Stars at Oilers, G2, 09-10

Dustin Penner seems to like opening night. A year ago, he scored twice (including the winner at 19:54/3rd) against Colorado. This season he was back at it, scoring a goal and adding an assist while clearly playing well all night long.

Last season, Penner followed up the 2 goals on opening night with a prolonged slump (10 games) and inspired Craig MacTavish’s public rant that probably spelled the beginning of the end for Edmonton’s head coach.

It looks like Penner took some of the disappointment one year ago to heart, and has been playing well since the curtain raised on training camp 2009.

He’s in good shape, he’s a great and fun (if an unpredictable) interview and Dustin Penner has a chance to turn lemon into lemonade this season. If he can score consistently, post something close to the 29 goals he scored as a rookie on the way to the Stanley, Edmonton Oiler fans will cheer him until they’re hoarse.

The Edmonton Oilers badly need an offensive Dustin Penner, and this season they may get one.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Fwiw: Staios led the Oilers with 4 blocked shots. He will battle, even when he's getting the worst of it. Gotta respect that much about the guy.

    Right?

  2. Kenny Powers says:

    I respect the hell out of the guy. He's given it his all for a long time. I just think that how he's being used will undoubtedly lead him, and the team, to failure.

    3rd pairing, soft mins, is more suited to his skill set these days.

  3. Perry K says:

    In case this was missed by any one:

    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/86791

    MAN, is Souray ever strong!

    Great fight!

  4. Dennis says:

    We can guess that what's going on with the D right now is the org isn't totally comfortable with 71's in-game fitness and thus they are trying to let him find his game before they send him to tough-min duty.

    OF course, the other thing is, other than 5, every one of the current top six D have taken a crack at tough min so perhaps this group's just fucking around and trying to find who they can or can't trust.

    Anyway, Neal was on 24's ass all last night and monkeyed him constantly as the game went on and it could be a case of 24 having a bad night, Neal starting to show his oates, 24 showing that he's on a pronounced downswing or some combination of the four.

    The forwards are another kettle of fish because I really don't have a handle on another line other than 27-10-83 and most likely keeping 91-19 together. The return of 34 would help but he just seems to be in that stage where you should never count on him.

    One last note on Khabby and please understand this is more of an observation than a guess at things to come. He's already made five or six outstanding saves from in close – in particular in the third period vs Cgy and in the last 30 min vs dal – but yet he's got the shit luck with own goals and deflections off his own guys. The good news, at least from my end, is the guy is fucking super-calm and I can see how that leads to streaks either way.

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