GDB LXXVI: HOT WINGS

Jason Gregor
March 30 2010 03:17PM

Don’t fool yourself Oiler fans, if there is one team the Wings are scared of this year it is the mighty Oil. In a stat that defies logic, the Oilers are 3-0 against the Wings this season. Can someone please file that under "things I just can't believe aboutn the 2009-10 Oilers season" along with the "unexplainable 5 game road winning streak in December."

Thanks.

In Edmonton on the hallowed eve of the 29th of October, the Oilers jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then led 5-1, before the Wings scored four goals to send it to OT. It went to the shootout and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Jason Williams, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg while Patrick O’Sullivan scored the lone goal and the Oilers won 6-5. The Wings outshot the Oilers 45-33 including 20-6 in the 3rd period, but the Oilers won.

On December 3rd the Oilers went into Detroit losers of three straight, without Khabibulin and Ales Hemsky and downed the Wings 4-1. The Oilers led 2-0 before the Wings scored with one second left in the first period. Normally you’d expect a goal like that to crush the Oilers, but O’Sullivan scored a pair of goals in the 2nd period and the Oilers outshot the Wings 36-28 with Jeff Deslauriers getting the win.

And finally ten days ago, the Wings visited Rexall for the 2nd time and they promptly lost in a shootout again. The Wings tied it with one second remaining in the 3rd and we all thought Devan Dubnyk would never win an NHL game, but he stopped Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula in the shootout and got goals from Ryan Potulny and Gilbert Brule to earn his first NHL win. The team and the fans celebrated like they’d won a playoff series, and why not, because it’s been four long years since this city has had the slightest taste of the playoff nectar.

HOT WINGS

 

The Wings are 11-2-1 since the Olympic break, with all three of their losses coming against the western Canadian teams. They lost at home on March 3rd, 6-3 to Vancouver , the Flames beat them 4-2 in Detroit on March 9th and the Oil continued the trend March 19th.

Sure the Wings have won five in a row, and have the best cast of European talent in the league, but the Oilers have Mike Comrie on the top line tonight with Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner. Sure, they’ve outscored the opposition 18-8 in their last five games, but the Oilers can beat them with any goalie they dress. Three different goalies, three wins for the Oilers.

Clearly the Wings can’t figure out the Oilers array of different styles between the pipes. And look for Deslauriers to get the start tonight so the Wings will face a new goalie for the 4th straight game. Sure, the Oilers have lost seven straight road games in March, but Jimmy Howard will make his 23rd straight start tonight and he is winless against the 30th place Oilers.

I think the Oilers are in his kitchen, and how can he seriously be considered for the rookie-of-the-year if he can’t beat the lowly Edmonton Oilers? He can't, that's how.

DARE TO DREAM

The Oilers have never swept the Wings in a four games season series, and considering the Wings dominated the Oilers 4-0 last season, outscoring them 19-8 in the process the Oilers should be fired up.

Okay, I’m really grasping at straws right now, but considering the Oilers have officially clinched 30th place, don’t you want to them win a game they have no business winning tonight?

The Oilers have given up the most goals, they are tied with Boston for fewest goals scored (190) and they are a league worst 8-25-3 on the road.

Here is the Oilers road record each month this season:

They have won one road game in 2010, a 3-2 shootout victory in LA on Feb 11th, and they’ve been outscored 128-75 on the road this year. But don’t worry they are 3-0 against the Wings.

Prediction: Oilers will be down 4-0 and will tie the game 4-4 with two goals by Tom Gilbert.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Many still feel that Jordan Eberle might get the call to play for Canada in the World Championships, but he won’t be the only young prospect going. Three Swedish Oiler prospects have been invited to Sweden ’s camp. Oilers forwards Magnus Paajarvi Svensson, Linus Omark and Anton Lander all got the invite by former NHLer and head coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson.

It will be interesting to see if Robert Nilsson gets an invite and if he doesn’t - does that show the Oilers where they should have him slotted on the organizational depth chart?

FINAL NOTE

Anyone want any wings now? I sure do....

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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 Wanye
March 30 2010, 03:22PM
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Between the wing photos and the jam and peanut butter comments on the poll, I hereby declare the OilersNation to be the best food blog north of Red Deer!

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#2 Boris
March 30 2010, 03:28PM
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Wings? That first photo kind of turned me off. It looks like he is trying to keep barf down but not quite succeeding. Maybe if you have some photos of ice girls eating wings I might get my appetite back.

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#3 DougWeightProblem
March 30 2010, 03:31PM
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You know who makes good wings. Dadeos, that's who. Shut up. You know they do!

WINGS!!!!

Oh yeah, Oil win 4-3 in a shoot-out. Now back to rolling around in hot sauce ...

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#4 Kyle S
March 30 2010, 03:32PM
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@Wanye

Absolutely! Easily the best up North.

I'm definitely BBQ'ing up some hot wings tonight! The Oilers have never lost when I've BBQ'd wings...they've never won either though.

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#5 Wanye
March 30 2010, 03:34PM
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Kyle S wrote:

Absolutely! Easily the best up North.

I'm definitely BBQ'ing up some hot wings tonight! The Oilers have never lost when I've BBQ'd wings...they've never won either though.

Sounds to me like they have NEVER LOST when you BBQ wings Kyle.

On behalf of the OilersNation I thank you for doing your part.

@Boris

Clearly you have never partaken in a wing eating contest. Fighting the urge to chunder is half the battle.

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#6 Ender
March 30 2010, 03:39PM
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@Boris

I wonder if they'll have the game on at Hooters . . .

Mmmmmmmmm . . . wings!

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#7 Dan the Man
March 30 2010, 03:41PM
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It should be illegal to make wings in any flavour other than HOT.

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#8 David S
March 30 2010, 03:42PM
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Detroit is both motivated and healthy. This won't be the same Red Wings team we've faced any other time this year.

After the effort I saw last game, 5-1 for the Wings. If we're lucky.

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#9 The Towel Boy
March 30 2010, 03:46PM
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I can't read this article...it's making me soooooo hungry....

nom nom nom nom

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#10 Dan the Man
March 30 2010, 03:47PM
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Remember in 92-93 when the Sens had only 1 road win?

The Oilers are Road Warriors in comparison.

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#11 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
March 30 2010, 03:48PM
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Wings would have been great tonight. I'm making falafels for my girlfriend to bring to her Easter potluck.

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#13 Kyle S
March 30 2010, 03:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

You will never see Ice Women eating wings...The bar is much higher than that...Wait until Thursday, I think you will enjoy.

Eating something else I assume?

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#14 The Towel Boy
March 30 2010, 03:52PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

You will never see Ice Women eating wings...The bar is much higher than that...Wait until Thursday, I think you will enjoy.

~This must be the article about ethics you mentioned a while back! W00t wOo!

...I joke, I keed!

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#15 Wanye
March 30 2010, 04:08PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

You will never see Ice Women eating wings...The bar is much higher than that...Wait until Thursday, I think you will enjoy.

Whereas we continue to lower the bar with pictures of scantily clad dames.

Next year:

Hard core pornography!

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#16 Jodes
March 30 2010, 04:09PM
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MMM Wings.. Too bad it wasn't wing night at The Pint!

Their wings weren't too shabby, but the best place that I've had them is at the Crown and Anchor Pub in Whitecourt.. 8 dry flavours, 17 "sauce" flavours, mmm mmm good I tell ya!

Now if I could just find some decent wings in Bonnyville and St. Paul, all would be good..

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#17 Jodes
March 30 2010, 04:11PM
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Wanye wrote:

Whereas we continue to lower the bar with pictures of scantily clad dames.

Next year:

Hard core pornography!

Ah Wanye.. always one step ahead of the pack!!

"Oilers Nation" proudly endorsed by Larry Flint Himself!

Can you imagine the ON parties after he gets on board???

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#18 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 30 2010, 04:22PM
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Kyle S wrote:

Eating something else I assume?

sausage perhaps? hot dogs?

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#19 Bruthah
March 30 2010, 04:29PM
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@Wanye

Still trying to find some of those easter eggs.

mmmmm wings...... mmmmmm mini eggs.....

I want food now, GREAT!

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#21 Robin Brownlee
March 30 2010, 04:46PM
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@Jason Gregor

Gregor: Thank Christ you finally got the to point and predicted a Detroit walk. The first 10 paragraphs read like a highlight reel circus catch by Milhouse.

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#22 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
March 30 2010, 04:57PM
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3-1 Edmonton. Goals to Comrie, Potulny, and Penner.

The Red Wings realize they've been swept by the Oilers and simultaneously retire.

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#23 BUCK75
March 30 2010, 05:01PM
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@Jason Gregor

I think a poll needs to be conducted on this wing or women question, simply because we can comment on pollz.

I vote women - no question.

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#24 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 05:10PM
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Oh Snapz!!

Its an ON writers throw down!

Fight!

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#25 Wanye
March 30 2010, 05:20PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Oh Snapz!!

Its an ON writers throw down!

Fight!

Good Lord.

What a bunch of BS.

*reluctantly goes to make the poll*

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#26 Wanye
March 30 2010, 05:22PM
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There - it is up and I voted "BETTER THAN ALL ELSE"

There was no way I was going to ask "do you like hot wings over women" because that not only demeans the polling software, it also demeans all of the veterans of WWII that remain among us.

Vote away!

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#27 Wanye
March 30 2010, 05:41PM
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Ar-sene

Ar-see-nee?

Anyone?

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#28 Archaeologuy
March 30 2010, 05:45PM
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@Wanye

apparently it's ar-see-nee, but that doesnt sound as cool as D-een ar-seen to me.

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#29 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 05:46PM
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Yeah I remember going on a rant about the yankee announcers pronouncing it wrong... boy is my face red now.

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#30 DK0
March 30 2010, 05:49PM
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SLUMP BUSTED! your welcome Lilya

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#31 DK0
March 30 2010, 05:50PM
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ohh wait.. unbusted?

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#32 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 05:50PM
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Quick, whats that celtic tune they were playing?

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#33 DK0
March 30 2010, 05:53PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

Shipping up to Boston by The Dropkick Murphys. Or at least thats the best version of it

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#34 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 05:54PM
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@DK0

Thanks dude :)

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#35 DK0
March 30 2010, 05:55PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-64CaD8GXw

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#36 Lofty
March 30 2010, 06:04PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

3-1 Edmonton. Goals to Comrie, Potulny, and Penner.

The Red Wings realize they've been swept by the Oilers and simultaneously retire.

wrong: 15 minutes in.

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#37 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 06:06PM
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Hey, remember that song "Where The Party At" by that urban singing group Jagged Edge?

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#38 DK0
March 30 2010, 06:07PM
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This game needs more adjusting of mic effects...

MY WISH HAS COME TRUE!

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#39 DK0
March 30 2010, 06:07PM
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SWEET JESUS!

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#40 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 06:24PM
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Look at all the gray hair on Drew Miller. How old is he like 17? So unnatural.

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#41 Pajamah
March 30 2010, 06:31PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Look at all the gray hair on Drew Miller. How old is he like 17? So unnatural.

Young Red Wing, my guess is Drew Miller is 34 years old

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#42 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 06:47PM
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This game is brutal.. at least there's some nice cleavage sitting behind Quinn.

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#43 DK0
March 30 2010, 06:53PM
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so thaaaaats what puck support looks like. hadn't seen it all season.

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#44 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 06:53PM
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Have the Oilers gotten the puck past the red line this period?

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#45 jake
March 30 2010, 06:56PM
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The Oilers are getting schooled in their own zone. Brutal.

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#46 DK0
March 30 2010, 06:59PM
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So its our turn to lose 6-5 in overtime right? RIGHT!?

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#47 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:01PM
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Too bad the Oilers already burned Torrie Jung's game. We could really use him right about now.

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#48 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:01PM
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woah wtf? i think Brule touched that though.

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#49 Archaeologuy
March 30 2010, 07:02PM
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What a move by Comrie!!

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#50 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:03PM
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The Oilers definitely shouldn't re-sign Comrie in the summer. He's too small.

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