Oilers 2011/12 Quarter 1 Review

By , December 4, 2011 3:58 pm
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2011/12 - Quarter 1 Review

We’re characteristically late on this one… partly because there was a nice 3-day break at this point. Trogdor was unable to write up his thoughts, so you just get the thoughts from Steve-O and me, based on 21 games in.

And awayyyy we go…..

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Oilers 3, Flames 5 – Game 27 – 2011-12-03 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , December 3, 2011 12:52 pm
-={ Puttin’ On The Foil Presents… }=-
GDT  - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames (Battle of Alberta)
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13-10-3 Record 10-12-2
Location: Rexall Place
Date: December 3, 2011 @ 8:00 MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

I must say, I’m more and more impressed by this team. Before the season started, we were a team that had defensive holes everywhere, but good offensive guns. By a dozen games in, we were a team with a water tight defense and strong goaltending, but were squeaking out wins despite our offensive struggles. Now, this team is 13th in scoring per game, 11th in goals against per game, they have the 4th best powerplay, and the 12th best PK. Plus, Nikolai Khabibulin is 3rd in goals against average, and 6th in save percentage (just 0.003 behind 2nd place Josh Harding). Things seem to be firing on all cylinders. This team can dig deeply from behind and pull off a win. They can get a head on the scoreboard, and .. well .. frequently hang on to a lead. They can score goals in bunches. This is the team we had all been waiting for.

So, can we finally start dominating the Battle of Alberta again? The Flames won the first game of the Battle of Alberta by a score of 2-1 on October 18th. It’s time to show those f—ers what this rebuild was for. I am expecting a hard played game tonight too. I know many of you haven’t been impressed by Darcy Hordichuk. Some more fodder was given when he showboated after a decisive fight victory (which I don’t much like either), earning himself an 2-minute unsportsmanlike penalty. The Oilers likely would have killed that off though, had they not have taken a league leading 7th too many men on the ice penalty. The Blue Jackets scored on the 5-on-3. But that will add fuel to the anti-Hordichuk fire. I didn’t like the antics, but you can either remember Hordichuk as the guy that got a 2-minute penalty that led to a goal against, or you can remember him as the guy that suckered Brad Staubitz into 8-minutes of penalties, plus had the last laugh with him in a fight (I’d say he won it.. although it wasn’t one sided at all), plus ended up knocking Jared Boll on his butt with a hard punch… all in the span of a week. I like what he’s doing. It’s not all going to be good (see the stupid unsportsmanlike penalty), but he’s absolutely embarrassing any contribution Steve MacIntyre gave to the team in those similar few minutes a game he gets. If Ben Eager played with as much fire as Hordichuk did, I think he would be more liked here too (I like him.. he can play hockey as a regular NHLer, but he hasn’t been very physical yet).

Anyways, I think this should be a great game tonight. It’s the fuckin’ Battle of Alberta. Enjoy yourself.

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Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 3 – Game 26 – 2011-12-02 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , December 2, 2011 11:08 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
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12-10-3 Record 7-15-3
Location: Rexall Place
Date: December 2, 2011 @ 7:30 MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers face the Blue Jackets tonight and for the first time this season. The Jackets have struggled almost all year, but they’ve shown a pulse in their last half-dozen-ish games.

In news recently for the Blue Jackets is Allan Walsh’s ripping of Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel for his handling of Derick Brassard. Walsh is Brassard’s agent and has been very vocal in the past for other clients as well too. Some chatter out there suggests that the Oilers should take a crack at trading for him, to which I’ll say “no, thank you”. Too much money, too long a term, and nowhere near good enough production even if he did have a hot rookie year.

This one should be a game that the Oilers power through fairly handily, but we all know how those “easy” games can go. Hopefully the Oilers take the Blue Jackets more seriously than the Flames did last night! The Oilers are currently sitting in 11th in the conference, but are right in the mix. Every win is important from here on out.

Doobie starts tonight.

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What’s best for Paajarvi?

By , December 1, 2011 10:11 am
Paajarvi during a better time.. even though he wiffed on it..

Paajarvi during a better time.. even though he wiffed on it..

Put your GM/Coach hat on for a moment. What do you think the Oilers should do with this young fella? I think he’s played well recently. In fact, I’d say he really hasn’t played bad at all this year, despite sitting out a handful of games. I think he’s just had a big mental struggle with the game and lost confidence. I could be wrong, but I think he’s been struggling to score like other good players that have been here and just can’t seem to get it going no matter what they do.

Coaches seem to try and fight those moments off with some hard work on the lower ranks… like Quinn did with Sam Gagner, for example. Magnus Paajarvi has played much of this season on a 3rd line unit that has had some variation to it. It hasn’t really been working for him, that I can see. I think his work level has been fairly consistent, so take note that I don’t think that he’s been a bad player or have regrets we drafted him. I’m just asking.. what’s best for Paajarvi?

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