GDB 17: some interesting line changes

Jason Gregor
November 15 2008 10:44AM

Some interesting line up moves for tonight’s game. It looks like Craig MacTavish has decided to send two veterans a message, as Kyle Brodziak and Dustin Penner will be in the press box tonight, and Robert Nilsson is back on the second line. Thanks to Ryan Rishaug from TSN, here are the lines.

Moreau – Gagner – Hemsky Nilsson – Horcoff – Pisani Reddox – Cogliano – Cole Pouliot – Boulerice – Stortini

And it looks like Roloson will start.

The Penner benching is no surprise. He has shown virtually no emotion in any game this season. Penner has to learn to use his 240-pound frame to his advantage. Sure, he will never be a mean power forward, but he can’t be afraid to lean on an opposing player from time-to-time.

Brodziak benching can be explained by his lack of wanting to get involved physically against the Leafs. Twice in that game there were scrums that Matt Stajan and then Hagman both put a glove in his face and he didn’t react. I don’t think they expect him to be an agitator, but he can’t get pushed around by those types of players. Yesterday MacTavish said, “If a guy has zero across the scoresheet, he has to find a way to get involved. Rarely do other teams get annoyed playing us.”

Clearly that was a shot at both Penner and Brodziak.

Expect some fireworks tonight vs the Avs. With Tucker, Laperriere, Mcleod and McCormick in the lineup, you can bet that the message will be loud and clear, and the Oilers will play with some emotion and some sort of physical presence.

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#101 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:30PM
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Fudge sakes.

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#102 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:31PM
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DAMMIT!!!

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#103 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:32PM
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baggedmilk mad. baggedmilk smash.

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#104 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:33PM
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Smytty got into Roli's head over the last 5 minutes

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#105 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:33PM
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Why is Darcy Tucker so red? I hate him more than I hate white people.

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#106 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:34PM
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Darn Horcoff...

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#107 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:35PM
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Come on......

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#108 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:35PM
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where's the tripping penalty on Smyth????

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#109 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:36PM
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Here we go

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#110 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:36PM
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Let's go shoot out - Budaj sucks on breakaways

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#111 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:37PM
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Doh - Roli does too. Maybe that wouldn't be the best idea

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#112 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:37PM
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Nillson trying too hard to get out of the dog house

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#113 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:37PM
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I can feel the hate bubbling up in me right now. That goal absolutely infuriated me.

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#114 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:38PM
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Good.. Let the anger flow through you...

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#115 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:39PM
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Looks like a shoot out gentleman.

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#116 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:39PM
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Horc's fault for not hitting the open net. It's a f#cking defenceman - deke him!!!

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#117 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:40PM
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Absolutely. I think Horc is gripping the stick a little bit right now.

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#118 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:40PM
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Gagner, Hemsky and Pisani for the Oil??

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#119 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:41PM
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I'd say those are three solid guesses.

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#120 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:42PM
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Hemmer, Nillson and Gagner

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#121 David S
November 15 2008, 10:42PM
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Horcoff. One toe drag and its in the net.

Seriously. WTF?

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#122 Kris
November 15 2008, 10:43PM
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dear lord

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#123 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:44PM
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This could go a long time since anyone who can hit the net should score on these two goalies

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#124 Kris
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omg sammy g scored

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#125 baggedmilk
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Come on Hemmer.

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#126 baggedmilk
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Drats.

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#127 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:45PM
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Roli for the win...

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#128 Gord
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Try a move Hemmer???

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#129 baggedmilk
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Excuse me that was more premature than when I popped off my first time in the Palace of poon.

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#130 Kris
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ouch

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#131 Gord
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Alright, Nillson, don't screw the ppoch

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#132 Gord
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pooch

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#133 baggedmilk
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Nilsson... sweet?

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#134 Gord
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and he did - BONEHEAD

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#135 Kris
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wow, rowbert showed budaj

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#136 Gord
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MAP for the win

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#137 baggedmilk
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I hate you Tucker!!!

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#138 Gord
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even more now!!

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#139 Kris
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nice move by pou

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#140 baggedmilk
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If they lose this game I'm going to burn Rexall to the ground.

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#141 Travis Dakin
November 15 2008, 10:48PM
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arrgh

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#142 Gord
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Horc couldn't be a d-man - how was he going to beat Budaj???

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#143 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:48PM
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Gentleman, don't be surprised at tomorrows headline. You've been warned.

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#144 Gord
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Bonehead move by MacT to put him in

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#145 Kris
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thats sad

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#146 Gord
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Horc to be benched for the next game??

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#147 Kris
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the worst part about this loss is - they really deserved the W

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#148 baggedmilk
November 15 2008, 10:50PM
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Hey Horc, nice goal right at the end in the open net. Oh what? You DIDN'T score? Hmm...

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#149 David S
November 15 2008, 10:51PM
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Roloson in a shootout. Yeah that works. A bucket of pucks would have been better.

Didn't a team switch goalies for the shootout once?

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#150 Gord
November 15 2008, 10:52PM
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Ya - the Leafs did earlier this year and it blew up in their face. The Oilers tried that once pulling Conklin for Morrison in '06

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