GDT: Oilers 7, Blackhawks 4 – Game 9 – 2010-10-29 @ 6:30 PM – SNET

By , October 29, 2010 8:48 am
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Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks
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2-4-2 Record 6-4-1
Location: United Center
Date: October 29, 2010 @ 6:30 PM MST
TV: Sportsnet

PRE-GAME

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.

PROJECTED LINES



(A bit of guesswork here.. nothing official just yet…)
Hall-Horcoff-Eberle
Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky
Penner-Cogliano-Brule
Jones-Fraser-Stortini

Whitney – Gilbert
Peckham – Foster
Smid – Strudwick

Khabibulin
Dubnyk


(Lineup’s snaked from HFBoards… credit to oilersnyc for the research)
Stalberg-Toews-Sharp
Brouwer-Kopecky-Kane
Smith-Bolland-Pisani
Bickell-Dowell-Skille

Keith-Seabrook
Hjalmarsson-Boynton
Cullimore-Hendry

Turco
Crawford

LIVE CHAT

Closed.

POST-GAME RANT


Superb. The Oilers came out on the better end of a 7-4 game in Chicago. What is there to complain about? The Blackhawks pressured hard, but the Oilers stood their ground and battled to pad the lead when the Blackhawks would look to try and sneak back in. It wasn’t a perfect game, but the Oilers played their best game of the season, hands down, since the home opener (not that this is saying a lot).

The kids were great tonight. Each of them had two point nights. Hall’s goal was much nicer than the first. On the shift, he backchecked hard to break up a 2-on-1. The play went the other way shortly after. Eberle laid a short pass up for Hall who snapped a hard shot past Turco from the faceoff circle. Eberle’s goal was, as has become customary, another beautiful one as he took a fantastic feed from Horcoff, streaked in, and went around wide on Turco and backhanded it in. I’m starting to expect all of his goals to look good. Paajarvi had two assists. On one of them, Hemsky took a rebound while Turco was down and out and absolutely hammered it into the yawning cage.

For those of you that missed it, this was the game to watch… sorry you missed it. I admittedly had my usual rosey “we’re going to win” goggles on, but was still having the logical side in me say “no we’re not dummy”. I didn’t expect this kind of game at all. Great stuff. Goaltending was not a strong point for the Hawks (Khabi was reliable, however), but the Oilers still won this one on their own merit. Next up, the Canucks at home, on Tuesday.

8 Responses to “GDT: Oilers 7, Blackhawks 4 – Game 9 – 2010-10-29 @ 6:30 PM – SNET”

  1. Trogdor says:

    Cousin’s kid’s halloween birthday party tonight, but they like hockey so I should get to see some if not most of the action. Only caught the first last night, but they looked more NHLish at least and responded quickly after going down 1-0. Hopefully we get to see more of the same tonight.

    So now that the rookies have all scored, who’s next to bust out? Macintyre, Stortini and Strudwick are all pointless still.

  2. Racki says:

    MacIntyre had a goal robbed from him last night by an early whistle. :P

  3. Ktown says:

    What was funny was Big Mac shovelled the puck into the net, and then saw the mix-up in front. He just strolled over, casually put his arms around two guys, and peeled them away from Brule (I think) standing in there mixing it up.

    It was so casual how he did it, I couldn’t help laugh. Both guys just stopped pushing and shoving right away, too… One of those “oh shit” moments for a couple of Bluejackets, I think.

    Like you say, Racki – I doubt Mac will throw down on a lot of skill and small players, but the message seemed clear that there was a new sheriff in town.

  4. Racki says:

    LOL yah actually I was thinking about that today and it made me laugh. He’s done it before too.

  5. Trogdor says:

    I did see him go out of his way to finish a hit in the first, so that was good to see, although I thought he could have gotten an interference call far the lateness of it. He does truly dwarf a lot of players.

  6. chucker says:

    So I’m guesssing Khabbi will get the start against his old team tonight. I guess that’s good, but JDD can be spectacular at times too. Really happy that Dubs got a great game in on his part last night.

    I agree on the sentiments of MacI. It’s nice to see an honesty factor coming from our side of the ice for a change.

    Some good arguments for 3D television at sports games: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2619/4101201587_2de537557e.jpg
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/multimedia/photo_gallery/0905/nhl.playoffs.ice.girls/images/blackhawks-ice-girl.jpg
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0905/nhl.playoffs.ice.girls/images/blackhawks-ice-girl(3).jpg (my fave)
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gBxW-GSnE-I/S-5NS2NnCMI/AAAAAAAABi0/I6Q-zDesrF0/s1600/chicago_blackhawks_ice_crew-31.jpg (Who am I kidding? They are all my fave! :P )

  7. Bostonoiler says:

    FINALLY a full 60 minute effort. Great job tonight boys! I’ll let you all know some details of what I though tomorrow, bed time here tho.

  8. hemmerlady says:

    oh boy…next game is in enemy territory – V-town. Please let us do well or I will suffer the wrath of classless canucks fans.

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