GDB VII: Sans Hemsky

Jason Gregor
October 16 2009 12:07PM

Happy frickin' Friday to you. My day started out just peachy when I was dinged by the fuzz for speeding. They sure picked the perfect spot: Edmonton's scenic 66th St and 36th Ave, just as you sped up the hill.

I have all the respect for the Police, and no doubt I was speeding, but this officer riled me up. I’ve been pulled over many times, and once I’m stopped I reach into the glove box and grab my insurance and registration. I believe in getting it over with as quick as possible.

So Mr. Patrolman knocks on the window, I power my window down and I’m greeted with this:

“Jason do you know you were going 81 in a 60 zone?”

I look up and have no clue who this guy is, but he knows my name. I do have the Kia logoed up with a TEAM 1260 logo, so it’s not hard to put two and two together.

Once he said my name he gave me a glimmer of hope that I might get off, or at least get a reduction. Nope, he just threw that out there to add insult to injury. I have no problem taking my lumps and paying the ticket, but next time, coppers, don't tease with the possibility or a reduction.

As a side thought, I wonder how many guys have been let go with a warning after being pulled over for speeding, because almost every hot girl I know has had one freebie?

Hemsky out

Even though he hasn’t played well to date, a team never wants their most skilled guy out of the lineup, but that’s the case tonight. Ales Hemsky is out with an undisclosed injury and Robert Nilsson will draw in.

Pat Quinn will put Mike Comrie on the left side, with Nilsson on the right of Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff left the morning skate and returned at the end, to try a different padding in his skates. Horcoff’s right foot is swollen after blocking a shot in Chicago, and the swelling is right where he ties up his skates. He was noticeably uncomfortable this morning, and admitted that it really bothers him to push off hard on his right foot.

Ken Lowe will be working to come up with something to relieve the pressure by game time.

Ethan Moreau, Andrew Cogliano and Zack Stortini will be another line, but after that it’s up in the air.

You could see JF Jacques with Sam Gagner and Patrick O’Sullivan, and Dustin Penner with Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone. Or maybe Quinn puts Stone and Jacques with Gagner with the hope they have the same success as Moreau, Cogliano and Stortini.

No Havlat?

Many wondered who would get hurt first, Marian Gaborik or Martin Havlat, and if you picked Havlat you are the winner. Gaborik did miss some preseason games, but he has been on fire in the regular season. Havlat has five points in five games for the Wild, but he wasn’t on the ice this morning, and word is he won’t play.

Petr Sykora also didn’t skate and is out.

The Wild only have 12 goals in five games so far and right now only Marek Zidlicky and Shane Hnidy are + players. Seven of their 12 goals have come on the powerplay, and once again the Wild’s special teams are both in the top ten.

Their PP is 6th at 28% and their PK is 9th at 83.3%, but they can’t score five-on-five.

Eric Belanger leads them with two goals and seven points, while Andrew Brunette has four goals and six points. The Wild only have four players with three or more points, while the Oilers have ten with 3+ points.

The Wild are 0-4 on the road so far, and the Oilers were talking about the importance of a good start tonight.

The Wild will dress both 6’7” Derek Boogaard, and 6’8” Johnny Scott, so Zack Stortini could have his hands full tonight.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#151 freeze
October 16 2009, 08:23PM
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Wanye!

He is a star I guess.

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#152 freeze
October 16 2009, 08:23PM
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Wanye!

He is a star I guess.

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#153 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 08:23PM
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Have there been any fights tonight? I see they let Boogaard out of his cage for the game.

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#154 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:24PM
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Everytime I hear the name Clutterbuck I wanna change teo letters. Haha!

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#155 freeze
October 16 2009, 08:24PM
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no fights. a rough hit on JF in the first. Chorney threw a good one at the blue line.

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#156 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:24PM
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@Librarian Mike

One scrum. That's as close as we've come. I don't think anyone has a death wish tonight, especially since we're up by 2 right now.

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#157 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:25PM
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Boogard lives in a cupboard under the stairs and eats buckets o fish heads. BOO POULIOT!

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#158 freeze
October 16 2009, 08:25PM
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"Pouliot scores!"

That sounds weird.

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#159 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:26PM
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As long as Brodziak doesn't get a third period hat trick I think we'll be okay.

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#160 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 08:26PM
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When you hear "Pouliot scores!", you know it's gotta be the other one.

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#161 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:31PM
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HAHAHAHA the Canucks are down 5-0! AMAZING!

Although, it's too the Flames. Those games are my absolute worst nightmare. It comes down to who I hate less. And boy do I HATE the Canucks.

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#162 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:31PM
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Creme Brule?!! Is that his, or Stone's?

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#163 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:32PM
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SCORES!!!

Crash the net! Crash the net! Crash the net!

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#164 freeze
October 16 2009, 08:32PM
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Ryan Stone with his first ever! I hope someone grabbed that for him.

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#165 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:33PM
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This Stone kid is really growing on me. It will be interesting to see what happens once Pisani is fixed.

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#166 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:33PM
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Stone gets his first! Woooo!

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#167 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:33PM
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@jeanshorts

There's a dirty joke in there somewhere. LOL

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#168 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:36PM
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Our shooting percentage must be through the roof this season, cause I don't think there's been a game yet since the first one where the Oilers have led in shots. But they are somehow finding a way to score goals.

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#169 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 08:37PM
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Is Minnesota's Pouliot related to ours? Oh wait! I just remembered; who cares!

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#170 BarryS
October 16 2009, 08:37PM
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Arrived late, trying to get a site to play. So it looks like the Oilers are using their tried and true formula for this year: Let the other guys shoot till their arms fall off then skate down and score a goal. If they keep this up all the skaters should give 10% of their game salary to the goalie.

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#171 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:40PM
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Channelsurfing has it.

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#172 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:47PM
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They changed that last goal, gave it to Brule.

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#173 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:51PM
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Gah, Jaques! PK

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#174 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:53PM
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Look at the penalty kill on O'Sullivan! Love that kid!

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#175 freeze
October 16 2009, 08:55PM
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Nice penalty Horc.

Have a good night boys, I'm off to a gig.

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#176 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:55PM
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Horcoff you damn goat!

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#177 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 08:55PM
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I just can't get used to the football style ref calling. Weird.

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#178 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:55PM
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freeze wrote:

Nice penalty Horc.

Have a good night boys, I'm off to a gig.

*cough* and ladies *cough*

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#179 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 08:56PM
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Seriously Andrew Burnette is 36 years old. Someone should tell him it's time to hang em up.

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#180 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:56PM
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Goaty goat goat, thanks a million Horcawful.

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#181 Rigger
October 16 2009, 08:58PM
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K seriously, that Minny announcer needs to stop pronouncing the 's' on Jaques name. He's french bra, it's silent.

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#182 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 09:01PM
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Come oooonnnnnnn boys. No third period collapse. They look so flat right now. I think Quinn needs to call a time out soon.

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#183 Rigger
October 16 2009, 09:01PM
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They're playing pretty brutes right about now. We should be able to steamroll this team. Stay the hell out of the box, two back to back PKs=disaster.

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#184 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 09:02PM
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Every time they show the Minny bench, I half expect to see Boogaard sitting there gnawing away on a turkey drumstick.

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#185 Rigger
October 16 2009, 09:03PM
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I imagine he eats small children.

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#186 Rigger
October 16 2009, 09:04PM
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A goal on this PP would be nice.

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#187 Rigger
October 16 2009, 09:06PM
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Sully!! Nooooo!!

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#188 The Towel Boy
October 16 2009, 09:08PM
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I just tuned in...Looks like another complete shot clock domination by our opponents.

That Penner is still being a sexy scoring beast I see. Good stuff.

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#189 Rigger
October 16 2009, 09:10PM
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Note to Oilers: shots = goals

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#190 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 09:10PM
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I'm a believer in being positive, so ..... on that last powerplay their uniforms looked nice.

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#191 The Towel Boy
October 16 2009, 09:11PM
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He should toss 5 or 6 garbage cans around. That'll fire 'em up.

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#192 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 09:12PM
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@Rigger

Clearly your math is muffed up, because as far as I can tell tonight negative shots also equals goals. Where is your science now???????????

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#193 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 09:13PM
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Look at Penner go! I may have to schell out a few cents and pick up a Penner jersey if this keeps up!

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#194 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 09:13PM
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I LOVE YOU PENNER! ..... ahem.....

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#195 Rigger
October 16 2009, 09:14PM
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@jeanshorts

*slinks away in shame* I failed math. *sniffle*

On a postive note, GOAL PENS! BEAUTY PASS BY GAGS! See shots=goals! Maybe I'm not so bad at math?

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#196 The Towel Boy
October 16 2009, 09:14PM
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I like this Penner 2.0 guy.

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#197 Wanye
October 16 2009, 09:14PM
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GOOD GODS IN HEAVEN. The man just potted a beauty. What is going on!?!?!?

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#198 RossCreekNation
October 16 2009, 09:14PM
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Brian McGratton with a Gordie Howe Hat-trick tonite! He sat Hordichuk down with good one. What's goin on in Oilerland.

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#199 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 09:16PM
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GOALS! That's what's going on! GOALS GOALS GOALS! On like 3 shots. I don't understand it, but I'll take it.

Penner is well on his way to winning the Richard!

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#200 Librarian Mike
October 16 2009, 09:16PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Brian McGratton with a Gordie Howe Hat-trick tonite! He sat Hordichuk down with good one. What's goin on in Oilerland.

Penner's wearing an 'A' and he's playing like he wants the 'C' as well.

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