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12-29-2011, 01:37 PM
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Oilers vs Wild (Road Apples)

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OILERS: 15-17-3
VS WILD: 20-12-6



Game Day: Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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Hall - Hopkins - Eberle
Smyth - Horcoff - Gagner
Eager - Belanger - Jones
Hordichuk - Lander - Petrell

Smid - Gilbert
Teubert - Petry
Peckham - Potter

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Bouchard - Cullen - Heatley
Clutterbuck - Brodziak - Johnson

Powe - Peters - Palmer

Ortmeyer - Staubitz

Schultz - Falk

Zidlicky - Stoner


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Zanon

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LAST 10: Edmonton 3-7-0; Minnesota 2-5-3

Season Series: It's the sixth and final meeting of the season between the Northwest Division rivals. Minnesota has won three of the five games, but the Oilers have points in all five -- all three Edmonton losses have come in shootouts.

Big Story: The Oilers started a two-week road trip with a thud in Vancouver, losing 5-3 on Monday night. But the Wild are mired in an eight-game losing streak -- loss No. 8 came Wednesday night when Minnesota lost 2-1 in a shootout at Nashville.

Team Scope:

Oilers: With Rexall Place and their practice facility both being used for the World Junior Championship, the Oilers spent Tuesday and Wednesday practicing in Leduc, Alta., before heading East. Their next six games are on the road, where they are just 5-11-1.

Part of the reason for the Oilers' road struggles is a lack of secondary scoring. They miss Ales Hemsky, who skated with a non-contact jersey in Wednesday. He's battling a sinus infection after overcoming shoulder surgery that slowed him earlier in the season. In 22 games, Hemsky has just three goals and 11 points.

"I'm feeling a little better, it's not 100 percent I still have some symptoms I don't really like but finally I feel better in the practice so it's coming," Hemsky told the team's website. "I just got an infection in my sinus and I'm losing my balance, and I don't see straight sometimes. I skated in Vancouver and couldn't see on the ice once I got going, it's not pleasant.

Wild: There hasn't been much to smile about for the last couple of weeks in Wild country, so getting a point on Wednesday was an optimistic sign. Dany Heatley's wraparound with 3:59 left in regulation earned Minnesota a point in Nashville, though the shootout loss kept the Wild winless in eight games.

"For sure it was important, and not just for the sake of getting a point," coach Mike Yeo said. "It was a reminder that if we stay with things, if we play our game for 60 minutes, then we are going to have a great chance to win the game. We didn't win the game today, but I believe we deserved to win it."

Who's Hot: Edmonton's Jordan Eberle has scored five times during a four-game goal-scoring streak and has seven points in his last five games. … Heatley has two goals and four points in his last three games.

Injury Report: In addition to Hemsky, who's likely to be a game0-time decision, the Oilers are still without top defenseman Ryan Whitney, who's still sidelined with an ankle injury but may return before the trip ends. Defenseman Cam Barker is still recovering from ankle surgery, and rookie d-man Alex Plante suffered a concussion in Vancouver. … Clayton Stoner (groin), Guillaume Latendresse (post-concussion symptoms), Casey Wellman (wrist) and Devin Setoguchi (left ankle) are all on injured reserve are on IR for Minnesota, and defenseman Jared Spurgeon didn't play Wednesday with a lower-body injury.

Stat Pack: Minnesota has scored just twice in its last 24 power plays. … The Wild have allowed just eight power-play goals (on 66 attempts) in their 18 home games. … Edmonton averages a League-low 26.0 shots per game; the Wild is 28th at 26.6.

Puck Drop: The Oilers are in the top 10 in both special teams. It's their play at even strength that's been the problem as they head out of town for their next six games.

One of the few Oilers who's had some success outside of special teams is Ryan Smyth, one of the NHL's top crease-crashers. Coach Tom Renney would like some of his younger players to emulate Smyth.

"Five-on-five we have a few guys that are struggling offensively," Renney said. "But isn't it interesting the way (Smyth) plays and where he goes to get his goals five-on-five? So I'm hoping that others will note that."

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12-29-2011, 01:40 PM
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Great GDT Liquor.

Would love to see the older guy line put back together to see if they can gain some magic again.
Smyth/Horcoff/Jones were gold in October.

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I'm thinking the mighty Oil win 2 games on this road trip, one of them in either OT or shootout. And they drop farther and farther out of the picture. Not being negative, just realistic. Defence is iffy at best of times, and they are too banged up now to expect more.

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Last meeting with the Wild all season?

Seems weird.

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"Five-on-five we have a few guys that are struggling offensively," Renney said. "But isn't it interesting the way (Smyth) plays and where he goes to get his goals five-on-five? So I'm hoping that others will note that."


If they haven't noted that, figured it out yet, or have the willingness to do it by now, I doubt the switch goes on suddenly for these guys.

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Last meeting with the Wild all season?

Seems weird.
Thank god!

If he plays, anyone want to wager a guess on Hemsky's offensive blueline turnover count? Hope I'm wrong and he pots a couple goals.

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Mikko Koivu is back and played in Minny's last game against Nashville.

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Is Hemsky confirmed to be out?

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game time decision

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12-29-2011, 03:07 PM
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I'm thinking the mighty Oil win 2 games on this road trip, one of them in either OT or shootout. And they drop farther and farther out of the picture. Not being negative, just realistic. Defence is iffy at best of times, and they are too banged up now to expect more.
I think this would be the one to go to OT or SO. perfect team to stop Minnys losing streak.

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We are on SNET West tonight. Flames are on the secondary channel btw. I'm gonna say our horrid streak continues. 5-2 Wild.

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12-29-2011, 03:12 PM
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Clutterbuck - Koivu - Heatley


Kassian - Cullen - Bouchard

Johnson - Brodziak - Powe
Gillies - Peters - Staubitz

Schultz - Scandella
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Zidlicky - Zanon

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Time to kick some Wild ass. 6-2 Oilers as they are in their "lose one-win one" mode and I think it's time the Oilers broke out with a solid victory.



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Oilers take it in a close one. Hopefully we get a rematch of Hordi/Staubitz in their last meeting of the year

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The Oilers actually have more points in the season series than the Wild and yet the Wild lead the series 3-2.

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The Oilers actually have more points in the season series than the Wild and yet the Wild lead the series 3-2.
The Oilers have lost all the games in extra time.

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The Oilers have lost all the games in extra time.
I think they are poking more fun at the shotty 3-point system in the NHL.

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The Oilers have lost all the games in extra time.
Yes I was aware-- it was more a rheotical question pointing at the stupidity of the loser point system.

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Yes I was aware-- it was more a rheotical question pointing at the stupidity of the loser point system.
Lol sorry I wasn't sure when you asked.

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Is the game in Edmonton? Nope? Then Heatley won't score, thank god.

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Let's see if I can get an infraction two GDT's in a row.

I HATE THE ****ING WILD!


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Let's see if I can get an infraction two GDT's in a row.

I HATE THE ****ING WILD!

Calling them Minny gets them riled up, even though its not meant to.

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The Oilers have lost all the games in extra time.
The Oilers have finally cracked the Wild code this year with a couple convincing wins over them.

The Wild are just another average team... very similar to the Oilers overall. Wild have better goaltending and the Oilers have the better PP. There really is very little separating the 2 teams even though the Wild have 13 more points in the standings. That large gap is deceptive because either team can win a head to head game, it just depends who wants it more on the night.

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Oil win this 10-1!

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If Hemsky plays it better be 3rd line minutes.

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