This is Mark Howe and he should be in the HHOF. There are all kinds of amazing stats that support this (in 85-86 the Flyers were +66 at EVs and Mark Howe was +85. That’s a tough thing to do) and frankly it baffles me that Gordie Howe’s kid can’t get into a hall of fame that wreaks of nepotism and incestuous behaviour (see Maple Leafs Cup team).
We’re currently having a debate on this page about the Oilers 08-09 edition. It’s my belief that when a player has an established level of ability (and is in his mid-20s and appears to be healthy) he should perform at a level similar to previous seasons.
I want to quote something from Vic Ferrari in a post below in regard to the coach:
Dude is sweating it, he seems every inch the ‘high stress guy’. Over the past couple of seasons he could seem downright philosophical even after the Oilers had been badly outplayed.Right now though, he is absolutely jonesing for a ‘W’. You can sense the frustration and the panic.
Vic was commenting about a previous post here. Specifially this portion:
All that said, why did the coach make these comments? Why did he throw his team under the bus? Why is he so pissed at a team that has played a tough schedule and is 4-3-1? He’s under pressure from ownership. That’s the new element in the equation, the one thing that wasn’t here last year and before. Ownership has expectations and there is urgency.
Sometimes when players sense pressure on the coach they try to do too much and that makes things worse. I think that is possibly a factor in this current run but it’s just a guess. Either way, the Oilers are due for a breakout game. As a fan, all I can do is hope it’s today.
If the Oilers lose both of this weekend’s games, something has to give. The coach sounds like he’s in no mood for a struggling status quo. As it is, the top 2lines have changed for the game: