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Peel yourself off the roof

It was bound to happen. The Oilers were going to get a game where all the bounces were going to go their way. Last night was that game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights when they ran up the scoreboard putting up eight goals. I’ll admit that I didn’t jump out of my seat after the fifth goal. While fans are ecstatic and happy that the Oilers had themselves a night, I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell you not to expect that outcome all the time. Yes, the Las Vegas Knights are a good team, they’re no joke.

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Not their usual backstop

With a record of 10-5-1 coming into last nights game, we knew that they could play, but they had fourth-string goalie Maxime Lagacé between the pipes. Legace was only 2-4-1 on the season with the big club heading into the game. If the Oilers could put together a dominant performance, I figured that they could get a few past him. Early in the game, the Oilers looked sloppy in their end — at one point the puck trickled past Talbot through the blue paint. Luckily there wasn’t an opposing player waiting on the other side to pop it in, but it was concerning to watch. I’m thinking that maybe the Oilers watched their intro video a few dozen times before the game as well because they were delivering blows and playing with passion like that video shows. Not that the team wasn’t playing with passion before, they just connected most of the dots last night. The Golden Knights couldn’t make a pass or handle the boys in blue — reviewing the stats sheet, I couldn’t believe that they only had ten giveaways. The next game that the Oilers play against the Golden Knights in January will be much different — they’ll likely have a qualified NHL netminder in their net. It’s well-known league-wide that there’s a Vegas flu — when teams visit, they don’t play as hot as they usually do.

Morale booster

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Don’t get me wrong, the game was great for the Oilers, and they needed it as a confidence booster. All the guys looked great. Klefbom really bounced back from whatever you want to call the start of his year. Nuge really cemented the fact that he’s all in this season. Puljujarvi’s play after blocking a shot and chasing it up the ice to grab a stick off the bench was monumental in my opinion — it showed us how high his hockey IQ really is. The biggest thing for me was that the powerplay was incredibly successful. They got the blood flowing and it came back to life. I could keep going on about how great this game was for each player, but you get the drift.

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The Blues are pissed

It will be interesting to see how the Oilers do tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues. They aren’t happiest campers after their last game in Calgary the other night. The Flames had their own coming out party, putting up a touchdown against the Blues and defeating them 7-4. It was a back and forth game for a while before the Flames ran away with it, scoring three unanswered goals. If you want to know how brutal the game was, just know that Sam Bennett scored his first of the season. Local product Colton Parayko will look to play a solid game in front of friends and family, while his teammates look to rebound from that abysmal game.

Coming back down to Earth

Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates with center Connor McDavid (97) and defenseman Matt Benning (83) after scoring the game winning goal in overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to return to our atmosphere and prepare for tomorrow’s game. This game is going to be much tighter and better managed by the Blues, who are a very defensively minded team with a strong blue line to break through. If the Oilers can put it all together again tomorrow, we’ll have ourselves a good game, and hopefully, Baggedmilk won’t have to eat more beets. I don’t want to be that person that rains on the parade, but I felt the need to make you aware of the fact that yesterday won’t turn into an everyday thing like it was in the 1980’s. Have you come back down to earth? How do you think the team will do? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • cherry picker

    Why the “Golden” in Vegas Golden knights anyways? This will end the same as the mighty ducks that are now just *ucks.
    I’M RIDING THIS WIN FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 12 HRS. Gonna enjoy every minute!!

    • oilerjed

      I heard McPhee in an interview yesterday and the golden was in reference to the West point colours as the owner is a military veteran and wanted to pay respect to the service. They couldn’t use Black Knights because it is already used as the name for the Army Black Knights so went with Golden over Grey.

  • JimmyV1965

    Blues are beatable. They have a good top 6 but ours is better. Both teams have meh bottom six. Pietrangelo gives them the edge on defence, but it’s not runaway better. Feels like a Gryba night.

  • OilersGM

    I think this game will be much tighter obviously playing a good team like the blues but having said that I don’t think the oilers will have a setback no matter how pissed off the blues are. The Blues might get a point outta of this game but I predict an Oilers win 3-2 or 4-2 with an empty netter.

  • Reddog29

    Tomorrow will be a tough game. Blues will be ready to go. I expect a one goal game either direction, hopefully ours. I agree that I am basking in this for the next 12 hours. Seems warmer and more hopeful outside today.

  • OilersGM

    The lames got beat in more ways than one, literally. Vagas is an expansion team what is lame excuse for the flames. Where are those stupid trollers now bia$&@s. Hahahahahahah man that was sweet to see.

  • Muddy

    “I don’t want to be that person that rains on the parade, but I felt the need to make you aware of the fact that yesterday won’t turn into an everyday thing like it was in the 1980’s.”

    You might want to read through all the previous posts after wins, if there’s one place no one gets ahead of ourselves its this place. We make it a habit to rain on each other’s parades daily.

  • Chris Prongers Rake

    You may be the worst blogger on this site, and I mean this in all seriousness. Telling fans not to be excited about there team because they wont win every game 8-2, the games will be closer, and your team may lose. That is the fun being a sports fan, the anticipation and suspense about the coming up game and how the game will play out. This entire blog entry is idiotic and I for one wont waste another moment on one of your entries.

  • The goals might’ve been “inflated” because of their goalie but the shots they took and the way they played weren’t. Klefbom looked like he did last year and Nurse continued to look like Darnell Nurse. Seeing the Looch-Nuge-Puljujarvi line continue to fly was also nice, the sparks provided by Puljujarvi was something not many saw coming. Our top-6 looked like a top-6 and the entire team was actually taking good shots instead of no-chance shots 20km away from the net.

  • Hey, sidebar: has anyone else noticed how absolutely crazy-town bananapants the scores are this year? For, like, every other game? Last night the Flames got WORKED in Detroit 8-2, which made me very happy…but as this article mentions, Calgary had recently beaten a superior Blues team 7-4. Blackhawks beat the Rangers last night 6-3. It’s like it’s 1985 again. Are the new slashing penalties having an effect? Or are we just seeing the fruits of drafting fast, skilled players the last ten years?

    I guess my final point is, going into tonight’s game, all bets are off. It’s like there’s no way to accurately handicap these things anymore. Win 2-1 in a shootout one game, Lose 7-1 the next. Crazy times.

  • EzraElliott

    I never make the mistake of expecting good writing on a sports blog, but this entry is positively embarrassing. There are at least a dozen comma-splices in this article, and that’s only one of numerous structural problems that occur throughout. You’d think that someone in charge would make sure that a writer knows what constitutes a sentence before allowing him or her to post on this site, but I suppose Chris now has some competition in the class of grade-school writing.

    • Beer_League_Ringer

      The author has a broadcasting diploma, not a B.A in journalism. Give her a break. A few tweaks here and there and she’ll be fine. This ain’t the New Yorker.