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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#201 I'm a Scientist!
February 10 2010, 07:15PM
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@Librarian Mike

GASP! Gonna be a long drive to Cali my friend! Good thing we can count on Ro-brown...

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#202 David S
February 10 2010, 07:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

"a) Sorry, I'm NOT David Staples."

I'm still not convinced.

Wanye could back me up on this one. Ask him.

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#203 Librarian Mike
February 10 2010, 07:16PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

GASP! Gonna be a long drive to Cali my friend! Good thing we can count on Ro-brown...

Hopefully Jung's in town...

@Not David Staples

How do we know HE'S not David Staples too?

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#204 Robin Brownlee
February 10 2010, 07:18PM
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@Kai

Well, that was nine paragraphs of self-righteous lecturing that I'm sure all of us who can't think for ourselves appreciate.

How many times have you come to this site before today and commented on hockey? Even once? That aside, nothing Gregor wrote could be taken as imploring people to run out and bet their mortgage money on tonight's game.

When I read something like that and can't put the name to any meaningful previous discussion about hockey, I wonder if you were just looking for a reason to jump in and lecture. What's next, a warning about the dangers of drinking? How about the pitfalls of dirty talk and the perils of pussy chasing?

And you work in the gaming industry? So you earn your pay cheque, directly or indirectly, from a business based on the pitfalls you are warning us about. How can somebody as obviously principled as yourself accept that dirty money?

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#205 McGuire's Monster
February 10 2010, 07:26PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Well, that was nine paragraphs of self-righteous lecturing that I'm sure all of us who can't think for ourselves appreciate.

How many times have you come to this site before today and commented on hockey? Even once? That aside, nothing Gregor wrote could be taken as imploring people to run out and bet their mortgage money on tonight's game.

When I read something like that and can't put the name to any meaningful previous discussion about hockey, I wonder if you were just looking for a reason to jump in and lecture. What's next, a warning about the dangers of drinking? How about the pitfalls of dirty talk and the perils of pussy chasing?

And you work in the gaming industry? So you earn your pay cheque, directly or indirectly, from a business based on the pitfalls you are warning us about. How can somebody as obviously principled as yourself accept that dirty money?

How about the pitfalls of dirty talk and the perils of pussy chasing?

Tell me there's no such thing. Right? Right??

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#206 Kai
February 10 2010, 07:32PM
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@Robin Brownlee

I only comment on items that spark my interest. This one happened to. I read this blog pretty religiously along with many others. If my lack of past comments somehow invalidates my comments on gambling in your mind, Im not sure how to argue against that. This just happened to bet a pet peeve of mine...Mr. Brownlee I would imagine should be able to understand that much.

I am not preaching about the pitfalls of gambling. I think its fine to gamble casually, I think its normal and nothing morally or ethically wrong with it. I just dont agree with advocating it in an uninformed manner.

My post was meant to bring more insight to how to go about sports betting and the sort of considerations that most people (even those as informed about hockey as you and Gregor) dont think about before they jump in.

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#207 David S
February 10 2010, 07:36PM
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http://i34.tinypic.com/2vae5fr.png

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#208 Kai
February 10 2010, 07:36PM
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Oh, and I dont feel theres an ethical dilemma for me because working in the industry because I dont feel that sports betting has any moral or ethical implications. People are paying for entertainment.

If you recognize its for entertainment, then bet however you please.

But Gregor is advocating it from a for profit point of view rather then a purely entertainment point which is what I take issue with.

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#209 David S
February 10 2010, 07:39PM
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The internets. SERIOUS business.

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#210 David S
February 10 2010, 07:52PM
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Oilers 4-2. They're due.

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#211 McGuire's Monster
February 10 2010, 07:59PM
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Can anyone tell me if a player can be traded while on LTIR? If the trading partner knows the status of the player in question can that player be moved?

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#213 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 08:01PM
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On a side note, TSN sucks.

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#214 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 10 2010, 08:01PM
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David S wrote:

Oilers 4-2. They're due.

what color is the sky in your dreamland?

i picture a place with unicorns prancing around fields filled with flowers. with women who openly flaunt their boobies without a care in the world. with rye and coke vendors on almost every street corner so my cup is never empty.

that sir, is my dreamland.

your dreamland apparently has the oilers winning 4-2. i like mine better

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#215 Aleslav Smidsky
February 10 2010, 08:02PM
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@Bruthah

900 sq ft, I don't even have room for all my furniture.

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#216 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 10 2010, 08:03PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

900 sq ft, I don't even have room for all my furniture.

a true canadian would sacrifice their bed in order to keep their hockey gear near by.

stop being a pussy and man up

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#218 Aleslav Smidsky
February 10 2010, 08:09PM
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@cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan

I'm not a pu$$y or a canadian(i am a citizen thou)

I rarely ever play shinny, I started skating and learning to play last year. Made a big investment on the equipment and now i rarely ever use it. I dont want to give it away.

2 left-handed sticks

Nike FlexLite Stick'um Reg Flex 87 535g pg2 Naslund LowKick

Easton Synergy Ultra 95 Flex p3 Lie 5.5 Sakic 1/2"/12mm

200$ if anyone needs/wants them.

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#219 David S
February 10 2010, 08:09PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

I said you might double your money because that is what the odds are. I think most realize if the Oilers don't win by two then they would lose everything. I didn't think I had to write that, because most who read have probably placed a bet with friends or at a casino at some point.

And isn't it entertainment and for profit at the same time. I don't know many people who bet planning on losing? I didn't intend to encourage anyone so hopefully that didn't happen. I'm sure you've seen lots of bad things from betting so I get where you are coming from, but if you back and read what I said I'm pretty sure I warned people to be cautious.

I don't think he listens to your show, which BTW was hilarious today with you and Brownlee going on about Valentines Day.

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#220 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 08:10PM
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I can't believe im cheering the Canadiens to win this, I so don't want this game to go to overtime.

Plus note we'll probably miss the first soft goal gumby lets in...

Edit - Poop, the Caps scored :(

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#221 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:12PM
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OH MY GAD! Can I be the reporter that follows the team on the road, the surly beat writer with a heart-o-gold?!

Come guys, can I play, can I huh?

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#222 Aleslav Smidsky
February 10 2010, 08:15PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

Don't Cheer for the Canadiens. This is GR8's year. They should start carving his name on the cup last week.

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#223 Harlie
February 10 2010, 08:17PM
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like a ghost town in Anaheim

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#224 Archaeologuy
February 10 2010, 08:17PM
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@Eric Johnson

We need a chronicler, and the only other candidate is happily playing net for us. You're in.

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#225 Reagan
February 10 2010, 08:19PM
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Sucky. Stuck in St. Paul, basic cable at motel only, don't have TSN2 to watch game. Come on Ovechkin kill off Montreal so I can watch the Oilers loose...

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#226 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 08:22PM
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~yay Canadiens~

Now put the oilers game on TSN

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#227 Reagan
February 10 2010, 08:22PM
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Good Job Plekanec!, switch me to the Oiler feed...

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#228 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 08:24PM
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Ferraro!

*swoons*

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#229 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:34PM
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Wow, losing another game.

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#230 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:35PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

We need a chronicler, and the only other candidate is happily playing net for us. You're in.

Wicked, bring on the babes.

Thats the way it works right? The wordsmithery guys get all the babes... right?

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#231 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:35PM
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tsn2.

But Gord Miller told everyone with 1 minute left in the overtime.

Lucky I realized that it was 8 and switch to Tsn2

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#232 Aleslav Smidsky
February 10 2010, 08:35PM
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"Hey Bob." "Bob?"

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#233 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:37PM
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What no Olympic commericals.

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#234 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:38PM
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Best part of tonight? Lover Boy has finally played the River Cree.... Thank Jebus, I thought that add would never stop creeping me out.

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#235 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:38PM
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Another soft play by Gilbert, thanks Ferreo, tell us something we don't know.

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#236 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:38PM
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Another soft play by Gilbert, thanks Ferreo, tell us something we don't know.

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#237 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:38PM
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@ fivenadagame

Don't lie it's your screen saver.

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#238 Harlie
February 10 2010, 08:38PM
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Jaques totally won that fight. It was Parrot's elbow pad that cut Jaques when they were pushing. Jaques landed way more that Parrot.

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#239 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:41PM
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Heavyd wrote:

@ fivenadagame

Don't lie it's your screen saver.

Get out of my room!

*hides his head under his Lover Boy sheets*

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#240 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:42PM
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@Harlie

I would agree on that. And they were saying that Parros was so much bigger than Jacques, but Parros is only 1 inch, and 4 pound heavier.

That doesn't seem that mucg bigger. Or am I missing something?

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#241 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 08:42PM
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I am the evil monkey in your closet.

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#242 David S
February 10 2010, 08:43PM
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If POS wasn't being shopped, I have no doubt he'd be in the PB right now. His level of bad is galactic.

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#243 Harlie
February 10 2010, 08:44PM
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Heavyd wrote:

I would agree on that. And they were saying that Parros was so much bigger than Jacques, but Parros is only 1 inch, and 4 pound heavier.

That doesn't seem that mucg bigger. Or am I missing something?

I super slow-mo'd it and Jaques clearly controlled the fight. He looked stronger actually.

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#244 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:45PM
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Heavyd wrote:

I am the evil monkey in your closet.

You keep revealing my secrets and I'll stop bringing Bananas.

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#245 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:45PM
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David S wrote:

If POS wasn't being shopped, I have no doubt he'd be in the PB right now. His level of bad is galactic.

What the hell was he doing on that play? Follow the leader?

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#246 Harlie
February 10 2010, 08:46PM
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David S wrote:

If POS wasn't being shopped, I have no doubt he'd be in the PB right now. His level of bad is galactic.

the guy frustrates me to no end. I think his ass should be stapled to the bench. that would probably UP his value cuz his play STINKS.

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#247 Librarian Mike
February 10 2010, 08:48PM
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Eric Johnson wrote:

Get out of my room!

*hides his head under his Lover Boy sheets*

Let me guess...you've got 2 pillows, each one is a picture of a cheek from the 'Get Lucky' cover. haha.

*continues working on 'Amber Hair Doll'*

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#248 David S
February 10 2010, 08:50PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Let me guess...you've got 2 pillows, each one is a picture of a cheek from the 'Get Lucky' cover. haha.

*continues working on 'Amber Hair Doll'*

THOSE AREN"T PILLOWS!!!

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#249 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:50PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Let me guess...you've got 2 pillows, each one is a picture of a cheek from the 'Get Lucky' cover. haha.

*continues working on 'Amber Hair Doll'*

Okay seriously guys you have to stop sneaking into my room.

It's creeping me out.

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#250 Harlie
February 10 2010, 08:51PM
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seein as we got nothin to cheer for anymore I find myself scouring the scores to see if Calgary loses it's playoff spot. Glad to see Nashville win tonight. Hopefully Dallas and Detroit can step their games up. I'll laugh my ass off if the Flames miss the playoffs. C'mon!!

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