The Oilers tackle their 3rd game in a span of 4 days tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It’s been a rough road trip for the team winning only 1 of 5 thus far, but with 2 games left they can still salvage it. They’ll be in tough against the Blues though who have responded well to the bench boss hiring of Ken Hitchcock.
The Oilers have looked much improved the last few games, but took a big hit with the loss of the Nuge for an undetermined amount of time 3-4 weeks with a left shoulder injury. Gilbert also got a rough ride from Carcillo, but being the tough bastard that he is, he took the morning skate but left early. He’s listed as day to day and will sit out for tonight’s game.
Brendan Shanahan came down pretty hard on Dan Carcillo for his hit on Tom Gilbert in the game against Chicago on Monday. He received 7 games for the hit.
What do you guys think? Too heavy? Too light? Just right? I’d say given Carcillo’s rap sheet, it’s probably about just right.. however it might be a little on the heavy side. But at the same time, I’ve always said how much I hate these hits like this where the defenseman is pretty defenseless trying to go for a puck with the forward having free reign on him. So yah.. 7 games is fine by me.
Hola, Amigos! Typing this one up from Mexico. The girlfriend and I got sick last night (her Bronchitis, me a fever that she had to go along with it). Nothing too major, thanks to the fantastic doctors here in Mazatlan (and I say that with absolutely no sarcasm.. they are great, and it embarrasses me how slow our system is). Anyways.. on to the game.
Tom Gilbert was absolutely destroyed yesterday by Dan Carcillo. However, in true Gilbert fashion, it was a mere flesh wound. He won’t be back for tonight’s game, but word is that his knee feels better, and he’ll try a skate in St. Louis tomorrow (per Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on Twitter). The Nuge… I still have yet to hear much on him. They’re flying him back to Edmonton to have our doctors look at him. Insert hysterical laughter and sighs here. Don’t screw this one up, Oilers medical staff!!!
Colton Teubert and Josh Green have been called up. 630 Ched presents you the lines below…
Oh boy, two teams headed in different directions. Hawks are 8-2 in the last 10, and the Oil are the opposite… Time to turn things around. Well, that would have been 4 or 5 games ago, so we’re far passed time to turn it around. Game 3 of the season that these two teams face off, with the Oilers winning the last contest a lopsided 9-2. Hopefully there are no hard feelings.
Dubnyk slots in tonight and Teemu Hartikainen has been recalled with Petrell going down to make room for the move. I really liked what I saw from Teemu last year. Hopefully he injects some enthusiasm into the line up that will kick start this young squad back to the right side of winning. Jones has skated with the team as well after leaving late after a blocked shot in the Isles game.
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- Racki: So far they’re doing well.. score wise, anyways. Some of the usual non-pretty defense.
- dawgtoy: This game has the making for another home game embarrassment. Please hockey gods, let them not suck....
- Steve-O: I’m watching my niece play tonight so needless to say I’ll be watching better hockey.
- john: It sucks when the team guts out a tough win against an opponent who seems to have their number & we...
- hemmerlady: Well happy we greased out a win. My hopes are sitting on tenterhooks, awaiting their inevitable...