It was historic, an honor to be there…..and I'll never do it again!!!
Welcome Oiler fans. Once again(2nd time in 3 weeks)I’m late again. I’ve had finals at school going on, and just not enough time to contribute. But there almost done now, just a few more demo’s left and I’m through with that. On to my boys. It was a good week for them. 2 for 3, and probably the most historic regular season game in NHL history. And if every outdoor game is going to be that cold, I don’t want to do it again! So let’s begin, and let’s try to contribute a little more Oiler fans, and non Oiler fans too. Let me know what you think of the team.It started with a weird game against the Hawks last Tuesday night. I knew they should win the game, and they did by a 5-2 count. Radek Dvorak was far and away the number 1 star of this game, getting 2 goals and an assist in the game. That line of Torres – York – Dvorak has been just awesome for us this past month!
Next up was the Leafs. Someone told me in last week’s report that the Leafs would kill the Oilers again. Not the case as Ty Conklin ONCE AGAIN stood on his head as the Oil came out on top 3-2. 31 saves by what I’m going to call the Oilers number 1 netminder. Hemsky and Bergeron each had a goal and an assist in the win, which made it 5 in a row!(wasn’t the title of last week’s article “I sense a roll”???).
Now onto the big one. I was there(section V row 15)and I was pretty much frozen. The Mega Stars game was a little disappointing, but one thing was proven….Billy Ranford can still play!!! If the guy wanted to, he could make a comeback for a year or two as a backup. I’m serious. I don’t believe that will happen, but if we ditched Tommy(which is what everyone is starting to talk about now)we could use a cheaper backup with expierence. Gives you something to think about. I wish, along with everyone else that Gretzky would have scored. Maybe it’s just me, but I get the impression more and more(and by watching his new DVD)that he never really liked the city(Edmonton). Hopefully that’s not the case. And the big game was good, but was hard to enjoy because I was so cold by then. I was wearing tons of clothes, but it didn’t matter. I just really believe that the Oilers didn’t really BELIEVE that it was a game for 2 points until the midway point of the 3rd period. Tough loss, but a historic night!
On to this week. I will acknowledge that they tied the Jackets tonight, nice comeback! But we’ll get into that more next week. Detroit(at the Joe), then Colorado, and San Jose(both at home). I’m predicting a 1-1-1 record. But….I really believe that the confidence is so high right now, don’t be surprised if they take all 3.
Speaking of the game tomorrow, it was the target game for Adam Oates to be in the lineup. I would content with him waiting until Friday night at home for 2 reasons. If we win(in the Joe), the team will get an even bigger boost comming home, and if we lose, then the team has something to look forward to, and it’s easier to forget about the loss.
What’s your opinion about Conklin? I defintly don’t think he’s played any worse then Tommy that’s for sure. That’s in his bad games. In his good games, he’s like a top flight backstop! You aren’t even hearing a word about Tommy comming back. He’s not THAT injured. I think this could be the best thing for the team and for Tommy. He can come back when he’s ready, and hopefully(I’ve said this before)these 2 start challenging each other for the starting role.
And finally on to little Mikey. I’m hearing the odd rumor that he’ll supposedly be traded by the end of the week, and that Anaheim is the destination. I doubt it honestly. I believe Lowe is going to let him sit until the deadline(around that time). That’s the smart thinking I would assume his stock wouldn’t be higher than that time. But who knows, maybe he’s gone on Friday, but I doubt it.
So that’s it for this week, I’m happy I got it fit into my schedule. Hopefully my practicum is not until January because I need some time off!!! Let me know what you think people. Peace out!