Oilers 0, Blues 3 – Game 30 – 2013-03-23 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , March 23, 2013 1:32 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues
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11-11-7 Record 12-10-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 23, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST


Khabibulin gets the start tonight. Dubnyk could probably use the rest, even though it’s been a few days since the last game. Khabibulin has also been rock solid between the pipes so far. It seems that if you pace him very slowly, you can get a lot out of him. If you try and ride him like a starter, he’ll break. Old bones.

Eric Belanger is back. The little Nugget still has the flu, so the Oilers have placed him on IR, retroactive to his last game (Sunday I believe). So whenever he’s healthy, he’ll be able to come back off IR. Works for now.

The defense will remain unchanged from last game. I must admit, I like our blueline the most when Mark Fistric is in it, even if he isn’t doing everything right 100% of the time. Also, message to Steve Tambellin: sign Ladislav Smid any day now, please. Don’t let him walk, and don’t trade him!

The lines.. not our best we’ve fielded. Belanger’s line is where offense goes to turn into a dump in the corner and a line change. So I don’t expect anything of excitement out of that line. It might be disaster if Yakupov plays by his own routine and Jones and Belanger aren’t on the same page.

As of writing this, the Oilers currently sit in 13th in the West. A win would vault them to 11th at best, but has them one point out of a playoff spot (barring outcomes of other games). Things still look pretty good. I hope Tambellini sees this. This is normally where he craps his pants, and goes and hides somewhere until draft day (in which time the wheels completely fall off the bus and we’re left with a #1 pick).

OILERS LINES (Confirmed per multiple media sources)

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

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



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4 Responses to “Oilers 0, Blues 3 – Game 30 – 2013-03-23 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC”

  1. dawgtoy says:

    Insert Belanger and the lines go to shit. Fuck I wish they’d trade or waive that deadweight cancerous anchor. Yak playing with Belanger is embarrassing. I hope I’m proven wrong, but I basically hate the bottom six. I have to assume Tambellini does nothing at the deadline. Sign Smid you fuckin idiot!

  2. Racki says:

    LOL This is a complete 180 from how you were re: Tambo before. I must say I agree with this Dawgtoy a lot more though! 😆

  3. dawgtoy says:

    Absolutely. I was at first patient with management through the early stages of the the rebuild, but to sit idly by and watch the kids get killed every night is criminal. Not sure how Tambellini and Lowe can sit and watch the kids get hammered on nightly, and not make moves to help. Tambellini knows what has to be done based on interviews I’ve watched, but the holes in the lineup remain. The bottom six is attrocious. Ryan Smyth is not a center! Belanger shows no ability to do anything short of winning a face off, big fuckin’ deal. Size is needed in the top six, everyone knows it, yet still nothing. Tambellini is content to watch Hall, RNH, Eberle, Hemsky, etc get banged around game in and game out. How long before they’re back under the knife?
    I have no confidence that KLowe and company have the abilities to make the decisions needed for this team to compete going forward. Professional scouting on this club has a terrible track record thus far, and I certainly don’t trust their abilities. We sit at the 50 contract max limit, therefore now couldn’t even add a player via waivers.
    I agree with you Racki , and unbelievably agree with Glen Healy last nigh, that the big important pieces are in place. Those are the difficult and expensive pieces that were aquired through the draft, and all mangement had to do was suck to get them. The difficulty now is to make hard decisions in regards to who stays and who needs to go in order to make this team competitive going forward. This team isn’t far from competing and maybe that’s why I’m frustrated and angry. Can this management team make the right decisions going forward? Quite frankly I fear any trade that they make at this stage. I actually hope they do nothing at the deadline, because I don’t think they know what they are doing. I wish for Katz to clean house and hire fresh blood starting with Lowe down. I doubt that this happens, but that is my hope.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah, I have to say I was a little baffled by not picking up Halpern. As you note, we are now maxed on contracts though. It actually amazes me that we have 50 contracts and very little to show for it beyond the big names. Even in the minor depths, it seems there are a few stand outs, and a lot of filler.

    You are right about your confidence in Lowe et al… how can anyone have confidence in a management that watches it’s team drop out of playoff contention, despite being in the mix (and this isn’t the first time either… each year things seem to start on a high), and do nothing about it?

    I can identify the good players pretty easily from the players that just go through the motions. I am tired of the management throwing the hard working players and our coaches to the wolves year after year. As others have said, we’re breeding a “loser” culture. “It’s OK to lose guys, you’re young”…. even though you’re doing everything to make this team win and being dragged down by the bad depth on this team.

    It might sound bi-polar of me to be angry at management, despite being excited about this team in recent games, but my anger towards management has always been there.

    It bothers me that many of the fans still call out Krueger, and even some of our young players. While I will say Krueger does have his questionable decisions and isn’t a line-matcher, it’s clear the problem is management. You really can’t have any faith in our bottom six lines, so each night Krueger goes in there with two lines that can do anything at all. A team just has to focus on one line, and we’re left with one line to fight for goals.

    Our priority should be more fat-trimming, obviously. We have to dump Petrell, Smyth if we can (probably not, and I think he could still be OK in a limited role, at least, if we don’t have to rely on him to be a top defensive guy), Belanger for a new C, Ryan Whitney (I’m still down with this plan and not getting caught up in his hot play as of late), Corey Potter (maybe… ideally he should be a d-man #8), Khabibulin for a new young goaltender (he’s been decent to very good for most of this year though, when he’s played), Eager, Hordichuk, and figure it out with some of the players in our minor system. Some of these guys have NHL contracts and shouldn’t.. I guess for fear of losing them to another club.

    Anyways, in place of those guys, we scower the free agent market for the value players that we can find. I think Tambellini and co. did right in giving it a go with Belanger and Eager.. they didn’t work out as planned.. so I don’t blame them too much for those… but we have to move forward from them now and try some other bodies.

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