Wednesday, October 19, 2005

We have let you down

PHOENIX 4 (OT)
EDMONTON 3

With one Covered in Oil correspondent down with the flu, another busy hating his job and yet another Covered In Oil reporter busy hating his job as well as having a faulty VCR,
no one saw the game. In between chatty clients and mind-numbing press releases, I did keep an eye on the scoreboard on CBS Sportsline, and it was nice to see that the Oilers came out flying in the first period like they have all season.

For a team that's billed as a "skating team" I haven't seen a whole lot of it this season. Similar middleweight teams I've watched, like Buffalo, Montreal and even the NY Rangers, look much faster and more aggressive. Good for Cujo, since he looked good in the highlights; but I don't think the Oilers have played their "A game" yet. Being .500 is merely a perch from which the Oilers have to pounce (for some reason I'm tempted to post another picture of a lynx)...


Fun icetime facts: Brodziak got more ice time than Cory Cross and Brad Winchester.

9 comments:

sacamano said...

HA! I didn't see the game either and was hoping you would have some nice insights.

mike w said...

Well if we all saw EVERY GAME then we'd just be nerds!

Chris! said...

Ha. Man, we all suck. Or we're awesome. One of the two.

I did manage to stop drowning in retardation at the paper long enough to catch from the end of the second on, but frankly, I don't have much to say about the game. The Oilers have proven the only way we can score lately is to blast everything at the net and hope someone's there to slap in a rebound, yet we keep thinking we're too good a hockey team to rely on such "garbage" goals, causing us to skate around all night trying to thread bad passes to wingers who aren't in good one-timer position.

It's annoying to watch, and I think it actually bolsters the other team's confidence to see how little skill we actually have on the ice. Not having Smyth hurts like hell, but we have to adapt. And if everyone played more like Moreau and Stoll (and Brodziak, who I'm liking more and more), we'd at least be making it hard for teams to get up on us early. Because right now, it's a goddamned breeze.

Anyhow, it was a decent comeback. Yay, salvaged point.

Back to work!

brazzy said...

chris. does it not seem that the pre-oilers strike are wile similar to our present oliers? i've watched the two games on offer to me (the flames loss and the phoenix, urm, tie?) a team with an overmatched coach losing to better teams? maybe every town needs theo fleury playing for their team

Chris! said...

wha?

Chris said...

I saw part of the game yesterday, definately a slow start for the Oilers again. However, they did seem to pick it up as the game went on. Peca seemed to have a good game, and what surprised me in the third was that the fourth line showed some life and was actually out there for a powerplay as a result. I think Brodziak is showing something, and Larogue seems to have perhaps found a niche is he can control the puck down low in the enemy zone..I mean really if he can move around a bit what do you do about it?

fish said...

Go Gretzky!

mike w said...

> Go Gretzky!

WHERE DO YOU GET OFF!?

Kris said...

Apropos of nothing, look who I found on the Bitter Waitress website:

www.bitterwaitress.com/std/index.html?detail=1&id=2734