GDT: Oilers vs. Canucks – Oct 19, 2009 – Game 8

By , October 19, 2009 10:11 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks

PRE-GAME RANT

This is the first regular season meeting of the two teams this year, however the teams met twice in the pre-season. The Oilers lost the first one 3-1 while the Oil won the second one 5-4 in OT. The Oilers are coming off of a decisive 5-2 win over the Wild, while the Canucks also came off a win versus the Wild with a final score of 2-1. Tonight’s game will be televised on Sportsnet and is a 7:00 start.

Sorry folks, things are a little slow with the line ups today. If anyone catches wind of them, please post them here and I’ll update this post..

Projected Line-Ups

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (per Oilers Depth Chart)

JFJ Horcoff Hemsky
Penner Gagner O’Sullivan
Stone Comrie Nilsson
Moreau Cogliano Stortini

Grebeshkov – Gilbert
Smid – Visnovsky
Strudwick – Chorney

Khabibulin
JDD

Vancouver Canucks Projected Line-Up (per HFBoards)

Burrows – H. Sedin – Samuelsson
Raymond – Kessler – Grabner
Bernier – Wellwood – Bolduc
Hordichuk – Johnson – Rypien

Mitchell – Edlier
Erhoff – Rome
Obrien – Bieksa

Luongo
Raycroft

TEAM COMPARISON

STATS
7GP7
3W4
4L2
0OT1
6P9
0.429P%0.643
3G/G3.86
3.29GA/G2.86
31PP%20
74.2PK%77.8
35.4S/G23.3
25.6SA/G32.6
51.3FO%51.3

GAME NOTES

– Again, Steve Staios and Sheldon Souray will sit this one out. Souray’s condition just is sounding worse every time we get an update. That’s not good.. we have seen what concussions can do to a player.
– Ales Hemsky will miss tonight’s game as well too, with the flu. UPDATE: Actually that may not be true….
From OilersNation:

After spending the weekend in bed with the flu, Ales Hemsky was on the ice this morning. Hemsky, who is normally the first guy off the ice after practice, stayed out late doing some drills, to see his body would respond. He will be a game time decision; if he plays Robert Nilsson will come out. Right now it seems 50/50 if he’ll play.

Steve Staios did some light skating by himself, but he is still day-to-day, while Sheldon Souray is much farther away. You can’t rush a player back, and considering the style of play these two play, I’d guess the training staff will be very cautious before giving them the green light to return.

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY

6:32 – VAN – Bernier from Wellwood.
The Oil get caught in their own zone chasing the puck around as the Canucks cycle it around. The rebound from the shot from outside the slot ends up in the crease area as Bolduc and Bernier both fight to bang it in.

Other Highlights
– Rypien and Stortini go at it. I’ll give this one to Rypien.. he’s a tough s.o.b. He got off to an early start like their last fight and landed some good shots in. Credit to Storts for coming back midway through the fight, but it wasn’t enough.
– Hemmer line gets “hemmed” in the zone early on. Good cycle by the Canucks. The Oil briefly get it out and change, but this inevitably leads to a goal as the Canucks get back in and keep it in the zone.
– The Oil seem to be getting continually stuck in their zone for the first half of the game so far.
– Samuellson tries to get Khabibulin looking the other way behind the net and quickly pops out front to try and jam it in, but good job to Khabibulin for getting the pad up against the post.
– Stortini drills Rome after a dump in.
– Visnovsky tried to go end-to-end at the end of the period. Manages to skate into 5 Canucks and still get a sloppy shot off, but it blows over the net.

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY

0:26 – EDM – O’Sullivan from Grebeshkov
– On a delayed penalty for a trip on Gagner, Grebs carries the puck down low and fires it cross-crease to O’Sullivan who buries it.

Other Highlights
– Stone’s injury might be a knee injury. Sportsnet shows Stone hitting Glass (or vice versa.. btw, Stone hitting Glass is a funny sentence) and Stone fell awkward, getting his leg caught under him a bit.
– Horcoff gets a breakaway but looks gassed.. I’m not even sure what happened when he got close to Luongo, but it wasn’t pretty. Looked like maybe the puck skipped on him.
– Hemsky gets a breakaway after his penalty ends, but he fires it over the net. Just like Hemmer to make his good friend Horcoff look good as he flubs up his breakaway too.
– Visnovsky took a shot off the foot and that hurt him. Looked like a pretty weak shot, but it doesn’t take much sometimes. Looks like he is fine though.
– Comrie is now known to me as the new Moreau. 2 penalties while we’re on the powerplay and in the offensive zone? Ungh.
– Chorney throws a nice hit in the corner of the Oilers’ defensive zone, dropping a Canuck.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


10:33 – EDM – Gagner from Jacques, O’Sullivan
On the dump in, Gagner chases behind the net and the puck comes out front to O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan flicks it on net trying to get it to JFJ, but JFJ can’t get it.. it bounces out front and Luongo is flopping around like a fish. Gagner puts it upstairs.

Other Highlights
– I’ve always been impressed with Dustin Penner’s hands (damn that came out wrong), even when he was the goat around here. He made a very nice deke on one of the Canucks’ defencemen, cradling the puck and then going around them. Got a shot on goal, but not too dangerous of a shot. Good shift overall, and he gets applause from the crowd.
– WOW did Smid ever steal a goal. Wide open net after a big rebound from Khabibulin, and he luckily was there to play goal. The puck comes back out and this time Khabi was ready for the save. But wow, Smid was in the right place at the right time with a very nice kick save.
– Khabibulin does a nice job stopping a point blank tip from Henrik, who was standing in the crease.
– Mitchell gets away with a stiff arm to O’Sullivan’s face.
– Penner again doing it all as he bowls his way and dangles into the Canucks zone. He loses the puck, but Visnovsky picks it up and wires it, but it doesn’t make it through.
– Cogliano makes a nice shot block at the blueline and then carries it into the Canucks zone.. no real chance generated though, unfortunately, but he’s got a few more tools than just the offensive ones.
– For a guy wiith the flu, Hemsky looks pretty good in the 3rd period. Working a bit of his magic.
– Looks like Horpensky might be back together, and JFJ is taking Penner’s place with Gagner and O’Sullivan.
– Chorney is actually impressing me… he’s battled since he’s been called up, and he just saved a goal as he fought for a puck to the side of the net and got body positioning on a Canuck’s forward to prevent a scoring chance. Good thing because Khabi looked a bit lost on that one.
– Hemsky dumped while going in alone on an empty netter.. could’ve been credited a goal there.
– OH WOW, Kyle Wellwood would like to have an extra second… He dangles through the Oilers’ defence and beats Khabibulin, but it was about 1 second too late as the game ended.

SPECIAL TEAMS


EDM PP1 (Burrows 2 mins, Elbowing) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Hemsky Horcoff Comrie with Grebs/O’Sullivan
Unit 2 – Penner Gagner Nilsson with Gilbert/Visnovsky
Pretty ineffective until line 2 comes out and Penner tries to drive it through Luongo.
VAN PP1 (Comrie 2 mins, Holding) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Penner Horcoff with Strudwick/Chorney – Clear it out after the draw. Van brings it back inside and the Oil do a good job of preventing them for getting in. They cough it up to Strudwick and he dumps it out.
Unit 2 – Cogliano and Moreau with Grebs/Gilbert. Do a good job of preventing any chances. Forwards change up to Unit 1 again. The Canucks pass it around too much and end up passing it through the point man. Good penalty kill overall.
VAN PP2 (Hemsky 2 mins, Tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Penner/Horcoff with Grebeshkov/Gilbert
Unit 2 – Moreau/Cogliano with Chorney/Strudwick
– Both units kill the first minute easily. Canucks didn’t even break the zone, and even got caugh icing it.
Unit 3 – Jacques/O’Sullivan with Gilbert/Strudwick. Finally the Canucks gain the zone. Really can’t do anything with it at all.
Hemsky gets it coming out of the box for the breakaway.. no goal.
EDM PP2 (Grabner 2 mins, Interference) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Hemsky/Horcoff/Comrie with Gilbert/Visnovsky
This penalty lasts all of 14 seconds, as Comrie takes a penalty for slashing. Nice one, dipshit.
VAN PP3 (Comrie 2 mins for a dumb o-zone slash) – NO GOAL
This lasts barely any time because the penalty came while the Oilers were a few seconds into the PP, so not worth mentioning.
VAN PP4 (Khabibulin, 2 mins for Tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – good job clearing the puck out of the zone. Canucks don’t get any chance to set up.
Unit 2 – get caught in their zone a bit, but the canucks have a tough time getting any shots on goal. Wellwood gets one good shot off, but Khabibulin robs him. And then eats up the rebound as Grabner flips it on net.
Unit 1- the Oil do a good job keeping the Canucks out of good scoring areas.
Great kill overall.
EDM PP3 (Kesler 2 mins, Interference) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Moving the puck around like the globetrotters. Great work getting the Canucks running around. The powerplay won’t last long though as Comrie takes yet another penalty while on the powerplay. Oh man.
VAN PP5 (Comrie, 2 mins for Tripping, while Kesler is in box) – NO GOAL
– I missed the notes for this one, but the Oil obviously successfully killed this one off.

POST-GAME RANT

Nail biter. That’s all I have to say. The game was a fairly slow one at points. The Oil also got caught running around at points, but overall it wasn’t too badly played. The Canucks were pretty good in the first and third periods, whereas the Oilers played pretty strong in the second.

Penner had yet another fantastic game, as did Patrick O’Sullivan. I have to say, I absolutely love the Penner, Gagner and O’Sullivan line. Khabibulin gets the first star.. he wasn’t fantastic, but he was good. He struggled at points with his rebound control, but he was good enough for the win and made some key saves. Luckily so did Smid at one point, saving a goal. As did Chorney, possibly, as he gained body positioning on a Canucks forward near the end of the 3rd to prevent a scoring chance on a fairly open cage.

The Oilers’ PK was very good tonight. The Canucks couldn’t really get set up anywhere or get any good shots on net. The Oilers’ powerplay was characteristically average (maybe bad) except for one chance where the Oil had some great cross ice passes going and had the Canucks struggling to get the puck, until Comrie took his second moronic offensive zone penalty while on the powerplay.

So that puts the Oil at 5-2-1. This is a very good start for the team. Great job by both goaltenders. Not the best game by the Oilers, but they did well enough to deserve a win.

And now the bad news, Ryan Stone left the game with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI tomorrow, according to Pat Quinn.

124 Responses to “GDT: Oilers vs. Canucks – Oct 19, 2009 – Game 8”

  1. LateNightOilFan says:

    Lordy, those 2 breakaway chances will likely come back to haunt us.

  2. gr8one says:

    Racki: Stone hit glass.. what a funyn sentence that is.

    haha, yeah…reminds me of this…

  3. DropIt says:

    Comrie has a nose for the sin bin tonight

  4. Racki says:

    Smooth one, MC.

  5. DropIt says:

    I didn’t realize Sully was off to a soft start this year

  6. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    haha, yeah…reminds me of this…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ORJ_P9waao

    LOL funny vid.. never seen that guy before, but seems to be pretty high-larious.

    The Stone/Glass thing reminds me of when the Oil were playing Toronto one game (last year?). I was listening on the radio in the car and I heard Rod say “Finger bangs it in the corner!” (meaning Jeff Finger dumps it in the corner). Oh if Rod only knew the real meaning behind what he said. :P

  7. DropIt says:

    Oilers are all over them so far. But from what I’ve seen of Khabibulin… I’m waiting for the soft goal

  8. Racki says:

    Seriously? That was a late call.

    OH MY GOD.. what a shit penalty, I just watched the replay..

  9. gr8one says:

    Racki:
    LOL funny vid.. never seen that guy before, but seems to be pretty high-larious.
    The Stone/Glass thing reminds me of when the Oil were playing Toronto one game (last year?). I was listening on the radio in the car and I heard Rod say “Finger bangs it in the corner!” (meaning Jeff Finger dumps it in the corner). Oh if Rod only knew the real meaning behind what he said.

    haha, dude…Dimitri Martin is hilarious, you should definitely youtube some more of his stuff.

    Rod Phillips does kinda give that creepy perverted old man vibe, maybe he MEANT to phrase that “finger-banging” play that way. heh

    and Dropit, I agree about O’Sully, I was surprised when I looked at the boxscore that that was only his 2nd goal.

  10. Racki says:

    Oh shit, I take that back… I thought they called Grebs. It was Khabi.

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    A penalty for making a save? Give me a break

  12. Racki says:

    Ok enough with the Floyd references.

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Ok enough with the Floyd references.

    Agreed. Oiler fans will be hearing that for 4 years. Yay.

    Actually Racki, why did you decide to call your blog section The Wall? Was it because of Khabi?

  14. DropIt says:

    PP. And a make up call on Kesler, looked about as weak as Khabis

  15. DropIt says:

    Comrie may be costing the Oilers this game.
    2 ruined PP chances because of him

  16. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan:
    Agreed.Oiler fans will be hearing that for 4 years. Yay.Actually Racki, why did you decide to call your blog section The Wall?Was it because of Khabi?

    Hah, no, not at all.. not a reference to Khabi, or to Pink Floyd. It’s meant to imply that the posters are writing on a wall (ex. graffiti). I think it’s a term that maybe Facebook might have coined, but I don’t use that site, so not sure…heard it elsewhere though.

  17. Racki says:

    DropIt: Comrie may be costing the Oilers this game.
    2 ruined PP chances because of him

    I’ve already dubbed Comrie as the new Moreau.

    (FYI, before I sound like a fan, Comrie is still very much in my good books.. just those 2 penalties were bad moves).

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    Stone’s leg injury is “nasty looking” per Tencer’s twitter.

  19. LateNightOilFan says:

    Nice work by Cogs there

    And nice kick save by Smid there

  20. Racki says:

    Wow, thank you Smid.

  21. DropIt says:

    Ya, he really could be to blame if the Oilers don’t win this one.

    .. Khabi is playing well matching 7ouongo

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    Is it just me or does Khabi like directing his rebounds with his stick right out front to his players, often in the middle of opposing players? I know he’s been playing well but man that makes me nervous.

  23. Racki says:

    Quinn always makes me laugh with his “Kick save, and a beauty” call.

  24. Racki says:

    LNOF: He struggles a bit with the rebound control, it seems. I’d say he makes up for it with his quick reflexes, although he didn’t show that too well on that big Smid save.

  25. Racki says:

    If I can be so bold as to compare him to Roli, I’d say Roli had a slight edge in rebound control, a huge edge in puck control, but Khabi has a fair edge in positioning (the majority of the time) and reflexes (at least the way I see it).

  26. Racki says:

    GAGGGGNER!!!!!!!

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    Yah, good job finding that puck Sam!

  28. Racki says:

    That line is lethal. Penner Gagner O’Sullivan play like a top line.

  29. DropIt says:

    Hoorah! Go team?

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: If I can be so bold as to compare him to Roli, I’d say Roli had a slight edge in rebound control, a huge edge in puck control, but Khabi has a fair edge in positioning (the majority of the time) and reflexes (at least the way I see it).

    Sounds about right. When Roli’s on his game his positioning is good though. I think he relies on positioning and reading plays more than other goalies because his reflexes aren’t as strong.

  31. Racki says:

    Yes, I will say, there are two Roli’s. One used to frustrate the hell out of me. Then sometimes we’d see an amazing Roli that would be in the right place at the right time and put the rebounds in the right areas. Last year’s Roli was quite good all around on several nights.

  32. Racki says:

    Quinn needs to turn his blender off, unless he’s compensating for Stone being hurt.. but Penner/Gagner/O’Sullivan is gold and should stay together.

  33. DropIt says:

    To be honest, Racki.
    I am more comfortable watching the flames face Khabi in net then I was watching Roloson.

    Also, I will love the Oilers if they just hurt Sedin 2

  34. Racki says:

    Come on boys.

  35. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Yes, I will say, there are two Roli’s. One used to frustrate the hell out of me. Then sometimes we’d see an amazing Roli that would be in the right place at the right time and put the rebounds in the right areas. Last year’s Roli was quite good all around on several nights.

    Well he’s got his work cut out for him this year. They’ve been following a strict rotation and the schedule has been full of gaps so neither he nor Biron have been able to get into any kind of groove. They need to pick a guy and treat him like a starter if they want the tending to improve.

    Crunch time here…

  36. Racki says:

    WOW! Period barely ended in time!

  37. DropIt says:

    OH MY GOD, NOT IN TIME

  38. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh boy, skin of their teeth is right.

  39. Racki says:

    Geez, talk about a close call there. The Oilers always seem to collapse in the dying seconds. I think they need to put some better guys on the ice that can hold on to a lead. Hemsky is not one of them.. and I kind of wonder if Horcoff has enough gas in the tank by that period of the game to do it either. I’d put Penner out there though. He’s my go-to guy.

  40. Bostonoiler says:

    Close call, but huge win for the Oil!

  41. DropIt says:

    And that should give the Flames a nice cushion for down the road against the Nucks. Thanks guys :)

  42. Racki says:

    You should probably start worrying about the Oil being a threat for division lead :P (How’s that for getting too excited too early on?)

  43. LateNightOilFan says:

    Nice they pulled it out! It’s always an adventure though with the Oilers, thankfully Khabi got a piece of that shot to slow it down. Nice to get that regulation win against a divisional opponent.

    Just looked at the FO stats, who would have thought Horc would be 29% and Gagner 57%…

  44. Racki says:

    Holy hell.. 29%? Horcoff had an all around bad game, aside from on the PK.

  45. DropIt says:

    As much as I know I shouldn’t say it around here, I’m really not worried what so ever about the Oil challenging for the div. I think they will put up an impressive stand against the canucks for 2nd. But, call me a homer, Calgary takes the div comfortably.

  46. DropIt says:

    However, I will be as bold as to say Edmonton makes the post season in the 6 slot. I don’t think they will punk out by any means.

  47. Racki says:

    Well we’ll see.. this is why the games are played.. 8 or so games in, no one should really be a lock for a division anyways ;)

  48. DropIt says:

    That’s true. Of course I say this assuming We don’t hit any major injuries :P. The Oil have a good team, no doubt. I just can’t help but think Souray’s injury comes back in a bad way

  49. Racki says:

    DropIt: However, I will be as bold as to say Edmonton makes the post season in the 6 slot. I don’t think they will punk out by any means.

    Translation: “Oilers win the division” :P

    I kid.

  50. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well, it’s onto Thurs when the Blue Jackets are in town. We’ll get to see Garon again I think. Pretty sure he’s slated to play.

    Good night all…thanks for the GDT Racki!

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