Wild at Oilers, G7, 09-10

The “Little Team that Could” got a wakeup call the other night in Chicago. Coach Quinn mentioned the forwards he liked and didn’t like, by numbers (4 and 8, respectively). On the other hand, the road trip had some nice surprises from the young side of the roster (JDD, Chorney) and the Oilers seem to be muddling through as best they can with injuries to two veteran blueliners (Souray and Staios).

I don’t know that Mike Comrie has ever driven results, but Dustin Penner is going to be this team’s MVP if he keeps playing like this all season. Although it’s early, let’s have a look at 5×5/60 over the season’s first 6 games:

  1. Penner 5.04
  2. Brule 4.19
  3. Hemsky 3.00
  4. Cogliano 2.75
  5. O’Sullivan 2.37
  6. Moreau 2.15
  7. Comrie 1.80
  8. Gagner 1.77
  9. Jacques 1.63
  10. Horcoff 1.47
  11. Stortini 1.04
  12. Stone 0.89

I know it’s too early to examine these numbers too closely but it’s still interesting to see the gap between Penner and Comrie despite their similar boxcars.

The Minnesota Wild received a brain transplant over the summer and I have no idea what to expect. Jacques Lemaire’s players usually play in a trance-like state and once freed these men often resemble the runner’s in Monty Python’s “100 yards for people with no sense of direction.”

Let’s hope it is so this evening.

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