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. Trogdor says:

    Damn you Pink Floyd…

  2. Racki says:

    Nice saves, Khabi

  3. Racki says:

    Trogdor: Damn you Pink Floyd…

    Don’t damn the Floyd! They didn’t ask to be Khabibulin’s personal soundtrack. Damn Oilers music man “Dj Dragon”.

  4. Racki says:

    Raffi looks like he sniffed an eight ball during the intermission

  5. Steve-O says:

    gagner not taking the draw? and a win by penner?

  6. Trogdor says:

    Okay, I don’t mind Floyd, just how they’ve been abused.

  7. Steve-O says:

    self destructing

  8. Trogdor says:

    Is Joe Farmer out there? That’s a lot of elbows.

  9. Racki says:

    Gilbert and Grebs may need to visit the dentist together tomorrow

  10. Racki says:

    short handed and they pull the goalie in their own zone.. risky..

    oh and the empty netter for Nilsson

  11. Trogdor says:

    Game, set, match!

  12. Haboiler says:

    Oh Good!

  13. LateNightOilFan says:

    And that’s all she wrote…you called it Racki, a high scoring affair!

  14. Steve-O says:

    and no last minute collapse either

  15. gr8one says:

    Told ya it would be 6-4 oilers.

  16. Racki says:

    Hey, I have Visnovsky in the pool.. whaddya know.. 3 pts.

  17. Steve-O says:

    well the 6th best leader had a damn good game

  18. gr8one says:

    Steve-O: well the 6th best leader had a damn good game

    heh, that was funny.

  19. Trogdor says:

    Grebs help me out tonight? Nope… -1

  20. Steve-O says:

    playstation!!hah…eat it x boxers

  21. Racki says:

    That top line was really phenomenal (duh). I really liked the goon line too. But there were some weak points on other lines though. But hey, the way this team is battling injuries/flu, I am not complaining at all. Very entertaining game.

  22. Racki says:

    Steve-O: playstation!!hah…eat it x boxers

    Gilbert, Gagner, and Cogliano all play XBOX… Penner threw out a Playstation reference that probably doesn’t even exist (because he doesn’t really play it).. so eat that! 😛

  23. Haboiler says:

    All things told, flu and injuries… we played pretty well. 2nd and 3rd lines needs some changes but your right first and fourth are good. This roll may not last forever but I’m sure enjoying it for now!

  24. LateNightOilFan says:

    So last year we had 18 wins at home, we are now at 5 less than a month into the season. If we keep up this pace we will double our home wins compared to last season.

    Nice job Oilers coming back! Good night all!

  25. Trogdor says:

    Steve-O: playstation!!hah…eat it x boxers

    Missed that. Doesn’t take long post game for the remote to change hands. Box Of X rules!!!

  26. Racki says:

    Later,LNOF.. thanks for comin’ out

  27. Trogdor says:

    18:15 for Chorney and he impressed. Good to know we have him in the Wings still once the vets come back.

  28. Hockey Noob says:

    Wow, what a game… I missed the live Quinn press conference and it’s not up on the site yet… Anyone remember what he said?

  29. OilerTyler says:

    Racki: Hey, I have Visnovsky in the pool.. whaddya know.. 3 pts.

    Oh yeah!? I have PENNER in the pool, BOOYAH!

  30. Racki says:

    Oh yeah!?I have PENNER in the pool, BOOYAH!

    Yes I know, if you read the comments, you’ll see somewhere that I mentioned that if I were you I’d be here rubbing it in.. oh look who’s rubbing it in now 😛 I also had Huselius though.. definitely a good night for me, points wise.

  31. Mr.Majestyk says:

    I have Penner and Vis in the pool! Made some big strides in closing the gap on Chucker. Now if only I could do something about my GAA and Save %.

  32. gr8one says:

    An ode to Dustin Penner and his post-game comment.

  33. Racki says:

    Thanks to you, I now have Afternoon Delight stuck in my head all morning.

    Skyyy rockets in flight.. (brrwoooo) afternoon delight! Afternoon delight.

  34. gr8one says:

    hehe, well, I figured if I had it stuck in my head I’d have to pass it along to others, glad to know it worked!

  35. Racki says:

    Quote of the night by Dustin Penner:

    Random reporter: Can I ask you to be a bit more selfish and tell us how good it feels to have 14 points right now to start the year?

    Dustin Penner: It feels pretty good. It feels.. well.. I guess in a way, if you’ve seen the movie Old School when it comes off the gymnastics and he says “I blacked out, what happened?”. *insert laughter from reporter/Penner* It’s kind of what it feels like.

  36. gr8one says:

    lol, I honestly had no idea he had such a great sense of humor, but he seems pretty damn funny.

  37. gr8one says:

    Missed that.Doesn’t take long post game for the remote to change hands.Box Of X rules!!!

    lol, I have Xbox and Wii and rarely use either of them. Though my soon to be wife likes all that yoga shit on the Wii fit, and I do really want to get NHL 2010 for xbox at which time I will probably play it until it explodes.

    I do have an awesome 47″ LCD TV though that I’m still using those archaic things they call DVD’s, so I will likely grab a PS3 fairly soon if for nothing else the blu-ray to fully enjoy the HDness of the TV.

    man it sucks watching football/hockey on regular definition after watching it on HD eh?

    anyways, for games like NHL 2010 that are available on both Xbox and PS3, are there any differences in game play, or just pretty much the same, just different controllers?

  38. DropIt says:

    Next game… BOA V3.0

    Iginla retrobution? Sticks being smacked over heads? Should be a good one.

  39. Trogdor says:

    No sticks, we’ll just get Brule to lick Iggy’s water bottle.

  40. Racki says:

    gr8one: I had both systems. I ended up selling my PS3 because I didn’t play it that much to justify the $400 for it (at the time). Really there’s no reason to have both systems if you ask me (other than like you said, for Bluray). Wasn’t a fan of the controller, and the internet was slow by comparison for me, for whatever reason, so i ended up selling the PS3.

  41. DropIt says:

    Lick his water bottle? That sounds oddly sexual…

  42. DropIt says:

    Oooh. Peter Pocklington(sp?) And Sam Gagner to be on the fan 960

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