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Oilers 1, Ducks 3 – Game 44 – 2013-04-21 @ 6:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 21, 2013 10:57 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks
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17-19-7 Record 27-11-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 21, 2013 @ 6:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers are back at home after a super short, 1 game road trip. They will face the Anaheim Ducks at home today, and again tomorrow (also at home). I don’t expect this to be too pretty of a set of games, as they face the #3 team in the league.

Word just came down that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is going to be evaluated in Cleveland. It’s pretty much a given that he is done for the year and will require surgery on his shoulder. The expected heal time for this is 6 months, which puts us into late October, which will mean he’ll miss training camp and the start of the season next year. Definitely not good news… but if his shoulder has been a problem for a while and hindering his season, this will hopefully help him get back to form again. The Oilers will take some heat over this being overdue.. wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard this. Not sure if they should take the blame here or not… hard to say how much rests on the player and how much on the team, and if they were putting the Nugget at more risk by playing him through the shoulder injury and delaying surgery. Word is that it’s been a nagging injury since junior, so it’s similar to Taylor Hall’s story.

Anyways, Hartikainen will draw back in. Lander will fill in for the Nuge on line 2 with Paajarvi and Eberle. That has more potential to be dangerous for the wrong reasons, but it will be a good view at what Lander is capable of. Our top line better have a good game.. because the potential significantly drops off after that line.
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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 3, Wild 5 – Game 42 – 2013-04-16 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 16, 2013 11:33 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild
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16-18-7 Record 23-16-3
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 16, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

So the Oilers decided to cut loose patsy Steve Tambellini yesterday. In turn, the Oilers pushed Craig MacTavish into the hot seat as General Manager, and moved Scott Howson into MacT’s old position, which I call the “hanging out until I’m promoted” spot. I believe the correct title is Sr. VP of Hockey Operations, however. This came with a wave of emotions. Was it warranted? I definitely think so. But was it the complete “solution”? Definitely not. Kevin Lowe is still here, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it.

In yestereday’s presser, Edmonton Journal reporter John MacKinnon asked MacTavish how he can reassure things will be different when the people that created the mess are still here. Ouch. I think mostly that was directed at Lowe, but Howson and MacTavish also had a part of “the mess”, albeit a lesser one (especially Howson, who wandered off before shit really got bad). Anywho, MacTavish didn’t take this too well and ended up defending his time here saying basically that he didn’t think he did anything wrong with his time here, to which I agree. At that point, Lowe jumped in and went on a rant that will forever be remembered. He was clearly pissed off. He commented on how the group got the Oilers to 1 win away from a Stanley Cup… warranted. MacKinnon (or someone) then piped in “7 years ago”. Lowe’s response was that the reporter and everyone knew the “cycle of that” and that the Oilers “chased the dream” for fans, trying to get that team back to cup form, but failed. I think that’s fair, and puts a little more perspective on why they claim the rebuild started in 2010. I’m still not so sure about that, but it’s feasible. Lowe then went on to mention his place in Oilers history, with a Patrick-Royesque “I can’t hear you with my 6 cup rings in my ear” speech. That’s not what he said, but that was pretty much the gist of it.

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Oilers 1, Flames 4 – Game 41 – 2013-04-13 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , April 13, 2013 12:02 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames
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16-17-7 Record 15-21-4
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 13, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

The fat lady has sung. It’s over. The other teams are increasing their gap on us too much for there really to be a chance. Not only does Edmonton have to outpace the 9th, 10th and 11th place teams now, but they of course have to outpace their original target, Detroit, by 7 points (possibly 6, if we somehow picked up the tie breaker… gaining 4 more regulation or overtime wins on Detroit in the process). This just isn’t going to happen in 8 games. That basically means that not only does Edmonton need to be perfect, but Detroit needs a monumental loss and needs to completely fall apart. Let’s also throw in the fact the Oilers have been struggling to win put a string of wins together all season (although they did win 5 in a row leading up to this 4 game losing streak). I do expect a win tonight for the Oilers, which will mislead some people into thinking that maybe this team still has what it takes to make the playoffs… they just don’t. It takes a lot for me to give up on the season’s playoff hopes, but I have now. I’ll still watch the games now though and hope for all the wins they can get, even if their draft position potentially gets worse.

Hemsky will be out for at least a week with a “nagging foot injury” from blocking a short a while back. That means more opportunity for Yakupv. With 8 games left and no hope in making the playoffs, I wouldn’t mind seeing Yakupov with Hall and Nuge for a bit, or even with Gagner and Hall.. juggle the lines a bit to maximize offensive potential, and see what he can make with it. Of course it could be a disaster defensively too, but who knows.

Lines below have been confirmed. Khabibulin gets the start tonight, which I don’t think is a bad idea considering Dubnyk played a pretty bad one the last game. But you aren’t going to win too many games with one goal, so I don’t pin the loss on him.. just saying it is a good time for some Khabi action.
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Oilers 1, Coyotes 3 – Game 40 – 2013-04-10 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 10, 2013 10:22 am
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16-16-7 Record 17-16-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 10, 2013 @ 7:30PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers are on the ropes. Not mathematically done, but basically done. They’re going to need a miracle at this point. They don’t hold the tie breaker on Detroit or Dallas (regulation or overtime wins), so that makes life tough, as is. They’re also now 4 points out of a playoff spot with 9 games left to make up that difference. They can’t worry about other teams though, only themselves. They can’t worry about Saturday’s game yet, only today’s. They just have to keep showing some fight until they are mathematically eliminated. The problem is, I’m not sure they’ve shown that much fight as of late, outside of the usual suspects. Some players like Hall are dragging this team along, while others such as .. well… let’s just say the usual people… are dragging this team down, instead. I don’t think this team is really built yet for playoffs, or to even compete to make the playoffs, so I give them a bit of slack.

They have glaring holes, so a lot of this rests on the shoulders of the GMs that continually watch it happen. There are fans that seem to accept this too, making excuses: “we can’t trade during the regular season.. it never happens. We can’t sign guys in the off-season, they won’t come here (granted, they won’t if we keep messing things up here). We can’t trade guys leading up to the deadline, because we might crush the team’s spirit (a lot of good that did). We can’t trade for guys during the off-season, because we should see what we have here first. Where are we going to find a big center.. no one trades those.” Enough with the stupid excuses. The management doesn’t need our free pass. Management needs to address the team needs. Other teams trade for big centers from time to time.. other teams trade in the course of a season, even if it’s more rare. We also didn’t need to go through another bad season to recognize the holes. Just because The Hockey News thought we’d be good doesn’t mean we don’t have issues here. I would have fired the group a while ago, but I’d imagine Katz is on the same page as our management group.

Anyways, enough on that.. this is a new game, and we just have to take them 1 by 1. Every loss is going to be astronomical, but until there is no chance, there’s still a chance.. so I hope to see some “give a damn” the remainder of our games. Will we make the playoffs? As I told my friend, Vygur: “The realist in me says no. The optimist in me says.. probably not.” But it ain’t over til it’s over.

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