GDB 50: Can Robert Nilsson be the guy?

Jason Gregor
February 03 2009 03:53PM

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Yesterday Craig MacTavish stated, “We haven’t an answer on that left side for awhile. We’ve tried a lot of players there, virtually everybody has had an opportunity there, and we need to find someone. Dustin is the best fit there when he is playing, and playing well.”

Tonight it will be Nilsson, and he is excited.

“Hemsky’s a great player, especially this year, and I know I will get more chances playing with him... I just have to bury them.”

Considering Horcoff has one goal in his last 15 games, if Nilsson can bury one chance that will be an improvement. As dominant as Hemsky has been since returning from a concussion, if one of his linemates starts to heat up he could be a two-point-a-game guy for a stretch.

Speaking of Horcoff, I asked him if he feels he needs to bear down more offensively.

“I probably need to relax a bit more and I think that’s been my problem lately. I’m squeezing the stick a little tight... I’ve had chances, with the crossbar last game, and if I relax that shot probably goes in.”

Pressing too hard never results in more goals, but with the coach calling out Penner, Pouliot and Brodziak to play with more jam, Horcoff needs to bear down and bury a few more chances. I know scoring is that hardest thing to do, and Horcoff never gets questioned for his work ethic, but his job is to produce and he needs to start producing more.

This team has no other options right now as far as #1 centre, so unless a trade happens Horcoff needs to find the scoring touch he had last year until his season was cut short.

Here are tonight’s lines:

  • 12 – 10 – 83
  • 21 – 89 – 26
  • 18 – 13 – 78
  • 27 – 51 – 46

Penner and Brodziak should play inspired considering what happened after practice yesterday. Brodziak explained what MacTavish said to him and his fellow doghouse dwellers yesterday.

“I have to play with more jam and more intensity in my game. Making sure I play physical every chance I get and never pass up an opportunity. I think it is a simple thing to get back in my game. Over my career it hasn’t been a real focal point of my game, but I know at this level it needs to be and it’s an element of my game I need to add. It’s something I definitely feel I can do and I don’t think I will have a problem with it.”

He also shouldn’t have a problem being ready to play tonight. With Penner on his left side, both players will have something to prove tonight, so you would HOPE they would play an inspired game. Reading between the lines with some of the conversations I had today in the locker room, it sounds like MacTavish didn’t want to just single out Penner again, so he went with two guys who haven’t been awful, but clearly can bring more intensity to their game.

Brodziak also added, “Coach said he was happy with my decisions and positional play, but just wants me to play more intensely. And maybe I’m guilty of not seeing that. It’s a little bit frustrating being called out, but realistically I know it was deserved, so I’m more frustrated in myself than anything else.”

Tidbits

Dwayne Roloson didn’t skate this morning, but he will play tonight. He faced lots of shots in practice yesterday so he got the morning off.

When asked about hearing cat calls walking off the ice after the Buffalo game, MacTavish laughed about the unique situation at Rexall.

“No one likes to walk through that when you lose a game, but like I’ve said before our fans have great perspective in terms of that. But not every team walks through the BAR on the way in and out... but we do, so those situations might occur.”

The uniqueness of Rexall Place: no other building in the league that I’ve been to has that set up, and I've been to 22 out of the other 29. It is great for young kids, and chicks trying to wheel, and outside of the odd profanity-laced tirade from some I’m-tough-when-I’m-drunk idiot it allows fans a close up look at the players. You take the good with the bad, and 90 per cent of the time the fans are supportive, but when you lose 10-2 you’d expect an odd “YOU SUCK”, or worse.

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#51 mjsh
February 03 2009, 06:15PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I’m heading out for dinner with friends, so I’ll probably miss this one… 3-1 Oilers. Horcoff, Grebeshkov, Penner, Sharp. Roloson with 30+ saves.

I wish I could be that optimistic.

I have to work till seven and still trying to decide whether to pay for the game when I get home. Of course, if the recent trend is true, this should be the "up" game for the Oilers and Chicago has been playing so-so with the big win in San Jose their last game. I call it 3-1 for the Hawks who score an empty netter

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#52 Smokin' Ray
February 03 2009, 06:29PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

On a side note: if I was Katz, I would suck it up and let Penner go to the minors for the rest of the year. Would any other team claim him on waivers on the way down? What is the compensation (picks) if he is taken? If he clears, does his entire salary count against the cap? But most importantly. Would that send a clear enough message to the team that there is no messing around? Or am I talking crazy talk? Beacause that is possible.

This guy is whacked!

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#53 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 06:33PM
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RLH wrote:

I’m a player. The coach finishes the practice, but holds back three of my teammates. He tells the rest of the team to hit the showers. I respond with “No way!” If three guys are skating, I’m skating. It’s called a team.

The coach is the boss. Try pulling that sh*t at work if your boss has to have "a talk" with some other employees. haha I guess if your goal was to save the other team mates from a bag skate you would, because you'd be the only one skating. And it would be a real bag skate

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#54 R-DAWG
February 03 2009, 06:43PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

The coach is the boss. Try pulling that sh*t at work if your boss has to have “a talk” with some other employees.

No doubt, how many times have you gone for the lonely walk up to the front office and no matter how good your work friends are they aren't going to go up with you. If you are singled out at work it not only sends a message to u but everyone at work...only difference is, is that we are talkin $70,000 vs $4.something million dollars!

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#55 Smokin' Ray
February 03 2009, 06:55PM
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A PPV? WHy does the Oilers wallpaper say SN? Can they get anything right?

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#56 Smokin' Ray
February 03 2009, 07:00PM
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We need some OilerNation wallpaper that is correct AND cool.

Wanye???

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#57 jeanshorts
February 03 2009, 07:03PM
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LEEEEETTTTTTTSSSSSSSSS GGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYYYSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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#58 jeanshorts
February 03 2009, 07:04PM
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Whoa, Eddie Olzyck just said if he played on the East Coast, everyone would know Ales Hemsky. I like this guy.

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#59 Xavier
February 03 2009, 07:07PM
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Game day uncensored if you like to swear...

You're welcome JSBM. LOL

http://www.jeanshortsandbaggedmilk.com/

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#60 Xavier
February 03 2009, 07:07PM
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I can't put the link to JSBM anymore? I guess you angry fellas have been posting too many smutty links for Wanye. LOL

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#61 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:15PM
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Links aren't allowed cus of the filter. I guess they get a lot of Spam (according to bingofuel)

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#62 shakey @ home
February 03 2009, 07:16PM
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The link isn't working, I can't get a picture, only sound

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#63 Dana @ AgileStyle
February 03 2009, 07:17PM
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@ Xavier: You just need to wait for someone to clear out the spam filter. If any of the guys are around they tend to do it.

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#64 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:17PM
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hooray!

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#65 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:21PM
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Wow I just turned on the game and was shocked to see the score

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#66 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:23PM
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Someone kill that fat fu*k

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#67 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:25PM
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wow, the goalie gods are looking over us

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#68 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:26PM
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@ OilersNinja: did you see the goal?

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#69 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:26PM
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get em souray

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#70 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:27PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

no, I am guessing moreau scored off his teeth?

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#71 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:28PM
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@ OilersNinja: HAHA close. Actually off of Campbells teeth.

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#72 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:28PM
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Burish's sister goes!

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#73 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:29PM
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@ Travis Dakin: Greasy goals are needed to spark a turnaround. At least that is case on my beer league team.

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#74 Jack Bauer
February 03 2009, 07:31PM
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If you click on my name, you can get the link to the game.

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#75 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:31PM
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jeez samwise, keep your head up

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#76 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:32PM
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Get him Souray!

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#77 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:33PM
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I want a lamp lighting faceoff specialist heavy weight stay at home defencemen

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#78 Skidplate
February 03 2009, 07:34PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

If you click on my name, you can get the link to the game.

Thanks JB The picture freezes constantly. Makes it hard to watch.

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#79 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:35PM
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gilby, grip your stick tighter

PS shut up rob brown "100 out of 100 times" pathetic

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#80 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:38PM
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Horcoff so predictable

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#81 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:39PM
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Horcoff = hands of stone

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#82 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:40PM
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@ Travis Dakin: I think I read that in my geology textbook

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#83 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:42PM
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I cannot watch "tank no neck" aka Bob Stauffer pour out his suit and speak non sense

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#84 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:44PM
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I just focus on how hot Rishaug is. He balances out the equasion. wait... I mean.... dammit.

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#85 Deep Oil
February 03 2009, 07:45PM
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Skidplate wrote:

Jack Bauer wrote: If you click on my name, you can get the link to the game. Thanks JB The picture freezes constantly. Makes it hard to watch.

note you need a FAST internet connection to access this site all the way from sweden

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#86 David S
February 03 2009, 07:47PM
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Skidplate wrote:

The picture freezes constantly. Makes it hard to watch.

You'll need a curent browser version and SHAW cable or Telus hi-speed. It's workin' buffer-free full-screen for me. Sah-weet.

Ha ha to you Mr Watt.

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#87 David S
February 03 2009, 07:49PM
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Although I do have this strange urge to go down to Binny's Liquor Depot.

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#88 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:52PM
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What did stauffer have to say other then he would like a cheeseburger?

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#89 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 07:56PM
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He said we should get Tkatchuk and also that he is the biggest Dustin Penner fan on the planet. I sh*t you not.

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#90 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 07:59PM
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@ Travis Dakin: He is histories greatest monster

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#91 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 08:00PM
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Gagner I get it your nervous, but man that was a golden opportunity

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#92 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 08:02PM
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Someone needs to tell Gagner that not even Souray could put it THROUGH the goiale. Try picking a corner.

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#93 Deep Oil
February 03 2009, 08:02PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

He said we should get Tkatchuk and also that he is the biggest Dustin Penner fan on the planet. I sh*t you not.

what about penner for jason blake ????? problem for problem - new venue = opportunity to change both are LW

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#94 Deep Oil
February 03 2009, 08:03PM
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kind of ironic going back to burkie possible with tambo instead of klowe

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#95 OilersNinja
February 03 2009, 08:04PM
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poop

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#96 Travis Dakin
February 03 2009, 08:05PM
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fiddledeedee

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#97 Pokie Reddik
February 03 2009, 08:10PM
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Lowe a great eye for talent

hxxp://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=265653&lid=sublink02&lpos=headlines_nhl

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#98 Deep Oil
February 03 2009, 08:10PM
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blake has a 15 game point streak

maybe he needed some time to get his timing back from the cancer...

ninja and TD - why not ????

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#99 jeanshorts
February 03 2009, 08:14PM
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It's a pretty common fact that cancer is a performance enhancer for athletes. Lance Armstrong, Phil Kessel, Jason Blake, the entire 1982 Minnesota Twins.

I rest my case.

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#100 Wanye Gretz
February 03 2009, 08:16PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

blake has a 15 game point streak maybe he needed some time to get his timing back from the cancer… ninja and TD - why not ????

That is my doing Deep Oil. I picked Blake in the draft.

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