Everyone continue to write them off because it's the only way they win!

The title says it all. I can’t figure out how these guys think, nor how their coach thinks. The only read I can get on this team is that they said after the Dallas game (remember blowing the 4-1 lead just like everyone seems to do in Big D), they said “ok, let’s push that button now.” It’s frustrating when you look at some of the points they’ve blown. They had a 3-2 lead on the Kings with a 1:13 left at home in January, and lost the game in regulation. I know the Flames have had an excellent year, but 1-4-1-0 against them is unacceptable. Even though it was a HUGE win Friday, 1-2-1-0 against Nashville is unacceptable. Losing to Carolina on home ice, blowing a 3-1 lead to Vancouver while they’re playing there worst hockey and losing in OT, blowing a 3-0 lead to St.Louis on home ice, and of course the Dallas game. Let’s say they go .500 with Calgary and Nashville, that’s a total of 16 points they’ve blown this season. I know your going to blow some points, but 16!?!?!?!? Still, everytime this city throws in the towel and says “that was the last straw”……they get back in it. And now, they’re 1 point out with 2 weeks to play, and 7 very winnable games. They never cease to amaze me!

This isn’t to say that St.Louis and Nashville don’t have some easy games, my goodness. I believe they both still play Chicago twice, and have a game against Anaheim and Columbus! Nice for them. The Oilers still need help in all this, but if they just continue to win there games, they’ll be fine. First things first, let’s put the beat up Kings out of there misery! The Kings have a game in hand on the other 3, and only sit 2 points back, but have to finish a point ahead of everyone because they lose the tie breaker(wins). The Oilers seem to play well in LA, but did lose the last time there(4-2 on an empty net goal, Joe Corvo scored with about 4 minutes left to win it). The Kings seem to be falling every since aquiring Anson Carter. I understand also that Roman looked awful in his return Friday night against San Jose. The Oil are rolling and the timing couldn’t be better to “beat LA” as Boston Celtic fans would say. My prediction for the game: Oilers 3 Kings 1.

Then we get Dallas. Scary considering this is a team that I believe will finish 2nd, yes, 2nd in the West. A miracle considering where they were at the midway point of the season. They remind me of the Avs last year, overtaking the nucks on the last day of the season. But…….the Stars have been brutal on the road this year(how do you lose to Pittsburgh???). Add to this, we SHOULD have won both games vs Dallas this season. The Oilers will be tired, but I think the roll will continue. My prediction: Stars 3 Oilers 4(OT).

Then it’s LA again. They’ll be comming off a win in Vancouver(I think), and both teams will have had Thursday off. I just think the Oilers will be rolling too much to lose this game. The wheels have maybe come off the Kings by then, like the Habs of 2000, they’ll have just run out of gas. My prediction: Kings 2 Oilers 3(OT).

So that’s that for this week. I’ll do one next week even if everything goes awful and we’re out by next Sunday night(4 loses, including the Sunday night to Phoenix). I honestly think the Oilers will only lose 1 more game this season(Mar. 31 in Dallas). Will that be enough to get them in? I think so. St.Louis is a tough team to get a read on, and Nashville has only won twice in there last 11, so the Oilers couldn’t have picked a better time to get hot. 2 points out of 7th, and maybe it’s wishful thinking, but they’ll get to 7th and lose in 7 to Dallas in the first round……….”Don’t tell me they can still play Dallas!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?”

You got it! “Oh F*** no!!!!!!!!!!!!” You can say that again! I’m PRAYING that San Jose holds them off for 2nd, but I don’t think they will. Here’s how I think the West will end up:

1)Detroit

2)Dallas

3)Colorado

4)San Jose

5)Calgary

6)Vancouver

7)Edmonton

8)Nashville

What this would do is set up A LOT of awesome rivalries in the first round. For those of you that SHOULD know, Detroit and Nashville have had some memorable games this season, and the Preds could give the Wings fits in the first round. While I’m at it, here’s how the East will end up:

1)Tampa Bay

2)Philadelphia

3)Ottawa

4)Toronto

5)Boston

6)New Jersey

7)Montreal

8)NY Islanders

Nothing too shocking I don’t think, just that the Isles will for sure make it. I would watch for an Islanders upset against T-Bay simply because all the powerhouse teams have been upset before they became true contenders, and Tampa has a thin d-core, and a little bit questionable(just a little, nothing serious)playoff goaltending.

But hey, go Oilers go! If your not a Kings or Blues fan, you’ll like this article, and you love seeing the Oil in the playoffs. I wanna see you Flames fans match our noise should we both get in! If all 6 Canadian teams get in…….OH CANANADA, WHAT SEASON!!! But I won’t get ahead of myself!


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