Florida’s “good” NHL franchise is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Through Phil and Tony Esposito and Manon Rheaume and Roman Hamrlik and the Stanley, the Lightning have been an interesting franchise. The ice didn’t work early, and later on the team had no draft coverage at all and walked off with Vinny and Richards the same weekend courtesy Donny Murdoch.
They are legend. They are the Bolts.
The Edmonton Oilers have some traction. They’re playing well on the road and slowly they’re getting healthy, plus Jeff Deslauriers is rolling “7″ and God has decided to give the “Hemsky hurts the Oilers” marching and chowder society some real ammo.
One version of tonight’s proceedings reads like this: Oilers are more settled along the blue and Shawn Horcoff is super freak. Can they win 4 in a row? You’re in Vegas, it’s 6AM, the tables have been good to you and the sun is about to break through and earn it’s reputation as “God’s flashlight.” You know the right move–head to the elevators, past the Johnny Cash and straight to your room.
The other script says the Lightning are 74-85 GF/GA which trails the Oilers (90-95) although the teams are in a dead heat in the overall standings. The Oilers have found some chemistry up front and along the blue and Tampa is no world beater. Edmonton could kick ass in the east and the Lightning would be sucking slough water in the Northwest.