After a disappointing loss to the Ottawa Senators, who are brutal on the road, and a very bitter loss to their arch rivals on new years after blowing three leads the Edmonton Oilers Fans are officially angry.
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As I alluded to in my last blog several friends of mine are Oiler fans and I did hear about it on new years with out even having a chance to gloat! I was receiving calls and text messages about how ashamed they are.
On the positive side for the Oilers I think you'd have to agree they came out flying and pumped up. I'd argue that Kipper was one of the reason the Flames won but also we simply have a super star player and that can make the difference some games.
In addition the Oilers had some key injuries where the Flames didn't and Roloson played very well, having said that I'm sure he'd argue for interference on a goal if an opposing player was just in his end. His act wears on officials and when players do bump him he gets the "boy who cried wolf" treatment.
One has to wonder after this week what the Oilers coaching staff will look like, there is two contests in which they can win against Dallas and the awful Islanders and two measuring stick games against San Jose and Vancouver. If they fail 3 of 4 I'd say MacT will be looking over his shoulder. Vancouver is winning despite having so many goalie injuries they traded for a 4th goalie where Edmonton has three and can't get it done so that divisional contest in a key for that team.
The season is only half over and the Oilers could theoretically win the division still but a major run and a lot of luck would be needed, even just to leap frog into the playoffs. After the massive expectations put on them this season I can not fathom the anger fans will have at missing the playoffs again should it happen. Contrary to popular opinion I like when the oilers do well because the rivalry games are more exciting so c'mon Oilers... get it together!
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