Go Canucks! So is this the other split-squad game?
Seriously though, we are one glorified pre-season game in to the season. I hope Schneider starts and regains some confidence. I am not against Luongo, I just don't want Schneider to get rattled.
If Ebbet is terrible, I think we can look to have Schroeder called up.
Anyone see a line promotion forthcoming for the dominant dutch dale Weise? He is 24 and could be ready for a breakout year.
Taking off the homer-glasses, I think we might lose this one, or at least it will be a high scoring affair if the Leafs are part of a trend.
Mike Kostka looked like a franchise Dman, and he might be for the AHL, but him being in midseason form is part of what made him so great yesterday (along with most of the Leafs AHL players).
Luckily the Oilers don't have any stars who played in the AHL... And absolutely dominated the competition... Or a defensemen who got 14 more points in the same number of games than the PPG Kosta...
Oh right! Not only do they get the added boost of having AHL players in mid-season form... They have the BEST players who played in the AHL this year.
Schultz: 48 points in 34 games
Eberle: 51 points, 34 games
Hall: 34 in 26
RNH: 20 in 19
On top of that:
Hartikainen: 27 in 37
And that Yakupov kid was doing pretty well, eh?
I'm not saying Edmonton will win the division, or even make the playoffs, or that their kids weren't expected to do about as good as they have done (outside Schultz)... All I am saying is that these guys have been playing together for months, are in midseason-form and have a massive amount of confidence.
If we lose, it isn't the end of the world.
The great thing is, by the time the playoffs come aroun, WE
will be the ones in midesason shape and they will be worn down. We will start out weak as usual but finish strong.
Try to look ahead! Enjoy the game! Go Canucks!
Edited by Edler's Mind Tricks, 20 January 2013 - 04:30 AM.
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