Today’s game is an early one. I always hated the early games. Aside from screwing up my afternoon plans, it seems like we lose these more often than not, but I’m sure that this is more related to how poor this team has been the last few years, more than anything else.
Not sure if we’ll finally get to see Jerred Smithson for this one. There was some media talk that he might be available for it. The Smithsons had their new baby, Hunter, a couple of days ago. So that may make him available for this one. I’d like to see him in the lineup soon. From what I’ve seen, he’s a big body that uses his size well, and is very reliable defensively. Plus he’s a faceoff wizard, so it’ll be like having Eric Belanger back, but with some edge to his game. I’m not sure that is really all that much of a good thing though, but we’ll see. I’d imagine that Ryan Smyth will do some sitting if we see Smithson.
I also think it is long overdue for some Mark Fistric time. Ditto, for Theo Peckham, but there is some weirdness going on there that keeps him out of our lineup, and I’m not sure what it is. But in his debut game, I thought he looked quite decent. Right now, I’m worried that Peckham is just going to disappear off the planet.
Last night’s games did not go well for the Oilers. Detroit gained a couple points on the Oilers (the Oilers really need to win today and at least try and keep pace until the Wings slip up). The Blues also won, increasing their gap. They are 3 points ahead of the Oilers with a game in hand (2 after today). The Stars moved up a bit as well and are now 2 points back of the Oilers. It goes without saying, but a win today is very important.
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