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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#201 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:27PM
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I just want to throw this out there, but Scott Hartnell's wife is way too hot to be with someone with Sideshow Bob hair.

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#202 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:27PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:
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.

Ha! Well he is PW'd enough that when he gets home he doesn't say "Looks like no milk tonight!"

And who really needs milk at that time of day? What, she's such a crappy wife that she's preparing cereal for supper? The more I think about that commercial, the more I dislike it...

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#203 Skidplate
October 08 2009, 08:27PM
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Let's keep the pressure on now boys.

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#204 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:28PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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#205 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:28PM
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NO! GET UP! GET UP! THIS ISN'T HAPPENING! NOT NOW! NOOTTTTTT NOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!

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#206 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:28PM
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Ouch!!

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#207 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:28PM
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FRAK! Big S!

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#208 that guy
October 08 2009, 08:29PM
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nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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#209 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:29PM
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SOMEBODY BETTER BERTUZZI IGINLA

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#210 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:29PM
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I always told myself that I could never get mad at Iginla. Dude is a stand up guy and hella nice. But if Souray is hurt for any amount of time I'll be paying a visit to Calgary ASAP!

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#211 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:30PM
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I always told myself that I could never get mad at Iginla. Dude is a stand up guy and hella nice. But if Souray is hurt for any amount of time I'll be paying a visit to Calgary ASAP!

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#212 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:30PM
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WHOOOOOOPS. Is there an echo in here?

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#213 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:30PM
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Make 'em pay on the scoreboard boys.

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#214 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:30PM
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@Archaeologuy

Why. Nice freakin call ref! WTF

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#215 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:31PM
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Make 'em pay on the scoreboard boys.

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#216 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:31PM
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Did one of them say "The good news is, he's cut"???

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#217 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:31PM
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uh oh.

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#218 OiIersninja
October 08 2009, 08:31PM
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It takes away from the fact they are selling windows. I offially hate milk, windows and the voice of a phantom wife who's always asking about the GOD DAMN MILK

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#219 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:32PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

Did one of them say "The good news is, he's cut"???

Ya, thats what I heard too.

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#220 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:33PM
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Well, that IS good news then

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#221 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:33PM
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@RossCreekNation

Hey man, if Iggy wants to drive a defenseman's head into the boards while his back is turned to him then he deserves to get gooned. My rational pants are off during hockey games and the shorts of rage are in their place.

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#222 z
October 08 2009, 08:34PM
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what happened to souray, im writing a paper?

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#223 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:34PM
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Is Peckham playing on the farm yet?

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#224 Poo Czar
October 08 2009, 08:36PM
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Just to be clear, you ARE wearing pants or shorts though, yes?

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#225 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:36PM
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@Archaeologuy

Shorts of rage are way more comfortable anyway. Far more room in the crotch.

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#226 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:36PM
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@Poo Czar

I make no promises

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#227 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:37PM
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The Captains!!

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#228 jeanshorts
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hahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaha. Beauty fight Moreau. Jesus. Can't do anything right except score huge goals on breakaways.

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#229 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:37PM
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@Archaeologuy

Iggy damn near separated his shoulder. Souray lost an edge, Iggy went in awkwardly head first. Ugly looking for both.

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#230 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:38PM
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He must want the Gordie Howe hat trick.

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#231 that guy
October 08 2009, 08:38PM
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Moreau looked truly upset with Iginla there.

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#232 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:39PM
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Iggy redeem himself there letting Moreau get up?

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#233 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:40PM
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Was gonna call an Iginla fight tonight. He needed it. He plays better when he's pissed off. The GOAT just unleashed the BEAST!

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#234 Archaeologuy
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I've explained that the rational pants are off didnt I? They are sitting in the laundry basket of forethought. No excuses for the enemy here thank you.

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#235 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:40PM
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Dear god, these RSW guys love to polish a turd.

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#236 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:42PM
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that guy wrote:

Moreau looked truly upset with Iginla there.

No... that was the FEAR in his GOAT eyes ~ lol

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#237 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:42PM
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How about we try not passing to the guys in white jersey's next time? Think that may help things?

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#238 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:43PM
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brutal call.

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#239 god
October 08 2009, 08:43PM
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dear freeze,

they sure do.

p.s. I wiil be ok, iggy and the boards cannot harm me.

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#240 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:44PM
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GAH! The refs are so much more worse this year than ever before.

And even still, I'd take an NHL ref over an NFL ref.

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#241 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:44PM
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Best 5 on 3 centre in the game!!

lol

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#242 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:45PM
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WHOOOOOOOO

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#243 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:45PM
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wicked save!

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#244 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:45PM
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oh crap, there goes 5!!

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#245 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:45PM
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HOLY CRAP! Khabi has pretty much completely redeemed himself for the last 2 games. Oh great another D-man down. Awesome.

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#246 freeze
October 08 2009, 08:46PM
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awesome kill!

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#247 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:46PM
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HUGE KILL! Atta go boys!

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#248 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 08:46PM
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hells yeah!

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#249 RossCreekNation
October 08 2009, 08:47PM
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Houston... we have a problem :-(

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#250 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 08:48PM
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Oh so Brent Sutter is calling the game now? Love having 2 refs out there that don't have a clue what is going on and don't talk to each other.

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