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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#201 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:41PM
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Jordan Eberle - my man.

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#202 The Towel Boy
January 30 2009, 08:42PM
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k peeps...this party is getting less Towel Boy-ee...gotta jet. Stay classy. GOILERS!

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#203 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:45PM
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oilers bowling on PPV.... yawn!!!

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#204 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 08:48PM
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I'd much rather have Oilers bowling than watching Gorg try to make a case as to why the Coyotes are a lock for the playoffs.

Although he just said that Vancouver is going to continue to slide and have no chance. So, at the moment he's my favoritest person in Minnesota.

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#205 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 08:49PM
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So I was over at the BMJS website and wondered to myself why can't I swear hear??

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#206 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:51PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

So I was over at the BMJS website and wondered to myself why can’t I swear hear??

You can.

Joey Moss PS is cool

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#207 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 08:52PM
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@ R-DAWG:

Because no one reads our site, other than a few derelicts and single fathers who are running from the law due to skipping out on child support.

This site gives money to cancer kids and stuff, so, they have to pretend to have morals and crap.

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#208 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:53PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

So I was over at the BMJS website and wondered to myself why can’t I swear hear??

@ Jeanshorts :

ooo JSBM hath been renamed BMJS

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#209 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:54PM
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How come there are never any out of town hi-lights on PPV games?

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#210 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 08:55PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Hey u caught that...good one!

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#211 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 08:55PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

@ Jeanshorts : ooo JSBM hath been renamed BMJS

It just doesn't flow as nicely.

I know who the favorite son is here, but I'm fine with that because at least I don't have to sleep on rubber sheets. Anymore.....

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#212 I Am The Law
January 30 2009, 08:56PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

How come there are never any out of town hi-lights on PPV games?

FSN hasn't shown any out-of-town highlights either. Although their "Minnesota Minute" was the Oilers running all over the Wild, so I'm over it.

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#213 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:56PM
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Steal my sunshine by Len

ah the classics

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#214 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 08:57PM
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Gah. Well, Mrs. Roloson is getting the non shutout beats tonight.

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#215 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:58PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: @ Jeanshorts : ooo JSBM hath been renamed BMJS It just doesn’t flow as nicely. I know who the favorite son is here, but I’m fine with that because at least I don’t have to sleep on rubber sheets. Anymore…..

I must confess you and I have not had the pleasure of having Prime Time bagged milk present. I think of you as weird conjoined twins

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#216 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 08:59PM
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I was going to cut Roli down but after the Nolan save I'd say...Roli,Roli,Roli!!!

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#217 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 08:59PM
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Shoot I want to ghost ride my something something something across the something if they win

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#218 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:02PM
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No third period collapse please. My transplanted Ape heart can't handle many more of those.

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#219 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:04PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

No third period collapse please. My transplanted Ape heart can’t handle many more of those.

BAHA Ape heart hamster testicle donor recipient

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#220 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:05PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

BAHA Ape heart hamster testicle donor recipient

Those little cranberries are all mine thank you. Or should I say thanks dad.

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#221 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:09PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: BAHA Ape heart hamster testicle donor recipient Those little cranberries are all mine thank you. Or should I say thanks dad.

baha you are L'il Cranberries from now on in my mind

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#222 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:10PM
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Nilsson boarding on Boogaard. Thank the Gods of Hockey it wasn't the other way around.

Right L'il Cranberries?

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#223 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:11PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Alright sir, I think you've had enough light beer for tonight.

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#224 Tommy
January 30 2009, 09:13PM
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Why is Reddox on the top line? Penner hurt?

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#225 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:15PM
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@ Tommy:

Uhh, because he's the best player we've ever had? Doy!

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#226 Yakman
January 30 2009, 09:19PM
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Baaaaaaah!

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#227 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:20PM
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Is there a reason they play that same White Stripes song every time we get a penalty?

WHOA. Old people sucking face behind MacT. I like it!

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#228 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 09:20PM
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What kind of stupid ass notes do you think Mac-T writes in his stupid note book..."lose 10-2 more often"?

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#229 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:21PM
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There is a crazy wind storm downtown and it knocked out my internet and power near me is out.

Damn Oilers beating the Wild causing Armageddon

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#230 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 09:23PM
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Not to be the weather-man but I hear 100kph winds all night.

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#231 OilersNinja
January 30 2009, 09:24PM
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@ jeanshorts: Its because our music department has terrible taste and roadie with phish during the off season

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#232 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:24PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

What kind of stupid ass notes do you think Mac-T writes in his stupid note book…”lose 10-2 more often”?

"Flip coin to determine which goalie starts.

No matter how terrible they are playing, never sit or demote Staios, Moreau, Reddox, etc.

God Robbie Scrhemp is a pole smoker.

I wonder if people would understand the irony if I started driving around with a case of beer in my car at all times."

I imagine it's that kind of stuff. And also lots of sketches of him and KLowe in various shirtless poses.

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#233 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:26PM
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OilersNinja wrote:

@ jeanshorts: Its because our music department has terrible taste and roadie with phish during the off season

Hey man. Wouldn't it, like, trip people out if we played the same song all the time man? They'd be all like, whoa did we get sucked into a wormhole or something? huh huh huh huh, cough, huh. Yeah man. Oh crap we need to fill our Great Big Sea quota otherwise Alan Watt will have our balls! Man!

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#234 Yakman
January 30 2009, 09:27PM
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one of the reasons I haven't posted before is I'm one of the last Mac-T Supporters...

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#235 OilersNinja
January 30 2009, 09:27PM
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"Whenever trouble comes around you must whip it"

PLease play "My Sharona"

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#236 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 09:28PM
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The guy on the wild network said it would take something "magical" for the Wild to win...HAS HE SEEN THE OILERS BEFORE!!!

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#237 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:29PM
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Yakman wrote:

one of the reasons I haven’t posted before is I’m one of the last Mac-T Supporters…

It's alright, no one's here to judge you. Except for the fact that you support someone who is worse than Hitler!

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#238 OilersNinja
January 30 2009, 09:30PM
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@ jeanshorts: Great Big Sea is a fine eastern canadian talent! Not

Pass that doochie pon di left hand side

AW is histories greatest monster, there I said it.

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#239 OilersNinja
January 30 2009, 09:31PM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that guy is getting kicked out for drinking too much herion

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#240 Yakman
January 30 2009, 09:32PM
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Woot!

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#241 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:32PM
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"Wow now that last game is nothing more than a loss on a 6-2 run. No one will remember that game anymore." - Rob Brown on PPV just now

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#242 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:32PM
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The last two songs I have noticed have been a terrible Queen cover and an even worse Zepplin cover. Screw firing MacT, fire the music guys.

OILERS WIN! WEEEEE!

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#243 jeanshorts
January 30 2009, 09:33PM
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Gah dammit, I just realized I won't be able to see the love in inside the Oilers dressing room tonight. CRUMBS!

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#244 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 09:33PM
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Probably the third best game the boys have played!!

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#245 Yakman
January 30 2009, 09:34PM
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The Justice League will remember... catch y'all later@ Wanye Gretz:

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#246 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:34PM
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Dressing room tunes are better than Rexall Tunes

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#247 R-DAWG
January 30 2009, 09:35PM
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@ jeanshorts: "Clap, clap"

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#248 Lofty
January 30 2009, 09:35PM
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way to keep things in perspective

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#249 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:35PM
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Wow they are actually replaying Private Eyes.

So cliche

*throws super long blong hair over shoulder in a sexy manner*

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#250 Wanye Gretz
January 30 2009, 09:36PM
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"It's amazing how things can turn 180 degrees in two games" - Kevin Quinn right now

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