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
No, I am not an Oil fan, but I know that today's NHL system only allows an organisation to keep young quality talent for only a short time before the cost is prohibitive. The Oil's youth better be madeevident next year by a solid run at and into the playoffs.
The new CBA only allows teams to keep a young solid core for so long. Calgary experienced it for years when poor management had no talent being developed and no talent on the ice. Kevin Lowe making a deal like he did for Dustin Penner shows that he isnt with the "new" program. The coach and GM cant afford to let a slide early in the season kill the whole year.
There are only a handful of skilled teams (GM/Coach) in the NHL currently and those should be the teams that for the current and for years to come that they should be able to ice a quality product.
powell, 2008-03-27 06:50:51
Are you an oilers fan? If so you sure turn your back easily. Yes they started out bad, they didn't have much to work with. Yes Lowe made some bad trades. Super putts Pronger wanted out and he let him go, when he should have said too bad. Mac T can only work with what he's got. Half the line up was rookies or new to the team. How well do you expect them to play? I was at the season opener and have sence been to a total of 4 games this year. Every time I was there they have gotten better. What they need to do is leave things alone in the off season and come out next year to play. Get a cup before the young guys want too much money, I'm thinkin we probably have one more year then they will be up for new contracts.
Dwain, 2008-03-26 23:46:54
I reminded them that they have a skilled team and need a coach and GM to take them to the next level.
they didnt like that so they suspended me.
You cant win the Stanley Cup in the first quarter of the season, but you can certainly lose it....
powellm1k, 2008-03-26 22:00:53
If anything, Nashville has best chance to unseat someone else by virtue of playing outside the Northwest Division.
mel, 2008-03-26 18:58:43
Dallas - .250; Minnesota .300 (so both are virtual shoo-ins); Vancouver - .500; Colorado - .600; Nashville - .800; Edmonton .900; Chicago 1.000.
And the thing is, some of those teams will be playing each other, so SOMEONE is going to be collecting at least 2 points, and several will no doubt get that 1 point from an OT/SO loss.
Edmonton pretty much has to run the table, and in regulation time when they play Colorado and Vancouver.
Nashville might have the "easiest" schedule left of that bunch. We'll see.
George O'Leary, 2008-03-26 18:41:54