The Blues have been the team the Oilers should be for a few years. and the special teams might be a draw, but the Oilers have a significant edge in goaltending. They might steal one.
As a fan, I hate it. I hate it I hate it I hate it. Hey, I’m in my 50′s here people, can we possibly get some freaking urgency at some point? I don’t have forever!
More disconcerting are the leaks from the team that they're considering hanging on to their gaggle of free agents to make a run at the playoffs. If the Oilers can get anything, even the Mike Brown pick back, for Ryan Whitney, they need to take it and run. As for Smid - the Oilers have to sign him before the deadline or trade him. If they go to the off-season with Smid unsigned, his agent must realize how shallow the UFA pool is for defense and up his asking price. I do like the idea of getting Mike Weaver for a 2nd round pick and giving up Smid for a 1st round pick.
Expected Line Combinations
Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky-
Nail Yakupov- -
Jordan Eberle- Ryan Smyth -
Lennart Petrell- Eric Belanger -
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Scratches: Theo Peckham, Teemu Hartikainen,
By The Numbers
Edmonton and St. Louis are tied for 4th in the league in STE.
Edmonton is 8th in EV save percentage, St. Louis is 28th.
St. Louis is 2nd in Fenwick close, Edmonton is 27th.
Based on the above, it should go to a shootout.