UPDATED! GDB LXII: Back to reality

Jason Gregor
March 02 2010 11:41AM

After a sixteen-day break the Oilers get back at it tonight in Nashville where they'll take on former teammate Denis Grebeshkov. I’m still a bit surprised some felt the Oilers should have gotten more for the inconsistent, $3 million D-man, because to me this trade was more about shedding cap space than anything else.

You won’t have the same emotion when you tune in to Sportsnet tonight as you did for the past week watching Canada in must-win situations, but the stretch run is here for the Oilers as they try to position themselves with the best chance to get the first pick in June.

The Oilers are 19-36-6, good for 30th in the league and they’ve given up the most goals, 211, while scoring 153, only Boston has scored less at 149. The Predators sit in 7th spot in the west, 33-23-5, good for 71 points. They are one point ahead of the Red Wings, two ahead of the Flames, three ahead of Dallas; Anaheim is four back.

The Preds aren’t home free by any stretch and tonight is a must-win over the worst team in the league. They’ve added Grebeshkov, and it seems likely that Dan Hamhuis will play his last game with the Predators tonight. I’d bet David Poile will want to add another forward before tomorrow’s 1 p.m. MST deadline, but don’t expect it to be Ethan Moreau or Fernando Pisani.

I’d bet those two veterans, barring a trade before game time, will play their last game as an Oiler tonight. Moreau has four points in his last three games, easily his most productive stretch of the season, and look for him to play well again tonight.

He’ll remain on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Mike Comrie. The other lines look like this:

Penner — Gagner — Nilsson
Pisani — Potulny — O’Sullivan
Brule — Pouliot — Cogliano

Ladislav Smid is out for tonight’s game so both Theo Peckham and Taylor Chorney will play.

Peckham — Staios
Chorney — Visnovsky
Strudwick — Gilbert

Jeff Deslauriers will start in goal.

OLYMPIC STUDS

After watching Shea Weber and Ryan Suter perform in the Olympics, you realize why the Predators have been a playoff contender the past few years. Weber was outstanding for Canada, and Suter was equally impressive for the States.

Could David Poile roll the dice and keep Hamhuis to better his team’s chances of making the playoffs? Grebeshkov will be in the 3rd pairing along side Francois Bouilion, which is a pretty decent top-six, but knowing Poile, he’ll move Hamhuis for something by tomorrow rather than lose him for nothing this summer.

QUICK REMINDERS

How hard have you tried to forget the first 61 games of the season? In case you’ve forgotten a few things about your beloved Copper and Blue here’s a quick refresher heading into the final 21 games.

  • Penner leads the team in goals with 24. Potulny, yes Potulny, is tied for second with Gagner at 14.
  • Only Penner, Cogliano and Gilbert have dressed for all 61 games.
  • Outside of being a horrendous -29, Horcoff only has 90 shots on goal in 56 games. Feel free to shoot the puck. Cogliano and Moreau have more shots than Horcoff, although I wonder how many of Moreau’s were weak wrist shots from the top of the circles.
  • Four of the D-men dressed for tonight don’t have a goal this season. Gilbert has two while Visnovsky has ten. Don’t expect much offence from the backend.
  • The Oilers will need 17 points to avoid being the worst team in Oiler history; the 1992/1993 team went 26-50-8 for 60 points.
  • They will need to score 43 goals to avoid being the lowest scoring team in franchise history; the 2006/2007 team scored 195 while giving up 248.
  • If either Potulny or Gagner don’t score six more goals, this will be the first time the Oilers finish a full season with only one 20-goal scorer.

Trade update!

Oilers just sent this out:

"General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Matt Marquardt from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenceman Cody Wild. Marquardt, 22, has appeared in 42 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League this season recording one goal and nine assists. Last season the 6’3”, 229lb left winger played in 71 games with the Providence Bruins and had 22 points (9G, 13A). He played junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats and Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL collecting 164 points in 203 games. Marquardt was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 7th round, 194th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft."

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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 Archaeologuy
March 02 2010, 11:42AM
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Grebs has a 5 point night and is +7. Book it.

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#2 The Towel Boy
March 02 2010, 11:46AM
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Hahaha...that stupid picture. I think that was one of the first things I ever did for this site.

It's gonna be weird watching Oiler hockey tonight. It'll take some getting used to.

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#3 oilerryan26
March 02 2010, 11:50AM
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Hey Gregor, any chance the oilers claim Lisin off waivers from the rangers???? with Jacques gone for the year, might be worth while for the oil to get a big man into their lineup.

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Archaeologuy wrote:

Grebs has a 5 point night and is +7. Book it.

Heard something that Grebs is having immigration problems and might not be dressed tonight.

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#5 The Towel Boy
March 02 2010, 11:52AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Heard something that Grebs is having immigration problems and might not be dressed tonight.

Ah yes, probably country of origin issues. You see that a lot with livestock.

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#6 Senator Theo
March 02 2010, 11:56AM
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ooh - the Oilers' defensive lineup looks a little...what's the word...crappy right now.

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#7 VMR
March 02 2010, 11:56AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Grebs has a 5 point night and is +7. Book it.

How about a 4 point night and is still -3.

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#8 Librarian Mike
March 02 2010, 12:00PM
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Hey, come on guys. It's not all doom and gloom. Comrie's getting married to Hilary Duff. That's pretty awesome...

*throws a fistful of holepuncher confetti in the air*

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#9 BUCK75
March 02 2010, 12:03PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Hahaha...that stupid picture. I think that was one of the first things I ever did for this site.

It's gonna be weird watching Oiler hockey tonight. It'll take some getting used to.

That picture has got a lot of mileage. All the way back to GDB5 October 22 2008.

*memories of a PPV 3-0 loss at the hands of the blackhawks*

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#10 m3sh
March 02 2010, 12:10PM
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VMR wrote:

How about a 4 point night and is still -3.

This assumes an ability to win on the part of the oilers, which is not only undesirable, but fairly hilarious.

I want them to compete, but only enough for pride's sake - like there's any left to play for. Continue the losing ways boys, no point in stringing W's together now.

This isn't being negative. This is hoping for the *right* outcome.

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#11 Aleslav Smidsky
March 02 2010, 12:18PM
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I bet Grebs is in the KHL next year.

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#12 VMR
March 02 2010, 12:18PM
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@m3sh

Nah Grebs points come on the power play and the Preds win 6-3. That does mean he's on the ice for every goal against but that's not that suprising.

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#13 David S
March 02 2010, 12:23PM
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m3sh wrote:

This assumes an ability to win on the part of the oilers, which is not only undesirable, but fairly hilarious.

I want them to compete, but only enough for pride's sake - like there's any left to play for. Continue the losing ways boys, no point in stringing W's together now.

This isn't being negative. This is hoping for the *right* outcome.

Dude. Have you seen Gregor's lineup above? Winning won't be part of any conversation here over the rest of the season.

*Removes five of six bullets from revolver. Dutifully cleans barrel and polishes handle.*

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#14 Bucknuck
March 02 2010, 12:23PM
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Would love for grebs to dish the puck directly on to Gags stick for goal number 15 - go Gagner!!

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#15 dAMagEd
March 02 2010, 12:24PM
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Grebeshkov has been good for one goal against per game almost single handedly this season. I bet he still won't make the playoffs if he gets any significant ice time in Nashville. A second round pick is a steal in my opinion. Its a good trade just to free up the cap space.

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#16 RossCreekNation
March 02 2010, 12:37PM
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As per Bob MacKenzie...

Colorado's Wojtek Wolski is in play and the Phoenix Coyotes are one team that has shown some interest.

WOW!

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#17 No Clue
March 02 2010, 12:39PM
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....a bottle of wine for my wife, 'er I mean a second round pick for almost any current roster player = good trade!

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#18 rubbertrout
March 02 2010, 12:42PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

I bet Grebs is in the KHL next year.

If he is then Tambo made the right play for once.

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#19 pmg2
March 02 2010, 12:42PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Grebs has a 5 point night and is +7. Book it.

Archaeologuy ----now that's some real intelligent thinking ..........isn't it !!! I wonder where people's sense of common sense and reality goes sometimes !!!

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#20 Biowolf
March 02 2010, 12:53PM
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@David S

Good eye, mesh. Some lineup. Are there still people around willing to watch stuff like this?

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#21 Archaeologuy
March 02 2010, 01:01PM
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pmg2 wrote:

Archaeologuy ----now that's some real intelligent thinking ..........isn't it !!! I wonder where people's sense of common sense and reality goes sometimes !!!

Are you not used to people poking fun at things? When other people laugh in the theatre do you just go along with it and ask what was funny later?

Common sense and reality are the required elements for understanding that my comment wasnt serious.

Fail.

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#22 VMR
March 02 2010, 01:06PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

If he is then Tambo made the right play for once.

Doesnt even take him going to the KHL. He could go to arbitration this summer and get awarded close to 4 million, then we're either stuck paying that for Grebs or we let him walk for nothing. I dont think he's worth that so a 2nd round pick is better than nothing.

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#23 OILERSORDEATH
March 02 2010, 01:12PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Hahaha...that stupid picture. I think that was one of the first things I ever did for this site.

It's gonna be weird watching Oiler hockey tonight. It'll take some getting used to.

Just watch the any of the Might Ducks movies and it will all come right back to ya.

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#24 jeanshorts
March 02 2010, 01:18PM
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Wow, when you line up all the "Quick Reminders" on top of each other like that it really pumps a guy up for some NHL hockey!

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#25 Phil
March 02 2010, 01:20PM
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that line up looks horrendous. an absolute buzzkill considering the hockey i witnessed over the past 2 weeks, climaxing with my team winning gold.

**** them sorry ass Oilers.

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#26 SquidRx
March 02 2010, 01:21PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

ooh - the Oilers' defensive lineup looks a little...what's the word...crappy right now.

It doesn't have the name Sebastien Bisaillon in it so it is definitely a step up from a couple of years ago.

I saw this guy as a call up yesterday for Columbus and regardless of stats I think the Oilers should trade for him. What team couldn't use a player named Grant Clitsome.

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#28 Ender
March 02 2010, 02:20PM
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I think the Oilers have got Nashville right where they want them. All the pressure is on Nashville, and the Oilers can just come out and play their game without distractions . . .

Oh who am I kidding? This is just the first in a horrifying sequence of train-wrecks that will burn itself forever into my mind as the Season of Mind-Numbing Despair. I'm living day-to-day on the hope that an Oiler will escape from a fight without actually hurting himself. I figure the secret to enjoying this team's successes now is just being able to set the bar for achievement low enough. Did we play the full 60 minutes? Nobody fell and herniated anything? We didn't sign anyone through their retirement party? Woot! The sweet smell of success.

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#29 papaburgundy
March 02 2010, 02:33PM
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I predict a 5-1 win for the Preds and Grebby chips in with 2 points.

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#31 David S
March 02 2010, 03:49PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Oilers just sent this out....

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Matt Marquardt from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenceman Cody Wild.

Marquardt, 22, has appeared in 42 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League this season recording one goal and nine assists.

Last season the 6’3”, 229lb left winger played in 71 games with the Providence Bruins and had 22 points (9G, 13A). He played junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats and Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL collecting 164 points in 203 games. Marquardt was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 7th round, 194th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Salvation is at hand!

*Gets used to simultaneously mumbling "oh god" and applying ritual facepalm*

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#32 Wanyes bastard child
March 02 2010, 07:00PM
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Grebeshkov shoving it up the backside of his critics...

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#34 Wanyes bastard child
March 02 2010, 07:12PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Still hearing that San Jose has some interest in Pisani...teams are worried about his ability to stay healthy for a two-month playoff push.

Well San Jose shouldn't have to worry about the two-month playoff push... they will end up choking again :P

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#35 David S
March 02 2010, 08:15PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Still hearing that San Jose has some interest in Pisani...teams are worried about his ability to stay healthy for a two-month playoff push.

~You know Jason, any other guy writes that and I'd be asking if they forgot the sarcasm tildes.~

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#37 David S
March 02 2010, 08:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

No that is the only concern. They like him as a player, and he swears he is healthy, and I believe him. I think he'll get moved.

Well if he plays anything like Grebs tonight, he'll rip ten goals with them before the end of the season.

BTW - The show has been great the last couple of days with you and Meg going at it. My vote is in for you doing the bachelor gig. Could be borderline hilarious.

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#38 Harlie
March 02 2010, 08:52PM
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Pisani to SJ sounds like a good fit. I hope for his sake that it works and he possibly gets to hoist the cup.

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