FGD: One Tin Soldier - The Legend of City Yak

Vintage Flame
April 01 2013 04:10PM

 

After Shelbyville showed us all that even a broken clock is right twice a day, the Battle of Alberta gamethread is back where it belongs. Oh and if you don’t get the reference in the title? Google is your friend.

Tonight, two teams on completely different roads will cross paths once again, where scoreboard watching will be put aside in favour of compulsory disdain and a sheer desire to lay the boots to one of your oldest rivals. Since 2009, it has been the Flames doing the majority of kicking, leading the head-to-head series 19-4.

Much has changed since the Flames and the Oilers last met on January 27th (when the good guys won 4-3), as Calgary seems to have taken a page out of the Oilers operational book and are on a slide towards the bottom of the league. The Oilers, meanwhile, are on the cusp of making a push towards unfamiliar territory of their own… the playoffs.

Somehow it seems fitting that these two squads would meet up today, April 1st. What has in recent history been dubbed the “Battle of Albrutal”, where either team is in the standings has been irrelevant because neither ever wants to lose this match-up, neither want to be the fool.

The Line-Up

We all know who the obvious loss to the lineup is, but we shouldn't forget who still is. Curtis Glencross loves himself a piece of the Oilers whenever the chance presents itself.

The Flames lineup is probably written in pencil, due to wide speculation around who might be staying and who might be leaving. Fronting the list is Jay Bouwmeester, with destinations including both Detroit and St. Louis. Others that are also coming up to be on the move are the likes of Tanguay, Sarich, Cammallerri and of course Glencross.

Very few are safe these days and there is going to be a lot of speculation leading right up to April 3rd. For now, here’s how SNET’s Pat Steinberg has the lines shaping up.

  • Glencross-Stajan-Stempniak
  • Tanguay-Cammallerri-Comeau
  • Hudler-Backlund-Cervenka
  • McGrattan-Begin-Jackman

  • Brodie-Bouwmeester
  • Giordano-Wideman
  • Butler-Sarich

  • Kiprusoff

The Oilers have to be licking their chops at the thought of facing Miikka Kiprusoff tonight with his less than stellar performance between the pipes this year. However he is also 15-2 in his last 17 starts against Edmonton with a 2.43 GAA. He will have to be “that guy” tonight in order to give his team a legit chance at putting a dent in the Oilers’ playoff hopes.

It will also be very interesting to see how long Hartley leaves the Czech’s with Backlund. Cervenka has been playing with a lot more confidence and certainty in the month of March, and Backlund’s creative and bold play is an interesting match that has the potential to pay dividends.

The Village Idiots

The Oil have won three straight for the first time this season. That is part of a 6-2-2 record in their last ten that has them sitting 11th in the conference, just two points out of the top eight.

It’s no secret that the Oilers’ Achilles heel (other than playing in the NHL) has been from the blueline. This morning they penned Ladislav Smid to a four year extension with an AAV of $3.5 Million. That’s sure to be enough to put them over the hump right? Relax Shelbyville dwellers, we know, we know… “Laddy” is a great shot-blocker and he has all the intangibles right? RIGHT?

It’s a good thing the defence is all sorted out, now Ralph Kreuger can figure what the hell is wrong with his highly touted offensive talent. “Yak City” is more of a ghost town these days, registering just one assist in his last five games and hasn’t been part of the Oilers late push. In fact he hasn’t found the back of the net since February 25th, and only has 5 assists during the entire month of March.

Things aren’t that rosy for RNH this season either. The young center has a meagre three goals on sixty-six shots, giving him a whopping personal shooting percentage of 3.0%. That’s a far cry from last season’s 13.4% pace. Then again, I suppose it’s okay to fall off a cliff when you know you will safely land on the coat-tails of Taylor Hall. Well done Nuuuuuuge.

  • Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle
  • Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky
  • Jones-Horcoff-Yakupov
  • Petrell-Smyth-Brown

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

  • Dubnyk

Sum it Up

Game Day Prediction: The Flames scrape the barrel for what remaining ounce of dignity they have left and continue the Alberta trend by winning this one 5-3; snapping their road loss streak at nine.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Curtis Glencross sticks it once again to the team that let him go, showing two versions of his infamous “Scoreface”

Not-so-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Hot on the heels of scoring his fastest hat-trick in Oilers history, Taylor Hall is about due for some mis-hap that has always seem to keep him out of games against Calgary. Tonight will be no different as he and his buck-toothed face will be mistaken for the Easter Bunny, so all the other barely pubescent children on the team will bug him about not getting enough candy this weekend.

What makes this whole situation really funny is that the average Oil fan is like some giddy, pimpled-faced nerd who finally landed that date with his lab partner’s sister. They say they have been waiting for this day, this day of retribution. When all the stars are aligned and the Oil can take back the pride that the Flames have, for the last decade or so, used to clean their skate blades after the game.

Newsflash… We know, we’ve seen this coming for a long time too guys. What makes it funny though is that despite everything, the losses, the bad trades, the injuries… whatever you want to jeer Calgary about this time, they just keep beating the Oilers.

These days, for Flames fans.. that’s not quitte enough for now. However, for added entertainment, Flames fans appreciate the fans up North, the ones that are convinced that this is finally it. The time for the Oilers to take that step forward out of the mire and take their rightful place at the fornt of the class. That’s just awesome and I sincerely hope the Oilers do make the playoffs this year. It will make it that much better when they are bounced decisively and the Oilers management is left shaking their heads as to what went wrong.

One last thing…

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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Mark-LW wrote:

And isn't it ironic that none of those lines in her song are actually ironic

"Bad luck" didn't make a good title.

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#152 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:52PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

Let's play "you might be a Flames fan". I'll go first...

If you're ignorant yet arrogant...

....If your* so intellegent* you know Bartschi will be there* best player (and might end up as good as Sam Gagne* if your* lucky).

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#153 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:53PM
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*Spelling and grammar intended so Flames fans can understand.

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#154 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 06:59PM
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Haha. I spelled intelligent incorrectly. But you just A: define a word using the word. B: still used irony/ironic incorrectly.

So yes, as it stands, you are still not very "intellegent".

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#155 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:06PM
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I didn't think it was about the goof from Full House. I feel much better it is you Wax Man. Congrats on the theatre deal by the way.

Cut... It... Out.

lol

A movie is never the same without it

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#156 Will
April 01 2013, 07:09PM
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Tonight feels like when I was little and the prophesy came true, I finally got bigger than my older sister. Man I kicked the crap out of her that day. So I guess here's to the Oilers finally getting bigger than their older sister? Metaphorically speaking. Then kicking the crap out of them as pay back for all those years.

Enjoy the basement Calgary. In a few years we can always try and compare rebuilds. The sad thing is that you've had players to trade.

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#157 Monaertchi
April 01 2013, 07:10PM
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Regehr traded to LAKings for 2 second round picks.

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#158 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:12PM
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Monaertchi wrote:

Regehr traded to LAKings for 2 second round picks.

it's a fire sale!

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#159 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:15PM
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JBO traded!! To STL!

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#160 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:15PM
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Got more for JBo than Iggy. 2 1st round picks + prospects and a conditional 4th?

EDIT: Only 1 1st round pick

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#161 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:16PM
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Calgary now with 3 first round picks.

One more for Kiprusoff and the rebuild is ON>

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#162 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:16PM
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who the hell is Cal going to ice on the back end now?

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#163 First Name Unidentified
April 01 2013, 07:16PM
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JBo to the Blues for a 1st round and a couple of prospects

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#164 mattyc
April 01 2013, 07:17PM
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@Wax Man Riley

I'd say Jbo is a better/more valuable player than Iginla...

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#165 Thumby
April 01 2013, 07:17PM
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Just too funny wrote:

Boys Boys Boys

12th v 14th talking like its 1989 again and you are contenders not pretenders. Oh if that was only the case. In my opinion i believe MANY of the posters on thsi site were still playing with Ninja turtle action figures. As some one who remembers the late 1980's and the terrific BOA tht took place , the past 2 decades have been a cheap knock off.

^^^This times 10...

I'm 44 now and fondly remember the beatdowns Semenko used to give Hunter...or Dave Brown when he broke the so called Calgary tough guys face...all while the mightly Oil put up 6 or 7 on the scoreboard.

Back then Dutchy (now on TSN but at the time on the local sports show) said something along the lines that "Brown looked like he was trying to start an old lawn mower".

Anyone else remember those classics too?

Pretty slim pickings around here (2006 notwithstanding) since...good to see the tide finally turning!

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#166 Jay
April 01 2013, 07:18PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

Let's play "you might be a Flames fan". I'll go first...

If you're ignorant yet arrogant...

If you like rainbow parades and being a called a flamer....

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#167 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:18PM
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mattyc wrote:

I'd say Jbo is a better/more valuable player than Iginla...

Has an extra year on his contract too.

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#168 clYDE
April 01 2013, 07:20PM
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Thumby wrote:

^^^This times 10...

I'm 44 now and fondly remember the beatdowns Semenko used to give Hunter...or Dave Brown when he broke the so called Calgary tough guys face...all while the mightly Oil put up 6 or 7 on the scoreboard.

Back then Dutchy (now on TSN but at the time on the local sports show) said something along the lines that "Brown looked like he was trying to start an old lawn mower".

Anyone else remember those classics too?

Pretty slim pickings around here (2006 notwithstanding) since...good to see the tide finally turning!

You may want to check Hockey Fights. Semenko lost to Hunter always. Even when he jumped him which was the usual.

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#169 geoilersgist
April 01 2013, 07:21PM
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Bye bye jbo. This one is in the bag #eatsh!tflames

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#170 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:21PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

They are not, I repeat, ARE NOT rebuilding though.

Nonsense.

Call it what you will but, if the Flames end up with 4 first round picks, they can become dangerous very quickly.

Rex Libris should be weeping but he won't admit it.

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#171 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Only if they trade those picks for real players. As we have all seen, a team of 18-22 year old players does not a competitive team make.

If they keep the picks, they are 3-4 years from the playoffs.

No Goalie.

No Forward depth.

No Defense depth.

Draft picks will not fix that anytime soon.

You have to bear in mind the Flames have already freed up nearly $20 million in cap space.

With the cap dropping there will be a very large number of free agents available.

They already have $24 million available before Kiprusoff and his $6 million cap hit moves on and I'd wager they also move Camalleri's $6 million.

Their timing is impeccable.

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#172 flynn
April 01 2013, 07:39PM
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OGDP - Oilers 4 Marlins 0

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#173 Subversive
April 01 2013, 07:41PM
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I'm flabergasted that's the best Feaster could do for J-Bo. The 1st is fine, but those two prospects seem middling or worse.

Depressing.

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#174 Citizen David
April 01 2013, 07:44PM
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DSF wrote:

You have to bear in mind the Flames have already freed up nearly $20 million in cap space.

With the cap dropping there will be a very large number of free agents available.

They already have $24 million available before Kiprusoff and his $6 million cap hit moves on and I'd wager they also move Camalleri's $6 million.

Their timing is impeccable.

If their GM wasn't Feaster... Please stay on the Flames Bandwagon. That will be golden.

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#175 Will
April 01 2013, 07:44PM
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If the Blues miss the playoffs, the first round turns into a fourth round and then they get the Blues 2014 1st round. That would be classic if they missed this year, then went to the final next year. So many 30th overall picks for the Calgary Flames. As it stand right now, they wouldn't even be picking first overall.

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#176 Will Colford
April 01 2013, 07:48PM
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I predict Iggy goes to LA in the off season and joins Rehgier and Sutter to finish out his career.

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#177 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:48PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Flames have 12 players signed with $22M available.

Oilers have 16 signed and over $16M available.

Oilers timing to make a cup run: impeccable.

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

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#178 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:49PM
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Will wrote:

If the Blues miss the playoffs, the first round turns into a fourth round and then they get the Blues 2014 1st round. That would be classic if they missed this year, then went to the final next year. So many 30th overall picks for the Calgary Flames. As it stand right now, they wouldn't even be picking first overall.

The Blues won't miss the playoffs.

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#179 Will
April 01 2013, 07:51PM
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DSF wrote:

The Blues won't miss the playoffs.

I will be sure to let the Blues know you have decreed they will make the playoffs. I'm sure that's all they needed in the locker room to really ensure they make it.

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#180 Jay
April 01 2013, 07:52PM
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@DSF

Come on man, I'll take that wager! Who cares about cap.... To a degree of course. Oilers have players, flames have picks...

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#181 michael
April 01 2013, 07:54PM
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I am going to write Flames every time I mean to say loser. In this case though I mean loser as in team that just traded away JBO and Iggy and still don't believe that they are rebuilding.They are "retooling". The kool-aid drinking is lead by non other than the man himself Jay Feaster. If I am a Flame fan right now I am hoping that he trades Kipper and Glenncross and Cammy too. I would want to make absolutely sure I had a shot at Nathan Mckinnon this June. He and Bartschi would make a good start at the Feaster retooling.

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#182 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 07:55PM
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Subversive wrote:

I'd wager on neither getting there anytime soon with the current respective management teams in place.

hahaha you win!!

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#183 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:56PM
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Will wrote:

I will be sure to let the Blues know you have decreed they will make the playoffs. I'm sure that's all they needed in the locker room to really ensure they make it.

Currently leading the Wild 2-1.

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#184 DSF
April 01 2013, 07:58PM
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Make that 3-1.

Jaybo puts them near the top of the WC.

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#185 Quicksilver ballet
April 01 2013, 08:00PM
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Who's this new weapon the Lames are unleashing this evening. There's some fella named TBD starting on the blueline.

Too Bad Dickheads?

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#186 365
April 01 2013, 08:01PM
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DSF wrote:

Make that 3-1.

Jaybo puts them near the top of the WC.

I'm sure that much like Iggy, Jaybo will find renewed life now he's sprung from prison.

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#187 DSF
April 01 2013, 08:02PM
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Wouldn't it be something if the Flames without Jaybo and Iginla beat the Oilers?

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#188 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:10PM
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I see we're spending tons of time in our own zone so far. Awesome!

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#189 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:11PM
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Nice! Kipper wants that one back, ouch.

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#190 vetinari
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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1 - 0... so, why was the Calgary D standing around on that one?

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#191 flynn
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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Why would you call up Lander and not play him? OKC have pretty big game tomorrow night.

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#192 NewAgeSys
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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They are sending in their forecheckers but most times they are sending two in stacked on our right side, one is going deep and if he is in good position the other second one cuts crossice and into that midrange wrister area, it is Glencrosses normal attack seam, watch it because its one of their main plays inside the o-zone. They make it look like they are both going in hard and deep but one just peels off consistantly and it does work so we need to look at it.

Very nice shot by Schultzy, lets keep focused and repeat that play ASAP as many times as we can, dont wait do it again and again until they adjust like we want and then be ready for that, do it again man right away get in their heads and make them adjust.

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#193 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 08:13PM
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DSF wrote:

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

Ok, I've been entertaining myself here, but this is a for real troll post.

Cammalleri is still on the roster.

Oilers are much closer than the flames, and the safer bet is that neither of them see a SCF in the next decade, lol.

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#194 Junker4ce
April 01 2013, 08:13PM
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@Butters

Do they really?

Game plan to leave him wide open in the slot?

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#195 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:13PM
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vetinari wrote:

1 - 0... so, why was the Calgary D standing around on that one?

He was probably confused, what with J. Schultz supposedly being so terrible and all. *eyeroll*

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#196 NewAgeSys
April 01 2013, 08:15PM
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flynn wrote:

Why would you call up Lander and not play him? OKC have pretty big game tomorrow night.

Because the Barons are a resource for the Oilers and their win/loss record has little to no bearing on any player decisions. At the trade deadline one never knows what can happen.

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#197 Butters
April 01 2013, 08:17PM
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@Junker4ce

My comment was a shot at another poster.

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#198 DSF
April 01 2013, 08:21PM
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SOG

8-1 Calgary.

That will work.

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#199 NewAgeSys
April 01 2013, 08:21PM
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The defense looks to slow and to small to handle MPS he should go to the net more tonight and use his power game to the middle and the inside 50% of his possesions. No less.

What we could do is keep MPS dumping in because he is winning those battles but then have him immediatly ring the puck back to the right point ASAP and we need to have that spot pinched off and as soon as the puck comes to the point we need to go hard and fast straight across to the feft point and onetime a hard pass to the back door on the left side, MPS can draw their d-men and support to the right side with the dumpin and then the fast back pass to the point, the key is the FAST pass right across to the left point for the onetimer to the backdoor man who shold be isolated beside the net on their now weak side. The crux of the play is the onetimer pass that speeds the playaction up so the defense cannot transition in time, if we bobble or pause they will transition in time, the play needs to be set and fast.

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#200 flynn
April 01 2013, 08:23PM
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@NewAgeSys

That's understood, just Oiler logic is pretty baffling sometimes

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