GDT – Oilers 1, Sabres 3 – Nov 11, 2009 – Game 19

By , November 11, 2009 12:13 pm
GDT - Remembrance Day - Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres

GDT - Remembrance Day - Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres

PRE-GAME RANT

We are the dead, short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsets glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

– Colonel John McCrae

First off, happy Remembrance/Veterans Day, everyone.

The Edmonton Oilers are coming off of a tough shoot-out loss versus the Ottawa Senators in which they outplayed and outshot the Senators. In what was typically the Oilers marquee meltdown period (the second period), the Oilers actually turned it up and had outshot the Senators 15 to 6, however the lone goal went to the Senators that period. Still yet, the Oilers have 3 of 4 points on the current 5-game road trip so far and hope to get some more tonight in Buffalo.

The Sabres, meanwhile, are coming off back-to-back losses. Their last game was all the way back on Saturday, a 4-2 loss to the Bruins. Friday’s game was a 5-2 loss to the Flyers. The Sabres are currently first in the North East division and will look to regain their form versus the Oilers tonight.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Based on yesterday’s line-ups… this will be updated accordingly:
Penner – Gagner – O’Sullivan
Comrie – Brule – Hemsky
Reddox – Cogliano – Pisani
Moreau – Potulny – Stortini

Smid – Visnovsky
Grebeshkov – Staios
Strudwick – Gilbert

Khabibulin
JDD

Buffalo Sabres Projected Line-Up

Vanek-Connolly-Stafford
MacArthur-Roy-Pominville
Hecht-Kennedy-Grier
Ellis-Gaustad-Kaleta

Butler-Rivet
Tallinder-Myers
Sekera-Montador

Miller
Enroth

TEAM COMPARISON


STATS
18GP14
8W9
8L4
2OT1
18P19
0.5P%0.679
2.94G/G2.79
3.06GA/G2.36
23.2PP%18.6
80PK%78.7
26.1S/G34.9
33.9SA/G30.1
47.3FO%51.6

GAME NOTES

– Ales Hemsky is a game time decision. I would think that if he draws in, O’Marra sits and O’Sullivan moves back down to line 2 in favor of Hemsky. Edit: Hemsky is in, and is slotted in O’Marra’s spot on line 2 with Brule and Comrie.
– According to Bob Stauffer, Chorney did “attempt to take the morning skate”, but his ankle is still bothering him.

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY


15:31 – BUF – Stafford from Vanek, Connolly
Connolly passes it out front from behind the net. Vanek takes a crack at it, and Khabibulin saves it. Stafford punches home the rebound.

Other Highlights
– Hemsky back on the top powerplay (with Penner/Comrie), and Gagner, Cogliano and Potulny on unit 2.
– Steady Steve outplays Vanek twice, first poking a puck away from him which would have been one-timed, and then boxing him out from getting a tap-in, empty netter.
– Buffalo have a couple of full shifts in a row without a stoppage, in which they hem the Oilers in their zone and get them on their heels.
– Gagner blocks a point shot with his back (standing up).

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY


7:34 – BUF – Montador from Connolly, Sekera
Staios blocks shots from Connolly twice in a row, but he can’t do it all as Montador steps into a loose puck and blasts it past Khabibulin
17:49 – EDM – PP – O’Sullivan from Hemsky, Visnovsky
Visnovsky makes a great play on the 5-on-3 to keep it in the zone, as does Hemsky. Hemsky circles and passes it cross-ice to O’Sullivan who buries it past Miller.

Other Highlights
– Staios makes a really nice shot block, although I’m not sure anyone really noticed. Generally a defensive d-man is doing his best though if he goes unnoticed.
– Stortini gets the puck right in close range on Miller, but Miller shuts the door. Great save.
– Hemsky passes on a 2-on-1 over to O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan has Miller down and beat. He fires it up mid-height, but some how hits the post. He can’t buy a goal.
– Gagner shows some great battle on a particular powerplay (Buffalo for too many men). He strips the puck off Miller who is wandering to play a puck in the trapezoid on one play, and wins a nice battle down low with one of the Sabres d-men later in the shift.
– Oilers get a fairly long (1 min 23 second) 5-on-3 opportunity. O’Sullivan notches a goal during the 5-on-3.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


19:41 – BUF – EN – Hecht unassisted.
With the net pulled, Patrick O’Sullivan tries to pass the puck through the neutral zone to the wing and it’s intercepted by Hecht and he makes no mistake putting it into the open net.

Other Highlights
– The line of Moreau, Cogliano and Stortini has been on, tonight, generating some good chances and cycling well.
– Roy absolutely undresses Staios on a one-on-one rush, getting him all turned around. Staios ends up taking a penalty on the play, and Khabibulin bails him out with a nice save.
– Khabibulin stones Vanek on a slapper, and Vanek takes a lazy penalty on O’Sullivan right after.
– Hemsky puts on a dangle session around the Sabres defense, but can’t beat Miller.
– With 10 minutes left in the game, Moreau takes a bad holding the stick penalty in the offensive zone. We’ve never seen him do stuff like that before though.
– Moreau’s penalty doesn’t look so bad now that Gilbert has taken an even worse interference penalty after Moreau’s penalty expired. However it may have been embelished by the Sabre he took it on.
– Reddox gets absolutely buried from behind by MacArthur. Reddox look like he folded up like an Oragami crane. MacArthur gets 5 and a game for the hit.

POST-GAME RANT

The Oilers lose another one where they outshoot their opponent (albeit by a very slight margin). They played a pretty solid game, except for the first period. I thought Steve Staios had a very good game (except when he was undressed by Derek Roy). O’Sullivan had his usual snake-bitten game, although he did get a goal (as well as an assist on Hecht’s empty netter).

Probably the worst part of the night was the hit on Liam Reddox from behind. It looked pretty ugly and he was helped off the ice. Hopefully he’s ok though. Sparky Kulchisky was later seen peeling Reddox’s tape-on moustache off the boards and collecting it for the equipment room.

Aside from that, it was a pretty slow game for most of it. The Oilers played a pretty good road game, so they should be happy with the game, despite the loss. Although there were a few big mistakes made on the night such as a couple of bad penalties. The Sabres didn’t capitalize on those chances though. Khabibulin had a pretty solid game and even kept the score close for quite a while before getting pulled for the extra attacker.

95 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 1, Sabres 3 – Nov 11, 2009 – Game 19”

  1. Horpensky says:

    If you have today off work, just remember why. Thanks to all those who have and continue to fight for us so we can enjoy hockey games.

  2. Pennzoil27 says:

    A little worried about this one considering the last time we played the Sabers we got our ass handed to us in a 10-2 drubbing in our own house. Hopefully we do not forget last years embarrassment on this Remembrance Day and execute our revenge on the slumping Sabers in front of their fans. Lest we forget.

    PS. TY to all the solders who have put there lives on the line so that we can live in peace

  3. Racki says:

    Oh god, thanks for the reminder (about the 10-2 game). :P I was sadly in attendance for that one, and I remember people chanting for 10 when the Sabres had 9. Ungh.

  4. Pennzoil27 says:

    It was truly the point of last season that I knew the team had no hope and that a coaching change was needed as this was the 2nd time that we had be humiliated on home ice(the other was a 9-2 beat down by the hawks). Good(playoff) teams do not get destroyed on home ice multiple time in a year like that. We must go into this game with a chip on our shoulders and show this Sabers team that we have not forgotten. I expect a physical high scoring game where the last shot wins the game.

  5. Haboiler says:

    Stauffer said on Oilers lunch that Hemsky is definetly in… Likely O’Marra out and O’Sullivan moving down with Comrie and Brule.

  6. NorwegianOiler says:

    Hoping for a solid effort and some offensive creativity!

    And my favourite war poem, by Wilfred Owen

    Anthem for Doomed Youth

    What passing bells for these who die as cattle?
    Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
    Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
    Can patter out their hasty orisons.
    No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
    Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
    The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
    And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

    What candles may be held to speed them all?
    Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
    Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
    The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
    Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
    And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

  7. Hockey Noob says:

    Norwegian Oiler, great poem! Maybe one day you can explain how you became so proficient in Engish. Did you grow up in Canada/USA/England or something?

    Goilers!

  8. LateNightOilFan says:

    Drew Miller is 9-2-1, 1.89GAA, .936 sv%. Buffalo won 8 of their first 10 games. Then the Isles surprised them 5-0 on LI and Miller was pulled after letting in 3 goals on 16 shots. He responded by shutting out the Isles at home 4 days later. He then let in 4 goals against PHI but is coming off 5 days rest and I expect him to bounce back and be solid. Therefore, I would be surprised to see a high scoring game – couple that with Khabi finally getting a game off and I’m expecting to see a low scoring affair tonight. But I can’t shake a nagging feeling it might be a one-sided affair in Buffalo’s favour (sorry).

    +1 Horpensky. Very good turnout at the cenotaph my family went to this morning. Nice to see. The vets appreciate it.

    Go Oil!

  9. NorwegianOiler says:

    (Thank you for the compliment Hockey Noob – a nick which I must say is a textbook paradox) I did not grow up anywhere else than in Norway, just had the fortune of being interested and given the chance to explore English through games, books, shows.

    If Hemsky’s in, does it necessarily mean O’Marra is out? I actually thought O’Marra did a good job, his circumstances considered, in the Ottawa-game. Nothing flashy, but he played the body and looked fresh throughout. Wouldn’t really know who to cut though, all our call ups have done what’s expected of them really.

  10. Hockey Noob says:

    You could certainly hear the boards rumble when O’Marra finished his checks last night. Overall, I was really impressed at how much better the Oilers looked in their own zone last night. The shooting lanes were closed and players where working together to win puck battles. There were only a few times where they got hemmed into their zone.

  11. Racki says:

    I just listened to the pre-game show on 630 Ched. Stauffer did not confirm Hemsky is in. He made it sound very likely though. However, if he is in, he said he would be playing in O’Marra’s spot (meaning with Comrie and Brule), and O’Marra would be out.

  12. Racki says:

    McKenzie gushing some more about Penner.

  13. NorwegianOiler says:

    Have to love McKenzie, he makes up for the infinite crap-doodlery of McGuire…

    GO OILERS! (Ruin Miller)

  14. Racki says:

    And it’s official… Hemsky is in, O’Marra out (Hemsky on line 2).

  15. Steve-O says:

    NorwegianOiler: Have to love McKenzie, he makes up for the infinite crap-doodlery of McGuire…GO OILERS! (Ruin Miller)

    agreed

  16. Racki says:

    Never been a fan of McGuire. As for McKenzie… he’s grown on me a bit, but he used to be a bit of an annoyance too. But nowhere near the level of Pierre “Repeat myself 3 times” McGuire.

  17. LateNightOilFan says:

    I’m flipping between the Oilers & Isles games – now the Isles/Wash game might be a high scoring affair – 2 goals in the first minute.

    Holy crap 3-1 Isles now…Theodore pulled 5 min in.

  18. Racki says:

    Yah they said that Semin goal was a record – fastest opening goal in Caps history.

  19. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Yah they said that Semin goal was a record – fastest opening goal in Caps history.

    It tied a record according to the Caps announcers, Isles t/o off the opening faceoff and a rocket of a shot by Semin. But now the Isles have scored 3 straight.

  20. Steve-O says:

    Required: Bungee cord and rebound drills

  21. Racki says:

    Take that, Staios-haters.

  22. Trogdor says:

    Good road period so far. Getting outshot 10-7, but not terrible.

  23. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan:
    It tied a record according to the Caps announcers, Isles t/o off the opening faceoff and a rocket of a shot by Semin.But now the Isles have scored 3 straight.

    Wow, Schremp must be in the line up. :P

  24. Trogdor says:

    Nice physical presence Strudwick. Cmon, take the guy out.

  25. LateNightOilFan says:

    Try clearing the front of the net boys…

  26. Racki says:

    Damn you Stafford.

  27. Trogdor says:

    And a bad offensive zone penalty. Was it too early to say it was a good road period?

  28. Racki says:

    Trogdor: And a bad offensive zone penalty.Was it too early to say it was a good road period?

    Not the first time you’ve jinxed the team, Mr. “Good win for the Oilers” with less than a minute left.

  29. Pennzoil27 says:

    kind of a snooze fest so far. we gotta skate a lot harder and take more shots if we wanna have a chance at any points in this one.

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Wow, Schremp must be in the line up.

    Well he does have an assist…guess they’re playing Rob Schremp hockey!

  31. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan:
    Well he does have an assist…

    Wow, so he does. I had no idea he was seriously even in the line up. This must be his first game back since being benched for a while.

  32. Racki says:

    Nice shot block by Staios there.

  33. Trogdor says:

    Racki:
    Not the first time you’ve jinxed the team, Mr. “Good win for the Oilers” with less than a minute left.

    I do control the universe. I guess I should be more careful.

  34. Racki says:

    Perhaps you could make a comment about the Sabres walking away with it and how it’s a sure win at this point.

  35. Racki says:

    Man, anyone else on the ice besides Staios on that shift?

  36. Trogdor says:

    Why would you say that?

  37. LateNightOilFan says:

    Montador for McGuire’s Monster of the Night?

  38. Racki says:

    Trogdor: Why would you say that?

    He made two great shot blocks, but somehow that’s still not enough. Lots of players standing around watching the Steve Staios shot-block tutorial. It all happened pretty quick though, to somewhat be fair. But it sucks when you see great effort like that from one guy, and they still get the goal.

  39. Racki says:

    Well at least Vanek gets the dive call there, because that was a B.S. penalty on Staios.

  40. Racki says:

    Omg, you’ve got to be kidding me. What sort of voodoo hex is there on O’Sullivan?!?

  41. LateNightOilFan says:

    O’Sully is absolutely snake bit…

  42. DropIt says:

    Poor O’Sullivan. He can’t buy a goal right now.

  43. NorwegianOiler says:

    Can’t believe we’ve not scored at this point…

  44. LateNightOilFan says:

    5 on 3 coming up!

  45. NorwegianOiler says:

    We HAVE to score now! Seriously! :P

  46. Racki says:

    O’Sully! Well deserved.

  47. Steve-O says:

    that must feel good getting that gorilla off his back

  48. Trogdor says:

    Sully finally!

  49. LateNightOilFan says:

    There we go! O’Sully! Just saw a big gorilla get off his back with that goal!

  50. NorwegianOiler says:

    FINALLY! :D

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