GDB 23.0: GOING STREAKING

Jason Gregor
November 19 2013 01:24PM

Old School is one my favourite movies. Mitch, Frank "The Tank" and Beanie were an excellent combination of sarcasm, smarts, idiocy and yearning to re-live youth.

Frank ended up going streaking by himself, and ends up getting picked up by his embarrassed wife and her fan full of friends. Classic.

If the Oilers plan to start their own winning streak, they will need more than one guy leading the charge. The Oilers haven't won two straight since winning on the road in Ottawa (Oct 19th) and in Montreal (Oct 22nd). That is the only positive streak the Oilers have been on all season, and considering they haven't won at home since October 7th, it would a refreshing change for the home fans to see a solid effort.

The Oilers have lost six straight at home and they've been outscored 23-3. That is embarrassingly bad. You can't sugarcoat it.  They are 1-7 at home, they've been outscored 32-11and their only win came in a shootout. It is time the Oilers start rewarding their loyal fans with a good effort, and hopefully some offence.

The Oilers have scored one ES goal at home in the last 360 minutes. One, and it was scored by a defenceman, Justin Schultz, late in the game vs. Washington. How is that even possible? What makes it even more concerning is that you are supposed to get favourable matchups at home, yet lately Sutherby and Strudwick are more likely to score than the Oilers forwards.

The fans pay big bucks and despite the awful start, they are still coming to the games. No more excuses, no more talk of moral victories, who cares about shots for or against or scoring chances. Just work harder and score. Go to the damn net, pay the price and shoot the puck.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jonesuu-Acton-Gazdic

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

Dubnyk

Justin Schultz returns to the lineup after missing eight games due to a groin injury. Schultz will help moving the puck out of the zone, but he needs to shoot the puck in the offensive zone. Philip Larsen had 19 shots in 8 games, and he helped make the PP better. Schultz has 20 shots in 14 games, and I'd like to see him shoot more often rather than look to pass.

PARTING SHOTS...

  • Look for the Oilers weakside D-man to start pinching again. In Florida they stopped pinching, because the forwards weren't making the right decision, which led to too many odd man rushes. When the D-man pinches it is vital that the high forward make the right read and not be too low in the zone. The 3F (high guy usually) has to anticipate when the weak side D is going to pinch, and he needs to swing high in the zone and shade over to that side.
     
  • Have Oilers fans become adverse to hard plays. I can't believe Andrew Ference is taking grief for his fight with Lee Stempniak. Stempniak crushed Ference with a hard hit; Ference was annoyed by it and elected to go after Stempniak. The Oilers rarely push back, and when one finally does, some fans actually complained about it. Go back and watch tapes of the Oilers in the 80s, do you think they were choir boys all the time? They were incredibly skilled, but they also were tough and didn't let teams take advantage of them.

    If anything, Oiler fans should be excited that they have a player who is wiling to stand up for himself. He took matters into his own hands. This team needs more guys to play with an edge or emotion.
     
  • David Perron is the only forward who has an ES point in the last six home games. We've focused a lot on the lack of a top-pairing D-man, which is true, but until this group of forwards can sustain a cycle in the offensive zone they will struggle scoring. It is time the forwards started carrying their weight on home ice.
     
  • READ THIS....We would like to sell out DJ Suitcase today. So as a bonus, we will do a draw today at 5:45 from everyone who bought a ticket. The winner will get a pair of seats to tonight's Oiler game and Thursday's. The party will be fun, and now you will have a chance to go to two Oiler games. Buy your DJ Suitcase tickets here. All proceeds go to The Inner City Children's Program. Good luck and thank you.

LOOKING AHEAD....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: At some point they have to win at home don't they? The Oilers record for consecutive home losses is 9, between October 16th, 1993 to November 24th, 1993. That was a span of 39 days. The Oilers last home win this year was October 7th, a span of 43 days. The season ticket holders, mini pack holders or single game buyers deserve a win. Oilers shock all of us with a 6-2 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall gets two points. He has 11 points in 8 career games vs. the Blue Jackets.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After hearing all the talk about whether the Oilers should have drafted Ryan Murray instead of him, Nail Yakupov scores a pair of goals, and crushes Murray with a heavy hit. After the game Yakupov says it was nothing personal, but also points out that if the Oilers had drafted Murray that J. Schultz likely wouldn't have signed in Edmonton. That ends the "what if" debate about who they should have drafted. 

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#151 madjam
November 19 2013, 10:25PM
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Well , we were overdue for one of these type games . Finally we look like a team going forward . Keep it up .

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#152 Devolution
November 19 2013, 11:44PM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

Actually, it might not mean nothing. A win against Florida Thursday might finally convince some of the stragglers that playing the system can be a good thing.

You may be right that the win on it's own is meaningless but it could be the start of a slow buildup to respectability. Chicago will be the litmus test.

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#153 madjam
November 20 2013, 06:26AM
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DSF wrote:

Remember when the Oilers blew out Chicago?

Pointless.

I believe it bought boys a huge boost of confidence and they played much better after for quite awhile as I recall . Definitely not pointless by any stretch of the imagination .

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#154 Pucker
November 20 2013, 12:58PM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

Better than a loss. It means they achieved their goal for this game. Some might even say exceed it. That's always good.

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#155 Lowe Expectations
November 19 2013, 01:32PM
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What I'm looking for tonight is work ethic. Or how much of one we will see.

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#156 Will
November 19 2013, 01:45PM
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If they get shut out tonight, that will be the third game I've gone to, only to watch a shut out loss. It better not freakin happen again tonight.

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#157 oilerjed
November 19 2013, 01:49PM
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No Acrobello again?

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#158 Lochenzo
November 19 2013, 02:04PM
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Any word on Sam Gagner's health? Specifically, is he able to follow his regular diet of solid foods? If not, I'd be spotting Sam every other game, making sure he can maintain his body weight and energy. You have a real nice option in Arcobello to help carry the load.

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#159 BigE91
November 19 2013, 02:39PM
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The most disturbing thing about this GDB is that I'm certain Gregor has used the Stress Reduction graphic before.

God help all Oiler fans.

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#160 pkam
November 19 2013, 03:01PM
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Mac962 wrote:

We all thought signing Eakins was awesome. Based on what we have all seen to date and some of the decisions he has made would you have rather had Paul Maurice or Dallas Eakins.

Trash me if you think it should have been Eakins.

Prop me if you think Maurice would have been a wiser choice.

Yeah, lets dress Acton and sit Arco - good call Eakins.

Did you watch Paul Maurice answer in TSN when asked about Dallas? I seem to remember that he had only good things to say about Dallas.

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#161 Dog Train
November 19 2013, 03:13PM
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We've had success against the Blue Jackets in the past so hopefully tonight is one of those nights where the players actually give the fans something to get excited about.

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#162 camdog
November 19 2013, 03:29PM
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Mac962 wrote:

I did, they are good friends. Maurice though should have been the guy with this group. IMO - Easy to sit here and say that , i understand. Just some of his decisions make me scratch more than my head.

Ideally I was hoping that Maurice was going to be brought in as an assistant, however for some reason that plan never came to fruition.

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#163 pkam
November 19 2013, 03:37PM
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camdog wrote:

Ideally I was hoping that Maurice was going to be brought in as an assistant, however for some reason that plan never came to fruition.

I think you mean associate.

Eakins was the assistant to Maurice when they coached the Leafs. Don't you think it is a little bit awkward for both of them.

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#164 pkam
November 19 2013, 04:50PM
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Mac962 wrote:

True that. but you know what. From what i have seen, i am sooo glad we did not sign Clarkson to that contract. He is ok , but just not worth that coin. Kind of like Horc was here.

Raymond - what a steal. Matt Cooke- he would fit in nice for a year or 3.

Shoulda - Woulda - coulda - but the Oilers new seem to be able to make that type of trade.

60 games of going nowhere and we won't make moves or give up a kid and lets draft another superstar left. Wow.

Unless you have a crystal ball, who would expect Raymond to perform at this level? He had been invisible for 2 years in a row. And if you think our top 9 is not soft enough, Raymond will definitely help.

If MacT signed Raymond and he performs like his past 2-3 years, you guys will say it is another big mistake by MacT.

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#165 Bi-Curious Gord
November 19 2013, 04:58PM
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NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Wanye!! Say it aint so !!!!

http://wanye.gretz.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stories/actor_new_zealand.php

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#166 madjam
November 19 2013, 05:48PM
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Oilers streak continues as they win next for sure ! Lose em , and team gets gutted along with Gm and coaches .

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#167 Zarny
November 19 2013, 06:42PM
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Smokey wrote:

Not just Versteeg. How about Raymond, CLutterbuck, Cooke, Bolland, Beniot Pouliot...Heck throw in Jagr too, I said we should pay him 5 million. Glad I wrong on a guy producing .80 per game.

I would like to know if whale hunting for Clarkson got in the way of signing value contracts, or if they even chased any of them. MACT never missed the boat, he never saw it in the first place...

Him and Eakins have there heads in the same place...and its stinky.

You apparently missed the memo that Edm is the 29th most popular FA destination in the NHL.

I like all of the players on your list but none of them has ever expressed any interest in Edm.

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#168 Zarny
November 19 2013, 06:46PM
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dsr wrote:

I'm sure part of what ference didn't like was the reverse hit aspect. He started to reach for the puck and stempniak noticed that and decided to hit him instead of continuing to play the puck. Totally legal but taking advantage of ference being a little vulnerable. That's why I think he didn't like the hit.

I'm pretty sure what Ference was doing was looking for the first opportunity to light a fire under this team's a**.

This team should be playing with a chip on their shoulder.

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#169 camdog
November 19 2013, 07:06PM
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@Doctor Smashy

I have never understood those fans that think it is acceptable no knock somebody unconsciousness or break bones with a "clean" hit, but wrong to man up with the offending party and square up. It's a logic that the people I associate with are unable to comprehend.

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#170 Alsker
November 19 2013, 07:08PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Yes Jason I have watched clips form the 80s many times - and how many of those actions back then would result in a visit to shannys office in New York today?

Ferences actions were reprehensible and cheap. And they contributed nil to the moe mention of the game - the oil didn't score until 30 min later and the flames scored in the interim.

Ask yourself how you would have reacted had a flame done the same to an oiler.

Reprehensible and cheap??? Like sticking out a knee, targeting the head, leaping on a hit!! You're f*cked dude!! Ference hadn't touched the puck and took a hit into the the boards(def:interference) more so faceplanted him into the glass...It's bout time an Oiler defend themselves. You think it was cheap, if that had been Hunter/Brown/Sammy/etc. odds are the Stepniak would still be in hospital. Deal with it, sh*t happens, if you don't like it tell Ference what you think and the two of you can work it out in a dark alley somewhere. Anyways why exactly is Arco not playing???

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#171 Harlie
November 19 2013, 07:29PM
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DSF wrote:

HELL HAS FROZEN OVER.

Magnus Paajarvi scored a goal.

Damn, that's gonna trigger the alien Moon base attack.

http://beforeitsnews.com/beyond-science/2013/01/alien-base-on-the-moon-in-detail-clear-ufo-photos-released-by-nasa-taken-by-astronauts-pilot-films-ufo-from-air-2440716.html

Not to worry tho, the swarm defensive system will protect us.

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#172 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:41PM
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@DSF

Ya. Perron is one of those guys if you re did that draft he moves up considerably. At least top 15. Kinda like an eberle.

Wasn't Perron in the gagner draft year? Just think they drafted Nash and plant in the first round. What a wash that turned out to be. I think it was more of a developing problem than drafting. At least the farm team is in place and this is getting a little better.

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#173 Joel
November 19 2013, 07:54PM
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does anyone have a link to watch the game?

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#174 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:03PM
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WTF is going on ??!??! 2 goals in one period for the Oil?! I don't remember the last time they had a 2 goal lead this season, have they had one yet?? (besides the EN goal and lead v the Flames)

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#175 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:05PM
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Good pp. good pk. 2 first period goals out shooting the jackets 137 to 1....oilers are playing one heck of a good period so far. I'm baffled.

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#176 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:06PM
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I haven't seen the Oilers play with this sense of urgency and excitement all year, I know its only 20 minutes but I have to say..i'm impressed.

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#177 kgog
November 19 2013, 08:09PM
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smyth all time ppg record?

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#178 Eulers
November 19 2013, 08:11PM
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Special teams clicking at 100% so far helps just a little ;)

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#179 Alsker
November 19 2013, 08:11PM
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WTF!!!! Maybe I should go back outside, 3-0, un f*ckin real...lol....Love Bryz touque on the bench.

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#180 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:12PM
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Is this the Bryz effect ??

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#181 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:17PM
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I wonder how packed the LRT and the Cap is with people who couldn't be arsed to go to the game panic rushing to the Coliseum/Skyreach/Rexall place to try to make the 2nd period to watch what has been a baffling performance so far.

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#182 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
November 19 2013, 08:20PM
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So, who are these guys in the blue? For all the teams that have owned the oilers for years (Det, Col, Dal, Min, recently Van) at least there's one team we can beat regularly. Thank you Columbus

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#183 Greenlingj
November 19 2013, 08:20PM
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I am at work... unable to watch the game..

I am PISSED

Go BRYZOILERS

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#184 Ari Gold
November 19 2013, 08:45PM
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Wow. Yak city tonight. I'm speechless. Thanks.

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#185 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:50PM
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What's with Perron and scoring goals from crazy angles?? Impressive though!

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#186 vetinari
November 19 2013, 08:51PM
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If Ebs earns a "ssssquuuueeeeeee" when he scores, does Perron earn a "Ppppeeeeeeeeeeeeron?"

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#187 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:51PM
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So this is what it's like watching your hockey team dominate another. It's been so long. Come on Perron. Hatty time.

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#188 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:52PM
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vetinari wrote:

If Ebs earns a "ssssquuuueeeeeee" when he scores, does Perron earn a "Ppppeeeeeeeeeeeeron?"

Le squeeee?

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#189 Floyd Jiveson
November 19 2013, 08:55PM
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This is soooooo prime!!!!!!!!! Best game SO FAR. If we just keep up the pressure in the 3rd it will be a good lead in to next game.

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#190 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 09:06PM
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Nothing makes sense right now...

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#191 vetinari
November 19 2013, 09:07PM
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Oh, Columbus... where were you 10 games ago? And can we play you 20 more times this season?

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#192 pkam
November 19 2013, 09:11PM
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Wish I go to this game instead of the Dallas game last week.

6 should be good enough for the fans. Save some for next games.

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#193 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 09:11PM
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I don't know what adjustments were made but this is refreshing... Oilers have been able to break out of their zone without giving up the puck. Turnovers are the fewest I've seen in years.

Maybe , just maybe they're finally getting it. ( I don't care if it's only 2 periods )

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#194 steelymac
November 19 2013, 09:18PM
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Great game!!!! But DSF should be here soon to tell us we are beating a sub par team.We will all agree they are not the Sharksbut dam they look good.

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#195 michael
November 19 2013, 09:56PM
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Randy wrote:

Nice to see they are beating an AHL team tonight Gaborik and Horton not playing

When have Gaborik and Horton ever been healthy enough that you can rely on them to play 82 games? Columbus should be spending their cap dollars on guys will actually play.

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#196 Mason
November 19 2013, 09:59PM
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You look at Columbus's lineup they do have very good Dmen. They need forwards. Yes Horton and Gaborik are out of the line up.

Boone Jenner would look good in an Oiler uniform

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#197 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 10:05PM
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@Walter Sobchak

I doubt they've turned the corner. But sit back and enjoy the show. We haven't got to watch too many games like this one. We're all jaded, it's ok to cheer when your team takes a break from sucking.

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#198 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 10:05PM
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Where the hell did that come from?!?

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#199 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 10:06PM
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Johnnydapunk wrote:

Where the hell did that come from?!?

Heaven, hockey gods.

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#200 Taylor Gang
November 19 2013, 10:08PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

In all fairness I would take Davidson before Lowe any day.

That's nothing against Davidson, I just wanted to poke fun at DSF :)

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