GDB 60: V-v-v-v-v-v-v Vinny and the Bolts

Jason Gregor
February 24 2009 01:01PM

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Vinny, Vinny, Vinny and the Bolts. Or maybe it is Marty, Marty, Marty and the Bolts because after those two, the Bolts don’t have much. The Bolts have scored the fourth fewest goals in the league, with 152, but 43% of their goals come from three players in Lecavalier, St. Louis and Ryan Malone.

Tampa gets basically no goals from their D-men. They have a league-low 11 goals from the backend, while the Oilers have 33 from the rearguards, the fifth most in the NHL.

The Bolts have also given up the fourth most goals, 191, so they don’t score much, they don’t defend very well and their goaltending is suspect. This should be guaranteed-win night for the Oilers, but this is a home game for the Oilers and nothing has come easy at home.

The Oil have 30 points in 28 home games, and are tied with LA for the fewest home wins in the Western Conference. What’s even worse for the Oilers is that they have been outscored 75-81 on home ice.

Yes, their offence has been inconsistent, but the biggest reason the Oilers find themselves out of the playoffs today, is because they have no identity at Rexall Place. This isn’t a tough rink for the opposition to come into right now. The Oilers don’t amp up their physical play at home; in fact, they are much more aggressive on the road.

Tonight is the first of three straight home games, against teams that are beatable. Tampa, Columbus and Minnesota are not world beaters, and when you look at key stretches of a season, tonight starts an important three games.

Currently the Oilers are on pace for 87 points, which would leave them outside the playoffs. Columbus, Dallas and Minnesota are all on pace for 90 points. Granted those projections can change quickly with a two-game winning or losing streak, but today they are outside the playoffs. It looks like they will need 92 points to ensure they get in, so they will need to go 13-7-3, or 14-8-1 or 12-6-5 or some combination of that to make the dance.

Tonight is a must-win for the Oilers, and the line-up will be the same as Saturday.

  • 27-10-83
  • 12-89-26
  • 18-13-46
  • 85-51-33

Same D and Roloson will start again. The drive to the playoffs begins tonight, and the Oilers can’t afford to hit the ditch against the lowly Lightning.

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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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#151 Colin
February 24 2009, 09:00PM
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Bring on the 3rd period collapse........

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#152 longtimefan
February 24 2009, 09:03PM
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Mact always looks stunned when we score like he is suprised it was us - Jeebez, drives me to another beer

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#153 Hoodlum
February 24 2009, 09:03PM
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Stortini looking good

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#154 David S
February 24 2009, 09:03PM
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Cogliano with the dirty burger!

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#155 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:03PM
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You woulda bet that if Moreau kneed something, it would be a 5 minuter when we are 1 goal up instead of an assist.

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#156 socaldave
February 24 2009, 09:04PM
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wtf is Cole doing on the 4th line? I am sooooo confused...

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#157 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:05PM
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MacIntyre is in the line-up?

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#158 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:06PM
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I keep hearing the Tbay goalie as "Rommel". WTF is the "Desert Rat" doing in Tbay? I thought he was in Paraguay somewhere...

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#159 socaldave
February 24 2009, 09:06PM
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@ socaldave:

socaldave wrote:

wtf is Cole doing on the 4th line? I am sooooo confused…

never mind, dumbsh*t

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#160 Hoodlum
February 24 2009, 09:06PM
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Moreau hasn't even takin a penalty yet, that must piss off all the haters!!

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#161 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:09PM
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@ Hoodlum: Was MacIntyre in the line-up? He fought? how did that go?

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#162 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:10PM
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What did I miss? Are we down 7-3 yet?

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#163 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:11PM
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I must say, after working at the Pizza 73 in Sherwood Park back in 1990, and moving to the Coast in '95. I really miss it.

1 "bigger" with Salsa, Pep, Pineapple + 1 set of Golden wings _________________________ sweet can

That being said - getting a free slice o Pizza Pizza when the Senators score a bunch (I think 6) and win is a pretty cool deal

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#164 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:12PM
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NOOOOOOO!!!! REDDOX!!!!! NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! TAKE ME LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT HIM!!!!!

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#165 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:12PM
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Oh there he is

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#166 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:13PM
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I think Souray is just taking a penalty so he can take a break.

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#167 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:13PM
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I will give it to the little gaffer, that was a mighty fine block. And now, let's all hope that his knee needs to be reconstructed.

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#168 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:15PM
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How about those Habs shutting out the Canucks! Since we blew the Habs back to the land of poutine, does that me we are head and above better than Vancouver? I'd like to think so.

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#169 David S
February 24 2009, 09:16PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

Moreau hasn’t even takin a penalty yet, that must piss off all the haters!!

Don't worry. He's just waiting to take one when it'll hurt us the most.

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#170 longtimefan
February 24 2009, 09:16PM
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Very good

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#171 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:17PM
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@ jeanshorts: You a lower mainlander/Ex Albertan?

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#172 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:18PM
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Who wants to split a rape charge with me and go hunt down Carrie Milbank?

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#173 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:19PM
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@ suntory hanzo:

I like to think of myself as an Albertan exploiting all the wonderful BC resources. I pledge my alliegence to Wild Rose Country to anyone who will listen.

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#174 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:20PM
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Gagner. That goon.

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#175 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:22PM
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My neighbours wife's friend blew Mat$ $undin. And yes, supposedly it was her claim to fame.

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#176 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:23PM
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@ jeanshorts: I try to keep the faith by betting my students on Oiler v Canucks games/seasons. Many a kid has donned my Klima 85 circa 1993 jersey.

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#177 W.T.
February 24 2009, 09:24PM
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W.T. enjoying big effort tonight. Stamkos is Greek and his pre game meal is Greek salad and lamb.

Pyramid Power working to it's fullest. Independant Jewellers will never have them on sale anymore.

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#178 David S
February 24 2009, 09:24PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Who wants to split a rape charge with me and go hunt down Carrie Milbank?

Once again, Google images is my friend. *drool*

Wait...WTF?????

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#179 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:25PM
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suntory hanzo wrote:

My neighbours wife’s friend blew Mat$ $undin. And yes, supposedly it was her claim to fame.

haha when was this supposed act?

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#180 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:25PM
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suntory hanzo wrote:

Many a kid has donned my Klima 85 circa 1993 jersey.

Best. Punishment. Ever.

The only thing that would make it sweeter is if you made them wear a Klima lid too. God that thing was god awful looking.

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#181 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:25PM
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Colin wrote:

Bring on the 3rd period collapse……..

Colin = nostradamus Hoodlum wrote:

@ jeanshorts: Even hideous people have some good qualities I guess. Thank you SHELLY

So is JS

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#182 socaldave
February 24 2009, 09:26PM
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man... it's hard to say trade Chopper when you know he's got speed to burn like that

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#183 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:26PM
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oops messed up that quote...

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#184 Hoodlum
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That's it Captain, way to keep your cool

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#185 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:28PM
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I think that's the second time I've ever seen Hemsky wind up for a shot.

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#186 suntory hanzo
February 24 2009, 09:29PM
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Chopper - sick balls!

Name the movie for extra credit.

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#187 Chris
February 24 2009, 09:29PM
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Here is where the PP needs to come through... just like MacT said during the presser.

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#188 David S
February 24 2009, 09:30PM
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Anybody know Souray's hit/miss ratio? It's gotta be crazy tilted to the "miss" side.

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#189 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:30PM
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OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD.

Frig that was WAAAAYYYY too close.

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#190 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:31PM
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suntory hanzo wrote:

Chopper - sick balls! Name the movie for extra credit.

STAND BY ME!!!!!!!!

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#191 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:31PM
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@ suntory hanzo: Stand by me!

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#192 Travis Dakin
February 24 2009, 09:32PM
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@ jeanshorts: Damn you!

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#193 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:34PM
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9 hits! Breaking the bank tonight boys.

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#194 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:34PM
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LOOK AT THE CUL DE SAC ON RECCHI!!!!! Beauty!

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#195 Hoodlum
February 24 2009, 09:35PM
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@ suntory hanzo: Is it Stand by me?

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#196 socaldave
February 24 2009, 09:35PM
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24sq ft is NOT ENOUGH for shaun horcoff

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#197 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:35PM
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DAMMIT HORCOFF!!!!!

Can't even score on an empty net? Unreal.

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#198 David S
February 24 2009, 09:36PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ jeanshorts: Damn you!

GHEY

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#199 jeanshorts
February 24 2009, 09:37PM
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WHOOOOO.

See Horcoff. Souray could have scored that one from 97th street. Oh man. If St. Louis would have scored there I don't think Shawn Horcoff would have made it to tomorrow morning.

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#200 Harlie Chuddy
February 24 2009, 09:38PM
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holy meat whistle! Big sexy burys it!!

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