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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#351 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 09:56PM
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Rollercoaster are fun, eh?

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#352 daveeed
October 29 2009, 09:56PM
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@Archaeologuy

You mean BIG SEX and Lube

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#353 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:56PM
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Please get a goal, please get a goal, please get a goal. This is givin me heartburn.

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#354 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 09:56PM
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If Super-Period was a comic book I would so not buy it

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#355 daveeed
October 29 2009, 09:58PM
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Rigger wrote:

Please get a goal, please get a goal, please get a goal. This is givin me heartburn.

Really if they would rename the team the Edmonton Heartburns it would be the most accurate team name in the history of all f*cking HISTORY ever

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#356 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 09:58PM
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daveeed wrote:

You mean BIG SEX and Lube

I maxed out my D-Pairing nick names when I dubbed Gilbert and Grebeshkov "Dr. Quinn and Medicine Woman"

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#357 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 09:58PM
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"This morning Quinn told the players to 'be defensively responsible'".

Way to get the message there, fellas.

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#358 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:58PM
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Kid Line -9? Brutes! There goes Sam's +4 from the top line.

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#359 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 09:59PM
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The kid line is minus 9 huh? I wonder who the weak link is?

*Cough NILSSON Cough*

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#360 Rigger
October 29 2009, 09:59PM
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SEriously, this team is killin me....and not softly either.

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#361 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:00PM
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No sh*t! God!

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#362 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:00PM
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I think O'Sullivan should grow a Ryan Smyth mullet and then he'd be scoring goals like a guy scores girls in Saskatoon by the size of the fake balls hanging from his truck hitch

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#363 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:01PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I maxed out my D-Pairing nick names when I dubbed Gilbert and Grebeshkov "Dr. Quinn and Medicine Woman"

Touche and game point on that one Sir!

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#364 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:01PM
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Oh god...last minute...

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#365 RossCreekNation
October 29 2009, 10:02PM
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@jeanshorts

~No man, Nilsson totally roc's~

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#366 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 10:02PM
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@ Jeremy

Could have said "don't the oilers know they're blowing big penis out there", thought thread was safe.

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#367 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:02PM
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Holy Crap

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#368 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:02PM
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Sweet. Just awesome.

Good to hear the people at the game givin' em the boo birds. God dammit.

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#369 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:03PM
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How sad that I am modestly happy we're getting a point out of this debacle.

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#370 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:03PM
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Rigger wrote:

SEriously, this team is killin me....and not softly either.

Committing to being an Oilers fan probably takes a few years off your life...but on the other hand you also don't have the douchebag tag of being a Flames fan. Trust me I live near/work in Calgary. DOUCHEBAGS

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#371 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:04PM
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"Don't the Oilers know they are blowing an awesome, glistening, thickly-veined thread out there?"

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#372 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:04PM
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Sorry for your luck pal.

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#373 Librarian Mike
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Rigger wrote:

How sad that I am modestly happy we're getting a point out of this debacle.

I was just thinking the same thing. Being an Oilers fan means you gotta reach for the stars, eh?

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#374 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 10:04PM
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You know, we could be fighting detroit for 8th, good job giving them at least a point fellas. F#ck.

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#375 Heavyd
October 29 2009, 10:04PM
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Bulin has to be better than letting in 5 goals. He seems to be letting in a lot of goals every game.

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#376 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:05PM
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Do y'all out there think it would be a good strategy to just keep Penner out all 5 minutes in OT?

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#377 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:06PM
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DAMMIT CHORNEY!!!

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#378 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:06PM
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C'mon Kid Line! Get a goal and you'll be only -14 tonight!

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#379 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:06PM
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God our defense is SO bad! Bag skate anyone?

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#380 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:06PM
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daveeed wrote:

Do y'all out there think it would be a good strategy to just keep Penner out all 5 minutes in OT?

Sold!

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#381 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:07PM
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Sad but true.

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#382 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:08PM
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Alright, time for MacIntyre to get his 1 goal for the year! I can feel it.

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#383 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:08PM
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I have to say, Brule has impressed me lately with his hustle.

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#384 Rigger
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I feel bad for Gag and Cogs actually, being saddled with that bum Nilsson. Plus they're usually getting stuck with a terrible d pairing too.

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#385 Heavyd
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I'm not surprised that the wings came back, considering 2 of our best dmen are out.

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#386 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:09PM
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Palpitations

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#387 Jeremy
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I need another beer.

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#388 Archaeologuy
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Hey Look Gregor, it's your Ice Girl out there!

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#389 daveeed
October 29 2009, 10:10PM
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The one thing that's blown my mind the last many seasons is that when the Oilers are able to, you know, get a 4 fawking goal lead, is that they then retreat in a "defensive shell" to protect the lead?!? Keep playing the same way that got you that fawking lead!!! Someone mentioned Goonies before...HEY YOU GUYS!

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#390 Librarian Mike
October 29 2009, 10:11PM
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True. They're just having a bad night. Maybe having to play with Nilsson is some kind of hazing ritual by the veterans...

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#391 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:11PM
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Anyone know how Detroit's been in the shootout lately?

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#392 SirFozz
October 29 2009, 10:12PM
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Shotout win.

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#393 daveeed
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I'm somewhat ashamed to say I not only worked in but ran one of those Oilers stores in the mid-90s. If you were drunk and walked out with a 300$ jersey when you meant to buy a $5 mini-stick I'm sorry...but you were drunk so it doesn't count right? RIGHT?

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#394 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:13PM
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That and they haven't played together in a game situation this year. Nilsson's been sitting in the pressbox and both Gags and Cogs were saddled with some lame wood before, but they opened up some space at least.

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#395 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:13PM
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GOOOOOAAATTT!!!

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#396 Librarian Mike
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daveeed wrote:

I'm somewhat ashamed to say I not only worked in but ran one of those Oilers stores in the mid-90s. If you were drunk and walked out with a 300$ jersey when you meant to buy a $5 mini-stick I'm sorry...but you were drunk so it doesn't count right? RIGHT?

*looks at Nick Stajduhar jersey*

You bastard!

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#397 Archaeologuy
October 29 2009, 10:14PM
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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#398 jeanshorts
October 29 2009, 10:14PM
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AOIAFLKJAFSLKJSDFOJKLSDFLJKSDFJL

GILBERT HAD 3 CHANCES TO SCORE AND HE MISSED ALL OF THEM!

FLKJFSDLKJSFDOIJFSEIJFEOIJFWE)(W#F)(FWJIOFSDLKJFSDLKJFSDLKJFSDLKJSFDLKJFDSPOJFSDOPJFDS WWWWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

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#399 Jeremy
October 29 2009, 10:14PM
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Gilbert: "Baaaaa"

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#400 Rigger
October 29 2009, 10:14PM
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DAMN!! Good pressure there, where was that a period ago?

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