Sharpen your pencils. We’re about to go over the injuries sustained in the last road trip.
Yesterday, it was reported that Tom Gilbert will be out of the lineup for about a month after the injury he sustained from a reckless hit from Dan Carcillo. This makes three Oilers that were knocked out of the lineup due to various injuries on this past road trip.
So Eberle is likely out for a month, RNH will be out for a few more weeks, and the team’s best defenceman will be on the shelf for a month. Ryan Whitney’s ankle hasn’t been feeling right all season. He’s appeared in just 17 games, and hasn’t looked right.
I hate to say it.
You know what time it is?
BUT THERE’S STILL HALF A SEASON
I’ve put it off for as long as I can.
We’re half way through the season today, and I’ve shifted my desires for win streaks and second seasons once again to ‘just win this game’ mode. After their hot start, the Oilers are now 16-22-3, good for 35 points and thirteenth place in the Western Conference.
I assume 94 points as the cut-off for qualifying for the playoffs. Your mileage may vary. To reach 94 points, the Oilers are going to have to finish the season with a 27-9-5 record (or some equivalent) over 41 games.
I love this team, but it’s going to take some divine intervention to win just sixteen games plus eleven in just half a season. With Gil Brule getting picked up by Phoenix yesterday, there goes another guy that could’ve filled a hole somewhere. At least we’ll get to see more Paajarvi. Small comfort?
Losing RNH and Eberle is a huge toll on this team’s goals-for numbers. Losing Gilbert for any length of time guarantees this team’s GAA goes up almost immediately.
The Oilers take on the Devils in the first of a three game homestand back at the Rex. A win might not save the season, but it’d be nice to talk about for the next day or two.
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