GDB V: The come up

Wanye
October 12 2009 03:50PM

Oh snap Puffy! The 47 coaches, 23 management types and two psychics involved in every single decision for the mighty Oil have elected to start JDD tonight against the Preds. Nevermind that the Oilers have won only one of their last 10 games in Nashville. It’s time to roll out le JDD and cue the come up.

For the unititiated, the come up is technically defined as “on the way to mastering a skill or trade.” In reality the come up is the point in a plot line where a heretofore bit player gets his or her chance to shine in the big time. Remember that scene where Rudy finally takes the field at the end of a long career on the practice roster? That right there is the come up, even if it is a little late:

 

We are hardly suggesting that JDD is Dan Ruettiger. First of all they look nothing alike, and we totally think that JDD would have made the Fighting Irish in the mid 1970s if he had just put his mind to it. No, instead we are referring to one of the many instances in the life of an athlete bordering on the big time, where he has the ability to take the reins in his career.

See our friend JDD is at a bit of a crossroads. Drafted 31st overall by the Oilers in 2002, he has seen a whopping 10 games in the NHL since then. During that time he has played for eight different teams (thank you once again for that multi year complete lack of dedicated AHL squad Oilers) and though certainly not washed up at the age of 25, he isn’t exactly on the fast track to become a starter in the NHL.

But things look better than they used to

With an aging Khabibulin recently signed to a 12 year contract and knowing that he is one of the most oft-injured goalies in the NHL, our man JDD must be cautiously optimistic about his slim chances to be an NHL starter slightly improving of late. Had the Oilers gone out and signed a work horse of a starting goalie for the next 6 seasons, one would have to assume that the chances of JDD ever getting the job with the Oilers would have fallen to nearly zero.

But with the introduction of a 36 year old goalie that optimistically hopes to see 60 games per season, the door has opened for JDD to walk in and put his stamp on 20-24 games per year. With an NHL career record of (4-3-0), a GAA of 3.33 and save % of .901, there is little to suggest that JDD isn’t capable of handling these duties. But you can best believe that if he is unable to deliver the goods – and quick – Pat Quinn and Tom Renney will be looking for someone else to bring the thunder in a backup role to Monsieur Booleen.

Which brings us to tonight’s game against the Preds

You know that there is a lot of hockey left in the season for a fragile starting goalie when the coaching staff are willing to potentially burn a road game against Nashville by starting the backup goaltender against a good Predators team. The Oilers have only won once in the past ten games at the Sommet Center and will be looking to do so without the help of Super Stud defenseman Sheldon Souray on the back end.

Opinion on the Oilers is starting to point North of  “this team is garbage” as evidenced by positive articles popping up in the MSM, such as the Dan Barnes article in the Edmonton Journal this morning. Dan Barnes talks about how “there is more promise in (the Oilers’) play than there are points in the standings, but the essence of these Oilers is in other, better, more surprising numbers.” Articles such as these by a rarely fooled guy like Barnes point to the start of some momentum to the Oilers, a welcome sight in a season that could have been over by the 20 game mark if they stumbled out of the gate. But as any Oilers fan who watched the Titanician season last year can attest, early promise can be snuffed out all too quickly.

Which brings us back to JDD getting the start tonight

Yep, you are the man tonight Jeff. Play well and you too can lay claim to some early season momentum. Come out and play a whale of a game, suddenly the Oilers have a lot more confidence in a Plan B if the Bulin wall is not ready to go. But have things start poorly and you can bet that a great many Oilers fans will be wringing their hands and yelling about the need for “a real backup goaltender. ” Nashville isnt exactly rolling four lines at the moment, relying on the top line of Arnott, Hornqvist and Steve Sullivan to score 5 of the 6 goals the team has potted to date. So it would seem that shutting down the first line could get our man JDD a win in his first game of the season and set the table for the first half of the year.

Good luck to you Sir.

All the very best.

Update: The game is at 6 PM not 8 PM. No matter what our scoreboard tells you. If we knew how to change it we would, but there you go.

Love, Wanye

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#51 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:32PM
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Comrie with another point..... wow.

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#52 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:32PM
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That Nashville scout doesn't look to dumb now

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#53 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:33PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

well anyway, it's starting to look like circus circus is out of the question, and maybe just a city hall wedding...I'm so proud

haha clowns...

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#54 Shorty
October 12 2009, 06:35PM
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HELP! can't get nhl game centre to work. says the game is not available online and atdhe is not working either. any other suggestions for watching it online?

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#55 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:36PM
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Shorty wrote:

HELP! can't get nhl game centre to work. says the game is not available online and atdhe is not working either. any other suggestions for watching it online?

It's on sportsnet.... haha sorry man, I can't help you.

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#56 Lofty
October 12 2009, 06:36PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

That Nashville scout doesn't look to dumb now

No, he still does.

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#57 EricOG
October 12 2009, 06:37PM
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Are the Oilers that good or the Predators that bad???

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#58 Lofty
October 12 2009, 06:39PM
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Just get center ice. $40 for 4 months and you get every game. Considering you get the PPV games your paying around the same as the people in AB

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#59 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:42PM
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WHERE DID THIS GUY COME FROM??

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#60 EricOG
October 12 2009, 06:43PM
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Sound the horn!!!! The Zack Attack is on!!!

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#61 Lofty
October 12 2009, 06:43PM
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Starting to see how Stortini scored so many goals in the minors

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#62 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 06:43PM
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Zach Attack! haha.

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#64 jeanshorts
October 12 2009, 06:47PM
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I can't wait till Kevin Lowe strong arms Tambo into re-signing Stortini to a 5 year, 22 million dollar contract based on his stellar offense!

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#65 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 06:47PM
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For all the craziness about their finishes this season, the Oilers have consistently come out FLYING in the first.

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#66 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:47PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I can't wait till Kevin Lowe strong arms Tambo into re-signing Stortini to a 5 year, 22 million dollar contract based on his stellar offense!

How much you think Comrie is going to cost at this point a game pace? loving it!

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#67 Slicky
October 12 2009, 06:48PM
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Hi All, been reading for a while but only decided to sign up tonight.

I cannot believe 4-0 tonight and with 2 more periods to go. Come on Zack, lets get a hat trick.

Lets go Oil!!!

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#68 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 06:48PM
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What a strange feeling...we are leading 4-0. Anybody know how long it has been since that happened?

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#69 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 06:51PM
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And if Gregor is in, the Fish look pretty good on their opening drive too...could be my best sports weekend almost ever.

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#70 Milli
October 12 2009, 06:51PM
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still no one with a feed? what a game to be missing...

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#71 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 06:52PM
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Don't bet the farm on Miami doing anything other than teasing you

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#72 EricOG
October 12 2009, 06:53PM
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Excellent, these are the regular season matchups that the Oilers have to win to get into the playoffs. That's 18 goals up to this point. That's 3.6 goals per game. If They keep this pace, they stand to acore close to 280 goals for the season.

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#73 freeze
October 12 2009, 06:53PM
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Now that was a road period!!

Zach is on fire! The true hatty or the Gordie?

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#74 Milli
October 12 2009, 06:53PM
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On a side note, great thanksgiving weekend, the hockey gods where good to me....Had a buddy from calgary down, a he is one of those freeky flamers fan....so he get a little to drunk and passes out on the couch....we dress him up in some MIGHTY OIL gear!!!!! snap a bunch of pics!!!!!! oh man it was GOLD!!!!!

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#75 BarryS
October 12 2009, 06:54PM
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Shorty wrote:

HELP! can't get nhl game centre to work. says the game is not available online and atdhe is not working either. any other suggestions for watching it online?

try ustream

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#76 6 ring circus
October 12 2009, 06:55PM
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If Penner keeps plaing like this no one will bash Lowe or Penner for his contract,He is playing great,so is Jaques and Stortini,does a coaching change make this much of a difference?

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#77 Milli
October 12 2009, 06:55PM
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got it

on atdhe

password is myp2p

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#78 Robin Brownlee
October 12 2009, 06:58PM
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Let's see the Oilers lock it down now. No need whatsoever to entertain the people at Sommet or start thinking "points night." Get Deslauriers the shutout and get outta town with two points.

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#79 Jason Gregor
October 12 2009, 06:59PM
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Oilchange64 wrote:

And if Gregor is in, the Fish look pretty good on their opening drive too...could be my best sports weekend almost ever.

Damn straight the FISH looked unstoppable on that first drive.

I wonder if could have a better first period for an Oiler fan.

Great tilt with Stortini...a PP goal, two penalty kills, and four goals. Not to mention your backup looked sharp.

The only thing better was watching Ronnie Brown run the Wildcat. I hate the Jets...

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#80 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 06:59PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Let's see the Oilers lock it down now. No need whatsoever to entertain the people at Sommet or start thinking "points night." Get Deslauriers the shutout and get outta town with two points.

shh.... quiet!!! Dad's here.

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#81 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 07:03PM
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POINT NIGHT!!!!

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#82 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 07:03PM
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Flyin baby, I love it!!!

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#83 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 07:04PM
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What? They scored again? YAY!

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#84 Mike Krushelnyski
October 12 2009, 07:05PM
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Poor Ellis...at least he stopped the first breakaway he faced in the first 2 minutes.

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#85 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 07:11PM
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Wow, it is so nice to see this team be able to sustain a forecheck and abandon the "tried and true" dump and chase. They look great

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#86 freeze
October 12 2009, 07:14PM
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I guess it's ok for goat to take one here.... This time...

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#87 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 07:15PM
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WANYE !!!!

Your hand was on TV!!!

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#88 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:16PM
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I saw your fancy masculine hand on TV, Wanye. Your thumb is uber-famous!

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#89 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:16PM
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Dammit Travis! Why are you always faster than me?!

*that's what she said*

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#90 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 07:17PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Dammit Travis! Why are you always faster than me?!

*that's what she said*

That's what she said.....

DAMMIT!!!

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#91 Jason Gregor
October 12 2009, 07:18PM
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Looks like Deslauriers learnt from Roloson on how to lose your stick continually, yet not giving up a goal.

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#92 TonyT
October 12 2009, 07:19PM
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Moreau has impeccable timing...

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#93 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 07:20PM
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TonyT wrote:

Moreau has impeccable timing...

That's what McAmber said...

*goes back and looks at 'the picture'*

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#94 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 07:23PM
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Jacques should have done his coach proud and hit erat over his head with his stick

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#95 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:24PM
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@Librarian Mike

I'm trying to block 'the picture' out of my mind. I haven't been able to concentrate on anything. I think it should we should photoshop Wanye and Bingofuel's faces on it. Then we can make Oilersnation pillowcases and no one will ever be able to look each other in the eye again. It will be deliciously awkward.

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#96 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 07:26PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

I'm trying to block 'the picture' out of my mind. I haven't been able to concentrate on anything. I think it should we should photoshop Wanye and Bingofuel's faces on it. Then we can make Oilersnation pillowcases and no one will ever be able to look each other in the eye again. It will be deliciously awkward.

Why won't we be able to look each other in the eye again? will the be pop-up pictures on the pillows?

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#97 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:29PM
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@Travis Dakin

I was insinuating that with the pillowcas.....sigh, forget it. Yes Travis pop-up pictures.

How is it possible that Jesus Jones songs are still being used in commercials?

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#98 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 07:29PM
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@Librarian Mike

Ya, I forgot the < P > thing for paragraphs. Too dense I guess...... right Brownstreak??

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#99 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 07:29PM
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@Amber McCormick

we should photoshop Wanye and Bingofuel's faces on it.

You could run a contest to see who gets to be 'Souray'.

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#100 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 07:30PM
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The refs are either....

a) trying to keep the Preds in it by giving the Oilers a lot of penalties

b) trying to increase the Oilers PK record by giving them a lot of penalties.

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