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08:17 AM ET 02.05 | Edmonton's No. 29 ranking in the faceoff circle isn't likely to improve any time soon. Not without Shawn Horcoff, who left Monday's game with a broken knuckle, and Eric Belanger, who is out for at least a week with two broken toes. The Oilers are sitting with a percentage of 45.3, marginally better than the 42.5 percent posted by the last place Buffalo Sabres, but considerably lower than the first place Boston Bruins (59.4). ... Belanger, who has taken 112 draws, was clicking at 52.7 per cent through his first eight games. Horcoff, with 102 draws, has a win per cent of 52 per cent. "That's a big hole we have to fill," said Ryan Smyth, who saw some spot duty at centre after Horcoff left the game.

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February 5, 2013  08:58 AM ET

and I thought all of the knuckle dragging was from ano0ther team (no names mentioned))

February 5, 2013  09:26 AM ET

"That's a big hole we have to fill," said Ryan Smyth."

Ryan would probably win more faceoffs if he wasn't scanning the Edmonton crowd for talent.

February 5, 2013  09:41 AM ET

As long as the Oilers D and their 3rd and 4th lines are populated by cream puffs, they'll continue to get smacked around. True, some of the injuries (like the two mentioned above) happen just because that's hockey but, too many are the result of the Oilers not being big enough/tough enough/strong enough throughout their lineup. They have a lot of skill and great wheels but, teams continue to take runs at them. The kids need a better supporting cast. Without it, they're going nowhere.

February 5, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

As long as the Oilers D and their 3rd and 4th lines are populated by cream puffs, they'll continue to get smacked around. True, some of the injuries (like the two mentioned above) happen just because that's hockey but, too many are the result of the Oilers not being big enough/tough enough/strong enough throughout their lineup. They have a lot of skill and great wheels but, teams continue to take runs at them. The kids need a better supporting cast. Without it, they're going nowhere.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............cream puffs!

February 5, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............cream puffs!

Filled with cheese cream!!

Seriously though, it tells you a lot about the team's make up when your toughest guy is a dude from Finland named Hartikainen.

February 5, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.............cream puffs!

Homer? is that you?

February 5, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Homer? is that you?

Just a Flyers fan dreaming about Feb. 11th's game.

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February 5, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Here's hoping every single Leafs game winds up in the L column.

Boy is this team gonna look different in a few months :)

Dateline: April, 1968.

Fixed.

February 5, 2013  10:49 AM ET

broken moose knuckle?

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February 5, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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broken moose knuckle?

Moose bites can be nasty. My sister got bitten by a moose once.

February 5, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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Filled with cheese cream!!Seriously though, it tells you a lot about the team's make up when your toughest guy is a dude from Finland named Hartikainen.

At least he has some hart in his name, if not his game.

February 5, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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Homer? is that you?

Nope, Homer is on an odyssey right now.

February 5, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Fixed.

Don't repeat that around your new puppy because......

February 5, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Moose bites can be nasty. My sister got bitten by a moose once.

Last name Skowron?

February 5, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

As long as the Oilers D and their 3rd and 4th lines are populated by cream puffs, they'll continue to get smacked around. True, some of the injuries (like the two mentioned above) happen just because that's hockey but, too many are the result of the Oilers not being big enough/tough enough/strong enough throughout their lineup. They have a lot of skill and great wheels but, teams continue to take runs at them. The kids need a better supporting cast. Without it, they're going nowhere.

I agree with most of that. If the Oilers want to compete during the season and have any success in the playoffs they have to get bigger tougher and have an edge to their game. Their lack of size really shows up along the boards where they never win the battle for the puck.They have no one in the system to fill the size need so a trade is what they have to do.

February 5, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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Moose bites can be nasty. My sister got bitten by a moose once.

was it one of Miss taylor's Mooses?
Or one of the mooses trained to mix concrete and sign complicated insurance forms? (best credits in movie history by the way)

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February 5, 2013  12:46 PM ET

boy oh boy, I try to make a literary reference, and gets removed. Is it my fault that an ancient Greek enemy happens to have the same name as a well known product used by men to prevent accidents?

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