Oilers 2, Coyotes 4 – Game 13 – 2011-11-05 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , November 5, 2011 12:54 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Phoenix Coyotes
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8-2-2 Record 6-4-2
Location: Jobing.com Arena
Date: Movember 5, 2011 @ 8:00 MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers will try for their 7th win in a row tonight vs. Phoenix. Really, this is quite an impressive feat considering it’s been years since they’ve had 6 in a row (back in March, 2002). This team has a lot of the media even buying in. I’d say they compare to the Colorado Avalanche 2 years ago – a team that everyone thought had no business being as good as they ended up being. Now, eventually the Oilers are going to come down to earth and lose a game, but it’s spectacular that they’re winning these games because every little bit counts when it comes to making the playoffs. Yes, they are months away, but you have to be looking that far forward if you hope to make it.

Prediction: 3-1 Oilers

OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)



Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Smyth – Horcoff – Jones
Paajarvi – Belanger – Gagner
Eager – Lander – Petrell

Smid – Gilbert
Petry – Potter
Teubert – Peckham

Dubnyk
Khabibulin

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14 Responses to “Oilers 2, Coyotes 4 – Game 13 – 2011-11-05 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC”

  1. Grass&sOIL says:

    The 2nd last Oiler game in Pheonix (only 6,738 showed up at Jobbing.com for the Yotes Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Predators.)

  2. NorwegianOiler says:

    Nice to see Dubnyk getting starts even though Khabibulin could easily have been used until the cows come home with his recent performances. I think it’s key to have both netminders rested and on their toes.

    Could see a letdown here, coming into what may be perceived as an easy game compared to our most recent opponents. I hope we can keep up the team defense aspect at least. It has been a joy to watch players having support, pinching in and covering for each other in all three zones. It has even done so much for Gilbert and Smid that I believe they are at the peak of their careers so far.

    Oh, I think you mean ‘feat’, not feed.

  3. Racki says:

    haha, hooked on fonics (sic) works for me!

    You would think I was a bad speller with some of the simple mistakes I make, but rather I just type too fast occasionally and seem to throw the odd homonym in there. :P

  4. dawgtoy says:

    Recently read that over 80% of teams that are in playoff contention on American Thanksgiving end up making the playoffs. I’m just saying…

  5. oilinblood says:

    i dont know why people still need convincing… or think this is a bubble. the oilers filled some major holes and upgraded some positions with people that filled a specific need and had better ceilings than those that departed.
    also, as i alluded to in summer, the oilers, in the absence of whitney, have had to play a more cohesive five man unit break out and defense with smaller gaps. everyone has bought in. i said it and they are doing it. :) toot horn

    the only question mark was goaltending.

    we have done all this WITHOUT our most talented forward and best d.

  6. Alan-NottsUK says:

    NorwegianOiler:
    Nice to see Dubnyk getting starts even though Khabibulin could easily have been used until the cows come home with his recent performances. I think it’s key to have both netminders rested and on their toes.

    Could see a letdown here, coming into what may be perceived as an easy game compared to our most recent opponents. I hope we can keep up the team defense aspect at least. It has been a joy to watch players having support, pinching in and covering for each other in all three zones. It has even done so much for Gilbert and Smid that I believe they are at the peak of their careers so far.

    Oh, I think you mean ‘feat’, not feed.

    Maybe the perceived ‘easier game’ is the reason Dubnyk is in net, get the team to keep paying attention, it seems to be a tactic quite a few coaches use.

  7. hemmerlady says:

    aww. a close one.

    well, a loss was bound to happen eventually…and I think they’ll be able to learn something from this one. During the last rush, they were all over the place in the offensive zone. Looked like everyone was waiting for someone else to do something (or waiting for Nuge?)

    Impressed with Nuge’s defensive play. Did not see much of 1st period, not sure how we were playing then.

    Noteworthy that our fans were substantially louder than the Yotes’ fans, that’s sort of sad. For them.

  8. Racki says:

    Oilers had this loss coming. They won one they didn’t deserve to recently… things were going to catch up eventually. Small hiccup though, and not to worry. They played pretty poorly and complacent all night, however. A good yell session with Renney should help correct things.

    Also, teams are really going to hone in on our kid line during this road trip… the vet line of Smyth-Horcoff-Jones HAS to be better. And the 3rd line has to wake up from it’s point-coma sometime soon, as this is pretty disappointing that they have 4 points between all of Paajarvi (1 – just earned tonight), Gagner (2), Omark (0) and Belanger (1) and ZERO goals between them all. They haven’t been a detriment though, but their job is also to provide secondary scoring. With them not scoring, it puts all the onus on lines 1 and 2, which isn’t good.

    I know there is no reason to hit the panic button after a single loss… I’m definitely not doing that. But I would consider juggling the 2nd and 3rd lines ever so slightly. Maybe swap Jones and Paajarvi or Gagner, for example.

    Once we get Hemsky back though, things should come back on track.

  9. Racki says:

    Oh and before I sound like I’m being all negative about one loss, I’ll just say that we’re doing this with Whitney/Barker out on the blueline plus Hemsky. I’m not worried at all that they’ll keep things going.. but goals are hard for this team to get at home.. they won’t be any easier on the road, is all. Better get some scoring out of that 3rd line somehow.

  10. John says:

    Even though the Oilers looked a little sluggish & uninspired in the first 2 periods it’s still worth noting they did come back from 2-0 & 3-1 deficits. Heck, if Hall could have buried that sweet pass from Nuge at the end of the 3rd they would have secured at least a point & perhaps more!

  11. NorwegianOiler says:

    Phoenix put up a good effort. They had the tightest gap control I’ve seen in a long while. Our players rarely got any time with the puck.

    Our forwards got closed off at the boards a lot – seeing Hall get hit on their blueline trying to enter the zone gave me flashbacks of Cogliano and Cole doing the exact same thing – unsuccessfully. They weren’t giving themselves many options but to try to run through the defenseman. Rarely works…

  12. Alan-NottsUK says:

    Positives

    1. Tuebert had another 5 hits in limited ice time
    2. Hopkins seems to have the ability to force things to happen, hopefully he will get more consistant with this and it’s a sign of things to come.
    3. The team fights back more now, going behind like that last year would have ended up with a blowout

    Negatives

    1. Petry is still inconsistant at NHL level
    2. Secondary scoring line MPS, Belanger and Gagner have to start scoring, just creating isn’t enough when we can’t line match as effectively on the road.
    3. Dubnyk still seems to glide a little out of position when going east west in net, which caused the soft first goal.
    4. Lack of a game plan with the empty net.

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    also how the hell did they miss the cross check on Jones at the end of the 3rd, that would essentially have been a 2 man advantage for a power play at a critical point in the game.

  13. NorwegianOiler says:

    “Lack of a game plan with the empty net.”

    Yes! What were they up to 6 on 5?

  14. John says:

    NorwegianOiler: Phoenix put up a good effort. They had the tightest gap control I’ve seen in a long while. Our players rarely got any time with the puck.Our forwards got closed off at the boards a lot – seeing Hall get hit on their blueline trying to enter the zone gave me flashbacks of Cogliano and Cole doing the exact same thing – unsuccessfully. They weren’t giving themselves many options but to try to run through the defenseman. Rarely works…

    Very accurate observations N.O. , the Coyotes certainly deserve props for how well they played their system. Still think the Oilers would have fared better if they could have got their heads & legs into the game earlier but on that night the team that stuck the closest to their systems won!

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