Well, the Oilers are coming off 2 wins in a row now. After watching them plod heartlessly through January, it’s nice to see some effort out of everyone right now. I’d like to believe that there has been a big morale and culture shift, however really there shouldn’t be much reason to believe that, as the only guy of the vets from 06 to go was Staios. However, there are a lot of new faces in the line-ups these days, so there is a possibility that this is the case. Even Horcoff, everyone’s favorite goat, has stepped his game up lately. I think, personally, I’d bet that with the trade deadline gone, the guys can relax a fair bit more and play loose. The Senators have won only 1 game in their last 5. So they’ll be hoping to bounce back against a team that is normally considered the free spot on the big card. Not tonight though!
Prediction: 3-1 Oilers
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Penner — Horcoff — Pisani
O’Sullivan — Cogliano — Brule
Nilsson — Gagner — Pouliot
Comrie — Potulny — Stortini
Whitney — Gilbert
Johnson — Peckham
Chorney — Strudwick
- Moreau continues to have neck problems.
- For all intents, Ryan Jones should be out for the remainder of the season
- Quinn has mentioned that he will soon talk to Tambellini about a call-up from Springfield. Look for someone to get a big chance while up here. As Quinn himself said, it makes no sense to call a guy up for one game, then send him back down. He’ll be here for a while.
- The Pats only have 3 more games, and then we’ll be seeing Eberle in Springfield.