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Breaking Format: Canucks @ Oilers, Linus Omark, Eternal Optimism

Hope springs eternal.

The streaking Oilers play a big game tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place.

Let’s roll.

We got this one.

Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 29

12 DEC 2010 – 6:00 MST / 8:00 EST

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Things to look for:

  • Linus Omark.  You got any more of these in your bag of tricks?
  • What a great story for this kid. A guy who could have easily been on the opening night roster in October toils in the AHL for a few months, gets the call, and then gets the game winner against Tampa Bay on Friday night. It seemed like only yesterday you were floating pucks over fallen netminders while in Sweden. Get your number 23 sweater yesterday. This guy’s kind of a big deal.

    Sedins. Sedins everywhere. Photo courtesy our friends over at NHLSNIPERS.com

  • The Oilers ought to think about keeping a body or two next to these Sedin guys.  Daniel is the one currently leading Vancouver with 34 points (16G-18A) in 27 games.
  • I’m very much pleased with the goaltending that our team has been afforded of late.  Khabibulin has strung together a few wins, Dubnyk was playing well before Khabibulin’s return…I wouldn’t be too awful surprised to see Khabibulin between the pipes tonight.
  • No Stortini, no MacIntyre tonight.  Can’t remember a time this season where both were healthy scratches.
  • DID YOU KNOW: Edmonton’s PK is now just about 71% on the season.  While that number isn’t going to help your goaltenders win any Jennings Trophies in the near future, it sure looks a lot better than what my physics grades looked like in high school.

HOPE

No, they’re not the prettiest.  They’re not the most fundamentally sound club either.  There are holes everywhere.  They’re too young.  They’re not right.  They don’t have the basics down.  They’re too immature.  They don’t have “jam” or “crust”.

However.

Right now, the Oilers are playing some damn good hockey.  Little breaks are happening.  They’re getting goals from places they should, and some places that aren’t expected.  Hemsky and Horcoff are out.  Omark and O’Marra are in.  Khabibulin has looked like an NHL calibre goalie the last few games.  The defence isn’t bleeding all over the ice right now.  Andrew Cogliano is coming around.  Jordan Eberle is going to be a superstar.  Taylor Hall is scoring with some regularity.

I tweeted a few days back that I know there’s still a long uphill climb.  We’ve still got fifty or so more games remaining in the season.  But let’s not forget to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.  Let’s get a big one tonight against Vancouver.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.

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