GDB 29.0: SHARK HUNTING...UPDATE RNH OUT

Jason Gregor
March 20 2013 10:47AM

Breaking News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is sick and will not play tonight...Rishaug just reported from the rink. So Oilers will have to dress two non-centres tonight. Ouch.

After a gutsy third period got them a win over Nashville on Sunday, the Oilers need to attack the struggling San Jose Sharks early tonight and get them on their heels. The Sharks have been one of the worst teams in the league since February 1st.

The Sharks are a woeful 5-10-6 after starting the season with seven straight wins. The Sharks outscored their opponents 27-12 in their first 7 games, but they've been outscored 59-36 in their last 21.

They Sharks are struggling and if the Oilers want to stay in the playoff hunt tonight is a game they need to win.

The Sharks don't have any offensive depth. Joe Thornton (27), Patrick Marleau (23), Logan Couture (21) and Joe Pavelski (17) are the only forwards with more than ten points.

The Oilers have way more scoring depth. Sam Gagner (27), Taylor Hall (26), Jordan Eberle (20), Ales Hemsky (17), Nail Yakupov (14) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11) are in double-digits, while Magnus Paajarvi has 6 points in his last 8 games.

The Sharks are ahead of the Oilers in the standings, but right now they are not playing like a superior team.

LINEUP

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

Smid/Petry
Whitney/J.Schultz
N.Schultz/Fistric

Dubnyk

The only change might be Hartikainen coming in for Jones, but after listening to Ralph Krueger yesterday I think he'll stick with Jones. Jones couldn't do any activity for the entire month of January, due to his eye injury, and that hurt his conditioning. Krueger feels Jones is getting better every day and feels the extra time between games has allowed him to improve his cardio. It sounds like he wants to give him a few more games and see if the improved conditioning will help Jones.

TRADING WHITNEY

The Oilers are in the midst of their first playoff run in four years and yesterday Jonathan Willis and David Staples suggested it would be wise to trade Ryan Whitney. Let's look at this a little closer.

There is no doubt Whitney struggled early this season, but lately he has played better, especially offensively.  After the nine-game road trip, where Whitney scored three goals, he admitted that despite his offence coming around he still needed to work on his gaps and his overall defensive game. No one is arguing he can't improve there.

He'll never be considered a great defensive D-man, however, he does excel on the powerplay and that is why trading Whitney at this point of the season would be a step backwards.

  • 37% of the Oilers goals have come on the powerplay. They rely on their PP more than any other team in the NHL, and Whitney is the best PP D-man they have. The Oilers have no adequate replacement on the roster, and considering they rely that much on the PP to score, I don't see why you would risk trading away your best PP D-man while you are at the start of a playoff run.
     
  • Staples ad Willis suggested Corey Potter could fill in. The same Potter who has 0 points this year. First off he shoots right, and the Oilers 2nd PP unit is set up so a left shooting D-man quarterbacks the powerplay. So, outside of replacing Whitney with an inferior PP player, you are now going to adjust their system, even though the Oilers PP has been very effective at 22.9%. I say, pardon.
     
  • Staples suggested Potter was great on the PP early last season, but then he lost PP time to Whitney. Let's look at that. 

Player  Team Pos  GP  PP TOI PP TOI/G 
 
Corey Potter EDM D 62 153:24:00 2:28
Ryan Whitney EDM D 51 115:02:00 2:15
Jeff Petry EDM D 73 93:26:00 1:16
Cam Barker EDM D 25 58:01:00 2:19

  • In fact, Potter averaged more PPTOI/G and he had 38:36 more PP time all season. Potter finished with 11 PPP, while Whitney had 10. Potter had six of his PPP in the first 9 games of the season, and then produced only 5 in the remaining 57. He had a great start to the season, but I don't think we should use a good nine-game stretch as the basis that Potter is an above-average PP player. 
     
  • In the 21 games Whitney has played this season the PP is 21 for 78, 26.9%. Whitney has been on the ice for ten of those goals and has five points. In the 7 games he sat, the PP was 4 for 31 at 12.9%.
     
  • In the six games Potter played while Whitney sat, Potter played 11:48 on the PP scoring no points and he was on for one PP goal. He averaged 1:58 of PP time in those games, while Whitney plays 2:38.
     
  • It is clear that Whitney has a much bigger impact on the PP than Potter. 
     
  • Whitney is even better than Justin Schultz when you look at PP time=production. Whitney has played 55 minutes of PP TOI and he's been on the ice for 10 PP goals. Schultz has 155 minutes of PP TOI and he's been on for 15 goals. Schultz is a rookie and he's already a very good PP player, and I expect he'll be even better in the future, but right now Whitney is still more productive.
     
  • Unless you believe the Oilers are suddenly going to become a productive ES team, I see no reason why you trade Whitney. The organization wants their young players to experience "playoff-like" games, and if they want that to happen they should keep Whitney because he helps the PP. And right now the Oilers can't win without a successful powerplay.
     
  • The other suggestion was that you could replace Whitney with Jeff Petry. Petry is already playing 22 minutes a night, and he isn't dominating. Adding more minutes and giving him less rest won't make him play better, nor will it make the PP more effective.
     
  • Trading him for a draft pick is pointless, absolutely pointless, at this juncture of the season. The Oilers need to play meaningful games, and stay competitive now, rather than add another 2nd round pick that might, slim chance, help them in four years.
     
  • It is clear Whitney is very good on the PP, and considering how much production they need from their PP to win games, it makes little sense to move Whitney him. The Oilers do not have an adequate replacement. If the Oilers are out of it after the next seven games, then for sure you look at moving him, but if they are in the mix I wouldn't move him for a draft pick.

 QUICK HITS

  • Last night Daniel Alfredsson become only the 57th player in NHL history to record 1,100 career regular season points. He is also one of the rare players who had his best offensive season between the age of 30-35. He had 78 points at 30 years of age, 80 at 31, lockout at 32, 103 at 33, 87 at 34 and 89 points as a 35-year-old. Impressive.
     
  • He's likely to become only the 11th player with 1,100+ points to play for only one team/organization for his entire career. Can you name the other ten? *Answer below.
     
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are 7-0-4 in their last 11 games and are now tied for 8th place. They only way they keep winning is if Sergei Bobrovsky keeps standing on his head. The Jackets were outshot in 9 of the 11 games, by a margin of 297 to 362. They are giving up 33 shots against in this unbeaten streak. They also played 9 of those games at home and a whopping nine of them went to OT.  They were 3-2 in SO and 2-2 in OT. It is great for fans in Columbus to have their team in the hunt, but they will need to tighten up defensively to stay competitive. Bobrovsky has a .966 SV% in their last nine games. Incredible.
     
  • The Oilers had almost a perfect last few days, and they didn't even play. There were no 3-point games involving teams in the playoff hunt, and the Sharks, Predators, Flames, and Coyotes (twice) all lost. Now it is up to the Oilers to win.
     
  • Carey Price is getting a lot of hype for the Vezina, and deservedly so, but Tukka Rask has been stellar with for the Bruins with a 1.92 GAA and 0.928 SV%. If Bobrovsky continues his stellar play he'd have to be considered.  

PREDICTIONS....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers score three minutes in, and skate away with a 4-2 win led by two goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Devan Dubnyk is much better in the first frame tonight than he was when the Sharks lit him up for six goals in 20 minutes in the home opener. (Easiest prediction ever.)

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: With only one goal in his last 20 games, Nail Yakupov is the second one on the ice for warm up. As he is circling the ice he stops at the top of the right faceoff circle and motions to Paajarvi to come over. Paajarvi stops and after a brief moment, he smiles and laughs. Yakupov looks at him seriously and then Paajarvi mouths something to him. Yakupov smiles and says something back, then he skates away. Paajarvi looks a bit perplexed, but then continues his warm up.

Yakupov scores a PP goal in the 2nd period, and after the game he explains the what happened during warm up. It turns out Russian are very superstitious. Yakupov asked Paajarvi to say, "ни пуха ни пера!" which roughly translates to "neither fur, nor feather!" which means good luck.  Then Yakupov replied, "К чёрту!" which means, "To the Devil," which is a way of securing good luck. Yakupov explains Russians do this before important tests, and since he tonight was considered a "good test" for the Oilers he thought he'd try it. 

TRIVIA ANSWER

** Daniel Alfredsson is now the 11th player in NHL history to play for only one team/organization and score 1,100 points.

Alfredsson sits 57th all-time in scoring with 1,100 points. Senators
Mike Bossy:            52nd with 1,126. Islanders
Nicklas Lidstrom:  50th with 1,142. Red Wings.
Bobby Clarke:         42nd with 1,210. Flyers
Jean Beliveau:       39th with 1,219. Canadiens.
Alex Delvecchio:    33rd with 1,281. Red Wings.
Gilbert Perreault:   32nd with 1,326. Sabres.
Stan Mikita:             14th with 1,467. Blackhawks
Joe Sakic:               9th with 1,641. Nordiques/Avalanche
Mario Lemieux:      7th with 1,723. Penguins
Steve Yzerman:      6th with 1,755. Red Wings. 

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#101 Lawndemon
March 20 2013, 05:25PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Jason, that draft pick is 15-20% potential of something. What the Oilers get on July 1 when Whitney signs for another club is guaranteed 100% going to be nothing.

Conversely they could get a prospect who is more of a known commodity or choose to re-sign Whitney themselves.

In any of those scenarios the Oilers Franchise ends up ahead of what happens when they let someone walk for nothing.

What they get for the next 20 games is a proven d-man who is improving daily. This translates to a better shot at the playoffs and provides the kids with a legitimate vote of confidence.

Those things are worth more than a 15% chance at 3rd pairing d-man in 4 or 5 years.

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#102 Bucknuck
March 20 2013, 05:31PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Good recent summary of where things stand on SG:

http://www.coppernblue.com/2013/3/6/4072226/oilers-prospects-young-guns-sam-gagner

Hey that was a great link. Thanks!!

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#103 EHH Team
March 20 2013, 05:37PM
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Who plays centre in place of RNH?

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#104 Bucknuck
March 20 2013, 05:37PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Jason, that draft pick is 15-20% potential of something. What the Oilers get on July 1 when Whitney signs for another club is guaranteed 100% going to be nothing.

Conversely they could get a prospect who is more of a known commodity or choose to re-sign Whitney themselves.

In any of those scenarios the Oilers Franchise ends up ahead of what happens when they let someone walk for nothing.

Holy Crap, Arch. I DISAGREE With you. Mark it on the calendar because it doesn't happen very often.

To me, losing Whitney for nothing is ok as long as they have a shot at the playoffs. It will be worth that pick (magic beans) to have a shot at Lord Stanley.

For example. Look at the Ryan Smyth Trade.

Nisson - gone O'Marra - crap 1st rnd pick - Riley Nash - gone.

I think they might have been able to sign Ryan Smyth to a contract if they would have shown a little faith. And they may have made the playoffs.

Sometimes it takes balls to hang on to an impending UFA. I am curious to see if Tambellini has any. I know Lowe does.

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#105 GVBlackhawk
March 20 2013, 05:44PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

23... schmutever...

here's his numbers vs. oil Fs:

http://www.behindthenet.ca/nhl_statistics.php?ds=30&f1=2012_s&f2=5v5&f4=C+LW+RW&f5=EDM&c=0+1+3+5+4+6+7+8+13+14+29+30+32+33+34+45+46+63+67

http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/ratings.php?db=201213&sit=5v5&type=shots&teamid=12&pos=forwards&minutes=200&disp=1

He's struggling a bit and needs to work on his defensive game, but I agree he appears to be working at it.

And I also agree you probably aren't going to get back fair value

Gagner has shown that he can produce. Even if you reduce his point-per-game totals from his current 0.96 to a more reasonable 0.63, that still leaves him at a respectable 52 points per year player.

And I think a smart hockey player can learn to play defense. This has been shown time and time again.

Faceoff bootcamp in the summer plus a nice new contract!

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#106 Ducey
March 20 2013, 05:45PM
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Lawndemon wrote:

What they get for the next 20 games is a proven d-man who is improving daily. This translates to a better shot at the playoffs and provides the kids with a legitimate vote of confidence.

Those things are worth more than a 15% chance at 3rd pairing d-man in 4 or 5 years.

Or Shea Weber or PK Subban or Jeff Petry or Keith Seabrook ...

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#107 justDOit
March 20 2013, 05:47PM
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EHH Team wrote:

Who plays centre in place of RNH?

You volunteering? That might be the best option RK can hope for...

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#108 The Soup Fascist
March 20 2013, 05:55PM
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You volunteering? That might be the best option RK can hope for...

TSN Game. Maybe Ferraro is available. Would have good insight for Dubey if the game goes to a shootout if nothing else.

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#109 justDOit
March 20 2013, 06:00PM
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@The Soup Fascist

Many thanks to the flu for ruining one of the few Oiler games where I'm not going to be subjected to any DeBruskisms.

Am I to believe that Katz can't cough up a little pocket change for some extra vitamin D as the flu runs the room?

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#110 EHH Team
March 20 2013, 06:01PM
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If only they had given Magnus or Hall a shat at centre in OKC

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#111 Time Travelling Sean
March 20 2013, 06:02PM
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Isn't Katz the owner of a pharmaceutical company? Our best players shouldn't suffer from the flu.

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#112 The Soup Fascist
March 20 2013, 06:06PM
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If only they had given Magnus or Hall a shat at centre in OKC

May see it tonight. Harti does not strike me as a centre. Problem with playing 91 or 4 is it buggers up lines that were somewhat successful. Eberle? Smytty as centre with Jones and Ebs? Nothing too appetizing.

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#113 justDOit
March 20 2013, 06:16PM
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If only they had given Magnus or Hall a shat at centre in OKC

I vote MagPaaj for C tonight.

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#114 Romulus' Apotheosis
March 20 2013, 06:21PM
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If only they had given Magnus or Hall a shat at centre in OKC

If only they'd picked Adam Hall up on waivers last week.

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#115 justDOit
March 20 2013, 06:29PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

If only they'd picked Adam Hall up on waivers last week.

I try not to dwell on past mistakes, but this was my first thought too!

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#116 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 20 2013, 06:59PM
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If only they had given Magnus or Hall a shat at centre in OKC

many days i wish i gave a shat

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#117 DieHard
March 20 2013, 07:13PM
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RNH out ... time for YAK city. Break-out time.

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#118 Archaeologuy
March 20 2013, 07:29PM
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@Bucknuck

Ack!

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#119 Rama Lama
March 20 2013, 07:44PM
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RNH out.........has to be the flu......I just wish they would stop kissing each other......or sharing water bottles.

Trading Whitney now seems a little desperate. This guy has potential and sure as shi_ , he will resume his play as soon as he gets to another team. His trade value is low so trading him makes no sense. Sign him to a 2 year contract at a more resonable rate and let's be patient with him........last time I checked not too many quality left handed dmen out there.

With RNH out this game tonight may be painful to watch!

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#120 DieHard
March 20 2013, 07:48PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Holy Crap, Arch. I DISAGREE With you. Mark it on the calendar because it doesn't happen very often.

To me, losing Whitney for nothing is ok as long as they have a shot at the playoffs. It will be worth that pick (magic beans) to have a shot at Lord Stanley.

For example. Look at the Ryan Smyth Trade.

Nisson - gone O'Marra - crap 1st rnd pick - Riley Nash - gone.

I think they might have been able to sign Ryan Smyth to a contract if they would have shown a little faith. And they may have made the playoffs.

Sometimes it takes balls to hang on to an impending UFA. I am curious to see if Tambellini has any. I know Lowe does.

They have as much chance without him as we'll. A second rounder could turn into Weber. just sayin

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#121 StHenriOilBomb
March 20 2013, 07:50PM
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They have as much chance without him as we'll. A second rounder could turn into Weber. just sayin

Not with our history of rushing prospects.

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#122 DieHard
March 20 2013, 08:00PM
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Not with our history of rushing prospects.

What does that have to with Whitney?

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#123 Jay
March 20 2013, 08:09PM
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Ummm.... Just heard RNH isn't playing tonight? Wtf over??? Most important game of the year

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#124 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 08:19PM
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Looks like we are dialed in so far, now we need to get that first goal and not become snakebitten, just steady as she goes, keep the system tight, and dont extend anything make them push and exploit their first transition as you are doing through the n-zone, and give Yakupov those onetimer feeds on the PP.

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#125 2004Z06
March 20 2013, 08:22PM
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Romulus,

Perhaps you should re-read my post. I am not knocking Gagner as a player, his compete level or his grit. I stated I liked Gagner. My point was that the general consensus throughout the media/blog/hockey "expert" world is that the Oilers need to get bigger in the top 6 if they are going to get to the next level. If that is in fact the case, someone has to go. Most people agree that RNH/Eberle/Hall/Yakupov are untouchable, which leaves Hemsky or Gagner. Gagner currently has the highest rate of return.

As for Gagner being only 23 and he will learn the face-off/defensive side of the game, normally I would agree, but he has been in the NHL for 5 years already!!! People seem to forget that fact based on his age.

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#126 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 08:28PM
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We need to get our forecheck in faster, that is where we found our sucess early on and we need to adjust immediatly and put the pedal down and show more energy, we need that first man in and closing on the playaction to stop their first transition from beginning, if we dont do this they will eat us up as they come through the n-zone, speed up the forecheck already boys. And shoot more on this PP already, max 3 passes and then blast it and dig for the rebound.

They have pissed off the refs already so lets keep our cool and start converting these PPS , this is a good thing, because Thorton has a big yap when he is worked up.

Nice goal Sammy.

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#127 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 08:29PM
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Tell Jonesy and the boys NOT to lay there looking at the refs when they get hit, to get the hell up and back into the play where they belong.

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#128 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 08:42PM
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Its very important to watch them when we forecheck we need to stay with the man we initially contact because he always races in as an up speed man in late, they counter the forecheck by useing that guy as long as he can get in behind our forechecker facing and going the other way it works for them. |So maintain coverage as the forechecker with the guy you hit because they are waiting for him to beat you on the seperation after you make contact with him. Trail him right back to our d-zone because they will be sprinting straight upice full speed immediatly to burn the forechecker.

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#129 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 08:46PM
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Remember to stagger the forecheckers dont leave one man all alone in so deep, support him with another guy who hovers around the high to mid-zone to support and catch the pucks squirting out. Just dont sent 2 men in full speed, stagger them with the first one in full speed and the second cruising in at 75% and NOT going deep, just looking for a chance and then fading back to defend.

Nive job of getting nasty, Brown should just start one and get it going. Maybe he should take on Big Joe, ha ha ha.

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#130 DSF
March 20 2013, 08:52PM
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Romulus,

Perhaps you should re-read my post. I am not knocking Gagner as a player, his compete level or his grit. I stated I liked Gagner. My point was that the general consensus throughout the media/blog/hockey "expert" world is that the Oilers need to get bigger in the top 6 if they are going to get to the next level. If that is in fact the case, someone has to go. Most people agree that RNH/Eberle/Hall/Yakupov are untouchable, which leaves Hemsky or Gagner. Gagner currently has the highest rate of return.

As for Gagner being only 23 and he will learn the face-off/defensive side of the game, normally I would agree, but he has been in the NHL for 5 years already!!! People seem to forget that fact based on his age.

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#131 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 08:55PM
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Magnus needs to dig deeper right now and not be intimidated because that is what has happened, keep going in and hard and fast Magnus dont back down, the rough stuff is not going to stop so fight back with your speed and skill, make them pay for being rough on you with YOUR tools, you are hurting them and thats why they are targeting you, go harder and visciously at the net Magnus, you didnt work this hard to sit back now, dig down deep man.

Hallsy, take it to them down the middle, inside outside inside, just start moving the d-man by cutting laterally just before you leave the n-zone on your first inside move.

Ryan Smyth get on that wraparound, and lets keep out sticks on the ice as we are getting a lot of nice lateral crosscrease puck movement, lets look for the greasy ones.

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#132 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:02PM
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J Schultz is looking good tonight maybe we need to greenlight him to close right in on the net a few times he seems to be finding lots of holes tonight and is getting good looks, and lets not forget the hard wristers ten feet to the side for the deflections, Schultzes wrister is hard and accurate, lets see those deflections, Smytty worked the backend nicely with Harti last time we gave that play a shot so lets see it again, I bet Eberle would tee those deflections up nicely and can find that spot wide open if he wants to. Jus throw the play in there once in a while because it is very reliable when its a hard accurate wrister pass that is deflected as opposed to the slapper which is low percentage most times in comparison.

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#133 DSF
March 20 2013, 09:04PM
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Oh god...here we go again.

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#134 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:10PM
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Alert, Dooby get up off your dam knees or ask someone to step up and take away that wrister they just missed on, they know where you drop and they are keying on you, where the hell is Chabot? Stay up or ask for help but they are hunting for you right now .

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#135 Bubba
March 20 2013, 09:13PM
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What with new age or the oilers slowing down after they give one up?

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#136 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:14PM
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Again guys lets set up the onetimer early and often and not worry about telegraphing it, just go for it and overpower them with it. Yak on one side and someone on the other and just pound them in there with short fast passes and fast releases.

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#137 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:15PM
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We need to bear down immediatly, this is pathetic, we are living and dieing on the PP and we are not respecting it, short fast passes into the onetimers immediatly and now.

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#138 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:16PM
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S.O.S , please shoot the onetimers men.

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#139 Alsker
March 20 2013, 09:20PM
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uuugh..that 4 min didnt help..now we need good shift from brown + co. to keep some momentum...sharks are frustrated, keep pressing and see what happens

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#140 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:22PM
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Frittering away that PP was probably the game in a dynamic sense, now we really need to work harder than ever as we are about to take around 3 penaltys in a row and they will score a greasy one on their 1st try in all likelyhood.

Now we put ourselves in a corner, we had the best possible dynamic cooking and we are screwing it away, they came out bitching at the refs and were getting spanked nicely and we played river hockey on the PPs we had and didnt cash them in, we are NOT producing 5on5 as we need to and we waste PPs?

This game is swinging dynamiclly and if we dont score the next goal we are in deep crap, put the pedal down because they are grinding us down slowly but surely. Go to the net for greasy ones before its to late, start with a wraparound.

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#141 Alsker
March 20 2013, 09:26PM
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Ok kill this(atleast the refs consistant) interference call..

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#142 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:27PM
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Yakupov needs to go to the front of the net and not sit on the perimeter waiting to dart in, he needs to go in and out of the hots zones the scoreing areas all the time, get him moving and committing to the playactions, and use him as the upspeed man his sprinting is awsome when he puts his head down and goes.

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#143 Alsker
March 20 2013, 09:28PM
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Horcoffffffffffffffffff...wait WTF..aah hell with it HorcoFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

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#144 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:32PM
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Very heads up play to keep his stick on the ice and be ready by Horcoff, now lets keep the pressure on, lets see someone else rise up and take a shot at taking us to the next level tonight. Lets see one more quick goal to break their backs, go hard to the net and look for the greasy ones. DO NOT LET UP , wear them down and show them we want it more than they do.

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#145 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:34PM
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Hall and Hemsky need to use the give and go because they are giveing us the zone entry and collapsing so lets see the give and go, those two will convert one sooner than later, just keep it simple and hard working.

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Wow, monster shift by Magnus.

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#147 Alsker
March 20 2013, 09:36PM
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A little concerning that we only have 12 shots at this point(granted SJ only have 14), a great road game BUT we're home. We look better in this physical battle than earlier in the season, bodes well for the balance of March + April

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#148 Alsker
March 20 2013, 09:38PM
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Anyone have an idea of chances for/against

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#149 NewAgeSys
March 20 2013, 09:41PM
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We need to give the puck to Nail earlier and let him skate with it more, he needs to have time to get his head up and see whats happening, them tell him to take his arse to the net AS SOON as he passes OR shoots the puck, but he needs to follow up to the net.

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#150 The Soup Fascist
March 20 2013, 09:49PM
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Logan Couture needs some "Interviewing 101" time with Crash Davis. WTF was that????

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