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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#51 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 05:52PM
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@Shaun Doe

To be fair he did put my arms through the handles of an IGA bag to act as a makeshift parachute.

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#52 Wanye
November 11 2009, 05:55PM
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Hockey related question:

Two years into his massive deal was Vanek worth the dough?

His numbers:

2007–08 82GP 36G 28A 64PTS 2008–09 73GP 40G 24A 64PTS

And also, how is MacIntyre already on waivers again? Poor bastard.

Also, MACT!!!

*swoons*

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#53 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 05:58PM
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@Wanye

Also, MACT!!! *swoons*

If only he was growing a moustache too. We'd have (wait for it)...MacSexy...

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#54 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 05:59PM
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Well, he would have been second on the team in scoring both those years. But, $100000 per point is Shawn Horcoff money! So I'm not going to lose any sleep about not signing him. I will, however, lose sleep thinking about the dirty sexual things baggedmilk is doing without me!

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#55 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:00PM
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OMG OKPOSO HAS H1N1??????

THIS IS THE FLAMES FAULT!

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#56 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:01PM
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Well, he would have been second on the team in scoring both those years. But, $100000 per point is Shawn Horcoff money! So I'm not going to lose any sleep about not signing him. I will, however, lose sleep thinking about the dirty sexual things baggedmilk is doing without me!

I believe it was 50 million over 7 years and that the first couple years were crazy high then it tailed off.

I remember when the Oilers offered that contract I was at the Calgary Stampede drunk off my rocker. When the news was announced my one buddy basically threatened to drive home and burn all his Oilers stuff in protest.

Two years later he is strangely silent on whether or not it would have been a good deal. I could totally see Vanek being soft here with expectations.

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#57 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:02PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:
Also, MACT!!! *swoons*

If only he was growing a moustache too. We'd have (wait for it)...MacSexy...

I'd love to see a silver moustachio on MacT.

DANG!

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#58 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:03PM
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Oh Jeanshorts -

did you read this article on your lady love today?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/magazine/15Fox-t.html?hp

She is smarter than she looks!

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#59 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:05PM
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Oh I totally looked at this year for the cap hit. Let's see what it was in 07/08... 10 MILLION DOLLARS!

*passes out*

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#60 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:09PM
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Oilers! Oilers!

*claps wildly in an empty room, save for a passed out jeanshorts looking at cap stats in the corner*

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#61 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:11PM
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Seriously Megan Fox can do no wrong. She could force me to kill my entire family and I'd still follow her around like a puppy.

Although I'm starting to become obsessed with a new Hollywood starlet, but I'm going to keep her all to myself for now.

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#62 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:12PM
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What the hell Stortini? What are we paying you for if you can't even score on Ryan Miller?

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#63 Shaun Doe
November 11 2009, 06:13PM
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Fascinating, Storts without a goal in 13 games since scoring two. That sounds as if he is due for a goal. I'm going to have to get JW to check the stats for me but I feel as if the math is sound. Thank you Gord Miller!

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#64 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 06:14PM
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Stortini: "Hot potato, hoooot potaaato..."

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#65 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:16PM
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DAMN YOU MONTADOR

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#66 Jack Bauer
November 11 2009, 06:16PM
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The Islanders must have 21 guys injured, Robert Schremp is playing tonight. And he has an assist!

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#67 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:16PM
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Apparently we should just put Staios in net.

Crud.

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#68 Shaun Doe
November 11 2009, 06:16PM
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Who was on the trailer there. I saw Pisani come into the play a bit late but there was someone else behind him.

P.S. Why isn't Conolly injured yet?

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#69 Jamie B.
November 11 2009, 06:17PM
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Well, I'm sure Staios and his shattered ankle appreciates their effort on that one.

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#70 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:18PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Seriously Megan Fox can do no wrong. She could force me to kill my entire family and I'd still follow her around like a puppy.

Although I'm starting to become obsessed with a new Hollywood starlet, but I'm going to keep her all to myself for now.

Is it the remains of Bea Arthur? Cause if it is I'm WAAAAAAAAAAAAY ahead of you.

Too soon?

Answer: No.

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#71 Jack Bauer
November 11 2009, 06:22PM
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My mom is reading over my shoulder, and she loved Golden Girls. I hope you guys are happy.

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#72 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:22PM
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Doug - Oilers in Ontario wrote:

I'm going to the game tonight - look for my awesome neon Oiler's hat down in the second row!

Lucky bastard! Where did you find the hat!?

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#73 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 06:23PM
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There's nothing like hot Bea just before bedtime...

Edit: Oh crap. Did I just say that out loud?

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#74 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:24PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

My mom is reading over my shoulder, and she loved Golden Girls. I hope you guys are happy.

I love Golden Girls too. Not as much as I love a 2-0 deficit at 6:24 PM but you can't have everything....

UNLESS YOU CAN?

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#75 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:24PM
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WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED THERE?????????????????????????

*hangs a noose up in his closet*

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#76 Salvo
November 11 2009, 06:24PM
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O' Sullivan

my good godness

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#77 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:25PM
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@Wanye

And also chicks are way cooler when they don't have the ability to say no.

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#78 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:25PM
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Wow - this game is going down hill ....

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#79 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:26PM
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And also chicks are way cooler when they don't have the ability to say no.

hahaha - I'm new here and I already like you

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#80 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:27PM
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Seriously can we please just get O'Sullivan a goal? If this keeps up we might actually have to go through with our suicide pact.

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#81 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:27PM
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SICK PASS PENNER

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#82 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:28PM
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Well welcome to the party. Make sure you wash your hands on the way out, because I'm pretty sure that's how this whole "swine flu" thing got started.

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#83 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:28PM
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hahaha - I'm new here and I already like you

Careful. If Jeanshorts thinks you might like him he will HOUND you for money and then never, ever, ever pay you back.

*nods sadly*

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#84 Tooles
November 11 2009, 06:29PM
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You can see the anger building on O'Sully's face. I think we have a supervillain in the making...

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#85 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:29PM
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lmao - I hear ya on that!! Just touching money now adays makes me cringe :P

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#86 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:30PM
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Well well .... maybe I don't keep tabs!

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#87 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:30PM
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Is there any way we can get Willis to dig up the stats on who leads the league in sick looking between the legs passes? Because I'm pretty sure Penner is somewhere near the top.

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#88 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:30PM
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how the hell do I get rid of this LAME icon as an avatar!??

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#89 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:31PM
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who leads in what?

I wonder if something like that would be on google ;)

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#90 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:31PM
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IAmSam wrote:

Well well .... maybe I don't keep tabs!

In that case can I - er can JEANSHORTS - borrow $1,000?

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#91 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:32PM
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IAmSam wrote:

how the hell do I get rid of this LAME icon as an avatar!??

It's very simple. Just email me your credit card number, SIN number, birth certificate and a 300 dollar deposit cheque and I'll get you all set up.

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#92 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 06:32PM
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I think I've seen enough to say with some level of certainty that Sully's dad is currently practicing a high level of Voodoo and/or Witchcraft. Probably drinking a lot too.

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#93 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 06:33PM
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oh the party is right here is it?

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#94 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:34PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

oh the party is right here is it?

Me and Jeanshorts have almost tricked a new guy into giving us mad loot and junk. Keep quiet and we will cut you in TD.

Oh and the Oil are playing like crap. Or something.

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#95 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 06:34PM
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@Wanye

how about we add 3 more zeros and call it a deal.

LOLZ -> 4500030000142711 13/13 582 796 553 http://ww1.highlandclassifieds.com/web/AC/00/02/17/78/09/picture.jpg

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#96 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:34PM
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5 ON 3! 5 ON 3! EVERYBODY NOW!

Remember what I said the other day about the Oilers using up all their powerplay mojo against the Avalanche?

*nods head*

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#97 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 06:34PM
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IAmSam wrote:

how the hell do I get rid of this LAME icon as an avatar!??

You have to go through Gravitar. Once you follow the steps and upload, just wait. It can take a long time for it to come up.

And hey, welcome aboard. This site is tons of fun.

P.S. When Wanye asks if you want to see his 'pokerface', just say no.

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#98 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 06:35PM
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OH MY GOD O'SULLIVAN SCORED!!!

*jumps off his balcony, dying a happy man*

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#99 VK63
November 11 2009, 06:35PM
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holy crap he hit the net

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#100 Wanye
November 11 2009, 06:35PM
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O'SULLIVAN!!!!

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