Coyotes at Oilers – Game 29 – 2013-12-01 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET-W

By , December 3, 2013 4:32 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Phoenix Coyotes
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15-7-4 Record 9-17-2
Location: Rexall
Date: December 3, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNET-W

PRE-GAME RANT

A little bit of news to go along with today’s GDT. The naming rights of the yet to be built new arena have been sold off to Rogers. The deal is over 13 years and includes $700 million. That amount does not go direct to the team though, instead it’s an investment in the province of Alberta. Details are still sketchy, but it could result in $700 million’s worth of new cell towers. Who knows… so whether it be in the arena or on your own couch the Oilers will be brought to you by the Rogers megalopoly. Bow down to your new supreme leader… in sports!

Okay, game talk. Bryzgalov got his noggin knocked last game resulting in an upper body injury(‘symptoms that go with a concussion or whiplash’) so LaBarbera has been called up to back up Dubnyk tonight. Dubnyk came into the last game with Bryzgalov being injured and made some key saves to keep the team alive. Although they managed to scrub out 2 points via shootout, Eakins has shuffled the lines. There was also a heavy emphasis on the power-play at practice after going 0/6 in Dallas.

Much like Columbus the Oilers have generally had the upper hand when it comes to the Coyotes, but have lost their only meeting thus far this season.
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L – Oilers 1, BlueJackets 4 – Game 27 – 2013-11-29 @ 5:00 PM MST – SNET W

By , November 29, 2013 3:28 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
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8-16-2 Record 9-13-3
Location: Nationwide Arena
Date: November 29, 2013 @ 5:00PM MST
TV: SNET-W

PRE-GAME RANT

Aside from the first two losses then win of the season, every time the oilers had suffered a loss, it resulted in a streak of 5. Three 5 game losing streaks spread over October and November sounds ridiculous, and it is. It has the Oilers sitting dead last in the Western conference and only ahead of the Sabres league wide. After gaining a little momentum the Blackhawks stomped on our brittle confidence.

That being said the team did the unthinkable and responded with a win in Nashville last night to break the 5 game curse. It feels like we are turning a corner with this new development and the prior 3 game win streak. We’re scoring plenty, and gaining confidence in our goaltenders. Sadly we’re turning the corner when the lead teams have already finished the race. It’s been a tough quarter for damn sure. Fans and players alike have been struggling with the desire to make it to the rink. If we can even manage some .500 hockey through the season end though I think everyone would be fairly pleased. We are all but eliminated from the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t compete and play the Oil brand of hockey we’ve only seen glimpses of so far.

Bryzgalov nonchalantly tallied a shutout in his first game as an Oiler. He’s a character and has some swagger which gave the team in front of him a boost. So much so that Eakins has penciled him in to play again tonight. He must not have hydration issues like Khabibulin did…

As for the rest of the crew, nothing is changing there either. Grebeshkov, Arcobello and Jones are all playing again tonight and lines remain the same.

Since embarrassing the Blue Jackets in Edmonton, they in turn embarrassed the Leafs. No one likes a route so expect a more competitive squad tonight with a little more grit. We have traditionally owned them, but they’ll be looking to reclaim some of that pride we kicked repeatedly.
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Oilers vs. Predators – Game 26 – 2013-11-28 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET EDM

By , November 28, 2013 2:42 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
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7-16-2 Record 13-10-2
Location: Bridgestone Arena
Date: November 28, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNET-EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

Well after a 3 game streak came crashing down to Earth on Monday night, the Oilers look to start anew tonight in Nashville. It’s the first of back to backs including a short road trip to Columbus to play tomorrow night. Nashville played the BJs last night themselves, so the Oilers will look to jump out early.

Minor shakeup to the lines tonight. Grebeshkov slots into a pairing with Justin Schultz and Potter will sit out. He’ll have company in Acton and Gazdic to make room for Arcobello and Jones.

The Bryz gets his first start as Oiler tonight too. He did see action last game against Chicago after Dubnyk watched 4 pucks bulge the twine behind him. More of a mercy pull as most of the goals were opportunistic by a very talented Blackhawks team. Bryzgalov did well in relief though, so hopefully he’s up to the task of 60 minutes tonight. Also being back to backs you had to figure Bryzgalov would play either tonight or tomorrow.

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L – Oilers 1 Hawks 5 – Game 25 – 2013-11-25 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET W

By , November 25, 2013 1:38 pm
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GDT - Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers
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16-4-4 Record 7-15-2
Location: Rexall Place
Date: November 25, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNET-W

PRE-GAME RANT

We’re going streaking!!! 3 in a row is officially a streak right? And the kind we actually want this time.

The boys will be in tough tonight to keep that momentum rolling against a very talented Hawks team. They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and we have 7 wins through the entire season. Aside from a tough opponent, the team has been off since Thursday. A nice break to heal some wounds but when you finally start hitting your stride you don’t want to sit at home on the couch. Ideally we come out focused and don’t have the rust of 3 days to shake off. Don’t expect any shutouts tonight as the last time these 2 met 9 goals were tallied collectively.

Dubnyk was named the 3rd star of the week and the team has averaged 5 goals per game over the modest streak. If the back end is stopping while the top guys are popping, therein is a recipe for success.

Eakins has said previously why mess with the lines when things are working, so tonight’s lines remain unchanged. Dubnyk gets the start as well. Bryzgalov will likely get his first start as on Oiler on Thursday or Friday with back to back games against Nashville and Columbus.
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W – Oilers 4 Panthers 1 – Game 24 – 2013-11-21 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET_EDM

By , November 21, 2013 4:01 pm
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GDT - Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers
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6-12-4 Record 6-15-2
Location: Rexall Place
Date: November 21, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNET-EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

Florida Panthers are in town tonight. Oilers are showing promise for the first time this season, but against non-elite teams. A win tonight and we officially have a streak! With the 3rd in Calgary the team has 11 goals in the last 4 periods. A hard pace to maintain, but should be able to manage one or two tonight. I sure hope so since I’ll be there. The teams are both on an upswing with Florida winning their last 2 as well.

Lineups are working so no changes to be made. Dubnyk gets the start once again, so Bryzgalov’s debut is still on hold. They will run with a 5 forward power play again as well.

MacIntyre is off IR and has been placed on waivers.

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