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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#201 Jason Gregor
February 12 2009, 12:57AM
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Dennis wrote:

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.

I agree with that, and that is my point. More players get hurt from hits to the heads than fights so why wouldn't you want a zero tolerance rule put in place first rather than take out fighting?

The zero tolerance will be hard to monitor because of the speed of the game and the split second decisions involved in most hits. If a guy turns his back to you at the last moment, sometimes it is impossible to stop.

I agree those hits need to be penalized with more severity, and we will agree on that.

As for +/-...we will agree to disagree on that. But if Pouliot and Rypien are both career (-) players does that mean neither is any good? ha

oilfan4life wrote:

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.

Considering that Dennis and I have been agreeing and disagreeing on things for awhile, I'm pretty sure we can man our own battles. The fact is he is more of a stats guy than I, and I'm more of a results and emotion guy. Our snarky little remarks are just as much zings as anything. I respect his opinion because he is willing to back it up with some facts and insightful thought. I doubt we will ever agree completely on things, but I don't need to agree to respect someone's opinion. And I'm pretty sure he can take a little ribbing, since we have both given it out.

So next time keep your little sensitive fingers out of it. In case you didn't notice Dennis and I can argue and disagree without resorting to some lame cut about appearances. If you want to debate with the big boys be mature and not sensitive sally about it. Thanks for your input.

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#202 Jason Gregor
February 12 2009, 01:02AM
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rindog wrote:

One more thing. Before Staios got moved up - I noticed that every time Hemsky’s line was out - we had Smid and Staios as the defensive pairing with them. Whatever happened to throwing your 3rd pairning out with your role palyers and allowing the offensive players to play with your best defensive pairings? Did you notice this? I have to learn to be more positve about this dynamic coaching staff…. By the way…. STOP BUSTING MY BALLS, GREGOR!!!!!! You’re giving me a complex.

I didn't notice if it was every time, but Wil Fraser has pointed that out at times as well. Huddy runs the D for the most part so he goes with who he thinks is fresh. Ideally you don't want that all the time, but sometimes it will be inevitable.

As for a complex, let's be honest I'm sure you had one well before I started chirping you...haha. Your wife told me you get sensitive sometimes.

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#203 Dennis
February 12 2009, 01:30AM
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Gregor: On Rypien vs Pouliot - and admittedly without looking it up - I'll say that for the vast majority of his career, Rypien's TOI comes during the old Gentlemen's Agreement matchup: coaches matching 4th line vs 4th line.

But in the case of 78, he's a guy that's played top nine TOI with Pisani and Reasoner during last season and now this season he's been doing it with 13-18.

And while he's not what the oilers hoped he'd be, he's a top niner for sure and at this current salary, he's not a bad bargain.

and he's not rick rypien:)

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#204 BUCK75 - FMNF
February 12 2009, 07:38AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

The Towel Boy wrote: Price is just going thru the motions…barely trying. Carboneau isn’t giving him the hook…I love it. Hot shot Montreal goalie getting worked in a game with no team in front of him. Coach doesn’t pull him. Goalie salutes the crowd for the Bronx cheer. That all sounds so familiar for some reason….

HAHA - when he did that quick arm pump after he stopped the 180' shot - I was thinking the same thing.

When the Oilers beat you like that you have soem real problems. The guys in blue don't play like tha very often. Not toomany turnovers & PP was working. Passes tape to tape. Good game.

It sure was nice to quiet the joint down 10 minutes into the 3rd period. GF & Father iin law were pretty cranky @ the end of the game (habs fans). I took them to the last habs game 3 years ago, they haven't ever seen the Habs win in Edmonton.

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#205 Colin
February 12 2009, 07:53AM
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Wow, they made me look bad. Anyway, still not convinced this is a playoff team, one win is all it is, if they could do this to a good team (that's not in a funk-I still think Montreal is a good team) in our conference I might be more convinced.

Still think the dive for five needs to be on, but let's see what happens.

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#206 Milli
February 12 2009, 08:04AM
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Milli wrote:

get to watch tonight surrounded by about 18 die hard, french speaking Habs fans, each of whom I get 5 bucks, so, either the mighty OIL win, or I won’t be able to afford hookers, blow, or food for a month!!!!

Yeehaw, now I got the cash for real hookers, not the blow up kind!!!!!!

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#207 Wanye Gretz
February 12 2009, 09:15AM
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Milli wrote:

Milli wrote: get to watch tonight surrounded by about 18 die hard, french speaking Habs fans, each of whom I get 5 bucks, so, either the mighty OIL win, or I won’t be able to afford hookers, blow, or food for a month!!!! Yeehaw, now I got the cash for real hookers, not the blow up kind!!!!!!

Well done Sir. I tip my hat to you and your winnings!!

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#208 oilfan4life
February 12 2009, 05:42PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

So next time keep your little sensitive fingers out of it. In case you didn’t notice Dennis and I can argue and disagree without resorting to some lame cut about appearances. If you want to debate with the big boys be mature and not sensitive sally about it. Thanks for your input.

Youve proved my point right there. You cant even make 1 single post without sounding like a complete as*hole can you.

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