Thursday, April 27, 2006

Beasts of Burden

If you consider the Edmonton Oilers forwards corps as the The Rolling Stones then Hemsky and Samsanov are Keith and Mick, The Glimmer Twins. They're the guys with all the skills and therefore they should be the guys driving the fastest cars, bagging the hottest women and holding all the best drugs.

So far that's clearly not the case.

Considering an Oilers first round victory being akin to the process of recording an album then you can imagine the producer sitting at the mixing board and putting all the pieces together. He brings up the drums and bass and there's Smyth and Horcoff chugging along and putting in some good work. So the rhythm section sounds solid. Cue up the rhythm guitar and he hears Stoll, Pisani, Peca and Torres doing a good job as well.

Rem Murray? Well he layed down a backing vocal but it was Yoko Ono-esque and it's never seeing the light of day.

Something's missing from the mix though because the lead vocals and lead guitar are coming in very faintly.

Here's where Samsonov and Hemsky should take over.

Heading into the series and assuming Datsyuk would be effective, which thus far hasn't been the case, it looked like the Samsonov-Stoll-Hemsky trio would draw the lesser of the three Wings line in the trio of Yzerman-Lang-Williams. It made sense that the Oilers could win that matchup but that hasn't been the case. It doesn't look like Yzerman will play tonight and that will only help the Oilers and thus the Samsanov/Hemsky combo but even if he does play there's another avenue where these guys can help the time.

The Oilers powerplay has gone 3/19 in the series thus far but they scored in two of their first three chances so it's currently in a 1/16 lull. That's not a by-product of bad luck either. Pronger isn't hitting the net on a consistent basis, Spacek is an adventure and the powerplay isn't scaring anyone. Game 3 was where the Wings decided to basically try and nullify Pronger on the PP and shadow him with Kris Draper. This doesn't leave a clear four-on-three advantage for the rest of the PP unit but it's pretty damn close. That leaves all kinds of ice down low for Samsonov, Hemsky and Smyth. It's time for Ales to try something other than passing to Spacek three times for an ill-advised one-timer and it's time for Samsonov to take the puck hard to the net and or a defender for a screen and zip a shot to the shelf.

I'm not saying the Wings can't come back from a 3-1 series hole but they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs the last two season there were hockey. Let's just say a loss tonight wouldn't have just have doubt creeping into their minds. Doubt would infact beat the door down and raid the kitchen. So we should expect the Wings to come out with an inspired effort.

The Oilers have a counterpunch that has so far been mostly pulled and tonight would be a good time to see less Dead Flowers from the 12-83 combo and instead make this a Ruby Thursday.


Blogger Matt said...

Actually, they lost in the 2nd round last season after beating the Preds in Round 1. Not that it really undermines your point.

4/27/2006 3:50 pm  
Anonymous lowetide said...

Classic, classic stuff. I still think we're jugging along and Pronger is laying down the stunning solo in the middle of "Gimme Shelter" with the rhythm and drums as tight as two white men can make it.

Ales is the Mary Clayton high part coming right up. "It's Just a shot away, shot away"

Then cue MacT on the harmonica. :-)

4/27/2006 3:58 pm  
Blogger Dennis said...

I never knew you were into the Stones, Lain. I sorta am...I know most of the good stuff but then it took me seeing the move Moonlight Mile before I knew about that song.

And I didn't know about Can't You Hear Me Knockin' until I saw "Blow."

Anyway...I'm glad you liked it:)

4/27/2006 5:15 pm  
Anonymous lowetide said...

Stones are my favorite band. Ya-Ya's, Let it Bleed, Stick Fingers, Exile and Goat's Head Soup are all fabulous albums.

4/27/2006 5:19 pm  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

As long as we're running Stones analogies, the refs were the equivalent of those cops (or customs guys, whoever) who busted Keef with a couple of heroin in the late 70's.

4/28/2006 1:54 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

Yeah and all 12 and 83 showed last night was a Little Bit Of T and A: trepidation and apathy.

4/28/2006 12:02 pm  
Anonymous MikeP said...

I've been wondering (mostly to myself) since about game 2 why Hemsky and Samsonov stay together - they don't seem to have much chemistry with each other except for repetitive cross-ice passes on the PP, which half the time wind up on a Wings stick.

The only reason I can come up with is the team's doing ok anyway, and can afford to wait for them to make up their minds to sink or swim.

4/30/2006 8:35 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

LT...I guess we'd consider Game 6 a hidden track maybe;)?

5/02/2006 12:47 am  

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