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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#251 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 08:51PM
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David S wrote:

THOSE AREN"T PILLOWS!!!

Hmmm What would you say if you were David Staples?

I'd be interested in hearing that.

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#252 David S
February 10 2010, 08:54PM
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Harlie wrote:

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.

The thing of it is, on a team as weak as the Oilers a guy like POS neutralizes an entire line. The opposing team just has to key on Penner and the game is in the bag. Couple that with our AHL goalie squad and we wonder why the guys are losing their will to fight?

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#253 rubbertrout
February 10 2010, 08:58PM
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Kai wrote:

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.

Anyone that took Gregor's article as a "gambling for dummies" needs help.

Anyone that came to this site looking for gambling tips needs help.

The fact of the matter is that things tend to be more interesting when you have something riding on it. That's why hockey pools and football pools are so prevalent. That doesn't mean that you need to be a degenerate gambler to enjoy it.

You have to be of the age of majority to gamble. If you are you can vote, drink, smoke and eat food that is sh!tty for you too. People make dumb decisions but that doesn't mean that we need to come to a hockey site to hear someone up on a soapbox talking about the perils of vice. You may have great things to say on the topic but this isn't the place for it IMO.

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#254 rubbertrout
February 10 2010, 09:00PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

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

As stated earlier mine has Horc getting a hatty and being +4 for the night.

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#255 Pajamah
February 10 2010, 09:00PM
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Wow, I am late to the party here, all the drunks here are passed out and completely covered in sharpie penises

However, I would like to request consideration for 7th defensive spot on this team of disgusting miscreants

and I'll be "Strudzy" not because I'm a utility guy, but because I'm a lummox

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#256 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:01PM
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@Eric Johnson

Sorry, please don't stop bringing the bananas

Can you forgive me?

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#257 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:02PM
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Full house at the Duck Pond tonight I see.

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#258 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:03PM
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@Eddie Shore

Another classic move by Bettman.

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#259 Harlie
February 10 2010, 09:04PM
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[on the way to Las Vegas]

Trent: They're gonna give daddy the Rainman suite, you dig that?

Mike: Do you think we'll get there by midnight?

Trent: Baby, we're going to be up five hundy by midnight!

Mike: Yeeeeaaaaahhhhhh!

Trent: Vegas baby! Vegas!

Mike: Vegas!

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#260 Travis Dakin
February 10 2010, 09:06PM
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you could actually hear the Ducks laughing at the Oilers PP on the ice.

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#261 David S
February 10 2010, 09:07PM
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Oh man. You know for some teams a 5 on 3 is an automatic. I wonder what that's like.

*sigh*

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#262 Shaun Doe
February 10 2010, 09:07PM
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Okay they should just cancel the game and give the win the the ducks now. That was a BRUTAL 5-on-3 and thats saying alot to distinguish it from all the other crap-tackular play they have had on display

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#263 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:08PM
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MEMORANDUM

ATTENTION: Ray Ferraro

OILERS RESOLVE: Non-existent.

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#264 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:08PM
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Isn't Ferreo(sp) starting to sound like Maguire(sp)?

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#265 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:09PM
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i wonder if the Ducks, thought about pulling the goalie, but still only leaving 3 guys on the ice.

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#266 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 09:09PM
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Heavyd wrote:

Sorry, please don't stop bringing the bananas

Can you forgive me?

Yes I can forgive you.... as long as you never mention my Cabbage Patch collection...

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#267 Shaun Doe
February 10 2010, 09:10PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

you could actually hear the Ducks laughing at the Oilers PP on the ice.

Well since I have been forced to watch the Anaheim broadcast I was allowed to hear the announcer talk about a lack of emotion from the Oil PP. Talk of emotion from the land of acting and botox killed kissers... they are laughing at us from all angles.

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#268 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 09:10PM
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What just happened?

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#269 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:11PM
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What just happened, a shorthanded goal by the Oilers?

Is this a replay of a game from 4 years ago?

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#270 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:11PM
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@Jason Gregor

Just wondering why it is you think Potulny is not an NHL player next year as you stated today on your show?

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#271 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:12PM
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What about the Hanna Montana collection?

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#272 Waz
February 10 2010, 09:13PM
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Potulny with the shorty, ~We should give him Horcoff money~

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#273 JorgeR
February 10 2010, 09:15PM
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Good to see a shorty...

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#274 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 09:18PM
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Heavyd wrote:

What about the Hanna Montana collection?

Thats it Monkey boy! find your own bananas!

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#275 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:18PM
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Where has that been for the last 2 years MAP?

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#276 Dave
February 10 2010, 09:20PM
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MAP whoa?!

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#277 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 09:21PM
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chipchurra pulled a Horcoff

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#278 JorgeR
February 10 2010, 09:27PM
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haha no way!!!

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#279 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 09:27PM
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What just happened?... again

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#280 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:27PM
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@Eric Johnson

Sorry, crap.

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#281 RossCreekNation
February 10 2010, 09:27PM
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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*Chopper Style. Chop, chop, chopper style*

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#282 Travis Dakin
February 10 2010, 09:27PM
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WHAT THE FU*K? When did Moreau get fast again?

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#283 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:27PM
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Trade Moreau now.

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#284 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:29PM
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Twlight Zone.

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#285 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:29PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

WHAT THE FU*K? When did Moreau get fast again?

Probably thought if he scores on this breakaway he will be shipped out tonight..

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#286 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:29PM
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Welcome back down to earth JDD.

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#287 Eric Johnson
February 10 2010, 09:29PM
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Moreau's Stock hasn't been higher in the last two years....

Oilers PK 2

The Questionable Pick Bobby Ryan 2

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#288 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:29PM
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That lasted a good 2mins.

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#289 Harlie
February 10 2010, 09:30PM
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TRADE MOREAU while he's hot.

Nice goal by the way.

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#290 RossCreekNation
February 10 2010, 09:31PM
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Ethan Moreau - "Chopper Style" featuring Master P

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#291 Eddie Shore
February 10 2010, 09:34PM
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Doesn't Jason Blake know that if you want to score on JDD just shoot high glove??

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#292 Harlie
February 10 2010, 09:35PM
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uggh. Why the hell did I google Ethan Moreau pictures? Lesson learnt.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v215/TrojanHorse/OilersESPNskin.jpg

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#293 Victoria
February 10 2010, 09:35PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Doesn't Jason Blake know that if you want to score on JDD just shoot high glove??

Well he was a Leaf, after all. So, no.

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#294 6 ring circus
February 10 2010, 09:36PM
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Where do I sign up for the drinking,the dirty talk and the pussy chasing?

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#295 Wanyes bastard child
February 10 2010, 09:37PM
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wooohooo time for another shorty!

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#296 Harlie
February 10 2010, 09:37PM
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Dustin Penner's energy system must be low.

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#297 RossCreekNation
February 10 2010, 09:38PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

Where do I sign up for the drinking,the dirty talk and the pussy chasing?

http://www.jeanshortsandbaggedmilk.com/

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#298 Heavyd
February 10 2010, 09:43PM
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@Harlie

Do you think he was in there for 5 min hit from behind?

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#299 Shaun Doe
February 10 2010, 09:48PM
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On the anaheim feed they just had Marchant's son doing interviews with a couple of the players. In the end they showed Marchant giving his son crap over the way he was interviewing. "Look at the camera after you read the questions!"

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#300 Harlie
February 10 2010, 09:51PM
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Heavyd wrote:

Do you think he was in there for 5 min hit from behind?

No, I think it was 2 minutes for a butt ending.

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