Oilers game: My opinions on the Thursday March Third vs Detroit Red Wings.

The Oilers are doing better this year, in general, than in the past. They didn’t do so well tonight, however. The¬†defense¬†played an average night but wasn’t able to clear the puck enough. Admittedly, I think the style of game that Detroit was playing was looking more skilled and fluid and always moving the puck, better passing and offensive skills IMO than the younger Oilers. Dubnyk, despite giving up 2 goals (the 3rd was an empty netter) played well, and is an essential part of the Oilers unless some miracle hotshot goalie exists who is better- I don’t think that many goalies could do better.

I do think the Oilers are extremely strong on powerplays and taking advantage of opponent mistakes. But when its 5 on 5 hockey with disciplined opponents, I think they have to work on moving the puck up into the oppenent’s area and really learn to goal suck a bit more effectively. Admittedly thats the hardest place to be is on point and trying not to get your face hammered in by 2 goons and a goalie with a bit of friendly lumber, but the best ‘cheap’ players probably excell at being at the right position at the right time… and ideally moving around a bit to distract and not being TOO easy to mark. Ie stealth offense.

I think there are skilled players on the Oilers but they need more practice working together as a team to get their personal deke backhand wrist shots on par with other players in the league. (Smyth!) They also need a bit more accuracy and passing through crowd skills, if that is a trainable thing, thats what they should be doing. Its easy for me, as a couch commander to call this, but hey, its my opinion.

Overall, I am not going to say tonight’s play was a great game but it is a learning opportunity for the Oilers. Petry stood out as a good defensive player for the Oilers… but it was still a bit of a shooting gallery feeling IMO. The 5 on 5 squads need a bit of “oil’ shall we say, and offensive lines need some extra ‘grease’ as well.

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Photographic Recap of Dec- to beginning of Jan

Went through my wife’s computer the other day, she had put a lot of pics in her computer that were not on mine yet. Probably many people already saw these on her FB, but for my own gratification I will post them here. We have been keeping busy while I hoop-jumped and job-hunted. Mostly dog walking but a few visits with friends and family, too.

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At Java Mama with Matt A/B.

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1st Haircut with Auntie Margo!

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Punk’d out Ariel

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River Valley walk with Mark Huculak

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Francois the drag queen poodle in cop gear. DISCIPLINE iz zee word? Oui?

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Francois and Colby.

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Ariel tries on one of Francois’ hats.

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Keely’s 21st birthday.

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Hangin’ out at the community center.

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Mark and his clan cookin up some bannock at the community center.

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