Saturday, January 13, 2007

Oilers/Flames: LET'S GET READY TO CRUMBLLLLE!!

It's probably not fair to Micheal Buffer to use his image for tonight's game because when you see the guy with the booming voice it usually means that something worth watching is sure to follow. Then again I'm pretty sure he once warmed us all up for Tyson/McNeely so it's not like his reputation has been totally bereft of besmirchment.

It is really hard to get up for tonight's game in Calgary though because I have a feeling the Flames are about to put the "D" in debacle.

Harley's Crotchkisses are really banging on all eight right now and while Oilers fans get a little excited when young Pouliot drops a pass between his legs to Smyth, or maybe that was just me, Calgary fans can actually hold onto something tangible with their prospects given that kids like Moss and Boyd are actually finding the scoresheet. It's bad enough that Calgary has a world class netminder, a hart trophy candidate up front and a very steady defense, but now all of a sudden the Alien Huselieis, just look at the shape of his head, is scoring and Langkow is finally Langkow and they've got kids scoring game winning goals in the dying minutes against the Dallas Stars.

At the other end of the ring is a team that once "boasted" a streak of three wins and eight points in their last five games but that was quickly quashed by an upstart Wild team and an Oilers defense corps that might not even make serious waves at the AHL All Star game. Couple that with the fact that Roli had another average night last night and that his frustration is beginning to show like Nichole Ritchie in his first trimester and things really couldn't be going any smoother for Edmonton's hockey team.

If you note just a hint of frustration in my rants as well;) then sir you are correct. And it isn't just me who's feeling it as well. The situation has long passed critical with the Oilers defense corps and players from the forward position on our are beginning to express it in both body language and voice. Roli had a near meltdown last night after the 3-2 goal and I believe it was after the win over Florida when Pisani noted how nice it was that the rearguards had finally had a game where they were making the first pass and he went on to stress just how crucial that was to success. Then just this morning I listened to Smyth saying the D had to get better at this particular element of the game only to quickly realize what he'd said and backtrack with the comment, "I know it isn't easy to make that play". Well you know what Ryan? It isn't that fucking hard either if you happen to play in the NHL. Just for a laugh, someone should take a look at a five game segment and log the icings for and against and I'd wager that you'd wind up gobsmacked. When a skilled guy like Bergeron is ripping the puck down the ice like a bomb you can only imagine what kids like Greene and Smid are doing with it.

And the problem is that looking ahead to '08, we're still gonna be breaking in lunkheads like Smid and Greene. It's not gonna happen where the guys are gonna show up this Sept with a computer chip embedded that gives them the wisdom of 200 GP or has aged them to the years beyond their mid to early 20's.

Outside of Poti, I think we all forgot just how frustrating it is to watch young guys grow up on D. A guy like Niinimaa was coined Spaz for a reason, ie we all remember him going up the middle to Audette in G4 in '98 in 2OT, and he didn't have a tonne of experience when he showed up, 143 GP to be exact plus three years in the FEL
BUT, but this guy had some upside too and his good games were really good games. I think a lot of Oilers fans love Finns and it goes back to the days of Jari and then Esa so Janne was coming to the right place. I think these guys are the most physical of all the Euros and Janne had heart,guts and toughness for miles and when he was making that first pass he was pretty close to gold. So even though Laddy and Matt are young and such I just don't watch a lot of their games and say to myself, "these guys are really gonna be good."

So it's gonna be the same shitpile again next year and unless this team enters in a total rebuild I never ever want to watch another season with the Oilers breaking in two kids as bloody green as Smid and well, Greene;)

This is gonna be a painful lesson if the Oilers miss the playoffs and it isn't gonna look good if they bow out in the first round either, and especially with Laforge starting to thump his chest about a new building.

I think things are gonna get messy.

But that's the long haul and the short haul has the Oilers heading to Calgary on the second half of a BTB to play in a building that hasn't been kind to the Oilers for a long time now. I think Edm knows it has no chance to win a playoff series unless it wins it's division and the Flames are undeniably the biggets roadblock to that end. The Oilers are two wins and four points back of the Flames right now and Calgary has two games in hand as well. If Edmonton loses tonight's game in regulation I think they're pretty much done.

Last week I was at a christening party for twins sired by one of my many Habs buddies, ie the twins were a boy and a girl and the boy was named Ryder and then you wonder why I hate the Habs and anyone associated with them, and all the talk was the Habs flu bug. Montreal had lost hours earlier to the Rangers and had a game the next afternoon against the Devils with Brodeur's Habs dominance looming large. I told the boys that if I had an extra house I'd put it on Jersey and I wouldn't lose one wink of sleep about it.

Flash forward to tonight and if anyone out there has a gambling addiction and an extra house to bet with I'd suggest you'd do well to put it on the guys in red.

20 Comments:

Blogger Black Dog said...

Well, if you're watching the first of three right now Dennis you're watching what I am watching - the Habs are getting their heads handed to them by the Sens. I think Ottawa is back, in a big way.

Even without Spezza and Fisher. Wow.

Anyhow back to the Oilers - saw the article on Pitkanen you linked to at LT's site. Interesting stuff. I would still move Lupul for him though. Does he even play for the Oilers anymore? Talk about a guy who has had very little impact. A cipher.

I think you've pegged it all along Dennis - its clearly a rebuild - and as you have pointed out its not like things are going to get a whole lot better next season with Smid/Greene II and / or Gilbert or Roy likely also getting moved in. Hmmm.

When do pitchers and catchers report? :)

1/13/2007 12:57 pm  
Blogger Scarlett said...

It was a rebuild from the start, we just weren't told about it. We foolishly thought this team would pick up where they left off last year. Fools. We thought the offense would make up for the young defense. Fools again. I agree, tonight is a do or die game. Actually, the next four games are. Two against Calgary, one vs Wild and one vs Ducks. Fools.

1/13/2007 1:10 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

They'll win tonight.

Iginla is out, and I don't think we've lost a game to Calgary in the last 5 years where Iginla wasn't one of the three stars.

1/13/2007 3:08 pm  
Blogger Art Vandelay said...

I would have gone with "Samsonov" for the kid. Nobody'd mess with him.

1/13/2007 4:05 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

We have U2 - Veritgo opening up.

The Flames have Foo Fighters - In Your Honour.

That's just not fair.

I have a good feeling about this game. I don't think the Flames can keep scoring without Iginla, and I think it catches up to them tonight.

1/13/2007 8:06 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

When is someone going to take a run at Tanguay or Huselius and tell Regehr to stay the hell away from Hemsky?

This is getting ridiculous that we just let him get roughed up as often as we do against Calgary.

Weird period. Lots of cycle time for both teams, but no one has really had a quality scoring chance yet and there's only 2 minutes to go.

1/13/2007 8:41 pm  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

Agreed on the comment about drilling one of the Flames "stars". They should be reminded that there's a price paid by their own offensive talent if they want to act like big men.

1/13/2007 8:46 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Good point pdo - I was thinking the same thing. Someone should give Tanguay a how do you do.

1/13/2007 9:03 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

Joffrey Lupul is fucking useless. I swear to god if he has a pair of testicles I'll suck on them because it can't fucking be possible with the way this cunt plays hockey.

1/13/2007 10:37 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

No one on this team is going to run at Tanguay or Huselius, because the coach doesn't have the balls to "send a message", even though he should (props to Hemsky for taking all the shit he did in the corners from Regehr tonight....definitely a good sign, IMO).

And pdo, you beat me to it: Joffrey Lupul is FUCKING AWFUL. Lowe, trade him for a d-man NOW, because if you wait until the summer, you'll get roughly the 2007 equivalent of Woywitka and a 1st round draft pick.

1/13/2007 10:52 pm  
Blogger dynastydays said...

A lot of bread and absolutely no jam. Maybe tired? I dont know, where were the scrums? Why wasnt Tanguay tagged after liberties were taken on Hemmer?

They played a good coaches game, but no urgency. Smyth accomplished nothing tonight. 94 was worried more about being a pest than playing hockey it seemed. The guy is known for having heart and grit, but shades of the cup finals creep in when the stakes are high... he disappears.

Mathieu Roy made a few beauty outlet passes at ES (but made a few mistakes as well) Seeing those passes though really makes you realize how badly this team is missing that on a consistent basis.

This team needs a major shakeup. And fast. Pack Lupul's bags, add whatever it takes and get Pitkanen here. Its time to get Brewer and Dvorak out of St.Louis.

An 8 point weekend, on the wrong side of the ledger must be enough to set some urgency in Lowe I hope. I really really hope. Otherwise we may as well start checking Lowetides blog for the draft roundup.

Frustrating to be an Oiler fan right now.

1/13/2007 10:53 pm  
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1/13/2007 10:57 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

I haven't been this mad after a loss for a while - but this is getting ridiculous. The team played well tonight, and it's GLARING PROBLEMS COST THEM ANOTHER GAME.

Prior to this season, I've done nothing but praise Kevin Lowe. Since then? He's made a lot of mistakes.

The Pronger trade was terrible. Period. No ifs ands or buts. No excuses either; he didn't wait and I find it hard to believe no one would've got excited and there couldn't be a bidding war for FCP.

Smith and Hejda were both caught making poor plays on the PK tonight that directly related to having dead feet. I wonder why? Could it be the fact that Jason Smith played 25:24 tonight and 21:56 the night before and has spent the entire season playing more than he should? Could it be that Jan Hejda has 11 games of NHL experience?

God damn.

And then what happens?

Our 4th rookie defenseman playing that night decides to get burned by Lombardi. Again.

Lowe, this team was set up to be a great team this year. Then you traded Pronger for (crappy) futures. Then you didn't sign a defenseman better than Tjarnqvist.

And then you fucking sat on your hands all year long and pissed it away while the ticket prices were raised.

Joffrey Lupul is useless. Completely and utterly useless. Ladislav Smid is the offensive defenseman with no fucking offense. Draft picks are draft picks. Good fucking job and thanks for fucking this year up.

1/13/2007 11:01 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

If Lowe truly did turn down offers of Boumeester/Horton and Visnovsky/Frolov for CFP....well, plain and simple, he fucked up.

I hope that such offers were no more than urban legend, because if those were his other options, how the FUCK did he not see they'd both provide help in BOTH the short and long term?

1/13/2007 11:14 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

I refuse to believe that Joffrey "I don't have a penis" Lupul, Ladislav "Was that a passing lane?" Smid and draft picks were the best available for the best defenseman in the league signed for four years at $6.25MM.

I absolutely refuse to believe it.

1/13/2007 11:16 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

If they miss the playoffs this year, Lowe should resign, because it's going to fall at his feet. I agree with you pdo: there HAD to be a better deal out there somewhere. There just had to. Burke bent Lowe over a chair and fucked him in the ass....he can save face if he can turn Lupul plus other assets into Pitkanen, at least in the long term. Fans have a right to be pissed off with how this team has underachieved this season. 1 game over .500 through 45 games? That's JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

At this point, all I care about is not seeing the Flames or Ducks make a run to the finals. Maybe this will be the year that two underachieving teams I've liked for awhile (the Colts in the NFL and the Senators in the NHL) suddenly enter the 2nd season as underdogs and thrive in that role.

The Colts are lookin' good in that regard so far. And the Saints won today too...now all I want is Seahawk and Charger W's tomorrow, and this weekend will be somewhat salvaged.

1/13/2007 11:33 pm  
Blogger Slipper said...

It's upsetting to me how this team can lose so gracefully. Where's the fire gone? Was it ever here to begin with?

It's time to regress back to casual fan mode and blindly suggest a shake-up for shake-up's sake.

1/13/2007 11:43 pm  
Blogger SweatyO said...

I seriously wonder why they haven't HS'd Lupul yet.

Unless they're trying to protect his trade value....hmmmm....

1/14/2007 12:01 am  
Blogger PDO said...

I think he took pictures of Burke raping Lowe.

1/14/2007 12:02 am  
Blogger RiversQ said...

I haven't read a damn thing yet. Here's hoping Oiler fans are none too surprised with this result. I don't give much credit to the Flames but they're going to win at home against an Oilers team playing the second half of a back-to-back and throwing four rookie dmen over the boards. Let's get real here.

1/14/2007 11:16 pm  

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