Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Oilers This Week

Last week:

The Oilers kicked off the week with a win over the Canucks, but then dropped back-to-back contests against the Ducks and the Blues as they play out the remainder of the season.

Andrew Cogliano scored the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the Canucks and the Oil gave up two late power play goals in a 3-2 loss three nights later to the Ducks. They rounded out the week with a 2-1 loss to the Blues thanks to a third period goal by veteran Keith Tkachuk.

This week:

Edmonton continues a four-game road trip with stops in Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix this week and can play the role of spoiler a bit along the way.

Oilers @ Wings
Tuesday March 30th - Pre game: 4pm, Puck drop: 5:30pm; 630 CHED

-The Edmonton Oilers can sweep their season series with the Red Wings if they can beat them on Tuesday night at the Joe. For whatever reason, the Wings have had a tough time against the last place Oilers, but they need the points right now as they fight for playoff position. Detroit is on a coming into this game, having won five straight and eight of their last nine - vaulting them into a race for fifth with the Nashville Predators.

Oilers @ Stars
Friday April 2nd - Pre game: 5pm, Puck drop: 6:30pm; 630 CHED

-Both teams are playing for pride at this point in the season, but players on both clubs are doing their best to impress their respective coaching staffs right now, with next season in mind. The Stars, like the Oilers, are in a position to ruin the party for other teams these days, but have lost two of their last three coming into this week. Edmonton has taken two of the three meetings so far this season, all of which were one-goal games.

Oilers @ Coyotes
Saturday April 3rd - Pre game: 6:30pm, Puck drop: 8pm; 630 CHED

-The Coyotes are easily the biggest surprise of this season and the last week or two of the year will be the difference between them finishing first overall in the West or not. Coming into this week, the Coyotes are four points back of the Sharks for first in their division and first overall in the conference - wouldn't that be something if they can end up leading the West? Before they meet up with the Oilers, the Coyotes face the Canucks and the Flames.

Who's hot:

Cogliano/Penner/Brule - This has been the best line for the Oilers in the past few weeks; they're putting up points and they've become the go-to guys for the team. Gilbert Brule has put up 16 goals on the season, Andrew Cogliano has saved an otherwise bad season and Dustin Penner is closing in on his first 30-goal season.

What to watch for:

Job Search - Quite a few members of the Edmonton Oilers are playing for a job next season and with less than ten games left on the schedule, it should be interesting to see who steps up. There are some young forwards that could make a statement, a few defensemen that don't have a contract past this season and of course - Jeff Deslaurier and Devan Dubnyk battling in goal.

Springfield's Prospects - Speaking of fighting for jobs - the Springfield Falcons are home to some of the Oilers big up and coming prospects including the likes of Jordan Eberle. Eberle has eight points (3g, 5a) in six games on the farm, while it'll be fun to see how a guy like newly-signed NCAA prospect Jeff Petry works out down there.

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