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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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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#301 SirFozz
October 08 2009, 09:11PM
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oooooooooooooooo, you don't smiley face me buddy.

*mumbles bad bad words under breath at smug flames fan*

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#302 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 09:11PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDmpKOLFS64

Yay!

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#303 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 09:11PM
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@Suntory Hanzo

I miss donairs the most. I have yet to find a single good donair in Vancouver in 4 years. No one out here uses sweet sauce! It's madness!

hahaha Bucky sounds kind of like Rain Man mixed with Slingblade.

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#304 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:12PM
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Of course! I just walk in the door, turn on the tv and who's staring at me?? Kelly Buchberger. **shudder***

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#305 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:12PM
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No more Sexxxy tonight. Booo!

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#306 SirFozz
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Good god! Those lips in HD are not good. Ewwwww.

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#307 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 09:12PM
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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#308 freeze
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Khabby is not tired, moron. He is dehydrated.

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#309 Skidplate
October 08 2009, 09:12PM
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Mild concusion for Souray, out for the night.

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#310 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 09:12PM
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Everyone pants back on! There is a girl in the room!

*combs his hair over and slowly rubs his hands and licks his lips*

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#311 Oilchange64
October 08 2009, 09:13PM
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The most brutal hockey panel on TV ever?

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#312 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:13PM
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Do I have to my pants back on too?

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#313 Librarian Mike
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freeze wrote:

Khabby is not tired, moron. He is dehydrated.

He needs to get wet.

By the way, your avatar rules. I love Orpheus.

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#314 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 09:13PM
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Ah right...forgot you were out in BC. Tell ya what...if my buddy bails on me for the late Npvember game at GM, you should come along with my extra 2 tix. Pipe it up Oil style.

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#315 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:13PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Do I have to my pants back on too?

never.

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#316 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:14PM
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thanks! nice to know that someone recognizes the character. love that show!

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#317 Skidplate
October 08 2009, 09:14PM
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You are correct sir. They suck!

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#318 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 09:15PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Do I have to my pants back on too?

*swoon*

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#319 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 09:16PM
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Wait, you own pants?

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#320 Dandy
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Ya know, one of the best things about the new season getting underway is that the 4-1 Calgary victory score that was left up all summer is finally gone!

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#321 NS_fan
October 08 2009, 09:17PM
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Dan Tencer just said souray won't return, has a mild concussion

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#322 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:17PM
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Did Letang put his finger in his mouth though? Wouldn't surprise me.

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#323 jeanshorts
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Absolutely! Just curious, what's your friends name.......

*taps a metal pipe against his palm*

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#324 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 09:18PM
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@Amber McCormick

I just figured out who Buchberger reminds me of: The Tooth Fairy in Manhunter.

http://cdn-www.cracked.com/articleimages/wong/pols/bunning2.jpg

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#325 jeanshorts
October 08 2009, 09:19PM
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Ugh, Dough McLean is INSUFFERABLE. If there is a more annoying man on TV I have yet to see him. I'd rather listen to Pierre McGuire all night then have to listen to McLean for 10 minutes between periods.

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#326 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:19PM
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I think I have a pair around here somewhere. Oh never mind, those are shoes.

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#327 Amber McCormick
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He TOTALLY does! You are so wise. You should be a librarian.

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#328 Skidplate
October 08 2009, 09:19PM
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Man you got short legs.

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#329 Skidplate
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Then add Kypreos, who sounds like he has had 1 too many concussions and as I said before, they suck.

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#330 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:21PM
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No, just a long torso

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#331 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:23PM
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ack!!!

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#332 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 09:25PM
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Love to see Reghere go after a guy 1/3 his size in gagner

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#333 jeanshorts
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SOMEONE CAVE REGHER'S FACE IN! There is no way he should be able to face wash Gagner like that without retribution.

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#334 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 09:26PM
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SInce when did Rene be pronounced Ra-nay instead of ra-Nay?

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#335 SirFozz
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Can we play smackintire one game against reghere and tell him they'll kill the 5 min penalty?

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#336 freeze
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ack!

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#337 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:28PM
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Oh suck it!

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#338 SirFozz
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Booooooooooooooooooo

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#339 jeanshorts
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Fudge. Deflections; the silent killer.

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#340 Skidplate
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At least it wasn't an Oiler this time........

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#341 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 09:29PM
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So far this season, how many of the 8? goals let in by the Oil have been lame deflections off of dmen?

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#342 jeanshorts
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LKJAFLJDSFOIJFIOJFEOIJFEOIJFEIOJF PUT THAT PUCK IN!! LIJFSI(U)W#()WFHIOFSOIJSDIOJSDFIOJFSD

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#343 Suntory Hanzo
October 08 2009, 09:29PM
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sorry, add one to that. :(

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#344 Archaeologuy
October 08 2009, 09:30PM
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"Phaneuf has words for Stone"

I didnt realize the series of grunts and sighs that come out of his mouth count as words

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#345 Librarian Mike
October 08 2009, 09:31PM
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Man, this game got fast all of a sudden.

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#346 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:31PM
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Gesundheit

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#347 jeanshorts
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Horcoff and Hemsky going straight to the all-star game!

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#348 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:32PM
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lol, and the olympics!

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#349 Amber McCormick
October 08 2009, 09:32PM
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Enjoy the rest of the game gentlemen. *You can take your pants off again Jeanshorts*

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#350 freeze
October 08 2009, 09:33PM
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he never put them back on.

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