GDB 03: A KING SIZE CHALLENGE

Jason Gregor
January 24 2013 01:20PM

After facing the heaviest team in the NHL on Tuesday the Oilers face the 2nd heaviest team tonight. The LA Kings average weight is 210 pounds, and the only forwards shorter than 6'1" are Dustin Brown, 6'0", while Mike Richards and Brad Richardson stand 5'11". Richards and Brown are two of their most physical forwards, so the Oilers need to be ready to compete.

Tonight will be a great test to see how they bounce back from a disastrous first period against the Sharks.

The defending Stanley Cup champions are 0-2 while the Oilers want to erase Tuesday's debacle as quick as possible. Both teams admitted they will be in a sour mood this evening.

"We are a pretty pissed-off team right now. We don't have a win. We need one. I expect they will be mad too," said Jarret Stoll on my radio show yesterday. The Kings have yet to score a PP goal, and Stoll hinted they are more angry than worried at this point.

"We haven't played a full game yet. We were very good for the first two periods in Colorado, but we gave up a lead in the third, which was very uncharacteristic for our club. We can't afford to fall too far behind in the standings in such a short season, and I expect we will be much better and more intense on Thursday," Stoll continued.

The Oilers were singing the same tune.

"We didn't play very smart. We had lots of energy on Tuesday, but we let it control us. We all have to play better, especially early in the game and I'm looking forward to getting off to a good start," said Devan Dubnyk.

Dubnyk didn't seem rattled at all after a tough first period v. San Jose. I sensed he was more looking forward to bouncing back, rather than worrying about how he and the team played on Tuesday.

LINE UP CHANGES 

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Horcoff-Paajarvi
Hartikainen-Belanger-Petrell

Teemu Hartikainen and Magnus Paajarvi will switch lines and wings. Krueger wants some speed with Horcoff and Smyth and he is looking for Hartikainen to be more physical on the fourth line.

Smid-Petry
N.Schultz- J.Schultz
Fistric-Whitney

Mark Fistric will play his first game as an Oiler and he'll be paired up with Ryan Whitney. Firstric will line up on the left side, because he's more comfortable there, but if he and Whitney switch sides during the play they won't worry switching back right away.

Krueger said Fistric is a "specialist", and he expects him to help the PK and then add some physical presence to the lineup.

Dubnyk
Danis

QUICK HITS

  • Ben Eager has a concussion and is out indefinitely. It is unclear how long he'll be out, but Steve Tambellini might have to find another forward who can play physical, because right now the Oilers don't have many bangers in the lineup.

  • Krueger suggested the Oilers will make a decision on Theo Peckham tonight. I expect he'll go down to OKC on a two-week conditioning stint. The Oilers will want to send a message to him and the rest of the team that it is unacceptable to show up in camp not in tip-top shape.

  • Nikolai Khabibulin is getting closer to playing. Krueger suggested it isn't weeks anymore. I wonder if you will see Khabibulin next Thursday when the Oilers play back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday?

  • Every Oiler I spoke with said basically the same thing regarding their discipline. They have to watch their sticks and not be too aggressive with them in the first ten minutes.

  • The Kings are 0 for 11 on the PP thus far. They are due to break out, so the Oilers need to play smart. The Oilers' PP is clicking at 33%, 3 for 9, and they'd really help their cause if they could force the Kings to take some penalties early in the game.

  • Detroit has the worst special teams in the NHL. They are 0 for 15 on the PP, and they've allowed 6 goals on 14 PK opportunities. It is early, but the Wings are a shadow of the team we've seen during the past two decades.

  • The Oilers only have five right-handed shots in the lineup. Eberle, Hemsky, Gagner, J.Schultz and Petry. All of their bottow two lines and 3rd D pairing shoot left. I suspect that presents challenges at certain areas on the ice.

  • Simon Gagne had a tumour the size of a tennis ball removed from his neck during the summer. He thinks it might have been a reason why he continued to have concussion-like symptoms. He is now healthy and hopeful his concussion issues are behind him.

     

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers will play much better than they did on Tuesday, but the Kings are the defending Cup champions and they'll leave Rexall with their first win of the season, 4-3.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been rather quiet thus far, but he'll play he pick up two points and generate significantly more offence. The Kings will score their first PP goal of the season after the Oilers take another careless stick infraction early in the third period.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: During the first TV timeout a pancake will be tossed on the ice. With Dustin Penner a healthy scratch, many will wonder why it was thrown on the ice. Within seconds of the pancake landing, Penner will be seen leaving the pressbox with a smirk on his face. "I wasn't going to let any Oiler fan throw one first," he deadpanned.

FINAL COUNTDOWN

One of the hardest things in life is watching a grown man cry. Wanye lost five pounds on Tuesday, which is a lot for one day, but it's even scarier when all of it came out of his tear ducts. Even the free heroin beers at Rexall couldn't console him. But that wasn't the worst part. Yesterday he called me up bawling. I assumed he was still mad over the loss and how his man-crush, Jordan Eberle didn't score, but that wasn't it.

He's down in the dumps because his first annual Nation draft isn't sold out yet. He wanted $1,000 entries so he could raise a significant chunk of change for charity, and he's not taking it well. You'd think he'd be used to rejection by now, after getting shut down on a bi-weekly basis at the Pint, but he isn't.

Do me a favour, and him, and enter his draft. It's a pretty KICK-ASS draft to be honest.

First place wins a $5,000 shopping spree at United Cycle and there are 99 other prizes in the Nation's First Annual hockey draft. It is only $20 bucks with a portion of the funds going to charity. Bragging rights are on the line boys and girls, so enter today. 

Wanye can't afford to lose another five pounds tonight. So enter. NOW.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR

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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 DSF
January 24 2013, 06:12PM
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justDOit wrote:

Just barely made it into the playoffs, but it's worth noting that they only lost a few games during the reg season last year after Sutter took hold of that rudderless ship.

They also just got Kopitar back in the lineup since tweaking his knee in Europe.

A agree about the Whitney/Fistric pairing, but I guess we'll see. I personally think another ugly game is at hand tonight.

The key to the Kings late season success was the acquisition of Carter.

That created matchup hell for opposition coaches and the Kings GPG went up by one.

With Kopitar back, expect more of the same.

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#52 Walter Sobchak
January 24 2013, 06:15PM
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I have to work tonight, anyone got a feed to the game?

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#53 Rocket
January 24 2013, 06:18PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I have to work tonight, anyone got a feed to the game?

atdhenet.TV

Usually Works or me .

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#54 book¡e
January 24 2013, 06:31PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

http://imgur.com/gallery/3mY0bZw

Flying V! Read the comments, best imgur post ever

He is right - even if you have seen the Flying V photo, the comments at that site are worth the visit.

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#55 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 06:33PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

I keep hearing about this Sandpaper player. I know he doesn't play for us but according to a lot of posters here he seems to play for every team we play against. Funny he never shows up on the score sheet. I check and double check all the time, but can never seem to find his name anywhere. Is he Canadian, Russian, Swede, where's he from? Confused???

#8 Geoff Sanderpaperson. Being at the end of his lengthy career when he played for us, he didn't show up on the score sheet.... much.

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#56 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 24 2013, 06:43PM
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book¡e wrote:

He is right - even if you have seen the Flying V photo, the comments at that site are worth the visit.

the internet. I thank your hive mind.

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#57 Walter Sobchak
January 24 2013, 06:46PM
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Thanks Rocket man!

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#58 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 24 2013, 07:29PM
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Sweet Jesus the Oilers better be going 100% from the first face-off or this is gonna be ugly

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#59 MarcusBillius
January 24 2013, 07:30PM
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Tonight should be a good test of the argument many have that size is highly important. The Sharks were a pretty big team and the Kings have to be one of the biggest in the league. Do we get blown out again, or do we keep it close and within the margin of error for a young team?

The age-old argument of size vs. speed is going to have an interesting comparison tonight, I think.

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#60 oildawg99
January 24 2013, 07:34PM
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Anyone claiming to know what this team needs or say they are too small etc is obvious basing these assumptions on nothing...

last time I checked this team has played two games, played pretty well in one and had a stinker in the other which is pretty consistent with young teams...

so relax, enjoy, and lets see where this season takes us before you start complaining about too many europeans, kids are too small, we need to take Potter out back and bust a cap in him, etc

I for one am excited about this one

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#61 MarcusBillius
January 24 2013, 07:36PM
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@oildawg99

Are you referring to me? I never said too small. Just size vs speed :)

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#62 Mikey
January 24 2013, 07:47PM
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oildawg99 wrote:

Anyone claiming to know what this team needs or say they are too small etc is obvious basing these assumptions on nothing...

last time I checked this team has played two games, played pretty well in one and had a stinker in the other which is pretty consistent with young teams...

so relax, enjoy, and lets see where this season takes us before you start complaining about too many europeans, kids are too small, we need to take Potter out back and bust a cap in him, etc

I for one am excited about this one

Pretty sure most people are basing it off having watched the oilers and other small teams in the past.

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#63 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 07:57PM
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I hope I am wrong BUT I think the Oilers are too inexperienced to fully utilize their speed and are going to get tossed around by the hard-hitting, punishing Kings. You really have to have your ...stuff... together and know the system like the back of your hand when you have guys running you from all directions. The young guys are up for a rude awakening.

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#64 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 07:59PM
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http://forum.wiziwig.eu/forums/29-NHL-Icehockey?s=edec9233efab67ff4ff7e193fea5ca5b

They post links to every hockey game, every day. Never need to hunt for working sites...*

**Please remember this is only for use when radio, regular TV and centre ice is an unavailable option.

PS. Today's links weren't updated so scroll down on the day page for all the hoster links.

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#65 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 24 2013, 08:05PM
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Jesus Christ these penalties, boys

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#66 Dislike Chris Cuthbert
January 24 2013, 08:07PM
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Forced to watch TV while listening to the radio.

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#67 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 08:08PM
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Man these Kings suck, the Sharks had us down like 4 - 1 by this point last game.

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#68 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 08:12PM
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Ice crew at Rexall spent last night filing the posts so that the puck always deflects OUT of the net in the Oilers end. Good job guys!

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How do you not know the rules??

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Ok I love Smid again. I don't care if you know the rules or not.

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#71 Lofty
January 24 2013, 08:21PM
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Terrible reefs

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#72 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 08:21PM
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What a joke...

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#73 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 24 2013, 08:21PM
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I think Hall or Yak slept with the ref's girlfriend or something, he's all Kings all the time

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#74 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 08:22PM
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I knew about the visor rule since Petrell got it last year, but to add the instigating rule at the same time? Come the hell on...

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#75 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 08:23PM
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Fistric had no idea he would get 25 mins ice time in his first game... ALL ON THE PK.

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Lofty wrote:

Terrible reefs

I know a guy if you need some good ones.

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#77 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 08:24PM
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@@Oilanderp

Especially since he skates over starts yapping then the King drops HIS gloves and starts punching him...

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#78 m3sh
January 24 2013, 08:27PM
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That was some nice PK, on the bright side.

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#79 vetinari
January 24 2013, 08:29PM
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No Lady Byng for Smid this year!

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#80 Lofty
January 24 2013, 08:30PM
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The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33 wrote:

I know a guy if you need some good ones.

I know a league that needs'em. Horcoff gets called for goalie interference whe the guy is 10 ft outside away from the net. Then Smid gets 4 for talking to a guy and taking some punches. Now they give LA a 4 min penalty that was ridiculous. Put the whistles away let them play.

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#81 m3sh
January 24 2013, 08:30PM
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sigh... this ref is bull****

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#82 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 24 2013, 08:34PM
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HOW. WHY.

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Lofty wrote:

I know a league that needs'em. Horcoff gets called for goalie interference whe the guy is 10 ft outside away from the net. Then Smid gets 4 for talking to a guy and taking some punches. Now they give LA a 4 min penalty that was ridiculous. Put the whistles away let them play.

Ooo ohh, you meant refs.... Nevermind

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#84 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 08:38PM
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FISTRIC!

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#85 Alsker
January 24 2013, 08:38PM
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That PP is scary...could have really used one there but WOW do we move the puck...got to keep the pace up to nulify LA size..hopefully refs put their whistles away and let the players decide this one

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#86 geoilersgist
January 24 2013, 08:53PM
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remember that time smid got more penalty minutes than minutes in the period?

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#87 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:04PM
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I forgot about the rule change where the refs get paid by the call.

ARE YOU Fing JOKING?!?!?!?

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#88 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 09:06PM
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So is there a hockey game going on? Or is this simply a referee clinic?

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#89 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:07PM
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Smid STILL in the box lmao... I dont have to read lips to know what he's saying.

*imagines in Czech*

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#90 vetinari
January 24 2013, 09:10PM
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Is there a record of some type for the number of different calls made by a set of ref's in one game?

I'm expecting the ref's to call too many #1 picks on the ice next?

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#91 m3sh
January 24 2013, 09:11PM
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Damn. Yak just had to hold that puck a split second more before flipping it toward the net.

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#92 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:12PM
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Yak robbed of a sure goal for the second time!

I think I just learned a curse word in Russian!

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#93 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
January 24 2013, 09:12PM
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Quick completely mugged our crazy Russian

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#94 Alsker
January 24 2013, 09:13PM
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Needless to say we wont see these guys come playoff time...should be an interesting top 10 or honour roll tomorrow...Yak had Quick beat..great save or lucky???Hard to say

Im refering to the refs of course...

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#95 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:20PM
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The Oilers are playing like they are in an All-Star game, all passes no shots.

Whenever MPS is not on the ice the Oilers need to duct tape his arms to his sides so he has to open every door by bodychecking it.

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#96 Alsker
January 24 2013, 09:24PM
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Obvious trip on RNH but no cant hinder the flow of the game or is it just not 1 of those obscure f^^*ed calls no one knows about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#97 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:27PM
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Abandon Ship! Trade everyone! Aaaaaaaaaagh!

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#98 Clyde Frog
January 24 2013, 09:30PM
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leh sigh...

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#99 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:31PM
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Ok.. so it should be 2-1. We now return to our irregularly scheduled penalty call show.

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#100 @Oilanderp
January 24 2013, 09:34PM
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Did the real refs/linesmen go on strike or something? This is bizarre.

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