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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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 David S
January 28 2010, 08:52PM
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Jeremy wrote:

hey jeanshorts, is your site still up? And at the same address?

Oh its up alright. WAY up. Heh heh.

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#102 David S
January 28 2010, 08:55PM
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Does anybody else scream at the TV "There's a guy sneakin' in behind you idiots!!!" every time we have a PK?

*crickets*

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#103 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 08:57PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

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.

give it time, the DFF will consume that last shred of motivation he has right now

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#104 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:57PM
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@Jeremy

Absolutely it is. Although you have to make sure to put www. in front of the URL. I thought I had it figured out where you could just type in the name and it would automatically redirect you, but apparently I was right in thinking that I have absolutely no idea how the internet works.

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#105 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 08:59PM
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JDD rushing off to the bench on a delayed penalty for the other team. If that doesn't sum up the Oilers season in a nut shell, I don't know what does.

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#106 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:01PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

JDD rushing off to the bench on a delayed penalty for the other team. If that doesn't sum up the Oilers season in a nut shell, I don't know what does.

anal leakage does as well

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#107 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:02PM
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@jeanshorts

This game is too close for comfort.

Edit: I don't know why this is @jeanshorts..... I hate that guy.

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#108 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:03PM
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@jeanshorts

Sh!t they give internet sites to trailer park trash. What's this world coming too?

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#109 bigrroberto
January 28 2010, 09:03PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

*buries head in pillow to cry*

Is there no shred of hope left to be found??

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#110 pigeon
January 28 2010, 09:04PM
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Fraser was going to call a trip on the blues put his arm up waited 3 seconds then waived it off not jdd fault just poor reffing

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#111 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:05PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

*buries head in pillow to cry*

Is there no shred of hope left to be found??

i just used anal leakage to describe the oilers season.

there is no hope left at all.

i should really go back through the posts during that 5 game win streak. i seem to recall being one of the few left on the DFF bandwagon... yah me!!

f-ing oilers

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#112 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:06PM
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Jeremy wrote:

hey jeanshorts, is your site still up? And at the same address?

www.jeanshortsandbaggedmilk.com

Come join the party. EVERYDAY.

We usually carry on the same conversations two different ways. Here it is all nice and only slightly full of inuendo and there you are full on hard.

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#113 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:06PM
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@Heavyd

Man you are way behind the curve when it comes to JSBM hating. People have been sending us hate mail for 2 years now!

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#114 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:07PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Man you are way behind the curve when it comes to JSBM hating. People have been sending us hate mail for 2 years now!

F@#$ PETA!

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#115 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:18PM
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@jeanshorts

Not hating love the site, just giving you grief.

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#116 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:19PM
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@Heavyd

And also, money can buy pretty much everything. Especially my friendship/love.

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#117 David S
January 28 2010, 09:20PM
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SIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#118 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:22PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

And also, money can buy pretty much everything. Especially my friendship/love.

can it buy the oilers a win in 2010?

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#119 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:23PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

can it buy the oilers a win in 2010?

Not until October I hope

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#120 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:25PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Not until October I hope

im still driving this thing right into the sh*tter, but at least one win would be fantastic

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#121 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:25PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

Buy the Oilers a what?

*stares off into the distance as he tries to remember what that word means, then passes out from thinking too hard*

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#122 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:27PM
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We're still going to give JDD more games to really evaluate where his game is at right? Because, I mean, it's still pretty muddy to me.

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#123 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:28PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Buy the Oilers a what?

*stares off into the distance as he tries to remember what that word means, then passes out from thinking too hard*

over/under on riots on whyte if/when the oilers do finally win a game?

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#124 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:31PM
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you know, as much as the asshats on the panel during the intermission make me angry, they did bring up a good point earlier about what we as fans have to look forward in the next year or two.

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#125 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:31PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

over/under on riots on whyte if/when the oilers do finally win a game?

If there is less than 3 breasts bared in front of an out of control bon fire in the middle of the street, I'm writing a letter of complaint to my MP!

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#126 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:34PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

If there is less than 3 breasts bared in front of an out of control bon fire in the middle of the street, I'm writing a letter of complaint to my MP!

3 breasts? hmmm.

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#127 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:36PM
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@Travis Dakin

I was a huge fan of Total Recall growing up. What can I say.

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#128 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:37PM
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hahahaha, PPV edmonton and carolina?

what kind of asshat would PAY to watch this sh**?

****crickets****

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#129 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:39PM
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BBBBBBOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG

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#130 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:41PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

I would give my left nut to wacth this game. But that doesn't matter since I don't have a left nut.

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#131 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:42PM
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Heavyd wrote:

I would give my left nut to wacth this game. But that doesn't matter since I don't have a left nut.

PHIL KESSEL???????

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#132 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:42PM
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Heavyd wrote:

I would give my left nut to wacth this game. But that doesn't matter since I don't have a left nut.

you should change your name to Cyclops

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#133 David S
January 28 2010, 09:44PM
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Heavyd wrote:

I would give my left nut to wacth this game. But that doesn't matter since I don't have a left nut.

Try this...

http://www.justin.tv//trucauzas#r=omG1XL0

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#134 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:45PM
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Is this better.

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#135 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:46PM
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Heavyd wrote:

Is this better.

by far the highlight of my night

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#136 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:46PM
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Seriously, I know Remax probably pays way too much money to have their logo and stuff plastered all over this broadcast, but do they really have to do the "right player" thing? And do they always have to pick an Oiler? That must be a wicked fun job picking the player when the Oilers are losing 6-0.

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#137 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:46PM
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I was talking about the carolina game not tonights game.

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#138 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:47PM
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Im glad I could accomadate you.

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#139 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:48PM
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haha Cyclops. No left nut? seriously?

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#140 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:49PM
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I think this happened this year.

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#141 Horcsky
January 28 2010, 09:49PM
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Anyone hear when they were talking about the Blues new coach? I could have sworn I heard them say he suffered a career-ending back injury while tying his skates.

Did I hear that right?

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#142 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:50PM
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Maybe, Maybe not?

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#143 Archaeologuy
January 28 2010, 09:50PM
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Gilbert, why? Why are you so terrible?

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#144 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 28 2010, 09:50PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Gilbert, why? Why are you so terrible?

the sad part is, i think he has been pretty good tonight

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#145 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:51PM
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I heard that as well. Thats pretty weak.

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#146 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:53PM
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Horcsky wrote:

Anyone hear when they were talking about the Blues new coach? I could have sworn I heard them say he suffered a career-ending back injury while tying his skates.

Did I hear that right?

Yes. Yes you did.

Although I don't think that's as bad as missing part of the playoffs because you tried to pick up a cracker.

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#147 Heavyd
January 28 2010, 09:53PM
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Seriously I am a true fan, but I don't know how much more of this I can take, This is getting really stupid, and it seems like the whole organization doesn't want to do anything about it.

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#148 Travis Dakin
January 28 2010, 09:53PM
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A wise man once uttered these words, "It was a debacle of monumental proportions."

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#149 David S
January 28 2010, 09:55PM
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At this point, I'd be OK with a debacle.

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#150 jeanshorts
January 28 2010, 09:56PM
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haha. I like that Kevin Quinn really tried to put a positive spin on JDD's game tonight as compared to the Chicago game, and still ended up coming up short.

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