In the last 10 games, Jordan Eberle’s shooting percentage is 26.3 and he’s scoring from Mike Bossy places. I know he will come back to earth sometime, but he sure looks like a 30+ goal scorer right now. Is 25 a reasonable number based on his first quarter? The kid hasn’t disappointed one time, not even close.
The Oilers are once again in need of a win to keep pace with the very
competitive NW division. It’s funny, the Canucks are the king of the hill but
long time contender Calgary is off the pace. You’d think Minnesota would be the
likely candidate to slide up the division, with Edmonton and Colorado waiting
for a better tomorrow.
This season, Minnesota is the strongest team in
the division so far. Their GF-GA numbers suggest some mirage (despite
being 57-53 GF/GA overall, they are 10 goals better than league average in GA)
but the wins and points keep on coming.
Minnesota is in 1st in the
conference this morning, the Oilers are tied with Nashville way back in 10th.
However, the difference is 5 points and should EDM win tonight it is down to 3.
Oilers staying within 7 to 9 points of the top all season (should they do it)
would be a clear indicator this team has made progress.
However, a long
losing streak would effectively snap the chord on the season and put coach Tom
Renney’s future in doubt. At least a little. The organization has stated in many
ways that improvement in a real way is the goal. Using last year as a line in
the sand (they were 8-12-4 after 24 by my count a year ago) their current
12-10-2 is real progress. Gotta keep the train rolling.