Oilers 4, Avalanche 0 – Game 26 – 2013-03-12 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 12, 2013 9:05 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
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9-11-5 Record 10-10-4
Location: Pepsi Center
Date: March 12, 2013 @ 7:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

34 points in 32 games. That’s how many Sam Gagner has, career vs. the Avalanche, and why he has the blessing of being in the perennial Avalanche game day pic. Sam Gagner always seems to come alive vs. the Avalanche (his best opponent) and the Oilers generally have good success vs. them too. They are 2-1-0 vs. them so far this year, with the last one being a 6-4 win.

The Avalanche will be a much better team tonight, however, because, unlike the last game, they’ll have Ryan O’Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson back in the lineup. Some of you may recall we just set a franchise record in this last game vs. the Avalanche in which we peppered Varlamov with 56 shots on goal. The return of some decent talent should help their cause.

I’d imagine after a big win in Chicago there won’t be much of a lineup change, if any… perhaps Ryan Jones will slot back in. I don’t see much else for change.

Steve Smith mentioned that the reason the Oilers juggled their d-pairings was because Justin Schultz was starting to show some fatigue. This is to be expected, as this is getting to that extended-season point for him, having played College for a while where they have a rather short season (often under 40 games played). Justin Schultz has already racked up 59 games played so far this season. I’d imagine in College he played a lot of minutes, but he’s played 22:23 of ice time per game on average, which puts him 1st overall in average ice time for Oilers. He’s eating up the ice time, and it’s expected he will tire a bit. He’ll adjust to this much longer schedule though down the road.

I would assume Devan Dubnyk will start in this one again. He was relieved by Yann Danis in the last game after Teemu Hartikainen crashed into him. Dubnyk had his neck cranked hard on the play and had a bit of a stinger going. The Oilers took him out for precautionary reasons even though he could have gone. This I like to hear… the Oilers are a bottom feeding team again.. no need to risk worse injury. On that note, they are also playing it safe with Mark Fistric who probably could be back today. They at least will be able to delay a roster cut decision at least another game while Fistric sits. Hopefully no one is added to the sick bay after today.

I predict a much better game for the Avalanche this time around.. could be a tough one. Which Oilers team will we see? Who knows. I would bet money that it will be the good one though.

OILERS LINES (Guessed..)


Hall – Horcoff – Hemsky
Jones – Nuge – Eberle
Paajarvi – Gagner – Yakupov
Brown – Smyth – Petrell

Smid – J.Schultz
Whitney – Petry
N. Schultz – Potter

Dubnyk
Danis

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6 Responses to “Oilers 4, Avalanche 0 – Game 26 – 2013-03-12 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW”

  1. phawley says:

    Finally the end of a drudging three week road trip! One of the longest I have every seen. Unfortunately so far it has turned out with 2 Wins, 2 OT, and 4 Losses.

    However oddly enough if we win tonight that should move us up three spots and there really isn’t that much of a point spread that couldn’t put us back into playoff position with winning just a few more games.

    I hate that we still have a team that looses to the worst teams but somehow sneaks in wins against the best. We had better get our shit together this month because April will be tough playing The Ducks 3 times and The Wild twice.

    Great game for Brown the other night!

  2. phawley says:

    Friggin old man club reunion!

  3. Metal&Oil says:

    Solid Game by pretty much every player on the Oilers. That Paajarvi goal had me flipping out!!!! He sure is coming around but still this is just the tip of the iceberg. I remember watching him in the WJ’s and he is looking closer and closer to becoming what I thought he would become at that time.

    Also: Looks like Khabby is ready to come off IR as Danis will be reassigned to OKC tomorrow.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah I am really impressed with Paajarvi. I will say I was giving up on him having a hope here because he was in a checking role, and wasn’t really being a big factor (although not looking BAD at it.. just not doing much to impress). Now that he’s free of the Belanger triangle, and back with Gagner again, he looks fantastic. The Oilers need to be able to have more than one line that can fly. Right now it looks like our top line is Gagner and anybody. But Paajarvi is definitely working well there. Yakupov had some good moments tonight too.

    I don’t think I’d say anyone played a bad game tonight, that I noticed. Everyone seemed to be working well, in unison. Very early on it had me wondering, but as soon as Hemsky’s awful pass tipped Landeskog over, it was all good.

  5. hemmerlady says:

    Paajaarvi’s goal was poetry In motion. Many fans have been way too hard on him, the same way they were with Gags until late last season. He’s so young. He’s scored some key goals for us lately and we need that. I’m really happy to see him do well.
    I also hope the fans that keep scapegoating particular players shut up. Nothing wrong with being frustrated (you should have heard the words coming out of my mouth during the Predators debacle on friday) but really, people need to lay off the hate.

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