Half-Oilers 5, Half-Coyotes 0
I suppose it would be more promising if it meant more, but the Oilers won their first pre-season matchup quite handily today, tearing apart the Former Jets like a cornbread muffin. As always with a preseason win, you have to sift through the results to find out if it's good news or not, so lets take a look at the pros and cons.
Good: I'm not at all familiar with Phoenix's actual depth chart (just what I can glean from online sources), but they seemed to have a fairly respectable lineup out there. Jovanovski, Morris and Boynton, presumably their top three defencemen, were all in the lineup, as were Comrie, Doan, Nolan, Fredrik Sjostorm and 2006 first-round pick Peter Mueller, who all (Mueller excepted) should be top-twoish line players.
Bad: Phoenix's actual lineup is probably only fairly respectable at best anyway, so beating them with half of their presumed regular starters gone doesn't seem like a big accomplishment. Also, while there were five goals, four of them were scored on Phillipe Sauve, who I guess technically was their back-up for the last part of the year, but wasn't even good enough for the once-a-month rotation he was on in Calgary.
EDIT: Actually, Sauve's performance in Calgary might not be the best actual indicator, since their status as a good defensive team probably ends at Kipper anyway. Regardless, though, he's a bad, bad goalie. Conklin bad.
Good: Five goals came without Hemsky, Smyth, Horcoff, Sykora, Pisani, Schremp or Pouliot. Jarret Stoll got two, including one on the powerplay point, Reasoner had three assists, and Sexy Alexei Mikhnov (it works if you say it like "sex-ay" or "Alex-ee") had three points (1G, 2A) in his NHL debut.
Bad: Though they didn't score, Phoenix got 27 shots on net, 12 in the third period when we were protecting the lead, and our defence (Smith-Hejda, Tjarnqvist-Syvret, Smid-Staios, according to the Oilers site) was potentially--short of probably Syvret--what we could see on opening night.
Good: Dubynk stopped 27 shots for the shutout.
Bad: Not that it matters, because he clearly won't beat out Roloson or Markkanen, and will probably be playing in the ECHL, shutting out the Virginia Deliverance, or whoever the hell plays in that league, pissing away his potential for a full year.
Good: Apparently, the sold-out crowd was chanting "Go Jets Go" halfway through the third, which just goes to show that Winnipeg loves the Jets so much, they'll cheer them even though they're being coached by their former blood rival and are down 4-0 in a pre-season game. In case my tone isn't clear, I do admire this trait.
Bad: According to Mirtle, there's a Canadian front-runner for purchasing the Penguins, but he'd be likely to move them to Hamilton, because evidently the Leafs and Sabres aren't enough for Southern Ontario. Why can't you move them to a city that would love them dearly (it might be because there's nothing else to do, but it's still love)? Better than a team that would only sellout when the Leafs "came" to town.
So, yeah, anyway, hopefully this isn't the only shellacking we hand out all year. And hopefully Mihknov maintains his three-point-per-game pace for the rest of the year. GOILERS!
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Half-Oilers 5, Half-Coyotes 0
Posted by DMFB at 9:04 PM