Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Avs/Oilers: One more time, with(out) feeling!!!

It's times like these I hate Lou Lamoriello. Yes there's a chance the Oilers might still be facing the Avs for the 5th time in just 33 games had the NHL not adapted the new sked as pushed by Lou, but there's certainly not a great chance.

I don't mind the Oilers playing the Flames 8 times a year but that's a special case with every team having a primary rival. In fact, in some cases some of them have even more more than just a single Stanley Cup.

What was I talking about again?;)

The point is that volume of different competition has been compressed in the new NHL and it leads to games like tonight where you really have to struggle to find a reason to watch.

The season series stands at 2-2 and Tyler Aranson owns the Oilers and as frustrating as it was to watch the old loaded Avs team take points off the Oilers it's even more hair removing to watch the no-names extract their pound of flesh as well.

It looks like Patrick Thoresen's gonna get the pine tonight so that's just the second HS of 28's early career. I thought he played a really game game two matches ago vs Minny but he wasn't that effective last time out on Friday night. MacT's giving Winchester yet another shot so let's see how 26 steps to the challenge. MacTavish had a few words for Jacques today as well so it looks like 22's gonna be the next guy to get served if he doesn't buck up. I can't see 28's demotion running any longer than one game as he's got to have some capital built up given his hot early start and even though he's struggled offensively he's still managed to remain less than a goals against sinkhole like say Lupul for instance;)

Lupul's gonna spend the night with 20-19 on a grind line though reports have 15 being placed back on the first PP unit. I thought 16's line had a poor game last time out and if they struggle to create chances again tonight then we can call it a slump. If they bounce back though then we might be golden again. 71-83 had some chem right off the bat last time out and if 71 keeps getting these chances it should be only a matter of time before him and the red light become reaquainted. The 4th line has 22-78-26 and Pouliot will try to build upon his best game thus far last time out in Denver.

No word on Roy drawing in on defense so I guess that means Smid will continue to fill the role of the Albertan Sheldon Souray, read: pylon. Yes I know Souray's also a GAB but he's not playing in the province.

Tonight marks the beginning of a stretch where the Oilers play three of their next five games at home and if they don't emerge with at least seven points then I won't be a happy camper. Hemsky's back now and Smyth's on the mend and one by one the excuses are being removed.

Then again there's no accounting for how hard it is to thrive with a defense that's both Green-e AND subpar.

Did I mention Smid's probably gonna play close to 20 minutes again?


Blogger namflashback said...

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12/19/2006 2:07 pm  
Blogger Mr DeBakey said...

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12/19/2006 3:08 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

Hah...true enough:)

12/19/2006 5:19 pm  
Blogger gary b said...

primary rival.

primal rivalry.

words are fun.

12/19/2006 5:59 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

This is shaping up to be the Oilers worst loss of the season given:

- it's at home
- divisional rival
- Oilers had a definite stranglehold on the game.

It's no surprise that someone would eventually tear up the Oilers PK unit but the Oilers PP looks terrible in comparison.

Roli pretty much sucks tonight. Two awful awful goals and he's been scuffling for awhile now. I'd go with Jussi for the next game at least.

12/19/2006 8:50 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Ok, the Oilers grossly outplayed the Avs in the first period and only ended up with a 3-2 lead. Then, in the 2nd period, Colorado gets it's powerplay going (Craig Simpson, PAY ATTENTION), and it's 5-3 Avholes.

Oh, on that 5-on-3 where the Avs went ahead, the officials missed TWO interference calls against Colorado. Then, Hemsky does something similar, it gets called, and the Avs score.


12/19/2006 8:50 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Dennis: Hell, I'd go with Jussi for the 3rd period. Roli's clearly "off" tonight.

But that doesn't excuse the rest of the team for a fairly piss-poor 2nd period. Can't say the officiating has exactly been great, but it's no excuse. The Oilers should have had this thing won in the 1st period, but they let the Avholes hang around, and now WE are the ones needing the 2-goal comeback (PS: Fuck you Ray Ferraro)

12/19/2006 8:58 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

With all due disrespect to Tommy Salo, that was the worst goddamn goalie performance I have ever seen by an Oiler.

I know Roli's stolen away more points than he's given away but that was just fucking gross.

And there's no way he should've been allowed to start the third. I guess MacT was taking the longview and he thought the Oilers had a chance to come back so he didn't want to take a potential win away from Roli.

But today it was the wrong decision no doubt and don't look now but Roli's been scuffling for quite awhile now.

12/19/2006 9:45 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Good: Hemsky and Sykora

Bad: The officiating

Ugly: Roloson - probably his worst performance as an Oiler. You can't lose games when the team is scoring six.

No question, they have to go to Markannen for the Phoenix game on Thursday. Methinks I'll be happy with a split on this mini-road trip.

Oh, and MAB is the ONLY Oiler d-man who actually skates forward when he gets the puck on a consistent basis.

12/19/2006 9:52 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

One other thing: I don't know if the bigger crime was the winning goal that Roli let in or the fact that Craig Simpson is somehow still drawing salary from the Oilers.

The PP WITH Smyth is mediocre at best. Without him, it flat out sucks.

12/20/2006 5:10 am  

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