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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#151 David S
November 11 2009, 07:11PM
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Shawn Cronin wrote:

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.

~Yeah. And his cap hit is a real boat anchor too.~

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#152 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:12PM
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@Librarian Mike

okay - good stuff - thanks~

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#153 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:12PM
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Phil wrote:

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.

Phil....

Eat a bag of dicks.

www.lowetide.blogspot.com

You'll find your hockey talk there.

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#154 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 07:12PM
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Penalty...and who's on the ice? Who else. Guh...

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#155 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:13PM
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Phil wrote:

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.

We should trade Gagner and Hemsky for Crosby and Ovechkin and Horcoff sucks to they should just kill him. LOLZ!!!!!!!!!!!

better?

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#156 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:13PM
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LMAO _ oooo I like that line - FAMOUS!

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#157 Jack Bauer™
November 11 2009, 07:14PM
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Thats a shock, another dumb useless penalty, by our dumb useless Captain.

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#158 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:14PM
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that should have said a BAG of dicks.....

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#159 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:14PM
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More penalties! At least now we can finally score all those shorthanded goals we're known for.

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#160 Salvo
November 11 2009, 07:15PM
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Another big penalty kill then a tally---ya that's it.

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#161 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:15PM
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@Travis Dakin

Umm, there is an edit button now. SURPRISE!

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#162 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:16PM
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Hey Dakin, go use the long overdue Edit button!

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#163 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:16PM
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Wow it was edited for me..... woah....

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#164 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:16PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

Hey Dakin, go use the long overdue Edit button!

I'm a retard.

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#165 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:17PM
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But I like the line Back of dicks ! It's way better -

*I'd like to know where the he|| my last post when to!

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#166 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:17PM
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Damn you and your fancy fast typing js...

And that Gilbert for Stafford trade sounds damn good to me. Can we do it mid-game?

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#167 David S
November 11 2009, 07:17PM
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@ Wanye:

Is there any way to add a "multiple goats" feature.

Tom Gilbert is making his way up my goat waiting list.

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#168 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:18PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Wow it was edited for me..... woah....

WWWWWIIIIIIIINNNNNNNKKKKK.

They gave me far too much power not that I'm posting my own articles. FAR too much.

*sits in a giant chair and pets a fluffy, white cat, laughing maniacally*

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#169 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:19PM
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OH MY GOD REDDOX!!! NOO!!!!!!! NOT HIM! ANYONE BUT HIM!!!

Serioulsy that looked pretty brutal. Clark MacArthur is a good Edmonton boy, but man.

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#170 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:20PM
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Oh, that hit looked gross.

BE OK GINGERBALLS!!!

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#171 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:20PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

WWWWWIIIIIIIINNNNNNNKKKKK.

They gave me far too much power not that I'm posting my own articles. FAR too much.

*sits in a giant chair and pets a fluffy, white cat, laughing maniacally*

I love a man with power.... Oh wait, I'm supposed to say that stuff on the other site......

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#172 Racki
November 11 2009, 07:21PM
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I think Reddox’s moustache is stuck to the boards still.

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#173 Oiler in Purgatory
November 11 2009, 07:21PM
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Deservedly 5 and a game for that.

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#174 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:21PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

Oh, that hit looked gross.

BE OK GINGERBALLS!!!

Why have I not heard Gingerballs before?!?!?!?!?!

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#175 17
November 11 2009, 07:21PM
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Yikes. Hopefully Reddox is alright. That looked scary.

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#176 Shaun Doe
November 11 2009, 07:22PM
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Ok I would like to take this moment to revisit a comment I made during the Colorado game *ahem* Oh god the KILLED Reddox!!!! Seriously though he looks right out of it. Hope he's okay

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#177 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:22PM
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Oiler in Purgatory wrote:

Deservedly 5 and a game for that.

Really sinks in when there is only five friggin minutes left in the game...

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#178 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:22PM
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Being a Gingerballs, I've heard it far too much.

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#179 jeanshorts
November 11 2009, 07:22PM
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Hey Smid, I'm not sure if patting a guy on the head that just went head first into the boards is such a hot idea.

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#180 17
November 11 2009, 07:23PM
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Score one for Reddox! please?

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#181 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 07:23PM
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I think Reddox is right out of it. Apparently as he was being led off, he was screaming 'LEAVE MACT ALONE!'

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#182 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:25PM
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Yeah, they really gotta score one for Ol' "Make-A-Wish" cancer kid Reddox

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#183 Shaun Doe
November 11 2009, 07:26PM
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Take the fire from Reddox's crotch and put it in your bellies you magnificent bastards!!!! I think I just went somewhere dark with that.

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#184 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:26PM
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I MISS BIG SEX!!!!!!

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#185 Poo Czar
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Hemmer with the crust!

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#186 IAmSam
November 11 2009, 07:26PM
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Right well it was a slice - but I'm going to pitter patter and log off now :)

See you guys around :D

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#187 Jack Bauer™
November 11 2009, 07:27PM
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If we dont score here, well never make the playoffs.

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#188 Poo Czar
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Looks like O'Sully's monkey is a resilient bugger.

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#189 jeanshorts
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Is anyone else starting to have chest pains and have huge things of hair falling out?

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#190 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:28PM
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And WTF is with Quinn's love of Potulny in the final minute?

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#191 Jack Bauer™
November 11 2009, 07:29PM
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Yup, this team sucks.

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#192 Oiler in Purgatory
November 11 2009, 07:29PM
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Why won't Hemsky shoot?!

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#193 Shaun Doe
November 11 2009, 07:29PM
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Seriously how can we not score on a 5 min penalty. Too much dipsy doodlin and not enough puckity shooting. Just fire pucks on net guys...

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#194 17
November 11 2009, 07:30PM
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Sigh.

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#195 Oiler in Purgatory
November 11 2009, 07:30PM
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POS you POS

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#196 Poo Czar
November 11 2009, 07:30PM
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Well... fart.

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#197 Travis Dakin
November 11 2009, 07:30PM
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I definitely picked the right friggin guy as a goat. brutal.

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#198 Shaun Doe
November 11 2009, 07:30PM
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Thats smart passing work.

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#199 Shawn Cronin
November 11 2009, 07:31PM
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The powerplay looks much less dangerous with the beloved Ales Hemsky on the ice. Back to Hemsky doing donuts on the side boards while looking for the Horcoff cross ice one timer or the Souray slapper while everyone else stands still. Looks like he is still locked in to last years power play plan.

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#200 Librarian Mike
November 11 2009, 07:31PM
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Hecht scores...and the 'Ex-Oiler Violation Tour' continues...

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