GDB 39: Canucks have Sundin, we have Brule

Jason Gregor
January 07 2009 12:20PM

While everyone is focusing on the debut of Mats Sundin tonight, Oilers fans will see Gilbert Brule on the first line for the first time. Brule and Reddox took turns on the RW at the morning skate today, but Brule tipped me off that he will be on the wing tonight.

For Brule this is the first opportunity to play in a true offensive role in the NHL and he is excited.

“It’s a great chance to think offence. I know that I just have to play a simple game and focus more on getting into spaces where I can score,” said Brule.

The other aspect about Brule’s game that should come in handy tonight against the pesky Canucks is his willingness to play gritty. With disturbers and pests like Kesler and Burrows, if Brule can bring that element tonight that could go a long way for him staying in the line-up, at least until Hemsky returns.

Jacques skates

JF Jacques skated with his teammates for the first time this season, but he is still a long ways away from playing. Jacques’ back is still sore from the surgery and he is looking at getting in a game sometime in February. But that will be in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons and it is very doubtful that he will play with the Oilers this season.

Steve MacIntyre saw the doctor yesterday and it looks like he will be cleared to play in ten days, but the way the fourth line is playing right now it will be hard for him to get in the line-up. Expect him to get a two-week conditioning stint in Springfield to try and get in game shape.

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal tonight for the Oilers. Shawn Horcoff said his back is feeling much better today, and it shouldn’t give him any trouble tonight.

Mats Sundin will skate with Kyle Wellwood and former Camrose Kodiak Mason Raymond tonight, while Pavol Demitra will skate with the Sedin sisters.

The Canucks long term plan is to use Demitra and Sundin as a pair, with the Sisters on the other line, and the other winger will be on a rotation basis, based on who is playing well and which guy has chemistry with the specific pair.

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#101 David S
January 07 2009, 09:17PM
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Uhhh the ice is horrible EVERY night.

Boys are tryin' but man do we miss Hemsky.

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#102 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:18PM
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David S wrote:

Uhhh the ice is horrible EVERY night

I know but usually not this noticeable

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#103 Hockey Gods
January 07 2009, 09:19PM
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Hahaha

Little late for this one, but sometimes my funny comments are late for the date.

Souray turned Ohlunds face into a Swedish meatball... Haha...anyone? Ha?

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#104 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:19PM
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Daniel physically dominated by... Visnovsky.

I just think that's funny.

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#105 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:20PM
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@ Hockey Gods:

Not bad.

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#106 Smokin' Ray
January 07 2009, 09:21PM
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Did anyone notice the Metallica helmet that LaBarbera is wearing? Or did someone say that already?

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#107 OilersNinja
January 07 2009, 09:21PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Vigneault snuck the Sedins on against Brodziak and Co. Fortunately for MacTavish, the whistle blew.

How do you notice these things willis, are you a detective. I am with Wanye right now and he still is hooting from Souray in an owly mood comment.

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#108 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:22PM
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@ Smokin' Ray:

Yeah he's gone through a few different versions in L.A.

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#109 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:22PM
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I think Principe should interview Ohlund after the 2nd..."So where did it hurt??"

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#110 Smokin' Ray
January 07 2009, 09:23PM
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@jeanshorts:

it's cool and gay at the same time.

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#111 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:23PM
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GOD I HATE ALEX BURROWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#112 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:23PM
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@ OilersNinja:

Nah, I got focused on matchups awhile back now, and I just try to watch for them. I miss some, and see others.

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#113 Smokin' Ray
January 07 2009, 09:23PM
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DANM!

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#114 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:24PM
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Great shift after the goal by Edmonton.

Oh, right - stupid Burrows.

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#115 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:24PM
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Sumumma bitdge

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#116 David S
January 07 2009, 09:24PM
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Yeah. Sometimes it looks like they're playing with a black tennis ball out there.

An usher I know says that most nights lately it's almost as cold in the arena as it is outside the building. Apparently the ice is being used far more than it was designed for.

...Burrows. Phuuuuk! Penner dropped his man.

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#117 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 07 2009, 09:25PM
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Once again the failure to recognize what's at stake in the game, Oilers playing extremely lackluster hockey aside from a few individuals, no team effort whatsoever and it's 1-0 for Vancouver.

This team simply can never initiate and only reacts. It's sickening. Also: Horcoff is awful.

PPS- The sound and picture quality on SportsNet West for the hockey game is absolutely brutal right now, making this game harder than ever to watch.

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#118 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:26PM
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David S wrote:

Apparently the ice is being used far more than it was designed for.

Usually only on one end though

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#119 OilersNinja
January 07 2009, 09:27PM
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YEAH!

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#120 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:27PM
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YESSSSSS!!! It's your boy Willis! You must be some kind of good luck charm.

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#121 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:27PM
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@ Sing A Song For SingSing:

Are you watching the same game I am? Not only has it been a close, physical affair (with a slight Oilers edge, IMO) but the quality on my internet stream has been great.

Nilsson! I called it!

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#122 David S
January 07 2009, 09:27PM
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Nilsson! Redemption.

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#123 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:27PM
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Going upstairs???

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#124 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:28PM
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@ R-DAWG: Nope!! WOOOOOOOOOO!

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#125 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:28PM
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"Man do I love that Bobby Nilsson"

- Every Oilers fan alive right now

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#126 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:28PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

@ Sing A Song For SingSing: Nilsson! I called it!

You Sir are a font of knowledge that seriously amazes me

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#127 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:29PM
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Sedins out against the 4th line again. I sense a pattern.

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#128 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:29PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Nah, I just get lucky sometimes.

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#129 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:30PM
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GOD I HATE STEVE BERNIER!!!!!!!!!

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#130 David S
January 07 2009, 09:30PM
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Whiskey

Tango

Foxtrot

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#131 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:30PM
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“Man do I hate that Dwayne Roloson”

- Every Oilers fan alive right now

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#132 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:30PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

IMO

Sorry I'm not up on my internet jargan, what is IMO

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#133 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:30PM
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Damn it.

Long shift for the 4th line there.

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#134 jeanshorts
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TIMES 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#135 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:30PM
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@ R-DAWG:

in my opinion

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#136 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:31PM
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"Man I'm glad I have cynide pills in my cupboard"

- Wanye Gretz right now

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#137 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:31PM
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Time out, please.

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#138 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:31PM
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So I just went pee and it was tied. What the fark?

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#139 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 07 2009, 09:31PM
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LoL.

Horrible lateral movement by ol' man Roli on that one.

This game is over.

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#140 David S
January 07 2009, 09:31PM
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Might be a good time for Penner and Horcoff to punch in for work.

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#141 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:32PM
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"Man they just need to get MacT better players. Poor guy. He's doing another amazing job this year."

-Every sports writer in Edmonton, other than Brownlee and Gregor.

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#142 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:32PM
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Staios vs Sundin

The two old boxers one punch away from a career ender. It's like Rocky 8

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#143 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:32PM
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Lots of time left. If they kill this penalty.

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#144 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:33PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

So I just went pee and it was tied. What the fark?

I suggest if you got any "paper work" to do, you better hold it!

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#145 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:33PM
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@ jeanshorts:

The net would have come off of it's moorings before that puck crossed the line, if only MacTavish hadn't lost the room.

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#146 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:34PM
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3 goals score the exact same way but the exact same line....

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#147 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:34PM
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Sedin-Sundin-Sedin. It finally happened.......

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#148 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:35PM
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That's ugly. It shouldn't be a 3-1 game at this point.

Still, it doesn't matter what the score should be, if they can't tie it up.

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#149 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:35PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: If only MacTavish hadn't lost the room, Steve Bernier probably wouldn't have scored 2 goals in 12 seconds.

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#150 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 07 2009, 09:35PM
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JW I admire your optimism but I truly don't see what you do in this game from the Oilers.

They just don't play a good team game, it's so sloppy.

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