Oilers 1, Dallas 4 – Game 20 – 2011-11-21 @ 6:30 PM MST – SNET OILERS

By , November 21, 2011 11:56 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars
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10-7-2 Record 11-8-0
Location: American Airlines Center
Date: Movember 21, 2011 @ 6:30 MST
TV: SNET OILERS

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers are fresh off their best win in recent years, with a 9-2 victory over the Blackhawks. I don’t think anyone saw that coming. I can’t see them following that up tonight, but hopefully they can at least make a game of it. This team IS good and has some superb offensive weapons. They just needed a blowout like that to get some confidence back. A hattrick for Taylor Hall hopefully opens up the floodgates for him – that was much needed.

One guy that didn’t score a point at all that night was Magnus Paajarvi. His struggles continue. It’s upsetting because I know he’s in the quicksand right now. Nothing he does seems to improve things for him. The chances have been there at times. I think he’ll get it, but I hate seeing players struggle.. for their sake. Anyways, he will sit out again tonight. It might be worth considering sending him to Oklahoma City for a bit to find some confidence. Ben Eager will also sit. Replacing these two will be Lennart Petrell and Darcy Hordichuk. Hordichuk hasn’t won over everyone, I know, but before he was hurt many fans here were loving him. So I hope he can get back to that form again.

Khabibulin gets the start again tonight. It seems that he is our official starter from here on out, until he slips long term.

I’ll be missing this one tonight, unfortunately, but I’ll PVR it. Hoping that it’s a good one.

Prediction 4-3 Stars

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Oilers 9, Blackhawks 2 – Game 19 – 2011-11-19 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , November 19, 2011 2:29 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks
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9-7-2 Record 12-5-3
Location: Rexall Place
Date: Movember 19, 2011 @ 8:00 MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

It’s been less than a week since we last played the Blackhawks, and it was an ungraceful 6-3 loss. Tonight we’ll be without the services of a couple important d-pieces in Andy Sutton and Cory Potter (although we probably wouldn’t have called them important before season the started, they sure are now). Colton Teubert has been called up, and Taylor Chorney has been claimed off waivers, and they will be filling the void, at least for tonight. Khabibulin gets the start tonight, and I’m not really sure that’s the smartest idea at all. He hasn’t been bad, for the most part, but he also hasn’t been that same goalie that started the season and was stealing games for us. Plus, it’s tough to justify putting in a guy that just allowed 6 goals against this very same team less than a week ago.

The Oilers might play a better game against the Hawks tonight to start (much like the Senators), but I still figure a crappy loss, especially with our 3rd d-pairing now our send pairing.

Prediction: 5-2

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Everyday I’m Shufflin’ – Oilers line up…

By , November 18, 2011 8:37 am
Time to try and get Paajarvi going?

Time to try and get Paajarvi going?

Jim Matheson came up with the suggestion that the Oilers should try Magnus Paajarvi with Anton Lander. I like the idea. He also suggested to put Ales Hemsky with them too, since Hemsky isn’t helping Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff. I like that idea too. Renney snuck in Paajarvi with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle / Taylor Hall a bit last night too, and I thought Paajarvi looked more elevated. Setting him up with 2 other guys that haven’t exactly been lighting it up might seem like a bad idea… but sometimes it’s just about finding the right combination.

The way I see it, if we do that, our forward lines now look like:

Smyth-Horcoff-Jones
Hall-Nuge-Eberle
Paajarvi-Lander-Hemsky
Eager-Belanger-Petrell

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Oilers 1, Senators 5 – Game 18 – 2011-11-17 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET EDM

By , November 17, 2011 12:02 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators
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9-6-2 Record 9-9-1
Location: Rexall Place
Date: Movember 17, 2011 @ 7:30 MST
TV: SNET ONE

PRE-GAME RANT

Well, it’s officially a winter wonderland here now. The hockey season can start for real now. What Oilers team will we see tonight? The one that has been near perfect in the early goings? Or the one that has seemingly forgotten what they were doing during that time. The long rodeo road trip is over, finally time for a home game… let’s hope that the Oilers get things back on track starting now. Taylor Hall has been suffering without a goal for 8 games now. Perhaps with Tom Renney being able to get the match up he wants, Hall might start scoring again. I’m not sure if that really is even the problem, or if he’s just suffering from a plain old sophomore jinx. At any rate, I hope he snaps out of it soon, as this team really needs him to score. On the flip side, this team really needs Nikolai Khabibulin to making those impossible saves again, as he’s looked more mortal as of late.

Tonight Sam Gagner will watch from the press box. Anton Lander draws back in on the fourth line, with Ben Eager and Lennart Petrell playing book-ends. Eric Belanger bumps back up to line 3, with Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Jones manning the wings. The rest of the line up remains untouched.

Prediction: I’m starting to think I’m bad luck. I’ll just keep it quiet tonight and we’ll see what happens.

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Monday Morning Standings

By , November 16, 2011 9:07 am

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Oiler news: Johan Motin took off for the SEL, leaving the OKC Barons, will Omark be heading there next?; As per Oilers twitter, Barker will be out 4 weeks and Whitney is looking to be around 10 days; Nothing else really happened, well except for the humbling that Boston, Detroit and Chicago heaped upon the team and its fans. Still have a ways to go before being an elite team.

Question of the week: What’s up with Hall? It was aggravating watching him turn the puck over constantly trying to do it all himself. (Or is he still the golden child who we are not allowed to discuss in a negative manner?) Do you just think he’s squeezing the stick a little tight and once he pots a couple he will start using his line mates again, or will this be a whole season type deal like Cole was?
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