Dallas (10-2-0) at
7:30 p.m. MT
Fans of Edmonton and Calgary alike have managed to find some common ground of late, as both Alberta teams are in the midst of a tailspin, each going 1-3 in their last four games. Though it's been nice to have the company, I imagine our mutual downward trajectory will probably end tonight, as the Flames get a chance to get their goals on against the predictably assy Blue Jackets (who at 3-6-1, incidentally are actually one loss less assy than Calgary. Amazing, that). The Oilers, meanwhile? We get the friggin' Dallas Stars.
Yeah the Stars: remember them? That team that kicks our ass for fun most every year, but is especially likely to do so tonight, considering they're off to a franchise-best 10-2 start with a 5-1 road record, during which time they've allowed a minuscule 13 goals against, thanks to Marty Turco's sunblocking 1.99 GAA and .931 sv%? Yeah, that's them. You excited? Me neither.
I was commenting to Mike the other day that I've felt my relentlessly optimistic homerism was getting the better of me lately, considering I've yet to call an Edmonton loss this year, even when I could smell one coming a mile away (Anaheim, Nashville). In case you can't tell, this ends today, because come on: I'd have to have a "Get Electric" thunderstick lodged in the hockey centre of my brain to think Edmonton can compete against this team the way we've been playing lately. We need a monster game from Roli tonight (though if I were coach, I'd be tempted to put Markannen in tonight and see if he can't pull out another team-rallying Dallas upset and give Roloson something to think about, but I know that's not going to happen), and our defence needs to play at least six different kinds of better if we're going to stay in this one long enough to try and score our way out.
I hate to join the dogpile, but Bergeron is starting to become a clear liabilty. I don't know why he looks so lost out there, but he's playing himself right out of a job; how long can this go on before Jan Hejda or Tom Gilbert gets a call? The press box might do this kid some good, settle his head down a bit. Looks like the pressure is getting to him.
Anyhow, I'm staying miles away from the TV tonight, because no way do I want to watch the Oilers slowly bleed to death in a stifling 3-2 loss. hhhh
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