GDB 06: ROAD TRIP....

Jason Gregor
January 30 2013 12:26PM

The first stop on a three-game-in-three-and-a-half-days-road-trip is tonight in Phoenix, in front of 8,000-10,000 fans. The Coyotes might not be in Phoenix long-term, because the crowds only come in the playoffs, but they are here now and Dave Tippett always has them well prepared.

When you look down the Coyotes' roster you wonder why they are 6th in goals for, yet 26th in goals against average. On paper their blueline is the strength of their team.

Vermette-Doan-Sullivan
Gordon-Moss-Korpikoski
Bolduc-Vrbata-Boedker
Chipchura-Johnson-Bissonnette

Martin Hanzal might play tonight, and if he does he'll slot in with Vrbata while Matthew Lombardi is out indefinitely.

Morris-Yandle
Michalek-Ekman-Larsson
Rundblad-Schlemko

They also have Rostislav Klesla, but he's only played two of their six games.

Johnson

Mike Smith is back skating, and he might be ready for the weekend, so the Oilers PP should be licking their chops facing Chad Johnson who only has five career NHL starts, and Monday was his first NHL start in three years.

Historically, a Tippett-coached team is built on solid defence and hard work, but so far this season the Coyotes have struggled defensively.

Much of those struggles can be attributed to below average play from Mike Smith and Jason LaBarbera between the pipes. In four starts (two each) they allowed 19 goals and produced a woeful .850 SV%. LaBarbera did play well after Smith got injured 11 minutes into their game v. Columbus, but he was awful in the his next two starts.

Tippett turned to former AJHL goalie, Johnson, on Monday night and Johnson was perfect. He picked up his first career NHL shutout stopping all 21 shots.

While Phoenix has struggled to keep the puck out of their net, they've been surprisingly productive offensively. The Coyotes are 6th in goals scored, 3.5/game, and they are 3rd in ES goals with 14, but they've also allowed the 2nd most ES goals with 15.

If they Oilers are going to awake from their five-on-five scoring drought, tonight could be the night.

ES WOES

It is only five games, and likely too early to go crazy, but the Oilers only have two 5-on-5 goals thus far. The good news is that the Hall/RNH/Eberle line is producing lots of chances and shots, but they, like every other line, is not generating many quality second or third chances.

The Oilers need to start going to the net and they need some guys willing to stand battle for some greasy goals. They can't expect to score all their goals off the rush. They need to start creating scoring chances closer to the net.

The Oilers can get away with below-average ES scoring due to their exceptional powerplay. The Oilers lead the NHL with a sizzling 35.7% efficiency with 10 goals on 28 chances. The NHL record for highest PP% was 31.9% set by Montreal in 1977, so you can expect their % to drop.

The best PP in the last decade was 25.5% by the 2009 Detroit Red Wings. The Washington Capitals had a 25.2% rating in both 2009 and 2010, so it is possible the Oilers, with their young PP specialists, could hover around the 24-27% range.

The Oilers PK has also been very good. Outside of the dreadful first period against San Jose, when the Sharks went 3-for-3, the Oilers have killed off 23 of 24 penalties. 

Their special teams have been very good, but just like last season, if the Oilers can't play even at five-on-five it will be difficult to win.

I've seen some suggest the Oilers ES scoring isn't a concern, because it is only five games, but I'd suggest they recognize that this has been an issue for more than five games.

Over the past three seasons the Oilers have been outscored 516-410 at 5-on-5. Last season they improved, and were only outscored 153-139, but don't tell me this five-game window is "a small sample size." It has been a problem for years, and while they improved last season, they need to be better this year if they want to become a playoff contender.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Horcoff-Petrell
Hartikainen-Belanger-Paajarvi

It will be interesting to see how Krueger allocates icetime tonight. The 56/20/91 combo had more ES icetime than Horcoff's line last game and basically the same as Gagner's line.

Smid-Petry
N.Schultz- J.Schultz
Whitney-Potter

Dubnyk

Yann Danis cleared waivers, no surprise, and Nikolai Khabibulin will dress and sit on the bench, rather than in the pressbox, which is a good thing considering what happened a few years ago when he was in Phoenix.

QUICK HITS

  • I'm not sure why people still feel the need to question why Shawn Horcoff is on the first powerplay unit. He played there last year and they finished 3rd in the league. He's on it this year and they are first. When the Oilers PP% starts to drop, please refrain from being the clown who wants to blame Horcoff. His role is to win draws and stay in front of the net. The formula has worked for well for over a year, why does it have to change? Because he makes to much money? Seriously, give it a rest already.
     
  • I like Krueger's willingness to role four lines and not spend too much time matching them. Tippett loves to match lines, so I'll be curious to see how, or if, Krueger responds.
     
  • I spoke to Taylor Hall after the Colorado win and he shared a story about Krueger. In the Calgary game Hall had tried numerous toe-drags, but none of them worked. "They weren't shy to point that out, over an over again (laughs), in our film work this morning. The message was clear, only do those if you are confident you won't turn over the puck." Hall is a quick learner because you didn't see him try any v. Colorado. That doesn't mean he won't try them again, nor does it mean if one fails he's in the doghouse, but the message was received. The Oilers need to cut down on turnovers.
     
  • I wonder if Nail Yakupov will do the same? Yakupov really struggled v. Colorado, especially with turnovers. Krueger wants to see how the young players react after a bad outing. I suspect Yakupov will protect the puck better tonight.
     
  • The Oilers are 2nd in the NHL in turnovers. I know it isn't the most accurate stat, because each building marks them differently, but I didn't need to look at the NHL website to realize the Oilers are turning it over too often. I suspect they will always be near the top, because they are more of a puck possession team, but they have to avoid the 5-star giveaways at the offensive blueline.
     
  • Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid weren't great in Calgary and were average v. Colorado. They seemed to be a split-second off and got caught in between attacking or sitting back in their own zone. Defensive zone timing is crucial for defenders, and with no training camp it will take some time to get that timing where they want it. I expect them to get better in their own zone with more game action.
     
  • Justin Schultz has been better than I expected in his own end. He clearly has loads of offensive confidence, but he's looked solid in his own zone. Playing with a veteran like Nick Schultz helps. The senior Schultz is rarely out of position, and outside of one brutal pass at the offensive blueline, he rarely makes bad decisions.
     
  • I watched Oil Change last night and it was too bad they had to squeeze six months into one episode. Aquila Productions had to make some tough decisions on what to take out, and I was told there was some interesting stuff from the draft that got left on the cutting room floor. Too bad. Another casualty of the lockout.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Without Smith the Oilers PP continues to produce as they win 4-2. Nugent-Hopkins become 8th Oiler to score and then Hartikainen becomes the 9th.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ales Hemsky has a goal and as assist. Hemsky has 34 career points in 29 games v. the Coyotes. He lights them up more than any team other than the lowly Blue Jackets.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Gene Principe will do numerous stand up hits from the stands tonight. The Coyotes will ask him and his camera man to watch the game from the stands to make the arena look fuller. Gene will end up crushing three hot dogs, and accidently spill some mustard on his suit. So for his final hit, he will do it with one of the Coyotes dance team so all the viewers will focus on her and not his suit. Veteran move.

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#1 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 03:17PM
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DSF wrote:

What's the argument?

Garrisons has been fine.

Amazing that some folks can pronounce a deal good or bad after 5 games.

Whitney has been junk for 3 seasons.

Wiping a bead of sweat off his forehead DSF sighs...

How can these fools possibly think they have a right to judge Garrison!? I have carefully studied each and every variable for his entire hockey career… YET THEY DARE TO JUDGE MY WORK…

Some days he cannot help but question his life’s mission, he has shown them why they should hate the Petry; he shown them why their lineup shall never succeed; he has given statistic after statistic to support this, some of them were even related!

If there was ever a time for his cape, this would be it. He had commissioned Mother to make it several weeks ago, as the lockout came to a close; he needed a badge of authority, something that would show all who witnessed him that his genius was undeniable.

Striding over to the closet he feels a small thrill of anticipation, the pure joy of the woolen fabric, the electric feeling of striking a commanding pose; knowing that he is THE arbitrator of people’s ability to enjoy/hate something on the internet.

While admiring himself in the mirror he notices the Cheeto stain from last night, marring the capes intrinsic beauty…. How could he have been so lax in letting Jefff try it on? Invisible or not he is obviously the one to blame!

Making a mental note to give Jefff a stern lecture on proper cape etiquette, he sits back down. Obviously Garrison is an amazing defenceman, did not his math say so? If people on the internet are disliking him it must be related to bad comparables! I’ll simply level set his performance in a nice, non-contrary way!

Tossing his head to make his cape flutter majestically, he starts typing like mad! I will save you Garrison, if no-one else can prevent this pathetic witch hunt, I will!

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#2 Hall for Captain
January 30 2013, 04:03PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

If I had the choice between Geno's bad puns & corny schtick and what the Flames fans are forced to endure with that tool Roger Millions, I would take Geno 100 times out of 100 easy.

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Amazing block by Horcoff shorthanded. This guys is crazy good!!

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#4 Wax Man Riley
January 30 2013, 02:05PM
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DSF wrote:

Solid as a rock.

+2

Jason Garrison 6GP, 0-0-0, +2

Justin Schultz 5GP, 2-3-5, +1

Solid as a rock? Maybe, but not the offensive juggernaut he is made out to be. And not for $4.6M

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#5 book¡e
January 30 2013, 02:37PM
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@A-Mc

NSOGDP: Hortichuk is right pissed off for being in the press box again. For fun, he finds a drunk Coyotes fan in the parking lot and punches him out.

Ok, NSOGDP are supposed to be highly improbable, not impossible. Finding a Bigfoot in Phoenix is highly improbable, finding a Coyotes fan in Phoenix is impossible.

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#6 book¡e
January 30 2013, 02:42PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

@mark,

Yes a typo, have 42 shots on the PP...Was thinking one, typed the other...And sorry for deleting post, hit delete instead of reply accidentally.

Wait, What? YOu have a DELETE button beside your Reply button?

You should have a charity draw for one of those! THat would be an awesome power to have.

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#7 Mark-LW
January 30 2013, 02:51PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

When you have no argument to defend your position:

deflect, deflect, deflect.

This guy...

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#8 Ducey
January 30 2013, 02:53PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

Pretty Good compared to Keith Ballard's remaining 3 x $4.2 Million.

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#9 Walter Sobchak
January 30 2013, 01:59PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Hmmmmm. Could pose an issue then.

Unless you find a team with the same issue, make a trade salary for salary buy both out and there old respective teams re-sign them.

An example- Tor trades Komiserik to Edm for Horcoff

EDM buys out Komiserik TOR buys out Horcoff

Tor re-signs Komiserik Edm re-signs Horcoff.

So far I can't find a rule against this, but it will be closed once it happens.

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#10 Chris
January 30 2013, 02:47PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

Whitney's $4 mil looks TERRIBLE. Gladly its over in a few short months. But every single person here knew he has never been the same since his injury, but he was well worth the money before.

Now if he was just signed to a brand new fat long term mega deal, then you'd have a nice comparison.

As I predicted, a response filled with rational thought.

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#11 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 30 2013, 04:23PM
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DSF wrote:

What's the argument?

Garrisons has been fine.

Amazing that some folks can pronounce a deal good or bad after 5 games.

Whitney has been junk for 3 seasons.

or how some people can toss out 10 year predictions on playoff dates shortly after 2 UFAs are signed?

you know... 60 home playoff dates as a reasonable expectation.

some people be trippin'

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#12 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 08:42PM
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keilan wrote:

Projected by who? You have no idea what you're talking about!!

The Oiler"s have been one of the worst teams in the league for the past twenty years, coincidence?

I guess you love Ryan Symth too!

Watch the game for a couple years then have an opinion!

You have won me over with your well balanced analysis and thoughtful arguments, thank you...

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#13 West
January 30 2013, 08:54PM
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@keilan

Okay Keilan it's bed time now. You have proved by your comments that you are about 12 years old and apparently unable to be a citizen of Oilernation without parental approval. Since you probably have only been watching Oilers for a year or so now don't be acting like DSF and think you know everything. The Oilers Have only been on of the worst teams in the league(bottom 5) the last three years. Shawn Horcoff in 2005-2006(the year the Oilers last went to the Stanley Cup Final since you are too young to remember) scored 73 points in 79 games, good for 43rd in the league. He may never have been the greatest player ever but you don't score that much in the NHL these days by accident. And by the way if you don't love Ryan Smyth you ain't no Oiler fan. As a side note, anyone who uses an exclamation point to punctuate every sentence may only be in grade 3. Sorry for overestimating your age.

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#14 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 30 2013, 09:05PM
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keilan wrote:

Horcoff was selected in the forth round but there was a time when he was projected to be a much better player.. really!

What you don't wanna make comments about my mother funny guy?

he doesnt have to waste any time going down the mom joke road when you keep setting the softball up on the tee for him with your posts

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#15 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 09:59PM
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keilan wrote:

Does the WHA mean anything to you?

Yes. Yes It does. The 78 -79 season the oil finished the regular season first overall. Not "getting in the last day of the regular season". Obviously you are confused or full of crap.

Word of advice, junior. When you find yourself in a hole - stop digging.

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#16 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 10:05PM
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keilan wrote:

Come know Soupy, answer the question. Google it and see what you discover.

If and when the Oiler's next win the cup I expect there will be plenty from this site down on Whyte Ave trying to make a name for themselves.

And confused / dementia it is ..........

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#17 Spydyr
January 30 2013, 12:31PM
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Here's too them returning home still in fist

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#18 Wax Man Riley
January 30 2013, 05:20PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

Hahahahaa!! Whitney's $4M is looking like a pile of stinking awful!

Terrible, terrible trade. The only pass Tamby(?) gets is that Visnovsky, as we now see, in Visnovskian fashion, wouldn't play in Edmonton because he has Lauren Pronger disease. Biatch.

But Gillis' big off season, boo hoo "OMG, what? Schultz didn't want to sign here and chose Edmonton instead???" acquisition is looking like a bit of a flop.

If Garrison was the D-Man he was billed to be, he could help that PP.

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#19 Darrell
January 30 2013, 07:40PM
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MAC962 wrote:

Horcoff...lol lets give it a rest ? why dont you give me a rest ? Do you have a man crush on him or what ? This guy , and no fault of his own, does not belong on anyones power play. You think he would be on the ice for a PP on any other team ? You are dreaming. Yes , he is decent at draws, thats it, nothing else. It managements fault they have not been able to find someone who can take draws and have some offensive skill. Give it rest ? I dont think so.

Top PP in the league @ 35% - guess they are smarter than you dude ...

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When Horcoff scored his first goal and I won the lottery, my wife came back to me. Coincidence? I don't think so. That #10 is one awesome dude.

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#21 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 10:37PM
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I can't believe you all don't know...

Jazz hands is the biggest hockey snub you can give another team.... I can't believe Yak broke it out, damn!

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#22 Reg Dunlop
January 30 2013, 10:48PM
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West wrote:

Proof of troll. Probably alter ego of DSF.

More like DSF's retarded cousin.

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#23 TonyT
January 30 2013, 11:05PM
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Question, isn't instigating a fight in the final 5 minutes an automatic 1 game suspension? Now maybe it wasn't a fight but pretty sure Morris doing his Chris Brown impersonation qualifies...

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#24 Geno
January 30 2013, 11:11PM
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Are you guys serious? The oilers let in 1 goal and you're all still complaining about the defence!?!? You hear it's rough with all the pressure that players feel in TO and VAN but not in EDM. Potter made a few mistakes but played a solid game. Don't be so quick to ship someone away. What happens if Potter gets shipped and somebody gets injured? You want Peckham playing? No thank you.

Personally I think Gagner and Harti win players of the game for the second time in a row. No one on the squad shows as much heart and as much battle as them. People need to stop being so quick to want to ship Gagner away. He's a top 50 centre in the league. What more do you want from your 2C?

The oilers win and you guys still complain!! Celebrate! Don't always focus on the negatives this isn't Ryan Batty's blog.

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#25 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 11:20PM
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keilan wrote:

soupy, wonder why it didn't click with you when someone mentions Horcoff, Smmyth and making the playoffs on the last day of the season. And you start yapping about 78-79.

I indulged you once, it won't happen again.

Please reread your idiocy and you will see where this went off the rails for you. And no need to indulge me friend. I am fine. We are done, Troll.

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#26 Sanaa Montana
January 30 2013, 11:23PM
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I like big butts and I can not lie.

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#27 tileguy
January 30 2013, 12:42PM
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More koolaid please.

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#28 Archaeologuy
January 30 2013, 01:42PM
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Horc is my goat, but honestly I chose wrong. He's doing his job exactly the way I expect from him. He was responsible for a couple PP goals because of his work in front of the net.

I hope they buy him out this summer then re-sign him for 1/3 of what he is making. He earns the same money but his Cap hit remains in line with the role he has on the club.

I have always had a sneaking suspicion that the Giveaway stat was not really indicative of how "bad" a guy is playing, but rather how much he carried the puck. Many other team's notable puck carriers finish the year leading the NHL in give aways.

Look at last year's top give away artists, its a who's who of offensive players:

1. Ilya Kovalchuk

2. Ryan Getzlaf

3. Joe Thornton

4. John Carlson

5. Jeff Petry

6. P.K. Subban

7. Erik Karlsson

8. Jason Spezza

9. Phil Kessel

10. Dion Phaneuf

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#29 Phixieus666
January 30 2013, 01:44PM
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@Archaeologuy

I believe you have to wait an entire season before your able to sign a player you bought out.

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#30 geoilersgist
January 30 2013, 02:44PM
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@book¡e

With great power comes great responsibility.

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#31 The Goalie 1976
January 30 2013, 03:18PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks pp has been lame.

They'll likely pick it up.

How is Whitney's $4 million looking?

Whitney is a good comp.

I'd say Whitney, Garrison, and Wideman are the 3 most overrated and over-paid defensemen in the Western Conference.

Thankfully Whitney is a UFA after this season :p

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#32 OilGreg
January 30 2013, 03:41PM
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Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

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#33 Time Travelling Sean
January 30 2013, 03:50PM
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I think this game will start out fun then get pretty slow and boring. We win 2-1 in OT with both regulation goals coming in the first 10 minutes.

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#34 Where's Your Towel
January 30 2013, 03:59PM
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OilGreg wrote:

Am I the only one who things Gene Principe is not really funny? The odd attempt at humour would be okay, but he tries too hard. I do think he has the ability to provide viewers with some insights, and I wish he would stick to these.

I can't tell you that you're wrong, but I can tell you he cracks me up.

Self-awareness buys you a lot of goodwill.

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#35 Gret99zky
January 30 2013, 06:23PM
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Gene Principe is a Millions times better than Roger.

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#36 Jeffy
January 30 2013, 06:29PM
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I SEE DEAD PEOPLE

Oh, and hi DSF!

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#37 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 06:56PM
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@keilan

Look at 05 to 08, he would have been an amazing 50-70 pt 3rd line centre...

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#38 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 07:32PM
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keilan wrote:

The game continues to evolve and change so be careful about measuring any player based on points alone.

Horcoff and amazing should never be in the paragraph!!

Yeah lets forget his 19 points in 24 playoff games on our way to the cup finals... The bum was in way over his head!

Yes recently Horcoff has not performed; but there was a time when he was projecting to be a much better player. To pretend he was never any good is a joke.

But hey if you want to ignore what a player actual did, more power to you.

@ Nasreddin Hodja look at the link on the previous page

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#39 Darrell
January 30 2013, 07:43PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Somewhere DSF is doing his best Mr. Burns "eeeeexcellent" impersonation while Jefffy Smithers stands obediently by his side waiting for the slightest acknowledgement of his existence ........

Release the hounds!!

All DSF wants are Minnesota Wild players with fricken lasers .....

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That Grange guy is pretty good too. He looks kinda small though.

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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

That Grange guy is pretty good too. He looks kinda small though.

It's spelt Gagne dumbass!

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#42 Clyde Frog
January 30 2013, 09:06PM
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keilan wrote:

Horcoff was selected in the forth round but there was a time when he was projected to be a much better player.. really!

What you don't wanna make comments about my mother funny guy?

When you have trolled as well as DSF maybe, but you have a looooong way to troll before you get there.

Can you list how terrible Horcoff's 73 point season was? I don't think we know how to properly appreciate how bad he was when he produced that much.

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#43 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 09:48PM
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keilan wrote:

west,

I've been watching them since 1978 and a season ticket holder many of those years. You probably don't know this but they squeezed into the playoffs on the last day of that season.They were a powerhouse alright!

And if you have a boy crush-on Symth good for you I guess. You are pretty narcissistic to have opinions that begin with "if you don't love Ryan Smyth you ain't no Oiler fan".

If you had a clue you'd be on the floor playing with it.

As a devout Oil follower, one would assume you would know that they never played an NHL game until October 1979 and snuck into the playoffs in 1980.

Yours truly, clueless and hopeless.

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#44 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 09:48PM
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keilan wrote:

west,

I've been watching them since 1978 and a season ticket holder many of those years. You probably don't know this but they squeezed into the playoffs on the last day of that season.They were a powerhouse alright!

And if you have a boy crush-on Symth good for you I guess. You are pretty narcissistic to have opinions that begin with "if you don't love Ryan Smyth you ain't no Oiler fan".

If you had a clue you'd be on the floor playing with it.

As a devout Oil follower, one would assume you would know that they never played an NHL game until October 1979 and snuck into the playoffs in 1980.

Yours truly, clueless and hopeless.

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#45 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 09:53PM
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@Evilstu

They can't all be Rembrandts. But you are correct. Game has all the edge of a wet Kleenex.

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When Horcoff Arrived in town, I was able to grow facial hair.

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#47 David
January 30 2013, 09:59PM
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Horcoff had a 73 point season. He also had a 50 points in 53 game season where he went to the all star game. Smyth had seasons where he scored 39 goals, 36 goals, 31 goals, 31 goals, and seven seasons with 20+ goals. Neither players were ever stars and personally I think they have almost nil offensive ability left but Smyth was a very good player and Horcoff was a decent player with two very good seasons.

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#48 StHenriOilBomb
January 30 2013, 10:05PM
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Anyone else watching the Phoenix feed? These guys bore me stiff... The don't mention punishing hits, never get excited about anything, and put me to sleep... No onder nobody watches the Coyotes games.

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#49 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 10:17PM
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keilan wrote:

Soupy where did I say they got in on the last day of the season for 78-79. You have trouble reading or is comprehension your problem?

I see you have access to the internet at least.. Seems some of your friends don't have television as they continually ask where they can get a live stream.

Okay. Lets go to the 77 / 78 season where they were 6 points clear of the team out of the playoffs. I am foggy on that. Was that when the WHA gave 4 points for a win or when they played double headers? For the love of God stop, please. It's just no fun anymore. Save some dignity. Put on your Sedin Jammies and hit the hay. You have had a looooooong day.

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#50 Romanus
January 30 2013, 10:28PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

So... what was wrong with Yakupov's celebration this time? One hop and waiting for his team mates to come celebrate too? Not sure where the issue was. Maybe kept his arms open just a touch too long but nothing to throw a hissy over

We need to ask Don Cherry if that celebration was ok.

Ridiculous they are upset on that one

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