Oilers/Flames: And I Won't Forget To Put Roses On Your Grave
The Oilers suck right now and there's no two ways about it. I could make excuses for them but at this point I'm none too interested in putting lipstick on that particular pig. I'm in a pretty piss mood today as I spend the better part of it flipping back and forth between three NFL games hoping my Titans could pull off a major playoff run comeback. It wasn't to be though, and the Broncos are currently pounding the Niners anyway so Ten most likely wasn't gonna get all the last day helped it needed, but combine that with the Oilers decision to start sucking at home and I'm not exactly in a great mood here this evening.
It was frustrating enough when the Oilers sucked on the road and were picking up the slack at home but now the Oilers are allowing goals at Rexall at an alarming rate and it brings to mind the old Harry Neale line about how his team couldn't win at home or on the road but they'd be fine as soon as they found a third venue to play in.
So all that aside it's New Year's Eve and the Oilers are heading to Calgary. I'd been looking forward to this game basically all year and really only changed my tune after the Oilers lost to the Kings at Rexall this past Thursday. I figured the Oilers and Flames would be duking it out for the NW crown and this had marquee matchup written all over it and back in the not too distant days when the Oilers were playing without both 83 and 94 some of us openly talked about holding the fort until Mick and Keith returned and then we'd be ready to return to Altamont.
Well both the Glimmer Twins have returned but the Oilers remain more Dirty Work then Exile On Main Street.
This year has been a total rollercoaster and it's only because some of us didn't give a super hard look at the Oilers roster of defensemen. I still believe that forwards drive the results but the minute the Oilers began using a 20 year old as their 4th dman at ES was the minute we should've known this season was likely to end in frustration. So you take that reality and throw in the fact that Joffrey Lupul's been a bigger bust than Cherry Pepsi and that Shawn Horcoff's sniping like Sean Pronger and here we are.
I wouldn't pick the Oilers to win in Calgary even if they were banging on all eight. This always smacked to me of a homer series and the Oilers hit Cowtown running on little more than fumes.
A win tonight would be good for the confidence and great for their divisional standing but when you've gone 12-15-2 in your last 29 games, yes I'm keeping track, one win's just a blip no matter the competition.
In the meantime, subsitute Kevin Lowe for San Diego and let's remember the unfortunate remark that once temporarily ended Ron Bergundy's San Diego broadcasting career.