Based on tonight’s lineup, don’t be surprised to see a few preseason tilts in Vancouver. The Oilers have dressed someone in every weight class, except lightweight, unless Jordan Eberle’s jab is as quick as his snapshot.

 In their first of only six preseason games, the Oilers will ice a lineup where the majority of players dressed won’t be here past this Saturday. Tom Renney will ice a completely different line up tomorrow night, and then he’ll make another 15-18 cuts and get down to a workable number for the rest of the preseason and training camp.

Alex Giroux/Shawn Horcoff/Jordan Eberle
Greg Stewart/Brad Moran/Zack Stortini
Colin McDonald/Ryan O’Marra/Teemu Hartikainen
Steve MacIntyre/Chris Vande Velde/Ben Ondrus

Ryan Whitney/Jeff Petry
Jim Vandermeer/Theo Peckham
Taylor Chorney/Jake Taylor

Devan Dubnyk
Martin Gerber

Only eight or nine of these guys look to be here past Saturday, but you can expect a lot of them will try to make an impression in Vancouver tonight. Vande Velde and O’Marra play similar roles and only one of them might stay past Friday, so one of them needs to play well tonight.

It will be interesting to watch how MacIntrye plays tonight. He informed the media over the weekend that he wasn’t going to be a gentle giant this year. He wants to take the game to the opposition, and has vowed he will make sure the young kids are protected. Last night MacIntyre told me he wasn’t going to dress tonight, but they made a last second switch and decided to dress him instead of Ryan Jones. Jones didn’t practice with the second group this morning so he must have tweaked something during the Joey Moss Cup last night.

Peckham is another guy who doesn’t need to showcase his toughness, but talked about needing to get off to a good start, and the easiest way for him to get in the game is to start yapping, hitting and mixing it up.

Giroux needs to make an impact tonight. He doesn’t have to score necessarily, but he needs to showcase his offensive instincts and skill if he hopes to get a long look.

Expect Gerber to start, but only play half a game. There is no need for him to play any more than that. He won’t make this team, and with only six games Renney needs to get Dubnyk and JDD as much icetime as possible. It looks like both goalies should get a lot of action tonight based on the Canucks lineup.

D.Sedin/H. Sedin/Shirokov

L. Sweatt/Connaughton or


Tonight’s game is on Sportsnet One, if you have shaw, or you can catch it on Sportsnet Pacific if it isn’t blocked in your area. Right now Bell isn’t picking up Sportsnet One, but I’m hearing that might, and I stress might, change before the start of the regular season. If Bell doesn’t pick it up you can bet they will have plenty of annoyed Oilers, Flames and Canuck subscribers.


Based on the second practice the home crowd at Rexall will get to see a more offensive lineup tomorrow v. Tampa.

Sam Gagner skated with Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky this morning, Andrew Cogliano had Dustin Penner and Magnus Paajarvi on his wings, while Colin Fraser was flanked by Gilbert Brule and Liam Reddox. Tyler Pitlick, Linus Omark, Jared Aulin, Cam Abney and JF Jacques were the other forwards. Jacques won’t play so it will be between the other four, unless Renney wants a veteran physical guy in the lineup.

Ladislav Smid and Kurtis Foster continued to practice as a duo, so they’ll probably play together. Tom Gilbert was paired with Richard Petiot, Jason Strudwick skated with Johan Motin while Shawn Belle and Alex Plante were the other pair. Two of those six guys won’t go tomorrow.

Nikolai Khabibulin practiced again, but it isn’t a guarantee he will play tomorrow.


A lot of guys think yoga is girly. I wonder how many of them would tell that to MacIntyre.

The big man took up yoga over the summer and says it’s made him feel much better. "It’s loosened up my shoulders a lot. I was wrestling around with the guys yesterday and I felt like I had way more snap in my punches. I feel more agile on the ice too. I’m looking to be more physical this year. I want to get a hit on every shift, and if I can do that I think I can get guys on the other team worried a bit."

After telling us he had more snap in his punches, there was a good exchange between him and former lacrosse tough guy, Robin Brownlee.

RB: "I think you had me beat before you had more snap in your punches."

SM: "Want to go outside and I can show you just to be sure..(laughs)"

RB: (laughing) Oh yeah, real tough guy picking on the 50 year-old."

SM: "I’ll break your hip old man.."

MacIntrye, Brownlee, myself and a few other reporters erupted in a hearty laugh.

MacIntyre is a typical tough guy. Crazy on the ice, but very funny and calm off of it. MacIntyre is extremely excited about getting another chance and he wants to prove to Renney that he can use him for more than three minutes a night.  


Olivier Roy was sent back to Acadie-Bathhurst in the QMJHL this morning. Roy can now focus on making the world junior team. The 5th rounder in 2009 looked solid at the rookie tournament, but still needs to refine his game. He’ll play a lot in Acadie-Bathhurst and look for he will be in the mix to be the starter for Canada at the under-20 tournament. 

  • Here is what I just found on the shaw website for last nights tilt for Calgary vs Vancouver.

    Important notice for tonight’s first Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames preseason games.

    If you’re in Vancouver, wanting to view the game on Sportsnet Pacific in both SD and HD:

    Channel numbers vary by market, so be sure to check your
    On-screen Interactive Program Guide.
    If you’re in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba wanting to watch the game:

    Go to Sportsnet ONE – Flames, HD Channel 301 or SD Channel 320.
    Tune to Channel 301 or 320 to view the game.
    If you click through your On-screen Interactive Program Guide, and click on the Sportsnet ONE companion channel, you may notice a “Buy” button when you click through. Prices are listed at $15.95 on Channel 301 and $13.95 on Channel 320, however you will not be charged for this game as it is free to view

    go to:

    • third string plumber

      I’m so choked with bell,they are done soon as telus can hook me up. I complained more than once, and the customer service woman told me that getting sportnet1 might not be a priority, that’s when I lost it on her. I can’t stand bell and their BS

  • BArmstrong

    I’m confused. I have the Sportsnet One free preview right now with telus but I doesn’t have the game listed for tonight. Just one baseball game after another.

    Does this have something to do with the so called Sportsnet Oilers channel? If so, what the eff is Rogers trying to pull?

    • Dan the Man

      Yeah shaw is the same its not on the sched on my tv or on the internet. i hope it is going to change all that talk of an ultra agressive big mac is exciting

        • Correct… and ch. 320 for non-HD (or SD, if you will).

          I watched the Flames game on SHAW cable, ch. 320 (the Sportsnet One “companion channel” as Sportsnet One – ch. 159 was showing baseball). Kent Wilson, of FlamesNation fame, could not watch the game because he has Telus TV and Telus does not yet carry the “companion channel” (they will as of Sept. 28 according to Allan Watt via The Jason Gregor Show).

          *p.s. many peeps coulda saved themselves the worry if they followed my twitter… I had some of this info last night for the Flames fans & again earlier today for Oil fans*

      • oilbaron

        if you look at past blogs i think someone posted what channel they will be on. if you have 4 sports net’s you dont have “one” listed in the same group. you should have 5 if im not mistaken.
        sportsnet pacific
        sportsnet west
        sportsnet east
        sportsnet ontario
        i think are the four, than you have to add sportsnet one.
        feel free to blast we if im wrong. i do have bell so how would i know anyhow

        just searched, channel 106 and for HD channel 677 on telus

  • Dan the Man

    Damn you Bell!!!! I’ll have to search for the game on the Interwebs tonight.

    Good to hear about MacIntyre. He will have almost zero impact on this team if he’s only playing 2 minutes a night in 15 games this year so if he is able to get to a point where he does not hurt the Oil and can play 5-6 minutes a night with a MEAN streak I think that will pay dividends..