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Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 – Game 43 – 2013-04-19 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 19, 2013 10:20 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
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16-19-7 Record 14-22-7
Location: Pepsi Center
Date: April 19, 2013 @ 7:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

There it is, the stock Avalanche photo. The Avalanche often bring out the best in the Oilers.. so I like to do my part to maintain superstitions and appease the hockey gods by not changing this pic. Hopefully we’re in for yet another entertaining game. I would prefer the Oilers win, but if they’re going to lose, at least go out guns blazing.

So I’ve still yet to see the details on Andrew Miller’s signing.. but I wonder if we’ll catch a glimpse of him. The contract was a 1-year deal.. I’m just not sure WHICH year it was for… the 2013-14 season? Or the remainder of this one? If it was this one, we’ll see him soon.

No word on lines yet, that I can find. Still pretty early though (10:20AM as I write this), which I have just discovered and am now making a sad face. My work day needs to go a little faster. I’ll update the lines when I have them.

Edit: Lines confirmed

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Oilers 4, Avalanche 0 – Game 26 – 2013-03-12 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 12, 2013 9:05 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
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9-11-5 Record 10-10-4
Location: Pepsi Center
Date: March 12, 2013 @ 7:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

34 points in 32 games. That’s how many Sam Gagner has, career vs. the Avalanche, and why he has the blessing of being in the perennial Avalanche game day pic. Sam Gagner always seems to come alive vs. the Avalanche (his best opponent) and the Oilers generally have good success vs. them too. They are 2-1-0 vs. them so far this year, with the last one being a 6-4 win.

The Avalanche will be a much better team tonight, however, because, unlike the last game, they’ll have Ryan O’Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Johnson and Ryan Wilson back in the lineup. Some of you may recall we just set a franchise record in this last game vs. the Avalanche in which we peppered Varlamov with 56 shots on goal. The return of some decent talent should help their cause.

I’d imagine after a big win in Chicago there won’t be much of a lineup change, if any… perhaps Ryan Jones will slot back in. I don’t see much else for change.

Steve Smith mentioned that the reason the Oilers juggled their d-pairings was because Justin Schultz was starting to show some fatigue. This is to be expected, as this is getting to that extended-season point for him, having played College for a while where they have a rather short season (often under 40 games played). Justin Schultz has already racked up 59 games played so far this season. I’d imagine in College he played a lot of minutes, but he’s played 22:23 of ice time per game on average, which puts him 1st overall in average ice time for Oilers. He’s eating up the ice time, and it’s expected he will tire a bit. He’ll adjust to this much longer schedule though down the road.

I would assume Devan Dubnyk will start in this one again. He was relieved by Yann Danis in the last game after Teemu Hartikainen crashed into him. Dubnyk had his neck cranked hard on the play and had a bit of a stinger going. The Oilers took him out for precautionary reasons even though he could have gone. This I like to hear… the Oilers are a bottom feeding team again.. no need to risk worse injury. On that note, they are also playing it safe with Mark Fistric who probably could be back today. They at least will be able to delay a roster cut decision at least another game while Fistric sits. Hopefully no one is added to the sick bay after today.

I predict a much better game for the Avalanche this time around.. could be a tough one. Which Oilers team will we see? Who knows. I would bet money that it will be the good one though.
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Oilers 6, Avalanche 4 – Game 14 – 2013-02-16 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , February 16, 2013 2:03 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche
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5-5-3 Record 5-6-1
Location: Rexall Place
Date: February 16, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

Smytty Returns.

I have to say I don’t like the heat Ryan Smyth has been taking lately. There has been talk out there that fans are turning on him. I don’t think it’s true. I hope it’s not anyways. Yah, he’s struggled. But a guy can struggle and we can accept it as time passing.. we don’t need to throw him to the wolves and insult him, suggesting he has no work ethic. We know Smyth is a warrior that gives it his all. It’s possible he’s lost his step, yes, but I’d say in all of this, be good fans and don’t insult the guy’s character. One former NHLer, Rhett Warrener, called him a joke in a recent newspaper article on the Calgary Sun. Well, he said he’s becoming a joke. Smytty played it cool when told that by reporters though, and just said he won’t address those comments. But I’m sure it affects a player. Maybe he should take a lesson from Warrener who retired before he lost any relevance… except in Warrener’s case it was also before he had any relevance. Anyways, I won’t harp on that comment much.

The lines are revamped again and Ryan Smyth and Ryan Whitney are back in. At forward, Teemu Hartikainen will replace Nail Yakupov on the 2nd line. This is deserved, as he’s been playing very well. It’ll be good to see him with some offensive talent. Yakupov gets the boot down to the 3rd line where he will play left wing on a line with Eric Belanger and Ryan Smyth. Don’t knock it until you see it, I guess. You never know. But really, the offensive weapons are all in the top six, save for Yakupov. He will get powerplay time though on a line with Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle, Whitney and Smyth. The first powerplay unit will be The Nuge, Hartikainen, Ales Hemsky, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall. I have to admit, those powerplay lines excite me.

On defense, Ladi Smid will pear up with Mark Fistric. That should be a bruising pair. The Schultz “brothers” will stay together. Whitney will pair up with Jeff Petry. We’ll see how that goes.

Devan Dubnyk will get the start.

Corey Potter and Magnus Paajarvi are healthy scratches.

Edit: Lennart Petrell Was hit by a puck in warmup.. Paajarvi takes his place in the game.

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Oilers 1, Avalanche 3 – Game 8 – 2013-02-02 @ 1:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , February 2, 2013 10:03 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
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4-2-1 Record 3-4-0
Location: Pepsi Center
Date: February 2, 2013 @ 1:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers are coming off back to backs winning the first in OT and losing the latter in a character building shootout loss. Much better than the drubbing they took from the Sharks in the home opener.

The Avs are still hurting, missing both Landeskog and Jones from the frontlines. Even down those 2 the Avs found a way to get the offence going in their last game against our Southern rivals the Flames. This game may be a little closer than the first meeting of the season.

Fistric stays in and Potter rides the pine. Horcoff has been greenlit for skating so the line-ups are still being hashed out. Top 2 lines are the only guarantees. That and Dubnyk is being ridden like a rented mule. He`s been up to the task so far, so not too worried there.
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Oilers 4, Avalanche 1 – Game 5 – 2013-01-28 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , January 28, 2013 12:19 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche
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2-2-0 Record 0-2-1
Location: Rexall Place
Date: January 28, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The twitter folks say that Corey Potter is in for Mark Fistric. I take that as a sign that our GM has panicked and signaled the dive for the latest #1 draft sensation. I have nothing against Potter, but Mark Fistric is a good guy we need in all the time. Potter was the topic du jour last year, so I don’t like people dumping on him either. I’d like to see what Fistric and Potter can do together though.

The GDT pic is a stock photo I use on here for every single Avalanche game, it seems. Getting tired of hunting for new pics though. At least this one doesn’t have Stortini in it!

I have the privilege of going to this one live. Hopefully it’s better than the first 59:55 of the last game I went to (Thursday’s win over Los Angeles). But that game was pure awesome, in the end.

There’s been a bit of talk here and elsewhere about the Oilers even strength woes. Wouldn’t mind seeing some forward changes. Our team is all really stacked on one line, with potential on the 2nd line, and our third line should be nicknamed the Lethal Weapons….. “I’m too old for this shit!”.
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