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Oilers 3, Blues 0 – Game 32 – 2013-03-26 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET-EDM

By , March 26, 2013 10:32 am
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Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues
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11-13-7 Record 17-12-2
Location: Scottrade Center
Date: March 26, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNET-EDM

PRE-GAME RANT

OK, one thing to immediately get out of the way here.. goal 3 vs. Nashville last night. I don’t like to single out one player on a goal, but I think I will here. For some reason, many fans in Oilerland are pointing fault at Corey Potter on this one. I think this is the whipping boy factor that we have here. Guys hate a player so much that they completely lose any sense of rational thought. It reminds me of a tweet I saw. Can’t remember it exactly, but it was something like “Defenseman and center get puck watching while winger chases after puck carrier in corner.. who is at fault? The Russian” (on a play in which Yakupov was chasing down Sedin, who made a nice pass to the front of the net where Gagner and Whitney were caught puck watching as it was tapped into the net). Steve-o’s response was probably the best on this one – “only argument I see is that Potter shouldn’t be on the ice.” OK, I’ll give you that one.. frequently. I think Potter is a good 7th/8th filler guy. But at any rate, to blame him for that goal is just… crazy.

The way the play broke down…:
For starters, the Oilers play a man-to-man defense. This is well known, but even if they played Zone defense, Fistric still doesn’t escape blame here (although Potter would also eat some blame). Anyways, Potter is on right D, Fistric is on left D. Chris Meuller is skating down the right wing (Fistric’s side) while Brandon Yip is in the middle of the ice. Potter clearly has Yip targeted (which is what he should do.. this IS his man). For some crazy reason, Fistric is also staring right at Yip as the Preds enter the Oilers zone. Potter commits to stay with his man, Yip. Fistric steps across and is now positioned to double team Yip. As Meuller goes wide on the boards. As the Predators cross the blue line, Potter is nearly in line with Yip and there is a bit of gap there. Fistric has equal gap between both players, and Meuller is to his front-left (noting that in order for Potter to be covering Meuller, which would be crazy, he would have to skate through or across Fistric). Yip starts skating to his right, towards the right boards where Meuller is, across both defensemen. Potter follows suit (as should be expected in man-to-man coverage). Right now at this point, Meuller is close to Fistric, but Fistric completely blocks him out mentally. Yip dishes it off to Meuller just as Fistric commits to honing in on Yip (what the hell?), going for the hit. Potter recognizes this fairly quickly, but it’s really too late. Fistric has boxed him out from Meuller (who should be covered by Fistric to begin with). Fistric misses the check (doesn’t really matter at this point anyways), Potter scrambles to catch Meuller, who goes in all alone on Dubnyk with Smyth chasing him down as quick as he can… and Meuller then scores.

Anyways, my mind is completely blown here as to how people can fault Potter on this one. Potter’s man was Yip. Fistric’s man was Meuller. Fistric decided to change the gameplan, go for a big hit on Yip which was clearly a mistake. This left his man uncovered. An easy pass from Yip to a wide open Meuller sealed this one.

Now to end this big rant, I want to say I’m a huge Mark Fistric fan. Absolutely love him. He made one mistake.. a big one… but I still really like him and think he should be in the line up any chance we get. He is a guy I’d play ahead of Whitney, Peckham or Potter. But I call it like I see it. Oiler fan hate is strong and blinding, however.

Anyways, I’ve ranted myself out of rant relevant to tonight’s game… I’ll be away for part of this one as I’ve got a dinner thing going on tonight. I might PVR the first part. I don’t care how crappy the team is, I watch every game.. so to miss a period.. well it’s a big deal for me. No bandwagon for this guy!
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Oilers 0, Blues 3 – Game 30 – 2013-03-23 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , March 23, 2013 1:32 pm
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues
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11-11-7 Record 12-10-6
Location: Rexall Place
Date: March 23, 2013 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: CBC

PRE-GAME RANT

Khabibulin gets the start tonight. Dubnyk could probably use the rest, even though it’s been a few days since the last game. Khabibulin has also been rock solid between the pipes so far. It seems that if you pace him very slowly, you can get a lot out of him. If you try and ride him like a starter, he’ll break. Old bones.

Eric Belanger is back. The little Nugget still has the flu, so the Oilers have placed him on IR, retroactive to his last game (Sunday I believe). So whenever he’s healthy, he’ll be able to come back off IR. Works for now.

The defense will remain unchanged from last game. I must admit, I like our blueline the most when Mark Fistric is in it, even if he isn’t doing everything right 100% of the time. Also, message to Steve Tambellin: sign Ladislav Smid any day now, please. Don’t let him walk, and don’t trade him!

The lines.. not our best we’ve fielded. Belanger’s line is where offense goes to turn into a dump in the corner and a line change. So I don’t expect anything of excitement out of that line. It might be disaster if Yakupov plays by his own routine and Jones and Belanger aren’t on the same page.

As of writing this, the Oilers currently sit in 13th in the West. A win would vault them to 11th at best, but has them one point out of a playoff spot (barring outcomes of other games). Things still look pretty good. I hope Tambellini sees this. This is normally where he craps his pants, and goes and hides somewhere until draft day (in which time the wheels completely fall off the bus and we’re left with a #1 pick).
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Oilers 2, Blues 4 – Game 20 – 2013-03-01 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , March 1, 2013 8:45 am
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8-7-4 Record 10-7-2
Location: Scottrade Center
Date: March 1, 2013 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

First off, I didn’t do the pic above.. credit goes to @zackhennawi on Twitter. So send him your props if you had a good laugh at this like I did. Very appropriate… this team doesn’t really have an enforcer at all, so there are a few jokes that the enforcer is Gagner since he isn’t afraid to fight anyone, and will generally hold his own. Last night, “Samnorris” took on Brenden Dillon, who is 5″ taller and has about 20 lbs. on him. It wasn’t much of a fight though, but still good to see him stand up for himself. Also good to see Mark Fistric not only nail Jaromir Jagr with a big hit, but knock Antoine Roussel on his ass after he tried to goad Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into a fight. Note to Roussel: if you’re going to try to fight a star player, make sure you’re the biggest guy on the ice at the time. I’m guessing that by going after the Nuge he was hoping that Taylor Hall would oblige him again (which he likely would have, had Fistric not been there to restore calm).

So, after a 5-1 road win, how do you follow this up? With another win, of course. The Oilers have always been piss poor at stringing wins together, however. This is another one of many tests for them. They got a point in a bad game in Chicago… they won big in Dallas.. now win one in St. Louis, and you’re back in the race. A win tonight, and the Oilers will bump into 10th spot, just above Dallas. Every game counts this year, especially now… they have to be smelling blood and wanting this bad in order to have a hope at the playoffs. Everyone suspected this road trip would kill them, especially after a fairly pathetic home stand.

Again, I’ll throw out.. “hello… Peckham?”. I’m going to guess that Potter will be out for this one after having his face mashed on the dasher. Will Dubnyk get the nod again after a rock solid game yesterday? Wouldn’t be his first back to back this year.

Update: Whitney and Peckham will play as Corey Potter is out, as is Mark Fistric (elbow).

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Oilers 2, Blues 5 – Game 63 – 2012-02-29 @ 8:00 PM MST – 2/3rds on SNETW

By , February 29, 2012 11:44 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues - Toronto Sucks Nuts
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25-31-6 Record 39-17-7
Location: Rexall Place
Date: February 29, 2012 @ 8:00PM MST
TV: SNETW – after Leafs game

PRE-GAME RANT

So tonight will be our first chance to watch Nick Schultz in action. However, it would appear (or so is the rumor) that we will have to miss part of this game thanks to the bitches at TSN buying up “exclusivity rights” to be the only peeps showing any hockey for the span of the Maple Leafs game. Do they really think I’m going to up their ratings by watching the Leafs game while my Oilers are on? I won’t be watching any of that game. I probably wouldn’t anyways, but all this does is piss me off, rather than convince me to watch one of their games. So, a big F You goes out to TSN for this, and to the NHL for actually allowing this. Sorry Toronto, but you are not the center of the universe, despite what TSN and much of CBC tell you. I can only hope that this is a misunderstanding, or TSN changes their way and allows Sportsnet to show the game in its entirety. But seeing as how Sportsnet says they will be joining the game in progress.. it seems our only hope hangs on TSN having a change of heart / wakes the f— up.

So.. on to the game. Usual suspects are scratched, plus Sutton in favor of Schultz. I’d prefer to see Barker out, but I can only assume that they’re doing their due diligence here to fully test that this turd can’t float before jettisoning him at the end of the year.

Doobie gets the start again.

EDIT: Game on!!! TSN has lifted the doucheban… we can now watch the game in its entirety. A half-hearted apology to TSN for throwing a fan-fit. I know I’m not the only one though.

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Oilers 0, Blues 1 – Game 46 – 2012-01-19 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , January 19, 2012 11:48 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues - Holy Forehead Zipper, Hall
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17-24-4 Record 27-12-6
Location: Scottrade Center
Date: January 19th, 2012 @ 6:00PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

Holy mother of all forehead zippers, Hall. That thing is nasty. Corey Potter just aged him 10 years by receding his hairline back a fair bit. That thing is going to leave a beauty scar. The ladies will give him some sympathy love, not that he needs the help. Hall will definitely miss this one, but he was quoted as saying: “I’m feeling better. I’d like to thank our trainers & the Columbus medical staff.” He also convinced (not verbally) the rest of his teammates to don buckets in pregame warm ups now.

Anyways, on the good news front, Jordan Eberle will play. Tonight. Not sure who his linemates will be, however. My best guesstimate is below.

EDIT: Official lines are up now.. Ben Eager on line 1!!! Crazy. He’s got wheels to keep up to the play though and net presence… so you just never know. Could be interesting. It sounds crazy though. It might be this year’s Toby Petersen, JFJ or Georges Laraque equivalent though.

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