Gilbert vs. Schultz, 10 games in…

By , March 20, 2012 3:16 pm
Tom Gilbert runs from Edmonton...

Tom Gilbert flees Edmonton...

In response to a topic on the forum, I figured I’d write up a long repost that is both a defense of Tom Gilbert, as well as support of Nick Schultz. I personally think the trade is a bit of a wash. But this is a 10-game in review of Tom Gilbert and Nick Schultz with their respective teams… mostly by the numbers.

So first off a disclaimer: I’m not a big “stats guy”. So I definitely take any numbers with a grain of salt, but I do use them from time to time.. this will be one of those times. Oh, also… while their is some “fact” in the form of statistics in here, like any of my posts there is a lot of opinion.

Anyways, Gilbert’s offensive numbers in Minnesota have been.. well, offensive. But I think his other numbers have been good. They are working this horse pretty hard there too. At least as much as we did here, at his most used times.

He’s averaged 24:39 per game in Minny (with even 31.5 minutes in one game!). Part of that, he’s gotten decent PP time, for sure, and should be making better use of that. However, he’s also eaten up a lot of PK time too (he even had as much as 6 minutes in one game). He’s averaged 2 minutes and 4 seconds per game on the PK (although it looks like he’s either put in a lot of PK minutes a game, or hardly any if any).

Of the 36 goals the Wild have allowed since acquiring Gilbert, he’s been on the ice for 11 of them, including 1 empty netter. That’s a little over 30% of the Continue reading 'Gilbert vs. Schultz, 10 games in…'»

Oilers 6, Predators 3 – Game 73 – 2012-03-20 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET OILERS

By , March 20, 2012 11:36 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
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28-36-8 Record 42-22-8
Location: Bridgestone Arena
Date: March 20, 2012 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNET OILERS

PRE-GAME RANT

So, first off, a bit of NHL news to get out of the way. Multiple time sex offender Graham James has been sentenced to two years in prison for his sexual assault of Theoren Fleury and another player (not Sheldon Kennedy.. that trial was done, and time served.. albeit not the full time). Two years. I don’t even know what to say here. The legal system is awful.

Anyways, on to the game. Ben Eager draws in the lineup tonight, in place of Linus Omark. Looks like we’ve got size on every line tonight. I like it. We’ll see how that works out. I think it’s only a matter of time before Hartikainen starts showing the player we hoped he’d be. Actually, even last game he looked that way. He is a very physical player, and eventually he’ll muscle some pucks in.

I’m a little unsure that Jones with Nuge and Eberle is the best, but he seems to be OK with them. On the road, Nuge has been getting shut down quite well by most teams, so maybe having some help from an experienced player might help. Eberle has been a constant level of awesome both home and away.

Dubnyk gets the start tonight. I think we have our best chance of winning when he’s in net, but I’m sure he’s about ready to bust at the seams with this being 5 in a row. Not saying that’s a lot of hockey for a goaltender, but our goalies don’t seem to keep the level of hockey high for very long.

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