Canucks 52-17-9. 9-1-0 in their past 10 games.
Oilers 23-43-11. Winless in 11.
This doesn’t look good at all.
Even the normally brainwashingly positive Oilers website is having a hard time putting a spin on this tilt tonight.
"The Canucks have the most points (113), most wins (52) and most road wins (26) in the entire league. They have scored the most goals in the NHL (253), allowed the fewest (177) and have recorded the top power-play and penalty-killing percentages (24.7% and 86.6%, respectively). No club has finished first in each of these categories in a single season since the NHL expanded from six teams in 1967."
WHAT TO SAY?
What can one really say about tonight’s match? The Oilers are in the same professional hockey league as the Vancouver Canucks and therefore technically have a chance in tonight’s game.
Like the Canucks, they have forwards, d-men and goaltenders that have climbed through the ranks of minor, junior and now professional hockey leagues and work hard year round for just such a match.
They are paid handsomely to play the ice hockey. They have access to top tier trainers and coaching staff who have the singular goal of preparing their team for games such as this.
Still – this doesn’t look good.
It gives us the shivers thinking about how this game could go down.
Sooner or later the Oilers are going to win a game down this injury riddled, 30th place stretch drive. No team loses all of their games do they? Still, with first place in the draft on virtual lockdown – one has to wonder where the team is going to find the level of fight required to compete against the high flying Canucks.
Kurtis Foster is returning to the lineup after missing four games with a concussion. That has to be viewed as a positive. Jordan Eberle remains a Golden God despite the criticism Gregor has rained down upon him of late. Ryan Jones remains a positive as does the play of Teemu Hartikainen.
But beyond that – yikes.
Still, stranger things have happened than the Oilers winning a hockey game. Remember that cat with only two legs?