GDB 10.0: OFFENCE STARTING TO ROLL?

Jason Gregor
November 02 2010 01:08PM

After a 7-4 win in Chicago on Friday are the Oiler forwards starting to feel comfortable? Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano scored their first goals of the season, while Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and Taylor Hall each had two points. The entire forward group has had a bit more bounce in their step since Friday, and they hope to continue it tonight in the 200th regular season game between the Oilers and Canucks.

The Oilers all-time record v. the Nucks is 104-68-19-8 (19 ties came before the shootout). Tonight also marks the 100th home game v. Vancouver where the Oilers are 59-29-7-4. Many of those wins came in the in the 1980s, but since the lockout the Oilers have still been good v. the Canucks at home going 10-7-1, including going 2-0-1 last year v. Vancouver.

 For many the Battle of Alberta is still the main rivarly for the Oilers, but I'd argue that in the past five years the games v. the Canucks have more animosity, chippiness and action. The Canucks have a lot of skill with the Sedin Sisters, but they have lots of skill, grit and overall piss-you-off-ness in the likes of Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Rick Rypien and Alex Burrows.

Burrows will make his season debut tonight, and you know he'll be amped up to deliver a cheap shot or two. The Oilers seem to enjoy the chippiness and in most games v. the Canucks they have responded well and delivered as many  blows/cheap shots as they've recieved. Outside of the first and last games v. Calgary this year, the Oilers haven't been involved in many physical affairs, but tonight we should see the intensity heighten.

DISCIPLINE NEEDED

The Oilers need to be disciplined though, because if they take too many penalties the Sedins will destroy them. Daniel, seven goals and 12 points, and Henrik, no goals and 11 points, are once again leading the Canucks offensive charge early this season. They will have Burrow back on their RW tonight, and the Oilers have to make sure they don't allow Burrows to agitate and become the focus, or that will just give the Sedins more room to work their magic.

The Sedins have killed the Oilers the past few years, especially on the PP.

The Canucks aren't 9th on the PP at an efficient 21%, and the Sedins have five and four points respectively. The Canucks have only had 38 PP chances in ten games, while the Oilers have had 43 in their nine games. The Sedins along with Christian Ehrhoff control the Canucks PP and their puck movement and ability to read off one another might be the best in the league.

STICK AND SMARTS NOT SHOULDERS? 

Ryan Whitney and Tom Gilbert will see a lot of the Sedins tonight, and Whitney might have to talk to his stick often to ensure it knows where he wants it to go. We always hear how you should try to play the Sedins, Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin tough and hard, but according to Whitney that isn't the best philosophy.

"I think they have the best chemistry as a pair of any players in the game. They've grown up together and know exactly where the other is all the time. They move so well off the puck. They move it and they never stand still, then they get to another area and the other one throws it back to where his brother is going. They have that sixth sense and that's why when they move it you can't let them create space and you have to take away their time.

"It's all about having a good stick. Those guys want you to go the them. If you saw Datsyuk score a goal v. Nashville the other night, he waited in the corner for the D-man to come at him, and when he did, boom Datsyuk is off him and scored. Those guys you don't go right at him, you have a good stick and good position because they are too good to try and put through the boards. Unless you are Chara, other guys just can't do it consistently."

Whitney and Gilbert aren't overly physical, but they skate well and Whitney, especially, has a good stick so expect to see them match up often against the Sedins. Five-on-five they are very dangerous. Burrows scored 26 EV strength last year, and added five SH and only four on the PP. Despite playing his first game in over five months, Burrows is someone the Oilers need to be aware of.

Tom Renney won't make any changes to the lineup that beat Chicago.

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

Whitney/Gilbert
Smid/Foster
Peckham/Strudwick

Khabibulin

Roberto Luongo will play tonight after a 3-0 shutout win last night v. New Jersey.

D.Sedin/H.Sedin/Burrows
Raymond/Kesler/Samuelsson
Torres/Malhotra/Hansen
Glass/Schaefer/Desbiens

Edler/Ehrhoff
Bieksa/Alberts
Ballard/Rome

The Canucks have lots of skill, but a lot guys who like to run around like Glass, Hansen, Burrows, Kesler and even their bottom four D-men are physical. The Oilers will need a solid, energetic game from their 4th line tonight, and will need Smid to play more in-your-face than we have seen so far this season.

JDD AND JACQUES TO OKC

Jeff Deslauriers cleared waivers today and will head to Oklahoma and will play this weekend, and he will J.F Jacques on the flight with him. Jacques told me he is going down to OKC on a conditioning stint. He is hoping to play four or five games. He doesn't have to clear waivers, because he is on a conditioning stint, but he remains on the 23-man roster so the Oilers can't recall anyone. 

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#101 Heavyd
November 02 2010, 09:10PM
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@rubbertrout

Man. What a waste of 6.5 million dollars. If that was anyone else they would've scored.

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#102 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:11PM
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I think Horc's contract will seem 'reasonable' by the end of the year. Maybe 'acceptable'.

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#103 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:13PM
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Heavyd wrote:

This is the difference from lat year. Last year there would have been no chance of us coming back. I love what Renney has this team doing.

It also makes a big difference when your relying on Hall, Eberle, Brule, Gagner, Hemsky, etc instead of O'Sullivan, Nilsson, Reddox, and whichever other poor soul had to ride the good ship Oilers last year.

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#104 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:13PM
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It's goat night tonight. Look at Cogs and Penner light this $%*# up!

Dam! Hall looks good quarterbacking the PP!

Don't let these A$$ holes win!

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#105 Shaun Doe
November 02 2010, 09:13PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

I think Horc's contract will seem 'reasonable' by the end of the year. Maybe 'acceptable'.

The only thing accepted about Horc's contract are the bi-weekly cheques he's taking to the bank! Book it.

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#106 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:14PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

I think Horc's contract will seem 'reasonable' by the end of the year. Maybe 'acceptable'.

For that kind of money you should automatically score 200 goals a season!!!!!!

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#107 rubbertrout
November 02 2010, 09:14PM
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Nobody would have complained about Penner losing that faceoff if manny had scored on Bobby Lou.

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#108 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:15PM
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Heavyd wrote:

This is the difference from lat year. Last year there would have been no chance of us coming back. I love what Renney has this team doing.

They seem to find another gear towards the end of the game don't they.

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#109 Archaeologuy
November 02 2010, 09:16PM
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Can we have Jeff back?

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#110 rubbertrout
November 02 2010, 09:16PM
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How is Raffi doing this?

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#111 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:16PM
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Raffi again? arrgh.

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#112 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:16PM
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Seriously?? SERIOUSLY???????????????

Actually why am I not surprised. Torres was easiliy due for 9 tonight.

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#113 bigrroberto
November 02 2010, 09:17PM
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Gross ugly unlucky goal.

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#114 Shaun Doe
November 02 2010, 09:17PM
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that looked like it changed direction off Struds in front.

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#115 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:18PM
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First career hatrick against us! Why is it every body sets records and breaks streaks and so on against us?

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#116 Gongshow
November 02 2010, 09:19PM
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Figurres. I just finished my beer. Don';t worry I have another one on its way......

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#117 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:20PM
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Anyone know Eberle's FO %?

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#118 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:21PM
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positivebrontefan wrote:

First career hatrick against us! Why is it every body sets records and breaks streaks and so on against us?

It's been happening for the last 4 seasons. CLEARLY one of you molested a child or something cause the hockey gods like messing with us.

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#119 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:21PM
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sorry about that.

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#120 MattL
November 02 2010, 09:22PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

Anyone else hear Hall dropped the F-Bomb on Kessler/the Linesman? Poor guy just wants to win SO bad.

Yeah dude, it was to the linesman, "get out of the @#%%ing way!"

Would Patrick O'Sullivan have said that?

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#121 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:22PM
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Punch the LOOOOOOO's in the kisser! I'm sick of hearing it. The only time it sounded any good was in February!

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#122 Shaun Doe
November 02 2010, 09:23PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

It's been happening for the last 4 seasons. CLEARLY one of you molested a child or something cause the hockey gods like messing with us.

I never touched you!

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#123 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:23PM
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MattL wrote:

Yeah dude, it was to the linesman, "get out of the @#%%ing way!"

Would Patrick O'Sullivan have said that?

Probably not. I don't think his dad would be too impressed.......

*too soon?*

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#124 MattL
November 02 2010, 09:24PM
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Probably not. I don't think his dad would be too impressed.......

*too soon?*

It will never NOT be too soon.

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#125 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:25PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

sorry about that.

I hope it's or something LOL!

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#126 MattL
November 02 2010, 09:25PM
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@jeanshorts

That said, I don't think his dad was anti-abuse of any kind, verbal included.

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#127 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:27PM
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Shaun Doe wrote:

I never touched you!

Why didn't you ever molest me? Don't you love me??

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#128 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:28PM
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I love watching Hall circle like that in the offensive zone.

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#129 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:28PM
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MattL wrote:

That said, I don't think his dad was anti-abuse of any kind, verbal included.

By Any Means Necessary®

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#130 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:28PM
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Eberle wanted another highlight reeler! Dam that was close.

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#131 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:28PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Why didn't you ever molest me? Don't you love me??

He probably got tired of waiting in line.

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#132 Shaun Doe
November 02 2010, 09:29PM
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I could watch Eberle play all day long. There just seems to be no end to the patience he has with the puck. He doesn't panic and dish it off and the puck seems to follow him on a string most times.

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#133 Shaun Doe
November 02 2010, 09:31PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Why didn't you ever molest me? Don't you love me??

Those jean shorts are like an Iron Curtain to my advances... that and the crabs. Those filthy, FILTHY crabs.

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#134 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:31PM
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"the referee's letting them play"? on an icing call?

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#135 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:31PM
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I honestly don't think Kevin Quinn has gotten one thing right tonight. Aside from the number of "Souvenir Pucks®" obviously.

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#136 Shaun Doe
November 02 2010, 09:33PM
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there is the Torres head hunt called jinxed up earlier...

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#137 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:33PM
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I guess that's the one down side to having all teams have all games televised the commentator talent gets washed out as well.

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#138 MattL
November 02 2010, 09:33PM
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Man brutal reffing tonight both ways.

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#139 @NateInVegas
November 02 2010, 09:34PM
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Kevin Quinn "the play gets blown down on a two line pass" ?

We all have off nights but that rule has been out for awhile.

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#140 jeanshorts
November 02 2010, 09:34PM
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That's a tough one to swallow. I feel physically sick. Just gross.

I do like that this team has the ability to turn it on and actually come back after a horrible period. Breath of fresh air from last season.

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#141 bigrroberto
November 02 2010, 09:35PM
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Well it wasn't an aweful loss...

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#142 Chris.
November 02 2010, 09:35PM
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Damn Torres. The curse of Ex Oilers continues.

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#143 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:36PM
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positivebrontefan wrote:

I guess that's the one down side to having all teams have all games televised the commentator talent gets washed out as well.

Until Science can clone Ray Ferraro, we're stuck with the likes of Charlie Simmer, Kevin Quinn and John Garret.

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#144 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:36PM
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Another loss right on schedule. To bad it was to Vancouver.

ELPH® (Exiting Last Place Hockey)

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#145 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:38PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

That's a tough one to swallow. I feel physically sick. Just gross.

I do like that this team has the ability to turn it on and actually come back after a horrible period. Breath of fresh air from last season.

I've heard the first line after a night out at the bar.

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#146 Archaeologuy
November 02 2010, 09:39PM
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Cogliano looks like he's coming around. He might still be destined to play for another team or at least in another position down the road, but at least he's looking good out there.

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#147 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:39PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

I've heard the first line after a night out at the bar.

HA HA HA HA!!!!

LMMFAO!!!

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#148 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:41PM
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Vancouver's first road win of the season?

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#149 Senator Theo
November 02 2010, 09:41PM
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@positivebrontefan

Oilers = SLUMPBUSTERS!!

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#150 positivebrontefan
November 02 2010, 09:47PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

Oilers = SLUMPBUSTERS!!

Yeah, we've had that designation for a while now.

That does suck doesn't it.

Ugghh! I love Johnny Cash and Sportsnet using his "Won't Back Down" song in their Oilers commercial is ruining it for me by playing it over and over and over and over...

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