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An unpleasant aftertaste lingers after a 5-2 loss to the Kings. Can the same lineup can finish with a different result?

Jordan Oesterle earned his first NHL point on Tuesday in Edmonton's 5-2 loss to LA.
Jordan Oesterle earned his first NHL point on Tuesday in Edmonton's 5-2 loss to LA.
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Chicago
18-36-10, 46 points, .718 p/g Ranks 38-21-5, 81 points, 1.266 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 4th
29th P/G 10th
27th ST 1st
28th ES 8th
27th Goal 2nd
6:30 PM MST - SNOL
United Center
The opposing view: Second City Hockey

The (Death) March To 82

Edmonton was predictably trounced by a 5-2 marker against the LA Kings.  Edmonton had goals from Luke Gazdic (!) and Teddy Purcell.  None of it mattered by the time anyone wearing the Oil Drop scored, as the Oilers never got close.  Jordan Oesterle got his first NHL point on the assist to Gazdic.  There are only seventeen more soul crushing events this year before we get to experience the NHL draft, something the Oilers are good at in the first round if nothing else.

The Oilers are saying

"We have to get back to the things we were doing before that gave us a chance to win.  Last game was a game I think surprised many of us.  But the players all understand that, the players realize that and they want to come out and have a strong game tonight."

That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson on trying to get his club back to the W column.

I realize that Nelson has to say that he was surprised, but is anyone really surprised to lose to the Kings?  Lose to the Kings by three goals?

The Opponent is saying

"St. Louis is still thinking the top, and we're looking at catching them"

That's Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on where the Blackhawks are in the standings.

How close are the Blackhawks to the Blues?  They're four points away.  The Blues are four points away from the Predators for the top of the Central.  The Wild are four points away from the Blackhawks.  If the playoffs were to begin today, only Dallas and Colorado would be left out of the playoff picture in the Central.  I think Los Angeles will have a thing or two to say about that before all is said and done.

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  • Ben Scrivens (12-21-7, .896 / 2.97) will get the key to the Datsun tonight for the Oilers.  200 feet away will be Corey Crawford (25-14-4, .920 / 2.29) who will start the engine for Chicago.
  • OUT - Patrick Kane is out with a clavicle injury for the Hawks.  Defenceman Johnny Oduya will also be held out from tonight's contest, but is expected to play on the road trip for Chicago.  There are no lineup changes for Edmonton tonight.
  • Centre Andrew Desjardins will make his Blackhawks debut tonight.  Desjardins was acquired from San Jose on the trade deadline and will replace Teuvo Teravainen in the lineup.  Replacing Teravainen in the lineup would make me furious if I was a 'Hawks fan.
  • TAKE THE LAST TANK TO TANKSVILLE - I relish the day where we no longer have to look at draft lottery scenarios.  Unfortunately, we're not there yet.  Arizona's win last night puts them at 49 points on the season, three more than Edmonton's 46.  Buffalo is still 30th in the league with 43.  I have Edmonton finishing at 28th on the season, but you never count out Touchdown Tom the Oilers in a tank battle.
  • Linus Omark did something fun.
  • #GOILERS