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. Bostonoiler says:

    hmmmmmmm…..Kings visit Edmonton. Kings win both games and its an absurd defender that scores late in the 3rd after a shit load of oiler chances each time…………….wow

  2. gr8one says:

    blegh

  3. Trogdor says:

    Time for a PP goal. Very good time for one. Let’s go Oilers!

  4. LateNightOilFan says:

    Crucial PP coming up here.

  5. Racki says:

    Come on Oil PP!

  6. Racki says:

    Bye bye Oil PP!

  7. Trogdor says:

    That was soft.

  8. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow I haven’t seen Horc PO’d like that for a long time.

  9. Racki says:

    WELLLLL looks like Quick is going to get out of this game with only TWO GOALS against… TWOOOOOOOOO too, to,….. (help me out gr8one)

  10. Racki says:

    Damn.. helluva finish.. why did you miss that one Penner… WHyyyyyyyy

  11. gr8one says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

    I thought Penner had it tied!

  12. Trogdor says:

    Some good pressure at the end there, but not enough. Time to start a new win streak.

  13. Racki says:

    Well, on a good note.. it was a very well played game by the Oil. They showed that the road trip wasn’t all fluke.

  14. Bostonoiler says:

    Still shows we have fight and again proves that we want to win games. Can’t win them all! Gonna need a win against the Preds though! Still only 5 points out guys! Honestly only 5 points out, this team is playing pretty good. One bad mistake lead to this loss. We were the better team in the 3rd and a good chunk of the 2nd. Go Oil! Night folks! These guys have heart and fight. Gagner and Penner are for real! (Oil should have won though…Penner had so many chances in this one. Should have tied it at the last second 2!)

  15. gr8one says:

    as much as I’m happy with how well we’ve played(even with this loss) we really gotta start the games the way we’ve finished lately.

    When I think back to the start of the year we were starting pretty good, and then coasting in the third and losing games or having games tied late, and now our recent success has it flipped where we come out slow but finish strong, if we can start putting together whole games we’ll be fine.

    but this come from behind shit has gotta stop.

  16. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well crap. So close to tying it too.

    Well this was the first test in a while against a top team (seems weird typing that about LAK) and it was close and could have gone either way. Overall I thought the Oilers played well. The Kings capitalized on the critical mistakes. Bring on the Preds for another good test.

  17. Racki says:

    gr8one: as much as I’m happy with how well we’ve played(even with this loss) we really gotta start the games the way we’ve finished lately.When I think back to the start of the year we were starting pretty good, and then coasting in the third and losing games or having games tied late, and now our recent success has it flipped where we come out slow but finish strong, if we can start putting together whole games we’ll be fine.but this come from behind shit has gotta stop.

    Agreed, but I would say that in this game, the Oil did start well.. just not on the scoreboard. They dominated most of that first period, imho. But of course the score didn’t show that.

  18. Bostonoiler says:

    Yup, I agree. Racki, it wasn’t all fluke you are right, lets hope they play good against the preds my friend.

    Gr8one: If they played a whole game there is no doubt to me that they would make the playoffs. Oil are underrated and can be a dominate team…Honestly watch the last 6 games and they have played good. This loss doesn’t bother me because the effort was there and honestly we should have and could have won.

    LNOF: Kings are good this year which throws me off too lol. Good to see us compete well against the 2nd best team in the league. We have Nashville and Washington in the next 2 games. HUGE GAMES. Imagine we win both…..confidence level would go through the roof.

  19. Trogdor says:

    Preds used up all their goal scoring tonight, so hopefully they have a drought against us.

  20. Racki says:

    Quinn didn’t like the game – “I don’t know if there’s any excuse for being dumb.” .. “I haven’t been angry this year yet, but I’m angry now.” hah.. I thought it was a pretty good game, but he didn’t like the pass first mentality of some guys, the weak goals… audio here. “We don’t shoot the puck, we stay out too long.. we make bad changes.”

  21. zackman35 says:

    Wonder how many people are jumping off the ship at the OMB. On a side note, I should have planned this night better. I always forget Sportsnet games now have a repeat usually at 11pm. Instead of focusing so much on the game I should have been focusing a lot more on my girlfriend. :(

    It was a frustrating game to watch, so many great chances but at the end of it all the scoreboard tells the story.

  22. gr8one says:

    I love pat Quinn.

    I really like that he got so pissed off after this game, because we actually played pretty good, and it sends a message that just playing “pretty good” is not good enough.

  23. Racki says:

    I think he’s just still mad at the cutesy stuff (see: Robert Nilsson) and the seive goaltending, although I didn’t think he was bad. He might not have been talking about Deslauriers, but he was unhappy about shots from outside dangerous scoring areas going in.

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