Can exuberance make up for inexperience? Can momentum make it possible to scoff at long odds?
The Edmonton Oilers insist the answer is yes. And now that they've climbed to within three points of a Western Conference playoff berth with 12 wins in their last 15 games, who's to say they're wrong?
Can the Oilers make the post-season? Have your say in our forum.
Oilers trying to sneak into playoffs
George, all I'm saying is that until math officially eliminates them I will still think they have a shot. A long one no doubt, but '06 was also long, hell, they needed Vancouvers help and it didn't happen until game 82. They do indeed have a great future ahead and have already done a good job in screwing Burke over for his draft pick.
Dwain, I don't know if you noticed this but Pronger is now officially the most suspended player currently playing in the NHL and his team was circling the drain until Neidermeyer and Selanne came back. Edmonton got Smid out of that deal, a great young d-man who last time I checked has never been suspended...and please don't mention Lupul.
powellm1k, last time I looked Penner was one of the Oilers best players and Burkes pick was becoming lower every game. He traded possible future for certain future and yeah, it was also a roll of the dice but seriously, do you think all NHL GM's know EXACTLY how every deal will turn out? Sometimes you have to take chances.
Al, you know that Garon's been injured the last 6 games right? You know that more than a few goals in that stretch bounced off of defencemen right? In the last Minny game, they hit four or five posts that night. I watched it and asides from a couple costly mistakes they were handling the Wild fairly easily. Just wasn't in the cards that night, and do you seriously think MacT sent Stortini after Boogard? or that Stortini planned it that way? Give your head a shake because it was clearly Boogard who wanted that and Stortini won't back down even if he is overmatched. As for them not playing too well against tight checking teams, didn't they chase both of the Wild's goalies the other night? Oh yes the power play, yeah, how awful. They haven't scored in 6 games on the PP so let's sound the alarms. It only improved from 30th to 19th in 2 months, so of course 3 dry games spells panic. Sometimes my fellow Oiler fans infuriate me. This team loses over 300 man games to injury, a new club record in fact, including Horcoff, Souray and Moreau; then they proceed to go from 13th to 9th(yes, 10th right now) in a little over a month but still people feel a need to cry about coaching, GM, defense blahblahblah. I hope all you fair-weather fans break your ankles hopping off of the bandwagon. I bleed copper and blue. Always have and always will and I live to see them prove everybody wrong.
GO OILERS GO!!!
Norbit, 2008-03-28 03:52:37
Run N Gun guys cant play to well against tight checking and tough teams.
Al, 2008-03-27 23:22:01
The math this year has to do with closing the gap on 8th from their current 10th spot, and passing two teams to get there. After last night, the odds are even greater.
But I agree. They certainly have a better future than, say, the Leafs. And the higher they go, the lower pick that idiot Burke will have.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-27 13:53:26