GDB XLVI: Dubie separating Crosby from goals

Jason Gregor
January 14 2010 01:31PM

Devan Dubnyk will get the honours of trying to shut down the defending Stanley Cup champions, not to mention Sidney Crosby, tonight at Rexall Place.

Oiler fans will be excited to walk into Rexall tonight, and the only other remaining game that might match tonight’s build up will be on February 1st when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town with 30th place on the line.

Dubnyk is a fairly calm guy and was pretty calm when asked about facing Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

“I try to prepare for every game the same way. You can’t go out there and think too much about who you are playing. Right now any opportunity to get on the ice in a game situation is exciting. I have to be aware where they (Crosby and Malkin) are on the ice, but my preparation is the same if I’m playing Columbus or Pittsburgh.”

There is a lot of pressure on a goalie, but when Dubnyk or Deslauriers allows a soft goal, it's magnified even more. Veteran goalies will get the benefit of the doubt, and that’s a reality Dubnyk is well aware of. He knows he needs to prove himself and the only way he can is by playing well.

He can’t do it by himself and if the Oilers continue to turn the puck over or miss assignments as often as they have this year, then Dubnyk’s job becomes even harder. If anything, the veterans better be ready and help a young goalie when they are facing one of, if not the best player in the game.

Tonight will be Sidney Crosby’s second visit to Rexall Place. He was here Dec 5th of 2008, and for the first 40 minutes you barely noticed him. The Oilers led 2-0 going into the third, but then Crosby took over, with three straight assists. The Pens won 4-2. Last year the Oilers lost in Pittsburgh 5-4 and Crosby had one assist.

He’ll be looking for his first career goal v. the Oilers tonight; the other teams he has yet to score against include Chicago, Anaheim, Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis.

It's kind of scary when you think about Crosby. He said he needed to work on his faceoffs and he needed to shoot more. Now he is second in goals in the NHL with 30, and on pace to reach 50 for the first time in his career and he is only 57.9% in the dot. When he puts his mind to something, he works hard at it and improves. Coaching doesn’t make him great, his desire is what makes him great. All the young players on the Oilers should look at his work ethic and desire and ask themselves if they can match it. If not, then they need to work harder in the off-season.

With their win in Calgary last night, the Pens are now 4-8 in their last 12. They haven’t been playing very well, especially Evgeni Malkin. After seasons of 85, 106 and 113 points Malkin only has 43 in 41 games this year, but his goal totals are really down. He only has 13 goals so far, and he has gone ten games without a goal. He looks tired.

The Oilers will have some new line combinations tonight.

Penner — Horcoff — Nilsson
Cogliano — Potulny — O’Sullivan
Moreau — Gagner — Pisani
Jacques — Stortini — Stone

The defence will be the same and Dubnyk will start.

Potulny is the hottest Oiler right now and Pat Quinn has really liked Andrew Cogliano’s effort and competitive level lately so he moved them together. The fourth line could be very effective in creating energy and excitement. And with Godard, Adams and Rupp on the 4th line for Pittsburgh tonight I’d expect some energy when those two lines face off against one another.

Injuries hurt

Penguins’ analyst Bob Errey, who won a few Cups with the Pens in the ‘90s said if the Penguins lost Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby they wouldn’t be in the playoffs either. He was referring to the Oilers loss of Khabibulin and Hemsky. Errey admitted he hasn’t watched the Oilers a lot, but he isn’t surprised they’ve struggled this much since 35 and 83 were lost for the season.

The Oilers were 10-12-3 when Hemsky got injured – they were 8-10-3 when Khabibulin went down four games earlier. Since both have been out the Oilers are 6-12-2. They probably wouldn’t be in the playoffs had Hemsky and Khabibulin stayed healthy, but it is obvious they wouldn’t be in 15th. The positive about the injuries is that the Oilers will get a higher draft pick.

Friends or foes

For years I’ve seen many Internet rumours mentioning that JDD and DD don’t like each other. I asked Dubnyk today how much he and Deslauriers will need to support one another now that Khabibulin is done for the year and they are the guys.

“There was always competition and I’ve heard rumours that we don’t get along and that certainly has never been the case. We had a good chat yesterday and I said we have to stick together now more than ever. It’s me and him. We’re here and that’s going to be it for the year. We need to be a team of two and stick together and have each other back all the time”

Later he told me that anyone who has ever played with him would know he is a very easy guy to get along with. He said both him and Jeff are a little quiet so it took some time to get to know each other, but they’ve never had anything but a healthy competitive relationship. It was interesting that he said “We’re here and that going to be it for the year.” That just solidifies that the Oilers won’t be getting a rent-a-veteran goalie, which is the smart move.

Parting shot

Somehow the Pens with all their talent have the second-worst PP in the league clicking along at 14.4%. There was lots of talk today that the Pens are looking at Ray Whitney in Carolina as a possible acquisition. That makes a lot of sense. He’s won a Cup, but more importantly he is very creative on the man advantage. I doubt he would cost much to pry out of Carolina.

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#101 Eddie Shore
January 14 2010, 07:33PM
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Leafs won but Carolina is losing. Hate to say it, but Go Canes!

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#102 WT
January 14 2010, 07:36PM
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WT thinks the game tonight reminds him of the old Wayne lead Oil against NJD and what did Wayne say after the game about Mickey Mouse? Could Sidney say the same

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#103 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:36PM
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Hey if the Leafs can win 4-0 anything is possible right?

Right?

*Crosses fingers and toes*

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#104 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:39PM
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Why does Darren Dreger keep referring to 'next year' for the Oilers. How can he dismiss a 30 game winning streak so quickly?

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#105 WT
January 14 2010, 07:41PM
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@Wanye

TSN says Oiler season is over. KLowe you must be proud. Jan 14/10 and the season is over. Yours should be too.

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#106 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 07:43PM
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@Wanye

Well, well, well. Look who decides to show up to the party.

*wets himself out of excitement/fear*

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#107 WT
January 14 2010, 07:44PM
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Horcoff out, now how will they win. Or how will Team Canada make out without him as per MacT statement on TSN

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#108 Corsby31
January 14 2010, 07:45PM
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Horcoff is a late scratch eh...any chance of a trade....(please, please, please...Sorry Horc, we love ya but it's time too go)

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#109 Shifty203
January 14 2010, 07:45PM
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Horcoff scratched right before game started.

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#110 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:45PM
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WT wrote:

TSN says Oiler season is over. KLowe you must be proud. Jan 14/10 and the season is over. Yours should be too.

Oh please. What do some of the most knowledgeable hockey commentators in the world know about the Oilers? The official Oilers site assures me that the team is right in the thick of things and the TV ads are touting the skills competition.

It's everyone else who is wrong, not K-Lowe.

*swigs another Vodka and Oilers kool aid*

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#111 Rigger
January 14 2010, 07:45PM
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Wonder what's wrong with Horcoff being a last minute scratch? Tweaked that shoulder of his I suppose.

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#112 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:46PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Well, well, well. Look who decides to show up to the party.

*wets himself out of excitement/fear*

So we meet again Dr. Claw

*finally feels home again*

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#113 Rigger
January 14 2010, 07:47PM
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Wanye wrote:

So we meet again Dr. Claw

*finally feels home again*

HAHAHAH!

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#114 Pajamah
January 14 2010, 07:48PM
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Shifty203 wrote:

Horcoff scratched right before game started.

If Tambo moved him, the rebuild really starts

however, we should be realistic, it's probably the flu or his bum shoulder

Also, when did Rev. Lovejoy make the Pens?

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#115 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:49PM
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Rigger wrote:

HAHAHAH!

The seasonal scoreboard must be broken on the Nation. I refuse to believe that is their record.

*takes another swig*

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#116 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 07:50PM
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I love that not being down 2-0 6 minutes into the game is a vast improvement and part of the game plan.

09/10 NHL Season = A Season To Remember!

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#117 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 07:51PM
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I would still love to bone Jamie Salei like it's 2002!

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#118 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:53PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I would still love to bone Jamie Salei like it's 2002!

No lie - Sale and Pelletier live in my childhood home. This means Sale does "it" under the same roof I used to sleep. We are practically married.

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#119 Rigger
January 14 2010, 07:53PM
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@Wanye

*slips Wayne a roofie* There, there, you'll forget about that little number situation soon enough.

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#120 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 07:53PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I love that not being down 2-0 6 minutes into the game is a vast improvement and part of the game plan.

09/10 NHL Season = A Season To Remember!

Isn't it nice that Ferraro is now referring to minutes that the Oilers can just kill without getting scored on as good minutes. HAhahaha!!!

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#121 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 07:54PM
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@Wanye

That's amazing! Could you imagine if they put some kind of sexual dungeon in your old room????????

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#122 Pajamah
January 14 2010, 07:55PM
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Too many holes in the dike, not enough fingers

- Ray Ferraro

that's why you use your whole hand

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#123 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 07:56PM
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Remember when we had a gentlemen's disagreement with that Penguins website? We sure got the last laugh, huh?

*starts laughing and crying at the same time*

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#124 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:57PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

That's amazing! Could you imagine if they put some kind of sexual dungeon in your old room????????

Little do they know before I left, I drilled a hole in the roof of the master bedroom and have left a video camera running with 16 years of battery life and video tape. If I can just gain access to the facility, I have a million dollar business idea:

Sale and Pelletier: The Horny Sow Cow Vol I

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#125 Wanye
January 14 2010, 07:58PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Remember when we had a gentlemen's disagreement with that Penguins website? We sure got the last laugh, huh?

*starts laughing and crying at the same time*

Those guys didn't ever respond to my emails asking how to buy the t-shirts we owed them. Oh Pens fans, what DID you do with yourselves afterwards?

A: Won the Stanley Cup.

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#126 Shifty203
January 14 2010, 08:00PM
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Pajamah wrote:

Too many holes in the dike, not enough fingers

- Ray Ferraro

that's why you use your whole hand

I heard that too. Almost spit beer across the living room I was laughing so hard.

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#127 WT
January 14 2010, 08:00PM
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Just rec'd a text from a friend at the game. He says a women sitting in front of him, section 206 row 17 is hollering for Desjarlis. Could this be????

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#128 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 08:01PM
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Good thing Staal took that penalty before Ethan got a chance to REALLY get that crosscheck warmed up on Rev. Lovejoy.

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#129 Matt Henderson
January 14 2010, 08:07PM
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Did I miss why Horc was scratched, discounting obvious reasons like "he's not a good hockey player"?

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#130 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 08:09PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Did I miss why Horc was scratched, discounting obvious reasons like "he's not a good hockey player"?

I might have missed it, but I don't think they gave a solid reason. Yours makes sense though.

Say a prayer we packaged him up and he is on his way to the airport.

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#131 Sandra
January 14 2010, 08:09PM
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Horcoff is being shielded from the Penguins.

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#132 Wanye
January 14 2010, 08:09PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Did I miss why Horc was scratched, discounting obvious reasons like "he's not a good hockey player"?

I believe it had something to do with a back injury sustained carrying around his 506 pound wallet.

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#133 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 08:14PM
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OHMYGOD STEFAN AUGER! No one look at him in the eye.

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#134 Matt Henderson
January 14 2010, 08:15PM
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Wanye wrote:

I believe it had something to do with a back injury sustained carrying around his 506 pound wallet.

So maybe cashing the 4 million dollars he's earned this year so far all in rolls of dimes wasnt the best idea.

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#135 Wanye
January 14 2010, 08:15PM
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Definition:The happiest Coach in the world.

Answer: Dan Bylsma. Comes in as a rook and wins the Cup, Has absolutely nothing to worry about in the world.

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#136 Canadian Maniac
January 14 2010, 08:15PM
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WT wrote:

Just rec'd a text from a friend at the game. He says a women sitting in front of him, section 206 row 17 is hollering for Desjarlis. Could this be????

This Desjarlais guy gets mentioned seemingly every second comment section on this site, but I've yet to figure out who this mystery Oiler is.

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#137 Wanye
January 14 2010, 08:24PM
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Well there are certainly worse things than being tied 0-0 after one period. The 09/10 season springs to mind as something way worse for example.

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#138 Wanye
January 14 2010, 08:32PM
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No lie - that member of the Edmonton Mercurys probably has twice the heart of half the Oilers.

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#139 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 08:33PM
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Wanye wrote:

No lie - that member of the Edmonton Mercurys probably has twice the heart of half the Oilers.

Can he win faceoffs?

SIGN HIM!

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#140 Matt Henderson
January 14 2010, 08:35PM
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COGS!!!

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#141 Wanye
January 14 2010, 08:35PM
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Gilbert Brule has the flu for the fourth time this season. If this isn't a b-

AAAAAAAAAAAAAA GOAL!!!!

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#142 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 08:35PM
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Good for Cogliano. Good. I like that kid.

*Actually can't believe the Oilers scored on that 5 on 3*

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#143 WT
January 14 2010, 08:36PM
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Horcoff cleared waivers and sent down to minors to be player/coach/GM/. It's the only way to justify salary and train for Pres. of Oiler job.

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#144 Eddie Shore
January 14 2010, 08:36PM
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What!?!?! Cogliano a powerplay goal?? No..

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#145 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 14 2010, 08:37PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I would still love to bone Jamie Salei like it's 2002!

A friend of mine squeezed her boob at a party - true story.

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#146 Ninjafoot
January 14 2010, 08:37PM
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Good for Cogs...he has earned one.

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#147 jeanshorts
January 14 2010, 08:37PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

A friend of mine squeezed her boob at a party - true story.

That story is WAY better than Wanye's!!!!

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#148 Matt Henderson
January 14 2010, 08:38PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

A friend of mine squeezed her boob at a party - true story.

Homer wrote less Epic tales, sir.

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#149 WT
January 14 2010, 08:40PM
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Quinn looks down the bench, thinks of the payroll, and then looks for someone who is over 50% at winning draws. He stares into space or maybe at KLOWE and wonders how stupid can he be

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#150 Wanye
January 14 2010, 08:40PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

A friend of mine squeezed her boob at a party - true story.

Was he immediately awarded a silver medal in the skeleton for his efforts?

Cause that story gave me a bone.

Did that joke work?

*looks into the distance in thought*

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