L – Oilers 0, Wings 5 – Game 15 – 2013-11-02 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , November 2, 2013 6:09 pm
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GDT - Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers
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8-4-2 Record 3-9-2
Location: Rexall Place
Date: November 2, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

Tonight the Oilers will host the Detroit Red Wings. Looks like the Wings will provide backup Petr Mrazek in “Guaranteed Win Night”. According to the Oilers’ site, the Wings are 6-0-5 in their last 11 visits to Rexall. At first glance, that’s pretty terrible. The Oilers haven’t recorded a single regulation win in any of those visits.. however they do have 5 non-regulation wins to Detroit’s 6 wins. At this point, we don’t give a damn if points are conceded to the Wings, do we?

Ryan Hamilton will slot in tonight, he’ll play on the wing with Arcobello, with Gordon centering that unit. Philip Larsen is in for Justin Schultz (apparently he has both a groin AND a rib injury of some sort). Bachman gets the start tonight.

Enjoy the game…
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SO – Oilers 1, Kings 2 – Game 13 – 2013-10-27 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNET OILERS

By , October 27, 2013 1:42 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings
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7-4-0 Record 3-8-1
Location: Staples Center
Date: October 27, 2013 @ 7:00PM MST
TV: SNET OILERS

PRE-GAME RANT

The hockey gods would like you to know that the Oilers can not have nice things. Devan Dubnyk is the latest victim to injury. Dubnyk will miss this one with a minor ankle injury. It doesn’t sound terrible. It sounds just like Dubnyk will miss a game. In his place will be Richard Bachman, since LaBarberba served up what could be described at mediocrity yesterday afternoon. At least a couple of the goals weren’t his fault (ex. the tip in), but it didn’t seem like he was playing too superbly. Maybe like Dubnyk, he needs to wander to the top of the blue paint and cut down the angle. Also sacrificed to the hockey gods yesterday was Tyler Pitlick. Boo-fucking-urns to this, because Pitlick was looking quite good. He also scored his first NHL goal yesterday too. In his first 3 NHL games, he was flying around the ice, getting aggressive on everyone, and generating chances. Basically, he was all you could ask of a 3rd liner, and then some.. and now the good lord of hockey says, no… no, you can’t have him. While speeding up the boards, Tyler Pitlick was hip checked by David Schlemko. Shlemko managed to catch a whole lot of Pitlick’s thigh and perhaps even knee. It didn’t look so good… Pitlick was in a lot of pain.. but hopefully it was just a Charley horse. I haven’t read any injury update on him yet. The way things go around here, I’m awaiting the news that the Oilers have to put Pitlick down because the leg is so badly injured. Anywho, in his place will be Anton Lander.

Both Lander and Bachman have played fairly well for the Barons. Lander was recently named Captain of the Barons (they can’t have good things either… yoink!), and Bachman is 3-4-1 with a 2.37 GAA, and 0.925 SV%. Tyler Bunz will replace Bachman on the Barons, as he was recalled from the ECHL. Bachman was quoted by Gene Principe as saying “I don’t think I have to go out there and be a superhero. I just need to make some saves.” After LaBarbera’s so-so game yesterday, his words are actually a little ironic, even though that’s not what he meant by it. It will be interesting to see how Bachman plays though, as it’s not a stretch to think that the Oilers could send LaBarbera down if Bachman plays lights out up until Dubnyk returns.

Another true test… the Oilers vs. a real hockey team.

Enjoy the game..

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L – Oilers 4, Coyotes 5 – Game 12 – 2013-10-26 @ 1:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , October 26, 2013 10:54 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Phoenix Coyotes
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6-3-2 Record 3-7-1
Location: Jobing.com Arena
Date: October 26, 2013 @ 1:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers face the Coyotes this afternoon. The Oil played a retty good game in their last outing, vs. the Capitals, but for whatever reason, they couldn’t put the puck past Holtby until late in the game, while the Capitals… capitalized (booooooooo) on their chances when needed.

The Oilers won 2 and lost 1 against the Coyotes last year. Both of the Oilers’ wins had to come in extra time.. one in OT, the other in the shootout.

So this could be a fairly close game. The Oilers are stuck in a serious rut, where the bounces just don’t seem to be going for them. They need to just keep on battling hard, however, and hopefully the wins will finally come. Of course having some guys like Gagner and Joensuu back couldn’t hurt.

Looks like LaBarbera will start against his former team.

Enjoy the game..

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Mike Brown traded to SJS for 4th rounder in 2014

By , October 21, 2013 9:55 pm


The Edmonton Oilers traded Mike Brown to the San Jose Sharks for a 4th round pick in 2014. That puts the Oilers at 48 pro contracts now (limit is 50), giving them some wiggle room in a deal. You have to figure there is something else coming in the near future. At the very least, it’s good to have flexibility. I liked the kind of player Mike Brown is, but unfortunately that type of guy just isn’t useful on a hockey club. This is addition by subtraction. The Oilers recalled Tyler Pitlick today, and also Ben Eager. There is some reports that they also recalled Tyler Fedun, as he shows on the AHL transaction list as being recalled and is on the Oilers active roster page currently. Mysterious.

W – Oilers 3, Sens 1 – Game 9 – 2013-10-19 @ 12:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , October 19, 2013 1:14 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
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1-6-1 Record 3-2-2
Location: Canadian Tire Centre
Date: October 19, 2013 @ 12:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

So I won’t doom and gloom this one too much. The Oilers are in a poor spot in the standings… sounds like the Corsi war is slowly being lost. The Oilers started just over 50% in the first few games, but as of late are now are around 45%, in the last couple of games (stats courtesy of ROMULUS APOTHEOSIS on Lowetide). I’m not going to concern myself with those numbers too much, as it is just two games, and we should expect that the numbers will fluctuate. The first 6 games were pretty much hovering around 50%. I’m starting to realize I have to buy into this whole Corsi thing and advanced stats in general a bit more, as voodoo as they are. I feel like Craig MacTavish, refusing to wear a Jofa bucket because it might crush my beautiful curly locks. I’m not going to focus on them too much, but I definitely will pay more attention.

I think this new “swarm defense” is SORT of working. What I’ve observed is it seems to be prone to breakdowns, very easily. Or at least, the Oilers execution of that is prone to breakdowns. Guys are often left alone in very dangerous scoring positions.. I don’t really like it at all, and have started to wonder how much longer it will last before the Oilers go to a more basic approach like zone defense. I suspect that Dallas Eakins will cling onto this like MacTavish clinging onto the no-helmet stance, and me refusing to fully buy into these newfangled advanced stats. He did seem to buckle a little bit, as he admitted recently that on the plane he really considered changing things up. I am thinking what that means is dumping the swarm. I want to make one thing straight though.. I think it’s probably a good system. I just don’t think it’s something these players are grasping well enough. So.. what’s the over under on how long until Eakins switches to zone defense? You don’t want to panic too much, but I think it’s clear that the Oilers grip on man-to-man defense last year was terrible. Apparently Detroit uses the swarm. I’m not sure if they still do, but what made me believe that is this quote from Kyle Quincey:

“In the D zone, I’d never heard of ‘the swarm’ before I got here,” said defenseman Kyle Quincey, who spent 2005-08 in the Wings organization, left for almost four seasons, then returned at the trade deadline last year. “He never talked about that eight years ago. But if you look around on video, all the teams do it now. He’s definitely a very good systems coach. He’s definitely challenged me to a better player, for sure. A lot of skating in this system.”

We all know the Oilers have been trying to follow the Red Wings model for quite some time.

It’s the wee hours of the morning.. forward lines are quite likely, as these were Friday’s practice lines. Not sure about the D-lines or starting goaltender, but I assume there won’t be changes there.
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