Bonecrushing NHL Hockey played out by two also rans in the Western Conference: one currently last place in the league and the other trailing a playoff spot by a measly 10 points with 8 games to play. Did we mention that it’s also a matinee? Ooooh yeah. Sign us up for this tilt s’il vous plait.
The Oilers are actually flailing down the homestretch to their fourth consecutive non playoff season at a reasonable pace, winning 3 of their last 4 games on the recent homestand defeating decent teams in the process with wins over Vancouver, San Jose and Detroit.
Of course the Oilers haven’t actually been that terrible at home this season – their 16 wins on home ice puts them ahead of St. Louis (13 wins), Florida (15 wins) and ties them with both the Bruins and the Rangers.
But on the road – FAIL
Really Oilers? You have eight wins on the road all season? Remember when you rattled off five straight road wins to start December? Remember when it was the Blues you defeated for that epic fifth win in a row? How does that translate into an 8 road win season with eight games to play exactly?
Well, this must just be part of the fun of a 30th place season we suppose. Oh how we laugh following this squadron don’t we Nation?
According to Tom Renney, Devan Dubnyk will get the start against the Blues this afternoon and Sam Gagner is still out with a bum hip and didn’t make the road trip at all. Heh heh, "bum hip" – how do these terms come into widespread use?
Game time in less than an hour. We will be watching because hey, it’s what we do. And we actually will predict the 9th epic win on the road this season.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
"The Oilers might look like an automatic two points, but they haven’t laid down as their disappointing season draws to a close."