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03-14-2013, 03:30 AM
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One saving grace is that they have a lot of home games left (14 home, 8 away) and Rexall's atmosphere can inspire this team. They'd have to play lights out at home, winning 9 or 10 of 14 home games and 4 or 5 of 8 road games to be in the ball park. It's possible, but this team has to really put it together.

Another positive is the interesting stat the one that Van Diest (Edm Sun) mentions, "With Horcoff in the lineup, the Oilers are 6-2-1 this season. Without him, they went 4-9-4." Horcoff is in the line up again, so that's a positive. If the Shawn Horcoff winning percentage continues with this team, then they have a reasonable chance. It would have to look something like this in order to go down:

Detroit (win)
Nashville (win)
Sharks (win)
St. Louis (loss)
Columbus (win)
Vancouver x2 (2 losses)
Calgary x2 (2 wins)
Phoenix (win)
Minnesota (win)
Anaheim x2 (back-to-back at home; although Anaheim is awesome, back-to-backs are often a split: 1 win)
Chicago (win)

Nashville (win)
St. Louis (loss)
Calgary (win)
Vancouver (loss)
Kings (loss)
Anaheim (loss)
Colorado (win)
Minnesota (win)

So yeah--it's being really hopeful to think that they could do it, but I believe they could, if they continue their style of play from the last couple of games. They can play with anybody, and Rexall can be an awesome building, with tremendous fan support.

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