This is Scott Stevens. A lot of people forget he was drafted by Washington and played a regular shift (+14 for the season) at age 18. He played 22 seasons in the big leagues and was never a minus at the end of the season. He was EV one season and +53 in his finest season (in that regard) plus of course he hammered people with great joy.
He was a part of three Stanley teams in New Jersey and finally lost his career to injury after 1868 NHL games (regular and playoff).
The Capitals have had many outstanding players in their history, in fact a few elite level players.
I don’t think any of them will compare with the guy from Moscow.
The Oilers are on the road in a town that worships Oil. The town team often kicks the living daylights out of Edmonton when they drop by and if I recall correctly the Oilers usually play Washington on Sunday afternoons and April Fool’s so they usually have an air of farce to them.
This is an important two points, but I wonder if the Oilers as a team will play with the urgency required to win the thing. They certainly won’t put forth 60 full minutes, we know that to be true based on the previous 41 games (and that’s a lot of at-bats).
Last GDT I suggested that if the Oilers aren’t alone in 8th (or better) that we’ll change the feel of the blog through spring. Open up the windows, let some air in. Maybe paint. Spackle first! Man that’s a good word. Spackle!
Actually, that’s what the Oilers need in some key areas. Spackle! I wish they could find a Czech defenseman named Spackle (maybe that’s what Hejda means) and it would be grand if they had a veteran center so Shawn Horcoff could go back to being a hockey player again.
Anyway, we said 8th or else and here are the standings as of this morning:
- SJS 67PTS (41gp)
- DET 64PTS (42gp)
- CAL 54PTS (41gp)
- CHI 53PTS (40gp)
- VAN 49PTS (44gp)
- ANA 49PTS (44gp)
- PHX 47PTS (43gp)
- COL 45PTS (42gp)
- CBJ 44PTS (42gp)
- MIN 43PTS (41gp)
- EDM 43PTS (41gp)
- DAL 42PTS (41gp)
- NAS 41PTS (42gp)
- LAK 40PTS (41gp)
- STL 35PTS (41gp)
So they are tied for 10th with a very nice schedule leading into the All-Star break. If they had 2 more wins in the first half the Oilers would be tied for 7th with two games in hand, looking good moving forward. However, another way to look at this is the Edmonton Oilers are a losing streak away from being a player in the Tavares sweepstakes.
They could have done from the salary floor.