17 points in 17 games. "Hurry up, we ought to move him to wing or trade him for a big body presence" - people who are wrong. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports


At 7-7-3, the Oilers will need to finish above .500 on their nine game roadie in order to remain near the playoffs.

It’d be a great time for those 5 on 5 goals to start kicking in.  It’d be really great if they’d kick in tonight against the Blackhawks.

Chicago is sitting pretty atop the Western Conference.  How pretty?  Chicago is sitting so pretty atop the West at a near-superhuman 15-0-3.

If you’re just joining us this season, the Blackhawks haven’t lost a game in regulation time.

15-0-3 is the things that dreams are made of.  That’s 33 points out of a possible 36, an absurd amount of points.  It’s reminiscent of when a specific silver chalice used to make frequent rounds around Edmonton.

What does it all mean?  Chicago is taking names and numbers all over the NHL right now.

But tonight?  It’s going to be different.

Tonight, the shoe goes on the other foot.

It’s time for the Edmonton Oilers to begin to take control of their destiny.  And by “take control”, I don’t mean how it’s time to start taking the sad limp to the top of the draft order while the Cliffhanger music on the Price is Right blares monaurally over a blown out speaker.

It’s time for 5 on 5 goals.

It’s time to start beating tough teams, and Chicago is a damn fine place to start.

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.  That’s not an earth-shattering story by any means, but the Hawks scored just once in sixty minutes.  Hawks netminder Cory Crawford turned aside 28 shots in the shutout, which gives thought to Ray Emery getting the start on the tail end of a back to back.

Emery is a perfect 7-0-0 this season with a .930 SV% and a 2.10 GAA.  But Emery’s had a little trouble playing Edmonton.  There was that one game last year where Ray Emery yielded seven goals in a 9-2 loss to the Oilers.  And who could forget Sam Gagner’s eight point explosion?  Emery was mop-up that night, but yielded three goals on thirteen shots.

The Blackhawks are on the second night of a back-to-back.  That’s as vulnerable as they can be right now.  It’s not too awfully vulnerable,  but it’s the best scenario the Oilers could hope for (save for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane getting lost on the way to the United Center).

So, bring me Ray Emery.  Or, bring me Cory Crawford.

Bring me the Chicago Blackhawks and a playoff game atmosphere.

It is time.

The streak dies tonight.

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