GDB XIII: Wings of change, perhaps

Jason Gregor
October 29 2009 12:18PM

It was a mixed bag at the morning skate today, as the Oilers try to end a three game losing streak against the under-performing Detroit Red Wings.

It looks like Pat Quinn will change his lineup again:

Penner — Horcoff — Hemsky
Cogliano — Gagner — Nilsson
Jacques — Brule — O’Sullivan
Moreau — Stortini — MacIntyre

Strudwick — Gilbert
Grebeshkov — Chorney
Peckham — Smid

Mike Comrie didn’t skate this morning, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play, since there has been a few occasions this season where a guy didn’t go in the morning, but played that night. Lubomir Visnovsky didn’t skate either, but he is out for sure with the flu.

Fernando Pisani and Steve Staios skated today. Pisani could go, but he was bagged skated at the end of practice which means MacIntyre might play tonight. Staios skated, but it was his first real practice with the team, and it is good to see he is making progress, but I don’t see how they can play him tonight.

Based on what I saw on the PP units, it looks like Horcoff will indeed be playing with Hemsky and Penner. They were the first unit with O’Sullivan and Grebeshkov on the back end.

The second unit had Nilsson, Gagner and Brule with Gilbert and Chorney on the backend.

The Oilers spent extra time on shots coming out of the corners. The coaches were stressing getting more pucks on net, but also getting more shots through traffic and on goal. The Oilers have had far too many shots blocked the past three games, and Fleming was driving that home this morning.

Quinn had separate meetings with Gagner, Cogliano and Nilsson and the message was he heard they did well together a few years ago, and is hoping they can rekindle that production. The key for those three is puck support. When they were scoring they supported one another very well, if they get to spread out in the offensive zone they won’t produce.

The Wings have given up 35 goals in ten games so far, and their goaltending is highly suspect. They have played a bit better of late, and it is only a matter of time before they are back in an actual playoff spot.

After slow starts Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are back scoring. Zetterberg has ten points in ten games, while Datsyuk has seven in the eight games he has played.

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#101 Colin
October 29 2009, 08:04PM
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@Archaeologuy

you mean doubled.

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#102 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:04PM
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Jiiiiiimmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Jiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmyyyyyy!

GOALS!

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#103 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:04PM
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Damn, Hemsky almost put that one through the net.

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#104 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 08:05PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

OMG, Horcoff just increased his season point totals by 50%!

He just doubled it!

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#105 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:05PM
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SWEET!

Man Penner made that whole thing click.

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#106 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:08PM
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You guys they pull Howard for the 2nd?

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#107 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:09PM
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I'm not going to hide it, I'm seriously man-crushing on Penner.

*swoon*

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#108 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:10PM
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Jeremy wrote:

You guys they pull Howard for the 2nd?

The sad thing is that coming into tonight's came Howard was the lesser of two evils.

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#109 Colin
October 29 2009, 08:11PM
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Jeremy wrote:

You guys they pull Howard for the 2nd?

I sure hope not.

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#110 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:13PM
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Nice work Smid.

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#111 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:14PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

The sad thing is that coming into tonight's came Howard was the lesser of two evils.

Yeah Ossie was Brew-Tull iv Van.

Brew-tull.

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#112 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:14PM
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SirFozz wrote:

Nice work Smid.

There's no way we could call the Pronger deal a win for us, but Smid is turning out better than I ever thought.

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#113 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:15PM
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Colin wrote:

I sure hope not.

Reminds me of that Dodgeball quote-

"You looked like a bunch of retards trying to hump a doorknob out there."

Thats our Jimmy!

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#114 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:16PM
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Or, rather, their Jimmy.

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#115 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:17PM
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*clap, clap*

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#116 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:17PM
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Now THAT is Oilers hockey. Great period, fellas.

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#117 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:18PM
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SirFozz wrote:

*clap, clap*

*joins in applause*

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#118 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:19PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Now THAT is Oilers hockey. Great period, fellas.

There's something really unsettling about seeing so many bounces go the Oilers way for once. I'm not used to it.

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#119 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:20PM
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Wooo 3-0 after the first! Gotta love that period. Goals by Pens, Hemmer and Jacques-strap. HA!

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#120 Dan the Man
October 29 2009, 08:22PM
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Where can I get one of those scarves?

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#121 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 08:22PM
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MacT compliments Penner?!?

I am flabbergasted

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#122 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:23PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

There's something really unsettling about seeing so many bounces go the Oilers way for once. I'm not used to it.

Yeah, I counted at least 4 juicy rebounds that hopped over the Wings' sticks.

I can't help but wonder if that time has finally come for Detroit. I'd never count them out, but they're just chasing the puck.

MacT is giving Penner a man-hug. *Getting verkelmpt*

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#123 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:28PM
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@ LM

Agreed on the wings chasing the puck. We're used to seeing the puck stuck to their sticks. This team tonight looks no where close to what I've seen for years from them.

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#124 Oilchange64
October 29 2009, 08:31PM
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I think McTavish handled that about as well as anybody could have given the circumstances.

Oilers looked good - but Wings looked BAD!

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#125 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:34PM
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Oilchange64 wrote:

I think McTavish handled that about as well as anybody could have given the circumstances.

Oilers looked good - but Wings looked BAD!

I've gotta hand it to MacT, he's a guy who can laugh at himself. That comment about how he thinks Penner plays better when he's on the panel made me laugh out loud.

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#126 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:35PM
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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Our boy Jimmy is still in net!!!!!

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#127 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:35PM
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HEMMER!!!!

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#128 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 08:35PM
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HEMSKY!!

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#129 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:36PM
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Hemsky!!!

And another assist to Bertuzzi.

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#130 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 08:38PM
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Penner for Team Canada!

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#131 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:38PM
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Woooooooo! And also, I can't believe noone noticed my awesome play on #22's name. I've been saving that up for a goal.

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#132 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:38PM
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Lol @ LB!

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#133 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:38PM
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So, it looks to me that regardless of who is centering them, Hemsky and Penner are going to lead the charge on that line.

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#134 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:39PM
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'Twas a gooder. I appreciated it and promptly rofl'd.

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#135 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:42PM
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Sully's shot there reminded me that we're still watching the Oilers.

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#136 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:42PM
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Remember last season whenever a player needed to hit a milestone in points, or get their first NHL goal or whatever, they would come to Edmonton and it would be pretty much guaranteed they would get it.

I think Cleary is going to have to wait a few more games for his 100th goal.

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#137 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:42PM
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That's it Sully, I'm giving you a timeout as my star. Penner, you're the man.

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#138 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:42PM
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Balls.

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#139 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 08:42PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Remember last season whenever a player needed to hit a milestone in points, or get their first NHL goal or whatever, they would come to Edmonton and it would be pretty much guaranteed they would get it.

I think Cleary is going to have to wait a few more games for his 100th goal.

You had to say it!

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#140 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:43PM
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Uuuhhhhh.. And just as I say that....

CRUD! Sorry kids. I'll take full blame for that one.

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#141 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:43PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Remember last season whenever a player needed to hit a milestone in points, or get their first NHL goal or whatever, they would come to Edmonton and it would be pretty much guaranteed they would get it.

I think Cleary is going to have to wait a few more games for his 100th goal.

And there is Helm wit his 1st reg season goal.

Balls.

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#142 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:43PM
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@jeanshorts

You HAD to mention THAT, didn't you.

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#143 Oilchange64
October 29 2009, 08:43PM
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SirFozz wrote:

That's it Sully, I'm giving you a timeout as my star. Penner, you're the man.

I feel your pain.

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#144 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:43PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

So, it looks to me that regardless of who is centering them, Hemsky and Penner are going to lead the charge on that line.

Looks that way, and thankfully sticking Horc back with them hasn't drug them down.

Crap, stupid Wings!

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#145 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:44PM
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@jeanshorts

Why didnt you just yell SHUTOUT!!!!!

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#146 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:44PM
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@Jeremy

Thanks buddy.

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#147 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:44PM
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Er...might as well join the fray. Jeanshorts! ARGH!

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#148 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:45PM
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Jeremy wrote:

Why didnt you just yell SHUTOUT!!!!!

Because that would have been dumb of me, doy!

*cleans off rotten fruit and vegetables that were tossed at his face*

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#149 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:45PM
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Rigger wrote:

Er...might as well join the fray. Jeanshorts! ARGH!

Again, Rofl

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#150 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 08:45PM
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@jeanshorts

You summammabitch.

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