GDB LVI: Wild On Hockey

Sweet sassy molassy!

Two in a row. A pair. A deuce. A duplet. Twins. Free the Springfield Two. No matter how you say it, it doesn’t change the fact that the Oilers are on a winning streak. Which is great. Kind of.

I don’t know about you guys, but as I watched the game last night (and monitored the comments on the site for typical game-day shenannies) I had such mixed feelings on Potulny’s goal. On the one hand, it’s nice to win a second game in as many match-ups. On the other, we certainly don’t want to make a habit out of this if a rebuild is what we’re planning (and by "we," obviously I mean "the fans." I have no clue what Tambo’s up to other than sobbing into a wad of tissues while sitting on the toilet, for some reason).

Like many of you, I’m thrilled to see Gagner bringing his A-game, and like some of you, I’m also glad to see Mike Comrie on skates. It gives me a more valid excuse for my multiple daily visits to hilaryduff.com. Doesn’t it?

Wild times

Tonight, the Mighty Oil take on the Wild, and like every other team in the NHL other than Carolina, these guys are better than us. They have nine more wins and 6 fewer losses than us. That’s not a lot to be proud of.

But we have two wins. In a row.

Minnesota has two injured goaltenders. And the Oilers have two guys named JDD and DD that they dress up like goalies and place in front of the net every now and then.

Actually, Minnesota seems to be suffering from a similar injury bug to the Oilers, so maybe we have the advantage there. Looking at the stats comparison on the Oilers’ website, it seems to be one of the few things we might have to our advantage.

But, as Jonathan Willis won’t tell you, stats aren’t everything.

Prognosticating…

I looked that word up. It’s something psychics do. It means "guessing." And I’m going to treat you to my own special brand of prognostication.

The Oilers have realized the season’s in the tank. They have two "Ws" in hand, and at least some of the guys are starting to enjoy just playing the game. Comrie’s back, Hilary’s website is rad, Sam Gagner likes to play with pucks after practice, and there’s a chance Ethan Moreau’s headed out of town.

So they’re going to make it three in a row.

Tonight.

Against the Wild.

2-1 Oil. Book it.