Tuesday, June 06, 2006

How to choose the starter?

So, how do the Oilers approach this? Is it an "Anyone But Conklin" scenario now?

On what basis do you choose? The goalie most steady and reliable? Is there any way to knowwho that is?

The goalie who, at his best, is the best left? Is it possible that goalie is Dubnyk?

For me, I start Markkanen, cause I feel better with him in net than with Conklin. Very scientific, I know.

On the other hand, even though I loathed the pick at the 2004 draft (and even now), the build-up and drama of seeing Dubnyk in the pipes would be a fun ride until/if/when it all went spectacularly wrong, lol. Or it would be a fantastic story if it worked.

Should the Oilers buck the popular opinion and start Conklin. Should they worry that he "choked under the pressure", or whatever happened there?

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Some other game thoughts:

- How glorious was that Hemsky goal?

- Don Cherry was right, what was Bergeron doing on the SH 4-3 goal? That one was obvious even to me at the time, and my former coaches would attest that I was never the most defensively responsible player. I don't know that he would have got there anyways (depends how early he would have made the read to back off), but at least Williams would have been in a race.

11 Comments:

Blogger RiversQ said...

That Hemsky goal was glorious and most importantly it was fearless. He was going to the net come hell or high water on that play. That's really encouraging and it's no coincidence that he had one of his best games as an Oiler while carrying that kind of attitude all night. He separated his man from the puck on the forecheck a few times as well. Good to see.

One other thing - personally I think Carolina is taking a huge risk by giving Hemsky all that time and space in order to cheat high on Pronger. Hemsky will make some scoring plays in G2 if that strategy continues.

Markkanen's the guy.

6/06/2006 1:43 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

I vote for Markkanen as well. But I wouldn't be surprised to see Conklin get the nod. Conklin has looked really shaky right from Game 1 by my eye. Granted the groin injury probably was a big factor early on, but he just never regained his form, and still scares me.

Markkanen has had some really impressive stretches of stopping the puck in his career, in the NHL and elsewhere. Hopefully he get the nod, and hopefully he plays well.

6/06/2006 2:18 pm  
Anonymous momentai said...

Granted... I've never been much of a Conklin booster at any time during his tenure. But I'm not sure how Conklin can get the nod in game 2 unless MacT wants to give him a break. He looked pretty devastated and bewildered when the Oilers lost and that's got to be a doozy when it comes to his psyche.

That Hemsky goal was something pretty and it was a nice soft pass by Stoll breaking in across the blueline to set it all up. However, I think Hemsky needs to give the Canes something to think about and drive a shot after walking in from the boards - just to keep them guessing. The Canes are unbelievably high up on our dmen.

I don't know what Bergeron was doing on that shortie by Williams. The puck is clearly bouncing all over the place with the Torres back pass (man, does his back passes ever turn out well?) and Bergeron needs to get back there. I think Bergeron also had a chance at the end of the game after a setup from Hemsky that he managed to shoot wide. This is all not mentioning the Ladd hit... those are not good highlights from young Bergeron. It gives me a bit of a morbid interest to see how thegoon63 was taking all the Bergeron talk on HF last night.

6/06/2006 3:25 pm  
Anonymous lowetide said...

GOON63 was very classy, his fellow posters came up a little short.

I'd go with Markkanen. He may not be the most spectacular but is the most consistent.

Hemsky's a stunner but we'll be moaning (me included) about lack of effort soon enough.

6/06/2006 4:07 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

momentai, I could almost see Hemsky jittering on the side boards on a couple of those PPs because he's basically got a 4on3 with one of the high PKers completely committed to Pronger.

He's almost thinking too much and it's too bad that Spacek is still the shooting option on the right point. Since he's such a huge fan, let's ask Tyler: Is Schremp a LH shot? ;)

6/06/2006 5:37 pm  
Blogger Desdemona said...

I'd go with Markkanen partly because I don't think that he'd be rattled as easily as Conklin. I'd want a calm goaltender backing up my team.

6/06/2006 6:26 pm  
Anonymous momentai said...

riversq:

Yeah. I could see Hemsky thinking about it on the powerplay. I would imagine it's part play setup and part instinct that forces Hemsky to make that cross ice pass to Spacek for the one-timer.

If you want to talk about Schremp, it looks like MC has turned into his number 1 fanboy. ;)

6/06/2006 8:05 pm  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

Smoke and mirrors on the Schremphilia boys, the same way that the Oil are gonna win this.

6/06/2006 10:00 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Momentai:

Ya, that's right. Mudcrutch always calls him "Schrempy", he goes on and on pimping him, but it's the same guy.

And I don't think Schremp's the answer either. But that's just me. :-)

6/06/2006 10:44 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

desdemona:

Yeah, Markkanen is the more positionally sound goalie I think. Having said that, he did have a spate of letting a lot of pucks get through him in December and January.

I mean Roloson only let in a couple of goals against ANA through the first 8 periods, and without having to make many reaction saves at all. Just was down in the inverted T, where Allaire says that 90 some percent of pucks should hit you ... and they did, and none went through him.

Carolina is a different beast though, they don't just throw a tonne of rubber at the net and hope for the best. They don't always shoot short side off the wing. They try to score off of quality chances and have much better finishers.

Conklin just may be the better fit here, as he's the most athletic of the Oiler goalies. Hopefully he's not letting in the bad goals this time around.

I'm starting to lean that direction. Plus, as Stauffer says, if they go with Markkanen and he craps the bed in Game 2 ... they're screwed from a confidence POV coming home with probably Conklin getting another shot.

6/07/2006 10:52 am  
Blogger Dennis said...

I can't believe we're back to discussing these guys are the either or. Bad times indeed.

What's this whole thing with MC and and Schremp?

And yes it's all up to 83 if the Canes keep pressuring the Oilers PP points. I think it's about time Edm put up a 2PP goal. I was very proud of Hemsky the other night BTW. He was throwing around the body and he showed absolutely no fear by taking that puck to the net.

6/07/2006 11:25 am  

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