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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#151 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 07:51PM
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LOL... my ace still hurts!

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#152 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 07:52PM
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Whoa, Savibulin!

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#153 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 07:53PM
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I still don't fully trust the internet. You see, my mother was raped by the internet. 9 months later a little baby jeanshorts was bo OH MY GOD WHAT A SAVE! KHABI! KHABI! KHABI!

Where was I? Oh yeah, and also I'm super lazy so signing up for things is way down my list of things do to.

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#154 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 07:53PM
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You'll get used to it Princess, just let the callouses build up...

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#155 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 07:55PM
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Did Malin Akerman just say "Stanley Cup" in that commercial for that horrible looking new movie? SSSSSSWWWWOOOOOOONNNNNNNNN

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#156 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 07:58PM
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Are the Oilers actually winning faceoffs with some kind of regularity? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???

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#157 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:00PM
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Thanks for the penalty in the offensive zone moreau. That was Goatacular.

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#158 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:00PM
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BAAAAAAAHHHD Penalty, Goat!!!

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#159 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:01PM
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Oh, so THAT'S why they call him Chopper!

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#160 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:03PM
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Stone killin penalties... is that new?

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#161 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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GET TO THE CHOPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#162 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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WOW! frickin GOAT

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#163 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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Our Captain!!!!

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#164 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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THANK YOU FOR MAKING UP FOR IT, GOAT!!!

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#165 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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CHOPPER REDEMPTION!!!

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#166 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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YAY!

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#167 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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So that was his plan all along, i get it now.

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#168 Yakman
October 08 2009, 08:04PM
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Woooooooo!!!! Go Moreau!!!

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#169 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 08:06PM
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I smell a Hat Trick for Moreau....the guys is all over the place.

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#170 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:06PM
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The boys are fired up!

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#171 Oilchange64
October 08 2009, 08:07PM
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The ungoat???

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#172 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:08PM
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Look at them go! I LOVE IT!

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#173 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 08:08PM
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OiIersninja wrote:

I smell a Hat Trick for Moreau....the guys is all over the place.

1 goal, 2 assists, 3 penalties.

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#174 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:08PM
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Nice.

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#175 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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Wait so can Jbo drive in Calgary? Or does he need Regher to drive him to the rink every day?

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#176 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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Nice penalty 4head...

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#177 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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LUUUUUUUUBBBBBBOOOO!!!

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#178 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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WWWWHHHHHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! VISH!!! or someone in front. either way. WHOOOO!!!!!!!

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#179 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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The lid is popping off at RX1

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#180 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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MR. LUBE!!!!

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#181 Yakman
October 08 2009, 08:09PM
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WOOOOOOOO!!!!! Visnovsky!

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#182 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:10PM
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Vish schooled those fools.

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#183 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 08:10PM
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Absolutely fantastic first period!

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#184 jeanshorts
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IQWT indeed!

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#185 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:13PM
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Even though the team started out slow (in the old way, I still liked the plays that they were trying to make. They are playing very much like I had hoped they would last year.

I like the idea of Cogs on the PK. I hope he can excel there.

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#186 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 08:14PM
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Well Played!!!! Jbo's dity little secret.

On another note why does that nice inuit man always forget the milk???? get it right man!

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#187 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:15PM
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dam... edit button soon?

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#188 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:16PM
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Schremp is already proving the Oilers brass wrong by putting up huge numbers in his first game: 0 points, 0 shots, 4 PIM

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#189 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:17PM
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Hahahaha look at the nut shot on Holliday! Baseball playoffs indeed!

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#190 freeze
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R. Schremp 14:02 0-0-0 0+- 4PIM

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#191 freeze
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haha, beat me to it!

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#192 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:20PM
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OiIersninja wrote:

Well Played!!!! Jbo's dity little secret.

On another note why does that nice inuit man always forget the milk???? get it right man!

And why does he live in a perfectly modern suburban home and wear a suit, but he's wearing an animal carcas, has no car, and apparently lives on a remote Arctic iceflow?

That commercial bugs me...

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#193 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:20PM
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*high fives freeze*

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#194 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 08:22PM
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And why does he live in a perfectly modern suburban home and wear a suit, but he's wearing an animal carcas, has no car, and apparently lives on a remote Arctic iceflow?

Totally! I don't know what Elisha Cuthbert sees in that guy.

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#195 Skidplate
October 08 2009, 08:23PM
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Lubers goal was fantasitc. Nice movement and a heck of shot. Conroy looked the fool. That's 2 games in a row for him, first Gagner drops him, then Luber undresses him.

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#196 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:24PM
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OHHH Kyperos has a "Blackberry". La ti da! King of the castle, king of the castle.

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#197 BUCK75
October 08 2009, 08:24PM
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Letang getting bit by Hartnell? SERIOUSLY...

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#198 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:24PM
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It's his 'big shot'.

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#199 z
October 08 2009, 08:25PM
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only watched the last 6 minutes of that period and i am sure glad i did! great breakout with moreau and a awesome play by smid to keep the puck in the zone.

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#200 z
October 08 2009, 08:26PM
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its part of his secret fellating of ballsilie and anyone else with money in southern ontario.

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