GDB 35: Hemsky's winded

Jason Gregor
December 30 2008 01:59PM

The Tootoo train has derailed another player, and this one hurts the Oilers. Ales Hemsky won’t dress tonight, and is highly doubtful to play tomorrow in Calgary as well. Hemsky is still a bit fuzzy after taking a clean, but hard hit from Jordan Tootoo on Sunday night.

Hemsky is playing the best hockey of his career and like his coach said, “There is never a good time to lose your best player,” so the Oilers will try to extend their winning streak without him.

The big question is who replaces him on the right side of Horcoff? Erik Cole and Sam Gagner have some chemistry, as do Marc Pouliot and Andrew Cogliano. Will MacTavish switch up the lines or will Liam Reddox take some shifts with Horcoff and Penner?

Don’t be surprised to see Reddox with Horcoff and Penner in a shut-down role against the Senators’ top line tonight.

“The thing that is great about Horcoff is the versatility that he can do almost anything in the game. We can use him in a checking assignment if we need to. We will see how the game unfolds, so we will start one way and see how the game goes and then craft the lines relative to the situation in the game,” said MacTavish.

So having Reddox with Horcoff in a shut-down role early seems likely and then if the Oilers are trailing expect to see either Pouliot or Cole skate with Horcoff. Of course don’t expect Reddox

Garon to go

Mathieu Garon will start tonight and Dwayne Roloson will go tomorrow in Calgary. Garon is looking to rebound from a sub par performance when he and the entire team stunk out the joint versus Chicago.

Garon is 0–1 in his career against the Sens with a sparkling 0.83 GAA and .964 save percentage, while the Oilers are 7-3-2 against the Senators on home ice.

Garon, who is an UFA at the end of the season, is desperately trying to find the game he had last season. If he hopes to get back between the pipes after tonight he will need to be really solid, or Roloson could easily play a the next six straight.

Musical chairs continues

For those who don’t know the Oilers room is shaped like a horseshoe. The veterans sit in the curve area at the top. Facing down the room from left to right Cole, Pisani, empty stall now that Gilbert moved, Staios and then Moreau. Down the left side it goes Souray, Strudwick, Reddox, MacIntyre, Grebeshkov, Smid, Gilbert, Brodziak, Nilsson empty stall and then Deslauriers has two stalls.

Down the right side is Horcoff, Hemsky, Visnovsky, Stortini, then an open walkway, Penner, Gagner, Cogliano, Pouliot, Garon and Roloson.

It worked for Erik Cole, so Tom Gilbert is hoping a new locker stall works for him. After Erik Cole and Steve Staios switched stalls over the Christmas break, today Tom Gilbert had a new stall between Ladislav Smid and Kyle Brodziak.

Last season Gilbert was on the left side of the locker room, in the second last stall on the left side. He was asked to sit amongst the veterans at the start of the season, but has now moved back to the left side.

“I think I needed a change. I was sitting in the veteran line, but I didn’t really fit in with those guys. It was a good experience, but I wanted to move back to the left side of the room with some of the guys I’d have more in common with. The conversations were a bit too sophisticated for me. They talked about books, world events, and kids. I’m back in the middle age group,” said Gilbert laughing.

Players are superstitious and Gilbert wasn’t fond of his move to begin with, and now that he hasn’t scored in 15 games he is hoping a move back to the left side of the room might help.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#151 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 09:45PM
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I like Gene Principe and Bryan Hall!

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#152 RBK
December 30 2008, 09:45PM
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YES!!!!!!!!!

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#153 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 09:46PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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#154 RBK
December 30 2008, 09:48PM
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Wow Gilbert is having a good year

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#155 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 09:48PM
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MacT found another first line combo!

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#156 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 09:49PM
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Gary Bettman wrote:

I like Gene Principe and Bryan Hall!

Never has a more truer sentence been typed

here here!

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#157 Amber McCormick
December 30 2008, 09:50PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

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#158 Amber McCormick
December 30 2008, 09:50PM
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oops,

I meant to add..I miss him too

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#159 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 09:50PM
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Did they just refer to 85 as the red ox?

YE gads

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#160 Vaun87
December 30 2008, 09:51PM
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finally mac t has found the smallest amount of chemistry with line combo's. it's december... i was really starting to worry.i started to think he might have more success picking lines with one of those lottery power ball machines.

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#161 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 09:52PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz:

I think this really says it all.

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#162 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 09:52PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Nope the red fox - principe's next feature will be on wildlife nick names. i can hardly wait

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#163 Lubo71
December 30 2008, 09:52PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

LOL.

Hi Amber! I'm a girl too - finally someone else breaks up the sausage party here at the JL

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#164 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 09:53PM
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Holy cow!!! *rubs eyes*

What am I watching here?

Sustained pressure?

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#165 RBK
December 30 2008, 09:54PM
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Vaun87 wrote:

finally mac t has found the smallest amount of chemistry with line combo’s. it’s december… i was really starting to worry.i started to think he might have more success picking lines with one of those lottery power ball machines.

And ouija boards

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#166 Amber McCormick
December 30 2008, 09:55PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Amber McCormick wrote: @ Wanye Gretz: I think this really says it all.

I feel I never find the right words when talking to you. I get so flustered.

And since the whole typing, spelling, writing thing seems to be an obstacle.. I was referring to Jason Smith. I should really lie down before I hurt myself.

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#167 Vaun87
December 30 2008, 09:56PM
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@ RBK: def would have added some excitement to those long painful games. i was at the chicago massacre and i bet more ppl would have stayed just to watch a giant machine or ouija board pick the next line combo

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#168 Amber McCormick
December 30 2008, 09:56PM
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Lubo71 wrote:

LOL. Hi Amber! I’m a girl too - finally someone else breaks up the sausage party here at the JL

Who said I'm a girl?!?! *Always keep them guessing. It adds to the mystery*

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#169 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 09:57PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

I should really lie down before I hurt myself.

Girls tell me that ALL THE TIME

*brushes dirt off shoulder and hifives mom*

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#170 Amber McCormick
December 30 2008, 10:00PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: I'm going to give you that one only because it made me laugh.

(That's what she said)

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#171 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:00PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: LMAO...too much!!

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#172 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:03PM
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Wanye 1 Universe 0

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#173 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:07PM
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I know...there is nobody else to talk to so let's air the same interview as the first period!!! Freakin retards

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#174 Amber McCormick
December 30 2008, 10:07PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Wanye 1 Universe 0

Wayne 1 Universe 0 Amber infinite coolness x 3.14 + ovaries

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#175 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:08PM
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It's not so funny now but the could have used a Rexall Reminder to turn the lights on earlier!!

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#176 Vaun87
December 30 2008, 10:09PM
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ummmm deja vu for anyone else???

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#177 Vaun87
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@ R-DAWG: big high five borat style for that one. lmao. rexall reminder.....

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#178 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:12PM
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@ Vaun87: Well like I tell my wife...better late than never!

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#179 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:15PM
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What wicked wheels on Storts...hehehe

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#180 Stortini's skates
December 30 2008, 10:17PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

What wicked wheels on Storts…hehehe

I have the easiest job at RX1

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#181 RBK
December 30 2008, 10:18PM
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Come on Oil. Now is not the time to lose momentum

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#182 Vaun87
December 30 2008, 10:19PM
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@ R-DAWG:

lol, true true

"Rexall Reminder: Bobby you have practice at 9am"

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#183 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:19PM
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Vaun87 wrote:

@ R-DAWG: lol, true true “Rexall Reminder: Bobby you have practice at 9am”

Oh that's gold

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#184 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 10:19PM
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RBK wrote:

Come on Oil. Now is not the time to lose momentum

Wait for it< still plenty of time to collapse

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#185 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:21PM
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Gary Bettman wrote:

Wait for it< still plenty of time to collapse

There will be none of that Commish!

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#186 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 10:22PM
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Dear Diary:

Today I missed practise and the coach got mad at me. Why doesn't he like me as much as Sam? Bobby

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#187 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:23PM
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Things I didn't think I would find myself saying tonight

Moreau is looking VERY sharp tonight offensively

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#188 r59
December 30 2008, 10:24PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Things I didn’t think I would find myself saying tonight Moreau is looking VERY sharp tonight offensively

No doubt

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#189 OilersNinja
December 30 2008, 10:25PM
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ATB AMY GOES

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#190 Gary Bettman
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Gary Bettman wrote: Wait for it< still plenty of time to collapse There will be none of that Commish!

I apologize, I got carried away thinking about expansion opportunities in places like Greenland

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#191 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:26PM
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@ OilersNinja:

Like you know.

@ Gary Bettman:

Is Primm, Nevada no longer on your short list?

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#192 RBK
December 30 2008, 10:27PM
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"Souray with a little unintended reach around on Alfredsson"

Good Grief

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#193 RBK
December 30 2008, 10:28PM
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SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT

1st NHL goal

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#194 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:28PM
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Post visitor goal song

"We're not gonna take it" - Twisted Sister

Historical note: This song is hella old

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#195 RBK
December 30 2008, 10:29PM
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Come on Oil. The Senators suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#196 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:31PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: like Gregor said the music is embarrassing...Mac-T's mommy needs to pass the reins to someone else!!

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#197 Fiveandagame
December 30 2008, 10:31PM
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HELLO Nation, just tuning in after a fracking day at the airport (fun this time of the year)

How bad are we without Hemsky?

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#198 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 10:31PM
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Aren't the Sen's the lowest scoring team in the league at around 80 goals?

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#199 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 10:32PM
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Damn it Grebs!

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#200 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 10:32PM
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@ R-DAWG: Mac-T’s mommy needs to pass the boom box reins to someone else!!

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