In their last 5 games, the Oilers are 4-1. Four wins, 1 loss. 8 points, 5 games. They’ve been the winner in all but one of the last 5 games. They have gotten two points in 80% of the games they’ve played since two weeks ago Saturday. The first 20 games saw the team go 4-14-2, and they’re 4-2-0 since and 8-16-2 overall. CRAZY. Just crazy.
- Woodguy: The Oilers are 64.3% Fenclose in the last 5 games and are finally playing like they can and playing Eakins system like they are supposed to.
There are some very good arrows today, and the Edmonton Oilers. now 8 games under .500 instead of 11—small victories are big steps—are looking to run the table on this road trip and hit double digits in the win column. If they come home 10-16-2 then hope might raise an eyebrow, the sun may want to shine, the Oilers and their new coach may begin to turn North together.
My Dad always told me you only get one chance to make a first impression, and for Ilya Bryzgalov the shutout last night is a home run. His post-game reaction (“so far, so good”) is perfect understatement compared to expectation, the quote works as both comedy and farce. I’m beginning to like this guy.
Mark Arcobello and Ryan Jones gave life to that 4line, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jesse Joensuu had his finest game in forever with the group. One of the truly underrated skills in hockey is taking/making a pass, and we were witness to its power last night. A little bit of good luck would have seen that line pot a goal, but maybe it comes tonight. It was very interesting to see how much Eakins relied on that line, and I bet you he missed the truculence far less than he’ll miss four lines who can play.
The Oilers Chance line was rocking and rolling last night, they combined for 5 points and 10 shots on goal (Hall had 5), and the trio has 22 goals in 26 games (not quite the GAG line but they’re getting there). I thought the Gagner line had some nice moments (89 had an assist and won more than 50% of his faceoffs) and Gordon’s line did the heavy-lifting and looked good doing it. Gordon-Smyth-Perron is approaching the point where calling them the third line is a disservice: they’re becoming the Peca line for this hockey club. The Perron trio had a rough time Corsi for%, but they were the best suited line to do the heavy work and they should play that role until Smyth falters. He has been an outstanding player for the Oilers this year.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Friday edition of the show, 10 this morning TSN 1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports. The massive national television deal will be the subject.
- Kent Simpson from Oil Kings broadcasts on TSN 1260. Oil Kings back in action (finally!) tonight, we’ll preview the game and discuss the WJ possibilities for various Oil Kings.
- Dan Parker, The Cannon. We’ll talk about the Blue Jackets and their season.
- Andreas Morse, FC Edmonton. The club has made some more signings, and we’ll discuss them.
- Jungle Jim Hunter. We’ll talk about this young Oiler team and the importance of winning soon.
10-1260 on text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. See you on the radio!