GDT – Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 4 – Oct 22, 2009 – Game 9

By , October 21, 2009 11:30 pm
GDT - Oilers vs. Blue Jackets - Oct 22, 2009

GDT - Oilers vs. Blue Jackets - Oct 22, 2009


Game #9 goes down tonight, with the Edmonton Oilers playing host to the Columbus Blue Jackets. UPDATE: Brule is definitely out tonight. Smid is likely back in. Comrie is starting to feel signs of sickness. So to make a long story short, I have no idea what the lines will look like tonight, but a guesstimation is included below, as usual. The one good thing about this team is that it has interchangeable parts. So really even though several players are out, there are a few parts we can put in, in their place and still be fine. Khabibulin gets the nod in goal tonight.

Both teams are off to similar starts with the Oilers 5-2-1 and the Jackets 5-2-0. The Oilers are coming off a close 2-1 win over Vancouver on Monday, while the Blue Jackets were drubbed 6-3 on Tuesday by the Calgary Flames.

Tonight’s game is a 7:30 start and can be seen on Sportsnet West. Enjoy it while it lasts, because November is a crappy month for PPV.


Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up

Penner – Gagner – Hemsky
Comrie – Horcoff – O’Sullivan
JFJ – Cogliano – Nilsson
Moreau – Stortini – MacIntyre

Gilbert – Grebeshkov
Smid – Visnovsky
Chorney – Strudwick


Blue Jackets Projected Line-Up (from HFBoards)

Huselius – Brassard – Nash
Umberger – Vermette – Voracek
Chimera – Pahlsson – Dorsett
Torres – Murray – Boll

Methot – Klesla
Tyutin – Stralman
Russell – Roy





– Khabibulin will in fact get the start tonight.
– At this point, Brule and Smid both are battling the flu and either could miss the game, meaning MacIntyre draws in… possibly even on defense, where he was seen for Wednesday’s practice. UPDATE: Smid is expected to play, however Brule is expected to be out tonight. He did not practice with the team today.
– The usual suspects will also miss tonight’s game – Pisani, Pouliot, Staios and Souray. In addition, Ryan Stone will also miss the game with a knee injury.
– The top six will get a very significant jumble as the struggling Horcoff and Hemsky have been split up. Horcoff will center O’Sullivan and Comrie, while Hemsky will play with Penner and Gagner, on his usual right side.
– The bottom six won’t likely look as they are mentioned above in the projected line-ups… this is just an educated guess.


0:58 – EDM – Gagner from Penner, Hemsky
Penner gets it behind the net and fires it out front to Gagner, who blasts it home.
16:02 – CBJ – Huselius from Voracek, Vermette
Voracek gets around Grebeshkov and gets a shot on net, the rebound comes to Huselius who puts it past Khabibulin.
19:36 – CBJ – PPG – Torres from Umberger
On the powerplay, Umberger skates behind the Oilers net and passes it out front and the NHL’s Most Dangerous Mexican fires it top shelf where Grandma keeps the geritol.

Other Highlights
– Penner throws Blunden around in front of the net.
– Visnovsky makes a nice shot block on a shot close to the front of the net.
– Moreau and Stortini barely miss double teaming Methot. On the same shift, Stortini hits Klesla pretty hard. This line is a good kind of scary, so far.
– Smid drops the gloves and helmet at the end of the period wanting to fight with Dorsett, but it was just a few moments too late. Both get unsportsmanlike penalties.


2:05 – CBJ – Huselius from Voracek, Roy
Voracek bulls his way into the zone, fighting off Grebeshkov and fires it to the slot where Huselius one times it in.
11:52 – CBJ – Chimera from Pahlsson, Dorsett
Basically a 2-on-1 (maybe a 3-on-2) as Strudwick deserts Visnovsky who can’t stop all the Blue Jackets blowing into the Oil zone at full speed. Chimera roofs it nder the bar.
12:09 – EDM – Penner from Hemsky, Gagner
Gagner flips it across, Penner tips it behind him to Hemsky and goes to the net. Hemsky gets it back to him and Penner taps it in.
18:55 – EDM – PPG – Hemsky from Visnovsky, Penner
On the powerplay, Penner is down low behind the goal line and back passes it to the point to Visnovsky. Visnovsky quickly fires the cross-seam pass over to Hemsky who takes a second to corals the puck and then wrists it past Garon.

Other Highlights
– Visnovsky leads a rush and fires it on net but it was tipped and just knuckled along the ice and off the side of the net.
– Dustin Penner.. wow, what’s with this guy? I’ve been a big supporter of his, even when he was “fat Penner”. But I didn’t know he had it in him… he just had a beautiful power-forward rush. Very Cole-like where he powered his way past/over Russell. He then preceded to jam away at the rebound, but couldn’t get it under Garon’s pad.


6:04 – EDM – PPG – Penner from Hemsky, Gagner
Hemsky carries it in the zone and moves it across to Penner who wires the shot past Garon from the slot. This draws a standing ovation for the big man.
10:43 – EDM – Visnovsky from Penner, Hemsky
Penner shoots it on net and Garon kicks out a juicy rebound to the point where Visnovsky blasts it into the net.
19:43 – EDM – PPG (EN) – Nilsson from Visnovsky, Smid
Nilsson bats the puck down the ice from his own zone, with Garon pulled and it rolls down into the empty net.

Other Highlights
– Don’t see it often, but Nilsson threw a huge open ice hit on Filatov, who got caught with his head down. Lucky for him Nilsson wasn’t MacIntyre.
– Grebeshkov hammers Dorsett in the Jackets zone while pinching in.. this drew a penalty, as Dorsett high-sticks Grebs in the face on the way down.
– On this powerplay, Gilbert gets caught at the point by one of the jackets and almost loses the puck. He falls to his knees, and in desperation manages to poke it back in and keep it from being a short handed breakaway. Nice recovery.
– Smid makes a great shot block. He really has been a rock on the blue line, paired with Visnovsky. I’ve always said it – Staios is a good d-man. Smid is a good d-man. Pair them together, and it’s a disaster.
– On the PP, Umberger somehow gets behind the Oilers defence and fires off two point-blank shots at Khabibulin, but the Bulin Wall is in full effect.


What can I say? Wow… that top line… unbelievable. They looked like a real top line tonight. They threw everything at the Blue Jackets, and the Jackets looked like a junior team versus that line. Thirteen points for the line, combined. Penner with 2 goals, 3 assists… he deserved the ovation he got in the 3rd period. He had a great game. Gagner and Hemsky both looked pretty good too, but Penner was doing everything out there and looked like the guy Lowe signed as an RFA.

The Oil fell behind pretty early on in this game, but the score didn’t really tell the pace of the game. The Oilers were in it the whole way, but weren’t burying chances until the flood gates opened. Great job to Khabi for at least keeping it somewhat close, long enough for the top line to bring the heat.

Some bad penalties at the end of the game by the Blue Jackets pretty much sealed this one. The Oilers didn’t have much trouble holding the lead because of that.

The fourth line also looked pretty good tonight, although they saw very limited action. They weren’t a liability out there, but were very intimidating to the Columbus defence. I wouldn’t mind seeing those guys stick together. Grebeshkov and Gilbert looked a bit weak out there, as did Strudwick on occasion (especially the Chimera goal where he was beat at center ice and coasted back). Smid and Visnovsky, however, looked fantastic again together. I hope that pairing sticks. They are great together.

Anyways, good game tonight.. very exciting one, which seems a common thing when we play the Blue Jackets.

193 Responses to “GDT – Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 4 – Oct 22, 2009 – Game 9”

  1. Steve-O says:

    also i want to see a smid/dorsett fight…although i’m worried about smid biting off more than he can chew

  2. Trogdor says:

    What was that about Moreau and dumb penalties?

  3. LateNightOilFan says:

    Does Columbus hold the record for most ex-Oilers on a team?

    edit – current NHL team

  4. Racki says:

    Voracek is the guy we of course passed on for Gagner, but despite him looking great tonight, I still believe Gagner was the better choice.

  5. gr8one says:

    yeah, I think that flu bug is really starting to reveal it’s impact on the team this period.

  6. Haboiler says:

    Exactly Trogdor…. the reason he is so frustrating…

  7. Haboiler says:

    LNOF, the isles are close… 3 players and the GMs son lol

    But Carolina also has 4… crazy numbers

  8. gr8one says:

    LateNightOilFan: Does Columbus hold the record for most ex-Oilers on a team?

    no, but I think they’re a close second to the Rangers of the ear;y 90’s

  9. Trogdor says:

    Damn… PK practice this period.

  10. gr8one says:

    that penalty was fucking bunk.

  11. LateNightOilFan says:

    gr8one: no, but I think they’re a close second to the Rangers of the ear;y 90’s

    Yeah, I edited my post to say current NHL team. The Rangers definitely were Oilers #2 back then.

  12. Racki says:

    Lets see Strudwick vs. the Mexican, round 2!

  13. Haboiler says:

    Wow what a rush Penner!

  14. Racki says:

    wow, go Pens!

  15. Trogdor says:

    Penner’s looking good tonight. Not big enough to put everyone on his back though.

  16. gr8one says:

    Yeah, I edited my post to say current NHL team.The Rangers definitely were Oilers #2 back then.

    hehe, yeah, I didn’t see that edit.

    I just looked up the 1994 Rangers Stanley cup winning roster, and it still kinda pisses me off. lol…they had:


  17. Haboiler says:

    If Vishnosky’s was a penalty then Russell should have received one as well.

  18. Trogdor says:

    Why can’t the current Oilers score?

  19. Racki says:

    Oh wow, defense looked like pylons there. Strudwick being one of them.

  20. LateNightOilFan says:

    Haboiler: LNOF, the isles are close… 3 players and the GMs son lolBut Carolina also has 4… crazy numbers

    Yeah, I’m counting 5 for CBJ-Garon, Roy, Chimera, Torres, Hedja

    And 3 are killing us so far…Chimera now scores

  21. Haboiler says:

    Atta boy Penner!

  22. Trogdor says:

    Yahoo!!! The big man deserves a goal!

  23. LateNightOilFan says:

    Penner! Nice.

    Whew, glad my 5-1 omen won’t come true.

  24. Racki says:

    Nice goal by Penner

  25. Haboiler says:

    Anyone else think that Cogliano should be switched with Horcoff? Horcoff is sure struggling out there.

  26. Racki says:

    Wow, spear to the neck. lol

  27. Steve-O says:

    vis should have shot it anyways

  28. Steve-O says:

    Racki: Wow, spear to the neck. lol

    it should be 5 on 4 for the rest of the game

  29. Trogdor says:

    Keep the pressure on boys. Would be nice to go in to the third down by one. Even better up by one.

  30. gr8one says:

    Chorney looks like our best Dman out there tonight.

  31. Trogdor says:

    I hate Gene’s jokes…

  32. Trogdor says:

    I’ve been liking what Chorney’s doing tonight as well. He looks pretty comfortable out there tonight.

  33. Racki says:

    When did raking your stick across a players face equate to holding?

  34. Trogdor says:

    YUSSS!!!! HEMMER!!!!!

  35. Racki says:

    Trogdor: I hate Gene’s jokes…

    Oh come on… I think he’s a gene… yus… Hahhhhhhhhhhhhh!


  36. Haboiler says:

    I agree re: Chorney. The longer Staois and Souray are out the tougher those long minutes on our D will add up. This gives those people who wanted to trade Souray to get a glimpse of what we would be missing.

    Atta boy Hemmer!

  37. gr8one says:


  38. LateNightOilFan says:

    Wooo…it’s a whole new ball game now! Keep it coming Oilers!

  39. Steve-O says:

    Racki: When did raking your stick across a players face equate to holding?

    the most tender of holds

  40. Trogdor says:

    Dallas/LA or Detroit/Coyotes for intermission? Oh center ice, how I will miss you when the free preview ends…

  41. Hockey Noob says:

    Yeah, Horcoff is struggling out there. Where’s Scorcoff? I missed a bit of this period, but the 4rth line seems to be keeping some decent pressure int he CBJ zone?

  42. Racki says:

    Jesus.. Evgeni Nabokov.. when did you become so butt useless? Man is he ever suspect this year. At least I’m not alone with goaltending woes. I should only dress Craig Anderson each week in the pool.

  43. Trogdor says:

    Wow, Wings really outclassing the Coyotes. Not entirely surprised.

  44. Max Powers says:

    Penner’s looking sick out there

  45. Trogdor says:

    Sick in a different way than half the team.

  46. gr8one says:

    Max Powers: Penner’s looking sick out there

    as opposed to some others who are literally looking sick with the flu.

  47. Racki says:

    You two should write for Gene Principe! 😛

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