Onward, Preseason Games
The Oilers are saying
"It;s a split-squad game, on September 21st. That was a big period for us. It's amazing. I don't know if I would have said that in Detroit or San Jose, but for our group right here, that was a big period for us."
That's Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan on his team's bounce-back performance against the Flames on Monday.
Normally I'd dismiss this sort of thing if it were almost any other team in any other sort of organized sport, but the Oilers can use any sort of victory possible. Come-from-behind win against a split-squad Flames team? Yes. Extra scoop of ice cream? Win. Getting some of those cute little airplane bottles gratis at Liquor Depot? Right on. You see where I'm going. Well before the games actually count in the standings, the Oilers could feel good about coming back against their provincial rivals. Any win is a good win for this team. The trick is being able to do the same thing in November.
The Opponent is saying
"It's exciting as heck". Source
- WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SEE THIS GAME? You better have tickets if you're 100% going to see this thing. If you didn't have tickets and threw your hopes and dreams to the Oilers' website, there was a fair chance you didn't get to see much of anything. Even if you were well within Oiler territory, things got a little wonky. Surely, most assuredly the Oilers have this kink worked out tonight. Maintoba residents can see the game on TSN3.
- LEON'S PLACE - Leon Draisaitl sure looked like he was having fun against Calgary on Monday. Had himself a nice power play goal from Connor McDavid, and he didn't look out of place at any given moment. He'll make the team out of camp if he keeps up.
- CALL HIM REGGIE - Andrej Sekera had one boneheaded play that led to a Flames goal on Monday night, but because I'm a right guy I'm willing to look past all that. Sekera is going to be an anchor on this year's team, playing anywhere between thirteen and sixteen thousand minutes this season. #math
- EIGHT IS GREAT - Eight stitches for Taylor Hall after he left the third period of Monday's game. Hall says that it was his visor that caused the need for stitches. It was good not hearing about an ankle in this update.
- 3-ON-3 Regardless of whether or not the game ends in a tie tonight, you are going to get a taster of the NHL's new 3-on-3 OT format at the conclusion of sixty minutes of play. I've got a quarter that says that this will be a fairly entertaining five minute period.
- SHOW UP EARLY. Don't do it for me, do it for you. As Rexall Place tries to iron out the kinks with everybody's new best friend Arena Security, showing up early is advised. Just ask Ryan.