|23-36-8, .806 p/g||Ranks||29-23-13, 1.086 p/g|
|Western Conference: 14th||Eastern Conference: 9th|
The Oilers hung around for two periods last night until the Blues busted the hinges off the doors with a four goal third period (three of those goals coming in just over seven minutes). The Blues looked like the Blues (especially during the third), and the Oilers...well, you know what they look like by now. And before I...wait just a second, did you see Mark Fraser's goal?
Good on Mark Fraser for not giving up on the play, but that goal looked like straining watery mashed potatoes through a pantyliner. That's Fraser's first goal in four years. Can't wait for that guy to get an extension.
The Oilers are saying
"I don't care how good they are. We were able to play with them for two periods. We should certainly be able to do it for another 20 minutes"
The Opponent is saying
"What are you going to do? No sense worrying about it"
- FASTH TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH - Okay, the Fasth puns are more fun than I originally thought they'd be. Viktor Fasth is expected to get the start tonight for the Oilers. Fasth's first game was a shootout victory on Sunday as the Oilers came from behind to defeat the Wild.
- NOT THE RED WINGS YOU MAY REMEMBER - Injuries have certainly taken their toll on the Red Wings, but there aren't any of Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan and Terry Sawchuk and Yves Racine and Mike Ramsey on this team anymore. Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan are top six players. Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi are in the bottom six, but so is Corey Emmerton and Luke Glendening. Does any of this make the Red Wings any more beatable than they are now? If the Oilers muster up 14 shots like they did in November, then probably not.
- NUMBER OF THE DAY: 14. There are fourteen more games to go until the playoffs begin. Then we can get our calendars out and plan when the draft lottery is, and when the draft is, and then there's the free agency period, and then there's that time where the club signs Jesse Joensuu to a two year deal and he has a great preseason and makes the club and then Ryan Smyth ends up playing centre and Luke Gazdic has a job and Mark Fraser gets traded for and then the club signs Steve MacIntyre for the third time because "hey, toughness" or some such nonsense and then "hey, let's start Taylor Hall at centre because Mark Messier did it and look how he turned out".
The Edmonton Oilers
Nail Yakupov - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall -
Sam Gagner Anton Lander - David Perron
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Jesse Joensuu
Luke Gazdic - Ryan Smyth - Ryan Jones
Mark Fraser Phillip Larsen - Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin - Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom - Andrew Ference
Justin Abdelkader - David Legwand - Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar
Teemu Pulkkinen - Corey Emmerton - Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Todd Bertuzzi
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey - Dan DeKeyser
Brendan Smith - Brian Lashoff