Under the banners tonight, the Edmonton Oilers will face the Calgary Flames. In the arena that once gave us some of the most exciting hockey of our lifetime, the home team readies itself for their current routine: taking a knife to a gunfight.
I for one would like to give some credit to Tom Renney today. How he managed to curse all those St. Louis Blues sticks the other night is one for the ages. Along with the old Russian and some impressive penalty-killing, Edmonton managed to leave the home of the “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” with a one goal loss.
Oilers have been involved in a lot of those this season. In baseball, a poor record in one run games is often a “tell” of good things to come in the following season. Law of averages and all of that; however, in the Oilers case I’m not certain credit is really due them. This season is a lot about what happened when the kids got hurt and not much about how all of the 6′s and 7′s picked up their socks and worked like warriors to find a way.
The Oilers look beaten, tamed and humiliated. This period is an excellent test for Tom Renney and his coaching staff, getting a group of men who are outmanned ready for war cannot be an easy task.
The great thing about life is that there are other pursuits. This photo offers us some options, and I’m fairly certain you can come up with some bright ideas of your own. This blog is devoted to the Oilers, but also the celebration of the fairer (and some may say smarter) sex, the demon alcohol and its responsible use plus the time honored tradition of being asses to each other on the internet. Tonight might be a night to focus on our own personal scoring chances.
The Calgary Flames are a much better team than the Oilers and badly need points. They are motivated plus this is a HNIC game and that always seems to bring out something special. I am hopeful the Oilers can show well but also realistic about their chances.
I’m not sure if we should be hopeful or panic with this news: the Oilers are apparently one of the teams after defenseman Ryan Suter. I can’t imagine what would be required in return, but this is the type of Chris Pronger trade we had discussed in the past. I would hope RNH, Hall and Eberle would be excluded, but can bet that 2012 first rounder must be part of the package.
Nation Radio hits the airwaves today at Noon. The best questions are always yours, so please feel free to email nationradio@theteam1260 or leave your thoughts in the comments section here. You can also tweet @ItsNationRadio and @lowetide_ as well.
- Corey Pronman from Hockey Prospectus. Smart guy with a unique perspective, and we’ll discuss the 2012 draft, Oilers fans impatience with Tyler Pitlick, Curtis Hamilton and others from the 2009 & 2010 draft and focus on development differences between NHL organizations.
- Kirk Luedeke from Redline Report. Kirk gives us a unique view of prospects and their progress, we’ll talk about Boston’s development template, some of the 2010 kids who have outperformed their draft position and injuries impacting the top end 2012 eligibles.
- Ryan Lambert from Flames Nation and Two Line Pass. We’ll set up the Baffle of Alberta and I’ll ask Ryan if Jay Feaster’s response to a badly needed re-stocking of prospects is to go for it one more time.
- Corey Graham, play-by-play voice of the Edmonton Oil Kings on Team 1260. Corey will give us updates on the Oilers prospects on the Oil Kings and I’ll ask his opinion on the Marincin trade, the WJ’s performances of some draft eligibles and the growing sense that Griffin Reinhart might just be the real deal.
- Kent Wilson from Flames Nation. Kent is a brilliant stats guy and we’ll touch base on some of the deals already made in the last couple of weeks and some of the deals that could happen as we head to the deadline.