After a disappointing finish in Philadelphia, the Oilers travel to the Verizon Center to take on the Washington Capitals tonight.
Edmonton Oilers @ Washington Capitals – Game 68
09 MAR 2011 – 5:00 MST / 7:00 EST
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And here we go…
- The Oilers are in the midst of a five game road trip. Currently, they sit 1-1 on this trip after a 4-1 defeat last night at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. Things are certainly going to get easier with a trip into Washington tonight. That’s the ticket. Yeah.
- Nicklas Backstrom is reported out for tonight’s game with a thumb injury. It will be Backstrom’s first missed game in his career, and it will break his streak at 341 consecutive games. Doug Jarvis, you can exhale now.
- Nikolai Khabibulin is slated to start for the Oilers between the pipes. We haven’t seen Khabibulin since a 4-1 defeat against the Minnesota Wild, a game that he reportedly started after sustaining an eye injury from an errant ice chip. Since the new year, Khabibulin is 2-12 with a 3.27 GAA and an .884 save pct. Here’s hoping.
- Off year? Yeah, not so much. Alexander Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 69 points (25G-44A) in 65 games.
How about a quote?
I’d like to see Alex Giroux one more game so I’m going to hold Bru (Brule) out…There’s the dynamic of the CBA and how we can move people back and forth. In fairness to Bru, he’s ready to go but in fairness to me I want to see Alex play again, against his old team.
-Coach Tom Renney
In fairness to me, I would’ve liked to seen him at about game 10, Coach. Instead of two pugilists on a team that badly needs offence, I’d like to see more Giroux. Or Hartikainen. You get the idea.
Giroux has got a whopping two games in an Oiler uniform. I know that Brule’s dying to get back into the lineup, and I think the story’s there to stick Giroux into the lineup against his old team. The question is: If you wanted to put Brule back in tonight, would it kill you to send one of the pugilists down? Stortini already made it. Keep one of JFJ/Mac and we’ll call it a deal. How ’bout it?
From the sounds of it, unless Giroux absolutely kills tonight, he’ll be on his way back to OKC.
Enjoy the game, and GOILERS!
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