GDB 48: It couldn't possibly get any worse...

Robin Brownlee
January 30 2009 02:44PM

Having had to wear Tuesday's 10-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres like a bad haircut and endure the musical taunting of a smart-ass radio station from The City of Cows since Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers get a chance to redeem themselves, not a minute too soon, when the Minnesota Wild come calling at Rexall Place tonight.

Niklas Backstrom? Pfft. Derek Boogaard? Say hello to my little friend (insert photo of Steve MacIntyre speed-bagging Jimmy Vandermeer or Allan Watt scowling as he works the speed dial here) (ed note: no such photo exists... yet).

After 72 hours of torment, the Oilers get the opportunity to prove that Tuesday's "debacle of monumental proportions" was a fluky, freakish one-off never to be repeated. Same thing for that, ahem, 9-2 starching from the Chicago Blackhawks... never mind.

What better circumstances to do it in than against a Minnesota team that arrives with the exact same record, 24-20-3 for 51 points, and is probably still reeling from Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs... never mind.

That aside, the Oilers come into this HUGE FOUR-POINTER with untold confidence and a flawless 0-10 record against Backstrom after having lit him up like a cheap cigar in a 5-1 loss in Minnesota Jan. 15... never mind.

What could possibly wrong?

Second look for Potulny

Look for Ryan Potulny to be back in the line-up tonight on the second line between Robert Nilsson and Erik Cole. After tallying three assists in four games during his first stint, Potulny is eager to show well again after being recalled from Springfield.

"Hopefully, things can go the same way they did last time," Potulny said of getting another crack alongside Cole.

"I guess there's a little bit of pressure, but it's a good pressure. Any time you come up you’re going to put pressure on yourself. You have to do whatever role you're put in. I'm just going to go out and play hockey."

If coach Craig MacTavish wasn't pulling any fast ones with his lines this morning -- like his little bit of mis-direction over Zack Stortini's readiness to play the last time out -- the line-up should look as follows:

Forwards

Penner – Horcoff - Hemsky

Nilsson – Potulny – Cole

Moreau – Cogliano – Pouliot

Macintyre – Brodziak – Reddox

OUT: Stortini

D-men

Souray – Gilbert

Grebeshkov – Visnovsky

Smid – Staios

OUT: Strudwick

Dwayne Roloson will get the start in goal against his former teammates despite getting yanked after allowing three goals on eight shots against Buffalo.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6pm on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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#51 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:11PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

OHHHH nice hit!

He hit him so hard his credit score changed.

COMIC GOLD

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#52 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:12PM
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Oh My. Staios made an actual good play! Everyone mark it down on your calenders!

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#53 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:13PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Oh My. Staios made an actual good play! Everyone mark it down on your calenders!

Quiet hater!

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#54 RBK
January 30 2009, 07:15PM
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You drinking tonight Wanye?

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#55 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:16PM
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RBK wrote:

You drinking tonight Wanye?

Is Bud Light considered drinking?

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#56 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:17PM
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The Towel Boy is boozeless...

*spies a jiffy marker on the desk*

...hmmmmm

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#57 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:17PM
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The Booger doesnt want to go with Smackentyre huh.

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#58 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:17PM
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SCORE SCORE SCORE SCORE

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#59 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:17PM
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OHHHH man!

WOOO

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#60 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:18PM
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A goal! ....and they don't even have 8 yet!

This can't get any better.

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#61 I Am The Law
January 30 2009, 07:18PM
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So, if we score first, instead of spotting a 3-0 lead, we have a better chance of winning? Is that how it works?

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#62 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:18PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

The Towel Boy is boozeless… *spies a jiffy marker on the desk* …hmmmmm

Boozeless? WHO SAW THIS COMING????

Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer wrote:

The Booger doesnt want to go with Smackentyre huh.

It will happen I bet

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#63 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:19PM
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Gah. It appears my feed is 2 minutes behind everyone else. Just like my motor skills.

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#64 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:19PM
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Its your boy Moreau with another penalty

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#65 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:19PM
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I Am The Law wrote:

So, if we score first, instead of spotting a 3-0 lead, we have a better chance of winning? Is that how it works?

There have not been any timeouts in the first minute eleven. That's a good sign.

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#66 I Am The Law
January 30 2009, 07:20PM
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JS - I'm in FSN feed too. NHL Gameday hates me. I don't think I've seen an actual Edmonton crew broadcast all year...

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#67 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:20PM
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Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer wrote:

Its your boy Moreau with another penalty

He just wanted to hang with Staios and remember the good old days when sophmore players gave a crap.

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#68 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:21PM
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I Am The Law wrote:

JS - I’m in FSN feed too. NHL Gameday hates me. I don’t think I’ve seen an actual Edmonton crew broadcast all year…

That is probably a good thing.

Ha ha bloody nosed Cutterbuck. Suck on that you nerd.

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#69 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:21PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Yeah...but we're Gene Principeless...so, it's all good.

@ Wanye Gretz:

...ohh...you. >:|

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#70 I Am The Law
January 30 2009, 07:21PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: I only heard about the Buffalo game. At the time, I was actually stuck in Buffalo during a snowstorm. I didn't think Buffalo would crush my soul twice at the same time...

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#71 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:23PM
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@ I Am The Law:

Medicine Hat broke my heart twice in an hour once. It happens to the best of us.

You missed the Oilers scoring twice against Buffalo. It was so sweet.

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#72 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:24PM
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Marc Andre Bergeron hey? You left some pants in the dressing room when you were traded. Size extra small right? Knees all worn out?

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#73 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:25PM
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Penalty kill- already 600% more successful than last game!

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#74 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:25PM
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Jeanshorts welcome back!

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#75 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:26PM
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@ I Am The Law:

Give you a hint on the Buffalo game - that shot from the point Roli just stopped would have gone in.

Twice.

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#76 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:26PM
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oh no...hemmer...

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#77 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:27PM
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Holy crap SOMEONE PROTECT HEMSKY

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#78 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:27PM
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Is he alright? FSN went to commercial dammit!

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#79 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:27PM
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@ Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer:

Oh, but I was never gone......

*trips over a chair as he tries to back away into the shadows*

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#80 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:28PM
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Oh good. A discussion on testicular cancer. Thanks Gene.

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#81 I Am The Law
January 30 2009, 07:28PM
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Wow, FSN is pimping the 2009 World Poker Tour season. Something else that's more popular in this nation than hockey... *sigh*

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#82 RBK
January 30 2009, 07:29PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Is he alright? FSN went to commercial dammit!

We are witnesssing a terrible interview like Wayne said

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#83 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:29PM
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Wow is anybody listening to 630 ched? Rod Phillips doesnt even try to hide his bias. "Somebody better take out Mikko Koivu"

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#84 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:29PM
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OK MacIntyre. Go end the life of Schultz. Who cares if you get life in prison

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#85 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:30PM
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See, If that piece of trash maggot scum isnt going to fight any of our guys, then someone should take their stick, and break it over his face. Robin Regiher proved you wont even get suspended for it!

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#86 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:31PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

OK MacIntyre. Go end the life of Schultz. Who cares if you get life in prison

Wayne this is the NHL. You end someones career by almost paralysing them from being, you get traded, not thrown in jail.

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#87 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:31PM
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The FSN guy just said that Souray has won the hardest shot in the ASG. I can't recall, but I don't think that's true. Anyone?

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#88 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:32PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Go end the life of Schultz. Who cares if you get life in prison

We're talking about Mark Schultz right?

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#89 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:32PM
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Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer wrote:

Wayne this is the NHL. You end someones career by almost paralysing them from being, you get traded, not thrown in jail.

And that is why I have an Oilers garbage can in my room.

TRUE STORY

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#90 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:32PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

The FSN guy just said that Souray has won the hardest shot in the ASG. I can’t recall, but I don’t think that’s true. Anyone?

No it was Chara. Stupid FSN

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#91 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:34PM
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Rolli is looking like 37 year old Rolli out there!

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#92 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 30 2009, 07:34PM
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That Schultz scum can drive himself off the same cliff in the same van as Dion Phaneuf, Kevin Bieksa, and Matt Cooke.

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#93 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:35PM
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Smack with the block. I love that big teddy bear.

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#94 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:35PM
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MacInyre blocked that with his orbital bone.

The puck is cracked

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#95 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:35PM
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Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer wrote:

That Schultz scum can drive himself off the same cliff in the same van as Dion Phaneuf, Kevin Bieksa, and Matt Cooke.

And Celine Dion.

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#96 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:35PM
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LOOK AT THE BLOCK ON MACINTYRE!

God Reddox is keeping tossed around out there. PUT HIM ON THE FIRST LINE!

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#97 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:37PM
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Reddox is a top line player in the NHL.

*drools*

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#98 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 07:38PM
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Oh yes! We get to know more about Cal Clutterbuck in the first intermission!

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!

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#99 I Am The Law
January 30 2009, 07:38PM
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Oooh, Clutterbuck is going to talk about Family Guy in the first intermission...

I don't even know what to say to that...

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#100 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:38PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Reddox is a top line player in the NHL. *drools*

My dream fwd line would be reddox - peterson - reasoner.

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