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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#201 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:06PM
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@jeanshorts

AHHHHHhh

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#202 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 09:07PM
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3 points for Horcoff. Hi haters ;-)

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#203 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:08PM
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@Archaeologuy

Just catchin on now eh? That's ok, it's been a tough crowd. Jacques-strap fell a bit short. I've been tryin to make up.

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#204 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 09:09PM
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We all have to have a good motto. "Old enough to...preemptive edit.

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#205 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:09PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

3 points for Horcoff. Hi haters ;-)

Yeah, makes you wonder how many there would have been if Gagner was centering that line ;-)

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#206 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:09PM
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BOO-YAA!!!

God I feel so street right now!

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#207 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:10PM
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@Archaeologuy

Still time to find out this season. Methinks if Comrie had been in the first line would have remained the same.

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#208 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 09:11PM
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I cannot keep up with this thread... So much awesomeness. If it were any sexier in here, Big Sex would be playing.

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#209 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 09:11PM
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LOL. You'll make a good wife someday ;-)

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#210 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 09:11PM
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SirFozz wrote:

@ jeanshorts

We all have to have a good motto. "Old enough to...preemptive edit.

I remember, back in the day, as in last season, I made some terrible joke that went something like "old enough to wear diapers is old enough for me".

Not only did Wanye laugh hysterically but then he had to spend the next 30 minutes cleaning up the comments because it had gotten so far out of hand. Ahhh those were the days.

Although, I don't see any censors around here right now....

BOOBS!

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#211 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:11PM
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Just catchin on now eh? That's ok, it's been a tough crowd. Jacques-strap fell a bit short. I've been tryin to make up.

What am I catching? H1N1?

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#212 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:11PM
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BIG SEX? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

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#213 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:13PM
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Great game so far. I'm even enjoying the banter with MacT and McKenzie. All that remains is for a great fight and this could be the game of the season.

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#214 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 09:13PM
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lol. Ditto

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#215 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:13PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

LOL. You'll make a good wife someday ;-)

Did i just step into an alternate universe where I dont understand anything that's happening around me?

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#216 Dan the Man
October 29 2009, 09:13PM
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Anyone ever notice how dreamy Penner's eyes are?

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#217 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 09:13PM
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BIG SEX? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

He's so damn Sexy that I finished too quick....

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#218 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 09:14PM
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I thought you'd like that. Is there anything Kristy Swanson can't do?!

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#219 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:14PM
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It sounds like either a terribly inappropriate mascot, or the porno-fied version of that polygamy show "Big Love"

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#220 David S
October 29 2009, 09:14PM
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Wow. Zetterberg with the world record for most cliches in one sentence.

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#221 Robin Brownlee
October 29 2009, 09:14PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

3 points for Horcoff. Hi haters ;-)

If Quinn would grow a pair, Horcoff would be in the minors by now and he would NEVER be called up . . . and what a stupid idea to reward him for his ineptitude by putting him with Penner and Hemsky. How's that working? . . . nevermind.

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#222 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 09:14PM
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I love your tagline Dakin

lol. Ditto

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#223 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 09:15PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Great game so far. I'm even enjoying the banter with MacT and McKenzie. All that remains is for a great fight and this could be the game of the season.

I think it'll be hard to top the Columbus game. Unless Katz lowers himself from the rafters before the third period faceoff and announces he's the new owner and GM of the Red Wings and his first duty is to trade Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom to Edmonton for Nilsson and a ball of used sock tape.

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#224 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:15PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Anyone ever notice how dreamy Penner's eyes are?

Even MacT says he's 'the hottest guy in Edmonton right now'.

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#225 Amber McCormick
October 29 2009, 09:15PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Anyone ever notice how dreamy Penner's eyes are?

There was a time when I would agree. But now they are the eyes of lies.

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#226 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:16PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

I cannot keep up with this thread... So much awesomeness. If it were any sexier in here, Big Sex would be playing.

*starts shaving legs and waxing face*

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#227 David S
October 29 2009, 09:16PM
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If Quinn would grow a pair, Horcoff would be in the minors by now and he would NEVER be called up . . . and what a stupid idea to reward him for his ineptitude by putting him with Penner and Hemsky. How's that working? . . . nevermind.

Ha ha!

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#228 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:16PM
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Sounds like a sweet '80s song.

With electronic drums,

And dudes wearing make-up.

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#229 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 09:16PM
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lol. Ditto

I completely forgot what it was.... Thanks for reminding me! I WILL have another!

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#230 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 09:17PM
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Do we have to give up the ball of tape?

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#231 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:17PM
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Uh...I dunno. You just made the "Ahhhh" comment and I wasn't sure, so I made a guess. LOL!

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#232 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 09:18PM
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1st or 2nd?

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#233 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:19PM
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Nope, she's the triple threat. Karate, witty one liners and uh....help me out here....

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#234 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:19PM
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I don't know about you guys, but this is the funniest GDB ever, in my opinion.

Ever.

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#235 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 09:20PM
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You're right, keeping up with this thing tonight requires one less beer than I've had. Good times.

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#236 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:20PM
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I'm just overly confused right now, I feel like Horcoff in the offensive zo...nevermind.

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#237 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:20PM
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Jeremy wrote:

I don't know about you guys, but this is the funniest GDB ever, in my opinion.

Ever.

Have to agree, I'm remiss to admit I snorted a couple times reading through it.

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#238 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 09:21PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

1st or 2nd?

HAHA it would be the second. I screwed up the quote so what I was trying to say came out completely different. ha

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#239 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 09:21PM
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Jeremy wrote:

I don't know about you guys, but this is the funniest GDB ever, in my opinion.

Ever.

Man you missed some good ones from last year. Back when there was only like 8 of us that would comment. Those got out of hand REAL fast, especially when the Oilers were playing terribly.

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#240 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:21PM
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*pats back* There, there. So many convos going on it's hard to follow. So....how bout that score hey?

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#241 daveeed
October 29 2009, 09:21PM
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Souray's new nickname is BIG SEX (must be written in caps, cuz you know, he's BIG F**KING SEX)

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#242 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 09:22PM
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Jeremy wrote:

I don't know about you guys, but this is the funniest GDB ever, in my opinion.

Ever.

We had some gooders back in the olden days. Back when Jeanshorts and Baggedmilk were busy getting banned and we were all getting to feel this place out a little.

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#243 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:23PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I think it'll be hard to top the Columbus game. Unless Katz lowers himself from the rafters before the third period faceoff and announces he's the new owner and GM of the Red Wings and his first duty is to trade Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom to Edmonton for Nilsson and a ball of used sock tape.

True enough, but I don't see Katz coming in from the rafters. I imagine it more like appearing out of Kevin Lowe's chest:

http://goremasternews.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/kuato-in-total-recall.jpg

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#244 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:23PM
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I don't know why, but every time i read the name BIG SEX, I laugh uncontrollably for like 3 minutes.

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#245 Travis Dakin
October 29 2009, 09:24PM
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daveeed wrote:

Souray's new nickname is BIG SEX (must be written in caps, cuz you know, he's BIG F**KING SEX)

1: I'll take full credit for that.

2: I'll gladly find out if that is true....

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#246 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:24PM
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Quat-Lowe

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#247 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:24PM
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As a girl, that name evokes a couple thoughts. LMAO!

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#248 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:24PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Man you missed some good ones from last year. Back when there was only like 8 of us that would comment. Those got out of hand REAL fast, especially when the Oilers were playing terribly.

Those were crazy days. We were so young and care free.

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#249 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:25PM
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Jeremy wrote:

Quat-Lowe

Perfect! haha

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#250 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:26PM
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Those were crazy days. We were so young and care free.

'Heaven' by Bryan Adams. AKA: Reason #34 why Vancouver is lame.

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