Oilers Look To Further Dampen Blues’ Playoff Hopes

With each loss accumulated, the Blues continue to watch their playoff hopes fade into the sunset.

Tonight, the Oilers look to turn those hopes a little greyer.

Let the good times roll

St. Louis Blues @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 62

25 FEB 2011 – 7:00 MST / 9:00 EST

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  • This is the third meeting between the Oilers and Blues this season, with both teams winning one apiece.  Tonight is almost a must-win for St. Louis if the Blues would like to continue entertaining thoughts on a 2011 postseason.
  • In case you’re just joining us, Nikolai Khabibulin has been placed on IR after one of his eyes was the unfortunate victim of an errant shard of ice on Monday.  Why Khabibulin was allowed to play Tuesday versus Minnesota after catching a sharp piece of solid water in his eye kind of baffles my mind, but Devan Dubnyk will be in goal with Martin Gerber on the bench to start.
  • David Backes currently leads St. Louis in scoring with 46 points (23G-23A) in sixty games.
  • Tonight is the penultimate game before the trade deadline.  The Kings have waived Marco Sturm (funny how Sturm had to waive his no trade clause in order to come to LA, now this), and Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has penned a bit on how the Minnesota Wild would enjoy getting their hands on Dustin Penner.  Personally, I’d hate to see either of them go unless immediate help can be brought back.  Hemsky for a draft pick alone would be a PR disaster.  That and I’d get really cranky.

Dubnyk has another solid effort, and Dave Gagner’s kid gets hot and nets a pair to go along with his goal last game versus Colorado, and the Oilers have themselves another two game bender.  Why not?

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS!

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