Oilers have a big back to back this weekend with the Canucks. So far we can safely say that the away games at Minnesota are going to be uphill battles, but the Canucks appear to be less than they were a year ago. Garry Unger is my choice for tonight, even though he wasn’t a WHA Oiler. Unger was “old school” despite the long hair and he was a beauty in his prime.
It was somewhat predictable that the Canucks were going to fall back a little bit in what we can safely describe as the strongest division in the best league in the world.
The question is, how much have they fallen? What is the gap between Vancouver and Edmonton? Is there one? Can the piss cutter Sedin’s make the difference with Bernie Luongo playing Superman in goal?
I like the Oilers long term future better than Vancouver’s, mostly because the Canucks can’t seem to draft skill very well (Sedins aside).
However, they’re a better team until the Oilers prove themselves. This will be my first time seeing the Canucks in their new uniforms but I suspect that the first ones are still their best.
Looking for big efforts from the Horcoff line, the Staios pairing, Stoll’s line (apparently with Pouliot) and if we’re going to talk about this team making the playoffs at any time this season then this is a W going away.