GDB III: Line shake-ups against the Flames

Jason Gregor
October 08 2009 11:15AM

Even though the Oilers are averaging four goals a game, Pat Quinn has decided to shake up all four of his lines.

Dustin Penner will skate with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Sam Gagner will centre JF Jacques and Patrick O’Sullivan, while Mike Comrie moves to the LW beside Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone. Andrew Cogliano is back in the middle between Ethan Moreau and Zack Stortini.

And it looks like Jason Strudwick will see his first action alongside Lubomir Visnovsky. Steve Staios is out because of his head and Robert Nilsson will take a seat upstairs.

It's obvious why Penner is up on the first line, but it's a bit surprising that he was moved there to jump-start Horcoff and Hemsky. Those two haven’t been good at all, and hands up how many of you thought Penner would be used as a spark-plug for others.

It's a credit to Penner, because he is in good shape. He isn’t labouring skating up and down the ice, and in fact, he looks just as fresh late in the game as he does early.

Moving Comrie to the wing is a bit of a surprise, considering he is 80% in the draws so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes a few of the draws playing with Brule. Gagner’s play has earned him a promotion and maybe he can somehow help O’Sullivan finish off the great scoring chances he has missed so far this season.

With all the shuffling, Quinn has remained true to his belief that he needs at least one banger on all of his lines.

The Oilers are expecting a more physical game from the Flames tonight. Last Saturday the Oilers were clearly the aggressor, and the Flames will try to match that.

And look for Quinn to match up Horcoff’s line versus Phaneuf and Regehr tonight. Those two have struggled in their own zone so far this year, and while Quinn doesn’t go out of his way to match lines look for him to try and get Hemsky away from Bouwmeester tonight.

Stone leads the Oilers with nine hits, and while he isn’t the best skater, he has been very consistent at finishing all of his checks. He has had two big hits, and landing a big hit is as tough as scoring a goal. If Stone continues to get at least one every two games, he’ll stick on the roster.

Smid has struggled, but I think Grebeshkov has been worse. However, his two points earned him a pass for another game. Quinn wants Nikolai Khabibulin to find his game and expect him to play tonight and Saturday against the Habs. It seems Tom Renney is doing the same with Grebeshkov. His play hasn’t been that much better, but the coaching staff believes his overall game is better than Smid's and they are hoping Grebeshkov finds some consistency soon.

Steve MacIntyre continues to practice as a D-man, and unless the coaches feel they need a super heavyweight in a game, I don’t expect him to get in the line-up soon.

Wayne Fleming worked a lot with Horcoff, Cogliano, Brule and Gagner on draws this morning. Gagner is a woeful 29% so far this year and he needs to improve drastically. Cogliano went against Brule for two different sets of five, and then he went against Stortini. Stortini was strictly trying power moves, and it looked they there were trying to get Cogliano more comfortable against a big centreman in the draw. Considering the Oilers don't have a big middle man, it makes sense to put Stortini in there strictly for the strength factor.

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#401 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 09:57PM
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ahsdjofwer!!!!!

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#402 freeze
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I WANT TO POST SWEAR WORDS!

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#403 Matt Henderson
October 08 2009, 09:57PM
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All because Horc couldnt handle the puck with an empty net (he's my goat, i have to even if he doesnt deserve it)

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#404 pissed right off
October 08 2009, 09:58PM
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man give these refs a flames jersey

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#405 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 09:59PM
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Here we go boys! 4 on 3! LET'S DO THISSS!!!!

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#406 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 09:59PM
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Bucky has solved the Flames attack:

1) Shoot at net

2) Try to deflect anything

3) Hope it works

It worked for a point at least

NiCE!

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#407 Matt Henderson
October 08 2009, 09:59PM
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PLEASE DO NOT FORSAKE US HOCKEY GODS!

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#408 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 09:59PM
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off you go!

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#409 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 10:00PM
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Good shot Sully.........

I still love you.

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#410 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 10:00PM
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what were you shooting at Sully?

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#411 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 10:01PM
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And a great shot by Horcoff too! Awesome!

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#412 freeze
October 08 2009, 10:02PM
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C'mon Boys!!

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#413 jeanshorts
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BAH KIPPER! Get outta here you sonofabitch!

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#414 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 10:03PM
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this is ridiculous. You suck Sully.

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#415 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 10:03PM
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Seriously, why isn't Storts or Penner out there standing directly in front of Kipper? The point is WIDE OPEN. Just hammer some shots off.

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#416 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 10:04PM
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Kipprusov is always a square

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#417 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 10:05PM
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Is Iginla hurts Souray and then scores the game winner I will probably kill someone.

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#418 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 10:05PM
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O SUlly is like the Buffalo Bills.

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#419 freeze
October 08 2009, 10:07PM
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Two times lucky?

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#420 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 10:07PM
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Shootout! Please, anyone but Sully!

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#421 Suntory Hanzo
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Question:

Same contract, same age who do you choose: Staios or Strudwick?

I go Strudwick.

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#422 freeze
October 08 2009, 10:08PM
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Colorado lost a game; the world is righting itself.

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#423 VicOiler
October 08 2009, 10:08PM
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my picks

Gagner Comrie Hemsky

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#424 Skidplate
October 08 2009, 10:08PM
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@Librarian Mike

I think he was trying to pass it across the crease.

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#425 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 10:08PM
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I predict 30 of our 50 wins this season will come from the shootout.....too soon?

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#426 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 10:09PM
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Yeesh. Iginla with the goose egg last year. HERE WE GO GAGS! GET IT STARTED!

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#427 freeze
October 08 2009, 10:10PM
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f*ck

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#428 OiIersninja
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Oh what a gwaaannn????

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#429 jeanshorts
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Gross. Double Gross.

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#430 Librarian Mike
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oh man...

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#431 freeze
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better!

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#432 Librarian Mike
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C'mon Sully. I was just kidding....in!

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#433 jeanshorts
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That's my boy! He can shoot! WHHHHOOOOO! Make that bottle dance.

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#434 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 10:11PM
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redemption

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#435 jeanshorts
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"can't get it by Khabibulin, but yes he does" WHAT? Garbage.

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#436 SirFozz
October 08 2009, 10:12PM
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I miss garon

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#437 freeze
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quit messing with us.

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#438 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 10:13PM
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that was brutal

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#439 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 10:13PM
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GOD is Jokinen ugly!

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#440 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 10:13PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

"can't get it by Khabibulin, but yes he does" WHAT? Garbage.

He was just jokinen about it I guess.

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#441 freeze
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be the man Hemmer!

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#442 jeanshorts
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Seriously, do they really need to explain all the calls like it's football?

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#443 freeze
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blah.

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#444 Librarian Mike
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and....crap.

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#445 RossCreekNation
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YESSSSSSSSSS!

AND NEW CHAMPION....

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#446 jeanshorts
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RossCreekNation wrote:

He was just jokinen about it I guess.

HHHHHEEEEYYYYYOOOOOO!

Also F*CK YOU AND YOUR DAMN FLAMES! Garbage.

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#447 Crust
October 08 2009, 10:14PM
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Guess its time for Ross Creek to post again. Sigh.

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#448 RossCreekNation
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... ROSSSSSSSCREEEEEEEK!!

CREEEEEEEK!

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#449 chains
October 08 2009, 10:15PM
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Bad luck bulin. Should be the chant. Can't blame him for not stopping deflections. And then bacd luck in the shootout

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#450 freeze
October 08 2009, 10:15PM
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it's been a slice justice league. freeze - out.

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