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Friday, November 12, 2010

Penner Scorches Oilers Hope With Overtime Penalty / Oilers Lose 4-3 / A Game Recap


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














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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 - (5) He didn't play a whole lot. Just 7:32 in ice time.

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (7) BEERS Best game in a while. In 19:54, he had an assist on the Gagner goal, 5 shots that hit the net and one blocked shot. His only drawback, a team worst 2 giveaways. He was on the best Oilers line tonight. Hall did take 2 faceoffs and lost them both. On a side note, I wonder, why does he never see any PP time?

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (4) He had 5 blocked shots, 2 hits and a shot in his 20:26 of ice time. While that seems good, he didn't mesh well with Foster tonight. They were out a lot for the big Devils fire power. Smid was also caught standing still and out of the action on the Devils 3rd goal to tie it up. While Foster is dealing with 2 guys in front of the net, Smid is watching the play happen, rather than tie a guy up.

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (6) He had a two assist night. He played 30:26 and did everything he could to help this team win. No stupid penalties. Not sure how he plays so much and does (stat wise) very little.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (0) DNP (Injured)

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (2) JEERS He had a terrible night. While I'll forgive him because of the stitches in his mouth, his play sucked bad. He was out chanced 0/9 for the game and that's not good any way you look at it. His line was terrible. His personal highlight, a team best 8/6 for 57% on faceoffs. That's an improvement. Booooo!!!

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (5) A better night than the last two games for sure. He had an assist on the 1st Fraser goal and had 2 shots. While he did make some nice plays, like the Fraser 1st goal, he can be better than this like when he lost his check for the Devils 1st goal. All the forwards need to be aware.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (7) BEERS He was the first star of the game with his two goal outburst. The 2 goals, 3 shots, a hit and a blocked shot. Both goals were his first as an Oiler.

#22 JF JACQUES - (0) DNP (conditioning with the OKC Barons)

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (4) I didn't really like Foster much, but it might have had to do with Smid more than anything. I thought he overplayed the puck too much and he needed to communicate more with Smid to be effective. He had 2 shots and 3 hits in 21:11 of ice time. He, along with Smid, were out-chanced by a lot tonight. Cogliano's line's fault?

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (2) JEERS Brutal game for Penner. He didn't produce a single scoring chance and only had 1 shot and 1 giveaway on the stat sheet. For all the people sticking up for him lately, he sure let them all down with tonight's game. He was -1 at games end, and his lazy and senseless penalty in overtime cost the Oilers the game. Boooo!!!

#28 RYAN JONES - (6) He was rewarded with some more ice time tonight after his solid game yesterday. He played 16:48 and only managed a shot. He did pick up an assist on Fraser's 2nd goal. Oddly enough, he seen no penalty kill time, but he did play 1:11 minutes worth of PP time.

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


#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (6) In his 2nd start of the year I thought he looked OK. Two of the goals were almost impossible to stop. But the other 2 could have been. No blame to Dubnyk for losing this game. He was as cool as a cucumber all game. I like his style.

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (5) He played 14:34 and didn't get into much trouble. He only had a hit and was even on scoring chances.

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (6) He created space and the puck landed on Fraser's stick for his 2nd goal. Glad to see Storts out crashing and banging. He was awarded the assist on that goal, and he was out for the 1st goal as well. He ended +2, had a fight (draw) and all in 8:48 of playing time. I thought he was effective.
#49 THEO PECKHAM - (5) He was OK. He had 3 hits, 2 takeways and 2 blocked shots. Sometimes he chases the puck too much. Take the body, then the puck. He was on the losing side of the scoring chances.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (4) Brule wasn't very good. He didn't shine in his time he had on the ice. Very much a lackluster performance. He went 5/7 for 42% on faceoffs.

#77 TOM GILBERT - (3) JEERS He is killing me out there. I hope he asked Santa to not suck anymore for Christmas. God knows he could use all the help he can get. He was a whopping 3/9 on scoring chances and he just looks lost out there. Booooo!!!

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (7) BEERS He had some great chances and was buzzing all night long. He made some beautiful plays and didn't get rewarded with any points. He had 1 shot and 2 hits in 23:11 of ice time.

#89 SAM GAGNER - (7) BEERS He scores a nice goal with the help of Taylor Hall. He was way better than the last two games. He actually made some good plays and he crashed the net a few times. Gagner looked like he and Hemsky were on the same page tonight.

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (2) JEERS 0/7 on scoring chances stink not matter how you look at it. He was on a terrible line with Cogliano and Penner and they didn't fare well. Not sure what's going on with him, but these bad games are starting to trend.






mc79hockey Scoring Chances


BAD TIMING PENALTY (what is a Bad Timing Penalty?)

Dustin Penner - His overtime penalty was the game killer. Was he too tired to be out there? This was his 3rd BTP of the season. A team worst.


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