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Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks, Game 17

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Edmonton Oilers
@ Chicago Blackhawks

Sunday, Nov 13, 2011, 5:00 PM MST
United Center

Second City Hockey

Rant: Montador in Front of the Net on the Powerplay? - Blackhawks Down Low
Plus, the issue on the powerplay has nothing to do with net presence. It’s 1) the absolute abortion that is the entry into the zone and 2) only attempting the backdoor pass. Let’s try this: Setup the umbrella with a strong shot at the point, stick someone’s ass in front of the net, work the puck around until you get a shooting lane and shoot. Just a thought.

Emery, Blackhawks stop Calgary 4-1 -The Third Man In
With Sami Lepisto and Sean O’Donnell scratched, John Scott lumbered through 9:42 in his third consecutive start on defense. He spent a decent amount of that ice time on his wallet, but did not directly lead to any goals. So there’s that.

Questions Abound As Hawks Struggle - Hockey Independent
These days the Hawks can’t seem to play consistently. Beyond scattered individual performances, the Hawks’ style of play has been difficult to define, which is another disturbing issue.

Will Line Changes Help?…Plus How To Fix a Broken Power Play - Hockey Independent
It almost seems like the Hawks can go in spurts, but they struggle to maintain puck possession.

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky
Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ryan Jones
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Ben Eager - Eric Belanger - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Andy Sutton - Corey Potter
Theo Peckham - Jeff Petry

Nikolai Khabibulin

Ryan Smyth, the prodigal Oiler, proving you can go home again - Cult of Hockey
For the most part those are tough minutes, important minutes. Up front Smyth and Horcoff have been playing over 20:00 per game, more than three minutes more than any teammate, and rank 1-2 on the squad in both even-strength and special-teams ice time. Those two, along with their two right wingers Ales Hemsky and Ryan Jones, have faced by far the toughest QualComp of any Oiler forwards, and the same quartet has carried the load for ZoneStart. By large margins in both cases.

The Numbers Behind A StreaK - Oil Acumen
The numbers show the extent to which the Oilers got absolutely ridiculous goaltending. 97% of the shots that came to the Edmonton net were stopped over the win streak, and the Oilers were allowing a lot of them.

The Edmonton Oilers Need A Lot More From Their Third And Fourth Lines - Oil On Whyte
OUT OF SIX FORWARDS, THERE IS ONE GOAL SCORED. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Go look it up if you think I’m pulling your string.

G17 Oilers at Blackhawks - Lowetide
The Kid Line isn't getting it done. Reading Dennis King's scoring chances, I have Taylor Hall's time on ice at evens good for 12-19 in scoring chances. 5-17 in the last three games of the road trip. The soft parade can be put to better use, I'd say. Expect the lines to get an overhaul next week in practice.

Game Day "Blackhawks" - Oilers Jambalaya
The Oilers did not play a terrible game against Detroit but it was only mediocre. Boston they showed flashes but tonight? Bad bounces have been reversed now against us, so let's hope that begins to change once again, but this time into the Oilers favour. Who knows except the hockey gods! So, glasses up, and tip a toast to the hockey gods, that this one night , they look down upon the Edmonton Oilers with favour.

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