy so far.

    I was just thinking, with the exception of the bald head, there are players on my son’s bantam team that look older than Craig Anderson.

  21. Trogdor says:

    Not a whole lot to comment on so far tonight. Other than the glaring defensive turnovers.

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well let’s hope they pick it up in the 2nd & 3rd.

  23. Hockey Noob says:

    4 periods without a goal… I almost feel like I’ve already witnessed the Oil score their last goal of the season in the Calgary game… lol

    Cmon let’s go!

  24. Trogdor says:

    I’ll text Racki and tell him to pump up the crowd. The fans don’t seem into it at all.

  25. Trogdor says:

    Well there goes my goalie stats for the week in one of my pools. Osgood let in 2 of 4 shots and got pulled after 7 minutes.

    Back to our game though, a better start to the second powerplay coming up.

  26. Trogdor says:

    Err pay attention, that’s a penalty to us.

  27. Trogdor says:

    That was a little better. Close one in the crease.

  28. LateNightOilFan says:

    LOL at Comrie giving Horc a push in the behind with his stick to speed him up! Whatever it takes to get him going I guess…

  29. Trogdor says:

    The good ol roller derby slingshot.

  30. Trogdor says:

    I think they gave out all the powerplays last night in Toronto’s game. When do we get one?

  31. Trogdor says:

    Nice drive by Brule, big potential assist to the post there.

  32. LateNightOilFan says:

    Anderson dog piled and shaken up

    Edit – he’s fine

  33. Trogdor says:

    Powerplay is looking good, but we need results. Should have been a 2 man earlier, but now we have a golden chance. Only 12 seconds of 2 man though.

  34. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow, so many chances, one has to go in eventually. Just keep the pressure on Oilers!

  35. Trogdor says:

    They are getting pucks to the net this period and they are from quality spots. Just a matter of time if they can keep it up.

  36. Trogdor says:

    Horcoff is not his usual self in the faceoff dept tonight. 2/9 for the moment.

  37. Trogdor says:

    I wonder if Penner Hulks out if he gets mad… Bit of a slew foot there.

  38. LateNightOilFan says:

    Trogdor: Horcoff is not his usual self in the faceoff dept tonight. 2/9 for the moment.

    Yeah, with 4 of those draws against 2 18 year olds. Stastny’s owed him on the others.

    Gagner’s at 50% on 10 draws though, that’s pretty good for him.

  39. Trogdor says:

    No goal, which everyone knew, but still the biggest cheer of the night.

  40. Trogdor says:

    Back to faceoffs, Penner has done quite well on the dot along with putting points up.

  41. LateNightOilFan says:

    I was a bit worried there, I thought that puck may have snuck in from one of those camera angles.

  42. Trogdor says:

    Nice goal by Wolski, awful pinch by Grebs.

  43. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ugh for us, but nice goal.

  44. LateNightOilFan says:

    Umm, missed that, Storts vs Anderson, wonder if we’ll get to see what happened there?

    edit – guess not.

  45. Trogdor says:

    They said shutout, perhaps it will jinx Anderson. Almost did there.

  46. Trogdor says:

    WTF! Two non calls on hits in the numbers tonight?

  47. LateNightOilFan says:

    That hit didn’t look good. Chorney’s shoulder/neck introduced to the boards.

  48. LateNightOilFan says:

    We have possession up ice, and fans are yelling about our net being off?

  49. LateNightOilFan says:

    That’s a goal, announcers should have known that.

  50. Trogdor says:

    I don’t mind the call on pulling the goalie, likely won’t pay off, well there you go, it didn’t, but we could use a goal just to break the goose egg.

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