GDT – Oilers 2, Rangers 4 – Nov 5, 2009 – Game 16

By , November 5, 2009 12:00 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Rangers

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Rangers


The Oilers hope to regain some of the offence they had in the first 10 or so games of the season against the visiting Rangers, tonight. The Rangers have been going through some offensive struggles of their own, as of late, having only scored 5 goals in their last 4 games. Both teams will be looking for a bit of a rebound. The Oilers have been on a horrible slide, having only one game (in shootout) of their last 6, after starting out 6-2-1 on the season.

The Oilers are hoping for some secondary scoring from Comrie, who returns to the line up tonight, as well as O’Sullivan who will be tried at his natural center position tonight. In addition, Gagner returns to the top line at center, as Horcoff is out with a shoulder injury. Check the game notes for more information on that and several other injury updates.


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Penner – Gagner – Hemsky
Comrie – O’Sullivan – Nilsson
Moreau – Cogliano – Pisani
MacIntyre – Brule – Stortini

Grebeshkov – Gilbert
Chorney – Visnovsky
Strudwick – Staios


Opponents Projected Line-Up

Prospal – Anisimov – Gaborik
Avery – Dubinsky – Callahan
Higgins – Boyle – Voros
Byers – Drury – Kotalik

Girardi – Staal
Redden – Gilroy
Del Zotto – Rozsival





– Early word from Quinn on that is that “page 2 of the trainer’s handbook” says 7 to 10 days for Horcoff’s shoulder injury.
– Ryan Stone looks to be 10 to 14 days away.
– Steve Staios returns to the line up tonight. Never a fan of him being paired with Strudwick, but good to see him back, as his loss was bigger than most people in the Oil world would admit, save for the coaches. Staios says he feels pretty good now. “I feel energized again. You realize how much you miss the game when you’re sitting out. You realize how privileged you are to be playing in the league and I’m really excited about getting back in.”
– Sheldon Souray was on the ice today, having a solo skate and is starting to do light workouts. This is great news, but doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be back any time soon. Hopefully things continue to be positive with him.
– You may have noticed that Smid isn’t mentioned above.. he could be back for tonight’s game (gameday decision, I’m sure), but he missed the last practice due to illness.


15:28 – NYR – Higgins from Gilroy, Staal
Higgins gives and goes with GIlroy and gets the pass back in the circle to Khabi’s right and snaps it into the net.

Other Highlights
– MacIntyre gets into Quinn’s doghouse for taking a hooking penalty in the offensive zone.
– Callahan undresses Strudwick and gets a shot off on goal. Khabi mishandles it and kicks a juicy rebound in the slot for Boyle who shoots it off the backup goaltender, Steve Staios. But later on the play, Higgins proves he can’t stop them all.
– The Oilers didn’t get a single penalty in Long Island, but they have three powerplays in the 1st period.


10:36 – NYR – PPG – Callahan from Del Zotto, Kotalik
Del Zotto throws the pass to the slot where Callahan manages to tip it through some bodies and past Khabibulin.
14:52 – EDM – Visnovksy from Hemsky
Visnovsky gets it at the point and skates all the way down to the goal line and fires a backhand past Valiquette
16:37 – NYR – PPG – Kotalik from Gaborik, Prospal
Gaborik fires a pass from the corner, goalline to the face off dot to Khabibulin’s right, and Kotalik wires it past the netminder.

Other Highlights
– Prospal stands up Gagner at the Oilers blue line on a break out and nearly knocks the moustache off Gagner’s face.
– Visnovsky gets one great chance on the Oilers first full powerplay in the 2nd on a cross ice pass on which he skates in and shoots it, but Valiquette has all angles covered well.
– Penner blasts a shot from 40 feet out, but Valiquette snaps the leather, doing his best Grant Fuhr impersonation.
– Hemsky puts his usual clinic on, dangling into the dangerous region right in the slot but he gets a wiff of a shot off as his stick path was partially blocked.
– Comrie sets up Stortini beautifully giving him a chance on an almost completely open net, but he heels it wide as the pass wasn’t quite in the wheel house.
– Another offensive zone penalty (at least three tonight) for the Oilers as Pisani gets caught for holding.


7:31 NYR – PPG – Gaborik from Kotalik, Prospal
Kotalik fires it from the point and it barely trickles through Khabibulin. Gaborik barely beats to Grebeshkov to the puck and taps it in.
10:17 EDM – Comrie from O’Sullivan, Brule
O’Sullivan digs hard into the zone and can’t quite get a shot off. But he turns and backhands a pass to the net where Comrie is there to put it in.

Other Highlights
– Hemsky still firing on all cylinders tonight. He likes to put on clinics versus Eastern Conference teams. Early in the period he dekes through into the Rangers territory and gets a pass to Gagner who almost tips it in.
– Pisani gets tagged with a 4-minute High Sticking penalty.
– Penner gets a great short-handed chance going one on two, deking his way into the crease and nearly getting a goal. Great hands displayed there.
– Moreau takes a horrible penalty in the offensive zone, bowling over Gilroy from behind, in front of the net when the puck is nowhere near him.
– The Oilers do manage to kill off this PP quite well.
– With 2:15 left in the game, with the puck in the Rangers zone and the Oilers getting a free time out due to glass repairs, the Oilers pull Khabibulin.


Not a lot of positives tonight. The Oilers played an OK game. Not a really bad game, but not a good game either. The Oilers took some really stupid penalties though. MacIntyre took one early on and didn’t see a minute of ice time for it. Moreau took one in the third with the team down by two, and he is out in the final minute of the game. A bit of favoritism there.

The top line looked pretty good, as per usual, thanks to Penner and Hemsky. Both were their usual selves and looked like top line skill players, but it wasn’t enough and neither could put any points up. It was also good to see Staios back, although I will again say that him and Strudwick are not a good pairing. But Staios did look good tonight. O’Sullivan earned the second star tonight, and looked good at center on the second line. It was also great to see Comrie back tonight too.

Special teams were the story tonight. The Rangers powerplay looked good (thanks to Kotalik and Gaborik and Prospal) and the Oilers powerplay fell very flat again tonight. Back to the drawing board, folks.

89 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 2, Rangers 4 – Nov 5, 2009 – Game 16”

  1. Bostonoiler says:

    We are getting chances again, another dumb penalty by guess who? Tom Gilbert. Why do we still have him?

  2. Racki says:

    I’m ok with not signing Kotalik, as he was just a bit too rich for our blood with what we have here already, and he afforded us the ability to make buddy buddy with Comrie again.

  3. LateNightOilFan says:

    Good save there on a DD shot

    SOG 28-18, hope someone hooks Habby up to an IV between periods.

  4. Racki says:

    BO: Gilbert just needs to be limited a bit. I never did like him paired with Grebeshkov, but he’s still a developing player, playing a tough position in hockey. Unfortunately he’s going to make mistakes, especially when he plays over 20 a night. The Oiler just need some better pairings.

  5. Bostonoiler says:

    Anyone think we have a chance here, or is it safe for me to hit the hay?

  6. Racki says:

    The audio on this thing sucks btw. Mono?

    B.O.: go to sleep.

  7. LateNightOilFan says:

    The parent in me is telling you to go to bed BO, the kid in me remembers doing exactly what you are doing now! However, I had a transistor radio pressed up to my ear under the covers!

    You never know, the Oilers have come back before this season, I’m just not sure they have the legs to do it tonight, especially if the Rangers keep pushing.

  8. Racki says:

    The Oilers of this era are more known for blowing leads than for coming back from deficits such as this.

  9. Bostonoiler says:

    well forget sleeping. the girly is texting me for some unknown reason so sleep is no longer an option. lets hope they come back in this we need it.

  10. Steve-O says:

    well i’m going to bed…this game has been boring on 630 ched

    is the rangers/flames game free tv because that could be a fun one?

  11. Racki says:

    4 min PP for the Rangers.

  12. LateNightOilFan says:


  13. Horpensky says:

    3 point Kotalik, and yes I agree the game’s been boring on Ched. If Rod was on he’d be tearing into the team.

  14. DropIt says:

    Well all I can say is the Oilers are looking more in need of players at 100% every night they hit the ice. They need Souray back in a bad way

  15. Bostonoiler says:

    Ok enough is enough. we aren’t winning, I’m off to bed. Honestly, our season could be screwed by this road trip coming up. 7-8-1 now. God damn what is wrong with us? We have no identity, we have no chemistry, we have no heart, we have no drive. We need to make a trade.

  16. Racki says:


  17. Bostonoiler says:

    Comrie scores, 4-2

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    4-2!! Well they’re still battling, you never know…

    And almost 4-3 there!

  19. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow Sather’s looking old.

  20. Racki says:

    Another offensive zone penalty?

  21. Racki says:

    I think Moreau is missing activity in the part of the brain that tells you when not to do certain things.

  22. Bostonoiler says:

    another stupid call against us. Moreau did this all year last year, bad penalty calls against him whenever we need to get a win. Why he i still captain is beyond me.

  23. LateNightOilFan says:

    Extra attacker, let’s see if we can pot one here

  24. Racki says:

    Time for the Oilers usual last-minute desperation, when its a bit too late for it.

  25. Racki says:

    How does Moreau deserve ice time in the final minute after his horrible penalty

  26. Racki says:

    Well thanks for stopping by LNOF and anyone else who were in and out here. I’m off to play some Dragon Age before bed time πŸ˜‰

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    That’s it, that’s all. Now 5 games on the road in 9 days. Time to give Habby a rest from the war zone. Not blaming him at all for this stretch, just get Jeff in there for a game to give Habby a mental break and switch things up a bit. Habby’s played the last 5 games and is 1-4-0, 16 goals against and received only 8 goals in support. Give the backup a game and let your starter re-charge.

  28. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Well thanks for stopping by LNOF and anyone else who were in and out here. I’m off to play some Dragon Age before bed time

    Always enjoyable Racki! Thanks!

  29. LateNightOilFan says:

    Some stats before I go to bed – each team had 22 EV SOG, but the Rangers outshot us 17 to 5 on the PP and scored 3 PP goals. They had 7 PP’s we had 5.

    Even though we were 55% on the dot overall, we were 46% on the dot during the PK and the Rangers capitalized on that puck possession. When we were on the PP, we were 57% on the dot but we couldn’t convert that puck possession to manage more than 1 avg shot per PP. We really lost the special teams battle tonight.

  30. Hockey Noob says:


    This has been a pretty brutal run for sure. Another loss! Pisani and Moreau combined for what like 8 minutes in offensive zone penalties?

    Great year to start an Oilers blog isn’t it, lol?

  31. Racki says:

    I kind of have to wonder what it says to MacIntyre when he’s benched the entire game for an offensive zone hook, but Moreau takes another of his marquee bad penalties with the Oilers trying to get a comeback going. Some random Ranger standing in front of his own net without the puck and Moreau just cross-checks and runs over the guy from behind. But Quinn benched him for the remainder of the game, right? Noooo, he’s out in the last minute of play again. Interesting contrast.

  32. gr8one says:

    wow, back from the honeymoon and the Oilers have been completely tanking.

    Thank you Oil, for helping snap me back into the real world.

  33. Trogdor says:


    wow, back from the honeymoon and the Oilers have been completely tanking.

    Thank you Oil, for helping snap me back into the real world.

    Honeymoon? I guess congrats are in order then, so congrats!

    As for the game last night, I had some TSN updates and that was about it. Not too excited about another loss, but it looked like after the first period our shots against stabilized. Still shouldn’t be giving that many up each night, no wonder Bulin sweats so much… Some non Horpensky scoring last night as well, so that’s a good sign.

  34. Bostonoiler says:

    I say we win the next two….beat the Avs and Sens…….just saying

  35. Racki says:

    Just to add to the fun, Hemsky is out (day-to-day I think) with a Shoulder injury.

  36. Bostonoiler says:

    Yeah, but they don’t think it is serious. He should be a go on Sunday night.

  37. Bostonoiler says:

    Also Souray is staying in Edmonton during the trip and is gonna be doing some skating and such. He should be back by December.

  38. gr8one says:

    Thanks Trogdor,

    spent some time in Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.

    both were awesome, I especially liked Savannah’s take booze with you anywhere in a sippy cup policy, it reminded me of a smaller New Orleans.

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