Edmonton heads into tonight’s game in Los Angeles with renewed optimism. It was only a few short weeks ago, that many hockey fans were lamenting the fact that Canada wouldn’t have all six teams in the playoffs this year. With tonight’s game on the line, the Oilers are only 2 points away, from making it six for six.
A remarkable run in the last two weeks has the Oilers playing some pretty entertaining hockey and the team has been coming together nicely ever since that run began. Strong goaltending from Ty Conklin, solid defence and a renewed scoring touch has all been responsible for the rocket up the standings. Last night’s win over San Jose indicative of their new found belief in themselves. Prior to last nights game, Edmonton had not won in San Jose in four years, the win last night perhaps an indication that they are for real now.
Tonight they face the Los Angeles Kings, another important two points up for grabs, a win and they pass St. Louis and will be tied for the seventh with Nashville, all of a sudden they’re in the thick of the playoff race.
Back in Edmonton, the bandwagon is filling up with believers, the Oilers are back, the fans are scrambling, there’s playoff hockey on the horizon for the Oil. Nervous times for St. Louis and Nashville, the Oilers look to be peaking at just the right time.
After all, once you make the playoffs anything can happen. A hot goaltender, a team that has meshed can go a long way. Having clawed their way into the playoff race, the Oilers would seem to be the favorite of the three bottom teams to survive come the end of the season.