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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#201 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:32PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

haha…nothing scarier than an old balls stare down.

Just ask those "zipperheads" in Gran Torino. They didn't want to f*ck with that.

*hasn't actually seen the movie*

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#202 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:34PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

DK0 wrote: ROLI STARED HIM DOWN OLD MAN STYLEZ and he went home. haha…nothing scarier than an old balls stare down.

like when those naked old guys stare at you in the change room at the pool.

*shivers as bad memories travel down his spine, then cries alone in the attic while listening to "everybody hurts" by REM in the dark.*

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#203 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:36PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

Staring at wrinkly old balls is a right of passage for all young men.

SULLLLLLLLYYYYYYYY!!!!

LOVE THAT KID!!!! WHHOOOO!!!

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#204 David S
March 12 2009, 08:38PM
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A little bit o' redemption for O'Sullivan hey?

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#205 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:39PM
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WWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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#206 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:39PM
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Now this is how you start a god damn period.

Why couldn't we do this all year????????

Whoo.

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#207 David S
March 12 2009, 08:39PM
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!!!!!!!!Nilsson!!!!!!

I love the fact that Sam NEVER GIVES UP!

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#208 The Towel Boy
March 12 2009, 08:40PM
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I predict 31 - 2 for the Oil.

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#209 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:42PM
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Samwise Gamgie, why do you wait so long to turn up the awesome?

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#210 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:46PM
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As terrible as this is, and as much as I hate him, it looks kind of like MacT may have done something right for a change. He challenged Gagner to play more physical and look at him now. He's diving head first into the scrum in front of the net. It's going to make a pretty big difference in the long run. I can see next year being a big year for Juice Boy.

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#211 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:47PM
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i think i hate gene principe

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#212 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:48PM
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are hand passes legal on the PK? WTF?

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#213 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:50PM
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@ DK0:

In your defensive zone, yes.

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#214 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:51PM
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@ jeanshorts: ahh ok, thanks. Thought they missed that somehow.

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#215 Harlie Chuddy
March 12 2009, 08:51PM
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finally a PP set up that I like!

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#216 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:51PM
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Hmm. Didn't take too long for Penner to work his way to the top line

OH MY GOD PENNER FIGHTING!! COMING TO HEMSKYS AID!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE??????????????

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#217 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:51PM
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even his fight looked sluggish.. but I'll take it :)

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#218 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:52PM
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atta boy Penner!!

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#219 freeze
March 12 2009, 08:52PM
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27 steps up. nice.

that Patty O'Sullivan looks like a nice pick up.

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#220 Hoodlum
March 12 2009, 08:52PM
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*RUBBING HIS EYES* Did I just see that right? Penner??

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#221 David S
March 12 2009, 08:52PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

As terrible as this is, and as much as I hate him, it looks kind of like MacT may have done something right for a change. He challenged Gagner to play more physical and look at him now. He’s diving head first into the scrum in front of the net. It’s going to make a pretty big difference in the long run. I can see next year being a big year for Juice Boy.

It might have something to do with the fact that his ankle is finally healing. He's been snake-bit a fair bit the last while too.

! Penner just got himself out of the dog house.

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#222 Harlie Chuddy
March 12 2009, 08:53PM
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those neon yellow shirts the servants wear are (fancy)

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#223 jeanshorts
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David S wrote:

It might have something to do with the fact that his ankle is finally healing. He’s been snake-bit a fair bit the last while too.

Oh yeah I forgot about his wonky ankle. But still I'm really liking his aggressive play as of late.

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#224 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:53PM
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Instigator penalty needs to go. its so ridiculous. if Penner gets an instigator, that thrasher better get interference for taking out Hemsky. WTF WWWWTTTFFFF

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#225 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 08:54PM
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If they kick Penner out i'll will kick my f'in cat!!

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#226 David S
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"the servants"

Mua-hahahahahaha!

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#227 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 08:57PM
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It was that god damn GM's meeting where they figured it would be a good idea to start calling the instegator all the time. So now, the terrible refs are going to give it to someone every fight regardless. I hate this p*ssy soft NHL.

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#228 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 08:57PM
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great elbow

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#229 DK0
March 12 2009, 08:58PM
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For as many as Souray gets away with, i guess he was due. We'll kill it off though cause Souray is a pim........... nefrmind.. FUDDDGE

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#230 Dave L
March 12 2009, 08:59PM
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He's isn't out just a ten...still worth it...I love it..that hit was three 1000's late...

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#231 David S
March 12 2009, 08:59PM
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Doesn't Souray have ANY idea how bad our PK is?

What the...augh!

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#232 socaldave
March 12 2009, 08:59PM
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the ever-so-dependable PK strikes again... ffs

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#233 Harlie Chuddy
March 12 2009, 08:59PM
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Souray gives the elbow like Messier and even says "are you f*ckin kidding me" to the refs exactly like Mess did in the movie Boys on the Bus

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#234 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 09:00PM
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Boy if your pp is struggling your eyes must light up when you see Edmonton on your schedule!!...too bad we can't play ourselves.

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#235 David S
March 12 2009, 09:02PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Boy if your pp is struggling your eyes must light up when you see Edmonton on your schedule!!…too bad we can’t play ourselves.

Uhhh...our PP sucks too. We'd lose to ourselves.

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#236 freeze
March 12 2009, 09:02PM
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why does the new site stall my computer every time a page reloads? (firefox-osx)

status shows it bogging down while it connects to google-analytics.com

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#237 David S
March 12 2009, 09:03PM
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Gagner is making it happen!

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#238 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 09:05PM
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@ freeze:

I was just thinking the exact same thing. Someone get the monkey on the typewriter to figure this out.

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#239 David S
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freeze wrote:

why does the new site stall my computer every time a page reloads? (firefox-osx) status shows it bogging down while it connects to google-analytics.com

It's the ads loading on the right side. Gets worse as the thread gets longer. Mine does the same thing too with the same OS and browser.

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#240 freeze
March 12 2009, 09:06PM
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btw, great post here: www.fromtherink.com/2009/3/12/795226/coaching-changes-lead-to-b

*FMNF*

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#241 Dave L
March 12 2009, 09:06PM
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My buddy just text me said he won $1000 at Oil game for fan appreciation...a game that was actually worth going to for excitement and now money...who would have guessed Atlanta would be that exciting.

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#242 Archaeologuy
March 12 2009, 09:07PM
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is it a requirement to be retarded if you want to ref in the NHL?

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#243 Dave L
March 12 2009, 09:07PM
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Yeah like they won't score...thank Gawd Kovalchuk is out...

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#244 David S
March 12 2009, 09:08PM
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Man it gets quiet in RX1 when we're on the PK. I guess the fans have that sense of impending doooooom.

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#245 jeanshorts
March 12 2009, 09:10PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

is it a requirement to be retarded if you want to ref in the NHL?

I'm pretty sure Joey Moss could do a more competent job. And that's selling Joey Moss short.

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#246 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 09:11PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

is it a requirement to be retarded if you want to ref in the NHL?

Shhhh! Deep Oil might be listening and he would make a scary ref!

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#247 freeze
March 12 2009, 09:11PM
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btw, great post here: cccp://www.fromtherink.com/2009/3/12/795226/coaching-changes-lead-to-b

*FMNF*

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#248 David S
March 12 2009, 09:13PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Archaeologuy wrote: is it a requirement to be retarded if you want to ref in the NHL? Shhhh! Deep Oil might be listening and he would make a scary ref!

Deep Oil and WT. Your new linesmen.

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#249 R-DAWG
March 12 2009, 09:14PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Archaeologuy wrote: is it a requirement to be retarded if you want to ref in the NHL? I’m pretty sure Joey Moss could do a more competent job.

Joey wouldn't stoop to that level!

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#250 David S
March 12 2009, 09:19PM
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freeze wrote:

btw, great post here: cccp://www.fromtherink.com/2009/3/12/795226/coaching-changes-lead-to-b *FMNF*

Dude. As much as you'd like to dream differently, the honest to god truth is this team is not a whole lot better than where we are in the standings right now. Every decent blogger in the 'sphere put them slightly worse in fact. You weren't one of those dumbasses that actually believed that whole "leading the conference" schtick were you?

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