The new year is but a few days old, and the Oilers have absorbed their first defeat of 2011 in a 2-1 game that was almost as entertaining as that Vancouver matchup with eleven twelve shots. Add to the mix an injury to one Jordan Eberle, and we’re creeping ever so closer into tank territory.
It’s the beginning of the week. Thought I’d roll out with something cheery.
I think I hear wheels coming off. Ryan Whitney gets injured, Omark gets to pack his bags back to OKC along with O’Marra, Shawn Belle gets called up to play defence (I don’t have a problem with that one), Shawn Belle then gets sent back to OKC, Paajarvi gets benched for the Calgary game, and now Jordan Eberle will be out for what I’ll guess will be at least a few weeks after twisting his ankle.
There’s been so few nights that everything’s come together. When Edmonton gets a few goals, their goaltending takes the off ramp. When Khabibulin plays all out, Ryan Jones is the only guy who can tally a mark. The Oilers were able to launch seventeen shots at Mikka Kiprusoff on Saturday night. Khabibulin was able to turn away 28 of 30 tallies in a performance that gave the Oilers a chance to win.
I haven’t seen any callups or demotions up to this point, which leads me to believe that the Oilers are going to remain with a similar lineup (minus Eberle) for tomorrow night’s game versus Detroit.
I’D LIKE TO BUY A GOAL
Edmonton is currently mired in six game losing streak (0-4-2) that has produced twelve (12) goals in that time. While scoring goals in itself is a tough thing to do, it’s even tougher when guys like Horcoff and Eberle are out with injuries. I can’t see how benching Paajarvi is going to help things, and by returning Omark to OKC, I can’t see it getting any easier. Add the fact that the Oilers’ leading point-getter Ryan Whitney is gone for probably a month or more, and the incline just g0t steeper.
The Oilers week will be a busy one, as Detroit comes to town on Tuesday, followed by the Islanders on Thursday and Vancouver on Friday. Six easy points. Right?