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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#201 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 09:11PM
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"Just to temper the excitement of Oilers fans..."

Hear that, guys? Don't get too excited.

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#202 jake
January 26 2010, 09:13PM
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Gee that TSN panel makes me feel good.

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#203 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:13PM
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Wait, Souray's cap hit is more than his salary????

*immediately retires from ever trying to figure out how the CBA works*

No wonder Dale Tallon had such a hard time in the offseason.

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#204 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:13PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

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.

You know what would REALLY surprise the TSN panel? If Bob MacKenzie pulled off his face revealing he was in fact a 6 foot lizard-human hybrid.

Not only would that surprise the rest of the panel, it would also explain Bob's long time penchant for eating flies.

Sidebar:

I don't know why I don't hurry home to watch the games these days. This is much more fun than staring at my Oilers garbage can and bawling uncontrollably.

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#205 GSC
January 26 2010, 09:14PM
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David S wrote:

"Shawn Horcoff is not a checking line center."

Game. Set. And match.

*single tear falls from cheek*

Now, now...the advanced math says he's all-world.

That's all that matters. Nevermind the fact that he's -23, 47.8% on the dot, and only has 20 points as the highest paid forward, he's a stud.

What's his Relative Corsi Rating again? +1,247,946?

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#206 SirFozz
January 26 2010, 09:15PM
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Been a good 10 minutes since being scored on!

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#207 David S
January 26 2010, 09:15PM
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Wanye wrote:

You know what would REALLY surprise the TSN panel? If Bob MacKenzie pulled off his face revealing he was in fact a 6 foot lizard-human hybrid.

Not only would that surprise the rest of the panel, it would also explain Bob's long time penchant for eating flies.

Sidebar:

I don't know why I don't hurry home to watch the games these days. This is much more fun than staring at my Oilers garbage can and bawling uncontrollably.

YOU HAVE AN OILERS GARBAGE CAN???

YOU LUCKY SONOFA...

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#208 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 09:15PM
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GSC wrote:

Now, now...the advanced math says he's all-world.

That's all that matters. Nevermind the fact that he's -23, 47.8% on the dot, and only has 20 points as the highest paid forward, he's a stud.

What's his Relative Corsi Rating again? +1,247,946?

Only if you adjust it for EVTOIQUALSV%.

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#209 Sandra
January 26 2010, 09:17PM
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Tambo looks well rested. Team is where he wants it.

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#210 Moop
January 26 2010, 09:17PM
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David S wrote:

YOU HAVE AN OILERS GARBAGE CAN???

YOU LUCKY SONOFA...

It's funny because the Oilers are playing like something that belongs in a garbage can! BAHAHAHahahaha...ha... f*** my life.

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#211 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:17PM
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After the game, the Oilers should collectively board the team bus and report to the set of The Biggest Loser in LA.

Guaranteed they would win the grand prize.

And then, finally having won something, they could return home to their loving families and solid gold mansions and look their respective first borns in the eye.

END SCENE

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#212 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:18PM
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David S wrote:

YOU HAVE AN OILERS GARBAGE CAN???

YOU LUCKY SONOFA...

I want a Grebeshkov too!

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#213 6 ring circus
January 26 2010, 09:18PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

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

Lets give Tamballini a break, maybe he has not figured it out yet that he needs a goalie, 8 new forwards and 4 d man that can play hockey.

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#214 jake
January 26 2010, 09:18PM
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Sandra wrote:

Tambo looks well rested. Team is where he wants it.

lol, funny you say that, I was thinking the same thing, maybe that interview was secretly done right after the 6-2-1 run at start of season.

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#215 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:19PM
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No lie, my room mate just jumped up from the couch and ran to the bathroom and threw up

Some might say he has the flu, I would argue he has Oileritis. Literally that just made my night.

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#216 GSC
January 26 2010, 09:21PM
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Harlie wrote:

I want a Grebeshkov too!

LMAO.

In a related story, does anyone else think of Leo DiCaprio playing the retarded kid in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? whenever there is a mention of Tom Gilbert?

"HEY GILBERT!"

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#217 jake
January 26 2010, 09:23PM
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See that last rush by Gagner line? All in a east-west formation in a line, no trailer, brutal.

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#218 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:24PM
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@GSC

I think of that Gilbert from the old school Canadian Tire Commercials. Seein that deef go on to the ice to the chant of "Gilbert, Gilbert, Gilbert"

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#219 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 09:24PM
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Wanye wrote:

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

That hurt me inside a little...

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#220 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 09:24PM
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Anybody else see that? Chicago is 23-1-1 when leading after 2.

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#221 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:25PM
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@GSC

Personally, I like to imagine Leo DiCaprio in Titanic when he's making steamy love to Kate Winslet in the back of that car.

*starts thinking of naked Leo and disappears into his room for the remainder of the night*

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#222 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:25PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

That hurt me inside a little...

I've been meaning to ask you if you realize my name is spelled W-A-N-Y-E. This is what happens when you don't spend time with your illigitimate children Nation. They don't know nothin bout nothin!

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#223 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:26PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Anybody else see that? Chicago is 23-1-1 when leading after 2.

Little do they know that is going to change to 24-1-1 after tonight ....

*cue dramatic music*

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#224 Horcsky
January 26 2010, 09:26PM
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know what defensive zone system doesn't work? the one where you sit back and allow the other team to work it around wherever they want until they score. a little pressure on the puck would be nice. especially at the points.

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#225 Horcsky
January 26 2010, 09:26PM
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know what defensive zone system doesn't work? the one where you sit back and allow the other team to work it around wherever they want until they score. a little pressure on the puck would be nice. especially at the points.

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#226 jake
January 26 2010, 09:26PM
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Moreau...lol...spinarama turnover.

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#227 Moop
January 26 2010, 09:27PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Anybody else see that? Chicago is 23-1-1 when leading after 2.

Wait...so you're saying that the Oilers have an 8% chance to come back and win this?

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#228 Shaun Doe
January 26 2010, 09:27PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Personally, I like to imagine Leo DiCaprio in Titanic when he's making steamy love to Kate Winslet in the back of that car.

*starts thinking of naked Leo and disappears into his room for the remainder of the night*

Cue the Lub 'o' Fistnaughty

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#229 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 09:27PM
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"Not a lot of guys are able to do that."

Really, Pierre McGuire? Not a lot of guys are able to embarrass Jason Strudwick 1-on-1?

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#230 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:28PM
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PLAYOFFS!!!1!!!

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#231 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 09:28PM
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Wanye wrote:

I've been meaning to ask you if you realize my name is spelled W-A-N-Y-E. This is what happens when you don't spend time with your illigitimate children Nation. They don't know nothin bout nothin!

Oh shush, I made that clear earli.. GOOOOAAAAALLLLL

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#232 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:29PM
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That was a very Oilers-esque turn over there. I bet that D-man is going to be banned from the city of Chicago after that play!

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#233 jake
January 26 2010, 09:30PM
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Geez, I was just going to hit the sack here in NB, getting late, and they go and make it interesting.

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#234 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:31PM
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ANOTHER GOAL!!!!

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#235 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:32PM
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jake wrote:

Geez, I was just going to hit the sack here in NB, getting late, and they go and make it interesting.

Don't worry. No matter how hard Gord tries to sell it, the Oilers aren't "back in it", regardless of how many goals they score.

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#236 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:34PM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

*shines up his Patrick O'Sullivan Star pick*

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#237 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 26 2010, 09:34PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

*shines up his Patrick O'Sullivan Star pick*

x2

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#238 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:37PM
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I just smashed on the closed bathroom door where the barfing is occuring and demanded my roommate come out and watch this rip roaring hockey game.

Apparently he doesn't appreciate a 7 goal third period for the Oilers like we all do.

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#239 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:37PM
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Oh snap, Kane and Gagner shoving! It's about to get REAL!

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#240 jake
January 26 2010, 09:38PM
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Hey was that little shove by Kane on Gagner as they went to commercial for real? bizarre.

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#241 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 09:40PM
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Fixxed?

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#242 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:41PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Oh snap, Kane and Gagner shoving! It's about to get REAL!

I began laughing at Kane and Gagner fighting until I realized that their collective net worth is 11 billion dollars.

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#243 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:43PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Fixxed?

Wait a minute, you are my bastard child!?!

*drops wine glass filled with antifreeze to the floor*

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#244 Harlie
January 26 2010, 09:45PM
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Wanye wrote:

I began laughing at Kane and Gagner fighting until I realized that their collective net worth is 11 billion dollars.

and 20 cents

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#245 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 09:45PM
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Wanye wrote:

Wait a minute, you are my bastard child!?!

*drops wine glass filled with antifreeze to the floor*

sometimes i learns slow papa, sometimes i learns slow..

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#246 David S
January 26 2010, 09:45PM
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How does Pat Quinn sleep at night?

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#247 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:45PM
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@Wanye

And they're also cuter than a webcam devoted to nothing but watching puppies be cute all day!

http://www.ustream.tv/SFShiba

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#248 Wanyes bastard child
January 26 2010, 09:47PM
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David S wrote:

How does Pat Quinn sleep at night?

Lots of whiskey?

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#249 jeanshorts
January 26 2010, 09:48PM
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David S wrote:

How does Pat Quinn sleep at night?

On a pile of dead hookers and empty Jim Beam bottles I presume.

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#250 Wanye
January 26 2010, 09:49PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

And they're also cuter than a webcam devoted to nothing but watching puppies be cute all day!

http://www.ustream.tv/SFShiba

Those cute l'il puppies could probably blow the Oilers away in a fair hockey match. Course we won't get a fair match, not with the ref'ing in the NHL these days.

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