March 28 2008 10:03AM
Fact: The Oil are three points out with four games to play. They haven't lost back-to-back games since February. When they have lost a game since then they’ve come back to score at least five goals in the next game.
Fact: The last of those games is against the eighth place Canucks. Beat the Canucks on the last night of the year, and really the Oilers are only one point back with three non-Canuck games remaining. Things are really getting real, aren't they? We wonder how the Canucks are holding up during this late season push to the playoffs. Let's fire up the OilersNation Field Trip Mobile™ and go take a peek at what's cracking in the world of the 8th place Vancouverites.
Let's see, an article in the Vancouver Sun today titled “What the hell is going on here?” Well that's as good a place as any to start don't you think, Nation? Let's have a read. Gather round, don't be shy. Closer, closer... closer...
"So, what the hell happens now? What on earth can we possibly expect from this Vancouver Canucks group tonight? If you have the answer, Alain Vigneault would like to hear from you. Major surgery (to make major changes to the Canucks) is pending, and the players know it. And maybe that is part of the problem here. They know a dismantling is imminent; that many of them will have a change of address over the summer. That can't be good for team chemistry. But the last time I checked, these guys are still getting paid to represent the Canuck organization, and this city. A little professionalism, a little commitment should be expected on the way out the door."
Oooo yeah, that's the stuff Vancouver. Melt into a puddle of crap that no one can remold into a hockey team in time to save your playoff spot. Do it now, too, when the Oil have more momentum than a semi truck—carrying new Jenny Craig customers—that has lost its brakes and is going downhill.
Do it now when the Oil are only three points back, and could be—no wait WILL be—only one point back after tonight's game. Now more than ever, the Oil are in control of their own destiny. Win your way in, Mighty Oil. Because Vancouver isn't going to do much in the next four games, and know they are a lame duck against the Wings if they do hang on for a Round One match up. You know Mike Babcock is sitting in the Coach’s Room in Detroit thinking "Anyone but Edmonton, anyone but Edmonton, anyone but Edmonton."
Someone needs to step up tonight and become a hero. The Oilers lead the league now in double-digit goal scorers with 12 different players. It could be anyone. Maybe the likely candidates: Hemsky, Cogliano, Gagner, Penner. Maybe an old favourite like Pisani who knows how to show up around this time of year. Maybe a wild card like Glencross, who’s looking like a hell of a steal for ol' Dicky Tarnstrom. Whoever it is, someone on the Oilers score a game winner tonight, and the city is yours.
What the hell is going on here Vancouver? We'll tell you what's going on. The Oilers are making the playoffs, that's what.