GDT – Oilers 4, Coyotes 0 – Nov 23, 2009 @ 7:00PM – PPV – Game 24

By , November 23, 2009 9:30 am
I wanted to use the Jets logo, but Racki thought that would be lazy

I wanted to use the Jets logo, but Racki thought that would be lazy

PRE-GAME RANT

We got our asses kicked on Saturday. But just think, its not so bad. The Blackhawks are going to win the cup this year so at least we lost to a really good team.

I spent the weekend split between one of two states (drunk or hungover) so they had better win and make my head feel better. But its PPV so I won’t be ordering this one, and I’m not sure my brain can handle Mr. Phillips right now.

The oilers need a win, and pronto, or the season is going to reach the point where there is no coming back (of course they will win a bunch at the end and make it look close). Khabibulin is out for his yearly injury break, the coaching staff isn’t pleased with our best player (who is on a career year to date), a group of our veterans had a fantastic meeting with the coaching staff letting them know that they should pull their heads out of their asses (I’m guessing) and …oh crap, I just realized I have a hockey game tonight so I won’t be watching this one.

Oh darn.

Now time for Racki Stats:

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

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

Souray – Staios
Visnovsky – Smid
Gilbert – Strudwick

Deslauriers
Doobie

Phoenix Coyotes Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Upshall – Lomardi – Doan
Prucha – Hanzal – Vrbata
Pyatt – Fiddler – Winnik
Mueller – Lang – Bissonnette

Yandle – Aucoin
Schlemko – Lepisto
Vandermeer – Heshka

Bryzgalov
Labarbera

TEAM COMPARISON


STATS
23 GP 23
13 W 9
9 L 11
1 OT 3
27 P 21
0.587 P% 0.457
2.48 G/G 2.87
2.39 GA/G 3.13
21.6 PP% 22.3
82.2 PK% 78
28.9 S/G 27
26.9 SA/G 32.4
51.9 FO% 45.8


GAME NOTES


- Sounds like Nilsson, Stone and Khabibulin are all close to being back in the lineup.
- Lines have been updated with some more changes. Of note, Gagner on the top line and Stortini and Potulny swap lines.

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY


7:59 – EDM – Moreau from Potulny, Visnovsky
Vintage Moreau here.. he gets a pass from Potulny off the boards and with speed he blows past the D in alone and makes a nice shot to beat Bryzgalov. About time we saw some of the old Moreau.
11:07 – EDM – Souray, unassisted
Souray rushes the puck into the Coyotes zone and throws it out front to the net. Bryzgalov kicks it out a few feet to his left and Lombardi one times it into the net in an attempt to clear. Maybe we should have signed him after drafting him?
11:14 – EDM – Hemsky from Penner
Penner wins the draw at center. Hemsky gives and goes with Penner in the high slot. Hemsky gets the puck, carries it in and dekes around Bryzgalov. Those goals happened so quick that I couldn’t even type an update fast enough. Coyotes panic and call a time out. This is goal number 100 for Hemsky.

Other Highlights
- Horcoff prevents a sure goal with some great back checking, poking the puck away from a Coyote staring at an empty cage.
- Stortini and Bisonette go at it. Stortini lands several of jersey punches and connects with a shot that pops Bisonette’s helmet off. However he pulls a Moreau and loses his balance.
- 7 minutes in, and it looks like the Oilers are off to a bad start. The Coyotes have owned most of the play.
- Penner is again taking the draws for the top line, in pace of Gagner.
- Dan Tencer had a spot in which he talks about the Hemsky – Renney talk at practice. Tencer talks about Datsyuk and Zetterberg, how they are never the first guys off and often the last guys off, and how seeing that as a 4th liner would be motivating. Doesn’t really indulge us as to what Renney said, but hints that it was jus a comment how he’s uncommitted to practice and needs to set a better example for others. No arguing that.
- They just showed a prototype of what the new arena could look like. Looks like a clam shell.
- TSN turning point is Moreau’s goal… before that, the Oilers were looking bad. I expect the Coyotes will come out flying in the second.
- Deslauriers makes some spectacular saves with 2 minutes left as the Coyotes try to rally to end the period.
- Penner almost makes it 4-0 on a pass from Gagner but Bryzgalov gets just enough of it, going post to post.
- Doan lays out Potulny with a big hit in the Coyotes zone. He is playing with a bit of edge after losing his bucket in a scuffle with Souray in an earlier play.

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY


19:59 – EDM – Horcoff from Souray, Visnovsky
With nearly no time on the clock, Souray blasts a shot from the point with Horcoff redirects into the net just as the buzzer sounds. To me, it sounded like it didn’t beat the buzzer, but it goes to review and stands.

Other Highlights
- Nice shot block by Strudwick on the Coyotes’ first powerplay.
- Crazy hand-eye coordination by Yandle… an Oiler dumps the puck out of the zone fairly hard and Yandle dives across the ice with one hand on his stick knocking it down. Nothing happened on it, but just an odd play worth noting.
- Strudwick doing a good job on this first powerplay for the Coyotes clearing the puck again for the 2nd or 3rd time.
- Hemsky…. so close. Waltzes through everyone on the team and gets in alone on Bryzgalov… but was slashed at the end and couldn’t shoot. That was a one on 3 and he comes out on top and even draws the penalty.
- JDD gets caught outside his net on the far post and a Doan tries to come around behind the net to wrap it around the other post into the open net, however O’Sullivan gets back just in time to save a goal.
- Hemsky is having a HELL of a night. On this shift alone he’s dominated the Coyotes zone, dancing in on net all alone twice now but was in too close to get a good shot off. Announcers point out the great chemistry being show with him and Penner tonight. The Coyotes earn another penalty trying to contain Penner and Hemsky.
- Hemsky draws another penalty blowing around Vandermeer, but Vandermeer sticks the leg out. 5-on-3 time.
- Penner still taking all the draws when he is out.
- The short 5-on-3 has some good movement, but no real clear shots.
- On the 5-on-4, Souray makes a great play to keep the puck in but the ref blows it down offside drawing evil eyes from 16,000+ referees.
- Renney on Hemsky’s performance tonight: “Playing great. He takes ownership for his own performance and his team. He’s a pro guy as is everybody else.” When asked about “the talk” and the good conversation they had today, he said “We all want the same thing, bottom line. And any good coach deals with something right there and its over with. And you make sure that he knows you’re in his corner and you support him, and we all do.” He sounded very sincere in his comments that Hemsky received the message fine and there were no more concerns from either side.
- Jacques hammers Vandermeer in the Coyotes zone.. fans love it.. great hit. Vandermeer was carrying the puck behind his net and turned around to go the other way and was greeted by Jacques. These two may go later.
- Jacques says his back is completely fine and he’s not worried about it nor does he want to focus on it (aka “Stop asking, reporters”)
- “After the whistle toughness” Smid throws Bisonette around a bit as he was in too tight on Deslauriers and in the blue paint.
- O’Sullivan takes a senseless penalty after the whistle, hooking some Coyote up high in the chest which rides up into the throat area. He throws his arms up after the call as though it was a dive. Not a very smart play.
- Oilers get a powerplay. O’Sullivan gets a cross-crease pass and almost puts it away but Vandermeer gets in his face and gets enough of the shot to deflect it out of trouble. O’Sully shows his frustration here looking to the sky.
- With a second left, Souray blasts a shot from the point that Horcoff tips into the net just as the buzzer goes. They go upstairs on this one…. annnnd… it’s… A GOAL!
- Rob Brown defending Horcoff in the intermission talking about just how much he does. “Take away the contract and there isn’t a guy who does more for this team…. coming back from the injury he’s starting to play better and become the Shawn Horcoff everyone was used to the last few years. He’s playing his best hockey he has all year round.” (not an exact quote)

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


No Scoring

Other Highlights
- I’m pretty sure Deslauriers just stopped one with his head.
- Deslauriers gets a bit more luck as Mueller rings one off the post and Pyatt fires the rebound wide.
- Again some more luck as Deslauriers makes a save but it squeaks through and lies in the blue paint. Moreau chips it out in time.
- Bisonette looks to have intentionally bowled Deslauriers over in the crease. Replay proves me correct. He gets a lovetap from someone, gains extra momentum somehow, then skates into Deslauriers knocking him over.
- Deslauriers has been kicking out juicy rebounds all night.. credit to the forwards/defense for beating the Coyotes to the pucks though.
- Notice I’m saying Deslauriers a lot this period? That’s because he’s getting bombarded this period. Not even half way through and he’s faced 14 shots this period. Good thing we have a comfortable lead.
- Kelly Buchberger interview… mentioned something that comes as a bit of a surprise of the make up of the lines. He says they wanted two scoring lines, a checking line (the surprise for me, because I didn’t think this was a Quinn thing) and what sounded like Buchy said was a “filler” line. Filler line.. as in you fill it with the rest of the scrubs on the team? Or filler line because you fill your pants any time they’re on the ice?
- Ryan Potulny just ripped a one-timer off the bar on a pass from Moreau during a great rush by the Oilers.
- Yandle just ducked under a huge hit from Jacques. Someone up there likes him.
- Hmm, looks like O’Sullivan has been benched… seeing Brule centering Reddox and Stortini in his place.
- And Deslauriers does it! First career shut out, and it’s a 36 save shut out.
- 3 stars: 1st: Deslauriers, 2nd: Hemsky, 3rd: Horcoff
- Deslauriers is currently having a marathon interview with Principe. In the background you can see Lowe and Katz looking on. Katz looks like an Oompa Loompa next to Lowe. Katz chats it up with Deslauriers after the interview… I presume he was sending his congratulations, which is a pretty cool thing for an owner to do.

POST-GAME RANT

This game was a little misleading at points. 4-0 win, you’d think the Oilers dominated this game, but truth be told, they played very well for about half the game, and Phoenix played very well the other half. One thing to note though is this team was MUCH better in their support on Deslauriers. To credit, Deslauriers made some great saves, but he also had some big problems with rebound control all night. Luckily for him, it seemed that his team was always in the right place at the right time all night.

Horcoff had a pretty good game tonight as did Hemsky. Hemsky dominated the Coyotes for about 2 periods. Their defense had a lot of difficulty trying to contain him and Penner. Jacques also had another very physical game and helped set the tone. One thing you could notice was the size difference between him and Stortini and the Coyotes players. Strudwick and Moreau also looked pretty good out there. Moreau showed a bit more jump and may be finding his legs again, finally.

Overall this was a pretty good response by the Oilers to the meeting with the coaches. I don’t think the score quite tells the story though. They definitely played well enough for the win, but probably not a 4-0 win. At any rate, it’s nice to see a PPV where the Oilers don’t stink the joint up! Next up: Kings, Wednesday @ 7:30 at home.

91 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 4, Coyotes 0 – Nov 23, 2009 @ 7:00PM – PPV – Game 24”

  1. LateNightOilFan says:

    Cool!

    I’m not watching – this is killing me. My kids are recording 2 shows on the DVR and when you do that you can only watch one of those shows, if you switch it one of the recordings stops. Should be good to go for the 3rd though.

  2. gr8one says:

    so, it looks like the Oilers are actually getting slightly outshot by the ‘Yotes, which leads me to wonder how JDD is playing??

    is he playing really well, or are the shots the ‘Yotes are getting just outside perimeter shots that are easily handled?

  3. Racki says:

    He`s playing pretty decent. The Oilers though have done a much better job of helping him out though. More than a few times I`ve seen a player come in and bail him out with a well timed poke check or what not. But he`s also bailed some players out too including Penner and Souray who each had a bad giveaway.

  4. Haboiler says:

    Glad to hear JDD is holding his own. I hope they run him for a couple more games as there isn’t too many easy ones in the near future. I’d like to see Doobie get one start but not sure where you would give it to him. LA or on the road in Vancouver if Khabby is still out?

  5. Racki says:

    I bet Khabi is back for Wednesday

  6. gr8one says:

    LateNightOilFan: Cool!I’m not watching – this is killing me.My kids are recording 2 shows on the DVR and when you do that you can only watch one of those shows, if you switch it one of the recordings stops. Should be good to go for the 3rd though.

    haha, that is one dedicated dad!!

    I think it’s only PPV anyways, so you’re probably not able to watch it anyhow.

  7. Racki says:

    Bisonette just intentionally tried to run Deslauriers over. Pretty harmless, but kind of cheap, however.

  8. Racki says:

    Jeez, honestly JDD has been kicking out juicy rebounds all night.. credit to the forwards/defense for beating the Coyotes to the pucks though.

  9. Haboiler says:

    did they mention the Oil set a club record tonite for 2 goals in 7 seconds, breaking Gretz’s record of 9 seconds…. can’t stand Phoenix announcers….

  10. Racki says:

    This is the meltdown period for the Oilers (although no concern yet). 14 shots against so far this period and we’re not even half way through the period.

  11. Haboiler says:

    They seem to be back to the running around in their own end zone tricks again… Thought Stortini had that one…

  12. gr8one says:

    I just don’t understand why this team never seems to be able to play a full 60 minutes.

  13. Haboiler says:

    I missed the first 2 periods but the PHO announcers just said we were being horribly outplayed and the only reason we are winning is JDD??

  14. Racki says:

    Haboiler.. they did start off the 1st period well for about 8 or 9 minutes, then the Oil started pouring it on from there. It was fairly even in the 2nd. The third, yes, the Coyotes have mostly dominated here.

  15. Haboiler says:

    Thanks Racki. Glad to hear.

  16. Racki says:

    39.3 seconds to go…

  17. Racki says:

    SHUUTTTT OUTTTTT!!!

  18. gr8one says:

    wooooooooooooooooooot!!!!

  19. Haboiler says:

    2 wins out of the last 3… we’ll take it, hopefully they can keep it going on Wednesday. Way to go JDD!

  20. Racki says:

    Two milestones tonight: first career shut out for Deslauriers, and 100th goal for Hemsky.

  21. gr8one says:

    awesome!

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    gr8one: haha, that is one dedicated dad!!I think it’s only PPV anyways, so you’re probably not able to watch it anyhow.

    No I have the Phoenix feed on Centre Ice, I’ve been watching the 3rd – shutout for Jeff!! Huge confidence builder for him! In spite of Khabi being out, at least we will be able to see what JD can do with this opportunity.

    And yeah, I’m dedicated I guess, but not a dad…he went to bed already…

  23. Racki says:

    sorry was just filling out the post game rant.. all done. Great game, but the score doesn’t quite tell the whole picture. But i’ll take it!

  24. Racki says:

    Jesus both of my goalies in the pool allow 4 goals tonight. But Anderson at least got the W.

  25. DropIt says:

    Almost as bad as my CBJ players dropping me to a -9 after game 1 :(

  26. DropIt says:

    Almost as bad as my CBJ players dropping me to a -9 after game 1 :(

  27. gr8one says:

    Racki: Jesus both of my goalies in the pool allow 4 goals tonight. But Anderson at least got the W.

    yeah well, you’re still kicking my ass already…I hope my team picks it up or I’m in trouble this week!

    I had Theodore(I think it was him) in another pool a couple of weeks ago, and he let in 4 goals in the first period and got pulled which left him with a GAA of 26.

  28. Racki says:

    Don’t worry, I historically get off to 11-1 or 10-2 or similar huge leads early on, but people somehow manage to narrow the gap by Friday. Leading at the beginning of the week means nothing. Plus this week has some very full schedules. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday I believe are full of games.

  29. OilerTyler says:

    Racki: Jesus both of my goalies in the pool allow 4 goals tonight. But Anderson at least got the W.

    The only goalie I had playing allowed 3 goals on 61 shots, not too shabby

  30. zackman35 says:

    Anyone see the new Florida third?

    http://www.icethetics.info/display/ShowImage?imageUrl=/storage/blog/Panthers3rdaction.png?

    Personally I would have like them to keep a little red in there at least like this….

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v708/zackman35/FloridaJerseyPNG.png

    Although I think they could have done something making the panther black, that would have looked pretty sharp, black jersey design. Anyways what are your thoughts?

  31. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow zackman35, I really like your design a lot better! I find the FLA 3rd looks too much like the Pens 3rd. The red you added really sets it off nicely. They should have consulted you!

  32. zackman35 says:

    Haha, thank you it took like 2mins of photoshop to change the colours in that image. It’s pretty much the same color scheme as the original jerseys so it kinda defeats the purpose of a third I guess.

  33. Racki says:

    OilerTyler:
    The only goalie I had playing allowed 3 goals on 61 shots, not too shabby

    One of them is Bryzgalov.. I had said earlier i was going to bench him before last night’s game. Then I changed my mind because I am trading him to you and figured I’d get at least another game in from him. Doh!

  34. OilerTyler says:

    Racki: One of them is Bryzgalov.. I had said earlier i was going to bench him before last night’s game. Then I changed my mind because I am trading him to you and figured I’d get at least another game in from him. Doh!

    Haha, I expect Bryzgalov to play bad against us, he always does. I think he will still have a strong season though, which is why I am fine trading for him. Plus my players do fine in the offensive categories every week, so I don’t mind giving up a little offense to strengthen my goaltending.

  35. gr8one says:

    I’m suspicious of Bryzgalov’s success so far this year, I drafted him in a league last year and he sucked balls, once bitten twice shy…

  36. OilerTyler says:

    gr8one: I’m suspicious of Bryzgalov’s success so far this year, I drafted him in a league last year and he sucked balls, once bitten twice shy…

    Phoenix is a better team this year

    Probably because Gretzky is gone

  37. DropIt says:

    YOU GOIN’ DOWN TYLER!

  38. DropIt says:

    PS, I agree Racki, I was happy trading Bryzgalov to you while his stock was high. I’m a lot more content with Mason

  39. Racki says:

    I got lots of good use out of Bryz… wasn’t dying to trade him, but I’m definitely going to be happy with Keith and Penner.. hopefully moreso than Bryzgalov/Kotalik. P.S., trades take way too long in our league. grr :P

  40. gr8one says:

    lol Racki, just imagine if I’d have kept the trade process time at 2 days instead of the 1 it is now?

    it is annoying having to wait.

    Keith and Penner should do you well, although I think Penner will slow down a bit, but will still be a decent point getter. although I hope I’m wrong.

  41. Racki says:

    Ya Penner is a risk to take, but I figure so is Kotalik, which I’m moving in the deal. So it kind of evens out there.

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