GDB VII: Sans Hemsky

Happy frickin’ Friday to you. My day started out just peachy when I was dinged by the fuzz for speeding. They sure picked the perfect spot: Edmonton’s scenic 66th St and 36th Ave, just as you sped up the hill.

I have all the respect for the Police, and no doubt I was speeding, but this officer riled me up. I’ve been pulled over many times, and once I’m stopped I reach into the glove box and grab my insurance and registration. I believe in getting it over with as quick as possible.

So Mr. Patrolman knocks on the window, I power my window down and I’m greeted with this:

“Jason do you know you were going 81 in a 60 zone?”

I look up and have no clue who this guy is, but he knows my name. I do have the Kia logoed up with a TEAM 1260 logo, so it’s not hard to put two and two together.

Once he said my name he gave me a glimmer of hope that I might get off, or at least get a reduction. Nope, he just threw that out there to add insult to injury. I have no problem taking my lumps and paying the ticket, but next time, coppers, don’t tease with the possibility or a reduction.

As a side thought, I wonder how many guys have been let go with a warning after being pulled over for speeding, because almost every hot girl I know has had one freebie?

Hemsky out

Even though he hasn’t played well to date, a team never wants their most skilled guy out of the lineup, but that’s the case tonight. Ales Hemsky is out with an undisclosed injury and Robert Nilsson will draw in.

Pat Quinn will put Mike Comrie on the left side, with Nilsson on the right of Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff left the morning skate and returned at the end, to try a different padding in his skates. Horcoff’s right foot is swollen after blocking a shot in Chicago, and the swelling is right where he ties up his skates. He was noticeably uncomfortable this morning, and admitted that it really bothers him to push off hard on his right foot.

Ken Lowe will be working to come up with something to relieve the pressure by game time.

Ethan Moreau, Andrew Cogliano and Zack Stortini will be another line, but after that it’s up in the air.

You could see JF Jacques with Sam Gagner and Patrick O’Sullivan, and Dustin Penner with Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone. Or maybe Quinn puts Stone and Jacques with Gagner with the hope they have the same success as Moreau, Cogliano and Stortini.

No Havlat?

Many wondered who would get hurt first, Marian Gaborik or Martin Havlat, and if you picked Havlat you are the winner. Gaborik did miss some preseason games, but he has been on fire in the regular season. Havlat has five points in five games for the Wild, but he wasn’t on the ice this morning, and word is he won’t play.

Petr Sykora also didn’t skate and is out.

The Wild only have 12 goals in five games so far and right now only Marek Zidlicky and Shane Hnidy are + players. Seven of their 12 goals have come on the powerplay, and once again the Wild’s special teams are both in the top ten.

Their PP is 6th at 28% and their PK is 9th at 83.3%, but they can’t score five-on-five.

Eric Belanger leads them with two goals and seven points, while Andrew Brunette has four goals and six points. The Wild only have four players with three or more points, while the Oilers have ten with 3+ points.

The Wild are 0-4 on the road so far, and the Oilers were talking about the importance of a good start tonight.

The Wild will dress both 6’7” Derek Boogaard, and 6’8” Johnny Scott, so Zack Stortini could have his hands full tonight.

NATION DRAFT NO 1

For those of you in the OilersNation looking to take your involvement to the next level, I suggest entering the Team 1260 online hockey pool by clicking here. There are some great prizes to be won and as of writing this Robin Brownlee is in first place. Are you going to let him get away with that?

  • Bucknuck

    I agree with OgBro, this is the game you need SmackIntyre in. Some might argue that you don't want to break up the fourth line, but in my opinion you don't have to. It's been playing so good it's the third line. Put Smack on whichever line is doing more poorly.

    But since Nilsson is in… that means McIntyre is out. I hope Nilsson comes out with something to prove.

  • Morghasm

    what the… somehow the planned line-ups sans Hemsky leave me feeling like we're left with several 3rd lines and a fourth line. How did that happen?

    Here's hoping it's not a disaster!

    And @ both Ogden Bros – I agree, if SMac doesn't fit into the line-up tonight when the team is facing two uber-goons on the Wild, I don't see how he fits in at all. Combined with PQ's earlier comments this season about not wanting players who only bring fighting as a skill, it makes me wonder why he's still on the roster at this point. Mysteries abound.

  • erixon

    Gregor,

    I have never been let go by a male cop, but once by a female, it was great. But for that one time, I've had many, many other times that make up for it. Once, about 2 years ago I was given a ticket for 40 km/h over the speedlimit, and a double fine, because a cop had someone pulled over, and I was "in the lane next to him" going 100 km/h. The rule is, if you are in the lane next to the cop, the speed limit reduces to 60 km/h, and if you are in the far lane, you resume are regular speed. Well, I had the passanger side tire on the dotted line, never thought anything of it then the cop comes racing behind me, pulls me over and forks over a $600 bill. Nice, especially considering my fiance and I wre on our way to pick up our new puppy.

    Another time was actually sort of funny, I was pulled over on Gretz drive, with my buddy in teh passenger seat. A ghost car, a weird one at that, an older Taurus. Two guys come out in street clothes, one a dark guy with a Jamacian accent, and his pudgey white friend strolling up to the car. At this point we aren't even sure these are cops, it looks sketchy, and my friend gets a knock on his window from the white guy, he rolls it down, the cop says to my friend, "Do you know how fast you were going", my buddy is confused, he looks at the cop, "I don't f**king know, I'm not driving…". The cop stood there perplexed as to what to do next, then this jamacian guy comes up to the window and asks me for my info. I have no idea what to do, I reluctantly give him my info, and then he comes back a few minutes with my ticket. At that point I was actually happy to get a ticket, proving that they were actually cops. The single weirdest experience with cops I have ever had.

  • Librarian Mike

    I hope MacIntyre is in tonight. My friend is from New Zealand and this will be her first hockey game. I told her not to expect too many nice goals, but all she cares about is seeing lots of fights. Ha.

  • It still scares me when I read about how bad another team is before the Oilers play them. Those guaranteed wins ended up turning into losses every time in the past. Let's hope that has changed positively along with the team we've been seeing so far this season.

  • Freezing Weather Fan

    Sounds like it should be a good game to watch. At least on paper the Oil sound like they're in a good position for another winner. And a few heavyweights should make the side-action interesting. I hope Smacintyre makes it in the lineup. The home of the nation might just get me down there to watch again, I'm pretty happy with the Pint.

  • Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

    No chance Mac is in? One would think if we don't dress him when Minny dresses two big goons like Boogard and Scott, then there is no place for Macintyre on this team.

    This was looking like an easy game with all of Minny's injuries, but now with Hemksy out and are lines all mixed up who knows what happens.

  • Thanks for the updates Jason!

    Since the cop knew who was driving the Team 1260 Kia, I'm surprised he didn't punk you by saying he was going to issue another ticket for driving with a faulty gas gauge.