|4-6-1, 9 points, .818 p.g||Ranks||4-5-2, 10 points, .909 p/g|
|Western Conference - 13th||Eastern Conference - 13th|
Edmonton closed their seven game stay at home by losing a game and their best player for two to four weeks.
The Oilers missed two more points by dropping their latest effort to the Canucks by a score of 3-2. That's the third time Vancouver has taken two points over the Oilers this season. The Oilers rolled snake eyes facing Vancouver, as they lost Taylor Hall to a knee sprain as he crashed into the net. Estimates see him out of the lineup for two to four weeks, which means he'll likely be in the lineup in eight or nine days from now. If you're late to the party, we haven't even gotten close to talking about what happened on defence, and that irritable part of me can't wait to share it with you.
Let's do this already.
The Oilers are saying
"It's a team sport. We need to lean on others and need to lean on some call-ups."
The Opponent is saying
"There is definitely improvement and it felt good...I thought it was good to get the warm-up in and see how it reacts and go from there."
- LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CALL UPS - Yeah, okay. Keith Aulie is up, which is bad for business. Fortunately, Nikita Nikitin is expected to go after sitting out a bit with back spasms. I honestly can't express how glad I am that Nikitin is ready to go, and that says a lot about this team. Brad Hunt was jettisoned to the AHL (surprise, no takers!) and Oscar Klefbom was recalled in his place. The Oilers made no move regarding Taylor Hall, but they're going to dress Will Acton. Yeah, whatever.
- The Oilers have yet to win on the road, compiling an 0-2-1 record in three tries. Barring a barbaric outing in Buffalo, that should change this week. Tonight would be a nice start as well.
- Viktor Fasth will be making his third start for the Oilers tonight. Fasth hasn't played in three weeks after he went down with a lower body injury during That Debacle In Los Angeles. Fasth's numbers aren't any good right now, so I'll conveniently skip them.
- The Flyers are going with Steve Mason between the pipes. Mason hasn't been having much fun, going 0-4-1 with a .887 SV%. Someone's got to win this one. Why not Edmonton?
- WE'RE BAAAAAAACK! The Oilers are two games below a statistical .500 and they're going to play five games on the road in the next seven days without their best player. If they do something abysmal like 1-3-1 before coming home to face Ottawa, things could really start to unravel in that way that we're accustomed to.