GDB 2.0: LOOKING TO REBOUND

Jason Gregor
October 05 2013 01:18PM

Whether it is fair or not, Devan Dubnyk and Roberto Luongo will be scrutinized heavily this season, and they are the focal point tonight. Dubnyk allowed two questionable goals on opening night, and until he cuts down on allowing "weak" goals fans, media and management will question the validity of him being a reliable starter.

Dubnyk has the skills to be a starting goalie. He's shown that, but he struggles with momentarily lapses in focus. Former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay told me this week, it isn't a lack of ability with Dubnyk, but his mental preparation. He needs to find consistency in staying calm and focused, and Greenlay believes the "soft" goals will disappear.

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SMOKIN' ACES

Lowetide
October 04 2013 11:42PM

Finally getting the opportunity to play with skill, Mitchell Moroz is taking full advantage. At 19 and in his final season of junior, a fast start and productive minutes were a must for the big man. Six games in: music!

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Boyd Gordon: Shawn Horcoff, minus the baggage

Jonathan Willis
October 04 2013 07:53AM

Looking at the Oilers’ centre depth chart, it always seemed likely that newcomer Boyd Gordon was going to get his share of defensive assignments and then some. Dallas Eakins seemed to confirm that on Tuesday, when he slotted Gordon in the most thankless role on the team: Shawn Horcoff’s old job.

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RNH: HELP IS ON THE WAY

Robin Brownlee
October 03 2013 10:31PM

Having spent not one minute in medical school, you can pass off what my eyes are telling me as rank speculation, but I'd be surprised beyond words if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn't ready to play when the Edmonton Oilers open a six-game road trip in Toronto Oct. 12.

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BARONS READY TO ROLL!

Lowetide
October 03 2013 08:30PM

The Oklahoma City Barons roster looks set now, and some of the things we discussed earlier (where's the offense going to come from?) have been solved by the names who didn't get NHL jobs. The opening night lineup has plenty of surprises and a lot of NHL experience. The quality prospects are mostly defensemen.

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