GDT – Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars – Jan 22, 2010 @ 7:00 PM – SNET – Game 50

By , January 22, 2010 10:44 am

Hind Banana


I’m going to see Dave Attell (spelling? I have no idea who this guy is but I hear he’s funny) tonight so I’ll probably miss this game.  Darn.  Racki said he’s still going to watch the game, so it would be nice if you all swung on by during the game to say hi to him.  It might be lonely here.

The Oilers have played better as of late, and are due a win so I bet it comes tonight when I can’t see it.

Ideally the player get their pride back and start to play as they can, and we can string together a few wins here.

Steve-O stats:

Oilers = not good (right now…soon though, soon)

Dallas = less sucky



Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Moreau Horcoff Pisani
Penner Gagner Cogliano
O’Sullivan Potulny Nilsson
Jacques Pouliot Stortini

Souray – Gilbert
Chorney – Visnovsky
Grebeshkov – Strudwick

Dubnyk / Deslauriers

Dallas Stars Projected Line-Up (subject to change)





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50 GP 49
21 W 16
18 L 27
11 OT 6
53 P 38
0.53 P% 0.388
2.82 G/G 2.57
3.08 GA/G 3.35
18.8 PP% 19.1
76.4 PK% 74.1
31.6 S/G 28.6
30 SA/G 31.7
47.4 FO% 47


– Not sure about the line-up yet, so not sure who is starting.
– Smid should be out, since he got rocked by Raymond on Wednesday.
– I’m going to presume that Staios’ bell is still ringing
– Comrie is hoping to play Tuesday and wants to play in the Skills Comp to challenge Pouliot for the accuracy competition, according to Jason Gregor.

DAL – 6:00 – Daley from Ott
Gilbert coughs the puck up to the blue line as a hit is coming. Daley takes the pass and wires it past Dubnyk. Quinn can’t like that one.
DAL – 12:33 – Modano (PPG) from Robidas, Richards
Strudwick inadvertently tips a Modano slapshot up under the bar.
EDM – 13:12 – Potulny (PPG) from Nilsson, Penner
Penner brings it in the zone and dishes it to Nilsson who comes streaking in. He dangles and shoots it on net, but it hits Potulny. Potulny picks it up and just bangs away at it. Turco makes the save, but Potulny picks it up, goes around him and throws it in. Very, very nice effort by Potulny.
DAL – 11:24 – Benn from Ott, Sutherby
Benn and Ott get a 2-on-1 on Strudwick with Chorney catching up and Ott carrying it in. Strudwick mistakingly thinks Chorney can keep up to Benn. He covers Ott only, and Ott passes it to Benn who makes a nice shot to beat Dubnyk.
EDM – 19:41 – Gagner from Gilbert, Penner
Penner beats two Stars along the boards. He carries the puck out, drops it for Gilbert who throws it cross seam to Gagner. Gagner blasts it home. Beauty goal.
EDM – 18:58 – Gagner from Nilsson, Potulny
With the goalie pulled and the Oilers applying big pressure, and the Oilers banging away in front of the net, Modano accidentally kicks it into the net.
DAL – 19:37 – Neal from Eriksson
Eriksson throws it out front. Strudwick intercepts it briefly but falls down and throws it back to Neal who has a pretty empty net and puts it away.
1st 2nd 3rd Total
DAL DAL 18 5 9 32
EDM EDM 11 14 13 38


19:30 – Jacques nails Sutherby into the turnbuckle by the bench, and then Pouliot hits him from behind right after. A small scrum occurs as these guys think the whistle is blown, but then they realize the play is still going.
17:37 – Strudwick and Barch go at it… Strudwick “starts the lawn mower” throwing rapid fire punches. After the fight, you can see a mouse under Strudwick’s eye though.. looks like Barch got him with a good one.
13:16 – The Oilers take two penalties on a shift (Horcoff and Pisani) and are down 5-on-3.
11:47 – The best chance of the 5-on-3 by the Stars. Somehow the puck stays out from the Oil collapsing in front of the net. Wow, what a series. Great kill!
11:27 – Strudwick nails Ott from behind. He goes down and stays down for a bit then skates off slowly. Knowing Ott, he was trying to sell it. Refs ain’t buyin though.
10:31 – Gagner takes a hit from Sawada. Gagner then clotheslines/slams him to the ground right after. He takes a 2 min holding penalty for it.
8:37 – O’Sullivan takes a slashing call, the 4th straight Oilers penalty. Very brief 5-on-3 here. You know Quinn is about to snap.
4:30 – Excellent chance by the Oil here for Penner, Gagner and Cogliano. They maybe get a bit too cute with the passes, but Gagner gets a shot on net that Turco has a bit of trouble with.
3:30 – Good shift by the 4th liners again, with Pouliot and Stortini each throwing a nice hit.
2:53 – Nice play by Horcoff, intercepting a Dallas breakout pass. He gets it to Moreau who one times it over the net.


15:31 – Nice play by Gagner here, stripping Robidas of the puck in the corner. He then drives to the net, but is hooked the whole way by Robidas. Robidas earns a penalty on the play.
14:40 – Ott chops Potulny’s stick in half, and it will be an Oiler 5-on-3 for just over a minute. The Stars successfully kill both penalties.
11:00 – Fistric throws a nice hit on Stortini as he’s breaking into the zone.
0:47 – What a gloorrrrious chance by the Oilers. Turco survives a wave of attack, including Visnovsky hitting the post on a wide open net with Turco down and out.


19:35 – Hard not to laugh as the official eats it trying to go behind the net.. he falls over the back of the net and pulls it off its morings.
8:50 – Moreau sticks Richards under the visor and into his eye on the follow through from his shot. A bit of irony here. Richards seems to be OK though thankfully.
7:20 – Blown call by the ref here as Potulny is dumped behind the net with the ref watching. He takes a stick in the face by Skrastins.
5:50 – Great shift here by the Moreau / Horcoff / Pisani line as they generate a couple of chances and get the Stars running around in their own zone.
1:55 – Oilers applying lots of pressure here. Visnovsky blasts one from the point that doesn’t get to the net.
1:12 – Oilers pull Dubnyk.
0:35 – Eriksson gets a point blank chance on a pass from Neal from the corner, but Dubnyk makes a BEAUTIFUL save.
0:10 – Turco ROBS Penner having to go east/west pretty quick on a close range shot off a rebound.


What can I say? The game can be summed up by this: Sportsnet actually had the foresight to create an animated “Heartbreaker” video. It’s like we can pretty expect a heartbreaking loss now. And that’s really what happened here. The Oilers battled hard the whole damn way.

They got off to a bad start though, earning 4 straight penalties. Three powerplays for Dallas, with one being a 5-on-3… not a good start. The Oilers did manage to kill off the 5-on-3, but they couldn’t kill them all off.

Well, as far as the good, I don’t know if anyone really had a bad game, overall. However, Grebeshkov and Strudwick (moreso Strudwick) really crapped one out at the end of the game right after a wake up call in which Gilbert was caught not covering the front of the net properly (bailed out by Dubnyk). Players that had a good game: Dubnyk, who made some incredible saves and kept the team in it, the top line which looked very good together, Moreau/Horcoff/Pisani also looked very good together. Jacques, Stortini and Pouliot played a very physical game (yes, even Pouliot… I was impressed). These guys even generated some good chances.

Really, this was the kind of game that makes you feel good about this team. They’re getting better performances out of everybody. There are still some glaring holes on this team, but that is now (in my eyes anyways) a management issue for not filling those holes. These guys are giving 100% each night. Tough to see them lose another one. But they’ll break the streak (stands at 10 straight losses, currently) soon.

Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be the next game which is Tuesday vs. Chicago. It’s a 7:30 start and is televised on TSN.

93 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars – Jan 22, 2010 @ 7:00 PM – SNET – Game 50”

  1. gr8one says:

    yeah, I fearfully agree that the Oilers will start playing better and rise in the standings high enough to get a mediocre draft pick.

    I’m afraid we will continue to suck at sucking, and not quite suck enough.

  2. MetalOil says:

    Doobie gets the start tonight!!!
    Both Dubes and JDD are RFAs at seasons end and that brings up the question of what happens with these two young goalies at seasons end? I think we should just let JDD walk if we can’t trade him based on his very inconsistent play. I do not see him being a starter in the NHL. As for doobie he seems to be improving every single game although he is still looking for his first NHL win, I think that is more a reflection of the team then it is of his play. So for next season I think we should go with Doobie backing up the Wall.

  3. Racki says:

    Some goalies just take a while to come around. Honestly, I don’t have much faith in either, but it’s too early to really tell.

  4. MetalOil says:

    Ya it is to early to tell but a decision still must me made and at this point I would side with Dubes. In all fairness to JDD I am sure that the season(last year) he spent twiddling his thumbs on the bench did not help his progression. He must get rid of those bright orange pads though. I truly believe that they give the shooter the advantage.

  5. Racki says:

    You would think he would have the advantage… if you can’t see, it’s harder to score! 😛

  6. Trogdor says:

    I’ll be watching tonight but not blogging. Donated to Haiti last week, tonight I donate to the poker buddies.

  7. Racki says:

    Anyone else hanging out here? *echo*

  8. MetalOil says:


  9. Racki says:

    Hey MO.

    Off to a nice physical start..

  10. MetalOil says:

    Hey Fight or something I was just finishing dinner.

  11. Racki says:

    Wow, nice fight… Strudwick gets the mower going..

  12. MetalOil says:

    10 straight road loses for Dallas. They must want in on the Hall sweepstakes too.

  13. Racki says:

    MetalOil: Hey Fight or something I was just finishing dinner.

    Well, I assume you just caught the Strudwick one. But I was just referring to a couple of hits by the Oil.

  14. Racki says:

    Cue start of the end.

  15. Racki says:

    Brutal giveaway by Gilbert, as he coughed up the puck due to being too worried about dodging the hit.

  16. MetalOil says:

    oh man 5-3 maybe???

  17. MetalOil says:

    They might as well just put a 2 up on the Dallas side of the scoreboard now.

  18. Racki says:

    so far so good.. *knock on wood*

  19. Racki says:

    Great way to follow up a nice 5-on-3… body slam Sawada to the ground.

  20. MetalOil says:

    Well if we can kill this one of too we should be due some calls going our way.

  21. Racki says:

    holy fucking shit.. another penalty…

  22. MetalOil says:

    oh wow.

  23. Racki says:

    MetalOil: Well if we can kill this one of too we should be due some calls going our way.

    Not yet, apparently..

  24. MetalOil says:

    WTF was that???

  25. MetalOil says:

    Well on the bright side if this game keeps on going like this our PK should rise a few spots in the rankings!!!

  26. MetalOil says:

    Or that

  27. Racki says:

    dammmn. Playing with fire though giving them 3 PPs (including 1 5-on-3)

  28. Racki says:

    Yay… Oilers PP..

  29. Racki says:

    Wow!!! Nice goal!

  30. MetalOil says:

    Nice Work Ryan!!! Now we have a game!!!

  31. MetalOil says:

    I am a real big fan of Potulny. Like you said in one of your post on the drafting thread we do have a lot of the pieces for our rebuild already on the team or on the verge of making the team. We just need to change a few parts on the Oilermobile and we shouldn’t have to sit at the bottom of the NHL standings for much Longer.

    My opinion of Nilson is starting to change as well and I think he may have a place on the team going forward after all.

  32. Racki says:

    I like the physical game Pouliot is bringing tonight. Never been a fan of his, but I can be swayed..

  33. MetalOil says:

    Racki: I like the physical game Pouliot is bringing tonight. Never been a fan of his, but I can be swayed..

    Well from now untill the season ends is really his last chance to prove that he is worthy of a roster spot.

  34. Racki says:

    Yup, very true on that.

  35. MetalOil says:

    Oh dear we got the Blackhawks next game. That one may hurt the eyes. I remember a couple years back(around the time that Cogs scored 3 straight OT winners) a very competitive game between the Oil-Hawks 6-5 Oilers in OT I think) and after the game all the experts were saying that both teams had very bright futures ahead. Now we are just hoping to not get blown out when these two teams meet.

  36. Racki says:

    Yah, well Chicago definitely has the glue players to do well. Yes, they have upgrades on at least a few younger guys, but they also are so much better at what they do because they depth across the board to support their big offense. With us, we’re a bit of a one-trick pony.

  37. LateNightOilFan says:

    Sorry I’m late…got stuck with the family watching a Criminal Minds marathon – that show is addictive!

    And Centre Ice didn’t start broadcasting the game until 10:30 which is pretty weird.

    2-1, not bad if we were in penalty trouble…How’s Dubie Dubie Doo playing?

  38. Racki says:

    Welcome, LNOF!
    Doobie has been fantastic. First goal was probably stopable. 2nd goal was tipped from close range, top shelf by Strudwick. Doobie owned a Stars 5-on-3.

  39. Racki says:

    nice, our 5-on-3 now.

  40. MetalOil says:

    There we go Our turn for a 5-3!!!

  41. Racki says:

    They’re giving our point a lot of space on this PP, oddly.

  42. MetalOil says:

    any time we are 5-3 it looks like we are as dangerous as an average teams 5-4 PP

  43. Racki says:

    So true, M.O..

  44. LateNightOilFan says:

    Crowd seems pretty quiet…

    edit – that’s better!

  45. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan: Crowd seems pretty quiet…

    It’s pretty loud now, but only because they’re doing that car race thing where a row in the “loudest section” wins free gas or something.

  46. Racki says:

    Man oh man.

    Strudwick pointed to the forward to cover the “other guy” but really, he should have covered the other guy. No way the Oiler forward (whoever it was) would catch up.

  47. MetalOil says:

    I keep thinking we are due for a win but now it looks like we are past due and and just going sour.

  48. LateNightOilFan says:

    Textbook 2 on 1 there, nice shot unfortunately.

  49. Racki says:

    Sorry, not a forward.. was Chorney.. still think Strudwick should have played it as a 2-on-1, not a 2-on-2.

  50. MetalOil says:

    Hey I just found out that the Draft is on my Birthday this year. Looks like I will be getting a nice gift this year!!!!!

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