The Edmonton Oilers are winning. Craziest damn thing. Well, not quite the craziest. The fan reaction is what’s truly bizarre–half want the wins to stop immediately and the other half consider it manna from heaven. What can we agree on?
Renney: “Strange as it is, we want to keep climbing up. I know it’s ridiculous and I know people are going to say it’s B.S. Renney and that kind of stuff … but we’d prefer that Tamby (general manager Steve Tambellini) didn’t have to go to Toronto for the draft lottery again.”
I think it’s great–lots of good stories down the stretch. RNH pushing for the Calder, Eberle in the Byng conversation, Gagner posting good numbers, Petry out of site and Devan Dubnyk on the best run of his young NHL career.
Plus the Oilers are moving up the charts! I picked them for 13th in the west and 25th overall–they won’t make it that far–but this final stretch is allowing them some sense of progress and the club is winning some of these games against contenders.
The only negative is the draft, and the Oilers have a plethora of defensemen to choose from. It’s unlikely they’ll save Steve Tambellini that trip to the draft lottery, but winning games is never a bad idea.