GDB: OMG BOA

Taylor McKee
December 27 2013 12:01PM

 pic via: PremierofAlberta

It is a great time of year to be a hockey fan. As is boxing day tradition, I am sure many of us set our cell-phones for a painfully early wake-up on boxing day to take in the most hallowed of holiday traditions, the Spengler Cup. As I am sure you all know,  Byron Ritchie helped Canada to a 5-4 win over Viktovice Steel of the Czech league which delighted the entire family I am sure.

It is important to remember that in the eye of the 'Spengler Hurricane' as it were, that is the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of Team Canada in Davos (who will Alexandre Bolduc be playing with?! Is this Glen Metropolit's last Spengler?!) there is still NHL action to consider, and for Flames fans it doesn't get much better.

It is the 213th installment of the Battle of Alberta tonight and both teams are coming off big victories. With their respective wins in their last games, the Oilers (12-24-3) just snapped a six-game losing streak while the Flames (14-17-6) won for the first time in four games.    

THE LOCAL HEROES

Here is the exact same lineup that shocked the world by erasing a two-goal deficit and beating the Blues in a shootout. Big thanks as always to DailyFaceoff.com for the info.

  • Cammalleri - Backlund - Byron
  • Galiardi - Stajan - Stempniak
  • D. Jones - Colborne - Hudler
  • Bouma - Monahan - McGrattan
  • Giordano - Smid
  • Butler - Brodie
  • Breen - O'Brien
  • Berra

After taking a nasty knee-on-knee hit from St. Louis' David Backes, Many assumed that Matt Stajan would be missing some significant time. Those people forget that Matt Stajan is not just simply a  'player' in our little game called 'ice hockey'. Matt Stajan does not just take up a roster spot and soak up minutes. Matt Stajan is an idea, an idea that can never be defeated by knee, stick, or discouraging word. Matt Stajan makes me want to be a better man.

Because the hockey gods harvest my tears and use them as fuel for the furnace they use to toss ex-Flyer goalies into, Paul Byron might not be able to go tonight after taking a spill in practice. Byron has been playing exceptionally well of late, including a behind the back, no-look pass to Mike Cammalleri in the last game against St. Louis. It does seem as though the accident in practice wasn't too serious, leaving the ice only for precautionary reasons and will be in the lineup for tonight. 

Chris Breen draws in again tonight, so Mark Giordano should prepare to play 59 minutes.

Reto Berra is getting another crack at the Oilers after allowing a Taylor Hall goal when he was less than five seconds away from his first career shutout in his last outing against the Oil. Against St. Louis, Berra was solid, making 32 saves and winning in a shootout. The Oilers will likely try to put a lot of pucks his way tonight as they have had success from let's say interesting angles against Berra in the past:

Hopefully, Berra has a short memory because that one still stings to watch.

Sean Monahan continues to play on the fourth line while he struggles to re-adjust to game speed after the hairline fracture of his foot. You can look up his numbers over the past few games on ExtraSkater.com but I would recomend that you don't. Just know that things have not been going very well for the youngster of late. What has masked Monahan's unceremonious fall from grace has been the ascension of Backlund so it isn't all bad news down the middle for the Flames.

THAT TEAM UP NORTH

 
Here is the Oilers roster tonight thanks to Dailyfaceoff.com

  •  Hall - RNH - Perron
  • Joensuu - Gagner - Eberle 
  • Smyth - Gordon - Hemsky
  • Gadzic - Lander - Yakupov
  • Ference - J. Schultz
  • N. Schultz - Petry
  • Belov - Potter
  • Dubnyk

Both the Flames and Oilers are coming off big victories as the Oil beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Monday. A game in which Nail Yakupov finished with two points and 12 minutes in penalties. He seems to be adapting well to his new role, playing with Luke Gadzic.

The Oilers are missing Marc Arcobello to a rib injury and Philip Larsen to the flu which explains why Roman Horak was recalled yesterday. However, it does not look as though the Flames will get to show their Horak tribute video tonight as he will likely be watching from the press box. 

The Oilers start beleaguered tender Devan Dubnyk tonight whom is currently sporting a sub .900 SV% and a 3.38 GAA. Dubnyk has had a rough ride this season in Edmonton but it he is hardly the reason that the Oilers are angling for a top-five pick again. However, he has let in some groaners this season from distance, the type of which that gets the fanbase to turn on you in a hurry.

Tactics-wise, tt is the same old story with the Flames and Oilers, they are going to watch to push the pace and turn the game into a track-meet and the Flames will want to try to establish their offensive pressure below the dots. At times this season, the Oilers defense, and the defensive zone coverage from their forwards and in particular their centremen, has been frightening. The Oilers are dead-last in the NHL in goals allowed with 134 and goals allowed per game with 3.44 (though the Flames are third-last so let's not get too uppity).

SUM IT UP

This particular Battle of the QE2 doesn't have any post-season implications and it features two of the Western Conference's worst teams. But who cares? These games mean something. The last two games against the Oilers, the Flames blew leads in the third period which garnered special attention from Brian Burke during his press conference after Jay Feaster's firing.

I know that we all are realistic about the team this season and most of us have succumb to the idea that losing a lot this season is probably a good thing for the long-term health of this franchise. But you always want to beat the Oiler because, well, it just feels so damn good. So make it happen Flames.

The Puck drops tonight at 7:00 pm MT on SNET West.

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Taylor splits time between UVIC and Calgary studying history. Taylor likes the Flames, the Cannons, Buckshot, and the Oxford comma. Taylor scored on his own net on dome ice when he was 8. Twitter: @TaylorMcKee_
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#1 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 09:35PM
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typical oil win... refs factoring in to the score sheet. oh well... i hope edmonton actually climbs up to 25th this year

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#2 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 09:40PM
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The oil should be embarrased that the Flames were even in this game with four major players injured and a few others playing injured, not to mention the good goal called back and the 'icing' wrong call at the end... how sad.

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#3 Veggie Dog
December 27 2013, 09:39PM
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Two bs calls by the refs altered the course of this game.

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#4 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 09:35PM
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So the game ends in a 1-1 tie but the hockey gods felt bad for the echl oilers and have them the 2pts

*no pride has been won here tonight

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#5 Monaertchi
December 27 2013, 09:58PM
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Oifferees 1-0 Flames.

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#6 Burnward
December 27 2013, 10:06PM
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Can we chill on the insults Oilers fans? If there wasn't that bad call resulting in the no-goal this game goes to OT.

That's not biased by us, it's how the game played out.

You guys did a great defensive job the rest of the way...but to say we are whining is a little silly.

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#7 shaner
December 27 2013, 09:39PM
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MontanaMan wrote:

Hey Reg - next time you take the Red Arrow south, check out our downtown and the beauty of our city. Then head back home and look at your delapitated downtown. Check how many head offices are in Edmonton. I work with many people from Edmonton and it doesn't take long to notice the difference. The difference is people WANT to move to Calgary. Accept the reality that Edmonton will never be the city Calgary is. The sooner you accept it, the easier it will be.

calgary is a beautiful city no one in Edmonton disputes that. We both have our positives, but geographically for my liking Calgary is a bit more desirable (I like the mountains). But here is the difference Calgary has taken care of there city and did the right things to attract head offices and Big business downtown much like the hot girl who gave terrible BJ's in high school (because she didn't have to try) , As for Edmonton allot of mistakes have been made for a long time, downtown has been brutal for a long time (although it is getting better.......legitimately), Edmonton was the big girl who had to hone her craft early in high school because she couldn't compete based on looks, but recently she has realized that cutting down on chocolate cake and hitting the gym consistently she is starting to look pretty good and has the great skills still acquired from earlier in life........pretty deadly combo

I don't really know what I'm trying to say besides hot girls don't always give the best bj;s and at the end of the day isn't it all about satisfaction? we can both agree on that........lol

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#8 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 08:55PM
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Edmonton is like that brother you had that always wanted to be the best but never really succeeded. The city is a hole and has always played second fiddle to Calgary. Forget about sports (although it's always good to see the Oilers and the Esks in the basement year after year). Calgary will always be the superior city and Edmontonians will always want to be more like Calgary.

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#9 geoilersgist
December 27 2013, 12:27PM
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Taylor Hall will score the FIST goal tonight while the Oilers roll onto a 41-38 win. I can't wait to see it live.

I almost forgot #EatSh!tFlames

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#10 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 03:20PM
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Tonight will be the night Ferrance gets what's coming to him!

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#11 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 09:14PM
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Hey Reg - next time you take the Red Arrow south, check out our downtown and the beauty of our city. Then head back home and look at your delapitated downtown. Check how many head offices are in Edmonton. I work with many people from Edmonton and it doesn't take long to notice the difference. The difference is people WANT to move to Calgary. Accept the reality that Edmonton will never be the city Calgary is. The sooner you accept it, the easier it will be.

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#12 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 09:39PM
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Just not a very good game by two bad hockey clubs. Oilers deserved the win but not much to be proud of by either team.

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#13 drdoogie16
December 27 2013, 06:57PM
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You Oilers idiots actually confirmed my suspicions and cannot read, thus not knowing what stats entail (but that's okay as long as you can drive your Ford F150 with your hoodie on to your O & G service work - Have fun with that) Flames have been in most one goal games in the league this year and unlike the 'Oil' have beaten the likes of L.A., Chicago and St. Lou this year (pretty sure all Oil victories have been against non-playoff teams but I digress). So, predicting a 5-2 victory is... well so Oil fan like, not knowing the stats leading up to the game and all. Enjoy the game Fedorchuk, Krupinski or whatever your names are and close your eyes when McGrattan closes Gadzic's with an overhand right.

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#14 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 09:37PM
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ICING???? OMG

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#15 Kent Wilson
December 27 2013, 07:38PM
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Pretty ridiculous no-go call against the Flames there.

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#16 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 04:29PM
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@vetinari

And how many first overall picks has Calgary had? Edmonton? Edmonton s picks have really paid off hey?

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#17 Woogie63
December 27 2013, 12:39PM
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Love that clip of Oiler Brian Trust,

Howson - nothing to add, looking very uncomfortable when Lowe begins to speak.

McTavish - Talking but saying nothing, he is answering the question like he was trained to as a hockey player. But now he is an executive LEADING THE TEAM.

Lowe - Train Wreak again.

ReBuild with all kids, Go to Seattle to Leverage the taxpayer of Edmonton, Watch Tambo draft the same type of player three times as part of a ReBuild Bring 94 back Rehire Howson after we did not win with him before Rehire his old friend McT as the GM not the AGM

How deep is Lowe connected to get great hockey people to run this team?

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#18 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 06:12PM
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vetinari wrote:

You know, those are all good points. But let's look closer at the history of the two franchises.

Let's look at who had more Cups... my friend Wikipedia tells me the Oilers have 5 to Calgary's 1...

Let's look at whose last Cup was more recent... again, it looks like Calgary's sole Cup came in 1989 while the Oiler's last Cup was in 1990...

And whose team made the most recent appearance in the Stanley Cup finals since their last Cup victory... well, Calgary was there in 2004 while the Oilers were there in 2006...

Seems to me that if the Oiler's accomplishments were a long time ago then Calgary's accomplishments were an even looooooonger time ago...

I'm thinking more of how the Flames have dominated the oilers for 10 years, winning 27 of 29 games, or something like that (sorry I don't know the exact number)

So, if the Flames suck so bad, imagine where that leaves the oilers who are worse? Oh ya, the last in the NHL 5 years running hahahaha :-)

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#19 RKD
December 27 2013, 07:40PM
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How much did Oilers management pay off the refs tonight?

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#20 Reg Dunlop
December 27 2013, 01:37PM
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Well done with the GDB, Tyler! Completely bland with nothing to incite Oilernation. I understand that you don't want to waken the sleeping bear but just as the jersey toss has stirred the Oil's competitive juices it has also fired up Oilerville. Time to put Calgary in their rightful place as Alberta's second city; Oil curb-stomps the Godless flames 5-1.

NSOGDP post game, flames mgmt. publically admit Edmonton's superiority in all facets of sports and quality of life, finally admitting that hosting the winter Olympics was their second choice that had to be settled for when the summer Commonwealth games spurned cowtown.

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#21 Oilers Coffey
December 27 2013, 02:23PM
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Kinda a lame Battle Of Alberta article. Vanilla just like the PHLEGMS ! Going into that library of a saddle tonight to cheer on the Oilers victory. Flames fans don't get bitter as usual and start picking fights with the good guys wearing the Oilers jerseys. Lol Always happens. Poor losers!

Let's Go Oilers!!!

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#22 DonDon
December 27 2013, 02:49PM
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Butters wrote:

This game is just a warm-up. Next year Conner McDavid will be on the line.

McDavid doesn't qualify for the entry level draft until 2015.

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#23 Monaertchi
December 27 2013, 07:21PM
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Flames are not shooting the puck enough for my liking.

The oilers are sucking enough for my liking, though.

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#24 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 07:37PM
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what a crap no goal call...

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#25 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 09:05PM
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I don't understand why Edmontonians are so patient with their team. The Flames are an awful team with limited talent, numerous injuries and sub par goaltending, and yet, they are ahead of the Oilers in the standings and the Oiler faithful seem to think battling Buffalo for last place is acceptable. We heard last year that "this is our year" and this year "this is really our year. We will make the playoffs." But the reality is the OIlers are further from the playoffs than the Flames. And Oiler fans, that should be frightening.

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#26 kgo
December 27 2013, 11:23PM
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I feckin love Kevin Lowe,

guy is a Beauty,

So many haters out there though

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#27 Burnward
December 27 2013, 01:50PM
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GO FLAMES GO!!!

Me and the family will have our own battling factions tonight as well!

Christmas is officially over! Ha!

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#28 Burnward
December 27 2013, 08:47PM
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@Serious Gord

Frustrating game. We got robbed, the Oilers got a gift...and here we are.

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#29 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 01:07PM
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@coachedpotatoe

Schultz isn't even better than M-A Bergeron

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#30 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 04:32PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Lee Stempniaks wife is a guy?.......well that's handy....cause he could just take out his dentures to provide the uh.....you know....service.

Edmonton fans are real mature.

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#31 Primo
December 27 2013, 05:58PM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Wow an EPIC FAIL*

must be written by fLames Fan

It's GAME DAY BITCHES

*----------------------------------------------- No GDP, OGDP, NSOGDP. Nations readers look forward to these.

GDP: Hall scores 2. Oil romp 5-2

OGDP: fLames score softies on their first two shots, before surrendering 5 straight

NSOGDP: after Hall blows around Laddy Smid to score his second, he winks and says to Laddy, "Just like it used to be at practice, eh Laddy?"

I suggest you go back and join the Oilernation website and align yourself with the ailing Oiler fans and talk about the over 500 losses your team has incurred during the recent years. You might want to also mention the pathetic Eskimos and enjoy the pathetic state of affairs in Edmonton! Losers!

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#32 Primo
December 27 2013, 07:38PM
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vetinari wrote:

You're rude, you babble and you seem to be slightly irrational... want to be the next GM of the Flames? You seem qualified...

Vetinari...if you have ever played the game you will realize it's all about winning and the Oilers are not very good at it. Despite all the first overalls the league has granted the Oilers they continuosly show ineptness. Until 6 rings can show that he is a competent leader and is able to build a competitive hard working team like the Flames you will continue to be ridiculed by people like drdoogie. Suck it up!

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#33 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
December 27 2013, 04:14PM
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Wow an EPIC FAIL*

must be written by fLames Fan

It's GAME DAY BITCHES

*----------------------------------------------- No GDP, OGDP, NSOGDP. Nations readers look forward to these.

GDP: Hall scores 2. Oil romp 5-2

OGDP: fLames score softies on their first two shots, before surrendering 5 straight

NSOGDP: after Hall blows around Laddy Smid to score his second, he winks and says to Laddy, "Just like it used to be at practice, eh Laddy?"

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#34 Clyde
December 27 2013, 09:07PM
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I would trade one of rnh/hall, Schultz and a first for a difference making machine who can play 30 tough minutes a night any day. If Nashville wants klefbom or marancin, I would still do it. He would make the oil that much better

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#35 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 05:46PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Keith....hold up the fingers on your right hand and start counting...ready....one..STOP!............what are we talking about Keith?

I love how Edmonton fans (and management) always bring up All the cups they've won. That was a long time ago. Maybe that's part of the problem in Edmonton, living in the past. Your team now in no way resembles the eighties teams. Lets look at the now and future. And I see an oiler meltdown again tonight. Maybe All those rings will help someday. Can't see how.

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#36 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 06:58PM
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I wonder if the Oilers could transfer to the Swiss elite league?

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#37 Primo
December 27 2013, 08:11PM
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vetinari wrote:

@Primo - ah, you're just sensitive that someone had to tell you that OilersNation and FlamesNation are linked together tonight.

You, sir (madam? other?)), seem to think that we actually LIKE our management team. We know that they are incompetent. And that they have stripped a once proud franchise down to pretty much nothing but hope, underachievers and unfulfilled promises.

And we all know the storyline of 2013-- the Flames are "hard working" while the Oilers are "talented underachievers".

But let me let you in on a little secret: hard work without talent gets you just as far as talent without hard work (check the standings if you don't believe me). But I'd rather have underachievers on my team than talentless plugs because you can't teach talent and once they get motivated, watch out...

Thanks for letting me in on the secret. Do I need to wait another 8 years for those underachievers to start achieving? I admire your patience but no thanks. I will settle for the direction the Flames are on after 6 months of rebuild rather than wait another lifetime and seeing more shattered dreams of great young hockey talent drafted by the Oilers.

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#38 DrDave
December 27 2013, 01:21PM
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Anyone else think a tether ball match up between Redford and Napoleon Dynamite might be more interesting than this game tonight?

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#39 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 05:21PM
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vetinari wrote:

*Puts down glass of Chardonnay, turns down fire and places copy of "the Iliad" on the mantle..

Oh yeah, but do you know why the Flames have no friends and can't have anyone over for coffee?

Because the Oilers have all the Cups!

Edmonton really does have a rich history. Just like Toronto. History. predating the digital age. That (history) and a toonie will get you a cup of coffee.

Then I see Oiler fans writing Flames with a capital L... seriously? now THAT is mature (for middle school).

There are some actually classy and even thoughtful Oiler fans. in Fact, he comments on Flames Nation all the time.

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#40 gussey
December 27 2013, 06:20PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

We're on a mission to collect as many first overall picks as we have Stanley Cups......it's going to take a while.

More like the oilers are going for as many first road picks as how many times you would get robbed walking downtown Edmonton.. that will take a while.

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#41 Butters
December 27 2013, 12:50PM
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This game is just a warm-up. Next year Conner McDavid will be on the line.

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#42 Burnward
December 27 2013, 02:04PM
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Love that Cammi-Backlund-Byron line.

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#43 Oilcan
December 27 2013, 02:59PM
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Good write up, much better then that horrible piece that kid wrote for the first Battle of Alberta this year. I hope flames nation paid for a couple journalism classes for him to take at Mount Royal.

Oil win 5-1. Yak pots the GWG.

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#44 Rama Lama
December 27 2013, 04:05PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Smid run somebody??..........Ladislav Smid??.....hahahaha....good one!

Yea Smid.........he was one of the toughest on our team, and was never really recognized for his contribution in that regard.

Who is our new tough defenceman back there now? Stringbean?

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#45 ChinookArch
December 27 2013, 04:37PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

What's that? ...a blowj*b from Stempniak's wife!

Nice. Every BoA I'm reminded how classy the good people of Shelbyville are.

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#46 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 06:17PM
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vetinari wrote:

You know, those are all good points. But let's look closer at the history of the two franchises.

Let's look at who had more Cups... my friend Wikipedia tells me the Oilers have 5 to Calgary's 1...

Let's look at whose last Cup was more recent... again, it looks like Calgary's sole Cup came in 1989 while the Oiler's last Cup was in 1990...

And whose team made the most recent appearance in the Stanley Cup finals since their last Cup victory... well, Calgary was there in 2004 while the Oilers were there in 2006...

Seems to me that if the Oiler's accomplishments were a long time ago then Calgary's accomplishments were an even looooooonger time ago...

I don't recall the hawks red wings Bruins constantly bragging about past cups. I guess there is a difference between the oil and teams like that. CLASS.

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#47 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 08:20PM
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officiating... painful.

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#48 Clyde
December 27 2013, 08:27PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Quick question off topic, if Toronto came knocking, would you trade Gagner for Phaneuf straight up?

Gagner! Worth a top. 2 def? Good one

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#49 Burnward
December 27 2013, 08:33PM
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@RexHolez

That was numbers all the way. That's on Belov for being an idiot.

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#50 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 08:37PM
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What would you sacrifice off of the Oiler's roster to bring in Shea Weber? Very hypothetical I know lol.

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