GDB 46: Hello, Robert Nilsson!

For the second straight game, the Oilers offence will get a boost; the fog has lifted and Robert Nilsson will play tonight with Gagner and Cole. Nilsson skated hard yesterday, and was cautious about a return tonight, but after the morning skate he was smiling and excited to play with his father in the rink tonight.

Nilsson’s return means a shuffle: Reddox is off the second line, and based on practice he might be in the pressbox tonight. Reddox and Strudwick were the last two off the ice at the morning skate, normally a sign that they won’t play tonight. The problem with that theory is that Strudwick has been the last player off on game day many times, yet still laced them up that night.

Reddox, Brule, Strudwick and MacIntyre are the options to flank Brodziak, and none of the players were saying who was playing. I would lean towards MacIntyre and Brule being in tonight.

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Hall & Oates

Many of you were stunned watching the Oilers, specifically Ethan Moreau, clapping in unison to Private Eyes, after their win against Phoenix. Veteran Strudwick explains the reasoning behind this song:

Strudwick: First off, I really liked the ’80s. There was lots of good music produced, synthesizers and bad hair were a good combination. As far as Hall and Oates, we’re searching for a song and right now that seems to be the go-to after the game. I like the song a lot and I think we should stick with it.

Gregor: Is it because of the clapping sequence, the unison factor?

Strudwick: We had tried harder clapping sequence, but not everyone could get it, but now this song there is only three claps every two minutes so we can keep the pace.

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Gregor: You’ve been around the league a long time — are there any other songs that were this team-building-ish.

Strudwick: Most teams after a win play the same song. Last year in New York we had a song by Eminem — Shake Your Ass — not sure if you are familiar with it, but it is quite a good number. The other year we had Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, which was Jagr’s song. We’ve had quite the potpourri of music.

Moreau kicking out Pouliot

Many of you thought Moreau was a horrible leader for waving Pouliot out of the dot a few games ago, so I asked him why?

“I take it because then Cogs can stay on the left side, where he is more comfortable, and not go on the right. Really, Poulie and I laugh about it when we look at one another to see who will take it. It isn’t a big deal at all, but the main reason is so that Cogs can stay on the left where he is more comfortable.”

I asked Pouliot his thoughts on it, and if he felt being a centre he should take the draw.

“Cogs hates the right side, so it is easier for Chop (Moreau) to take the draw. If he loses it I bug him hard that I should take it next time, but we laugh about it. When he waved me out it was because Cogs yelled at him to take it so he could stay on the left. I don’t think it is a big deal, other than I can bug him if he loses it.”

Garon and contract

To clarify whether Garon got a contract offer from the team this summer, I made a phone call. Garon said he had never spoken to the Oilers about an extension, while I was told a few months back there was an offer.

The truth is that Garon’s camp called the Oilers about an extension in the summer, and the Oilers said they would look at it during the season. So Garon never turned down an extension, but they did have contact with the Oilers about it. This according to Kevin Prendergast.

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My original source was correct that talks had occurred, but it was, in fact, the Garon camp that started them not the Oilers.


  • Gregor wrote:

    Strudwick: We had tried harder clapping sequence, but not everyone could get it, but now this song there is only three claps every two minutes so we can keep the pace.

    That is funny, I don't think they can get any easier than that song. Gettng the dirt again Gregor – good job!

    *clap, clap*

  • Chaz

    Great insight Gregor. I hope the guys aren't already in allstar break mode. Save the Hall and Oates dance routines for after the win tonight! Haha.

    Seriously though, this is a huge game tonight. A win in regulation and we're masters of our own destiny for the playoff drive. It would go a long way in distancing this team from some inconsitent play and point them in the right direction for the rest of the year.

    I can't remember if Nash is still injured? Anyone? How about Raffi? G'oliers!

  • Chaz wrote:

    I can’t remember if Nash is still injured? Anyone? How about Raffi? G’oliers!

    Yes both are in…Torres has only played 16 games due to injuries but he has played four staight and is excited for tonight. Look for him to try and run someone.

    And it is confirmed…Reddox and Strudwick are out tonight.

  • rindog

    Thanks for the insight Gregs!

    Wouldn't the lines look good if it went like this:

    27 10 83
    12 89 26
    18 13 67
    78 51 33/43

    Actually in a perfect world they would look like this:

    27 13 83
    21 89 26
    12 10 67
    18 51 33/78/43

    I know Potulny got sent down, and I know that the HHP line has been good (might not want to risk splitting them). But at some point I would like to see those 3 more offensively constructed lines see what they can do???

  • Chaz wrote:

    Seriously though, this is a huge game tonight. A win in regulation and we’re masters of our own destiny for the playoff drive. It would go a long way in distancing this team from some inconsitent play and point them in the right direction for the rest of the year.

    I put this in the thread from yesterday. They really do need to start stringing some wins together if there are any hopes of the play-offs. The games aren't going to get any easier if they don't get on a hotstreak.

    Since the A$$-Kicking against Chicago:
    9 wins, 6 losses – 1 OTL. 6-4 in the last 10. I really hope they can do better in the next 10. But with 3 afternooon games & a Wild, Habs (home, but away game)& Wings game in there .500 might be what we have.

    Tue Jan 20, 2009 Home – Blue Jackets
    Tue Jan 27, 2009 Home – Sabres
    Fri Jan 30, 2009 Home – Wild
    Sun Feb 1, 2009 Home – Predators (afternoon)
    Tue Feb 3, 2009 Home – Oilers
    Thu Feb 5, 2009 Away – Blues
    Sat Feb 7, 2009 Away – Red Wings (afternoon)
    Sun Feb 8, 2009 Away – Wild (afternoon)
    Wed Feb 11, 2009 Home – Canadiens
    Sat Feb 14, 2009 Away – Kings

  • RLH

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    Great stuff! Thanks, Jason – that clears up a few things and eases my mind about Moreau.

    Not only that, but it indicates some team (if not line) chemistry. Good to see, and it makes me wonder if we don't personalize these guys enough?