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Oilers 2, Predators 3 – Game 31 – 2013-03-25 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 25, 2013 8:45 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
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11-12-7 Record 13-13-6
Location: Bridgestone Arena
Date: March 25, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

So as mentioned the last GDT, pretty much every game from here on out, or until the Oilers spiral back into the abyss, is important. I don’t have to state that anymore. All the good teams that were sluffing off (with exception to maybe San Jose) are starting to fight hard for playoff spots. This is definitely the down part of the roller coaster ride for Oilers fans… I’d say we’re not going to make it. But hey, that doesn’t mean this team can’t try. I think tonight the Oilers will come out with a good effort this time around.

It is unconfirmed, but it’s unlikely Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will suit up for this one. He seems to be battling a solid case of the flu (“Sam…… Sam…. (whimpers)… can you call my mom?“). It’s expected that Dubnyk will start in this one. I’d imagine the lines won’t change much. It would be nice if this team had a more offensive center to play with Yakupov.

I noticed that Jim Matheson is also questioning the lack of waiver claim on Halpern. The Oilers I believe are at 49, even after signing Travis Ewanyk last week. He is 19 and playing in junior, so he shouldn’t count until next season. And really, the Oilers need to drop some dead weight before then anyways. It’s possible Tambellini and co. are leaving a spot open for the trade deadline, but that would be pretty optimistic to think that, given our inability to really act on team need.

So there is strong talk about the latest D prospect out there, Danny Dekeyser. Dekeyser is Michigan born, which leads most people to believe the Red Wings, who are very interested, are the front runner. The Oilers are doing what they can to make a play for this guy though. Daryl Katz has already called and talked to him (I’d imagine the conversation going along the fashion of this phone call), and Justin Schultz has texted with him about it, apparently. Hopefully it wasn’t a series of warning texts. Anyways.. what do I know about this guy? I haven’t watched him at all, unfortunately, so I’m relying on the internet here. He’s big, at 6’3″ and 198 lbs and apparently very mobile. He’s been described as a two-way guy who is solid in his own zone, but can make a strong outlet pass as well. Most of what I’m reading makes this guy sound more of a defensive specialist than an offensive specialist. Sounds like his offensive game is fairly limited, so I don’t expect much there. However, he seems to also bring a good physical game, is a strong shot blocker and a PK specialist. He is also said to be a strong skater too, so if he can eat up minutes, that might make him a good even strength partner for Justin Schultz as they might complement each other.

Enjoy the game, folks..

UPDATE: sounds like Nuge is in, and Whitney and Petrell are scratches. Word is that the Nuge centers Smyth and Yakupov. Call me crazy, but I’m interested in what happens there. Sure, Smyth has been sluggish this year, but you never know.. might rejuvinate him. He’s looked a little like he’s ready to have an, albeit brief, break out.

Hartikainen shown talking to Ralph Krueger.. pretty sure that is the “hey kid, we’ll have to send you back to Oklahoma City for a bit” speech.
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Oilers 3, Predators 2 – Game 28 – 2013-03-17 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 17, 2013 1:19 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators
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10-11-6 Record 11-11-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 17, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

Gotta make this a quick one. Not sure what the Oilers lines are going to be. Yesterday’s practice seemed to indicate that the lines would change, but there were a few players taking the day off, so not sure if there will be any changes.

The Oilers got smoked the last game vs. the Predators… it was an embarrassing 6-0 loss. The Oilers will likely be a different opponent this time around, now that they have some key players back. It’s possible Mark Fistric will be back tonight too. He’s been out with an elbow injury.

I would imagine that Dubnyk gets the start here again. He was yanked early in the last one. After letting in a long bomb, I think Krueger felt it was a good idea to pull Dubnyk. It turned out that Danis was in for a pretty long night, as he really didn’t stop much of anything. Of course Danis is back to Oklahoma, but I don’t suspect Khabibulin will play just yet.
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Oilers 0, Predators 6 – Game 24 – 2013-03-08 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 8, 2013 12:53 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
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8-10-5 Record 9-9-5
Location: Bridgestone Arena
Date: March 8, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

If the Oilers had as much consistency at playing the game as I do at making GDT, we would be a much better hockey team. I’m not sure why I still do these.. ;)

Anyways, Chris Vande Velde got sent back down. Definitely needed this… he hasn’t really accomplished much. I don’t consider him a bad player, I consider him much like the rest of our bottom six, however…. existing just for the purpose of killing time and hopefully not leaking any goals. That has to change! The Oilers need some players that are tough to play against. They need guys that will give their all every shift, but also score some goals when the skill lines can’t do it.

I hope Yakupov makes a return to our top six.. this time without being at the cost of Paajarvi who has looked at home on the top six again, alongside Gagner. Ales Hemsky is out with a bruised foot after blocking a shot from Jacob Kindl. Yakupov still looks good when he is in an offensive situation with the puck on his stick. In a defensive situation, he looks fairly terrible when the puck is on his stick. That will change one day though, so I am not worried.. just mentioning it.

In conclusion, this team is an embarrassing mess.. no matter what lines we slap together, it will stay that way. We need a healthy Horcoff, and we need some better glue players. And we also need a general manager who realizes that you are allowed to make moves during the course of a season. Other teams do it.

Should be another stinker.. I’ll still watch though being the masochist I am.
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Oilers 6, Predators 3 – Game 73 – 2012-03-20 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET OILERS

By , March 20, 2012 11:36 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators
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28-36-8 Record 42-22-8
Location: Bridgestone Arena
Date: March 20, 2012 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNET OILERS

PRE-GAME RANT

So, first off, a bit of NHL news to get out of the way. Multiple time sex offender Graham James has been sentenced to two years in prison for his sexual assault of Theoren Fleury and another player (not Sheldon Kennedy.. that trial was done, and time served.. albeit not the full time). Two years. I don’t even know what to say here. The legal system is awful.

Anyways, on to the game. Ben Eager draws in the lineup tonight, in place of Linus Omark. Looks like we’ve got size on every line tonight. I like it. We’ll see how that works out. I think it’s only a matter of time before Hartikainen starts showing the player we hoped he’d be. Actually, even last game he looked that way. He is a very physical player, and eventually he’ll muscle some pucks in.

I’m a little unsure that Jones with Nuge and Eberle is the best, but he seems to be OK with them. On the road, Nuge has been getting shut down quite well by most teams, so maybe having some help from an experienced player might help. Eberle has been a constant level of awesome both home and away.

Dubnyk gets the start tonight. I think we have our best chance of winning when he’s in net, but I’m sure he’s about ready to bust at the seams with this being 5 in a row. Not saying that’s a lot of hockey for a goaltender, but our goalies don’t seem to keep the level of hockey high for very long.

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Oilers 1, Predators 2 – Game 24 – 2011-11-28 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , November 28, 2011 11:44 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators
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12-9-2 Record 10-8-4
Location: Rexall Place
Date: Movember 28, 2011 @ 7:30 MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

Tonight the Oilers will take on the Nashville Predators. The Oilers have won both games this season. The last meeting (last Tuesday) was a fairly handy 6-2 victory in which they chased Pekka Rinne out of the net.

Taylor Hall will be absent from this one, after injuring his shoulder (twice) on Saturday vs. the Avalanche. He’ll have an MRI on it today. Ben Eager also seems to have hurt his back in practice. Not sure how serious it is. On a more positive note, it looks like Andy Sutton could return to the line up very soon.

Some good news for Paajarvi tonight.. he’ll finally stop being screwed in the line up and will play with Horcoff and Hemsky. He should get quite a few minutes tonight to try and strut his stuff. About time. Make the best of it, kid.

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