GDT: Oilers vs. Canucks – Oct 19, 2009 – Game 8

By , October 19, 2009 10:11 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks


This is the first regular season meeting of the two teams this year, however the teams met twice in the pre-season. The Oilers lost the first one 3-1 while the Oil won the second one 5-4 in OT. The Oilers are coming off of a decisive 5-2 win over the Wild, while the Canucks also came off a win versus the Wild with a final score of 2-1. Tonight’s game will be televised on Sportsnet and is a 7:00 start.

Sorry folks, things are a little slow with the line ups today. If anyone catches wind of them, please post them here and I’ll update this post..

Projected Line-Ups

Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (per Oilers Depth Chart)

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

Grebeshkov – Gilbert
Smid – Visnovsky
Strudwick – Chorney


Vancouver Canucks Projected Line-Up (per HFBoards)

Burrows – H. Sedin – Samuelsson
Raymond – Kessler – Grabner
Bernier – Wellwood – Bolduc
Hordichuk – Johnson – Rypien

Mitchell – Edlier
Erhoff – Rome
Obrien – Bieksa





– Again, Steve Staios and Sheldon Souray will sit this one out. Souray’s condition just is sounding worse every time we get an update. That’s not good.. we have seen what concussions can do to a player.
– Ales Hemsky will miss tonight’s game as well too, with the flu. UPDATE: Actually that may not be true….
From OilersNation:

After spending the weekend in bed with the flu, Ales Hemsky was on the ice this morning. Hemsky, who is normally the first guy off the ice after practice, stayed out late doing some drills, to see his body would respond. He will be a game time decision; if he plays Robert Nilsson will come out. Right now it seems 50/50 if he’ll play.

Steve Staios did some light skating by himself, but he is still day-to-day, while Sheldon Souray is much farther away. You can’t rush a player back, and considering the style of play these two play, I’d guess the training staff will be very cautious before giving them the green light to return.


6:32 – VAN – Bernier from Wellwood.
The Oil get caught in their own zone chasing the puck around as the Canucks cycle it around. The rebound from the shot from outside the slot ends up in the crease area as Bolduc and Bernier both fight to bang it in.

Other Highlights
– Rypien and Stortini go at it. I’ll give this one to Rypien.. he’s a tough s.o.b. He got off to an early start like their last fight and landed some good shots in. Credit to Storts for coming back midway through the fight, but it wasn’t enough.
– Hemmer line gets “hemmed” in the zone early on. Good cycle by the Canucks. The Oil briefly get it out and change, but this inevitably leads to a goal as the Canucks get back in and keep it in the zone.
– The Oil seem to be getting continually stuck in their zone for the first half of the game so far.
– Samuellson tries to get Khabibulin looking the other way behind the net and quickly pops out front to try and jam it in, but good job to Khabibulin for getting the pad up against the post.
– Stortini drills Rome after a dump in.
– Visnovsky tried to go end-to-end at the end of the period. Manages to skate into 5 Canucks and still get a sloppy shot off, but it blows over the net.


0:26 – EDM – O’Sullivan from Grebeshkov
– On a delayed penalty for a trip on Gagner, Grebs carries the puck down low and fires it cross-crease to O’Sullivan who buries it.

Other Highlights
– Stone’s injury might be a knee injury. Sportsnet shows Stone hitting Glass (or vice versa.. btw, Stone hitting Glass is a funny sentence) and Stone fell awkward, getting his leg caught under him a bit.
– Horcoff gets a breakaway but looks gassed.. I’m not even sure what happened when he got close to Luongo, but it wasn’t pretty. Looked like maybe the puck skipped on him.
– Hemsky gets a breakaway after his penalty ends, but he fires it over the net. Just like Hemmer to make his good friend Horcoff look good as he flubs up his breakaway too.
– Visnovsky took a shot off the foot and that hurt him. Looked like a pretty weak shot, but it doesn’t take much sometimes. Looks like he is fine though.
– Comrie is now known to me as the new Moreau. 2 penalties while we’re on the powerplay and in the offensive zone? Ungh.
– Chorney throws a nice hit in the corner of the Oilers’ defensive zone, dropping a Canuck.


10:33 – EDM – Gagner from Jacques, O’Sullivan
On the dump in, Gagner chases behind the net and the puck comes out front to O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan flicks it on net trying to get it to JFJ, but JFJ can’t get it.. it bounces out front and Luongo is flopping around like a fish. Gagner puts it upstairs.

Other Highlights
– I’ve always been impressed with Dustin Penner’s hands (damn that came out wrong), even when he was the goat around here. He made a very nice deke on one of the Canucks’ defencemen, cradling the puck and then going around them. Got a shot on goal, but not too dangerous of a shot. Good shift overall, and he gets applause from the crowd.
– WOW did Smid ever steal a goal. Wide open net after a big rebound from Khabibulin, and he luckily was there to play goal. The puck comes back out and this time Khabi was ready for the save. But wow, Smid was in the right place at the right time with a very nice kick save.
– Khabibulin does a nice job stopping a point blank tip from Henrik, who was standing in the crease.
– Mitchell gets away with a stiff arm to O’Sullivan’s face.
– Penner again doing it all as he bowls his way and dangles into the Canucks zone. He loses the puck, but Visnovsky picks it up and wires it, but it doesn’t make it through.
– Cogliano makes a nice shot block at the blueline and then carries it into the Canucks zone.. no real chance generated though, unfortunately, but he’s got a few more tools than just the offensive ones.
– For a guy wiith the flu, Hemsky looks pretty good in the 3rd period. Working a bit of his magic.
– Looks like Horpensky might be back together, and JFJ is taking Penner’s place with Gagner and O’Sullivan.
– Chorney is actually impressing me… he’s battled since he’s been called up, and he just saved a goal as he fought for a puck to the side of the net and got body positioning on a Canuck’s forward to prevent a scoring chance. Good thing because Khabi looked a bit lost on that one.
– Hemsky dumped while going in alone on an empty netter.. could’ve been credited a goal there.
– OH WOW, Kyle Wellwood would like to have an extra second… He dangles through the Oilers’ defence and beats Khabibulin, but it was about 1 second too late as the game ended.


EDM PP1 (Burrows 2 mins, Elbowing) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Hemsky Horcoff Comrie with Grebs/O’Sullivan
Unit 2 – Penner Gagner Nilsson with Gilbert/Visnovsky
Pretty ineffective until line 2 comes out and Penner tries to drive it through Luongo.
VAN PP1 (Comrie 2 mins, Holding) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Penner Horcoff with Strudwick/Chorney – Clear it out after the draw. Van brings it back inside and the Oil do a good job of preventing them for getting in. They cough it up to Strudwick and he dumps it out.
Unit 2 – Cogliano and Moreau with Grebs/Gilbert. Do a good job of preventing any chances. Forwards change up to Unit 1 again. The Canucks pass it around too much and end up passing it through the point man. Good penalty kill overall.
VAN PP2 (Hemsky 2 mins, Tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Penner/Horcoff with Grebeshkov/Gilbert
Unit 2 – Moreau/Cogliano with Chorney/Strudwick
– Both units kill the first minute easily. Canucks didn’t even break the zone, and even got caugh icing it.
Unit 3 – Jacques/O’Sullivan with Gilbert/Strudwick. Finally the Canucks gain the zone. Really can’t do anything with it at all.
Hemsky gets it coming out of the box for the breakaway.. no goal.
EDM PP2 (Grabner 2 mins, Interference) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Hemsky/Horcoff/Comrie with Gilbert/Visnovsky
This penalty lasts all of 14 seconds, as Comrie takes a penalty for slashing. Nice one, dipshit.
VAN PP3 (Comrie 2 mins for a dumb o-zone slash) – NO GOAL
This lasts barely any time because the penalty came while the Oilers were a few seconds into the PP, so not worth mentioning.
VAN PP4 (Khabibulin, 2 mins for Tripping) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – good job clearing the puck out of the zone. Canucks don’t get any chance to set up.
Unit 2 – get caught in their zone a bit, but the canucks have a tough time getting any shots on goal. Wellwood gets one good shot off, but Khabibulin robs him. And then eats up the rebound as Grabner flips it on net.
Unit 1- the Oil do a good job keeping the Canucks out of good scoring areas.
Great kill overall.
EDM PP3 (Kesler 2 mins, Interference) – NO GOAL
Unit 1 – Moving the puck around like the globetrotters. Great work getting the Canucks running around. The powerplay won’t last long though as Comrie takes yet another penalty while on the powerplay. Oh man.
VAN PP5 (Comrie, 2 mins for Tripping, while Kesler is in box) – NO GOAL
– I missed the notes for this one, but the Oil obviously successfully killed this one off.


Nail biter. That’s all I have to say. The game was a fairly slow one at points. The Oil also got caught running around at points, but overall it wasn’t too badly played. The Canucks were pretty good in the first and third periods, whereas the Oilers played pretty strong in the second.

Penner had yet another fantastic game, as did Patrick O’Sullivan. I have to say, I absolutely love the Penner, Gagner and O’Sullivan line. Khabibulin gets the first star.. he wasn’t fantastic, but he was good. He struggled at points with his rebound control, but he was good enough for the win and made some key saves. Luckily so did Smid at one point, saving a goal. As did Chorney, possibly, as he gained body positioning on a Canucks forward near the end of the 3rd to prevent a scoring chance on a fairly open cage.

The Oilers’ PK was very good tonight. The Canucks couldn’t really get set up anywhere or get any good shots on net. The Oilers’ powerplay was characteristically average (maybe bad) except for one chance where the Oil had some great cross ice passes going and had the Canucks struggling to get the puck, until Comrie took his second moronic offensive zone penalty while on the powerplay.

So that puts the Oil at 5-2-1. This is a very good start for the team. Great job by both goaltenders. Not the best game by the Oilers, but they did well enough to deserve a win.

And now the bad news, Ryan Stone left the game with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI tomorrow, according to Pat Quinn.

124 Responses to “GDT: Oilers vs. Canucks – Oct 19, 2009 – Game 8”

  1. Racki says:

    My prediction: 4-2 Oilers

  2. Steve-O says:

    Luongo will decide tonights the night that he will stop sucking all the way to the balls which will = bad night for the oil

    however i am going, and i seem to be good luck so i say a 3-1 game for the oil, with the last one being an empty netter

  3. Racki says:

    I got the last prediction bang on, hopefully I go 2 in a row! P.S. Lines are updated. Still not official though.

  4. Trogdor says:

    Hmm… No more 1 physical player per line for the Oilers? It seemed to be working. I hope Luongo gets lit up tonight for more than one reason. I’ll say 5-3 Oilers.

  5. DropIt says:

    Canucks win 5-2. I hope I’m wrong, as this is the first of few times I will be cheering for the Oilers

  6. Racki says:

    Hemsky is a game time decision. He skated in practice today.

    From OilersNation:

    After spending the weekend in bed with the flu, Ales Hemsky was on the ice this morning. Hemsky, who is normally the first guy off the ice after practice, stayed out late doing some drills, to see his body would respond. He will be a game time decision; if he plays Robert Nilsson will come out. Right now it seems 50/50 if he’ll play.

    Steve Staios did some light skating by himself, but he is still day-to-day, while Sheldon Souray is much farther away. You can’t rush a player back, and considering the style of play these two play, I’d guess the training staff will be very cautious before giving them the green light to return.

    P.S., shame on you DropIt! 😛

  7. LateNightOilFan says:

    Looking forward to the game tonight as I will be spending the next 4 hours driving my kids around HRM so by the time I get home I will just want to put my feet up, have a drink and enjoy a good game.

    Canucks may be starting to get on a roll so not sure what to expect. I think Hemmer should sit another game myself – if he spent the weekend in bed with the flu I highly doubt he is 100% today. Good that Staois is skating again but I’m getting very concerned we might not see Souray for a long time. Which absolutely sucks, especially if any other D go down.

  8. OilerTyler says:

    I was a little upset this morning because my brother took the family tickets for tonights game to take a girl, but I just scored myself some gold club seats to the game, so it is all better now. Its great having a mom that works for the Edmonton Journal 😀

  9. Racki says:

    Nice! I’ll meet you out front of the Gretzky statue, have my ticket waiting… 😛

  10. DropIt says:

    I know Racki, I feel a little bit dirty cheering for the Oilers. But they are still that much more tolerable than the Canucks.

    It’s one of those games where you wish teams could still tie and take just one point a piece. But now that is not a possibility, the last thing I want to see is OT.

    Luckily for you guys I’m not a regular Oil fan, because the few games a year I actually hope for the Oilers to win, they tend to lose.

  11. Hockey Noob says:

    Hey everyone,

    It’s still early in the season, but to hear that Penner is tied in 2nd with Kovalchuk behind Ovechkin in even strength goals is a cool stat. When did you ever expect to hear Penner, Ovechkin, and Kovalchuk mentioned in the same breath, lol? Hopefully he can maintain something close to his current production. Overall, he looks a step quicker this year for sure.

  12. Hockey Noob says:

    Oilerstyler, I thought you worked at Rexall on game days?

  13. Hockey Noob says:

    I’m not sure if the bookies noticed that Hemsky likely will not play, but the betting line still favors the Oilers -120/+100. That puts us at a 52.2% favorite, lol… I only look at the betting line for the predictive value.

  14. Racki says:

    From Tencer’s Twitter:

    “Sounds like injury bug may have bitten again…MacIntyre summoned to rink early, told to get ready to play. Will try to get more info…”

    Damn it… who now??

  15. Hockey Noob says:

    Man, it sounds like Brule is out the the stomach flu. This is quite a growing list: Staios, Souray, Pisani, Pouliot, Brule, +/- Hemsky, and Horcoff (playing but bruise on foot)

  16. Racki says:

    And this is why these guys with the flu need to be quarantined 😉

    Hopefully it ends with those two. But I’m happy to see big Mac get some time.

  17. gr8one says:

    wow, I’m getting married in 5 days.


  18. Racki says:

    And Hemsky is back in…

  19. Racki says:

    gr8one: wow, I’m getting married in 5 days.o_O

    Impossible! It’s the BoA on Saturday.. bad timing. 😛

  20. Racki says:

    lines updated above

  21. Racki says:

    Good fight.. i`ll give that one to Rypien.

  22. DropIt says:

    Go Oilers…. Euck

  23. gr8one says:

    DropIt: Go Oilers…. Euck


    and lol @ Racki.

  24. DropIt says:

    … Burrows is such a gross fuck

  25. Hockey Noob says:

    wow, I missed that goal. Nilsson passed it to Grebeshkov and it looked like acid eater (grebs) just handed the puck over to the nuck dman at the point. I missed part of the play… is that what happened?

  26. LateNightOilFan says:

    Seemed like it was rolling off Grebs stick, the d-man just kinda took it. Bad rebound by Khabi as well but poor coverage by the Oilers.

  27. Racki says:

    The Oil have been running around in their own zone for most of this period so far.

  28. DropIt says:

    Shit. I was kind of hoping for swine 😛

  29. LateNightOilFan says:

    I’m surprised Hemmer is playing. Get in as close as you can to the Nucks Ales and cough all over them in the corners!

  30. Racki says:

    Oh yah I forgot they were putting O’Sully on the point for this game.

  31. DropIt says:

    That would make Calgary’s job easier, if hemsky killed off the Oilers and Nucks

  32. Racki says:

    Nice hit chopper! 😛 Don’t hurt the guy..

  33. Racki says:

    LOL DropIt… Ales Hemsky, the Oilers new penalty killer.. minus the penalty.

  34. DropIt says:

    Lol, Hemksy’s picture on the front of THN. Reads “the most feared man in all of sports”

    Actually, if you think of the lack or checking he would face… He could be the next 50 goal scorer in Edmonton

  35. Racki says:

    Not since Ryan Smyth have I see a muffin slap shot like that (Hemsky’s)

  36. DropIt says:

    Ya, that was not impressive from Hemsky.

    Jacques however, nice work.

    Oil playing well, in 2 of the 3 zones.

  37. Racki says:

    I’d like to see Smid drop ’em… feels like its been too long.

  38. Racki says:

    not a great period by the Oil, but at least they woke up a bit towards the end. Stone “left the ice limping”.. hopefully he’s back for period 2.

  39. Racki says:

    OSULLLLYYYYYYY scooorrress!

  40. LateNightOilFan says:

    Nice start to the 2nd!

  41. DropIt says:

    Well someone got a motivational talk in between periods

  42. Racki says:

    oh man, the horcoff-haters won’t like that one.. 😛

  43. LateNightOilFan says:

    Who was Horc dropping it to???

  44. DropIt says:

    “Scorecoff” needs to go back to the drawing board for his break away moves

  45. Racki says:

    LateNightOilFan: Who was Horc dropping it to???

    Looked like Luongo.. 😆

  46. Racki says:

    Stone hit glass.. what a funyn sentence that is.

  47. DropIt says:

    Hemsky with the hook and got smacked with a stick… Bad luck

  48. Racki says:

    Just like Hemsky to make his good friend Horcoff look good.. lol

  49. DropIt says:

    I will openly let you guys borrow Glenncross for tonight to take your break aways for you

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