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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#151 freeze
October 31 2009, 12:35PM
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Did Bucky accidentally drink some acid or something? That is not suitable for HD.

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#152 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 12:36PM
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Oh my Gene! Get it? Ketchup. Catch up. Ahahahahaha. Brilliant.

Oh and RJ on Gene - "he relishes his job"

Too much.

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#153 David S
October 31 2009, 12:36PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Moreau has to make better decisions dumping the puck. Why have complete control, and then dump it into the corner, and basically give it up to the other team???

Because he's a gamer, but not the brightest guy on the team.

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#154 Senator Theo
October 31 2009, 12:36PM
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A hot dog interviewing a burger? Take that, bucket list!

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#155 Wanye
October 31 2009, 12:39PM
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Question for Jason Gregor:

Ahem

When you see Gene Principe interview Buchberger dressed as a hot dog, does it bother you that you two share a profession?

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#157 roughneck
October 31 2009, 12:39PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

I don't think she's crazy about ice girls either. Something about soft-core porn.

casual observation.

a womans general bitchiness and observational powers are directly proportional to the windening of their toilet

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#159 freeze
October 31 2009, 12:43PM
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Sooner or later the horseshoe is going to fall out of the team's @ss. Get going boys!

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#160 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 12:43PM
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roughneck wrote:

casual observation.

a womans general bitchiness and observational powers are directly proportional to the windening of their toilet

HAHAHA! I don't even fully understand what that means but I like it.

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#161 BUCK75
October 31 2009, 12:44PM
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Did someone pull the third period fire alarm! Wow they are all over us

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#162 freeze
October 31 2009, 12:44PM
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aaaaaaand plop.

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#163 Wanye
October 31 2009, 12:44PM
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GAH

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#164 BUCK75
October 31 2009, 12:45PM
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There we go, only so long with the kind of forecheck & pressure the Bruins had in the last couple of minutes of the 2nd & now the 3rd before 1 found the back of the net.

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#165 BUCK75
October 31 2009, 12:46PM
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Isn't 12:46 MST usually nap time on game days for the oilers?

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#166 Archaeologuy
October 31 2009, 12:46PM
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Has there been a Power Play this game?

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#167 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 12:47PM
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Well looks like the Bruins haven't lost any momentum from the second.

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#168 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 12:47PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Has there been a Power Play this game?

Peckham took a questionable tripping penalty, but I think that was the only one.

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#169 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 12:48PM
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@Jason Gregor

Gene doesn't come off as the sharpest guy, but there's no doubting he seems like a nice dude. Are there guys in the Edmonton media that you'd like to "speed bag". How 'bout Calgary? I don't expect any names, but... ;-)

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#170 Shaun Doe
October 31 2009, 12:48PM
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Okay, who has the biggest head on the team. Send them out there to get high sticked we need a powerplay

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#171 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 12:49PM
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You think Brad Marchand's family and friends still gather at Boston Pizza every game to watch him? Or did they flat out lie to us?

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#173 freeze
October 31 2009, 12:50PM
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I've liked the kid line when they are in the O zone.

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#174 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 12:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No way you went out last night, if you actually remembered that...good for you, but sad that on Halloween eve you were sober. Step your game up...

I...uhh...no, yeah you're right. I stayed home and watched documentaries last night. But that's only so I had as much gas in the tank as possible for tonight because I plan on it being a whopper. If no one hears from me for a few days then everything turned out exactly as planned.

AFSLKJSFDLKJG GAAAH!

This Blake Wheeler kid is pretty good huh?

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#175 Wanye
October 31 2009, 12:51PM
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DAMNIT

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#176 BUCK75
October 31 2009, 12:51PM
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Wheeler is on fire today.

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#177 freeze
October 31 2009, 12:51PM
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I think the wheels have fallen off.

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#179 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 12:51PM
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Blake Wheeler's looking good tonight. Wasn't this Sobotka kid the guy the Oil were looking at last year (in the Cole rumors?)?

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#180 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 12:53PM
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Penner-Brule-O'Sullivan. That's a line combo I like.

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#181 Shaun Doe
October 31 2009, 12:54PM
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Gagner is having a pretty good game, maybe put Penner, Gagner and Hemsky back together?

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#182 RossCreekNation
October 31 2009, 12:55PM
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@Jason Gregor

I should probably rephrase regarding Gene. Gene comes off as a witty bright guy, he just doesn't come off as a witty bright hockey guy. Nice as pie tho (I'd assume).

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#183 BUCK75
October 31 2009, 12:56PM
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Not sure if we should be pumped or depressed the only time I remember Pisani's name mentioned is saving a goal.

Good play, Nilsson needs to get out of this line-up. He had a chance to clear the zone before the scoring opportunity.

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#184 freeze
October 31 2009, 12:59PM
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Not a lot of urgency in the oilers game today.

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#185 Wanye
October 31 2009, 01:00PM
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freeze wrote:

Not a lot of urgency in the oilers game today.

Well put.

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#186 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 01:01PM
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BBBBBOOOOORRRRRRRIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG

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#187 Shaun Doe
October 31 2009, 01:01PM
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Do we win a prize or open a seceret level if we are shutout in 3 of our last four games?

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#188 Archaeologuy
October 31 2009, 01:07PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Do we win a prize or open a seceret level if we are shutout in 3 of our last four games?

Like unlocking the Megaman blaster in Deadrising by Killing as many Zombies as there are people in the city?

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#189 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 01:07PM
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Look at that! Gagner took a stick in the face and didn't even flinch. When did Juice Boy become the Terminator?

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#190 Librarian Mike
October 31 2009, 01:08PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Do we win a prize or open a seceret level if we are shutout in 3 of our last four games?

Maybe the Oilers should have achievements like XBLA.

i.e. Achievement Earned: O-fer! Shutout 3 times this week.

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#191 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 01:09PM
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Beauty line change.

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#192 David S
October 31 2009, 01:09PM
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We were hooped when Visnovsky went down last year. Now Souray's out too. Fact is we don't have enough depth to compensate. Guys like JFJ and Brule don't break games out for you.

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#193 Senator Theo
October 31 2009, 01:09PM
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If we could score a couple, this game "ghost" into overtime.

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#194 Archaeologuy
October 31 2009, 01:10PM
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Why does it have to be Feast or Famine when it comes to Goals with this team?

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#195 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 01:11PM
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WHY PASS IT TO THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE OF THREE BRUINS????????????

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#196 Zamboni Driver
October 31 2009, 01:13PM
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I think we should go with a combination of:

- Time change (and 'we' never play well in the afternoon) - Flu - Not hitting the panic button - It's early...

Agreed?

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#197 Wanye
October 31 2009, 01:13PM
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The Oilers came into Boston looking for a hallowe'en treat - but were instead given only a trick.

These monologues write themselves really

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#198 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 01:13PM
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Would anyone be surprised if Rollie gets the start in Long Island and has the game of his career?

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#199 Shaun Doe
October 31 2009, 01:13PM
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Just get a damned goal.

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#200 jeanshorts
October 31 2009, 01:14PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

I think we should go with a combination of:

- Time change (and 'we' never play well in the afternoon) - Flu - Not hitting the panic button - It's early...

Agreed?

They should hire all sorts of sleep experts and stuff like the Canucks so they can come up with every conceivable excuse known to science.

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