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Within Reach of .500: Canucks & Oilers

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Vancouver Canucks
@ Edmonton Oilers

Monday, Oct 19, 2009, 6:00 PM PDT
Rexall Place
Opposition Blog: The Copper & Blue

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John Mason: Are you sure you're ready for this?
Stanley Goodspeed: I'll do my best.
John Mason: Your "best"! Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.

The last game thread featured awful movie quotes and this one made the list. Not bad, though I guess this makes me thoroughly not a winner. But whatever. Point is if Vancouver can do their best tonight, they'll be .500 for the first time this year and maybe finally shake the rust and sorrow of the slow start.

Dropping Hordichuk can only help them in this endeavor. Blackout has started terribly and was a huge liability in the lost to Calgary. Bolduc played well against Minny and, if Wellwood wakes up again, he may even factor in on the offensive side of things. If nothing else Blackout's departure makes the fourth line better for now.

Grabner - Kesler - Raymond is another trio to keep your eyes on. They were the best line in the last game and may become a mainstay (something tough to do in a Vigneault world) if they click for another game. How nice would watching a Grabner goal be tonight? Luongo needs a strong game heading into Wednesday's match-up where he'll be forced to relive game six over and over again.

On the other end, the Oilers are off to a good start. Quinn and company must know what they're doing. Including their last game (a 5-2 pasting of the Wild) they're 4-2-1 and being lead by Dustin Penner and former Vancouver Giants forward Gilbert Brule. On defense Denis Grebeshkov is having a strong start and we know the bloke in net (and wouldn't it be nice to beat him senseless tonight?). Mr. Horcoff may be off to a slow start, but he leads the league in faceoff wins so watch for that advantage, particularly in DZ starts. I see they have their own hands of stone player, so let's see if he can outsuck Bernier. It's helpful that Ales Hemsky won't play tonight, but expect a tight, rough match anyway. The first goal will be huge.

Ready the prom queen, your gamethread is set. Third game in four days? I can get used to this.