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. LateNightOilFan says:

    Steve-O: that must feel good getting that gorilla off his back

    You saw the gorilla too?

  2. DropIt says:

    Seems like we spoke too soon.

    He seemed pretty damn determined to score tonight. He is everywhere

  3. NorwegianOiler says:

    I’ll just say that we better be disciplined in the third because you know the Sabres will get some power plays…

    I wish we dared to make more plays after entering the zone. Gagner makes the odd nice play, but a few of our creative players are either being told to play (what I regard) as over-simplified hockey or they don’t dare to take a risk, even when it’s not a big one.

    At least it’s a game going into the third.

  4. Racki says:

    Trogdor/Steve-O: Don’t forget… tomorrow is Hawaiian t-shirt day. So you can go ahead and wear your Hawaiian shirt and jeans tomorrow.

  5. Pennzoil27 says:

    Hopefully that sets us up for a 3rd period comeback but we must stay out of the box as the refs will not be giving us any breaks considering the amount of calls they have made on the sabers.

    Sully looked like he put a lot of frustration behind that bullet.

  6. Steve-O says:

    staios needs to go looking for his jock now

  7. LateNightOilFan says:

    Staios still looking for his jockstrap there, thanks Khabi for your big toe there!

  8. Racki says:

    Not so Steady Steve on that play. Man was he ever undressed. Great save by Khabi though to bail him out of potential Spezza-on-Souray-level embarrassment.

  9. Trogdor says:

    dangle dangle

  10. LateNightOilFan says:

    Nice to hear DiPietro will be back for the Buffalo Sabres in a couple weeks…I’m sure that will impress a lot of Isles fans.

  11. Racki says:

    Oh man, I didn’t hear McGuire say that until he just apologized for it (basically). How the heck do you get that wrong?

  12. Racki says:

    Time for Ethan Moreau’s scheduled bad 3rd period penalty.

  13. Racki says:

    *Ethan Moreau placed on waivers tomorrow, MacIntyre-style*

    Juuust kidding.

    Ok Moreau’s penalty seems pretty minor compared to the one Gilbert just took.

  14. Trogdor says:

    The dog house will be pretty full after the game.

  15. NorwegianOiler says:

    Why Gilbert? WHY? :P Flak coming his way I am sure.

  16. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Oh man, I didn’t hear McGuire say that until he just apologized for it (basically). How the heck do you get that wrong?

    He’s distracted trying to think of who will be his monster of the night I guess. Interesting though he’s talking about DP challenging for the US Olympic team – now that will really piss off a lot of Isles fans – after being out for so long they don’t want to risk losing him again during the break.

  17. Racki says:

    In hindsight, I wonder if that Sabre sold that one a bit, holding on to Gilbert’s stick a bit and falling down. Surely Gilbert can’t muscle anyone over like that. lol

  18. Racki says:

    Wow damn did Reddox ever get drilled from behind.

  19. Trogdor says:

    Liam not looking so good. Didn’t look dirty, but I’ll take the powerplay.

  20. Pennzoil27 says:

    chalk up another concussion

  21. Racki says:

    I think Reddox’s moustache is stuck to the boards still.

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh shit Reddox, I just stepped out for a sec and didn’t know who was down at first. Both team’s trainers and docs out, not good.

  23. Racki says:

    He could get carted off on that one. Didn’t look good at all. He’s a tough guy for someone so small though. Not his first time he’s gotten up after behind demolished by a hit from behind.

  24. LateNightOilFan says:

    That’s good, no stretcher. Hope he’s ok.

  25. Trogdor says:

    Nice feed through Penner’s legs.

  26. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oilers need to score here.

  27. Racki says:

    Ok, less circling please, Hemsky.

  28. Pennzoil27 says:

    wow does the PP stink tonight or what

  29. Racki says:

    Crap… baaad pass. Bad bad pass.

  30. LateNightOilFan says:

    I knew it would be Montador as McGuire’s Man-crush Monster of the night.

    EN goal, that’s it that’s all, folks.

  31. NorwegianOiler says:

    What a bitter loss. PK was good, decent all-round effort, but our finishing was lacklustre. It’s hard to sleep after an edge-of-the-seat game like this…

  32. Racki says:

    Yah, it was a game the Oilers could have won, if they could actually capitalize on their chances. Didn’t help that Penner had his stick smashed in half when he had a good in close chance. But no excuses… they need to be able to put the puck in the net. Powerplay was characteristically awful, despite the one goal. I’m sorry, but the dipsee-doodle delay move has got to go!

  33. Horpensky says:

    PP needs to be simplified, Hemsky is their best penalty killer. He hangs on to the puck looking for that cross ice pass, and when he doesn’t get it, he’ll circle around some more, looking for the pass, and repeat. Guy’s gotta pass, shoot, get the puck back, and repeat again. The other team has seen too many Hemsky PP videos.

  34. Racki says:

    Bad news. That knee-on-knee hit Grebeshkov took in the 3rd hurt him. Tencer is saying he’s flying back home, so he’ll for sure miss the rest of the road trip, at minimum.

    The good news is, however, the Oilers have the next 3 days off. Chorney could be back by then. As well, Souray may even be back by Sunday, at Alanta. What a huge lift that would be for the team.

    As for Reddox, he appears to be alright. Per Tencer: “Kelly Buchberger just told me that Reddox is sitting up in the training room, aware of his surroundings. Team is seething about the hit.”

  35. OilerTyler says:

    Does anyone know of a site that tracks man games lost due to injury?

    This is getting ridiculous

  36. LateNightOilFan says:

    OilerTyler: Does anyone know of a site that tracks man games lost due to injury?This is getting ridiculous

    Try this:
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tgh-xnPo1T0gc3i4G9MDi9A&output=html

    Linked from this guy’s blog. http://springingmalik.blogspot.com/2009/11/ow-that-really-hurts_02.html

    He was comparing the cap hit of the man games lost to injury. As of Nov 2 we were 2nd to VAN

  37. Racki says:

    There is a site that tracks a stat they call CHIP (Cap Hit of Injured Players), however they don’t really keep it up to date. They did it for October and the Oil were #2 on the list, behind Vancouver.

    Edit: I just noticed that LNOF had a comment held for moderation (the site will do that if you post a couple of links or more) saying the same thing.

  38. Steve-O says:

    Lets not over-react people…take Hemsky away from the powerplay and it gets worse, not better

  39. Racki says:

    Not saying take him away from the PP (and I don’t think Horpensky is either). Saying he needs to improve his repertoire of moves. The “Hemsky delay” (not to be confused with the awesome Gretzky delay) is a good method of killing penalties. It does manage to work on occasion, but more often than not it only manages to kill time off the penalty clock and the Oilers don’t get a shot on net.

    I think even Quinn commented about it before the start of the season how he carries the puck too much (in one of his vague nameless player bashings). I like Hemsky as much as the next, but the powerplay looks a lot more dangerous when puck possession for given linemates are a bit more balanced. He’s not the only guy that carries it too much though. Penner stands in front of the net with his stick in good position to tip or one time it, and guys never risk firing it in there to him from down low.

  40. Horpensky says:

    Hemsky just has to be a little less selfish with the puck. When he hangs on to it, the other team has time to regroup. We need to create a little chaos for their PK’ers, and getting shots and moving the puck around quickly is the best way to do that.

  41. Racki says:

    Agreed on that. Hemsky is fully capable of making some beauty cross crease passes, but he’s also just as much, or more capable of running the clock down. They don’t all have to be pretty goals. Get them on net for Penner to bang in.

  42. Steve-O says:

    I disagree. I really really disagree.

    A good powerplay doesn’t throw the puck at the net as thats where the goalie can cover it up (and have you seen the team at faceoffs?) and the entire other team. You make their job easier. A good powerplay works the puck around the perimeter (either down low or up along the points) which in turn gets the defenders moving and opening up holes, and also has the goalie moving. All the good powerplays in the league do this.

    Now we are crapping on our statistically best powerplay player (best player period). It makes no sense. I think the post Lowetide has on it is correct, where in the comments people mentioned that the shitty powerplay was blamed on Mac T, and now that we can’t do that Hemsky is being blamed.

  43. Racki says:

    Ok, sure, moving it around the perimeter, no problems with that.. but since when is hanging onto the puck and looping around working it around the perimeter? As I’ve said before, I like Hemsky, and I do think he’s a good PP’er but he could be better if he hung on to the puck less and started using his teammates a bit more. Why are people so sensitive to Hemsky criticism? It’s not like I’m saying that we should trade the guy. Just get him to move the puck around a bit more whether that’s getting the puck on net, or using the guy down low, or whatever.

  44. Racki says:

    The other wise words on Lowetide (read that article as well) in the comments were from Bruce, I believe. He mentioned that people seem to take any criticism towards Hemsky as being along the lines of “Hemsky sucks, lets trade him!”. He is our best player, and I’ve got no delusions that he should be traded. I just would like to see less Hemsky show on the powerplay. If that cross crease pass isn’t open, get it over to someone else and get the other team moving around.

    Hemsky isn’t the only problem on the powerplay either, so I’m not completely focusing on him. Cogliano also made a bad decision on the powerplay in the last game when he decided to pass the puck back towards the blue line rather than get it out front to Penner who was wide open. I honestly don’t get that. There are a few issues that could be fixed on the pp to make it better. And no, not all just Hemsky.

  45. Mr.Majestyk says:

    I’m with you on this Racki. The Hemsky cross ice pass to Horcoff is great, when its available. When it isn’t, the puck needs to passed around the perimeter and who knows, maybe from the other side there might be a cross ice feed to Hemsky for a one timer. From my perspective, you take what they give you. If they form a tight box(tee hee)then by all means feed it to the point and let the howitzers fly. If they give you room to skate it into the middle for a shot, by all means take that. I just feel like most of what we are able to accomplish is reactionary to what the PK’ers do. Not all teams PK the same way, we need to adjust on the fly and react to what is in front of us. Hockey sense.

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