140 Or Less - Preseason Edition

One of the new concepts we’re going to test-run this season is an idea called 140 Or Less.  We’re going to take some of your greatest hits off of Twitter, and depending on time, length, and content, provide a response.  I may not agree with all of these (or any of them), but it’s a new season, and part of that is having fun while we are atop the standings by virtue of everyone being 0-0-0.

Let me show you a great example of how it’s supposed to work…

See now, Dana hits this one out of the park.  Khabibulin faced thirty minutes of action versus the Minnesota Wild in the split-squad contest on Tuesday night, and he yielded three goals in seven shots.  It’s a preseason split squad contest which both enrages and comforts me at the same moment.  Khabibulin was expected to be rusty, let’s hope this is as rusty as it gets should we find ourselves depending on two points.

Alan says what I’ve been saying for some time now-(along with many others) the defence has to be better if the Oilers are going to be competitive this year.  You and I both see some glaring holes with Ryan Whitney in the lineup, it’s really going to be hairy if Whitney is forced to miss any significant time because of his ankle injury.  I’m not sure if Tambellini believes that the additions of Cam Barker and Andy Sutton are enough to help keep this team competitive, or if it’s just sweet lip service.  Either way, they are both going to need career seasons to help this squad stay within the pack.  And a couple extra arms wouldn’t hurt.

Not sure how the ‘all Swede Line’ is going to stack up, but I think we’re being treated to some really great hockey by number 57.  Lander is not-so-quietly making his mark to be kept around after the final cuts are made, and it would certainly make for some interesting line matching to see him with two of his countrymen on his wings.  Where this leaves Eric Belanger (and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) is a mystery,  but I’m pulling for Lander to be there in October.

And on that note, we’ll bring this one to a close.

This is even more of a reason that you should be following us on Twitter @OilOnWhyte.  Something irritating you about the Oilers?  Something going right on the Oilers?  Want to talk about the Canadian Cycle and Motor company?  Chirp us up using hashtag #140.  Your tweet could find itself here about once a week with a response.  If the season starts and the Oilers go on a 7-2-1 tear, then we’ll have some great material.  If they go on a 2-7-1 tear, we’ll likely have better material.

The Oilers square off against the Canucks tonight on TSN.  Keep your eyes peeled for the pregame post in a couple of hours.


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