Thursday, October 12, 2006
Its early. While its better to be 3 and 0, like San Jose, then have 1 point out of four games, like the Hurricanes, it doesn't matter. Remember the Oilers' seven game winless streak early last year?
Having said that, I picked the Sharks to represent the West in the Cup this season. They are the youngest team in the league, they have a whack of salary cap room, even with the Jersey trade and they are motivated by close calls in the playoffs the last two seasons.
They have a three year window before Marleau and Thornton are UFAs.
They scare me.
Two lines that can score and score in a big way. While Cheechoo has not yet gotten untracked, Raffi Torres' victim Milan Michalek has three goals in three games already. Without big acquisition Mark Bell in the lineup the Sharks ran roughshod over the Flames the other night.
And rookie Dman Matt Carle is making people forget Tom Preissing already.
Tonight the revamped Oilers' D gets to face a big, fast squad with a whack of talent. There will be no hiding Laddy Smid against this team.
A big test.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:45 AM