SUN Hockey Pool

Oiler pride running thin

RICHARD LIEBRECHT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Another Edmonton Oilers loss — this time to their provincial rivals — is stomping on the little pride left in Oil Country.

“I don’t think anyone, including players, are in the mindset that winning is No. 1,” said Oilers fan Matt Glover, 25, at Hudsons on Campus, 11113 87 Ave., before Saturday’s game.

“I don’t think it’s worth getting too excited over whoever wins tonight.”

The Oilers and Flames squared off at the Saddledome in Calgary Saturday night. Calgary beat the Oilers 6-1.

But losing only advances a harsh reality for the Oilers — they’re dead last in the league, completely out of playoff contention.

There’s always pride on the line playing Calgary, but with neither team at the top of their game — Calgary brought a nine-game losing streak to the match, the Oilers riding a 12-game skid — the stakes are low, said one fan.

“I’d say expectations are a bit low right now, so I don’t know if a loss would matter that much,” said Daniel Jordan, 26, from the Pint pub, 10125 109 St.

Playing Calgary is “just that little bit of extra excitement in your win.”

“They both look like they’re trying to lose to get their best rookie pick,” said Jeanette Delgrosso, 23, also from the Pint. “(The Oilers losing) confirms they’re trying to lose.”

She described the loss as “shameful.”

richard.liebrecht@sunmedia.ca


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