Gapping issues in Anaheim cause the Oilers problems

 Brody  Comments Off on Gapping issues in Anaheim cause the Oilers problems
Mar 232017
 

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Last night in Anaheim the Edmonton Oilers played arguably their biggest game of the season.  Stud goalie Cam Talbot had a rough night but no one should go hard on him as he has been a horse this year and played well almost every night.  He’s allowed to have an off night.  The real reason the Oilers lost , in my opinion, is because they decided not to gap up…on every single goal.  Let’s break it down goal by goal. Continue reading »

Feb 112016
 

You know what I liked about the Leafs last few moves? They aren’t hanging onto a losing culture. They traded away a 40 goal scorer and perennial top 20 point getter and their captain with no regrets. They moved on.  The management didn’t get attached to the players and made the moves they had to make in order to put the plans in place to sign their own players and build the team the way they want it built.

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Feb 052016
 

What if the Oilers can put together a string of wins and points to make a serious playoff push to end out the season in the final days of Rexall Place? Why not? The Sens did it last year at the end of the season, finishing 23-4-4. They did it on the back of amazing goaltending by the Hamburgler and some good bounces and solid team play. The Oilers made a late surge in 2006 to squeak into the playoffs and it was magic. What if?95078701518.34

A guy can dare to dream, but there was one point of view that struck a chord with me last night while I was scrolling through the Twitterverse. What if the Edmonton Oilers change the way the game is played? What if we don’t need another defenseman? What if we are just able to keep scoring so many goals that it doesn’t matter? I know that this flies in the face of everything that the 90’s to 2000’s have taught us…but, what if? What if we are watching the team that is about to change the way the game is played? What if we don’t need to trade Eberle or RNH or anyone, for that matter? What if this is the system where spare parts like Teddy Purcell can thrive? Every generation in every sport has a team that changes the way the game has been played. What if we are watching the beginning of something special? What if we are watching the reinvention of the game?

If a team is facing Draisaitl and Hall followed by McDavid followed by RNH and Eberle…does it really matter who is playing defense? Of course the answer is yes, but…what if? What if a D corps that features Nurse, Sekera, Klefbom and my drunk uncle is good enough to get it done with those forwards? What if?

In the NFL you are supposed to play good defense and run the ball. That’s how you win. Tell that to Tom Brady and Bill Billichek, who haven’t had a consistent running game in a decade yet have won more than any other team in that time. Sometimes, the right people can make it work. What if it’s Edmonton’s time?

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Feb 022016
 

Unknown-1Connor McDavid made his return to the Oilers’ lineup last night and he did not disappoint. He scored the nicest goal that I have ever seen live tonight when he fought off two defenders with the puck seemingly on a string, then pantsed the goaltender before tucking it home. He drove the play all game and every time he touched the puck he was a danger to score or create something incredible. He played on a line with Eberle and Pouliot and while they both had decent games on the scoresheet, I wasn’t overly impressed by either of his wingers. I am of the firm belief that you can take any two capable NHL players that can get the puck off the wall and make a tape-to-tape pass and they will fit in just fine with 97.  Continue reading »

Jan 292016
 

If I am GM Peter Chiarelli, I am preparing myself for a month of heavy scouting and working the phones the best I can. The hope of making the playoffs is fading fast and even with the return of Connor McDavid, the team’s chances look slim. February has some very winnable games – Columbus, the Sens, the Habs, the Leafs, the Devils, the Wild, the Jets… But, the hope is fading fast and unless something drastic is done to shore up the right side and Oscar Klefbom returns soon…well…it’s once again over.  Continue reading »

Dream On

 Curtis  Comments Off on Dream On
Jan 132016
 

I have a hard time writing a whole relevant blog at the best of times and this is the part of the season that I have a hardest time with. It’s almost impossible for me to pound out a blog when the reality of the situation has set in. Maybe next year. Maybe. It’s hard to be a fan and even harder to find something of interest to put on the interwebs for the world (or 567 of you who read it) to see. Being an Oiler fan has been a drain over the past decade and as we get over 3 games in which the Oilers had six points within their grasp, it is near heart-breaking to only come away with 1 point. 1 point in a game, in which they squandered 2 points to a division rival.  Keeping the faith is hard so, to stay positive I come up with dream scenarios that will solve all of the teams woes.

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Dec 022015
 

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Our beloved Edmonton Oilers are once again in the basement of the N.H.L. standings and are coming off an embarrassing loss to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs where the team was outworked at every turn. The loss has to rank up there as far as weak efforts that us fans have had to endure in this never ending rebuild and I don’t know how much more I can take. Being an Oilers fan is horrific and has to be one of the worst decisions of my life(lol). In my lifetime starting from an age where I remember being a fan the Oilers have been awful expect for one Cup run thanks to Chris Pronger. Prior to that the team was poor and happy to be average. Post Pronger…Well I don’t need to re-hash bad memories. So how can it be fixed??? Continue reading »

The captaincy issue

 Sean  Comments Off on The captaincy issue
Oct 072015
 
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The captaincy issue- Much talk and speculation today as the Oilers announced they have downgraded Andrew Ference and will enter the 2015-16 season with 4.5 assistant captains. I use a ‘.5’ because Matt Hendricks is tasked with filling in for Jordan Eberle while the Saskatchewan native is out with an injury (and one can assume Hendricks will fill in whenever other injuries appear). I like the move; it is the safest choice while the team waits for the inevitable and Connor McDavid ascends to the throne. Continue reading »

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