Hockey Day In Canada : SOMEONE HAS TO WIN

Everybody out of bed.  It’s a noon-time game against the Senators.  Team is going to be brilliant.  I can feel it.

A beautiful day for a game.

Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 55

12 FEB 2011 – 12:00 MST / 2:00 EST

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I don’t have the exact quote in front of me, but I believe it was Maple Leaf stalwart Harold Ballard quipped right before taking on an equally dismal North Stars team something to the effect of “Our 22-40-7 team can beat their 22-40-7 team any day of the week”.

Or something like that.

Today, your Edmonton Oilers will host the almost equally determined Ottawa Senators at Rexall Place in just a little bit.  What to watch for?

  • Nikolai Khabibulin will try for his first victory in nearly two months against a Senators team with one more victory than the Oilers do.  As much as I give Khabibulin a run on these boards, please…just win once.  Plus, an afternoon win has its benefits.  What normally is a pregame juicing at 3:00 will become a celebratory juicing at 3:00.  And who knows when that’ll end.
  • Speaking of equally futile records, Senators goaltender Brian Elliott will be working on snapping a streak similar to our boy Khabibulin’s.  Elliott hasn’t seen victory since December 26th.  Someone has to win this game.  Might as well be one of these two teams playing today.
  • Horcoff is looking more and more that he won’t be dressed for this game, as he’s still battling bronchitis, and according to the Oilers web page, he’s got the flu.  Look to see JF Jacques plugged into the fourth line as the rest of the squad plays lineup Jenga.  Cogliano will be the number one centre with Hall and Eberle, while Reddox plays with Penner and Hemsky.  The 91-89-23 line will remain unchanged.  Adjust your line cards at your leisure.
  • Above all:  SOMEONE HAS TO WIN.  Calling it:  Oilers 4-2. Why? Because four and two equal six, which is Ryan Whitney’s sweater number, which has nothing to do with the game at hand.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.

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