Monday, November 9, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Oilers This Week

Last week:

After back-to-back losses to the two New York teams, the Oilers kicked off a five game road trip by beating the league-best Colorado Avalanche 5-3,their first home loss of the season. After going 0-for-5 on the power play in the first two games of the week, the Oilers scored four times with the man advantage in seven tries against the Avs. At this point, they’re 8-81 and 3-4-1 against their own division.

This week:

Oilers @ Senators
Tuesday Nov. 10th – Pre game: 4pm, Puck drop: 5:30pm; 630 CHED

-The Oilers are 1-3 against the Eastern Conference so far this season, but they’ll be up against an Ottawa Senators team with three losses in their last four games and five of seven. Captain Daniel Alfredsson leads the team with 18 points, but just six goals. Mike Fisher leads the Sens with four power play goals.

Oilers @ Sabres
Wednesday Nov. 11th – Pre game: 3:30pm, Puck drop: 5pm; 630 CHED

-The Northeast division leading Buffalo Sabres are a tough team play at HSBC Arena – they’ve lost just three times in eight games at home and are an equally impressive 4-2-0 on the road. After an 8-1-1 start to the season, the Sabres have lost two straight and three of four. Edmonton shooters will have a tough test getting the puck past Ryan Miller – he’s one of the league’s hottest goalies right now, with a 1.89 GAA and .936 save percentage.

Oilers @ Thrashers
Sunday Nov. 15th – Pre game: 10:30am, Puck drop: 12pm; 630 CHED

-The Atlanta Thrashers are a measly 2-4-0 at home this season, but they’ve won 3-of-5. They’re 2-2 to start the month of November and they’re 3-3 since losing star forward Ilya Kovalchuk to injury. A big reason they haven’t completely tanked since Kovalchuk has been out is the play of net minder Ondrej Pavelec, who has 30+ saves in about half of his starts this season.

Who’s hot:

The Oilers power play – After a bit of a drought, the Oilers scored four power play goals in seven tries against the Avalanche. Mike Comrie, Tom Gilbert, Dustin Penner and Ryan Potulny all scored PPGs against the Avs.

Nikolai Khabibulin – Another 30+ save performance for the Bulin Wall against Colorado. That’s three straight games with at least 34 saves, which gives the Oil a chance to win every night.

What to watch for:

Edmonton’s win over the Avalanche was just their second road win of the season – if the Oilers want to climb the standings, they need to start winning away from Rexall Place.

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