Blue Jackets at Oilers, G9, 09-10

The Edmonton Oilers have been developing kids at the NHL level since the fall of 2006. Just because they’re in the NHL doesn’t mean they’ve arrived as actual players–men who can contribute to winning, either in a narrow view at an impact level or as a player with a wide range of skills.

We’ve seen good ones stay (Gilbert, Grebeshkov) and good ones go (Hejda, Glencross) but when you are airlifting them in 6 at a time it’s hard to read the meter. Recently, we’ve agreed that Ladislav Smid has arrived as an actual NHL player–he has a variety of skills and is a somewhat unique talent on the roster.

Yesterday, Pat Quinn shook up the lines at practice and although I’m definitely jumping ahead here the fact that Sam Gagner is on the 1line is a big deal.

  • Gagner-Penner-Hemsky
  • Horcoff-Comrie-O’Sullivan
  • Cogliano-Moreau-Stortini
  • Brule-Jacques-Nilsson*

*Brule had the flu so Buchberger filled in yesterday at practice. Ryan Stone is apparently out for 2-4 weeks, so there’s not much depth and Laddy Smid has the flu too. No word on callups and apparently Pisani could be ready soon, but Souray and Staios aren’t back yet. I imagine things will change some before the road trip, and we need to begin asking how many people need to be hurt before Steve MacIntyre finds the ice.

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  1. Bar Qu says:

    Lubo looks good on that, but my guy Penner makes it happen.

  2. PDO says:

    Have I mentioned Visnovsky makes me horny?

  3. Kristopher Milligan says:

    I Heart Lubo

  4. kinger says:

    Still depressing.

  5. kris says:

    Refs are gonna make 10 makeup calls against the Oil now.

    Book it.

  6. PDO says:

    I'm just going to throw it out there…

    Our fans suck.

    Rexall is quickly becoming one of the quietest arena's in the league, and Commonwealth is even worse.

  7. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Voracek is a handfull. Best player on the ice. Vis a close second

  8. PDO says:

    Possible reason the Oilers are constantly out shot:

    The guy counting them is an idiot… he has the Oilers having no shots in between the Penner and Hemsky goals…

  9. danny says:

    Oilers fans were quiet during the glory years. Very quiet.

    It wasnt until the EIG days, after the Houston scare, that the fans started building a real atmosphere.

    Since Katz there has been a regression to quietness.

  10. Icecastles says:

    PDO – yeah, even the CBJ announcers commented in the 1st how quiet the arena is.

    I think the entire fanbase is like a divorcee getting back into the dating game: scared to let themselves fall in love again, only to be let down and have their fragile hearts re-broken.

  11. doritogrande says:

    If Quinn plays the Gagpensky line for 10 minutes in the 3rd period, we might have a chance here.

    I'm scared with any other line on the ice tonight. Comrie, god love him for even lacing them up tonight, is going to kill the team's chances. Pat him on the back and thank him for coming out.

  12. kris says:

    We don't deserve to be in this game.

  13. kris says:

    Comrie keeps playing like this and he's an overpay.

    Ouch.

  14. danny says:

    Please tell me Buchberger isnt running the powerplay.

  15. PunjabiOil says:

    Since Katz there has been a regression to quietness.

    This is a funny comment.

    What the Oilers (and the rest of the league) need are some chants/songs like you see in soccer. The North American model of "GO [Insert home team here] GO!" chants are considerably underwhelming.

  16. Smarmy Boss says:

    This new first line looks solid in game number one. Hope they can tie it up.

  17. Bar Qu says:

    That the PP scored one tonight means they've done what no other opponent of CB has done so far. But the ice does seem a bit tilted.

  18. Dennis says:

    - 27's upside has never before caused such a neck-crane. Quite impressive.

    - Doug McLean just said, "love that Frolov."

    OK, that's it, I'm sold.

  19. Ribs says:

    I always liked the quiet crowd. It seems unique to Rexall. I don't think that it's anything bad. I've always figured it was the fans watching the game more intently than other rinks fans would. I think they know when the real cheering needs to take place.

    I can agree that the hits should get more of a fan response though. Stortini ofteb makes great hits and rub-outs that seem to go unnoticed half of the time.

  20. Dennis says:

    BTW, I have the chances as 15-12.

  21. doritogrande says:

    What the Oilers (and the rest of the league) need are some chants/songs like you see in soccer. The North American model of "GO [Insert home team here] GO!" chants are considerably underwhelming.

    And have the fans start acting like those idiots who attend Montreal games?

    Pass.

  22. PDO says:

    Dennis:

    For?

    I'd honestly guess Edmonton. We were all over them early and late…

  23. danny says:

    are any of the 1st/2nd/3rd draft picks surrendered for 27 anywhere on the map yet?

  24. Rick says:

    I can't believe we're only a goal down right now considering the epic level of sloppy play in our own zone.

    I hope Quinn has those guys flying out of the gate in the third…

    How much you wanna bet we go against Garon in the shootout? ;)

  25. Rod says:

    PDO said…
    JUST GIVE CBJ THE FUCKING PUCK AND GET A 5 ON 3 ALREADY!

    God I hate that.
    —–
    Why give the puck away when you have control? Though odds are better 5v3 than 5v5, a face-off win is anything but a guarantee. I think Ferraro brought it up a few years ago during an Oiler broadcast. His point was that keeping the puck and getting a scoring chance is a good thing. Makes sense to me…unlike practically everything uttered by Debrusk.

  26. SK Oiler Fan says:

    And they're showing replays of the ref falling. This brodcast is second rate.
    Anybody else's HD feed look not so high def? Get some new cameras or something.
    TSN's HD is miles better

  27. danny says:

    PDO: I think Dennis notation is that 15-12 = Oilers, 12-15 = Jackets.

  28. doritogrande says:

    danny:

    good question.

    Anaheim traded the 1st rounder to move down and select Jake Gardiner, a 6'2" defenseman in his second year at U Wisconsin. He's pointless in 2 games this year.

    I think Eric O'Dell is the 2nd round pick that they took. 6' center with 17 points in 13 games this year with Sudbury. Though it could also be Justin Schultz, another 6'2" defenseman in the NCAA.

    3rd rounder appears to be Josh Brittain. 6'4" forward with 8 points in 11 games for Barrie.

  29. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nilsson! Where has that been?

  30. PDO says:

    Rod:

    #1) You should never lose a draw 5 on 3.

    #2) Even if you do, it takes what, 3 seconds? To get set up in the offensive zone again anyway, because the other team only has 3 skaters.

  31. Icecastles says:

    What the Oilers (and the rest of the league) need are some chants/songs like you see in soccer.

    The sing-alongs just seem so contrived to me. I know the Eskimos 'fight' song isn't a good example, but that's got to be one of the most embarrassing and formulaic things I've ever had to sit through.

  32. doritogrande says:

    Nilsson playing with crust?

    Wow.

  33. doritogrande says:

    The sing-alongs just seem so contrived to me. I know the Eskimos 'fight' song isn't a good example, but that's got to be one of the most embarrassing and formulaic things I've ever had to sit through.

    Agreed. The only one I find bearable is the Bombers fight song. Simply because it makes fun of the Riders and uses the word fuck.

  34. doritogrande says:

    PENNER!@!!!

  35. kris says:

    GagPensKy!!!

  36. Ribs says:

    Jeebus, how does Visnovsky do that? Gets knocked down skating back, gets up, beats the guy who downed him to the puck and skates away with the puck.

    … And look at that, we score off the same play.

  37. Bar Qu says:

    Penner is the new king of the Oil

  38. Smarmy Boss says:

    Ha ha only conclusion that makes sense. Horcoff was holding Hemsky back.

    *Leans back in chair with smug smile*

  39. doritogrande says:

    And with that, Ales Hemsky's back to a ppg scorer.

    Cool.

  40. Icecastles says:

    This is insane.

    Wonder if we'll see a shootout… I hear this Garon fellow has a bit of a knack for them.

  41. danny says:

    stomp stomp clap
    stomp stomp clap
    stomp stomp clap
    stomp stomp clap

    guitar solo

    That one thats cool by me

  42. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nice move by Nash, but then what was he doing? It looked like he was trying to draw a penalty, but then he exploded in the corner.

    I don't see an Olympic spot for him based on this performance.

  43. Lowetide says:

    Sweet baby Jesus, Kevin Lowe signed Frank Mahovlich to an offer sheet.

  44. kris says:

    Columbus-douche announcer is right that that goal is all Vis.

  45. Rick says:

    Wow, Looks like we may have found that first line combination. :)

  46. james wilms says:

    DP just passed Heatley if anyone was counting.

  47. Phil says:

    Ok, I'm back.

    I know the season has just started, so Penner is bound to come back a bit, but I'm going to float this question out there:

    If December rolls around, and Penner is scoring around a point per game, is he in the conversation for team Canada?

    I mean, Rick Nash is always talked about like he's a shoe-in, and you wouldn't even know he's playing tonight.

    I'm not endorsing it – just floating it out there.

  48. PunjabiOil says:

    MIKE ERUZIONE

    ''..and who do you play for son?"

    I PLAY….FOR THE…UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    "That's all"

    _______________

    I'd imagine Dustin Penner underwent similar bootcamp over the summer

  49. Kev says:

    I Heart this 09-10 Penner

  50. danny says:

    LT: We made a $50 bet on that offer sheet…

    I accept monopoly money.

  51. Ribs says:

    I mean, Rick Nash is always talked about like he's a shoe-in, and you wouldn't even know he's playing tonight.

    Shh…Don't wake the beast. That's just the way he plays.

  52. CrazyCoach says:

    Wow!

    What a great game!

  53. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Good job by Quinn putting Gags line back out with Visnovski right away

  54. Schitzo says:

    Did Scott Howson do something to Hemsky during the 2006 contract negotiations? I swear, 83 destroys the CBJ every game.

  55. danny says:

    Haha that shot hurt Roy. Shocker.

  56. Phil says:

    It's almost like Moreau is playing with a ringette stick.

  57. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Khabby is great at picking point shots out of a crowd.

  58. Icecastles says:

    How many points will Penner need this season to make the contract retroactively worth the money? Because as much as his current pace is realistically unsustainable, he's been frightfully good across the first 9 games, more than mere puck luck an account for.

  59. danny says:

    Dustin Leclair.

  60. PunjabiOil says:

    I agree the Esks chant song is cringe-worthy.

    However, they don't all have to be.

    Example: Spring of 2006 after Samsanov was acquird, my foootball friends were chanting this:

    He wears Blue!
    He wear white!
    He know Boston was shite!
    SAMSANNOVVVVV!

  61. Icecastles says:

    It's almost like Moreau is playing with a ringette stick.

    All the better to spear them with….

  62. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Phil,LOL
    Best explanation of Moreau's play in a while.

    It's like in Atom hockey when kids just push the puck ahead without stickhandling. Eventually so much snow builds up in front of the stick they lose the puck. He's a headscratcher.

  63. Icecastles says:

    Whatever the American channel carrying th game is, they just ran a Tim Horton's ad. Strange.

  64. quain says:

    Sweet baby Jesus, Kevin Lowe signed Frank Mahovlich to an offer sheet.

    This is going to end like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, with Kevin Lowe coming to our houses and curb stomping us.

  65. Bookie says:

    Just coming on-line but have been watching the game and have a few thoughts.

    This team has the same problems as last years team in terms of sloppy play and defensive lapses, BUT I like the offensive game more. The players are responding well to a bit more freedom out there.

    Anyone notice Bucky's comment as to why Penner is playing better. He said its because Penner is getting a chance to play in the top 6. Its funny, that is exactly what Penner said last year when they asked him why he was playing better.

    Also, I think SMac is pretty much gone now. Did he get a 2nd period shift?

  66. danny says:

    HFBoards are gonna crucify Horcoff tonight. Way to hang your friend out there Hemmer you selfish bastard.

  67. doritogrande says:

    SCORES

    Voet for Lubo!

  68. SK Oiler Fan says:

    5! Make that 5 bogies!

  69. PDO says:

    And I jizzed, in, my pants.

  70. Phil says:

    5 point game right there.

  71. Bar Qu says:

    LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  72. Icecastles says:

    Holy fucking awesomeness!!!!!!

  73. PDO says:

    Penner's game tonight might be the best game I've ever seen an Oiler forward play…

  74. doritogrande says:

    this is a fucking broken record.

    Penner and Hemsky get points AGAIN!

    5 point nights each.

  75. Bookie says:

    Tim Hortons is making headway in the USA. They have started to link up with the military which is a smart move (THortons on Military bases in USA) because all those soldiers eventually go home and they are going to want their Timmy's when they get there.

  76. Kev says:

    I Heart Lubo too
    I wish the best for Garon… but not tonight.

  77. PDO says:

    Keep in mind I'm 21 and never saw any of the glory days…

  78. doritogrande says:

    danny:

    You just made my night!

  79. Icecastles says:

    There is just no way in hell this game would have happened last year. Might be the same players, but this is a different team.

  80. quain says:

    Yeah, the Columbus region actually has Tim Horton's… Dublin (a Columbus suburb) had an Irish Festival a few years back that I made the trip too… woke up the next afternoon and enjoyed my first dozen donuts ever from a Horton's/Wendy's joint venture.

    And there's ten seconds of your life you're never getting back. You're welcome.

  81. Bookie says:

    I think that if Penner keeps this up the Lowe Haters and MacT Lovers will have to move some of their mental hearts and skulls around a little bit.

  82. kris says:

    So far this game is the Oilers season in a nutshell.

    We show lots of talent, but lots of our guys play like crap in the defensive end.

  83. doritogrande says:

    Tim Hortons is making headway in the USA

    And Icecastles should know that. Our Bombers QB last year happened to be a part-owner of a franchise in Detroit.

  84. Ribs says:

    I love that MacIntyre played 2:44 tonight.

  85. danny says:

    I cant believe Hitchcock fell for the ol outshoot-us-a-dope.

  86. kris says:

    Icings are murder.

  87. PunjabiOil says:

    This team is allergic to getting the puck out of the zone.

  88. Phil says:

    @quain – you ate a dozen donuts in a single sitting? That's remarkable!

  89. Lowetide says:

    Just a little before the goal, Gagner came all the way down and skated the onrushing Jacket out of the play and neutralized a pretty promising situation for Columbus.

    I mention it because one of the things you worry about when taking Horcoff off that 1line is just that sort of play. Good on Gagner.

    What a night for that line.

  90. Bookie says:

    Oh Yeah, and I agree with all of the love for Lubo tonight as well. He is playing pretty impressively. There was a point when he fell down at the blue line and kept fighting and fighting for the puck until he won the battle from his backside.

  91. doritogrande says:

    Dammit Nikolai!

  92. Icecastles says:

    I never knew that Dorito!

    Of course given the BB's play this year, I wasn't even sure we had a quarterback. Could be worse I guess… could be an Eskimos fan.

  93. Ribs says:

    Wally needs to complain more. It was amazing how much slack Roloson got from doing it.

  94. Bookie says:

    Do we have a name yet, I haven't read all of the comments?

    Gagpensky?

  95. Bar Qu says:

    Hear hear Ice!

  96. Icecastles says:

    Do we have a name yet, I haven't read all of the comments?

    Salvation.

  97. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Rebound control has been better tonight for Khabby.

  98. danny says:

    I vote for Sampensky.

    and Lubo.

  99. doritogrande says:

    Oh. I see.

    Khabibulin just wanted the extra shots to push up his SV%.

    Massive save!

  100. Bar Qu says:

    How 'bout Samemner ;)

  101. Icecastles says:

    I vote for Sampensky.
    and Lubo.

    Sampenskysky? :)

  102. Rick says:

    Gagpensky and Lubosmid

    Get em out there Quinn, let's put this one away.

  103. Ribs says:

    Hempengag?

  104. HBomb says:

    Ok, so watching Hemsky and Penner tonight has me dreaming of a dual breakout season a la Naslund and Bertuzzi in 2001-02.

    Only, you know, infinitely less douchey and thuggish than the NasBert duo. Stupid Canucks.

  105. doritogrande says:

    Haha! Fuck you Raffi Torres!

  106. Icecastles says:

    Much as I'm loving this game, we could really use an insurance goal about now…

    Torres! Attaboy.

  107. kris says:

    Smart embellishment by Gilbert

  108. Bookie says:

    Nice one Torres!

  109. Phil says:

    Torres with the 'Moreau'

  110. PDO says:

    Bury them! C'mon boys…

  111. Schitzo says:

    Fuck is Raffi ever a filthy player

  112. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I don' think Raffi meant to elbow Gilbert. Gilbert was just leaning over and ate it.

  113. Bar Qu says:

    Is that 2 hits for Nilsson tonight? That's like his total for last season!

  114. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nash owned by Nilsson. Not sure he can play himself off in one game, but man, no compete in Nash tonight.

  115. kris says:

    The Oilers are gonna panic in this last minute or two.

  116. Bookie says:

    I think management may deserve a few more happy faces in the near future for the Torres for Brule deal as well.

  117. doritogrande says:

    Former Oilers are really remembering their roots tonight.

    Thanks for the elbows boys!

  118. spOILer says:

    Has Bustin' Dustin's dad had a talk with Robert Nilsson now too?

    Typical Torres: goal, offsides, cheap shot, stupid penalty… all over the damn scoresheet.

  119. Bar Qu says:

    Redonckulous

  120. Lowetide says:

    So, do you bench Nilsson for that? :-)

  121. Bookie says:

    I don' think Raffi meant to elbow Gilbert. Gilbert was just leaning over and ate it.

    After watching Raffi for a few years, I am pretty sure that it was intentional. Those subtle arm moves are pretty easy to make while trying to look innocent.

  122. doritogrande says:

    That'll do pig. That'll do.

    Nilsson!

  123. PDO says:

    I'd like to thank LT for guaranteeing the win around post 195.

  124. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Nillson, almost a goat there. Looking for gravy in CBJs end. Wrong side of the puck = easy break out for CBJ

  125. Icecastles says:

    This game deserves it.

  126. Rick says:

    Nice capper by Nilsson.

    Unreal win. This could be quit the springboard for that nasty road run coming up.

  127. spOILer says:

    With 10-12 sick lads, that was a gutsy come from behind victory.

  128. danny says:

    wow. best case of beer ever.

  129. Black Gold says:

    thats the happiest khabbi i've scene yet.

  130. Ribs says:

    So, do you bench Nilsson for that? :-)

    Was that him bobbling the pass from the defensemen earlier in the shift (smacking his stick on the ice in disgust)?

  131. Hoos says:

    Question Lowetide:

    After nine games, can we assess the importance of good coaching on a hockey team? Specifically THIS hockey team?

  132. doritogrande says:

    Oh, and add another point to Visnovsky's total. And Smid finally gets rewarded with a helluva game.

  133. Ben says:

    Someone asked what happened to those picks we gave up for Penner. The 1st rounder ended up in Buffalo, who took Tyler Myers, the 6'7" giant D-man out of the WHL. He made the Sabres this year as a 19 year old and has 5 points in 7 games, is a +6 and is playing 20 minutes a game.

  134. PunjabiOil says:

    "DUSTIN PENNER!"

    "and who do you play for son?

    "I PLAY…FOR THE…EDMONTON OILERS"

    ________________

    5 point night by Dustin Penner, and wait for this, 11 shots!

  135. kris says:

    Our skill really showed through in that third period.

    We add a vet to settle the game down and get Souray back and we're in the hunt for the playoffs.

  136. Phil says:

    The last GDT I commented that an inspired Penner = Rick Nash. I may have undershot a bit.

  137. Smarmy Boss says:

    Khaby is reminding me of Fuhr. The number might not always look good but he seems to keep you in the game and shuts the door when he needs to.

    I know that sounds silly but it felt that way tonight. (and most other nights)

  138. PunjabiOil says:

    "It's fun to be part of the comeback. This was like one of those challenges when you play the playstation, and you choose to be down 4-1"

  139. Icecastles says:

    I could be mistaken, but I think this puts Edmonton at 1st in the NW and 2nd in the conference.

    I know it's likely to be unsustainable, but wow. Wow wow wow.

  140. PunjabiOil says:

    –Dustin Penner (above)

  141. Bookie says:

    After nine games, can we assess the importance of good coaching on a hockey team? Specifically THIS hockey team?

    Slow it down a little, don't force it. Its hard to give up the MacT….

  142. SK Oiler Fan says:

    Penner mentioned the D-pairing that they were paired with made them click

  143. Bookie says:

    What a great interview…

  144. Lowetide says:

    "I can't give away all my secrets."

    Good for him. I'm glad it worked out this way.

  145. Unleaded says:

    So, with the Oilers' top line going a combined 4-9-13 +7, what does that do for the idea that we want to spread out our offense throughout the lineup? Does this change what the coaching staff keeps as the game plan?

  146. gary b says:

    HemPenYay?

    what a night for #27.

    5 points, 11 shots, 1st star.

    and i betchya he finds a twenty dollar bill on the way out to his car.

  147. Bookie says:

    Penner is frustrated with a 5 point game!

  148. boopronger says:

    Just like playstation eh penner? lol

  149. Kev says:

    I've been enjoying this Oiler hockey. And whatever the new coaches are doing, keep it up. It's been said before, and perhaps elsewhere, but there's a go for the jugular kind of feel to this team.

  150. Showerhead says:

    I kind of want to call them The Fellowship b/c you've got Samwise the hobbit, Ales the elf, and suddenly Penner is playing like a man.

    (Also, I'm reading those books for the first time ever in life.)

  151. Steve says:

    Thinking he'd have an improved season what with MacT not being around to sabotage his sticks and shortsheet his bed, I took Penner in the eighteenth round of my fantasy league. I wasn't expecting this.

    Was this game as stupid as it sounds?

  152. Icecastles says:

    He really is an awesome interview.

    "It's like that scene in Old School: 'I blacked out, what happened?'"

  153. danny says:

    Its not often you see a Ken Hitchcock team fold like that at Rexall.

  154. doritogrande says:

    Not to take anything away from the new first line, but should we be concerned that the remaining 3 lines were absolute garbage?

  155. R O says:

    http://www.timeonice.com/shots0910.php?gamenumber=20124

    Oil got a little worked at EV. However Nash was kept very quiet and when you do that you're probably OK.

  156. gogliano says:

    Cogliano 2/12 in the faceoff circle.

  157. Schitzo says:

    So, into year 3 of what will be a long debate:

    Gagner or Voracek?

  158. Ribs says:

    Its not often you see a Ken Hitchcock team fold like that at Rexall.

    I think he forgot that Edmonton switched their coaching staff. Line changes were not themselves tonight.

    Oh god.. MacLean just agreed with me…n/m.

  159. doritogrande says:

    Also, I'm reading those books for the first time ever in life.

    Get your ass back to studying instead of focussing on amazing literature.

    Environmental policy suddenly not good enough for you?

  160. Schitzo says:

    Bahahaha Doug McLean:

    If he's gonna play Garon against all of his old teams, he'll play more than Mason!

  161. PunjabiOil says:

    Penner certainly doesn't celebrate much after a goal. He's heavily challenging Eric Brewer for the MEO [Most Emotionless Oiler] award.

  162. quain says:

    (Also, I'm reading those books for the first time ever in life.)

    It took me 25 years to read them… never wanted to until I started working a desk job and found out that if you're sitting at a computer, reading a Word doc, it looks a lot like you're working hard… Regardless of how many crappy Elvish poems that word doc contains.

  163. Lowetide says:

    Schitzo: I think both clubs got terrific players. Voracek is a load, but Gagner is such a cerebral player. I believe (as I did the day of the draft) that the Oilers couldn't make a bad decision as long as they chose one of the two.

  164. R O says:

    I could be mistaken, but I think this puts Edmonton at 1st in the NW and 2nd in the conference.

    2nd in the NW, 6-2-1, tied with Calgary.

    Colorado is 1st with 14 points.

  165. Bookie says:

    Not to take anything away from the new first line, but should we be concerned that the remaining 3 lines were absolute garbage?

    No, now stop thinking and just enjoy the buzz, you are totally wrecking it for the rest of us.

  166. Icecastles says:

    I kind of want to call them The Fellowship b/c you've got Samwise the hobbit, Ales the elf, and suddenly Penner is playing like a man.

    Penner is Strider/Aragorn. As awesome as he is, no one really knew quite *how* awesome.

    (Also, I'm reading those books for the first time ever in life.)

    right on, Showerhead – they're brilliant books.
    To continue the analogy:
    Gandalf = Quinn
    Sauruman = Lowe
    Sauron = Burke

    Moreau = Gollum

  167. Ribs says:

    We have to take this one for what is was. Oil played shoddy in parts and then took care of a team that has a very weak back end and was running their backup goalie at us.

    Stralman played almost 20 minutes.

  168. SK Oiler Fan says:

    I know he's got 11 points so far, but if he repeats tonights performance Smytty may steal Nash's olympic spot.

  169. Steve says:

    We have to take this one for what is was: the best sucking comeback in NHL history and Jesus Christ Dustin Penner is Jesus Mohammed and Buddha rolled into one GOILERZZ!!!11!!

    Fixed it for you.

  170. PunjabiOil says:

    RDS has reported Kovelchuk close to signing 9 year/100M deal.

    11.3M a year.

    As LT says, lordy.

  171. Ribs says:

    Haha, thanks Steve.

  172. doritogrande says:

    Lubomir Visnovsky as Gimli?
    MacT as Agent Smith…er…Elrond?
    Smac as Treebeard?

  173. Ty says:

    Ribs, I believe Garon is actually their 1b option, as he has played 3 games and is tops in the league in both GAA and SV%…

  174. HBomb says:

    SK Oiler Fan: If Penner keeps playing like this, he'll steal Smyth's spot!

    14 points in 9 games. By my count, that's good for sole possession of 3rd in NHL scoring behind only Ovechkin and Joe Thornton.

    Jesus. Frank F'n Mahovlich, eh LT? I'm too young to know, but I'll take your word for it.

  175. Ribs says:

    You're right Ty..he's..umm..awesome. GOOILELELLERRRZ!

  176. danny says:

    Ty, 5 GA tonight… WAS the leader.

  177. Chrissy says:

    What a crazy game! Can you imagine what will happen when you sub in Souray, Pisani, and Brule?

    I feel mean saying this but I hope Staios stays injured. Sub out Struds and we're much better. And when the Oilers stop giving the puck away 4 feet from their blueline they'll eliminate like 10 shots a game.

    Hey Lowetide make JFJ your next star! I hope he beats Regehr to a pulp.

    Goilers!

  178. danny says:

    Could this year get any worse for Brian Burke?

  179. Bookie says:

    I think the reason that some of us are giddy is that there has been some pretty good evidence that those 3 guys are top talents, but because of coaching, engimaticness, and youth, it was not really coming together well for any of them (though its hard to really say that about Hemmer).

    It was only one game, but it feels real. Not suggesting that it will be like this every night, but I think that Penner is who Lowe thought. I also think that Samwise has a bright future. Horcoff and others will figure it out on lines 2 down.

    We have to remember that the Oilers are a sick team (and by sick I mean ill)…

    Nice, it just feels nice.

  180. Ribs says:

    Gagner dominating the dots (78%)? Wha?….heh.

  181. SK Oiler Fan says:

    HBomb,
    Smyth has 14 points as well. 1 more tonight.
    Crazy

  182. kinger says:

    I'm actually not that high after this game.

    I've had enough of JFJ and his inability to clear his own zone. He also has an infuriating propensity for icing the puck by firing it just a few feet before the red line.

    It was nice that 27-89-83 had a good night, they were the only reason that wasn't a total slaughter.

    91-10-19 started well but ended up pretty horrific (I actually think the worst of it was when 18 replaced 91 down the stretch). We'll see how they do with a healthy 91.

    Corsi tells the story better than I:

    JFJ: -11
    Nilsson: -14
    Horc: -8
    O'sullivan: -6

  183. Kristopher Milligan says:

    FYI schremp bumped from 10-14 mins a game to 4mins tonight

  184. doritogrande says:

    Unofficially, Dustin Penner is 3rd in the NHL in goals, points, and +/-.

    What I'm getting giddy about is that he's not the team leader in +/-. That's Ladi Smid right now.

    I know I know, small sample size and all that bullshit. But I'm on such a high right now.

  185. Ribs says:

    I watched parts of that Montreal game. Man, the ice there was perfect. I miss that kind of ice.

  186. kris says:

    So the bottom 3 lines struggled. Let's hope Comrie can improve.

    What the hell are the best way to lineup the guys in the bottom 9? With Pisani or without him, it's hard to figure how to make the lines work:

    Cogliano-Horcoff-Pisani
    Moreau-Comrie-O'Sullivan
    Jacques-Brule-Stortini
    Stone-Nilsson
    Pouliot on LITR

  187. Schitzo says:

    Looking at how well Brule did with Penner, I think he needs that veteran presence.

    So you have

    xx-10-19
    xx-67-34
    18-13-46

    And then fill the two spots with some combo of Jacques, Comrie, Nilsson, and Stone?

  188. roadiejobs99 says:

    Doritogrande- Penner is currently the top scoring right winger in the league!

  189. Bookie says:

    Kinger – Keep in mind that the team had quite a few sick guys playing tonight, I am betting none of them were on the first line.

  190. doritogrande says:

    Off topic, but Washington called up Alexandre Giroux today to fill out their roster. I assume this is for a short-term basis because he started the year in the AHL.

    Here's the kind of guy a smart GM would put a waiver claim on when the Caps try to shuffle him back down.

    Big body, 6'3" and as good a veteran AHL sniper as you'll find. He'd be a massive improvement over at least a couple of our forwards (I'm thinking SMac, Stone, JFJ and possibly Comrie and Nilsson). Dude absolutely destroyed my hometown Moose for the Calder Cup win last year.

  191. Bookie says:

    FYI schremp bumped from 10-14 mins a game to 4mins tonight

    Jason Bonsiegnor career trajectory…

  192. Bookie says:

    Has the post game press conference occurred yet, I cant get it to load?

  193. spOILer says:

    DG, is he waiver eligible?

  194. kris says:

    Bookie,

    That's too optimistic.

    I know the Jackets have a good record and some talent, but they didn't play very well at all by my eye.

    There's a lot to be happy about, but this team still has serious problems.

  195. spOILer says:

    Penner a RWer? What is the NHL thinking?

  196. Ribs says:

    FYI schremp bumped from 10-14 mins a game to 4mins tonight

    Next step, waivers! We have first shot at him. That would be just swell.

  197. PDO says:

    This team could still REALLY use a couple more veterans up front to just settle shit down…

    Dennis had us getting out chanced 7-0 after we took the lead.

    Basically, a couple real players instead of Stone and Jacques who offer similar aspects…

  198. doritogrande says:

    DG, is he waiver eligible?

    He's 28, and making probably 300K in the minors if he's sent there.

    My guess is he has to pass through waivers.

  199. roadiejobs99 says:

    Spoiler- haha I know, just saw that on tsn.ca stats.

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