GDB XXXII: On streaking and 'Oilothymia'

Jason Gregor
December 11 2009 11:06AM

It was only a week ago that many were calling for the Dive For Five, but today you're looking at a potential five-game winning streak that would put the Oilers one point out of the playoffs. How did this happen? Chalk it up to Oilothymia.

It was first diagnosed in 1997 and in the twelve years since, Oilothymia has infected 183 players, all of whom have suited up for the Oilers for at least one game since 1997.

Oilothymia is distinguished by "an inability to maintain or find a consistent level of execution. The symptoms can spread rapidly from player to player, and just when it looks like the execution has leveled off, it can dip or rise rapidly."

The Oilers organization has been infected since the beginning of the 1997 season, and from year-to-year it's impossible for anyone who watches them to get an accurate grasp on what they will do.

So as you get set to watch the game tonight, you can feel comfortable that you aren’t alone in wondering what might happen.

The Oilers have won their last four games in St. Louis, which fits perfectly with their Oilothymia. The Oilers were winless in their first four visits to St. Louis, then they went 10-2-2 in their next fourteen, followed by a 0-6-1 stretch. Then they went 6-2, before crashing back down with a 1-9-3-1, and now they are currently on the upswing again with four straight wins.

If history shows us anything the Oilers should skate away with their fifth straight win in St. Louis and a fifth consecutive win on this road trip. The Oilers’ record for consecutive road wins is eight set from Dec 9, 1986 to Jan 17, 1987, but the Oilers have never won five straight on any sort of road trip.

Playing the Blues, while avoiding 'the blues'

The Blues are a strange team. They're 30th on the powerplay and they’ve only scored 13 PP goals, while their penalty kill is very good at 84.9% good for fifth in the league.

The Oilers’ PK has improved in the last ten games. If you take out the Vancouver debacle, where they allowed four PP goals in five attempts, in the other nine games they have allowed two goals in 27 chances.

If the Oilers can score three goals tonight they should win. The Blues leading scorer is Erik Johnson with 19 points, and that puts them in two less-than-stellar categories. Along with Toronto they are the only teams whose leading scorer is a D-man, and the Blues and Coyotes are the only teams without a 20-point scorer.

The Blues have scored a league-worst 71 goals, but they’ve only given up 77, good for 5th best in the league.

Superstitious

I wonder if Pat Quinn will stick with the same lineup or will he play Denis Grebeshkov tonight? Grebeshkov is very close to being ready to play, and will be a game-time decision. He has skated hard the last few days, and while he does have some discomfort in his knee he is only concerned about his conditioning.

If Grebeshkov is 90% will Quinn go with him, or will he give him three more days rest and stick with the same 20 guys who have won four games in a row? Grebeshkov is more skilled than Jason Strudwick, but if Grebeshkov’s conditioning is a question mark would you still play him, or stick with Strudwick?

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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 freeze
December 11 2009, 07:43PM
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Finally! no shut out for you Conky!!

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#102 Tooles
December 11 2009, 07:43PM
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BRULLLEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#103 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:43PM
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@Chamucks Deluxe

That's AAWESHOME!

Is it just me or has Souray looked a step behind ever since he came back from his concussion? It's like Stoll all over again.

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#104 Horcsky
December 11 2009, 07:45PM
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@jeanshorts

I hear ya there jeanshorts. Seconded

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#105 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 07:45PM
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@jeanshorts

My minds trails places it shouldn't when Sourays on the ice, so.. I have no idea.

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#106 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:48PM
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@Chamucks Deluxe

Thankfully I've developed the incredibly valuable skill of being able to store things in the spank bank for future reference. Otherwise I'd only be able to get through about 7 minutes of Oiler games.

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#107 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 07:50PM
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@jeanshorts

Can you teach me your ways?

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#108 David S
December 11 2009, 07:54PM
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Chamucks Deluxe wrote:

Can you teach me your ways?

Its not exactly a secret. Just go to Google images and type in "Taylor Hall"

"Naked Taylor Hall"

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#109 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:56PM
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@David S

"Taylor Hall"

*completely soaks his pants and passes out on the floor*

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#110 Chamucks Deluxe
December 11 2009, 07:58PM
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My keyboards all sticky now!!! I can sue you guys for that right? Right?

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#111 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 07:58PM
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Thank you Doug McLean, for pointing out that the Oilers have been craptacular tonight. I guess that's why you're on the TV and I'm not.

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#112 Shaun Doe
December 11 2009, 07:58PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

"Taylor Hall"

*completely soaks his pants and passes out on the floor*

I take it the spank bank has an unlimited "withdrawl" option?

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#113 David S
December 11 2009, 08:01PM
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If we could get just one freaking point tonight...

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#114 Heavyd
December 11 2009, 08:01PM
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Stop drinking. Its Doug Maclean, not Doug Wilson.

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#115 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:02PM
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@Shaun Doe

What can I say. Thankfully I'm still young and have plenty of stamina.

And by stamina I mean I'm good for one, followed by hours of crying and rocking myself back and forth. Needless to say I leave the ladies wanting more!

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#116 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:09PM
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Holy crap JDD goes down instantly.

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#117 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:10PM
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Crap, why won't my empanadas just be done already!! I'm starved.

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#118 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:13PM
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Empanada??? What's in it?

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#119 jake
December 11 2009, 08:13PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

That's AAWESHOME!

Is it just me or has Souray looked a step behind ever since he came back from his concussion? It's like Stoll all over again.

What's POS's excuse??

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#120 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:15PM
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O'Sullivan is useless like a redheaded step child.

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#121 freeze
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Brule!!!

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#122 jeanshorts
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BRULE! GIMME TWO!

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#123 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:16PM
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jake wrote:

What's POS's excuse??

He's crappy.

*glares at his crumpled up First Star pick laying in the corner*

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#124 jake
December 11 2009, 08:16PM
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Nice Brule! Is he the only guy who plays offense simple? Get open and shoot the GD puck!!!

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#125 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:18PM
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Patty O is always overworked, because he has to drag around the post that blocks every one of his shots all night long.

And those things are heavy.

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#126 David S
December 11 2009, 08:21PM
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I wonder if POS and Moreau have a bet going on to see who can dent the most shinpads. Looks like Moreau is going to win the pizza tonight.

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#127 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:22PM
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@jeanshorts

Chicken, onion, chills, spices... in a folded bread pocket. mmmmmmm.

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#128 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:23PM
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PLAYOFFS!!!!!!

Man this line is on fire!!!!!

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#129 Tooles
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TIE GAME OMG OMG OMG

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#130 freeze
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1st line again!!!

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#131 jeanshorts
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EMPANADA'S FOR EVERYONE!

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#132 Tooles
December 11 2009, 08:25PM
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Sidebar: Hey, anybody notice that Hemsky finally turned into that PPG player we were looking for this season? 22 for 22!! Hooray!!

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#133 freeze
December 11 2009, 08:26PM
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wow, great shift!

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#134 David S
December 11 2009, 08:26PM
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Sam wants it tonight!

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#135 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:27PM
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Wow, that was a rocket from Gagner.

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#136 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:28PM
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SHAWN HORCOFFFFFF

PLAYOFFS BABYYYYYYY

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#137 jeanshorts
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WHAT A PLAY!!!! WHAT A PERIOD! WHAT THE HELL?????

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#138 freeze
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HOLY SMOKES!!!

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#139 Tooles
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WAAAAHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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#140 Hemmertime
December 11 2009, 08:28PM
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What a pass by Nilsson

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#141 David S
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Magic man junior MAKES IT HAPPEN!!!!

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#142 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:29PM
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We should definitely trade Horcoff. He's clearly dragging this team down.

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#143 jake
December 11 2009, 08:29PM
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Wow Nilsson is playing well, more simplified game.

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#144 Shaun Doe
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jeanshorts wrote:

WHAT A PLAY!!!! WHAT A PERIOD! WHAT THE HELL?????

Excellent work JS. It appears that your Hall induced "oil slick" has caused the Blues to stumble up! Strike whilst the Iron is hot my pretties... STRIKE!

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#145 jeanshorts
December 11 2009, 08:30PM
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Frig man, if someone ever teaches Coglaino how to score at full speed, that kid is going to be deadly. For now I'll just revel in how god damn fast he is.

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#146 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 08:30PM
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So, wait. If the entire roster is hot, should we just trade all of them?

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#147 jake
December 11 2009, 08:30PM
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Wonder if Hemmer is feeling a little left out.

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#148 17
December 11 2009, 08:31PM
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Woooooo what a crazy period.

I think Lubo is probably our best D man..yeah Souray is great, but without Lubo I think we'd be screwed. He's got what? 12 points in 12 games now?

Nice pass from Nilsson to Horcoff, you could feel that goal coming.

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#149 freeze
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

So, wait. If the entire roster is hot, should we just trade all of them?

yes. great value to be had.

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#150 freeze
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@jake

I doubt it.

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