The Edmonton Oilers lost to Dallas last night, and that’s barely news for a fanbase that knows the script by heart. The tweak in last night’s story? The home team played well, well enough to win under normal circumstances.
I think we should count this as a “moral victory” or a “stepping stone” for a young and talented team. You can take something from losing, and the Oilers have done it before.
November 13, 1981 EJ
The Oilers have a legit #1 line now, these guys are absolutely pushing the river (Nuge-Hall-Eberle) no matter what the other side puts in front of them.
Some nice numbers here, the top line and the Nordic line plus young Yakupov are all doing fine. I’m concerned about the Gagner-Hemsky combination–that should be a strong line–and one wonders if they are going to have to move Yakupov to the 3line and place Hartikainen or Paajarvi in the 2slot. Ryan Smyth may also be a candidate.
The Oilers remain about where I thought they’d be at season’s end and it seems to me that the players themselves are performing at a reasonable level. They’re on the bad side of the shooting percentages and about right in the save percentages, so as things move along we should see larger numbers in the “GF” category.
IT IS TIME
I think Steve Tambellini needs to find a defenseman. Peckham will be returning soon and the club will be in an unusual situation: 8 roster blue with four (Fistric, Whitney, Potter, Peckham) who the coach can’t slot into the top two pairings.
Streit on the Island makes sense, they have Lubo now so maybe that’s overkill.