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Oilers Look to Improve Faceoffs


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#1 OFFLINE   damned

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

The Oilers' weakness on faceoffs was exposed Monday night against Vancouver, and now with the loss of Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger -- Edmonton's two best draw men -- the concern has become even more immediate.

Horcoff was put on the injury reserve list Tuesday and is expected to be out at least three to four weeks to heal a broken knuckle he suffered in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.

Belanger, who broke a couple of toes Saturday, could be back by the weekend. "I'm sure everybody saw the numbers against Vancouver," Oiler head coach Ralph Kruger said Tuesday of the Oilers losing 70 per cent of faceoffs. "It really is a difficult game when you're playing a top team and starting by puck retrieval all the time."

Kruger said the Oilers, who held an optional workout Tuesday and will be home tonight to the Dallas Stars, are working on faceoffs on and off the ice, "even strategically, just trying to figure it out."


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

Here is the thing that is starting to grind at me.

I really like RNH, but if we are going to call him a #1 center, he needs to be good at faceoffs or he isn't a #1 center. Same goes for Sam Gagner for that matter. Having this as an issue with this team season after season is really starting to get old.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:50 PM

It sure isn't like the year we started in 2005-2006 when you had Horcoff, Stoll, Peca and Reasoner to take faceoffs.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:41 PM

It sure isn't like the year we started in 2005-2006 when you had Horcoff, Stoll, Peca and Reasoner to take faceoffs.


Ain't that the truth.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

It sure isn't like the year we started in 2005-2006 when you had Horcoff, Stoll, Peca and Reasoner to take faceoffs.


Ain't that the truth.


Gone are those days, boys...

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

It sure isn't like the year we started in 2005-2006 when you had Horcoff, Stoll, Peca and Reasoner to take faceoffs.


Aside from the faceoffs, that team was also beyond obnoxious to play against. All players listed above were extremely tenacious forecheckers, and that's not including Fernando Pisani, who this team could use a clone of right now; a guy who's *very* good defensively, and can pop 15 goals. The closest they have is Ryan Jones, who seems similar on a superficial level, but lacks the depth, polish and defensive ability Pisani had.

Oh yeah. I like Fernando Pisani. He was one of those players you had to pay attention to when he played. Tough minutes, did so many things really well. In 2006, he had a spring for the ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiGE7P5sQgI

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

Aside from the faceoffs, that team was also beyond obnoxious to play against. All players listed above were extremely tenacious forecheckers, and that's not including Fernando Pisani, who this team could use a clone of right now; a guy who's *very* good defensively, and can pop 15 goals. The closest they have is Ryan Jones, who seems similar on a superficial level, but lacks the depth, polish and defensive ability Pisani had.

Oh yeah. I like Fernando Pisani. He was one of those players you had to pay attention to when he played. Tough minutes, did so many things really well. In 2006, he had a spring for the ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiGE7P5sQgI

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

Aside from the faceoffs, that team was also beyond obnoxious to play against. All players listed above were extremely tenacious forecheckers, and that's not including Fernando Pisani, who this team could use a clone of right now; a guy who's *very* good defensively, and can pop 15 goals. The closest they have is Ryan Jones, who seems similar on a superficial level, but lacks the depth, polish and defensive ability Pisani had.

Oh yeah. I like Fernando Pisani. He was one of those players you had to pay attention to when he played. Tough minutes, did so many things really well. In 2006, he had a spring for the ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiGE7P5sQgI

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It's a good point.

The Oilers are still a free bingo space as far as a tough hard game goes for other teams.
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