It’s a little strange writing a GDT where there’s nothing to ponder or worry over. I mean, where’s the angst? Even the fretful stuff isn’t really, RNH will score another goal in my lifetime and Devan Dubnyk’s EV SP will improve as his PP SP wanders down from the top of the mountain (currently 3rd in the NHL).
Hemsky looks like he’s been shot out of a cannon lately on those right side sorties, it’s a thing of beauty. I don’t really know how they can use the neutral zone better than that Gagner pass I keep talking about earlier in the season, but maybe they should try it once a period? It seems like a killer counter trey and I’m quite certain it is unstoppable if they don’t bugger the exchange. Hemsky is going to get a good chance.
The Nuge is in a slump and is probably hurt, but that said man he’s a terrific young hockey player. He does dozens of cool things every game. I love watching him win battles and bother on the forecheck. Wonderful.
Taylor Hall is such fun to watch. The late 5 on 3 was like a war zone and Hall (now taking some reps on D during the PP) was all over it. Michael Parkatti’s numbers show Hall’s line is still murdering opposition with his friends Nuge and Ebs. The 89-83 disconnect continues, as they pile up points while getting killed in SF/SA. It’s like the hockey Gods are toying with math and mean. STOP IT!
- Jim Matheson: The Oilers did put in a waiver claim on Vancouver Canucks roughhouse winger Aaron Volpatti, but the Washington Capitals got to him first.
This confirms the Oilers are looking for a Coke Machine. Only a matter of time, could happen today. Bye, Magnus. I think the Oilers must have some gremlin who walks the halls screaming “we need more grit, they’re running our show” and as an advertising person I can tell you repeating the message is very effective in terms of swaying decisions.
Ralph Krueger, Craig MacTavish and our friend reason must find that gremlin and stop him at all costs. I bet they come home with a Coke Machine.
What a crazy NW division. The difference from 1st to 5th place is 6 points and that’s not a lot my friends. The Oilers are within screaming distance of first place, and are not far from what was considered a hot start one year ago. I think that’s a major item we aren’t talking about: expectations have increased (as they should) and we tend to look at things with a more critical eye. If the Oilers can win tonight, and post another 22 points in their second twenty games, they’ll be at the 44 point mark with 8 games to play. Win 5 of those and the playoffs are possible.
I sincerely hope all those old timey Dallas Stars were in town last night to enjoy the game. If I knew Mike Keane’s email address I’d send him the boxscore. Go home, Keane!
Oh, one final thing. The Oilers may put in a waiver claim today on Tom Sestito, a Coke Machine (6.05, 228) drafted by Columbus in the third round in 2006.