Oilers 2, Wild 4 – Game 21 – 2013-03-03 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET-EDM

By , March 3, 2013 11:44 am
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Teddy Peckman
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Location: Xcel Energy Center
Date: March 3, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNET-EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

So today would be the first game back for Taylor Hall after “the incident” in which he hit Cal Clutterbuck hard on the thigh and took him out of the lineup, however Hall, himself, is injured. He apparently has some sort of leg injury. Clutterbuck is still out of the lineup also, so there shouldn’t be any fireworks from that yet. Apparently the twitterverse (namely some Wild fans) are calling Hall’s injury an injury of convenience, suggesting he’s out of the lineup because he’s scared of retribution. Riiiight. Anyways.

I’m excited about tonight because the lines have been reblended. The bottom six looks pretty bleak, albeit possibly strong defensively, but the top six is interesting. One, Yakupov will play with the Nuge, as will Hemsky. It will be interesting to see if Yak and Nuge can get something going. Secondly, Paajarvi and Gagner have been re-united after a long hiatus away from each other. I believe in Paajarvi’s first year, he got most of those points playing with Gagner and Omark. Playing with Eberle as well is an upgrade, so I’m anxious to see if these guys can get something going, especially with Gagner playing like the hockey Jesus lately.

The defense doesn’t see a change from the last game. Potter apparently is close to a return, so he might slot in tonight, but I’m expecting will see all the same pairings. Whitney is fresh off a good game vs. the Blues, so we’ll see if he can keep that momentum going.

OILERS LINES (GUESSTIMATED)


Yakupov-RNH-Hemsky
Paajarvi-Gagner-Eberle
Smyth-Belanger-Jones
Eager-VandeVelde-Petrell

Schultz-Schultz
Smid-Petry
Peckham-Whitney

Dubnyk
Danis

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6 Responses to “Oilers 2, Wild 4 – Game 21 – 2013-03-03 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET-EDM”

  1. dawgtoy says:

    A quote from the hockey Wilderness “In the last meeting, second line draft flop Taylor Hall threw his now infamous knee-on-knee hit that far too many fans in Edmonton defended as “pay back” and justified by saying that Cal Clutterbuck “deserved it.” The rationale is ripe with fan-boy stink, as they are overlooking the obvious problem with throwing your knee out to hurt someone… that you run a very high risk of ending your own career in the process. Even if Clutterbuck deserved it, Hall was about as bright as a first grade bully attempting to give the principal a wedgy.”

    Taken from here http://www.hockeywilderness.com/2013/3/3/4059254/minnesota-wild-vs-edmonton-oilers-game-21

  2. Racki says:

    I wouldn’t read too much into it as the writer there has already been outed by others as being laughably ignorant about the game.

    I think it was a bad play by Hall, but he did his time. Now sure, he can face the consequences if there are any, whenever he faces the Wild next (which unfortunately won’t be tonight).

    As far as him being a “second line flop”, I guess the writer needs to do some more research, since he’s on the top line and is a PPG player this year on a team that can barely muster any offense. Compare that to say, Tyler Seguin, who has 13 points in as many games this year. He’s a “first line flop” if you’re jealous of his abilities / pissed off because he took out your version of Raffi Torres.

  3. dawgtoy says:

    I put it up for comic relief. I put no weight into what those fools write. Just find it hilarious that they continue to call Hall a second line flop.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah that’s pretty funny. If he’s a 2nd line flop, I guess those top line players much be REALLY DAMN good.

  5. Racki says:

    One of the poorest played games in RECENT Oilers history (There’s been a lot worse in the past couple/few years though).

    Deserved to lose this one by a much wider margin.

  6. Alan-NottsUK says:

    thank god this season is only 48 games.

    Eberle though he is my favourite Oiler needs a seat in the pressbox for the next game, or at the very least to be put down onto the 3rd line. Something needs to be done to wake him up.

    Hall – RNH – Hemsky
    Paajarvi – Gagner – Yakupov
    Smyth – Belanger – Jones
    Eager – Vande Velde – Petrell

    Also the practice today should just be them shooting constantly until they can no longer swing a stick.

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