Wild/Oilers: The all too resistable force meets the as of late very moveable object
As you can see, Cam has provided me with with a picture of Gorilla Monsoon and I'd wager that if you're between the ages of 27-32, seeing the big man brings back a lot of old wrestling memories. The first time I ever heard the phrase "the irrestible force meats the immovable object" I'm pretty sure it came from the lips of the former Mr. Marella. Come to think of it that could also apply to a few other things. For instance, I knew the words Pearl Harbour in reference to sneak attacking someone long before I knew it's historical significance.
In an any case I think this old Gorilla chestnut rings true on an evening where a terrible road team is visiting a side that's all of a sudden forgotten how to win at home.
The Wild were in Vancouver last night and thankfully ended the Canucks streak of luck and winning, ie of the Dys seven consecutive wins, you had two in OT, two more in SO plus another one goal victory to boot. Teams never keep winning like that. But before last night it's important to remember that it had been 12 games since Minnesota last enjoyed a way away from their home rink. Yes they were missing Gaborik and he's no doubt a big piece of their puzzle but that's a long time to suck on the road.
Note: In watching the Wild/Canucks game last night I came to this conclusion. The Wild with Gaborik is like watching The Munsters when Marilyn's in the scene. Yes there's a whole lot of ugly around but it's worth checking out because you might see something nice. Take Marian out of the Minny equation though and it's like a whole episode of scenes between Herman and Grandpa. Yeah no one stopped watching The Munsters because the actors makeup was too ugly but on the other hand I did get you to thinking about Marilyn and now you're looking for pics of her when she was young and super hot. And just know that I was there before you were;) BTW, RIP to Lily
So, back to the real story and even though Minny broke their slump last night, normally you wouldn't be too worried about facing them in your own barn. That is of course unless you were the Oilers and you were 3-5-2 in your last 10 games at Rexall and were giving up goals like Janet Jones gave up great movie roles in the '80's, 90's and I guess the '00's. Wait, that analogy doesn't really work now does it?;)
Of course it hasn't always been like this for the '07 Oilers because they started out 8-2 and with a +16 GD, 39 GF and 23 GA. The offense was in full effect and Roloson was about as impenatrable as the liquor cabinet of your local RCMP officer when his son threw parties while his folks were away for the weekend.
Times have changed though and while the Oilers are still scoring goals at home, hell even a guy like Lupul who's an absolute plus/minus sinkhole on the road, ie -15 in 23 games, is a somewhat respectable +1 in the friendly confines, overall things have gone downhill. Note: it's probably not fair to sinkholes to compare them to Lupul's road production. So just remember that if you happen to meet up with a sinkhole and you guys start talking hockey.
On the overall tip, Dwayne Roloson has played well in his last three starts and in four out of five by my eye and we all know how important that is. A big part of the Oilers recent home woes was the Simcoe, Ontario native looking a little bit sieveish and particularily in the two losses to the Avs. If his play is all of a sudden raceing back to speed then there's a lot of reasons to like the Oilers chances tonight.
In the meantime and in between time, yes I know that's an Ed Whalen thing but sometimes you want to make Flames fans feel comfortable, ie always keep your friends around you close, but your enemies..;), it would be easy to focus on the Oilers modest two game winning streak and the fact they've put up eight points in their last five games and thus we couldd consider tonight's matchup as a chance to regain the home mojo. But then I think back to the Wild's '06 reign of terror against the Oil and all I can remember are things like the prematurely bald Pierre Marc Bouchard, ie it's so bad that it even makes Alex Auld chuckle, and how he scored 12 points in those eight divisional matchups.
I want to believe in the Oilers but right now they're just making it super hard to do so. I said I'd regain some faith if they hit the 5 games over .500 mark and a win tonight would move them four games over with tomorrow night's BOA showdown finishing up HNIC's HDIC.
I have a feeling the Oilers are DOA come tomorrow night but for now we'll focus on the Wild.
Though tomorrow night's game should be a ring a ding dong dandy!!
Ok, I'll stop now.