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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#1 Smokin' Ray
December 11 2009, 11:15AM
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I'd play him. No question. A 50% Grebeshkov is better than Strudwick.

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#2 Reggie
December 11 2009, 11:15AM
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Go with the 20 guys that got you there. Betting on NO line up changes today.

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#3 The Towel Boy
December 11 2009, 11:20AM
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I'd keep Grebs out. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

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#4 Sparky Steve
December 11 2009, 11:23AM
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The real issue with playing teams we should beat, is that the oilers are notorious for playing down to the lvl of their opponents.

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#5 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
December 11 2009, 11:26AM
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If Grebs is healthy then put him in, if he isn't then sit him. I would hate for him to being playing at less then 100% and then damaging his MCL or ACL even worse.

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#6 Jonathan Willis
December 11 2009, 11:26AM
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Grebeshkov >> Strudwick.

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#7 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
December 11 2009, 11:29AM
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NHL_Oilers Quinn: "We have 2 questionable players tonight so we expect Denis to play"

As per twitter

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#8 TrentonL
December 11 2009, 11:29AM
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Struds has a bad habit of leaking goals against, if he is able plpay Grebs!

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#9 rOILty
December 11 2009, 11:30AM
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I'm not sure, gebeshkov is definitely better in the offensive zone, but defensively its a bit of a coin flip, and i know strudwick makes some dumb plays buts grebs makes some really dumb plays. Against a team who doesn't score much but is very responsible defensively would you rather have a bigger risk defensively and and a possible offensive upside (given he hasn't played in 3 weeks) or would you go with the formula that has given success for the last 4 games... I don't know

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#10 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
December 11 2009, 11:30AM
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So who are the two questionable players?

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#11 The Towel Boy
December 11 2009, 11:31AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

NHL_Oilers Quinn: "We have 2 questionable players tonight so we expect Denis to play"

As per twitter

Guess that answers that question.

GOILERS!!!1!

Oilers 15 - Blues 1

Yeah, that should do it.

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#12 rOIlty
December 11 2009, 11:39AM
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Prediction: 3-1 Oil Brule, Cogs, and Vishnovsky Blues get their goal on a terrible giveaway

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#13 Bob Cob
December 11 2009, 11:39AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Guess that answers that question.

GOILERS!!!1!

Oilers 15 - Blues 1

Yeah, that should do it.

Thats the same score I was thinking, it better not me a weak goal on JDD or he should be traded.

On a serious note..... Play Grebeshkov, limit his minutes though.

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#14 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
December 11 2009, 11:44AM
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09/10 Blues = 08/09 Oilers

Blues were overated based on their finish last year.

They relied on good but not great young players and injury prone vets (sound familiar) and thus far have been a disapointment. Their fan base is also screaming for a coaching change, ironicaly enough for line juggling and favoritism.

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#15 VK63
December 11 2009, 11:45AM
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Oilothymia..... I think I used that word in a tirade of profanity directed at O'Souray when he iced the puck with 40 ticks left in the last game.

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#16 freeze
December 11 2009, 11:50AM
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VK63 wrote:

Oilothymia..... I think I used that word in a tirade of profanity directed at O'Souray when he iced the puck with 40 ticks left in the last game.

yeah, really. That was a brutal play.

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#17 Woodguy
December 11 2009, 11:59AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

So who are the two questionable players?

My guess that one of them is Vis.

Got rocked in the Lightning game and wasn't the same after. Might have a concussion.

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#18 David S
December 11 2009, 12:04PM
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Woodguy wrote:

My guess that one of them is Vis.

Got rocked in the Lightning game and wasn't the same after. Might have a concussion.

NOOOOOoooooooOOOOOoooooOOOOOoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#19 Dan the Man
December 11 2009, 12:22PM
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I once caught Oilothymia from this girl I was dating.

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#20 Robyn
December 11 2009, 12:23PM
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According to Tencer:

Its either Souray or Gilbert.

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#21 Mbam99
December 11 2009, 12:23PM
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According to Tencer's Twitter the 2 banged up players are Gilbert and Souray. So Grebs and one of them will play from what I understand.

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#22 Dan the Man
December 11 2009, 12:26PM
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Doesn't Gilbert have to contact somebody to get banged up?

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#23 roughneck
December 11 2009, 12:35PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Doesn't Gilbert have to contact somebody to get banged up?

headboard.. guaranteed.. road trip, single guy, kinda tall... lots of kinky babes in Florida. missed the trapese... you know... hockey stuff.

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#24 The Towel Boy
December 11 2009, 12:37PM
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Woodguy wrote:

My guess that one of them is Vis.

Got rocked in the Lightning game and wasn't the same after. Might have a concussion.

I saw that hit...it was Fedoruk.

Lubo got up and took a number, but it couldn't have felt good. Looked like an awkward fall into the boards.

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#25 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
December 11 2009, 12:37PM
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@roughneck

Maybe Souray has that issue too?

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#26 Woodguy
December 11 2009, 12:38PM
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Robyn wrote:

According to Tencer:

Its either Souray or Gilbert.

Whew!!

A Vis-less team is not good. He drives the bus on most nights.

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#27 Dan the Man
December 11 2009, 12:42PM
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roughneck wrote:

headboard.. guaranteed.. road trip, single guy, kinda tall... lots of kinky babes in Florida. missed the trapese... you know... hockey stuff.

I was going to say that he hurt his back trying on shoes but that works too.

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#28 JimmyOiler
December 11 2009, 12:44PM
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I'd still take a healthy Studs over a 60% Grebs, unless Studs is paired with Staios... if that's the case, all bets are off - those two are horrible together.

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#29 Moop
December 11 2009, 12:46PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Maybe Souray has that issue too?

Nope, he smashes right through the headboard (and sometimes the wall).

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#30 bigrroberto
December 11 2009, 12:52PM
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Man I hope its Gilbert and not Souray.

If everyone was still good to go, I would say, sit grebs and let him get to 100% rather than 80%, and leave the team as it is. However, if someone else is injured then I guess he's going. Lets hope we can get a good solid effort tonight and come out with a win. Prediction 4-1 Oilers. JDD will steal the show for them again.

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#31 Senator Theo
December 11 2009, 01:02PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

I once caught Oilothymia from this girl I was dating.

I caught it once from a public toilet seat - my High School councillor told me I couldn't get it from that.

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#32 swany
December 11 2009, 01:12PM
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Most likely Souray as Gilbert is on the Oil website talking about tonights game and looks fine

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#33 GSC
December 11 2009, 01:14PM
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Damn it, losing Souray tonight can't be good.

That could mean the return of the brutal 37-77 pairing. God help us...

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#34 mowgli
December 11 2009, 01:43PM
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I hope we don't go on the pp every time we do i'm holding my breath that there is'nt going to be a shorty for the other team and we seems to lose our momentum when we do.

That's bad when i hate our pp.

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#35 Senator Theo
December 11 2009, 01:54PM
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@mowgli

If the only thing you're hoping for when you look at your PP is that you don't see a shorty, then you've got some serious problems.

If you're doing that, chances are other people will be expecting the shorty too.

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#36 Offthebandwagon
December 11 2009, 01:54PM
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GSC wrote:

Damn it, losing Souray tonight can't be good.

That could mean the return of the brutal 37-77 pairing. God help us...

I would hope that Quinn would see it doesn't work and try to put Gibert with Strudwick and Grebs with either Staios or Vish. Keep the same principles in mind with defense as with offense: balance of movement and grit.

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#37 The Towel Boy
December 11 2009, 02:06PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

If the only thing you're hoping for when you look at your PP is that you don't see a shorty, then you've got some serious problems.

If you're doing that, chances are other people will be expecting the shorty too.

The only thing I think about when I look at my PP is "POWER PLAY!!!"

LET'S DOOOO THIS!!!1!!!

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#38 Offthebandwagon
December 11 2009, 02:11PM
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mowgli wrote:

I hope we don't go on the pp every time we do i'm holding my breath that there is'nt going to be a shorty for the other team and we seems to lose our momentum when we do.

That's bad when i hate our pp.

It has been all year, but its still better than last year. Last year it was so predictable it was laughable. At least now you never know who'll be out there as a first line unit.

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#39 GSC
December 11 2009, 02:11PM
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Offthebandwagon wrote:

I would hope that Quinn would see it doesn't work and try to put Gibert with Strudwick and Grebs with either Staios or Vish. Keep the same principles in mind with defense as with offense: balance of movement and grit.

I would hope so, too...keep 71-5 together and pair up 77-24 and 37-43.

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#40 I'm a Scientist!
December 11 2009, 02:27PM
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Game Day Prediction: Five in a row can't happen. If that happens the universe will get all wacky because those that have been cheering for DFF may suddenly sway their opinions, causing all sorts of karma and chakra's to be thrown off. I will hide if the oilers win. Trust me, I'm a Scientist! STL 4-0 over the oilers. Goals from...oh, never mind.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Stortini will lose the Boy Wonder appeal that he had last game as he misses hits and gives up the puck. I am still cheering for him because he is my star, and an Oiler, but i am just callin' 'em like i see 'em.

Not So Obvious Game Day Prediction: During one of the color segments in between plays, Sportsnet will show a picture of Souray posing with the Gateway Arch between his legs like it is his package. If he is actually out of the game tonight Principe will then say something like "After going through a divorce and now being hurt most of the year, it sounds like Souray is hung out to dry...".

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#41 Homie
December 11 2009, 02:33PM
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The Oilers are in trouble. I just traded away Brad Boyes from my hockey pool team, so that can only mean he gets 3 or 4 points.

Prediction: 5-2 Blues. Boyes with a hatty. Penner and Cogs for the Oil.

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#42 GSC
December 11 2009, 02:34PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

Game Day Prediction: Five in a row can't happen. If that happens the universe will get all wacky because those that have been cheering for DFF may suddenly sway their opinions, causing all sorts of karma and chakra's to be thrown off. I will hide if the oilers win. Trust me, I'm a Scientist! STL 4-0 over the oilers. Goals from...oh, never mind.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Stortini will lose the Boy Wonder appeal that he had last game as he misses hits and gives up the puck. I am still cheering for him because he is my star, and an Oiler, but i am just callin' 'em like i see 'em.

Not So Obvious Game Day Prediction: During one of the color segments in between plays, Sportsnet will show a picture of Souray posing with the Gateway Arch between his legs like it is his package. If he is actually out of the game tonight Principe will then say something like "After going through a divorce and now being hurt most of the year, it sounds like Souray is hung out to dry...".

The Principe bit = epic win.

That's gold, Jerry! GOLD!

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#43 Ender
December 11 2009, 02:48PM
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Souray hurt . . .

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#44 SirFozz
December 11 2009, 02:48PM
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@I'm a Scientist!

Your super computer is off again Scientist. That's all Big Sex, not the Gateway Arch. The arch is there, but not visible as Souray is standing sideways in front off it.

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#45 I'm a Scientist!
December 11 2009, 02:54PM
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SirFozz wrote:

Your super computer is off again Scientist. That's all Big Sex, not the Gateway Arch. The arch is there, but not visible as Souray is standing sideways in front off it.

Oh.

*re-checks the picture*

Wow.

*awkardly shuffles away in an uncomfortable moment of inadequacy *

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#46 The Fish
December 11 2009, 02:59PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

I'd play him. No question. A 50% Grebeshkov is better than Strudwick.

Thats the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard.

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#47 The Towel Boy
December 11 2009, 03:11PM
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@Ender

ASCII art! Oh man!

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#48 Heatly
December 11 2009, 03:14PM
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@Sparky Steve

Don't be so pesimistic. They beat friggin Florida and Tampa.

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#49 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 11 2009, 03:21PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

Game Day Prediction: Five in a row can't happen. If that happens the universe will get all wacky because those that have been cheering for DFF may suddenly sway their opinions, causing all sorts of karma and chakra's to be thrown off.

It's already happening:

http://www.vg.no/nyheter/vaer/artikkel.php?artid=596359

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#50 I'm a Scientist!
December 11 2009, 03:31PM
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@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

Scheisse!!!

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