GDB 35: Hemsky's winded

Jason Gregor
December 30 2008 01:59PM

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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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#51 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:26PM
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NO kidding

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#52 r59
December 30 2008, 08:26PM
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I'd love to hear Deep Oil's take on this

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#53 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:27PM
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r59 wrote:

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I’d love to hear Deep Oil’s take on this zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

That's rich

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#54 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:28PM
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NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA NEW ARENA

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#55 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:28PM
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@ r59: Likely another reason to fire Mac-T

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#56 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:29PM
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Just got a text from a buddy at the game:

"Tell the Nation they are currently playing "turn the lights on" by Big Sugar at Rexall"

haha

THAT'S NEWS

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#57 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:30PM
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LIGHTS ARE UP!!

EXCLUSIVE

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#58 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:31PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

LIGHTS ARE UP!! EXCLUSIVE

Way to go Wanye!! You know things first like Brownlee and Gregor

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#59 Lubo71
December 30 2008, 08:32PM
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RBK wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: LIGHTS ARE UP!! EXCLUSIVE Way to go Wanye!! You know things first like Brownlee and Gregor

LOL

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#60 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:33PM
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I love the replays of the outage

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#61 r59
December 30 2008, 08:33PM
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Great star trek reference Quinn

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#62 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:34PM
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GO TIME

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#63 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:34PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Wicked footage of jack...not to mention sweet commentary

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#64 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:34PM
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RBK wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: LIGHTS ARE UP!! EXCLUSIVE Way to go Wanye!! You know things first like Brownlee and Gregor

Oh and WTF I just noticed this.

Screw you

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#65 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:35PM
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For some reason I am actually quite interested in watching this game tonight

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#66 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:36PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: Screw you

LOL

I am excited too. OTT sucks

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#67 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:37PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz: Wicked footage of jack…not to mention sweet commentary

There is no plan B if the game fails to start

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#68 New Guy
December 30 2008, 08:37PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

LIGHTS ARE UP!! EXCLUSIVE

LOL What a scoop Wanye!

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#69 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 08:38PM
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I told Mayor Mandel that the city needed a new building and they couldn't plug in the coffee maker at the same time the lights were on.

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#70 Lubo71
December 30 2008, 08:38PM
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PENNER!

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#71 Adam M
December 30 2008, 08:39PM
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Who is Reddox screwing to get put on the top line? He hasn't done anything

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#72 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:39PM
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@ Gary Bettman: lmao

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#73 Patrick Laforge
December 30 2008, 08:40PM
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Gary Bettman wrote:

I told Mayor Mandel that the city needed a new building and they couldn’t plug in the coffee maker at the same time the lights were on.

I've been trying to tell everyone Gary. No one listens

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#74 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:41PM
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Brodziak! SHIZ

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#75 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:41PM
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Adam M wrote:

Who is Reddox screwing to get put on the top line? He hasn’t done anything

And he has red hair. Shady

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#76 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:42PM
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RBK wrote:

Adam M wrote: Who is Reddox screwing to get put on the top line? He hasn’t done anything And he has red hair. Shady

So shady. Good call

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#77 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:43PM
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PP!!!

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#78 ramped-up
December 30 2008, 08:43PM
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@ Patrick Laforge: Our building is like a fat chick...if you can still fill it, it's still useful

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#79 Patrick Laforge
December 30 2008, 08:44PM
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ramped-up wrote:

@ Patrick Laforge: Our building is like a fat chick…if you can still fill it, it’s still useful

And they both lie next to Grain Elevators.

Seriously. Why is that there?

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#80 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:45PM
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Patrick Laforge wrote:

And they both lie next to Grain Elevators. Seriously. Why is that there?

I know that is a big joke around the league. People can't believe it

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#81 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:45PM
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I miss Jason Smith

*runs to room crying and slams the door*

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#82 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 08:45PM
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@ ramped-up: Now Patrick, let me get the maple leaf thing "fixed" with Burkie and we'll head out there and talk with the city again.

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#83 Patrick Laforge
December 30 2008, 08:47PM
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Gary Bettman wrote:

@ ramped-up: Now Patrick, let me get the maple leaf thing “fixed” with Burkie and we’ll head out there and talk with the city again.

Can I have a hot dog like last time?

I love hot dogs...

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#84 Lubo71
December 30 2008, 08:47PM
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COLE!!!

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#85 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:47PM
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Garon pulled a horseshoe there...way out of position!!

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#86 Lubo71
December 30 2008, 08:48PM
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GARON!!

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#87 r59
December 30 2008, 08:48PM
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Come join the Oil spezza

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#88 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:49PM
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Damn you Good Rob Schemp

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#89 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:49PM
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@ r59: More likely to get new building!!

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#90 New Guy
December 30 2008, 08:49PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Damn you Good Rob Schemp

LOLOLOLOLOL

That is a perfect name for Spezza

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#91 Jason Gregor
December 30 2008, 08:52PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

LIGHTS ARE UP!! EXCLUSIVE

Wow Wanye you really outdid yourself.

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#92 Vaun87
December 30 2008, 08:53PM
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nice to see bobby could wake up in time for the game tonight.

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#93 RBK
December 30 2008, 08:54PM
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RBK wrote:

No doubt LOL 5-2 Oilers Cole, Gagner, Souray, Moreau, Gilbert

Note the Moreau call

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#94 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 08:54PM
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Patrick, the next heritage classic could be played in Rexall Place and we wouldnt have to buy a complete rink like we are doing for the Chicago game.

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#95 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:54PM
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Nothing happens for 10 mins,R-DAWG goes to do dishes and we score...WTF.

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#96 Lubo71
December 30 2008, 08:55PM
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Vaun87 wrote:

nice to see bobby could wake up in time for the game tonight.

I bet his dad waited with a shotgun at the foot of his bed

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#97 R-DAWG
December 30 2008, 08:56PM
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@ R-DAWG: Maybe the DAWG should get the vacuum out next!!?

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#98 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:57PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Nothing happens for 10 mins,R-DAWG goes to do dishes and we score…WTF.

And THAT is why I eat off napkins and newsprint only.

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#99 Wanye Gretz
December 30 2008, 08:58PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: LIGHTS ARE UP!! EXCLUSIVE Wow Wanye you really outdid yourself.

I'm so glad Gregor decided to come today.

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#100 Gary Bettman
December 30 2008, 08:58PM
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Didn't Messier have to give Bobby's dad a wake up call when dear old Dad played for the oilers? Like father, like son???

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