GDB XIX: Where the Sabres roam

Jason Gregor
November 11 2009 12:20PM

The Oilers fresh off their most complete road game of the season, even though they lost, head in to Buffalo tonight with a new goalie and a chance that they might get one of their stars back.

Ales Hemsky is a game-time decision, and if he is ready to go it would seem obvious that Ryan O’Marra would take a seat. In his six minutes last night I thought O’Marra was okay. He had two hits, won his only faceoff, but he was -1. His foot speed still needs to improve for him to get a long look, but he looks like a much better player than the previous few years.

The Oilers are 2-0-1 in their last three visits to Buffalo. They lost in OT in 2007, and won 4-0 and 3-0 in 2001 and 2002. Their overall record is 13-10-7-1 in Buffalo, and you would think they might have a bit of revenge on their mind after the Sabres destroyed them 10 to 2 at Rexall Place on January 27th.

It’s too bad the Sabres still don’t play in the Auditorium. That small rink was great. I loved the pitch yellow creases, the smaller surface and the horn they played after goals was awesome.

But the best part about the old rink was Rick Jeanneret, their play-by-play guy. Jeanneret is one of the more entertaining PBP guys in the league. He is revered by Sabres fans, and with calls like this you can understand why. The MAY DAY, MAY DAY clip is one of my all-time favourites.

TSN did a top ten Jeanneret calls, and while the film work is grainy, these calls are great.

I’ve had Jeanneret on my show a couple of times and he is a character. He brings energy, creativity and excitement to the game. One of my other favourites is Mike Lange.

Some of his calls don’t make much sense, but they crack me up. “He doesn’t know whether to cry or wind his watch,” WTF? Or: "Get that dog off my lawn mower," ... “Get in the fast lane grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll.”

Absolute beauties.

The Sabres are 9-4-1, but have they’ve lost two straight, and haven’t played since Saturday so they should be hungry. The Oilers will have to come out with lots of energy or hope Khabibulin holds down the fort in the opening ten minutes.

The Sabres lead the league in shots on goal, 34.9 per game, so it is doubtful the Oilers will out shoot their opponents for a second straight game. The Oilers have been getting better and getting shots through, Penner goal last night was a good example, and the Sabres are middle of the pack allowing 30.1 shots per game.

Right now only Atlanta, Anaheim and Florida are giving up more shots than the Oilers’ 33.9, so you’d expect the Khabibulin to be busy again tonight.

The Oilers have played two pretty solid road games so far on this trip, and if they get Hemsky back tonight, that should only help their cause.

Like Brownlee pointed out yesterday, I don’t understand what Gilbert Brule needs to do to get more icetime, but Quinn needs to use him more. Let’s hope that late goal yesterday will get Brule more minutes.

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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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#101 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:35PM
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WOOOT OILERS!!!! 1-3

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#102 Salvo
November 11 2009, 06:35PM
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I CAN SCORE MOM !!!!

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#103 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 06:36PM
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TAKE THAT, MR. O'SULLIVAN'S VOODOO MAGIC!!!

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#104 Tooles
November 11 2009, 06:36PM
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How 'bout that for redemption?

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#105 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:37PM
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Holy crap it is busy in here.

*immediately braids pubes into some sort of bikini bottom in case a girl wanders in*

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#106 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:37PM
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** going to change HER avatar - you silly men thought a man would give you loot - pift

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#107 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:37PM
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LMMMMMMMMMMMAO

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#108 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 06:38PM
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Wanye wrote:

Holy crap it is busy in here.

*immediately braids pubes into some sort of bikini bottom in case a girl wanders in*

*puts lotion in the basket*

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#109 JackBauer™
November 11 2009, 06:38PM
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You guys are way better at updating for this game than yahoo let me tell you.

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#110 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:39PM
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OH MY GOD A GIRL?????

Could this night get any better?

*pours three bottles of axe body spray on his head*

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#111 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 06:40PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

OH MY GOD A GIRL?????

Could this night get any better?

*pours three bottles of axe body spray on his head*

That Douchebag video is magical. I posted it to my facebook page.

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#112 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:42PM
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Yes, I'm a girl - what did you expect?!

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#113 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:44PM
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WOOT 5-10 minutes for my new avatar - stupid blue thing serves no justice. So --- because I can't see through walls and I'm at work --- how much longer till the game is over? :( I was suppose to be tonight - 2nd row seats

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#114 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:45PM
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IAmSam wrote:

Yes, I'm a girl - what did you expect?!

Clearly you've never been to one of the Nation Parties at Hudsons. There was more wiener there than the Schneiders factory.

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#115 David S
November 11 2009, 06:45PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

OH MY GOD A GIRL?????

Could this night get any better?

*pours three bottles of axe body spray on his head*

Says the guys who likes "picking up chicks and then not sleeping with them."

Hah hah!

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#116 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 06:45PM
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I'm pretty sure that there are no girls on the internet, so let's not get misled here.

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#117 David S
November 11 2009, 06:45PM
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MacT AND Ferraro?

PPV be damned!

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#118 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 06:45PM
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IAmSam wrote:

Yes, I'm a girl - what did you expect?!

Um... It's kind of a sausage fest around these parts most days.

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#119 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:45PM
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@jeanshorts

even more than the beach in the movie Euro Trip?

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#120 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 06:47PM
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IAmSam wrote:

even more than the beach in the movie Euro Trip?

worse...

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#121 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:48PM
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Well then boys :D TA DA! femininity at it's finest :D

Back to my question though - how many more minutes in the game - I'm away from the boobtube now

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#122 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:49PM
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I'm going to go crush a few beers in honor of the super race of soldiers that has defended Canada all these here years.

Watch for drunken commentary if something good happens.

@IamSam

Take this taser. Trust me.

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#123 Travis Dakin
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IAmSam wrote:

Well then boys :D TA DA! femininity at it's finest :D

Back to my question though - how many more minutes in the game - I'm away from the boobtube now

boob... ha

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#124 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:51PM
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@IAmSam

About 5 minutes away from starting the third.

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#125 IAmSam
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@jeanshorts

Thanks

(I'll be fine without a taser Wanye - lol)

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#126 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:55PM
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So when are we going to start the Oilers Nation bikini wrestling federation featuring IAmSam and the lovely Amber McCormick?

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#127 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 06:56PM
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So when are we going to start the Oilers Nation bikini wrestling federation featuring IAmSam and the lovely Amber McCormick?

Rigger too...

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#128 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 06:57PM
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I think it's nice that Mentally Handicapped Sean Penn thinks he's a girl, learned how to type, and likes the Oilers. Thanks Hollywood!

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#129 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 06:57PM
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So when are we going to start the Oilers Nation bikini wrestling federation featuring IAmSam and the lovely Amber McCormick?

Don't forget about Rigger, too.

P.S. Hey, I just watched that 'douchebag' video. Hilarious. *Wonders what happened to that douchebag who thought Amber shouldn't be writing articles here*

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#130 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:58PM
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@Travis Dakin

Is it sad that we can name all the posters here that have made themselves known as having vaginas?

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#131 Robin Brownlee
November 11 2009, 06:58PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

boob... ha

Son, you're a girl? Daddy is so confused . . .

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#132 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:59PM
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@jeanshorts

LMFAO! Clearly third ones the charm!

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#133 VK63
November 11 2009, 07:01PM
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ok,, who has staios jock?

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#134 jeanshorts
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And Staios looks like a goat once again.

PPPHHHEEEWWWWWW.

Also huge save by Khabby. Is anyone still complaining about his signing? Because I will fight them with my fists.

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#135 Jack Bauer™
November 11 2009, 07:01PM
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WHY ARE WE NOT WINNING YET?!?!?!??!

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#136 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:02PM
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@jeanshorts

You just made me think of the Office commercial that's on tv these days ... know what one I'm talking about

BTW this Amber McCormick scares the hell out of me with that HUGE ass smile - YIPES!

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#137 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:03PM
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YEAH! I'd like to know that too - GRRR!

I can the game 2-4 Buff sadly

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#138 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:04PM
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Weird, Tom Gilbert muffed up a 3 on 1. SURPRISE!

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#139 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:05PM
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Would anyone bet against Tom Gilbert having a Twilight tattoo?

Me neither.

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#140 jeanshorts
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Anyone want to bet that Penner is going to be THE MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!! tonight?

Either him or Miller. But my money is squarely on BDP.

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#141 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:07PM
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Come on DANGLES!!!!!

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#142 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:08PM
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DAMNIT! Where is my avatar!

So is everyone from Alberta ;)

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#143 David S
November 11 2009, 07:09PM
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Twilight?

Oh god.

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#144 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:09PM
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DAMNIT! Where is my avatar!

So is everyone from Alberta ;)

Hello....

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#145 Shawn Cronin
November 11 2009, 07:10PM
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I think I understand why no one else offered Comrie a contract. Awful in the defensive, lazy in the offensive, thank god it's only one year.

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#146 Phil
November 11 2009, 07:10PM
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Does anyone actually talk about the game, the players or anything to do with hockey in these Game Day Blogs at all? Ever?

If there is, then it's got to be minimal. Step up the armchair GM'ing and gamescouting folks. Too much bullsh!t banter going on in here.

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#147 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 07:10PM
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DAMNIT! Where is my avatar!

So is everyone from Alberta ;)

I can see your avatar now.

Edmonton, born and raised.

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#148 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:10PM
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@Travis Dakin

holla

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#149 jeanshorts
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Moreau getting a holding the stick penalty. Awesome.

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#150 VK63
November 11 2009, 07:11PM
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the captain strikes again

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