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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Game Day "Canadians"

 As the Oilers take to the ice tonight against the most storied franchise in the history of the NHL, they will do so with a chip on their shoulders. As much as can be said that Edmonton has been lucky to win the numbers of games they have, you can also say, they had to be that good. They are not to happy with the latest outcome recently against the Coyotes, and will look to get back in the win column tonight. While Montreal is no powerhouse anymore, they also are very hard to play in their own barn.

Look to see the Veterans with a bounce back game, as they attempt to really take the game of dump and chase to the Canadians. The '106' Line of Hall/RNH/Eberle will no doubt be trying to get on the board early and fast. Speaking of this line, I surely hope Hall dumps a few more pucks in rather then getting crushed when taking the puck in from the outside. After last game, I was sure to hear how he was nursing some kind of injury. He definitely is feisty and determined but I can't see him taking that kind of physical punishment game after game and still be healthy enough to play all the games this season.

Sounds like Paajarvi spent some time in length in conversation with Coach Renney yesterday at practice, let's hope we see his play move up in a positive arrow. Also would be nice to see Gagner create less turnovers with the puck in a game. He is a smart player and maybe he is still getting his legs under him and struggling to gel as a RW player. Time will tell.(Edited..Paajarvi will be in the press box now as Hemsky comes in to play with Horcoff and Smyth and Jones replaces Magnus. I have a feeling the pressbox will now be used on a rotation for players not performing to peak levels. Could Gagner be next? Not sure how I feel about this, but the players need to know they either perform at the top of their game or they will be sat a game or two. Good incentive)

Unfortunately, sounds like Teubert will be sitting in favour of Barker coming back into the lineup but life is as it is and Teubert will likely be headed back to OKC real soon. Not because his play has been poor but because of contracts and numbers. I expect him to be 1st call up next time a defender goes down, that is, unless Petry gets sent back to OKC upon the return of Andy Sutton.

Cheers to all Oiler Fans in hopes of another win on this long and nasty road trip.

My predictions for tonight's game in Montreal 
Gametime 5:30pm CHED630am/Sportsnet-West

REV'S Edmonton Oiler
Gameday Predictions Nov 8th/11

1.  The scoring will continue from RNH. With a smaller team his main focus will have to be speed but being elusive and adaptive, I am sure he will find a way to make it happen.
2. The Oilers will be on the PK a minimum of 2x or more facing a much faster team as they will be trying to slow them down.
3. Belanger came through last game but Horcoff has seemed to drop off quite abit from early season in FO%. The Oilers as a team will win the higher % of FO wins tonight.
4. Having scored only two goals last game, I expect to see that up to 3 or more this game. This team has to break out one game, why not the Canadians?
5. Khabby will play tonight and keep the goals against, no more then 2. Lets hope he can keep riding this lucky horseshoe.

A loss and a bad FO% by Horcoff really disapointed me but have to leave that behind and jump back behind the wheel. (53% and counting)

As the great Ed Whalen used to say "In the meantime and in between time, that's it, for another edition of...REV'S PREDICTION" (bolded words are not Whalen's words)

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