I am at a loss for words and anyone that knows me or follows me on twitter knows this is no easy feat. Been there done that, the Oilers keep playing the same sad song. The Oilers are very predictable. 18 games and the Oilers are still losing every game the same way. Last game, Hemsky turns over the puck on a blind back pass and the Flyers go the other way, Ference backs in too far and Dubnyk lets another long shot in and it’s 3-2. The Oilers kill a ridiculous five-minute major to Anton Belov. The Oilers can now try to get the equalizer. Nope, Dubnyk lets another stinker this time from the red line and 4-2. The only question for Oiler fans is who will make the mistake(s) that costs them the game. It is a different culprit every night.
Tonight the Oilers are in Chicago for the last game of their 4 game road trip (if you’re going to be in Chicago, you can find Oilers vs. Blackhawks tickets here.) A win would actually make the road trip somewhat acceptable. A .500 road trip is what a lot of teams strive for but then again the Oilers are 4-12-2. Edmonton has some success against Chicago in the past. Chicago has a tendency to want to run and gun with the Oilers, and that is a game the Oilers love to play. Hopefully Chicago falls into that trap again! There is some speculation that Khabibulin might start for Chicago. His save percentage is hovering around the Jason LaBarbera mark. That would be good news, if true, but the Oilers have a tendency to make all goalies look like all-stars. Going to the net is a foreign concept to most of our forwards.
The Lines tonight make some sense.
The Oilers have put together 3 lines that can score and Arcobello moves back to centre where he had success. Gazdic is out with a shoulder injury and the defence stays the same.
I am not going to make any predictions, but I would love to see the Oilers find a way to win. I am not used to not having anything to say!