GDT – Edmonton Oilers 1, Calgary Flames 6 – Jan 30, 2010 @ 8:00 PM – CBC – Game 53

By , January 30, 2010 11:50 am
GDT - The Battle For A Win - Oilers at Flames

GDT - The Battle For A Win - Oilers at Flames

PRE-GAME RANT

Oh it’s on, folks. Hockey Day In Canada… the Battle of Alberta. What more could you ask for? Well, a win tonight sure as hell would be nice. Forget about the Dive for Five, Tank for Taylor/Tyler, Saggin’ for Seguin, Foul-up for Fowler or whatever you want to call it. This is the battle for ultimate hockey supremacy. OK, maybe not quite that big, but it sure would feel good to see a win tonight, no?

As we all know, the Oilers are sitting at 12 straight losses (including OT/Shootout losses), and have 1 one win in their last 20. The Flames are winless in 9 games. This is the battle for a bloody win. And let’s hope it’s a bloody, spirited game. If these teams come out flat, I’ll be surprised. This is the type of game that SHOULD bring out the fight in both teams. And with it being in Calgary’s barn, I’d love to see an Edmonton win tonight. Calgary is also on the verge of sweeping the season series, and the Oilers can not let that happen!

No heart/brain prediction tonight.. just one prediction: 5-2 Oilers.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

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

Souray – Gilbert
Grebeshkov – Visnovsky
Chorney – Strudwick

Dubnyk
Deslauriers

Calgary Flames Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Boyd – Backlund – Iginla
Glencross – Langkow -Bourque
Nystrom – Jokinen – Lundmark
Sjostrom – Prust – McGrattan

Regehr – Phaneuf
Giordano – Bouwmeester
Pardy – Sarich

Kiprusoff
McElhinney

TEAM COMPARISON

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52 GP 54
16 W 26
30 L 20
6 OT 8
38 P 60
0.365 P% 0.556
2.54 G/G 2.48
3.35 GA/G 2.5
19 PP% 16.4
74 PK% 83.1
28.6 S/G 28
31.6 SA/G 29.7
47.2 FO% 47.1

GAME NOTES

- O’Sullivan is in, Comrie is out. Stortini remains out of the lineup for this game.
- Dubnyk gets the nod in net for the Oilers.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD SCORING
CGY – 3:45 – Boyd from Backlund, Iginla
Grebeshkov loses the puck behind the net. The Flames get it out front and Boyd puts it away.
EDM – 12:25 – Gagner (PP) from O’Sullivan, Grebeshkov
O’Sullivan backhands a pass from the slot to Gagner who is near the goal line. He shelfs it upstairs with very little room. Nice goal.
CGY – 13:20 – Bourque from Bouwmeester, Iginla
On a delayed penalty call by captainslashalot, Bouwmeester drives into the Oilers zone, behind the net and throws it out front to Bourque who one times it past Doobie.
2ND PERIOD SCORING
CGY – 6:48 – Boyd unassisted
Sheldon Souray passes it to Gagner who tries to touch pass it to Moreau, but it’s intercepted by Boyd who beats Dubnyk.
CGY – 7:32 – Phaneuf from Lundmark, Jokinen
Phaneuf wires a one-timer with a screen in front of Dubnyk. Dubnyk doesn’t even flinch as it blows past him.
CGY – 15:13 – Iginla (PP) from Giordano, Jokinen
On a 5-on-3, Girodano takes a hard shot from the high slot that Dubnyk kicks to the side. Iginla picks up the rebound on the side of the net and puts it in a wide open net.
3RD PERIOD SCORING
CGY – 9:40 – Iginla from Boyd, Bouwmeester
Boyd loses control of the puck while going to the ned and it slides across the crease to Iginla who is there to bang it in.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1st 2nd 3rd Total
EDM EDM 10 9 9 28
CGY CGY 9 14 7 30

1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

16:55 – Gilbert jumps in on a play and one-times a shot in on Kipper. Best chance so far for the Oilers.
14:48 – Dubnyk gives it away to Sjostrom behind the net. Nothing bad becomes of this though.
13:35 – Nice take away by Nilsson to keep this shift alive… the Flames have been hemmed in their zone for a good minute and a half or so as the Oil run this shift like it’s a powerplay.
12:12 – Pisani takes a hard hit from Giordano while dumping it out of the Oilers zone.
9:25 – Boyd hits Gilbert knee on knee, earning a penalty. Horcoff drops the gloves with Giordano. He takes some good shots early on. He lands a couple good punches of his own, and gets the take down, but I’ll score this one a win for Giordano.
6:10 – Bouwmeester feeds Jokinen a pass, blue line to blue line and Jokinen gets in all alone on Dubnyk. Dubnyk makes a nice stick save on the shot by Jokinen.
5:25 – Phaneuf hits O’Sullivan late after a whistle. O’Sullivan gives him a good shot back. Quasimodo loses his balance and lands an accidental elbow on O’Sullivan.

2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

16:07 – Regehr rides Brule into the end boards on a dump in, sending Brule to the ice.
15:00 – Grebeshkov jumps in on the play and rips a laser off the top bar.
14:10 – Great shot block by Moreau here.
12:28 – The Oilers call a time out after the Flames fourth goal.
10:53 – Glencross gets a pass from behind the goalline in the slot that he nearly buries to make it 5-1, but it hits the bar.
8:10 – Souray straight arms Jokinen as he’s trying to skate into his office, and he sends Jokinen to the ice and sliding into the side boards.
7:34 – McGratton tries to get something going with Strudwick. Moreau steps in to his aid as well. The only thing that happens here is some angry gazes, a few words, and some more Mark Lee Flames-love.
7:20 – Visnovsky blasts a shot from the high slot that redirects off Pardy and into Kippers armpit area as he makes a save.
6:20 – Souray roughs up Iginla and gets called, putting the team down 2 men.
5:48 – On the 5-on-3, Dubnyk makes a nice, aggressive save on a Phaneuf slap shot as he comes out to challenge.

3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

18:16 – Good short-handed chance by Glencross as he wheels past Visnovsky, who got all turned up. But he is stopped by Dubnyk.
17:41 – Brule sets up Jacques who gets in alone with Kipper. He goes forehand – backhand, but Kipper doesn’t give him a lot to shoot at.
16:50 – Iggy and Souray drop the gloves and helmets. Not a bad fight. Both guys are swinging for the fences. Souray lands one right on the button. Not much else landed it didn’t seem, and both guys have troubles keeping their balance. It’s later announced that Souray left the game favoring his wrist.
15:30 – Phaneuf blindsides Potulny with a hit.
14:38 – Cogliano blows through the defence (Sarich and Bouwmeester) and gets alone on Kipper. Kipper goes down and Cogliano goes to the backhand, but Kipper throws out the glove. Cogliano draws a penalty on the play as well.
12:34 – Bouwmeester’s penalty ends and he nearly receives an airmailed breakaway pass at the blue line from Glencross who was in the Flames goal area, but it just slides past Bouwmeester. Dubnyk freezes the puck as it comes to him.
5:38 – McGratton burns Grebeshkov one on one, but Dunbyk bails him out. Yikes, this team’s defense is disgusting.

POST-GAME RANT

A 6-1 loss to a team in a horrible slump… how do you think this one went? Brutal all around game, by the heartless Oilers. The Oilers have now officially set history – the first NHL team ever to lose every single game in a month (including OT/SO losses). To top it off, Souray left the game with an injured hand after fighting Iginla. Quinn mentioned in his post game that the hand is fractured (the extent is unknown though at this point). This may keep him out for the rest of the season, which creates even more of a problem than it sounds (hint: think trade deadline….). Kind of have to wonder when the Oilers will win again. More and more ways pop up to kick this team while it’s down.

Next game, the real Biggest Loser challenge – Monday vs. Carolina, 7:30 at home on PPV. Order this one, and I’ll put you on a waiting list for a lobotomy.

229 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers 1, Calgary Flames 6 – Jan 30, 2010 @ 8:00 PM – CBC – Game 53”

  1. DropIt says:

    Fractured wrist for Souray?

  2. LateNightOilFan says:

    Racki: Per Quinn: Souray fractured his hand in the fight with Iginla. This might put him out for the season (and notably, make him untradeable now for this season).

    Had to log back in when I heard that. This just absolutely sucks on so many levels for the Oilers and for him.

  3. Bostonoiler says:

    Souray has a broken wrist and it appears his season is over. This according to Pat Quinn. He is now untradeable until the off-season. I think at this point Lubo Vish will b dealt at the deadline now.

  4. DropIt says:

    Cant catch a break…

    How a team can have such bad luck is beyond me

  5. DropIt says:

    Iginla does it again … :P

  6. Bostonoiler says:

    This team’s luck sucks. Now Vishnovsky will most likly go to try and get some return to build from. Will Souray be back next year?

  7. zackman35 says:

    Oh wow it just gets worse and worse…

    If Souray is out now for the remainder of the season or even until April I think that is the final cue for the management to start making some moves. Other than Lubo our defense is looking quite terrifying. Goaltending needs to be addressed and now definitely defense. And our forward roster needs to be tackled, so old story. Not sure how the stock value of this team is gonna play out, it’s going to be a rough/long few months.

  8. MetalOil says:

    NO do not trade Lubes. That is a backwards move and would put us back even further in the rebuild. At this point now we just have to move our captain and a few others and probably not win another game till march and be the laughing stock of hockey if not of all professional sport. Oh how I envy those Detroit Lions.

  9. Racki says:

    DropIt: Iginla does it again … :P

    Not funny. :P

  10. Racki says:

    I think management will continue to let this team slip further and further until the deadline. They want the top pick, so they’re in no rush to fix the team, I’m sure.

    But really, the team needs serious defensive help. Defensive forwards, defensive defencemen. A goaltender that can play. This is a sad state of affairs for the Oil.

  11. Bostonoiler says:

    Racki, this off-season these things will be addressed….i hope

  12. zackman35 says:

    Holy crap, Horc fought? Or was it more of a wrestle?

  13. Racki says:

    zackman35: Holy crap, Horc fought? Or was it more of a wrestle?

    It wasn’t too bad. He ate a few though. But he also connected with two pretty good shots too. I’d give Giordano the win though, although oddly our resident Flames fan scored it a draw (I think.. I might have that confused with the McGratton/MacI fight we were talking about earlier).

    Bostonoiler: Racki, this off-season these things will be addressed….i hope

    We said at the start of this year. Just sayin ;) Maybe they’re really going for the Hawks re-build strategy though.

  14. zackman35 says:

    Racki: Ah I’ll catch it on the highlights then. And anyone watch the Toronto game earlier? In the third the announcers were were totally in love with the Sedin triplets. Its one thing to acknowledge the skill but another to go on for a good five + mins on how incredibly good they are (twin stereotypes) yada yada.

  15. Haboiler says:

    Did anyone happen to catch the audio from Moreau tonite after the game. If not listen to the Captain. He has mentally checked out and when the Captain says: there is nothing to say period, I don’t know what to say, we are fragile right now, we are demoralized right now.

    Where is the passion with this guy? with all the guys. I have been supportive in this team, including the DFF efforts but this is concerning looking forward when they can’t even get somewhat up for a BOA. At least Horcoff stood up, fought and took some responsibility. Other than offensive end penalties, what has Moreau contributed.

    I know its not all him but come on, this is the supposed leader of this team. He needs to be gone.

    Its getting tough to keep trying to be positive for the future when so many games are just whitewashes. I can handle losing when they play well but not even show up, not acceptable.

    Action, some sort of action please Tambi, Lowe, Quinn somebody waive someone, trade someone, send someone home show the fans there is a heartbeat somewhere in the organization, there sure isn’t one on the ice.

  16. Horpensky says:

    Haboiler: Did anyone happen to catch the audio from Moreau tonite after the game.If not listen to the Captain.He has mentally checked out and when the Captain says: there is nothing to say period, I don’t know what to say, we are fragile right now, we are demoralized right now.Where is the passion with this guy? with all the guys.I have been supportive in this team, including the DFF efforts but this is concerning looking forward when they can’t even get somewhat up for a BOA. At least Horcoff stood up, fought and took some responsibility.Other than offensive end penalties, what has Moreau contributed.
    I know its not all him but come on, this is the supposed leader of this team.He needs to be gone.Its getting tough to keep trying to be positive for the future when so many games are just whitewashes.I can handle losing when they play well but not even show up, not acceptable.Action, some sort of action please Tambi, Lowe, Quinn somebody waive someone, trade someone, send someone home show the fans there is a heartbeat somewhere in the organization, there sure isn’t one on the ice.

    I don’t know what more this team can say. I thought last year they slipped into a dark abyss, but this year it’s like a black hole beyond the abyss, and to be honest I don’t think even Crosby or Ovechkin can save this team now. What else can he say? He can’t get the team on board, he knows it, and he knows he’s on the trading block. At least he’s honest, nothing more to say. Beats the cliche stuff they brought up for the past 20 games.

  17. NorwegianOiler says:

    “What fans have called the The Battle for the Playoffs is over. I expect that the Battle for 1st Overall is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Edmontonian civilization. Upon it depends our own Edmontonian life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Hockey Culture. The whole fury and might of the Opposition must very soon be turned on us. They know that they will have to break us in this Building or lose All Respect. If we can stand up to Them, all Edmonton may be freed and the life of the Hockey World may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.
    But if we fail, then the whole world, including the Oilers’ Legacy, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted Failure. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the Edmonton Oilers and its Traditions last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ “

  18. Craig Simpson says:

    We just have to suck it up, people. We suck, we know it, but sucking really bad will bring good things in a few years that will last longer than that fantasy cup run in ’06. Its tough to watch, but this is our team and we have to realize its not a simple thing to just trade people. Other teams have to agree to it. Getting Hall or Seguin or Fowler in the summer will help, and MPS, Eberle and a few other young guys can infuse that energy we seem to be lacking, other than from Gagner. I really think we’ve missed Stone’s energy since he went down the first time. And let’s not forget Hemsky will be back next year. Times are tough, but times will be better, too.

  19. zackman35 says:

    Craig Simpson: We just have to suck it up, people.We suck, we know it, but sucking really bad will bring good things in a few years that will last longer than that fantasy cup run in ‘06.Its tough to watch, but this is our team and we have to realize its not a simple thing to just trade people.Other teams have to agree to it.Getting Hall or Seguin or Fowler in the summer will help, and MPS, Eberle and a few other young guys can infuse that energy we seem to be lacking, other than from Gagner.I really think we’ve missed Stone’s energy since he went down the first time.And let’s not forget Hemsky will be back next year.Times are tough, but times will be better, too.

    You have a good point Craig, times are really tough right now but there will be a brighter future. What makes it so tough though is our Canadian market/fanbase the last time a Canadian team had a first overall pick was 95 and 96 for the Ottawa senators.

    What I like to see though is even though this team has had such a shitty record this past month, that there are still a considerable amount of fans that show up to games. If this was certain American teams we’d see way more empty seats. Look at Colorado this year, a pretty awesome record considering what we thought would happen and still so many empty seats and I usually found that when watching highlights for Detriot too and not just this year but the last few years.

    A few things I’m still positive about though is our very backbone of this organization, Daryl Katz. Since he was an Oilers fan when he was younger I can’t really see him pulling the plug unless we have 3+ consecutive seasons of this and there is 6,000 fans at the games. I just hope that the brass doesn’t fuck up our future and bring in all our prospects next year. And a lot of people talk about Fowler as being a great help to the team but I don’t think they realize that it takes a lot more than a season or two from a top picked defensemen (especially if you put him in the NHL the first year) to see results than if you pick an offensive forward.

    What I find funny though is people talk about next years roster at the OMB and I see a few people have completely forgot about Hemsky, it’s kinda funny how they don’t even mention him in the opening lines for next season. My wish for the 11/12 season (or later) would be Penner – Seguin – Hemsky.

  20. Racki says:

    Honestly, I think the team needs drastic changes. Not to win, but to change the morale of the team, for one. But that should occur after the trade deadline, to keep this tank alive, since we’re already on that path. However, I think if they want their young players developing properly, they’re going to have to bring a new group in here with new attitudes. End the “woe is me” sob story that is currently the Oilers.

    Craig… you are right that it isn’t simple to just trade people, but we’ve addressed it here already. Teams have shown interest in both Moreau (Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose) as well as Staios. This isn’t Eklund Twatwaffle rumor either, this is coming from reliable people (TEAM 1260).

    The Oilers are going to have to be willing to take a loss on those guys and a few other players though. This is addition by subtraction. There are a few players that are hurting the team mentally and on the score sheet. Anyone else infuriated by yet another offensive zone penalty by Moreau? The Flames didn’t need the actual penalty though, as they scored on the delayed call.

    As I’ve been saying all along, the Oilers need a new group of complementary players. And that’s not just for salary reasons. So while a trade might be tough, there are still other options. They may be ugly, but hey, it’s going to be a couple/few years before this team gets its feet off the ground again. I don’t think we should be concerned about “image” here. Which is worse: the image of a defenseless, last place team that takes pity on itself (and likely will stay last place until contracts expire)? Or, the team that has a never quit attitude that won’t settle for last and will do what it takes to improve and be a winner.

    Trust me when I say, the only reason to keep these guys around is if you want the team to be pulled under and stay at the bottom longer (which could be possible, if they want to keep scooping up top picks). Waiving/buyouts aren’t as bad for image as one would think, when compared to the alternative.

    So if our GM is playing the victim…. well, let’s just say I don’t feel sorry for him. It really is too soon to say that, and I still have faith in Tambellini that he’s a smart GM. As I mentioned earlier, keeping the tank alive for as long as possible this season is quite important. Once March approaches though, that’s when he can turn things around.

    What I’m seeing now is a team that is completely defeated and realizing that the team itself just isn’t good enough. That obviously can not be a good environment to develop players in, nor is it a good way to attract free agents either. What sucks most is it’s necessary to keep things going this way for a bit longer to ensure we land a top-3 pick.

  21. Racki says:

    Phaneuf just got traded to the Leafs… details to come. If you guys want to talk about that deal, hit up the General Discussion area, to keep things in one place… posting about it there.

  22. DropIt says:

    Ok. I know this is an Oilers site… But has anybody else here heard of Dion Phaneuf to the leafs?

    Its all over TSN, but with no details… im sitting my pants here

  23. MetalOil says:

    Maybe now instead of trading Souray we should look at trading Gilbert and then just let Grebs walk away in the Off season. That would free up some cap room. Just do not even think of trading Lubes.

  24. NorwegianOiler says:

    Letting Grebs walk is nonsense in my eyes. Just a short-sighted move we’d regret. The guy has clearly got the ability to be a good overall defenseman, but the current performance of the team really keeps anyone that is not elite (and perhaps even in theory anyone who would qualify as that) down – identifying who is able to step it up and be a solid part of a new structure is vital. Letting Grebs walk…no, don’t agree.

  25. MetalOil says:

    Really NO. The only reason he was good last year was because he had Lubes as his partner. Lubes could transform O.J. Simpson into a Priest if he wanted too. Grebs has now had two very piss poor seasons averaging a give away per shift with one good season with Lubes as a partner sandwiched in there.

  26. NorwegianOiler says:

    On that logic we ought to believe that Smid is also merely a product of Lubomir (who is obviously a quality d-man who does make other players better)

    Grebeshkov started poorly in his first year but ended on a high note, and that was not with Visnovsky (but with Gilbert, I believe) In addition, I see elements in Grebeshkov’s game that leads me to believe he will be a quality defenseman in not too long (depending on the solution of this horrible mess we’re in) The issue is his turnovers, obviously, which is something that is not impossible to rectify – though again, the current disarray the team is in leads turnovers to be more common than actual successful pass attempts. All of our defensemen throw the puck away at this point. The forwards are not doing enough to get open, thus making it even harder. Plainly spoken, I think Grebeshkov is a good player stuck in a bad situation more than he is a proponent of the bad situation.

  27. Racki says:

    Didn’t realize you guys were having a sidebar convo over here… :P

    I’ll side with N.O. on this one (maybe because i have a nice Grebeshkov jersey from his Russian Superleague days? :P). Giving up Grebs for nothing wouldn’t be a wise move. Same with Gilbert. I’m OK (maybe even encourage) with trading one or both of those guys, but they definitely need to get something in return.

    And really, I’d keep Grebeshkov over Gilbert too. Grebeshkov is in a huge funk. Playing with Strudwick will do that to you. :P Seriously though, they should not give him up for nothing, if they do move him.

  28. MetalOil says:

    I wouldn’t be opposed to resigning Grebs but only if he takes a pay cut to about 2 – 2.25 million a season. No way we can afford to pay any more then that to a D-man who is such a big question mark & we would have to qualify Grebs at 10% more then his current salary to retain his RFA status with us.

    And ya I have thought about the fact that maybe we are overvaluing Smid because he is playing with Lubes but we have him on a much better contract then that of Grebs so I am less worried about Smid at this point.

  29. Racki says:

    One thing is for certain either way… we’re lucky to have Visnovsky… it’ll suck if he gets traded!

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