GDT – Edmonton Oilers 1, Calgary Flames 4 – Dec 28, 2009 @ 7:00 PM – SNET – Game 39

By , December 28, 2009 5:00 pm
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames

PRE-GAME RANT

This one could easily be known as the Battle of the Suck. The Oilers followed up their 5-game road win streak with 6 straight losses. The Calgary Flames also have been struggling, having won only one of their last 7. They are 1-4-2 in that time frame. Both teams will be looking to snap out of their losing skids with a win tonight. I have to say, I’m pretty indifferent as to which team snaps the skid.

At any rate, the Flames generally have our number, so here are my predictions:
Brain: 5-3 Flames
Heart: 4-3 Oilers

Ok, there, I redeemed myself as an Oiler fan by hoping for an Oilers win! I have to wonder though how much Quinn regrets signing on as coach here. No one said it would be easy, Pat!

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

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

Souray — Gilbert
Visnovsky — Smid
Strudwick — Staios

Deslauriers
Doobie

Calgary Flames Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Iginla — Jokinen — Conroy
Dawes — Langkow — Bourque
Glencross — Nystrom — Moss
Prust — Boyd — McGratton

Regehr — Phaneuf
Giordano — Bouwmeester
Johnson — Pardy

Kiprusoff
McElhinney

TEAM COMPARISON


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37 GP 38
20 W 15
12 L 19
5 OT 4
45 P 34
0.608 P% 0.447
2.73 G/G 2.76
2.46 GA/G 3.24
17.8 PP% 18.4
82.9 PK% 76.3
27.1 S/G 28.1
30.5 SA/G 32.1
46.3 FO% 46.3

GAME NOTES

– Lines updated, as per Oilers Nation
– Grebeshkov scratched, Strudwick in

1ST PERIOD SUMMARY


2:02 – EDM – Potulny from Strudwick, Stone
Strudwick gets a nice shot on goal that Potulny deflects in.
18:58 – CGY – Bourque from Dawes, Jokinen
Dawes beats Staios to a puck behind the net. He throws it out front to Bourque, who puts it in the net.

Other Highlights
– Andrew Cogliano of all people drops them with Dustin Boyd. He gets off to a really good start landing a few in a row, but then Boyd pops his bucket off and unloads a few shots of his own. Score the takedown and win to Boyd, but great scrap by both. Big surprise. Cogliano’s got a bit of swelling on his face.
– On an early powerplay, Gagner finds Horcoff alone in front of the net. Horc bangs away at it twice but can’t beat Kipper. He falls to his knees and gets a great pass over to Nilsson who is also stopped. Great battle.
– Regehr dodges a huge hit from Jacques.. damn that would have been gratifying to see.
– Moreau is all tied up by Bouwmeester while driving to the net for a juicy rebound. He kicks it to his stick, but barely shoots it wide. He draws a penalty on the play to Bouwmeester.
– Pardy throws a huge hit on Stone in front of the Calgary bench.
– Robert Nilsson surprises Rexall, sacrificing the body blocking a shot from the point to end a frantic Calgary attack.
– On the powerplay, Phaneuf shoots it way up high and Glencross tips it down in the net. The refs immediately wave it off and they go upstairs. The call on the ice stands… no goal.
– Very solid period for Deslauriers.

2ND PERIOD SUMMARY


9:22 – CGY – PP – Bourque from Jokinen, Boyd
A shot from Jokinen hits the bar and drops in the crease area. Bourque out battles Strudwick to the puck and puts it behind Deslauriers for good.

Other Highlights
– The Oilers luck out on another one. JDD had a puck trapped for a second and a Flame poked it loose into the net, but the ref waved it dead beforehand.
– Potulny swings behind the net and backhands it to O’Sullivan on the way by. O’Sullivan just misses putting it into the bottom corner of the net.
– Gagner throws a shot on net that Kipper barely handles. Looks like Pardy poked it out of trouble behind him. The Oilers continue to rally and pressure on this shift with Gagner setting up JFJ, but the Flames prevent a goal.
– JFJ nails Dawes from behind, and gets a penalty. I like Jacques, but he’s never been one to obey the stop sign on the back.
– Moss hits Staios from behind. Not sure how there wasn’t a call there, but hey, it’s the Battle of Alberta. Staios goes right after him afterwards, but play continues on.
– Jacques and Regehr slam into each other while racing after a puck, rattling the boards.
– Jacques sets up Brule with a beauty, on the doorstep, but Brule is robbed by Kipper.
– Stone pokes the beehive in front of the Flames net. A mini-brawl ensues, but somehow only Stone goes to the box.
– Horcoff gets a shorthanded chance, but doesn’t quite have enough gas. Quasimodo rides his back the whole way, but eludes a penalty. Credit to him for not holding or anything that would cause a penalty.

3RD PERIOD SUMMARY


5:37 – CGY – SH – Bourque from Langkow
Visnovsky tries to pass it up to Gilbert but it is intercepted. Deslauriers makes the save but kicks it out to Bourque, who has the puck go in off his skate.
7:06 – CGY – Giordano from Conroy
Giordano shoots one from the faceoff dot that goes up high over Deslaurier’s glove. Bad goal that Deslauriers should have had.

Other Highlights
– Jacques gets a puck to him on a wild bounce off a shot by Gagner. He fires it on net, but hits the side of the net.
– Nilsson surprises all with a big hit on Bouwmeester.
– Potulny receives a stretch pass from O’Sullivan at the Flames blue line. He goes in with a Flame hounding him and blasts it from the faceoff circle, but Kipper has no troubles stopping the shot.
– Rare call as Giordano is called for putting his hand on the puck up high in the Calgary zone.
– The boo birds are out on said powerplay as the Oil have troubles breaking out of their zone.
– Iggy starts pushing Smid around after the whistle. You don’t want to make him angry. He throws some good shots early on, even knocking the bucket off Iggy’s head with one shot. Great tilt by Smid. I would never have expected him to hang in there with Iggy, let along be the winner in the fight. I might be showing a bit of homerism here. It wasn’t all Smid, but I’d say he gets the decision in this one though. Great fight that gets the crowd going .
– Regehr and Staios go at it shortly after. Staios does a good job of hanging in there and fighting someone above his weight class. However, I give that one to Regehr who lands more shots than Staios. This should set the tone for the New Years Eve Battle of Alberta.
– O’Sullivan battles the puck off of Phaneuf, crosschecking him in the back and sets up Stortini who puts it in the net… however there was a penalty on the play for the crosscheck.
– Stone drops them with Johnson. Not much in the way of punches here as the two wrestle it out. Stone pulls off Johnson’s helmet and tackles him to the ice and then throws a couple of shots in.

POST-GAME RANT

Not sure what to say on this one. The Oilers played pretty good for at least 50 minutes of play, even doubling the Flames in shots 31-16 at one point in the third. But after the 3rd or 4th goal against, the wind was completely sucked out of the Oilers sails. Credit to Kipper for standing on his head for most of the game.

Well, two good things came of this game: 1) as MetalOil noted, the gap is narrowed with the Hurricanes. 2) Smid had a great fight with Iginla in which he came out the winner.

Next game, Wednesday night at 7:30 on PPV in front of the home crowd vs. the Leafs. This should be called the Battle for Taylor. The Leafs won’t get to enjoy their draft pick though, as it goes to Boston (due to the Kessel trade). But this is a battle of two bottom feeders. I think I’ll find something else to do on Wednesday since it’s PPV.

84 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers 1, Calgary Flames 4 – Dec 28, 2009 @ 7:00 PM – SNET – Game 39”

  1. Horpensky says:

    Flames have 3 wins this month. We have 5.

  2. HockeyNoob says:

    On a positive note, I do like Stone and Brule with Horcoff playing the toughs better than Jacques and O’Sullivan with him.

  3. Racki says:

    I didn’t think the Oil played too bad, aside from the prototypical Moreau penalty and that 5-on-3 (on Potulny’s flipping it over the glass accidentally) killing us.

    JDD had a great game. Some players looked pretty lost / ineffective though. But overall, it wasn’t one of those ones where you want to scrap the whole team and start all over.

  4. DropIt says:

    Racki, your brain must still be on vacation if you think Calgary scores more than 1 goal…

    Edmonton wins 3-1

  5. Racki says:

    hahah See, it’s truly the Battle of the Suck. So who knows what could happen… but glad to see that things are horrible in Calgary right now as well.

  6. MetalOil says:

    If it was not Calgary tonight I would be cheering for the opposition so that we could maintain our spot in the standings for the draft. It is hard enough to cheer for us to lose but even harder to hope for a loss against the flames. Go Oil tonight and then go back to the losing ways tomorrow.

  7. Racki says:

    I agree 100%, MetalOil! Too bad we play them again in 3 days too.

  8. DropIt says:

    I’m still hoping for a BOA sweep this season :P. But at the same time I hope Jokinen falls out of the plane on the way to Edmonton so we get to restart with that 1st line

  9. Racki says:

    lol I could just imagine how you’d feel if you were stuck with some of our underperformers..

  10. Racki says:

    bumped this thread up.

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    Kipper was pulled last night. Therefore I am expecting a bounce back game from him. If the Oilers can get to him I will be pleasantly surprised.

    No expectations re the Oilers. I’ll immensely enjoy a win vs the Flames, but not very confident the Oilers can do it. I’ll go with my usual “hope the Oilers prove me wrong”.

  12. chucker says:

    I have a passive interest in a game that should be getting me excited and circling the game on the calendar. Instead I’m contemplating ripping our carpet from a room.

    I have not felt like this since the mid 90’s.

  13. Mr.Majestyk says:

    I hope Grebs becomes great friends with Ovie at the Olympics and we trade him to Washington for Alzner.

    Oh, not expecting much from the Oilers tonight. They haven’t been giving us much to cheer about lately.

  14. Racki says:

    Yah honestly, I’m not 100% into this one either, but hey.. it’s the BoA.. I’ll try and put any hopes of tanking for a top pick aside just to see a good, rough game. If the Oilers come out and show zero backbone, then I’ll know that they’re on the tank for Taylor bandwagon too… lol (kidding)

  15. Mr.Majestyk says:

    The Oilers might be fans of Maestro Fresh Wes

  16. Racki says:

    Mr. M, have you been sneaking into my record collection again? *listens to Drop The Needle*

    :lol:

  17. LateNightOilFan says:

    chucker: Instead I’m contemplating ripping our carpet from a room.

    There has to be an Oiler analogy in that statement somewhere.

  18. Racki says:

    Sounds like a rebuild… of your flooring. :lol:

  19. LateNightOilFan says:

    Or re-building from the ground up…

  20. Racki says:

    hah, Grebeshkov scratched for Strudwick… Strudwick gets a nice shot on goal that Potulny deflects in.

  21. gr8one says:

    Mr.Majestyk: The Oilers might be fans of Maestro Fresh Weshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzull7scV2Y

    haha awesome…oh, the memories!

    lol…I had the “Symphony in Effect” cassette.

  22. Racki says:

    Wow, Cogliano scrapped and it was a helluva good fight! First career fight, I’m sure.

  23. Racki says:

    So far they’re giving the credit on the goal to Strudwick, but clearly it was tipped by Potulny.

  24. Racki says:

    Great start to this game so far.

  25. MetalOil says:

    Wow do the Flames ever suck :) the look like the Latvians on boxing day so far!!!

  26. Racki says:

    And here I was just hoping that it was that the Oilers looked good… :(

    haha

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Wow, Cogliano scrapped and it was a helluva good fight! First career fight, I’m sure.

    And I missed it! Who did he fight?

    I lost track of time – it was 15 minutes to puck drop then all of a sudden 15 minutes past puck drop…(real time, not stop time).

  28. Racki says:

    Dustin Boyd.. good scrap too. Cogliano got the shots in early, and Boyd got them in late. I score the win to Boyd though.

  29. Racki says:

    Hopefully stays no goal

  30. MetalOil says:

    not conclusive enough to overturn the call on the ice. No Goal!!!

  31. LateNightOilFan says:

    That looks close, could go either way, has to be conclusive though so that plays in our favour.

  32. Racki says:

    And no goal… woohoo!

  33. LateNightOilFan says:

    Good. No goal. The type of call we’d be arguing for if the Oilers did it though. Nice deflection by Glenx, just a bit too high.

    And Bourque evens it up anyway, late in the period which sucks.

  34. LateNightOilFan says:

    Two Flames right in front, the Oiler D thank JDD for saving them there.

  35. Racki says:

    Yah JDD definitely had a good period. Only 5 shots on goal by Calgary though.. surprising. Must’ve been a fair bit of blocked shots.

  36. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Yah JDD definitely had a good period. Only 5 shots on goal by Calgary though.. surprising. Must’ve been a fair bit of blocked shots.

    6 blocked shots by Oilers, 10 missed shots by Flames.

  37. MetalOil says:

    The Chase for Taylor Update:
    Eric Staal had 3 goals and 2 assists in a Carolina 6-3 win over the Capitals!!!
    Maybe it would be a good thing to lose today and gain some ground on the way to the bottom. Ahhhh NVM I can’t stand losing to the Flames.

  38. LateNightOilFan says:

    Ok I just realized when I type F-l-a-m-e-s it automatically changes to Flamers. Here I thought all along I was mis-typing.

  39. Racki says:

    Another lucky break for the Oil… making up for the 2 shitty ones early in the season.

  40. LateNightOilFan says:

    That was a nice bit of sustained pressure by the Oilers, too bad they now have to go on the PK.

  41. LateNightOilFan says:

    I thought that went in before it went in. Crap.

  42. Racki says:

    That Jacques Gagner Brule line has looked good.. no finish so far though.

  43. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: That Jacques Gagner Brule line has looked good.. no finish so far though.

    I thought Gags was with Penner and Nilsson?

  44. Racki says:

    oops, you’re right. I just saw Jacques and Brule showing some good chemistry, and I think Gagner was on a long shift or something.

  45. MetalOil says:

    LateNightOilFan:
    I thought Gags was with Penner and Nilsson?

    To start the Game it was but PQ must have felt like a smoothy and decided to bring the blender out :)

  46. LateNightOilFan says:

    MetalOil: To start the Game it was but PQ must have felt like a smoothy and decided to bring the blender out

    He’s got the blender in reverse then as I thought they were just out again together.

  47. Racki says:

    It was probably just mid-line change or something, cause I’ve definitely seen the three together. Gagner was probably hogging ice time. :lol:

  48. MetalOil says:

    If the Flames did not have Kipper then they would be right there with us in the chase for Taylor.

  49. LateNightOilFan says:

    I think he’s switched it back to Pen/Gags/Nils, they were out at the end of the period again. Guess we’ll see what the 3rd brings. Not a bad game so far, hope the Oilers can get an early one to tie it up.

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