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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#1 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 02:52PM
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Oh man! I can't wait to not watch this game!

I'm not paying for it. No matter how much I think they'll come out swinging.

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#2 The Towel Boy's hindsight...
January 30 2009, 02:54PM
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...well....maybe I could buy it...it's only like 15 bucks or w/e...I could just not buy that Golden Girls Season 3 DVD collection and have enough skrill for the game....

...or not...

Man...I dunno!

Gametime decision.

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#3 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 02:55PM
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@ The Towel Boy's hindsight...:

Thanks, you've made my decision even more cloudy.

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#4 Cam
January 30 2009, 03:08PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Oh man! I can’t wait to not watch this game! I’m not paying for it. No matter how much I think they’ll come out swinging.

Listen to it on the radio. Rod Phillips has the ability to make a real snoozer seem exciting. That is what I do for Wild games since i hate watching them.

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#5 socaldave
January 30 2009, 03:09PM
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time to break out the magic 8-ball, dude... and if you have one of those round black decision-making things, give that a try, too

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#6 Dennis
January 30 2009, 03:12PM
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The best episodes of the Golden Girls are where Blanche acts like she's 19, Rose acts stupid, Sophia calls Blanche a slut and men pretend like they'd actually (edited but done so laughing - WG) Dorothy.

On tonight's game, Roli has been sucking the last few games and if he doesn't show up, it doesn't matter. The Oilers bailed him out in wins vs Phx and CBJ but he needs to be way better than he has been of late.

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#7 cambosmash
January 30 2009, 03:13PM
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Hit up Tap 25. That way if it all goes downhill you can begin the drowning of sorrows with the $15. If things go well you throw the $15 on black and make enough to buy EVERY season of Golden Girls.

Potulny bangs in all of the shots Cole puts off the post tonight.

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#8 Deep Oil
January 30 2009, 03:17PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Oh man! I can’t wait to not watch this game! I’m not paying for it. No matter how much I think they’ll come out swinging.

why pay to watch oil lose to the wild AGAIN

free internet link - http://atdhe.net/live-tv.php?i=11453625

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#9 CurtisS
January 30 2009, 03:19PM
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PPV to boot!!!

All that said, we have about a 5% chance to win.

Then again they blew my mind last game.

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#10 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 03:24PM
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Dennis wrote:

The best episodes of the Golden Girls are where Blanche acts like she’s 19, Rose acts stupid, Sophia calls Blanche a slut and men pretend like they’d actually (edited but done so laughing - WG) Dorothy.

I don't know that I have seen that episode....

Wanye SO SORRY

OK Nation. The site was down and we feel terrible and we tried as hard as we could to rustle up some tickets for tonight's game to reward you for your patience. We failed.

BUT we did get some tickets for the game on Sunday against the Predators. "But Wanye - isn't that during the superbowl?" But nothing Nation. We did the best we could with the servers and we did the best we could with the tickets.

Ticket contest

Email me at wanyegretz@gmail.com and tell me something funny that will get my mind off the internet always being broken. Tomorrow morning we will award two club access seats to the game against the Preds AND a parking pass AND a $25 GC to Hudson's Downtown - where you will pick up your tickets.

That's it - you cheer Wanye up.

*rustles for secret whisky bottle hidden in fake right leg*

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#11 freeze
January 30 2009, 03:24PM
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@ Deep Oil: careful, you'll have Watt blowing his top seeing that link!

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#12 Mike
January 30 2009, 03:49PM
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That's funny Freeze. I was just thinking the same thing. Mr. Wart will be firing off an e-mail to the Nation ordering them to remove it.

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#13 Chris
January 30 2009, 03:50PM
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Hopefully tonight is only a Debacle Of Miniscule Proportions.

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#14 freeze
January 30 2009, 03:53PM
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@ Mike: the way things are getting censored around here they may do it voluntarily. wouldn't want to cut into Hudson's revenues. ;)

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#15 Craigsworth
January 30 2009, 03:58PM
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@ freeze: I'm friends with one of the Nation owners, and they have no stake in Hudsons. OilersNation is independent.

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#16 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 04:01PM
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freeze wrote:

@ Mike: the way things are getting censored around here they may do it voluntarily. wouldn’t want to cut into Hudson’s revenues.

Yeah - that's exactly right. Go look at all the comments on here this week and tell me that they are edited.

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#17 David S
January 30 2009, 04:03PM
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freeze wrote:

careful, you’ll have Watt blowing his top seeing that link!

atdhe.net is the favorite PPV standby for the guys at LT's. I imagine it's a lifesaver for Jonathan. If you have a decent internet connection and a big computer screen, the feed is pretty good.

I watch it just to imagine Oilers Brass steaming at not getting my $15. Even if I go to a game, I'll leave the feed on just to make a point. Mua-hahaha!

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#18 freeze
January 30 2009, 04:07PM
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@ Craigsworth: the smart ass comment was more that their sponsors would get on the horn ala Watt.

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#19 freeze
January 30 2009, 04:08PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: that came from the edit on Dennis. tongue planted firmly in cheek wanye...

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#20 freeze
January 30 2009, 04:09PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: seriously, I respect what you are building on here.

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#21 The Chosen One
January 30 2009, 04:13PM
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Wow, looking at the line-up for tonights game really, really depressed me. Is it just me, or are we missing a credible roster player or two, someone that hasn't played in the minors over the last 3 years? I am depressed, I got no confidence in this roster right now. (except Hemsky, go Hemskey! http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=bYUvdrpVgWY

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#22 Deep Oil
January 30 2009, 04:20PM
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David S wrote:

freeze wrote: careful, you’ll have Watt blowing his top seeing that link! atdhe.net is the favorite PPV standby for the guys at LT’s. I imagine it’s a lifesaver for Jonathan. If you have a decent internet connection and a big computer screen, the feed is pretty good. I watch it just to imagine Oilers Brass steaming at not getting my $15. Even if I go to a game, I’ll leave the feed on just to make a point. Mua-hahaha!

Katz may just borrow some more money and buyout OilersNation and replace RobinB and JasonG with DanT and BobS - this way Oiler media control will be complete.

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#23 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 04:22PM
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freeze wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz: seriously, I respect what you are building on here.

Oh man - I'm sorry. I am a bit testy today.

*hangs head*

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#24 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 04:27PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Katz may just borrow some more money and buyout OilersNation and replace RobinB and JasonG with DanT and BobS - this way Oiler media control will be complete.

By my careful calculations the OilersNation is worth $0.74 cents and a moustache comb. Having said that - the OilersNation will have to be taken from my cold dead hands and is not for sale.

Unless the moustache comb is Oiler blue.

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#25 freeze
January 30 2009, 04:29PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: me too. brutal week. luckily I get to drink expensive, watered down, tasteless beer tonight!

PLEASE WIN TONIGHT!!!!!

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#26 APE
January 30 2009, 04:32PM
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Wayne, you my friend are quite funny today.

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#27 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 04:38PM
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@ freeze:

Oh please win tonight. It will make all the pain go away.

@ APE:

I'm glad my rage entertains you. Standby for a doozy idea I have if the Oilers gas another one tonight.

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#28 Deep Oil
January 30 2009, 04:39PM
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Just a heads up from the last blog - fan 960 pulled down GOLA - it is still up at

GOLA GOLA GOLA GOLA

YOUTUBE - http://ballhype.com/video/fan960_goalla_oilers_get_blown_out_10_2_greaseville/

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#29 Smokin' Ray
January 30 2009, 04:47PM
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GAME DAY!!!

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#30 RBK
January 30 2009, 04:49PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

GAME DAY!!!

It is now!! No one can announce that but you smokin ray. :)

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#31 rindog
January 30 2009, 05:04PM
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Am I being too negative or could Potulny's comments be taken as a bit of a shot at being sent down last time???

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

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#32 Smokin' Ray
January 30 2009, 05:07PM
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I do what I can...

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#33 volfman
January 30 2009, 05:17PM
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Just a thought but if we come back and win tonight, wasn't the 10-2 loss kind of pointless. The way I see it a couple more of those losses and maybe, just maybe we get to see some changes management and coaching wise. (Not talking about Tambo here). And then see them unload some of our stupid salaries, Try to get into the Tavares sweepstakes. Or at least a good pick in a decent draft. And Rebuild with some of the very good youth that we already have. A.K.A. Chicago, Boston, and Washington. However I wouldn't mind seeing them beat the crap out of minny though, can't stand those life sucking losers.

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#34 Dennis
January 30 2009, 05:18PM
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Just checked out the gag song and it's really fornication funny.

Seriously, does this club have a sense of humour? Then again, I guess I know the awnser when you consider that Lowe talks about how he'd like to throttle people.

Like I said, this org's not likeable.

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#35 Pokie Reddik
January 30 2009, 05:18PM
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Cam wrote:

Listen to it on the radio. Rod Phillips has the ability to make a real snoozer seem exciting. That is what I do for Wild games since i hate watching them.

Rod phillips is Done, his voice is way to old and shakey. Fred is no better yet, he sounds like he has a barney burger in his mouth all the time, (edited by WG)

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#36 Pokie Reddik
January 30 2009, 05:21PM
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Dennis wrote:

Just checked out the gag song and it’s really fornication funny. Seriously, does this club have a sense of humour? Then again, I guess I know the awnser when you consider that Lowe talks about how he’d like to throttle people. Like I said, this org’s not likeable.

Maybe this will make the Oilers realize Yes they are the laughing stock of the NHL, Even Atlanta laughs at them. Lowe must Go, take your boys on the bus with you.

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#37 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 05:50PM
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Pokie Reddik wrote:

Rod phillips is Done, his voice is way to old and shakey.

Dude, stop sniffing the glue at work...Rod phillips rules and it is a shame that he is stepping down. Better than listening to that loser "Bryan,3 plays behind Hall"

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#38 RBK
January 30 2009, 06:04PM
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@ R-DAWG:

True! I love Rod Phillips. He is still the best

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#39 Xavier
January 30 2009, 06:09PM
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The boys at JSBM are doing an uncensored game day nation. It was really funny last game so check it out. I do both, but it's good when I have to say F**k You MacTavish to letter rip at JSBM. LOL

http://www.jeanshortsandbaggedmilk.com

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#40 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 06:36PM
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*nervously looks at clock*

...the game of reckoning is nearly upon us.

It's make or break time people.

GOILERS!

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#41 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 06:44PM
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*slowly creeps into the room, hoping no one will notice, takes a seat in a dark corner, and lights a cigarette*

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#42 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 06:47PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

*slowly creeps into the room, hoping no one will notice, takes a seat in a dark corner, and lights a cigarette*

Well well well. Look who came back...

*bursts into emotional tears and wipes nose on sleeve*

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#43 RBK
January 30 2009, 07:01PM
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Game time!

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#44 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:03PM
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Q: PPV against the Wild on a Friday Night. Is there anything with higher ratings?

A: No

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#45 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:05PM
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HOJA found time to leave their tour of nowhere to sing the Anthem????

AW SNAP PUFFY!

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#46 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 07:07PM
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During this anthem is the only time in Nilsson's career he isn't the biggest wuss on Rexall Ice

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#47 RBK
January 30 2009, 07:10PM
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You are on both JSBM and here Wanye?

haha you are everywhere like Visa

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#48 RBK
January 30 2009, 07:10PM
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Fight! Fight!

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#49 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 07:11PM
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OHHHH nice hit!

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#50 OilersNinja
January 30 2009, 07:11PM
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I don't care - I love Staios

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