GDB LVIII: 11

Jason Gregor
February 10 2010 12:48PM

Who will reach lucky number 11?

The Ducks tied a franchise record with their 10th consecutive home win Monday v. the Kings, while the Oilers set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive road loss the same night. Tonight they meet for the first time this season, and if you were ever going to play Sports Select tonight might be the night to bet against the Copper and Blue.

Hell, don’t just pick them to lose, if you put down a hundred on them to lose by two you will win 110. Doubling your money is never a bad thing. I don’t condone gambling because too many people have ruined their lives over it, but taking a chance when the odds are this good, might give you an extra reason to watch the game tonight. I don’t bet very often because I suck at it, but when I look at these streaks and just how bad the Oilers are playing right now, even a conservative gambler like me is contemplating it.

In their ten-game home winning streak the Ducks have scored five goals twice, lit the lamp four times in seven games and scored three once. They are averaging 4.1 GPG in this stretch. Meanwhile the Oilers have scored a whopping ten goals in their ten-game losing skid.

If Ryan Getzlaf was playing I’d take this bet in a second, I still might do it, but the Olympian is on the shelf rehabbing his ankle and praying he will be ready to go next Tuesday when Canada plays their first game. I should also mention that the Oilers have won four straight in Anaheim, and nine of their last 12 at the house of Duck.

VETERAN PRESENCE

Getzlaf’s absence is music to the ears of the Oilers non-checking line of Ethan Moreau, Shawn Horcoff and Fernando Pisani. You can’t hide the fact those three have been terrible lately.

Horcoff is -31, Moreau is -18 in his last 32 games and Pisani has only dressed for one win this season; ONE.

I’ve had some GMs and scouts tell me there is interest in Moreau, but the way he is playing I can’t understand why. The Ducks were a team that was sniffing around a few weeks ago, so if Moreau is ever going to play well this year, you’d think it would be tonight and Sunday when the Ducks come to Edmonton.

It is clear Moreau and Pisani aren’t worried about showcasing themselves, because if they were, they’d be playing much better. At least show some emotion. Hit someone, get in a pushing match, or even better, make the correct play with the puck.

The only explanation for Pat Quinn not stapling these three to the bench is that the organization believes that opposing scouts want to see them play. I’d argue the Oilers might be better served to start giving these guys some soft minutes to try and pad their stats, or least stop them from becoming worse.

DUBNYK TO START?

It doesn’t make any sense to recall Devan Dubnyk and not start him tonight, so I’d expect to see the former first-rounder between the pipes. I do expect the Oilers to then send Dubnyk back to Springfield before the roster freeze on the 12th and have Bryan Pitton back up Deslauriers on Sunday, and then send Pitton to the ECHL. If they send him directly to the ECHL, it sounds like he doesn’t need to clear waivers so then only Deslauriers won’t be playing during the Olympic break.

At this point I’m not sure it really matters if they dress Zach Stortini or sit a forward from Monday’s loss, because Quinn can only take out one forward. Right now eight forwards deserve to take a seat in the pressbox.

After two horrendous efforts the Oilers need to show up tonight. They aren’t good enough to be expected to win, but at least compete and try to play smart. The Oilers have 12 players who will need a new contract next year, and when you throw in Steve Staios, Ethan Moreau and Robert Nilsson, who might get bought out if they don’t play well that is 15 guys who have their careers to play for. Pride should be enough to motivate them, but if it isn’t then their future career should be.

GASP! AN OILER ISN’T WORST

When times are tough, some days you need something to boost your spirits and with the Oilers in 30th place in the league, 29th in goals scored, 29th in goals against here is a list where one of their players in only 4th worst. Now this list isn’t filled with a lot of data,  and I’m sure if someone (Willis) did a point-per-dollar X minutes played comparison then Horcoff might sneak into the top three, but according to Goldstein Horcoff is the 4th worst contract in the league.

Rejoice Oiler fans: he isn’t the worst.

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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 Librarian Mike
February 10 2010, 03:57PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

I task thee, OilersNation, with also finding good nicknames for the Line combinations and D-Pairings. ie) "The Twin Towers" or "The Legion of Doom"

I propose putting Amber with Rigger as the 3rd D pairing, and you've got '2 girls 1 puck'.

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#102 BUCK75
February 10 2010, 03:59PM
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@Matt Henderson

I will take the GM job! It has been proven it isn't that hard - I will just evaluate the talent until the off season.

*dips bubble wand into soap solution & blows bubbles*

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#103 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 03:59PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Haha...touche!

What does that actually make jeanshorts then?

Ohhh right...the guy in a tube top and daisy dukes that sits on the end of the bench twirling his hair and winking at all the boys.

We have one of those already, his name is Tom Gilbert.

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#104 The Towel Boy
February 10 2010, 03:59PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

I second this nickname. But you must play with the number '1/2'.

Done.

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#105 Ender
February 10 2010, 03:59PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Well you sound qualified.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the new President of Hockey Operations, cableguy.

Does this mean KLowe is getting promoted to "Emperor of Important Hockey Stuff"? I bet he's really excited . . .

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#106 The Towel Boy
February 10 2010, 04:00PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

We have one of those already, his name is Tom Gilbert.

Man...I've been waiting alllll afternoon for someone to jump on that. Good form.

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#107 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 04:00PM
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Jamie B. wrote:

So who coaches?

"What you doing boys?"

"Putting on the foil coach!"

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#108 DougWeightProblem
February 10 2010, 04:01PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

We have one of those already, his name is Tom Gilbert.

That explains SO much ... except for the not being physical enough part.

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#109 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 04:01PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Man...I've been waiting alllll afternoon for someone to jump on that. Good form.

Papa taught me wells and stuff.

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#110 Matt Henderson
February 10 2010, 04:02PM
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@BUCK75

Consider it done. Dont take too long evaluating* this club though.

*playing WoW and practicing your year end speech

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#111 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 10 2010, 04:03PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Well you sound qualified.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the new President of Hockey Operations, cableguy.

there are so many people i need to thank for this awesome honour

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#112 The Towel Boy
February 10 2010, 04:03PM
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I've discussed it with myself and have decided that the torch and I can go by the "Dignitaries of Doom" moniker.

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#113 Rigger
February 10 2010, 04:05PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Thinking along those lines. If the Oilers sent out a lineup that looked like this...

1st Line) Wanye - Bingofuel - Willis 2nd Line) Gregor - Travis Dakin - David S 3rd Line) Rosscreek - Chris - Original Ogden Brother 4th Line) Archaeologuy - Im a Scientist! - Amber

1st Pair) Jeanshorts - Ender the Dragon 2nd Pair) Minister Towelboy - Ambasador Humantorch 3rd Pair) Rigger - Smokin Ray

Starting Goalie) Robin Brownlee Backup Goalie) Librarian Mike

...we could also vie for 30th place in the NHL. Just Sayin.

*blushes at honour of being mentioned* Thanks Arch!

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#114 HottScarrison
February 10 2010, 04:07PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

We have one of those already, his name is Tom Gilbert.

VERY NICE SIR!!!!

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#115 Ender
February 10 2010, 04:09PM
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@ Jason Gregor

JG, my man, we're sorry that you went to all the work to do actual research and stuff for today's GDB and then we went and hijacked your thread. It's just . . .

Well, frankly the imaginary team thing is a lot more exciting than dicussing how we're going to get dominated yet again. We've done that so many times already this year . . . we've only really imagined Tom Gilbert in a tube top just this once. Well, I'm speaking for myself, anyway. Wanye's Bastard Child will have to tell you about his own imagination.

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#116 The Towel Boy
February 10 2010, 04:13PM
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@Ender

As a part time moderator and taxidermist for this site, I can tell you that we have violated 7 or 8 of the rules laid out in the Code of Conduct.

It's no problem really. I'll just tell bingofuel he has great hair and that he made the team and he'll give us no trouble.

If that fails I still have my jedi mind trick to fall back on.

So, there's an Oiler game tonight?

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#117 Rigger
February 10 2010, 04:13PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

I propose putting Amber with Rigger as the 3rd D pairing, and you've got '2 girls 1 puck'.

*starts fudging stats to appear more imposing*

6'3" 215lbs...than oughtta do it.

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#118 SirFozz
February 10 2010, 04:14PM
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Can't believe I missed this whole thread. Stupid job. Can I be assistant equipment manager? That would be awesome.

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#119 I'm a Scientist!
February 10 2010, 04:14PM
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@The Towel Boy

We're playing tonight? Holy!

*starts stretching*

Can my nick name be "THE SuperComputer"?

EDIT: Or just 'Falcon'...i'd be happy with that.

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#120 Matt Henderson
February 10 2010, 04:15PM
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@SirFozz

Still need coaches and 2 Assistant Managers.

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#121 bingofuel
February 10 2010, 04:16PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

As a part time moderator and taxidermist for this site, I can tell you that we have violated 7 or 8 of the rules laid out in the Code of Conduct.

It's no problem really. I'll just tell bingofuel he has great hair and that he made the team and he'll give us no trouble.

If that fails I still have my jedi mind trick to fall back on.

So, there's an Oiler game tonight?

I have great hair? Awww, thanks TB. You may now violate the rules with impunity. <3

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#122 SirFozz
February 10 2010, 04:19PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

Still need coaches and 2 Assistant Managers.

Head coach or just assistants? Head coach sounds cooler but you get to drink with the players if you're an assistant....hmmmm.

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#123 Ender
February 10 2010, 04:20PM
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Rigger wrote:

*starts fudging stats to appear more imposing*

6'3" 215lbs...than oughtta do it.

Consider me totally imposed.

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#124 Rigger
February 10 2010, 04:21PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

I propose putting Amber with Rigger as the 3rd D pairing, and you've got '2 girls 1 puck'.

"The Bearded Clams"? How's that for a name? *wonders if mom is looking over her shoulder reading, and then remembers that mom is in fact, illiterate*

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#125 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 10 2010, 04:21PM
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SirFozz wrote:

Head coach or just assistants? Head coach sounds cooler but you get to drink with the players if you're an assistant....hmmmm.

as president i hire you as head skate sharpener.

i would say sorry, but i am not.

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#126 McGuire's Monster
February 10 2010, 04:21PM
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Line 1 should be The Ghostriders.

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#127 Matt Henderson
February 10 2010, 04:22PM
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@SirFozz

But if you become the Head Coach you're allowed to grow silver hair and talk to reporters after each game.

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#128 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 10 2010, 04:22PM
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Rigger wrote:

"The Bearded Clams"? How's that for a name? *wonders if mom is looking over her shoulder reading, and then remembers that mom is in fact, illiterate*

ok, there is another keyboard down the drain..

damn drinking coffee and reading at the same time.

post of the year!!

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#129 McGuire's Monster
February 10 2010, 04:22PM
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Line 1 should be:

The Ghostriders

Should really be more patient to see if the first one went through or not.....weak.

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#130 Rigger
February 10 2010, 04:23PM
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Ender wrote:

Consider me totally imposed.

Well, I'm 5'10" so I figure with I'd measure with skates. Otherwise I may be considered smurf territory.

*paints on wicked 'stache to help imposing appearance*

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#131 Rigger
February 10 2010, 04:24PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

ok, there is another keyboard down the drain..

damn drinking coffee and reading at the same time.

post of the year!!

Honorable mention goes to "The Greasy Tacos" and "The Mooseknuckles"

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#132 Jodes
February 10 2010, 04:26PM
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Does this team have a AHL affiliate yet? I'll cut my chops down on the farm til I get the call up!

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#133 Tracie
February 10 2010, 04:27PM
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I would like to apply for the assistant/player-goalie coach who also sings the national anthem and does play by play!

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#134 SirFozz
February 10 2010, 04:28PM
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Head Coach it is.

And Head skate sharpener. *shakes fist in mildly threating manner at cableguy while smiling to himself knowing he subscibes to satelite*

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#135 DougWeightProblem
February 10 2010, 04:29PM
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Dibs cap management/consultant!

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#136 McGuire's Monster
February 10 2010, 04:30PM
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I would like to apply for color commentator / Nations Lunch host on a competitive station. I will then show off my sweet analysis and highlight skills along with "ripping" this team during my lunch.

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#137 smiliegirl15
February 10 2010, 04:32PM
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I've coached soccer so I think I could coach your sorry, er I mean, such stellar talent.

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#139 Ender
February 10 2010, 04:34PM
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Rigger wrote:

Well, I'm 5'10" so I figure with I'd measure with skates. Otherwise I may be considered smurf territory.

*paints on wicked 'stache to help imposing appearance*

Dang; where were you for Movember? You probably would have embarassed Patty O. Not that he needs the help.

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#140 Matt Henderson
February 10 2010, 04:34PM
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I cant believe how well this has taken off. Yet again, I would like to note that our team could also come in 30th in the NHL.

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#141 Ender
February 10 2010, 04:38PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

I cant believe how well this has taken off. Yet again, I would like to note that our team could also come in 30th in the NHL.

Yeah, we could be 30th, but you'd need a lot more of us. Most of the line-up you've outlined would be joining Hemsky after the first game.

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#142 Rigger
February 10 2010, 04:42PM
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Ender wrote:

Dang; where were you for Movember? You probably would have embarassed Patty O. Not that he needs the help.

I'm sure I could find other ways to embarrass POS. Doesn't seem like it would be hard, him being goaty and all.

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#143 smiliegirl15
February 10 2010, 04:42PM
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Ender wrote:

Yeah, we could be 30th, but you'd need a lot more of us. Most of the line-up you've outlined would be joining Hemsky after the first game.

I don't know - give bingofuel a couple granola bars and gatorades and he can be the enforcer (or was that Wanye?).

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#144 Ender
February 10 2010, 04:43PM
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On the plus side, I firmly commit to scoring as many goals as Staios, Strudwick, and Chorney combined. That's the kind of D-man I am!

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#145 Matt Henderson
February 10 2010, 04:43PM
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@Ender

That's why you need to use systems that help minimize individual weaknesses.

Maybe you've heard of a little thing called the Flying V?

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#146 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 04:44PM
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Am I the only one shocked and appalled that RossCreek made the team?

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#147 smiliegirl15
February 10 2010, 04:45PM
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@ Arch

Maybe we could bring Youngblood and the guy from the Cutting Edge out of retirement too~

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#148 Word
February 10 2010, 04:45PM
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DougWeightProblem wrote:

Grebeshkov is like that girl with the smokin' body, but annoying habit of getting raped by big, strong men everytime she touches the puck. Wait, am I still making a metaphor?

Heh.

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#149 Dan the Man
February 10 2010, 04:49PM
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I call head scout...where do I pick up the keys to my new place in Cabo?

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#150 PooFan
February 10 2010, 04:50PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

We have one of those already, his name is Tom Gilbert.

Speaking of things that are weak, I'd like to nominate this discussion thread as the weakest ever at ON. :)

The first post with the ON lineup was good, and I liked Brownlee's quip, but it was a dead horse from then on.

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