Some have become fools in these last days,
supposing that injuries are the reason for this team's fall.
They loathed anyone who would say that the team was just poor,
and longed for something to point to.
But even when these ones cry out,
Yahweh is quick to listen.
He will send a saviour with the first overall selection
who will rescue this team from the grave.
Colorado Avalanche (43-29-7) @ Edmonton Oilers (25-46-8)
Rexall Place, 7:30 P.M. MDT
Television: Sportsnet West
More analysis after the jump...
Visiting Team Scouting Report:
Oh, the Avalanche. They're not good. But they're in. It's like an alternate reality where the 2007-08 Oilers made the playoffs. And you know what? That would have been pretty sweet. We'd have had at least four more games of the Crosstiniaks, four more games of the Kid Line when people were excited about it, four more games of Joni Pitkanen (that one might have only been three since he'd probably have a hangnail for one of them), four more games of both Marty Reasoner and Jarret Stoll on the roster. We would have cheered and cheered as Detroit pummeled them. Or, who knows, maybe they would have won. At any rate, I think I'll just lay off the Avalanche and their fans - at least until the official numbers section - congratulate them on making the playoffs and encourage their fans root unabashedly for that "who knows" I mentioned above... not that they need any encouragement from me to put their faith in unlikely outcomes (I was that close).
Edmonton Oilers (25-46-8):
Moreau - Horcoff - Pisani
Penner - Potulny - Cogliano
Nilsson - Pouliot - O'Sullivan
Jones - Comrie - Stortini
Gilbert - Whitney
Strudwick - Chorney
Johnson - Arsene
Colorado Avalanche (43-29-7)
Galiardi - Stastny - Stewart
Yip - Duchene - Hejduk
McLeod - O'Reilly - Porter
Hendricks - Yelle - Tucker
Hannan - Quincey
Cumiskey - Foote
Liles - Wilson
Behind the Numbers:
- fulfill the words of this prophecythis one. ow beautiful is the annihilation of Calgary, its 'achievements' presented for mockery and its 'leaders' for derision
- For the second consecutive game the Oilers will be playing a team on the back end of back-to-back games. In both instances the visiting team also needed to fly in from Vancouver. Last season there was a significant impact on teams who needed to play in back-to-back games on the road with the road team's point percentage dropping from .452 in non back-to-back situations to .410.
- teams that were outshot by 4.5 or more per game since the lockout