Ok, this is just a weird week... The Flying Fridge is wearing an A and dominating, with 9 points in 7 games; Ladi is +8, yeah, you heard me, +8, and the Oilers are making the most of some surprisingly glorious chances.
And I don't hate Comrie as much as I used to. He is a useful NHL player with a hot girlfriend. Good for him.
I don't get it. I thought this team was supposed to be a rag-tag bunch of people who didn't like each other in the slightest, had no balls (which is better than having the balls of a hamster like last year's team), and had no chance at winning, let alone finding ways to hang around in games that they had no business even surviving.
Patrick O'Sullivan is a whale of a hockey player, known as shooter, yet possessing some really slick hands and unreal hockey sense. He's developing some really solid chemistry with Penner and Gagner. Gilbert Brule has 7 points in 7 games, looks damn good with basically anyone he's skating with, and hits as hard as anybody his size.
I am lost. Topping off all of this madness is the fact that Souray and Staios aren't around, we still have Cogliano taking draws (to which he appears to be less terrible, and actually looks great flying around with Chopper and the Animal), and Hemmer isn't at 100% And while we're on the subject of the Animal, he scored twice, including a PPG?! Are we living in the bizarro world?
I am just putting it out there, despite my instincts telling me to calm the hell down and remember that the team started 4-0 last season and we've beaten some teams that weren't supposed to be great anyway, but they look almost like a real team, and that they're having fun.
I am convinced that is the key in all of this; sure Quinn is running a tight ship and Renney bag-skates the crap out of them a lot, but they seem to be having fun together, as a team. They are playing loose, fearless and as a team. Maybe this has something to do with the coaches, maybe the fact that a bunch of smurfs are playing for contracts, maybe something happened in the offseason that allowed them to not live in fear of a public thrashing anymore. I don't care, I just want it to continue. Eventually things like tightening up defensive zone play will come, but these players want to play together and they want to win.
It's a nice change of pace, especially to see a team that won't quit, even in the face of a 30-12 shot differential, a team that defends each other, a team that has players that bounce back after getting levelled by Boogaard and make sick behind-the-back passes to the A wearing flying fridges for goals at timely moments. Basically, what I am saying is that the team looks like "the little team that could" again, for the first time in years. They have a new identity, but it is an identity that actually looks and feels like Oilers Hockey again. I hope it lasts. It's been fun!