GDB 10.0: DUBNYK NEEDS TO DOMINATE

Jason Gregor
October 22 2013 12:06PM

Devan Dubnyk is going to have to roll up his sleeves, put on his gloves and pads, get an extra hard hat and hope he did a lot of squats in the off-season, because he might have to carry the Oilers for awhile.

Taylor Hall's MRI came back and the good news is that he's only out four weeks, not six months, but the bad news is that he could be out up to four weeks. Ryan Smyth injured his groin and is out at least a week. Sam Gagner is still recovering from a broken jaw and Jordan Eberle will play, but he aggravated a hip injury in Ottawa and isn't 100%.

Dubnyk faced 76 shots the past two games, and he only allowed four goals. He'll need to continue his strong play to give the Oilers any chance of getting back to .500.

While Dubnyk will try and hold down the fort defensively, Nail Yakupov has a great opportunity to step up offensively. Jordan Eberle has been the Oilers best forward recently, and Yakupov will skate with Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tonight and likely for the next month.

This will be Yakupov's third consecutive game playing with Nugent-Hopkins, and it is time for him to produce. Yakupov's role on the team is to score. It's the hardest job, but if he isn't producing he isn't helping the team win. I suspect once he scores his goals his confidence will increase rapidly, and he could go on a scoring binge. The Oilers need that to happen sooner than later.

LINEUP

Yakupov-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Arcobello-Hemsky
Jones-Gordon-Pitlick
Gazdic-Acton-Eager

Smid-Petry
Belov-J.Schultz
N.Schultz-Ference

Dubnyk

Tyler Pitlick will play his first NHL game tonight, and according to Todd Nelson Pitlick has played well in OKC this year. With Smyth and Hall injured he has a great chance to give the Oilers what they are missing in their top-nine; a winger who has some skill, will forecheck, can cycle the puck and play aggressive. He's waited three years for this opportunity, so hopefully he makes the most of it.

Ben Eager will play his first NHL game since March 8th. This is Eager's last chance with the Oilers. He should have lots to prove. Eager skates better and is bigger than Mike Brown, who was traded to San Jose last night for a 4th round pick, but he'll need to cycle the puck better to be an upgrade on Brown. That isn't saying much, since Brown sucked at it, but if Eager can't stay out of his own end he isn't an upgrade. Eager needs to play with conviction every shift.

The Canadiens are just as banged up as the Oilers. Max Pacioretty, Daniel Briere, Brandon Prust, George Parros, Alexei Yemelin, Douglas Murray and Davis Drewiske are all injured.

They will go with this lineup tonight:

Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Bournival-Plekanec-Gionta
Moen-Desharnais-Bourque
Holland-White-Blunden

Markov-Subban
Gorges-Diaz
Beaulieau-Bouillion

Price

Prust is a big loss for the Canadiens. He and Travis Moen dominated the Oilers in Edmonton a few weeks ago, and he brings a lot of energy to their bottom six. Lethbridge product Patrick Holland will make his NHL debut tonight, while Mike Blunden plays his first game with the Habs.

The Eller line has produced 21 points in 8 games, while P.K Subban has 2 goals and 10 points in 8 games.

The entire Oilers defence has 2 goals and 11 points in 9 games. Subban is a bonafide #1 D-man.

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers win when you least expect it, and they will continue that tonight with a 3-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Eager and the fourth line will struggle getting the puck out in the 2nd period, and the comment sections will explode with calls for the return of Linus Omark.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Early in the 3rd period, Wil Acton scores and Eager gets an assist. This time the comment section explodes with barbs tossed at those who doubted the 4th line. None of the posts claim the 4th line is consistently productive; they just want to rip on those who wanted Omark recalled instead. Get ready for just another night in the rollercoaster season of the Edmonton Oilers.

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#101 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 06:42PM
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@Spydyr

I have no idea what Rollie is doing these days but I always though he would be a great goalie coach. That man had more focus than mr miagee.

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#102 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 06:51PM
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Who do you think is the happiest guy in Edmonton today?

1)Iveson

2)Brown

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#103 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:01PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

This Oilers team has literally no fight. They only use the space they're given. It's nauseating to watch. Why are we paying these clowns so much money? This lineup shouldn't cost more than $30mil with this effort.

What a joke powerplay.

Fight?? Don't even think they have any testosterone. Put some PED in their water bottles or something please.

I'm sure the players on CHL teams are horrified to be compared to a team as bad as the Oilers.

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#104 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:16PM
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That was a much better period. I'm back to single shots of baileys in my coffee.

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#105 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:19PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who do you think is the happiest guy in Edmonton today?

1)Iveson

2)Brown

Well, I know its not Sean Horcoff (huge grin on face sitting in Dallas)

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#106 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 07:43PM
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@JohnDoe

He said the oilers were a team who played with very little structure or system. Is he not correct? When will the oilers buy into any kind of system?!

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#107 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 08:01PM
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BingBong wrote:

I thought the pass by Petry was even nicer!

Ah, Jones making me eat my words. Nice. Perron is definitely my new favourite Oiler.

Best stretch of hockey I've seen from jones in a very long time. Sticks up for the rookie and minutes later scores a goal. Good to see. Hope there's more of that to come

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#108 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 08:05PM
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#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty wrote:

My bad...I meant to say 4-2 Edmonton...LOL

Sometimes that cat gets bored and falls asleep.Nah, the Oilers have fought played hard and fought back back .Keep it up boys there is still lots of time to turn the season around.

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#109 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 08:09PM
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I like arcobello. But no way is he taking gagners spot.

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#110 SRELIOFAN
October 22 2013, 08:58PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Two game winning streak.Longest of the season.Should that make one happy or sad?

We are what... 10 games into the season and into a new system with a new coach right? It's definitely too early to be sad about that. I think we should be happy and hopeful that they will gain some confidence and keep going! #optimismforthewin

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#111 Rama Lama
October 22 2013, 04:28PM
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I think it's safe to assume Eakins will ride the two top lines until they drop. I predict a win in spite of Eakins.,......RNH to set up Yaks for a sweet two goals.

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#112 BLAKPOO
October 22 2013, 04:56PM
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@Ari Gold

That just made my day.

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#113 Oasis
October 22 2013, 05:17PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

There y'all go around acting like Nuck fans aren't the worst in sports. This includes Corinthians fans in São Paulo, Brazil. The clowns in Van aren't even true hockey fans, they started watching at the end of Naslund's career after the team threw Beartuzzi under the bus.

Van is a garbage city, trust me, I live there, part time. I can't wait for hockey fans to be incited by the spoiled anarchist children of hippie granola crunchers drunk on soy-sauce Couvarians to burn down this rat/hipster infested garbage hole.

Kessler is a figureskating pansy, the Sedins are soft lil toddler punching-bags and Bieksa is a couple switchblade marks away from looking like the Joker, someone beat that smirk off his face!!

Yes, I hope Cowgary is swallowed by a volcanic eruption but I hope For Van something much worse: I hope that it stays intact, until the west coast happily falls into the Pacific. I hope they go another 40 years with nothing but a Presidents trophy or two to inflate their oversized left-coast egos. Terrible weather, no outdoor rinks & retard citizens.

Eat $hit Vancouver!

I love this post. I lived there for 4 years and couldn't wait to get the hell out of that place. Your comments sound like one of my rants every time I have to watch a Vancouver game.

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#114 YFC Prez
October 22 2013, 06:16PM
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@Ari Gold

And then a giveaway at the blue line results in another goal. Deja vu.

Edit. Never mind. Lol you edited your comment

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#115 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 06:40PM
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I agreed Eller is right, too but who is going to tune him in. The Oilers are a bunch of little girls even #20. Proof...Brendan Gallagher, 5'9 and 178 lbs running around the ice laughing at all the Oilers players and none have any balls to stand up to him. Don't tell me there are no one on the Oilers roster that is bigger than this punk.

I heard the funniest thing while watching Montreal's first goal...my 7 yrs old daughter said "reason the Oilers got scored on is because they don't work hard enough" "they are too weak"...too funny. Fire Eakins and sign her up. I'll even let her coach for skittles and gummy worms lol.

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#116 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 06:40PM
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Poolanov wrote:

The only thing MacT can do to help right now is step behind that bench and teach those boys the ol' 2006 trap.

Except they have no human rake nor a goalie that could hold Rollie's jockstrap circa 2006.Rollie was money.Dubbie is way to inconstant.

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#117 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 06:44PM
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Mac962 wrote:

You know what ? We do look like a lost Junior team out there. There is no, none, zero sense of urgency, has anyone seen a forecheck push yet , some hitting. Man i am a die hard,, this is just so painful. If they dont sign Tootoo to inject some piss and vinegar into this lineup something is wrong. Eller is right.... and it is tearing me to pieces.

Come on Oilers - wake the f--k up.

Yakapov - Galchenyuk ? are you kidding me , Gallagher is better than Yakapov. I am sorry this kid is going to be bust , HE IS NOT what this team needs, we need drive Nail , trust me commrade, you are not that special. Prove me wrong please.

Eakins ? i am biting my lip ....but the teams play is a reflection of you as well. AHL this is not Dallas.

Trash me , i dont care. I am a hurting Oil diehard venting.

Co-sign. Agreed with you 1000%

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#118 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 06:46PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Dubnyk's the reason it isn't 5-0 right now, Spidey.

So your saying it is kinda like a junior team playing an NHL team ?

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#119 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
October 22 2013, 07:00PM
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Why didn't we buy out that bum Hemsky?

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#120 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:04PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Yeah you're not wrong there either. I'll retract my previous comments, I thought you were calling him inconsistent tonight.

I blame the rum.

mmmmmmm rum....Holy crap Smid just scored one is it a full moon?

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#121 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:05PM
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MOE wrote:

I do know one thing. If i have to see that stupid boys and girls club commercial again i will shoot myself .

Ditto...my gun is already cocked.

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#122 Serious Gord
October 22 2013, 07:07PM
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Dubnyk is sub par in the nhl. But price is an elite goalie MOST of the time. But sometimes he just seems to lose focus - like how he put it on a tee for smid with that rebound. A real coaches ulcer...

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#123 Spydyr
October 22 2013, 07:29PM
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#YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty wrote:

Montreal was just taking a nap. Didn't want to run up the score. Watch out for the 3rd though!! 4-2 Montreal...sad to say :(..breaking out my Oilers shot glass and volka

Noticed that in the Pittsburgh game almost like a cat playing with a mouse.

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#124 vetinari
October 22 2013, 07:49PM
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Petry!!!!!

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#125 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:50PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Yeah, they should send Arcobello after him .

How about LaBarbara

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#126 BingBong
October 22 2013, 07:55PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Atta boy nug. Whatta pass

I thought the pass by Petry was even nicer!

Ah, Jones making me eat my words. Nice. Perron is definitely my new favourite Oiler.

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#127 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 08:02PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Noticed that in the Pittsburgh game almost like a cat playing with a mouse.

My bad...I meant to say 4-2 Edmonton...LOL

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#128 bazmagoo
October 22 2013, 08:04PM
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Early days yet, but is Arcobello potentially making Gagner expendable? Arco looks light years ahead of Gags defensively, that's for sure. Gagner's no movement clause is only for next season, hmmmm.

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#129 uks ya!
October 22 2013, 08:54PM
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Uks Ya! wrote:

I was waiting for a hab to pick up Hemskys miss (which should have been Arco's 1st) to be picked up by a hab & returned for a goal for some patrik Stefan Deja' Vu on Hemmer....

all in all, the boys played well! lookin forward to seeing more & more of Pitlick...

as for jonesy's cough up he TOTALLY REDEEMED HiMSELF! crashing the net for the GWG!!

well goodnite boys, cant wait for that blockbuster @ 10am tmrw....

Pk Subban would look amazing in Oilers Blue!

p.s.s

Thank you Lars Eller for the big W!!! :)

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#130 Oilcruzer
October 22 2013, 09:00PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Two game winning streak.Longest of the season.Should that make one happy or sad?

Ask Paul Holmgren.

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#131 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
October 22 2013, 09:38PM
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Alsker wrote:

Missed most of the fun due to entertaining/supper, but no sign of Yak on the scoresheet: did he have a decent game at least? I hace to go along with those seeing gags playing wing and leaving Arco up here when Sams ready to return.

Yak had some bad turnovers, and didn't seem to be moving his feet. On the other hand, he had another close shot or two. On the whole, not good enough, I don't think, for a 1st overall. Still, it's early, and he'll get better.

Too early to shop him in a trade, but if someone wants to swap a bonfire top-end defenseman for him, it's worth considering.

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#132 tileguy
October 22 2013, 03:40PM
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NSOGDP - after a 5-1 loss nation faithful overload the server to ON waiting on news of that trade that brings Webber to us as reported in the previous blog.

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#133 Oasis
October 22 2013, 05:20PM
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Dog Train wrote:

My blood boils every time I hear that Ole Ole garbage from Habs fans. I better not hear it tonight. Oilers win 4-1.

I hate that chant so much it's the reason I give away my tickets for all Edmonton/Montreal games. Upon hearing that chant the urge to punch somebody in a red/white/blue jersey is just too overwhelming.

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#134 bsab
October 22 2013, 05:25PM
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Spydyr wrote:

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION:An Oiler gets injured.Likely a shoulder injury.

Yeah Hemsky is due for that.

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#135 Quicksilver ballet
October 22 2013, 05:34PM
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This site is living proof that opposites can live in harmony. The Light, and the Dark side can peacefully co-exist when there's enough duct tape to go around.

signed...QSBs mom.

Take that, Biotches....5-2 Habs!

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#136 Newj
October 22 2013, 06:18PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I love yak. But that was way too soft on that puck. Dubnyk totally bailed him out

Man he's frustating to watch at times. His feet look like they're stuck in the ice of Siberia.

He can be an effective player but he's got to pull his head out of his * and get involved.

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#137 BingBong
October 22 2013, 06:43PM
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Wow, same s**the, different day. Two brutal turnovers lead directly to two goals against; Dubnyk giving up two semi-weak goals. I'm betting Jones won't get much ice time the rest of the way.

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#138 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 06:48PM
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@Spydyr

True that!!!

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#139 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 06:50PM
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Spydyr wrote:

So your saying it is kinda like a junior team playing an NHL team ?

I think Montreal is letting up now. They don't want to run up the score on this junior squad. Merci, Las Canediens

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#140 moe
October 22 2013, 06:51PM
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I have a feeling there will be trades to come and maybe our Coach getting fired. I feel like we took a big step backwards this year.

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#141 moe
October 22 2013, 06:57PM
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@Harlie

No he should go . Kruger was a better coach. Eakins cares more about his looks .

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#142 Ari Gold
October 22 2013, 06:58PM
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This Oilers team has literally no fight. They only use the space they're given. It's nauseating to watch. Why are we paying these clowns so much money? This lineup shouldn't cost more than $30mil with this effort.

What a joke powerplay.

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#143 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 06:58PM
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@moe

Bingo. Well said. Very good observation.

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#144 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:02PM
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@socaldave

Wow that was an awesome PP...beauty says Cherry

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#145 BingBong
October 22 2013, 07:07PM
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Ha, Smid.

Gotta play the lottery tomorrow...

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#146 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:21PM
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Poolanov wrote:

WTF just happened there!!! We looked kind of ok for a period.

Montreal was just taking a nap. Didn't want to run up the score. Watch out for the 3rd though!! 4-2 Montreal...sad to say :(..breaking out my Oilers shot glass and volka

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#147 Alsker
October 22 2013, 07:26PM
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Hmmm..left @ 2-0 to make supper and WTF we tied it up BUT from what Im reading I shouldnt put my buddy Capt.M away. Are we really that bad, wait, I mean worse than usual?

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#148 vetinari
October 22 2013, 07:48PM
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White and Jones, sitting in the box, just chatting... Likely exchanging recipes or something!

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#149 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 22 2013, 07:52PM
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Lofty wrote:

Shawn. #Whenyourscreennamedoesntfititstoolong

Size does matter! #Bitemeharddumnut

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#150 Alsker
October 22 2013, 09:23PM
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Missed most of the fun due to entertaining/supper, but no sign of Yak on the scoresheet: did he have a decent game at least? I hace to go along with those seeing gags playing wing and leaving Arco up here when Sams ready to return.

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