It gets really boring writing pre-games, lines and pairings and game threads when the Oilers play the same teams over and over again. Exquisitely boring, in fact. But, if we mess around with the lines and pairings posts we get hatemail. That just makes me want to mess around with other posts. Like this one.
Nicklas Lidstrom retired, Ken Holland is about to give a goaltender $40 million, and Mike Babcock is sitting the best defenseman on his team. For the Red Wings:Report: The Wings are on the way down.
Expected Line Combinations
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle-
- - Nail Yakupov
I think Paajarvi is at the point where we can all just use one name for him. He's certainly better than "Sting" and he gets one name.
Taylor Hall - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth --
Scratches: Teemu Hartikainen, Theo Peckham, Ben Eager
Ryan Jones is a terrible player, yet remains in the lineup. He's just that demon that's got Ralph in his:
By The Numbers
- The Red Wings are significantly better than the Oilers, but hockey is 38% luck, so let's all root for that luck.
- And Paajarvi.