Break it Down! – Goaltending (2012/13 Edition)

By , January 25, 2013 3:34 pm
Doing what he does best...not helping us win games/helping us draft high.

Doing what he does best…not helping us win games/helping us draft high.

Continuing on with the break it down series. The others can be found at the following location.

Nothing has changed. Same group as last year. Except I have more faith that Dubnyk can do it, and more faith that Kreuger will bench that shitty one.

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Oilers 2, Kings 1 (in OT thanks to SHIT refs) – Game 3 – 2013-01-24 @ 7:30 PM MST – TSN

By , January 24, 2013 7:49 am
-={ Puttin’ On The Foil Presents… }=-
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings
logo vs logo
1-1-0 Record 0-2-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: January 24, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST


Tonight the Edmonton Oilers face the defending Stanley Cup Champions – the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings would probably like to use their Stanley Cup hangover as an excuse, but in a lockout season, that won’t fly too well. They’re off to an 0-2 start so far with a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on opening night, and a 3-1 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday night. The Oilers narrowly squeaked out a 3-2 shootout, comeback win vs. the Canucks on Sunday and had their asses handed to them vs. the Sharks on Tuesday (6-3).

I think the Oilers let their reputation of being a much improved, solid team play the first period for them on Tuesday as the Sharks racked up 6 goals in the period. Brutal. They seemed to wake up in the 2nd and 3rd, but by then it was too late. The Oilers got into some early penalty trouble (including a 3-on-5), and the Sharks capitalized. They scored on every (3) powerplay in the 1st period.

The Oilers are going to need a much better start tonight vs. the Kings, and will need to keep it going. To be cliche, they will need to play a complete 60+ minutes. Waiting on news from Twitter as to any lineup changes, but hopefully we finally see Mark Fistric. I’ll be watching this one in person tonight, by the way… so I hope it’s a big win.

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Oilers 3, Sharks 6 – Game 2 – 2013-01-22 @ 8:00 PM MST – TSN

By , January 22, 2013 10:02 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks
logo vs logo
1-0-0 Record 1-0-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: January 22, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST


The home opener! Sounds like plenty of goodies are being given away at the first three home games. I get to go to home game #2, but will be watching this one on the moving picture box.

The first game went pretty well. Our boy Justin Schultz (or “Jultz” as he seems to now be dubbed in the Oil universe) had a pretty solid debut. Poise. Oodles of poise. This kid is going to be a hell of a player. Of course, it’s just game one. I was also happy with Yakupov even though most of the Oil world seem to be giving him a hard time on at least one of the two goals against in the Sunday game. I don’t fault him at all. One could be classified as a “rookie mistake” at best – the mistake being not knowing when to make the easy play. This was on the attempted pass to Hemsky when he was in the better shooting position. It led to a turnover, yes, but I don’t blame him. This will come with confidence. Not to worry. The other goal, he was following Sedin into the corner. Sedin passed it out front, past an onlooker in Whitney, to Kassian, who Gagner and Whitney both abandoned in front of the net. You’d be reaching to blame this one on Yakupov.

Anyways, I’m hoping to see more good play from the young guys tonight. Eberle, Petry and Horcoff all seem to be playing pretty inspired, so I’m hoping they keep that going. Hall looks good, but not Taylor Hall good just yet (plus two penalties the first game.. tsk tsk). The Nuge needs to get going, but I have confidence that he will.

Enjoy the game folks! Not sure if I’ll be around for the GDT chat, but please feel free to stop in.. generally people pop in at scattered times, so if you hang in the chat, eventually a few will be in there.

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Oilers 3 at Canucks 2 (SO) – Game 1 – 2013-01-20 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , January 20, 2013 12:05 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
logo at logo
0-0-0 Record 0-1-0
Location: Rogers Arena
Date: January 20, 2013 @ 7:00PM MST


I’m liking that I don’t have to choose a new GDT pic for this one, since the Oil start the 2012/13 season the same way they finished the 2011/12 season.. playing Vancouver. Hopefully this time the Oilers will have more jump in their step. The Cancuks got SMOKED last night 7-3 by the Anaheim Ducks, and, believe it or not, 5 of those goals were on Cory Schneider.

Who here is NOT excited to see Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov play their first NHL game? Hell, I’m excited to see all the existing Oilers, never mind the new ones. But I’m also anxious to see Mark Fistric play his first game with us too. Too bad it won’t be game 1 though, as according to Dan Tencer, he’s scratched for game 1, and Corey Potter is in. Strange choice. I like Corey Potter, but I think you go with your muscle in the divisional games. Is Fistric not ready to play yet?

Hopefully this will be a good one, as this has a lot of promise.

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Break it Down! – Defense (2012/13 Edition)

By , January 17, 2013 7:26 pm
Yeah, and people don't like to see fighting anymore right...

Yeah, and people don’t like to see fighting anymore right…

Continuing on with my series of posts that break down the Oiler’s different areas, today we look at the defense.

This will be the problem area for your 2012/13 Edmonton Oilers folks (actually, just 2013 Edmonton Oilers, but still). We might see some issues with the goaltending (but that’s for another post), but really I think any issues the Oilers have not only this year but going forward sit on this group.
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