GDT – Edmonton Oilers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 – Jan 14, 2010 @ 7:30 PM – TSN – Game 46

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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

PRE-GAME RANT

The Penguins head into Edmonton tonight to face the slumping Oilers. The Oilers are a horrendous 1-11-1 in their last 13 games since going on a 5-game winning streak on the road. The Penguins have had their own share of struggles lately, having gone 5-8-0 in the same stretch.

Both the brain and heart tell me this is going to be an ugly game, whether Pittsburgh has been hot or not (unless Dubnyk plays unreal). So that said, here are my predictions for the game:

Brain: Penguins 7, Oilers 4
Heart: Penguins 5, Oilers 2

One last thing… Tambellini addressed the media Wednesday about Khabibulin and some other issues. One topic of discussion was in regards to thecaptainethanmoreau’s in which this exchange took place:

Random Reporter (my new hero): “You think he (Moreau) has propensity for taking dumb penalties? Last night wasn’t the first one that he’s taken at a crucial time in a game.”

Steve Tambellini: “Well that’s your assessment of the situation – whether it’s a good penalty or not. No one goes out there trying to make a play that is going to hurt a hockey club. He’s an intense, strong-willed type of player that has worked hard for this organization.”

I’m not sure if that was just a line he was feeding the reporter because it’s not something he wants to discuss, but I don’t believe that’s the case given the way he answers other questions. If this is how he feels, well quite frankly it’s no wonder we’re at the bottom. I’m of course not saying that Moreau is the reason this team is losing, however, perhaps if he’s missing issues like this, the mistakes of other players who can do no wrong are being overlooked as well.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Penner-Gagner-Nilsson
O’Sullivan-Potulny-Pisani
Stone-Cogliano-Jacques
Moreau-Stortini-Strudwick

Souray-Gilbert
Grebeshkov-Staios
Visnovsky-Smid

Dubnyk
Deslauriers

Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Dupuis-Crosby-Guerin
Fedotenko-Malkin-Talbot
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Eaton-Gonchar
Goligoski-Letang
Lovejoy-McKee

Fleury
Johnson

GAME NOTES

– The lines have been re-juggled for the Oilers during Wednesday’s practice.
– Not much talk on it here, but Pouliot is down in Springfield now for his conditioning stint. He assisted on a goal by Taylor Chorney last night.
– Brule will likely miss tonight again, due to the flu.
– Unrelated to tonights game, but there have been rumors that Georges Laraque is going to be bought out soon by the Canadiens and suspicions are that the Oilers could be interested. I say “no thank you”. Doesn’t address our needs other than size, but there isn’t a guy I’d take out of the line up (aside from maybe Moreau now) in favor of Big Georges. Great for the city though, so wouldn’t mind him back here… just can’t see how he fits in the line-up anymore.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD SCORING
No scoring.
2ND PERIOD SCORING
EDM – 1:34 – Cogliano (PP) from O’Sullivan, Visnovsky
On the 5-on-3, O’Sullivan passes it cross-seam to Cogliano. Cogliano get two cracks at it, then puts it top shelf.
EDM – 11:53 – VIsnovsky (PP) from O’Sullivan
O’Sullvian drives to the net and wrists it. Fleury gets a piece and it rings off the bar. O’Sullivan picks it up behind the goal and swings behind the net and up the boards… he seem-passes it to Visnovsky who blasts it in the net
3RD PERIOD SCORING
PIT – 3:18 – Kennedy from Staal
Kennedy shoots one from the face off dot. It hits Dubnyk in the body but squirts past his arm somehow and beats him short side. Not a good goal.
PIT – 6:48 – Cooke from Letang, Staal
Letang makes a nice play at center ice to dangle around a check and passes it up to Staal. He carries the puck into the zone and shoots it from 40 feet out. Dubnyk kicks it out to Cooke, who just barely beats a sprawling Dubnyk.
PIT – 10:30 – Dupuis from Staal, Cooke
Staal beats Visnovsky behind the goal line and throws it out front. It banks off Dupuis’ knee and in.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1st 2nd 3rd Total
PIT PIT 3 14 14 31
EDM EDM 4 18 13 35

1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

– Horcoff a last minute scratch. He took the warm-up, but something was wrong and he didn’t finish the skate. Oilers staff says its an illness.
– Malkin sets up Fedotenko who swoops in on net, but Dubnyk shuts the door on him.
– Godard starts the rough stuff with Stortini early on at the end of a shift. No gloves dropped, but we’ll see if that sets up something for later.
– Strudwick playing with Grebeshkov on at least one shift, and Nilsson seen with Moreau/Stortini (as well as the top line), so not sure what’s happening with the lines.
– Cogliano actually getting some PP time, thanks to Horcoff’s absence.
– Nilsson makes some wild behind the back pass reception.. not sure how he reeled that one in.
– Stortini nearly gets one on a wrap around, but it doesn’t quite have enough wrap.
– The Oilers are playing a pretty tight defensive game, not allowing the Penguins to open up just yet. As such, they haven’t been able to generate much at the other end.
– Nilsson gets some love from Ferraro for outbattling Rupp in the Oilers zone below the goal line to clear the puck “using his superior skating skill and body positioning”.
– Penner nails Lovejoy, drawing some applause from the fans.
– Ferraro assesses that Cogliano and Nilsson have been the most notable Oilers so far tonight. Both are showing some blue collar work ethic.
– Both Malkin and Adams get penalties on Potulny. Adams does the can opener on Potulny and Malkin jumps up at Potulny. 5-on-3 with 12 seconds left in the period.

2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

– Souray gets Malkin in the train tracks on the boards and prevents him from going anywhere and knocks him to the ice.
– Potulny blasts one into Fleury’s glove, giving Fleury a boo-boo. It draws a bit of blood on his finger, and he goes for repairs after the whistle.
– Stone finds himself in all alone on Fleury, but can’t manage to score his first career goal.
– Gonchar drifts Gagner from behind… no call (already an Oilers PP). Gagner folded like a paper Pterodactyl.
– Guerin gets a partial breakaway on Dubnyk. He tries to slide it five hole, but Dubnyk closes up the bay doors.
– Nilsson makes a great play going in on Fleury, freezing him with the fake slap and tries a nice deke move. In the process, he falls on top of Fleury as the puck rolls wide. Fleury snaps and jumps on top of him in the net and a small tussle ensues.

3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

– The period starts 4-on-4 from the Fleury/Nilsson broo-ha-ha
– Penner gets a breakaway. Thankfully the puck actually stays on his stick the whole way.. until Fleury dives out and poke checks it away.
– Pisani and Penner get a 2-on-1. Pisani elects to shoot, and Fleury makes a simple save.
– Staios makes a nice 1-on-1 play preventing Malkin from getting around him and in on net.
– Penner outbattles lovejoy behind the goal line. He uses great body positioning to come out front, spin and get a shot on Fleury. What a difference we’ve seen this year with him.
– Crosby just misses the freight train as he enters the zone. Souray came flying at him, but just barely clipped him, slowing him down a bit but he only stumbles slightly.
– Gagner sets up Penner in the slot. Penner gets a quick shot off, but can’t get enough of it and toes it high and wide.
– Gonchar throws a high hit on O’Sullivan which knocks him down. He chases him down for a sec, but Gonchar skates off on a line change.
– Penner passes a puck through a Penguin player’s legs to a streaking Gagner. Gagner gets in on Fleury and goes five hole, but Fleury makes the save.
– Malkin makes a nice saucer across the front of the net to Talbot who just punches it wide.
– Gagner gets a nice one-timer chance, but fires it wide.

POST-GAME RANT


Well, what can I say about this one. Normally, with the way the last 13 games have gone, I would be giving you the “the Oilers came out flat, played the middle period flat, and finished flat” speech, but such was not the case tonight. Heartbreaker. They played a pretty damn good game tonight. They shut the Penguins down for most of the game. The wheels kind of fell off the bus midway through the third, but I’d say this was a pretty flawless game played by the Oilers for the majority of the night. Lots of positives in this one. As a guy who is all about “Tanking for Taylor”, it was nice to see the Dive For Five kept alive, but a very exciting game played by both teams.

Doobie, since you’re all wondering (if you didn’t watch the game), played pretty well tonight. One of the goals scored on him was a softie. He did make the save, but it somehow squeaked past him. But other than that, he looked really good tonight. Other players who stood out – Cogliano, who scored a powerplay goal and was flying all night; Penner and Gagner who looked like magic together tonight (sorry, but Horcoff who?); Nilsson who was pretty physical and battled nicely tonight and even had one beauty deke on Fleury but couldn’t bring it back around; O’Sullivan who had 2 assists tonight and was all over the place, playing a very uplifted game.

Next game is Saturday at 2:00PM vs. the San Jose Sharks in San Jose.

79 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 – Jan 14, 2010 @ 7:30 PM – TSN – Game 46”

  1. Racki says:

    Yah I generally post over there, and on occasion Staples will post here as well too.

    I don’t want to come off as an Oiler hater or too negative though, so I replied to that quote ;) The quote about Pittsburgh… I would have predicted a Penguins win regardless of how this team was playing. They do what we try to do a lot better (based soley on having far better players in some cases).

  2. Haboiler says:

    Whens the last time you could buy 9 tickets in a row to an Oilers game on game day? And of course they have done away with the half price gameday tix with so many left…

  3. MetalOil says:

    Well I am going to put my “Tank for Taylor” shirt in the laundry for this one. Defending Stanley Cup champs in our building on national TV when everyone expects us to get to get clobbered is just too much hype for me to cheer against the Oil. I predict the Oil to take this one and in convincing fashion too. Anyone know who is starting in net for the Pens:) I would expect them to be playing their backup with the Pens playing the NHLs 2nd worst team on the 2nd night of a back to back game night

  4. zackman35 says:

    I’ll be more focused on the fight filled Leafs and Flyers game.

  5. Racki says:

    that one should be over by the time the Oil starts. Should be able to catch both.

  6. zackman35 says:

    Oh yeah, it should be too, awesome. Well if I catch it I catch it, if I don’t then I guess I don’t. I still would like to see either Gagner on the top line again in place of Horc or I’d like to see Penner – Gags – Cogs.

  7. Trogdor says:

    Well, I’ll probably catch the beginning of one game and the end of the other. Watching recent Oiler play has been good prep for the videos I may end up watching at pre natal classes tonight…

    How bad can it be?

  8. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: that one should be over by the time the Oil starts. Should be able to catch both.

    The Oil/Pens game will likely also be over for the Oil before it starts too, Racki.

    How much you wanna bet Malkin breaks out of his goal-scoring drought this game?

    We’ll see I guess, Pens had a pretty intense game last night and have had some recent struggles, but they are the Pens…

  9. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan:
    The Oil/Pens game will likely also be over for the Oil before it starts too, Racki.How much you wanna bet Malkin breaks out of his goal-scoring drought this game?We’ll see I guess, Pens had a pretty intense game last night and have had some recent struggles, but they are the Pens…

    haha, ouch. True enough. And well, the Flames are a team that can give the Pens a tough go. “We” aren’t.

  10. MetalOil says:

    Dubnyk gets the start too!!! This would be a good game for him to show what he’s got. both him and JDD are RFA’s in the summer and based on what I have seen I think there is a chance of only one of them being retained beyond this season. Might as well have him and JDD split games from this point on.

  11. otto84 says:

    I never thought I’d say this but… GO PENGUINS!

    Already feel bad for Dubnyk.

  12. Racki says:

    For those not aware, the olympic torch stuff has been happening online, since Toronto > all right now on TSN:

    http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=57215

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    I like DD’s royal blue pads. Much better than JDD’s pumpkin pads (no offense to any orange fans out there).

  14. Racki says:

    Horcoff scratched

  15. LateNightOilFan says:

    Horcoff a late scratch after taking the warmup – said he came off the ice quickly with 5 min left in the warmup.

  16. Racki says:

    Lines updated for horcoff scratch:

    Penner-Gagner-Nilsson
    O’Sullivan-Potulny-Pisani
    Stone-Cogliano-Jacques
    Moreau-Stortini-Strudwick

  17. Racki says:

    Ok, the lines have been jumbled yet again, and Strudwick is now playing with Grebs, and Nilsson was spotted in his place on line 4… so not sure what’s happening with the lines.

  18. Racki says:

    Oilers staff says Horcoff scratched due to “illness”, per Tencer.

  19. MetalOil says:

    Racki: Oilers staff says Horcoff scratched due to “illness”, per Tencer.

    Just when it looks like it can’t get worse for the Oilers it just might be. Another flu bug hitting the team???

  20. Racki says:

    Perhaps the Oilers should get some flu shots or something. Maybe hang out with the Flames more for advanced flu-shots.

  21. Racki says:

    5-on-3.. nice

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    Well, well, well, 5 on 3 to start the 2nd. I think I would have pulled the goalie there with 12 sec left to give a 6 on 3.

    Not bad so far, a bit of a yawner but not bad.

  23. Racki says:

    12 secs is too much time left to pull the goalie. That would have been cool to see though… although maybe not with our pp. :P

  24. MetalOil says:

    Nice one Cogs!!!

  25. LateNightOilFan says:

    Cogs!! Nice to see him score again!

  26. Racki says:

    Yah,I’m just glad Cogliano is finally getting opportunity. Seriously, he’s gotten the shit end of the stick all season practically.

  27. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: 12 secs is too much time left to pull the goalie. That would have been cool to see though… although maybe not with our pp.

    Yah, but it would have spiced things up a bit, even if the Oilers lose at this point they win, so what the hell, right!

  28. Racki says:

    It would sure add some excitement to the game!

    Looks like things have opened up a bit this period though. Good that we’re ahead by a goal though. I don’t think it will last, however.

  29. Racki says:

    Nice shot by Visser!

  30. Racki says:

    Pens PP… let’s see how the Oil PK handles things tonight (against one of the leagues worst PP’s mind you… how that is possible, I’ll never know)..

  31. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oilers trying hard to prove me wrong! 2-0

    Let’s see how they do on the PK…although the Pens PP is quite the mystery…

  32. MetalOil says:

    O’Sully has been looking good out there.

  33. Racki says:

    Yah I don’t get how those guys can be so shitty on the PP.

  34. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wow, now I see why they’re 29th on the pp…

    And DD with the save on a break!

  35. MetalOil says:

    Same with Dubnyk

  36. Racki says:

    Yah O’Sully has been really good tonight.. assists on both goals so far. Doobie hasn’t had to save much, but he’s been sharp when needed. Good to see.

  37. Steve-O says:

    damn, fell asleep during the laffs game and just woke up

    come on oil! lets fuck them up

    and come on stone

  38. Racki says:

    I just want to say if Moreau outlasts Visnvosky (from this point forward) as an Oiler, I’m going to boycott the Oilers. (idle threat btw, as i wouldn’t really!)

  39. LateNightOilFan says:

    Dogpile!

    Can’t say I blame Fleury there, though

  40. Racki says:

    Steve-O: damn, fell asleep during the laffs game and just woke upcome on oil! lets fuck them upand come on stone

    Been a good game so far… not one to fall asleep for, unless you’re really pushing for Fall For Hall (which I know you aren’t).

  41. Steve-O says:

    good job cogs, don’t let fluery get away with that shit

    and i would have loved to see jfj beat on crosby right there

  42. MetalOil says:

    I gotta give Lubes the nod over Penner as team MVP. Without him this team would be no better then an AHL team. Penner can win the most improved player award.

  43. Racki says:

    MetalOil: Hundred percent agree. Visnovsky is easily my favorite Oiler right now. The guy makes players better. So does Penner though, so I give him a lot of credit too. But Visnovsky hasn’t taken a single night off all year. Plus, I’ll just remind everyone how he played 2 minutes of a 3 minute shift with a sprained ankle!

  44. MetalOil says:

    Whats with the nicknames we have had for our goalies lately?? Rolli and now Doobie!!! Hummm I thinkin I may have found the reason our management has dished out these highly overpaid contracts in the last half decade.

  45. Steve-O says:

    and smid, don’t forget about him

  46. Steve-O says:

    thats one hell of a bi-athlete, go canada

  47. Racki says:

    Steve-O: and smid, don’t forget about him

    Smid has been great, but I’m giving Visnovsky a lot of credit for that. Smid was a bit of a disaster with Staios, but when he’s playing with a smooth skater like Visnovsky who covers a lot of ice in a hurry, he doesn’t have to worry so much. No hand grenades in the skates to and from Visnovsky this year either.

  48. Steve-O says:

    yay mackenzie, call those fuckers out

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