GDB - 4: SHOWDOWN IN COWTOWN

Jason Gregor
September 25 2011 02:03PM

After a rather calm Battle of Alberta last night, the Oilers and Flames meet for the 2nd and final time this preseason, and with Darcy Hordichuk dressed you can expect some fireworks. The veteran has been a wrecking ball in his two games thus far, so you know he'll be trying to set the tone early with a big hit.

Tonight's lineup includes a few guys who are close to making the team, and I'll be watching them closely.

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SOME HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK

Jason Gregor
September 23 2011 12:08PM

For the second consecutive preseason home game, Oiler fans and Tom Renney must have felt like they were in a time warp. And not the cool type of time warp/machine that Marty McFly got to use in Back to the Future. Last night was a trip down memory lane that many never want to see again, or at least not regularly.

On Tuesday we saw Nikolai Khabibulin fighting the puck.

Sure, it was only a preseason game, but it's a trend we've seen in Edmonton for over a year.

Last night the Oilers didn't shoot the puck, and outside of dropping the gloves early, they didn't seem ready to play.

Sure, it was only a preseason game, but it's a trend we've seen in Edmonton for the past five seasons.

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GDB -6: GAGNER'S NEW STRIDE & A CHANCE FOR DUBNYK

Jason Gregor
September 22 2011 12:54PM

Tom Renney is dressing a veteran-laden lineup tonight, and possibly giving Oiler fans a glimpse of what his opening night roster will look like. Too bad the Canucks are dressing a motley crew of players who are either here on PTOs, are draft-busts or guys destined for the AHL.

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HOLEY KHABBY!!!

Jason Gregor
September 21 2011 12:57AM

The fans at Rexall might have set a preseason record for the earliest BOOOOOOO of the season, when they voiced their displeasure after Nikolai Khabibulin allowed a 3rd goal only 18:35 into the first period. Khabibulin allowed three goals on seven shots, and while you can't blame him on the first one, we've seen this horror movie before.

He needs to stop the puck.

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GDB -8 and -7: SPLIT SQUADS

Jason Gregor
September 20 2011 12:25PM

For most of us anything related to the term "splits" means painful or impossible, or in the case of the above photo, freakish. However, tonight the Oilers will ice two split squads, one at home v. the Minnesota Wild and another in Saskatoon to face the Chicago Blackhawks, and Oiler fans couldn't be happier. It's been 163 days since the Oilers last played a hockey game, and tonight you get your first chance to see if a long-season has helped them improve.

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