GDB LI: Not another black Tuesday...

Jason Gregor
January 26 2010 11:55AM

Will we witness another black Tuesday tonight at Rexall Place? On Dec 16, 2008 the Blackhawks strolled into Rexall Place and demolished the Oilers 9-2. The Hawks scored four PP goals, one SH goal and four EV goals. It was a debacle of monumental proportions, to quote Craig MacTavish.

The Hawks are 2-0 so far this year against the Oilers and tonight they enter Rexall for game six of an eight-game road trip. The Hawks are 3-2 on the trip so far, but are coming off a 5-1 loss in Vancouver. The Hawks sit second in the NHL and their depth is comparable to Wanye’s knowledge of the exact ratio of alcohol to food intake that a human can have while remaining coherent. So yes, the Hawks are a deep team.

Tonight won’t be the most watched battle of the season between these two, because they face off Mar 3 in Chicago: Trade Deadline Day. Twelve teams will be in action that night including every other NW division team, the Flyers, Capitals, Panthers, Ducks, Wings and Sabres.

After next Monday’s Thirst for First tilt v. Carolina, Mar 3 will be the most anticipated game of the season for the Oiler faithful. Who will remain an Oiler? Will there be some new young blood, or will the future be built with draft picks? Or will Steve Tambellini have struck out? The latter is not an option.

The Oilers will need their best effort tonight just to avoid getting embarrassed. The Hawks don’t have any glaring weaknesses, except some whispers about their goaltending. The Hawks have the fourth best PP at 25.9%, while their road PK is average at 80% good for 19th in the league. They have the league’s best home PK at 91.6% and are fourth overall.

The Oilers are seventh best at home on the PP with a respectful 21.6% efficiency, while their home PK is atrocious at 74.2% good for 28th in the league. If the Oilers can draw some penalties they should make a game of it tonight.

Who's in?

The Oilers had 15 skaters and the goalies on the ice this morning and didn’t do any line drills. Shawn Horcoff, Ethan Moreau, Fernando Pisani, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky didn’t skate, but did a light off-ice work out.

Mike Comrie and Gilbert Brule both skated but they were the last two on the ice, which means neither will play tonight. Jeff Deslauriers will get the assignment to try and get the Oilers their second win in twenty games.

Taylor Chorney was recalled yesterday and will play because Steve Staios and Ladislav Smid are still out with concussion issues.

The Trade Watch

The Blackhawks have to make a move when they activate Dave Bolland and the sense amongst the Chicago beat guys is that Stan Bowman will either make a big move, possibly going after Kovalchuk and dump off nine or million dollars to the Thrashers, or he will make a small move to get under the cap and stick with this team.

It seems obvious that Bowman will have to move two of Cam Barker, Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Sharp and maybe three of them. In the summer he won’t get face value because every team knows they are in a cap crunch, so he might be better off to ship a few of those guys to the Thrashers and take Kovalchuk for the playoffs, even though it is unlikely they could re-sign him.

The Hawks haven’t sipped from the Stanley Cup since 1961, the longest drought in the NHL, and this might be the year to go for broke. While the Oilers, Hurricanes and Leafs will be selling guys off in the next month, the Blackhawks might make a big move.

Ddf3e2ba09069c465299f3c416e43eae
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
Avatar
#251 David S
January 26 2010, 09:50PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Lots of whiskey?

I bet he's getting tired of saying...

"Looks like I picked a bad week to quit_____."

Avatar
#252 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:51PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
David S wrote:

How does Pat Quinn sleep at night?

ask Salo's wife. BOOM!!!!! A gashhhhhjjjj!

Avatar
#253 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Harlie wrote:

ask Salo's wife. BOOM!!!!! A gashhhhhjjjj!

How can the Oilers play this badly on Gretzmas??

Avatar
#254 David S
January 26 2010, 09:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

"And Horcoff couldn't connect"

*Turns off lights, rubs eyes and and leans back in resigned silence*

Avatar
#255 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Wanye

what if in fact it was Pouzarmas??

Avatar
#256 Moop
January 26 2010, 09:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanye wrote:

How can the Oilers play this badly on Gretzmas??

Unless the Hawks score 5 goals in the next 50 seconds, this won't be the Oilers' worst loss to them in the last year or so.

In a way, it's a Gretzmas miracle!

Avatar
#257 Garett
January 26 2010, 09:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

LOL, Whifffffffff-Cofffffff! That fanned one timer with 53 second left has me fetal and wetting myself, am I laughing or crying? I don't know... I need someone to take me somewhere for more vallium (sp).

Avatar
#258 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Well, that was quite the save, huh?

*remembers fondly about back when the Oilers had NHL caliber goaltending*

Avatar
#259 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Harlie wrote:

what if in fact it was Pouzarmas??

Then we would all be hunting for Oilers themed easter eggs and singing the songs of yore.

@moop

You are OK with me sir/madam/robot

Avatar
#260 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Look on the bright side. We got 0 points!

Avatar
#261 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

Well, that was quite the save, huh?

*remembers fondly about back when the Oilers had NHL caliber goaltending*

LIAR

You can't remember that far back. Not with your booze addled brain.

STOP LYING LIAR

Avatar
#262 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:59PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

what's AssChin Faber doing on the cover of that Chicago Stadium Review?

Avatar
#263 The Real Scuba Steve
January 26 2010, 09:59PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Another game another lost...

Avatar
#264 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:00PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

Another game another lost...

Only 469 left to go this season!!

Avatar
#265 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 10:00PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanye wrote:

LIAR

You can't remember that far back. Not with your booze addled brain.

STOP LYING LIAR

I'm sorry, I'm still reeling from the fact that Ryan Smyth actually beat a goalie with a wrist shot!

Avatar
#266 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

I'm sorry, I'm still reeling from the fact that Ryan Smyth actually beat a goalie with a wrist shot!

We should have a conversation where we alternate replies between here and www.jeanshortsandbaggedmilk.com.

Think of the intrigue and the pageviews! We can leave all my swear riddled commentary there and stay quasi professional here.

You down?

Avatar
#267 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:07PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Hey Jeanshorts -

What do you make of these here Edmonton Oilers? Quite the team huh? HUH?

*elbows JS inappropriately*

Avatar
#268 David S
January 26 2010, 10:09PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

UPDATE!!!!

The "Ryan Smyth Deathmarch" Oilers: 2-16-1.

The current "AHL Goaltending" Oilers: 1-16-2.

(Courtesy Copper and Blue)

Avatar
#269 Poo Czar
January 26 2010, 10:10PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

So this is the sweary filthy place, right?

FARTY POOP OILERS!!!

Avatar
#270 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 10:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Wanye

What say you about the fact that some random Edmonton schmo/fitness guru or something, donated more money to the Haiti relief thing-a-magigger than the ENTIRE NHL?

Avatar
#271 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

What say you about the fact that some random Edmonton schmo/fitness guru or something, donated more money to the Haiti relief thing-a-magigger than the ENTIRE NHL?

The thing you have to remember is that NHL head office is currently making the payroll obligations of the Lightning, the Coyotes and most of the rest of the Southern US teams.

And if the money can either go to Shane Doan or a Haitian orphanage, I think they made the right decision.

After all it isn't as though the other pro leagues donated a million to the NHL's 100k is it?

Avatar
#272 David S
January 26 2010, 10:15PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Welcome to "Pros Versus Joes", NHL edition.

Avatar
#273 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 10:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Wanye

Weren't you supposed to reply with this answer on that other site?

This game has fallen apart faster than the 09/10 Edmonton Oilers*!

*not true.

Avatar
#274 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:23PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

Weren't you supposed to reply with this answer on that other site?

This game has fallen apart faster than the 09/10 Edmonton Oilers*!

*not true.

Son of a nut cracker!!

OK let's try again

For $100 what Oiler was recently quoted in the media as saying "I don't think this the best season of Oilers hockey that I can recall"

Avatar
#275 Poo Czar
January 26 2010, 10:26PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanye wrote:

Son of a nut cracker!!

OK let's try again

For $100 what Oiler was recently quoted in the media as saying "I don't think this the best season of Oilers hockey that I can recall"

Is it Bucky? 'Cuz honestly, I don't think he can be expected to remember much...

Avatar
#276 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 10:32PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Wanye

I'm going to say that's Game, Set, Match for me!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have hours of Cops reruns to watch on the internet.

I love that show!

Avatar
#277 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:32PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Poo Czar wrote:

Is it Bucky? 'Cuz honestly, I don't think he can be expected to remember much...

Bucky can remember when he was Captain and is probably ready to unretire and immediately qualify as a top 6 forward on this team

Avatar
#278 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:34PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

I'm going to say that's Game, Set, Match for me!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have hours of Cops reruns to watch on the internet.

I love that show!

Well our failed trivia game was easily the second worst game I have watched in the past hour.

Avatar
#279 Wanye
January 26 2010, 10:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

AND ANOTHER PERSON LEAVES THE OILERSNATION FACEBOOK GROUP!!!!!

Damn you Oilers!

Avatar
#280 Eddie Shore
January 26 2010, 11:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
David S wrote:

Welcome to "Pros Versus Joes", NHL edition.

Haha so true. Sad but true.

Is it almost June yet?

Avatar
#281 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 11:31PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanye wrote:

AND ANOTHER PERSON LEAVES THE OILERSNATION FACEBOOK GROUP!!!!!

Damn you Oilers!

There's a Nation FB group? I haven't checked FB since my farm got to 27X27....

Avatar
#282 Jamie B.
January 27 2010, 02:01AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Flat out these comments were more entertaining than that game was. Thank god my ticket was free.

Comments are closed for this article.