The Oilers locked up 30th place last night. Yay…
But the Flames are out, Leafs are out and the Canucks have just lost 2 in a row to the worst team in the league so that makes me slightly happy. I wonder if they are shitting themselves because the Blackhawks are currently 8th?
In Oilers news, Eberle got 42 points, and subsequently got smashed by Torres. Dammit Torres, you know that’s only cool when you do that to a non-Oiler, particularly during the playoffs (Hi Michalek!). He has a hearing today however, where he will probably get 2 games.
In other league news, how awesome is Turco for gambling with a fan? I think this is great however the league will not think highly of it.
And Callahan broke his leg/foot blocking a Chara shot…balls man, balls.
Sadly, Mandi Schwartz died from leukemia on the weekend. Mandi was the sister of Jaden who competed for Canada at the WJC. That sucks. Condolences to the family.
Oh, and I guess the Islanders are allowing Nabokov to play for Russia the the WC, however from what I read he will be required to report to them next year. Can’t remember where I read that, but pretty sure it was from a legit source.
And finally, a gift for you all found on the internets:
Only Carolina has a chance to make it into the playoffs, but I have a feeling that the Rangers will still make it (and give Washington fits). Surprisingly the Flyers have fallen out of first in the west and are only 3-4-3 in their last 10.
And the west is locked up. Because Calgary has more wins via shootout they can’t win a tiebreaker against Chicago, so there are your teams. Only thing to shake out now is the first round match-ups. Although I have a feeling none of the top 4 want anything to do with Anaheim or Phoenix.
Well, the Barons are in a dogfight to get into the playoffs. From what Racki was telling me, the top 4 in each div make the playoffs, except if 5th place in one is better than 4th in the other one…then that team makes it. Much like the CFL crossover I’m thinking.
Anyways, in that case we have the Barons sitting 5th in their div with 87 points in 77 games (80 in the AHL season), and Peoria and Texas above them with 90 points in 78 and 77 games respectively. So that makes the playoffs difficult that way, however when looking at the other conference, 4th there only has 84 points in 77 games (and its the Flames minor league team, ha), so we are currently in a playoff position. 3 points up with 3 games left, and they play Friday, Saturday and Sunday so this weekend is huge.
Giroux is still second in league scoring with 74 points in 68 games, and Brad Moran is sitting 10th with 67 in 77.
As for Oilers prospects in the playoffs, we have Hamilton in 4th with 10 points in 6 games, and possible Oiler ‘The Nuge’ in 10ths with 9 points in 4 games.
Taking a quick jaunt over to the east, I can see Ryan Murphy has 11 points in 7 games, Landeskog has 10 points in 7 games, and Couturier has 8 points in 4 games. All who could be future Oilers (I’m pretty sure Murphy is draft eligible).
Final week in the pools taking place. Hopefully I can come back from the shit kicking Chucker is giving me so far and take first.