GDB XIV: Taming the bear

Jason Gregor
October 31 2009 10:04AM

Thankfully there aren’t many of these 11 am starts, especially on a Saturday Halloween. I wonder how many of you will be drinking the hair of the dog this morning, beer and clam, trying to ease the throbbing in your head? And hopefully the girl or guy you met last night didn’t just look good in their costume.

The Oilers overall record in the afternoon isn’t great, but in the last six years they’ve been much better.

The Oilers are a combined 7-20-3-1 in Boston, and they haven’t won there since 1996/97, granted they have only played there six times since then going 0-4-1-1. Last year they lost in OT to the Bruins 1-0 at Rexall Place.

Mike Comrie and Lubomir Visnovsky will take the morning skate. Yesterday, Louie Debrusk said on my show that Visnovsky wasn’t on the trip, but he texted me late last night and said he missed him and indeed he was, so he and Comrie will be game time decisions.

It doesn’t look like Pisani will be activated for this game, and he says he is healthy, but the medical staff must disagree or he is out because of salary restrictions. Too bad, because Pisani has four points in three career games v. the Bruins.

No one on the Oilers has more than two career goals v. the Bruins, except for Sheldon Souray, and he won’t play. Comrie, Visnovsky, Ethan Moreau and Shawn Horcoff each have two, while Patrick O’Sullivan has one.

Ales Hemsky has never scored v. the Bruins, and neither has Dustin Penner, although Penner has only played them once in his career so far.

The Bruins special teams are killing them right now. Their PP is 27th at 14.3% while their PK is 24th. The Oilers are better in both categories sitting 16th in PK, and 13th on the PP at 21.3%.

Don’t be surprised if the Oilers see Tukka Rask in goal today. Matt Kalman from www.thebruinsblog.net said yesterday there is a 70 per cent chance we will see Rask today. Tim Thomas has struggled early, so Claude Julien might go with the rookie.

Another side note...The Bruins have basically been alternating, wins and losses, and if that trend continues then they should win today, but the Oilers have been bucking trends all season, especially Penner, so we will see if they can hand the Bruins their first losing streak of the season.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Jamie
October 31 2009, 11:28AM
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I wish this was a PPV game so Bell could give me my money back.

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#52 Zamboni Driver
October 31 2009, 11:28AM
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It actually kind of reminds me of listening to Bryan Hall on the radio.

you know there's a game going on....you just really don't have any insight as to what's happening.

"Oh my god, did you see that, Farlie?! that was the greatest play ever. And speaking of the greatest ever [insert whore-ish plug....]

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#53 Wanye
October 31 2009, 11:29AM
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This must be what it's like for Helen Keller to watch a hockey game.

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#54 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:29AM
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Rod's having an especially rough morning.

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#55 BUCK75
October 31 2009, 11:30AM
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I want to hear Quinn & Debrusk have the audio turned on unexpectedly & they are cussing like sailors watching the hockey game.

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#56 Librarian Mike
October 31 2009, 11:30AM
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Wanye wrote:

This must be what it's like for Helen Keller to watch a hockey game.

They'd have to turn the lights out as well.

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#57 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:30AM
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Wanye wrote:

This must be what it's like for Helen Keller to watch a hockey game.

Or Steve Downie is he's sitting with his left side toward the TV.

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#59 Zamboni Driver
October 31 2009, 11:31AM
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Yummy mommy comment in

5...4...3..2...

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#60 Horcsky
October 31 2009, 11:32AM
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Sportsnet is a ghost of it's former self today

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#61 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:32AM
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Anyone see Toews dressed up as Lloyd fro Dumb and Dumber in the press box yesterday? Not only was it amazing but he looked INSANELY accurate.

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#62 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:32AM
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Wanye wrote:

This must be what it's like for Helen Keller to watch a hockey game.

L

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#63 Horcsky
October 31 2009, 11:35AM
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Someone tell that goat Gagner to stop taking slapshots. His shot is weak. Go for an accurate wrist shot, my god man!

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#64 Matt Henderson
October 31 2009, 11:35AM
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Best period of Hockey I've ever heard Louie Debrusk call

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#65 Wanye
October 31 2009, 11:35AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4IC7qaNr7I&feature=player_embedded

If you want to watch something with audio

You would think sportsnet would throw it to the anchor desk so they could at least apologize in person for this audio BS

Thank heavens top prospects hasn't been affected

*gunshot*

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#67 Librarian Mike
October 31 2009, 11:36AM
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"Krejci's getting his legs underneath him..."

Where exactly were they before?

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#68 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:36AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Best period of Hockey I've ever heard Louie Debrusk call

x2

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#69 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:37AM
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@Wanye

LOOK AT THAT PUMPKIN DANCE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

How do they do it? The advances in special effects these days in mind blowing!

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#70 Wanye
October 31 2009, 11:38AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

LOOK AT THAT PUMPKIN DANCE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

How do they do it? The advances in special effects these days in mind blowing!

That dancing pumpkin is one of the finest achievements in humanity in the past 300 years.

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#71 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:40AM
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PPPPHHHHHEEEEWWWWWWW thank god the panel has sound. If I didn't get my RJ Broadhead fix this morning I'd go on a killing spree.

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#72 Matt Henderson
October 31 2009, 11:41AM
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Goblins have got in there? Dear god, Do something about this Goblin situation Sportsnet!

Wait! You didnt feed the Mogwai after midnight did you? DID YOU?!

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#73 Wanye
October 31 2009, 11:43AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Goblins have got in there? Dear god, Do something about this Goblin situation Sportsnet!

Wait! You didnt feed the Mogwai after midnight did you? DID YOU?!

Goblins in the audio room? I didn't think Tencer travelled with the team....

BURN

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#75 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:45AM
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@jeanshorts

Well I'll take audio of RJ over Rob Faulds.

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#76 Senator Theo
October 31 2009, 11:45AM
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Noo sportsnet. That might have been Quinn's best period of his life, and no one but DeBrusk heard it. I want my Saturday back.

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#77 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:45AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Goblins have got in there? Dear god, Do something about this Goblin situation Sportsnet!

Wait! You didnt feed the Mogwai after midnight did you? DID YOU?!

SOMEONE GET EVANKA INTO THE PANIC ROOM!

If the Goblins get a hold of her you may not hear from your ol pal jeanshorts for much longer.....

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#78 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:47AM
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Goblins in the audio room? I didn't think Tencer travelled with the team....

BURN

ZING!!

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#79 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:48AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Well I'll take audio of RJ over Rob Faulds.

You know, I was writing that before I saw who was actually on the panel. And I don't mind any of those guys. Especially over Faulds, Kypreos and he who's name I refuse to say.

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#80 Matt Henderson
October 31 2009, 11:48AM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I blame all of those whining little beatches who complained about Quinn, Principe and Louie. Thanks you whinny bastards. Watch what you ask for.

Next thing one of you wizards will do is suggest Cassie Campbell would be better on Sportsnet. I swear if that happens, I will track down whoever suggests it.

This no audio sheeettt blows..

OMG, I cant imagine why anyone would want to hear what Cassie Campbell has to say about hockey. All she does is complain that there's too much hitting, or things are too rough out there.

TOO MUCH HITTING?!? Just stick to ringette Cassie.

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#81 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:49AM
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Maybe BRUCE BUCHANAN will save the day.

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#82 Zamboni Driver
October 31 2009, 11:49AM
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@Jason Gregor

Tough call who is worse....

Cassie or Weeks.

Makes Debrusk (who, I have no clue how he landed this gig) - look like...like....

that....really good tv colour man...out there...somewhere.

*thinking.......really thinking....failing*

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#83 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:50AM
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@jeanshorts

I like Kypreos but Doug MacLean gives a bad name to bafoons.

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#84 Librarian Mike
October 31 2009, 11:50AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Maybe BRUCE BUCHANAN will save the day.

Nothing like hockey on ITV, with the colours so bright they bleed.

Ahh, the joys of acreage peasant-vision...

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#85 Wanye
October 31 2009, 11:50AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

ZING!!

It's early and I haven't picked on DT in ages for reasons that I can't fathom.

I feel like the game hasn't even started. This blows. I guess we finally have an answer to what is worse than a matinee game?

A matinee game with no audio.

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#86 Cool Beans
October 31 2009, 11:50AM
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@Zamboni Driver

@Jason Gregor

Tough call who is worse....

Cassie or Weeks.

Makes Debrusk (who, I have no clue how he landed this gig) - look like...like....

that....really good tv colour man...out there...somewhere.

*thinking.......really thinking....failing*

Ray Ferraro, best in the business.

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#87 dragon
October 31 2009, 11:51AM
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can't remember seeing PDP on all 4 this season...until Chara 'bumped' into him, that is. it's gonna be an interesting match-up. my money's on Penner still getting a goal today.

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#88 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:51AM
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OHMYGOD GENE! I've never been so happy to hear your voice.

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#89 Horcsky
October 31 2009, 11:51AM
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Gene? Is that you?

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#90 Zamboni Driver
October 31 2009, 11:51AM
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@Cool Beans

Excellent call - right you are.

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#91 VicOiler
October 31 2009, 11:51AM
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Yay sound! That period was fast.

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#92 Horcsky
October 31 2009, 11:52AM
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Let's hope this period isn't the piece of trash that the first period was

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#93 VicOiler
October 31 2009, 11:53AM
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Okay, sound is good, but my picture quality is shyte now.

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#94 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:53AM
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Wait does the video look like balls now? Ah well. Cant' win them all. Or can I.......

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#95 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:53AM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Nothing like hockey on ITV, with the colours so bright they bleed.

Ahh, the joys of acreage peasant-vision...

You mean the blueline's didn't used to be purple? The red line used to be pink though... right? And the yellow strip round the bottom of the boards... that used to be green, right? RIGHT?

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#96 Wanye
October 31 2009, 11:53AM
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I never thought I'd be happy to hear Kevin Quinn. Wait, I'm not - can they turn the audio off again?

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#97 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 11:55AM
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Nice pass Gagner. I'm going to blame that puck not going in on Nilsson somehow. Must have thought bad thoughts or something.

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#98 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:55AM
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VicOiler wrote:

Okay, sound is good, but my picture quality is shyte now.

Ditto

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#99 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 11:57AM
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I guess the audio guy was still passed out, so the video guy went over to do the audio... he left his pet chimpanzee in charge of video. Why does it look like I have to turn on the windshield wipers on my TV?

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