Get used to these faces, folks. Odds are, you'll be seeing them a lot. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images)
The Blues are still stuck in this malaise, where they're either not shooting (Nashville), or shooting but not scoring (Washington). We find the team in a certifiable funk, which is demonstrated by the record for our last 10 games: 3-7-0.
Meanwhile, in the Great White North, once-proud Edmonton is trying to rebuild, having had a top-10 overall draft pick in 3 of the last 4 drafts. Aside from the first-overall pick in the last draft, the other big story in EDM was the drinking and driving exploits of Nikolai Khabibulin. The 'Bulin Wall was driving his Ferrari 70 MPH in a 45 MPH zone, and blew a .186 BAC. He wishes he had a GAA that good. Safe to say, he was feeling no pain that night.
deadened pain...freezing cold (Today's high temp in EDM, 12F) ... 'Bulin Wall..... booze...
The Enemy: Obviously, this is a game that we should win. There's a reason why they've had so many high draft picks. But, with the way the Blues have played as of late, every game is a nail-biter. This Edmonton team has already shown us some of the talent that they are building with... This is the same team that beat Chicago 7-4 at the beginning of the season. They have no serious injuries to deal with, and come into tonight's game on a 3-game winning streak, including a 5-0 shutout of Toronto on Thursday. Khabibulin made 33 stops that night, and it looks like they are riding the hot hand and starting him tonight. The players to watch are Jordan Eberle (5G-13A) and Taylor Hall (8G-6A). These are the building blocks around which the Oilers are constructing the team of the future. Right now, though, they are still 9-12-4 and the basement of the Western Conference.
The puck drops at 9:00 PM St Louis time. The GDT will be along shortly beforehand. Until then, this is your pre-game warm-up. Several of the local folks may be watching at the St Louis Classic. The TV broadcast is on FoxSportsMW, and of course the radio is on KMOX 1120AM. Until then, gather here, huddle together for warmth, bitch about late starts and Christmas shopping, and enjoy a great moment in Edmonton history...
Patrick Stefan Empty Net Miss Vs Edmonton (via hockeygrinder)