Oilers Vs. Predators: Post-Game

Jonathan Willis
October 13 2009 09:35AM

Edmonton Oilers: 6

Nashville Predators: 1

Play of the Night

Zack Stortini scored twice in the latter half of the first period to put the game out of reach for the Predators. In the first goal the Nashville had three players down low and none of them covered Stortini, who made no mistake with a quick shot from deep in the slot, but it was his second goal that stood out because he looked like a power forward barreling through two defenders and scoring on the backhand.

The Coach Is Saying…

“[Deslauriers] was our star tonight for sure.”
“We did not need to – against their best line, it’s the only line that’s got any points for them – we decide our defenceman is going to carry it into the zone and be a fancy Dan and it was certainly the wrong play because it ended up in our net. It was disappointing because our goaltender shouldn’t have had that chance against him in that situation. Nevertheless, you try to just ask your guys to live with good habits; we have a structure here, if you go away from the structure we have not been successful. Every time we’ve gone away from it the other team’s taken over.”

Fun With Numbers

  • The Oilers were outshot 41 – 20, yet won the game 6 -1
  • Nashville didn’t manage a powerplay goal, but they did manage 17 shots on six opportunities
  • The three players (Penner, Brule and Stortini) with less than ten minutes of even-strength ice-time all managed two points on the night
  • The Oilers were outshot 15 – 4 in the third period

Random Thoughts

Taylor Chorney recorded his first NHL point last night. Aside from that, it’s been a fairly miserable week for me and it was a real pleasure to come home, fire up the computer and see a 5-0 lead. What was even more fun was keeping tabs on the Calgary game; the night was really a double helping of wonderful.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
October 13 2009, 09:47AM
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Though JDD didn't face a lot of quality scoring chances last night, I feel he played extremely well when he had to. It was nice to see that our PK held them off the board. Special thanks to Stortini - when he scores 15 this year he will win me a case of Miller Chill.

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#2 Ender
October 13 2009, 09:50AM
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My goat PDP is looking about as goatish so far as Wanye's pick. There are bigger tragedies in life, I suppose, so I'll happily be wrong as long as Mr. Donair keeps up this pace.

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#3 Wanye
October 13 2009, 10:03AM
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Ender wrote:

My goat PDP is looking about as goatish so far as Wanye's pick. There are bigger tragedies in life, I suppose, so I'll happily be wrong as long as Mr. Donair keeps up this pace.

Careful, my goat still has ample time to disappoint you. My was JDD remarkably poised last night. My pretend hat gets tipped in his direction this morning.

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#4 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 10:04AM
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OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM wrote:

Though JDD didn't face a lot of quality scoring chances last night, I feel he played extremely well when he had to. It was nice to see that our PK held them off the board. Special thanks to Stortini - when he scores 15 this year he will win me a case of Miller Chill.

I thought he made some key saves in the first that gave us momentum.

Like I said before it is nice to see the Oil actually be in every game that they have played. PK is coming around, PP is doing well. Still would like to see faceoffs be better outside of Horcoff, but that has yet to be a problem.

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#5 Heatly
October 13 2009, 10:10AM
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@OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM

Did you see the glove save that the announcer that was a goal and apologized after and the poke check on the break away on Sulliven.

Only one game, but I have more confidence in net after the last two games. GO OILERS!!!!!!!!!

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#6 jdrevenge
October 13 2009, 10:21AM
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Is anybody else seeing the eerily similar pattern of last year, where the Oilers were outshot bigtime but were still pulling out wins. This obviously turned around on them and they were tanking games left and right when the goaltending started to become human.

This is worrying me a little. Combined with our terrible third periods that have been a staple for the team the past three seasons.

Don't get me wrong I'm really liking the make up of the team this year but this is starting to sound some alarm bells for me.

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#7 roughneck
October 13 2009, 10:26AM
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~My.. thats some fine announcin they does in nashville.~

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#8 smiliegirl15
October 13 2009, 10:32AM
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I am really happy to see them playing 60 minutes of hockey, rather than the 5 or so per game they managed last season. Goal or no goal, my goat is still a goat. Come on Horcoff! You can play better than that. Sheesh

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#9 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
October 13 2009, 10:47AM
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Heatly wrote:

Did you see the glove save that the announcer that was a goal and apologized after and the poke check on the break away on Sulliven.

Only one game, but I have more confidence in net after the last two games. GO OILERS!!!!!!!!!

LOL yes.

I threw my remote at the wall and then shortly after I had to apologize to the poor thing.

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#10 MattL
October 13 2009, 10:51AM
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@jdrevenge

They didn't get massively outshot in the first three games I don't think. They've also been carrying the play and taking it to the opposition way better this year than in recent memory. I don't think it's time to hit the panic button yet, Mr. Pessimist.

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#11 Heatly
October 13 2009, 10:52AM
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@OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM

ROFLOL!

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#12 Eric Johnson
October 13 2009, 10:52AM
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So who comes out of the line up or hits waivers when Pisani and Pouliot come back from injury?

MacIntyre and Nilsson?

I think it's clear so far that MacIntyre's "game" hasn't been needed as we have plenty of team toughness.

Heck maybe Nashville would give us a pick for Nilsson.

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#13 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 10:59AM
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Eric Johnson wrote:

So who comes out of the line up or hits waivers when Pisani and Pouliot come back from injury?

MacIntyre and Nilsson?

I think it's clear so far that MacIntyre's "game" hasn't been needed as we have plenty of team toughness.

Heck maybe Nashville would give us a pick for Nilsson.

I'm not worried about what happens with Macintyre and Nilsson, but who does come out of the lineup? Stone?

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#14 David S
October 13 2009, 11:01AM
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SMAC goes to waivers and Pouliot to Springfield. You can't seriously choose Pouliot over Nilsson.

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#15 Chris.
October 13 2009, 11:03AM
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I've been a JDD detractor...but loved his effort last night though. That toe save he made while battling a Nashville forward in his crease during a first period PK was just plain sick. First star all the way: keep it up JDD!

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#16 Tayranchula
October 13 2009, 11:12AM
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I hope stone doesnt leave the line-up. He has played extremely good and has a big hit in every game this season. In my mind he is playing better than Nilson Pouliot and Pisani will play this year if they do. Him and Jacques playing well has been a nice change to the line-up that the oilers lacked last year

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#17 SirFozz
October 13 2009, 11:13AM
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@Ogden Bro Jr

Would you take Stone out for Pisani? I don't know. Pisani is a better hockey player and should help the PK but I like the physical element that Stone brings. Don't know who else to pull though. Tough call. With all the bodies healthy, moves will need to be made.

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#18 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 11:14AM
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David S wrote:

SMAC goes to waivers and Pouliot to Springfield. You can't seriously choose Pouliot over Nilsson.

I'd have to look, but what is the salary cap once Pisani comes back? We might have to get rid of Nilsson just to get Pisani into the lineup.

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#19 Ogden Brother
October 13 2009, 11:16AM
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Is their a timeline for Pie/MAP?

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#20 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 11:16AM
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@SirFozz

I don't know. I just wonder who do you take out for Pisani. Stortini for the odd game I guess. Like you said moves will need to be made, but at the sametime Pisani has to be on the LTIR another 5 games at least.

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#21 Ogden Brother
October 13 2009, 11:17AM
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...and more importantly Souray?

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#22 blu
October 13 2009, 11:20AM
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The only real tragedy last night was Des not getting the shutout. I think he earned one.

As has been said above, he came through, and should hopefully silence those who didn't feel he could play at this level.

It was nice to see the team play with a lead. The previous few seasons we had enough trouble getting a lead, and even more trouble protecting it. We turtled a bit, but much better than in past years.

It was also really nice to see the momentum swing after the first 5 minutes, when the Preds typically push really hard. This team is much more focused than last year, and playing like more of a team than we're used to seeing.

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#23 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 13 2009, 11:22AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

...and more importantly Souray?

CBS has him listed as questionable for Oct 16.

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#24 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 11:22AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

...and more importantly Souray?

I thought Souray was going to be out for awhile. Saturday they said something that he came to the arena for a chek out and they sent him home immediately. To me that didn't sound good.

Then the next day they say he will probably miss the road trip.

So who knows with Souray. Pisani just started skating the other day and MAP will be fine when he turns off the satelite porn.

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#25 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 11:24AM
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Out of curiosity how did we call Chorney up? I thought we had no room, did someone go on the IR?

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#26 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 13 2009, 11:28AM
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Sorry, he's not listed as questionable. They've got him listed as 'Out until at least Oct 16 vs Minnesota'.

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#27 David S
October 13 2009, 11:31AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Out of curiosity how did we call Chorney up? I thought we had no room, did someone go on the IR?

Wouldn't that be Souray?

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#28 Chaz
October 13 2009, 11:33AM
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Not saying being outshot like that is not a concern, but how seriously can we take the shot totals when there seems to be so much inconsistency in how they are totaled from game to game? I missed the first period last night, but from what I saw in the 2nd and 3rd, I thought the Oilers were dictating the flow of the game. (Keep in mind I was full of Red wine and turkey and had nephews and nieces running in front of the TV all night, so I could definitly be out to lunch here).

Back to my rant about shot stats though; the fact that a hit post doesn't count as a shot just seems stupid to me so I find it hard to take those totals too seriously.

My Thanksgiving hangover rant of the day....

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#29 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 11:39AM
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David S wrote:

Wouldn't that be Souray?

I was away from the internet for a couple days so I don't know. I would assume it is him or Staios.

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#30 freeze
October 13 2009, 11:51AM
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After the Green Light did a comparison to last year and the results are eerily similar: http://afterthegreenlight.blogspot.com/2009/10/152.html

Hopefully he doesn't mind me posting some of it here. Through 5 games last year the Oilers were: * Team Record: 4-1-0 * Shots For: 129 * Shots Against: 160 * Goals For: 13 * Goals Against: 12 * Team Shooting %: 10.1 * Team Save %: 92.5

Through 5 games this year the Oilers are: * Team Record: 3-1-1 * Shots For: 125 * Shots Against: 159 * Goals For: 19 * Goals Against: 15 * Team Shooting %: 15.2 * Team Save %: 90.6

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#31 freeze
October 13 2009, 11:52AM
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d'oh, I suck at tags.

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#32 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 13 2009, 11:59AM
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@freeze

The stats do look fairly similar, but a 4-goal differential in shots for/against over 5 games is a pretty significant improvement over the 1-goal differential last year.

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#33 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 13 2009, 12:00PM
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Edit button: goals for/against

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#34 Milli
October 13 2009, 12:06PM
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I would say that tomorrow in Chicago will be a good gauge as to how good we are. I think we have seen some excellent signs, there is way more passion in the line up this year, competing hard. I still notice that we end up trapped to often and maybe lose a little focus, but, compared to how we played last season, we are already miles ahead. And, in Quinn I trust!!!!!

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#35 Muji 狗
October 13 2009, 12:08PM
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The shots count is not indicative of the game. The Oilers controlled a lot of the even strength game and the number of quality scoring chances was pretty even (with the Oilers obviously capitalizing more).

Plus, you can't really expect a team that's up 5-0 after the 1st to continue putting the peddle to the ground for the rest of the game.

It was a fun and comfortable game to watch!

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#36 Eric Johnson
October 13 2009, 12:19PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I don't know. I just wonder who do you take out for Pisani. Stortini for the odd game I guess. Like you said moves will need to be made, but at the sametime Pisani has to be on the LTIR another 5 games at least.

How do you take out Stortini for Pisani? We'd lose a fighter and our top goal scorer from last night~

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#37 sexysouray
October 13 2009, 12:38PM
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Does anyone else think that the boys look delicious in that magazine article...?

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#38 smiliegirl15
October 13 2009, 12:43PM
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It says on the Oilers website that Pisani is out with his back indefinitely. When is he going to get the message to call it a career? I feel bad for him but it seems to be one thing after another keeping him out of the line up.

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#39 BarryS
October 13 2009, 12:43PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I'm not worried about what happens with Macintyre and Nilsson, but who does come out of the lineup? Stone?

In case you missed it, Stone has been killing penalties. Unless we continue to kick pucks into our own net, he has likely got the team made long term.

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#40 Chaz
October 13 2009, 12:46PM
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sexysouray wrote:

Does anyone else think that the boys look delicious in that magazine article...?

Is that you Wayne?

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#41 sexysouray
October 13 2009, 12:47PM
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No just a guy who agrees with him LOL

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#42 BarryS
October 13 2009, 12:50PM
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David S wrote:

SMAC goes to waivers and Pouliot to Springfield. You can't seriously choose Pouliot over Nilsson.

It's not saying much but Pouliot is a better all player than Nilsson. Nilsson is like his dad, a lazy player, like the little honey next door who does just enough to keep you interested, but not enough to throw out the wife for.

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#43 sexysouray
October 13 2009, 12:52PM
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BarryS wrote:

It's not saying much but Pouliot is a better all player than Nilsson. Nilsson is like his dad, a lazy player, like the little honey next door who does just enough to keep you interested, but not enough to throw out the wife for.

I love the analogy lol

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#45 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 01:02PM
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BarryS wrote:

In case you missed it, Stone has been killing penalties. Unless we continue to kick pucks into our own net, he has likely got the team made long term.

So who do you pull out then? Pisani also kills penalties. The only thing that scares me about taking out anyone is Pisani is softer then most the guys on the team. Him coming back might mess up the whole run with 4 lines that we currently have going.

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#46 brian glynn
October 13 2009, 01:03PM
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Pouliot out 8-10 weeks for hernia surgery. that makes things a bit easier for shuffling players.

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#47 Jasmine
October 13 2009, 01:05PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

CBS has him listed as questionable for Oct 16.

Souray is on IR and Staios is questionable for the Chicago game according to The Sportsnetwork.

Link http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nhl/injuries/injury.aspx

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#48 TonyT
October 13 2009, 01:09PM
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Every forward has at least a point this year, who comes out (if and) when Pisani comes back? And why?

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#49 Jasmine
October 13 2009, 01:13PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Out of curiosity how did we call Chorney up? I thought we had no room, did someone go on the IR?

Souray was placed on IR to make room for Chorney. Staios was also out vs the Preds with a concussion suffered vs Dallas. That's the reason Chorney was called up. Staios is still suffering from headaches from the hit he received vs Dallas. He did play vs the Canadiens but you knew he wasn't 100%.

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#50 Ogden Brother
October 13 2009, 01:20PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Souray was placed on IR to make room for Chorney. Staios was also out vs the Preds with a concussion suffered vs Dallas. That's the reason Chorney was called up. Staios is still suffering from headaches from the hit he received vs Dallas. He did play vs the Canadiens but you knew he wasn't 100%.

Our defense is now scary bad (defensivly/physically). If Souray/Staios are out for an extended period of time, were going to get eaten alive by some of the bigger teams.

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