GDB 33.0: BATTLING THE BRUINS

Jason Gregor
December 12 2013 12:33PM

The Boston Bruins are not only good on the ice; their marketing team is pretty solid off the ice as well. The Bruins have produced some humourous commercials the past five seasons, and this is one or my favourites. The Oilers aren't a divisional rival, but many Bruins fans have told me they have a healthy disdain for the Oilers due to two Stanley Cup Finals losses in 1988 and 1990.

The Bruins and Oilers are at opposite ends of the NHL standings, and have been since 2007/2008, and the Oilers will need to play their one of their best games of the season tonight, just to keep it close.

The Oilers might catch a break with Tukka Rask battling the flu, but the Bruins are stacked and they haven't lost in Edmonton since October 17th, 2000. That night Dan Lacouture and Brian Swanson scored their first NHL goals in a 6-1 thrashing of the Bruins. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games in Edmonton including a 3-2 victory in their last visit to Edmonton on February 27th, 2011.

It is hard not to respect the Bruins.

They have skill, size, experience, solid two-way players, great goaltending and they are the toughest team in the NHL led by their captain Zdeno Chara. They don't have any weaknesses, and once again they are sitting first in the Eastern conference with a 21-8-2 record.

The Oilers are playing their best hockey of the seasons, 7-3-1 in their last 11 games, and while they didn't beat up on the top teams in the league, they did grab 15 of a possible 22 points. That is a solid stretch of hockey, but tonight will be a much more difficult task for the Oilers.

The Oilers will need to use their speed, and be disciplined with the puck. They can't continue to turn the puck over, especially on the powerplay, or the Bruins will skate them out of the rink.

LINEUP

Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Joensuu-Arcobello-Hemsky
Gazdic-Lander-Jones

Boyd Gordon still isn't healthy enough to play. Ryan Smyth is also banged up, and he'll be a game time decision. Eakins will switch up the PP units. They've been really hot or really cold, similar to the overall play of the team. Since November 5th, the PP is 17 for 71 (23.9%) so it's not like it has been terrible. The production has been great, but the bad giveaways are the issue. 

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

Jeff Petry has been cleared to play. He's an upgrade on Potter, and the Oilers need their best lineup against the Bruins.

Dubnyk

QUICK HITS....

  • It was a subtle message, but Dallas Eakins didn't play Taylor Hall in the final five minutes on Tuesday after Jeff Skinner tied the game. You might say it was only five minutes, but it was the most important time of the game, and I'm sure Hall got the message. I'm curious to see how he responds, especially in the defensive end.
     
  • Eakins did put Hall out for the PP in OT, which was a smart, but not being on the ice for the final five minutes of regulation should get Hall's attention.
     
  • It was interesting to note that Hall got a short stint on the bench, but Sam Gagner, despite some equally bad defensive decisions never missed a shift. Eakins must be giving him some leeway due to the injury, or he wants to keep throwing him over the boards with the hope it builds his confidence.
  • Firing Feaster today makes sense. There is no point waiting until the end of the season to can him, if the Flames knew he wasn't their guy moving forward. You can also expect the Flames' new GM to fire Hartley before the start of next season. The Flames should look at Oilers to see that firing coaches frequently doesn't change much, if you don't give the new coach better players.
     
  • Good luck to all of you in Fantasy Football playoffs...whether you are going for a championship, or trying to avoid losing the Toilet Bowl. Good luck. I have Manning, Decker and Moreno on my team...Please don't pick tonight to have an off night.

TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Because everyone expects them to lose, the Oilers stun the Bruins with a 4-3 victory. P.S... I put the team logos in front of my son, and whichever one he touches, I go with that team to win. He is 8 days old, and his record is already 2-0.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers lineup has a combined four career goals vs. the Bruins; Hemsky, Perron, RNH and Ference each have one goal. Two Oilers will score their first career goal against Boston tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Now that he isn't a member of the Calgary Flames, the Oilers will give St. Albert native, Jarome Iginla a healthy cheer when he announced over the PA. Iginla will be honoured, and he'll return the favour by scoring a second period goal. After the game, Oilers fans collectively decide never to cheer for an opposing player, who never played for the Oilers, ever again.

DAY TEN...MONTH OF GIVING

Yesterday we raised another $2,800 for Santas Anonymous.

Today we have an excellent and very generous package that was donated to us by The Home Matchmaker Michelle Derk from Remax Elite.

  • Up for grabs is the seller's commission for your house. (In a regular sale half the commission goes to the seller realtor and half to the buyer. So this is $3.5% on the first $100,000 and $1.5% on the balance).

On a $500,000 house that is a value of $9,500.00 just to give you a reference point.

You can bid on this package by calling 780.444.1260 between 2-6 p.m. today.

Thanks in advance.

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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#151 **
December 12 2013, 09:11PM
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Eakins is learning. I can't remember the last time he pulled Dubnky after a first period of Dubnyking.

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#152 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:11PM
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Gagner must of not been on the ice for that Iginla shot.The goalie was not screened.

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#153 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:12PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Gagner must of not been on the ice for that Iginla shot.The goalie was not screened.

Petry was having a decent game until that give away.

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#154 OilMan31
December 12 2013, 09:13PM
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We are paying Gagner 4.8 million to turn over pucks and be a terrible 2nd line centerman. Yet we pay Perron 3.8 million to be our leading scorer!!! Dump Gagner to anyone who will take him (and absorb some of the salary if needed). There is no way the Oilers will be a winning club with Gags playing the role he his playing now.

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#155 **
December 12 2013, 09:13PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Watch the replay on the first goal. Ya Dubnyk is useless but watch gagner. He not once kicks it into high gear to back check. Watch the second goal. He leaves a man in front of Dubnnyk unmolested and then screens him. Watch the third goal. Gagner is once again seen in the distance floating back. Is Eakins being forced to play Gagner as he is MacT's pet? Or is Eakins really that incompetent to keep sending out Gagner?

A few days ago Eakins was asked if there was the posibility to move Gags to the winger given how much he sucks at centre, and Eakins basically said that there is no one else to play center until Gordon is back. Expect to see GAgs on the wing as soon as Gordon is ready to go.

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#156 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:14PM
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At least LaBarbera isn't hurting us. If we took away that first softie on Dubnyk, we'd be feeling pretty good heading into the third.

And here I was going to suggest some new nicknames for our goalies. Like--

"Leaky" Labarbera and "Digger" Dubnyk

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#157 Alsker
December 12 2013, 09:15PM
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Just got in, should I be sorry I've missed the game so far? Oh wait from the comments I'd say no. Perron and Arco having their typical good games and the chosen ones: well, yuck. Was Dubby really that bad or did the team need a shake up?

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#158 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:16PM
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Alsker wrote:

Just got in, should I be sorry I've missed the game so far? Oh wait from the comments I'd say no. Perron and Arco having their typical good games and the chosen ones: well, yuck. Was Dubby really that bad or did the team need a shake up?

A pee wee goalie would of stopped the first goal 9 out of 10 times.For real.

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#159 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:17PM
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Alsker wrote:

Just got in, should I be sorry I've missed the game so far? Oh wait from the comments I'd say no. Perron and Arco having their typical good games and the chosen ones: well, yuck. Was Dubby really that bad or did the team need a shake up?

First period was all Boston and the first goal on Dubnyk was, literally, an unscreened lob from the blueline. Second opened with a great tilt between Gazdic and Lucic and Perron turned on the jets to bring us within one.

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#160 whyjay
December 12 2013, 09:18PM
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Hey Jason. I see you still have a boner for Hall. Hes brutal in his own end! Not Eberle brutal, but still brutal. He deserves to sit!!

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#161 Alsker
December 12 2013, 09:19PM
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Thanks for the recap, damn choked I missed the Gazdic battle. Just not enough of 'em anymore. Well wheres the rum and lets get ready for the third!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#162 **
December 12 2013, 09:20PM
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Credit to Ebs and Yaks, they've been back checking and moving to cover. Hell Ebs even threw one on Chara.

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#163 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:20PM
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Alsker wrote:

Thanks for the recap, damn choked I missed the Gazdic battle. Just not enough of 'em anymore. Well wheres the rum and lets get ready for the third!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best Oiler scrap this year.PVR sportsdesk tonight.

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#164 cubsfan
December 12 2013, 09:22PM
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is taylor hall playing tonight.....invisible again when going gets tough

piles up points against weaker teams.......-3 tonight

he's got a better shot at summer olympics.......

its a mans game arco , gazdic, and perron are men

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#165 @Oilanderp
December 12 2013, 09:23PM
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Now THAT is a damn nice pushback period! Not just because of the score either. They're shooting from almost everywhere and not acting like they are playing an all-star game... interesting.

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#166 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:24PM
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Gazdic started slow in the tilt and then picked it up as they went on. For a medium weight, he'll earn some cred for busting up Lucic's lip and holding him to a draw.

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#167 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:25PM
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@cubsfan

he's got a better shot at summer olympics......

That is a good one.

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#168 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:28PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Does that awesome scrap show up on the stats guy's spreadsheets?

I can't tell if I should be enjoying what I'm seeing.....too many intangibles..... Romulus, can you please check the stats sheet and tell me whether or not I should be enjoying this?

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#169 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:29PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I can't tell if I should be enjoying what I'm seeing.....too many intangibles..... Romulus, can you please check the stats sheet and tell me whether or not I should be enjoying this?

Corsi what is the corsi?

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#170 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:31PM
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Petry is picking them off one by one.

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#171 Alsker
December 12 2013, 09:32PM
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Arco-Hemmer-Hall, when did that start?

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#172 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:33PM
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Eakins have a rye & coke going in that cup or what?

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#173 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:34PM
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vetinari wrote:

Eakins have a rye & coke going in that cup or what?

Diet coke maybe.

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#174 Alsker
December 12 2013, 09:35PM
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vetinari wrote:

Eakins have a rye & coke going in that cup or what?

Watching these guys night in and night out it would be a rye and vodka for me.

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#175 Soccer Steve
December 12 2013, 09:35PM
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Hockey fan 1976 wrote:

Only ones that look like actual NHL players from : Arco/Perron and Belov. Everyone else is like boys vs men. Well, in Gagner's case is girls vs men.

Not fair to girls.

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#176 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:35PM
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Hall why do you hate blue lines what did they ever do to you?

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#177 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:36PM
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McTavish has to be given props for Perron,Gadzic & Gordon, possibly Ference,Belov,Bryzgalov and Joensuu(only time will tell), thumbs down to Gagner contract.

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#178 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:37PM
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Here's our strategy for the third:

"Perron. You're being double shifted. Everyone feed Perron. Even if he is on the bench."

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#179 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:41PM
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vetinari wrote:

Eakins have a rye & coke going in that cup or what?

Maybe Will Farrell's new sport drink, bull testesteron with cat-nip.

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#180 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 12 2013, 09:41PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

McTavish has to be given props for Perron,Gadzic & Gordon, possibly Ference,Belov,Bryzgalov and Joensuu(only time will tell), thumbs down to Gagner contract.

Grabeshkov didn't pass the smell test either.

Not sold on Joensuu, not much difference between him and Patrell.

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#181 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:43PM
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Calgary, sadly, wins in OT over Carolina. C'mon boys, we need to keep pace!

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#182 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:43PM
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vetinari wrote:

Here's our strategy for the third:

"Perron. You're being double shifted. Everyone feed Perron. Even if he is on the bench."

I remember thinking last year I wished we had a Brad Marchand type of player.....I like Perron more than I do Marchand.

I knew Perron was gifted offensively ...never realized until the trade how gritty and highly competitive he is.

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#183 Rocket
December 12 2013, 09:43PM
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Jack Michaels:"Gagner with a shot on net"

Wait, what!?! Gagner is actually playing tonight? Huh, I couldn't tell.

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#184 Alsker
December 12 2013, 09:45PM
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Rocket wrote:

Jack Michaels:"Gagner with a shot on net"

Wait, what!?! Gagner is actually playing tonight? Huh, I couldn't tell.

with a -3 how couldn't you tell.

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#185 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:45PM
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Where does Boston keep coming up with these goalies? What a factory.

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#186 Wax Man Riley
December 12 2013, 09:46PM
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#wouldof

#couldof

#shouldof

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#187 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:46PM
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Interesting stat they put up,Gagner was 6th in points since the 2007 draft Perron is 26th.Who would you rather have on your team.Come on stat guys explain to me why you would want Gagner on your team over Perron

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#188 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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.Arcobello should merit serious consideration for the Calder.

Seriously...when was the last time you saw a Calder eligible player with such well rounded skills?

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#189 OilMan31
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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I have to say win or lose we have played a great game past the middle of the first period where it looked like we were done.

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#190 Rod from Viking
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

Grabeshkov was another bad signing, brain fart by me, like I said jury is out on the last four, Joensuu's back could be cronic. I also really like the Nurse pick and the effort to try to get a #1 goal tender.

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#191 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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Rocket wrote:

Jack Michaels:"Gagner with a shot on net"

Wait, what!?! Gagner is actually playing tonight? Huh, I couldn't tell.

Dubnyk noticed trust me.

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#192 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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Win or loose...this one of the better games I've seen in a quite a while..

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#193 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:49PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Interesting stat they put up,Gagner was 6th in points since the 2007 draft Perron is 26th.Who would you rather have on your team.Come on stat guys explain to me why you would want Gagner on your team over Perron

Gagner was rushed to the NHL while Perron was given time to develop. Both have had significant injuries in their careers, but Perron is more competitive and seems more driven. Gags has a good hockey bloodline but he's been erratic the past year or so.

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#194 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:51PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

.Arcobello should merit serious consideration for the Calder.

Seriously...when was the last time you saw a Calder eligible player with such well rounded skills?

Landeskog last year.

edit:Couturier too

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#195 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:52PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Landeskog last year.

edit:Couturier too

That's true.

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#196 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:52PM
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vetinari wrote:

Gagner was rushed to the NHL while Perron was given time to develop. Both have had significant injuries in their careers, but Perron is more competitive and seems more driven. Gags has a good hockey bloodline but he's been erratic the past year or so.

After tonight's game you have the audacity to defend Gagner?

Man i wish Gagner had balls as big as yours.

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#197 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:54PM
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Spydyr wrote:

After tonight's game you have the audacity to defend Gagner?

Man i wish Gagner had balls as big as yours.

At this moment, I trust Perron more and have more faith in him to tie the game up. Gagner needs "a reset". And soon.

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#198 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:55PM
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vetinari wrote:

At this moment, I trust Perron more and have more faith in him to tie the game up. Gagner needs "a reset". And soon.

By "reset" you mean a fresh start on another team?

I agree.

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#199 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:57PM
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Oiler's putting in an effort and crowd is behind them, see how that works Taylor & Jordan, that is all it takes.

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#200 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:00PM
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NHL play of the week...Perron's one handed wrap around goal!

NHL fight of the week Gadzik vs Lucic !

NHL comeback game of the week!???

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