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GDT: Wild @ Oilers ~ 2/21/13


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#1 OFFLINE   CoyoteQ

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:44 AM

Pick Your Winner!
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:38 PM

If the Oilers seriously want to make the playoffs, this game and every other game against your divisional rivals is a "must win".

 

We should've beaten the Kings last night, but "close to", "kinda", and "could be" aren't good enough.

 

GO OILERS GO!

 


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

GO WILD!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

Okay, last one.

 

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February 21, 2013

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Season series: First of four for the Northwest Division rivals. Last season, the Wild took two of three in both the Xcel Energy Center and Rexall Place, that coming off a six-game sweep the year before. They are 27-8-2 versus the Oilers over the last six seasons.

Big story: One point separates the two teams in the Northwest, and although the first-place Canucks have hardly opened up any distance, holding a four-point lead on the Wild, both teams are on the outside of the playoff picture in 10th and 11th positions respectively. Neither team has been lighting the lamp with much frequency, the Wild matching the Kings for lowest scoring output with 33 goals, the Oilers only slightly better with 36.

Team Scope:

Wild: They do fine when they score more than once (5-1-2). On Sunday, Dany Heatley scored for the first time in nine games and 21-year-old Jason Zucker picked up his first career goal in his NHL debut. Add Torrey Mitchell's first goal of the season and the Wild were able to come from behind on the Red Wings 3-2, giving them a 3-1-1 record in their last five games.

"It's big. I'm not going to sit here and say this makes our season," coach Mike Yeo said. "We've still got a lot of work to do and we're focused on continuing to get better as a group. But this is huge."

 

Oilers: For a team that's been struggling like the Oilers have, it's important to pick up wins wherever possible, especially at home, and especially before a nine-game road trip that will take them to mid-March. To do that, they need to finish.

They came back from a 1-0 deficit Tuesday against the Kings and continued to compete most of the way from there, but Jeff Carter snatched the game away with 49.6 seconds left, giving the Oilers a painful 2-1 loss. It also puts them at 1-2 on the five-game home stand that ends Saturday versus the Coyotes.

"Going on the road for nine more, you want to be over .500," Taylor Hall told the Edmonton Journal. "It puts us in a tough spot to win our last two games against good teams.

"We're going to have to show up every night. We play two good games and then we have a stinker in this one. We're going to have to play better and stop leaning on our goalie so much."

Who's hot: Wild point leaders Mikko KoivuZach Parise and Dany Heatley have each gotten on the board in their last two games. Sam Gagner scored the lone goal against the Kings and has five points in his last four games, Hall has six points in his last five.

 

Injury report: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (flu) would be missed if he's not ready to go. He's 22-3-1 versus the Oilers with a 1.81 goals-against average. Forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard and defenseman Justin Falk joined Backstrom in sick bay Sunday. Goalie Josh Harding (multiple sclerosis symptoms) was placed on injured reserve last week. Defenseman Tyler Cuma (foot) is still weeks away. … Oilers forward Ryan Jones (eye) had been cleared for contact last week and could be back in the lineup by the end of the home stand. Forwards Anton Lander (foot) and Shawn Horcoff (hand) are not expected back until March.

 

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Go Oil!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

I guess I shouldn't be surprised about a 0-0 first period with these two teams.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:20 PM

1-1 after 2.  We need a regulation win here, boys.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:54 PM

So painful to watch.  I'm seeing more and more lately the team looks defeated when they get behind.  Yes, they stormed back against Colorado, but that was Colorado.  Against good teams, they look defeated and resigned to losing.  A very bad sign.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:09 AM

Burn.

 

The Avs do suck though.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

For the second game in a row, there were very few pluses for the Oilers.

 

*** - Taylor Hall has a hearing with the league over the phone today, so I don't expect them to throw the book at him. Usually for the worst cases, they make the player appear in person.

 

Plus

-Ryan Smyth was the Oilers best player. Unfortunately, that means a depth winger was their best player on the night.

-I thought Teddy Peckman looked alright for a guy who hasn't played a lot of hockey, though I still think he faces some tough sledding going forward. The future never looks bright for players who show up overweight for camp two years in a row.

 

Minus

-Taylor Hall could face suspension after a dity hit on Cal Clutterbuck. I think that Hall went out looking to take advantage of Clutterbuck while he was vulnerable, or perhaps Hall still remembered a blindside hit from Clutterbuck in 2010. I dunno... Anyway, I don't think he purposely meant to knee him (looked his tried to throw the hip) but it sure wound up that way anyway. This is infinitely better, long term for the Oilers, than having a thug pound the hell out of somebody.

-Nick Schultz had a terrible night, and you can pin Matt Cullen's pair pretty much on him.

-Gagner and Hemsky continue to be slayed at even strength, giving up too many chances.

 

Ralph Krueger

-Ben Eager's getting too many minutes for my liking. Fine, he threw some good hits, including one where Brodin is probably still catching his breath, but taking minutes away from skill players and giving them to a guy with a career goals per game of 0.11 is playing into the opponent's hand. Think that scenario bothered Minnesota very much? I doubt it.

 

Best F - Ryan Smyth

Best D - Jeff Petry was the least bad defenseman on the night.

 

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

It's looking more and more that it's going to be another long season. The worst part is it's a short season!!

 

To me it's on the GM now, this club needs some high end vets that can take the pressure off the 1st line. No other team has the entire success of a club on the backs of just 21 year old players.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

It's looking more and more that it's going to be another long season. The worst part is it's a short season!!

 

To me it's on the GM now, this club needs some high end vets that can take the pressure off the 1st line. No other team has the entire success of a club on the backs of just 21 year old players.

 

Agreed, but I wish Oilers management saw that in the summertime, when it was equally as obvious. In another line of gambles, they bet that Whitney would recover and give them their top pairing guy. Ooooops.

 

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