Saturday, January 14, 2006


Oilers Game Day - Ottawa

Season Record: 24-15-5 Season Record: 29-10-3


This is a huge test for the Oilers tonight.

Depending on who gets the start in net, I can see the Sens scoring anywhere between 4 and 10 goals tonight. Man, given the way Ottawa goes to the net, I'm predicting rebounds are going to kill us. And if Edmonton take as many penalties as they did in NY, it is going to get ugly.

Having said that, the Sens have lost 3 of their last 4, and the Oil have had Ottawa's number of late -- Ottawa only has 5 wins alltime vs Edmonton, and none since 2002-03. Also, Spezza is still out.

Prediction: Goals aplenty. Should be a fun one.


I've got a weird feeling about this one; I think that the Oilers might pull it off. I'm very interested to see who gets the start-Conklin hasn't faced a lot of good offensive teams compared to Jussi this year and this doesn't seem like the time to start that. On the other hand, a Jussi loss generally equals a Conklin start. I'd prefer Jussi but I suspect it will be Conklin. Hopefully Ottawa gets those first two quickly so we can get Jussi in and proceed with the hockey game.

The question really isn't who starts this one in net, it is who finishes.

You've nailed it, I think. Conks will probably get the start -- which is just agonizing -- he will give up a couple of goals, neither of which will look particularly soft, then Jussi will come in, give up one really bad goal, settle down for a while and give up 2 more that, again, don't really look that bad.

Bob Cole and Harry Neale?

"The Edmonton player dumps it in deep, picked up by the Ottawa player, who's pressured by the Edmonton player..."

"You know Bob, I was talking to Pat Quinn the other day and he had nothing really interesting to say about this game."

It's going to be a long night.

That was an AWFUL first goal by Ottawa. Some people might say otherwise, but I didn't realized CBC was televising a game with six-year olds, where the goalie WATCHES the puck go across the crease to an open attacker who calmly taps it in. I felt nauseous until Bergy saved our ass.

Yeah I agree, although I wanted to see others say so first to make sure my distaste for Conklin isn't colouring my opinion. I've defended Jussi this year after goals like that, but I see to recall the passes being 10 feet further away. That was easily enough stopped by Conklin.

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