OGDB 4: Sprichst du hockey?

Jason Gregor
February 23 2010 12:10PM

After Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Americans and a pending date with the Russians tomorrow, it's really hard to feel the same angst when Canada faces the Germans tonight.

The first line of Marco Sturm, Marcel Goc and Johan Hecht doesn’t create the same trepidation as Oveckin, Malkin and Semin. Are we still going to watch? Of course, because our country needs a good German ass-kicking to get us ready for tomorrow’s epic tilt v. the Russians.

It's laughable to think the Germans will beat us at our game. It won’t happen. Germany isn’t a hockey powerhouse, but they make some great commercials.

I know when I’ve had a few too many I swear I’ve seen the same squirrel.

Wayne sent me a similar photo when he was gallivanting around Europe this Christmas. Now I know how he did it.

And this is the most important message for all of you who will be out at the Pint or another establishment tonight. We all know that nothing gets girls more in the mood than a Stanley Cup run or when Canada wins a game at the Olympics. Enjoy it, but be smart tonight.

I’m sorry I just can’t get worked up about tonight’s game. Germany doesn’t have depth, they have no top-end scoring and Thomas Greiss won’t be able to win the game by himself. I can overlook the Germans because I’m not playing, but don’t expect Sidney Crosby and the boys to do the same thing.

Canada can use tonight’s game to hopefully find some chemistry on their top lines. Rick Nash has zero goals in nine Olympic hockey games, so you know he’ll be trying to avoid a double-digit drought.

In case you missed it here’s what the lines will look like tonight.

Nash — Getzlaf — Perry
Stall — Crosby — Iginla
Marleau — Thornton — Heatley
Morrow — Toews — Richards

The defence pairings weren’t clear according to the reporters at practice yesterday, but it looks like Drew Doughty and Duncan Keith have emerged as the top pairing. The Human Rake has looked slow in this tournament, and the Germans aren’t a fast enough team to see if he is improving, but he does need to be smarter with the puck tonight.

Roberto Luongo will start the rest of the way for Canada and we’ll see if he can take advantage of his home rink and bring Canada the Gold medal.

I don’t see Patrice Bergeron playing much tonight. He is 9 of 16, good for 56% in the dot, but that is fourth on the team. Joe Thornton is 14 of 25 for 64%, Toews is the same 14 of 25 while Crosby is 22 of 31 for 62%. There is no need to play Bergeron very much tonight or the rest of the way.

More stats

Through three games, Canada has the most SOG with 134. Russia 113, Slovakia 105 and Finland 100 are the others with more than 100 shots. Germany has 85 in their three games. Canada is averaging 44.6 shots a game while Germany has taken 28.3.

Canada is 4 for 16 on the PP for 25%, while Germany is 1 for 8 at 12.5%. Canada’s PK has been solid at 88.8%. They’ve only allowed one goal in nine chances, while Germany as the worst PK in the tourney at 60%. They’ve allowed six goals in 15 chances.

Canada wins 5-1 tonight.

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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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#1 BUCK75
February 23 2010, 12:13PM
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I can't concentrate now - @loxisme posted this on twitter.

http://bx.businessweek.com/philanthropy/view?url=http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/deadspin/full/~3/RblRM16mNAc/the-one-with-the-naked-danish-curling-lady

I knew those Danish curlers were nice. this pic is from a fundraising calendar for the European curling federation.

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#2 Harlie
February 23 2010, 12:16PM
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Let's exSTURMinate the Germans tonight.

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#3 Harlie
February 23 2010, 12:17PM
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p.s - what's Thornton doing in a condom commercial?

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#4 jess
February 23 2010, 12:18PM
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I saw finland play germany.

5+ - 0 for Canada. Germany just doesn't have the offense to get it done.

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#5 Archaeologuy
February 23 2010, 12:28PM
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That is one big 1st line. If they can play really physical it would wear out a lot of teams.

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#6 Dream_Theater
February 23 2010, 12:37PM
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I'm thinking if Bobby LOU allows more than 2 goals... We just might be in need of a "FLEURY" of saves againsed Russia. There is no denying that he CAN play very well under pressure. Either which way, I have faith in all the goalies.

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#7 Dan the Man
February 23 2010, 12:38PM
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Canada will be looking to prove something tonight.

6-0 for the Truth North Strong and Free. 4 point night for Crosby.

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#8 RossCreekNation
February 23 2010, 12:50PM
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I'm German and I shouldn't have to listen to this BS. I hate this website. I'm never coming here again. Sponsors may miss my 8425 daily hits~

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#9 RossCreekNation
February 23 2010, 12:58PM
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FYI... TLP posted this on twitter in the 'midnite-hours'...

http://twitter.com/twolinepass/status/9517024528

LET'S GET HIM!!

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#10 The Towel Boy
February 23 2010, 01:16PM
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(Lovingly edited by Minister Towel Boy. Reason: racist, homophobic, sexist and profane content)

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#11 Harlie
February 23 2010, 01:18PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

FYI... TLP posted this on twitter in the 'midnite-hours'...

http://twitter.com/twolinepass/status/9517024528

LET'S GET HIM!!

http://www.snooperreport.com/storage/olympics/Fail1.JPG?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1254597180611

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#12 Dyckster
February 23 2010, 01:21PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

I can't concentrate now - @loxisme posted this on twitter.

http://bx.businessweek.com/philanthropy/view?url=http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/deadspin/full/~3/RblRM16mNAc/the-one-with-the-naked-danish-curling-lady

I knew those Danish curlers were nice. this pic is from a fundraising calendar for the European curling federation.

Ausitn Power's faja is soooooooooo wrong - "There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch. "

How on earth can you hate the Dutch?

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#13 I'm a Scientist!
February 23 2010, 01:34PM
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Am I the only one that FEARS over-confidence tonight? This team is going to hit the ice like a guy who just popped 3 viagra in a room full of naked chicks... nothing can stop him from getting the job done...BUT, what if the girls all turn out to be lesbians? *shudder*

*raises a glass*

Here's hoping the German Men's Hockey team is NOTHING like their women's hockey team...

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#14 Harlie
February 23 2010, 01:55PM
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in honor of our German foes....an oldy but a funny..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1JTK7JUts

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#15 HOFFFF
February 23 2010, 02:28PM
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Freiburgs little boy Heatley better not get soft on his motherland.

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#16 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 02:51PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

I can't concentrate now - @loxisme posted this on twitter.

http://bx.businessweek.com/philanthropy/view?url=http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/deadspin/full/~3/RblRM16mNAc/the-one-with-the-naked-danish-curling-lady

I knew those Danish curlers were nice. this pic is from a fundraising calendar for the European curling federation.

Hey is this link complete? When I try to use it it says object not found.

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#17 HOFFFF
February 23 2010, 02:59PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Hey is this link complete? When I try to use it it says object not found.

Yes! No teasing! Link won't open.

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#18 Dyckster
February 23 2010, 03:02PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Hey is this link complete? When I try to use it it says object not found.

Use just this part fellers -

http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/deadspin/full/~3/RblRM16mNAc/the-one-with-the-naked-danish-curling-lady

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#19 BUCK75
February 23 2010, 03:09PM
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@rubbertrout

http://www.vg.no/sport/ol/2010/artikkel.php?artid=589446

from the looks of the pic, if that mole was a rock I believe it would be in the 12'.

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#20 BUCK75
February 23 2010, 03:27PM
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Oh yeah - the hockey game...

Bobby Lou gets a shutout.

Iggy & Sid get 2 gaols a piece - 4-Nil final

Book it.

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#21 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 03:27PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

http://www.vg.no/sport/ol/2010/artikkel.php?artid=589446

from the looks of the pic, if that mole was a rock I believe it would be in the 12'.

Thank you kind sir.

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#22 BUCK75
February 23 2010, 03:31PM
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GOLD IN LADIES SKI-X.

*caps for added excitement & emphasis*

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#23 jeanshorts
February 23 2010, 03:36PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

(Lovingly edited by Minister Towel Boy. Reason: racist, homophobic, sexist and profane content)

You wrote something racist and profane and then edited yourself?

That's so esoteric!

* pretends he's an art snob from 1991*

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#24 The Towel Boy
February 23 2010, 03:43PM
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@jeanshorts

They shouldn't even allow me on this site!

I'm gonna ban myself.

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#25 Harlie
February 23 2010, 03:55PM
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@jeanshorts

Dieter's Dance Party

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/91/Snl89187.jpg

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#26 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 04:04PM
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Canada 3 Germany 2 in OT. Then after we hand wring about the lack of offence Canada lights up Russia 9 to 1.

It could happen right?

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#27 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 04:06PM
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Wayne/Bingo

I need one of you to email me your info so I can confirm the 21st.

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#28 jeanshorts
February 23 2010, 04:09PM
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@Harlie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN151F4ORnA

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#29 Ender
February 23 2010, 04:24PM
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@ Jason Gregor

Ja spreche ich Hockey fließend.

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#30 bingofuel
February 23 2010, 04:32PM
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@rubbertrout

What happens on the 21st? Also, I can always be reached at bingofuel@oilersnation.com

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#31 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 04:38PM
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bingofuel wrote:

What happens on the 21st? Also, I can always be reached at bingofuel@oilersnation.com

Talk to Wanye. I'll send an email to you but for whatever reason all of my emails get lumped in with the penis enlargement and porn solicitation SPAM ones.

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#32 OILERSORDEATH
February 23 2010, 04:54PM
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What time is the game airing tonight?? I cant find anywhere about what time it starts Dammit!! I'm going punch someone here at my work!!

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#33 bingofuel
February 23 2010, 04:57PM
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@OILERSORDEATH

530 MST. For future reference: Check this link

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#34 OILERSORDEATH
February 23 2010, 05:01PM
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bingofuel wrote:

530 MST. For future reference: Check this link

Thanks man!

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#35 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 23 2010, 05:31PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Talk to Wanye. I'll send an email to you but for whatever reason all of my emails get lumped in with the penis enlargement and porn solicitation SPAM ones.

stop putting

penis enlargement and porn solicitation

in the subject line

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#36 Robin Brownlee
February 23 2010, 05:37PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

Oh yeah - the hockey game...

Bobby Lou gets a shutout.

Iggy & Sid get 2 gaols a piece - 4-Nil final

Book it.

Roberto Luongo might get a shutout. I'm guessing "Bobby Lou" (and whoever calls Luongo that) is fussing over co-ordinating dinner settings and making sure the throw pillows on the sofa match for tonight's game.

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#37 Cory Dakin
February 23 2010, 06:24PM
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I'm hearing a rumor that the oilers canadiens and stars are working on a three way deal that would end up with price and Richards in Edmonton. Has anyone else heard this rumor or of there's any truth to it?

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#38 Cory dakin
February 23 2010, 06:30PM
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Oh yeah. And shea weber is the man!

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#39 GSC
February 23 2010, 06:41PM
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Ich spiele Eis Hockey gern!

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#40 Bryzarro World
February 23 2010, 06:47PM
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Can somebody PLEASE send a text to Brodeur... We need him to give Pierre a good two-hander upside the head to shut him up!!

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#41 Wanyes bastard child
February 23 2010, 06:53PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Can somebody PLEASE send a text to Brodeur... We need him to give Pierre a good two-hander upside the head to shut him up!!

X 2

Im wondering who McGuire "Duff'd" to be able to call all the Canada games?

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#42 Archaeologuy
February 23 2010, 07:11PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

I'm hearing a rumor that the oilers canadiens and stars are working on a three way deal that would end up with price and Richards in Edmonton. Has anyone else heard this rumor or of there's any truth to it?

I think that would be very difficult considering how much of a Cap hit Richards is.

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#43 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 07:12PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

stop putting

penis enlargement and porn solicitation

in the subject line

So THAT'S what the problem was. Thanks cableguy!

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#44 rubbertrout
February 23 2010, 07:13PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I think that would be very difficult considering how much of a Cap hit Richards is.

Only for one more year though. If they are serious about putting wasted dollars in the minors or buying guys out who knows?

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#45 Wanyes bastard child
February 23 2010, 07:18PM
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Who scored the 5th goal? I was outside..

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#46 Cory Dakin
February 23 2010, 07:22PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Who scored the 5th goal? I was outside..

Crosby Of course!

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#47 Archaeologuy
February 23 2010, 07:23PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Only for one more year though. If they are serious about putting wasted dollars in the minors or buying guys out who knows?

I guess so. Brad Richards would effectively end the NHL career of Horcoff unless he was part of the trade.

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#48 Cory dakin
February 23 2010, 07:26PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I think that would be very difficult considering how much of a Cap hit Richards is.

I thought that too. The rumor had cogliano and grebby leaving

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#49 Archaeologuy
February 23 2010, 07:39PM
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Oh, I just saw that rumour was an Eklund brainchild. The chances of it happening are less likely than being hit by a time traveling Delorian.

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#50 Cory dakin
February 23 2010, 07:44PM
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Nevermind about that three way deal rumor. I just heard it came from ecklund. We all know what that means

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