Oilers 5, Canucks 2 – Preseason Game 5 – 2013-09-21 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , September 21, 2013 11:37 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks
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2-1-1 Record 0-2-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: Sept 21, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

I should caution that it’s just pre-season and they’ve only played 2 games, but let’s all snicker that the Canucks are sitting at the basement of the Pacific currently. OK, it’s not likely they’ll stay there very long. The Oilers and Canucks meet yet again, this time at Rexall. The Oilers won the last one pretty handily, by a score of 4-1 after what looked like the start of a repeat of the last game of the season. After Luongo was mercifully yanked, the came calmed down. Eriksson played a perfect period, stopping 9 of 9 shots he faced. You have to wonder if he’ll get the start tonight (or another backup) since the Oilers seem to have Luongo’s number, as of late.

The Oilers just tweeted out the lines.. they are below. I am really excited to see Jujhar Khaira in non-grainy, HD goodness. He is one of the more promising players coming up in the Oilers system. He’ll play with Yakupov on one side, which could make for a good threat, and Ryan Hamilton on the other side. The top line as of late looks to be the Hall centered line of Smyth-Hall-Hemsky. They haven’t been putting up much for points yet. That’s been a task filled by Jordan Eberle.. a guy who undeservedly had been oddly kicked around in several fan trade ideas this off-season.. wtf??). He’s got 4 points in 2 games so far. And how about Martin Marincin?? He has himself a couple goals already too, also in 2 games. As such, he’s been able to stick around past the first couple of cuts. There have been some interesting, unexpected things happening this off-season. Part of that has been the play of Jesse Joensuu (3 points in as many games, including 2 goals). He’s been earning himself some good reviews from most people.

As for Hall and Hemsky and Smyth.. the points aren’t there yet, but they will come. They are also playing the tough minutes / tough competition, allowing the other lines to put up their numbers. They’ve been doing this well too. Again, I caution that it’s only been a couple of games, but I love what I see of that line so far, even though I wonder how long Smyth can ride with Hemsky and Hall.

Tonight will be our first look at Anton Belov! I’m excited about that. He will play with Denis Grebeshkov. To steal MacT’s quote, that could be a pair that will be “dangerous at both ends of the ice”. It all depends on how honed Belov’s D game is, as I don’t think Grebeshkov is going to be the defensive guy for that pairing.

I am liking the lines I’ve seen so far. I think if I had to put a top 9 together for the opener, I’d go with:
Smyth-Hall-Hemsky
Perron-Gagner-Eberle
Joensuu-Gordon-Yakupov

I will likely be around for game day chat tongiht if anyone else shows up!

OILERS LINES (OFFICIAL)


Smyth-Hall-Hemsky
Perron-Gagner-Eberle
Hamilton-Khaira-Yakupov
Jones-Acton-Brown

Nurse-Petry
Grebeshkov-Belov
Hunt-Fedun

LaBarbera
Rimmer

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7 Responses to “Oilers 5, Canucks 2 – Preseason Game 5 – 2013-09-21 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC”

  1. hemmerlady says:

    Somebody looosssst… Cue the excuses from the Nucks’ camp.
    I liked what I saw tonight!

  2. Racki says:

    “The Canucks had $40billionty dollars scratched tonight”… already heard that excuse.

    But really.. it IS pre-season. I was just happy to see good play from Belov… also Hamilton really impressed me tonight. Khaira also had a fantastic pass to Yakupov (who “Nailed it”).

    I also coined the “Yak Trick” tonight.. scoring a goal, an assist, and destroying an opposition player with a slapshot.

  3. Alan-NottsUK says:

    I’ve not seen any games in full from pre season, but has Jones been as bad as I’m reading, or is it just the usual over reaction from the internet

  4. Racki says:

    Alan-NottsUK:
    I’ve not seen any games in full from pre season, but has Jones been as bad as I’m reading, or is it just the usual over reaction from the internet

    I’m a Jones supporter, and I have to say that last night he wasn’t good at all. It looks like he’s been passed by Ryan Hamilton, in my eyes. I hope he can get it together though. I don’t buy that he’s done just yet.. it might take him a bit longer than others to get his legs is all.

  5. hemmerlady says:

    Ganger out indefinitely with a broken jaw? For the love of f@!!$. :'(

  6. John says:

    hemmerlady:
    Ganger out indefinitely with a broken jaw?For the love of f@!!$.:’(

    Well you know how it goes in Oil Country; when it rains it pours! Guess Hallsey better get ready for an extended stay at center & work a little harder on faceoffs. That should open another roster spot at wing I guess, unless MacT panics & signs an outsider to fill the gap.

  7. Racki says:

    I think we’ll likely see someone like Arco or Lander fill the job for now. Gordon might jump up a line too.

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