So maybe Thursday night didn’t go as planned. Corsi won, game lost. That’s okay. I’m willing to forgive and forget provided that this time the Oilers actually show up on time for puck drop. They can’t drop 2 quick goals to the Canucks tonight. Can. Not. Happen. GOT IT?!?
Alright, Oilers… We’re going to give you an opportunity to start this thing again. Let’s wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. I don’t care what happened on Thursday night, or who won the Corsi. All I care about is you guys scoring some goals. Let’s be honest for a minute, if you can’t score on Karri Ramo this could end up being a long year. But let’s be positive. That’s not how things are going to go tonight, is it? I see finish in our future! I see goals on the horizon.
Besides, isn’t Ryan Miller 2000 years old at this point? (He’s 34) How hard a nut can he possibly be to crack? Tell him it’s the playoffs and he’ll start letting in shots from the parking lot. I say, we put on a Murder She Wrote DVD and see where this thing goes. Maybe he’ll bite. Maybe, to someone in their advanced years like Ryan Miller, looking at anything other than Angela Lansbury is agony. Heartbreaking…
Ok, so Angela Lansbury’s crime solving solutions probably won’t help the Oilers win hockey games. All I’m saying is that it wouldn’t hurt to try lulling the other team/players to sleep until the Oilers can finally figure out how to start the game on time. But, I digress.
KEEP IT GOING
If the Oilers can play a full game like they played in the 2nd period against Calgary, we may just end up being okay. The Oilers were murdering the Flames in terms of possession, and as the summer of stats told us, possession is important. (Math!!!) If the Oilers can somehow outshoot teams 2 to 1 with regularity (I know, I know), this season may actually go somewhere. To make that happen, the Oilers will need to have more periods like the 2nd period against Calgary, and a whole lot less of those 3rd periods.
To get the win tonight, the Oilers will also need better goaltending from Viktor Fasth than they got from Ben Scrivens. That’s not to say that the loss to Calgary was Scrivens’ fault, it wasn’t, but they’ll need to get those big saves to cover up their mistakes – that didn’t happen on Thursday. Luckily, this is the first year in a while that the team seems to have 2 competent options in net. If Fasth can make some big/timely saves tonight, I think the Oilers will be well on their way. This isn’t the 1997-98 Canucks we’re talking about here – there are no Pavel Bure’s over there anymore.
Attention to details, boys. It’s time to grow a set and make some consistency happen.
GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers returned home on Thursday night to find that their beds were filled with the turds that they left on the ice against Calgary. Vowing never to let this happen again, the Oilers reattach the suck knob and offer the Canucks a 5-1 drubbing.
OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Taylor Hall’s agent finally lands him a Chapstick endorsement. Hall celebrates by lighting Ryan Miller up with a hat trick, and blowing a kiss to his mom in Kingston.
NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Wanye decides that he’s no longer drinking on Game Days. He forgot that beer contains alcohol.
NATIONDRAFTS IS BACK!
The NationDrafts charity pool is back! Once again, it’s time to flex your hockey brain, build a championship team, and take a run at some fantastic prizes. The cost to enter NationDrafts is $20, and a portion of all proceeds will be going to help the Inner City Children’s Program. To enter the pool, head over to nationdrafts.com and build your championship team from the boxes provided. Seems easy enough, right? Prove it! Internet infamy awaits you.