GDT – Oilers 5, Wild 2 – Oct 16, 2009 – Game 7

By , October 16, 2009 8:42 am
GDT - Oilers vs. Wild

GDT - Oilers vs. Wild

PRE-GAME RANT

Tonight’s game is a 7:00 start and on PPV. The Oilers are coming off a 4-3 loss in which they were schooled by the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. The score didn’t tell the story of the game. Thankfully Khabibulin was fairly decent in net or it could have been a lot worse. The Wild are also coming off of a loss, having lost 3-2 to the Ducks on Wednesday.

I’ll be missing this one, so I won’t be able to get in a post game rant (unless I catch the highlights later). It’s too bad, because I predict another good game for the Oilers. I’ll predict a 5-2 win for the Oil.

The lines are likely to change, but here’s where they stand so far, until I hear something else (if anyone hears anything, please feel free to update in the comments).

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (as per TSN’s tasty ice chips)

Nilsson – Horcoff – Jacques
Comrie – Gagner – O’Sullivan
Penner – Brule – Stone
Moreau – Cogliano – Stortini

Visnovsky – Strudwick
Grebeshkov – Gilbert
Smid – Chorney

Khabibulin
Deslauriers

Minnesota Wild Projected Line-Up (WILD.NHL.COM)

Brunette-Koivu-Miettinen
Pouliot-Belanger-Brodziak
Hilbert-Sheppard-Nolan
Boogaard-Smith-Sifers

Schultz-Zidlicky
Burns-Zanon
Hnidy-Johnsson

Harding
Backstrom

GAME NOTES

Tonight’s game marks the return of Kyle Brodziak to Edmonton. Brodziak has 1 point (an assist) with the Wild so far in 5 games this season and is a minus 1. Brodziak has been bounced around on the wings so far this year and hasn’t seen any time at center.

Staios and Souray will miss this game as well. It doesn’t sound too good for either of them, as updates from Jason Gregor and Dan Tencer have been less than promising for both. Sounds like neither of them are going to be back soon.

GOAL SUMMARY


1st Period
NONE

2nd Period
01:49 EDM Mike Comrie (3) Snap Shot – Assists: R. Nilsson (2) & J. Strudwick (3)
11:45 EDM Dustin Penner (4) Snap Shot – Assists: P. O’Sullivan (4)
16:41 MIN Benoit Pouliot (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: E. Belanger (6) & M. Zidlicky (2)
19:17 EDM Gilbert Brule (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: R. Stone (2) & J. Jacques (2)

3rd Period
03:35 MIN PPG – Andrew Brunette (5) Backhand – Assists: M. Koivu (3) & M. Zidlicky (3)
11:58 EDM Dustin Penner (5) Tip-In – Assists: S. Gagner (2) & L. Visnovsky (3)
13:49 EDM Gilbert Brule (4) Backhand – Assists: R. Stone (3) & J. Jacques (3)

POST-GAME SUMMARY (Provided by Hockey Noob of Low On Oil):

We started out pretty dominant from a puck possession standpoint. Despite this, we seem to get out shot right from the start. Nilsson was pretty shaky from the start with a few giveaways on the powerplay. Our powerplay in general looked pretty terrible throughout the game. The JFJ/Brule/Stone line was bad off the start, though the did improve throughout the game and contributed with some goals–pretty ugly hard-fought goals. However, they were hemmed in their own zone quite a bit. It seemed like they were paired with Chorney and Strudwick.

Struckwick’s a huge liability. Like the Chicago game, the Wild figured out that you get a free-pass if you ice the puck on Strudwick’s side since he isn’t beating anyone to the puck. There was a lot of ebb and flow to the game with times where the Oilers looked so superior that the Wild almost seemed pathetic out there. Occasionally, the momentum would shift and we went long stretches without shots and stuck in our zone.

Gagner was pretty quiet most of the game and either didn’t play much or was invisible. Comrie got the opening goal off a slick pass on the give and go from Nilsson. Penner’s second goal showed his smart positioning and an incredible effort from the ever snake-bitten O’Sullivan.

Brule got the second of the game which was a bit of a lucky garbage goal off a lucky rebound, but there was plenty of hard teamwork involved in this effort.

The lone goal against us in the second was from a defensive lapse with Stone’s line and I believe Chorney and Strudwick.

Moving to the third… It started off something awful-we were outplayed and out-shot for much of the beginning of the third. Again, we were having a hard time getting the puck out of our zone. JFJ had a penalty at the beginning of the third in the Wild zone. The announcers never said what it was for, and I wasn’t really sure. I didn’t see anything noticeable happen.

The Wild converted on their second powerplay with Horcoff in the box for a holding penalty. It was a little iffy of a call. Fortunately, we got a huge momentum shift from our big-man, Penner. He had the puck around the Oilers goal line and just lit the fuse. The 18 wheeler was flying down the left wing with the puck. From what I recall, he passed it to Gagner near the blue line who carried it in.

Despite some obstruction, Penner powered his way to the net for a saucer of a pass from ?Gagner that he potted in the backdoor. Brule got the fifth goal on another grinder line type play with a juicy rebound and wide open net.

Overall, our famous puck moving dmen like Visnovsky, Gilbert, and Grebs weren’t bad, but weren’t horribly noticeable either. Smid actually stood out and played a very solid game. Chorney wasn’t too disastrous though his lack of size and strength shows at times. Though Smid played well, it was pretty hilarious to watch Boogard beat him to an iced puck.

Moreau didn’t stand out much or draw any bad penalties. Brule had a very good game even outside of his points. JFJ and Stone looked more like AHLers most of the game, but did put in good efforts. Comrie was back checking like a demon on several plays which was surprising.

The Duff, yeah that’s right, The Duff was in attendance at the game. Damn, she looked hot. Sorry, Comrie!

Penner carried the team on his back this game. He’s the fucking man.

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53 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 5, Wild 2 – Oct 16, 2009 – Game 7”

  1. Steve-O says:

    the last ppv gdt has some comments should you only have access to the internet and wish to watch this one

  2. Trogdor says:

    I’ll throw in a prediction of 3-1 Oil. The Wild are usually pretty stingy when it comes to giving up goals. Maybe they’ll put Harding in against us though.

    Looks like Sykora and possibly Havlat will be sitting out tonight due to groin injuries.

  3. Racki says:

    The Wild haven’t been too stingy this year though. 18 GA in 5 games.. almost 4/game.

  4. Trogdor says:

    6 of those were in 1 game though and that was Harding.

  5. Racki says:

    oh, guess I should do a bit better research :P that still leaves 3goals/game average for Backstrom though.

  6. chucker says:

    Hemsky’s out with a fever according to Dan’s Twitter. Nilsson should draw in I’m thinking.

  7. Trogdor says:

    Maybe he needs some more cowbell.

  8. Steve-O says:

    i just read that…not good for the pool

    he was going to get a hat trick and assist on another 4 goals

  9. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey, did I just hear Pat Quinn say that the top line would be Comrie/Horcoff/Brule? That’s an odd mix considering that Brule and Comrie are two of our better faceoff men.

  10. Steve-O says:

    one line to rule them all

  11. Steve-O says:

    faceoffs that is

  12. Horpensky says:

    The Wild have nothing to fall back on now, not even the trap. I just want to say that they will be easy pickings for us, but I probably totally jinxed it by saying that. Feel free to blame this post if we lose.

  13. Trogdor says:

    Sounds like Harding is getting the start tonight. Perhaps he can get his GAA down to 5.5 tonight.

  14. chucker says:

    Van Ryn is done. I used to do the imaging for osteotomies. Basically they take a wedge of bone out of your tibia in to straighten out your leg. Yzerman was able to play a bit after his and win a cup, but he’ll need a knee replacement because of it.

  15. Racki says:

    Horpensky: The Wild have nothing to fall back on now, not even the trap. I just want to say that they will be easy pickings for us, but I probably totally jinxed it by saying that. Feel free to blame this post if we lose.

    I can’t help but think of this one as a slam dunk either (thus my 5-2 prediction). But there is a reason they play the games. I think a lot of people think this will be a fairly easy win.. just hopefully none of them are Oilers.

  16. Hockey NOob says:

    I just ordered the PPV. Here’s to hoping that Nilhouse can put up a couple points and limit his turnovers. Go Nilsson!

  17. Hockey Noob says:

    I just ordered to PPV. Here’s to hoping the Nilsson puts up some points.

  18. Hockey Noob says:

    hm, I can’t comment lol? wtf ?

  19. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey everyone, comments haven’t been working for me… One last test before the game.

  20. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well hopefully this night goes better for the Oilers than what the NYI are going through, losing to the Sabres 4-1. Roli was playing like crap until he got pulled. Not interested in going onto any of the Isles boards right now. Although Miller just gave Tavares a gimme goal to make it 4-2 so they might be able to make a game of it yet.

    Let’s go Oilers!

  21. Horpensky says:

    5-4 shots in the first period… what a slow game. At this rate final shots will be 15-12

  22. Hockey Noob says:

    Hahah, last try here, I haven’t been able to post comments. The Wild learned from watching the Chicago game. Ice the puck on Strudwick’s side and blow by him to beat the icing. At the end of the first, it lead to some dangerous chances against.

  23. Hockey Noob says:

    My boy, Nilsson’s had a few giveaways including some high risk passes on the powerplay that were intercepted. He even managed to try ringing the puck around the boards to get it out of the Oilers’ zone–a play that Pat Quinn went on public record of disliking. C’mon Nilhouse!!!

  24. gr8one says:

    Trogdor: Maybe he needs some more cowbell.

    hahah, love that skit.

  25. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ooh, where’s DropIt? Flames have that dreaded 5 goal lead again…

  26. gr8one says:

    LNOF,, lol, g1.

  27. Horpensky says:

    Anyone notice Penner was wearing the “A” tonight? :D

  28. Hockey Noob says:

    Period 2- Comrie scored on a slick give and go play with Nilsson. Then Penner roofed one off an incredible play by O’Sullivan. Sulli hit Boogard which lead to a steal and drove behind the net and sauced a pass to Penner right on the tape. No lies about hitting Boogard either. Brule got a goal near then end with a shot on net and drove the net to put in a rebound.

  29. Hockey Noob says:

    Strudwick on the ice is like a nightmare… It just keeps getting worse and worse. He took a penalty by knocking down a guy who didn’t have the puck and away from the action. I believe that he was MIA on the ice during the lone goal against.

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    Crap, I missed that goal, didn’t switch it back from the Cgy/Van game soon enough. Has the makings for a tight 3rd period, Oilers need to restore that 2 goal lead.

  31. LateNightOilFan says:

    I am loving Penner right now, actually I’ve always supported him, I figure he is the one most positively impacted by the coaching change. There’s that 2 goal lead again, let’s keep it coming!

  32. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh yeah…loving this…

    By myself apparently…

  33. Trogdor says:

    Finally here and it’s in the bag. Eskimos win tonight as well. Not sure what the lines are but looks like some distributed scoring.

  34. Trogdor says:

    5-2, excellent. For those who were watching, any comments on the good and the bad? How was the tending?

    Racki, how about some more 5-2 predictions?

  35. LateNightOilFan says:

    Nice game…good win by the Oilers!

    Van with 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd, think Cgy will hold on though since Burrows just went in the box.

  36. gr8one says:

    well, it looked like a good win to me, but the amount of shots we continue to give up is toublesome, and really am not sure what the outcome would have been if the Wild had more skill forwards playing tonight other than Brunette and Koivu.

    I still believe the wild are going to be a pretty damned good team if Havlat and Sykora come back and stay healthy, and I also think they miss the energy and physicality of Clutterbuck alot.

    did anyone else want to see how Penner would fare against Boogard there at the end? I actually have a feeling Penner would have done well, but I do hope we dress MacI the next time we play the Wild.

  37. Steve-O says:

    good game, enjoyed it

    now back to work

  38. Horpensky says:

    Out of all the people with A’s… Horcoff, Hemsky, Staios, Souray…. I think Penner deserves it more than 3/4 of them so far.

  39. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey Trogdor,

    I watched the game and have a few thoughts. We started out pretty dominant from a puck possession standpoint. Despite this, we seem to get out shot right from the start. Nilsson was pretty shaky from the start with a few giveaways on the powerplay. Our powerplay in general looked pretty terrible throughout the game. The JFJ/Brule/Stone line was bad off the start, though the did improve throughout the game and contributed with some goals–pretty ugly hard-fought goals. However, they were hemmed in their own zone quite a bit. It seemed like they were paired with Chorney and Strudwick.

    Struckwick’s a huge liability. Like the Chicago game, the Wild figured out that you get a free-pass if you ice the puck on Strudwick’s side since he isn’t beating anyone to the puck. There was a lot of ebb and flow to the game with times where the Oilers looked so superior that the Wild almost seemed pathetic out there. Occasionally, the momentum would shift and we went long stretches without shots and stuck in our zone.

    Gagner was pretty quiet most of the game and either didn’t play much or was invisible. Comrie got the opening goal off a slick pass on the give and go from Nilsson. Penner’s second goal showed his smart positioning and an incredible effort from the ever snake-bitten O’Sullivan.

    Brule got the second of the game which was a bit of a lucky garbage goal off a lucky rebound, but there was plenty of hard teamwork involved in this effort.

    The lone goal against us in the second was from a defensive lapse with Stone’s line and I believe Chorney and Strudwick.

    Moving to the third… It started off something awful-we were outplayed and out-shot for much of the beginning of the third. Again, we were having a hard time getting the puck out of our zone. JFJ had a penalty at the beginning of the third in the Wild zone. The announcers never said what it was for, and I wasn’t really sure. I didn’t see anything noticeable happen.

    The Wild converted on their second powerplay with Horcoff in the box for a holding penalty. It was a little iffy of a call. Fortunately, we got a huge momentum shift from our big-man, Penner. He had the puck around the Oilers goal line and just lit the fuse. The 18 wheeler was flying down the left wing with the puck. From what I recall, he passed it to Gagner near the blue line who carried it in.

    Despite some obstruction, Penner powered his way to the net for a saucer of a pass from ?Gagner that he potted in the backdoor. Brule got the fifth goal on another grinder line type play with a juicy rebound and wide open net.

    Overall, our famous puck moving dmen like Visnovsky, Gilbert, and Grebs weren’t bad, but weren’t horribly noticeable either. Smid actually stood out and played a very solid game. Chorney wasn’t too disastrous though his lack of size and strength shows at times. Though Smid played well, it was pretty hilarious to watch Boogard beat him to an iced puck.

    Moreau didn’t stand out much or draw any bad penalties. Brule had a very good game even outside of his points. JFJ and Stone looked more like AHLers most of the game, but did put in good efforts. Comrie was back checking like a demon on several plays which was surprising.

    The Duff, yeah that’s right, The Duff was in attendance at the game. Damn, she looked hot. Sorry, Comrie!

    Penner carried the team on his back this game. He’s the fucking man.

    Cheers!

  40. Hockey Noob says:

    Oh, Bulin was very solid in net. O’Sullivan played a very good game too. Gagner wasn’t himself till maybe the third period. Our powerplay looked something awful as I said. Damn that guy Brodziak sure knows how to kill a penalty. Who did that kid used to play for? Hahaha.

    Oh, and did I say that Penner carried this team on his fucking back. We were 3-2 and getting killed and Penner put the game away. I can’t recall the last time I saw a big man skate that fast nor drive down the wing from their own fucking goal line with the puck like that. That play ended the game and made the PPV worth every nickle, lol.

  41. Racki says:

    Trogdor: 5-2, excellent.For those who were watching, any comments on the good and the bad?How was the tending?Racki, how about some more 5-2 predictions?

    Woohoo! Do I win something for prediciting the score/outcome bang on? :P I seriously just had a feeling that the Oil would have an easy one with the Wild, given that they aren’t so hot right now.

    Horpensky: Anyone notice Penner was wearing the “A” tonight? :D

    Really? Awesome. Obviously because both Staios and Souray are out, there is room for 2 alternates (oh yah, and Hemsky too). And it’s great that Penner is not only out of MacTavish’s doghouse now, but Quinn’s go-to guy. I love it.

  42. Racki says:

    Just watching the highlights now, wow that Comrie goal was a pretty one..
    Wow I love Penner’s goal too. The highlights on the Oil site have the Minny announcers. O’Sullivan hits Boogaard and they brush it off “didn’t really do anything to him”. Uh, yah it did assholes, the guy 70 lbs lighter bumped him off the puck like Boogaard was 2008/09 Dustin Penner, and then gets the assist.

    Awesome to see Dustin Penner get two goals. This guy has been clutch under Quinn. Amazing what some positivity and new life can do for a guy.

  43. Racki says:

    Hey noob, not sure why, but four of your comments got flagged as spam, that’s why you “couldn’t post”. I didn’t see anything wrong with them, but i guess Akisment didn’t like something about them. Who knows. Anyways, thanks for the game analysis.. helped visualize it. :P Damn, I wish I could have seen this one!

  44. Steve-O says:

    the feed i was watching was a crap-shoot for the third

    managed to fit in some brutal legend however

    and finished working, everything seems just peachy now

  45. Steve-O says:

    oh, and luongo better pull his head out of his ass right quick

  46. Horpensky says:

    Penner has more points than Crosby :D

  47. Racki says:

    Someone on the Oilers message board pointed out that he has one less point than Heatley (in equal games) and the same number of goals. That’s awesome.

    Steve-O: the feed i was watching was a crap-shoot for the thirdmanaged to fit in some brutal legend howeverand finished working, everything seems just peachy now

    Pullin’ that stuff out better fix things again! Then again, when has pulling out ever gone wrong?

  48. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey Racki, no worries about Askimet, lol.

    Yeah, the O’Sullivan assist on Penner’s goal was a monster of a play. O’Sullivan had the balls to lay a hit on Boogard. He paid the price later with Boogard drawing a penalty in the 3rd with 2 minutes left. Boogard took a very late hit on O’Sullivan and sent him flying. Back to the play, O’Sullivan got the puck and drove around the net as you can see on the replay. For a guy who’s very good a ringing the post he sure threaded a quick pass to Penner. Finally, the Oilers seem to be finding the goalie’s back door.

    Jacques took a brutal hit in the first that might have broken his neck if he were closer to the boards. I missed who delivered the hit, but the player took a boarding penalty.

  49. Racki says:

    Yah I saw the replay of that hit, it was Shane Hnidy. Boogaard being on the ice at the time probably doesn’t help, but we had Strudwick, Stone, JFJ, Brule… presumably Visnovsky. I give us the advantage in numbers with 3 guys who can chuck knuckles. :P

  50. Steve-O says:

    Racki: Pullin’ that stuff out better fix things again! Then again, when has pulling out ever gone wrong?

    Rhetorical i hope…otherwise i got stories

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