GDB XVIII: Injury woes on the Senate floor

Jason Gregor
November 10 2009 11:43AM

The injuries just keep coming for the Edmonton Oilers, as they get set to take on the Ottawa Senators tonight.

Robert Nilsson is out with a concussion, and with Florida claiming Steve MacIntyre on waivers this morning, the Oilers have recalled Ryan O’Marra for tonight's game. Taylor Chorney has a bad ankle and is out, so Ladislav Smid will draw back in.

Does someone have a voodoo doll and every few days decide to take down another Oiler? Maybe the producers of the lamest movie I’ve seen in years, Paranormal Activity, are making a sports-like spin off that has alleged demons stalking the Oilers. I can’t believe that Theo Peckham told me he had to sleep with the lights on after watching that movie. I’ll be juicing him hard when he gets back to Edmonton. There was nothing remotely scary about that movie. Plus the acting was worse than the Carolina Hurricanes.

I really don’t think losing Nilsson is a big loss, and Smid is better than Chorney at this point, but you wonder how many more injuries this team can handle before it takes a toll on their salary cap.

With Nilsson out, my best guess would see Andrew Cogliano move to the wing and play with Gilbert Brule and Mike Comrie. Lately Pat Quinn has tried to go with two offensive oriented lines, and moving Cogliano there makes the most sense.

That would leave Sam Gagner with Dustin Penner and Patrick O’Sullivan, while Ryan Potulny would centre Fernando Pisani and Liam Reddox, and O’Marra can play between Zack Stortini and Ethan Moreau.

Know thy enemy

The Sens sit in 2nd place in the Northeast division, but like the Oilers they're currently out of the playoff picture. The Sens are 7-5-2 and are averaging three goals for and three goals against in 14 games.

Jonathon Cheechoo has been a bust since coming over from San Jose, with no goals and two assists in 14 games. Cory Clouston said he has realistic expectations of what Cheechoo can produce.

"That was a real special year for him (56 goals), he’s worked extremely hard, is an intelligent guy and a real good teammate. I don’t think telling anyone that he will score 50 goals again is realistic."

He added that Cheechoo is a 25-goal man, and maybe can reach 30 again and that is what they will look for from him. If Cheechoo gets 25 goals this year I’ll be stunned. His foot speed is not good enough for him to get to the open spaces anymore. He is willing to go in the tough areas, but he can’t get there fast enough anymore.

The Sens PP is 23rd in the league and they have only drawn 51 penalties thus far, only Calgary has drawn fewer penalties, 49, but the Flames have scored 12 goals to put them 5th overall on the PP.

The Oilers have had 68 man advantages, 13th most in the league, and after their four goal performance in Colorado they sit 6th on the PP at 23.5%.

Jeff Deslauriers’ favourite team growing up was the Buffalo Sabres, so I’d guess that Khabibulin will start tonight and JDD will get the start tomorrow. With back-to-games tonight and tomorrow and then on the weekend in Atlanta and Columbus it looks like Deslauriers will double his games played in a five day span.

Report on O'Marra 

O’Marra got off to a good start in Springfield, and finally seems to understand that if he's going to play in the NHL it will be as shut-down centreman. Rob Daum told me last week on my show, that his play had tailed off a bit of late. He did respond with some better play this past weekend.

O’Marra needs to show up and be good in the faceoffs, strong on the puck and be physical. He is one of the few centremen they have in the organization who has any sort of size. If O’Marra understands he needs to be physical, not fancy, there is an opening for him on this team. They desperately lack size down the middle and if he shows he can provide that, he might not be the first guy sent down when Horcoff, Hemsky and Jacques return.

Trade... for the Rush

I know you guys love the Oilers, but the Rush will announce a major trade this afternoon. They have acquired Gavin Prout along with Dean Hill from Colorado for a 1st rounder in 2010 and a 2nd rounder in 2011. Prout and Colorado couldn’t agree on a new deal, and so the Rush made a call.

Prout is a top-ten scorer in the game. He has 230 goals and 671 points in only 127 games. He will quarterback their PP and along with Brodie Merrill the Rush finally have some elite talent. Hill might chip in if he stays healthy and in shape. In his only full season he scored 32 goals in 14 games in 2007. He was banged up last year.

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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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#201 Librarian Mike
November 10 2009, 07:32PM
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Oiler in Purgatory wrote:

Cogliano is Todd Marchant v2.0

Let's hope he's 'Todd Marchant in a contract year v2.0'.

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#202 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:36PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Feed was good before ON all got on and doubled the viewers :)

Mine hasn't changed at all. Thankfully. Everything's coming up jeanshorts tonight!

*waits for the ceiling to collapse on his head*

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#203 Oiler in Purgatory
November 10 2009, 07:38PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Let's hope he's 'Todd Marchant in a contract year v2.0'.

Or at least more 'Todd Marchant vs. Dallas Stars '97 playoffs'

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#204 Maggie the Monkey
November 10 2009, 07:38PM
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Oh my god Crosby.

No points for a 5th straight game and a -2 on the night. You're killing me in my hockey pool. Killing me.

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#205 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:39PM
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I think even Pat Quinn has Moreau as his goat. How else can you explain all the injuries and thecaptaingoatmoreau can't get off the fourth line. When O'Marra is ahead of you... you just might be a goat.

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#206 Cool Beans
November 10 2009, 07:39PM
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Rod Phillips just called Grebeshkov - Krushalniski- not once but twice and then stauffer makes fun of jim. Classic

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#207 BigE57
November 10 2009, 07:39PM
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Krushelnisky is back, wow the injuries are really mounting in Oilerville.......

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#208 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:40PM
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@jeanshorts

"Thankfully. Everything's coming up jeanshorts tonight!"

That explains the smell.

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#209 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:43PM
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So Chris Neil is laying on top of JDD, yet it's still a good goal? Awesome.

Also that looked like Moreau's fault.

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#210 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:43PM
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He jumped on him!

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#211 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:44PM
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It's like Neil was trying to play leap frog with Delauriers, only he couldn't quite make it....

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#212 Shaun Doe
November 10 2009, 07:44PM
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This Ottawa guy is all over their asses. I get it that he is the local broadcaster but man he better prep H those lips.

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#213 Librarian Mike
November 10 2009, 07:45PM
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That's bush league. BUSH!

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#214 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:46PM
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So send Stortini out there and get him to kamakazie straight into Leclaire's chest.

Garbage. I understand Neil got pushed into JDD a bit at first, but that doesn't explain how he's still on top of him on the other side of the crease.

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#215 Shaun Doe
November 10 2009, 07:47PM
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Ah well lets face it, we wouldn't be worried about that goal if the Cogs breakaway or the Grebber deke in the slot found the back of the net. We haven't helped ourselves by not burrying our own chances. Still stings though...

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#216 roughneck
November 10 2009, 07:48PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

This Ottawa guy is all over their asses. I get it that he is the local broadcaster but man he better prep H those lips.

the flames got first dibs so it all went to loubardious

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#217 17
November 10 2009, 07:49PM
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hahahaha did the ref do a reverse somersault?

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#218 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:49PM
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ALKJAFLKJASLJKAS YAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WWWWHOOOOOO!!!!!!!! GAME ON!!!!!!!!!!!

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#219 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:49PM
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The was some sweet Creme Brule!

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#220 Shaun Doe
November 10 2009, 07:50PM
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The best part was when the ref fell on his butt. Ha ha butt...

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#221 Maggie the Monkey
November 10 2009, 07:50PM
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Ain't karma a bitch, Neil?

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#222 Senator Theo
November 10 2009, 07:50PM
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Boy, we should be peppering more shots in there. Leclaire looks a little shaky, to say the least.

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#223 Oiler in Purgatory
November 10 2009, 07:52PM
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This justintv feed just went frame-choppy like the Ice Pirates aging sequence...

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#224 roughneck
November 10 2009, 07:54PM
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anyone else think that olympic torch looks like a late night speed rolled fatty?

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#225 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:55PM
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Gator looks like Wolverine! He's looking real good. Good for him. Still love that guy.

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#226 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:55PM
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Jason Smith....Now there was a captain... Remember what that was like?

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#227 Oiler in Purgatory
November 10 2009, 07:57PM
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Gilbert you dumb putz.

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#228 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:57PM
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Did Strudwick make ANOTHER play that saved what probably should have been a sure goal? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???

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#229 17
November 10 2009, 07:57PM
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Was that the first icing call of the game?

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#230 17
November 10 2009, 08:01PM
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hahaha apparently there have bene plenty of icing calls, I just haven't been paying attention.

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#231 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 08:01PM
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Wait, have the Oilers taken a penalty in this game?

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#232 smalgoalie33
November 10 2009, 08:02PM
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@jeanshorts

Just an offsetting minor for Storts and Carkner

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#233 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 08:03PM
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That's what I thought. That's wild.

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#234 VicOiler
November 10 2009, 08:05PM
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The D Train. Love it

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#235 Shaun Doe
November 10 2009, 08:05PM
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Wow the Refs have really just put the whistles away in OT for both teams that is

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#236 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
November 10 2009, 08:05PM
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Leclaire has absolute horseshoes up his azz tonight. And Penner is really making all those haters from last year look like fools. 80+ points for him this year book it. PENNER poor ottowa bet there wishing douche heatley was dead

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#237 17
November 10 2009, 08:06PM
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Only one PP for the Oil tonight, and we didn't have to kill a single one. When was the last time that happened?

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#238 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 08:06PM
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I think the Ottawa fans have been booing the entire OT.

The refs haven't called anything all game. Give it a rest. Especially since they've been more than kind on letting calls go on your team.

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#239 Rigger
November 10 2009, 08:06PM
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Le sigh! Well the feed froze my shatty comp twice and I had to reboot twice and missed most of that period. SO now! Come on boys!

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#240 17
November 10 2009, 08:07PM
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I hate shootouts.

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#241 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 08:08PM
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Remember when the Oilers only got points because of the shootout? Lets never speak of that again.

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#242 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
November 10 2009, 08:09PM
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Sully=money

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#243 Librarian Mike
November 10 2009, 08:09PM
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Eric Johnson wrote:

Jason Smith....Now there was a captain... Remember what that was like?

Gator was man-tastic.

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#244 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 08:09PM
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WHHHOOOOPPPP WWWWEEEEOOOOPPPPP!.

Now, start doing that during the other 60 minutes, please.

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#245 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 08:10PM
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Nice save! Oh man I was so nervous on that one.

Still am....

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#246 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
November 10 2009, 08:10PM
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Crap

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#247 17
November 10 2009, 08:11PM
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boo

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#248 Hemmertime
November 10 2009, 08:11PM
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FECK

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#249 smalgoalie33
November 10 2009, 08:11PM
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eff

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#250 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
November 10 2009, 08:12PM
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SENNNNNNNS suck AZZZZZZ

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