Jim Matheson did a good article about Matt Clackson’s dad, Kim. Matt Clackson is the guy that Sheldon Souray recently broke his hand on fighting. Kim Clackson was a pugilistic warrior, himself, having gone against the likes of Dave Semenko in an epic battle that just didn’t seem to ever end (they fought 3 times in the same altercation). Here’s an excerpt from Dave Semenko’s autobiography, Looking Out For Number One, on the events that transpired: Continue reading 'Saluting a true enforcer: Dave Semenko'»
Just a fun video for you folks to watch on a day off of Oilers hockey. For those of you not aware (all two of you), the Oilers have a Youtube page up of videos. This one is a few days old, but I just noticed it today.
So last night’s game was a loss, but I think there were a lot of positives in it, one of them being that the Oilers still got a point out of it. The other was that Dubnyk played a very rock solid game. The Oilers special teams were also better than that of Columbus, scoring 1 PP goal and not allowing any against. Dubnyk was peppered with shots though, and that is a concern, but if the Oilers can keep the shots to the outside, it’s fine to allow some extra shots… but Dubnyk was BUSY last night.
I’m not sure yet who the Oilers are going to go with tonight, but you can predict that they will also be very busy against a Hawks team that has been known to dominate us at our own game. They’ve got guys that can get in behind our defense and exploit holes all night, so I predict a fair number of 2-on-1 situations, and partial breaks. The Oilers are going to have to play a very tight defense. Aside from Whitney’s inability to pass the puck properly yesterday, I didn’t see too many big problems on defense last night, and the team looked better without Foster. Sorry to pick on a player, but they looked better having an 2/3s of the blue focused on defense. They’re going to need a very heavily defensive mindset tonight against the Hawks.
I’m hoping we see another good game. My heart says this will be a win for Edmonton, but the brain says 5-2 Chicago.
Well, this would be the first match up between thecaptainethanmoreau and thecaptainshawnhorcoff, however, Ethan Moreau injured his hand and won’t be playing tonight. Also out tonight will be Edmonton Oiler defenceman Kurtis Foster, who is recovering from a groin injury he no doubt suffered while scrambling to recover from one of his failed pinch-ins. OK, I’ll play nice. But he is out tonight. Him and Jacques are our only injuries currently (knock on wood). When you look at the line up, we have a lot of size in the bottom 4 now… all of which are guys that have been known to use it in the past. But at least a couple of them are also known to have the speed of a fire hydrant, so we’ll see how this goes.
The Oilers are desperately struggling to keep their heads above water right now, but they are coming off a spectacular 3rd period rally against the Flames, so hopefully they can ride that high. This is where one would mention that Taylor Hall is still looking for his 1st goal, however, I’m not one to put pressure on the young players, so we’ll just breeze past that part.
I still have my rosey glasses on, so I’ll say 5-3 Oilers, although something tells me I’ll be dropping Khabibulin in the pool after tonight (not because he’s playing poorly but because the Oilers haven’t played well around him). Let’s hope for a good victory.
What do the Oilers need to do to make this work?
This year, their top-minute PKers (by minutes) are:
Defence: Whitney (3:03 / game), Gilbert (2:56 / game), Smid (1:56 / game), Vandermeer (1:35 / game).
Forwards: Horcoff (2:16 / game), Fraser (1:55 / game), Eberle (1:51 / game), Jones (1:43 / game).
The last time they were a good PKing team was the 2007-08, when their top PKers (by minutes) were:
Defence: Souray (3:59 / game), Staios (3:58 / game), Greene (2:46 / game), Gilbert (2:31 / game).
Forwards: Reasoner (3:10 / game), Stoll (2:53 / game), Moreau (2:48 / game), Horcoff (2:47 / game).
Huge difference in the players we’re using now. Gilbert and Horcoff are the only common denominators between the two. As we all know, Reasoner and Stoll were gone the next year, and since then the PK has tanked horribly. I’m not going to harp on why we should never have Continue reading 'The PK'»