Finding myself otherwise indisposed I was unable to write a GDB at the time I generally do. In fact, I write this with less than 2 hours to go before game time.
The Oilers look to continue their winning streak against the Flames tonight in a match they cannot afford to lose. The Oilers are so close to the Playoffs that they can taste it. The Flames are a club that just traded their Franchise Player and are beginning their Oiler style rebuild just now. This, I imagine, is a Calgary club that is in very much the same place Edmonton was when they traded Ryan Smyth away. Dejected, broken, and missing their identity.
The Oilers are coming off of a convincing win against a very hot Vancouver squad. Taylor Hall was buzzing all night, Paajarvi ripped it off the post twice, and Hemsky was denied by a scrambling Luongo. They won 4-0 but it could have been 7-0.
The other good news is the Ladi Smid deal. I dont have the time to say more right now more than to say that 4 years at 3.5 is GREAT value. Good job Oilers.
The Flames and their fans deserve no sympathy for the Dark times that lie in wait for them. They will find no comfort here.
Oilers Keys to the Game
1) Nuge to 100%?
If this is what the Oilers look like when RNH is playing to potential then life will be good for fans of the Copper and Blue. RNH hasn’t been this offensive all year. We knew something was wrong; Bum Shoulder or other hidden injury. But something has changed since he came back from the plague and now he looks like the player we all expected.
2) Hall Buzzes
What a game he played against Vancouver. Anytime you can break a Wayne Gretzky record you just had a special night. It doesn’t have to result the same every night, but that kind of play will extend this winning streak.
3) Quick Strike
The Flames are a demoralized team as it is. Hurt them early and watch them deflate. Let them get the impression that they can hang in there with you and they will rise to the occasion. Strike early.
Game starts at 7:30 Mountain Time on Sportsnet. Game On!