GDT: Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 – Pre-season Game 6 – 2011-09-27 @ 7:00 PM MST – Webcast

By , September 27, 2011 10:59 am
The original "The Nuge"

The original "The Nuge"

Tonight is an exciting night for “the Nuge”. It was originally reported that he was playing with Hemsky and Smyth tonight, but it turns out he’ll be playing with what is possibly going to be the line of the Oilers future one day. The bookends for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight will be none other than Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. This should make for a very exciting, dynamic trio. It would seem that RNH is a very responsible forward. I think Taylor Hall has a tendency to try to back check hard as well too. It’s hard not to think that these guys will get killed against most teams’ top lines, but now is the time to give it a test.

Smyth and Hemsky will be centered tonight by Shawn Horcoff, a line of the past which has said to still have great chemistry. I know Hemsky was pretty stoked about playing with “The Nuge” (and vice versa.. probably more so), but these guys should pick up where they left off quite easily.

Khabibulin will get the start and we can only hope that he builds off of the performance that we saw vs. Calgary.

Tonight’s game is a webcast, folks, which mean’s you’ll have to watch it on the Oilers Website.


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Khabibulin
Danis

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6 Responses to “GDT: Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 – Pre-season Game 6 – 2011-09-27 @ 7:00 PM MST – Webcast”

  1. dawgtoy says:

    IMO, 16 should have been dressed for this affair. Torres and Biz(nasty)onette can be dangerous if left to wreak their stupidity. Sutton is the lone heavy if things get silly. I thankfully should be able to watch, though these games on the net really kinda suck. Here’s hoping for a big game, Phoenix is playing 5 of their 6 starting D men, and a squad that will be, for the most part, on their opening day roster. Good test for the younglings tonight actually. Also hoping for a strong game from the “MVP” tonight.

  2. Racki says:

    Yah I agree. Any time the Coked up Mexican is in the lineup, we need some sort of nuclear deterrent in the lineup to keep him busy.

  3. oilinblood says:

    tonights game is billed”oilers past and oilers future”
    horcoff will be centring hemmer and smytty, while rnh will be centring hall and ebs. i am not so sure renney does this if it was a road game, but with hemmer playing his first pre-season game and unable to get many in renney wants to see the likely pairings for the regular season.
    as per tsn and oilers website.

    looks like a strong lineup for the oil. not too sure why keller and green are dressed. green is no slouch in the tough category but he isnt making the squad. i suspect tonights game to be a heavy indicator on whether rnh is going to be finding a house or room with a teammate.
    if lander can make things happen with keller and green, i think anton gets a spotfor opening night.

  4. Racki says:

    The top two lines definitely could be our starting lines for the year. The 3rd line almost looks like a possible candidate for a line. However, while I REALLY like Tyrvainen, I’d send him down in favor of one of his other countrymen.. Hartikainen or Petrell. I’d heavily lean towards Petrell due to his abilities as a PKer.

    Hartikainen mentioned in a recent interview he’s played some center in his career recently before coming across. I wonder if that’s an option the Oilers should explore… 4th line center for an all Finn line. ;) Maybe something they can test out in OKC. Random thought of the day..

  5. dawgtoy says:

    oilinblood: tonights game is billed”oilers past and oilers future”horcoff will be centring hemmer and smytty, while rnh will be centring hall and ebs. i am not so sure renney does this if it was a road game, but with hemmer playing his first pre-season game and unable to get many in renney wants to see the likely pairings for the regular season.as per tsn and oilers website.looks like a strong lineup for the oil. not too sure why keller and green are dressed. green is no slouch in the tough category but he isnt making the squad. i suspect tonights game to be a heavy indicator on whether rnh is going to be finding a house or room with a teammate.if lander can make things happen with keller and green, i think anton gets a spotfor opening night.

    The past was asleep last night! Maybe they’ve earned that right, maybe they’ll turn it on for the start of the season when it counts. As for last night, thank you to the future.

  6. john says:

    ^ True that! I think it is just a case of the vets putting it on cruise control for preseason. There seems to be an unwritten mantra around the NHL in general that preseason is for the pups & the big dogs don’t need to start howling until the bullets are for real. I have watched a few more veteran laden teams like Calgary & San Jose play & there is a definite lack of intensity & excitement compared to younger teams with a few more roster spots available. The big question mark for Edmonton though is whether the veterans will take care of their own shit a little more this year instead of concentrating solely on helping & mentoring the youngsters which is something I think occurred much too often last season. Their were a lot of scoring opportunities that ended up down the pisser because guys like Gilbert, Hemsky, & Horcoff spent an entire game trying to force the puck to the rookies. I have faith that Renney will be telling the vets that exact thing. Pass if a guy is open but if you have to force a play then fuck it, put the damn puck in the net yourself!!

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