Edmonton at Phoenix
8 p.m. MT
PPV, 630 CHED
"I think we hit rock bottom about a week ago," said Phoenix forward Jeremy Roenick. "We're just remaining there. It's something I've never seen in my life. It's utterly embarrassing."Yeah, well, that's what bad teams who lack the cohesiveness to pull themselves up from the bottom do, Jeremy. They languish, they sputter, and above all, they lose. Often. And hopefully, tonight.
I'm sure the Coyotes won't suck forever, but I sure could use one more palsied performance out of the Desert Dogs tonight to help the Oil find a little confidence on the road. Roloson, as many in the Oilogosphere have noted, had a pretty bad game last night, allowing six goals on 20 shots thanks mostly to poor positioning and sloppy movement in the crease. He let the game run away on him, and hey, it happens. With Jussi getting the start tonight, Roli has until Saturday to think about what he's done, and the Oilers get a chance to work on their defensive play away from home.
Still, tonight will be no cakewalk. Phoenix is a seriously pissed off team who has just dropped four in a row and are going to want to look at themselves in the mirror tomorrow morning. They've got nothing left to lose and revenge on their minds; hopefully, the Oilers are up for it. If we head into this game unprepared, we're pretty fucked. Nonetheless, it's difficult not to expect anything less than a convincing win for the good guys. Let's say, I don't know... 4-1 Oilers. Smid and Markkanen both score twice.
APROPOS OF NOTHING: Feeling bored, so I figured I'd check in on the Oilers' best prospect not currently sitting in the press box, and it looks like Captain America is off to a decent start with the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, with two goals and five points in his first six games. I briefly considered this impressive, until I looked just below him on the team scoring list and saw Alain Nasreddine had the same totals. Also on the same team, it seems our boy JDD is responding well to his first starting job in the AHL, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 GAA and .937 sv%. (Dubnyk, if you're curious, has only started once with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL so far, but it was a good one, allowing only one goal on 49 shots for a .980 sv%.)
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Edmonton at Phoenix
Posted by Chris! at 8:46 AM