GDT – Oilers 6, Avalanche 4 – Nov 18, 2009 @ 7:00PM – TSN – Game 22

By , November 18, 2009 9:45 am
Not a fan of logo's with any swooshes...not easy at all.

Not a fan of logo's with any swooshes...not easy at all.


Busy day at work here for all of us, so this will have to be quick. And I regret pushing that monster post down along with that pretty face, but its gameday so what are we to do?

We need to win. Oilers win 3-1.

Now to Racki’s stats:


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Penner — Horcoff — Hemsky
Reddox — O’Sullivan — Brule
Strudwick — Gagner — Cogliano
Moreau — Potulny — Stortini

Souray — Staios
Smid — Visnovsky
Gilbert — Arsene


Colorado Avalanche Projected Line-Up





21 GP 21
13 W 8
5 L 10
3 OT 3
29 P 19
0.69 P% 0.452
2.9 G/G 2.76
2.52 GA/G 3
18.8 PP% 22.1
83.3 PK% 77.6
26.1 S/G 26.7
33.1 SA/G 33.2
45.6 FO% 46.1


– Tencer twitter states that Gagner is day-to-day and gimping his way to the doctor today.
– Contrary to popular belief (including my own), Robert Nilsson wasn’t out of the last game line-up due to sucking. He missed the last game due to concussion-like symptoms.
– It’ll be at least a week before Ryan Stone is back.
– J.F. Jacques could make a return for Saturday’s game at home vs. the Blackhawks.
– UPDATE: According to Quinn, Gagner is likely to play tonight. If so, that obviously forces Strudwick out of the forward lines.


8:26 – COL – Hejduk from Preissing, Duchene
In 4 on 4 play, Hejduk outbattles Gilbert for position in front of the net. JDD sprawls too far from the left post and Hejduk spins and puts it in on the left side.
16:39 – EDM – Horcoff from Hemsky, Visnovsky
Hemsky shoots a wrister from high in the zone that squeezes through Budaj and behind him and Horcoff pokes it in.
18:36 – COL – Hejduk from Durno, Duchene
The Avs work the cycle down low behind the net. Duchene goes down behind the goal line, passes it back out front to Hejduk who punches it home.

Other Highlights
– Nice rush on the powerplay by Penner. He blew past one of the Colorado d-men and got a nice shot off on Budaj.
– If you’re Souray, how do you clear the zone? Slap shot it off Duchene behind the net and down the ice. Ouch.
– Oilers have had a few powerplay chances so far this period, and I’m not sure if they’ve noticed just yet that the guys in white are not on their team.
– Announcers point out that the rink is 85 feet wide, but somehow Strudwick manages to blast a slapshot off Reddox from 3 feet out.


0:21 – EDM – Brule from Reddox
Reddox on the rush passes it over to Brule who slaps it short side past Budaj.
1:14 – COL – Jones from Wolski, Hannan
Hemsky turns it over in the neutral zone. Jones crosses the blue line and snaps it past Smid who’s blocking the view of JDD and the puck beats JDD on the blocker side.
11:04 – COL – Cumiskey from Clark, Tucker
Cumiskey steps in to the dot on Deslaurier’s glove side and puts it upstairs, glove side.
19:45 – EDM – Gagner from Visnovsky, Smid
The shot from Visnovsky at the point is kicked out by Budaj right to Gagner on the side of the net and he makes no mistake on it.

Other Highlights
– Ferrarro mentions an interview with Brule about how this is the best he’s looked since Junior. Brule goes on to mention how confident he is in himself now and how he feels he’s going to score soon (which he does this period).
– Brule drives Stastny hard into the boards in the Oilers zone.
– Hemsky makes another questionable decision from 10 feet out in a good shooting position, electing to pass to a very covered Horcoff.
– Visnovsky gets the puck over to Hemsky who is waiting on the far post, staring at a wide 4×6 and he fires it past the net. On the next shift, the Avs capitalize.
– Moreau gets absolutely pasted by a hit by Wilson. Moreau is looking down and Wilson throws the elbow in the face. Stortini comes to the rescue and drops them with Wilson. Not much of a fight, but the judges give Stortini the win on punch count.
– Chris Cuthbert just mentioned that 13 minutes in and Gilbert hasn’t played a shift in the 2nd yet.
– With 5:30 left, Gilbert finally gets a shift on the PK.
– Moreau left down the tunnel at the 3:00 minute mark (likely due to the hit he received earlier in the period).
– Oilers are 0 for 5 on the powerplay so far. The Avs have been very aggressive on Hemsky and the point men, and they haven’t been able to work it to the net much.


2:45 – EDM – PP – Potulny from Gilbert, Gagner
– Gagner goes behind the net, passes it out front to Gilbert. Gilbert shoots it at Budaj from close range and the rebound comes to Potulny who has a lot of net to shoot at.
11:08 – EDM – O’Sullivan from Brule
This line looks great in the Avs zone, and work hard down low. Brule comes out front with the puck and jams it off Budaj’s pads. It comes out to O’Sullivan who hammers it home.
19:17 – EDM – Hemsky from Deslauriers
– Hemsky beats an Avalanche player who tries to squeeze him out on the boards and puts it into the open net.

Other Highlights
– Have hardly noticed Dean Arsene out there, but that’s a good thing. That means he’s playing good hockey and not making big mistakes. Quinn using him and Strudwick a bit more in the 3rd in a tie game as well, so that speaks volumes of how he is playing well.
– In the chat, Steve-O predicted a quick goal after a 5-on-3 PK and it happened. Trogdor then later states Gilbert is due, and he gets an assist. Racki then predicts a goal from O’Sullivan, and it comes true a few minutes later as well. Who are we guessing next??
– Jones crosses the blue line into the Oilers’ zone, and Souray steps up and drops him on his ass with a nice hit on the boards, Iggy Ulanov-style.
– With 5 minutes left, the Avs rush down the ice and get behind the defense (Arsene and Strudwick) and get a series of good shots on JDD, but he holds the fort and keeps the Oilers in the lead.
– The Red Ox makes a great shot block with 2 minutes left. Craig MacTavish would be proud!


Well, not a pretty win. Any time the Oilers would score, it seemed like the Avalanche would score one right after. Lots of offense in the 2nd, and all Oilers offense in the 3rd. With the shots 33-18 in favor of the Oilers, there’s no way it should be this close. JDD played a very weak game early on but solidified his play midway through the second (once the Avs had back to back 5-on-3’s) and kept it going.

Credit to the Oilers for keeping the pressure on, all throughout the game.

Part of the story of the game was Wilson’s hit on Moreau. Moreau picked up a pass with his head down, heading with speed through the neutral zone and Wilson sent the reminder that you keep your head up, giving him a face full of shoulder. Moreau later left the game. I would imagine he suffered a concussion on the play.

Next game is Saturday night versus the Blackhawks at home. Looks like it’s an 8:00 start and will be televised on CBC.

141 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 6, Avalanche 4 – Nov 18, 2009 @ 7:00PM – TSN – Game 22”

  1. Steve-O says:

    strudwick is a beast on the second line

  2. DropIt says:

    Go Oilers (euck)

    Hoping the Oilers can win, but not holding my breath…

    Hopefully it just stays out of OT

  3. Trogdor says:

    Agreed. Let’s just win this one in regulation.

  4. Racki says:

    The lines have been re-jumbled, and re-posted above, as per Jason Gregor of Oilers Nation. Also, apparently Gagner is probable for tonight.

    P.S., your love affair for the Oilers is obvious, despite your attempts to hide it!

  5. Steve-O says:

    while i agree that strudwick should not be on the second line i am feeling upset that quinn broke up a good line in reddox-brule-potulny

    leave them as the third line, put o’sullivan with cogs and comrie and let 18-46-double shifter run on the 4th line

  6. Steve-O says:

    oh, and tencer said on twitter that jdd is starting and that the oilers have lost 105 man games to injury (225 all last year) which is an average of 5 per game

    and if gagner is back then my guess is arsene will be sent back down

  7. Racki says:

    JDD was already updated above in the lines as starter.

    And yes, I agree, bad decision breaking up a good line. Argh.

    I also would like to really see more Arsene at the cost of Strudwick. Why not?

  8. gr8one says:

    What’s up with Brule? Is he injured again, or a healthy scratch?

  9. Bostonoiler says:

    Strudwick on the 3rd line? holy shit……..

  10. Racki says:

    I doubt that is how it will end up, as it’s very likely Gagner will be in. If that’s the case, I’d imagine Strudwick bumps Arsene off D.

  11. Bostonoiler says:

    i hope sam plays, we could use him.

  12. Steve-O says:

    who watched that 30 in 30 doc? fuck that return to Edmonton game gets me every time

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wooo – the Avs are the only team worse than us on the dot!

    Hope JD has been practicing his puck handling, but good to see him get a start. Battle of the backups!

    PP to start, good.

  14. Racki says:

    I was just about to, but Assassin’s Creed 2 was calling my name.

  15. Racki says:

    I’ve got Anderson in the pool, so I’m happy Budaj is playing, as I can still cheer for a 6-0 Oil win. 😛

  16. Racki says:

    Arsene in still.. Strudwick out? Nm, Comrie out. Crap. He’s still having issues with the Flu.

  17. LateNightOilFan says:

    Why do I get the feeling this might be another night where we make the backup goalie look really good? Budaj looking strong early on.

    Comrie still feeling the effects of the flu – that explains why he only had 12 & 10 mins TOI the last 2 games.

  18. Steve-O says:

    Racki: I was just about to, but Assassin’s Creed 2 was calling my name.

    played a bit as well, pretty fun game

  19. Racki says:

    If you’re Souray, how do you clear the zone? Slap shot it off Duchene behind the net and down the ice. Ouch.

  20. Racki says:

    Ack, what a garbage goal

  21. LateNightOilFan says:

    Soo, does JD have a new mask?

  22. Racki says:

    Note: do not pass to the white shirts

    LNOF: haven’t seen a good look of it yet, but it does look different, yes.

  23. Pennzoil27 says:

    this is pathetic

  24. Pennzoil27 says:

    its the same old same old with this team.

  25. Racki says:

    Still plenty of hockey left, so I’ll give them the benefit of doubt, but they’ve looked pretty flat so far on the PP. Outshooting the Avs so far though, due to all the PP chances.

  26. Racki says:

    Woooooo Horcoff!

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    Woohoo!! One garbage goal deserves another!

  28. Racki says:

    Arrrrghhhh Hejduk again. Please tell me I have him in the pool…

    Well, I do have him.. so at least that is good. But I’d rather the Oil won!

  29. Pennzoil27 says:

    Gilbert is just useless. send him to Springfield or something please.

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    Need to be harder on the puck there guys, pick a man and take him out.

  31. Racki says:

    Pennz: that’s a bit extreme.. real extreme. I have been disappointed in him the past two seasons as well too, but waiving him would be crazy.

  32. Pennzoil27 says:

    If he ain’t giving the puck away then he is in front of the net being soft. I do not see what he brings to this team other then the occasional secondary assist.

  33. pharsyde says:

    man, F off Hejduk and your two goals. Screwing me over in the pool and in my heart!

  34. Racki says:

    Well, the things he can bring are primarily offensive – good breakout passes / puck carrying, can jump into the play well in the offensive zone, has an ok shot… but yes, the defensive side of his game is generally lacking. I’m on board with moving him for a more defensive minded d-man. Personally I’d like balance – Souray, Grebeshkov, Chorney and Visnovsky provide enough offensive prowess. But he’s got enough value that if they did want to move him, they could.

    Don’t hold your breath though, our GM enjoys sitting on his hands. Whether he’s good or bad, Tambellini isn’t likely moving him anywhere.

  35. Racki says:

    lol Pharsyde… sorry man! 😛

  36. pharsyde says:

    And here I thought I’d be alright since your ace goaltender isn’t playing tonight! Add an assist on from Lubo and you’re well on your way to total domination this week haha

  37. Racki says:

    Well if it’s any consolation, you’re padding your lead in assists so far tonight.

  38. Racki says:

    It’s official… Windows commercials are astronomically lamer than Mac commercials.

  39. Pennzoil27 says:

    Yeah I won’t debate that. It just seems to me that the bad parts of his game far outweigh the good and he is victimized defensively far more times then he contributes offensively and I think the team would be better off with him in the press box at this time until some type of move can be made.

  40. pharsyde says:

    just because windows 7 wasn’t your idea Racki, doesn’t mean you have to badmouth the commercials 😉

  41. Racki says:

    The thing though too is that he has shown in the past ability to be a solid two-way player. He’s completely unphysical, for the most part (although I’ve seen him throw a couple big hits this year), and it doesn’t help him at all when battling in front of the net. He’s more of a positional d-man than a physical one. And it can be frustrating as hell to watch. I can understand management wanting to be patient with him though as the skill is definitely there. We saw it in his first year here. Fans often only think as far back as the last few games or so, so we get impatient pretty quick.

    That all said though, I’ve said it before that I’m not sure why we need this many puck movers and guys that play a pretty soft brand of hockey. I’d happily have traded Gilbert early on this season for a big forward and signed Boynton.

  42. Racki says:

    pharsyde: just because windows 7 wasn’t your idea Racki, doesn’t mean you have to badmouth the commercials ;)

    I told Microsoft I wanted it to be too expensive for people to afford it, and they did it!


  43. Racki says:

    Geez, they won’t let us come back..

  44. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well that’s a good start!!

    Battle of the backups is resulting in some weak GA, Budaj was looking strong at first but now looking like last year.

    And as I’m typing we’re down 3-2…yuck

  45. Pennzoil27 says:

    He has the tools to be a physical player but just seems unwilling to bring it into his game. some ppl call it soft but I call it lazy.

  46. LateNightOilFan says:

    Take the shot!

  47. Racki says:

    wow, and people made fun of Horcoff’s shot from there. 😛 Hemsky missed the whole net from 10 feet out. Bad angle though. Still, no excuse for that one.

  48. LateNightOilFan says:

    Tough night for JD, he’s coming down to earth this game.

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