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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#51 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:04PM
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6-5 overtime loss for the Oilers, book it.

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#52 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 07:27PM
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Stortini the new Penner?

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#53 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:27PM
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PLAYOFFS!!!

I mean, COMEBACK!!

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#54 jake
March 30 2010, 07:30PM
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What happened to Gagner?

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#55 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:33PM
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@jake

He's still out with a hip problem

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#56 Wanyes bastard child
March 30 2010, 07:34PM
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@jake

He was playing to good so we sat him, can't ruin the DFF now ~

Actually he has a bum hip.

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#57 jake
March 30 2010, 07:35PM
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DK0 wrote:

He's still out with a hip problem

OK, yeah I knew about the hip, just watching the feed and they mentioned Penner's and Gagner's injury, thought maybe he played tonite and went out with another injury.

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#58 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:35PM
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nice missed hand pass call, friggen refs

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#59 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:42PM
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NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#60 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:43PM
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*passes out trying to comprehend what the hell is happening in this game*

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#61 Archaeologuy
March 30 2010, 07:44PM
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Apparently Gilbert didnt think the season began until March.

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#62 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:45PM
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@Archaeologuy

I think the entire team did. Or, well, most of them.

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#63 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:45PM
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Its all because in my NHL10 season, in the first round against the Coyotes, Tom Gilbert is my leading scorer with 4 goals and 2 assists in 2 games. I know.. I'm as confused as you are how that happens. He's not even on my top D pairing.

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#64 Pajamah
March 30 2010, 07:46PM
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DK0 wrote:

NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way!!

Too bad Sully couldn't score on the 2 on 1

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#65 Wanye
March 30 2010, 07:48PM
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OILERZ!!!!!!!!

SQUEEE

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#66 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:49PM
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OMGZ GET A WHISTLE!

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#67 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:50PM
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Hey Nilsson, be more useless whydontcha?

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#68 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:51PM
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Seriously someone get a bucket or something because this WAGON IS ON FIRE!

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#69 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:53PM
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nice stick checking guys... ffs

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#70 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:54PM
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ohhhhh man.. CANCEL THAT SHIZZZZZZZZZZ

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#71 Wanye
March 30 2010, 07:54PM
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Q:"Were you squared up for the shot Jeff?"

A:"I jumped as high as I could"

WHAT A GAME

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#72 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:54PM
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ha. ha. HAHAHAHAHA JDD IS SOOOOOOO BAD!

Actually that was a pretty decent tip. Thank god, for the first time in his life he decided to not only stand up to try and make a save, but jump. JUMP!

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#73 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:55PM
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Thats head height fo sho

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#74 DK0
March 30 2010, 07:57PM
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nooooo wayyyyyyyyyyy

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#75 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 07:57PM
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LOL HAI REF Y DONT U LEARN TO TURN ON YER MIKE! LOLOLOLOL! FAIL!

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#76 DK0
March 30 2010, 08:00PM
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Well im fully entertained despite only 2 periods being worth watching.

I hope to god next season we play wide open offensive hockey all year since we're going to suck.. might as well be fun to watch

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#77 Wanye
March 30 2010, 08:01PM
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I will say this about the 2009-2010 Edmonton Oilers:

They certainly handled their business against the Red Wings all season. If they played the other 29 teams as hard we would be looking at a very different record.

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#78 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 08:04PM
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You know Oilers, you're making it really hard for me to continue hating you when you start playing a plethora of exciting/entertaining games like this to end the season off.

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#79 Dyckster
March 30 2010, 08:12PM
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What happened to Penner, according to the TSN Game Log he only had 4 minutes of ice time on 6 shifts?

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#80 Robin Brownlee
March 30 2010, 08:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

ha. ha. HAHAHAHAHA JDD IS SOOOOOOO BAD!

Actually that was a pretty decent tip. Thank god, for the first time in his life he decided to not only stand up to try and make a save, but jump. JUMP!

Have you ever been within 50 blocks of a hockey rink?

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#81 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 08:18PM
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@Robin Brownlee

I've shoved a bunch of critics up my backside before if that's what you mean.

*pretty sure I'm quoting that correctly*

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#82 jeanshorts
March 30 2010, 08:21PM
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Dyckster wrote:

What happened to Penner, according to the TSN Game Log he only had 4 minutes of ice time on 6 shifts?

Took a shot in the face.

*That's what she....did?*

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#83 DK0
March 30 2010, 08:22PM
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@Dyckster

Took a puck in the eye

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#84 Robin Brownlee
March 30 2010, 08:30PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I've shoved a bunch of critics up my backside before if that's what you mean.

*pretty sure I'm quoting that correctly*

So, you're onside with that crew, eh? That's your big shot?

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#85 Pajamah
March 30 2010, 08:30PM
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Someone, youtube me a "The Hangover" line...

"In the face!!!"

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#86 Dyckster
March 30 2010, 08:41PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Took a shot in the face.

*That's what she....did?*

Thanks for the update, and the LOL.

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#87 Butters
March 30 2010, 08:42PM
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What does unexplicable mean?

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#88 Dyckster
March 30 2010, 08:57PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but does tonight's loss not clinch last place for us? 6 games left 14 points behind the TML's.

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#89 Cory Dakin
March 30 2010, 09:00PM
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Butters wrote:

What does unexplicable mean?

When watching a team play this bad, for this long, you have to resort to making up your own words

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#90 Butters
March 30 2010, 09:02PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

When watching a team play this bad, for this long, you have to resort to making up your own words

Oh, an Oilersnationism, got it.

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#91 Cory Dakin
March 30 2010, 09:04PM
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Dyckster wrote:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but does tonight's loss not clinch last place for us? 6 games left 14 points behind the TML's.

This does, in deed, ensure the mighty oil finih dead last. We have finally achieved the goal we've been trying to achieve since the end if the unexplicable 5 game road winning streak

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#92 Bombstradamus
March 30 2010, 10:08PM
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So, this is what it feels like to clinch a spot in March.

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#93 Wanye
March 30 2010, 10:10PM
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Bombstradamus wrote:

So, this is what it feels like to clinch a spot in March.

Well played.

See everyone who was scared if the Oilers won here and there in the past month they wouldn't come in last? SEE??

*crosses arms smugly, content in the smallest victory ever recorded in human history*

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#94 Bombstradamus
March 30 2010, 10:17PM
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How can 20 teams still be in the playoff hunt (mathematically), and the Oil have already clinched last place? In the league. That's sucking way worse than necessary.

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#95 OilCrazy
March 30 2010, 10:27PM
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Great comeback given a loss would clinch 30th overall. At least with the loss that is official now.

The braintrust can now go into high gear on the Hall vs Seguin dilemma, as there's a 48% chance we'll get to pick. Check that, we probably don't need to waste our time, as the way the season has gone we will lose the lottery anyways, and just end up picking which ever one is left.

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#96 Wanye
March 30 2010, 10:39PM
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It just occurred to me that if the Oilers draft hall they have to bring Adam Oates out of retirement.

Even if it is just for a game.

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#97 Maggie the Monkey
March 30 2010, 10:44PM
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As if loosing to the Wings wasn't bad enough, now I have to put up with Maneater in my head for the rest of the night.

Oh oh here she comes Watch out boy she'll chew you up

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#98 Sammy D
March 30 2010, 10:49PM
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Is one of the ON leaders behind the curtain making edits to the columns? Didn't Gregor say in his article, posted at 3:17 PM that the Oil will be down 4-0 but will tie it up with a pair by Gilbert?

I got start drinking less. or more...

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#99 Bombstradamus
March 30 2010, 10:50PM
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@Wanye

He'd help the face-off department though. Hmmm.

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#100 Bombstradamus
March 30 2010, 10:56PM
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@Sammy D

Didn't Gregor also say that Selanne has scored in 52 NHL arenas? Is that true? I believe him, but by my figurin that means Rexall is way too old.

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