Monday Morning Standings

By , October 23, 2013 9:39 pm

Go Seahawks!

Go Seahawks!


We’re a few weeks into the new season, and it’s already been somewhat of a train wreck/tire fire. The team is sitting 5 points out of a playoff spot (although I really have no idea what with the new division/playoff setup), and as Elliotte Friedman mentioned that in the last few years (since the advent of the loser point) being out of a playoff spot by November 1st doesn’t bode well for making the playoffs.

That said, I don’t think the Oilers have played poorly (well, they didn’t to start) it’s just they didn’t get good goaltending, and once that showed up the team started to suck.

Oiler News

Lots of Oiler news:
- Hall hurt his knee and is out for 4 weeks. Wasn’t a dirty hit at all in my opinion, just unlucky. None the less, not a good time for it.
- Ryan Smyth is also hurt and out a week. Not as big of a loss, however he was playing very well prior to the injury.
- Mike Brown was traded to San Jose for a 4th rounder. This is great as players like him are usually available on the waiver wire.
- Arcobello has played well with 10 points in his first 10 games. Not too shabby.
- Hemsky is still awesome.
- Pitlick and Eager were both called up and played last game. I’m surprised Eager made a game as Gazdic seems to have replaced him, Brown and MacIntyre but what do I know. Not sure why Omark hasn’t been called up as he has been getting points.
- Gagner is closer to return and we should be seeing him soon. This will be a good thing.

League News

- I have been working the election, so I have been unable to follow the league at all. I have no idea what has been going on (it was hard enough to follow the Oilers).
- I do know the Sharks have been awesome, and Joe Thornton is a great quote. He’s been a favorite for a while, but that makes him even greater.
- Oh, and I know the West has been kicking the East’s ass. But that’s par for the course really.

Anyways, on to the standings (and fight video, and Oil Kings):
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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'»

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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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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