Bits And Pieces – Leafs @ Oilers Preview


Edmonton tries to get back on track tonight at Rexall Place versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Can the Oilers repeat their 5-0 victory in Toronto a few weeks prior?

Back on the grog

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 30

14 DEC 2010 – 7:00 MST / 9:00 EST

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Things to look for:

  • This is a must win game.  Game 30?  A must win?  What are you, high?  Maybe.  The Oilers have to win this game if they want to keep their momentum going.  But wait, didn’t they roll out a clunker the other night against Vancouver?  Yes.  I think the fans will accept the fact that if this team only craps the bed once out of eight games (that’s 12.5%), then we’ll call it a victory.  Plus, it’s a must win because it’s lots of fun to beat Toronto, and to watch their heads go into a spin after a defeat.
  • Money on Khabibulin tonight.  Rather, Khabibulin has to be on the money tonight.  Smart money may not see it on Khabibulin, but if he can continue his steady play as of late, there’s no reason that the Oilers can’t take two more points in this game.  Big caveat on the “if”.
  • Patchwork defence seems to be coming into play here – Tom Renney is quoted as saying that Shawn Belle is a likely candidate to fill in for Jim Vandermeer while Vandy is on IR.  Expect also to see Jason Strudwick tonight.
  • A pretty good bet we’ll see JS Giguere tonight between the pipes for Toronto. Jonas Gustavsson’s last game for the Oilers didn’t end up very well, as he allowed a couple of goals on just six shots.

Let’s get two.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS!