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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#151 David S
January 26 2010, 08:27PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Tom Gilbert a highly regarded defenseman? By who? Kevin Lowe?

By Tom Gilbert. And of course his "man friends".

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#152 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:29PM
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David S wrote:

By Tom Gilbert. And of course his "man friends".

"Movie and shopping buddies".

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#153 Archaeologuy
January 26 2010, 08:32PM
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That was some nice Tom Gilbert style defense there: Spin in front of the net and hope you block the shot.

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#154 Harlie
January 26 2010, 08:34PM
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@Archaeologuy

haha!

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#155 Harlie
January 26 2010, 08:37PM
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is Bob McKenzie's suit made from a Goodyear tire?

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#156 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:37PM
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Well, at least nothing has beat JDD high yet!

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#157 David S
January 26 2010, 08:42PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Well, at least nothing has beat JDD high yet!

Yes. There's that.

*facepalm*

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#158 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 08:44PM
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That was really awesome how Moreau not only got in the way of Horcoff persuing his assignment, but then made up for the gaff by standing still in that same position until the puck hit the back of the net. That is how you lead a team to victory!

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#159 Bryzarro World
January 26 2010, 08:45PM
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This is just sad........ so sad... no life in them

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#160 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:45PM
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"Half hearted effort by Robert Nilsson".

SURPRISE!

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#161 Bryzarro World
January 26 2010, 08:47PM
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Nice play Grebs!! Gotta bump that guy up over 4 mil next year

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#162 6 ring circus
January 26 2010, 08:48PM
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I am surprised Tamballini did not say that he was still evaluating the team.

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#163 Gunner
January 26 2010, 08:48PM
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Hey Pierre, we don't need a shot clock update every 6 seconds. It is painfully obvious how much better Chicago is. Jesus.

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#164 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 08:49PM
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Gunner wrote:

Hey Pierre, we don't need a shot clock update every 6 seconds. It is painfully obvious how much better Chicago is. Jesus.

No. Lets see where this goes. I have a personal bet with myself that he can't count past 30.

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#165 SirFozz
January 26 2010, 08:51PM
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So, what'd I miss? Oh, 3-0 hawks, sounds about right.

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#166 jake
January 26 2010, 08:52PM
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Wow. Wow do they expose the weaknesses on the Oil.

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#167 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:52PM
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Thank god the Oilers won that one extra game a few seasons ago, and didn't get a chance at drafting Kane. We definitely dodged that bullet.

*tries to stop crying but can't muster up the energy*

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#168 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 08:53PM
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WE WANT 10!

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#169 Harlie
January 26 2010, 08:53PM
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it's pilon night for Souray.

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#170 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 08:54PM
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Jesus JDD, you do know you can freeze the puck with your glove hand too right?!

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#171 jake
January 26 2010, 08:54PM
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Bright side if you are canadian. Grebeshkov on the blue line for Russia...woohoo.

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#172 SirFozz
January 26 2010, 08:54PM
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Hey Pierre, we know we suck, f#ck you. Gawd I hope he gets hit with the puck one of these days.

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#173 Giggsunited
January 26 2010, 08:55PM
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I think its time for the Oil to wave their jockstraps in the air "surrender!"

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#174 Wanye
January 26 2010, 08:55PM
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Y'know if the Oilers don't start playing better, they might not get home advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

*audience rises to a thunderous standing ovation*

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#175 The Real Scuba Steve
January 26 2010, 08:56PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

I am surprised Tamballini did not say that he was still evaluating the team.

Yea, how long has been now?, 3 years?

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#176 Harlie
January 26 2010, 08:57PM
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wouldn't it be quicker and smarter just to skate your ass off to the bench to retrieve a new stick then it is to stand there like a fool waving your hands around acting like your doing something?? F ME!

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#177 Harlie
January 26 2010, 08:59PM
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i told ya...O'Sullivan = hot garbage.

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#178 Wanye
January 26 2010, 08:59PM
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I see Maguire is finding a silver lining. The only thing more insulting than when he insults the team is when he tries to find the bright side.

WE DON'T NEED YOUR PITY YOU BASTARD

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#179 GSC
January 26 2010, 08:59PM
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Nothing like paying a combined $9.5 MIL this year for minus play, zilch offensive production, and overall gongshow hockey.

I'm looking at you, Horcoff and Gilbert.

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#180 Giggsunited
January 26 2010, 09:00PM
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WTF!? weve only had one win in the last 18?

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#181 jake
January 26 2010, 09:00PM
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@Harlie

Penner and Gagner got the cute little drop pass going tonite again, I see it's not working.

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#182 Shannon
January 26 2010, 09:01PM
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Even the commentators are condescending.

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#183 Giggsunited
January 26 2010, 09:01PM
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@ Wayne hey!, its important for O'sullivan to hear the positives.

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#184 Garett
January 26 2010, 09:01PM
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Yah, that one game they won was the last one of the season against the Flames, it put Chicago in 5th last and they miraculously won the draft lottery to get Kane! No worries tho, Gagner is a year younger than Kane almost, he will still prove to be a cornerstone moving ahead.

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#185 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:01PM
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@GSC

To be fair, Horcoff is ONLY -26 on the year. It's not like he's -29 or something!

*starts swimming in an Olympic sized pool filled with his own tears*

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#186 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:02PM
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GOAL!

*forgets what to do*

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#187 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:02PM
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@jake

u know Penner is having an off game when he looks like he is standing straight up as he skates instead of bearing down. Gagner is digging a bit but getting outworked nonetheless.

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#188 jake
January 26 2010, 09:03PM
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Hey that is a nice goal, good effort.

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#189 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:03PM
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@Garett

Absolutely. I love me some Gagner. It just sucks so bad to have to watch Kane absolutely date-rape our team, knowing that he was inches away from our grasp.

Edit: It's the same feeling I get when I watch Pouliot take a stride and see his groin explode inside of his hockey pants, then get to watch highlights of Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Corey Perry and Mike Richards shooting the lights out. Nothing you can do about it, hindsight is 20/20, etc. Crappy nonetheless.

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#190 David S
January 26 2010, 09:04PM
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Only 4-1? No problem.

THE THIRD PERIOD IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!!

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#191 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:05PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

To be fair, Horcoff is ONLY -26 on the year. It's not like he's -29 or something!

*starts swimming in an Olympic sized pool filled with his own tears*

Imagine he was -29? I would be positively mortified to display my life sized tattoo of his face across my back when I was pumping iron at the gym.

Which I totally go to all the time PS

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#192 David S
January 26 2010, 09:05PM
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Harlie wrote:

u know Penner is having an off game when he looks like he is standing straight up as he skates instead of bearing down. Gagner is digging a bit but getting outworked nonetheless.

He's had more off nights than on lately.

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#193 Moop
January 26 2010, 09:06PM
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Wanye wrote:

GOAL!

*forgets what to do*

I believe the appropriate response is to briefly stop trying to claw out your own eyes while moaning with grief, and instead begin sobbing softly to yourself. You may continue to do this for approximately 10-15 seconds before going back to the moaning.

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#194 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 09:06PM
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Okay, I know there are people out there that are upset with Horcoff and his contract etc etc... but really to boo his name on the assist? Come on people.

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#195 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 09:07PM
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I knew Cape Fear seemed oddly familiar.

Oh by the way that was directed at Wanye's post

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#196 GSC
January 26 2010, 09:07PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

To be fair, Horcoff is ONLY -26 on the year. It's not like he's -29 or something!

*starts swimming in an Olympic sized pool filled with his own tears*

Waiting for a usual suspect to defend him in 3...2...1...

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#197 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:08PM
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Moop wrote:

I believe the appropriate response is to briefly stop trying to claw out your own eyes while moaning with grief, and instead begin sobbing softly to yourself. You may continue to do this for approximately 10-15 seconds before going back to the moaning.

I wonder if the Oilers are going to be discussing all the momentum they have while they confidently rehydrate in the dressing room.

That's what I would do if I was the coach. Oh, after I forced Horcoff to sign retirement papers at gun point of course.

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#198 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:08PM
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David S wrote:

He's had more off nights than on lately.

TWSS

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#199 David S
January 26 2010, 09:09PM
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"Shawn Horcoff is not a checking line center."

Game. Set. And match.

*single tear falls from cheek*

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#200 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:10PM
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Is it just me, or is the TSN panel ENTIRELY too surprised at how crappy the Oilers are right now, especially compared to "legitimate" NHL teams like the Hawks.

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