GDB LXIV: A blender against the Wild

Jason Gregor
March 05 2010 11:45AM

It's Friday night; the Oilers are out of the playoffs already and the game in on PPV. That doesn’t seem like a lot of incentive to watch, but many of you will watch because: you bought the PPV package so it’s already paid for, you’ll be at the Pint tipping back a few and the game will be on, or mostly because you want to see the New Guys.

Ryan Whitney will wear #6, Aaron Johnson is #2 and in case you missed Wednesday’s game Ryan Jones has #28.

The defence pairings didn’t look set during practice, but it looks like Whitney will play with Tom Gilbert, while Johnson will play with Theo Peckham and Jason Strudwick was paired up with Taylor Chorney.

Up front Ethan Moreau didn’t skate this morning, and he is doubtful with a sore neck. Pat Quinn fired up the blender this morning for his forward lines.

Penner — Horcoff — Nilsson
Pouliot — Gagner — Jones
Cogliano — Comrie — O’Sullivan
Brule — Potulny — Pisani/Stortini

Whitney is smooth as ice. He skates great, moves the puck well and his lateral movement is exceptional for a big man. No one questions his skill set, but I’m still skeptical about the soft factor. Johnson is on his fifth team since 2004, and you wonder if he is a journeyman or a guy who was on the wrong teams.

He wasn’t going to play much in Chicago with their top-five, and the same can be said about the Flames. These final 19 games he will be given the most ice-time of his career I’d bet, and we’ll see if he can take advantage of it and be a guy they think could be a decent 3rd pairing D-man next season.

Wild on roll

The Wild didn’t make any moves this week, other than shipping Belanger to Washington, but the acquisition of Cam Barker and Guillaume Latendresse earlier this year have panned out. Barker has only played two games, but he has two points, is +5 and is averaging just over 21 minutes a night. Latendresse has 18 goals in 37 games with the Wild and has given them a decent first line threat with Martin Havlat.

The Wild needed a centre to play with those two, but didn’t get one at the deadline. Kyle Brodziak was playing with them, and for the past two games Andrew Ebbett has been in the middle. Neither guy is a first line centre, but Todd Richards has found a way to get production from all of his lines.

The Wild have scored the first goal in nine of their past eleven games and they are 19-6-1 when scoring first. The Wild have played the 2nd most one-goal games in the NHL at 19-11-4, so expect a close affair 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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#51 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 05 2010, 07:45PM
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****pulls up a chair and waits for the dirty porn talk to start again****

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#52 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 07:47PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

Okay. bCool.

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#53 TonyT
March 05 2010, 07:47PM
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Surprisingly good game this far.

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#54 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 07:48PM
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Who likes Aslynn Brooke?

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#55 David S
March 05 2010, 07:48PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

I bought the PPV and im sitting at home... but im not a loser ;)

Hey! I'm not not a PPV loser either!*

Man, this is the quietest crowd I've seen in RX1 for a while. Just the odd smattering of polite applause. Its like 18,000 people are resigned to watching the few NHL'ers we have get pulled down the toilet by a bunch of guys that would never see the light of NHL day in the real world.

*Obviously in denial

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#56 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 05 2010, 07:49PM
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*****crickets*****

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#57 David S
March 05 2010, 07:50PM
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TonyT wrote:

Surprisingly good game this far.

Looks like somebody hit the booze early tonight.

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#58 dragon
March 05 2010, 07:50PM
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anyone got a feed for the game? thx.

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#59 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 05 2010, 07:52PM
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dragon wrote:

anyone got a feed for the game? thx.

better use of your time would be to listen online at 630ched.com and watch the shopping channel...

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#60 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 07:52PM
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@dragon

Channel 320

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#61 dragon
March 05 2010, 07:54PM
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Heavyd wrote:

Channel 320

gotcha, thx. ;-)

is long gone the season when ppv was worth the trouble. if only some entertainment was there...

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#62 dragon
March 05 2010, 07:55PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

better use of your time would be to listen online at 630ched.com and watch the shopping channel...

than Stouffer it is...

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#63 Wanyes bastard child
March 05 2010, 07:55PM
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@Heavyd

*sniffs*

But poppa always said i wasn't a loser...

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#64 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 07:57PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

Poppa is a liar.

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#65 Phil
March 05 2010, 08:02PM
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Hows Whitney lookin

im on the toilet taking a nice long dump so i havent been able to watch the first so far.

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#66 Wanyes bastard child
March 05 2010, 08:05PM
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@Phil

Not to bad... and wash your hands.

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#67 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:06PM
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@Phil

Its 2010, and you don't have a t.v. in your bathroom.

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#68 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:10PM
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If Oilers win I win 72 bucks.

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#69 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:13PM
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Jones is out.

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#70 David S
March 05 2010, 08:18PM
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Phil wrote:

Hows Whitney lookin

im on the toilet taking a nice long dump so i havent been able to watch the first so far.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01359/male_grooming_1359253c.jpg

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#71 David S
March 05 2010, 08:23PM
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So wait a minute. There's hot Canadian women olympic hockey players?????

*re-boots thought process*

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#72 Wanyes bastard child
March 05 2010, 08:26PM
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Gilbert may be out... quick get Mikkelson down there and in his equipment!!

(Because they both look like girls..)

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#73 David S
March 05 2010, 08:27PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Gilbert may be out... quick get Mikkelson down there and in his equipment!!

(Because they both look like girls..)

Makeup adjustment.

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#74 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:28PM
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@David S

How about now?

Szaboas(sp) isn't looking great

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#75 David S
March 05 2010, 08:33PM
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Heavyd wrote:

How about now?

Szaboas(sp) isn't looking great

Give her a few years.

I'm more pissed that a game was on and apparently even the Oilers PPV staff pretty much have thrown in the towel and decided to have the Gene show instead.

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#76 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:42PM
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@David S

Exactly put the small screen with gene and the bigger one to show the game. I am paying 14 bucks to watch the game not listen to an interview.

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#77 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:43PM
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It just looked like Bob was sleeping when he was laughing.

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#78 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:43PM
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Nobody likes my Comrie contract.

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#79 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:45PM
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Wow, Katz is a marketing machine. The sticks that they handed out has Go Oilers,. which is cool, but then of course at the top it says Rexall. Why put Rexall on it?

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#80 David S
March 05 2010, 08:45PM
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Bob selling Tambellini HAAAARRRRDDDD!!!!!!!!

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#81 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:47PM
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@David S

Are you surprised?

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#82 David S
March 05 2010, 08:50PM
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Heavyd wrote:

Are you surprised?

I tune into Oilers Lunch when I can, so nope.

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#83 David S
March 05 2010, 08:52PM
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Glen Anderson is my freaking hero.

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#84 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 08:53PM
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@David S

Ya, that thing in April will be pretty sweet, if i was in shape I would fopr sure join Gregors team.

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#85 Wanyes bastard child
March 05 2010, 08:56PM
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~Whitney sure looked soft on that Burnette hit

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#86 David S
March 05 2010, 08:59PM
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Shawn Horcoff. The absolute master of the whiff.

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#87 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 09:00PM
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@Wanyes bastard child

That's what everyone has been saying.

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#88 David S
March 05 2010, 09:25PM
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Where's the Latvian team when you need them?

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#89 Wanyes bastard child
March 05 2010, 09:33PM
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You know... im not sad I ordered this game.

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#90 Mike Krushelnyski
March 05 2010, 09:51PM
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Oilers are undefeated with Ryan Whitney in the lineup! Bet the haters are pretty embarrassed now!

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#91 David S
March 05 2010, 09:54PM
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Ahhhhh...sweet, sweet victory.

Its OK to win a few, right?

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#92 JackBauer
March 05 2010, 09:55PM
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What happened to Ryan Jones?

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#93 BarryS
March 05 2010, 09:59PM
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JackBauer wrote:

What happened to Ryan Jones?

knee on knee by boogie man. Came out after for a couple shifts then med staff called him off the ice. no word on seriousness.

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#94 JackBauer
March 05 2010, 10:04PM
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was the boogman penalized/ejected?

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#95 JackBauer
March 05 2010, 10:06PM
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oh any hey, isnt this the first time weve beaten the wild at home against Backstrom in like 15 years?

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#96 BarryS
March 05 2010, 10:07PM
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JackBauer wrote:

was the boogman penalized/ejected?

two minutess. might still be a suspension tomorrow, who knows.

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#97 David S
March 05 2010, 10:29PM
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OK. Here's the deal. After watching Mike Comrie play another decent game (basically winning it for us, not to mention being one of the few guys that seems to still give a crap), and watching his post-game interview I will say this. Sign him to a fair contract and make him the C.

We'd have a fantastic role model for our young guys and a guy that could actually contribute at the same time. That in itself would be a pretty big step forward from the last few years.

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#98 Dan the Man
March 05 2010, 10:41PM
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David S wrote:

OK. Here's the deal. After watching Mike Comrie play another decent game (basically winning it for us, not to mention being one of the few guys that seems to still give a crap), and watching his post-game interview I will say this. Sign him to a fair contract and make him the C.

We'd have a fantastic role model for our young guys and a guy that could actually contribute at the same time. That in itself would be a pretty big step forward from the last few years.

Or they could sit him in the press box again for some inexplicable reason.

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#99 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 10:42PM
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@David S

Agree. And like I said earlier, what about a contract of 3 years. 1st- 2.2 2nd- 2.2 3rd- 1.6

And then maybe some bonuses.

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#100 Heavyd
March 05 2010, 10:43PM
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During the interview, Comrie wanted to know why he wasn't the star, and he asked Gene who was picking the stars.

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