Edmonton Oilers vs Detroit Red Wings
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A lot of you would say I'm full of it when I say that tonight is the first REAL test for our young Oil.
San Jose and Philly are good teams - some might even say cup contenders - but neither of them brought their "A" game against the Oilers. Lidstrom, Hasek, Chelios, Rafalski are veterans who usually play well in their own barn and the Oilers know it. They're also a tight checking team and they won't give our boys the whole rink to play in like the Flyers did in the first period of their game.
It's also the first road game of the year.
Brodziak continues to REALLY impress me and is leading the team with 3 points (+3) and his line appears to be the real deal - who would have thought. Considering there's very little "gelling" happening this early in the season, being undefeated going into tonight should earn a little notice (maybe even respect) from the "NHL analysts" that were all saying the Oilers wouldn't make the playoffs.
Did I mention how much I liked Penner using the term "Oilers hockey" in his post-game interview the other night? It's almost like the Oilers have more going for them than a new dressing room - like confidence, youth, speed and a little perspective from an overtime loss in Detroit tonight.
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