GDB 42.0: SINK OR SWIM IN THE SHARK TANK?

Jason Gregor
January 13 2011 09:29AM

Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle are a combined cap hit of $28.07 million for the Sharks, and they are a combined -40. Marleau is an ugly -17, while Thorton sits at -12, Boyle at -10, while Heatley is the oddball at -1. The Sharks have lost five straight, they've been shutout three times in their past nine games, and they are currently sitting in 11th place in the Western conference. They won't have their leading goal scorer, Logan Couture, tonight due to a deep bruise from a collision with the Leafs' Colton Orr on Tuesday, and with only ten wins in 22 home games the Oilers might have a fighting chance tonight.

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GDB 41.0: HALFWAY TO THE FUTURE?

Jason Gregor
January 11 2011 10:43AM

The Oilers arrive at the midway point of the season tonight in Dallas, and despite registering only 13 wins in their first 40 games, this first half isn't even in the top-five worst first 40 games in franchise history. In the Oilers' inaugural season of 1979/80 they went 9-23-8, but made the playoffs going 19-16-5 in their final 40 games.

They had some kid name Gretzky, and another named Messier along with Kevin Lowe, Blair MacDonald, Stan Weir and Brett Callighen. They used six different goalies that year, and fans had faith things would improve.

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HALL FIRST LINE CENTRE

Jason Gregor
January 10 2011 03:21PM

Taylor Hall was skating in the middle of Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner at practice this afternoon in Dallas, and it will be interesting to see how he handles playing the middle. Now that Hall has gotten used to the speed and pace of the NHL, it looks like Tom Renney wants to see if Hall can handle all the responsibilites that go with playing centre.

There are lots of reasons why the Oilers are trying this experiment now.

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GDB 40.0: SEXY RUSSIAN SEQUELS?

Jason Gregor
January 07 2011 02:24PM

Note: I realize that tonight technically isn't a sequel, but play along. - JG

It is rare in the movie world that a sequel can match or better the original, but it has happened. The Godfather trilogy was awesome. Empire Strikes Back was well above decent. The Bourne Identity threesomes were excellent, but of course you have some sequels that should have never been made. Slapshot II and Caddyshack II were so bad they almost ruined the first one, but of course those originals were so freaking awesome nothing could ruin them.

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GDB 38.0: A BATTLE OF 28 AND ONE

Jason Gregor
January 06 2011 12:35PM

The 29th place Oilers host the red-hot 28th place New York Islanders this evening, and while a battle of cellar-dwellars is nothing to get excited about, there is one battle/comparison that is intriguing.

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