GDB 67: Moreau and Souray in it to win it

Jason Gregor
March 12 2009 12:26PM

Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau

The Oilers looked like a team a few days before the start of the season, with 24 players, five coaches and third goalie Floyd Whitney on the ice for the morning skate today. They went through a bevy of cross-ice and two-on-two, and two-on-one passing drills. Sad thing is they didn’t come close to scoring as often as Peter Pocklington has been charged by creditors.

Sheldon Souray was out there and took part in every drill so he will suit up tonight. Ethan Moreau also skated hard, while wearing the darkest colour-tinted visor I’d seen, so expect him to play as well.

Moreau’s visor makes him look a bit like a Euro, but he insisted his game won’t change due to the visor.

What will change is the lineup. Moreau and Penner will dress tonight, and they’ll play on the same line with Kyle Brodziak.

21 – 10 – 83 12 – 89 – 78 19 – 13 – 34 18 – 51 – 27

This is how they will start but if the Kovalchuk - White - Little line gives the Oilers problems don’t be surprised to see Horcoff, Moreau and Pisani become a trio to try and shut them down.

MacTavish admitted the lines could become very interchangeable tonight. Altanta coach John Anderson told me yesterday on my show that he likes to juggle his lines a lot, so expect to see many different combinations tonight.

A Horcoff - Moreau - Pisani trio could become reality down the stretch as a shut-down line.

Don’t think MacTavish doesn’t listen to the radio or read the Internet based on his comments today. He was asked about O’Sullivan and his overall game.

“I’m trying to find offensive opportunities for O’Sullivan. I want to get him some power-play time. I’m not going to pigeon-hole him as a checker just yet, that’s apparently my expertise to turn offence into checkers. He is in the process right now, (he laughs) but hopefully he has more goals in him.”

It looks like MacTavish is going with his most offensive unit of the season. The competition for ice-time tonight should be fierce, and if players are going early MacTavish said they will play more.

The Thrashers are playing well right now, going 6-3-1 in their last ten, with Johan Hedberg between the pipes, so the Oilers can’t overlook the lottery-bound Thrashers.

Their top line of Kovalchuk - White - Little have combined for 82 goals and 183 points, compared to Hemsky - Horcoff - Penner’s 49 goals and 128 points. Look for Souray and Staios to match up against that line.

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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 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 07:47PM
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Is anyone watching this shite? This is the most exciting 5 minutes of hockey I've seen this year

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#152 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:48PM
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This American guy is calling him Piss-On-E.

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#153 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 07:48PM
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@ Amber McCormick: My bad, I also bet Roloson doesn't get a shutout, oops....

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#154 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:50PM
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The good thing is Conklin is in net. So there's not a very good chance this game features the longest shootout in league history.

*knocks on any and all wood around him, especially his boner*

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#155 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 07:52PM
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What gets me is that the Atlanta game is in hidef and the calgary game isnt, but they still broadcast the garbage flames game on the hd channel.

Sportsnet is always a half-hour off on their predicted game ending.

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#156 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 07:53PM
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I hate Roger Millions. WHAT THE HELL IS A "CARREM"? Everytime the puck goes off the boards it apparently "carrems". I don't even know what that means

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#157 Blog log
March 12 2009, 07:55PM
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Rod Phillips: "Penalty now to the Atlanta Flames."

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#158 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 07:55PM
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@ Hoodlum: well we may have a worse team, but our announcers ARE clearly better. Peter Loubardius (sp?) is easily the worst announcer in television. Seriously, the guy from Iron Chef America could do a better job.

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#159 Amber McCormick
March 12 2009, 07:57PM
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@ Hoodlum: I need you to do something for me. Every time you have the urge or desire to say anything...just don't! You're going to jinx everyone!!!!!!!!

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#160 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 07:58PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

Loubardeous sounds like he is always trying to push out a huge crap everytime someone winds up for a shot.

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#161 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 07:58PM
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@ Archaeologuy: Right Peter Loubardius, I knew it was one of those losers. The guy looks like he's 1/2 a chromosome short, and he speaks like he's 2. Regardless I'll take Geno and his self embarrasing ancdotes anyday.

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#162 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:00PM
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@ Amber McCormick: Quit flirting with me Amber, this isn't your plenty of fish profile

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#163 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:00PM
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Whiffcoff with a 1.8 Million dollar goal.

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#164 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:02PM
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@ jeanshorts: it was about time Horcoff scored, he missed on about 10 straight chances over the last 3 games.

why wont this game end

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#165 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:03PM
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goaltending is CLEARLY Detroits achilles

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#166 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:04PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Whiffcoff with a 1.8 Million dollar goal.

so we're going with the name then, yes? EXCELLENT!!

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#167 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:04PM
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wow, we missed 2/3 of the 1st period. Im so glad i pay for the Hi-Def sports package

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#168 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:04PM
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@ Hoodlum:

Ever since Hasek left they've been icing 2 back up goalies. But I wouldn't be surprised if they have some kind of amazing Euro kid waiting in the weeds to come dominate everyone in a year or two.

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#169 The Towel Boy
March 12 2009, 08:05PM
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Imagine my dismay when I sat down, 1/2 hour late, to watch my PVRing hockey game ...hoping to play catchup and fast forward thru commercials and Gene Principe, only to find that the Flames game is on instead.

Boo.

s'on now.

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#170 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:06PM
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i wonder if strudwick knows you can stop on ice.

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#171 Harlie Chuddy
March 12 2009, 08:06PM
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Penner just strollin back just in time to fish the puck out of the net.

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#172 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:06PM
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Wait a minute. Are we losing to a team from Georgia?? WOW, that just doesn't seem right

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#173 Jason Gregor
March 12 2009, 08:06PM
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Dennis wrote:

Gregor: No, I’m not threatening anything:) I’m just saying, I don’t know, maybe you’re abrupt when you deal with your friends and/or are in social situations as well but the way you post here, it’s just very dismissive of anything you don’t believe in. And that isn’t befitting some of the some of the things you Do believe in - some penalties being easier to kill off then others, the powers of Rick Rypien;) - and I don’t know why that is. You post here for some reason? Exposure and/or validation perhaps? You enjoy the back and forth because you keep posting, right?

You felt the need to question my reasoning with no backing of your opinion. I asked you to do and would gladly appreciate it. You didn't yet, when I make light of your "someone won't be as nice as I" you take offence.

I write here because they asked me to and thought people would be interested. IF you aren't interested don't read it. No one asks you to come and read or post. That is your choice. YOu love to question what I write, but I ask you to back it up and I'm to one who is abrupt? You like to challenge and attack people's comments, but when I ask you to do it you get all offended. Either don't question people or be prepared to back your stuff up. I still haven't seen anything from you that states how Potulny-like players bring their AHL success to the NHL. That was the point, yet you don't want to back up your statement.

As for penalties being easier to kill off, studying it and you will see. As for Rypien, which you bring up way too often. He is better suited as a 4th liner than Pouliot will be. He has been hurt this year, so until he is healthy you won't know. But his style is more becoming of a 4th liner, and that will never change.

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#174 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:07PM
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seriously? a commercial break?!

screw you Sportsnet.

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#175 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:07PM
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@ The Towel Boy: That's funny

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#176 Harlie Chuddy
March 12 2009, 08:08PM
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socaldave wrote:

i wonder if strudwick knows you can stop on ice.

i just rewound and watched the play again and Strudwick is embarrassing. haha!

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#177 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:09PM
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Harlie Chuddy wrote:

Penner just strollin back just in time to fish the puck out of the net.

can't pin that one on PDP - strudwick just blew right past the goal scorer without so much as "how's it goin, eh?"

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#178 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:10PM
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Harlie Chuddy wrote:

socaldave wrote: i wonder if strudwick knows you can stop on ice. i just rewound and watched the play again and Strudwick is embarrassing. haha!

we did call up Theo, right? c'mon MacT, FFS!!!!!

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#179 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:11PM
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I like when the puck stays onside, and the linesmen yells NOOOOOOOO as if he just found his entire family dead in the middle of his living room.

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#180 Dave L
March 12 2009, 08:13PM
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The second goal started with another give away in the neutral zone. Then Atlanta made four really nice passes. Our turnovers at the offensive blueline kill us way to often...

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#181 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:13PM
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@ socaldave: What is FFS?

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#182 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:13PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I like when the puck stays onside, and the linesmen yells NOOOOOOOO as if he just found his entire family dead in the middle of his living room.

Why does that make me laugh so much?

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#183 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:14PM
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@ jeanshorts: Totally hilarious

Here's what I dont get, if your skating your balls off trying to catch a guy, and he hits the brakes and stops moving, why don't you just run him the f**k over? there should have been a smear on the ice in the slot

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#184 Harlie Chuddy
March 12 2009, 08:14PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I like when the puck stays onside, and the linesmen yells NOOOOOOOO as if he just found his entire family dead in the middle of his living room.

shyt man I just luaghed out loud on that one. Nicely played.

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#185 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:16PM
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HAHAHA, Nillson is totally a pilon

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#186 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:17PM
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that was a lesson in how to lose control of the puck by the Edmonton Oilers

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#187 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:18PM
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did hemsky just DIVE to block a shot?????

@ Hoodlum:

ffs = for f*** sake

good for use in almost any occasion, really =)

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#188 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:19PM
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It's time to sign Eberle to an entry level contract so he can get that grill fixed. He's got the damn St. Louis Arch in his mouth.

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#189 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:20PM
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@ socaldave: My feeble little mind could not for the life of me put that together. Thanks man, I shall now ust that in everyday life....a little more at work

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#190 The Towel Boy
March 12 2009, 08:20PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I like when the puck stays onside, and the linesmen yells NOOOOOOOO as if he just found his entire family dead in the middle of his living room.

kay...that was funny as hell.

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#191 The Towel Boy
March 12 2009, 08:25PM
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Does anyone who got to see the 1st period know what happened to that sexy Russian from the other team that scores all of their goals?

I see from the stats page that he played 38 seconds...but had 1 shot.

On a side note...how awesome is that...1 shot...in 38 seconds...and it probably almost was a goal.

Why can't we have a Kovalchuk? :(

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#192 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:25PM
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At least it was good to see that Conklin is still a terrible goalie.

I would have been upset if he became a vezina winner after costing us the cup.

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#193 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 08:25PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I like when the puck stays onside, and the linesmen yells NOOOOOOOO as if he just found his entire family dead in the middle of his living room.

Hilarious!!

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#194 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:26PM
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@ The Towel Boy:

He did something to his left arm. I couldn't really tell what happened. He let a shot go on a 2 on 1 and then glided to the bench at a Dustin Penner esque pace. And then went to the room.

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#195 Amber McCormick
March 12 2009, 08:26PM
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@ Hoodlum: Don't you wish. Shhh! Watch the game!

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#196 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:26PM
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@ The Towel Boy: He came in on a 2 on 1, took a snap shot and then looked funny, skated off and never came back.. No idea. no i have an idea... ROLI STARED HIM DOWN OLD MAN STYLEZ and he went home.

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#197 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:28PM
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Whiffcoff's left eyes is as lazy as Dustin Penner

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#198 Kevin "Lets the shot go!" Quinn
March 12 2009, 08:28PM
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Dustin "stats guy's wet dream" Penner left his man at the rest of the team watches as the Thrashers score

weak

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#199 The Towel Boy
March 12 2009, 08:30PM
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DK0 wrote:

ROLI STARED HIM DOWN OLD MAN STYLEZ and he went home.

haha...nothing scarier than an old balls stare down.

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#200 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:32PM
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@ The Towel Boy: he actually skated away in disgust after Roli's bowels let loose after the stare down.

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