W – Oilers 4, Canadiens 2 – Game 10 – 2013-10-22 @ 5:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , October 22, 2013 12:02 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
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2-6-1 Record 5-3-0
Location: Bell Centre
Date: October 22, 2013 @ 5:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The new look Oilers will have another new look today. Notable roster slots to fill include Hall (knee – 4 weeks) and Smyth (groin – 1 week). In response the team has called up Pitlick and Eager. Hall’s offence is hard to replace so in an effort to get the Yak attack going, he’ll be on a line with Eberle and RNH. Eberle strained his hip slightly on Saturday, but says he’s good to go today.  There won’t be any better opportunities for guys like Jones to prove themselves like there is over the next month or so.  He used to have the versatility to play on different lines with different roles.  I still think it has to do with the haircut, but I’m rooting for him.

MacTavish cited Gazdic’s play, the desire to call up Pitlick, and the number of contracts on the books as contributors to moving Mr. Brown and his moustache. Someone should tell him the princess is in another castle and give him a map of San Jose. It’s never easy to be traded, but moving to California on the cusp of an Edmonton winter and going to a top contender probably ease the pain just a little bit. Good luck to you Mike. This gives the team a little more flexibility in bringing in someone to fill another need. D-Man that could play 30 tough minutes would be nice, or maybe a proven tender. Dubs has been better of late though.

Tonight`s game is in Montreal. A town full of hockey zealots with a lot of history and pride. It`s not an easy house to walk into and leave with a win, so expect the boys will be in tough tonight. The Habs likely sympathize with the Oilers on the injury front as they are without Briere and just lost Prust as well after an awkward fall into the end boards to name a few of many.

After Dubnyk`s recent elevated play and earning the win last game I expect he`ll get the start again tonight, but Eakins has surprised me before so if I hear anything more official, I`ll update the projected lines below.

Last but not least, a big congrats to Anton Lander, the latest captain of the OKC Barons. Continue reading 'W – Oilers 4, Canadiens 2 – Game 10 – 2013-10-22 @ 5:30 PM MST – SNETW'»

L – Oilers 2, Islanders 3 – Game 8 – 2013-10-17 @ 5:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , October 17, 2013 12:06 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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1-5-1 Record 2-2-2
Location: Uniondale Arena
Date: October 17, 2013 @ 5:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

Step 1. Take a blank piece of paper and cover the right side of the image.
Step 2. With the distraction removed look closely and you will see 2 very storied franchises with their names all over the cup. Both have been a long time removed from the glory days, but who says we can’t reminisce over a pint?

Tonight will be the first of two meetings this season against that other team from New York.  The Islanders are off to a similarly rocky start with 2 wins so far on the season.  This is game 4 of the Oilers’ Eastern road trip and so far they have accrued just one point in an OT loss to the Maple Leafs.   A game they let slip away in the final minutes.

Current hot button topic is goaltending in Edmonton.  Dubnyk gets the start tonight, so hopefully we see a solid effort in an attempt to reassert his starter status.  The defence will have to be better and the team on a whole needs to start playing a more complete game.

The team is still doing well sitting 5th in the league for goals for, the issue is we’re 30th for goals against…  Arcobello has been making good use of his time up sharing the team lead in points with 6 assists and a team leading +5.  The Nuge is at an ugly looking -9 while Hall and Hemsky are an equally abysmal -7.  Simple math is we need more goals than our opponents. So, we have a plan. Now execute it!

Lines look to be unchanged for tonight.
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Oilers at Penguins – Game 7 – 2013-10-15 @ 5:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , October 15, 2013 11:19 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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1-4-1 Record 4-1-0
Location: Consol Energy Center
Date: October 15, 2013 @ 5:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The last time we faced the Penguins was over 2 years ago, it coincided with RNH’s debut and first NHL goal. The Oilers were victorious that glorious night, but much has changed since then. It’s no secret that our back end has been having issues not unlike digesting a road side taco. It’s been pretty bad… Goalies have been letting in softies and the defence has been getting schooled. Our offence has been keeping us in most games, but it’s just not enough. Something has to give.

MacTavish has been on the phone but what’s really available out there for goalies right now? St. Louis does have a few options and with Lehner doing well in Ottawa, perhaps either he or Anderson could be had. It’s not going to be cheap and the Oilers will have to give up an asset. The copper and blue are sitting at 49 contracts, so maxing the roster this early in the season won’t be the best option. Ideally a player for player trade will go down, if there are any takers.

Another side story is Yakupov. Eakins has had him benched the last two games and it would appear he’s back in the lineup tonight. Eakins did great work with the youth while working with the Marlies, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here. He definitely squeezed more out of Kadri who was a bit of an enigma but has now turned things around enough to get himself a decent contract extension over there in the center of the universe. Yak is a great talent but if he’s not buying into Eakins system things aren’t going to work out.

Joensuu is hurting again so Jones has been recalled. Larsen is going back down to OKC.

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Oilers vs. Canadiens – Game 4 – 2013-10-10 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET(EDM)

By , October 10, 2013 3:24 pm
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GDT - Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers
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1-2-0 Record 1-2-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: October 10, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNET-EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

Montreal is in town which means half of the usual Oiler fans will transform into Les Habitants tonight.  In games like this where the crowd is split it’s good to get on the board early to silence the away faction.  Montreal is sitting at 1-2-0 as are the Oilers, so both will be hungry for the win.  Oilers have some momentum after an exciting 3rd period offensive outburst against the Devils on Monday night.  Tonight’s plan should be to have the scoreboard read 3rd period from the get go.  The boys need to come out flying and take it to the Habs.  That and maybe play RNH for 40 minutes tonight.
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W (SO) – Oilers 5, Devils 4 – Game 3 – 2013-10-07 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET

By , October 7, 2013 12:49 pm
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GDT - New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers
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0-1-1 Record 0-2-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: October 7, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNET

PRE-GAME RANT

Well…  If you missed Saturday’s tilt against the Canucks I envy you…

At least we’re playing another winless team tonight, so one of us will be going home happy.  The Oilers host the Devils today and Montreal on Thursday.  Then it’s trippin time!  They will hit the road for 8 of their 9 next games so a good showing in the next 2 home games is crucial to righting the ship.

The Nuge is back and hopefully the big 3 can rekindle some of their offensive chemistry against a traditionally stingy team.  Brodeur/Schneider aren’t going to just roll over.
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