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Flames @ Oilers Game 79 Preview

Oilers are going to have to forget about Thursday's game against Anaheim awfully fast.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports



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42-29-7, 91 points, .766 p/g Ranks 23-41-13, 59 points, 1.158 p/g
Western Conference - 7th Western Conference - 13th
18th P/G 28th
28th ST 24th
18th ES 28th
17th Goal 30th
8:00 PM MDT - CBC
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Things Can Only Get Better

"And do you feel scared?  I do.  But, I won't stop and falter.  And if we threw it all away, things can only get better."

- Howard Jones

"Things Can Only Get Better" (1985)

After getting your ass handed to you by a score of 8-2, you'd think things could only get better.  You'd better hope that things can only get better, because right now there's no reason to believe that anything will get better anytime soon. Thursday's drubbing at the hands of the Kings should be a watermark in depravity for this Oiler club, but they've been getting shellacked for nearly a decade now without much difference from year to year.  Tyler Bunz was forced to play cleanup after Ben Scrivens yielded five goals in two periods.  That went about as well as you'd expect, but exactly what do you expect when you're down 5-1 after two periods?

And if we throw it all away, things can only get better.

The Oilers are saying

"They came at us real hard at the start.  They didn't let up until maybe late in the third.  They're a desperate hockey team and they're a good hockey team.  They're the Stanley Cup Championships and they're trying to put themselves in a position to go after it again and they played a very strong game."

That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson on getting shellacked by an 8-2 score on Thursday night.

Everything that the Ducks game wasn't, the Kings game was.  Los Angeles was out of the playoffs looking in, and they absolutely steamrolled an Oilers club that didn't look like they were in the same league as the Kings.  The Kings scored just two and one-half minutes in the first period, had a 3-0 lead by the end of the first, and it didn't let off the gas until the game was well out of reach.  The Oilers play Los Angeles once again in this God-forsaken abomination of a season.  Can't wait for that.

The opponents are saying

"I'm sure when I'm out there and around the team, it will feel a lot more real.  Obviously I'm really excited to be out there with them.  It's a really exciting time of the year, especially for Calgary right now.  I can't wait."
That's Flames forward Sam Bennett on getting called up from the OHL. It's unclear as to whether or not he'll debut tonight in Edmonton.

Calgary's sitting at 7th place in the Western Conference with a comfortable 91 points.  With four games remaining, they're a sure bet if they win out.  They've got a fair shot if they go 2-2, and anything north of that is a pretty fair bet for them to make the second season.  Calgary will be hungry tonight, as their next three are against Arizona (thumbs up), Los Angeles (hold your breath), and it all could come down to Winnipeg on next Saturday.

Have some of this
  • Ben Scrivens (15-25-10, .893 SV% / 3.09 GAA) will get the start for Edmonton, while Karri Ramo (15-9-3 .912 SV% / 2.60 GAA) is likely for the Flames.  I've never wanted to see Richard Bachman more than I do now.
  • BRIGHT SPOTS Anton Lander earned a brand new two year deal with an AAV of 987.5K.  It's a slamming deal for one of the brighter spots on a brown year.
  • What have we done?  Who have we offended?  Freaking hell.

Chicago scores twice in less than a minute to keep Buffalo at 52 points.  Arizona stays idle at 54 points with a loss to San Jose last night.  Buffalo is on Long Island while Arizona faces off against San Jose once again tonight.