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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oilers Scalped By Blackhawks 5-0 / A Game Recap


Welcome to another fine Edmonton Oilers Beers & Jeers Game Recap.









Khabibulin (1st &2nd)
Dubnyk (3rd)





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CHI: J. Toews (14:24 - 1st) , J. Toews (PPG, 19:14 - 1st) , J. Toews (01:12 - 2nd) , P. Sharp (SHG, 18:57 - 2nd) , B. Bickell (01:58 - 3rd)

CHI: M. Turco (W) EDM: D. Dubnyk , N. Khabibulin

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The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game,  9 extraordinary,  8 great,  7 good,  6 above average,
5 average,  4 below average,  3 poor,  2 terrible,  1 deserves to be in minors.

#2 JAMES VANDERMEER - (4) Slow, outplayed, giveaways, 2 penalties. Do I have to say much more? His boarding call was not a great call. Last minute the check turned his back.

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (4) He had moments where he looked like a million bucks. But for the most part average, or below. 3 shots, 2 hits and 2 giveaways.

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (0) DNP (Injured)

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (4) He finished -2 and played 25:15. He had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. He made a lot of stupid errors. Not sure if it's because he's bummed out with the team or if he's being played too much, but he wasn't very good tonight.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (3) JEERS He can't be 100% healthy. He's not like he was before he was hurt. But he is the leader of this team and all three of the leaders need to do something. 38% on faceoffs is not the typical Horcoff. He was benched in the later parts of the game and only played 10:44. He was -2.

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (6) I thought we was OK. He was 8/5 for 62% on faceoffs and played great with Eberle and Paajarvi in the 3rd. I bet that's a new line for the next game. Good all around playing for Cogs. He finished -1 and played 19:05. He's been better since he was popped in the mouth.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (4) A decent game but not really. He was on for the 1st goal, the 3rd goal and the 5th goal. It wasn't till he was placed on a line with Paajarvi and Cogliano did he get playing with some fire in his belly. He had some chances t shoot and he didn't. Wrong choice. Shot as often as you can. Screw the pass, you Jordan "Clutch" Eberle.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (6) He played well. He was out for the 2nd Toews goal and that was it for goals against. He was 58% on faceoffs and he had some good shifts with Jacques and Jones. His +/- was even.

#22 JF JACQUES - (6) First game back as an Oiler and he did OK. No complaints about him tonight. He was credited with only 2 hits and I think that's false. He hit way more than that. He played 11:53 and looks like he will be able to contribute.

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (5) I thought that he stepped his game up tonight. He made some good hits/pushovers (team high with 4 hits) and was trying to get some good shots off. I liked that he was paired with Belle. Good fit IMO. He was -2 and played 17:54

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (4) Another so so game for Penner. He just couldn't find his groove. He had 1 shot, 1 giveaway and 1 takeaway.

#28 RYAN JONES - (5) He only plays 12:01 and does alright. He was even at night's end and while it looked like he was productive out there, he didn't really register a stat.

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (0) DNP (Healthy scratch)

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (3) JEERS Brutal. He let in 4 goals against and is tearing it up on the hockey pool side of things. Oh, meant tearing it down. He was credited with 2 giveaways and was pulled after two periods of play.

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (6) I LOVE HIS RANFORD MASK!!! He came in to start the 3rd and was scored on early to make it 5-0. After that, he fell into a zone and played well. He really does need to get more starts. He faced 16 shots in the 3rd period.

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (0) DNP (scratch)

#45 SHAWN BELLE - (5) I thought he was OK. According to the stat sheet he was a team worst, 3 giveaways. I didn't see 3. He has great speed and can make a nice outlet pass. I hope he gets to stick around. Rather much watch Belle learn the NHL than see Strudwick or Vandermeer play.

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (0) DNP (scratch)

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (5) He wasn't reckless and out of control tonight. He was -1 and played 18:37. He was only credited with 1 hit and that's a crock. He was pretty physical out there. He played hard.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (3) JEERS Brule was falling on the ice all over the place. He would try and make a play and fall. Make a pass, fall. It was crazy. I thought for awhile it was just his skates. Nope. He was just sucking. He had 1 hit and that's it. He only played 10:13.

#77 TOM GILBERT - (3) JEERS He is terrible. Every chance he gets... giveaway. I can't take it. Horcoff and Hemsky were benched, why not Gilbert?

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (4) I didn't really think he was all that bad. He made some nice moves and had very little help with putting it in the net. Hemsky needs a consistent line mate. He needs comfort. Renney is switching the lines faster than the MacBlender. It's not like Hemsky's not trying, it's the guys around that suck.

#89 SAM GAGNER - (4) He has a chance to lead a young team to something better (playoffs) and he's failing. After his hot start to the year, he's been average at best. Tonight was an average night. He's just not standing out right now.  He has improved on faceoffs this year though and was 9/5 for 64% tonight.

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (5) He was on that good line in the 3rd but he needs to find a way to make an impact without depending on his partners. I'm curious to see if Renney tried the 91/13/14 line next game. He played 17:05 and had 2 shots and a blocked shot.






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