GDB: OMG BOA

Taylor McKee
December 27 2013 12:01PM

 pic via: PremierofAlberta

It is a great time of year to be a hockey fan. As is boxing day tradition, I am sure many of us set our cell-phones for a painfully early wake-up on boxing day to take in the most hallowed of holiday traditions, the Spengler Cup. As I am sure you all know,  Byron Ritchie helped Canada to a 5-4 win over Viktovice Steel of the Czech league which delighted the entire family I am sure.

It is important to remember that in the eye of the 'Spengler Hurricane' as it were, that is the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of Team Canada in Davos (who will Alexandre Bolduc be playing with?! Is this Glen Metropolit's last Spengler?!) there is still NHL action to consider, and for Flames fans it doesn't get much better.

It is the 213th installment of the Battle of Alberta tonight and both teams are coming off big victories. With their respective wins in their last games, the Oilers (12-24-3) just snapped a six-game losing streak while the Flames (14-17-6) won for the first time in four games.    

THE LOCAL HEROES

Here is the exact same lineup that shocked the world by erasing a two-goal deficit and beating the Blues in a shootout. Big thanks as always to DailyFaceoff.com for the info.

  • Cammalleri - Backlund - Byron
  • Galiardi - Stajan - Stempniak
  • D. Jones - Colborne - Hudler
  • Bouma - Monahan - McGrattan
  • Giordano - Smid
  • Butler - Brodie
  • Breen - O'Brien
  • Berra

After taking a nasty knee-on-knee hit from St. Louis' David Backes, Many assumed that Matt Stajan would be missing some significant time. Those people forget that Matt Stajan is not just simply a  'player' in our little game called 'ice hockey'. Matt Stajan does not just take up a roster spot and soak up minutes. Matt Stajan is an idea, an idea that can never be defeated by knee, stick, or discouraging word. Matt Stajan makes me want to be a better man.

Because the hockey gods harvest my tears and use them as fuel for the furnace they use to toss ex-Flyer goalies into, Paul Byron might not be able to go tonight after taking a spill in practice. Byron has been playing exceptionally well of late, including a behind the back, no-look pass to Mike Cammalleri in the last game against St. Louis. It does seem as though the accident in practice wasn't too serious, leaving the ice only for precautionary reasons and will be in the lineup for tonight. 

Chris Breen draws in again tonight, so Mark Giordano should prepare to play 59 minutes.

Reto Berra is getting another crack at the Oilers after allowing a Taylor Hall goal when he was less than five seconds away from his first career shutout in his last outing against the Oil. Against St. Louis, Berra was solid, making 32 saves and winning in a shootout. The Oilers will likely try to put a lot of pucks his way tonight as they have had success from let's say interesting angles against Berra in the past:

Hopefully, Berra has a short memory because that one still stings to watch.

Sean Monahan continues to play on the fourth line while he struggles to re-adjust to game speed after the hairline fracture of his foot. You can look up his numbers over the past few games on ExtraSkater.com but I would recomend that you don't. Just know that things have not been going very well for the youngster of late. What has masked Monahan's unceremonious fall from grace has been the ascension of Backlund so it isn't all bad news down the middle for the Flames.

THAT TEAM UP NORTH

 
Here is the Oilers roster tonight thanks to Dailyfaceoff.com

  •  Hall - RNH - Perron
  • Joensuu - Gagner - Eberle 
  • Smyth - Gordon - Hemsky
  • Gadzic - Lander - Yakupov
  • Ference - J. Schultz
  • N. Schultz - Petry
  • Belov - Potter
  • Dubnyk

Both the Flames and Oilers are coming off big victories as the Oil beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Monday. A game in which Nail Yakupov finished with two points and 12 minutes in penalties. He seems to be adapting well to his new role, playing with Luke Gadzic.

The Oilers are missing Marc Arcobello to a rib injury and Philip Larsen to the flu which explains why Roman Horak was recalled yesterday. However, it does not look as though the Flames will get to show their Horak tribute video tonight as he will likely be watching from the press box. 

The Oilers start beleaguered tender Devan Dubnyk tonight whom is currently sporting a sub .900 SV% and a 3.38 GAA. Dubnyk has had a rough ride this season in Edmonton but it he is hardly the reason that the Oilers are angling for a top-five pick again. However, he has let in some groaners this season from distance, the type of which that gets the fanbase to turn on you in a hurry.

Tactics-wise, tt is the same old story with the Flames and Oilers, they are going to watch to push the pace and turn the game into a track-meet and the Flames will want to try to establish their offensive pressure below the dots. At times this season, the Oilers defense, and the defensive zone coverage from their forwards and in particular their centremen, has been frightening. The Oilers are dead-last in the NHL in goals allowed with 134 and goals allowed per game with 3.44 (though the Flames are third-last so let's not get too uppity).

SUM IT UP

This particular Battle of the QE2 doesn't have any post-season implications and it features two of the Western Conference's worst teams. But who cares? These games mean something. The last two games against the Oilers, the Flames blew leads in the third period which garnered special attention from Brian Burke during his press conference after Jay Feaster's firing.

I know that we all are realistic about the team this season and most of us have succumb to the idea that losing a lot this season is probably a good thing for the long-term health of this franchise. But you always want to beat the Oiler because, well, it just feels so damn good. So make it happen Flames.

The Puck drops tonight at 7:00 pm MT on SNET West.

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Taylor splits time between UVIC and Calgary studying history. Taylor likes the Flames, the Cannons, Buckshot, and the Oxford comma. Taylor scored on his own net on dome ice when he was 8. Twitter: @TaylorMcKee_
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#1 geoilersgist
December 27 2013, 12:27PM
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Taylor Hall will score the FIST goal tonight while the Oilers roll onto a 41-38 win. I can't wait to see it live.

I almost forgot #EatSh!tFlames

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#2 Woogie63
December 27 2013, 12:39PM
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Love that clip of Oiler Brian Trust,

Howson - nothing to add, looking very uncomfortable when Lowe begins to speak.

McTavish - Talking but saying nothing, he is answering the question like he was trained to as a hockey player. But now he is an executive LEADING THE TEAM.

Lowe - Train Wreak again.

ReBuild with all kids, Go to Seattle to Leverage the taxpayer of Edmonton, Watch Tambo draft the same type of player three times as part of a ReBuild Bring 94 back Rehire Howson after we did not win with him before Rehire his old friend McT as the GM not the AGM

How deep is Lowe connected to get great hockey people to run this team?

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#3 Caleb
December 27 2013, 12:43PM
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I could watch that Oilers Press Conference daily. It gets better after each game.

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#4 Butters
December 27 2013, 12:50PM
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This game is just a warm-up. Next year Conner McDavid will be on the line.

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#5 RexLibris
December 27 2013, 12:51PM
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Might want to spell-check that Oilers 2nd line, particularly at C.

Kind of a running joke amongst Oilers fans.

;)

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#6 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 12:52PM
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Well that was a good break! Back to misery, disappointment and losing hope

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#8 I Remember the Orange Jerseys
December 27 2013, 12:56PM
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Caleb wrote:

I could watch that Oilers Press Conference daily. It gets better after each game.

I watch it after every game just to assure myself there’s no reason to be concerned.

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#9 Caleb
December 27 2013, 12:59PM
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@I Remember the Orange Jerseys

#OilersPositives

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#10 coachedpotatoe
December 27 2013, 01:03PM
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The battle of the basement round three. The Oiler's come to town riding a one game winning streak to take on the Flames and their own one game winning streak; this should lead to an all time great game. Both sides should sponsor a jersey throwing contest between periods. Yikes I'm becoming a complete cynic.

Let's be honest; so far the Flames have been better than the experts had predicted. This can be attributed to hard work, excellent play by Hudler and the defensive core led by Gio(who has more points than J schultz in about halfthe games, this is a dig at my Oiler friends who always tell me that Schultz is better than Gio). The Flames goaltending is coming around and they play a better team game. As for the Oilers they continue to get offense from Hall and the others but have not yet to comprehend that in the NHL play goes in both directions.( is this Halls third coach since he has been in the NHL and they have all tried to teach the same lesson)The Oilers have not lived up to preseason predictions and seem destined to continue to struggle. Based upon play prior to the Christmas break the Flames should win but maybe the jersey incident has cause some of the young Oilers to grow up.

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#11 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 01:07PM
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@coachedpotatoe

Schultz isn't even better than M-A Bergeron

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#12 6 ring circus
December 27 2013, 01:09PM
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Watching that video,is it just me or do Howson,Mactavish and Lowe remind you of the three stooges?

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#13 coachedpotatoe
December 27 2013, 01:20PM
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Today was the first time that I have watched that entire interview! McTavish talking about a 23 hangover since they last won; Lowe talking about his rings how many in any management capacity. maybe he should lace them backup, he might be better than some his current Dmen. Now I know why the pitch forks are out, why the Jersey toss. Yikes these guys make the Sutters look good.

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#14 DrDave
December 27 2013, 01:21PM
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Anyone else think a tether ball match up between Redford and Napoleon Dynamite might be more interesting than this game tonight?

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#15 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 01:31PM
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with the flames missing 2 top forwards and two top defenseman, the Oil will get their chance to exact some revenge.

Not that it will happen, but they could. It is within the realm of theoretical possibility.

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#16 Reg Dunlop
December 27 2013, 01:37PM
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Well done with the GDB, Tyler! Completely bland with nothing to incite Oilernation. I understand that you don't want to waken the sleeping bear but just as the jersey toss has stirred the Oil's competitive juices it has also fired up Oilerville. Time to put Calgary in their rightful place as Alberta's second city; Oil curb-stomps the Godless flames 5-1.

NSOGDP post game, flames mgmt. publically admit Edmonton's superiority in all facets of sports and quality of life, finally admitting that hosting the winter Olympics was their second choice that had to be settled for when the summer Commonwealth games spurned cowtown.

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#17 K_Mart
December 27 2013, 01:37PM
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coachedpotatoe wrote:

The battle of the basement round three. The Oiler's come to town riding a one game winning streak to take on the Flames and their own one game winning streak; this should lead to an all time great game. Both sides should sponsor a jersey throwing contest between periods. Yikes I'm becoming a complete cynic.

Let's be honest; so far the Flames have been better than the experts had predicted. This can be attributed to hard work, excellent play by Hudler and the defensive core led by Gio(who has more points than J schultz in about halfthe games, this is a dig at my Oiler friends who always tell me that Schultz is better than Gio). The Flames goaltending is coming around and they play a better team game. As for the Oilers they continue to get offense from Hall and the others but have not yet to comprehend that in the NHL play goes in both directions.( is this Halls third coach since he has been in the NHL and they have all tried to teach the same lesson)The Oilers have not lived up to preseason predictions and seem destined to continue to struggle. Based upon play prior to the Christmas break the Flames should win but maybe the jersey incident has cause some of the young Oilers to grow up.

Gio is better than every d man the oil have. It isnt close, and I would gladly Pay a high price to get him on my team.

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#18 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 27 2013, 01:38PM
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Any suggestions on what type of bar food or sauces will stain a jersey the best. With the Oil losing the last BOA, I also lost a standing bet with a buddy. I have to wear a Flames jersey while cheering for the Oil tonight. I plan on soiling this thing.

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#19 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 01:38PM
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just watched the presser vid for the first time. wow. And two kinds of fans? those that matter and those that don't I guess?

but there you have it - he says himself he only knows a little bit about winning.

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#20 sizedoesmatter
December 27 2013, 01:44PM
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BOA is turning into a female college dorm pillow fight

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#21 Mullen Mania
December 27 2013, 01:49PM
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@sizedoesmatter

I think you are making it sound more exciting than it really is...

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#22 Burnward
December 27 2013, 01:50PM
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GO FLAMES GO!!!

Me and the family will have our own battling factions tonight as well!

Christmas is officially over! Ha!

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#23 Burnward
December 27 2013, 01:50PM
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@Mullen Mania

It's a different kind of exciting is all...

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#24 Burnward
December 27 2013, 01:50PM
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@Mullen Mania

Whoops. Double post.

Truly excited today!

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#25 Burnward
December 27 2013, 02:04PM
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Love that Cammi-Backlund-Byron line.

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#26 Serious Gord
December 27 2013, 02:09PM
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Dubnyk in net... Nuff said.

Next game is back home against Philly - Bryz has to be net for that one.

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#27 ThatButthurtOilersFan
December 27 2013, 02:19PM
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Glad they kept those lines together. Hopefully we see the boys play with some grit and heart like they did against Winnepeg.

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#28 Tikkanese
December 27 2013, 02:22PM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

BOA is turning into a female college dorm pillow fight

I asked for that for Xmas, my wish is coming true?!?!

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#29 Oilers Coffey
December 27 2013, 02:23PM
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Kinda a lame Battle Of Alberta article. Vanilla just like the PHLEGMS ! Going into that library of a saddle tonight to cheer on the Oilers victory. Flames fans don't get bitter as usual and start picking fights with the good guys wearing the Oilers jerseys. Lol Always happens. Poor losers!

Let's Go Oilers!!!

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#30 Shredder
December 27 2013, 02:29PM
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Oh come on guys, for both the Flames and the Oilers: this is their playoffs. Tonight will be one of the best and most intense games of the year for both teams.

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#31 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 02:33PM
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Shredder wrote:

Oh come on guys, for both the Flames and the Oilers: this is their playoffs. Tonight will be one of the best and most intense games of the year for both teams.

their playoffs is the preseason

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#32 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 02:36PM
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The Oiler's line-up is a mess.

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#33 ColourMeImpressed
December 27 2013, 02:42PM
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I kid you not when I say this is the most exciting Battle of Alberta I've seen in years.

Can the Oilers with their mighty three first-overalls and all the talent that a decade of sucking has earned them catch up to and pass the Flames who just started their rebuild?

Their only hope is tonight.

God have mercy on Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe, and the other idiots in charge of this team.

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#34 Bloodsweatandoil
December 27 2013, 02:43PM
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Nice job on the GDB Taylor!!

Sigh..go Oilers go...woot woot.....Flames tonight, Flyers tomorrow night...I made a bet with my brother that Smid scores on Dubnyk tonight by clearing the puck and shooting it off the glass from the Flames end...

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#35 Johnny Larue
December 27 2013, 02:48PM
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Does anyone know if the game is online anywhere as I am in Antigua over the holidays and alas it is not on the tube

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#36 DonDon
December 27 2013, 02:49PM
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Butters wrote:

This game is just a warm-up. Next year Conner McDavid will be on the line.

McDavid doesn't qualify for the entry level draft until 2015.

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#37 Rama Lama
December 27 2013, 02:54PM
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Now I understand why the Oilers bought extra turkeys for all the Flames players........let's hope they gorged and gorged and are feeling a little sleepy out there.

SMID will be looking to run some players he did not like........should be interesting!!

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#38 Oilcan
December 27 2013, 02:59PM
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Good write up, much better then that horrible piece that kid wrote for the first Battle of Alberta this year. I hope flames nation paid for a couple journalism classes for him to take at Mount Royal.

Oil win 5-1. Yak pots the GWG.

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#39 SmellOfVictory
December 27 2013, 03:13PM
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DonDon wrote:

McDavid doesn't qualify for the entry level draft until 2015.

Butters is talking next season, which would be the one wherein McDavid is on the line. It can sound a little confusing given that the hockey season isn't contained strictly within a given year.

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#40 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 03:20PM
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Tonight will be the night Ferrance gets what's coming to him!

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#41 Rod from Viking
December 27 2013, 03:30PM
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There were so many good scraps back a few years, Dave Brown vs The Dim Sleeper, Semenko vs Hunter, Don Jackson vs Peplinski and many more(why would you show fights that an Oiler didn't win on ON? LOL). You can see in the press conference clip K-Lowe keeps getting more and more pissed as the questions keep coming, he has always been very competitive and has a short fuse and he would sure like that last part back. I thought Mac T handled it just fine,I don't think any of us would handle those questions better than he did. I am going to wait until July 5th 2014 and then grade the current GM.

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#42 Burnward
December 27 2013, 03:31PM
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@Johnny Larue

Firstrowsports.eu is my go to when overseas.

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#43 coachedpotatoe
December 27 2013, 03:52PM
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Glad to here that Stajan was not as badly injured as first thought,

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#44 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 03:56PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Now I understand why the Oilers bought extra turkeys for all the Flames players........let's hope they gorged and gorged and are feeling a little sleepy out there.

SMID will be looking to run some players he did not like........should be interesting!!

Smid run somebody??..........Ladislav Smid??.....hahahaha....good one!

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#45 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 03:59PM
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Keith Fredlund wrote:

Tonight will be the night Ferrance gets what's coming to him!

What's that? ...a blowj*b from Stempniak's wife!

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#46 Rama Lama
December 27 2013, 04:05PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Smid run somebody??..........Ladislav Smid??.....hahahaha....good one!

Yea Smid.........he was one of the toughest on our team, and was never really recognized for his contribution in that regard.

Who is our new tough defenceman back there now? Stringbean?

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#47 Gkpoil
December 27 2013, 04:07PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Now I understand why the Oilers bought extra turkeys for all the Flames players........let's hope they gorged and gorged and are feeling a little sleepy out there.

SMID will be looking to run some players he did not like........should be interesting!!

Smid is a pussy, he doesn't lay out big hits...ever. He has heart and is a 3-4 D-man at best. Yea the oilers D is terrible, but stop making Smid sound like a star.

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#48 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:10PM
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Yea Smid.........he was one of the toughest on our team, and was never really recognized for his contribution in that regard.

Who is our new tough defenceman back there now? Stringbean?

Rama......this is OILERS Nation....get your sh*t together....Smid a Flame now....he was a pus*y when he played for us....now that he's wearing red he's a 220 lb tampon!

Edit: I don't think you're allowed to say tampon on this site so please edit out tampon and replace it with pylon. That is all.

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#49 Burnward
December 27 2013, 04:12PM
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We're simulcast on both Nations again today.

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#50 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:14PM
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We're simulcast on both Nations again today.

There's only one Nation....all those other pretenders are more like tribes.

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