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.

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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 CurtisS
January 26 2010, 07:05PM
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Why was my last post taken down?

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#102 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:06PM
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CurtisS wrote:

Why was my last post taken down?

Probably because you said something stupid? haha

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#103 CurtisS
January 26 2010, 07:09PM
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@Travis Dakin

By asking Gregor is the ex coach sick?

Thats the rumour right now. Just wanted clarification.

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#104 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 07:10PM
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@CurtisS

They're pending for some reason, and I can't figure out why. No swearing. Legitimate questions. I don't know. The windmill that powers this website must be bunged up or something.

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#105 CurtisS
January 26 2010, 07:13PM
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@jeanshorts

Thanks was just curious.

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#106 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:13PM
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@CurtisS

I didn't see what you said, I was just being awesome.

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#107 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:16PM
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@jeanshorts

Your email. check it. now.

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#108 Horcsky
January 26 2010, 07:34PM
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Anyone see the top 10 list of players most likely to be traded on tsn? They just made reference to it. Souray is on it.

Curious to hear who else made the list.

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#109 CurtisS
January 26 2010, 07:35PM
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@Horcsky

#7 Lubo #8 Souray #9 Moreau

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#110 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 07:37PM
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@Horcsky

Peter Mueller was on it!*

*PLEASE don't trade for Peter Mueller

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#111 Horcsky
January 26 2010, 07:38PM
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Peter Mueller?! "We're in!" said Pat Quinn.

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#112 Horcsky
January 26 2010, 07:41PM
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Goddammit Deslaurier

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#113 CurtisS
January 26 2010, 07:41PM
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Good old rexall. Worst llighting in the league by far!!!

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#114 Bryzarro World
January 26 2010, 07:42PM
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OMFG

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#115 The Real Scuba Steve
January 26 2010, 07:42PM
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44 secs in and Hawks 1-0, man we suck...

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#116 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 07:42PM
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Another stellar save by JDD.

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#117 Bryzarro World
January 26 2010, 07:43PM
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Worst lighting? Did you see the Pens vs. Rangers game the other day?

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#118 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:44PM
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This game is going to be all kinds of sexy goodness.

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#119 Chris.
January 26 2010, 07:44PM
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Ahhh... Time To sit down and watch the good ole hockey game just underwa...aaahhhhhhhhhhh!

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#120 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:44PM
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haha

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#121 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 07:46PM
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I was about to say that perhaps Willis in on to something with this Pouliot kid, as he made a pretty solid play to keep the puck in and almost set up a scoring chance there, and then he stayed on the ice for 9 minutes. Still undecided.

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#122 Chris.
January 26 2010, 07:46PM
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ShutUP Pierre! It's not ALL about crisp changes!

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#123 Chris.
January 26 2010, 07:47PM
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I can't STOP Exclaimming!!!!!!!

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#124 Bryzarro World
January 26 2010, 07:47PM
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Hey Pierre... STFU.. I can't stand him yakking all the time. I'd rather hit the mute and listen to Brian Hall talk about Tony Roma's ribs.

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#125 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 07:48PM
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I get PIM points for Stortini, Barker, and Eager tonight. Hopefully there's a fight involving a combination of those 3.

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#126 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:49PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I was about to say that perhaps Willis in on to something with this Pouliot kid, as he made a pretty solid play to keep the puck in and almost set up a scoring chance there, and then he stayed on the ice for 9 minutes. Still undecided.

It's like when we play hockey and its running time but there is a full team so you only get like 2 or 3 shifts a periods so you stay out super long to maximize your playing time. He never gets to play.

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#127 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 07:54PM
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Cogliano's last drive was almost Penner-esque in his puck protection. I'm very impressed.

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#128 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 07:55PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Cogliano's last drive was almost Penner-esque in his puck protection. I'm very impressed.

He appears to be rounding out quite nicely. Hopefully he keeps it up and carries it into next season. Although, not too strongly, we need to resign him at a bargain contract.

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#129 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 07:57PM
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What the garbage was Strudwick doing there? Nothing like having our defensemen flip it into the corner when he could have cleared the zone.

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#130 Bryzarro World
January 26 2010, 07:58PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

He appears to be rounding out quite nicely. Hopefully he keeps it up and carries it into next season. Although, not too strongly, we need to resign him at a bargain contract.

He will light it up the rest of the season and then Tambo will sign him to a 14 yr, 85 mil contract.......

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#131 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 07:58PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

He appears to be rounding out quite nicely. Hopefully he keeps it up and carries it into next season. Although, not too strongly, we need to resign him at a bargain contract.

His lack of production is just a result of playing with the two plugs. He will be a fine player.

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#132 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 07:59PM
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Am I the only one missing Gene and crew? Pierre is making my want to donkey punch myself...

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#133 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 08:00PM
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God, it's a shame Hossa didn't score there. JDD deserved to have that affect his stats negatively.

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#134 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:00PM
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Nice to see JDD hasn't learned anything about playing the puck yet.

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#135 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:02PM
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"Ethan Moreau's a little slow reacting".

Pierre picks up on the little things. I guess that's why he's the "expert".

Also, it doesn't sound nearly as sweet when they don't pronounce it "thecaptainethanmoreau".

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#136 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 08:02PM
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Hey, Souray with a beauty of a DEfensive play. Who saw that coming?

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#137 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 08:03PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

He appears to be rounding out quite nicely. Hopefully he keeps it up and carries it into next season. Although, not too strongly, we need to resign him at a bargain contract.

~It would be especially bad for him to carry that play into next season on account of him playing for another team that will punish us for our missgivings~

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#138 Travis Dakin
January 26 2010, 08:03PM
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Welp.... this picture makes me sick...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=307776

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#139 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:05PM
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The only thing it's missing is Matt Greene making a hilarious joke just out of frame, and the ghost of Mathieu Garon winning some kind of shootout.

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#140 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 08:06PM
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Dear Jeff Drouins-Deslauriers,

I would appreciate it if you would stay in your damn net.

Lovingly Yours,

James La Page

PS I included my real name for Brownlee's sake. How's that for accountability?

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#141 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:10PM
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SOMEONE WRITE THIS DOWN!

Taylor Chorney cleared the puck out of his own zone! AND he didn't give it away in the neutral zone!

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#142 David S
January 26 2010, 08:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

SOMEONE WRITE THIS DOWN!

Taylor Chorney cleared the puck out of his own zone! AND he didn't give it away in the neutral zone!

Oh you like that, don't you?

Well don't get too excited. There's tons of eye stabbing Chorney moments coming up just ahead.

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#143 Archaeologuy
January 26 2010, 08:20PM
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Tambi talking to TSN?! Out loud?!

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#144 Quintana
January 26 2010, 08:21PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Hey Pierre... STFU.. I can't stand him yakking all the time. I'd rather hit the mute and listen to Brian Hall talk about Tony Roma's ribs.

Man, he's brutal STFU Pierre......

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#145 Quintana
January 26 2010, 08:22PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Hey Pierre... STFU.. I can't stand him yakking all the time. I'd rather hit the mute and listen to Brian Hall talk about Tony Roma's ribs.

Man, he's brutal STFU Pierre......

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#146 David S
January 26 2010, 08:22PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Tambi talking to TSN?! Out loud?!

"We still thought there'd be enough to get us through"

AHHHHHHH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

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#147 Harlie
January 26 2010, 08:22PM
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O'Sullivan is playing like hot garbage. No commitment in his game. He looks like he is totally floating.

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#148 Ninjafoot
January 26 2010, 08:24PM
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FBI Profilers in the Nation...

Does Tambo look like he is telling the truth or does he look like he is pitching a load of BS?

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#149 David S
January 26 2010, 08:24PM
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Man. I can just see the TV camera guy giggling his tail off watching Tambellini stumble over those questions.

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#150 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:25PM
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Tom Gilbert a highly regarded defenseman? By who? Kevin Lowe?

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