Oilers 3, Sharks 4 (SO) – Game 29 – 2013-03-20 @ 7:30 PM MST – TSN

By , March 20, 2013 11:15 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks
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Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 20, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: TSN

PRE-GAME RANT

Every game from this point onward is huge. The Edmonton Oilers are trending upwards now, and that is perfect timing for them (well, I guess perfect timing is the start of the season, as long as you continue the trend..). The Oilers are 3-0-1 in their last 4, after getting smoked by the Predators. They had their revenge with a narrow 3-2 win in a rematch the last game. The Sharks, on the other hand, appear to be trending downward. They’ve only won one of their last 7 (with two OTL in that frame). This is an opportunity the Oilers have to seize. They’ve historically been the team that other teams look forward too when they are slumping. The Oilers have always been slump busters. That has to change. The sharks have 1 regulation win and 1 shootout win versus the Oilers this season so far. A win tonight will put the Oilers on equal ground as far as points, but no matter what the outcome, the Oilers have already lost out on a potential tie breaker of record between the two clubs. Every point from here on out is going to count, as the Oilers are going to be in a dog fight all the way. Most of the teams are on the upswing, with very few teams faltering like the Sharks.

There’s been some trade/contract talk lately. Much of it revolves around whether or not we should trade Ryan Whitney. I’m still saying yes to that, if the return is good. Ryan Whitney is hot right now, and his value will never be higher. I believe that it isn’t our blue that is the straw that stirs the drink on our powerplay, even though it does help. Can we make due with Potter there? Doubtful.. but why not Jeff Petry?? This is a guy with a decent offensive skillset, but for whatever reason he’s being heavily relied on defensively (albeit he does well in that regard). Perhaps you could reduce his PK time and increase his PP time to make up for the loss of Whitney. Right now, Petry is our most used PKer. That is great and speaks highly of Krueger’s trust in him, but I think you should be able to dial back those minutes in favor of Marc Fistric or Nick Schultz, and then feed Petry more PP ice time. Just my 2 cents. On the flip side though, there is a very good argument that we need to keep Whitney around for a playoff push. I will just remind people how difficult it was to watch Ryan Whitney here the last couple of years. He could revert to that. Just saying… if we can get something good for him, do it. If not, well, no loss for us.

Awesome article up on the Edmonton Sun here. Basically it talks about the Oilers finding their new formula for success and how they think they can stick to it and win games. Talk is cheap, but I think they can do it. Drinking game tip: Take 1 shot for every time the word “identity” is used in the article (that’s 14 shots).

Go OIL!!!!

UPDATE: Nuge is out. That presumably should mean that Hartikainen is in now. As far as who slots in at center, it’s anyone’s guess. It could be Petrell, who has played some C. It could be Hall, who we would love to make a C long term. It could be Mike Brown because according to Bob Stauffer he’s played some C (Mike Brown would beg to differ, however).. just kidding on that one. It should be either Hall or Petrell. I would guess Hall moves over, Horcoff drops to play with Jones/Eberle and Hartikainen gets the glorious opportunity to play with Hall and Hemsky.

OILERS LINES (Randomly generated…)


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

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

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9 Responses to “Oilers 3, Sharks 4 (SO) – Game 29 – 2013-03-20 @ 7:30 PM MST – TSN”

  1. phawley says:

    Really our big chance starts now…

    If we can beat the sharks, that puts us at 30 points tied with Phoenix, Columbus and San Jose. Then if we can beat Columbus on Saturday, that could give us the upper advantage of all three of those teams placing 8th in the west. Then Monday and Tuesday brings us the Preds and the Blues again and could get us potentially up to 5th or 6th in the Western Conference.

    I really think we could do this however like I have said before, April is going to be a tough month for us. We mostly play the best in our conference as well for some reason we have issues beating Calgary (spits on floor) no matter how bad they have been playing.

    It will be interesting to see if we can hang on to a playoff spot by the end of April.

    Speaking of Calgary there are big rumors arising that Iginla might be looking for a new team. I wonder where that would leave Calgary…They sure have had a lot of bad luck lately.

  2. Racki says:

    Man, I am looking forward to seeing Jarome Iginla somewhere else. Always would have loved to have him here. Not now though with his salary being what it is. Unless we can rent him for our big playoff run! haha

  3. Metal&Oil says:

    I hate putting too much stock into just one game but tonight should at least give us an idea if we are in this thing for real or if we are just pretenders.

    I’m gonna go with a 5-4 OT win.

    Update: Nuge out tonight with flu. Look for Hall to play center today.

    Also: Gotta Wish for a full and speedy recovery for Glen Sather who is having surgery for prostrate cancer Thursday in NYC.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah, I just read that about Nuge. Damn it. I am not so sure that Hall will move to C.

    Jason Gregor was speculating that Petrell might slot in at center, as he played that in Finland. I’m not so sure he’d play with Eberle and Jones though.. the lines are anyone’s guess tonight..

  5. phawley says:

    I was thinking Jones would fill in. I have seen him at Center before. I am going to go with a 3 – 2 win.

  6. Racki says:

    Looks like Petrell centers line 4 and Smyth jumps up to center in place of Nuge

  7. phawley says:

    I wouldn’t put Smyth in Center again…

  8. Racki says:

    The sad fact is, we don’t really have a better alternative.

    There’s Petrell, and he doesn’t seem overly comfortable with it… there’s Hall, if you want to force him into C (which the Oilers don’t… he’s playing well at wing and prefers it).

    Vande Velde is currently unhelpful at this point.

    The Oilers really need to pick up a C through trade/waivers somehow.

  9. Racki says:

    Oh and as for Jones, never seen him at C as an Oiler, to my memory, save for taking a draw if his line’s C is kicked out.

    Plus, he’s struggling as is at wing after coming back from the eye issue.

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