Oilers will be in tough, even with an abbreviated NHL schedule
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01-07-2013, 01:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
I don't have crazy expectations for this team. We can get excited about the names "Nail Yakupov" and "Justin Schultz" but the reality is that all the second worst team in the league has done to improve is fire the coach and add two rookies.
I do think we're in a position to surprise teams out of the gate though. Our best players have played about 30 games already this season. Our core is younger and should be able to handle the stretches of 4 games in 5 nights better than some of the older teams. Not having Khabibulin in net should help...and Hall, Eberle, RNH and Schultz just happen to be playing the best hockey of their careers at the moment.
Unfortunately I don't see our defense holding up. We're going to need Whitney to be 100%, Schultz to COMPLETELY meet the hype, Petry to prove it wasn't just a great 25 game stretch and for Peckham to clear the cobwebs from his concussion to have any chance at the playoffs this year. A lot has to go right.
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