GDB: BATTLE OF ALBERTA

Lowetide
March 01 2014 09:50AM


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It's an ill will she blows this morning, ladies and men. We are stone cold frozen, indoors, outdoors and in the western conference. The blues aren't blue enough, the country tear-jerkers can't find the lines, the poets can't stop the clocks in rhyme. 

The Battle of Alberta is desolation row. 

BUT WE'LL GET THERE BEFORE THEM!

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Really? REALLY? The tortoise and the hare had a point to their story, I'm not sure 'one frozen bubble against another one' will galvanize our collective spirits in Alberta province. 

Is there ANY good news? And don't tell me the draft! 

CALGARY FLAMES PROJECTED LINEUP

  • TJ Galiardi-Mikael Backlund-Jiri Hudler
  • Mike Cammalleri-Sean Monahan-Joe Colborne
  • Lance Bouma-Matt Stajan-David Jones
  • Paul Byron-Markus Granlund-Kevin Westgarth
  • TJ Brodie-Mark Giordano
  • Kris Russell-Derek Smith
  • Ladislav Smid-Dennis Wideman
  • Reto Berra

The Flames have some good hockey players heading out tonight, and some of them will be playing their last game with the fiery C. Mike Cammalleri should get significant interest, young Backlund has once again overcome major obstacles and the all-Canadian Monahan looks sharp in every photo. The Flames Corsi for % 5x5 is 45.2%, fourth worst in the league but there are some champions in the group:

  • Galiardi 50.8%
  • Giordano 50.5%
  • Backlund 49.4%
  • Brodie 49.3%
  • Cammalleri 49.2%

The complete list is here   and it is worth noting Calgary has only three position players who have been on the ice for more than 300 minutes while posting a sub 43% Corsi for 5x5 %. 

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EDMONTON OILERS PROJECTED LINEUP

  • Hall-Nuge-Hemsky
  • Perron-Gagner-Eberle
  • Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
  • Jones-Smyth-Gazdic
  • Marincin-Petry
  • N Schultz-J Schultz
  • Ference-Belov
  • Bryzgalov

Nail Yakupov's injury isn't considered serious, but it's also likely they hold him back for tonight's game. Do the Oilers have some good news, something similar to the Flames' men who are close to 50% or better Corsi for 5x5?

The Oilers Corsi for 5x5% is 43.3%, they are one below Calgary in the race (don't you laugh, Toronto  only Buffalo saves you!)

  • Martin Marincin 50.2%

The numbers are here.  Edmonton has five players who have been on the ice for more than 300 minutes while also posting a sub 43% Corsi for 5x5 %.


SOME SWEET DAY

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History tells us this will not last. Calgary will have a fine trade deadline, add some picks and prospects and live to fight another day. Edmonton appears to have invested heavily in hiring a new coach each season, so the only impressive thing is the number of first overall selections on their roster. 

Calgary and Edmonton are driving toward that goal this summer, first overall. In that race, Edmonton is judge, jury and executioner. For Oiler fans, the promise of a first overall pick is like a kick in the junk, a stomach turner, a false spring. 

The Flames should learn the lesson presented to them by Edmonton—it's pretty damn hard to come back quickly from scorched earth, even when good soil lies all about you. 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Flames and Oilers play to a 1-1 tie and no one can score in the shootout. Finally, Ladislav Smid drives in over the blueline and goes shelf on a very surprised Ilya Bryzgalov.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Flames win 5-1, on 5 shorthanded goals. All by Smid. 

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: CBC's After Hours becomes trade central as both Mike Cammalleri and Ales Hemsky are sent to Pittsburgh right after the game. 

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#201 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:14PM
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BingBong wrote:

He's got me worried. Previously when he's struggled or been hurt he was still getting chances, just missing. But lately he's just been invisible. Creating nothing.

He's only affective when he gets the puck on the rush or time with the puck. Since our d can't make a pass and other teams pressure, he's pretty much good for nothing

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#202 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 09:16PM
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That 1-3-1 is impossible to defend, or did he mean impossible to score.

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#203 Grumpy
March 01 2014, 09:18PM
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Give eberle a break! He's exhausted from filming commercials

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#204 vetinari
March 01 2014, 09:20PM
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Not a PP!!! We suck at PPs... and every other facet of the game, but let's start with the PP...

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#205 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:23PM
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vetinari wrote:

Not a PP!!! We suck at PPs... and every other facet of the game, but let's start with the PP...

I wonder if the oilers are good at curling or maybe darts?? It'd be nice to find somthing they're good at

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#206 Alsker
March 01 2014, 09:24PM
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vetinari wrote:

Not a PP!!! We suck at PPs... and every other facet of the game, but let's start with the PP...

Was that ugly. Exposed every problem the PP has within that 2 minutes. Epic!!!

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#207 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 09:24PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

That 1-3-1 is impossible to defend, or did he mean impossible to score.

The effectiveness is also impossible to defend. Mind you Eakins loves 1-0 games and I guess it doesn't matter who wins.

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#208 vetinari
March 01 2014, 09:25PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I wonder if the oilers are good at curling or maybe darts?? It'd be nice to find somthing they're good at

Golf... they get months of more practice than any other team in the league for almost a decade... Ask Kevin Lowe...

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#209 Gk1980
March 01 2014, 09:25PM
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Wow, just wow. These guys can't score. This team is lost. What is one thing these guys actually do well?

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#210 FireKLowe
March 01 2014, 09:26PM
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vetinari wrote:

Not a PP!!! We suck at PPs... and every other facet of the game, but let's start with the PP...

How many times has Ryan the "useless fcuk" been effective on the PP and yet idiot Eakins keeps putting him on it, and first unit to boot! I hate to say it but this team is ions away from being competitive on a nightly basis.

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#211 prendrefeu
March 01 2014, 09:26PM
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Watching the Oilers play makes the Flames squad look like Cup contenders.

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#212 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 09:29PM
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How many times has Ryan the "useless fcuk" been effective on the PP and yet idiot Eakins keeps putting him on it, and first unit to boot! I hate to say it but this team is ions away from being competitive on a nightly basis.

Perron should be on the first unit pp, must be too outspoken on the lack on compete on this team.

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#213 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:31PM
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Remember when people were saying the oilers are getting better and will chase down and pass the flames in the standings.... Guess we can put that dream to bed. I hope the oilers finish last, lose the lottery and pick 5th. They don't deserve anything else

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#214 MontanaMan
March 01 2014, 09:34PM
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I hired a guy three years ago who was and is a huge Oiler fan. Three years ago his line was "the Oilers have something the Flames don't have. Hope." Three years later? Not so much.

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#215 merfer
March 01 2014, 09:34PM
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Where is our second line? Has Gagner even touched the puck tonight. Good effort from Perron but it really looks like Gagner has checked out and is ready to report to another team.

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#216 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 09:35PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Remember when people were saying the oilers are getting better and will chase down and pass the flames in the standings.... Guess we can put that dream to bed. I hope the oilers finish last, lose the lottery and pick 5th. They don't deserve anything else

Flames how about catching Colorado by Olympic break.

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#217 6 ring circus
March 01 2014, 09:35PM
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Memo to Mactavish;Send Eakins back to the AHL ,his coaching and systems are not suited for the NHL!!!

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#218 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:36PM
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vetinari wrote:

Golf... they get months of more practice than any other team in the league for almost a decade... Ask Kevin Lowe...

Maybe golf. But golf takes a long time and might cut into the bar time. I think they need somthing that requires less time, energy and focus. Beer pong! I bet they're the best team at beer pong

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#219 vetinari
March 01 2014, 09:37PM
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Oilers lead the league in SO's... against... sigh...

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#220 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:40PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Flames how about catching Colorado by Olympic break.

Haha ya I remember that!! Isn't it cute how far from reality some people are?

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#221 The Soup Fascist
March 01 2014, 09:40PM
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I don't think there is anyone I dislike more than Glenn Healey. What a twerp.

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#222 Mason Storm
March 01 2014, 09:41PM
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vetinari wrote:

Oilers lead the league in SO's... against... sigh...

And shorthanded goals given up

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#223 Alsker
March 01 2014, 09:41PM
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merfer wrote:

Where is our second line? Has Gagner even touched the puck tonight. Good effort from Perron but it really looks like Gagner has checked out and is ready to report to another team.

We can only hope.

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#224 MontanaMan
March 01 2014, 09:43PM
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Flames have outworked the Oilers all night and as shown on the only goal, they have owned the boards. Having said that, the 5 on 3 demonstrated the lack of finesse in the Flames lineup. Any 5 on 3 should result in good scoring chances low, not feeding the defence and teeing up shots from the point. Painful.

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#225 vetinari
March 01 2014, 09:44PM
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Let's just get out of this turd of a game without a major injury and to the trade deadline.

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#226 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:46PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Flames how about catching Colorado by Olympic break.

I think the best one ever was the whole "29 other teams in the league would love to trade rosters with us!" Haha good times! If it wasn't so sad it'd be funny how terrible the management of this team is

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#227 admiralmark
March 01 2014, 09:55PM
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Remember when people were saying the oilers are getting better and will chase down and pass the flames in the standings.... Guess we can put that dream to bed. I hope the oilers finish last, lose the lottery and pick 5th. They don't deserve anything else

Funny as that is. Its not technically possible. Finish Last= at worst 2nd overall pick.

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#228 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 09:56PM
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I think the best one ever was the whole "29 other teams in the league would love to trade rosters with us!" Haha good times! If it wasn't so sad it'd be funny how terrible the management of this team is

Did he say 29? I thought he said 28(lol)

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#229 bulldog12
March 01 2014, 09:57PM
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Hemskys lighten er up now. The 1st lines been on fire since he moved up. The whole team has been on fire since they changed up the lines. Wednesday can't come soon enough. Please please please if there is a hockey God put Hemsky on a plane to anywhere.

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#230 Reg Dunlop
March 01 2014, 09:59PM
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What are the odds that the spirit of Alexander Daigle would inhabit every 1st overall that the oil have had the pleasure of selecting? An effort like tonight has to raise question marks about their character.

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#231 Hockeyfan 1976
March 01 2014, 09:59PM
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Anyone else noticed that you see more of Eberle on TV commercials than him doing anything on the ice?

Hahahaah, this team is such a f@&(" joke.

Turning this crap off, as sleep is worth more than watching Calgary showing us how to play with any heart.

What do you call a 16 million investment with 0 return? Our first line.

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#232 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 10:00PM
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admiralmark wrote:

Funny as that is. Its not technically possible. Finish Last= at worst 2nd overall pick.

This just makes me even more mad!! This team should've been kicked to the AHL years ago

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#233 vetinari
March 01 2014, 10:03PM
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This just makes me even more mad!! This team should've been kicked to the AHL years ago

We, instead, brought the AHL to us... we collected as many AHL players for our roster as humanly possible and then gave them an AHL coach to lead them.

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#234 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 10:03PM
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On the bright side Marincin is having a good game.

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#235 john
March 01 2014, 10:06PM
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It's end of second period, 1-0 for Flames, that's 5 periods of shut out for Oilers. The players tanked to get Eakins fired, what's Mac T is waiting for? Fire that clown Eakins, he can't coach in NHL, time to move on. 62 games in, 20 left, time to get a real coach in to run this team.

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#236 Boys on the Short Bus
March 01 2014, 10:06PM
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Forget attracting free agents, Oil Barons going to start declining call ups

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#237 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 10:07PM
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vetinari wrote:

We, instead, brought the AHL to us... we collected as many AHL players for our roster as humanly possible and then gave them an AHL coach to lead them.

And yet were building them a brand new rink. Why is there not change?? I don't think I could put together a worst nhl team if I tried

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#238 Dave
March 01 2014, 10:10PM
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Didn't Rob Brown say on the radio that if the oilers don't come out tonight with a good game that somthing is broken.... Well somthing is broken

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#239 vetinari
March 01 2014, 10:11PM
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And yet were building them a brand new rink. Why is there not change?? I don't think I could put together a worst nhl team if I tried

I used to laugh when guys would say that they'd make a better GM than a professional... but then I witnessed years of Tambellini in (in)action and I can say yes, literally anyone could have done better than him.

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#240 Gk1980
March 01 2014, 10:12PM
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Maybe the players are rebelling, are they all this bad? What the hell happened this is pathetic. I want them to get shout out, force change.

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#241 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 10:14PM
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vetinari wrote:

I used to laugh when guys would say that they'd make a better GM than a professional... but then I witnessed years of Tambellini in (in)action and I can say yes, literally anyone could have done better than him.

I still think Mr Lowe was making those calls.

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#242 Mason Storm
March 01 2014, 10:20PM
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Someone better win in regulation. I can't handle 5 more minutes of this. Not exactly high intensity, edge of your seat stuff.

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#243 Gk1980
March 01 2014, 10:20PM
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Perron! What they heck are you doing!!! Going against the grain!!! He doesn't believe in the plan.

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#244 Alsker
March 01 2014, 10:20PM
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Hey we scored, bout time, 1st goal at home since Jan 29. Man that sounds as bad as it actually is.

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#245 kale
March 01 2014, 10:22PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

I still think Mr Lowe was making those calls.

I totally agree, after the Heatley debacle Tambellinis mandate was to draft elite players. You dont do that unless you finish low in the standings

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#246 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 01 2014, 10:22PM
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Good god, as laughably bad as both these teams are, we CAN'T lose to the Flames tonight.

Kent, even if you're the big cheese of the Nation network these days, don't forget that your boss is an Oilers fan. Muahahahaha!

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#247 The Soup Fascist
March 01 2014, 10:25PM
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I know Hall and Nuge are not exactly lighting it up tonight ...... But does Glenn Healey's daughter or niece happen to work at Cactus Club?

Dude sounds a little bitter.

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#248 vetinari
March 01 2014, 10:26PM
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Words I do not want to hear:

"Gagner's the only fore checker..."

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#249 Gk64167
March 01 2014, 10:27PM
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Words I do not want to hear:

"Gagner's the only fore checker..."

Words you will never hear

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#250 john
March 01 2014, 10:28PM
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I m watching the game on CBC in Ontario, can't believe it's a packed house in Edmonton. Time to fire that AHL coach from Toronto, bring in a real coach. I moved here 20 years ago from Edmonton, still a fan but so painful to watch now.

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