GDB 40.0: SEXY RUSSIAN SEQUELS?

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.

Matrix Reloaded blew. Teen Wolf Too please. Okay Teen Wolf one wasn’t great, but who doesn’t like Michael J. Fox? And Weekend at Bernies II. He was dead for most of the first one, how could you possibly keep him from rooting for the 2nd?

Those are just a few of the worst Hollywood decisions, but so far this year the Oilers are more like Jason Bourne and Hans Solo in the backend of a double header.

The Oilers will play their 4th back-to-back set of season tonight, and so far this young, 28th place motley crew has been very good when playing on consecutive nights. After a 3-2 SO loss in Columbus on Oct 28th, the Oilers flew into Chicago and blew the Hawks away 7-4.

After Detroit schooled them 6-2 on Nov 11th, the Oilers went into New Jersey and earned a point in a 4-3 OT loss, and to start December they beat the Habs 4-3 in OT on Dec 1st and then skated into Toronto and crushed the Leafs 5-0 then next night.

The Oilers have surprisingly earned five of six points on the second night of consecutive games and they’ve outscored teams 15-8.

How is this possible? I don’t know.

How did Scott Howard (Fox) turn into a wolf in high school and get all the chick in 1985?

Why did Ned Braden strip down to his jock strap and skates in the final scene of Slapshot? Really I’ve never understood that, and it almost ruined the movie for me. Whenever I watch it, I shut it off right before he goes on the ice.

How did Neo all of a sudden understand how to use his powers, and how did Agent Smith speak in such a controlled fashion?

Like those great movie mysteries, the Oilers 2-0-1 record in games on consecutive nights is almost unexplainable. Of course the Hawks, Devils and Leafs aren’t anywhere close to as talented as the Vancouver Canucks, but it is Positive Friday, so don’t worry that the Canucks have 13 more wins and 24 more points than the Oilers.

If Howard could dunk in high school, the Oilers can beat the Sedin Sisters? 

The GDP won’t agree with that statement, but don’t worry about it.

LINEUP CHANGES – BRULE OUT

Just as Gilbert Brule looked like he was finding his game, two goals in two games, he will sit out tonight with an upper body injury. Ryan Jones will move into the top nine, and it looks like Zack Stortini will draw in and JF Jacques will likely play for Steve MacIntyre.

Jim Vandermeer re-aggravated his right ankle last night, and according to Tom Renney it isn’t as bad as the first time he injured it and is listed as day-to-day. Kurtis Foster will draw back in, and it will be interesting to see if Renney puts Foster back with Ladislav Smid, or if he plays him with Jason Strudwick.

Devan Dubnyk was solid again last night, and he finally was rewarded with a win. Dubnyk is now 3-3-5 as a starter, and his 0.918 SV% would have him in the top 20, but he doesn’t have enough minutes played to qualify.

Dubnyk will sit tonight and Nikolai Khabibulin will start despite having lost his last five starts. Khabibulin hasn’t been awful, outside of the Buffalo game, but he hasn’t won since beating Columbus on December 16th.

CANUCKS NO SUCKS

The Canucks are scorching hot. Since losing to Phoenix on Nov 21st, they are 16-1-2 in their last 19 games. They’ve scored four or more goals eleven times in those 19 games and have outscored the opposition 76-40. The Oilers somehow have held them to five goals in the two meetings during the Canucks hot streak, although the Oil lost both games 3-2 and 2-1.

After the Islanders completely schooled the Oilers in the faceoff dot last night, Zenon Konopka was a perfect 11-0 and the Islanders won 66% of the draws, the Oilers might be in for another rough night against the league’s leader in faceoffs.

The Canucks are 56.8% in the circle, and basically use three guys. Manny Malhotra is 63.6% (won 450 out of 707), Ryan Kesler is 57.5% (won 404 of 703) and Henrik Sedin sits at 51.6% (won 352 of 682).

The Oilers are at the opposite end of the spectrum.

With Shawn Horcoff (49.2%) out, the remaining centremen won’t have Malhotra and company cowering when they skate into the circle. Andrew Cogliano sits at 43.1% (won 163 of 378), Colin Fraser is 42.8% (won 133 of 311), Sam Gagner is 42.1% (won 240 of 570) and Liam Reddox is 25% (won 2 of 8). Brule is the team’s best faceoff guy (53.2%) and he is out tonight.

It’s a good thing the circles are red, because the blood bath the Oilers will likely take in the draw tonight won’t stand out as much.

EYEING THE FUTURE

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Even on Positive Friday it is impossible to pick the Oilers tonight. The Canucks lead the NHL with 57 points, and after a lacklustre win over Calgary on Wednesday they will come out firing tonight. Oilers will manage to stay in the game and lose 5-3.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Fresh off a perfect 7-for-7 PK performance last night, the Oilers won’t be able to keep the perfect streak going. The Sedins will combine on a nifty tic-tac-toe goal on a first period powerplay. All throughout Oilersnation, fans will moan when Henrik makes some slick cross-ice pass to Daniel, who will one-time it home.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Khabibulin is still pumped from his country’s spectacular comeback on Wednesday night, and he stops every shot by a Canadian tonight. Of course, none of the Canucks’ six leading scorers are Canadians, so that won’t really impact the outcome. Khabibulin’s "stop Canada" strategy will only heighten the Russia/Canada rivalry moving forward. 

ICE WOMEN OF THE WEEK 

Yes the loss in the WJC hurt, but you can’t hate everything about Russia. There are some very attractive women to come out of the Motherland. Say hello to a few Russian beauties. Irina Voronina is a Playboy Model, Maria Sharapova is a great tennis star and Irina Shayk is a stunning model.

 

 

 

AND FINALLY

Over at the little brother that could – CanucksArmy – they are talking about the game too:

"The Canucks face the perennial powerhouse Detroit Red Wings tomorrow on Hockey Night in Canada. Tonight they face the last-place Edmonton Oilers. Do you think they might possibly be looking past this game? Maybe just a little?"

If this game tonight was a contest of fan sites on the Nation Network, the OilersNation would throttle the CanucksArmy 100,000-1. They might want to keep that in mind.

  • jimmycrackcorn

    GDP…. Oil come from behind late in the 3rd to tie it 4-4.

    Then in OT, Hall takes a pass high in the slot from Gagner and rips it top shelf!

    Oil win!

  • ChiliChunk

    Gregor – any chance they experiment with Hall at centre in the 2nd half this year now that he’s had some time to adjust to the league? Seems like it would be worth their while since we’re so questionable down the middle and have nothing really to lose this year anyway.

    • Jason Gregor

      I haven’t asked Renney that, but based on Hall’s play I would be surprised. They will draft one this summer first, I would bet. Hall can definitely skate well enough to play centre, but the responsibilites as a centre are so much more, and it would be a big adjustment for me.

  • As far as sequels go, Tron Legacy is absolutely kick-ass in Imax 3-D. I highly recommend you take it in.

    Then there’s the game tonight. *sigh*

    I really feel bad for Stortini. He continually gets stuck with the likes of JFJ, SMac or Fraser and we all wonder why he isn’t performing to spec. The guy does quite well with team mates that actually know how to play the 4th line role. Alas, we gave all those guys away. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if HE asked for a trade after this year.

    We’re gonna get crushed. If we had Horcoff, Whitney and Eberle I’d wager even odds, but as it is? Let’s just say that the negativity meter over at Copper and Blue will be off the charts tonight.

      • Yeah. You’re probably right. I’ve given up trying to be overly critical about movies regarding “canon” and “obvious plot holes”, etc. Hell, I actually enjoyed Avatar and the latest Star Trek too. Maybe I just love tech-laden movies on IMAX so much that the other stuff just fades into the background.

        All that aside, we’re still going to get crushed tonight. Heh heh.

    • Ender

      Man, Davie-Boy, I almost can’t believe I’m saying this but I disagree with you. It may be for the first time, but I guess that is just proof that we’re not a single person with two online identities.

      TRON Legacy was not great. Special effects, yeah they were pretty darn good. Storyline? Not so much. (Setting aside the hilarious and unexplained inconsistency of the TRON charcter himself, at the end why didn’t Sam simply go through the portal, hide the disc, and then come back to save his father, resetting the countdown timer in the process?) I know it’s Sci-Fi and some suspension of disbelief is required, but some of the plot holes in the movie were bigger than the ones on the Oilers blue-line. For me, TRON Legacy was a three-hour trailer advertising what movies were going to look like in the future. That was about all I got out of it.

      Then again, I thought each Bourne Identity movie was steadily worse than the previous one with only the first one being realistic, so who the heck am I to judge?

  • Bucknuck

    ON AIR TOPIC – VALUED ROLE PLAYERS

    – as much as I hate extending the virtues of the Flamers … Tim Jackman has been someone who has showed a remarkable amount of value. He moves real well for a guy his size, can play in his own end, has done things offensively and is true heavyweight.

    Konopka does have value but IMO he doesnt move as well as Jackman but is a center who is good on the dot.

    So riddle me this … why is it that when the Flamers bring in a role player tough guy they seem to get it…(Jackman, Godard)…are they creating the right environment or whats the story.

  • Bucknuck

    Wow, the motherland builds them good hey?

    Shame about Bru, looked like he was getting on track.

    Let’s see another gutsy game from Cogs and we’ll pull this one out 5-4

    Go oil!!

  • The Hall Way

    is that Mrs. Comrie in the gypsy picture? Sure looks like her….

    **** Edit: just read the writing in the top corner of the gypsy picture and realized it wasn’t Mrs. Comrie but Mr. Duff’s wife***

  • bigrroberto

    Thing that blows my mind is that Eastern Europe is an absolute bonanza for babes – Poland, Russia, Latvia, Czech…all superb (all worth a visit too, trust me. Very nice countries to spend time in).
    Here’s the best part though: the guys, on average, are goofy looking – so you have countries with 10s walking around, and the guys there are all 3-4…it’s like fishing with dynamite (that, and the fact that our exchange rate used to make the average guy a six-figure earner there).

    Gregor, I have no idea what you’re talking about regarding the Godfather: the second is probably one of the best movie of all time, but the third? That was a complete abomination!

    • Mouse

      My friend is Irish and he says he’s an 8 in Ireland, but only a 5 here. Ireland has Colin Farrell 10, Liam Neeson 9, and everyone else. Even he admits they are all funny looking guys. Their chicks on the other hand, well there is really only one reason to watch Riverdance – curly strawberry blondes.

      Oh yeah – Nucks win 6-2, Daniel with the hattyand an assist. Those twins are so good when they get to sleep at home in their bunkbeds. And then I have to hear it from all the schmuck fans on my mens league team for the spanking as well.

        • Mouse

          I have been there and thought to myself, this is where all the rejects that Ireland didn’t want got shipped to (much like the English convicts got shipped to Australia). Then they inbred. Maybe that is why they are some of the nicest people in Canada? And they can drink like no other (just lookout if they are cranky).

  • Bucknuck

    Empire was more than just decent…….THE best STAR WARS movie out of all three. The last 3 debacles do not count as STAR WAR movies…. Jar Jar Binks???? I mean really.