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. Racki says:

    Someone should have submitted “PEPSI SUCKS…. Canada’s nuts”. I would have voted that one.

  2. LateNightOilFan says:

    Steve-O: oh yeah, and apparently at the oilers halloween party cogliano dressed up as heatley

    And Penner as Santa “No Trade” Clause. Hope they have pics!

  3. Racki says:

    Haboiler: that would be very cool… the Americans wouldn’t know what him them.Wasn’t Ray Ferraro our colour guy for a year? He seems awful down on the Oil all the time.Should be interesting MacT on Penner lol.

    Yes he was. I like Ferraro. He’s just honest, it’s not that he’s down on them. He gives credit when it’s due, but isn’t afraid to be critical of the team. And he knows a lot about the team too. I miss having him on SNET. Although I like Debrusk too.

  4. Steve-O says:

    And Penner as Santa “No Trade” Clause.Hope they have pics!


  5. Haboiler says:

    Sounds about right about Ferraro and I do like Louie as well.

  6. Steve-O says:

    those scarves are pretty tits

  7. Steve-O says:

    mackenzie’s got mac t’s back

  8. Racki says:

    I’m calling it now:
    Quote of the game: Craig MacTavish – “(Dustin Penner) plays better hockey when he knows I’m on the (TSN) panel”.

  9. Racki says:

    Damn, I thought they were going to show pics of Cogliano as Heatley.

  10. Steve-O says:

    why don’t they show souray being plowed into the boards during these concussion talks

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, MacT is a class act. He said pretty much everything I expected he would say about Penner.

    He just was the Oilers coach too long and everyone, including him, needed a new start.

  12. Racki says:

    Yah, no kidding Steve-O. The way he’s recovering too, I’m afraid he’s going to be Lindros-ed (pick one).

  13. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan: I don’t care what anyone says, MacT is a class act. He said pretty much everything I expected he would say about Penner.He just was the Oilers coach too long and everyone, including him, needed a new start.

    Yup.. I was all for him being let go… partly because the team needed it, and partly because he really needed it. He’s a great guy, super funny, super knowledgeable. But I think even he would admit that his distraction (questions surrounding coaching from fans/media) was fairly responsible for a botched year last year.

  14. Steve-O says:

    no pictures, but here is the video where they describe the costumes

  15. Racki says:

    Yah I watched that already, pretty comical. Maybe they’ll release pics later. One would hope so.

  16. Steve-O says:

    doesn’t hurt that she leads the video in either

  17. Haboiler says:

    not at all, she is beautiful.

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    Good night Howard

  19. Steve-O says:


  20. Racki says:

    HEMSKY BREAKAWAY… skeeewwwwworres!

  21. Haboiler says:

    Wow, another one early…

  22. Haboiler says:

    I’d say once Dipietro is back that Biron or Rollie end up in Detroit.

  23. Racki says:

    Inside the brain of Howard on the breakaway:

    “Please god… please god make him trip… please god, make him miss the net…. ohhhhhh fffffffffff–udge”

  24. Racki says:

    Nice job Horc, drawing the penalty.. really hard on the play there.

  25. Steve-O says:

    should have went with this line from the beginning of the season

  26. LateNightOilFan says:

    Haboiler: I’d say once Dipietro is back that Biron or Rollie end up in Detroit.

    I’m hoping Roli but Biron has the sweet 1 yr $1.4m contract which is going to be more to DET’s liking. Then again, the Wings like older goalies!

  27. Steve-O says:

    jesus, why is stortini on the powerplay

  28. LateNightOilFan says:

    Could see that one coming…perfect shot.

  29. Racki says:

    Steve-O: jesus, why is stortini on the powerplay

    I’m pretty sure swine flu effects your judgement when you’re 65+

  30. Racki says:

    Kids look pretty aggressive on that shift.. nice.

  31. Steve-O says:

    surprised that didn’t get blown down earlier

  32. Haboiler says:

    I am really impressed with the fight in the boys tonite…

  33. Racki says:

    HORCOFF!!! Spectacular.

  34. Steve-O says:

    penner + horcoff + hemsky = top line

  35. Racki says:

    Steve-O: penner + horcoff + hemsky=top line

    Penner + Anyone + Hemsky = top line. But I’m really happy to see Horcoff having a great game there. Quite frankly he looks like a new man tonight, not just because of the points. He’s battling, in a good way.

  36. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh, nice 5-1! If that happened in the Oilers crease though everyone would be up in arms, looked like Howard was being trampled there! I can’t believe they’re leaving him in there – shows how much faith they have in Osgood right now.

    But keep filling the net Oilers, this is very satisfying!

  37. Steve-O says:

    there are some stupid commercials out there

    do these people get paid well?

  38. Racki says:

    LNOF: Yah, true. But it happens to us a lot too. I said it during one of the other games.. remember when you couldn’t even get an inch of your skate blade in the crease? I prefer this, although they could protect the goalies more.

  39. Racki says:

    We still owe the Red Wings an ass kicking for that 8-3 whooping last year.

  40. Hockey Noob says:

    Horcoff’s getting his Scorcoff back!!!

  41. Racki says:

    Hellooooooo Detroit Red Wings fan…

  42. LateNightOilFan says:

    Another bouncy, own goal, yuck.

  43. Haboiler says:

    crap poor Chorney.. he is playing pretty well too.

  44. Steve-O says:

    Racki: Hellooooooo Detroit Red Wings fan…

    yeah, that was a little bit o’ alright

  45. Racki says:

    Garbage goal.

  46. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: We still owe the Red Wings an ass kicking for that 8-3 whooping last year.

    Agreed, but can’t write the Wings off yet, especially if they get the next goal.

  47. Racki says:

    Oh yah, just saying. I’d like to see the Oil keep pouring it on until Howard gets chased out of the net.

  48. Racki says:

    Man, that should have been a goal.

  49. LateNightOilFan says:

    Argh my TSN feed still looks like crap, and I’ve switched to other games which are fine so it’s not the TV. Maybe they have a different feed to the Maritimes. Looks like it’s drizzling at Rexall.

    Thank you goal post!

  50. Steve-O says:

    LateNightOilFan: Argh my TSN feed still looks like crap, and I’ve switched to other games which are fine so it’s not the TV.Maybe they have a different feed to the Maritimes.Looks like it’s drizzling at Rexall.Thank you goal post!

    HD or standard?

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