GDT – Edmonton Oilers 2 Los Angeles Kings 3 – Dec 15, 2009 @ 7:30 PM – SNET – Game 33

By , December 15, 2009 9:08 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers return home tonight after an awesome 5 game road trip that saw them go 5-0. I don’t even know the last time they had a 5 game winning streak, but it was at least 3 years ago. Tonight, they face the Los Angeles Kings who are on a streak of their own, having won 4 of their last 5. They did fall to the Canucks in their last game, however, 3-1. In the loss, they also ended up losing Stoll to a groin injury. No Sympathy from the Oilers, however.

The last time these two teams met was November 25, a 3-1 loss. However, that was before the “Awesome Oilers” showed their faces, so hopefully we see a better battle tonight. Heart prediction: 4-3 Oilers in shootout. Brain prediction: 4-2 Kings. I have a feeling the heart is right in this one though.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Penner-Gagner-Brule
Stone-Horcoff-Nilsson
Moreau-Cogliano-Potulny
Jacques-Stortini-O’Sullivan

Visnovsky-Smid
Souray-Gilbert
Grebeshkov-Staios

Deslauriers
Doobie

Los Angeles Kings Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Frolov-Kopitar-Williams
Purcell-Richardson-Brown
Moller-Handzus-Parse
Ivanans-Elkins-Harrold

Scuderi-Doughty
Johnson-Jones
O’Donnell-Jones

Quick
Ersberg

TEAM COMPARISON




STATS
35 GP 32
21 W 15
11 L 13
3 OT 4
45 P 34
0.643 P% 0.531
2.91 G/G 2.94
2.89 GA/G 3
19.6 PP% 19.5
78.1 PK% 78.4
29 S/G 28.3
27.3 SA/G 32.7
49.1 FO% 46.7

GAME NOTES

– Lots of talk lately about Khabibulin being done for the season. No official word on this has come out, so I’m pretty sure that’s just a rumor. In fact, Quinn somewhat denounces that rumor in this quote: “Apparently he had a good day two days ago in his workouts, although he’s still not ready to step on the ice at this point.”
– Horcoff practiced on a line with Stone and Nilsson yesterday. Look for him to play with them tonight, and Stortini to play with Jacques and O’Sullivan.
– Souray and Brule both missed practice yesterday. Brule should go tonight. Souray’s injury is a back injury… and we know from Khabibulin how nagging those can be. It’s possible they may rest Souray tonight.
– We should see Grebeshkov in the lineup tonight in place of Strudwick (unless Souray doesn’t suit up). He practiced yesterday with Gilbert, but that could be just because Souray wasn’t practicing. God I hope so, because I think I’ve seen enough of that pairing.
– Jarret Stoll hurt his groin against the Canucks yesterday and should be out tonight.
– Sniper Matt Greene scored his first goal of the season vs. the Oilers on November 25th.

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY


5:29 – LAK – Richardson from Brown
Grebeshkov can’t handle a pass at the blueline from Staios and Brown blows past him. On the ensuing two on one on Staios, brown fires it across to Richardson who buries it.

Other Highlights
– Penner throws the body on Greene, finishing a check.
– O’Sullivan shows some nice early jump on the line with Stortini and Jacques.
– Stortini hammers Scuderi in the corner
– Great blind pass by Potulny as he chipped it behind him to Moreau on the fly, but Moreau wasn’t expecting it. Stick on the ice, kids.
– Brule gets a great scoring chance, skating into the slot and firing it on Quick.
– Great shift by the new Nilsson/Horcoff/Stone line, putting on a great game of keepaway in the LA zone.
– After the LA goal, it’s been pretty much all Oilers. Lots of puck possession.
– Visnovsky blasts a bomb from the point that appears to go in, but it hit Gagner behind th e net. Gagner gets the rebound in the slot and nearly buries it, followed by Brule doing the same, but it stays out due to some crazy magnetic field.
– Souray tears the cover off one that hurts Johnson, who got in the way. He limps off the ice.
– The Kings put on a late rally in the last minute of the period.

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY


3:44 – LAK – Brown from Richardson, Handzus
Richardson beats Visnovsky, and shoots one on goal that Deslaurier kicks right out to Brown. Brown easily puts it into the wide open cage.
12:17 – EDM – Souray from Potulny
Potulny wins the draw back to Souray who wires it past Quick.

Other Highlights
– Ivanans and Jacques go at it. Jacques looks pretty outmatched here. He hangs on for dear life, and ends up coming out pretty unscathed but doesn’t really get any punches off. Ivanins gets called for the Instigator on the fight.
– Penner steals a pass through the slot in the Kings zone and gets in all alone on Quick, but Quick makes himself big in the net and makes the save.
– Matt Greene saves a sure goal as a Penner shot gets through Quick’s pads and almost trickles into the Kings net. Greene chips the loose puck out of danger.
– Greene hits Stone from behind hard. Stone gets up and takes Greene’s number.
– Nilsson steals one from an LA defender, and goes in alone on Quick. However, he fires it high over the net.
– Penner almost tips a pass from Gagner, one handed, into the net to tie it up, but Quick made the save. The puck gets behind the net and Gagner manages to flip it out front to Brule who jams away at it, but the force field again keeps it out. But this leads to a powerplay.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


3:43 – EDM – Potulny from Souray
Potulny picks the puck up off a pass from Gilbert and goes in on net with Souray. He passes to Souray, and Souray quickly passes it back to Potulny who hammers a slapper into the net.
15:27 – LAK – O’Donnell from Frolov, Williams
Frolov battles dwon low and throws the puck back to the point to O’Donnell. He blasts it from the point through traffic, into the net.

Other Highlights
– Williams gets to a rebound off the backboards, but falls on his butt before he can shoot it into the open cage.. lucky.
– Former roommates, Greene and Penner battle for position in front of the net and continue after the whistle… great war! Penner has a big smile after it, but Greener looks pretty serious.
– Souray RIPS a shot that slides up Quick’s stick shaft and off the post.
– This game was already pretty high flying, but it’s picked up a bit even, after the Oilers tied it at 2. End to end action!
– Greene hammers Nilsson and Grebeshkov in back to back hits. Who is that bruiser?? They were both highlight hits, and in a span of about 2 seconds. Never was a Greene fan, but he’s been a force physically, and earning my respect.
– Gagner carries the puck through the Kings zone, across the blue line and is met by a huge hip check from Doughty. He’s noticeably shaken up on the hit. However, he still plays shifts after that play, so looks like he’s fine.
– Moreau bowls over Doughty in the Kings zone.
– The Oilers get a powerplay with 3 minutes left in the game, down 3-2. However Horcoff gets a penalty while on the powerplay.
– The Oilers pull JDD with a minute left and get an icing call. Quinn calls a timeout.
– The Oilers battle hard with the goalie pulled, working it around well and generating chances, but it’s not enough.

POST-GAME RANT

Quick earned the first star tonight. Well played game by the Oilers. However the Kings capitalized on their chances. The Oilers got down early, 2-0 and showed great resolve, battling back to tie it 2-2. But unfortunately the Kings got ahead again and the Oilers just couldn’t tie it up again.

Next game, Thursday, on PPV against the Predators at Rexall Place.

123 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers 2 Los Angeles Kings 3 – Dec 15, 2009 @ 7:30 PM – SNET – Game 33”

  1. Racki says:

    gr8one: meant to say eastern conference, stupid edit button.

    What’s wrong with the edit button?

  2. DropIt says:

    Jacques held his own, but Ivanans is in a different weight class. More Stortini-esque

  3. gr8one says:

    Racki:
    What’s wrong with the edit button?

    nothing, other than it doesn’t work once someone has posted a newer comment. it’s not “broken” though.

    not a big deal, but can you change that?

  4. Racki says:

    DropIt: Yah, I write down a log of all the action, and my summary was basically that Jacques looked outmatched and was just hanging on for the ride. But he didn’t really eat too much at least. :P

  5. Racki says:

    Instigator to Ivanins

  6. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    nothing, other than it doesn’t work once someone has posted a newer comment. it’s not “broken” though.not a big deal, but can you change that?

    You and your edit button crap. Can’t you just get it right the first time? hehe

    Kidding.

    I am sure I can change some sort of setting for that. I think it’s a timed thing too. I’ll take a look at the intermission.

  7. gr8one says:

    This feels to me like one of those games where Quick might get a shut out.

    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.

  8. Racki says:

    There, edit button should always work.

  9. DropIt says:

    What in blue blazing hell is Fleury doing at an Oilers game

  10. gr8one says:

    Racki: There, edit button should always work.

    sweet, I fucking love you!

  11. Trogdor says:

    Cmon boys, just put it in the net already.

  12. Racki says:

    I think the other thing is, some of you guys don’t log in to the site, per se… if you created a log in, I think things like the edit button automatically allow you to always use it. Sme other features are specific to logged in users too.

    And when I say logged in, I don’t mean typing your info above the post.. i mean using the login at the top.

  13. Trogdor says:

    Thank you!

  14. Racki says:

    Awesome how we hear a goal during the replay. lol

  15. LateNightOilFan says:

    Live camera would be nice. Goal!

  16. gr8one says:

    gr8one: This feels to me like one of those games where Quick might get a shut out.SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.
    SHUT OUT.

    wooot!!

    you’re welcome Oilers!

  17. Racki says:

    DropIt: What in blue blazing hell is Fleury doing at an Oilers game

    He must have joined the OilDropIt Movement

  18. LateNightOilFan says:

    gr8one: This feels to me like one of those games where Quick might get a shut out.SHUT OUT.SHUT OUT.SHUT OUT.SHUT OUT.SHUT OUT.SHUT OUT.SHUT OUT.

    That did the trick, the Oilers thank you!

  19. gr8one says:

    awww, shucks…I see the Flamers lost tonight, that’s too bad.

  20. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh Green came back to haunt us there.

  21. Trogdor says:

    That was another close one. Shoot harder Penner!

  22. Racki says:

    Gawdamnit… Anderson is getting lit up. I think I hung on to the wrong goalie in my trade with Tyler. :P

  23. gr8one says:

    Staios did nice fore-check pinch there to help create that scoring chance by Penner.

  24. gr8one says:

    Racki: Gawdamnit… Anderson is getting lit up. I think I hung on to the wrong goalie in my trade with Tyler.

    maybe you should drop him for Budaj?? :p

  25. Trogdor says:

    Few goalies getting lit up tonight. Washington up 5-0 right now Pens won 6-1 and 11 goals between Tampa and Preds.

  26. Trogdor says:

    That would have been a beaut.

  27. gr8one says:

    FFS!!

    will it help if I say Shut Out again?

  28. Racki says:

    Looks like Quick will escape the game with ONE GOAL AGAINST>… one goal against.. one goal.. oneenenonenonoene1won

  29. Trogdor says:

    Ugly PP…

  30. gr8one says:

    Racki: Looks like Quick will escape the game with ONE GOAL AGAINST>… one goal against.. one goal.. oneenenonenonoene1won

    ahah, that literally made me laugh out loud…

  31. LateNightOilFan says:

    Please don’t go close-up on Bucky ever again…

  32. Bostonoiler says:

    Heres to a strong 3rd period!

  33. gr8one says:

    Nilsson is looking pretty good out there again.

  34. Racki says:

    YESSSS!!! nice give and go souray! Potsi with the goal

  35. Trogdor says:

    Yeehaw, back in the game!

  36. LateNightOilFan says:

    I’m lovin Potulny!

  37. Racki says:

    If we drive the Deslauriers up to 88 mph, can we make it back to 1955 and prevent Biff from marrying Marty McFly’s mom?

  38. Bostonoiler says:

    Keep it up!

  39. gr8one says:

    Racki: If we drive the Deslauriers up to 88 mph, can we make it back to 1955 and prevent Biff from marrying Marty McFly’s mom?

    you’re killing it tonight. :p

  40. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    you’re killing it tonight. :p

    I’m here all week, folks!

  41. gr8one says:

    did you guys see how the whole net shuddered on the replay of Souray’s goal post shot?

    geezus that takes some velocity to do that to a hockey net.

  42. Bostonoiler says:

    Anyone else see the Falcons score? They lost 6-1 and I was there………..

  43. Racki says:

    Damn, the Falcons are stinking up the joint ever since the end of Nov. They were right at the top of the Conference… Dubnyk gets called up, and boom, they hit the tank.

  44. gr8one says:

    and you know, I LOVE Visnovsky, and don’t necessarily think we lost the trade as he was the best player involved.

    but what are the two things we say we need the most? a gritty center that wins draws, can score some goals and is great on the PK (STOLL)

    and a big, mean shut down D(GREEN)

  45. Racki says:

    haha, well, I think the gritty pking faceoff guy was easily replaceable. The defensive bruiser was also replaceable enough, however Tambi gets a big F for completely failing to replace those guys.

  46. Racki says:

    I will admittedly say that I was never a Greene fan, but damn did he ever throw some nice hits on that one shift (on Nilsson and Grebs, back to back)

  47. Racki says:

    Gagner’s hurt…

  48. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ugh, looks like that was deflected

  49. Trogdor says:

    That goal hurt too…

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