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
logo AT logo
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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Putting on the Foil

By , March 19, 2012 7:43 pm

Well, considering the name of the blog, and that I’m a fan of fights I figured this would be appropriate to put up here:

Oilers sign G Tyler Bunz to an Entry Level Deal

By , March 19, 2012 11:24 am

The Oilers have signed goaltender Tyler Bunz to a three-year entry level contract. No details are available just yet.

Oilers 2, Coyotes 3 (SO) – Game 72 – 2012-03-18 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 18, 2012 11:01 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Phoenix Coyotes
logo vs. logo
28-36-7 Record 35-26-11
Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 18, 2012 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

In the Battle of Alberta, we won the war, but we lost won of the battles big time. Taylor Hall was concussed on a pretty ugly looking play. He picked up the puck along the boards halfway up the defensive zone. With his head down, he turned to skate up ice, and lost his balance. As he was going down, Cory Sarich pinched in with a decent amount of speed and ran through and over top of him. Contact was made with Hall’s head, but I wouldn’t go saying that this one was a dirty hit, per se. Hall’s head then seemed to hit the ice pretty hard. He lose consciousness briefly. After being checked over by the trainer on the ice, Hall skated off on his own power and left the game. Concussion. We’re all hoping he’ll be back soon, as I’m sure most Oilers fans have high hopes of another 30 goal scorer here this year. Of course, his health is far more important though.

Some good news is that Hall is not feeling any headache from after the hit, and plans to hit the stationary bike today. “I feel good, pretty much normal. I woke up yesterday and felt fine and today I feel even better. I’d never been knocked out before, so it was pretty scary for me. I don’t remember the hit, but I feel fine,” Hall said. “Who knows what would have happened if I would have stayed on my feet.”

The Oilers have also been more diligent about keeping players out of the lineup long enough to prevent re-injury, since coming under the microscope from fans and media. “There are steps in place for us to follow. We’ll listen to (medical staff). He could play this season,” Renney assured when asked about Hall’s return to the lineup. “I’m not going to guess my way through a young guy’s career who means so much to our organization.”

“I just talked to him and I think he’s doing pretty good today. It was a tough situation on Friday,” Shawn Horcoff commented on the Hall injury/hit.

On to the game tonight… we will have Dubnyk in net, again. He’s played rather stellar since taking the net back from Khabibulin. Darcy Hordichuk also could draw back in. His family just had a son (Declan).

“The Nuge” now sits at 45 points in (51gp), 1 point behind Adam Henrique (64 games played) and 2 behind Gabriel Landeskog (74 games played). Don’t forget to vote in the sidebar (or click multimedia, then polls archive up top) as to who the Calder winner should be.

Lastly, don’t forget that Oil Change Season 2, Episode 4 re-airs tonight on Sportsnet, following the game.

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