GDT – Edmonton Oilers 2, Minnesota Wild 4 – Feb 4, 2010 @ 6:00 PM – SNET – Game 56

By , February 4, 2010 9:05 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild

PRE-GAME RANT

Well, they’ve done it again… they’ve pulled off another win with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. After a month of no wins, it is nice for the “faithful” fans at Rexall to witness what a win is like (the last win previous to these two was December 30th against the Leafs at Rexall Place). So the Oilers are 2-7-1 in their last 10. The Wild, meanwhile, have lost their last 2 (5-2 to San Jose on Saturday and 4-2 to the Stars on Tuesday) and are 4-5-1 in their last 10.

I’d like to see the top line become Penner, Gagner and Brule again tonight, although I’m doubtful that will happen. I also wonder if we’ll see the two Doobies battle it out in net tonight, as both Harding and Backstrom are injured for the Wild. Harding backed up Dubielewicz for the last Wild game, but he’s nursing a hip injury. Since Deslauriers played last night and looked scary at times (despite the shutout), I would think that Dubnyk would get the nod. We shall see.

Since this game is in Minnesota tonight and we generally like to struggle there, from what I recall, I’ll say: 2-1 Minnesota.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Penner-Gagner-Cogliano
Comrie-Potulny-O’Sullivan
Moreau – Horcoff – Pisani
Jacques-Pouliot-Stortini

Visnovsky – Chorney
Gilbert – Grebeshkov
Plante – Strudwick

Deslauriers
Pitton

Minnesota Wild Projected Line-Up (subject to change)

Mietteinen-Koivu-Brunette
Latendresse-Brodziak-Havlat
Clutterbuck-Belanger-Nolan
Earl-Ebbett-Scott

Zanon-Zidlicky
Schultz-Johnsson
Burns-Hnidy

Harding
Khudobin

TEAM COMPARISON


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55 GP 56
18 W 27
31 L 25
6 OT 4
42 P 58
0.382 P% 0.518
2.51 G/G 2.7
3.31 GA/G 2.91
19.2 PP% 17.7
74.5 PK% 81.3
28.6 S/G 28.5
31.7 SA/G 28.3
47.2 FO% 53.2

GAME NOTES

- Staios is back skating again.
- Dubnyk has been re-assigned to Springfield and Pitton has been re-called.
- Pisani in, Brule out. Brule is a healthy scratch. I’m wondering if Pisani is being showcased here, as there are now rumors brewing that he’s being shopped.

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST PERIOD SCORING
No scoring.
2ND PERIOD SCORING
MIN – 1:19 – Havlat from Johnsson
Havlat jumps on a rebound in the slot and easily puts it behind Deslauriers. Looked like missed coverage by Visnovsky there.
EDM – 6:41 – Comrie (PP) from Gagner, Visnovsky
Beauty saucer pass by Gagner here to quickly get it cross-crease to Comrie who one times it in.
3RD PERIOD SCORING
MIN- 3:41 – Mietteinen from Koivu, Brunette
Koivu starts going behind the net but throws it out front to Mietteinen, who is in tight on Deslauriers and flips it up under the bar.
EDM – 8:41 – Pouliot from Stortini, Jacques
Stortini and Pouliot just keep whacking away at it on the side of the net. Pouliot barely jams it home. What a goal line stand! They review it (possibly kicked in), but it stands.
MIN – 12:12 – Latendresse from Brodziak
Latendresse Lat-undresses Strudwick and puts it behind Deslauriers on the backhand.
MIN – 17:24 – Havlat from Latendresse
Havlat to Latendress, back to Havlat, back door. Havlat puts it into the yawning cage.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1st 2nd 3rd Total
EDM EDM 10 7 15 32
MIN MIN 15 7 14 36

1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

16:43 – Big save by Deslauriers on Havlat.
10:55 – Latendresse runs over Gilbert in the corner.
9:00 – Wow, great effort by Pouliot here. Possibly the most unskilled-looking way to deke through two guys, but it worked to get him in alone on Harding.
6:42 – Deslauriers loses it and flops around for a bit while every Oiler on the ice collapses on him to cradle the puck in under him.
5:44 – Wow, Deslauriers bombarded by shots here and somehow he keeps it out. He loses sight of the puck again and just snow angels.
1:31 – Bodies flying in the corner. Pouliot nails someone, somewhat from behind. Scott half hits him as more players jump in on the fray. Scott then goes after Stortini, and Jacques jumps in as well. Scott goes off for 2.

2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

18:05 – Jacques takes a stick in the face that isn’t called.
14:15 – Comrie drilled from behind by Zidlicky here. Another 2 minute penalty for the Wild will put the Oilers on a 5-on-3. The Oil score a nice one after the first penalty expires.
8:40 – Great kill by O’Sullivan. He nearly got two short-handed chances. Once he lost his stick, the other time he was pretty much mugged and battled up the ice with Burns. But that ticked some good time off the clock.
7:32 – Cogliano takes a big hit trying to cross the blue line by Zanon, but Zanon actually seems to take the worst of it, going down. Good job by Cogliano for standing up to the hit!
1:46 – Deslauriers emulates his idol (Hasek) here, dropping the stick and picking the puck up with his blocker hand.

3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS

19:29 – Deslauriers makes a nice save on a cross-crease one timer by Nolan.
9:38 – Pouliot undresses a defenceman here and makes a beautiful play on Harding. It slides through the crease to Jacques. Jacques slaps it to the net but Harding flies across to make a gorgeous save. Harding is hurt on the play (he has a hip problem that may have been reinjured). He’s done for the night, as he takes one for the team to keep it tied. Khudobin is in, for his first NHL game ever.
7:37 – Gagner is tripped up on a breakaway… no penalty shot, but its called a trip. The Wild end up with a critical kill on this penalty to keep it 3-2.
0:17 – The Wild sail one wide of the empty net.

POST-GAME RANT


Pretty decent game played by the Oilers tonight. They got off to a horrible start in the first period, however. But towards the end of the first, the Oil started to battle back (partly due to a powerplay on a John Scott roughing call). Good game by Jacques, Gagner, and for the most part Deslauriers (who made some pretty key saves, but at times looked a little lost). I didn’t really notice Plante tonight, however that is usually a good thing. Admittedly, I didn’t pay close attention tonight like I did last night. Visnovsky seems to be battling lately, and not in a good way. I think more and more each game, Potulny is also looking like a great pickup. I hope the Oilers keep him next year.

Great game also by Latendresse and Havlat (who each had two points, and had 3 goals between them), and Josh Harding. Harding left the game mid-way through the third on a gorgeous save to keep the score tied. He actually injured himself on the play. He’s battling a hip injury and looks like he may have reinjured it. I thought Harding was star-worthy tonight.

Next game, Saturday vs. the Avalanche, in Colorado. It starts at 8:00PM MST and is televised on CBC.

79 Responses to “GDT – Edmonton Oilers 2, Minnesota Wild 4 – Feb 4, 2010 @ 6:00 PM – SNET – Game 56”

  1. MetalOil says:

    nice burst of speed there Cogs!

  2. Trogdor says:

    Pre-natal time… See you all next game.

  3. Racki says:

    This deal just never is finalized… 2nd rounders swapped by each team too.

  4. Racki says:

    Brule = healthy scratch, apparently.

  5. Racki says:

    Listening to Bob Stauffer talk makes me want to wear a rain coat.

  6. NorwegianOiler says:

    If Brule’s a healthy scratch then something is wrong…:P

  7. Racki says:

    So there’s an interview between Tencer, Stauffer and Tambellini up now. There’s two things that kind of stand out a bit (one mentioned already):
    - Discussions have picked up. Some teams want to wait until after Olympics, however.
    - After a big long schpiel by Dan Tencer, Tambellini cuts back to the list and says “I’m not aware of that list, so I don’t know where that’s coming from. In my mind, that’s totally inaccurate.”

    Sounds to me like he’s being honest that the list isn’t right (maybe partly right, but not 100% right).

  8. Racki says:

    NorwegianOiler: If Brule’s a healthy scratch then something is wrong…:P

    Agreed… I can’t imagine why that is.

    Ack, goal for Minny. Might as well put the puck on a T for him.

  9. Racki says:

    5-on-3.. lets go boys.

  10. zackman35 says:

    Gilbert or Lubo -> Gags -> MC the Bulldog scores.

  11. Racki says:

    Visnovsky -> Gags -> MC

    But again, I really hope they bring MC back. He’s a gamer, doing everything that Horcoff should have been doing, and more. Good influence on our smaller players too. One of few real NHLers on the team.

  12. Racki says:

    Niclas Wallin spending the night considering waiving his NTC for a trade. Hmmmm.. players like to hum and haw about Edmonton.

    My guess.. Pisani for Wallin.. you heard it here first, folks! :P

    All kidding aside, sounds like its to SJ.

  13. Racki says:

    Wow did Ovi score a beautiful goal tonight.. if you haven’t seen it yet, catch the highlights.

  14. Racki says:

    Wow, 4th line just jams it home..

  15. Racki says:

    Goal line stand..

  16. LateNightOilFan says:

    Just saw the 2nd goal to tie it up! And the amazing save Harding just made…

    How’re we playing so far?

  17. Racki says:

    Pouliot with some moves…. and Harding with the huge save.

  18. Racki says:

    LNOF: hey, the Oil are playing pretty good. They had a pretty lazy “road” first period, but after that they’ve looked good. The 4th line is again flying. Comrie’s goal was very nice. Gagner saucered a pretty beautiful pass through traffic to him for the one timer.

  19. LateNightOilFan says:

    Harding looks in pretty bad shape

  20. Racki says:

    Strudwick – Latend-undressed.

  21. LateNightOilFan says:

    JDD flashing the leather!

  22. LateNightOilFan says:

    Tic. Tac. Toe.

  23. Racki says:

    Oi…. Deslauriers likes to leave the back door open.. lol

  24. LateNightOilFan says:

    Jeez, why can’t anyone spell Gagner’s name right?

  25. LateNightOilFan says:

    Oh well, nice they got a couple wins there, hopefully this isn’t the start of another long losing streak. Have a good night everyone.

  26. Racki says:

    Thanks for comin out LNOF! have a good one all.

  27. mrgod2u says:

    I thought that the momentum really shifted with that Harding save. The Wild really stepped up for their youngster in net too, trying to keep him from getting shelled.

    The Oil really looked out of gas in the 3rd too (understandable with the travel schedule). I really hate those road game back to back after a home game, it seems insane to me, although it probably is no big thing for teams in the East where they can take a bus accross town to the away game. So who cares how it affects western teams when the schedule is set at the head offices.

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