Before we start in on Oilers talk, let’s just kick this GDT off by giving thanks to the hockey gods for the Flames being eliminated from making the playoffs last night. Last place in the league doesn’t sound so bad after all, does it? Welcome to Oilers purgatory, Calgary. That’s that place where you claw at 8th place in hopes of making it in, but often end up just missing it (and thus getting a crummy pick in the draft). I don’t think they’re quite at the “blow up the team” stage like we were yet, but I think the future looks a bit brighter for the Oil (for once). Sadly, you have to hit rock bottom in this league to be able to build a strong team sometimes.
Anyways, the Oilers play their last home game tonight vs. the Avalanche at 7:30 on Sportsnet West tonight. The Avalanche clinched their playoff spot last night with a squeaker over Vancouver in a 3-2 win. The Avalanche have won just 3 of their last 10 games (3-6-1). The Oilers came off a pretty good performance vs. the Wild on Monday in which they won 4-1. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. Dustin Penner scored his 30th and 31st of the season and looks to add on to it, saying he will be aiming for 35. What a great season for him it has been, and a bitter sweet one, in his own words.
The Avalanche are 3-2-0 in the season series vs. Edmonton so far, including the last two wins (3-0 February 6th and 6-0 January 18th). However, I’m going to predict a win for the Oilers tonight.