Ok, ok, calm yourselves Oilers fans. You’ve won two games in a row now, and it isn’t quite time to go pick out the best spot along Jasper Ave. for the Cup parade. Two wins in a row is nice, especially after a long drought and a pretty brutal month of hockey. But there really isn’t much to celebrate here.
Two wins in a row.
Against dismal competition.
The Calgary Flames had a nice start to the year, but there is no fooling anybody that they are a decent team. Since their hot start, they have been taking the plunge towards the bottom of the league, where everybody expected them to be in the first place. They are such a miserable mess, that there are probably several players in that dressing room that can’t even name their own starting goalie. The rebuild is full-on in Calgary.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are…well, they’re the Blue Jackets. If ever there has been an NHL team that is cursed, it is this sad-sack organization, one that still has yet to win a playoff game in their entire existence. Injuries are mounting, and they are not a good team, even with a move to the far easier Eastern Conference. Like most people predicted, the BJ’s goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, has fallen back to earth after his exciting and unexpected Vezina season last year. Nobody is under any illusions that the BJs are a good team.
There were some good things for the Oilers last night. Scoring seven is always a good thing. But this is barely NHL competition they are facing right now. Get some wins against some real teams, put together a bit of a run against some of the many, many teams they are already chasing for a playoff spot, and then we can talk. Until then, it is just a slight boost of morale for a dejected fan base. A reason to say some good things about the team on the radio for the first time in a long time.
It seems every year this team will put together a nice little five game win streak that gets everybody overly excited, before they end up falling flat on their faces once again.
With the dismal Florida Panthers up next, I can see them push this to three in a row…get those overly heightened expectations up!