GDB LII: Bag skates and the Blues

Jason Gregor
January 28 2010 11:52AM

Back on December 21st the Blues scored four powerplay goals in a 7-2 drubbing of the Oilers at Rexall Place. They won their next game before losing six straight, firing Andy Murray in the process and replacing him with Davis Payne, an Oiler draft pick in 1989.

Under Payne, the second youngest coach in the NHL at 39, the Blues are 6-5-2 and are five points back of 8th place Calgary. The Blues have the 7th best road record in the league, 14-8-4, but it’s they stink at home, 9-14-4, and that’s why they are in 13th place in the west.

Brad Boyes leads the Blues with 34 points, and only Nashville Patrik Hornqvist (33) and Boston, Patrice Bergeron (33), have a leading scorer with fewer points. The Blues have eight guys with ten or more goals with Andy McDonald leading the way with 16. They don’t score a bunch and they don’t give up a lot of goals.

O’Sullivan and Stortini out

The Oilers only had 12 skaters and the goalies on the ice this morning. Penner, Horcoff, Moreau, Pisani, Souray, Visnvosky, Jacques and Pouliot didn’t skate. The last two aren’t veterans and must be resting some minor bumps and bruises. Patrick O’Sullivan and Zack Stortini were on the ice for an extra 25 minutes skating and doing drills, and neither will play tonight.

O’Sullivan was asked what the message was from the coaches?

“I need to be better, more consistent. I expect more out of myself. It’s embarrassing for me, but that’s the point of it I think. It’s not fun skating like that. I haven’t done this since my first year. I’m gonna take the message and be better the next game I get to play.”

Of course he isn’t happy not playing, no player would be and I’d expect to see more jump in his game when he gets back in the lineup.

Quinn mentioned O’Sullivan sat out because he wasn’t meeting the coaches’ expectations, while Stortini was just caught up in the numbers game. Depending on how the team plays tonight, I’d expect both to play in Calgary on Saturday. Quinn made it very clear that there were many other candidates who could easily have been given the pass to the pressbox.

Two lines are set for sure:

Penner — Gagner — Nilsson
Moreau — Horcoff — Pisani

It sounds like Potulny is playing with Mike Comrie and Gilbert Brule, so that leaves Andrew Cogliano to skate with Jacques and Pouliot.

I’d like to see Brule play with Gagner and Penner once he gets up to speed. Brule and Penner have worked well together and now is the time to start looking at some line combinations that could work for next season.

I don’t see any of those three being moved, so why not use the final games to let them find some chemistry and continuity. If you look ahead those three along with Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle and the potential top-pick could be their top-six next season, so why not find out if those three can click as a line.

Devan Dubnyk was on the ice 20 minutes before practice working with Freddy Chabot. Actually Chabot had a camera and was taking pictures of him from different angles, sliding across the crease and challenging the shooter. Dubnyk will not play tonight, as Jeff Deslauriers will get another crack. He gave up a weak goal early against Chicago, but played decent after that.

Quinn said the decision was made yesterday at practice. He felt Deslauriers practiced better and looked more crisp so Deslauriers will get a shot to win his first game of 2010.

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#51 CurtisS
January 28 2010, 03:11PM
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Gregor

How sick/ill is the old coach??

And im not talking about the one behind the bench tonight?

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#52 Fro
January 28 2010, 03:20PM
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CurtisS wrote:

Gregor

How sick/ill is the old coach??

And im not talking about the one behind the bench tonight?

Seriously...I can not promise he did not lie to me, but I shook his hand and chatted for about 5 minutes and he seemed fine. He gave a nice speech too, very funny. I asked him (borderline I know) and he said he is fine and would be back on TSN in March.

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#53 Bucknuck
January 28 2010, 03:23PM
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Ninjafoot wrote:

What we need is someone with Cog's wheels on Stortini's frame.

Let the carnage begin. :)

His name is Ethan Moreau.

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#54 papaburgundy
January 28 2010, 03:23PM
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El Duke wrote:

You can shine a turd but it is still a turd.

Couldn't have said it better myself!

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#55 Harlie
January 28 2010, 03:30PM
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interested to see what happens in the net tonight. Either it will be a sh*tshow or it will be stellar. Time for JD to steal a game me thinks..

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#56 sizzler
January 28 2010, 03:38PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

His name is Ethan Moreau.

And he has POS heart.

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#57 Harlie
January 28 2010, 03:38PM
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also...am I the only one who thinks it's weird that Freddy Chabot was using a camera to take pictures of Dube? Take pictures?

Wouldn't a video camera be better so you can pause or start up and see the whole motion or watch it at different speeds? Hell, they could pay a couple of flunky's to video him at different angles and compare that video for the angles. Wouldn't that be better than a one dimensional picture?

Was this picture taking for promotional pictures or am I missing something?

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#58 David S
January 28 2010, 03:46PM
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Harlie wrote:

also...am I the only one who thinks it's weird that Freddy Chabot was using a camera to take pictures of Dube? Take pictures?

Wouldn't a video camera be better so you can pause or start up and see the whole motion or watch it at different speeds? Hell, they could pay a couple of flunky's to video him at different angles and compare that video for the angles. Wouldn't that be better than a one dimensional picture?

Was this picture taking for promotional pictures or am I missing something?

Stop-action shot sequences that you can get with better quality digital SLR's (≈5FPS) can give you valuable positional information you might not get with the same accuracy and detail as in video (just a guess).

Or they might have been shooting action shots for Dubnyk's next hockey card release.

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#59 Bucknuck
January 28 2010, 03:48PM
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sizzler wrote:

And he has POS heart.

I wouldn't go that far - he played on a broken foot for crying out loud.

He has a lot of heart, he's just not the leader that they need and he has been making very poor decisions.

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#60 papaburgundy
January 28 2010, 04:08PM
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Ninjafoot wrote:

What we need is someone with Cog's wheels on Stortini's frame.

Let the carnage begin. :)

If you want a freak of nature to play for the Oilers, just call up the Minnesota Wild and ask them to engineer you a player in the basement of Excel Energy Center. They seem to be doing that in the last few years with the appearance of monsters like Boogard and Scott!

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#61 LBH
January 28 2010, 04:23PM
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papaburgundy wrote:

If you want a freak of nature to play for the Oilers, just call up the Minnesota Wild and ask them to engineer you a player in the basement of Excel Energy Center. They seem to be doing that in the last few years with the appearance of monsters like Boogard and Scott!

Scotts a UFA this summer, lets sign em up! Need some toughness on the backend if we're going to be briging in every draft pick over the last 2-3 years for next season

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#62 Oilitsinyoutogive
January 28 2010, 05:15PM
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well....i will bet the blues score in the first minute....this happens to us way to much

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#63 dunciano
January 28 2010, 05:20PM
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Teams should practice less imo.

The whole NHL has slowed down in January. Everyone is tired.

Good for those who didn't practice.

Rest is a vital part of performance and these athletes need more of it.

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#64 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 05:38PM
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Oilitsinyoutogive wrote:

well....i will bet the blues score in the first minute....this happens to us way to much

i think rosscreek was complaining about only being in the "game" for a minute at a time as well...and it happening way to much.

***runs away laughing***

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#65 OILERSORDEATH
January 28 2010, 05:49PM
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FYI-- Exelby and Mayers want out of TO, how about this straight up Grebs and POS or Ethan M for those two?

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#66 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 06:03PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

FYI-- Exelby and Mayers want out of TO, how about this straight up Grebs and POS or Ethan M for those two?

both UFA at the end of the year and cant play worth a sh**?

sign me up!

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#67 Archaeologuy
January 28 2010, 07:14PM
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OILERSORDEATH wrote:

FYI-- Exelby and Mayers want out of TO, how about this straight up Grebs and POS or Ethan M for those two?

Give them Moreau and POS, but you can get more than Exelby and Mayers for Grebs. We want to drive these guys out of town, but other teams look at these younger defencemen that can move the puck and they dream about how great they'd be with their clubs

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#68 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 07:22PM
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Carolina wins again!

*so sad that my life has been reduced to paying attention to how the Carolina Hurricanes are doing*

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#69 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 07:36PM
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Comrie's back, finally.

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#70 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 07:46PM
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Anyone remember when Nilsson came back, and he played well for like 5 games, and a lot of people were all like "SEE THIS IS THE NILSSON THAT WE ALL KNEW WAS THERE! START BUILDING HIS BRONZE STATUE! AMAZINGZOMG!!!11!"

And then some of us were like "Well, he has been playing really well, but maybe we should give it a few more games just to make sure he doesn't sink right back to his horrible inconsistent ways".

Which side was correct again? Hmmm.....

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#71 Archaeologuy
January 28 2010, 08:00PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Carolina wins again!

*so sad that my life has been reduced to paying attention to how the Carolina Hurricanes are doing*

The last time I was really concerned about them didnt turn out so well for me...

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#72 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:06PM
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@Archaeologuy

The day we shall not speak of........

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#73 Gunner
January 28 2010, 08:07PM
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That Cogliano, he sure does look like a 4th liner out there.

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#74 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:09PM
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Gunner wrote:

That Cogliano, he sure does look like a 4th liner out there.

TRADE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#75 Archaeologuy
January 28 2010, 08:09PM
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Gunner wrote:

That Cogliano, he sure does look like a 4th liner out there.

They all do

*sighs the sigh of sighs*

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#76 David S
January 28 2010, 08:10PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Anyone remember when Nilsson came back, and he played well for like 5 games, and a lot of people were all like "SEE THIS IS THE NILSSON THAT WE ALL KNEW WAS THERE! START BUILDING HIS BRONZE STATUE! AMAZINGZOMG!!!11!"

And then some of us were like "Well, he has been playing really well, but maybe we should give it a few more games just to make sure he doesn't sink right back to his horrible inconsistent ways".

Which side was correct again? Hmmm.....

Yeah. Nice prediction Nostradamus.

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#77 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:12PM
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@David S

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 10934098230984209382309842309832098423098 times, maybe we should trade you.

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#78 Archaeologuy
January 28 2010, 08:14PM
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You shut your mouth old man, dont you dare talk about the Oilers taking Fowler over Hall or Seguin!!

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#79 David S
January 28 2010, 08:14PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 10934098230984209382309842309832098423098 times, maybe we should trade you.

Good luck sucker. I've got a NTC*.

*No Tequila Clause

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#80 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:15PM
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@Archaeologuy

Thank god I muted it.

Edit: Although, to be fair, I'd much rather have Cam Fowler then some kind of wacky off the board pick from Latvia. "He scored 75 goals in the Latvian midget league. How could this go wrong!"

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#81 Archaeologuy
January 28 2010, 08:24PM
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@jeanshorts

So help me god if Tambi cant help himself but waste the top pick on some unknown Balkan with "pizazz and gusto".

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#82 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:29PM
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Something about the fact that Eric Brewer has an Olympic gold medal makes me really dizzy. I just can't wrap my brain around it I guess.

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#83 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:30PM
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The lads look waaaaay better in the 2nd.

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#84 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:31PM
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@jeanshorts

Big E woulda been a contender if he wasn't so decimated with injuries early on in what should have been the prime of his career.

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#85 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:35PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Thank god I muted it.

Edit: Although, to be fair, I'd much rather have Cam Fowler then some kind of wacky off the board pick from Latvia. "He scored 75 goals in the Latvian midget league. How could this go wrong!"

Gotta admit, though, the Mighty Oil have taken zero Jesse Niinimaki-esque flyers in the 1st rd. at least. The last guy the Oil took early enough to make me shake my fist at the T.V. was Anton Lander, and so far he has beyond exceeded expectations. Even has McGuire Man-Crushing on him!

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#86 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:36PM
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F*** YEAH!!!!

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#87 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:37PM
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Nice finish.

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#88 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:38PM
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sh*t

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#89 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:38PM
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*starts laughing hysterically to the point where it's scary*

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#90 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:39PM
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Definitely nice to have Comrie back.

Even in spite of his horrible haircut.

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#91 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:39PM
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Warming up to be a good 2nd As I say this Comrie picks a fight with Weaver. Sweet.

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#92 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:40PM
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No kidding, do he and Big Sex go to the same nihilistic barber?

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#93 Lofty
January 28 2010, 08:41PM
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Got a bad feeling the Oil are going to win this one... they have a little passion tonight.

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#94 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:42PM
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Lofty wrote:

Got a bad feeling the Oil are going to win this one... they have a little passion tonight.

*squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!*

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#95 bigrroberto
January 28 2010, 08:43PM
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Good to have Comrie back. He's looked good considering how long he's been out. I've really liked his attitude and work ethic on the ice this year.

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#96 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:44PM
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Really, who takes pizza 73 on a plane, they don't have pizza where he's going? Like Macklin Saskatchewan?

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#97 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:44PM
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Not gonna lie, don't really notice a huge difference between toothed(?) Tkachuk, and Tkachuk missing a whole mouth full of chicklets.

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#98 bigrroberto
January 28 2010, 08:46PM
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@jeanshorts

He's just a little ugliar than he was before. haha

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#99 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:46PM
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That was a good save

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#100 Jeremy
January 28 2010, 08:50PM
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hey jeanshorts, is your site still up? And at the same address?

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