Who are we even kidding? The Oilers aren’t going to win an afternoon game in Chicago, especially after the 5-1 drubbing yesterday at the hands of the Dallas Stars. It’s bad enough the Oilers play two afternoon games in a row, but they also had to travel and played both of their goalies in Saturday’s effort.
In order to hit the 95 point threshold that will likely be the playoff cutoff, they need to win (in regulation) 28 of 40 games. Considering they’ve only won 18 of 42, 28 of 40 is a LONG shot.
There are only so many ways to say that the season has been disappointing.
Keys to the Game
- Score a goddamned goal. Or two. Or even three. Playing from behind every game gets old.
- Stay out of the stupid penalty box.
- Don’t leave the goalie (whoever it is) out to dry.
- Score first and often and chase the goalie.
- Force the Oilers to take a penalty or seven
- That’s it. That’s all a team needs to do.
Players to Watch
- Patrick Maroon should make his return to the lineup after his 2-game suspension. He can’t make things worse, so maybe that’s the spark they need.
- Leon Draisaitl scored his first powerplay goal of the season yesterday, so maybe that could continue.
- Patrick Sharp. Not for any particular reason, but he’s rather nice to watch.
- Ale DeBrincat is very good and he will light up the league for years to come.
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Jesse Puljujarvi
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Mike Cammalleri
Drake Caggiula – Leon Draisaitl – Ryan Strome
Jujhar Khaira – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Darnell Nurse – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Oscar Klefbom – Brandon Davidson
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Vince Hinostroza
Ryan Hartman – Nick Schmaltz – Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp – David Kampf – Alex DeBrincat
Lance Bouma – Tommy Wingels – Richard Panik
Duncan Keith – Jordan Oesterle
Connor Murphy – Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling – Jan Rutta
This season is futile. It’s at the point where a major shakeup is needed, but there’s no way of knowing whether or not it’ll work.
Instead of worrying about it, just think about how good Rasmus Dahlin is going to look in an Oilers jersey.