It’s been a few days since my last post, so I thought I would impart some thoughts from this past week and prior to tonights game against Phoenix.
The game on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings was one of the most complete efforts I have winessed from the Oilers in a long time! The defence once again was perfect. They actually blocked more shots in total than what L.A. managed to get through to Khabibulin, who was in the net. Khabby only faced 19 shots in total. Not to mention the goal by Corey Potter who joined the rush and got a sweet Johnny-on-the-spot type goal as Sam Gagner put it in front and Potter shoved it home for his second goal of the year and 8th point.
I must say that I (probably like you) never expected Ryan Smyth to have as good of a start as he’s enjouyed thus far. If we would’ve had him last year, his 23 goals would’ve been enough to be the Oilers leading scorer. well he’s already got 6 goals and we’re only at game 13 tonight. hopefully he can keep this pace up and get back to being a 30 goal man.
Khabibulin was perfect again and recorded his second shut-out of the season leading the Oilers to a 3-0 victory. I don’t what else can be said about the Oilers Goalie that hasn’t been said already, accept maybe that it’s been astonishing watching him re-build the wall. In my mind…the wall is done and now he’s just hanging some art work on it too.
Kicking off a six game roadtrip with a win against an up-and-coming team like the Kings, must be a huge boost of confidence heading into Phoenix tonight! Dubnyk will start in net for the Oil, and I assume that is just to ensure Khabibulin gets enough rest and time off. But, Dubnyk is no slouch and deserves his games too. He has played very well this year and is starting to look like the Goalie of this teams future should. With a .938 SV% and a 1.98 GAA, he is ranked in the top 10 among goalies at 7th.
Hopefully Eric Bellanger, who has been unstoppable in the face-off circle for the Oilers so fa, can finally pot a goal against his former team. he is defintely due. Also, if Paajarvi can finally get a point tonight I feel that he’ll break the curse he seems to have been under this season.
Puck drops at 8:10 pm on HNIC, and I for