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Oilers 5, Canucks 2 – Preseason Game 5 – 2013-09-21 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , September 21, 2013 11:37 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks
logo vs logo
2-1-1 Record 0-2-0
Location: Rexall Place
Date: Sept 21, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

I should caution that it’s just pre-season and they’ve only played 2 games, but let’s all snicker that the Canucks are sitting at the basement of the Pacific currently. OK, it’s not likely they’ll stay there very long. The Oilers and Canucks meet yet again, this time at Rexall. The Oilers won the last one pretty handily, by a score of 4-1 after what looked like the start of a repeat of the last game of the season. After Luongo was mercifully yanked, the came calmed down. Eriksson played a perfect period, stopping 9 of 9 shots he faced. You have to wonder if he’ll get the start tonight (or another backup) since the Oilers seem to have Luongo’s number, as of late.

The Oilers just tweeted out the lines.. they are below. I am really excited to see Jujhar Khaira in non-grainy, HD goodness. He is one of the more promising players coming up in the Oilers system. He’ll play with Yakupov on one side, which could make for a good threat, and Ryan Hamilton on the other side. The top line as of late looks to be the Hall centered line of Smyth-Hall-Hemsky. They haven’t been putting up much for points yet. That’s been a task filled by Jordan Eberle.. a guy who undeservedly had been oddly kicked around in several fan trade ideas this off-season.. wtf??). He’s got 4 points in 2 games so far. And how about Martin Marincin?? He has himself a couple goals already too, also in 2 games. As such, he’s been able to stick around past the first couple of cuts. There have been some interesting, unexpected things happening this off-season. Part of that has been the play of Jesse Joensuu (3 points in as many games, including 2 goals). He’s been earning himself some good reviews from most people.

As for Hall and Hemsky and Smyth.. the points aren’t there yet, but they will come. They are also playing the tough minutes / tough competition, allowing the other lines to put up their numbers. They’ve been doing this well too. Again, I caution that it’s only been a couple of games, but I love what I see of that line so far, even though I wonder how long Smyth can ride with Hemsky and Hall.

Tonight will be our first look at Anton Belov! I’m excited about that. He will play with Denis Grebeshkov. To steal MacT’s quote, that could be a pair that will be “dangerous at both ends of the ice”. It all depends on how honed Belov’s D game is, as I don’t think Grebeshkov is going to be the defensive guy for that pairing.

I am liking the lines I’ve seen so far. I think if I had to put a top 9 together for the opener, I’d go with:
Smyth-Hall-Hemsky
Perron-Gagner-Eberle
Joensuu-Gordon-Yakupov

I will likely be around for game day chat tongiht if anyone else shows up!
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Oilers 4, Canucks 1 – Preseason Game 4 – 2013-09-18 @ 8:00 PM MST – SNET-W

By , September 18, 2013 12:54 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs Vancouver Canucks
logo at logo
1-1-1 Record 0-1-0
Location: Rogers Arena
Date: Sept 18, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

Well, the season hasn’t even started yet so there’s not a whole lot to go on for a blurb but I’ll give it a go. Oilers(1-1-1) and Canucks(0-1) do battle tonight on SNET-W. No cursing at the streaming capabilities of the Oilers site tonight!

So far in the preseason the Oilers split wins with a split squad versus the Flames and engineered a comeback in Winnipeg that fell just short.

A number of players(17) have been re-assigned/cut since then but they are still far from the final roster.

Canucks will start Luongo tonight and the Sedins will be in the lineup as well. Sadly Torts will be the eye in the sky and not entertaining us on the bench.

Oilers will have a closer to NHL roster for the game with a few goons on the fourth so it could be an entertaining one to watch.
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GDT: Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 – Pre-season Game 6 – 2011-09-27 @ 7:00 PM MST – Webcast

By , September 27, 2011 10:59 am
The original "The Nuge"

The original "The Nuge"

Tonight is an exciting night for “the Nuge”. It was originally reported that he was playing with Hemsky and Smyth tonight, but it turns out he’ll be playing with what is possibly going to be the line of the Oilers future one day. The bookends for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight will be none other than Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. This should make for a very exciting, dynamic trio. It would seem that RNH is a very responsible forward. I think Taylor Hall has a tendency to try to back check hard as well too. It’s hard not to think that these guys will get killed against most teams’ top lines, but now is the time to give it a test.

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GDT: Oilers 3, Flames 0 – Pre-season Game 5 – 2011-09-25 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , September 25, 2011 11:06 am
Olivier Roy backs up Dubnyk tonight

Olivier Roy backs up Dubnyk tonight

Tonight the Oilers head in to Calgary to play the 2nd half of their back to back with the Flames. Last night’s event was positive. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded another assist after spinning off the boards near the blueline, cutting to the center of the ice and shooting it on net, where hall swept home the rebound. Khabibulin played a very strong 60 minutes. Maybe you might say 59 minutes and 55 ish seconds. The goal he allowed was one that he shouldn’t have allowed. It was a shot from the high point, through traffic that was at the high point. Other than that, he was solid.

More bad news on the injury front. Sam Gagner was driven hard into the end boards by Brendan Mikkelson. Gagner laid on the ice for a few seconds then got to a knee and was in obvious pain. He is day-to-day. The Edmonton Journal says that he took a puck in the ankle on the play, but I’m not seeing it. Pretty sure the impact of the boards did the damage.

Looks like the Oilers are going with a fairly weak lineup for this one (although I think our top line in this game could end up being a real 3rd line for the team). The Flames have dressed a decent line up, but still some key players missing from their roster.

Oilers Lines

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GDT: Oilers 2, Flames 1 – Pre-season Game 4 – 2011-09-24 @ 6:00 PM MST – Webcast

By , September 24, 2011 10:26 am
Tonight we see Andy Sutton in an Oil uni for the first time

Tonight we see Andy Sutton in an Oil uni for the first time

The Oilers will host the Flames tonight. This one will be webcast on the Oilers website and is a 6PM MST start.

This will be our first chance at seeing the big man Andy Sutton. He’s going to line up with Tom Gilbert and hopefully provide a physical presence to match Gilbert’s more positional and offensive nature. The d-pairings are pretty interesting across the board, actually. Camp invitee Kirill Tulupov is playing the right side with new-comer Cam Barker. Theo Peckham and Jeff Petry will suit up together. It’s not often that we actually have a legit RHD (right-handed defenseman) paired with a legit LHD or a physical/defensive defenseman paired with a offensive-minded defenseman, but tonight we’ve got both.

Khabibulin is going to get the nod tonight. Hopefully he can find his legs.

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