This is Mike Rogers. He’s from Calgary and was an outstanding junior for the Centennials in his hometown in an era where that team produced some fine talents (Danny Gare, Bob Nystrom) and some sad stories (Derek Black).
He played for the WHA Oilers and then at the end the NHL Oilers with some tremendous offensive seasons in Hartford and NYC thrown in between.
I don’t think the Edmonton Oilers have much of a chance tonight. Even if Roloson stands on his head, even if that new line clicks for two more from Raffi, even if they stay out of the penalty box.
The Calgary Flames are at home, have more NHL players at D and F and will surely take advantage of enough of the Oiler kids mistakes to make this an easy win going away.
Tonight’s game gives Kevin Lowe a chance to test the roster of his making against a team he’ll need to beat in order to make the second season. The last time the Oilers faced a similar opponent Lowe’s men ended up wearing their collective ass for a hat and one would be foolish to predict a different outcome.
For the Oiler fan there are things to watch, however. Is Dustin Penner getting into game shape? Is this improvement Matt Greene has been showing an actual step forward? If Gagner dresses, can he stand up under torture?
For me, I’ll be happy if Pouliot plays, thrilled if he scores. Small victories this season.