Oilers 0, Canucks 3 – Game 82 – 2012-04-07 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , April 7, 2012 11:43 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
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32-39-10 Record 50-22-9
Location: Rogers Arena
Date: April 7, 2012 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

So it’s the last game of the season. It seems to me like it got here pretty quickly. Maybe because almost nothing happened in the last few months – another dud of a season. But there are positives to look to. Hall had another good season, although plagued by injuries. The Nuge looked incredible almost all year and is in the running for the Calder trophy. Jordan Eberle was spectacular… the best forward on our team… and is in the running for Lady Byng while also being amongst the cream of the crop in the league as far as points go.. 76 points in 77 games! Jeff Petry had a year I never expected him to have, despite him being my favorite defensive prospect. Ladislav Smid surprised just about everyone with his stellar physical defensive play. Unfortunately the excitement dies out after that.

The Oilers will have some tough decisions (as always) this off-season with what to do with some players. Gagner had a big 8 point night back in February, but his season has been OK, but not great. His defensive game has come along though, but we’re still hoping for the offense to show up (that one game aside). He’s up for contract too. Ales Hemsky had a brutal year. That might be a positive in a way, because I feel this was just an off year, and I think that with a healthy Hemsky we could be a lot better. Ryan Smyth had pieces of a good year. He will be looking to seal a deal here that takes him into retirement.. but will we want that? I’d love to see Smytty retire here, but we have to remember that Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Smyth are no longer the future here. They’re the past. So yah, signing them is fine, but we need to do it for fairly cheap, and we need to see the minutes dialed back a significant amount for those vets next year. They are complementary players now, not the main show.

I feel a little better about where we sit on defense, with Smid and Petry’s coming out parties. But it definitely doesn’t hurt to think about some solid depth pick up. It felt clear to me that Corey Potter was a very good defenseman for us when his minutes are managed. Colten Teubert is looking better these days… will he show up next year as our most improved d-man this time? Last year it was Peckham.. but let’s hope Smid doesn’t regress like he did. What about Taylor Fedun or any of our other defensive prospects?

The one position I still don’t feel safe in is goaltending. I really hope the Oilers do what they can to fix this problem. Devan Dubnyk has looked really good in the latter months, but I still don’t think he is our man long term. Nikolai Khabibulin looked spectacular early on in the season… but where the hell did he disappear to later in the season? I think we’ve got an improved defense across the board, and we should be able to get the most out of our goaltending. OK, maybe we could use a bit more d-help, but I think the team looks much better (in my opinion) than how we started the season, even though we got off to such a great start. I think we could use some help in our bottom six too though, although finally sending Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander down has helped make us a more “NHL” team. We’re still not there yet, but Petrell looks better there. I think Teemu Hartikainen is a lot more NHL ready than Paajarvi and Lander too. We need some guys there that can score too though.

Anyways, we’re facing Vancouver. They’re playing for the Conference and President’s trophy. Let’s hope for a St. Louis win tonight and an Oilers victory. The Oilers made promises of being spoilers. I’d like to see it. Sure, Vancouver still makes the playoffs, but they don’t have guaranteed home ice vs. any opponent. Every little bit helps.

BTW, Steve-O and I will be at the Oil Kings playoff round 2, game 2 tonight at Rexall. G’Oil x2…

OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)


Hartikainen – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Jones – Gagner – Hemsky
Smyth – Horcoff – Belanger
Eager/Hordichuk – Vande Velde – Petrell

Whitney – Schultz
Barker – Petry
Sutton – Teubert

Dubnyk
Khabibulin

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8 Responses to “Oilers 0, Canucks 3 – Game 82 – 2012-04-07 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC”

  1. zackman35 says:

    Who wouldn’t want to see the Oilers beat the Canucks? (Besides Canuck fans) It’s the last game of the season and that may be the reason I watch the game but if I miss it I don’t think I’ll be too upset. I will be watching the Philly/Pens game though!

    Also as soon as this game is done prepare for the draft talks! I should be starting the mini series soon.

  2. Racki says:

    On that note, Zack, tuesday is draft lotto day!

    I’m not sure how excited I am that we’re in this place again though.. but oh well. I still hope we win the Lotto.

  3. zackman35 says:

    Racki:
    On that note, Zack, tuesday is draft lotto day!

    I’m not sure how excited I am that we’re in this place again though.. but oh well. I still hope we win the Lotto.

    I wonder if ST will be on the plane ride to Toronto this year… I think Lowetide mentioned this could be an indication of contract negotiations. :razz:

    And I should have part one of the draft mini series all written by tomorrow. I started today and have about 3/4 of it finished (I’ll probably send it to you via email) and you can decide if and when you would like to put it up on the blog. I’m assuming another Lotto thread will be coming, so it might be best if it’s released after it’s been up for a while?

    And enjoy the Oil Kings game!

  4. gr8one says:

    Speaking of the Oil Kings…

    Racki, if this has been covered somewhere else here, I apologize, I know you had said a bit ago that Reinhart hadn’t jumped out at you much but that Pysyk seemed to be quite impactful, but my question now is how has Gernat looked??

    I know Pysyk has been pretty highly touted and has WJHC pedigree etc, etc, and we all know about Reinharts’ upcoming draft status, so looking at the Oil Kings team stats I was kind of surprised to see how much separation there was between Gernat’s points(and +/-) compared to the others, he put up almost 20 more points than both of them and was a +41…I mean wow, awesome!!

    With those numbers I’m guessing it’s safe to say he gets ample PP time and softer minutes than the other two, but what’s your overall impression of him?

  5. hemmerlady says:

    Kind of glad I’m not stuck downtown tonight wearing my Eberle shirt…I don’t think I could handle the obnoxiousness.

    this was not a good way to go out. HL is not a happy camper. I hope that whoever goes up go get the President’s Trophy trips and touches it with his bare hands. Jinx jinx jinx jinx jinnnnnnxxxxx.

  6. zackman35 says:

    Well I only caught a few pieces of the game here and there but from what I saw Duby had some stellar saves albeit the final score.

    I’m getting tired of the whole not making the playoffs, the draft pick should be another great addition but I hope we can be competing sooner than later. It’s getting close, real close.

  7. Racki says:

    gr8one:
    Speaking of the Oil Kings…

    Racki, if this has been covered somewhere else here, I apologize, I know you had said a bit ago that Reinhart hadn’t jumped out at you much but that Pysyk seemed to be quite impactful, but my question now is how has Gernat looked??

    I know Pysyk has been pretty highly touted and has WJHC pedigree etc, etc, and we all know about Reinharts’ upcoming draft status, so looking at the Oil Kings team stats I was kind of surprised to see how much separation there was between Gernat’s points(and +/-) compared to the others, he put up almost 20 more points than both of them and was a +41…I mean wow, awesome!!

    With those numbers I’m guessing it’s safe to say he gets ample PP time and softer minutes than the other two, but what’s your overall impression of him?

    I’m definitely no scout, when it comes to live games. I find it hard (oddly) to pay close attention to individual players at the games. However, I’ve tried to noticed Gernat as much as I can. I think you’re right about the “cherry” minutes. I’m not certain, but it looks to me like he’s on the 2nd pairing there. Keegan Lowe and Mark Pysyk undoubtedly make up the first pairing, and I believe Gernat and Cody Corbett are the 2nd pairing, and Griffen Reinhart and Ashton Sautner make the 3rd pairing.

    From what I see of Gernat, he seems to be a very good powerplay quarterback. He’s good at moving the puck and has a decent shot too. He’s also decent at laying the body. I’ve seen a few nice hits by him, but my fave has to be one that they throw up on the big screen all the time of him laying a beauty hip check on a guy.

    All in all, I’d say he’ll be a good addition for us, but it’s also too hard to judge him too much. I haven’t found either him or Reinhart to really stand out much at all. Mark Pysyk is head and shoulders above both of those guys, but then again he’s 1 year older than Gernat, and got 2 years on Reinhart. I’m trying to pay as much attention to Gernat as I can though, as well as Reinhart since there is a minimal chance (I doubt it, myself) we could draft him. I don’t see much of Gernat in the defensive zone (mainly because I only see our defensive zone close enough for one period) or out on the PK though (at least, not that I’ve noticed). So the rumor of him being offense only could be true.

    I will also comment on another player that gets little attention.. Kristians Pelss. He scored 2 tonight and seems to be a guy that should garner a bit more attention from fans than he does. He’s got decent skill and is pretty gritty for his size. He also plays the PK too. But at the same time, I know the guys at HF aren’t too keen on him, so who knows.

    In other news, a name to watch in next year’s draft could be Curtis Lazar. He’s played fantastically in the playoffs so far. And well.. his name is fucking awesome. Does anything else really matter?

  8. zackman35 says:

    Another Oilers prospect who seems to be making some solid ground is Tobias Rieder.

    Regular Season: GP60 42G 43A 85PTS +22
    Post Season: GP6 8G 6A 14PTS +8

    He’s second in OHL scoring for the playoffs!

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