|11-4-0, 22 points, 1.466 p/g||Ranks||9-5-1, 19 points, 1.188 p/g|
|Metropolitan Division - 1st||Pacific Division - 1st|
Fifteen Games In, Slopes Are About To Get Steeper For Oilers
Yes, this year's Oilers are better than last year's club. I don't think you have to sell that one too hard. The Oilers have struck for nine victories in fifteen games so far this year, and that's probably a lot more than most of us were thinking they'd be good for. That's good. They've kinda teetered in a few recent games that could have gone either way (Dallas, Pittsburgh), so it's good that they're staying in those kinds of games. Normally I'm on my sixth Old Vienna by the time the second period starts, and I haven't gotten that far lately, so these are some really good improvements, you guys. Cam Talbot's quietly setting a .920 SV% out there right now, and you can't get irate with that.
So just a few more goals, and we'll be sailing into the new year on top of the Pacific, right? If you can arrange it that way, yeah. The price of poker is about to go up in the next few games. Starting Tuesday, the Oilers are in Anaheim (who lost 5-0 to the Predators last night), followed by Thursday in LA. They'll visit Dallas on Saturday before returning home next Monday to face off some team from Chicago.
What's the point? Slopes are about to get a little steeper for the Oilers. Like Dallas a few nights ago, they'll take on a Rangers club tonight who were victorious in Calgary the night previous. Oilers can put a little distance between themselves and Anaheim in the Pacific with a win tonight. Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"Things are going well...I'm eligible for (Sunday's game against the Rangers). We'll see what happens with the lineup but I feel 100% and I'm excited to get back going."Source
That's Oilers forward Zack Kassian on getting back into the lineup after missing three games with a lower back injury. Kassian was practicing with Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins yesterday, so there's a fairly good shot he'll replace Puljujarvi on that line for this evening's game.
The opponents are saying
"It's impressive to see how we create chances every game...Sometimes it's tough against different lineups, different systems, but we've been able to create a lot of scoring chances. Even the games we haven't scored a lot, we've had a lot of chances to do so. It gives the team a lot of confidence knowing we can score if we really have to." Source
- Kassian: Yes
- Hendricks: ASK IN SEVEN DAYS
- Davidson: maybe a week?
- Caggiula: No
- Russell: "weeks away"
- Fayne: No
- Pakarinen: No