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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#51 Librarian Mike
January 22 2010, 03:40PM
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David S wrote:

Wait. What?

Loverboy is coming to the River Cree in February?

You know how I know I'm getting old? When I recognize that Mike Reno is starting to look like my Mom (sorry, Mom).

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#52 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 22 2010, 03:42PM
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Game Day Prediction:

With the Oilers down 5-4, one of the Dallas Stars will miss an empty-net goal in the last minute of play and Ales Hemsky, off a beautiful break-out pass will slide one past Turco to...

*snaps out of it*

What happened? I just blacked out a little there...

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#53 spOILer
January 22 2010, 03:47PM
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#54 Horcsky
January 22 2010, 03:49PM
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Come on Gregor! My breath can only remain bated for so long about your ethics controversy!

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#55 Shaun Doe
January 22 2010, 03:54PM
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Skadden wrote:

*wonders why WT always refers to himself in third person*

WT reminds me alot of a certain poster who used to lurk the Oilers website forum (Wayne Betzky). Man that guy was annoying. Oh and no appology if Betzky is on here under a different name. You ARE annoying.

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#56 Dan the Man
January 22 2010, 04:14PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Is anyone else really creeped out by the Loverboy photo? That lead singer rivals the Sedins for his "serial killer" look.

I'll be happy when February 6 comes and goes that's for sure.

Who is the chunky old woman that is singing lead for Loverboy now?

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#57 David S
January 22 2010, 04:21PM
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The unstoppable loser versus the immovable loser.

Who will win? Who wil...Hmmm...

*Strokes chin, ponders the thought, nods off to sleep*

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#58 Wanyes bastard child
January 22 2010, 04:24PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Game Day Prediction:

With the Oilers down 5-4, one of the Dallas Stars will miss an empty-net goal in the last minute of play and Ales Hemsky, off a beautiful break-out pass will slide one past Turco to...

*snaps out of it*

What happened? I just blacked out a little there...

Heh, I still youtube that all the time, Ferraro's commentary is priceless :D

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#59 petr klima's helmet
January 22 2010, 04:28PM
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jason, is it possible the toilets make a move before the olympic break? it would make the most sense, to try and get a jump on the other teams. they moght not get as good of a return, but cap space is more important. any thoughts?

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#60 Librarian Mike
January 22 2010, 04:38PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Is anyone else really creeped out by the Loverboy photo? That lead singer rivals the Sedins for his "serial killer" look.

I'll be happy when February 6 comes and goes that's for sure.

All I know is if Mike Reno wants a piece of MY heart, he'd better start from the start...

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#61 Gazmort
January 22 2010, 05:15PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

All I know is if Mike Reno wants a piece of MY heart, he'd better start from the start...

Well, that'll go down as my favourite post of all time. Well played sir.

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#63 bigrroberto
January 22 2010, 06:16PM
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@ 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.

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#64 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 22 2010, 06:18PM
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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.

i enjoyed how positive friday turned into "positive and sane" friday.

that guy was a douche anyways. word on the street is, the caller goes by the name "Rosscreek"

:p

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#65 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 22 2010, 06:31PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

i enjoyed how positive friday turned into "positive and sane" friday.

that guy was a douche anyways. word on the street is, the caller goes by the name "Rosscreek"

:p

He's just pissy about his Team1260 draft standings.

amirite?

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#66 bigrroberto
January 22 2010, 06:35PM
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half hour to game time!

how can you not love Gene's 1-liners haha

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#67 David S
January 22 2010, 06:36PM
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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.

What hour was it? The podcasts are up. I want to check it out.

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#68 bigrroberto
January 22 2010, 06:39PM
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@David S

It was early, one of the first callers I believe...

EDIT: first hour, 19:20. I just checked.

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#69 bigrroberto
January 22 2010, 06:49PM
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I stand corrected with my earliar quote...

"why the hell do we keep talking about it..."

"This just in, Horcoff's over paid."

lol

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#70 bigrroberto
January 22 2010, 06:49PM
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I stand corrected with my earliar quote...

"why the hell do we keep talking about it..."

"This just in, Horcoff's over paid."

lol

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#71 David S
January 22 2010, 07:03PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

It was early, one of the first callers I believe...

EDIT: first hour, 19:20. I just checked.

Thanks dude! GREAT STUFF!

Sometimes I wish we could post some classic Gregor JAG segments like that here at ON, then when a ridiculous HF board commenter pops up, just respond with "See clip #2/thread".

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#72 Bryzarro World
January 22 2010, 07:07PM
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Gene is on FIRE tonight!!

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#73 David S
January 22 2010, 07:13PM
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Strudwick with the lawnmower! Ha ha!

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#74 Wanye
January 22 2010, 07:14PM
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I'd just like to thank sportsnet pacific for picking poker over the Oilers game thus denying me my birthright to watch the Oilers win tonight.

*watches poker hoping an oilers game breaks out*

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#75 VicOiler
January 22 2010, 07:16PM
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Empty seats at Rexall ??

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#76 The Real Scuba Steve
January 22 2010, 07:32PM
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VicOiler wrote:

Empty seats at Rexall ??

There is more and more every game...

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#77 The Real Scuba Steve
January 22 2010, 07:32PM
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VicOiler wrote:

Empty seats at Rexall ??

There is more and more every game...

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#78 The Real Scuba Steve
January 22 2010, 07:35PM
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I wonder what is going to the be the pitch for season tickets holders next year?

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#79 Giggsunited
January 22 2010, 07:47PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

I wonder what is going to the be the pitch for season tickets holders next year?

uuuummmmmm!?? maybe Hall?

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#80 The Real Scuba Steve
January 22 2010, 07:54PM
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Giggsunited wrote:

uuuummmmmm!?? maybe Hall?

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.

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#81 Oilchange64
January 22 2010, 07:56PM
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Curious what others think - Laraque - no doubt a great person, bring him back to work in a PR capacity with the team, but I personally don't want to see him playing here anymore. He has been thru a couple of teams since he was here, not effective and given what happened in Mtl, well, they took an almost unprecedented move which should tell everyone something. Have heard a few comments to the effect "too nice a guy to be an effective enforcer - you just have to tell him you don't want to fight and he goes away" meaning other teams really aren't afraid of him. I really don't see a playing role for him here. Thoughts?

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#82 JackBauer™
January 22 2010, 08:20PM
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"Curious what others think - Laraque................"

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

GO Stars!

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#83 Phil
January 22 2010, 08:21PM
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The mighty Oil puttin' it on snooze control as usual I see.

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#84 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 08:26PM
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Ouur very own Bob Stauffer was spouting the Yagr card again. Uggg.....

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#85 Shane
January 22 2010, 08:29PM
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Anyone got a link to watch this game at? Thanks mang.

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#86 Phil
January 22 2010, 08:33PM
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@Shane

h**p://atdhe.net/index.html

substitute the *'s for t's, scroll down the index and click on Dallas at Edmonton.

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#87 David S
January 22 2010, 08:46PM
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Phil wrote:

h**p://atdhe.net/index.html

substitute the *'s for t's, scroll down the index and click on Dallas at Edmonton.

Shut down. The Oilers are slapping copyright infringement notices on streaming sites as soon as someone posts a link. There's another link at Lowetide. I went there and it had already been shut down as well.

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#88 Shane
January 22 2010, 08:51PM
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Mmmm, I see that.

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#89 Oilchange64
January 22 2010, 08:54PM
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I would do what I could to stop people from seeing some of this too.

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#90 sofapimp
January 22 2010, 09:11PM
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watchin atdhe works fine

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#91 sofapimp
January 22 2010, 09:14PM
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what other team got duby and a stoner awsome coming soon weedinkski

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#92 stackopucks
January 22 2010, 09:16PM
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@ JackBauer

re Jagr

If/when we're in last place in the league, does that make it easier for the Oil to bring Jagr over from the KHL? Not that I think it's a good idea, but I seem to remember him having to clear waivers if he came over. I wonder if he'd have to clear if it's the last place team that signs him?

Edit: I wonder if this is the ethical dilemma Gregor is all hush-hush about?

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#93 Shane
January 22 2010, 09:22PM
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It does work now. Thanks for mentioning.

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#94 sofapimp
January 22 2010, 09:23PM
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yea your ffen bang buddy

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#95 JackBauer
January 22 2010, 09:27PM
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stackopucks wrote:

@ JackBauer

re Jagr

If/when we're in last place in the league, does that make it easier for the Oil to bring Jagr over from the KHL? Not that I think it's a good idea, but I seem to remember him having to clear waivers if he came over. I wonder if he'd have to clear if it's the last place team that signs him?

Edit: I wonder if this is the ethical dilemma Gregor is all hush-hush about?

I have a feeling the Gregor/ethical thing is not what you guys think it is.

As for Yagr. I think his deal is up in the KHL at the end of the current KHL season. I dont recall if that matters or not. Quite frankly ive put the whole Yagr ordeal out of my mind. But I guess now if Stauffer is floating that ballon there has to be a slight bit of smoke to the fire.

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#96 David S
January 22 2010, 09:28PM
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sofapimp wrote:

yea your ffen bang buddy

Don't drink and post. The reputation you save may be your own.

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#97 Jeremy
January 22 2010, 09:32PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Heh, I still youtube that all the time, Ferraro's commentary is priceless :D

That wasn't Ferraro's commentary there Captain Fantastic. Peter (apologies for SP) Loubardiais called the game. A true fan will never forget his- "Do You...Believe...What We...Just Saw!!"-commentary. I remember that being priceless. What was it that Ferraro said again?

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#98 JackBauer™
January 22 2010, 09:32PM
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Sam Gagner you little fing midget. Why cant you lose and like it!

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#99 David S
January 22 2010, 09:34PM
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No. No. No. No. No.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#100 Heavyd
January 22 2010, 09:34PM
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Stupid Grebeskov get the puck outta the f****N zone.

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