Game Day Blog 36/82: Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals, Canadiens @ Oilers
Last game before the break! Oil have a shot at winning four (!!!) straight heading into Christmas. Fun fact, the Oilers are the highest scoring team in hockey since they made Connor and Leon and Nuge centre their own lines. Niemi is starting tonight and I’m not even sure that’s a good thing despite the fact that he’s played for four teams in the last calendar year and who is a general tire fire in the crease, but he’s not a perennial Vezina candidate so we’ll see how this goes.
Tonight’s Opponent: Montreal Canadiens.
Their Record: 16-15-4, 36 points
Big win in Calgary last night boys that’s what’s up.
Our Record: 16-17-2, 34 points OH WE HOT 4-1 since this happened:
Connor happy makes it move. MIDNIGHT.
Last Time We Played These Idiots: Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm yes.
we got screwed over big time , nobody can beat refereeing like that , the ref's sealed the deal in the third … I honestly believe the game is fixed .. those 2 penalties against Gally were a joke …
— Flatulent Frog (@FlatulentFrog) December 10, 2017
This is classic Montreal. Of course that, in a 6-2 complete fucking demolition, it was the refs who ultimately screwed them over. THE GAME IS FIXED durrrrr *burp*. Your team stinks and your GM hides behind plants to avoid talking about his utter mishandling of assets. I hope Sergachev wins the Calder while Drouin perpetually contributes 42 points per year, and PK Subban wins the Conn Smythe. I hate you.
What Do The Habs Have? Ales Hemsky remains injured after colliding with air, meaning unless he (very unlikely) gets traded, he’ll never play another game in Edmonton. There’s absolutely no way he remains an NHL player and/or a functioning human after this year.
Phillip Danault is currently leading the team in points with 21, five more than our fourth line centre. Karl Alzner makes Kris Russell’s contract look like a goddamn bargain. Hey, we already know this. We clobbered this team in their own barn just two weeks ago. Business as usual.
Ben Scrivens is fighting for a starting job on Team Canada because of his inability to be an NHL goalie and Zack Kassian is a top 10 scorer on the Edmonton Oilers.
What Do We Have? I haven’t read anything on the lines yet and I’m honestly watching the Colts inevitably lose right now so let’s just assume they’re rolling the same lines as the ones that took control of the third period Thursday night.
Hey look, centre depth is GOOD:
Oilers last 12 GP (8-4-0) with 97/29/93 at C:
Lucic leads wingers with 4-7-11/+8
EDM PP just 4/34 (11.8%)
Oilers getting solid 5v5 production at C
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) December 23, 2017
As previously mentioned, this team has been bombarding opponents since the lineup shift. We have all four lines rolling. We have a goalie that has simply refused to lose this entire month. We’re finally almost healthy. If we get the special teams going we’re going to cruise into a playoff spot, I personally guarantee it.
Did You Know? Carey Price is 2-7-1 all time against the Oil, with a beautiful 3.73 GAA and a 0.859 SV% so Montreal is wisely not starting him tonight. Sadly for the Habs, their backup is Antti Niemi, and he is fucking terrible. Connor is nine back of the league lead going into tonight and he honestly might catch Kucherov after this one.
Prediction: It’s a 5:00 start so it doesn’t qualify as an afternoon game, and we’re playing against probably the worst goalie in the NHL. 7-1 Oilers. Connor with four. Jesse with two. All the lines get a point. It’s Christmas Eve Eve. Let’s GO.
PS – Pint after the game see ya’ll there.