@ Edmonton: 20-18-4, 44pts VS San Jose: 28-14-0, 56pts
Game Day: Wednesday January 10th 2007 Game Time: 8:30pm MST Radio: 630 Ched TV: Oilers PPV You can go to any one of these fine locations and catch the game there.
Guaranteed win Wednesday, is brought to you by Rin and Mowzie in this joint venture GDT. This is an unprecedented GDT, as it is the first ever (to our knowledge) GDT done by 2 people (not counting merges). The bite of The Sharks will be no match for Mowzie's puck poise and Rin's defensive awareness.
Rin: Well Mowzie, here we are, the first ever 2-person GDT on the Oilers board, you excited?
Mowzie: Of course Rin, we all know how big this game is, will Edmonton be able to continue their momentum, or revert to their bad habits which has seen them drop from first to last in the tight Northwest. With the 2 of us preparing this GDT, there isn't enough sunshine is San Jose to melt the blizzard like forecheck of the Edmonton Oilers.
Rin: You got that right Mowzie, but the fans are pretty excited about this game, and are hungry for redemption. This is Edmonton's first trip here since last year's grueling playoff battle. I bet you Raffi Torres won't be signing too many autographs...
Mowzie: No, but two people who will be signing alot of autographs are Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton, both have been selected by fans to start the All-Star Game in Dallas.
Rin: I'll tell you something, people talk about Rory Fitzpatrick not deserving so many votes, what about Jonathan Cheechoo? If we're gonna vote people in for their past performances, then let's get Pat Falloon and Marty McSorley in the game as well.
Mowzie: Hahaha, nice one Rin, but last night, Marty McSorley would have had a better chance of making it into Baseball's Hall of Fame, if anyone has questions about Marty's swing, just ask Donald Brashear.
Rin: OK Mowzie, that's enough. Let's just wish the Oilers the best of luck, and hope they can build on the win in LA, and get out of California with 4 points.
Mowzie: Keep your head up Milan.
ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton - Ethan Moreau (shoulder) is out. Ladislav Smid (shoulder) is out. Daniel Tjarnqvist (lower body) is doubtful. San Jose - Scott Parker (lower back) is out. Milan Michalek (groin) is questionable.
OILERS TO WATCH: Defenceman Tom Gilbert could make his NHL debut tonight after being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Tuesday. Gilbert had a goal and an assist in four pre-season games with the Oilers in September. In 33 games with Wilkes-Barre, Gilbert picked up 20 points and was +7. Jan Hejda has played his best hockey of the season since being recalled from Hamilton after Christmas. In the six games, Hejda has a goal and three assists. His first career NHL goal was the OT winner on Monday.
Mowzie: The 2 lines I'll be paying close attention to are the Czech line, and the 4th line centered by Marty Reasoner, which I've decided to brand the BPM LINE (Beats per Minute) for Brad, Patrick and Marty. San Jose has alot of big players and when they use their size, like they did in games 1 and 2 last year, it will be important for the Czechs to create chances off the rush; Nedved is starting to skate off the rust, and that line should continue to get better. The BPM Line very well may have been the best our 4th line has played all year, look for them to get alot of shifts in the first period, or until special teams takes over.
SHARKS TO WATCH: Joe Thornton is starting to look like the player he was last season when he won the league MVP and scoring title. In his past three games, Thornton has racked up 10 points. Ryane Clowe has five goals in his last two games. He had three goals in the previous 13 games before that. Patrick Marleau also has three goals and nine points on his current three-game scoring streak.
Mowzie: Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Joe Thornton is finally starting to play like the regular season Joe Thornton is supposed to play, after starting the year in playoff Joe mode. Pavelski has been impressive since getting called up, and is getting alot of quality minutes.
QUOTABLE: "I know Ryan has a great pass," he (Jan Hejda) said. "It wasn't hard to score from there. It's nice (to score), but the two points is most important ."
SEASON SERIES: Date Location Result
Oct. 12 Edmonton Won 6-4
Jan. 10 San Jose
Points: Oilers: 44 - Sharks: 56
Wins: Oilers: 20 - Sharks: 28
ShutOuts: Oilers: 3 - Sharks: 6
Power Play Rank: Oilers: 25 - Sharks: 1
Penalty Kill Rank: Oilers: 4 - Sharks: 11
Win % When Leading After 1: Oilers: .714 - Sharks: .850
Win % When Leading After 2: Oilers: .882 - Sharks: .917
Win % When Trailing After 1: Oilers: .250 - Sharks: .429
Win % When Trailing After 2: Oilers: .105 - Sharks: .182
The above info was copy/pasted from here and here.
Our keys to the game: The oilers absolutely MUST continue with their disciplined play. In the oilers last 4 games they made a total of 17 trips to the penalty box. In the previous 4, we saw them make a total of 32 trips to the penalty box. This is one team the oilers can not afford to give 7 to 11 power-play opportunities to. The sharks have scored 13 power-play goals during a three-game winning streak, including five in Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Sharks #1 power play is 57 for 223...good enough for 25.6%. The oilers have the #1 PK while on the road, whereas San Jose has the 3rd best PK at home. Another game where the oilers can NOT allow special teams dictate the result of the game. STAY OUT OF THE BOX BOYS, STAY OUT...OF THE BOX...
Mowzie: Sorry, I left my keys to the game with Mark Bell, and they are now with local authories since they took away all his keys. All I can say is, tonight, DUI will stand for Don't Underestimate Intimidation, Raffi Torres brings it, and the Sharks want nothing to do with it. I read somewhere that Bell's blood alchohol level was .15, but that was actually a typo, .15 was his grade point average in high school. We all know how Milan Michalek feels, and if Raffi finds Mark with his head down, Mark will get his BELL rung too, maybe that'll knock some sense into him.
San Jose fans could say Joe eats defence like ours for breakfast. I'd say we're likely toast. Luckily though, Joe seems to have problems with this. Hopefully the Oil are ready to rumble and SJ doesn't catch our boys loafing.
Oilers best bring their A game. This isn't going to be an easy win. No one will forget the amazing third period the last time we played, and Sharks will want redemption. Oilers better keep doing what they were doing to break out of the zone well in LA, looked much better. Don't allow SJ to get their forecheck going. Just win Oilers, and don't be making to many turnovers, let Timmy's take care of that.
Better stay out of the box, Sharks with 11 PP goals the last 2 games. Our defense looks weak and with Smid and probably Tjanquist out I think this one could be ugly, 5-2 Sharks.
Marleau (2), Thornton, Grier, Pavelski
I make no score prediction for the game. I just hope the Oilers play hard and give it their best effort the whole game. If they do this they will have a chance to win the game ( which is all you can ask for against the Sharks )
Wow! I thought I was the biggest nerd on here, but Mowzie and Rin? Wow!
Great GDT, very entertaining!
I didn't buy the Florida PPV game cause the Oilers always lose when I buy them. However, Rin and Mowzie have jinxed... err dubbed today Guaranteed Win Wednesday so if the Oilers lose... don't hate me hate them.
Puck possession teams are definitely not what the doctor ordered. Talk about our defense all we want (because it needs help) but we are pitiful at separating teams from the puck. Its not just the defenses fault either, losing guys like Peca/Dvorak ( our best checkers ) and replacing them with perimeter players ( Lupul/Sykora ) is going to cause problems if our offense isnt clicking on all cylinders (and its definitely not).
Roloson is in for a busy night. Maybe not an embarassing number of shots, but the puck will be in his end of the rink for a large majority of the night.
The special teams advantage will be to the sharks, considering we will take penalties galore trying to stop them from continually embarassing us on the cycle. Greene should be a healthy scratch tonight for that very reason.
I guess you could say Im not feeling confident about getting a win tonight unless Roli is brilliant on the penalty kill and ES of course. Then we need large night on the 4 or 5 powerplays we scrounge up... Hemmer and Roli, fingers are crossed on big nights for both.
We got the person advantage on this GDT before the puck even drops. Thats hot..
I liked the pre game banter part Rin-Mowzie, better than what I can look forward to in the PPV from Gene, the dancing question machine, I'm sure..
Speaking of which, why is this one a PPV? No other Western Canada games on tonight. RSW crew on planned holiday?
My understanding is that PPV's are usually the product of a primary broadcaster not being able to pick up the telecast due to committing to a different game. Also that the primary broadcasters have first choice and pick through the good ones and PPV was basically a way for viewers to watch games that were not network attractive.
I'm calling bs on that. This game, the pronger game, etc. Somewhere down the pike this has changed. PPV are now showing much wanted matchups. Sharks-Oilers epic playoff rematch not attractive?!
If people don't make some noise about this how long before 20 of our games are PPV's like in Vancouver where I think the NHL Western Canada PPV concept orginated.
Edit: Oh right, prediction.. Oilers 5- Sharks 3. El Torres the Shark Hunter gets a starring role in this one.