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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#401 smiliegirl15
October 29 2009, 10:15PM
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Penner is a machine! Four points! He must be over the flu. This overtime is killing me! The kid line has lost its magic. Nilsson just can't do it. Damn that Howard!!!

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#402 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:15PM
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Gilbert you mullet wearing goat, get off my damn team!!!

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#403 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:16PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

*looks at Nick Stajduhar jersey*

You bastard!

Sorry man, but at least you didn't walk out with a Jason Soules...who we drafted in the first round, then quit hockey when he was 19!!!! A Stajduhar jersey would be brutal though....I am pretty sure we had some Bonsignore jerseys though

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#404 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:16PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

*looks at Nick Stajduhar jersey*

You bastard!

Winner of the most obscure Oiler reference goes to...

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#405 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:16PM
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It's not too soon for Gilbert to get the money back for his new house right?

Guy is giving me chest pains!

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#406 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:16PM
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Awe, c'mon. Doesn't Gilbert look just like Kevin Sorbo back in his "Hercules" days what with that sweet, sweet mane of hair?

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#407 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:17PM
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Damn you Howard!

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#408 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:17PM
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They should send Stortini out first to just high stick the other teams goalie in the face

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#409 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:18PM
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Well Gagner and Hemsky both missed. We're pooched!

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#410 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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Penner time

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#411 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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Who's up?

Oh sh!t. It's Sully.

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#412 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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I LOVE YOU AGAIN SULLY!

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#413 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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Come on Patio Lantern, do something........WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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#414 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!

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#415 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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O'SULLY!!!

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#416 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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Yay star

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#417 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:19PM
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Never mind...yay!

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#418 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:20PM
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PLEASE STOP IT.....WHOOOOOOOOO

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#419 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:20PM
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YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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#420 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:20PM
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Worst win of the season by far. Jesus.

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#421 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:21PM
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Well, they made it interesting,

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#422 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:21PM
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Win!!!!

Piece of cake.

*collapses at kitchen table*

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#423 Suntory Hanzo
October 29 2009, 10:21PM
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@jeanshorts

Huzzah!

btw jeans, did you go see the oil on Sunday?

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#424 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 10:21PM
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I was going to predict that we would get up 5-1, blow the lead, then sully would score the shootout winner. But I got lazy.

Yay team!

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#425 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:22PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Worst win of the season by far. Jesus.

What about the preseason win over the Ronald McDonald house team when MacIntyre punched that kid with Cancer? That was petty bad win.

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#426 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:22PM
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That was some hot mess there. I had to defribulate myself before the shootout.

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#427 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:22PM
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Suntory Hanzo wrote:

Huzzah!

btw jeans, did you go see the oil on Sunday?

No I did not. I don't have 300 bucks to shell out per ticket unfortunately.

And I'm glad I didn't go because I probably would have jumped off the Cambie bridge.

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#428 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

What about the preseason win over the Ronald McDonald house team when MacIntyre punched that kid with Cancer? That was petty bad win.

OMG hahahahah!

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#429 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

What about the preseason win over the Ronald McDonald house team when MacIntyre punched that kid with Cancer? That was petty bad win.

But the silver lining was the Oilers showed some real team toughness.

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#430 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:23PM
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Can't wait to hear what Quinn says after the game.

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#431 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 10:25PM
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*finally exhales*

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#432 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:26PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

What about the preseason win over the Ronald McDonald house team when MacIntyre punched that kid with Cancer? That was petty bad win.

That kid was beaking at the Oilers' bench all night. Little bastard...

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#433 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:26PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

But the silver lining was the Oilers showed some real team toughness.

Still, I felt bad for that Goalie. I mean Khabibulin gets dehydrated but that kid still had his IV attached.

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#434 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:27PM
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Silver lining is during the first two periods this team looked better than it has the last week or so.

I can't wait until they finally figure out to put together a full 60 minutes.

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#435 Poo Czar
October 29 2009, 10:29PM
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Anyone else mildly nauseated by the fact the The Hobgoblin is apparently a "very sweaty man" who has holes drilled in the bottom of his skates to allow the sweat to pour out? Jesus, that's some creepy factoids you got there Ferraro...

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#436 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:30PM
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I can't wait until we get our D men healthy again. These young guys just can't keep up.

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#437 Charlie N64
October 29 2009, 10:35PM
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Hobgoblin. Priceless.

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#438 Poo Czar
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Rigger wrote:

I can't wait until we get our D men healthy again. These young guys just can't keep up.

...giggity

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#439 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:36PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

Anyone else mildly nauseated by the fact the The Hobgoblin is apparently a "very sweaty man" who has holes drilled in the bottom of his skates to allow the sweat to pour out? Jesus, that's some creepy factoids you got there Ferraro...

Does this mean we should call him 'Big Sweat'?

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#440 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:37PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Does this mean we should call him 'Big Sweat'?

I like it!

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#441 Poo Czar
October 29 2009, 10:38PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Does this mean we should call him 'Big Sweat'?

Well, "Niagra Pits" isn't that flattering. I'm enjoying Hobgoblin for now, but perhaps "SwampAss" can be considered...

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#442 smiliegirl15
October 29 2009, 10:39PM
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YAY Penner - the #1 Star again and THIRD in the league for scoring. Take that MacT!

I think the team is getting over the flu. Now Comrie and the two concussion boys need to get back on the ice already!

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#443 BarryS
October 29 2009, 10:41PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Worst win of the season by far. Jesus.

There are no bad wins any more than there are good losses. Seems to me Nillson is playing like a bandit, steal the teams money then hide out during the game. Also seem Cogs is sulking, at least he's not skating very well, doesn't seem interested.

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#444 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:42PM
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@BarryS

I think it was a couple of games ago, Nilsson was on a 2 on 1. He passed the puck and skated to the corner. Even the Commentator said "Where is Nilsson going?"

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#445 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 10:42PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

Well, "Niagra Pits" isn't that flattering. I'm enjoying Hobgoblin for now, but perhaps "SwampAss" can be considered...

HAHAHA NIAGRA PITS!!! Locked and loaded. It's sticking.

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#446 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:42PM
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Sorry got disconnected somehow cuz I am drunk. "O'Sullivan, quick hands, quick release" JIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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#447 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:43PM
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@BarryS

Yeah something didn't seem right there with that line. Poor Gags was doin so well too, and now -9 for the night. Ouch!

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#448 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:43PM
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BarryS wrote:

There are no bad wins any more than there are good losses. Seems to me Nillson is playing like a bandit, steal the teams money then hide out during the game. Also seem Cogs is sulking, at least he's not skating very well, doesn't seem interested.

This is true. Two points is two points and I'm all for that. But I'm also one of those people that would rather see the team play their hearts out for 60 minutes and lose 2-1 than for them to crap the bed and just barely squeek out and undeserved shootout win.

Maybe I'm just too picky, especially for an Oilers fan.

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#449 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:44PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I like it!

'Bag Sweat'?

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#450 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 10:48PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

This is true. Two points is two points and I'm all for that. But I'm also one of those people that would rather see the team play their hearts out for 60 minutes and lose 2-1 than for them to crap the bed and just barely squeek out and undeserved shootout win.

Maybe I'm just too picky, especially for an Oilers fan.

Come on man... You are many things.... "Picky" is DEFINITELY not one of them.

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