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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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Oilers 4, Senators 3 (OT) – Game 55 – 2012-02-11 @ 12:00 PM MST – CBC

By , February 11, 2012 9:52 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
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21-28-5 Record 28-22-7
Location: Scotiabank Place
Date: February 11, 2012 @ 12:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

Well, so much for win and you’re in… Nikolai Khabibulin plays again tonight, despite the loss on Wednesday. I didn’t think he played though, and the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch seems to figure we’re showcasing him. Sounds good to me.

Andy Sutton draws in tonight (thank god!). There are rumors flying about now that the Oilers are trying to re-sign him to a 1-year deal (also, thank God). That is definitely fine by me. I hope they manage to get that done. A 1-year deal would be perfect. I’m not sure who comes out of the line up. It sounds like he’ll be replacing Cam Barker tonight, who hasn’t looked very good at all on his return (and for me, I don’t think he’s looked all that great all year… some flashes of a good player here and there though).

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Oilers 1, Senators 5 – Game 18 – 2011-11-17 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNET EDM

By , November 17, 2011 12:02 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators
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9-6-2 Record 9-9-1
Location: Rexall Place
Date: Movember 17, 2011 @ 7:30 MST
TV: SNET ONE

PRE-GAME RANT

Well, it’s officially a winter wonderland here now. The hockey season can start for real now. What Oilers team will we see tonight? The one that has been near perfect in the early goings? Or the one that has seemingly forgotten what they were doing during that time. The long rodeo road trip is over, finally time for a home game… let’s hope that the Oilers get things back on track starting now. Taylor Hall has been suffering without a goal for 8 games now. Perhaps with Tom Renney being able to get the match up he wants, Hall might start scoring again. I’m not sure if that really is even the problem, or if he’s just suffering from a plain old sophomore jinx. At any rate, I hope he snaps out of it soon, as this team really needs him to score. On the flip side, this team really needs Nikolai Khabibulin to making those impossible saves again, as he’s looked more mortal as of late.

Tonight Sam Gagner will watch from the press box. Anton Lander draws back in on the fourth line, with Ben Eager and Lennart Petrell playing book-ends. Eric Belanger bumps back up to line 3, with Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Jones manning the wings. The rest of the line up remains untouched.

Prediction: I’m starting to think I’m bad luck. I’ll just keep it quiet tonight and we’ll see what happens.

OILERS LINES (PROJECTED)

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GDT Oilers 3, Senators 5 – Game 55 – 2011-02-12 @ 12:00 PM MST – CBC

By , February 12, 2011 1:11 am
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Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators
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17-30-8 Record 16-30-8
Location: Rexall Place
Date: February 12, 2011 @ 12:00 PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

There are few teams in the NHL that can compete with the Oilers for bottom feeder position, and this afternoon the Oilers will face one of them in the Senators. The Senators are on a worse recent skid than the Oilers, as a matter of fact. They’ve dropped their last 5 and are winless in their last 11, and their last win was nearly a month ago (1 day shy). The Oilers are no slouches in the losing department either this year, and are 2-7-1 in their last 10. This match-up could have draft pick implications… OK, I’m just building this one up needlessly… this is probably not going to be an exciting one, but I do expect an Oilers win.

Prediction: 6-1 Oilers (where did that come from?)

GUESSTIMATED LINES

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GDT: Oilers 4, Senators 1 – Game 23 – 2010-11-29 @ 5:30 PM – SNET

By , November 29, 2010 11:14 am
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Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
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6-12-4 Record 11-12-1
Location: Scotiabank Place
Date: November 29, 2010 @ 5:30 PM MST
TV: SNET

PRE-GAME RANT

I always thought the games versus the East were cakewalks for us, but nothing has gone right this year. The Oilers have looked better than the team that was blown out 8-2 by the Rangers, however. So I think they’ll make it close. I’ll say 4-3 Senators. Gerber gets the start tonight. Sorry not a lot to talk about in today’s GDT.

UNCONFIRMED LINES

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