GDB L: Shoot for the stars

Jason Gregor
January 22 2010 11:38AM

Coming off their best effort in a month, the Oilers will try for their first win in 2010 tonight when the face the Dallas Stars. The Oilers are the only team in the NHL without a win in 2010.

The Stars lost last night in Vancouver, and sit five points back of eighth-place Detroit — the Phlegms have lost five in a row and are in 9th place, by virtue of playing one more game than the Wings.

I’m not a diehard fan anymore due to my job, but I’m an Edmontonian and I will always have a rivalry against Calgary. How much better would Oiler fans feel if you got the first or second pick and the Flames missed the playoffs? It's a Calgary thing to mock Edmonton, or basically try to cover their inferiority complex, but I think most Edmontonians would revel in watching the “C” go down in Flames.

I digress. Back to tonight’s game...

The Stars can’t keep the puck out of the net (161 GA) and that’s why they sit with 53 points and in 10th spot in the west. Only Columbus (176) and Edmonton (168) have given up more goals in the west, and the Stars don’t have enough scoring power to compensate for that.

Marc Crawford isn’t winning many fans inside his locker room. His caustic personality has rubbed a few the wrong way, which you’d expect, but when a team isn’t winning that type of coaching personality gets annoying much more quickly.

Brad Richards is having a stellar campaign, tied for 6th in league scoring with 57 points, but he is -10. Loui Eriksson, 21 goals and 48 points and James Neal, 19 goals and 37 points have been solid again. However, Mike Ribeiro, Brendan Morrow and Mike Modano are having below average seasons.

The Stars will go with all their power on one line.

Neal — Richards — Eriksson
Ott — Wandell — Brunnstrom
Sutherby — Benn — Sawada
Barch — Modano — Petersen

I think it's clear that Modano is near the end with only eight goals and 18 points. Ribeiro has ten goals, while Brendan Morrow only has 27 points. Morrow will sit out again tonight with a lower body injury.

We shouldn’t be surprised the Stars are struggling defensively with all the young defenders they have. Matt Niskanen, Mark Firstric, Nicklas Grossman and Jeff Woywitka along with Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley and Karlis Skrastins make up their blueline. Not a stellar cast.

The Stars are 0-8-2 in their last ten road games, so if the Oilers are ever going to win a game again, tonight would look like the night...

Light skate

The Oilers only had 14 skaters on the ice this morning including Mike Comrie, so there were no line rushes. They did a lot of skating and shooting drills.

Shawn Horcoff, Fernando Pisani, Lubomir Visnovsky, Ethan Moreau and Taylor Chorney didn’t skate. Chorney’s flight didn’t make it in time but he will play tonight in place of Ladislav Smid. Smid and Steve Staios along with Gilbert Brule and Comrie won’t go tonight.

The Oilers have won both meetings this year, and they won both in a shootout; 5-4 in Edmonton on Oct 6th and 3-2 in Dallas on Dec 5th.

The lines are the same tonight and Devan Dubnyk will start his second-straight game. He played his best game of the year v. Vancouver so Quinn will give him a chance to get on a roll.

Mike Comrie is hoping to play on Tuesday.

"I’ll be ready to go for the skills competition. I have to challenge Pouliot for the accuracy shooting. I think he went four-for-four last year so I’ll try to take his title."

Comrie is looking to have to solid skates over the weekend and then hopefully he can play v. the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

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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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#101 David S
January 22 2010, 09:35PM
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Evanka is a hard nine in HD tonight.

*drool*

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#102 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 09:35PM
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Oh my god. What a brutal way to lose the game!?!???!?!!!!!!!!!!!

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#103 Dave
January 22 2010, 09:35PM
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F***********K!!!!

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#104 Heavyd
January 22 2010, 09:35PM
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I think it was kevin quinn.

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#105 Jeremy
January 22 2010, 09:36PM
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Face it folks. God doesn't want Edmonton to win. That's all.

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#106 David S
January 22 2010, 09:37PM
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Turco makes the save when it counts. DD doesn't.

Game, set and match.

Aughhhhh!!!!!

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#107 Heavyd
January 22 2010, 09:37PM
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@ jeremy i think it was kevin quinn

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#108 Jeremy
January 22 2010, 09:37PM
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Xbox time. Anyone have an Xbox live account? Wanna play some Halo 3?

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#109 Jeremy
January 22 2010, 09:38PM
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@Heavyd

No dude, it was loubardiais (?). I can still hear it, it was awesome, and consequently Peter's best call of his carreer(imho)

I will bet you money...

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#110 Heavyd
January 22 2010, 09:41PM
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@Jeremy

What call?

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#111 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 09:41PM
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It was Ray Ferraro and he said something like, "Stephane Robidas you should be ashamed of yourself"

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#112 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 09:43PM
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Sorry it was Patrick Stefan

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#113 bigrroberto
January 22 2010, 09:44PM
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YouTube link to said call????

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#114 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 09:45PM
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Goto youtube and look it up.

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#115 Jeremy
January 22 2010, 09:46PM
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@Heavyd

Peter L. Was the voice of the game and I think Ferraro was the colour guy. Whenever I think of that game I always recall the immortal "Do you... believe.. what we... just saw" as being the remarkable, if not legendary call of the game, as Peter was the play by play guy. I f there was some other (weaker) call heavyd was referring to, I will take him at his word.

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#116 Jeremy
January 22 2010, 09:48PM
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@bigrroberto

Way too lazy to look it up, sorry.

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#117 Reagan
January 22 2010, 09:50PM
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pew, pew... Thast was the Oilers tonight...

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#118 Tyler Fisher
January 22 2010, 09:53PM
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Trade talk To Boston Viz, Cogs and their choice of robbie nil or linus omark To Edmonton Tor 1st pick this year. and brad ferrence to make the money work

We end up with hall and T seg

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#119 Giggsunited
January 22 2010, 09:58PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

Hall alone is not going to take us to the playoffs, we probably will miss next year playoffs, if we even get Hall. Carolina has just a good of a chance than the Oil.

really?? no Sh*t! you asked what there is to look forward to next year and I said Hall. I never said playoffs.

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#120 WT
January 22 2010, 10:00PM
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It appears this was a win win game for the OIl. They played well which will make people attend the games and they lost in regulation time which is perfect for draft day.

JG needs a promotion to color man for radio when Bob moves up the food chain.

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#121 Dave
January 22 2010, 10:08PM
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IMO it would be insane to trade Visnovsky or Cogliano never mind both. Visnovsky is by far the oilers best defenceman and cogliano is still too young to give up on

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#122 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 10:12PM
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"Trade talk To Boston Viz, Cogs and their choice of robbie nil or linus omark To Edmonton Tor 1st pick this year. and brad ferrence to make the money work"

Uh huh. And who is the source of this piece of nonsense? And please dont reply with Eklund.

Boston would never make that trade, and on top of that Boston will trade their own first rounder, you can bet they will keep the Toronto lottery pick.

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#123 David S
January 22 2010, 10:24PM
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Update!

The "Ryan Smyth Deathmarch" Oilers: 2-16-1. The current "AHL Goaltending" Oilers: 1-15-2.

(courtesy Copper and Blue)

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#124 Heavyd
January 22 2010, 10:29PM
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@Jeremy

It was Peter lobardous(sp).

I was thinking about the 3 overtime goals by cogs, that was Kevin quinn.

I am glad the Peter Lobardous(sp) , doesnt do the Oilers broadcast anymore, cause if you wacth the Oilers and Calgary game where he kept on saying Deslauries(sp) full name everytime he made a save, or toucjed the puck, If I heard that every game he played in this year I would shoot myself.

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#125 WT
January 22 2010, 10:32PM
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Epic performance by Rod and Bob tonight. If the on ice performance is weak, the radio broadcast team is strong. Rumour mill really heating up that Dion is leaving Calgary. It appears that behind the scenes there is no team and Dion is the captian of the non believers

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#126 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 22 2010, 11:07PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

@ Jason

Loved how you unloaded on that moron caller this afternoon that wanted Horcoff moved...

"How many times do we have to go over this!!"

I never lol'd so hard in a long time.

Ha-ha

Now that's quality radio.

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#127 VK63
January 22 2010, 11:33PM
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@WT

Who ran the flames room last year? (player)

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