Sunday, October 07, 2007
Two games in and two wins and all is well in Oilerville. Hell, why not? Two wins is better then no wins and while we all know that its a long season getting two points from the Sharks and then outplaying the Flyers for another two is far better then a kick in the head.
Unless of course you are a Cubs fan, in which case getting kicked in the head is what its all about.
Going on the road and we'll see what happens when MacT doesn't have the last change.
So, ridiculous commentary from a guy who has seen TSN highlights and nothing else.
The first big question facing Lowe - what to do if in nine games Gagner has six or seven points? By all accounts the kid has played well. He's getting ten minutes a game at ES and has a couple of assists. He's helping the team right now. When Moreau comes back I presume the first man out will be Pouliot and Gagner and Cogliano will play with Sanderson or the captain. So, is this team a better one with Gagner in the lineup? And is the role he has now better for him then going back to London and ripping it up?
Only two games (have to keep telling ourselves that, right?) but there's Gagner and Cogliano, who also has a pair of assists and has played 15 and 12 and a half minutes in the two games. There's Gilbert, who has been fine. And there's Brodziak, a goal and two assists and on the ice protecting the lead last night. Nilsson has nothing to show for a couple of fine games but no complaints about any of the kids thus far.
Two years ago Geoff Sanderson scored twenty five goals. He had a rotten year last season but was struggling with a torn groin among other things. So far he has looked like more then a throw in so here is a ridiculously premature question. If he puts together a decent season do you sign him?
Looks like Marty Reasoner is back.
Maybe Jacques is just a top notch AHL player? Good on him for not sulking as he had the Gordie Howe hat trick in his first game back in the minors. And thank goodness the Oilers sent him down rather then have him sit in the PB for six weeks. Anyhow, he only had four minutes plus on Thursday (compared to Pouliot who played over ten last night); we're talking Winchester like numbers. Its going to be an injury (likely two if Sanderson sticks around and plays well) before he draws in and picks up big minutes with the Oilers. The LW picture for the Oilers - Penner/Torres/Moreau/Sanderson/Thoresen/Trukhno - I think JFJ is going to be the odd man out when all is said and done.
Interesting to note the way the Oilers have rolled the D the first two games. Last night Staios and Pitkanen faced Briere's line while Souray and Greene took on Carter, Lupul and Hartnell. Thursday Greene and Souray faced the Thornton line while they ran Staios and Pitkanen out against Michalek and various others. Don't know if its a question of figuring that Staios and Pitkanen couldn't handle the cycle of the Thornton line, if they just wanted to see if Greene and Souray could handle that assignment or if they are still trying to figure it all out.
Big challenge tomorrow in Detroit.
One last thing, nice moment last night with Smith. Good on the organization for putting together a tribute and great ovation from the fans. Hope to see the same for Smyth when he returns. Both guys left it all on the ice for the club for a long time.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:14 AM