GDB 54: Voulez vous le win?

Jason Gregor
February 11 2009 12:27PM

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For the first time since December of 2005 the Canadiens visit Rexall Place.I could sit here and write a novel about how moronic it is for an original six team not to play in another Canadian city for that long, but that would be about as insightful as people who think fighting is the biggest problem in the NHL.

Speaking of the obvious, the biggest concern for the Oilers right now is they can’t score.

Horcoff: One goal in his last 17 games. Cole: One goal in his last 11 games and no points in last six. Cogliano: No goals in his last 15 games. Penner: Two goals in his last 16 games. Gilbert: One goal in his last 34 games. Grebeshkov: One goal in his last 13 games.

That is half of your top two lines, and all of them get ample PP time. People can talk all they want about the likes of Reddox and Brodziak needing to be better, but it is clear that the supposed top-six forwards and scoring D-men aren’t getting it done offensively.

Tonight the lines will be back to “normal"

27 10 83 12 89 26 18 13 78 85? 51 46

Steve MacIntyre spent lots of time on the ice after practice skating with Fernando Pisani, so you would think he is the healthy scratch tonight, but MacTavish wasn’t divulging who would be on the fourth line. It sounds like a game time decision whether he will play.

As Brownlee pointed out yesterday, MacIntyre and Laraque have been exchanging text messages lately. Comparing notes on other tough guys around the league has been the gist of most conversations from what I understand. Does this mean they have a gentleman’s agreement not to fight? Possibly, but they also know their role and if 33 dresses and he or George take a run at someone I’m sure they both still know their role.

Roloson will start in net again, and MacTavish hinted he wants to get Deslauriers a start on the upcoming road trip, but hasn’t decided where yet. You would think it would be in Phoenix against the struggling dogs on Monday night.

Lidstrom his idol

Ladislav Smid has a two-game point scoring streak going, which ties a career high, but he is still looking for that elusive first goal of the season. In fact, he hasn’t scored in his since March of 2007, a span of 118 games.

Smid jokingly blamed it on his childhood idol Nick Lidstrom. “I switched to an Easton stick two years ago, because Lidstrom uses one, but I haven’t scored a goal these sticks yet. I might have to go back to Reebok.”

“I blame it on the forwards. None of them have set me up with a tap-in goal. Look at me, I’m not going to do it by myself and they know it, yet they haven’t helped me out,” laughed Smid.

“But I’ve been thinking about my celebration. It will be a big surprise and it will happen this season. Count on it.”

Good prank

At the beginning of the season, Ryan Rishaug from TSN traveled to Dallas to do a story on Sean Avery. Avery and the Stars agreed to it ahead of time and he flew down, but when he got there Avery snubbed him and said he wouldn’t do it. Rishaug and his camera guy got Avery on camera walking away saying, “I don’t want to talk, I hate TSN.”

Well, with Avery out of his counseling rehab, Rishaug got taken pretty good from a TSN counterpart who will remain nameless. This morning Rishaug got a text saying that Avery wanted to make up with the reporter that he blew off earlier this season, and here is his number. 1.413.497.0025

Rishaug gets all excited. Redemption is sure to be his as he grabs his pen and notepad, gets comfortable at a table and dials the number.

“Thank you for calling the psychiatric hotline…”

Listen to the entire call. Classic. I think Oiler fans can relate since their team shows multiple personalities from game to game.

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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 baggedmilk
February 11 2009, 06:41PM
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I'm going to be at the game tonight and I am not looking forward to having to deal with a building half full of Habs fans. Please let the good Oilers show up tonight.

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#52 oilfan4life
February 11 2009, 06:42PM
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"I don’t expect you to grasp something that can’t be monitored with statistics"

@ Jason Gregor:

Is it possible for you not to act like a complete f*cking as*hole all the god damn time? Do you wonder why people rag on you? People come on here to read your insight and get the opinion of a journalist in the know, not get ripped on by some bald freak with an inferiority complex. Grow the F up Gregor.

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#53 Mike
February 11 2009, 06:44PM
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Last PPV game, someone posted a link to watch it free online. A link for tonight's game would be much appreciated since I refuse to pay more than I already do to watch this team crap the bed. I share season tickets and already pay too much to watch this sad excuse for a team K-Blow built.

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#54 baggedmilk
February 11 2009, 06:53PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Wanye, I have never felt so proud as I do right now. Congrats on having a woman proposition someone on the site. This is a big day for ON and I have never been happier. Over internet high fives to all of you.

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#55 Deep Oil
February 11 2009, 07:19PM
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Two feeds

http://atdhe.net/live-tv.php?i=11920236

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2.php?i=809

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#56 Jack Bauer
February 11 2009, 07:49PM
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the link is in my name

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#57 Mike
February 11 2009, 07:55PM
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Thanks a ton Jack. Way to stick it to Alan Watt!

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#58 DK0
February 11 2009, 08:09PM
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awww no props for me for dropping the website in 11 posts ago? j/k. So glad its the actual PPV this time. watching states feed is weird. No Nascar adds taking up 75% of the screen every 5 minutes during the game. seriously how many hockey fans are Nascar fans?

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#59 freeze
February 11 2009, 08:18PM
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KID LINE!!! WOOOOO!!

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#60 Colin
February 11 2009, 08:18PM
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I got 1 so far.

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#61 Dennis
February 11 2009, 08:22PM
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Gregor: The level of competition has nothing to do with the death of that player; the fact is that anytime a guy falls down without his helmet on, it increases the likelihood of him incurring a major head injury and hopefully the league can learn from Sanderson's death.

I know there's minimal risk in fighting but at least we have hard and tragic proof of what can go wrong. On the other hand we can argue all night if fighting leads to anything on the scoreboard and no one will ever win that argument because it quite simply isn't quantifiable.

And I know we haven't see the longterm of playing without fighting but if you're worried it will lead to more dirty hits, I'll say go zero tolerance on high hits and hitting from behind.

Regarding the snarky comments from Gregor and Brownlee, this is why some of us like to poke holes in some of their old pet theories.

For example, it isn't so much that I like safe guys as it is that I like guys who are on the ice for at least as many goals for as they aren't against;)

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#62 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:27PM
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Holy giveaway's Batman

Weird Jumbo Donair didnt be tough

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#63 freeze
February 11 2009, 08:30PM
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Hemmer!!

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#64 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:31PM
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@ freeze: The kid is sick

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#65 esa tikkanen
February 11 2009, 08:33PM
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anybody know how to watch this game on the net? i don't mind paying the ten bucks but don't have a digital cable box yet. am getting one on monday. anyways - how do you watch this on the internet?

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#66 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:34PM
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ET LE BUT!!!!!!!!

That was gross

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#67 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:36PM
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@ esa tikkanen:

www.atdhe.net

thanks go to Jack Bauer for that

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#68 Smokin' Ray
February 11 2009, 08:36PM
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I guess it's out turn to run up the score...

YEAH!!!

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#69 freeze
February 11 2009, 08:37PM
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COGS!!! WOOOO!!!

Keep crashin' the net boys!

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#70 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:37PM
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What is happening here? explosive offensive? stortini 3 goals.... I must be dreaming

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#71 Smokin' Ray
February 11 2009, 08:37PM
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OilersNinja wrote:

What is happening here? explosive offensive? stortini 3 goals…. I must be dreaming

He's trying to catch Gagner.

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#72 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:38PM
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@ OilersNinja:

scroll up on the comments and click on Jack Bauer's name and it will link to it

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#73 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:38PM
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That was for you Esa

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#74 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:39PM
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@ Smokin' Ray:

Haha.....very true

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#75 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:43PM
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I cant stand Rob Brown, he sounds like nails on a chalk board with bad hair plugs.

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#76 RBK
February 11 2009, 08:43PM
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@ OilersNinja:

I could not agree more - FMNF

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#77 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:44PM
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Weird goatboy coughs it up

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#78 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:45PM
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HEMSSSSSSSSKKKKKKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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#79 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:46PM
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that was terrible

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#80 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 08:48PM
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Carey Price has been put on suicide watch for this intermission.

ANd my god that was an ugly defensive break down on that goal there.

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#81 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 08:50PM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOOK AT ROB BROWN!!!!!!!!

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#82 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:52PM
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I hope there is intermission Bob Stauffer

20 bucks says he is eating a bucket of chicken right now

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#83 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:53PM
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And there he is

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#84 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 08:54PM
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Gene to Stauffer "You should be out of breath."

I'm starting to warm up to this Principe guy.

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#85 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:57PM
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Stauffer is sweating now......lots

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#86 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 08:57PM
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Maybe it's my grainy internet feed, but is Stauffer holding a ham sandwich or a microphone?

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#87 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 08:58PM
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@ jeanshorts:

How??? his one liners are terrible

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#88 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 09:02PM
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whoa.... that broad was hot

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#89 RBK
February 11 2009, 09:03PM
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@ OilersNinja: I concur

GO OIL keep it up

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#90 RBK
February 11 2009, 09:08PM
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haha stortini is a scoring a machine

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#91 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 09:08PM
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If Stortini pots two tonight...I'll lose it.

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#92 RBK
February 11 2009, 09:09PM
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Great acting Job, I sense a Gemini for that guy

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#93 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 09:11PM
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@ The Towel Boy:

Why is that? Zack Stortini has huge offensive upside he is just trapped in the role of wannabe tough guy.. I am just kidding, I would jump off the high level if he pots 2 tonight,

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#94 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 09:12PM
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@ RBK:

You mean Roloson?

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#95 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 09:13PM
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@ OilersNinja:

Haha...yeah, if MacT would play him on his natural wing.

*shakes head in shame*

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#96 jeanshorts
February 11 2009, 09:14PM
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That slew footing Bullsh*t should be an automatic 5 and a game. Plekanics is so dirty it's unreal.

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#97 RBK
February 11 2009, 09:14PM
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@ The Towel Boy: Roli will be nominated but that guy will win

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#98 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 09:14PM
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That was a dirty dirty play. Make 'em pay on the PP.

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#99 OilersNinja
February 11 2009, 09:15PM
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@ jeanshorts: CHeap euros

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#100 The Towel Boy
February 11 2009, 09:16PM
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That PP was ..umm..annoying ...I guess is the word.

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