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The West Coast Swing - One And One Over Two Out Of Three

The Oilers were victorious against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, but rolled out a lemon in their quest for an elusive “winning streak” against Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Some thoughts after the jump

  • Devan Dubnyk is trying mightily to earn himself some more playing time.  A 41 save performance versus San Jose was rewarded with a start against Los Angeles last night.  He’ll try to put that one in the rear view mirror.  Kings goaltender Josh Bernier turned aside 26 of 28 Oiler shots for last night’s victory.
  • Don’t look now, but Andrew Cogliano has scored two goals in his last two games.  Here’s his goal versus San Jose on Thursday on a nifty little feed from Liam Reddox.
  • A couple of goals on Thursday and an assist on Saturday for Taylor Hall give him fourteen goals on the season and twenty-seven points.  If Hall can play to a 50 point season, that’s certainly a solid foundation to build on.
  • Ales Hemsky is a tank.  I cannot say enough about the man.  Hemsky had four assists on Thursday versus San Jose.  That’s an assist on every goal but the Cogliano goal versus San Jose.  Hemsky also collected an assist in Saturday’s 5-2 defeat.  Mark my words, if that guy is still on this team and healthy in 2012-13, he’ll be a 90+ point guy.  He’s that good.
  • I’m going to take time out here and praise Taylor Chorney.  Why?  Chorney has looked a load better in his spot duty this season compared to what he looked like last year at this time.  Chorney played in 42 games on last year’s woeful squad and was a -21 on the season.  Chorney has played in three games this year so far, and is just -1.  It’s a small sample size, but when you’re looking at a game from a whole, I don’t have any vivid memories of Chorney being the reason that the Oilers lost to the Kings.  Plus, he hasn’t had any four minute shifts this year that I’m aware of.

The song remains the same for a lot of things that we’ve beaten to a pulp over the last few weeks.  Gagner’s having a tough time at the faceoff circle again (as is Cogliano, but to a slightly lesser extent),  Steve MacIntyre is out on the fourth for five minutes or less a game (and not fighting), and the team needs Shawn Horcoff back in order to be successful.

I’d be surprised not to see Khabibulin tonight versus the Ducks.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS

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