Friday, December 15, 2006

Oilers/Avs: Putting Up Shelves


Oh Norman Fell, you magnificent bastard.

I know the Oilers play the Wild 8 times in their last 50 games and that's something that can certainly chap the ass of even the most patient fan.

But we'll deal with that when it comes.

For now the Oilers head to Denver to face the Avalanche for the fourth time in 32 games and I hope the Oilers attitude doesn't emulate mine because I view yet another Edm/Col matchup just like Stanley Roper did when it came to having sex with his wife Helen: it's like putting up shelves and while you don't want to do it, you know it's necessary.

The killer about this series over the past couple of seasons is that Col has at times treated Rexall as it's own personal road woodshed and have layed a couple of really good beatings on the homebound Oilers, ie case in point was the 7-3 pounding late last month. This game's in Denver so that makes the last point less salient but I find it interesting that despite the fact there's been a massive turnover rosterwise the Avs can still bring a certain amount of blowout pain that we'd usually assiociate with teams emboldened by the likes of Forsberg, Drury, Lemieux, Deadmarsh, Blake etc.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=261213017

There's a look at their last game and that roster shouldn't be blowing out anyone outside of maybe the Yotes and Flyers. These days the Avs are showing more and more reliance on kids like Stastny and Wolski and past life fatsos like Aarnason. Of course, Sakic's still around doing his business and Hejduk is even Hejduk some nights but their D corps can be a dog's breakfas and their netminding is always up in the air.

The Oilers are 2-0 thus far in Denver and played a great game there last time out. The first win was 4-3 early on in the sked but any impartial observer would have to state that the Avs created the vast majority of chances. But the last game was a 2-1 Oilers win where they practically tore the cover off the Avs in the metric of scoring chances for/against. So despite the fact the Oilers have been a shitty road team thus far, though I will throw in the caveat that I've liked their road performance their last seven times out and you can look that up if you wanna fight about it;) they haven't had a whole lot of trouble in Colorado.

The Oilers played a great game last night and showed enough moxie to grab their first win of the season when trailing after 40 min. 83 could be back tonight and if not tonight then most likely come Tues at Rexall against the, you guessed it, Avalanche. 94's on the mend and they're talking about him coming back possibly on the 30th vs Van and if not then on NYE in Cgy. I've said this before but if 94 misses a NYE tilt in Cgy then he might be hurt enough to miss the entire season;)

Edm just has to hang on until the cavalry comes over the hill and they have the sked to be able to weather such a games missed storm, IMO.

In the HTH section the Avs have more than a couple of Oiler killers. Sakic's running at 31-83-70, ie that's my own personal stats for goals, points and games played and if you can't figure out the assist total than that's your loss, Turgeon's 23-58-55, Brisebois may be defensive garbage but he's been killing the Oil for years to the tune of 7-24-29, Hedjuk goes at 17-37-43 and Arnason may be young but he's a quick learner, ie 7-11-14.

The Oilers always lag behind in this catergory, or at least in volume, because their guys are so young and I haven't been listing 94 because he's currently lame. 71's knows the Rocky Mountain Way, 11-25-15, Horc usually gets a little bit done, 4-18-28, and Stoll's learning as well, 5-10-15.

This game's worth checking out just for the fact that the Oilers should be looking to avenge the result of their last meeting but at the same time I'm not expecting any barns to be in jeporady either.

So we look forward to perhaps another altitudinal win and we offer the Oilers the same advice that Stanley did to his ladyfriend: Be gentle with us Helen.

24 Comments:

Blogger Black Dog said...

And apparently Budaj draws in.

Horc and Stoll will see a lot of Quoteless Joe tonight I think.

Stoll playing so well with Torres and Pisani - jesus what a difference that makes - now you look at those guys and Horc's line and you have Reasoner playing with say, Moreau and Thoresen, and all of a sudden you've got three lines that can do some lifting for you.

That's something.

And I hear Torres threw a blatant elbow at the end of last night's tilt which means he's playing like a first class asshole right now, just the way we like him. No sitting on the bench regretting putting the guy on a stretcher - just full out prick.

Nice.

12/15/2006 11:56 am  
Blogger She said...

Hemsky to warm up and play?

Anyone heard anything else yet?

12/15/2006 6:57 pm  
Blogger Bank Shot said...

Fkuc....Lupul is like a prenovice player. On the first goal he's following the defenseman all the way across to the wrong side of the ice.

Every line is looking pretty good except for the Thoresen-Reasoner-Lupul line.

12/15/2006 7:48 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

78 had more scoring chances in that period than he's had in all his previous '07 season games combined. Fuck, even 22 got a shot off from the slot and also made a nice pass to find MAP all alone later in that frame. That line had a bad first shift but they've been on ever since, creating chances and even forcing a couple of icings. That's nice to see.

26 must be choked that he's still sitting for a guy like 22. He should be an absolute bull then they put him back in the lineup.

Didn't take long for 71/83 to get the chem back though 83 did make a couple of terrible giveaways. I'm still glad that he's back though;)

15 had a couple of giveaways and then threw the puck over the glass to boot. Poor kid has to deal with 19 as his centre too. Somewhere the acidity level in Brownlee's stomach is reaching dangerous levels.

12/15/2006 7:48 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Lupul is like the anti-Pisani lately. Any line he's put on struggles mightily, or so it seems.

Funny Pouliot scores that trash goal, and then gets stopped on a grade-A scoring chance 10 seconds later. I guess things DO even out.

Is it safe to say that Jose Theodore is a multi-million dollar backup now?

12/15/2006 7:49 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

If you read the BOA blog you'll see that the other day Cosh and Sacamano expressed their dislike for my penchant to refer to players by their numbers.

So I'm watching the game tonight and Loubardias spoke on three different occasions about "how 71 was glad to have 83 back."

Haha:)

And yes 15 is poison and he's only gonna keep dropping down the pecking order once 94 returns. I'm predicting he asks for a trade by Feb and whereas he's got the media in his corner we might never get anything other than 'the Oilers dealt him because it takes giving away something to get something, ie the Seabrook or Pitkanen young D stud'

12/15/2006 7:53 pm  
Blogger Bank Shot said...

I wouldn't cry if they got something useful for Lupul.

And Theodore sucks like the tide. I'd laugh at Colorado for blowing $5 mil in cap space on a back up goalie but they'll probably just pull another 2-3 rookie sensations out of their asses next year to make up for it.

And....Roloson lets in an abortion of a goal. The Oilers are going to have to get on their horses.

12/15/2006 8:11 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Let's see....Roloson lets in something to make up for Budaj's gaffe, and then Smid gets burned wide and it creates a 2-on-1 goal.

Oh, and I could tell you this is a Marc Joanette-officiated game even if I didn't know who the officials were. Colorado's taken one penalty so far, but there were a couple they let go in the 2nd that were worse than what other officials called. Top that off with a phantom call to Pisani to close out the period and, yeah...it's Joanette and whomever working tonight.

Still, this game is far from lost. The Oilers have proved they can score 2 goals in less than a minute in the last two games this week, so I'm not turning the TV off yet.

Hemsky, other than the one PP turnover, looks like he hasn't missed a beat in theory, but his communication with 71/10 is a bit off. They'll have that back in no time.

12/15/2006 8:39 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

God damnit.

Who's more fucking useless, Joffrey or Smid?

And just think, we gave up the best defenseman in the league so we could have nights like tonight this year.

I don't care what kind of pedigree he has, that was absolutely PATHETIC play by Smid on the third goal.

- PDO

12/15/2006 8:40 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

How's this for a fun stat?

Joffrey is -12.

He has 14 points.

That's Rick Nash esque baby!

12/15/2006 8:43 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

When we're talking about getting a D or two that can make a pass on a consistent basis, sometimes we forget that it's nice to have a guy that can defend as well;) That was garbage by Smid and let's not forget that Koivu did the same thing to him last night. The Oilers need to get a couple more guys so that he's playing less and less min. Imagine if something like that happened in the playoffs? Canada would be littered with broken TV's.

I don't know what in the fuck Roli is on tonight. He lost the world on the first goal and then that second goal was beyond terrible. I think the boys might take this to OT but Budja's made a couple of really good saves, ie that one off the 71 tip was great.

12/15/2006 8:45 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

How's this for a fun stat?

Joffrey is -12.

He has 14 points.

That's Rick Nash esque baby!


I just threw up in my mouth a bit when I read that.

Petersen is Swanson part 2, Lupul is Comrie part 2.

And Smid is looking like Eric Brewer redux. Right down to the non-use of the slap-shot. He's only 20, so I'll cut him more slack than I'll cut Joffrey.

15 is useless right now. If I were MacT, I'd honestly think of HSing him to send a message. Then again, that could just cause a shit-storm, and we must not forget the politics....

12/15/2006 8:46 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

Sweatyo,

I called him Eric Brewer 4 months ago and got ripped into by pretty much everyone...

Colour me unsurprised.

Having Eric Brewer is never a bad thing. Nor is having Mike Comrie.

Trading the best defenseman in the league for Eric Brewer and Mike Comrie is a really shitty thing to do to a good hockey team.

Trading the best defenseman in the league for guys who will become Eric Brewer and Mike Comrie is borderline insane.

- PDO

12/15/2006 8:49 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

PDO: I still have hope that Smid is closer to Niedermayer than Comrie, but I am fast becoming a non-fan of Lupul. I'm hoping he gets it together, because if he grew some balls, he's got Iginla upside.

The key word is "if". I will not cry a river if they trade Lupul for a young d-stud. Using a strength to address a weakness. Fundamental GM tactic.

12/15/2006 8:54 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

Marc Joanette just fucked the Oilers again.

12/15/2006 8:57 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Yeah, twice tonight Joanette has gotten in the middle of the play and it's lead to a penalty against the Oilers (once to Sykora, once to Stoll).

He's on par with McGeough for being anti-Oiler, be it intentional or otherwise.

Markannen in now.

12/15/2006 9:01 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

Sweatyo,

I'm assuming that you mean Brewer and not Comrie..

I just don't see it. He's the classic "offensive defenseman without offense."

Lupul and Smid each pick up another minus on the goal. Beautiful.

-13 and 14 points. Could he really be a shittier hockey player if he tried?

12/15/2006 9:01 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Oh, and how many goals has Tyler "Fatty" Arnason scored against the Oilers this year?

That guy is a lazy, garbage hockey player. Anytime he scores against the Oilers, it's embarassing.

Here's where someone should finally extract a pound of flesh for what Liles did to Smyth back in November. Take a 2 minute boarding penalty...who cares? Do it JF....

12/15/2006 9:02 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

PDO: Yeah, I meant Brewer. I'm a bit pissed off right now, so I'm not thinking straight.

12/15/2006 9:03 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

I am at the point where I don't care about tonight. All I care about it pounding these Avholes in the rematch and then getting what should be a surefire 2 points out of Phoenix before they go to Dallas. Pull that off and they go 6-4 at worst in the 10 games leading up to X-mas.

12/15/2006 9:06 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

I am a bitter, bitter man.

My girl's off work in 2 hours.

Going to go pick her up something nice and spend the night with her. What a pathetic hockey game.

Enjoy the night boys, get drunk and be somebody!

- PDO

12/15/2006 9:09 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

Two words:

Grotesuqely disappointing.

I stopped watching after the 4th Colorado goal. The embarassment of that fat fuck Arnason scoing another goal against the Oilers did it for me.

Through that entire mess, Jason Smith and Daniel Tjarnqvist with +1 each on the night. The only other Oiler better than even (and possibly their best forward tonight): Marc-Antoine Pouliot.

12/15/2006 9:31 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

Something I forgot about: Even with Hemsky this PP can be pretty fucking bad.

Oilers created way more chances than the Avs but just couldn't finish. Meanwhile Roli was pretty much junk unless you're name was Mark Rycroft;)

12/15/2006 9:33 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

I don't mind if Roli gets all his junk out of the system in one-game routs. Better than the one-bad-goal-per-game-every-game pattern (aka Conkannen syndrome).

I expect nothing less than a convincing regulation win over Colorado on Tuesday followed by a win in Phoenix on Thursday.

12/15/2006 9:36 pm  

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