GDB XXX: Watch for swinging sticks

Jason Gregor
December 07 2009 11:16AM

How fitting is it that the Oilers are heating up on the ice and getting set to play in Florida, while the first cold-snap of the year hits back home? Would a three-game winning streak warm your heart, or would it piss off the angel on your shoulder?

I don’t know if the Dallas win did anything to solve the SPLIT PERSONALITY FAN problem that exists amongst many Oiler faithful right now.

Regardless, with a win tonight the Oilers will match their season high of three consecutive wins. The Oilers beat Minny, Van and Columbus from Oct 16th to the 22nd, but since then they’ve gone 6-12-3.

They still sit 14th in the West, because suddenly the Wild are hot with five straight wins.

The Oilers have won the last two times they played in Florida, They won 4-3 in 2007 and shut out the Panthers 4-0 back in 2002/03. Overall their record is 3-5-2 in ten meetings.

Once again the Panthers are struggling, so much so that they are trying to decapitate one another (see video above)

Keith Ballard probably still feels like an idiot, because, seriously how could he not. That ranks up there as one of the dumbest play I’ve ever seen; especially when he swings again and breaks his stick over the goal post. Do you think Stortini will be giving it to him tonight? He should be.

The Panthers have given up the 4th most goals in the league, 100, while the Oilers are tied for 8th in goals for. The Oilers should be able to pot at least three of four tonight.

The Oilers also have an advantage on special teams. The Oilers are 11th on the PP and 26th on the PK. The Panthers are 27th on the PP and 29th on the PK. You’d think that if the Oilers can draw a few penalties they’d have a great shot at winning.

Don’t expect any lineup changes for the third straight game, and there probably won’t be any changes until Denis Grebeshkov, or Mike Comrie is healthy. Grebeshkov has resumed skating, while Comrie is still in banished from the team. He could resume skating with the team next weekend when they return home.

GOOD LUCK CHARM

Ryan Stone is getting a lot of love right now because the Oilers are 7-2-1 with him in the lineup. Good for Stone, but let’s not give go crazy yet. Ales Hemsky has missed seven games this season and the Oilers are 4-1-2 without him. Do you really think not having Hemsky in the lineup makes this team better?

I like that Stone brings a consistent physical element to this team, and it is obvious they need more guys like him, but I don’t think we can give him that much credit in being a difference maker in the game. What Stone does well is he brings consistency and energy. I’ve said it for years that third and fourth line guys who bring energy are more valuable than those who pot 30 points, but don’t show up on a consistent basis.

Down, down, down

I made a slight error above which has been fixed: Taylor Chorney and Ryan O'Marra have been sent back down. We're waiting on Grebs and Comrie, and not Chorney.

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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 RossCreekNation
December 07 2009, 04:29PM
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@TonyT

*DO IT*

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#52 Dan the Man
December 07 2009, 04:37PM
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TonyT wrote:

Hey Gregor,

Not the correct forum, however just wondering if you could do a quick sell on the Rush for me, as I'm contemplating buying season tix. My friends always telling me to go but I've never been.

Thanks

It's fast, rough and entertaining, it's really good value AND there are soo many hotties in attendance too.

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#53 OILERSORDEATH
December 07 2009, 04:54PM
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4-2 Oil Brule 2g Poultny 1g Big Sexy 1g, oh and how about Eberle 28 goals in 26 games!! Nice

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#54 Big Black Anal Beads
December 07 2009, 04:54PM
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I am an attention-starved knob. Please don't give me the time of day

- lovingly edited by bingofuel

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#55 Travis Dakin
December 07 2009, 05:44PM
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Big Black Anal Beads wrote:

I am an attention-starved knob. Please don't give me the time of day

- lovingly edited by bingofuel

Hey!!! As a self described attention-starved knob I take offence to that.

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#56 Travis Dakin
December 07 2009, 05:45PM
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haha attention starved-knob.....

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#57 Wanyes bastard child
December 07 2009, 05:46PM
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Nillson with a nice hit.

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#58 bingofuel
December 07 2009, 05:47PM
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Yeah, but it's cute when *you* act that way

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#59 Travis Dakin
December 07 2009, 05:50PM
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@bingofuel

My woman would beg to differ.

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#60 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 07 2009, 05:50PM
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Off work in 10 minutes, then I'm going to boot it home to watch the 2nd and 3rd.

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#61 Travis Dakin
December 07 2009, 05:51PM
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Jesus it is embarrassing to see the fan turn out in Miami.

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#62 Wanyes bastard child
December 07 2009, 05:52PM
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bingofuel wrote:

Yeah, but it's cute when *you* act that way

Thats what she said...

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#63 Shaun Doe
December 07 2009, 05:54PM
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Hey Bingofuel any chance you got your name from CoD: Modern warfare? Just heard the term used in that game this weekend and I thought of you... Oddly your pants were missing and you were covered in cottage cheese...

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#64 bingofuel
December 07 2009, 05:57PM
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No, I got my name from something far nerdier.

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#65 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 07 2009, 05:58PM
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Holy garbage. I'm following the game on sportsline. Did 7 Florida shots just pop up on the PP?

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#66 PeaceCountry
December 07 2009, 05:59PM
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What is there at this game? 134 fans? Looks good on Bettman

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#67 Travis Dakin
December 07 2009, 06:00PM
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bingofuel wrote:

No, I got my name from something far nerdier.

I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt and think you got it from the "bingofuel" reactor but I sadly know that it came from Battlestar galactica.

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#68 Tooles
December 07 2009, 06:02PM
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O'Sully, I love you, but you gotta get a new trick.

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#69 jeanshorts
December 07 2009, 06:03PM
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PeaceCountry wrote:

What is there at this game? 134 fans? Looks good on Bettman

Yeah but attendance is "up" this season compared to last!

They must be stuffing people in the rafters or the pressbox or something.

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#70 PeaceCountry
December 07 2009, 06:06PM
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Didn't like the one timer from Sully?

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#71 PeaceCountry
December 07 2009, 06:06PM
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Didn't like the one timer from Sully?

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#72 Shaun Doe
December 07 2009, 06:06PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt and think you got it from the "bingofuel" reactor but I sadly know that it came from Battlestar galactica.

Battlestar Galactica!? Really... wow. My condolences to your life. It died far too soon.

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#73 Tooles
December 07 2009, 06:06PM
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BBAB's mom would be so proud if she was reading over his shoulder right now.

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#74 Dan the Man
December 07 2009, 06:07PM
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PeaceCountry wrote:

What is there at this game? 134 fans? Looks good on Bettman

Canadian tourism must be down in South Florida...

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#75 Tooles
December 07 2009, 06:08PM
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PeaceCountry wrote:

Didn't like the one timer from Sully?

Oh, I liked it. The trick he's done to death is the ol' rattle-it-off-the-post classic.

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#76 Shaun Doe
December 07 2009, 06:09PM
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Anyone else notice how agressively we persued the point on that first PK? We nearly had the D-men cough up the puck twice for a break away. Why hasn't Quinn had them try this before? Also I really hope we aren't going back to the Ole no look back pass play again. Gagner I'm looking at you!

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#77 jeanshorts
December 07 2009, 06:11PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Anyone else notice how agressively we persued the point on that first PK? We nearly had the D-men cough up the puck twice for a break away. Why hasn't Quinn had them try this before? Also I really hope we aren't going back to the Ole no look back pass play again. Gagner I'm looking at you!

For some reason Quinn was super staunch in having the forwards cover the high slot rather than the D. But, I guess 30 games in is better late than never for him to realize it wasn't working whatsoever.

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#78 Shaun Doe
December 07 2009, 06:12PM
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What the hell just happened there?

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#79 BarryS
December 07 2009, 06:20PM
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Outshot at the end of the first, JDD stopping the puck, the defence picking up all the rebounds so far, forwards and defencemen passing, then looking to see who to, looks like all the signs for a win . . . or loss.

Well at least we didn't get 2, 5 and a game for boarding the goalie slugger.

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#80 BarryS
December 07 2009, 06:25PM
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Is their a way to allow one name per email account? How many posters are actually purposefully arguing with themselves? I mean under two different names?

Some of post under two names due to brain freeze, using the new poster screen instead of the log in screen.

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#81 Doe Shaun
December 07 2009, 06:29PM
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BarryS wrote:

Is their a way to allow one name per email account? How many posters are actually purposefully arguing with themselves? I mean under two different names?

Some of post under two names due to brain freeze, using the new poster screen instead of the log in screen.

I doubt anyone is actually doing that. Sounds abit paranoid.

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#82 Shaun Doe
December 07 2009, 06:30PM
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Doe Shaun wrote:

I doubt anyone is actually doing that. Sounds abit paranoid.

I tend to disagree with you.

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#83 Dan the Man
December 07 2009, 06:31PM
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Doe Shaun wrote:

I doubt anyone is actually doing that. Sounds abit paranoid.

I argue with myself all of the time.

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#84 Dan the Man
December 07 2009, 06:32PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

I argue with myself all of the time.

No you don't.

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#85 ColmCanada
December 07 2009, 06:32PM
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Dominic Moore is "miked up" for the Florida braodcast and he just said: "All their D is pretty slow."

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#86 BarryS
December 07 2009, 06:36PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

No you don't.

Well, a little levety. good for the Brain. Me, I argue with Harvey, my Pooka, not myself.

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#87 Tooles
December 07 2009, 06:36PM
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HORCOFF'S ON FIRE!!!

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#88 jeanshorts
December 07 2009, 06:37PM
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Tooles wrote:

HORCOFF'S ON FIRE!!!

He's a bane to this team!!!!!

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#89 Dan the Man
December 07 2009, 06:37PM
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SCOOOOOOOOORRRRRRE *cough*

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#90 ColmCanada
December 07 2009, 06:38PM
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Scorcoff!

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#91 Shaun Doe
December 07 2009, 06:39PM
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BarryS wrote:

Well, a little levety. good for the Brain. Me, I argue with Harvey, my Pooka, not myself.

Its odd that I get that reference. Does that make me worse than Bingofuel?

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#92 Tooles
December 07 2009, 06:40PM
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@jeanshorts

...not to mention he just looks evil. Yeesh.

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#93 Tooles
December 07 2009, 06:41PM
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Gotta hug that goalpost, Jed.

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#94 Dan the Man
December 07 2009, 06:44PM
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Gene, what did you think of that last Panthers goal?

Lets hope Dominic doesn't score any "Moore".

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#95 BarryS
December 07 2009, 06:46PM
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@Shaun Doe

No, you likely heard recently they decided not to remake it because no current actors are up to making us forget Jimmy Stewart, the original lead with the invisible rabbit, which are a dime a dozen.

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#96 mikeF
December 07 2009, 07:00PM
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Gregor, big fan of the radio show and blog.

Today you mentioned that sheldon souray was being tossed around in some possible trades. Now, I don't want to sound too harsh here, but the reality is that souray is a one dimensional pp dman, huge liability in the dzone, has an ugly cap hit of 5.4 million, and is on the wrong side of 30. You stated some potential possibilities of who he could get traded for and those names included Seteguchi, Bobby Ryan, or Corey Perry, at the bare MINIMUM!! Ya kiddin me? I think a more realisitic trade would be Jeff Finger = Souray + 3rd = More precious cap space

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#98 Moop
December 07 2009, 07:07PM
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Oh wow. Zednik, Vokoun, and now this...I'm starting to suspect the Panthers all secretly hate each other.

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#100 Crust
December 07 2009, 07:22PM
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Did Gregor's rage melt the site??

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