GDB 5.0: FINALLY A GAME

Jason Gregor
October 21 2010 02:56PM

 

After what seems like an eternity, the Oilers are back on the ice tonight against the Minnesota Wild. When you have four days between games and only four games in the first 16 days of the season, today many Oiler fans are uttering words they thought they'd never say,"I'm really pumped about about watching the Wild tonight."

Watching the Wild can be as exciting as a root canal at times, but most of us are sick of having to be productive in our lives. Spending quality time with your significant other, cleaning the house, reading a book, doing laundry or winterizing the house, those are things that we get to after the game. Four days between games really limits our ability to procrastinate, so next year I propose the only time we see a four day break is around Christmas or the all-star break.

In case you've forgotten what the Oilers look like here's their lineup for tonight:

Penner/Gagner/Hemsky
Paajarvi/Horcoff/Eberle
Hall/Cogliano/Brule
Jones/Fraser/Stortini

Whitney/Foster
Smid/Gilbert
Vandermeer/Peckham

Khabibulin
Dubnyk

Tonight is the final game of the first "five-game evaluation" for Tom Renney. Renney and his coaching staff want to evaluate their players after five-game sets, so tomorrow will be an interesting day in how they chart and grade their players. I'm not sure if you will see any major changes for the next five games, but they will put a plan in place regarding their backups, and some possible possible shuffling of the lineup.

CULLEN OFF TO WILD START

Minnesota native, Matt Cullen, is loving playing in his home state with eight points in the first five games. Cullen will play with Guillaume Latendresse and Martin Havlat tonight, and the Wild quietly have a dangerous top-six that includes Mikko Koivu in between Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen.

Their top-six is very dangerous with the man advantage. The Wild are a ridiculous 45.8% on the PP in their first five games, although they are only 1-5 on the road this year. Tonight is only their 2nd road game of the season and their first road game in North America. They torched the Oilers with four PP goals on six chances last Thursday, and the Oiler coaching staff is well aware they need to be better on the PK tonight. The Wild have eleven PP goals,and only five EV. If the Oilers can stay out of the box they should have a good chance to win.

The rest of the Wild lineup will look like this:

Clutterbuck/Madden/Nystrom
Kobasew/Brodziak/Staubitz
 

Zidlicky/Zanon
Burns/Schultz
Barker/Falk

Backstrom

GAME NOTES

  • The Oilers play 11 back-to-back games this year, while the Wild play 19 sets of back-to-back games. That is almost half of their season (38 games) in back-to-back sets.
     
  •  Watching the Wild centres practice faceoffs it doesn't surprise me how good they are in the dot. Koivu and Brodziak had a spirited practice session on faceoffs. They both clearly wanted to win, and they were taking faceoffs like it was a game. I watched the Oilers practice earlier, and they did work on draws, but the intensity in their draws was much lower than the Wild. Practice like you play, and I'll be curious to see if the Oilers faceoff practice intensifies in the future.
     
  • Renney thinks moving Hall down a line will help him. He thinks Hall's game might work better with Cogliano and Brule. They will be more of a grind along the boards line than Horcoff and Eberle. We will see.
     
  • Interesting that Hemsky only has 14 points in 36 career games v. the Wild. He has looked very good this year, and I wonder if tonight is the game he breaks out against the Wild.
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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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#51 superchan
October 21 2010, 08:26PM
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Once again im confused can anyone explain again the deal with sportsnet oilers, sportsnet one, sportsnet west?

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#52 pelhem grenville
October 21 2010, 08:34PM
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"...Did we get a penalty for too many men on the ice while on the pp?..."

wow

superchan shaw used ch 301 for the flames wings game and put oiler wild game on ch 356 HD...it was the voice message shaw had on the number on the screen 1 888 472 2222

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#53 LoDog
October 21 2010, 08:36PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Swing by my place before going to the game, I have an oilers jersey that will fit you :P

I thought they only made Flames Jerseys in XXXXXXL.

And ffs please score Mr. Hall I have money riding on it.

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#54 Wanyes bastard child
October 21 2010, 08:46PM
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LoDog wrote:

I thought they only made Flames Jerseys in XXXXXXL.

And ffs please score Mr. Hall I have money riding on it.

Hey! Ross may be a little festively plump but he is by no means large. And he is a great guy... I was just saying I have an oilers jersey for him to wear to the game eh.

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#55 Wanyes bastard child
October 21 2010, 08:48PM
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Also... fck you Backstrom, that is all.

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#56 Bryzarro World
October 21 2010, 08:49PM
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@pelhem grenville

355 not 356

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#57 Wanyes bastard child
October 21 2010, 08:54PM
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notice we haven't seen the fourth line at all in the second anyone?

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#58 Jiri Dopita
October 21 2010, 08:57PM
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I'm a big Horcoff supporter, but that was brutal! Best game Hall has had as an oiler by far. Third line looks surprisingly good.

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#59 Ryan14
October 21 2010, 09:02PM
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Seeing as I chose Souray as my goat, that missed shot by Horcoff is somehow Souray's fault.

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#60 LoDog
October 21 2010, 09:05PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Hey! Ross may be a little festively plump but he is by no means large. And he is a great guy... I was just saying I have an oilers jersey for him to wear to the game eh.

I actually think Ross is a great poster, it was just too easy a shot at a Flames fan. :)

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#61 Shaun Doe
October 21 2010, 09:11PM
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So yeah if we are going to lose I prefer we do it like this. Nice rushes, completed passes, less time spent running around in our own zone (even though some running did occur)... oh and also points from Gagner and Foster for my pool.

That is all.

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#62 Horcsky
October 21 2010, 09:13PM
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Does anyone ever get an odd man rush against the Wild?

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#63 Dan the Man
October 21 2010, 09:24PM
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Remind me again why Brodziak couldn't play 4th line C for us?

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#64 Bucknuck
October 21 2010, 09:25PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Remind me again why Brodziak couldn't play 4th line C for us?

~ Brodziak and Glencross sucked. Good riddance.~

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#65 jeanshorts
October 21 2010, 09:26PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Remind me again why Brodziak couldn't play 4th line C for us?

TOO SOFT!!!

Which is exactly why we have Cogliano in our bottom 6........

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#66 Chris.
October 21 2010, 09:35PM
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@jeanshorts

~Yeah but... Brodziak sucks at faceoffs.~

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#67 Shaun Doe
October 21 2010, 09:37PM
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~The wild broadcast team is a real treat to listen to~

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#68 Colin
October 21 2010, 09:37PM
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@Chris.

~Exactly he loses nearly half the time~

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#69 Dutchscooter
October 21 2010, 09:40PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

So yeah if we are going to lose I prefer we do it like this. Nice rushes, completed passes, less time spent running around in our own zone (even though some running did occur)... oh and also points from Gagner and Foster for my pool.

That is all.

Agree agree agree! Fun game to watch, even though we're losing. Hall looks great tonight. Too bad the fourth line crapped the bed. Is the Reddox bandwagon going to start again?

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#70 Dan the Man
October 21 2010, 09:49PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

TOO SOFT!!!

Which is exactly why we have Cogliano in our bottom 6........

~And in fairness we did did have Pouliot at the time.~

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#71 Shaun Doe
October 21 2010, 09:49PM
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Best call of the game so far, "Horcoff just tripped Vandermeer. I'm suprised they didn't call him for that". Oh you witty chaps.

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#72 jeanshorts
October 21 2010, 10:05PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

~And in fairness we did did have Pouliot at the time.~

WHOM??

* Somewhere Jonathan Willis cries a single tear*

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#73 Dan the Man
October 21 2010, 10:05PM
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Anyone else get a boner watching Hall tonight?

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#74 LoDog
October 21 2010, 10:09PM
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Meh, I am still happy with the effort tonight, especially Hall.

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#75 Shaun Doe
October 21 2010, 10:14PM
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Gilbert sure did Goat up that last PP of ours. Other than that I think this was a much better effort than what we have seen in the last 3 games. Better puck movement and forechecking. Also it looks like that new line-up has given Hall the incentive to get creative and use his speed. I saw a couple of chances where he passed up a good pass to drive the net instead, but I can't hold it against him for using his tools. Nice to see.

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#76 OilFan
October 21 2010, 10:18PM
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Good game for Hall!! Once he nets his first look out!! Yes I'm yelling.

Thanks for the link

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#77 jeanshorts
October 21 2010, 10:19PM
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@Shaun Doe

I'm excited (albeit it's only been one game on a different line) that it looks like no matter what line he's thrown out there on he's going to make his own opportunities and hopefully make his line mates better in the process. I can't even imagine how good this kid can be in 2 years.

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#78 OilFan
October 21 2010, 10:24PM
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How bout the face-off wins ? Theo had some good hits. Could have used penner. Saturday will be a hard game but at least we have the shames coming up. Next article will be " hall ready for the NHL "

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#79 D. Pennertration
October 21 2010, 10:24PM
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Shawn Horcoff: 15-27 / 56% Andrew Cogliano: 4-7 / 57% Gilbert Brule: 8-12 / 67% Sam Gagner: 13-18 / 72%

It's a win in my books.

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#80 Shaun Doe
October 21 2010, 10:47PM
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Was it just me or did it seem like the Oilers took extra effort to paste Brodziak to the boards after he scored those two goals?

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#81 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
October 21 2010, 10:51PM
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D. Pennertration wrote:

Shawn Horcoff: 15-27 / 56% Andrew Cogliano: 4-7 / 57% Gilbert Brule: 8-12 / 67% Sam Gagner: 13-18 / 72%

It's a win in my books.

Crazy turn-around considering how good Minny is as a team.

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#82 Jamie B.
October 21 2010, 10:57PM
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@D. Pennertration

Nice.

Other than the first ten minutes, tonight counts as Exciting Last-Place Hockey™. Approved!

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#83 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
October 21 2010, 10:58PM
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Wow, as cerebral as Penner is I'm surprised to see him let his emotions get the best of him at such a critical time. Penner hasn't done much wrong in the last 2 seasons, but this was a pretty big mistake by the big man.

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#84 Jeremy
October 21 2010, 11:21PM
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Maybe it's just me, maybe I don't have the patience to read over the 1st page of comments, but: Did anyone else notice that Cogliano was playing "Off-the-chain" hockey?

He absolutely played his a$$ off all night.

I love hall on his line if he will bring this out in cogs and brule every game, then yes!!!

Hall will be Hall on whatever line he plays on, but he seemed to elevate Cogs way more than he did the bum he played with last week...

Just sayin,

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#85 Matt Henderson
October 21 2010, 11:35PM
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Had to work late. Missed the game. Saw some highlights and Hall looked pretty electric.

Exciting last place hockey.

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#86 Crash
October 22 2010, 12:55AM
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Hall was a monster tonight...there are going to be multiple point nights in this guys near future...

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#87 pelhem grenville
October 22 2010, 05:08AM
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Hall gets better and better every shift...

i just wanna SQUEEEEM!!!

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#88 a lg dubl dubl
October 22 2010, 05:50AM
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Stortini was responsible for the 1st 2 goals, soooo glad Renney didnt put him back on the ice after that. If Huggy bear would have actually hit the guy he was covering (Brodziak,Latandresse) the score would have been different.

Great game by Hall, the kid is ready for the NHL, he's like Stamkos with better hands the goals will come

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#89 Aitch
October 22 2010, 05:58AM
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In the big picture, that was an awesome game to watch (well, at least the last two periods.) The offense got loads of chances to play with the puck, but the loss helped on the way to securing a top flight d-man in next year's draft.

More and more, I'm convinced that the Oilers brass really don't want to win this season. Well, they'll take wins, but it's far from the main objective. It's all about development, folks. It's why the Rookie 3 were on the ice against the Flames late. It's why Peckham gets thrown to the wolves when he clearly shouldn't be. It's why Vandemeer is on the team in the first place. Okay that last one is one of the safeguards to ensure we don't finish too high in the standings. They want to expose the young'ens to tough situations. If they can learn to play in the pressure situations when they're just breaking in, once they get even a little comfortable, it'll be a cakewalk.

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#90 Oilcruzer
October 22 2010, 06:41AM
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Would like to thank the cooks at original joes in s park for being disorganized. I missed the first 4 goals at the game. The game tempo and excitement increased all night.

Notes. Each game I watch Theo, the more I like him. Payback to Nystrom was sweet, subtle, borderline, deserved.

Gagner and Eberle should continue.

Alice needs to grow a pair. Fell down and moped to the bench. Bad giveaway on pp from just being pushed over like was 90 years old.

The ice is bad at the Rex. Need to practice hand eye coordination for those weird bumps.

Cogs and Hall should continue.

Sometimes you don't need to play your energy, crap disturber lines.

Minnesota is a good example of a team with balanced lines of good, similar, not great talent. Grinders are useless against them. Skill gives them problems, and draws penalties.

Faceoffs really are a team effort.

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#91 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 22 2010, 07:57AM
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60% on the draws? Wow.

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