Oilers at Islanders, PS G5/09-10

Pat Quinn’s postgame media conference had some quality insight. The best line was this one: “our veteran guys were the ones who abandoned the work, or went to individual habits early on.”

It’s been a problem for some time, and I think it may go back to that “generation gap” people talked about last season. I thought Gilbert Brule was flat last night, Pouliot not a lot better and Robert Nilsson reminded us about what happens when talented players aren’t fooling anyone.

The bigger concern has to be that Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky are floundering. It’s time to end the split squads, bring the veterans together, take out the trash and send in the clowns.

Lubo plays tonight, Oilers posted the following roster:

  • G- Jeff Deslauriers, Devan Dubnyk
  • D- Lubomir Visnovsky, Steve Staios, Jason Strudwick, Taylor Chorney, Dean Arsene, Alex Plante
  • C- Shawn Horcoff, Mike Comrie, Marc Pouliot, Milan Kytnar
  • L- Patrick O’Sullivan, Ryan Stone, JF Jacques, Steve MacIntyre
  • R- Jordan Eberle, Fernando Pisani, Zack Stortini

Clearly they’ll need to add a forward here and I wonder if Dubnyk will get the start. Nice to see Lubo back in the game and the kids on the blue (Chorney, Plante) get one more game. I’ve got Pouliot listed at center–it looks like he’ll get NHL linemates again tonight. The fact that Eberle is playing again tonight is very interesting, in fact I count three forwards (Eberle, Pouliot, MacIntyre) who will play again.

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