I don’t have any real idea about this edition of the Edmonton Oilers. I picked them 11th in the conference and that’s about where they are today. I don’t think you can make a strong case for this team being a playoff club unless they ride luck, good health and a trade deadline for the ages into the fringes of the second season.
If you’re going to counter that argument, the conversation begins with Dustin Penner. Whatever else we get out of this season, the absolute thrill of this guy emerging as a top flight talent is a major factor for the club. The Oilers are 1-0-1 on this roadtrip and 8-8-2 for the season. Buffalo is a superior team at a glance and upon review, and getting another point tonight would have to be considered impossible.
But Dustin Penner and the Oilers have surprised us before.
EDIT TO ADD: Hemsky may play tonight, Horcoff and Souray are skating but likely to play later in the road trip (if they play at all this trip).