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The Oilers are riding high on a six game win streak, hit with an exclamation point in last night’s 3-0 victory over the Kings in Los Angeles. The top two lines are clicking, Lennart Petrell scored a goal, and Khabibulin is just playing off the wall solid.
ON THE FORWARDS
Imagine having this problem two years ago – it looks like the the Oilers do today. Sam Gagner is playing 3RW and Linus Omark has been sent down to OKC. In speaking to @TheRealDMoser yesterday, he hit it on the head. Right now, the team is winning, and as much as *I* would like to see Omark in the lineup. there are players that are playing better than Omark did when he was in the lineup. At least for the first five games of the season.
Putting Omark on the fourth line isn’t going to make too tremendous a sense if he’s going to play five minutes. With that being said, I’m not sure how long Gagner on 3RW is going to last. Onward.
RYAN SMYTH IS A VERY VERY IMPORTANT PERSON
Why would the Kings boo him every time he touches the puck? You’d think he’s Sean Avery or something.
Well, there is that. But look at the bright side, LA. You only have to face the Oilers three more times this season. Ryan Smyth currently has 11 points in 12 games, tied for team lead with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Losing Andy Sutton for five games really wasn’t high up on anyone’s list of tricks, but the Oilers are pulling it together going 2-0 in his absence. Alex Plante was called up for a game, and then Colten Teubert. But let’s talk about Ladislav Smid for a minute.
Smid and Gilbert have been great. Smid had a great effort last night in Los Angeles, blocking five shots. Smid is playing like a mad man. Smid’s body is likely full of black and blue marks. Get that guy an ice pack or three.
As fans of this team, I hope everyone has learned not to take anything for granted. The team has just won its sixth straight, everyone is happy, and I hope the play of Nikolai Khabibulin can last all season. His October was ‘comeback player’ material. Khabibulin has six wins already this season, which is one less than 2009-10 and four less than 2010-11. I don’t even think Nikolai thought he was going to play as well as he has so far.
I’m not arguing. Khabibulin’s GAA is under 1.00, his save percentage is off the charts, and the Oilers are winning. I expect Devan Dubnyk to get some playing time over the next game or so (as his numbers have also been impressive).
Things are good. There’s only one more thing I could ask for, and that’s a seventh consecutive win tomorrow night against Phoenix.
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