G22 Oilers at Wild

Ryan Whitney is like a hockey version of Halley’s comet in that he appears every 75 games.

Sam Gagner looks like he’s turning a corner, and it paid off in a small way with that very nice pass to the Russian for a late goal the other night. Gagner: “There are times when the ankle still hurts. What I’m struggling with is the tape on my ankle. You want it tight enough to give you protection but not so tight you can’t skate. After the second period in Nashville, I retaped it and it felt way better in the third.”

Coach Renney is making today’s game a big one–more than it already is–in an effort to get the Oilers on a winning streak. Edmonton has been losing in Minny since Lou Nanne had hair–well, not that long ago but for a long, long time. I don’t think there’s much to it, Lemaire that freak poisioned the water hole and forced all offensive players to become work drones. This version of the Wild is 8 games over .500 and leads the conference, and is being led by Koivu, Cullen, that rat fink PM Bouchard and some silly good goaling by Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom. Their no-name defense seems to be holding up well.

The Minneapolis sound won the world over long ago, but it’s a giant sucking sound for the Oildrop. Maybe Hoppy and the wunderkids can win the day.

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