Injuries, Inaccuracies, Callups, Negotiations and Love Songs

Party's over.

Okay, we’ve finally come down.

How’d your weekend go?  Do you remember any of it?  If you do, you might want to purposefully forget the Islander game, it wasn’t too much fun.  The Oilers were only able to put up one goal while allowing four, Ryan Jones blocked a shot (!) and injured his ankle pretty good in the process, Devan Dubnyk had a night to forget, Ben Eager had a night he’d really like to forget, and the wheels keep rolling along on this once promising season that continues to turn grey.

And now Teemu Hartikainen’s phone has rang.  He’ll join the team tonight in Chicago in a game versus the Blackhawks.

A bit on the Islander game, a little bit on Teemu Hartikainen, and a little bit more on the guy that got sent down follows after the jump.

  • Ben Eager, what’s going on?

    It takes two...to tango. Billy Madison (1995). Screencap courtesy Sportsnet

    Short of the blatant trip, this is the worst kind of penalty to take.  Eager is furiously trying to engage Matt Martin of the Islanders, and for the second time, Martin isn’t buying it.  Sure, it would’ve been nice if he did, but Martin is using his left brain here, and he knows he’s already got Eager on a string.  Eager buys the box for two minutes and the Islanders strike again to go up 3-1.  This is the undisciplined penalty.  Can’t have it.  Let’s move on.  Unrelated, does that board ad say ‘Dial A Dog’?

  • Two bright spots: Hemsky, Hall, and Gagner.  Okay, that’s three bright spots.  Hemsky and Hall are still battling the goal post like crazy, while Sam Gagner scored Edmonton’s only goal.  You may use your viewmaster to see it here.  Kind of murky, but it also kind of counts.

OKC Bound Lennart. Photo courtesy Andy Devlin - Edmonton Oilers

Moving on from the frustratingly bad Islander game.  Let’s talk about Teemu Hartikainen coming up, and Lennart Petrell being sent down.

What’s the obvious problem with this team winning just one game in their last eight?  If you answered ‘the fourth line right wing’, then I couldn’t disagree with you more.  But today, that’s what the club is saying.  At least, by sending Lennart Petrell down to Oklahoma City for Teemu Hartikainen, that’s what I think they’re saying.

I’ve got absolutely no problem with Teemu Hartikainen getting called up.  Let’s face it, the whole one win in the last eight games thing is pretty stupid, and perhaps if we get a guy who’s responsible for 15 points in 23 games at the A level might shake things up.  But he’s going straight to 4RW, his time will be somewhat limited, something like seven minutes limited.  Add to the fact that he’s played four games in six nights, and I’d like to see how the coaching staff mitigates his usefulness tonight (Chicago) and tomorrow (Buffalo).

What has Lennart Petrell done to warrant being sent down?  He’s got a few penalty minutes (38) in relation to games played (30), but he’s got six points and is only -3 on a team that’s lost more games than they’ve won.

The Oilers are in Chicago to take on the Blackhawks tonight.  A game preview will be up in a few hours.  If you’ve got the day off, enjoy it.  I’m going to go try and figure out who’s telling the truth between the Oilers and Gene Principe as to who’s starting in goal tonight.

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Topics: Ales Hemsky, Ben Eager, Devan Dubnyk, Lennart Petrell, Ryan Jones, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Teemu Hartikainen

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