Lest We Forget
Comme ci comme ça as they say, like this, like that, and so-so goes life on the hockey road trip for the E-Towners. But all this could change with a win in Beantown tonight at the FleetCenter. Edmonton, so far 2-1-1 on their six-game road trip, will end their journey on Thursday against the Wild in Minnesota. Having already earned five of eight points the current road trip would instantly be rated an unqualified success given a win on this somber day of remembrance. But lest we forget, a few battles won does not always win the war. ‘Tis a sustained record of victory that will win out, come the last play on the last day.
The bullyboys from Boston in 14 games are garnering a 7-2-3-2 record with 19 points leading the Northeast Standings. The Oilers with at 6-6-2-0 record have accumulated 14 points and sit fourth in the Northwest Standings. So tonight’s tilt will be a big test for the inconsistent young skaters from hockey’s heartland. A big road win could kick off a season to remember or just prolong mediocrity with the oscillation between inspired vs. indifferent play.
Grit, skate, shoot, and grind must replace flit, fake, and hook from behind. Driving to the net always means game, set, and match. Hitting hard and often loosens the latch but breaking down the door still takes a team effort ramming in sync until they own every zone on the rink. An energized power play and organized penalty kill, yah, you know the drill, but it can make the difference if anything will. All this is more easily said than done, but with confidence and drive it could be fun.
Because Lest We Forget this is still only a game, where the combatants always live, to fight the good fight agian, and are not forever lost, beneath a poppy plain.
Eloquently stated OYLer and a timely reminder for us all. It is indeed so important to step back from this game we love and remember the ultimate sacrifice by those who died for our freedom.
The trials and tribulations of millionaire athletes pale by comparison.
Now as far as tonight 'battle', let's go Oil!
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