Aside from the first two losses then win of the season, every time the oilers had suffered a loss, it resulted in a streak of 5. Three 5 game losing streaks spread over October and November sounds ridiculous, and it is. It has the Oilers sitting dead last in the Western conference and only ahead of the Sabres league wide. After gaining a little momentum the Blackhawks stomped on our brittle confidence.
That being said the team did the unthinkable and responded with a win in Nashville last night to break the 5 game curse. It feels like we are turning a corner with this new development and the prior 3 game win streak. We’re scoring plenty, and gaining confidence in our goaltenders. Sadly we’re turning the corner when the lead teams have already finished the race. It’s been a tough quarter for damn sure. Fans and players alike have been struggling with the desire to make it to the rink. If we can even manage some .500 hockey through the season end though I think everyone would be fairly pleased. We are all but eliminated from the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t compete and play the Oil brand of hockey we’ve only seen glimpses of so far.
Bryzgalov nonchalantly tallied a shutout in his first game as an Oiler. He’s a character and has some swagger which gave the team in front of him a boost. So much so that Eakins has penciled him in to play again tonight. He must not have hydration issues like Khabibulin did…
As for the rest of the crew, nothing is changing there either. Grebeshkov, Arcobello and Jones are all playing again tonight and lines remain the same.
Since embarrassing the Blue Jackets in Edmonton, they in turn embarrassed the Leafs. No one likes a route so expect a more competitive squad tonight with a little more grit. We have traditionally owned them, but they’ll be looking to reclaim some of that pride we kicked repeatedly.
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