Thursday, December 29, 2005


Wasted Opportunity

The Oil went into the two games vs Minnesota with a terrific opportunity to firmly grasp 1st in the Northwest and to bury the Wild for the rest of the season. Instead, Minnesota is fully back in the mix -- only 3 points out of 8th with a game in hand, and the Oil are only 6 points out of missing the playoffs again.

It must be acknowledged, however, that Minnesota is a greatly underrated team. In previous seasons (and the early part of this season while Gaborik was hurt) they would just trap like hell and dump the puck in. Now when they turn you over they actually look to score -- and they have some guys who can put the puck in the net. Combine that with their robotic discipline and with the way Fernandez is playing, and it all adds up to a pretty solid team. I would hate to play these guys in the playoffs.

Oh, ya, and it would probably help if we would stop going down two goals in every game we play. Hey, I know, how about stop playing Conklin so much.

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