GDB XXXI: Striking the Lightning

Jason Gregor
December 09 2009 11:56AM

Tonight the Oilers will try to do something they haven’t done since November of 1988; win four straight games on the road in the same trip. That year they beat Pittsburgh 7-3 on Nov 8th, won 3-2 in OT the next night in New Jersey, crushed Toronto 6-2 on Nov 12th and then squeaked by Buffalo 5-4 in OT on the 13th.

So far the Oilers have won two games in a shootout, which is similar to the four consecutive road wins 21 years ago. In November of 2002 the Oilers won four straight road games, but they were mixed in between home games.

In their 30-year history, the Oilers have only had five seasons where they didn’t register at least one four-game winning streak. 1981 they had two three-game winning streaks, in 1994 they had won three straight three times, in the lockout season of 1995 they won three consecutive games twice, in 1996 they did it three times and the last time they didn’t register at least four straight wins was in 2000.

The Oilers have fared well at St. Pete Times Forum going 6-4-2. Ironically enough they lost the first two games they played there back in 1993, and they lost their last two trips into Tampa. Up until their loss in 2002 they went nine years without losing in Tampa.

Lightning strikes

Tonight the Bolts should be fired up. Rick Tocchet benched his top two lines in Washington two nights ago, and yesterday they had a spirited practice that involved lots of contact and some intense special teams play. Tocchet ripped his team’s effort in the loss to Washington, specifically his top guys, so expect Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis to be amped up tonight.

Stamkos scored 17 goals in the first 24 games, but he hasn’t scored in his last five. After a slow start, Lecavalier has 14 points in his last 15 games, but he only has six goals on 102 shots. He has a woeful 5.8 SH%, while St. Louis is worse at 5.4% with five goals on 92 shots. Both players will eventually break out and the Oilers are hoping it isn’t tonight.

Striking Oil

Dustin Penner continues to produce, but no one is hotter than Lubomir Visnovsky. Visnovsky has eleven points in his last ten games, and he is on pace for his first 20-goal season. His seven goals have him tied for second amongst defenceman, but he has scored those on only 39 shots. Visnovsky has a great shot and he needs to start using it more.

For the second straight game the Oilers have the advantage on special teams, at least statistically. The Oilers are 11th on the PP and 23rd on the PK. The Lightning despite their top-end forwards are only 19th on the PP and their PK is brutal sitting 28th.

The Oilers should be able to cash in on the PP tonight because the Lighting has been shorthanded 125 times, 8th most in the NHL. The Oilers have only had to kill off 104 attempts, 7th fewest in the league. If the Oilers use their speed, the Lightning will take a lot of penalties.

Injury update

Fernando Pisani took a light skate on Monday and is feeling better. He is still at least a month away, but he’s shooting for a mid to late January return. This was the first time in three years that he has felt run down, so he doesn’t expect this to be a re-occurring problem.

Marc Pouliot has been skating for a few weeks and is about ten days away. You have to think that he will get a brief conditioning stint in Sprinfield before joining the Oilers. The Falcons play three straight next weekend, and I’ll bet if Pouliot is cleared he will suit up for all three from the 18th-20th.

The Pint

If you don’t want to watch the game on your computer the Pint has the TV feed and will be showing it tonight. They are at 10125 109th street and it is wing Wednesday as well.

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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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#351 Sammy D
December 09 2009, 07:42PM
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Sorry to beat this dead horse....

oh this feed is killing me...

crank up the bandwidth... this picture is more stop and go jerky than an epileptic hooker giving a hand job...

(My apologies to those of you with epilepsy in your family. or hookers)

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#352 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:43PM
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OMG that damn goat fixed my feed with his useless penalty!

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#353 Eddie Shore
December 09 2009, 07:43PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

hahaha I never understood why people on here would write thecaptainethanmoreau.

Now I know.

Whenever I read that I can hear Quinn say it.

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#354 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:44PM
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@jeanshorts

Yeah KQ says it about 456 times per game. It's like he can't just say Moreau.

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#355 Shannon
December 09 2009, 07:44PM
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Just got in and started to watch the game but I hope this doesn't become a trend. This feed is brutal.

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#356 jeanshorts
December 09 2009, 07:45PM
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@Eddie Shore

I guess I don't really pay that much attention to what he's saying during the game. But he said it like 4 times in a minute long span, so I finally put two and two together. And wow is it annoying.

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#357 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 09 2009, 07:45PM
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Rigger wrote:

Yeah KQ says it about 456 times per game. It's like he can't just say Moreau.

Did you catch the game against the Stars?

He started saying thecaptainbrendanmorrow.

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#358 Senator Theo
December 09 2009, 07:45PM
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@Harlie

Mike Reno has looked light in his loafers since 1982.

Oh man, this feed is solid tonight! I was at Boston Pizza and they had the Tampa feed on. I thought that was choppy, but this is terrible!

At least the Oilers are leading though - we're still going for Oilers wins, right?

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#359 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:46PM
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@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

You know what? I actually DID notice that. Quinn doesn't seem to think we would know who the captains are or what?

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#360 Heavyd
December 09 2009, 07:47PM
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@Sammy D

My sister read that and she is very offeneded with what you had to say.

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#361 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:48PM
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Or maybe it's that Quinn doesn't think people would get the difference if he just said Moreau or Morrow. LOL, though that could just be solved by using the first name and not their rank and serial number.

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#362 David S
December 09 2009, 07:49PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

@Harlie

Mike Reno has looked light in his loafers since 1982.

Oh man, this feed is solid tonight! I was at Boston Pizza and they had the Tampa feed on. I thought that was choppy, but this is terrible!

At least the Oilers are leading though - we're still going for Oilers wins, right?

Better not say that kind of stuff at Jeanshorts' site. You'll get banned. Winner talk is for losers over there. ;)

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#363 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:49PM
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I hope it puts Crystal at ease that I've already got my skills comp tix.

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#364 Senator Theo
December 09 2009, 07:49PM
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Heavyd wrote:

My sister read that and she is very offeneded with what you had to say.

epileptic or hooker? both? *rubs hands*

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#365 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:50PM
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*laughs 6th grade styles at "not getting good wood on it"*

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#366 Heavyd
December 09 2009, 07:50PM
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Both and bipolar.

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#367 Senator Theo
December 09 2009, 07:51PM
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David S wrote:

Better not say that kind of stuff at Jeanshorts' site. You'll get banned. Winner talk is for losers over there. ;)

I know it's better for the long term, but i just can't help myself. I have to go for wins. maybe we can just trade someone bad for thier draft pick. Or boston for toronto's?

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#368 jeanshorts
December 09 2009, 07:51PM
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@David S

There will be no cheering for Oiler wins as long as I have my say!

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#369 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:53PM
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Lightening dropping like flies out there.

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#370 Rigger
December 09 2009, 07:55PM
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~Yay, closeups of retarded kids. Nice to know that the TB guys are equal opportunity.~

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#371 Senator Theo
December 09 2009, 07:55PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

There will be no cheering for Oiler wins as long as I have my say!

I know there's a part of you that gets excited with an Oilers' win. i have a pretty good idea which part too.

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#372 David S
December 09 2009, 07:56PM
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Nine minutes left with a one goal lead. Better break out the trap.

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#373 RossCreekNation
December 09 2009, 07:59PM
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Whats the score?

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#374 JorgeR
December 09 2009, 07:59PM
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Totally gonna go to that Pats game. And Eberle better get a trick!

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#375 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:00PM
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Come on PP!

RossCreek, score is 3-2 oilers.

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#376 jeanshorts
December 09 2009, 08:00PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

I know there's a part of you that gets excited with an Oilers' win. i have a pretty good idea which part too.

Yeah, yeah. I'm still a "fan". WHATEVER.

Man the reffing is absolutely brutal tonight. Nothing but phantom calls.

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#377 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:05PM
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Holy crap, Stauffer wasn't lying. Cogs and Jacques the only guys not registering a shot on goal.

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#378 Shannon
December 09 2009, 08:06PM
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Wow, I sure do love the view of their back! Fancy!

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#379 Milli
December 09 2009, 08:08PM
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shannon, can i see yurs?

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#380 RossCreekNation
December 09 2009, 08:09PM
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JorgeR wrote:

Totally gonna go to that Pats game. And Eberle better get a trick!

When is it?

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#381 Eddie Shore
December 09 2009, 08:10PM
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Put Sully out for the empty netter. Get his confy going...

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#382 Shannon
December 09 2009, 08:10PM
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@Milli

The view of my back? Nah, it's not nearly as nice as theirs!

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#383 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:10PM
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*wants to punch mascot in the teeth*

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#384 David S
December 09 2009, 08:10PM
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Milli wrote:

shannon, can i see yurs?

Jeez man. This isn't high school.

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#385 Milli
December 09 2009, 08:10PM
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Sully'd ring it off the post!!!!

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#386 Milli
December 09 2009, 08:11PM
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Moreau, all you have to do is get the frickin puck deep, not give it away

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#387 David S
December 09 2009, 08:11PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Put Sully out for the empty netter. Get his confy going...

He'd whiff on it. Or ding it off the cross bar.

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#388 jeanshorts
December 09 2009, 08:12PM
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So JDD DOES use his size to help him stop pucks. I guess he just decides not to use it to stop anything in the top corner.

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#389 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:12PM
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4 in a row! Wow!

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#390 JorgeR
December 09 2009, 08:12PM
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@RossCreekNation

December 16th

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#391 Hemmertime
December 09 2009, 08:12PM
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1988 can kiss my ass

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#392 Milli
December 09 2009, 08:13PM
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Shannon wrote:

The view of my back? Nah, it's not nearly as nice as theirs!

Shucks!!!\\ Wow, 4 straight on the road!!! Is the wagon fillin up yet?

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#393 jeanshorts
December 09 2009, 08:13PM
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I hope Taylor Hall enjoys playing in Carolina!

*runs off weeping*

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#394 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:13PM
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Milli wrote:

Moreau, all you have to do is get the frickin puck deep, not give it away

Damn goat! Goating it up again.

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#395 Eddie Shore
December 09 2009, 08:13PM
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The dive for five is over. Forza 3 time. Good night justice league.

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#396 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:14PM
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@jeanshorts

*flashes leg to comfort JS* There, there!

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#397 KenMcC
December 09 2009, 08:14PM
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The first time I saw Stortini, he looked like a big oaf with a lot of energy. Same now, except he fights better and he's been scoring a little more.

Congrats to the oilers.

Turns out Tocchet's grumpy team didn't bounce back as they had hoped.

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#398 Rigger
December 09 2009, 08:15PM
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LMFAO!

Gene: "did you know you had tied the game?"

Penner: "uh, yeah I did there Gene"

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#399 RossCreekNation
December 09 2009, 08:15PM
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JorgeR wrote:

December 16th

Sorry to burst your bubble, but won't he be with the World Jr. team at that time?

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#400 Bucknuck
December 09 2009, 08:17PM
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Rigger wrote:

*flashes leg to comfort JS* There, there!

oh my eyes, MY EYES!!!

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