April 08 2011 04:14PM
The Minnesota Wild are 5-0 against the Oil this year and have outscored them 20-8 this season. Against the rest of the league the Wild average 2.3 GPG, but they've been an offensive juggernaut v. the Oil averaging four goals a game. Don't you miss the early days of the Wild; I bet the Oilers do.
In their first 12 games against the Wild the Oilers went 10-0-2, but since then they are 15-28-2-5. The Wild limp into Rexall tonight fresh off a 5-0 drubbing by the Canucks last night and without Martin Havlat, Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse, Cam Barker, Marek Zidlicky and possibly Chuck Kobasew and Cal Clutterbuck. Kobasew didn't play last night due to a personal matter, while Clutterbuck was a late scratch due to food poisoning and he'll be a game time decision.
April 06 2011 12:37PM
Beating the President trophy winners twice in four days was great, but tonight is the game the Oilers and their fans should really want to win. Tonight the Oilers have a chance to officially eliminate the Flames from playoff contention. There hasn't been a meaningful game played between these two teams since April 16th, 1991 when Esa Tikkanen scored at the 6:58 mark of overtime in game seven of the Smythe division semi-final.
Since then, the Oilers and Flames have only made the playoffs in the same year once; in 2006. Only one freaking time in 19 NHL seasons have Alberta fans even had a chance at a true Battle of Alberta, so that is why tonight you should take it all in; because it might be another 10 years before these two franchises make the playoffs simultaneously.
April 05 2011 12:23PM
After going 26 games without a goal, Linus Omark has scored in two straight games and in a 4-1 victory over the first place Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, Omark was at his electrifying best. When he is on his game the fourth round pick in 2007 is highly creative, tenacious and dogged on the puck, surprisingly hard to knock off his skates and a risk taker. If Omark plays tonight like he did on Saturday, win or lose, Oiler fans will leave Rexall Place entertained.
March 31 2011 12:45PM
Old School is one of the greatest cult films ever made. It is a classic, and everytime I see it on TV I watch it. There are so many great scenes it is impossible to say which one is my favourite, but when Frank the Tank decides to "Do just one" at the frat party it starts a hilarious sequence that ends with Frank streaking down the street only to have his wife and her friends pull up beside him. Frank went to the party with the best of intentions: to stay sober.
"Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time," said Frank when questioned why he wasn't drinking. I guarantee many of you guys found yourselves at Bed, Bath & Beyond after this movie, because when your wife or girlfriend asked you to go with her, you instantly thought of Frank, started laughing, and decided you needed to check the place out.
You knew deep down it wouldn't be that great of a place, but you needed to see for yourself, and tonight you will do the exact same thing. You know the Oiler/Wild game probably won't be great, but you won't be able to stop yourself from watching it to see if the Oilers will extend their STREAK to 16 consecutive losses in Minnesota.
March 29 2011 04:26PM
While Dustin Penner makes his return to Rexall Place tonight, the legendary Rod Phillips will say goodnight one final time and hopefully it won't be another painful game for Oiler fans to watch.The Hall of Fame voice of the Oilers will call his 3,542nd game tonight, and while the return of Penner doesn't match the emotion of a Gretzky, Messier, Coffey, Kurri, Fuhr, Anderson, Weight, Smyth, Pronger or even Comrie return it still has an interesting story line.