GDB LIV: What a difference a goalie makes!

Jason Gregor
February 01 2010 01:41PM

Eight days ago tonight’s game looked like an epic battle for 30th place, but after four straight wins the Hurricanes are seven points ahead of the Oilers. Have the Canes being playing great hockey all of a sudden? Not really, but their goalie, Sherwood Park native Cam Ward sure is.

Ward has allowed five goals in the four game winning streak. The Canes have been out shot every game, but Ward has a ridiculous .962 SV% in those games. Meanwhile as a team, the Canes have a shooting percentage of 20 with 18 goals on only 91 shots. They won’t keep winning games if these numbers stay the same. Teams can have short stretches where everything they shoot goes in, or their goalie stops most shots, but eventually those bounces will cease.

I wrote on Friday that cheering for a win v. Calgary made sense because of pride, and of course we all saw that there didn’t seem to be much pride on the ice. So tonight, you watch the game knowing that a loss will tie the franchise record for the longest winless streak at 14 games.

Do you cheer for a record or as fans do you need to see your team win one game just to remind you how that feels?

Tough call!

With Sheldon Souray out until after the trade deadline, and possibly the rest of the season (would there be an reason to come back on March 15th) the Oilers attack becomes less potent by the day.

Alex Plante, 15th pick in 2007, will make his NHL debut tonight. Plante has been okay in Springfield according to the scouts and coaching staff. He’ll wear #48 tonight and be paired with Taylor Chorney.

They didn’t do any line rushes this morning, but at yesterday’s skate Marc Pouliot and J.F Jacques looked to be the extras. The top three lines were the same, while Mike Comrie and Zack Stortini skated with Andrew Cogliano. Jacques was invisible in Calgary and Pouliot hasn’t done much since returning from the injured list.

Sheldon Souray’s injury will force Tom Renney to make some changes on the backend. Visnovsky, Gilbert and Plante will play the right side while Strudwick, Chorney and Grebeshkov will play the left side. Strudwick will play with Alex Plante while Renney will put Chorney with Visnvosky and Gilbert back with Grebeshkov. This blueline corps definitely lacks a physical presence and we could see a few fire drills in their own zone tonight.

Jeff Deslauriers gets the start and is looking for his first win since December 30th.

CONSPIRACY THEORY?

I’m not a huge believer in conspiracy theories, although Mel Gibson was great as Jerry Fletcher in the 1997 flick especially when he bit part of Dr. Jonas’ nose off.

But many Oiler fans are concerned that the Count, aka Gary Bettman, will rig the lottery to ensure that the Hurricanes win it. Their basis to this theory is that fans in Edmonton and Boston don’t need the first overall pick to appease their fans, while Carolina needs help.

That's not necessarily the case. Some wondered why the Canes drew a measly 6,896 fans with Chicago in town on Friday. The Hawks are one of the most exciting teams in the league, yet the Canes had their lowest crowd of the season. Prior to Friday’s game their lowest crowd was just over 12,000. It doesn’t make sense that with the Hawks in town and the Canes on a three-game winning streak that only 6,896 people show up.

It's because they had six inches of snow. They actually sold 17,000 tickets and were expecting a sell out, but the weather forced many people to stay home. Even though they had 17,000 sold seats they announced the number of fans in the building. You wonder if down the stretch that will happen in Edmonton. Anyone who has been at Rexall Place knows the seats haven't been full, and you wonder if all of those are paid seats that didn't show up. I'd guess probably not.

I’d bet Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini will have a valid argument that they need the first overall pick more than Carolina does. Oiler fans have had four seasons without the playoffs, and the masses are pissed.

Also...

Interesting to note that Eric Staal spent lots of time at the end of practice working on his shot and joking around with his teammates. Great players put in the extra work and while some of you don't think it is necessary for Ales Hemsky to be any better, I'd argue he does. I see too many of the elite players in the league staying late after practice or at morning skates, and that extra work definitely doesn't hurt their game.

And it seems that TSN. ca jumped the gun on the Rangers/Flames trade. I remember back in the summer when Bob McKenzie and others on TSN were ripping the Edmonton media for jumping the gun on the Heatley story. I noticed he didn't use the same choice of words when talking about how this deal is now on hold. We all make mistakes, and I laugh when those who have ripped on someone about a mistake or jumping the gun have the exact thing happen to them. The deal might still go through, but if it doesn't I doubt they will be ripping their own site.

Ddf3e2ba09069c465299f3c416e43eae
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
Avatar
#151 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 08:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Do you guys seriously not see the value in keeping Comrie around during the rebuild?

BUT HE'S SHORT!!!!!!!!!!!!

*nominates "He's too small" to replace "sssshhhhhhhoooooooooootttttttttttttttttt" as the official call of Oiler fans*

Avatar
#152 Quintana
February 01 2010, 08:12PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Rigger wrote:

LOL, too bad it's the same with all of them here. Damn that porn!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoJGv3VEh_8

Avatar
#153 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Do you guys seriously not see the value in keeping Comrie around during the rebuild?

3 shots by him already. I say keep him around to mentor the youngins if he resigns cheap.

Avatar
#154 Matt Henderson
February 01 2010, 08:13PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

So thats over 20 games, multiply that number by 4 to match the 80 games and...

Honestly, I think last year we could count on 2 whiffed shots at the goal mouth or open in the slot per game. I dont even think I'm exagerating that.

Avatar
#155 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Quintana wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoJGv3VEh_8

Oh suuure, get me banned for good. LOL

Avatar
#156 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 08:15PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

I bet if I complain enough I could get this game for free. I just about missed the entire first period between the sound and video cutting out.

I think they should re-sign him. I really hope he doesn't ask for too much. It'd be nice to have a real-live NHLer on the Oilers in the fall.

Avatar
#157 Matt Henderson
February 01 2010, 08:17PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

I now advocate watching the games for free on the internet. I have had crystal clear picture and sound on my Laptop using the Carolina feed online.

Avatar
#158 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 08:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

"It'd be nice to have a real-live NHLer on the Oilers in the fall"

Well, Horcoff will be there next year....

*explodes into a single jeanshorts size tear*

Avatar
#159 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 01 2010, 08:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Matt Henderson wrote:

So thats over 20 games, multiply that number by 4 to match the 80 games and...

Honestly, I think last year we could count on 2 whiffed shots at the goal mouth or open in the slot per game. I dont even think I'm exagerating that.

No, I'm pretty sure you are exagerating. It was like the Moreau "bad penalty" situation. People see it happen a few times so everyone starts yapping about it... eventually it takes on a life of it's own.... and then when you go look at the numbers Moreau ends up with like 30 minor penalties over 80 games.

Avatar
#160 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 08:19PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Matt Henderson wrote:

I now advocate watching the games for free on the internet. I have had crystal clear picture and sound on my Laptop using the Carolina feed online.

I'm at my parents' tonight. In my apartment, my laptop is hooked up to my TV all the time, so I probably would have watched it online tonight.

Avatar
#161 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:19PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

I bet if I complain enough I could get this game for free. I just about missed the entire first period between the sound and video cutting out.

I think they should re-sign him. I really hope he doesn't ask for too much. It'd be nice to have a real-live NHLer on the Oilers in the fall.

Dude I would, that's some bullsh*t right there. Are you with Shaw? Usually they're pretty good with stuff like that. Oh how I miss Shaw, Eastlink sucks sh*ts.

I agree. How much do you'd think he'd ask for, given he's missed nearly half a season?

Avatar
#162 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:20PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

"It'd be nice to have a real-live NHLer on the Oilers in the fall"

Well, Horcoff will be there next year....

*explodes into a single jeanshorts size tear*

*sad trombone*

Avatar
#163 Matt Henderson
February 01 2010, 08:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

I wont go back and watch those games from last year, but Whifcoff earned his nickname that year for a reason.

Avatar
#164 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 08:22PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Rigger wrote:

Dude I would, that's some bullsh*t right there. Are you with Shaw? Usually they're pretty good with stuff like that. Oh how I miss Shaw, Eastlink sucks sh*ts.

I agree. How much do you'd think he'd ask for, given he's missed nearly half a season?

I'm with Shaw at my apartment, and they actually haven't billed me for a PPV game since October when I moved in. I've called them like 4 or 5 times to tell them, but they don't seem to care.

My parents are with MTS, though, which is Manitoba's phone company. I don't think their tech support is open tonight, so I'll probably give them a ring tomorrow.

I'd take Comrie in a heartbeat at... I don't know, maybe up to 1.75MM cap on a 3 year contract.

Avatar
#165 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:25PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

I'm with Shaw at my apartment, and they actually haven't billed me for a PPV game since October when I moved in. I've called them like 4 or 5 times to tell them, but they don't seem to care.

My parents are with MTS, though, which is Manitoba's phone company. I don't think their tech support is open tonight, so I'll probably give them a ring tomorrow.

I'd take Comrie in a heartbeat at... I don't know, maybe up to 1.75MM cap on a 3 year contract.

Meh, might as well give em a call. Chances are they might have had other complaints too. Doesn't hurt to try. Nice that you haven't been charged for the other PPV games. Maybe Shaw realizes that it would be pointless, given how they've played.

I'd probably take that contract too. Hopefully Tambi will dump some salary and we'll be able to do it, and extend offers for our RFA's like Gags, Cogs, and Brule.

Avatar
#166 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 08:39PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Matt Henderson wrote:

I now advocate watching the games for free on the internet. I have had crystal clear picture and sound on my Laptop using the Carolina feed online.

Link?

Avatar
#167 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 08:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Eddie Shore

http://atdhe.net/12701/watch-carolina-hurricanes-vs-edmonton-oilers

Avatar
#168 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 08:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Haha yea I figured maybe I should do the respectable thing and actually read back through some posts. Thanks though. Cheers!

Avatar
#169 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 08:44PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Eddie Shore

No problem. It wasn't working during most of the first period, since I'm smart and got a Mac which doesn't support Sopcast. But now it's working so the rest of us can watch it.

Avatar
#170 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:45PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

No problem. It wasn't working during most of the first period, since I'm smart and got a Mac which doesn't support Sopcast. But now it's working so the rest of us can watch it.

Is it really? You don't need sopcast anymore?

Avatar
#171 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 08:46PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Who scored the goals?

I don't have sopcast and mine is working top notch. *knocks on his boner ..wood*

Avatar
#172 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 08:46PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Brule and Jacques

Avatar
#173 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:47PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Wooo it does work! *kisses jeanshorts Hollywood style*

I feel the need to remind everyone that I am a girl, in case they read that and sh*t their pants.

Avatar
#174 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 08:50PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Wow, that Olli Jokinen is really great.

What's that? That was JUSSI Jokinen?

Avatar
#175 Wanye
February 01 2010, 08:51PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Am I wrong or are the Oilers winning???

*tries to open window to escape to nearest sportsbar killing everyone in the way if necessary*

Avatar
#176 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 08:51PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

That should not have went in.

Avatar
#177 Clangger
February 01 2010, 08:51PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Wanye

You are wrong,, game is tied

Avatar
#178 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 08:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Rigger

Either way, I'll take what I can get.

Also, David S pointed that link out to me. So if anyone deserves an erotically homosexual, slow motion kiss in the rain on top of a building as jets fly by over head, it's him.

Avatar
#179 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Ah man there's a big lag on this feed with the audio from Rod. Not sure I wanna listen to the Carolina feed.

Avatar
#180 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 08:52PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

Either way, I'll take what I can get.

Also, David S pointed that link out to me. So if anyone deserves an erotically homosexual, slow motion kiss in the rain on top of a building as jets fly by over head, it's him.

Dibs!

Avatar
#181 Wanye
February 01 2010, 08:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@Rigger

A girl is in the GDB??

*combs hair and puts on nearest pair of pants*

Avatar
#182 Wanye
February 01 2010, 08:55PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@clannger

In the time it took me to close my score mobile browser and comment the game tied.

*curses the Oilers for the 162,965,327th time this season*

Avatar
#183 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 08:55PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Annnd neither should that have.

Avatar
#184 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:55PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

@jeanshorts

Hmmm, I'm using the link I posted awhile back. Didn't see one by David but what the hell....

*kisses David S Hollywood styles also*

Avatar
#185 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanye wrote:

@Rigger

A girl is in the GDB??

*combs hair and puts on nearest pair of pants*

No need for pants, I'm not wearin any. Nor am I fussy.

*brushes lone tooth for fresh breath*

Avatar
#186 Clangger
February 01 2010, 08:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Wanye wrote:

@clannger

In the time it took me to close my score mobile browser and comment the game tied.

*curses the Oilers for the 162,965,327th time this season*

in case you haven't caught up again,,we are winning...

Avatar
#187 VK63
February 01 2010, 08:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Good lord... Willis wife better get ready. That was kinda awesome in an "where the hell did that come from" kinda way.

Avatar
#188 Matt Henderson
February 01 2010, 08:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Rigger wrote:

No need for pants, I'm not wearin any. Nor am I fussy.

*brushes lone tooth for fresh breath*

Could have sworn that said "Nor am I fuzzy"...

Avatar
#189 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 08:58PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

This is a goaltending battle the likes of which we haven't seen since Andre Racicot played Rick Wamsley to a 12-12 tie in 1992!

Avatar
#190 Rigger
February 01 2010, 08:59PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Matt Henderson wrote:

Could have sworn that said "Nor am I fuzzy"...

Well I can't promise that my friend, it is winter after all.

Avatar
#191 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 08:59PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Rigger wrote:

Wooo it does work! *kisses jeanshorts Hollywood style*

I feel the need to remind everyone that I am a girl, in case they read that and sh*t their pants.

I thought it smelled a little funky in here

Ahhem... How you doin? *tips cap*

Avatar
#192 Rigger
February 01 2010, 09:02PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

What's up with Pisani? Healthy scratch or is he not feeling well again?

Avatar
#193 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 09:02PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

SAM GAGNERRRRRRRRRR YOU ARE MY HEROOOOOOOOOO

Avatar
#194 jeanshorts
February 01 2010, 09:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

We should TOTALLY trade Gagner. He's clearly hit the ceiling.

Avatar
#195 Matt Henderson
February 01 2010, 09:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Good thing the Oilers waited for a PPV to play this well. God Forbid they do it while anyone is actually watching.

Avatar
#196 Eddie Shore
February 01 2010, 09:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Atta boy Gags.

Avatar
#197 Maggie the Monkey
February 01 2010, 09:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
jeanshorts wrote:

This is a goaltending battle the likes of which we haven't seen since Andre Racicot played Rick Wamsley to a 12-12 tie in 1992!

Did this really happen? What teams were they playing for at the time?

Avatar
#198 Rigger
February 01 2010, 09:04PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Ha, according to the Carolina announcers, Gagner knows how to "enter". *dirty snickers*

Avatar
#199 Clangger
February 01 2010, 09:04PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

Don't get too excited,, the famous 3rd period self destructing is yet to come!!! One of Quinns favorite things about his team!

Avatar
#200 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 01 2010, 09:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers
Rigger wrote:

Ha, according to the Carolina announcers, Gagner knows how to "enter". *dirty snickers*

According to Kevin Quinn, Staal just drew a 'cloud' in front of Deslauriers.

Comments are closed for this article.