There was a time this year when we thought our tickets to the games tonight and tomorrow were quite the saavy investment. "It will be right at the end of the year" we cackled to ourselves as we looked at the schedule "it’s going to be a circus."
Of course the Circus left town a good two weeks ago now and in its place the Misery Carnival has set up shop as it seems to do each and every year around this time.
Even though the Oilers have checked out of this season and are now just collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars of Kay-Z’s money every game to go through the motions, the fans are still selling out the building each and every night which is just mind blowing.
We are Oilers fans. We will always watch. This game and the next game and every other game until the end of time. And we will run into other top tier Oilers fans tonight too. Fans like the Dakin brothers Travis and Cory who will be at the completely meaningless game having hauled ass hundreds of miles to be in the stands today.
They are shelling out meaningful money to see an Oilers team that has a 93% likelihood of mailing it in. For their sake and the sake of everyone who will still be watching tonight regardless of what logic would suggest – let’s hope they don’t.
We popped over to CoppernBlue to see what they were projecting the lines to be tonight and we found the hilarious lineup above. Everyone’s nickname is pretty hilarious and the fact that Corey Potter doesn’t get one is for some reason even more funny to me for some reason. Well done fellas.
The lineup using Government names can be seen below. None of these are official lines at this point as the Oilers have not seen it fit to announce their lines on twitter yet today keeping us all hanging. The Nuge is out with shoulder surgery so we have left his roster spot empty. Impact on the lines is unknown at this point.
Hall – Gagner – Yakupov
Pajaarvi – Empty – Eberle
Horcoff – Lander – Jones
Smyth – Smithson – Brown
Smid – Petry
Schultz – Schultz
Fistric – Potter
GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers and the Ducks will put on a decent display of the Ice Hockey tonight. The Ducks need a win having cooled off of late and the Oilers want to prove they are going to be better next year. Oilers will win 4-2
Coach Kruger stated that "The things we want to take out of this season and into next year should be visible in this week’s games." We shall see Sir. We shall see.
OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Jordan Eberle is going to score and we will throw our favourite "I love beer" boxers onto the Ice and immediately regret it. Those are awesome boxers.
NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: One of the Dakin Brothers in attendance will stand up midway through the period and try and take matters into his own hands, climbing up into the netting above the glass and refusing to come down until the Oilers promise they will make the playoffs next year. Arena security will side with the Dakins as will the Police in attendance, who wait until a 10 minute ovation has passed before luring him down with 2 1/2 free Rexall Beers valued at over $109,000.
NOTE TO THE NUGE
Heal up quick lil buddy. We all love you so much and need you back in tip top form next season.