Oilers 1, Blackhawks 4 – Game 46 – 2013-04-24 @ 7:30 PM MST – TSN

By , April 24, 2013 11:14 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks
logo vs logo
17-21-7 Record 34-6-5
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 22, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: TSN

PRE-GAME RANT

Well, this one has embarrassment written all over it, again, but the Oilers somehow manage to show up when playing the Hawks.. so I’m cautiously optimistic.

Magnus Paajarvi is back in the lineup. Missing will be Belanger, who is more concerned about his personal career at this point than anything the Oilers could care about right now. And I don’t blame him at all. These are meaningless games, and he’s likely to get bought out… we don’t need him getting injured, and he doesn’t want that either. Ryan Whitney is hurt, and will be replaced by Mark Fistric. Theo Peckham continues to rot on the bench. He will have a new team next year for sure. We will gain nothing from it, aside from more concerns about this team’s handling of players.

No word on starting goalie yet, but I’d imagine that Dubnyk will be back between the pipes.

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Monday Morning Standings

By , April 23, 2013 5:06 pm
Lets go CBJ!

Lets go CBJ!

Well, as I’m sure you can tell from the abundance of posting here, this season has been going just peachy for the Oilers. I’d say it’s gotten embarrassing to be an Oiler fan, but that boat sailed a few years ago. At least the Oil Kings have given me something to cheer for the past bit otherwise…well, I don’t know. I’d like to say I’m done with this shit team, but we all know that isn’t true. For whatever reason I still watch the games. Must be a sucker for punishment.

Oiler News

- Lots of Oiler news lately but the biggest is obviously the firing of Tambellini. And fuck, finally. What a clusterfuck…yet I remember being hopeful when he got the job. Jesus.
- Mac T got hired as his replacement, with the newly re-hired Howson hired on in his previous role. I know a lot of people are not pleased with this, but I like it. I was a Mac T fan when he was coaching here (just didn’t think he was given the horses needed), and I think he’s a smart guy who can evaluate players well. I don’t understand the Howson hiring, but whatever.
- Lowe still has a job. Surprising, but not at the same time. Him and Katz are BFF’s, and must have some plan (plot) to fuck the city for years to come.
- Not only does Lowe still have a job, but he also said in the Tambellini/Mac T presser that there are two types of fans, and they only listen to the one type (i.e. the ones who are in the building and paying their ridiculous prices). Hilarious. Love it. Oh, and he’s got 6 rings that say he knows how to win (proven by 7 years out of the playoffs).
- Some injury news, with the Nuge on to his second shoulder surgery and Hemsky out for the season with a foot issue he got from blocking a shot. I really wish would stop going into corners first, and blocking shots (like the euro he is) so he’d stop getting hurt.
- Also, after that game last night you should have heard Gagner. Man he was pissed. So much so that even that tit tencer noticed. Was “seething” in the corner to quote the asshat. And I’d say I’m not surprised. Wouldn’t be surprised to see players start to ask for their way out soon, unless Mac T can show that he knows what he’s doing.

League News

- I’ll be honest, I haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been going on in the league. I can tell you that the Seahawks secondary is looking fucking awesome now, and they picked up the best available WR in the FA period. Looking real good.
- Uh, Ovechkin has been pretty good lately hey? I thought he was all washed up now…
- Ah, fuck it. I can’t think of anything else. Feel free to mention it in the comments.

LETS GO LUMBUS!

Anyways, on to the standings (and fight video, and Oil Kings):
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Oilers 0, Ducks 3 – Game 45 – 2013-04-22 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 22, 2013 11:04 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks
logo vs logo
17-20-7 Record 28-11-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 22, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

I must admit, my interest in the game slowly dropped off as it wore on. I thought the Oilers came out flying, especially Taylor Hall (no surprise). But it looked as though that storm was quickly weathered, and the Ducks killed the Oilers in period 2 (although they just had the one goal). Seemed to be a pretty prototype Oilers game.

Quite frankly, there isn’t much to talk about now. The Oilers are officially eliminated from the playoffs (although mid-way through their losing skid, you knew they were done). I guess in a bit of good news, Taylor Hall is officially the first Oiler since Doug Weight to finish a season a point per game player. Of course, this is a shortened season by a fair bit though, so that is a bit “tarnished”. But it is a good sign for him. Also, Yakupov is now just 3 points back of the rookie scoring lead held by Jonathan Huberdeau and Cory Conacher (28 points each). Justin Schultz has 23 points and leads all rookie defensemen in scoring. He sits at 19th in scoring for all NHL defensemen.

There is some talk about whether Ralph Krueger should be fired. I’d say no. The Oilers have tried this a number of times, and it never seems to work. They haven’t had a guy who is the type to really rip into a player though, granted.. you know, like a John Tortorella or Peter Laviolette.. or some would say Lindy Ruff (not sure if that is the case). Really though, I think a coach can only do so much with this kind of team. It is clear to me that the player personnel is wrong, and that is something Craig MacTavish is going to have to do his best to solve. He noted something we’ve (or I have, anyway) felt a while.. this team needs better depth and a better support cast for its young stars. So we’ll see if he can put his money where his mouth is.

I am hoping for a better game tonight from the Oilers tonight, but not getting my hopes up. Some other players besides Hall are going to have to figure out how to score, however. It’s probably long over due to start calling out Gagner, Paajarvi, Jones, and Horcoff.

Eric Belanger is in for Magnus Paajarvi (injured foot), and Ryan Whitney is in for Mark Fistric. Not sure about the lines now.. we have plenty of faceoff talent now! We should win this game now, right?
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Oilers 1, Ducks 3 – Game 44 – 2013-04-21 @ 6:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 21, 2013 10:57 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks
logo at logo
17-19-7 Record 27-11-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 21, 2013 @ 6:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers are back at home after a super short, 1 game road trip. They will face the Anaheim Ducks at home today, and again tomorrow (also at home). I don’t expect this to be too pretty of a set of games, as they face the #3 team in the league.

Word just came down that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is going to be evaluated in Cleveland. It’s pretty much a given that he is done for the year and will require surgery on his shoulder. The expected heal time for this is 6 months, which puts us into late October, which will mean he’ll miss training camp and the start of the season next year. Definitely not good news… but if his shoulder has been a problem for a while and hindering his season, this will hopefully help him get back to form again. The Oilers will take some heat over this being overdue.. wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard this. Not sure if they should take the blame here or not… hard to say how much rests on the player and how much on the team, and if they were putting the Nugget at more risk by playing him through the shoulder injury and delaying surgery. Word is that it’s been a nagging injury since junior, so it’s similar to Taylor Hall’s story.

Anyways, Hartikainen will draw back in. Lander will fill in for the Nuge on line 2 with Paajarvi and Eberle. That has more potential to be dangerous for the wrong reasons, but it will be a good view at what Lander is capable of. Our top line better have a good game.. because the potential significantly drops off after that line.
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Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 – Game 43 – 2013-04-19 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 19, 2013 10:20 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
logo at logo
16-19-7 Record 14-22-7
Location: Pepsi Center
Date: April 19, 2013 @ 7:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

There it is, the stock Avalanche photo. The Avalanche often bring out the best in the Oilers.. so I like to do my part to maintain superstitions and appease the hockey gods by not changing this pic. Hopefully we’re in for yet another entertaining game. I would prefer the Oilers win, but if they’re going to lose, at least go out guns blazing.

So I’ve still yet to see the details on Andrew Miller’s signing.. but I wonder if we’ll catch a glimpse of him. The contract was a 1-year deal.. I’m just not sure WHICH year it was for… the 2013-14 season? Or the remainder of this one? If it was this one, we’ll see him soon.

No word on lines yet, that I can find. Still pretty early though (10:20AM as I write this), which I have just discovered and am now making a sad face. My work day needs to go a little faster. I’ll update the lines when I have them.

Edit: Lines confirmed

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