GDT – Oilers 3, Blackhawks 4 – Oct 14, 2009 – Game 6

By , October 14, 2009 9:53 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

PRE-GAME RANT


The Oilers are coming off a monster 6-1 win over Nashville on Monday in which JDD and Stortini were the story. JDD stopped 40 of 41 shots, while Stortini had 2 goals, and a fight. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, came back from 5-0 against the Flamers on Monday to win 6-5 in OT (DropIt, you’re going to need to explain how the hell that happens). At about the midway point of the 1st period, the Flames were up 5-0. Huet was chased from the net after allowing 3 goals on 5 shots. Neimi allowed the next two, but from the 2nd period on, the Blackhawks seemed to wake up.

Look for a better performance from the Blackhawks who will want to redeem themselves for a sloppy first period that drew ire from the United Center fans. “‘Holy smokes. How we going to fix this?'” was the question Brent Seabrook asked himself midway through the first period. “We were embarrassed. Our fans weren’t very happy and they let us know about it. We want to have good starts and we want to help our goaltender out. That was unacceptable.”

For the Oilers, the key is going to be stepping on the gas early on in the game and not letting off. I’m not a fan of goaltenders playing their old teams, but hopefully Khabibulin will show some inspired play against his former team. In my eyes he’s gotten better with each game.

Tonight’s game starts at 6:30 and is televised on TSN.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Jacques-Horcoff-Hemsky
Stone-Gagner-O’Sullivan
Penner-Brule-Comrie
Moreau-Cogliano-Stortini

Smid-Visnovsky
Grebeshkov-Gilbert
Strudwick-Chorney

Khabibulin
Deslauriers


Chicago Blackhawks Projected Line-Up

Versteeg-Toews-Sharp
Byfuglien-Bolland-Kane
Ladd-Madden-Brouwer
Kopecky-Fraser-Skille

Keith-Seabrook
Campbell-Hjalmarsson
Barker-Sopel
Hendry

Niemi
Huet

TEAM COMPARISON

STATS
5GP5
3W3
1L1
1OT1
7P7
0.7P%0.7
3.8G/G3.6
2.8GA/G2.8
23.5PP%22.7
81PK%82.4
25S/G37.4
31.8SA/G21.8
50.6FO%56.4

GAME NOTES

Steve Staios is a game time decision for tonight. Chorney filled in quite well for him on Monday, logging 14:29 TOI, and finishing +1 with 1 assist (on Stortini’s PP goal).

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY

0:51 – CHI – Sharp from Toews, Ladd
Oilers get hemmed in their zone, Jacques can’t quite get his stick on Patrick Sharp who fires a shot from within the slot.
2:30 – EDM – Cogliano from Moreau
Moreau and Cogliano get a two on one. Moreau fires the pass over to Cogliano who shelfs it under the bar.
13:15 – CHI – Skille from Hjalmarsson, Fraser
Hjalmarsson is left completely open at the blue line. He fires it on net and Khabi gives up a rebound to the slot where Skille is there to bang it in.

Other Highlights
– Skille hits Chorney after a whistle (and pops the glass out) for icing drawing attention from Smid. Nothing happens however. Just a bit of shoving.
– JFJ laid a nice solid hit on Keith as the two went into the Hawks zone for a dump in
– Dustin Penner in obvious pain after blocking a shot. They panned to him on the bench a few minutes later and he was still wincing.
– Byfuglien hits Hemsky from behind on the boards. As he skates off the ice, Stortini is yelling at him. McGuire mentioned that Byfuglien replied with “Who are you kidding? You’re not going to fight me.. you’re a goal scorer now”. I guess he watches the highlights.
– Brower undresses everyone on the ice for Oil except for the Wall.
– Looks like JFJ is trying to scrap with Byfuglien, but he isn’t biting.
– Horcoff blocks a shot from Seabrook and that one looks to have hurt bad. However, looks like he didn’t miss a shift. Ditto for Penner.
– Insanely bad bounce off the glass in the Oilers zone comes right out in front of the Oilers net with Khabi looking the other way still… the Oilers got lucky there, as no Blackhawks were around at the time.
– Visnovsky does is best Joni Pitkanen impersonation as he blows through the entire hawks team (minus one defender) going end-to-end but finishes it up with an easily saved shot.
– Not a good period for the Oilers at all. Outshot 16-6

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY

9:12 – CHI – Versteeg from Campbell, Sharp
The Hawks barrell into the Oiler zone with speed. Campbell carries it below the Hawks zone and passes it off Visnovsky’s stick to the slot where Versteeg jams it through Khabibulin’s five hole.

Other Highlights
– Cogliano catches the Hawks on a bad change, gets nearly in all alone on Niemi. He fires a shot from the faceoff circle that rings off the post.
– Somehow the puck winds up trapped between Hjalmarsson’s legs from a wild shot from the corner in the Blackhawk’s zone. Penner notices this and skates over to him and bowls him over (insert joke about him thinking it was a twinkie here).
– Stortini gets some love from Gord and Piere mentioning how hard of a worker he is and pointing out his great game against Nashville.
– Oh wow, I actually just saw Tom Gilbert hit someone hard in the Oilers zone behind the net.. nice hit as he threw his whole weight into it.
– I can’t possibly say enough just how good Visnovsky is when he gets the puck on his stick in his own zone. Very calming presence.
– Khabibulin makes a coulple of great back-to-back saves after a hard point shot and rebound.
– Patrick Sharp blows past Strudwick with speed, forcing Strudwick wrap him up, drawing the penalty shot.
– Sharp elects to shoot, but Khabibulin makes the nice blocker save.
– Cue the line blender
– Stortini nails Hjalmarsson as he’s trying to keep a puck in the Oilers’ zone, sending Hjalmarsson sliding from the blueline to about 3 feet in front of the center ice red line.
– Chorney looks invisible tonight, and I mean that as a compliment. Kevin Lowe once said that you know you’re doing a good job on defense when people don’t notice you out there. Sure, we’d like to see him do something offensive, but he seems to be playing a solid brand of defense.
– This period started good, but the Oilers fell flat yet again. The end of the period is notably horrible.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY

10:43- EDM – Penner from Brule
Penner swings behind the net and throws it out front and it banks in off of Hjalmarsson’s leg and in.
17:18 – CHI (PP) – Barker from Toews, Versteeg
Barker gets it at the point, Sharp is in front of Khabibulin completely screening him. Barker absolutely wires it, clean past Khabibulin. Doubtful he even saw it.
19:13- EDM (PP) – Grebeshkov from Penner, Horcoff

Other Highlights
– Comrie blocks a shot leading to a 3 on 2 with O’Sullivan and Comrie playing give and go and generating a shot on goal.
– Byfuglien passes it over to Kane at the right dot making Khabibulin go west-east to make a big kick save.
– On the PP, Grebeshkov gets beat at the blueline. Versteeg gets in all alone on Khabibulin on the breakaway and is stoned by Khabibulin.
– Grebeshkov gets caught flat footed as Toews blows around him but Khabibulin throws up his force field.
– Horpensky reuinited again. Hemsky gets behind the net and passes it out front to Horcoff who is absolutely robbed by Niemi.
– Comrie again blocks another shot and this time he’s hobbling. At least some guys are playing like this game means something.
– Khabibulin has been pretty solid. The Oilers defense is nearly non-existant tonight save for him back there. Makes left and right, such as Grebeshkov going for the big highlight hit at the blueline leading to a near solo chance for Toews.
– Nice rally at the end with Khabibulin pulled, but too little too late. They get one goal with the 5-on-3 (with Khabi pulled). But can’t get the game tying goal afterwards.

SPECIAL TEAMS

CHI PP1 (Ryan Stone, 2 mins for Roughing) – NO GOAL
1st Unit – Penner/Horcoff with Grebs/Gilbert.
2nd unit – Moreau/Cogliano with Strudwick/Gilbert. Lots of space for the Blackhawks to move it around and they get some good shots on net. Eventually it gets tied up against the boards for the whistle.
3rd Unit – Horcoff/Penner with Chorney/Smid – Nothing too effective from the Hawks. They get traffic in front of the net, but no dangerous shots on net.
EDM PP1 (Bowland 2 mins for Tripping) – NO GOAL
1st Unit with Penner, O’Sullivan, Comrie with Gilbert/Grebs. Grebeshkov steals a near clearing attempt and gets it to Comrie who gets a nice shot on net.
2nd Unit Gagner, Horcoff, Hemsky with Visnovsky/Chorney. Hawks keep the shots to the outside and the Oil don’t get any shots on goal. Just 2 seconds before this penalty ends, Madden gets called for the hook.
EDM PP2 (Madden 2 mins for Hooking) – NO GOAL
1st Unit Penner, O’Sullivan, Comrie with Grebeshkov/Gilbert – Grebeshkov gets beat at the blueline. Versteeg gets in all alone on Khabibulin on the breakaway and is stoned by Khabibulin.
Eventually the Stortini line gets out there. Really this was a pretty ineffective powerplay.
CHI PP2 (Grebeshkov 2 mins for tripping) – GOAL
1st Unit Horcoff,Penner with Smid/Gilbert. Horcoff wins the draw and the Oil battle and get it out.
Penner gets into the Hawks’ zone and gets a shot on net, shorthanded.
2nd Unit Cogliano, Moreau with Chorney/Strudwick. Cogs wins the draw but it bounces past Chorney. The Oil dump it out… hawks bring it back in.. Oil dump it back out.
1st Unit back out. Lots of space for the Hawks point men again. Cam Barker wires a howitzer from the point past everyone including Khabibulin.
EDM PP3 (Bowland 2 mins for tripping) – GOAL
1st Unit Penner Horcoff Hemsky with Grebeshkov/Visnovsky. Empty net, as it was a 4-on-4 previously. Lots of passing around, the play gets shot on goal, lots of banging at it by Penner. Grebeshkov digs it out and puts it upstairs.

POST-GAME RANT

Brutal game played by the Oilers. The defense was nearly non-existant during most points of the game. Really left Khabibulin hanging out to dry. But, to Khabi’s credit, he handled it pretty well all things considered. Khabibulin saved 34 of 38 shots. He played a pretty solid game, especially as the game wore on. In the beginning though, I wasn’t sure if he was really in it.

So as I mentioned before the game, this game was the measuring stick for the Oilers. Did they have what it takes to play with a team that plays their own style of hockey? The answer was no. I am confident they can play against other styles of hockey (i.e. teams that play a more defensive brand of hockey), but they just can’t compete with the Blackhawks because they play a similar game, but with better components (thanks to years of failure and some good draft picks). Luckily though, I think that games like this are going to be the minority for the Oilers. Not worried, but I had hoped that the Oil would win it so I could really feel that they’ve got the compete level to take on the best of them.

Next game, Minnesota on Friday on PPV.

144 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 3, Blackhawks 4 – Oct 14, 2009 – Game 6”

  1. Racki says:

    I’m predicting a high scoring game. I hate to say it, but I’m going to give this one to the Blackhawks too… 5-4 Hawks in regulation. I hope not though. The homer in me is what is keeping it close.

    So is MacTavish going to be analysing the game during the intermission? That would be cool.

  2. gr8one says:

    after the last two games by these respective teams everyone is thinking it’s going to be a crazy high scoring affair, which often the opposite happens.

    I’m going to say 3-2 Oilers, and Gagner is going to have a big game trying to show up his buddy and former linemate Pat Kane.

  3. Racki says:

    You very well could be right! I definitely would prefer your prediction to come true.

  4. chucker says:

    A big test tonight for sure. I agree Racki, I’m not a fan of goalies playing their old team. They know everything about him. That’s not good in my opinion.

    I too have the Hawks edging out the Oil but I think it’ll be close until late in the game then go to the Hawks 5-3. Just got a feeling.

  5. Horpensky says:

    I’d feel more comfortable with JDD in net for some reason… he doesn’t let in easy goals when he’s being shelled, and the Blackhawks love to shoot. I would also be more comfortable if Huet was in net ;)

  6. LateNightOilFan says:

    Not sure what to expect tonight, have a feeling the Oilers might get brought back down to earth but you never know. It’s nice going into games feeling like there is a chance. I’m enjoying seeing the compete level again for the Oil.

    It will be interesting to see how Khabi does against the Hawks – I tend to agree, the advantage usually goes to the old team. Had to laugh when Gregor was giving his fast facts over on ON stating Khabi thrives against his old team – yet he hasn’t played them since 2004. Is anyone left on the Hawks from 2004?

    I took a quick look at the Oilers overall FO% and thought, great they’re above 50% but then looked closer to see that’s cuz Horc is 56% and everyone is below the 50% mark; while the Hawks centres are all above 53%.

    Game starts at 9:30 my time, nice for me! Although my son plays at 9, so I’ll miss the first period, hopefully I’ll see some good news on the scoreboard when I switch the game on.

  7. Racki says:

    LNOF: LOL! I noticed the same thing with the faceoffs and had the same thought: “Hey… we’re over 50! Oh wait… it’s all Horcoff.. oh man”. Well at least Cogliano isn’t dragging the team down anymore.. now it’s all on Gagner. :P

    Horpensky: Khabi made some pretty BIG saves against Montreal, so I wouldn’t be too worried about him either. I just am worried about the old team having the advantage here.

  8. Racki says:

    MacT just said something I completely agree with.. tonight is the measuring stick for this new Oilers team. If they can beat the Blackhawks (obviously without relying on luck) than you kind of have to think that this is a team that can compete.

    I tend to try not to get too overly excited, but I’d go so far as to say that I’ve been really impressed with the new team.

  9. Steve-O says:

    I thought it was more interesting when Mac T said at the top about how the Oilers have gotten back to more Oilers-type hockey (paraphrasing obviously)

  10. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey everyone! I’m pretty excited to watch this game. It will be a good litmus test as Racki/MacT have alluded to already. Either the Hawks will expose some holes in our game, or if we win without luck, then maybe this team under Quinn is better than many have thought.

  11. Racki says:

    I agree with MacT though, they *are* playing Oilers hockey, and seeming to do it well. Oilers hockey was always about hard hitting and keeping to the basics. This team has some talented second-line players, but still the stand out players lately have been the guys that keep it simple.

    The opposite side of the spectrum, Hemsky has been suffering. I’m sure he’ll turn it around but he seems invisible to me.

  12. Steve-O says:

    Ah fuck, I hate McGuire

  13. Racki says:

    I had it muted, what did he say? Or is it just his usual overexcited personality? That guy needs to take some Riddlin.

  14. Steve-O says:

    I didn’t really listen, his voice just sets me off

  15. Steve-O says:

    I keep waiting for someone to walk on-screen and just punch him…that would be awesome

  16. Racki says:

    Why isn’t that a penalty?? I thought that was automatic now.

  17. Racki says:

    COGLIANO SKKEEEEWERS

  18. Steve-O says:

    shit, i just realized that i’m not watching live

    thanks for spoiling it stoo…racki

  19. Racki says:

    Well you’re welcome. It’s not my fault you’re an idiot. *quickly checking to make sure I’m watching live*

  20. Steve-O says:

    mcguire talks too much

  21. Steve-O says:

    and we are live

  22. Racki says:

    Khabi’s rebound control is horrid so far.

  23. Racki says:

    That’s awesome what Byfuglien said to Stortini.. lol

  24. Hockey Noob says:

    Jebus, the fucking Hawks are looking like one damn good hockey team.

    Our top line is getting killed PvP with the Hawks top line–it almost looks like the Hawks are on the powerplay.

  25. Steve-O says:

    just watched that laraque commercial…its a pretty good video

  26. Racki says:

    Three thumbs up for that video

  27. Trogdor says:

    I’m seeing some bad habits from last year, mostly not being able to clear our own zone when we have the opportunities.

  28. Trogdor says:

    Looks like Dallas is tuning up on Nashville. Go Richards.

  29. Steve-O says:

    I suppose we shouldn’t get too excited for beating the crap out of them then

  30. Racki says:

    Hopefully the Hawks have gassed themselves out. A reverse of the Flames game.

  31. Hockey Noob says:

    We got killed in the first, but other than the obvious lack of Staios and Souray, I’m not sure it could have gone any better. We’re just outmatched so badly in this game…

  32. LateNightOilFan says:

    Just got in, I see the shot clock somewhat mirrors the score. Have we been out-played as much as it sounds? Saw the replay of Cogs goal, real nice and nice feed from Moreau.

    Gonna try to catch up on the first via DVR now…

  33. Racki says:

    Yup.. again, we’re playing a team that plays a similar style as us, but has better components to do so.. so it’s not going to be an easy game. But luckily there are still 40 minutes to go and the score is close.

  34. Racki says:

    LNOF: Yes, the Oil have been pretty badly outplayed so far.

  35. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey L8nite, yeah we’re getting severely outplayed. I personally think that we’re just severely outmatched against the Hawks. Other than Cogliano’s nice goal, we haven’t had a single other scoring chance. We’ve spent much of the game in our zone and haven’t been able to do much in their end.

  36. Racki says:

    Oilers at least look a little better so far this period.

  37. Racki says:

    Ungh… tipped in or towards the net by Visnovsky there I think.

  38. Steve-O says:

    shit…i’m glad i’m changing the strings on my guitar or this night would suck

  39. LateNightOilFan says:

    I don’t think it was tipped Racki

  40. Racki says:

    No, you are right, if anything, it rode up his stick towards the front of the net, but I don’t think it played a factor at all. Versteeg just jammed it home.

  41. Steve-O says:

    boys need a good tilt to get in this

  42. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ok Khabi – this could be a game changer if you make the save

  43. LateNightOilFan says:

    Save!! Ok Oilers, get the next goal and you could be right back in it here!

  44. Racki says:

    Another bad period. Started out well.. but man, it went bad in a hurry at the midway point.

  45. Trogdor says:

    This game is not as fun as last game. Are the Hawks that good or are we just chasing our tails out there? The boys look a little confused. Again, to much dicking around on our side of the blue line. I should make a subliminal sleep tape for them. “Off the boards and out, off the boards and out…”

  46. LateNightOilFan says:

    Shots 30-10, sigh, will need some luck and good bounces now to turn this around. Next goal is important, hopefully the penalty shot save fires the Oil up? Despite being a rebound machine tonight Khabi is holding them in there. I don’t mind the rebounds to the corners but the ones in front are scaring me the way the Hawks drive to the net.

  47. zackman35 says:

    A little more easily to recognize in the last game but does anyone else feel that the Moreau-Cogliano-Stortini line is reminiscent of the Glencross-Brodziak-Stortini line? Maybe it’s just me but it really stood out in the Nashville game and I’m still seeing glimpses of it even during this game. The speed, grit and defensive forward styles are all there and the chemistry look like its coming…

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