Oilers 1, Ducks 2 – Game 39 – 2013-04-08 @ 8:00 PM MST – SNET EDM

By , April 8, 2013 9:55 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks
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16-15-7 Record 26-8-5
Location: Honda Center
Date: April 8, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST


I won’t sugar coat it, it will take a miracle to make it into the playoffs now. The Oilers had a terrible weekend.. not just because of how they played, but because of how other teams played. The bottom teams are catching up, and the teams ahead of them are gaining some ground. It does not look good. But humoring the possibility, the famous playoff chances site – Sports Club Stats – has Edmonton at 14.7% now. An 8-2-0 record will likely do it. A 7-2-1 gives us a 68.1% chance, by their calculations. It ain’t ova till it’s ova. But it’s pretty much over. I still have a glimmer of hope though, being the sucker I am. But the Oilers are going to have to play better if they have a hope in hell of doing it. Lucky for the Oilers (I suppose?) we have 7 of the last 10 games at home. Three of the games are versus less awesome teams – the Flames, Coyotes, and Avalanche. The rest are going to be tough ones. They are against the Ducks (3 times), the Wild (twice), the Hawks, and the Canucks. It isn’t over… but it sure doesn’t look good. Their biggest hope of catching a team lies in Detroit. They also have the teams like Phoenix, and Dallas to worry about too. If those teams pace the Oilers, we’re done.

It doesn’t look good.. but it’s sure better than drafting #1 overall yet again.

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Oilers 1, Kings 4 – Game 38 – 2013-04-06 @ 2:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 6, 2013 9:05 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings
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16-14-7 Record 21-13-3
Location: Staples Center
Date: April 6, 2013 @ 2:00PM MST


Today’s game is an early one. I always hated the early games. Aside from screwing up my afternoon plans, it seems like we lose these more often than not, but I’m sure that this is more related to how poor this team has been the last few years, more than anything else.

Not sure if we’ll finally get to see Jerred Smithson for this one. There was some media talk that he might be available for it. The Smithsons had their new baby, Hunter, a couple of days ago. So that may make him available for this one. I’d like to see him in the lineup soon. From what I’ve seen, he’s a big body that uses his size well, and is very reliable defensively. Plus he’s a faceoff wizard, so it’ll be like having Eric Belanger back, but with some edge to his game. I’m not sure that is really all that much of a good thing though, but we’ll see. I’d imagine that Ryan Smyth will do some sitting if we see Smithson.

I also think it is long overdue for some Mark Fistric time. Ditto, for Theo Peckham, but there is some weirdness going on there that keeps him out of our lineup, and I’m not sure what it is. But in his debut game, I thought he looked quite decent. Right now, I’m worried that Peckham is just going to disappear off the planet.

Last night’s games did not go well for the Oilers. Detroit gained a couple points on the Oilers (the Oilers really need to win today and at least try and keep pace until the Wings slip up). The Blues also won, increasing their gap. They are 3 points ahead of the Oilers with a game in hand (2 after today). The Stars moved up a bit as well and are now 2 points back of the Oilers. It goes without saying, but a win today is very important.
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Oilers 0, Canucks 4 – Game 37 – 2013-04-04 @ 8:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 4, 2013 9:43 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
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16-13-7 Record 19-11-6
Location: Rogers Arena
Date: April 4, 2013 @ 8:30PM MST


Roberto would like you to know that his contract sucks. That’s why he wasn’t traded. Good point, and I’m in full agreement. Pretty honest words from Lou though. He’s endeared himself to fans though lately with his @strombone1 account on Twitter. He’s a pretty funny guy and that’s probably the only thing keeping him somewhat sane these days, amidst all the pressure. Not sure if he starts or if it will be Schneider. His team will have to look past that negativity though.

The Oilers.. wow.. smoked Calgary good last night. It’s about time. It’s nice for our team to not only shut up Flames fans in our building, but to overtake their building with cheers for Oilers goals. The Flames are in for some really painful times though. This is just the start. I want to caution that we beat up on a really bad team though. But I also want to give some credit, cause in the past, the Oilers wouldn’t have showed up at all for that kind of game. I find they typically put their best effort in vs. the tougher teams and coast by against the bottom feeders. They started off looking like that team, early on, when Calgary got a 2-0. However, the Oilers completely turned things around. After the first goal, it was like someone hit them with a defibrillator.

Paajarvi might miss this one. If he does, expect Smyth to play in his place, and Lander to be called up to center line 4. New guy Jerred Smithson is not ready to play yet, as his wife is ready to have a baby, if she hasn’t yet. Other than that, I don’t suspect there will be any lineup changes. I’d really like to see Fistric or Peckham in for the more physical opponents, but doesn’t look like that will happen.
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Oilers 8, Flames 2 – Game 36 – 2013-04-03 @ 8:00 PM MST – SNET CGY

By , April 3, 2013 10:49 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames
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15-13-7 Record 13-17-4
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome
Date: April 3, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST


Alright, do not adjust your TVs, we are playing those sad sacks to the south yet again. What a time to be a Flames fan, no? We feel your pain, as we were there. I’m not so sure our exodus was as painful, however. We still foolishly had a glimmer of hope. At least Flames fans should have no disillusions. That team is torn apart and should be pretty crappy for a while. I’m not saying this to gloat… I long for the days of a GOOD Battle of Alberta. It sucks that both of our teams have had to go through this. But the Battle of Alberta will return one day.

Right now it looks like the Flames best scorer is tough guy Brian McGratton… we’ll have to shadow him tonight with our best defensive players. 😉 Joey MacDonald gets the start for the Flames tonight. All jokes aside, this worries me.. I always think the Oilers play their worst againt the “backups”.

Oh yah, in case you hadn’t noticed.. today is trade dudline day. At this point, two minor trades have been made (the most significant name involved was Scott Hannan, if that tells you anything). If the Oilers walk away with Ben Bishop without losing any significant parts, including Magnus Paajarvi, I’ll be quite happy. However, I think they’ll do nothing. Terry Jones seems to think the Oilers will make something happen though.

I’d imagine that again the Oilers will go with a “winning” line up. I think we should be concerned that the team didn’t generate a lot of shots last game. Maybe not THAT concerned, but there should be concern. Need to improve on that if they hope to beat some of the league’s best in the remaining 13 games. I’d like to see Lander slot into the lineup tonight. Haven’t heard any rumor that he will, however.

Go Oil! Feels good being this close to playoffs, no? The “ol’ lady” even received her playoff tickets offer in the mail from the Oilers yesterday. That is damn exciting..

Oh before I end it… a couple of deadline day near misses that were mentioned on Sportsnet:

When Doug MacLean was GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was offered Cory Schneider in exchange for Gilbert Brule. At the time, Gilbert Brule had very high expectations and was even being called the potential Crosby of the West. What a mistake that was. MacLean obviously turned it down.

Brian Lawton, then GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was offered Claude Giroux in exchange for Paul Ranger. At the time, Giroux was a PPG player in the AHL but not a guy a lot of people were talking about. The Lightning had a lot of hope for Ranger, however, so Lawton turned the deal down. D’oh.

Moral of the story.. hindsight is 20/20… don’t make deals for the sake of making deals. As they say, sometimes the deals you don’t make are better than the ones you do. Paul Holmgren would have been executed for that one.

Edit: Oilers have traded a 4th round pick in 2013 for Jerred Smithson. I think this is a smart pick up. Seems that he is a gritty player with good size and can win draws.. will confirm this shortly.
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Oilers 4, Flames 1 – Game 35 – 2013-04-01 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 1, 2013 10:32 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames
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14-13-7 Record 13-16-4
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April Fool’s, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST


So, to start.. LADI SMID!! An Oiler for at least 4 more years (@ $3.5M per year). Excellent news. A lot of people just don’t fully realize just how good a defensive defenceman Smid is. He is an excellent shutdown defenseman. These types of defensemen are often unheralded. In my opinion, if you are a defenseman, you should excel at your end of the rink before you excel at the other… so I have far more respect for the Orpik, Smid, Girardi types more than I do a Byfuglien, Gonchar, Campbell types. Anyways, Smid’s deal is on the low end for a shutdown defenseman, especially considering that he is solid ont he breakout. He’s everything this high flying offensive team will need to be successful, and I’m very happy about this. A couple quick stats for you here: Smid is 15th in Hits this year, 4th in blocked shots (only 3 behind the leader). Last year he finished 7th in blocks.

Now on to rumors… rumor has it the Oilers are going to hang on to Ryan Whitney for their playoff drive. I’m OK with this. Chances are the value out there for him is horrid. I’d say, at best, they are looking at a 2nd rounder.. maybe a little more. We don’t really need draft picks as much as we’d need a solid defender. I’m not sold that Whintey is that solid of a defender, but he’s been playing a lot better as of late. I always hope for the best with our players, so I hope he can prove everyone wrong about him (including me).

The Oilers are also said to be looking to offer Khabibulin another year. This one.. I just don’t know. I will say that Khabibulin is obviously a superb teammate and great influence on Dubnyk. However, we are talking about a guy who’s played all of EIGHT GAMES this year and has shown signs of fatigue after at least 3 of those. It is definitely time for this gentleman to retire, if you ask me. The tough thing is, in games that he played this year, he has almost always been stellar. So that makes it tough for a guy to think “I am done here..”. It would be nice if the Oilers offered him a coaching job. I think fans don’t realize just how good a team guy he is. He’s extremely well liked by the other players, including Dubnyk who speaks very highly of him. But when a guy is done, a guy is done. I don’t see how we can realistically go into next year with a guy who tires out playing an eight of the season. Dubnyk can’t manage the rest of the load, and we’d be foolish to pick up another goalie and go with a 3-headed monster again.

On to tonight’s game.. the Oilers are on a high.. the Flames traded away their best player… we should smoke them. I will be unhappy with anything other than a regulation win. The Flames will want to win with hard work.. the Oilers will have to work hard as well. Hard work often beats skill.

No word on lineups just yet, but I’d imagine they stay pretty much the same. I’d like to see Fistric back in, in place of Potter, perhaps. He’s falling too quickly out of favor, I think, but I like him.

Edit: Forgot that Lander got called up.. he’ll be in for sure. I’m guessing he centers line 4, Jones sits, and Smyth plays with Horcoff and Yak.
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