The Edmonton Oilers are the only team that seems absolutely hellbent on making their fanbase miss the lockout. The Edmonton Oilers played well on the left coast last night and I can’t find anyone to blame. Seriously.
- Eakins: “I can’t find a lot wrong with our game tonight. I thought our guys played excellent right to the end.”
- RNH: “We’re all kind of done with (moral victories). We’re not happy about a game like this at all.”
I think (THINK) Dallas Eakins has this about right:
- “I wish I could find something in our game that was deficient, but we played strong. I can’t find a whole lot wrong with our game there. I thought, to a man, our guys played excellent. It’s a game of mistakes, but I thought our mistakes tonight were honest ones, so it’s hard to place blame. It was one of those nights where you thought you might at least get a point, if not both.”
So, the story from last night is this: a team that is in a bad way gathered themselves together and played in the range of as well as they could, and yet they didn’t play well enough and the Hockey Gods are watching Goodfellas this year and are not going to forgive the shinebox incident. It’s bad, gents. The kind of season that makes grown men turn to hydropnics and ABBA’s Greatest Hits.
Choose your defense: demon rye, a good book, walks, dogs, legs to the sky, the love of a good woman. Whatever your pleasure, you find it and you stay there for as long as you can, because this storm is a killer. And this is a bad movie baby, the dog dies at the end.
I don’t really know the questions anymore, but I think the answer is Jesus.
The one good thing about this morning is the answer is clear. Craig MacTavish must huddle with his most trusted people—I assume the pro scouts like the Sutter—identify a piss-cutter defenseman who can play 25 minutes a night in all situations, and make the phone call. “Hey there, Clem, whatcha say about sending me that horse on defense of yours?” and Clem will ask for the sun, the moon, the stars and the prettiest girl in the county.
And MacTavish must say yes. Because all this stockpiling of talent worked great—the Oilers do in fact have a plethora of elite talent up front—this bunch are dealing with expectations. One good defenseman won’t turn them into a Stanley Cup contender, but it will calm the waters and re-set the blue.
So, choose your poison: Eberle, Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Justin Schultz, David Perron. I wouldn’t trade the #1 overall picks but I do believe it’ll take one of them or Eberle to get this thing done. Find the defenseman, the really good NHL defenseman who can play heavy minutes.
And make sure your aim is true.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
- Tyler Dellow, mc79 hockey. Tyler can usually make sense of these situations, we’ll talk to him about last night’s game and how to get this team turned North.
- Travis Yost, Hockeybuzz. He’s a Bills fan and follows the Senators. Misery loves company.
- Ryan Pike, The Hockey Writers and Flames Nation. I’m still trying to get to the bottom of the Feaster filleting.
- Andrew Bucholtz, 55 Yard Line. CFL Expansion draft this morning. Yeah!
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. Sermon at 10, no collection plate but there might be some loud noises.