This is an early one today. According to Jonathan Willis, over at Oilers Nation, afternoon games aren’t actually that bad for us. It turns out we just suck all the time, and being particular adept at sucking at afternoon games is just an illusion. This is just any old normal game, so carry on.
Khabibulin will get the start (according to a Bob Stauffer tweet, Dubnyk pulled his groin), and the actual game lines are below. Omark will play with Hemsky and Gagner some more today. Watching the game live is a lot different than watching it on TV. There’s a lot of stuff you see happening live that you don’t see on TV, but I think you miss a LOT at the live game too. So I’m looking forward to seeing how Omark really plays with Hemsky today, because I didn’t get a very good sense of this when I was at the game vs. the Canadiens. The “kid line” together on the road (where Renney and co. can’t get their line match-ups easily) could be interesting (i.e. not good). We’ll see how that goes. Renney’s been sheltering them quite a bit this season, and rightfully so. But lately, I think we have had a lot of what Renney calls “passengers” on this team, so that’s an even bigger story here. It would be fine for teams to check our kid line into submission if the other 2 scoring lines were actually doing their jobs properly and potting some goals.
Enjoy this one folks. I should be around in the GDT Chat, if anyone else happens by.
OILERS LINES (per NHL_Oilers)