Best in the West?
The Minnesota Wild found themselves atop the Western Conference for more than 2 games. Heck, they found themselves to be the best in the whole league. Ridiculous.
This is the team that re-invented trap hockey.
Shudder at that thought.
Anyhoo, they haven't won in 5 games. The Oilers haven't won in 4.
Something's got to give tonight.
Hemsky is sick.
Not like "man, that dangle was sick" like he's been prior to this season, but more like "I need a nap and I think I might have caught the flu watching you" sick.
If he plays, Petrell will sit - Hordichuk and B-eager draw in against the hard-hitting, face-crushing Wild.
Lander was practicing on the third line - does this mean he'll move up in lieu of Belanger? Not likely.
Glorious Prediction - Oilers snap 5 game home-skid, 4 game NHL skid with a resounding 5-1 victory. RNH, who hasn't scored in 5 games (legasp), will burst with 2 and 2. Ebs, of course, tallies 3 points.
Realistic Prediction - Keep predicting we'll win and we will! Although all signs (the fact we're playing on Sportsnet Edmonton, the channel we have yet to win on) point to a loss, I'm just going to wing it, say that the Oilers win on Taylor Hall's mad-hatter 3-2.
ELPH Prediction - The worst kind of loss. 2-0. One of them was an empty netter, the other a powerplay marker. Oilers fans are treated to lovely trap hockey for the whole game.