The Oilers are on the road tonight and in Minnesota. No Lemaire, no Gaborik, no, um other people who have killed the Oilers for years in Minneapolis or St. Paul or Bloomington.
With all the attention paid to the three rookie forwards, and the swift, fleet centermen, its easy to forget the Pardubice kid is still the Sláma that stirs the drink.
Nikolai Khabibulin has been splendid in the season’s first two games and the schedule allows for long breaks so he should be able to start most of the games in October.
There is chaos on the blue, the forwards will be shuffled time and again and there will be special teams slumps that cannot be explained with math or logic.
The Boys on the Bus 2.0 are on the road and their new coach doesn’t seem to be line matching like MacT would, but he’s 2-0 and appears to have some magic answers and a team that is listening to him.
I haven’t seen a lineup posted, but the big decision is about MacIntyre vs. Stortini. Stortini would be the more likely bet tonight, with Strudwick due for an opt-in at some point. It is groundhog day for the backup goalies, they wait for the Nikolai Khabibulin news cycle to give them some idea about their seasons.