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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#151 Salvo
November 10 2009, 06:06PM
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@OilerLoverFlameoutHater

Hi Ethan

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#152 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 06:07PM
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GET TO THE CHOPPER!!!!!!

Still not a fan.

BUT GGGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!!

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#153 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 06:07PM
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I am officially mad at the internet now.

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#154 Horcsky
November 10 2009, 06:07PM
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Screw you nhl versus. They just showed the ottawa goal and that's it, even though it's 2-1 for us. Gah!

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#155 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
November 10 2009, 06:07PM
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Ya this is retarded first time I actually YES GOAT scores. But yeah I don't get the ppv cause thought I would try it online and no feed WTF

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#156 Nate full of Hate
November 10 2009, 06:07PM
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http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/479101-time-to-tank-oilers

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#157 freeze
November 10 2009, 06:10PM
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Beauty goal from Capt. Goat!! Good moves.

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#158 Maggie the Monkey
November 10 2009, 06:11PM
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Thanks - I've found it now. A combination of the radio and this crappy broadcast will have to do.

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#159 Horcsky
November 10 2009, 06:14PM
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Good for us to be up by a goal after one. Of course we let another player who was in a major slump break out of it. Guys must love playing the Oilers. No better team to pad the stats against.

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#160 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 06:14PM
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The Oilers are out shooting someone?

*craps his pants and starts eating it*

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#161 Maggie the Monkey
November 10 2009, 06:15PM
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Wow: Iginla scored again for the Flames. At this rate he'll catch up to Penner soon.

*Quietly looks around, astonished that this statement is actually true.*

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#162 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 06:28PM
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PPPPSSSSSSSTTTTTTT

hxxp://www.justin.tv/nhl_live

Sssshhhh. Our little secret.

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#163 6zeppelin6
November 10 2009, 06:30PM
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@jeanshorts Yeah that feed is awesome i was just coming on here to post it for you.

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#164 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 06:34PM
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CLUTTERBUCK!

Is there something in the Oilers strategy that says they are supposed to stop playing in the second?

Come on Brule. Brutal defensive coverage.

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#165 Maggie the Monkey
November 10 2009, 06:36PM
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Very nice!

Thanks.

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#166 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 06:37PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

PPPPSSSSSSSTTTTTTT

hxxp://www.justin.tv/nhl_live

Sssshhhh. Our little secret.

JS I seriously want to lick you right now. FRICKEN AWESOME!!!!

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#167 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 06:39PM
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I had the same kind of sentiment when David S posted it up over on JSBM. So if anyone deserves a lick it's him. And maybe you guys will start hanging around that game day thread a bit more? HMMMM? Clearly it's where all the cool kids hang.

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#168 Horcsky
November 10 2009, 06:51PM
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Montreal is wearing the ugliest jerseys of the modern era tonight against the Flames

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#169 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 06:52PM
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What the hell? They look like the Minnesota Wild. Still, those aren't as bad as those barber pole ones they were wearing last weekend.

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#170 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 06:54PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I had the same kind of sentiment when David S posted it up over on JSBM. So if anyone deserves a lick it's him. And maybe you guys will start hanging around that game day thread a bit more? HMMMM? Clearly it's where all the cool kids hang.

Cheat on the ON?....

*bites lip and fears the wrath of Wanye*

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#171 Horcsky
November 10 2009, 06:54PM
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Ya I was getting confused too. I mean Montreal has an ugly jersey at the best of times, but those Christmas decorations are an atrocity

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#172 Rigger
November 10 2009, 06:56PM
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No link to the game?! WTF? This sucks.

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#173 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
November 10 2009, 06:56PM
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When I try the NHL live feed it wants me to sign up for it with credit card it's not free WTF

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#174 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:01PM
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Go back to comment 162.

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#175 freeze
November 10 2009, 07:03PM
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Very nice period, aside from the goal. Great energy and urgency.

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#176 Hemmertime
November 10 2009, 07:05PM
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PIZZA PIZZA

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#177 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:06PM
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Well, they didn't look super outmatched or outworked that period. PROGRESS!

And I liked the look of the power play even if we didn't score there. They were at least getting solid chances on net instead of the usual "pass it around the perimeter, give it to Hemsky, let him do a few circles until he tries to thread the puck through a 2 inch hole, looking for a one time on the cross ice pass" strategy.

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#178 Rigger
November 10 2009, 07:07PM
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Thank bra! Is it super choppy for anyone else, or is it just my shat computer?

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#179 Horcsky
November 10 2009, 07:07PM
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Moreau seems to be having a good game so far. No bad penalties and generating some shots. Come on Ethan, wake up and get your game back!

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#180 Rigger
November 10 2009, 07:08PM
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Just got home, anyone catch me up? How are we playing so far? Chopper and Pens with the goals, am I right?

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#181 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:13PM
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Correct. And Delauriers (god dammit I can't spell that) made an amazing kick save in the first period. It was so good Rod called him Leclaire. And I'm pretty sure it made his heart stop too, but that's not surprising.

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#182 Rigger
November 10 2009, 07:14PM
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Poor Rod, he's gonna drop a nut one of these days! How are we doing on shots/faceoffs?

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#183 Librarian Mike
November 10 2009, 07:14PM
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I'm on a break at work, so I just checked the scoresheet. Moreau AND Staios have scored? Apparently it's 1999...bring back Alex Selivanov!

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#184 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:16PM
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Unfortunately they gave the Staios goal to Penner. Where is the justice in this world???

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#185 Senator Theo
November 10 2009, 07:18PM
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Wait - are we outshooting the Sens too? WTF!?

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#186 Librarian Mike
November 10 2009, 07:19PM
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So, Moreau's goal:

A: He started behind his net, deked around the whole team and wired a wrister into the top corner that made the water bottle fly up.

or:

B: tip in off his arm.

Then again, it's how many and not how.

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#187 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:19PM
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The Oilers are, against all logic, up 24-14 in shots.

AND THE CANUCKS ARE LOSING BY 4 AFTER ONE PERIOD????

BEST DAY EVER!!!

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#188 Lyndsay
November 10 2009, 07:19PM
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It's a day-off-in-the-middle-of-the-week miracle!

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#189 jeanshorts
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I have no idea. I was listening to the radio at that time while we all scrambled to find some kind of internet feed.

But it sounded like it was a decent, hard worker goal, that he actually earned. Not a lucky tip. I know right???

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#190 Librarian Mike
November 10 2009, 07:23PM
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Whenever I see Cheechoo's name, I think about when the Oilers finished off the Sharks in '06. As I was heading home, I saw a truck going down Whyte Ave with 'F*CK YOU, CHEECHOO' written along the side...

*single tear runs down face*

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#191 Rigger
November 10 2009, 07:27PM
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WTF? Reverso day?

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#192 Senator Theo
November 10 2009, 07:27PM
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Lyndsay wrote:

It's a day-off-in-the-middle-of-the-week miracle!

I did a double-take! If we win, let's all remember this day.

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#193 Hemmertime
November 10 2009, 07:28PM
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The Ottawa Principe is much better than McGuire thankfully

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#194 Rigger
November 10 2009, 07:29PM
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AHHHH, junk feed!

Dammit Cogs, you have to score there.

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#195 Hemmertime
November 10 2009, 07:29PM
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aww. Woulda been great if Marchat 2.0... er Cogliano, had finish.

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#196 Oiler in Purgatory
November 10 2009, 07:30PM
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Cogliano is Todd Marchant v2.0

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#197 17
November 10 2009, 07:31PM
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Holy smokes Cogs is fast. He was pissed he didn't score going to the bench.

damn you Leclaire! Some excellent pressure by the boys.

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#198 jeanshorts
November 10 2009, 07:31PM
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JKAFJSFSFDLKJSDFLJK AAAAHHHHHHH!!!

FINISH THAT GREBS!!!

Oh man. I'm going to have heart failure here!

Between that play and the Cogs breakaway I just lost 5 years off my life.

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#199 Eric Johnson
November 10 2009, 07:31PM
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holy crap.... wow this is fun to watch.

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#200 Hemmertime
November 10 2009, 07:31PM
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Rigger wrote:

AHHHH, junk feed!

Dammit Cogs, you have to score there.

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

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