Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Oil: converting moral victories into actual victories

* sort of, wherein almost half of the Oilers' wins come from their improbable 13-5 shootout record, along with thinking of OTL points as "ties" because the team still gets a point for losing. With that in mind, however, only three teams in the league have losing records right now.

Between "anti-arena propaganda" posts and not posting at all on this blog, I still dutifully watch every Oilers game, even the dreaded mid-week jaunts to the West coast (one of the great tragedies of moving to Toronto is having to go to bed before the third period starts), and I've been pleasantly surprised by the latest string of regulation wins. With the Oilers outshot 164 - 111 in the last five match-ups, Mathieu Garon has been bang for his buck: I liked his $1.10 million over two years when he was first signed last summer, I like it even more now that he's tied with Roberto Luongo for fourth in the league in SVP, with a gliterring .921.

Aside from an uptick in physical play, it also helps that the Oilers have been the recipients of some surprisingly soft defensive performances from Calgary, Chicago and Minnesota in the last little run, but I'm not complaining.

Tonight: Vancouver. I hate the city, I hate the team and I hate everyone who ever lived there, even if it was for a few weeks. I would love to see Matt Cooke and the Sedin twins impaled on each end of my blood-soaked trident.

134 comments:

garnet said...

Cooke and the Sedins impaled on the trident wouldn't make a bad logo for the Canucks, or not the worst they've ever had, at any rate.

nullterm said...

It's a good thing I live in Burnaby.

Go Oilers!

Tyler Dellow said...

Man, you could make a long list of horribly offensive images that would not be the worst logo the Canucks have ever had. Like, for instance, if you had two girls and one cup...

mike w said...

two girls and one cup...

[Mike instantly vomits]

amw said...

Hey, about that .500 number... take the teams in the middle of the league -- places 15 and 16. in the old days, these teams would have approx a .500 record, right? I mean, average the numbers out over history and that's likely what it would average it out to.

Well, this year, after 58 games each, spots 15 (Buffalo) and 16 (Canucks) have 84 points. this is a 'warped winning pctg' (WWP) of .552.

Look back the past 2 years and averaging with the 2008 number we get teams in the middle of the league averaging a WWP .562. I'm obviously not a statistician, but might number this be considered the new standard of mediocrity?

And in a 30 team league where 16 are invited to the playoffs, .562 is roughly what it takes to get there.

Loxy said...

two girls and one cup...

More cups than the Canucks have.

Daniel said...

I'd prefer it if they just expanded win-loss record keeping to four numbers (RW-RL-OTW-OTL). Maybe find a modified way of expressing win% as well.

For example (Oilers):

14-27-13-5
Win% - .341(.500)

Ugh.

Ryan said...

How about let's have wins and losses, period.

Anonymous said...

"More cups then cancks have."
Oh, snap!

Lord Bob said...

I like Vancouver. I think it's a beautiful city with beautiful people. Every time I go there, I feel a bit happier and my life seems to be a bit better.

So, naturally, I hate the Canucks with a vitriolic passion. GOILERS! DO SOMETHING FOR ONCE, YOU USELESS BASTARDS!

Anonymous said...

Strange how I feel the same way about the "shitty" of Edmonton. Losers, deadbeats, rednecks and weirdos.
And as for logos, what the heck? The Oilers have a good one? That monstrosity is the worst in the league, its a laugh to anyone outside the shitty of edbumton...

mike w said...

Some decorum please, Anonymous?

Chris! said...

Wow, did someone just write "Edbumton"? That's some serious Grade 4 shit right there. Very impressive.

Anyhow, are you losers PUMPED? I sense good things tonight.

Not sure for who, exactly, though...

Chris! said...

Alright, way to turn the national anthem into a painfully tuneless funeral march, Ghost Brothers. I can see why these guys are so popular.

d said...

I've had a blah day, so Oilers, please don't make it worse.

Yawn, most boring anthem rendition ever.

mike w said...

I'm guessing it's a Hungover Day at Home, Chris?

mike w said...

Fucking Luongo.

mike w said...

I'm loving this tough punk shit the Oilers have been doing lately.

Chris! said...

Holy shit, great pass by Brodziak! Luongo had Glencross all the way, though.

And check out Hemsky dusting it up with Alex Burrows.

Chris! said...

Listen to those morons boo like the refs missed the offside call. Never crossed the line, you dummies.

Mike: Yep, just me, a bottle of wine and Curtis Glencross tonight.

Lord Bob said...

Nice deflection, Ladi!

Chris! said...

Shit. What in god's name was Smid thinking?

d said...

Ugh. I'm going to Safeway.

Lord Bob said...

Shit. What in god's name was Smid thinking?

"Duhhhh."

Chris! said...

Vicious elbow by Greene there. I approve.

Lord Bob said...

Nice play by Greene defending his boy Hemsky. It was obviously an elbow and Greene should make his way to the box for a couple, but if he did that a bit more often people would love that guy.

Jamie said...

Rod Philips/Morley Scott: "at 1:21, perhaps the earliest time out in history. This shows how big a game Craig McTavish"

Obviously, McT just read BoA's post and all Sacamano's analysis.

Damn Sedins!

Chris! said...

Five minutes in and already 44 minutes in penalties handed out. This is one hell of an angry game.

HBomb said...

What Greene did to Kesler gave me an erection. Yes, I liked it that much.

He, Burrows, Cooke, the Sedins and Naslund....fuck the whole lot of 'em. Hate the Canucks....just HATE 'em.

HBomb said...

Nice dive Naslund.

Asshat.

Chris! said...

So, have they taken the diving penalty off the books now or something? How could the ref not call Naslund for that bellyflop? Ridiculously blatant.

Chris! said...

Smid looks pissed. Hopefully that means he's done sucking for the night.

Lord Bob said...

So, have they taken the diving penalty off the books now or something? How could the ref not call Naslund for that bellyflop? Ridiculously blatant.

Jim Hughson is calling the game as well as calling the game. "Smart play by Naslund, diving like that!"

HBomb said...

When was the last time there was a bench-clearing brawl in the NHL? 1986?

I think we're due for total anarchy. Stortini just took a sixty-foot run at Weaver.

Old time hockey.

Chris! said...

I think we just saw what MacT likes so much about Zach Stortini. Monster check and a decent shot on goal on another strong shift by the 4line.

Chris! said...

I'm all for a little anarchy tonight. Murder the government!

"Stortini just took a sixty-foot run at Weaver."

Another penalty that appears to have gone the way of the dodo: Charging.

Chris! said...

Luongo's blocker hand looks like it's smarting. Here's hoping they have to amputate.

Dude upstairs is just BLARING some seriously high-energy electronic music, and he's not having a party or anything. Who listens to that shit at home?

HBomb said...

Anyone catch what happened to Luongo there?

If he's legit hurt (and not Frency-faking it), this could turn into fucking nuclear war.

And from the replay, it's his own damned fault what happened. But he's not out of the game. Darn.

Chris! said...

MacT now has Glencross playing with with Gagner and Hemsky. Apt reward for a solid game so far, and not a bad fit, to boot.

Lord Bob said...

And from the replay, it's his own damned fault what happened. But he's not out of the game. Darn.

If Stoll, Greene, and Gilbert have fine enough control to wire slapshots at a man's blocker, this could be a hidden positive.

Chris! said...

Hbomb, replay showed Luongo spotting the puck carrier with his blocker hand and getting his wrist caught between an Oiler and the goal post. Gave it a good wrench, but no worse for wear. Sadly.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd REASONER!!!!

HBomb said...

What a violent period of hockey.

And now that cocksucker Naslund getting interviewed by Oake. What a piece of crap. God I hate Vancouver!

mike w said...

Naslund is a walking flaccid penis.

mike w said...

Christ, the same 5 CBC commercials over and over again.

Do they even sell ads for money anymore?

HBomb said...

Naslund is a walking flaccid penis.

On an unrelated subject, I think Kevin Taft actually looks like a walking erect penis.

Alberta residents: vote PC, vote NDP, just don't vote Liberal. Thank you.

Chris! said...

I hate Naslund almost as much as I hate that fucking miniature goalie McDonalds commercial. It's funny because he's FRENCH! HA!!!

Genuinely enjoyable first period.

Hrudey's pointing out that Luongo hurt his hand trying to interfere with Reasoner. Serves you right, dink.

Lord Bob said...

Christ, the same 5 CBC commercials over and over again.

Do they even sell ads for money anymore?


On the bright side, I now react to every good Garon save by saying things like "lovely!" and "see you on the highlight reel!"

Chris! said...

Fucking Smid. Seriously, kid is killing us out there tonight.

mike w said...

JEsus Christ, another fake out by Naslund. He tucked Smid's stick under his arm.

FUCKING BULLSHIT CALL.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Staios :) Once a Canucks, always a Canuck

Chris! said...

True, but Smid was hanging all over him anyhow.

AWESOME save by Garon. The Oilers have no idea how to play against the Vancouver PP.

Chris! said...

Oh, fuck. Gilbert just took a slapshot right to the cheekbone a minute ago.

Oh, good. He's back on the bench. I'm amazed nothing's broken.

Chris! said...

"There's been an awful lot to say 'Ouch' about in this game," Jim says. A good point, really awkwardly phrased.

Lord Bob said...

AWESOME save by Garon. The Oilers have no idea how to play against the Vancouver PP.

Through some bizarre Blogger error, the comment engine added an extra "against the Vancouver PP" to your comment.

Chris! said...

OH MY GOD what a save by Luongo on Gagner.

Chris! said...

Naslund and the Sedins are like robots.

mike w said...

Fuck. Whatta nightmare.

HBomb said...

Memo to Smid: when Naslund shoots the puck at the net after the whistle, don't shove him in the stomach lightly, cross check him in the face.

mike w said...

I feel like we only have two defencemen: Smid and Staios.

Chris! said...

Totally. Though Matt Greene did have a pretty good offensive shift in the brief moment that the Canucks weren't completely dominating us in our own zone.

Chris! said...

Holy jesus. When did Hemsky get hit with that bolt of lightning that made him blazingly fast and awesome?

mc79hockey said...

I have to say, I quite like listening to Hughson read promos for Canadian TV shows that nobody watches and the BAFTAs.

Chris! said...

All I have to say is BROOOOOOOOODZIAAAAAAAAAAAAKK

Lord Bob said...

BRODZIAK!

I'm in love with this fourth line. In love. And isn't Brodziak's last couple of weeks reminding anybody else of Fernando Pisani breaking into the NHL all those years ago?

HBomb said...

Brodziak 2008 = Pisani 2003.

Fuck you Bobby Lu!

Lord Bob said...

Overlooked story of the day: Jim Hughson just said "ensuing faceoff" and forever put the lie to that old joke that you only ever hear that word before "kickoff".

This really is a hell of a game. In every meaning of the word.

mike w said...

The Daily Puzzler: why is Brad Isbister still in the NHL?

Chris! said...

That Newfoundland commercial makes me want to drop a bomb on St. John's.

Chris! said...

Ron McLean's not even trying to disguise the fact that he thinks P.J. Stock is an total fucking idiot.

mc79hockey said...

I just like the thought that there's nothing to do in Newfoundland but go to Great Big Sea concerts.

As for Brad Isbister, who has now taken two Oilers D to the box tonight (although that might be a blessing with Greene), you think he'd ease up on the Oilers, given that he got to spend a year and a half not living up to his potential there.

David S said...

Every time I see that McDonald's commercial with the tiny goalie, I can't help think Garon is saying the same things when he plays...

"Stack them up - extra maple syrup?"

"Nice try Nogoalov."

Lord Bob said...

We complain about the commercials, but I just saw a new commercial for a fast-food outlet that was about shrimp unknowingly cannibalising their children.

So it could be worse.

Chris! said...

Rick Mercer's chicken legs make it look like he actually is confined to a wheelchair.

Chris! said...

That was a BRUTAL hit from behind by Cooke. Roy looks scrambled.

Lord Bob said...

God, what the hell aren't guys getting away with tonight? The Canucks seem to have had the balance of the bad non-calls but the Oilers have had their share; this is just an abominably officiated game.

T. said...

I hate Matt Cooke like I hate few other things.

Poor Matty Roy - you think he'll ever play two games in a row?

Andy Grabia said...

Typical Cooke play. Runs a guy, then turtles. And we get the penalty. Unbelievable.

Chris! said...

It's simply astonishing the number of elbows the refs have ignored tonight.

Lord Bob said...

Stortini, Brodziak, Glencross, Hemsky, and Gagner seem to have been involved in everything for quite a while. By contrast, I don't think I've seem Bobby Nilsson since the first period. It's a bad sign when you shorten your bench and Zach Stortini is on it.

Chris! said...

Damn. That was an awesome play by the Sedins. Courtesy of a big fat turnover by Gilbert Gilbert.

Andy Grabia said...

Has this game been any good? Worth staying up for the replay? I just got back from the Bears game. Bears outshot UBC 48-22 and barely won. 5-4, with GW in the last two minutes.

Uggh. Effing Sedin. Guess I won't be watching this again.

Tyler said...

This has been quite a good game Andy.

HBomb said...

Kill Matt Cooke.

What a pathetic embarassment to the NHL on the order of Steve Downie.

Chris! said...

Nice snow job on Luongo. I think I'm starting to see what MacT sees in Stortini. He's such a jerk.

And Andy: Stay up for the game. It's been a good one.

T. said...

I'd watch it if I were you....although the reffing just might piss you off a bit.

Chris! said...

Surprisingly loud chanting of "Oilers suck" tonight. I think Vancouver hates us more than Calgary these days.

Chris! said...

Whoa, nice rush by Penner. I didn't know this guy had moves.

Chris! said...

Perfect time to take a too-many-men penalty.

HBomb said...

Through all of this, Vancouver is going on their sixth PP tonight.

We have had one. Total.

That is bullshit no matter how you slice it.

Come on Pisani. Time for some shorthanded baby-making magic.

Chris! said...

Great steal by Nilsson on Mitchell and now a power play for Edmonton. Come on, you dinks.

Lord Bob said...

Dustin Penner taking the draw with Jarret Stoll sitting on the right wing? What?

Andy Grabia said...

WHOA. What is the deal with this game? Gagner is fighting?

Chris! said...

Fuck. Oh well.

Andy Grabia said...

Nice slash, Burrows. Is there a bigger douchebag duo in the league than Cooke and Burrows?

Chris! said...

Oh man, this game is insane. Haven't seen this many fights in a single game in years.

Lord Bob said...

You know, the sheer douchebaggery of the Canucks makes losing to them all the more painful.

Luckily, the fact that it was such a great game does a lot to ease the pain. As does Guinness.

David S said...

You know, I'm no lip reader, but I could swear they showed MacT telling Stortini (with him nodding afterwards) to get busy with about 20 seconds left in the game.

BTW - Gagner throwin' 'em. Nice!

Andy Grabia said...

Good to see Sam Gagner and Ladislav Smid fighting, and Matt Cooke sitting on the bench. That pretty much says it all about the guy. Even Linden was fighting.

Anonymous said...

Fuck I hate Vancouver.

HBomb said...

When do we play these fucking douchebags again?

I want to see all of Kesler, Cooke and Burrows taken off on fucking stretchers.

Glad to see the Oilers nut-up big time tonight. The Fag-sucks are a pathetic excuse of a hockey team.

Andy Grabia said...

Did I see in the highlights a Luongo flop? Typical. I don't know if I can handle watching this game.

Lord Bob said...

"They were going after our top players [to start the game]" - Ryan Kesler.

Do you suppose he really believes that, or is it just for the benefit of televison?

Andy Grabia said...

When do we play these fucking douchebags again?

End of March, sadly.

Am I the only one really bothered by the fact that opposing teams go after Hemsky with impunity? Would it be so hard for MacT to get his team to play against the opposing team's best players the way they play against ours?

HBomb said...

Andy: Even though we've got Stortini proving that he's an NHLer, he's not a heavyweight.

Add a big man like Shelley or McGrattan to the mix for the 10-14 forward spots next year, along with the 20-51-46 line and one other utility guy. That, I think, given the division the Oilers play in, is a must.

David S said...

"Would it be so hard for MacT to get his team to play against the opposing team's best players the way they play against ours?"

Because we've got alot of new/non-established guys, unlike, say Detroit (those guys get away with murder). Seems like the refs have a tendency to pick more on these newer guys and MacT knows it. What might be a good check for alot of players would probably end up as a penalty for our guys.

I seem to remember a post about this a while ago (Lowetide?).

Anonymous said...

Looks like you boys have some serious issues tonight. I love the way Cooke plays and know and have seen that he would take on any of the Oilers.What a great game though anyways. By the way Staios will get suspended for his BRUTAL slash on Burrows. And what is with Moreau?Goes and pulls down a 37 year old and then skates away. Gutless and pathetic, the Oil need a captain with heart! Nice to see Gagner fight though, maybe hes not such a pussy as he appears to be... Nighty night losers :)

HBomb said...

Nice work anonymous Canuck fan. Go fuck yourself.

Gutless like your hockey team. Fitting, really....

T. said...

"They were going after our top players [to start the game]" - Ryan Kesler.

Do you suppose he really believes that, or is it just for the benefit of televison?


I was wondering this as well. I think I'm going to re-watch the beginning of the game because that's not quite how I remember it and I'm too young to be senile.


btw: I really like this Glencross kid.

Anonymous said...

Staois was goin after the Sedin stars at the beginnin, you senile idiot :)

Andy Grabia said...

I love the way Cooke plays and know and have seen that he would take on any of the Oilers.

Ooh, I'd love to hear that yarn. Do tell. Start from the beginnin. The BEGINNIN.

T. said...

Aww Andy you kill me.

Kirk said...

My 2 cents from tonight's game:

Glencross is pretty good. Matt Cooke is a piece of shit. Bobbi-Loo not only has the shitiest knickname in the league he may also be the most overrated player. Ryan Kesler is a piece of shit. The referees had no interest in calling anything all night. I honestly don't think the Canucks will make the playoffs. Vancouver fans couldn't be less classy. Staois and Burrows should both be suspended but I doubt either will be.

Cheers!

Kirk

P.S. "Dear Anonymous: I think you are an idiot, period."

Anonymous said...

Kesler is so shitty that he held Hemsky scoreless and -1. And Luongo is so overrated, way more overrated than Penner and that idiotic contract that Kevin Lowe gave him.

Chris! said...

There's a difference between calling Ryan Kesler a piece of shit and calling him shitty, anonymous. Try to keep up.

garnet said...

I like to think you just woke up sitting in front of the computer this morning and got right back to work, Chris. Kudos.

Andy Grabia said...

A day later, and I'm still angry about that Cooke hit from behind.

the sieve said...

"Is there a bigger douchebag duo in the league than Cooke and Burrows?"

Yeah. Pick any two Oilers.

mike w said...

Tom Gilbert and Mathieu Garon!

No wait, this game doesn't work.

HBomb said...

Fact: the only people who are bigger douchebags than Canuck players are Canuck fans.

Pleasure Motors said...

If Ryan Kesler finishes the next game we play against Vancouver, I'm going to be sorely disappointed: going after a midget 18-year-old is pretty gutless.

Alternatively, someone needs to grab a Sedin and punch him until they don't look like twins anymore.

Tania said...

I was at the game. I live in Vancouver. I'm an Oilers fan. We're not all bad here.

I've been to games in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver and Edmonton.

There are no bigger douchebags than canuck fans. It's why I can't cheer for the team. Their fans are a reflection of their douchery.

They can't cheer for their own team, they can just boo for the others.

Listening to the radio on the drive home I love MacT's shots at Cooke. Basically called Cooke a pussy and has a history of playing like a pussy. Man I love MacT.

It was a good game with a lot of bad calls.

I was ready to climb over the glass and beat the ever living hell out of Kesler myself with the liberties he took on Hemsky.

The funny thing is despite the "win" by the Canucks they still suck. They still may miss the playoffs because of their suckage.

The Oilers at least have hope with how many young guys were out there playing with fire and not afraid to rough it up. When I saw Gagner fighting and fired up, I cried a little like a Mom would watching her kid take his first steps.

No matter what happens the rest of the season, no matter what happens with the draft pick we lose, this team has a lot of potential.

The nucks have luongo. We win. Moral victories be damned.

I can't wait for the Oilers to come back here in April.

I'm willing to bet the Oilers were out imbibing at some strip club or hanging out on Granville on Friday night.

the sieve said...

"The funny thing is despite the "win" by the Canucks they still suck. They still may miss the playoffs because of their suckage."

An Oilers fan calling out another team - any team - for sucking. That's rich.

If I may direct your attention to the league standings, the Oilers are currently in 26th place. In a 30-team league. Despite their many shootout wins.

And yes, the Canucks do stand a chance of missing the playoffs. Can't argue there. But unlike your Oilers, at least they have a chance of making the playoffs, too.

As for douchebaggery, as a Canucks fan who lives in Calgary, I must respectfully submit that Flames fans take the crown of douche.

Lord Bob said...

An Oilers fan calling out another team - any team - for sucking. That's rich.

Oi, nobody said the Oilers didn't suck. In fact, I think "Man, The Oilers Suck" could be the motto of the entire Oilogosphere for the last eighteen months.

Anonymous said...

If Ryan Kesler finishes the next game we play against Vancouver, I'm going to be sorely disappointed: going after a midget 18-year-old is pretty gutless.

If you check the post game comments, it was actually Gagner who challenged Kesler.

Anonymous said...

Moreau should be stripped of the captaincy, as his play is brutal, gutless and heartless...

Pleasure Motors said...

If you check the post game comments, it was actually Gagner who challenged Kesler.

Well, I'll be. I stand by my comments about punchering the Sedins, though.

HBomb said...

Moreau should be stripped of the captaincy, as his play is brutal, gutless and heartless...

Are you confusing Ethan Moreau with Matt Cooke, puke that he is?

Moreau is a hundred times the player Cooke could ever wish to be, with infinitely more integrity as a bonus.

Anonymous said...

And that is why you Oiler fans languish in the 27th in the league. Moreau is a good example. Every game that i've seen over the last few years is showcasing him 1. Hurt 2. Picking on younger skilled players (I.e Staal, Kesler, Toews etc..) 3. Challenging non-fighters to fights (I.E Markov last year) He is a weak unskilled player who doesnt seem to lay it on the line...
As for Cooke. Yeah he is annoying when he goes to the bench, but thats what makes the "pests" so irritating. I dont recall Tikkanen droppin the gloves very often!
I would take Cooke over Moreau any day of the week, and i'm sure outside the Oil world, all hockey fans would side with me.

mike w said...

So what you're saying, as a fan of the Canucks, is that you like your players better than our players?

Thanks for the insight...

Steve said...

Tom Gilbert and Mathieu Garon!

No wait, this game doesn't work.


That is the hardest I've laughed while not in the presence of another human being in probably months. Whew.

Also, I too generally find Canucks fans more objectionable than Flames fans. The exceptions, of course, are Flames fans who happen to be right near me at any given time.

mc79hockey said...

3. Challenging non-fighters to fights (I.E Markov last year) He is a weak unskilled player who doesnt seem to lay it on the line...

Might be something to this. I think he's fought Phaneuf a couple of times.

HBomb said...

At least Moreau's willing to drop the gloves against someone....

What's worse? Kesler only being willing to fight Gagner, or Cooke being too chickenshit to fight anyone?

He's in the Ruutu/Downie family of total trash. He could take a lesson from a guy like Steve Ott, who is willing to answer the bell when required.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Fuck the Canucks and their fans, coach, GM, former GM and most of all, 99% of their players.

ZOZ said...

This string of play-by-play comments was inspirational ~ you cats deserve the Nobel for hockey blogging. Seriously, THANKS!

P.S. Anonymous, get laid.