Thursday, November 03, 2005


Oilers Game Day - Detroit

Season Record: 6-6-1 Season Record: 12-1-0

Head-to-Head: 0-0-0 Head-to-Head: 0-0-0

Last Game: 5-1 Win vs ColumbusLast Game: 4-1 Loss vs Chicago


The Oil starts out their annual hellish road trip in Detroit, where they haven't won a game since November 25, 2002. Of course, it was a heck of a long time since they won in Dallas, too.

As I predicted back here, Detroit is looking as good as they always have, although their schedule has been ridiculously soft (2 wins each vs CBJ & STL, 3 wins over CHI, and only 2 other road wins). Tonight they are looking to break their franchise record for points over the first 14 games of the season, and actually even the NHL record of 25 points currently held by the 1984-1985 Oilers, among others.

A win tonight for the Oil would be huge, and not just because it would get them to or .500 (no matter how you slice the numbers). It is pretty important to start off strong on these kind of long road trips, because if they go badly at the beginning, the hotel food gets tired quickly.

Prediction: 4-3 Oil on a terrible goal by Osgood.


The thing is, Detroit's schedule is going to be 'soft' all season. They play 24 games against Columbus, Chicago and St. Louis, likely the three worst teams in the West.

I'm looking forward to seeing Osgood score another goal tonight. ;)

And if you believe, like I do, that Nashville is something short of elite, the Central standings could end up looking a lot like the '85/86 Smythe Division standings:

Edmonton, 119
Calgary, 89
Winnipeg, 59
Vancouver, 59
Los Angeles, 54

Wow... good prediction. (Although I didn't watch or listen to the game and so don't know if Osgood let in any softies)

You called it, 4-3 Oil. I like where things are headed right now!

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