Friday, December 05, 2008
Heading up north until Monday night so just a quick runthrough of some points of interest for YOUR EDMONTON OILERS for the next week or so.
Apparently Ladi Smid draws in once this weekend. Considering Strudwick actually played well on Wednesday after a few weeks of bad games I'm not sure what gives, although come to think of it it maybe its Grebeshkov who is going to sit. He could certainly bear to remove his head from his ass. Or maybe MacT just plans on running Ladi out Saturday night so when he takes the big collar then MacT can send him back to the PB and say 'see, I told you so'.
I'm sure Strudwick is a terrific guy but Riversq's post at IOF certainly shows that personality can only take you so far. Playing the dregs and getting hammered while doing it is so Matt Greene, circa 2006.
Garon gets his second consecutive start tonight and Jesus just ship someone out please. The foolishness of this situation bears repeating over and over again and I certainly am interested what a guy who had a real nice year last year said or did to deserve getting benched for a month.
The new old first line is coming on strong. Horcoff has bounced back from his poor start and Hemsky continues to announce his arrival as he had moved into the top 15 in NHL scoring on Wednesady night. Penner also deserves mention for his strong play lately. He certainly looks like he is engaged.
Will Schremp have any sustain? If he does, then what happens down the road?
If Schremp does show he can keep it up and then Pisani and Nilsson return then the Oilers will have their most depth up front in a long time. Nice problem to have as the short term could conceivably see a "fourth" line of Nilsson, Pouliot and Pisani.
Can Sam Gagner get going on this homestand?
Two games in California and then a long stretch at home. It appears that MacT has finally settled into a lineup that makes a little sense (to us, at least) and hopefully the club can make some hay. If they do not then look for Cole to move up with two kids when Pisani returns (this may happen anyways). If the club still struggles then look for that threatened trade with players like Grebeshkov, Smid and Nilsson in danger of getting moved, especially the latter if Schremp can show that he can contribute.
Have a great weekend everybody!
Posted by Black Dog at 9:15 PM