GDT – Oilers 2, Blue Jackets 3 (SO) – Nov 16, 2009 @ 5:00PM – SNET – Game 21

By , November 16, 2009 9:26 am
That logo is suprisingly difficult to do

That logo is suprisingly difficult to do

Well, coming off a pretty crappy loss against Atlanta. Its Monday. I’m at work. Eskies lost yesterday.


I’ll leave the rest of this open for Racki to add his detailed analysis, however its getting to the point where we have to stop using the flu and injuries as excuses. This team needs to play better in all areas.

I still say we win this one though. 4-3.


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up




Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Line-Up







– UPDATE: Sam Gagner is out due to a “lower body injury”. The Oilers will go with 7 d-men tonight, as Dean Arsene makes his NHL debut.
– The amount of dirty elbows thrown should see a pretty large decline tonight, as The World’s Most Dangerous Mexican – Raffi Torres- is out.


No scoring.

Other Highlights
– Blunden drops them with Stortini… Takes shots early on, lands one shot himself, eats a huge shot, then eats another on the way down and a couple on the ground. Not the best decision by Blunden. Sportsnet judge Hazel Mae scores this one 10-8 for Stortini.
– Strudwick and Sestito go at it. Strudwick drops a series of several rights on Sestito scoring the win.
– Smid roughs up Nash in the corner a bit, finishing a check, drawing a punch to the dome from Nash in retaliation. Powerplay for the Oilers.
– Nash gets out of the box for a breakaway and with his wheels (for a big man), he isn’t going to be caught. He fires it wide, glove side, however.
– Arsene’s first couple shifts have been mostly uneventful, but solid, scoring one decent hit so far.
– Cogliano works the Merry-go-round one shift, Ales Hemsky style, picking up the puck in the offensive zone corner, skating back to the blue line for the give and go, picking it up again and get two great shots on net. Nice effort there.
– Stortini takes a penalty for hooking, however it was a very smart penalty to take. One of the CBJ players was on the doorstep about to tap in an easy goal, and Stortini got the can-opener on them to prevent the goal.
– Very solid period for the Oilers, who scored 2 fight wins and outshot the Jackets 9 to 7.


7:08 – CBJ – PP – Stralman from Huselius, Tyutin
Huselius passes it cross-seam to Stralman who one times it past Khabibulin.
13:13 – EDM – PP – Hemsky from Souray, Visnovsky
The Oilers put on a pretty good powerplay, passing it around well and getting some good shots off. But somehow a sloppy shot by Hemsky is the one that gets in the net.

Other Highlights
– The Jackets get a long minute plus 5-on-3. They capitalize on it.
– Huselius dangled his way into the zone, but Khabibulin came out and slid his pads in tight against Huselius to stop the dangle-fest.
– Liam Reddox blows past the Columbus defence, draws a hook on the way past Russell, protects the puck from a poke check with his skate and gets a quality shot off that Garon saves.
– Right after the Oilers first goal, the Jackets come out very strong, bombarding the net and winning battles, but the Oil bear down and collapse in front of Khabibulin and somehow keep it out, in part due to some good work by Stortini.


5:48 – EDM – PP – Visnovsky from Souray, Horcoff
Souray blasts the point shot, and Garon kicks out a big rebound right to Visnovsky who is pinching in. He blasts it into the 4×6.
12:26 – CBJ – PP – Vermette from Tyutin, Stralman
Point shot is tipped out front and drops down through Khabibulin’s wickets.

Other Highlights
– Nash was parked on the side of the net with a pass coming towards him for the tap in… Hemsky gets there just in time and lifts his stick. Very nice defensive play.
– Moreau blindsides Chimera with a big hit that shakes him up… he stumbled towards the bench.


No scoring.

Other Highlights
– First shift of the overtime, Hemsky, Horcoff, Staios keep the Jackets stuck in their zone for a bit with good puck possession.
– Souray makes a nice poke check at the defensive zone blue line to put a stop to an even-man rush by the Jackets.
– The Jackets get a couple of not-so-clear breakaways, but Khabi and the defense come up big.
– Again the Jackets try another stretch pass, but this time Souray intercepts it.


– Huselius: Deke – NO GOAL
– O’Sullivan: Shot from in close – NO GOAL
– Tyutin: Shot beats Khabibulin down low, five hole – GOAL
– Penner: Tries to bring it back to the backhand but loses the puck and doesn’t get a shot – NO GOAL
– Nash: Shot hits Khabibulin in the shoulder – NO GOAL
– Hemsky: Shot beats Garon low, blocker side – GOAL
– Voracek: Shot beats Khabibulin, high glove side – GOAL
– Brule: Deke – NO GOAL


Another heart breaking loss. But at least the Oilers extended it to the shootout. You know what? They played a really good game. No finger pointing tonight. It was a very honest effort out of everyone, from what I saw.

Arsene played 6:24 of hockey, and he was relatively invisible… which is what you want from a defensive defenceman. Generally the more you see them, the worse they’re playing. Souray also played a good game tonight, playing very physical and generating some chances. The powerplay looked really nice too. Credit where it is due, Hemsky was looking a lot better tonight on the powerplay, and I think that was because the puck was being moved around a lot. It got stale a few times though when Columbus pressured him and Souray. But there were a couple of really well played powerplays by the Oil (which they scored on).

It was a tough loss, but the Oilers make off with another point on the road trip. Four points out of a possible 10. Not good. But this wasn’t a bad game, and was a good note to end off the road trip. They’ll be coming back home to face the Avalanche, again, and will be playing them with a much better team.

110 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 2, Blue Jackets 3 (SO) – Nov 16, 2009 @ 5:00PM – SNET – Game 21”

  1. LateNightOilFan says:

    Garon is getting his second straight start for the BJ’s. You know he’s going to be focussed to avenge the come from behind win the Oilers had against him earlier this season.

    Predicably, because he’s one of the goalies in my pool and likely a lot of hockey pools, Steve Mason is going through the dreaded sophomore slump this season.

  2. Horpensky says:

    It just seems like another game to me nowadays, hard to get excited with detailed analysis. Lets just go out there and play and win a game.

  3. Racki says:

    Sorry, haven’t had a chance to update this post… but I can say that Gagner is likely out of the lineup tonight (lower body injury) and Nilsson will fill in.

  4. Racki says:

    Son-of-a… I guess this is a 5:00PM start, not a 6:00PM start. Didn’t realize it. Updated the GDT. My calendar wallpaper is wrong though. oops. Sorry to anyone I mislead 😉

  5. HockeyNoob says:

    Hey everyone, the puck drops in about 15 minutes! Gagner’s out which is unfortunate–I hope it’s not a serious injury. Let’s see if this team can pull together for a much-needed win!


  6. Racki says:

    So the Oil are going with 7 d-men.. Arsene draws in.

  7. Trogdor says:

    Ah, Gene is done his opening. Now let’s get on with the hockey.

  8. Steve-O says:

    Again, much like O’Marra, congrats to Arsene…what I would give up for just a game.

  9. Racki says:

    Strudwick dressed on line 2.. sorry, but do you hate Nilsson that much? 😛 I guess he’s going for balance again though to add size.. but it’s an odd move. Hmm, Strudwick was paired with Gilbert there, so I wonder if they’re just rotating players in on line 2.

    Atta be, Stortini, repping the nice stache.

  10. Trogdor says:

    How long after a filling before one can enjoy beer? Forgot to ask…

  11. Trogdor says:

    Good job Storts.

  12. Pennzoil27 says:

    Im just happy to be able to watch a game without having to dish out $15. The PPV’s were starting to get out of hand.

  13. Steve-O says:

    Trogdor: How long after a filling before one can enjoy beer?Forgot to ask…

    i would wait at least 1 min

  14. Steve-O says:

    nice, strudwick…not enough of this so far this year

  15. Trogdor says:

    Strudwick is not to be outdone.

  16. Racki says:

    Nice start to the game!

  17. Steve-O says:

    smid feeling left out?

  18. Racki says:

    Pennzoil27: Im just happy to be able to watch a game without having to dish out $15. The PPV’s were starting to get out of hand.

    Still one more this month. Argh. I’m sure Decemeber has some too.

  19. Trogdor says:

    That could have been worse for Brule.

  20. Steve-O says:

    Trogdor: That could have been worse for Brule.

    i think umburger let up a bit…he knows what its like

  21. Racki says:

    Nice work in the corners by Smid.

  22. Racki says:

    i think umburger let up a bit…he knows what its like

    He’s one of few players with a verb named after him:

    Umbergered: Absolutely destroyed by an open ice hit.

  23. Trogdor says:

    The work it around to Souray power play is back in effect.

  24. Trogdor says:

    Thanks for missing Nash. That was a bit scary after a half decent PP.

  25. Racki says:

    You had to see that coming. Nash, floating at the blue line.. d-men showing him zero respect.

  26. Trogdor says:

    Hemsky and Comrie together? That’s a lot of dangles.

  27. Racki says:

    Oh yahhhhh.. rough stuff tonight!

    And look at Cogs go.. merry-go-round

  28. Trogdor says:

    Somebody pissed in the Oilers cornflakes this morning. I like it.

  29. Racki says:

    Man, the play never dies on Penner’s stick this year. He can keep it going like he’s playing hacky-sack.

  30. Steve-O says:

    i figured it out…its the moustaches bringing back the 70’s

  31. Racki says:

    The Oil are playing a good period so far *knock on wood*

  32. Trogdor says:

    Nice 2 on 1 there but then they come back and 3 guys let Chimera sit there with the puck.

  33. Racki says:

    Steve-O: i figured it out…its the moustaches bringing back the 70’s

    Moustachio power = Old Man Power

  34. Trogdor says:

    Time to try out the PP again. Nice drive to draw the penalty there.

  35. Steve-O says:

    and i’m seeing some real dirt moustaches

  36. Trogdor says:

    Gotta work it deep. They are all over the points.

  37. Steve-O says:

    they are also really pressuring hemsky

  38. Racki says:

    Man, if I were a CBJ fan, I would have successfully crapped my pants at least 3 times tonight.

  39. Trogdor says:

    That was an awful turnover, or a really nice pass to Nash.

  40. Racki says:

    Good penalty for Storts to take.

  41. Steve-O says:

    Racki: Man, if I were a CBJ fan, I would have successfully crapped my pants at least 3 times tonight.

    as an oiler fan i just about crapped myself there

  42. Steve-O says:

    pot…potulney…16 on the pk?

  43. Haboiler says:

    Is Nilsson still hurt or is he really deep in the dog house? Getting in late, how does Arsene look so far. Real glad to see him get his chance.

  44. Steve-O says:

    and thankfully brophy isn’t on the panel

  45. Trogdor says:

    Entertaining first. Good to see some energetic banging hockey again. Powerplay looks like it could do well tonight if we get a couple more cracks. As for Nilsson, he’s in my dog house, but I don’t know about Quinn’s.

  46. Racki says:

    Steve-O: pot…potulney…16 on the pk?

    Yes, he pk’d with Reddox in yesterday’s game too and apparently did well. I can’t really speak on that though.

    Haboiler: Is Nilsson still hurt or is he really deep in the dog house? Getting in late, how does Arsene look so far.Real glad to see him get his chance.

    I don’t know if Nilsson is hurt. Arsene hasn’t played much, but for what I saw, he looked solid enough.

  47. Haboiler says:

    Thanks for the update on Arsene. What a great feeling for him at 28 to get his shot in a real NHL game. Stauffer said the other day that Nilsson will get one more chance and thats it. I’m sure he will be the next waiver wire guy.

  48. Racki says:

    Haboiler: I’ll be honest, I know N.O. and Steve-O have recently expressed interest in Nilsson and desire to keep him, but he’s a guy I want out of here. Doesn’t bring enough to the table, especially on a consistent basis. See ya!

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