GDB6: Put it behind you

Wanye
October 23 2008 04:24PM

Sometimes things just don’t go right. Sometimes it just isn’t your day. Sometimes even though you have well trained troops, an excellent strategy and remorseless intelligence gatherers who are incapable of showing compassion you just can’t determine the exact location of the guerilla hideout.

Exactly.

It’s kind of like the time Britney Spears showed up at the VMAs out of shape, out of practice, irrationally confident and totally blew it (pun intended.) It’s kind of like the Oilers showing up in Chicago last night with their little heads full of “best start since 1986” dreams dancing in their heads. They showed up looking gross too and were completely out of it – and mailed in one of the worst Oilers games we have seen in awhile.

So what do you do?

Put it behind you.

Take a page out of Britney’s book. Dump your crazy Lebanese manager and fly in your Dad who is immediately court ordered to take away all your PCP and forces you at gunpoint into the gym, the recording studio, the gym, the recording studio and finally the gym with little concern for your sanity or long term health.

The bottom line here is immediate success Nation.

And frankly that’s what we need to see tonight. A quick comeback engineered with little regard for long term stability.

Is Souray hurt? Don’t care – throw him over the boards.

Oh you’re concerned about the goaltending situation and want to give everyone a shot? Nope. Garon in – everyone else out.

But what about the children? Hang the children. It’s time for a bounce back win.

Keys to success

- Score more than 0 goals. This may seem counter intuitive to some. “But Wanye, what if the game plan is to force a scoreless tie and win in a shoot out?” Let’s try abandoning that game plan for an instant and just say start with potting a goal.

- Play some defense. This may also fly in the face of anyone who shelled out $14 to watch the crap-a-thon last night but believe us when we say “defense wins games.” Maybe all those people who sit in front of Charlie Huddy on the Oilers bench can assist with this. After all, they have gone to all the trouble of putting on skates and elbow pads – why not play a little defense while you are waiting for your turn to spit on the bench floor?

- Throw a career sidelining body check. We aren’t saying that it should be an Oiler that gets hurt. That’s cruel. Now an Avalanche on the other hand … they could sustain an MCL tear and we would sleep soundly tonight.

They are all insured, it will be fine.

Predictions?

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#1 Ender
October 23 2008, 04:46PM
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The team will be hurtin' with Staois out of the lineup. He's really the only reliable defensive defenceman we have. Souray should get rest if he needs it. There's no point to him hurting himself worse.

At the end of the day, Horc and Hemsky need to show up or be demoted. I personally would like to see what a Gagner-Horcoff-Cole line would do. Everyone bitching about Nilsson needing to play with Hemsky needs to remember what they forgot about Cole. They play the same damned wing. Give it up already.

4-2 win. Gagner with 3 pts. Cole with 2 goals.

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#2 baggedmilk
October 23 2008, 04:53PM
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Ender, are you are you actually suggesting the human pylon is our best defenseman? Have you watched an Oilers game before. On many nights Steve Staios is the retarded cousin that you have to acknowledge and be nice to but no one really likes.

As far as I know Hemsky and Horcoff still have more points than the zero that Gagner is rocking. So your put up or be demoted theory makes no sense. Give your head a shake.

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#3 Jason Gregor
October 23 2008, 04:58PM
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Ender,

FYI Nilsson plays LW and Hemsky plays RW. Cole is currently playing the LW, but likes the RW better. So Nilsson and Hemsky does make sense if MacT tries it.

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#4 Monday Guy
October 23 2008, 05:02PM
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Predictions for tonight

Souray and Moreau pound everything they can reach

Gagner breaks Goose Egg

Garon Plays exceptionally well in spite of a few defensive lapses

MacTavish blends the lines

the Towel Boy creates a picture of a Pylon in Staios' hockey gear

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#5 Ender
October 23 2008, 05:03PM
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Nice trolling baggedmilk.

If we were only looking at points (which you apparently are) that would be one thing. But if you actually watch the game, Cole is not the problem on that line. Cole is the only one on that line who has been playing well.

Likewise, Staios might be a pylon, but he's a pylon who blocks a whole lot of shots in a game. No Staios means less blocked shots, which means more deflections/rebounds, which means more goals (in the long run). Name one other defensive defenceman on the team - just one - whose name isn't Smid.

They'll have a hard time on the PK without him, and will also have a hard time against tough opp without him *unless* the O plays decent defense, which Horc and Hemsky haven't been.

Just because Gagner isn't on the scoresheet doesn't mean he hasn't done as much for the team as Horc and Hemsky have over the first 5 games. Either way, if Hemsky wants to play with Horcoff so damned badly, and the first line is doing nothing, who else are you going to put there? Are you suggesting Nilsson - Cogliano - Cole? That would be a disaster.

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#6 Ender
October 23 2008, 05:06PM
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Gregor,

According to the Oilers' site, Nilsson plays RW. In the games I've seen, though they do criss cross quite a bit, I always got the impression Cogs was playing center with Gagner on the left.

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#7 baggedmilk
October 23 2008, 05:28PM
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Dear Ender,

I would gladly lose the blocked shots that Staios provides and gain less giveaways without him in the lineup. Riming the puck around the boards and trying to the one in a million clearing through center is what I called Stellar D.

Unless you have dislexia, then I apologize, but I did not mention Cole at all in my post. They don't have chemistry as a line. If you do have dislexia then Pagner is a gasser lust hike Jemsky. The obvious choice would be try to rekindle the the chemistry from last season and move Penner up to the first line.

Don't come at me with your wikianswers analysis and pretend to pass off someones opinion as your own.

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#8 Ender
October 23 2008, 05:35PM
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Congrats, baggedmilk, on making hostile comments here. I thought all of that BS was left on other Oilers blogs. Good on you.

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#9 1011011
October 23 2008, 06:07PM
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The hostility begins! Let's see it transfer to the ice now.

Good, good. Your anger will sustain the Oil.

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#10 baggedmilk
October 23 2008, 06:11PM
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No problem sport. I've got a reputation to maintain after all.

5-3 Oilers tonight, big game from Pisani.

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#11 David S
October 23 2008, 06:26PM
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Doesn't matter who goes on that first line with Hemsky. Until he gets his shit together, there will be no chemistry luv on the first line. Frankly, I think he's hurt and trying to work through it.

Also, don't knock Gagner quite yet. He's been playing his ass off and its just a case where nothing has gone in yet. I suspect he's dealing with a ton of pressure to be the second coming of 99. Once he scores a few and settles down, watch out!

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#12 Doogie2K
October 23 2008, 06:51PM
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Baggedmilk, I see what you're saying there...but dude, do you have to be such a douchebag about it? Seriously, is it worth it?

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#13 RobinB
October 23 2008, 06:56PM
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Avs win 3-1

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#14 baggedmilk
October 23 2008, 07:00PM
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Doogie I am gentle as the summer breeze, but if a guy serves it up he better be able to take it. Staios is gross, we all know this, I just let my mind child out there through the beauty of similes. Ya dig?

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#15 David S
October 23 2008, 07:03PM
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Just throwin' this out there, but I wonder if Staios was just told he's been traded and had to go home and set things up?

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#16 milli
October 23 2008, 07:11PM
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5 - 3 OIL

Hemmer 1 goal, Penner 1 goal and an assist, Cole 2 goals, Nilson 1 goal.

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#17 OilersNinja
October 23 2008, 07:21PM
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I am prediciting a high scoring affair.

Oilers win 6-5 Visnovski with 4 points and Fernando with 2 et le but's

Bon Soir - that means have a bud light....dont mind if I do

GO OIL!!!!!!!

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#18 Ender
October 23 2008, 07:21PM
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@baggedmilk

Here's the thing. I know this might be an odd concept around blog circles (especially Oilers blogs) but I actually enjoy "discussing" things. Not "arguing" or "defending" but just discussing. With all of the trash talk with regards to CiO over the last week or two, it's become reasonably clear that people take this sports blogging stuff way too seriously and personally, and t turns into this ridiculous high-school-like environment where instead of having your parents buy you an expensive car, you instead get a free blogger account and yap about whatever the fuck you want. The free blogger blog has somehow become the muscle car, the Hummer, the giant towering building. It's become something that many use to compensate for something else. And when someone wants to discuss the topic that the author of the post actually wrote, there's often someone right in there talking the big talk, and just being a twat, in general.

When people do that shit, it stops being fun for me. It really does. Sure, I could ignore you, but what would that accomplish? Likewise I could say something about how unsurprising it is that the people at that Pens blog didn't give a damn about what you wrote. But really, what would any of that accomplish? SOMEONE IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET!!!

I thought that none of those people posted here. Apparently now you do. Have fun with that. It's all yours.

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#19 baggedmilk
October 23 2008, 07:24PM
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I would like to thank you for visiting my blog. Your support is cherished, maybe we can arrange a meeting and hug out our differences. Can you go back and click the Google ad so that I can get the car my parents never bought me? My bus pass runs out soon.

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#20 Captain Planet
October 23 2008, 07:24PM
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Brownlee I am tired of your negativity... Can you cheer for you local hockey squad at least once????

Your a big deal in this town, we need you on our side...

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#21 OIlersNinja
October 23 2008, 07:38PM
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Sound please TSN?

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#22 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:40PM
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I'll handle the play by play

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#23 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:40PM
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Avs pass it around, Budaj is a terrible goalie, it goes over near the bench, Joel Quenneville has a moustache ...

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#24 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:41PM
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Goes in front of the net, Colorado has a high crime rate, Stastny isn't as good as his dad...

AH there we go

You're welcome everyone

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#25 1011011
October 23 2008, 07:44PM
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Good to see Garon in there

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#26 Lubo71
October 23 2008, 07:45PM
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I'm happy to have a game that isn't on PPV. I missed the disaster Wanye

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#27 Gord
October 23 2008, 07:45PM
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Keep me informed - I am in the middle of class.

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#28 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:45PM
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JUSTICE LEAGUE!!!

ASSEMBLE!!!!

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#29 1011011
October 23 2008, 07:45PM
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Why is Cole on the LW??? He can't cut to the net effectively. That's his whole schtick

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#30 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:46PM
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wow...garon

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#31 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:48PM
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way to go grebs...draw those penalties!!! YEAH!

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#32 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:49PM
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Wanye Gretz - Present!!!!

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#33 1011011
October 23 2008, 07:49PM
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hahaha

1011011 PRESENT

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#34 New Guy
October 23 2008, 07:50PM
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NEW GUY PRESENT TOO!!!!!!!!! LOL

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#35 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:51PM
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Wow...grebs was jjjjuuuust a bit high on that shot.

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#36 Brian Fellows
October 23 2008, 07:51PM
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Having Souray and Lubomir on the point changes the PP dramatically

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#37 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:51PM
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better looking pp though, than in the game of which we do not speak.

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#38 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:52PM
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Its tough to hold a stick with GOAT HOOVES

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#39 Doogie2K
October 23 2008, 07:52PM
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Baggedmilk, let me put it another way. Why do you need to be hostile? What does it accomplish? I'm being perfectly serious, here. You were immediately rude to a fellow poster here when it wasn't necessary in the slightest. You could've expressed your disagreement with his idea without being condescending. It's actually a lesson a few people around the 'sphere could learn, if I'm being perfectly honest, but then again, people still give Vic Ferrari the time of day after some of the vile shit he said to Bruce a couple of months back, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that arrogance and insults are the rule of the day.

But that's beside the point. The point is, being a jerk endears you to no one. I sure as hell have no authority here, but I'm asking you to just be a little nicer. Please.

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#40 1011011
October 23 2008, 07:52PM
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Oh yes LOL we must never speak of that game. What game?

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#41 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:53PM
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I have supreme authority here. I can bend the interwebs to my very will. I support your be nice mandate Dougie2k.

To be fair I think baggedmilk just likes to rip people. Your comeback was good

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#42 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:53PM
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yes, hemsky is dancing early tonight. 83% better.

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#43 Lubo71
October 23 2008, 07:54PM
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Crap. Cue the PK

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#44 The Towel Boy
October 23 2008, 07:56PM
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Grebs for Hooving.

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#45 New Guy
October 23 2008, 07:56PM
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What bizarre PK unit will MacT ice??

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#46 Monday Guy
October 23 2008, 07:57PM
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Just got here

how are my predictions lookin ?

and how is Sakic "ageless" ?

is that a polite way of saying "damn old" ??

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#47 Rammer
October 23 2008, 07:57PM
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Arrrg. I hate the behind the net cam.

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#48 Wanye Gretz
October 23 2008, 07:57PM
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THAT GREBESHKOV IS A BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTARD

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#49 Monday Guy
October 23 2008, 07:57PM
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Hooving

lol

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#50 New Guy
October 23 2008, 07:58PM
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Hey Monday Guy are we related? We have the same last name LOL

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