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Oilers Lose Again, Injury Machine Still Being Fed Quarters


Winning never gets old.

Never.

Picture a kid bursting through his door back home only to meet his old man in the hall. While the kid is warming up, the old man asks – “How’d you do today?” The kid is never going to sulk and say “Won again, Dad”.

It just doesn’t happen. This winning thing is fun. Just ask Detroit.

Oiler fans have to go back a few years to remember what this was all like, and it will be five years come this spring since the team has qualified for the second season. Although the future looks bright for this organisation, losing to the Wild last night by 4-1 didn’t write anyone any feel-good bedtime stories.

Rather, it was what happened during the game that had nothing to do with the final score that’s kind of discerning.

Ales Hemsky has a concussion.  That’s bad.

What’s worse is that no one really knows how or why Hemsky has a concussion, other that we know the fact that he was on the bench for one moment, and not for the next.

No big deal?  Maybe.

Maybe not.

Sit him. Photo courtesy nhlsnipers.com

Now that more than just a few people have been following this situation, it’s probably safe to assume that Ales Hemsky will (should) be held out of action for the next few months.   Seeing as how this team isn’t going to come within sniffing distance near the playoffs, it shouldn’t be too big a letdown if Hemsky is off the ice for a few weeks, months, or the rest of the season.  There’s no reason to throw him on the ice if he’s not ready to play, much less try to box in a few wins during a lottery year.

I don’t know all the ins and outs of whether or not Hemsky was playing with a concussion last night, but I do know this:  Hemsky is now being reported as ‘having a concussion’, he didn’t sustain it  on the ice last night so far as we know up to this point, and if he didn’t sustain it last night, what in God’s name was he doing on the ice with a concussion?  Unless there’s something we missed there, it’s pretty sketchy.

That one’s going to fester around for a while.

OTHER SUNLIGHT

“We miss the wherewithal of navigating 200 by 85 on both sides of the puck and obviously his energy is something we all draw off,”

-Coach Renney on Shawn Horcoff, courtesy EdmontonJournal.com

The hell? Was that from Tom Renney or someone’s drunk uncle after too much rum punch?  That’s got to be the strangest thing I’ve read coming out of Renney’s mouth this year.

Captain Horcoff appears to be on his way back into the 1C slot after missing eighteen games with a knee injury.  He’ll join the team for their game against the Dallas Stars tomorrow night. Also somewhat newsworthy is the powerplay goal that Magnus Paajarvi scored in last night’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Wild.  That’s a stat that usually would be buried underneath all the other important statistics in a box score, but it snaps a very long powerplay drought that goes back nearly a month.

Enjoy the game tomorrow night, and GOILERS.

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