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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#201 Rev
October 22 2009, 09:46PM
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If you have ever cheered for the underdog - you are smiling for #27 tonight.

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#202 Amber McCormick
October 22 2009, 09:46PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Blue Jacket`s just got lubed!

Oh it was too fast and harsh. There was no time for lube

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#203 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 09:47PM
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YAY, we have a 1st line.

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#204 freeze
October 22 2009, 09:48PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Oh it was too fast and harsh. There was no time for lube

ROFL!!

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#205 Hemmertime
October 22 2009, 09:48PM
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Heres to all you Trade Hemsky asshats! *tips beer back

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#206 Freezing Weather Fan
October 22 2009, 09:48PM
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Holy crap! Sure glad I didnt pick Penner as my goat!

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#207 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 09:49PM
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Mike Tyson and Kobe Bryant are even more gentle when they rape someone

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#208 Amber McCormick
October 22 2009, 09:49PM
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@Hoodlum

And that's sayin' sumpthin'

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#209 Rigger
October 22 2009, 09:50PM
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That 1st line is sick!

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#210 Lofty
October 22 2009, 09:51PM
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I will be so happy when Strudwick is out!!!

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#211 Rigger
October 22 2009, 09:53PM
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Woooo, Bulin wall comin up big! Nice saves!

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#212 freeze
October 22 2009, 09:54PM
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Lofty wrote:

I will be so happy when Strudwick is out!!!

With ya there!

"Strudwick drives it around the boards."

"Strudwick drives it around the boards."

"Strudwick drives it around the boards."

"Strudwick drives it around the boards."

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#213 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 09:54PM
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Nice saves, Khabibulin..er

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#214 freeze
October 22 2009, 09:56PM
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13 pts. wow!

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#215 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 09:56PM
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13 first line points.....that my friends is SICK

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#216 freeze
October 22 2009, 09:57PM
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nice one, torres.

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#217 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 09:58PM
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2 minutes for you, whitey!

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#218 Travis Dakin
October 22 2009, 09:58PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

13 first line points.....that my friends is SICK

that my friend is worth a reach around.

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#219 Lofty
October 22 2009, 09:58PM
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That wasnt a penalty on Torres

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#220 freeze
October 22 2009, 10:00PM
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sweet. another powerplay!

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#221 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 10:00PM
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I love it!!

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#222 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 10:01PM
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Moreau almost looked disappointed that it wasn`t him going to the box.

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#223 freeze
October 22 2009, 10:02PM
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FINALLY, THE EMPTY NETTER!!

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#224 Hoodlum
October 22 2009, 10:02PM
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What a great win

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#225 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 10:02PM
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Nilsson's batting average got way better over the summer!

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#226 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 10:02PM
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SirFozz wrote:

It seems like it has been like FOREVER since they like last played. Hurry up 7:30pm.

6-3 Oilers (Pennerx2, Gagner, Vish, Cogs, Nilsson)

GOOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOOK AT THAT PREDICTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pretty close.

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#227 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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WE WIN! WE WIN! WE WIN! WHOOOOOP!

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#228 RossCreekNation
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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Start planning the parade!

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#229 Lofty
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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Sure isnt the same team as last year

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#230 freeze
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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I am in total shock and disbelief that we came back from 3 goals down. I am so impressed right now!

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#231 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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@SirFozz

Well done, Mr Ronaldo.

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#232 TonyT
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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Apparently the way Penner feels about Playing for Mact is also the same way Hemsky feels about playing with Horcoff.

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#233 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 10:03PM
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@SirFozz

*Drops a glass in slow motion as he stares at Ronaldo in horror*

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#234 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 10:04PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Nilsson's batting average got way better over the summer!

Already started thanks. Just for your reference, Oiler parades have less assless chaps then Flaming parades.

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#235 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 10:05PM
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@jeanshorts

That was meant for RossCreek,not you.

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#236 MaximusBaggus
October 22 2009, 10:06PM
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it's time to.....Ghost Ride the Whip!!!!

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#237 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 10:06PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Start planning the parade!

Already started thanks. Just for your reference, Oiler parades have less assless chaps then Flaming parades.

*fixed*

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#238 freeze
October 22 2009, 10:06PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

*Drops a glass in slow motion as he stares at Ronaldo in horror*

.

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#239 Smiley
October 22 2009, 10:06PM
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Awww. I love Lubo even more after that interview.

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#240 RossCreekNation
October 22 2009, 10:08PM
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@SirFozz

And the rollercoaster ride continues ;-)

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#241 Ogden Brother
October 22 2009, 10:08PM
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Penner in the top 5 league scoring? Who would have ever thought.

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#242 RossCreekNation
October 22 2009, 10:09PM
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Penner with a playstation reference... lol

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#243 freeze
October 22 2009, 10:09PM
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We must all band together and drink all and any beer that comes near Penner for the next 10 years.

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#244 jeanshorts
October 22 2009, 10:10PM
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freeze wrote:

We must all band together and drink all and any beer that comes near Penner for the next 10 years.

I will gladly sacrifice myself for this team in that exact way!

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#245 Librarian Mike
October 22 2009, 10:11PM
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If I'm not mistaken, I think Penner is in the top 5 in scoring right now.

*ponders*

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#246 RossCreekNation
October 22 2009, 10:11PM
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@SirFozz

In all seriousness though... ... props to the Oil for the comeback. Looked good tonite. I've been a Penner & Horcoff supporter to my Oil fan buddies, so its nice to see Penner bashers eat crow.

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#247 Travis Dakin
October 22 2009, 10:12PM
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SirFozz wrote:

LOOK AT THAT PREDICTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pretty close.

OH. MY. GOD.....

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#248 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 10:14PM
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@RossCreekNation

Two nights until the big showdown. We'll remain civil until game time. ;)

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#249 SirFozz
October 22 2009, 10:15PM
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freeze wrote:

We must all band together and drink all and any beer that comes near Penner for the next 10 years.

Count me in as well. For the greater good.

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#250 jorge.robinson@hotmail.com
October 22 2009, 10:15PM
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I want to see the TOI for tonight seemed like the five players played half the game. top line then 4th line a little and out solid defense of smid and vish. Gilbert must be frustrated hes not getting any point. awesome comeback

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