Bipoilers at Canucks
8pm, Sportsnet, 630 CHED
I had a dream last night that Ryan Smyth was only faking the thumb injury, and lined up to play tonight. Perhaps indicative of my subconscious feelings towards the Oilers right now, on his first shift, he got thrown into the boards and broke his other thumb.
Anyway, it's about damn time for the depth part of our vaunt to get its ass in gear. At the beginning of the year, I think I would have predicted that the Oil could lose three regular forwards and still not worry too much (Hemsky, Smyth and Moreau would have been close to my last three picks mind you, but still), but right now, I might trade Columbus's forwards for our own. Okay, I take that back. But still, with the way we're playing, the following depth chart doesn't inspire massive amounts of confidence in being able to score on Roberto Luongo:
I wonder if Sykora doesn't move back to the wing for a while, since all of Thöresen, Petersen, Reasoner and Pouliot can play centre, and clearly we need some top-level help on wings. I don't know that his presence there helps my confidence any (Sykora-Horcoff-Lupul? Is that scary?), but theoretically loading up your top guns should be better.
Oh yeah, want to do something fun? Check out the NW standings. Two points seperate first from last, and regardless of the outcome of this game, at most four points will seperate us all when the night is done. You can't even say it's because we're a good division, either: everyone has mixed not totally sucking with totally sucking, leaving us deadlocked in ineptitude (if you gander at the west standings, you'll notice the NW ranks 6-10, with no interruptions). To throw out a random prediction, I think Minnesota takes this. They've been rough lately, but that's without Gaborik and Demitra, and once those two get back in it, they should get some distance, especially since no one else has that obvious a solution to their current mediocrity.
Speaking of which, two points sort of unrelated (and one of those belated).
-If we've waited this long to get Eric Brewer or Nick Boynton, I'm going to spit. Boynton, for one, was available at the beginning of the off-season (Paul Mara too, actually), and while I certainly don't think he's much help, you might as well walk into the shootout with your gun half-loaded, as opposed to plugging them in when you're already down. Surely we can pry a defenceman off San Jose or Ottawa or someone before taking bad teams' second options, no?
-Two things in reference to the Anaheim game last week (sorry, it's essay season 'round these parts): first, taking away fans' signs was classless by the organization, unless there were racial slurs on them. Remember how, last spring, we filled your building, and sung your anthem, and turned this whole city into one giant, burning effigy for you? Welcome to the flip side: if you want our passion when things are good, you better put up with it when things are bad. If you don't like it, I have other things to do.
Secondly, if the Oilers are going to start showing big/desirable PPV games, they need to get their broadcasts up to at least par. I don't mind the PPV as a last-resort, no-other-way-to-see-the-game thing, but that's because I don't actually pay for them. They suck, from boring intermission bits to crappy play-by-play and analysis, and if you want to make money of off them, at least get Gene Principe out of the damn booth.
I will forgive most of this if you win tonight. Prediction: 1-0 Oilers, Roloson redeems himself, Reasoner gets some garbage in the second period to win it.
Monday, December 4, 2006
Bipoilers at Canucks
Posted by DMFB at 11:37 AM