Questions that need answers

Jason Gregor
October 31 2008 06:46PM

The MacBlender is out again, although this time it’s on low rather than high. At practice this morning the lines were the same as the third period in Nashville.

Penner – Horcoff – Hemsky Nilsson – Cogliano – Gagner Moreau – Pisani – Cole MacIntyre – Brodziak– Pouliot

MacTavish has to be wondering what is going on with this team.

We wonder about much more than that...

Why has Gagner, who is still playing 18 minutes a night, been so ineffective offensively?

Why can’t the Oilers win a key draw in their own zone?

Why can they only score in the second period? They’ve only tickled the twine three times in the first and third periods this season. They have 12 goals during the middle frame.

Did Dustin Penner scare the hands out of his teammates in Jasper?

Will Ales Hemsky ever become a great player? Not just a talented player, but become one who can lead and carry a team?

Do the Oiler forwards realize that hitting is allowed? Outside of Cole (20) and Moreau (22) none of them have more than seven.

MacIntyre: 7 Stortini: 7 Nilsson: 6 Brodziak: 5 Penner: 5 Cogliano: 4 Hemsky: 4 Pisani: 4 Pouliot: 3 Gagner: 2 Horcoff: 1

One hit in nine games for Horcoff; he should have more just by accidentally running into the opposition.

If they aren’t scoring shouldn’t they at least be physical?

I wonder if any girls are dressing up as Selene from Underworld tonight (A good thought is required now and then).

How long before Steve Tambellini has to shake things up?

Will MacTavish bench one of his top players to send a message? If so, who is the most (least?) worthy?

Who would have thought the Oilers would miss Reasoner or Stoll as much as they do?

Why is Roloson wearing Fuhr’s retro gear while Garon is honouring Ranford? shouldn’t it be the other way around based on their glove hands?

If some of these questions don’t get answered soon, the Oilers will have to make a major move before they get home.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#101 Mike
November 01 2008, 05:13PM
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He was doing colour on Phoenix radio. He used to be on Gregor's show regularly from Phoenix, and I thought he was really informative. I agree that so far he has been "walking on eggshells" with his comments, but I hope he gets more edgy. He is really good when he is on Gregor's show. Speaking of that, Gregor will you have him on this year? Maybe once a week or something. I like his insight, but I would like him to criticize once in awhile.

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#102 Fiveandagame
November 01 2008, 07:47PM
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.......wow.....a win.....so this is what that feels like....I had forgotten.....a win....how nice.

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#103 Trent
November 01 2008, 10:17PM
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Principe needs to be reigned in; no cheese, just do a straight job.

Debrusk is a decent enough announcer & communicator; better than average, certainly better than Charile Simmer on Flames games and LIGHT YEARS ahead of Rob Brown.

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