GDB 26.0: PESKY PREDATORS

Jason Gregor
November 28 2013 12:43PM

When Pekka Rinne went downwith a hip injury on October 22nd, many expected the Predators to stumble down the standings. Rinne started nine of their first ten games compiling a 4-4-1 record. Carter Hutton started one game prior to Rinne's injury and he won. When Rinne went down the Predators expected Hutton to be their starter, however, he has struggled in seven starts, going 3-3-1 and allowing at least three goals in every game except one.

Twenty-two year old, Marek Mazanec has taken the job from Hutton. Mazanec was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 draft, and after playing five games in the AHL he was recalled to Nashville when Rinne was injured. He's played exceptionally well going 5-3 with a solid 2.01 GAA and 0.935 SV% and two shutouts.

The Predators always find a way to stay competitive. Over the past 73 games they've lost their 2nd best D-man, Ryan Suter, and their starting goalie and had to replace them from within. Most teams would be crippled losing key pieces like that, but the Predators are only six points out of the playoffs with a game in hand.

They don't use injuries or free agent losses as an excuse. They just keep finding ways to stay competitive. Head coach Barry Trotz rarely ices a lineup that has as much skill as the opposition, but he and GM David Poile find players who buy in and work hard every night.
 
The Predators don't complain they just find ways to stay competitive.

Tonight is a good challenge for the Oilers to see if they can match the work ethic, competitiveness and discipline of the Predators. The Oilers have more offensive skill than the Predators, but they haven't learned how to beat teams when their skill isn't effective.

They could learn how to be competitive from the Predators tonight, and hopefully match their intensity as well.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jones-Arcobello-Joensuu

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

Bryzgalov

Wil Acton, Luke Gazdic and Corey Potter are out while Ryan Jones, Marc Arcobello and Denis Grebeshkov draw in. I'm curious to see if Dallas Eakins gives him 4th line more minutes, and how Arcobello plays with only 9-11 minutes. It is very difficult for most guys to stay in the game, when they play limited minutes, and if Arcobello can excel in that role I doubt he comes out of the lineup very soon.

QUICK HITS....

  • The only way Shea Weber gets traded is if he asks for a trade. He is the face of the Predators and after losing Suter, and paying Weber $26 million dollars to play 130 games by the end of the season; the Preds have no interest in moving their star D-man.
     
  • If Mazanec continues to play this well, he might be someone the Preds could shop to acquire some offence. They have been great at developing young D-men, but for some reason they can't develop any young forwards.
     
  • The Oilers are 5-9-1 in their last 14 visits to Nashville. If they don't work hard tonight, they will get beat.
     
  • Joensuu needs to play with more intensity. He has done nothing since scoring on opening night. He's had flashes, but since returning from injury he hasn't had the same jump in his game.
     
  • The RNH line has to rebound after a dreadful performance at home. They didn't generate many chances, and seemed frustrated early on. They have to find ways to produce when their tic-tac-toe plays aren't working.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Preds work hard, and defeat the Oilers 4-3 in OT.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION:
Arcobello scores and those who were irate he was a healthy scratch for four games, feel some vindication. Oilers fans need something to feel good about.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ryan Jones has been frustrated sitting in the pressbox, and he tries to make a statement to the coach by having a spirited tilt with Nick Spaling in the first period. It is a pretty even tilt, until the end when Jones lands an off-balance right hand that hits Spaling on the button. Jones who rarely says much on the ice, will sit in the sin bin with a huge grin on his face while he and the timekeepers talk about his time with the Predators.

MONTH OF GIVING RETURNS....

My third annual Month of Giving begins today on my show. In the past two years we've raised over $106,000 for Christmas charities to help those in need. I'm starting a bit early because I will miss a few days with the birth of our first child in the next few weeks, but I wanted to ensure we come close, or surpass, $53,000 again.

This year I've gathered some excellent auction items: 

  • Michelle Derk from Remax Elite has donated her “seller’s commission” on a house.
  • A high efficiency furnace or Central air conditioning system including permits and installation and removal of old furnace from G&H Heating and Cooling.
  • I have some dinner packages with Eskimos and Oilers…
  • Rush VIP package…MFC VIP package…
  • Signed Messier jersey, and other signed jerseys…
  • Golf packages, jewellery, Oil King Suites…Gold seats to Oiler games
  • $1,500 GC for Dinette and Patio Showcase..
  • $1,000 GC from United Cycle…
  • Shopping spree at Derks clothing and dinner….
  • And more...

TODAY'S ITEM....

  • A one year lease on a brand new 2014 GMC Sierra SLE courtesy of Petersen Buick GMC.

    It is a 1500 4x4 Double Cab...
    Heated front bucket seats...
    Back up camera...
    Intellilink...
    You can get in Black, Stealth Grey or Silver.
    You need to start your one year lease by the end of January, 2014. 

You can bid by calling 780.444.1260 or 1-800-243-1945 between 2-6 p.m. today during the Jason Gregor Show.

Thanks in advance to all who will bid on these packages over the next few weeks. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the charities, and know that you will be making some people's lives much more enjoyable during the holidy season.

I'm hoping we can reach $60,000 this year.

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 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
November 28 2013, 08:05PM
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Alsker wrote:

Isn't that from Slapshot? Actually reminds of a time when enforcers did more than the staged fights of today. How I miss the O'reilys,Duponts,Mahovalich's, of yesteryears. Memories......though odds are they'd be suspended more than they would play in todays game.

Lol, in those days, the Oilers came out onto the ice for pre game warm up with Star Wars music blaring.

Late seventies........old time hockey!

Violence = good.

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#52 Ari Gold
November 28 2013, 08:17PM
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"Rich Klune! He came in the kitchen.... but he couldn't eat."

Worst commentating ever! Roger's Sportsnet, your leaders in hockey coverage!

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#53 Alsker
November 28 2013, 08:32PM
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Did we just look like a real team again? Very nice game by the Bryzzer

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#54 Wax Man Riley
November 28 2013, 09:08PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Why did it take this long for Eakins to figure it out,people on this site suggested this combo for a 4th line on nights you don't need Gazdic for a while. They were a factor all night.

They were a factor. Looked really good, actually.

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#55 hankthetank
November 28 2013, 09:09PM
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WORST COMMENTATING EVER. Kevins brain keeps taking a dump whenever the oilers enter the o zone. Feel so embarassed for that guy.

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#56 Rod from Viking
November 28 2013, 09:51PM
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hankthetank wrote:

WORST COMMENTATING EVER. Kevins brain keeps taking a dump whenever the oilers enter the o zone. Feel so embarassed for that guy.

Only 12 more years of them, I hope they hire Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro to do Edmonton Games.

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#57 rob
November 29 2013, 09:50AM
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Gotta like Bryz,hope this is a sign of things to come!hope he plays and gets a win tonight to help the Oiler ship.Please send dubnyk away,after seeing a real goalie its gonna be hard to watch him close his eyes and hope!

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#58 NsxZero
November 28 2013, 12:54PM
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"The RNH line has to rebound after a dreadful performance at home. They didn't generate many chances, and seemed frustrated early on. They have to find ways to produce when their tic-tac-toe plays aren't working."

Yeah I hope it's tic-shoot the puck-crash the net for a rebound-toe.

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#59 tileguy
November 28 2013, 02:21PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

One more lose, followed by one more win to close the month off, then the hurt begins, enjoy these last couple games cause I think it’s about to get nasty around here.

OGDP – Oilers lose in typical fashion 3-1.

Eakins does his post-game routine “ I thought we were good to go before the game but it was a little bit of weird game that way, I definitely thought we played better than the score indicated, but giving up that goal I felt was the difference in the game".

I even read that in Eakins voice.

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#60 EightiesAnyone?
November 28 2013, 02:24PM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

GDP:

Ryan Jones with the hatrick against his former team.

Nice to finally see three semi-competent hockey players on the fourth line. Hope they play well.

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#61 ThatButthurtOilersFan
November 28 2013, 05:11PM
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Oilers barely win 3-2. J. Shultz and Grebeshkov's pairing have 50 shots against when they're on the ice. Yakupov turns over the puck that leads to a goal. Eberle and Jones score. Bryzgalov stands on his head, talks about the universe post-game.

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#62 Oiler Al
November 28 2013, 05:20PM
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The make up of this team would dictate that they should play the cycle game to take advantage of their slick puck handling and the kids have some wicked shots from close in, that is if they ever decide to shoot.

Again they don't cycle, because they can win enough puck battles along the boards to start the cycle game.

Instead they choose to play a run and gun off the rush, only to loose the puck on entry or played off onto corner or side boards, again loosing the puck often, with the play going the other way rather quickly.

They seldom get playing from the back end off the cycle... at times the D man will make a play off the rush , but that's about it.

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#63 Serious Gord
November 28 2013, 06:32PM
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3-2 oil. Oil talent level wins out over discipline and defense. The key is the pres goalie is due for a regression to the norm.

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#64 Alsker
November 28 2013, 06:36PM
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Does Nashville remind anyone else of the Devils back in the day? Playing kitty by the door, no risks, no excitement. Oh where the he$l is QSB been lately?

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#65 Alsker
November 28 2013, 07:11PM
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Damn that was pretty...Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggggggggeeee

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#66 Alsker
November 28 2013, 07:13PM
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Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#67 Alsker
November 28 2013, 07:55PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

As soon as that suck, that #6 guy is back from his flesh wound, someone needs to smack him in the head and rip him open again, open that baby up and add another 8 stitches. See if they can fit a whole 2 lbs box of salt in that wound.

Chop the head off, and watch the body fall. Oh......and cross check the Hendricks character in the throat. 15 plus hits in the third period would be a good distraction.

Isn't that from Slapshot? Actually reminds of a time when enforcers did more than the staged fights of today. How I miss the O'reilys,Duponts,Mahovalich's, of yesteryears. Memories......though odds are they'd be suspended more than they would play in todays game.

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#68 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 28 2013, 08:04PM
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So thats what a goalie looks like. Who knew?

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#69 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 09:11PM
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I had no idea until now that the last goalie to pitch a shoutout in their Oil debut was Jussi Markkanen on 28 Nov 2001 who was maybe not the best goalie out there, but was/is really, really, nice guy. (Useless sidenote I know, but felt like mentioning that) :-)

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#70 Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!
November 28 2013, 09:55PM
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Go Bryz! Will he 'regress to the norm' or have we finally got an NhL starter? Before Jussi, the last shutout debut: Joaquim Gage?

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#71 Pouzar99
November 29 2013, 12:21AM
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I believe that tonight's lineup is the Oilers best lineup. Arcobello and Jones are so much better than Acton and Gadzik it is ridiculous. Johnshuu really perked up at the experience of playing with real NHLers. Grebeshkov is better than Potter or Larsen. Bryz was great (.978 SVP so far) but I am just saying he and Dubie are the top two goalies. DD has played well since his terrible start.

We must temper our enthusiasm, but that's 4 wins in 5 and the boys played a very good road game. The goal for the rest of this year is to get them moving on the right track, so that if we have a reason to be enthusiastic about next season.

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#72 bulldog12
November 29 2013, 07:42AM
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@mouthbreather

........................................ insert these where you think is necessary

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#73 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 09:34AM
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Hope this game shows to the Dubnyk lovers how crappy a goalie Dubnyk really is.

Was great watching a game with a real NHL starter in net.Not worried about every bad angle or weak shot getting in.

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#74 hockeycrazed
November 28 2013, 12:58PM
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I can't believe someone are so blessed with draft choices, or maybe they have hired great scouts! Nevertheless, it's still up to the manager and coaches brave enough to deploy them; A good system for the team to follow, Then again, sometimes talent is over-rated, desire and hard-work trumps them every time!!! Is that too much to ask for? This is definitely my New Year's wish then.......

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#75 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 28 2013, 02:05PM
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Congrats on the kid, Gregor.

Hope Bryz lights it up tonight.

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#76 Doctor Smashy
November 28 2013, 02:14PM
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Off topic but does anyone know what song is played during the video montage while the Oilers skate onto the ice at the beginning of the game?

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#77 Spoils
November 28 2013, 03:31PM
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Oil win 2-1 after Yakcity ligths the lamp on the PP in the first. RJones scores winner in third from Arco (despite the 4th line minutes). Bryz plays great.

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#78 mayorblaine
November 28 2013, 03:38PM
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whatever the outcome, i bet we do some good things and see improvement in some areas of weakness. probably played a good second period but the first and second weren't quite were we like it to be. our corsi was ok and shot differential was outstanding. just got to put a complete game together. no problems. bliss.

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#79 Virtual_Xi
November 28 2013, 04:27PM
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In honor of Bryzzy's first start, I had to spend about 30 minutes watching all the interviews that made him famous! "bear in the forest", "great news and better news" "solar system is so humongous big", and who could forget "-32! game temperature!"

regardless of what happens, i've got a smile on my face!

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#80 Dan the Man
November 28 2013, 04:27PM
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I'm very excited about the 4th line but I'm very frightened of the J Schultz - Grebeshkov D pairing. Any pairing where Grebeshkov is the calm, defensive minded guy can't be good.

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#81 Dog Train
November 28 2013, 05:38PM
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It'll be interesting to see how we bounce back from a loss. So far this season losses have just lead to more and more losses. We need to get back on the wagon. I don't like the matchup but Bryzgalov is only afraid of bear in the forest so he won't let the Predators intimidate him. 1-0 Oil.

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#82 Yfc prez
November 28 2013, 06:35PM
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Zzzzzzzzz

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#83 Alsker
November 28 2013, 06:41PM
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Arco showing why he SHOULD be in the lineup...Jschultz is havin a tough one so far

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#84 vetinari
November 28 2013, 06:53PM
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I like Bryzer's calm feet and positioning so far... might encourage the defence to play with a little more fearlessness... good to see Arco back, using his feet and drawing penalties... go, Oilers!

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#85 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 07:13PM
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Well well well that was a bit of a shocker!

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#86 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
November 28 2013, 08:31PM
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@Ari Gold

"Eyes... wide open... with that open... net... looming?!"

Classic Sportsnet West commentary.

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#87 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 08:33PM
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Nobody beats the Bryz!!

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#88 Ari Gold
November 28 2013, 08:34PM
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Oilers playing their 4th line with less than a minute to go. Road shut-out. Decent shut-down road game.

Is this the same team?

I feel like I'm going bipolar.

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#89 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 28 2013, 08:35PM
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ILYA B.! ILYA B.! but gotta stay even keeled. Prozac is working. Wellbutrin keeping me happy may not need the Zanax today.

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#90 YFC Prez
November 28 2013, 08:47PM
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Man BryZ showed up now I'm all high on hopium again. Thank you sir may I have another ?!

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#91 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
November 28 2013, 09:11PM
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What did we witness?

Oilers Bryz past Predators?

In my wildest dreams.

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#92 **
November 28 2013, 09:27PM
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In Bryz we trust. 4th line looked sexy.

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#93 **
November 28 2013, 09:33PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Lol, in those days, the Oilers came out onto the ice for pre game warm up with Star Wars music blaring.

Late seventies........old time hockey!

Violence = good.

The golden bears basket ball team comes out with the imperial march.

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#94 el presidente
November 28 2013, 09:36PM
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TAKING CARE OF BRYZNESS!!! What a save! TAKING CARE OF BRYZNESS!!! We win game!!!!!

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#95 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 09:56PM
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** wrote:

this...is...so...clever...ha...ha...ha

Any chance to use a Biz Markie reference I take :-)

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#96 Johnnydapunk
November 28 2013, 10:15PM
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@Oilers need Ogie Ogilthorpe!

Apparently Markkanen's was the first for the Oil, though Darren Puppa shut out the Oil in 85' in his first game with the Sabres.

I actually saw Gage play about 12 ish years ago when he was in the British Superleague which was defiantly not super by any means, was still wearing his Oil gear at the time. Ended up having a pretty decent career in Europe.

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#97 Bryzarro World
November 28 2013, 11:58PM
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I'M BACK!

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#98 Oiler Al
November 29 2013, 06:20AM
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Rocket wrote:

You know who could knock guys down in front of the net? Smid.

Not a Smid basher, but for his size the guy was pretty soft... more of bear hug type of player... also engaged more often after the whistle than before... great shot blocker..but so are pylons.. seriously was way to slow in clearing pucks... and not a great skater.. nice guy though.

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#99 Bleed blue
November 29 2013, 06:25AM
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So that's what a 4th line looks like. Who knew. Actually about 95 percent of the posters here Knew. Why is Eakins always one step behind true oiler fans.

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#100 Dave
November 29 2013, 08:17AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Only 12 more years of them, I hope they hire Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro to do Edmonton Games.

Miller and or Ferraro are in the top tier or close. Bigger stars than a local market. Maybe ON would prefer our CHED duo?

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