GDT – Oilers 5, Avalanche 3 – Nov 8, 2009 – Game 17

By , November 8, 2009 11:11 am
I wonder what was done to piss off the hockey gods?

I wonder what was done to piss off the hockey gods?


The pic above is just a placeholder for now, as I think Steve-O might put in one of his world-famous art creations in hopes of sparking a win out of the Oilers. So Steve-O, I’ll leave that up to you, if you want to whip up a picture.

The Oilers are going to try and hand the Avalanche their first home loss of the year. The Avalanche are a perfect 6-0 at home. The Oilers have had only 1 win on the road so far this year (against Nashville) in 6 games. The Oilers and Avalanche have met once this year (Oct 27) with the Avalanche blanking the Oilers 3-0, so the Oilers have their work cut out for them this time around, to say the least. The Oilers are even more beaten up now, as Ales Hemsky joins the list of injured players. He should be back soon, but did not fly to Denver with the team.

The Oilers are coming off 3 straight losses and only have one win in their last 7. The Avalanche have won their last two, with a shootout win over the Blackhawks on Friday and a 4-1 win over Phoenix on Wednesday. The story this year for the Oilers has been shots. The Oilers have been outshot in 13 of 16 games so far this year. Most of their woes seem to be on the powerplay as well, as they’re actually near the top of the pile (8th) in even-strength goals. However, the Oilers have also allowed the 4th most number of goals at even-strength as well.


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up




Colorado Avalanche Projected Line-Up







– Ales Hemsky joins the list of injured players with a shoulder injury. He should only miss a game or two of action.
– JFJ is still out with back spasms.
– Reddox and Potulny were called up yesterday to replace the newly injured Hemsky, and likely to keep Big Mac out of the line-up (who drew recent ire from Quinn for taking a bad penalty early on in Thursday’s loss).
– Smid is out again due to sickness.
– Pisani collided with another Oiler in practice yesterday and was cut. He took some stitches, but will play today.


4:47 – EDM – PP – Comrie from Gagner, Penner
Gagner attemps a cross-crease pass but it gets partially intercepted by an Avalanche. The puck ends up on the door step for Comrie who back hands it in while Anderson is looking the other way.
8:00 – COL – Svatos from Quincey, Stastny
The Oilers get hemmed in their own zone after an Avalanche powerplay. The Avs apply the pressure. The shot from the point is initially saved by Khabibulin, but Svatos bangs in the rebound.
14:48 – EDM – PP – Gilbert from Nilsson, Potulny
The puck is passed back to the point and Gilbert wires a wrister through traffic with Potulny screening Anderson.
19:02 – EDM – PP – Penner from O’Sullivan, Visnovsky
O’Sullivan gets the puck off Visnovsky’s stick up high and passes it to Penner who’s waiting and snaps it past Anderson quickly.

Other Highlights
– The Avalanche get a favorable bounce on a dump in off the glass as it comes out in front of the net with Khabibulin behind the net, but Visnovsky got there in time to save the day.
– Reddox gets drilled from behind by Svatos, which creates a scrum in the corner. Reddox didn’t look so hot after the hit.
– On the Avalanche powerplay, the Avs try a cross-crease one timer and Cumisky is robbed by Khabibulin as he kicks the leg out.
– Chorney goes down to block a shot and takes a shot in the head, possibly in the ear.
– Potulny sees a couple of shifts on the second powerplay of the game, and ends up getting an assist.


4:56 – COL – Hensick from Clark, Wolski
With a bunch of traffic in front, a slapshot from the point is saved by Khabibulin, but it bounces off someone in front and into the net.

Other Highlights
– Staios slaps one from the point and it knuckles off another Avalanche player and into Hannan’s beak.
– On the PK, the puck is dumped into the Avs zone and Reddox presses hard on the forecheck and even creates a scoring chance for Gilbert.
– Staios is pretty soft on the puck on a dump in into the Oil zone. He loses it to an Avalanche player, but luckily Khabibulin has his force field up on two great chances by Wolski.
– On the powerplay, a horrible bounce leads to Khabibulin looking the other way and Stastny staring at a yawning cage, but Strudwick spins around and bats the puck off his stick in time to get it out of danger.


4:46 – EDM – PP – Potulny from Grebeshkov, Gilbert
Potulny receives the cross-ice pass from Grebeshkov and he buries it behind Anderson.
7:27 – COL – Jones from McLeod, Stastny
Khabibulin gets caught out of the net and is tackled by an Avalanche player who knocks Chorney over on top of him. The puck bounces over to Jones who is looking at a very empty net and makes no mistake with it.
16:40 – EDM – Cogliano from Reddox, Staios
Reddox picks up the puck, goes to the faceoff dot and fires a back hand on net. The rebound comes to Cogliano and he has a wide open net to put it into.

Other Highlights
– Hendricks carries the puck behind the net and is flattened by Grebeshkov.
– On one of the powerplays, Visnovsky passes it cross-crease to Gagner who stickhandles in close to Anderson who is way out to challenge. Looked good, but Anderson barely gets a toe on it to keep it out.
– The Red Ox gets a two-on-one with Cogliano. It seems that the message now is “shoot first”, as that’s what he does. He stickhandles it in close but can’t beat Anderson.
– Kevin Quinn points out that Reddox and Potulny have combined for three points so far on the night.


Well, the Oilers powerplay somehow woke up tonight. Who would have thought it would be with Hemsky out for the powerplay to have an epiphany? The Oil went 4 for 7 on the night. They were also perfect on the penalty kill (4 for 4). Add to that, in the final minute and a half, the Oilers didn’t quit. With Anderson pulled, they won all the right battles to prevent the Avalanche from coming back.

Overall it was a very well played game, although the Oilers did blow the second period (outshot 20 to 7). The Oilers did make their usual defensive mistakes (Chorney had a very bad night in particular, defensively), but they did play a good enough game to win it, outplaying the Avalanche in two of three periods.

Reddox and Potulny both had solid contributions tonight. Potulny had 1 goal and an assist, while Reddox had one helper. Both looked very good out there. Reddox had his usual jump to his game and also played very solid on the penalty kill. Quinn put some trust in Potulny having him out on the top powerplay, and the kid made the most of it.

The defence also came to Khabibulin’s aid on occasion tonight, bailing him out. Strudwick made a pretty highlight reel play to spin around blindly and whack the puck off of Stastny’s stick to keep him from getting a sure goal.

And so the Avalanche home-win streak comes to an end, and the Oilers prevent the Avalanche from making history (their best home record to start a season).

99 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 5, Avalanche 3 – Nov 8, 2009 – Game 17”

  1. Horpensky says:

    oh no JFJ’s back is going again, this isn’t a good sign.

  2. Steve-O says:

    that lineup looks pretty weak

  3. Racki says:

    Top line sounds good. Beyond that.. yikes.

  4. Hockey Noob says:

    Yikes, the Oilers roster without Hemsky, Horcoff, and Souray… Well, at least we don’t have Smac drawing in for a 1:30 of icetime, so there’s actually 4 full lines. Last game vs. Colorado, they clogged the hell out of the neutral zone.

    The Oil have so much youth in center position–average age, 22. We’re going to need a huge game from whichever goalie draws in plus Penner and Visnovsky.

  5. Bostonoiler says:

    I like the top 6, beyond that……oh boy

  6. Jonathan says:

    I’m looking forward to see what Pisani can do tonight. Beyond that, my fingers are crossed we can somehow squeak out a low scoring affair.

  7. Bostonoiler says:

    My guess: 3-1 OILERS

  8. zackman35 says:

    The forth line looks pretty interesting can’t ask for more too much more grit, hopefully Storts and Moreau can stay out of the box. Tonight would be a great night for Staios to show us is “Shut-down” capabilities and I’d like to see some more physical play from Gilbert too.

    We have quite a small team tonight, it’s too bad guys like Stone and JF are out they really contributed to our early success by opening up the ice so well.

  9. Racki says:

    Not sure how to guess on this one, but it doesn’t bode well for the Oilers. Heading into a game against the top team in the West with that line-up is not doing them any favors. But the Oilers always did do well against the better teams, so who knows.

  10. chucker says:

    Is Anderson in net? If so then I would not be to optomistic. I think Budaj is still flu ridden. Maybe the rest of the team is catching it and we’ll catch them on an off day. We have to win one sooner or later.

    Not good news on JFJ’s back for sure. Hopefully he’s okay. He’s been a nice story and it’s finally paying off for all his hard work.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t expect anything from Pisani anymore. His game just isn’t what it used to be and understandabley so. Good guy, but he’s missed a lot of time.

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    Go Oil! But I will really be surprised if they win given how well the Avs are playing right now and the lineup we are icing. Would be a great start to the road trip if they can pull it off though.

  12. LateNightOilFan says:

    Good pace so far, Khabi + bouncing puck gave my heart a jolt…

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ouch – nice re-introduction to the NHL for Reddox there.

  14. Racki says:

    Bad hit by Svatos. Hopefully their pp actually looks good tonight.

    Speaking of… nice, where was Anderson looking there?

  15. LateNightOilFan says:

    Woohoo Comrie! Keep it coming!

  16. Racki says:

    Sorry, the site took a crap for a moment there. Looks ok now though. Not a good goal for the Avs… the Oil running around in their zone, as usual.

  17. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ok – thought it was just me. Wow is Khabi ever getting some weird bounces to deal with – think that’s 2 pucks that landed on top of the net so far. Unfortunately, the rebound on the Av’s goal was self-inflicted and cost us. Still early though, this one could go back and forth a few times!

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    Sakic’s encased shrine is a bit much IMO, but whatever motivates the troops I guess…

  19. Racki says:

    Wow, nice shot Gilbert

  20. LateNightOilFan says:

    Woo hoo Gilbert, 2-1! Maybe he’ll start scoring more often now, has been off to such a slow start.

  21. OilerTyler says:

    We are shooting the puck alot, I like it

  22. Racki says:

    Good to see Potulny off to a good start too. Can’t believe he saw powerplay time already. That’s not something Mr. MacT would have done last year, I don’t think.

  23. Racki says:

    Another powerplay already, wow.

  24. Racki says:

    Wow, wooooo Dustin Penner!

  25. Steve-O says:

    o’sullivan playing pretty good

  26. Racki says:

    Secret to scoring powerplay goals: lose Hemsky? πŸ˜›

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    Who is this team capitalizing on the PP!!

    Keep it coming Oilers!

  28. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Secret to scoring powerplay goals: lose Hemsky?

    We laugh, but simple is good – pucks to the net and bodies in front. Hemmer sometimes tries to make things too pretty.

  29. Bostonoiler says:

    great 1st period!

  30. NorwegianOiler says:

    I think we’re just catching a few breaks, but love the conspiracy theories boys…

    Just a little more battling from the Oilers in this first period, some luck and hopefully a good experience to build on for the players.

    His assist aside, I can’t understand why Potulny is on the PP over Cogliano. I feel Cogs is being let down a bit so far, but he’s working hard and doing a good job on the PK.

    Penner with an A, seems to suit him. Someone should write a psychology major on Penner/MacT/Quinn/the fans.

  31. Hockey Noob says:

    Wow, good things happen when you fire the puck at the net!

    Norwegian, I think Potulny’s playing with quite a bit of effort, so it’s a tough one I guess.

    Still lots of scary turnovers in our end/neutral zone. Still seeing Nilsson trying to make passes that just aren’t there in the other team’s zone. Also, still watching poor Chorney on the replay all alone in front of his goalie watching the other team score. Also, O’Sullivan’s still whipping pucks at shin pads.

    But on the other hand, the Oil are shooting the puck more, and the powerplay’s been pretty lucky.

  32. Racki says:

    This PP is more like a usual Oilers PP. lol

    And I agree that Cogs should be on the PP… that baffles me too.

  33. LateNightOilFan says:

    Nice trip on Khabi there Gilbert!

  34. Racki says:

    Khabi needs to be bungee corded to the net

  35. Racki says:

    Ack…. barely squeaked in.

  36. LateNightOilFan says:

    ughh 3-2 now

  37. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow, what’s with the players getting pucks in the face tonight?

  38. LateNightOilFan says:

    Khabi with the blocker shiver there, he he

  39. NorwegianOiler says:

    Veteran play by Staios to get the whistle there. Seemed to have been hit in the face, but really just sold it to stop the onslaught πŸ˜‰

  40. Racki says:

    Not a smart penalty by Stortini. Wow, did Strudwick ever save one there.

  41. LateNightOilFan says:

    Really nice PK there.

  42. Hockey Noob says:

    Penner’s so strong, he couldn’t draw a penalty against the other team if he tried. Foote holding him in front of the net and nadda. Colorado’s gotten away with quite a bit obstruction this game.

  43. Hockey Noob says:

    So far Pisani/Reddox has been a good pk tandem. Chorney’s got two points against(One goal on a nice redirect/screen on Khabibulin) and another where he left his man wide open on Colorado’s first goal.

  44. LateNightOilFan says:

    So far so good, what is concerning is the change in tide on the shots. This Colorado team can explode offensively, especially if they get another 20 shots like they did in the 2nd. Hopefully we can keep the advantage on the special teams play. Should be a good 3rd period. Khabi might have to continue to stand on his ear as Rod would say.

  45. Racki says:

    Holy hell, 20 shots in the 2nd? The Oilers need to wake up and not give entire periods away.

  46. Trogdor says:

    Been watching the game out of the corner of my eye, and I’m liking what I’m seeing. Some of the usual defensive turnovers, but the PP has been doing the job and the pk has looked alright too. Bulin with some nice saves as well as some nice d cover, when he’s been out of position.

    I should be around more frequently for the third.

  47. Racki says:

    That Mike Danton interview looks pretty awkward (for Danton). Lots of hard, personal questions.

  48. NorwegianOiler says:

    It has been a problem for many seasons, but I can not help but be worried about the way in which we telegraph our intentions when in possession of the puck in our own zone. All the little passes, banks off the boards and d to d plays seem to be easily read by our opponent. Forechecking when you have the enigma-machine deciphered gives you a certain advantage, no?

    I think Pisani is having a good game, playing with some intensity. Good on him.

  49. Racki says:

    Anderson’s performance tonight might ruin me in the pool. Grr.

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