Oilers 4, Canucks 0 – Game 34 – 2013-03-30 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , March 30, 2013 12:19 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks
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13-13-7 Record 19-9-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 30, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

Yet another good test for the Oilers, tonight… vs. one of their biggest rivals, the Vancouver Canucks. I know several of you displaced fans are tired of being beaten up by the locals, so hopefully the Oilers will win this one and win it handily in regulation so you can shut those fockers up! I have many relatives in B.C., and I wouldn’t mind to do some rare gloating! Plus, a win tonight could push us just 1 point behind 8th place (depending on outcomes from other teams).

The Oilers are continuing to play Whitney. I think he’s been doing fairly well, so he could win ice time on merit alone. But I think it makes as much sense that they want to showcase him as much as possible for a deal. There are just 4 days left until the 2013 NHL trade deadline. It will likely be a snoozer like last year.

Go OIL!
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Random tidbits from DeKeyser to Rieder

By , March 29, 2013 5:59 pm
Kale Kessy in a scrap

Kale Kessy in a scrap

DeKeyser Raffle

The Detroit Red Wings win the Danny DeKeyser raffle, as he has chosen to play with them. I think that s a really good fit. I don’t suspect that he’ll play for the big club right away, but it would serve him better anyways to get some AHL seasoning. The Oilers definitely could have used him, but hopefully that forces their hand in negotiations with Ladislav Smid.

Oilers Trade Tobias Rieder to the Coyotes for Kale Kessy

The Oilers also made a minor trade today sending smallish German forward Tobias Rieder to the Phoenix Coyotes for a coke machine – Kale Kessy. From what I can tell of Kessy, he is able to put up pretty respectable WHL numbers. I am pretty skeptical though that this can translate to the NHL level. He seems similar to Mitch Moroz in his skillset. Joanne Ireland tweeted that he’d been suspended by the Dub 7 times (career) before coming over to Kamloops in a trade. Sounds like he is a bit of an animal. I will say that I’d love for the Oilers to have a guy on their NHL roster with that Raffi Torres animalistic nature… however, only if they can play hockey. It will remain to be seen if this guy can do that or not. As for Rieder, I’m glad he’s been moved… not because I don’t like him, but I think he, Linus Omark and Toni Rajala are guys that will likely never see time in an Oiler uniform from here out, unless injuries make us desperate. So it would be good to give these guys opportunity to have an NHL career somewhere else. Did we get good value in this trade? I’m not so sure we did, but I’m not so sure the value of a small winger is there either, so I’m also not too overly concerned about it.

Trade Deadline Approaches

The 2012-2013 NHL trade deadline is coming up soon. It is this coming Wednesday, April 3rd. There have been a number of Oilers involved in trade rumors by the likes of Bob Stauffer, Bob McKenzie, the Fourth Period guys, Mark Spector, a Bruins beat writer.. you name it. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, as they say. So I do believe some players are being shopped around, and we have our sights on some players. Here’s my take on those names… Continue reading 'Random tidbits from DeKeyser to Rieder'»

Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 4 – Game 33 – 2013-03-28 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 28, 2013 12:18 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Columbus Blue Jackets
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12-13-7 Record 17-12-2
Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 28, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

So the Oilers are going back to a couple more tried and true lines tonight. The first one is the “kid line”. That line got 3 goals in the game vs. the Blues, so why not? The other line is Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky. Gagner’s been magic with anyone he’s played with, but he definitely plays quite well with Hemsky. Of course, Paajarvi has had best results playing with Gagner too.

Khabibulin will get the start tonight after shutting out the Blues in what sounded like a really good performance. I still haven’t been able to watch it on PVR yet, but probably will later… maybe when the playoffs are on ;)

So non-Oiler talk now. Jarome Iginla got traded to the Boston Brui… no wait.. to the Pittsburgh Penguins, last night. Sounds like Iggy was very close to being a Bruin, however. It looks to me like the Flames didn’t get very good value in the Pens trade, although it was maybe a step up from what the Bruins were offering. They’ll get a very late 1st round pick, and 2 college prospects (forwards). The prospects don’t project too high, although one of them has soms pretty decent size, and the other is leading his team in scoring, so who knows there. All I can say though is thank God Iggy isn’t a Flame anymore.. I can cheer for him finally. I’ve always liked and respected him, much like many Flames fans had a respect for guys like Ryan Smyth. Pittsburgh was crazy good already without the add. Now they’re just “I fucking hate you guys” good. It will be interesting to see if Iginla re-signs there though. I’d imagine the incentive is there to do it.
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Jarome Iginla trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins…

By , March 27, 2013 11:50 pm


Wow, what a big win for the Penguins. They picked up Jarome Iginla and lost no current roster pieces and still have the cupboards stocked well enough.

Going the other way are two forward college prospects, Ben Hanowski, Kenneth Agostino, and also the Penguins 2013 first-round pick. TSN intitially caught a sniff of a rumor that Iginla was traded to the Bruins, and this was at first what was believed to be true (reported by Aaron Ward as a done deal). Sister station RDS (as well as Sportsnet) stated adamantly that this was not true as the Bruins were denying it. Shortly after, the Flames told the media to hang around after their game, as an announcement was to be made. After a whole bunch of babble, Jay Feaster finally spilled the beans that Iginla had been traded to the Penguins.

The deal with the Penguins looks better on paper than the one they had set up with the Bruins. One of the forwards (Hanowski) is a pretty big kid and put up decent numbers with St. Cloud State (is Lando Calrissian is coach?). Agostino leads Yale University in scoring this year. Time will tell on this one, but at least it’s better for the Flames than what they’d have gotten from the Bruins.

I think the fallout of the Bruins trade sets up an Oilers/Bruins trade, so watch for that soon.

Oilers 3, Blues 0 – Game 32 – 2013-03-26 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET-EDM

By , March 26, 2013 10:32 am
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Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues
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11-13-7 Record 17-12-2
Location: Scottrade Center
Date: March 26, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNET-EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

OK, one thing to immediately get out of the way here.. goal 3 vs. Nashville last night. I don’t like to single out one player on a goal, but I think I will here. For some reason, many fans in Oilerland are pointing fault at Corey Potter on this one. I think this is the whipping boy factor that we have here. Guys hate a player so much that they completely lose any sense of rational thought. It reminds me of a tweet I saw. Can’t remember it exactly, but it was something like “Defenseman and center get puck watching while winger chases after puck carrier in corner.. who is at fault? The Russian” (on a play in which Yakupov was chasing down Sedin, who made a nice pass to the front of the net where Gagner and Whitney were caught puck watching as it was tapped into the net). Steve-o’s response was probably the best on this one – “only argument I see is that Potter shouldn’t be on the ice.” OK, I’ll give you that one.. frequently. I think Potter is a good 7th/8th filler guy. But at any rate, to blame him for that goal is just… crazy.

The way the play broke down…:
For starters, the Oilers play a man-to-man defense. This is well known, but even if they played Zone defense, Fistric still doesn’t escape blame here (although Potter would also eat some blame). Anyways, Potter is on right D, Fistric is on left D. Chris Meuller is skating down the right wing (Fistric’s side) while Brandon Yip is in the middle of the ice. Potter clearly has Yip targeted (which is what he should do.. this IS his man). For some crazy reason, Fistric is also staring right at Yip as the Preds enter the Oilers zone. Potter commits to stay with his man, Yip. Fistric steps across and is now positioned to double team Yip. As Meuller goes wide on the boards. As the Predators cross the blue line, Potter is nearly in line with Yip and there is a bit of gap there. Fistric has equal gap between both players, and Meuller is to his front-left (noting that in order for Potter to be covering Meuller, which would be crazy, he would have to skate through or across Fistric). Yip starts skating to his right, towards the right boards where Meuller is, across both defensemen. Potter follows suit (as should be expected in man-to-man coverage). Right now at this point, Meuller is close to Fistric, but Fistric completely blocks him out mentally. Yip dishes it off to Meuller just as Fistric commits to honing in on Yip (what the hell?), going for the hit. Potter recognizes this fairly quickly, but it’s really too late. Fistric has boxed him out from Meuller (who should be covered by Fistric to begin with). Fistric misses the check (doesn’t really matter at this point anyways), Potter scrambles to catch Meuller, who goes in all alone on Dubnyk with Smyth chasing him down as quick as he can… and Meuller then scores.

Anyways, my mind is completely blown here as to how people can fault Potter on this one. Potter’s man was Yip. Fistric’s man was Meuller. Fistric decided to change the gameplan, go for a big hit on Yip which was clearly a mistake. This left his man uncovered. An easy pass from Yip to a wide open Meuller sealed this one.

Now to end this big rant, I want to say I’m a huge Mark Fistric fan. Absolutely love him. He made one mistake.. a big one… but I still really like him and think he should be in the line up any chance we get. He is a guy I’d play ahead of Whitney, Peckham or Potter. But I call it like I see it. Oiler fan hate is strong and blinding, however.

Anyways, I’ve ranted myself out of rant relevant to tonight’s game… I’ll be away for part of this one as I’ve got a dinner thing going on tonight. I might PVR the first part. I don’t care how crappy the team is, I watch every game.. so to miss a period.. well it’s a big deal for me. No bandwagon for this guy!
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