Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Filth and The Fury

No, I'm not a huge Sex Pistols fan but that phrase summed up how I felt about Tuesday night's effort against the Canucks and what it might come come tonight's rematch. I was disgusted with the Oilers first period lack of urgency and I'm expecting a balls to the wall effort from that same crew tonight.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with the Canucks. Yes they showed a whole lot of jam in the first period but after that they showed a whole lot of nothing. Bertuzzi centered a line that wasn't much of a factor and the Naslund/Morrison combo looked as invisible as I gather they've been lo these past 20 games or so. The Sedins are a load to handle so let's hope MacT somehow manges to get a decent matchup against these guys for the majority of their shifts.

Speaking of matchups...Dvorak will miss this entire three game roadtrip so I'm really looking forward to seeing tonight's line construction. I'd guess the safe money lies on Peca sliding into Pisani's spot with Moreau-Pisani on his wings and a fourth line that will see little to no time.

What I'm not looking forward to is that as a CI Sub out of market I'll always receive the hometown feed when two Canadian clubs clash. That would normally mean Hughson and Garrett on SN Pacific but tonight brings about something even worst: a Canucks PPV telecast. This means excessive use of nicknames and numerous appearences by Garry Valk and Kirk McLean.

Note: could you guys in Alberta, like Vic for instance, keep an ear out for the SN West telecast to see if there's any Peca fallout?

Back to the game and in looking at the ten teams vying for the eight spots in the WC I'd peg the Canucks and Kings as the best candidates for the Oilers to topple. SJ's been money since they picked up Thornton, they have two games in hand and don't look now but all of a sudden they've got a second line in Bernier-Marleau-Michalak. As of today I'm picking them to make the show. In the opposite direction in Calif we've discovered that the Ducks just don't lose anymore. They erased a three goal lead against the Avs on Wed night and on Mon they somehow managed to beat the Stars even though they trailed after 40 in Dallas. This scnario usually happens as often Don Cherry properly pronouncing a name.

The Oilers with a win on Tues against the Canucks could've just about shut their whale emblazoned coffin by just splitting the last two games of the series in Van. They would've been three points up with a game in hand after the dust cleared on Sat night. But that's not the way we do things here to it's gut check time once again.

So what do we expect in the way of Oilers effort? Over on OF today there was a post that caught me by surprise. Apparently the Oilers have won only eight times in their last 33 games in regulation. That's a real jaw dropper isn't it? It leads me to wonder just how much faith this team deserves. Despite that I still think this team can conceivably impose their will on this Canucks team and thus outchance and ultimately outscore them. Then again maybe Rolo gives up a bad goal and we're back to square one. But he did play well on Tues night and it was the best time he's ever controlled his rebounds so maybe the rust's just about off.

I'm calling an Oilers win built on the back of their PP. I don't think you can keep those guys down for long.

In the meantime and inbetween time...we call all use this thread a few hours from now to discuss how the Oilers can hang with the Wings or how many of them will join Ryan Smyth at the World Hockey Championships.


Anonymous roddie said...

SN West feed down here on Center Ice - yay.

Been looking forward to this game.

3/23/2006 8:04 pm  
Anonymous lowetide said...

No Peca fallout so far, except that Rem the gem is on the 3line and he's still on the 4linr which is a slap in the face if you're Peca and paying attention.

3/23/2006 8:16 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

A bag of magic beans indeed..sweet Fuck is Roloson retarded or what? That goal he allowed was just terrible. The Canucks score without having a scoring chance unless you count the time early on when Morrison had an open net tap-in but he directed it the wrong way.

Otherwise Samsonov had two great chances on the PP thanks to splendid passes from Hemsky and 12 almost shot the puck over the glass from 10 feet away on the first one and Auld made a great save on the second one.

In other news Peca is hitting everything that moves and made a couple of nice plays on the PK.

Oh and Murray still sucks. I'm not saying MAP would've made much of a difference given the playing time they're gonna get but I'm saying that picking up Murray doesn't seem to have been even a lateral move.

3/23/2006 8:51 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Ya, that was a period that Roloson didn't need to make any big saves, just not let anything go through him. He failed.

No Peca news, I could a bit of the pregame interview with MacTavish on CHED and didn't hear a mention of it. Nothing from Quinn or Ferraro, I'd assume they've been told to stay mum. Principe interviewed him at the intermission, no tough questions ... Peca even refernced MacTavish's wisdom when talking about penalties, a "... like Craig has always said ... ". Damage control in effect methinks. Sather would be proud. :-)

3/23/2006 9:01 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

Is that right?? I would have to say that's a total set-up for Peca to all of a sudden be the 1st interview. I'd imagine the boys went to Peca today and told him how the fans can be and that he better grab some facetime and toe the company line. And that's best for all concerned.

On to the 2nd period....

Sometimes you grab some luck from hard work and the Oilers worked their asses off in the last 15 min of that frame. For the first 5 min the Canucks were trapping with the efficency of a Lemaire squad. They didn't want the puck they just didn't want you to carry it past centre and they were doing the job. Then they went up 2-0 and the Oilers woke up and here we are.

The first one was a bit of a softie from Torres on a nice feed from 12. We'd remarked that the 12-16-14 line were starting to get going on Tues night and they've been dangerous again. Credit to 14 for scoring even when on his offwing but he owns the Canucks at this point, ie 7 goals in 7 games this season. The second goal came on pure luck as Carney ran into the officail and 12 grabbed the loose puck and drove the net. His inital shot should not have yielded a rebound but it did and Torres sweeps it in.

The Carter's going behind his net to the right of Auld and the puck bounces off his stick and bam Pisani sweeps it in. The Garage falls silent and I can see why. That team started out 13-1 at home and are now 7-7-4 in their last 18 at home so you know they know it's gone bad lately.

Oh and Samsonov blew another chance on the PP, ie this one was an open net. And Smith levelled Bertuzzi in front of the net while Van was on the PP. They've got the same crew officiating tonight's game and I'll be damned if we aren't getting the odd call and non-call. And full marks to Peca who's hitting people, winning draws and who has a very quick stick on the PK.

Heading into the 3rd...we have to grab two points out of this even if it comes in OT or the SO. To even outpoint the Canucks would be sorta OK at this point though this late in the season you have to nail down a 40 minute lead. And back in the days when we couldn't win in Van if we were up 3-0 with 10 seems they used to kill us by running all their plays from behind the net, ie sooner or later one of their forwards would spring open or they'd jam the net and hack away. That's the only times they've been successful tonight.

Let's hope we stay out of the box and for fucksakes don't kill us Roloson.

3/23/2006 9:46 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Yup, time for Roloson to win our love.

3/23/2006 9:58 pm  
Anonymous lowetide said...

I hate to say this, but Markkanen on Saturday?

3/23/2006 10:56 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

And Dwayne Roloson sucks on shootouts as well. Does this guy even watch tape? The moves that Ruutuu and Bertuzzi used are the moves they use all the time. If Roloson's gonna die than at least he should go down on his sword and the guy looked like a fellow who simply hadn't done his homework.

It was actually pitiful to watch him in action.

I'll go out on a limb, well sorta;), and say this team doesn't make the playoffs unless the two of the teams in the running absolutely go in the tank. The Oilers can't score four goals every game and this is a game that Martin Brodeur, a poor example I know, could've won in a rocking chair. Over the course of this game how many big saves did he make? I'd say the one with the score tied 3-3 on Naslund. Auld stopped Pisani on the breakaway and he made a lovely save in tight on Samsonov.

The Canucks didn't even play all that well, under 20 shots recorded in 65 minutes of play, and they still managed to outpoint us 2-1. That's the epitome of discouraging.

The odd time the team plays well then Roloson will suck, games like OTL loss in CBJ and the reg loss in Minny and then when the team doesn't play well he'll keep us in it, at SJ and vs Van. There's just no happy medium but let's also be clear that he's been bad a helluva lot more than he's been good.

A failed experiment by Lowe and another failed playoff drive's right around the corner.

3/23/2006 11:01 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

LT...I'd suggest you or I could play in the shootout for him. It wouldn't be popular but MacTavish has to go with Jussi the next time we make it to a SO.

There's no fucking way he could be worst.

3/23/2006 11:03 pm  

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