Monday, January 09, 2006

Game #42 - vs Oilers

Edmonton Oilers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Edmonton - 23-15-4 - 50 pts - 7th in West
Pittsburgh - 11-21-9 - 31 pts - 14th in East - 14 pts out of playoffs

The Oilers have struggled of late, losing four of their past six game, including Saturday night against Toronto. Overall, though, this is a good team, with a winning record at home and on the road. Their power play is one of the better ones in the Western Conference, and their penalty kill is about middle of the pack. The West does seem to kill penalties better than the East, however.

The Oilers don't really have any "name" players, other than Ryan Smyth and Chris Pronger. Michael Peca will also be a name familiar to Penguins' fans. The Oilers do, however, have four players averaging just about a point-per-game, Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, Jarret Stoll and the aforementioned Smyth. Lots of good young players who are starting to produce. Sounds like what the Pens need.

Anyway, the playoffs are probably out of reach, but this team needs some wins right now. Hopefully they'll come through tonight. More later if I have time.

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