The Oilers’ roller coaster is taking us back down again. They have lost 3 of their last 4, albeit one of them in the shootout. The one game they did win (against Tampa Bay), they didn’t have much business winning, but thanks to some heroics by Khabi, they were able to stay in the game long enough for Omark to add to the list of #danellisproblems. By some miracle, the Oilers are 6-3-1 in their last 10, while the Blue Jackets are 2-5-1 in their last 10.
Hall seems to be flying high. As one critic here would likely point out, he’s made his share of mistakes, but Renney is doing a great job of loosening the reigns, and this has done wonders for his creativity. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but in that brutal 4-1 loss to the Leafs, Mr. Hall accounted for a third of the Oilers’ shots (8 shots)! He earned the third star and seems to be doing everything in his power to carry this team in the absence of Horcoff and Hemsky. He’s not alone, but there are definitely quite a few passengers as of late, as Tom Renney would say.
Anyways, there is a chance we’ll see Taylor Hall playing the PK now, according to a couple of sources. I’ve often wondered why they haven’t given him much opportunity yet. I assumed it was because in one of the games he did PK on, he circled back in the neutral zone and played keepaway for a bit to shed more time off the clock. I thought maybe perhaps the coach thought it was too risky, and he should have “dumped it in the corner”, like linemate Jordan Eberle jokingly suggested he should have done on his first NHL goal. Anyways, it will be nice if he does get some PK time, as the Oilers stupid-penalty parade is getting more popular these days, keeping Hall off the ice.
Well, I think this one is winnable. Renney seems to be decent at bringing the team back on track. So I’ll predict a 3-2 (SO) win for the home team.