The question I have for tonight is "How many goals will the Oilers be able to get past the Wild goaltenders"? I have a self serving motive however, 'I will be at the game'.
With Hall out of the lineup it does look different. He is a emotional leader on the ice with his play and not only brings the fans to their feet but also serves as a motivation to his teammates. It will be a solid test tonight as the Wild will be looking for some pay back after the man handling they took just last week back in Minnesota.
I believe the Predators game was in hand, and the bogus call on Ryan Jones changed the complexity of the game. It took away the emotion and charge that was created up to that point, not to mention the fight back (hard hitting) that Jones had after just being hit himself. How can a team play effective worried they will get called for penalties for clean solid hits like that? I know I hear people say our players are to small to play a hard hitting game. Yeah, we are not the Dallas Stars but didn't RNH knock Morrow out a few games just the other week with a solid return hit? If little RNH (in weight) can play a solid game and return checks, why can't the whole team? I don't mean running around hitting guys, I mean playing a solid game and returning checks and finishing checks when needed or able.
It is up to this team to show their home fans what they are truly made of. This team has enough top end forward talent and decent top 4 defenceman to come out of this game with yet another win. The question remains, "Are the Edmonton Oilers for real? Or were they catching a early break on the teams in the early goings of the season?"
Looks like Sam Gagner gets a sneak peek on the second line with Hemsky and Horcoff. Find it odd that Paajarvi got a one game look and unlike Rob Brown and a few other MSM, I did not feel Magnus had a bad game. In fact the play died more often on the stick of Hemsky and Horcoff. To me Magnus was the one creating early on, as the game wore on, the entire team starting looking weak everywhere.
Yes, Magnus needs to do something more, but truth is, his linemates did nothing to help him against the Predators. In the meanwhile, Gagner will get a go. I like Gagner, but this guy has been given chance after chance and even when he gives up the puck, rarely do I hear the coaches analyzing his game in the media like some others. Horcoff, Hemsky, Gagner and Gilbert seem to escape the wrath of the coaching staff and management often. Not saying I am displeased with Gilbert or Horcoff this year, but the other two have not shown me anything to say they look to be a big part of the future of the Edmonton Oilers.
My predictions for today's game at Rexall Place
Gametime 7:30pm CHED630am/TSN
REV'S Edmonton Oiler
Gameday Predictions Nov 30th/11
1.The PP has been struggling as of late but can't see them not getting a breakthrough tonight. The Oilers score on the PP.
2. Expecting to see the winning to begin again starting tonight. Big Oilers win!
3. Smyth has slowed as of late, but time to see his name back on the scoresheet with a point tonight
4. Teubert has been looking better each game. I am really liking him in a 6 or 7 defencemen role. His icetime has slowly improved depending on the tightness of the game. Teubert with 14plus mins tonight.
5. While the Oilers may not be winning lots of games they are doing decent on defence with goals allowed. Expect to see a max of 3 goals against tonight.
(EV'S PREDICTIONS TO DATE: 54 for 100 = 54%)
Tough night for the team against the Predators but hoping we see some goals being racked up by a high flying Oilers team tonight!
As the great Ed Whalen used to say "In the meantime and in between time, that's it, for another edition of...REV'S PREDICTION" (bolded words are not Whalen's words)
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