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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


It should be the most wonderful time of the year.  In a few short months, it will be for just over half the league. Sixteen teams make the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs each hockey season.  That’s a smidgen over half of the entire league.  What’s not news to anyone is that the Oilers haven’t been on that wagon since 2006.  Rather, this year will again be more about evaluation and sales pitches come the trade deadline.

Los Angeles Kings @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 50

02 FEB 2010 – 7:30 MST / 9:30 EST

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And here we go…

  • Fourth line winger Zack Stortini was waved by the Oilers yesterday, and it appears there are no takers.  He’ll likely pass throughwaivers down to OKC.  Liam Reddox will fill in Stortini’s slot on the fourth line tonight versus the Kings.
  • Jonathan Quick will be between the pipes tonight for the Kings, while your ol’ pal Nikolai Khabibulin will start for the Oilers.  Quick is having himself a fine season, currently at 22-14-1, with 2.15 GAA and a .920 SV%.  Nikolai Khabibulin is…well, not quite there yet.
  • Anze Kopitar is driving the point bus for LA.  He currently is sitting with 49 points (16G-33A) in 51 games.
  • ALES HEMSKY is reported to be in the lineup tonight after being out the last two weeks with a concussion.  According to Hemsky, he had several injuries that led up to the January 18th game versus Minnesota where he was taken out of the lineup shortly after the game was started.  Hemsky addresses the media about his time out of the lineup here.  Notice how he’s careful to say that his injury was “treated like a concussion”, rather than actually having a concussion.  Interesting.

Enjoy tonight’s game, and GOILERS.

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