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L – Oilers 1, Capitals 4 – Game 11 – 2013-10-24 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET EDM

By , October 24, 2013 2:16 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
logo at logo
5-4-0 Record 3-6-1
Location: Rexall Place
Date: October 24, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNET EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

As the Oilers longest road trip of the season continues they have a layover in Edmonton so why not squeeze a game in.  The Washington Capitals just so happen to be in town.  Perfect.  Quick stop at home before hitting the road for 2 more games.  The Oilers and Caps played one another just 10 days ago so they should be fresh in each other’s minds.  Time for the coaching battle to take over and see who can outduel the other.  The Capitals won at home 4-2 so the Oilers will be looking exact a little vengeance and take the win streak to 3.

Ovechkin is the man to stop tonight.  Through his first 9 games he has 9 goals which is only his second best start in a season.  Slacker…  Oilers have their own secret weapon.  Arcobello!  Who dat?  Just the Oilers leading scorer thus far in the season.  The rookie has tallied 10 assists so far.  Time for a goal or two!

The Oilers will need some secondary goal support for the next little while with Hall on the sidelines.  For Steve-O’s sake we’ll say that Hemsky isn’t a secondary scorer, but last game Smid, Petry and Jones all tallied so we’ll need more of the same.

TSN tells me that Dubnyk has gone from “who’s cold” to “who’s hot”, so hopefully he can stay there for awhile.

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L – Oilers 2 , Capitals 4 – Game 6 – 2013-10-14 @ 5:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , October 14, 2013 11:31 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals
logo at logo
1-3-1 Record 1-4-0
Location: Verizon Center
Date: October 14, 2013 @ 5:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

So the hot button topic for the Oilers these days is of course goaltending. Even Dubnyk would admit how disappointing this has been for the Oilers this year (that article I just linked makes me feel terrible for Dubnyk). I feel bad for him too, as you know he is the type that tries to carry the team on his back, even if it’s questionable whether he’s the guy that can. He wants to win every game, and I believe he competes hard, but there have been some questionable goals going in the net lately. When it rains, it pours for a goaltender. It’s hard for a goalie to battle back once they’ve lost that confidence. I really hope he can regain his form. I never really thought of him as a top-level goaltender, but he was all the Oilers needed. Unfortunately, as of late, he hasn’t been his usual self. He’s regressed a lot. He’s not making stops that he should be able to stop and you know he’s beating himself up over it. My stance is that the Oilers need to go out and grab a cheap goalie as a stop gap. They can re-visit goaltending in July. Dubnyk will be a UFA then, and there will be some good goalies on the market (assuming close to status quo on contracts).

Anyways, on to tonight’s game. I would have to figure that Labarbera gets the start in this one. Yakupov is rumored to be sitting out this one, again. Joanne Ireland has a good article up about Yakupov. Well, it’s good and it’s bad. It has a good bit from Eakins, explaining the decision. I was fine with it to begin with. I didn’t really care for Yakupov’s response in the article though. It worries me a little bit, to be honest. I’m the type to give most players the benefit of doubt when it comes to quotes though. So I won’t read much into it at this point, and you can all go there and read and formulate your own opinions. I just didn’t like the “I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don’t think it’s my game” quote. It might not be your game, but if it’s the Oilers’ game, you do it. That’s what I want to hear. I’ll let him off the hook for now, and hope that he gets back on the ice soon and plays the team game fully. We can criticize some other players on the team for doing things like making bad passes, or pinching in at the wrong time, but I think most guys on this team are doing their best to play Eakins’ system. Is Yakupov? I want to think he is. I am not going to give up on him or anything… just want to see him play the team game here and not complain about it. Anyways, enough on that!

The Oilers are playing good enough hockey that they should be winning games. Hopefully they get a good battle out of their goaltender tonight and can win this one.

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Off with their heads…

By , November 28, 2011 9:24 am

Two coaches were victims of firings today before many of us out west were even awake. The Washington Capitals have fired Bruce Boudreau, and the Carolina Hurricanes have axed Paul Maurice. Dale Hunter will take over coaching duties in Washington, while Kirk Muller will head things in Carolina. Maurice was the youngest coach in NHL history to coach 1000 NHL games. The Hurricanes, however, sit 2nd last in the NHL right now, after missing the playoffs two years in a row under Maurice. The Capitals are still in a good spot, but evidently are attempting to stop the bleeding before it gets too serious.

GDT: Oilers 2, Capitals 1 – Game 9 – 2011-10-27 @ 7:30 PM MST – TSN

By , October 27, 2011 11:15 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Washington Capitals
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4-2-2 Record 7-0-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: October 27, 2011 @ 7:30 MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

This game will be a huge test for the team. They’re playing the “best” team in the NHL right now… the undefeated Capitals. We’ll find out if the horseshoe has fallen out of Khabibulin’s ass yet… we’ll find out if our defense really is made of Swiss cheese… and we’ll find out if the Kid Line really is that good.

Looks like Theo Peckham returns for this one, with Whitney out.

This is also the final free-pass with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. After this game, they have to decide whether to send him back to the Red Deer Rebels, or if he will stay with the Oilers. Really, it would be crazy for the Oilers to send him back to Junior at this point though. It won’t happen.

Prediction: 6-4 Capitals

OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)

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Bluff Master T and the MVP

By , July 3, 2011 1:12 pm
Is Tambellini the Bluff Master?

Is Tambellini the Bluff Master?

I know it sounds silly, but I think the Oilers have been trying to sell Khabibulin as our “MVP” not to us fans, but to GMs around the league. That contract is heinously bad, but it seems like the Oil have been making efforts to try and bring another goaltender here, and may have been trying to move Khabibulin too. I know we all figure Tambellini to be pretty bad. I have given my share of criticism too. But I think he’s a little smarter than we think and this MVP business is just a ploy to trick other GMs into wanting him.

The 2009/10 speech would go… “Wow, we finished 30th this season because our “MVP” was hurt for so long…”.

The 2010/11 speech… “We finished 30th this season but thankfully we had Khabibulin there to keep us in it.. I can’t imagine if he wasn’t there!”.

Those are far from direct quotes.. not even close. But that is basically what it seemed that Tambellini was trying to convey, and it can only be for the reason of convincing other GMs to take Khabi on. Maybe I’m giving the guy too much credit… but I think he can see now that Continue reading 'Bluff Master T and the MVP'»

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