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08:21 AM ET 01.22 | There's a new sheriff in town, and he likes his shootouts just fine, thank you. Enter Ralph Krueger. During the six day so-called training camp, the new Edmonton Oilers head coach telegraphed that he had a plan to make shootouts a much-more coached part of proceedings than it has been here in the past. ... The Oilers won only 11 of 33 shootouts in [Tom Renney's] two years of picking the shootout shooters. "We see shootouts as a specialty team," said Krueger. "We have a power play. We have penalty killing. And we have penalty shots in the shootout." After the first game, the power play is 25%, the penalty killing is 100% and the shootout is 100%. "This year we're taking the penalty shooting part of the game very seriously," said Krueger.

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January 22, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Oilers playing for shootouts?

Oh, that's just bloody great. Let's accentuate one of the worst parts of the game...

January 22, 2013  09:12 AM ET

How does trying to have a better shootout record equate to playing for shootouts?

January 22, 2013  09:27 AM ET

like almost every team in the league. the minute you get to the final 5 mins of regulation and the game is tied, both teams shut it down and play for the free point. Then, once in overtime, most team's don't take any actual chances unless on a pp.

Make a victory 3 points, an ot victory 2 points, you'd see alot more teams puching for the W because it'd let them put serious distance versus rivals. Of course, this will never happen since it would destroy their wonderful 'parity', we'd no longer have half the league in contention for the 8th spot on the last day.

January 22, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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like almost every team in the league. the minute you get to the final 5 mins of regulation and the game is tied, both teams shut it down and play for the free point. Then, once in overtime, most team's don't take any actual chances unless on a pp. Make a victory 3 points, an ot victory 2 points, you'd see alot more teams puching for the W because it'd let them put serious distance versus rivals. Of course, this will never happen since it would destroy their wonderful 'parity', we'd no longer have half the league in contention for the 8th spot on the last day.

no points for shoot out loss!
Or...just get rid of them....

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January 22, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

no points for shoot out loss!

Or...just get rid of them....

+++++++

January 22, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Make a victory 3 points, an ot victory 2 points, you'd see alot more teams puching for the W because it'd let them put serious distance versus rivals. Of course, this will never happen since it would destroy their wonderful 'parity', we'd no longer have half the league in contention for the 8th spot on the last day.

agree....already tired of shootouts in Music City.......

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January 22, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Also tired of shootouts: Baghdad, Kabul, Karachi, Detroit...

but not in The O.K. Corrall.
now I'll stop because this could go horribly wrong very soon.

January 22, 2013  09:48 AM ET

I was just fooling around with numbers, and I go to thinking;

2 teams play 80 times. Team A wins 65% of the games, but all in OT or shootout. Team B wins the other 35% of games outright. Team A ends up with 104 pts. Despite only winning 28 of 80 games, Team B ends up with 108 points.

This is ridiculous.

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January 22, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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I thought about putting a couple in there that would've made people seek me out to kick me in the nuts...

but we already wanna kick you in the nuts.

January 22, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Lame.So is Calgary the worst team in the west?

after watching portions of the Columbus game last night, I'd have to say that the Flames have a good chance of being in the bottom.

January 22, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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but we already wanna kick you in the nuts.

LMFAO - It's just that we don't want to go to To***to to do it.

January 22, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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after watching portions of the Columbus game last night, I'd have to say that the Flames have a good chance of being in the bottom.

3 seconds into the Columbus game and Tootoo has his fighting game ready...

January 22, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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LMFAO - It's just that we don't want to go to To***to to do it.

maybe he should tour the cities with the Cup next year.......

January 22, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Oilers playing for shootouts?

Tomorrow's headline.......

Leafs playing for handouts?

January 22, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Tomorrow's headline.......Leafs playing for handouts?

Maybe they will get those $20's that were printed in Canada with the wrong maple leaf on them....Norway maple leaf???..

 
January 22, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Oilers playing for shootouts?Tomorrow's headline.......Leafs playing for handouts?

46 games to go and you're in playoff form. Makes me have some sympathy for DL.

Almost.

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