GDB IX: This team is sick

Jason Gregor
October 22 2009 11:08AM

The fifth place Oilers take on the seventh place Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. I’m positive that is the first time we’ve ever been able to write that sentence, as both teams are off to good starts. The Oilers, 5-2-1 are two points back of the Flames, while the Jackets, 5-2-0 are one point behind Chicago in the Central with two games in hand.

Gilbert Brule didn’t skate this morning and it seems unlikely that he will play tonight. Mike Comrie is also under the weather a bit, but word is they think he will be able to gut it out tonight. Ladislav Smid was back on the ice and it looks like he’ll go.

With Brule out, that means Steve MacIntyre will draw in, but expect a mixed bag of lines tonight.

Line rushes didn’t show us anything to tip us off. The new combinations of Dustin Penner/Sam Gagner/Ales Hemsky and Mike Comrie/Shawn Horcoff/Patrick O’Sullivan will be used, but with Brule out they might have to juggle and move Comrie into the middle.

We might see:

  • Penner – Gagner – Hemsky
  • Nilsson – Horcoff – O'Sullivan
  • Jacques – Cogliano – Moreau
  • MacIntyre – Comrie – Stortini

That is just a guess, but I don’t think you’ll see four set lines tonight. And if Mike Comrie gets worse who will they call up? Jordan Eberle is dominating the WHL and the Regina Pats have today and tomorrow off. Eberle has eleven goals, nineteen points so far this year. Regina is a much closer flight than Springfield so you never know.

This is the Oilers 7th home game out of their first nine, and a win tonight would get them the good start at home they wanted with a 5-1-1 record.

The Blue Jackets are 2-2 on the road this year, but in two of those games they’ve given up six goals, losing 6-3 to both San Jose and Calgary. In their other five games the Jackets have given up six goals, so when they are on they are very good defensively, but if the Oilers can get to them early they’ve shown a tendency to give up a lot.

At the end of practice Zack Stortini was taking draws. Will Pat Quinn put a grind line of Stortini, MacIntyre and Moreau together tonight at times? We will see. If that happens, then Cogliano moves up between Nilsson and Jacques, which might work. 

It is all speculation right now as to what the lines might look like, and I really don’t think it matters that much to be honest.

Regardless of who plays together, if they continue to play Quinn’s aggressive style they should be alright.

And Khabibulin left the ice right after practice, so he will get the start tonight.

Lunchtime Update!

Well my idea of Eberle won't happen. The Oilers confirmed that the flu bug is not a good enough reason to get an emergency call up for Eberle. They looked into and the league says that this case wouldn't fall under the guidelines of emergency call up. So no Eberle.

I was correct though with my hunch of Stortini in the middle.

He will play centre between Moreau and MacIntyre. Stortini played some centre in junior and his first year in the AHL he played centre in Iowa and Milwaukee. He also played the middle this preseason against Tampa Bay. So he has played there before.

Cogliano will move up and centre Jacques and Nilsson.

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#101 willy fisterbotom
October 22 2009, 08:09PM
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WEAK

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#102 Rigger
October 22 2009, 08:09PM
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Dammit! Well that was short lived.

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#103 Lofty
October 22 2009, 08:10PM
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Why did Gilbert turn away from the play on the jackets goal?

You dont have to be an NHL D-man to know you dont turn your back on the play! He is getting worse every year.

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#104 Rigger
October 22 2009, 08:11PM
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Frick! Torres you damn firecrotch!

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#105 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 08:12PM
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Sigh...

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#106 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 08:13PM
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Is it just me, or does this look exactly like Raffi Torres?

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#107 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 08:15PM
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@jeanshorts

Apparently, he also did a photo spread for ESPN Magazine:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_fH35d54jWqg/Sd3pEHZrnVI/AAAAAAAAARU/-i3GdmQMQiM/s320/dune_lynch_feyd.jpg

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#108 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 08:17PM
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GODDAMN YANKEES.....Oh right, this is all Oilers....my bad.....I'M JUST SOOOOOO ANGRY RIGHT NOW

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#109 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 08:17PM
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@Librarian Mike

That's just creepy. Give me nightmares creepy.

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#110 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 08:17PM
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@Librarian Mike

I have those same underwears!

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#111 Hemmertime
October 22 2009, 08:18PM
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Damnit even past GMs on Sportsnet dont know Horcs contract, This is pissing me off now

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#112 Hemmertime
October 22 2009, 08:19PM
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These people are paid for their analysis, not commentators on blogs. Hell even Jim Matheson cant read NHLnumbers

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#113 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 08:23PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Damnit even past GMs on Sportsnet dont know Horcs contract, This is pissing me off now

Use the term "GM" loosely when talking about Doug MacLean.

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#114 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 08:23PM
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@Hemmertime

Keep in mind that Doug MacLean isn't the brightest guy, and he always appears to be pushing out a turd while he speaks.

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#115 Senator Theo
October 22 2009, 08:23PM
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Through 1 period, my star is Gene Principe - the guy is on fire tonight! I mean, "Khabby times are here"? pure gold, Gene.

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#116 Hemmertime
October 22 2009, 08:29PM
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@jeanshorts

No one corrected him and it doesnt irk me so bad on TSN or even HNIC. But SN does how many games? This team does like over 50 Oiler games a year and has "Oilers Connected" which I guess isnt so connected that they cant load a webpage.

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#117 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 08:33PM
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Things seem to be snowballing

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#118 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 08:35PM
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@Senator Theo

Shame they couldn't call this game at the 2 min mark of the first.

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#119 Travis Dakin
October 22 2009, 08:36PM
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haha "snowballing"

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#120 Smiley
October 22 2009, 08:36PM
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Wow. What an incredibly lazy team in their own zone.

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#121 willy fisterbotom
October 22 2009, 08:38PM
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comrie should'nt be playing. he has no legs

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#122 Hemmertime
October 22 2009, 08:39PM
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@willy fisterbotom

And pucks are just rolling off his stick

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#123 Rigger
October 22 2009, 08:40PM
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Moreau you damn goat! We'd better kill this

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#124 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 08:41PM
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Great hit Moreau.

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#125 ShaunDoe
October 22 2009, 08:41PM
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Well they deffinetly look like a team that has been batteling the flu. If they hadn't been getting outshot religiously in games this season I might almost buy that it was the only excuse. Hope they can battle out a goal or two.

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#126 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 08:41PM
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they wasted 60 minutes of energy in the first minute of the game

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#127 Rigger
October 22 2009, 08:42PM
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I just pray that thecaptionethanmoreau scores one of his patented comin out of the box goals.

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#128 Lofty
October 22 2009, 08:43PM
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another good penalty for Moreau

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#129 Rigger
October 22 2009, 08:44PM
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Gah! Brutes

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#130 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 08:44PM
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Can't even touch a player anymore. Welcome to the new NHL I guess.

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#131 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 08:44PM
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@SirFozz

Good thing we have the best 3 on 5 player in the league.

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#132 Rigger
October 22 2009, 08:45PM
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@SirFozz

LOL, MacT is that you?

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#133 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 08:45PM
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WTF? Can't seem to get replies straight tonight, although it is nice to hear from myself.

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#134 Shaun Doe
October 22 2009, 08:48PM
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Can I get a rule check? If the entire team starts vomitting and sh@tting out of every orifice, does that warrent a do over?

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#135 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 08:50PM
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Well, we're in for a long one tonight kids.

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#136 Smiley
October 22 2009, 08:50PM
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Ugh. I don't recall Chimera doing that too often when he was an Oiler...

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#137 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 08:50PM
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now all we need is for Roy and Garon to score and then it's a perfect homecoming

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#138 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 08:51PM
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well that sucked the oxygen out of the place. damn you former oilers, damn you to hell.

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#139 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 08:55PM
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Ken Hitchcock looks like Paul Bearer from wwf

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#140 Travis Dakin
October 22 2009, 08:55PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

Ken Hitchcock looks like Paul Bearer from wwf

AHAHAHA

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#141 freeze
October 22 2009, 08:56PM
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I see that my picks are playing as I expected.

Too bad we aren't getting the breaks.

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#142 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 08:57PM
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Does anyone else miss Souray??

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#143 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 09:00PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

Does anyone else miss Souray??

Every single day of my life. Even when he's playing.

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#144 Rigger
October 22 2009, 09:00PM
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We REALLY gotta score on this PP now, let's not shat the bed again.

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#145 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 09:01PM
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HAHAHAHA,Columbus FLU jackets

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#146 Travis Dakin
October 22 2009, 09:01PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

Does anyone else miss Souray??

I do... but probably for a different reason than you.

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#147 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 09:02PM
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HEY, The Menace!!!! Columbus Flu Jackets, you catch that???

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#148 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 09:04PM
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Travis, are you referring to your homoerotic fantasies?

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#149 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 09:05PM
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That's 3 points for Hemmer

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#150 freeze
October 22 2009, 09:05PM
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Wicked shot, Hemsky!!! YESSS!!

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