Oilers at Canucks, G40 ’10-’11

After last night’s win, I think it’s important to hold on to the good memories. Hall flying down the wing like a modern Glenn Anderson, Gagner making sublime passes, Eberle making the right play and Pääjärvi  going wide and finding another gear. Teddy Peckman throwing people around like they’re hay bales, Devan Dubnyk making a big stop on a breakaway in the first moments of a game later won.

We need to hold on to these memories, because some games have a bad feel hours before game time.

Just as Ryan Smyth once wore #10 for the Edmonton Oilers, these early days for the rebuild will one day become a distant bell.

The rest of this winter is more about Couturier, Larsson, RNH, Landeskog and Strome (not in that order) than about winning tonight against Vancouver. Which is good news for Oilers fans, because if it was about winning we’d have a heavy snowfall warning in effect by now.

Tom Renney is a stubborn kind of fellow and it may be paying off a little. Andrew Cogliano is still miles from being a dependable center, but his line played the tough unit from the Islanders last night and came out on top. Credit to Dustin Penner for being the straw that stirs the drink, but the entire line (Brule-RW) was doing some good things last night.

Rob Schremp made a wonderful play in the defensive end early last night. He speed is still a concern, but he’s scoring goals and may have a Walt McKechnie career. Good for him.

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