Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Well, look who's back.

Columbus (21-25-5)
at Edmonton (24-22-4)
8 p.m. MT
Sportsnet, CHED

Nope. Can't say I like the looks of things for the Oilers one bit tonight. Not only do we have the usual makings for a tragically comic blowout loss — a visiting sub-.500 team on a winning streak, third string goalie in net — but add to that the fact that the third string goalie in net for the winners-of-four-straight Columbus Blue Jackets is Ty "Fucking" Conklin, and man, I can't shake the feeling that we're in for a world of hurt.

Signed in the off-season by a team that already had a fairly deep goaltending situation with 32-year-old rookie Fredrik Norrena and perpetual "goaltender of the future" Pascal Leclaire ahead of him on the depth chart, I imagine Conks figured he would never see the light of the NHL day again. But with both Leclaire and Norrena felled by injury, the league's arguably least technically accomplished goaltender once more finds himself entrusted to a starting job in the big show. And though this stint is only a game and a half old heading into tonight, he seems to be making the most of his opportunity, allowing 3 goals on 53 shots and picking up a win last night in Vancouver.

Tonight's game will be determined by this man alone. Either the Oilers will remember just how godawful Ty's lateral movement is and run up the score in an embarrassing 5-2 Edmonton victory, or Conklin, armed with the motivation to shut down the team that tossed him away like an old piece of fruit, plays out of his mind to serve up a humiliating 4-1 Columbus win.

... unless, of course, Hitchcock opts to give Conklin and rest and instead give 22-year-old Tomas Popperle his first-ever NHL start. In which case the Oilers are unquestionably fucked.

12 comments:

Eyeris said...

Now seems to be the perfect time to recycle this clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMn84SgSAgI

Anonymous said...

if this is the clip i think it is, its going to send me into a rage until the next oilers win.

Black Dog said...

Yeah, I'll pass on the clip, thank you.

Dan the Wainwright Oiler Fan said...

Let's not forget this gem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzaVX4Fo6Ag

Ahh, the frustration returns.....

Eyeris said...

Hey, that clip was from Knob Hockey. I'm not sadistic enough to post an actual clip of the game.

Geez! Give me some credit here. At least the clip makes you laugh a little before you fall into abject rage. Keywords: laugh a little.

Anonymous said...

Its rather freaky just how dead on you were with your prediction on their win and the score..

Now.. what about Thursdays game?!

Jess

Anonymous said...

Yeah, good call on the 5-2 OIlers score. So could you dish out a little more (understandable)exasperated sarcasm for tommorow night as well - with another winning option.

T.

Anonymous said...

congrats to Pat Hickey on scorin' n' winnin' an i-pod or some shit with Saf'wa'! at the conklusion of tonite's game.

Scarlett said...

Whoa, good call on the 5-2 win. Oil totally dominated, should have been 20-0.

Andy Grabia said...

Whew. I would have been forced to chew my own hand off if we'd lost that one.

Anonymous said...

Go Conks...and Pronger made the right decision...haha...Oilers Suck!

case said...

good one! that was hilarious! i can't believe you thought of that!