GDB 8.0: Oil in Columbus

Lowetide
October 28 2010 12:42PM

Columbus is the 4th largest city in the Amercian midwest. Named after Christopher Columbus (who owned a Starbucks downtown), it was recently ranked as the 18th best place in the USA for a woman to find a useful male.

Rascal Flatts are from Columbus, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam too. Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus are from Columbus. The great Beverly D'angelo is from Columbus, Ohio. Entertaining hockey is also available from time to time in Columbus. 
 

The Edmonton Oilers will be adding a couple of fillings for tonight's game. Devan Dubnyk gets the start, Jim Vandermeer draws back in (replacing Kurtis Foster who has a malady but can't find the words) and that means foot speed is a concern on the blue. MacIntyre plays instead of Zack Stortini and one imagines the club might insert Liam Reddox into the game except the three goalie system makes it impossible.

The Oilers are coming off an outstanding comeback in Calgary, and sometimes a young team will be able to use that kind of heart attack comeback as a springboard to short term success. The Oilers do seem to have some legit hockey players up front this season, from the three kids and Gagner to the older group that includes Hemsky, Penner and Horcoff.

Big Dustin seems to be getting some negative feedback for his play, but he was a man on the tying goal in Hades on Tuesday night.

Nothing about the Blue Jackets as an organization stands out. Rick Nash is a helluva player, but he seems destined to play his entire career in a town that doesn't really notice him. Sort of the midwest Shane Doan.

Can you name 6 jackets? I can name five (nice, bad, dinner, Nehru, plaid) but don't know what position they play.

After the game, the Oilers will fly (drive? take a cab? trolley?) to Chicago in order to play the Blackhawks. The CBS game would be the one to win, otherwise you're in the windy city in danger of losing all three games of the road trip. After tomorrrow's game, the team won't play until Tuesday, giving us another reason to hate the Gary Bettman scheduling system from hell.

I have a good feeling about this team, but not about any specific game. The best way to watch the current Oildrop is with an eye to small steps forward. A nice passing sequence, a rookie in the right position in the defensive zone. Wins and losses are hard to come by in today's NHL; there's no expansion team down the road to bugger senseless once every couple of weeks and the truth is the Edmonton Oilers are the soft spot on the schedule.

Look after your health, brush your teeth and be nice to people. Oiler fans want to be healthy because when this thing clicks it could be a very nice ride.

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#51 D-Man
October 28 2010, 03:15PM
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Crash wrote:

Yah, I'd love to get Fisher too but I don't think Ottawa would make him available....maybe you'd see something like Cogs, Penner, Khabby for Foligno, Neil, Kuba and some salary dump. Have Ottawa throw in a pick due to the Oilers taking on one of their salary dumps...

That would give the Oilers some much more needed grit that they're missing in the bottom six.

I'd love to see:

Hall/Gagner/Hemsky

Paajarvi/Brule/Eberle

Folgno/Horcoff/Neil

SMac or Stortini/Fraser/Jones

and then feel free to move wingers around.

Not sure I'd have Neil,SMac and Stortini on the same team... If you're looking at getting Neil, then I'd think SMac would be expendable... I'd probably look at bringing up someone from OKC - maybe Giroux or Omark to slide onto your third line... Red Ox might also fit here too... Still lacking size in your top 9 but that's what the draft and the minors are for...

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#52 Crash
October 28 2010, 03:43PM
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Not sure I'd have Neil,SMac and Stortini on the same team... If you're looking at getting Neil, then I'd think SMac would be expendable... I'd probably look at bringing up someone from OKC - maybe Giroux or Omark to slide onto your third line... Red Ox might also fit here too... Still lacking size in your top 9 but that's what the draft and the minors are for...

I'd be more apt to say Stortini would be expendable....IMO Neil is a much better hockey player than Storts but isn't the nuclear deterrent of SMac when someone like an Ivanans needs tuning....Neil can and has played the PP at times too. Foligno would also add size and some grit with a decent pair of hands to the lineup and he can also play PP.

With Neil and Foligno we'd have in your face guys who we wouldn't be afraid to use on a regular basis in a third line with more sandpaper to their game. You could still also move Foligno and Neil around to any of the other lines if need be.

If I'm calling someone up, for me it's got to be whoever is hot down on the farm in the faceoff circle...so possibly a MacDonald, Van Velde or O'Marra.

So the top nine wouldn't be lacking in size. Having Hall, Hemsky, Paajarvi, Horcoff, Foligno and Neil that would give us 7 in the top nine with decent size (6' or over) with only Eberle and Brule being under 6'.

And it would also give us 2 guys in the top nine that also play a physical style (Neil and Foligno) as opposed to now where we don't have anyone in the top 9 that plays a physical style.

My deal also included d-man Kuba for more d-man depth as Ottawa would have to give up some salary in the deal.

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#53 commonfan13
October 28 2010, 03:46PM
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It seems to me that it's been quite a while since Nash really carved up the Oil.

He might be due for a Hat Trick tonight.

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#55 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 05:02PM
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"Magnus-ficent", didnt see that one coming, Gene. Did he call Gilbert a peeping Tom? I know it's his schtick, but some days it's too much.

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#57 Senator Theo
October 28 2010, 05:14PM
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I will admit that I was confused at first by the CBS abbrev.

I defer to you on this one Lowetide, but I always thought the generally accepted one was CLB.

GO Olrs!

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#58 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 05:20PM
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Hall to Eberle to Horcoff!

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#60 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 05:26PM
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Another 2 on 1 for Eberle and Horc.

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#61 Maggie the Monkey
October 28 2010, 05:27PM
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Does anybody know of a link? ATDHE's feed is lousy tonight...

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#63 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 05:33PM
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That's so Vandermeer.

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#64 Maggie the Monkey
October 28 2010, 05:38PM
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@Archaeologuy

Thanks. And thanks for the picture of "Layla", too.

Edit: Oops - that thanks was supposed to be for Lowetide.

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#65 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 05:42PM
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Dubnyk mishandles the puck and lets in a bad one. Didnt see that one coming. It's not like he's done that in every game he's played in the NHL.

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#68 Milli
October 28 2010, 05:54PM
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Our D handle the puck like a grenade, but that peckham kid, I mean Mr. Peckham, he is growing on me! When was the last time we had a tough MOFO like him?

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#69 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 05:54PM
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@Lowetide

Yeah, it really hit the fan after that, but I place the blame squarely on Dubnyk for that one. He stops the puck at the side of the net and the goal never happens.

That's followed up with a delay of game from Whitney with less than 10 seconds left in the period.

Some bad decisions being made out there. No reason they cant come back if they eliminate those in periods 2 + 3.

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#71 bigrroberto
October 28 2010, 06:04PM
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@Milli

Agreed. I'm loving Peckham more and more!

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#72 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 06:11PM
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I thought Hall was gonna have his goal there.

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#73 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 06:17PM
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What a ridiculous chance for Cogliano!

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#75 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 06:41PM
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I'm going to jinx them, but at least the special teams havent crapped the bed tonight.

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#76 Maggie the Monkey
October 28 2010, 06:44PM
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I can't bite my tongue any more: what's going on with Whitney in these past few games? He's coughing up the puck in his own zone, and finding creative ways to do it. Sometimes he's letting his pocket get picked from behind, others he's whiffing on passes, and he even missed receiving a couple of easy passes that ended up on Blue Jackets' sticks. That penalty he gave up in the dying seconds of the first looked awful, too. The commentators generously said that he was under pressure when flipping the puck over the glass, but it was hardly intense pressure.

This isn't the player I remember from the end of last year. Not by a long shot.

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#77 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 06:46PM
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@Maggie the Monkey

It makes you wonder if this is the player that 2 post-lockout Stanley Cup Champion teams gave up on.

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#78 DimebagDave
October 28 2010, 07:00PM
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Not sure about you guys but i'm gettin a little sick of Gilberts inability to perform a one-timer. Twice already tonight on the pp he allowed the goalie to get across the crease because he has to take a wrist shot. Anyone else think maybe they should be throwing Hall out on D on the PP at times? Would he be any worse than what we are throwing out there now?

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#79 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 07:02PM
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I have no idea how Hemsky found Horcoff there.

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#80 jeanshorts
October 28 2010, 07:03PM
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Does Penner seem a half a step behind to anyone else? I'm not sure what's going on with him but it looks like he's fighting something. Maybe he just had a lazy offseason? Either way he doesn't look anywhere near where he was last year.

And Dubnyk has played himself a nice, solid game so far. Great to see.

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#81 m3sh
October 28 2010, 07:06PM
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Hall, just get your goal already.

Dubnyk all in all is playing well. 0.93 so far I believe. Some steady play here in the third.

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#82 Shaun Doe
October 28 2010, 07:06PM
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I've noticed that we have a lot of passes to the point that end up leaving the zone either because it is off aim or no one is there. I wonder our D are cheating to their own end a little bit this year.

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#83 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 07:07PM
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Well Hall may not have scored yet, but a certain Boston Bruin has tonight.

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#84 Shaun Doe
October 28 2010, 07:10PM
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... And there is what I was talking about

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#85 jeanshorts
October 28 2010, 07:10PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Well Hall may not have scored yet, but a certain Boston Bruin has tonight.

WE TOOK THE WRONG OOOONNNNNEEEEEE!!!!!

*rolls around on the floor pounding his fists and feet*

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#86 Maggie the Monkey
October 28 2010, 07:11PM
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@Archaeologuy

I'm not ready to give up on him, and don't think that Anaheim did, either. The trade for Visnovsky made good sense for the Ducks at the time, and I still think that it might work out as a decent trade for the Oil, too. My surprise about how he's looked over the past couple of games is as much about the drop off from what we saw last year as anything else.

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#87 C-DOG
October 28 2010, 07:12PM
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There it is, congrats!!!!!!

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#88 Puritania
October 28 2010, 07:13PM
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Yeah Boi!!

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#90 m3sh
October 28 2010, 07:13PM
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Hallef*&^inlujah!

Nice. Now let the domination commence.

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#91 Puritania
October 28 2010, 07:14PM
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Now that he has the monkey off his back I hope they come fast and furious.

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#92 jeanshorts
October 28 2010, 07:14PM
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HALLelujah!!!!!!!!

EDIT: Dammit Mesh. Maybe I shouldn't have spent so much time looking up how to spell hallelujah.

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#93 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 07:17PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Well Hall may not have scored yet, but a certain Boston Bruin has tonight.

There. He's got it. ~I'm glad that my subtle reminder helped motivate him.~

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#94 Shaun Doe
October 28 2010, 07:17PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

HALLelujah!!!!!!!!

EDIT: Dammit Mesh. Maybe I shouldn't have spent so much time looking up how to spell hallelujah.

Or stopping to change your underwear

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#95 C-DOG
October 28 2010, 07:19PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Well Hall may not have scored yet, but a certain Boston Bruin has tonight.

The best part about it was Boston fans chanting "Thank you Kessel".

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#96 jeanshorts
October 28 2010, 07:20PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Or stopping to change your underwear

Whatever this concept is that you speak of is very foreign to me.

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#97 m3sh
October 28 2010, 07:20PM
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HALLelujah!!!!!!!!

EDIT: Dammit Mesh. Maybe I shouldn't have spent so much time looking up how to spell hallelujah.

I had to think a couple times if there was 2 Ls at the beginning or not.

Dubs is looking fairly comfortable out there.

Edit: I must be stoned, I didn't even realize you were referring to beating you to a Principism, I didn't even read into the fact you capitalized HALL at the beginning

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#98 Archaeologuy
October 28 2010, 07:22PM
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C-DOG wrote:

The best part about it was Boston fans chanting "Thank you Kessel".

That's priceless

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#99 Puritania
October 28 2010, 07:22PM
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@Shaun Doe

Love the avatar my friend, Charlie Kelly is my hero in life.

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#100 Shaun Doe
October 28 2010, 07:23PM
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Whatever this concept is that you speak of is very foreign to me.

Aux Naturale eh. I get it, but I have to ask: do you stradle, commit to a side or just let them find their own way?

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