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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#151 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:47PM
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I love your tagline Dakin

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#152 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:48PM
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Jeremy wrote:

I love your tagline Dakin

My wife is 9 months pregnant.

Just saying....

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#153 Matt Henderson
October 29 2009, 08:49PM
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WHOOOOOOOOOOO

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#154 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:50PM
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OH.MY.GOD my goat scored!

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#155 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:50PM
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I told you guys Horcoff had my back!

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#156 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:50PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

My wife is 9 months pregnant.

Just saying....

*pat....pat....awkward moment?*

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#157 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:50PM
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Horcoff the sniper!

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#158 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:50PM
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@Jeremy

Glad a girl can get a laugh now and again.

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#159 Harlie
October 29 2009, 08:51PM
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welcome back Horcoff. Bout time!

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#160 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:51PM
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Jeremy wrote:

*pat....pat....awkward moment?*

LOL

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#161 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:51PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Horcoff the sniper!

LOL!!!

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#162 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:51PM
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Too early to break out the Scorecoff chants?

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#163 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 08:52PM
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@Librarian Mike

Who's the daddy?

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#164 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:52PM
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I love Thursday games.

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#165 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:52PM
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@Rigger

Too soon, too soon,

*shakes head slowly*

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#166 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:53PM
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Rigger wrote:

Too early to break out the Scorecoff chants?

Maybe, but it's never too early for some Duran Duran!

AND I'M HUNGRRRRYYYYY LLLIIIIKKKEEEEE TTTTHHHHEEEE WWWOOOOLLLLLFFFFFFFF

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#167 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 08:55PM
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I like how Penner sits on the bench all nonchalant like he plays like this all the time. Shall we go to the tapes of last season Mr. Penner. Shall we?!

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#168 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:55PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Who's the daddy?

That's what she said. haha

Only 3 weeks to go...

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#169 Matt Henderson
October 29 2009, 08:55PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Maybe, but it's never too early for some Duran Duran!

AND I'M HUNGRRRRYYYYY LLLIIIIKKKEEEEE TTTTHHHHEEEE WWWOOOOLLLLLFFFFFFFF

RockBand during the intermissions?

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#170 jt in Oilertown
October 29 2009, 08:55PM
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Can we petition the league to play doubleheaders on mini-Fridays?

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#171 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:56PM
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@Jeremy I keed, I keed!!

Jeanshorts LOL! You're not flashin me a euphamism are you sir? Should I wax again?

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#172 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 08:56PM
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@jeanshorts

I think you should Save A Prayer Till The Morning After.

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#173 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 08:56PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

I like how Penner sits on the bench all nonchalant like he plays like this all the time. Shall we go to the tapes of last season Mr. Penner. Shall we?!

Regretting the goat call a little there amber?

Hmmmmm?

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#174 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:56PM
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@ Amber

We are not to speak of Penner 1.0. We don't want that version to come back.

Yay 2.0!!

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#175 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:57PM
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@Rigger

You know what they say: If you weren't dancing in the '80s, it's not Duran Duran's fault

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#176 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:57PM
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Whoa hot Red Wings fan. Silver lining to that Detroit goal.

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#177 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 08:57PM
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@Librarian Mike

WIll you then be known as Librarian Daddy?

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#178 Rigger
October 29 2009, 08:58PM
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Chorney, that was squicky young man. You're grounded!

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#179 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 08:58PM
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ComeOn...Really....those type of goals are soooo frustrating.

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#180 Amber McCormick
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Jeremy wrote:

Regretting the goat call a little there amber?

Hmmmmm?

Maybe a little.... I've already admitted that I'm cloaked in failure!!

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#181 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 08:58PM
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Rigger wrote:

@Jeremy I keed, I keed!!

Jeanshorts LOL! You're not flashin me a euphamism are you sir? Should I wax again?

Well that, and the fact that Horcoff has wolf eyes makes it the perfect theme song, and I still have no idea why they don't play it after he scores.

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#182 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 08:59PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

WIll you then be known as Librarian Daddy?

She can call me Mr. Mike, just like all the other kids there.

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#183 Rigger
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@Librarian Mike

Sad but true. *looks for electric blue eyeliner and banana clips*

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#184 Matt Henderson
October 29 2009, 08:59PM
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@ Amber

We are not to speak of Penner 1.0. We don't want that version to come back.

Yay 2.0!!

Penner Vista was pretty weak compared to Penner 7.

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#185 Amber McCormick
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SirFozz wrote:

@ Amber

We are not to speak of Penner 1.0. We don't want that version to come back.

Yay 2.0!!

PFFFFFTTTTTT

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#186 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:00PM
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@jeanshorts

I've always thought more Quasimoto. LOL!

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#187 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:00PM
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@Matt Henderson

Well played sir, well played.

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#188 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 09:01PM
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@ jeanshorts

I thought so too, then noticed the braces...

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#189 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 09:01PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

She can call me Mr. Mike, just like all the other kids there.

I hate to tell you but that's not what WE call you. ;)

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#190 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:01PM
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Wow, you can just see the Wings' defense do the 'sphincter clench' every time Penner enters their zone. It's like being in the Twilight Zone or something.

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#191 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:02PM
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Who thinks Saint Jimmy starts in the 3rd?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Beuller?

Beuller?

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#192 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:02PM
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God I hate 'Mac Guy'...

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#193 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 09:03PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Wow, you can just see the Wings' defense do the 'sphincter clench' every time Penner enters their zone. It's like being in the Twilight Zone or something.

Teehee... do you realized you said "sphincter", "enters", and "zone" all in the same sentence. I've just realized the depths of my immaturity. It's an abyss.

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#194 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:03PM
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@Jeremy

I heard he passed out at 31 flavours last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

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#195 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 09:04PM
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Rigger wrote:

I heard he passed out at 31 flavours last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

Thank you Simone.

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#196 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 09:04PM
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@ jeanshorts

I thought so too, then noticed the braces...

Hey man, sometimes you have to walk on the razors edge right? It's not fun unless there's a chance you could cut your penis open. That's my motto.

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#197 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:04PM
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@Amber McCormick

You said 'depths' and 'abyss'.

heh heh.

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#198 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:04PM
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Come on, we need to break out the rape kiton that assault, pulling Hemmer down and no call!?!?

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#199 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:05PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Hey man, sometimes you have to walk on the razors edge right? It's not fun unless there's a chance you could cut your penis open. That's my motto.

MacT said the exact same thing during the first intermission.

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#200 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:06PM
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@Amber McCormick

*snort* Bless you Amber, I can't see your cloak of failure from where I sit.

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