GDT – Oilers 6, Red Wings 5, Oct 29, 2009 – Game 13

By , October 29, 2009 10:04 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings


The Oilers are looking for a bit of revenge for last year, having lost all 4 of the games the two teams played (including one 8-3 disaster). Both teams are struggling right now. The Oilers haven’t scored a goal in 7 periods now, and have lost 3 in a row. The Red Wings are coming off a 5-4 win over Vancouver on Tuesday, however they lost their last 3 (albeit two of them were after regulation time). The Red Wings are also struggling to keep the puck out of their own net, allowing the 5th most goals against per game at 3.40 GA/Game. The Red Wings are going to be hoping they can turn things around on their favorite team to pick on from last year.


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (Lines from Oilers Nation)

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

Strudwick — Gilbert
Grebeshkov — Chorney
Peckham — Smid


Detroit Red Wings Projected Line-Up (Based on HFBoards)







– Fernando Pisani has been practicing. He could be back tonight, although I’d assume that he won’t be back any earlier than Saturday, unless they really need him back.
– Lubomir Visnovsky did not practice on Wednesday. He has the flu, possibly of the swine variety. The Oilers are treating it as worst-case-scenario and treating him as though he does have H1N1.
– All the usual injured players are still injured. Souray and Staios seem to take a step forward and then two steps back in their recovery. Not good. Actually, word now is that Staios had a pretty good practice with the team today, so he’s getting there. But he won’t be in tonight.


0:42 – EDM – Jacques from Brule, O’Sullivan
The Oil get off to a great jump with the Brule line looking very energetic out there. Brule gets a pass from O’Sully and shoots it on net and Jacques puts in the rebound.
9:09 – EDM – Penner from Horcoff, Hemsky
Horcoff receives the pass from Hemsky and hammers it on net. Penner bats in the rebound while crashing the crease.
12:24 – EDM – PP – Hemsky from Penner, Horcoff
Hemsky fires it top cheese on Howard on the PP.

Other Highlights
– Gagner gets clobbered by Stuart early in the period. Cogliano stands up for him (oh noes) at first, but Peckham jumps in right away and gets a penalty.
– Shortly after that penalty expires, Cogliano jumps on the ice to replace Penner and plays the puck before Penner can get off, giving the Red Wings another powerplay.
– The Oilers successfully kill off both powerplays quite well.
– During the intermission, they have Craig MacTavish on the panel talking about Dustin Penner: “He plays better hockey when he knows I’m on the (TSN) panel”. Too funny. To MacTavish’s credit, he also says that he does take some credit (although not all of the credit) for Penner’s poor play last year. Takes a big man to admit it.


0:58 – EDM – Hemsky from Penner
Penner steals it from Bertuzzi and chips it ahead to Hemsky who goes in alone on the breakaway while Howard shits his pants. Hemsky threads it through the five hole.
6:15 – DET – Helm from Filppula, Stuart
Filppula gets the puck from Stuart just as his penalty expires and passes it ahead to Helm. Helm breaks down the wing and slaps one past Khabibulin, blocker side top corner.
9:05 – EDM – PPG – Horcoff from Penner, Grebeshkov
A goalline stand with Penner, Horcoff, Grebeshkov and four Red Wings battling for a puck. Credit to Penner for continually jamming away. Horcoff comes out the winner on this one as he manages to get it past Howard.
12:50 – DET – Zetterberg from Kronwall, Datsyuk
Zetterberg slaps a wild shot from the boards down near the goalie that Khabibulin saves. However the rebound hits Chorney and ends up in the net.

Other Highlights
– Hemmer steals the puck behind the net from Howard, who is back there playing the puck, and he tries to bank it in. You know Howard’s nervous about every play he makes now.
– Horcoff is playing like a new man on the top line again. He drives to the net on one play fighting off Filppula and draws a penalty.
– Hemsky does his marquee through the legs move, drawing awe from the crowd.
– On one particular shift, the kids are grinding away like they’ve been taking lessons from Stortini. I like what I see.
– Oilers get lucky on one as Leino rips a shot off the bar on a fairly open net.
– Khabibulin has made some good saves tonight but has also looked pretty shakey at times, maybe due to not being truly tested enough.


6:32 – DET – Ericsson from Draper, Eaves
Ericsson slaps one that beats Khabibulin.
7:47 – DET – Bertuzzi from Datsyuk
Holmstrom screens Khabibulin and Bertuzzi fires it in the top shelf.
12:53 – DET – Eaves from Helm, Ericsson
A lazy shot from the dot beats Khabibulin glove side.

Other Highlights
– Oilers are on their heels early on. Detroit playing hard and crashing the crease. A shot hits the post and the Oil get lucky again as the Red Wings are fighting back.
– Oilers penalty kill has been fairly good, although the first one of the 3rd period they looked a bit sloppy at times. Thankfully some luck got them through that one.
– Quinn screams at the entire bench about their bad breakout that lead to the 3rd goal, according to Ferraro.
– Stuart and Gagner tussle a bit. For whatever reason, Stuart looks like he attempts to knee Gagner in the groin..? Not sure what he was trying there, but he stuck his leg between Gagner’s.
– This period has been nearly all Detroit.
– Nilsson and Cogliano go in on Howard on a 2 on 2 with Nilsson carrying the puck. Nilsson elects to make a difficult pass for some reason and Ferraro calls him on it.
– Wow, no respect for Howard as he gets run in the crease again.
– Commentators note that the kid line is a combined -9 tonight, yet they are out there with 2:30 left in a tie game.. and again he goes to it with just over a minute left.
– Wow, Khabibulin saves a goal on a shot I have no idea how he saw. He kicked out the pad at the last second on the point shot.


No scoring.

Other Highlights
– I officially hate Pepsi and their Canada chant idea. Worst marketing idea ever. Those chants are horrible.
– Gilbert gets a glorious chance in OT as Hemsky carries it into the Red Wings zone and drops it for him. He tries to deke Howard, but somehow he saves it.
– First half of that OT was all Detroit, but Edmonton poured it on in the last minute and a half and almost won it.


Gagner – deke – NO GOAL
Williams – deke – NO GOAL
Hemsky – deke – NO GOAL
Datsyuk – shot – NO GOAL
O’Sullivan – shot – GOAL – O’Sullivan rips the shot from the slot and beats Howard middle blocker side off the post, off the middle bar and out.
Zetterberg – shot – NO GOAL


How not to hold a lead. Quinn must have been livid on the bench. Credit to the top line for having a spectacular night. Credit to the kid line for being a combined -9 (they were on the ice for 3 of the 4 final Detroit goals). Khabibulin had a fairly bad night at points as well too. Some of the goals weren’t his fault, but others were easily saveable. He did make some big saves though, to his credit. Really though, this meltdown can be 100% blamed on the injuries/flu to Souray, Staios and Visnovsky. A rookie defense, and we’re asking for problems.

Plus, the kid line got victimized for a few goals. It’s a win, and I’m sure the Oilers will take that. Especially considering they managed to muster up some goals… but I think Howard can take some credit on that too.

The Oilers were outshot 20 to 6 in the 3rd period. I think that pretty much tells the story of the comeback. They got lucky. Real lucky.

As far as positives, Horcoff looked great tonight and had a goal and an assist. Penner had a 4 point night. Hemsky looked pretty good as well. Beyond that, I thought Brule had a pretty good game, as did O’Sullivan (hmm, apparently Quinn didn’t like his play though, as he commented about being mad at him for some reason before he scored the winner – looks like O’Sully was on the ice for 2 goals, so that could be why). The bottom line of Moreau, Stortini and MacIntyre was pretty non-existant tonight. MacIntyre saw about a minute and a half of ice time tonight. It’s pretty obvious Quinn doesn’t need him in the line up and he’s only here until players get healthy.

Well, I will say this was an entertaining one, but not the way I wanted to see it won. Would have liked to have seen the Oilers play 60 minutes tonight.

194 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 6, Red Wings 5, Oct 29, 2009 – Game 13”

  1. Haboiler says:

    Gagner is 0-7 tonite in the dot… horrible.

  2. Steve-O says:

    hopefully when they do that chant at the olympics the fans change it up to C-A-N-A-D-A WE SAY FUCK YOU PEPSI

  3. LateNightOilFan says:

    DropIt: Alberta teams are apparently awful with the lead.

    I was wondering when you were dropping by! As soon as the announcers mentioned that CGY/CHI game, I thought of you!

  4. DropIt says:

    Also, agreed Racki.

    I guarantee the winning chant does not carry over into the Olympics.

    I also vote for ca-na-da

  5. Steve-O says:

    Trogdor: I thought about sending in my chant, borrowing from the Aussies.“HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY, EH EH EH!!!!”

    i thought the same thing

  6. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow, 2 glass repairs and Souray not on the ice.

  7. Racki says:

    Drink that power juice, Khabi!!

  8. Steve-O says:


  9. DropIt says:

    Lol, trust me LNOF, its not because of the blown lead. I have been watching most of the game (in between the World Series). I just recently gained control of my computer. My special lady was doing homework, and I was without access to “da Foil”

  10. Steve-O says:

    oh man…that would have been sweet

  11. Steve-O says:

    just do what hemsky did

  12. Trogdor says:

    Gotta love the shootouts. Especially when we get a save back.

  13. Trogdor says:

    And another!

  14. Trogdor says:

    Was it in or 2 poster?

  15. Steve-O says:

    yay, a win we should have had anyways

  16. DropIt says:

    Bullet shot by Patty ‘o sullivan

  17. Trogdor says:

    YAHOO!!! 2 POINTS!!!

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    DropIt: Lol, trust me LNOF, its not because of the blown lead. I have been watching most of the game (in between the World Series). I just recently gained control of my computer. My special lady was doing homework, and I was without access to “da Foil”

    Ha Ha

    POS with a ring around the inside of the net and the Oilers pull it out!! Whew!

  19. Steve-O says:

    macintyre was dressed?

  20. Haboiler says:

    We’ll take the 2 points!

  21. Trogdor says:

    More exciting for me turning it on at 5-4. I’d have been happy if it stayed that way, but I still enjoyed the ending.

  22. DropIt says:

    For all the dangles and shit I see Datsyuk pull… That was a garbage move for a shootout

  23. Haboiler says:

    Mac dressed for 1:15 this game and 0:51 for this one. I like the guy but I feel that he is wasting a roster spot for someone playing that little especially when we have a few guys that can hold their own.

  24. Racki says:

    Wooooo, close call. Pardon me, phase 2 of what appears to be a possible flu just kicked in.

  25. Steve-O says:

    Racki: 2

    are you not glad you got pulled into that personal closed door meeting?

  26. Steve-O says:

    hahaha…sometimes this quote thing kills me

  27. Trogdor says:

    Racki: Wooooo, close call. Pardon me, phase 2 of what appears to be a possible flu just kicked in.

    You so nasty…

    You sure it wasn’t Doan’s?

  28. Steve-O says:

    that was not on purpose

  29. Racki says:

    are you not glad you got pulled into that personal closed door meeting?

    Actually i’m a little pissed about that, to be honest. Assuming that’s where I got it, which I would not doubt.

  30. Hockey Noob says:

    Wow, what a blow-out in the third period… I believe Quinn had the kid line out with Peckham/Strudwick for the tying goal in the third? Brutal!

    Good thing we managed to get the two points in the shoot-out. I would have rather seen Quinn open with Nilsson than Gagner. Nilsson’s far better in the shoot-outs statistically than Gagner.

  31. Racki says:

    Quinn live press conference to come:

    My prediction: “These a-holes can’t get the puck out of their own zone. They can’t hold a lead. Horpensky looked great tonight though.”

  32. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Drink that power juice, Khabi!!

    I tell you he’d better drink up and keep drinking! He was able to pull this one out but he’s faced 45 shots twice so far with the Oilers and allowed 5 GA each time. In his entire 4 years with the Hawks he faced 45 or more shots exactly twice – both in the 06/07 season and he didn’t have that many 40+ shot games either during his time with the Hawks. We know he’ll have more high shot games with the Oilers this season, I hope he can adjust and not get worn down.

    Nice to see the Oilers battle it out but man they nearly blew it. I’m hoping it’s just that they started running out of steam due to the flu and not a case of them getting lazy and reverting back to bad habits.

  33. Racki says:

    Steve-O… Trogdor.. if I die, I want you to charge JS for murder for that closed door meeting when she was knowingly recovering from the flu. lol

  34. Trogdor says:

    Look man, I don’t want to get involved in what happens in the office behind closed doors. You have to fight your own battles and remember no means no.

  35. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well good night all, thanks for the company and hope the flu doesn’t get you too badly Racki.

  36. Racki says:

    Thanks LNOF! All things considered, I don’t feel too bad just yet.

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone..

  37. Trogdor says:

    Yeah Racki, maybe take the day off tomorrow. Then I get the good seat for lunch.

  38. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey Racki, I didn’t know that you had the flu. I also hope that you get well soon man.

    I don’t imagine that the stress of watching this game is good for Oilers fans immune systems.

  39. Racki says:

    haha, Trogdor. If I call in sick, I’m still showin up for lunch. 😛 (ok, probably not).

    I’m fine though.. I can feel it coming on right now though, which sucks. But it’s not that bad yet.

  40. Racki says:

    Anyways, better get to bed here… thanks for showing up, folks! Was a rollercoaster ride tonight.

  41. chucker says:

    Get better!

  42. Horpensky says:

    Horcoff Penner and Hemsky

    Gagner Cogliano and Nilsson
    Strudwick, Peckham

    Unsung Heroes
    JFJ, Brule, and O’Sullivan
    Gilbert, Grebs, Chorney, Smid (all played over 20 mins, were all even or better)

    We didn’t even knew you existed
    Moreau, Stortini, Mac

  43. Steve-O says:

    Horpensky: Heroes
    Horcoff Penner and HemskyZeroes
    Gagner Cogliano and Nilsson
    Strudwick, PeckhamUnsung Heroes
    JFJ, Brule, and O’Sullivan
    Gilbert, Grebs, Chorney, Smid (all played over 20 mins, were all even or better)We didn’t even knew you existed
    Moreau, Stortini, Mac


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